Gaza-Israel border: UN chief arrives in Libya, in pursuit of peace, stability

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has paid tribute to the role played by Egypt in avoiding a ‘dramatic’ escalation in Gaza over recent months, as tensions grew over Palestinian at the border, Hamas rocket attacks, and reprisal airstrikes by Israel. Guterres traveled from Egypt to Libya, where he will lend support to “a Libyan-led political process” and the creation of the conditions to stabilize the situation in the country.

Nissan’s Carlos Ghosn denies new charges after being rearrested

Tokyo prosecutors rearrested former Nissan Motor Co Chairman Carlos Ghosn on Thursday, less than a month after he was released on bail amid the ongoing investigation into his financial misconduct. He has denied new charges brought against him as he was served with his fourth arrest warrant in less than six months.

245 file nomination for 3rd phase, 20 for 4th phase elections in Odisha

As many as 124 candidates today filed their nomination papers for the third phase elections to six Lok Sabha and 42 Assembly seats in Odisha. With this, so far 245 candidates had filed their nominations for the third phase election. While 211 filed nomination for the Assembly seats 34 filed nominations for six Lok Sabha seats.

BJD announces Meenakshi Mahant as candidate from Champua Assembly seat

The BJD has cleared Meenakshi Mahant to contest from Champua Vidhan Sabha seat for the upcoming polls. This seat was represented by independent candidate Sanatan Mahakud in 2014 who defeated BJD’s actor-turned-politician Tatwa prakash Satpathy. BJP has fielded Murali Sharma from Champua while Congress has fielded Jadumani Barik.

Makers release trailer of ‘Kalank’

The makers on Wednesday released the trailer of Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapur, Sonakshi Sinha starrer ‘Kalank’ and it looks grand, with some great dramatic moments. Taking to Twitter, Producer Karan Johar said, ‘A world of love, longing & relationships that go beyond reasoning! #KalankTrailer out now – @duttsanjay #AdityaRoyKapur @Varun_dvn @aliaa08 @sonakshisinha @MadhuriDixit @abhivarman #Kalank’. The movie is all set to hit the screens on April 17.

JMM announces candidates for 1 LS and 5 Assembly seats in Odisha

Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) has announced candidates for one Lok Sabha and five Assembly seats in Odisha. The candidates are: Anjali Soren for Mayurbhanja(ST) Lok Sabha seat. In the Assembly elections, the party has fielded Sunaram Tuddu (Rairangpur), Kalinga Keshari Jena (Moroda), Mahesh Chandra Hembram (Saraskana), Sebian Aind (Biramitrapur) and Surendra Mohan Singh (Bangirposi) Assembly seat.

BJP announces candidates for 4 Assembly seats in Odisha

The BJP has released the list of candidates for four Vidhan Sabha seats for the upcoming polls. The candidates to have secured the tickets in this phase are: Champua – Murali Sharma, Bhograi – Manas Mohanty, Basta – Raghunath Mohanty and Niali – Chhabi Mallick.

Irrfan Khan shares heartfelt post for his fans post his cancer treatment

Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan, who was suffering from cancer, has thanked everyone for praying for his quick recovery. “Maybe somewhere in the pursuit of winning, we forget how much it means to be loved. In our vulnerability, we are reminded. As I leave my footprints onto these steps of my life, I want to pause to be grateful for receiving your immense love and support,” he wrote on Twitter.

Cong announces candidates for Sambalpur LS seat, 9 assy seats in Odisha

The Congress on Wednesday announced candidates for Sambalpur Lok Sabha seat and nine assembly seats in Odisha. The candidates are: Sarat Patnaik for Sambalpur Lok Sabha seat. The assembly candidates are: Ashwani Pujari from Sambalpur , Niranjan Patnaik from Ghosipura, Jagdish Mohanty from Cuttack Choudwar, Rajib Patnaik from Bhubaneswar Central , Pradeep Sahu from Begunia and Pradeep Swain from Chilika.

UN commends Algerians for demonstrations, leading to presidential resignation

In the wake of the resignation in Algeria of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the UN Secretary-General saluted ‘the mature and calm nature’ of protests involving hundreds of thousands of citizens who took to the streets peacefully in recent weeks, to express ‘their desire for change.’ In a statement Guterres took note of the 82-year-old president’s decision to resign, after 20 years in power.

BJD fielding MLAs, MPs in election involved in chit fund scam- BJP

Senior Odisha BJP leader Pratap Sarangi has alleged that the ruling BJD had fielded candidates involved in chit fund scam and demanded a white paper on the multi-crore scam. Addressing newsmen here on Wednesday Sarangi said the state government had created a corpus fund in 2014 to refund the money of the small depositors cheated by the chit fund companies.

Migrant birds are here for your votes: Naveen

Taking an unusual aggressive stance against central leaders of BJP and Congress, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today chided them by calling them ‘vote hungry migrant birds’ while starting on a 60-km roadshow from Berhampur as part of his campaign in Ganjam today. “Where were they during when cyclone Titli? Where were they during the drought? They keep coming here now because of elections,” he said.

Security personnel foil self immolation bid by a woman before Naveen Niwas

Police today overpowered a woman and got her admitted to Capital Hospital while she was attempting to immolate herself in front of the residence of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik alleging sexual harassment by a BJD Vidhan Sabha candidate Srinath Soren. The woman from Kaptipada area in Mayurbhanj district poured petrol on herself and tried to immolate herself by firing a match stick before she could be overpowered by the cops.

Odisha govt yet to accept resignation of BJP candidate, party leaders resort to dharna

Odisha BJP leaders today sat on a dharna in front of the Naveen Niwas protesting against the inordinate delay by the state government in accepting the resignation of their candidate for the Saraskana Assembly seat Bhudan Murmu, who continues to serve the government. Odisha state BJP vice-president Samir Mohanty, spokesperson Lekhasree Samantaray along with Murmu sat on dharna in protest after meeting the political secretary of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

Cong accuses BJP of ‘cash for vote’ ahead of PM rally

Congress on Wednesday accused the BJP of a ‘cash for votes’ scam ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh. Addressing a presser in New Delhi, party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala demanded the resignation of chief minister Pema Khandu following the revelation and suspension of the candidature of Tapir Gao, the BJP candidate from West Arunachal.

Govt might examine Jet Airways eligibility to fly internationally: Kharola

The Government is contemplating to examine the Jet Airways’ eligibility to fly internationally, Civil Aviation Ministry Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola said on Wednesday. The airline is presently flying less than 15 planes only. They (ministry) are examining the issue of eligibility of the airline to operate international flights, Mr Kharola said. Meanwhile, a DGCA official said the debt-ridden airline is operating 28 aircraft as on date.

Thirty-five unconscious following ice factory gas leakage in Pakistan’s Punjab

At least 35 people, including children, were left unconscious on Wednesday after ammonia gas leaked from an ice factory in Sargodha district of Pakistan’s Punjab. Local Urdu TV channels quoted police as saying that several workers of the ice factory and people living in the neighboring houses got affected after the gas leaked from the factory in Bhalwal area of Sargodha district.

After Balakot, didi was in pain: PM Modi

After Balakot, the pain should have been in Islamabad and Rawalpindi. But didi (Mamata Banerjee) was in pain here in Kolkata, ‘ said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday and charged the Chief Minister with acting as the ‘speed-breaker’ in the development path of Bengal. All these Mahamilawati cried so much that they became heroes in Pakistan, what kind of India do they want, he questioned.

Banihal blast case: 3 youths arrested in Kashmir

Security forces on Wednesday arrested three youths in south Kashmir in connection with the Banihal blast case. Official sources said that following specific information, three youth were arrested from a village in south Kashmir district of Shopian. The arrests come just two days after police arrested Owais Amin, who allegedly drove the car, and recovered two Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) of which only one exploded on Saturday.

South Korea’s SK telecom to rollout 5G services on Friday

South Korea’s telecom giant SK telecom on Wednesday unveiled its pricing plan for 5G services. The company has scheduled to rollout commercial 5G services on Friday. SK telecom has vowed to offer the fastest and safest 5G services with the widest coverage. The company also said to release unlimited data plans for its mobile 5G networks in order for users to fully enjoy 5G-based media content.

Pakistani minister asks US to help in resumption of dialogue with India

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has asked the United States to play its due role in resumption of dialogue between Pakistan and India. The demand was made during a telephonic conversation between Qureshi and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, said a statement issued by the Foreign Office on Tuesday.

Congress manifesto is just show off: Mayawati

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Wednesday termed the Congress manifesto as a show-off and an illusion. Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, she said Congress and the BJP are no different when it comes to fulfillment of promises. Congress election manifesto is a show off and an illusion like its earlier promises, she posted.

Assam under Nagpur, RSS attack: Rahul Gandhi

Terming the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, (CAB) an attack on Assam and North East, Congress national president Rahul Gandhi today affirmed that his party will not allow this Act to be passed. “The CAB is an attack on your language, ideology, identity. We won’t let it (CAB) be passed,” Gandhi said, addressing an election rally at Bokakhat, under Kaliabor Parliamentary Constituency, in eastern Assam.

Prospect of nuclear war ‘higher in generations’: UN

In a world defined by ‘competition over cooperation, and the acquisition of arms, prioritized over the pursuit of diplomacy’, the threat of a nuclear weapon being used is ‘higher than it has been in generations,’ the Security Council said. The UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Izumi Nakamitsu said so in a meeting convened in support of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

New UN data shows ‘mismatch’ between govt aid and slavery

A new interactive data tool created by the UN University Centre for Policy Research shows a mismatch between modern slavery and government spending to address. It provides detailed pictures of the factors related to modern slavery  and how it has changed over time, and comes during a period when over 40 million people are living in slavery, more than ever before in human history.

EU: No-deal Brexit becomes ‘day after day more likely’

The European Union’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier said that a no-deal Brexit was becoming more likely by the day after British lawmakers rejected alternative options. “Over the last days a no-deal scenario has become more likely, but we can still hope to avoid it,” Barnier said on Tuesday, adding that the EU was ready to accept Britain staying the EU’s customs union.

Tej Pratap lodges written complaint after getting threat call

RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s elder son Tej Pratap Yadav lodged a written complaint at Sachivalaya police station in the state capital last night after his private assistant (PA) received a call threatening to kill him. Yadav said that his PA Srijan Swaraj received a call from a person identifying himself as president of youth wing of RJD who threatened to kill him and his PA.

123 file nomination for 3rd phase elections in Odisha, one for 4th phase

As many as 78 candidates have filed their nomination papers for the third phase elections from six Lok Sabha and 42 Assembly seats in Odisha taking the total number to 123. With this so far 123 candidates have filed their nominations for the third phase election, 104 of them for Assembly seats and 19 for Lok Sabha seats.

BJD demands action on BJP for transmitting Modi’s speech

BJD has demanded strong action against the BJP for transmitting Modi’s speech at Bhawanipatna through bulk voicing message call in live format without pre-certification from Media Certification & monitoring committee. BJD in a memorandum to the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) yesterday alleged that the BJP used the campaigning content on phone today violating the section 21,2, 13 of the election commission guidelines.

Congress announces candidates for 2 Lok Sabha & 9 Assembly seats

Congress today released candidates list for two Lok Sabha and nine Assembly seats for Odisha. The Lok Sabha candidates are: Jajpur: Manas Jena and Cuttack: Panchanan Kanungo. The Vidhan Sabha candidates are: Balasore: Manas Das Patnaik, Dharmasala: Smruti Rekha Pahi, Jajpur: Santosh Kumar Nanda, Hindol: Trinath Behera, Kamakhyanagar: Bhabani Shankar Mohapatra, Baramba: Bobby Mohanty, Paradeep: Arindam Sarkhel, Pipili: Yudhisthir Samantaray and Begunia: Prithvi Ballabh Patnaik.

Critics unite for their first Feature Film Awards

After a successful outing at the Critics’ Choice Short Film Awards, the Film Critics Guild (FCG) and Motion Content Group have joined hands once again to present the first-ever Critics Choice Film Awards, a pan-India awards body, which is the only title after the prestigious National Film awards to award filmmaking in eight major languages.

Ajay Devgn turns 50

Bollywood’s one of the most versatile actor Ajay Devgn on Tuesday turned 50. Ajay’s wife Kajol shared a picture on her Instagram and Twitter handle and captioned,’Happy birthday to my dashing debonair dauntingly serious husband. I just SERIOUSLY wish you a wonderful day and year ahead. And I SERIOUSLY think you’re more awesome at 50′.

Mayawati accuses BJP, Congress and BJD of discrimination against dalits

Bahujan Samaj Party Chief Mayawati today took on BJP, Congress and Odisha’s BJD and accused them discrimination against dalits and minorities. Launching her party’s electoral campaign in the state, Mayawati attended a public meeting in Bhubaneswar today where she rued that the leading parties have discriminated against the dalits and minorities for long on the basis of caste and religion.


BJD announces candidates for 2 Lok Sabha & Assembly polls

Biju Janata Dal President Naveen Patnaik today announced the candidates list for two Lok Sabha and seven assembly seats. Lok Sabha candidates are: Dhenkanal – Mahesh Sahu and Keonjhar – Chandrani Murmu. Assembly candidates are: Bhubaneswar-Central: Ananat Narayan Jena, Khandapada: Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, Pallahara: Mukesh Pal, Jajpur: Pranab Prakash Das, Athamallik: Ramesh Chandra Sai and Korei: Ashok Bal.

Cong Manifesto promises to amend AFSPA, repeal sedition, criminal defamation laws

Congress has promised major legal reforms such as amendment in Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA)- 1958, repeal of sedition and criminal defamation charges if the party comes to power in 2019. It will amend the AFSPA in order to strike a balance between the powers of security forces and the human rights of citizens and to remove immunity for enforced disappearance, sexual violence and torture, the party said.

NDA alliance in TN will win more than 30 seats: Amit Shah

BJP National President Amit Shah on Tuesday said the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in Tamil Nadu will win more than 30 seats in the April 18 Lok sabha election. Addressing a public meeting in Thoothukudi, he said the people of the country from Kashmir to Kanyakumari wanted Mr Narendra Modi to become the Prime Minister again.

PM questions silence oppostion on separate PM for J&K

Prime Minister Modi today criticized Congress and opposition parties for their silence on J&K CM Omar Abdullah’s statement advocating for separate PM for the state. “I am surprised that Mr Abdullah had demanded a constitutional provision for separate PM for his state and no opposition party including Congress had criticized so far.  It is a reflection that they were with the gang working to disintegrate the country,” he said.

Cong manifesto: Focus on jobs, health, education, women safety

The Congress on Tuesday released its manifesto for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, promising Rs 72,000 annually to five crore poorest families under Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY), a host of incentives for youth wanting to start their own businesses, a simplified single slab Goods and Services Tax (GST) and filling up 22 lakh vacancies in the government by March 2020.

Congress promises to provide 33 pc reservation to women, if elected

Congress, in its manifesto released for general elections 2019 today, promised to pass the Constitution(Amendment) Bill to provide 33 percent reservation to women in the Lok Sabha and State Assemblies in the first session of the 17th Lok Sabha and in the Rajya Sabha. ”Historically, Congress has been at the forefront of the struggle for women’s rights, equality and empowerment. We mainstreamed gender in government schemes,” it read.

EC sends notice to Shiv Sena MP for penning ‘critical’ remarks against Kanhaiya Kumar

The Election Commission on Monday issued a notice to the Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut for contravening the Model Code of Conduct, which is in effect across Maharashtra since March 10.  Being the Editor of Saamana, a newspaper published by Shiv Sena, Mr Raut in the Sunday edition of the newspaper wrote ‘critically’ against Kanhaiya Kumar, the Communist Party of India (CPI) candidate for 2019 LS polls from Bihar.

Sensex ends at 39,056, records all-time-high

The benchmark index of Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Tuesday breaching 39K level to 39,056.65, an all-time-high amid buying in select blue-chip counters such as Tata Motors, Bharti Airtel, TCS and Bajaj Finance amid strong global cues. The Nifty of National Stock Exchange (NSE) too rose by 44.05 points at 11,713.20. The Sensex registered the day’s high and low at 39,121.69 and 38,846.96 points respectively.

Cong promises to achieve 3 pc fiscal deficit target within 2 years

Accusing the BJP government of fiddling with the target of fiscal deficit, the Congress on Tuesday promised the people of the country that it would achieve 3 per cent fiscal deficit target by 2020-21 if the party was voted to power. The revenue deficit will be contained as far as possible under 1 per cent of GDP, the grand old party said in its manifesto.

A slew of promises, including ‘NYAY’ and single slab GST in Congress manifesto

The Congress on Tuesday released its manifesto for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, promising Rs 72,000 annually to five crore poorest families under Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY) scheme, a simplified single slab Goods and Services Tax and filling up 22 lakh vacancies in the government. The manifesto was released at the party headquarters at 24 Akbar Road at a press conference by Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

India’s satellite destruction could endanger ISS: NASA

Nasa has called India’s destruction of a satellite a “terrible thing” that could threaten the International Space Station (ISS). The space agency’s chief, Jim Bridenstine, said that the risk of debris colliding with the ISS had risen by 44pc over 10 days due to the test, said a BBC News report on Tuesday. However he said: “The international space station is still safe. If we need to manoeuvre it we will.”

BJP flays Congress for its electoral pledge to review AFSPA in J&K

The BJP on Tuesday criticised the Congress party for its election promise that the application of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act in Jammu and Kashmir will be reviewed. “So Congress wants to amend the Armed Forces Special Powers Act. It wants to deprive them (armed forces) of immunity in what is literally a war zone,” BJP IT cell chief Amit Malviya tweeted.

Ex-BJD MLA Pranab Bhanj Deo joins BJP

The sitting MLA from Morada Assembly constituency and scion of Mayurbhanj royal family Praveen Chandra Bhanj Deo, who resigned from the primary membership of BJD and presidentship of Mayurbhanj district yesterday, today joined BJP. Bhanj Deo joined the saffron brigade in a public meeting attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Bhawanipatna today.

LS polls: SC declines urgent hearing of Hardik’s plea seeking stay on conviction

The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined an urgent hearing of Patidar leader Hardik Patel’s plea seeking a stay on his conviction so he can contest the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. A bench, headed by Justice Arun Mishra, said there is no urgency in hearing the matter as the High Court order was passed in August last year.

Congress’ poverty removal chant a poll plank: Modi in Odisha

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today criticized Congress for electioneering around poverty removal and called it a poll plank that the Grand Old Party has been using since decades.  Addressing the Vijay Sankalp Samavesh in Odisha’s Bhawanipatna today, he cited Rajiv Gandhi’s statement that detailed how up to 85 percent of the funds released by the government are looted by the middlemen and urged the public to vote for BJP.

Bhubaneswar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express uncoupled over Kathjori bridge, all passengers safe

A case of uncoupling of two coaches of Bhubaneswar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express occurred today when the train was running over Kathjori bridge and approaching towards Cuttack station. East Coast Railway (ECoR) sources here said the B3 and B4 coaches of the Rajdhani Express got separated while the train was passing over the bridge at about 0950 hours.

US, S Korea defense chiefs conduct talks on denuclearisation

US Acting Defence Secretary Patrick M Shanahan met South Korean Defence Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo at the Pentagon to discuss their nations’ joint efforts to support denuclearisation, peace on the Korean Peninsula and other key alliance issues. During their meeting, Shanahan and Jeong focused on the on-going diplomatic efforts to achieve a complete denuclearisation of and peace on the Korean Peninsula.