The Election Commision has also directed that there will be no campaigns or rallies from 7pm to 10am on a campaign day
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NTPC to raise Rs 3,996 crore via bonds next week
The proceeds will be utilized for funding capital expenditure, refinancing of existing loans and other general corporate purposes, it said.
WB: EC extends silence period from 48 hours to 72 hours
The election commission also has stopped campaigns/rallies from 7pm to 10am on campaign days
People from outside are coming inside our country, they are bringing COVID-19, spreading it and running away. After this, if our people die, would you blame us? I have already said that I will give free injections. I had written the letter before the elections. You have still not given us the vaccines. The quantity I have left, I have started distributing it in a steady manner
– West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee
Eight slain at Indianapolis FedEx facility in U.S. mass shooting
A gunman fatally shot at least eight people at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis and wounded several other before taking his own life, police said early on Friday, in the latest in a rash of mass shootings across the United States in recent weeks. At least 30 people have been killed in U.S. mass shootings in the last month alone, reigniting a fiery debate over gun control and the U.S. constitutional right to bear arms as the country struggles to emerge from a lingering coronavirus pandemic.
Pakistan appoints fourth finance minister in two years
Pakistan appointed Shaukat Tarin as its fourth finance minister in two years on Friday, part of a shake-up of the government’s economic team as it enters a key period of budget-making and implementation of IMF reforms. Tarin, a former banker, held the finance minister’s portfolio for about a year in a previous government led by the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), now in opposition to the ruling party of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
All exams in colleges deferred due to pandemic
The Pondicherry Central University announced on Friday that all the practical and theory examinations due from April 19 in colleges affiliated to the university have been postponed until further orders.
Britain government approves extradition of Nirav Modi
Nirav Modi, wanted in India on the charges of fraud and money-laundering, was arrested in March 2019 in London and charged with money laundering and defrauding Punjab National Bank (PNB) of more than Rs 11,000 crore.
TMC’s position is very clear. We want one phase altogether and then have the election. I would request BJP to make their position clear. Do they agree with us on one phase? Do they agree that politics is a second priority, the first is the handling of this COIVD-19 pandemic, people are dying, suffering, families are losing their loved ones. What are Modi and Shah doing?
– TMC MP Derek O’Brien
Shillong: Section 144 on Sundays
The Meghalaya government on Friday clamped Section 144 Cr PC in the capital town of Shillong prohibiting opening of markets and vendor businesses on Sundays in view of the surge in COVID-19 cases in the north eastern state.
Opponents of Myanmar coup form unity government
Myanmar has been in turmoil since the Feb. 1 coup that ousted a civilian government led by democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi which had held power for five years and was starting its second term after a landslide election victory in November. People have taken to the streets day after day to demand the restoration of democracy, defying crackdowns by the security forces in which more than 700 people have been killed, according to a monitoring group.
Delhi Metro trains to run at reduced frequency during weekend curfew
“In view of the curfew imposed by the Govt. for coming weekend for the containment of Covid-19, Metro services will be available with a headway of 15 min across the whole network on the weekend i.e, on 17th and 18th April 2021,” the DMRC said in a statement.
Actor Vivek underwent emergency coronary angiogram followed by angioplasty
Actor Vivek was brought to the hospital in an unconscious state today. He is currently in critical condition on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) in the intensive care unit: SIMS Hospital, Chennai
United Kingdom’s Home Minister has approved the extradition of Nirav Modi: CBI official
Amit Shah held a roadshow in Barrackpore
Union Home Minister and BJP leader Amit Shah held a roadshow in Barrackpore #WestBengalElections https://t.co/Sua6K4XrMe
— ANI (@ANI) 1618573865000
Iran starts enriching uranium to 60%, its highest level ever
Iran began enriching uranium Friday to its highest level ever, edging closer to weapons-grade levels to pressure talks in Vienna aimed at restoring its nuclear deal with world powers after an attack on its main atomic site.
DMK complains to EC against ‘unauthorised’ entry of persons, vehicles in strong room campuses
The DMK on Friday alleged ‘unauthorised’ entry of persons and vehicles in campuses having strong rooms used to store EVMs used in the April 6 Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu and urged the Election Commission to take action on the matter. In a memorandum to Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra and state Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo, DMK President M K Stalin listed out various such instances and urged the EC to ensure no such vehicles or persons entered the premises.
For 5 months there was no COVID19, now they (BJP) have brought people from outside & no one is being tested. Whoever comes from outside should be tested…. People from outside are coming & spreading COVID19. When our people will die, they will blame us
– West Bengal CM in Noapara
Delhi witnesses a change in weather
As per IMD’s weather forecast, the national capital to experience “thunderstorm with hail” today
Putin to decide on counter sanctions against Washington, says Kremlin
The Kremlin said on Friday that Russian President Vladimir Putin would decide what counter sanctions to impose on Washington, a day after U.S. President Joe Biden hit Moscow with an array of punitive measures, but gave no indication of timing.
TMC’s position is clear, we want remaining elections to be held in one phase: TMC leader Derek O’Brien
I request BJP to make their position clear. Do they agree with us that politics is a second priority, first is handling the COVID19 pandemic?: TMC leader Derek O’Brien
Mindtree’s Q4 net profit comes in at Rs 317.3 crore
We’ve advised EC to balance the need for a robust democratic culture with safety norms. It is up to the EC to tell us what exactly political parties must do. We’ve assured them that we’ll adhere to protocols
– Swapan Das Gupta, BJP after all party meeting with CEO West Bengal
BJP targeted my leg to stop me from campaigning, but I proved them wrong with blessings of people
– West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee
Will urge EC to stop BJP from bringing outsiders in Bengal during campaigning to check spread of COVID-19
– CM Mamata Banerjee at Nadia rally
Rupee zooms 58 paise to close at 74.35 (provisional) against US dollar
Sensex ends 28.35 pts higher at 48,832.03; Nifty advances 36.40 pts to 14,617.85
Turkey bans crypto payments citing risks, hits Bitcoin price
Turkey’s central bank banned the use of cryptocurrencies and crypto assets to purchase goods and services, citing possible “irreparable” damage and significant transaction risks in a move that cooled global bitcoin prices.
Finland offers to host Putin-Biden summit: Presidency
Suspended Mumbai Police API Riyaz Kazi has been sent to judicial custody till April 23
He was arrested in the Antilia bomb scare conspiracy case.
Amit Shah holds a roadshow in Krishnanagar
Union Home Minister and BJP leader Amit Shah holds a roadshow in Krishnanagar. #WestBengalElections2021 https://t.co/qK2Ayl3WGg
— ANI (@ANI) 1618565677000
Boat raises funds from Qualcomm Ventures
Consumer tech products brand Boat on Friday said it has received funding from Qualcomm Ventures, the investment arm of Qualcomm Incorporated. While Boat did not disclose the quantum of funding received, it said the investment will support the brand’s plans of rolling out new audio and lifestyle products across geographies as well as building up R&D and manufacturing capabilities.
Solar industry seeks four-month extension for all ongoing projects
The solar industry is seeking an extension of four months on all ongoing projects from the government owing to further disruptions in labour and supply chain due to the resurgence of Covid-19 in many parts of the country.
Season’s first ‘mango special’ train arrives at Delhi’s Adarsh Nagar railway station from Andhra Pradesh’s Vizianagaram
The special parcel express train is carrying 200 tonnes of mangoes in 11,600 boxes from Vizianagaram to Delhi.
1,490 specials trains being operated on an average per day
28 special trains are being operated as clones of highly patronised trains. Overall 70% train services restored. To clear rush, additional trains being run during April-May: Chairman & CEO, Railway Board
Kolkata: Bharatiya Janata Party delegation arrives at Kolkata Circuit House for an all-party meeting called by Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) West Bengal over COVID19 norms
Amazon Prime hits 200M users globally: Bezos
- Amazon Prime has reached a user base of 200 million, according to the outgoing CEO Jeff Bezos, which is an increase of over 50 million during the pandemic only.
- In his final annual letter to Amazon’s shareholders on Thursday, Bezos who will be replaced by former AWS head Andy Jassy as Amazon CEO this year, said that customers have connected more than 100 million smart home devices to Alexa.
Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai jailed for 12 months over huge democracy rally
There’s a tourist leader in country. Many phases of polling concluded but Rahul baba was nowhere to be seen. He did one rally now & spoke of BJP’s DNA. Don’t ask about our DNA, it stands for Development, Nationalism & Aatmanirbhar Bharat
– HM & BJP leader Amit Shah in Tehatta, WB
Maruti Suzuki hikes prices of select models by up to Rs 22,500 with immediate effect: Regulatory filing
This new year will mark the beginning of ‘Asol Poriborton’ (real change) in Bengal
– Bharatiya Janata Party President JP Nadda during a public rally in Katwa, West Bengal
Total 1071 companies (of security forces) will be deployed for the fifth phase of West Bengal Elections 2021
Delhi Police Special Cell has arrested six wanted criminals of Kala Jathedi – Lawrence Bishnoi gang
Tamil actor Vivek critical after cardiac arrest, hospitalised in Chennai
An angiogram will be performed on him
Amit Shah addresses public meeting in Tehatta, West Bengal
Pakistan orders temporary shutdown of social media after violent protests
Amit Shah visits Tehatta, West Bengal
Union Home Minister and BJP leader Amit Shah visits Tehatta in Nadia district. #WestBengalElections2021 https://t.co/rg809OvCZU
— ANI (@ANI) 1618558433000
CID takes over case of death of four people in CISF firing during poll in West Bengal’s Cooch Behar on April 10: Official
US President Joe Biden announces that he has authorized new sanctions on Russia.
The US has approved the expulsion of Russian diplomats for a massive cyberattack on the federal government and alleged election interference that Washington says was carried out by Moscow.
Supreme Court agrees to hear DLF plea to partly refund Rs 630 cr fine
Reports ET Now
Kulgam Police has arrested a woman SPO, terminated her from service for glorifying terrorism & obstructing govt officials in discharge of their duty.
FIR registered under section 353 IPC, 13 UAP Act PS Yaripora Police Station & further probe underway: Jammu and Kashmir Police
Southwest monsoon will be 98 per cent of Long Period Average: Ministry of Earth Sciences Secy Rajeevan
Monsoon to be normal this season, says Ministry of Earth Sciences Secretary M Rajeevan
Kerala High Court quashes the two FIRs registered by Kerala Police Crime Branch against unnamed officials of Enforcement Directorate for allegedly coercing the accused in the Kerala Gold Smuggling Case to give false incriminating statements to implicate CM Pinarayi Vijayan
Larsen & Toubro receives multiple orders across business segments
Larsen & Toubro (L&T) on Friday said its construction arm has received multiple orders across business segments in the domestic and international market. The company did not provide the value of the contracts but said the orders fall under the “significant” category, which ranges between Rs 1,000 crore and Rs 2,500 crore according to the classification of contracts.
Ajay Seth takes charge as the new Secretary of Department of Economic Affairs (DEA)
Seth is a 1987 Batch Indian Administrative Service officer of Karnataka Cadre. He previously held charge as Managing Director of Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited.
Google introduces Timelapse in Google Earth’s biggest update since 2017
Google CEO Sundar Pichai has announced that a ‘Timelapse’ feature has been introduced in Google Earth, the biggest update since 2017, which will make anyone watch time unfold and witness nearly four decades of planetary change.
Rahul Gandhi slams government’s COVID-19 strategy
केंद्र सरकार की कोविड रणनीति- स्टेज 1- तुग़लक़ी लॉकडाउन लगाओ। स्टेज 2- घंटी बजाओ। स्टेज 3- प्रभु के गुण गाओ।
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) 1618545785000
Meity Startup Hub, La French Tech Bengaluru announce tie-up
This programme is jointly supported by the Ministry of Electronics & IT of India, and the French Government, a joint statement said.
Multiple people shot at Indianapolis Fedex facility: Reports
- A shooting has been reported late Thursday at a Fedex facility in Indianapolis.
- The Indianapolis Star reports police issued a news release around 11:30 p.m. saying multiple victims were located at the facility near the airport.
Public programs of Amit Shah in West Bengal
- Public Meeting in Tehatta at 11:30AM
- Roadshow in Krishnanagar Uttar at 1PM
- Roadshow in Barrackpore at 3PM
- Public Meeting in Khardaha 4:45PM