LIVE updates: 16 killed, 36 injured in fire in Tamil Nadu cracker factory

Sixteen dead after fire broke out at a firecracker factory in Tamil Nadu | Photo: ANI
Latest News LIVE: At least fifteen people died and more than 30 were injured on Friday when an explosion ripped through a fireworks factory at Achankulam village in Virudhunagar district of Tamil Nadu, multiple reports said.

The ‘Sree Maariyamman fireworks’ factory had stored firecrackers in a room that caught fire and led to the explosion, the Indian Express website reported. Police told the website the explosion happened at around 1:30 pm. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to the kin of the deceased, writing on Twitter to express his condolences.

Earlier in the day, a Supreme Court-appointed committee today met 12 farmer unions and cultivators from eight states on three farm laws that sparked protests when they were enacted in September.

 
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in Parliament Budget 2021-22 in Parliament aimed to making India self-reliant and provides strong stimulus for medium to long term sustainable high growth.

In Mumbai, a court granted bail to the former ICICI Bank CEO and MD Chanda Kochhar with a rider that she cannot leave the country with its permission. Two more bodies were recovered from the flood-hit areas of Uttarakhand's Chamoli district, taking the death toll in the calamity to 38.

 

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No reports of damage in Punjab due to earthquake: CM

Strong tremors felt in Punjab following 6.3 magnitude quake in Tajikistan

Earthquake of magnitude 6.3 on the Richter scale hits Tajikistan

An earthquake of magnitude 6.3 on the Richter scale hit Tajikistan at 10:31pm today: National Centre for Seismology, according to ANI

Earthquake of magnitude 6.1 jolts Amritsar

An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 on the Richter scale hit Amritsar, Punjab at 10:34pm today: National Centre for Seismology, according to ANI

Earthquake tremors felt in Delhi and Jammu

Uttarakhand disaster: 'Temporary lake' triggers concern, rescue workers battle odds

Experts were trying Friday to determine if a temporary lake formed upstream by an avalanche could breach its banks and threaten the rescue work at the sludge-choked Tapovan tunnel, where 25-30 people are feared trapped, according to PTI.

The confirmed death toll in Sunday's flash flood in the Alaknanda river system in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district climbed to 38 after the recovery of two more bodies and 166 people still remain missing.

Tamil Nadu fire: Death toll rises to 16, 33 people hospitalised

Death toll rises to 16 in the fire at a firecracker factory in Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu. 33 people admitted at the hospital, according to ANI.

Punjab's people should give AAP chance to implement Delhi's Arvind Kejriwal model: Sisodia

Aam Aadmi Party leader and Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Friday urged the people of Punjab to give his party a chance to form the next government in the state for implementation of welfare schemes like that in Delhi, according to a PTI copy. Arvind Kejriwal's government in Delhi has done such welfare works for the people which the Congress and the BJP never imagined, he told reporters here.


Sisosia said the people in Delhi have been provided better health facilities in government hospitals and better education in government schools compared to private facilities. Free electricity and water have been provided round the clock in Delhi, he said. The Delhi deputy chief minister appealed to the people of Punjab to give a chance to the Aam Aadmi Party once so that the Delhi model would be implemented in the state. As per PTI, Sisodia said "Two types of politics are going on. One is of the Congress, BJP and the Akalis which are running their businesses and filling their coffers with the tax money paid by the people.


"On the other hand, there is the politics of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, who is spending tax money paid by people for the development of the people. An example of this can be seen in Delhi where hospitals and schools were built with new technologies and facilities, with the tax money of the people," he said.

Protesters won't return home till agreement is reached: Rakesh Tikait

BKU leader Rakesh Tikait on Friday revealed plans by farmer leaders to hold meetings in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state Gujarat and said protesters in Delhi will not return home until the Centre reaches an agreement with them, according to PTI. It was not immediately clear if the remark made at a "mahapanchayat" here was a climb down from Tikait's earlier assertion that there will be no ghar wapsi unless the laws are withdrawn. The government has been telling farmer unions to consider an option other than the complete repeal of the laws.


As per PTI, he said the government will have to talk with the farmer unions' committee spearheading the agitation against the laws. This agitation will continue until the Government of India talks to the committee and arrives at an agreement. Till that time, farmers will not return home, he said addressing a mahapanchayat organised by the Dalal Khap 84 near the Tikri border. He also claimed the agitation is spread across the country and not limited to Punjab, Haryana or Uttar Pradesh as being projected by some.


More mahapanchayats will be held in coming days, he said, adding that they will go to Gujarat as well. Tikait alleged that farmers from Gujarat were being pressured not to lend support to the agitation.

Tourist bus fell off a hill in Visakhapatnam, four feared dead

Andhra Pradesh: At least four people feared dead after a tourist bus fell off a hill in Ananthagiri, Visakhapatnam. The tourists were coming from Hyderabad, Telangana. Rescue operations underway: ANI

Control room has been set up at Uttarakhand Police Headquarters

UK economy shrinks 9.9% amid pandemic, biggest annual decline on record

Britain's economy suffered its biggest decline on record last year as the coronavirus pandemic closed shops and restaurants and and devastated the travel industry.
 
But even as the Office for National Statistics said Friday that gross domestic product shrank 9.9 per cent in 2020, there were signs of a rebound. The economy expanded 1 per cent in the fourth quarter, a second consecutive quarter of growth.
 
Andy Haldane, chief economist for the Bank of England, said the rapid vaccination of people across the UK would ease COVID-19 restrictions and unleash an economic recovery. READ ON...

Tamil Nadu fire: CM announces 300,000 each for kin of deceased, 100,000 each to injured

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Friday announced ex-gratia amounts of Rs 3 lakhs each to the kin of the deceased and Rs 1 lakh each to the critically injured in the fire in a firecracker's factory in Virudhunagar.
 
"I'm deeply in grief after hearing that 11 persons working in a firework industry died after a mishap and 36 injured. I deeply extend my condolences to the next of kin," Palaniswami said.
 
He added, "I allocate financial assistance of 3 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased and 1 lakh to the severely injured." The CM further instructed the district authorities and the medical experts to give the best treatment to the injured and asked the local administration to ensure that families of the deceased and the injured are informed.

Uttarakhand flood: Lake formed due to blocking of stream joining Rishi Ganga, says report

The debris brought by the avalanche in Uttarakhand earlier this week has blocked a stream that joins the Rishi Ganga river forming a temporary lake which if breached can cause further damage in the valley, said a report by the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology. According to its director Kalachand Sain, a team of scientists from the institute conducted an aerial survey of the upper reaches of the Rishi Ganga just a day after the Sunday avalanche and spotted the new glacial lake there.
 
The team took some photographs of the lake taken from a helicopter. It seems that the recent avalanche has led to its formation in the higher stretches of the Rishi Ganga's catchment area, he said.
 
"Our scientists are examining the size of the lake, its periphery and the volume of water it contains to ascertain how big and immediate the danger from it is," Sain told PTI.

Uttarakhand flood: NTPC sets up medical team at Tapovan site

State-run power giant NTPC on Friday said it has set up a medical team of doctors and para-medical staff and started medical camps for general public at Tapovan which was ravaged by a flash flood last Sunday.
 
"NTPC Tapovan team has brought in an experienced team of doctors, para-medical staff and has started medical camps for the general public at Tapovan. "Medical consultations along with medicines for the needy has proved to be of great help for the people of the surrounding areas devastated by the disaster," an NTPC statement said.
 
This initiative in the backdrop of all odds culminating out of the disaster that struck Tapovan in Uttarakhand on Sunday has found many takers amongst the affected lot, it added.

Budget provides strong stimulus for long term sustainable growth: FM

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday said the Budget is aimed at making India self-reliant and provides strong stimulus for medium to long term sustainable high growth. While replying to the discussion on the Budget 2021-22, the minister also attacked former finance minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram for suspecting the Budget numbers. She, however did not mention his name, PTI reported.
 
Stressing that the Budget is for Aatmanirbhar Bharat, she said, "attempt made in this Budget is to provide strong stimulus and provide such a stimulus which can bring in that kind of a multiplier effect...".
 
"We are also looking at medium to long-term sustainable growth which will keep India in that kind of growth trajectory which will maintain us as one of the fastest growing economies in the world," she said.

Death toll rises to 11 in fire at a firecracker factory in Tamil Nadu; 36 injured

11 killed in fire in Tamil Nadu cracker factory

Eleven people were killed and at least 12 others injured in a huge fire that broke out at a firecracker factory in Tamil Nadu's Virudhunagar district on Friday, police said. The death toll is likely to go up as the condition of some of the injured admitted to Sivakasi government hospital is stated to be critical, PTI reported on Friday.
 
Police said the fire in the factory in Achankulam near Sattur in Virudhunagar broke out when some chemicals were being mixed to produce firecrackers. Four cracker making sheds were destroyed.
 
Ten firefighting vehicles rushed to the spot from various surrounding locations like Sattur, Sivakasi and Vembakottai to douse the flames, while officials from police, revenue and other departments also reached there for rescue and relief works. Chief Minister E K Palaniswami expressed grief over the death of 11 persons in the fire. He announced Rs 3 lakh each as solatium to kin of the bereaved families.

CPI inflation eases to 4.06% in Jan; industry output grows 1% in Dec

Economic data released on Friday showed that Indian economy is finally emerging from the long shadow of coronavirus pandemic with inflation further cooling and industry output showing a rebound.
 
The Index of Industrial Production (IIP) grew 1% for December 2020, showed the data released by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) on Friday.
 
The factory output in the country had contracted 1.9% in November and grew 0.4% in December 2019. According to the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) data, the manufacturing sector output grew by 1.6% in December 2020. READ ON...

Retail inflation eases to 4.06% in January 2021 from 4.59% in Dec 2020: Govt data

Retail inflation eases to 4.06 per cent in January 2021 from 4.59 per cent in Dec 2020: Govt data

Bharatiya Kisan Union says deadlock over farm laws can be resolved if govt shuns its “stubborn” attitude

Bharatiya Kisan Union says deadlock over farm laws can be resolved if government shuns its “stubborn” attitude and does not play with honour of farmers

Will march nation-wide, go to Gujarat and set it free: BKU leader Rakesh Tikait

Six workers die in explosion at private fireworks factory in Tamil Nadu

At least six workers of a private fireworks factory near Sattur in this district were killed in an explosion at the unit on Friday, police said.
 
The incident happened while some chemicals were being mixed to produce fireworks, police said. Ten fire fighting units from various locations have been rushed to the spot to douse the fire in the factory at Acchankulam village. Initial reports quoting fire service personnel said about 10 people were injured in the explosion.

Uttarakhand flash floods: Two more bodies recovered; death toll 38

Two more bodies were recovered from the flash flood-hit areas of Uttarakhand's Chamoli district on Friday, taking the toll in the calamity to 38, as rescue teams battled on against the odds for the sixth consecutive day to get to 25-35 people trapped in a sludge-choked tunnel, a PTI report said on Friday.
 
One body was recovered from the rubble at the demolished Rishi Ganga Hydel Project in Raini and the other from Maithana, district administration officials here said.
 
A separate team of rescuers was formed under the supervision of the executive engineer of the Rural Works Department to expedite the search operation taking the help of locals and old photographs of the demolished Rishi Ganga hydel project. National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel using excavators and JCBs are dredging through the muck to locate the missing.

'Ghar Wapsi' only after Farm Laws are repealed: BKU leader Rakesh Tikait

ICICI Videocon loan case: Chanda Kochhar granted bail by court

A court here on Friday granted bail to former ICICI Bank CEO and MD Chanda Kochhar with a rider that she cannot leave the country with its permission. Kochhar on Friday appeared before the Special PMLA court in connection with the ICICI-Videocon loan case here and applied for a bail through her lawyer Vijay Agarwal. The court granted her bail on a bond of Rs 5 lakh.
 
Agarwal told IANS, "There is no material with the ED against her. Technically speaking she cannot be accused in that case." "Moreover she is a woman and has cooperated during investigation, so she is covered by the provision under section 45 of the PMLA," he added.
 
The case pertains to alleged irregularities in sanctioning six loans worth Rs 1,875 crore to Videocon Industries Ltd, Videocon International Electronics Ltd and four other companies associated with the Videocon group between June 2009 and October 2011.

SC-appointed committee holds consultations with 12 farmer unions on farm laws

Supreme Court-appointed committee holds consultations with 12 farmer unions and peasants from eight states, including West Bengal, on the Centre’s controversial agri laws: Press Trust of India.

Indian Army uses trolley to connect villages cut off after glacier burst in Chamoli

Six workers killed in explosion at private fireworks factory in Virudhunagar district of Tamil Nadu

Six workers killed in explosion at private fireworks factory near Sattur in Virudhunagar district of Tamil Nadu: Police

Normal life partially affected in 12-hour Bengal bandh called by Left Front

Normal life in West Bengal was partially affected on Friday due to the 12-hour state-wide bandh called by the Left Front in protest against police action on its activists during their march towards state secretariat Nabanna.
 
Schools in the state are scheduled to reopen during the day for students of classes 9-12 after a gap of 11 months. They were shut in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.
 
Left cadre blocked railway tracks and roads in Malda, Barddhaman, Raiganj, Asansol, Dankuni and parts of Kolkata, North 24 Parganas and Nadia districts during the bandh that began at 6 am. Protestors burnt tyres at some places, and offered roses to policemen in other areas.

Twitter blocks 97% accounts, posts flagged by IT Ministry

Twitter has blocked over 97 per cent of the accounts and posts flagged by the IT Ministry for provocative content and misinformation around farmers' protest, a PTI report said. This followed a meeting between Twitter representatives and the Information Technology Secretary on Wednesday evening where the US-based microblogging platform was issued a stern warning to comply with local laws or be prepared for action.
 
The Ministry had questioned Twitter's delay in taking action on its order to block provocative content that could impact public law and order, whereas the American company had been quick to crack down when a similar instance occurred at US Capitol Hill. According to a PTI report,, Twitter has now complied with the orders and over 97 per cent of the accounts flagged have been blocked.

 

PM Modi wants to clear path for his friends: Rahul Gandhi on farm laws

Hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue of the new farm laws, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday said the PM wants to clear the path for his friends by implementing the three legislations, which will hit 40 per cent people of the country, who are associated with the agriculture business.
 
Addressing a farmers' "mahapanchayat" in Pilibanga town of Rajasthan's Hanumangarh district, Gandhi said after demonetisation and the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), the farm laws were another blow to the people of the country.
 
"Forty per cent people, including farmers, traders and labourers, will be hit if these laws are implemented. "After demonetisation, I had said the move was not against black money, but people did not understand it that time. Then the GST was implemented, which was an attack on small and mid-size businesses. Narendra Modi wants to clear the path for his friends," he said.

New farm laws will bring investments, technologies, create employment: Dharmendra Pradhan

Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday said the new farm laws will bring investments, new technologies and create employment. Addressing a gathering organised by BJP's youth wing to highlight the salient features of the Union Budget, Pradhan said the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund of Rs 40,000 crore will open new doors for agrarian development, PTI reported.
 
Noting that the Union Budget was brought at a difficult time when the economy was hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, the minister asserted that the Narendra Modi government has empowered the farmers and workers. The minister's remark come in the backdrop of protest by thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab and Haryana, at various border points of Delhi since late November last year against the Centre's new farm laws.

Rajya Sabha adjourned till March 8

Everything brought under budgetary accounting mechanism under Modi govt: FM

Everything has been brought under the budgetary accounting mechanism under the Modi government. This has brought greater transparency in the system of budgeting: 

Defence budget for Capital expenditure increased over 18%: FM Nirmala Sitharaman

The allocation for Defence has not come down. In pension, the data shows a decrease because of disbursement under 'One Rank One Pension' made last year. Defence budget for Capital expenditure has increased over 18 per cent: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

Centre is working towards rectifying mismanagement in MGNREGA scheme: FM

Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took office in 2014, Centre is working towards rectifying mismanagement in MGNREGA scheme. Rs 1.15 trillion allocated for MGNREGA in current fiscal to weed out effects of pandemic. Rs 90,400 crore have already been utilised: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

Increased allocation for Jal Shakti Ministry has been made to provide tap water accessible to all: FM

Increased allocation for Jal Shakti Ministry has been made to provide tap water accessible to all: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

FM responds to Opposition's objections over her earlier remark using the word 'damad'

"Don't think 'damad' is the trademark of Indian National Congress. There's a 'damad' in every household," responds Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to Opposition's objections over her earlier remark using the word 'damad'.

This is a Budget for a Aatmanirbhar Bharat, we respect the honest taxpayers: FM

This is a Budget for a Aatmanirbhar Bharat, we respect the honest taxpayers, and their money which is paid as tax should be properly utilised, and we should be accountable for the money we get as tax: Finance Minister 

Union Budget 2021 instrument to attain Aatmanirbhar Bharat, says FM Sitharaman

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday said the Union Budget 2021-22 is the instrument through which Aatmanirbhar Bharat is to be attained and asserted that the government is also looking at "long term sustainable growth", ANI quoted the FM as saying.
 
Speaking in the Rajya Sabha on Budget 2021-22, Sitharman said, "It's a Budget which clearly draws on the experience, the administrative capacities and also exposure that the Prime Minister had during his long elected tenure - both as CM and as PM of this country - known for his commitment towards development, growth, and reforms. So these three things are essentially infused in the budget which is now speaking for itself in the sense that it is the instrument through which Aatmanirbhar Bharat is to be attained."
 
Besides providing 'quick short term solutions', Sitharaman said that the government is also looking at "long term sustainable growth".
 
"So post-pandemic and post-global contraction, economies have suffered across the world. And as I said in my budget speech the attempt made in this budget is to provide strong stimulus, to provide such a stimulus which can bring in a multiplier effect and therefore instead of finding quick short term solutions, even as we provide short term quick relief for those people who so desperately need it," the minister said.

Modi govt removed ills from MNREGA, effectively utilised funds allocated: FM

Modi govt removed ills from MNREGA, effectively utilised funds allocated: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

Highest ever utilisation of Rs 90,469 crore under MNREGA rural employment scheme: FM

Highest ever utilisation of Rs 90,469 crore under MNREGA rural employment scheme: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

LIVE: Stimulus provision in Budget 2021 is for economic revival, says FM

Stimulus provision in Budget 2021, which was presented on Febuary 1, is for economic revival, reforms taken during coronavirus pandemic to revive growth, informed the union minister: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

Budget 2021 aimed at sustainable economic growth in medium term: FM in RS

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday said in Rajya Sabha that Budget 2021 is "an instrument for Aatmanirbhar Bharat" and that it is aimed "at maintaining sustainable economic growth in medium term". While replying to a debate on Budget in Rajya Sabha, Sitharaman said, "Budget 2021 clearly draws on the experience, the administrative capacities and also exposure that the PM had during his long elected tenure - both as CM of Gujarat and as PM of this country."
 
Stimulus provision in Budget 2021, which was presented on Febuary 1, is for economic revival, reforms taken during coronavirus pandemic to revive growth, informed the union minister. READ MORE...

More than Rs 27,000 crore worth loans sanctioned under Mudra Yojana: FM

Loans sanctioned under Mudra Yojana - more than Rs 27,000 crore. Who takes Mudra Yojana? Damads?: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the Rajya Sabha.

Rs 1.15 trillion directly transferred to over 107.5 million farmers under PM KISAN scheme: FM

Rs 1.15 trillion have been directly transferred to over 107.5 million farmers under the PM KISAN scheme. Farmers of West Bengal have been deprived of the benefit under the scheme  as the State government has not provided the list of farmers yet: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

Over 3.6 trillion worth digital transactions via UPI from Aug 2016 till Jan 2020: FM

Number of digital transactions via UPI from Aug 2016 till Jan 2020 - over 3.6 trillion. UPI is used by who? The rich? No. Middle class, smaller traders. Who are these people then? Is Govt creating UPI, facilitating digital transactions to benefit rich cronies? Some damads? No: FM Nirmala Sitharaman.

Union Budget 2020-21 aims for "development, growth and reforms": FM

Union Budget 2020-21 aims for "development, growth and reforms", said Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

We continued with reforms even in the coronavirus pandemic: FM Nirmala Sitharaman

We continued with reforms even in the coronavirus pandemic; Ujjwala yojana has benefitted crores of women, MNREGA has been increasing in this government, says Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

LIVE: More than 90 million benefitted from PM Fasal Bima Yojana, says FM Nirmala Sitharaman

LIVE: More than 90 million benefitted from PM Fasal Bima Yojana, says FM Nirmala Sitharaman

LIVE: 1.15 lakh crore into the hands of farmers, says FM Nirmala Sitharaman

LIVE: 1.15 lakh crore into the hands of farmers, says FM Nirmala Sitharaman

LIVE: Privatisation policy respects wealth creators, says FM Sitharaman

Privatisation policy respects wealth creators, says FM Sitharaman

Budget provisions for poor, dalits and tribals, says FM Sitharaman on her Budget for 2021-22

Budget provisions for poor, dalits and tribals, says FM Nirmala Sitharaman on her Budget for 2021-22

Infrastructure creation, continuing reforms, transparency of accounts features of Budget: FM Sitharaman

Infrastructure creation, continuing reforms, transparency of accounts features of Budget, says Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

LIVE: Over 1.67 crore houses completed under the PM Awas Yojana scheme, says FM

Over 1.67 crore houses completed under the PM Awas Yojana scheme. Is it for rich? Over 2.67 crore households electrified under PM Saubhagya Yojana since '17 Oct. Total value of orders placed on Govt e-market is Rs 822,077 crore. Are they being given to big companies? They are being given to MSMEs:Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

A false narrative is to accuse - saying that this government works only for cronies: FM

"A false narrative is created to accuse - saying that this government works only for cronies", says Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

Stimulus provision in Budget is for economic revival, reforms taken during pandemic to revive growth: FM

Stimulus provision in Budget is for economic revival, reforms taken during pandemic to revive growth: FM Nirmala Sitharaman

Budget looking at maintaining sustainable economic growth in medium term: FM

Budget looking at maintaining sustainable economic growth in medium term, says FM Nirmala Sitharaman in Rajya Sabha.

Budget instrument for Aatmanirbhar Bharat: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

Budget instrument for Aatmanirbhar Bharat: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman replying to debate on Budget in Rajya Sabha

LIVE: 'It’s become a habit for Opposition to constantly allege', says FM

"It’s become a habit for Opposition to constantly allege, despite all that Modi govt has been doing for the poor, that this govt only works for crony capitalists. A false narrative is being created to accuse,” says Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the Rajya Sabha.

800 million people provided free food grains during Covid-19 lockdown period: FM

It is worth mentioning that 800 million people were provided free foodgrains, free cooking gas provided for 80 million people and cash directly was given to 400 million people, farmers, women, divyang & also the poor and needy: FM Nirmala Sitharaman in Rajya Sabha.

Budget clearly draws on experience, administrative capacities and also exposure: FM

It's a Budget which clearly draws on the experience, the administrative capacities and also exposure that the PM had during his long elected tenure - both as CM and as PM of this country - known for his commitment towards development, growth and reforms: FM Nirmala Sitharaman

800 million people were provided free food grains during the Covid-19 lockdown period: FM

800 million people were provided free food grains during the Covid-19 lockdown period: FM Nirmala Sitharaman

LIVE: FM replies to the debate on Union Budget 2021-22 in Rajya Sabha

LIVE: FM Nirmala Sitharaman speaking in the Parliament

Ration and essential items airlifted to Suki, Lata and Bhalgaun villages of Uttarakhand

Rakesh Tikait warns farmers' protest to go on for indefinite period

Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) spokesperson Rakesh Tikait on Friday said the ongoing farmers' protest will go on for indefinite period as there is no planning regarding the duration yet.
 
"Farmers' protest will go on for indefinite period as there is no plan currently. It might continue till October," Tikait told ANI.
 
He said this in response to the statement of Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) leader Gurnam Singh Charni that the farmers' protest will continue till October. Tikait had earlier warned the farmers' agitation will not conclude unless government repeals the three newly enacted agriculture laws and it may go on till October.

Trinamool Congress MP Dinesh Trivedi announces his resignation from Rajya Sabha

UP Police books Google's Sundar Pichai, others over 'defamatory' video; removes names from FIR later

Police in Uttar Pradesh's Varanasi had booked Google CEO Sundar Pichai and 17 others last week over a video that allegedly defamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi but later removed the tech giant officials' names from the FIR, police officials said on Friday. The names of Pichai and three other Google top officials were removed after they were found not involved in the case, a police official privy to the probe told PTI.
 
The FIR was lodged following a complaint by a local resident who claimed that he got over 8,500 threat calls on his mobile phone after he objected to the video that he first came across in a WhatsApp group and later on YouTube, where it has over five lakh views, the officials said.

Mumbai court grants bail to Chanda Kochhar, asks her not to leave country

A secial PMLA court in Mumbai on Friday granted bail to former MD & CEO of ICICI Bank Chanda Kochhar on a bond of Rs 5 lakh and asked her not to leave the country without the permission of the court.
 
Kochhar appeared before the court on Friday in connection with the ICICI Bank-Videocon money laundering case.
 
The special court for Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) had on January 30 summoned Chanda Kochhar, her husband Deepak Kochhar, Videocon Group promoter Venugopal Dhoot and other accused in the case after taking cognisance of the Enforcement Directorate's (ED) charge sheet. Read on...

Govt, Twitter get SC notice on plea for mechanism to regulate hate content

The Supreme Court on Friday sought responses from the Centre and Twitter India on a plea seeking a mechanism for regulating content and advertisements spreading hatred through fake news and instigative messages via bogus accounts.
 
A bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde and justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian issued notice to the Centre and Twitter Communication India Pvt Ltd on the plea filed by one Vinit Goenka, which said there are hundreds of fake Twitter handles and bogus Facebook accounts in the name of eminent people and high dignitaries. Read on...

Normal life partially hit in West Bengal due to 12-hour state-wide 'bandh'

Normal life partially hit in West Bengal due to 12-hour state-wide 'bandh' called by Left Front in protest against police action on its activists during their march towards state secretariat on Thursday.

SC upholds validity of e-voting for winding up of six mutual fund schemes of Franklin Templeton

SC upholds validity of e-voting for winding up of six mutual fund schemes of Franklin Templeton

Kolkata: ED conducts search at the residential premises of TMC leader Vinay Mishra

Kolkata: ED conducts search at the residential premises of TMC leader Vinay Mishra, in connection with Cattle and Coal scam

Himachal Pradesh: Congress MLA from Fatehpur, Kangra, Sujan Singh Pathania passes away at 78

Himachal Pradesh: Congress MLA from Fatehpur, Kangra, Sujan Singh Pathania passes away at 78

Budget 2021 shows a hope to build new and self-reliant India, says Anurag Thakur

This Budget shows a hope to build new India, a stronger India and to build a self-reliant India. It will set us on the path of becoming an economic and manufacturing powerhouse: MoS Finance Anurag Thakur in Rajya Sabha

Uttarakhand floods: A team of SDRF, NDRF sent for recce: State DGP on lake formation above Rani Village

We have sent a team of SDRF & NDRF for recce after we received information about the formation of a lake in the area above Raini village: DGP Uttarakhand Ashok Kumar

Challenge Opposition leaders to show where it's written Mandi, MSP will end, says Anurag Thakur

I challenge Congress and Opposition leaders to show where is it written that Mandi and Minimum Support Price system will end. We are committed to taking India forward: MoS Finance Anurag Thakur in Rajya Sabha

ICICI Bank-Videocon loan case: Chanda Kochhar arrives at Mumbai Sessions Court

Former MD and CEO of ICICI Bank Chanda Kochhar arrives at Mumbai Sessions Court after she was summoned in ICICI Bank-Videocon loan case

Siliguri: Schools for classes 9 to 12 resume from today in West Bengal


Budget 2021 shows a hope to build new and self-reliant India, says Anurag Thakur

This Budget shows a hope to build new India, a stronger India and to build a self-reliant India. It will set us on the path of becoming an economic and manufacturing powerhouse: MoS Finance Anurag Thakur in Rajya Sabha

Congress submits Mallikarjun Kharge's name as the Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha

Congress has submitted to Rajya Sabha Chairman the name of Mallikarjun Kharge as the Leader of Opposition in the House.

Losar: Members of Central Tibetan Admin hold prayers at head office of Tibetan govt-in-exile in Dharamshala

Himachal Pradesh: Members of Central Tibetan Administration hold prayers at the head office of Tibetan govt-in-exile in Dharamshala on the occasion of 'Losar', the Tibetan new year

West Bengal: Members of Left parties & Congress block a road in Ashoknagar

West Bengal: Members of Left parties & Congress block a road in Ashoknagar, North 24 Paraganas as the Left Front has called for a 12-hour bandh in the State
 
Bandh called to protest after Left party workers were allegedly beaten up during a march to Nabanna in Kolkata yesterday

Surge in fuel prices affects many in Mumbai

Surge in fuel prices affects many in Mumbai. The price of petrol & diesel in metropolis stands at Rs 94.64/litre and Rs 85.32/litre
 
"Spending Rs 150 daily on petrol. 40-50% of salary gets spent on fuel itself. Situation has worsened after the lockdown," a local says

Why has Mr Modi given up our territory to the Chinese: Rahul Gandhi

Yesterday, Defence Min made a statement on the situation in Eastern Ladakh. Now, we find our troops are now going to be stationed at Finger 3. Finger 4 is our territory. Now, we've moved from Finger 4 to Finger3. Why has Mr Modi given up our territory to the Chinese: Rahul Gandhi

PM Modi has 'given' Indian territory to China, claims Rahul Gandhi in press conference

PM Modi has 'given' Indian territory to China, claims Rahul Gandhi in press conference

Mumbai's Air quality turns 'very poor', with overall air quality index standing at 322

Mumbai's Air quality turns 'very poor', with overall air quality index standing at 322: System of Air Quality & Weather Forecasting & Research 
 
Air quality in Delhi also continues to remain in 'very poor' category. In Ahmedabad, the air quality is in 'poor' category.

The Left Front has called for a 12-hour bandh in West Bengal today

Siliguri: The Left Front has called for a 12-hour bandh in West Bengal today to protest after its workers were allegedly beaten up during a march to Nabanna in Kolkata yesterday

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