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Latest News: Engineers on Monday “partially refloated” the colossal container ship that continues to block traffic through the Suez Canal, a canal services firm said, without providing further details about when the vessel would be fully set free.

War of words between TMC and BJP have intensified on Monday as both parties campaigned for West Bengal elections. 

"They attacked me. No one from Nandigram attacked me but you brought goons from UP, Bihar. If they come, women should beat them up with utensils, said West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee in Nandigram.

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Latest News: Drones, UAVs prohibited in Puducherry ahead of PM Modi's visit

Flying of drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has been banned in the entire Puducherry region from March 29-30 to ensure security during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit for electioneering.
An order to this effect came from the District Magistrate Purva Garg on Monday.
In a press release, Garg said an order under section 144 CrPc has been clamped in whole of Puducherry region to prohibit flying of drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles.

Latest News: Gupta's Liberty Steel to restart operations, in talks with UK government

 Tycoon Sanjeev Gupta's Liberty Steel UK plans to restart steelmaking next week and continues to seek new funding after its main financial backer Greensill Capital went into insolvency, it said on Monday.
Gupta's conglomerate GFG Alliance said earlier this month it was in talks with administrators of Greensill over a standstill agreement. On Monday GFG said those negotiations were ongoing and also said that Liberty Steel was still seeking support from the UK government.
In an insolvency filing earlier in March, Greensill said that GFG, which is its largest client, had warned in February that it would "collapse into insolvency" if the supply chain finance firm stopped providing it with working capital.

Latest News: 'So what?', say MVA partners on Amit Shah-Pawar 'meeting'

Amid reports of an alleged secret meeting between Union Home Minister Amit Shah with Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar early on Sunday, Maharashtra's ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi on Monday rubbished the purported development and reiterated that the state government is safe and sound.
Though leaders of all three constituents - the Shiv Sena, the NCP, and the Congress -- have denied any such behind-the-curtains parleys even took place, the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party is fuelling the speculation on the unconfirmed clandestine meet at the home of a leading businessman.
Sena leader and Raja Sabha MP Sanjay Raut said he was "not aware of any such meeting", but "even if they meet, so what?"

Latest News: IMD predicts intense wet spell in northeastern states

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an orange colour alert for Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura for March 30-31 with a forecast of rains and thunderstorm over these northeastern states.
It has also predicted an "intense wet spell" over northeast India until April 2.
Under the influence of strong lower level southwesterly winds from the Bay of Bengal, fairly widespread to widespread rain with thunderstorm and lightning at isolated places are very likely over northeast India during March 29-April 2 with maximum activity on March 30-31, the IMD said.

Latest News: Delhi reels under scorching heat wave

Delhi reeled under a "severe heatwave" on the day of Holi, as the maximum temperature shot up to 40.1 degrees Celsius, making it the hottest day in March in 76 years, the India Meteorological Department said on Monday.
The Safdarjung Observatory, which provides representative data for the city, recorded a maximum temperature of 40.1 degrees Celsius, which was eight notches more than normal, said Kuldeep Srivastava, the head of the IMD's regional forecasting centre.
"It is the hottest day in March since March 31, 1945, when the national capital recorded a maximum of 40.5 degrees Celsius," he said.

Latest News: Subdued Holi celebrations in Uttar Pradesh

The coronavirus pandemic cast its shadow on the Holi celebrations in the statewith roads wearing a deserted look and people preferring to stay indoors, celebrating the festival with their family members.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath extended greetings to people, saying in a tweet the festival symbolises the victory of truth over evil.

Just In: Canal service provider says container ship in Suez set free

A canal service provider says that workers have successfully set free a colossal container ship that for nearly a week has been stuck sideways across the Suez Canal, one of the world's most crucial arteries for trade.
Leth Agencies said that the vessel had been refloated on Monday. Helped by the peak of high tide, a flotilla of tugboats managed to wrench the bow of the skyscraper-sized Ever Given from the sandy back of the crucial waterway, where it had been firmly lodged since last Tuesday.
Tugboats were pulling the vessel toward the Great Bitter Lake, in the middle of the waterway, where it will undergo inspections.

Latest News: Wall Street set to slip as bank stocks fall on hedge fund default concerns

US stock index futures pointed to a lower open for Wall Street on Monday after a surge in the previous session, as global banks said they faced potential losses from a hedge fund's default on margin calls.
Nomura and Credit Suisse warned of losses after the US hedge fund, named by sources as Archegos Capital, defaulted, hitting shares in some big US media and Chinese tech companies.
Shares in Morgan Stanley tumbled about 5 per cent after the Financial Times reported it had also sold billions of shares, while Bank of America Corp, Citigroup Inc, JPMorgan Chase & Co, Goldman Sachs and Wells Fargo & Co dropped between 1.6 per cent and 2.5 per cent.

Latest News: No to CAA if DMK voted to power, says Stalin

DMK President M K Stalin on Monday promised that the Citizenship (Amendment) Act will not be allowed in Tamil Nadu if his party was voted to power in the April 6 Assembly elections and slammed the ruling AIADMK for 'supporting' the BJP in Parliament on the issue.
Had the AIADMK and lone PMK member in the Rajya Sabha voted against the bill, CAA would not have seen the light of day and the two parties should be blamed for the 'plight' of minorities all over the country, he said.

Latest News: Pawar has check-up after abdominal pain, to undergo surgery

NCP chief Sharad Pawar will undergo surgery at a hospital here after it was diagnosed that he has gall bladder issue, a minister of his party in the Maharashtra government said here on Monday.
"Our party president Sharad Pawar saheb was feeling a little uneasy due to a pain in his abdomen last evening and was therefore taken to Breach Candy Hospital for a check-up. Upon diagnosis it came to light that he has a problem in his Gall Bladder," Nawab Malik tweeted.
"He is on Blood Thinning Medication which is now being stopped due to this issue. He will be admitted to the hospital on the 31st of March 2021 and an Endoscopy and Surgery will be conducted. Hence all his programmes stand cancelled until further notice," the minister added.

Latest News: Deutsche Bank CEO gives up oversight of investment bank in revamp

Deutsche Bank chief executive officer Christian Sewing will hand over oversight of the investment bank to board member Fabrizio Campelli, the bank said on Monday, in a broad overhaul of the management board.
The move is likely to reassure regulators, who worried that Sewing has too much on his plate, potentially leaving the investment bank open to operational hazards.
Germany's biggest bank was one of the few major banks in the world to assign day-to-day oversight of investment banking to its chief executive. At most banks, other board members oversee the division.

Latest News: Virus scare dampens Holi mood in Punjab, Haryana

Holi celebrations remained muted across Punjab and Haryana on Monday as people stayed indoors with the authorities prohibiting gatherings at public places due to the coronavirus scare.
In Chandigarh too, people celebrated the festival at home as the administration prohibited the celebrations at public parks, Sukhna Lake and the Sector 17 Plaza. Clubs and hotels were also barred from holding any gathering.
The restrictions had been imposed in the wake of a recent surge in the virus cases in the region.

Latest News: World shares steady as Archegos concerns temper Suez relief

World shares started the week on cautious ground as uncertainty over the fallout of the default of a U.S. hedge fund tempered relief from the refloating of the ship blocking the Suez Canal.
Banks Nomura and Credit Suisse warned on Monday they were facing significant losses after the hedge fund, named by sources as Archegos Capital, defaulted on margin calls.
Investors were bracing for further block trades causing volatility in markets after a $20 billion worth of fire sales on Friday reportedly linked to Archegos hit shares in some big US media and Chinese tech companies.

LIVE: CBI summons Anup Majhi, the main accused in coal scam case

Latest News: Stalin promises Assembly resolution against Centre's farm laws

DMK chief and Chief Ministerial candidate M.K. Stalin on Monday asserted that the first priority of his government, once it assumes office, will be to pass a resolution against the three farm laws enacted by the Central government.
Addressing election meetings at Tirupathur and Jholarpet, he noted that while Punjab, Kerala, and West Bengal passed resolutions against the farm laws, the K. Palaniswami-led AIADMK government refrained from doing so.

Latest News: Recollect tyrannical rule of DMK before voting, says BJP leader

The BJP on Monday asked the people of Tamil Nadu to recollect the five years of alleged tyrannical rule of the DMK from 2006-2011 before casting their vote during the April 6 Assembly poll in the state.
DMK president M K Stalin believes that by spreading lies on a daily basis, he can come back to power. But, the Tamil people have realised that they have been taken for a ride, BJP's state election in-charge C T Ravi said.
He said, "DMK stands for Dynasty, Money, Kattapanchayat."

Latest News: Manipur orders bar on Myanmarese entering India

The Manipur government has asked the district administrations of bordering Myanmar not to entertain people from across the border to enter into the Indian territory, officials said on Monday.
The Manipur government directives, which issued to the five Deputy Commissioners of the bordering districts of Chandel, Tengnoupal, Kamjong, Ukhrul and Churachandpur, however, said: "In case of grievous injuries, medical attention may be provided on humanitarian considerations."
The letter, written by Manipur government's Special Secretary (Home) H. Gyan Prakash to the Deputy Commissioners, said that as a fall out of the events taking place in Myanmar, it is reported that the country's nationals have been trying to enter India through the border states including Manipur.

Latest News: China 'happy' over Pakistan-India 'active interactions'

China said on Monday that it was "happy" over the recent "active interactions" between Pakistan and India, indicating that it would like to work with Islamabad to inject "more positive energy" into regional peace, stability and development.
The militaries of India and Pakistan announced on February 25 that they have agreed to strictly observe all agreements on ceasefire along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir and other sectors.
Weeks later, both Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan and powerful Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa made peace overtures towards New Delhi saying it was time for the two neighbours to "bury the past and move forward".

LIVE: BJP hired goons from outside, says Mamata Banerjee in Nandigram

They attacked me. No one from Nandigram attacked me but you brought goons from UP, Bihar. We want a free and fair election. If they come, women should beat them up with utensils, says West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee in Nandigram

LIVE: Will respond like a lion, says Mamata on BJP 'destroying offices'

Those who can't love culture, can't do politics here.  Nandigram witnessing hooliganism. We did meeting in Birulia, TMC office destroyed. He's(Suvendu Adhikari) doing whatever he wants. I can play games too. I too will respond like lion. I'm Royal Bengal tiger, says West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee in Nandigram.

LIVE: 5 naxals killed in Maharashtra in an encounter with security forces

LIVE: Kalyan Jewellers announces first phase of network expansion post IPO

LIVE: Kalyan Jewellers announces first phase of network expansion post IPO, plans to open 14 showrooms across seven states on April 24, the company said in an exchange filing.

Latest News: Global banks warn of possible losses from hedge fund default

Swiss bank Credit Suisse said Monday it may have suffered a highly significant loss from a default by a US-based hedge fund on margin calls that it and other banks made last week, while Japan's Nomura said it could face a loss of $2 billion due to an event with a US client.
Credit Suisse didn't identify the significant hedge fund or the other banks affected, or give other details of what happened. News reports identified the hedge fund as New York-based Archegos Capital Management.
Following the failure of the fund to meet these margin commitments, Credit Suisse and a number of other banks are in the process of exiting these positions, the company said.

LIVE: Nepal govt shuts educational institutions till Friday

LIVE: Nepal government decided to close educational institutions till Friday, April 2, owing to increasing air pollution in the nation, according to the country's education ministry

LIVE: 'Challenge is still ahead' to free Suez ship, says salvage firm

LIVE: 'Challenge is still ahead' to free Suez ship, says salvage firm working to free ship, news agency AFP reported.

LIVE: Egypt canal chief says 3.5 days to clear tailback once ship refloated

LIVE: Egypt canal chief says 3.5 days to clear Suez tailback once ship refloated, according to an AFP report.

LIVE: TMC team seeks round up of all 'anti-social elements' in East Midnapore

LIVE: Minor chemical leak reported in Central Mall parking in Pune

Former PDP leader Khurshid Alam, others join People's Conference

Latest News: Global stocks mixed amid vaccine, stimulus optimism

Global stock markets were mixed Monday amid optimism about government stimulus and the rollout of coronavirus vaccines.
London opened lower, while Shanghai and Tokyo advanced.
US futures were lower following sales of large blocks of stock that news reports said were carried by Archegos Capital Management, run by financier Bill Hwang.
Wall Street's advance Friday was led by stocks that would benefit if vaccinations and government spending boost the US economy as much as expected.

Latest News: Overseas Tokyo ticket holders may get only partial refunds

Many fans living outside Japan who bought tickets for the Tokyo Olympics from brokers known as Authorized Ticket Resellers will not get full refunds. And they may have a long wait to get any refunds at all.
The question of refunds came into play a week ago when local organizers and the Japanese government decided to bar most fans from abroad because of the pandemic.
There are dozens of Authorized Tickets Resellers. They are typically appointed by national Olympic committees and are allowed to charge a 20% handling fee on tickets. For $2,000 worth of tickets, for instance, the reseller can charge $2,400.

Latest News: Thousands flee into Thailand following Myanmar air strikes

Thai authorities along the country's border with Myanmar are bracing on Monday for a possible influx of more ethnic Karen villagers fleeing new airstrikes by the Myanmar military.
Myanmar aircraft carried out three strikes overnight Sunday, according to Free Burma Rangers, a humanitarian relief agency that delivers medical and other assistance to villagers. The strikes severely injured one child but caused no apparent fatalities, a member of the agency said.
Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha on Monday acknowledged the problems across his country's western border and said his government is preparing for a possible influx of people.

Latest News: Why was Amit Shah mum on Hathras incident, asks Mamata

Amid the furore over the death of an 82-year-old "mother of a BJP worker" in West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Monday said she does not support violence against women and is not aware of the real reason behind the death and wondered why Union Home Minister Amit Shah remains silent when women are "tortured to death" in BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh.
The BJP claimed that the elderly woman, a party worker's mother, succumbed to her injuries sustained during an attack by Trinamool Congress supporters in Nimta area of West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district last month.

BJP releases a list of one candidate for West Bengal election

Latest News: Had warned that Waze could create problems for Maha govt, says Raut

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Monday claimed he had warned some party leaders that Sachin Waze, the suspended Mumbai police officer who is currently in the NIA's custody, could create problems for the Maharashtra government.
Raut also said the Sachin Waze episode taught some lessons to the Shiv Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in Maharashtra.
The Sena, NCP and Congress share power in the state.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) earlier this month arrested Waze over his alleged role in planting an explosive-laden SUV near industrialist Mukesh Ambanis residence in south Mumbai on February 25.

Latest News: Backlogs from Suez stranding could take months to clear, shipping group says

The stranding of a container ship in the Suez Canal has created disruptions in the global shipping industry that could take weeks and possibly months to clear, shipping group Maersk said.
"Even when the canal gets reopened, the ripple effects on global capacity and equipment are significant," the world's largest container shipping company said in an advisory statement for customers published on Monday.
Maersk has three vessels stuck in the canal and another 29 waiting to enter, it said, adding thhat it had so far rerouted 15 vessels to sail south of Africa instead.

Latest News: DMK MP A Raja extends apology to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister

DMK MP A Raja on Monday extended an apology to Chief Minister K Palaniswami for making certain remarks allegedly referring to the latter's deceased mother, but claimed his words were 'misunderstood' and 'manipulated.'
Raja's apology to the AIADMK veteran came a day after the chief minister turned emotional at an election rally in Chennai while recalling the episode, besides police booking the Nilgiris MP under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and Representation of People Act over the matter.
Elections to the 234 member Tamil Nadu assembly will be held on on April 6.

LIVE: Earthquake of magnitude 4.1 hits Andaman and Nicobar island

An earthquake of magnitude 4.1 on the Richter scale occurred near Campbell Bay, Andaman and Nicobar island, according to National Center for Seismology

Latest News: TMC denies role in death of BJP worker's mother

Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Sougata Roy denied that Shobha Majumdar's death had anything to do with the altercation between Gopal and TMC workers.
BJP worker from Nimta, Gopal Majumdar's 85-year-old mother, Shobha Majumdar, who was allegedly beaten up by TMC workers last month in the North 24 Parganas district, died in the wee hours of Monday.
"The incident occurred due to an altercation between BJP's Gopal Majumdar and TMC supporters. This happened in front of Gopal's house, during which he fell down. His old mother got agitated and she thought that her son was being attacked, so in the process, she also fell down," Roy told ANI.
He further said: "She is an old woman, Shobha Majumdar. She is 85 years old, suffering from Renal failure and other physical problems. She passed away today. I am very sorry about her death. Any death is very sad but her death had nothing to do with the incident of the altercation between her son and TMC supporters."

LIVE: At least two killed in militant attack in Jammu and Kashmir, say police

Municipal councillor, his personal security guard shot dead by militants in Sopore area of Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla district, according to the police, news agency PTI reported.

LIVE: Kerala HC stays EC order preventing distribution of food kits and rice

Kerala High Court stayed the order of Election Commission preventing the distribution of food kits and rice by the Kerala Government. Court warned the state govt saying it can't use the free rice scheme for campaigning.

LIVE: At least two persons injured in militant firing in Jammu and Kashmir

At least two persons injured in militant firing in Sopore area of Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla district: Officials

LIVE: Amit Shah should look at UP before questioning safety in Bengal, says Mamata

I don't know how the sister has died. We don't support violence against women. Amit Shah tweets and says, "Bengal ka kya haal hai." What is the condition in UP? What is the condition in Hathras?, says West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee in Nandigram

Latest News: China's March factory activity growth expected to grow

China's factory activity was expected to have grown at a faster pace in March as factories that had closed for the Lunar New Year holiday ramped up production amid improving foreign demand, a Reuters poll showed on Monday.
The official manufacturing Purchasing Manager's Index (PMI) is expected to edge up to 51.2 for March from 50.6 in February, according to the median forecast of 30 economists polled by Reuters. A reading above 50 indicates an expansion in activity on a monthly basis.
"The key driver (in March PMI) is likely to be continued resilience in external demand, as shown by Korea's daily exports in the first 20 days of March, which accelerated to 6.5% on a 2Y CAGR basis vs. 5.2% for full month of February," analysts at Morgan Stanley wrote in a report last week.

Goa: Tourists celebrate Holi at Miramar beach in Panaji

SP chief Akhilesh Yadav and other party workers celebrate holi with flower petals in Saifai, Etawah

Kerala polls: Piyush Goyal slams UDF and LDF, says both indulged in scams

Union Minister of Railways, Commerce and Industry and senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Piyush Goyal on Monday attacked the Left Democratic Front (LDF)-led Kerala Government alleging corruption, nepotism and communalism and added that the only progress that Kerala witnessed was in the level of corruption.
Slamming UDF and LDF, he said that both fronts are two sides of the same coin. "Of course, the only progress we can see is that UDF indulged in the solar scam and the LDF indulges in the gold scam. This cannot be accepted by the people of Kerala any more," he said. Read on...

Govt 'absolutely stable' in Maharashtra under CM Uddhav Thackeray: NCP's Patel

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Praful Patel on Sunday asserted that the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in Maharashtra is "absolutely stable" under the leadership of Uddhav Thackeray.
"The MVA was formed by the initiative of (NCP chief) Sharad Pawar. A government was formed when it was impossible. As far as the government is concerned, it is absolutely stable under the leadership of Uddhav Thackeray," he told reporters after reports that the alliance was having issues.
He further said, "Many more Congress leaders also wanted to be with Sharad Pawar after PC Chacko's entry to NCP from Congress. He (Chacko) was not given fair treatment. I don't wish to take names but many did not show respect for such a senior leader." Read on...

Pune’s total confirmed cases so far have risen to 516,000, which is next only to Delhi

Pune’s total confirmed cases so far have risen to 516,000, which is next only to Delhi

Pune logs highest-ever single day spike in Covid-19 cases

Pune on Sunday reported 8,324 new coronavirus infections, its highest-ever single day count, and powered Maharashtra to a new peak. The state detected 40,414 new cases, a new record.

BJP will win 30 out of 30 seats in the first phase of the election: Suvendu Adhikari, BJP

No violation of guidelines has been reported, so far: Delhi police on Holi celebrations

 I am happy to inform you that no violation of guidelines has been reported, so far: Delhi Police Commissioner SN Shrivastava

Streets in Delhi wear deserted look as Holi celebrations have been banned at public places

3 killed, 5 injured in road mishap in Andhra's Vizianagaram

Three persons were killed and five sustained serious injuries after two Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) buses collided at Vizianagaram on Monday morning.
According to the police the incident happened near Sunkaripeta village at around 7 am, when the two buses travelling in opposite directions collided with each other.

West Bengal: Police recovers 56 bombs during search operation in Narendrapur

West Bengal police recovers 56 bombs during search operation in Narendrapur, all 56 bombs disposed off; efforts underway to nab the involved miscreants.

Bihar: Children in Patna celebrate Holi

President Ram Nath Kovind gives assent to NCT bill

President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday gave his assent to the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) (GNCTD) Bill, that gives more power to Delhi's Lieutenant Governor now.

'Festival of unity and goodwill': Rajnath, Shah extend Holi wishes

Odisha bans Holi celebrations

Odisha government has banned Holi celebrations at public places in the state in view of Covid-19 pandemic

US Vice President Kamala Harris extends greeting on Holi

US Vice President Kamala Harris has greeted people on the occasion of Holi, saying the festival is all about "positivity, setting aside our differences, and coming together".
Taking to Twitter, Harris said: "Happy Holi! Holi is best known for vibrant colors that are tossed at friends and loved ones. Full of joy, Holi is all about positivity, setting aside our differences, and coming together. A message that's been embodied by communities across the world during these tough times."

'Festival of joy, happiness and laughter': PM Modi extends Holi wishes

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