India name change row: India vs Bharat News Live Updates: Could call ourselves Alliance for Betterment, Harmony & Responsible Advancement for Tomorrow (BHARAT), says Tharoor


01:39 PM

UN weather agency says Earth has endured the hottest Northern Hemisphere summer on record, reports AP

01:37 PM

Tata Steel and ABB sign MoU to jointly explore technologies to help reduce carbon footprint of steel production

  • The project will target improvements in energy efficiency, decarbonization and circularity in plants and production facilities
  • Tata Steel is pursuing carbon neutrality by 2045 as one of its major sustainability goals

01:21 PM

We could of course call ourselves the Alliance for Betterment, Harmony And Responsible Advancement for Tomorrow (BHARAT): Shashi Tharoor

01:18 PM

Special Session of Parliament to start in old building; will be later moved to new building on Ganesh Chaturthi

The Special Session of Parliament will start in the old building on 18th September and will be later moved to the new building on 19th September on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, says ANI citing sources.

01:03 PM

SC seeks response of Manipur on plea of Editors Guild of India against lodging of FIRs, fixes plea for hearing on Monday

01:00 PM

Delhi Metro train services to start from 4:00 AM from terminal stations of all Lines for 3 days (from 8th to 10th Sept)

To facilitate the general public, police personnel and staff from other assisting agencies deployed to maintain security, law and order, traffic arrangements for the upcoming G-20 Summit to be held in Delhi on 9th and 10th September 2023, the Delhi Metro train services will start from 4:00 AM from terminal stations of all Lines for three days (from 8th to 10th September): Delhi Metro Rail Corporation

12:54 PM

India seeks additional natural gas volumes to boost power generation

12:52 PM

Cabinet likely to approve VGF (Viability Gap Funding) for setting up of battery energy storage system: ET Now citing sources

12:49 PM

India vs Bharat News Live Updates: Bharat is Bharat; it was Bharat and will remain Bharat, says MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Earnestly hope that in spirit of constructive cooperation issues raised by opposition will be taken up in Parliament session

– Sonia Gandhi in her letter to PM Modi

Nobody had any information about it (special session of parliament). This is for the first time that we do not have any details for the agenda

– Congress leader Jairam Ramesh

12:32 PM

Sonia Gandhi writes to PM Modi, says no agenda listed for special Parliament session and raises 9 issues for discussion

12:31 PM

In letter to PM Modi over the special session of Parliament, Sonia Gandhi mentions “urgent need for a caste census”

12:29 PM

Sonia Gandhi in a letter to PM Modi has sought details of the agenda of the session: Jairam Ramesh

Sonia Gandhi has mentioned in the letter (to PM Modi) that the session has been called without any prior discussion with the opposition. She has also sought details of the agenda of the session, said Congress leader Jairam Ramesh.

12:27 PM

SC stays Karnataka HC order to quash Rs 21,000 cr GST notice to Gameskraft

Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed the Karnataka high court’s judgment that overturned the Directorate General of GST Intelligence’s order imposing a Rs 21,000 crore goods and services tax demand on Bengaluru-based online gaming firm Gameskraft. SC also issued notice to the online co and posted the matter for further hearing after 3 weeks.

12:26 PM

SC to examine the Jalan Kalrock consortium’s resolution plan for the takeover of Jet Airways

SC said it will examine the Jalan Kalrock consortium’s resolution plan for the takeover of Jet Airways. It asked the consortium to submit its RP within 7 days and posted the matter for further hearing after 2 weeks.

12:26 PM

SC halts order quashing past tax demand from gaming co: ETNow

12:23 PM

Congress won’t boycott special session of Parliament

“We decided that we will not boycott the special session of Parliament. It is a chance for us to put forward the issues of the public & every party will try their best to put forth different issues,” said Congress leader Jairam Ramesh

12:21 PM

UP student slapping row: SC directs Muzaffarnagar SP to file report on status of investigation, measures to protect victim, parents

12:20 PM

India vs Bharat News Live Updates: SC should take suo motu cognizance of the shallow politics being done on ‘Bharat’ and ‘INDIA’, says BSP supremo Mayawati

12:17 PM

Cabinet may give nod to development of Global Biofuel Alliance: ETNow citing sources

12:17 PM

Kotak Mutual Fund’s Nilesh Shah dismisses rumours of him joining Blackrock MF as its CEO

“There is absolutely no truth in this breaking news/story/rumour. Kindly ignore the rumour mill,” he says.

12:16 PM

Delhi Police nabs 3 persons for stabbing a water cart operator to death during robbery in Mandoli area last week

12:15 PM

Special Protection Group Director Arun Kumar Sinha dies in Gurgaon hospital at 61.

12:15 PM

Kotak Mutual Fund’s Nilesh Shah dismisses rumours of him joining Blackrock MF as its CEO. “There is absolutely no truth in this breaking news/story/rumour. Kindly ignore the rumour mill,” he says.

12:05 PM

China bans govt officials from using iPhone for work

China has ordered officials at central government agencies not to use Apple’s iPhones and other foreign-branded devices for work or bring them into the office, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter.

The first article of the Constitution says ‘India that is Bharat shall be a Union of States’… It is All India Medical Sciences, Indian Space Research Organisation… IIT, IIM, there is India in all of these. It was the President of the Republic of India till now… The intention behind changing it to ‘Bharat’ is questionable. Opposition parties and secular forces have come together with the name of INDIA…They (BJP) are so agitated with INDIA that they have started using ‘Bharat’. What if the opposition creates an abbreviation named ‘Bharat’?.

– CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury

12:03 PM

Britain’s second-biggest city declares itself bankrupt

Birmingham, the second-largest city in Britain, has taken a drastic step by effectively declaring bankruptcy. This move comes in response to the mounting equal pay claims, amounting to a staggering 760 million pounds (USD 956 million), as reported by CNN. Birmingham City Council, responsible for delivering crucial services to over a million residents, made a decisive move by issuing a Section 114 notice on Tuesday. This notice marks a suspension of all expenditures beyond those deemed essential for the city’s functioning. The root cause of this financial crisis, as detailed in the notice, is primarily attributed to the challenges in meeting equal pay claims, which range between 650 million pounds (approximately USD 816 million) and a staggering 760 million pounds (around USD 954 million). This development underscores the gravity of the financial situation facing Birmingham and the actions taken by the city authorities to address the crisis. The suspension of non-essential spending is a clear indication of the Council’s commitment to addressing the challenges posed by these substantial equal pay claims.

I invite EAM Jaishankar to come and read the Constitution with me. ‘India that is Bharat’ is Article 1. We didn’t hear him saying anything like that before 19th July… 19 July means the day when the INDIA alliance was formed… What will Jaishankar do if we make further abbreviations and change the alliance’s name to India Bharat.

– RJD MP Manoj Jha, on EAM S Jaishankar’s statement that ‘India that is Bharat is in Constitution’.

There have been bills and debates on it… The Foreign Minister is asking to read the Constitution but I would suggest that he should read history… I would say that you have given a cowardly statement on China from the country’s leadership… We have been saying that whoever wants to use ‘Bharat’, should use it… We reacted when one of your MPs said that Bharat should stay, and India should be removed.

– Congress leader Pramod Tiwari, on EAM S Jaishankar’s statement that ‘India that is Bharat is in Constitution’.

11:54 AM

WHO appoints Martin Taylor as new representative to China

11:51 AM

The first official meeting of the ‘One Nation One Election’ committee is likely to take place today under the chairmanship of former President Ram Nath Kovind at his residence, in Delhi: Sources to ANI.

11:29 AM

India vs Bharat: Modi govt reduced to ‘name changer’ govt, says Priyank Kharge

Karnataka IT Minister Priyank Kharge did not mince words when addressing the recent actions of the Narendra Modi-led BJP government. In a straightforward critique, Kharge accused the ruling party of undergoing a transformation from a “game changer” to a mere “name changer” since assuming power in the Centre. The catalyst for Kharge’s criticism was the recent decision by the government to alter the official name of the nation, changing it from “Republic of India” to “Republic of Bharat.” Expressing his dismay, Kharge took to social media to share his perspective. Before the BJP’s ascent to power in 2014, Kharge recalled a different era for India. In those times, the nation was seen as a formidable player on the global stage, competing with developed countries like America, Russia, and Britain. However, according to Kharge, the BJP’s governance has ushered in a divisive approach.

11:14 AM

Supreme Court agrees to hear Editors Guild of India’s plea for protection in Manipur FIRs

The Supreme Court has granted permission to hear a plea filed by the Editors Guild of India, requesting protection from coercive measures in relation to two FIRs registered against some of its members in Manipur. The matter was swiftly brought up for urgent consideration before a bench led by Chief Justice of India, D Y Chandrachud. Senior advocate Shyam Divan, representing the Guild, presented the case to the Chief Justice, who responded, “We will take it up after admission (matters) are over.” Divan further explained that two FIRs have been lodged against members of the Editors Guild in Manipur, and they are earnestly seeking safeguarding against any coercive actions that may ensue in connection with these cases.

11:11 AM

SC refuses urgent hearing on Cauvery water dispute. Matter to be heard on Sept 21: Times Now.

11:08 AM

US Open: Djokovic storms to record-breaking 47th Grand Slam semifinal

Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic on Tuesday night overcame USA’s Taylor Fritz to reach the semifinal of the ongoing US Open at New York, making it his 47th appearance in a Grand Slam event semifinal. He beat Fritz by 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 in hot conditions, improving his head-to-head record against Fritz to 8-0 and extending his winning streak in US Open QFs to 13-0.

11:05 AM

SC dismisses plea by Ladakh administration opposing allotment of ‘plough’ symbol to NC, imposes cost of Rs 1 lakh.

11:04 AM

Editors Guild of India moves SC seeking protection from coercive action in two FIRs lodged against its members in Manipur.

10:31 AM

Sanatana Dharma Row LIVE: FIR registered against TN Min Udhayanidhi Stalin, Karnataka Min Priyank Kharge over Sanatan Dharma remark

The FIR was registered under Section 153A, 295A IPC against Tamil Nadu Minister Udhayanidhi Stalin and Karnataka Minister Priyank Kharge in Uttar Pradesh’s Rampur over ‘Sanatan Dharma’ remarks after a complaint from advocates.

10:25 AM

Sanatana Dharma Row LIVE: Karnataka Home Minister questions origin of Hinduism

Days after Tamil Nadu Sports Minister Udhayanidhi Stalin’s remarks on ‘Sanatana Dharma’ sparked a nationwide row, Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwara on Tuesday questioned the origin of Hinduism. “The question is when was Hinduism born, who created it?.. Many religions have arisen in the history of the world. Jainism and Buddhism were born here. When was Hinduism born and who started it is still a question,” Parameshwara said. The state Home Minister’s remarks came while he was addressing an event on the occasion of the Teachers’ Day at Maruti Kalyana Mandapam, Koratagere.

09:54 AM

Indian men’s table tennis team signs off with bronze medal after going down 0-3 to Chinese Taipei in Asian Championships semifinals.

09:52 AM

One killed in Russian drone attacks on port district: Ukrainian governor

One person was killed in Russian drone attacks on a port district in Ukraine’s southwestern Odesa region early Wednesday, the regional governor said. The night-time attacks lasted three hours and targeted the Izmail district, Oleg Kiper said on Telegram. The Danube river port of Izmail, which borders NATO member Romania, has become a main export route for Ukrainian products following Russia’s withdrawal from a UN-brokered grain deal in July.

09:50 AM

Manchester United’s valuation on NYSE drops by more than $700 million

Manchester United’s valuation on the New York Stock Exchange plummeted by more than $700 million on Tuesday after a British media report that the team’s owners had halted plans to sell the club. United’s owners, the Glazer family, have reportedly taken the club off the market after failing to attract an offer that meets their asking price, the Daily Mail reported on Sunday. On Tuesday, the group’s market capitalization fell by 18.22 percent in one day—the listing’s biggest single-session drop since its 2012 IPO.

09:45 AM

‘Suu Kyi ailing, doctor’s request denied’

Myanmar’s detained former leader Aung San Suu Kyi is ailing and a request for an outside physician to see her has been denied by the country’s military rulers, a source said.The Nobel laureate has been treated by a prisons department doctor. “She was suffering swelling in her gums and could not eat well and feeling light-headed along with vomiting,” it said. A military junta spokesperson didn’t answer calls.

09:42 AM

Russia launches missile attack on Kyiv – Ukraine’s military

Russia launched a missile attack on Kyiv early on Wednesday, with the country’s air defence systems shooting down all missiles before they reached their targets, the capital’s military administration said on the Telegram messaging app. Reuters’ witnesses heard several blasts which sounded like air defence systems being deployed at around 0550 a.m. (0250 GMT) when air raid alerts were issued for all of Ukraine before being called off about an hour later.

09:27 AM

Elon Musk borrowed $1 billion from SpaceX in same month of Twitter deal – WSJ

Elon Musk withdrew a loan of $1 billion from SpaceX – the two-decade-old rocket company run by the billionaire – around the same time he was acquiring Twitter, now known as X, for $44 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. SpaceX approved the $1 billion loan, which was backed by some of Musk’s SpaceX stock, in October and Musk drew all of it down the same month, according to the report, citing documents. Musk took ownership of Twitter in October.

09:25 AM

Rupee falls 5 paise to 83.09 against US dollar in early trade.

09:22 AM

Fire at Sangam Vihar dummy factory; no one hurt

A fire broke out at a mannequin manufacturing factory in south Delhi’s Sangam Vihar area, police said on Wednesday. No casualty was reported. According to the fire officials, the incident was reported to them at 9.05 pm Tuesday and they rushed nine fire tenders to the spot. The fire was doused by 10 pm. “The building was being used for manufacturing dummies. An electric pole is just adjacent to the building. The fire broke out because of a short circuit and spread due to the availability of combustible material.

09:15 AM

Full curfew reimposed in 5 valley districts of Manipur as preventive measure

Full curfew has been clamped in all the five valley districts of Manipur as a preventive measure from Tuesday evening, officials said. The cancellation of curfew relaxation hours in Bishnupur, Kakching, Thoubal, Imphal West and Imphal East comes in the wake of the call by the Coordinating Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI) and its women wing requesting people from all parts of the valley districts to remove an army barricade at Phougakchao Ikhai in Bishnupur district, a few kilometres away from Churachandpur, on Wednesday, officials said. At present, there is curfew relaxation in all the five valley districts from 5 am to 6 pm daily.

09:11 AM

Centre using Bharat to avoid INDIA bloc, says Chhattisgarh CM Baghel

After Rashtrapati Bhawan issued an invitation for the G20 dinner in the name of ‘President of Bharat’ instead of the usual ‘President of India’, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Wednesday said the Central government is trying to avoid the name India because the Opposition bloc has the same name. Attacking the Center, Baghel questioned what the Center would do if an alliance was formed in the name of Bharat. “Will the Center change that name too? he questioned.

09:05 AM

Russia’s Wagner Group to be declared a terrorist organization by UK – BBC

The Russian mercenary Wagner Group is set to be proscribed as a terrorist organization by the UK government, the BBC reported on Tuesday citing a draft order. The draft order will allow Wagner’s assets to be categorised as terrorist property and seized, BBC said, adding that it will be illegal to be a member or support the organization according to the order. UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman told the BBC that Wagner was “violent and destructive … a military tool of Vladimir Putin’s Russia”.

09:02 AM

“If somebody felt most comfortable in Lutyens’ Delhi, it’s their prerogative”: Jaishankar on criticism for big ticket G20

External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar has taken on the opposition for questioning the scale of G20 events. Speaking to ANI, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said that in the past the governments chose to keep the sphere of influence limited. “If somebody felt that they were most comfortable in Lutyens’ Delhi or completely comfortable in Vigyan Bhavan, that is their prerogative, that was their world. So yes, you have had summit meetings where the impact of the country probably went two kilometres on a good day out of Vigyan Bhavan. This is a different government. It is a different era. It is a different thought process,” he said in an exclusive interview to ANI. The foreign minister said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi wanted the entire nation to have a sense of participation and ownership of G20.

If somebody felt that they were most comfortable in Lutyens’ Delhi or completely comfortable in Vigyan Bhawan – that is their prerogative. That was their world. So, yes you have had Summit meetings where the impact of the country probably went 2 kilometres, on a good day, out of Vigyan Bhawan. This is a different government. It’s a different era. It’s a different thought process. PM felt that and all of us have worked in that direction that the G20 is something that should be treated as a national endeavour, that different parts of India must have a sense of participation and that this is something which has been truly non-partisan…For those who feel that we should be stuck in 1983, you are welcome to be stuck in 1983. I am sorry the country has moved on, we are in 2023.

– EAM Dr S Jaishankar, on Opposition criticism of Govt putting up elaborate arrangements for G20 Summit.

06:18 AM

A top White House official on Tuesday warned that North Korea will face consequences if it provides Russia with weaponry to fight its war against Ukraine, reports AFP

06:18 AM

Delhi govt issues notification on traffic restrictions to be imposed during G20 Summit

The Delhi government on Tuesday issued a gazette notification on traffic restrictions imposed across the national capital in view of the upcoming G20 summit. According to the gazette notification, all types of goods vehicles, commercial vehicles, interstate buses and local city buses shall not operate on Mathura Road (beyond Ashram Chowk), Bhairon Road, Purana Quila Road and inside Pragati Maidan Tunnel from 00:00 hours on the intervening night of September 7 and 8 to 23:59 hours on September 10. Goods vehicles carrying Essential Commodities such as milk, vegetables, fruits, medical supplies and others having valid ‘No Entry Permissions’ will be allowed to enter Delhi, it stated.

06:18 AM

Fierce storm in southern Brazil kills at least 21 people and displaces more than 1,600

At least 21 people died in southern Brazil due to a fierce storm that caused floods in several cities, authorities said Tuesday. Rio Grande do Sul Gov. Eduardo Leite said the death toll is the state’s highest due to a climate event. He said about 60 cities had been battered by the storm, which was classified as an extratropical cyclone. Leite said 15 of the deaths occurred in one house in Mucum, a city of about 50,000 residents. The Rio Grande do Sul state government said it had recorded 1,650 people made homeless since Monday night.

06:17 AM

Oil prices spike as Saudi Arabia, Russia extend 1.3 million barrel a day oil cut through December

United Arab Saudi Arabia and Russia agreed Tuesday to extend their voluntary oil production cuts through the end of this year, trimming 1.3 million barrels of crude out of the global market and boosting energy prices. The dual announcements from Riyadh and Moscow pushed benchmark Brent crude above $90 a barrel in trading Tuesday afternoon, a price unseen in the market since November. The countries’ moves could increase inflation and the cost for motorists at gasoline pumps. It also puts new pressure on Saudi Arabia’s relationship with the United States, as President Joe Biden last year warned the kingdom there would be unspecified “consequences” for partnering with Russia on cuts as Moscow wages war on Ukraine.

06:17 AM

Ukraine reports frontline success, Russian minister decries Kyiv’s failure

Ukraine’s military on Tuesday reported advances and robust defence along the front lines of its 18-month old war with Russia, with Moscow acknowledging “tension” in the southern sector but dismissing Kyiv’s campaign as unsuccessful. Ukraine launched a counter offensive in June to reclaim territory seized by Russia, but has struggled to break through entrenched Russian lines and has faced growing criticism in Western media of concentrating forces in the wrong places.

06:16 AM

India among five major global economies in race to reach net-zero

India’s starting position in the race to reach ‘Net-Zero’ is not comparable to the fiscal space of four economies including the US, EU, China and Japan, but it stands out in its ability to position itself well in the new industrial era, according to a report. The new report, ‘Competing in the new zero-carbon industrial era’ by think tank, Strategic Perspectives, compares the performance of five major economies – US, China, EU, India and Japan on zero carbon technologies. It shows that the net-zero transition policies have significantly strengthened competitiveness, energy security and future economic prosperity.

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