‘Modified’ Varanasi gears up for grand finale of the polls | India News

VARANASI: Scores of boats are in a state of well-deserved rest after a hard day’s work. At the stroke of midnight, the Ganga is calmness personified. Dasaswamedh Ghat is quiet too. The sellers of Kashi‘s famous ‘neembu chai’, however, are still catering to those present on the ghat – locals in the final round of … Read more

dastidar: Man who pushed Pokhran-I nuclear test button dies in US | India News

MUMBAI: The man who pushed the button on India’s first nuclear weapon test at Pokhran on May 18,1974 (code-named ‘Smiling Buddha’), Pranab Dastidar, passed away on February 11 in California. In an earlier interaction with TOI, Dastidar had recalled the thrilling and exciting moments at Pokhran, just before he had pulled the trigger. How Dastidar … Read more

poland: Facing Ukrainian ire after India’s UN move: Students | India News

Even as the Indian government ramped up its evacuation efforts and the foreign secretary called the Ukrainian ambassador to emphasise India’s concern for citizens trapped in the war zone, several medical students alleged that they were harassed at checkpoints on Ukraine‘s border with Poland. The students said they were kept in an almost hostage-like situation … Read more

Poland to allow Indian students fleeing Ukraine to enter without any visa restrictions | India News

NEW DELHI: Accepting India’s request to facilitate evacuation of countrymen from Ukraine, Poland will now allow Indian students to enter from the war-ravaged nation without any visa restrictions. Polish ambassador to India Adam Burakowski Tweeted Sunday, “Poland is allowing to enter without any visa all Indian students who escape from Russian aggression in Ukraine.” Meanwhile … Read more

sharad pawar: HC: Pawars used ‘clout & influence’ for Lavasa | India News

MUMBAI: While declining to interfere with permissions given for development of Lavasa hill-station in Pune district in 2002, the Bombay high court on Saturday referred to the “influence and clout” used by NCP chief Sharad Pawar and his family in the project. It also said Ajit Pawar was found to be “remiss in his duty” … Read more

gangubai kathiawadi: A day before Gangubai release, SC dismisses plea to block it | India News

NEW DELHI: A day before the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s new film ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’, the Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a plea seeking to block its release for allegedly being defamatory. A bench of Justices Indira Banerjee and J K Maheshwari refused to give credence to the allegation levelled against the filmmaker, actors and … Read more

arrest: ED officials unfazed, say have strong case against Maha mantri | India News

New Delhi: Senior ED functionaries on Wednesday rejected the charge of political vendetta being the reason behind Nawab Malik’s arrest, asserting that it was on the basis of a thorough probe which turned up documentary evidence of allegedly illicit financial transactions involving him and other accused, reports Pradeep Thakur. “Arrest is an exception and not … Read more

Sanctions won’t affect big defence plans with India: Russia | India News

NEW DELHI: Amid the latest flare-up in the Ukraine crisis, Russia said Wednesday that while the sanctions imposed by the West will lead to fear and mistrust affecting, among other things, the international banking system, Moscow will look forward to go ahead with the implementation of its “big plans” in defence with India as the … Read more

mayank: Has Rita Bahuguna Joshi’s son Mayank ditched BJP for SP? | India News

NEW DELHI: BJP MP Rita Bahuguna Joshi’s son Mayank Joshi may have joined Samajwadi Party (SP) and an official announcement could be made in the coming days. On Tuesday, SP president Akhilesh Yadav had tweeted his photograph with Mayank and said, “A courtesy meeting with Mayank Joshi.” श्री मयंक जोशी जी से शिष्टाचार भेंट। https://t.co/SPNPsN3vCh … Read more

jaishankar: Eye on China, India and EU seek respect for sovereignty | India News

PARIS: While the deepening Ukraine crisis threatened to eclipse the EU ministerial forum on Indo-Pacific that France hosted on Tuesday, foreign minister S Jaishankar used the opportunity to mount another attack on China for making claims on “the global commons”. Addressing the meeting that saw the participation of close to 60 countries, including EU member-states … Read more

bjp: Election round-up: BJP will score a four in UP says PM Narendra Modi; opposition parties seek a halt on Goa police recruitment drive | India News

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi continued his campaign in Uttar Pradesh and sought support from the people for a stronger India. Expressing confidence that the BJP will win in the politically crucial northern state, Modi said the BJP will score a four in the state. He was referring to a spate of victories that … Read more

Ukraine crisis: At UN, India calls for restraint, diplomatic dialogues | India News

Tank T-64 is seen firing during a military drill for Ukrainian soldiers at the training centre of Ukrainian Ground Forces near Rivne, Ukraine (Reuters) NEW DELHI: India’s permanent representative to UN TS Tirumurti has said that the well-being of over 20,000 Indian nationals and students in Ukraine is a priority. Expressing concern at escalation of … Read more

National Medical Commission forbids conversion therapy | India News

CHENNAI: Any doctor found engaged in conversion therapy — a controversial gender and sexual reorientation practice often slammed as pseudoscience — is liable to be prosecuted for professional misconduct, the National Medical Commission (NMC) told the Madras high court. The council made its stand clear while making a submission on a recommendation by a committee … Read more

indo-pacific: Ahead of key Indo-Pacific forum, India and France bat for rule of ocean law | India News

PARIS: Ahead of a key EU Indo-Pacific meet that France will host Tuesday, India and the European country announced a Roadmap on Blue Economy and Ocean Governance that they said will work to strengthen the rule of law. The roadmap was announced after a meeting between foreign minister S Jaishankar, who is on a three-day … Read more

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hijab: Panel To Police: Ensure Sensible Media Coverage | India News

BELAGAVI: The Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (KSCPCR) has asked the police department to initiate action against some reporters for allegedly violating the rights of children during the coverage of the hijab controversy. The president and the secretary of the commission have written a letter — which the TOI has accessed — … Read more

Election round-up: Healthy turn-out in UP, Punjab; Prime Minister Narendra Modi accuses SP of being sympathetic to terrorists | India News

NEW DELHI: Punjab and Uttar Pradesh saw healthy turnouts in the polling on Sunday. While Punjab voted in a single phase, Uttar Pradesh is voting in several phases. It saw an over 60 per cent turnout in the third phase of polling. Meanwhile, campaigning for the remaining phases of the Uttar Pradesh also continued. Prime … Read more

Telangana CM KCR meets Uddhav Thackeray in Mumbai | India News

NEW DELHI: Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao met Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray and his cabinet ministers in Mumbai on Sunday. The meeting comes in the backdrop of some opposition parties trying to cobble together an anti-BJP front with an eye on the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. According to sources in KCR’s Telangana Rashtra Samity … Read more

PM Narendra Modi flags off 100 kisan drones in boost for tillers | India News

NEW DELHI: Flagging off 100 ‘kisan drones’ in different parts of the country for spraying pesticides and farm chemicals, Prime Minister Narenda Modi on Friday assured full government support to start-ups related to drone technology as he exuded confidence that India will soon emerge as a global leader in the sector. “A new ecosystem of … Read more

vishwas: Centre approves ‘Y’ category security for Kumar Vishwas | India News

NEW DELHI: The Centre has approved Y category security cover for former AAP member Kumar Vishwas, days after he levelled serious allegations against AAP chief and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, about his voicing an intent to become ‘prime minister’ of a separate state of Punjab. Sources told TOI that Y-category protection will be extended … Read more

Bulldozers ready for attackers of Baghel’s convoy: Yogi Adityanath in Karhal | India News

MAINPURI: UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath warned those who had allegedly attacked the convoy of Union minister SP Singh Baghel in Karhal recently and said that his “bulldozers”, which are “currently under repair”, will be ready for use after March 10 — the day election results will be declared. “Those who are flaunting their muscles … Read more

India, UAE will stand shoulder to shoulder against terrorism: Modi | India News

NEW DELHI: India and the UAE will stand shoulder to shoulder against terrorism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday at a virtual summit with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. In his remarks, Modi also referred to the recent terror attacks in the Gulf nation even as he delved … Read more

Mamata retains nephew Abhishek Banerjee as Trinamool national general secretary | India News

KOLKATA: Abhishek Banerjee was appointed Trinamool Congress national general secretary a working committee meeting on Kolkata on Friday. Party supremo Mamata Banerjee, chairing the first working committee meeting since all posts were dissolved on February 12, retained nephew Abhishek in a post he held earlier. Emerging out of the meeting, senior party leader Partha Chatterjee … Read more

Manmohan Singh attacks BJP, says nation now appreciating UPA’s ‘good work’ | India News

NEW DELHI: Former PM Manmohan Singh on Thursday accused the Modi government of keeping “selfishness” and “hatred and division” at the root of its policies and intentions as he slammed the Centre over a host of issues. In a video-message intended for Punjab, which goes to polls on February 20, he said, “Chinese soldiers are … Read more

‘Karhal is worth 300 seats’: Battle hots up for Yadav fort | India News

AGRA: Union home minister Amit Shah appealed to voters in Mainpuri’s Karhal on Thursday to ensure the defeat of Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and pave the way for a “clean” BJP government in the state. Clearly making it a high-stakes prestige fight, Shah equated a victory in Karhal to winning “as many as 300 … Read more

Man, mom cleared after spending 12 yrs in jail for his wife’s murder | India News

NEW DELHI: After spending 12 years in jail while undergoing life imprisonment for allegedly killing his wife, a man and his mother were acquitted by the Supreme Court which set aside their conviction done “on the basis of suspicion, conjectures” and directed their immediate release. Granting relief to the mother and son, from Tehri Garhwal … Read more