Sunday, April 21, 2024

April 20, 2024 7:12 PM

Top Chinese swimmers competed, won medals in Tokyo Olympics despite failing drug tests: Report

As many as 23 top Chinese swimmers tested positive for a prohibited substance seven months before their participation in the Tokyo Olympics, as per a report. They were allowed to escape scrutiny and compete at the top sporting event following secret ...

April 20, 2024 5:38 PM

Emirates and flydubai resume normal operations after Dubai floods

Dubai's flagship carrier Emirates and sister airline flydubai have restored normal operations after heavy rains caused severe flooding across the United Arab Emirates earlier this week, the airlines said on Saturday. Emirates cancelled nearly 400 fl...

April 20, 2024 3:50 PM

Former Congress leader Tajinder Singh Bittu joins BJP

In yet another blow to the Congress party, Tajinder Singh Bittu joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the party headquarters in Delhi on Saturday, in the presence of Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and party general secretary Vinod Tawde. Tajin...

April 20, 2024 10:44 AM

LS polls 2024: PM Modi to campaign in Maharashtra, Karnataka today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to address two public meetings each in Maharashtra and Karnataka on Saturday. In Maharashtra, PM Modi will address a rally at 10:45 am in Nanded Lok Sabha constituency and at 12:15 pm in Parbhani Lok Sabha c...

April 18, 2024 7:45 PM

India gears up for General Elections 2024

India is set to embark on the world's largest democratic exercise as voting for the 18th Lok Sabha and Legislative Assemblies in four states kicks off tomorrow, marking the beginning of the General Elections 2024. The Election Commission of India has...

April 18, 2024 9:56 AM

UN Security Council to vote Friday on Palestinian UN membership

 The United Nations Security Council is scheduled to vote Friday on a Palestinian request for full U.N. membership, said diplomats, a move that Israel ally the United States is expected to block because it would effectively recognize a Palestinia...

April 17, 2024 6:06 PM

3 crore new houses to be built in the next 5 years: PM Modi

Senior BJP leader and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that three crore more new houses will be built for the poor in the next five years. Houses will be built for everyone without any discrimination. PM Modi was addressing a huge election rally...

April 16, 2024 9:31 PM

Chhattisgarh: 29 Naxals killed in Bastar encounter

A total of 29 Naxals were killed and three security personnel sustained injuries in an encounter that broke out in Chhattisgarh's Kanker, which lies in the Bastar region, officials said.   "On April 16, 2024, a joint search team comprising of Kank...

April 16, 2024 9:00 PM

IMF boosts India’s 2024 growth forecast

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its latest outlook raised India's growth projections for 2024 from 6.5 per cent to 6.8 per cent, with the country maintaining the fastest-growing status in emerging markets and developing economies.   For t...

April 16, 2024 8:35 PM

UAE Grapples with Heavy Rains, Oman Floods Claim Lives

The United Arab Emirates  is in the grip of a severe weather crisis as heavy rains batter the region, resulting in widespread flooding and travel chaos. Meanwhile, neighboring Oman mourns the loss of several lives following devastating flash floods....

April 16, 2024 4:13 PM

India calls for inclusive framework, decisive action on UN Security Council reform

India on Tuesday called for decisive action on Security Council reform, championing an inclusive framework that truly represents the dynamic global landscape of today. Speaking at the 6th round of intergovernmental negotiations on UNSC reform, India...

April 16, 2024 11:02 AM

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Senior BJP leader & PM Modi to address public meetings in Bihar

As the Lok Sabha elections draw near, senior BJP leader and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to hold two public gatherings in Bihar on Tuesday in support of National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidates. This will be PM Modi's third visit to Bihar...

April 15, 2024 8:20 PM

“One nation, One election is our commitment”: PM Modi

Senior BJP Leader and  Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the implementation of 'One nation, One election' which is one of the key promises made by his party-BJP in its poll manifesto is the "commitment" of his government.   The idea of "One ...

April 15, 2024 6:27 PM

Devastating floods kill 58 in Tanzania, heavy rains persist

The floods that have swept through Tanzania in the last fortnight have proven catastrophic, claiming the lives of 58 people, prompting urgent calls for infrastructure improvements to prevent future tragedies. The Tanzanian government disclosed the d...

April 16, 2024 2:50 PM

Singapore PM Lee to hand power to successor Wong on May 15

Long-time Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced on Monday he would hand over power to his designated successor, Lawrence Wong, on May 15, ahead of an election that must be by held next year.   Wong has been prime minister-in-waiting s...

April 15, 2024 4:09 PM

India forecasts above average monsoon rains after dry 2023

India said on Monday it is likely to receive above average monsoon rainfall in 2024, in a potential boost for the country which depends heavily on the summer rains for its farm output.   The lifeblood of India's economy delivers nearly 70% of the ...

April 15, 2024 9:20 AM

Senior BJP leader and PM Modi to address rallies in central and south Kerala today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to address public rallies in Kerala on Monday as part of the BJP's electoral campaign for the Lok Sabha elections. PM Modi will take part in the public meeting at Kunnamangalam in the Alathur constituency in Th...

April 15, 2024 8:39 AM

Paid holiday declared for voters on polling day in NCT of Delhi

In a step towards enhancing voter turnout and participation in the electoral process, the Chief Electoral Officer of Delhi, P Krishnamurthy announced the implementation of the Election Commission of India (ECI) Order, granting a paid holiday to emplo...

April 14, 2024 8:02 PM

IDF says it shot down 99% of missiles, drones from Iranian attack

The Israeli military has claimed that with a defense coalition of their international partners, they have successfully intercepted 99 percent of the aerial threats launched by Iran. "IDF: Together with a defense coalition of international partners, ...

April 14, 2024 1:33 PM

LS polls 2024: BJP releases election manifesto ‘Sankalp Patra’

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday announced its election manifesto named 'Sankalp Patra,' for the Lok Sabha elections 2024, on the birth anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar, honouring one of the main framers of the Constitution with this move. ...

April 12, 2024 10:07 PM

PM Modi holds roadshow in Rajasthan’s Dausa

PM Modi on Friday held a roadshow in Rajasthan’s Dausa to garner support for BJP candidate Kanhaiya Lal Meena for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Accompanied by BJP candidate from Dausa, Kanhaiya Lal Meena and Rajasthan Minister Kirodi Lal Meena...

April 12, 2024 9:53 PM

102 PCs in 21 States/UTs and 92 Assembly Constituencies in Arunachal & Sikkim, set for polling on April 19

A total of 102 Parliamentary Constituencies in 21 states are scheduled for polling on April 19 in which 127 General Observers, 67 Police Observers and 167 Expenditure Observers have been deployed, informed Election Commission.  Chief Election Commi...

April 12, 2024 4:44 PM

‘I want to win the 2027 World Cup’: Rohit Sharma

India skipper Rohit Sharma opened up about his future plans with the 'Men in Blue', expressing his desire to win the next ICC ODI World Cup in 2027, slated to take place in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Namibia. Talking about the ODI World Cup 2023 fi...

April 12, 2024 12:55 PM

PM Modi in Udhampur slams opposition over dynasty politics

Addressing a public rally in Udhampur, PM Modi said, “Modi is guaranteeing the creation of developed Jammu and Kashmir for developed India. But Congress, National Conference, and PDP want to take Jammu and Kashmir back to those old days. No one has...

April 12, 2024 9:29 AM

Prime Minister Modi chairs meet to review preparedness for heat wave conditions

Amid rising temperatures in several parts of the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the preparedness for heat wave related situations. He stressed upon whole of government approach. PM Modi also highlighted the importance of awareness cre...

April 10, 2024 5:16 PM

Wearing traditional ‘veshti’, PM Modi campaigns in Vellore

Senior BJP leader and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday chose to wear a ‘veshti’ while campaigning for NDA candidates in Tamil Nadu’s Vellore. Addressing a public rally in Vellore, PM Modi said, "...Our New Year is starting from 14th A...

April 10, 2024 8:36 AM

Prime Minister Modi to hold rally in Nagpur today in support of NDA’s Ramtek candidate

After holding election rallies in Chhattisgarh's Bastar and Chandrapur in Maharashtra, in addition to taking out a colourful roadshow down South, in Tamil Nadu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Nagpur on Wednesday for an election rally in the ...

April 9, 2024 9:29 PM

World Faced Hottest March Ever: EU Climate Agency

The world experienced the hottest March ever, making it the tenth month in a row that is the warmest on record, the European Union climate agency said on Tuesday. The Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) said that the average surface air temperat...

April 9, 2024 12:27 PM

Malaysia sees surge in social media content restriction requests

Malaysia urged Facebook operator Meta META.O and short video service TikTok to step up monitoring on their platforms, it said on Tuesday, with the government reporting sharp increases in harmful social media content this year. In the first three mon...

April 9, 2024 10:50 AM

PM Modi to hold election campaigns in UP, MP and Tamil Nadu

Senior BJP leader and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to campaign for the party in the battleground states of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday. He will also hold a roadshow in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, where the BJP is trying t...

April 9, 2024 8:46 AM

Saudi Arabia echoes India’s stance on Kashmir in joint statement with Pakistan

Saudi Arabia appears to have supported India's stance on Jammu and Kashmir in a joint statement with Pakistan. It urged India and Pakistan to resolve their "outstanding issues" bilaterally. The two nations issued a joint statement after the meeting ...

April 8, 2024 5:02 PM

People of Maharashtra have taken a pledge for victory of BJP-NDA candidates: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will kickstart the BJP's campaign for the upcoming Lok Sabha election in Maharashtra with a public rally in Chandrapur on Monday evening. "The people of Maharashtra have taken a solemn pledge for the grand victory of BJP...

April 8, 2024 4:14 PM

Chhattisgarh will bless BJP in Lok Sabha polls, says PM Modi

Senior BJP leader and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, set to launch the election campaign for the party from Chhattisgarh's Bastar, said on Monday that the people of the state will extend "their full blessings to his party" in the upcoming general elec...

April 8, 2024 3:40 PM

NCERT warns against copyright infringement of educational materials

The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has issued a warning regarding the unauthorized use of its educational materials. In an advisory issued on Monday, the council said that publishing NCERT textbooks for commercial purpo...

April 8, 2024 8:38 AM

Lok Sabha polls: PM Modi to address rally in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to kick off the Lok Sabha campaign for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Chhattisgarh by addressing a rally in Chhattisgarh's Bastar on Monday. Chhattisgarh Forest Minister Kedar Kashyap on Sunday said that the P...

April 7, 2024 10:43 PM

Election Commission launches multi-pronged campaigns to encourage young and urban voters

In the rup-up to the 18th Lok Sabha polls, the Election Commission has rolled out a range of campaigns on social media platforms to encourage young and urban voters to participate, by casting their ballots.  'Turning 18' and 'You are the One,' are ...

April 7, 2024 4:10 PM

IMD using AI, machine learning for weather forecasts: DG Mohapatra

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has started using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning in weather forecasts, and it will expand it further into other areas to improve forecasts in coming years, IMD’s director general Mrutyunj...

April 7, 2024 12:15 PM

Pro-Russia candidate wins Slovakia’s Presidential election

Slovak nationalist-left government candidate Peter Pellegrini won the country's Presidential election on Saturday, cementing the grip of pro-Russian Prime Minister Robert Fico over the country. As 99.9 per cent of ballots have been counted, Peter Pe...

April 5, 2024 10:44 PM

German coalition agrees financing details of hydrogen network

Germany's ruling coalition on Friday agreed a financing mechanism for the country's future hydrogen network, extending a deadline for it to be built by five years to 2037 and offering protection for investors in case of bankruptcy.   Many countrie...

April 5, 2024 2:00 PM

Congress releases election manifesto for 2024 Lok Sabha polls

The Congress party released its manifesto for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections at the All India Congress Committee (AICC) headquarters in Delhi on Friday. Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress Parliamentary Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, former Con...

April 5, 2024 8:38 AM

US government announces extension of work permits for certain categories of immigrants

A temporary final rule (TFR) was recently announced by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), building on significant modernization efforts that have streamlined the eligibility of immigrants for work permits. The TFR extends the autom...

April 4, 2024 12:01 PM

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Filing of nominations for second phase ends today

Filing of nominations for the second phase of Lok Sabha elections 2024 will end on Thursday. In this phase, voting will be held for 88 parliamentary seats across 12 states and the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir on April 26. The process of fili...

April 4, 2024 8:35 AM

Russia says, no issue with oil payment from India and oil deliveries are steadily high

The Russian Foreign Ministry has said that deliveries of Russian oil to India are steadily high, with no payment issues encountered, the state-owned news agency TASS reported. "Russian oil supplies to India are maintained at a steadily high level an...

April 3, 2024 7:51 PM

White House directs NASA to create time standard for the moon

The White House on Tuesday directed NASA to establish a unified standard of time for the moon and other celestial bodies, as the United States aims to set international norms in space amid a growing lunar race among nations and private companies. Th...

April 3, 2024 5:52 PM

Philippines ready to counter China’s re-supply interference

The Philippines is prepared to respond to China's attempts to disrupt its supply missions in the South China Sea and protect its troops stationed in the waterway, a top security official said on Wednesday. Jonathan Malaya, the spokesperson of the Na...

April 3, 2024 5:08 PM

UPI a hit among consumers as transactions surge by 56%: report

UPI transactions in India surged by 56% year-on-year (YoY) in the second half (H2) of 2023, while card transactions saw a modest growth of 6%, according to a report by payment service provider Worldline.    The volume of UPI transactions surged t...

April 3, 2024 4:26 PM

NATO ministers mull 100 billion euro military fund for Ukraine

NATO foreign ministers met on Wednesday to discuss how to put military support for Ukraine on a long-term footing, including a proposal for a 100 billion euro ($107 billion) five-year fund and a plan seen as a way to "Trump-proof" aid for Kyiv. The ...

April 2, 2024 9:37 PM

IREDA sets record: Highest loan sanctions and disbursements

The Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Limited (IREDA), the leading green financing Non-Banking Financial Company (NBFC) in India, has achieved record-breaking annual loan sanctions and disbursements in the financial year 2023-24. During thi...

April 2, 2024 6:34 PM

EAM Jaishankar ensures safe return home for Indians worldwide

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday assured safe return home for Indian citizens worldwide and recalled how India's foreign policy was at the forefront for the evacuation of Indian nationals under Operation Indravati to evacuate its nat...

April 2, 2024 10:58 AM

North Korea fires suspected intermediate-range ballistic missile

North Korea fired a suspected intermediate-range ballistic missile into the sea off its east coast on Tuesday, South Korea's military said, in a move that sparked immediate condemnation from the prime minister of Japan. South Korea's Joint Chiefs of...

April 2, 2024 10:32 AM

Palestinian death toll in Gaza exceeds 32,800:ministry

The Palestinian death toll in the Gaza Strip had risen to 32,845, the Hamas-run Health Ministry said in a press statement on Monday. The Israeli army killed at least 63 Palestinians during the past 24 hours, bringing the total death toll to 32,845 a...

April 2, 2024 8:39 AM

Protests erupt in Pakistan over abduction of Hindu girl

Amidst growing outrage, members of the Hindu community and traders in Dera Murad Jamali took to the streets to condemn the recent abduction of a young girl, Priya Kumari, and demanded urgent action for her recovery, Dawn reported. Criticising the Si...

April 2, 2024 8:29 AM

Iran vows response to deadly attack on consulate in Damascus

In the aftermath of a devastating attack on Iran's consulate in Damascus, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has confirmed the tragic loss of seven of its officials, including senior commanders Mohammed Reza Zahedi and Mohammad Hadi Haji Ra...

April 1, 2024 12:05 PM

IAF’s 10-day mega exercise ‘Gagan Shakti’ set to begin

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is set to commence a 10-day exercise on Monday to test its capabilities and preparedness for high-intensity operations. During the exercise, known as 'Gagan Shakti-2024,' the IAF will mobilize all its bases and assets acro...

April 1, 2024 9:23 AM

PM Modi to address ceremony marking 90 years of RBI in Mumbai today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a ceremony marking 90 years of the Reserve Bank of India in Mumbai today (Monday), the central bank said. The event will also be attended by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and RBI Governor Shaktika...

March 30, 2024 10:19 AM

President Murmu to confer Bharat Ratna on LK Advani on Sunday

President Droupadi Murmu is slated to confer the Bharat Ratna, the country's highest civilian honour, on veteran politician Lal Krishna Advani on Sunday, as per the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) sources. President Murmu will pay a visit to senior BJP...

March 29, 2024 5:44 PM

India, Mozambique, and Tanzania conclude trilateral naval exercise

The second edition of the India-Mozambique-Tanzania Trilateral Exercise concluded successfully at Nacala, Mozambique, on March 28. The week-long exercise aimed at boosting maritime cooperation and interoperability between the navies of the three nati...

March 29, 2024 1:35 PM

EAM Jaishankar meets Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba in Delhi

External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar on Friday met with his Ukrainian counterpart, Dmytro Kuleba, who is on an official visit to India and said that he is looking forward to discussions with the leader. In a post on X, EAM Jaishankar said, "Welco...

March 28, 2024 5:42 PM

Suspect appeals Pre-trial detention in Moscow concert hall attack

Aminchon Islomov, one of the eight individuals apprehended in connection to the recent Moscow concert hall assault, has lodged an appeal against his pre-trial detention, as per a report from the Russian state news agency RIA on Thursday. Islomov, ha...

March 28, 2024 2:44 PM

UAE launches campaign to donate surplus food for Ramadan

In a bid to reduce food waste and adopt a sustainable approach during this year's month of Ramadan, the UAE launched a campaign to donate leftover food to those in need. Launched in 2017, the UAE Food Bank - a non-profit organisation vows to reduce ...

March 27, 2024 9:56 PM

India at G20 2nd Employment Working Group Meeting at Brasilia

The two day 2nd Employment Working Group (EWG) meeting under the Brazilian Presidency commenced on Wednesday in Brasilia. The G20 EWG’s mandate is to address labour, employment and social issues for strong, sustainable, balanced and job-rich growth...

March 27, 2024 7:27 PM

Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi sworn in as judicial member, Lokpal

Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi on Wednesday was sworn-in as the judicial member, Lokpal. The oath was administered by Justice A. M. Khanwilkar, Chairperson, Lokpal of India. Additionally, Pankaj Kumar and Ajay Tirkey took oath as member, Lokpal.  The ne...

March 27, 2024 5:49 PM

Phase 2 Nominations Open: 88 Constituencies, 12 States/UTs

The filing of nominations for the second phase of General Elections is set to commence tomorrow following the issuance of a Gazette notification by the Election Commission of India (ECI) for Phase 2. A total of 88 Parliamentary Constituencies spread...

March 27, 2024 4:58 PM

Morgan Stanley raises India’s GDP growth forecast to 6.8 per cent for FY25

After S&P Global, Morgan Stanley has revised its GDP growth forecast upwards for the financial year 2024-25 (FY25) to 6.8 per cent, up from its previous estimate of 6.5 per cent. The firm also revised its growth forecast for the ongoing financial...

March 27, 2024 3:19 PM

Envoys of five nations present credentials to President of India

President of India, Droupadi Murmu, accepted credentials from the Ambassadors/High Commissioner of Philippines, Uzbekistan, Belarus, Kenya and Georgia at a ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Wednesday, Rashtrapati Bhavan said in a press release. ...

March 27, 2024 1:34 PM

Pavan Davuluri to lead Microsoft’s Windows and Surface teams

Microsoft has once again merged its Windows and Surface teams internally, with Pavan Davuluri, an alumnus of IIT Madras, entrusted with leading development efforts on both fronts. According to reports from Windows Central, a reputable source for Mic...

March 27, 2024 1:14 PM

Negotiations on Gaza ceasefire deal ongoing with no timeline for agreement: Qatari foreign ministry

The negotiations on a Gaza ceasefire deal are still ongoing, but Qatar cannot offer any timeline on an agreement, the Qatari Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday. Majed Al-Ansari, spokesman of the ministry said at a media briefing that regardless of the...

March 27, 2024 10:04 AM

Baltimore harbor bridge collapse: Six workers presumed dead

Six workers were missing and presumed dead from a bridge that collapsed in Baltimore Harbor early on Tuesday when a massive cargo ship crippled by a power loss rammed into the structure, forcing closure of one of the busiest ports on the U.S. Eastern...

March 27, 2024 8:57 AM

Ramakrishna Mission chief Swami Smaranananda Maharaj dies at 95

The Chief of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, Swami Smaranananda Maharaj, died at 95 due to age-related ailments, according to Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed condolences on the death of the P...

March 26, 2024 8:38 PM

PM Modi speaks with Belgian PM Alexander De Croo; discussion on bilateral ties

PM Narendra Modi on Tuesday held a telephonic conversation with Alexander De Croo, the Prime Minister of Belgium. PM Modi congratulated PM De Croo on the recent successful hosting of the First Nuclear Energy Summit in Brussels. Both leaders reviewe...

March 26, 2024 4:04 PM

India-Australia Schedule Announced; Perth To Host Opening Test

Australia has released details of the schedule for their upcoming home summer, which includes the visit of India for the five-match Test series with Perth to host the opening Test. The five-match Test series against India will begin on November 22 i...

March 26, 2024 2:52 PM

1.6-mile bridge in Baltimore collapses after ship collision

The 1.6-mile (2.57 km) long Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, Maryland, has partially collapsed after a ship hit it, and as many as seven people may be in the water, officials said on Tuesday. The Baltimore City Fire Department described the co...

March 25, 2024 2:16 PM

BJP releases 5th list of candidates; Arun Govil, Kangana Ranaut, Naveen Jindal among nominees

The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday released its fifth list of candidates for the Lok Sabha elections featuring some big names including Naveen Jindal from Haryana’s Kurukshetra, actress Kangana Ranaut from Himachal’s Mandi and Arun Govil f...

March 23, 2024 8:41 AM

Prime Minister Modi condemns ‘heinous terrorist’ attack in Moscow as toll mounts to 60

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the terror attack inside a packed concert hall in Moscow on Saturday, calling it a 'heinous act' and expressing solidarity with the Russian government and its people. "We strongly condemn the heinous terrorist ...

March 22, 2024 4:21 PM

ED produces Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal at Rouse Avenue court

The Enforcement Directorate on Friday produced Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal before the Rouse Avenue court following his arrest in connection with corruption allegations relating to the city’s liquor policy. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief,...

March 22, 2024 12:20 PM

UN adopts first global artificial intelligence resolution

The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday unanimously adopted the first global resolution on artificial intelligence that encourages countries to safeguard human rights, protect personal data, and monitor AI for risks. The nonbinding resolutio...

March 22, 2024 10:54 AM

PM Modi arrives in Bhutan for state visit, receives grand reception

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Paro, Bhutan today on a state visit from 22-23 March 2024. The visit is in keeping with the tradition of regular high-level exchanges between India and Bhutan and the government’s emphasis on its Neighbourhoo...

March 22, 2024 8:52 AM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarks on state visit to Bhutan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday embarked on a state visit to Bhutan. During his visit to Bhutan, PM Modi will attend various programmes to further enhance India-Bhutan bilateral partnership. In a post on X, PM Modi spoke about his visit to Bh...

March 21, 2024 1:41 PM

India criticizes UN model for undermining security council reform

India has criticised the Uniting for Consensus (UfC) model at the United Nations, arguing that it undermines inclusivity and representation in the Security Council. India's Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj, said that the...

March 21, 2024 11:43 AM

Digital payments soar as more Indians opt for UPI

India is witnessing a surge in digital payments as more people are opting for online transactions. In February alone, transactions through the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) soared to an impressive Rs 18.2 lakh crore, totaling 122 crore transaction...

March 21, 2024 10:33 AM

PM Modi speaks to Russian President Putin and Ukraine’s Zelenskyy

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday engaged in separate telephone conversations with the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, and the President of the Russia, Vladimir Putin. In his discussion with President Zelenskyy, the two leaders de...

March 21, 2024 10:04 AM

US strongly opposes China’s claim over Arunachal Pradesh

The United States recognises Arunachal Pradesh as Indian territory and "strongly opposes" any unilateral attempts to advance territorial claims by China across the Line of Actual Control, said State Department Principal Deputy Spokesperson Vedant Pat...

March 21, 2024 8:23 AM

PM Modi says, ‘India not only fulfilling aspirations of its people but also providing hope to world’

Highlighting India's strong commitment to democracy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday that India is not only fulfilling the aspirations of its 1.4 billion people but is also providing hope to the world that democracy delivers and empowe...

March 20, 2024 10:45 PM

Prime Minister Modi’s Bhutan visit postponed due to bad weather

The Ministry of External Affairs announced on Wednesday that Prime Minister Modi's planned visit to Bhutan has been postponed due to bad weather conditions. Originally scheduled for March 21-22, the visit has been delayed due to ongoing inclement we...

March 20, 2024 5:39 PM

UGC chief assures ‘moderate’ level of difficulty in CUET-UG 2024

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has announced a series of initiatives aimed at ensuring a smooth and hassle-free Common University Entrance Test for Undergraduate (CUET UG) 2024. UGC chief M Jagadesh Kumar stated on Wednesday that the Nationa...

March 20, 2024 8:59 AM

Donald Trump wins Republican presidential primary in Illinois, bolstering his position

Former US President Donald Trump has won the Republican primary in Illinois, reported The Hill, citing Decision Desk HQ. Trump, however, has already achieved the required delegate threshold he needs to secure the Republican nominations, and his win i...

March 19, 2024 6:00 PM

EC appoints Sanjay Mukherjee as new DGP of West Bengal

The Election Commission of India on Tuesday appointed Sanjay Mukherjee as the new DGP of West Bengal. This comes a day after the West Bengal government appointed Vivek Sahay as the DGP, replacing Rajeev Kumar, who was transferred. On Monday, the EC ...

March 19, 2024 5:51 PM

Sensex, Nifty drop nearly 1%, IT, metals suffer major losses

Indian stock indices registered major losses on Tuesday. The Sensex closed at 72,012, witnessing a decline of 1.01%, while the Nifty closed at 21,817, dropping by 1.08%. Twenty-three out of the 30 stocks listed on the BSE Sensex fell, reflecting the...

March 19, 2024 3:54 PM

Over 250 Additional CISF Personnel To Be Deployed At Parliament

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) will deploy an additional 250 personnel to enhance security measures at the Parliament House complex. CISF Director General Nina Singh has given her approval for the integration of these personnel into th...

March 19, 2024 9:35 AM

South Korea hosted summit warns of AI risks to democracy

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol on Monday called fake news and disinformation based on AI and digital technology threats to democracy, as some officials attending a global summit accused Russia and China of conducting malicious propaganda campai...

March 18, 2024 1:02 PM

North Korea fires ballistic missiles as Blinken visits Seoul

North Korea fired short-range ballistic missiles into the sea on Monday for the first time in two months, as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Seoul for a conference hosted by President Yoon Suk Yeol on advancing democracy. South Korea'...

March 18, 2024 12:40 PM

Alcaraz beats Medvedev to win second straight Indian Wells title

Carlos Alcaraz successfully defended his Indian Wells crown with a 7-6(5) 6-1 win over Daniil Medvedev in the final on Sunday (March 17). In a rematch of last year's final, Alcaraz started sloppily, spraying errors around the court to fall 3-0 down ...

March 19, 2024 9:37 AM

Netanyahu says Israel to press on with Rafah assault plan

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday he would keep on with the military campaign against Hamas in Gaza, where aid agencies say famine is looming, while ceasefire talks were set to resume. Netanyahu told a cabinet meeting that Isr...

March 18, 2024 11:00 AM

Putin wins Russia election in landslide with no serious competition

President Vladimir Putin won a record post-Soviet landslide in Russia's election on Sunday, cementing his already tight grip on power in a victory he said showed Moscow had been right to stand up to the West and send its troops into Ukraine. Putin, ...

March 17, 2024 10:53 AM

MeitY issues advisory on AI for intermediaries

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has issued a crucial advisory concerning the due diligence responsibilities of intermediaries and platforms under the Information Technology Act, 2000, and the Information Technology (Int...

March 16, 2024 3:50 PM

96.8 crore voters eligible to take part in 2024 Lok Sabha polls

A total of 96.8 crore voters will be eligible to cast their vote in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Rajiv Kumar said on Saturday. Addressing a press conference here to announce the dates of Lok Sabha elections and...

March 16, 2024 9:31 AM

One crore households registered for Centre’s solar rooftop scheme under PM-Surya Ghar Muft Bijli Yojana

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that over one crore households have already registered for the solar rooftop scheme PM-Surya Ghar: Muft Bijli Yojana. "Outstanding news! In about a month since it was launched, over 1 crore households hav...

March 16, 2024 9:15 AM

Election Commission of India to announce Lok Sabha poll dates today

The Election Commission of India will announce the poll dates for the Lok Sabha elections 2024 today (Saturday), a spokesperson of the poll body said on Friday. The EC will also announce the Assembly election dates for some states. The dates for the ...

March 15, 2024 2:38 PM

Election Commission to announce Lok Sabha election dates tomorrow

The Election Commission of India will announce the dates for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections at a press conference on Saturday, a spokesperson of the poll body said on Friday. The EC will also announce the Assembly election dates for some states. I...

March 15, 2024 12:34 PM

Paytm Payments Bank to cease services: What customers need to know

Paytm Payments Bank will stop offering services like accepting deposits and processing credit transactions starting March 15, as directed by the Reserve Bank of India. (https://www.rbi.org.in/commonperson/English/scripts/FAQs.aspx?Id=3573) The RBI ...

March 15, 2024 11:46 AM

Govt set to launch pilot program for cashless treatment of road accident victims

The central government is set to launch a pilot programme in Chandigarh that will offer cashless treatment to the victims of road accidents. Based on its outcome, the cashless treatment facility may be extended nationwide. The initiative aims to ste...

March 14, 2024 8:55 PM

PM Modi addresses PM SVANidhi beneficiaries, distributes loans to street vendors

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today addressed the beneficiaries of the PM SVANidhi scheme, at JLN Stadium, New Delhi . The Prime Minister distributed loans to 1 lakh street vendors, including 5,000 from Delhi, under the scheme aimed at empowering this...

March 14, 2024 1:43 PM

I&B Ministry blocks 18 OTT platforms for Obscene Content

The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (I&B) has taken action in coordination with various intermediaries, on Tuesday to block 18 OTT platforms publishing obscene, vulgar, and, in some instances, pornographic content. 19 websites, 10 apps...

March 14, 2024 8:45 AM

PM Modi to distribute loans under PM SVANidhi beneficiaries to one lakh street vendors

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address beneficiaries of the PM SVANidhi scheme at JLN Stadium in the national capital on Thursday. According to the Prime Minister's Office, PM Modi will also distribute loans under the scheme to 1 lakh street vendo...

March 13, 2024 6:03 PM

Bangladeshi ship hijacked by Somali pirates

A Bangladeshi-flagged cargo vessel, MV Abdullah,  carrying coal and manned by 23 crew members has been hijacked by Somalian pirates in the Indian Ocean near Somalia coast. The ship was heading for Dubai from Mozambique's Maputo port when the pira...

March 13, 2024 4:30 PM

India will soon commence production of semiconductor chips: PM Modi

India will soon start commercial production of semiconductors and related products, becoming a global powerhouse in the sector, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he laid the foundation stone for three new semiconductor plants on Wednesday. "Today...

March 13, 2024 1:01 PM

Global Media Congress Urges Strong Leadership for Evolving Industry

A White Paper titled "Decisive Leadership in an Increasingly Complex Media Landscape" was unveiled at a recent Global Media Congress event in Nairobi, Kenya.  The paper, launched by Emirates News Agency, the official news agency of the United Arab ...

March 13, 2024 10:33 AM

Biden, Trump clinch nominations, set for presidential rematch

President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump both clinched their parties' nomination on Tuesday, kicking off the first U.S. presidential election rematch in nearly 70 years. Biden needed 1,968 delegates to win the nomination, and he pas...

March 12, 2024 11:30 PM

BJP’s Nayab Singh Saini takes oath as Haryana Chief Minister

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Nayab Singh Saini took oath as the Haryana Chief Minister on Tuesday at a swearing-in ceremony in Raj Bhawan, Chandigarh. Four BJP leaders Kanwar Pal Singh Gurjar, Jai Parkash Dalal, Moolchand Sharma, and Banwari ...

March 12, 2024 6:22 PM

PM Modi witnesses tri-service firepower exercise ‘Bharat Shakti’ in Rajasthan’s Pokhran

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday travelled to the Pokhran field firing range in Rajasthan to witness the integrated tri-service firepower and manoeuvre exercise. The 'Bharat Shakti' exercise showcased indigenous weapons systems and platforms,...

March 12, 2024 3:21 PM

‘China protesting PM’s Arunachal visit doesn’t stand to reason’: MEA

India responded firmly to China's criticism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Arunachal Pradesh, stating that the northeastern state is an integral part of India. Dismissing Chinese objections, the MEA spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal said that...

March 12, 2024 12:18 PM

PM Modi unveils development projects worth Rs 1 lakh crore in Ahmedabad

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday inaugurated multiple development projects worth over Rs 1 lakh crore in Ahmedabad. The projects span diverse sectors such as rail infrastructure, connectivity and petrochemicals.   At the newly built Operati...

March 11, 2024 7:46 PM

PM Modi hails Mission Divyastra: First Flight Test of Indigenously Developed Agni-5 Missile with MIRV

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today praised the scientists of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for their remarkable achievement in the successful execution of Mission Divyastra. This historic mission marked the maiden flight te...

March 11, 2024 4:52 PM

Seminar on India-Bangladesh Tourism Fair held in Dhaka

The High Commission of India in Bangladesh organised a seminar on 'India-Bangladesh Tourism Fair' in Dhaka on Sunday. The High Commission organised the event in collaboration with India-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce & Industry (IBCCI) and Bangla...

March 11, 2024 3:19 PM

PM Modi inaugurates 112 National Highway projects in Gurugram

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated and laid the foundation stone for 112 National Highway projects spread across the country, with a total value of about Rs 1 lakh crore. To help improve traffic flow and ease congestion between Delhi...

March 11, 2024 9:04 AM

Ramadan to begin in much of the Middle East from Monday

The crescent moon signaling the start of Ramadan was sighted in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, prompting a Monday start to the holy month for much of the Middle East. Qatar and the UAE have also confirmed they will begin observing Ramadan from March 11th. ...

March 10, 2024 5:49 PM

PM Modi launches Mahatari Vandana Yojana in Chhattisgarh

In a move towards women empowerment in Chhattisgarh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched the Mahatari Vandana Yojana, disbursing its inaugural installment. This scheme aims to provide financial assistance of Rs 1000 per month to eligible marr...

March 10, 2024 1:28 PM

PM Modi to inaugurate major national highway projects in Gurugram

In a bid to bolster infrastructure development and improve connectivity across the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Gurugram, Haryana on 11th March. The highlight of the visit will be the inauguration and laying of the found...

March 9, 2024 9:20 PM

BSF-BGB border conference concludes in Dhaka

The 54th director general (DG) level border conference between Border Security Force (BSF) and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) concluded at BGB headquarters in Dhaka on Saturday. The border conference, which started on March 5, ended with the signing o...

March 9, 2024 1:02 PM

England’s James Anderson becomes first pacer to take 700 wickets

England's James Anderson etched his name in history books on Saturday by becoming the first-ever pacer to take 700 Test wickets. He is also only the third bowler overall to do so. The 41-year old bowler achieved the milestone while dismissing Kuldeep...

March 9, 2024 10:05 AM

Nepal welcomes UPI for seamless transactions with India

With NPCI International Payments Ltd (NIPL), the international arm of NPCI and Fonepay Payment Service Ltd, Nepal’s largest payment network, announcing Unified Payment Interface (UPI) for cross-border transactions between India and Nepal is live no...

March 8, 2024 4:36 PM

Women’s Day: Indian Army to raise two sports companies for girls

The Indian Army will be setting up two Army Girls Sports Companies (AGSCs) in a phased manner within two of its centre of excellence nodes at Mhou and Pune to identify young talent, educate them and train them to become champions in their respective ...

March 8, 2024 3:17 PM

Bengaluru water crisis leaves homes and offices high and dry

A severe water crisis has left Bengaluru, India's tech hub, with dry taps, leaving residents and offices without drinking water. In a bid to mitigate the situation, the Karnataka government announced a ban on the use of drinking water for non-essent...

March 8, 2024 1:19 PM

PM Modi presents National Creators Award across 20 categories

Prime Minister Narendra Modi presented the first National Creators Award in New Delhi on Friday. With over 150,000 nominations across 20 categories and approximately 10 lakh votes, the award aims to recognize excellence across diverse creative fields...

March 8, 2024 10:50 AM

PM Modi announces LPG cylinder price cut by Rs 100 on Women’s Day

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a price cut of Rs. 100 for LPG cylinders on International Women's Day. In a statement, Prime Minister Modi highlighted that this price cut is not only aimed at making cooking gas more affordable but also at sup...

March 8, 2024 10:01 AM

Sweden officially joins NATO, ends decades of neutrality

Sweden on Thursday formally joined NATO as the 32nd member of the transatlantic military alliance, ending decades of post-World War II neutrality as concerns about Russian aggression in Europe have spiked following Russia’s 2022 invasion of Ukraine...

March 7, 2024 9:57 PM

Union Cabinet approves IndiaAI Mission with Rs 10,371 crore budget

Union Minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday announced a myriad of decisions taken by the Narendra Modi government in its Cabinet meeting, ranging from allowance hikes and minimum support price hikes to new schemes for artificial intelligence. Goyal anno...

March 7, 2024 5:43 PM

‘Jammu and Kashmir is breathing freely today’: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that Jammu and Kashmir is witnessing unprecedented development and “breathing freely” since the abrogation of Article 370. He also expressed confidence in winning the hearts of the people in J&K. ...

March 7, 2024 9:53 AM

IND vs ENG, 5th Test: England win toss, opt to bat first

England skipper Ben Stokes won the toss and elected to bat first in the fifth and final Test against India at Dharamsala's Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) stadium on Thursday. India has already won the series 3-1. England, having lost t...