Top news of the day: 49 killed in Christchurch mosque attacks, France sanctions Masood Azhar, and more

Here are the important news stories of the day

Christchurch shootings Live: death toll rises to 49, say police

As many as 49 people were killed and many injured in shooting in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday. Gunmen live-streamed the shooting in social media. Armed police were rushed to the area.

France sanctions JeM founder Masood Azhar, freezes his assets

Days after pledging to designate Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist at the United Nations, France has sanctioned him and frozen his assets on its soil.

Fadnavis seeks preliminary enquiry into the Mumbai foot-overbridge collapse

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis visited the site of the crashed foot-overbridge (FOB) outside the CST station on Friday and sought a preliminary enquiry into the collapse that claimed six lives and injured over 30 persons.

Supreme Court revokes life ban on Sreesanth in spot-fixing case

The Supreme Court on Friday revoked the life ban on former Indian cricketer S. Sreesanth in a case of spot-fixing and asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to re-examine its quantum of punishment.

Students worldwide skip classes demanding action on climate

Students worldwide are skipping classes on Friday to take to the streets to protest their governments’ failure to take sufficient action against global warming. The coordinated ‘school strikes,’ being held from the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle, were inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who began holding solitary demonstrations outside the Swedish Parliament last year.

Plane crash probe has begun in Paris: Ethiopian Airlines

An investigation has begun in Paris into the cause of last week’s crash of a Nairobi-bound Boeing jet that killed all 157 passengers and crew, Ethiopian Airlines said on Friday.

Pollachi sexual abuse case: reissue order without revealing complainant’s identity, HC tells govt

The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Friday directed the State to reissue the Government Order (G.O.) with regard to transferring the Pollachi sexual abuse case to CBI, without revealing the identity of the complainant.

SEC charges Volkswagen, former CEO with defrauding investors

The Securities and Exchange Commission is charging Volkswagen and former CEO Martin Winterkorn with defrauding American investors during an emissions scandal.

Ethiopia aircraft pilot called “in a panicky voice” before crash, says NYT report

The pilot of the Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed requested permission “in a panicky voice” to return to the airport shortly after takeoff, The New York Times reported on Friday.

Fodder scam case: SC seeks CBI response on Lalu Prasad Yadav’s bail plea

The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Central Bureau of Investigation to reply to a plea by Rashtriya Janata Dal president Lalu Prasad Yadav for bail in three cases related to the multi-crore fodder scam.

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