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PM Modi says govt has no business being in business, commits to privatising all except a few PSUs

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the government has no business to be in business and that it was committed to privatising all PSUs except the bare minimum in important sectors. He said the government’s duty was to support businesses and that it need not essentially own and run enterprises. Speaking at a webinar...

England collapses for just 112 runs in first innings against India

England on Wednesday collapsed to a miserable score of 112 in their first innings in the third Test against India at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Batting first, the England batting lineup appeared clueless against the spin attack by Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin. The in-form Patel and Ashwin left the England team struggling...

Mamata Banerjee attacks PM Modi, BJP during Hooghly rally

Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee launched an attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah. Speaking at a rally in Hooghly, Banerjee said that PM Modi is the “biggest rioter” and his fate would be worse than former US President Donald Trump. She said, “Narendra...

Rajasthan Budget: No new tax, various sops announced by CM Gehlot

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, who also holds the finance portfolio, presented Rajasthan’s first paperless budget. Gehlot took two hours and forty-seven minutes to complete his budget address. No new taxes have been imposed on the people. Rather gave Rs 910 crore rebate on different tax heads have been announced. With a special focus on the...

Trading on NSE, BSE extended till 5 pm after technical glitch

A technical glitch resulted in major trouble for traders across the country, with the National Stock Exchange (NSE) halting trading on Wednesday. It is not the first time that the exchange had to stop trading due to technical issues. NSE cancelled all open orders of equity, equity futures and options and currency futures due to...

Japan appoints ‘minister of loneliness’ to counter surge in suicides

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, loneliness and isolation have become a major issue for a significant section of the Japanese population resulting in a surge in suicides. In a bid to tackle the same, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga appointed regional revitalization minister Tetsushi Sakamoto as a part-time minister of loneliness. Notably, the development comes within...

COVID-19: 13,742 cases, 104 deaths in a day in India

The health ministry on Wednesday informed that 13,742 fresh cases of COVID-19 have been reported in India in the past 24 hours. The addition of the fresh cases has taken the COVID-19 case tally past 1.10 crore. The ministry also informed that over 1.21 crore people have been vaccinated so far. Of it, over 4.20...

Rajasthan: CM Gehlot to present paperless budget on Feb 24

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, who also holds the finance portfolio, will present a paperless budget on Wednesday in the state Assembly. The members will be provided with a tab that will contain all the budget documents. The state budget will lay emphasis on the strengthening and restructuring of the medical sector and Gehlot is...

MP Mohan Delkar committed suicide, left 15-page suicide note in Gujarati: Mumbai Police

The Mumbai Police has confirmed that Independent MP from Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Mohan Delkar, has committed suicide. The police on Tuesday said that a post-mortem report has confirmed death by hanging. The body of the Lok Sabha MP was found in his room at a hotel in Mumbai’s Marine Drive and the police had...

COVID-19: 10,584 cases, 78 deaths in a day in India

The health ministry on Tuesday informed that 10,584 fresh cases of COVID-19 have been reported in India in the past 24 hours. The addition of the fresh cases has taken the COVID-19 case tally past 1.10 crore. The ministry also informed that over 1.17 crore people have been vaccinated so far. Of it, over 6.28...

Rajasthan CM wants ‘national project’ tag for canal project

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot is hell-bent on making the East Rajasthan Canal Project (ERCP) planned to quench the thirst of 13 districts of the state a ‘national project’. Prior to the Union Budget, the chief minister had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make it a national project so that the entire project...

Puducherry CM resigns, blames BJP for toppling government

With the Congress government in Puducherry losing its majority, Chief Minister V Narayanasamy resigned on Monday accusing the BJP and NR Congress of toppling his government.  The CM also accused former Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi of colluding with the opposition. Notably, two MLAs exited the Congress on Sunday that resulted in the government losing the...