The following stories are making headlines today:
‘All hell was let loose’: Witnesses describe London attacker, incident at Westminster
Precisely what happened on Westminster bridge Wednesday will be the subject of intense inquiries by police and the security services for some time. According to multiple witnesses, however, shortly after 2.30pm a car travelled at speed across the Bridge in the direction of parliament, mounting the pavement and careering into pedestrians. It struck and injured dozens of people, many of them foreign tourists. Three of those hit were killed, others sustained injuries that were described as catastrophic and life-changing. Three of the injured were police officers; two of them seriously hurt.
One woman leapt or was thrown into the Thames; she was recovered from the water alive but with serious injuries. Images posted on social media in the hours that followed would show at least one other badly injured victim who had apparently fallen or jumped from the bridge to a stairwell below. Read the full story here.
UK parliament attack: London won’t be cowed by terrorism, says mayor Sadiq Khan
The people of London will never be cowed by terrorism, mayor Sadiq Khan said, following an attack near the British parliament on Wednesday. Insisting that London remained one of the safest cities in the world, Khan said: “I want to reassure all Londoners and all our visitors not to be alarmed…London is the greatest city in the world and we stand together in the face of those who seek to harm us and destroy our way of life. We always have, and we always will”.
Read the full story here.
Trump’s reputation at stake as Congress votes on Obamacare repeal
The Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare will be voted on today in the US House of Representatives. President Donald Trump deployed all of his famed skills as a deal-maker to rally fellow Republicans behind the legislation. Republicans don’t have the numbers now. The legislation needs the support of 216, more than half the strength of the current House (which is down to 431, with four joining Trump’s cabinet).
With no Democrats backing the bill, it will fail if only 21 Republicans vote against. Over two dozen Republicans are a straight no or, leaning no, according to reports. Read the full story here.
PM Modi meets Uttar Pradesh MPs over breakfast, expected to talk development
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met BJP MPs from Uttar Pradesh over breakfast on Thursday, where he was expected to exhort them to work towards development. This is the prime minister’s first such meeting with lawmakers from country’s most-populous state, which the BJP won this month with three-fourths majority.
Read the full story here.
Supreme Court to hear Babri Masjid demolition case today
The Supreme Court has slated a hearing in the Babri Masjid demolition case in which senior BJP leaders L K Advani, M M Joshi and Uma Bharti are accused. A bench headed by Justice P C Ghose said the appropriate bench comprising him, Deepak Gupta and Justice R F Nariman will hear the matter.
On March 6, the apex court had decided to examine the appeal against dropping of conspiracy charge against the accused including Advani, Joshi and Bharti in the case related to the mosque demolition. Read the full story here.
Delhi AIIMS doctors don helmets, decide to go on mass casual leave today
Routine surgeries and OPD services at major government hospitals in Delhi will be affected on Thursday as 20,000 resident doctors have threatened to go on mass casual leave to support their counterparts in Mumbai who are on strike. Junior doctors in Maharashtra are on strike since the last three days to protest the rise in violence against them by relatives of patients. Read the full story here.
US, UK electronics ban on flights: Passengers frustrated after laptops, cameras taken
Travellers across the Middle East expressed frustration at a ban on large electronic devices for flights to the United States and Britain that has sparked confusion and speculation. “Is there anything else I should know before flying back home? Navy blue boxers not allowed? Should I shave?” asked an American expat living in Abu Dhabi with a direct flight to the United States next week.
The US ban affects nine airlines from eight countries: Turkey, Morocco, Jordan, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. The British ban targets flights out of Egypt, Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Lebanon. Read the full story here.
‘We’re losing key part of Earth’s climate system’: Arctic sea ice shrinks to record low
The frozen top of the Earth just set yet another record for low levels of sea ice in what scientists say is a signal of an overheating world. This puts the Arctic in a “deep hole” as the crucial spring and summer melt season starts and more regions will likely be ice-free, said Mark Serreze , director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Colorado, which released the findings Wednesday.
Several scientists called the sea ice loss disturbing. Read the full story here.
Not sure if Virat Kohli knows spelling of ‘sorry’, jibes Cricket Australia chief
Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland was asked if Virat Kohli should apologise for questioning Steve Smith’s integrity. The cricket official took a dig at the India captain in response. Read the full story here.
If I don’t charge my wife, how will I put rocks on her fingers: Akshay Kumar
It has been over 25 years since he made his Bollywood debut with Saugandh (1991). Interestingly though, Akshay Kumar admits that now he “can have a flop and not worry about where my next meal is coming from”. HT catches up with the superstar about his life, career, and working with wife, Twinkle Khanna. Read the interview here.