Paris, April 24 (UiTV/IANS) - Social-liberal Emmanuel Macron will face far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in a run-off for the French presidency on May 7, according to election officials.
With 90 per cent of the ballots counted from Sunday's first round, Macron has garnered 23.5 per cent of the vote, while Le Pen has 22.08 per cent, Efe news reported.
In third place is conservative Francois Fillon with 19.75 per cent just ahead of leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon with 19.45 per cent.
Jaipur, April 24 (UiTV/IANS) - Twenty-three former bureaucrats have urged Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje to arrest those who killed a Muslim farmer and warned that unchecked cow vigilantism will lead to "large-scale violence".
"Very disturbed" by the April 1 lynching of a dairy farmer Pehlu Khan in Alwar, the ex-bureaucrats also pressed Raje to punish police and other officials blamed for dereliction of duty.
The petitioners, all from the 1968 IAS batch, include Gopalkrishna Gandhi, Arun Kumar, Aruna Roy and Wajahat Habibullah.
Afghan army chief Qadam Shah Shahim, defense minister Abdullah Habibi resign following military attack
Kabul, April 24 (UiTV/IANS) - Afghan Defence Minister Abdullah Habibi and the army chief, General Qadam Shah Shahim, resigned on Monday in the wake of an attack at an army base in Balkh that left over 140 soldiers dead.
According to the President's Office, Habibi and Shahim "stepped down with immediate effect" and President Ashraf Ghani has accepted their resignations, it said.
Interior Minister Tariq Shah Bahrami has been appointed the acting Defence Minister and General Sharif Yaftal is the new acting army chief, a statement from the ARG Palace said.
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Singapore, April 24 (UITV/IANS) Five Indian nationals were jailed here on Monday for making fraudulent Goods and Services Tax (GST) refund claims amounting to 167,253 Singapore dollars (US $120,422) between January 2015 to May last year, a media report said.
Kothandaraman Gnanam (29), Karunanidhi Rajesh (32), Ramaiyan Karthikeyan (44) and Waithiyalingam Karunanidhi (61), were each jailed for three years and three months.
Their accomplice, Karunanithi Saravanan (37) was jailed for three years and two months, the Strait Times reported.
The men were also fined between 14,000 Singapore dollars ($10,080) and 70,000 Singapore dollars ($50,400). Each man also had to fork out 51,952.71 Singapore dollars ($37,405) as a penalty.
The court heard that the men loitered in and around jewellery shops in Little India to obtain invoices and jewellery tags from customers such as Singapore permanent residents and work pass holders, who are not entitled to GST refunds.
Then they would buy the invoices from the customers but no mention was made on the amount they paid for each invoice.
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Hollywood / Bollywood
Mumbai, April 24 (UITV/IANS)- Actress Neha Sharma says that it was great fun to work with actors Arjun and Anil Kapoor in their upcoming film "Mubarakan".
"I am working with Anil Kapoor for the first time and it was a lot of fun to work with him and even Arjun. The shooting is finally done and I am very excited for the special appearance," said Neha.
"'Mubarakan' is a fun film. A classic Anees Bazmee film. It has amazing comedy and it's got a gamut of stars," Neha said.
The actress was present for her app launch on Monday. She has now joined the list of stars like Salman Khan and Sunny Leone who have their own app.
Education / Universities
London, April 24 (UITV/IANS)- Researchers have found that a new test which takes just around 15 minutes can help diagnose some the most dangerous and drug-resistant types of bacterial infections.
What is more, the researchers said, the test costs less than one dollar and can be carried out using equipment already owned by most hospitals.
"The exciting thing about this technique is that it relies on technology that is already available in most hospitals. This means that it could be rolled out quickly and cheaply, and potentially have a rapid impact on tackling drug-resistance," said one of the researchers Gerald Larrouy-Maumus from Imperial...
Science & Technology
New Delhi, April 24 (UITV/IANS)- Puresight Systems, the distributor of US-based iRobot products in India, on Monday launched a new vacuuming robot "Roomba 960" at Rs 64,900.
"Roomba 960" extends mapping, adaptive navigation with visual localisation and cloud-connected app control to a wider range of consumers, the company said in a statement.
The robot helps keep floors clean with intelligent visual navigation and has iRobot 'HOME App' control with wireless connectivity.
"Puresight and iRobot are very happy with the response our products have received in India and we are positive about the future," said Asaf Merary of Puresight...