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  • Mar 20, 2022 10:56 PM IST

    Several Congress MLAs are going to join BJP: Assam CM

    Congress does not know that many of their MLAs are going to join BJP. We’ve nominated Pabitra Gogoi Margherita from our party for first seat & will support the candidate of UPPL for second seat. BJP will manage to get both the seats: Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma

  • Mar 20, 2022 10:33 PM IST

    Bengal: BJP’s Asansol candidate Agnimitra Paul offers prayers at temple

    BJP candidate from Asansol Lok Sabha by-election Agnimitra Paul offers prayers at a temple and begins the election campaign.

  • Mar 20, 2022 10:18 PM IST

    S Jaishankar meets Austrian counterpart  Alexander Schallenberg

    An interesting evening with Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg. Appreciated his insights on India’s progress in the last decade. Held wide-ranging & fruitful discussions, reviewed our bilateral cooperation & identified new economic possibilities: MEA S Jaishankar

  • Mar 20, 2022 10:10 PM IST

    Mamata a historic leader: TMC candidate from Asansol Shatrughan Sinha

    Mamata Ji is a true historic leader, a tigress. I’m here on her invitation. I have faith in the public of Asansol & WB, we’ll win, justice will win… ask them (BJP) how can I be an outsider if PM, contesting from Kashi, isn’t: Shatrughan Sinha, TMC Asansol candidate

  • Mar 20, 2022 09:34 PM IST

    Karnataka CM thanks PM Modi for efforts in bringing back mortal remains of Indian student killed in Ukraine

    Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai thanks PM Narendra Modi for efforts on bringing back the mortal remains of Naveen Shekharappa Gyangoudar, who was killed in a shelling attack in Ukraine️.

  • Mar 20, 2022 08:45 PM IST

    Delhi daily cases dip further with 97 infections

    Delhi reports 97 new cases, 83 recoveries, and one death; Active cases stand at 495

  • Mar 20, 2022 08:04 PM IST

    Imran Khan says Indian foreign policy is independent, stands for its people

    Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan on Sunday heaped praises on India and its foreign policy, this at a time when it faces threat of being unseated amid no-confidence motion moved against him. Addressing a rally in Malakand, Khan said,”Main aaj Hindustan ko daad deta hun (I salute India today). It has always maintained an independent foreign policy.” Full report

  • Mar 20, 2022 06:12 PM IST

    Mamata’s nephew to appear before ED in Delhi tomorrow in coal scam case

    Mamata’s nephew and TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee to appear at ED office in Delhi tomorrow in coal scam case. “BJP govt is taking on TMC by using Central agencies. We’ve defeated them & they cannot digest this. I’m ready to bow down before the power of people but not before the people in power,” he said

  • Mar 20, 2022 05:53 PM IST

    CJI N V Ramana felicitated by Telgu Association in Dubai

    Chief Justice of India Justice N V Ramana felicitated by the Telugu Association in Dubai today. 

  • Mar 20, 2022 05:09 PM IST

    Goa BJP to stake claim to form the government tomorrow, says sources 

    Goa BJP to stake claim to form the government tomorrow after meeting of legislature party. The meeting of the legislature party has been fixed for 4 pm tomorrow, says sources. 

  • Mar 20, 2022 04:45 PM IST

    BJP central observers felicitate N Biren Singh

    BJP central observers Nirmala Sitharaman, Kiren Rijiju and other BJP MLAs felicitate the unanimously elected Chief Minister of Manipur N Biren Singh in Imphal.

  • Mar 20, 2022 04:44 PM IST

    Prahlad Joshi to visit Australia soon, reports ANI

    Union Coal and Mines Minister Pralhad Joshi will visit Australia soon, reports ANI. 

  • Mar 20, 2022 04:30 PM IST

    N Biren Singh elected Manipur chief minister, says BJP

    After legislative meeting,  BJP MLAs have cleared N Biren Singh’s name for chief ministerial post in Manipur, says BJP. 

  • Mar 20, 2022 04:03 PM IST

    115 children killed in Russia-Ukraine war, reports Kyiv Independent

    115 children killed in Ukraine since the start of Russian invasion. 140 more have been injured, said the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine, reports The Kyiv Independent. 

  • Mar 20, 2022 03:14 PM IST

    Gopal Rai inaugurates new party office in Raipur

    Aam Aadmi Party leader & Delhi Cabinet Minister Gopal Rai inaugurated new party office in Raipur. 

  • Mar 20, 2022 02:18 PM IST

    Pramod Sawant swearing-in likely on March 23rd or 24th: BJP sources

    BJP sources have informed that the meeting of the BJP Legislative party has been scheduled for tomorrow. Pramod Sawant’s swearing in could be held either on Wednesday or Thursday, informed sources. 

  • Mar 20, 2022 01:59 PM IST

    U’khand BJP legislative party to meet tomorrow evening: Dhami

    Uttarakhand caretaker CM Pushkar Singh Dhami told media that the Uttarakhand BJP Legislative Party will meet tomorrow evening in Dehradun. “I am leaving for Dehradun now,” he said. 

  • Mar 20, 2022 01:26 PM IST

    Russian military bombs a school in Mariupol, reports AP 

    Russia’s military bombed a school in Ukraine’s Mariupol where about 400 people had sought refuge, reports AP quoting local officials. 

  • Mar 20, 2022 01:13 PM IST

    Arvind Kejriwal addresses newly-elected AAP MLAs of Punjab

    AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal addresses all the newly-elected AAP MLAs of Punjab via video conferencing. 

  • Mar 20, 2022 12:53 PM IST

    LJD-RJD merge parties at Sharad Yadav’s residence

    Former Union minister Sharad Yadav merges his Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD) party with Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) led by Lalu Prasad Yadav at former’s residence in Delhi, reports ANI. 

  • Mar 20, 2022 12:04 PM IST

    Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann addresses AAP MLAs meeting in Mohali

    Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann addresses a meeting of AAP MLAs in Mohali. AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal is also present in the meeting via video-conferencing. 

  • Mar 20, 2022 11:55 AM IST

    K’taka HC judges who gave Hijab verdict to get Y-category security

    Amid arrests over death threats, three Karnataka high court judges who gave the Hijab verdict to get Y-category security cover. 

  • Mar 20, 2022 11:26 AM IST

    BJP Manipur legislative party meeting likely to be held today

    BJP central observers Nirmala Sitharaman and Kiren Rijiju leave for Imphal, Manipur from Delhi airport. The legislative party meeting of BJP Manipur is likely to be held later today, reports ANI. 

  • Mar 20, 2022 11:22 AM IST

    Massive explosion in Pak military base in Sialkot: Local media

    A massive explosion has been reported in Pakistan military base in Sialkot, said the Pakistani local media. 

  • Mar 20, 2022 10:35 AM IST

    Arvind Kejriwal to hold virtual meeting with Punjab AAP MLAs today

    Aam Aadmi Party National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal will be holding a virtual meeting with Punjab AAP MLAs today.

  • Mar 20, 2022 09:28 AM IST

    Israeli PM to visit India on April 2

    Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to pat his first official visit to India on April 2 at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi: Office of the Prime Minister of Israel.

  • Mar 20, 2022 08:50 AM IST

    India records 1,761 new Covid cases, 127 deaths in last 24 hours

    India registered 1,761 new Covid cases on Saturday, the lowest single-day rise since April 2020, taking the overall infection tally to 43,007,841.

  • Mar 20, 2022 08:31 AM IST

    Japanese PM departs as two-day India visit concludes

    Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida departed from Delhi on Sunday morning following the conclusion of his two-day visit to India.

Biren Singh chosen as legislative party leader, to stay Manipur CM

The announcement, made by Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, the party’s central observer to the northeastern state, ended 10 days of uncertainty and political activities since the assembly election results were announced

Governor La Ganesan felicitates chief minister N Biren Singh in presence of Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, during the BJP legislative party meeting in Imphal on Sunday. (ANI)

Governor La Ganesan felicitates chief minister N Biren Singh in presence of Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, during the BJP legislative party meeting in Imphal on Sunday. (ANI)

Published on Mar 20, 2022 11:44 PM IST

BySobhapati Samom and Smriti Kak Ramachandran

Rescuers, administration on alert as Cyclone Asani approaches

The depression over southwest Bay of Bengal and south of the Andaman Sea moved north-northeast wards at a speed of 12 kmph and lay centred over the north Andaman Sea and the southeast Bay of Bengal, about 200 km north-northeast of Car Nicobar (Nicobar Islands), 100 km south-southeast of Port Blair (Andaman Islands) and 730 km south-southwest of Yangon (Myanmar) on Sunday, the IMD bulletin said.

Ministry of home affairs, in its official statement about two days ago, had informed that one National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team has been deployed in Port Blair and that additional teams are ready and will be airlifted if required. (PTI)

Ministry of home affairs, in its official statement about two days ago, had informed that one National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team has been deployed in Port Blair and that additional teams are ready and will be airlifted if required. (PTI)

Published on Mar 20, 2022 11:35 PM IST

ByJayashree Nandi, New Delhi

$6 million raised in charity to tackle climate crisis

India is the third largest contributor to global carbon emissions, but receives only 5{a78e43caf781a4748142ac77894e52b42fd2247cba0219deedaee5032d61bfc9} of annual global charity to mitigate the effects of climate change, the collaborative said in its annual report published on February 22.

Annual average foundation support for mitigation globally in 2015-19 was $1,100 million, out of which only $55 million was for India, the ICC report said. (Agencies/Representative use)

Annual average foundation support for mitigation globally in 2015-19 was $1,100 million, out of which only $55 million was for India, the ICC report said. (Agencies/Representative use)

Published on Mar 20, 2022 11:34 PM IST

ByJayashree Nandi, New Delhi

Abhishek Banerjee questions Delhi court order’s timing, ED’s neutrality in Bengal coal scam

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew and the latter’s wife, Rujira, have been summoned to the ED office in Delhi on Monday and Tuesday respectively. Both had moved the Delhi high court, seeking permission to face the agency in Kolkata.

Trinamool Congress (TMC) national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee on Sunday left for the national capital to face the Enforcement Directorate. (ANI PHOTO.)

Trinamool Congress (TMC) national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee on Sunday left for the national capital to face the Enforcement Directorate. (ANI PHOTO.)

Updated on Mar 20, 2022 10:24 PM IST

India, Australia to sign interim trade deal on goods and services by March end

In October last year, the two countries had set the ambitious target of concluding the interim trade deal by December and to conclude talks on a comprehensive economic cooperation agreement (CECA) by the end of 2022.

This will be the second virtual summit between the two countries, which are also members of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue or Quad, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison are expected to unveil a slew of initiatives to enhance cooperation. (ANI PHOTO.)

This will be the second virtual summit between the two countries, which are also members of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue or Quad, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison are expected to unveil a slew of initiatives to enhance cooperation. (ANI PHOTO.)

Updated on Mar 20, 2022 09:43 PM IST

Cyclone Asani to intensify into a deep depression during next 24 hours

India Meteorological Department today informed that the low-pressure area in South East of the Bay of Bengal is likely to intensify into a Cyclonic Storm by March 21.

NDRF team clearing trees in vulnerable areas as a precautionary measure for the Cyclone Asani, in Andaman.(ANI)

NDRF team clearing trees in vulnerable areas as a precautionary measure for the Cyclone Asani, in Andaman.(ANI)

Published on Mar 20, 2022 09:33 PM IST

Quad nations accept India’s stand on Ukraine-Russia war, says Australian envoy

  • Australian High Commissioner to India Barry O’Farrell said each country has a bilateral relationship and it is clear from the comments of the MEA and PM Modi that he has used his contacts to call for the end of the conflict and “no country will be unhappy with that”.

Leaders of Quad member countries: Japan PM Fumio Kishida, US President Joe Biden, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian PM Scott Morrison.

Leaders of Quad member countries: Japan PM Fumio Kishida, US President Joe Biden, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian PM Scott Morrison.

Updated on Mar 20, 2022 08:59 PM IST

Modi holds meet with Shah, Nadda – new govts in UP, Goa & Uttarakhand on agenda

  • The BJP is yet to officially name its chief ministers for three states – Uttar Pradesh, Goa and Uttarakhand – even after 10 days of the poll results giving the BJP a clear majority in all these states and several rounds of consultations.

File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Union home minister Amit Shah.

File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Union home minister Amit Shah.

Updated on Mar 20, 2022 09:25 PM IST

Israeli PM Naftali Bennett to visit India next month

India recognised Israel in 1950 but full-fledged diplomatic relations were established only in 1992. The two sides elevated their relations to a strategic partnership in 2017, when Modi made the first visit by an Indian prime minister to Israel.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett will visit India next month to mark the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. (AP PHOTO.)

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett will visit India next month to mark the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. (AP PHOTO.)

Published on Mar 20, 2022 07:30 PM IST

60 spectators hurt after soccer gallery collapses in Kerala’s Malappuram

The incident occurred around 9 pm on Saturday night when a football match final between two local teams was going on. Some of the injured said the area witnessed heavy rain in the evening and no effort was made to strengthen the makeshift gallery made of coconut and areca nut wooden planks.

The local people said the gallery of the football stadium in Wandoor had a capacity of 5,000 spectators but more than 25,000 people had assembled to watch the final on Saturday. (ANI PHOTO.)

The local people said the gallery of the football stadium in Wandoor had a capacity of 5,000 spectators but more than 25,000 people had assembled to watch the final on Saturday. (ANI PHOTO.)

Published on Mar 20, 2022 05:55 PM IST

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