Top news of the day: Julian Assange extradition decision moves to U.K. government; Jahangirpuri eviction drive stopped after Supreme Court’s ‘status quo’ order, and more

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Published - April 20, 2022 06:46 pm IST

This court artist sketch shows Wikileaks founder Julian Assange at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London on April 20, 2022.

This court artist sketch shows Wikileaks founder Julian Assange at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London on April 20, 2022. | Photo Credit: AP

Judge sends Julian Assange extradition decision to U.K. government

A British judge on Wednesday formally approved the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States to face spying charges. The case will now go to Britain’s Home Secretary for a decision, and the WikiLeaks founder still has legal avenues of appeal.

Jahangirpuri demolition drive stopped after Supreme Court’s ‘status quo’ order

The Supreme Court, in the forenoon, ordered the stopping of the demolition drive by authorities in the area of Delhi and agreed to hear a petition challenging the action of the civic bodies allegedly aimed against the accused of the communal offences. As the demolition drive continued even after its order, the apex court directed the court’s secretary-general to convey about the order to the NDMC Mayor and the Delhi Police Commissioner immediately to stop the demolition drive.

Judges must give reasons for granting or refusing bail: Supreme Court

Cryptic bail orders without giving any reasons have no place in the judicial system, the court said.

India’s sixth Scorpène submarine Vagsheer launched into water in Mumbai

The sixth and last of the French Scorpène-class submarines,  Vagsheer, was launched into water by Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar at a ceremony at the Mazagon Docks Limited (MDL) in Mumbai. It was expected to commissioned into the Navy next year, officials said.

India to introduce AYUSH mark for traditional medicine: PM Modi

The Prime Minister also said that India will soon start the AYUSH visa category for those who come to the country seeking traditional ways of treatment.

As COVID-19 cases surge, DDMA makes masks mandatory; ₹500 penalty for violation

Officials said the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), in its meeting, also decided not to shut schools, but chose to come up with a separate Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) in consultation with experts.

Two drunk men arrested after trying to drive car into Mauritius PM’s convoy in Mumbai

The incident occurred at 1.50 a.m. on Monday when Mr. Pravind Jugnauth’s carcade was moving from the Western Expressway Highway towards the Bandra Worli sea link.

Sasikala to be questioned in Kodanad case

The special team of police that is investigating the dacoity-cum-murder case at Kodanad estate, will question former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s confidante V.K. Sasikala in Chennai on Thursday. This is the first time she will be questioned in the case.

U.N. says 5 million have fled Ukraine

More than half of the total, over 2.8 million, fled at least at first to Poland. Although many have stayed there, an unknown number have travelled onward. There are few border checks within the European Union.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has urged IMF to assist Sri Lanka: Government

Ms. Sitharaman, “indicated that [the] IMF should support and urgently provide financial assistance to Sri Lanka”, said a Finance Ministry readout of the meeting between the Minister and IMF Managing Director Krisalina Georgieva.

Opinion | Shehbaz Sharif must rewind to move Pakistan forward

The new PM has to reckon with Imran Khan’s tainted legacy, as well as the record of previous regimes.

IPL 2022 | Mumbai Indians face Chennai Super Kings in battle to save IPL elimination

If Mumbai have to chase or set up a big total, then captain will have to do the bulk of scoring.

Russian players to be barred from competing at Wimbledon: report

Russian players will not be allowed to compete at Wimbledon this year due to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, according to a report in sports industry news site Sportico.

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