Sri Lanka Economic Crisis News Live Updates: Two killed, 139 wounded in Sri Lanka clashes; PM Mahinda Rajapaksa resigns

Sri Lanka News Live: A legislator from Sri Lanka’s ruling party died Monday following a clash with anti-government protesters outside the capital, police said, as dozens were wounded in violence elsewhere.

MP Amarakeerthi Athukorala opened fire and critically wounded two people blocking his car in Nittambuwa, and was later found dead after trying to take refuge in a nearby building, officers said.

Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday offered his resignation amid the island nation’s worst economic crisis since independence that has led to widespread protests, a government official said.

“The prime minister has sent his letter of resignation to the president,” the official said, declining to be named.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is the prime minister’s younger brother.

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SpiceJet plane from Belgavi suffers bird hit; lands safely at Delhi airport

A SpiceJet plane from Belgavi to Delhi suffered a bird hit on Monday morning and later landed safely at the airport in the national capital. The Boeing 737-8 MAX aircraft had around 187 passengers onboard, according to an airline official at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA).

DGCA forms 3-member team for ‘fact-finding enquiry’ into specially-abled child being barred from boarding IndiGo flight in Ranchi

Ukrainian president calls for moves to unblock ports to allow wheat exports

President Volodymyr Zelensky called on Monday for immediate moves to open Ukrainian ports blockaded by Russia to allow wheat exports and prevent a global food crisis. In a post on the Telegram messaging app after speaking to European Council President Charles Michel, who was visiting the Ukrainian city of Odesa, Zelensky wrote: “It is important to prevent a food crisis in the world caused by Russia’s aggressive actions.”

Putin defends Ukraine offensive

President Vladimir Putin on Monday defended Russia’s offensive in Ukraine and blamed Kyiv and the West, as he looked to use grand Victory Day celebrations to mobilise patriotic support for the campaign. Speaking at the start of the annual military parade in Red Square marking the Soviet defeat of Nazi Germany, Putin said Russian troops in Ukraine were defe

Sonia Gandhi at CWC meet ahead of Udaipur ‘Chintan Shivir’

  • There are no magic wands, only discipline, consistent collective purpose to demonstrate our tenacity, resilience.
  • Seek full cooperation of leaders to ensure unity, determination, commitment to Congress’ accelerated revival.
  • Self-criticism needed in party forums, but shouldn’t be done in manner that self-confidence, morale is eroded.
  • Congress has been good to all, time to repay that debt in full.

Maharashtra: ED arrests former- president of Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Education Society

Enforcement Directorate (ED) has arrested Mahadev Ramachandra Deshmukh, former- president of Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Education Society (SCSES) in an alleged money laundering case. Deshmukh has been sent to ED custody till the 18th May.

French appeals court upholds fake-job verdict against former prime minister Fillon

Ruling party MP in Sri Lanka dies in clash with anti-government protesters

Media reports

Govt to meet cab aggregators on Tuesday amid rise in consumer complaints

The government has called a meeting of cab aggregators like Ola and Uber on Tuesday to discuss their policies related to fare calculation, surge pricing, ride cancellations and measures taken by them for data protection of customers, Consumer Affairs Secretary Rohit Kumar Singh said on Monday. The meeting has been called amid rise in consumer complaints of alleged unfair trade practices by these platforms, including ride cancellation policy as drivers force customers to cancel trips after accepting bookings, which results in customers paying cancellation penalties.

Reliance to clock USD 20 bn EBITDA by end 2022: Morgan Stanley

A refining golden age, tightening global gas markets and improving telecom subscriber quality point to a USD 20 billion-plus EBITDA run rate for Reliance Industries Ltd by end-2022, Morgan Stanley said Monday. Post becoming the first company to hit USD 100 billion revenue in the fiscal year ended March 31, “Reliance is on a path toward a USD 20 billion+ EBITDA run rate inflection, with five-pronged support” of high refining margin, telecom revenue per user rising, global gas market tightening, rising traction on digital commerce and superior petrochemical spreads, it said in a note.

Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting underway at AICC headquarters

‘Bulldozers of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi will be running tomorrow as well’

Illegal encroachments will be removed in New Friends Colony from 11am tomorrow: Rajpal, Chairman standing committee, SDMC central zone

Competent forum would re-examine, re-consider sedition law, Centre tells SC

The Modi govt earlier today said that it will review the law.

Sri Lankan PM Mahinda Rajapaksa resigns amid economic crisis

Rajapaksa’s resignation comes soon after Sri Lankan authorities imposed a nationwide curfew and deployed the army on Monday after dozens of people were hospitalised in the biggest clashes in weeks of anti-government protests.

Vistara suspends all flights to Sri Lanka: Report

Sensex tanks 364.91 points to end at 54,470.67; Nifty declines 109.40 points to 16,301.85

Centre ready to review Sedition Law

Centre tells Supreme Court that it has decided to re-examine and reconsider the provisions of sedition law and requests it not to take up the sedition case till the matter is examined by the government.

Sri Lanka Crisis

Curfew has been imposed in entire Sri Lanka with immediate effect.

What SC said on Shaheen Bagh

“Withdraw the petition, or we will dismiss”, Supreme Court tells petitioner’s counsel in plea challenging demolition drive in Shaheen Bagh. “Don’t turn this into a political issue … Go to High Court”, the court further added.

Shaheen Bagh Update

Supreme Court refuses to entertain plea filed by CPI (M) against demolition drive in Shaheen Bagh in Delhi. The court has asked the petitioner to approach Delhi High Court in the matter.

IndiGo offers electric wheelchair to child barred from boarding flight

The CEO of the airline said that as a small token of appreciation, IndiGo would offer an electric wheelchair to the child who was barred from boarding flight on Saturday. The airline barred the specially-abled child from boarding the flight on Saturday as he was in “a state of panic”.

IAS Pooja Singhal case

IAS officer Pooja Singhal, the secretary of the Jharkhand mining department will be questioned by ED at the Ranchi Zonal office tomorrow in connection with raids and searches at premises linked to her and cash recovered from CA Suman Kumar’s residence, say sources

Tamil Nadu to focus on 100% first dose Covid-19 vaccine: Minister

Tamil Nadu Minister for Health and Family welfare Ma Subramanian has said that the state Department for Public health is planning to achieve the target of 100 per cent first dose Covid-19 vaccines in the state. In a statement on Monday, the minister said that 93.44 per cent of people above the age of 18 years have been vaccinated in the state till Sunday.

Japan to take time phasing out Russian oil imports, says PM Kishida, reports Reuters

Japan will take time to phase out Russian oil imports after agreeing on a ban with other Group of Seven (G7) nations to counter Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Monday. The G7 nations committed to the move “in a timely and orderly fashion” at an online meeting on Sunday to put further pressure on President Vladimir Putin, although members such as resource-poor Japan depend heavily on Russian fuel. “For a country heavily dependent on energy imports, it’s a very difficult decision. But G7 coordination is most important at a time like now,” Kishida told reporters, repeating comments he made at the G7 meeting. “As for the timing of the reduction or stoppage of (Russian) oil imports, we will consider it while gauging the actual situation,” he said. “We will take our time to take steps towards a phase-out.” He did not elaborate.

Covid-19 official counts can miss mild cases

It’s an eye-catching statistic: 58% of the whole population and 75% of kids in the US had been infected by the coronavirus by the end of February 2022. That’s a pretty big jump from the official case count that hovered around a quarter of Americans having been diagnosed with COVID-19. A report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention based these higher proportions on what’s called a serosurvey: a study that looks at people’s blood to see if they’ve had a particular illness.

BPSC paper leak

Patna, Bihar | We took immediate action in the matter. We are checking where and how the paper was leaked. Enquiry has begun. Police are investigating. I have asked them to speed it up. Anyone found involved would be taken action against , says CM Nitish Kumar on BPSC paper leak

Russian forces defending Motherland from ‘unacceptable threat’: Vladimir Putin

President Vladimir Putin said Monday that Russian forces in Ukraine were defending the Motherland from an “absolutely unacceptable threat,” as he opened the annual parade marking victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. Putin told thousands of troops gathered in Moscow’s Red Square that Russian forces in Ukraine were continuing the battle against Nazism, but that it was important “to do everything so that the horror of a global war does not happen again.”

NSE scandal

Delhi’s Special CBI Court defers orders on the bail applications of former NSE head Chitra Ramkrishna and former employee Anand Subramaniam in NSE co-location scam case. Orders to be pronounced on May 12.

Ukraine won’t allow Russia to ‘appropriate’ WWII victory over Nazism: Zelensky

President Volodymyr Zelensky said Monday that Ukraine would not allow Russia to appropriate victory in World War II, speaking on the anniversary of the Soviet Union’s defeat of Nazi Germany. “Today we celebrate Victory Day over Nazism. We are proud of our ancestors who together with other nations in the anti-Hitler coalition defeated Nazism. And we will not allow anyone to annex this victory. We will not allow it to be appropriated,” the Ukrainian leader said. Zelensky listed several Ukrainian towns and cities currently under control of invading Russian forces, saying that Ukrainians during World War II had ousted Nazi Germany’s forces from these regions.

Lakhimpur Kheri violence

Lucknow Bench of Allahabad High Court rejects bail plea of accused Lav Kush, Ankit Das, Sumit Jaiswal and Shishupal

Demolition drive in Shaheen Bagh area

Taiwan rattled by 6.1 magnitude quake, no immediate damage reported, reports Reuters

  • Buildings shook briefly in Taipei on Monday as a 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck off Taiwan’s eastern coast, but there were no immediate reports of damage. The quake had a depth of 27.5 km (17.1 miles) with its epicentre off Taiwan’s east coast, roughly halfway between the coast of Hualien county and the southern Japanese island of Yonaguni, the weather bureau said. The quake could be felt across Taiwan, it added. Taiwan lies near the junction of two tectonic plates and is prone to earthquakes. More than 100 people were killed in a quake in southern Taiwan in 2016, while a 7.3 magnitude quake killed more than 2,000 people in 1999.

Ukraine’s president says road to victory in war with Russia difficult but ‘we will win’, reports Reuters

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, marking victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two, said on Monday his country was fighting for a new victory and would win its war with Russia. “The road to it is difficult, but we have no doubt that we will win,” he said in a statement.

Visuals: Demolition drive in Shaheen Bagh area

Xiaomi India case

Enforcement Directorate denies allegations made by Xiaomi India that statements of its officials were taken under coercion as untrue and baseless, says the Agency. ED had seized Rs 5551.27 cr of Xiaomi India, under FEMA, for illegal outward remittances made by the company.

Downtown Beijing goes quiet as zero-Covid policy smothers capital

Millions of people in Beijing stayed home on Monday as China’s capital tries to fend off a Covid-19 outbreak with creeping restrictions on movement. Beijing residents fear they may soon find themselves in the grip of the same draconian measures that have trapped most of Shanghai’s 25 million people at home for several weeks.

Shaheen Bagh demolition drive: Delhi Police will be providing force to remove the MCD encroachment in the Shaheen Bagh area today

Cyclone Asani

  • In the past 6 hours, it (Cyclone Asani) has moved nearly in the west-northwestwards direction with a speed of 25kmph. It’s about 680km in direction of the south-southeast of Puri and 580km from Visakhapatnam: Umashankar Das, Senior Scientist, IMD Bhubaneswar
  • We’re expecting that it’ll be further weakened into a cyclonic storm in the subsequent 48 hours & continue to move in the northwest direction till May 10 over west-central adjoining northwest of North Andhra & Odisha coast, says Umashankar Das
  • Afterwards, it’ll be recalled north-northeast & move towards north Odisha coast. We’re expecting heavy rainfall under its influence from May 10 onwards over some Odisha coastal districts. Light to moderate rainfall to continue over districts of coastal Odisha, adds Umashankar Das, IMD

Iran confirms upcoming visit of Qatar’s Emir to Tehran, reports Reuters

  • Qatar’s Emir will visit Iran soon, Iran’s foreign ministry spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh confirmed on Monday during a news conference. Reuters reported on Sunday that Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani will visit Iran, Germany, Britain and other European states starting this week on a trip expected to discuss efforts to revive Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal and energy security in Europe.

Swasthya Chintan Shivir

  • Last Thursday, Friday and Saturday, a 3-day Chintan was held between all health ministers across the country and the Union Health Ministry to discuss the roadmap of the health sector for the next 25 years, says Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya in Delhi
  • All states are implementing one or the other best practice – how can it be implemented universally – it was discussed extensively and on the basis of that a roadmap of the health sector will be drafted for the next 25 years, adds Mandaviya

Maharashtra Covid cases

Maharashtra’s Thane district has added 30 new cases of coronavirus, raising its infection count to 7,09,208, an official said on Monday. These new cases were reported on Sunday.

Covid-19 in India

The daily positivity rate was recorded as 0.95 per cent and the weekly positivity rate as 0.82 per cent, according to the ministry. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 4,25,60,905, while the case fatality rate was recorded as 1.22 per cent.

Khalistan flags outside Himachal Pradesh Assembly

  • Govt has taken this incident very seriously. We’ve spoken with the Centre regarding this and all information is being collected as to who can be behind all of this, says Himachal Pradesh CM Jairam Thakur on Khalistan flags found tied on main gate & boundary wall of the state Assembly yesterday
  • We’ve constituted an SIT in Himachal Pradesh, investigation process has been taken forward. We’ve taken up a new step in the state as a security measure, under this surveillance is being increased at the Himachal border so that we can stop such incidents from happening again. Besides this, we have told the Police department that we need to be alert so that this incident doesn’t happen again and nobody dares to disturb the peace, adds Himachal Pradesh CM

NIA in action

Multiple locations being searched in greater Mumbai area at the premises of associates of global terrorist Dawood Ibrahim, reports ET Bureau.

Covid Update

India reports 3,207 fresh cases, 3,410 recoveries, and 29 deaths in the last 24 hours. Active cases 20,403

Himachal Police seal interstate borders after Khalistani banners seen outside Assembly

Himachal Pradesh Police have tightened security and sealed all interstate borders following the hoisting of banners and graffiti of Khalistan on the outer boundary of the Vidhan Sabha in Dharamsala. The state police have registered a first information report (FIR) against Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, General Counsel to the banned Sikhs for Justice (SFJ). Section 13 of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) has been added to the FIR.

Voting begins in Philippine elections

Filipinos began voting on Monday morning to elect their next President and some 18,000 other officials of all levels of government. A total of 37,211 polling centers across the country opened at 6 a.m. local time for the 65.7 million eligible voters and will close at 7 p.m. local time, Xinhua news agency reported. Also to be elected are the Vice President, 12 senators, more than 300 members of the House of Representatives, and over 17,000 local officials.

China says it conducted exercises near Taiwan, reports Reuters

China’s armed forces carried out another round of exercises near Taiwan last week to improve joint combat operations, the People’s Liberation Army said on Monday, after the Chinese-claimed island reported a spike in activity. Taiwan has complained for the past two years about frequent Chinese military activity near it, mostly concentrated in the southern and southwestern part of the island’s air defence identification zone, or ADIZ. Taiwan’s air force scrambled planes on Friday to warn away 18 Chinese aircraft that entered its air defence zone, and reported further incursions on Saturday and Sunday, though with fewer aircraft.

China reports 401 new local COVID-19 cases

Witnessing a surge in COVID-19 cases, China on Sunday reported 401 confirmed local COVID-19 cases, of which 322 were in Shanghai, the National Health Commission said on Monday. Apart from Shanghai, six other provincial-level regions on the Chinese mainland saw new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, including 33 in Beijing and 28 in Guangdong, Xinhua reported. According to Xinhua, China’s financial hub Shanghai reported 3,625 locally transmitted asymptomatic infections. On Sunday, 11 deaths were reported in Shanghai.

Covid in Odisha

64 school students tested COVID-19 positive in Rayagada district of Odisha. There is no corona outbreak as such. The students have no symptoms and have been isolated. Medical teams have been deployed in the hostels, says Saroj Kumar Mishra, District Magistrate, Rayagada

Delhi Police on increase in preventive arrests of criminal elements

  • Compared to pre-covid times,there has been a massive 219% increase in preventive arrests of criminal elements.These arrests of criminal elements have drastically reduced the instances of street crimes.There has been a 19% decline in use of firearms during this period, says Delhi Police
  • There has also been a drop of approximately 60 percent in PCR calls of snatching in 2022 compared to the same period in 2021. Since PCR calls are made by citizens, a 60% drop in PCR calls shows that the incidents of snatching have come down in the city, adds Delhi Police

UK confirms extra military support funds for Ukraine to counter Russia

The UK government pledged an additional 1.3 billion pounds in military support to Ukraine during this financial year to help the country counter Russian forces in the ongoing conflict, as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other G7 leaders met virtually with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Sunday.

Ukrainian fighters at besieged Azovstal plant vow to fight till the end

Ukrainian fighters at the besieged Azovstal steel plant in the southeastern port of Mariupol, who are the last holdout against Russian forces in the city, vowed on Sunday to continue their stand as long as they are alive.

Jill Biden pays surprise visit to Ukraine, meets first lady

US first lady Jill Biden made an unannounced visit to western Ukraine on Sunday, holding a surprise Mother’s Day meeting with the nation’s first lady, Olena Zelenskyy, as Russia presses its punishing war in the eastern regions. Biden traveled under the cloak of secrecy, becoming the latest high-profile American to enter Ukraine during its 10-week-old conflict with Russia.

Ukraine’s Kuleba discusses how to unblock food exports with Blinken

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Sunday he discussed with the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken how to unblock Ukraine’s food exports and ensure global food security. Ukraine, one of the world’s major grain and oilseeds, used to export most of its cereals through its Black Sea ports, which have been blocked by Russia since the start of Moscow’s invasion on Feb. 24.

Western officials visit Ukraine after deadly school bombing

Dozens of Ukrainians were feared dead Sunday after a Russian bomb flattened a school sheltering about 90 people in its basement, while Ukrainian troops refused to surrender at a besieged steel plant that Moscow’s invading forces sped to seize before Russia’s Victory Day holiday. The governor of Luhansk province, one of two areas that make up the eastern industrial heartland known as the Donbas, said the school in the village of Bilohorivka caught fire after Saturday’s bombing. Emergency crews found two bodies and rescued 30 people, he said.

US imposes visa restrictions on Russian military officers, targets maritime sector

The US State Department on Sunday announced a raft of visa bans and a new policy of visa restrictions on more than 2,500 Russian military officials and Russian-backed forces in Ukraine, according to a department fact sheet. The State Department also said it designated eight Russian maritime-related companies and added 69 vessels to a US Treasury Department sanctions list.

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