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The defence ministry has refused to share details about the Agnipath scheme for military recruitment under the RTI (Agencies)

Agnipath file a ‘secret’, cannot share info: Defence ministry reply on RTI

The defence ministry has refused to share details about the Agnipath scheme for military recruitment under the Right to Information, saying the file has been marked “secret”, according to a ministry letter. The reason for denying the information sought by Pune-based RTI activist, Vihar Durve, is not covered under sections 8 and 9 of the transparency law, according to RTI experts. Sections 8 and 9 list provisions under which information can be denied.

An artist gives final touches to a painting of Gautam Adani, depicting the ongoing crisis of the Adani group, in Mumbai, (AP)

Adani-Hindenburg row: SC to hear pleas on 'conspiracy that tarnished India'

SC agrees to hear on Friday two PILs seeking investigations into Hindenburg Research report on Adani firms. PILs have been filed by advocates ML Sharma and Vishal Tiwari. Both PILs claim Hindenburg hatched a conspiracy by short-selling Adani stocks, causing monumental loss to investors.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi replies to the Motion of Thanks on the President's Address as Congress MP Rahul Gandhi listens to him in the Lok Sabha during Budget Session of Parliament, in Delhi, Wednesday.

Warning! Kamzor dilwale...: Nagaland minister's 'clickbait' on PM Modi’s LS speech

Nagaland state BJP chief Temjen Imna Along on Wednesday shared a clip of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech in Lok Sabha, attacking the opposition over the abrogation of article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, as he cautioned ?weak-hearted? people to not watch the video. ?Warning! Weak-hearted people don't watch this video. Don't say later that I did not warn!? he tweeted in Hindi.

Mahua Moitra with the red cap that she produced in the Lok Sabha to symbolise that the government has been fooled by Adani.

Mahua Moitra continues tirade against Adani: 'When you can openly topi-pehnao'

Trinamool MP Mahua Moitra continued her online tirade on Thursday as Adani Group shared dropped at the beginning of trading after index provider MSCI said some Adani securities should no longer be designated as free float. "MSCI making changes after speaking to 'market participants' that certain investors 'should not be designated as free float'. What I have said for past 3 years.

There is no outstanding liabilities in 14 states and UTs. (Representative file PTI image)

6,157 cr outstanding as material liabilities under MGNREGS: Centre to Lok Sabha

The central government reported ?6,157 crore outstanding as material liabilities across the country under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (Mahatma Gandhi NREGS), said minister of state for rural development Niranjan Jyoti in a reply to Lok Sabha. ?836 crore in material liabilities were recorded in Andhra Pradesh, followed by ?638 crore in liabilities from Karnataka. Odisha reported ? 187 crore, ?137 crore in Kerala, Assam ?112 crore and ?102 crore in Meghalaya.

The phone tapping case, according to the ED, pertains to a period from 2009 to 2017

Delhi HC grants bail to ex-NSE chairman Chitra Ramkrishna in phone tapping case

The Delhi high court on Thursday granted bail to former CEO of the National Stock Exchange Chitra Ramakrishna in a money laundering case related to the alleged illegal phone tapping. Chitra Ramkrishna is already on bail in the CBI case on the alleged phone tapping. The detailed order is to follow. "The application is allowed. The applicant is granted bail," said Justice Jasmeet Singh.

JP Nadda being welcomed by Tripura CM Manik Saha upon his arrival in Agartala last week. (ANI)

Tripura elections: JP Nadda to release BJP manifesto today

Bharatiya Janata Party national president Jagat Prakash Nadda is set to release the manifesto for Tripura assembly elections at 12.30 pm on Thursday, according to a report by news agency ANI. BJP has reportedly incorporated several new highlights to the manifesto, focusing on the 'development' of the state. Ahead of the Tripura elections slated for February 16, Modi is one of the star campaigners likely to visit the state on February 13.

“Twitter has been informed by the Turkish government that access will be reenabled shortly,” Elon Musk tweeted.

Morning brief: Twitter to be back in earthquake-hit Turkey soon, says Elon Musk; and all the latest news

Here are today's top news, analysis, and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times. Caged no more? Update from Elon Musk on Twitter access in Turkey Twitter CEO Elon Musk in a tweet said Twitter has been informed by Turkey's government that access will be re-enabled shortly to the social media platform.

The US is not looking to sanction India as New Delhi continues to buy discounted oil from Russia.

'Comfortable with New Delhi buying Russia oil, ties with India most consequential': US officials

The US is not looking to sanction New Delhi for continuing its purchase of oil from Russia as the India-US relations are most consequential, US assistant secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Karen Donfried on Wednesday said. "We are not looking to sanction India. Our relationship with India is the most consequential relationship," Donfried said in a telephonic press conference, as reported by ANI.

The defence ministry said each modular bridge set will consist of seven carrier vehicles. (HT PHOTO)

Defence ministry signs contract with Larsen & Toubro for modular bridges

The defence ministry on Wednesday signed a Rs 2,585-crore contract with private firm Larsen & Toubro for 41 sets of indigenous modular bridges for the army's Corps of Engineers, the government said in a statement, stressing that the move would boost self-reliance in the defence manufacturing sector. Each modular bridge set will consist of seven carrier vehicles and two launcher vehicles, it said.

Netizens criticised the duo for the irresponsible behaviour. (Screengrab/Twitter)

Watch: Ajmer couple romance on moving bike in viral video, case filed

Rajasthan police have filed a case after a purported video of a couple romancing on a bike in Ajmer went viral on Monday. Responding to the video, the official Twitter handle of Rajasthan police tagged Ajmer police to initiate action against the culprits. Last month, a 23-year-old man was arrested by the Lucknow Police after an alleged video of him romancing a girl while driving the scooter in Hazratganj area went viral.

Lok Sabha members burst into laughter when Amit Shah told Adhir Chowdhury he cannot call an MP 'pappu'.

Watch: 'You can't call an honourable MP Pappu,' Amit Shah to Adhir Chowdhury

As Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury cornered the Centre in the Lok Sabha, he said Rahul Gandhi has proved that no matter how much you try to make him 'pappu', he has made you 'pappu'. "Rahul Gandhi khud aapko pappu bana diya," Adhir Chowdhury said. Lok Sabha members burst out into laughter after Union home minister Amit Shah statement. Watch"You know in what context I said that," Adhir Chowdhury said.

Indian Army's Brahmos Missile System during the Republic Day Parade rehearsal at Kartavya Path, Delhi.

Western sanctions will not disrupt India-Russia defence partnership, says BrahMos chief

The India-Russia defence partnership will "never" be disrupted by the Western sanctions on Moscow, BrahMos Aerospace chief said on Wednesday, saying it's the "trust" that makes this partnership work. The West, led by the US, has imposed crippling sanctions on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. "My personal gut feeling ? it is never!" Rane said when asked whether Western countries could halt India-Russia defence and security cooperation.

Row over Mallikarjun Kharge's Louis Vuitton jacket spilled on to social media from the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

Kharge's Louis Vuitton scarf in Parliament draws flak; 'When PM Modi wears...'

After Mahua Moitra's Louis Vuitton bag which was the eye of a storm in Parliament last year, now Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge's Louis Vuitton scarf which he wore on Wednesday is on the radar. Before PM Modi's speech, Parliament witnessed uproar with Kharge's demand of a JPC (joint parliamentary committee) probe into the Adani scam to which BJP's Piyush Goyal said a JPC probe can't take place in individual cases.

Indore, Jan 09 (ANI): External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar speaks at the 17th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention, in Indore on Monday. (ANI Photo) (ANI)

Spending increased to enhance border roads along China: EAM Jaishankar

The government has increased budgetary allocations and spending to enhance border road infrastructure to bolster security along India's border with China as well as to give a fillip to ties between New Delhi and other neighbours by improving connectivity to enhance trade and people-to-people ties, Union minister for external affairs S Jaishankar said on Wednesday.

Mining on non-forest land before final nod approved

Mining on non-forest land before final nod approved

The Forest Advisory Committee decided in October 2021 to approve coal mining on non-forest land adjoining a forest, when mining activity extends to both areas, even before a forest clearance is granted; the recent nod has been given for all minerals. HT reported on November 20, 2021 that the FAC approved commencement of coal mining on non-forest land but imposed certain conditions.

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