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India is new hope for world amidst conflicts: PM Modi


New Delhi: Highlighting India’s rising stature at the international forums, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that India offers new hope for the world amidst global unrest and conflicts. Addressing the ‘Yuva Shivir’ organized at Karelibaug, Vadodara via video conferencing, PM Modi said, “From delivering vaccines and medicines to the world amid the Covid-19...

India had most pollution deaths in 2019, over 23.5 Lakh: Lancet


New Delhi: India saw over 23.5 lakh premature deaths due to pollution of all types - including 16.7 lakh fatalities caused by air pollution - in 2019, the highest among all countries globally, according to a new study published in The Lancet Planetary Health journal. The majority of air pollution-related deaths - 9.8 lakh - in...

China building ‘larger’ bridge over Pangong lake


New Delhi: China is constructing a "larger" second bridge in an area held by it around the strategically key Pangong Tso lake in eastern Ladakh and it could help the Chinese military to quickly mobilize its troops in the region, satellite images reveal. There is no official reaction or comment by the Indian defense establishment on...

P Chidambaram’s son took bribe to help Chinese nationals: CBI


New Delhi: Congress MP Karti Chidambaram's home and offices were searched by the CBI over allegations of 'bribe-for-visas'. Seven premises linked to Karti Chidambaram - the son of former Union Minister P Chidambaram - and his associates were searched across Chennai, Mumbai, Odisha, and Delhi, sources said. The investigation agency has registered a fresh case against...

India retains top spot as fastest-growing major economy: UN


United Nations: With economic growth forecast at 6.4 percent for this fiscal year, India will be the fastest-growing major economy, according to a UN report. "We expect Indian recovery to remain strong in the near term in the next year, and two," Hamid Rashid, the chief of the UN's Global Economic Monitoring Branch, said at the...

A day of resignations: From Hardik Patel to Delhi LG


New Delhi: On May 18, Indian politics saw multiple major resignations - all in the space of a few hours. Ahead of the Gujarat Assembly elections, the state’s working Congress president Hardik Patel resigned from the party. In his resignation letter, Hardik Patel said the "big leaders of Congress in Gujarat are far away from issues...

SC orders release of convict in ex-PM assassination case


New Delhi: The Supreme Court has ordered the release of A G Perarivalan, one of the seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, exercising its special powers under Article 142 of the Constitution. The order came 24 years after Perarivalan was sentenced to death in the case by a lower court, and two months after...

It is a fountain, not Shivling: Owaisi


Following the petitioner’s claim of the finding of a Shivling in Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi after the conclusion of the court-monitored survey, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said the structure is not a Shivling but a fountain. “It is a fountain, not ‘Shivling’. Every masjid has this fountain. Why the claim was not raised by the...

Secure Shivling, do not restrict namaaz in Gyanvapi: SC


New Delhi: The Supreme Court directed the Varanasi administration to protect and seal the area where a "Shivling" was found, during a video survey, inside the Gyanvapi mosque complex, while also telling the authorities concerned to not restrict Muslims from entering the mosque to offer namaz. A bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and P S...