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A young Hindu girl dressed as "Kumari", or living goddess, pauses at a ceremony during the Hindu festival of Ram Navami in Kolkata, India. Ram Navami is a celebration of the birthday of the Hindu God, Lord Rama Bikas Das/AP
Daily Fix

The Daily Fix: Sunday

Our nightly round-up of the day’s main news, and the bits-and-pieces you might have missed…

EVERY EVENING, brings you a round-up of all the day’s main news, as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed along the way.

  • Health minister James Reilly has defended his cabinet colleague Phil Hogan after it was reported that the environment minister has refused to pay an outstanding bill of over €4,000 in property management fees – while simultaneously encouraging people to pay the household charge.
  • Figures produced overnight from the Local Government Management Authority showed that as of midnight last night, an estimated 805,569 homes had registered either to pay the €100 charge, or to get a waiver from it.
  • Meanwhile, an emergency motion has been tabled for tomorrow night’s meeting of Dublin City Council, by Sinn Féin councillors who want the local authority to become the first in Ireland to formally oppose the charge.
  • The British government is reportedly considering plans to monitor all phone and internet traffic in the UK – in a move which could have implications for Irish internet users. Here’s how.
  • Justice minister Alan Shatter has confirmed a criminal investigation is underway into the circumstances of how a Garda officer was slashed in the face during a repatriation flight to Nigeria last month.
  • Shatter has also said the government has no plans to get rid of either of its two jets – one of which had been earmarked for retirement by the last government.
  • A circus trainer remains in hospital after being trampled by an elephant at a circus in Cork yesterday evening.
  • In Burma, opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is set to become an MP – declaring victory in her by-election to gain a seat in the national parliament. Her victory comes 22 years after she led her party to overall election success, only for the military junta to strike out the result and put her under house arrest for almost two decades.
  • Police in Northern Ireland have appealed for information after a number of separate petrol bomb attacks in the region.

Romanians perform fire stunts during an event to mark Earth Day in Bucharest, Romania. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)