Morning Digest: Suicide bomber set off a huge cache of RDX at Pulwama, ED attaches assets of Robert Vadra, and more

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Pulwama attack: Suicide bomber set off a huge cache of RDX

A post-blast analysis conducted by the National Security Guard at the scene of attack in Pulwama has established that the SUV driven by the suicide bomber was packed with RDX. A senior government official told The Hindu that preliminary investigations suggested that 100-150 kg of RDX was used in the attack on the CRPF convoy on Thursday. The official said samples had been collected for further forensic analysis.

On the Silk Route trail

Moored to the banks of the Dal lake in Srinagar, ‘New Shahenshah’ is not a fancy houseboat. An immersion rod hisses in a makeshift washroom set up on a wooden plank outside the houseboat. Tourists Roman, 47, a Russian plumber, and Anne, 31, a German nurse, are looking forward to their mid-day bath, and understandably so. Following heavy snow and landslides, they had been stranded for two weeks on the Zoji La, a pass which connects Kargil in Ladakh with Srinagar, their final stop.

Bikaner land scam: ED attaches assets of Robert Vadra

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday provisionally attached assets worth ₹4.62 crore of Robert Vadra’s company Sky Light Hospitality (P) Limited and others in the Bikaner land scam case, according to the agency.

U.S. fines Cognizant, charges two former top executives in India bribery case

U.S. authorities on Friday announced criminal charges against two former top Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp executives for their roles in a bribery scheme in India, and said the company will pay $25 million to settle a related civil case.

Pulwama attack: No specific intel input, says Advisor to Jammu & Kashmir Governor

There was no specific intelligence input on the dastardly terror attack on the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy which killed over 40 paramilitary personnel near Awantipora along the Srinagar-Jammu highway in Pulwama district on Thursday, K. Vijay Kumar, Advisor to the Governor, Jammu & Kashmir, told The Hindu.

Five killed as gunman opens fire at Illinois warehouse

A gunman opened fire at a manufacturing warehouse in Aurora, Illinois, on Friday, killing five people and wounding five police officers before he was slain, law enforcement officials said.

Comment: Hindutva 2.0 is in crisis

A month ago, on January 18, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) general secretary Bhaiyyaji Joshi said in Nagpur: “When the temple will get constructed on Ram Janmabhoomi in 2025, this progress (of India) will gather further momentum… Once the Ayodhya temple is built, the country will gain the capital required for the next 150 years.”

I always expect big things from myself: Pant

Rishabh Pant was one of the success stories from the Australian series, as the dependable wicket-keeper and swashbuckling left-hander contributed big time. The 21-year-old Delhi Capitals player is looking forward to delivering the first IPL trophy for home fans this season.

Pakistan gets ready to woo Saudi Crown Prince

Pakistan was rescheduling flights, blocking-off luxury hotels, and — according to one report on Friday — collecting 3,500 pigeons and colourful balloons to release during a welcome ceremony for Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Gaganyaan’s review panel to meet in March

A national review committee on Gaganyaan is slated to meet for the first time here on March 5 and 6 and comprehensively scan the contours of the first Indian human mission to space.

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