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       HEADLINES: Firework mishap in Kollam again; three injured                                              Development for all, appeasement of none, says UP CM                                              Facebook removes Srijato's controversial poem                                              Kejriwal, 5 others put on trial in Jaitley defamation case                                              Lucknow meat sellers go on strike protesting crackdown                                              Laptop ban hits Dubai for 1.1m weekend travellers                                              'We are here to stay', says Indian-Americans                                              B'desh: 3 killed, 31 injured as commandos storm militants' den                                              Hamilton on pole for Australian GP with record lap                                              Kohli ruled out, Rahane becomes India's 33rd Test captain                                              FIFA lauds Navi Mumbai venue, says this should be benchmark                                              Debutant Kuldeep takes 4, Australia all-out for 300 on Day 1                                              Kaumudi Facebook
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         B'desh: 3 killed, 31 injured as commandos storm militants' den    
 
 
DHAKA: At least three people were killed and 31 injured today in two blasts when Islamist militants hurled explosives on people as army commandos stormed their hideout in Bangladesh's northeastern Sylhet city following a 30-hour security siege. "Two civilians and a policeman have been killed in separate blasts outside the militant hideout," said Golam Kibria, commissioner of Sylhet Metropolitan Police. "Five of the injured are law enforcers," he told The Daily Star.

 
         'We are here to stay', says Indian-Americans    
 
 
WASHINGTON: "We are here to stay", Indian- Americans have vowed while holding a series of meetings to express their concern over growing hate crime incidents against ethnic and religious minorities in the US. "No matter what gunmen or the President (Donald Trump) say, this is our country, we are here to stay, and we will keep demanding our rightful and equal place in this quintessential nation of immigrants," said Suman Raghunathan from the South Asian Americans leading Together (SAALT) a

 
         Laptop ban hits Dubai for 1.1m weekend travellers    
 
 
DUBAI: Dubai International Airport and its flag carrier Emirates began implementing a ban on laptops and tablets on direct flights to the US, on one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. 1.1 million people are expected to pass through the busiest international airport as the city marks UAE spring break, Dubai Airports' senior vice president for communications Anita Mehra said.

 
         Bill against outsourcing jobs back in House of Representatives    
 
 
WASHINGTON: A bill seeking to prevent US companies from outsourcing jobs overseas by "abusing" H1-B programme has been re-introduced in the House of Representatives and may hit Indian IT firms and professionals. Democratic Congressman Derek Kilmer and his Republican colleague Doug Collins introduced the bill aimed at stopping employers, that are awarded temporary visas through the H-1B programme, from using them to train workers in the US and then move those jobs to another country.

 
         'Significant arrests' made in UK terror attack case    
 
 
LONDON: Two more "significant arrests" have been made by Scotland Yard in connection with the terror attack on the UK Parliament which claimed lives of four victims and injured 50 people. Metropolitan Police Acting Deputy Commissioner and Head of Counter Terrorism Mark Rowley said in a statement that a total of nine persons remain in custody and one woman has been released on bail.

 
         Death toll in UK terror attack rises to five    
 
 
LONDON: The death toll from the terror attack on the UK Parliament claimed by Islamic State has risen to five as Scotland Yard confirmed that a fourth victim has died of injuries in an hospital. A spokesperson for King's College Hospital in south London confirmed that the 75-year-old man had been treated there prior to his death.

 
         ISIS claims British parliament attack; 8 arrested in UK raids    
 
 
LONDON: Eight people were arrested in raids across London and Birmingham today after a terror attack on the UK Parliament in the heart of Westminster killed four people, including the ISIS attacker who was inspired by "Islamist ideology" and known to British secret services. "We are not afraid...An act of terrorism tried to silence our democracy, but today we meet as normal," Prime Minister Theresa May told the packed House of Commons which reopened today with a minute's silence a day af

 
         London terror attacker was known to spies: British PM    
 
 
LONDON: The lone attacker behind the terror attack on the UK Parliament was inspired by "Islamist terrorism" and known to Britain's security services, Prime Minister Theresa May said today. May, who addressed the Commons as the Houses of Parliament reopened this morning a day after a terror attack on the complex claimed four lives and injured 29 others, said Britain's message was that "we are not afraid".

 
         'Hero' British MP tried to save stabbed officer    
 
 
LONDON: British Foreign Office Minister Tobias Ellwood has been called a "hero" after he was pictured giving first aid to a wounded police officer, one of four casualties of the London terror attack. Keith Palmer, a police constable, was stabbed by the attacker, who was shot dead by police.

 
         'Replacement of American workers not the intent of H1B visas'    
 
 
WASHINGTON: Asserting that replacement of American workers is not the intent of H-1B work visa, the Trump administration nominee for Labour Secretary has acknowledged the shortage of skilled workers in the US. "Some Americans have seen jobs go overseas. Some Americans have seen jobs filled by foreign workers. Indeed, I've read reports that some Americans have been asked to train their foreign replacements," Alexander Acosta, the Labour Secretary nominee, told Senators during his confirmati

 
         Dalai's successor should be from his native town: Scholar    
 
 
BEIJING: In a rare interaction with the foreign media here, Lian Xiangmin, Director of contemporary research of the Beijing- based China Tibetology Research Centre, said the next successor of the 81-year-old Dalai Lama should come from his native town in China's Qinghai province.

 
         British Parliament Shootout: 7 arrested    
 
 
LONDON: Seven people were arrested on Thursday in raids by anti-terror officers across London and Birmingham after an "Islamist-related terrorism" attack on the British Parliament killed four people, including the attacker.

 
         Four dead, including attacker, in UK parliament 'terror' assault    
 
 
LONDON: At least three people were killed and 20 injured in a "terrorist" attack in the heart of London Wednesday when a man mowed down pedestrians on a bridge, then stabbed a police officer outside parliament before being shot dead. Police guarding the iconic House of Commons building shot the man but several people were left with "catastrophic" injuries on Westminster Bridge, a busy traffic junction popular with tourists with views of Big Ben.

 
         US exploring new options against North Korea: WH    
 
 
WASHINGTON: The United States is exploring new diplomatic, security and economic options against the escalating threat posed by North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, the White House said today. "The US, in coordination with our allies, is exploring a new range of diplomatic, security, and economic measures in response to the grave and escalating threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs," White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters.

 
         US leaders discuss possibility of India becoming partner    
 
 
WASHINGTON: The possibility of India becoming America's partner in the 21st century world order was discussed by top Senators, diplomats and security leaders who feel that the US faces challenges to its global dominance. Testifying before a Congressional committee, ex-national security advisor Stephen Headley felt that such a partnership between the world's largest and oldest democracy is possible; while former secretary of state Madeline Albright said it is worth exploring as the US at t

 
         Musharraf wanted 'secret deal' to form joint govt: Sharif    
 
 
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that former dictator Pervez Musharraf had offered him a "secret deal" to return to the country from exile in Saudi Arabia to form a joint government in 2008. At a meeting of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PLM-N) parliamentary committee yesterday, Sharif said, "Musharraf wanted a secret deal with me in 2007", according to a report in Dawn.

 
         US bans laptops, iPads on direct US-bound flights from 8 countries    
 
 
WASHINGTON: The US government is temporarily barring passengers on certain flights originating in eight other countries from bringing laptops, iPads, cameras and most other electronics in carry-on luggage starting today. The reason for the ban was not immediately clear. US security officials would not comment. The ban was revealed yesterday in statements from Royal Jordanian Airlines and the official news agency of Saudi Arabia.

 
         UK joins US airline electronics ban    
 
 
LONDON: The UK today imposed a ban on carrying laptops as part of cabin baggage on Britain-bound passenger flights from six Muslim-majority countries, hours after US introduced a similar move citing terrorism concerns. The ban will cover around 14 airlines that operate direct flights from largely Muslim countries – Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia.

 
         India has withdrawn Miyar hydroelectric project's design: Pak    
 
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan said today that India has withdrawn the design of the Miyar hydroelectric project in Himachal Pradesh following its objections. The development came as the Permanent Indus Commission (PIC) meeting of the Indus Water Commissioners of Pakistan and India was held today on water issues for a second day here.

 
         Probing possible Russia links to Trump campaign: FBI chief    
 
 
WASHINGTON: In a rare disclosure, the FBI chief today confirmed that the agency was probing Russia's meddling in last year's presidential polls, including possible links between the Trump campaign and Moscow. Testifying before the powerful House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey said the decision to confirm the ongoing investigation is rare as the agency as a matter of policy does not confirm any ongoing investigation.

 
         Indian-origin man charged with murdering 1-yr-old in London, arrested    
 
 
LONDON: Scotland Yard launched a manhunt for an Indian-origin man suspected to be involved in murdering a 1-year-old boy and attacking his twin sister.

 
         Australian teen ‘punches crocodile’ in head during late night swim, escapes    
 
 
SYDNEY: An Australian teenager is lucky to be alive, paramedics said on Sunday, after he reportedly escaped the jaws of a crocodile by punching it in the head during a late night swim in a river.

 
         N Korea conducts rocket engine test    
 
 
TOKYO: North Korea has conducted a ground test of a new type of high-thrust rocket engine that leader Kim Jong Un is calling a revolutionary breakthrough for the country's space program.

 
         Muslim basketball player benched for wearing hijab in US    
 
 
WASHINGTON: A 16-year-old Muslim high school girl in the US was not allowed to compete in the regional basketball finals despite playing a full season of games because of her hijab.

 
         G20 ministers drop anti-protectionist, climate pledges    
 
 
BADEN: Finance ministers from the world's biggest economies today dropped an anti-protectionist pledge and a vow on action against climate change, after Washington refused to sign up to the commitment. After a two-day meeting, ministers from G20 developed and developing nations said they were "working to strengthen the contribution of trade to our economies" but failed to spell out a pledge to reject protectionism in a closing statement.

 
         Progress in 26/11 terror case trial expected: Pakistan    
 
 
Pakistan today said a trial in a terror case like 26/11 takes time to conclude and one must not "jump the gun" and must wait for the court verdict.

 
         2 missing Indian clerics in custody of Pak's intel agency    
 
The two missing Indian clerics of Delhi's Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah are in custody of Pakistan's intelligence agency over their alleged links with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), official sources said today. Syed Asif Nizami and his nephew Nazim Nizami were offloaded from Karachi-bound Shaheen Airlines on March 14 at the Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore, they said.

 
         No clue so far about two missing Indian clerics: Pakistan    
 
 
LAHORE: Pakistan today said it has no clue so far about the two Indian clerics, including the 80-year-old head priest of New Delhi's Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, who went missing in the country. "No clue to the missing Indian priests has been found so far. However, we are pro-actively pursuing this case," Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria told PTI.

 
         Military action against N Korea an 'option': Tillerson    
 
 
SEOUL: Military action by the United States against nuclear-armed North Korea is an "option on the table" if the threat from the rogue regime escalates, Washington's top diplomat Rex Tillerson said today.

 
         Suicide bomber blows himself up inside RAB camp in B'desh    
 
DHAKA: A suicide bomber today blew himself up inside a camp of Bangladesh's elite anti-crime Rapid Action Battalion here, injuring two security personnel. "The suicide attacker targeted our camp," RAB legal and media wing Director Mufti Mahmud Khan was quoted as saying by the bdnews.

 
 
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