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Trump Announces US Withdrawal From Global Arms Treaty
US President Donald Trump on Friday, 26 April, officially announced the withdrawal of the United States from a global arms treaty, also known as the Arms Trade Treaty that set rules for sales and transfers of small arms, missile launchers and warships.
Karnataka DG-IGP Writes to DGs of 6 States Over Possible Terror Attacks
Karnataka DG-IGP writes to DGs of Tami Nadu, Kerala, Andhra, Telangana, Puducherry, Goa, Maharashtra following a phone call by a man 'claiming to have info that cities in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra, Telangana, Puducherry, Goa, Maharashtra will be hit by terror attacks'.
6 Dead, 13 Injured in Road Accident in Chhattisgarh's Amera
At least six people lost their lives and 13 were injured when the pickup van they were in, met with an accident in Amera village of Balrampur district in Chhattisgarh earlier tonight. The injured have been shifted to a hospital, reports ANI.
39-Year-Old Elephant Which Carried 'Golden Howdah' For 18 Years, Dies
A 39-year-old elephant 'Drona' died at Thithimathi Elephant Camp in Nagarahole National Park in Madikeri earlier in the day.
He carried 'golden howdah' at Dasara procession in Mysuru for a record 18 consecutive years.
Imran Khan Meets IMF, World Bank Chiefs Seeking Bailout For Pakistan
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday held separate meetings, one with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief, Christine Lagarde and the World Bank CEO, Kristalina Georgieva and discussed the cash-strapped country's efforts to tide over the financial woes.
Opp Leader Jeremy Corbyn Declines Invitation To A Banquet With Trump
Britain's main opposition Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn has declined an invitation to a banquet with the US President Donald Trump when the latter visits in June, accusing him of using "racist and misogynist rhetoric.”
Trump "rips up vital international treaties, backs climate change denial and uses racist and misogynist rhetoric," Corbyn said, although he added that he would welcome a meeting with Trump during the June 3-5 visit.
Rupee Ends Higher At 70.02 Against Dollar On Friday
The rupee rebounded by 23 paise to close at 70.02 against the dollar on Friday after Brent crude oil prices receded from a six-month high of $75.60/barrel.
Forex traders said the greenback's weakness against key rivals overseas, sustained foreign fund inflows and heavy buying in domestic equities also supported the rupee upmove.
India Delays Retaliatory Tariffs On US Products To May 15
India has once again delayed the implementation of higher tariffs on some goods imported from the United States to May 15, a government official said on Friday.
The new tariff structure was to come into force from May 2, the spokeswoman said without citing reasons for the delay.
US Imposes Sanctions On Venezuela's Foreign Minister And A Judge
The U.S. Treasury Department on Friday imposed sanctions on Venezuela’s foreign minister and a Venezuelan judge, according to a statement on the department’s website.
Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza and a judge, Carol Padilla, were targeted over the ongoing crisis in Venezuela, the Treasury Department said, the latest in a list of officials blacklisted by U.S. authorities for their role in President Nicolas Maduro’s government.
MoS Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir Writes To Maharashtra's CM Regarding Rape Cases Of Minor Tribal Girls
Ministry of State, Home Affairs, Hansraj Ahir has written to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis about 'multiple cases of rape minor tribal girls residing in tribal hostel run by "Infant Jesus Education Society" in Chandrapur.
He has stated, “These girls were drugged and abused by staff of school/hostel run by the above Society.
NIA Files Chargesheet Against Farooq Devdiwala For Terrorist Activities
On Friday, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed a supplementary charge-sheet against one Farooq Devdiwala for being involved in terror activities.
One Policeman Sustains Injuries After A Firing In Chanapora's Police Post
Fire was retaliated in Srinagar’s Chanapora. A policeman has sustained injuries & has been shifted to hospital. Area under cordon and search is still going on.
US President Donald Trump Says He's A Young Man Who Can Beat Joe Biden
At 72, US President Donald Trump said that he feels “young” and “vibrant” and thinks that he can beat 76-year-old Joe Biden “easily.”
A reporter asked Trump at the White House on Friday how old is too old to be president of the United States.
Trump said: “I just feel like a young man. I’m so young. I can’t believe it. ... I’m a young vibrant man.”
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) Cancels Around 670 Flights In Sweden, Norway And Denmark
A total of 1,409 Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) pilots from Sweden, Norway and Denmark went on strike on Friday, causing 673 cancellations so far and over 70,000 passengers affected.
SAS warned that the continuing strike could affect a further 100,000 passengers over the weekend, reports Xinhua news agency.
Yes Bank Posts Net Loss Of Rs 1,506.6 Crore For Q4
The country's fifth-largest private sector lender, Yes Bank Ltd on Friday reported a net loss of Rs 1,506.6 crore for the March 2019 quarter as provisions rose.
In the corresponding quarter last year, the company had posted a net profit of Rs 1,179.44 crore. CNBC-TV18 Polls had predicted a profit of Rs 952.2 crore for the quarter under review.
Two Journalists Attacked In Separate Incidents In Assam
One Dainik Asom journalist, Rajen Deka and one News18 journalist, Upasana Barua Goswami were attacked in Assam in separate incidents on Thursday.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Encourages Lawmakers To Engage In The Peace Process With Taliban
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has encouraged newly-elected lawmakers to participate in the peace process with the Taliban as he opened on Friday the first session of parliament since a controversial election.
Ghani is holding an assembly known as ‘Loya Jirga’ next week to discuss ways to put an end to the 17-year war. Thousands of politicians, religious scholars and rights activists have also been invited.
NHRC Takes Suo Moto Notice Of A Police Action On 20 People In Howarh
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken suo motu cognizance of the media reports supported with photograph that as many as 20 people including the Civic Agency staff and lawyers received head injuries in the alleged police action in Howrah, West Bengal on 24th April, 2019.
'Rahul Gandhi Is Showing Signs Of Desperation,' Says Finance Minister Arun Jaitley
Union Finance Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday said that Congress President Rahul Gandhi is showing signs of desperation as the "fake" narratives built by him over the Rafale jet deal and loan waivers to business houses have evaporated.
On a Facebook post, he said, “He (Gandhi) displayed the desperation of a loser.”
'I Was Doing My Duty,' Says, IAS Officer Mohd. Mohsin
The officer who is facing action for checking Prime Minister Narendra Modi's helicopter said on Friday that he was merely doing his job and would go to the court for justice.
Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Mohammed Mohsin was suspended last week but his suspension was revoked and disciplinary action against him has been ordered by the Election Commission of India.
MK Stalin Alleges Another Sex Abuse Case In Tamil Nadu, Accuses An AIADMK Leader
On Friday, The DMK President MK Stalin said that even as the Pollachi sexual abuse-cum-blackmail case probe is yet to reach a conclusion, a similarly shocking incident in Perambalur district has come to light involving a leader of the ruling AIADMK party.
He has claimed that the new scandal involves innocent women being lured with the promise of job interviews to lodges where they were sexually abused and also forced to grant sexual favours to an AIADMK leader.
Delhi Police Arrests Woman For Cheating And Skipping Court Hearings
Delhi Police have arrested a notorious woman cheat who has been declared a proclaimed offender in over four cases by a local court, a police officer said on Friday.
"The accused, Priyanka Chopra, was arrested on a tip-off from Gurugram where she was hiding to evade her arrest," said Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Vijay Kumar.
CBI Arrests A Preventive Officer And His Father In A Disproportionate Assets Case In Jharkhand
CBI has arrested a Preventive Officer, Customs Goa, PP Gupta & his father in a Disproportionate Assets case.
During investigation, it was found that his father withdrew Rs 1.19 crore from a bank in Daltonganj. Rs. 1.18 crore recovered.
CBI Files FIR In Uttar Pradesh Sugar Mills Disinvestment Case
The CAG report states irregularities in disinvestment of 21 sugar mills during Mayawati’s tenure which caused losses of Rs. 1179 crores to the government.
One FIR and six PEs registered to probe the irregularities in the disinvestment of 21 sugar mills
PepsiCo Sues Gujarat Farmers For Producing Similar Variety Of Potatoes Used In 'Lays'
PepsiCo, the multinational food giant has sued farmers of Gujarat for cultivating the potato variety used in the 'Lays' brand of chips that is manufactured and sold by it.
In the commercial trademark suit filed in Ahmedabad City Commercial Court against four farmers, PepsiCo India Holdings Ltd has claimed that in 2016 it obtained registration under The Protection of Plant Varieties and Protection of Farmers Rights Act 2001 to breed a special variety of potato, which is used in making "Lays" chips.
(Source: Live law)
Cyclone Kenneth Kills One, Leaves A Trail Of Destruction In Northern Mozambique
Cyclone Kenneth has killed at least one person and left a trail of destruction in northern Mozambique, destroying houses, ripping up trees and knocking out power, authorities said on Friday.
The cyclone brought storm surges and wind gusts of up to 280 km per hour (174 mph) when it made landfall on Thursday evening, after killing three people in the island nation of Comoros.
Man Gets Seven Years Of Imprisonment For Raping A Tribal Girl In Bhiwandi
A court in Thane has sentenced a 26-year-old Ashirwad Vishnu Patil to seven years of rigorous imprisonment for raping a tribal girl in Bhiwandi in 2016.
A special court judge P P Jadhav held Patil guilty under Indian Penal Code section 376 (rape) and relevant provisions the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, and awarded the sentence on Monday.
The court also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on him.
Surat Businessman Who Bought PM's Suit In 2015, Duped Of Rs 1 Crore
A prominent diamond merchant of Surat, Laljibhai Patel who had bought Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pinstripe suit in an auction in 2015, has been allegedly duped of Rs 1 crore by two brothers, police said Friday.
The Chairman of Dharmanandan Diamonds Pvt Ltd, had hit the headlines in 2015 when he bought Modi's much- famed pinstripe suit for Rs 4.31 crore in a public auction here.
The police has reported that a complaint in this regard was registered at the Katargam police station of Surat on 22 April by the manager of Dharmanandan Diamonds, Kamlesh Kevadiya.
Centre Sanctions Rs 4,000 Crore For Women Safety Projects Under The Nirbhaya Fund
The Centre has sanctioned nearly Rs 4,000 crore for various women safety projects under the Nirbhaya Fund that includes financial assistance to rape and acid attack victims and setting up of special police units for women and children.
ED Auctions Luxury Cars Of Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi
As per PMLA Court’s order, 12 vehicles (10 vehicles of Nirav Modi Group and 2 vehicles of Mehul Choksi Group) successfully bid for Rs. 3.29 crore (approximately) in e-auction conducted through Metal Scrap Trading Corporation (MSTC).
'Kejriwal Registered As A Voter In Three Places,' BJP Tells EC
The state unit of the BJP on Sunday lodged a complaint with the Election Commission, alleging that Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal has been enrolled as a voter in three places – two in Delhi and one in Uttar Pradesh.
The letter dated, 22 November, 2018 said Kejriwal has voter identity cards issued from Sahibabad constituency in Uttar Pradesh, and Seemapuri and New Delhi constituencies in the national capital.
(Source: Hindustan Times)
70 Islamic State Suspects Held After Sri Lanka Bombings
President Maithripala Sirisena has said that 70 out of the 140 Islamic State suspects behind the devastating Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka have been held on Friday and assured that the remaining suspects will be caught soon.
Rahul Gandhi's Flight To Patna Experiences Technical Glitch, Returns To Delhi
A chartered flight carrying Congress president Rahul Gandhi to Patna had to return to Delhi on Friday due to a technical snag, prompting aviation regulator DGCA to launch a probe into the incident.
Gandhi posted on Twitter: “Engine trouble on our flight to Patna today! We’ve been forced to return to Delhi. Today’s meetings in Samastipur (Bihar), Balasore (Orissa) & Sangamner (Maharashta) will run late. Apologies for the inconvenience.”
Jet Airways' CEO Vinay Dube Writes To The Employees
Jet Airways’ CEO Vinay Dube has written to the following to the employees:
"While we will continue to support the Lender led bid process in our effort to leave no stone unturned, it pains us to communicate that no clarity or commitment on salaries has been provided by any of our stakeholders.”
Delhi Police To Look Into Accusations Of Sexual Harassment Against IndiGo Pilot
The Delhi Police is probing into the allegations of sexual harassment made by a female cabin crew of budget carrier IndiGo against a senior pilot and is in the process of collecting evidence, including voice recording from the cockpit.
The police has registered a case after the complaint from a female cabin crew, wherein she said the incident happened on-board Bengaluru-Amritsar-Srinagar-Delhi flight on April 16.
Police also said that the accused pilot had applied for an anticipatory bail at a city court on April 24 but the plea was rejected by the court the next day.
Delhi Police To Submit Report Regarding The Alleged Seditious Statements By Rahul Gandhi
The Court of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate has directed the Delhi Police to submit its Action Taken Report in terms of the alleged seditious statements made by Congress president Rahul Gandhi in the afternoon of the 2016 surgical strike.
The order came in a plea seeking registration of an FIR against Rahul for allegedly accusing Narendra Modi of hiding behind the blood of soldiers and cashing ion their sacrifice.
The matter will be heard next on May 15.
(Source: Bar and Bench)
An Officer Dies During Fire Fighting Ops Onboard INS Vikramaditya In Karwar
A naval officer dead during fire fighting ops onboard aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya in Karwar, Karnataka.
Navy has ordered a Board of Inquiry to probe the incident. The fire was controlled by its crew preventing any serious damage to the warship’s combat capability.
Tripura CM Biplab Dev's Wife Accuses Him Of Domestic Violence, Files For Divorce
Niti Deb, Tripura CM Biplab Deb’s Wife has accused him of domestic violence and has filed for divorce on 26 April at the Tis Hazari court, New Delhi.
BJP’s Biplab Deb was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Tripura in 2018.
Protection From Arrest to Chidambaram, Karti Extended
A Delhi court on Friday, 26 April, extended till 6 May the interim protection from arrest granted to former Union minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti in the Aircel-Maxis case.
The case relates to alleged irregularities in grant of Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approval in the Aircel-Maxis deal.
Nirav Modi’s Bail Plea Rejected by London Court
PNB scam accused Nirav Modi’s bail plea rejected by London. The next date of hearing is 24 May.
Surat Court Convicts Asaram Bapu's Son
The Surat Sessions Court on Friday, 26 April, convicted self-proclaimed god-man Asaram Bapu's son Narayan Sai in a rape case.
The quantum of punishment will be pronounced on 30 April, ANI reported.
Massive Fire Engulfs Multi-Storey Building in Kolkata
Fire breaks out in Kolkata, engulfing a multi-storey building near Exide More, Chowringhee Road, 12 fire engines at the spot. No injuries have been reported.
(Source: News PTI)
SC Stays Inquiry Into Jayalalithaa's Death
SC stays proceedings of the inquiry commission set up to probe the death of former Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa at Apollo Hospitals.
Disclose Info on Banks' Inspection Reports Under RTI: SC to RBI
SC directed RBI to disclose information about annual inspection report of banks under RTI unless they are exempted under law, and to review its policy on disclosure of information under transparency law.
It also warned RBI that any future violation of RTI would be viewed "seriously".
Surat Court to Pronounce Verdict on Narayan Sai Rape Case
A Surat court to pronounce verdict in the rape case against Narayan Sai, son of "self-styled Godman" Asaram, lodged by one of the two sisters in the city.
The other sister has accused Asaram, serving life term in another rape case, of rape in Ahmedabad at his ashram
(Source: Deccan Herald)
Facebook Sues New Zealand Company Over Fake Likes
Facebook on Thursday filed a lawsuit in US federal court to bar a New Zealand company from selling fake "likes," views and followers to Instagram users.
The company and three people targeted in the lawsuit operated a service to raise the profile of Instagram accounts by bolstering them with bogus followers, views and "likes," Facebook director of platform enforcement and litigation Jessica Romero said in a blog post.
Rupee Rises 16 Paise to 70.09 vs USD in Early Trade
The rupee appreciated 16 paise to 70.09 against the US dollar in opening trade on Friday, driven by positive opening in domestic equities and weakening greenback in overseas markets.
The rupee opened strong at 70.12 at the interbank forex market, then gained further ground to touch 70.09 per dollar, displaying gains of 16 paise against the greenback.
Forex dealers said easing crude prices, sustained foreign fund inflows and selling of the American currency by exporters supported the rupee.
Explosion at TATA Steel Plant in UK, Two Injured: UK Police
An explosion was reported at the TATA Steelworks plant, Port Talbot, Wales.
The South Wales Police department, United Kingdom, tweeted, “We are aware of an incident in TATA Steelworks plant, Port Talbot. Emergency services are in attendance and further information will be released shortly.”
“At this time we believe there are only two casualties with minor injuries.” they added.
'Not an Exclusive Club': China's Xi Defends Belt and Road Initiative
Chinese President Xi Jinping sought Friday to ease growing concerns about his ambitious Belt and Road Initiative, vowing to prevent debt risks and saying his global infrastructure project "is not an exclusive club".
Xi made his remarks at a summit on his signature foreign policy, which aims to reinvent the ancient Silk Road to connect Asia to Europe and Africa through massive investments in maritime, road and rail projects.
Will Abolish Anti-Competitive Subsidies to Chinese Firms: Xi
Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed today to abolish subsidies to firms that impede fair competition, addressing a major bone of contention in US trade talks.
Xi repeated past promises to lower tariffs, increase imports and open up more sectors of China's economy to foreign businesses.
The pledge comes as top US negotiators prepare to travel to Beijing next week for a new round of talks aimed at resolving a months-long trade war that has hit businesses with tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars worth of products.
Fire Breaks out at Gwalior Railway Station
A Fire broke out in the canteen at Gwalior railway station, in Madhya Pradesh today. The fire is reportedly under control and no casualties or injuries have been reported.
Rajasthan Village to Boycott Elections
Residents of Dhingana Village in Pali district say that they have decided to boycott elections, alleging that the local administration has done nothing to solve their water crisis, issue of roads and schools.
North Korea's Kim Says US Acted In 'Bad Faith' at Hanoi Talks: KCNA
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has accused the United States of acting in "bad faith" during his Hanoi summit with President Donald Trump, and said peace on the peninsula depends on Washington, state media said on Friday, 26 April.
Kim made the comments during his first summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin on Thursday in Vladivostok, the Korean Central News Agency reported, describing their talks as "unreserved and friendly".
The North Korean leader said "the situation on the Korean peninsula and the region is now at a standstill and has reached a critical point", KCNA said.
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