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Women take part in Japan's ‘naked festival’ Hadaka Matsuri for the first time

Many women awaiting their turn are adorned in "happi coats" - lengthy, purple robes - along with white shorts, different from the men's loincloths

Women take part in a ritual event of naked festival, for the first time in its 1250 years of history, at Owari Okunitama Shrine in Inazawa, Aichi Prefecture, central Japan. (Reuters)
Published on Feb 26, 2024 03:07 PM IST

Delhi's ex-MLA Ranbir Singh Kharb, wife get 7-year jail term in 17-year-old case

Delhi's Rouse Avenue court awarded a seven-year jail sentence to Ranbir Singh Kharb and his wife Anita in a cheating case.

The husband-wife duo have been directed to surrender today, reported news agency ANI. (Representational image)
Published on Feb 26, 2024 02:54 PM IST

Ashok Veeraraghavan: Indian-American engineer wins Texas' highest academic award

Veeraraghavan received this year's engineering prize, which recognised his group's “revolutionary imaging technology that seeks to make the invisible visible.”

Ashok Veeraraghavan, an Indian-origin computer engineer and professor, has received the Edith and Peter O'Donnell Engineering Award.(RICE UNIVERSITY)
Published on Feb 26, 2024 02:51 PM IST

Geeta Koda, lone Congress MP in Jharkhand, joins BJP ahead of Lok Sabha polls

Geeta Koda's switch to BJP is seen as a setback for Congress in Jharkhand, where she won in 2019 riding against BJP tide.

Congress MP from Singhbhum Geeta Koda joins the BJP.
Published on Feb 26, 2024 02:48 PM IST

‘Sparing your life’: Haryana INLD chief Rathee's killers told his nephew

Nafe Singh Rathee murder: Haryana INLD chief, a two-time former MLA, was travelling in an SUV when the incident took place.

People gather at the site after Haryana INLD chief Nafe Singh Rathee was shot dead by unidentified assailants, at Jhajjar on Sunday. (ANI)
Published on Feb 26, 2024 02:26 PM IST

Who is Maryam Nawaz, newly elected chief minister of Pakistan's Punjab province?

Maryam Nawaz is the daughter of former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif who led the PML-N to victory in the 2013 Pak elections.

Pakistan's former prime minister and leader of the Pakistan Muslim League (PML) party Nawaz Sharif (R) along with his daughter Maryam Nawaz.(AFP)
Updated on Feb 26, 2024 02:19 PM IST

CBI probe to be ordered into Nafe Singh Rathee's killing: Haryana minister

CBI probe to be ordered into killing of INLD's Haryana chief Nafe Singh Rathee.

File photo of Haryana INLD chief Nafe Singh Rathee.(Abhay Singh Chautala - X)
Updated on Feb 26, 2024 02:19 PM IST

Peak XV announces 'Spark 03' with 16 female founders, 14 companies

‘Spark’ fellowship is offered to female founders by Peak XV, the venture capital firm previously called Sequoia Capital India.

Spark 03 founders (Image: Peak XV)
Published on Feb 26, 2024 01:35 PM IST
By, New Delhi

PM Modi launches 2,000 railway projects worth 41,000 crore

PM Narendra Modi launched 2,000 railway infrastructure projects worth ₹41,000 crore.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(PTI)
Updated on Feb 26, 2024 01:47 PM IST

Sandeshkhali case: Sheikh Shahjahan gets no relief in Calcutta HC, faces arrest

The Calcutta high court on Monday clarified there is no stay on the arrest of Trinamool Congress leader Sheikh Shahjahan

TMC leader Shahjahan Sheikh is on the run following the attack on ED officials in Sandeshkhali. (File)
Updated on Feb 26, 2024 01:44 PM IST

Amid Pannun case, India and US to hold security talks this week: Report

India and US will be discussing several topics including anti-Khalistani elements during the Homeland Security Dialogue.

Sikh separatist leader Gurpatwant Singh Pannun (AP)
Published on Feb 26, 2024 01:07 PM IST

Afternoon briefing: Tripura govt suspends official amid Akbar-Sita lions row

A shortlist of the biggest headlines, recommended stories, and a special collection of news items you should check out.

The five-year-old Asiatic lioness was brought to the Siliguri zoo from Tripura’s Sepahijala Zoological Park (Representative Photo)
Published on Feb 26, 2024 12:57 PM IST

Tractor march: Farmers block highway linking Delhi,heavy traffic at Noida border

The tractor march is being taken out by farmers affiliated with the Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) Tikait and BKU Lokshakti.

Farmers and Bharatiya Kisan Union (Tikait) activists jam the NH 58 at Mohiuddinpur in Meerut(HT photo)
Published on Feb 26, 2024 12:51 PM IST

Nafe Singh Rathee murder: First video of Haryana INLD chief's killers surfaces

Nafe Singh Rathee along with an INLD worker was shot dead by some unidentified assailants in the Jhajjar district on Sunday.

Rathee, a former MLA, was travelling when assailants opened fire on their SUV in Jhajjar's Bahadurgarh town. (Screengrab/X)
Updated on Feb 26, 2024 12:40 PM IST

Paytm shares up 5% today. Why the rise?

Paytm Payments Bank, the banking arm of Paytm, has been barred by RBI from adding new customers after February 29. The deadline was later extended to March 15.

Representational Image
Updated on Feb 26, 2024 01:53 PM IST
By, New Delhi

GPT Healthcare IPO closes for subscriptions today. Should I apply?

The GPT Healthcare IPO worth ₹525 crore comprises fresh issue of equity shares that aggregate to ₹40 crore and an OFS of up to 2.6 crore equity shares

IPO stands for Initial Public Offering and it is when the promoters of the company in question for the first time want to raise additional funds by offering shares of the company.
Published on Feb 26, 2024 11:59 AM IST

Stock market holidays in March 2024: No trading on BSE, NSE on these days

In addition to weekends, stock markets will not open on three other days in March.

In January, markets were closed on January 22 and 26, while there was no holiday in February (File Photo)
Published on Feb 26, 2024 11:28 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Soon, ‘Japanese’, ‘Korean’ cities to come up near Jewar airport in UP: Report

The decision to build these cities was taken during meetings with the Japanese and Korean investors ahead of the UP Global Investors Summit last year.

The cities are expected to be developed at a cost of 2,544 crore. (HT File)
Published on Feb 26, 2024 11:21 AM IST

What PM Modi said on VD Savarkar's death anniversary: ‘His contributions…’

Vinayak Damodar Savarkar was born on May 28, 1883, in Bhagur. A prominent advocate of Hindutva ideology, Savarkar passed away in 1966.

Regarded as one of the most influential freedom fighters, Savarkar was not only a lawyer but also an activist, writer, and politician. (Hindustan Times)
Published on Feb 26, 2024 11:21 AM IST

Sandeshkhali row: TMC's Ajit Maity arrested day after being removed from post

Ajit Maity was arrested following protests by a large number of women who levelled allegations of land grabbing and extortion against him.

TMC leader Ajit Maity
Updated on Feb 26, 2024 11:50 AM IST

Maratha reservation: Curfew imposed in Maharashtra's Ambad amid quota agitation

Jalna collector Srikrushna Panchal said that activist Manoj Jarange declared his intention to travel to Mumbai and protest for the Maratha community reservation

Marathas, comprising roughly one-third of Maharashtra’s population, wield significant electoral influence, making them a crucial constituency for every political party in the state. (HT/File)
Updated on Feb 26, 2024 12:13 PM IST

BYD unveils its first supercar Yangwang U9, rival to Ferrari and Lamborghini

The China-based world's largest EV maker has priced the model at 1.68 million Yuan (approx. ₹2 crore).

BYD Yangwang U9 (Image courtesy: BYD Auto)
Published on Feb 26, 2024 10:23 AM IST
By, New Delhi

‘Akbar-Sita’ lions row: Tripura govt suspends top official after HC verdict

The suspension of Prabin Lal Agrawal followed a complaint from the VHP to the Calcutta high court, alleging that the names hurt religious sentiments.

The five-year-old Asiatic lioness was brought to the Siliguri zoo from Tripura’s Sepahijala Zoological Park. (Representative Photo)
Updated on Feb 26, 2024 12:43 PM IST

Morning briefing: MEA says several Indians discharged from Russian Army

A shortlist of the biggest headlines, recommended stories, and a special collection of news items you should check out.

Indians were working as security helpers in the Russian military and were forced to even fight with Russian soldiers in certain areas.
Published on Feb 26, 2024 09:27 AM IST

MEA reacts to reports of Indians with Russian Army seeking help for discharge

The MEA said several Indians have already been discharged. It said the early discharge of Indians from the Russian Army is a matter of top priority.

According to media reports, several Indians have been working as security helpers in the Russian military and they were forced to even fight with Russian soldiers in certain areas along Russia's border with Ukraine.(REUTERS)
Updated on Feb 26, 2024 09:17 AM IST

Adani Group in talks with Uber to introduce electric passenger cars: Report

On February 24, Gautam Adani and Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi held a meeting during the latter's India visit.

**EDS: IMAGE VIA @gautam_adani TWEETED ON FEB. 24, 2024** New Delhi: Adani Group Chairperson Gautam Adani with Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi during a meeting. (PTI Photo)
Published on Feb 26, 2024 09:03 AM IST
By, New Delhi

HT Top Stories: Modi’s infra push in Gujarat and more…

Also read: Jarange Patil alleges plot to kill him, Fadnavis dismisses claim

 Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses at a public meeting, in Rajkot, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2024. (PTI)
Published on Feb 26, 2024 08:19 AM IST

Morning news bulletin: Top 5 stories on February 26

From INLD leader Nafe Singh Rathee's death to Dhruv Jurel's impressive 90 runs, here are the top 5 news on February 26 morning.

People gather at the site after Haryana INLD chief Nafe Singh Rathee was shot dead by unidentified assailants, at Jhajjar on Sunday. (ANI)
Published on Feb 26, 2024 08:05 AM IST

‘For Uber, India is a state of mind and…’: CEO Dara Khosrowshahi

The Iran-born executive is currently on a visit to the country.

Dara Khosrowshahi, chief executive officer of Uber Technologies Inc., in Bengaluru, , Oct. 23, 2019. (Bloomberg)
Published on Feb 26, 2024 07:52 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Niranjan Hiranandani, Dubai-based son Darshan summoned by ED. What's the case?

The ED summons came as the probe agency searched four premises linked to the Hiranandani Group and its group entities under the FEMA provisions on Thursday.

Founder & MD, Hiranandani Group Dr. Niranjan Hiranandani
Published on Feb 26, 2024 07:15 AM IST
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