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Thai junta party takes shock lead in first general election since 2014 coup

Sunday's election was held under new laws written by the military to smooth its transformation into a civilian government.

While it had set the rules of the game in its favour, analysts had not expected the party to win the popular vote, given mounting anger at junta rule and due to the enduring popularity of Pheu Thai, the party of ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

The army-linked Phalang Pracharat party, which wants junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha to return as premier, gained more than 7.3 million votes with 91 per cent of ballots tallied, according to the Election Commission -- nearly half a million more than Pheu Thai.

The EC said it would announce full results on Monday, including the numbers of lower house seats won by each party.

The election pitted a royalist junta and its allies against the election-winning machine of billionaire Thaksin -- who was toppled in a 2006 coup -- and featured an unpredictable wave of millions of first-time voters.

There was a high turnout as voters flocked to schoolyards, temples and government offices across the nation, their enthusiasm fired by years of denied democracy.

The junta has pledged to rescue the kingdom from a decade-long treadmill of protests and coups.

The election commission's announcement late Sunday diminished prospects of a pro-democracy alliance nudging it from power. But still supporters clung on in hope.

"Let's wait until the counting is finished," said Savitree Yodchomchin, 58, outside the Bangkok headquarters of Pheu Thai party, where a party atmosphere earlier among the cluster of supporters had soured.

"I am anxious," said Wipa Ployngam, 53, a supporter of the anti-junta Future Forward party.

"I'll stay here all night until everything becomes clear." Fears of the potential for foul play ricocheted across social media as results came in -- a reflection of the lingering mistrust between rival camps, and disbelief that a much-pilloried junta could have won a popularity contest against Pheu Thai.

"Thai people come to vote because they want change," said Somkid, 64, a Pheu Thai voter who gave only one name.

"If there is any vote rigging there will be protests."

 Sunday's crunch vote was foreshadowed by a cryptic last-minute warning from King Maha Vajiralongkorn to support "good" leaders to prevent "chaos".

Thailand is a constitutional monarchy and the palace is nominally above politics. But the institution retains unassailable powers and is insulated from criticism by a harsh royal defamation law.

The day was framed by the palace statement, which added further intrigue to an election that repeatedly threatened to tip into chaos before a single ballot was cast.

It reiterated comments by late king Bhumibol Adulyadej from 1969 calling for voters to "support good people to govern the society and control the bad people" to prevent them "creating chaos".

While King Maha Vajiralongkorn gave no further clues as to who those "good people" might be, the phrase  -- "khon dee" in Thai -- is habitually attached to royalist, establishment politicians.

Another royal command in February torpedoed the candidacy of the king's elder sister Princess Ubolratana for prime minister of a party linked to Thaksin.

That party was dissolved earlier this month, crippling the Shinawatras' electoral strategy.

Thaksin has lived in self-exile since 2008, but he looms large over Sunday's election. His affiliated parties have won every Thai election since 2001, drawing on loyalty from rural and urban poor.

Junta chief Prayut toppled the civilian government of Thaksin's younger sister Yingluck in 2014.

The army and its allies in the Bangkok elite loathe the Shinawatras, accusing the clan of toxifying Thai politics and society with money, nepotism and graft.

The Shinawatras say they have simply recognised the economic and democratic aspirations of Thailand's majority.

In Bangkok Sudarat Keyuraphan, a Pheu Thai prime ministerial candidate, said the party was eyeing a coalition but vowed "we will not join" any supporters of Prayut.

But with 250 votes of the appointed senate in hand, Phalang Pracharat needed just 126 lower house seats to secure a parliamentary majority, even if it does not carry the popular mandate.

If the early results play out on Monday, it appears set to comfortably cross that line.

Pheu Thai needs 376 lower-house seats to command an overall majority.

The telegenic 40-year-old billionaire Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit and his Future Forward party were also set for a strong showing, taking over five million votes for their acerbic anti-junta positions.

Thanathorn's social media pull appeared to have carried into the polling as his party galloped ahead in several Bangkok seats.

But it was gloom for the Democrats, Thailand's oldest party, who looked on course for a drubbing, prompting their leader Oxford-educated Abhisist Vejjjajiva to resign late Sunday.

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NITI Aayog to organise 'Fin Tech Conclave 2019'

An official said, the objective of the conference is to shape India’s continued ascendancy in FinTech, build the narrative for future strategy and policy efforts, and to deliberate steps for comprehensive financial inclusion. 

The Conclave will be featuring representatives from across the financial space - central ministries, regulators, bankers, startups, service providers and entrepreneurs. The Conclave will be inaugurated by RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das. It will host more than 300 representatives from the leading financial institutions.

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Last day of filing of nominations for first phase of Lok Sabha elections

Elections will be held for all 25 Lok Sabha seats in Andhra Pradesh, and 17 in Telangana in the first phase. Among other constituencies going to polls in this phase are: eight in Uttar Pradesh; seven in Maharashtra, five each in Uttarakhand and Assam, four each in Bihar and Odisha; two each in Jammu and Kashmir, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and West Bengal; and one each in Chhattisgarh, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura, Sikkim, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep. 

Filing of nominations will also end for all 175 Assembly constituencies of Andhra Pradesh, 28 of the total 147 assembly segments in Odisha, all 32 Assembly seats in Sikkim and all 60 assembly constituencies in Arunachal Pradesh. 

The scrutiny of nominations will take place tomorrow, while March 28 is the last date for withdrawal of candidature. The counting of votes will be taken up on the 23rd of May after the completion of all phases of polling.

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India raises with Pakistan abduction of two Hindu girls in Sindh

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has asked Indian High Commissioner in Pakistan to send a report on incident where two minority Hindu girls were abducted on the eve of Holi in Sindh province. 

The teenaged girls, 13 year-old Raveena and 15-year old Reena were allegedly kidnapped and forcibly converted to Islam in Ghotki district.

The incident has led the Hindu community in Pakistan to stage massive protests, seeking stern action against the perpetrators and reminding Pak Prime Minister Imran Khan of his assurance to religious minorities to protect their rights.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Information and Broadcasting Minister Fawad Chaudhry, in a tweet, said it is his country's internal issue. 

Replying to Chaudhry's tweet, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj asked him if giving data on abducted Hindu girls is making them nervous. She attributed the nervousness to a guilty conscience.

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PM urges prominent personalities to inspire people to vote

As part of his "#VoteKar" campaign on Twitter, the prime minister urged personalities from the fields of sports, entertainment, and media to create increased voter awareness.

"My fellow Indians, The time has come to say- #VoteKar.

In the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, ensure that you as well as your family and friends turnout in record numbers. Your doing so will have a positive impact on the nation's future," he tweeted.

"If you are undertaking any innovative voter awareness campaign, do share details using #VoteKar. Together, we will ensure maximum Indians exercise their franchise," he said on Twitter.

 Modi tagged film personalities and sportspersons like Anupam Kher, Kabir Bedi, Shekhar Kapur, Hritisk Roshan, Madhuri Dixit, Ajay Devgan and Anil Kapoor and urged them to help support the "VoteKar" movement to ensure high voter turnout in the elections.

He told film directors and actors that while they have made India proud internationally, they must help fellow citizens create voter awareness.

Appealing to media personalities, he asked them to devote time and energy towards boosting voter turnout in the upcoming elections.

"Today a large number of youngsters consume news on the move. It's time to motivate them to #VoteKar to ensure a better tomorrow," he said in a tweet.

"On the cricket field, @SDhawan25, @BhuviOfficial and @ashwinravi99 shine with their incredible talent and absolute commitment towards their team. I urge them to encourage greater voter awareness and voter participation. Young India will follow their lead," the prime minister said using the hashtag "VoteKar".

 He also asked noted athletes Hima Das, Dipa Karmakar and Sakshi Malik, "India is proud of you and you inspire many others youngsters. Now, it is time to inspire greater voter awareness and participation, especially among youngsters." 

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Delhi Capitals beat Mumbai Indians by 37 runs in IPL

Sent into bat, Delhi were helped by Colin Ingram's 32-ball 47 and Shikhar Dhawan's 43 at the Wankhede Stadium, before Pant smashed the Mumbai bowlers for seven sixes and as many fours to power them to 213 for six.

 In reply, MI were stopped at 176 in 19.2 overs as an injured Jasprit Bumrah failed to turn up with the bat. Veteran Yuvraj Singh top-scored for the hosts with 53 off 35 balls.

 Brief scores:

 Delhi Capitals: 213/6 in 20 overs (Rishabh Pant 78 not out, Colin Ingram 47, Shikhar Dhawan 43)

 Mumbai Indians: 176 all out in 19.2 overs (Yuvraj Singh 53).

Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by six wickets to make a winning start to their IPL campaign at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday.  Comeback-man David Warner struck 85 off 53 balls and shared a 118-run stand for the first wicket with wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow (39). 

 Vijay Shankar contributed unbeaten 40 in Sunrisers' total. Andre Russell played a whirlwind unbeaten knock of 49-runs to script his side's dramatic win after Nitish Rana scored 68 at top of the batting order.

 Brief Scores:

 Sunrisers Hyderabad: 181 for 3 in 20 overs. (D Warner 85, V Shankar 40 not out,   J Bairstow 39; A Russell 2/32, P Chawla 1/23). Kolkata Knight Riders: 183 for 4 in 19.4 overs. (N Rana 68, A Russell 49 not out; Rashid Khan 1/26).  

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France: Clashes as police crack down on yellow vest protests

More than 40,000 people took to the streets across France for a 19th consecutive week of anti-government protests -- 5,000 of them in the capital.

Most of the yellow vest protests were relatively calm but scuffles broke out in Paris in the afternoon as police moved in with tear gas against a hard core of hooded demonstrators, many wearing gas masks or helmets.

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Fire breaks out at AIIMS trauma centre

According to reports, at least 20 fire tenders have been rushed to the spot. As of now, the entire wing has been evacuated and there's no report of casualty.

It has learnt that the fire broke out due to an electrical short-circuit in one of the operation theatres at the hospital. The fire broke out on the ground floor of the AIIMS trauma centre.

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Arun Jaitley hits out at Congress through his FB post

He blamed the party's current travails on its dynastic character, driving home his point with the mention of one major drawback all such parties have. 

He wrote, "If the current generation of the party is competent, charismatic and enjoys popular confidence, the dynast can pull-off major victories. There is an incentive in the party to rally behind him.

However, if the current generation dynast is lacking in charisma, understanding and popular confidence, the crowd around the family gets increasingly frustrated." 

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BJP releases another list of candidates for Lok Sabha elections

The BJP released another list of 21 candidates on Sunday evening. So far a total of 306 names have come up in BJP.

Union Minister Shripad Naik will contest from North Goa. In Madhya Pradesh, party has fielded Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar from Morena, Janardan Mishra from Reva, and Rakesh Singh from Jabalpur.

Sitting MP Anurag Thakur will contest from Hamirpur, Suresh Kashyap from Shimla, Kishan Kapoor from Kangra, Nishikant Dubey from Godda,  Mohan Bhai Kundariya from Rajkot, Ranjan Ben Bhatt from Vadodara and Punamben from Jamnagar seat.

BJP release lists of candidates for upcoming Lok Sabha polls from Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Megalaya and Maharastara.

Senior BJP Leader and Union Minister J P Nadda said the party has fielded S Muniswamy from Kolar seat in Karnataka and on Mandya seat, it is supporting Independent candidate Sumalatha. 

Union Minister Uma Bharti has been appointed as the party Vice President. Uma Bharti had expressed desire not to contest the Lok Sabha election.

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Serena Williams pulls out of WTA Miami Open

It is the second consecutive WTA event in two consecutive seasons when the former champion has decided not to play due to an injury.

The 37-year-old superstar, now ranked number 10th in the world, appeared to be moving freely with a 6-3, 1-6, 6-1 victory against Sweden's Rebecca Peterson, inside Hard Rock Stadium, in the second round of the Miami Open.

Williams fell in a three-set battle with Czech Karolina Pliskova in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open in January.

In her first tournament since then, at Indian Wells this month, she defeated former world number one Victoria Azarenka in her opening match but then retired while trailing against another former No. 1, Garbine Muguruza, with a viral illness.

Williams didn't mention any health issues during a news conference after the match, and the WTA had no information regarding when she got hurt.

Williams was next scheduled to play 18-seeded Qiang Wang, who advanced to the fourth round.


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Soldier martyred in J&K's Poonch after Pakistan violates ceasefire

The firing took place along the Line of Control in Shahpur area of the district.

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Samajwadi Party releases its list of star campaigners

The list has 40 names including party chief Akhilesh Yadav.

But the list does not have the name of SP patron and Akhilesh Yadav's father Mulayam Singh Yadav.

Dimple Yadav, Ram Gopal Yadav, Jaya Bachchan and Azam Khan are included in the list.

The list also includes the names of SP spokesman Rajendra Chaudhary and leader of Opposition Ramgovind Chaudhary.

Apart from this, former ministers Ahmed Hassan, Javed Ali Khan, Tej Pratap Yadav and state party president Naresh Patel are also on the list.

Akhilesh Yadav, Ram Gopal Yadav, Azam Khan, Dimple Yadav in list. Mulayam Singh Yadav's name not in list.

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UPA Govt. didn't take deterrent measure after 26/11 terror attack: Sitharaman

Attending an Ex servicemen and intellectuals meet in Hyderabad on Sunday, the Defence Minister criticized the previous governments for not building a national war memorial as a mark of respect to armed forces personnel who lost their lives in operations since Independence.

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FM Arun Jaitley slams those who question armed forces

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley discussed in detail crucial issues including the Balakot operation, Pakistan's role in abetting terrorism, the welfare and development record of five years of NDA government and also the dynastic politics of opposition parties .

Regarding Balakot operations Jaitley asserted it was not a revenge action but a pre emptive strike. 

The Finance Minister said that the government has a clear policy on Pakistan that terror and talks cannot go together.

The Union Minister also made it clear that those who loot the country and its banks will be caught and brought to justice.


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BJP kick starts Vijay Sankalp Sabha across country for Lok Sabha elections


Senior BJP leader and External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj along with Union Minister Mahesh Sharma on Sunday attended the BJP's 'Vijay Sankalp Sabha' in Noida.

Addressing the gathering, the External affairs minister hit out at the Opposition saying the previous government should have carried out similar offensive after the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, which it failed to do.

Sushma Swaraj also said that in 56 years, the Congress government had constructed only one AIIMS, while the NDA government had constructed 14 AIIMS.

BJP national president Amit Shah and other senior leaders of the party will address Vijay Sankalp Sabhas in different parts of the country. 

UP CM launches BJP's poll campaign from Saharanpur

UP CM Yogi Adityanath kicked off BJP's poll campaign from Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister launched the party's poll campaign in the state after paying obeisance at the Shakumbari Devi temple. He also addressed a public meeting ner the temple.


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Electoral environment heats up for upcoming Lok Sabha polls

In Madhya Pradesh, party has fielded Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar from Morena, Janardan Mishra from Reva, and Rakesh Singh from Jabalpur.

Sitting MP Anurag Thakur will contest from Hamirpur, Suresh Kashyap from Shimla, Kishan Kapoor from Kangra, Nishikant Dubey from Godda,  Mohan Bhai Kundariya from Rajkot, Ranjan Ben Bhatt from Vadodara and Punamben from Jamnagar seat.

Senior BJP Leader and Union  Minister J P Nadda said the party has fielded S Muniswamy from Kolar seat in Karnataka and on Mandya seat, it is supporting  Independent candidate Sumalatha. 

Union Minister Uma Bharti has been appointed as the party Vice President. Uma Bharti had expressed desire not to contest the Lok Sabha election.

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US to host Chinese trade delegation starting April 3

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said President Donald Trump is sending US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to Beijing starting next week, joined by deputy US Trade Representative Jeffrey Gerrish and other senior Trump administration officials.

Vice Premier Liu He and other Chinese officials meet with officials in Washington starting April 3, Sanders said.

The trade dispute began last year after the US made several complaints, including that China was stealing US trade secrets and was forcing companies to give them technology to access its market.

Trump imposed tariffs on USD 250 billion of Chinese imports, about half what the United States buys from that country.

China retaliated with tariffs on about USD 110 billion of US items. China's commerce ministry had previously said Lighthizer and Mnuchin would be in China for the eighth round of trade negotiations.

The scheduled talks suggest the two sides believe they can make at least some progress. Trump said at the White House that, "Talks with China are going very well."

Administration officials say they speak with their Chinese counterparts on a nearly daily basis.

Business lobbyists say that a key sticking point is what type of enforcement mechanism will be included in the agreement.

The Trump administration, they say, wants to have the option to impose tariffs on Chinese goods if China doesn't abide by the terms of the pact.

The US also wants China to promise not to retaliate against those tariffs. Still, business groups say the talks are making progress.

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IPL 12: All eyes on Warner as Sunrisers eye winning start against KKR today

Under Warner's captaincy Sunrisers won their maiden IPL title in 2016 and in 2017 he was the leading rungetter for his team.

But the Australian opener missed the last IPL because of last year's infamous ball tampering episode in Capetown, and is set make his IPL comeback along side Steve Smith. Warner will be the most scrutinised player for Sunrisers this season after he was banned for a year over his role in the ball-tampering scandal. While Warner and Smith were banned for a year, young Cameron Bancroft was left out for nine months for his role.

And come this year, both Warner and Smith would be hoping to make an impact for their respective IPL sides.

Even as his international ban will end on March 28, the left-handed opener is eligible to play in the franchise league and would be hoping to get into his zone to stake a claim in Australia's World Cup squad. Warner went under the knife for an elbow injury in January during the Bangladesh Premier League but made a successful comeback for his Sydney club Randy Petes with a 77-ball century in a one-day game earlier this month.

Kane Williamson, who led them to runners-up finish in the Aussie's absence last season, will continue to captain Sunrisers, a team that is known for its depth and variation in bowling. While Bhuvneshwar Kumar will lead Sunrisers pace department, Afghanistan's Rashid Khan will be in charge of the spin attack.

Sunrisers have traded in Vijay Shankar, Shahbaz Nadeem and Abhishek Sharma for Shikhar Dhawan, but the it remains to be seen how they overcome the Indian opener's departure. In KKR's camp, skipper Dinesh Karthik will look to make most of the IPL opportunity to get the selectors' attention.

Taking charge of the team after Gautam Gambhir's exit, Karthik led KKR to third place finish following their loss to SRH in the second eliminator last year. KKR have roped in Carlos Brathwaite to go along side Andre Russell, Sunil Narine as they would look to reinforce their batting firepower with Chris Lynn.

Team (from): Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (c), Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Nikhil Naik, Joe Denly, Shrikant Mundhe, Nitish Rana, Sandeep Warrier, Prasidh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson, Harry Gurney, KC Cariappa and Yarra Prithviraj.

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Kane Willilamson (c), Manish Pandey, Martin Guptill, Ricky Bhui, David Warner, Deepak Hooda, Mohammad Nabi, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Abhishek Sharma, Vijay Shankar, Sreevats Gowsami, Jonny Bairstow, Wriddhiman Saha, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Basil Thampi, Billy Stanlake, T Natarajan, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem.

Match starts: 4pm. 

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IPL 12: CSK begin with a bang as RCB get caught in Harbhajan-Tahir spin web

On a tricky pitch that assisted slow bowlers, RCB were shot out for 70 in 17.1 overs, a target that CSK achieved in 17.4 overs.

RCB in defeat maintained their inglorious record against CSK and also had the ignominy of ending with the sixth lowest total in the league.

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's move to open with Harbhajan (3/20 in 4 overs) paid rich dividends as he removed rival skipper Virat Kohli (6) in the fourth over and RCB never recovered from that early blow. Dhoni's reading of pitch was immaculate as a top score of 29 from Parthiv Patel was a testimony to that and the time that CSK needed to score the runs.

Once Harbhajan's finger spinners had inflicted a telling damage on the psyche of the RCB line-up, Tahir tormented the visitors even more with his googlies that killed the contest in the first half.

With so much assistance for spinners, Ravindra Jadeja wasn't going to be left behind, finishing with 2/15 in 4 overs. Having gauged the pace of the pitch, Harbhajan altered the length of his deliveries effectively and also reduced the pace at times to trouble the batsmen.

There are times Harbhajan dropped his length but the slowness of the track made batsmen indecisive. While he was lucky as his off-break dropped short but Kohli's mistimed pull-shot was taken by Jadeja at mid-wicket boundary. Moeen Ali slog swept Harbhajan for a six but that was all that he could manage with a length delivery stopping on him as he tried to check his drive and loopy return catch was gleefully accepted.

AB de Villiers (9) wanted to hit out of trouble and was first dropped by Imran Tahir and off the very next ball was caught by Jadeja at mid-wicket boundary. With Shimron Hetmyer (0) getting run-out needlessly, RCB were in the dumps even before halfway stage.

It was the perfect platform for Tahir and Jadeja, who were unplayable with the pitch offering reasonable turn and it only helped that the lower-order's confidence was shot to pieces. Captains Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli expressed their dissatisfaction over the slowness of the Chepauk track. 

"The wicket looked much better than it played. We though 140-150 would be an ideal score. A scrappy sort of start but either team would have struggled batting first." Dhoni, who had correctly assessed the track at the toss said that any genuine spinner will do well on this track. "80, 90, 100 is really low-scoring and if you have geniune spinners in your line-up you can create a lot of trouble. We need to score runs as well, ours is a batting attack where batsmen like to play their shots and you can't control the toss which means that we might have to bowl first in matches as well," he added. "Other teams have good spinners as well and this isn't the pitch we are looking forward to," the CSK skipper said.

For Kohli, the relief was that a match like this happened at the start of the tournament. "No one wants to start like this, but it's good to get a game like this out of the way - this early in the tournament. We spoke of trying to be in the game, taking it to the 18th over was nice to see," the RCB captain said. "The batting wasn't good, it wasn't easy to bat on, looked much better surface though, I thought 140-150 would have been an ideal score, especially with dew expected later on. "A scrappy start to the league, but I don't think either team had control over it, the pitch was under the covers for 4 days, but we should have batted better, 110-120 would have been a fighting score," he said. 

The way each batsnmen reacted to Tahir's googlies was different.

Left-hander Shivam Dube (2) didn't read the googly and edged to slips. Navdeep Saini padded one in his intent to defend while Yuzvendra Chahal was holed out at deep square leg trying to hit out of trouble. Pathiv Patel (29) was the top-scorer and the last man dismissed but hardly looked convincing.

The pitch wasn't an easy one to bat on but 70 was too small a total to defend for RCB even though they stretched CSK for nearly 18 overs.

Suresh Raina (19) didn't score much but he did complete 5000 runs in IPL when he reached an individual score of 14. An IPL 'legend', Raina is the first player in tournament's history to achieve the feat.

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Clean-up begins after Mozambique cyclone; toll exceeds 400

One young mother, Mimi Manuel, 26, sat on the floor with her four children, the youngest just one year old.

Families were cooking food using wood chopped from trees ripped from the ground by the storm, as toddlers played around battered school desks. The families come from the nearby community of Praia Nova, which hugs the sea from where the cyclone came.

Steel-sheet roofs were blown off and walls of rough cement and loose bricks collapsed on people who had been told to stay inside by the authorities.

At the city's central morgue, Mika Masseera, 56, mourned the death of his mother. Sumbo Mufucho, 73, died after clinging to a tree for two days as floodwater surrounded her. She was rescued and taken to hospital but died soon afterwards. On Saturday (March 23), her closest family lifted her coffin on to an open-top white truck and drove to one of the city's cemetery.

The number of people killed in Mozambique after a cyclone tore through southern Africa and triggered devastating floods has risen to more than 400, a government minister said on Saturday, as the United Nations warned of the risk of further flooding.


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Thai parties hold final campaign rallies before election

The polls follow five years of military rule that began with a coup during a long-running battle for power between supporters and opponents of exiled former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted by an earlier coup in 2006.

The main parties' prime ministerial candidates spoke at rallies in stadiums in Bangkok, the capital. They included Prayuth Chan-ocha, who heads the current military regime, and Sudarat Keyuraphan, representing Thaksin's political machine, the army's main antagonist.

The most powerful anti-Thaksin party is Palang Pracharath, seen as a proxy for the military. Prayuth, Its candidate, led the 2014 coup that ousted a government led by Thaksin's sister, Yingluck Shinawatra. Prayuth served as junta chief and prime minister in a regime that cracked down on dissent and issued a new constitution designed to weaken the political power of Thaksin and his allies.

Prayuth initially denied any political ambition, but has transformed himself in the past year into a political figure. His official trips around the country increasingly resembled campaigning, and he finally dispensed with all pretext by appearing at Friday's party rally, bringing cheers from thousands of partisans.

Taking to the stage in a classic politician's garb of a white button-down shirt with rolled-up sleeves, he pumped his fist into the air. "I thank you for your support and I will repay more than you have given me. I will give my life and my heart. I will die for my country, the country that allows me to have been born, to live and work," he said.

"I will protect this country for our future generations. Who will join me?" The military said when it took power that it was ending the political unrest that had periodically turned violent and disrupted daily life and development. The claim has been a major selling point for Prayuth. 

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More than 100 killed after attack on central Malian village

Militia fighters descended on a village in central Mali before dawn Saturday, killing at least 100 people in the latest deadly attack blamed on an ethnic militia, local authorities said.

The massacre in the village of Ogossogou left the village chief and his grandchildren dead in the ethnic Peulh community, according to a local official who had received detailed accounts from the remote area.

The victims "included pregnant women, young children and the elderly," according to Abdoul Aziz Diallo, president of a Peulh group known as Tabital Pulaaku.

It was not immediately possible to independently corroborate the toll given by those in contact with survivors from the Peulh village. The UN mission in Mali confirmed reports of an attack but gave no figures.

Militants from a Dogon group known as Dan Na Ambassagou have been blamed for scores of attacks over the past year, according to Human Rights Watch.

The umbrella group comprises a number of self-defence groups from the Dogon villages among others. The growing prominence of Islamic extremists in central Mali since 2015 has unravelled relations between the Dogon and Peulh communities.

Members of the Dogon group accuse the Peulhs of supporting these jihadists linked to terror groups in the country's north and beyond.

Peulhs have in turn accused the Dogon of supporting the Malian army in its effort to stamp out extremism.

In December, Human Rights Watch had warned that "militia killings of civilians in central and northern Mali are spiraling out of control."

The group said that Dan Na Ambassagou and its leader had been linked to many of the atrocities and called for Malian authorities to prosecute the perpetrators.

Mali's Dogon country with its dramatic cliff landscapes and world renowned traditional art once drew tourists from Europe and beyond who hiked through the region's villages with local guides.

The region, though, has been destabilized in recent years along with much of central Mali.  

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Syria: SDF Announces Defeat of Islamic State

United States-backed Syrian Democratic Forces has formally announced the destruction of Islamic State's control of land in eastern Syria.

The forces would continue its military and security campaigns against jihadist sleeper cells.

U.S. President Donald Trump welcomed the fall of the Islamic State group's five-year caliphate, but warned that the terror group remained a threat.

U.S. President said the U.S. would "remain vigilant until IS is finally defeated".

British Prime Minister Theresa May hailed the defeat of the Islamic State after the capture of the terrorist network's last held territory of Baghuz in Syria and vowed to carry on fighting the terrorist ideology. 

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"Surgical Strikes" on Terror Funding

GOI has started seizing properties belonging to terror financiers in a big way. 13 persons and their properties have so far been identified by National Investigation Agency in this connection and further action is continuing.

Enforcement Directorate (ED) has already zeroed in on proceeds of such crime and has begun action to freeze and seize such assets.

Ongoing investigation in the first phase have determined and quantified assets valued at over Rs 7 Crs as proceeds of terror funding crimes.

Individuals identified during these investigations have been found to be providing money to all major terrorist groups like LeT and Hizbul Mujahideen as also Hurriyat leaders, separatists and stone-pelters in J&K.

Funds have been provided to the leadership of valley based terrorist groups for providing the means for misguiding, motivating and recruiting local youth to terrorist ranks including from Madrasas and Mosques financed from such funds.

In addition, operational activities of terror groups are also being financed including attacks on Security forces personnel, camps and convoys.

Money obtained through these channels is also being used by major secessionist formations, particularly All Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC).

These funds are used for maintaining top APHC leadership and also the massive propaganda machinery being used to arouse disaffection among the people of J&K against the Government of India.

It is also being utilized to sustain the spreading of false information through media contacts, newspapers and social media. 

These are in turn used to instigate and lure misguided youth to resort to anti-India activities, violent street protests, demonstrations and stone pelting on security forces at encounter sites for fomenting further violence.

Extensive use of such funds is also being made to finance institutions focused on subverting the local population including through selected Mosques, Madrasas and organization like recently banned Jamat-e-Islami (J&K).

These then form a fertile pool of vulnerable young minds, which can be poisoned and exploited as gun fodder for violent activities aimed at destabilization the State. 

In the first strike, action has been initiated to attach a plush bungalow of Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali in Gurugram, near Delhi. Watali is presently lodged in Tihar Jail.

Watali is a major conduit for funneling terror finances in India. Incriminating documents seized by ED clearly indicate that he has been receiving money from Hafiz Saeed, Syed Salahuddin, ISI and the Pakistan High Commission at New Delhi directly.

He is known to have important sources of Hawala financing operating out of Dubai also.

Apart from Watali, another 10 top leaders have also been brought into the dragnet of terror funding and multi-agency surgical strikes on terror funding have been launched against them in a concerted manner for the first time.

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BJP releases another list of 48 candidates for Lok Sabha elections

Briefing media in New Delhi, senior party leader and Union Minister J P Nadda said, sitting MP Anurag Thakur will contest from Hamirpur, Suresh Kashyap from Shimla, Kishan Kapoor from Kangra, Janardan Mishra from Reva, Rakesh Singh from Jabalpur, Nishikant Dubey from Godda,  Mohan Bhai Kundariya from Rajkot, Ranjan Ben Bhatt from Vadodara and Punamben Madam from Jamnagar seat.

Nadda said the party has fielded S Muniswamy from Kolar seat in Karnataka and on Mandya seat, it is supporting  Independent candidate Sumalatha.

He said  Union Minister Uma Bharti has been appointed as the party Vice President as she had expressed desire not to contest the Lok Sabha election.

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Blasts in Afghanistan's Lashkar Gah city kill 4, injure 31

The blasts came during a Farmers Day celebration in the southern city that was attended by nearly 1,000 people.

The governor of Helmand province, Mohammad Yasin Khan, was knocked over by the blasts, but suffered only superficial injuries. 

The blasts appeared to have been caused by planted explosives. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

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PM Modi pays tributes to Dr Ram Manohar Lohia on his birth anniversary

Remembering Dr Lohia on his birthday, Prime Minister in blog, paid tribute to Dr. Lohia. Prime MInister said that 'nothing pained Dr. Lohia more than the caste hierarchy and inequality between women and men.

Prime Minister also said that Dr. Lohia's thoughts inspire us.

Dr Lohia  wrote about modernising agriculture and empowering farmers, which the NDA Government is effectively doing through efforts such as PM Kisan Samman Nidhi, Krishi Sinchai Yojana, e-Nam, Soil Health Cards and more.

PM said that Dr. Lohia combined a sharp mind and a penchant for mass politics.

Prime Minister said that Whenever Dr. Lohia spoke, inside or outside Parliament, the Congress trembled with fear.

Slamming opposition, Prime Minister said that "today Dr. Lohia would be horrified at the political developments taking place.

PM questioned if "is the commitment to vote bank politics bigger than the commitment to Dr. Lohia's thoughts?

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Terror Funding: Govt starts seizing properties belonging to terror financiers

Enforcement Directorate (ED) has already zeroed in on proceeds of such crime and has begun action to freeze and seize such assets.

Ongoing investigation in the first phase have determined and quantified assets valued at over Rs 7 Crs as proceeds of terror funding crimes.

Funds have been provided to the leadership of valley based terrorist groups for providing the means for misguiding, motivating and recruiting local youth to terrorist ranks including from Madrasas and Mosques financed from such funds.

In addition, operational activities of terror groups are also being financed including attacks on Security forces personnel, camps and convoys

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28th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup: India beat Japan 2-0 in opening match

Varun Kumar scored the first goal in 24 minute through penalty corner. While, the second goal was scored by Simranjit Singh.

India will face Korea tomorrow in second match.

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Vice Admiral Karambir Singh to be next Chief of Naval Staff

Singh will succeed Admiral Sunil Lanba who retires on May 31.  Karambir Singh Belongs to Jalandhar in Punjab. He is a Helicopter Pilot and has flown Chetaks and Kamovs.

He has  commanded four ships at various stages of his career. At present, Vice Admiral Singh is serving as the Flag Officer Commanding in Chief of the Eastern Naval Command in Visakhapatnam.

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Justice Pinaki Ghose takes oath as first Lokpal of India

Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose has become the first Lokpal of the country. President Ram Nath Kovind administered him the oath of the office. He has also been appointed as the chairperson of Lokpal.

Justice Ghose retired from Supreme Court in 2017. Before that, he worked as the Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh and Kolkata High Courts. It was him who convicted Sasikala and others in a corruption case.

After retiring from Supreme Court, in June 2017, he became a member of the National Human Rights Commission of India. He has been a prominent human rights expert.

His appointment was suggested by the Election Committee led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi which was approved by President Ramnath Kovind.

Under The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, a Lokpal at central level and Lokayuktas at state levels can investigate corruption cases against government officers of some categories. The Act was passed in 2013.  

The appointment took place after a fortnight on March 7 after the Supreme Court Attorney General KK Venugopal asked the the Lokpal Selection Committee to decide a tentative date of its meeting within 10 days. After the court's order, the committee meeting took place on March 15.

According to the rules, Lokpal committee can have 1 chairperson and up to eight members including 4 judicial members. Also, 50 percent of the strength should consist of Schedule Caste, Schedule Tribe, Other Backward Classes, Minorities and women.

Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose meets President, Vice President, CJI, PM

Justice Ghose, who took oath as country's firs Lokpal on Saturday met President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaih Naidu and Chief Justice of India, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Congress announces 35 more candidates for Lok Sabha polls

The party has shifted Uttar Pradesh state unit chief Raj Babbar from Moradabad to Fatehpur Sikri. The party has nominated Imran Pratapgarhiya from Moradabad where Babbar's candidature was announced earlier.

The party fielded former Union Minister Renuka Chowdhury from Khammam in Telangana.

The party also fielded Vikramaditya Singh, the son of former Union Minister Karan Singh, from Udhampur constituency in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Congress also released a list of 54 candidates for Odisha Assembly election.

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BJD MP Pratyusha Rajeswari Singh joins BJP

Pratyusha Rajeswari Singh had resigned from the BJD on Wednesday after being denied a party ticket to contest from her Kandhamal Lok Sabha seat. 

Her joining to BJP is further expected to strengthen the Party in the State.

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BJP releases another list of 11 candidates for LS Polls

The list includes names of six candidates from Telangana, one from Kerala, three from Uttar Pradesh and one from West Bengal. Bhola Singh will contest from Bulandsharh in Uttar Pradesh, Pradeep Chaudhury from Kairana in Uttar Pradesh.

Mafuja Khatun will contest from Jangirpur in West Bengal.

In Tenalanga, Soyam Babu Rao contest from Adilabad, Banala Laxma Reddy from Zahirabad and Dr. Bhagwanth Rao from Hyderabad among others.

Earlier on Friday, BJP has released list of 36 candidates for the Lok Sabha polls, which included 23 nominees for Andhra Pradesh where polling will be held in the first phase on April 11.

The list announced late on Friday night also contained names of six candidates for Maharashtra and five for Odisha.

Also, one candidate each for Assam and Meghalaya were announced in the list. 

In the earlier list of 16 candidates, the BJP had re-nominated 14 MPs including Union Minister Nitin Gadkari from Nagpur.

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Sri Lanka President hands over proposal to declare Tripitaka as World Heritage

The proposal was officially handed over during a national ceremony held in Kandy to the UN resident coordinator in Sri Lanka, Hanaa Singer. The Theravada Tripitaka was declared as a National heritage of Sri Lanka by President in January this year.

Buddha’s preaching was propagated through word to mouth for generations till the Tripitaka was finally written down in Sri Lanka about 100 years BC.

The whole teachings of Buddha are contained in three volumes titled ‘Sutta, Vinaya and Abhidhamma’. They were first compiled and written on palm leafs with more than 1000 monks involved in the task in Aluvihare near Matale.

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Bihar: NDA announces names of candidates for LS polls

Among the prominent candidates announced by the NDA, Ravi Shankar Prasad has been fielded from Patna Sahib.

Giriraj Singh will contest from Begusarai. Ashwini Kumar Choubey from Buxar, RK Singh from Arrah, Radha Mohan Singh from East Champaran, Ramkirpal Yadav will contest from Patliputra, Rajiv Pratap Rudy from Saran.

While, Sanjay Jaiswal will contest from Paschim Champaran,  Lok Janshakti Party's Chirag Paswan will contest from Jamui, Pashupati Kumar Paras from Hajipur.

Chandan Kumar will contest from Nawada and Veena Devi from Vaishali have been nominated.

While, Janta Dal United Leader Mahmood Asharf will contest from Kishangunj. JDU's Vijay Kumar Manjhi will contest from Gaya, and Ajay Kumar Mandal will contest from Bhagalpur . However, LJP did not announce the name of its candidates from Khagaria.

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Nepal: India extends financial grant for building educational campus

The newly constructed building of Siddheshwar Education Public Campus in Ramechhap district was inaugurated on Friday. 

The new three story building comprises of 12 class rooms, faculty room, principal room, library, laboratary room, a meeting hall and toilets for girls and boys.

The newly built infrastructure will not only boost learning environment of students but also enhance access to education to needy, poor and marginalized students of Ramechhap District and adjoining area.

Education creates building blocks for the process of nation-building and is the first step towards the development of any country. As part of Development Partnership Programme, the Government of India is providing assistance to institutions at all levels from primary schools to universities in Nepal.

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India's Forex reserves up $3.60 bn to over $405.63 bn

According to the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) weekly statistical supplement, the overall forex reserves rose to $405.63 billion from $402.03 billion reported for the week ended March 8.

India's forex reserves comprise Foreign Currency Assets (FCAs), gold reserves, Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) and India's reserve position with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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12th edition of Indian Premier League begins today

In the opening match, reigning champions Chennai Super Kings will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore.

This time will  be no IPL opening ceremony. Instead, the money will be donated to Pulwama martyrs.

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Indian squad returns home after huge success at Special Olympics

Team India has arrived back in Delhi on Friday evening after their huge success at the special Olympics in Abu Dhabi.

The 284 athletes, as well as coach officials returned from the Special Olympic world games to a hero's welcome.

Indian athletes took home a total haul of 368 medals at the games. India scripted history in UAE by scooping 85 gold, 154 silver and 129 bronze.

Meanwhile, Ambassador Navdeep Suri lauds the stellar performance of Team Bharat at the Special Olympics World Games 2019.

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Cyclone Idai: Indian Navy joins disaster relief operations in Mozambique

Officers from the rescue team were seen helping people stranded in the floodwaters to higher ground. They were also seen delivering food, water, medical aid and other essential supplies to relief camps by helicopter.

Cyclone Idai battered Beira, a port city of 500,000 people, with strong winds and torrential rains last week, causing the Buzi and Pungwe rivers to burst their banks.

Roads into Beira were cut off by the storm and wide swathes of the Indian Ocean port city also lost power.

The cyclone has killed 242 people in Mozambique and 259 in Zimbabwe, and numbers are expected to rise.


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Martyr's Day: Nation salutes Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru

The nation is observing Shaheed Diwas or Martyr's Day today. Each year, March 23 , homage is paid to the great revolutionary fighters Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev who sacrificed their lives for the country.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi remembers the freedom fighters on shaheedi diwas. In a tweet, PM said Sacrifice given by the brave sons of Mother India will keep inspiring us. Jai Hind." PM also shared a video in remembering their martyrdom.

It was on March 23, 1931, three young freedom fighters were hanged to death in the Lahore Central Jail. 88 years later, the country is remembering the martyrs Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev.

In a blog, PM Narendra Modi wrote: Today is a day to honour revolutionaries.

We pay tributes to great sons of Mother India - Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru for their ultimate sacrifice.

We bow to a prolific thinker, exceptional intellectual, revolutionary and devout patriot, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia on his Jayanti.

Dr. Lohia combined a sharp mind and a penchant for mass politics.

When top leaders were arrested during the Quit India movement, a young Dr. Lohia remained unfazed, went underground and even started an underground radio station to further the movement.

In the history of Goa’s liberation, the name of Dr. Lohia is etched in golden letters.

Wherever the marginalised needed a voice, Dr. Lohia was there.

Dr. Lohia’s thoughts inspire us. He wrote about modernising agriculture and empowering farmers, which the NDA Government is effectively doing through efforts such as PM Kisan Samman Nidhi, Krishi Sinchai Yojana, e-Nam, Soil Health Cards and more.

Nothing pained Dr. Lohia more than the caste hierarchy and inequality between women and men. Our Mantra of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’ as well as our track record in the last five years show that we have made a long-lasting contribution in fulfilling the vision of Dr. Lohia. He would surely have been very proud of the NDA Government’s work.

Whenever Dr. Lohia spoke, inside or outside Parliament, the Congress trembled with fear.

Dr. Lohia knew how disastrous Congress was. In 1962 he said, “During the Congress regime neither agriculture and industry nor the army has improved.”

These words can accurately describe even subsequent Congress regimes, where farmers were harassed, industry was discouraged (except if they belonged to friends and relatives of Congress leaders) and national security was ignored.

Anti-Congressism was Dr. Lohia’s heart and soul. His efforts ensured a shock to the then all-powerful Congress in 1967 elections. That time, Atal Ji remarked- “Due to Dr. Lohia’s efforts, one could travel on board the Howrah-Amritsar Mail without having to pass a single Congress state!”

Unfortunately, today Dr. Lohia would be horrified at the political developments taking place.

Those parties that claim inspiration from Dr. Lohia have completely abandoned his principles. They are leaving no opportunity to insult him.

The veteran socialist leader from Odisha, Shri Surendranath Dwivedy remarked, “He (Dr. Lohia) was imprisoned many times more during Congress regime than under the British rule.”

Yet, today those parties that falsely claim to be Dr. Lohia’s followers are desperate to form an opportunistic Maha Milawat or adulteration alliances with the same Congress. It is both ironical and reprehensible.

Dr. Lohia always believed that dynastic politics was inimical to democracy. He would have been flabbergasted to see his ‘followers’ think about their own families first instead of the nation.

Dr. Lohia stated that one who works with ‘Samta’, ‘Samanata’ and ‘Samatva Bhaav’ is a Yogi. Sadly, the parties that claim to be his followers forgot this principle. They believe in ‘Satta’, ‘Swarth’ and ‘Shoshan.’ These parties are experts at grabbing power, looting as much as possible and exploiting others. Poor people, Tribals, Dalits, OBCs and women are not safe in their rule because these parties give a free run to criminals and anti-social elements.

In his works, Dr. Lohia called for complete equality between men and women. But, neck deep in vote bank politics, it was parties that dishonestly claim to be Dr. Lohia’s followers that opposed the NDA Government’s move to abolish the inhuman practice of Triple Talaq.

Is the commitment to vote bank politics bigger than the commitment to Dr. Lohia’s thoughts?

Today, a moot question facing 130 crore Indians is:

How can those who betrayed Dr. Lohia be expected to serve the nation?

Today they are betraying the principles of Dr. Lohia, tomorrow they will also betray the people of India.

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Justice Pinaki Ghose takes oath as India's first Lokpal

President Ram Nath Kovind administered the Oath of Office to Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose as Chairperson, Lokpal, at a ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan

The panel led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced his appointment on Tuesday along with 8 members panel.

Justice Ghose, 66, retired as Supreme Court judge in May 2017.

He is a member of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) since June 29, 2017.

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Government exceeds disinvestment target in FY19

"As against a target of Rs 80,000 crore for disinvestment for the current year, the divestment receipts have touched Rs 85,000 crores today," Jaitley said in a tweet on Friday.

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US President Trump cancels new North Korea sanctions

In a tweet on Friday, Trump referred to "additional large-scale sanctions" by the US Treasury that had been added to already existing restrictions.

However on Thursday, the US Treasury blacklisted two China-based shipping companies for reportedly violating sanctions against North Korea.

US National Security Adviser John Bolton described the treasury sanctions at the time as "important".

In a tweet, he wrote that "the maritime industry must do more to stop North Korea's illicit shipping practices".

The US Treasury said it had acted because the companies had helped North Korea to evade international and US sanctions by engaging in ship-to-ship transfers with North Korean tankers or exporting North Korean coal.

Just hours after the announcement, North Korea withdrew from the inter-Korean liaison office. It is not known if the two events are connected.

The liaison office, located in the North Korean border city of Kaesong, had allowed officials from North and South Korea to communicate on a regular basis for the first time since the Korean War.

The North Korean pullout followed a failed summit between President Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un in Hanoi, Vietnam, last month.

In a tweet on Friday, Trump wrote: "It was announced today by the US Treasury that additional large-scale Sanctions would be added to those already existing Sanctions on North Korea.

"I have today ordered the withdrawal of those additional Sanctions!"

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders did not elaborate on which sanctions were being referred to by the president.

However, she added: "President Trump likes Chairman Kim [Jong-un] and he doesn't think these sanctions will be necessary."

North Korea has been the subject of a series of US and international sanctions over Pyongyang's development of nuclear weapons and missile tests.

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Lok Sabha polls: BJP, Congress release list of candidates

The BJP has  released another list of 36 candidates for the Lok Sabha polls, which included 23 nominees for Andhra Pradesh where polling will be held in the first phase on April 11. 

The list announced late on Friday night also contained names of six candidates for Maharashtra and five for Odisha. Also, one candidate each for Assam and Meghalaya were announced in the list. 

BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra will contest the general election from Puri parliamentary constituency in Odisha.

The Congress on Friday released the seventh list of its 35 candidates for the April-May Lok Sabha election. The party has shifted Uttar Pradesh state unit chief Raj Babbar from Moradabad to Fatehpur Sikri.

The party has nominated Imran Pratapgarhiya from Moradabad where Babbar's candidature was announced earlier.

The party fielded former Union Minister Renuka Chowdhury from Khammam in Telangana.

The party also fielded Vikramaditya Singh, the son of former Union Minister Karan Singh, from Udhampur constituency in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Congress also released a list of 54 candidates for Odisha Assembly election.

The Bahujan Samaj Party has announced its first list of 11 candidates for the Lok Sabha elections, fielding JD(S) turncoat Kunwar Danish Ali from Amroha on Friday.

Ali, who was general secretary of the Janata Dal-Secular, quit the party and joined the Bahujan Samaj Party last week.

The BSP also declared Haji Fazulrahman its nominee from Saharanpur, Malook Nagar from Bijnore and Girish Chandra from Nagina.

Mayawati's BSP is contesting 38 of the 80 Lok Sabha constituencies in Uttar Pradesh under the seat-sharing arrangement with Samajwadi Party and the Rashtriya Lok Dal.

Meanwhile, NDA releases Bihar names of candidates for Lok Sabha Polls on Saturday. 


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Rare albino penguin makes debut at Polish zoo

The all-white African black-foot penguin was born on December 14, but zoo staff decided to keep its arrival secret as they were unsure the vulnerable newborn would survive.

Zoo staff are waiting until they are able to determine its sex to name the youngster. "As far as we know, there is no other such specimen alive (in captivity) in the world," Michal Targowski, director of the Gdansk Zoo, told a news channel.

"The baby is active, in good health, eats well and, what's very important, its parents are taking very good care of it," Targowski said.

To ensure its safety, the youngster is being kept with a small group of six adults, including its parents, part of a group of 70 penguins living at the Gdansk Zoo. "We're really doting on him so that nothing bad happens to him," Targowski, explaining that other penguins in the troop could take exception to the baby's unique look and harm it.

African black-footed penguins, also known as jackass penguins due to their braying noise, have been rated as endangered since 2010 after suffering from commercial fishing, shortage of prey and pollution. 

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India boycotts Pakistan National Day event

India has decided to boycott a reception at the Pakistan High Commission to mark Pakistan's National Day as several separatists leaders from Jammu and Kashmir have been invited to the event, the External Affairs Ministry said on Friday.

It said no Indian representative will attend similar events in Islamabad as well.

Over the years, India's representation at the annual event has been at the level of a Union minister.

Pakistan Day is celebrated to mark the Lahore Resolution on March 23 each year. 

At a media briefing, Kumar also said that India is very clear that any attempt by the Pakistani High Commission or Pakistani leadership to engage with the Hurriyat Conference will not be taken lightly. 

The High Commission in Islamabad will also not be attending the reception there


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Death toll in China chemical plant explosion rises to 64

President Xi Jinping ordered that the causes of the accident must be identified as early as possible.

The blast occurred on Thursday following a fire in a fertilizer factory in a chemical industrial park in Yancheng, Jiangsu province.

Executives of the chemical plant province have been taken into police custody.

Click here to Read full Details Sources @ http://ddnews.gov.in/international/death-toll-china-chemical-plant-explosion-rises-64


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