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Modi, Harper Cement ties with uranium deal
The Canadian government unveiled a C$350 million ($280 million) deal to supply uranium fuel to India, formally ending a lengthy dispute that began after New Delhi used Canadian technology to develop a nuclear bomb. Canadian producer Cameco Corp will supply 7.1 million pounds (3.22 million kilos) of uranium concentrate to India over the next five years. The deal is Cameco's first with India, which the firm called the second fastest growing market for nuclear fuel.

Rahul accuses Modi of snatching poor man's land
After coming back from his sabbatical, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Sunday accused the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi of being anti-poor and anti-farmer. Giving enough indications that the fight against the Land Acquisition Ordinance and the proposed Bill will be aggressive and long drawn, Rahul tore into Modi's claims accusing him of working for the

First Asian woman to receive the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion
Digital Entrepreneur and STEM evangelist, Lopa Patel MBE, has been announced as one of the latest recipients of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion, becoming the first Asian woman to receive the award.
“It is a huge honour to receive the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion,” says Lopa Patel. “I am particularly proud to have become the first Asian woman to receive this award. Encouraging diversity and entrepreneurship in the world of business is something about which I am extremely passionate.

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Meera Syal has garnered widespread press acclaim for her role in David Hare’s new play, based on the book by Katherine Boo and directed by Rufus Norris (Broken, London Road), who will become the NT’s new Director from April.

Mumbai UK visa service will severely inconvenience tens of thousands
Mumbai, one of the largest cities in the world and busiest UK visa centres is having its visa staff reduced from 70 to 20, with decision-making being centralised in New Delhi, 850 miles away, despite receiving the same volume of applications every year.
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SC extends Jaya’s bail till May 12
New Delhi: The Supreme Court has extended the bail granted to former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and four other accused till the Karnataka High Court disposes off their appeals against conviction in a disproportionate assets case.
This means that the High Court will have to wait till a newly-formed three-judge bench of the Supreme Court first gives a final decision on the question whether the entire appeal proceedings held in the past three months was vitiated due to the presence of Special Public Prosecutor Bhavani Singh.

Akali Dal wrests Dhuri seat from Congress
Sangrur: Akali Dal wrests Dhuri seat from Congress. SAD candidate Gobind Singh Longowal, a former minister and three-time MLA, drubbed Congress-Sanjha Morcha joint candidate Simar Partap Singh, a political greenhorn and grand son of former governor and chief minister Surjit Singh Barnala.

Andhra policemen booked for murder
Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh police registered a case of kidnap and murder against unidentified personnel of the Special Task Force who were involved in the gunning down of 20 woodcutters of Tamil Nadu in the Seshachalam forests near Tirupati on April 7.

Six parties unite to form Janata Parivar
Six parties of the erstwhile Janata Parivar has decided to merge and form a new party to take on the Bharatiya Janata Party ahead of crucial elections in Bihar scheduled later this year. The decision was announced in Delhi by Janata Dal-United president Sharad Yadav after a meeting of six parties that included Janata Dal-Secular, Rashtriya Janata Dal, Indian National Lok Dal and Samajwadi Janata Party.

AAP expels Bhushan, Yadav, 2 others for ‘anti-party’ activities
The churning in the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) reached a climax, with the party expelling senior leaders Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan, Anand Kumar and Ajit Jha. The party’s disciplinary committee, which was once headed by Bhushan, had sent the four leaders showcause notices for allegedly indulging in anti-party activities.
An AAP statement said the committee, comprising Pankaj Gupta, Ashish Khetan and Dinesh Waghela, met and considered the responses of Yadav, Bhushan and Kumar. Jha has not sent a reply so far.

Haryana, Israel sign MoU to raise productivity of dairy sector
New Delhi: The Haryana government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Israel to set up a centre of excellence aimed at raising the productivity of dairy sector in the country.
According to reports, the MoU was signed between Haryana and Israel's international development agency Mashav in the national capital on April 15.

Andhra CM invites Chinese industrialists
Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who was on a visit to China, said a special desk would be set up for the benefit of Chinese investors who wish to invest in the state. Naidu, who spoke at a round-table conference with industrialists in Chengdu of Sichuan Province, said substantial land bank and attractive incentives are being offered for investors.


UK News

Questions raised on whether Lord Janner is fit for trial
It has been revealed that due to the mistakes by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Lord Greville Janner avoided trial, which he should have faced for multiple child sex abuse charges twice in the past.
The CPS have admitted that it was wrong of them to not have prosecuted Lord Janner in 1991 as well as in 2007.

Husband, Wife and Four Children detained in Turkey
Asif Malik (31), who was feared to have taken his wife and four children to Syria to join Islamic State, has been detained in Turkey. It is also believed that Malik was a member of al-Muhajiroun, a banned group which was formed by the extremist preacher, Anjem Choudary.

13-Year-Old Charged with Murder
A 13-year-old schoolboy, Petri Kurti stamped a woman to death before stealing her jewellery. He became one of the youngest people in Britain to be given a life sentence for murder yesterday.
Kurti kicked Glynis Bensley (47), in the face so hard, leaving a shoe-print on her cheek before she bled to death on the pavement in the West Midlands.

Cameron's Gurdwara visit causes unrest
David Cameron, along with his wife, Samantha visited a Gurdwara in Gravesend, Kent. They went to join thousands of others in celebrating Vaisakhi, in attempt to garner support from ethnic minority groups. The day also marked Mrs Cameron's 44th birthday.

Keith Vaz denies endorsing Ukip candidate
Rt Hon Keith Vaz, a prominent Labour representative has distanced himself from Ukip candidate, Mark Reckless, after it appeared that Vaz had endorsed Reckless' campaign.
It is said that Mark Reckless needs to convert Labour supporters in order to win next month's re-elections.

Chicken Tikka Masala rejected at St George's Day celebration
Tania Rahman (27), was “shocked and upset” as the Salisbury City Council rejected her proposal of serving Chicken Tikka Masala at the St George's Day celebration. They stated that it was “not English enough” and that visitors at the event should eat “English themed food only”.

Judge suggests veil should be allowed in Court
Britain's most senior judge has suggested that Muslim women should be allowed to appear in court wearing the full-face veil.
The President of the Supreme Court, Lord Neuberger expressed that it was essential that the courts and judges “show, and be seen to show” respect towards different customs. This includes having an understanding of the “different cultural and social habits” of those appearing as witnesses, defendants or jurors in cases.

India proving to be efficient for Passport and Visa Applications
It is not farfetched to refer to India as a world leader, in regards to matters relating to immigration and caring for its citizens abroad.
Earlier in 2015, the High Commission of India announced in the UK that he would be launching 14 consular service centres across country. This decision is a valiant stride towards improving an infamously arduous process for many people of Indian-origin.

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Kohli needs to learn from Dhoni: Waugh
Australia's World Cup winning captain Steve Waugh feels Indian star Virat Kohli should learn from Mahendra Singh Dhoni to keep his emotions in check and mature as a captain. Kohli took over the reigns of Test captaincy from Dhoni, who announced his retirement from the longest format post the third Test against Australia in December.
The Kohli-led India were just able to draw the fourth and final match but lost the series 0-2. Waugh opines that the young leader has a lot to learn. "Kohli has to mature. He had a few issues this World Cup. He gets a bit too animated, bit too emotional, bit too personal on some issues. As a captain you have got to develop a thick skin and Dhoni has that, nothing gets through him.

Young cricketer succumbs to on-field injury
In another tragic on-field incident after Phillip Hughes' death last November, a promising Bengal batsman Ankit Keshri on Monday passed away owing to an injury sustained during a Cricket Association of Bengal's senior one-day knock-out match on April 17.
Keshri was in hospital for the past three days and was showing signs of recovery till Sunday evening when he was given oral food. However, in the early hours of Monday morning, Keshri suffered a massive cardiac arrest and was put on ventilator before he was declared dead.

Piyush Gudka to Run his 50th Marathon
Piyush Gudka will be running his 50th marathon on 26th April 2015. He moved to London from Mombasa, Kenya in 1972 and took part in his first marathon in 1994. Piyush Gudka was enamoured by the concept of keeping fit and healthy while also raising funds for good causes.
Gudka has participated in marathons all over the world. He has taught and inspired so many along the way.He has inspired, motivated and trained nearly 200 people to run marathons over the last two decades. In total they have raised over half a million pounds in charity while conquering their own personal barriers and limiting beliefs.

Saina Nehwal regains World No.1 ranking
Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal regained the number one position in international rankings after China's Li Xuerui dropped a couple of rungs to third in the latest list. Saina, the first Indian woman shuttler to be world number one after her India Open Grand Prix Gold triumph earlier this month, had dropped to the second place following her semifinal finish in the Malaysia Open Super Series.

KKR bowlers hand DD ninth successive loss
Kolkata Knight Riders' bowlers set up their third win in four games, restricting Delhi Daredevils to 146 for 8. Gautam Gambhir then made his third half-century in four innings to consign the hosts to their ninth successive defeat at Feroz Shah Kotla.
Neither captain was sure at the toss about how the pitch, dry and grassy, would behave. Both wanted to chase; Gambhir won the toss. The ball seemed to come on decently, especially at the start, although Duminy felt the pitch deteriorated as the game progressed.

India remain No.2 in ODI rankings
Team India has retained its second position in the ODI rankings list after finishing as semifinalists in the recently-concluded ICC Cricket World Cup. With 116 points, India is placed just six points behind world champions Australia, who have garnered 122 rating points to their credit. India is followed by South Africa (112), Sri Lanka (108), New Zealand (107, England (101), Pakistan (95).


World News

Obama pens Modi's profile for Time magazine
Washington: US President Barack Obama has penned the profile of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Time magazine’s most recent issue on the world’s 100 most influential people. Modi was quick to respond with a thank you on Twitter.
Obama’s three paragraph sketch praises Modi in the language of a liberal-left president. He opens by noting Modi’s rise from the son of a tea-seller to the head of the world’s largest democracy and how this “reflects the dynamism and potential of India’s rise.”

Pak chief of ISIS killed while planting bomb
Peshawar: The Pakistan chief of ISIS Hafiz Muhammad Saeed was killed when a roadside bomb he was planting went off in the country's restive northwest tribal region, according to a media report.
Saeed and two of his accomplices were killed when the bomb they were planting exploded in Toor Dara area of Tirah Valley in the Khyber tribal region, Express Tribune reported.

Asian actor puts an end to 'English' Midsomer
London: Midsomer Murders is to feature its first regular Asian character, signalling a demographic shift for the drama since the days its creator hailed as “the last bastion of Englishness.” Manjinder Kaur will play a pathologist, Dr Kam Karimore, who will appear throughout the series. She will join Neil Dudgeon and Gwilym Lee as DCI John Barnaby and DS Charlie Nelson.

Another Hindu temple vandalised in US
Texas: A Hindu temple in the US state of Texas has been vandalised with offensive images spray-painted on its walls, the third such incident in the country this year. The number ‘666’ and an upside down cross was spray-painted on the door of the temple in Old Lake Highlands, north Texas. Krishna Singh, who is on the temple’s board, said they discovered the graffiti last Monday. “That was a big shock, really. The whole thing has been very disturbing to the community,” Singh said. Dallas police sent out detectives with the gang unit who are still searching for suspects.

Adultery website Ashley Madison plans share issue
London: Ashley Madison, the website for people seeking extramarital affairs, plans to raise money from the public. The online dating company aims to raise £135m from the initial public offering and will use the proceeds to fund international expansion. Avid Life Media, the website’s parent company that also owns CougarLife.com, botched its first attempt at an IPO in 2010 due to lack of investor appetite.

China, Pakistan sign 50 deals
Islamabad: Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday announced investments worth $46 billion in Pakistan in projects that would give his country direct access to the Arabian Sea and beyond. He signed over 50 agreements related to infrastructure and energy along with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif shortly after arriving on a two-day visit along with a powerful delegation.

Indian-American leads Hillary Clinton's advisers
Washington: Making her second presidential run, Hillary Clinton has set up a three person team of senior policy advisers headed by Indian-American Maya Harris, a former senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. The team will help develop an agenda for her presidential campaign that would be unfolded in a series of policy rollouts expected to begin late next month after her early phase of road trips to meet voters, Politico reported. Two others on the policy team are Ann O'Leary, a former legislative director to Clinton when she was in the Senate; and

 
 
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