6:25 PM

Ukraine-Russia war: Russian missile strike kills at least 14 people in southern Ukraine

A Russian missile strike on Odesa in southern Ukraine on Friday killed at least 14 people and injured 46 others, local officials said. A first missile struck houses and when emergency crews arrived at the scene a second missile landed, authorities said. Among those killed were a paramedic and an emergency service worker. The attack occurred as Russians voted in a presidential election that is all but certain to extend Vladimir Putin’s rule by another six years after he crushed dissent and as the war in Ukraine stretches into its third year. At least 10 houses in Odesa and some emergency service equipment were damaged in the attack, which started a blaze, according to Ukraine’s Emergency Service and regional Gov. Oleh Kiper.

6:03 PM

Forex reserve live: India’s forex kitty expands $10.47 bn to $636.095 bn

India’s forex kitty jumped by $ 10.47 billion to $ 636.095 billion for the week ended March 8, the Reserve Bank said on Friday. In the previous reporting week, the overall reserves had risen by $ 6.55 billion to $ 625.626 billion. In October 2021, the country’s forex kitty had reached an all-time high of $ 645 billion. The reserves took a hit as the central bank deployed the kitty to defend the rupee amid pressures caused majorly by global developments since last year. For the week ended March 8, the foreign currency assets, a major component of the reserves, increased by $ 8.121 billion to $ 562.352 billion, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said. Expressed in dollar terms, the foreign currency assets include the effect of appreciation or depreciation of non-US units like the euro, pound and yen held in the foreign exchange reserves. Gold reserves increased by $ 2.299 billion to $ 50.716 billion during the week, the RBI said.

4:53 PM

BJP moves high court over PM Modi roadshow permission

The BJP’s Tamil Nadu unit today approached the Madras High Court, challenging a police order denying permission to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s road show in Coimbatore on March 18.

4:49 PM

Mauritius looking for investments from India, says Mauritian minister Soomilduth Bholah

Mauritian Financial Services and Good Governance Minister Soomilduth Bholah told news agency PTI that Mauritius is looking for investments from India.

4:27 PM

McDonald’s outlets suffer system outage across world; ops suffer: Report

McDonald’s today stated that a technology outage had disrupted operations at many of its outlets worldwide, including Japan and Australia, but ruled out the possibility of a cybersecurity incident. Many McDonald’s stores in Japan stopped taking in-person and mobile customer orders because of the system disruption, a spokesperson at McDonald’s Holdings Company Japan said,

4:16 PM

Electoral bonds data: Freeze BJP bank accounts, conduct special investigation, says Kharge

Congress chief M Mallikarjun Kharge today asked for a special investigation into the electoral bonds scheme and said the BJP’s bank accounts must be frozen till its completion. He also raised the issue of several companies purchasing electoral bonds soon after they faced raids by central agencies such as Enforcement Directorate and Income Tax Department. The BJP encashed Rs 6,060 crore over five years through the Electoral Bonds Scheme.

4:00 PM

US statement on CAA ‘misplaced, misinformed, unwarranted’, says MEA

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson today termed the U. State Department’s statement on the country’s implementation of a contentious, religion-based citizenship law “misplaced, misinformed, and unwarranted”. Washington, in a statement earlier this week, had said it was “concerned” about the notification of the Citizenship Amendment Act and defined “respect for religious freedom and equal treatment” as fundamental democratic principles.

2:31 PM

Like 2G case, SIT needed to investigate electoral bonds case: Rajya Sabha MP Kapil Sibal

 “Like it was done in 2G case, where an SIT was made, in this case also an SIT should be constituted to probe the matter. We have to see how the law will see it now…It should also be found out who donated to the PM-CARES. It’s a matter of investigation which party got how many funds,”  Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament (MP )Kapil Sibal said.

2:22 PM

Central government gives nod to e-vehicle policy

The Government on Friday approved the e-vehicle policy today. The minimum investment required to start production is Rs 4,150 crore. Firms have to start commercial production of e-vehicles within 3 years for setting up manufacturing facilities in India.

1:18 PM

SC adjourns hearing on Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) leader K Kavitha’ bail plea against ED summons

The top court has adjourned the hearing on Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) leader K. Kavitha’s plea against ED summons in connection with Delhi excise policy case till March 19.

1:06 PM

News update: Supreme Court refuses to stay appointment of elections commissioners

The Supreme Court has listed the pleas challenging the Chief Election Commissioner and Other Election Commissioners Act, 2023, for hearing on March 21. The Chief Justice of India was dropped from the selection panel for the appointment of  election commissioners after the enactment of the act.

12:56 PM

INDIA bloc can never make Tamil Nadu developed: PM Modi

“INDI Alliance can never make Tamil Nadu developed. These people have a history of scams. The basis of these people’s politics is to come to power to loot the people. On one hand there are welfare schemes of BJP, on the other hand there are scams worth crores,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at a rally in Kanyakumari.

12:51 PM

India’s first underwater metro train commences commercial services

The commercial operations of the India’s first underwater metro train began in Kolkata with with loud cheers and claps from commuters. A train began its journey from the Howrah Maidan station on the East-West metro corridor of Kolkata at 7 am  while another started from Esplanade station at the same time.

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