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Aaley Mohammad Iqbal. (Photo: ANI)

Aaley Mohammad Iqbal. (Photo: ANI)

An earthquake of 4.4 magnitude on the Richter scale hit Bajura in Nepal around 1:45 pm o n Wednesday, according to the Nepal's National Earthquake Monitoring & Research Center. The earthquake tremors were also felt in Delhi NCR and parts of Uttar Pradesh, according to media reports. 

AAP candidate Shelly Oberoi has been elected as the new mayor of Delhi after polls were conducted earlier today.

The Uttar Pradesh government on Wednesday presented a Rs 690,242.43 crore Budget, including new schemes worth Rs 32,721.96 crore, for the financial year 2023-24. The total receipt is estimated at Rs 683,292.74 crore, which includes revenue receipts of Rs 570,865.66 crore and capital receipts of Rs 11,247.08 crore, Uttar Pradesh Finance Minister Suresh Kumar Khanna said.
The ministry of home affairs has given sanction to prosecute Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia under the Prevention of Corruption Act in the Feedback Unit snooping case, reports ANI

After much delay since the high-stakes civic polls in Delhi, the stage is set for the election of a new mayor on Wednesday following a Supreme Court order. The municipal House is slated to begin at 11 am during which the election to the posts of mayor, deputy mayor and six members of the standing committee will be held.

The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh will present its annual budget -- largest ever -- for 2023-2024 in the state Assembly on Wednesday. State Finance Minister Suresh Khanna said that the focus is likely to be on infrastructure development, health sector and education.

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Aaley Mohammad Iqbal of AAP to be Delhi's Deputy Mayor

Aam Aadmi Party wins Deputy Mayor election, Aaley Mohammad Iqbal of AAP gets 147 votes. BJP's Kamal Bagri gets 116 votes.
3:59 PM

SC begins hearing Uddhav Thackeray's plea against ECI order

3:35 PM

TMC's idea in Meghalaya is to ensure BJP comes to power, says Rahul Gandhi

2:49 PM

Ukraine prez office head calls NSA Doval, seeks support for UN resolution

Head of Ukrainian President's Office Andriy Yermak has spoken to National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and sought India's support for a draft resolution in the UN on peace in Ukraine, asserting that cooperation with New Delhi was very important.
According to a Ukrainian statement, Yermak during a phone call informed Doval about the current situation at the front, in particular about the "extremely difficult defense" of the city of Bakhmut in the Donetsk region.
2:37 PM

AAP announces candidate Shelly Oberoi's victory in Delhi mayor election

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Wednesday claimed that AAP candidate Shelly Oberoi has won the MCD mayoral polls.

The voting was held at the Civic Centre.

"The goons lost, the public won. Many congratulations to all the workers as AAP candidate has become the mayor in Municipal Corporation of Delhi. Once again whole hearted gratitude to the people of Delhi. Many many congratulations to the first Mayor @OberoiShelly of AAP," he said in a tweet in Hindi.

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Urgent need to increase level of self governance, says Sebi official

There is an urgent need to increase the level of self-governance, as the cost of compliance and non-compliance has gone up substantially as people prefer to fight it out than reach a settlement, a senior Sebi official said on Wednesday.
"The cost of compliance has increased substantially of late and so is the cost and the instances of the non-compliance and resultant increase in the number of litigations. So the only way out, I feel, is to increase self-governance," VS Sundaresan, an executive director with the market watchdog Sebi, said here.
1:48 PM

North Korea calls UN chief Guterres' remarks on missile test 'unfair'

North Korea on Wednesday accused UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres of an extremely unfair and imbalanced attitude, as it lambasted him for condemning its recent missile test but ignoring alleged US hostility against the North.
After the North's intercontinental ballistic missile test on Saturday, Guterres strongly condemned the launch and reiterated his call for the North to immediately desist from making any further provocations. In a statement, Guterres also urged North Korea to resume talks on denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.
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Good to know that Delhi LG finally held meet over law and order: Kejriwal

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday expressed his approval to Lt Governor VK Saxena meeting deputy commissioners of Delhi Police over law and order situation in the city.
In a Hindi tweet, Kejriwal claimed the law and order situation in Delhi has "deteriorated very much" in the last one year and the LG should hold such meetings more frequently.
1:14 PM

UP govt's budget for 2023-24 focuses on youth, development activities

The Yogi Adityanath government on Wednesday tabled the annual budget 2023-24 in the state Legislative Assembly, and the highlight is that it focuses on the youth and the developmental activities.
Uttar Pradesh Finance Minister Suresh Kumar Khanna presented the budget which was earlier passed in a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
1:03 PM

Will investigate: Maharashtra CM on Sanjay Raut's letter claiming threat to life

A day after Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Sanjay Raut alleged his life was under threat, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Wednesday said police will check the claim and act accordingly.
We will also check if this (Raut's claim) is based on facts or is a stunt, Shinde said. Raut on Tuesday alleged that the CM's son and Kalyan MP Shrikant Shinde has hired contract killers to kill him. He also wrote to Deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, who also holds the home portfolio claiming a threat to his life.
12:46 PM

Samsung tops global TV market for 17 years in row

Samsung has topped the global TV market last year, making it the 17th year in a row that the company has ranked first in the TV industry.
This success can be credited to the company's dedication to high-quality viewing experiences and user-centred design, the tech giant said in a blogpost on Tuesday.
12:27 PM

India raises broadband speed to 2Mbps but even Bangladesh offers 5Mbps

Broadband India Forum (BIF) on Wednesday hailed the government's step to raise the minimum speed of broadband to 2Mbps from 512Kbps, which is a 400 per cent increase. However, it stressed that this is not enough for a 'mobile first' country.
The Forum said that it is unfortunate that as many as 45,180 villages in India do not have any 4G coverage at all.
12:07 PM

SMEs in Singapore urged to use PayNow-UPI scheme for business dealings with India

The Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) has urged Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the city-state to use the PayNow-UPI linkage for business dealings with India for ease of payment.
SICCI Chairman Neil Parekh, while welcoming the launch of the linkage of India's Unified Payments Interface (UPI) and Singapore's PayNow on Tuesday, also emphasised that the SMEs stand to benefit from the launch of the cross-border real-time digital payment system.
11:51 AM

China blasts Pentagon official's Taiwan visit, military ties

China on Wednesday sharply criticised a visit to Taiwan by a senior Pentagon official and reaffirmed it has sanctioned Lockheed Martin and a unit of Raytheon for supplying military equipment to the self-governing island democracy.
The comments from the Cabinet's Taiwan Affairs Office underscore the dramatic deterioration in relations between Beijing and Washington over Taiwan, technology, spying allegations, and, increasingly, Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
11:48 AM

UP Police sends notice to singer over video, says her song created 'disharmony'

The Uttar Pradesh Police has sent a notice to Bhojpuri folk singer Neha Singh Rathore, known for her video "UP Me Ka Ba", over her latest song which created "disharmony and tension".

In the 1.09-minute video shared by Rathore on Twitter on February 16, she criticised the Yogi Adityanath government and mentioned the chief minister's name while referring to the Kanpur Dehat incident in which two women immolated themselves during an anti-encroachment drive.

11:32 AM

South Korea's childbirths hit another fresh low in 2022, deaths outpace

The number of babies born in South Korea reached yet another fresh low in 2022, with deaths outpacing births for the third consecutive year, new data revealed on Wednesday.
A total of 249,000 babies were born last year, falling 4.4 per cent from the previous record low in 2021, according to the data from Statistics Korea.
11:16 AM

CBI should immediately arrest Sisodia in 'snooping' case: Delhi BJP

The Delhi BJP on Wednesday demanded that the CBI immediately arrest Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia in an alleged case of snooping, and also probe the role of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in it.
The people of Delhi "welcome" the sanction accorded to the CBI to prosecute Sisodia
11:00 AM

EC order on Shiv Sena made things crystal clear, asserts Thakur; taunts Uddhav

Union minister Anurag Thakur has said the Election Commission's decision to recognise the Eknath Shinde-led faction as the real Shiv Sena has made things "crystal clear" and former Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray should now understand who actually has the support of party workers.
He also taunted Thackeray saying what was the use of repenting over what has been lost.
10:40 AM

Budget to be presented in assembly will be the biggest in UP history: FM Suresh Kumar Khanna

The budget to be presented in the assembly will be the biggest in the history of Uttar Pradesh with a focus on infrastructure, state finance minister Suresh Kumar Khanna has said.
"The budget (size) will be the biggest in the history of Uttar Pradesh. It will be for youth, strengthening farmers and giving honour to women. The focus will be on infrastructure so that more employment opportunities can be generated," Khanna, who will table the budget in the state assembly, told reporters.
10:29 AM

Filing cases against rivals sign of coward: Sisodia on MHA nod to prosecute him

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Wednesday said the more AAP will grow, the more cases will be filed against its leaders, following the MHA's sanction to the CBI to prosecute him in a case of alleged collection of "political intelligence".
In a communication to the principal secretary to the Delhi Lieutenant Governor, the home ministry said the sanction to prosecute Sisodia was granted under Section 17 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.

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First Published: Feb 22 2023 | 8:29 AM IST

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