Here are the top stories of the day you need to look out for:
Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case in ICJ today: How, what and why of the latest India-Pak flashpoint
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) will on Monday afternoon take up the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav whose hanging it stayed last week after India challenged a Pakistan military court order declaring the Indian national guilty of spying. The Netherlands-based ICJ will likely take up Jadhav’s case at around 1pm India time in the Great Hall of Justice housed in the Peace Palace in the city of The Hague. Both sides will get 90 minutes each to make their arguments, with India getting the first say. The court is expected to take some provisional steps till the case is finally decided. Read the story here.
Landmines waiting in mailboxes: WannaCry ransomware disrupts some businesses in Asia
Asian governments and businesses reported some disruptions from the WannaCry ransomware worm on Monday but cybersecurity experts warned of a wider impact as more employees turned on their computers and checked e-mails. The ransomware that has locked up more than 200,000 computers in more than 150 countries has been mainly spread by e-mail, hitting factories, hospitals, shops and schools worldwide. “Most of the attacks are arriving via e-mail, so there are many ‘landmines’ waiting in people’s in-boxes,” said a cybersecurity expert. Read the story here.
Small role if you join Belt and Road Initiative in future: Chinese media’s message to ‘nervous’ India
Chinese state media called India “skeptical, nervous and anxious” on Monday, taunting New Delhi for not joining Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) over sovereignty concerns and worries about the debt burden of other countries. A state media article questioned why an onlooker was more anxious than the participants about taking part in the trans-continental connectivity project. It warned that if India decided to join the initiative in the future, it might just have a “small role” to play. Read the story here.
PM Modi to launch river conservation project in Madhya Pradesh to ensure pollution-free Narmada
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will today launch the Narmada Seva Mission for the conservation of the crucial river, which is a lifeline of Madhya Pradesh. Modi is expected to announce the road map of the project while attending the concluding ceremony of the 148-day long Narmada Seva Yatra in Anuppur district’s Amarkantak, the source of the river. The yatra was launched last December projecting it as the world’s “biggest river conservation campaign with public participation.” Read the story here.
Tamil Nadu: Commuters hit hard as transport workers go on strike seeking wage hike
Hundreds of commuters and people travelling long distances in Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu were stranded from Sunday midnight as state transport corporation workers’ unions began their indefinite strike to press for higher wages to combat inflation. Only skeletal staff arrived for duty even as the AIADMK government said it had roped in retired bus drivers and conductors to run as many buses as possible. Read the story here.
US court to hear case against Trump’s travel ban
A federal appeals court is scheduled to hear case on Monday against US President Donald Trump’s travel ban. The US Courts for the 9th Circuit, based in San Francisco, Northern California, ruled on February 9 against reinstating a travel ban signed on January 27 by Trump as part of an executive order. The president subsequently issued a revised order on March 6, taking Iraq off the list of countries whose citizens are blocked from entering the United States for 90 days but keeping six other Muslim-majority countries on the list. Read the story here.
Let’s talk about racism | ‘Kallu’ was the first word this African man learnt in India
A 24-year-old student who moved to India three years ago talks about how fear is a constant companion, and words like ‘cannibal’, ‘drug peddler’, and ‘pimp’ are unfairly slapped against him merely based on the colour of his skin. Read the story here.
Opinion: Three years after becoming PM, the pradhan sevak has not lost his magic touch
Election results can be interpreted as a report card for most politicians. Three years after he took over as Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has done well on this parameter. Modi has also emerged as the boldest incumbent prime minister since Indira Gandhi. Read the story here.