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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses at the Community Reception, in Copenhagen, Denmark. (PTI Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses at the Community Reception, in Copenhagen, Denmark. (PTI Photo)

Live news updates: PM Narendra Modi will participate in third Quad leaders' summit in Tokyo on May 24, said India’s external affairs ministry on Thursday

The summit comprising bloc members India, the US, Japan and Japan will provide opportunity for leaders to exchange views about developments in Indo-Pacific, contemporary global issues, said the ministry. In Tokyo, PM Narendra Modi will have bilateral meetings with Japanese PM Fumio Kishida and US President Joe Biden.

Sri Lanka's central bank has secured foreign exchange to pay for fuel and cooking gas shipments that will ease crippling shortages, its governor said on Thursday, as the prime minister said supplies had been locked in for at least a month.

Most of Sri Lanka's petrol stations have run dry as the island nation battles its most devastating economic crisis since independence in 1948. At some pumps in the commercial capital, Colombo, dozens of people stood in lines holding plastic jerry cans, as troops in combat gear and armed with assault rifles patrolled the streets. Traffic was extremely light, Reuters reported.
11:23 PM

Nithari killings: Court awards death sentence to Surinder Koli

A court in Ghaziabad on Thursday awarded death sentence to Surinder Koli, the prime accused in the Nithari murders for raping and murdering a woman. Judge Rakesh Tripathi awarded seven years imprisonment to Koli's employer -- businessman Moninder Singh Pandher -- in the case.
The court imposed a fine of Rs 62 thousand on Koli and Rs 4 thousand on Pandher.
9:05 PM

Sebi withdraws ICEX's recognition

Markets regulator Sebi on Thursday said it has withdrawn its recognition to the Indian Commodity Exchange Limited (ICEX). "The Securities and Exchange Board of India has withdrawn the recognition granted to the Indian Commodity Exchange Limited, vide notification dated May 18, 2022," according to a press release issued by the regulator. The withdrawal of recognition follows an order passed by Sebi on May 10 after finding the bourse non-compliant on several grounds like net worth and infrastructural requirements, PTI said.
8:38 PM

Pakistan bans import of non-essential luxury items under economic plan

Pakistan's government on Thursday banned the import of all non-essential luxury items like cars, mobile phones, home appliances and weapons under an "emergency economic plan", PTI reported. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said on Twitter the decision would "save the country precious foreign exchange".
8:19 PM

SC to hear in July pleas concerning hate speeches, IT rules

The Supreme Court Thursday said it would hear on July 21 the pleas concerning instances of hate speeches and hate crimes. The apex court also said it would hear the matters pertaining to the challenge to the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 on July 19.
8:17 PM

Fortis Healthcare case: Sebi slaps penalties worth Rs 38.75 crore on 32 entities

Capital markets regulator Sebi has imposed penalties totalling Rs 38.75 crore on 32 entities, including Fortis Healthcare Holdings, in a case related to diversion of funds of Fortis Healthcare Ltd (FHL) and misrepresentations to conceal the fraud. The matter goes way back to 2018 when a media report came said the promoters of the listed FHL had allegedly taken massive funds out of the listed company. It had also pointed out that Deloitte Haskins & Sells LLP, the statutory auditor of FHL, had refused to sign on the company's second quarter results until the funds were accounted for, PTI reported.
6:10 PM

Hero MotoCorp launches new edition of Splendor motorcycle

Two-wheeler market leader Hero MotoCorp on Thursday launched a new edition of its popular motorcycle Splendor, priced at Rs 72,900 (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Named the Splendor+ XTEC, the new edition comes with features such as full digital meter with bluetooth connectivity, call and SMS alert, real-time mileage indicator, low fuel indicator, LED high intensity position lamp and exclusive graphics, PTI reported quoting a company statement.
5:12 PM

Supreme Court grants bail to UP politician Azam Khan

The Supreme Court Thursday granted bail to Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan, who is in jail, saying it is invoking its extraordinary power under Article 142 of the Constitution as facts in the case are "very peculiar". The bench noted that "in ordinary circumstances, we would not have entertained the present writ petition. The petitioner would have been directed to take recourse to the remedy available to him in law."
4:39 PM

Fire breaks out in Delhi's Bawana factory

A fire broke out at a factory in outer Delhi's Bawana Industrial Area around noon on Thursday, PTI reported. No one was harmed at the cello tape manufacturing factory. Last week, 27 people in a fire at a multi-storied building in Delhi's Mundka.
4:13 PM

SC refuses to stop movie 'Jhund' from releasing on streaming platforms

The Supreme Court Thursday refused to stop streaming of the Amitabh Bachchan-starrer movie 'Jhund' on the Over the Top (OTT) platform. The court was responding to a revision petition filed by Hyderabad-based filmmaker Nandi Chinni Kumar, who alleged copyright violation.
4:03 PM

FIH Pro League: Rohidas to lead Indian team for away leg

Olympic medal-winning defender Amit Rohidas will continue to lead the Indian men's hockey team in the crucial last leg of the 2021-22 edition of the FIH Pro League in Belgium and the Netherlands, next month. India are leading the FIH Pro League standings with 27 points from 12 games, three ahead of Argentina and the Tokyo Olympic bronze medallist will look to utilise the four matches to extend their domination and also get much needed match practice ahead of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, PTI reported.
3:46 PM

Have not decided on joining BJP or AAP: Hardik Patel

Patidar leader Hardik Patel, who on Wednesday resigned from the Congress, said he "wasted" three years of his life in the party but maintained that he has not taken a decision yet on joining any other political outfit. Patel, at a press conference in Ahmedabad, praised the BJP for building the Ram temple in Ayodhya abrogating Article 370. He said the Congress was "visionless" Congress and biased against Gujaratis.
3:38 PM

Sri Lanka's fuel, gas shortages set to ease: Central bank governor

Sri Lanka's central bank has secured foreign exchange to pay for fuel and cooking gas shipments that will ease crippling shortages, its governor said on Thursday, as the prime minister said supplies had been locked in for at least a month. P Nandalal Weerasinghe told a news conference adequate dollars had been released to pay for fuel and cooking gas shipments, utilising in part $130 million received from the World Bank and remittances from Sri Lankans working overseas, said Reuters.
3:35 PM

Ratan Tata, group welcome SC verdict on Sapoorji Pallonji plea

Industrialist Ratan Tata and Tata Sons on Thursday welcomed the Supreme Court's dismissal of a plea of the Sapoorji Pallonji (SP) group seeking a review of the verdict that upheld the Tata group's removal of Cyrus Mistry as Chairman of Tata Sons. "We would like to express our grateful appreciation of the judgement passed and upheld by the Supreme Court today," said Ratan Tata, who is chairman emeritus of the group." In a separate statement Tata Sons said: "We welcome today's order of the Hon'ble Supreme Court with humility. It reaffirms, once again, Tata Group's position".
1:16 PM

Mathura Court allows plea seeking removal of mosque from Krishna Janmbhoomi

Mathura Court allows plea seeking removal of mosque from Krishna Janmbhoomi.
1:05 PM

Heavy rains in coastal districts, holiday declared for schools in Dakshina Kannada

A holiday was declared for schools in Dakshina Kannada district on Thursday for a second day in view of heavy rains, Deputy Commissioner K V Rajendra said.
Normal life was thrown out of gear in the district since Wednesday with the heavy downpour due to the low pressure in the Bay of Bengal.
To ensure safety of school children, a holiday was declared for on Thursday to all government, aided, unaided primary and high schools.

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First Published: May 19 2022 | 7:18 AM IST

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