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India celebrates twin Oscars
Mumbai’s Gurukul School of Art students with their painting of RRR stars Jr NTR and Ram Charan dancing in Naatu Naatu, which won the Oscar for Best Original Song.
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Three men arrested after attack on
Muslim man carrying beef
Police in Bihar have arrested three
men in connection with the death of a
Muslim man who was attacked
because he was suspected of carrying
beef, a police official said on Saturday.
Naseem Qureshi, 56, died earlier
last week after an attack by a mob that
suspected him of carrying beef, whose
sale and consumption are restricted by
local governments in some parts of the
Japanese woman groped in video
‘loves everything about India’
A Japanese woman at the centre of a
disturbing video that shows her being
groped by a group of males in New
Delhi has spoken out after the
The incident reportedly occurred
during last week’s Holi festivities in
the neighbourhood of Paharganj.
After leaving India, the woman,
identified through her Twitter handle
as Megumi, tweeted a video in which
she said: “I would appreciate it if you
could understand that I was not trying
to convey the abnormalities of the
Holi festival in India.
“Most of all, I love everything
about India. It’s a wonderful country
that I can’t hate even if I experienced
Police have arrested three men,
including a boy, for harassing the
Viral cases rising due to H3N2,
Covid and H1N1
India is seeing a surge in viral
infections due to H3N2, Covid-19 and
While most of the cases are due to
H3N2, data shows that swine flu and
Covid cases are also rising in the
According to the government,
H3N2 accounts for nearly 79 per cent
of all the influenza viruses found in
samples taken from persons suffering
from severe acute respiratory
infections or influenza-like illness.
Cheetahs back in the wild in India
after seven decades
Two Namibian cheetahs relocated to
India last year were released into the
wild – more than seven decades after
the world’s fastest land animal was
declared extinct in the country.
“Both cheetahs are doing well,”
India’s Environment Minister
Bhupender Yadav tweeted on Saturday
after the male and female duo darted
from quarantine enclosures of the
Kuno National Park in Madhya
Pradesh into the wild.
“Big day for the cheetah
Obaan and Asha were among eight
cheetahs taken to India last September
after the Supreme Court ruled in 2020
that the species should be reintroduced
on an experimental basis.
India gets world’s longest railway
platform at Hubballi in Karnataka
The Hubballi railway station in
Karnataka has entered the Guinness
Book of World Records for having the
longest railway platform in the world.
The 1,507m platform was
inaugurated by Prime Minister
Narendra Modi on Sunday.
Built at a cost of about Rs20 crore
($3.3 million), Hubballi beat
Gorakhpur Junction in Uttar Pradesh,
which is 1,366m long.
Tech minister to meet start-ups on
Silicon Valley Bank fallout
India’s state minister for technology
will meet start-ups to assess the impact
of Silicon Valley Bank’s (SVB) collapse
on them, as concerns rise about the
fallout for the Indian start-up sector.
California banking regulators shut
down SVB on Friday after a run on the
lender, which had US$209 billion
($282 billion) in assets at the end of
2022, with depositors pulling out as
much as US$42 billion on a single day,
rendering it insolvent.
“Start-ups are an important part of
the new India economy,” tweeted State
Minister for IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar.
“I will meet with Indian start-ups to
understand the impact on them and
how the government can help during
Air India steward caught
An Air India crew member was
arrested on March 9 for attempting to
smuggle gold into Kerala.
Shafi Sharaf, a Wayanad native, had
1,487 grams of gold wrapped around
his forearms. His strategy was to
conceal the gold with his shirtsleeves
and pass through the green customs
Commissionerate officers nabbed him
after he arrived with the undeclared
gold on an Air India
New security testing for
India plans to force smartphone
makers to allow removal of
pre-installed apps and mandate
screening of major operating system
updates under proposed new security
rules, Reuters reported.
The new rules could extend launch
timelines in the world’s No. 2
smartphone market and lead to losses
in business from pre-installed apps for
players including Samsung, Xiaomi,
Vivo and Apple.
India’s IT ministry is considering
these new rules amid concerns about
spying and abuse of user data.
Singapore and India successfully
conclude bilateral army exercise
The Singapore Army and the Indian
Army participated in the 13th edition
of Exercise Bold Kurukshetra, a
bilateral armour exercise from March 6
to 13 at Jodhpur Cantonment.
For the first time in the exercise
series, both armies participated in a
Command Post Exercise, which
involved battalion and brigade level
planning elements and computer
Hosted by the Indian Army, the
exercise involved soldiers from the
42nd Battalion, Singapore Armoured
Regiment, and the 27th Armoured
Brigade, Indian Army. Both armies
also deepened mutual understanding
through professional exchanges.
Garcetti to be next United States
ambassador to India
Controversial former Los Angeles
mayor Eric Garcetti won his
tumultuous bid to become United
States ambassador to India on
Wednesday, filling a key diplomatic
position that has been vacant for more
than two years.
The 52-year-old Democrat was
nominated by President Joe Biden in
2021, while he was still leading
America’s second-largest city, but the
nomination stalled over criticism of the
mayor’s handling of sexual harassment
allegations against an aide.
Female literacy rate in India up
68% since Independence
The literacy rate of women in India has
increased by 68 percentage points – up
from 9 per cent at the time of
Independence to 77 per cent at
present, LiveMint reported.
According to World Bank estimates,
only one of 11 girls was literate during
the period surrounding India’s
Currently, 84.7 per cent of males
are literate in India. LiveMint quoted a
National Sample Survey report, which
pegged Kerala at 92.2 per cent as the
most literate state in India.
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in front of a wall
mural outside a
railway station in
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HIV and Aids.
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Mural raises awareness on HIV/Aids discrimination
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