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Dec 2, 2023 10:56 PM IST

80% of heart attack deaths in Gujarat within 11-25 age group over six months: State minister

The state of Gujarat in India has seen a high number of heart attack deaths in the last six months, with 80% of the deceased being between the ages of 11 and 25, according to the state education minister. In response to this alarming statistic, the state plans to provide CPR training to nearly 200,000 school teachers and college professors, in order to equip them with the skills to perform lifesaving interventions during medical emergencies. Training camps will be held at 37 medical colleges across the state, with the aim of reducing the number of deaths from heart attacks.

Dec 2, 2023 10:45 PM IST

IAF inducts women in non-officer cadre

The Indian Air Force has inducted women into its non-officer cadre for the first time. A total of 153 women, known as Agniveervayu, passed out from the Airmen Training School in Karnataka after completing 22 weeks of training. The move comes after the Indian Navy began inducting women into the personnel below officer rank cadre earlier this year. The Indian Army currently only inducts women in the PBOR cadre in the Corps of Military Police, but it is expected to open more streams to women under the Agnipath model. The new scheme aims to lower the age profile of the armed forces and create a fitter and more skilled military.

Dec 2, 2023 10:22 PM IST

‘Chances of BJP forming govt in Madhya Pradesh are high’: Former Lok Sabha Speaker

Former Lok Sabha Speaker and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sumitra Mahajan has stated that the BJP is likely to form the government in Madhya Pradesh. Mahajan said that the effects of the work done by Prime Minister Narendra Modi are visible and that the BJP may form the government again in the state. She also praised the efforts of the Congress party and former Chief Minister Kamal Nath. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has also expressed confidence that the BJP will form the government with a huge majority. Exit polls released on Thursday evening have put the BJP in the lead.

Dec 2, 2023 9:41 PM IST

Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami invites PM to inaugurate Global Investment Conference

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami has invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate the Global Investment Conference in Dehradun on December 8 and 9. Dhami also expressed his gratitude to the Prime Minister for the safe evacuation of workers trapped in the Silkyara tunnel. During their meeting, Dhami discussed various issues related to the state and requested financial assistance for several projects, including the Jamarani Dam Project and the Song Dam Drinking Water Project. He also requested the establishment of an All India Ayurveda Institute in Haridwar and inclusion in the Kiwi Feasibility Study with New Zealand. Dhami also requested approval for road projects, tunnel projects, and hydro power projects in the state.

Dec 2, 2023 9:25 PM IST

All preparations completed for counting of votes in Rajasthan, says official

The counting of votes for the November 25 assembly elections in Rajasthan will take place on Sunday at 36 centres across the state. The counting process will begin at 8 am and preparations, including security arrangements, have been completed. The counting of ballot papers will be done first, followed by votes registered in electronic voting machines (EVMs). There are 1,862 candidates in the fray for the 199 assembly constituencies. Strict security measures have been put in place at the counting centres and only authorised pass-holders will be allowed to enter. Separate counting halls have been set up for each assembly constituency.

Dec 2, 2023 8:23 PM IST

Election results in 4 states: BJP, Congress ready for semifinal before 2024

The counting of votes in the assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, and Telangana will take place on Sunday. The BJP and the Congress are preparing for the crucial semifinal ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha election. The Congress is in power in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, while the BJP is in power in Madhya Pradesh. The Bharat Rashtra Samithi is in power in Telangana. Exit polls have projected a close fight in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, while the Congress is expected to sweep in Chhattisgarh and Telangana. The results of the elections will be significant for both parties as they look towards the 2024 general elections.

Dec 2, 2023 7:34 PM IST

Nimisha death row: Delhi HC notice to Centre on mother’s plea to travel to Yemen

The Delhi High Court has asked the Indian government to respond to a plea from a Kerala woman seeking permission to travel to Yemen to save her daughter from a death sentence. Nimisha Priya, a nurse, was sentenced to death by a trial court in Yemen in 2020 for the murder of a Yemeni man. Her sentence was upheld by the appeal court in 2022, but the Yemen Supreme Court kept the option of paying blood money open. The court has granted Nimisha's mother, Prema Kumari, the liberty to approach the Yemeni Embassy to initiate negotiations with the victim's family.

Dec 2, 2023 7:31 PM IST

Victim is being made accused here: BSP MP Danish Ali on Mahua Moitra

BSP MP Kunwar Danish Ali has criticized the alleged cash-for-question investigation against Trinamool Lok Sabha MP Mahua Moitra, stating that the victim has been made an accused. Ali also raised concerns about the lack of progress in the case against BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri, who allegedly abused Ali in the Lok Sabha. Ali wrote a letter to the Lok Sabha Speaker, calling for an investigation into the issue. Congress Lok Sabha leader Adhir Chowdhury also wrote to the Speaker, stating that if Moitra is expelled from Parliament, it would have serious ramifications. The report on Moitra is set to be tabled during the Winter Session of Parliament on December 4.

Dec 2, 2023 7:26 PM IST

'Ever seen his face?' Arvind Kejriwal slams Sunny Deol over 'betrayal'

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has criticised Bollywood actor and BJP MP Sunny Deol for "betraying" the voters in Punjab's Gurdaspur Lok Sabha constituency. Kejriwal accused Deol of being absent from the constituency and said that voters should elect the "aam aadmi" (common man) who will work for their welfare. Kejriwal also claimed that his party, AAP, will win all 13 Lok Sabha seats in next year's general elections. Deol joined the BJP in 2019 and won the Lok Sabha elections from Gurdaspur constituency. Kejriwal also slammed the opposition parties for criticising the AAP government's work aimed at public welfare.

Dec 2, 2023 7:15 PM IST

PM Modi to attend Navy Day event in Sindhudurg on Dec 4

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend Navy Day celebrations at Sindhudurg in Maharashtra and unveil a statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj at Rajkot Fort. The event will showcase the operational prowess of the navy and involve 20 frontline warships, 40 aircraft, and a simulated assault by elite marine commandos. The celebrations will culminate with the illumination of warships at anchorage and a laser show at the iconic Sindhudurg Fort. This is the first time the navy is organising such a mega event outside of a major naval station. Navy Day is celebrated on December 4 to commemorate Operation Trident during the 1971 war with Pakistan.

Dec 2, 2023 7:04 PM IST

Evening brief: Congress jibe over ED officer's arrest; TN braces for rainfall amid ‘Michaung’, and all the latest news

The Congress party has criticized the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the arrest of an Enforcement Directorate (ED) official in Tamil Nadu for allegedly extorting money from a local doctor. Congress leader Jairam Ramesh accused the Modi government of tarnishing the reputation of central agencies and using them as political tools. This comes weeks after another ED official was caught accepting a bribe in Rajasthan. Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry are bracing for the arrival of Cyclone Michaung on December 4. The cyclone is expected to make landfall along the north Tamil Nadu coast and may intensify into a cyclonic storm.

Dec 2, 2023 5:57 PM IST

Rajasthan Election Results 2023: When, where and how to check results on December 3

The results of the assembly elections in Rajasthan, India, held on 25 November, are set to be announced on Sunday. A total of 1,862 candidates, including the incumbent chief minister Ashok Gehlot, are vying for seats in the assembly. Rajasthan saw a voter turnout of 75.45%, a slight increase from the 2018 polls. The Congress party, led by Gehlot, is seeking another term in government, while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) hopes to replace the current administration. Exit polls indicate a potential shift in power to the BJP, but the role of smaller parties could be pivotal in the final outcome.

Dec 2, 2023 5:49 PM IST

Chhattisgarh election results 2023: When, where and how to check results on December 3

The Election Commission of India will announce the results of the Assembly elections in Chhattisgarh on December 3. The counting of votes for the 90 seats in Chhattisgarh will take place alongside the counting in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Telangana. The Congress, which is in power, is looking to retain its government in the state, while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is hoping for victory ahead of the Lok Sabha elections next year. Several exit polls have predicted a close contest between the two parties, with some suggesting a hung assembly. The official results can be checked on various reliable sources.

Dec 2, 2023 5:48 PM IST

Madhya Pradesh election results 2023: When, where & how to check results on Dec 3

The Madhya Pradesh Assembly election results will be announced tomorrow, December 3, by the Election Commission of India. Voting for the 230-member legislative assembly took place on November 17, with a voter turnout of 77.15%. The BJP, which has been in power for almost 20 years, aims to retain control, while the Congress is hoping to regain power. Most exit polls predicted a close contest, with some giving a slight edge to the Congress. The counting of votes will begin at 8 am and early trends will start trickling in shortly after. Reliable sources to check the results include official election commission websites, news channels, and dedicated election result portals.

Dec 2, 2023 5:44 PM IST

Five killed in road accident on Agra-Delhi highway

Five people were killed in a horrific accident on the Agra-Delhi National Highway on Saturday. A speeding truck collided with an auto rickshaw near Gurudwara Guru Ka Taal crossing in Agra, causing the auto rickshaw to become stuck between two trucks. The accident resulted in a large traffic jam on National Highway 19 as a crowd gathered at the scene. Locals have been calling for the construction of an underpass in the area to prevent such accidents, but no action has been taken. The identities of the five deceased individuals have not yet been determined.

Dec 2, 2023 5:24 PM IST

Union minister R K Singh advocates nuclear power amid storage challenges

India has the potential to generate up to 100 GW of power using nuclear energy, according to R K Singh, India's Minister for Power, New and Renewable Energy. Singh emphasized the need to build a suitable ecosystem to address the challenges of storing renewable energy. He highlighted the importance of nuclear power in achieving round-the-clock clean energy and addressing the storage issue. Singh also acknowledged the role of coal and nuclear energy as interim solutions until the storage challenge is resolved. He called for the expansion of nuclear capabilities in India to contribute significantly to the country's energy needs and combat climate change.

Dec 2, 2023 5:21 PM IST

Amendments to IT Act decriminalise offences, increase penalties

Amendments to the Information Technology Act, 2000 in India have come into effect, decriminalising five offences and increasing penalties for two others. The amendments, which were introduced through the Jan Vishwas (Amendment of Provisions) Act, 2023, include the removal of Section 66A of the Act, which penalised individuals for sending "offensive" messages. The amendments also include an increase in penalties for failure to comply with the orders of the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In). Industry body Nasscom has welcomed the decriminalisation but raised concerns about the lack of decriminalisation under Section 70B, which deals with the establishment and functioning of CERT-In.

Dec 2, 2023 5:19 PM IST

PM Modi to attend Navy Day event at Sindhudurg on Dec 4

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the Navy Day celebrations at Sindhudurg in Maharashtra on 4 December. He will also unveil a statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj at Rajkot Fort. The Navy Day celebrations will be held at the Sindhudurg Fort, which was built by the Maratha ruler in the 17th century. The event will showcase the operational prowess of the navy and will involve 20 frontline warships, 40 aircraft, and special forces. The celebrations commemorate Operation Trident, the navy's attack on Karachi harbour during the 1971 war with Pakistan. This is the first time the navy is organising such a mega event outside of a major naval station.

Dec 2, 2023 5:09 PM IST

'BJP star campaigners': Congress jibe over ED officer's arrest in Tamil Nadu

The Congress party in India has criticized the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government over the arrest of an Enforcement Directorate (ED) official in Tamil Nadu for allegedly extorting INR 20 lakh ($28,000) from a local doctor. Jairam Ramesh, a senior leader of the Congress party, accused the government of damaging the reputation of central agencies and "turning them into political tools." The BJP defended the ED, stating that the actions of one individual should not reflect on the agency as a whole. The Opposition has frequently accused the BJP government of using agencies like the ED to target political opponents.

Dec 2, 2023 4:49 PM IST

Cyclone Michaung: Colleges closed in Puducherry; Tamil Nadu braces for rainfall

The India Meteorological Department has issued an orange alert for coastal Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, and Karaikal, warning of heavy rainfall between 30th November and 2nd-4th December. Tamil Nadu has already been experiencing heavy rainfall, leading to waterlogging and flooding in several areas. The state government has assured the public that necessary measures will be taken to ensure their safety. The cyclone, named 'Michaung', is expected to make landfall along the north Tamil Nadu coast on December 4. Colleges in Puducherry, Karaikal, and Yanam will be closed on that day in anticipation of the cyclone.

Dec 2, 2023 4:08 PM IST

‘Meeting friends always a delight': PM Modi reacts to ‘Melodi’ selfie with Italian PM Giorgia Meloni

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with his Italian counterpart, Giorgia Meloni, on the sidelines of the COP28 summit in Dubai. Modi shared a selfie with Meloni on social media, captioning it with "Meeting friends is always a delight." The two leaders discussed bilateral cooperation in sectors such as trade, commerce, defense, and emerging technologies. Meloni had previously visited India in September for the G20 Summit, where she met with Modi to discuss global prosperity. Modi also met with other global leaders, including Israeli President Isaac Herzog, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and French President Emmanuel Macron, during the summit.

Dec 2, 2023 3:47 PM IST

Cyclone Michaung: Windspeed to reach 100 kmph, heavy rains likely, warns IMD

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a warning that a depression over the Bay of Bengal is likely to evolve into a cyclonic storm named 'Michaung' by Sunday. The storm is expected to move northwestwards, reaching the coast of south Andhra Pradesh and north Tamil Nadu on Monday. It is then anticipated to make landfall between Nellore and Machilipatnam on 5 December, with wind speeds of 80-90 kmph. The IMD has warned of heavy rain in southern and eastern India states, including Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, and has advised fishermen not to venture into the deep sea.

Dec 2, 2023 3:30 PM IST

Revant Reddy's jibe at KTR: 'I am merit quota, he is management quota. Not same'

Revanth Reddy, the Telangana Congress president, has said that there should be no comparison between himself and KTR, the son of Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao. Reddy stated that he is on the merit quota, while KTR is on the management quota or NRI quota. Reddy's comments came during a television debate on exit polls, which predicted a Congress victory in Telangana. Reddy is seen as a frontrunner for the Chief Minister post if the Congress wins the election. However, KTR has dismissed Reddy's comments and said that he does not want to engage in personal attacks.

Dec 2, 2023 3:28 PM IST

ED files 1st charge sheet against AAP’s Sanjay Singh in Delhi excise policy case

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has filed its first charge sheet against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Sanjay Singh, accusing him of money laundering in connection with the now-scrapped Delhi liquor excise policy. Singh is alleged to have exploited and gained money from the liquor policy scam. The charge sheet also names Singh's close associate, Sarvesh Mishra. Singh was arrested by the ED on 4 October and is currently in judicial custody. The AAP has held protests against his arrest, with several rivals of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) condemning the alleged misuse of law enforcement agencies by the government.

Dec 2, 2023 2:58 PM IST

Delhi excise policy case: ED files 1st charge sheet against AAP MLA Sanjay Singh under PMLA

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has filed a charge sheet against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) parliamentarian Sanjay Singh in the Delhi liquor policy case. Singh, who is currently in Tihar jail in Delhi, has been charged under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in connection with the money laundering case linked to the Delhi excise policy. The charge sheet is the fifth supplementary charge sheet in the case and also names one other accused. Singh has been accused of being a key conspirator in the excise policy case and allegedly taking a bribe of INR 2 crore ($270,000) from accused-turned-approver Dinesh Arora.

Dec 2, 2023 2:47 PM IST

Rajasthan polls: What BJP chief CP Joshi said about CM post. ‘I’m not in race but…'

CP Joshi, the President of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Rajasthan, has stated that he is not in the running for the position of Chief Minister in the state. However, he expressed confidence that the BJP would form the government in Rajasthan. Exit polls from the state have predicted a close contest between the BJP and the Congress, with some polls showing the BJP as the clear winner and others showing the Congress ahead. The results will be announced on 3 December and smaller parties and independents could play a crucial role in the formation of the government.

Dec 2, 2023 2:28 PM IST

Ankit Tiwari arrest: DMK calls ED 'Extortion Department'; BJP defends agency

The arrest of an Enforcement Directorate (ED) officer in Tamil Nadu for allegedly accepting a bribe of INR20 lakh ($27,000) has caused a political controversy in the state. DMK MP Dayanidhi Maran accused the BJP-led central government of misusing the ED to target political opponents. However, Tamil Nadu BJP chief K Annamalai defended the agency, saying it should not be blamed for the actions of an individual. The arrested officer, Ankit Tiwari, is accused of demanding INR31 lakh from a government doctor to avert legal action in a case that had already been disposed of.

Dec 2, 2023 2:27 PM IST

Congress will win over 130 seats in Madhya Pradesh: Former CM Digvijaya Singh

Former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Digvijaya Singh, has stated that the Congress party will win more than 130 seats in the state. Singh made the remark ahead of the counting of votes, scheduled for 3 December. He also accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of doing "business, not politics." Meanwhile, Congress leader Jaivardhan Singh has also expressed confidence that the party will secure a clear majority in the state. Most exit polls have predicted a BJP victory, although some have given an advantage to the Congress. Madhya Pradesh went to the polls on 28 November, with a voter turnout of 77.82%.

Dec 2, 2023 1:56 PM IST

Parliament winter session 2023: List of bills likely to be taken up

The winter session of the Indian Parliament, set to begin on December 4, is expected to consider several key draft legislations, including three bills to replace colonial-era criminal laws. The session will have 15 sittings until December 22 and will discuss bills such as the Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita Bill 2023, Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita Bill 2023, and Bharatiya Sakshya Bill 2023. Other bills to be discussed include those related to the Constitution (Jammu and Kashmir) and various amendments. Additionally, the session will cover the presentation, discussion, and voting on demands for grants and excess grants for previous years.

Dec 2, 2023 1:53 PM IST

Govt urges structured debates as Parliament gears up for another stormy session

The Indian government has called for a conducive atmosphere for structured debates during the upcoming winter session of Parliament. Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi stated that the government is ready to discuss all issues. An all-party meeting was held to plan the legislative agenda and ensure smooth parliamentary proceedings. Opposition leaders raised concerns about the proposed bills to replace criminal laws, as well as issues of price rise, the "misuse" of probe agencies, and Manipur. The session is expected to be stormy, with potential controversy over the expulsion of TMC lawmaker Mahua Moitra. Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has written to the Speaker requesting a review of parliamentary committee rules and procedures.

Dec 2, 2023 1:51 PM IST

Unpacking Mizoram’s stance towards Myanmar’s Chin refugees

The Indian state of Mizoram has been providing aid and shelter to refugees fleeing the military regime in neighbouring Myanmar. This support can be traced back to 2015, when Mizoram assisted residents of Myanmar's Chin state following devastating floods and landslides. The Mizoram government has refused to collect biometric data on the refugees, arguing that it would amount to discrimination against the ethnic kin of the Mizo people. However, this humanitarianism is not unconditional, as the government has issued restrictions on refugees, including prohibiting them from purchasing land or running businesses without official permission. There is also a historical unease within Mizo society towards outsiders, including the Chins.

Dec 2, 2023 1:06 PM IST

‘Expulsion of TMC MP extremely serious punishment’: Adhir writes to LS Speaker

Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has written to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla expressing concern over the expulsion of Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Mahua Moitra from Parliament. Chowdhury highlighted that there is no clear definition of "unethical conduct" and no code of conduct in place for MPs. He also noted that the Lok Sabha ethics committee has previously recommended actions such as admonition, reprimand, and suspension, but expulsion is an extremely serious punishment. Chowdhury urged the Speaker to examine the processes followed and take remedial measures to streamline the functioning of Parliament. Several opposition leaders have also stated their opposition to Moitra's expulsion.

Dec 2, 2023 1:05 PM IST

Ayodhya's Ram Temple consecration on this date; 6,000 invitations being sent out

The consecration ceremony for Ayodhya's Ram Temple in India has been scheduled for January 22, 2024, more than three years after the foundation stone was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Over 6,000 guests, including priests, donors, and politicians, have been invited to the ceremony. Prior to the opening ceremony, the Uttar Pradesh government will organize recitations of the Akhand Ramayan and Hanuman Chalisa in major temples across the state. The construction of the temple began in August 2020 after the Supreme Court's verdict on the Ayodhya dispute. Thailand is also sending soil to the Ramjanmabhoomi as a cultural gesture.

Dec 2, 2023 12:55 PM IST

Afternoon briefing: ED to file charge sheet against AAP MP; ISRO's update on Aditya-L1 mission, and the latest news

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is set to file a charge sheet against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Sanjay Singh in connection with alleged irregularities in the Delhi excise policy. Singh, who is currently in Tihar jail, was arrested by the ED on October 4. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) announced that the Aditya Solar Wind Particle Experiment (ASPEX) payload on board India's first solar satellite, Aditya-L1, has started operations. The ISRO also said that the Solar Wind Ion Spectrometer (SWIS), the second instrument in the ASPEX payload, is now operational.

Dec 2, 2023 12:32 PM IST

Bhupesh Baghel writes to PM, seeks ban on online betting apps amid Mahadev row

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting a ban on all platforms, including APKs, Telegram channels, Instagram accounts, and URLs, associated with illegal online betting. Baghel stated that illegal gambling and betting have expanded nationwide through online platforms, with operators and owners running the illegal business from abroad. The Chhattisgarh police have registered over 90 criminal cases related to online betting since March 2022, arresting 450 individuals and freezing INR 16 crore ($2.2 million) in bank accounts. The letter comes after allegations that Baghel received INR 508 crore ($70 million) from the promoters of the Mahadev betting app.

Dec 2, 2023 12:16 PM IST

Excise policy case: ED to file charge sheet against AAP leader Sanjay Singh today

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) plans to file a charge sheet against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Sanjay Singh on Saturday as part of its money laundering investigation into alleged irregularities in the Delhi excise policy. Singh is currently in Tihar jail after being arrested by the ED on October 4, and he is accused of receiving a bribe of INR 2 crore ($263,000) through his aides. The charge sheet will be filed under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) to ensure that Singh does not receive default bail. Singh is also under scrutiny for his involvement in the 2020-21 excise policy.

Dec 2, 2023 11:26 AM IST

Congress MP seeks review of Parl committee processes amid cash-for-query row involving Mahua Moitra

Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has written to the Lok Sabha Speaker, urging a review of parliamentary committee processes after the Lok Sabha Ethics Committee recommended the expulsion of Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra in connection with a "cash-for-query" case. Chowdhury raised concerns about the scrutiny and transparency of the Ethics Committee's proceedings and questioned the procedure followed in Moitra's case. He also highlighted the gravity and far-reaching implications of expulsion from Parliament. The Ethics Committee adopted the report during a meeting on November 9, and it is scheduled to be tabled in the lower house of Parliament during the Winter Session.

Dec 2, 2023 11:23 AM IST

Aditya-L1 mission: ISRO activates second instrument on solar spacecraft

The Solar Wind Ion Spectrometer (SWIS) instrument of the Aditya Solar Wind Particle Experiment (ASPEX) payload on India's Aditya-L1 solar satellite has started operating normally, according to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The SWIS instrument, which utilises two sensor units with a 360-degree field of view each, has successfully measured solar wind ions such as protons and alpha particles. The directional capabilities of the SWIS instrument allow for accurate measurements of solar wind alphas and protons, providing valuable information about the characteristics of the solar wind, its underlying processes, and its effects on Earth.

Dec 2, 2023 10:15 AM IST

SpiceJet passengers create 'ruckus' at Delhi Airport over 7-hour flight delay

Passengers on a SpiceJet flight from Delhi to Patna created a ruckus at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport after the flight was delayed for over seven hours. The passengers protested, shouted, and argued with airline staff over the delay. The airline stated that the passengers had been duly informed about the revised departure time the previous night. This incident follows another incident where a SpiceJet flight from Delhi to Mumbai was cancelled, leading to protests by passengers. The flight was first delayed and later cancelled due to a technical issue with the aircraft.

Dec 2, 2023 9:48 AM IST

Election Results 2023: When and where to check assembly poll result

The assembly elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Chhattisgarh, and Mizoram have concluded, and pollsters are divided on the projected outcomes. In Madhya Pradesh, most exit polls predict a close contest with a slight edge to the Congress, but Axis My India and Today's Chanakya project a big win for the BJP. In Rajasthan, the exit polls suggest a BJP victory, but India Today-Axis My India and News 24-Today's Chanakya give the advantage to the Congress. The Congress is predicted to hold on to Chhattisgarh and win Telangana from K Chandrashekhar Rao's party. Mizoram is expected to have a hung assembly. The results will be announced on December 3 and 4.

Dec 2, 2023 9:15 AM IST

Assembly election results 2023 tomorrow: What to expect as per exit poll predictions

The results of the assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, and Mizoram will be declared on December 3 and 4. Exit polls suggest that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has an edge over the Congress in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, while the Congress is predicted to hold on to Chhattisgarh and win Telangana. The outcome of these elections will have a significant impact on the political narratives in the run-up to the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. However, it is important to note that exit polls are not always accurate and have often been wrong in the past.

Dec 2, 2023 9:01 AM IST

Morning briefing: All-party meeting today; Cyclone Michaung landfall on Dec 5, and the latest news

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a warning about a developing depression in the Southwest Bay of Bengal that is expected to intensify into Cyclonic Storm ‘Michaung’ by December 3. A projected landfall between Nellore and Machilipatnam on December 5 is anticipated. Tamil Nadu's Chief Minister has conducted a review meeting and issued guidelines for precautionary measures, including evacuations. A rainfall warning has been issued for southern and eastern India, with heavy to very heavy rainfall anticipated from December 3 to 5. The upcoming Winter Session of Parliament will convene to strategize the legislative agenda, with 37 pending bills, including three to replace colonial-era criminal laws.

Dec 2, 2023 8:04 AM IST

ED officer arrested: Tamil Nadu Police searches Madurai office. Who is Ankit Tiwari?

An Enforcement Directorate (ED) officer, Ankit Tiwari, has been arrested in Tamil Nadu for accepting a bribe of INR 20 lakh ($27,000) from a doctor. The arrest comes amid accusations from the Tamil Nadu government that the BJP-led Union government is using the ED and Income Tax department to harass its officials and elected representatives ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. The ED has not yet responded to the arrest. Officials from the Tamil Nadu Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) have been searching the ED sub-zonal office in Madurai throughout the night.

Dec 2, 2023 7:38 AM IST

Winter session of Parliament: All-party meeting today. What's on agenda?

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi will hold a meeting with floor leaders of political parties in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha to discuss the legislative agenda and ensure smooth parliamentary proceedings during the Winter Session. There are currently 37 bills pending in Parliament, with 12 listed for consideration and passing, and seven slated for introduction, consideration, and passing. Key bills include those to replace colonial-era criminal laws and a bill related to the appointment of the chief election commissioner and election commissioners. The report of the Ethics Committee on the "cash-for-query" allegations against MP Mahua Moitra will also be tabled.

Dec 2, 2023 6:17 AM IST

Cyclone Michaung to make landfall on Dec 5 in coastal Andhra; heavy rain warning

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a warning for Cyclone Michaung, which is currently a depression over the Southwest Bay of Bengal. The system is expected to intensify into a cyclonic storm and make landfall between Nellore and Machilipatnam on December 5. Heavy rainfall is anticipated in various districts of Tamil Nadu, with light to moderate rainfall expected in north coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on December 2. Rainfall intensity will increase from December 3, with heavy to very heavy rainfall predicted in several regions. Coastal Andhra Pradesh and Odisha will also experience significant rainfall.

Dec 2, 2023 12:37 AM IST

PM Modi clicks selfie with Giorgia Meloni, Italian PM calls photo a ‘Melodi’

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the COP28 Summit in Dubai and launched a 'Green Credit Initiative' focused on creating carbon sinks through people's participation. He also proposed hosting the COP33 in India in 2028. In his address, Modi emphasized the need to move away from a destructive mindset that prioritizes personal benefit. During the summit, Modi met with several global leaders, including Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, with whom he also met during the G20 Summit in September. Meloni described Modi as the most loved leader globally and expressed confidence in the joint efforts of India and Italy for a prosperous and sustainable future.

Dec 2, 2023 12:16 AM IST

Assam reserves 5% seats in govt engineering college for students of state-run schools

The Assam government has decided to reserve 5% of seats in engineering colleges for students who have studied in state-run schools from grades 7 to 12. The move aims to encourage enrollment in government schools. The decision was taken during a state Cabinet meeting, where it was also announced that 438.27 crore ($58.6 million) would be allocated to three projects under the Industrial and Investment Policy of Assam. These projects are expected to create nearly 1,400 new jobs. Additionally, the government plans to form a Corporate Social Responsibility Authority to attract more CSR funds to the state.

Dec 2, 2023 2:47 PM IST

Rajasthan polls: What BJP chief CP Joshi said about CM post. ‘I’m not in race but…'

CP Joshi, the President of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Rajasthan, has stated that he is not in the running for the position of Chief Minister in the state. However, he expressed confidence that the BJP would form the government in Rajasthan. Exit polls from the state have predicted a close contest between the BJP and the Congress, with some polls showing the BJP as the clear winner and others showing the Congress ahead. The results will be announced on 3 December and smaller parties and independents could play a crucial role in the formation of the government.

Dec 2, 2023 2:28 PM IST

Ankit Tiwari arrest: DMK calls ED 'Extortion Department'; BJP defends agency

The arrest of an Enforcement Directorate (ED) officer in Tamil Nadu for allegedly accepting a bribe of INR20 lakh ($27,000) has caused a political controversy in the state. DMK MP Dayanidhi Maran accused the BJP-led central government of misusing the ED to target political opponents. However, Tamil Nadu BJP chief K Annamalai defended the agency, saying it should not be blamed for the actions of an individual. The arrested officer, Ankit Tiwari, is accused of demanding INR31 lakh from a government doctor to avert legal action in a case that had already been disposed of.

Dec 2, 2023 2:27 PM IST

Congress will win over 130 seats in Madhya Pradesh: Former CM Digvijaya Singh

Former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Digvijaya Singh, has stated that the Congress party will win more than 130 seats in the state. Singh made the remark ahead of the counting of votes, scheduled for 3 December. He also accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of doing "business, not politics." Meanwhile, Congress leader Jaivardhan Singh has also expressed confidence that the party will secure a clear majority in the state. Most exit polls have predicted a BJP victory, although some have given an advantage to the Congress. Madhya Pradesh went to the polls on 28 November, with a voter turnout of 77.82%.

Dec 2, 2023 1:56 PM IST

Parliament winter session 2023: List of bills likely to be taken up

The winter session of the Indian Parliament, set to begin on December 4, is expected to consider several key draft legislations, including three bills to replace colonial-era criminal laws. The session will have 15 sittings until December 22 and will discuss bills such as the Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita Bill 2023, Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita Bill 2023, and Bharatiya Sakshya Bill 2023. Other bills to be discussed include those related to the Constitution (Jammu and Kashmir) and various amendments. Additionally, the session will cover the presentation, discussion, and voting on demands for grants and excess grants for previous years.

Dec 2, 2023 1:53 PM IST

Govt urges structured debates as Parliament gears up for another stormy session

The Indian government has called for a conducive atmosphere for structured debates during the upcoming winter session of Parliament. Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi stated that the government is ready to discuss all issues. An all-party meeting was held to plan the legislative agenda and ensure smooth parliamentary proceedings. Opposition leaders raised concerns about the proposed bills to replace criminal laws, as well as issues of price rise, the "misuse" of probe agencies, and Manipur. The session is expected to be stormy, with potential controversy over the expulsion of TMC lawmaker Mahua Moitra. Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has written to the Speaker requesting a review of parliamentary committee rules and procedures.

Dec 2, 2023 1:51 PM IST

Unpacking Mizoram’s stance towards Myanmar’s Chin refugees

The Indian state of Mizoram has been providing aid and shelter to refugees fleeing the military regime in neighbouring Myanmar. This support can be traced back to 2015, when Mizoram assisted residents of Myanmar's Chin state following devastating floods and landslides. The Mizoram government has refused to collect biometric data on the refugees, arguing that it would amount to discrimination against the ethnic kin of the Mizo people. However, this humanitarianism is not unconditional, as the government has issued restrictions on refugees, including prohibiting them from purchasing land or running businesses without official permission. There is also a historical unease within Mizo society towards outsiders, including the Chins.

Dec 2, 2023 1:06 PM IST

‘Expulsion of TMC MP extremely serious punishment’: Adhir writes to LS Speaker

Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has written to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla expressing concern over the expulsion of Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Mahua Moitra from Parliament. Chowdhury highlighted that there is no clear definition of "unethical conduct" and no code of conduct in place for MPs. He also noted that the Lok Sabha ethics committee has previously recommended actions such as admonition, reprimand, and suspension, but expulsion is an extremely serious punishment. Chowdhury urged the Speaker to examine the processes followed and take remedial measures to streamline the functioning of Parliament. Several opposition leaders have also stated their opposition to Moitra's expulsion.

Dec 2, 2023 1:05 PM IST

Ayodhya's Ram Temple consecration on this date; 6,000 invitations being sent out

The consecration ceremony for Ayodhya's Ram Temple in India has been scheduled for January 22, 2024, more than three years after the foundation stone was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Over 6,000 guests, including priests, donors, and politicians, have been invited to the ceremony. Prior to the opening ceremony, the Uttar Pradesh government will organize recitations of the Akhand Ramayan and Hanuman Chalisa in major temples across the state. The construction of the temple began in August 2020 after the Supreme Court's verdict on the Ayodhya dispute. Thailand is also sending soil to the Ramjanmabhoomi as a cultural gesture.

Dec 2, 2023 12:55 PM IST

Afternoon briefing: ED to file charge sheet against AAP MP; ISRO's update on Aditya-L1 mission, and the latest news

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is set to file a charge sheet against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Sanjay Singh in connection with alleged irregularities in the Delhi excise policy. Singh, who is currently in Tihar jail, was arrested by the ED on October 4. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) announced that the Aditya Solar Wind Particle Experiment (ASPEX) payload on board India's first solar satellite, Aditya-L1, has started operations. The ISRO also said that the Solar Wind Ion Spectrometer (SWIS), the second instrument in the ASPEX payload, is now operational.

Dec 2, 2023 12:32 PM IST

Bhupesh Baghel writes to PM, seeks ban on online betting apps amid Mahadev row

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting a ban on all platforms, including APKs, Telegram channels, Instagram accounts, and URLs, associated with illegal online betting. Baghel stated that illegal gambling and betting have expanded nationwide through online platforms, with operators and owners running the illegal business from abroad. The Chhattisgarh police have registered over 90 criminal cases related to online betting since March 2022, arresting 450 individuals and freezing INR 16 crore ($2.2 million) in bank accounts. The letter comes after allegations that Baghel received INR 508 crore ($70 million) from the promoters of the Mahadev betting app.

Dec 2, 2023 12:16 PM IST

Excise policy case: ED to file charge sheet against AAP leader Sanjay Singh today

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) plans to file a charge sheet against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Sanjay Singh on Saturday as part of its money laundering investigation into alleged irregularities in the Delhi excise policy. Singh is currently in Tihar jail after being arrested by the ED on October 4, and he is accused of receiving a bribe of INR 2 crore ($263,000) through his aides. The charge sheet will be filed under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) to ensure that Singh does not receive default bail. Singh is also under scrutiny for his involvement in the 2020-21 excise policy.

Dec 2, 2023 11:26 AM IST

Congress MP seeks review of Parl committee processes amid cash-for-query row involving Mahua Moitra

Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has written to the Lok Sabha Speaker, urging a review of parliamentary committee processes after the Lok Sabha Ethics Committee recommended the expulsion of Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra in connection with a "cash-for-query" case. Chowdhury raised concerns about the scrutiny and transparency of the Ethics Committee's proceedings and questioned the procedure followed in Moitra's case. He also highlighted the gravity and far-reaching implications of expulsion from Parliament. The Ethics Committee adopted the report during a meeting on November 9, and it is scheduled to be tabled in the lower house of Parliament during the Winter Session.

Dec 2, 2023 11:23 AM IST

Aditya-L1 mission: ISRO activates second instrument on solar spacecraft

The Solar Wind Ion Spectrometer (SWIS) instrument of the Aditya Solar Wind Particle Experiment (ASPEX) payload on India's Aditya-L1 solar satellite has started operating normally, according to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The SWIS instrument, which utilises two sensor units with a 360-degree field of view each, has successfully measured solar wind ions such as protons and alpha particles. The directional capabilities of the SWIS instrument allow for accurate measurements of solar wind alphas and protons, providing valuable information about the characteristics of the solar wind, its underlying processes, and its effects on Earth.

Dec 2, 2023 10:15 AM IST

SpiceJet passengers create 'ruckus' at Delhi Airport over 7-hour flight delay

Passengers on a SpiceJet flight from Delhi to Patna created a ruckus at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport after the flight was delayed for over seven hours. The passengers protested, shouted, and argued with airline staff over the delay. The airline stated that the passengers had been duly informed about the revised departure time the previous night. This incident follows another incident where a SpiceJet flight from Delhi to Mumbai was cancelled, leading to protests by passengers. The flight was first delayed and later cancelled due to a technical issue with the aircraft.

Dec 2, 2023 9:48 AM IST

Election Results 2023: When and where to check assembly poll result

The assembly elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Chhattisgarh, and Mizoram have concluded, and pollsters are divided on the projected outcomes. In Madhya Pradesh, most exit polls predict a close contest with a slight edge to the Congress, but Axis My India and Today's Chanakya project a big win for the BJP. In Rajasthan, the exit polls suggest a BJP victory, but India Today-Axis My India and News 24-Today's Chanakya give the advantage to the Congress. The Congress is predicted to hold on to Chhattisgarh and win Telangana from K Chandrashekhar Rao's party. Mizoram is expected to have a hung assembly. The results will be announced on December 3 and 4.

Dec 2, 2023 9:15 AM IST

Assembly election results 2023 tomorrow: What to expect as per exit poll predictions

The results of the assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, and Mizoram will be declared on December 3 and 4. Exit polls suggest that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has an edge over the Congress in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, while the Congress is predicted to hold on to Chhattisgarh and win Telangana. The outcome of these elections will have a significant impact on the political narratives in the run-up to the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. However, it is important to note that exit polls are not always accurate and have often been wrong in the past.

Dec 2, 2023 9:01 AM IST

Morning briefing: All-party meeting today; Cyclone Michaung landfall on Dec 5, and the latest news

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a warning about a developing depression in the Southwest Bay of Bengal that is expected to intensify into Cyclonic Storm ‘Michaung’ by December 3. A projected landfall between Nellore and Machilipatnam on December 5 is anticipated. Tamil Nadu's Chief Minister has conducted a review meeting and issued guidelines for precautionary measures, including evacuations. A rainfall warning has been issued for southern and eastern India, with heavy to very heavy rainfall anticipated from December 3 to 5. The upcoming Winter Session of Parliament will convene to strategize the legislative agenda, with 37 pending bills, including three to replace colonial-era criminal laws.

Dec 2, 2023 8:04 AM IST

ED officer arrested: Tamil Nadu Police searches Madurai office. Who is Ankit Tiwari?

An Enforcement Directorate (ED) officer, Ankit Tiwari, has been arrested in Tamil Nadu for accepting a bribe of INR 20 lakh ($27,000) from a doctor. The arrest comes amid accusations from the Tamil Nadu government that the BJP-led Union government is using the ED and Income Tax department to harass its officials and elected representatives ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. The ED has not yet responded to the arrest. Officials from the Tamil Nadu Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) have been searching the ED sub-zonal office in Madurai throughout the night.

Dec 2, 2023 7:38 AM IST

Winter session of Parliament: All-party meeting today. What's on agenda?

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi will hold a meeting with floor leaders of political parties in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha to discuss the legislative agenda and ensure smooth parliamentary proceedings during the Winter Session. There are currently 37 bills pending in Parliament, with 12 listed for consideration and passing, and seven slated for introduction, consideration, and passing. Key bills include those to replace colonial-era criminal laws and a bill related to the appointment of the chief election commissioner and election commissioners. The report of the Ethics Committee on the "cash-for-query" allegations against MP Mahua Moitra will also be tabled.

Dec 2, 2023 6:17 AM IST

Cyclone Michaung to make landfall on Dec 5 in coastal Andhra; heavy rain warning

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a warning for Cyclone Michaung, which is currently a depression over the Southwest Bay of Bengal. The system is expected to intensify into a cyclonic storm and make landfall between Nellore and Machilipatnam on December 5. Heavy rainfall is anticipated in various districts of Tamil Nadu, with light to moderate rainfall expected in north coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on December 2. Rainfall intensity will increase from December 3, with heavy to very heavy rainfall predicted in several regions. Coastal Andhra Pradesh and Odisha will also experience significant rainfall.

Dec 2, 2023 12:37 AM IST

PM Modi clicks selfie with Giorgia Meloni, Italian PM calls photo a ‘Melodi’

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the COP28 Summit in Dubai and launched a 'Green Credit Initiative' focused on creating carbon sinks through people's participation. He also proposed hosting the COP33 in India in 2028. In his address, Modi emphasized the need to move away from a destructive mindset that prioritizes personal benefit. During the summit, Modi met with several global leaders, including Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, with whom he also met during the G20 Summit in September. Meloni described Modi as the most loved leader globally and expressed confidence in the joint efforts of India and Italy for a prosperous and sustainable future.

Dec 2, 2023 12:16 AM IST

Assam reserves 5% seats in govt engineering college for students of state-run schools

The Assam government has decided to reserve 5% of seats in engineering colleges for students who have studied in state-run schools from grades 7 to 12. The move aims to encourage enrollment in government schools. The decision was taken during a state Cabinet meeting, where it was also announced that 438.27 crore ($58.6 million) would be allocated to three projects under the Industrial and Investment Policy of Assam. These projects are expected to create nearly 1,400 new jobs. Additionally, the government plans to form a Corporate Social Responsibility Authority to attract more CSR funds to the state.