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  • Will Hear Ayodhya Case As "Pure Land Dispute", Says Supreme Court: 10 Facts
    The case over the 2.7 acre disputed Ayodhya site claimed by both Hindus and Muslims will be taken up by the Supreme Court on March 14. A three-judge bench of the top court headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, which put off the hearings expected to start today also, has underlined that it would deal with the case as a "pure land dispute". The judges had last year rejected a suggestion by senior lawyer and Congress leader Kapil Sibal to defer hearings till after the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
  • Elon Musk's SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket Launched: 5 Things To Know About His Other Space Projects
    SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk today sent Falcon Heavy, the world's most powerful rocket, which is loaded with his red Tesla roadster toward an orbit near Mars. It is the first time that a rocketing firm has managed to guide at least two of the Falcon Heavy's first-stage rocket boosters to land upright back on Earth. Also it's the first time that a car is being sent to the space. At the wheel of the sports car is a dummy dressed in a spacesuit nicknamed Starman and the words "DON'T PANIC" visible on the dashboard.
  • Had Sardar Patel Been Prime Minister, Entire Kashmir Would've Been Ours: Top PM Modi Quotes
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday tore into the Congress while replying to the Motion of Thanks on President's Address. Mr Modi directly attacked the Gandhis and the Congress saying, democracy is not a Gandhi trademark but India's tradition and his government does not need a lesson on it. The Prime Minister touched upon all the states heading to polls this year, including Karnataka and the Northeast. In a bid to calm ally TDP in Andhra Pradesh, he alleged former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi "humiliated" leaders from the state.
  • SpaceX Falcon Heavy, World's Most Powerful Rocket, Sends Sports Car Towards Mars: All You Need To Know
    SpaceX Falcon Heavy, the world's most powerful rocket, was launched today from the Kennedy Space Centre in the United States' Florida toward an orbit near Mars. The mission is a test flight, pioneered by rocket firm SpaceX which is helmed by Tesla CEO Elon Musk. What's interesting about this "monster" rocket is that it is loaded with Mr Musk's own red Tesla roadster and a playlist consisting of David Bowie's "Space Oddity with the words "DON'T PANIC" visible on the dashboard. At the wheel is a mannequin dressed in a spacesuit nicknamed Starman. It is the first time that a car is being sent to the space. In another first, SpaceX managed to guide at least two of the Falcon Heavy's first-stage rocket boosters to land upright back on Earth.
  • Sensex Falls 113 Points, Nifty Settles Below 10,500 As RBI Keeps Rates Unchanged
    The stock markets declined on Wednesday with the BSE Sensex falling more than 100 points amid a recovery in global markets. Most Asian markets ended in the red, while European markets were mostly higher in early trade. Overnight, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose over 2 per cent in a volatile session and most of the Asian markets were also in the green. In the previous three sessions, the Sensex had fallen more than 1,700 points in tandem with a selloff in global markets. The prospect of monetary tightening across the globe had roiled global equity markets. The Reserve Bank of India is due to release its policy decision today. The central bank is expected to turn more hawkish on inflation. The BSE benchmark index - Sensex - closed 113 points lower at 34,082.7 while the NSE Nifty settled at 10,476.70, down 22 points
  • RBI Policy Decision Today Amid Global Market Storm: 10 Points
    The Reserve Bank of India or RBI is expected to keep repo rate unchanged at 6 per cent today even though inflation is above its medium-term target, according to a Reuters poll. But a majority of economists also expect the central bank's tone to turn hawkish in its latest policy decision, to be announced at 2:30 pm today. Retail inflation hit a 17-month high of 5.21 per cent in December. The RBI's policy announcement is the first after the release of Budget 2018 and comes amid a turmoil in global financial markets.
  • In Maldives Crisis, Supreme Court U-Turn After Judges' Arrest: 10 Points
    Three judges of Maldives Supreme Court on Tuesday evening revoked its order to release nine high-profile political prisoners, one of the points in their 1 February verdict that was seen to have prompted President Abdulla Yameen to impose a state of emergency in Maldives and arrest two top judges. President Yameen, who had minutes earlier restored the powers of the judges to revisit the verdict, welcomed the tweaks. The compromise between the judiciary - the two top judges are still in jail - and government came around the same time that India said it was "disturbed" by the declaration of emergency and was "carefully" tracking the situation.
  • India Successfully Test-Fires Nuclear Capable Ballistic Agni-1 Missile: 10 Facts
    An indigenously developed short-range nuclear capable ballistic Agni-1 was successfully test-fired today at 8:30 am from a mobile launcher at Pad 4 of the Integrated Test Range at Odisha's Dr Abdul Kalam Island, formerly known as Wheeler Island. Agni-1 missile was launched as a part of a periodic training activity by the Strategic Forces Command or SFC of the Indian Army to consolidate operational readiness. The defence forces described the trial as a "complete success" and said that all the mission objectives were met during the test. It was 18th version of Agni-I, which could achieve all parameters within the stipulated time period, said defence sources. The Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) had successfully tested country's longest indigenously developed nuclear missile Agni-V on January 18 last month.
  • Emergency In Maldives: All You Need To Know About The Political Crisis
    Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen declared a 15-day state of Emergency in Maldives on Monday following a deepening political crisis where the President refused to comply with a Supreme Court order to release political prisoners. This Emergency gives sweeping powers to security forces to arrest and detain suspects. As the news of Emergency spread, a wave of protests broke out in the capital Male, with angry clashes between police and demonstrators. The government, however, maintained that Emergency was enforced for welfare of citizens. "The state of emergency was enforced in order to protect the peace and welfare of all citizens and the country," Presidency Maldives tweeted.
  • Sensex Stages Swift Recovery After Plunging Over 1,200 Points: 10 Points
    The Sensex closed 561 points lower at 34,195 on Tuesday, staging a big recovery after plunging nearly 1,275 points during the session. The NSE benchmark index - Nifty - settled 168 points lower at 10,498. The Nifty had plunged to an intraday low of 10,276 on Tuesday. The pullback in Indian markets tracked recovery in Dow futures, which moved into positive territory reversing steep losses, indicating the Wall Street was likely to open higher later in the day. The rupee also pared losses after falling to 64.39 at day's low. In recent trade, the rupee was at 64.18 against the US dollar vs its Monday's close of 64.06.
  • Forbes India 30 Under 30 List Is Out. A Look At The Young Achievers Who Made It
    Business magazine Forbes has released a 30 Under 30 list that features Indians in their 20s who are "shaping new India". The names have been selected depending upon three broad criteria - the extent of impact of their achievements, their ability to disrupt the status quo, scalability of the business or line of work and their potential to stay a long-term player, says the magazine. The exhaustive list which is spread across 15 categories has names of pistol shooter Heena Sidhu, right-arm fast-medium bowler Jasprit Bumrah, singer and song writer Jubin Nautiyal, Indian hockey goalkeeper Savita Punia, actress Bhumi Pednekar among others.
  • Markets Continue To Bleed, Sensex Ends Below 35,000: 10 Points
    Sensex and Nifty fell sharply on Monday, extending losses to a fifth session in a row, amid a selloff in global markets. Asian markets suffered big losses, amid speculation that global central banks might be forced to tighten policy more aggressively. The BSE Sensex fell 309 points to close at 34,757 while the NSE Nifty settled at 10,666. The Sensex and Nifty had slumped more than 2 per cent on Friday, posting their biggest fall in nearly 15 months, as the long-term capital gains tax on equity investments, announced in Budget 2018, dampened sentiment.
  • Khushwant Singh Birth Anniversary: 10 Facts About The Celebrated Author
    Khushwant Singh, the celebrated writer, known for his sharp writings laced with wit, sarcasm and honesty touched chords with the readers. He changed his career from a lawyer to a journalist and also got into politics, but he is most remembered for his word craft. The noted author offered his views on subjects as diverse as old age and the fear of death; on the joy of sex, the pleasures of poetry and the importance of laughter; on how to cope with retirement and live a long, happy and healthy life.
  • Modicare, World's Largest National Health Protection Scheme: All You Need To Know
    In the Union Budget 2018-19, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced that India will have the world's largest healthcare programme for half a billion of its poorest citizens. He went on to lay out plans to merge three public sector insurance companies and list the new entity. The plan was soon dubbed "NaMoCare" by BJP president Amit Shah and "ModiCare" by many online. The Ayushman Bharat scheme, also being called "ModiCare", is a new health protection scheme that would cover around 10 crore poor and vulnerable families, or about 50 crore poor people of India. "ModiCare" is seen as an attempt by the government to reform India's public health system, which faces acute shortage of hospitals and doctors .
  • Day After Budget, Sensex Suffers Biggest Selloff Since November 2016: 10 Points
    Sensex and Nifty suffered a big selloff today, a day after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley unveiled Union Budget 2018-19. A higher-than-expected fiscal deficit target for 2018-19 and imposition of new long-term capital gains tax on equities hurt the market sentiment, say experts. The BSE benchmark index Sensex closed 839 points lower at 35,066, while NSE Nifty settled at 10,760. That marked the biggest percentage loss for Sensex in a single day since November 2016. Weak global markets also hurt the domestic equities. Yields on 10-year US Treasuries jumped to a near four-year peak, sparking a selloff in other Asian markets.

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