18 Feb, 23:40 (IST)

Newly elected Chandigarh Mayor Manoj Sonkar resigned from the post on Sunday, amid allegations that the January 30 mayoral polls were rigged, according to sources.

18 Feb, 23:05 (IST)

Events on the battlefield in Ukraine are a matter of “life and death” for Russia that could determine its fate, President Vladimir Putin said in remarks aired Sunday. The Kremlin has repeatedly framed the almost two-year conflict as a battle for Russia’s survival in a bid to rally patriotic sentiment among its population, many apathetic toward the offensive.

18 Feb, 22:09 (IST)

PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Sunday said that his party has decided that Asif Ali Zardari will be their candidate for the presidential election. “To control the fire spreading in the country, we have decided that Zardari will be our candidate for the presidential election,” Bilawal was quoted by Dawn newspaper.

18 Feb, 21:06 (IST)

Former Chief Minister Kamal Nath's close aide Sajjan Singh Verma said on Sunday that the veteran Congress leader "spoke to Rahul Gandhi" over phone amid the rumours that he along with his son Nakul Nath may switch to BJP. Talking to the Press, Verma said when he met him at his residence in Delhi, Kamal Nath was holding a list of probable candidates for 29 Lok Sabha seats in Madhya Pradesh. "Kamal Nath told me that right now his main focus is how to set up the caste equation for 29 Lok Sabha seats in Madhya Pradesh. He also told me that he has not thought of anything like that (about leaving the Congress)," Verma claimed.

18 Feb, 20:24 (IST)

The Yemeni embassy in Egypt announced on Sunday that a senior Yemeni military official was found dead in his apartment in Cairo. "The Embassy of the Republic of Yemen to the Arab Republic of Egypt is following with great interest and concern the issue of the killing of Major General Hassan bin Jalal al-Obaidi, Director of the Military Industrialization Department in the Ministry of Defense, who was found murdered in his apartment in the Egyptian capital Cairo," said the Yemeni embassy in a statement, Xinhua news agency reported.

18 Feb, 19:23 (IST)

Gaza Health Ministry on Sunday said that at least 28,985 people have been killed in the Palestinian territory during Israeli bombardment in Gaza, media reports said. “A total of 127 people died in the last 24 hours, and 68,883 people have been injured since war erupted on October 7,” the ministry said.

18 Feb, 18:01 (IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Okha-Bet Dwarka signature bridge in Dwarka, Gujarat, on February 25. The bridge is 2.75 km long and connects coastal village Okha to Bet Dwarka island which is so far accessible only via boats.

18 Feb, 16:55 (IST)

Priyanka Kakkar, Chief Spokesperson of AAP, on Sunday, February 18, attacked Union Minister Amit Shah and said that all the departments, including ED, CBI, and Income tax, have targeted Arvind Kejriwal and are raiding our leaders. "Amit Shah should disclose the source of funds used to buy MLAs nationwide," she said.Watch Video:

18 Feb, 16:20 (IST)

Rajasthan Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore, on Sunday, February 18, said that BJP is working for the people. "On the other hand, there is the INDI alliance and Congress which do not have any motive (to serve the nation). They are only following dynasty politics," he said. Rathore also said that the public would bless BJP and NDA. "In this election, NDA will cross 400 and BJP will cross 370," he added

18 Feb, 15:26 (IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently addressed his critics and underscored the strength of India’s foreign relations. Reflecting on his tenure since taking office in 2014, he noted that despite initial skepticism about his experience, India’s ties with many countries have significantly improved. The Prime Minister highlighted his recent visits to the UAE and Qatar, pointing out that the world is witnessing the strength of India’s international relations.Watch Video

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Mumbai, February 18: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), on Saturday, February 17, successfully launched its meteorological satellite INSAT-3DS aboard spacecraft GSLV F14. The INSAT-3DS satellite was launched at 5.35 pm from the Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh and will study weather forecasts and natural disaster warnings. ISRO Chairman S Somanath said that the spacecraft was injected into a very good orbit. "We also noted that the vehicle has performed very well. Congratulations to everyone who has been a part of the team," he said.

On the other hand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at the Bharat Mandapam in Delhi to attend the two-day national convention of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). At the National Council meeting, PM Narendra Modi said that BJP will get 370 and NDA 400 seats in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Party's National General Secretary Vinod Tawde said that their campaign will be centred around development. Meanwhile, publicity campaign vehicles in Maharashtra's Baramati showcased pictures of NCP Chief Ajit Pawar and his wife Sunetra amid speculation of her fighting the general polls against Supriya Sule. INSAT-3DS Satellite Launch: ‘Naughty Boy’ GSLV Rocket Now Smart, Disciplined and Mature, Says ISRO Chief S Somanath.

In an unfortunate incident in Delhi, a marriage pandal collapsed at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in the national capital. Soon after the incident came to light, local authorities were alerted who rushed to the spot and rescued 25 people trapped under the pandal. Several incidents of fire were reported from across the country on Saturday, February 17. While a massive fire damaged several houses in Mumbai's Govandi, in Tamil Nadu, a sudden explosion occurred at a firecracker manufacturing unit in Virudhunagar.

In Delhi, a goods train derailed in the national capital, resulting in the derailment of eight wagons. The incident occurred around 11:50 am near the Zakhira flyover in north Delhi. Miles away in Himachal Pradesh, Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu presented the annual Budget of Rs 58,444 crore for 2024-25. The Himachal Pradesh Budget 2024-25 by Sukhu focused on the agriculture sector and also announced an increase in the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for milk. Rumours are rife that Congress leader Kamal Nath and son and Chhindwara MP Nakul Nath would join the BJP. However, there has been no official announcement as yet.

Globally, an earthquake of magnitude 4.4 on the Richter scale hit Myanmar on Saturday, February 17. The National Center for Seismology (NCS) said the tremors were felt at 9:25:24 Indian Standard Time (IST). Miles away from Myanmar, in Iran, a man shot dead 12 members of his family and injured three others in Kerman province. Local officials said the incident occurred at 4.30 a.m. local time when the 25-year-old armed man opened fire on his two stepbrothers and their family members in two houses. A video going viral on social media showed gas cylinders floating in Syria after heavy rainfall caused the flood water to enter a fuel store in Latakia.