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Delhi reports 1,603 fresh Covid-19 cases and 1,526 recoveries in the last 24 hours. Active cases 6,120. Today’s Covid Positivity 26.75 per cent, reports ANI.

Assam, Arunachal Pradesh govts sign deal in presence of Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi ending border disputes, reports PTI. Home Minister Amit Shah terms Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border pact "historic" event; says it ends decades long disputes. Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma says border pact "big and successful" moment; Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu terms it "historic". 

An Indian Army truck catches fire in Poonch district of Jammu & Kashmir.

Amritpal Singh's wife Kirandeep Kaur has not been detained yet, clarified ANI's Punjab Police source but is being questioned by the Immigration department of Shri Guru Ram Dass International Airport, Amritsar as she was trying to board a flight to London.

A court in Gujarat's Surat city on Thursday rejected Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's application for a stay on his conviction in a criminal defamation case over his "Modi surname" remark.

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday inaugurated the company's second flagship store in the Capital, while greeting the first wave of customers. The Apple store will offer personalised support and unique experiences for customers to discover the various aspects of the technology.

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WHO chief calls situation in Sudan "heartbreaking," says peace only solution

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PM Modi sends Eid wishes to Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama

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Centre holds meeting with stakeholders on restoration of 5G services near airports

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Centre holds meeting with stakeholders on restoration of 5G services near airports

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Delhi reports 1,603 fresh Covid cases and 1,526 recoveries in the last 24 hours. Active cases 6,120

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CUET-PG to be conducted from June 5-12, says National Testing Agency

The Common University Entrance Test-PG for admission to postgraduate programmes in universities across the country will be conducted from June 5-12, the National Testing Agency announced on Thursday.
Candidates can apply for the exam till May 5. The application deadline earlier was April 19.
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Tamil Nadu govt to install former PM V P Singh's statue in Chennai

A statue of former Prime Minister V P Singh, a champion of social justice, will be installed in Chennai to honour his contribution and commitment to social justice, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin said on Thursday.

Making a suo motu statement in the Assembly, the Chief Minister said Singh implemented the 27 per cent reservation for Other Backward Classes in Central government jobs based on the recommendation of the B P Mandal Commission

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GST evasion detection nearly doubles to Rs 1.01 trn in FY23

GST evasion detection by tax officers almost doubled year-on-year to over Rs 1.01 trn in the just concluded 2022-23 fiscal, an official said.

During the last fiscal, a recovery of Rs 21,000 crore was made by the officers of the Directorate General of GST Intelligence (DGGI).

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Gautam Adani meets Sharad Pawar amid Oppn's demand for JPC probe into Hindenburg-Adani row

Industrialist Gautam Adani met Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sharad Pawar at the latter's residence here on Thursday amid the Opposition's demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the Adani-Hindenburg issue.

The meeting, held at Pawar's residence Silver Oak in south Mumbai this morning, lasted for nearly two hours, sources said.

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Big story for India is how it will effectively invest to gain demographic dividend: UN expert

With India becoming the world's most populous nation, a top UN expert said the big focus for the country now would be quick and effective investments in education, job creation and gender equality that will yield demographic dividend and enable its large population to boost economic growth.

According to the United Nations Population Fund's latest data, India has surpassed China to become the world's most populous nation with 142.86 crore people.

I think the big story for India is how they will effectively and quickly invest in what's required to gain a demographic dividend, UNFPA lead demographer Rachel Snow said Wednesday as she briefed reporters here on the agency's State of the World Population report.

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By decriminalising homosexuality, one can contemplate same-sex people would be in stable marriage: SC

The Supreme Court on Thursday observed that looking at India, constitutionally and socially, "we have already reached the intermediate stage that by decriminalising homosexuality, one can contemplate that people who belong to the same sex would be in stable marriage-like relationships".

"When you decriminalise homosexuality, you also realise that these are not one-off relationships, these are also stable decriminalising homosexuality, we have not just recognised relationships between consenting adults of same gender...we have also recognised implicitly, therefore, the fact that people who are of same sex would be in stable relationships", said the Chief Justice
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Victory of people, judiciary: BJP on court rejecting Rahul's plea in criminal defamation case

The BJP Thursday hailed the Surat court's decision to reject Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's plea for a stay on his conviction in a criminal defamation case as a "victory" of the judiciary and the people.

Hitting out at the Congress, BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra said, "The court's decision is a blow to the arrogance of the Gandhi family, especially Rahul Gandhi."

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Sri Lanka confirms Chinese company request for exporting 100,000 endangered monkeys

Sri Lanka on Wednesday confirmed China's request for importing 1,00,000 endangered monkeys from the cash-strapped island nation, amidst protests from environmental groups against the deal.

Gunadasa Samarasinghe, the top bureaucrat in Sri Lanka's Ministry of Agriculture said that a privately-owned Chinese company connected to Zoological Gardens which are animal breeders had made the request to his ministry.

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BJP's Lingayat leaders raise "Lingayat CM" pitch to counter Congress narrative

Lingayat leaders of the BJP have raised the pitch for unleashing the "Lingayat CM" campaign in poll-bound Karnataka to counter the Congress' narrative to brand the ruling party as "anti-Lingayat".

The politically influential Lingayat community forms about 17 per cent of the State's population, mostly in northern parts of the State which the BJP counts as its strong vote-base.

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Buddha's teachings antidote for global problems: PM in address to Buddhist summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the current global situation is the most challenging as there is war, economic instability, terrorism and religious fanaticism, adding that in such times, teachings of Buddha are the best solution for all such problems.

"This hope, this faith is the biggest strength of this earth. When this hope gets united, the Buddha's Dhamma will become the world's belief and Buddha's realisation will become the belief of humanity," he said while addressing the inaugural session of Global Buddhist Summit here.

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First Published: Apr 20 2023 | 8:18 AM IST

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