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19:33 IST, October 25th 2021
RP Sanjiv Goenka Group wins IPL's Lucknow franchise

RP Sanjiv Goenka Group has placed the winning bid for the Lucknow franchise in IPL; Two new franchises have been announced in IPL - Lucknow and Ahmedabad - which will participate in the next IPL. BCCI sources have said the winning bid was worth Rs 7000 crore.


19:28 IST, October 25th 2021
Sameer Wankhede's wife Kranti Redkar slams Nawab Malik; dares him to take charges to court

Speaking to Republic Media Network, NCB Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede's wife & actor Kranti Redkar Wankhede said that they and their family are being personally being targeted.




19:20 IST, October 25th 2021
Sameer Wankhede's father speaks to Republic on charges levelled by Nawab Malik

Sameer Wankhede's father Dnyandev Wankhede refuted the allegations made against his son by NCP minister Nawab Malik and said that his son is being cornered.




16:41 IST, October 25th 2021
Witness Prabhakar Sail's plea against Sameer Wankhede dismissed

In a big win for NCB Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede, the NDPS court has dismissed the plea of witness Prabhakar Sail who levelled serious extortion charges against Sameer Wankhede. 


15:55 IST, October 25th 2021
Virat Kohli clarifies on Indian team taking the knee over Black Lives Matter

Indian Cricket Team Captain Virat Kholi has broken silence over the controversy on the Indian team taking the knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, ahead of the T20 World Cup match with Pakistan on Sunday. He said the decision to take the knee was conveyed by the team management.


15:39 IST, October 25th 2021
Targeting women of my family is highly condemnable, says NCB Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede

In the wake of the bribery allegations against NCB Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede, the Narcotics Control Bureau on Monday alleged that 'Women of my family have been targeted". While speaking to Republic media, Wankhede went on to say, "Targeting women of my family is highly condemnable". 


15:07 IST, October 25th 2021
Superstar Rajinikanth receives the Dadasaheb Phalke Award

Superstar Rajnikanth on Monday received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award at 67th National Film Awards ceremony in Delhi. Rajnikanth has dedicated his Dadasaheb Phalke Award to his teacher K Balachander, brother Sathyanarayana Rao Gaekwad and his friend Raj Bahadhur. In addition, he has dedicated it to all film fraternity, producers, directors, technicians, co-artists, distributors, theatre owners and to his fans and Tamil people.


15:03 IST, October 25th 2021
Union Home Minister Amit Shah to visit CRPF Camp in Lethpora

Union Home Minister Amit Shah will visit the CRPF Camp in Lethpora in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on Monday. In addition, the Home Minister is also expected to have dinner at the camp, along with soldier. Following that, Shah will also do a night halt at the camp. 


14:56 IST, October 25th 2021
Retired officers back NCB's Sameer Wankhede

Retired officers on Monday threw their weight behind NCB Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede and asserted their message of 'Say no to drugs and yes to life'. Speaking to Republic TV, a retired officer informed that their Sainik Federation will felicitate Sameer Wankhede. In addition, he slammed a Maharashtra minister for levelling allegations against Wankhede and attacking his family members. 

14:47 IST, October 25th 2021
PM Modi takes a dig at opposition over healthcare facilities

During his address in Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a dig at the opposition and stated that not much attention was paid to health and healthcare facilities for a longtime after Independence. Without naming the Congress, he remarked that people who governed the nation for a long time, kept the healthcare system devoid of facilities instead of facilitating its development.


14:33 IST, October 25th 2021
'Sabko vaccine, muft vaccine' campaign is going successfully: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday addressed the people in his parliamentary constituency, Varanasi. During his speech, PM Modi once again hailed the historic 100 crore vaccination milestone and said that the campaign of 'Sabko vaccine, muft vaccine' is going ahead successfully. 


13:59 IST, October 25th 2021
Ananya Panday to skip NCB summons today

Bollywood actor Ananya Panday was asked to appear yet again before the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) for questioning in connection with the Mumbai drugs case. Panday was already summoned by the NCB in the case after her 'drug chats' with Aryan Khan emerged during the probe.

13:51 IST, October 25th 2021
Sameer Wankhede issues statement on multi-religious parentage; slams Nawab Malik

Countering NCP minister Nawab Malik tweet sharing his personal details, Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) zonal director Sameer Wankhede on Monday, issued a statement confirming that his father Dnyandev Kachruji Wankhede was a Hindu and his mother Late Mrs. Zaheeda was a Muslim. Affirming that he had married one Dr. Shabana Qureshi in 2006 under the Special Marriage Act (1954), Wankhede added that he had later married Kranti Dinanath Redkar in 2017 after his divorce in 2016. Wankhede has already filed an affidavit in a Mumbai sessions court stating that personal attacks were being made against him to derail the drug probe in the Mumbai cruise raid.

13:22 IST, October 25th 2021
'Inquiry will be conducted appropirately with evidence': NCB DDG Gyaneshwar Singh

Speaking to Republic TV, Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) DDG Gyaneshwar Singh said that an affidavit was circulated on social media. He further remarked that a report from DDG SWR was received by the agency's Director General. He added that the inquiry will be conducted appropriately. Singh has affirmed that the agency has launched a campaign against drugs and will continue to fight against the drug menace. 

12:58 IST, October 25th 2021
NCB's vigilance team to conduct inquiry into allegations levelled against Sameer Wankhede

A day after serious allegations were levelled against Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede, the Vigilance Head of the agency, Gyaneshwar Singh spoke to the media. Talking to reporters, Singh stated that a report from NCB's Deputy Director General (DDG) Mutha Jain was received by the NCB DG, who has marked the inquiry to the vigilance section and the Chief Vigilance Officer. This comes after Wankhede and the NCB filed affidavit in the court alleging attempts to derail the investigation. 

"The vigilance office will deal with the inquiry appropriately. The investigation is yet to begin" said Gyaneshwar Singh

12:29 IST, October 25th 2021
NCB's Sameer Wankhede files affidavit in court; urges that no one should be allowed to influence the witnesses and the investigation

The NCB Zonal Director, Sameer Wankhede filed an affidavit in Mumbai Sessions Court and claimed that attempts are being made to derail the ongoing investigation in the Mumbai drugs case. In addition, Wankhede referred to the affidavit levelling charges against him and said that releasing such documents will also hamper the case and Aryan Khan's bail hearing which is scheduled for hearing on Tuesday. The court after hearing Sameer Wankhede's counsel has reserved its order for Monday afternoon. 


11:57 IST, October 25th 2021
Mumbai drugs case: Sameer Wankhede files affidavit in court

NCB Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede on Monday filed an affidavit in the Mumbai Sessions Court and requested it to take cognizance of attempts to threaten him and destabilise the ongoing investigation. This comes after serious allegations were levelled against him by an independent witness in the case, Prabhakar Sail. Addressing the court, Wankhede also questioned as to why Prabhakar Sail spoke out after 22 days. Moreover, he has also affirmed that he is ready for a probe into the matter. 


11:42 IST, October 25th 2021
Manchester United owners land in UAE for unveiling two new IPL teams ahead of 2022 season

The Glazers, who are the owners of the renowned English football club Manchester United are in the UAE to try and ensure they get to own one team in the cash-rich league. In fact, the Man United owners had earlier expressed interest in purchasing an IPL team ahead of the 2022 season. Speaking to ANI, sources in the know of developments confirmed the presence of the Manchester United owners in the UAE for the big day.

"Yes, they are here. We will know by afternoon on which two cities have teams and who are the owners," said the source


11:42 IST, October 25th 2021
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches 9 medical colleges in Siddarthanagar

On his arrival in Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched nine medical colleges in state's Siddarthanagar district. PM Modi was also joined by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.


10:55 IST, October 25th 2021
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in UP's Siddharthnagar; to launch several projects

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday reach Siddharthnagar in Uttar Pradesh. PM Modi will launch several development projects, includng 'PM Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission'. In addition, he will also inaugurate nine medical colleges and development projects worth over Rs. 5,200 crore for Varanasi. 


10:22 IST, October 25th 2021
NCB Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede to address media on Monday evening

Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede has dismissed all allegations levelled against him by  independent witness Prabhakar Sail. In addition, Wankhede has asserted that he will fight this battle 'any cost' and is expected to address the media on Monday evening. 

10:14 IST, October 25th 2021
India lifts on-arrival quarantine for nations with mutual recognition of WHO-approved vaccines

As India clocked 100 crore vaccinations against COVID-19, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) has affirmed the implementation of revised guidelines that were announced on October 20. As per the new rules, fully vaccinated international travellers coming from countries with which India has mutual recognition of COVID-19 vaccine certificates (as approved by WHO) will no longer need to undergo home quarantine. However, the arrival will need to provide a negative COVID-19 test from at least 72 hours before boarding the flights.

"In view of increasing vaccination coverage across the globe and the changing nature of pandemic, the existing guidelines for international arrivals have been reviewed," the MoHFW said in its statement. 

09:52 IST, October 25th 2021
PM Modi to inaugurate 9 new medical colleges in Uttar Pradesh today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate nine medical colleges and several developmental projects in Uttar Pradesh today, October 25 at around 10:30 am. According to a statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office, PM Modi will inaugurate all the medical colleges virtually from Siddharthnagar. Meanwhile, the PM will also launch the Pradhan Mantri Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana (PMASBY) in his Lok Sabha constituency, Varanasi at around 1:15 pm.

09:49 IST, October 25th 2021
DU Admissions 2021: Special cut off list to be out today, here's how to check

Delhi University will be releasing DU Special Cut off 2021 on Monday, October 25, 2021. Interested candidates should know that special cut-off will only be released if all the seats have not been filled in DU colleges against the third cut-off list. The Delhi university special cut-offs will be uploaded on individual colleges’ websites and also on Delhi University’s official website that is

09:21 IST, October 25th 2021
Pappu Yadav slams Lalu's pejorative against AICC Bihar In-charge

Taking umbrage at Lalu Prasad Yadav's derogatory remarks against Congress' Bihar in-charge Bhakt Charan Das, Jan Adhikar Party (Loktantrik) chief Pappu Yadav claimed that RJD is BJP's B-team. When asked about Das' allegations of a secret RJD-BJP deal, the RJD supremo opined, "Bhakt Charan is a bhakchonhar (stupid person)". 

Taking to Twitter, Pappu Yadav asserted that the RJD supremo's comment indicated the "anti-Dalit mindset" of Bihar's main opposition party. Moreover, he alleged that RJD was toeing BJP's line owing to pressure from central investigative agencies such as ED, CBI and I-T.


08:57 IST, October 25th 2021
Ananya Panday set to appear before NCB at 11 am on Monday

Bollywood actor Ananya Panday is set to appear yet again before the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) for questioning in connection with the Mumbai drugs case. Panday was already summoned thrice by the NCB in the case after her 'drug chats' with Aryan Khan emerged during the probe. 

08:37 IST, October 25th 2021
Kolkata bids adieu to non-AC rakes of India's first Metro, to operate with AC coaches only

The Kolkata Metro Railway on Sunday, October 24, formally bid farewell to India’s first underground non-AC rakes that have been operational since 1984. While celebrating its 37th Operational Day, a photo exhibition of the railways 'Down the Memory Lane' was organized at the Mahanayak Uttam Kumar station. 

08:25 IST, October 25th 2021
Incidents targeting Bangladesh's image 'orchestrated by certain groups' says PM Hasina

Following the recent incidents of communal violence, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said that the incidents were being made to tarnish the country’s image. She said that it is the propaganda of certain groups. The PM’s comment came as the country recovers from a series of violent attacks held against Hindus in the country during Durga Puja festivities. PM Sheikh Hasina said that certain groups want to divide the country and thus are conducting unlawful attacks.

"Certain quarters with vested interests are disseminating propaganda aimed at creating a communal divide," Bangladesh PM said as cited by PTI.

08:25 IST, October 25th 2021
Harsimrat Badal derides Congress over infighting in Punjab

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Sunday attacked the Congress party over the infighting in its Punjab unit. The SAD leader also stated that the ruling Congress party in the state has become a comedy show after the arrival of Navjot Singh Sidhu. Badal's remarks come after months of dramatic developments in the Punjab Congress as infighting raged within the grand old party.  

"Because of Navjot Singh Sidhu, Congress Party has become a comedy show in Punjab. I would ask production houses from Mumbai to come and make a comedy show here in Punjab. Amid all of their drama the common people of Punjab are being crushed," said Harsimrat Kaur Badal 

07:56 IST, October 25th 2021
Pakistan: Tehreek-e-Labbaik suspends march to Islamabad after govt agrees to free leader

Tehreek-e-Labbaik (TLP), a hardline Islamist party, agreed to suspend its march into Islamabad after Pakistan decided to drop pending charges against the party's leader, Saad Rizvi, on Sunday, October 24. Party supporters left the eastern city of Lahore on Saturday, October 23, clashing for the second day in succession with police who fired tear gas into the gathering. The TLP group set out for Islamabad a day earlier with the intention of pressuring the government to release Saad Rizvi. Punjab's provincial law minister, Raja Basharat, said that under the terms of the agreement, Punjab will drop all charges against Rizvi and free all those arrested during the protest march by Tuesday, October 26, AP reported.