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Trump Erdogan tinkle, S-400 missile defense system.

US President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a phone call on Monday discussed a Turkish proposal to set up a joint working group on its planned purchase of a Russian S-400 missile defense system.

The Turkish presidency said that Erdogan “brought up the proposal to establish a working group regarding the procurement of the S-400 defense system” from Russia. The US has said the missile system could compromise its F-35 fighter jets.

Ankara insists a working group could assess the impact of the S-400 on the fighter jets, Reuters reports. On Friday. Turkey said that it has not heard back from the Americans.

General Curtis Scaparrotti, head of U.S. European Command, suggested that the United States should cut the sale of F-35 fighters to Turkey if Ankara adopts S-400 system.

On April 3, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence warned Turkey against purchasing the S-400 system from Russia, despite Ankara’s firm stance on the deal.

The Pentagon announced earlier this month that it halted “deliveries and activities” related to Turkey’s procurement of the F-35 fighter jets program if Ankara insisted on the S-400 deal.

Washington also reportedly threatened to reject sales of Patriot missiles to Turkey in case of the latter’s purchase of Russian systems.

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Carles,ban to run EU Election

Election authorities in Spain have banned Catalonia’s former president Carles Puigdemont, who fled the country in 2017 after a secession attempt, from running in EU polls, AFP reported.

Former #Catalan President Carles #Puigdemont can no longer run as a candidate for MEP. He‘s been excluded, alongside former Catalan separatist ministers Toni Comin and Clara Ponsati by the Spanish electoral Commission, which upheld a complaint by Ciudadanos.

The Together for Catalonia party issued a statement accusing the electoral commission of wanting to “silence and push aside” Puigdemont “so that he can’t explain what he represents at the heart of European institutions.”

The commission decision also excludes Toni Comin, who was in Catalonia’s regional government when the secession bid happened and is now in self-exile in Belgium.

Clara Ponsati, another former Catalan minister who fled Spain and planned to run in the elections, has been banned as well. No reason was given as to why they were banned from running.

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Met dept predicts thunderstorm, dust storm in Delhi

Met department has predicted thunderstorm and dust storm in Delhi today.has predicted thunderstorm and dust storm in Delhi today. It said the maximum temperature is expected to be 42 degrees Celsius.

The minimum temperature recorded was 23 degrees Celsius and humidity was 23 per cent. Delhi has been witnessing temperatures crossing 40 degrees Celsius over the last week.

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Putin to provide passports to Ukrainians

Ukraine’s President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky has dismissed an offer by Russian President Vladimir Putin to provide passports to Ukrainians, and pledged instead to grant citizenship to Russians who suffer under the Kremlin’s rule.

The Russian president on Saturday had said that Moscow was considering plans to make it easier for all Ukrainians to obtain Russian citizenship, after it earlier moved to grant passports in the country’s separatist east.

Zelensky, a comedian who won Ukraine’s presidential election last week, responded to Putin’s offer by releasing a statement on Facebook today .  In his  post, Zelensky warned Russia not to talk with Ukraine in the language of threats or military or economic pressure.

He previously called for more international sanctions against Moscow in response to Russia providing citizenship to residents of Ukraine’s separatist east.

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SC: Rahul Gandhi’s remarks on the Rafale verdict.

Supreme Court is to hear today the criminal contempt petition filed by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi on Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s remarks on the Rafale verdict.

Mr Gandhi yesterday again expressed regret for incorrectly attributing his remark against Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the verdict to the apex court. Mr Gandhi filed a fresh affidavit after a formal notice was issued to him by the court on the petition.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday expressed regret again for incorrectly attributing his remark against the Prime Minister on Rafale verdict to the Supreme Court. 

Mr Gandhi filed a fresh affidavit following the apex court issued a formal notice to him on a criminal contempt petition by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi. 

Mr Gandhi accused Ms Lekhi of trying to drag the court into political controversy for personal gains and political mileage by moving the contempt petition against him. 

In her plea, Ms Lekhi alleged that Mr Gandhi has attributed his personal remark to the top court and tried to create prejudice.

Seeking dismissal of the contempt petition over his remark, the Congress President reiterated that his statement was made in the heat of political campaigning and there was not the slightest intention to insinuate anything regarding the Supreme Court proceedings in any manner. 

The apex court had on 23 April issued criminal contempt notice to Rahul Gandhi for his remark on Prime Minister Narendra Modi while referring to the Rafale judgment, which the apex court said was incorrectly attributed to it. 

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Musharraf unlikely to return to Pakistan

File Pic: BBCPakistan’s former military dictator Pervez Musharraf, who is facing a high-profile treason case for suspending the Constitution, is unlikely to return to the country due to his family pressure and medical board’s recommendations.

The development came a day after his lawyer Salman Safdar told reporters that the 75-year-old former president, despite his deteriorating medical condition, is determined to appear before the court that had summoned him for the hearing scheduled for May 2.

However, Dawn news reported that General Musharraf might not return to Pakistan because of his medical board’s recommendation and family pressure.

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38 killed due to heavy rain in Mozambique

Heavy rain and flooding in northern Mozambique killed at least 38 people.

The flood comes just three days after Cyclone Kenneth killed at least eight people and damaged thousands of houses in the southeast African country. 

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said many houses have collapsed as a result of rising floodwaters in the northern region’s main city, Pemba. 

The UN described it as the strongest cyclone to ever hit the continent and predicted further rain over the coming days.

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EC to meet on violation of model code of conduct

 Election Commission is meeting in New Delhi today to decide on the alleged violation of model code of conduct by top political leaders. This was stated by Deputy Election Commissioner Chandra Bhushan Kumar during a press conference in the national capital last evening.

He was asked about the status of complaints filed against senior BJP leader and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah and Congress President Rahul Gandhi for alleged violation of poll norms.

Election Commission officials are also meeting today to discuss Assembly Elections in Jammu and Kashmir. Sources said, concerned officials from the state will attend the meeting. 

The BJP had withdrawn support to the PDP, led by Ms Mehbooba Mufti in the 87-member J&K Assembly last year. Since the fallout of the coalition government, the state has been under President’s rule.

 Supreme Court is likely to hear today a Congress MP’s plea seeking a direction to the Election Commission to take a decision on the complaints filed against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah over alleged violation of model code of conduct in their speeches. 

A bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, yesterday said, it would hear the petition today. In her plea, Congress Lok Sabha MP from Silchar in Assam, Sushmita Dev sought an urgent hearing saying that the poll body has not taken any decision against Mr Modi and Mr Shah.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday expressed regret again for incorrectly attributing his remark against the Prime Minister on Rafale verdict to the Supreme Court. 

Mr Gandhi filed a fresh affidavit following the apex court issued a formal notice to him on a criminal contempt petition by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi. 

Mr Gandhi accused Ms Lekhi of trying to drag the court into political controversy for personal gains and political mileage by moving the contempt petition against him. 

In her plea, Ms Lekhi alleged that Mr Gandhi has attributed his personal remark to the top court and tried to create prejudice.

Seeking dismissal of the contempt petition over his remark, the Congress President reiterated that his statement was made in the heat of political campaigning and there was not the slightest intention to insinuate anything regarding the Supreme Court proceedings in any manner. 

The apex court had on 23 April issued criminal contempt notice to Rahul Gandhi for his remark on Prime Minister Narendra Modi while referring to the Rafale judgment, which the apex court said was incorrectly attributed to it. 

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Ness Wadia sentenced two year jail term

Indian tycoon Ness Wadia sentenced two year jail term in Japan over drug possession

Wadia empire has many units, which include Bombay Dyeing, Bombay Burman Trading, biscuit giant Britannia Industries to budget airline GoAir and a share in IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab with the total market valuation of its listed entities standing at $13.1 billion.

Ness Wadia sentenced 2 Yrs jail term over drug possession he was on a skiing holiday in Japan.Wadia,co-owner of Kings XI Punjab arrested in early March at New Chitose Airport in the North island of Hokkaido, customs officials found 25g of cannabis resin in his trouser pockets.

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HM notice to Rahul Gandhi on citizenship

Rahul Gandhi has been given a fortnight by the Home Ministry to explain his “factual position” over a complaint about his citizenship. The complaint is from BJP parliamentarian Subramanian Swamy, who has for years been alleging that the Congress president is a British citizen.

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Has MHA issued Notice on my Complaint to Buddhu on his British Citizenship today?

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The home ministry notice comes bang in the middle of the seven-phase national election, in which Rahul Gandhi is contesting from the constituencies of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh and Wayanad in Kerala.

“I am directed to say that this ministry has received a representation from Dr Subramanian Swamy, in which it has been brought out that a company named Backops Limited was registered in the United Kingdom in the year 2003, with address 51 Southgate Street, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 9EH and that you were one of the directors and secretary of the said company,” says the letter from BC Joshi, Director, Citizenship, in the home ministry.

The letter also says: “It has been further brought out in the complaint that in the company’s annual returns filed on October 10, 2005 and 31 October, 2006, your date of birth has been given as June 19, 1970 and that you had declared your nationality as British.”

It says the dissolution application of the company, dated February 17, 2009, also referred to Rahul Gandhi’s nationality as British.