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politics

BJP can't 'buy' dedicated TMC members, defectors will be defeated in Assembly polls, says Mamata Banerjee

At a party meeting in Alipurduar, the West Bengal CM raked up the 'insider versus outsider' debate, saying that the people of Bengal will rule the state, and not those from Gujarat

world

Myanmar coup: Aung San Suu Kyi charged with 'illegally importing' walkie-talkies, to be in custody till 15 Feb

The charges against the deposed national leader appear to carry a maximum sentence of two years. The chargesheets indicate that the unregistered walkie-talkies were for her bodyguards

art & culture

AfsanaBadosh ep 4: Listen to Manto's 'Mera Naam Radha Hai' | Presented by Firstpost and Jashn-E-Qalam

AfsanaBadosh, presented by Firstpost and Jashn-E-Qalam, celebrates the spirit of storytelling through narrations of the greatest Hindi and Urdu stories. This is Episode 4 — Saadat Hasan Manto's 'Mera Naam Radha Hai', as performed by KC Shankar.

entertainment

Kumud Mishra on theatre being his 'first love' and discovering his potential with every film

'Now that I am doing films seriously, I realise how much I have learned as an actor and can take that knowledge to my stage plays,' says Kumud Mishra.

sports

Bangladesh vs West Indies: Shadman Islam hits fifty, Jomel Warrican picks 3 wickets as teams share opening-day honours

Bangladesh ended the day on 242-5, with Shadman leading the way with 59 off 154 balls — and several others chipping in with useful knocks while Jomel Warrican picked up three wickets.

tech

SpaceX Starship SN9 prototype explodes on landing again: Here’s all you need to know

The Starship rocket needs to master its landing as this is the second time that it has exploded with the first time happening last year, in December.

india

Difficult for BJP to stay in power if farm laws are not repealed, says Rakesh Tikait at Haryana's mahapanchayat

Minutes before Tikait began his speech in Jind district, the stage on which the farmer leaders had gathered , collapsed under their weight, but nobody was reported hurt

india

'India's reputation has taken massive hit': Rahul Gandhi slams Centre's handling of farmers' protest

Referring to the multi-layered barricading and roadblocks at protest sites, Rahul asked why Delhi was being converted into a "fortress" and said that farmers should not be treated in this manner

sports

Premier League: Sam Allardyce's proud record at risk after 'damaging' West Brom defeat against Sheffield United

With just one point from their last 12 West Brom are nine points adrift of safety - having played a game more than fourth-from-bottom Brighton.

sports

Tokyo Olympics 2020 organisers unveil first coronavirus playbook to assure athletes, sway public opinion

Tokyo 2020 organisers and the IOC on Wednesday began explaining in public just how they hope to hold the Games, rolling out “playbooks" to detail the ways that 15,400 athletes will enter — and exit — Japan.

living

Let us talk Rihanna

Since the Barbados born singer wants us to talk about the ongoing protests in India, let’s indeed talk about the issues one by one.

tech

Single dose of Oxford vaccine can cut COVID-19 transmission risk by 67 percent, study indicates

Multiple countries have advised against administering the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to the elderly population.

tech

Court finds France liable for inaction on climate change, NGOs hail it as a 'historic victory'

In November, France's top court gave the government a 3-month deadline to prove it was taking action on global warming.

art & culture

Carnatic singer TM Krishna, musician Pala CK Ramachandran awarded Swathi Sangeetha Puraskaram by Kerala govt

Named after the Maharaja of Travancore, the Swathi Sangeetha Puraskaram is the highest honour for musicians, instituted by the Kerala state government in 1997.

firstcricket

England's Test captain Joe Root hopes to be part of T20 World Cup squad

England's Test captain Joe Root wants to be in the squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup though he understands it is not going to be a cakewalk for one of the country's finest batsmen in the game's traditional format.

sports

LaLiga: Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix tests positive for COVID-19

"Joao Felix has tested positive for COVID-19. The striker is isolating at home, in compliance with the health authorities' guidelines and La Liga protocols," Atletico said in a statement.

india

Remove accounts, tweets related to ‘farmer genocide' hashtag or face action: Centre warns Twitter

Government sources told PTI that Twitter had 'unilaterally unblocked' accounts and tweets of 250 accounts on Monday evening despite orders from Centre to block them

entertainment

Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn tweet #IndiaTogether, warn against 'half-truths' after Rihanna's tweet on farmers' protest

Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn, Karan Johar and Suniel Shetty's tweets come after the Ministry of External Affairs released a statement saying a proper understanding of the issue is needed before rushing to comment on the agitation.

india

Pakistan, India must resolve Kashmir issue in 'dignified and peaceful' manner, says General Qamar Javed Bajwa

While addressing the graduation ceremony at the Pakistan Air Force's Asghar Khan Academy in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Bajwa said it was time to extend 'hand of peace' but added that Pakistan will not allow 'anybody to misinterpret our desire for peace as a sign of weakness'