Top news of the day: As COVID cases rise, masks made mandatory in Lucknow and districts bordering Delhi; Gotabaya Rajapaksa appoints new Cabinet amid persisting crisis, and more

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April 18, 2022 07:16 pm | Updated 07:16 pm IST

Smoke rises above a plant of Azovstal Iron and Steel Works company and buildings damaged in the course of Ukraine-Russia conflict in the southern port city of Mariupol on April 18, 2022.

Smoke rises above a plant of Azovstal Iron and Steel Works company and buildings damaged in the course of Ukraine-Russia conflict in the southern port city of Mariupol on April 18, 2022. | Photo Credit: Reuters

Covid cases in UP: Masks mandatory in Lucknow, districts bordering Delhi

With an increase in COVID-19 cases in Uttar Pradesh, the State government on Monday said it had made it compulsory for people to wear masks in public places in the State capital Lucknow and districts in the National Capital Region (NCR).

Police investigation team attacked by family of man who opened fire in Jahangirpuri: officials

A Delhi Police investigation team came under a “minor” attack on April 18 when it went to the house of a man who was seen firing a gunshot during violence in Jahangirpuri, officials said. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Northwest) Usha Rangnani said a northwest district police team had gone to the suspect’s house in CD Park Road for a search and examination of his family members.

Ukraine shows video of detained Putin ally calling for Mariupol swap

Ukraine on Monday aired a video showing Viktor Medvedchuk, a detained pro-Russia tycoon and ally of President Vladimir Putin, seeking to be exchanged in return for an evacuation of civilians and troops from the besieged port city of Mariupol.

Also read: Russia-Ukraine live updates | April 18, 2022

Lakhimpur Kheri violence case | Supreme Court sets aside Allahabad HC order granting bail to Ashish Mishra

The Supreme Court on Monday cancelled the bail granted by Allahabad High Court to Ashish Mishra, Lakhimpur Kheri case prime accused and a Union Minister’s son, in a “tearing hurry” and without giving the victims of the crime an opportunity to be heard.

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa appoints new Cabinet amid persisting crisis in country

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Monday appointed a new Cabinet, even as large seaside protests demanding his resignation continue for over 10 days. A total of 17 members, including many former Cabinet Ministers, were sworn in, authorities said.

Govt. designates Jaish-e-Mohammad commander Ashiq Nengroo as terrorist

Ashiq Ahmed Nengroo, a dreaded commander of banned outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), was designated as a terrorist by the Centre on Monday for his involvement in various terror incidents in Jammu and Kashmir. In a notification, the Union Home Ministry said Nengroo has been involved in the infiltration of terrorists into Jammu and Kashmir and has also been responsible for perpetrating various terror incidents in the Union Territory.

Wholesale price rise accelerates to 14.55% in March

Inflation in India’s wholesale prices hit a four-month high of 14.55% in March from 13.11% in February, driven by accelerating price rise across all categories of goods, with fuel and power as well as primary articles driving most of the gains. This is the 12th month in a row that wholesale inflation has stayed over 10%. While retail inflation had hit a 17-month high of 6.95% in March, largely due to higher food prices, the wholesale food price index inched up marginally from 8.47% in February to 8.71% in March. 

Might convene all-party meeting on NEET depending on Governor’s actions, says Stalin

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin said another all-party meeting might be convened over the issue of the NEET exemption bill that is still pending with Governor R.N. Ravi depending on his actions as there was speculation in some section of the media that he was going to forward the bill to the President of India.

Maruti Suzuki hikes vehicle prices by 1.9%

The country’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) on April 18 said it has increased prices of its entire model range, between 0.9% to 1.9%, with immediate effect. The company, which currently sells a range of vehicles from Alto to S-Cross, said it has taken the decision to hike prices due to an increase in input costs.

Police confirm first death of communal violence in MP’s Khargone after man’s body found in Indore hospital

A 30-year-old man who went missing during communal clashes in Madhya Pradesh’s Khargone city has become the first fatality of violence, but his death has raised allegations of cover-up, with the kin of the deceased accusing the police of keeping his death under wraps for eight days.

J.P. Nadda says Opposition is ‘dejected and rejected’ over statement on communal violence

BJP president J.P. Nadda responded sharply to the joint statement by some Opposition parties on the National Democratic Alliance government’s studied “silence” on the recent incidents of communal violence, by stating that his party’s governments at the Centre and various States are being “bitterly resisted” by “rejected and dejected parties who are once again taking refuge in vote bank politics.” 

IPL 2022 |Delhi Capitals’ Mitchell Marsh tests COVID negative in RT-PCR after positive antigen test; Pune match on

Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has tested negative in his mandatory RT-PCR test after returning a positive Rapid Antigen Test (RAT), meaning the IPL match between Delhi Capitals and Punjab Kings on Wednesday will go on as scheduled.

SBI executes $500 million off-shore borrowing from IFSC Gift City branch

State Bank of India (SBI), acting through its IFSC Gift City branch, has raised 3-year funds of $500 million through syndicated loan facility, the bank said in a statement. The facility is for $400 million plus $100 million as green shoe option. It’s strong presence in international markets helped it to get a “very tight pricing”, it said.

British minister Priti Patel defiant over UK’s plan to fly illegal migrants to Rwanda

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel on Monday fought back at critics who have voiced their concerns over a new immigration strategy that will see illegal immigrants entering the country being flown out to Rwanda. The Indian-origin minister has put her personal political heft behind the initiative as it emerged that she had issued a “ministerial direction” to push the plan ahead as a means to tackle people smugglers and criminal gangs. However, the plan has attracted strong criticism from senior religious leaders such as the Archbishop of Canterbury and also some members of Parliament from within the governing Conservative Party.

Shanghai reports first deaths in current COVID-19 outbreak

Shanghai authorities on Monday reported the first COVID-19 deaths in the latest outbreak in China’s most populous and wealthiest city. All three people who died were elderly, had underlying diseases such as diabetes and hypertension and had not been vaccinated against the coronavirus, city Health Commission inspector Wu Ganyu told journalists.

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