Sanders campaign claims huge crowd at New York rally

Sanders campaign claims huge crowd at New York rally

New York, April 18 : Democrat candidate and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders drew a record-breaking crowd to a park in Brooklyn as he looks to build momentum ahead of the New York primaries on Tuesday.

Sanders attracted over 28,300 people on Sunday afternoon, according to the campaign and a production company helping to plan the event.

This total was higher than the campaign's previous record of 28,000 in Portland, Oregon, in August 2015, NBC News reported.

"In case you haven't noticed, there are a lot of people here this afternoon!" Sanders bellowed to cheers as he took the stage after veteran actor Danny DeVito glowingly introduced him.


India has created favourable investment climate: Jaitley to WB

India has created favourable investment climate: Jaitley to WB

Washington: India has created a favourable investment climate in all sectors which has resulted in a hefty increase in FDI in the last two years, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told the World Bank today.

"India has liberalised foreign investment policies and created a very favourable investment climate for investments across all segments of economy -- agriculture, manufacturing and services -- under major initiatives of 'Make in India', 'StartUp India' and 'Digital India'," Jaitley said in his address to the 93rd meeting of the development committee of the World Bank.


Economic slump worries as IMF, World Bank pledge action

Economic slump worries as IMF, World Bank pledge action

Washington: World finance ministers pledged to boost growth today at IMF and World Bank Spring Meetings tainted by lingering worries about the dragging global economy and hints of discord.

Pounding home the message that each country needs to take action to ramp up growth, and following another week of relative calm in financial markets, the IMF leadership said they were "positive" about the outlook, even as they warned of high risks.

Yet with a rising number of developing countries approaching the two powerful institutions for support to deal with the plunge in commodity markets and tighter credit, there was no clear response to calls to organize an international backup plan if growth begins to stall again.


Ecuador earthquake: At least 28 killed, state of emergency declared (Update)

Ecuador earthquake: At least 28 killed, state of emergency declared (Update)

Washington DC, Apr. 17 : Ecuador Vice President Jorge Glas announced that at least 28 people have been killed in the powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck near the country's coast today.

According to CNN, Glas told the nation in a televised address that a state of emergency was now in effect and added that preventative evacuations in coastal areas were underway because of possible tsunami risks.

However, the tsunami threat warning for many nations in the Pacific following the quake has been cancelled, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center who added that the forecast for some coastal areas of Ecuador still calls for the possibility of tsunami waves.

The quake resulted in damage to some buildings and many areas have lost power.


Germany: Three injured in explosion at Gurdwara

Germany: Three injured in explosion at Gurdwara

Los Angeles, Apr. 17 : At least three people were injured after an unknown person allegedly set off a minor explosion at a Gurdwara in Germany last night.

Quoting the Associated Press, Buzzfeed reported that a 60-year-old man was critically injured in the explosion which blew out several windows of the gurdwara, in the northwestern city of Essen.

A 47-year-old man and a 56-year-old man also sustained minor injuries.

The local police claim that a masked person was seen fleeing the area shortly after the explosion, however, they added that there was no evidence so far that the attack had any links to terrorism.

Three people were detained, but were released later as the investigation continued, police said.


7.8 magnitude earthquake rocks Ecuador, tsunami alert issued

7.8 magnitude earthquake rocks Ecuador, tsunami alert issued

Washington D. C., Apr. 17 : A powerful earthquake with a 7.8 magnitude hit the coast of northwest Ecuador today, following which a tsunami alert has been issued for Ecuador and Columbia.

According to CNN, the tremor was recorded at a depth of 19.2 kilometres.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami alert for Ecuador, warning of waves that could reach 1 meter above tide level.

According to reports, power outages were being reported across the region, with a total blackout in Santo Domingo and power outages in parts of the capital Quito.

A magnitude-6.9 earthquake had struck Ecuador in August 2010. (ANI)


Bernie Sanders says he met Pope at Vatican

Bernie Sanders says he met Pope at Vatican

Washington, April 16 : Bernie Sanders said he met Pope Francis at 6 a. m. (local time) on Saturday at the papal residence in Santa Marta.

"He is a beautiful man," Sanders told ABC on Saturday. "I am not a Catholic, but there is a radiance that comes from him. It was very wonderful to meet him."

Sanders was joined by his wife, and Pope Francis was joined by Argentine Bishop and Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, ABC reported.

Jane, Sander's wife, is Catholic. She said "the trip was definitely worth it".


Pak removes offensive references from textbooks: Ambassador Jilani

Pak removes offensive references from textbooks: Ambassador Jilani

Washington, Apr. 16 : Pakistan has been steadily reforming its education system and has also removed a number of offensive references from its textbooks, Pakistani Ambassador to United States Jalil Abbas Jilani said in his reply to a US report about objectionable material in Pakistani textbooks.

While reviewing the report 'Teaching Intolerance in Pakistan', Ambassador Jilani noted that the report by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) was a follow-up to an earlier study.

The report concludes that majority of examples of religious intolerance found in 2011 textbooks had been removed, reports Dawn.

The ambassador added that he considers this an incremental but positive change.


UNSC condemns DPRK's firing of ballistic missile

UNSC condemns DPRK's firing of ballistic missile

New York, Apr. 16 : The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has strongly condemned the firing of a ballistic missile by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Friday.

"Although the DPRK's ballistic missile launch was a failure, this attempt constituted a clear violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions," the UNSC said in a statement.

It urged the DPRK to refrain from further such actions that violate relevant UNSC resolutions.

"The members of the Security Council agreed that the Security Council would continue to closely monitor the situation and take further significant measures in line with the Council's previously expressed determination," the statement said.


Tensions between Trump, GOP escalate into public fight

Tensions between Trump, GOP escalate into public fight

Washington, April 16 : Tensions between the Republican Party and its own front-runner erupted into a full-blown public battle as top party officials rebuked Donald Trump on Friday for alleging that the GOP primary system was "rigged" against him.

The dispute, which has been simmering for days, centres on Trump's failure to win any delegates last weekend in Colorado, which selected its 34 delegates at a party convention rather than a primary attended by voters. All went to Trump's chief rival, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, The Washington Post reported.


Fossil fuels could be phased out globally in just 10 yrs

Fossil fuels could be phased out globally in just 10 yrs

Washington D. C, Apr 16 : Burning of fossil fuels is very concerning, but now a team of researchers has suggested that the worldwide reliance on burning fossil fuels could be phased out in just 10 years.

Professor Benjamin Sovacool at the University of Sussex believes that the next great energy revolution could take place in a fraction of the time of major changes in the past.

But it would take a collaborative, interdisciplinary, multi-scalar effort to get there, he warns. And that effort must learn from the trials and tribulations from previous energy systems and technology transitions.

Sovacool analysed energy transitions throughout history and argues that only looking towards the past can often paint an overly bleak and unnecessary picture.


Now, a debugger that uncovers web app flaws in 64 secs

Now, a debugger that uncovers web app flaws in 64 secs

Washington D. C, Apr 16 : A team of researchers has come out with a new software that represents a breakthrough in security for programs written in the popular web application framework Ruby on the Rails.

By exploiting some peculiarities of the popular Web programming framework Ruby on Rails, MIT researchers have developed a system that can quickly comb through tens of thousands of lines of application code to find security flaws.

In tests on 50 popular Web applications written using Ruby on Rails, the system found 23 previously undiagnosed security flaws, and it took no more than 64 seconds to analyze any given program.


No salary but $68,506 in compensation for Twitter CEO Dorsey

No salary but $68,506 in compensation for Twitter CEO Dorsey

New York, April 16 : Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey did not take salary or stock options since he joined the struggling micro-blogging website last year and received personal and residential security costs totaling $68,506, a media report said on Saturday.

His predecessor Dick Costolo was awarded a total of $91,795, which included a monthly salary of $7,162, car service and security costs, the Wall Street Journal reported.

According to the micro-blogging website, it now has more than 300 million active users, far less when compared with Facebook's 1.5 billion users making it more popular, faster, and the choice of more marketers.


No climate of intolerance in India: Arun Jaitley

No climate of intolerance in India: Arun Jaitley

Washington: There could be "stray" incidents of people on either side of the political spectrum making irresponsible statements but this could not be generalised as prevalence of a climate of intolerance in the country, Union Minister Arun Jaitley has said.

Dubbing such incidents as "terrible", the senior BJP leader, however, said that they are "rare" in a large country like India.

"There could be stray incidents of irresponsible statements by individuals on either side of the political spectrum, that does not mean that zamin per koi iss tarah ki activity hai (intolerance exists)," Jaitley said during a media roundtable with Indian reporters here.


Apple defends stand in Brooklyn case on iPhone access

Apple defends stand in Brooklyn case on iPhone access

Washington: Apple has urged a federal court to reject efforts to force the company to help break into an iPhone as part of a New York drug investigation.

In the latest case involving efforts to compel Apple to help law enforcement break encryption, the company said the court should simply rule the assistance is unnecessary and not authorised by law.

The case in a federal court in Brooklyn comes weeks after the FBI dropped a hotly contested effort to require Apple to weaken the security of an iPhone used by one of the shooters in last year's attacks in San Bernardino, California.

In this case, Apple attorneys argued, the court can avoid a "constitutional thicket" and rule on "narrower grounds."


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