Live News Updates: 14-time champion Rafael Nadal said that he will withdraw from the French Open for the first time since his debut in 2005 due to injury, adding that “next year is my last year” in professional tennis.
May 18, 2023 / 08:41 PM IST
NEWS ALERT: Siddaramaiah formally elected Congress Legislature Party leader in Karnataka
May 18, 2023 / 08:36 PM IST
Realtors buy 2,181 acre land since Jan 2022 for about Rs 26k crore: Report
Real estate developers have acquired nearly 2,200-acre land parcels since January last year for around Rs 26,000 crore, mainly to develop residential projects, according to JLL India. In a statement, real estate consultant JLL India said that the developers have acquired around 2,181, acres of land area in the last 17 months (January 2022-May 2023) valued at over Rs 26,000 crore, with an estimated development potential of around 209 million square feet in 104 separate land deals
May 18, 2023 / 08:26 PM IST
PM Modi to have over 40 engagements during 3-nation visit: Officials
India on Thursday said it is expecting several deliverables to come out of the Quad summit in the Japanese city of Hiroshima that will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US President Joe Biden and their counterparts from Japan and Australia. Modi will embark on a six-day visit of Japan, Papua New Guinea and Australia on Friday to attend three key multilateral summits including that of the Group of Seven (G7) and the Quad.
May 18, 2023 / 08:12 PM IST
Urban population likely to double by 2047, civic bodies will have to change accordingly, says Smart City project chief
The country’s urban population is likely to double by 2047 and existing structures of administration, planning and financing of urban bodies will have to adapt to changing times, the Centre’s Smart City Project Mission Director Kunal Kumar said here on Thursday. Kumar, who is joint secretary in the Union Housing and Urban Affairs department, was in Indore to take part in the Urban20 (U20) programme based on the theme ‘Reinventing Urban Governance for Indian Cities’.
May 18, 2023 / 07:49 PM IST
NEWS ALERT: Rafael Nadal says he will miss the French Open, which he has won a record 14 times
May 18, 2023 / 07:41 PM IST
AWS to invest USD 12.7 billion into cloud infrastructure in India by 2030
Amazon Web Services (AWS) on Thursday announced plans to invest Rs 1,05,600 crore (USD 12.7 billion) into cloud infrastructure in India by 2030 as it looks to meet growing customer demand for cloud services in the country. The planned investment in data centre infrastructure in India will support an estimated average of 1,31,700 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs in Indian businesses each year, Amazon’s cloud computing unit AWS said in a statement.
May 18, 2023 / 07:27 PM IST
“We are planning Quad leaders meeting in Japan,” says Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra
India is planning for a Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QUAD) leaders meeting in Japan on the sidelines of the G7 Summit, Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra said on Thursday. While addressing the special briefing on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to threenation countries, Kwatra said, “We are also planning Quad leaders meeting in Hiroshima with Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, President of the US Joe Biden, Prime Minister of Australia Anthony Albanese, and of course our Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
May 18, 2023 / 07:18 PM IST
Centre to recruit 20 private sector specialists as joint secretaries, directors, deputy secretaries
The Centre has decided to recruit 20 private sector specialists as joint secretaries, directors, and deputy secretaries on contract basis in its 12 departments, an official statement issued on Thursday said. This is the third such recruitment drive proposed to be undertaken by the Narendra Modi government. The Department of Personnel and Training has asked the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to recruit such specialists through “lateral entry” — that is appointment of private sector specialists in government departments.
May 18, 2023 / 07:06 PM IST
CJI inaugurates training-cum-examination centre in Supreme Court complex
Chief Justice of India D Y Chandrachud on Thursday inaugurated a training-cum-examination centre in the additional building complex of the Supreme Court. “The training cell of the Supreme Court conducts awareness and training programmes for its staff in e-filing, e-office and other skills along with induction training for newly appointed personnel and orientation training for promoted officers on a regular basis,” a statement said.
May 18, 2023 / 06:56 PM IST
Alibaba misses revenue estimate, approves cloud unit spinoff
China’s Alibaba Group Holding Ltd posted a 2% rise in quarterly revenue that missed expectations on Thursday and said it would list its cloud computing business in the next year. The company has been struggling to attract new users as China’s e-commerce sector matures and it grapples with inroads made by new competitors such as PDD Holdings and Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok that is also owned by ByteDance.
May 18, 2023 / 06:45 PM IST
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar to attend swearing-in of Congress government in Karnataka: JD(U) spokesperson Rajib Ranjan.
May 18, 2023 / 06:22 PM IST
Chinese, Indian climbers die during separate Everest expeditions
A Chinese climber died en route to the summit of Mount Everest on Thursday while a 59-year-old Indian woman was evacuated from base camp suffering an unspecified illness and died on her way to hospital, a government official and hiking companies said. Bigyan Koirala, an official at the Department of Tourism, said the climbers died in separate incidents. Details were not available.
May 18, 2023 / 06:11 PM IST
Rooter raises USD 16 mn in funding led by Lightbox
Online gaming and esports content platform Rooter has raised USD 16 million (about Rs 131 crore) in a growth round led by Lightbox, the company said on Thursday. The funding round also saw participation from Trifecta Capital, Pivot Ventures, Baldota Family Office, Global Play Media, Denlow Private Trust, Venture Catalysts and Potential Ventures. “Rooter has raised USD 16 million (Rs 131 crore) in a growth round led by Lightbox,” the company said in a statement.
May 18, 2023 / 05:57 PM IST
Indigo plans to add 40-50 planes in FY24 to its fleet
“All new aircraft coming in are fitted with CFM International LEAP engines” the CEO added
May 18, 2023 / 05:52 PM IST
IndiGo plans to hire around 5000 new employees in the next few years: CEO Pieter Elbers
Gaurav Negi added that IndiGo ended FY23 with close to 32,000 employees.
May 18, 2023 / 05:44 PM IST
IndiGo has Rs 125 bln in cash on its books
“The no of aircraft added to the fleet through wet lease or extension of leases equal the no of a/c grounded due to engine issues” he said, adding thatthe airline plans to maintain the current cash level on the books.
May 18, 2023 / 05:41 PM IST
IndiGo plans to focus on reliability, competitive prices, punctuality: Indigo CEO
“Will expand IndiGo’s international operations to Jakarta and Nairobi soon” he added.
May 18, 2023 / 05:35 PM IST
We are seeing higher yeilds in the current quarter: Gaurav Negi, IndiGo CFO
This is due to limited supply in the Indian domestic market at the moment, he adds. “Don’t expect lease cost to increase due to any disruptions in the Indian market” Negi adds.Lessors are looking at IndiGo more favorable due to its track record
May 18, 2023 / 05:27 PM IST
IndiGo CEO, Pieter Elbers, on grounded planes
“We continue to work on supply chain issues but are confident that growth will not be hampered by grounded planes” he said.Currently,35+ planes grounded due to supply chain issues. Despite that, Indigo has a fleet of 300+ aircraftoperating on a daily basis. The airline doesn’t expect any more aircraft to be grounded.
May 18, 2023 / 05:23 PM IST
Have received compensation from aircraft manufacturers for grounded planes: Gaurav Negi, IndiGo Chief Financial Officer
May 18, 2023 / 05:17 PM IST
IndiGo has an average fight age of 3.5 years: Pieter Elbers, IndiGo CEO
He said that the airline aspires to grownorth of mid-teens in FY24and that they are seeing robust demand for flying in the current quarter. “Profitability from international operations is higher than domestic operations” he added
May 18, 2023 / 05:10 PM IST
We aim to double in size and scale by the end of this decade: Pieter Elbers, IndiGo CEO
“In other words, what we achieved in the last 16 years, we now aim to achieve in half that time duration.” he says
May 18, 2023 / 05:07 PM IST
IndiGo back in black on robust market demand, revenues; posts Rs 919.2 crore profit in March quarter
Fuelled by robust market demand and higher revenues, InterGlobe Aviation on Thursday flew into the profitability zone, raking in a net profit of Rs 919.2 crore in the March quarter. The parent of the country’s largest airline IndiGo, which had faced turbulence last year, had a net loss of Rs 1,681.8 crore in the three months ended March 2022.
May 18, 2023 / 04:57 PM IST
India extends aid to cyclone-hit Myanmar, launches Operation Karuna
India demonstrates solidarity with Myanmar in the aftermath of Cyclone Mocha as Operation Karuna is initiated. Today, on May 18 three Indian Navy vessels loaded with relief supplies arrived in Yangon, while a fourth ship is expected on May 19. The ships carry essential provisions such as food, tents, medicines, water pumps, generators, clothing, and hygiene items. Minister of External Affairs, Dr. S Jaishankar, affirms India’s commitment through Twitter and as the foremost responder in the region, emphasizing the hand of friendship extended to the affected people of Myanmar.
May 18, 2023 / 04:46 PM IST
Govt mulling setting up eight new cities in country: official
A plan to develop eight new cities to alleviate population burden on the existing urban centres in the country is under consideration, a senior official said here on Thursday. The 15th Finance Commission in one of its reports had recommended that new cities should be developed, said M B Singh, director of the G20 unit of the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Department.
May 18, 2023 / 04:35 PM IST
Congress calls out PM Modi, Shah for ‘silence’ on Manipur violence
The Congress on Thursday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his silence on the Manipur violence even 15 days after it erupted. Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh said while every activity in Manipur has been affected and internet banned, Union Home Minister Amit Shah or any other cabinet minister is yet to visit the violence-hit northeastern state.
May 18, 2023 / 04:26 PM IST
Arjun Ram Meghwal takes charge of Law Ministry, says “Justice should be served to all”
Soon after taking the charge of Law and Justice Ministry Arjun Ram Meghwal said that justice should be served to all. While talking to ANI, he said “Justice should be served to all and cases pending in courts should be as less as possible”. On the media query with regard to the alleged tussle between Judiciary and Centre Government, he said, there is no difference between them.Arjun Ram Meghwal on Thursday took independent charge as MoS Law and Justice, while replacing Kiren Rijiju.
May 18, 2023 / 04:12 PM IST
MoS Law Prof S P Baghel moved to Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Hours after shifting Kiren Rijiju from the law ministry, the Centre on Thursday moved Minister of State Prof S P Baghel to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. This was necessitated after Arjun Ram Meghwal was made the Minister of State with Independent charge of the Ministry of Law and Justice.
May 18, 2023 / 03:52 PM IST
SC refuses to overturn Patna HC order suspending caste survey in Bihar
The Supreme Court on Thursday declined to overturn the Patna High Court’s interim order suspending the Bihar government’s caste survey. The first round of caste survey in Bihar was conducted between January 7 and 21. The second round started on April 15 and was supposed to continue till May 15. A bench of justices Abhay S Oka and Rajesh Bindal said it would have to examine if the exercise being carried out is a census in the garb of survey.
May 18, 2023 / 03:36 PM IST
SC says it will hear in second week of July pleas challenging grant of CBFC certification to ‘The Kerala Story’.
May 18, 2023 / 03:22 PM IST
Harish Salve proposes that a disclaimer for the Kerala Story
Salve, appearing for the movie producer, proposed a disclaimer”there is no authentic data to show that 32000 instances of conversion. The film represents a fictionalisedaccount of the existing subject matter.” The court agrees, directs that the disclaimer be run by evening on May 20.Salve says that along with the screening of the film, the producers will also show confidential videos of the girls based on which the movie was made.
May 18, 2023 / 03:18 PM IST
Kerala Story Hearing
SC directs Tamil Nadu to provide adequate security for every cinema hall and arrangement for protection of movie goers. Asks the state not to take any steps directly or indirectly to prevent the screening of the film.
May 18, 2023 / 03:06 PM IST
SC stays order of West Bengal banning ‘The Kerala Story’ in state
The movie can now be shown in the West Bengal
May 18, 2023 / 02:43 PM IST
Kerala Story hearing:
CJI says “Fundamental right to free speech cannot be determined on the basis of public display of emotion.. the public display of emotion has to be controlled.. you do not like it. do not watch it. Let it bomb in the box office as they say.”
May 18, 2023 / 02:32 PM IST
Kerala Story hearing:
As West Bengal’s affidavit says it banned Kerala Story based on testimonies of 13 people. CJI says “you can pick any 13 people in society and they will tell ban anything… unless you are showing sports or cartoon.”
May 18, 2023 / 02:23 PM IST
IFSO special cell busted a gang of three people involved in issuing forged Common Service Centers (CSC) IDs and certificates. The accused, caught in Delhi, have been identified as Monu Sharma, Kuldeep Singh, & Chitresh Goyal. The gang has cheated 1,000 people across India for Rs 17 lakh. Six phones were recovered from them: DCP IFSO Prashant Gautam
May 18, 2023 / 01:12 PM IST
Supreme Court issued notice to Enforcement Directorate on Former Delhi minister Satyendra Jain’s plea seeking bail in money laundering case against him.
SC also granted liberty to Jain to move vacation bench of top court with his plea, which challenged the Delhi High Court order dismissing his bail plea in the case.
May 18, 2023 / 12:39 PM IST
The Kerala Story in SC:
West Bengal urges CJI led bench to watch the movie before deciding pleas for and against ban
May 18, 2023 / 12:26 PM IST
Senior Advocate and DMK Rajya Sabha MP P Wilson to Moneycontrol: Welcome the judgement (on Jallikattu) Victory for all Tamil’s around the world
May 18, 2023 / 11:32 AM IST
SC allows bull taming sport Jallikattu to go on as Constitution Bench holdsTamil Nadu’s amendment to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act allowing Jallikattu as valid. The SC also upholds laws allowing bull-related sports in Karnataka and Maharashtra.
May 18, 2023 / 11:20 AM IST
PM Modi to flag off Odisha’s 1st Vande Bharat Express today. “Vande Bharat train will start for Kolkata, Howrah. PM Modi will inaugurate the train… Puri & Cuttack railway stations will be redeveloped…”: Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.
May 18, 2023 / 10:58 AM IST
PM Modi inaugurates International Museum Expo 2023 in Pragati Maidan, Delhi
#WATCH | PM Narendra Modi at International Museum Expo 2023 in Pragati Maidan, Delhi pic.twitter.com/UNn4jvWUIl
— ANI (@ANI) May 18, 2023
May 18, 2023 / 10:24 AM IST
PK Gupta will be the new Chief Secretary of Delhi, will replace Naresh Kumar. Gupta is an IAS officer of 1989 batch
May 18, 2023 / 10:16 AM IST
Arjun Ram Meghwal replaces Kiren Rijiju as Law Minister. Rijijiu assigned the Ministry of Earth Sciences
May 18, 2023 / 10:02 AM IST
Pfizer asks doctors to suspend use of certain antibiotics due to deviations at manufacturing unit
Pfizer has advised doctors in India to stop using some of its life-saving antibiotics for patients admitted in ICU or wards of hospitals asserting deviations observed in the manufacturing process. These products are Magnex, Magnex forte, Zosyn and Magnamycin. In its latest press release, Pfizer added that while the manufacturer is currently investigating the matter, they have requested Pfizer to suspend the same/distribution/supply and use of the above-mentioned medicines.
May 18, 2023 / 09:52 AM IST
Govt approves interim appointment of Sanjay Malhotra as Secretary, Dept of Financial Services
Sanjay Malhotra, Secretary at Department of Revenue, has been given additional charge of Secretary, Department of Financial Services. According to an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training, the competent authority has approved the assignment of additional charge of the post to Malhotra from May 18 to May 28
May 18, 2023 / 09:16 AM IST
Global warming likely to break key 1.5C limit by 2027
Global temperatures are set to soar to record levels in the next five years and exceed the key climate threshold of 1.5C for the first time, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said, warning that humanity is entering ‘uncharted territory’ that will impact our health, food and water security and the environment. Researchers say there’s now a 66 percent chance we will pass the 1.5C global warming threshold between now and 2027. The chances are rising due to emissions from human activities and a likely El Niño weather pattern later in 2023. The forecast, if realized, would mark the first time humanity has crossed the 1.5C threshold.
May 18, 2023 / 08:20 AM IST
Delhi-NCR witnesses rain, thunderstorm early morning; IMD issues advisory
Several parts of Delhi-NCR witnessed light rain and thunderstorm early today, bringing respite from the warm weather and dust storm that Delhiites were facing for past two days. The national capital also witnessed cloudy skies and strong winds. On Wednesday, Delhi recorded a maximum temperature of 41.1 degrees Celsius while the minimum temperature was at 25.4 degrees Celsius. The India Meteorological Department, in its bulletin, said that most parts of the Delhi-NCR may witness rainfall accompanied by thunderstorms today.
Thunder squall with moderate intensity rain and gusty winds with speed of 50-70 Km/h would occur over and adjoining areas of *NCR* ( Loni Dehat, Hindon AF Station, Ghaziabad, Indirapuram, Chhapraula, Noida, Greater Noida, Faridabad, Ballabhgarh), Palwal, Nuh (Haryana).
— India Meteorological Department (@Indiametdept) May 17, 2023
May 18, 2023 / 08:14 AM IST
Amazon Web Services to invest $12.7 billion in India cloud by 2030
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced its commitment to invest $12.7 billion (over Rs 1 lakh crore) into India’s cloud infrastructure by 2030 in its efforts to meet growing customer demand for cloud services in the country. This injection is expected to contribute $23.3 billion towards India’s GDP by 2030. The investment in data center infrastructure in India will create an estimated average of 1,31,700 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs in Indian businesses each year.