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October 27, 2022 / 10:50 PM IST

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October 27, 2022 / 10:44 PM IST

Kidambi Srikanth suffers defeat in pre-quarterfinals of French Open badminton

Top Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth crashed out of the French Open Super 750 badminton tournament after losing to Rasmus Gemke of Denmark in the pre-quarterfinals here on Thursday.

Kidambi lost 21-19 12-21 19-21 in the match that lasted one hour and 15 minutes.

October 27, 2022 / 10:41 PM IST

BJP, TRS two sides of same coin: Rahul Gandhi

Alleging that both the ruling TRS in Telangana and the BJP are two sides of the same coin, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said both the parties were against democratic values and indulge in politics of money.

Gandhi, who resumed his Bharat Jodo Yatra after a four-day break for Diwali, said the TRS used to support the bills introduced by the NDA government at the Centre for passage in Parliament.

“The TRS extended full support to the Centre’s three anti-farmer laws,” he said, addressing a gathering at Gunmukla, Marrikal in Narayanpet district this evening. 

“I would like to say clearly here that, for us, BJP and TRS are the same. They are two parts of the same coin. They work in tandem. You need to understand this. They support each other. TRS supports them in Delhi and in Telangana, BJP supports this party (TRS).” Gandhi accused both the TRS and BJP of indulging in politics of money, horse-trading to grab power and toppling governments. (PTI)

October 27, 2022 / 10:05 PM IST

If BJP thinks demand for Lakshmi-Ganesha on currency notes meant for votes, it should implement it: Kejriwal

Countering the claims of the BJP that the idea to use images of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha on currency notes is a “political stunt”, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said that the saffron party should implement it if it thinks the move can attract votes. (PTI)

October 27, 2022 / 09:26 PM IST

‘Red Light On, Gaadi Off’ campaign launch postponed, LG’s approval awaited: Gopal Rai

The AAP dispensation in Delhi on Thursday said it is postponing the launch of the ‘Red Light On, Gaadi Off’ campaign as the LG’s office is yet to approve it.

Addressing a press conference, Environment Minister Gopal Rai said the file on the campaign was sent to LG V K Saxena on October 21. The LG has the time to write letters to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal every day but doesn’t have the time to sign crucial files, he claimed. (PTI)

October 27, 2022 / 09:06 PM IST

‘Excited’ about what UK, India can achieve as they deepen partnership, PM Sunak tells PM Modi

Britain’s newly-elected Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Thursday thanked his PM Narendra Modi for congratulating him on his new role, saying he was “excited” about what the two great democracies can achieve as they deepen their security, defence and economic partnership.

Sunak replied, “Thank you Prime Minister @NarendraModi for your kind words as I get started in my new role. The UK and India share so much. I’m excited about what our two great democracies can achieve as we deepen our security, defence and economic partnership in the months & years ahead.”

October 27, 2022 / 08:46 PM IST

Azam Khan gets 3-year jail for hate speech, faces disqualification from UP Assembly

Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan was on Thursday convicted in a 2019 hate speech case and sent to three years in jail, and faces disqualification from the Uttar Pradesh Assembly.

The MP/MLA court in Rampur also granted bail to the MLA in that case, a government lawyer said.

The Representation of the People Act says that anyone sentenced to imprisonment of two years or more shall be disqualified “from the date of such conviction” and remain disqualified for another six years after serving time in jail.

The case was registered against Khan in Rampur in April 2019 for levelling serious allegations against administrative officials posted in Rampur and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath during an election meeting. 

During the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Khan was booked for making inflammatory speeches while addressing a public meeting in Khatanagaria village of Milak Kotwali area.


October 27, 2022 / 08:35 PM IST

India & UK for early conclusion of a comprehensive and balanced FTA: PM Modi

PM Modi tweeted he has congratulated Rishi Sunak today on assuming charge as UK PM.

On the UK-India the Free Trade Agreement (FTA), the PM tweeted, “We will work together to further strengthen our Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. We also agreed on the importance of early conclusion of a comprehensive and balanced FTA.”

October 27, 2022 / 08:20 PM IST

Zimbabwe stun Pakistan by one run in T20 World Cup

Brief scores: Zimbabwe: 130/8 in 20 overs (Sean Williams 31; Shadab Khan 3/23, Mohammad Wasim 4/24).

Pakistan: 129/8 in 20 overs (Shan Masood 44; Sikandar Raza 3/25, Brad Evans picked 2/25).

October 27, 2022 / 07:57 PM IST

New British PM Rishi Sunak and family to move back to smaller flat above 10 Downing Street

Newly-appointed British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and his family will be returning to live in a smaller flat above No 10 Downing Street as they were “very happy there,” his spokesperson has said.

No 10 Downing Street has been the residence of British prime ministers since 1735, says the government’s website. It has three functions – the official residence of the Prime Minister, their office and where the prime minister entertains guests from world leaders to royalty. (PTI)

October 27, 2022 / 07:55 PM IST

Kashmir issue should be resolved by India, Pakistan through dialogue, consultations: China

China on Thursday said India and Pakistan should resolve the Kashmir issue through dialogue and consultations and avoid taking “unilateral actions” that could further complicate the situation.

Replying to a question on the Kashmir issue raised by a Pakistani journalist, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning during a media briefing in Beijing said that China?’s position on the issue of Kashmir has been “consistent and clear cut”.

“The Kashmir issue, a dispute left from the past, needs to be resolved peacefully and appropriately in accordance with the UN Charter, Security Council resolutions and relevant bilateral agreement,” she said.

“Parties concerned need to avoid unilateral moves that may complicate the situation,” Mao said.

“Efforts should be made to settle the dispute through dialogue and consultation so as to maintain regional peace and stability,” she said.

October 27, 2022 / 07:52 PM IST

WhatsApp submits report to IT Ministry on Tuesday’s service outage

Messaging platform WhatsApp has submitted its report to the IT ministry on the service outage that happened on October 25, according to government sources.

The ministry had asked the Meta-owned messaging platform to share reasons for the service disruption.

WhatsApp services snag on October 25 had left users complaining about not being able to send or receive text and video messages, and services had resumed after nearly two hours. (PTI)