06:03 pm SRINAGAR: A Special Police Officer was shot dead by terrorists outside her home in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian today. She was rushed to a nearby hospital but in vain. SPO Khushboo Jan was fired by terrorists around 2.40 pm outside her home in the Shopian district's Vehil village. " We condemn this gruesome terror act & stand by her family at this critical juncture," said the Jammu and Kashmir police.
10:03 am GANDHINAGAR: The President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the Festival of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Gandhinagar. He also presented the 10th Biennial National Grassroots Innovation Awards. Speaking on the occasion, the President said that as we seek to meet important developmental goals and build a caring, inclusive and happy society, we have to draw upon the power of innovation to find solutions to India’s concerns in diverse domains such as health, education, food security, energy access, environmental protection, and national security. We have to make all efforts to promote an innovation culture and become an innovation society. This will provide us with the best possibility of ensuring that every young Indian will have an opportunity to realise his or her true potential. The President said that an innovative idea in itself is not enough. It is important to ensure that a creative idea gets the support it needs for its maturing, diffusion and delivery on the ground. Innovation itself is only the first of two key drivers to ensure that any innovation becomes actionable. The second key driver is entrepreneurship, which needs to supplement innovation so as to deliver benefits to our fellow citizens. We need to build an ecosystem for converting innovations into enterprises. This requires backing for start-ups and for incubating young innovators by providing financial, mentoring and policy support.
10:03 am The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) has issued a detailed Circular to strengthen the Security measures at the airports with an aim to curb the movement of unauthorized arms, contraband goods, cash/bullion, etc. This is in the wake of the announcement of Model Code of Conduct for the forthcoming General Elections 2019. Some of the important instructions are as follows: Apart from measure to strengthen the security at the regular commercial airports, special measures have been introduced to check flights from Uncontrolled/Remote/unserved / airstrips /aerodromes /Helipads /private airstrips/Waterdromes. Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and AAI/ATC shall inform State Police, BCAS and Income Tax Department about these flights in advance. The Air Traffic Control (ATC) shall share records of not only Scheduled Commercial Flights but also private aircrafts or helicopters to the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of the State and the DEO of the district, in which the airport is located, about the travel plan of chartered aircrafts or helicopters as early as possible, preferably half an hour in advance. DGsP of States shall deploy Police Units to check these flights during Code of Conduct as per the direction of Election Commission and extant rules and regulations of BCAS in this regards. The operators of all private aircraft/Helicopters must declare the contents of the baggage, suitcases, etc, carried on these flights to CEO of the states, DEOs of the districts, state police and IT Department. With an aim to keep strict vigil over movement of cash through all airports Income Tax Department and CISF will be extended all requisite cooperation for checking and surveillance activities. This will be over and above what CISF is otherwise doing. Officers of BCAS will be conducting surprise inspections of these airports to check the compliance of these instructions.
04:03 pm MUMBAI: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis sets evening deadline to fix the primary responsibility of the foot overbridge collapse near the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway station in Mumbai. Fadnavis today said that he has asked the Brihanmumbai Municipal Commissioner to do an initial investigation and "fix primary responsibility by the evening". Fadnavis was speaking to reporters after visiting the injured persons at St Georges Hospital. Six people were killed and 33 injured after a portion of a foot overbridge collapsed on Yesterday evening. The bridge connects the Times of India building lies just opposite to the iconic railway station. Investigations are going on to find the exact cause behind the foot overbridge collapse. Meanwhile, the Railway Ministry has blamed squarely on the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation for the bridge collapse who had done a recent audit.
06:03 pm ABU DHABI: UAE's Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development inaugurated the Zayed-Gandhi Digital Exhibition at Manarat Al Saadiyat. Organised by the Ministry in collaboration with the Mahatma Gandhi Digital Museum in New Delhi, the exhibition celebrates humanitarian values and legacies of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and Mahatma Gandhi. Marking 150 years since the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, the opening ceremony was attended by Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development,Zaki Nusseibeh, Minister of State, Razan Al Mubarak, Managing Director of Environment Agency, Abu Dhabi, Smita Pant, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Indian Embassy and a number of government officials from both countries. "The Zayed Gandhi exhibition is the first of its kind in the country. It coincides with the Year of Tolerance in the UAE and reflects the cultural values of our society. It celebrates two world leaders who contributed to the spirit of tolerance, cohesion and harmony among their people," Al Kaabi noted "The exhibition sheds light on the unique vision of the two leaders in the fields of construction, development, kindness, humanity and environment. It also offers the multicultural community residing in the UAE an insight into the lives of the two men who carried the same values and principles but belonged to different cultural backgrounds." The Zayed-Gandhi Digital exhibition highlights a strong cultural relationship between the UAE and the Republic of India. It reflects the UAE’s vision through digital content and quotations by Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan that embody the solid foundations on which the country was founded in 1971, punctuated with anecdotes from the life and philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi who led India to independence from British rule in 1947. The exhibition uses innovative multi-media technologies and creates an interactive experience for visitors. Zayed-Gandhi Digital Museum is open to the public until 29 March 2019 from 9 am to 8 pm, except Fridays.
09:03 am NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke over telephone with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. The Leaders expressed happiness at the growing strength of all-round bilateral cooperation. They reiterated their commitment to further consolidate the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership. The Prime Minister took this opportunity to thank the Crown Prince for the invitation extended to India for addressing the OIC Foreign Ministers’ Council as a Guest of Honour in Abu Dhabi earlier this month. He expressed the hope that this historical participation would contribute to attaining the common objectives of peace and progress. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of the Republic of Turkey, called Prime Minister Narendra Modi over telephone today. President Erdogan expressed condolences for the victims of recent terrorist attacks in India and wished a speedy recovery to those injured in the attacks. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that terrorism remains one of the gravest threats to global peace and security. He underscored the importance of immediate, demonstrable, and irreversible action against terrorism by all concerned countries.
10:03 am NEW DELHI: All eyes go to the Supreme Court of India as the top court takes a final call on the future of the disputed RamJanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case. It would be interesting to see whether the five-judge bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi will go for a formal mediation as they already dropped hints of solving this dispute through mediation. Most of the parties involved in the case stand against the mediation despite the top court considering this case as not about property, but "mind, heart and healing". The dispute is all about the 2.77 acres of land in Ayodhya where a 16th Century mosque was built by the Mughal Emperors. Later, it was demolished by some Hindu activists in December 1992.
06:03 pm Jammu: A teenaged boy, who was injured in the grenade attack in Jammu bus stand on Thursday, which came exactly three weeks after the Pulwama attack, died in the hospital due to splinter injury to his chest later today. Mohammad Sharik, a 17-year-old resident of Uttarakhand's Haridwar was one among the five persons critically injured in the attack, according to hospital sources. The person who threw the grenade has been arrested, news agency ANI quoted Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh as saying. In all 30 people, including bus drivers and conductors have been injured in the attack. The grenade was placed under a bus in the bus stand.
03:03 pm Lucknow: A couple of Kashmiri dry fruit vendors were attacked by members of a right-wing fringe group in Lucknow on Wednesday evening, amid the nationwide backlash on Kashmiris following the February 14 terror attack in Pulwama. Four persons from the fringe group, who are alleged to be the attackers, have been held after the videos of the attack went viral.
02:03 pm At least 26 people have been injured in a grenade attack in Jammu, which comes exactly three weeks after the attack in Pulwama. All the injured have been hospitalised and five of them are critical, doctor said.