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BS-III Vehicles to be Banned after 1 April, says Supreme Court

As per reports, the Supreme Court on Wednesday mentioned that vehicles which are not Bharat Stage-IV (BS-IV) compliant will not be sold after 1 April.

The government’s submission to permit sale of BS-III vehicles has been rejected by the bench headed by Justice Madan B. Lokur.

Separate petitions against the continued sale of BS-III vehicles after 1 April had been filed by Bajaj Auto Ltd as well as the Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA).

Fire at Pune's National Chemical Laboratory Leads to Property Loss

As per reports, massive fire broke out at Pune’s National Chemical Laboratory in Pashan area on late Monday evening and led to the loss of property. However, casualties or injuries were not reported.

The reason of the blaze is still unknown; however, a committee has been set up to probe the reason of the fire.

10 fire tenders and 50 jawans rushed to the spot and fought fire for around an hour.

Aadhaar Card not to be Made Mandatory for Welfare Schemes, says Supreme Court

As per reports, Supreme Court on Monday mentioned that for the welfare schemes it offers, government cannot make Aadhaar card compulsory. On the other hand, it also mentioned that for other schemes like filing of income tax and opening bank accounts, Aadhaar card is mandatory.

This came after government’s recent announcement of making Aadhaar mandatory for PAN cards and income tax returns.

Now Aadhar Mandatory for Mobile Phone Connections

As per reports, it has been made mandatory by the Centre to link Aadhar card to all the mobile phone connections. Both new and old connections can be linked by February 2018.

The new order came shortly after the Supreme Court announced that all the phone numbers in the country should have verified users.

HRD Ministry Asks IITs and Other Institutions to Close Down Courses with Few Takers

As per reports, IITs and other such institutions have been asked by the HRD ministry to scrap the courses and branches in which numbers of applicants have been seen declining in the past three years. The institutions have also been asked by the ministry to analyse market opportunity, employability and requirement of higher education and accordingly introduce new courses.

Top Indian Airlines Banned Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad from Flying on their Aircrafts

As per reports, Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad was banned by the top airlines including Air India, IndiGo, Jet Airways, SpiceJet and GoAir, from flying on their aircrafts with immediate effect. Reportedly an Air India staffer was assaulted by Gaikwad over a seat, following which the airlines banned him.

However, Gaikwad refused to apologise.

The incident has been condemned by Shiv Sena and asked Gaikwad to come up with an explanation. The party clarified that they are against violence.

Meerut: Seven Meat Processing Plants Closed

As per reports, in just a week of Yogi Adityanath’s taking oath as the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, seven meat processing units were closed in Meerut on Wednesday. Samples of frozen meat have been sent for forensic test because it was difficult to find out if those were cow or buffalo meat.

Among the seven meat processing plants, two belonged to BSP leader Yakub Qureshi and former BSP MP Shahid Akhlaq.

PM Modi Tweets to Pay Tribute to Freedom Fighters Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev

As per reports, on the anniversary of martyrdom of freedom fighters Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, Prime minister Narendra Modi paid tribute by tweeting. He tweeted that the country will never forget the sacrifice and courage of these freedom fighters.

Every year 23 March is observed as Martyrs day in Singh’s home state in Punjab.

2007 Ajmer Dargah Blast: Special NIA Court Sentences Life Imprisonment to Two

Two accused, Devendra Gupta and Bhavesh Patel, have been sentenced to life imprisonment by a special National Investigative Agency Court on Wednesday for the Ajmer Dargah blast case. Earlier, three people were convicted and many others were acquitted by the court.

Devendra Gupta and Bhavesh Patel were convicted under various sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC).

SC Postpones Hearing in Babri Masjid Demolition Case

As per reports, hearing in the Babri Masjid demolition case has been postponed by the Supreme Court till tomorrow.

It was observed a fortnight ago that something was strange about this case. Also it was earlier reported that Rohinton F Nariman, who was involved with the observations made, will not be a part of the bench that will be hearing the matter.

On Monday, a new bench was constituted, comprising of justices P C Ghose and Deepak Gupta. Some sources say that Nariman might be included in the bench.

Railway Ministry Issues Rate Cards in Trains

As per reports, rate cards have been issued by the Railway Ministry for catering services in train. This came after passengers complained about the higher prices of food and beverages charged from them on trains.

Reports revealed that passengers have been asked by the ministry to file complaints if they are charged higher prices than what is mentioned in the card.

A video listing the prices of each of the items has also been released by the ministry.

Negotiated Settlement to End Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid Dispute, Suggested by SC

As per reports, the Supreme Court on Tuesday stated that fresh attempts should be taken by all parties to put an end to the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute through negotiated settlement.

CJI J S Khehar mentioned that he was ready to be the principal negotiator with the mediators that the parties would choose to settle the almost a century-old issue between Hindus and Muslims. He even said that if the parties would want any other sitting judge of SC, he would make the judge available.

Reports further said that the matter will be mentioned again on 31 March.

Delhi Metro Restricted from Tonight to Handle Jat Agitation

With Jat agitation about to hit Delhi’s Jantar Mantar tomorrow, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has announced curtailment in metro services from Sunday night.

Reports say metro services outside Delhi will be halted from 11.30pm tonight till further notice. From 8pm onwards today, 12 metro stations in central Delhi will be shut down.

The affected stations are Shivaji Stadium, Khan Market, Pragati Maidan, R.K. Ashram Marg, Barakhamba Road, Mandi House, Janpath, Lok Kalyan Marg, Udyog Bhavan, Central Secretariat, Patel Chowk, and Rajiv Chowk.

However, DMRC officials have said that interchange facility at all interchange stations will be available.

Chennai: Ashwin Sundar, Wife Die after their BMW Catches Fire

As per reports, Indian race-car driver Ashwin Sundar and his wife Nivedhitha were killed after their BMW rammed into a tree and burst into flames in Chennai on Saturday. The couple were on their way home and their car went out of control and hit the tree. The car was stuck between the tree and a wall and the couple were burnt to death as the car caught fire and they could not open the door.

Two Low Intensity Explosions near Cantt Railway Station, No Damage Reported

As per reports, two low-intensity blasts took place near Agra Cantt. railway station on Saturday. The cause of the blast is still unclear. Reports say that one of the explosions occurred in garbage dumping tractor, while the other on the terrace of a house which is located adjacent to the railway station.

There is no report of any damage yet.

The incident took place hours after Andaman Express rammed into a huge boulder on the tracks near another station which is 20 km away. A note threatening of terror attack was recovered by police from the site.

Delhi AIIMS Nurses Proceed on Mass Leave

As per reports, in demand of better wages, over 2,000 staff nurses of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi went on mass casual leave on Friday.

The hospital authority has mentioned that they are trying hard to take care of the in-house patients in the best possible way but the absence of nurses has affected the patient care badly.

The protest of the nurses is against the Seventh Pay Commission.

Doctors reportedly said that only essential medical care is being given to the patients as of now.

Gurugram Court Convicts 31 Workers of Maruti for 2012 Rioting and 13 for Murdering GM

A court in Gurugram has found 31 workers of Maruti’s Manesar Plant guilty of rioting (riot took place in 2012), which killed a manager and left 100 people injured. While 117 workers have been acquitted by the Additional and session judge Rajendra Pal Goel for lack of evidence, 13 workers have been convicted for murdering a general manager (Awanish Kumar Dev) in the human resources department. While Gurugram district attorney, Lal Singh Yadav, called the verdict historic, local worker unions called it anti-labour.

Chattisgarh: Naxal Attack Kills 11 CRPF Personnel in Sukma District

Reports revealed that at least 11 CRPF personnel were killed while four others were injured in Sukma district of Chattisgarh on Saturday. Maoists reportedly opened fire on a road opening party (ROP) at around 9 am.

The CRPF personnel, from 219 battalion, were part of the ROP. The incident took place when they were clearing the road between Bhejji and Kuttacheru.





Over 19.85 Lakh Students to Appear for CBSE Board Class 10 and Class 12 Exam Today

As per reports, more than 19.85 lakh students are appearing for class 10 and class 12 exams today. Reports also say that the total number of students registered for the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) board exams for class 10 and class 12 is 19, 85, 397.

Chennai has the highest number of students appearing for the Class 10 board exams, while Delhi tops the list of students appearing for Class 12 board exams.

The highest number of exam centres for both the classes are in Panchkula.







Security Forces Killed Two Militants in Padgampora, Encounter Underway

As per reports, two terrorists were killed by security forces in an encounter in Padgampora, Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir. One of the terrorists has been identified as Mohammed Shafi Shergujari, an LeT operative.

Three to four militants are hiding in a house. The encounter is underway.

Train services from Banihal to Srinagar have been suspended as one of the railway stations is located near the encounter site.

Reports say that there was a small conflict between the locals and the security forces as one of the terrorists killed was reportedly a local youth. A 15-year-old boy lost his life during the clash.