Saturday, January 28, 2023



The Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB) has on Saturday arrested accused Gurdeep Singh, who has been absconding for about 3 years and 5 months in the embezzlement case pertaining to the land of Improvement Trust Jalandhar. In this case total of 12 accused have been arrested so far and the search for the rest is going on. Disclosing this here today, a spokesperson of the VB said that 94.97 acres of land was acquired by the Improvement Trust Jalandhar in Surya Enclave extension, but at the time of paying the compensation, many accused has embezzled the compensation amount to the tune of Rs 5, 49, 18,523 in the names of fake persons and by preparing forged documents of the Improvement Trust in conniving with Trust officials.


Punjab Sports Minister Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer on Saturday took serious notice of the poor quality food being served to the players during surprise check at the mess in the wing of the Punjab Institute of Sports (PIS) in the Phase 9 sports complex in Mohali. The Sports Minister himself also ate the food and inspected the food preparation materials in the mess. He said that the food is not at all satisfactory and below the standard. He warned the mess workers present on the spot regarding the poor quality of food being served and the lack of nutritional food for the players. He immediately called the contractor on the spot and told him that such callosity is not at all tolerable.

Raghav Chadha Receives “India UK Outstanding Achievers Honour” In London

Rajya Sabha MP Raghav Chadha was conferred with the India UK Outstanding Achievers Honour during an event in London, celebrating India @ 75 in association with UK Parliament. Rajya Sabha MP Raghav Chadha received the prestigious “India UK Outstanding Achiever” honour at an award ceremony in London on 25th January 2023. Raghav has been honoured as an “Outstanding Achiever” in the “Government and Politics” category, which recognises individuals demonstrating excellence in changing how democracy and justice are experienced and tackling challenging societal problems for the good of people and the planet. 

Turkey condemns burning of Quran in Denmark

Turkey condemned the burning of the Quran by a far-right politician near a mosque in Denmark on Friday.
"We condemn in the strongest terms that the hate crime committed in Sweden against our holy book Quran is allowed to be committed again in Copenhagen, Denmark today," the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Ethiopia to resume public transport into conflict-affected Tigray region

The Ethiopian government has disclosed that preparations have been finalised to resume public land transport services into the country's conflict-affected northernmost Tigray region. The Ethiopian Ministry of Transport and Logistics on Friday said instructions have been sent to public transport associations to start land transport from Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, to the Tigray region.

Germany faces biggest teacher shortage in 50 yrs: Association

Germany's education system is facing the "biggest shortage of teachers in 50 years" as a result of education policy failures, the country's teachers' association said. The problem is largely "self-made," association president Heinz-Peter Meidinger told the Rheinische Post newspaper on Friday. The number of new teachers has been continually declining in recent decades.

Iran, Azerbaijan should not let deadly embassy attack affect ties: FM

The Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has condemned the deadly armed attack on Azerbaijan's embassy in Tehran, saying the two countries should not let their ties be affected by the incident. In a phone call with his Azerbaijani counterpart Jeyhun Bayramov, Amir-Abdollahian on Friday also proposed close cooperation between the two countries' security bodies to investigate the attack that killed an embassy employee and injured two others.

US foreign arms sales increase significantly in fiscal 2022 due to military support for Ukraine

US foreign arms sales grew significantly in fiscal year 2022, according to data released by the Department of State, which attributed the increase mainly to US military support for Ukraine amid the ongoing war with Russia.

Zimbabwe to conduct second measles vaccination campaign

Zimbabwe will roll out the second phase of the measles vaccination campaign in the most affected districts, starting next Monday, the Ministry of Health and Child Care said. The campaign will run from January 30 to February 10 targeting children aged five years to below 15 years in the eight most affected districts around the country, the Ministry tweeted on Friday.

Moscow orders Latvian ambassador to leave Russia within 2 weeks

The Latvian ambassador to Russia, Maris Riekstins, should leave Russia within two weeks, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. Latvian Charge d'Affaires Dace Rutka was summoned to the Ministry in protest over Latvia's decision to lower the level of Russian-Latvian diplomatic relations, the Ministry said in a statement on Friday.

Govt, M23 clashes displace 90K people in Congo's North Kivu: UN

UN humanitarians report that recent clashes between Congolese forces and M23 rebels have displaced about 90,000 people The chief spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Stephane Dujarric, said on Friday that initial reports from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) centered the fighting in and around Kitchanga in North Kivu province in eastern Congo.

Dust storm hits Mongolian province

A dust storm hit the southeastern Mongolian province of Dornogovi on Friday, causing low visibility on roads. The unstable weather was expected to prevail during the weekend, the provincial weather monitoring agency said in a statement.

8 killed during Houthi attack on govt troops in Yemen

At least eight people were killed on Friday in an attack launched by the Houthi fighters on military sites of the Yemeni government forces in the southern province of Lahj, a local military official said. "A group of Houthi fighters carried out an attack and attempted to advance militarily on the ground in order to capture key sites controlled by the government forces in the northern part of Lahj province," the official added on condition of anonymity on Friday.

8 killed, 10 injured in shooting attack in East Jerusalem settlement

At least eight people were killed and 10 others injured in a shooting attack in a settlement in East Jerusalem on Friday night, the Israeli Foreign Ministry said in a tweet. According to Israel's Magen David Adom emergency service, several people were being treated for life-threatening injuries and the assailant had been shot dead.

Spain registers 5.5% GDP growth in 2022

Spain's economy grew by 5.5 per cent in 2022, the country's Statistical Office (INE) said on Friday. The GDP increased by 0.2 per cent in the final quarter of 2022, allowing for an annual growth of 5.5 per cent, despite the negative effects of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

EU justice ministers discuss cooperation in fighting cross-border crime

Judicial cooperation in the fight against organised crime topped the agenda of an informal meeting of the EU member states' justice and home affairs ministers here. "Organised crime has never posed such a threat to the EU and its citizens as it does today," Sweden's Minister for Justice Gunnar Strommer said in a statement on Friday.

US reports 100 paediatric flu deaths this season

The US has reported a total of 91 paediatric flu deaths so far this season, according to the latest data released on Friday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There have been at least 25 million illnesses, 280,000 hospitalisations, and 17,000 deaths from flu his season in the US, according to CDC estimates.

Greek govt survives motion of censure over wiretapping affair

A motion of censure against the Greek government over allegations of extensive wiretapping was outvoted on Friday. The motion was tabled by the main opposition party, SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance, over alleged surveillance of ministers, legislators, military officers, journalists, and businessmen by the Greek National Intelligence Service (EYP).

3-metre-high flood submerges Indonesia, 1 killed

One person died after floods 80 to 300 cm high destroyed dozens of homes in Indonesia's North Sulawesi on Friday. "Heavy rains in several areas of Manado City have caused the Tondano river to overflow, and flooding cannot be avoided," said Abdul Muhari.

Record rainfall overnight in Auckland causes massive flooding

Record rainfall from Friday morning through overnight to Saturday morning in Auckland has caused massive flooding across the biggest city in New Zealand. The country's national meteorological service, MetService, issued Red Heavy Rain Warning for the Auckland area overnight and recorded 249mm of rain in 24 hours until 1 a.m. Saturday.

Delhi HC allows impleading city govt, CBSE, NCERT in plea seeking common syllabus, curriculum across India

The Delhi High Court has allowed the petitioner to implead the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and the Delhi government as parties to his plea challenging the syllabus and curriculum varying for each strata of society and seeking common syllabus for children across the country.

Woman, 2 children found dead near railway tracks in Delhi

Delhi Police on Saturday found three bodies, including that of a woman and two children, with injury marks on their heads near the railway tracks in North-West Delhi's Narela area. That bodies, which were recovered by Delhi Police's railway unit, have been sent to the hospital and the police are trying to ascertain their identities.

Six nabbed for robbing pharmaceutical manager in Delhi

Five men have been arrested while a juvenile has been apprehended by Delhi Police's Crime Branch for allegedly robbing a pharmaceutical manager after throwing red chilli powder in his eyes in the national Capital. The accused have been identified as Sandeep, Arun Kumar alias Arjun, Ajeet Kumar, Kamal alias Deva and Riyaz Ahmed alias Sharukh.

KJo praises host Aditya Narayan, says his mum is a big fan of 'Indian Idol'

Filmmaker Karan Johar shared that his mother and producer Hiroo Johar is a big fan of 'Indian Idol' and praised host Aditya Narayan on the 13th season singing reality show, which will be 'Celebrating Dharma'. Commending Aditya Narayan for his hosting skills and the talented contestants, Karan said: "Aditya Narayan is my favourite host. Because the thing is, a host's job is to entertain everyone,

TOPS Development athletes set for competition in Khelo India Youth Games

The Khelo India Youth Games in Madhya Pradesh starting January 30 will see multiple Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) Development athletes taking to the field. This elevates the magnitude of the games as the TOPS athletes, who are international achievers already, will inspire the grassroots level athletes to up the ante and provide a tough contest.

Used to bunk classes since I always wanted to play football with the boys in the school: Madhumathi

Madhumathi R, a cheerful girl from Neyveli, Tamil Nadu, is a promising midfielder currently in the India U-20 Women's National camp for the upcoming SAFF U-20 Women's Championship in Dhaka, Bangladesh from February 3-9.

Didn't know what a passport was till my first India call-up: Sunita Munda

Hardly anyone was surprised when Sunita Munda was called for the National camp for the AFC U-14 regional championship in 2016. Even before turning 14, Munda had proved to be a remarkable talent on the pitch, possessing all the necessary skills to blossom into a fine striker. Her coaches never doubted her ability.

IBA continues implementing its new Development Program for the officials in Asian region

Two-Star Referees & Judges, Cut Technician and International Technical Officials (ITOs) courses have been successfully concluded within the ASBC Asian U22 Men and Women Boxing Championships. The ASBC Asian U22 Men and Women Boxing Championships took place in the capital of Thailand, being a bright start for the new IBA and ASBC competition year. However, it was not only boxers who benefited from this remarkable event; 

All-female match officials appointed for ICC U19 Women's T20 World Cup Final

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Saturday announced that they have appointed an all-female match officials panel for the final of the ICC U19 Women's T20 World Cup, to be held in JB Marks Oval on Sunday.Vanessa De Silva will oversee the final as Match referee, while Candace La Borde and Sarah Dambanevana will be the on-field umpires. Dedunu De Silva will be TV Umpire while Lisa McCabe is the fourth umpire.

We are here to win: New Zealand captain Sophie Devine on Women's T20 World Cup

New Zealand captain Sophie Devine stated that her team has set their sight on winning the upcoming Women's T20 World Cup, to be held in South Africa from February 10-26. New Zealand's best showing in the Women's T20 World Cup has been runners-up finishes in 2009 and 2010. When the tournament was last held in 2020 in Australia, they had to make an early exit from the group stages.

SRK-starrer 'Pathaan' grosses Rs 313 crore worldwide in first 3 days

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan's film 'Pathaan', directed by Siddharth Anand, has recorded the biggest opening weekend in the history of Hindi cinema, which it set on Day 3 of its release, by collecting Rs 313 crore gross worldwide.

Perandur airport project in Chennai: Bid for consultant extended amid protests from locals

Even as the farmers and local residents of Perandur in Chennai have been protesting against a second airport coming up at Perandur, the Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation (TIDCO) has extended the deadline for bids to select a consultant to February 6.

Centre notifies three Grievance Appellate Committees to address users' complaints

The Centre on Saturday established three Grievance Appellate Committees based on the recently amended Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021) to look into users' complaints against Internet Intermediaries. The need for such a Committees arose due to large numbers of grievances being left unaddressed or unsatisfactorily addressed by Internet Intermediaries.

Man found dead in West Delhi

A 43-year-old man was found dead under mysterious circumstances in West Delhi area, said an official on Saturday. The deceased has been identified as Rajkumar Galan, a resident of village Kalikatar, Nepal. According to a senior police official, a police control room (PCR) call was received on Friday at Tilak Nagar police station regarding a dead body of a male found near garbage dumping area Tilak Vihar, near CRPF camp.

Kanhaiya Nagar accident: Injured victim passes away

A man on a two-wheeler who was critically injured after colliding with a car in north Delhi's Kanhaiya Nagar died during the course of treatment on Saturday. In an incident echoing the ghastly Kanjhawala hit-and-drag case, Kailash Bhatnagar was killed while Sumit Khari suffered critical injuries when the two, travelling on a scooty, collided with a car and the former was stuck on the vehicle's its bonnet and dragged 350 metres, according to the police.

2 cops suspended for beating minor in Gujarat's Jamnagar

Two police constables have been suspended in Gujarat's Jamnagar for allegedly beating a minor. The suspension order was given by Jamnagar District Superintendent of Police (DSP) Prem Sukh Delu and on Friday, he had also ordered an inquiry into the incident.

Microsoft to auto upgrade Windows 11 old version to new version

Microsoft has announced that users running the original version of Windows 11, known as version 21H2, will be automatically upgraded to the latest version of Windows 11 known as version 22H2 or the "2022 Update".

Apple's new software to offer anyone build AR apps

Apple is developing software that will give users an easier way to create their own augmented reality (AR) apps on its upcoming mixed-reality (MR) headset. The tech giant is developing the software as part of an effort to drive mass adoption of the device by broadening the array of content for it.

Boman Irani marks 38th wedding anniversary with pictures with wife Zenobia

Actor Boman Irani, who is known for his work in the 'Munna Bhai' franchise, 'Don' and several others, is celebrating his wedding anniversary on Saturday. To mark the occasion, the actor shared a series of adorable pictures with wife Zenobia on their 38th wedding anniversary.

Anoushka Shankar to perform at 65th annual Grammy awards premiere ceremony

Kicking off the proceedings for the 65th annual Grammy Awards, Awards Premiere Ceremony, Anoushka Shankar will be seen making her third performance at the event. The ceremony will return to the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on 5 February.

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