02 Feb, 23:45 (IST)

In a Pakistan paediatric ward, a chorus of infant coughs and straining lungs is the toll of a frigid winter, compounded by choking smog and lagging vaccination rates. “Please pray for him,” the mother of four-month-old pneumonia patient Ibrahim begs a nurse in Lahore, delicately arranging a blanket around ventilator tubes piping air in and out of his heaving chest. The eastern megacity is blanched every winter by smog levels rated among the worst in the world.

02 Feb, 23:01 (IST)

Gunmen killed a Nigerian traditional monarch and kidnapped his wife after raiding his palace, police said, as outrage grows over a spate of abductions nationwide. The attackers stormed the palace of Oba Aremu Olusegun Cole in southwestern Kwara state, shot him dead and abducted his wife and another person on Thursday, according to police. State police said they had launched an investigation and beefed up security.

02 Feb, 21:24 (IST)

Russia has created more than half a million new jobs in its defence sector to meet soaring demand on the battlefield, President Vladimir Putin said on Friday. The Kremlin has thrown massive resources at its full-scale assault on Ukraine, with the defence sector accounting for much of the sanction-hit economy’s growth.

02 Feb, 21:12 (IST)

A team of Delhi Police's Crime Branch unit landed at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s home on Friday evening to hand over a notice in connection with his allegations that the BJP was trying to poach Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs. However, the Chief Minister's Office said the crime branch sleuths returned without handing over the notice.

02 Feb, 19:54 (IST)

The Congress' Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra has entered in Jharkhand’s Pakur region on Friday, February 2, 2024. While addressing a rally in Pakur, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi said, “Wherever they open a market of hatred, Congress and our alliance partners open a shop of love.”Congress’ Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra Enters in Jharkhand

02 Feb, 19:02 (IST)

FV Omaril, an Iranian-flagged vessel, had been boarded by seven pirates who had taken the crew as hostages. INS Sharada intercepted the vessel today and used her integral helo and boats to coerce the pirates for the safe release of the crew along with the vessel. The ship has ensured the successful release of the crew (11 Iranian and 08 Pakistani nationals) members along with the boat. The ship also undertook confirmatory boarding on FV Omari to sanitise and check on the well-being of the crew who had been held captive by the Somali pirates.Indian Navy Safely Rescues Iran Fishing Vessel FV Omari

02 Feb, 17:32 (IST)

According to the Jharkhand Government, the State Assembly session will be held on February 5 and February 6. The decision was taken in the cabinet meeting held on Friday, February 2, 2024.Jharkhand Assembly Session to be Held on February 5-6

02 Feb, 17:07 (IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended India’s largest and first-of-its-kind mobility exhibition - Bharat Mobility Global Expo 2024 at Bharat Mandapam in New Delhi on Friday, February 2, 2024.PM Modi Attends Bharat Mobility Global Expo 2024

02 Feb, 16:26 (IST)

The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) and Congress MLAs have arrived at the Hyderabad Airport in Telangana from Ranchi on Friday, February 2, 2024. JMM's Champai Soren took oath as Jharkhand CM earlier today.Jharkhand JMM and Congress MLAs Arrive at Hyderabad Airport

02 Feb, 15:50 (IST)

A fire broke out in Solan's Jhar Majri Industrial Area in Himachal Pradesh on Friday, February 2, 2024. The fire tenders have reportedly arrived at the spot, and efforts are being made to douse the fire. Further details are awaited.Fire Erupts at Factory in Himachal Pradesh

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Mumbai, February 2: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented her sixth Budget on February 1. This was an interim budget ahead of the general elections later this year. The Interim Budget 2024 was focused on youth and women empowerment while maintaining fiscal consolidation and continuing capex. FM Sitharaman lowered the FY25 fiscal deficit target to 5.1% of the GDP. There were no changes made to the direct tax and indirect tax rates.

Members of a Hindu priests' family started praying at a cellar in the basement of Varanasi's Gyanvapi mosque after a district court yesterday ordered the administration to unseal the premises, 30 years after it was sealed on the orders of former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, shortly after the Babri Masjid demolition. However, the Masjid Intezamia Committee has filed a revision petition in Allahabad High Court against Varanasi District Court's order allowing Hindus to perform prayers inside the southern celler of the mosque.

The US on Thursday approved the sale of 31 MQ-9B armed drones to India at an estimated cost of USD 3.99 billion, an acquisition that will bolster India’s capability to meet current and future threats by enabling unmanned surveillance and reconnaissance patrols in sea lanes of operation. The proposed mega drone deal was announced during the historic US visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in June 2023.

The United States struck up to 10 unmanned drones in Yemen that were preparing to launch, a US official said late on Wednesday, amid escalating tensions, opening a new tab of the war in Gaza spreading through the region. A US Navy ship also shot down three Iranian drones and a Houthi anti-ship ballistic missile in the Gulf of Aden, the US military's Central Command said in a statement. There were no injuries or damage reported, it said.