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Missing Kota student found dead, suicide suspected

A 16-year-old IIT aspirant studying in Kota was found dead in a remote forest in Chambal Valley after being missing since Feb 11. Police suspect it to be a case of suicide, the sixth student suicide in Kota this year. Another student remains untraced.

21 Feb 2024 2:16 am
AAP gets mayors post but Cong gains little; advantage for BJP too

Despite the SC verdict, new mayor Kuldeep Kumar faces challenges in the MC House due to BJP's increased strength against the AAP-Cong alliance. The formation of the finance and contract committee and effective communication with the opposition are crucial for smooth governance.

21 Feb 2024 2:07 am
Protesters roll in heavy machinery to smash barriers & bulldoze into city

More than 20,000 protesting farmers from Punjab and Haryana with tractor-trailers and heavy machinery are set to resume their march towards New Delhi. They demand a law on minimum support price for crops and have made preparations to counter tear gas shells and rubber bullets.

21 Feb 2024 1:54 am
HCs advice to agitators: Take bus to Delhi, not tractors

The Punjab and Haryana high court asked farmers to avoid using tractors, trollies, and JCBs. They suggested buses instead. The court asked for a fresh status report on talks with farmer unions. Police were directed to prevent the movement of heavy equipment. The court is dealing with a public interest litigation filed by a lawyer from Panchkula.

21 Feb 2024 1:43 am
RO of C'garh Mayoral polls Masih guilty of serious misdemeanour, lying: SC

Supreme Court initiates proceedings against Anil Masih for serious misdemeanor in Chandigarh Mayor election and for lying. Invalidated votes benefited BJP candidate. RO misled court about defaced ballot papers. Presiding Officer defended by Mukul Rohatgi. Registrar Judicial issues show cause notice.

21 Feb 2024 1:32 am
Absolutely no: Calcutta HC on pregnancy tests in prison

Calcutta High Court dismissed a PIL to make pregnancy tests compulsory for women prisoners in Bengal. The court rejected the suggestion for mandatory pregnancy tests and a ban on male employees entering women's spaces. The issue had been previously taken up by the Supreme Court and investigated by the state prisons department and the state women's commission.

21 Feb 2024 1:25 am
Army to combatise more formations under Central Command

The Indian Army plans to transform the UB Area into the 18 Corps under the Lucknow-based Central Command. This new corps will cover the stretch between the Leh-based 14 Corps in the western sector and the Sukna-based 33 Corps in the eastern sector, guarding the middle sector of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China.

21 Feb 2024 1:16 am
U-turn on farm procurement proposal surprises govt

Farmers' union opposes govt's proposal for procurement of pulses, maize, and cotton. Punjab and Haryana face water table issues due to paddy cultivation. Lack of pulse procurement leads to spending on imports. Ecosystem affected without cotton procurement. NCCF and Nafed to implement the proposed scheme.

21 Feb 2024 1:07 am
Indian restaurant manager murdered in UK, eight arrested

Vignesh Pattabhiraman, an Indian restaurant manager, was murdered while cycling home from work in Reading. Thames Valley police have launched a murder investigation. His wife, Ramya, is devastated. A 24-year-old man and seven other men have been arrested. A JustGiving page has raised 7,000 to help with funeral expenses.

21 Feb 2024 1:03 am
4th Test: Rahul ruled out, Bumrah rested

Pacer Jasprit Bumrah has been released from the squad for the 4th Test against England in Ranchi. The decision has been taken keeping in mind the duration of the series and amount of cricket he has played in recent times. Meanwhile, KL Rahul has been ruled out of the 4th Test and his participation in the final game in Dharamsala is subject to fitness.

20 Feb 2024 10:11 pm
What does 'Akaay' mean and hold for Virushka?

Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli were blessed with a baby boy named 'Akaay' on Feb 15, 2024. The name 'Akaay' has numerological significance, adding to Number 6 ruled by Venus. The baby's birth will bring more fortunes to the couple and Anushka will expand her horizon into business and startups.

20 Feb 2024 10:00 pm
Virat, Anushka welcome baby boy 'Akaay'

Star India batter Virat Kohli on Tuesday announced that he and his actress wife Anushka Sharma were blessed with a baby boy on February 15. Kohli and Anushka are already proud parents of a three-year-old daughter Vamika. Kohli had earlier opted out of the ongoing Test series against England, citing personal reasons.

20 Feb 2024 9:01 pm
Tejas jet flies successfully with digital flight control computer

The Tejas Mk1A programme successfully flew with the digital fly-by-wire flight control computer (DFCC) developed by Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE). The DFCC features a Quadraplex Power PC-based Processor, high-speed autonomous state machine-based I/O controller, and complies with DO178C level-A safety requirements. The maiden flight was piloted by Wing Commander Siddarth Singh KMJ (Retd) of the National Flight Test Centre.

20 Feb 2024 8:35 pm
'I feel it's overhyped': Former India captain slams 'Bazball'

Despite England's commendable record of winning 14 out of 21 Tests, which include notable victories against teams like New Zealand and South Africa at home, as well as a 3-0 whitewash of Pakistan in Pakistan, former India captain remains skeptical about the sustainability of skipper Ben Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum's Bazball philosophy. Despite winning the first Test, England find themselves trailing 1-2 in the five-match series against India.

20 Feb 2024 7:08 pm
Smita Bharadwaj refutes Mahabharat actor's claims of abducting

Smita Bharadwaj firmly denies the baseless kidnapping accusations made by her estranged husband Nitish Bharadwaj. The ongoing legal battle involves allegations, communication issues, and attempts at reconciliation, highlighting the emotional well-being of their children. The reason for their separation remains undisclosed. Here's what Smita has to say about the entire scenario.

20 Feb 2024 6:56 pm
Rishabh Pant set for IPL return, plays warm-up match in Alur

Star wicktkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant appears poised for a highly anticipated comeback in the upcoming Indian Premier League. Pant was seen participating in a warm-up match in Alur. Pant has been undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru. The 26-year-old also underwent treatment in London, arranged by the Indian cricket board.

20 Feb 2024 6:44 pm
Watch: Batter effortlessly smacks back-to-back one-handed sixes

Right-handed Mohammad Babar of Spain was deliberately seen hitting a couple of incredible one-handed shots with his backhand off S Hossain as the strikes stunned the commentators and the opposition alike.

20 Feb 2024 5:10 pm
List of welfare schemes for farmers in India

The schemes for the welfare of farmers introduced by the Government of India encompass a wide array of areas, ranging from financial assistance and crop insurance to soil health management and marketing reforms. These initiatives are meticulously crafted to cater to the diverse needs of farmers and promote sustainable agricultural practices.

20 Feb 2024 5:10 pm
Healing Crystals for each Zodiac sign: Astrological support for a broken heart

Crystals have a fascinating world rooted in ancient civilizations and can bring positivity and serenity into your life based on your zodiac sign. Explore the power of crystals tailored to your zodiac sign, bringing positivity, serenity, and balance to enhance your well-being. From stabilizing Aries with Carnelian to soothing Pisces with Aquamarine, these natural wonders can transform your life.

20 Feb 2024 4:00 pm
IPL set for March 22 start, says league chairman Dhumal

The Indian Premier League (IPL) will commence on March 22, according to IPL Chairman Arun Dhumal. The tournament will be held entirely in India, despite the upcoming general elections. The schedule for the 17th edition of IPL is yet to be announced due to the elections. Only the schedule for the first 15 days will be released initially, with the rest of the games to be decided later. The final is expected to be held on May 26, just before the T20 World Cup.

20 Feb 2024 3:35 pm
Root should drop 'Bazball' and play his natural game: Chappell

Joe Root's dismissals on the reverse ramp shot in the third Test resulted in the visitors' batting collapse. Chappell suggested that Root should abandon the Bazball strategy and play his natural game. Root's recent numbers didn't paint a flattering picture. Chappell underscored the importance of playing according to the conditions and the bowlers, acknowledging that aggression should be tempered by situational awareness.

20 Feb 2024 2:57 pm
Gurugram: Rs 10,000 instant challan for these offences

Gurugram Traffic Police to impose Rs 10,000 fine on obstructing emergency vehicles. Immediate online challans with video evidence will be issued. Green corridors address traffic congestion during peak office hours. Careless driving has life-or-death consequences. Stay tuned to TOI Auto for updates on automotive sector.

20 Feb 2024 2:42 pm
'Article 370 was biggest hurdle in J&K's development': PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated development projects worth over Rs 32,000 crore in Jammu, including health, education, and transportation initiatives. He flagged off the first electric train and opened the IIT Jammu complex. Modi also addressed the importance of Article 370's abrogation for J&K's development and emphasized BJP's vision for the region's progress in the 2024 elections.

20 Feb 2024 2:08 pm
Jadeja's sweet gift to wife after India's win vs Eng in Rajkot

Several days prior to the Test in Rajkot, Jadeja supported his wife amidst allegations from his father, Anirudhsinh, who claimed that Rivaba had caused discord within the family and that his son had changed since marrying her. Jadeja scored a century and took a five-wicket haul in India's big win in Rajkot.

20 Feb 2024 1:39 pm
Maha cabinet approves draft bill giving 10 % quota to Marathas

The Maharashtra cabinet approved a draft bill providing 10% reservation to the Maratha community in government jobs and education. The bill addresses the social and educational backwardness of the community, highlighting their economic challenges and limited access to jobs and education.

20 Feb 2024 12:39 pm
Rahul Gandhi granted bail in 2018 defamation case

The complaint was lodged by Vijay Mishra on August 4, 2018, accusing Gandhi of making objectionable comments about Shah during a press conference in Bengaluru on May 8 that year, amidst the Karnataka elections. In his comments, Gandhi had referred to Shah as an 'accused' in a murder case, questioning BJP's claim of being a party that believes in honest and clean politics. Shah was cleared of charges related to a 2005 fake encounter case four years prior to Gandhi's remark.

20 Feb 2024 12:07 pm
Who is Yulia Navalnaya, Putins new target?

Yulia Navalnaya vows to continue Alexei Navalny's mission for a free Russia, blaming Putin for her husband's death. She accuses the Kremlin of hiding Navalny's body and urges supporters to oppose Putin's regime. I am committed to continuing Alexei Navalny's work and our fight for our nation, Yulia said in a video from an undisclosed location.

20 Feb 2024 12:00 pm
Maha cabinet approves draft bill to extend 10% quota to Marathas

Mahayuti govt approved bill granting 10% quota to Maratha community in govt jobs and education. The quota will increase reservations to 62%, facing legal challenge. OBC community fears dilution of its quota. Muslim leaders demand 5% reservation.

20 Feb 2024 11:39 am
St Stephen's 'suspends' 100 students for not attending assembly

St Stephen's College has allegedly suspended around 100 first-year students for not attending morning assembly. The college has also threatened to debar the students if they do not call their parents. Students and teachers have written to Principal John Varghese, urging him to withdraw the order of suspension and the threat to debar them from examinations. The students explained that setting an appointment was not feasible as their parents do not live in Delhi. Associate Professor Sanjeev Grewal

20 Feb 2024 11:02 am
'Managed to bowl 100%...': Stokes hints at bowling return

England captain Ben Stokes is considering a return to bowling duties for the remaining Tests in India, indicating progress in his recovery from a knee operation. Stokes bowled at 100% during warm-up sessions, boosting England's lineup for crucial matches. India lead the five-match contest 2-1, emphasizing the need for series recovery.

20 Feb 2024 10:56 am
Watch: The sprint race between Shoaib & Harbhajan

The intense rivarly witnessed on the field between Shoaib Akhtar and Harbhajan Singh in their playing careers has been extensively chronicled, particularly in numerous India vs Pakistan matches throughout the years. However, the camaraderie they now share off the field as co-commentators is just as captivating for audiences worldwide. Some of those moments showed up in the latest vlog posted by Akhtar.

20 Feb 2024 10:26 am
TV actor Rituraj Singh passes away due to cardiac arrest at the age of 59

Rituraj Singh passed away last night due to cardiac arrest. The actor was only 59.

20 Feb 2024 10:09 am
'They are in a bubble...': Vaughan slams Eng's 'Bazball' approach

Former England captain Michael Vaughan has criticized the team's aggressive 'Bazball' approach following their 434-run loss to India, questioning their attitude towards traditional Test cricket values. Vaughan argued that not playing for the draw is disrespectful and the team's demeanor, particularly Joe Root's dismissal, could signify complacency.

20 Feb 2024 9:18 am
'Yashasvi Jaiswal hasn't learnt from you, Duckett'

Yashasvi Jaiswal's aggressive style has led to an abundance of runs for him throughout the three Tests played thus far in the five-game series against England. Nevertheless, Ben Duckett said that England should receive some credit for Jaiswal embracing an attacking approach to Test cricket as well. Led by two double centuries, Jaiswal tops the batting charts in the ongoing series with 545 runs.

20 Feb 2024 8:38 am
Why foreign investors are turning wary of Indian stocks

The rally in Indian equities faces challenges from earnings misses, rival markets, and a recovery in Chinese equities. Foreigners sell local shares, prompting downgrades from Citigroup and Societe Generale. Investors consider reallocating capital to Korea and Taiwan. China's market rescue efforts may be slowing. Despite the short-term profit-taking, the longer-term outlook for India remains in tact.

20 Feb 2024 8:16 am
Tiger kills boy preparing for class 10 board exam in UP

An 18-year-old student was killed by a tiger in Pandari village, Pilibhit district. The attack took place near Mala and Mahof forest ranges. The victim, preparing for state board exams, will receive a compensation from the State Disaster Response Fund and Forest Department. Angry villagers protested against the negligence of forest officials.

20 Feb 2024 8:02 am
CBI arrests EPFO officer for taking bribe

An enforcement officer with the EPFO in Tirunelveli has been arrested by the CBI for accepting a bribe of 2 lakh. The officer, P Kabilan, was caught red-handed after demanding a percentage of a 3 crore payment received by a software company in Tirunelveli under the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Rozgar Yojana.

20 Feb 2024 6:14 am
Karnataka HC jails painter for 10 yrs for raping minor

The Karnataka high court reversed the acquittal of a Mysuru-based painter, sentencing him to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment for sexual assault and 5 years for kidnapping a minor girl in 2013. The division bench questioned the trial court's determination of the girl's age based on guesswork.

20 Feb 2024 6:10 am
Prisoner dies in Ajmer jail after fight with cops over broken TV

A prisoner died suspiciously when his TV stopped working. He called the head constable and another prisoner attacked them with iron rods. The cops were badly injured and taken to JLN hospital. The prisoner was HIV positive and iron rods were stolen from a construction site.

20 Feb 2024 6:00 am
Dental procedure to enhance smile kills groom-to-be

A 28-year-old businessman died during a dental procedure at a clinic in Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad. The FMS International Dental Clinic has been booked for negligence. The victim's father suspects a possible drug overdose. The clinic staff claimed that the victim fell unconscious during the procedure and was pronounced dead upon arrival at a nearby hospital.

20 Feb 2024 5:50 am
26 EU countries urge for immediate 'humanitarian pause' in Gaza

26 of the 27 EU countries have called for an immediate humanitarian pause in the Gaza war, according to the EU's foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell. Require an immediate humanitarian pause that would lead to a sustainable ceasefire, to the unconditional release of hostages, and to the provision of humanitarian assistance, Borrel said.

20 Feb 2024 5:28 am
SC lets Pawar Sr's NCP faction bear his name

The Supreme Court directed that the Election Commission's interim order granting the name Nationalist Congress Party-Sharadchandra Pawar' for Sharad Pawar's faction would continue till further orders. Ajit Pawar's faction opposes interim relief, claiming that Sharad Pawar would have to obey Ajit Pawar's whip. Abhishek Manu Singhvi argues for Sharad Pawar, while Mukul Rohatgi represents Ajit Pawar in the symbol dispute.

20 Feb 2024 4:26 am
Smriti Irani dares Rahul Gandhi to contest from Amethi

BJP MP Smriti Irani challenges Rahul Gandhi to contest from Amethi in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Rahul led Congress's Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra in Amethi amid speculations of fielding him from the constituency he lost to Irani in 2019. Congress central election committee will decide on fielding Rahul from Amethi.

20 Feb 2024 4:17 am
Maha govt may table bill giving 10% quota to Marathas today

The Mahayuti govt plans to introduce a bill for the 10% Maratha quota, similar to the Socially and Educationally Backward Classes Act, 2018. The Maratha quota legislation faces opposition from OBC groups and legal challenges. The OBC Jan Morcha demands that fake Kunbi records should not be used to grant certificates.

20 Feb 2024 4:11 am
Farm unions reject govt offer to link MSP and crop diversification

Sanyukt Kisan Morcha and Kisan Mazdoor Morcha reject Centre's five-year contract, demand legal guarantee of MSP on 23 crops. Ongoing talks between farmers and govt. Farmers plan to march towards Delhi. Protesters camp at Shambhu and Khanauri. All-crop MSP can cut imports. Farmers unite for protests.

20 Feb 2024 3:52 am
Chinese companies to outsource manufacturing to local players

Chinese firms have agreed to outsource manufacturing processes to Indian companies like Dixon Technologies and Karbonn, driven by government pressure. This move is seen as a big victory for local players who will also benefit from the production-linked incentive scheme. Apple has also partnered with Indian companies for manufacturing iPhones in India.

20 Feb 2024 3:38 am
SC to states: Go by our 1996 definition of forest

The Supreme Court has directed states and Union Territories to adhere to the 1996 definition of 'forest' and has put a stay on the 2023 amendment to the Forest (Conservation) Act. The court has ruled that establishments of zoos or safaris in forests will require prior permission from the court. States have been ordered to submit reports on forest land identification by March.

20 Feb 2024 3:38 am