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The national capital along with parts of western Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, western Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand have been experiencing severe hot weather this month of April.

IMD predicts respite from heatwave with rain, thunderstorm in these states from May 2

The Indian Meteorological Department on Friday predicted rainfall and thunderstorms in Rajasthan, Delhi, Punjab and Haryana from May 2 that may bring the much-needed respite from the scorching heat that India is reeling under. From May 2 to 4, Rajasthan, Delhi, Punjab and Haryana are likely to experience rainfall and thunderstorms. Senior IMD scientist RK Jenamani said in eastern India, temperatures have already fallen in states like Odisha, Bihar, West Bengal and Jharkhand.

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday said that in the last six days, 2,666 persons have been arrested in the state in connection to child marriages. (Representative Image)

Assam girl dies during delivery; Husband, father arrested for child marriage

The husband of an 18-year-old girl who died while giving birth to a child was arrested along with his father and other family members in Assam's Bongaigaon district under the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, police said on Thursday. The father-son duo has been identified as Sahinur Ali (23) and Aynal Haque (48). Superintendent of police of Bongaigaon district, Swapnaneel Deka said the girl had got married when she was a minor.

According to police, a group of ULFA cadres were taking shelter in Lekhapani area of Margherita town for the last 10 days. (Representative Image)

One militant killed in police, ULFA- I firing in Assam

A suspected cadre of the banned United Liberation Front of Asom ? Independent (ULFA-I) was killed in Assam's Tinsukia district during a gun battle between police and militants in the wee hours of Thursday, officials said. The incident happened at Margherita town at around 1.30am. According to police officials familiar with the matter, a group of ULFA cadres were taking shelter in Lekhapani area of Margherita town for the last 10 days.

The crime was detected on Wednesday after the ophthalmologist didn’t show up at work and didn’t answer calls. The house was locked from outside. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

27-yr-old doctor at south Goa hospital found dead at home: Police

?A 27-year-old doctor was found murdered at his south Goa house in Betalbatim, police said. Police said his body was found with its hands tied inside a bed box. The doctor, identified as Nishant Bharat, was a native of Bihar and worked at a private hospital in the state. Police said the prime suspect was a man hired by the doctor for household chores who has gone missing. The house was locked from outside.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi replies to the Motion of Thanks on the President's address in the Rajya Sabha during Budget Session of Parliament, in New Delhi, Thursday,

‘Why afraid of using Nehru surname': PM Modi's dig at Gandhi family

Over 600 government schemes have been named after Gandhi and Nehru and yet those from the generation Jawaharlal Nehru are afraid to take his surname, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday. PM Modi was referring to a news report, claiming that he didn't verify it, while pointing out how the Congress used to get agitated when any government scheme was not named after the first Prime Minister.

Advocate LC Victoria Gowri is set to be sworn-in as an additional judge of the Madras high court at 10.35 am.

Evening brief: Centre defends Victoria Gowri appointment as HC judge, and all the latest news

Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times. Aspersions shouldn't be cast on appointment of Victoria Gowri as HC judge: Govt Differences of opinion are a part of democracy and there are ways to find solutions to that, Law Minister Kiren Rijiju said on Thursday in Rajya Sabha on whether there exists differences between the judiciary and the executive on the issue of appointment of judges.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has sought a thorough inquiry into the incident. (Twitter)

MoS V Muraleedharan’s house in Thiruvananthapuram attacked by miscreants: Police

Minister of state (MoS) for external affairs V Muraleedharan's house in Thiruvananthapuram was attacked by unidentified miscreants on Wednesday night, police said. A senior police officer inspecting the site said blood drops were found from the scene that was sent for forensic examination. A team lead by deputy police commissioner Ajith Kumar is probing the case. Muraleedharan is yet to react on the attack as his office said he was busy with Parliament proceedings.

Rajya Sabha proceedings underway on Thursday. (ANI)

Rajya Sabha: TMC lawmaker’s question about HC judge’s appointment sparks row

Trinamool Congress lawmaker Jawhar Sircar on Thursday cited the objections to LC Victoria Gowri's appointment as Madras high court judge for allegedly making hate speeches against Christians and Muslims and sparked a row in Rajya Sabha. The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a plea for quashing Gowri's appointment. The Supreme Court earlier granted an urgent hearing granted to the petitions against her appointment. Rajya Sabha chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar referred to the Supreme Court's order over Gowri's appointment.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks at the discussion on the Motion of Thanks on the President's address in Rajya Sabha during the Budget Session of Parliament, in New Delhi on Thursday.

'That name is Mrs Indira Gandhi': Modi hits out at harassment charge by states

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the government has repeatedly emphasised ?cooperative-competitive federalism?. (Also Read Language, behaviour of some disappointing for India: PM Modi in Rajya Sabha) "We, in our policies, have kept national progress in mind and have also addressed the regional aspirations," he said. ?The perfect combination of national progress and regional aspiration has been visible in our policy.?

Union minister of information and broadcasting Anurag Thakur. (File Photo)

79 cases lodged against news channels from 2020 for slanderous programmes: Govt

The Centre has lodged 79 cases from 2020 till now in a bid to take action against private news channels for broadcasting slanderous programmes on news channels by the issuance of advisories, warnings, 'apology scroll' and 'off-air' orders, Union minister of information and broadcasting Anurag Thakur told Parliament on Thursday.

Justice Lekshmana Chandra Victoria Gowri. (ANI)

Aspersions shouldn't be cast on appointment of Victoria Gowri as HC judge: Govt

The government also said aspersions should not be cast on appointment of Victoria Gowri as a judge of the high court, asserting that she has been appointed through a process. Asked by TMC member Jawhar Sircar whether the appointment of Gowri was right even when she has been accused in public of making casteist remarks, of remarks against minorities, Leader of the House Piyush Goyal sought the indulgence of the chair.

Thakur was responding to TMC MP Derek O’Brien’s question in Rajya Sabha. (File image)

Panel report on wrestling sexual harassment charges in 4 weeks: Anurag Thakur

Union youth affairs and sports minister Anurag Thakur on Thursday said the five-member oversight committee appointed to investigate into the allegations levied against Wrestling Federation of India and its president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh will take four more weeks. Thakur was responding to Trinamool Congress Member of Parliament Derek O'Brien's question in Rajya Sabha. In coaching camps, psychologists and mental health professionals are present to provide requisite support and guidance to players.

Congress MP Mallikarjun Kharge speaks in the Rajya Sabha during Budget Session of Parliament, in New Delhi, (PTI)

Congress objects to chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar expunging portions from Kharge’s speech

NEW?DELHI:?Leader of Opposition (LoP) in the Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and Congress MPs on Thursday objected to chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar expunging words from his speech in the House a day earlier, saying he did not use any unparliamentary phrase in the Rajya Sabha. On Thursday, Kharge and Congress leaders complained that the party president's remarks were expunged at six places .

Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks at the discussion on the Motion of Thanks on the President's address in Rajya Sabha during the Budget Session of Parliament.

‘More you throw mud..’: PM's dig at Opposition in Rajya Sabha | Top quotes

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Rajya Sabha on Thursday amid sloganeering by members of the Parliament. The Opposition parties continued their attack over the Adani controversy, demanding a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into the matter. Parliament session live updates here Here are the top quotes from PM Modi's speech in Rajya Sabha: 1) In last 3-4 years, around 11 crore houses have got tap water connections.

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge

‘Khata band…’: PM Modi takes swipe at Kharge over his remark on state visit

Taking a swipe at Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that it is understandable if someone's account is closed due to people becoming aware after so many years. From the beginning of his speech, Narendra Modi launched attacks on Congress for “digging holes” in the nation for six decades. “Their priorities and intentions were different and therefore they never found a permanent solution to any problem,” Kharge added.

JP Nadda, along with Tripura CM, offers prayers at Mata Tripura Sundari Temple in Agartala. (Twitter/bjp)

In photos: Nadda offers prayers at Tripura temple, releases BJP's poll manifesto

Ahead of the release of Bharatiya Janata Party's manifesto for Tripura assembly elections, party president Jagat Prakash Nadda offered prayers at Mata Tripura Sundari Temple in Udaipur town on Thursday morning. He was accompanied by Tripura Chief Minister Manik Saha. BJP has reportedly incorporated several new highlights to the manifesto, focusing on the 'development' of the state. BJP has the highest number of candidates in the fray - 55.

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