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Women Boxing Championship Live: Indian boxer Saweety Boora becomes light heavyweight (81kg) world champion with 4-3 win over China's Wang Lina.

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday met heads of public sector banks to take stock of the performance of the lenders on various parameters, including health and efficiency.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) hit back at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday in a press conference addressed by senior leader Ravi Shankar Prasad in Patna. He said in the press conference that the Rahul Gandhi's problem is that the people are not voting for the Congress party and if he continues insulting people of backward class, he will not get votes in the future too. He said, "In his press conference, Rahul Gandhi tried to make false statements & did not speak on the subject. Rahul Gandhi has been punished for his speech in 2019. Today he said 'I speak thoughtfully' which means whatever Rahul Gandhi said in 2019, it was spoken thoughtfully."

Rajya Sabha MP Kapil Sibal on Saturday took a swipe at two BJP ministers for accusing Congress leader Rahul Gandhi of insulting OBCs with his "Modi surname" remark in 2019, saying they were "insulting" people's intelligence by making such an "absurd allegation". Gandhi was on Friday disqualified from the Lok Sabha, nearly 24 hours after a Surat court convicted him in a defamation case. The court in Gujarat's Surat sentenced Gandhi to two years in jail in a defamation case filed on a complaint by BJP MLA Purnesh Modi for his remark -- "How come all thieves have Modi as the common surname?" Addressing a press conference on Friday, BJP leaders and Union ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Anurag Thakur had accused Gandhi of insulting OBCs.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Karnataka on Saturday to participate in various inauguration programmes in Bengaluru and Chikkaballapur districts of the state. At his arrival at HAL Airport here, the Prime Minister was welcomed by Chief Minister Basvaraj Bommai and the Governor Thawar Chand Gehlot. PM Modi has dedicated Madhusudan Sai Medical Sciences and Research Institute of Satya Sai Ashram at Muddenahalli in Chikkaballapur taluk.

Congress state unit President D K Shivakumar and Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah, who are Chief Ministerial aspirants in the event of the party coming to power in Karnataka, are among the prominent leaders who figure in the first list of candidates for the Assembly polls, due by May, announced on Saturday. Yathindra's name does not figure for any other segment in the first list of 124 candidates.

Former Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was officially sworn in as the US Ambassador to India by Vice President Kamala Harris at a ceremonial event.Garcetti was confirmed as the next US Ambassador earlier this month, ending a logjam that had left an important American mission abroad without a regular envoy for almost two years and his fate in the balance. The swearing-in ceremony on Friday was attended by Garcetti's close family members, including his wife and daughter, who held the Hebrew Bible.
 
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Congress to observe day-long 'Satyagraha'

Congress to observe day-long 'Satyagraha' across country in protest against Rahul Gandhi's disqualification
 
9:27 PM

Union Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya on spike in Covid19 cases

Union Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya in Varanasi, UP said, "Currently, in the country, a variant of Covid19 that is circulating is a mutated version of the Omicron sub-variant. We need to remain alert but there is no need to worry. Each new variant is isolated and it is tested whether our vaccines are effective against it or not. Our vaccines have been found effective against all Covid19 variants found till now."
 
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Covid Scare: The cases are likely to be of the XBB.1.16 variant of Omicron, says Dr Dhiren Gupta

The COVID19 situation is changing for the past week with a rise in cases. The cases are likely to be of the XBB.1.16 variant of Omicron, and the symptomatology is likely to be the same. Those with co-morbidities & senior citizens should take more precautions, said Dr Dhiren Gupta, Senior Consultant, Dept of Paediatric Emergency and Critical Care, Sir Gangaram Hospital.
 
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Rahul Gandhi has not been disqualified by the GoI. He has been convicted by the court: Assam CM

"Rahul Gandhi has not been disqualified by the GoI. He has been convicted by the court because in his speech he used unparliamentary, defamatory words against the OBC community and as a consequence of the pronouncement of the Court, he has been disqualified. This is a judicial process and there is nothing political about it," said Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma.
 
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"Rahul Gandhi isn't first to face disqualification" tweets Union min Anurag Thakur

8:58 PM

Nitu strikes historic gold at IBA Women's World Boxing Championships

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"Don't believe any fake news on Amritpal's arrest": Punjab Police

8:40 PM

Lights at Delhi's Akshardham temple turned off for an hour from 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm to mark the Earth Hour

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Lights switched off at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus from 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm to mark Earth Hour

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JP has changed 'politics of perception' to 'politics of performance', says PM

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the Bhagwant Mann government in Punjab will not hesitate in taking tough decisions to maintain law and order as he asserted that those who were trying to spoil the atmosphere in the state are on the run. Kejriwal's remarks come in the wake of Punjab police action against radical preacher Amritpal Singh and elements of an outfit, headed by him, named 'Waris Punjab De.'
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Delhi Govt orders all the govt hospitals to hold a mock drill on March 26

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BJP has changed 'politics of perception' to 'politics of performance', says PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday addressed a public rally in Karnataka's Davanagere as part of his visit to the poll-bound state. "Karnataka has decided to bring back the double engine government in the state," PM Modi said while addressing the public rally titled 'Vijaya Sankalp Yatre Maha Sangama' in Davanagere.

Before the public rally, PM Modi held a mega road show. A huge crowd could be seen gathered to offer a grand welcome to the Prime Minister. The Karnataka assembly elections are likely to be held in April-May.
 
An official announcement of the poll schedule by the Election Commission is expected soon. Political parties including the BJP and Janata Dal-Secular have already intensified their campaign in the southern state. The polls are being seen as particularly crucial for Congress for its national ambitions for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.
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Congress Workers Protest In Kolkata Over Rahul Gandhi's Disqualification As MP

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Sentence awarded to Rahul Gandhi seems excessive, says Prashant Kishor

Political strategist turned activist Prashant Kishor on Saturday termed as "excessive" the two years' imprisonment awarded to Rahul Gandhi in a defamation case.
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Political malice and hatred do not benefit country: Mayawati on Rahul disqualification

A day after Rahul Gandhi was disqualified from Parliament, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president Mayawati on Saturday referred to the Emergency as she took a swipe at both the Congress and the BJP, saying political malice and hatred had not benefited the country in the past and neither will in the future.
 
She said the Congress must think whether what happened during the Emergency in 1975 and what is happening now with its leader Rahul Gandhi are justified.
 
In a series of tweets, Mayawati said the Congress earlier and the BJP government now, due to their "politics of extreme selfishness", hardly focussed on public welfare and removal of serious problems of poverty, unemployment and backwardness.
 
"It is very sad and unfortunate," she said in a tweet in Hindi.
 
"Political malice, hatred, etc. towards each other have neither benefited the country in the past nor is it going to benefit it in the future," the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister said.
 
She said it is clear that had successive governments in the past 75 years worked with honesty and integrity according to the sacred intention of the Constitution and democratic norms and traditions, "India would have become a truly leading and ideal humanitarian and developed country."
 
Gandhi, who represented Wayanad in Kerala in Lok Sabha, was disqualified from Parliament on Friday, a day after a court in Gujarat sentenced him to two years' imprisonment in a criminal defamation case.

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First Published: Mar 25 2023 | 12:48 PM IST

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