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Civilian Deaths Mount as US Drone Strikes in Somalia Escalate: Amnesty

US forces have "dramatically increased" the number of air strikes in Somalia with several civilians killed by the powerful missiles, Amnesty International said on Wednesday. These reports, however, have been denied by the military.

Amnesty calculates that there have been more than 100 strikes by US drones and manned aircraft in the past two years, more than the number of US airstrikes in Yemen and Libya combined during the same period.

(Source: AFP)

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Fire in Bihar's Slum Under Control

A fire broke out in a slum in Ahiyapur in Muzzafarpur yesterday night. Fire under control.

“Around 200 huts were gutted in the fire as per our information. No injuries have been reported. Cause of fire being ascertained,” said DM Alok Ranjan Ghosh to ANI.

(Source: ANI)

US Orders Review of Boeing 737 Max

The US government has ordered a review of the way Boeing's 737 Max aircraft got its licence to fly.

It comes after two crashes in five months, amid suggestions from experts that there were "clear similarities" between the disasters, the BBC reported on Tuesday.

Transport Secretary Elaine Chao has asked the US Inspector General to audit the aircraft's certification process.

One focus of crash investigators has been the Max's anti-stall system, which Boeing says needs a software update.

(Source: IANS)

Delaware Declares April 2019 as 'Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month'

Delaware Governor John Carney has signed an executive proclamation naming April 2019 as the "Delaware Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month" in recognition of the contribution of the small but influential Sikh community in the economic and social milieu of the state.

In his proclamation on Tuesday, Carney said the contribution of Sikh-Americans to Delaware and the United States has been immense.

(Source: PTI)

Trump Intends to Designate Brazil as Major Non-Nato Ally

US President Donald Trump has said that he intends to designate Brazil as a "major non-NATO ally", a move aimed to cement America's ties with the Latin American country where China has made deep strides in recent years.

The move by Trump gains significance as Brazil is a key member of the powerful five-nation BRICS grouping and has joined hands with India, Japan and Germany to become a permanent member of the UN Security Council.

(Source: PTI)

Goa's BJP-Led Coalition Govt by Pramod Sawant Faces Floor Test Today

Newly appointed Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, who heads a BJP-led coalition government, will face a floor test to prove his dispensation's majority in the 36-member state legislative assembly on Wednesday, 20 March.

While Sawant told reporters on Tuesday that he is "100 per cent confident" of winning the floor test, the Congress has refused to divulge its floor plan for the crucial one-day session of the state assembly, which was summoned by Goa Governor Mridula Sinha on Tuesday.

(Source: IANS)

Three Farmers Die in Maharashtra

Three farmers died due to poisonous gas after entering in a manhole in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad yesterday. One person is still missing, reported ANI.

Trump Reaffirms US Considering 'All Options' in Venezuela

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday reaffirmed that "all options" are being considered in his drive to bring down Venezuela's socialist President Nicolas Maduro.

"All options are on the table," he told reporters in the White House. "It's a shame what's happening in Venezuela -- the debt and the destruction and the hunger." Trump spoke at a meeting where he hosted Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has backed the US-led campaign to pressure Maduro.

In response, the Venezuelan foreign ministry accused Trump and Bolsonaro of being apologists for war, and described their statements as "dangerous" and a "threat to international peace and security."

(Source: PTI)

Illegal Liquor Factory Busted in Muzaffarnagar; 8 Held

Police have busted an illegal liquor manufacturing unit operating from a residence in Muzaffarnagar district and arrested eight persons in this connection, a senior official said today.

The official said a large quantity of illegally manufactured liquor was seized during the raid at the unit in Madina colony on Tuesday.

An investigation is underway.

(Source: PTI)

India's Growth in Last 5 Yrs Has Been Transformational: Shringla

The rapid economic growth and developmental strides of India in the last five years have been transformational and the country is all set to emerge as a USD 5 trillion economy in the next five years, India's envoy to the US has said.

India is one of the strongest major emerging economies, India's Ambassador to the US Harsh Vardhan Shringla said at an event organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry with the George Washington University's Institute for International Economic Policy in Washington on Tuesday.

(Source: PTI)

Disney Closes $71b Deal for Fox Entertainment Assets

Disney has closed its $71 billion acquisition of Fox's entertainment business in a move set to shake up the media landscape.

The deal paves the way for Disney to launch its streaming service, Disney Plus, due out later this year.

By buying the studios behind "The Simpsons" and X-Men, Disney aims to better compete with technology companies such as Amazon and Netflix for viewers' attention - and dollars.

(Source: AP)

Himalayan Queen Coach Derails in Panipat; Passengers Safe

A coach of the Himalayan Queen derailed near Bhodwal Majri railway station on the Delhi-Ambala route in Panipat district of Haryana today morning, Northern Railway officials said.

No casualty was reported. There were no injuries to passengers.

(Source: PTI)

Sensex, Nifty Rise on Sustained Foreign Fund Inflow

Benchmark indices opened on a positive note today on sustained foreign fund inflow ahead of March derivatives expiry.

However, gains were capped as Asian shares fell across the board in line with overnight drop in US stocks. Rising crude oil prices too worried investors.

The 30-share Sensex was trading 80.70 points, or 0.21 per cent, higher at 38,444.17. The gauge had gained nearly 1,500 points in the previous seven sessions.

(Source: PTI)

Indian-Origin Jagmeet Singh Makes History in Canada's Parliament

Indian-origin Jagmeet Singh has created political history in Canada when he made his debut in the House of Commons as the first non white leader of a major opposition party in the country.

The arrival of the turbaned leader into the house on Monday, 18 March, cheered by all members, coincided with the induction of a senior woman member into Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's cabinet.

UNSC Undermining General Assembly's Authority: India

Criticising the Security Council for "undermining" the authority of the General Assembly, India has said that the 193-member body has to assume some of the blame because of its focus on procedures rather than substantive matters.

The prerogative and authority of the 193-member General Assembly, "which is the closest institution to a world parliament," have been "progressively undermined by the Security Council through its frequent attempts to redefine its scope of competence through wider and permissive interpretations of what constitutes a threat to international peace and security", K. Nagaraj Naidu, India's Deputy Permanent Representative, said on Monday.

(Source: PTI)

India Hints Won't Attend April's Belt and Road Forum

India cannot be a part of China's Belt and Road Initiative as it ignores its core concerns on sovereignty and territorial integrity, Indian envoy to Beijing has said.

Beijing is set to hold the second Belt and Road forum in April and the tone of Vikram Misri, India's envoy to China, in an interview to state media suggests that New Delhi will skip the event for the second time, marking its protest.

(Source: IANS)

6.4 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Western Turkey

Earthquake measuring 6.4 magnitude strikes western Turkey as per European quake monitoring.

(Source: ANI)

SIT Court Sentences Yakub Pataliya to Life Imprisonment

A special SIT Court in Ahmedabad sentences convict Yakub Pataliya to life imprisonment in 2002 Godhra train burning case.

(Source: ANI)

Woman, 2 Accomplices Get Life Term for Killing Husband

A court in Mandi has sentenced a woman, her paramour and their accomplice to life imprisonment for killing her husband and chopping his body into pieces five years ago.

Mandi Additional Sessions Judge Aparna Sharma has imposed a fine of Rs 20,000 on Lata Devi, her paramour Amar Chand and contract killer Satish for murdering Manoj Kumar.

(Source: PTI)

In Whose Custody Was Awantipora Youth, Clarify: NC to J-K Admin

The National Conference today said that the Jammu and Kashmir administration should clarify whether the Awantipora youth was in the custody of NIA or state police at the time of his death.

He said an FIR should be registered in the matter against the officials concerned.

A 28-year-old school teacher, who was arrested in connection with a terror case, died in police custody here during the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday.

Rizwan Pandit was a resident of Awantipora in Pulwama district.

"Whether the youth was in the custody of NIA or police, the responsibility lies at the door of the governor. The young teacher was in the custody of the state," NC chief spokesman Aga Roohullah told reporters here.

Defence Ministry Clears Acquisition of 10 Lakh Hand Grenades for Indian Army

Defence Ministry clears major project for the Indian Army for acquisition of 10 lakh 'Made in India' multi mode hand grenades. The new hand grenades will replace the existing inventory.

(Source: ANI)

Nirav Modi Arrested in London

PNB fraud accused Nirav Modi has been arrested in London. He will be produced in the court later today.

(Source: ANI)

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ED Set to Question Hurriyat Leader Geelani's Son-In-Law

A special National Investigation Agency Court allowed the Enforcement Directorate to question Altaf Ahmad Shah, son-in-law of Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani, and others who are in judicial custody on charges of funding terrorist activities.

(Source: ANI)

EU Fines Google 1.49 Bn Euros for Anti-Trust Breach

The European Union's powerful anti-trust regulator has slapped tech giant Google with a new fine over unfair competition, in Europe's latest salvo against Silicon Valley.

"Today, the commission has fined Google 1.49 billion euros (USD 1.69 billion) for illegal misuse of its dominant position in the market for the brokering of online search adverts," EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said.

(Source: AFP)

Blackbox Data Reveal 2 Pilots of Crashed Mirage 2000 Were Not At Fault

Blackbox data of the Mirage 2000 that crashed in Bengaluru in February – killing both pilots suggests that it was not due to pilot error and indicates towards technical malfunction related to sensors.

Court of inquiry to ascertain cause of accident is still going on.

(Source: ANI)

Robert Vadra Moves HC Seeking Quashing of FIR

Robert Vadra, brother-in-law of Congress President Rahul Gandhi, knocked the door of the Delhi High Court seeking quashing of a first information report (FIR) in a money laundering case.

Vadra's plea is likely to be heard on 25 March.

A trial court on 19 March extended Vadra's interim protection from arrest till 25 March.

Kazakhstan Renames Capital 'Nursultan' After Ex-President

Kazakhstan's parliament voted to rename the country's capital Astana to Nursultan, in honour of long-time ruler Nursultan Nazarbayev.

Nursultan resigned as the president on 19 March.

"Astana is now officially renamed Nursultan," the state-owned Kazinform news agency said after a parliamentary vote.

(Source: ANI)

India's Loses 7 Spots in Global List of Happiest Nations, Ranks 140

Indians are not as happy in 2019 as they were in 2018 and the country figures at 140th place – seven spots down from last year, in this year's UN World Happiness Report.

The list is topped by Finland for the second year in a row.

According to the report, the overall world happiness has fallen over the past few years, which has mostly been fuelled by a sustained drop in India, which came in 140th place this year compared with 133rd place in 2018.

(Source: PTI)

Army's Chinar Corps Celebrates 78th Raising Day

The Indian Army's Chinar Corps, responsible for guarding the Line of Control in Kashmir, celebrated its 78th raising day at Badami Bagh cantonment.

A function was held at the Chinar Corps headquarters to mark the raising day.

(Source: PTI)

Encounter Breaks Between Police Forces & Militants in J&K's Baramulla Area

Troops of 176 battalion CRPF, Special Operations Group Kunzar and Rashitraya Rifles are conducting a cordon and search operations (CASO) in Baramulla's Namalnar area.

During the operation, an encounter broke out with millitants. Intermittent firing is on. More details are awaited.

4 Killed as Truck Rams into Pilgrims

A speeding truck hit a group of pilgrims going to Haridwar, leaving four people, including three women, dead in Rajasthan's Pali district on Wednesday.

The incident occurred on the national highway 62 (NH-62) near Netra village in Sumerpur area. They pilgrims were on their foot. The truck driver fled the spot, but was later nabbed at a checkpoint in Sanderao, Sumerpur police station incharge Gautam Kumar Jain said.

The deceased have been identified as Jassi Ben (60), Lehri Ben (55), Dhani Ben (65) and Raja Bhai (63).

(Source: PTI)

9 People Injured in IED Blast in Chhatisgarh

At least nine civilians were injured after Naxals blew up an SUV using Improvised explosive device (IED) in Chhattisgarh. More details are awaited.

(Source: PTI)

CRPF Shoots 3 Colleagues in J&K's Udhampur

CRPF jawan shoots three of his colleagues in Udhampur before shooting himself.

(Source: ABP News)

Brussels Warns May Against June 30 Brexit Delay

The EU on Wednesday warned Britain it would have to hold elections to the European Parliament if it wants to delay Brexit until June 30, as Prime Minister Theresa May has requested.

(AFP)

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