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Friday, April 21, 2017

12 wagons derail;services of 41 trains affected
Twelve wagons of a goods train derailed today between Barara and Keshri stations on the Saharanpur–Ambala section in Haryana, causing massive disruption of rail traffic. The derailment has affected services of more than 40 trains, officials said. No injuries have been reported in the mishap, they said. The derailment has affected the movement of 41 trains in the Ambala division including cancellation and short termination of 11 trains and diversion of 19 others.

Sri Lankan PM to visit India next week
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will arrive here on April 25 on a five-day visit during which he will hold talks with PM Narendra Modi to further expand ties in a range of areas and find a solution to the vexed fishermen issue. It will be Wickremesinghe's working visit and both he and Modi will hold talks on April 26. "The prime minister will have a luncheon meeting with Ranil Wickremesinghe on April 26," External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay said.

EC Rawat recuses from AAP cases after Kejriwal questions independence
Election Commissioner O P Rawat has recused himself from cases related to the Aam Aadmi Party the Election Commission is hearing after Delhi Chief Minister and party leader Arvind Kejriwal questioned his independence. "He had questioned the independence of the Election Commission. It is a quasi-judicial body which delivers verdicts. Therefore, I have recused myself so that he can have faith in the independence of the institution," Rawat told PTI. He said Kejriwal, the AAP and the people of the country should have full faith in the independence of the Commission.

In a first, MCD poll booths to be ‘tobacco-free’ zones
In a first in the country, the Delhi State Election Commission has declared all the 13,234 polling booths 'tobacco free' ahead of the MCD polls, to be held this Sunday. The move comes after Delhi government's Health Department approached the State Election Commissioner urging him to declare all the polling stations as 'tobacco free zones' rather than just declaring them as 'smoke-free' as it used to be in earlier elections.

Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan being welcomed by children during his visit to 'Unique Home' in Jalandhar on Thursday.

Canadian Def Minister Sajjan pays obeisance at Golden Temple
Canada's Indian-origin Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan today paid obeisance at the Golden Temple here and was presented with a robe of honour.
He reached the Sikh shrine shortly after 6 AM and spent around 15 minutes inside the sanctum sanctorum of the temple. SGPC president Kripal Singh Badungar was also present at the temple when the minister reached there. Some people raised pro-Khalistan slogans and displayed placards when the Sajjan reached there.

Delhi most 'internet-ready' state in India: study
Delhi is the most "internet- ready" state in the country followed by Karnataka and Maharashtra, an official study has revealed. While north-eastern states, excluding Nagaland, have been ranked low in terms of overall internet readiness, Karnataka is the state with highest number of digital start-ups followed by Delhi and Maharashtra.

I-T recovers Rs 10 cr cash, gold from UP officer's premises
The Income Tax department today recovered over Rs 10 crore cash and about ten kgs of gold after it conducted searches on the premises of a senior Uttar Pradesh bureaucrat. The tax sleuths also raided at least four premises of a former OSD of Noida Authority in Noida near here as part of its black money crack down against government servants, a senior official said. The official added that I-T teams, which began the searches early morning, have recovered Rs 10 crore cash and ten kgs of gold from the Noida residence of the Additional Commissioner of state Sales Tax department.

The officer is posted in Kanpur at present, they said.

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