Tweeple pay homage to Netaji on his 123rd birth anniversary

Twitterati paid homage to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his 123rd birth anniversary today. It was on this day in 1897, Netaji was born in Cuttack, Odisha.
Tributes are pouring in for the Indian freedom fighter who was known to be a prominent revolutionary during the independence movement against British rule  . A user wrote, ” Netaji who believed that freedom can’t be earned by non-Violence.

Another ‘son-rise’ in Thackeray clan

Setting political circles aflutter, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Thursday formally launched his 27-year-old son Amit Thackeray into politics at the party’s first mega-convention here. Amit Thackeray’s name was announced by a senior leader Bala Nandgaonkar and greeted with a standing ovation by the 20,000 plus gathering . Humbly acknowledging the ‘abhishek’ honour, Amit Thackeray folded his hands

Three killed as firefighting plane crashes in Australia

Three people were killed on Thursday when a water-bombing plane fighting bushfires crashed into a large fireball in the Snowy Monaro area, south of the Australian capital, amid rising temperatures that have further fuelled the fires in the country. The New South Wales (NSW) authorities said the C-130 Hercules tanker aircraft went down in the afternoon, Efe news reported.

 

We’ll walk in underwear if we win Grammy: Camila Cabello

“Senorita” fame singers Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes seem to be huge fans of Grammy winning musical duo Twenty One Pilots. In an interview to radio.com, Cabello, who has been nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 2020 Grammys along with Mendes, joked about how she and Mendes will accept the award in underwear if they win, reports etcanada.com.

Nirbhaya convicts hanging goes into limbo as judge transferred

The judge who issued death warrant against the four convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case has been transferred. Additional Session Judge Satish Kumar Arora has been transferred to the Supreme Court as Additional Registrar on deputation basis for one year. Arora before his transfer was also hearing the Nirbhaya rape and murder case.

‘Chai’goes pan-India! AAP’s ‘kaam ki chai’ campaign for Delhi polls

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) launched a campaign named ‘kaam ki chai’ with the famous Ahemdabad based MBA Chai Wala from its party headquarters here on Thursday. Claiming to be the second famous “chai wala” of the country after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Prafull Billore, the Founder and CEO of the MBA Chai Wala ,although he does not support any political party.

Shafali’s power hitting new for women’s cricket, says Mandhana

15-year-old Shafali Verma has been the talk of the town for her extra-ordinary run of form since making her international debut in 2019. The senior members of the Indian women’s team though are not too surprised by the teen prodigy’s showing so far at the international level.  India’s T20I vice-captain and batting mainstay Smriti Mandhana  revealed that the team management keeping track.

NIA to bring disgraced Kashmir DSP to Delhi

Disgraced Kashmir Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Davinder Singh will be brought to Delhi over the weekend, said sources in the National Investigation Agency (NIA) which is questioning the dismissed officer in Jammu on Thursday. The NIA is investigating him for helping terrorists. According to sources, Davinder Singh was brought to Jammu on a transit remand and a formal remand

Odisha pays tribute to Netaji, Veer Surendra Sai

Odisha on Thursday paid rich tribute to freedom fighters Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his 123rd birth anniversary and Veer Surendra Sai on his 211th birth anniversary. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik offered floral tributes to Netaji at his statue in Cuttack, the birthplace of the legendary leader. Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal also paid floral tribute to Bose.

 

BJP’s J&K outreach is vote bank politics: Iltija Mufti

Iltija Mufti, daughter of former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, has said that the ongoing visit of Union Ministers to the Union Territory was just the BJP’s vote bank politics “aimed at regaining lost ground”. She said a genuine outreach could have been done with the restoration of the Internet services, releasing of political prisoners, speaking to the civil society members.

Claws of climate change: Bushfires rage in Australia, Canberra airport shut

The airport in Australia’s capital city here was shut on Thursday as heat wave swept through the nation’s south-east causing existing blazes to flare up, officials said. Flights were cancelled out of Canberra Airport as fires raged nearby. Officials issued emergency warnings urging people to stay away from the airport as two blazes threatened to breach the airfield’s perimeters.

Pre-book Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite for Rs 39,999 in India

Samsung on Thursday launched another flagship Galaxy S10 Lite smartphone for Rs 39,999 in India that can be pre-booked across Flipkart, Samsung.com and leading retail stores from January 23 till February 3. The 6.7-inch Galaxy S10 Lite with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal memory will go on sale from February 4 and those who pre-book the device would get one-time screen replacement at Rs 1,999.

Amit Sadh to join biker salute at Wagah Border

Bollywood actor Amit Sadh will join a group of 30 bikers from Delhi to Attari Border for a biking event in association with BSF where the riders will pay homage to BSF Soldiers.Amit will join the RPM India riders on January 24 from Palam Air Force Station at 5 o’ clock in the morning. The actor along with ther bikers from RPM India will cover.

Raj Thackeray is the new ‘Hindu Hridaysamrat’

Sending shock waves in the ruling establishment, a Maharashtra Navnirman Sena functionary on Thursday proclaimed that MNS chief Raj Thackeray will henceforth be the new “Hindu Hridaysamrat”. Shiv Sena founder, late Balasaheb Thackeray, was usually referred to as the “Hindu Hridaysamrat” (Emperor of Hindu Hearts). Thane MNS President Avinash Jadhav’s statement on Balasaheb’s nephew was greeted with thunderous applause

Azharuddin threatens Rs 100 cr defamation over FIR

Former Indian cricket captain and former MP Mohammad Azharuddin on Thursday denied allegations of cheating levelled by a travel agency in Maharashtra and threatened to file defamation suit of Rs 100 crore. “Those who filed the FIR have done it only to be in the limelight. There is no truth in it. The allegations are baseless,” Azharuddin said on Twitter.

Sania Mirza exits Australian Open with calf injury

Indian tennis star Sania Mirza’s campaign at the Australian Open came to an abrupt end on Thursday after she retired mid-way into her women’s doubles first-round match with an injury. Mirza and her Ukranian partner Nadiia Kichenok were trailing 0-1 in the second set against the Chinese pair of Xinyun Han and Lin Zhu when the Indian was forced to retire-hurt.

Govt to sell 15% stake in Bharat Dynamics via OFS

The Department of Investment and public Asset Management (DIPAM) will put 15 per cent of government stake on sale in Defence PSU Bharat Dynamics Ltd under the Offer for Sale (OFS) route and has invited merchant bankers to bid for the mandate to take it forward. The Gol intends to disinvest 15 per cent paid up equity capital of BDL out of its shareholding.

Cong hails Rajnath for rejecting Adani submarine bid

The Congress has congratulated Defence Minister Rajnath Singh for not granting the tender for manufacture of diesel-powered submarines to the Adani HSL joint venture. Congress spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill said “We congratulate Rajnath Singh that he did not give Rs 45,000 crore submarine project to Adani Defence, the Congress has raised this issue but he has kept nation above friends.

UK’s Prince Harry, Meghan warn media over photos

Britains Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle have started their new life in Canada after stepping down from their royal duties, even as they have issued a legal warning to the media for clicking their pictures without consent. According to a royal source, the publication of photographs showing the Duchess of Sussex hiking with baby Archie and their dogs .

Interpol issues notice against fugitive godman Nithyananda

The Interpol has issued a Blue Corner notice against fugitive self-styled godman Nithyananda, wanted in India for alleged rape and abduction, officials said on Wednesday. The notice was issued much before on the request of Gujarat Police to locate the controversial godman. A Blue Corner notice makes it mandatory for member countries to share whereabouts of a person involved in a crime.

India ignores Trump’s mediation offer

 India on Wednesday ignored US President Donald Trump’s yet another attempt to offer mediation with Pakistan on Kashmir. President Trump on Tuesday at World Economic Forum (WEF) summit in Davos had revealed that he and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan were “working together on some borders” and discussing the Kashmir issue.

Yash Aradhya 1st motorsports person to win PM Bal Puraskar

Bengalurus Yash Aradhya on Wednesday became the first Indian motorsports star to win the prestigious Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar Award. Yash received the award at a ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan from President Ram Nath Kovind. The 17-year-old, who has been scorching race tracks ever since he turned nine, has 13 Championship wins, including over 65 podium finishes and 12 awards, to his credit.

Adani Capital acquires Essel Finance’s MSME loan business

Adani Capital Pvt Ltd, the NBFC arm of the Adani Group, has acquired Essel Finance’s MSME loan business. Adani Capital on Wednesday said it has a loan book of approximately Rs 145 crore. “As of December 31, 2019 the overall lending book of NBFC and the housing finance business was Rs 1,100 crore, with the latter contributing Rs 150 crore,” the company said.

Low-cost iPhone to get into production in February

The low cost successor to iPhone SE is getting into mass production next month and Apple could release it in March. Apple is reportedly ready to return to the low-cost phone market after an absence of four years, CNET reported on
Tuesday. The handset — believed to be comparable in size to the 4.7-inch iPhone 8 from 2017 — would be Apple’s first low-cost smartphone.

BJP renames Congress as ‘Muslim League Congress’

The BJP, on Wednesday, launched a scathing attack on the Congress calling it “Muslim League Congress” citing multiple recent examples to accuse the party of being Hindu phobic and Muslim appeaser. Basing its argument on two Maharashtra leaders — Congress’s Ashok Chavan and its ally NCP’s Jitendra Awadh, the BJP tore into both. Party Spokesperson Sambit Patra held a press conference

What went behind Saif Ali Khan’s new version of ‘Ole ole’

The recreated version of Saif Ali Khan’s hit song “Ole ole” from the 1994 movie “Yeh Dillagi” is out, and it sees the former in a completely different avatar. From Saif flirting with girls to hitting random people in clubs and performing a dab step, the video of “Ole Ole 2.0” has several elements which make it a complete party track.

Wings to fly! 44 Divyang children take maiden flight in Odisha

As many as 44 ‘Divyang’ (differently abled) children from across Odisha experienced the joy of flying high aboard a special flight from Bhubaneswar on Wednesday. They enjoyed their first flight experience when they boarded an Alliance Air flight at Biju Patnaik International Airport here. The flight over Bhubaneswar air space lasted around 40 minutes. Dream of these kids was fulfilled.

Anti-CAA protesters chased and caned by cops in UP

The police in Etawah district chased and caned women protesters who had started a dharna against the citizenship law. A video clip that has gone viral on the social media on Wednesday, shows policemen chasing women, caning them and also barging into shops to force their closure. The clip shows cops chasing women into the narrow lane of Pachraha area.

 

‘Tanhaji…’ child actor on ‘quiet’ Ajay, ‘chatty’ Kajol

Child artiste Arush Nand says he had a great time working with star couple Ajay Devgn and Kajol in “Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior”. “Sharing screen with superstars Kajol and Ajay Devgn is an experience that I will always cherish. On the set, Ajay Sir was always quiet and Kajol ma’am was always chatty,” Arush said.

7 killed by suspected Patthalgari supporters in Jharkhand

In a shocking incident, seven people who were allegedly abducted by Patthalgari supporters in Jharkhand’s West Singhbhum district are believed to have been killed. Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren has termed the incident as unfortunate. “I am pained over such incident. Law is above everyone. The accused will not be spared. We will review with officials ,” said the Chief Minister in his tweet.

‘Chhapaak’ row: Contempt plea against makers in Delhi HC

Lawyer Aparna Bhat has filed contempt petition in Delhi High Court against makers of the film ‘Chhapaak’ and actress Deepika Padukone for not giving due credit to her in spite of the court order. The plea has sought initiation of contempt proceedings against the makers of the film for non-compliance of the High Court order directing respondents to give due credit  lawyer.

WhatsApp dark mode rolling out for beta testers on Android

Website WaBetaInfo, which follows developments with the beta version of the app on Wednesday revealed that WhatsApp has started rolling out dark mode to users of its beta version for Android app. Those who are using the beta version of the company’s Android app, can now download the version 2.20.13 of the app on their smartphones to get hands on the feature.

 

Sony India brings Android Walkman with touchscreen display

Sony India on Wednesday refreshed its iconic Walkman Series with the Android Walkman NW-A105 in the country, priced at Rs 23,990. With the launch, the company intends to take people on a trip down memory lane alongside innovation and commitment to offer best-in-class audio experience. “The Sony NW-A105 Walkman comes with a built-in memory of 16GB that can be expanded later.

Anti-terror operations intensified in J&K, says DGP

Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh said that counter terror operations have been intensified in Kashmir lately, which have led to many successful operations against the militants. He was speaking at the wreath laying ceremony of special police officer (SPO) Shahbaz Ahmed at the district police lines in Srinagar. Ahmed was killed in an encounter.

Black kites with ‘No-CAA, NRC’ fly in Lucknow

About a dozen persons, including children, have been detained for flying black kites with ‘No CAA, NRC written on them in Lucknow on Tuesday. It was around the same time when Union Home Minister Amit Shah was addressing a pro-CAA rally in Bangla Bazaar area here. More than a dozen persons were seen flying black kites in the posh Mall Avenue area.

Rihai Manch alleges UP Police wants to kill activists

Anti-CAA activist and Rihai Manch President Mohd Shoaib, who has been released by the court on bail, on Tuesday alleged that UP Police wants to kill its activists in the state. Addressing a press confrence here, he alleged: “I was mentally tortured by the UP police after the arrest. They even questioned me about Rajiv Yadav. I have serious doubts on the UP police”

Kangana calls Virat Kohli Panga King of Team India

Actress Kangana Ranaut feels India skipper Virat Kohli is the most fearless player in the national cricket team. “I am the Panga queen, and the Panga king of Team India is definitely Virat Kohli. He is fearless and is up for any challenges that come his way. This time we both will take a ‘Panga’ on the same day.

Kanu Behl’s new film ‘Agra’ probes sexuality in smalltowns

Director Kanu Behl carved a niche with the critically acclaimed debut film, “Titli”, and is now all set to return with a new feature, “Agra”. The film marks the comeback of actor Rahul Roy and is an exploration of sexual dynamics within a family that is confined in a small house in smalltown India. “The film is an exploration of sexual dynamics.

Deepika feted with global honour for mental health awareness drive

Bollywood star Deepika Padukone was felicitated with the Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum for her contribution to mental health awareness.While accepting the award, Deepika opened up about her own experience with mental illness and how it drove her to start The Live Love Laugh Foundation.
“And it is this very need that motivated me to go public with my illness.

ED to auction 15 artworks, watches from Nirav Modi assets

The Enforcement Directorate on Tuesday roped in Saffronart, a leading international auction house, for auctioning seized assets of fugitive Nirav Modi.A live auction in Mumbai on February 27 will take place, followed by an online auction on Saffronart’s platform on March 3 and 4. Collectively, the two auctions will feature 15 artworks by significant modern and contemporary Indian artists.

Fissures in BJP: Law cannot be implemented through threats: BJP’s Chandra Bose

Going totally against the party line, BJP’s West Bengal unit vice president and revolutionary hero Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s grand nephew Chandra K. Bose has called for bringing Muslims within the ambit of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), and said that a legislation cannot be implemented through threats and intimidation. Bose  has been articulating his dissenting views for quite some time.

Tum aayi aur duniya badal gayi meri: Ayushmann to wife Tahira

Actor Ayushmann Khurrana is giving out major husband goals as he wished his wife Tahira Kashyap a happy birthday in the most adorable way. Ayushmann on Tuesday took to Instagram and penned down a heartfelt post for Tahira who turned a year older. “Tahira means pure and virtuous. That’s what you are”.

8 Kerala tourists found dead in Nepal hotel

Eight tourists from Kerala have been found dead in a hotel in Nepal, Union Minister for State for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan confirmed on Tuesday.
Speaking to the media, Muraleedharan said the tourists comprising two families of Thiruvananthapuram were reported dead in Daman in Nepal’s Makwanpur district. “The families of Renjith and Praveen have been reported dead.

BJP tears into NCP leader’s ‘Anti-Hindu’ barbs

Calling it “unwarranted anti-Hindu statement”, the BJP, on Tuesday, condemned the statement made by NCP leader and Maharashtra Minister, Jitendra Awhad at a public address in Pune on Monday. The chief spokesperson of the BJP   K. Krishna Saagar Rao, in a press release stated, “Jitendra Awhad’s insulting remarks on funeral practices of Hindus is extremely derogatory & disrespectful to Hindus across the nation

Man takes over airport monitor to play video game

 A man travelling from Oregon’s Portland International Airport was caught playing popular battle royale game Apex Legends on the airport information monitor. Around 4.30 a.m., on January 16, a man took over the monitor and started playing the game, but his session was soon interrupted by airport officials,  techspot.com reported recently.”This guy has his video game plugged into one of the airport monitors.”

Heroin worth Rs 100 cr seized in Kolkata, two arrested

In one of the biggest hauls of the opioid drug heroin in east and northeast India, the Kolkata police seized huge quantity of the substance worth between Rs 75 – Rs 105 crore early on Tuesday and arrested two persons from the northern part of the city, a senior officer said.  Police made the seizure from Paikpara under Tala police station between midnight and 2 a.m.

Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite in India for Rs 38,999

Samsung India on Tuesday brought much-anticipated Galaxy Note10 Lite smartphone for a starting price of Rs 38,999 to India. It comes with 4500mAh battery, pro-grade camera and super-fast charging. Galaxy Note10 Lite is priced at Rs 38,999 for the 6GB variant and Rs 40,999 for the 8GB variant. Both models come with 128GB internal memory.

Soni Razdan seeks probe on Afzal Guru being made ‘scapegoat’

Senior Bollywood actress Soni Razdan on Tuesday demanded a probe into why the 2001 Parliament attack case convict Afzal Guru was made a “scapegoat” and hanged in 2013, despite his raising questions against his investigating officer. In what is being seen as dipping her finger into a burning cauldron, Razdan’s controversial tweet said: “This is a travesty of justice”.

FinMin may push for Rs 30K cr interim dividend from RBI

The Finance Ministry is likely to push for Rs 25,000-30,000 crore interim dividend from RBI, for the third time in a row, to check slippages in the fiscal deficit of 3.3 per cent in 2019-20. The central bank and government may touch upon the issue when Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will meet RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das at post Budget Vision customary meeting.

 

JNUSU moves Delhi HC against late fees

The JNU Students’ Union has moved the Delhi High Court seeking direction of the court to restrain the Jawaharlal Nehru University administration from imposing late fees on students for registrations in winter semester 2020. The plea was filed by JNUSU members including President Aishe Ghose. The plea also seeks directions to the varsity restraining it from taking any actions