News18 Afternoon Digest: Prime Minister PM Modi Inaugurates Several Space Projects at VSSC; Voting On For Rajya Sabha Polls & Other Top Stories


In today’s afternoon digest, News18 brings you the latest updates on Rajya Sabha elections. We are also covering Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Kerala visit where he is inaugurating three major technical facilities of ISRO, among other top stories.

PM Modi Kerala Visit LIVE: Prime Minister Felicitated by ISRO Chief at VSSC; Inaugurates Several Space Projects

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inauguratd three major technical facilities of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in Kerala on Tuesday (February 27). He will also review the Gaganyaan human spaceflight programme during his visit to the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) in Thiruvananthapuram. FOLLOW LIVE UPDATES

Rajya Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Voting On, SP Chief Whip Manoj Pandey Quits; ‘9 RLD MLAs Vote for Team BJP on Jayant’s Order’

Amid the concern about cross-voting by Congress and the Samajwadi Party MLAs, elections for the 15 Rajya Sabha seats across three states is underway. Interestingly, 41 of the 56 candidates have already been elected to the Upper House unopposed due to lack of opposition, leaving seats up for voting in three states – Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Himachal Pradesh. FOLLOW LIVE UPDATES 

PM Modi Set to Reveal Names of 4 Astronauts Picked for Gaganyaan Mission; ‘Pilots Went to Russia for Training’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) in Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday, where he will review preparations for the Gaganyaan Mission and reveal the names of four test pilots undergoing training for the mission. READ MORE

Another Jolt to Congress Before Lok Sabha Poll Announcement; Ex-Maharashtra Minister Basavaraj Patil Quits

Days before the announcement of the Lok Sabha elections, Congress suffered another major setback in Maharashtra. Former minister and state working president of Congress, Basavaraj Patil Murumkar, has resigned from the party. Earlier, ex-CM Ashok Chavan had quit the grand old party. READ MORE

Bihar: One Killed, Six Injured as Vehicle of RJD Leader Tejashwi Yadav’s Convoy Meets With An Accident

A home guard was killed, while six personnel of the Bihar Military Police (BMP) were injured after an escort vehicle from Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav’s convoy met with an accident in Bihar’s Purnea late Monday night. READ MORE

Rioters to Pay Up for Property Damages in Uttarakhand; Who Will Decide Compensation? Bill Explained

The Uttarakhand government is set to table a bill in the assembly that will make rioters accountable for the damage they cause to the public property. The move comes after the anti-encroachment drive in Banphoolpura in Haldwani led to violence in the locality in which some people were killed. READ MORE

Sidhu Moosewala’s Parents To Welcome A Baby Soon? Mother Charan Kaur Pregnant: Reports

Family sources have confirmed that the parents of the late Punjabi singer Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, popularly known as Sidhu Moosewala, are expecting a new addition to their family. Moosewala’s mother, Charan Kaur, is expecting a baby soon, according to a report in Indianexpress.com. While the late singer’s parents haven’t made an official statement yet, family sources confirmed the news. According to reports, his mother is 58 and father is 60. READ MORE

Anushka Sharma MIA as Virat Kohli Takes Vamika Out For Lunch in London, Leaked Photo Goes Viral

Virat Kohli and Vamika were seen on a father-daughter day out recently in London. A photo has surfaced online showing Virat and his daughter Vamika out and about sans Anushka Sharma and the couple’s newborn son. In the photo shared on Reddit, Virat and Vamika were seen seated in a restaurant together, enjoying a meal together. For their day out, Virat was seen wearing a black outfit with a bennie. Vamika was also seen wearing a white and black outfit. READ MORE

Bade Miyan Chote Miyan: Chappals Thrown at Akshay-Tiger Event, Cops Resort to Lathi Charge | Watch

Bade Miyan Chote Miyan’s Lucknow promotional event took a shocking turn after the UP police had to resort to lathi charge to tame the crowd. On Monday, Akshay Kumar and Tiger Shroff were in Lucknow for the promotions of their upcoming film. It came as no surprise that fans thronged to the venue to catch a glimpse of their favourite star. However, in a video shared by The Tribune on YouTube, the gathering soon took a dark turn. Fans were seen throwing chappals in the crowd and a stampede almost broke out. READ MORE

‘Halwa And Haya In Arabic Text’: The Dress That Sparked Death Calls Against Pakistani Woman

Surrounded by an enraged mob thirsty for retribution, a woman in Lahore found herself shedding tears in videos, gripped by fear for her very existence. As policewoman, Syeda Shehrbano Naqvi, guided her out of the sanctuary of a restaurant, where she sought refuge, the air reverberated with cries of ‘…sar tan se juda’ (death penalty for blasphemy). But why? Simply because she adorned herself with a garment bearing Arabic calligraphy, mistaken by many as excerpts from the Quran. READ MORE

Rashmika Mandanna CONFIRMS Marriage With Vijay Deverakonda? Says Hubby Should Be Like ‘VD’ In Viral Post

Actress Rashmika Mandanna often engages with her fans on social media. However, her recent comment on a fan club’s post discussing her future husband’s qualities drew a lot of attention. The post mentioned that her husband should be like “VD,” to which Rashmika replied, “That’s very true,” leaving her fans excited and wondering. READ MORE

ICICI Bank Moves Economic Offences Wing After NRI Woman Gets Duped of Rs 16 Crore

An Indian woman who used to live in the United States and Hong Kong has accused an account manager at one of the largest private banks in India of engaging in fraudulent activities and duping her of Rs 16 crore. READ MORE

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