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In his State of the Nation address, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday accused the West and Ukraine for starting the war and said that "we are using force to stop it". Putin said that "Ukraine and Donbas have become a symbol of total lies" and accused the West of withdrawing from "fundamental agreements" and giving "hypocritical statements" as well as expanding the NATO defence alliance and "covering us with an umbrella", the BBC reported.

An earthquake of magnitude 3.6 occurred at 56 km north of Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh at 10. "An earthquake of magnitude 3.6 occurred at 56km north of Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh at around 10:38 pm, yesterday. The depth of the earthquake was 10 km below the ground," the National Center for Seismology said in the statement.

Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu says three people were killed and 213 injured in the new magnitude 6.4 earthquake that struck Turkiye and Syria Monday. Search and rescue efforts were underway in three collapsed buildings where a total of five people were believed trapped.

The Uddhav Thackeray faction of Shiv Sena on Monday moved the Supreme Court against Election Commission's decision last week to give the party name and symbol to the faction led by the Chief Minister Eknath Shinde which has been recognised by the poll panel as the real Shiv Sena. The plea said that the poll panel "failed" to consider that his action enjoys a majority in the Legislative Council and Rajya Sabha. Uddhav Thackeray, who addressed the media in Mumabi, said everything has been "stolen" from him but the name 'Thackeray' cannot be stolen.

No other Prime Minister got their people rescued from a conflict zone like PM Narendra Modi did by evacuating over 22,500 students while enforcing a ceasefire after war broke out between Russia and Ukraine, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National President JP Nadda said on Monday. "No other Prime Minister in the history of India has been as great as Modi ji. He stopped the Russia-Ukraine war to evacuate 22,500 students from there back to India," Nadda further said while addressing a public gathering in poll-bound Karnataka's Udupi.

8:43 PM

MCD attached two properties of TDI Mall for non-payment of property tax

MCD attached two properties of TDI Mall situated in the west zone for non-payment of property tax approximately amounting to Rs 9 Crore.
7:34 PM

Don't want Shiv Sena Bhavan or any other property linked to Uddhav camp: Shinde faction

Maharashtra cabinet minister Deepak Kesarkar on Tuesday said the Eknath Shinde faction is not interested in taking over the Shiv Sena Bhavan in Mumbai or any other property linked to the rival camp headed by former CM Uddhav Thackeray, who he claimed, was trying to gain sympathy over the issue after an Election Commission ruling. Kesarkar, a spokesperson of the Sena faction led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, said his outfit is not even interested in laying claim to party funds, the PTI reported.
6:39 PM

Tamil Nadu BJP prez K Annamalai holds candlelight march against DMK govt

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Centre focussing on production of high value pharmaceuticals, says Mansukh Mandaviya

The government is taking steps to produce "high value pharmaceuticals" in the country to reduce import dependency for such critical articles, Union Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Tuesday. Manufacturing of components of high-end medical devices in the country will be another big step in moving towards self reliance, the Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers noted.

"Working on the vision of reducing import dependency through indigenous production, the government is focussing on production of high value pharmaceuticals and high-end medical devices," he said, the PTI reported.

6:06 PM

Firing at HDFC Bank in Delhi's Model Town; police nabs armed robber

5:16 PM

Putin suspends Russia's involvement in last nuclear arms pact with USA

Russian President Vladimir Putin declared Tuesday that Moscow was suspending its participation in the New START treaty the last remaining nuclear arms control pact with the United States sharply upping the ante amid tensions with Washington over the fighting in Ukraine. Speaking in his state-of-the-nation address, Putin also said that Russia should stand ready to resume nuclear weapons tests if the US does so, a move that would end a global ban on nuclear weapons tests in place since Cold War times, the PTI reported.
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SIA conducts raids in Kashmir's Anantnag, Baramulla in narco-terror case

The State Investigation Agency (SIA) on Tuesday carried out raids at several places in Kashmir as part of a probe into a narco-terrorism case, officials said here.
The raids were carried out by sleuths of the SIA early morning in Anantnag, Baramulla, Budgam and Pulwama districts, they said. These raids were part of investigations into the narcoterror funding case, the PTI reported.
2:56 PM

Income Tax dept raids 20 locations of Uflex company in Noida, 64 across India

The Income Tax Department conducted simultaneous raids at 20 locations of Uflex Company in Noida and at its 64 premises across the country on Tuesday.

As per sources, information was received about tax evasion and unaccounted transactions by the company, following which a survey was conducted by the I-T department.

The accounts of the company, that deals with packaging, were being monitored for a long time.

2:39 PM

Unruly air passenger behaviour incidents under control, says DGCA chief

Aviation regulator DGCA's chief Arun Kumar has said that incidents of unruly passenger behaviour onboard flights are under control and rules are now being strictly enforced unlike earlier, when the enforcement was not up to the desired level that led to some embarrassing incidents.

In an interview to PTI, he also asserted that existing rules to deal with unruly air passengers are "sufficient" at this point of time.

In recent times, there have been multiple cases of unruly air passenger behaviour, including incidents of a male passenger allegedly urinating on a female co-passenger and people found smoking in the lavatory of flights.

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SC agrees to hear Uddhav Thackeray faction's plea against EC decision

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear on Wednesday the Uddhav Thackeray faction's plea challenging the decision of the Election Commission recognising the Eknath Shinde-led faction as the real Shiv Sena and ordering allocation of the "bow and arrow" poll symbol to it.

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the Thackeray faction, mentioned the matter before a bench of Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and Justices Krishna Murari and P S Narasimha on Tuesday.

If the EC order is not stayed then they will take over the symbol and the bank accounts. Please list it tomorrow before the Constitution bench, Sibal submitted.

2:17 PM

Biden's visit to Kyiv is nothing extraordinary to us, says Kremlin

US President Joe Biden's visit to Kyiv is nothing extraordinary to us, says Kremlin. It also stated that Russia will closely monitor the events in Poland.
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BJP chief Nadda to address public rally in JD(S) bastion in Karnataka

BJP chief J.P. Nadda is all set to address a public rally in Belur town of Karnataka's Hassan district on Tuesday, the second day of his tour of the state.

Hassan district is considered the heartland of JD(S) as former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda hails from this place.

Despite Gowda family's hold over the electoral politics of the district, the BJP had managed to win the Hassan city MLA seat in the last Assembly elections.

1:58 PM

CBI searches 30 locations in Punjab in corruption probe against FCI

The CBI on Tuesday launched searches at 30 locations in Punjab as part of its probe into allegations of corruption against Food Corporation of India (FCI) officials who procured inferior grains to benefit merchants and rice millers, officials said.

The CBI teams started coordinated raids at the premises of grain merchants, rice mill owners, and serving and retired officials of the FCI in multiple districts of Punjab, including Sirhind, Fatehpur Sahib and Monga, as part of 'Operation Kanak 2', they said.

1:07 PM

Foxconn chairman to visit Covid-hit iPhone plant in China: Report

Foxconn Chairman Liu Young-way departed on Tuesday for a four-day inspection of the company's iPhone plant in Zhengzhou, China, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said.
This will be Liu's first visit to the world's largest Apple iPhone factory in his role as chairman, and his main goals are to review conditions after the resumption of production and to extensively exchange views, the source said.
12:48 PM

Arunachal plays vital role in country's social, economic development: President Droupadi Murmu

President Droupadi Murmu on Tuesday asserted that Arunachal Pradesh plays an important role in the social and economic development of the country.

Addressing a special session of the assembly in the northeastern state, she said that Arunachal Pradesh is shining under the sunlight of development.

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First Published: Feb 21 2023 | 7:45 PM IST

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