LS Polls: Campaigning gains momentum for remaining phases: Campaigning gains momentum for the remaining phases; BJP President Amit Shah addresses public rallies in Sitamarhi and Chhapara in Bihar and Lucknow and Barabanki in U.P; Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi addresses rallies in several parts of Uttar Pradesh.
Cyclone Fani to hit Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh on April 30: Indian Meteorological Department says, Cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ to further intensify into a “severe cyclonic storm”, very likely to reach near the coasts of north Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh by the evening of April 30; Cyclone Fani currently lays over east Equatorial Indian Ocean and adjoining southeast Bay of Bengal, around 1000 km southeast of Chennai.
Country working on district-based development model: Suresh Prabhu: Union minister Suresh Prabhu has said that the country is working on a district-based developmental model to achieve aggregate growth. He was addressing a session in Kolkata on Saturday.
Lok Sabha Polls: Campaigning for 4th phase ends: Campaigning for the fourth phase of Lok Sabha Polls ends, voting in 72 constituencies across nine States on Monday. With this phase, the election will begin in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, and end in Maharashtra and Odisha. The counting of votes will take place on May 23.
South Korea marks first anniversary of inter-Korea summit in Panmunjom: One year ago, North and South Korean leaders Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in met in the Demilitarized Zone. North Korea did not respond to the South’s invitation for the ceremony at Panmunjom to commemorate their landmark meeting.
At least one dead, three injured in US synagogue shooting: Trump expresses ‘deepest sympathies’ after California synagogue shooting.
Guaido makes new appeal to Venezuela army ahead of Mayday protests: Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido used his latest mass rally on Saturday to reiterate an appeal to the army to end its support for Nicolas Maduro’s regime, and announced massive Mayday protests to oust the embattled president.
Sri Lanka: Security forces continue operations against fundamentalist groups: Six children and three women were among 15 people killed when suicide bombers blew themselves up during a shootout with security forces in Sri Lanka’s Eastern province.
Relaxed norms for setting up firms to help improve India’s ease of biz ranking: The government’s initiatives such as relaxed norms for company incorporation, and removing requirement of a bank account for GST registration will help India further improve its ease of doing business ranking of the World Bank this year, a senior official has said.
Oil, rupee, Q4 earnings to drive markets in holiday-shortened week ahead: Analysts: Equity indices will keep an eye on the movement of oil prices, rupee as well as the ongoing earnings season for further cues in a holiday-shortened week ahead, analysts say.
Coal shipments at major ports rise in FY19: Coal shipments handled by India’s 12 major ports saw a 10.81 per cent rise to 161.34 million tonne (MT) in the previous financial year, according to ports’ body IPA.
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Clinical Delhi register 16-run win over Bangalore, qualify for playoffs: Delhi Capitals (DC) moved atop the IPL points tally and all but sealed their place in the playoffs after a clinical effort saw them register a comprehensive 16-run victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCCB) at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi on Sunday.
Asian Wrestling Championships: Gurpreet, Sunil settle for Silver: Wrestlers Gurpreet Singh and Sunil Kumar settle for silver in Greco-Roman categories at the Asian Wrestling Championships in Xi’an, China.
Analysing South Africa’s World Cup squad: The South African squad for the World cup has a mixture of experienced and young players. Among the 15 players, seven players have World Cup experiences, and they are going to be crucial for South Africa in the upcoming tournament.
Soccer: Messi seals another La Liga title for Barcelona: Lionel Messi fittingly sealed Barcelona’s 26th La Liga title on Saturday by coming off the bench to score the goal in a 1-0 win over Levante in front of a jubilant Nou Camp crowd, who celebrated a remarkable eighth league crown in 11 years.
‘Star Wars’ Darth Vader costume could go for $2 million at auction: A man who made appearances as Darth Vader at film premieres and fan conventions will sell a costume created in 1979 by the “Star Wars” design team at an auction of classic movie memorabilia next month, auction house Bonhams said.
‘Avengers: Endgame’ on pace to crack $300 million in U.S. and Canada opening: Marvel superhero spectacle “Avengers: Endgame” hauled in a record $60 million at U.S. and Canadian box offices on Thursday night, and distributor Walt Disney Co “cautiously” predicted an unprecedented $300 million weekend debut.
Athens painter turns blockbusters into motion picture art: As the designer of hand-painted billboards that hang over the entrance to Athens’ Athinaion cinema advertising the newest film, she can count on a regular audience without having to embrace the internet.
Top Kansas court rules state constitution protects abortion rights: The Kansas Supreme Court ruled that the state’s constitution protects a woman’s right to an abortion and upheld an injunction blocking a state law that would have banned a common second trimester abortion procedure.
Los Angeles looks to limit measles reach: Los Angeles officials convened a news conference on Friday as a nationwide measles outbreak has led health officials to quarantine hundreds of people at two Los Angeles universities.
Lucara finds largest uncut diamond in recent history in Botswana mine: Lucara Diamond Corp has unearthed the largest uncut diamond in recent history in its Karowe mine in Botswana, the Canadian company said, beating its own record discovery from November 2015 that it struggled to sell for nearly two years.
Oldest human footprint found in the Americas confirmed in Chile: A 15,600-year old footprint discovered in southern Chile is believed to be the oldest ever found in the Americas, according to researchers.
Christian worshippers in Bethlehem welcome Holy Fire: Hundreds of Palestinian Christian worshippers on Saturday celebrated Easter’s Holy Fire ceremony in the West Bank city of Bethlehem.