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Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh collects the nomination form for the post of party president, at AICC headquarters in New Delhi on Thursday. (Sanjeev Verma/HT)

'Nehru-Gandhi family will remain our leader’: Digvijaya Singh on Congress chief poll

Digvijaya Singh, who entered the fray for the Congress president's election, said on Thursday the Nehru-Gandhi family will remain “our leader”. The senior leader said he was in New Delhi to file the nomination form and after that, he will return to join the Congress's ongoing 'Bharat Jodo Yatra'. The names of Mukul Wasnik and Kumari Selja are also doing the rounds.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Rajya Sabha during ongoing Budget Session of Parliament, in Delhi, Wednesday.

PM Modi wears blue ‘sadri’ jacket made of recycled plastic bottles in Parliament

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday wore a special jacket to Parliament - one made of material recycled from discarded plastic bottles, according to officials cited by news agency PTI. Read PM Modi says Budget has something for each section The jacket was presented to the Prime Minister by the Indian Oil Corporation during the inauguration of the India Energy Week in Bengaluru on Monday.

Smriti irani's daughter Shanelle Irani with her fiance Arjun Bhalla.

Smriti Irani’s daughter Shanelle is marrying NRI Arjun Bhalla: Who is he?

Union minister Smriti Irani arrived in Rajasthan on Wednesday to attend her daughter Shanelle Irani's wedding to NRI Arjun Bhalla. Who is Arjun Bhalla? While Shanelle is a lawyer by profession, media reports claim that Bhalla is an MBA degree holder. He reportedly lives in Canada, with his family of four - parents, Sunil and Shabina Bhalla and a younger brother. On the professional front, Bhalla has been associated with companies including Apple Inc.

**EDS: VIDEO GRAB VIA SANSAD TV** New Delhi: Congress MP Mallikarjun Kharge speaks in the Rajya Sabha during Budget Session of Parliament, in New Delhi, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023. (PTI Photo)(PTI02_08_2023_000076B)

Afternoon brief: Ruckus in Parliament over Kharge's 'mouni baba' remark, 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. Ruckus in Parliament over Kharge's 'mouni baba' remark; 'Doesn't suit you' Congress MP Mallikarjun Kharge on Wednesday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi why he is silent on those who are spreading hatred in the country. Read more Man pays extra for a window seat on British Airways flight.

To attract global and domestic investors and expertise, the ministry will organise the first Global Tourism Investment Summit in April 2023 in New Delhi, Reddy said.

‘Foreign tourist inflow to India up by four times after pandemic': Union min G Kishan Reddy

Union Culture and Tourism Minister G Kishan Reddy on Wednesday said nearly 69 lakh foreign tourists visited India in 2022, indicating a four-fold increase in the number of arrivals after two years of negative growth during COVID-19 pandemic. Reddy was addressing the Tourism Working Group meeting organised at the Tent City in Gujarat's Rann of Kutch as part of India's G20 presidency.

Nirmala Sitharaman objected to Kharge's statement on Adani issue and said it is a direct insinuation against PM Modi.

Uproar in Parliament over Kharge's 'mouni baba', Adani remark; 'Doesn't suit you'

Congress MP Mallikarjun Kharge on Wednesday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi why he is silent on those who are spreading hatred in the country. Ruckus erupted in the Upper House following Mallikarjun Kharge's comment. "I urge him to learn from the former finance minister what is this valuation," BJP MP Piyush Goyal added. Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said it is very smart to say on part of the Congress that they will give data.

Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Aaditya Thackeray.

Stones thrown at Aaditya Thackeray's convoy, Sena leader alleges 'conspiracy'

Stones were thrown at Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray's car last night during a meeting in Maharashtra's Aurangabad, party leader Ambadas Danve said Wednesday. The incident occurred in the village of Mahalgaon during Thackeray's Shivsanvad Yatra, when his program clashed with Ramabai Ambedkar birth anniversary celebrations, news agency ANI said. Danve claimed the stones were thrown by 'anti-social' elements in order to create a rift between the two groups.

Mahua Moitra's use of a cuss word in the Lok Sabha has the BJP up in the arms.

Mahua Moitra stands by 'cuss word'; 'will call an apple…'; Hema Malini says…

Trinamool MP Mahua Moitra on Wednesday defended her use of 'cuss word' in the Lok Sabha and said she will call an apple an apple and not an orange. As Moitra's cuss word while another MP was speaking created an uproar in the Lok Sabha, BJP MP Hema Malini on Wednesday weighed in on the row and said every member of the Parliament is a respectable person.

Union minister Smriti Irani with BJP MP Jagdambika Pal during the Winter Session of Parliament, in New Delhi.

Smriti Irani arrives in Rajasthan for daughter's wedding

Union Minister Smriti Irani arrived in Rajasthan from Delhi on Wednesday morning for the wedding of her daughter Shanelle Irani. The wedding functions will be held at the 15th-century Khimsar Fort on Wednesday and Thursday with family members and close friends in attendance. Surrounded by sand dunes, the Khimsar Fort, which is now a heritage hotel, belongs to BJP leader Gajendra Singh.

Rahul Gandhi's speech at Parliament on Tuesday led to a controversy as the BJP now seeks action against him.

Take action against Rahul Gandhi: BJP MP on allegations against PM Modi

Day after Rahul Gandhi's speech in Parliament loaded with allegations against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP MP Nishikant Dubey on Wednesday wrote to the Lok Sabha Speaker to move a breach of motion against Rahul Gandhi. Some of the remarks were later expunged from the record. "If you show posters, they will show posters of the Rajasthan chief minister (with Adani). Parliament is not for these things," Speaker Om Birla said.

In the present year, 126 fake news instances were debunked. (Representative file image)

PIB fact check unit busted 1,160 fake news cases since 2019: Govt to Lok Sabha

The fact check unit of the Press Information Bureau busted 1,160 cases of false information since its inception in November 2019, union minister for information & broadcasting Anurag Singh Thakur in reply to the Lok Sabha said on Tuesday. In 2019, 17 fake news were busted by the fact check unit, rising to 394 cases busted in 2020. In 2021, 285 instances of fake news were debunked, growing to 338 instances in 2022.

People walk past a collapsed building in Malatya, Turkey.

India planning to send sixth C-17 to quake-hit Turkiye and Syria

New Delhi: India is planning to send a sixth C-17 heavy lift transport aircraft with relief material and medicine to help earthquake hit Turkiye today with the aircraft carrying humanitarian aid flying a circuitous route via Iran as Pakistan does not give permission to Indian military aircraft. Equipment includes hand and power tools, lighting equipment, air-lifting bags, chainsaw, angle cutters, rotary rescue saw, victim location equipment, life detectors, etc.

Eighteen scientists led by Bengaluru’s National Centre for Biological Sciences conducted the study. (HT PHOTO)

India needs strategy for conserving landscapes humans, wildlife share: Study

India needs a biodiversity strategy that includes conserving landscapes that humans and wildlife share since only 15% of the country's top conservation priority areas are covered under the protected area network, a study published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Sustainability has recommended. Eighteen scientists led by Bengaluru's National Centre for Biological Sciences conducted the study, which was published on Monday. They have called for providing crucial ecosystem services such as carbon and water.

President Joe Biden delivers the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, in Washington, as Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy of Calif., applaud.

Morning brief: Joe Biden says will act if China threatens US sovereignty, 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. 'Make no mistake' US will act if China threatens its sovereignty, says US President Joe Biden growing tension with China over a suspected spy balloon, Joe Biden Amidst said that the United States will act to protect if Beijing threatens its sovereignty.

Butchibabu Gorantla has worked as the personal auditor of many incuding Kavitha.

CBI arrests Hyderabad's CA, former aide of KCR's daughter, in Delhi liquor case: Report

The CBI on Wednesday arrested Butchi Babu Gorantla, a Hyderabad-based chartered accountant for his alleged role in the formulation and implementation of the Delhi excise policy, news agency ANI reported. Butchubabu Gorantla is believed to be a former aide of Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao's daughter MLC Kavitha whose name has already been dragged into the case. This is not the first time that the CA's name has come up in the case.

File photo of Aaftab Poonawala and Shraddha Walkar. (HT Photo)

Dubai woman Aaftab's friend: 10 things Shradhha murder case chargesheet reveals

Law books, warm clothes in jail for Aftab, Shraddha Walkar murder accused 3. Aaftab kept Shraddha's body parts in the refrigerator. The chargesheet said Aaftab earlier tried to mislead the police by giving false statements that he burnt her body piece and crushed the bones and thrown away the powder. Aaftab used the'Blinkit' App to buy trash bags, cleaning materials etc. 7. Aaftab also bought dry ice.

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