Congress leader Jairam Ramesh on Sunday said both Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot are equally important for the party, but the decisions to resolve the crisis in Rajasthan will be taken to strengthen the party -- not looking at the individual. The comment comes in the context of Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot calling his bete noire Sachin Pilot 'gaddar' (traitor) which escalated the ongoing tussle between the two Congress leaders in the state.
Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw revealed that the recent train collision in Andhra Pradesh, which resulted in 14 deaths, was caused by the driver and assistant driver watching a cricket match on their phones. The accident occurred when the Rayagada Passenger train rear-ended the Visakhapatnam Palasa train. Vaishnaw emphasized the need for new safety measures to prevent distractions and ensure focus on running the train. The driver and assistant driver of the Rayagada train were found responsible for the collision.
Twenty-five private sector specialists are set to join key positions in the Centre as part of the Modi government's initiative to enhance governance. The latest appointments include three joint secretaries and 22 directors/deputy secretaries in various central government departments. This move aims to bring fresh talent and perspectives to policymaking through the lateral entry scheme launched in 2018.
Former Uttar Pradesh Governor and senior Congress leader Aziz Qureshi, 83, passed away in a Bhopal hospital after a prolonged illness. Qureshi had also served as the governor of Uttarakhand and Mizoram. He was a former MLA and Lok Sabha member. His last rites will be performed later today.
Attacks on commercial shipping in the Arabian and Red Sea by pirates and Iran-backed Houthi rebels are straining the Indian Navy, which has deployed warships to tackle piracy. Despite a drop in piracy attempts, ongoing operations are challenging due to limited resources. The Navy is enhancing anti-piracy capabilities as Somali pirates exploit regional instability. India depends on seaborne imports for 88% of its oil demand, making maritime security crucial.
President Droupadi Murmu emphasized peace and harmony at Utkal University's convocation, urging students to embody qualities like modesty and compassion. She highlighted the importance of education in one's mother tongue and praised the university's contributions to education. Notable individuals were honored, and students were recognized for academic excellence and contributions to the university community.
The highly anticipated Socio-Economic and Education Survey report, referred to as the "caste census," was submitted to Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah by the State Commission for Backward Classes Chairman K Jayaprakash Hegde. The Congress is divided over the report, with objections raised by certain sections of society. The report, based on data collected in 2014-15, faces criticism from dominant communities like Vokkaligas and Lingayats. The survey's findings are expected to be a contentious issue with demands for transparency.
President Droupadi Murmu has withheld assent to three university bills passed by the state legislature, including one aimed at removing Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan as Chancellor. The President approved the Kerala Lok Ayukta Bill. The decision on the other three bills is pending. Governor Khan had referred these bills to the President for consideration.
Services on Delhi Metro's Yellow Line were delayed due to a passenger on the tracks, causing disruptions for commuters. The incident occurred at Guru Dronacharya Metro Station, leading to delays during peak hours.
BJP seeks Governor's intervention amid fears of MLAs suspension or disqualification after Rajya Sabha election in Himachal Pradesh. Leader of Opposition demands CM's resignation. BJP alleges Congress threatened members over cross-voting. Speaker refused division of votes in budget session. BJP's Harsh Mahajan wins Rajya Sabha seat in tie-breaker against Congress' Abhishek Manu Singhvi.
President Droupadi Murmu of India praised the strong bond with Bangladesh, rooted in history, culture, and sacrifices. She highlighted shared interests in music, cricket, and food, emphasizing the importance of youth in shaping a sustainable future. The Bangladesh Youth Delegation program aims to strengthen ties and promote cultural exchange between the two nations.
Home Minister Amit Shah criticized the disintegration of the Congress and the opposition bloc INDIA, highlighting the BJP's recent win in Himachal Pradesh. He emphasized the government's commitment to "one nation one election" and the Uniform Civil Code rollout in Uttarakhand, calling for comprehensive discussions. Shah ridiculed claims of MLAs being kidnapped during the Rajya Sabha election and downplayed his party's role in cross-voting. He dismissed Rahul Gandhi's criticisms and predicted the INDIA bloc's unraveling post-2024 polls. Shah defended the BJP's stance on criminal charges, emphasizing their anti-corruption efforts and aiming for over 400 Lok Sabha seats.
Additional Superintendent of Police Amit Kumar was rescued by police and security forces after an attack by Arambai Tenggol cadres in Manipur. The officer's house was ransacked due to arrests made in a vehicle theft case. The state government sought Army assistance, with Assam Rifles deployed to control the escalating violence in the region.
A woman filed a complaint with EOW against ICICI Bank for alleged fraud in an FD scheme, claiming ₹13.50 crore deposited vanished. ICICI Bank denies allegations, ready to transfer ₹9.27 crore with a lien. Police formed teams to investigate. Bank says notifications were sent to her, but woman alleges mobile number and email ID were changed without her knowledge. EOW investigating further.
The BJP in Delhi is intensifying its Lok Sabha candidate selection process amidst AAP-Congress alliance buzz. The party is likely to replace half of its present MPs. District level leaders have submitted names of probables for 7 seats. BJP won all seats in 2019 and is preparing to win again. Candidate selection may be finalized in 4-6 weeks, with tickets declared around mid-April.
Chhattisgarh CM Vishnu Deo Sai announced the restoration of pensions for MISA detainees during Emergency. Other initiatives include WiFi for 1,000 village panchayats, women's safety measures in public transport, fulfilling PM Modi's promises, MSP for farmers, establishment of ACB regional office, and budget provisions for free electricity and subsidy. Online e-transit passes for mineral transportation to ensure transparency.