News brief: Big stories of the day

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 13, 2019, 07.03 PM(IST)

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Read the top 5 stories of the day here. 

J&K: Suspected terrorists shoot dead man who had enrolled with the army

Suspected terrorists have shot dead a 25-year-old man in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama. The man was identified as Ashiq Ahmad. 

Ashiq was shot and critically wounded in Pulwama's Pingleena village. He was rushed to hospital where doctors declared him dead on arrival. 

Initial reports had suggested Ashiq used to work as a gardener with the Indian Army but that he resigned his job a few months ago. 

The army however said Ashiq had enrolled with them on January 15, 2018 but that he deserted eight months later. 

Rafale case: Petitioners' documents jeopardised national security, government tells Supreme Court

The government on Wednesday filed a fresh affidavit in the Supreme Court in the Rafale case, saying that “unauthorisedly-accessed” documents related to “internal secret deliberations” had been presented in a “selective” manner to mislead the top court and amounted to jeopardising national security.

India: All Boeing 737 Max planes now grounded, government warns tomorrow will be 'real challenging day'

All Boeing 737 Max planes flying in the country have now been grounded. The ban came into effect at 4 pm on Wednesday after two recent crashes of the aircraft, one in Ethiopia this Sunday and one in October last year in Indonesia. 

"As of now, all flights of Boeing 737 Max have been grounded," Pradeep Singh Kharola, secretary of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, said on Wednesday.  

Kharola added that the flights were grounded "before the deadline of 4 pm", but he also warned that tomorrow will be "a real challenging day". 

British MPs to vote today on whether they want no-deal Brexit

British MPs will vote Wednesday on whether they want to avert a potentially chaotic "no-deal" exit from the EU, as business leaders warned the country was "staring down the precipice" after parliament rejected a divorce agreement.

Parliament is expected to vote against leaving the bloc without a deal — although it remains the default option unless an alternative can be secured by the fast-approaching March 29 Brexit date. 

Kartarpur corridor: India hopes for 'meaningful' talks with Pakistan, may raise Khalistan propaganda

India and Pakistan will hold talks on Thursday to decide the modalities of the Kartarpur corridor. The corridor was agreed upon by both countries in November 2018. 

The talks will be held on March 14 on the Indian side of the Wagah-Attari border.