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Amid the crackdown on Amritpal Singh and his organisation Waris Punjab De and the internet ban in Punjab, several Twitter accounts have been withheld in India. The withheld accounts include the Twitter accounts of Canadian politician Jagmeet Singh, poet Rupi Kaur, voluntary organisation United Sikhs, MP from Sangrur Simranjit Singh Mann and at least three prominent Punjab-based journalists. There have also been restrictions on other social media platforms.

Delhi's Rouse Avenue Court extends judicial custody of AAP leader and former Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia by 14 days, in the Delhi excise policy scam case, the ANI reported. He is presently on ED remand till March 22.

Rajya Sabha adjourned, to meet again at 11 am tomorrow.

Farmers have gathered here to demand a legal guarantee on MSP and fulfilment of their other demands.

The Punjab government extended the suspension of mobile internet and SMS services till Tuesday noon even as the hunt for the Khalistan sympathizer Amritpal Singh continued for the third day
 
Both Houses of Parliament have been adjourned till 2pm amid ruckus over demand for JPC probe into Adani row

Leaders from like-minded opposition parties meet at the office of LoP Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge in Parliament to chalk out the strategy for the floor of the House.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida arrives in Delhi on a two-day visit, the ANI reported. Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar receives PM Fumio Kishida.

 

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Pro-Khalistan protesters attack Indian Consulate in San Francisco

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More Pro Khalistan Twitter accounts blocked in India, these include some Canadian government officials

3:32 PM

Waris Punjab De chief Amritpal Singh is still absconding: IGP Punjab

Police are making all efforts to nab him. Several rumours are being spread. Punjab Police is clearly stating that the arrest is yet to be made & w're going across the state and everywhere else to arrest him.
 
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No instructions given to banks on loading Rs 2,000 notes in ATMs: FM

No instructions have been given to banks for filling or not filling Rs 2,000 notes in Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) as lenders make their own choice for loading of cash vending machines, Parliament was informed on Monday.

As per Annual Reports of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the total value of Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 denomination bank notes in circulation as at end-March 2017 and as at March-end 2022 was Rs 9.512 lakh crore and Rs 27.057 lakh crore, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in a written reply in Lok Sabha.

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Punjab govt can manage law and order, crackdown against Amritpal Singh proves it: AAP

The Aam Aadmi Party said Monday the police crackdown on radical Sikh preacher and Khalistan sympathiser Amritpal Singh in Punjab proves that its government has the capability to manage the law-and-order situation in the state.

The hunt for Singh, which is underway for there days now, is a government operation and not a political one, AAP national spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj said.

2:15 PM

Parliament logjam can end with Rahul Gandhi's unambiguous apology for his remarks: Hardeep Puri

An unambiguous apology from Rahul Gandhi can end the logjam in Parliament, Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Monday as he slammed the Congress leader for his recent remarks in the United Kingdom.

Addressing a press conference, the BJP leader categorically rejected Gandhi's claims on the prevailing situation in India and urged him to clarify if he was "playing to an agenda.

During his interactions in the United Kingdom recently, Gandhi alleged that the structures of Indian democracy are under attack and there is a "full-scale assault" on the country's institutions.

1:57 PM

PM Modi thanks Japanese PM Fumio Kishida for G-7 Summit invite

Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked visiting Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's for inviting him for the G7 Summit in Japan later this year during their bilateral meeting held here on Monday.

PM Modi held bilateral delegation-level talks with his Japanese counterpart at Hyderabad House here.

"Today Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida invited me to the G7 Leaders' Summit which will be held in Hiroshima in May. I thank him for this," PM Modi said at the joint press statement after the meeting.

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Supreme Court refuses to accept Centre's sealed cover note on payment of OROP dues

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We need to put an end to this sealed cover practice in the Supreme Court... This is fundamentally contrary to basic process of fair justice, said a bench of Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justices P S Narasimha and J B Pardiwala.

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Air India to temporarily reduce frequency of flights on some US routes: CEO

Air India will reduce the frequency of flights on certain US routes due to crew shortage issues for a temporary period, its chief Campbell Wilson said on Monday.

He also said the airline will have 100 pilots for Boeing 777 planes in three months as they are being "activated" and around 1,400 cabin crew are in training.

In recent months, there have been instances of some long haul flights getting impacted due to crew shortage issues.

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Air India urination case: Victim moves SC for guidelines on unruly behaviour

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The petitioner also requested the apex court to direct the media to desist from reporting on criminal proceedings, to prevent further shaming and embarrassment for the 72-year-old victim and the perpetrator.

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Tamil Nadu govt presents Budget, says revenue deficit on decline

The Tamil Nadu government on Monday presented its Budget 2023-24 in the Assembly and said reform initiatives have led to a reduction in revenue deficit from about Rs 62,000 crore to Rs 30,000 crore.

Finance Minister Palanivel Thiaga Rajan, tabling the Budget said that owing to the unprecedented and difficult reforms undertaken, "we have reduced the annual revenue deficit of around Rs.62,000 crore which we inherited on assuming office (May 2021), to around Rs30,000 crore in the Revised Estimates of the current year."

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Glenmark Pharmaceuticals gets USFDA nod to market generic medication to treat schizophrenia

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals on Monday said it has received approval from the US health regulator to market a generic product used to treat schizophrenia and in some cases to control severe nausea.

The company has received nod from the US Food & Drug Administration (USFDA) for Prochlorperazine Maleate Tablets USP, 5 mg and 10 mg, the Mumbai-based drug maker said in a statement.

The company's product is the generic version of GlaxoSmithKline's Compazine tablets, it added.

12:03 PM

TN govt presents Budget, says revenue deficit on decline

The Tamil Nadu government on Monday presented its Budget 2023-24 in the Assembly and said reform initiatives have led to a reduction in revenue deficit from about Rs 62,000 crore to Rs 30,000 crore.

Finance Minister Palanivel Thiaga Rajan, tabling the Budget said that owing to the unprecedented and difficult reforms undertaken, "we have reduced the annual revenue deficit of around Rs.62,000 crore which we inherited on assuming office (May 2021), to around Rs30,000 crore in the Revised Estimates of the current year."

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Crop damage due to hailstorm: Rajasthan BJP chief demands compensation for farmers

Rajasthan BJP president Satish Poonia on Monday met farmers in Amber assembly constituency whose crops have suffered damage due to the recent rains and hailstorm, and demanded that the state government compensate them.

Rains triggered by Western Disturbance have lashed several parts of the state in the last three days.

11:41 AM

Punjab govt extends suspension of mobile internet, SMS services till Tuesday noon

The Punjab government extended the suspension of mobile internet and SMS services till Tuesday noon even as the hunt for the Khalistan sympathizer Amritpal Singh continued for the third day.

The state authorities had on Saturday suspended the internet and SMS services in the state till Sunday noon

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BJP does not want common people to get reservation benefits: Baghel

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Sunday said that BJP does not want common people to get the benefits of reservation.
 
While addressing a public gathering at Patel Samaj Maha sammelan in the Kankar district he said, "These days BJP are busy in selling airports and ports. Public equipment is being sold out. All government factories are being phased out. There will be no place left for you people to get jobs. How will one avail the benefit of reservation if BJP will keep on selling these units?".
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Delhi excise policy case: K Kavitha likely to appear before ED today

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On Thursday, her second round of questioning had to be done which she skipped saying that she would reply through emails or question her at her own residence.
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Have sought time for Rahul Gandhi to speak in Lok Sabha tomorrow: Kharge

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge said time has been sought for Rahul Gandhi to speak in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday and he will make his statement if allowed.

Kharge also slammed the BJP-led government over the Delhi Police team reaching Gandhi's residence on Sunday to inquire about his "women are still being sexually assaulted" statement made during the Bharat Jodo Yatra.

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PM Modi, Japan counterpart to discuss pressing global challenges

Ways to confront pressing global challenges like rising food and energy prices, ensuring peace and stability in Indo-Pacific and expansion of overall bilateral ties will be key focus of wide-ranging talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida on Monday.

The Japanese prime minister arrived in Delhi at around 8 am on Monday on a nearly 27-hour visit to ramp up bilateral ties in a range of areas and discuss how convergence between India's presidency of G20 and Japan's presidency of the G7 can help address various global problems.

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First Published: Mar 20 2023 | 8:39 AM IST

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