Modi slams Congress to Falcon Heavy blasts off to space: Top stories of the day
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Modi slams Congress to Falcon Heavy blasts off to space: Top stories of the day

Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused the Congress of “serving one family” and disregarding the nation’s interests. The Supreme Court quashed all iron ore mining permits in Goa. SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, the world’s most powerful rocket, shot off on its maiden test flight. These stories made news on Wednesday. Here is more about them.

india Updated: Feb 08, 2018 07:47 IST
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This still image taken from a SpaceX livestream video shows "Starman" sitting in SpaceX CEO Elon Musk's cherry red Tesla roadster after the Falcon Heavy rocket delivered it into orbit around the Earth on February 2, 2018.(AFP)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused the Congress of “serving one family” and disregarding the nation’s interests in a Parliament speech. The Supreme Court quashed all iron ore mining permits in Goa. SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, the world’s most powerful rocket, shot off on its maiden test flight. These stories made news on Wednesday. Here is more about them.

Congress infested India with poison: Modi in Parliament

Prime Minister Narendra Modi used his Parliament speech about the union budget to attack the Congress, accusing the main opposition party of “dividing India” and “serving one family”. “Every Indian is paying the price of the poison infested by Congress,” he said in the speech seen as setting the tone for Lok Sabha elections next year.

PM Modi has to answer nation’s questions: Rahul

Congress president Rahul Gandhi rejected Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s criticism of his party, saying it’s time he stopped blaming others. “Questions are being asked by the country from the prime minister but he is not answering... here (in Parliament) you have to give answers and not ask questions to the country instead,” said Gandhi.

Supreme Court cancels iron ore mining permits in Goa

The Supreme Court has quashed all iron ore mining permits in Goa and ordered that fresh licences be granted through a bidding process. The court said the government’s process of renewing mining permits in 2015 was “in violation of law”. It also directed setting up of a special investigation team for recovery of money companies made after the mining permits were renewed.

Quack accused of people with HIV in UP district arrested

Rajendra Yadav, the fake doctor accused of infecting at least 58 people with HIV in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao district, was arrested. Yadav allegedly used the same syringe to treat all his patients, leading to infections. He went around local villages on his motorbike to treat patients for as little as Rs 10.

China opposes external intervention in Maldives crisis

China opposedany external intervention to resolve the political crisis in the Maldives, giving a statement after former president Mohamed Nasheed urged India to use its military to end the turmoil in the island nation. “The current situation in the Maldives is its internal affairs. China follows the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of others,” said China’s foreign ministry spokesperson.

SpaceX’s big new rocket blasts off, puts sports car in space

The world’s most powerful rocket, SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, blasted off on its highly anticipated maiden test flight, carrying CEO Elon Musk’s cherry red electric sports car toward an orbit near Mars. The Falcon Heavy is a combination of three Falcon 9s, the rocket that Musk’s company uses to ship supplies to the International Space Station and lift satellites. SpaceX is reusing first-stage boosters to save on launch costs. Most other rocket makers discard their spent boosters in the ocean.

A model showcases a Honda Africa Twin, a dual-sport motorcycle, at the Auto Expo 2018 in Greater Noida . (PTI)

Maruti Suzuki, Tata Motors, Mercedes start off Auto Expo

Auto Expo, India’s main car show held every two years, began in Greater Noida where motoring giants like Maruti Suzuki, Tata Motors and Mercedes Benz announced new vehicles and designs. Maruti launched its compact car called ConceptFutureS; Tata showcased two concept vehicles for a luxury SUV and a premium hatchback; and Mercedes launched the Maybach S650 which will sell for Rs 2.73 crore.

Jhulan Goswami first woman cricketer to take 200 ODI wickets

Indian pacer Jhulan Goswami became the first woman cricketer to take 200 wickets in One-Day Internationals. Goswami, 35, achieved the record when she took South Africa’s first wicket during the second ODI of the three-match series at the Diamond Oval in Kimberley.

Actor Jeetendra accused of sexually harassing relative

Veteran actor Jeetendra was accused of sexually harassing his cousin, who has filed a police complaint 47 years after the alleged incident. According to the complaint, the incident took place in January 1971.

Kohli, spinners help India thrash South Africa, take 3-0 unassailable lead

Virat Kohli (160*) and India’s spinners hammered South Africa again on Wednesday in the latest episode of a one-sided ODI series, winning the third game by 124 runs to go 3-0 up with three to play. The 303/6 total put up by India proved too much for the hosts as wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav (4/23) and Yuzvendra Chahal (4/46) got into the act again, skittling them out for 179.

First Published: Feb 08, 2018 07:47 IST