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Security personnel stand in front of the Red Fort ahead of the Republic Day 2022, in New Delhi on January 24, 2022. Red Fort will remain closed for public for five days from January 22-26 for security reasons.

Security personnel stand in front of the Red Fort ahead of the Republic Day 2022, in New Delhi on January 24, 2022. Red Fort will remain closed for public for five days from January 22-26 for security reasons.

Sensex crashes 1,546 points; worst day in two months

The domestic equity market on Monday logged the steepest single-day drop in about two months, with the benchmark Sensex crashing nearly 1,546 points to crack below the 58,000-level due to panic selling across counters tracking subdued global stocks.

Also read: Rupee falls by 19 paise to 74.62 against U.S. dollar

Julian Assange granted appeal in UK to fight extradition to US

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's battle to avoid extradition to the US will go to Britain's Supreme Court after he was granted the right on Monday to appeal a lower court ruling. The High Court in London allowed Assange to appeal its decision that he could be sent to the US to stand trial on espionage charges.

NATO sends ships, fighter jets to eastern Europe as Russia continues troop build-up near Ukraine

NATO said Monday that it's putting extra forces on standby and sending more ships and fighter jets to eastern Europe as Russia continues its troop build-up near Ukraine. It said that it's beefing up its “deterrence” presence in the Baltic Sea area. A number of members of the 30-country military organization have offered troops and equipment.

Republic Day: BSF troops on India-Pakistan border on high alert, says IG D.K. Boora

BSF troops deployed on the India-Pakistan border in Jammu and Kashmir have been put on high alert following a threat of anti-social elements creating trouble on Republic Day, the force's Inspector General for Jammu DK Boora said on Monday. He also said that the Border Security Force (BSF) has launched a number of operations along the International Border, including anti-drone exercises and those related to detecting tunnels.

Unvaccinated people, children below 15 years not allowed at Republic Day parade

People attending the Republic Day parade must be fully vaccinated against Covid and children below 15 years of age will not be allowed to attend the function, a set of guidelines issued by the Delhi Police stated. Police also said that people will have to adhere to all Covid protocols, such as wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing, at the programme on Rajpath on January 26.

Breakthrough COVID-19 infections generate strong antibody response: Study

People vaccinated three times or immunised after an earlier COVID-19 infection have comparable neutralising antibody response to those with a breakthrough infection, according to a study. A breakthrough infection is a case of illness in which a fully vaccinated individual becomes infected.

Former Zimbabwe batsman Brendan Taylor admits receiving money from Indian businessman for spot-fixing

Former Zimbabwe batsman Brendan Taylor is facing a ban from the International Cricket Council (ICC) after admitting he received a $15,000 "deposit" for spot-fixing, though he said he was blackmailed and never went through with the arrangement.

UAE shoots down 2 ballistic missiles fired by Houthis over Abu Dhabi

The UAE on Monday, January 24, 2022, intercepted and destroyed two ballistic missiles that the Houthi terror group fired towards its capital Abu Dhabi, the Ministry of Defence said, days after two Indians and a Pakistani were killed in a rare drone and missile attack claimed by the Yemeni rebels.

Anti-CAA protest: Delhi court frames sedition charge against Sharjeel Imam

A Delhi court on Monday framed charges under sedition against JNU student Sharjeel Imam in a case related to alleged inflammatory speeches made by him during the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) in 2019.

AAP leader Rai urges PM Modi to set up freedom fighters' memorial in front of Rashtrapati Bhawan

Delhi Cabinet Minister Gopal Rai on Monday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to set up a memorial for the martyrs of the country's freedom movement in front of Rashtrapati Bhawan to pay tributes to them. Mr. Rai posted a video message on his Twitter account and said that there is no dedicated memorial for the freedom fighters who laid their lives for the independence of the country.

Smriti Mandhana named ICC Women's Cricketer of the Year

India opening batter Smriti Mandhana was on Monday named the ICC Women's Cricketer of the Year for her incredible run of form across all formats in 2021. Mandhana was short-listed for the top award -- the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy -- along with Tammy Beaumont of England, Lizelle Lee of South Africa and Gaby Lewis of Ireland, the ICC said in a statement.

Justice Ayesha Malik takes oath as first woman judge of Pakistan's Supreme Court

Justice Ayesha Malik on Monday took oath as the first woman judge of Pakistan's Supreme Court, in what can be described as a watershed moment in the judicial history of the conservative Muslim-majority country.

State playing a ‘mischievous game’ to delay trial, actor Dileep tells Supreme Court

Malayalam actor Dileep, an accused in a sexual assault case, charged the State of Kerala in the Supreme Court on Monday of deliberately playing a "mischievous game" to delay the trial.

Punjab Assembly polls | BJP to contest on 65 seats, Punjab Lok Congress on 37, SAD (Sanyukt) on 15

The BJP in Punjab will contest on 65 assembly seats, the Punjab Lok Congress on 37 seats and the SAD (Sanyukt) on 17 seats, BJP chief JP Nadda said on Monday as he announced the seat sharing agreement between his party and its allies for the February 20 state polls.


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