Live Updates: Veteran politician Ghulam Nabi Azad said on Friday he would soon launch a new party and its first unit would be set up in Jammu and Kashmir. “I am in no rush to launch a national party at the moment but bearing in mind that elections are likely to be held in Jammu and Kashmir, I have decided to launch a unit there soon,” said Azad, who resigned from Congress earlier in the day, told PTI.

A parliamentary panel questioned senior Twitter officials on Friday about a whistleblower’s revelations about its operations in India, and gave them a smear as their responses on the issue of security and data privacy were n were “not satisfactory”, sources said. Top Twitter executives including Senior Director (Public Policy) Samiran Gupta, Director (Public Policy) Shagufta Kamran filed before the House Standing Committee on Information and Technology chaired by Congress Leader Shashi Tharoor.

Weighing in on the ‘free’ debate, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Friday that promises made to the people by political parties in elections should be honored through budget provisions, duly passed by state assemblies. . “If a promise was made to the people at election time because you are considering a quid pro quo, then as a responsible party, after you come to power, make provision in the budget for that,” the finance minister said. at a media event in Mumbai.