A cab driver in New Delhi won the hearts of people on Twitter after a passenger – an NRI – who travelled in the taxi shared a post on Saturday about a recent incident where he walked off to catch his flight at the Delhi airport without paying the driver. Another user said, "Such people inspire / teach / bring so much joy and faith in the humanity and helping us to become one more."
Experts from around the world will gather next month in India to discuss how technology for disaster resilient infrastructure can be scaled up and shared with countries, especially those vulnerable to climate change. The conference will focus on solutions for creating resilient infrastructure and explore actions for mainstreaming resilience into policies. The CDRI has received 50 expressions of interest from 28 island countries to build resilient and sustainable infrastructure.
A local court in Varanasi rejected a plea to file an FIR against Congress MP Rahul Gandhi for his speech at Cambridge University. The plea was moved by BJP leader Shashank Shekhar Tripathi alleging that Gandhi made statements that were 'divisive and against the spirit of the Constitution'. This comes amid the ongoing row over a defamation case against Gandhi in Gujarat's Surat. The court observed that Gandhi's alleged statements did not exceed the prescribed limits of the right to freedom and expression.
Scientists have presented evidence that SARS-CoV-2 possibly infected the first humans at Wuhan's animal market. US President Joe Biden has signed a bill to declassify information about the virus' origins, which could provide further evidence for the lab-leak theory. Samples from the market contained human and animal genetic material, but it is not yet clear if the virus originated from an infected animal.
BJP functionaries and leaders of the 'Teli' (oil-pressing) caste demanded an apology from Rahul Gandhi for his "defamatory" remarks against people with the 'Modi' surname. Maharashtra BJP president Chandrashekhar Bawankule condemned Gandhi for "insulting" Telis and former Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das accused him of crossing all limits of decency. A court in Surat sentenced Gandhi to two years in jail in a 2019 criminal defamation case for his "Modi surname" remarks.
Amritpal Singh, a pro-Khalistani leader, is believed to have crossed the border to Haryana while the hunt for him enters its sixth day. Opposition leaders have raised concerns over EVM's efficacy and will urge the Election Commission of India (ECI) to clarify their suspicion. Guneet Monga, after the Oscar wins for India, is waiting for a hug from Shah Rukh Khan. Home decor tips: how to pick the perfect artwork for your home. Grace Harris, an Australian all-rounder, has impressed with her power-hitting in the Women's Premier League (WPL).
Parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi alleged that Rahul Gandhi refused to apologise in a criminal defamation case, for which he was sentenced to two years in jail. Congress president Kharge accused the BJP-led government of attempting to silence Gandhi, and Joshi said Congress leaders don't respect the country's institutions. Gandhi's conviction will be appealed in a higher court.
Opposition leaders met at NCP chief Sharad Pawar's residence to discuss their suspicion of EVM manipulation and urge the Election Commission to clarify. They had also objected the need for remote voting and questioned the use of EVMs in elections. Rajya Sabha MP Kapil Sibal said that the electoral process through EVMs was being manipulated and the foundation of democracy was at stake. The meeting was held after the Chief Election Commissioner responded to the doubts raised by political parties and civil society activists.
Fugitive pro-Khalistani leader Amritpal Singh may have crossed the border to Haryana. The Punjab Police have arrested Baljit Kaur, who allegedly harboured Amritpal Singh and his associate Papalpreet Singh at her home. Amritpal changed his appearance and hijacked a motorcycle to reach Haryana.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal slammed PM Modi for arresting 6 "poor people" and a printer for putting up anti-Modi posters. He asked why the PM was so insecure and suggested he get a good doctor for his "sleeping disorder". Similar posters calling for Kejriwal's ouster also emerged, but he said those who put them up shouldn't be arrested.
Raghav Chadha, Rajya Sabha MP, will introduce the Decriminalisation of Defamation Bill, 2023, to repeal Sections 499 and 500 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). This comes after Rahul Gandhi was convicted of a speech he made in Karnataka ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha election. The Bill seeks to repeal the substantive offence of defamation and its punishments, consolidate the civil law related to defamation, and provide for the protection of speech and reputation.
The government revealed that 67 foreign pilots are employed by Indian airlines due to the shortage of pilots. The annual requirement of pilots depends on various factors, and currently 15% of pilots in India are women. There are 35 DGCA approved flight training organisations in India, and air traffic data for 2022-23 is estimated to be 12.3 million.
Meghalaya's economy is projected to double to Rs 80,000 crore by 2027-28, making it a $10 billion economy. The 2023-24 budget has a fiscal deficit of ? 1,592 crore and total expenditure of Rs 22,022 crore. Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma promised to introduce policies to double the gross state domestic product and double farmers' income, achieve zero infant and maternal mortality and create 5 lakh employment opportunities.
KCR announced the release of ?228.25 crore towards compensation to farmers affected by unseasonal rains and hailstorm in Telangana. He said ?10,000 per acre will be provided to the farmers for their damaged crops and the financial assistance will be offered equally to all crops. He also said the government will not send any crop loss report to the Centre and provide financial assistance to tenant farmers.
The Punjab Police has found material linking fugitive Amritpal Singh and his militia Anandpur Khalsa Fauj (AKF) to weapons training and foreign funding. A total of 207 people have been detained, including 30 involved in criminal activities, and a woman from Haryana who allegedly sheltered Amritpal and his associate. The police has also suspected foreign funding and an ISI angle in the case.
The Punjab Police has taken Baljit Kaur, a resident of Kurukshetra district's Shahbad town, into custody for allegedly giving shelter to pro-Khalistan preacher Amritpal Singh and his associate Papalpreet Singh. Initial investigation revealed that the duo had stayed there on March 19 and travelled to Shahbad on a scooty. Baljit Kaur has been detained by the Haryana Police and handed over to the Punjab Police for interrogation.