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Tamil Nadu chief minister M K Stalin. (PTI)

Spending on health, education can’t be freebies: Stalin

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Saturday said the expenditure incurred by the government on education and health cannot be construed as freebies and stated such measures were being extended to the poor and those living in the fringes. The Supreme Court has said freebies and welfare scheme were different, Stalin said in an event at the Arumigu Kapaleeswarar Arts and Science College at his Kolathur constituency here.

BJP doesn't capture institutions like Congress, says Rijiju

Judicial appointment row: We respect all instructions, says Rijiju

Union law minister Kiren Rijiju on Friday took a swipe at Congress over its leader and MP Manish Tewari's adjournment notice in Parliament to discuss Centre's confrontation with judiciary on matters related to judicial appointments. The Union minister said the Bharatiya Janata Party doesn't capture institutions like Congress. "We aren't like the Congress party that overturns everything and captures institutions. BJP respects all institutions of the country," news agency ANI quoted Rijiju saying.

File photo of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar (ANI)

‘Nitish Kumar's defeat, not of alliance’: Ex RJD MLA on Kurhani bypoll result

Former Rashtriya Janata Dal legislator Anil Sahani whose disqualification necessitated bypoll in Bihar's Kurhani Assembly constituency said that the defeat wasn't of the Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) but of chief minister Nitish Kumar. Blaming the bypoll defeat on JD(U)'s choice of candidate, Sahani said that fielding a non-EBC candidate in an Extremely backward Class seat was a mistake. The Bharatiya Janata Party won the Kurhani Assembly seat defeating the Janata Dal (United) by 3,645 votes.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with then Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat

Remembering India’s first CDS Gen Bipin Rawat

Raisina Hill legend has it that on the day the Chinese PLA with construction vehicles and road building equipment started moving towards Torsha nullah on Doklam Plateau on India-Bhutan-China trijunction in June 2017, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, then foreign secretary and now foreign minister S Jaishankar and then Army Chief and later Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Gen Bipin Rawat met Prime Minister Narendra Modi for military-diplomatic directions that afternoon. Cut to August 2020.

Union Sports minister Anurag Thakur (PTI)

Afternoon brief: AAP, Congress attack Anurag Thakur over Himachal defeat, 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. 'Union minister can't save his booth':, Congress attack Anurag Thakur As the BJP lost all five assembly seats which fall in Union minister Anurag Thakur's Hamirpur, the and the Congress raised questions over the performance of the member of Parliament.

Shraddha Walkar was allegedly murdered by her live-in partner Aaftab Amin Poonawala in Delhi on May 18

Aaftab should get maximum punishment, says Shraddha's father; meets Fadnavis

Shraddha Walkar's father Vikas Walkar on Friday met Maharashtra deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis at his residence in Mumbai in connection with the Shraddha murder case. BJP's Kirit Somaiya was also present as Shraddha Walkar's father went to meet Fadnavis. Shraddha's live-in partner, Aaftab Poonawala, who strangled Shraddha and then butchered her body into 35 parts will remain in judicial custody for another 14 days as a Saket court on Friday extended Aaftab's custody.

The Supreme Court of India. (PTI File Photo)

‘Don’t watch if you don’t like’: SC to petitioner who sought damages for YouTube ads

The Supreme Court on Friday imposed a penalty of 25,000 on a man who demanded compensation from Google as hpetitioner Anand Kishore Choudharycould not crack a competitive exam because of explicit advertisements on the company-owned YouTube. The bench of justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and AS Oka called the plea “one of the most atrocious petitions” and a “gross abuse” of a public interest litigation. Choudhary also requested the bench to let him go.

Union minister Anurag Thakur faced flak because of BJP's poor performance in the assembly constituencies in Hamirpur, his home district.

'Union minister can't save his booth': AAP, Congress attack Anurag Thakur

As the BJP lost all five assembly seats which fall in Union minister Anurag Thakur's Hamirpur, the AAP and the Congress raised questions over the performance of the member of Parliament. Referring to Naresh Balyan's 'Goli maro' speech in Delhi in 2020, AAP MLA Naresh Balyan said the BJP's wave is such that even a Union minister could not save his booth.

TMC MP Derek O'Brien speaks in the Rajya Sabha.

'No wonder SC thinks…': TMC MP targets Election Commission over leader's arrest

Trinamool Congress MP Derek O'Brien targeted the Election Commission over the arrest of the party's national spokesperson Saket Gokhale by Gujarat Police in a fresh case hours after he secured bail in a case related to his tweet about the Morbi bridge collapse tragedy. ?@SaketGokhale of @AITCofficial gets bail in one case filed by Gujarat Police & was on his way to airport. What does EC do? Arrest him,? the Rajya Sabha member further wrote.

IPS officer Amit Lodha's 'Bihar Diaries' is the inspiration behind Netflix's Khakee: The Bihar Chapter

Who is IPS Amit Lodha, facing graft case for Netflix's Khakee? 10 things to know

Lodha's has been accused of receiving Rs 12,372 from the deal while Rs 38.25 lakh was credited to his wife Koumidi's account. 10 things to know about Amit Lodha 1. Born in Jaipur, Amit Lodha studied at IIT Delhi and cracked the entrance on the first attempt. However, his IIT experience was not pleasant as he recounted in an interview. Amit Lodha soon became a celebrated IPS because of his connection with the people.

A satellite image shows cyclone 'Mandous' as it approaches the Indian coast. (PTI Photo)

Severe cyclone ‘Mandous’ heads for TN coast, may weaken marginally before landfall

Severe cyclone 'Mandous' is heading towards the Tamil Nadu coast as the latest readings on Friday morning indicate the weather pattern laying over southwest Bay of Bengal, moving nearly west-northwestwards about 240 km north-northeast of Trincomalee (Sri Lanka), 240 km east-northeast of Jaffna (Sri Lanka), 240 km east-southeast of Karaikal and about 320 km south-southeast of Chennai.

Cyclone Mandous: People stand near a stone ledge amid gusty winds as dark clouds loom over the Kasimedu fishing harbour in Chennai on December 8, 2022.

Morning brief: IMD's red alert over Cyclone Mandous, 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. Read more? They won in Gujarat because...: Uddhav Sena's dig at BJP's Gujarat feat Maharashtra played a crucial role in BJP's historic win in Gujarat as development projects originally planned to be in Maharashtra eventually went to Gujarat ahead of the election, former Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray said on Thursday.

An 8-yr-old boy named Tanmay Sahu fell into a borewell in Mandvi village, in Betul, MP. (ANI Photo)

60 hours on, efforts continue to save boy who fell into 400-ft borewell in MP's Betul

Rescue operations are underway for the third day on Friday to save an eight-year-old boy who fell into a 400-feet-deep borewell in Mandvi village of Betul district in Madhya Pradesh. Efforts have been on for more than 60 hours now. The boy, identified as Tanmay Sahu, fell into the borewell while playing in a farm around 5pm on December 6. His father, Sunil Sahu said that his daughter, 12, was the one who saw him falling.

On Sonia Gandhi's birthday, PM Modi prayed for her long and healthy life.

PM Modi wishes Sonia Gandhi on birthday: 'Praying for long and healthy life'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday extended birthday greetings to Congress leader Sonia Gandhi and prayed for her long and healthy life. The former Congress president reached Ranthambore on Thursday, a day ahead of the birthday to celebrate the occasion in the state where the party's Bharat Jodo Yatra is presently in. Priyanka Gandhi also reached Sawai Madhopur via road and joined Sonia Gandhi. Wishes poured in on the occasion of Sonia Gandhi's birthday.

Around 60 people injured after a house caught fire caused due to a cylinder explosion at Bhungra village in Jodhpur.

5 killed, dozens injured in fire caused by cylinder blast in Rajasthan village

Five people died and many were injured in a fire caused by a cylinder explosion in a village in the Jodhpur district of Rajasthan, police said. The incident occurred at a house in Shergarh sub-division's Bhungra village where guests had gathered for a wedding. Some of the injured sustained 80 to 100 per cent burns, according to officials. Two children, Ratan Singh (5) and Khushboo (4), died on the spot.

Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday said snatching projects from Maharashtra to Gujarat paid off in the election.

They won in Gujarat because...: Uddhav Sena's dig at BJP's Gujarat feat; 'Modi Gujarat Asmita'

Maharashtra played a crucial role in BJP's historic win in Gujarat as development projects originally planned to be in Maharashtra eventually went to Gujarat ahead of the election, former Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray said on Thursday. Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday issued a statement and said the projects that went from Maharashtra to Gujarat helped the BJP. Many decisions were taken for the convenience of Gujarat and projects were shifted to the state, Pawartionalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar said.

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