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  • Virat Kohli said this will be the most challenging World Cup considering the round robin format of the tournament. He, however, said the good thing  was that there was  a decent gap between every game. Players won’t be burnt out. At the press conference, the Indian skipper said he was not worried about players' form during IPL 2019 and backed them to step up during the World Cup. The question of who will be India’s No.4 batsman remained unanswered. Kohli said, we have to just focus on our quality and intensity irrespective of the opposition. Shastri said, Dhoni's communication with Kohli was great and Dhoni has shown that he is still the best in this format of the game. Kohli said the team was expected to play the best cricket they can. Shastri said the team's mantra is to be flexible in the last 10 overs.

  • Janatha Vimukthi Peremuna (JVP) brought the motion against the entire government including President, Prime Minister and the Cabinet of Ministers for failing to take measures to prevent the attacks despite information regarding the attacks. JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said the Easter attacks did not happen all of a sudden and the Government was aware of these terrorists. He said foreign intelligence services had informed the government about everything just a few days before the attacks and had the Government acted responsibly, the attack could have been prevented. Sri Lankan government had accepted the lapse on part of security agencies for failing to act on intelligence shared by India. Meanwhile, several programmes were held today to commemorate those killed in the attacks. People lit candles at churches and other religious places to remember their friends and relatives, who became victims of the attacks. Some Christian schools also reopened today for the first time after attacks while Universities have started announcing recommencement. In related development, DNA analysis has confirmed that Zahran Hashim, the alleged mastermind  behind the attacks, was involved and killed in the suicide attack at the Shangri-La hotel in Colombo. Government Analyst’s Department stated that the DNA samples collected from his body parts matched with the blood sample collected from his daughter.  

  • The World Cup squad has three changes from the preliminary squad, which was announced last month. England have included fast bowler Jofra Archer in place of David Willey and also added left-arm spinner Liam Dawson along with opener James Vince. Archer was included in the squad in the series against Pakistan where he showed his potential in the 50-over format. He picked three wickets at an average of 36 and S/R of 44. Chief selector Smith also confirmed that Hampshire's in-form Liam Dawson, who last played for the national team against Sri Lanka, has replaced Joe Denly, who did not have much of an impact against Pakistan. A third change from the preliminary squad announced last month sees James Vince take the place of Alex Hales, who was dropped for failing a second recreational drugs test. England, who are the top ranked ODI team, are yet to win the title and are hosting the World Cup for the first time since 1999.

  • The elections commission has said Widodo and his vice-presidential running mate Ma'ruf Amin won the election by a 55.5 percent to 44.5 percent margin over Subianto and Sandiaga Uno. The commission was expected to announce the official results of the April 17 poll tomorrow. But amid fears about unrest and street demonstrations in response to the final count, the final tally was released early with little advance notice.57-year-old Widodo, had been widely predicted to win according to unofficial results. His challenger 67-year-old Subianto, has vowed to challenge any victory for Widodo, alleging widespread voter fraud, and warned that it could spark street protests across the country.Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Joko Widodo who has been re-elected as President of Indonesia. In a tweet, PM Modi said, as two large democracies, we take collective pride in successful celebration of democracy. The Prime Minister said, as our nations mark seven decades of diplomatic relationship, he looks forward to working closely with Widodo to further deepen the bilateral Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.

  • He was 70. The veteran Austrian's family said in a statement that Lauda, who underwent a lung transplant in August, passed away peacefully on Monday. One of the best-known figures in motor racing, Lauda took the title for Ferrari in 1975 and 1977 and McLaren in 1984. He is also remembered for his remarkable recovery and return to racing after being badly burned in a crash in the 1976 German Grand Prix.

  • The auction will be for the period from 1st June 2019 to 29th February 2020. Private broadcasters and channels who wish to participate in e-auction for placing their channels on DD Free Dish Platform may visit Doordarshan and Prasar Bharti websites - www.doordarshan.gov.in and www.prasarbharati.gov.in for details.  

  • A vacation bench, headed by Justice Arun Mishra, gave the order while agreeing to hear the appeal of the Centre against the high court judgment. The bench also stayed the May 16th order of the high court, which had restrained the Income Tax department from taking any action against VVIP chopper scam accused Gautam Khaitan, against whom a black money case has been lodged. The bench issued a notice to Khaitan and asked him to file his response to the government's petition within six weeks. In its interim order, the Delhi High Court had stayed the Centre's notification to make operational the Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax Act, with effect from July 1, 2015.  

  • The protests come amid the State Bank of India-led consortium of lenders struggling to find a buyer for the airline which ceased operations around a mid-last month due to an acute liquidity crisis. Three employees of the Jet Airways met S K Mishra, joint secretary, Civil Aviation ministry.

  • On Monday, Kumar approached the Supreme Court pleading for an extension of time to seek legal recourse against his possible arresting by the CBI, in connection with his alleged role in not cooperating with the probe agency in the case. Kumar cited the strike of lawyers in West Bengal and the Election Commission's refusal to sanction him leave for more than two days as grounds for seeking extension. The bench of the Apex Court, headed by Justice Indira Banerjee, asked Kumar to approach the Secretary General for setting up of a three-judge bench for hearing his case. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is probing the  case, had alleged that Kumar is not cooperating with it in the case. Rajeev Kumar's protection, which began on May 17, will end on May 24.

  • A vacation bench, headed by Justice Arun Mishra, said a larger bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, had already dealt with the matter and passed an order. The bench said, it cannot override the Chief Justice's order.The apex court had, earlier this month, dismissed a review plea filed by 21 Opposition leaders seeking that random matching be increased to 50 per cent. The court had, last month, directed the Election Commission to increase the random matching from one to five polling booths per assembly segment, saying it would provide greater satisfaction not just to political parties but also to the entire electorate.

  • A Commerce Department filing on Monday said the delay does not change the ban imposed by President Donald Trump on national security grounds, an action with major implications for US and Chinese technology firms. The document said authorities would not enforce the ban for 90 days to give Huawei and its partners time and to maintain and support existing and currently fully operational networks and equipment, including software updates and patches, subject to legally binding contracts and agreements on or before May 16, 2019.

  • This will be the second CFM meeting that India will be attending as a full member of SCO. External Affairs Minister had also attended the last Council of Foreign Ministers meeting in Beijing on 23-24 April 2018.  Council of Foreign Ministers will exchange views on issues of international and regional importance. India actively took part in various SCO dialogue mechanisms under the Chairmanship of the Kyrgyz Republic over the past year. The next SCO Summit will be held in Bishkek on 13-14 June 2019. The CFM meeting in Bishkek will review the preparations for the forthcoming SCO Summit in Bishkek on 13-14 June 2019 and also exchange views on topical issues of internationaland regional importance. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in a statement, that during her visit, EAM Sushma Swaraj will also call on Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov and hold other bilateral meetings.

  • Former PM Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated in a suicide bombing at  Sriperumbudur of Tamil Nadu on this day in 1991.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered his tribute to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his death anniversary. UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Former President Pranab Mukherjee, former Vice President Hamid Ansari, former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and other Congress leaders offered floral tributes to Rajiv Gandhi at his memorial Vir Bhumi in the national capital.  The martyrdom of Rajiv Gandhi is also observed as Anti-terrorism Day.

  • The meeting will take place in New Delhi where NDA leaders including BJP President Amit Shah will chalk out strategy on possible outcome of General elections. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also expected to be present there besides Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) President Nitish Kumar, Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray and Lok Janshakti Party head Ram Vilas Paswan.  A meeting of senior BJP leaders is also scheduled to be held at party headquarters before the dinner meeting.  The two meetings are  taking place in the backdrop of exit polls which have predicted a return of BJP led NDA government at the Centre.

  • The political crisis seems to be growing in Madhya Pradesh. State BJP on Monday said the Kamal Nath-led Congress government in the state should prove majority in the Assembly. Leader of Opposition in Assembly Gopal Bhargava said his party will ask Governor Anandiben Patel to convene a special session of the state Assembly "to discuss important issues and test the Congress governments strength". The Congress says they are ready for floor test. Political tension rose in Madhya Pradesh last month after Lokendra Singh Rajput, a candidate of Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party, quit and joined the Congress, saying he supports Jyotiraditya Scindia. In elections for the 230-member Assembly last year, the Congress won 114 seats and the BJP GOT 109. The Bahujan Samaj Party has two seats, the Samajwadi Party one and e Independents four seats. The Congress was two short of the majority mark on its own. The party has the support of BSP and SP in the House.   

  • The picture emerging after Sunday's exit polls shows the return of the NDA govt in Delhi. Though exit polls are not results, they triggered a flurry of political activity the next day. Both ruling parties as well as the Opposition got busy formulating their strategies and getting their chess pieces in place. BJP President Amit Shah sent out an invitation for talks cum dinner to all NDA partners. It was reported that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also be part of the deliberations on Tuesday evening. Confabulations were kicked off even in the opposing camp..Monday saw Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav reaching BSP Chief Mayawati's Lucknow residence. Both put their heads together for over an hour where exit polls were reportedly discussed. Emerging from the meeting, Akhilesh refused to divulge anything about the talks to the media. For now, its the BJP which has no qualms about speaking loud and clear that NDA will get absolute majority and Prime Minister Modi will do an encore at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg. BJP's allies are also unanimous that the next govt will be formed under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi. TDP Chief and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu also kept at his mission of uniting all opposition parties. He has already met Congress President Rahul Gandhi, SP's Akhilesh Yadav, BSP's Mayawati, NCP Chief Sharad Pawar and other opposition figures over the last few days. He also met TMC Chief Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata on Monday and said he now plans to call on the Election Commission in Delhi next. While Chandrababu Naidu has been making efforts to bring opposition parties for long. Congress and its allies have said they are also engaged in mutual discussions covering differents aspects related to the elections and will form the govt after the poll results. It's still two days to go before the votes are counted. Two more days for leaders to shuffle their decks. On the 23rd, they will have to play the hand they are dealt by the country's voters.

  • Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley in a blog has slammed the opposition over EVM issue. He said:  If the results of the Exit Polls and final results on the 23rd May, 2019 are in the same direction, the Opposition's fake issue of the EVMs would also lose its non-existent rationale.    If the Exit Polls are read alongwith the 2014 election results, it would be clear that there is a huge maturing of Indian democracy taking place.  The electorate keeps national interest paramount before exercising a choice on whom to vote for.  When well-meaning people with similar ideas vote in the same direction, it leads to the making of a wave. 'Coalition of Rivals' are untenable alliances and the voters are no longer willing to trust them.    

  • Young striker Lalremsiami (in 20th minute) and Navneet Kaur (in 40th minute) scored for India, while Shin Hyejeong (in 48th min) found the net for Korea. High on confidence after their impressive outings in Spain and Malaysia earlier this year, India made a strong start against the hosts.  After missing out on an opportunity to score from a penalty corner early in the first quarter, India scored a splendid field goal through Lalremsiami in the 20th minute.  The visitors' second goal came in the 40th minute when Navneet struck beautifully to extend the lead. It was India's experienced goalkeeper Savita who made commendable saves to keep her team's lead intact. India will play their second match of the tour on Wednesday.  

  • Former Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar on Monday moved the Supreme Court seeking extension of the seven-day protection granted to him by the apex court in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam case. Kumar's lawyer mentioned the matter for urgent listing before a vacation bench comprising Justices Indira Banerjee and Sanjiv Khanna. The counsel said the apex court had on May 17 granted seven days time to Kumar to approach the competent court for legal remedies but they want extension of time as lawyers in Kolkata courts are presently on a strike. On May 17, a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had withdrawn the protection from arrest granted to Kumar by its February 5 order. The bench, however, had said that the protection to Kumar would continue for seven days from May 17 to enable him to approach the competent court for relief.

  • Miuvan Mohamed, director general of communications at the Maldives foreign ministry told our correspondent in Colombo that Maldives foreign minister Abdulla Shaheed had a conversation with his Sri Lankan counterpart Thilak Marapana on Monday in this regard. Maldives foreign minister is reported to have conveyed that such statements could harm the safety of Maldivians living in Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan foreign minister had assured safety of Maldivians, who consider Sri Lanka as their second home. The developments came as Sri Lanakn army commander is reported to have told a TV channel that citizens from many countries travel through Sri Lanka to go fight in the Syrian civil war, the second highest of which were Maldivians. Miuvan said that authorities in Sri Lanka did not say that any Maldivians participated in the terrorist attack last month but commander’s comments was said in a manner that could incite hatred towards Maldivians. Maldives has formally asked the Sri Lankan government to issue a statement to clarify army commander’s comments. Some 15,000 Maldivians reside in Sri Lanka, mainly in capital Colombo which is second largest city for Maldivians after Male. Hate crimes against Muslims are on the rise in Sri Lanka after  Easter Sunday suicide bombings that claimed over 250 lives including 45 foreigners.

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