LIVE news updates: Naxal killed in encounter in Chhattisgarh on polling day

A Naxal was killed in a gunbattle with security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Narayanpur district on the day of polling for the Bastar Lok Sabha constituency on Thursday

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11 Apr 2019, 6:21 PM

Naxal killed in encounter in Chhattisgarh on polling day

A Naxal was killed in a gunbattle with security forces in Chhattisgarh's Narayanpur district on the day of polling for the Bastar Lok Sabha constituency on Thursday, police said.

The encounter took place in the restive Orchha area of the district when ultras attacked a team of security forces guarding a helipad, said Director General (Anti-Naxal Operation) Girdhari Nayak.

Firing on security forces by the rebels triggered the gunbattle, which left one Naxal dead, he said.

The ultras later escaped from the spot, from where the Naxal's body was recovered, Nayak said.

11 Apr 2019, 6:29 PM

Eight dead in road accident

Eight persons were killed on Thursday when their car rammed into a truck from the rear after the driver lost control of the vehicle, police said.

The car, coming from Lucknow, hit the truck in Fatehabad area, 37 km from here.

The tyres of both the vehicles burst due to the impact of the accident. Six people died on the spot while two others died on way to the hospital. Of the deceased seven were from Jaunpur and one from Azamgarh.

11 Apr 2019, 6:21 PM

Sudan army topples veteran leader Bashir

Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir was ousted by the army on Thursday, brought down by months of anti-government protests against his three decades of iron-fisted rule.

"I announce as minister of defence the toppling of the regime and detaining its chief in a secure place," Defence Minister Awad Ibnouf said in a sombre televised address to the nation.

A transitional military council would replace Bashir for two years, he said, adding that the country's borders and airspace would be shut until further notice.

The veteran leader, who swept to power in a 1989 coup, was one of Africa's longest serving presidents. He is wanted on charges of genocide and war crimes by the International Criminal Court.

Since early morning huge crowds of jubilant Sudanese had begun thronging squares across the centre of Khartoum on Thursday as the army promised an "important announcement".

11 Apr 2019, 5:23 PM

Assange will not be extradited to country with death penalty: Ecuador president

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, arrested in London on Thursday after Quito withdrew his political asylum, will not be extradited to any country where he could face "torture or the death penalty," Ecuador's president said.

"I asked Great Britain for the guarantee that Mr Assange will not be extradited to any country in which he could suffer torture or the death penalty," President Lenin Moreno said in a video message posted on social media.

"The British government has confirmed in writing" that they will meet this requirement, Moreno said.

Moreno earlier tweeted that Ecuador was within its "sovereign rights" to withdraw Assange's asylum "for repeatedly violating international conventions and the protocol of co-habitation." Assange has been living at Ecuador's embassy in London since 2012 when he sought refuge there after being accused of sexual assault in Sweden.

11 Apr 2019, 4:05 PM

Ecuador says was 'sovereign right' to terminate Assange asylum

11 Apr 2019, 3:33 PM

Goa govt plans to ban single-use plastics from Sept

The Goa government is planning to bring in a legislation to ban single-use plastic items like straws, cutlery and bags in the state from September, an official said on Thursday.

The government wants to make an amendment to the Goa Non-Biodegradable Garbage Control Act to ensure a complete ban on the single-use plastics, said a senior officer from the state panchayat department.

The amendment is currently being drafted and is likely to be introduced during the state Assembly's monsoon session.

"The legislation is aimed at banning manufacture, supply, storage and use such plastics in the state," the official said.

11 Apr 2019, 3:20 PM

CM hits out at Shah for Pakistan jibe on Wayanad processions

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday lashed out at Amit Shah's comment equating processions in Wayanad to those taking place in Pakistan and said the BJP chief had "no idea" about the hilly district.

Shah had recently equated Wayanad, the second seat from where the Congress president Rahul Gandhi is contesting, to Pakistan, and said "when a procession is taken out, you cannot make out whether it is India or a Pakistan procession." Vijayan, at a campaign rally for the CPI candidate P Suneer at Wayanad, said if Shah had any idea about the history of Wayanad in the freedom struggle, he would not have likened it with Pakistan.

11 Apr 2019, 3:16 PM

British police arrest Wikileaks founder Julian Assange

Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange has been arrested after seven years in Ecuador's embassy in London, UK police said on Thursday.

The Metropolitan Police said he had been taken into custody and will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court "as soon as is possible".

The 47-year-old faces allegations that he publicly released secret documents relating to the US. He had been in the embassy in London since 2012.

Assange had originally sought asylum at the embassy after Swedish authorities wanted to quiz him over allegations of sexual assault and rape.

11 Apr 2019, 2:22 PM

UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi files nomination from Rae Bareli, Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha constituency

Sonia Gandhi files nomination from Raebareli, Uttar Pradesh. Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra accompany her.

11 Apr 2019, 2:01 PM

UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi holds a roadshow ahead of filing nomination from Raebareli

11 Apr 2019, 11:45 AM

US Vice President Mike Pence asks UN to expel Venezuelan representative

US Vice President Mike Pence has called on the UN to expel the representative of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, while warning that Washington was open to using all options to oust the country's leader.

"This body should revoke the credentials of Venezuela's representative to the UN, recognise Interim President Juan Guaido, and seat the representative of the free Venezuelan government in this body without delay," Pence told the Security Council on Wednesday.

After accusing Maduro of human rights violations, impoverishing the nation and creating a failed state, Pence said that Washington would use diplomatic and economic means to bring about a peaceful change on government, adding: "All options are on the table."

11 Apr 2019, 11:37 AM

Netanyahu looks to form right-wing government after victory

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought to form a right-wing governing coalition on Thursday after securing victory in a high-stakes Israeli election despite a strong challenge from a centrist alliance.

The results from Tuesday's vote came despite corruption allegations against the 69-year-old premier and kept him on course to become Israel's longest-serving prime minister later this year.

Netanyahu's rightwing Likud party looked set to finish with a similar number of seats in parliament to his main rival, ex-military chief Benny Gantz's centrist Blue and White alliance.

11 Apr 2019, 11:32 AM

Mulayam Singh Yadav files affidavit in SC in DA case regarding disproportionate assets case

Claiming innocence in the DA case, Mulayam Singh Yadav filed an affidavit before the Supreme Court today in connection with a petition of a lawyer, who had alleged that Yadav has amassed wealth disproportionate to his unknown sources of income

Mulayam Singh claimed in his affidavit, that prima facie during the investigation, the CBI had given him a clean chit and it found no evidence against him in the disproportionate assets case.

11 Apr 2019, 11:26 AM

SC asks WB govt to pay ₹20 lakh fine for imposing 'virtual ban' on public screening of satirical film 'Bhobishyoter Bhoot'

Supreme Court asks West Bengal government to pay ₹20 lakh fine for imposing 'virtual ban' on public screening of satirical film 'Bhobishyoter Bhoot'. SC says ₹20 lakh will be distributed among producers and cinema hall owners for the violation of their right of free speech and expression .

11 Apr 2019, 10:06 AM

Rupee slips 9 paise to 69.20 against USD in early trade

The rupee fell 9 paise to 69.20 against the US dollar in opening trade Thursday on increased demand for the greenback from importers and banks.

Forex dealers said, strengthening of the American currency in the overseas market weighed on the domestic currency.

11 Apr 2019, 10:00 AM

Market opens on a cautious note as Lok Sabha poll begins

Sensex (PTI)
Sensex (PTI)

Domestic equity benchmarks opened on a cautious note Thursday as voting began in 91 constituencies across the country in the first phase of Lok Sabha election.

The BSE Sensex was trading 33.29 points or 0.09 per cent higher at 38,618.64. The gauge had ended 353.87 points, or 0.91 per cent, lower to close at 38,585.35 in its previous session.

The NSE Nifty was trading 10.20 points, or 0.09 per cent, higher at 11,594.50 in early session.

11 Apr 2019, 9:31 AM

Australian PM announces date for general elections

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Thursday that the country will hold the coming general elections on May 18, in a vote that could deliver a seventh leader in just over a decade.

Morrison, a former Tourism Australia director, and his centre-right Liberal National Coalition government are seeking re-election on a platform of tax cuts and economic stability, CNN reported.

"At this election there is a clear choice. It is a choice that will determine the economy that Australians live in, not just for the next three years but for the next decade," he told the media.

11 Apr 2019, 9:14 AM

Will never give in to sanctions: Kim Jong-un

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has vowed never to give in to sanctions, adding that Pyongyang needs to deliver a "serious blow" to those imposing it, state-media reported on Thursday.

According to the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), Kim made the remark during a plenary session of the Central Committee of the ruling party ON Wednesday, a day before the North is to convene the first session of its 14th Supreme People's Assembly, reports Yonhap News Agency.

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