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  • Nirav is the main accused in the Rs 13,500 crore PNB scam case. The arrest came days after a London court issued an arrest warrant against him in response to a request by the Enforcement Directorate for his extradition in a money laundering case. The Metropolitan Police in a statement said he was arrested on behalf of the Indian Authorities on Tuesday in Holborn. Nirav Modi and his uncle, Mehul Choksi, are the main accused in the PNB scam and they both left India before the details of the fraud came to light in January 2018.

  • The Indian Navy was requested to provide Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) to the local population post-cyclone 'IDAI', which struck the Mozambique coast on 15th March. INS Sujata, ICGS Sarathi and INS Shardul are providing necessary support to the local administration. Cyclone 'IDAI' made landfall at Beira, causing widespread damage and loss of human life in the Central and Northern provinces. About 5000 personnel are also reportedly marooned at Buzi, near Port Beira requiring immediate evacuation. The safe evacuation by the Indian Navy(IN) ships is being coordinated in consultation with local authorities. The disembarkation of HADR stores including food, medicines and clothing to the Mozambique Defence authorities has been completed. Arrangements are in progress to disembark potable water.The Defence Minister of Mozambique also visited IN ships to oversee the relief efforts. The helicopter from INS Shardul is operating from the local airport for recce and SAR. The boats, Landing Craft Assault and Gemini rubberised craft with divers would be used to render assistance for evacuation of marooned personnel. The IN ships are likely to set up medical camps and provide food, water, blankets and other necessary relief items, as required by the local authorities. 

  • In the semi final India defeated Bangladesh by 4-0 in Biratnagar, Nepal a short while ago. Dalmia Chibbar scored first goal for India in 18th minute. Within 4 minute Indumati scored second goal. In 37th minute with her second goal Indumati took Indian lead to three. In second half also Indian girls kept pressure on Bangladesh and Manisha scored fourth goal just before the end of game. Earlier in the first semi final host Nepal defeated Sri Lanka by 4-0. Now India will take on Nepal in the final on Friday. This is India's 22nd continuous win, since inception of the tournament in 2010. India has clinched all four editions of the championship.

  • Holi is also known as Fagu Purnima in Nepal. Revellers including young, old and children celebrating the festival by smearing colourful powders and throwing colours at each other. In Tarai region Holi will be celebrated tomorrow. President Bidya Devi Bhandari, Vice-president Nanda Bahadur Pun and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli in separate messages, have extended their best wishes to all Nepalis at home and abroad on the occasion of the festival. Holi was also celebrated at Embassy of India in Kathmandu. Officers, staff and their family members joined the celebrations.

  • Pulsars are superdense, rapidly spinning neutron stars left behind when a massive star explodes. This one, dubbed PSR J0002+6216 (J0002 for short), sports a radio-emitting tail pointing directly toward the expanding debris of a recent supernova explosion, NASA said in a statement. "Thanks to its narrow dart-like tail and a fortuitous viewing angle, we can trace this pulsar straight back to its birthplace" said Frank Schinzel, a scientist at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in the US. "Further study of this object will help us better understand how these explosions are able to 'kick' neutron stars to such high speed," said Schinzel. Pulsar J0002 was discovered in 2017 by a citizen-science project called Einstein@Home, which uses time on the computers of volunteers to process Fermi gamma-ray data. Thanks to computer processing time collectively exceeding 10,000 years, the project has identified 23 gamma-ray pulsars to date, NASA said. Located about 6,500 light-years away in the constellation Cassiopeia, J0002 spins 8.7 times a second, producing a pulse of gamma rays with each rotation. The pulsar lies about 53 light-years from the centre of a supernova remnant called CTB 1. Its rapid motion through interstellar gas results in shock waves that produce the tail of magnetic energy and accelerated particles detected at radio wavelengths using the VLA. The tail extends 13 light-years and clearly points back to the centre of CTB 1. The team was able to measure how quickly and in what direction the pulsar is moving across our line of sight. The result supports the idea that the pulsar was kicked into high speed by the supernova responsible for CTB 1, which occurred about 10,000 years ago. J0002 is speeding through space five times faster than the average pulsar, and faster than 99 per cent of those with measured speeds. It will eventually escape our galaxy, researchers said. At first, the supernova's expanding debris would have moved outward faster than J0002, but over thousands of years the shell's interaction with interstellar gas produced a drag that gradually slowed this motion. Meanwhile, the pulsar, behaving more like a cannonball, steadily raced through the remnant, escaping it about 5,000 years after the explosion. Exactly how the pulsar was accelerated to such high speed during the supernova explosion remains unclear, and further study of J0002 will help shed light on the process. One possible mechanism involves instabilities in the collapsing star forming a region of dense, slow-moving matter that survives long enough to serve as a "gravitational tugboat," accelerating the nascent neutron star toward it.  

  • In the vote of confidence, the BJP-led coalition government garnered the support of 20 MLAs which include 11 from BJP, three MLAs each from MGP and GFP and three independents. 15 MLAs including 14 from congress and one from NCP voted against the motion.  The support of at least 19 MLAs was required to pass the floor test in the 40-member assembly, the strength of which has been currently reduced to 36, following resignations of two MLAs and demise of two including former chief minister Manohar Parrikar. Congress continues to be the main opposition in the assembly as well as the single largest party with 14 MLAs, while BJP has 12 legislators including the speaker. GFP and MGP have three MLAs each in the house, which also includes three independents and one NCP legislator. Pramod Sawant was sworn in as the new chief minister of Goa along with 11 ministers on Tuesday following the demise of Manohar Parrikar. The one-day assembly session commenced with a motion of condolence, during which tributes were paid to former chief minister Manohar Parrikar, former deputy chief minister Francis D'Souza and former deputy speaker of the Goa legislative assembly Vishnu Wagh, who passed away recently.  The proceedings of the house were conducted by Deputy speaker Michael Lobo.

  • A new "checkout" button for instant purchasing launched in a beta version of the app in the US with a limited number of businesses, according to the popular image-centric messaging service. "We're introducing Checkout on Instagram. When you find a product you love, you can now buy it without leaving the app.", the Silicon Valley based division of Facebook said in an online post. Tapping the checkout button will allow shoppers to select options such as size or color and then pay for items without leaving the Instagram app. Previously, people inspired to buy products featured in Instagram posts had to follow links to outside online shopping sites. Information entered for an initial purchase will be stored for future use, according to Instagram. It remained to be seen how people would feel trusting information such as credit card details to a service owned by Facebook, which has been hit with waves of criticism for its handling of personal data. Brands taking part in the checkout feature included Adidas, Burberry, Dior, H&M, Nike, Oscar de la Renta, Prada, and glasses retailer Warby Parker. Facebook makes the bulk of its money from digital advertising but has dabbled with e-commerce in the past. It has pitched its Messenger service as a communication platform for shops or brands to connect with customers.

  • India cross 240-medal mark in Special Olympics World Games. Team Bharat continued their superb  at the Special Olympics Games 2019 in Abu Dhabi. India's medal tally comprises 67 gold, 88 silver and 90 bronze medals. Goans Rupesh Kallu Banpagol and Santoshi Vijay Kauthankar have contributed three gold and four silver medals respectively in Judo. Earlier, Indian paddlers have made history in table tennis by clinching four gold medals and one silver medal. After registering three wins out of three, Anu Chennakota and Sabita Yadav bagged gold, while Reshma Shaikh claimed silver following a narrow loss to Sabita in the division final. Meanwhile Sabita, who chose table tennis over badminton in 2015, defeated close friend Reshma in the final. The journey to the gold medal hasn't been an easy one for the 18-year-old. Back in Goa, she would travel nearly for two hours on the bus every day to reach the practice hall in Panjim, train for hours and come back home to look after her family. The everyday hustle was a hassle due to financial constraints.The Indian contingent underwent four preparatory camps in Gurgaon, Jodhpur, Haryana and Mumbai before competing in Abu Dhabi. These athletes trained four hours on a daily basis to get a grip of their game. Akash Tukaram and Sandesh Krishna, who represented age group 18-21, topped their respective divisions to add to India's tally. 

  • Cristiano Ronaldo rejoined his Portugal team-mates ahead of the start of Euro 2020 qualifying this week following a nine-month absence from the national team. The 34-year-old Juventus forward was recalled by Portugal coach Fernando Santos for games at home to Ukraine and Serbia having not played for his country since the 2018 World Cup. Ronaldo was rested for the last six Portugal games while he settled at his new club following his departure from Real Madrid last July. The reigning European champions, who are through to the UEFA Nations League final in June kick off their Group B campaign in Lisbon against Ukraine before facing Serbia on March 25. "Cristiano adds quality to any team. It's a pleasure to play with him and he's very important for us" Portugal defender Joao Cancelo, Ronaldo's team-mate at Juventus told.

  • GST council approved a transition plan for new goods and services tax rates on residential properties under which developers of under-construction buildings may either opt to shift to the revised lower rates without input tax credit or stick to the previous rates. Revenue Secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey told media that for housing projects launched on or after the first of April this year, the developers will have to adhere to the new GST rates recommended by the council last month. Developers can also opt for different GST options for separate buildings in a project depending on if construction started before or after 31st March this year. He added that there will be no revenue loss to the government due to the new GST structure for under-construction housing. The next GST Council meeting will be held after the Lok Sabha elections. The Revenue Secretary informed that authorities will, however, seek permission of the Election Commission if the need arises for any meeting of the body.

  • Local Government Minister July Moyo told reporters at a post-cabinet meeting that the current toll was around 100. "The total number, we were told they could be 100, some are saying there could be 300. But we cannot confirm this situation," he said. "I understand there are bodies which are floating, some have floated all the way to Mozambique," said Moyo. At least 217 people are missing and 44 stranded, according to the Information Ministry. The worst-hit region includes of eastern Zimbabwe, especially the town of Chimanimani. The area was pounded by Tropical Cyclone which on ripped into neighbouring Mozambique before wreaking havoc in southern Malawi and Zimbabwe.

  • After waiting anxiously for the results to appear on the big screen, the Indian flag finally soared high in the noisy hall at the Abu Dhabi as three paddlers won medals in the women's singles section. After registering three wins out of three, Anu Chennakota and Sabita Yadav bagged gold, while Reshma Shaikh claimed silver following a narrow loss to Sabita in the division final. Meanwhile Sabita, who chose table tennis over badminton in 2015, defeated close friend Reshma in the final. The journey to the gold medal hasn't been an easy one for the 18-year-old. Back in Goa, she would travel nearly for two hours on the bus every day to reach the practice hall in Panjim, train for hours and come back home to look after her family. The everyday hustle was a hassle due to financial constraints. The Indian contingent underwent four preparatory camps in Gurgaon, Jodhpur, Haryana and Mumbai before competing in Abu Dhabi. These athletes trained four hours on a daily basis to get a grip of their game. The men's team wasn't too far away, clinching two gold medals on Saturday. Akash Tukaram and Sandesh Krishna, who represented age group 18-21, topped their respective divisions to add to India's tally.  

  • Talking to DD News on the sidelines of 1st India International Broadcast Conclave in Hyderabad, Prasar Bharati CEO said that the public broadcaster may launch a new co-branded channel in future. Many new initiatives taken in DD News: Mayank Agrawal, DG DD NEWS While, Director General of Doordarshan News, Mayank Agrawal said that DD NEWS has taken many new initiatives to improve its presentation. He also said that the channel has also introduced to Mobile Journalism which has led to timely updation of news with quality visuals. He also highlighted various other initiatives launched in DD News.

  • In a video blog, Arun Jaitley claimed that the economic performance of the NDA govt has been the best in the entire history since independence. Jaitley said that NDA govt's performance on several parameters leave no room for any doubt that this govt's economic policies have been most productive. Giving some details of economic development in India over the last five year Jaitley in his blog series, 'Agenda 2019 – Part-9 : The NDA Government's Economy Report Card vs. It's Predecessors' wrote that Inflation during the period 2009-14 was 10% plus. During the period 2014-19, it will come down to an average of about 4.5%. In fact, the last three years average is much lower. Presently it is close to 2.7 per cent. He added that rural roads were built in 2013-14 at 69 km per day. It has increased to 134 km per day in 2017-18. He added that Currently the Metro service operates in 14 cities and its length is 645 km. India's air traffic in the last four years has seen the largest ever growth. Today we have 102 functional airports. We have moved towards near total rural electrification. Jaitley said that various global agencies have already complimented the government for its efforts to stimulate economic growth. However, he added that, majority of so-called economists questioning validity of data are 'compulsive contrarians'. Rejecting opposition's 'fake campaign' by opposition on job losses, Jaitley asserted that Modi govt has systematically and consistently introduced the much-needed second-generation reforms. FM'S 5-YEAR REPORT CARD -- Jaitley's blog: 'Agenda 2019 – Part-9 : The NDA Government's Economy Report Card vs. It's Predecessors' -- Inflation during the period 2009-14 was 10% plus. -- During the period 2014-19, it will come down to an average of about 4.5%. In fact, last three years average is much lower. Presently it is close to 2.7% --- rural roads were built in 2013-14 at 69 km per day. -- It has increased to 134 km per day in 2017-18 -- Currently, Metro service operates in 14 cities and its length is 645 km. --- India's air traffic in the last four years has seen the largest ever growth. -- we have 102 functional airports. We have moved towards near total rural electrification   PM MODI PRAISES FM ARUN JAITLEY’s VIDEO BLOG   Prime Minister Modi praised the video blog of Finance minister Arun Jaitley describing it...as a sharp and insightful piece which presents an accurate picture of the transformation in the last five years. He said it gives a befitting reply to the spreaders of fake news and narratives.  

  • Poll related activities are peaking as Lok Sabha election dates inch closer..Tuesday saw the Election Commission issuing notification for Phase II of the general elections voting on the 18th of April..This also initiates the nomination process for all the seats in this phase.. LOK SABHA ELECTIONS 2019 - PHASE II -- 97 Lok Sabha seats will poll in phase II in 13 states -- Last date of nomination for this phase is the 26th of March -- Scrutiny of nomination papers will be done on the 27th of this month and the last date of withdrawal is the 29th -- Apart from all the 39 LS seats in Tamil Nadu..Phase II will see voting take place on 5 seats in Bihar, 2 in J&K, 8 in Uttar Pradesh, 14 in Karnataka, 10 in Maharashtra & 3 in West Bengal Political activities have also begun to pick up pace..The BJP has hit back hard at the Congress and some other rivals for their criticism of the 'Main Bhi Chowkidar' campaign saying only those who are out on bail along with their entire family have a problem with the clarion call. The BJP leader also said that the 'Main Bhi Chowkidar' call has become a people's movement..He informed that the PM will directly connect with those who've become part of the campaign in 500 locations through video link on the 31st of March..On police action against some techies who raised slogans in favour of Prime Minister Modi outside a Rahul Gandhi campaigning event in Bengaluru..the BJP leader said the Congress President needs to learn more about the freedom of expression instead of giving advise to others.. Tuesday also saw the Congress President campaigning in the North East..Addressing a rally in Arunachal Pradesh..Rahul Gandhi said that if his party is voted to power..it will restore the special category status for all North East states.. Rahul's sister and Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is campaigning in Uttar Pradesh these days..She connected with people in several areas of Bhadohi district on Tuesday..Monday night saw the Congress issue its 5th list of Lok Sabha candidates comprising 56 names. The Rashtriya Lok Dal has also issued its list of 3 candidates as part of its alliance with the SP and BSP..Party President Ajit Singh will contest from Muzaffarnagar and his son Jayant Chaudhary will be in the fray from Baghpat. Akhilesh Yadav's uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav's party Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party Lohia also issued its list of 31 candidates on Tuesday..Shivpal will be contesting from Ferozabad..The Congress is still caught up in confabulations on the prospect of alliance in Bihar and Delhi. It is yet to reach an agreement on seat sharing with RJD in Bihar..and remains devided on tying up with Aam Admi Party in Delhi..But AAP has now categorically ruled out any arrangement with the Congress in Delhi. In West Bengal..the Congress has again failed to firm up its arrangement with the Left..The CPM has declared its list of candidates for 38 of 42 seats in West Bengal..leaving just 4 for the Congress where it won in the 2014 general elections.. In the South..AIADMK and DMK both released their manifestos on Tuesday..The AIADMK has promised 1,500 rupees a month to needy family as a proverty alleviation scheme named after J Jayalalithaa..the DMK has promised to revoke centralised medical entrance exam NEET and reservation in private sector jobs..  

  • According to a communique issued by Rashtrapati Bhavan, Former Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) chief Archana Ramasundaram, ex-Maharashtra Chief Secretary Dinesh Kumar Jain, Mahender Singh and Indrajeet Prasad Gautam have been appointed as non-judicial members of Lokpal. Justices Dilip B Bhosale, Pradip Kumar Mohanty, Abhilasha Kumari and Ajay Kumar Tripathi have been appointed as judicial members in the anti-corruption ombudsman.  

  • In the previous meeting on February 24, the Council slashed tax rates for under-construction flats to 5 per cent from 12 per cent and affordable homes to 1 per cent from 8 per cent, effective April 1...the council has agreed on providing a reasonable time to developers...The matter would be decided in a next few days in consultation with the states. On apprehensions being raised on possible price rise due to new tax structure, the secretary said if prices escalate, the National Anti-profiteering Authority will look into it and take an appropriate action. A residential house/flat of carpet area of up to 90 sqm in non-metropolitan cities/towns and 60 sqm in metropolitan cities having value up to Rs. 45 lakh (both for metropolitan and non-metropolitan cities) has been categorized as affordable housing. Metropolitan cities are Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi NCR (limited to Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon, Faridabad), Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai.  

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  • Addressing a press briefing, he said that in last 24 months the BJP govt. has successfully worked to change the image of the state from a BIMARU state to developing state. Further, UP Chief Minister said that in the past 24 months there have been no political interferences in the police work. He added that the improved law and order situation has created conducive environment for businessmen to invest in the state. U.P. CM said that UP received around 1.5 lakh crore worth investments have poured in the state in the past 24 months  

  • The list also included eight candidates from Telangana, six from Odisha and five from Assam, besides three remaining seats from Uttar Pradesh. The list was declared after a meeting of the Congress Central Election Committee chaired by party Chief Rahul Gandhi earlier in the day. On Saturday, the Congress had called off alliance talks with the Left parties. The Congress has so far announced a total of 137 candidates for the Lok Sabha elections. The party separately also issued a list of 36 candidates for Odisha Assembly elections.  

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