Top news of the day: ECI curtails West Bengal campaigning after Kolkata violence, Pakistan shuts airspace for Indian flights till May 30, and more

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ECI curtails West Bengal campaigning after Kolkata violence

The Election Commission on Wednesday ordered campaigning in nine West Bengal constituencies to end at 10 PM on Thursday night, a day before its scheduled deadline, in the wake of violence between BJP and TMC workers in Kolkata.

Vidyasagar bust vandalism: Trinamool releases video, claims BJP men did it

Intensifying its attack on the BJP over the desecration of a bust of social reformer Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar during the violence in Kolkata, the Trinamool Congress on May 15 released videos to claim that “BJP goons” damaged the statue.

Pakistan airspace to remain shut for Indian flights till May 30

Pakistan on May 15 decided not to lift its airspace ban for Indian flights till May 30, as Islamabad is awaiting the outcome of the Lok Sabha polls in India. Pakistan fully closed its airspace after an Indian Air Force strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camp in Balakot on February 26. However, Pakistan opened its airspace for all flights except for New Delhi, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur on March 27.

3-yr-old rape: J&K High Court seeks police report by May 17

Amid unrelenting street protests in the Kashmir Valley, especially by students, against the rape of a three-year-old, the High Court of Jammu & Kashmir on Wednesday took suo moto cognisance of the case. Chief Justice Gitta Mittal directed the Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, “to submit a status report on Friday”.

US orders non-emergency embassy staff to leave Iraq

The United States on Wednesday ordered all non-emergency staff to leave its embassy in Baghdad and consulate in Arbil, as tensions mount between the United States and Iraq’s neighbour Iran. Washington has ramped up pressure on Tehran in recent days, accusing Iran of planning “imminent” attacks in the region, and bolstering the American military presence in the Gulf.

For Lok Sabha election campaign, ₹1000 software tool helps overcome WhatsApp controls

WhatsApp clones and software tools that cost as little as ₹1000 are helping Indian digital marketers and political activists bypass anti-spam restrictions set up by the world’s most popular messaging app, Reuters has found. The activities highlight the challenges WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook Inc, faces in preventing abuse in India, its biggest market with more than 200 million users.

Facebook brings back ‘View as Public’ feature

To make it easy for people to manage their publicly visible information on Facebook, the social media giant is restoring the “View as Public” feature it had disabled last year owing to a major security flaw. The feature helps users view their profile from the perspective of someone they aren’t friends with.

Nathuram Godse remark: Didn’t use the term ‘terrorist’, says Kamal Haasan

Finding himself in the centre of a raging controversy over his “free India’s first extremist was a Hindu” remark, Makkal Needhi Maiyam founder Kamal Haasan on Wednesday said he had only spoken about what was a ‘historic truth.’

Mamata’s morphed photo: SC pulls up Bengal govt for BJP leader’s overnight detention

The Supreme Court on Wednesday pulled up the West Bengal government for keeping BJP Yuva Morcha leader Priyanka Sharma behind bars overnight despite the court’s May 14 order to release her immediately on bail.


Chris Gayle chooses yoga over gym, hopes to carry form into final World Cup

Chris Gayle, who heads into his fifth and final World Cup, has devised his own method of staying fit at 39, a routine that has kept the ‘Universe Boss’ away from the gym for the last two months. His fitness formula includes extensive yoga and massage sessions which help him recover after a long day on the field. Being naturally strong allows him to avoid gym and “a lot rest” in between games is also helping him stay in good shape.

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