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Protesters try to storm Albanian Parliament, PM Modi addresses rally in Meerut, and other news in pictures

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Albania Opposition supporters try to storm Parliament

Albanian Opposition protesters on Thursday made further attempts to enter the Parliament by force as they demand the government’s resignation and an early election.

A few thousand centre-right Democratic Party-led protesters used smoke bombs and projectiles and repeatedly clashed with police in an attempt to break the cordon protecting the parliament building where the weekly session was held.

Police refrained from the use of tear gas, which they had used in previous rallies.

Opposition leaders and others made short speeches.

“Our greatest mission is to topple the government of crime,” said Democrats’ leader Lulzim Basha, calling on all Albanians to join.

5:00 pm

Sandro Botticelli’s Madonna Of The Pomegranate is no fake

In this painting made available by English Heritage on March 28, 2019, conservator Rachel Turnbull completes the conservation of “Madonna of the Pomegranate”, a painting revealed as a rare example by the workshop of Sandro Botticelli.

In this painting made available by English Heritage on March 28, 2019, conservator Rachel Turnbull completes the conservation of “Madonna of the Pomegranate”, a painting revealed as a rare example by the workshop of Sandro Botticelli.  
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Art experts in Britain have discovered that a painting thought to be a fake Sandro Botticelli in fact came from the master’s own Florence workshop.

After stripping back a century of yellowing varnish and surface dirt, conservators confirmed that Madonna Of The Pomegranate a smaller version of the famous 1487 painting in Florence’s Uffizi Gallery was “stylistically too similar to be an imitation”.

English Heritage conservator Rachel Turnbull have said that X-ray and infrared tests showed an under-drawing and changes uncommon in imitations.

The painting, part of a collection bought by a diamond magnate, shows gold leaf adorning Mary’s halo and the wings of the angels worshipping her.

It will go on display in Ranger’s House, a Georgian villa in southeastern London, from April 1.

12:30 pm

Modi addresses rally in Meerut

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, U.P. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and other BJP leaders at the party's 'Vijay Sankalp rally' in Meerut on Thursday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, U.P. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and other BJP leaders at the party’s ‘Vijay Sankalp rally’ in Meerut on Thursday.
 
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday addressed the party’s Vijay Sankalp rally in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh. Aftering paying tribute to former prime minister Choudhary Charan Singh, Mr. Modi said ‘Chowkidar’ would do no injustice.  The Lok Sabha elections will be a fight between decisive government and indecisive past, Mr.Modi said. “India has made up its mind who to vote for,” he said.

9:30 am

Ukrainian presidential election

People attend a re-election campaign rally with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on March 27, 2019 in Vinnytsia, Ukraine.

People attend a re-election campaign rally with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on March 27, 2019 in Vinnytsia, Ukraine.
 
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People attend a re-election campaign rally with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Vinnytsia, Ukraine. Ukrainians are set to go to the polls on March 31, choosing from nearly 40 registered candidates for president. Though he was easily elected five years ago following months of street protests leading to the ouster of pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych, in the early days of the war in eastern Ukraine, his popularity has fallen and he is fighting for second place with incumbent former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

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Venezuela blackout drags into third day

Locals chat on a rooftop at a neighborhood during a blackout in Caracas, Venezuela on March 27, 2019.

Locals chat on a rooftop at a neighborhood during a blackout in Caracas, Venezuela on March 27, 2019.  
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Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido on March 27 called on supporters to take to the streets this weekend to protest a nationwide power outage, while President Nicolas Maduro announced a “load management” plan for the coming days. Residents scrambled to find food and water as businesses closed and school was cancelled in the second major blackout this month. Power went out in much of the country on March 25 afternoon, less than two weeks after electricity was restored following the worst blackout in Venezuela’s history.

(With inputs from Agencies)

Source: thehindu.com

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