LIVE: Mamata says she was attacked in Nandigram, calls it a conspiracy

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee
News Live Updates: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee alleged on Wednesday that she was attacked by "four-five men" who manhandled her during the election campaign in Nandigram, because of which she was injured in the left leg. The incident happened around 6.15 pm when Banerjee was about to leave Birulia area near Reyapara after praying at a local temple.Banerjee alleged that she was pushed by four-five men while she was trying to get into the car, following which fell flat on her face. The chief minister said that her leg got swollen because of the injury and she was feeling feverish, besides having chest pain. Banerjee was rushed to Kolkata's SSKM Hospital. Governor Jagdeep DHankar also arrived at the hospital to pay her a visit.

Trivendra Singh Rawat on Tuesday announced that BJP MP Tirath Singh Rawat will be the new chief minister of Uttarakhand. The announcement came a day after he submitted his resignation to Governor Baby Rani Maurya paving the way for leadership change in the state. Several MLAs and some ministers had complained about the style of governance of the Chief Minister to the party leadership. 

Unveiling the initial list of 21 candidates for the April 6 Assembly elections, the Communist Party of India (CPI) part of the ruling Left Democratic Front ( LDF) alliance announced that they will be contesting in 25 seats in Kerala. CPI state secretary Kanam Rajendran said, "This time around the party would be contesting in 25 seats, two seats less than last assembly polls as seats had to be given for the new coalition partners in the LDF fold."

US President Joe Biden will meet with the leaders of the Quad -- India, Australia and Japan -- countries through a videoconference at the end of the workweek, White House spokesperson Jen Psaki said. "On Friday morning, President Biden will meet virtually with his counterparts in the Quad -- Prime Minister (Yoshihide) Suga of Japan, Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi of India and Prime Minister (Scott) Morrison of Australia, formed in the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami and formalized in 2007," Psaki said.

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206 nomination papers found valid for 1st phase of Bengal assembly polls

After scrutiny of nomination papers filed for 30 constituencies in West Bengals first phase of assembly election, the authorities found those of 206 candidates valid, a CEO official said on Wednesday.
 
Altogether 222 candidates have filed their nominations for the first phase of polling to be held on March 27. Of them, the nomination papers of 16 were found invalid, the official of the state Chief Electoral Officers office said.
 
The nomination paper of the Trinamool Congress Joypur candidate Ujjwal Kumar and that of the BJPs Shankar Kumar who was nominated for Baghmundi seat were rejected.
 
The ECI also found the papers of two Congress candidates - Nepal Mahato (Baghmundi) and Subhas Mahata (Kashipur) invalid, the official said.
 
Nomination papers of five more political party nominees and seven independent candidates were also rejected.
 
Tuesday was the last date of filing nominations for the first phase of polling and scrutiny was held on Wednesday.
 
Of the total 222 candidates who had submitted papers for the first phase of polling, 30 each were of the TMC and the BJP.
 

DDA Housing Scheme: 1,353 flats allotted through online draw of lots

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on Wednesday allotted 1,353 flats to people under a housing scheme through an online draw of lots, officials said.
 
Terming the online processes used in the latest allotment a "template for future schemes", a senior official said the urban body could roll out another scheme towards the end of the year if work on ongoing projects is completed.
 
The 2021 Housing Scheme was launched on January 2. Applications were accepted till February 16, with 1,354 flats on offer. These flats under various categories are located in Dwarka, Jasola, Manglapuri, Vasant Kunj and Rohini.
 
The draw of lots was conducted based on a random number-generation system and in the presence of judges and senior officers of the DDA at its headquarters, Vikas Sadan.
 
"A total of 1,353 flats were today allotted through a draw of lots. One flat in Vasant Kunj in self-financing scheme segment remained unallotted due to some legal issues with it,” a senior official said.
 
A total number of 22,752 applications were received for 253 HIG, 757 MIG, 52 LIG and 291 EWS or Janta flats, the DDA said.
 
Allotment of flats through the draw was made to 1,353 applicants, based on their preference, choice for localities. A waiting list of 338 applicants have also been drawn up. These waitlisted applicants would be allotted flats in case of cancellation or surrender of flats by the main allottees, the official said.
 
The 1,353 flats allotted to various categories of applicants -- 17 (ex-servicemen), 930 (general), 225 (SC), 102 (ST), 69 (persons with disabilities) and 10 (war widows).
 

Married woman made to drink alcohol, raped by 3 in UP

Three people have been arrested for allegedly making a married woman drink alcohol and raping her in Puranpur Kotwali police station area here, police said on Wednesday.
 
A case was registered in this connection on Wednesday against Pawan Kumar, Chote and Umesh, Superintendent of Police Jai Prakash Yadav told media.
 
In the complaint given to the police, the woman alleged that one of the accused from her neighbourhood offered to take her to her parents' house. She said he made her drink liquor and raped her along with two of his companions.
 
The accused later dumped her at a deserted place, police said.
 

Dubai to launch environmental nanometric satellite

Dubai Municipality, in collaboration with the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), has announced that it is preparing to launch the DMSat-1 satellite, the region's first environmental nanometric satellite, from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on March 20.
 
The launch is part of a high-technology project undertaken to develop solutions to environmental challenges and address climate change.
 
Using state-of-the-art space technologies, DMSat-1 will monitor, collect and analyse environmental data as well as measure air pollutants and greenhouse gases.
 
The environmental satellite will also help create maps of the concentration and distribution of greenhouse gases in Dubai and the UAE and study seasonal changes in the presence of these gases.
 
Data provided by the satellite will be used in several areas including finding solutions to environmental challenges, developing long-term plans to address urban pollution and climate change and environmental forecasting in Dubai.
 
This data will also help enhance the emirate's leading role in developing quality projects and pioneering research in the domain of climate change.
 
The DMSat-1 project will help build new capabilities in the field of environmental research at the local level, and provide new opportunities for harnessing space technology to enhance environmental sustainability.
 
“Essential data provided by the DMSat-1 satellite will enable Dubai Municipality to respond to global environmental changes, identify steps to combat climate change and develop long-term environmental plans,” Dawoud AlHajri, Director General of Dubai Municipality, said.
 

Bengal poll observers meet govt officials, discuss law and order

Special Observer for the West Bengal assembly elections Ajay Nayak and Special Police Observer Vivek Dubey on Wednesday met senior state government officials and discussed the issue of law and order ahead of the first phase of polling on March 27, a source in the CEO's office said.
 
During the meeting with Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay and other officials, Nayak and Dubey sought full cooperation from the administration to conduct free and fair polls.
 
The observers also met Home Secretary HK Dwidevi and DGP P Nirajnayan.
 
"Law and order issue was discussed at the meeting. The ECI officials expressed their concern over the law and order situation in the state and sought total cooperation from the administration to hold fair and free elections," the source said.
 
The meeting was held a day after the Election Commission removed Virendra as the Director-General of Police of West Bengal.
 
The commission also recently removed Jawed Shamim from the post of ADG (Law and Order).
 
Nayak and Dubey reached the state last week and have been holding meetings with various authorities to oversee poll preparedness and take stock of the situation.
 
The first phase of the elections will be held in 30 assembly constituencies in five districts - Purulia, Bankura, Jhargram and parts of Purba Medinipur and Paschim Medinipur.
 
The eight-phased elections to the 294 seats in West Bengal will be held between March 27 and April 29. Votes will be counted on May 2.
 

Khattar govt may have won trust vote, but has fallen in the eyes of people: Hooda

Former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Wednesday said the state government may have won the no-confidence motion moved against it by the Opposition, but it has “fallen in the eyes of the people”.
 
The BJP-JJP government in Haryana survived the floor test on Wednesday, comfortably defeating the no-confidence motion moved against it by the main opposition Congress.
 
The motion was defeated following division of votes.
 
“The Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) and (five of seven) independent MLAs, who are allies of the government, had a chance to vote for the farmers and fulfil their responsibility of being people's representatives,” Hooda told reporters.
 
He said even though the Congress had limited strength in the House, “we stood with the farmers firmly in the House and performed our responsibility. We voted against the government which lathi-charged farmers, fired tear gas shells, used water cannons during the peak winter and implicated them in false cases”.
 
“The government may have survived the no-confidence motion, but it has fallen in the eyes of the people,” the Leader of the Opposition said.
 
On his demand of secret voting on the no-confidence motion being turned down by Speaker Gian Chand Gupta, Hooda said, “This clearly shows that the government feared that many of their MLAs would vote in support of the motion”.
 

NHRC mulls research on key issues to help protect rights of marginalised sections of society

The NHRC on Wednesday organised a statutory full commission meeting of all its deemed members and chairpersons of seven national commissions, seeking to identify mechanisms to reduce human rights violations and share best practices to work on a joint strategy towards that goal.
 
Addressing the meeting, justice P C Pant, member of NHRC, urged all members of the rights panel to suggest human rights issues on which the commission could undertake research in the coming years to protect the rights of the marginalised section of the society.
 
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) issued a statement saying the objective of the meeting was to "identify mechanisms to reduce human rights violation and share best practices to work on a joint strategy for the promotion and protection of human rights of various sections of society".
 
There is a need to work in synergy to identify bottlenecks and failures impeding their growth and contribute to their well-being, Pant was quoted as saying in the statement.
 

Stalin rues 'attack' on Mamata Banerjee

DMK president M K Stalin on Wednesday criticised the alleged attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the state's Nandigram assembly constituency, saying it was "an assault on Indian democracy".
 
Banerjee alleged on Wednesday that she was attacked by four to five men who manhandled her during an election campaign in Nandigram because of which she sustained an injury in the left leg.
 
"The shameful attack on Mamata Banerjee is an assault on Indian democracy. The perpetrators of such a crime should be brought to justice immediately. Election Commission of India and the police dept should take stringent action to avoid such instances in the future," Stalin tweeted.
 
The Leader of Opposition in the Tamil Nadu Assembly also wished a speedy recovery to the TMC supremo.
 

Bengal govt constitutes 5-member team to treat Mamata Banerjee

The West Bengal government has constituted a team of five senior doctors to treat Banerjee, Health Department sources said. In the team were a cardiologist, an endocrinologist, a general surgery doctor, an orthopedist and a medicine doctor, they said, according to PTI. Banerjee was taken to the 12.5 special cabin in the Woodburn Block of the hospital on a stretcher as her convoy reached the hospital, amid a huge presence of her supporters who raised slogans against the BJP.


"We will stabilise her first. An X-ray will be conducted on her leg. We need to find out the degree of her injury and then the course of our treatment will be decided," a doctor at the hospital told PTI. The chief minister's nephew Abhishek Banerjee, a TMC MP, and state ministers Partha Chatterjee, Firhad Hakim and Subrata Mukherjee were present at the hospital.

TMC youth wing protest after Mamata suffers injury in Nandigram

Bengal Guv Jagdeep Dhankhar visits Mamata at SSKM Hospital

'Attack' on Mamata at Nandigram: ECI seeks report, says official

The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Wednesday sought a report from the state police on the alleged attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Nandigram constituency, in which she was injured, an official said.
 
The Trinamool Congress supremo was injured in the leg after being allegedly pushed by unidentified people near a temple at Reyapara area during campaigning at Nandigram, where the BJP pitted her protege-turned-adversary Suvendu Adhikari against her.
 
"We have sought a report from the state police administration. The report must be sent quickly," the official of the state CEO's office said.
 
Banerjee alleged that no local police personnel were near her when four or five people might have deliberately pushed her causing the injury.

Mamata injured after being 'manhandled' during poll campaign in Nandigram, taken to hospital

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee alleged on Wednesday that she was attacked by "four-five men" who manhandled her during the election campaign in Nandigram, because of which she was injured in the left leg.
 
The incident happened around 6.15 pm when Banerjee was about to leave Birulia area near Reyapara after praying at a local temple.
 
"I was standing outside my car with the door open. I was praying from there on seeing a temple. Few people came around my car and pushed the door. The door hit my leg," she said.
 
Banerjee alleged that she was pushed by four-five men while she was trying to get into the car, following which fell flat on her face.
 
The chief minister said that her leg got swollen because of the injury and she was feeling feverish, besides having chest pain.
 
Pointing to her leg, she told reporters, "See how it has swollen."
 
"Some people deliberately did it. Of course, it is a conspiracy. There were no local policemen around me, neither the district police superintendent was present at the spot," she alleged.
 
The chief minister also has severe pain in the waist, TMC MP Sukhendu Sekhar Ray, who is at present in Nandigram, said.
 

Wistron resumes operations at Kolar plant

Taiwanese contract manufacturer for Apple Inc., Wistron has resumed operations at its Narasapura facility at Kolar from March 8, with all the requisite clearance, Karnataka Large and Medium Industries Minister Jagadish Shettar said on Wednesday.
 
The factory had been shut since December 12, as workers had gone on a rampage due to wage-related issues.
 
"Due to wage-related issues that occurred in December, it had left many employees staring at a bleak future. We don't want a repeat of such incidents.Henceforth, bring to the notice of the local district administration and find a middle path to resolve the issues," Shettar was quoted as saying in an official release, during his visit to the Wistron facility.

Will go to Kolkata, urge farmers to defeat BJP in polls, but will not support any party: Tikait

Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait on Wednesday said he will go to Kolkata this week to urge farmers to defeat the BJP in the West Bengal Assembly elections, but claimed he is not supporting any political party.
 
Farmers are distressed, and election will be discussed with them, Tikait said, adding that he is not going to West Bengal to seek votes.
 
"I will go to Kolkata on March 13. The clarion call for a decisive struggle will come from Kolkata. We will talk to farmers there and urge them to defeat the BJP," the BKU leader said. He was in Ballia to address a 'Kisan Mahapanchayat'.

Crude oil coming out of ground in few villages in Meghalaya: Congress MLA

A Congress MLA on Wednesday told the Meghalaya Assembly that some people in his constituency are claiming that crude oil is coming out of the ground in a few villages along the Indo-Bangladesh border and urged the government to inquire into the matter.
 
"People have reported that crude oil is coming out from the ground in a few villages in Mawsynram (his constituency)," Congress legislator Hima Shangpliang told the Assembly during the general discussion on the regulation of prices of petrol and diesel in the state.

Denied poll tickets, 2 Assam BJP MLAs resign from party

Two BJP MLAs of Assam on Wednesday said that they resigned from the party after they were denied tickets to contest the forthcoming assembly elections in the state.
 
The two legislators, former Deputy Speaker Dilip Kumar Paul and Shiladitya Dev, also alleged that conspiracies were hatched against them by some leaders in the saffron party.

LIVE: Farmer bodies, trade unions to protest privatisation and fuel price hike on March 15

Farmer bodies, trade unions to protest privatisation and fuel price hike on March 15: Sanyukt Kisan Morcha

LIVE: Farmer unions call for 'Bharat bandh' on March 26

Farmer unions call for 'Bharat bandh' on March 26 when their agitation against Centre's farm laws completes 4 months

Congress's wrong policies behind BJP's rise to power: Mayawati

Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati on Wednesday attributed the BJP's rise to power to the wrong and anti-people policies of the Congress.
 
"Every party faces ups and downs. After independence, parties like Jansangh and BJP had been finished, said Mayawati in a statement.
 
But, she said, the BJP with its communal and anti-people polices is at its peak today.

DRDO carried out 28 successful tests in last one year

Twenty-eight successful tests were carried out by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in the last one year, the government said on Wednesday.
 
The major weapons and other systems which have been handed over to the armed forces by the DRDO during this period include Astra Beyond Visual Range Missile System, 10m Short Span Bridging System and Indian Maritime Situational Awareness System (IMSAS).
 
The list also includes Heavy Weight Torpedo (HWT) Varunastra, Border Surveillance System (BOSS) and Arjun Mk-1A.

Epic Games files legal claim against Google in Australia

Fortnite creator Epic Games on Wednesday said that it has filed a legal claim against Google with the Federal Court of Australia, continuing what it calls "pursuit for fairer digital platforms globally".
 
Epic has already filed a claim with the court against Apple on similar grounds.
 
In the claim, Epic alleges that Google's anti-competitive conduct breaches the Australian Consumer Law as well as various sections of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.
 
The company has alleged that Google abuses its control over the Android operating system restricting competition in payment processing and app distribution on the Google Play Store.

Latest News LIVE: AIADMK's list of 171 nominees out of Tamil Nadu polls

The ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday released its second list of 171 nominees for the April 6 assembly polls and identified the segments to be contested by its allies, the PMK and BJP.
 
Together with its first list of six candidates, the AIADMK would be in fray in 177 constituencies and its partners in 43 while 14 more seats are yet to be allocated.
 
Tamil Nadu Assembly has 234 seats and the state would have a single phase poll on April 6.
 
Assembly Speaker P Dhanapal, several ministers, including S P Velumani, P Thangamani, K A Sengottaiyan, and former ministers such as B V Ramana and TKM Chinnayya find a place in the list of candidates.

Easy Trip Planners IPO subscribed 159.30 times so far on last day

Easy Trip Planners' initial public offer was subscribed a whopping 159.30 times so far on the last day of subscription on Wednesday.
 
The issue received bids for over 240.23 crore shares against more than 1.50 crore shares on offer, as per data available with NSE till 16:40 pm.
 
The category meant for qualified institutional buyers (QIBs) was subscribed 77.53 times, while those for non-institutional investors 382.21 times and retail individual investors (RIIs) 70.26 times.
 
The initial public offer (IPO) comprises an offer for sale aggregating up to Rs 510 crore. It is in the price range of Rs 186-187 per share.

Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill passed in Rajya Sabha by voice vote

Parliament on Wednesday approved a Bill to amend the arbitration law that would ensure all stakeholders get a chance to seek an unconditional stay on enforcement of arbitral awards where an agreement is "induced by fraud or corruption".
 
The Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill, 2021, was passed by voice vote in the Rajya Sabha. The Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha on February 12.
 
It will replace an ordinance issued on November 4, 2020.
 
Immediately after the passage of the Bill, Deputy Chairman Harivansh adjourned the Rajya Sabha till Monday as opposition parties continued raising slogans demanding discussion on the three Central farm laws.

Left-Congress-ISF alliance names CPI(M)'s Minakshi Mukherjee as candidate from high-stakes Nandigram seat

West Bengal polls: Left-Congress-ISF alliance names CPI(M)'s Minakshi Mukherjee as candidate from high-stakes Nandigram seat

US Secy of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III to embark on his first overseas trip on Mar 13

US Secy of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III to embark on his first overseas trip on Mar 13, to visit US Indo-Pacific Command Headquarters in Hawaii, US troops and senior government leaders in Japan and the Republic of Korea, and senior government leaders in India

Online content consumption surged significantly during March last year due to lockdown: Report

Consumption of contents on Indian over-the-top (OTT) platforms surged significantly during the lockdown month of March 2020 compared to the same period a year ago, according to a report.
 
Consumption of gaming, entertainment contents on streaming platforms, and usage of smartphones saw a significant rise, said the report published by MICA Ahmedabad in association with Ahmedabad-based start-up Communication Crafts on Wednesday.
 
It said gaming consumption increased to 63 billion minutes in March 2020 compared to 42 billion minutes in the same month a year ago.

Congress leader P C Chacko resigns from party, alleges groupism in Kerala unit

In a blow to the Congress in poll bound Kerala, Senior leader P C Chacko on Wednesday announced his resignation from the party, alleging group interest in deciding party candidates for the coming assembly elections.
 
Chacko, who was a former working committee member of the Congress, is the second senior leader to quit the national party after Jyotiraditya Scindia.
 
Scindia joined the BJP after his resignation over differences with Congress' Madhya Pradesh state leadership.
 
Amid demand from a group of 23 senior Congress leaders for an organisational overhaul of the party, Chacko, who headed the Joint Parliamentary Committee on 2G Spectrum during the second UPA rule, also alleged that the national leadership of the party has not been active for the last two years.

Kolkata: TMC MLA Gaurishankar Dutta joins BJP, ahead of West Bengal Elections

Kolkata: TMC MLA Gaurishankar Dutta joins BJP, ahead of West Bengal Elections

LIVE: Wi-Fi facilities being provided at 5,957 railway stations till now

Wi-Fi-based Internet Facility provided at 5,957 railway stations till now. RailTel has submitted proposal to DoT for leveraging its network in rural India and its collaborative broadband services model to provide PM Wani enabled community Wi-Fi services, Railways Ministry said in a written reply.

LIVE: Bengali actors Rajshree Rajbanshi and Bonny Sengupta join BJP

LIVE: Bengali actors Rajshree Rajbanshi and Bonny Sengupta join BJP

Import tariff needs to be brought down by 50% to achieve competitiveness: Montek Ahluwalia

Bringing down import tariffs by at least 50 per cent holds the key to achieve competitiveness in India, former deputy chairman of the Planning Commission, Montek Singh Ahluwalia has said.
 
Stating that the Indian economy has not witnessed "fast enough" growth, Ahluwalia said "the underlying challenge is the ineffectiveness to translate broad uncontroversial objectives of competitiveness and growth into concrete and actionable policy programmes yielding results in a time-bound manner."

IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir had on-time performance of 93.7%, 76.9% and 72.8% in Jan: Puri

IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir had on-time performance (OTP) of 93.7 per cent, 76.9 per cent and 72.8 per cent, respectively, in January this year, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Wednesday.
 
IndiGo's OTP was highest among the three airlines in November and December last year too, stated data presented by Puri in his written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha.
 
IndiGo's on-time performance in November and December 2020 was 97.5 per cent and 94.7 per cent, respectively, the minister mentioned.

Indian shares end higher for third straight day; Infosys top boost

Indian shares notched their third straight session of gains on Wednesday, lifted by Infosys and other heavyweight information technology names, while auto stocks snapped a losing streak.
 
The blue-chip NSE Nifty 50 index added 0.51 per cent to close at 15,174.80, while the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex advanced 0.50 per cent to end at 51,279.51. The Nifty and Sensex have now gained 1.59 per cent and 1.73 per cent, respectively, this week.
 
A rebound in broader Asian markets from a two-month low also buoyed sentiment.
 
In domestic trading, nearly all major sectors rose.

LIVE: Tirath Singh Rawat takes oath as Chief Minister of Uttarakhand


LIVE: Tirath Singh Rawat to take oath as Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, shortly

LIVE: Tirath Singh Rawat to take oath as Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, shortly

Southampton to host World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand: ICC

India will take on New Zealand in the final of the inaugural World Test Championship in a bio-secure bubble at the Hampshire Bowl in Southampton from June 18-22, the game's governing body ICC said on Wednesday.
 
Initially, the final was supposed to be held at the Lord's but the ICC Board and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) decided to change the venue to ensure that the fixture could be staged safely with the potential impact of Covid-19 minimised for all involved.
 
"In selecting the Hampshire Bowl, the ICC drew on ECB's experience of delivering a full summer of bio-safe international cricket in 2020," ICC said in a statement.

Sonowal's assets increase by more than 71 per cent in 5 years

The total worth of Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowals assets, both movable and immovable, have increased by over 71 per cent since the last assembly polls in 2016, despite not having bought any new immovable assets.
 
Sonowal, in his affidavit submitted as a BJP candidate from Majuli (ST) candidate for the 2021 assembly polls in the state, has declared total assets worth over Rs 3.17 crore as against over Rs 1.85 crore in 2016, an increase of Rs 1,32,26,475.

IRDAI considering shifting to 'use and file' system for product approvals: Chairman

Insurance regulator IRDAI is looking to shift from the 'file and use' procedure for product approvals to the 'use and file' system, its Chairman Subhash C Khuntia said on Wednesday.
 
"We would like to move over from the 'file and use' system of product approval to the 'use and file' system to the extent possible. We have already started this in some of the segments and we would like to go further," he said while addressing a virtual actuarial conclave organised by the Institute of Actuaries of India.
 
Under the file and use system, an insurer, who wishes to introduce a new product, has to file an application for the product with the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) and use the product for sale in the market only after getting all the regulatory approvals.

Dhinakaran led AMMK releases first list of 15 candidates

Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam, led by TTV Dhinakaran on Wednesday released its first list of 15 candidates for the April 6 Tamil Nadu assembly elections.
 
Former state Ministers, P Palaniappan, G Senthamizhan, and C Shanmugavelu would contest from Pappireddipatti, Saidapet and Madathukulam respectively, AMMK general secretary Dhinakaran said in a party release.
 
S Anbazhagan, and K Sugumar, both former MPs, have been fielded from Rasipuram and Pollachi segments respectively.

Passenger vehicle sales in India up 18% in February: SIAM

Passenger vehicle sales in India increased 17.92 per cent to 2,81,380 units in February as compared with same month last year, auto industry body SIAM said on Wednesday.
 
Passenger vehicle wholesales in February last year stood at 2,38,622 units.
 
As per the latest data by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), two-wheeler dispatches to dealers also rose 10.2 per cent to 14,26,865 units, compared to 12,94,787 units in February 2020.
 
Motorcycle sales during the last month increased 11.47 per cent to 9,10,323 units as against 8,16,679 in February 2020.
 
Scooter sales were also up 10.9 per cent at 4,64,744 units from 4,22,168 units a year ago.

ISRO's commercial arm NSIL bags 4 more contracts, eyes satellite-building deals

ISRO's commercial arm NewSpace India Limited (NSIL) has bagged four more dedicated launch service contracts even as it plans to pursue satellite building deals.
 
NSIL launched its first dedicated commercial mission on February 28, orbiting Brazilian satellite Amazonia-1 from Sriharikota spaceport of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
 
"We currently have four more dedicated launch service contracts, which will be executed in the coming two to three years," NSIL's Chairman and Managing Director G Narayanan told PTI in an interview.
 
Apart from launchservices, NSIL is also actively pursuing the new policy change toprovide space-based services on 'demand driven basis', a shift from thecurrent supply driven model, he said.

Over 476,000 cattle seized along Indo-Bangla border in last 5 years: Govt

Over 4.76 lakh cattle meant for smuggling to Bangladesh were seized by the BSF along the Indo-Bangla border in the last five years, Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said on Wednesday.
 
In 2016, the minister said, 1,68,801 cattle were seized along the border, 1,19,299 in 2017, 63,716 in 2018, 77,410 in 2019 and 46,809 in 2020.

Latest News: India's e-commerce market to hit $111 billion by 2024

India's e-commerce market is expected to increase by 84 per cent by 2024 to $111 billion, according to a new report from global financial technology company FIS on Wednesday.
 
The growth will be driven by mobile shopping, which is projected to grow 21 per cent annually over the next four years, said the report.
 
The research found that global trends in digital commerce accelerated under the pandemic.

Latest News LIVE: Both Houses of Parliament adjourned till March 15

Latest News LIVE: Both Houses of Parliament adjourned till March 15

LIVE: Senior Congress leader in Kerala P C Chacko quits party, alleging groupism in state unit

LIVE: Senior Congress leader in Kerala P C Chacko quits party, alleging groupism in state unit

1,829 arrested, 755 FIRs lodged: Govt on northeast Delhi riots

As many as 755 FIRs have been registered and 1,829 people were arrested in connection with the northeast Delhi riots last year, the Centre informed Parliament on Wednesday.
 
Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy told the Rajya Sabha the investigation was carried out in all the cases based on facts and evidence, using the latest scientific techniques, and without any regard to the affiliation or identity of the accused.
 
Reddy said the Delhi Police conveyed that 755 FIRs had been registered in connection with the riots, out of which 62 heinous cases were investigated by the special investigation teams in the crime branch.

LIVE: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee visited and offered prayers at Shiv Temple in Nandigram


581 complaints received against IAS officers in 2020-21: Govt

As many as 581 complaints of corruption were received against the IAS officers in the current financial year till February, the Centre informed Parliament on Wednesday.

LIVE: SC rejects plea seeking ouster of protesting farmers from property

SC refuses to consider plea of Punjab-based warehousing firm, seeking ouster of farmer protestors from property. Court takes objection to none of farmer bodies being made party to the plea

LIVE: BJP releases a list of three candidates for Assam Assembly elections

LIVE: BJP releases a list of three candidates for Assam Assembly elections and two candidates for West Bengal Assembly polls

Uttarakhand: Tirath Singh Rawat meets Governor Baby Rani Maurya

Khattar govt faces no-confidenceaa motion on farm issue

In less than one-and-a-half-year Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP-JJP coalition government on Wednesday put on test on the issue of three Central farm laws with the main opposition Congress moved a no-confidence motion in the Assembly. Moving the motion, Leader of the Opposition Bhupinder Singh Hooda demanded inclusion of 250 farmers killed during the farmers' agitation in the obituary references of the Assembly. Describing the government a minority, Hooda said that in the 2019 Assembly elections the BJP failed to get the majority. The BJP formed the government with the support of the JJP (Jannayak Janta Party), which sought votes against the BJP. Describing Chief Minister Khattar "Nero", Hooda said, "The Chief Minister is behaving like Nero when Rome was burning. The same thing is happening in Haryana."

Kerala CM, 6 CPI(M) ministers in fray; FM Thomas Isaac denied poll ticket

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and six of his cabinet colleagues have been fielded by the ruling CPI(M) for the April 6 state assembly elections, while Finance minister Thomas Issac has been denied a ticket this time. The party on Wednesday released the list of 83 of its 85 candidates including nine CPI(M) supported independents. Health Minister K K Shailaja, Labour minister T P Ramakrishnan, Power minister M M Mani,Devaswom minister Kadakkampally Surendran, Fisheries minister Mercykutty Amma and Local Self Government minister A C Moideen are trying their luck once again. Vijayan will contest from Dharmadam constituency in Kannur district.

Mamata faces do-or-die battle in high-stakes Bengal assembly elections

A decade after she scripted history by defeating the longest-serving democratically elected communist regime of the world, feisty TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee is once again on the threshold of a watershed moment as she faces a do-or-die battle in the Bengal assembly elections. Stakes are high for the tempestuous TMC boss as losing the elections might put a question mark on the very existence of her "ideology-starved" party that has ruled the state since 2011, and winning it would place her in the league of leaders who have engineered the defeat of the formidable Narendra Modi-led BJP. One of the fiercest critics of the Modi brigade, Banerjee is not just single-handedly taking on the well-oiled election machinery of the BJP, but also grappling with unprecedented rebellion and exodus from her party just ahead of the elections.

 

Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 pm

We'll take forward work done in last 4 yrs: Tirath Singh Rawat

List of star campaigners for Bengal election


Rawat will take oath at 4 PM today

Breaking: Tirath Singh Rawat to become new chief minister of Uttarakhand

Farmers ready to continue protest on Delhi borders till Modi govt lasts: Narendra Tikait

Farmers are ready to stay put on Delhi borders to protest against three agri laws for the remaining three and half years of the Modi government's second term and the stir cannot be "culled" any which way the Centre tries, legendary farm leader Mahendra Singh Tikait's son Narendra Tikait says. Narendra, who does not hold any official position in Bharatiya Kisan Union, formed by his father in 1986, and mostly focusses on the family's farming activities but is as vocal on issues concerning farmers as his two elder brothers Naresh and Rakesh Tikait who are leading from the front in the agitation that has been continuing for more than 100 days.

PM said all the MPs and party workers should help eligible people get Covid-19 vaccines

Addressing the parliamentary party meeting, PM Modi said that all the MPs and party workers should help eligible people get Covid-19 vaccines including helping them reach the vaccination centres: Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi

List of BJP's star campaigners for Assam Assembly polls


DMDK to hold talks with Kamal Haasan for alliance

The Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) of actor turned politician Vijayakanth which snapped its alliance with the AIADMK will on Wednesday be meeting Makkal Needhi Maiam chief and Super star of South Indian movies Kamal Haasan to have discussions on a possible alliance. The DMDK was in discussions with the AIADMK for seat sharing and the party insisted on 23 seats at par with the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK), but the AIADMK leadership was stubborn that it could part only with 15 seats. This was not acceptable to Vijayakanth and hence the party left the AIADMK alliance. Party deputy general secretary and brother-in-law of Vijayakanth, L.K. Sudhish while speaking to IANS said, "DMDK has its own identity and we have a strong grassroots presence in North and South Tamil Nadu. We are holding discussions with the MNM of Kamal Haasan and hope to have something turning out."

Cong, TMC files adjournment motion in Lok Sabha

Have done all the job assigned to me to: Ajay Bhalla

I have done all the job assigned to me to benefit the people of the state and my party. I'm not part of any race: BJP MP Ajay Bhatt on being asked if he is in the race for Uttarakhand CM post
 

PM chairs BJP parliamentary party meeting

BJP leaders at the party office in Dehradun for legislature meeting

I am not in race to become Uttarakhand CM, says BJP MP Ajay Bhatt

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Uttarakhand MP, Ajay Bhatt on Tuesday clarified that he is not in the race to become the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand. BJP's Nainital-Udhamsingh Nagar MP told ANI: "I am not in the race to become the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand. I will join the Legislature Party meeting whenever it is held next." "We will abide by whatever our 'sangathan' decides. We all are workers of the BJP party. We will follow the decision of the party," he said.

BJP parliamentary party meeting underway

Afghan First Vice President Saleh criticises Pakistan for not pressuring Taliban amid peace talks

During his speech at the seventh anniversary of the death of Marshall Mohammad Qasim Fahim, Amrullah Saleh, the First Vice President of Afghanistan on Monday said he will never sign a document prepared under by Pakistan's Haqqania Madrasas, and criticised Pakistan for not pressuring the Taliban amid the ongoing peace talks, reported The Khaama Press News Agency. "We have been Muslims for more than a thousand years, now a few mullahs from the Haqqani network want to certify us as Muslims," said Saleh. Earlier, the US proposed the idea of forming an inclusive government through Turkey conference and establishment of three-months of reduction in violence (which may or not lead to peace) to advance the peace process and in response to the letter by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken that surprised many, Saleh said that he will never accept a dictated peace, reported The Khaama Press News Agency.

Scorpene-class submarine INS Karanj commissioned into Indian Navy

Indian Navy has been a strong proponent of indigenization & self-reliance in defence over past 7 decades. At present, out of 42 ships & submarines on order, 40 are being constructed in Indian shipyards. The impetuous to Atmanirbharta or indigenization is a fundamental tenet of Indian Navy's growth story & future trajectory: Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh

Mithun Chakraborty will campaign for Suvendu Adhikari

Actor Mithun Chakraborty, who recently joined BJP, will campaign for Suvendu Adhikari in Nandigram, West Bengal. Chakraborty, Union Ministers Smriti Irani and Dharmendra Pradhan will accompany Adhikari for his nomination on March 12: Office of Suvendu Adhikari
 

US committed to reviewing Cuba's terror designation

The US is committed to reviewing the former administration's designation of Cuba as "State Sponsor of Terrorism", the White House said. "We are committed to carefully reviewing policy decisions made in the prior administration, including the decision to designate Cuba as a State Sponsor of Terrorism," White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at a briefing on Tuesday. But she also noted that "a Cuba policy shift is not currently among President (Joe) Biden's top priorities", reports Xinhua news agency.

BJP legislature party meet to begin at 10 am to decide new Uttarakhand CM

A meeting of Uttarakhand BJP's legislature party will begin in a few hours from now at the state party headquarters here to decide the successor of Trivendra Singh Rawat who resigned as chief minister on Tuesday. The meeting will start at 10 am at the party office on Balbir Road. Central observer Raman Singh and state party incharge Dushyant Gautam have also arrived here to oversee the appointment of the new chief minister.

Afghan First Vice President Saleh criticises Pakistan for not pressuring Taliban amid peace talks

During his speech at the seventh anniversary of the death of Marshall Mohammad Qasim Fahim, Amrullah Saleh, the First Vice President of Afghanistan on Monday said he will never sign a document prepared under by Pakistan's Haqqania Madrasas, and criticised Pakistan for not pressuring the Taliban amid the ongoing peace talks, reported The Khaama Press News Agency. "We have been Muslims for more than a thousand years, now a few mullahs from the Haqqani network want to certify us as Muslims," said Saleh.

Manoj Jha gives suspension of business notice in Rajya Sabha

RJD MP Manoj Jha gives suspension of business notice in Rajya Sabha to discuss the ongoing farmers' protest against the fam laws.
 

PM greets CISF on its raising day

Quad nations meeting to announce financing to boost India vaccine output - U.S. official

A first ever leaders' meeting of the Quad group of countries on Friday plans to announce financing agreements to support an increase in manufacturing capacity for coronavirus vaccines in India, a senior U.S administration official told Reuters. The financing agreements will be between the United States, Japan and others and focus particularly on companies and institutions in India manufacturing vaccines for American drugmakers Novavax Inc and Johnson & Johnson, the official, who did not want to be identified by name, said.

Working closely with Afghan parties to encourage progress on political settlement, ceasefire: US

The United States is working closely with Afghan parties to encourage progress on a political settlement and a comprehensive ceasefire, the Biden Administration said on Tuesday, asserting that any durable outcome has to be Afghan-led and Afghan-owned, and it is not for the US to dictate the deals. Special US Representative for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, is in Doha meeting with negotiating parties to encourage progress in the Afghan peace negotiations. "We are working closely with Afghan parties to encourage progress on a political settlement and a comprehensive ceasefire. We're also working diplomatically to mobilise regional and international support for peace," State Department Spokesperson Ned Price told reporters at his daily news conference.

Oil slips below $68 as rally fizzles before U.S. supply report

Oil fell to around $68 a barrel on Tuesday in a choppy session, pressured as concerns faded of a supply disruption in Saudi Arabia, which countered a pause in the dollar's rally and prospects for tighter supply due to OPEC+ output curbs. On Monday, crude hit its highest level since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, a day after Yemen's Houthi forces fired drones and missiles at Saudi oil sites. Saudi Arabia said it thwarted the strike, however, and prices slipped as supply fears eased.

Voting begins for Vijayawada Municipal Corporation elections

CPI to contest on 25 seats in Kerala Assembly polls, announces list of 21 candidates

Unveiling the initial list of 21 candidates for the April 6 Assembly elections, the Communist Party of India (CPI) party of the ruling Left Democratic Front ( LDF) alliance announced that they will be contesting in 25 seats in Kerala. CPI state secretary Kanam Rajendran said, "This time around the party would be contesting in 25 seats, two seats less than last assembly polls as seats had to be given for the new coalition partners in the LDF fold." The CPI has finalised the names for 21 constituencies. At least 12 sitting MLAs, including Revenue Minister E Chandrasekharan and Deputy Speaker V Sasi, are on the first list.

 

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