After 18 years in UAE jail, Telangana brothers to be released on Feb 20

Jeddah: Two Telangana brothers who have been serving prison term for the last 18 years in Dubai are set to be released on Tuesday, February 20. Brothers Shivaratri Mallesham and Shivaratri Ravi, along with Nampally Venkati and Dundigal Laxman — all are hailing from Rajanana Sircilla district — and Shivaratri Hanumant, native of Jagtial district, were convicted in a murder case. Shivaratri Mallesham and Ravi are set to release on

Auto rickshaws return to Yadadri hill shrine after two years

Hyderabad: Autorickshaws were allowed to run to the Yadadri Hill shrine on Sunday, February 11. Due to temple renovation initiatives, the temple banned autorickshaws two years ago. The restrictions on auto rickshaws was lifted and they were ceremonially waved off by Alair MLA and Government Whip Bheerla Ilaiah. యాదాద్రి కొండపైకి జెండా ఉపి ఆటోలను అనుమతించిన ప్రభుత్వ విప్,ఆలేరు ఎమ్మెల్యే శ్రీ బీర్ల ఐల్లయ్య గారు..@INCTelangana @revanth_anumula@TelanganaCMO @Bhatti_Mallu@KomatireddyKVR @Tummala_INC#beerlailaiah #alairmla #Alair #inctelangana #GOVERNMENTWHIP #YadagiriguttaTemple

15 years on, mother awaits release of ‘innocent’ son held in blast case

Zakariya, a resident of Kerala, was 19 when he was apprehended by Karnataka Police and slapped with the draconian UAPA in connection with the 2008 Bengaluru bomb blast case. He completed 15 years in jail on Monday, February 5, as the the seventh accused in the blast case that claimed one life. Zakariya was accused of building bomb timers. The prolonged incarceration of Zakariya has deeply affected his mother, Beyummah,

Defence budget up by Rs 1.72 lakh cr from last year’s allocation

New Delhi: In a modest hike, the government on Thursday increased the defence budget to Rs 6.21 lakh crore for 2024-25 from last year’s allocation of Rs 5.94 lakh crore and announced an ambitious scheme for “deep-tech” technologies in the military domain. In the interim Union budget presented in Parliament by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, a total of Rs 1.72 lakh crore was set aside to the military for capital

Imran Khan, Qureshi sentenced to 10 years in prison in cipher case

Islamabad: Former prime minister Imran Khan and former foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi were on Tuesday sentenced to 10 years each in prison in the cipher case. The decision was announced by special court Judge Abul Hasnat Zulqarnain during the hearing of the case held at the Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi. Khan’s party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) confirmed the development by saying that it was a “sham case with no access

Republic Day 2024: List of chief guests over the years

New Delhi: Over the years, several world leaders have graced their presence at India’s Republic Day. This includes former US President Barack Obama, former Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin. No chief guests were, however, invited between 2021 and 2022 due to the Covid pandemic. This year, French President Emmanuel Macron is gracing the event as the chief guest. This marks a unique reciprocal exchange following

Income tax filers more than double to 7.78 cr in 10 years

New Delhi: The number of tax payers filing income tax returns has more than doubled to 7.78 crore in the past 10 years, as per government data. Releasing key statistics, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) on Tuesday said the number of Income Tax Returns (ITRs) filed in FY23 stood at 7.78 crore, showing an 104.91 per cent increase as compared to the 3.8 crore ITRs filed in 2013-14.

Nadda calls ten years of Modi govt `decade of transformation’

Ahmedabad: The ten years of the Narendra Modi government have seen people shedding pessimism and becoming optimistic about the country’s future, Bharatiya Janata Party president J P Nadda said here on Tuesday. The government has taken steps to bring about reforms in every sector, he said while speaking at a joint program of the Ahmedabad Medical Association and the BJP’s Doctors Cell here. “This is a decade of transformation. There

Saudi Arabia: After 24 years, Ramzan 2024 to fall in winter

Muslims worldwide eagerly anticipate the start of the month of Ramzan 2024, which coincides with the winter season in Saudi Arabia this year. After a whooping gap of 24 years, Ramzan will be observed during the winter. Winter season commences on December 21 and concludes on March 20. According to astronomical calculations, Ramzan in Saudi Arabia is expected to begin on March 10 and in India on March 11. Also

75th Emmys: A look at this year’s snubs and surprises

Los Angeles: After a year of unprecedented turmoil in Hollywood due to WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, this year’s 75th Primetime Emmy Awards that recognizes some of the best works on TV finally took place on Tuesday. The ceremony turned out several surprises with the ‘The Bear’ bagging six awards while to ‘Better Call Saul’ saw most losses ever, reported Variety. The evening’s highlights included Jennifer Coolidge thanking “all the evil