The Hyderabad police on Tuesday towed away YSR Telangana Party leader and Andhra Pradesh CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy's sister YS Sharmila's SUV, with her in the driver's seat. She was later arrested along with her supporters while she was en route to Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao's camp office to protest against her vehicle being attacked by TRS workers in Warangal a day earlier.
After six days, AIIMS authorities finally managed to restore the hospital's e-data, which was hacked after a ransomware attack on its servers. However, the network is still being sanitised and it may take some more time to restore the online services, sources said. It is feared that the data of around 3-4 crore patients could have been compromised due to the breach detected on November 23.
Contributions to BJP in excess of Rs 20,000 rose by 28.7% to Rs 614.5 crore in 2021-22 from Rs 477.5 crore in 2020-21. Also, BJP cornered almost 79% share in overall donations by individuals, corporates and electoral trusts to the national parties (minus CPI, for which figures are not yet available) during the last fiscal, with Congress managing just about 12% share in the pie.
Indian and US troops on Tuesday participated in a high-altitude training exercise in a cold, mountainous terrain near border with China, at a time both countries are trying to manage rising tensions with Beijing. During the exercise, Indian soldiers were dropped from helicopters to flush out gunmen from a house in a demonstration of unarmed combat skills. Other drills involved sniffer dogs and unmanned bomb-disposing vehicles, and trained kites were deployed to destroy small enemy drones.
Democratic Azad Party chairman Ghulam Nabi Azad on Tuesday said politics based on religion has «deeply harmed» the country and asked the voters to check the track record of every candidate and his party before casting their ballots to defeat the «divisive» elements. He termed the prevailing trend of infusing religious divide for political gains by some parties as “unfortunate” and challenged them to debate with him on developmental issues.
A day after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi called both Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot and his former deputy Sachin Pilot assets to the party, the CM on Tuesday suggested that the matter rests there. “When Rahul Gandhi has said that our leaders are assets then we are assets... where is the dispute then,” Gehlot said when asked about the former party president's observation.
Emphasising that cross-border and ISIS-inspired terrorism continues to pose a threat, National Security Advisory Ajit Doval said on Tuesday that Ulemas have a «vital role» to play in countering radicalisation and extremism by propagating progressive ideas and thought. Doval said the cooperation of the civil society is essential in countering the threat from ISIS-inspired individual terror cells and returnees from theatres like Syria and Afghanistan.
External affairs minister S Jaishankar said the rise of India was deeply linked with the rise of Indian technology and the country cannot remain agnostic to the developments in the sector that has acquired strong political connotation. He said technology should be given substantial weight in deciding India's geopolitical positioning as it would play a key role in striking alliances in a multipolar world.
The Election Commission will hear the warring factions of the Shiv Sena led by Uddhav Thackeray and Eknath Shinde on December 12, official sources said on Tuesday. They said the symbol dispute of the party has reached the stage of «substantive hearing». The poll panel has also directed both the groups to submit any further statement or documents by 5pm, December 9.
Ahead of the Gujarat assembly elections 2022, Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge hit out at the Bhartiya Janata Party on Tuesday for relying heavily on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for every election. His comparison of PM Modi to 'Raavan' drew sharp criticism from the ruling party.
Several cases have come to light where drones coming from Pakistani side dropped consignment of drugs, guns and money in Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab. The Indian Army demonstrated the use of kites to prey on enemy drones during the ongoing joint training exercise Yuddh Abhyas in Auli, Uttarakhand.