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Morning digest: three Indians killed in Christchurch shooting, India keeps Khalistan threat off Kartarpur talks, and more

Farhaj Ahsan, one of the two Telangana residents who succumbed to injuries in the Christchurch terror attack.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Christchurch terror attack: two from Telangana, one from Kerala succumb to injuries

Two persons from Telangana and one from Kerala are known to have died in the mosque attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand, reports said on Saturday. They were identified as Farhaj Ahsan, 31, a technology professional, and Mohammed Imran Khan, restaurateur, from Telangana and Anzi Ali Bhava, 27, from Kodungalloor, an M.Tech. student of an agricultural university in New Zealand.

India keeps Khalistan threat off Kartarpur talks

India did not raise the issue of Pakistan supporting the Khalistani movement during the March 14 delegation-level talks to discuss the modalities of the Kartarpur Corridor. A senior government official who attended the meeting told The Hindu that the Khalistan threat was deliberately not put on the agenda.

U.N. meet dilutes Indian plan to phase out single-use plastic

An ambitious resolution piloted by India to phase out single-use plastics by 2025, was watered down at the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) that concluded on Friday in Nairobi. The final declaration on March 15 removed the firm timelines and edited out the “decisively” and only committed to a “reduction by 2030.”

Election Commission sets pre-poll deadline for manifestos

The Election Commission on Saturday fixed the outer limit for the release of party manifestos, under the Model Code of Conduct, putting a prohibition of 48 hours before polling. The EC had, through letters dated January 22 and February 9, circulated a proposal among the recognised national and State parties for fixing a timeline on the release of manifestos.

Low conviction hinders fight against spurious drugs

Spurious drugs can have harmful side-effects and can even kill. Yet India has been able to decide only 35 cases of the 606 prosecutions launched against the manufacture, sale and distribution of spurious or adulterated drugs from 2015 to 2018, according to figures provided by the Drug Controller.

Don’t allow forward bookings by airlines: passengers’ forum

The Air Passengers Association of India (APAI) has asked the Civil Aviation Ministry to prevent airlines from carrying out forward bookings — for over six months in advance — given their precarious financial state and the ban on Boeing 737-Max 8.

Solar tsunami can trigger the sunspot cycle

It is believed that the “solar dynamo” — a naturally occurring generator which produces electric and magnetic fields in the sun — is linked to the production of sunspots. What kick-starts the 11-year sunspot cycle is not known. Now, a group of solar physicists suggests that a “solar tsunami” is at work that triggers the new sunspot cycle, after the old one ends.

Indian Wells: Nadal pulls out with injury before Federer semi-final

Rafael Nadal withdrew from the Indian Wells tournament on Saturday with a knee injury, shortly before his eagerly-awaited semi-final clash with great rival Roger Federer. It would have been the 39th meeting between the pair and the first since 2017.

We have the bowling attack to win the World Cup, says Bharat Arun

Bharat Arun,  the Indian team's bowling coach is confident about India’s bowling pack ahead of the ICC ODI World Cup. “We have the bowling to win the World Cup. We have the right kind of pacemen, wrist spinners, finger spinner and support bowlers,” he said to The Hindu.

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