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Nine People Of Indian Origin Missing After Christchurch Shootings At Two New Zealand Mosques

New Delhi: In terrorist attacks at Christchurch at two New Zealand mosques, at least nine people of Indian nationality or Indian origin have been listed as missing. Indian envoy to New Zealand Sanjiv Kohli tweeted, citing updates received from multiple sources. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has condemned the shooting, described as the country’s worst ever mass shooting, as a terrorist attack.

A gunman stormed into two mosques and opened fire killing 49 people and leaving 20 others injured during Friday prayers in the country’s worst mass shooting every. The attacker live-streamed footage of him going room-to-room, victim to victim, shooting the wounded from close range as they struggled to crawl away. Identified as an Australian extremist, the gunman had also published a “manifesto”, in which he referred to immigrants as “invaders”.

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Six Persons Killed And 33 Injured After A Portion Of Foot Over Bridge Connecting To CSMT Falls

New Delhi: At least six persons killed and 33 others injured after a portion of the concrete slab of a key foot over bridge (FOB) connecting Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) to a school on the busy Dadabhai Naoroji Road in south Mumbai collapsed at around 7.35 pm. The bridge was built in 1987. CSMT is Mumbai’s primary railway station with 18 platforms for both suburban and outstation trains and a daily footfall of four lakh commuters.

This is the second major bridge collapse in Mumbai in nine months. On July 3, 2018, a pedestrian pathway of Gokhale Bridge over Andheri railway station in suburban Mumbai had collapsed, killing two and injuring five others.

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China Once AgainBlocks Move To Designate Pakistan-Based Jaish Chief Masood Azhar As a Global Terrorist

New Delhi: Allowing a major bilateral irritant with India to fester, China once again blocked a fresh move to designate Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist at the UN Security Council.

A statement issued by the external affairs ministry in New Delhi expressed “disappointment” at the UN’s Islamic State and al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee being unable to come to a decision on the move to sanction Azhar “on account of a member placing the proposal on hold”.

The statement did not name the Security Council member responsible for the outcome in view of the official protocols followed for the working of the Sanctions Committee, people familiar with developments confirmed China was behind the “technical hold” on the listing of Azhar.

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Government Urges SC To Exercise Restraint In Observations On The Procurement Of Rafale Jets

New Delhi: The Government has urged the Supreme Court to “exercise restraint” in observations on the procurement of Rafale fighter jets, underlining that every statement by the Supreme Court will be used to target either the government or the opposition.

“Why should the court become a party to such an exercise,” the government’s top lawyer KK Venugopal told the bench that is to decide pleas to review its December ruling that did not find anything amiss in the deal.

Venugopal’s cautionary note to the judges comes at a time the Rafale deal is at the heart of the opposition campaign against government ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. The Congress-led opposition alleges malfeasance in the purchase to buy 36 fighter jets in an overpriced deal, a charge that the government denies.

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Congress To Go It Alone In Delhi As Rahul Gandhi Asks Workers Winning All 7 Seats

New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi urged booth level workers to win all seven Lok Sabha seats of Delhi as he scotched any hopes of a tie-up with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the city for the Lok Sabha elections.

“Congress has to win all the 7 seats in Delhi. The booth level workers have to ensure it,” he said. The grand old party had drawn a blank in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections in Delhi with the BJP sweeping all seven seats.

Earlier Monday, AAP leader Gopal Rai said that his party is not in talks with the Congress for an alliance in Delhi and it will contest all seven seats in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections on its own.