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       HEADLINES: Goons attack cinema producer in Kochi                                              Thrissur Pooram: Legal permission will be given to fireworks, says Centre                                              Nursing recruitment scam: Uthup Varghese arrested                                              First complaint lodged in phone trap case                                              Nalini Netto new chief secretary                                              Not in the Presidential race, says RSS chief                                              Sena MP Gaikwad travels by car to Delhi                                              Brexit countdown begins as Article 50 triggered                                              US court dismisses case against H-1B lottery system                                              Trump signs order to roll back Obama climate change measures                                              India lucky to have a stand-in captain like Rahane: Chappell                                              Foul-mouthed Messi banned for four Argentina games                                              India break jinx, beat Myanmar                                              Kaumudi Facebook
         Trump signs order to roll back Obama climate change measures    
WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump today signed an executive order to nullify his predecessor Barack Obama's climate change efforts, raising questions over America's leadership in the international campaign against global warming. Trump signed the order at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), keeping his campaign promise to support the coal industry. Trump said the order will "eliminate federal overreach" and "start a new era of production and job creation".

         US court dismisses case against H-1B lottery system    
WASHINGTON: A US court has dismissed a lawsuit that challenged the lottery system for determining successful applicants for H-1B visas, the most sought after by Indian IT firms and professionals. The ruling by a federal judge in Oregon means that there will be no change in the H-1B visa issuance process for the fiscal 2018 which begins on April 3. As a result, successful H-1B visa applicants are expected to be determined by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) through a lottery

         Brexit countdown begins as Article 50 triggered    
LONDON: Prime Minister Theresa May today said there could be "no turning back" as the countdown to Britain's exit from the EU began after the British envoy to the economic bloc delivered her letter to the European Council in Brussels, announcing the UK's intention to end its 44-year association.

         Pakistan court asks Punjab govt to explain detention of Hafiz Saeed    
LAHORE: A Pakistani court has asked the Punjab government to explain under what authority it has detained Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed "without a trial". A Lahore High Court's two-judge bench headed by Justice Syed Kazim Raza Shamsi yesterday was hearing a petition of Saeed, his aides - Prof Malik Zafar Iqbal, Abdur Rehman Abid, Qazi Kashif Hussain and Abdullah Ubaid - who had challenged their detention under the anti-terrorism law.

         Snapping of Indo-Pak talks only encourages terrorists: Pak    
ISLAMABAD: Snapping of Indo-Pak peace talks by India due to militant attacks has only benefited the terrorists, Pakistan's new envoy to the US Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry has said. "Whenever Pakistan and India move towards peace, there is a militant attack and India suspends peace talks. I think it encourages the terrorists," Chaudhry told BBC Urdu in Washington.

         China's military facilities on man-made SCS islands nearly ready    
BEIJING: China is almost ready to operationalise dozens of aircraft hangars and high-end radar facilities on artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea, which experts say could help Beijing establish a controversial Air Defense Identification Zone in the area. According to new satellite imagery released by a US-based think tank show nearly completed defense infrastructure on Fiery Cross, Mischief and Subi reefs, three of China's largest artificial islands in the disputed Spratly chai

         Motion tabled in UK parliament against Pak's occupation of Gilgit-Baltistan    
LONDON: A motion has been tabled in the UK parliament condemning Pakistan's "arbitrary" move to declare the strategic Gilgit-Baltistan region, bordering disputed PoK, as its fifth province. Bob Blackman, a Conservative Party MP, who regularly speaks out in support of the rights of Kashmiri Hindus in the House of Commons, tabled the Early Day Motion (EDM) titled 'Annexation of Gilgit-Baltistan as by Pakistan as its fifth frontier' on March 23.

         Pak victim's family pardons Indians convicted for murder    
DUBAI: Ten Indian youths in the UAE may escape the noose for murdering a Pakistani man in 2015 after the victim's family accepted bloodmoney amounting to 200,000 dirhams and agreed to pardon the convicts, according to media reports. Mohammad Riaz, the father of Mohammad Farhan, appeared in the Al Ain appeals court on March 22 and submitted a letter of consent to pardon the accused Indians, a senior Indian Embassy official told Gulf News yesterday.

         Australian police launches probe into assault on Indian-origin man    
MELBOURNE: Police in Australia's Tasmania state today said they have launched a probe into the assault on an Indian-origin man to assess whether it was a racially- motivated incident. Li Max Joy, who is pursuing a nursing course and working as a part time taxi driver in Australia, alleged that five people including a girl hurled racial abuses like "you bloody black Indians" at him and assaulted him up at the McDonald’s restaurant at North Hobart in the state.

         'US varsities register drop in Indian student applications'    
WASHINGTON: US universities have registered a hefty drop in the number of applications from Indian students amid a spate of hate crimes and fear about potential changes to visa policies by the Trump administration. According to the preliminary results of a survey of more than 250 American colleges and universities conducted by six top American higher education groups, students from India this fall registered a 26 per cent decline in undergraduate applications and 15 per cent decline has been

         5 terrorists killed, 16 arrested in army raids in Egypt    
CAIRO: At least five terrorists were killed and 16 others arrested during army raids in Egypt's restive North Sinai, the military said on March 26.

         Modi among Time magazine probable for most influential people    
NEW YORK: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been named among the probable contenders for Time magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

         One killed, 13 injured in US nightclub shooting    
WASHINGTON: At least one person was killed and 13 others were injured in a shooting early on Sunday at a nightclub in the US, police said.

         Senior Al-Qaeda leader behind 2009 attack on Lankan cricket team killed    
WASHINGTON: A US drone strike in eastern Afghanistan on March 19 killed the senior Al-Qaeda military commander Qari Yasin, who has been linked to numerous attacks in his native Pakistan, the US military confirmed on Saturday.

         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.

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