News brief: Big stories of the day

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Mar 14, 2019, 06:56 PM(IST)

File photo of the Rafale fighter Jet. Photograph:( Reuters )

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Rafale review petition: 'Security of state supersedes everything,' government tells Supreme Court

Attorney General KK Venugopal told the Supreme Court Thursday that the "security of state supersedes everything". The court is hearing a review petition of its earlier judgement in the Rafale case which had said the deal did not need to be investigated for corruption. 

The review petition has been filed by former union ministers Arun Shourie and Yashwant Sinha, and the lawyer Prashant Bhushan. 

EU's Donald Tusk backs 'long' delay if Britain 'rethinks' Brexit

EU leader Donald Tusk said Thursday that European capitals could approve a long delay to Brexit, in a last-ditch push to persuade Prime Minister Theresa May to change her negotiating red lines.   

During consultations ahead of next week's EU summit, Tusk said he "will appeal to the EU27 to be open to a long extension if the UK finds it necessary to rethink its Brexit strategy and build consensus around it."

Lok Sabha polls: SP & BSP will hold joint rallies in Uttar Pradesh, says Akhilesh

In Uttar Pradesh, the SP and BSP will hold joint election rallies during the ensuing Lok Sabha polls, former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav said here on Thursday. 

'We have planned joint rallies in Uttar Pradesh,' he told ANI in reply to a question about what transpired in his meeting with BSP president Mayawati on Wednesday. 

Wing Commander Abhinandan's debriefing complete, he will now go on sick leave: IAF sources

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varathaman's debriefing is now complete, Indian Air Force sources said on Thursday. 

The news agency ANI quoted the sources as saying Abhinandan will now go on sick leave for a few weeks on the advice of doctors at the army's Research and Referral Hospital in Delhi. 

Over 100 Malaysian schools shut after toxic waste dump

Over 100 schools in Malaysia have been closed after the dumping of toxic waste into a river caused hundreds of people to fall ill, including many children, authorities said.

A lorry is believed to have dumped the waste in southern Johor state last week, sending hazardous fumes across a wide area and causing those affected to display symptoms of poisoning such as nausea and vomiting.

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