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The Antrix-Devas dispute, what happened so far

  • In May last year, the Bengaluru bench of the NCLT ordered the winding up of Devas, at the instance of Antrix.
  • It also appointed a provisional liquidator, saying Devas was incorporated with a fraudulent motive to collude with the then officials of Antrix Corporation
  • A bench of Justices Hemant Gupta and V. Ramasubramanian junked Devas’ case against the NCLAT and upheld the tribunal’s order from September last year.
  • This becomes the first case of winding up on company on grounds of fraud

U.S. examining Alibaba’s cloud unit for national security risks

The Biden administration is reviewing e-commerce giant Alibaba’s cloud business to determine whether it poses a risk to U.S. national security, according to three people briefed on the matter, as the government ramps up scrutiny of Chinese technology companies’ dealings with U.S. firms. The focus of the probe is on how the company stores U.S. clients’ data, including personal information and intellectual property, and whether the Chinese government could gain access to it, the people said. The potential for Beijing to disrupt access by U.S. users to their information stored on Alibaba cloud is also a concern, one of the people said.

India offers credit line of $500 mn to Sri Lanka

“The credit line is for purchase of petroleum products. Critical support by India follows discussion b/w EAM Jaishankar-SL Finance Min Basil Rajapaksa. India extended forex support of USD 900 mn earlier this month,” says High Commission of India, Colombo

South Korean president in Saudi Arabia, meets crown prince

It was the second stop on a Mideast tour by South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his wife, who were greeted on the tarmac by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. All were masked and President Moon did not shake hands with the prince, in line with coronavirus social distancing practices.

Kejriwal to announce AAP’s CM candidate for Goa during a press conference in Panaji on January 19

Putin to brief China’s Xi on Russia-NATO talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin will brief his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Moscow’s talks with NATO when he travels to Beijing next month, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday. Putin is set to attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics on Feb. 4. Russia and China have moved closer together as both have come under increasing pressure from the West – Moscow over its military build-up near Ukraine and Beijing over trade and human rights.

Bail order reserved for “Bulli Bai” app creators

Mumbai’s Bandra Court reserves order on the bail applications of Vishal Kumar Jha, Mayank Rawat and Shweta Singh till January 20. Mumbai Cyber ​​Cell has strongly opposed the bail of all three

Special PMLA court rejects default bail plea of Former Maharashtra Minister Anil Deshmukh

This is in connection with the corruption charges levelled against him by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh

Justice Umar Ata Bandial to be next Chief Justice of Pakistan

Justice Umar Ata Bandial, one of the judges who declined to retake their oaths in 2007 when former Pakistani military ruler Gen. Pervez Musharraf proclaimed a state of emergency in the country, will be the new Chief Justice of Pakistan. Pakistan President Arif Alvi on Monday formally appointed Justice Bandial, the senior most judge of the Supreme Court, as the next Chief Justice of the country.

Oil price tops $87/bbl but petrol, diesel prices stay unchanged

Brent – the key global oil benchmark – soared to USD 87.7 per barrel mostly due to rising geopolitical tensions and supply-side disturbances due to Yemen’s Houthi group’s attack on oil facilities in the United Arab Emirates. Also, global inventories are waning.

Congress releases the third list of candidates for

Congress releases the third list of candidates for

Have to deal with several problems in Punjab. Focus will be on providing jobs to youth. ‘Mafia raj’ will be abolished. I belong to a middle-class family, never thought of reaching here. Will win seats by 2/3 margin

– Bhagwant Mann, AAP’s Punjab CM candidate

Australian Open: Medvedev eases through, Murray wins thriller

  • The Russian overwhelmed Switzerland’s Laaksonen, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6(3) in a one-hour, 54-minute match. Playing in his first major since his US Open triumph, Medvedev dropped serve in the opening game, then surrendered little else over the course of the match.
  • At John Cain Arena, former World No. 1 Andy Murray earned his first victory at the Australian Open in five years as he showed his trademark fighting spirit, overcoming 21st seed Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-1, 3-6, 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-4 to reach the second round in Melbourne.

Russia’s Sputnik V 75% effective against Omicron

The effectiveness of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine against the Omicron coronavirus variant is 75 per cent, Alexander Gintsburg, the head of Russia’s Gamaleya Research Center, said on Tuesday. “In the population, the effectiveness of the Sputnik V vaccine in relation to Omicron … is 75 per cent,” Gintsburg said in the Rossiya Segodnya press center.

Japan sees record 27,000 COVID-19 cases

The western prefecture of Osaka posted a record 5,396 new cases, while Tokyo had 5,185, the highest since Aug. 21. Tokyo and 12 other prefectures have requested infection-fighting measures from the central government, Economy Minister Daishiro Yamagiwa told reporters, amid concern that Omicron infections would overwhelm the healthcare system.

Reliance Retail buys 54 per cent stake in Addverb Technologies for USD 132 million: Addverb CEO

63 more Omicron confirmed in Kerala today, taking the case tally to 591: Kerala Health Minister’s Office

Of 591 cases, 401 persons arrived from ‘low-risk’ countries, 101 persons from ‘high-risk’ countries, 70 persons were contacts of patients and 19 reached from other States

Delhi Commission For Women issued a notice to Cyber Crime Cell, Delhi Police seeking FIR against few persons for allegedly making derogatory remarks against women on an app called ‘Club House’.

The Commission has sought a response from the Cyber Crime Cell by Jan 24

To encourage a start up of IIT-Delhi, for the first time 1000 drones will perform during Beating Retreat event. After China, Russia and UK, India will be the fourth country to perform drone show: MoD Sources to ANI

This year, the invitation cards for Republic Day have medicinal seeds. After the event, it can be sowed in a flower pot or garden: ANI quoting MoD Sources

Puducherry reports 2,093 new cases & 3 deaths today; Active cases rise to 10,393. Test positivity at 34.72%

Akali leader Bikram Singh Majithia’s interim bail in the drugs case extended till January 24.

AAP has given me a very big responsibility. Our first step is to form govt in Punjab

– Bhagwant Mann, AAP’s CM candidate for Punjab

Total 600 young artists will perform at Rajpath during the Republic Day parade this year, claims ANI quoting official sources in Defence Ministry

Djokovic has to comply with rules to go to Spain, PM says

Answering a question on whether Djokovic would be allowed to enter Spain to compete after Australia deported him for being unvaccinated against COVID-19, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said: “Any sportsperson who wishes to compete in our country must comply with the health rules of Spain”.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to address press conference at 16:30

Raid is being conducted (on the premises of his relative). They’re targeting me and trying to put pressure on me in view of upcoming Assembly polls. This is not good for democracy. We’re ready to fight this. The same thing happened during West Bengal elections

– Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Channi

Cartoonist Padma Shri Narayan Debnath passes away at the age of 97

Bhagwant Mann got emotional after being declared AAP’s CM candidate: Report

Aam Aadmi Party Lok Sabha MP from Sangrur constituency in Punjab Bhagwant Mann will be the party’s chief ministerial candidate for the upcoming Assembly elections: Delhi CM & Aam Aadmi Party’s national convenor Arvind Kejriwal

93.3 per cent people voted for Bhagwant Mann as Punjab’s CM candidate

We got more than 21.59 lakh votes: Kejriwal while announcing AAP’s CM candidate for Punjab

This is a historic day for Punjab

– Arvind Kejriwal while announcing Punjab CM candidate

Every vote is important, we must tell people the importance of voting: PM Narendra Modi

We need to give a push to natural farming. Farmers should be encouraged for chemical-free farming. We should connect everyone in celebration of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav

– PM Narendra Modi said while interacting with BJP party workers in Varanasi, his home turf, via Namo app

Union Cabinet and Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) to hold meetings tomorrow, 19th Jan in Delhi.

Dismissed Mumbai Police officer Sachin Vaze & advocate Girish Kulkarni will cross-examine former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, in connection with the corruption charges levelled against him by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh, today

Train derailed in Goa

  • Vasco-Da-Gama Howrah Amaravati Express derailed between Dudhsagar and Caranzol (in Goa) today at 8.56 am when the front pair of wheels of its leading loco derailed.
  • All passengers and staff on board are safe. No casualty/injury reported.
  • The full rake of the train is unaffected and is being backed towards Dudhsagar by ART (Accident Relief Train). Senior officers are monitoring the situation closely.

Supreme Court agrees to hear PIL seeking a direction to the Election Commission of India to deregister political parties that do not disclose details pertaining to criminal cases of their election candidates along with the reason for their selection.

PM Modi is incarnation of God like Lord Ram and Lord Krishna born to end despair

– Madhya Pradesh Agriculture Minister and BJP leader Kamal Patel

Records show Bihar doctor took 5 Covid vaccine shots, probe ordered

  • The civil surgeon, Dr Vibha Kumari Singh, however, said she had taken the jab thrice as per rules.
  • Singh also claimed that someone else managed to get vaccine shots using her PAN card details, and called for a probe.

6 in 10 Indian workers suffering from pandemic-led imposter syndrome: LinkedIn report

  • The ‘impostor syndrome’ is a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts his/her skills, talents or accomplishments.
  • According to the report, the self-doubt seems to be a byproduct of working in isolation for nearly two years as 33 per cent of professionals say the pandemic has negatively impacted their confidence at work.

ED raids multiple locations in Punjab as part of money laundering probe against illegal sand mining companies: PTI

Minimum temperature in Delhi on Tuesday settled at…



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