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NZ bans sale of assault, semi-automatic rifles after mosque attacks
short by Arshiya Chopra / on 21 Mar 2019,Thursday
New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern on Thursday announced an immediate ban on the sale of assault rifles and semi-automatics nearly a week after the terror attack on mosques in Christchurch that killed 50 people. "In short, every semi-automatic weapon used in the terrorist attack on Friday will be banned," she added. Ardern announced a buyback scheme for the banned weapons.
short by Arshiya Chopra / 08:42 am on 21 Mar
Ex-officer admits 3-yr-old died as she left her in car to have sex
short by Daisy Mowke / on 20 Mar 2019,Wednesday
A former US police officer, while pleading guilty in court, told a judge she was having sex with her supervisor while her three-year-old daughter was dying inside an overheated patrol car in 2016. The car's air-conditioner was turned on, but wasn't blowing cold air. Prosecutors recommended 20-year imprisonment for the 29-year-old, who was earlier charged with second-degree murder.
short by Daisy Mowke / 02:09 pm on 20 Mar
Germany backs move to designate Masood Azhar as terrorist at EU
short by Nandini Sinha / on 20 Mar 2019,Wednesday
Germany has backed the move to designate Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a terrorist at the European Union (EU), spokesperson of the German Embassy in India, Hans Christian Winkler, said. He added that discussions in this regard are being held with EU member states. Germany had supported designating Azhar as a global terrorist at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
short by Nandini Sinha / 03:00 pm on 20 Mar
Google fined $1.7 bn by EU for unfairly blocking advertising rivals
short by Pragya Swastik / on 20 Mar 2019,Wednesday
The EU antitrust regulators on Wednesday imposed a $1.7-billion fine on Google for blocking rival online search advertisers, marking the company's third penalty in two years. Last year, the EU imposed a record $5-billion fine on Google for using the Android operating system to block rivals. In 2017, Google was fined $2.7 billion for hindering rivals of shopping comparison websites.
short by Pragya Swastik / 05:14 pm on 20 Mar
Hong Kong to build artificial islands for $79 billion by 2032
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 19 Mar 2019,Tuesday
Hong Kong has set aside $79 billion (half its fiscal reserves) to build several artificial islands by 2032, city officials announced. The government plans to reclaim 1,000 hectares of land around the Lantau island and offer up to 2,60,000 flats to ease the housing crisis. Dubai's Palm Jumeirah, one of the world's largest artificial islands, had reportedly cost $12 billion.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 10:24 pm on 19 Mar
Man deported from UAE for wanting NZ-like terror attack in India
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 20 Mar 2019,Wednesday
Dubai-based security company Transguard has fired an employee for "celebrating" the terror attacks on two mosques in New Zealand's Christchurch that killed 50 people. In his Facebook comments, the accused wrote, "The martyrs of Pulwama would be happy today. Thank God. Such attacks should happen on every Friday prayer...even in India." Transguard added the employee was deported by the UAE.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 11:15 pm on 20 Mar
Indian Navy provides humanitarian aid to cyclone-hit Mozambique
short by Nandini Sinha / on 20 Mar 2019,Wednesday
Three Indian Navy ships operating in the Southern Indian Ocean were diverted to Mozambique's Port Beira, on the request of Mozambique government to provide humanitarian aid. This comes in the wake of the destruction caused by Cyclone Idai. The ships are likely to set up medical camps and provide food, water and other relief items, as required by local authorities.
short by Nandini Sinha / 03:13 pm on 20 Mar
Pak woman who entered J&K with Kashmiri husband gets 5 yrs jail
short by Arshiya Chopra / on 20 Mar 2019,Wednesday
A Jammu court has awarded five-year imprisonment to a 27-year-old Pakistani woman, who in 2012 accompanied her husband and their three minor children on his return to J&K from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. They were returning after J&K announced return and rehabilitation scheme of former militants. The woman was arrested as she didn't have a valid passport and violated Foreigners' Act.
short by Arshiya Chopra / 10:55 am on 20 Mar
India called off Coast Guard meet with Pakistan: Reports
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 20 Mar 2019,Wednesday
India had cancelled the dialogue between the Coast Guards of India and Pakistan scheduled to be held from March 6 to 9 in the wake of the Pulwama attack, according to reports. Indian DG Coast Guard Rajendra Singh was supposed to visit Pakistan for the dialogue. Forty CRPF jawans were martyred in the Pulwama terror attack claimed by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 05:15 pm on 20 Mar
Go home, your wife won't come: Man was told after NZ mosque attack
short by Arshiya Chopra / on 20 Mar 2019,Wednesday
After the terror attack on a mosque in New Zealand's Christchurch, a wheelchair-bound man was at the mosque 'comforting his dying friends' when he learnt about his wife's death. "I don't want you to wait the whole night, Farid. Go home, she will not come," a detective told over the phone. "My response was I felt numb," the man said.
short by Arshiya Chopra / 11:17 am on 20 Mar
Britain asks European Union to delay Brexit until June 30
short by Nandini Sinha / on 20 Mar 2019,Wednesday
British Prime Minister Theresa May has asked the European Union to delay Brexit until June 30. May said she would present her Brexit deal to the Parliament for the third time, and if it was passed the delay would give time to implement it. If the deal was defeated, the Parliament would have to decide how to proceed, she added.
short by Nandini Sinha / 08:36 pm on 20 Mar
Indian-origin Jagmeet Singh makes debut in Canada parliament
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 20 Mar 2019,Wednesday
Indian-origin Jagmeet Singh on Monday made his debut in Canada's House of Commons as the first non-white leader of a major opposition party in the country. Singh's arrival was cheered by all members including PM Justin Trudeau and coincided with the induction of a senior woman member into the cabinet. The 40-year-old was elected in federal by-elections on February 25.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 03:57 pm on 20 Mar
Woman injects self with juice to 'stay healthy'; 4 organs damaged
short by Nandini Sinha / on 20 Mar 2019,Wednesday
A 51-year-old woman in China almost died after she injected herself with fruit juice made from some 20 fruits, to stay healthy. Soon after injecting herself with the mixture, the woman came down with a fever and itchy skin. She suffered liver, kidney, heart and lung damage and was put in the intensive care unit for five days.
short by Nandini Sinha / 04:22 pm on 20 Mar
Italy leader against mandatory chickenpox vaccine gets chickenpox
short by Arshiya Chopra / on 20 Mar 2019,Wednesday
Italian politician Massimiliano Fedriga, who opposed law mandating vaccination for several diseases, including chickenpox, to school children, was hospitalised with chickenpox last week. Fedriga was trolled on social media after the diagnosis, following which he said he has always supported voluntary vaccinations and has vaccinated his children, but he's against "imposing" it on families.
short by Arshiya Chopra / 10:12 pm on 20 Mar
'Hindus are our enemy': Pakistan lawmaker in Assembly
short by Nandini Sinha / on 20 Mar 2019,Wednesday
Pakistani lawmaker Sher Azam Khan said, "Hindus are our enemy", during a provincial assembly session. Khan, the member of the Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa later issued an apology and said that he should have used the word "Hindustan" instead. The Speaker expunged Khan's remarks from the assembly proceedings.
short by Nandini Sinha / 06:00 pm on 20 Mar
Italy to join China's Belt and Road Initiative
short by Nandini Sinha / on 21 Mar 2019,Thursday
Italy is set to join China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), with the two countries expected to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) during President Xi Jinping's visit to Rome this week. Four Italian ports could reportedly be opened to Chinese investments for BRI. The US has warned Italy against joining the Chinese initiative.
short by Nandini Sinha / 09:00 am on 21 Mar
Will firmly support Pak in upholding its territorial dignity: China
short by Arshiya Chopra / on 20 Mar 2019,Wednesday
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Tuesday said, "No matter how things change in the world and in the region, China will firmly support Pakistan in upholding its sovereign independence and territorial integrity and dignity." Yi was speaking at the first-ever China-Pakistan Foreign Minister-level strategic dialogue with visiting Pakistani minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Beijing.
short by Arshiya Chopra / 10:38 am on 20 Mar
FB, YouTube CEOs asked to meet US officials over NZ attack
short by Arundhati Rawat / on 20 Mar 2019,Wednesday
The US Homeland Security Committee Chairman wrote to CEOs of Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Microsoft, requesting a briefing before the committee over the video of attack on two New Zealand mosques. The letter stated the video was widely available on the platforms well after the attack that killed at least 50 people. "You must do better," the letter added.
short by Arundhati Rawat / 04:11 pm on 20 Mar
UK to review 184-yr-old law that bans e-scooters on pavements
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 19 Mar 2019,Tuesday
UK government is opening "the biggest regulatory review in a generation" of current mobility laws, including a 184-year-old law that prohibits riding e-scooters on pavements. However, the government said there were "no current plans to bring forward legislation to legalise e-scooters". The European scooter industry has reportedly gained over $150 million investment from VC firms over last year.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 10:48 pm on 19 Mar
First bodies returned to families after New Zealand terror attack
short by Nandini Sinha / on 20 Mar 2019,Wednesday
The bodies of six victims of the terror attack in New Zealand were returned to their families on Tuesday. Police said autopsies on all 50 bodies had been concluded but only 12 victims have been identified by the coroner. The shooting is the worst ever peacetime mass killing in New Zealand.
short by Nandini Sinha / 04:33 pm on 20 Mar
US plans to designate Brazil as a major non-NATO ally
short by Nandini Sinha / on 20 Mar 2019,Wednesday
US President Donald Trump has said that he intends to designate Brazil as a major non-NATO ally. Becoming a 'major non-NATO ally' gives a country preferential access to the purchase of US military equipment and technology. Trump's announcement came as he met his Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro at the White House on Tuesday.
short by Nandini Sinha / 09:26 pm on 20 Mar
Kazakhstan renames capital Astana as 'Nursultan' after ex-President
short by Nandini Sinha / on 20 Mar 2019,Wednesday
Kazakhstan's Parliament has voted to rename the country's capital Astana as 'Nursultan', in honour of former President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Kazakhstan's new President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev had proposed the move to rename the capital in honour of Nazarbayev, who announced his resignation on Tuesday after 30 years in power. Nazarbayev's daughter, Dariga, was elected speaker of the Senate.
short by Nandini Sinha / 07:50 pm on 20 Mar
Danish MP told to remove 5-month-old baby from parliament chamber
short by Nandini Sinha / on 20 Mar 2019,Wednesday
Danish MP Mette Abildgaard said she was ordered to remove her 5-month-old daughter from the parliament's chamber, with the Speaker saying 'she wasn't welcome with the baby'. Abildgaard said it was the first time when she had brought her daughter to work, as her husband could not come to take care of their daughter.
short by Nandini Sinha / 06:33 pm on 20 Mar
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