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LIVE news updates: Pakistan violated ceasefire at around 5:50 pm in Nowshera sector, Jammu and Kashmir

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26th March, 2019 08:58 IST
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Expressing shock at "brutal attack" on a Muslim family in Gurgaon, Swaraj India leader Yogendra Yadav on Tuesday said the assailants were confident that they will not by punished for their misdeed.

Yadav visited the victim family Monday at Bhoop Singh Nagar here and demanded from the Gurgaon administration and Haryana government to ensure that the family feels safe and the culprits are brought to book.

"This type of violence can only happen when perpetrators have full reassurance that whatever they do, nobody will confront them," he said.

A mob had barged into the home of Mohammad Sajid in Gurgaon's Bhoop Singh Nagar and thrashed him and his family, allegedly telling them to go to Pakistan. The attack was triggered by a game of cricket on Holi.

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The 48-year-old had been denied bail by District Judge Marie Mallon at his first hearing soon after his arrest by Scotland Yard officers from a central London bank branch as he tried to open a new bank account and has been in custody at HMP Wandsworth prison in south-west London since last Wednesday.

"He is expected to be produced before the court for a second bail application hearing on March 29," a court official confirmed on Tuesday.

Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) barrister Jonathan Swain, arguing on behalf of the Indian authorities, had objected to Modi's bail plea during last week's hearing, stressing that he was wanted in India for "high value and sophisticated" fraud and money laundering amounting to $2 billion.

Judge Mallon had ruled in favour of the Indian authorities, saying that she was convinced Modi had the means and incentive to jump bail and "fail to surrender".

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British Prime Minister Theresa May's government remained defiant after Parliament took partial control of the stalled process of leaving the European Union, arguing on Tuesday that the maneuvering simply underscores the need for lawmakers to approve her twice-defeated deal.

The House of Commons voted late on Monday to wrest the parliamentary timetable away from the government temporarily so that lawmakers can vote on alternatives to the withdrawal agreement May negotiated with the EU.

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In a tweet, Mayawati said "Capitalists & super-rich may not have (been) affected much from the economic emergency of half-baked 'notebandi' but rural masses which is real India had (been) affected by it worst. People were forced to return to their villages and work as daily wagers for survival. Will the BJP apologise?" In an earlier tweet, she blamed both the Congress and BJP governments for the poverty and unemployment in the country.

"The curse of poverty and unemployment prevalent all around in the country is the result of wrong policies of the Congress and BJP governments. This problem can be resolved only by giving work to each hand as per the BSP policy and firm resolve which was given shape by extending employment to lakhs among the sarv samaj by my governments in UP," she said.

F-16s escort Mumbai-Singapore flight after bomb threat

A Singapore Airlines flight from Mumbai to Singapore with 263 passengers on board Tuesday received a bomb threat, prompting Singapore Air Force to send two F-16s to escort the aircraft.

The flight landed safely at Singapore's Changi International Airport on Tuesday around 8 am (local time), the airline added.

"Singapore Airlines confirms there was a bomb threat concerning SQ423 operating from Mumbai to Singapore. The aircraft arrived in Singapore on March 26, 2019, at about 0800hrs (local time).

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Chhattisgarh: Security forces bust Naxal camp in Kondagaon

A Naxal camp was busted by security forces in Chhattisgarh's Kondagoan district and locally-made grenades and other explosives were seized, police said on Tuesday.

The operation on the camp located in the dense forest near Tuswal village under Mardapal police station limits was carried out Monday by a joint team of District Reserve Guard (DRG), Special Task Force (STF) and district force personnel, an official said.

"The Naxals fled when the security forces entered the camp. We have recovered 30 locally-made grenades, one pipe bomb, four bundles of wire, a packet of splinters used in air guns, Maoist literatureand pamphlets, English, Hindi and Telugu dictionaries, stationery, mobile chargers among other things," he said. It appears the Maoists had assembled there to carry out some operation, he said.

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Pak court grants bail to Sharif for his treatment

In a relief to Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan's Supreme Court on Tuesday granted bail to the jailed former prime minister for six weeks in a corruption case on medical grounds.

Sharif, 69, is in jail since December last year, serving a 7-year imprisonment in the Al Azizia Steel Mills graft case. He filed appeal earlier this month against a judgment by the Islamabad High Court which on February 25 rejected his bail on medical grounds in the same case.

A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa in a short order granted bail to Sharif for six weeks for his treatment.

SC terms as very, very serious the CBI report on quizzing of then Kolkata CP Rajeev Kumar in Saradha Chit fund scam.Two dead after a fire broke out in a four-storey building in Shaheen Bagh area of New Delhi, on Tuesday

Two minors died in a fire which broke out in a furniture shop at Shaheen Bagh's Abu Fazal Enclave in southeast Delhi, police said on Tuesday. A six-year-old boy and seven-year-old girl died in the blaze, police said.

"It is a four-storey building. The family used to reside on the ground floor while the furniture store was functioning from the basement," a senior police official said.

The Delhi Fire service received a call about the blaze at around 1:30 PM. The fire was brought under control.

Govt refuses to disclose details on RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das appointment

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Replying to an RTI query, it declined to share the details, including names of short-listed candidates and file notings related to the appointment.

Das was on December 11, 2018 named as the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for three years.

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In a series of tweets, Kejriwal said insulting elders was not part of Hindu or Indian culture.

"The way Modi insulted his elders — (L.K.) Advani and Murli Manohar (Joshi), this is against Hindu culture. In Hinduism, we have been taught to respect our elders," the Delhi Chief Minister said.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader said that those who built the "house" — a reference to BJP — had been thrown out and questioned the loyalty of those "who are not loyal to their elders".

"Is this Indian culture? People are discussing why Modi is insulting Advani, Joshi and Sushma (Swaraj)?"

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The video had been surfacing on the social media since the past couple of days, Sambhal Superintendent of Police Jamuna Prasad said. On the directives of the SDM, an FIR was filed on Monday in this connection against Shakeel Ahmed, the husband of Nagar Palika chairperson Arifa Shakeel, the SP said.

The matter is being investigated and further action will be taken after getting a report in this connection, the SP added.

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Singapore Airline's Mumbai-Singapore flight receives bomb threat

A Singapore Airlines flight heading from Mumbai to Singapore with 263 passengers on board Tuesday received a bomb threat, the carrier said.

However, the flight landed safely at Singapore's Changi International Airport on Tuesday morning around 8 am local time, the airline added.

"Singapore Airlines confirms there was a bomb threat concerning SQ423 operating from Mumbai to Singapore. The aircraft arrived in Singapore on 26 March, 2019, at about 0800hrs (local time).

"There were 263 passengers on board. We are assisting the authorities with their investigations and regret that we are unable to provide further details," a statement issued by the airline said.

The flight had departed from Mumbai airport around 11.50 am on Monday.

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In a series of tweets reacting to banks led by State Bank of India taking over management control of troubled Jet Airways, Mallya said,"...Only wish the same was done for Kingfisher".

Rupee rises 15 paise to 68.81 against US dollar in early trade

The rupee strengthened by 15 paise to 68.81 against the US dollar in opening trade Tuesday on fresh selling of the greenback by exporters.

The weakening of the US dollar against some currencies overseas and a higher opening in domestic equity market, supported the local unit, a currency dealer said.

Pentagon authorizes USD 1 bn for Trump's border wall

Acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan said on Monday he had authorized USD 1 billion to build part of the wall sought by President Donald Trump along the US-Mexico border.

The Department of Homeland Security asked the Pentagon to build 92 kilometers of 5.5-meter fencing, build and improve roads, and install lighting to support Trump's emergency declaration as concerns the border.

Shanahan "authorized the commander of the US Army Corps of Engineers to begin planning and executing up to USD 1 billion in support to the Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Patrol," a Pentagon statement read.

Four Naxals killed in encounter with security forces in Sukma district in Chhattisgarh: Police.

Four Maoists were killed on Tuesday in a gun battle with a special unit of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh, said the paramilitary unit.

The gunfight began around 6 a.m. when a Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) unit, was on a search mission in deep forested area around one kilometre from Bimapur in Jagargunda area. "Four bodies of Maoists in uniform, one Insas rifle and two 303 rifle were recovered," said a CRPF official.

The specialised unit of the CRPF proficient in guerrilla tactics and jungle warfare continues with the deep combing of the forested area, he added.

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