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What did Ajit Pawar say about his role in NCP days before defecting to NDA

Ajit Pawar's switch comes days after he expressed his willingness to resign from his position as Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Assembly.

The announcement came ten days after NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s daughter Sule and party veteran Patel became working presidents (ANI)
Updated on Jul 02, 2023 03:38 PM IST

Meet the world's first ‘certified’ electric flying car approved by US government

Alef’s Model A is the first vehicle of its kind to receive a Special Airworthiness Certification from the US Federal Aviation Administration.

Thee FAA’s certification allows Alef to start testing the Model A before making it available to the public. (Alef Aeronautics)
Published on Jun 30, 2023 01:43 PM IST

Moderate to heavy rainfall likely in parts of Mumbai today. Check latest updates

In spite of the heavy showers, Mumbai has recorded an overall deficit in rains this month.

Pedestrians at Marine Drive amid rain, in Mumbai, Thursday, June 29, 2023. (PTI)
Published on Jun 30, 2023 09:34 AM IST

Here's why government may have banned import of cigarette lighters under 20

Inbound shipments of pocket lighters, gas fuelled, non-refillable stood at USD 0.66 million in 2022-23.

The ban extends to pocket lighters, gas fuelled, non-refillable or refillable. (Representative)
Published on Jun 30, 2023 08:08 AM IST

Xiaomi India staff cut to below 1,000 amid govt scrutiny, market slump: Report

Xiaomi India employed roughly 1,400 to 1,500 employees at the start of 2023 and around 30 people have been fired in the last week.

Xiaomi India has been reducing the headcount steadily since the start of the year.(File)
Updated on Jun 29, 2023 02:01 PM IST

Two men come to blows, punch each other in Delhi Metro brawl; watch viral video

Reportedly, the fight occurred on the violet line between Raja Nahar Singh and Kashmiri Gate stations.

 The men are seen throwing punches and pushing each other before some commuters intervene to pull them apart. (Twitter)
Updated on Jun 29, 2023 12:09 PM IST

Heavy rain lashes Delhi-NCR, offers respite from the scorching heat

According to IMD, the national capital may witness rainfall till Sunday.

 Commuters make their way through the waterlogged Delhi-Gurugram Expressway service road following heavy rains,(PTI)
Updated on Jun 29, 2023 10:46 AM IST

Chandrashekhar Azad's condition ‘stable’, appeals for peace in video message

Chandrashekhar Azad Ravan news: In a video statement, the Azad Samaj Party chief asked his supporters to maintain peace.

Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad after his convoy was shot at by armed men in Saharanpur, Wednesday,(PTI)
Updated on Jun 29, 2023 06:43 AM IST

Delhi Uber driver provides free WiFi, snacks, juices and more to customers

The Uber also provides a donation box for the needy.

The Uber provides essential medicines, drinking water, biscuits, perfume, newspapers, and an umbrella, among other things. (Twitter)
Updated on Jun 28, 2023 02:09 PM IST

Does Elon Musk microdose ketamine to treat depression? Report says…

In a tweet shortly after the report’s release, Elon Musk asserted “ketamine taken occasionally is better than traditional medication for depression.”

Elon Musk, Chief Executive Officer of SpaceX and Tesla and owner of Twitter.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 28, 2023 07:38 AM IST

These 3 submersibles could have met same fate as Titan. Here's what saved them

The Titanic wreckage, discovered 75 years after it sank, has been witnessed by less than 250 people due to the dangers involved in the 3,700 metres-deep dive.

This photo provided by OceanGate Expeditions shows a submersible vessel named Titan used to visit the wreckage site of the Titanic. (AP)
Updated on Jun 26, 2023 10:02 PM IST

286 metro stations in 15 hours: Delhi man sets Guinness World Record

Shashank Manu started the attempt at 5 am on the blue line and completed the feat at 8:30 pm at the Brigadier Hoshiar Singh station, which is on the green line.

The Delhi-based freelance researcher set a Guinness World Record by travelling to all Delhi Metro stations in 15 hours and 22 minutes. (Twitter)
Updated on Jun 25, 2023 10:41 PM IST

Sitharaman slams Obama for comments on Indian Muslims: 'Bombed six countries…’

Despite passing comments on religious freedom in India, Sitharaman added that she was restraining herself as they value the friendship with US.

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman addresses a press conference at BJP headquarters, in New Delhi, Sunday, June 25, 2023.(PTI)
Updated on Jun 25, 2023 10:55 PM IST

AAP takes a dig at ‘mohabbat ki dukaan’ amid ordinance standoff with Congress

Delhi minister Saurabh Bharadwaj's remarks came after AAP and Congress locked horns over the Ordinance issue during the Opposition party meeting in Patna.

Delhi minister Saurabh Bharadwaj (L) and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. (ANI,PTI)
Updated on Jun 25, 2023 03:46 PM IST

‘Mini India…’: PM Modi in goodbye speech to Indian diaspora at US' Reagan Centre

The diaspora reception is being hosted by the United States Indian Community Foundation (USICF).

PM Modi addresses the Indian diaspora at Ronald Reagan Center, Washington.(YouTube/Narendra Modi)
Updated on Jun 24, 2023 06:14 AM IST

‘India-US ties not partnership of convenience but…’: PM Modi addresses USISPF

PM Modi in US: The USISPF is being held at the John F Kennedy Center for Performing Arts.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF).(Twitter/MEAIndia)
Updated on Jun 24, 2023 05:01 AM IST

Modi raises toast to India-US ties at luncheon: ‘Long journey in defence, trade’

Speaking at a luncheon hosted in his honour at the White House, Modi said India-US have expanded the scope of cooperation in the defence and strategic areas.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris toast during a lunch held in Modi's honor at the State Department in Washington, U.S., June 23, 2023. (REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 24, 2023 12:19 AM IST

Modi's praise for Murmu at US Congress: ‘Woman from tribal background…’

PM Modi lauded Droupadi Murmu, hailing from a tribal community, for rising through the ranks to become India’s 15th Presiden.

PM Modi lauded President Droupadi Murmu in his address at the US Congress. (File)
Updated on Jun 23, 2023 02:50 AM IST

'Surprised': PM Modi replies as US reporter questions on Muslim rights in India

It is unusual for Modi to take questions from the media, beyond the occasional interviews during his foreign visits.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during a news conference with President Joe Biden in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, June 22, 2023, in Washington. (AP)
Updated on Jun 23, 2023 12:23 AM IST

PM Modi to stay at Willard InterContinental in Washington. All you need to know

One of the most famous hotels in America, the Willard's legacy dates back to 1818.

he luxurious hotel has 335 rooms which consists of 69 suites. (The Willard website)
Published on Jun 22, 2023 02:52 AM IST

‘Modi, Modi’, garba: ‘Vibrant welcome’ by Indian diaspora for PM in Washington

The Indian diaspora members braved the rain to welcome PM Modi at Freedom Plaza in Washington.

 Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets with the Indian diaspora upon arrival at his hotel in Washington, DC, Wednesday, (PTI)
Updated on Jun 22, 2023 01:01 AM IST

PM Modi accorded guard of honour in Washington ahead of talks with Biden. Watch

The PM later left for Willard InterContinental Hotel where he was greeted by the Indian diaspora.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi upon his arrival at the Joint Base Andrews in Washington, DC, Wednesday, June 21, 2023. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 22, 2023 12:11 AM IST

Market at record high but retail activity on decline. Nithin Kamath explains why

Zerodha CEO Nithin Kamath said the retail activity is not picking up and is unlikely to rise amid high interest rates.

Zerodha co-founder Nithin Kamath
Published on Jun 16, 2023 09:11 PM IST

Thane police to user who compared Shinde to Hanuman in Adipurush: ‘Share number'

A tweet comparing Bajrang Bali in Adipurush to Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde has drawn the attention of Thane police.

Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde.(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Jun 16, 2023 09:29 PM IST

Why Bihar CM Nitish Kumar thinks Lok Sabha election may be held before 2024

Nitish Kumar shared the possibility of an early Lok Sabha election, due in March-April 2024, during a function of the rural development department.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. (HT Photo)(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Jun 16, 2023 04:14 PM IST

Apple employee in Bengaluru alleges Islamophobia, harassment; quits

An Apple India employee allegedly resigned after the company failed to address issues of 'misconduct, harassment and islamophobic comments from colleagues’.

Khalid Parvez had been working with Apple India for the past 11 years. (LinkedIn)
Updated on Jun 16, 2023 11:22 AM IST

'IndiGo, Vistara cancel flights last minute due to…': Shark Tank's Anupam Mittal

Shaadi.com CEO Mittal tweeted about a "clear pattern" of IndiGo and Vistara cancelling flights at the last minute because they don't have enough passengers.

Anupam Mittal wrote on Twitter,
Updated on Jun 15, 2023 08:35 PM IST

Netflix to launch first-ever restaurant, features food from its popular shows

Netflix Bites will launch on June 30 at Los Angeles and will be open from 5-10 pm.

The pop-up restaurant will showcase an array of food prepared by renowned chefs from famous Netflix cooking shows. (Credits: Netflix)
Published on Jun 15, 2023 05:31 PM IST

ED arrests Senthil Balaji in alleged job-for-cash scam. What is the case?

The case pertains to allegations of bribes taken by Balaji — then an AIADMK minister - from people seeking appointments in the state transport department.

Senthil Balaji, a DMK strongman from Karur began his political life as a local body member in 1997.
Updated on Jun 14, 2023 12:27 PM IST

Mallikarjun Kharge slams ‘vendetta politics’ after ED arrests Senthil Balaji

Earlier on Tuesday, the ED had conducted searches at the official residence and other premises linked to Tamil Nadu minister Senthil Balaji.

DMK minister Senthil Balaji (L) and Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge. (File)
Updated on Jun 14, 2023 10:44 AM IST
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