Palestine: US President Donald Trump unveiled his long-awaited Middle East peace plan Tuesday, calling for the creation of a State of Palestine with its capital in portions of east Jerusalem, saying it is a “win-win” opportunity for both Israel and the Palestinians. The plan calls for the creation of a State of Palestine with its capital in portions of east Jerusalem, ending speculation as to whether his administration, in preparing a proposal without input from Palestinian leaders, would abandon a “two-state resolution” to the conflict.
Online Food Industry: India’s online food industry heading to become a $8 billion market by 2022 — growing at a CAGR of 25-30 per cent, a new report said on Tuesday. The report by Google and Boston Consulting Group (BCG) revealed that variety in cuisines (35 per cent) was one of the top reasons for recurrent use of online food ordering apps, followed by good discounts and convenience.
Prashant Kishor: Commenting on Prashant Kishor, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, without naming Kishor, made a statement saying ‘Someone wrote a letter I replied to it. Someone is tweeting, let him tweet. What do I’ve to do with it? One can stay in the party (JD-U) till he wants. He can go if he wants…Do you know how did he join the party? Amit Shah asked me to induct him,’ on Tuesday.
Sabarimala case: The Supreme Court on Tuesday said that it would not grant more than 10 days time to finish arguments on the issues arising out of Sabarimala case judgement, including women’s rights to enter their respective places of worship.
Traitor arrested: Delhi Police’s Crime Branch on Tuesday arrested JNU student Sharjeel Imam, booked in a sedition case, from Jehanabad area in Bihar, officials said. The PhD student at the Jawaharlal Nehru University’s Centre for Historical Studies has been booked in sedition cases lodged across several states for alleged “inflammatory” speeches made during protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.
Sebi approval: Quick service restaurant chain Burger King India has received markets regulator Sebi’s approval for an initial public offer. The company, which filed its draft IPO papers with the watchdog in November, obtained its final observations on January 24, as per the latest update with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi).
CORONA Virus: The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) top official on Tuesday said the organisation doesn’t recommend the evacuation of foreign nationals from China, which is in the middle of the raging novel Coronavirus outbreak, and urged the international community to remain calm.
Anurag Thakur: Defending BJP MP Anurag Thakur’s “desh ke gaddaron ko” remark at an election rally in Delhi, Karnataka Minister CT Ravi Tuesday said, “anti-nationals should get bullet, not biryani”. Ravi, who is Karnataka’s tourism minister, said people raising objections to Anurag Thakur’s remark were those who “opposed death to terrorists Ajmal Kasab and Yakub Memon, supported tukde tukde gang and spread lies against Citizenship Amendment Act”.
SC on SAT Comment: The Supreme Court has expunged adverse comments made by the Securities Appellate Tribunal (SAT) against market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) in a recent order pertaining to handling of an investors complaint. “We have no hesitation in stating that the Sebi as a regulator in the instant case has not performed its duties and has kept the complaint pending for more than six years which speaks volumes by itself. The tribunal fails to fathom as to why the complaint could not have been decided unless Sebi officials had a vested interest in not deciding the matter,” SAT had observed in an order dated November 14, 2019.
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Comedian Bar from travelling: Air India on late Tuesday night suspended Indian comedian Kunal Kamra from flying on any of the Indian aviation company’s flight until further notice, citing ‘unacceptable conduct’. Air India is the second aviation company to have restricted the comedian’s access to its airline services. Earlier on Tuesday, Kamra was suspended from travelling on IndiGo’s airline for six months after a video of Kamra surfaced online where he was seen heckling TV presenter Arnab Goswami on board a Mumbai-Lucknow flight.
Calcutta University: West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar was not allowed to attend the convocation of Calcutta University (CU). Students shouted ‘Go Back’ slogans and showed him black flags as soon as Dhankhar approached Nazrul Mancha auditorium in south Kolkata, where the convocation was held. Nobel laureate Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee was conferred an honorary D.Litt at the convocation ceremony. Since the governor had not yet signed the D.Litt certificate to be handed over to Banerjee, students allowed the governor to reach the ‘green room’ of the auditorium. Dhankhar signed the certificate in the green room, sitting next to Banerjee, and then moved out because the students had vowed not to allow him on the dais.
Tyler Prize: Indian environmental economist and UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Goodwill Ambassador Pavan Sukhdev has won the 2020 Tyler Prize, regarded as the “Nobel Prize for the Environment” for his groundbreaking “green economy” work.