Updated March 3rd, 2024 at 23:41 IST

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In today's news, PM Modi convened the final meeting of the Union Council of Ministers ahead of the Lok Sabha polls 2024. Check all the latest news live from India

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Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw at Republic Business India Economic Summit | File Photo | Image: Republic
11: 31 IST, March 3rd 2024

The Haj Suvidha App was launched by the Centre, and a Haj 2024 Guide released by Smriti Zubin Irani, Minister for Minority Affairs.


11: 31 IST, March 3rd 2024

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has registered a case in the Bengaluru Rameswaram Cafe Blast Case. NIA will take up the investigation in the next two days. A case has been registered under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and Explosives Substances Act.


10: 26 IST, March 3rd 2024

BJP national president JP Nadda will be on a two-day visit to Belagavi from Monday, March 4 to hold public and organisational programmes.

10: 13 IST, March 3rd 2024

Dr S Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister of India, posted about the Buddhist Holy Relics that were dispatched to Thailand recently. Posting pictures from the International Buddhist Confederation in Thailand, Jaishankar said, “Deeply moved to see a million Thai devotees pay respects to the Buddhist Holy Relics which travelled from India. Our shared heritage and culture is a bridge that creates a special bond. Thank @MinOfCultureGoI , @IndiainThailand & @IbcWorldOrg for their efforts.”

9: 17 IST, March 3rd 2024

In an exclusive conversation with Republic, Subhash Chander, the father of 19-year-old missing sailor Sahil Verma said, “I was told my son had gone missing so the search operations (to trace him) were on. I asked the officials how could someone disappear from their ship. They are themselves confused.”


11: 41 IST, March 3rd 2024

“India's time has come,” said Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw in an exclusive conversation with Republic. The minister talked about India's stand in the global semiconductor market. He also spoke about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision for the nation. “Our Prime Minister is extremely focussed on the development of the North East. PM Modi has focussed on highway connectivity, railway connectivity, optical fiber connectivity or electrical power supply connectivity, etc. He has visited North East 50 times in his 10 years. No other PM would have ever done these kinds of visits to North East,” said Ashwini Vaishnaw to Republic on India's Big Chip Mission .

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6: 22 IST, March 3rd 2024

Calcutta High Court judge Abhijit Gangopadhyay said on Sunday that he will resign from his post on March 5. 

In 2022, Abhijit Gangopadhyay directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe alleged irregularities in recruitment of teachers and non-teaching staff in government schools in West Bengal.

6: 15 IST, March 3rd 2024

"They threaten to kidnap children. Women said that they were called to entertain them. I cannot believe it is happening in Independent India. They were threatened that your ration will be stopped. I asked them to unite to save your next generation. 5 women gave statements": Sandeshkhali Fact-Finding Team.

4: 00 IST, March 3rd 2024

"They threaten to kidnap children. Women said that they were called to entertain them. I cannot believe it is happening in Independent India. They were threatened that your ration will be stopped. I asked them to unite to save your next generation. 5 women gave statements": Fact-Finding Team

3: 36 IST, March 3rd 2024

In a significant development in the Sandeshkhali incident, a fact finding team led by Former chief justice of Patna High Court, L Narasimha Reddy visited to some villages in West Bengal's Sandeshkhali. 

The fact-finding team covered three places in Sandeshkhali and interacted with locals of Majherpara who revealed their grievances. The general complaint was related to Shahjahan's mafia and his aides Uttam Sardar and others over land grabbing incidents. Money sharks were also snatching money from people. Their contribution was being given to the TMC government," said fact-finding team.

West Bengal's Sandeshkhali has been witness to widespread protests over allegations of sexual atrocities and land grab by local TMC leaders. 

1: 26 IST, March 3rd 2024

Kolkata: Bhavana, a member of the fact-finding team, spoke to ANI about the troubling situation in Sandeshkhali. She describes the incident as ‘heart wrenching’. Bhavana mentioned difficulties faced in gathering facts due to government protection and police interference. “They don't want the facts to come to light”, Bhavana said.

Despite obstacles, the team aims to support victims and ensure their voices are heard.

12: 49 IST, March 3rd 2024

Karnataka: Deputy Chief Minister, DK Shivakumar, addressed concerns regarding the explosion at Bengaluru's The Rameshwaram Cafe on Sunday. The Deputy CM said,"Police are investigating, the government has given free hand to them. The government has taken the issue seriously...It is a shame that BJP has forgotten what happened during their time, I don't like to do politics on such an issue. Let them do whatever politics they are doing. They are spoiling the honour of the state. In such a context, we should be aware of the unity and peace of the people of this country..."

12: 40 IST, March 3rd 2024

Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar joined a ceremony where ASI and Haryana's Archaeology Department signed an MoU to develop the Agroha Archeological site at Haryana Bhavan.

12: 35 IST, March 3rd 2024

Raipur: Constable Ramesh Kurethi of Bastar Fighters lost his life in a shootout. A male Maoist's body and an AK-47 were found during the search. Ongoing search operations are being conducted by police forces, BSF, and DRG in the vicinity under the supervision of IG Bastar, P Sundarraj.

12: 33 IST, March 3rd 2024




11: 09 IST, March 3rd 2024

New Delhi: The number and name of the parliamentary constituency has been corrected in the list of candidates for Assam state”, said the party in its official statement.



11: 01 IST, March 3rd 2024

Bengaluru: Regarding the explosion at Bengaluru’s The Rameshwaram Cafe, Karnataka Home Minister Dr G Parameshwara stated, “We are continuing our investigation. 8 teams have been formed and all are working in different directions and looking at different aspects. We have collected several CCTV footage. We are examining every angle including if there is any jealousy factor. I also appeal to the opposition to cooperate with us and not to make this a political issue...We do not know if there is any connection with the Mangaluru blast. They have used a similar material and the same system technically. Yesterday NSG arrived here. We will definitely find the person. We had a meeting yesterday and briefed the CM. Today, I have called a meeting of all the senior officers. BJP should not issue negative statements...”

10: 24 IST, March 3rd 2024

Kolkata: A committee led by former Chief Justice of Patna High Court, Justice L Narsimha Reddy (Retd), is set to investigate human rights violations in Sandeshkhali. The team, which includes retired IPS officer Raj Pal Singh, advocate Charu Wali Khanna, and former NHRC registrar OP Vyas, will visit three areas: Majher Para, Natun Para, and Naskar Para Ras Temple. 

Their mission is to talk to victims and compile a report. This report will be given to the Indian authorities. The committee aims to shed light on the situation and seek justice for those affected. They are scheduled to visit on Sunday.

12: 36 IST, March 3rd 2024

Kolkata: A fact-finding team on human rights violations arrives at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport. The team ready to probe the reported abuses and cases of violence will proceed directly to Sandeshkhali from the airport.

8: 44 IST, March 3rd 2024

New Delhi: Jayant Chaudhary, the leader of RLD, held a meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah at his residence in Delhi, where BJP National President JP Nadda was also in attendance.

8: 36 IST, March 3rd 2024

Dehradun: Uttarakhand Police's Special Task Force, led by SSP Ayush Agrawal, has nabbed two suspects from Delhi in a nationwide scam linked to Indira Security. These individuals allegedly set up fake GST firms and issued counterfeit Import Export Codes to open bank accounts.

Deputy SP Ankush Mishra and Inspector Vikas Bhardwaj are aiding in coordinating with other states to uncover further criminal connections. States and Union Territories seeking cooperation can apply for production warrants through the STF.

8: 29 IST, March 3rd 2024
3: 02 IST, March 3rd 2024

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to lead a meeting of the Union Council of Ministers on Sunday, which is expected to be the final one during his government's second term, with Lok Sabha elections anticipated for April-May. The meeting, scheduled for 9:30 am at Sushma Swaraj Bhawan in Delhi, is important as the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA), led by the BJP, aims to continue its tenure for a third term. 

The Election Commission is likely to announce the poll schedule soon. In 2014, elections were announced on March 5 and results declared on May 16, while in 2019, the schedule was announced on March 10, with results declared on May 23.

Published March 3rd, 2024 at 07:19 IST