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Gyanvapi: Court rejects Muslim’s demand, orders stern action against disturbers

New Delhi: In a major victory for the Hindu petitioners, a Varanasi court on Thursday rejected the Muslims’ demand for the removal of the court-appointed Advocate Commissioner for a video survey of the controversial Gyanvapi mosque close to the world-famous Kashi Vishwanath Temple. The Hindu petitioners maintained the mosque was built after demolishing Hindu temples […]

Poll panel: New CEC Rajiv Kumar to oversee Prez, V-P’s and 2024 Lok Sabha elections

New Delhi: The new Chief Election Commissioner, Rajiv Kumar, will oversee the coming Presidential and Vice-Presidential elections as well as the next Lok Sabha elections in 2024. Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar was on Thursday appointed as the next CEC. He will assume charge on May 15, a day after the incumbent Sushil Chandra demits office, […]

Roving Periscope: On health front too, Putin, Xi follow other dictators!

Virendra Pandit   New Delhi: Dictators enjoying superhuman-like powers often suffer from rare diseases that cripple them within. Adolf Hitler suffered from Parkinson’s Disease for years before he committed suicide in 1945. Josef Stalin’s ailed from atherosclerosis and suffered two heart attacks in May and October 1945, soon after the Second World War ended. After […]

Sedition: SC puts law on hold, asks govts to refrain from fresh cases

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday put the sedition law on hold and urged the Centre and the state governments to refrain from registering any FIRs invoking Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). A Bench headed by Chief Justice N. V. Ramana, and comprising Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli, said the […]

President Kovind receives credentials of envoys from Nepal, other countries

New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday received credentials from Nepal’s new Ambassador, Dr. Shankar Prasad Sharma, an economist, and a former US diplomat. Dr. Sharma, who was sworn in as Ambassador of Nepal to India on March 20, 2022, submitted his credentials to the President during a visit. In a tweet, he stated […]

Roving Periscope: Now, China may push Pakistan on Sri Lankan path

Virendra Pandit   New Delhi: With Chinese electricity generating companies in Pakistan threatening to shut down power plants unless Islamabad coughed up outstanding dues to the tune of PKR 300 billion (USD 1.59 billion) by May end, the one-month-old Shehbaz Sharif government may follow the fate of its counterparts in Sri Lanka which faces civil […]

Tagore’s 161st birthday celebrated in Kathmandu

New Delhi:  The Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre (SVCC), Embassy of India in Nepal, and Kendriya Vidyalaya, Kathmandu, commemorated Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore’s 161st birthday at the Indian Embassy in the Nepalese capital on Monday. They held the ceremony as part of the ongoing INDIA@75 AZADI KA AMRIT MAHOTSAV festivities. The SVCC and students put together Rabindra […]

Roving Periscope: Is the United Kingdom heading for disintegration?

Virendra Pandit   New Delhi: What is the difference between the United Kingdom, the British Isles, Great Britain, and England? The United Kingdom is a sovereign state including England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Great Britain is an island off the north coast of Europe. The British Isles is an archipelago of over 6,000 islands, […]

Sri Lanka: Ex-PM Mahinda flees Colombo; military gets emergency powers

Virendra Pandit   New Delhi: A day after he resigned and his ancestral house outside Colombo was set afire by a rampaging mob, and the killing of a lawmaker of his party, former Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his family allegedly ‘fled’ the national capital amid curfew, the media reported on Tuesday. The […]

After Gyanwapi, Taj Mahal issue also warming up in UP

New Delhi: “Open 22 rooms in Taj Mahal”. With this plea, a BJP leader has approached the Allahabad High Court, the media reported on Monday. Seeking a probe into the history of the Taj Mahal, Rajneesh Singh, the media in-charge of BJP’s Ayodhya unit, said: “I have demanded that the 22 doors of rooms of […]