Women March 4 Change across the country, Iraqi Shias visit graves on the ‘Night of Ascent’, and other news in pictures

Participants at the Women March for Change demonstration in New Delhi on April 4, 2019.

Participants at the Women March for Change demonstration in New Delhi on April 4, 2019.   | Photo Credit: The Hindu

 

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Women ‘march for change’ across the country

In a bid to sensitise women across the country to use their vote to reject the "current environment of hate and violence", several women's rights activists and civil society groups organised marches across 20 States. The marches were held in villages, blocks, talukas, cities, colleges and markets under the banner of "Women March 4 Change". In Delhi, women marched from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar.

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Iraqi Shias visit graves on the ‘Night of Ascent’

Muslims celebrate Shab-e-Mi’raj on the 27th day of Rajab, the seventh month of the Islamic calendar. Muslims believe it was the night when the Prophet was carried to the heaven and experienced several miracles along the way.

A view of the Wadi al-Salam (“Valley of Peace”), one of the world’s biggest cemeteries, in the Iraqi Shia holy city of Najaf, as Shia Muslims visit the graves of their relatives and loved ones on the morning following the Muslim commemoration of the night of the Prophet Mohammed’s ascent to heaven, known in Arabic as “Isra and Mi’raj”.

A view of the Wadi al-Salam (“Valley of Peace”), one of the world’s biggest cemeteries, in the Iraqi Shia holy city of Najaf, as Shia Muslims visit the graves of their relatives and loved ones on the morning following the Muslim commemoration of the night of the Prophet Mohammed’s ascent to heaven, known in Arabic as “Isra and Mi’raj”.  

 

 

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Kamal Haasan on the campaign trail

Makkal Needhi Maiam founder and actor Kamal Haasan addressed an election rally on Thursday, asking people to vote for his party candidate V. Muniyasamy in Virudhunagar.

Makkal Needhi Maiam president Kamal Haasan addressing an election rally Tirupparamkundram in Madurai on April 04, 2019.

Makkal Needhi Maiam president Kamal Haasan addressing an election rally Tirupparamkundram in Madurai on April 04, 2019.   | Photo Credit: S. James

 

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Whale shark washed ashore in Thoothukudi

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A twenty feet whale shark washed ashore at Inicio Nagar beach in Thoothukudi on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: N. Rajesh

 

A twenty-feet whale shark was washed ashore at the Inicio Nagar beach in Thoothukudi on Thursday. Whale shark, the largest living species of fish, comes under the category ‘endangered’ in The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. In India, the migratory species is listed in Schedule I (Part IIA) of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, which is the highest protection status for any living species in the country.

 

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Rahul Gandhi files nomination from Wayanad

Congress president Rahul Gandhi undertakes a roadshow along with AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and other Congress leaders in Wayanad, Kerala, after filing his nomination papers on Thursday, April 4, 2019.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi undertakes a roadshow along with AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and other Congress leaders in Wayanad, Kerala, after filing his nomination papers on Thursday, April 4, 2019.   | Photo Credit: Biju Govind

 

Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who is contesting from Wayanad in addition to his traditional seat of Amethi, filed his nomination before the district collector on Thursday.

The Special Protection Group (SPG) has taken over the security of the ground and nearly 1 km distance from the road show to the Collectorate.

 

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Carlos Ghosn rearrested

Lawyer Junichiro Hironaka for Nissan's former Chairman Carlos Ghosn, speaks to reporters while leaving his office after Ghosn's rearrest in Tokyo on Thursday.

Lawyer Junichiro Hironaka for Nissan's former Chairman Carlos Ghosn, speaks to reporters while leaving his office after Ghosn's rearrest in Tokyo on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: AP

 

Former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn was rearrested early Thursday in Tokyo while out on bail, local media said, as prosecutors investigate a fresh charge against the auto tycoon.

Authorities arrested the 65-year-old less than a month after he was dramatically freed on bail following more than 100 days in detention.

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Former Malaysian PM Najib in first graft trial

Former Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak leaves Kuala Lumpur High Court in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia April 3, 2019.

Former Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak leaves Kuala Lumpur High Court in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia April 3, 2019.   | Photo Credit: REUTERS

 

Ten years to the day after he was first sworn in as Malaysia's prime minister, Najib Razak stood trial on Wednesday for corruption charges linked to a multibillion-dollar scandal that brought down his government.

Najib, in dark blue suit and matching tie, sat in the dock for nearly three hours before proceedings were adjourned until April 15, in the first of many trials he faces over graft accusations at state fund 1MDB.

It was a stunning fall from grace for a leader who just a year ago was Malaysia's most powerful person, described by the attorney general on Wednesday as wielding “near absolute power” in office.

“The accused is not above the law and his prosecution and this trial should serve as precedents,” Tommy Thomas said in an opening statement.

(With inputs from agencies)

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