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ISKP chief’s arrest for gurdwara attack brings out clear link to Pakistan’s ISI: Official

In a massive security operation backed with pin-pointed intelligence , the Afghan security forces wiped out the entire Pakistan-sponsored module of the so-called Islamic State of Khorasan Province with the arrest of chief Mawlawi Abudullah aka Aslam Farooqui and 19 other top terrorists. A Pakistan national and a former Lashkar-e-Tayebba (LeT) operative, Farooqui was arrested for the massacre of 27 Sikh worshippers at Shor Bazaar Gurudwara in Kabul on March 25.

Lockdown challenge: Tarundeep Rai builds muscles to maintain shape for third Olympics

Amid the nationwide lockdown, veteran Indian archer Tarundeep Rai is busy building shoulder muscles at the Army Sports Institute in Pune, which he believes will keep him in shape for Tokyo Olympics now postponed to next year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The postponement of the Tokyo Games was a bitter pill to swallow for the two-time World Championship silver medallist as he will get one year older when he takes the field for his third Olympics.

Stay groomed as you self isolate

Recently, actor Ranveer Singh shared a photo of himself sporting an unruly beard and dreadlocks — a look that he anticipates to have post lockdown. But you wouldn’t want to look like him, would you? However, most men depend on salons for their grooming rituals, and with all shops shut now, it’s time to take the pair of scissors in your own hand.

England cricketers volunteer salary reduction to fight against COVID-19 pandemic

England cricketers, both men and women, have volunteered pay cuts and donated 500,000 pounds as contribution towards the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The cricketers’ gesture comes after the England and Wales Cricket Board had proposed a 20 percent cut in the players’ salaries. The ECB was waiting for a response from the representatives at the Professional Cricketers’ Association.

Virus count hits 3k, businesses seek faster payments: Covid-19 news from India

India’s Covid-19 count crossed 3,000 on Friday, primarily driven up by the detection of hundreds of patients who attended Islamic missionary group Tablighi Jamaat’s gathering in Delhi’s Nizamuddin in March. At least 647 people among the thousands who attended the congregation have been found Covid-19 positive, the government said. With the virus having a deep impact on the economy, businesses are expecting the government to roll out a fiscal package of the same magnitude as the one unveiled by the US (equivalent to around 10 per cent of GDP). They are also hoping the Centre and states, various administrative departments and companies and utilities owned by states will expedite payments owed to them.

Islamic State Khorasan chief Farooqui who plotted Kabul gurdwara attack arrested

In a special operation by Afghan security forces today , the so-called emir of Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) Mawlawi Abdullah aka Aslam Farooqui was arrested on charges of orchestrating the attack on Kabul Gurudwara on March 25. Pakistani national Mawlawi Abdullah, who was earlier associated with proscribed Lashkar-e-Tayebba (LeT) group and then Tehreek-e-Taliban terror group, replaced Mawlawi Zia-ul-Haq aka Abu Omar Khorasani as ISKP chief in April 2019. Farooqi belongs to Mamozai tribe and from Orakzai agency area on Pak-Afghan border.

Optimistic about our preparations for Tokyo Olympics: Marijne

In the wake of postponement of the Tokyo Olympics, and in view of the 21-day lockdown in the country, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) is holding meetings through video conference with all presidents, secretary generals, high performance director, head coach, CEOs of respective National Sports Federations (NSF) to reassess their long- term plan, qualification scenarios and strategy to align with the Olympics to be held in 2021.

Newspaper vendors fight myths with facts amid Covid-19 crisis

Gopal Chauhan has been distributing newspapers in Lajpat Nagar for the last 30 years. Every day, with clockwork precision, Chauhan ensures that his customers get their daily dose of latest news, views and information. For four days between March 23 and March 26, however, Chauhan could not do his job, which he proudly says, is an important one.

Covid-19: What you need to know today

On Friday, news reports in the US said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was considering asking all Americans to wear masks, even if made only of cloth, when they went out. As the number of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases in the world marched past the 1-million mark, the extent to which the World Health Organization (WHO) messed up was once again brought sharply into focus. On April 1, experts from the US National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine said in a report to the White House that even breathing or talking could release tiny particles carrying the SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes Covid-19. This is very different from the earlier understanding that masks weren’t necessary. WHO said they weren’t. Many others concurred. There was even a comic strip explaining why everyone need not wear a mask which did the rounds on social media.