NP News24 https://npnews24.com Latest News Update realtime on the move Wed, 20 Mar 2019 00:30:08 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 Theresa May to ask for Brexit delay https://npnews24.com/2019/03/20/theresa-may-to-ask-for-brexit-delay/ Wed, 20 Mar 2019 00:30:08 +0000 https://npnews24.com/2019/03/20/theresa-may-to-ask-for-brexit-delay/ London, March 20 (IANS) British Prime Minister Theresa May is writing to the European Union (EU) to formally ask for Brexit to be postponed. One ministerial source told the BBC the longer delay could be up to two years, amid reports of a cabinet row, but No 10 said no decision had been made. EU […]

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London, March 20 (IANS) British Prime Minister Theresa May is writing to the European Union (EU) to formally ask for Brexit to be postponed.
One ministerial source told the BBC the longer delay could be up to two years, amid reports of a cabinet row, but No 10 said no decision had been made.
EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said the EU would not grant a delay without a “concrete plan” from the UK about what they would do with it.
Under current law, the UK will leave the EU with or without a deal in 10 days.
MPs rejected the withdrawal deal Mrs May has negotiated with the EU for a second time last week by 149 votes.
They also voted in favour of ruling out leaving the EU without a deal, and in favour of extending the Brexit process.
The Prime Minister had hoped to have another try at getting MPs to back the deal this week – but Speaker John Bercow effectively torpedoed that with his surprise intervention on Monday.
She still hopes to ultimately get it in front of MPs for a third go, but says even if that happens and they vote in favour of it, the UK will need a short extension to get the necessary legislation through Parliament.
A cabinet source told the BBC she therefore plans to ask the EU to agree to postpone the UK’s departure until June 30, but with an option of a longer delay as well.
May has warned Brexiteer Tories that longer extension will be needed if her deal does not get through Parliament.
One ministerial source said there was “no agreement” around the cabinet table when a delay was discussed.
Another cabinet source said they were frustrated that the Prime Minister had not been clear about which delay option she would be arguing for.
Commons leader Andrea Leadsom is said to have criticised colleagues, saying they now amounted to a “Remain cabinet”, not a “Brexit cabinet”.
Chancellor Philip Hammond said ministers all wanted the “shortest possible delay” but cabinet members “have different approaches to how we should do this”.
Any delay will have to be agreed by all 27 EU member states and May is heading to Brussels on Thursday to discuss the options with fellow leaders.
–IANS
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Iraq, US to continue cooperation against terrorism https://npnews24.com/2019/03/19/iraq-us-to-continue-cooperation-against-terrorism/ Tue, 19 Mar 2019 23:15:03 +0000 https://npnews24.com/2019/03/19/iraq-us-to-continue-cooperation-against-terrorism/ Baghdad, March 20 (IANS) Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi and US Vice President Mike Pence have agreed to continue the two countries’ cooperation against terrorism. Mahdi received a phone call from Pence, his office said on Tuesday in a statement, without mentioning when the call was made, Xinhua news agency reported. During the call, […]

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Baghdad, March 20 (IANS) Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi and US Vice President Mike Pence have agreed to continue the two countries’ cooperation against terrorism.
Mahdi received a phone call from Pence, his office said on Tuesday in a statement, without mentioning when the call was made, Xinhua news agency reported.
During the call, the two sides pledged to support the partnership to promote the interests of the two peoples, and continue to support the efforts of the Iraqi government to eliminate the remnants of the terror group Islamic State (IS).
Pence hailed Mahdi’s support for the rights of religious minorities, follow up the affairs of Yazidis, and reconstruct the liberated areas in order to return all the displaced people to their homes, the statement added.
In Washington, Pence’s office said in a statement that the two leaders “discussed opportunities to advance the strategic partnership between the US and Iraq, including continuing to work together to strengthen and professionalize Iraq’s Security Forces and grow Iraq’s economy”.
Mahdi updated Pence on the Iraqi government’s efforts to exhume the mass graves of IS genocide against Yazidis in Sinjar, while pledging to personally investigate the security and economic impediments preventing the return of many of Iraq’s religious components and other displaced persons, the statement said.
–IANS
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Animated show ‘Battle Kitty’ to woo kids on Netflix https://npnews24.com/2019/03/19/animated-show-battle-kitty-to-woo-kids-on-netflix/ Tue, 19 Mar 2019 22:00:11 +0000 https://npnews24.com/2019/03/19/animated-show-battle-kitty-to-woo-kids-on-netflix/ By Radhika BhiraniLos Angeles, March 20 (IANS) Taking the interactive animation format for children a notch higher, Netflix has announced a new show “Battle Kitty”, based on a concept emerging from its creators’ Instagram posts. The kitty is small, fluffy and rocks a fierce pink bow. She uses its super-strength to defeat all the monsters […]

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By Radhika BhiraniLos Angeles, March 20 (IANS) Taking the interactive animation format for children a notch higher, Netflix has announced a new show “Battle Kitty”, based on a concept emerging from its creators’ Instagram posts.
The kitty is small, fluffy and rocks a fierce pink bow. She uses its super-strength to defeat all the monsters on Battle Island and be crowned Champion. Kitty will give children everywhere the power to explore and navigate their own adventures as they unlock new paths and layers in a futuristic-medieval world.
“Netflix has given me the incredible opportunity to help change how young people see themselves. Like Kitty, an aspirational underdog with a big spirit of determination, I want kids who feel small to realize instead that they can stand strong, have friends, and go on to do amazing things,” said “Battle Kitty” creator Matt Layzell.
“Battle Kitty” originated as “The Adventures of Kitty & Orc” on Layzell’s Instagram. He is a first-time showrunner and will also serve as an executive producer.
According to Melissa Cobb, Vice President of Kids and Family, Netflix, “Battle Kitty” is a mirror reflection of Layzell.
“An inspiring, surprising, and incredibly fun show that is infused at every turn with huge amounts of both humour and heart,” Cobb said.
“This series pushes the boundaries of storytelling in entirely new directions thanks to Matt’s innovative interactive format, which will allow kids to engage in an expansive universe together with the most lovable new underdog,” she added.
Netflix first gave a taste of the interactive format to its users through the kids segment with shows like “Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale”, “Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile” a nd “Stretch Armstrong: The Breakout”.
For adults, “Bandersnatch: Black Mirror” got the audience hooked to the interactive format, and they can now look forward to “You Vs. Wild”.
Viewers will join “Man Vs. Wild” famed survival expert Grylls on the new eight-episode adventure, and will decide what he eats, encounters, and experiences on the show, which will be live from April 10.
The announcements were made at the Netflix Labs event at the streaming platform’s headquarters in Sunset Boulevard here.
(Radhika Bhirani is in Los Angeles on an invitation by Netflix. She can be contacted at radhika.b@ians.in)
–IANS
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Russian defence minister meets Syrian president https://npnews24.com/2019/03/19/russian-defence-minister-meets-syrian-president/ Tue, 19 Mar 2019 21:30:04 +0000 https://npnews24.com/2019/03/19/russian-defence-minister-meets-syrian-president/ Moscow, March 20 (IANS) Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu on Tuesday visited Syria on the instruction of President Vladimir Putin and held talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Shoigu delivered a message from Putin to Assad, and they discussed fighting international terrorism in Syria, various aspects of security in the Middle East and post-conflict settlement, […]

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Moscow, March 20 (IANS) Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu on Tuesday visited Syria on the instruction of President Vladimir Putin and held talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Shoigu delivered a message from Putin to Assad, and they discussed fighting international terrorism in Syria, various aspects of security in the Middle East and post-conflict settlement, the Russian Defence Ministry said in a press release.
They exchanged views on expanding the possibilities for the voluntary return of refugees and temporarily displaced persons to their places of residence in Syria, as well as providing humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people, Xinhua reported citing the Ministry’s release.
Syria with the support of Russia achieved significant success in the fight against international terrorism, and they saved the Syrian state and created conditions for the return of citizens to a peaceful life, Shoigu told Assad.
“However, not everyone is satisfied with the successes of the Syrian government in restoring a peaceful life. Western countries are trying to minimise any positive changes in Syria and create new obstacles to ending the crisis,” Shoigu said.
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Five killed in Egypt shooting https://npnews24.com/2019/03/19/five-killed-in-egypt-shooting/ Tue, 19 Mar 2019 20:15:06 +0000 https://npnews24.com/2019/03/19/five-killed-in-egypt-shooting/ Cairo, March 20 (IANS) The Egyptian Police on Tuesday killed a gunman who opened fire at pedestrians in Egypt’s Giza province, leaving four dead and five wounded, the media reported. Citing MENA news agency, Xinhua reported that the 36-year-old man opened fire randomly with a machine gun in Awsim district of Giza. A policeman and […]

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Cairo, March 20 (IANS) The Egyptian Police on Tuesday killed a gunman who opened fire at pedestrians in Egypt’s Giza province, leaving four dead and five wounded, the media reported.
Citing MENA news agency, Xinhua reported that the 36-year-old man opened fire randomly with a machine gun in Awsim district of Giza.
A policeman and a non-commissioned officer were injured during the exchange of fire with the gunman, it added.
The motive behind the incident is still under investigation.
Some media reports said the man is addicted to drugs and his parents were among the killed in the bloody incident, while others said the man was drunk with a family dispute behind the shooting.
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Chopped finger lands pickpocket, accomplice in jail https://npnews24.com/2019/03/19/chopped-finger-lands-pickpocket-accomplice-in-jail/ Tue, 19 Mar 2019 19:45:07 +0000 https://npnews24.com/2019/03/19/chopped-finger-lands-pickpocket-accomplice-in-jail/ New Delhi, March 20 (IANS) The impression of a pickpocket’s chopped finger found from the crime spot has helped the police arrest him and his accomplice here. Rahul, 24, and his accomplice Dharmbir, 35, were arrested on Monday on separate raids, when the probe team, with the help of Delhi Police’s Finger Print Bureau, had […]

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New Delhi, March 20 (IANS) The impression of a pickpocket’s chopped finger found from the crime spot has helped the police arrest him and his accomplice here.
Rahul, 24, and his accomplice Dharmbir, 35, were arrested on Monday on separate raids, when the probe team, with the help of Delhi Police’s Finger Print Bureau, had identified Rahul by his chopped finger’s impression, along with previous criminal records.
Rahul, a resident of Rohini was previously involved in four robbery and snatching cases.
“He was arrested from his residence, while Dharmbir was later arrested from his residence in Sultanpuri,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Monika Bhardwaj told IANS on Tuesday.
The DCP said the incident occurred on a bus on Sunday noon when Rahul and Dharmbir picked the wallet of one Ranjeet Kumar Yadav, who was travelling with three of his relatives — Dharmender, Anil and Mukesh, from Peeragarhi to Janakpuri.
“When Ranjeet got down at Vikaspuri, he realised his purse was picked by someone. He suspected Dharmbir who threw his wallet on the bus. When he caught Dharmbir, Rahul attacked Ranjeet and his relative Dharmender with knife,” the DCP said.
“During the confrontation, Dharmender, Anil and Mukesh were injured, while Rahul’s finger got chopped-off and fell on the bus,” she added.
“A hunt is on to nab the rest of the accused of their syndicate,” the police officer said.
–IANS
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Likened to Indira as people still love her: Priyanka (Night Lead) https://npnews24.com/2019/03/19/likened-to-indira-as-people-still-love-her-priyanka-night-lead/ Tue, 19 Mar 2019 18:45:03 +0000 https://npnews24.com/2019/03/19/likened-to-indira-as-people-still-love-her-priyanka-night-lead/ Mirzapur, March 19 (IANS) Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi on Tuesday said that people compared her looks with her grandmother Indira Gandhi as they still remember the late Prime Minister with respect for the work she had done for them. She also countered the Bharatiya Janata Party’s allegations about elections as a picnic for the […]

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Mirzapur, March 19 (IANS) Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi on Tuesday said that people compared her looks with her grandmother Indira Gandhi as they still remember the late Prime Minister with respect for the work she had done for them.
She also countered the Bharatiya Janata Party’s allegations about elections as a picnic for the Gandhi family, saying that she has not been to Italy in last three to four years.
Reaching the Chunar ghat in the evening, she paid tribute to Nishad community leader Raj Nishad at the river bank.
Also holding a small road show for the party’s Mirzapur candidate Lalitesh Pati Tripathi, the great-grandson of former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Union Minister Kamalapati Tripathi, Gandhi also hugged and interacted with several women party workers at the Chunar ghat before ending her second day’s programme.
Earlier in the day, addressing a large gathering waiting for her since afternoon at the Sindaura ghat, she said, “Many people say that I look like my grandmother. You compare us because you have a lot of love and respect for her because she had done a lot of work for you all.”
She also hit out at the Narendra Modi government for not fulfilling the promises it made to the people.
During her river journey from Bhatoli ghat to Sindaura, Gandhi even switched to a smaller boat so that she could interact with the people residing near the Ganga’s banks.
As the sun was setting, the people switched on the flashlight of their mobile phones and she went to meet them by taking her motorboat near the banks.
The Congress leader, who also visited the Vindhyavasini Devi Temple, eight kilometres from here, earlier faced pro-Modi slogans from BJP supporters gathered outside as she reached there.
As Gandhi, who was clad in a red sari, got out of her car, hundreds of BJP workers started shouting the slogans and continued even as she entered the temple. Most of the people in the crowd were regular worshippers, who were stopped from entering the temple due to her visit.
Even shops and other establishments near the temple had to down their shutters.
Gandhi, who spent some 20 minutes praying at the temple, however, remained unperturbed.
As the sloganeering continued, she drove off to offer a chadar at the Kantit Sharief dargah near by where there was a huge crowd outside waiting to meet her. Most had arrived at 7 a.m., they claimed.
Meeting media in Bhadohi, Gandhi asked what the Modi government had done in the last five years.
“Be it farmers, youth or anybody, no one is satisfied with the government. Together they will change the government this year,” she said.
Asked to comment on Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s claim that since the Congress was to blame for the state’s backwardness since it had ruled the state the most after Independence, she hit back, saying “this ‘what they did in last 70 years’ has an expiry date.”
“Now the BJP should tell the people what it did in the last five years. Shiksha mitras and Anganwadi workers did not get anything. The BJP had announced Rs 17,000 per month for them.
“It is good to produce report cards but what has actually happened? There is nothing on the ground. I am meeting people daily, they are distressed,” Gandhi said.
The younger sibling of party chief Rahul Gandhi is on a three-day boat ride on the Ganga as part of the Lok Sabha election campaign that will end on Wednesday in Varanasi, Modi’s parliamentary constituency.
Having set out from Prayagraj on Monday in a specially-built vessel with supporters, Priyanka Gandhi, who is the party’s in charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh, began the day after offering prayers at the Sita Samahit Sthal temple in Sitamarhi.
She also held a meeting with party workers and leaders at the Sitamarhi guest house, where she had halted for the night on Monday. She also met several other delegations including that of the weaver community, Shiksha Mitra, and Anganwadi workers in the area.
Shivam Dubey, a party leader who attended the meeting, told IANS: “We will work hard to ensure that the Congress is strengthened and wins with a huge majority.”
She will again commence her river ride on Wednesday from Chunar ghat and arrive in Modi’s parliamentary constituency Varanasi.
–IANS
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MBA graduate held for selling fake air tickets https://npnews24.com/2019/03/19/mba-graduate-held-for-selling-fake-air-tickets/ Tue, 19 Mar 2019 18:45:02 +0000 https://npnews24.com/2019/03/19/mba-graduate-held-for-selling-fake-air-tickets/ New Delhi, March 19 (IANS) An MBA degree holder was arrested for allegedly duping people to the tune of over Rs 1 crore by providing them fake air tickets while being employed with a travel agency at central Delhi, a police officer said on Tuesday. Sandeep Kumar Jha (30), a resident of east Delhi’s Khajoorikhas, […]

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New Delhi, March 19 (IANS) An MBA degree holder was arrested for allegedly duping people to the tune of over Rs 1 crore by providing them fake air tickets while being employed with a travel agency at central Delhi, a police officer said on Tuesday.
Sandeep Kumar Jha (30), a resident of east Delhi’s Khajoorikhas, was a proclaimed offender in a cheating case registered against him at Barakhamba Road Police Station. He was on Monday arrested on a tip-off when a team of Crime Branch raided his hideout in south Delhi’s Sun Light colony.
“Jha was a notorious cheat and had duped many people by offering them fake air tickets on cheap prices. He was also wanted by Rajasthan, Maharashtra and other states’ police in similar cases,” said Additional Commissioner of Police Rajiv Ranjan.
“It was found that while working for a travel agency in Connaught Place, he duped many people,” Ranjan said.
“He was on March 8 declared a proclaimed offender by Patiala House Court,” the officer added.
“During interrogation, Jha, an MBA in Hospitality, said he had managed to convince the travel agency proprietor that he could arrange cheaper air tickets. After he gained trust of his employer, he started cheating the agency and innocent travelers by issuing fake air tickets,” said Ranjan.
–IANS
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Manikrao Thakre, Gaikwad in Congress sixth list https://npnews24.com/2019/03/19/manikrao-thakre-gaikwad-in-congress-sixth-list/ Tue, 19 Mar 2019 18:30:05 +0000 https://npnews24.com/2019/03/19/manikrao-thakre-gaikwad-in-congress-sixth-list/ New Delhi, March 19 (IANS) The Congress on Tuesday night released its sixth list of candidates for the Lok Sabha elections, which includes former Maharashtra party unit chief Manikrao Thakre from Yavatmal-Washim and The list, released after a meeting of party’s Central Election Committee, has nine candidates including seven from Maharashtra and two from Kerala. […]

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New Delhi, March 19 (IANS) The Congress on Tuesday night released its sixth list of candidates for the Lok Sabha elections, which includes former Maharashtra party unit chief Manikrao Thakre from Yavatmal-Washim and
The list, released after a meeting of party’s Central Election Committee, has nine candidates including seven from Maharashtra and two from Kerala.
In Kerala, the party has fielded Shanimol Usman from Alappuzha and Adoor Prakash from Attingal.
In Maharashtra, it has fielded MP Eknath Gaikwad from Mumbai South Central, Kunal Rohidas Patil from Dhule, Charulata Khajasingh Tokas from Wardha, Bhausaheb Kamble from Shirdi and Navinchandra Bandivadekar from Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg.
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EC notice, police complaint against Supriyo over campaign song (2nd Lead) https://npnews24.com/2019/03/19/ec-notice-police-complaint-against-supriyo-over-campaign-song-2nd-lead/ Tue, 19 Mar 2019 18:30:04 +0000 https://npnews24.com/2019/03/19/ec-notice-police-complaint-against-supriyo-over-campaign-song-2nd-lead/ Kolkata, March 19 (IANS) The Election Commission on Tuesday slapped a show-cause notice on Union Minister and BJP leader Babul Supriyo for not seeking permission before releasing a video of his party’s campaign song for Bengal on the social media. “This song was noticed during our media watch. We have given him a show cause […]

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Kolkata, March 19 (IANS) The Election Commission on Tuesday slapped a show-cause notice on Union Minister and BJP leader Babul Supriyo for not seeking permission before releasing a video of his party’s campaign song for Bengal on the social media.
“This song was noticed during our media watch. We have given him a show cause notice as he did not seek prior permission from Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC),” said Additional Chief Electoral Officer, West Bengal, Sanjay Basu.
The EC has termed it “a violation of Model Code of Conduct” and has sought an explanation from Supriyo within 48 hours.
“The All India Trinamool Congress has also lodged a complaint about the content. It is being investigated,” said the EC officer.
A police complaint has been also lodged against the BJP MP from Asansol in the Asansol South police station for allegedly making derogatory remarks about Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress in the song.
The complainant, Gourav Gupta, secretary of the Paschim Bardhaman Students Library Coordination Committee said, “The lyrics of the song make unsubstantiated allegations against Trinamool Congress and its supremo Mamata Banerjee. It is malicious and derogatory in nature and damages the reputation of Trinamool and Ms. Banerjee.”
Supriyo said he was not concerned about the complaint as he has tried to incorporate all the truth within the allegations labelled against Banerjee and her party.
“I am aware of the FIR. I know truth really hurts. In Bengal’s freedom of speech has been suppressed and democracy has been murdered by Banerjee. So as a singer I have tried to put all that together,” he said.
“If TMC has any problems with any particular lines of the song… if they want me to delete certain portions of the song, it would prove that those are the real hard-hitting truth that Trinamool Congress does not want people to know,” he added.
The song that makes several allegations against Banerjee and her party, has lines like “Phutbe ebar Padma phool, Bangla Chado Trinamool (the lotus will bloom this time, Trinamool leave Bengal), Didi pore hawaii choti, bhaiyera sobai kotipati… (Didi wears Hawaii sandal while her brothers are crorepati… not this Trinamool anymore).”
–IANS
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