Afternoon News Headlines (April 19, 2017)

lal batti car* Nepalese President Bidya Devi Bhandari to visit Odisha; to offer worship at Lord Lingaraj Temple in Bhubaneswar.

* BSF DG K K Sharma meets Odisha DGP KB Singh; BSF to provide 2 bulletproof boats in 3-4 months for patrolling in cut-off areas, informs DG.

* At least 45 dead after bus falls into Tons River in Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh.

* Tej Bahadur Yadav, BSF constable who had released a video on quality of food served has been dismissed.

* PM Modi bans lal batti culture: Central govt ministers, officials can’t use red beacon cars. The red beacon ban also applies to Chief Ministers & Judges of High Court and Supreme Court. President, Vice President, CJI, PM, Lok Sabha Speaker exempted.

* Cabinet clears EC’s proposal of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines.

* Hindu youth from Pakistan selected for prestigious US award.

* Donald Trump signs ‘buy American, hire American’ order to end H-1B ‘misuse’.

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