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Saturday, March 25, 2023Money-Laundering Case | Court Adjourns Hearing On Manish Sisodia’s Bail Plea Till April 5

NEW DELHI, Mar 25: A Delhi court on Saturday adjourned till April 5 the hearing on the bail plea of AAP leader Manish Sisodia, who has been arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a money-laundering case arising out of the excise policy matter.
Special Judge MK Nagpal adjourned the hearing after Sisodia’s counsel sought time to respond to the ED’s reply filed on his client’s bail plea.


Saturday, March 25, 2023Couple Having Links with Amritpal’s Mentor Papalpreet Singh Held from RS Pura

JAMMU, Mar 25: A couple having links with Papalpreet Singh, the alleged mentor of “Waris Punjab De” head and Khalistani preacher, Amritpal Singh, has been detained from RS Pura area today.
DySP Headquarters, Dr Sunniya Ashkoor Wani said Amrik Singh and his wife Sarabjeet Kour were detained by J&K Police from Kullian area of RS Pura Tehsil and later handed over to the Punjab Police.
“The couple


Saturday, March 25, 2023Government to Introduce GPS-Based Toll System in Six Months to Replace Toll Plazas: Gadkari

NEW DELHI, Mar 25: The Government will introduce new technologies including GPS-based toll collection systems in the next 6 months to replace existing highway toll plazas in the country, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on March 24, 2023.
The move is aimed at reducing traffic congestion and charging motorists for the exact distance travelled on the highways, Mr. Gadkari said.
Addressing an eve


Saturday, March 25, 2023Gujarat CMO Official Resigns after Son’s Name Crops up In ‘Conman’ Kiran Patel Case

Ahmedabad, Mar 25: A senior official in the Gujarat Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) has resigned after his son’s name cropped up in connection with a case involving alleged conman Kiran Patel, who was arrested for allegedly posing as a top official of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), government sources said.
Hitesh Pandya, additional public relations officer (PRO) in the CMO, resigned from his p


Saturday, March 25, 2023Plea in SC Challenges Automatic Disqualification of Lawmakers upon Conviction and 2-Year Sentence

NEW DELHI, Mar 25: A plea has been filed in the Supreme Court challenging the “automatic disqualification” of lawmakers upon their conviction and being sentenced to a jail term for two years or more according to section 8(3) of the Representation of the People Act.
The plea, filed by a Kerala-based social activist, said the immediate reason for approaching the apex court was a recent development


Saturday, March 25, 2023PM Modi Hits Out At Political Parties for Not Doing Enough to Support Indian Languages

NEW DELHI, Mar 25: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 25 hit out at political parties which “played a game” over languages without doing enough to support them, and alleged they did not want students from villages, the poor and those from backward-class families to become doctors or engineers.
Highlighting the challenges faced by youth from villages and poor families in joining the medical pr


Saturday, March 25, 2023Earth hit by severe solar storm much stronger than expected

The most powerful solar storm in nearly six years slammed Earth yesterday, but strangely, space weather forecasters didn't see it coming.
The geomagnetic storm peaked as a severe G4 on the 5-grade scale used by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to assess the severity of space weather events.
The storm's unexpected ferocity not only made auroras visible as far south


Saturday, March 25, 2023MM Keeravaani reveals Guneet Monga was hospitalised for breathlessness after Oscars victory

Oscars 2023 were historic for India. While RRR song Naatu Naatu won the Best Original Song award, Guneet Monga’s The Elephant Whisperers also bagged the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Film. Days after the prestigious ceremony, Naatu Naatu composer MM Keeravaani has now revealed how Monga was hospitalised for breathlessness Oscar win.

MM Keeravaani shared how Guneet wasn’t given time


Saturday, March 25, 2023My left leg has healed but will take number of months to be fully fit: RCB’s Glenn Maxwell

Ace Australia and Royal Challengers Bangalore all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has said that while the injury to his left leg had healed, it'll take a "number of months" before he is back to full fitness as he prepares for the upcoming edition of the IPL.

The RCB player had suffered a broken left fibula in a horrific mishap during a friend's birthday party days after Australia were knocked out of the


Saturday, March 25, 2023‘Disqualified because Modi scared about my next speech on Adani, I have seen it in his eyes,’ says Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today said he would keep defending the democratic voice of the people even if he is permanently expelled from parliament.

Addressing his first press conference in New Delhi after his disqualification as a member of Lok Sabha following his conviction in a criminal defamation case by a Surat court, Rahul said, "Even if they disqualify me permanently, I will keep doin


Thursday, March 23, 2023Iranian, Saudi FMs hold phone talks, agree to meet soon

Tehran, March 23: Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and his Saudi counterpart Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud have agreed to meet at the earliest opportunity to prepare the ground for the reopening of embassies and consulate generals between the two countries, the Foreign Ministry in Tehran announced on Thursday.

The two Ministers discussed the issues in a phone call to congra


Thursday, March 23, 2023Vinícius Júnior racist abuse prompts 8th complaint of season

BARCELONA, Spain: Racist insults at Real Madrid player Vinícius Júnior by spectators during the game at Barcelona last weekend prompted the Spanish league to file another complaint to judicial authorities.

It is the eighth such complaint the league has filed regarding racist slurs directed at Vinícius, who is Black, just this season.

The latest incident occurred on Sunday during Barcelona’s


Thursday, March 23, 2023Rahul Gandhi ‘mismanaged’ Himanta Sarma episode, Sonia Gandhi didn’t assert herself: Ghulam Nabi Azad in memoir

New Delhi, Mar 23: “Let him go” was Rahul Gandhi’s blunt reply when told that Himanta Biswa Sarma, once the Congress’ key leader in Assam, had the support of a majority of MLAs and would rebel and quit the party, Ghulam Nabi Azad writes in his autobiography “Azaad”.

Azad, a former Congress loyalist who quit the party in August 2022 and launched his own regional party, also targets Sonia Gandhi


Thursday, March 23, 2023Sensex snaps 2-day rally, falls 290 pts to close below 58K

Equity benchmark Sensex declined 290 points in a volatile session to settle below the 58,000 mark on Thursday due to a sell-off in banking, financial and IT stocks amid a weak trend in European equities.

Besides, heavy selling pressure in index heavyweight Reliance Industries added to the pressure, traders said.

After rallying for the two straight days, the 30-share BSE Sensex fell 289.31 p


Thursday, March 23, 2023Nirmala Sitharaman likely to meet CEOs of PSU Banks on Saturday

NEW DELHI: Finance minister Niramala Sitharaman is scheduled to meet managing directors of public sector banks (PSBs) on March 25 for performance review in the backdrop of failure of few banks in the US and liquidity crisis faced by Credit Suisse.

The meeting is going to take stock of the progress made by banks in achieving targets set for the various government schemes, including Kisan Credit


Thursday, March 23, 2023‘I offered my services to Rahul Dravid’: Laxman Sivaramakrishnan claims Team India coach denied it out of respect

Former Indian cricketer Laxman Sivaramakrishnan claimed that he offered to work with Rahul Dravid as part of the Indian coaching team however, the latter denied it out of respect as the leg-spinner was too senior to him.

In response to a query on Twitter, Sivaramakrishnan wrote, "I offered my services to Rahul Dravid and he said that I was too senior to him, to be working under him with the sp


Thursday, March 23, 2023‘I doubt if players will take breaks during IPL’ says Rohit Sharma who urges IPL franchises and Indian players to take care of their bodies

IPL 2023: Ahead of season 16, many eyes have been on the Indian Premier League franchises’ treatment of the injured Indian players because the ODI World Cup would be played in October this year. These players range from Jasprit Bumrah to Shreyas Iyer. According to Indian skipper Rohit Sharma, it is doubtful that players will take a break during IPL. Notably, BCCI has advised rest to Rohit Sharma,


Thursday, March 23, 2023NASA’s Webb telescope spots ‘sandy’ swirling clouds on planet that orbits two stars

A bad day at the beach is better than a good day at the office, but that saying wouldn't hold up in a recently studied world 40 light-years from Earth, where every day might be a gusty beach purgatory.

On exoplanet VHS 1256 b(Opens in a new tab), the clouds swirl with sizzling, gritty flecks of sand. The weather might give visitors a great exfoliating facial, but it definitely wouldn't be rela


Thursday, March 23, 2023Shubman Gill can be future leader for Gujarat Titans: Vikram Solanki

Vikram Solanki, the Director of Cricket for Gujarat Titans, heaped praise on Shubman Gill, saying the young opener has a smart cricket brain and he can be the leader of the 2022 champions in the future. Solanki, a former England cricketer, said Gill was part of the leadership group for the team in its inaugural edition last year.

Gujarat Titans's decision to hand Hardik Pandya the captain's ar


Thursday, March 23, 2023Rahul Gandhi Gets Two Years Imprisonment in Defamation Case Filed in Surat, Granted Bail

SURAT, Mar 23: A court in Surat in Gujarat on Thursday sentenced Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to two years in jail in a 2019 criminal defamation case filed against him over his “Modi surname” remarks.
The court of Chief Judicial Magistrate HH Varma, which held Gandhi guilty under Indian Penal Code sections 499 and 500, also granted him bail and suspended the sentence for 30 days to allow him to


Thursday, March 23, 2023SCBA Cannot Assert Entire Right over SC Land for Constructing Lawyers’ Chambers: Apex Court

NEW DELHI, Mar 23: The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) cannot assert entire right over a piece of land, which was allotted to the apex court, for constructing chambers for lawyers, the Supreme Court said Thursday.
The top court was hearing a plea by the SCBA seeking to construct chambers for lawyers on 1.33 acres of land allotted to the top court by the Centre.
Observing that a holistic vi


Thursday, March 23, 2023Jairam Ramesh Writes To Cbi Chief, Seeks Amit Shah’s Quizzing Over ‘Sangma Govt Most-Corrupt’ Remark

New Delhi, Mar 23: Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh has written to CBI Director Subodh Jaiswal asking the probe agency to question Home Minister Amit Shah over his remark describing the Conrad Sangma government in Meghalaya in its previous term as corrupt, and to investigate that claim.
In his letter to Jaiswal, Ramesh stated that Shah in his public speech on February 17, 2023, said the


Thursday, March 23, 2023India Will Always Remember Sacrifice Of Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, Rajguru: PM Modi

New Delhi, Mar 23: Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to revolutionaries Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru on Martyrs’ Day on Thursday.
The day is observed to mark their death anniversary.
The three freedom fighters were hanged by the British in 1931 in what is known as the ‘Lahore conspiracy’ case, and their story of sacrifice and valour is considered one of the most inspirational chap


Thursday, March 23, 2023India’s Daily Covid-19 Cases Highest in 140 Days with 1,300 New Infections

New Delhi, Mar 23: India logged 1,300 new coronavirus cases, the highest in 140 days, while the active cases have increased to 7,605, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday.
The death toll has increased to 5,30,816 with three deaths. One death each has been reported by Karnataka, Gujarat and Maharashtra, the data updated at 8 am stated.
The daily positivity was recorded


Wednesday, March 22, 2023UP engineer sacked for eulogising Osama Bin Laden

Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh), March 22: The Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Ltd (UPPCL) has terminated the services of an engineer for praising the slain Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.

Ravindra Prakash Gautam, a Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO), had been suspended in June 2022 after he put a picture of Laden at his Kayamganj sub-division-II office in Farrukhabad district.

UPPCL Chairman M. Devraj i


Wednesday, March 22, 2023Active Covid Cases In Country Climb To 7,026

New Delhi, Mar 22: India recorded 1,134 new coronavirus cases, while the active cases increased to 7,026, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Wednesday.
The death toll climbed to 5,30,813 with five deaths with one each reported by Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat and Maharashtra and one reconciled by Kerala, the data updated at 8 am stated.
The daily positivity was recorded at 1.


Wednesday, March 22, 2023Police Register Firs after Posters against PM Modi Come Up In Delhi

New Delhi, Mar 22: Delhi Police has registered at least 100 FIRs in connection with the pasting of posters against Prime Minister Narendra Modi here, officials said on Wednesday.
The posters reading “Modi hatao, desh bachao” (remove Modi, save nation) were found pasted on walls and poles in several parts of the national capital, they said.
Police said at least 2,000 posters were removed and a s


Wednesday, March 22, 2023SC To Hear Batch of Petitions Pertaining To Criminalisation of Marital Rape on May 9

New Delhi, Mar 22: The Supreme Court on Wednesday fixed May 9 for a detailed hearing on a batch of petitions pertaining to criminalisation of marital rape. Senior advocate Indira Jaising mentioned the matter before a bench headed by Chief Justice DY Chandrachud.
She told the bench that the order of arguments and common compilation in the case is ready.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said the Ce


Wednesday, March 22, 20232023 World Cup in India Likely to Start on Oct 5, Final in Ahmedabad: Report

New Delhi, Mar 22: The 2023 ODI World Cup in India is likely to start on October 5 with the final to be held at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on November 19, according to a report.
The BCCI has shortlisted at least a dozen venues for the 10-team marquee event, which will see 48 matches, including three knockouts across the 46-day period, an ESPNcricinfo report said.
The 11 other shortl


Wednesday, March 22, 2023Home Minister Shah E-Inaugurates Mata Sharda Devi Temple Near Loc In J&K’s Kupwara

NEW DELHI, Mar 22: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday e-inaugurated the Mata Sharda Devi temple near the Line of Control (LoC) in Karnah sector of Jammu and Kashmir, saying the abrogation of Article 370 is taking the Union Territory back to its old traditions, culture and the “Ganga-Jamuna Tehzeeb”.
Shah said the opening of the temple was the beginning of the new dawn and quest for reviv


Tuesday, March 21, 2023Stadium Named After Hockey Star Rani Rampal, First Woman To Get This Honour

Indian team’s star hockey player Rani Rampal has become the first woman in the sport to have a stadium named after her, in Rae Bareli.
The MCF Rae Bareli has renamed the hockey stadium as ‘Rani’s Girls Hockey Turf’.
Rani shared photos on her social media handles, where she is seen interacting with the players and inaugurating the stadium alongside other staff members.
“Words seem too less to e


Tuesday, March 21, 2023Finland Happiest Country In The World, India Ranked 126th: U.N. Report

HELSINKI, Mar 21: For the sixth year running, Finland was named the world’s happiest country in an annual U.N.-sponsored index Monday that saw acts of kindness grow in Ukraine despite the Russian invasion. India was ranked 126 of the 137 countries on the list.
With thousands of lakes and near endless forests, the Nordic country is known for its extensive welfare system, high trust in authorities


Tuesday, March 21, 2023Mobile Internet Services To Resume In Punjab Except In Some Districts Like Tarn Taran, Ferozepur

CHANDIGARH, Mar 21: The Punjab government on Tuesday extended the suspension of mobile internet and SMS services in Tarn Taran, Ferozepur, Moga, Sangrur and Amritsar’s Ajnala sub-division and a few areas in Mohali till Thursday noon.
The curbs will be lifted from the rest of the state from Tuesday noon, the department of home affairs and justice said in an order.
The curbs on mobile internet an


Tuesday, March 21, 2023SC Refuses To Consider Individual Cases For Accepting Demonetised Currency Notes, Asks Petitioners To Approach Govt

New Delhi, Mar 21: The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to consider individual cases seeking acceptance of demonetised currency notes of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 denominations.
A bench comprising BR Gavai and Vikram Nath, however, allowed the individual petitioners to approach the government with a representation.
The top court directed the government to decide the representation and consider the in


Tuesday, March 21, 2023Lok Sabha Passes Budget for Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir

NEW DELHI, Mar 21: Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed a Rs 1.118 lakh crore budget for financial year 2023-24 for the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, amid ruckus by the Opposition over a demand for a JPC probe into the Adani issue.
As soon as the House met again at 2 pm after an adjournment, Rajindra Agrawal, who was chairing the proceedings, asked BJP’s Jugal Kishore Sharma to initiate the discu


Tuesday, March 21, 2023American Oncology Institute Jammu brings a well structured SBRT Program to Jammu region

American oncology institute Jammu at ASCOMS Sidhra brought another first to Jammu by starting a well structured SBRT program.
The patients being treated by SBRT are first discussed with experts in the field.
SBRT is a kind of precision radiation treatment to deliver focused high dose in short time targeting the tumor and sparing the normal tissues.
Dr Neeraj Bishnoi Zonal COO said that in ou


Tuesday, March 21, 2023Rupee falls 6 paise to 82.62 against US dollar

Mumbai, Mar 21: The rupee depreciated 6 paise to 82.62 against the US dollar in early trade on Tuesday amid a stronger dollar and mixed global cues.
Traders said declining crude oil prices, firm Asian currencies and positive sentiment in the domestic equity market however capped the fall in rupee.
At the interbank foreign exchange, the domestic unit opened stronger at 82.54 against the dollar.


Tuesday, March 21, 2023Japan PM Kishida heads to Ukraine for talks with Zelenskyy

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida traveled Tuesday to Kyiv to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in a show of support that came as Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

Japan’s Foreign Ministry said that during his visit, Kishida will “show respect to the courage and patience of the Ukrainian people who are standing up to defend their homeland un


Tuesday, March 21, 2023Gold inches higher as investors focus on Fed meeting

Gold prices edged higher on Tuesday, with investors looking forward to the Federal Reserve policy meeting as expectations grew that the U.S. central bank would slow its monetary policy tightening given the upheaval in the banking sector.
Spot gold was up 0.2% at $1,982.59 per ounce, as of 0317 GMT. U.S. gold futures also rose 0.2% to $1,986.30.
According to the CME FedWatch tool, markets are pr


Tuesday, March 21, 2023Imran Khan claims he could be targeted during court depositions, requests chief justice to allow him to appear virtually

LAHORE: Pakistan's ousted Prime Minister Imran Khan has requested the country's chief justice to allow him to join court proceedings through a video link in cases lodged against him, claiming he could be killed if he deposes physically.
In a letter to Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Atta Bandial on Monday, the embattled PTI chief also urged him to club the cases registered against him.
"A death


Tuesday, March 21, 2023‘Absolutely unacceptable’: US responds to attack on Indian Consulate in San Francisco

Washington, Mar 21: The US has condemned as “absolutely unacceptable” the attack on the Indian Consulate in San Francisco by some pro-Khalistan elements during a protest, and said it is committed to the safety and security of diplomatic facilities and the diplomats who work within them.

Raising pro-Khalistan slogans, the protesters on Sunday broke open the makeshift security barriers raised by


Tuesday, March 21, 2023Active Covid Cases In Country Rise To 6,559

New Delhi, Mar 21: India logged 699 new cases of coronavirus, while the active cases increased to 6,559, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Tuesday.
The death toll increased to 5,30,808 with two deaths. While one death was reported by Odisha, another was reconciled by Kerala, the data updated at 8 am stated.
The daily positivity was recorded at 0.71 per cent while the weekly