ALL News Headlines 2020 March 2ND

Court fees

Court fees: The Assam government on Monday proposed the option of electronic payment of court fees, fines and stamp duty. Introducing The Court-Fees (Assam Amendment) Bill, 2020 in the Assembly, Law and Justice Minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya said people pay fees and fines though impressed or adhesive stamps, which are not readily available.

Nirbhya Case: The mother of the 2012 Delhi gang-rape and murder victim said on Monday the delay in the execution of the four convicts in the case was the “failure of the system and government”. “Why is the court taking so much time to execute its own order to hang the convicts? Repeated postponing of the execution shows the failure of our system. Our entire system supports criminals,” the mother was quoted as saying.”I am of the opinion that the death sentence cannot be executed pending the disposal of the mercy petition of the convict,” the judge said.

Jammu and Kashmir: The Jammu Municipal Corporation renamed the historic ‘City Chowk’, the commercial hub in old Jammu, as ‘Bharat Mata Chowk’ and Circular Road Chowk as ‘Atal ji Chowk’.Four months ago, the resolution demanding to rename City Chowk was moved by senior Deputy Mayor of the JMC, Purnima Sharma. Simultaneously, the resolution was adopted after it was passed by the general house of the JMC.

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ALL News Headlines 2020 February 28TH

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.

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ALL News Headlines 2020 February 26TH

Delhi Violence: Around 27 people, including one police man and an Intelligence Bureau officer, have been killed since Sunday in the violence that broke out in northeast Delhi, according to doctors from GTB (Guru Teg Bahadur) and Lok Nayak hospitals. Major clashes broke out between groups protesting in favour and against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in northeast Delhi on Sunday which progressed into full-fledged communal riots.

Nitish Kumar: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday said that children would be taught to keep off from the porn sites, which he said was a leading cause of crime against women. The awareness drive would be carried under “Unnayan” scheme, already in action in the state-run schools across Bihar, he said.

SC on Delhi Violence: A bench comprising Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph said it will not expand the scope of petitions filed in connection with the protests at Shaheen Bagh by looking into the pleas on violence. The Supreme Court on Wednesday termed unfortunate the incidents of violence in Delhi but refused to entertain pleas on them.

Google: Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai announced in a blog post today that the company is going to invest more than $10 billion in offices and data centres across the US this year. Google currently has a presence in 26 states across the US and all the investments made this year will be focused on 11 of those. Namely – Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington and California.

Rajnikant: Rajinikanth hit out at the Central government by saying, “It is an intelligence failure and hence home ministry also failed. Protests can happen peacefully but not in a violent manner. If violence breaks out, it should be dealt with iron hands,” ANI quoted Rajinikanth as saying.

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ALL News Headlines 2020 February 25TH

Trump Visit: India and the US on Tuesday finalised defence deals worth USD 3 billion, and signed three MoUs, including one in energy sector, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted that the two countries have decided to take Indo-US ties to comprehensive global partnership level.

Delhi Violence: The number of people who have died in the violence in the national capital has gone up to 13, as violence continues for a third day and the Centre, which is in charge of law and order in the city, do precious little to bring the situation under control. Delhi Police, which functions under the Union Home Ministry, on Tuesday claimed that the situation was under control. Special officers along with the additional forces are being deployed in violence-hit areas of Delhi.

Special Police Commissioner: The government appointed a 1985 batch IPS officer – S N Shrivastava from the CRPF  to Delhi Police. He has been appointed as special commissioner of police – law and order. Shrivastava was posted as special director general in Central Reserve Police Force.

Himachal CM: Reacting to the incidents of violence in Delhi, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur Tuesday said only those who would say ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ will stay in India. Responding to media queries following the first sitting of the Vidhan Sabha’s Budget Session, Thakur said, “Bharat mein Bharat Mata ki Jai karne wala rahega… aur jo nahi bolega, jo Bharat ka virodh karega, sanvidhanik vyavasthaon ka sammaan nahi karega, niraadar karega, baar baar karega, unke baare mei nischit roop se vichar karne ki aavyashakta hai

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ALL News Headlines 2020 February 24TH

SEBI Market Review

Markets regulator Sebi on Monday reviewed the margin framework for cash and derivatives segments, in order to bring more efficiency in the risk management system. The move has been taken to keep pace with the changing market dynamics and to bring more efficiency in the risk management framework.

Credit Slowdown: The biggest challenge that the banks face currently is a slowdown in credit growth, said Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das at a media event on Monday. The growth in credit has moderated to 7-7.5 per cent this year, Shaktikanta Das also said, adding, it needs to improve and the central bank is taking steps in this regard. The slow credit uptake affects the profitability of the banks and therefore, the focus of the banks should be on prudent lending, Shaktikanta Das added.

Gangster extradited: Fugitive gangster Ravi Pujari who is wanted in many heinous crimes, including murder and extortion, was brought in the early hours of Monday from Senegal via France to Bengaluru, police said.

Sunni Waqf: The Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board on Monday said it will build a mosque as well as an Indo-Islamic research centre, a hospital and a library on the five-acre plot allotted to it following the Supreme Court’s Ayodhya verdict.

5G Smartphone: Chinese handset maker Realme on Monday launched first 5G smartphone models in India at a price starting Rs 37,999 onwards. While the new smartphone models in the Realme X50 Pro 5G series are the most expensive handsets from Realme, industry analysts see it of no value for customers in India in the absence of the 5G network.

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ALL News Headlines 2020 February 23RD

Safe Haven Assets

Sonbhadra Gold: The Geological Survey of India (GSI) has rejected claims of around 3000 tonnes of gold deposits in Uttar Pradesh’s Sonbhadra district, saying the estimated reserve is 160 kg. GSI Director General (DG) M Sridhar told PTI in Kolkata on Saturday evening that, “The mineralised zone having an average grade of 3.03 grams per tonne of gold is tentative in nature and the total gold which can be extracted from the total resource of 52,806.25 tonnes of ore is approximately 160 kg and not 3,350 tonnes as mentioned in the media.

Kashmir: The US President Donald Trump’s upcoming visit of India has caused fear psychosis and panic among the Sikhs of Kashmir Valley as they are reminded of the ‘horror’ of the night of March 19, 2000, when as many as 35 members of the minority community were massacred by gunmen in Chattisinghpora village of southern Anantnag district during the then President Bill Clinton’s official visit of the country. Stating this, Jagmohan Singh Raina, chairman of All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC), an amalgam of J&K’s Sikh organisations, said that the Sikhs of the Valley have to face such fearful situation whenever a high profile foreign personality, especially, that from the USA visits India.

Happyness Class without Kejriwal

The US embassy issued a clarification on Sunday over Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and deputy CM Manish Sisodia’s omission from the list of dignitaries invited for US first lady Melania Trump’s Tuesday visit to a Delhi government school to witness a ‘happiness class’ in motion, said news agency ANI.

Bahubali Trump: U.S. president Donald Trump on Saturday said he was looking forward to being with his “great friends” in India next week as he retweeted a short video in which his face was superimposed on the hit movie-character Bahubali, showing the president as a great saviour bringing peace to his kingdom.

Lanka: Sri Lanka shall withdraw from co-sponsoring a 2015 UN Human Rights Council resolution on accountability for war crimes during his address at the council’s session on Wednesday, according to his office. Sri Lanka co-sponsored the resolution along with 11 other countries, including the US and Britain, calling for an investigation into alleged human rights violations during the island nation’s civil war, which ended in 2009.

Presidential Banquet: President Ram Nath Kovind will host a banquet for visiting US President Donald Trump on Tuesday. Eight chief ministers from Odisha, Bihar, Maharashtra, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Telengana and Karnataka for the presidential banquet.


 

ALL News Headlines 2020 February 22ND

Prime Minister

Justice Mishra Praised PM

Justice Arun Mishra of Supreme Court on Saturday praised  Prime Minister Narendra Modi and termed him as an “internationally acclaimed visionary” and a “versatile genius, who thinks globally and acts locally”. Delivering the vote of thanks at the inaugural function of the International Judicial Conference 2020 — ‘Judiciary and the Changing World’ at the Supreme Court, he said challenges faced by the judiciary at the national and international levels are common and the judiciary has a “significant role” in the ever-changing world.

MP Sterilisation program: The Madhya Pradesh government on Friday scrapped a controversial circular that set sterilisation targets for male multi-purpose health workers (MPHWs) and warned of salary loss for not meeting goals. The circular asked MPHWs to get at least one man sterilised in the current financial year, which ends on March 31 or else their salaries would be withheld and they would be given compulsory retirement. The Bharatiya Janata Party slammed the Kamal Nath government saying the circular reminded of the time of Emergency clamped in 1975-1977, in which family planning was allegedly carried out forcibly.

RBI: Reserve Bank of India Governor Shaktikanta Das has said four banks under the Prompt Corrective Action (PCA) framework are making efforts and they are being monitored. Currently, Indian Overseas Bank (IOB), Central Bank of India, UCO Bank and United Bank of India are under this framework, which puts several restrictions on them, including on lending, management compensation and directors’ fees.

Trump Visit: US President Donald Trump will raise the issue of religious freedom with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to India next week, the White House said on Friday, noting that the US has great respect for India’s democratic traditions and institutions. “President Trump will talk about our shared tradition of democracy and religious freedom both in his public remarks and then certainly in private. He will raise these issues, particularly the religious freedom issue, which is extremely important to this administration,” a senior official told reporters in a conference call.

Law Minister: There is a sinister trend by populist elements in India and globally to mount campaigns against the judiciary to try and influence court verdicts and the same should be reined in to ensure independence of judges is not affected and the rule of law is maintained, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Saturday. Prasad who was speaking at the international judicial conference organized by the Supreme Court of India said such populist elements seek accountability from courts on how cases should be decided and unleash “all forces of criticism” if judgments do not go according to their expectations. Such populism, he said, violates well-settled constitutional principles.

A day after the second complaint against deposed Bishop of Jalandhar Franco Mullakal surfaced, Kerala nuns fighting for justice for the victim asked church authorities not to shield him anymore and take action against him under Canon laws. “We are happy another nun has come out to narrate her plight. We want the church authorities to take action against him under relevant Canon laws. It is time for the church to stand with the victim, not the perpetrator,” said Sister Anupama who led the month-long fast in Kochi seeking the arrest of Mullakal in 2018. Five nuns of the Missionaries of Jesus congregation had come around the nun who raised rape charges against the bishop.

Sonvadra Gold: A day after reports claimed huge gold deposits being discovered in Uttar Pradesh’s Sonbhadra district, the Geological Survey of India (GSI) on Saturday denied any such discovery. The GSI said no discovery of any over 3,000-tonne gold deposit has been made in the state as claimed in various media reports. “Such data was not given by anybody from GSI…. GSI has not estimated such kind of vast resource of gold deposits in Sonbhadra district,” news agency PTI quoted GSI Director General (DG) M Sridhar, as saying.

President Trump’s Delegation

President Donald Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump will be accompanied by a 12-person official delegation including US ambassador to India Ambassador Ken Juster, Secretary Wilbur Ross, of Commerce Department; Secretary Dan Brouillette, of the Energy Department; Mick Mulvaney, Assistant to the President and Acting Chief of Staff National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien; Ivanka Trump, Assistant to the President and Advisor to President Jared Kushner, Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor to the President; Stephen Miller, Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor for Policy; Dan Scavino, Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor for Digital Strategy; Lindsay Reynolds, Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady; Robert Blair, Assistant to the President and Special Representative for International Telecommunication Policy and Senior Advisor to the Chief of Staff. Stephanie Grisham, Assistant to the President and Press Secretary and Director of Communications for the President and First Lady, will be part of the delegation.


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ALL News Headlines 2020 February 20TH

Mother Language Day:

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday spoke in 22 languages at an event to mark the International Mother Language Day. He urged all the citizens to take a pledge to promote mother tongue and also learn other languages.

Pakistan: Attorney General for Pakistan Anwar Mansoor Khan on Thursday submitted his resignation to President Arif Alvi.

Attorney General for Pakistan Anwar Mansoor Khan

In his resignation letter, a copy of which is available with Dawn.com, Khan said: “I note with profound regret that the Pakistan Bar Council, of which I am the Chairman, has demanded through its press release dated 19th of February 2020 that I resign forthwith from the Office of the Attorney General of Pakistan. The Dawn Reported.

Mamata on Hinduism

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said that Hinduism doesn’t shut the door for anyone. “Religion is culture, religion is unity, religion is love and the religion is making the poor strong. Hinduism doesn’t shut the door for anyone,” Mamata Banerjee said in an event by Bharat Sevashram.

Ram Mandir Trust: The officials of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust led by its president Mahant Nritya Gopal Das Maharaj on Thursday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and invited him to Ayodhya.

President Trump will visit Taj Mahal on February 24

The Taj Mahal will remain closed for the general public from 12 noon on February 24 during US President Donald Trump’s visit next week. Speaking to ANI, Vasant Kumar Swarnkar, Superintendent Agra Division, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) said, “Due to security reasons, Taj Mahal will be closed for public from 12 noon on the day when US President Donald Trump visits the monument.”

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ALL News Headlines 2020 February 18TH

Rakesh Maria: Former Mumbai police commissioner Rakesh Maria has claimed that Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) planned to project the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack as a case of ‘Hindu terror’ and Pakistani terrorist Mohammed Ajmal Kasab was scripted to die as Samir Chaudhari in Bengaluru. In his memoir Let Me Say It Now released on Monday, Rakesh Maria says Pakistan’s InterServices Intelligence (ISI) and LeT were striving to eliminate Kasab in jail as he was the key witness linking them with the attack. Dawood Ibrahim’s gang was tasked with eliminating him in prison. While describing LeT’s plan to project the 26/11 attack as ‘Hindu terror’, Maria writes, “If everything went according to plan, Kasab would have died as Samir Chaudhari and the media would have blamed ‘Hindu terrorists’ for the attack.”

Ram Lala: The idols of Ram Lalla which have been kept in the sanctum sanctorum of the makeshift temple in Ayodhya here will be shifted as construction of the Ram temple will begin from the site, the Ram Janmabhoomi temple’s chief priest said Tuesday. The idols will shifted to a place 200 m from the makeshift temple, priest Acharya Satyendra Das said.

Kambala season: This Kambala season in southern Karnataka has turned interesting with jockeys seting new records. Two records have been set in the past 15 days. Srinivas Gowda, nicknamed India’s Usain Bolt by clickbait media, created a record last week by covering 142.5 m on the Kambala track in a mere 13.62 seconds at Aikala on February 1. But wait till you hear this: Another jockey Nishanth Shetty covered 143 m in 13.61 seconds during the Kambala held at Venur on Sunday.

RSS Meeting: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh is holding a daylong meeting with 70 columnists from across India on Tuesday in an effort to clear misconceptions about the organisation, sources said. The 70 columnists attending Tuesday’s meeting write in different languages. The meeting, in Chhattarpur in New Delhi, is a closed-door meeting and the proceedings are ‘strictly confidential’, the sources said.


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Tuesday, Feb 18, 2020
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ALL News Headlines 2020 February 17TH

SC directs for Non-Combatant Permanent Commission of women in  Indian Army:

The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Centre to grant permanent commission to all women officers in the Indian Army within three months. It said – “For this reason, we have noticed that the engagement of women in the Combat Arms has been specifically held to be a matter of policy by the judgment of the Delhi High Court and which is not in question in the present appeals. …………That in our view is not the manner in which the steps taken progressively by the Union Government to bring women into the mainstream of the Army (except the Combat Arms) can be viewed. The salient decision of the Union Government to extend PCs to women SSC officers in all ten streams in which they are commissioned is a step forward in recognising and realising the right of women to equality of opportunity in the Army. This marks a step towards realising the fundamental constitutional commitment to the equality and dignity of women”.  Read the full judgment

Support for CAA: More than 150 eminent citizens, including former judges, top armed forces’ commanders, bureaucrats and academicians, have written to President Ram Nath Kovind in favour of the Narendra Modi government’s recent policies related to citizenship and their registration. The 154 prominent people have termed the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Register of Citizens (NRC) and National Population Register (NPR) as a “false and motivated campaign”.

Death warrant issued: Dharmender Rana, Judge, on Monday issued the black warrant to execute the four men, who raped and killed a young woman on her way home in December 2012, on March 3 at 6 am. In a six-page order, the judge Rana said putting off the date of execution any further would be “sacrilegious to the rights of the victim for expeditious justice”. This is the third death warrant to be issued by the court, ordering that the four condemned convicts – Mukesh Singh (32), Pawan Gupta (25), Vinay Sharma (26) and Akshay Thakur (31) – be “hanged by the next until they are dead on March 3”.

British MP ousted: The government has said that British parliamentarian who is claiming that she was denied entry into India, had her e-visa cancelled. Labour MP Debbie Abrahams claimed on Twitter that she was informed about her visa cancellation when she reached Delhi. “Ms Debbie Abraham was not in possession of a valid visa to visit India. Entry into the country was therefore denied,” home ministry sources said on Monday. “Her e-visa was cancelled and she was informed regarding the decision in advance. She didn’t have the visa when she landed at IGI airport,” the sources further said.

FATF on Pakistan: The FATF on Monday said several terrorist groups continue to benefit from funds raised through illegal activities and from supporters worldwide despite the international terror financing watchdog tightening the standards on flow of money. The week-long Financial Action Task Force plenary, currently on in Paris, will decide Pakistan’s fate — whether it will continue in the FATF’s ‘Grey List’, or will be put in the ‘Black List’ or escape from listing. Without naming Pakistan, the FATF said in a statement that terrorists use various methods to gain financing, including using social media to identify new followers and to solicit financial or other forms of material support.

SC on Shaheen Bag protest:

The Supreme Court said on Monday that people have a fundamental right to protest against a law but the blocking of public roads is a matter of concern and there has to be a balancing factor. Blockade of public road at Shaheen Bagh is “troubling us”, the Supreme Court said on Monday and suggested that the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protesters go to another site where no public place would be blocked.

Locals of Assam: A home ministry-appointed committee has recommended that two-third seats in the Assam assembly should be reserved for the indigenous people of the state and 1951 should be the cut-off year to define the local population, sources said on Monday.

Make in India: Government tenders worth about Rs 30,000 crore were cancelled because of discriminatory practices being followed, a top official said on Monday. Restrictive and discriminative tender practices prevent participation of domestic companies in government procurement, hurting ‘Make in India’ initiatives. The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) from time to time has intervened to change conditions in those tenders in order to promote ‘Made in India’ goods.

SEBI: Sebi chief Ajay Tyagi on Monday said it will soon come out with a circular to prevent incidents like Karvy Broking Services Ltd (KSBL), which had allegedly misused clients’s securities, and asserted that whatever action required will be taken. “We will just wait and see,” he said, referring to the dues to be paid by KSBL. As of February 14, Tyagi said the total dues of KSBL stood at Rs 1,189 crore.


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Monday, Feb 17, 2020
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