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US President Joe Biden on Saturday signed a bipartisan gun safety bill into law, the first major federal gun reform in three decades, days after the Supreme Court expanded gun rights. "This is monumental day," Biden said at the White House.
Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE said on Saturday that a booster dose of updated versions of their Covid-19 vaccine, modified specifically to combat the Omicron coronavirus variant, generated a higher immune response against that variant.
Ahead of his visit to Germany for the G7 summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said he will exchange views with the leaders of the bloc and its partners on issues such as energy, food security, counter-terrorism, environment and democracy. Modi is visiting Schloss Elmau in southern Germany on June 26 and 27 for the summit of the G7, a grouping of the world's seven richest nations.
India won its maiden World Cup gold in compound mixed team archery event after the duo of Abhishek Verma and Jyothi Surekha Vennam outclassed their experienced French opponents at the Stage 3 edition on Saturday.
The levy of cess was to end on June 30 but the GST Council, chaired by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and comprising state FMs, decided to extend it till March 2026 to repay the loans taken in the last two fiscal years to make up for the shortfall in their revenue collection.
Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the country's new landmark multipurpose 'Padma Bridge' on Saturday. This is the longest bridge in Bangladesh that will significantly reduce the distance between the capital city of Dhaka to the Mongla sea port, which is important for regional and international trade.
Beyond the material and environmental consequences, this deforestation also threatens human rights, including the rights of marginalized communities to life, physical integrity, a reasonable quality of life and dignity. Brazil is one of the most worrying cases in this regard.
The thin white filament, approximately the size of a human eyelash, is “by far the largest bacterium known to date,” said Jean-Marie Volland, a marine biologist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and co-author of a paper announcing the discovery Thursday in the journal Science.
Many of the village dwellings, workshops and stores were destroyed by Wednesday's 5.9-magnitude earthquake, whose epicentre was recorded on the other side of the hills that flank it. More than 1,000 people were killed in the quake with Wuchkai alone accounting for at least three dozen. Now the survivors are trying to find shelter in the ruins of their homes.
There are multiple stories and anecdotes that we all have heard and enjoyed over the years about India's incredible triumph at the 1983 World Cup in England. The legendary Mohinder Amarnath, who was the Man of the Match in the semi-final vs England and the final vs the West Indies, recalls some of those wonderful stories.
The shooting happened outside a bar in the downtown area of the Norwegian capital, police said. A suspect was arrested and police don't believe any other people were involved, police spokesman Tore Barstad said.
Even as Shiv Sena continued to haemorrhage, losing key MLAs like Mumbai’s Chandivali legislator Dilip Lande to the rebel faction on Friday, MP Sanjay Raut challenged the rebels. “We are not the sort to get defeated. What you did was wrong.
The four legislators whose names were forwarded to the deputy speaker were Sanjay Raymulkar, Chiman Patil, Ramesh Bornare and Balaji Kalyankar, he said. “Despite issuing a letter to them, none of them attended party meeting on Wednesday evening here in Mumbai," Sawant said.
1983 World Cup win anniversary: 'Let's fight it out' - Balwinder Sandhu and Madan Lal recall Kapil Dev's golden words
'Let's fight it out, guys', India captain Kapil Dev said loudly while entering the dressing room after India posted 183 runs on the board in the epic 1983 World Cup final against the mighty West Indies. And, the rest as they say is history. Defending 183, the Indian bowlers wrapped up the West Indies innings for 140, claiming a 43-run win and the title for the country.
The coup within the Shiv Sena, which has left Maharashtra’s MVA government teetering, stretched on with both sides digging in their heels on Friday. The rebel camp led by Eknath Shinde commands the support of the bulk of the MLAs but is ironing out technical and legal hitches before it makes a move to topple the government. The Shiv Sena, on the other hand, went from being conciliatory to combative.
Two people were killed and around 10 wounded on Saturday in a shooting at a nightclub in Norway's capital Oslo, Norwegian police said. Public broadcaster NRK and other local media reported that the shooting had taken place at the London Pub, a popular gay bar and nightclub in the centre of the city. A suspect was apprehended nearby, police said. It was not immediately clear what was the motive for the attack.
At first, he didn't exist. Then he was declared dead. But 14 years after he and his team plotted the 26/11 attack in Mumbai, Pakistan seems to have "arrested" global terrorist and LeT commander Sajid Mir, who is probably in his late 40s and carries an FBI bounty of $5 million on his head. The development is seen as a desperate attempt by Pakistan to get out of the grey list of the Financial Action Task Force.
Food delivery giant Zomato's board on Friday approved the acquisition of instant grocery startup Blinkit, formerly known as Grofers, for Rs 4,447 crore in an all-stock deal. The deal value, however, is nearly 40% lower than Blinkit's $1-billion valuation last year, when it turned unicorn by raising $120 million from Zomato and Tiger Global. The transaction is expected to close by August.
For the first time since 2015 (when the present stocking norms were approved), India's food stocks for both wheat and rice could be barely over the buffer norms come October 1. Any open market sales between now and September, which is typically done to stabilise prices, would bring the stocks below buffer norms, but the government has said there will not be any open market sales this year.
Retired civil servant Parameswaran Iyer, who played a key role in the rollout of the Swachh Bharat mission, has been appointed as the new chief executive officer (CEO) of the government's policy think tank Niti Aayog. He will succeed Amitabh Kant, whose six-year tenure ends on June 30.
Upholding the trial court and high court's order to give a clean chit to then CM Narendra Modi in 2002 Gujarat riots, the Supreme Court said that there was no evidence to prove the allegations that the Godhra incident and the subsequent violence was pre-planned.
Four days after rebel Shiv Sena member Eknath Shinde raised the banner of revolt against the leadership of Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray, the moot question is what are the options before him. Experts said since the 10th schedule of the anti-defection law amended in 2003 does not recognise a split, there are limited options before Shinde.
The US Supreme Court on Friday ruled in favor of a strict Mississippi abortion law, in the process overturning Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that has been the basis for legal abortions across America for nearly half a century.
An expert panel of India's central drug authority on Friday recommended granting emergency use authorisation to Serum Institute's Covovax for children aged 7 to 11 years, official sources said. The recommendation has been sent to Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) for final approval.
The persistent flood in Assam killed 10 more people, which includes four children, in last 24 hours in different areas, even as authorities pressed IAF choppers and drones into service to airdrop food and drinking water over flooded Silchar town, which remained inaccessible for the fifth day on Friday.
Amid the continuing political crisis in Maharashtra due to revolt in the Shiv Sena, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Deputy CM Ajit Pawar arrived at Matoshree, the residence of the Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray in Mumbai. The leaders are expected to discuss ways to prevent fall of MVA government, which also includes the Congress.
India on Friday successfully flight-tested the Vertical Launch Short Range Surface to Air Missile (VL-SRSAM) from a ship at Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur, off the coast of Odisha, an official statement said.
One of the most important parameters to measure the impact a batsman has in the shortest format of the game - Twenty20 cricket - is batting strike rate. It shows how many runs a batsman scores per 100 balls faced.
Indian archers assured themselves of a second medal in the World Cup Stage 3 with ace duo of Abhishek Verma and Jyothi Surekha Vennam sailing into the compound mixed team final. The Indian duo will face fifth seed France in the compound mixed team final on Saturday.
UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres said the war in Ukraine has added to the disruptions caused by climate change, the coronavirus pandemic and inequality to produce an "unprecedented global hunger crisis" already affecting hundreds of millions of people.
Benchmark equity indices sensex and Nifty rose by nearly 1 per cent on Friday, extending gains for a second day on the back of buying in banking, financials and energy stocks in line with firm global trends.
The impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and its use of energy as a weapon forced its way into a meeting of EU leaders on Friday, after cuts in shipments from Moscow affected 12 member states and pushed Germany to raise its gas-risk level to the second-highest “alarm” phase.
On December 8, 2020, a retired shop clerk in England received the first shot in what would become a global vaccination campaign. Over the next 12 months, more than 4.3 billion people around the world lined up for the vaccines.
Amid the ongoing political crisis in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Friday alleged that Union minister is threatening Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar. "Threats are being given to Sharad Pawar ji by a central minister. Do such threats have the support of Modi Ji and Amit Shah Ji?" said Raut.
Pakistan will impose an extra one-time 10% tax on large scale industry for one year to raise over $1.93 billion ahead of a deal to resume crucial funding from the International Monetary Fund, finance minister Miftah Ismail said on Friday.
The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate for the presidential polls, Droupadi Murmu on Friday filed her nomination in Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union home minister Amit Shah, Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath, Union ministers and BJP leaders Gen VK Singh (Retd), Bhupender Yadav and Giriraj Singh and BJD leader Dr Sasmit Patra were also present at the Parliament building during the nomination filing.
The GST Council in its meeting next week is likely to consider a proposal for making changes in the monthly tax payment form -- GSTR-3B, which would include auto-population of outward supplies from sales return and non-editable tax payment table, officials said.
In Rwanda for a meeting of Commonwealth nations, Johnson was defiant, pledging to listen to voters' concerns and do more to tackle a cost-of-living crisis after what he described as "tough" results in the two so-called byelections.
India's retail inflation is likely to breach the mandated inflation target band of 2-6% for three straight quarters but is showing indications of peaking, Reserve Bank of India deputy governor Michael Patra said on Friday.
The government is not thinking or planning to propose a separate state of north Karnataka, state chief minister Basavaraj Bommai assured on Thursday. "There is no thinking or proposal at the government level on a separate state of north Karnataka," Bommai said.
European Union leaders on Thursday granted Ukraine the coveted status of official candidate to join their 27-nation club, a bold geopolitical step hailed by Kyiv and the EU itself as a "historic moment". Although it could take Ukraine more than a decade to eventually join the bloc, the decision to officially accept it as a candidate is a symbol of the EU's intention to reach deep into the former Soviet Union.
2002 Gujarat riots: SC dismisses Zakia Jafri’s plea challenging SIT's clean chit to 64 people, including then CM Narendra Modi
Ehsan Jafri was among 69 people killed during the violence at the Gulberg Society in Ahmedabad on February 28, 2002. Zakia Jafri has challenged the SIT's clean chit to 64 people including Narendra Modi who was the Gujarat Chief Minister during the riots in the State.
China’s expansive military build-up and its assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific is the `biggest security anxiety’ for both Australia and India, Australian deputy PM Richard Marles said on Thursday, stressing the need for the two nations to work even closer to protect the global rules-based order that has brought prosperity to the region.