Opposition leaders in India expressed shock at novelist Salman Rushdie being stabbed at an event in New York on Friday and raised concerns over the threat to freedom of expression. He was rushed to a hospital and underwent surgery. Rushdie's 1988 novel “The Satanic Verses” was viewed as blasphemous by many Muslims and triggered violent protests in the Islamic World. The death threats forced Rushdie to go into hiding in Britain with round-the-clock security cover.
Referring to the continued ancient flow of Indian consciousness, PM Narendra Modi said that India is not just a land mass but is an expression of civilisation, culture, harmony and possibilities. Modi said many other civilisations perished as they could not adapt to the changing times, but Indian civilisation has endured for thousands of years.
Amid this controversy, SP Maurya met Samajwadi Party supremo Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday and later told reporters that the former will “make a statement at the right time”, ANI quoted him as saying. Though Yadav has not spoken about the matter, it is believed that he is unhappy over Maurya's remarks. Several SP MLAs have distanced themselves from Maurya.
Following the release of the Hindenburg research report which sent Adani stocks plummeting on Friday, the Congress launched an offensive against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government at the Centre over their alleged close connections with the Adani Group and sought serious investigations into the matter by the Reserve Bank of India and the Securities and Exchange Board of India.
Sonam Wangchuk, a social reformist from Ladakh whose life story inspired the Bollywood film '3 Idiots', began his five-day climate fast to “save Ladakh” on the rooftop of the Himalayan Institute of Alternative Ladakh in Phyang on Thursday. “AFTER THE 1st DAY OF MY #ClimateFast FOR LADAKH...Still on rooftop as roads were blocked & I've been denied permission to get to #KHARDUNGLA More later...” he tweeted.
The petitioner had contended that after being administered the first vaccine (Covishield), he suffered from various adverse reactions which required specialised treatment, and hence sought permission to take Covaxin.
After taking blessings of his parents and paying floral tributes to his grandfather and TDP-founder late N T Rama Rao at NTR Ghat at Tank Bund on Wednesday, Lokesh flew down to Kadapa where he performed special prayers at the famous “pedda dargah”, Lord Lakshmi Venkateshwara temple and Roman Catholic Church at Mariyapuram. He had the darshan of Lord Venkateshwara at Tirumala in the early hours of Thursday before going to Kuppam.
Here are today's top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times. Hindenburg defends report on Adani Group, says any action will be 'meritless' Investment research firm Hindenburg hit back at Gautam Adani-led Adani Group after the business conglomerate said it would seek 'remedial and punitive action' against it over accusations of improper use of offshore tax havens.
Against the backdrop of differences between the Telangana government and the Raj Bhavan over protocol and other issues, Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan on Thursday said she would work for the state's people though some may not like her. She was speaking after unfurling the National Flag at the Raj Bhavan as part of the Republic Day celebrations. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao did not attend the event. Everyone should have equal share in development, Soundararajan said.
In a major announcement ahead of the Chhattisgarh Assembly polls due this year-end, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Thursday said unemployed youth will be given a monthly allowance in the state from the next financial year. It was one of the key promises made by the Congress ahead of the 2018 Assembly polls, following which the party returned to power in the state after a gap of 15 years.
The Union ministry of culture presented a shakti-rupe-sanskritam tableau that captured the power of Devi (the female goddess) for the 74th Republic Day celebrations and organised a dance performance by 479 artistes from across the country showcasing Nari Shakti (women' power). The artistes were chosen through a nationwide 'Vande Bharatam' dance competition. The ministry last year launched the 'Vande Bharatam' Nritya Utsav' commemorating 75 years of Independence under the banner of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.”
As India celebrated its 74th Republic Day on Thursday, Kartavya Path in the national capital witnessed the prowess of the armed forces armoured with hi-tech indigenously made equipment. Read here: Egyptian Army takes part in 74th Republic Day parade. Watch The Republic Parade 2023 kicked off with a march by a contingent of the Egyptian Armed Forces. The first contingent in the uniform of the 61 Cavalry was led by Captain Raizada Shaurya Bali.
President Droupadi Murmu led her maiden Republic Day celebrations at Kartavya Path and unfurled the national flag. The flag hoisting was followed by a rendition of the national anthem and a 21-gun salute. The 74th Republic Day parade was flagged off after President Murmu received the 21-gun salute. President Murmu was accompanied by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El –Sisi as they departed from the Rashtrapati Bhavan to attend the Republic Day celebrations at Kartavya Path.
On India's 74th Republic Day the Israel embassy tweeted a video - featuring Israeli diplomats speaking in regional Indian languages and Naor Gilon, that nation's ambassador, speaking in Hindi - to wish all Indians. Read here: PM Modi wears multi-coloured turban on 74th Republic Day The two-minute video shared by the embassy shows Israeli diplomats extending Republic Day wishes in Hindi, Punjabi, Rajasthani, Bangla, Urdu, Marathi, and Assamese.
Amid freezing temperatures and snowfall, Indian Army soldiers posted in Jammu and Kashmir are geared up to celebrate the 74th Republic Day. In New Delhi, the first contingent in the uniform of the 61 Cavalry will be led by Captain Raizada Shaurya Bali during the Republic Day parade on Kartavya Path on Thursday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the nation on Thursday on the occasion of India's 74th Republic Day. Egyptian president Abdel Fattah Al Sisi is the chief guest for Republic Day this year, and a 120-member Egyptian contingent will also march during the celebrations on Kartavaya Path. This year's Republic Day celebration is themed around 'Jan-Bhagidari (participation of people)'.