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PM Narendra Modi.  (Photo: Mint)
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President of India Ram Nath Kovind. (Photo: AP)
President of India Ram Nath Kovind. (Photo: AP)

President Ram Nath Kovind to visit Croatia, Bolivia and Chile next week

  • Kovind will first visit Croatia from March 25-28 in what would be the first visit by an Indian president to the European country
  • Kovind will head to Bolivia on March 28 for a three-day visit, the first high-level visit to the country since the establishment of diplomatic ties

BJP Karnataka President BS Yeddyurappa. (PTI)
US President Donald Trump (AP)
Finance minister Arun Jaitley (PTI)
Security forces patrol a highway after a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district (Image for representational purpose only) (PTI)
Security forces patrol a highway after a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district (Image for representational purpose only) (PTI)

Yasin Malik’s Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front banned

  • The Enforcement Directorate on Friday cracked down on separatist leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Yasin Mali
  • The special cell of the Delhi police also arrested JeM operative Sajjad Khan from the capital late on Thursday night

Economic affairs secretary Subhash Chandra Garg (Bloomberg)
Economic affairs secretary Subhash Chandra Garg (Bloomberg)

Economic affairs secretary SC Garg defends data revisions amid controversy

  • Revisions to economic statistics are a fact and the revisions themselves are based on facts, says Subhash Chandra Garg
  • 108 economists last week accused the Centre of deliberately revising or withholding statistics that show the government in poor light

A file photo of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das. (AFP)
People watch Prime Minister Modi’s address to the 2.5 million watchmen on a mobile phone at the BJP office in New Delhi on Wednesday. (Pradeep Gaur/ Mint )
People watch Prime Minister Modi’s address to the 2.5 million watchmen on a mobile phone at the BJP office in New Delhi on Wednesday. (Pradeep Gaur/ Mint )

‘Chowkidar’ PM addresses watchmen as authorities get hold of Nirav in London

  • The timing of the arrest is significant as India is in the midst of a high-intensity election campaign
  • The BJP credited the Prime Minister for the arrest of Nirav Modi, but opposition parties said the timing of the arrest was suspect

3 CRPF personnel of 187th battalion shot dead by another jawan at battalion's headquarters in Udhampur
3 CRPF personnel of 187th battalion shot dead by another jawan at battalion's headquarters in Udhampur

CRPF jawan kills 3 colleagues in J&K's Udhampur

  • Constable Ajit Kumar shot three of his colleagues from his service rifle at the 187th battalion camp
  • Senior CRPF officials in New Delhi confirmed that the incident had occurred at 10 pm 

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad (left) and National Conference president Farooq Abdullah in Jammu on Wednesday. PTI
Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad (left) and National Conference president Farooq Abdullah in Jammu on Wednesday. PTI

Mixed bag for Congress in stitching alliances

  • The party has struck alliances in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. However, several others are still a work in progress
  • A key state in which last-minute talks on division of seats are still on is Maharashtra

Pakistan’s move has caused flight disruptions for domestic and foreign airlines operating in India. HT
Aseemanand was one of those acquitted on Wednesday. Photo: PTI
A Jet Airways Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft. (Reuters)
A Jet Airways Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft. (Reuters)

Govt looks at providing Jet Airways' unused airport slots to other airlines

  • Civil Aviation Secretary said the ministry would discuss with Jet Airways about its requirements, including how many slots are being used
  • Cash-strapped Jet Airways, which is looking to raise fresh funds, has grounded at least 47 planes due to non-payment of lease rental

Sumalatha Ambareesh (Mint)
Ranjitsinh Mohite Patil (Mint)
Hand grenades are among the few critical weapons that soldiers need in the time of war as they can be used to cause heavy damage to enemy positions and bunkers.
Hand grenades are among the few critical weapons that soldiers need in the time of war as they can be used to cause heavy damage to enemy positions and bunkers.

Defence Ministry clears proposal to buy 10 lakh 'Made in India' hand grenades

  • The new hand grenades will replace the existing inventory, HE-36 grenades manufactured by the Ordnance Factory Board
  • The multi-mode grenades have been developed by the DRDO while the project is worth more than 500 crore

Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant (PTI)