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Policemen leading the accused Aftab Poonawala to the forested area in South Delhi where he allegedly scattered the remains
of his girlfriend.
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India’s Home Minister Amit
Shah at an election rally in
Ahmedabad on Wednesday.
The Bharatiya Janata
Party (BJP) leader
accompanied Gujarat Chief
Minister Bhupendra Patel,
who filed his nomination
The Gujarat Assembly
elections are scheduled for
Dec 1 and 5, in two phases,
and the votes will be
counted on Dec 8.
Mr Shah exuded
confidence in BJP forming
the new government and
said the party would
“break all records and win
with the most number of
BJP has drawn up a list
of star campaigners for the
elections, with Prime
Minister Narendra Modi
Conspirators of Rajiv Gandhi’s
The last conspirators jailed for the
1991 assassination of former Indian
prime minister Rajiv Gandhi walked
out of prison on Saturday, a day after
the country’s Supreme Court ordered
The apex court allowed the release
of the six convicts, citing their
“satisfactory conduct” in prison and
the fact that they had already served
over three decades behind bars.
Billionaire Hinduja family truce
revealed by London court
India’s billionaire Hinduja family has
agreed a worldwide truce in a long
legal feud over the future of its global
business empire, showed a London
court ruling published on Friday.
“The Hinduja family matter
regarding the health and welfare of
(86-year-old patriarch) SP (Hinduja)
has already been resolved amicably
between all parties and today’s
judgement solely concerned whether
those matters should remain private,”
a spokesman for Gopichand Hinduja
and his brothers Prakash and Ashok,
but not Srichand, said in a statement.
Twitter very slow in India, says
Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk
said Twitter was “very slow” in India
and many other countries.
“Twitter is very slow in India,
Indonesia and many other countries.
This is a fact, not a ‘claim’. 10 to 15
secs to refresh homeline tweets is
common. Sometimes, it doesn’t work
at all, especially on Android phones.
The only question is how much delay
is due to bandwidth/latency/app,”
tweeted the new Twitter owner.
Death of teen footballer
post-surgery triggers protests
Protests have erupted in Tamil Nadu
after a teen footballer allegedly died
due to a botched-up knee surgery.
Priya, 17, died on Tuesday, days
after she underwent surgery for a
ligament tear in her right knee.
Officials said that she died from
multi-organ failure that arose due to
post-surgery complications. Two
doctors who performed the surgery
were suspended after an inquiry found
them guilty of medical negligence.
The police have registered a case of
“unnatural death” in connection with
the incident, Times of India reported.
Priya’s family demanded that the
doctors be arrested.
India expected to surpass China
as most populous nation
The world population reached 8 billion
people on Tuesday, and India is
expected to surpass China as the most
populous country next year, according
to projections from the United
The two most populous regions of
the world in 2022 were South and
East Asia, and China and India
accounted for the majority of people
in these regions at 1.4 billion each.
Though China has more people
than any country in the world, its
population will start declining as early
as 2023 and India will surpass it.
Meta’s India public policy chief
and WhatsApp’s India boss quit
WhatsApp’s India head Abhijit Bose
and Meta Platforms’ public policy
director in India Rajiv Aggarwal
resigned on Tuesday.
The departures follow the exit of
Meta’s India head Ajit Mohan, who
quit this month after four years in the
job, to join rival Snap.
Meta is in the middle of massive
layoffs, cutting more than 11,000 jobs
or 13 per cent of its workforce, as
the Facebook parent doubles down
on its metaverse bet amid a crumbling
advertising market and decades-high
A Meta spokesperson said both of
the exits were unrelated to the layoffs.
Death toll in Mizoram stone quarry
collapse rises to 10
Two more bodies were recovered on
Tuesday from the stone quarry that
collapsed in Mizoram’s Hnahthial
district, news agency PTI reported.
This brings the death toll in the
accident to 10.
On Monday, 12 people were feared
trapped after the stone quarry, owned
by construction company ABCI
Infrastructures, caved in at Maudarh
village about 25km from Hnahthial
town. The incident took place early in
the morning, when workers were
working at the site.
Yellen: India can buy Russian oil
outside price cap
The United States is happy for India to
continue buying as much Russian oil
as it wants, including at prices above a
G7-imposed price cap mechanism – if
it steers clear of Western insurance,
finance and maritime services bound
by the cap, United States Treasury
Secretary Janet Yellen said last Friday
in New Delhi.
The cap would still drive global oil
prices lower while curbing Russia’s
revenues, she added.
Wheat planting gathers
Indian farmers have planted wheat on
4.5 million hectares since Oct 1, when
the current sowing season began – up
9.7 per cent from a year ago, the latest
data from the farm ministry showed on
The Ministry of Agriculture and
Farmers’ Welfare will keep updating
the provisional crop sowing figures as
it gathers more information from state
In India, wheat is mainly produced
in the northern states of Punjab,
Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and the
central state of Madhya Pradesh.
Adani Group gets regulatory nod
for NDTV open offer
Indian conglomerate Adani Group on
Monday moved a step closer in its
takeover of news broadcaster New
Delhi Television with an approval from
the market regulator to buy an
additional 26 per cent stake, reported
The conglomerate, run by Asia’s
richest man Gautam Adani, unveiled
plans late in August to acquire a
majority stake in the popular news
network, seen as a bastion of
Tihar jail official suspended over
special treatment for minister
Delhi Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar
on Monday suspended Tihar jail
superintendent Ajit Kumar amid
allegations that jailed Aam Aadmi
Party (AAP) minister Satyendar Jain
was given special treatment.
Ajit is the second senior prison
official to face action in a week amid
allegations of special treatment for the
minister. Last week, the prison’s
director-general Sandeep Goel was
replaced by another Indian Police
Service officer, Sanjay Beniwal.
Toddler falls off train, father jumps
out to save her – both die
A three-year-old girl fell from a
moving train and her father Hira Rain
jumped out to save the child. Both
died in the incident that took place
near Mirzamurad, Varanasi district in
Uttar Pradesh, on Sunday.
While Mr Rain’s wife immediately
pulled the emergency chain to halt the
train, other passengers went out to
help and found that the child had
already died. The father was rushed to
a hospital but he succumbed to
injuries on the way.
Amit Shah leads BJP’s campaign in Gujarat
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British PM Rishi Sunak and Indian PM Narendra Modi at the bilateral meeting.
committed to a
trade deal with
India, but we
need to get these
things right. There
is excitement about
India taking over the
– British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on
Wednesday said he was committed to
a trade deal with India.
He also said he was confident
Britain and the United States could
deepen their economic relationship but
he had not spoken specifically about a
trade deal with US President Joe
Biden, news agency Reuters reported.
Mr Sunak was speaking at a news
conference on the sidelines of the G20
Summit in Bali, as Indonesia handed
over the G20 presidency to India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
termed it a matter of pride for every
“We remain committed to a trade
deal with India, but we need to get
these things right. There is excitement
about India taking over the G20 presi-
dency,” Reuters quoted Mr Sunak as
Later, Mr Modi tweeted: “Was great
to meet PM @RishiSunak in Bali. India
attaches great importance to robust
“We discussed ways to increase
commercial linkages, raise the scope of
security cooperation in context of In-
dia’s defence reforms and make peo-
ple-to-people ties even stronger.”
Both India and Britain launched
negotiations for the free-trade agree-
ment (FTA) in January with an aim to
conclude talks by Oct 24, but the
deadline was missed due to a political
crisis in the UK, reported Live Mint.
The bilateral trade between India
and Britain increased to US$17.5 bil-
lion ($24 billion) in 2021-22 compared
to US$13.2 billion in 2020-21.
India’s exports stood at US$10.5
billion and imports US$7 billion in
If the trade deal is agreed on, it will
be the first deal of its kind India has
made with a European country. It will
build on the UK-India trading relation-
ship – already worth £24 billion ($39
billion) – and allow the UK to seize
the opportunities presented by India’s
In parallel to the mobility partner-
ship with India, the British government
said it was also strengthening its ability
to remove immigration offenders.
Hours after their meeting, Mr
Sunak gave the go-ahead for 3,000
visas for young professionals from
India to work in the UK each year.
The British government said India
was the first visa-national country to
benefit from such a scheme, highlight-
ing the strength of the UK-India Migra-
tion and Mobility Partnership agreed
on last year.
“Today, the UK-India Young Profes-
sionals Scheme was confirmed, offer-
ing 3,000 places to 18-30-year-old,
degree-educated Indian nationals to
come to the UK to live and work for
up to two years,” the UK Prime
Minister’s Office (PMO) tweeted.
The scheme will be reciprocal.
“The launch of the scheme is a
significant moment both for our bilat-
eral relationship with India and the
UK’s wider commitment to forging
stronger links with the Indo-Pacific
region to strengthen both our
economies,” the UK PMO said in a
statement, adding that the UK had
more links with India than almost any
country in the Indo-Pacific region.
Nearly a quarter of all international
students in the UK are from India and
Indian investment into the UK sup-
ports 95,000 jobs across the UK.
Sunak, Modi discuss ways to boost trade
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