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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 18, 2019, 07.00 PM(IST)

Emergency services at the 24 Oktoberplace where a shooting took place on Monday in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Photograph:( Agencia EFE )

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Top developments of the day.

Shooting at several locations in Holland's Utrecht city: Counter-terrorism agency

Head of Dutch counter-terrorism agency said that shooting was taking place at "several" locations at Utrecht city in Holland, Reuters reported after a gunman opened fire at a tram on Monday morning.

Police quickly moved in to cordon off the area even as a government spokesman said one person was killed in the attack.

Regional tensions to be discussed during talks with Pakistan foreign minister Qureshi: China

China said on Monday that tensions between India and Pakistan following the Pulwama terrorist attack would figure in the first strategic dialogue between foreign minister Wang Yi and his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Tuesday.

Indonesia summons Australian foreign minister over Senator's remark

Indonesia summoned Canberra's ambassador Monday after an Australian senator blamed last week's mosque attacks by a white supremacist in New Zealand on immigration.

PM Modi pays tribute to Manohar Parrikar in Goa

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday paid tribute to Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar, who died of pancreatic cancer on Sunday.

After arriving in the coastal state, Modi reached the Kala Academy in Panaji where he paid his last respect to the 63-year-old senior leader. He met Parrikar's family members and offered his condolences to them.

Acid attack 'uncivilised & heartless crime', does not deserve any clemency: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has said that acid attack is an "uncivilised and heartless crime" which does not deserve any clemency.

The apex court observed this while asking two convicts, who have already undergone five-year jail for throwing acid on a 19-year-old girl in 2004, to pay Rs 1.5 lakh each as additional compensation to the victim.