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Cong Member Protest BJP Not Letting K’taka Assembly Function
Congress members staged a torchlight protest in Bengaluru against BJP for not letting Karnataka assembly function by holding protests in the assembly.
US Aid Reaches Venezuela
Trucks carrying humanitarian aid from the United States of America has arrived at the Venezuela border.
10 Policemen Trapped as Avalanche Strikes J&K’s Kulgam District
At least 10 policemen were feared trapped inside their post after a avalanche struck Kulgam district near the Jawahar Tunnel on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway.
The avalanche hit the north portal of Jawahar Tunnel on the Qazigund side, a police official said.
While 10 policemen posted at the post near the tunnel were reported safe, 10 others are believed to be trapped, he said.
1 Killed in Encounter With Punjab Police in Zirakpur
An encounter is underway between the Punjab police and Lawrence Bishnoi’s gang in Peer Muchalla area in Zirakpur, Punjab. Police personnel have been deployed in the area. More details are awaited.
Ankit Bhadu, a member of Lawrence Bishnoi gang, has been shot dead by Punjab Police Special Intelligence Cell in an encounter in Zirakpur’s Peer Muchalla area. There was a bounty of Rs1 lakh on Bhadu’s head.
14 Domestic Flights, Four International Flights Diverted Due to Bad Weather Conditions in Delhi,
14 domestic flights and four international flights were diverted due to bad weather conditions in Delhi between 6 pm to 7 pm on Thursday, 7 February. Nine flights were diverted to Jaipur, three flights each were diverted to both Lucknow and Amritsar, two flights were diverted to Varanasi and one flight was diverted to Indore.
10 Naxals Killed in Chhattisgarh Encounter
Ten Naxals were killed in an encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh on Thursday, police said.
The face-off took place in forests under Bhairamgarh police station area of Bijapur district when a joint team of security personnel was out on an anti-Naxal operation, state Director General of Police D M Awasthi said.
A large cache of explosives was also recovered from the spot, he said.
Blast in Polo Ground, Imphal Leaves Five Injured
Five people have been injured in a blast near the polo ground in Imphal, Manipur. Further details are awaited.
Dinkar Gupta Takes Charge as DGP of Punjab Police
Dinkar Gupta took charge as the Director General of Police (DGP) of Punjab at Punjab Police Headquarters in Chandigarh.
Murder Accused Prabhjot Singh Deported from the UAE
Prabhjot Singh who was wanted in alleged murder cases by the Punjab Police and has a red corner notice against him was deported from the UAE. Singh was wanted in two cases of murder and destruction of evidence by the Punjab Police.
INX Media Case: Court Hearing Indrani Plea Adjourned till 14 Feb
Delhi Patiala House Court adjourned till 14 February after hearing on an application filed by Indrani Mukherjee seeking pardon in the INX Media case.
Former Union Minister P Chidambaram and son Karti are accused in this case.
VC of CUSAT Allows Saraswati Pooja on Kuttanad Campus
Vice Chancellor of Cochin University of Science and Technology has allowed the students to conduct ‘Saraswati Pooja’ in the university’s engineering college – Kuttanad campus in “peaceful manner without affecting classes and on the date of ‘Visarjan’.
Earlier, the VC had declined request by North Indian students to conduct ‘Saraswati Pooja’ in the college.
Centre Asks WB Govt to Act Against 5 IPS Officers
Central government has asked West Bengal government to take action against five officers for participating in dharna in Kolkata, sources told The Quint.
Sensex Ends 4.14 Pts Lower, Nifty Rises 6.95 Pts
Sensex ended 4.14 points lower at 36,971.09. Nifty rose 6.95 points to 11,069.40
Bihar Case: SC Summons Nageshwar Rao Over Transfer of CBI Officer
Supreme Court sought personal appearance of former interim CBI director M Nageswara Rao and one other official on 12 February for transferring CBI officer AK Sharma probing Muzaffarpur shelter home case.
Union Minister May Skip Bengal Business Summit
Amid the tussle between BJP and Trinamool Congress, Union Ministers are unlikely to attend Bengal Global Business Summit that begins on 7 February. The West Bengal government had sent invitations to prominent businessmen and politicians, however only Suresh Prabhu has so far responded stating his inability to attend the event.
Germany Raps Facebook
German anti-trust authority prohibits Facebook from combining user data from different sources; Facebook to appeal.
Prabhu Deva to Be Conferred With Padma Shri 2019
National award-winning choreographer, director and ctor Prabhu Deva to be conferred with Padma Shri 2019 for his exceptional and distinguished service in the field of Arts.
Nitish Kumar is Important in NDA: Pavan Kumar
Pavan Varma, JDU: In NDA face for PM candidate remains that of Narendra Modi, however, Nitish Kumar is an important person within NDA. In order to further strengthen NDA, Kumar is a leader of great stature & a leader who has a great deal of acceptability & can help strengthen NDA.
Renault Says It Informed About Ghosn Personal Benefits
Renault says informed police about Ghosn receiving personal benefit from corporate sponsorship deal.
BJP Yuva Morcha Workers Protest Against Unemployment in Odisha
BJP Yuva Morcha workers protest near Odisha assembly alleging rising unemployment in the state.
JMM Working President Meets Rahul Gandhi
Jharkhand Mukti Morcha working president Hemant Soren meets Congress President Rahul Gandhi.
Phase 1 of Loan-Waiver Starts in R’Than
The Rajasthan government on Thursday started conducting camps at all the district headquarters for waiving off loans of farmers.
Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot inaugurated the camp at Sirsi road here and gave certificates to the farmers.
Doctor Commits Suicide, Alleged Harassment in Note
A consultant radiologist at Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital allegedly committed suicide at her residence in Delhi on Wednesday, 6 February. Police register case under Section 306 (Abetment of suicide) of IPC on the basis of her husband’s statement. In her suicide note, she has alleged harassment by 3 colleagues.
‘Dilse’ Responses in Lok Sabha; Speaker Says Work Will Be Easy
If members understand each other, work will become easy, remarked Speaker Sumitra Mahajan in the Lok Sabha on Thursday, 7 February after heartfelt exchanges between members.
The remark comes at a time when Parliament is witnessing repeated disruptions and heated exchanges between opposition and treasury benches.
The speaker’s comment came when Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore was replying to supplementaries related to All India Radio and Doordarshan.
During the Question Hour, CPI-M member A Sampath said he was asking questions “dil se” (from the heart).
In response, a smiling Rathore said he was also replying “dil se”.
“Agar aaplog ek doosre ka dil pehchane, to mera kaam aasan ho jata hai (If you understand each other’s feeling then my work will become easy,” Mahajan said, evoking smiles from members.
Sampath also mentioned that he was a casual announcer with the All India Radio more than 35 years ago.
Delhi HC Asks 2G Appeal Respondents to Plant 15,000 Trees
Delhi High Court asks some of the respondents in the 2G appeal case to plant 15,000 trees in the South Delhi ridge area as a cost for delay in the filing of the reply.
Rs 247.60 Cr Pegged for Building Cow Shelters in Rural Areas
As part of its commitment for the conservation of cattle, the Uttar Pradesh government said Thursday it was seeking support from the other departments in this regard.
10 Naxals Neutralised
SP Bijapur Mohit Garg: 10 Naxals neutralised in an encounter with STF & DRG in Bijapur, 11 weapons recovered.
Priyanka Gandhi, Scindia to Visit Lucknow on 11 February
Congress General Secretary for UP East Priyanka Gandhi & General Secretary for UP West Jyotiraditya Scindia to visit Lucknow on 11 February with Congress President Rahul Gandhi.
Fire Breaks Out in Noida’s Metro Hospital
A fire breaks out in Metro Hospital in Noida’s sector-12. Fire tenders rushed to the spot.
Overcast Conditions in Delhi, Forecast for Thundershowers Along with Hail
Overcast skies prevailed in the national capital on Thursday morning, with the meteorological department forecasting thundershowers along with hail later in the day.
The mercury climbed a few notches to settle at 15 degrees Celsius and parts of the city received rainfall of 0.1 mm since Wednesday night.
Trump Nominates David Malpass for World Bank President
US President Donald Trump has nominated David Malpass, a vocal critic of the World Bank, to head the international financial institution, sparking concerns that he may seek to reduce the role of the global lender.
If approved by the Directors of the World Bank Group, 62-year-old Malpass — currently the under secretary for international affairs at the US Treasury Department — would replace Jim Yong Kim as the president of the World Bank.
Dinkar Gupta Appointed As Director General of Punjab Police
Dinkar Gupta (on extreme right) a 1987 batch officer of the Indian Police Service, has been appointed as the Director General of the Punjab Police.
Delhi CM Order Chief Secy to Appoint Special Prosecutor in Soumya Vishwanathan Murder Case
Journalist Soumya Vishwanathan murder case: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal orders Chief Secretary to appoint a Special Prosecutor at the earliest
RBI Reduces Repo Rate by 25 Basis Points
RBI reduces Repo rate by 25 basis points, now at 6.25 from 6.5 percent.
Next Hearing of Kolkata Top Cop Plea Fixed For 13 February
The Calcutta High Court has fixed 13 February as the next date of hearing for the Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar’s plea in Calcutta HC.
Rajya Sabha Adjourned Till 2 PM
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 PM amid noisy protests by opposition members.
North Indian Students’ Demand to Conduct Saraswati Pooja In Cochin Univ Campus Declined
Joint Registrar of Cochin University of Science & Technology and said, “VC has declined request by North Indian students to conduct ‘Saraswati Pooja’ in Cochin University College of Engineering, Kuttanad campus, as it’s a secular campus, can’t permit functions of any particular religion.”
Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Case: SC Transfer Trials to Saket POCSO Court
SC orders transfer of Muzaffarpur shelter home sexual assault case from Bihar to court in New Delhi.
SC orders Saket trial court at New Delhi to conclude trial in Muzaffarpur sexual harassment case within six months.
SC Refuses to Grant ‘Pressure Cooker’ Party Symbol to TTV Dhinakaran For Now
SC for now refuses to grant ‘pressure cooker’ symbol to T T V Dhinakaran-led AMMK.
If Delhi High Court does not dispose of AMMK symbol issue, EC may proceed as per March 9, 2018, HC order, said SC.
The apex court said, if polls to vacant seats in Tamil Nadu are declared in 4 weeks, then EC may allocate symbol to AMMK as per March 2018 Delhi HC order.
Mother, Aunt Booked for Burning 5-Yr-Old Girl with Candle
A five-year-old girl’s mother and aunt have been booked for allegedly burning the minor with candle for her mischievous behaviour in Thane district of Maharashtra, police said on Thursday.
The family lived in Roadpali village of Navi Mumbai town.
PM Will Inaugurate Several Projects in Arunachal Pradesh
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate several projects and lay foundation of many vital schemes in Arunachal Pradesh during his visit to the north-eastern state on Saturday, officials said Thursday.
Modi is scheduled to lay the foundation stone of a green field Airport at Hollongi near here, they said.
INX Media Case: Karti Chidambaram Reaches ED Office
Karti Chidambaram arrives at the Enforcement Directorate office to appear in connection with INX Media case.
SC to Deliver Verdict in Centre Vs AAP Next Week
The Supreme Court said that the verdict in the Centre vs AAP verdict next week.
AAP had sought early pronouncement of judgement on the pleas against the notifications on control over services, setting up of Commission of Inquiry and power of Anti-corruption Bureau in the ongoing tussle between Delhi and the Centre.
US Approves Sale of Two Missile Defence Systems for Air India One
The US has agreed to sell two state-of-the-art missile defence systems to Air India One for an estimated cost of USD 190 million, a move that will enhance the security of planes flying the prime minister and the president.
Flights Cancelled Due to Heavy Snowfall in J&K
Due to heavy snowfall at Srinagar Airport in Jammu and Kashmir, all flights of of GoAir & IndiGo, two SpiceJet flights, one AirAsia flight and an Army charter flight cancelled.
Indian Army Can Never Think of Army Coup: VK Singh
MoS External Affairs and Ex-Army Chief VK Singh commented on reports that top leaders of UPA wanted army coup attempt in ’12 and said, “I’d said very clearly that Indian Army can never think of anything of this sort. Despite this, there were some went to town tom-tomming that such a thing has happened.”
“The then Def Minister had issued a statement that such a thing never happened. At that time,I’d complained to MHA that it needs to be investigated as it is treason. It wasn’t investigated then. I’ve requested PM to have a high-level inquiry on this. I’ve nothing to hide,” he added.
West Bengal Announces New Project to Help Banana Growers
To prevent banana produce of farmers from rotting and to help them market their produce and get better price, the West Bengal government has announced a new project.
Lok Sabha: NC Leader Akbar Lone to Contest From Baramulla
Senior National Conference leader and former minister Muhammad Akbar Lone is all set to be the party’s candidate for the Baramulla Lok Sabha constituency, a source said on Wednesday.
The party has finalised Lone’s name and a formal announcement is likely to be made in coming few days, the source said.
(Source: Greater Kashmir)
Sensex Jumps 150 Points Ahead of RBI Policy Outcome
BSE benchmark Sensex jumped over 150 points in early trade Thursday on sustained buying by domestic and foreign institutional investors, ahead of RBI’s policy outcome later in the day.
The 30-share index was trading 161.53 points, or 0.44 per cent, higher at 37,136.76.
Similarly, the 50-share NSE Nifty rose 33.05 points, or 0.30 per cent to 11,095.50.
Srinagar Police Submits Charge Sheet
Srinagar Police has submitted the charge sheet in connection with an incident dated 12 August 2018, wherein terrorists hiding in a residence at Diyarwani, Batamaloo, fled away from spot after indiscriminately firing at Police party and killing a police personnel.
Rains Continue to Lash in UP
Most parts of Uttar Pradesh woke up to heavy rains on Thursday morning, while the weather office announced that more heavy showers were in store.
The present weather conditions would continue till the weekend and it would get sunny only after Sunday, according to the Met Department.
RSS Workers Attacked in Kerala
The two RSS workers were injured in a clash with 2 Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) workers near Pettah in Trivandrum on Wednesday. Case registered against the 2 DYFI activists.
Rahul Gandhi to Address Party Minority Cell Members
Congress president Rahul Gandhi will address the party minority cell members on Thursday, 7 February in New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
Virginity Test Will Now Be Punishable Offence in Maharashtra
Forcing a woman to undergo virginity test will be made a punishable offence, the Maharashtra government said on Wednesday.
Certain communities in the state follow a custom whereby a newly-wed woman has to prove that she was virgin before the marriage.
7 Days After He Went Missing, Financier’s Body Fished out from Canal
After a marathon search that lasted for a week, the Ghaziabad Police have fished out the body of a financier from the Agra canal near Haryana’s Palwal town, police said Wednesday.
The body of Rahul Sharma was recovered Tuesday. He was allegedly killed by one Arun Nehra over a monetary dispute in Dhuai village, they said.
UP Board Exams To Begin Today
Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma conducts surprise inspection at Navyug Kanya Vidyalaya in Rajendra Nagar as high school and intermediate examinations of the UP Board begin on Thursday.
Trains Services Hit in Delhi
Sixteen trains to Delhi running late due to fog.
PM Modi to Flag off Vande Bharat Express on 15 February
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off India’s first engineless train Vande Bharat Express on February 15 from the New Delhi Railway station, a senior official of the ministry told PTI.
Train 18, which was recently named Vande Bharat Express by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, has been manufactured by the Integral Coach Factory, Chennai.
US, European Scholars Come out in Support of Teltumbde
Coming out in support of Dalit scholar Anand Teltumbde more than 600 scholars from top US and European universities have issued a joint statement urging the governments of India and Maharashtra to bring the alleged “witch-hunt” to an immediate halt.
Indian Americans Charged with Murder-For-Hire
Indian American Narsan Lingala and his girlfriend Sandya Reddy have been charged with trying to hire a hitman to kill the former’s estranged wife.
Lingala, 55, who has been charged by criminal complaint with one count of murder-for-hire was produced before US Magistrate Judge Michael A. Hammer in Newark federal court and was held without bail.
Snow Clearing Operations Underway
Snow clearing operation is underway in Jammu and Kadhmir’s Rajouri following fresh snowfall in the area.
Fire Breaks Out in Kolkata’s Market
Fire broke out on Wednesday, 6 February, in Kolkata’s Sapooji market in Newtwon. No injuries have been reported.
Maha Educationist’s Daughter Advisor to Swedish PM
Nila Vikhe Patil, daughter of leading educationist Ashok Vikhe Patil, has been named political adviser in the Swedish Prime Minister’s Office.