Jun 18, 2022 10:47 PM (IST)
Mumbai: Six held for robbery on highway
Mumbai police on Saturday claimed to have busted a gang of highway robbers with the arrest of six persons. Gold chains as well as two motorbikes were recovered from their possession, a police official said. The accused were identified as Akash Laxman Paul (26), Rahul Waghmode (21), Kiran Suryavanshi (25), Vaibhav Paul (23), Suraj Suryavanshi (22) and Guru Kiran Khavdiya alias Deeku.
Jun 18, 2022 10:24 PM (IST)
Congress protests against Agnipath in Jamshedpur
The Congress took out a rally in Jamshedpur in Jharkhand on Saturday, protesting against the Agnipath recruitment scheme. Hundreds of Congress workers led by party leader Ajoy Kumar took part in the rally, which began at Aambagan in Sakchi. The Congress supporters then staged a demonstration in front of the East Singhbhum district collectorate.
Jun 18, 2022 10:10 PM (IST)
Water supply to remain affected in parts of Delhi on Sunday: DJB
Water supply will remain affected in many parts of Delhi on Sunday due to Haryana releasing less water in the Yamuna and two canals, the Delhi Jal Board said on Saturday. The water level in the Wazirabad pond stood at 667.3 feet as against the normal of 674.5 feet.
Also, less water is being received from Haryana through the Carrier Lined Canal (CLC) and the Delhi Sub Branch (DSB), the utility said.
Jun 18, 2022 10:09 PM (IST)
Odisha: BJD MLA booked for failing to turn up at own wedding
A case was filed against BJD MLA Bijay Shankar Das on Saturday after he failed to turn up for his own wedding, police said. The case was filed against Das, the legislator of Tirtol, at the Jagatsinghpur Sadar police station based on the complaint of a woman who alleged that he cheated her as he did not turn up at the marriage registrar's office on Friday, they said.
Jun 18, 2022 10:09 PM (IST)
Delhi records 1,534 Covid cases, positivity rate 7.71 pc
Delhi recorded 1,534 new Covid cases and three deaths on Saturday, while the positivity rate stood at 7.71 per cent, according to data shared by the city health department. On Friday, the national capital had logged 1,797 coronavirus cases, the highest in nearly four months, along with one fatality while the positivity rate stood at 8.18 per cent.
Jun 18, 2022 9:29 PM (IST)
Shocked by cowardly terrorist attack on gurudwara in Kabul: PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday condemned the "barbaric'' terrorist attack on the Karte Parwan Gurudwara in Kabul. Several blasts were reported near the gurudwara, in the latest targeted attack on a place of worship of a minority community in the Taliban-ruled Afghanistan.
Jun 18, 2022 9:29 PM (IST)
Runaway Mumbai builder held for duping flat buyers of over Rs 12 crore
The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Mumbai police arrested a 59-year-old builder for allegedly duping 30 flat buyers of over Rs 12 crore by not giving them possession of flats booked by them, an official said on Saturday. Notably, the accused builder, Jayesh Shah, had been arrested in 2021 as well for a similar crime, a crime branch official said.
Jun 18, 2022 7:16 PM (IST)
Bitcoin drops below $20,000 as crypto selloff quickens
The price of bitcoin fell below $20,000 for the first time since late 2020 on Saturday, in a fresh sign that the selloff in cryptocurrencies is deepening.
Bitcoin, the most popular cryptocurrency, fell below the psychologically important threshold, dropping as much as 9% to less than $19,000, according to CoinDesk. The last time bitcoin was at this level was November 2020, when it was on its way up to its all-time high of nearly $69,000.
Jun 18, 2022 7:16 PM (IST)
Odisha: Aspirant runs 60 km, anti-Agnipath protest spreads
An aspirant for an Armed Forces job ran 60 km in Nabarangpur as a mark of his opposition to 'Agnipath' on Saturday and a large number of agitators sat in dharna near the revenue divisional commissioner's office in Berhampur in Ganjam district as protests against the scheme spread in Odisha.
Jun 18, 2022 7:15 PM (IST)
COVID-19: J&K reports 27 new cases
Jammu and Kashmir reported 27 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, taking the infection tally to 4,54,469, officials said. Of the total cases, 19 were reported from Jammu division and eight from Kashmir valley, they said.
Jun 18, 2022 7:15 PM (IST)
Court refuses bail to Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain
In a setback for Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain, a court here on Saturday dismissed the bail plea of the AAP leader who was arrested last month by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case.
Jun 18, 2022 4:44 PM (IST)
Assam reels under devastating floods, PM Modi dials Himanta
Assam reeled under devastating floods caused by incessant rain, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi taking stock of the situation and Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma visiting several relief camps sheltering affected people on Saturday, officials said.
Jun 18, 2022 4:38 PM (IST)
J&K: Man killed after being hit by train
A 40-year-old unidentified man was killed after being hit by a train on the outskirts of Jammu on Saturday, an official of the Government Railway Police said.
Jun 18, 2022 4:23 PM (IST)
Indian-origin architect named Commissioner of Historic England
Indian-origin architect and design advocate Nairita Chakraborty has been appointed to the prestigious role of Commissioner of Historic England, the public body championing the country’s historic environment and heritage.
Jun 18, 2022 4:23 PM (IST)
Delhi: Man held for raping woman on pretext of providing job
A man was arrested for allegedly raping a 25-year-old woman in west Delhi's Kirti Nagar area on the pretext of providing her a job, police said on Saturday.
Jun 18, 2022 3:02 PM (IST)
Violence-hit Secunderabad railway station under tight security cover, train services resume
Train services at Secunderabad Railway Station, which witnessed arson and violence resulting in the death of a protester aspiring to join the armed forces, are limping back to normalcy, a senior official of the South Central Railway said on Saturday. D Rakesh, a 24-year-old Army aspirant from Warangal district, died and several people were injured after security personnel opened fire on hundreds of agitators at the Secunderabad railway station here on Friday as the protests against the Centre's new Agnipath military recruitment scheme escalated into large-scale violence and arson.
Jun 18, 2022 2:33 PM (IST)
2 killed after speeding truck rams into stationary car in UP
Two people were killed and three others seriously injured after a speeding truck rammed into their stationary car in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar district on Saturday, police said. The accident took place near Nagla Kabir petrol pump on the Muzaffarnagar-Jansath road, they said. The car, which had developed a snag, was parked on the roadside when the truck hit it, killing two people and injuring three others. The deceased were identified as Hakimuddin (50) and Arif (45), residents of Jansath town, the police said, adding that the bodies have been sent for a post-mortem examination. The injured are undergoing treatment at the hospital, they said.
Jun 18, 2022 2:20 PM (IST)
NCPCR for NIA probe into use of children in 'communal protests' over Prophet remarks
The apex child rights body NCPCR on Saturday urged governments of states that witnessed "communal protests" over remarks made by two now-sacked BJP functionaries against Prophet Mohammad to recommend an NIA probe into the use of children in the violence. The use of children in last week's violence may have been coordinated by dubious organisations, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights chairperson Priyank Kanoongo alleged in a tweet in Hindi. The NCPCR has urged the state governments to recommend to the Centre a probe by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) into the matter, he said. On June 10, protests erupted in several parts of the country, including outside Delhi's Jama Masjid, with hundreds of people demanding the arrest of now-suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma and the party's former Delhi unit media chief Naveen Jindal over their controversial remarks against Prophet Mohammad. Earlier, Kanpur witnessed communal violence over the issue which left at least 40 people, including 20 police personnel, injured.
Jun 18, 2022 1:54 PM (IST)
Agnipath scheme will shatter our dreams, spoil our careers: Jharkhand army aspirants
Rohit Kumar Singh is a worried young man. He fears his dreams of carving out a life as a soldier in the Indian Army may well be a chimera once the new Agnipath scheme rolls out. The son of a fruit seller in Jharia area of Jharkhand's Dhanbad district, Singh has strived for three years and cleared the physical and medical examinations for recruitment in the armed forces. He was waiting for the written examination, which was pending due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, he is worried that his dream of joining the armed forces will be shattered due to the Agnipath scheme. Under the scheme, youngsters between 17.5 and 23 years of age will be recruited for a period of four years, following which 75 per cent of them will have to take compulsory retirement sans pension while the remainder will continue serving. The selection will be made based on their performance.
Jun 18, 2022 1:29 PM (IST)
PM Modi to visit Bengaluru and Mysuru on June 20-21: Karnataka CM
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Saturday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be on a two-day visit to the state during which he will be participating at various events in Bengaluru and Mysuru. Laying the foundation stone for Bengaluru Suburban Railway Project, inauguration of Dr BR Ambedkar School of Economics (BASE), participating in the Yoga Day event and visit to Chamundi hills and Suttur Mutt, a prominent Lingayat seminary, are among the key highlights of his upcoming visit. "On June 20 and 21, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting Bengaluru and Mysuru. We have got his programme schedule. All arrangements have been done for the smooth conduct of the programmes and all our leaders, legislators, ministers, officials and also police are working in coordination with the SPG," Bommai said.
Jun 18, 2022 1:12 PM (IST)
Ganja worth Rs 8.46 crore seized in Tripura, two arrested
Ganja worth Rs 8.46 crore has been seized and two persons have been arrested in Tripura's Khowai district, police said on Saturday. Acting on a tip-off, police intercepted an LPG tanker in Mugiakami Police Station area on Friday and seized 5,364 kg of cannabis from it, a police officer said. Two persons, hailing from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, were arrested, Superintendent of Police Bhanupada Chakraborty said. This was the highest ganja seizure in Tripura in recent times, he said, adding they were smuggling cannabis for a long time.
A case under NDPS Act has been registered against the duo.
Jun 18, 2022 12:27 PM (IST)
Congress appoints Pawan Khera as Chairman of Media & Publicity
Jun 18, 2022 12:19 PM (IST)
CM Bhagwant Mann condemns attack on gurdwara in Kabul
Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Saturday strongly condemned the attack on a gurdwara in Kabul and urged the Centre to extend immediate assistance to ensure the safety of minorities in the Afghan capital. "Strongly condemn the attack at Gurudwara Karte Parwan in Kabul. Have heard reports of shots being fired at devotees, I'm praying for everyone's safety. I urge PM @narendramodi ji and @MEAIndia for immediate assistance to ensure the safety of minorities in Kabul," Mann said in a tweet. According to media reports, several blasts and gunfire hit a gurdwara in Afghanistan's capital Kabul on Saturday.
Jun 18, 2022 12:03 PM (IST)
IMF team to visit Colombo next week to discuss Sri Lanka assistance programme
The IMF has reaffirmed its commitment to help crisis-hit Sri Lanka as a team from the global lender is set to visit Colombo from Monday to continue discussions on a possible bailout programme to support the island nation's economic recovery. The economic crisis in Sri Lanka has prompted an acute shortage of essential items like food, medicine, cooking gas and fuel across the island nation. "The International Monetary Fund (IMF) team is visiting Colombo during June 20-30 to continue discussions on an economic programme that could be supported by an IMF lending arrangement, building on the progress made during the May 9-24 virtual mission," the international lender has said in an email while responding to local press inquiries.
Jun 18, 2022 11:49 AM (IST)
Odisha at cusp of economic revolution: PwC India head
Odisha is poised for massive industrial and economic growth and PwC India is committed to contribute to it, a top official of the multinational firm said. PwC India had launched its new office in Bhubaneswar recently and collaborated with industry association FICCI to organise a symposium named 'Reimagining Odisha: Unlocking the opportunities for Economic Transformation'.
Jun 18, 2022 11:37 AM (IST)
Karnataka: 2 men held for possessing ganja
Two persons have been arrested and 355 grams of ganja was seized from them at Melkar in Bantwal taluk of Karnataka's Dakshina Kannada district, police said on Saturday. The accused have been identified as Mohammed Rafik (44) and Taranath Poojary (27) from Kemminje village in Puttur, police said. They said the accused were trying to sell ganja illegally in the area. The operation was conducted on information provided by Bantwal sub-division assistant superintendent of police. A case under Sections 8(C) and 20(b)(ii)(A) of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act has been registered against the accused, the police further said.
Jun 18, 2022 10:41 AM (IST)
PM Modi will have to become 'maafiveer', take back 'Agnipath': Rahul Gandhi
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said that just as Prime Minister Narendra Modi had to withdraw the farm laws, he will have to accept the demand of the youth and rollback the Agnipath defence recruitment scheme. The former Congress chief also said that for eight consecutive years, the BJP government has "insulted" the values of 'Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan'. A man was shot dead in police firing in Telangana's Secunderabad, trains went up in flames, and public and private vehicles were attacked, as railway stations and highways turned into battlegrounds in many states on Friday amid burgeoning protests against Agnipath. In a tweet in Hindi, Gandhi said, "I had said earlier also that the prime minister will have to withdraw the black farm laws."
Jun 18, 2022 10:23 AM (IST)
Curfew relaxed for 12 hours in J-K's Bhaderwah, educational institutions likely to reopen on Monday
Curfew was relaxed for 12 hours from 7 am in Jammu and Kashmir's Bhaderwah on Saturday as the overall situation in the town, which witnessed communal tension days ago, remained peaceful, officials said. Curfew was imposed in Bhaderwah in Doda district on June 9 following communal tension in the wake of protests over remarks by now-suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma on Prophet Mohammad and some social media posts by local right-wing activists in her support. Announcing the curfew relaxation from 7 am to 7 pm, the officials said all educational institutions will remain closed for the 10th day on Saturday as a precautionary measure and are likely to reopen on Monday.
Jun 18, 2022 9:54 AM (IST)
India reports 13,216 new COVID cases, 8,148 recoveries in last 24 hours |
Jun 18, 2022 9:03 AM (IST)
7 arrested in House office building linked to Colbert show
US Capitol Police said Friday that officers arrested seven unauthorised people in a congressional office building Thursday night and charged them with unlawful entry. The people identified themselves as being affiliated with CBS' “Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. Another person familiar with the matter provided the AP with a list of nine people who had been stopped by Capitol Police. They included several producers, along with Robert Smigel, the voice behind Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.
Jun 18, 2022 8:49 AM (IST)
UNICEF: Spike in child migrants crossing the Darien Gap
The number of child migrants who crossed the treacherous Darien Gap between Colombia and Panama has spiked, the United Nations Children's Fund has said. UNICEF said that in May 2021, 500 children were detected crossing on the jungle trail. But in May 2022, that number rose to 2,000. The fund estimates that about 5,000 children have crossed the Darien Gap so far this year. Plagued by wild animals, swollen rivers, rough terrain and thieves, the gap claims many lives. Jean Gough, the UNICEF regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean, said “right now, it is the middle of the rainy season, and our teams on the ground are seeing a massive increase in boys, girls and adolescents risking their lives and crossing the jungle in the worst climatic conditions.” The overall number of migrants crossing the land bridge between South and North America doubled, with about 32,000 crossing so far this year, compared to 16,000 in 2021.
Jun 18, 2022 8:23 AM (IST)
PM Modi to unfurl flag at newly renovated Gujarat's Pavagadh temple
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting the famous pilgrimage site of Pavagadh in Panchmahal district on Saturday, where he will unfurl the flag after performing pooja. A press release by the Gujarat information department stated, "After the ascent of Pavagadh in the fifteenth century, the peak of the temple was dilapidated for the last five centuries. The summit has now been redesigned with a new look."
Jun 18, 2022 8:09 AM (IST)
SpaceX reported to fire employees critical of CEO Elon Musk
Jun 18, 2022 7:41 AM (IST)
Zelensky, Boris Johnson meet on defence, security issues
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky met with visiting British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to discuss defence and security issues, the presidential press service said. In particular, Zelensky and Johnson discussed in detail the current situation on the frontline in the east and the south of Ukraine as well as the supplies of weapons, Xinhua news agency reported. "We talked about the need to increase the supply of heavy weapons. The main thing today is to provide air defense for Ukraine as well. We started to move in this direction," Zelensky told reporters after the talks. For his part, Johnson said that his country stands ready to continue providing weapons to Ukraine and organising military training for its use.
Jun 18, 2022 7:38 AM (IST)
Russia frees captive medic who filmed Mariupol's horror
A celebrated Ukrainian medic whose footage was smuggled out of the besieged city of Mariupol by an Associated Press team has been freed by Russian forces, three months after she was taken captive on the streets of the city. Yuliia Paievska is known in Ukraine as Taira, a nickname she chose in the World of Warcraft video game. Using a body camera, she recorded 256 gigabytes of her team's efforts over two weeks to save the wounded, including both Russian and Ukrainian soldiers.
Jun 18, 2022 7:16 AM (IST)
USAID chief meets Indian social activist Nikhil Dey
USAID Administrator Samantha Power, a top Biden administration official, has met with an Indian social activist to discuss challenges being faced by democracy, according to an official note. Power met Nikhil Dey, a founding member of the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS) and the National Campaign For People's Right to Information (NCPRI) in India. Dey is also a former member of the Open Government Partnership Steering Committee. The meeting was held here on Thursday.
Jun 18, 2022 7:04 AM (IST)
Gaza rocket into Israel breaks 2-month lull
Palestinian militants fired a rocket into southern Israel early Saturday, shattering a two-month lull that prevailed along Gaza-Israel fence in contrast to soaring tensions in the West Bank. The Israeli military said aerial defence systems intercepted the projectile, which activated warning sirens in the southern coastal city of Ashkelon. There were no reports of casualties. No Palestinian group claimed responsibility for the rocket fire. Israel usually blames the militant Hamas group for any violence emanating from the coastal enclave it controls. An Israeli military raid in the West Bank early Friday, in which three Palestinian militants were killed and eight wounded, could have triggered the rocket attack from Gaza. Also on Friday, an Israeli observation balloon crashed and fell in northern Gaza Strip. The Israeli military said it investigates the incident, but clarified the balloon was not downed by Palestinian militants.
Jun 18, 2022 6:54 AM (IST)
Agnipath row: 15 held, 225 booked for violence, blocking expressway near Noida during protest
Protests against the Centre's Agnipath scheme continued on Friday as scores of youngsters descended on the Yamuna Expressway and blocked traffic movement briefly, prompting Gautam Buddh Nagar police to lodge an FIR against 225 protesters and arrest 15, officials said. They said eight police personnel and a driver of a privately-run bus suffered injuries in violence during the protest in Jewar area of the district, adjoining Delhi in western Uttar Pradesh. The movement through Jewar toll plaza between Greater Noida and Mathura-Agra was blocked for around an hour from 12 noon, they said. "Police personnel in large numbers were rushed to the protest site in view of the law and order situation," a police official said.
Jun 18, 2022 6:50 AM (IST)
UN names deputy rep for Afghanistan; no word on a top envoy
The United Nations has announced a new deputy special representative for Afghanistan, but it's unclear how soon the world body may replace its top official there. For now, the newly appointed political affairs deputy, German diplomat Markus Potzel, will be in charge of the UN's political mission in Afghanistan, UN deputy spokesperson Farhan Haq said on Friday. The announcement came a day after Deborah Lyons ended her tenure as the UN's chief representative in Afghanistan, departing with a lament for a country that was reshaped by Taliban militants' takeover last year. “I could not have imagined, when I accepted this job, the Afghanistan that I am now leaving,” she said in a statement Thursday, adding that “my heart breaks" for Afghan girls and women kept from school and work because of Taliban edicts.
Jun 18, 2022 6:48 AM (IST)
2 dead in Mexico after Netflix series cast, crew van crashes
Two actors on the Netflix series The Chosen One were killed and six other cast or crew members were injured after the van they were riding in crashed near Mulege on the Baja California Sur peninsula. Local media reported the crash occurred Thursday, and said the van flipped after running off the road in a desert area. The crew had apparently been working in the nearby Santa Rosalia area at the time. The Baja California Department of Culture said Friday that Raymundo Garduño Cruz and Juan Francisco González Aguilar died. Netflix describes The Chosen One this way: “A 12-year-old boy learns he's the returned Jesus Christ, destined to save humankind. Based on the comic book series by Mark Millar and Peter Gross.” According to casting calls, the series is being taped by an independent production company.
Jun 18, 2022 6:46 AM (IST)
J&K: Police officer shot dead in Pulwama
A police officer was shot dead by terrorists inside his home in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on Saturday. The attack on Sub-Inspector Farooq Ahmad Mir took place at Samboora in Pampore area on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday, they said. The officials said Mir was posted in the IRP 23rd Battalion at CTC Lethpora.