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US, North Korea Officials Meet Ahead of Second Trump-Kim Summit
US Special Representative for North Korea, Stephen Biegun met with Special Representative of US Affairs of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Kim Hyok-chol, and agreed to meet again ahead of US President Donald Trump and DPRK Chairman Kim Jong Un’s second summit.
4 Trains Cancelled Amid Gujjar Agitation in Rajasthan
Four trains cancelled, seven trains were diverted following reservation movement by members of Gujjar community between Sawai Madhopur and Bayana railway stations in Rajasthan.
Lawyer Gautam Khaitan Sent to Judicial Custody
A Delhi court on Friday sought response from Enforcement Directorate on a bail application of lawyer Gautam Khaitan, who was sent to judicial custody in a fresh case of alleged possession and laundering of black money, PTI reported.
AgustaWestland Accused Gautam Khaitan Arrested in Fresh Case
Former Jharkhand Chief Secy Granted Bail in Fodder Scam Case
The Jharkhand High Court on Friday, 8 February, granted bail to former Jharkhand chief secretary Sajal Chakraborty in a fodder scam case.
He, however, will have to stay in the jail as he has not secured bail in another case of the fodder scam.
Fodder Scam: Lalu Yadav Surrenders Before CBI Court in Ranchi
Mysterious Explosion in Arun III Hydropower Project in Nepal
A mysterious explosion took place at Arun III Hydropower Project in Nepal. More details awaited.
India Sends Note Verbale to Pak Govt Over Hafiz Saeed’ Rally
India sent a Note verbale to Pakistan in protest against Hafiz Saeed’s rally on ‘Kashmir solidarity day’ in Pakistan.
“The Ministry registers its strong protest at the continued use of Pakistan controlled territory by extremist and terrorist elements to freely propagate and promote violence and terror against India,” the note read.
“Government of India once again calls upon the Government of Pakistan to fulfill its international obligations and abide by it bilateral commitment to not allow any territory under its control to be used for terrorism against India, in any manner,” it added.
HC Dismisses PIL to Regulate Netflix, Amazon Prime Video Content
The Delhi High Court dismissed a plea seeking framing of guidelines by government to regulate the functioning of online media streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.
A bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V K Rao rejected the petition after the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting informed it that online platforms are not required to obtain any licence from the ministry.
Punjab Govt Announces 6% Dearness Allowance Government Employees
Punjab Government has announced 6 percent Dearness Allowance (DA) to government employees and pensioners.
5.9 Magnitude Quake Hits Southern Philippines
A 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck at sea off the southern Philippine coast on late Friday, though there were no early reports of damage and the local seismology office said it expected none.
Kirori Singh Bainsla Holds Dharna on Rajasthan’s Rail Tracks
Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla is holding a dharna on rail tracks in Rajasthan’s Sawai Madhopur district. More details awaited.
US Not Seeking Action Against Sentinelese Tribe for Killing Missionary
The US is not pursuing action against the Sentinelese tribe members who killed an American missionary trying to enter their forbidden island, according to the top State Department official for religious freedom.
HC Grants Exemption to Arnab Goswami from Appearing in Defamation Case
The Delhi High Court granted exemption to TV journalist Arnab Goswami from personal appearance before a trial court till 15 March in a criminal libel complaint filed by an advocate for allegedly making defamatory remarks on a news channel.
Justice R K Gauba, before whom the matter was listed, also transferred it to a coordinate bench before whom other pleas connected to the incident are pending.
Maratha Reservation matter: HC Fixes 14 Feb as Next Date of Hearing
Bombay High Court fixed 14 February as the next date of hearing for Maratha reservation matter.
Delhi CM Convoy Attacked by Mobs, Nobody Hurt
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s convoy was attacked by mob armed with sticks. Nobody hurt, says official at Chief Minister’s Office
Sensex Plunges 424.61 Pts, Nifty Cracks 125.80 Pts
BSE benchmark Sensex plummeted over 424 points on Friday led by a sharp selloff in metal and auto stocks amid negative cues from the global markets on renewed concerns over the US-China trade tiff.
The 30-share index cracked 424.61 points, or 1.15 per cent, to finish at 36,546.48, while the broader NSE Nifty slumped 125.80 points, or 1.14 per cent to 10,943.60.
At Least 10 Dead in Fire at Football Club Facility in Brazil
Fire swept through a training facility for Brazil’s most popular football club Flamengo , killing at least 10 people.
The pre-dawn blaze in Rio de Janeiro hit a building that housed youth-category players aged 14 to 17.
7 Accused in Kawal Murders Given Life Imprisonment
The seven accused in Kawal murders case have been given life imprisonment, reported News18. The seven were accused in Muzaffarnagar riots in 2013.
DMK Petitions EC Seeking Holding of Bypolls to 21 TN Assembly Seats with LS Polls
DMK President M K Stalin today urged the Election Commission to hold by-polls for 21 vacant assembly seats in Tamil Nadu simultaneously with the Lok Sabha elections, due by May.
A delegation headed by Rajya Sabha MP and DMK leader Kanimozhi submitted a letter addressed to the EC by Stalin at the office of the poll panel in New Delhi, a party release said.
“We request the ECI to hold elections to the 21 Assembly seats along with election to 39 parliamentary seats in Tamil Nadu,” Stalin said in the letter, a copy of which was released to the media.
City Magistrate Starts Inquiry in Noida Hospital Fire
An inquiry was started today by the city magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar into the fire incident at the Metro Hospitals and Heart Institute in Noida, where several patients had to be evacuated after they were trapped inside the multi-storeyed building.
City Magistrate Shailendra Kumar Mishra said he has also called a meeting of experts from different departments to look into the incident.
Helicopter-Launched Anti-Tank Missile ‘Helina’ Test-Fired
India test-fired its helicopter-launched version of one of the most-advanced anti-tank weapons from the Odisha coast today.
Helina, the helicopter-launched version of the Nag anti-tank guided missile with a hit range of 7-8 km, was launched from an Army chopper. The weapon system was tested for its full range at 12.55 pm near the Integrated Test Range in Chandipur in Balasore district, defence sources said.
During the trial, the Helina was released smoothly from the launch platform, following which the missile tracked the target all through its course in order to strike with high precision.
Australian Parliament’s Computer Network Breached
Australia’s security agencies are investigating an attempt to hack the federal parliament’s computer network.
In a joint statement, parliament’s presiding officers Scott Ryan and Tony Smith reported a “security incident on the parliamentary computing network” occurred overnight and into Friday morning.
No data breach has been reported, and they said all passwords had been reset out of an abundance of caution, the officers said.
(Source: The Guardian)
Two Persons Killed in a Landslide on Jammu-Srinagar Highway
Two persons including an Assistant Accounts Officer (AAO) were killed in a landslide on Jammu-Srinagar Highway in Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir Friday, 8 February, officials said.
The victims were crossing a landslide zone on foot in Maroog area, when the landslide hit them, officials said.
The deceased have been identified as AAO Pramod Mankotia, resident of Himachal Pradesh, and Sanjit Lakara of West Bengal.
Fresh Snowfall, Rain Hits Himachal Pradesh
Shimla and Manali wrapped in a white blanket as fresh snowfall, rain hits Himachal Pradesh on Friday, 8 February.
12 Dead After Consuming Illicit Liquor in Roorkee
At least 12 people have died in Roorkee after consuming illicit liquor. 13 excise officials have been suspended in connection with the case.
Maoist Arrested in Connection to Killing of Two TDP Leaders
A Maoist named Damburu Khila was arrested by Odisha police in connection with the killings of TDP leaders Kidari Sarveswara Rao and Siveri Soma. The two leaders were murdered in September last year.
3 Police Personnel Trapped Due to an Avalanche Rescued in J&K
Three cops trapped inside their post, under a snow avalanche near Jawahar Tunnel on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway were rescued on Friday, officials said.
Efforts are on to rescue the seven other policemen still feared to be trapped.
The avalanche had hit the north portal of Jawahar Tunnel on the Qazigund side in Kulgam district on Thursday evening.
13 People Dead After Consuming Illicit Liquor in UP and Uttarakhand
At least 13 persons have died and many more have been admitted to the hospital after allegedly consuming illicit liquor on Friday, 8 February.
Eight victims have died in Uttarakhand’s Haridwar district, while the the rest five lost their lives in the neighbouring Sararanpur district in Uttar Pradesh.
SC Refuses to Entertain Sanjiv Bhat’s Plea Seeking Security for His Family
The Supreme Court Friday refused to entertain sacked IPS Officer Sanjiv Bhat’s plea seeking security for his family.
A bench of justices AK Sikri and S Abdul Nazeer asked Bhat to approach the Gujarat High Court with his plea.
Earlier on 4 October, the apex court had dismissed his wife’s plea challenging the police probe and his judicial custody in a 22-year-old case of alleged planting of drugs to arrest an advocate, and said that he could approach an appropriate forum for relief.
Rafale Issue Rocks Parliament; Houses Adjourned
Both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on Friday witnessed opposition uproar over the Rafale jet deal issue, leading to adjournment of the proceedings.
While the Upper House was adjourned for the day, Lok Sabha was adjourned till noon.
The Congress sought to raise the Rafale controversy, citing a news report which claimed the Defence Ministry had raised strong objections to “parallel negotiations” conducted by the PMO with France, which “weakened negotiating position of the Ministry of Defence and Indian Negotiating Team”.
Prima Facie Mayawati Must Pay Back Public Money Spent to Build Statues: SC
The Supreme Court on Friday, 8 February, observed prima facie BSP leader Mayawati has to pay back all the public money spent on statues, while hearing a plea seeking direction to restrain her from spending public money .
CJI Ranjan Gogoi has said that the plea will, however, be heard on 2 April.
Lalu Yadav Flays Nitish Over SC Order in Muzaffarpur Scandal
RJD national president Lalu Prasad has flayed his arch rival and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over Supreme Court’s order to transfer Muzaffarpur sex scandal to a POCSO court in Delhi.
The apex court Thursday came down heavily on the Bihar government for its management of 16 shelter homes in the state, other than that at Muzaffarpur, and warned that unsatisfactory response of its queries will force it to summon the chief secretary.
A bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, directed the Bihar government to render all assistance in smooth transfer of the Muzaffarpur case within two weeks.
J&K Police Face Difficulty to Reach Avalance Site
Strong wind and accumulation of snow on the path are making it difficult for the Jammu and Kashmir police team to reach the site of avalanche in Kulgam, where over ten people are trapped, reported ANI.
Vadra Called to ED Office Again
Robert Vadra has been called to Enforcement Directorate office again on Saturday, 9 February, for questioning in money laundering case, reported ANI.
AP Assembly Passes Reservation Bills
The Andhra Pradesh assembly on 7 February, passed Bills for 5 percent reservation for Kapu community and 5 percent for economically weaker sections in general category, reported ANI.
Bihar Woman Allegedly Gang Raped
A woman was allegedly gang raped by six men, while her father was tied up, on 4 February, in Bihar’s Kishanganj.
The police have registered a case and has arrested one of the accused, reported ANI.
Ahead of K’tka Budget Session, CM Removes Dissenting Cong MLA
Ahead of the Karnataka budget session, CM HD Kumaraswamy removed dissenting Congress MLA Dr Umesh Jadhav from his position as chairman of the Warehouse Corporation. Jadhav was replaced by Pratap Gowda Patil.