01:03:41 PM IST, 02 November 2023
ED summons Congress Rajasthan chief’s son
Enforcement Directorate has summoned Rajasthan Congress Chief Govind Singh Dotasara’s son in the paper leak case, reported ANI quoting sources. Govind Singh Dotasra was raided by ED last week.
12:54:08 PM IST, 02 November 2023
FM Sitharaman inaugurated SBI Branch in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka
When it has been said in Supreme Court that Rs 338 crore money trail has been established in the liquor scam, then the public needs to tell whether or not Arvind Kejriwal should be probed? The Rs 338 crore money trail in this scam is only the tip of the iceberg
– BJP leader Sambit Patra on Delhi liquor policy case
12:47:09 PM IST, 02 November 2023
Israel Hamas War: Egypt says will help evacuate ‘about 7,000’ foreigners, dual nationals in Gaza
12:38:19 PM IST, 02 November 2023
Israeli troops breach Hamas defenses, approach Gaza City
Israel carried out renewed airstrikes on Gaza’s largest refugee camp on Wednesday, leading UN human rights officials to issue a warning that these attacks on densely populated residential areas could potentially constitute war crimes. The Jabalia camp was struck by bombs for the second time in two days, causing significant destruction and, as reported by the Hamas-run health ministry, resulting in the deaths of many individuals. AFP witnessed the extensive damage at the scene, with people desperately sifting through the rubble to rescue injured individuals.
12:14:13 PM IST, 02 November 2023
Sadhvi Anadi Saraswati joines Congress
Sadhvi Anadi Saraswati has joined Congress in the presence of Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot and Rajasthan Congress In Charge Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa.
I request that the Election Commission should check vehicles belonging to CRPF also. BJP has accepted defeat and is getting boxes filled with cash to be used for influencing the voters. This is a serious matter. Congress will file a complaint in this manner. What’s the need to bring more companies of CRPF when there is enough CRPF presence in the state?
– Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel
12:11:19 PM IST, 02 November 2023
Hero MotoCorp aiming to complete 100 showrooms for EVs by calendar year end
12:05:01 PM IST, 02 November 2023
BJP workers protest at Rajghat
BJP in Delhi staged a demonstration at Rajghat, expressing disapproval of Delhi’s Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, for his decision to not appear before the Enforcement Directorate today. The ED summons was related to his alleged involvement in the Delhi Liquor scam case. The protest saw the participation of prominent figures, including Virendra Sachdeva, the President of Delhi BJP, Ramvir Singh Bidhuri, the Leader of the Opposition in the Delhi Legislative Assembly, and other BJP leaders.
11:55:00 AM IST, 02 November 2023
TCS introduces a novel Cyber Insights Platform, designed to leverage the power of AI and Amazon Security Lake
11:54:00 AM IST, 02 November 2023
Coal India has achieved a 12% year-on-year increase in production by the end of October in the fiscal year 2024
11:43:47 AM IST, 02 November 2023
Arvind Kejriwal’s letter to ED
11:37:16 AM IST, 02 November 2023
ED likely to issue fresh summons to Kejriwal
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has skipped deposition before ED in excise policy money laundering case and the agency likely to issue fresh summons, reported PTI quoting official sources.
11:27:25 AM IST, 02 November 2023
Britannia sees clear signs of slowdown in rural economy
The company is evaluating some acquisitions and will act at the right time. Market share is more urban centric, 1.3x of rural, it said in a conference call.
Notice has been sent to Apple, CERT-In has started probe
– IT Secy Krishnan on hacking threat notification issue raised by opposition MPs
11:11:24 AM IST, 02 November 2023
Digital intermediation remains a challenge, says RBI Dy Guv Rajeshwar Rao
RBI has been gradually giving banks more operational freedom to conduct business operations within the framework, said RBI Dy Guv Rajeshwar Rao.
11:04:01 AM IST, 02 November 2023
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal responds to ED
Arvind Kejriwal said, “…Being the National Convener and a star campaigner of the AAP, I am required to travel for campaigning and to provide political guidance to my field workers of AAP. As the CM of Delhi, I have governance and official commitments for which my presence is required, particularly in view of Diwali coming up…Please recall the said summons, which is to say the least is vague and motivated and unsustainable in law.”
10:58:21 AM IST, 02 November 2023
TMC MP Mahua Moitra arrives at the Parliament in Delhi
TMC MP Mahua Moitra has arrived at the Parliament in Delhi to attend a hearing before the Parliament Ethics Committee regarding the allegation of ‘cash for query’ against her.
10:47:13 AM IST, 02 November 2023
Mahua Moitra to appear before parliamentary ethics committee today
10:33:35 AM IST, 02 November 2023
Skipper gets new order worth Rs 924 cr, in part from Power Grid Corp
10:30:42 AM IST, 02 November 2023
Assam cabinet approves reservation of seats for Bhutanese nationals in medical colleges
10:25:21 AM IST, 02 November 2023
Zydus Lifesciences and Guardant Health have entered into a collaborative marketing agreement to jointly promote Guardant’s range of advanced genomic tests for solid cancers in India and Nepal.
10:18:36 AM IST, 02 November 2023
Kerala govt moves a writ petition in SC against Governor Arif Mohammed Khan
The Kerala state government has filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court, alleging inaction on the part of Governor Arif Mohammed Khan regarding eight Bills passed by the state legislature and presented to him for his assent under Article 200 of the Constitution. According to the petition, three of these Bills have been awaiting the Governor’s approval for over two years. Additionally, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has not yet received an official communication from Kejriwal regarding his request to be excused from questioning in the case.
Kejriwal will not appear before ED for questioning, will go to Madhya Pradesh for election campaigning
– AAP sources told PTI
10:17:12 AM IST, 02 November 2023
Today is not the time for ‘Dharna’…, says BJP leader Shehzad Poonawalla on ED raids at Delhi Minister Raaj Kumar Anand’s properties
BJP leader Shehzad Poonawalla said, “AAP has to realise today is not the time for ‘Dharna’ and drama. Today is the time to fulfil your responsibilities, which means you go and answer the agencies and don’t play the victimhood card… Stop playing this vendetta card all the time. Are the courts doing vendetta against you? Is the Supreme Court doing vendetta when it says that a liquor scam has taken place, Rs.338 crore money trail is established… Are the courts against you when they deny bail to Manish Sisodia and Sanjay Singh for months on end… Those who started their journey against corruption have now come to justification for corruption… Kejriwal should give his resignation for defending the ‘Kattar’ dishonest…”
10:06:53 AM IST, 02 November 2023
Kejriwal likely to skip ED summons
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is likely to skip summons issued by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for an inquiry regarding a money laundering case associated with the alleged liquor policy scandal, as per media reports.
09:59:45 AM IST, 02 November 2023
Cash for query case
He added, “I will come out with the truth. I am not afraid of anybody, I don’t get bullied by anybody. If somebody is trying to alter the narrative by trying to play the victim, the whole country is watching. I think the public is very intelligent, they know what is happening.”
The fault of Raaj Kumar Anand is that he is an AAP MLA and a minister from the party. Even during the British era, if you had to search someone’s house, you needed a search warrant from the court. Even the British believed that if you give the right to Police or any agency to enter someone’s house to search there will be an atmosphere of terror. Courts gave a search warrant but today ED needs no court warrant, ED officers decide whose house they have to raid. Raids are conducted on the premises of only Opposition leaders…
– Delhi Minister and AAP MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj
09:33:07 AM IST, 02 November 2023
Zurich Insurance Group to acquire a majority stake in Kotak Mahindra General Insurance
Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited, Kotak Mahindra General Insurance Company Limited, and Zurich Insurance Company Limited have recently concluded negotiations for a transaction, whereby Zurich will commit approximately Rs 4,051 crore to secure a 51% ownership share in Kotak General Insurance. This financial commitment will involve a mix of fresh capital injection and the acquisition of shares.
09:16:27 AM IST, 02 November 2023
Ahead of Arvind Kejriwal’s questioning
09:15:41 AM IST, 02 November 2023
Kejriwal responds to ED
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal responded to ED saying, the summon notice is illegal and politically motivated. The notice was sent at the behest of the BJP. Notice was sent to ensure that I am unable to go for election campaigning in four states. ED should withdraw the notice immediately, reported ANI.
09:08:33 AM IST, 02 November 2023
Assam: United Opposition Forum demands withdrawal of ED summons to Kejriwal
The United Opposition Forum of Assam, a coalition of 15 political parties, strongly criticized the summoning of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and called for its immediate withdrawal, according to Akhil Gogoi, the forum’s chief spokesperson. Gogoi accused the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of attempting to undermine the unity of the INDIA alliance by deploying the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED) against its members.
09:02:11 AM IST, 02 November 2023
Delhi’s air quality remains ‘very poor’ for fifth straight day
According to the recent data on Thursday, the air quality in the national capital has persistently remained categorized as ‘very poor’ for the fifth consecutive day. SAFAR-India reported that the Air Quality Index (AQI) for the city this morning was 343, signifying a ‘very poor’ air quality level. Comparatively, the AQI on Sunday stood at 309. The AQI is rated as ‘good’ between 0 and 100, ‘moderate’ from 100 to 200, ‘poor’ from 200 to 300, ‘very poor’ from 300 to 400, and ‘severe’ if it falls within the range of 400 to 500 or higher.
08:50:15 AM IST, 02 November 2023
Japan says all 10 nationals wishing to leave Gaza have evacuated
Ten Japanese citizens and their eight Palestinian relatives, who sought to depart Gaza, have successfully relocated to Egypt, as confirmed by the government’s chief spokesperson during a routine press briefing on Thursday. Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno also noted that one Japanese national residing in Gaza has chosen to stay with their family.
08:35:01 AM IST, 02 November 2023
Delhi Minister Raaj Kumar Anand’s house searched by ED
ED raids are underway at the residence of Delhi Minister Raaj Kumar Anand in the Civil Lines area. Searches started early this morning today. Raids are underway at 9 premises linked to him, reported ANI.
08:28:48 AM IST, 02 November 2023
Disney to complete takeover of Hulu with $8.6 bn deal
The Walt Disney Company revealed its plans to acquire Comcast’s $8.6 billion ownership stake in Hulu, solidifying its control over the streaming platform. Disney stated in a press release that this acquisition aligns with its mission to advance its streaming goals, particularly in increasing its subscriber base for Disney+. The agreement places a total valuation of $27.5 billion on Hulu, and Disney anticipates finalizing the transaction by December 1.
08:14:03 AM IST, 02 November 2023
Canada caps immigration target amid housing crunch, inflation
The Canadian liberal government has decided to maintain its immigration targets for the next two years, with no plans to further increase immigration starting from 2026. This decision comes as Canada faces challenges such as high inflation and a housing crisis.In specific numbers, Canada’s immigration plan involves welcoming 465,000 new residents in the current year, followed by 485,000 in 2024. The target for 2025 is set at 500,000, which the government intends to sustain in 2026. According to Immigration Minister Marc Miller, these immigration levels are designed to support Canada’s economic and population growth while also mitigating their impact on critical systems like infrastructure and housing.
07:54:47 AM IST, 02 November 2023
All MPs of country should stand against Mahuaji’s corruption, says Nishikant Dubey
On Wednesday, Bharatiya Janata Party MP Nishikant Dubey called on all members of the country’s Parliament to unite against Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra in light of the alleged ‘cash for query’ scandal. In a statement posted on X, Dubey accused Moitra of accepting bribes from a Dubai-based businessman named Hiranandani to pose questions in Parliament. He further alleged that these questions were submitted on 47 occasions via email from businessman Hiranandani’s account. Dubey also submitted his concerns to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla.
07:32:43 AM IST, 02 November 2023
15 Israeli soldiers killed during ground operation of Gaza
The New York Times reported that at least 15 Israeli soldiers have been killed during the ground invasion in Gaza since Tuesday as Israeli forces advanced deeper into the enclave, targeting dozens of locations associated with the Hamas group. These casualties, primarily infantry soldiers, are the first confirmed by Israel’s military within Gaza since the ground invasion began on Friday.
07:08:12 AM IST, 02 November 2023
Two killed in Russian attacks in eastern Ukraine
A recent Russian assault on Kherson in eastern Ukraine resulted in the loss of one civilian life and inflicted significant damage in the city’s central area, as reported by the region’s governor. Additionally, another civilian lost their life due to a Russian drone strike in the frequently targeted city of Nikopol. On Wednesday, the attack on Kherson, previously seized by Russian forces early in the conflict but abandoned a year ago, left two people injured. Despite the withdrawal, ongoing Russian attacks continue from across the Dnieper River.
06:51:50 AM IST, 02 November 2023
China’s former Premier Li Keqiang put to rest
On Thursday, a large crowd gathered near a state funeral home to witness the final rites of former Premier Li Keqiang. As per tradition, retired high-ranking officials are usually placed in state briefly, allowing top leaders to pay their respects with wreaths of white flowers, the customary color of mourning. While state media had previously announced Li’s cremation for Thursday, funeral arrangements were not disclosed.Throughout the nation and at Chinese embassies and consulates abroad, flags were lowered to half-staff, marking a symbol of mourning. To ensure order, authorities also directed the crowd away from a subway station close to the Babaoshan cemetery, where state funerals and the interment of many prominent leaders take place.Li Keqiang passed away last Friday due to a heart attack at the age of 68.
06:35:09 AM IST, 02 November 2023
Blinken, Austin to discuss Indo-Pacific with Indian counterparts in Nov
The State Department announced that U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin are scheduled to meet with their Indian counterparts in New Delhi later this month. The purpose of the meeting is to engage in discussions regarding “concerns and developments in the Indo-Pacific.” This diplomatic encounter will involve talks with India’s Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, and it takes place against the backdrop of increasing tensions between the United States and China in the Indo-Pacific region.
06:24:49 AM IST, 02 November 2023
Mahua Moitra to appear before ethics panel today
On Wednesday, Mahua Moitra, a TMC Lok Sabha MP, made public her letter to the ethics committee chairman and BJP MP Vinod Kumar Sonkar. Posting the two-page letter on her X handle, Moitra said, “Since the Since Ethics Committee deemed it fit to release my summons to the media I think it is important I too release my letter to the Committee before my “hearing” tomorrow”.
06:22:55 AM IST, 02 November 2023
Jaishankar addresses Indian community in Portugal
During his current tour of Europe, India’s External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar spoke to the Indian diaspora in Portugal. In his address on Wednesday, he emphasized Portugal’s role in strengthening India’s relations with the European Union (EU) and discussed the ongoing transformation in India. His Portuguese counterpart, Joao Gomes Cravinho, joined him in this recent interaction held in Lisbon.
06:21:55 AM IST, 02 November 2023
Biden calls for humanitarian pause’ in Israel-Hamas war
US President Joe Biden has expressed his support for a humanitarian ‘pause’ in the Israel-Hamas conflict to facilitate the release of prisoners. During a fundraiser for his 2024 reelection campaign, a protester interrupted his speech, urging a ceasefire. In response, Biden stated, ‘I believe we need a pause, which means taking the time to secure the release of prisoners.’
06:20:32 AM IST, 02 November 2023
A magnitude 6.1 earthquake has shaken the Timor region of Indonesia
On Thursday, the US Geological Survey reported that the Timor region in Indonesia experienced a magnitude 6.1 earthquake. This seismic event had a depth of 36.1 kilometers and its epicenter was situated 21 kilometers (13 miles) to the north-northeast of Kupang, Indonesia. Indonesia, with its population of 270 million, is an area prone to frequent seismic activity, including earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and tsunamis.
06:19:19 AM IST, 02 November 2023
Blinken heads to Israel, Jordan
Secretary of State Antony Blinken is scheduled to visit Israel and Jordan this week in the midst of Israel’s conflict in Gaza and growing international criticism. The State Department announced this.Blinken will leave Washington on Thursday and plans to be in Israel and Jordan on Friday. Additional stops in the Middle East are being considered, which could lead to a similarly fast-paced trip as his previous one shortly after the October 7 Hamas attacks in Israel, where last-minute schedule changes were frequent.