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People using the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) services in the city for commuting short distances will pay a lower fare with the corporation on Thursday announcing its new tariff.Citing requests by thousands of passengers who often have a problem with finding change, the BMTC announced that fares for the second stage of travel (2-4 km, each stage equals 2 km of travel), would be reduced from 12 to 10 for non air conditioned services. “Around 25% of all our riders fall in the second stage category. About 50% travel between the first two stages (up to 4 km). This reduction will help them,” said Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy.

Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has asked officials to consider every national and State highway as standalone projects for maintenance. A knowledge partner needs to be appointed in this regard.Andhra Pradesh has a network of 41,296 km of State roads and 6,000 km length of national highways.These roads have to be connected. He directed officials to chalk out plans in that direction, and utilise the services of DWCRA groups.Mr. Naidu held a review meeting on the Roads and Buildings (R&B) Department at the Secretariat near here Wednesday.He also reviewed the working of the computerised Road Management System for the State highways and major district roads.The officials informed him that the Central government has sanctioned 3,370.93 crore under the Central Road Fund (CFRF) to the State. The government has already launched 132 works.The Centre has released 1,690.60 crore.

India aims to auction coal blocks for commercial mining by December-end, coal secretary Susheel Kumar told television channel ET NOW on Thursday, a move that would end monopoly of State-run firms in coal mining.This could help the country to meet its target and produce 1 billion tonnes by 2020.Coal accounts for about 70% of India's power generation, and the government wants to boost domestic output to cut imports.Despite environmental worries, India plans to continue to depend on burning coal to provide power for a population of 1.3 billion.Indian coal companies have pithead stock — coal mined, but not supplied — of 69 million tonnes, Mr. Kumar said, adding Coal India Ltd. does not need to produce more.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas warned that he will take “unprecedented steps” to end the political division between his West Bank-based autonomy government and the Hamas-run Gaza ( (Palestinian split).Mr. Abbas did not explain, but could try to use financial pressure to extract concessions from the Islamic militant Hamas which seized Gaza from him in 2007.The escalating rhetoric comes ahead of a planned meeting between Mr. Abbas and President Donald Trump that will likely focus on a possible resumption of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations about Palestinian statehood. No date has been set, but a Palestinian advance team heads to Washington later this month.Mr. Abbas and his supporters seek a Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem, lands Israel captured in 1967. Hamas wants an Islamic state in historic Palestine, including present-day Israel, though a new political program suggests the group would accept a state in the 1967 lines, for now.Last month, Hamas set up an administrative committee for Gaza, further angering Mr. Abbas.These 60,000 ex-employees continued to receive salaries for staying home after the Hamas takeover, as a way of ensuring their loyalty to Mr. Abbas. However, their spending also helped support the Gaza economy, inadvertently propping up Hamas.Earlier this week, the Palestinian Authority noted that it spent $17 billion in Gaza since 2007, including for salaries and development aid.Mr. Abbas told Palestinian diplomats in Bahrain on Wednesday that this policy would change.“These days, we are in a dangerous and tough situation that requires decisive steps, and we are to take these decisive steps,” Mr. Abbas was quoted as saying by the official Palestinian news agency WAFA. “Therefore, we are going to take unprecedented steps in the coming days to end the division.”Mr. Barhoum accused Mr. Abbas of trying to pressure Hamas ahead of his Trump.

Malala Yousafzai is using her honorary Canadian citizenship to call on the country’s leaders to take real action to improve educational opportunities for girls.The teenage Nobel prize winner spoke to the Canadian Parliament after becoming an honorary citizen on Wednesday. She asked lawmakers to make education for girls a top priority when it hosts the G7 summit next year.Ms. Yousafzai was 15 when she shot in the head by Taliban militants in Pakistan in 2012. She was targeted due to her advocacy for women’s education. She was originally scheduled to receive the honor on Oct. 22, 2014, but the ceremony was cancelled after a gunman attacked Canada’s Parliament Hill that day. Malala Yousafzai Country - Pakistan Nobel Prize - Peace

The German government says it would support a ban on the export of boats from the European Union to Libya as part of measures to stem the flow of migrants across the Mediterranean.Smugglers use often rickety vessels to ferry thousands of migrants from the north African country to Europe each month.Mass drownings are common when the overloaded boats capsize or sink.In a response to questions from Left Party lawmakers, the German government says it considers “imposing restrictive measures” on EU exports of boats, engines and vehicles to Libya to be an appropriate measure to crack down on people smuggling.The response, obtained today by The Associated Press, also confirms that the EU naval mission deployed to stop illegal migration uses submarines for “covert reconnaissance” in the region

Saudi Arabia raised $9 billion in its first global Islamic bond issue, the government announced today, a move analysts say could ease pressure on foreign reserves.The sale of Islamic bonds, known as sukuks, comes after the kingdom in October turned to the conventional global debt market for the first time, raising $17.5 billion in a bond issue. Saudi Arabia has also sold domestic bonds and drawn on its accumulated reserves, all in an effort to reform the economy and address budget deficits caused by a collapse in oil revenues since 2014.“The ministry of finance received significant interest for the first international issue of the sukuk programme with an order book from investors in excess of $33 billion,” the official Saudi Press Agency said. There will be two tranches of $4.5 billion, one maturing in 2022 and another in 2027, reflecting “the strong fundamentals of the Saudi economy”.Islamic financial instruments, including sukuks, are structured to comply with Islamic law, which does not allow the payment of interest.Riyadh has forecast a budget deficit of $53 billion this year, after an even bigger shortfall last year prompted subsidy cuts and delays in major projects. In a report this month, Saudi firm Jadwa Investment said the kingdom’s foreign reserves, including securities, bank deposits and gold, had fallen to a near six-year low. “Reserves dropped to $514 billion in February, down $10 billion from the previous month and the lowest level since August 2011”, Jadwa noted.“Any new international sovereign bond, or indeed sukuk issuance, should alleviate the pressure on foreign exchange reserve withdrawals,” the researchers said.

The US sees India as a pivotal nation for its security in the Asia Pacific region, the Pentagon has said as the Trump administration quietly started the process of implementing the recent designation of India as a “major defence partner”.“The relationship between India and the United States is on track. Secretary [James] Mattis has made the defence relationship with India a top priority,” Pentagon Spokesman Captain Jeff Davis told PTI.“He sees India as a pivotal nation in the region going forward for our security,” Captain Davis said, weeks after Mr. Mattis had a successful meeting with India’s National Security Advisor Ajit K Doval at the Pentagon.According to media reports, Mr. Doval’s American counterpart Lt Gen H R McMaster is slated to visit India soon. The White House refrained from making any comment on the visit.Keeping defence ties on the forefront of the India—US relationship, the Trump administration is believed to have started the process of implementing in letter and spirit the recent US designation of India as a “major defence partner” .Mr. Mattis in his first phone conversation with the then Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar is believed to have said that he is ready to take off the India—US defence relationship from where it was left by his predecessor Ashton Carter.The assurance is being fast implemented by the Pentagon, sources said.The support to India US defence relationship comes from the opposition Democratic party too, reflecting the bipartisan support to the ties between the two largest democracies of the world.“This remains an exciting time in the US—India relationship, as we are starting to realise the potential of our bilateral cooperation and economic investment,” Senator Mark Warner, ranking Member of the powerful Senate Intelligence Committee said.Noting that India is fast becoming one of the largest, most dynamic, and most diversified markets in the world, Warner said one aspect of the bilateral relationship between the two countries that has gained real momentum in recent years is the defence trade relationship, which is part of a broader growth in bilateral defence cooperation.“Given the growing convergence of Indian and US security interests and the deepening of our defence trade and technology cooperation relationship, last year my colleagues and I advanced legislation to make permanent the organisational structures within the Department of Defence that support this aspect of the relationship,” said Warner, who is also Democratic Co-Chair of the Senate India Caucus, which is the only country-specific caucus in the US Senate.“Additionally, I have been advocating with the US administration for approval of the Indian request for unmanned, unarmed drones for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance that could advance our shared interest in better maritime domain awareness in the Indian Ocean,”

For his contribution in the culinary section, celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor has today been honoured with the Padma Shri Award by President Pranab Mukherjee.Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine who runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood and has hosted ‘Khana Khazana’ cookery show on television for more than 17 years. He is also the author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards.He started out in the hospitality industry in 1984 with a diploma in Hotel Management from IIHM (Indian Institute of Hotel Management) Pusa, Catering Technology & Applied Nutrition. He started his career in the ITDC under their kitchen management scheme.Sanjeev Kapoor is the recipient of the Best Executive Chef of India Award by H & FS and the Mercury Gold Award at Geneva, Switzerland by IFCA. Singapore Airlines recruited him as one of the members of its “International Culinary Panel”, helping to create a meal called Shahi Thali in 2006.Since 2011, Kapoor has also been the brand ambassador of Sleek Kitchens, a modular kitchen brand in India.In 2015, Kapoor was flown down to Abu Dhabi to prepare a vegetarian meal for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Kapoor has been approached by the Indian Railways for the preparation of the menu of food items served on trains.He also introduced a culinary art course at Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies, Pune in May 2016.

Hundreds of people in New Zealand were evacuated from some coastal areas on Thursday as the second major storm in just over a week made landfall near the North Island town of Whakatane.But residents of the nation’s largest city, Auckland, breathed a sigh of relief as the remnants of Cyclone Cook moved past them to the east. Authorities had earlier worried the storm could hit the city and cause major problems.“It seems Auckland has largely survived ... unscathed,” tweeted Auckland Mayor Phil Goff.Civil defense authorities said people from about 250 homes in the beach town of Ohope were told they had to evacuate, while other households chose to leave. Authorities had earlier advised people in low elevations on the Coromandel Peninsula to evacuate to higher ground, as large waves were expected to batter the coast.Air New Zealand suspended flights from Tauranga Airport and other flights around the country were also delayed or canceled. The military said it had placed 500 troops on standby. The storm also caused power disruptions to hundreds of homes in Whakatane and Tauranga

In a wake-up call to Tamil Nadu government, the Supreme Court on Thursday took stern exception to the State's lack of "humanitarian concern" and initiative to save its farmers, reeling under severe drought and harsh living conditions, from taking their own lives.A Bench led by Justice Dipak Misra said it was the duty of the State government to protect its farmers, many of whom have been protesting in the national capital for the past 31 days for relief.The court said it was both shocked and alarmed at the way Tamil Nadu government has remained silent and not even "extended a finger" to help the starving ryots who are at their tether's end.The court said the State cannot always bank on the Centre for help and need to "rise up to the occasion" instead of blaming anything from drought to loan sharks."It is alarming to see that the State is still silent on this issue as farmers commit suicide," Justice Misra observed.The Bench directed the Tamil Nadu government to produce all records and files before it by May 2 and open it for judicial inspection as to whether enough or what has been done by the authorities to alleviate the farners' misery.The court appointed advocate Gopal Sankaranarayanan as amicus curiae. The amicus suggested that the same plight has befallen the farmers of other States including Maharashtra. But Justice Misra said the Bench did not want to "dilute" the issue and wanted to focus on Tamil Nadu exclusively."This is not one among the hundred cases filed here. This issue raises serious humanitarian concerns," the Bench observed.The hearing was based on a petition filed by TN Centre for Public Interest Litigation highlighting the plight of farmers and the increasing number of suicides among them.

People holding bank accounts opened between July 1, 2014 and August 31, 2015 need to submit self-certification by April 30 to comply with FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act) provisions, without which the accounts would be blocked, the Income Tax Department said. "The account holders may be informed that, in case self-certifications are not provided till April 30, 2017, the accounts would be blocked, which would mean that the financial institution would prohibit the account holder from effecting any transaction with respect to such accounts," the Central Board of Direct Taxes or CBDT said in a statement.

President Pranab Mukherjee has given his approval to four supporting legislations related to Goods and Services Tax (GST), paving the way for the roll out of ‘one nation, one tax’ regime from July 1.The legislations were The Central GST Act, 2017, The Integrated GST Act, 2017, The GST (Compensation to States) Act, 2017, and The Union Territory GST Act, 2017, officials said on Thursday. GST( Goods and sevices Tax) Goods and Services Tax (GST) is a proposed system of indirect taxation in India merging most of the existing taxes into single system of taxation. It was introduced as The Constitution (One Hundred and First Amendment) Act 2016. The GST is administered & governed by GST Council and its Chairman is Union Finance Minister of India Arun Jaitley. GST would be a comprehensive indirect tax on manufacture, sale and consumption of goods and services throughout India, to replace taxes levied by the central and state governments

Drawn to India by an explosion in metro-rail projects, Alstom SA and Bombardier Inc are now poised to use the nation known for being the world's back-office as a manufacturing export hub. The French and Canadian multinationals set up manufacturing and engineering operations between 2008 and 2010 to tap into India's rapidly-growing urban transportation market and will now export to Australia, the Middle East and Asia from these facilities, company officials said. PricewaterhouseCoopers estimates total investments in subway projects will reach $230 billion in Asia over the next 15 years. Alstom and Bombardier want to exploit India's large pool of engineers and cheap skilled labor that have helped turn the nation into a key center for auto companies including Ford Motor Co. and Hyundai Motor Co. New export avenues such as metro rail systems are critical to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's promised economic rejuvenation. Shipments from Asia's third-largest economy must grow about 15 percent a year to ensure the pace of expansion needed to create sufficient jobs, according to Modi's top economic adviser Arvind Subramanian.Sydney is going to be Alstom's first project in Australia and it will supply railway coaches from India, said Bharat Salhotra, the company's managing director for India and south Asia. "We will continue to look at India, not just for addressing the Indian market but for addressing markets beyond. Exports will continue to be on the radar."Alstom will fill the Sydney metro orders from its manufacturing units in south India and is looking at the Middle East and Southeast Asia, Cost Competitive Bombardier has invested about 33 million euros in its Indian manufacturing facility and has orders to export 450 metro rail coaches to Australia and components to Brazil, Australia and Saudi Arabia, Harsh Dhingra, chief country representative of Bombardier India said in a phone interview. The Quebec-based company has manufacturing capacitiesn Gujarat state in western India and a transportation engineering services center in Gurgaon, near New Delhi."We will look at opportunities to export from India to other countries in the region," he said. "India is a low-cost set up. That is why our exports are going out of India." India has already emerged as a base from where the likes of Hyundai, Ford, Renault SA and Suzuki Motor Corp. export cars to Africa, South America and Europe. The South Asian nation shipped 3.5 million vehicles in the year ended March 31, just below a record in the previous year, according to the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers. While the government has tried to spur the manufacturing sector via its " Make in India" push, the nation still ranks 130th in the World Bank's ease of doing business ranking, slowing the pace of investment. It has fared better on the services side: The information technology industry is the nation's largest private-sector employer, providing a livelihood to nearly 4 million. Future PathThe domestic and regional opportunity for transportation companies only looks to be growing.At least ten Indian cities are working on metro railway projects and the government initiated a plan in 2012 to study the feasibility of such networks in all cities with a population of more than 2 million. Most cities with ongoing projects require companies that bid for supply contracts to manufacture in India, which led to the setting up of facilities in the country. More than 500 billion rupees ($7.7 billion) worth of metro projects are underway in India and this pile will probably grow, according to Manish Agarwal, leader - infrastructure at PricewaterhouseCoopers. "All of this implies sufficient scale for parts of manufacturing to be located in India," he wrote in an emailed response to questions. "The manufacturing base can then also serve the growing market in other parts of Asia (Dhaka, Colombo, etc) as also Africa (Mauritius, among others)."

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has issued a show cause notice to over 2,000 schools affiliated to it across the country for not making certain information public. As per the norms, all CBSE schools are mandated to make details public right from the number of water taps, wi-fi facilities with speed details to a complete breakup of monthly fees of each class, admission results, reserve funds and balance sheets.The schools were asked to fill the information online through the link given on the board's website and also upload on their respective websites by October last year. "Over 2,000 schools have failed to comply with the mandatory disclosure order. The identified schools have been sent show cause notices. They will be given one last chance failing which they will have to pay a fine of Rs. 50,000 each," a senior board official said. CBSE has also warned schools to follow the prescribed norms regarding the fee structure. "The fees should be commensurate with the facilities provided by the school and any violations will be dealt with seriously," the official added. 

The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Centre to respond by May 8 to a plea by the Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) to comply with a 2013 Supreme Court directive to introduce paper trail in Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).A Bench led by Justice J. Chelameswar issued notice to the Centre after senior advocate P. Chidambaram submitted that EVMs remain highly vulnerable and susceptible to hacking."What one man can invent, another man can hack," Mr. Chidambaram submitted."I (voter) press a button on the EVM and I do not know what the machine has recorded. There is no way I can know that the machine is recording the wishes of the electorate,.Mr. Chidambaram told if the EVM is fixed to a vote-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) machine, the voter can see whether the symbol the voter presses is the symbol the EVM registers in the system.Verification of the vote is an indispensable part of voting, Mr. Chidambaram submitted."Only a paper trail can restore the confidence of the people," Mr. Chidambaram submitted.The Supreme Court, in 2013, to a petition filed by the now BJP Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy, had asked the Commission to introduce in a phased manner the paper trail in Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, saying "it is an indispensable requirement of free, fair and transparent" polls which will restore confidence of the voters.The Supreme Court, which directed the Centre to provide financial assistance to the poll panel for introduction vote verifier paper audit trail (VVPAT) system with the EVMs, had said it would "ensure the accuracy of the voting system" and also help in "manual counting of votes in case of dispute.""The 'paper trail' is an indispensable requirement of free"EVMs with VVPAT system ensure the accuracy of the voting system. With an intent to have fullest transparency in the system and to restore the confidence of the voters, it is necessary to set up EVMs with VVPAT system because vote is nothing but an act of expression which has immense importance in democratic system," the Bench had said.Mr. Chidambaram said the Commission had sent SOS to the Centre for funds to install EVMs with VVPAT.A total of 3000 crore is required to set up EVMS with VVPAT, the ways things are proceeding, it would take another 150 years, Mr. Chidambaram submitted.Nowhere in the world except in South America EVMs are used," senior advocate Kapil Sibal for Congress party submitted. VVPAT A machine which dispenses a slip with the symbol of the party for which a person has voted for. The slip drops in a box but the voter cannot take it home. According to media reports, the receipt showed the vote going to BJP, irrespective of button pressed, during the demonstration.

In an unprecedented move, the Madras High Court on Thursday restrained Magistrates from directing authorities to issue birth and death certificates to applicants, until further orders.A Bench of Justice S. Nagamuthu and P.N. Prakash gave the orders after a glaring incident of a criminal misusing the judicial route to obtain a birth certificate to fraudulently claim that he was a minor at the time of committing the crime, had come to light.In January 2016, appalled by the fact that over 4.13 lakh instances of registration of births /deaths have been ordered by many Magistrates in a “cavalier manner” throughout the State over a period of 21 months, the High Court had appointed R. Mohandoss, a retired District Judge to probe the issue.Earlier, a Bench of Justices R. Sudhakar and P.N. Prakash, which was hearing a corpus petition moved by the father of youth Anbu, who was convicted for dacoity by a sessions court in Tindivanam.The petitioner had claimed that his son was a minor at the time of committing the offence and hence he was entitled to relief under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000.He made the plea relying upon the birth certificate of his son.On perusal of the certificate, it was found that the petitioner had secured the document recently based on an order from a Magistrate Court. “We are shocked to know that while Anbu was in jail, his father had obtained the birth certificate through a magistrate court,” the Bench said.The Bench then directed the Registrar (Judicial) to collect statistics from all the judicial magistrates in the State on the number of applications filed and ordered under the Registration of Births and Deaths Act from January 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015.According to the report filed by the Registrar, over 4.13 lakh applications were ordered by various magistrates across the State. Taking the report on record, the Bench said, “Apart from setting up a claim of juvenility in criminal cases, it is not uncommon for litigants to claim alteration of their date of retirement from service based on such birth certificates. Such claims by government servants nag the State and foment litigation on the service side. We smell a rat and it is time for us to crack the whip and set our house in order.”The Bench then appointed the Commissioner, to study the procedure adopted by magistrates in conducting inquiry under the Act and to file a report about the possibilities and nature of misuse of the procedure.

The US sees India as a pivotal nation for its security in the Asia Pacific region, the Pentagon has said as the Trump administration quietly started the process of implementing the recent designation of India as a “major defence partner”.“The relationship between India and the United States is on track. Secretary [James] Mattis has made the defence relationship with India a top priority,” Pentagon Spokesman Captain Jeff Davis told PTI.“He sees India as a pivotal nation in the region going forward for our security,” Captain Davis said, weeks after Mr. Mattis had a successful meeting with India’s National Security Advisor Ajit K Doval at the Pentagon.According to media reports, Mr. Doval’s American counterpart Lt Gen H R McMaster is slated to visit India soon. The White House refrained from making any comment on the visit.Keeping defence ties on the forefront of the India—US relationship, the Trump administration is believed to have started the process of implementing in letter and spirit the recent US designation of India as a “major defence partner” .Mr. Mattis in his first phone conversation with the then Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar is believed to have said that he is ready to take off the India—US defence relationship from where it was left by his predecessor Ashton Carter.The assurance is being fast implemented by the Pentagon, sources said.The support to India US defence relationship comes from the opposition Democratic party too, reflecting the bipartisan support to the ties between the two largest democracies of the world.“This remains an exciting time in the US—India relationship, as we are starting to realise the potential of our bilateral cooperation and economic investment,” Senator Mark Warner, ranking Member of the powerful Senate Intelligence Committee said.Noting that India is fast becoming one of the largest, most dynamic, and most diversified markets in the world, Warner said one aspect of the bilateral relationship between the two countries that has gained real momentum in recent years is the defence trade relationship, which is part of a broader growth in bilateral defence cooperation.“Given the growing convergence of Indian and US security interests and the deepening of our defence trade and technology cooperation relationship, last year my colleagues and I advanced legislation to make permanent the organisational structures within the Department of Defence that support this aspect of the relationship,” said Warner, who is also Democratic Co-Chair of the Senate India Caucus, which is the only country-specific caucus in the US Senate.“Additionally, I have been advocating with the US administration for approval of the Indian request for unmanned, unarmed drones for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance that could advance our shared interest in better maritime domain awareness in the Indian Ocean,”

Nearly at the end of the counting in Kanthi-Dakshin [South] by-election in Purba [East] Medinipur district in south Bengal, ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) is comfortably ahead of its nearest rival by a margin of about 40,000 votes.But significantly Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has replaced the Communists and the Congress in Kanthi Dakshin, once considered a bastion of Communist Party of India (CPI).After 14 rounds of counting, TMC got little over 85,000 votes, while the BJP got about 45,000, decimating the Left Front and the Congress.CPI polled 14,000 votes, while Congress got little over 1200 votes.However, the counting is still on and the results are yet to be declared.Even in 2016 Assembly election– about a year back– in West Bengal, the Left-Congress alliance did reasonably well in Kanthi-Dakshin constituency.In the 2016 poll the alliance bagged the second position, after TMC, with about 60,000, approximately 35 %, votes.The Left Front and the Congress contested separately in the by-poll.

Protest by a few pro-Tamil activists at the Kathipara Grade Separator near Guindy, which connects several parts of city during the morning peak hour, threw traffic out of gear from Meenambakkam to Saidapet in Chennai on Thursday.The activists led by film director Gowthaman numbering around 15, attempted a road blockade at the fly over at around 9.30am and started to close the road by a long chain and lock. They then squatted on the road and shouted slogans against government for their failure to meet demands of agitating farmers.Mr. Gowthaman said the Centre should constitute Cauvery Water Development Board and should give up methane, hydrocarbon and nuterino projects. The livelihood of farmers and fishermen should be protected. The activists wanted Centre to put an end to the attacks on Tamil Nadu fishermen by the Sri Lankan navy.Mr.Gowthaman said they were forced to protest on the arterial area to grab Centre’s attention on the problems faced by Tamil Nadu farmers and fishermen.Traffic was cleared after the protesters were taken into custody by the Police. Major Issues Faced By Tamilnadu -> Cauvery water issue -> Methane, hydrocarbon and nuterino projects.

The first black woman appointed to the state’s highest court has been found dead on the bank of the Hudson River.Sheila Abdus-Salaam’s body was discovered along the riverside near Harlem on Wednesday, a day after she was reported missing, police said.Police told that her body showed no obvious signs of trauma, and they declined to speculate on the cause of her death. The medical examiner planned to study her body to try to determine what killed her.Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who appointed Abdus-Salaam to the state’s Court of Appeals in 2013, called her a “trailblazing jurist.”“As the first African-American woman to be appointed to the state’s Court of Appeals, she was a pioneer,” Mr. Cuomo. “Through her writings, her wisdom and her unshakable moral compass, she was a force for good whose legacy will be felt for years to come.”Chief Judge Janet DiFiore said her colleague will be “missed deeply.”“Her personal warmth, uncompromising sense of fairness and bright legal mind were an inspiration to all of us who had the good fortune to know her,” Chief JudgeDiFiore said.Former Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman said he knew Abdus-Salaam for many years. He said her death of was “difficult to understand.”“The court has suffered a terrible blow,” he said.Abdus-Salaam, who was 65 years old, graduated from Barnard College and received her law degree from Columbia Law School. She started her career as a staff attorney for East Brooklyn Legal Services and served as a judge in Manhattan state Supreme Court for 14 years, according to the state Office of Court Administration’s website.The president of the New York State Bar Association, Claire P. Gutekunst, said Abdus-Salaam grew up poor in a family of seven children in Washington, D.C., and “rose to become one of the seven judges in New York’s highest court, where her intellect, judicial temperament and wisdom earned her wide respect.”

The benchmark BSE Sensex fell over 73 points and the NSE Nifty dipped below the 9,200-mark in early trade today as investors indulged in cutting down their bets on disappointing macroeconomic data and weak trend in Asian markets.Moreover, lower-than-expected January-March earnings posted by the country’s second—largest software services company Infosys also dampened trading sentiment.Shares of Infosys plunged 2.20 per cent to Rs 947.50 in opening trade despite its January—March FY17 consolidated net profit rose marginally year—on—year to Rs 3,603 crore.The 30—share barometer was quoting lower by 73.15 points, or 0.28 per cent, at 29,570.33 with sectoral indices led by metal, IT, technology, capital goods and FMCG trading in the red, falling up to 1 per cent.The gauge had lost 144.87 points in the previous session.On similar lines, the NSE Nifty cracked below the 9,200—level by falling 26.55 points, or 0.28 per cent, to 9,176.90.Brokers said market mood took a hit after a government data, which was released after trading hours yesterday, showed industrial output slipped to a 4—month low, contracting 1.2 per cent in February.Meanwhile, Retail inflation jumped to a five—month high of 3.81 percent in March.A weak trend in other Asian markets in line with sell—off in the US on continued geopolitical tensions and comments by President Donald Trump expressing concern about a strong greenback also dented sentiment here, brokers said.Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was down 0.07 per cent, while Japan’s Nikkei shed 1.14 per cent in early trade. Shanghai Composite Index, however, was almost flat. Meanwhile, the US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.29 per cent lower on Wednesday.

In a major U-Turn, President Donald Trump has said that NATO is “no longer obsolete,” asserting that he is committed to the military alliance.The complain about that a long time ago and they made a change, and now they do fight terrorism. It was obsolete.But now It’s no longer obsolete,”Trump told reporters at a joint White House news conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.“It’s my hope that NATO will take on an increased role in supporting our Iraqi partners in their battle against IS,” NATO which was formed in 1949.Since then its member states have more than doubled, increasing from 12 to 28. On Monday, he signed the protocol to approve the 29th, the country of Montenegro.“In the coming months and years, I’ll work closely with all of our NATO allies to enhance this partnership and to adapt to the challenges of the future, of which there will be many. This includes upgrading their focus on today’s most pressing security and all of its challenges, including migration and terrorism,” North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Signed in - 4 April 1949. NATO is an Alliance that consists of 28 independent member countries across North America and Europe, the newest of which, Albania and Croatia, joined in April 2009.

Re-polling at 38 polling stations in Budgam district in Srinagar parliamentary constituency began on Thursday, The Re-poll was ordered in 38 polling stations of Chadoora, Chrare-Sharief, Khansahib and Beerwah tehsils of Budgam district where violence had disrupted the process on Sunday.Voting process started at 7 a.m. and will end at 4 p.m.However, voters did not turnout in big numbers to cast their ballots.Sunday’s polling at these polling stations was disrupted by massive violence in which eight civilians were killed in clashes with the security forces.Voting in Anantnag constituency was otherwise scheduled for April 12.Alarmed by the unprecedented violence, the Election Commission decided to defer the south Kashmir Anantnag Parliamentary seat by-poll to May 25.Former chief minister and opposition National Conference President, Farooq Abdullah has challenged ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP ) candidate, Nazir Ahmad Khan in the Srinagar-Budgam constituency.Counting of votes will be held on Saturday and the result would be known the same day. Nine candidates, including National Conference stalwart Farooq Abdullah and ruling PDP's Nazir Ahmad Khan, are in the fray.

Infosys Ltd, India's second-biggest software services exporter, reported a slightly higher-than-expected fourth-quarter profit as the company added more clients in the $100 million-plus category. Consolidated net profit for the Bengaluru-based company rose 0.2 percent to 36.03 billion rupees ($557.01 million) in the quarter, while revenue grew 3.4 percent to 171.20 billion rupees.Analysts, on average, had expected Q4 consolidated profit of 35.67 billion rupees, according to Thomson Reuters data.The company, in the spotlight recently due to differences between founders and board members over governance issues, has beaten analysts' profit estimates in seven of the last nine quarters.

Russia vetoed a U.N. resolution on Wednesday that would have condemned the reported use of chemical weapons in a town in northern Syria and demanded a speedy investigation, triggering clashes between Moscow and the measure’s Western backers.The vote on the Security Council resolution drafted by Britain, France and the United States was 10 in favour, Russia and Bolivia against, and China, Kazakhstan and Ethiopia abstaining.It was the eighth veto by Russia, a close ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, on a Western-backed Syria resolution and reflected the deep division that has left the U.N.’s most powerful body struggling to tackle the use of banned chemical weapons and to help end the six-year Syrian conflict. China has vetoed six resolutions.Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vladimir Safronkov told the council before the vote that a resolution was unnecessary, and the draft put forward by the Western powers pre-judged that the Syrian government was responsible for the April 4 attack on Khan Sheikhoun in which nearly 90 people died.Safronkov said Russia’s Foreign Minister asked U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during talks earlier Wednesday in Moscow to jointly request the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons “to immediately put together an independent international mission” to visit Khan Sheikhoun and the air base that the U.S. attacked in retaliation. Tillerson is considering the request, “and we expect that Washington will have a constructive reaction.”Russia has criticised previous investigations carried out by the OPCW and the United Nations which blamed the Syrian government for at least three chemical weapons attacks without visiting the sites. Safronkov reiterated on Wednesday that an investigation cannot be conducted remotely and experts must be drawn from a wide geographical basis.The attack on Khan Sheikhoun is expected to be near the top of the agenda when the OPCW’s executive committee meets Thursday at the organization’s headquarters in The Hague, Netherlands.Both the Syrian government and opposition have asked for an independent investigation. Looking at the resolution’s supporters sitting around the horseshoe-shaped table in the Security Council, he said, “You are afraid of an impartial investigation” that the Syrian government was being blamed for chemical weapons attacks carried out by extremists.