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About Junaid
I am a freelance multimedia journalist based in India. My areas of interest include Politics, Human Rights, Hate crimes, Development, Climate, and Social issues. My work has appeared in several national and international Publications including Voice Of America, TRT World, The Daily Vox, HuffPost, Aljazeera, Article 14, and More.
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Andhra Pradesh Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Schedule, phases, seats constituencies, candidates and all you need to know

24 Feb 2024  |  www.news9live.com
The Election Commission of India is expected to announce the dates for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections in April, with the polls likely to be conducted in May. Andhra Pradesh, a region with a history of local party dominance, has 25 Lok Sabha seats and has previously conducted elections in single or double phases. The YSR Congress Party won 22 seats in the 2019 elections, while the BJP and INC did not secure a significant presence.

Farmers vow to continue ‘Delhi Chalo’ agitation until demands are met

24 Feb 2024  |  news9live.com
Farmer leader Sarwan Singh Pandher has stated that the farmers will not cease their ‘Delhi Chalo’ agitation until their demands, including a legal guarantee of minimum support price for crops, are met. Despite the upcoming model code of conduct for the Lok Sabha polls, the farmers are undeterred. The next course of action will be announced on February 29 at the Shambhu border. The farmers' demands also include justice for victims of past violence, and they remain steadfast at Khanauri and Shambhu points following unsuccessful talks with Union ministers.

Another Namibian cheetah dies at Kuno park; death toll since start of project reaches 10

16 Jan 2024  |  news9live.com
Another cheetah from Namibia, named Shaurya, died at Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh, India, bringing the total number of cheetah deaths to ten since the project to reintroduce the species began. The cause of death is pending a medical examination. The relocation project aims to revive the cheetah population in India, where the species was declared extinct in 1952. Twenty adult cheetahs were brought from Namibia and South Africa to Kuno National Park in 2022 and 2023.

Full List of all Dry Days in India for 2024: Check dates here

16 Jan 2024  |  www.news9live.com
India will observe 24 specific dry days in 2024, during which the sale and service of alcoholic beverages in restaurants and bars will be prohibited nationwide. These dry days are influenced by Article 47 of the Directive Principles of State Policy in the Indian Constitution, which allows states to enforce the prohibition of substances detrimental to health, including alcohol. The implementation of these principles varies by state, creating a diverse regulatory landscape. Awareness of these dry days is crucial for residents and travelers to plan their social activities accordingly.

Two Indian students found dead in US, their families seek answers

15 Jan 2024  |  www.news9live.com
Two Indian students, G. Dinesh and Nikesh, were found dead in their accommodation in Connecticut, USA. Dinesh, from Wanaparthy, Telangana, and Nikesh, from Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh, had recently moved to the US for academic purposes. The families are in shock and have reached out to Indian officials for help in repatriating Dinesh's remains. Local authorities in Srikakulam lack information about Nikesh's family.

Jyotiraditya Scindia condemns ‘unruly behaviour’ by passenger with pilot amid Delhi airport chaos

15 Jan 2024  |  www.news9live.com
India's Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia condemned the unruly behavior of a passenger, Sahil Kataria, who physically assaulted a pilot on an IndiGo flight during the chaos at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport caused by dense fog. The airport faced significant delays and cancellations, affecting over 150 flights. Scindia emphasized passenger safety and announced that the Directorate General of Civil Aviation will introduce enhanced protocols for airlines to improve communication and facilitate passengers during adverse weather conditions.

From temple town to luxury hub: Ayodhya to have India’s first veg 7-star hotel

15 Jan 2024  |  www.news9live.com
Ayodhya is undergoing significant development as it prepares for the consecration ceremony of the grand Ram Mandir, with plans to become a Smart City. This includes the construction of India's first seven-star luxury hotel offering exclusively vegetarian cuisine, a five-star property by a Mumbai-based real estate firm, and a housing project. Improved air and rail connectivity, a new airport, and a chopper service from Lucknow are enhancing access to the city. The real estate landscape is expanding with purchases by notable figures like Amitabh Bachchan and the Mumbai-based developer, The House of Abhinandan Lodha. Additionally, 110 hoteliers have secured plots for ventures in Ayodhya, and a solar park is planned, indicating a mix of modernity and sustainability in the city's growth.

Union Minister Narayan Rane questions contribution of Shankaracharyas to Hinduism, says their perspective is not purely religious

14 Jan 2024  |  www.news9live.com
Union Minister Narayan Rane has criticized the Shankaracharyas for their perspective on the construction of the Ram Temple and questioned their contributions to Hinduism. He emphasized the role of PM Modi and the BJP in the temple's construction and dismissed Uddhav Thackeray's comments on the inauguration. The Shiv Sena's internal dynamics were highlighted, with potential defections to the BJP. Maharashtra Congress spokesperson Atul Londhe accused Rane of disrespecting Hinduism. VHP's Alok Kumar noted that two Shankaracharyas support the consecration ceremony, while Jyotirpeeth Sankaracharya Swami Avimukteshwaranand Saraswati argued that performing the ceremony before construction completion is inappropriate.

US: Pennsylvania woman suspected of ‘poisoning’ boyfriend’s toddler with nail polish remover; arrested

14 Jan 2024  |  news9live.com
Aleisia Owens, 20, has been arrested in Pennsylvania, United States, for the suspected murder of her boyfriend’s 18-month-old daughter, Iris Rita Alfera, by poisoning her with nail polish remover. The child died from fatal levels of acetone in her blood. Owens had researched the harmful effects of household items on children prior to the incident. Iris passed away four days after being found unresponsive due to organ failure. The case is being prosecuted by the Office of Attorney General of Pennsylvania, with evidence from Owens' phone supporting the allegations.

China’s military says will ‘crush’ any Taiwan ‘independence’ efforts

13 Jan 2024  |  www.news9live.com
Chinese Defence Ministry spokesperson Zhang Xiaogang accused Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party of pushing the island towards war by purchasing arms from the United States, asserting that China’s military will crush any efforts towards Taiwan’s independence.

Infringement of India’s sovereignty, territorial integrity unacceptable: India objects to British envoy’s PoK visit

10 Jan 2024  |  www.news9live.com
The Ministry of External Affairs of India has raised serious concerns over the visit of British High Commissioner Jane Marriott to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, viewing it as an infringement on India's sovereignty and territorial integrity. The visit has deepened diplomatic tensions, particularly due to the significant diaspora interests in the region. In response, India's Foreign Secretary has lodged a formal protest, emphasizing the importance of respecting territorial boundaries and established diplomatic norms. This incident follows a similar visit by the US Ambassador to Pakistan, which also drew disapproval from India.

‘Don’t drive stressed…Visit beautiful Lakshadweep’: With veiled safety message, Delhi Police joins #ChaloLakshadweep campaign

09 Jan 2024  |  news9live.com
Delhi Police joined the #ChaloLakshadweep campaign with a satirical post promoting safe driving and indirectly supporting the Indian government amidst a diplomatic row with the Maldives. The Maldivian government suspended three ministers for derogatory remarks against India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, clarifying that these views were personal and not representative of the nation's stance. The Maldives Association of Tourism Industry condemned the remarks and emphasized India's status as a close ally.

Maldivian travel body condemns objectionable remarks by Maldivian ministers; recalls India’s help in crisis

09 Jan 2024  |  www.news9live.com
Following objectionable remarks by Maldivian ministers about Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Maldives Association of Tourism Industry condemned the comments and recalled India's support during crises. The controversy led to Indian citizens canceling trips to the Maldives and starting a boycott campaign. EaseMyTrip, an Indian travel company, suspended all flight bookings to the Maldives and launched the #ChaloLakshadweep campaign to promote tourism in Lakshadweep. MATI highlighted India's significant contribution to Maldives' tourism and expressed a desire for enduring friendly relations.

Top stories at 9 AM: PM Modi to visit Gujarat today, Around 500 students accuse professor of sexual misconduct & more

08 Jan 2024  |  www.news9live.com
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to visit Gujarat for the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit. Around 500 students at Chaudhary Devi Lal University have accused a professor of sexual misconduct, prompting them to write to Haryana's Chief Minister. Two Al Jazeera journalists were killed, and another injured in an Israeli strike in Gaza. EaseMyTrip has suspended all Maldives flight bookings amid a row over anti-Modi posts. The Golden Globes Awards 2024 saw Cillian Murphy win Best Actor for 'Oppenheimer'. The mother of Ankita Bhandari, who was allegedly murdered, claims no action has been taken against top BJP leaders. Heavy rains in Tamil Nadu have led to school and college closures, while a cold wave has shut down schools in Punjab, Delhi, Noida, and Greater Noida. Deepti Sharma made history in the India vs Australia WT20I match.

Top stories at 9 AM: Union Minister Pralhad Joshi shares first photo of Ram Lalla’s idol, 155 tremors felt since Monday morning in Japan & more

02 Jan 2024  |  www.news9live.com
Union Minister Pralhad Joshi revealed the idol of Lord Ram for the Pran Pratishtha ceremony at Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, with the event set for January 22 in the presence of key political figures. Israel's Supreme Court nullified a basic law aimed at repealing the reasonableness clause. Japan experienced 155 tremors since Monday morning, with authorities lifting tsunami warnings. The ICSI released the 2024 exam schedule for CS Executive and Professional exams. Anurag Dobhal's elimination from Bigg Boss 17 led to an altercation with the show's team. India faces challenges in the 2nd Test against South Africa after a significant defeat. South Korean opposition leader Lee Jae-myung was stabbed, and the assailant was arrested. PM Modi is set to visit Tamil Nadu, Lakshadweep, and Kerala, with significant projects being dedicated in Tamil Nadu. The JEE Main 2024 admit card release details were also provided.

Nomination papers of former Pakistan PM Imran Khan denied on ‘moral’ grounds: Returning Officer

01 Jan 2024  |  news9live.com
Imran Khan's nomination papers for the February 8 general elections were rejected by the Election Commission of Pakistan due to his conviction in a corruption case and other reasons. The returning officer cited Khan's conviction for 'moral turpitude' in the Toshakhana case and noted that his proposer and seconder were not from the respective constituencies. Despite the Islamabad High Court suspending his sentence, Khan's five-year disqualification stands. The PTI party criticized the rejection as based on 'flimsy grounds.' Khan and Shah Mahmood Qureshi are currently incarcerated at Adiala jail in Rawalpindi following the May 9 riots.

Foggy conditions in north India hampers timings of Delhi bound trains; here is the complete list

01 Jan 2024  |  www.news9live.com
Dense fog across North India disrupted transportation services, leading to delays for at least 21 Delhi-bound trains. The India Meteorological Department issued a red alert for several states, including Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan. Despite a warmer morning in Delhi, the city faced low visibility and 'very poor' air quality, with an AQI of 356. The fog and air quality issues marked a challenging start to the New Year for the region.

Delhi: Intriguing tale of Shivani, a ‘Transgender’ suspected of elusive thefts

26 Dec 2023  |  news9live.com
Deepak Yadav, a 29-year-old man from Meerut, disguised himself as a transgender individual named Shivani to commit thefts in north Delhi. He targeted motorists at traffic signals, demanding money and snatching wallets. His criminal activities included theft, illegal arms possession, and narcotics consumption. Yadav's luck ran out on December 23 when he was apprehended by police after stealing from an e-rickshaw driver. The investigation revealed Yadav's extensive criminal history, with involvement in at least seven cases.

Top stories at 7 PM: PM Modi becomes first and only world leader to surpass 2 crore subscribers on YouTube, Farooq Abdullah issues stark warning & more

26 Dec 2023  |  news9live.com
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's YouTube channel surpassed 20 million subscribers, a first for any world leader. Farooq Abdullah warned that the Kashmir issue needs dialogue to prevent a situation like Gaza. The Himachal Pradesh cabinet and Congress leaders are to meet in Delhi with the 2024 Lok Sabha elections on the agenda. A peace deal with ULFA may be signed by year-end. The Delhi-Dehradun Expressway's last stretch is nearing completion, set to open in March 2024. NATA 2024 exam dates were announced. The Wrestling Federation of India was suspended, raising questions about its leadership. The RSS plans a significant outreach event before the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. Rajinikanth's wife appeared in court regarding a cheating case.

Indian Navy confirms merchant ship MV Chem Pluto was attacked by drone in Arabian Sea, clears vessel for further operation

25 Dec 2023  |  news9live.com
The Indian Navy inspected the merchant ship MV Chem Pluto following a drone attack in the Arabian Sea. The vessel, with 21 Indian crew members, was anchored off Mumbai after surviving the strike near Porbandar. The Navy's Explosive Ordnance Team conducted forensic and technical analysis, and the ship has been cleared for further operations by its managing company. Investigations are ongoing with multiple agencies. The Navy has deployed Guided Missile Destroyers and P8I aircraft for surveillance and deterrence in the region.

Majority of detained 300 Indian passengers at Paris airport likely to continue their journey: Report

24 Dec 2023  |  News9live
Around 300 Indian passengers on a plane detained near Paris over human trafficking suspicions are likely to be allowed to continue their journey, as per an AFP report. The Airbus A340 was grounded at Vatry airport since Thursday. French judges are interviewing passengers to determine the nature of their travel. Two individuals have been detained for further investigation, while ten have sought asylum. The Indian embassy is involved, and the crew of 30 has not been detained. The flight is operated by Legend Airlines.

RSS backed outfit demands ‘delisting’ of people from ST list for embracing Christianity and Islam in Ranchi

24 Dec 2023  |  www.news9live.com
Thousands of tribals, under the Janjati Suraksha Manch, an affiliate of the RSS-backed Vanvasi Kalyan Kendra, staged a rally in Ranchi demanding the removal of tribals who embraced Christianity and Islam from the Scheduled Tribe list. The rally, attended by notable figures including Kariya Munda, Sudarshan Bhagat, and Samir Oraon, emphasized that converted tribals should not avail reservation benefits meant for genuine tribals. The Jharkhand Janadhikar Mahasabha raised concerns about the rally propagating communalism and urged legal action against inflammatory speeches. The Janjati Suraksha Manch defended the rally's timing, citing historical significance.

Man stabs uncle to death over property dispute in Delhi's Nangloi area; arrested

23 Dec 2023  |  www.news9live.com
A 39-year-old man named Bashir was arrested for allegedly murdering his uncle, Kabir Azam, over a property dispute in Delhi's Nangloi area. The incident occurred on December 23, resulting in Kabir's death from three stab wounds. Bashir, who lived with his family on the ground floor of the disputed property, was apprehended by the police after sustained efforts. The two had a history of quarrels over the potential sale of their shared home. In a separate incident, a 25-year-old man was fatally stabbed and his body set ablaze in southeast Delhi's Nizamuddin, allegedly in retaliation for sexual exploitation.

Man stabbed to death; 3 juveniles tried to set body on fire in revenge of sexual exploitation in Delhi’s Nizamuddin

23 Dec 2023  |  www.news9live.com
A 25-year-old man named Azad was stabbed to death and his body set on fire by three juveniles in New Delhi's Nizamuddin area. The juveniles, aged between 16 and 17, confessed to the crime, claiming it was in retaliation for sexual exploitation by the deceased. The police apprehended the juveniles and recovered the murder weapon and partially burnt body. An FIR has been filed, and further investigations are ongoing.

100 days of Israel-Hamas war: No force would stop Israel from achieving victory, says Benjamin Netanyahu

14 Oct 2023  |  www.news9live.com
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that no force would prevent Israel from achieving victory in its conflict with Hamas in Gaza, as the war nears its 100th day. His remarks were in response to a case by South Africa to the International Court of Justice, alleging Israel's actions violate the UN Genocide Convention. Netanyahu emphasized the necessity of continuing the offensive until victory, despite international legal challenges and the presence of Iran-backed armed groups. He also indicated that displaced residents from northern Gaza would not return soon due to ongoing threats. The conflict was triggered by an October 7 attack by Hamas, resulting in significant casualties and hostages.

Top stories at 2 PM: Indian armada secures Arabian Sea, How ‘Boycott Maldives’ will hit the island nation hard & more

10 Oct 2023  |  www.news9live.com
The Indian Navy has increased its warship deployment in the Arabian Sea to enhance maritime security amid rising piracy and Houthi rebel attacks. A Maldivian MP has called for a vote of no confidence against President Mohamed Muizzu following derogatory remarks by his ministers against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, leading to a growing boycott movement against Maldives. India is set to chair and host UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee for the first time in July 2024. The article also highlights various other news including a CEO's arrest for allegedly murdering her son, the cold wave in North India, and Madhur Jain's academic achievements.

Farooq Abdullah issues stark warning: Kashmir issue must be resolved through dialogue to avert situation like Gaza and Palestine

10 Oct 2023  |  www.news9live.com
Farooq Abdullah, leader of the National Conference, emphasized the need for dialogue between India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir issue and avoid a situation akin to Gaza and Palestine. He highlighted the importance of friendly relations for mutual progress, referencing former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and current Prime Minister Narendra Modi's views on dialogue over conflict. Abdullah expressed disappointment over the lack of substantial dialogue and called for accountability in the recent custodial deaths of civilians in Poonch, urging a thorough investigation into the incidents.

Of 170 IDF troops killed in Gaza, 29 soldiers were killed in ‘friendly fire’ incidents

10 Oct 2023  |  www.news9live.com
Amid the ground offensive in the Gaza Strip, new data from the IDF revealed that out of 170 soldiers killed, 29 were victims of friendly fire and other accidental incidents. The casualties included mistaken identification during airstrikes, tank shelling, and gunfire, as well as unintended gunfire and various accidents. The IDF attributes these incidents to the large number of forces, communication challenges, and fatigue. The military continues to evaluate and learn from these incidents to mitigate future occurrences.

Top news at 7 pm: Key LeT recruiter killed in ‘hit and run’ incident in Pakistan’s Kasur, Mass suspension ‘weaponised’ move orchestrated by BJP & more

10 Oct 2023  |  www.news9live.com
The article covers a range of top news stories including the death of a key Lashkar-e-Taiba recruiter in Pakistan, political tensions in India with Congress criticizing the BJP for mass suspensions in Parliament, and the Indian Navy's upcoming commissioning of the INS Imphal. Other stories include a tragic crime in Chennai, the launch of new Redmi smartphones, and updates on various exams and results. The sentiment towards entities mentioned varies from negative for political and terrorist organizations to neutral or positive for technological and defense developments.

PMO engages with Tamil Nadu government to discuss relief and rehabilitation efforts needed in state

08 Oct 2023  |  www.news9live.com
The Prime Minister’s Office held a high-level meeting to assess the aftermath of the floods in Tamil Nadu, engaging with state government representatives to discuss relief and rehabilitation efforts. The meeting covered the deployment of the National Disaster Response Force and armed forces, and the visit of an inter-ministerial central team to assess the damage. Thoothukudi was identified as the hardest-hit area, with 35 deaths reported across the state. Chief Minister MK Stalin highlighted the unprecedented rainfall and ongoing extensive rescue operations.

Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra will highlight ‘anyay kaal’ of PM Modi’s 10 years: Congress

07 Oct 2023  |  www.news9live.com
The Congress party's Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra, starting from Manipur, is an ideological campaign aimed at addressing social, economic, and political inequalities during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 10-year tenure, which they term as an 'era of injustice.' The yatra, described as transformative, will cover 100 Lok Sabha constituencies across 15 states, emphasizing the need to reinforce the principles of justice, liberty, equality, and fraternity. The campaign contrasts Modi's promises of 'Amrit kaal' with the alleged reality of 'anyay kaal.'

Karnataka: Former BJP minister KS Eshwarappa warns Muslims to voluntarily vacate mosques or face consequences

05 Oct 2023  |  www.news9live.com
Former Karnataka minister and BJP leader KS Eshwarappa has issued warnings to Muslims to vacate mosques allegedly built after temple demolitions, threatening 'dire consequences' if they do not comply. His statements, made at a Hindu workers' convention in Belagavi, have been criticized for their divisive nature. Eshwarappa has a history of making provocative comments, including expressing that mosques built on demolished temples would not be spared and that the BJP does not rely on Muslim votes for electoral success.

Restore Gandhi maidan name for parking lot at Chandni Chowk: BJP to MCD

05 Oct 2023  |  www.news9live.com
The Delhi BJP has urged the MCD to restore the name 'Gandhi Maidan' for a parking lot at Chandni Chowk, expressing concerns over the omission of Mahatma Gandhi's name in the newly constructed Omaxe Chowk Shopping Mall and Multi Level Car Parking. BJP spokesperson Praveen Shankar Kapoor highlighted the historical significance of Gandhi Maidan and called for the signboards to reflect the original name. The Omaxe Group is in discussions with the authorities and has pledged to follow the MCD's final decision.

Missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 search could be revived and resolved in days, experts suggest

05 Oct 2023  |  www.news9live.com
Nearly a decade after the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, experts Jean-Luc Marchand and Patrick Blelly propose a new search area that could potentially locate the aircraft within 10 days. Speaking at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London, they suggest the plane may have been intentionally hijacked and submerged in the ocean. They urge the Malaysian Government and the Australian Transport Safety Authority to initiate a new search effort, offering hope for resolving one of aviation's most baffling mysteries and providing closure for the families of the 239 individuals on board.

Karnataka CM labels BJP ‘anti-Muslims’ as BJP MP calls ‘him Siddaramulla Khan’

05 Oct 2023  |  www.news9live.com
In a heated exchange, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah labeled the BJP as anti-Muslim and anti-minority in response to BJP MP Anantkumar Hegde's derogatory remarks calling him 'Siddaramulla Khan'. Hegde accused Siddaramaiah of financial mismanagement and diverting funds meant for SC/ST welfare, while praising PM Modi's governance and welfare schemes. Siddaramaiah refuted the claims, defending his government's actions and questioning Hegde's suitability as an MP.

Security scare: UP police detain student for threatening Pulwama-like attack on X

04 Oct 2023  |  www.news9live.com
Uttar Pradesh police detained a student from Jharkhand for allegedly sharing a social media post indicating a 'Pulwama-like attack.' The student, who has no criminal record, was released after interrogation as no incriminating content was found on his phone. The Anti Terror Squad is investigating the incident. Additionally, the Reserve Bank of India headquarters in Mumbai and offices of HDFC and ICICI banks faced bomb threats via email, leading to a swift police response, though no threats were found. Similarly, 44 private schools in Bengaluru received bomb threats via email, prompting evacuations and searches, but no suspicious items were discovered.

Centre declares Muslim League Jammu & Kashmir led by Masarat Aalam as ‘unlawful association’

04 Oct 2023  |  www.news9live.com
The Central government has declared the Muslim League Jammu and Kashmir (MLJK-MA), led by Masarat Alam Bhat, as an unlawful association under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), imposing a five-year ban. The organization is accused of engaging in anti-national and secessionist activities, supporting terrorism, and inciting the establishment of Islamic rule in Jammu and Kashmir. Union Home Minister Amit Shah emphasized the government's commitment to national unity and security, highlighting the group's anti-India and pro-Pakistan propaganda.

High alert in Delhi after blast near Israel embassy; security beefed up in Jewish localities

03 Oct 2023  |  www.news9live.com
New Delhi is on high alert following an explosion near the Israel Embassy, prompting enhanced security measures in Jewish localities and critical establishments frequented by Israelis. The Delhi Police, in collaboration with intelligence agencies, are prioritizing the safety of Israeli diplomats, personnel, and tourists. Security has been intensified around Jewish community centres and religious sites, with additional precautions advised. A letter found addressed to the Israeli ambassador, referencing Iranian figures and calling the blast a 'trailer,' has added complexity to the situation.

Watch: United Airlines flight from San Francisco to Boston diverted to Denver after passenger spots wing damage

02 Oct 2023  |  www.news9live.com
A United Airlines flight from San Francisco to Boston was diverted to Denver after passenger Kevin Clark noticed damage to the aircraft's wing. The Boeing 757-200, carrying 165 passengers, made a safe emergency landing in Denver. Passengers were transferred to another aircraft and continued to Boston. United Airlines confirmed the issue with the wing's slat and reassured the public about the swift response.

‘Laddu’ from Ayodhya’s Hanumangarhi set to receive GI tag | Know the man behind its recognition

02 Oct 2023  |  www.news9live.com
The famous 'laddu' from Ayodhya's Hanumangarhi is set to receive the Geographical Indication (GI) tag, solidifying its global recognition. The GI Registry in Chennai approved the application, with Rajni Kant, a Varanasi-based GI tag specialist, playing a pivotal role. Around 200 workers produce 20-25 quintals of these laddus daily. The GI certification, expected to be finalized in a few months, will authenticate the laddu as a unique cultural product. Rajni Kant has been recognized for his contributions to GI crafts, having received multiple awards.

‘I want all the white people dead’: Man stabs teenage tourists in New York

02 Oct 2023  |  www.news9live.com
A man identified as Steven Hutcherson attacked two teenage tourists from South America at a restaurant in New York’s Grand Central Terminal, resulting in non-life-threatening injuries. Hutcherson, who has a history of arrests and mental health issues, was taken into custody by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority police. The incident has raised concerns about safety in prominent locations, with Mayor Eric Adams emphasizing the need for swift actions to address repeated offenders.

Ankita Bhandari murder case: Wailing mother await justice, claims no action has been taken against top BJP leaders

01 Oct 2023  |  www.news9live.com
Months after the alleged murder of Ankita Bhandari, her mother Soni Devi accuses the Uttarakhand government of inaction against BJP leaders implicated in the case. Devi claims that BJP MLA Renu Bisht and leader Ajaey Kumar are involved, but no action has been taken. She also alleges that a false case was filed against social worker Ashutosh Negi, who was assisting her, and his wife was transferred. Devi threatens to sacrifice her life if the case against Negi is not dropped. The Congress party demands a high court-supervised investigation, while the BJP dismisses the allegations as political tactics.

Indian armada secures Arabian Sea: From 2 to 10, Navy increases warships to enhance maritime security after recent attacks

01 Oct 2023  |  www.news9live.com
The Indian Navy has significantly increased its warship deployment in the Arabian Sea from 2 to 10 to enhance maritime security following recent Houthi rebel attacks. The vessels, equipped with helicopters and marine commandos, are in constant satellite communication for monitoring. The Navy is conducting regular ISR missions and using drones for surveillance to detect suspicious activities. Despite not joining the US-led 'Operation Prosperity Guardian,' India is coordinating with navies of friendly countries to combat piracy and drone threats. Key warships like INS Chennai have played crucial roles in preventing hijackings and ensuring the safety of merchant vessels.

In a historic first, India to chair and host UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee | Know the dates

01 Oct 2023  |  www.news9live.com
India will chair and host UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee for the first time from July 21 to 31, 2024, in New Delhi. This historic event marks a significant moment for India's cultural and historical legacy. The decision was made at the 19th extraordinary session of UNESCO, and Vishal V Sharma, the Permanent Representative of India to UNESCO, announced the dates and venue. UNESCO, a specialized agency of the United Nations, promotes global peace and security through international cooperation in education, arts, science, and culture. The World Heritage Committee, consisting of representatives from 21 member states, plays a crucial role in adding new sites to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list.

Chief Priest at Shri Ram Janmabhoomi criticises Uddhav Thackeray, says ‘true devotees of Lord Ram” are invited

01 Oct 2023  |  www.news9live.com
Acharya Satyendra Das, the Chief Priest at Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Temple, criticized Uddhav Thackeray and Sanjay Raut of Shiv Sena (UBT) for their statements regarding the Ram Temple inauguration. Das emphasized that the event is not politically motivated and that invitations are extended only to true devotees of Lord Ram. He defended the BJP, stating that their actions are based on devotion rather than political gain. The article highlights the ongoing political tensions surrounding the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, with both parties claiming devotion to Lord Ram.

Online Fraud: 73-year-old man falls prey to online scammers acting as FedEx representatives and crime branch officials

01 Oct 2023  |  www.news9live.com
A 73-year-old man in New Delhi was defrauded of approximately 8 lakh rupees by online scammers posing as FedEx representatives and Mumbai Police Crime Branch officials. The scammers deceived the victim by claiming his package contained illegal substances and coerced him into revealing his financial details. Despite assurances of fund verification, the victim's accounts were not restored, prompting him to seek help from the central Delhi cyber cell. This incident highlights a growing trend of similar fraud cases this year, with law enforcement facing challenges in resolving them.

‘Equality, Employment & Respect’: Congress releases teaser of Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra

01 Oct 2023  |  www.news9live.com
The Congress party has released a promotional video for Rahul Gandhi's upcoming Bharat Nyay Yatra, set to run from January 14 to March 30, covering 6,200 km across 14 states and 85 districts. The video criticizes the current government for income disparity and injustice faced by the poor, emphasizing the need for justice, equality, employment, and respect. The yatra, which will primarily use buses for travel, is seen as a continuation of the Bharat Jodo Yatra and is scheduled to conclude just before the Lok Sabha elections.

Rajnath Singh meets families of slain civilians, reviews security of border areas: Round of Jammu and Kashmir visit

01 Oct 2023  |  www.news9live.com
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh visited the border areas of Jammu & Kashmir to meet the families of three civilians who were killed following an alleged ambush by the Army. Accompanied by top Army officials and the Lieutenant Governor of the Union Territory, Singh assured justice for the victims' families and reviewed the security situation. He emphasized accountability for those responsible for the incident and urged the Army to adhere to established procedures and intelligence-based operations. The visit aimed to address public outcry and reinforce the government's commitment to justice.

Haryana: Around 500 students accuse professor of sexual misconduct, write to CM Khattar

01 Oct 2023  |  www.news9live.com
Around 500 students at Chaudhary Devi Lal University in Sirsa have accused a professor of sexual misconduct, prompting a letter to Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and other officials. Despite previous investigations clearing the professor, a new investigation has been launched. The professor denies the allegations, claiming they are politically motivated. An FIR will be registered following a preliminary investigation. Students allege the professor destroyed evidence, and the university is revisiting the case due to the large number of complaints.

Decoding new criminal laws as President Droupadi Murmu gives nod for overhauling Indian Penal Code after 163 years

01 Oct 2023  |  www.news9live.com
President Droupadi Murmu has approved the Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita, 2023, which will replace the Indian Penal Code of 1860, the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1973, and the Indian Evidence Act of 1872. The new laws, effective from July 1, introduce significant changes including amendments to rape provisions, stringent penalties for terrorism, a redefined section on treason, and new provisions for organized crime and mob lynching. These changes aim to modernize and enhance the effectiveness of India's criminal justice system.

Italy’s PM Giorgia Meloni named ‘man of the year’ by newspaper; critics say title supports ‘male superiority’

01 Oct 2023  |  www.news9live.com
Italy’s first female Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni, was controversially named 'Man of the Year' by the far-right publication Libero Quotidiano, sparking backlash from women's rights advocates. The article, written by Mario Sechi, praises Meloni for overcoming gender disparities but has been criticized for supporting outdated notions of male superiority. Italian MP Elisabetta Piccolotti challenged the designation, urging Meloni to clarify her gender identity, thereby amplifying discussions on gender dynamics and societal norms.

Dramatic video: Man escapes unhurt as truck hits his autorickshaw in Maharashtra

01 Oct 2023  |  www.news9live.com
A dramatic video shows a man escaping unhurt after a collision between a speeding load carrier and an autorickshaw on the Palghar-Boisar road in Maharashtra. The incident, captured by a roadside CCTV camera, resulted in significant damage to both vehicles, with the load carrier overturning. Police confirmed there were no casualties.

How pilots can cope with soaring stress levels

17 Aug 2023  |  www.news9live.com
India's aviation sector faces significant stress and mental health challenges among airline crew, exacerbated by incidents like the death of IndiGo pilot Manoj Balasubramani. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has introduced new norms to reduce pilot stress, including limiting flight duty periods and mandating rest periods. Experts emphasize the need for mental health support and criticize current regulatory approaches. The high cost of a commercial pilot's license and the financial strain on pilots further contribute to the stress. The article calls for more pilot-friendly regulations and mental health interventions.

Ram mandir consecration: Liquor shops, bars to remain closed in Uttarakhand on Jan 22

22 Jan 2023  |  www.news9live.com
Liquor shops and bars in Uttarakhand will be closed on January 22 due to the Ram temple consecration ceremony in Ayodhya, as ordered by Excise Commissioner Hari Chandra Semwal. SpiceJet announced special flights from Delhi to Ayodhya for the event. The Congress criticized the BJP for turning the ceremony into a political event, accusing them of disregarding religious procedures and not consulting Shankaracharyas.

PM Modi, UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to hold 3-km-long roadshow in Gujarat| Check his schedule

09 Jan 2023  |  www.news9live.com
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan will lead a 3-km-long roadshow in Gujarat as part of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit. PM Modi will also inaugurate the Vibrant Gujarat Global Trade Show and hold bilateral meetings with world leaders and CEOs of top global corporations. The summit, themed 'Gateway to the Future,' aims to promote inclusive growth and strategic alliances for sustainable development, with participation from 34 partner countries and 16 partner organizations.

North India weather: No respite from foggy mornings in Delhi; cold wave sweeps Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, UP

09 Jan 2023  |  www.news9live.com
A cold wave and thick fog are expected to continue in several north Indian states, including Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, and Uttar Pradesh, on January 9 and 10, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD). Delhi experienced its coldest day of the month with temperatures dropping to 5.3 degrees Celsius. The Delhi Government has extended school vacations until January 12 for students from nursery to Class 5 due to the harsh weather. In Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh, water bodies have frozen as temperatures continue to plummet.

North India continues to reel under severe cold; low visibility due to fog hits flight operations at Delhi airport

07 Jan 2023  |  www.news9live.com
Widespread cold weather across northern and central India has led to significant drops in temperatures, with dense fog causing numerous flight delays at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport. The IMD reported below-normal temperatures in New Delhi and other regions, predicting continued cold conditions and dense fog in parts of Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, and Rajasthan. Light snowfall is expected in higher reaches of Jammu and Kashmir, while a rise in temperatures and light rainfall is anticipated early next week in parts of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, southern Haryana, and southern Uttar Pradesh.

Kashmir’s Pellet-Gun Victims Struggle To Be Suitable Grooms.

Kashmir’s Empty Graves & The Criminalisation Of A Father's Grief.

One Year On, Kashmir Times Office Remains Sealed, Newspaper Out Of Circulation In The Valley

Workers from India's ruling party targeted in spate of killings in Kashmir

16 Dec 2021  |  TRT World
The article discusses the tragic story of Gousia Bashir, whose family was deeply affected by a militant attack in Indian-administered Kashmir. The attack resulted in the death of her brother, Sheikh Waseem Bari, a young politician associated with the BJP, as well as their father and another brother. Despite opposition from his family, Bari had joined the BJP in 2014, attracted by the political limelight. Gousia Bashir, who had been affiliated with the National Conference, reflects on the dangers of politics in the region and expresses regret over her brother's involvement in political activities. The article highlights the personal toll of political violence on families in Kashmir.

Wailing Kashmiri Mothers Await the Release of Their Sons During COVID-19.

How 'Trolley Times' gave voice to farmers' protests. The bi-weekly newsletter helped create a clear line of communication between the farmers and their leaders.

Spate of Civilian Killings in Indian Kashmir Drives Minority Hindus to Flee Homes

21 Oct 2021  |  Voice of America
The article discusses the recent spate of civilian killings in Indian-administered Kashmir, which has led to the migration of Hindu Pandits from the region due to fears of further attacks. Militants, believed to be part of The Resistance Front, an offshoot of Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba, have claimed responsibility for most of the attacks. The killings have revived memories of the 1990s when a large number of Pandits fled the valley due to anti-India militancy. Despite some Pandits leaving, others, like Sanjay Dhar, continue their daily lives, suggesting that not all departures are due to fear. The article also touches on the political aspects of the conflict, with the Jammu and Kashmir People's Democratic Party calling for the restoration of the territory's autonomy and criticizing the use of minorities as political tools.

Kashmir’s Spiritual Gloom: When Politics Restricts Religious Practices

05 Aug 2021  |  The Daily Vox
The article discusses the impact of political restrictions on religious practices in Kashmir, particularly during the Islamic month of Rabi-ul-Awal, which marks the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammad. Wasim Rashid, a local resident, was stopped by Indian forces from attending pre-dawn prayers at Hazratbal, breaking his 12-year streak. The article highlights the broader context of the Indian government's decision to revoke Jammu and Kashmir's semi-autonomous status on August 5, 2019, leading to increased restrictions on gatherings, including religious ones. It details how Mawlid celebrations were confined to small local mosques, and larger gatherings were banned to prevent anti-India protests. The article also touches on the historical significance of Sufism in Kashmir and the economic impact of the restrictions on local businesses that rely on the influx of visitors during religious events like Urs. The authors, Muheet Ul Islam and Junaid Dar, provide a narrative that combines personal stories, historical context, and the socio-economic consequences of the political situation in Kashmir.

Kashmir Militant's Families Accuse Officials of Using COVID-19 as Excuse to Prevent Them from Attending Funerals

02 Dec 2020  |  Voice of America
The article discusses the situation in Indian-administered Kashmir, focusing on the aftermath of a gun battle between Indian troops and separatist insurgents. It tells the story of the Reshi family, whose son, a militant associated with the Pakistan-based outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba, was killed and not allowed to be buried at home due to COVID-19 policies. The article highlights the Indian authorities' practice of restricting militant funerals to prevent them from becoming anti-India rallies. It also covers the militants' response to these restrictions, including the abduction and killing of an Indian soldier, and the refusal to return his body, citing COVID-19 concerns. The piece touches on the human rights implications, referencing the Geneva Convention and the differing treatment of funerals for security personnel versus militants. The article includes statements from local authorities, rights activists, and a political analyst.

‘I’m Burning Inside’: Father Of Kashmiri Soldier Killed By Militants Says Army, Police Did Little To Save Him

09 Nov 2020  |  HuffPost
The article covers the heart-wrenching story of Manzoor Ahmad Waghay's search for his son, Rifleman Shakir Manzoor Waghay, who went missing on August 2, 2020, after being allegedly kidnapped by militants in Kashmir. Despite the family's efforts and the Indian Army's search operations, Shakir remains unaccounted for. The militants claimed to have killed him and refused to return his body, citing COVID-19 concerns. The Waghay family has faced a lack of closure, with the Indian Army and local police unable to provide definitive answers or recover Shakir's body. The article highlights the personal tragedy against the backdrop of the ongoing conflict in Kashmir, where the return of bodies of militants and soldiers has become a contentious issue during the pandemic.

Javid Parsa, a young restauranteur, uses his social media stardom to connect Kashmiris and get medicine to patients.

19 Sep 2019  |  Al Jazeera
Javid Parsa, a restauranteur and social media influencer from Kashmir, has been using his platform to help Kashmiris during the communication blockade following the revocation of Article 370 by the Indian government. With his restaurants closed, Parsa has been connecting families, facilitating communication, and organizing the delivery of medicines. He has managed to connect at least 1,500 calls between Kashmiris and their relatives abroad, and has also raised funds for those in need. Gowhar Farooq, an assistant professor, comments on the situation as 'bio-political' control, highlighting the severe impact on the daily lives of Kashmiris. Parsa's efforts have shown a significant impact, including raising funds for a family whose house burned down and could not call emergency services due to the communication shutdown.

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