From the parliament attack in London to questions over the future of Aadhaar, here are top stories this morning.
5 dead, 40 injured in terror attack near UK Parliament in London
Five people were killed and at least 40 injured on Wednesday after a man drove his car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before attacking a policeman close to the British Parliament in what police termed as a terror attack.
Occurring on the anniversary of the suicide bombings in the Brussels airport, the attack forced a parliament lockdown while Prime Minister Theresa May was whisked away to safety. Those killed included the assailant and the policeman he stabbed, and three of the victims among the pedestrians hit by the car as it tore along Westminster Bridge before crashing into railings just outside parliament. Read the full story here.
No report of any Indian casualty in London terror attack: Sushma Swaraj
There is no report of any Indian casualty so far in the terror attack near the UK Parliament, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted on Wednesday night. “Indian High Commission is there to help all Indian nationals in London. Please note the Telephone nos: 020 8629 5950 & 020 7632 3035,” Swaraj wrote. Read the story here.
Police still seeking one assailant in London terror attack outside UK parliament
Police are still searching for one of the two people believed to have launched Wednesday’s attack outside the British parliament building, assistant editor of the Daily Telegraph newspaper Christopher Hope tweeted, citing senior government sources. A BBC journalist said two assailants were believed to have been in a vehicle involved in the attack.
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UK Parliament attack is latest in which vehicles were used as weapons
When an attacker plowed a vehicle into pedestrians on London’s Westminster Bridge on Wednesday, it was the latest in a string of incidents in which drivers used their vehicles as weapons. Some were orchestrated by extremist groups, others by unstable individuals with unclear motives. While no one so far has claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s attack in London, radical groups have urged supporters to use any weapons at hand — including cars. The tactic presents a major challenge for security forces around the world. Read the full story here.
Aadhaar may become only identity card in future, to help curb tax fraud: Jaitley
Aadhaar might become the sole identity card in the future, finance minister Arun Jaitley said in Parliament on Wednesday, a move that could possibly replace PAN, voter and ration cards. His remarks came during a debate on the finance bill, which the Lok Sabha passed during the day. “A stage may come that the unique identity will become the only card,” Jaitley said, responding to the Opposition’s protest against the government’s decision to make Aadhaar mandatory for filing tax returns. Read the full story here.
Dhanbad Congress leader shot 67 times, coal capital sees rerun of Gangs of Wasseypur
Dhanbad’s former deputy mayor Neeraj Singh was struck by 67 bullets after motorcycle-borne assailants intercepted his SUV barely 100 metres from his home and opened fire around 7.30pm on Tuesday, said police.
Singh, 37, a Congress leader, died along with three others, adding yet another chapter to gang wars that erupt intermittently in the country’s coal capital. Neeraj Singh is the nephew of Suraj Deo Singh, who is purported to be the inspiration for the iconic movie character Ramadhir Singh played by Tigmanshu Dhulia in Gangs of Wasseypur. Read the full story here.
Election Commission freezes AIADMK symbol, asks factions to pick new party names
The Election Commission blocked the AIADMK’s ‘two leaves’ party symbol on Wednesday after rival factions led by K Palaniswamy and O Panneerselvam staked claim to it ahead of a by-poll necessitated by J Jayalalithaa’s death. The two factions have been also been asked to pick new party names for the RK Nagar by-poll. Read the full story here.
UP IPS officer faces probe over tweets defaming police department
Uttar Pradesh police ordered a probe on Wednesday after a 2010-batch IPS officer alleged in a series of tweets that seniors in the department are targeting subordinates with the Yadav surname. Himanshu Kumar, who didn’t spare even the DGP in his tweets, deleted the posts later in the day, but kept re-tweeting comments posted in his support. Read the full story here.
China-Pakistan joint venture under CPEC unveiled in Balochistan
The foundation stone for the first energy project under the $46-billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which passes though Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, has been laid in the restive Balochistan province. Chinese state media said the coal-fired power project in Hub region of Balochistan will be built at a cost of $2 billion and its two 660 MW units will provide electricity to four million families after the project’s completion in 2019. Read the full story here.
AICTE move: Engineering syllabi to undergo revision to meet industry needs
Engineering courses in India are set to receive a syllabi revision that will make them contemporary enough to fulfill industry requirements.
The All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) has set up a committee of subject experts to review the existing syllabi, and recommend curricula changes at engineering and technical institutes – excluding IITs and NITs – across the country. The move is aimed at addressing concerns about the falling employability of engineers. Read the full story here.
Why are Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni laughing all the way to the bank?
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Committee of Administrators (COA) has doubled the annual retainer fee for the players in central contracts, while increasing the match fee. Out-of-favour opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan has been demoted to Grade C in the list of contracted players while Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja and Murali Vijay were promoted to Grade A with salaries of Rs 2 crore where they join MS Dhoni, skipper Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ajinkya Rahane. Read the full story here.