1. Pakistan’s iron lady Asma Jehangir passes away
Pakistan’s top lawyer and human rights activist Asma Jehangir passed away on Sunday due to a cardiac arrest in Lahore, her family said in a statement. She was 66.
Known for her bold stance, Asma was the country’s symbol of resistance and a human rights activist who spoke against military dictators and abusers of law for the past five decades.
2. PM Modi launches project for first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday officially launched a project for the construction of the first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi, describing the holy place as a “catalytic agent” of humanity and harmony that will become a medium of India’s identity.
Mr. Modi laid the foundation stone for the BAPS Swaminarayan temple via video conferencing from the Dubai Opera House, where he addressed the members of the Indian community. “I would like to request all those associated with the construction of the temple that the rulers here have shown so much respect for India.
3. Russian passenger plane crashes outside Moscow
A Russian passenger plane carrying 71 people crashed outside Moscow on Sunday after taking off from the capital's Domodedovo airport, Russian media reported.
The Antonov An-148 plane operated by the domestic Saratov Airlines was flying to Orsk, a city in the Urals, and crashed in the Ramensky district on the outskirts of Moscow. Russian news agencies reported 65 passengers and 6 crew were on board.
4. Scientist dismissed for sexual harassment of colleague
The employment of one of India’s top researchers, Kanury V.S. Rao, 59, who specialises in immunology at the Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI), Faridabad, an autonomous institute under the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, has been terminated. This was based on the recommendation of THSTI’s 19-member governing body, after a committee constituted by the institute investigated and upheld charges of alleged sexual harassment levelled against him by a junior woman colleague.
5. South Africa showed lot of character and deserved to win, says Kohli
India captain Virat Kohli has rued his team’s misfortune but admitted that South Africa were the deserving winners as they showed a lot of character during their five-wicket win in the fourth ODI here.
With their tail up in the series following a 3-0 lead, India went into Saturday’s game as favourites but twin weather breaks coupled with a few missed chances brought a halt to their rampaging ODI run as South Africa kept the series alive.
6. IISc team identifies an early-stage biomarker for Alzheimer’s
Researchers at Bengaluru’s Indian Institute of Science (IISc) have identified a potential biomarker for Alzheimer’s disease. The biomarker shows up very early in the disease process and well before clinical and even pathological manifestation of the disease. They also found that it is possible to reverse the disease process if identified early.
Loss of dendritic spines from the surface of a nerve cell is already recognised as an early feature of Alzheimer’s. But the underlying mechanism behind this loss was not known.
7. Golden Globe-winning composer Johann Johannsson passes away
Johann Johannsson, an award-winning composer and producer who combined classical sounds and modern electronics on the acclaimed soundtracks to “The Theory of Everything” and “Sicario,” has died at age 48.
“Today, I lost my friend who was one of the most talented musicians and intelligent people I knew,” Husom said.
8. Rajinikanth’s ‘Kaala’ gets a release date
While actor Rajinikanth’s much-awaited 2.0 might have been delayed, the release date for his other ongoing project Kaala is out.
The film will release on April 27, revealed actor Dhanush, whose Wunderbar Films is producing the film.
The movie is directed by Pa. Ranjith. This is his second project with the actor, the first being Kabali. The film also stars Huma Qureshi, Nana Patekar, Samuthirakani and Sukanya, among others. Kaala will be released in Hindi and Telugu as well.
9. Axis Bank ATM dispenses fake notes of Rs 500 in Kanpur
An ATM in Kanpur is in the news for dispensing fake notes of Rs 500 denomination. The ATM of Axis Bank dispensed fake notes with ‘Children Bank of India’ printed on them.
One of the persons who withdrew Rs 10,000 from the ATM got one of the fake notes, following which he made a complaint in this regard to the guard of the ATM.
10. Man ends up with two hearts after surgery
It was meant to be just another cardiac surgery, adding to the growing number of heart transplants in the country, but at the end of it, the patient was left surviving with two beating hearts.
Doctors at Apollo Hospital, Jubilee Hills, on Saturday went into the operating room to give a 56-year-old man dying of heart failure a new lease of life. A donor heart was arriving from Karimnagar after its owner, 17-year-old Mekala Naveen Kumar, was declared brain-dead on Friday.
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