Current News in India
This year, 15 military bands, 15 pipes and drum bands from Regimental Centres and Battalions are participating in the ceremony to be held on January 29 at the historic Vijay Chowk.
Migrants or refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan need to prove they belong to one of six minority faiths — Hindu, Sikh, Christian, Jain, Buddhist or Parsi, said a government functionary. No documents may, however, be sought to establish that the applicant came to India on account of religious persecution back home.
Indian carriers with negative net worth, which includes most of them except IndiGo, can bid for Air India if they have a JV partner with whom they meet the minimum criteria. Qualified bidders will be announced on March 31. If all goes well, by July or August, the airline may have a new owner.
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee called the CAA a law that is “a shame to humanity and civilisation” and sought its immediate withdrawal. The state assembly passed a resolution against “the interrelated” CAA, NRC and NPR. Bengal is the 4th state after, Kerala, Punjab and Rajasthan to pass such a resolution.
Kapil Wadhawan, promoter and former CMD of Dewan Housing Finance Corporation was produced before the special court and remanded to two days of ED custody. Meanwhile, the court granted Kapil’s brother Dheeraj Wadhawan aka Baba Dewan bail in the case on Monday.
PM Modi is scheduled to visit Brussels in March for the India-EU summit while foreign minister S Jaishankar is expected to visit in mid-February. India is ramping up diplomacy in Brussels and Strasbourg to counter the move by hundreds of MEPs, to discuss a resolution sharply critical of the CAA.
Kejriwal seemed to have overcome his initial hesitation in discussion the issue, faced with BJP’s aggressive campaigning. He said the road, affected by the protest against Citizenship Amendment Act, will be opened on February 9, a day after polling is held for the assembly elections.
The pact provides for setting up of a commission to reconstitute the Bodo Territorial Areas District (BTAD) by including new Bodo-dominated villages contiguous to the existing BTAD area and excluding villages with a predominantly non-tribal population. BTAD will be rechristened as Bodo Territorial Region.
When the petition by Nirbhaya case convict Mukesh, was mentioned on Monday morning for urgent hearing by his counsel Vrinda Grover, a bench headed by CJI S A Bobde said any petition filed by a death row prisoner would be given top priority for hearing. The petition is scheduled for hearing at 12.30 pm on Tuesday.
India is now next only to global leader China in terms of smartphone units shipped. Shipping around 158 million smartphones in 2019, India beat US shipments of 153 million, according to a recent data from Counterpoint Research. Chinese brands held a record 72% share of the Indian market in 2019.
A preliminary probe done by the anti-money laundering agency has established a suspicious pattern of deposits into and withdrawal of money from Popular Front of India's (PFI) accounts. The ED has claimed that Rs 1.04 crore was deposited in 10 accounts of PFI and five belonging to another entity, Rehab India Foundation.
Air India is preparing to operate a special flight on its Boeing 747 from Mumbai to Wuhan to fly out Indians from there. While the flight was scheduled to depart at 5pm on Monday, the airline was awaiting clearances from various places, including the airport in Wuhan, to operate the special flight.
As the last-ditch attempt, Mukesh through his counsel on Tuesday sought an urgent hearing on his plea against dismissal of the mercy plea before the top court.