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Friday morning news brief, April 20

Apr 20, 2018
Friday morning brief Apr 20 2018
Good morning!
Here’s everything you need to know to start your day…
Queen Elizabeth II openly voiced her wish for her son Prince Charles to succeed her as head of the Commonwealth. Queen Elizabeth, who turns 92 on Saturday, welcomed leaders from the 53 Commonwealth nations — mostly former British colonies — to Buckingham Palace to start two days of talks focused on trade, marine protection and tackling cyber crime. On Friday’s closing day, leaders are expected to decide who should follow her in the non-hereditary role. Read.
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Commuters will soon have multiple options of paying toll on national highways through prepaid wallets, bank accounts etc. This will ensure automatic deduction of the toll amount from their bank accounts to allow seamless travel through toll plazas and provide an option to those either not using smart tags (FASTags) or not recharging them. NHAI has selected five innovations which are being tested on five stretches.
The Supreme Court has directed Haryana to immediately release water to Delhi. DJB told the court that Delhi was facing an acute water crisis owing to shortage in supply by Haryana. The board requested the SC for &ldquo;daily <a href=”https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/sc-orders-haryana-to-release-water-to-delhi/articleshow/63838345.cms”>monitoring of water quantity </a>and quality at Wazirabad barrage/reservoir by an independent agency&rdquo;.
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Starting next month, 1.5 billion Facebook users will not be protected under tough new privacy protections coming to Europe. While the move is being seen as the social networking behemoth&rsquo;s hedge against the<a href=”https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/facebook-to-put-1-5bn-users-out-of-reach-of-strict-eu-privacy-law/articleshow/63837940.cms”> impending stringent General Data Protection</a> Regulation (GDPR) which comes into force in the European Union on May 25, Facebook claimed that it is &ldquo;offering everyone who uses Facebook the same privacy protections, controls and settings, no matter where they live.&rdquo;
Gujarat HC is likely to deliver its verdict on appeals against special SIT court’s order in 2002 Naroda Patia massacre. Ninety-seven persons, mainly women and children, were killed at <a href=”https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/naroda-patia-massacre-hc-verdict-likely-today/articleshow/63837079.cms”>Naroda Patia</a> one day after the Godhra carnage incident. Appeals were filed by the convicts against the trial court order, by the probe agency &ndash; the Supreme Court-appointed special investigation team seeking enhancement in punishment, and some of the victims against the acquittals.
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