09:12 am Ranchi: Voting for the second phase of the Jharkhand Assembly polls began on Saturday. The polling which started at 7 am, will end at 3 pm, except for the two Assembly seats, Jamshedpur East and Jamshedpur West, where it will conclude at 5 pm.
10:11 am Hyderabad: On Thursday after a 26-year-old veterinarian's charred body was found in Shamshabad near Hyderabad, police found another woman dead in the same location under similar circumstances. "The body was found in an open area on the outskirts of Shamshabad. It is being moved to a government hospital for autopsy, and a case is being registered,", said police officials.
01:11 pm On Thursday, a day after she defined Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse as a patriot in parliament, BJP MP Pragya Singh Thakur was suspended from the Defence ministry's Advisory Committee. Pragya Thakur, a repeat offender, did it before, but this time in Lok Sabha the offensive comments were made. "Not just calling Godse a deshbhakt (patriot), but we condemn even such thinking. The ideology of Mahatma Gandhi is now as relevant as it was before," said Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, today condemning his party MP in Lok Sabha.
05:11 pm India's PSLV-C47 successfully launched on Wednesday from Satish Dhawan Space Center (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota, Cartosat-3 and 13 commercial nanosatellites. Cartosat-3 was inserted into an orbit of 509 km at an inclination of 97.5 degrees to the equator at approximately 17 minutes and 38 seconds after lift-off at 9:28 am. The 13 nanosatellites were subsequently inserted into their planned orbits. After separation, Cartosat-3 solar arrays were automatically deployed and satellite control was assumed by the ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network at Bengaluru. In the coming days, the satellite will be brought to its final operational configuration.
12:11 pm Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted shortly after Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar took their oath, saying "Congratulations to Devendra Fadnavis ji and Ajit Pawar ji on taking oath as the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minsiter of Maharashtra respectively. I am confident they will work diligently for the bright future of Maharashtra."
03:11 pm Mahinda Rajapaksa, brother of Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, has sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Srilanka. This is the first time that two brothers are in the president and prime minister's positions in the country's history. Between 2005 to 2015, Mahinda served as the president. He is credited with a military victory during his presidency that ended a 26-year-long separatist civil war with ethnic Tamil rebels.
01:11 pm New Delhi; A decision to restore internet services in Kashmir-where the internet has been snapped for more than 100 days will be taken when the "local administration is informed," said Union Home Minister Amit Shah in parliament today, adding that no one has died in Jammu and Kashmir as a result of police firing since 5 August when the government made the big announcement of ending Jammu and Kashmir's special status. We heard leaders say that on Srinagar's streets there would be blood bath, but nothing of this kind happened. I'm happy that not one person died as a result of police shooting, "said the Home Minister. He also said that the number of stone-throwing incidents has fallen from 805 to 544. The central government had ended Jammu and Kashmir's special status on August 5 and split it into two union territories - Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.
02:11 pm New Delhi: Today, opposition Congress leaders in the Lok Sabha asked for a response from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah on withdrawal of the Gandhi family's Special Protection Group (SPG) protection. Shah left the lower house when the members of Congress started to shout slogans, asking him to make a statement as to why SPG security cover had been removed from Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her children Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who said they were facing serious threats. The three are now covered under the class Z plus by the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), which provides security cover for around 100 personnel. Leader of Congress Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury gave a notice moving an adjournment motion in Lok Sabha against the Gandhi family's removal of SPG protection. A motion for an adjournment is moved to postpone the house's proceedings to resolve the problem raised in the motion. The Speaker refuted this.
05:11 pm New Delhi: In the midst of the estranged attempts of BJP ally Shiv Sena to get NCP-Congress support for government formation in Maharashtra, the Nationalist Congress Party of Sharad Pawar came in on Monday for unprecedented praise from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Speaking in Rajya Sabha during a special discussion marking 250 sessions of Parliament's Upper House, Modi said the hearts of people can be won by political parties even without rushing to the House Well to register their protest on different issues. "Today I want to appreciate two parties, NCP and BJD. These parties have strictly adhered to parliamentary norms. They have never gone into the well. Yet, they have raised their points very effectively," PM Modi said.
04:11 pm New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today congratulated Gotabaya Rajapaksa on winning the presidential elections in Sri Lanka. He tweeted: "Congratulations @GotabayaR on your victory in the Presidential elections. I look forward to working closely with you for deepening the close and fraternal ties between our two countries and citizens, and for peace, prosperity as well as security in our region".