Gehlot opts out of Cong president race, Pilot meets Sonia; SC legalises abortion regardless of marital status; more

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has opted out of the Congress president race while Sachin Pilot today met party chief Sonia Gandhi this evening in Delhi....

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Vikram-S, India's first private rocket, lifts off from Sriharikota

Skyroot Aerospace on Friday made history by launching India's first privately made rocket Vikram-S into space. The successful launch marks the entry of the private sector into the Indian space program, which has so far, remained government-controlled and funded. The Vikram-S rocket launched from the sounding rocket complex of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)'s Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. The rocket was launched with three customer payloads into space touching an altitude of over 90 kilometers.

Blood stains in kitchen, bones in drain recovered, DNA test to confirm Shraddha's remains

During the investigation, Delhi Police on Wednesday found blood stains in the kitchen of accused Aaftab Ameen Poonawala's flat in Delhi's Chhatarpur. The blood samples have been sent for examination to ascertain whose blood it is. Surgical gloves were also recovered from the flat. Meanwhile, the police said that the bone fragments that were recovered on Tuesday belong to the lower part of the spinal cord. 10-12 pieces of dismembered bones were found by a forensic team on Tuesday. Aaftab is accused of murdering his live-in partner in May, chopping her body into 35 pieces and stuffing them in a fridge. He then scattered the pieces one by one across Delhi's Mehrauli forest over a period of 16 days.

Shraddha Walkar was hospitalised with severe back pain in 2020, assault suspected; more

Shraddha, who was strangled and chopped into 35 pieces by her live-in partner Aaftab Ameen Poonawala, was hospitalised in 2020 at a hospital in Vasai, Maharashtra, with severe back pain, India Today has learned. She was hospitalised at Ozone Multispeciality Hospital in Vasai, with severe pain in her back and spine for around a week, on December 3, 2020. It is suspected that she had been assaulted by Aaftab, which led to the back pain following which she had to be hospitalised. Meanwhile, a Delhi court on Thursday extended the police custody of accused Aaftab Ameen Poonawala for the next five days in the Shraddha Walker murder case. The court also allowed the application for a narco test of the accused.


Aaftab Poonawala's narco test to reveal truth; Twitter's internal app slowing down, suggests report

Hundreds of Twitter employees are estimated to be leaving the beleaguered social media company following an ultimatum from new owner Elon Musk that staffers sign up for "long hours at high intensity," or leave. On Thursday evening, the version of the Twitter app used by employees began slowing down, according to one source familiar with the matter, who estimated that the public version of Twitter was at risk of breaking during the night. Meanwhile, a court in Delhi has given its approval to the police to conduct a narco-analysis test on Aaftab Ameen Poonawala in connection with the Shraddha Walkar murder case. Since Aaftab was not cooperating during the investigation and made attempts to mislead the police, Delhi Police moved Saket court to seek approval for the test. Aaftab has not yet disclosed details of Shraddha's mobile phone and the weapon that he allegedly used to chop his partner's body into pieces.