New Parliament building opening | How a letter to PMO set off a search for the Sengol

New Parliament building opening | How a letter to PMO set off a search for the Sengol

A letter to the Prime Minister’s Office by noted danseuse Padma Subrahmanyam set off meticulous research into the Sengol, which would lead to the installation of the golden sceptre in the new Parliament building when it is inaugurated on May 28. Sources in the Culture Ministry said that Dr. Subrahmanyam had quoted an article in the Tamil magazine Thuglak which had carried details of the ceremony in 1947 when the Sengol was handed over to India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. The article had appeared in May 2021 and the noted dancer and researcher had requested the government to make this information public on the occasion of the Independence Day that year. Continue Reading

India News

Ship from China to Pakistan stopped in Mumbai; Indian agencies suspect nuke link to consignment

Indian security agencies stopped a Karachi-bound ship from China at Mumbai's Nhava Sheva port suspecting a dual-use consignment that could aid Pakistan's nuclear and ballistic missile programme, officials said on Saturday, reported PTI. Customs officials, acting on intelligence input, intercepted the Malta-flagged merchant ship, CMA CGM Attila, en route to Karachi on January 23. The consignment, featuring a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine manufactured by an Italian company, was thoroughly inspected during the operation. A team from the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) examined the consignment and verified its potential use in the neighbouring country's nuclear programme. Cosmos Engineering, a Pakistani defence supplier, has been under scrutiny since March 12, 2022, when Indian authorities intercepted a shipment of Italian-made thermoelectric instruments at the Nhava Sheva port.

Government to come up with regulations to tackle deepfakes, says Ashwini Vaishnaw

In 10 days, the government will also come up with actionable points on how to detect, prevent, strengthen reporting mechanisms and increase awareness when it comes to deepfakes, Minister of Electronics and IT Ashwini Vaishnaw has said. The government will begin work on a regulation dedicated to tackling deepfakes, Minister of Electronics and IT Ashwini Vaishnaw said on November 23 after a meeting with social media platforms, as concerns mount over the use of tech to spread disinformation. Apart from that, within the next 10 days, the government would come up with clear actionable items on four pillars -- detection (of deepfakess, misinformation), how to prevent spread of misinformation, how to strengthen reporting mechanisms, (in-app reporting mechanisms have to be strengthened) and increasing awareness, the minister said.

‘AI must be safe for society’: PM Modi on deepfakes at G20 meet

PM Narendra Modi highlights concerns over negative use of AI at G20 virtual summit. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on reiterated his concern about deepfakes, which create ultra-realistic visuals, and echoed the call for global regulations on artificial intelligence. Speaking at the opening of a virtual summit of G20 nations, of which India holds the presidency, PM Modi said, “The world is worried about the negative effects of AI. India thinks that we have to work together on the global regulations for AI. Understanding how dangerous deepfake is for society and individuals, we need to work forward. We want AI should reach the people, it must be safe for society.”. Under the leadership of India, the virtual G20 Summit is convened after the successful 18th G20 Leaders' Summit in New Delhi on September 9 and 10. The summit resulted in the unanimous adoption of the G20 New Delhi Leaders' Declaration.

'Like we're knocking at front door': Tunnelling expert Arnold Dix on Uttarakhand rescue ops

The international tunnelling expert said that his promise has always been to bring all 41 workers back home safely. After making a breakthrough in rescue operation to reach the workers trapped inside the under-construction Silkyara tunnel by drilling 45 metres through the rubble, international tunnelling expert Arnold Dix on Thursday described how far away the rescuers are from hitting the end point. Dix is aiding the rescue process. At the moment, it's like we are there at the front door and we are knocking on it. We know that the guys are there on the other side. I am going to have a look and see what is happening, he said after reaching the tunnel site. Former advisor to Prime Minister's Office Bhaskar Khulbe said the team of rescuers will take another 12 to 14 hours to complete the drilling process.

World News

Ship from China to Pakistan stopped in Mumbai; Indian agencies suspect nuke link to consignment

Indian security agencies stopped a Karachi-bound ship from China at Mumbai's Nhava Sheva port suspecting a dual-use consignment that could aid Pakistan's nuclear and ballistic missile programme, officials said on Saturday, reported PTI. Customs officials, acting on intelligence input, intercepted the Malta-flagged merchant ship, CMA CGM Attila, en route to Karachi on January 23. The consignment, featuring a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine manufactured by an Italian company, was thoroughly inspected during the operation. A team from the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) examined the consignment and verified its potential use in the neighbouring country's nuclear programme. Cosmos Engineering, a Pakistani defence supplier, has been under scrutiny since March 12, 2022, when Indian authorities intercepted a shipment of Italian-made thermoelectric instruments at the Nhava Sheva port.

Iran hangs 17-year old boy, 685th execution this year: ‘Driving age is 18 but…’

Iran Executions: Hamidreza Azari was executed in prison in the eastern town of Sabzevar in Razavi Khorasan province. Iran executed a 17-year-old convicted of murder, two rights groups said as the country continues to hang people for crimes committed as minors. Hamidreza Azari was executed in prison in the eastern town of Sabzevar in Razavi Khorasan province, the Norway-based Hengaw and Iran Human Rights (IHR) groups said as per news agency AFP. Hamidreza Azari was the only child in his family and had already started working as a scrap worker. The rights groups said that he was 16 years old at the time of the crime and 17 when executed. Hamidreza Azari had reportedly been sentenced to death for killing a man in a brawl in May this year. The rights groups said that the execution marked another violation by Iran of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The convention defines a child as any person under the age of 18. Earlier, Iran also executed a man in his early 20s who was the eighth person to be hanged in a case related to months of nationwide protests that erupted in September 2022.

6.4 million illegal immigrants living in US, 725,000 are Indians: Study

Indians form the third largest population of illegal immigrants in the US, numbering around 725,000, Pew Research Center has found. Indians form the third largest population of illegal immigrants in the US, numbering around 725,000, Pew Research Center has found. Mexico and El Salvador follow the US in the list. The research also found that the country’s 10.5 million unauthorised immigrants represented approximately three per cent of the total population in the US. It further represented 22 per cent of the foreign-born population. Data from US Customs and Border Protection suggests that a massive number of undocumented Indian immigrants are crossing the US borders on foot. As many as 6,917 Indians were apprehended, expelled or denied entry for entering the US without documents between October 2022 to September 2023. The number of undocumented Indians in the US went up significantly after borders opened due to the Covid-19 pandemic. While 30,662 encountered in the 2021 fiscal year, 63,927 encountered in the 2022 fiscal year. With 97,000 encounters this year, 30,010 were at the Canadian border and 41,770 at the Southern border.

Mysterious pneumonia outbreak in China, WHO seeks details: 10 points

Mysterious pneumonia in China: WHO asked China to take measures as a spike of influenza-like illness has been reported among children. China has reported an outbreak of influenza-like illness mostly among children prompting the World Health Organization to seek more details from the country about the mysterious outbreak. According to reports, Chinese hospitals are overwhelmed with sick children who have symptoms of respiratory illness. WHO said Chinese authorities from the National Health Commission held a press conference on November 12 and reported an increase in respiratory diseases in the country. They attributed this to the lifting of the Covid-19 restrictions. WHO has sought additional information on recent trends in the circulation of known pathogens, including influenza, SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that gives rise to Covid-19), RSV affecting infants and Mycoplasma pneumonia, as well as on the degree of overcrowding in the health system, the statement added.

Business News

Meet man who was once richer than Mukesh Ambani, lost Rs 12000 crore net worth, is now homeless, know his tragic story

Raymonds and Singhania's family have been making headlines since the announcement of Chairman and Managing Director, Gautam Singhania's divorce with wife Nawaz Modi. As part of the divorce settlement, Modi has demanded 75 per cent of the Rs 11,660 crore property of Singhania. Now, Gautam Singhania's father and former MD of Raymond, Vijaypat Singhania has come out in support of Nawaz instead of his own son Gautam. Under the Hindu Marriage Act as I know, 50% of the husband's holding automatically goes to the wife in a separation. A very simple lawyer can get her that under the Hindu Marriage Act. Why is she fighting for 75%? Gautam is never going to give in because his motto is to buy everybody and buy everything. That's what he did with me. I didn't have that kind of money left to fight him. He bought everything. He'll buy everything. By fighting like this, I don't think she'll get much. Vijaypat Singhania, at one time, ran the whole Raymond empire. He was at that time one of the richest men in India. But today he lives in a rented apartment. he was once richer than Mukesh Ambani because Ambani was very young when Vijaypat was already the owner of Raymond Group. But, his fate took a turn when his son ousted him from his house. Vijaypat Singhania is struggling to maintain his life and is struggling to live a decent life.

Commercial LPG cylinder prices hiked by over ₹100 from today. Check latest rates’

The Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) on Wednesday hiked the prices of commercial LPG cylinders by ₹101.5 per cylinder in its monthly revision of prices across the country. The 19 kg cylinder would now cost ₹1,833 from ₹1731.5 in Delhi effective from November 1.

Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma launches fund to invest in AI, EV startups

Paytm founder and chief executive officer Vijay Shekhar Sharma launched a Category II Alternate Investment Fund (AIF) ‘VSS Investments Fund’ with a total size of the fund at Rs 20 crore with a green shoe of Rs 10 crore on October 23. The new fund will invest in startups within Artificial Intelligence and Electric Vehicles (EV)-related startups, that are incubated in India, and are specially focused to serve Indian consumers and businesses.

Akbar Al Baker, who helmed Qatar Airways for 27 years as CEO, to step down. Badr Al-Meer named his successor

Akbar Al Baker, the chief executive officer of Qatar Airways, will step down from his post after helming the state-run carrier for 25 years. “Qatar Airways Group confirms after 27 years of remarkable service, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive - His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, will be stepping down from his current position as Group Chief Executive effective 5 November 2023, and will be succeeded by Engr. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer as Group Chief Executive for Qatar Airways”, the airline said in a statement.

Tech News

‘AI must be safe for society’: PM Modi on deepfakes at G20 meet

PM Narendra Modi highlights concerns over negative use of AI at G20 virtual summit. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on reiterated his concern about deepfakes, which create ultra-realistic visuals, and echoed the call for global regulations on artificial intelligence. Speaking at the opening of a virtual summit of G20 nations, of which India holds the presidency, PM Modi said, “The world is worried about the negative effects of AI. India thinks that we have to work together on the global regulations for AI. Understanding how dangerous deepfake is for society and individuals, we need to work forward. We want AI should reach the people, it must be safe for society.”. Under the leadership of India, the virtual G20 Summit is convened after the successful 18th G20 Leaders' Summit in New Delhi on September 9 and 10. The summit resulted in the unanimous adoption of the G20 New Delhi Leaders' Declaration.

Anti-pollution masks: Save yourself from poor air quality index with these top picks

It’s that time of the year again when air pollution levels rise. The festive season of Diwali and Dussehra, coupled with the winter onset, is like fodder for the pollution monster every year. One of the most important side effects of pollution is on respiratory health. So, it is essential that you protect yourself from this health hazard. Covering your mouth and nose using anti-pollution masks is one of the most effective ways

How to search for a song on YouTube by simply whistling or humming a tune

How many times have you woken up with a tune stuck in your head, and you just can’t remember the lyrics but also can’t let go of the tune until you figure out what song it is? Pretty often, correct? The next usual step is heading to Shazam, humming the song, and hoping it understands the song despite your baritone. And once you hit the jackpot, you head to your choice of music app –– and for 82% of music listeners in India, YouTube is the popular choice –– and finally get the song in and out of your head.

New virus targets Android phone, steals call records, passwords and other sensitive data of users

A dangerous virus that has been targeting Android phones is hacking into call records of users, stealing passwords and other sensitive data. The government has issued an advisory against the new menace in town. The government has issued an advisory against malware called 'Daam' that can infect Android phones. This malware has the ability to gain unauthorized access to various aspects of your phone, such as call records, contacts, browsing history, and even your camera. The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), which is the national cybersecurity agency, has provided this advisory.

Entertainment News

Taylor Swift's São Paulo concert shatters records with largest-ever crowd, 'not moved on from the fan’s death.’

Despite grappling with the loss of a beloved fan, Taylor Swift's Eras Tour extended its remarkable streak of achievements, drawing the largest crowd ever assembled at Allianz Parque stadium in São Paulo, Brazil. The news broke out on November 24. After a delayed start due to the soaring temperatures, Taylor Swift eventually launched into the next leg of her concert in the arena. The crowd was incredibly energetic, and the atmosphere in the stadium was amazing. One can see the massive ferris wheel in Latin America honoring Taylor Swift with its enormous LED lights. Nevertheless, despite the excitement, some fans claimed that Taylor's vocals could hardly be heard over the loud, enthusiastic crowd. While interacting with Swifties on stage Taylor said “We have the best possible opening act on this tour and she absolutely played her heart out for you, so will you give it up again for the brilliant, the beautiful, and fantastic Sabrina Carpenter.”. The Lover singer's achievement came at a time when she was in the healing process and mourning the loss of her fan, Ana Clara Benevides Machado. Tragically, Ana Clara passed away after falling ill during Taylor Swift's concert, a casualty of the extreme heat wave. The incident thus resulted in the postponement and cancellation of performances in Brazil. One week following Ana Clara Benevides Machado's passing, Taylor Swift recently contacted her family via her team. Later, it was revealed that Taylor asked her team to be in touch with the deceased’s family.

Shah Rukh Khan greets fans at midnight with signature pose on 58th birthday, says ‘I am a mere actor’

Actor Shah Rukh Khan marked his midnight appearance when fans waited outside his Mumbai bungalow, Mannat on his birthday. Shah Rukh turned 58. As a part of his birthday ritual, Shah Rukh greeted fans with folded hands, blew kisses and also struck his signature open arms pose.

Ganapath box office collection day 3: Tiger Shroff, Kriti Sanon film shows no growth, earns ₹7 cr over opening weekend

Ganapath box office collection: Tiger Shroff and Kriti Sanon's action entertainer has shown absolutely no growth over the opening weekend. The film collected ₹2.25 crore on Sunday as per early estimates reported by Sacnilk.com. It had collected the same amount on Saturday after opening at ₹2.5 crore on Friday

Leke Prabhu Ka Naam: Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif bring another banger with Arijit Singh. Watch

Yash Raj Films have released the first song from their upcoming film Leke Prabhu Ka Naam. The song is latest in the series of dance songs, including Mashallah from Ek Tha Tiger and Swag Se Swagat from Tiger Zinda Hai. The music video has been shot in Cappadocia, Turkiye. It shows the lead couple Salman Khan (Tiger) and Katrina Kaif (Zoya) grooving against hot air balloons, the Fairy Chimneys and the picturesque restaurants in Goreme.

Sports News

Neeraj Chopra becomes World No.1 in men’s javelin rankings

Tokyo Olympic gold medallist Neeraj Chopra has claimed number one ranking in men’s javelin for the first time. Neeraj Chopra has topped the charts with 1455 points, 22 ahead of Grenada’s Anderson Peters. On 30 August, 2022, the Indian javelin throw ace rose to World No. 2, but was stuck behind Peters, the reigning world champion, since then.

The Curious Case Of Brad Pitt And A Formula 1 Car. Details Here

Get ready to witness actor Brad Pitt in the driver's seat of real Formula One car. Yes, you read it right. The Fight Club star will drive at British Grand Prix as part of shooting for Joseph Kosinski's directorial, Variety reported. During a panel about the untitled film at the F1 Accelerate Summit in Miami, Kosinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer shared production details of the Apple Studios movie, which stars Pitt and counts seven-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton among its producers.

Sudirman Cup: Doubts linger over India's participation with visa issues

India's participation in the prestigious Sudirman Cup lingers in doubt with the visa applications of the entire 23-member contingent, including PV Sindhu and HS Prannoy, yet to be cleared by the Chinese embassy in Delhi. The 2023 Sudirman Cup is slated to be held from 14th to 21st May in Suzhou, China. As per a report in Times of India, the Indian contingent, which is currently training in Hyderabad, has a flight booked for 10th May to travel to China from Bengaluru. The Badminton Association of India (BAI) has reportedly escalated this matter to the Badminton World Federation (BWF) under whose aegis the Sudirman Cup is hosted. What is to be noted here is the fact that the Chinese contingent had faced a similar issue while travelling to India for the 2023 India Open earlier in the year. But, this issue was duly solved following the intervention of BAI

Iga Swiatek drags Madrid Open scheduling after runner-up finish

Speaking in her runner-up speech, Swiatek congratulated Sabalenka on her win and said that the Belarusian deserved the win. She also expressed her desire to play many more finals against the 25-year-old. The Pole thanked her team and her family before thanking the fans. She then stated that while she was glad to play in Madrid, it wasn't fun for her to play at 1 am in the night.

Science News

NASA warns of solar storm hitting Earth today amid increased activity, fiery eruptions on Sun

The Sun is experiencing a sudden surge in activity with a significant rise in the number of sunspots which are sending plumes of hot plasma out into space, the impact of which is expected to be felt by Earth in the form of geomagnetic storms triggered radio blackouts, reported Newsweek citing a NASA model. The Sun’s surface is covered with dark spots which are called sunspots where the magnetic field is very strong and in the last week or so, the number of these black pockmarks has increased tenfold and are said to be spewing out several coronal mass ejections (CMEs) every day. A report by Newsweek citing NASA model said that one of these CMEs – large expulsions of clouds of plasma from the Sun’s corona at high speeds – is expected to hit our magnetic field and atmosphere late on November 25. The Sun may also send out solar flares which are bright bursts of electromagnetic energy. “Solar flares and CME are both caused by the sun through its magnetic field being twisted and stressed through motions in the sun,” Daniel Brown, an associate professor in astronomy and science communication at Nottingham Trent University in the United Kingdom, told Newsweek. He added, “However, a solar flare is the immense release of light triggered by the snapping and rearranging of the magnetic fields on the sun. That will go hand in hand typically with the release of a CME. But it will take a day or more for the particles to arrive while the light and radiation reaches us in just over 8 minutes.” A report by Spaceweather.com said that the rise in sunspots began on November 18 when AR3490, the first sunspot group, emerged on the Sun’s northeastern side. Subsequently, another sunspot group, AR3491 emerged and is said to have formed a trail behind it.

Europe’s Ariane 6 launcher passes key engine firing test: European Space Agency

ESA officials earlier reported a “light anomaly” during the test in French Guiana, which involved igniting the core-stage Vulcain 2.1 engine. Europe’s Ariane 6 launcher passed an eagerly awaited rehearsal on Thursday, the European Space Agency said - part of efforts to bring the delayed rocket to the launchpad in 2024. ESA officials earlier reported a “light anomaly” during the test in French Guiana, which involved igniting the core-stage Vulcain 2.1 engine followed by seven minutes of operation without a lift-off. ESA Director General Josef Aschbacher said last month there was light at the end of tunnel for the delayed launcher and indicated a window for an inaugural launch in 2024 would be established following the long-duration firing test.

Two Spacewalkers Exit Station for Communications, Solar Array Work

Moghbeli, designated extravehicular crew member 1 (EV1), is wearing a suit with red stripes. O’Hara, designated extravehicular crew member 2 (EV 2), is in an unmarked suit. Coverage of the spacewalk continues on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website.

Scientists discover ancient tectonic plate that disappeared 20 million years ago

It is estimated that the Pontus plate formed part of the world’s crust before the break up of the supercontinent Pangaea but it got subducted beneath the earth over the last millions of years. Scientists believe this gravitational force came from a neighbouring plate. It has been christened Pontus plate because it was submerged under an ocean known as the Pontus Ocean at the time of its existence.

Health News

Can infertility be temporary? Check out these tips to boost fertility

Can infertility be temporary? Health expert reveals factors influencing your chance of conceiving and share tips to boost fertility. Infertility is often considered a permanent condition, leaving couples devastated and hopeless however, it is important to remember that health experts suggest that infertility can sometimes be temporary. In some cases, lifestyle factors such as stress, poor diet or hormonal imbalances can affect fertility temporarily. By addressing these issues and making positive changes in their lives, couples may increase their chances of conceiving. In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Dr Bharati Dhorepatil, Consultant Infertility Expert at NOVA IVF Fertility in Pune, revealed the factors influencing your chance of conceiving.

Study reveals acupuncture and massage as effective pain management in advanced cancer

In a recent clinical trial published in JAMA Network Open, researchers from the United States of America (USA) assessed and compared the effectiveness of acupuncture and massage therapy for musculoskeletal pain in 298 patients with advanced cancer. They found that both treatments could reduce pain, fatigue, and insomnia in patients while improving their quality of life (QoL) over 26 weeks. The QoL of about 67% of patients with advanced cancer is hampered by pain, a debilitating symptom that often presents with fatigue and insomnia. Although the treatment of pain in these patients relies majorly on the use of opioids, the ongoing opioid crisis limits the prescription of and access to these drugs. Additionally, the potential side effects of such medications underscore the increased need and preference for alternative therapies for pain management. The 2022 guidelines from the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the Society for Integrative Oncology recommend using acupuncture and massage for oncologic pain management. Evidence suggests that acupuncture is effective in treating pain in cancer survivors, but there’s a dearth of studies explicitly conducted on patients with advanced cancer. The long-term benefits of massage in cancer pain management have also not been thoroughly investigated or compared with those of acupuncture.

Smoking is the leading cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

A new brief reveals that smoking remains one of the leading causes of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a common lung disease that causes breathing problem and claiming the lives of over 3 million people every year. There is an estimated 392 million people living with COPD and three quarters of them live in low- and middle-income countries. Tobacco smoking accounts for over 70% of COPD cases in high-income countries. In low-and-middle-income-countries tobacco smoking accounts for 30–40% of COPD cases with household air pollution being the other major risk factor. People living with COPD face a greater risk of developing lung cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and type 2 diabetes. The COVID-19 pandemic has further underscored the challenges in accessing healthcare for these individuals. Quitting smoking will not only reduce your risk of COPD but also significantly reduces the risk of these severe coexisting conditions.

Anti-pollution masks: Save yourself from poor air quality index with these top picks

It’s that time of the year again when air pollution levels rise. The festive season of Diwali and Dussehra, coupled with the winter onset, is like fodder for the pollution monster every year. One of the most important side effects of pollution is on respiratory health. So, it is essential that you protect yourself from this health hazard. Covering your mouth and nose using anti-pollution masks is one of the most effective ways

Politics News

Complaint against Mamata Banerjee over tit-for-tat arrest warning

Suvendu Adhikari files complaint against Mamata Banerjee for criminal intimidation and threats. Leader of the Opposition in the West Bengal Assembly Suvendu Adhikari has filed a formal complaint against West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee alleging criminal intimidation and threats made by the the Trinamool Congress supremo during a recent political event. Adhikari, outlining a series of grievances, alleged that since his shift in political allegiance, he has faced numerous vexatious and concocted cases. He claimed that the ruling Trinamool Congress, led by Mamata Banerjee, has consistently promoted ill will and hatred towards him and his political party members. The complaint specifically points to Banerjee's speech at the Netaji Indoor Stadium on Thursday, where she reportedly made remarks indicating that if four MLAs of her political party are sent to jail, she will ensure the incarceration of eight individuals from the opposition party on murder charges under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code. Banerjee claimed that central agencies currently targeting opposition leaders will be after the BJP post-2024 Lok Sabha polls, asserting that the government at the Centre will last for three more months.

Ashok Gehlot shares Sachin Pilot's video message after PM Modi's ‘infighting’ jab

Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot shares a video message by Sachin Pilot urging people to vote for Congress. Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Friday shared a video post on X (formerly Twitter) of Congress leader Sachin Pilot urging people to vote for his party in the upcoming assembly election, putting to rest speculations of an intra-party dispute between both the senior leaders in the state. This comes days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, campaigning for the upcoming Rajasthan assembly election, took an indirect dig at both leaders referring to the power tussle between them. Earlier, PM Modi pointed out that despite both the ‘rivals’ within the grand old party shaking hands on multiple occasions over the years, there has been no reconciliation between them. “In cricket, a batter comes and scores runs for his team. But there is so much infighting within the Congress that instead of scoring runs, its leaders spent five years trying to run out each other,” the Prime Minister said. Referring that it is a thing of the past, Pilot tried to downplay the speculations about the feud. “We met (Congress president Mallikarjun) Kharge and (Rahul) Gandhi... the party took cognisance (of my concerns)… The party high command told me to forgive and forget, and move on,” NDTV reported quoting the former Rajasthan deputy CM.

Chandrababu Naidu granted regular bail in skill development case

Former Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu on Monday was granted regular bail in the skill development case. Chandrababu Naidu on Monday was granted regular bail by the Andhra Pradesh high court in the skill development case, ANI reported. The Telugu Desam Party chief is on interim bail till November 28. On October 31, the high court granted a four-week interim bail to the former Andhra Pradesh chief minister on medical grounds. He had been lodged in the Rajahmundry central prison since September 10, a day after being arrested by the Crime Investigation Department (CID) in the multi-crore skill development corporation scam and was remanded to judicial custody by the Special Court for the ACB cases in Vijayawada. In March this year, the CID had initiated a probe into alleged scam worth ₹3,300 crore in the APSSDC during the previous TDP regime.

PM Narendra Modi to disburse 15th PM-KISAN tranche in Jharkhand

Under PM-KISAN, the government provides income support of ₹6,000 a year to farmers with a valid enrolment, paid in three equal cash transfers of ₹2,000—one every four months. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Wednesday release the 15th installment of PM-KISAN, a cash-transfer scheme for farmers, at Jharkhand’s Khumti, an official statement said on Tuesday. In the 14th installment, nearly 80.5 million farmers had received a total of ₹17,000 crore in their bank accounts through electronic transfer made by Modi in July. Under PM-KISAN, the government provides income support of ₹6,000 a year to farmers with a valid enrolment, paid in three equal cash transfers of ₹2,000—one every four months. It was launched on 24 February 2019, when the first installment was paid.