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News of the day: TMC releases candidate list for 42 LS seats, Court extends Shahjahan Sheikh's CBI custody and more

Here are the latest developments from India and abroad

Our Web Desk Published 10.03.24, 05:51 PM
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TMC released its candidate roster for all 42 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal, ushering a major overhaul by dropping seven incumbent MPs and introducing numerous new faces, including former cricketer Yusuf Pathan. Film star-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha, who won the Asansol seat in a by-poll on a TMC ticket in 2022, has been re-nominated, while former MP Haji Nurul Islam replaces actor Nusrat Jahan in the Basirhat Lok Sabha seat, where the trouble-torn Sandeshkhali is situated.

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Supreme Court will on March 11 hear the application filed by the State Bank of India (SBI) seeking extension till June 30 to disclose details of each electoral bond encashed by political parties before the scheme was scrapped last month. The apex court bench, also comprising justices Sanjiv Khanna, B R Gavai, J B Pardiwala, and Manoj Misra, will assemble at 10.30 am to hear the two petitions.

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A court in West Bengal's Basirhat extended the CBI custody of Shahjahan Sheikh, key accused in a mob attack on ED officials at Sandeshkhali, by another four days on a prayer by the central agency. Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials were attacked when they went to raid the now suspended Trinamul Congress leader's premises at Sandeshkhali.

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Several Congress leaders in Rajasthan, including former ministers Rajendra Yadav and Lal Chand Kataria, joined the BJP in Jaipur ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. Rajasthan Chief Minister Bhajanlal Sharma, state BJP president C P Joshi and Union minister Bhupendra Yadav welcomed them into the party at its state headquarters.

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Domestic customers will get access to high-quality Swiss products such as watches, chocolates, biscuits, and clocks at lower prices as India will phase out customs duties under its trade pact with the EFTA bloc on these goods over a period of time. The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) members are Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland.

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A day after India crushed England in Dharamsala to win the five-match series 4-1, Rohit Sharma's side claimed the top spot in the ICC Test rankings, overtaking Australia in the latest pecking order released by the world governing body for cricket. Rohit's side will remain at the top of the chart irrespective of the result of the second Test between New Zealand and Australia currently underway in Christchurch.

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Asif Ali Zardari took oath as Pakistan's 14th President, a day after the veteran politician was overwhelmingly elected as the next head of state. Zardari will replace Dr Arif Alvi, who stayed in office for five more months despite completing his five-year term in September 2023.

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U.S. Army has dispatched a ship to send humanitarian aid to Gaza, Central Command (CENTCOM) said, days after President Joe Biden vowed to build a temporary pier to supply the besieged enclave. The logistics support vessel is "carrying the first equipment to establish a temporary pier to deliver vital humanitarian supplies," it said.

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Delhi airport will join the club of airports having an annual passenger handling capacity of 100 million with the inauguration of the expanded Terminal 1, which has a capacity of 40 million. All entry gates have Facial Recognition System (Digi Yatra), 20 Automated Tray Retrieval Systems (ATRS), Individual Carrier System (ICS), 108 Common Usage Self Service (CUSS) and 100 check-in counters, including 36 Self Baggage Drop (SBD) kiosks, according to airport operator DIAL.

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Thirteen people, including two children, were injured in an accident at Varkala beach on Saturday after a huge wave toppled the floating bridge they were standing on, police said. The injured are being treated at the Mission Hospital and the Government Medical College, the officer said.

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