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India has been elected to the highest statistical body of the UN for a four-year term beginning January 1 next year. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said this on Twitter. "India elected to the highest UN statistical body for a 4-year term beginning on 1 January 2024! Congrats Team @IndiaUNNewYork for coming through so strongly in a competitive election," he said. Jaishankar said India's expertise in the field of statistics, diversity and demography has earned it the seat on the UN Statistical Commission.

The government has no plan to use Aadhaar data for census, Minister of State for Electronics and IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar told Lok Sabha on Wednesday. "The Office of the Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India has informed that there is no plan to use Aadhaar data for census," he said in a written reply. According to the Unique Identification Authority of India, more than 136 crore Aadhaar numbers have been issued by it till the end of February. "... after adjusting for the estimated number of deaths, the estimated number of living Aadhaar number holders is 130.2 crore, which is over 94 per cent of the total projected population for 2022," Chandrasekhar said in reply to questions by Congress member Adoor Prakash. Further, the minister said there is is no mechanism to receive the Aadhaar numbers of deceased persons from the Registrars appointed by state governments under the provisions of the Registration of Births and Deaths Act, 1969 for the registration of births and deaths, to de-activate those Aadhaar numbers.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to consider a petition by 14 opposition parties that accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government of abusing its power and using central investigating agencies to harass and intimidate its political rivals. The petition, filed by senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi on behalf of the opposition parties, claimed that there was a "drastic and exponential increase" in the number of cases registered by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against opposition leaders since 2014 when PM Modi came to power.

Former minister and BJP MLA Jivesh Mishra was marshalled out from Bihar assembly on Wednesday for creating a ruckus in the House. Mishra was demanding explanation from Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over the violence in Sasaram and Biharsharif. Since he was shouting slogans against the Mahagathbandhan while coming to the well, Speaker Awadh Bihari Chaudhary directed the marshals to take him out from the House.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday quashed the Centre's denial of security clearance to Malayalam news channel MediaOne, and pulled up the Ministry of Home Affairs for raising national security claims in "thin air" without facts. A bench headed by Chief Justice DY Chandrachud set aside the Kerala High Court order which had upheld the Centre's decision to ban the channel's telecast on security grounds.

Union Minister G Kishan Reddy on Tuesday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited Telangana various times in the past for inaugurating developmental works with a "non-political angle". PM Modi is scheduled to visit Telangana on April 8 to inaugurate Vande Bharat Express from Secunderabad to Tirupati along with launching various other developmental projects.

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"Indian leadership has unhealthy obsession with Pakistan," claims Islamabad

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Telangana BJP chief Bandi Sanjay & 3 others sent to judicial custody till April 19

He will be shifted to Karimnagar jail. We will be filing a contempt proceeding against the investigative officer for violating the SC guidelines. We are planning to challenge the order in HC tomorrow: Advocate Karuna Sagar, lawyer of Bandi Sanjay.
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Sudha Murty receives the Padma Bhushan from President Draupadi Murmu

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Late Samajwadi Party patron Mulayam Singh Yadav conferred the Padma Vibhushan (posthumously) by President

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CEC meeting regarding the upcoming Karnataka Assembly Elections is underway at the AICC office in Delhi

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Patiala Court grants eight days custody of gangster Deepak Boxer to Delhi Police's special cell

Patiala House Court grants eight days custody of gangster Deepak Boxer to Delhi Police's special cell. As per Delhi Police, notorious gangster Deepak Pahal alias Boxer, a resident of Haryana's Sonipat, was wanted in 10 criminal cases, including murder, attempted murder, and under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act, among others. Apart from this, Boxer was also handling the Jitender Gogi gang after his death. Gogi was killed in an encounter by his rivals that occurred in the Rohini court and he was also in touch with the members of Lawrence Bishnoi gang.
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Temporary stay on show-cause notice to Anil Ambani under Black Money Act to continue: Bombay HC

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday continued till further orders an interim stay on show-cause notice and penalty demand issued to industrialist Anil Ambani by the Income Tax department under the Black Money Act.

A division bench of Justices Gautam Patel and Neela Gokhale posted Ambani's petition challenging the notice and penalty demand for hearing on April 28, and gave time to the IT department to file its reply.

The HC had in September 2022 granted an interim stay to the show-cause notice pending hearing.

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Dalits, OBCs, Muslims should beware of SP, says Mayawati

BSP supremo Mayawati on Wednesday said people from Dalit, OBC and Muslim communities should beware of the Samajwadi Party for it does the politics of caste and "anargal" issues instead of development and public interest.

Her statement came two days after Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav said that 'Bahujan Samaj' is uniting with his party in a big way to safeguard its rights, the democracy and the Constitution drafted by B R Ambedkar.

Mentioning the SP-BSP alliance formed by party founder Kanshiram, Mayawati alleged that even after becoming the chief minister, Mulayam Singh Yadav's intentions were not pure and instead were that of defaming BSP and continuing Dalit oppression.

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Delhi Police deny permission for procession in Jahangirpuri on Hanuman Jayanti

The Delhi Police on Wednesday denied permission to the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and another group to undertake processions in the Jahangirpuri area of the national capital on the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti on April 6.

Delhi Police told ANI that VHP and another group had sought permission to take out processions for Hanuman Jayanti but keeping in view the law and order situation, organisers were denied permission.
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Bommai threatens retaliatory measure if Maha does not withdraw its health insurance scheme in State villages

Terming the Maharashtra government's order extending benefits of its healthcare scheme to 865 villages in Karnataka, amid the ongoing border dispute between two states, as an act that threatens the federal system, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Wednesday warned of retaliatory measure if it was not withdrawn.

Leader of Opposition in Karnataka Assembly Siddaramaiah said, Maharashtra's move cannot be tolerated. "The consequences will not be right if it is not withdrawn immediately."

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Expert panel suggests translocating tusker to Parambikulam tiger reserve

A Kerala high-court-appointed expert committee tasked with deciding the fate of the rice-eating tusker 'Arikkomban' on Wednesday suggested in the court that the elephant be translocated to the Parambikulam tiger reserve in Palakkad district of the state.

The suggestion was made in a report filed in the high court by the committee after it visited, on Monday, several areas of Idukki district that have been affected by the activities of the tusker and heard the grievances of the locals.

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Mizoram: Govt school students to wear common uniform

For the first time, students of state-run schools in Mizoram started wearing a common uniform with the new academic session beginning on Wednesday, a senior official of the school education department said.

Specifications for the common uniform had been notified separately for primary, middle, high school and higher secondary schools, director of the school education department, Lalsangliana said.

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Strengthen YSR Congress for polls: Jagan tells party's regional coordinators

YSR Congress chief and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy has urged the party cadres to work towards strengthening the party ahead of the state assembly elections and Lok Sabha polls, due in one year.

He made these remarks at his camp office while addressing party regional coordinators and MLAs, calling on them to strengthen their respective units by working in unison and removing flaws to enable the ruling party candidates to win the polls with good majority.

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ITBP officer killed in accident during LAC patrol in Ladakh

A 33-year-old Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) officer, who was leading a patrol along the India-China LAC in Ladakh, was killed after falling into a deep gorge, officials said.

Assistant Commandant Tikam Singh Negi was killed in the line of duty in the Ladakh sector of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on April 2.

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Parliamentary delegation from South Sudan calls on President Murmu

A parliamentary delegation from South Sudan, led by the Speaker of the Transitional National Assembly, Jemma Nunu Kumba, on Wednesday called on President Droupadi Murmu at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Welcoming the delegation to India, the President said India and South Sudan enjoy cordial and friendly relations. She said India is proud to be a major troop contributor to the UN Peace keeping Missions in South Sudan, read a release from Rashtrapati Bhavan.

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To counter DMK's 1 crore membership drive, AIADMK directs cadres to enroll 2 crore members

The AIADMK on Wednesday exhorted its cadres to enroll 2 crore members, two days after the DMK senior leader and Tamil Nadu Waterworks Minister S. Duraimurugan commenced drive for enrolling 1 crore new members.

The two Dravidian majors are in for a new membership drive keeping in mind the 2024 Lok Sabha elections and to rejuvenate cadres at the grassroots level.

AIADMK general secretary and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami (EPS) inaugurated a camp for new membership drive at the party headquarters.

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MP govt to set up 730 PM SHRI schools for quality education to children

The Madhya Pradesh government will set up 730 PM SHRI Schools in the state to impart quality education to students from Classes 1 to 12 under the central government's scheme, an official said on Wednesday.

The state cabinet on Tuesday gave nod for setting up these schools in the state, including two each in 313 blocks and 104 in 52 district urban bodies.

The cost of the PM SHRI schools will be borne by the central and state governments in 60:40 ratio.

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Unhappy with govt reply on Assam Accord, Cong stages walkout in assembly

The Congress on Wednesday staged a walkout in the Assam Assembly, expressing dissatisfaction over the government's reply on implementation of the Assam Accord.

Leader of Opposition Debabrata Saikia had put forth the question about the progress of implementation of the Accord, which was signed in August 1985 after an anti-foreigner movement.

Saikia wanted to know the year for determination of illegal immigrants in the state, pointing that the Accord specified the deadline as March 25, 1971, while the Citizenship (Amendment) Act sets it for December 31, 2014.

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Unveiling of Ambedkar's 125-ft statue in Hyderabad to be grand affair

The unveiling of 125-foot statue of Dr B. R. Ambedkar in Hyderabad on his birth anniversary on April 14 will be a grand affair.

Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao will unveil the tallest bronze statue of Ambedkar near Hussain Sagar lake in the heart of the city in the presence of thousands of people who will be mobilized from across the state.

The state government has invited Ambedkar's grandson Prakash Ambedkar as the chief guest for the unveiling ceremony.

Flowers will be showered from a special helicopter on the statue during the unveiling to pay tribute to the architect of the Indian Constitution.

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Serious destruction of Parliament, says TMC MP Derek O'Brien over Parliament logjam

Trinamool Congress MP Derek O'Brien on Wednesday hit out at the Centre over the stalemate in the Parliament and called it "serious destruction of Parliament".

Taking to Twitter, O'Brien said, "Serious, very serious destruction of Parliament happening. MPs from the ruling party shouting slogans, not allowing Parliament to run for a full Session."

Today also, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were adjourned minutes after resuming the session after a day's break amid opposition MPs raising slogans demanding a JPC probe on Adani stocks issue

First Published: Apr 05 2023 | 09:15 AM IST

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