National & International news updates on March 16

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Bengaluru, March 16: With police yet to arrest those behind the alleged gangrape of a septuagenarian nun at a convent in Nadia, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said "strongest action" will be taken against them.

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11.00 pm: Russian President Vladimir Putin dismissed days of frenzied "rumours" over his health and whereabouts as he reappeared in public after an unusually long 10-day absence.

10.30 pm: Several Bollywood A-listers expressed their strong reservation about censor board's recent guidelines on 'cuss words' and raised the issue with Minister of State for I&B Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.

10.00 pm: IAS officer found dead: Special probe team formed to investigate the death of officer.

9.30 pm: We worship cow as a mother. Want to congratulate the Assembly on the bill, says Haryana CM ML Khattar.

9.00 pm: An Indian Administrative Officer who had taken on the sand mafia was found dead at his residence at Madivala this evening. D K Ravi, a 2009 batch official had taken on the sand mafia while in Kolar.

He was transfered to the Revenue Department in Bengaluru recently. The police suspect his death to be a case of suicide. An officer however informed that they are exploring all possible angles.

8.30 pm: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal reaches his residence in Kaushambi.

8.00 pm: Congress President Sonia Gandhi meets the IYC workers who got injured in protest this afternoon in Delhi.

7.40 pm: Fire at Delhi's Shashtri Bhawan.

7.30 pm: Locals demand justice from Mamata Banerjee's government in the gangrape case of 72-year-old nun.

7.15 pm: Mamata Banerjee's convoy stopped by angry protesters on her way back from Nadia.

7.00 pm: Student stage a protest rally against the Nadia incident.

6.45 pm: Managing Director of International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde meets PM Narendra Modi.

6.40 pm: NCP working committee meeting underway in Delhi.

6:30 pm: I can challenge this proforma, there is no legal stamp on it: Priyanka Chaturvedi, Congress on Rahul Gandhi ans snooping controversy.

6:25 pm: "Strongest action" will be taken, says West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Nun gangrape case.

6:11 pm: 'Go back' chant greets WB Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Ranaghat where the brutal gangrape of 72 year old nun occurred.

5:41 pm: Indian-origin man in Singapore sentenced to 22 weeks imprisonment for duping a drunk compatriot of SGD 13,000 through his ATM card.

5:14 pm: CBI arrests an upper division clerk from Commerce Ministry in Corporate Espionage Case.

4:49 pm: They used to say the diary was fabricated, and now they accepted the truth: Prashant Bhushan on former CBI chief Ranjit Sinha and snooping case.

4:27 pm: If he (AKejriwal) wants I can meet him with Yogendra ji, to sort out the problems to whatever extent possible: Prashant Bhushan.

4:11 pm: Sonia Gandhi or Rahul Gandhi have never filled out these forms, so they gave a wrong statement: AM Singhvi.

3:55 pm: Top Bollywood producers to meet MoS I&B Rajyavardhan Rathore shortly likely to demand removal of Censor Board Chief Pahlaj Nihalani: Sources.

3.43 pm: Charge of snooping against Rahul Gandhi is not a case of espionage: Kiren Rijiju

3.14 pm: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal to depart from Bengaluru shortly following his 10-day Naturopathy treatment.

3.00 pm: SC ordered all state govts to comply with its previous order which said, Aadhar card is not mandatory for availing govt schemes or subsidies

2.55 pm: All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) protests against Sharad Yadav over his remarks on women's skin colour in Parl

2.43 pm: Police resorts to mild lathicharge in Delhi to disperse members of the Youth Congress

2.20 pm: Youth Congress workers lathi-charged near Parliament after protesting over amendments to land bill

Sharad Yadav

1.34 pm: Cough gone, sugar under control; excited to return to resume work, tweets Arvind Kejriwal

1.25 pm: 3 including a railway engineer and his son were killed in a road mishap in Purulia, West Bengal

12.48 pm: As long as women MPs like me are in the House, any comments disrespecting women will not be tolerated: Smriti Irani.

News in brief: March 16

12.25 pm: Want to know who ordered 'snooping' on Rahul, asks Mallikarjun Kharge in Lok Sabha

12.10 pm: The Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) to stage a protest against Land Acquisation Bill in Delhi on March 18

11.45 am: CPI leader A Raja raises the issue of attacks on churches in the Rajya Sabha

11.35 am: Delhi Police special branch does transparent security profiling, this can't be termed as snooping: Arun Jaitley

11.10 am: Ghulam Nabi Azad raises the issue of 'snooping' on Rahul Gandhi in Rajya Sabha.

11.03 am: Delhi Police chief B.S Bassi briefs MoS Home Kiren Rijiju on Rahul 'snooping' issue.

10.48 am: Farraka barrage gate across river Ganga collapses.

10.45 am: Ex-Telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran challenges the jurisdiction of the special 2G court to try Aircel-Maxis deal case.

10.35 am: Delhi Police chief reaches Parliament, likely to brief Home Minister Rajnath Singh

10.20 am: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley at inauguration of 5th National Community Radio Sammelan at Vigyan Bhawan

9.40 am: Congress issues notice in Rajya Sabha seeking discussion on 'snooping' of Rahul Gandhi case

9.34 am: Venkaiah Naidu accuses Congress of politicising Delhi Police's visit to Rahul Gandhi

9.25 am: 8 suspects detained in the 2-day old Bengal gangrape case, cops yet to make arrests.

8.55 am: Youth Congress to stage a protest against land acquisition ordinance in Delhi today

8.42 am: 14 booked for church vandalism in Haryana, cross replaced with Hanuman idol

8.20 am: Congress likely to raise issue of Rahul Gandhi snooping row in Parliament.

8.00 am: Police charges a young African-American man in connection with the shooting in Ferguson last week in Missouri city, US.

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