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LIVE! France votes today to elect President

09:34  France votes today to elect President:  The second round of voting for Presidential election in France will be held today and opinion polls have shown the centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron bagging around 62 per cent votes.

In the first round of the election, National Front candidate, Le Pen finished second behind Macron on 21.3 percent.

Meanwhile, Macron has been the target of a massive hacking attack, as his campaign team have stated that hackers have mixed up genuine files with fake ones in order to confuse people.

The Macron camp has not blamed any specific party, but said that it was clear the hackers wanted to undermine Macron ahead of second round vote.

Today’s round of vote will decide whether France’s voters have rejected the two big political parties — the Socialists and the Republicans – that have governed for decades. — ANI


09:31  No Karachi-Mumbai PIA flight from tomorrow:  Pakistan International Airlines will suspend its flight between Karachi and Mumbai from tomorrow due to commercial considerations, a senior airline official has said.

PIA operated two flights in a week (Monday and Thursday) between Karachi and Mumbai. However, the PIA’s Lahore-Delhi flight operation will continue as traffic volume on this route is satisfactory, the PIA official said.

The suspension of Karachi-Mumbai route may add traffic to Lahore-Delhi route, he said.

“There will be no PIA flight between Karachi to Mumbai and Mumbai to Karachi from April 8. The PIA has stopped booking for flights on this route,” the official said.

The PIA management has decided to suspend the flight on the Karachi-Mumbai route because of extremely low traffic (on the route).

“Since we have been bearing financial loss on this route for the last six months or so we have arrived at a decision to suspend this route,” the official said, adding that unless a special subsidy is not given by the government on this route it may not be restored in the near future.

The move comes amid a strain in Indo-Pak ties following the beheading of two Indian soldiers by the Pakistan military in Jammu and Kashmir. 

The PIA administration, however, dismissed media reports that the Karachi-Mumbai operation is being suspended due to tense relations between India and Pakistan.   — PTI


08:32  After Mishra’s ouster, Vishwas hints at more rebellion in AAP:  Aam Aadmi Party founder member Kumar Vishwas has hinted more rebellion in the party after his colleague Kapil Mishra was removed by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday from his cabinet.

Mishra was water minister in Delhi government.

Soon after his removal, he hinted that he was removed because ‘I told Kejriwal that I would not tolerate delay in tanker scam report and would submit names of those who were involved in delaying the case in the Anti-Corruption Bureau’.

Soon after Mishra’s ouster, Vishwas took to Twitter to air his rebellious mood.

When Kapil Mishra posted a letter on Twitter addressed to Delhi ACB Chief M K Meena asking him why former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit has not been questioned, Vishwas re-tweeted Mishra’s tweet and said: ‘No compromise on corruption’.

In his next tweet, he vowed to continue the fight against corruption in and outside the party.

In another tweet, Vishwas hinted at launching another Jantar-Mantar type movement against corruption.

With Mishra’s removal from Delhi’s cabinet and Vishwas’ mood, it is expected that the AAP’s internal fight is going to be intensify. — ANI

Source: Rediff