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The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), a front of protesting farmer unions has appealed to the citizens of the country to make the March 26 Bharat Bandh a complete success.

Farmers have been protesting at Delhi's borders against the Centre's three new farm laws for nearly four months now.

The Union government will meet executives today from over a dozen companies, including Amazon and Flipkart, to address the facets of the foreign direct investment (FDI) policy on e-commerce.

Former Union minister M J Akbar has moved the Delhi High Court challenging a trial court order acquitting journalist Priya Ramani in the criminal defamation case filed against her over the allegations of sexual harassment. The plea is scheduled to come up for hearing today before Justice Mukta Gupta.

The Supreme Court will hear the Yamuna pollution matter today, three days after hearing lawyer Shadan Farasat, appearing for Delhi Jal Board (DJB), seeking a direction for an urgent hearing in the matter, keeping in view the demand for water during Holi and increase in the pollution.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will address public meetings in West Bengal today to boost the prospects of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidates in the upcoming assembly elections.

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Biden says it's his expectation' to run again

President Joe Biden says it's his “expectation” that he'll run for reelection in 2024.
 
Biden is 78 and already the oldest president to hold office. He would be 82 at the start of a second term.
 
Biden was asked at the first news conference of his presidency whether he thought he could face a rematch against Donald Trump.
 
Biden scoffed at the question. “Oh, I don't even think about it,” Biden said. “I have no idea.”
 

Sachin Pilot to visit Assam to campaign for assembly polls

Congress leader Sachin Pilot will visit Assam to campaign for the upcoming assembly elections, a statement said on Thursday.
 
Pilot will be on a tour of the northeastern state on March 28 where he will address election meetings.
 
He will attend road shows and address rallies in Silchar and Karimganj in support of the party's candidates.
 

Israel polls: No clear winner as final results confirm deadlock

There was no clear winner in Israel's election as final results were declared on Thursday, making the road to the government formation even more bumpy for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
 
The country's Central Elections Committee confirmed a political deadlock, which means neither Netanyahu nor his rivals have straightforward Knesset majority and possibly heralds 5th vote in 2.5 years, The Times of Israel reported.
 
Mansour Abbas, an Arab leader in Israel seems to have emerged as the unusual "kingmaker" whose possible support has split open differences not only in the ruling Likud party, but also in its right-wing coalition.
 
Netanyahu's Likud party has emerged as the largest party, with all votes counted in Israel's unprecedented fourth election in less than two years. However, it still does not have a clear path to a 61-seat majority needed to form a coalition in the 120 member Knesset (Israeli Parliament).
 
The anti-Netanyahu bloc, comprising left, right and centrist factions which is boosted by some "friends turn foes" determined to oust Israel's longest-serving premier, is also short of a majority in a highly-divided Israeli political spectrum.
 
Most of the analysts predicted a Netanyahu-led coalition, based on the exit polls on Tuesday, with the support of Yamina party led by former defence minister Naftali Bennett, who has not declared his support for anyone but his political inclination is more likely to draw him towards the Prime Minister led right-wing bloc.
 

Latest News: China says it firmly opposes Quad alliance

China said on Thursday that it was firmly opposed to the Quad alliance consisting of the US, India, Australia and Japan as it asked Washington to refrain from making "troubles out of nothing" and do more to contribute to regional peace and stability.
 
Senior Colonel Ren Guoqiang, a spokesperson for China's Ministry of National Defence, made the remarks at an online media briefing when asked about the recent Quad summit and reported statement by US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan stating that Quad leaders discussed the "challenges" posed by China and they had no illusions about it.
 
China is firmly opposed to the Quad alliance consisting of the US, India, Australia and Japan, Ren said.

Latest News: BSNL, MTNL to get spectrum for 5G services without participating in auction

The government will administratively allocate spectrum to telecom public sector units BSNL and MTNL for 5G and future services, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad informed Parliament on Thursday.
 
He said allocation of spectrum to BSNL and MTNL will be done on the same principle as proposed for allotment of spectrum for 4G services.
 
"Government also approved to administratively allot spectrum for providing 5G services to BSNL/MTNL, spectrum for maintaining current operations and future services on the same principle as proposed for allotment of spectrum for 4G services," Prasad said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.

Latest News: Centre set to introduce single-window clearance for investors by Apr 15, says DPIIT Secy

As part of furthering the ease of doing business in the country, the government is set to introduce a single-window clearance mechanism for investors by mid-April in order to attract greater foreign investment, a senior official said on Thursday.
 
The single-window portal will integrate the existing clearance systems of various central and state departments.
 
"A lot of hand-holding, a lot of investor support (is being provided) and we are also going to launch a national single window for the investors. We are targeting April 15 for that launch," Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) Secretary Guruprasad Mohapatra said at the Times Network India Economic Conclave.
 
All central government departments and 14 state governments, to begin with, will be part of the system, he said.

LIVE: CBI searches over 100 places in 11 states in nationwide special drive

In a nationwide special drive, CBI today conducted searches at over 100 places in 11 states, UTs in connection with more than 30 cases of bank fraud amounting to over Rs 3,700 crores: CBI

LIVE: SC order on plea seeking stay on sale of electoral bonds tomorrow

Supreme Court to pronounce its order tomorrow on a plea seeking a stay on sale of fresh electoral bonds ahead of state assembly elections in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Assam and Puducherry

Latest News: Reliance Retail tells govt e-commerce players bypassing foreign investment norms

Billionaire Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Retail on Thursday told the government that complex legal structures have been used by some firms to bypass the country's e-commerce rules which from the very beginning do not allow foreign capital in the inventory-based model.
 
At a meeting called by the commerce ministry on allegations that foreign online retailers created complex structures to bypass foreign investment rules and damage small traders, Amazon urged the government not to issue any clarification until investigations into its business practices had been concluded, sources said.

Latest News: Africa's elephants now just a step away from extinction

Increasing threats of poaching and loss of habitat have made Africa's elephant populations more endangered, according to a report released Thursday by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
 
The African forest elephant is critically endangered, and the African savanna elephant is endangered. The two species had previously been grouped together as a single species and were classified as vulnerable by the IUCN.
 
The number of African forest elephants has fallen by more than 86% over a 31-year period, while the population of savanna elephants dropped by more than 60% over a 50-year period, according to the IUCN, which rates the global extinction risks to the world's animals.

Latest News: Barbeque Nation IPO subscribed 1.98 times on Day 2

The initial public offer of Barbeque Nation Hospitality Limited was subscribed 1.98 times on the second day of subscription on Thursday.
 
The Rs 453-crore issue received bids for 98,75,790 shares against 49,99,609 shares on offer, as per NSE data.
 
The category meant for qualified institutional buyers (QIBs) was subscribed 37 per cent, non-institutional investors 10 per cent and retail individual investors (RIIs) 9.66 times.
 
The initial public offer comprises a fresh issue of Rs 180 crore and an offer for sale of 54,57,470 equity shares.
 
Price range for the offer is at Rs 498-500 per share.

Latest News: Naxals torch 12 vehicles in Chhattisgarh's Kondagaon


Latest News: Investment climate going well in India; private sector should skill workforce, says CEA

The investment climate is going well in India and the private sector should skill their workforce in the interest of its business, Chief Economic Advisor K V Subramanian said on Thursday asserting thathe doesnot foresee any difficulty in demand and supply of the workforce.
 
Addressing 'Times Network India Economic Conclave', Subramanian further said job creation is part of the virtuous cycle that starts with private investments flowing into the country resulting in production, growth, job creation and increase in aggregate demand which in turn leads to more investments in the economy.
 
The investment climate is going well in India. Other things will follow, though with a lag...it is for the private sector to start recognising that it is in their own business interest that they should skill their workforce. This, in turn, will raise the average level of skills in India, he said.

Latest News: Oil drops as demand concerns outweigh Suez disruption

Oil prices fell on Thursday as a new round of coronavirus restrictions in Europe revived worries about demand, even as tug boats struggled to move a stranded container ship blocking crude oil carriers in the Suez Canal.
 
Brent crude slid $1.69, or 2.6 per cent, to $62.72 a barrel at 1340 GMT. US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude dropped by $1.86, or 3 per cent, to $59.32 a barrel.
 
Both contracts jumped about 6 per cent on Wednesday after a ship ran aground in the Suez Canal, one of the world's most important oil shipping routes. The Suez Canal Authority said on Thursday it had suspended traffic temporarily while eight tugs work to free the vessel.
 
"We believe that the incident mostly creates noise in the market and should remain without any lasting fundamental impact," said Norbert Rücker, analyst at Julius Baer bank

Latest News: Chinese military says situation in eastern Ladakh 'eased distinctly'

The Chinese military on Thursday said the situation at eastern Ladakh has "eased distinctly" thanks to the joint efforts with India on the disengagement of troops from the Pangong Lake area but gave no indication about when the pull out will take place from the remaining areas along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
 
As a result of a series of military and diplomatic talks, the two countries had completed withdrawal of troops and weapons from the North and South banks of Pangong Lake last month in line with an agreement on disengagement.
 
But the disengagement is yet to take place in remaining areas along the LAC. The Indian Army has been pitching for a faster disengagement process in areas like Hot Springs, Gogra and Depsang to bring down tension in the mountainous region.

Latest News: Stringent tests required to be passed now to get driving licence, says Gadkari

Those seeking driving licences are now required to pass a set of stringent skill tests that include reversing a vehicle with reasonable accuracy to qualify for it, Parliament was informed on Thursday.
 
Also, passing percentage in order to be eligible to get a driving licence in all regional transport offices (RTOs) has been fixed at 69 per cent, Road Transport, Highways and MSMEs Minister Nitin Gadkari told Lok Sabha in a written reply.
 
"In the case of vehicle having a reverse gear, driving the vehicle backwards, reverse it into a limited opening either to the right or left under control and with reasonable accuracy", is one of the parameters of qualifying in the driving skill test, Gadkari said.
 
This is as per provisions of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989.

Latest News: Lok Sabha records 114% productivity

Lok Sabha was on Thursday adjourned sine die, bringing an end to the nearly two-month-long Budget session which registered 114 per cent productivity.
 
The session started on January 29 and was originally slated to end on April 8 but several members had urged Speaker Om Birla to end it early so that they can focus on electioneering in four states and Puducherry.
 
Speaker Birla had recently tested positive for Covid-19 and was not attending the House in the last week of the session.

Latest News: Puri inaugurates airport in Andhra Pradesh's Kurnool

Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri virtually inaugurated the Kurnool airport in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday, an official statement said.
 
Kurnool is the sixth airport in Andhra Pradesh to become functional after Kadapa, Visakhapatnam, Tirupati, Rajahmundry and Vijayawada, it said.
 
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy and senior officials of the Civil Aviation Ministry and the Airports Authority of India (AAI) were also present virtually at the event on Thursday.

Latest News: Param Bir moves Bombay HC against Anil Deshmukh

Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh on Thursday filed a PIL in the Bombay High Court seeking a CBI probe against Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, who he claimed asked police officer Sachin Waze to collect Rs 100 crore from bars and restaurants.
 
The PIL also raised the issue of alleged corruption in police transfers and postings in the state.
 
The IPS officer had earlier this week approached the Supreme Court, which on Wednesday termed the matter as quite serious but asked him to approach the High Court.

Latest LIVE updates: 3.5 magnitude earthquake hits Leh, reports ANI

Latest LIVE updates: 3.5 magnitude earthquake hits Leh, reports ANI

Latest News: Campaigning for first phase of Assam elections ends, polling on March 27

Latest News: Campaigning for first phase of Assam elections ends, polling on March 27

Latest News: GoAir plans Rs 2,500 crore-IPO early next fiscal; likely to file preliminary papers in April

Latest News: GoAir plans Rs 2,500 crore-IPO early next fiscal; likely to file preliminary papers in April

LIVE: New US jobless claims dropped below 700,000 last week, first time since pandemic began

LIVE: New US jobless claims dropped below 700,000 last week, first time since pandemic began

Happy that first visit after onset of Covid is to friendly Bangladesh, says PM Modi

I'll be visiting Bangladesh on March 26-27 at invitation of Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina. I'm happy that my first foreign visit after onset of Covid-19 will be to our friendly neighbouring country, with which India shares deep cultural, linguistic & people-to-people ties: PM Modi

Latest News: CRPF officer killed, 3 jawans injured in militant attack in Srinagar

One CRPF officer was killed and three jawans sustained injuries in a militant attack in Lawaypora on the outskirts of Srinagar on Thursday, police said.
 
The militants opened fire on the CRPF personnel in Lawaypora in the Parimpora police station area in Jammu and Kashmir, a police official said.
 
Four Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were injured in the attack and they were rushed to a nearby private hospital, where the officer was declared dead on arrival, the official said.

Latest News: J-K admin brought transparency, put end to corruption: LG

Asserting that his administration has brought transparency in the system and put an end to corruption, Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Thursday said his priority is to speed up the development work in the union territory.
 
He said there is a law and there are agencies in the country which look into where the money pumped by the central government had gone in the past and they are doing their jobs sincerely.
 
"The money has come (from the centre) in large numbers in the past but the question is had the required development work taken place. We have brought transparency in the system and put an end to the corruption so that the work is actually done on the ground," Sinha told reporters here.

All of them have come here because they want a change: Mithun Chakraborty on 'massive' turnout to roadshow

Latest News: NHAI to raise Rs 1 trillion through monetisation of highways in next 5 years

Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is planning to raise Rs 1 lakh crore through monetisation of national highways in the next five years and exhorted industry players to come forward to reap rich dividends by investing in it.
 
Gadkari, who holds road transport portfolio along with MSME, said this will spur growth and the funds could be roped in creating sound infrastructure.
 
"NHAI is planning to raise Rs 1 lakh crore through monetisation of highways under toll operate transfer (TOT) mode in the next five years," Gadkari said addressing CII's national conference on "Road Infrastructure - Creating Demand: Stimulating Growth".

LIVE: Actor and BJP leader Mithun Chakraborty holds roadshow in Jhargram

We're talking to our legal experts and exploring our options: Sisodia on GNCTD Amendment Bill

PM Modi has come down to negative politics today. So he'll get a political reply. We're talking to our legal experts and exploring our options... CM Kejriwal is a fighter, despite their attempts in last 6 years he fulfilled promises made in manifesto: Delhi Deputy CM on GNCTD Amendment Bill

LIVE: Three CRPF personnel injured in militant attack in Lawaypora on outskirts of Srinagar, says Police

Three CRPF personnel injured in militant attack in Lawaypora on outskirts of Srinagar: Police

LIVE: Amit Shah promises free education and travel for women in Bengal

If BJP comes to power, travel will be made free for all women. From KG to PG, BJP will provide free education for women, says Union Home Minister and BJP leader Amit Shah in Tamluk, East Midnapore

LIVE: Sachin Waze says before Special NIA Court that he is being made a scapegoat

Suspended Mumbai Police officer Sachin Waze says before Special NIA Court that he is being made a scapegoat.

Latest News: Inflation targeting has worked well, govt must stay with it, says Subbarao

Inflation targeting has worked well and the government must stay with it, and it is going to work well in the period ahead also, former RBI Governor D Subbarao said on Thursday.
 
He also said low inflation contributes to sustainable growth.
 
Addressing the 'Times Network India Economic Conclave' virtually, Subbarao further said the government's proposal to privatise some public sector units (PSUs) is not akin to selling family silver but it is a route for putting India on a sustainable growth path.
 
"There is indeed no tension between growth and inflation in the medium term. A low inflation contributes to sustainable growth as it allows consumers and investors to make informed decisions.

BJP is feeling insecure with Arvind Kejriwal: Manish Sisodia

Latest News: In ICICI-Videocon PMLA case, HC grants bail to Deepak Kochhar

The Bombay High Court on Thursday granted bail to Deepak Kochhar, husband of former ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar, in a money laundering case registered by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).
 
Kocchar had approached the high court after a special court in the city rejected his bail plea in December last year.
 
Justice P D Naik of the high court, while granting bail to Kochhar on Thursday, directed him to furnish a personal bond of Rs three lakh.
 
The high court also directed Kochhar to surrender his passport before the special court in the city hearing the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) cases, and asked him to co-operate with the probe.

Latest News: DLF raises Rs 500 crore via NCD issue

Realty firm DLF on Thursday said it has raised Rs 500 crore through the issue of non-convertible debentures (NCD) to investors.
 
In a regulatory filing, DLF informed that the allotment committee has allotted 5000 senior, secured rated listed redeemable non-convertible debentures (NCDs) with a face value of Rs 10 lakh each.
 
The tenure of the NCDs is three years and the coupon rate is 8.25 per cent. The NCDs will be listed on the BSE.

Even if EC transfers all West Bengal officers, TMC victory will not be prevented, says Mamata

Even if EC transfers all West Bengal officers, TMC victory will not be prevented: Mamata Banerjee at Danton rally

TMC, Congress rule led to corruption, poverty and anarchy, says Adityanath

TMC, Congress rule led to corruption, poverty and anarchy, says Adityanath

LIVE: No plan to establish Indian Institute of Science (IISc) at more places: Union education minister

No such plan at present to establish Indian Institute of Science (IISc) at more places: Union education minister

Latest News: Sri Lanka Navy arrests 54 Indian fishermen, seize 5 trawlers

The Sri Lankan Navy has arrested at least 54 Indian fishermen and seized five trawlers for allegedly poaching in the country's territorial waters, an official statement said on Thursday.
 
The Navy arrested the fishermen on Wednesday off the coast of northern and northeastern areas.
 
Having considered the impact of foreign fishermen poaching in Sri Lankan waters on the local fishing community and the sustainability of fishery resources of Sri Lanka, the Navy is conducting regular patrols to curb illegal fishing activities in Sri Lankan waters, the Navy said in the statement.
 
The Navy nabbed a large Indian fishing vessel with 14 personnel on board, about 3 nautical miles off the coast of Kovilan in Jaffna.

Latest News: BJP slams Raut for rallying behind Deshmukh despite allegations

Maharashtra BJP leader Pravin Darekar on Thursday hit out at Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut for his refusal to seek state Home Minister Anil Deshmukh's resignation despite "serious" allegations levelled against him by former Mumbai police chief Param Bir Singh.
 
Singh had last week written a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, in which he alleged that Deshnmukh wanted police officers to collect Rs 100 crore per month from bars and hotels.

Latest News: NCLT nod to Airtel, Hughes VSAT operations merger

The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) has sanctioned a 'scheme of arrangement' between Bharti Airtel, Bharti Airtel Services, Hughes Communications India and HCIL Comtel, according to a regulatory filing.
 
In May 2019, telecom operator Bharti Airtel and Hughes Communications India Ltd (HCIL) had said they will combine their VSAT satellite operations in the country, with Hughes holding a majority stake in the merged entity.

LIVE: Suspended Mumbai Police officer Sachin Waze produced before Special NIA Court

Latest News: EC orders transfer of 5 officers in West Bengal

The Election Commission has ordered the transfer of five officers, including an additional director general of police, in West Bengal saying they will not be given any poll-related assignment.
 
Those transferred in the poll-bound state are ADG West Zone Sanjay Singh, DCP (South Kolkata) Sudhir Neelkantha, SP (Cooch Behar) K Kannan, SP (Diamond Harbour) Avijit Banerjee and district election officer of Jhargram Ayesha Rani, official sources said on Thursday.
 
The sources said there had been complaints regarding these officers and reports of violence in areas under their watch.

Latest News: Mamata not interested in Bengal's development, says Adityanath

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday lashed out at his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee, alleging that she is not interested in her state's development and only wants to promote goons and extortionists.
 
He said the countdown to the end of the TMC rule in West Bengal has begun and the BJP will form the government in the state after 35 days to usher in a new era of development and progress.
 
"West Bengal was once an advanced and progressive state. But the Congress, the Left Front and then the TMC stunted the industrial growth of the state and corruption blossomed," he said, while addressing a rally in Sagar assembly constituency in South 24 Parganas district.

LIVE: India launches auctions for second tranche of commercial coal mining

India launched its second tranche of auction for commercial coal mining offering 67 mines for sale of coal, today.

This is the highest number of mines on offer in a particular tranche of auction after commencement of the auction regime since 2014.

Union Coal Minister ShriPralhad Joshi launched the auction process in a programme held in New Delhi. Shri Amitabh Kant, CEO NITI Aayog and Shri Anil Kumar Jain, Secretary (Coal) were also present in the function.

Latest LIVE: New political party backed by BJP to eat into minority votes in Bengal polls, says Mamata

In an apparent reference to the Indian Secular Front, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday accused the BJP of backing a new political party to eat into minority votes during the upcoming assembly polls.
 
Without naming any party or any person, Banerjee also claimed at an election rally in South 24 Parganas district the founder of that outfit receives money from the BJP.
 
"A new political outfit has been launched in the state at the behest of the BJP to grab a share of the minority votes and help the saffron party. Please don't vote for its candidates," she said.

Latest News: Delhi BJP seeks stay on new excise policy

A Delhi BJP delegation on Thursday met the Lt Governor to protest over amendments to the new liquor excise policy and demanded that it be stayed.
 
The delegation led by Delhi BJP president Adesh Gupta handed over a memorandum to the LG. The party alleged in the memorandum that the closing of 500 government vends and offering those liquor licenses to private traders "smacks of corruption".
 
According to a statement, the Delhi BJP said the opening of three liquor shops in each ward was "not in public interest".

Latest LIVE: Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh files petition in Bombay HC

Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh files petition in Bombay High Court. Earlier, Singh in his petition in Supreme Court challenged his transfer and sought CBI inquiry against Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh

LIVE: If you want schemes then vote for Modi, if you want scams then vote for TMC govt, says Amit Shah

If you want schemes then vote for Modi, if you want scams then vote for TMC govt: Amit Shah at poll rally in Baghmundi

Latest LIVE: Rajya Sabha adjourns sine die at the end of Budget Session

Latest LIVE: Rajya Sabha adjourns sine die at the end of Budget Session

Farmers union SKM has called for a Bharat Bandh tomorrow, from 6 am to 6 pm

SKM has called for a Bharat Bandh on March 26, from 6 am to 6 pm. During this time all road and rail transport, markets and other public places will be closed across the country.
 
"We appeal to the people of the country to make this Bharat Bandh a success and honour their 'Annadata'," farmer leader Darshan Pal said.

SC allows permanent commission for women in army

 SC allows permanent commission for women in army

I do not think there is difference of opinion between RBI and govt on cryptocurrencies: RBI Governor

I do not think there is difference of opinion between RBI and govt on cryptocurrencies: RBI Governor

DMK-Congress alliance will win Tamil Nadu Assembly polls: Veerappa Moily

Senior Congress leader Veerappa Moily has slammed the AIADMK-led government over unemployment in the state and claimed that the DMK-Congress alliance will emerge victorious in Assembly elections.
 
"Every year, after finishing the degree, 5 lakh graduates are coming out. They are all against AIADMK due to no job creation. Unemployment is at an all-time high in Tamil Nadu," he said.
 
Addressing a press conference on Wednesday, he slammed the Central government, after India abstained from voting at UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on the Sri Lanka resolution titled 'Promotion of Reconciliation Accountability and Human Rights in Sri Lanka', saying that the resolution is against feelings of the Tamil people. Read on...

Market update: Sensex down 210 points in opening trade, currently at 48,969; Nifty at 14,479

Sensex down 210 points in opening trade, currently at 48,969; Nifty at 14,479

North Korea fired two unidentified projectiles into sea: South Korea

South Korea's military said North Korea fired two unidentified projectiles into its eastern waters on Thursday as it revives its testing activity to expand its military capabilities and pressure on the Biden administration amid a stalemate in diplomacy.
 
South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the US and South Korean militaries were analysing the launches that were conducted from an area on the North's eastern coast. It didn't immediately say whether they assessed the weapons as ballistic or how far they flew. Read on...

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