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NDA gains strength ahead of Lok Sabha Polls: BJP and Apna Dal to contest Lok Sabha polls in Uttar Pradesh together; Apna Dal to contest on 2 seats including Mirzapur; Arvind Sharma of Haryana Congress joins BJP; SP releases list of some more candidates for UP; BSP enters into alliance with Jan Seva party in Andhra; Rahul Gandhi campaigns in Chattisgarh and Odisha.

President inaugurates festival of Innovation and Entrepreneurship: President, Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurated the Festival of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Gandhinagar in Gujarat.

Delhi Court summons Kejriwal, others in defamation case: A Delhi court on Friday summoned Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and others in a defamation case filed by BJP leader Rajeev Babbar.

EC announces by-polls in 3 Assembly constituencies of Gujarat: The Election Commission has announced by-elections for Dhrangadhra, Manavadar and Jamnagar Rural Assembly constituencies in Gujarat.

Fodder scam: SC seeks CBI stand on bail plea by RJD chief Lalu: The Supreme Court Friday sought the CBI’s response on a plea of RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav seeking bail in three cases related to the multi-crore fodder scam.

Rafale case: SC reserves its order on examining documents: Supreme Court on Thursday reserved orders on the preliminary objections raised by the Central government that the documents presented by the petitioners cannot be relied on by the Court as they are privileged documents.

Multi-departmental committee on election intelligence meets in New Delhi: The Election Commission’s multi-department committee on election intelligence held its 1st meeting at Nirvachal Sadan on Friday.

PM has ability to take quick decisions on complicated matters, FM writes in latest blog: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has written a blog post titled, ‘Agenda 2019: Modi Hai To Mumkin Hai’.

Pollachi case: DMK chief’s son-in-law booked: In a political twist to the Pollachi sexual assault case, the Chennai police on Thursday registered an FIR against Sabareesan, son-in-law of DMK chief MK Stalin.

TDP announces 126 candidates for Assembly polls: In Andhra Pradesh, the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has released its first list of 126 candidates for the April 11 assembly election.

Mumbai bridge collapse: 6 dead, CM orders probe: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis has termed the bridge collapse as unfortunate and announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 Lakh each to the kin of those who died in the incident.

Prevent India from becoming a dynastic democracy: FM Arun Jaitley writes in FB blog: In a blog written on Facebook, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has hit out at the trend of dynastic democracy in India – the tendency of certain parties to follow a single family or leader.

Students in Nepal call upon to follow Gandhian path for peace & harmony: The students in Nepal have called upon to follow the Gandhian path for peace and harmony in the world.

Australia embarks on its largest ever defence engagement with Sri Lanka next week: Australia will embark on its largest ever defence engagement with Sri Lanka next week as part of the Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 (IPE-19).

France to impose financial sanctions on Masood Azhar: France says it will freeze Masood Azhar’s French assets a day after China blocked a UNSC resolution to designate the Jaish-e-Mohammad chief as a global terrorist; Commits to raising issue with European partners; France is a co-sponsor to the resolution.

Brexit: UK MPs vote to delay D-Day, but reject second referendum: British lawmakers on Thursday voted to seek a delay to the March 29 deadline for the UK to exit the European Union (EU) by 412 votes to 202, but rejected an amendment to the motion that sought to hold another referendum during the delayed period.

Christchurch shootings: 49 killed in one of “New Zealand’s darkest days”: 49 people killed in shooting in 2 mosques in New Zealand’s Christchurch over a dozen injured; PM Jacinda Ardern declares it to be a terror attack.

At Kartarpur corridoor meet, India seeks visa-free entry for pilgrims: India has sought visa-free access from Pakistan for 5,000 pilgrims per day to the historic Sikh shrine in Kartarpur.

Exports grow up by 2.44 per cent in February as trade deficit narrows: Good news on Economy front; Exports grow up by 2.44 per cent to USD 26.67 billion in February as trade deficit narrows.

US official lone candidate for presidency: World Bank: The World Bank confirmed Thursday that senior US Treasury official David Malpass was the lone candidate nominated to take over the helm of the development aid institution.

Sri Lanka, India enter semi-final of 5th SAFF Women’s Championship: Sri Lanka and Defending Champion India have also entered in the semi final of 5th South Asian Football Federation, SAFF Women’s Championship.

ICC supports cancellation of NZ-Bangla Test in wake of Christchurch attack: The International Cricket Council (ICC) Friday said it “fully supports” the cancellation of the third Test between New Zealand and Bangladesh in Christchurch after the visiting side had a narrow escape from a shooting attack at a mosque there.

SC relief for Sreesanth: Ban cancelled; asks BCCI to reconsider punishment: The Supreme Court has set aside BCCI disciplinary committee’s order of 2013 imposing life ban on cricketer S Sreesanth.

Final decision on 48-team 2022 World Cup set for June: FIFA: FIFA chiefs are likely to decide on Friday whether to back an expansion of the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams but a final decision will only be taken at a meeting in Paris in June, sources said Thursday.

Male actors insecure about playing gay characters: Onir at FICCI Frames: Filmmaker Onir said Thursday that male actors in Bollywood are still insecure about playing gay roles.

Gene-addition therapy: A potential cure for sickle-cell disease: Researchers have found what could be the first ever cure for Sickle Cell Disease.

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