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Complaint registered against Kejriwal, Kharge over alleged inciteful remarks against President Murmu

A complaint has been filed against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge, and several others for allegedly making inciteful comments on President Droupadi Murmu's caste while remarking on the inauguration of the new Parliament building, news agency ANI reported. The complainant accused Kejriwal, Kharge, and others of creating enmity among communities, and distrust for the Government of India. in order to achieve their political goals. According to ANI, the complaint was filed under sections 121,153A,505, and 34 of the Indian Penal Code.

Jagan Reddy Was Informed About Uncle's Death Before Public: CBI

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy was informed about the death of his uncle and former minister YS Vivekananda Reddy much before the news became public, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) told a court on Friday. The probe agency made the revelation in an affidavit before the Telangana High Court in response to an anticipatory bail petition filed by Kadapa MP YS Avinash Reddy, a member of the Chief Minister's party, who has been named an accused in the case. Avinash Reddy's father Bhaskar Reddy, who was arrested in connection with the case last month, was shifted to a hospital this morning.

Will new Parliament building stand the ‘test of democracy’?

In a democracy, the people are sovereign. But this abstract notion of popular sovereignty has a concrete manifestation. That is the Parliament of India, for it is here that, through their representatives, the citizens of India exercise their sovereignty. And with a new Parliament building on the cusp of being inaugurated, Indian citizens are about to move to a new home. Indeed, it is in Parliament, over the last seven decades, that India’s citizens have expressed their political preferences. They have kept the executive in check and made it accountable through relentless questions and votes. They have framed laws. They have debated fiercely.

Central government notifies appointment of Justice MS Ramachandra Rao as Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court

The Central government Friday notified the appointment of Justice MS Ramachandra Rao as the Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court. The office of the Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court has been vacant since January this year after the retirement of Chief Justice Amjad Sayed. The Supreme Court Collegium headed by CJI DY Chandrachud had recommended Justice Rao's elevation last month. It had reasoned that the Telangana High Court (Justice Rao's parent High Court), presently has no representation among Chief Justices of the High Courts.

It took Two Years Of Hard Work For Modi Govt To Verify, Find 'Sengol' Kept In Allahabad Museum As Nehru's 'Golden Walking Stick'

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi led Central government spent two years examining official records and media articles dating back to 1947, including a piece in Time magazine, to authenticate the importance of the ‘Sengol’ and the ‘Sengol Vesting Ceremony’ on the night of 14 August 1947, that symbolised the transfer of power to India. The events were triggered by a article by S Gurumurthy in Thuglak magazine on 5 May 2021 that said the 'Sengol' was a symbol of Independence given to India's first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru by a Tamil pontiff.

World News

FBI reveals Queen Elizabeth II assassination attempt during 1983 US tour. Man wanted to kill her because

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has released a cache of files relating to late Queen Elizabeth II's travels to the US, and threats made to her during a 1983 visit to California. According to the investigation agency, the threat was made to a police officer in San Francisco, who frequented an Irish pub in the city. The files revealed that the officer warned federal agents about a call from a man he had met at the venue, reported the BBC. The officer said the man told him he was seeking revenge for his daughter who had been killed in Northern Ireland by a rubber bullet.

11-Year-Old US Boy Called 911 For Help, Shot By Cop Who Arrived

An 11-year-old boy in the Mississippi state of the United States of America was shot by police officers in his home after he called the 911 emergency telephone number for help. The injured youngster is healing from his wounds after being discharged from the hospital. The boy has been identified as Aderrien Murry, and his family is calling for the officer to be fired and charged with the shooting. Aderrien was shot in the chest by an Indianola Police Department officer early Saturday morning while the officer was responding to a domestic disturbance call at the child's home, the boy's mother, Nakala Murry, told CNN

Friends shave their heads to support teen fighting cancer

In a heartwarming display of friendship, a few teens decided to shave their heads to show their support to a girl battling cancer. The incredible moment of the girl’s reaction to seeing her friends was captured on camera and shared online. Since being posted, the video has melted people’s hearts and left them emotional. The video is posted on the official Twitter handle of the Goodnews Movement. “NO ONE FIGHTS ALONE: Teen fighting cancer is surprised by her group of friends when they show up to her house after shaving their own heads in an act of solidarity. If you have friends, you have everything!” they wrote as they shared the video.

China's Ukraine Envoy To Visit Russia On Friday

China's Ukraine envoy Li Hui is due to hold talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow on Friday, the Russian foreign ministry said. On May 26, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Galuzin is scheduled to meet with the special representative of the Chinese government for Eurasian Affairs, Li Hui, a statement said. On the same day, Li Hui will be received by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Bangladeshi man held in Mumbai for trying to fly to Rome with 'Indian' passport

A 32-year-old Bangladesh national, who claimed to be a Buddhist monk, has been arrested here for trying to travel to Rome on an Indian passport that he had obtained by providing fake documents, an official said on Friday. Bipon Anil Barua, a resident of Bandarban in Bangladesh, was apprehended at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport on Wednesday night, the official said. Barua was to fly to Rome via Muscat from Mumbai in the early hours of Thursday. When an immigration officer keyed in his passport details in their system, he found that a Look Out Circular (LOC) has been issued against him by the Foreigners Registration Office (FRRO), Mumbai, the official said. An LOC is a notice which prevents a person from leaving the country.

Business News

Will send notice to WhatsApp on spam calls, says Union minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar

WhatsApp international calls scam has affected thousands of users across India. IT Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar has sent a notice to the Meta-owned messaging platform stating that the onus of ensuring user safety lies with digital platforms. The minister further said that the digital platforms will have to respond to such instances of alleged misuse or alleged breach of users’ privacy.

How Zomato-backed Magicpin is going all out on its ONDC bet

After the Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC) crossed 11,000 retail transactions on April 30, Gurugram-based e-commerce startup Magicpin claimed that it had a role to play in 10,000 of those transactions on that date. It came as a bit of a jolt for some in the tech ecosystem. Perhaps if ONDC participants such as PhonePe and Paytm — fintech biggies with big bucks lined up — had made such a claim, it would not have seemed out of place.

Elon Musk steps down as Twitter CEO, says he's found a woman to lead, and all the latest news

Twitter owner Elon Musk has said he has found a new chief executive officer (CEO) to helm the social media giant he bought last year. With his viral tweet, the billionaire has triggered a frenzy on possible candidates. Linda Yaccarino, the head of advertising of NBC Universal, is said to be in the race to become the next Twitter CEO, Wall Street Journal reported.

Rising investments sign of changing perceptions of Telangana, says KTR

Telangana moved a step closer to its efforts to become the country’s hub for electric vehicles and sustainable mobility, with the foundation being laid for one of India’s largest, and the State’s first lithium-ion battery gigafactory on Saturday. The Amara Raja Giga Corridor for Lithium Cell and Battery Pack Manufacturing will come up in Divitipalli of Mahbubnagar, with the unit to have a capacity of up to 16 GWh and cater to Indian and international markets.

Warren Buffett says Berkshire is cautious on banking sector

Warren Buffett on Saturday said Berkshire Hathaway (BRKa.N) is cautious around the banking sector, largely because of poor messaging by officials around government-insured deposits, as well as distorted incentives he said were brought on by banking regulation. A crisis of confidence in the U.S. banking sector has led to the failure of three midsized banks since March as depositors fled from smaller banks, with calls for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp (FDIC) to raise its $250,000 limit guarantee on deposits.

Tech News

Apple previews accessibility features for people with disabilities

Coming later this year, the new accessibility features include live speech, personal voice, point-and-speak, and assistive access that would be available on iPhone, iPad, and Mac users. Ahead of Global Accessibility Awareness Day on May 18, Apple on Tuesday previewed software features for cognitive, vision, hearing, and mobility accessibility, along with tools for individuals who are non-speaking or at risk of losing their ability to speak.

Soon, get real-time traffic, weather updates on Google Maps with Immersive View feature

To assist users with better navigation, tech giant Google has come up with the Immersive View feature for routes, announced during the Google I/O event. Utilising computer vision and artificial intelligence (AI) technology, Immersive View merges billions of Street View and aerial images to construct a comprehensive digital representation of the world. The feature puts all the information a user might need in one place. This includes information about real-time traffic, weather updates, bike lanes, complicated intersections, parking, and more. Let us take a look at how Google Maps’ Immersive View for routes will make navigation easier.

How to Access Google's AI Search and Bard Chatbot, know here now

Google recently revealed an upgraded search product at its annual conference in Mountain View, CA. The new product integrates more artificial intelligence (AI) and has been embedded into 25 Google products, such as the search updates and a feature that assists users in composing emails in Gmail. Known as the Search Generative Experience, this technology utilises generative AI to offer customised and precise responses to search inquiries.

Technology Day: PM Modi To Lay Foundation Of Gravity Observatory LIGO-India Tomorrow

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory – India (LIGO-India) on Thursday, when the country celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Pokhran-II nuclear tests. PM Modi will also dedicate to the nation a Rare Earth Permanent Magnet Plant at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre campus at Visakhapatnam and a Fission Moly-99 Production Facility in Mumbai, to produce the radioisotope used in more than 85 per cent of imaging procedures for early detection of cancer and heart disease. May 11 marks the 25th anniversary of the 1998 nuclear tests carried out at Pokhran test range, including its first test of a thermonuclear device, which has since been celebrated as the National Technology Day to honour scientists, engineers and technologists who made the tests possible.

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

Manoj Bajpayee says his wife Shabana felt ‘insulted, humiliated’ after watching one of his films: ‘She said stop doing films for money’

Manoj Bajpayee who is promoting his film Sirf Ek Bandaaa Kaafi Hai, recently shared how his wife, Shabana Raza, once scolded him and told him to “stop doing films for money.” Manoj was sharing an anecdote from the time when his wife went to watch a “bad film” starring him and she felt “humiliated” watching him romance heroines on screen. Manoj, without naming the film, said that when Shabana went to watch it, there were a few girls sitting behind her in the theatre who were “making fun” of him. “It was a bad film, bad film. After the film she called me and I asked how she liked the film, and she said, ‘Stop doing films for money. We are not so desperate that you did it for money. It was embarrassing, I felt insulted, humiliated in the theatre, don’t ever do it, please! You are good at stories and characters, please choose them, not these films, you don’t need to prove anything else’,” he shared with Janice Sequeira. Manoj said that it was a “great advice” even though it came in the form of “daantna (scolding)”.

Legendary singer Tina Turner passes away

Tina Turner, the unstoppable singer and stage performer who teamed with husband Ike Turner for a dynamic run of hit records and live shows in the 1960s and ’70s and survived her horrifying marriage to triumph in middle age with the chart-topping “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” has died at 83. Turner died Tuesday, after a long illness in her home in Küsnacht near Zurich, according to her manager. She became a Swiss citizen a decade ago. Few stars traveled so far — she was born Anna Mae Bullock in a segregated Tennessee hospital and spent her latter years on a 260,000 square foot estate on Lake Zurich — and overcame so much. Physically battered, emotionally devastated and financially ruined by her 20-year relationship with Ike Turner, she became a superstar on her own in her 40s, at a time when most of her peers were on their way down, and remained a top concert draw for years after.

Kareena Kapoor Spent A Perfect Saturday Night With BFF Amrita Arora

Kareena Kapoor Spent A Perfect 'Saturday Night' With BFF Amrita Arora - Pic Inside Amrita Arora shared this image. (courtesy: amuaroraofficial). Kareena Kapoor and Amrita Arora have been friends for decades now. The actresses are regular fixtures on each other's social media timeline. Now, Kareena Kapoor has shared yet another fun selfie with her BFF on Instagram Stories. In the selfie, both Kareena and Amrita are seen posing for the camera. Needless to say, the BFFs are pouting in the photo. While Amrita's outfit for the day is hidden in the photo, Kareena looks gorgeous in a pale green ensemble with a gold necklace. Along with the picture, Kareena Kapoor said, “Nothing like a Saturday night with your BFF” with a bunch of heart and star-eye emojis.

Diana Penty keeps it classic in glamorous look at Cannes red carpet, wears little black dress for party

Diana Penty's first red carpet pictures from the 76th Cannes Film Festival are here. On Saturday, the actor attended the world premiere of May December starring Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore. Diana Penty walked the red carpet in a black cropped jacket paired with a matching black bottom. She wore minimal makeup. The actor also wore a little black dress for a party she attended on Saturday at Cannes 2023. Pictures of Diana in her stunning black looks were shared on fan pages with many applauding her fashion choices. For her party look, the actor wore a short black tassle dress with a pair of matching black heels. Diana tied her hair in a bun. Reacting to her photos shared on Twitter, a fan wrote, Looking too good in black. Another one called her party look 'the epitome of grace and glamour'.

‘Venom 3’: Chiwetel Ejiofor Joins Tom Hardy In Next Installment

After matching wits with Doctor Strange, Chiwetel Ejiofor has found a new superhero to face off against as sources tell Deadline Ejiofor has closed a deal to co-star opposite Tom Hardy in Sony and Marvel’s Venom 3. Hardy is set to return as the titular character with the franchise’s longtime writer Kelly Marcel taking over the directing reins. Juno Temple also is on board. Marcel and Hardy also will produce, with Marcel writing the screenplay from a story she and Hardy wrote. Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, Amy Pascal and Hutch Parker also are producing.

Sports News

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.

Vignesh Shivan shares pics as he watches IPL match with Nayanthara in Chennai, Anirudh joins them. See posts

Filmmaker Vignesh Shivan and wife-actor Nayanthara recently attended the IPL match between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Mumbai Indians (MI) in Chennai. Several pictures of the couple at the stands of the cricket stadium emerged online. They were also accompanied by their friend and music composer Anirudh. Taking to Instagram on Saturday, Vignesh shared a candid photo with Nayanthara. In the photo, the couple sat next to each other at the stands seemingly busy in a conversation. While Vignesh looked in front of him and smiled, Nayanthara looked at him and laughed.

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.

Science News

Chemical Reactions Spark Life Into Self-Folding Micro Origami Machines

A Cornell-led collaboration harnessed chemical reactions to make microscale origami machines self-fold – freeing them from the liquids in which they usually function, so they can operate in dry environments and at room temperature. The approach could one day lead to the creation of a new fleet of tiny autonomous devices that can rapidly respond to their chemical environment. The group’s paper, “Gas-Phase Microactuation Using Kinetically Controlled Surface States of Ultrathin Catalytic Sheets,” was published on May 1 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The paper’s co-lead authors are Nanqi Bao, Ph.D. ’22, and former postdoctoral researcher Qingkun Liu, Ph.D. ’22.

Study Has Found Widespread Mass Loss Glaciers In Greenland

A study has found widespread mass loss of glaciers and ice caps in Greenland since the start of the 20th century. The research provides critical insights into long-term changes to the glaciers and ice caps as a result of climate change, which has contributed about one fifth to global sea-level rise in the last decade. Using historical data, scientists mapped 5,327 glaciers and ice caps that existed at the end of the Little Ice Age in 1900, a period of wide-spread cooling when average global temperatures dropped by as much as 2°C. They were then able to reveal that these fragmented into 5,467 glaciers and ice caps by 2001. The study – Mass Loss of Glaciers and Ice Caps Across Greenland Since the Little Ice Age – published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, said Greenland’s glaciers have lost at least 587 km3 of ice over the last century, accounting for 1.38 millimetres of sea-level rise.

Indian Scientists Unveil Breakthrough Method for Harvesting Artificial Light Using Organic Nanotube

A group of Indian scientists has made a groundbreaking discovery in the field of artificial light harvesting. Inspired by the natural process of photosynthesis, the researchers from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Kolkata and the S N Bose National Center for Basic Sciences (SNBNCBS), Kolkata, developed a novel method using organic fluorescent molecule and a therapeutically important biopolymer. These organic nanotubes have a range of potential applications, including solar cells, photo catalysis, optical sensors, and tunable multi-color light-emitting materials. Similar to how plants use chlorophyll to convert sunlight into energy, the scientists utilized the organic nanotube to absorb artificial light and transfer the energy to a dye molecule such as Nile Red and Nile Blue. The dye molecule then emits color tuning from initial greenish-yellow to orange-red, including white light.

The webs we weave: How Spidey science holds up in the real world

What would happen if a genetically engineered spider bit a human being? Could Spider-Man really do everything a spider can? The science isn’t all baloney. Spider silk is truly one of the world’s most impressive biomaterials. It’s a protein made from compounds secreted by up to seven different glands, with the average spider having at least three. Each strand is made up thousands of nanostrands, making spider silk five times stronger than steel of the same width, researchers from the US’s College of William and Mary have found. Their study was published in the journal ACS Macro Letters in 2018.

Iron-Rich Meteoritic and Volcanic Particles May Have Promoted Origin of Life Reactions on Early Earth

“The formation of reactive organic molecules to form the building blocks of life on the nascent Earth is one of the prerequisites for abiogenesis,” Professor Trapp and colleagues said. “The emergence of a stable continental crust and liquid water on the Earth at 4.4 billion years ago, and the earliest biogenic carbon isotope signatures at 3.8-4.1 billion years ago suggest that life originated only 400-700 million years after the formation of the Earth.” “This relatively short time span indicates that the major part of organic precursors has been already formed on the Hadean Earth as early as 4.4 billion years ago.”

Health News

WHO advises against the use of non-sugar sweeteners

The World Health Organization on May 15 released a new guideline that recommends against the use of non-sugar sweeteners to control body weight or reduce the risk of non-communicable diseases. The Geneva-based WHO based the recommendation on a systemic review of available evidence, which suggests the use of non-sugar sweeteners does not confer any long-term benefit in reducing body fat in adults or children. The review also suggested the long-term use of non-sugar sweeteners potentially may have undesirable effects such as an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and mortality in adults.

Health Department anticipates spurt in dengue cases, intensifies control measures in Coimbatore district

Anticipating a spurt in the number of dengue cases after a week or so, the Health Department has intensified control measures in Coimbatore district. The counter measures are primarily aimed at preventing the breeding of aedes aegypti mosquito, the primary vector of the virus causing dengue. P. Aruna, Deputy Director of Health Services, Coimbatore district, said the spurt was anticipated as the district received good spells of summer showers. “Chances of an increase in the breeding of mosquitoes are high as the rains have stopped. Health inspectors have been instructed to contact administrations of temples, mosques and churches to circulate village-specific awareness messages. Health inspectors have been asked to tie-up with scrap dealers who will collect waste materials, which may turn breeding ground for mosquitoes. The scrap dealers will visit a specific day in a village to collect such materials,” she said

Breakthrough in microbial recycling! Scientists discover microbes that can digest plastics at low temperatures

Several microorganisms that can perform this have already been found, but they usually only work at temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius, which effectively means using them in the industrial sector would be expensive because of the additional heating cost, reported the Guardian.

Why does India not have a law to recall bad drugs from the market?

In a rare occurrence, on April 25, Abbot, a multinational pharmaceutical company, published a public notice in newspapers alerting people about a mislabelled batch of medicine that it had inadvertently shipped to the market. While such recalls take place regularly in the U.S., including by Indian companies, we have never witnessed domestic or foreign pharmaceutical companies recall substandard or mislabelled drugs in India.

‘Disease X’: Decoding the unknown pathogen WHO says could cause a ‘deadlier pandemic’

Days after the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that COVID-19 was no longer a global health emergency, marking an end to the pandemic that claimed millions of lives, experts fear that “Disease X” can lead to an “even deadlier” pandemic. According to the WHO, “Disease X represents the knowledge that a serious international epidemic could be caused by a pathogen currently unknown to cause human disease.” The term, which was coined in 2018, is on WHO’s shortlist of ‘priority diseases’. To prevent and tackle the outbreak of Disease X, experts are clamouring for a rise in funds to support the surveillance of, and research into, potential pandemic agents, according to a report in the New York Post.

Politics News

Jagan Reddy Was Informed About Uncle's Death Before Public: CBI

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy was informed about the death of his uncle and former minister YS Vivekananda Reddy much before the news became public, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) told a court on Friday. The probe agency made the revelation in an affidavit before the Telangana High Court in response to an anticipatory bail petition filed by Kadapa MP YS Avinash Reddy, a member of the Chief Minister's party, who has been named an accused in the case. Avinash Reddy's father Bhaskar Reddy, who was arrested in connection with the case last month, was shifted to a hospital this morning.

Petty politics to worst level - Union min slams those boycotting the event

With just a day left for the inauguration of the new Parliament building by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, both the Bharatiya Janta Party and the opposition are set to train guns at each other ahead of the event. At least 21 opposition parties have decided to boycott the PM's decision to preside over the inauguration ceremony instead of President Droupadi Murmu. The opposition said that the inauguration of the building without President Droupadi Murmu insults the high office of the President, and violates the letter and spirit of the Constitution. Meanwhile, amid the boycott call by the opposition, the Centre has received a confirmed list of 25 political parties, including some which are not a part of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), that will participate in the inauguration ceremony.

How 19 parties came on board for joint statement on new Parliament

When West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee was meeting her Delhi and Punjab counterparts, Arvind Kejriwal and Bhagwant Mann, respectively, in Kolkata on Tuesday evening, a message to join the inauguration of the new Parliament building popped up on a Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader’s mobile phone, said people aware of developments. The discussions between the three chief ministers briefly touched upon the May 28 event – when Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the new Parliament building – and hours later, the TMC announced that it was pulling out of the ceremony, added the people cited above. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) followed suit after their two chief ministers landed in Mumbai.

Vivekananda Reddy murder case: CBI team reaches Kurnool after Avinash rejects summons

Tension spread in Kurnool early on Monday morning as CBI officials reached Kurnool after YSR Congress Kadapa MP YS Avinash Reddy rejected CBI's summons in connection with the Vivekananda Reddy murder case. Avinash sought five more days from the CBI as his mother is currently hospitalised. The CBI team moved early morning probably to arrest Avinash who was at the Vishwa Bharati Hospital where his mother is hospitalised. A huge number of party workers gathered at the hospital to prevent the arrest.

Centre To Bring Bill To Link Birth, Death Data With Electoral Rolls

The government is planning to bring a bill in Parliament to link data related to birth and death with electoral rolls and the overall development process, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Monday. Inaugurating the 'Janganana Bhawan', the office of the Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India, Mr Shah said census is a process that may form the basis of development agenda. Digital, complete and accurate census figures will have multi-dimensional benefits, he said, adding planning based on the census data ensures development reaches the poorest of the poor.