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Telecom giant BT (British Telecoms) has been fined a record £42 million by watchdog Ofcom over a 'serious breach' of rules. An investigation found BT did not pay out adequate compensation to rival telecom companies after failing to deliver Ethernet high-speed services in time. The fine is believed to be the largest ever penalty imposed by the regulator. Ofcom rules state that BT has to set-up Ethernet services to its wholesale customers - providers such as Vodafone and TalkTalk - and make compensation payments for late delivery. Compensation will now have to be paid to affected providers within 12 months, Ofcom said.

West Bengal lifted the Santosh Trophy for the 32nd time after Manvir Singh struck in the 119th minute for a 1-0 win over Goa. Venue of Final Match: GMC Stadium, Bambolim, Goa.

Suicide bomber blew himself up at the international airport in Dhaka in an attack claimed by the ISIS. At least six persons were killed and over 40 were injured in two explosions near a militant hideout in Sylhet city, some 240 km from capital Dhaka. Islamic State claimed responsibility 'for a bombing on Bangladeshi forces in Sylhet', the SITE monitoring service said, citing the militant group’s news agency Amaq. ISIS Full Form:- Islamic State of Iraq and Syria

Gangadevipalli, a small village in Warangal district of Telangana, which has 360 households with a total population of around 1,400, has many achievements to boast about, as indicated by a board at the village gram panchayat office -- 100 % liquor prohibition, 100% house tax collection, 100% literacy, 100% school-going children, 100 % construction of toilets, 100% in small savings etc. All streetlights are solar-powered with photo-voltaic systems. There are closed circuit cameras at strategic locations, which are monitored from the gram panchayat office round-the-clock. Gangadevipalli also has Any Time Water (ATM) machine, which dispenses 20 litres of drinking water for just Re 1.

Yemen's President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi. A court in Yemen’s rebel-held capital has sentenced President Hadi and six of his aides to death for “high treason”, a ruling that crushes hopes of peace talks to end the two-year civil war. Saudi Arabia and its Sunni neighbours launched an air campaign to reinstate their ally, resulting in a war that has killed more than 10,000 people. In Sanaa a court loyal to the Houthis sentenced the president to death in absentia for “instigating attacks by Saudi Arabia” and “undermining the independence and integrity of the Republic of Yemen”.

Gauri Singh, 14-year-old girl became the first girl to explore the route from Sea Link near Worli Koliwada to the Gateway of India. She completed the 36 km long distance route in 6 hours and 30 minutes. Singh is a resident of Udaipur and a class 8th student. From her childhood, she started swimming and wanted to swim in the international channel, and therefore eyed the Arabian Sea.

India will become the world's youngest country by 2020 with an average age of 29, High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka Taranjith Singh Sandhu said. Every third person in an Indian city today is a youth. In about seven years, the median individual in India will be 29 years, very likely a city-dweller, making it the youngest country in the world. These are some of the findings of the ‘State of the Urban Youth, India 2012: Employment, Livelihoods, Skills,’ a report published by IRIS Knowledge Foundation in collaboration with UN-HABITAT. By 2020, India is set to become the world’s youngest country with 64 per cent of its population in the working age group. The largest share of youth with formal skills was found in Kerala, followed by Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat. Among those undergoing training, Maharashtra had the highest share, Bihar the lowest. The report finds that a person in an urban area has a 93 per cent greater chance of acquiring training than someone in a rural area.

In Rajasthan - Jodhpur's Pipda city, a 20-year-old girl Lalita was burnt alive when she protested cutting of trees in her farm. The trees were reportedly being cut for construction of a road.

Coimbatore-based Meenakshi Arvind (45), Mookambika Rathinam (38), and Priya Rajpal (55) of Mumbai commenced their 70-day-long road trip named 'XPD 2470’ from Coimbatore to London on March 26, 2017. The trip is undertaken to promote literacy and to commemorate 70 years of Indian Independence. This trip will cover 24 countries and a distance of 24,000 km. The trip will kick-start from Coimbatore and the ensemble will traverse Myanmar, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia, Austria, Czech Republic, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Netherlands and UK.

The US-UK ban on selected electronic devices from the passenger cabins of flights from some countries in north Africa and the Middle East was partly prompted by a previously undisclosed plot involving explosives hidden in a fake iPad, according to a security source. The UK banned tablets, laptops, games consoles and other devices larger than a mobile phone in flights. It applies to inbound flights from six countries – Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Turkey.  Six UK airlines – British Airways, EasyJet, Jet2, Monarch, Thomas Cook and Thomson – and eight foreign carriers are affected. It follows a similar move in the US, which applies to flights from 10 airports in eight countries – Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Qatar, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.

World Theatre Day was created in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute (ITI). An international non-governmental organization, ITI was founded in 1948 by UNESCO and the international theatre community. World Theatre Day is celebrated annually on the 27th of March. The first World Theatre Day International Message was written by Jean Cocteau (France) in 1962. 

Russia’s main opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, was arrested at an anti-corruption protest. Thousands of people took to the streets to demonstrate against corruption and demand the resignation of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. Navalny, a lawyer and anti-corruption blogger who heads Russia’s Progress Party, called for the nationwide protests after he published reports claiming that Medvedev controlled mansions, yachts and vineyards — a fortune that far outstripped his official salary. Navalny became known as one of the leading critics of Putin and the ruling United Russia party during protests in 2011 against Putin’s return to the presidency. He announced his intention to run for President in 2018 against Vladimir Putin. But he is barred from doing so after being found guilty in a case he said was politicised.

The Committee of Administrators (COA) has issued a seven-point instruction for the three existing BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) office bearers – vice president CK Khanna, joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary and treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhry. The instructions will also apply on CEO Rahul Johri and CFO Santosh Rengnekar. It also states that if COA wants to communicate anything to office bearers, they would do so through the CEO. All legal documents would be cleared by the COA. All payments will be jointly cleared by joint secretary and CEO. If they have disagreement over a particular payment, then COA’s decision will be final. The COA will have the final say in rules that are applicable.

By this year-end, your property (in Bangalore) will have a 10-digit unique number. Existing System:- The PID system includes the ward number, street number and door number of the property, all of which can often change. Proposed system:- 10-digit unique number, which will be geo-referenced with the latitude and longitude information of the property, can effectively act as your address too. This number will replace your existing Property Identification (PID) number, which is not geo-referenced. The 10-digit system will give scope for assigning numbers to 100 lakh properties, a far cry from today’s estimated 25 lakh properties in the 'Bangalore' city. The 10-digit system will be error-proof and the system would not accept a wrong PID which may lead to tax payment to another account. Assigning new numbers was recommended by the BBMP (Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike) Restructuring Committee. Chairman of standing committee on taxation and finance, BBMP - M.K. Gunashekhar Currently, in Singapore, the geo-referenced unique property number acts as the citizen's address.