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Pakistan court cancels arrest warrants for former Prime Minister Imran Khan. Pakistan's former prime minister Imran Khan was on Saturday allowed by a local court here to go back without his indictment in a corruption case after he marked his attendance outside the court complex, amidst a stand-off between his supporters and security forces who have tried to arrest him for skipping multiple previous hearings.

Khalistan sympathiser Amritpal Singh arrested after dramatic chase, reports NDTV citing Punjab police. A special team of the state police, comprising personnel from seven districts, had followed the separatist leader's convoy while he was on his way to Jalandhar's Shahkot tehsil. Internet was suspended across the state till 12 pm tomorrow as Amritpal's associates started circulating frantic videos appealing to supporters to reach Shahkot. Anticipating disturbance, a large contingent of police has been deployed outside Amritpal's native village, Jallupur Khaira, in Amritsar district. Sources said police and paramilitary forces have sealed the village.

Pakistan police entered the home of former Prime Minister Imran Khan in Lahore on Saturday while he was on his way to Islamabad for a court hearing in a corruption case, officials from his party said. Bushra Begum, Khan's wife, was at home when police removed the barricades and broke into his house, they said. During the operation, at least 10 Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf workers were injured and over 30 arrested, news agency PTI reported. His party shared a video on its official Twitter account that showed Khan's supporters at his home being lathicharged by the policemen.

India's single-day tally of Covid-19 cases crossed 800 after 126 days on Saturday, while the number of active cases climbed to 5,389, according to Union health ministry data.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah has said the current logjam in Parliament can be resolved if the Opposition comes forward for talks and that the government will go "two steps ahead" if it takes "two steps forward".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Global Millets (Shree Anna) Conference in New Delhi on Saturday at 11 am. The Prime Minister will also address the gathering on occasion.

Angry protesters took to the streets in Paris and other cities for a second day on Friday, trying to pressure lawmakers to bring down French President Emmanuel Macron's government and doom the unpopular retirement age increase he's trying to impose without a vote in the National Assembly.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the closing ceremony of "Vijay Sankalp Yatra" in Davangere city in Karnataka on March 25 and will address a public meeting there.

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Punjab Latest News: Section 144 imposed

Section 144 has been imposed in several cities of Punjab, TV reports say.
 
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NIA chargesheets 105 PFI cadres in different cases lodged across India

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Delhi-Gurugram Expressway waterlogging

Waterlogging on Delhi-Gurugram Expressway causes traffic snarls. Parts of Delhi-NCR received rainfall today.
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Waterlogging on Delhi-Gurugram Expressway causes traffic snarls. Parts of Delhi-NCR received rainfall today

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Imran Khan waits outside court as PTI supporters clash with Pakistan Police

After days of legal wrangling and extensive battles between his supporters and police, former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan headed to court on Friday. Taking to social media with a video messages, he asserted that ‘they had made a plan to arrest me’. Khan was ousted in a no-confidence motion last year. Since then he has been pressuring the fragile coalition government that succeeded him to hold early elections.
 
Meanwhile, the Pakistan Police raided his house in a plush Lahore neighbourhood after blocking nearby roads and suspending mobile services in the area. Islamabad his also been put on high alert, with some 4,000 security officials - including elite police commandos, anti-terrorism squads and paramilitary rangers - being deployed in the area.
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Punjab police launches action against Khalistani sympathiser Amritpal Singh

Mobile internet services restricted in several districts of Punjab as the State Police launches action against Khalistani sympathiser ‘Waris Punjab De’ chief Amritpal Singh and his aides.
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SC order on EC appointments: Rijiju invokes 'Lakshman Rekha'

Law Minister Kiren Rijiju on Saturday invoked the constitutional "Lakshman Rekha" guiding different institutions, including the executive and the judiciary, and wondered that if judges become part of administrative appointments, who would carry out judicial work.
 
Rijiju was responding to a question on a Supreme Court bench directing the government to set up a panel comprising the prime minister, the chief justice of India and the leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha to select the chief election commissioner (CEC) and election commissioners till a law is in place for the same.
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Twitter to soon open source all code used to recommend tweets: Musk

Twitter CEO Elon Musk on Saturday said that the micro-blogging platform will open source all code used for recommending tweets on March 31.

Musk tweeted: "Twitter will open source all code used to recommend tweets on March 31."

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BJP trying to topple Delhi govt by offering money to MLAs: AAP

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has alleged that the BJP, which has only eight MLAs in the Delhi Assembly, is trying to topple the Arvind Kejriwal government by offering money to legislators under the guise of a no-confidence motion.

Addressing a press conference here, the AAP's Rajya Sabha MP Raghav Chadha alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is offering two options to his party MLAs -- they should either join the saffron party or the CBI-ED will put them in jail.

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Farmer dies during foot march from Maharashtra's Nashik to Mumbai

A 58-year-old farmer who participated in the long foot march of farmers from Dindori in Maharashtra's Nashik to Mumbai died on Friday night at Shahapur police station in Thane district, informed the All India Kisan Sabha state general secretary Ajit Nawale.
 
Pundalik Jadhav, a resident of a village near Dindori in Nashik, was taken to a hospital in Shahpur on Friday where he died during treatment. The exact reason for his death is yet to be ascertained.
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Govt paying attention to needs of millet farmers for 1st time, says PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that India's Millet Mission will become a blessing for 2.5 crore marginal farmers. After independence, this is for the first time that a government is paying attention to the needs of millet-producing farmers, he added.
 
During the inauguration of the Global Millets (Shree Anna) Conference in Pusa, New Delhi, Modi said, "India's Millet Mission will become a blessing for 2.5 crore marginal farmers. After independence, this is for the first time that a government is paying attention to the needs of millet-producing farmers."
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Army Chief Gen Manoj Pande pays homage to Lt Col VVB Reddy in Hyderabad

Army Chief Gen Manoj Pande on Saturday paid homage to Lt Colonel VVB Reddy who was among the two pilots killed when a Cheetah helicopter of the Army crashed in Arunachal Pradesh.

The Army Chief paid homage to Lt Colonel Reddy at the latter's residence at Malkajgiri here, according to a Defence release.

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Series of scams & delayed response on issues, Vijayan under attack

Pinarayi Vijayan's name has gone into record books after becoming the longest serving Chief Minister of Kerala with an uninterrupted tenure when in November last year he won the Assembly polls thus beating C. Achutha Menon, who previously held that record for 2,364 days. But, then at present things are not going as many would have perceived them to be.

 

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Thakur cautions media against narratives that threaten India's integrity

Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur on Saturday urged the media fraternity in the country to remain cautious and desist from giving its space to narratives that threaten the nation's integrity.
 
Substandard and illogical opinions, delivered freely from within or abroad, could not destroy the democratic nature of the country, he added.
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Magnitude 4.4 earthquake strikes Goksun in Turkey

An earthquake of magnitude 4.4 hit 6 km South-West of the Goksun district on Saturday, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

The epicentre of the earthquake was found to be 37.974°N and 36.448°E respectively at a depth of 7 kilometres.

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First Published: Mar 18 2023 | 8:31 AM IST

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