Morning digest: Centre reviews rescue operations after Fani, Sri Lankan Army chief says suicide bombers visited Kashmir, Kerala, Bengaluru

The Union Health Ministry on Saturday decided to postpone the NEET examination in Odisha, which was scheduled for May 5, following a request from the State government in view of the ongoing rescue and relief operations in the aftermath of Cyclone Fani.

Sri Lanka Army’s chief has said some of the suicide bombers who carried out the country’s worst terror attack on Easter Sunday last month had visited Kashmir and Kerala for “some sorts of training” or to “make some more links” with other foreign outfits.

Demanding an unconditional withdrawal of cases, farmers unions affiliated to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as well as the Left parties joined in boycott calls against PepsiCo products and stoked outrage on social media as well.

Explaining its rationale, the leading passenger vehicle manufacturer said the enhanced emission standards would make diesel engines costlier by up to ₹1.5 lakh, and the acquisition cost of diesel vehicles for consumers would be markedly higher than petrol equivalents.

Following the launch of Kanyashree in 2013, school enrolment of girls below 18 years has witnessed a 10% growth. The incentive for higher studies is a one-time grant of ₹25,000 to unmarried girls above 18, who are pursuing education.

The unceasing requisitioning of paramilitary forces for the elections in West Bengal may have weakened the security grid around Maharashtra’s Maoist heartland, where an IED blast killed 15 jawans this week.

Congress leader Deepender Singh Hooda won the Rohtak Lok Sabha seat in Haryana in the 2014 election in spite of the Modi wave. But the 2019 election is going to be a tightrope walk amid a sharp polarisation between Jats and other communities.

Under the new visa regime in the U.S., which kicked off in April, foreign students who complete their master’s or any higher degree from American universities will have a better chance of obtaining H-IB visas, say immigration experts based in the U.S.

The Taliban on Saturday said the gap is narrowing in talks with U.S.’s special peace envoy over a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. The two sides are continuing to meet in Qatar.

Sunrisers Hyderabad’s passage to the IPL playoffs will now hinge on results elsewhere as it lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore by four wickets in its final league match at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Saturday.


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