NEWS ON AIR Website cell, IT Unit, NSD, All India Radio, New Broadcasting House, New Delhi, India ? 2006 All rights reserved. All India Radio AIR International News Russian PM sees 'chance' for better ties with new Ukraine leader INT Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev today said, Moscow has a chance of improving ties with Ukraine under the leadership of President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky. Sri Lanka: Death toll in serial blasts rises to 290 INT The death toll in yesterday's serial blasts in Sri Lanka has risen to 290, with more than 500 people injured. As many as 32 foreign nationals, including five Indians, are among those killed. Interpol offers Sri Lanka assistance to investigate Easter Sunday blasts INT The Interpol has said it is ready to offer full support to the Sri Lankan authorities in investigating the country's deadliest terror attack. Bangladesh: All local government elections to be held through EVMs INT In Bangladesh, all local government elections will be held through Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) from now on. Mudslide kills 19 in Colombia INT In Colombia, at least 19 people were killed and 14 missing after a mudslide buried eight houses. Authorities said a search is underway for any others who might be trapped under rubble yesterday. UAE issues travel advisory for Sri Lanka INT UAE has issued a warning, cautioning its citizens from travelling to Sri Lanka following current events taking place in the country. OIC denounces terrorist attack on an intelligence center in Saudi Arabia INT Organization of Islamic Cooperation, OIC has strongly denounced the terrorist attack on Saudi Arabia's intelligence center in Zulfi province, today. Thousands of literature enthusiasts, industry professionals expected to attend ADIBF 2019 INT In UAE, thousands of literature enthusiasts and industry professionals around the world are expected to attend, the upcoming Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, ADIBF 2019. Mohamed bin Zayed condemns Sri Lanka terror attacks INT Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces has strongly condemned the terror attacks in Sri Lanka. Saudi, UAE pledge 3 bn financial aid for Sudan INT Saudi Arabia and the UAE today announced financial support of three billion dollars for the people of Sudan following the overthrow of longtime leader Omar al-Bashir. Lankan President Sirisena appoints special committee to investigate serial blasts INT Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has announced the appointment of a special committee led by retired Supreme Court judge to investigate the attacks and submit its report within two weeks. Ukraine election: Comedian Zelensky wins presidency by landslide victory INT In Ukraine, comedian and political newcomer Volodymyr Zelensky has apparently secured a landslide victory in the Presidential election. UAE adopts National Artificial Intelligence Strategy 2031 INT The UAE Cabinet has adopted the National Artificial Intelligence Strategy 2031. The Cabinet adopted it during a meeting, chaired by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai at the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi. Security authorities foiled terrorist attack in Zulfi intelligence center: Saudi Arabia INT Saudi Arabia today said that the security authorities have successfully foiled a terrorist attack targeting an intelligence center in Zulfi province. Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina condemns horrific terror attack in Sri Lanka INT Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has condemned the horrific terror attack in Sri Lanka today. Sheikh Hasina, who is now on a 3-day official visit to Brunei said that terrorists are terrorists and they've no religion, caste and state. World leaders condemn series of blasts in Sri Lanka; India offers all possible help to Island nation INT World leaders have condemned the series of blasts in Sri Lanka. Describing the bombings as horrible terrorist attacks, US President Donald Trump said, America stands ready to help Sri Lanka. Over 200 people killed in Sri Lanka bomb explosions; 7 suspects arrested INT In Sri Lanka, at least 207 people were killed and more than 400 injured in a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and five-star hotels during Easter services today. Easter being celebrated across the globe with religious fervour and gaiety INT Easter is being celebrated across the globe today. Mount Agung volcano in Bali erupts again INT In Indonesia, Mount Agung volcano in Bali resort Island erupted today, spewed a column of ashes by up to two km onto the sky. Killing of Egyptian peacekeeper in Mali may constitute war crimes, says UN Secretary-General INT UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said killing of Egyptian peacekeeper in Mali ‘may constitute war crimes’ and demands swift action. Heavy fighting in Yemen between pro-govt forces and rebels kills 85 people INT In Yemen, 85 people have been killed in heavy fighting between pro-government forces and rebels in Dhale province. 220 killed in battles for Libya's capital last 2 weeks: UN INT Fighting between rival Libyan forces for control of Tripoli has escalated in the past couple of days. At least 7 people killed in Kabul suicide blast INT In Afghanistan, 7 people were killed in an attack on a heavily guarded government compound in central Kabul today. Afghanistan: Seven killed in attack on Ministry of Information in Kabul INT In Afghanistan, seven people were killed in an attack on the Ministry of Information in Kabul today. Egyptians vote in referendum to extend President's Rule INT Egyptians voted today in a referendum that aims to cement the rule of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the former coup leader who presents himself as a rock of stability in a turbulent region. Two teenagers arrested after shooting journalist in Ireland INT Two teenagers have been arrested after shooting dead of a journalist in Northern Ireland. Egyptians vote in referendum to extend Sisi's rule INT Egyptians are voting in a referendum that aims to cement the rule of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the former coup leader. Malaysia to revive 2nd major China-linked project INT Malaysia has resumed a China-backed rail link project after the Chinese contractor agreed to cut the construction cost by one third to 10.6 billion US dollars. Peruvian judge orders ex-President Kuczynski to pre-trial jail for three years INT A Peruvian judge ordered 36 months of preventive prison for former President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski yesterday as authorities investigate his alleged involvement in a corruption case. Bangladesh: All accused persons in murder of madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi arrested INT In Bangladesh, all the accused persons in the murder of madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi have been arrested. US arrests former Marine connected to North Korea embassy raid in Spain INT The US authorities have made the first arrest in the case of an attack on North Korea's embassy in Spain, apprehending a US marine, who is a member of a group known to be behind the raid. Thousands rally in support of Serbian president INT Tens of thousands of supporters of Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic yesterday rallied in Belgrade, in a show of force after months of opposition demonstrations. Macron sparks Turkish anger by meeting Syrian Kurds INT French President Emmanuel Macron yesterday hosted representatives of the Kurdish-led force that defeated Islamic State extremists in Syria, While drawing a sharp rebuke from Turkey. Russia dismisses findings of Mueller report INT Russia has dismissed the findings of the Mueller report today. Mali's PM resigns along with his entire government INT Mali's Prime Minister has resigned along with his entire government yesterday after it came under mounting pressure over handling the violence in the restive Mopti region. US, Japan meet amid standstill on N Korea INT Top leaders of the United States and Japan met for talks in Washington on Friday aimed at reaching a deal with their mutual adversary North Korea. India rebuilds Chhyoiphel Kundeling monastery in Nepal INT India has rebuilt Chhyoiphel Kundeling Monastery in Nepal. North Korea demands Mike Pompeo's removal from nuclear negotiations INT North Korea has demanded the removal of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from nuclear negotiations. 13 People killed in church collapsed in Durban, South Africa INT In South Africa, at least 13 people were killed and 16 others injured when the roof of a church collapsed during mass near the eastern city of Durban. 7th China International Technology Fair kicks off in Shanghai INT The 7th China International Technology Fair opened on Thursday in Shanghai, a national-level professional fair focused on international technology trade. Book on Jallianwala Bagh poem 'Khooni Vaisakhi' released in UAE INT A book containing English translation of the 100-year-old classic Punjabi poem about Jallianwala Bagh massacre, 'Khooni Vaisakhi' has been released in Abu Dhabi. Peace talks between Taliban and Afghan government postponed INT Critical peace talks between the Taliban and Afghan government in Qatar have been postponed. Dhaka Court orders freezing of 3 bank accounts of Tarique Rahman INT A Dhaka Court has ordered the freezing of three bank accounts of Bangladesh Nationalist Party acting chairperson Tarique Rahman and his wife Zubaida Rahman. Robert Mueller found no evidence of collusion between Trump campaign and Russia: US INT US Attorney General William Barr has said, the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 US presidential elections. N Korea demands removal of US Secretary of State INT North Korea has demanded the removal of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from nuclear negotiations. Pakistan's Finance Minister Asad Umar resigns INT Pakistan's Finance Minister Asad Umar abruptly quit the Cabinet on Thursday before securing a multi-billion dollar International Monetary Fund bailout package for the cash-strapped country. Kim Jong Un to visit Russia, meet Vladimir Putin INT North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will visit Russia later this month for his first meeting with President Vladimir Putin. Madeira mourns 29 German bus crash victims INT In Portugal, three days of mourning began at Madeira today after 29 German tourists died in a bus mishap near Canico town.