Golden Chariot: IRCTC Golden Chariot Luxury Train is superb! IRCTC is launching the revived Golden Chariot – one of the most luxurious train services for tourists, which covers tourist attractions in the state of Karnataka as well as other south Indian states. For the offering, IRCTC has joined hands with the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) to run the luxury service.
Economy: India’s economy grew 4.7% in the December quarter, official data showed on Friday. The government also revised the growth rate for the July-September quarter from 4.5% to 5.1%, prompting a top government official to declare that the economy’s growth decline had bottomed out. The revision for the September quarter was up sharply from the 4.5% preliminary report, which would have been the weakest growth in more than six years.
East zonal Council Meeting: Refraining from making any comment against the Narendra Modi government over the Delhi riots that have so far claimed 42 lives, West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Friday said it is necessary to restore peace, normalcy and bring the situation under control, instead of hankering for political supremacy.
Coronavirus: Researchers have for the first time described the pathology of the Chinese coronavirus which has so far killed 3,000 people and infected nearly 80,000 globally since its origin in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019. The research, published in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology, describes two patients who recently underwent lung surgery, and were found to have had novel coronavirus COVID-19, also known as SARS-CoV-2.
Pulwama terror attack: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday arrested an operative of terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), in the first major breakthrough in the Pulwama terror attack case that had killed at least 40 CRPF soldiers on February 14, 2019. The accused, Shakir Bashir Magrey is a resident of Hajibal, Kakapora, in Pulwama.
India-France relation: India and France on Friday emphasised the need to deny safe havens and sources of financing to terrorists as the two countries discussed ways to boost their cooperation to combat terrorism. The meeting of the bilateral joint working group on counter-terrorism in New Delhi condemned terrorism in all forms and manifestations and stressed the need to strengthen international cooperation to combat the menace in a comprehensive and sustained manner, according to a joint statement.
Sedition case: The Delhi government has given a go-ahead to the city police to prosecute former JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar and two others in connection with a 2016 sedition case, sources said on Friday. On January 14, the police had filed a charge sheet against Kumar and others, including former Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya.
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Kabul tour: Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla travelled to Kabul and called on acting Afghan Foreign Minister Haroon Chakhansur on Friday. He also had a meeting with Ghani’s National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib.
Mumbai: In a bid to maintain law and order in city after violent riots in Delhi killed 42 people, Mumbai police have imposed the unlawful assembly section (section 141) till March 9. According to a press note from the Mumbai police, under the Maharashtra Police Act 1951, deputy police commissioner issued a warning that five or more than five persons cannot assembly at one place.