Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal's two-day visit to Hisar, which begins on Wednesday, is part of the Aam Aadmi Party ('s) determined bid to emerge as a strong alternative in Haryana. The Hisar visit of AAP's national convener comes ahead of the Panchayati Raj Institution polls, which will be followed by Zila Parishad elections, and a bypoll in the Adampur assembly segment, where the AAP will be fielding its candidate.
In his maiden budget, Himachal Pradesh CM Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu outlined a roadmap for converting the state into a 'green energy state', with social welfare projects and schemes to benefit the 'have-nots', such as orphans, poor women and SC/ST. He also announced a new horticulture policy to benefit 28 development blocks in seven districts.
Karnataka's capital Bengaluru is set to host its annual event, Bengaluru Habba, on March 25 and 26. The fest will showcase the culture and tradition of the city and feature performances by artists, films and food. Union Home Minister Amit Shah will attend the event on March 26. The fest is planned at a small scale this year due to lack of time.
Deputy CM Fadnavis and Shiv Sena leader Thackeray briefly chatted and walked together at the Maharashtra state assembly complex on Thursday, despite tensions between the two parties since 2019. Fadnavis greeted Thackeray at the main gate and they were accompanied by legislators Ambadas Danve, Aaditya Thackeray, and Manisha Kayande.
In Bihar, a complete ban on liquor was imposed in April 2016. Till February 2023, 7,49,000 people were arrested and 5.63k cases related to violation of the law were registered. The conviction rate is 21.98%. 74 special courts were made functional for fast disposal of cases, 1.54 crore litre of illegal foreign liquor and 96.71 lakh litre of illegal countrymade liquor seized. Awareness programmes, such as nukkad nataks and posters, have helped in educating people about the positives of prohibition of alcohol. 99% of respondents in a survey endorsed in favour of prohibition.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah will visit Karnataka on Friday to attend Regional Conference on Drug Trafficking and National Security for Southern States/UTs and lay foundation stone of Sehkar Samrudhi Soudh. He will also inaugurate various development works and unveil statues of Kempegowda and Basaveshwara. PM Modi will visit the poll-bound state on March 25.
Former CM Parkash Singh Badal and SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal submitted ?5 lakh bail bonds in the 2015 Kotkapura firing case, which were accepted by the Faridkot court. The court supplied copies of the chargesheet to the accused. Sukhbir had earlier been granted anticipatory bail by the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The 7,000-page chargesheet described Sukhbir and former DGP Sumedh Singh Saini as "masterminds of the conspiracy".
The BJP has appointed Virendraa Sachdeva as the new president of its Delhi unit, a year before the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. He was previously working president of the Delhi BJP, appointed in December 2020 after the party's defeat in the municipal polls to the Aam Aadmi Party. Sachdeva thanked the central leadership and vowed to "expose the AAP". State party presidents for Bihar, Rajasthan and Odisha were also announced.
At least 42 people in Ghaziabad fell ill after allegedly consuming 'Kuttu' flour, suspected to be adulterated or expired, supplied by a single distributor. They were treated in 3 hospitals in Modinagar and Muradnagar and are in stable condition. An investigation has been launched and samples have been collected, with an FIR to follow.
Punjab government has extended mobile internet and SMS services suspension in Tarn Taran and Ferozepur districts till Friday noon, while lifting the curbs in Moga, Sangrur and Amritsar. Broadband services remain unaffected to ensure banking and hospital services are not disrupted. This follows the police crackdown against elements of 'Waris Punjab De' headed by radical preacher Amritpal Singh, who remains untraceable.
90-year-old head priest of a temple found in a pool of blood in Rohtas district with eyes gouged out and body mutilated, died before he could be rushed to hospital. Villagers found him lying unconscious and took him to the local primary health centre where he was declared dead. A murder case has been registered and police are conducting a thorough investigation.
Five pilgrims, including three women, were killed and seven injured after being crushed by a bus in Thuligarh village, Uttarakhand. They were returning from a Maa Purnagiri fair near the Indo-Nepal border. The deceased and injured were from Uttar Pradesh. Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami expressed grief and advised the hospital to provide the best possible treatment.
The BJP appointed Chittorgarh MP Chandra Prakash Joshi as the new state president of Rajasthan, replacing Satish Poonia. Joshi (47) had won Lok Sabha elections twice from Chittorgarh in 2014 and 2019 and is known close to Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla. The development comes months ahead of the assembly elections in the state later this year.
Two passengers were arrested at Mumbai airport on Wednesday for allegedly causing a commotion on board a flight from Dubai, after drinking alcohol bought before boarding. The men ignored warnings, talked and laughed loudly, and abused crew members and other passengers. They were booked under Section 336 of the Indian Penal Code and the International Airports Authority Act.
BJP appointed Samrat Chaudhary as the new state president of Bihar ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. Chaudhary thanked the central leadership and vowed to form the first BJP government in the state and win all 40 Lok Sabha seats. Reacting to the development, JD(U) state president Umesh Kushwaha called it BJP's internal matter and asserted that the equation is solidly behind Nitish Kumar.
Koppal student Harsha S received a 'Nirma' detergent bar instead of the iPhone he ordered from Flipkart. The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission of Koppal has ordered Flipkart and its retailer to pay Rs 25,000 as compensation for deficiency in service, unfair trade practice and causing mental agony and physical harassment to the consumer. They must also refund the cost of the phone, Rs 48,999, all within eight weeks.