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Bangladesh plane carrying 67 passengers crashes in Nepal

At least 40 people were killed and 23 injured when a Bangladeshi plane crashed and burst into flames near Kathmandu airport on Monday, in the worst aviation disaster to hit Nepal in years.

Officials said there were 71 people on board the US-Bangla Airlines plane from Dhaka when it crashed into a football field near the airport.

Rescuers had to cut apart the mangled and burned wreckage of the aircraft to pull people out.

Govt bids to tackle project delays, cost overruns

All ministries have been asked to share details of delay and cost overrun in implementing projects and schemes, according to a directive issued by cabinet secretary PK Sinha.

The move comes after it was observed that several proposals involving time and cost overrun or extension in time frame of implementation of projects or schemes are being referred to the cabinet or cabinet committees for consideration.

Bill to impound, sell assets of absconding fraudsters tabled in LS

The government on Monday tabled a bill that seeks to confiscate all the assets of absconding fraudsters and loan defaulters for recovering dues from them.

The Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill 2018 aims to impound and sell assets of fugitives such as Nirav Modi, who is alleged to be behind the nearly Rs 12,700 crore fraud at Punjab National Bank (PNB).

The law will apply to defaulters who have an outstanding of Rs 100 crore or more and have escaped from the country.

Passenger vehicle sales stay in fast lane, rise 8% in Feb

Passenger vehicle sales in India rose by 7.77 per cent in February, driven by strong offtake of utility vehicles.

According to the data released by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (Siam), domestic passenger vehicle (PV) sales rose to 2,75,329 units in February from 2,55,470 units a year ago.

Vehicle sales across categories registered a rise of 22.77 per cent to 21,11,383 units, from 17,19,806 units in February 2017.

Domestic car sales were up 3.7 per cent to 1,79,122 units last month as against 1,72,737 units a year ago.

China welcomes India's positive response to FM's remarks on bilateral ties

China today welcomed as "positive" India's willingness to work with it to enhance political mutual trust and discuss differences on the basis of mutual respect and sensitivity to each other's interests.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang's remarks came after India said it was willing to work with China to develop relations based on commonalities, while dealing with differences on the basis of mutual respect and sensitivity to each other's interests.

Lanka unrest: PM Wickremesinghe removed as law & order minister

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday replaced Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as the law and order minister amidst fresh violence between majority Sinhala Buddhists and minority Muslims in the Kandy district despite imposition of nationwide emergency.

Ranjith Madduma Bandara, a senior politician from Wickremesinghe’s United National Party (UNP) was sworn in this morning as the new minister in charge of the police.

Wickremesinghe’s 11-day tenure as the law and order minister was marred by racial tension in the central district of Kandy since Monday.

Germany to start work on trade, China, Syria war - Merkel

Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would work with France to tackle pressing issues such as trade policy, the war in Syria and competition with China after the Social Democrats (SPD) approved joining a coalition with her conservatives.

Merkel welcomed the vote by a clear majority of SPD members that ended more than five months of political deadlock in Europe’s largest economy after an inconclusive election, and she said the right-left government must quickly get to work.

South Korea sending envoys to North Korea as Trump suggests US is willing to talk

South Korea will dispatch a delegation led by senior security officials for a two-day visit to North Korea starting Monday, the presidential Blue House announced Sunday, as US President Donald Trump hinted that he is ready to talk to

Pyongyang.

For its part, North Korea said it was not begging to talk with Washington and denounced upcoming US-South Korean joint-military exercises, warning that it would take counter measures against the United States if they went ahead.

Hope Hicks Resigns as White House Communications Director

Hope Hicks, one of President Donald Trump’s longest serving advisers and closest aides, will resign, the White House said a day after she testified to congressional investigators probing Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election.

Hicks was named White House communications director in September, but was on Trump’s staff from the beginning of his presidency. Prior to joining the Trump campaign, she had worked in public relations for the Trump Organization.

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