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24 Apr 2023, 09:29:25 PM IST

Hinduja family’s truce uncertain, London court hears

India’s billionaire Hinduja family’s apparent truce over the future of its global business empire is at risk, a lawyer representing patriarch Srichand Hinduja told a London court on Monday.

The lawyer said there were lawsuits and “threatened lawsuits” between members of the family, raising the prospect the Hinduja family, whose business spans sectors including banking, chemicals and healthcare, faces further litigation.

A ruling published in November said the Hindujas’ lawyers had told a judge in June that they would end “all disputes existing between them in all jurisdictions”, including a lawsuit at London’s High Court over the Hinduja family’s assets.

The wider dispute had come to light in separate proceedings centred on the health of 87-year-old Srichand, who suffers from dementia.

His younger brother Gopichand, 83, had challenged the legitimacy of a lasting power of attorney granted to Srichand’s daughters, Vinoo and Shanu.

24 Apr 2023, 09:11:01 PM IST

Air India pilot unions say will go to ‘any extent’ if any member is terminated

Indicating that they are ready for a showdown with the Tata Group-owned Air India management over its “unilateral” decision to revise the salary structure and service conditions, the two pilot unions at the airline warned the management of going to “any extent” to protect their members.

On April 17, Air India rolled out a revamped compensation structure for its pilots and cabin crew, which has since been rejected by the two unions — Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA) and Indian Pilots Guild (IPG).

“It has been resolved by the IPG and ICPA that if any member/s of our union/s is/are terminated by the management for not signing the revised terms and conditions, the ICPA and IPG have pledged in unison to go to any extent to protect member/s till they are reinstated,” a joint ICPA-IPG resolution stated.

24 Apr 2023, 08:04:17 PM IST

Coca-Cola expands availability to over 3 lakh stores in India in Q1

Soft drinks major Coca-Cola on Monday said it has increased availability to over 3 lakh stores in India in the first quarter, driving approximately 3 billion transactions at affordable price points.

Ahead of the summer season, the company also added 40,000 coolers, The Coca-Cola Company said in its global earnings statement.

“During the first quarter, the company and its bottling partners increased availability by more than 3,00,000 stores and approximately 40,000 coolers ahead of the summer season and drove approximately 3 billion transactions at affordable price points through single-serve packages and at-home entry packs,” it said.

India is the fifth-largest market for Coca-Cola globally.

24 Apr 2023, 07:25:40 PM IST

Bitcoin could hit $100,000 by end-2024, Standard Chartered says

Top cryptocurrency bitcoin could reach $100,000 by the end of 2024, Standard Chartered said on Monday, saying that the so-called “crypto winter” is over.

Bitcoin could gain from factors including recent turmoil in the banking sector, a stabilisation of risk assets as the U.S. Federal Reserve ends its interest rate-hiking cycle and improved profitability of crypto mining, Standard Chartered’s head of digital assets research Geoff Kendrick said in a note.

24 Apr 2023, 06:41:25 PM IST

Tarek Fatah dies at 73

Pakistani columnist Tarek Fatah has died aged 73 in Canada after battling cancer. His daughter, Natasha Fatah, confirmed the news on Twitter, describing him as a “Lion of Punjab” and a “fighter for justice”.

24 Apr 2023, 06:40:35 PM IST

NIA attaches property of Hizbul chief Syed Salahuddin’s son in J-K

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday attached the property of Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin’s son Syed Ahmad Shakeel in Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar.

The property was located at Revenue Estate, Nursing Garh, Mohalla Ram Bagh area in Srinagar. It was under the ownership of Syed Ahmad Shakeel, a listed militant under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, of 1967.

The NIA attached the property under subsection 33 (1) of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 1967 following the order of a Special NIA Court, in New Delhi.

24 Apr 2023, 05:31:57 PM IST

Operation Kaveri launched to evacuate Indians from Sudan

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Monday announced the launching of Operation Kaveri, dedicated to evacuate Indian nationals from war-torn Sudan.

“Operation Kaveri is underway to bring back our citizens stranded in Sudan. About 500 Indians have reached Port Sudan while more are on their way. Our ships and aircraft are set to bring them back home. We are committed to assisting all our brethren in Sudan” Jaishankar addressed a press conference on Monday.

“Our ships and aircraft are set to bring them back home. Committed to assist all our brethren in Sudan,” he said.

24 Apr 2023, 05:28:10 PM IST

Five Indians evacuated from Sudan through French Air Force flight

Five Indian nationals evacuated from Sudan through French Air Force flight and were brought to France’s military base in Djibouti along with people of over 28 other nationalities, French Diplomatic Sources

24 Apr 2023, 04:56:23 PM IST

JP Nadda holds a roadshow in Chikkaballapur district

24 Apr 2023, 03:58:06 PM IST

Home Minister Amit Shah holds roadshow in Hassan district

24 Apr 2023, 03:35:38 PM IST

‘GST has been implemented only to help rich’: Rahul Gandhi

“GST has been implemented only to help the rich in the country – five different taxes. It’s a very complicated tax structure. Half of the people can’t even understand when and how they have to file it. The big businesses have accountants, while the small businesses don’t. So, small businesses shut down. When our Govt comes to Delhi, we will change this GST. There will be one tax and minimum tax,” Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said.

24 Apr 2023, 02:26:17 PM IST

Bihar’s Nitish Kumar, Tejashwi Yadav hold meeting with Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata

The three leaders will be holding a closed-door meeting to strategise on fighting the BJP in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Banerjee held similar meetings with Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and former Karnataka chief minister and Janata Dal (Secular) leader H.D. Kumaraswamy last month.

24 Apr 2023, 02:23:16 PM IST

Indian Olympic Association to form committee for WFI elections

24 Apr 2023, 02:17:34 PM IST

Patna HC grants relief to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in Modi surname case

The Patna HC stayed the order of the lower court till May 15 in the ‘Modi surname’ case

“The lower court of Patna had asked him to appear in court on April 12 and present his case. Against that order of the lower court, Rahul Gandhi filed a petition to quash the order in High Court. The court has asked me to keep my argument on this matter,” said advocate SD Sanjay who is BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi’s counsel

24 Apr 2023, 01:55:15 PM IST

Govt opened bank accounts of over 40 cr villagers: PM Modi

“We opened bank accounts of over 40 crore people in villages under Jan Dhan scheme,” PM Modi said. 

24 Apr 2023, 01:43:07 PM IST

BJP leaders Amit Shah, J P Nadda to hold roadshows in southern Karnataka

In BJP’s latest round of electioneering in poll-bound Karnataka, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and party president J P Nadda will take part in separate roadshows in the southern part of the state on Monday.

Shah arrived in Bengaluru on Sunday night. According to the itinerary shared by the BJP, Shah will fly to Mysuru to pay his obeisance at the renowned Chamundeshwari Temple.

24 Apr 2023, 01:27:32 PM IST

Delhi CM holds meeting with Labor dept today

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal holds meeting with Labour dept, directs officials to arrange houses and hostels for laborers, the chief minister’s office said in an official statement. 

24 Apr 2023, 01:16:53 PM IST

Wrestlers protest: Delhi Police starts probe, seeks report from committee

Delhi Police on Monday sought a report from the investigation committee set up by the Union Sports Ministry to investigate the allegations against Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh and has begun a probe into the fresh complaint by wrestlers, a senior officer said on Monday.

24 Apr 2023, 01:06:17 PM IST

Govt is working to strengthen Panchayati Raj system in India: PM Modi

“Our government is constantly working to strengthen the Panchayati Raj system in the country,” said PM Modi in Madhya Pradesh’s Rewa after laying the foundation stone for railway projects. 

24 Apr 2023, 12:55:18 PM IST

PM Narendra Modi lays foundation stone for railway projects in MP

PM Narendra Modi laid foundation stone for railway projects in Madhya Pradesh.

24 Apr 2023, 12:46:11 PM IST

Telangana Police detains YSRTP Chief YS Sharmila 

Telangana Police detains YSRTP Chief YS Sharmila and shifts her to the local police station. She was detained after police officials received information about her visiting SIT office over the TSPSC question paper leak case. 

24 Apr 2023, 12:35:26 PM IST

Poonch terror attack: Over 40 detained for questioning

More than 40 persons have been detained for questioning as part of a massive operation currently underway to track down the terrorists involved in the Poonch terror attack, officials said on Monday.

Additional troops have been inducted to further intensify the cordon-and-search operation (CASO) in Bhata Dhurian-Tota Gali and neighbouring areas. As the operation entered fourth day on Monday with engagement of multiple security agencies, the entire belt is put under cordon, they said.

24 Apr 2023, 12:25:16 PM IST

PM Modi asks sports ministers to provide quality infrastructure to athletes

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday asked the central and state sports ministers to work together “to provide quality infrastructure to every talented player in the country” and formulate short and long term goals to make India a leading sports nation.

24 Apr 2023, 12:14:31 PM IST

Amit Shah offers prayers at Sri Chamundeshwari Temple in Karnataka

Union Home Minister Amit Shah offers prayers at Sri Chamundeshwari Temple in Karnataka’s Mysuru. 

24 Apr 2023, 12:11:40 PM IST

PM Modi participates in National Panchayati Raj Day celebrations | Watch 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi participates in the celebrations of National Panchayati Raj Day and attends exhibitions along with CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan. 

24 Apr 2023, 12:09:15 PM IST

Jharkhand IAS officer appears before ED for questioning in land deals case

IAS officer Chhavi Ranjan appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in Ranchi on Monday for questioning in connection with its investigation into alleged illegal land deals, an official said.

Ranjan, a 2011-batch officer of Jharkhand cadre, reached the ED office around 10.30 am, he said.

24 Apr 2023, 12:01:07 PM IST

Opposition unity: Nitish Kumar to meet Akhilesh Yadav, Mamata Banerjee today

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who has taken upon himself the task of uniting Opposition forces against the BJP-led government at the Centre, will meet with Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Monday

The meeting with be held at the Samajwadi Party headquarters today at 4 pm, officials said.

The Samajwadi Party’s National General Secretary Ram Gopal Yadav and Shivpal Singh Yadav will also be present in today’s meeting.

24 Apr 2023, 11:45:23 AM IST

Atiq, Ashraf murder:  SC agrees to list on April 28 the plea seeking to constitute an independent expert committee

Supreme Court agrees to list on April 28 the plea seeking to constitute an independent expert committee under the chairmanship of a former SC judge to inquire into the killing of mafia brothers Atiq and Ashraf amid police presence

24 Apr 2023, 11:36:56 AM IST

SC extends interim bail of accused Ashish Mishra in Lakhimpur Kheri violence case

Lakhimpur Kheri violence case | Supreme Court extends interim bail of accused Ashish Mishra till July 11

24 Apr 2023, 11:26:14 AM IST

Wrestlers demand action against WFI chief, ‘all parties welcome to join…’

As top wrestlers resumed their sit-in protest at Jantar Mantar here in the national capital demanding the arrest of Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, Olympic medalist Bajrang Punia on Monday said that this time “all parties are welcome” to join them and they won’t back down till action is taken against the BJP MP.

24 Apr 2023, 11:21:15 AM IST

TN real estate firm under IT scanner

The Income Tax department on Monday launched searches at the premises of a well-known Tamil Nadu-based real estate firm, official sources said.

Searches were being held in different locations in Tamil Nadu, including Chennai, sources said. (PTI)

24 Apr 2023, 10:43:38 AM IST

India records over 7,000 Covid cases in 24 hours

India has reported a huge downfall in daily Covid-19 cases as the country logged 7,178 fresh cases in the past 24 hours, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday.

24 Apr 2023, 10:28:05 AM IST

BJP appoints Rajeev Bindal as party’s Himachal Pradesh chief

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has appointed, five-time MLA Rajeev Bindal as president of the Himachal Pradesh unit of the party.

“BJP National President Hon’ble Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda has appointed Dr Rajeev Bindal as State President of Himachal Pradesh. This appointment comes into immediate effect,” Arun Singh, National General Secretary, BJP, said in a letter on Sunday.

This comes after Himachal Pradesh BJP chief Suresh Kashyap tendered his resignation to the party’s national president JP Nadda citing his personal reasons.

24 Apr 2023, 10:13:25 AM IST

Magnitude 5.7 earthquake strikes off coast of Valparaiso, Chile

A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck off the coast of Valparaiso, in Chile, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) said on Monday.

The quake was at a depth of 13 kilometers (8.08 miles), EMSC said.

24 Apr 2023, 09:59:24 AM IST

IT officials conduct searches at 50 locations in Tamil Nadu

Income-Tax officials are conducting searches at more than 50 locations in Tamil Nadu, in connection with a private firm, G Square realtors: Sources (ANI)

24 Apr 2023, 09:39:13 AM IST

PM Modi to take part in National Panchayati Raj Day event in MP

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in the National Panchayati Raj Day celebrations in Madhya Pradesh’s Rewa district on Monday and address representatives and functionaries of Panchayati Raj Institutions and gram sabhas across the country.

24 Apr 2023, 09:25:45 AM IST

2 died since beginning of Uttarakhand Char Dham Yatra 2023: Report

Two pilgrims have died due to heart attack in Yamunotri since the commencement of the Yatra on April 22, the state government said as quoted by HT. 

24 Apr 2023, 09:14:24 AM IST

Tamil Nadu govt allows liquor service at THESE places

The Tamil Nadu government has brought a special license for allowing liquor service in conference halls, convention centres, marriage halls, banquet halls, sports stadiums, and household functions

24 Apr 2023, 09:01:34 AM IST

Nitish Kumar likely to meet West Bengal CM tomorrow

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is likely to meet his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata on April 25, sources said.

Kumar is expected to meet Banerjee around 2 pm at her office in state secretariat ‘Nabanna’ on that day, they said.

24 Apr 2023, 08:45:40 AM IST

3.5 magnitude earthquake hits Meghalaya

An earthquake of magnitude 3.5 occurred at West Khasi Hills in Meghalaya at 0747 hours today, National Center for Seismology tweeted. 

24 Apr 2023, 08:22:32 AM IST

PM Modi to flag off Vande Bharat Express in Kerala tomorrow

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off the Vande Bharat Express train at Thiruvananthapuram Central railway station in Kerala tomorrow, April 25. 

24 Apr 2023, 08:01:26 AM IST

PM Modi to embark on two-day visit to 2 states, UTs today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will embark on a two-day visit to parts of the country to launch various developmental programmes, starting Monday from Madhya Pradesh.

During his visit, the Prime Minister will visit Madhya Pradesh, Kerala and Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu.

24 Apr 2023, 07:43:33 AM IST

Another Cheetah dies after falling ill at MP’s Kuno National Park

Another Cheetah, Uday, who was brought from South Africa, died during treatment after falling ill at Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh, State Chief Conservator of Forest (CCF) JS Chauhan said on Sunday.

“The reason for death is yet to be ascertained,” CCF Chauhan added.

On March 27, a five-year-old female cheetah, Sasha, died of kidney related ailment.

24 Apr 2023, 07:13:49 AM IST

413 people have died in Sudan fighting so far: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) said that 413 people have died in the current Sudan conflict, while the UN children’s agency said children are paying a high price, with at least nine reportedly killed in the fighting and more than 50 badly injured, Turkish News Agency Anadolu reported.

WHO spokesperson Margaret Harris told in a UN press conference that according to figures from the government in Sudan, 413 people have died and 3,551 injured in the conflict.

24 Apr 2023, 06:41:54 AM IST

Magnitude 7.3 earthquake strikes Kermadec Islands region 

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck Kermadec Islands region near New Zealand on Monday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The quake was at a depth of 10 kms (6.21 miles).

U.S. Tsunami Warning System said there is tsunami threat following the earthquake.

24 Apr 2023, 06:25:28 AM IST

Opposition unity: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar to meet Mamata Banerjee today

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who has taken upon himself the task of uniting Opposition forces against the BJP-led government at the Centre, will call on his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata on Monday.

The meeting will come close on the heels of his visit to the national capital to meet Congress national president Mallikarjun Kharge and former MP Rahul Gandhi. The meeting was seen as the major step to laying the groundwork for a grand Opposition alliance ahead of next year’s Lok Sabha elections.

24 Apr 2023, 06:10:30 AM IST

Rajasthan: Two communities pelt stones at each other in Malpura, police personnel among injured

Stone pelting broke out between people of two communities in Malpura in Tonk district of Rajasthan on Sunday, said officials.

Sub-Divisional Officer Malpura, Mahipal Singh said that police officials were also injured in the incident.

Giving details, Singh said, “At the Malpura sub-division headquarters of Tonk district, the situation worsened after a scuffle in Nagori locality led to stone pelting between the two communities in which many people were injured and many vehicles were damaged by the miscreants, while some police personnel were also injured.”

24 Apr 2023, 06:00:28 AM IST

Committee have submitted report to Sports Ministry: Yogeshwar Dutt amid wrestlers’ protest

Former Indian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, a part of the Indian Olympic Association’s (IOA) seven-member committee to probe the wrestlers’ allegations of sexual harassment against Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, said that they have submitted the investigation report to Sports Ministry and the committee has no right to declare anyone guilty and innocent.

Top wrestlers Vinesh Phogat, Sakshi Malik and Bajrang Punia resumed their protest against the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) at the Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Sunday.

24 Apr 2023, 05:48:15 AM IST

Rescue operations underway to extract foreigners from Sudan

The ongoing battles in Sudan have led to multiple evacuation operations being conducted to rescue foreign citizens and embassy staff, using various modes of transportation including road, air, and sea.

Due to heavy fighting, the main airport in the capital city of Khartoum is controlled by the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), which is battling with the army, AFP reported.

24 Apr 2023, 05:36:13 AM IST

Top wrestlers protest back in Delhi

As top wrestlers resumed their protest on Sunday over the issue of sexual harassment allegations against WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, the Delhi Police said it has received seven complaints from them and was conducting an inquiry, even as it was issued a notice by the Delhi Commission For Women for failing to register an FIR in the matter.

Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat and other wrestlers returned to the protest site at Jantar Mantar here demanding that the government make public the findings of the oversight panel that investigated the allegations against the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief.

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