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Prince Philip at the Warner Stand at Lord's. Photo: Twitter (@RoyalFamily)
India and China are likely to hold the next round of corps commander level talks today that is expected to focus on disengagement of troops in remaining friction points in eastern Ladakh.

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan will chair the 24th meeting of the High-level Group of Ministers (GoM) to discuss the current national and international scenario of coronavirus pandemic and strategies that are to be adopted for availability and distribution of vaccines in the coming days. The meeting will take place at 10:30 am at Nirman Bhawan. The matters to be discussed are important in view of the recent developments in the country.

 Ahead of the fourth phase of the West Bengal assembly elections, Union Home Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) senior leader Amit Shah will today take on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Bhabanipur, a constituency she represented earlier.

Meanwhile, BJP national chief Jagat Prakash Nadda will hold three roadshows in the state today. The first roadshow will take place from Baghupati VIP to Satgachi Jessore Road from 11:30 AM. The second roadshow will take place from Chakdaha Chowrasta to Chakdaha Rathtala, the statue of Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay at 1 PM. The third roadshow will take place from Vijay Ram to Baje Pratappur at 3 PM.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a virtual summit with his counterpart from the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, today with a focus on finding new ways to further strengthen bilateral ties, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said.

PM Modi will also release the Hindi translation of the book 'Odisha Itihaas', written by Utkal Keshari Harekrushna Mahtab, today at the Ambedkar International Center.

Stay tuned for the latest news of the day.


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Chief medical examiner takes the stand in George Floyd case

The chief county medical examiner who ruled George Floyd's death a homicide took the stand Friday at former Officer Derek Chauvin's murder trial, saying he did not watch the harrowing video of the arrest before examining Floyd so that he would not be biased by what he saw.
 
“I was aware that at least one video had gone viral on the Internet, but I intentionally chose not to look at that until I had examined Mr. Floyd,” said Dr. Andrew Baker.
 
"I did not want to bias my exam by going in with any preconceived notions that might lead me down one pathway or another.” Baker, the Hennepin County medical examiner, concluded last year that Floyd died from cardiopulmonary arrest — that is, his heart stopped — complicated by the way police restrained him and compressed his neck as the 46-year-old Black man lay on the pavement last May.
 
Another medical expert Friday blamed Floyd's death on the way police held him down, as Chauvin's attorney pressed the witness with hypothetical questions and other means to suggest that Floyd's drug use or heart disease killed him.
 
The testimony of Dr. Lindsey Thomas, a forensic pathologist who retired in 2017 from the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office, bolstered the findings of other prosecution experts who have taken the stand at Chauvin's murder trial.

Pentagon defends its Navy ship asserting navigational rights inside India's EEZ without permission

The Pentagon has said that its Navy ship conducting navigational rights within India's exclusive economic zone (EEZ) without the permission of New Delhi was consistent with international law.
 
India has lodged a strong protest against such a move by the US regarding the passage of US Navy ship John Paul Jones through its EEZ.
 
"I can tell you is that the USS John Paul Jones, a Navy destroyer, asserted navigational rights and freedoms in the vicinity of the Republic of the Maldives by conducting innocent passage through its territorial sea in normal operations within its exclusive economic zone without requesting prior permission," Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby told reporters on Friday.
 
"That's consistent with international law. Again, we continue to maintain the right, indeed the responsibility, to fly, sail, and operate in accordance with international law," he said in response to a question from reporters at a Pentagon news conference.
 

Pentagon to better screen recruits for extremist behaviour

The Pentagon is developing ways to better screen military recruits for extremist behaviour, while improving training for troops leaving the service so they can be more prepared if violent hate groups lure them to join.
 
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin released a memo Friday that ordered some new, immediate steps the department will take, as well as longer-term efforts aimed at rooting out extremism in the ranks and clarifying how personnel can better identify and report problem behaviour.
 
The military has long been aware of small numbers of white supremacists and other extremists in its ranks. But Pentagon leaders launched an all-out effort to address the problem after it became clear that a significant number of military veterans and some current military members were present at the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol in Washington, DC.
 
Austin in early February gave all military units 60 days to conduct a "stand down" day to discuss extremism, and on Friday morning he met with all his service leaders to hear the results and talk about what next steps the department will take.
 

EC flags instances of star campaigners, leaders not wearing masks while campaigning

Amid rising coronavirus cases, the Election Commission on Friday flagged instances of star campaigners and political leaders not wearing masks while campaigning, and asked them to follow in all seriousness the guidelines on Covid-appropriate behaviour issued by it last year.
 
In a letter to leaders of all recognised political parties, the poll panel said, "It is widely known that in the recent weeks, Covid cases are being reported in larger numbers. However, instances of election meetings/campaigns have come to the notice of the commission, where norms of social distancing, wearing of masks have been flouted in disregard to the commission's guidelines." The letter pointed out instances of star campaigners and political leaders or candidates not observing Covid-19 protocols, "including non-wearing of masks themselves at stage or while campaigning".
 
"By doing so, the political parties and candidates are exposing themselves as well as the public attending such election meetings to the grave danger of the infection," the letter said.

Airlines pull some Boeing 737 MAX jets after production snag

Airlines pulled dozens of 737 MAX jets from service on Friday after Boeing Co warned them of a possible electrical insulation fault in the recent production of some planes.
 
The glitch is the latest problem to beset Boeing's most-sold model but is not related to computer design problems that contributed to a 20-month safety ban in the wake of two crashes.
 
Regulators said the new problem involved the electrical grounding - or connections designed to maintain safety in the event of a surge of voltage - inside a backup power control system.
 
Boeing told airlines a fix could take hours or a few days per airplane, according to a notification seen by Reuters.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said regulators wanted to ensure "full confidence" in the planes forced to halt flights on Friday, before they could fly again.
 
Shares in Boeing fell around 1.4% as most analysts told investors the issue was unlikely to cause lengthy disruption.
 

Assam to order probe into 'spotting of polling officers with ballot papers'

The Cachar district administration in Assam on Friday said it will conduct an enquiry into media reports that "a few election officers" were spotted with ballot papers here.
 
A preliminary investigation revealed that no official engaged in the polling process was involved in the reported incident, district Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli told PTI.
 
According to the media reports, the "polling officers were seen with ballot papers on Thursday night".
 
"Election officers do not discharge their duties at night. Since a section of media reported that a few polling officers were spotted with ballot papers last night, we will order an enquiry into it," she said.
 
Silchar constituency went to the poll in the second phase of the assembly elections on April 1.
 
Referring to a separate incident in connection with dispatching of postal ballot twice to a voter, the district administration said the media reports, in this case, were confusing.
 
After a proper investigation into the incident, it was found that the postal ballot was sent to a wrong person because of mistaken identity, according to a statement issued by the district administration.
 
A teacher of a government school, Sumitra Das, who is a resident of Vivekananda Road area in the town, applied for a postal ballot and the postman delivered it to another Sumitra Das, who also resides in the same locality and is engaged in private tuition, it quoted the DC as saying.
 

UK's Prince Philip: 3 royal visits to India and a tiger controversy

Britain's Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away at the age of 99 on Friday morning, made three memorable royal visits to India in his long years of accompanying the 94-year-old monarch during her nearly 69-year reign.
 
The UK's longest-serving royal consort joined the Queen in India in 1961, 1983 and 1997 during which he made quite an impression with his sense of humour, which often also got him into some controversy.
 
During his 1961 visit to India, he was pictured with the Queen and the Maharaja and Maharani of Jaipur with a dead eight-foot tiger he had shot while on a hunt. It happened to be the same year he became president of the World Wildlife Fund UK.
 
He also shot a crocodile and mountain sheep on that trip but it was the photograph of the tiger that caused ripples around the world. Read here

Britain asks public not to gather at royal residences following Prince Philip death

Britain's government asked the public not to gather outside or lay flowers at royal residences following the death of Prince Philip.
 
"Although this is an extraordinarily difficult time for many, we are asking the public not to gather at Royal Residences, and continue to follow public health advice particularly on avoiding meeting in large groups and on minimising travel," a Cabinet Office spokesman said.
 
"We are supporting the Royal Household in asking that floral tributes should not be laid at Royal Residences at this time." (Reuters)

'Public streets should not be blocked', says SC

Public streets should not be blocked, observed the Supreme Court on Friday while hearing a plea of a Noida-based woman alleging difficulties in commuting to Delhi for work due to road blockades by protesting farmers.
 

A bench comprising justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Hemant Gupta took note of the reply of Delhi Police Commissioner on the plea and said for proper adjudication, the governments of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana are also needed to be made parties.
 

Without referring to the ongoing farmers' protest against the three agri laws, the bench said, "We are not concerned with how you resolve this issue, whether politically, administratively or judicially. But, we have said this before that roads should not be blocked. This is a single mother who has to face many issues because of blocked roads". (PTI)

Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla chaired a seminar on 'Policing roadmap for the next decade

Macrotech Developers IPO receives 1.36 times subscription on last day

The initial public offer of realty major Macrotech Developers was subscribed 1.36 times on the last day of subscription on Friday.
 
The Rs 2,500-crore issue received bids for 4,94,64,480 shares against 3,64,18,219 shares on offer, as per NSE data.
 
The portion meant for qualified institutional buyers (QIBs) was subscribed 3.05 times, non-institutional investors 1.44 times and retail individual investors (RIIs) 40 per cent. (PTI)

CBI records statement of a bar owner who is close to Sachin Waze

Latest News: Fresh restrictions may impact festive season auto sales, says Icra

The fresh restrictions imposed in Maharashtra to contain the second wave of Covid-19 are likely to impact the festive season auto sales, as Navaratri and Gudi Padwa are falling in April, according to rating agency Icra.
 
These two festivals account for a sizeable chunk of the annual vehicle sales across the country, especially in Maharashtra, it said.
 
Gudi Padwa, which is a major festival of Maharashtra, will be celebrated on April 13, while Navrarati will also begin on the same day. (PTI)

Bomb scare-murder case: Court sends Waze to judicial custody

A special NIA court here on Friday sent suspended police officer Sachin Waze to judicial custody till April 23 in the case of recovery of an explosives-laden SUV from near industrialist Mukesh Ambani's house and the death of businessman Mansukh Hiran.
 
Waze, arrested on March 13, was produced before the special court after the end of his NIA remand and the judge chided him for leaking documents to the media.
 
On April 7, Waze had released a letter in which he had claimed that former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh had demanded Rs 2 crore from him to continue his service in the Mumbai police and alleged another minister Anil Parab asked him to collect money from contractors. (PTI)

Mamata in fear of losing election, says Nadda

BJP national president J P Nadda on Friday claimed that the people of West Bengal have decided to end the rule of the Trinamool Congress and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is scared of losing the assembly election.
 
There is no rule of law in the state under the TMC government, Nadda alleged after a colourful roadshow at Baguiati in North 24 Parganas district.
 
"Bengal has decided to put an end to the TMC's rule and bring the BJP to power. In the last 10 years of the Mamata Banerjee government, women were attacked and youths were suffering from frustration," he said. (PTI)

LIVE: Netherlands PM thanks PM Modi for supporting Dutch investors in pandemic

I appreciate your govt's efforts to support Dutch investors who faced challenges last year during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. Your support helped ensure the continuation of trade between our countries even in those difficult times: Netherlands PM Mark Rutte

Watch LIVE: PM Modi holds virtual summit with PM Rutte of the Netherlands


Coronavirus LIVE: Amit Shah pressurising police to engage in unethical acts, says Mamata Banerjee

Coronavirus LIVE: Amit Shah pressurising police to engage in unethical acts, says Mamata Banerjee at rally

BJP may resort to horse-trading on May 2, says AIUDF

PM Narendra Modi must control Amit Shah, he may incite riots here, says Mamata

PM Narendra Modi must control Amit Shah, he may incite riots here, says Mamata Banerjee at a rally at Memari

Latest News: Britain mourns Prince Philip; leaders honour service to Queen

Britain mourned the death of Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, on Friday as the BBC interrupted scheduled programming to broadcast the national anthem, God Save the Queen.
 
The flag at Buckingham Palace, the queen's residence in London, was lowered to half-staff after the announcement of Philip's death. The Royal Family's website featured a black-and-white portrait of the prince, also known as the Duke of Edinburgh.
 
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Philip earned the affection of generations here in Britain, across the Commonwealth and around the world.'' (AP)

Latest News: PM Modi condoles passing way of Prince Philip

Not even fear of Covid-19 can disrupt protest, say agitating farmers

The alarming rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in Delhi notwithstanding, farmer leaders on Thursday said that nothing, not even the fear of coronavirus, can disrupt their protest against the agri laws.
 
Over the past four months, the farmers have managed to keep their agitation going, withstanding extreme cold, rains, and heat.
 
They devised many ways to deal with these issues - for cold there was ample supply of winter wear, for rain they elevated their beds, and to prepare for the heat, they have started building houses, and arranging for ACs, coolers and fans.
 
Tackling the second wave of Covid-19 won't be very different for them, they said, adding they are prepared with certain basic precautions in place. (PTI)

Latest News: Embassy group in talks with Blackstone to sell warehouse biz for Rs 1,800 cr

Realty firm Embassy group is in the advance stage of talks with global investment firm Blackstone to sell its warehousing and industrial parks business at an enterprise value of around Rs 1,800 crore, sources said.
 
In 2015, the Bengaluru-based Embassy group had formed a joint venture with private equity firm Warburg Pincus to build industrial parks.
 
Warburg Pincus has a 70 per cent stake while the Embassy group has a 30 per cent shareholding in the joint venture firm -- Embassy Industrial Parks. (PTI)

Mamata's fulminations against CAPF betrays frustration: Amit Shah

Coming down hard on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Home Minister Amit Shah said on Friday her fulminations against central forces betrayed frustration over "impending defeat" in the Assembly elections and wondered whether she is pushing the state towards anarchy.
 
He exuded confidence that the BJP will win anywhere between 63 and 68 seats where polling has been held in the first three phases. Polling is over in 91 of the state's 294 assembly constituencies in the three phases. (PTI)

Latest news LIVE: Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth, dies at 99

Latest news LIVE: Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth, dies at 99

Sachin Waze was planning another big act after explosive planting near Antilia in Mumbai

There will be a review on the decision of formation of Char Dham Devasthanam Board: Uttarakhand CM

There will be a review on the decision of formation of Char Dham Devasthanam Board. State government's management over 51 prominent temples to be removed: Uttarakhand CM Tirath Singh Rawat

Several AIUDF candidates for Assam Assembly polls shifted to Jaipur today

Several AIUDF candidates for Assam Assembly polls shifted to Jaipur today. A few more Congress candidates will also be shifted to Jaipur shortly, arrangements made at Fairmount Hotel. It's a precautionary measure taken up by the Mahajot alliance, reports ANI

Indian Railways to continue running the trains as per demand, says govt

Indian Railways will continue to provide trains services as per demand. Presently, Indian Railways is running total 1402 specials train services on an average per day. Total 5381 Suburban train services and 830 Passenger train services are also operational. Apart from this, 28 special trains are being operated as clones of highly patronized trains with high patronage.
 
Moreover, additional trains are being run during April-May 2021 to clear rush in Central Railway with 58 trains (29 pairs) and Western Railway with 60 trains (30 pairs). These trains are for destinations having high demand like Gorakhpur, Patna, Darbhanga, Varanasi, Guwahati, Barauni, Prayagraj, Bokaro, Ranchi and Lucknow etc. Read full release here 

Polling parties gather at an EVM distribution centre ahead of the fourth phase of election

Latest News: EC notice to Mamata Banerjee over remarks against central forces

The Election Commission has issued a notice to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her prima facie "completely false, provocative and intemperate statements" against central armed police forces deputed on election duty in the state, saying her remarksare demoralising the personnel.
 
The notice issued on Thursday night said the Trinamool Congress leader prima facie violated various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Model Code of Conduct with her remarks against the central forces.
 
The chief minister has been asked to respond to the notice by 11 am on Saturday. (PTI)

Latest News: Fitch Solutions sees RBI holding interest rates through FY22

Fitch Solutions sees RBI keeping benchmark interest rates unchanged during the fiscal to March 2022 following its decision to buy Rs 1 lakh crore of government bonds.
 
"We had initially expected another policy rate cut to arrest the rise in government bond yields since the Union Budget announcement in February.
 
"However, having an explicit bond purchase guidance from the RBI following the announcement of the G-SAP will also achieve a similar effect, if not even be more effective than a rate cut on capping the increase in bond yields," it said in a note.
 
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) held its policy repurchase (repo) rate unchanged at 4 per cent at its monetary policy meeting on April 7. (PTI)

LIVE: Court sends suspended Mumbai Police Officer Sachin Waze to judicial custody till April 23

Mumbai: Court sends suspended Mumbai Police Officer Sachin Waze to judicial custody till 23rd April, he was in NIA custody earlier. Waze is an accused in Mansukh Hiren death case.

Shibpur: TMC's cricketer candidate Manoj Tiwary faces tough pitch

Ruling TMC's new recruit and former India batsman Manoj Tiwary will face a tough political pitch in Howrah's Shibpur assembly constituency as his opponents are are also formidable players adept at bowling googlies.
 
The BJP has fielded Dr Rathin Chakrabarty, a TMC turncoat who was the former mayor of Howrah and severed ties with the party ahead of the elections, alleging he was not allowed to develop the industrial city. The Left Front has nominated veteran Forward Bloc leader Dr Jagannath Bhattacharyya who is trying his luck for the fourth time from the seat.

Latest News: Vibrant Kolkata can lead eastern India's development, says Modi

Noting that India historically enjoyed its golden era when its eastern part led the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that his government has put maximum emphasis on developing this region and asserted that a vibrant Kolkata can lead its development.
 
Speaking on the occasion of the release of the Hindi translation of the book 'Odisha Itihaas', written by freedom fighter and Odisha's first chief minister Harekrushna Mahtab, Modi said it is his government's effort that Kolkata emerges as a vibrant city and that work is underway on this roadmap.

LIVE: Union Minister says there won't be any increase in fertiliser prices

LIVE: Amit Shah holds door-to-door campaign in Kolkata, ahead of the fourth phase


West Bengal: BJP president Nadda holds a roadshow in Gopalpur constituency


LIVE: PM campaigns on polling days and yet no action against him, says Mamata

PM campaigns in Bengal on polling days, yet there is no ruling that he has violated election conduct code, says Mamata Banerjee at a rally in Purba Bardhaman

US Navy says exercise inside 'India's exclusive zone' is consistent with international law

Preparations underway ahead of the fourth phase of West Bengal Polls tomorrow

LIVE: Will transform Kolkata into into 'City of Future,' says Amit Shah


PM Modi releases Hindi translation of the book 'Odisha Itihaas', written by 'Utkal Keshari' Harekrushna Mahtab

Prime Minister Narendra Modi releases a Hindi translation of the book 'Odisha Itihaas', written by 'Utkal Keshari' Harekrushna Mahtab. Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and BJD MP & son of Harekrushna Mahtab, Bhartruhari Mahtab also present at the event.



Sale of platform tickets have been stopped with immediate effect in some Maharashtra stations

Sale of platform tickets have been stopped with immediate effect from today at the following stations —Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Kalyan, Thane, Dadar, Panvel, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus: CPRO, Central Railway.
 

PM Narendra Modi to release Hindi translation of the book 'Odisha Itihaas'


Shopian Encounter: Top commander among 4 terrorists killed in separate encounters in Awantipora of Kashmir

Two separate encounters broke out between security forces and terrorists in Shopian and Pulwama districts of south Kashmir, killing four terrorists and injuring four jawans.
 
On Thursday evening, an encounter broke out in Shopian town in which three terrorists have been killed while two others are believed to be hiding inside a local mosque in Jan Mohalla of Shopian. Four Army soldiers, including an officer, have been injured in the encounter.
 
Kashmir Zone Police has said Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind (AGuH) chief, terrorist Imtiyaz Shah, has been killed in the encounter in Tral. A search operation is underway.
 
The second encounter started early morning on Friday in Tral area of Pulwama district where 2-3 terrorists were believed trapped.
 
Internet services have been snapped in both districts as a precautionary measure

LIVE: Election Commission notice to Mamata over remark on central forces

The Election Commission (EC) has issued a notice to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her statements on central armed police forces being used for election security in the state. The notice on Thursday night said Banerjee, who is leader of the Trinamool Congress, prima facie violated various sections of the Indian Penal Code with her remarks, reported PTI.

Banerjee has to respond to the notice by 11 am on Saturday. The EC said prima facie, the completely false, provocative and intemperate statements by Banerjee attempted to berate and vilify central paramilitary forces during the electoral process.
 
 

Japan bureau sees 80% chance La Nina weather event ending in spring

Japan's weather bureau said on Friday there was an 80% chance that the La Nina weather phenomenon, seen since last summer, will end in the northern hemisphere spring with a 70% chance of normal weather conditions during summer. A La Nina weather event is characterised by unusually cold ocean temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean region and is also linked to floods and drought, reports Reuters.
 

West Bengal election 2021 LIVE: EC issues 2nd notice to Mamata Banerjee

Election Commission of India issues notice to CM & TMC leader Mamata Banerjee asking her to explain her stand by 10th April, regarding her statements against Central Forces on 28th March & 7th April.

BJP releases a list of candidates for UP Zila Panchayat polls in the state.

Sangeeta Sengar, wife of former BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar who is a convict in 2018 Unnao rape case, to also contest the polls.

KSRTC strike day 3: Bus services remain affected in Karnataka's Kalaburagi for the third day

us services remain affected in Kalaburagi for the third day as Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) employees go on an indefinite strike over their demand for revision of salary.

Shopian Encounter: Three terrorists killed. Two more terrorists firing from inside the mosque

 Three terrorists killed. Two more terrorists firing from inside the mosque. Encounter is going on.

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