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Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district witnessed fresh snowfall after two weeks as Delhi woke up to palpably cool Sunday morning. According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), parts of Delhi NCR recorded a drop of 2-3 degrees Celsius in comparison to Saturday’s temperature.

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In view of the recent controversy involving singer Angarag Papon Mahanta, who allegedly molested a minor participant of a TV reality show, in which he is one of the judges, Maharashtra State Commission for Women chief Vijaya Rahatkar said the commission will issue notice to producers of the show regarding the “safety and dignity of children participating in it”.

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Over the past three years, the Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram, and Union Territories (AGMUT) cadre has passed five resolutions against alleged physical and mental harassment of officers in the capital. Of the five resolutions, one relates to the secretary of northwest Delhi MP Udit Raj allegedly assaulting the district magistrate and his staff over an encroachment drive. The other four — including the one passed after the alleged attack on Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash — are on alleged assault, action or statements by the Delhi government against officers.

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MORE THAN a month after a Pawan Hans chopper ferrying senior Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) officials crashed off the Mumbai coastline killing five of its officials, ONCG has asked its operators to submit a monthly report card entailing details of services undertaken in the said month. The report must give a summary of flights and whether they complied with flight safety rules and guidelines, sources said.

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Officers should let go of their “ego” and work for Delhi, said AAP MP Sanjay Singh on Saturday, even as Delhi L-G Anil Baijal met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh over the alleged assault of Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash. Employees and officers of the Delhi government, meanwhile, met cabinet secretary P K Sinha and reiterated that while communication would take place through ‘formal written channels’, meetings with AAP ministers would still be boycotted.

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The CPI(M)’s political stance at the national level programme is not decided by considering only the prevailing political situation in Kerala, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said at a party programme on Saturday. Replying to a debate on the third day of the ongoing party state conference, Yechury said CPI(M) stands not for Communist Party of Kerala (Marxist) but for Communist Party of India (Marxist). And the Congress, he reminded party colleagues, becomes CPI(M)’s main opponent only in Kerala, but that is not the case at the national scenario, where the Hindutva agenda of the RSS should be opposed.

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Union minister Uma Bharti on Saturday said the Ram Janmabhoomi movement was necessary because the demolition of the temple, and construction of the mosque, at the site in Ayodhya was not due to reasons of worship but to “demean” Hindus who prayed at the Ram temple.

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THE STUDENTS’ union of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has threatened the university authorities of serious consequences if anyone with “RSS ideology” attend its March 7 convocation ceremony, where President Ram Nath Kovind is the chief guest.

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Prime Minister Narendra Nodi launched several development programmes worth Rs 1,000 crore in Daman and Diu Saturday. He said these projects will boost tourism and help the common man in the Union territory. The PM inaugurated Air Odisha’s flight connecting Ahmedabad with Diu under the Centre’s regional connectivity scheme UDAN.

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On the 70th birth anniversary of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister late J Jayalalithaa, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched Amma Two-Wheeler Scheme, a state-funded project that was first announced by Jayalalithaa in her party’s manifesto for the 2016 elections.

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Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday cited the philosophy of the Lingayat community to criticise the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the start of the second leg of his pre-election tour of Karnataka. Rahul, who is travelling through the six districts of Bombay-Karnataka region, which has a large population of the Lingayat community, a strong support base of BJP over three days, extensively quoted the philosophy of Basavanna, the founder of the community, to question policies of the BJP.

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An expatriate, who returned to Kerala to start an automobile workshop in Kollam, allegedly killed himself after the CPI youth wing planted a flag on the land to apparently mark its protest against the venture. Alinkeezhil Sugathan, 64, from Vilakkodu in Kollam district, was found hanging from the beam of the shed erected for the workshop on Friday. He had kept three other ropes in the shed, apparently meant for his wife and two sons.

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THE Enforcement Directorate has expanded its probe against diamantaires Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi to include loans taken by them from 16 other banks over the past few years, apart from the Punjab National Bank. This may take the quantum of alleged losses caused by them to banks to nearly Rs 20,000 crore, said sources.

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LAWYER-ACTIVIST Prashant Bhushan on Saturday repeated his allegation of foul play in the death of Justice B H Loya, the Special CBI Judge hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case. Speaking at an event here, Bhushan said he had shown Loya’s medical reports to several doctors. “I have no doubt left in my mind that it was not a case of heart attack,” he said, adding that the reports showed the judge had some injury to his head and also indicated he could have been poisoned.

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Rajya Sabha TV will have separate editorial and business heads for the first time since it was founded in 2011. Television journalist Rahul Mahajan has been appointed as its Editor-in-Chief, while the Prasar Bharati CEO, Shashi Shekhar Vempati, who was given additional charge to run RSTV in August 2017, will continue as its CEO.

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A LOCAL traders’ body in Mussoorie has asked Kashmiris who sell garments from rented shops in the city to leave. Most of the shops have been rented out to them on an 11-month contract that ends on February 28, after which the Mussoorie Traders & Welfare Association wants the Kashmiris out.

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GUJARAT IPS officer Rajkumar Pandiyan’s lawyer on Saturday told the Bombay High Court that Pandiyan was not involved in the abduction of Sohrabuddin Shaikh, his wife and aide Tulsiram Prajapati in November 2005, and that the CBI had “fabricated” the case against him.

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In the first stand-alone visit by the Indian Foreign Secretary to China after the Doklam crisis was resolved, Vijay Gokhale quietly paid a visit to Beijing on Friday, with the two sides agreeing on a roadmap for the coming year, including discussions on visits by respective foreign ministers and other officials.

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Oriental Bank of Commerce’s (OBC) loans to Delhi jeweller Dwarka Das Seth International and its owner Sabhya Seth turned non-performing asset (NPA) in 2014 but the bank approached the CBI only on August 16, 2017 — after the company had folded up and Seth fled the country, according to the bank’s complaint to the agency.

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ALONGSIDE cases by Central agencies, the Mumbai Police are now probing diamantaire Mehul Choksi in a separate case of alleged cheating after a Madhya Pradesh-based franchisee of their flagship company Gitanjali Jewellers lodged a complaint with the Economic Offences Wing (EOW). The franchisee has claimed that conditions of the franchise agreement were violated and she had been duped of Rs 10.47 crore.

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Stepping up its offensive against the BJP government over the alleged banking scams, the Congress on Saturday demanded that accountability of the finance ministry, Reserve Bank of India and the management of defaulting banks be fixed in the next 60 days.

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The debate over a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court overruling another three-judge bench in a land acquisition matter on February 8 will now be considered by a five-judge bench of the court. The five-judge bench comprising Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan will hear on March 6 two cases that were likely to be impacted by the February 8 order. These matters were referred to CJI Misra by two separate two-judge benches on February 22 with a request to refer it to an “appropriate” or “larger” bench for resolution.

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A day after a Supreme Court lawyer filed a complaint with National Commission for Protection of Child Right (NCPCR) against Angarag Papon Mahanta for alleged “sexual assault” of a teen contestant, the playback singer on Saturday quit as a judge in the singing reality TV show.

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Three CPI(M) activists were arrested on Saturday in connection with the murder of Youth Congress local leader S P Shuhaib in Kannur. Shuhaib was hacked to death by a gang on February 12. Earlier, police had arrested two persons, both CPI(M) workers allegedly involved in the killing of an RSS worker in Kannur in 2016.

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A red alert has been sounded in Ambala Cantonment area after an intelligence input said anti-national elements may try to disturb peace in the station. An advisory issued by the Cantonment Board states, “There are intelligence inputs that certain anti-national elements may try to disturb peace in the station. A red alert has been sounded to avert any untoward situation.”

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An FIR was lodged against unidentified persons after stones were pelted at the Sunjuwan military station in the wee hours of Friday, nearly two weeks after six jawans and a civilian were killed in a terror attack in the area. Stones were pelted at a sentry post on the station’s rear side, near the area from where terrorists had entered the family quarters inside the station. The sentry on duty did not open fire considering the safety of civilians in the neighbourhood as no one was visible in the dark. The stonepelting stopped after he challenged the miscreants, sources said.

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The Jaish-e-Mohammed has started pushing terrorists into Jammu and Kashmir from Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan, sources said. All the three terrorists who were killed by security forces during the attack on Sunjwan military station earlier this month were operating in FATA and had been pushed into the Valley a few months ago.

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The Jammu and Kashmir DGP has pulled up the IG (Traffic) over “strange activities” while managing traffic and advised him to refrain from such acts. “A number of videos, posts and pictures are being circulated on social media in which you are seen moving in civvies on the roads, doing strange activities unwarranted of a police officer. Other videos uploaded by some commuters allege manhandling, using of abusive language and damage to their property like cell phone, helmets, spectacles and vehicles,” DGP S P Vaid wrote in a letter to IG (Traffic) Basant Rath.

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Sohan D Shira, Meghalaya’s most wanted militant leading the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), was killed in an encounter by state police commandos on Saturday, three days short of voting day in the hill state. A police officer in Shillong said Shira was tracked down at Achakpek, 120 km from Tura, the most important town in the Garo Hills, early Saturday morning by commandos of the Special Force 10 (SF-10), and shot after a gunbattle between the two sides that lasted about two hours.

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A 13-year-old girl allegedly committed suicide on Friday after she confronted her senior in school who had allegedly been teasing and harassing her. The boy is absconding. Police believe the girl may have consumed a poisonous substance in school but started showing symptoms only after reaching home.

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The Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research (IISER) on Friday defended its decision to include a question on the controversial comments made by Union Minister of State (MoS) Satya Pal Singh on Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.

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Waiting to cross National Highway-77 to get home after their school closed on Saturday afternoon, nine schoolchildren died after a speeding vehicle hit them at Minapur, in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district. About a dozen other students were reportedly injured, and are being treated at Muzaffarpur’s Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital. The errant driver fled the scene immediately, police said.

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The Odisha government on Friday filed for geographical recognition for the Odishara Rasagulla with the Geographical Indications Registry (GI) office based in Chennai. Secretary of Odisha’s Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Department L N Gupta told The Indian Express that “his department filed the necessary paperwork”.

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The arrest of a 37-year-old man by Bengaluru Police for possession of a prohibited category of bullets has led to speculation of a breakthrough in the six-month-old mystery surrounding the killing of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh outside her residence in Bengaluru in September last year.

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The debate over a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court overruling another three-judge bench in a land acquisition matter on February 8 will now be considered by a five-judge bench of the court. The five-judge bench comprising Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan will hear on March 6 two cases that were likely to be impacted by the February 8 order. These matters were referred to CJI Misra by two separate two-judge benches on February 22 with a request to refer it to an “appropriate” or “larger” bench for resolution.

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Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal on Saturday briefed Home Minister Rajnath Singh on the tussle between AAP government and its bureaucracy in wake of the alleged assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash by party MLAs at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence, an official said.

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The BJP MLA from Khatauli in Muzaffarnagar, Vikram Singh Saini, has said that the family planning ideal of “hum do, hamare do” should be applied to those who now follow the principle of “hum do, hamare 25”, and demanded that Hindus should be allowed to produce more children until a law is passed to control the country’s population.

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India is going to have the largest working population by 2022 when it will be in a position to supply workers to the world, former President Pranab Mukherjee Saturday said. At that time, there will be shortage of working hands elsewhere in the world and the country will have ‘demographic advantage’, Mukherjee said.

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BJP leader Mukul Roy was appointed as the convenor of the panchayat committee formed by the West Bengal BJP leadership to look into the upcoming rural polls in the state. BJP sources said the party wants to utilise the organisational skills of Roy in the polls and being the convenor of the panel, he will call the shots.

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Days after holding an all party meet on Cauvery issue, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami today urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take steps to set up the Cauvery Management Board and the Cauvery Water Regulatory Committee. Palaniswami made the request at the Tamil Nadu government’s subsidised two-wheeler launch programme for women beneficiaries which the Prime Minister inaugurated.

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Lawyer-activist Prashant Bhushan Saturday demanded a judicial inquiry or a probe by a special investigation team into the death of judge B H Loya, who presided over the Sohrabuddin Shaikh ‘fake’ encounter case trial. Addressing a press conference here, Bhushan claimed that Loya didn’t die of heart attack as claimed by the government authorities. This should be investigated, the lawyer said.

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The Reserve Bank has set an April 30 deadline for all banks to link the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications (SWIFT) with their core banking solution (CBS), the apex body of bankers has said. Indian Banks Association (IBA) chairperson Usha Ananthasubramanian said there is an urgency to fast-track SWIFT-CBS linkage.

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Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has described Prime Minister Narendra Modi as his favourite entrepreneur saying he admires Modi’s entrepreneurial skills and commitment to progressive economic reforms in India. Khosrowshahi also discussed with PM Modi ways to create economic opportunities for a new generation of micro-entrepreneurs and help India become a $5 trillion economy by 2025, an Uber statement said in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday took a dig at the previous Congress regime and said Tamil Nadu got higher funds allocations and projects with huge investments under his National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government. “When there was a Congress-led government at the Centre, Tamil Nadu had received Rs 81,000 crore under the 13th Finance Commission. After the NDA came to power, Tamil Nadu received Rs 1,80,000 crore under the 14th Finance Commission,” PM Modi said while addressing a gathering in Chennai.

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New Delhi Television Ltd (NDTV) on Saturday said the Delhi High Court has directed the tax department not to take any coercive action against it for a period of 10 days in case the assessing officer in the Rs 436.80 crore tax case for 2009-10 rejects the stay. The Income Tax Department has levied a penalty of Rs 436.80 crore for assessment year 2009-10 on NDTV and the news channel has filed a writ petition against the order by the I-T Department.

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Founder member of Bharatiya Jana Sangh and former MP Bhanu Kumar Shashtri died here Saturday at the age of 93 after prolonged illness . His mortal remains were consigned to flames at Ashok Nagar crematorium in the presence of his well-wishers including several political leaders. He was elected as MP from Udaipur and was also chairman of Khadi Board.

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A joint forum of employees and officers of the Delhi government on Saturday met Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha to raise the issue of alleged assault on chief secretary Anshu Prakash and apprised him about the “difficult working condition” prevailing in the AAP dispensation. In the meeting, the episode over the past few years and the immediate one with Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash were detailed, the forum said in a statement.

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Authorities in Jammu and Kashmir today issued a medium-danger avalanche warning and advised people to take precautionary measures after high-altitude areas of the state received fresh snowfall, an official said. Higher reaches of the state have been receiving snowfall since last night and intermittent rainfall has lashed the plains, including the twin capitals Srinagar and Jammu.

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Sixteen people have been arrested in connection with the brutal lynching of a tribal youth in Attapadi region of Palakkad district whose death sparked a widespread outcry in the state. The accused have been charged with sections of murder and will be produced in court on Monday. Confirming the development, Agali DYSP T K Subrahmanyan said that more people are under custody and being interrogated.

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BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav on Saturday slammed Congress leader Shashi Tharoor for comparing Meghalaya’s regional National People’s Party (NPP) with the wagging tail of a dog – the BJP – and said the leader was at “his indecent best” and that it is “an insult to the people of Meghalaya”.

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Jammu and Kashmir police chief S P Vaid has taken a serious note of the working of a senior officer recently assigned to streamline traffic in the state and warned him against “strange activities”. Inspector General of Police, Traffic, Basant Rath was in the limelight for his style of functioning after taking charge about a fortnight back, moving around in civvies on the city roads to check traffic violations in the winter capital.

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A 20-year-old woman who did not want to get married to the man her parents chose, conspired a killing with her lover and set the groom on fire two days before marriage in a village in Telangana. The 22-year-old groom, B Yakaiah, succumbed to injuries at a private hospital Saturday morning. On February 19 evening his fiance Aroji Aruna and her lover Aroji Balaswamy poured petrol and set him on fire outside her house in Madharam village in Jangaon district. Yakaiah at the hospital  gave a dying declaration accusing Aruna and Balaswamy of setting him on fire. They were supposed to get married on February 21.

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The passports of diamantaire Nirav Modi and owner of Gitanjali Gems Mehul Choksi, the main accused in the Rs 11,400 crore PNB scam, have been revoked, external affairs ministry sources said on Saturday. On the advice of the Enforcement Directorate (ED), the ministry had suspended the validity of their passports with immediate effect for a period of four weeks on February 16 and given one week’s time to them to respond as to why their passports should not be impounded or revoked.

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In the wake of another bank fraud by a Delhi-based diamond jeweller, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday hit out at the Narendra Modi-led government and said the accused in the case “disappeared” like diamantaire Nirav Modi and liquor baron Vijay Mallya while the government looked the other way. The promoters of Dwarka Das Seth International, a Karol Bagh-based company, were booked by the CBI for an alleged fraud of Rs 389.85 crore towards Oriental Bank of Commerce.

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Demanding a thorough probe by the RBI into the alleged Rs 11,400-crore PNB fraud, the Congress today said the Prime Minister should assure the nation that accountability of the finance ministry, the Reserve Bank of India and the management of defaulting banks would be fixed within 60 days.

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A 12-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a 30-year-old man in a village under Gopiganj police station area in Bhadohi, police said on Saturday. SP Sachindra Patel said she was taken to a secluded spot on Friday night by the accused and raped.

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Beginning March 1, seven judges of the Supreme Court will retire this year. The apex court is already short of six judges even as a recommendation for appointing two judges is pending with the government.

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An 18-year-old Keralite law student has filed a police complaint alleging cyber bullying by right-wing groups after she posted a poem on her Facebook page on taboos attached to menstruation. The abusers alleged that the poem on a menstruating goddess hurt their religious sentiments, Navami Ramachandran from Mallappally in Pathanamthitta district said. The woman claimed she received threats on social media.

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A heavily drunk man bit a snake at his farm in Morena, Madhya Pradesh and killed the reptile. Doctors who treated the man said the snake was a venomous one and he was lucky to have survived. The incident happened on Friday at Pacher village in Sabalpur tehsil, some 40 kilometres from Morena, they added.

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The bye-polls to a Lok Sabha and two assembly seats in Bihar will be the first electoral test of the BJP-JD(U) alliance with incarcerated RJD chief Lalu Prasad making it a prestige battle to underline his party’s strength ahead of the next parliamentary elections.

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The RedInk Awards is inviting journalists to send in their entries, videos or print stories, for National RedInk Awards for Excellence in Journalism, 2018. The deadline for the first round of individual entries is February 28. For editor/institutional nominations of their best stories, the door is still open till 15 March.

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An FIR has been lodged against four persons for allegedly making derogatory remarks against Hindu Gods, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Yodi Aditynath on social networking sites, police said Saturday. On the complaint of a local BJP leader, Dharam Dev Singh, the FIR was lodged against Sahil, Indal Kumar, Anil and Sunny Kumar of Baradeeh Lavie Patti Sathava village under Bhimpura police station area yesterday, police station incharge Jagdish Prasad said.

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Congress leader P Chidambaram today claimed that the participants of a business meet have opined that the10 years of the UPA rule saw the best decadal growth, and the Gross Domestic Product in current prices increased four times in rupee terms.

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An FIR has been lodged against four persons for allegedly making derogatory remarks against Hindu Gods, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Yogi Aditynath on social networking sites, police said on Saturday. On the complaint of a local BJP leader, Dharam Dev Singh, the FIR was lodged against Sahil, Indal Kumar, Anil and Sunny Kumar of Baradeeh Lavie Patti Sathava village under Bhimpura police station area on Friday, police station incharge Jagdish Prasad said.

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The US President’s son heaped praise on the Indian media and complained of coverage at home, as he neared the end of a whirlwind trip across India promoting Trump-brand luxury real estate. Donald Trump Jr. said at an Indian business summit Friday that life since his father’s election “has been difficult from a family standpoint,” but that he’d enjoyed the coverage he’d received during this trip. “I love the Indian media. They are so mild and nice,” he said to audience laughter, describing how he felt his comments have at times been twisted by some US news outlets. Even when Indian outlets are aggressive in their coverage: “They’ve at least been fair,” he said.

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A House panel of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly has urged the government to effectively implement a ban on polythene bags in the state. The committee on environment, headed by CPI(M) MLA M Y Tarigami, met in Jammu on Friday said the government should strictly impose the complete ban on polythene bags. It also expressed concern over the slow pace of construction work on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway from Ramban to Banihal.

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The IISER, in an examination, asked what was wrong with Union minister Satyapal Singh’s argument criticising Charles Darwin’s theory, with the dean of the institute saying that the question was “aimed at testing logical thinking of the students”. Sanjeev Galande, Dean of Research and Development at the IISER said the question was why the quoted argument cannot be correct and it was about the logic and not about the statement.

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The Kolkata Police has arrested a suspected member of terrorist outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) for alleged links to the Bodh Gaya bomb case, a senior police official said Saturday. The man, in his early 20s, has been identified as Nur Alam and was picked up from Dhuliyan in West Bengal’s Murshidabad district yesterday, the official said.

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Veteran journalist and editor-in-chief of Delhi-based National Herald, Neelabh Mishra, died at a private hospital here Saturday following an illness. Congress chief Rahul Gandhi condoled the demise of Mishra, and described him an as “editor’s editor.”

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Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s list of nine alleged Canada-based Khalistani operatives submitted to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Amritsar on Wednesday includes six alleged members of International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF), and three linked to Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) and Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF).

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Pakistani troops Saturday violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri sector of Jammu and Kashmir, prompting retaliatory fire from the Indian Army, an official said. The Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked firing on Indian posts along the LoC in Uri sector in Baramulla district of north Kashmir around 11.50 am, an Army official said.

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The Enforcement Directorate on Saturday attached 21 properties of diamond merchant Nirav Modi group, including flats and farmhouses, worth over Rs 523 crore in connection with the Rs 11,400 crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case. PTI quoted officials as saying that the properties have been attached under anti-money laundering law.

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Gitanjali Gems promoter Mehul Choksi has written to his employees saying a situation of “fear and injustice” has been created against him and the company. Choksi, who is accused of defrauding Punjab National Bank of Rs 11,400 crore, added that he is facing problems due to the manner in which multiple investigating agencies, which are “hell bent on stopping the operations”, have started to “create havoc”.

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The CBI has registered a case against a Delhi-based diamond jewellery exporting company and its directors after receiving a complaint from Oriental Bank of Commerce, which alleged a fraud to the tune of Rs 389.85 crore, reported news agency PTI. Dwarka Das Seth International Pvt Ltd, a Karol Bagh based company, deals with manufacturing and trading of diamond, gold and silver jewellery.

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The Gujarat High Court on Friday issued notices to the Election Commission of India and BJP leaders, among others, on four separate election petitions moved by Congress leaders challenging the recently held Assembly results where they were defeated by the BJP. Among the petitioners are Dhirajlal Madhavjibhai Kalathiya, who lost Botad Assembly seat to current state energy minister Saurabh Patel by a margin of 906 votes.

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Uttar Pradesh BJP MLA Vikram Saini on Friday said Hindus should not stop producing children until a law for population control is passed. “Until a law on population control comes into existence, my Hindu brothers, you should not stop. You should keep producing babies,” Saini, who represents Khatauli constituency in Muzaffarnagar district, said while addressing a population control campaign programme.

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Top Congress and NCP leaders in Maharashtra are working to expand their secular credentials by exploring the possibility of getting onboard smaller regional forces and individual leaders to reassert their opposition space against the ruling BJP.

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India has a long history of development of railways. Over the past 180 years, a huge network of rail lines and stations have been developed. Rail networks were brought into the centre of cities and as a result, the city centres further got intensified and cities spread outward. Over the decades, rail stations emerged as significant urban nodes with commercial developments all around, attracting heavy traffic congestion and strained infrastructure. Even so, these centrally located areas, owing to their intrinsic characteristics, have also become expensive locations. Large tracts of land acquired by the railways in the yesteryears for operational, residential and other purposes have now become prime real estate. Buildings have either become obsolete, derelict or even abandoned. Currently, Indian railways has a portfolio of around 43,000 hectares of land and is perhaps the largest land holder in the country.

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Wary of scrutiny in the wake of the Rs 11,400 crore financial fraud by Nirav Modi and the case against Rotomac Global for defrauding Rs 3,695 crore, banks are rushing to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against more businessmen for defaulting on loans. Over the last few days, the CBI has received two new complaints, including a second case in Punjab National Bank (PNB), that involve either loans that turned into non-performing assets (NPA) or fraud that was committed several years ago.

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If the public feels that journalists have given up their role of a watchdog to become a guard dog for those in authority and power, it does not bode well for a democratic society, former Chief Justice of India Justice R M Lodha warned here Friday. He called on the media not to succumb to pressure or intimidation that could curtail “freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution.” Calling an independent judiciary and independent media the “heart and soul of Constitutional democracy,” Justice Lodha said that it’s only when these two pillars are strong that citizens feel empowered and their rights secured.

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Outgoing Supreme Court judge Amitava Roy Friday cautioned his warring colleagues against projecting “a fractured face” since that would lead to the institution losing credibility which in turn would undermine the rule of law. “You must have noticed that in spite of all the reservations that many may have about the judicial process… people flock to the courts, seeking refuge for justice. And it is because of the credibility this institution enjoys, the trust which it enjoys. Therefore, in no case, I believe it’s my feeling, I don’t intend at all to show disrespect to anyone or any institution, in my perception and in my assessment, I feel that we cannot in any way project a fractured face to anyone,” Justice Roy, who is retiring this month-end, said at a farewell meet organised by the Supreme Court Bar Association.

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A meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and the leader of the Congress is scheduled to be held on March 1 to discuss the appointment of Lokpal, the Supreme Court was informed Friday. The post has been vacant since the law for a Lokpal was passed in 2013. Attorney General K K Venugopal conveyed word on the proposed meeting to a bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi when a contempt petition filed by NGO Common Cause came up for hearing.

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Sending a clear and firm message to visiting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over his government’s perceived soft stand on pro-Khalistan elements in Canada, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday said “those who try to use communal sentiments and want to build separatist divides… who want to challenge our country’s sovereignty, unity and integrity” will never be tolerated. Trudeau made no mention of the challenges that terrorism, extremism and separatism pose but a joint statement on “Framework for Cooperation between India and Canada on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism” was issued later. It said that “the framework is based on fundamental respect for the sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of India and Canada”.

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Causing further embarrassment to a party already in crisis, AAP MLA Naresh Balyan Friday said at a public meeting that bureaucrats who delay files or refuse to work, deserve to be thrashed. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Social Welfare Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam were at the same meeting.

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SASHASTRA SEEMA Bal (SSB) personnel allegedly forcibly freed their commandant, who was arrested on the charge of murder, from the custody of officers of Diamond Harbour police in South 24 Parganas on Friday. They later handed over the commandant to the police following the intervention of senior officials. Diamond Harbour police on Friday arrested SSB Commandant Deepak Kumar Singh, SSB personnel Amitabha Pramanik and cable operator Mozammel Mondal in connection with the alleged murder of Atif Jamadar, a local resident, during a raid in Sirsha town of the district, police said.

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IN THE Sohrabuddin Shaikh alleged fake encounter case, the defence advocate for IPS officer Rajkumar Pandian claimed on Friday there was “fabrication” of evidence against him by the investigating agencies. Senior counsel Mahesh Jethmalani, representing Pandian before the Bombay High Court in the appeal against his discharge by the trial court, referred to witness statements as well as other evidence before the court while making the claim.

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The CBI is questioning four top officials of Punjab National Bank (PNB) in connection with the Rs 11,400-crore loan fraud allegedly pulled off by billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi and his family, sources have said. Two of these officials are at the General Manager-level, while the two others are at the Deputy General Manager-level, the sources added. The agency did not disclose their names as they were not being questioned as suspects at the moment and were only being questioned to understand the intricacies of the scam, the auditing lacunae and the gaps in internal controls that led to the fraud.

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Vadgam MLA and Dalit activist Jignesh Mevani has raised questions on his safety and security after a discussion on a Whatsapp group called ‘ADR Police & Media’, which has members from the media and senior police people, went viral on Friday. In the whatsapp group, two videos — one in which a group of policemen are seen beating up a person dressed up like a politician and the other in which UP CM Yogi Adityanath in an interview, is answering questions around encounters done by the UP police– were uploaded after which a message by the DySP of Ahmedabad rural appeared. “Those who want to be the baap of police and call the police as ‘lakhota’ (marbles) and those who take videos of police should remember that with people like you, the police will be like this. Scores will be settled. ‘ Gujarat Police’,” reads the message.

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Agitating farmers blocked a State Highway in Haryana’s Hisar district for 20 hours to stage their protest against arrests of farmer leaders on Wednesday and Thursday. Farmer unions had announced to march towards the national capital in their tractor trolleys as part of their stir “Delhi gherao” to press for their demand of farm loan waiver and remunerative prices for their crops. However, the police accompanied by paramilitary forces stopped them at different places and arrested activists.

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THE ELECTION Commission (EC) on Friday announced biennial polls to 58 Rajya Sabha seats from 16 states, including constituencies represented by cabinet ministers Arun Jaitley, Dharmendra Pradhan, Ravi Shankar Prasad, J P Nadda and Thaawar Chand Gehlot. Voting will be held on March 23 and the results will be announced the same day. The EC will also hold a bypoll to fill the Kerala seat that was represented by JD(U) leader Veerendra Kumar, who resigned in December in protest against his party’s decision to support the NDA.

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Hindu Ekta Manch president Vijay Kumar Sharma is cut up about prohibitory orders being imposed for a month in Kathua district from February 20. “We have heard of prohibitory orders for a few days, but what is this one month?” he asks, adding that the Manch had to defer plans for a bandh in Hira Nagar, a tehsil in the district. Formed days after the first arrest in the rape and murder of a seven-year-old Bakherwal girl last month in Rasana village, this new Hindu organisation had planned the bandh to press for the case to be transferred to the CBI. “We have given the government till February 28 to meet our demand,” says Sharma, who is also a J&K BJP secretary.

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The National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS) will cover an estimated 9.91 crore households across the country, and beneficiaries have been selected on the basis of “deprivation and occupational criteria” as per Socio-Economic and CastE Census (SECC) data, according to a communication from the Union Health Ministry to state governments. A National Health Agency (NHA) is also to be set up to manage NHPS, the letter from Union Health Secretary Preeti Sudan to all state Chief Secretaries stated.

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The Election Commission (EC) on Friday pulled up Madhya Pradesh minister and BJP MLA Yashodhara Raje for violating the model code of conduct by “intimidating” voters in a village while campaigning for bypolls. Raje, addressing a meeting in Parora village, had told voters that they will not be guaranteed water supply if they vote for the hand symbol (Congress). Although Raje said the statement was made in a private meeting and, hence, did not amount to model code violation, the EC felt otherwise.

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Niti Aayog, the Centre’s think tank which is undertaking development of the National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS), has sought assistance from former UIDAI chairman Nandan Nilekani to build a system based on Aadhaar, a senior government official said. “Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant had reached out to him (Nilekani) to seek his opinion on the IT architecture for NHPS. There was a meeting regarding that between them and other officials of the programme on Wednesday,” the official said. It was not decided whether there will be such interactions in future, the official added.

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The appointment of the son of PDP vice-president Sartaj Madni as an Executive Officer in Jammu and Kashmir Khadi and Village Industries Board has raised eyebrows in the Valley, with opposition National Conference calling it blatant nepotism. Aroot Madni, who is also a cousin of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, was appointed an Executive Officer in the board on Thursday. The selection list also features the name of Kashif Hussain, nephew of PDP leader Peerzada Mansoor, who happens to be vice-chairman of the Khadi and Village Industries Board. Kashif name, however, is in waiting list.

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Congress chief Rahul Gandhi will embark on the second leg of his pre-election tour of Karnataka Saturday. He will be travelling for three days across seven districts in Bombay-Karnataka region, which played a key role in Congress’s win in the 2013 state polls. The Bombay-Karnataka region is spread across districts that were part of the British-era Bombay Presidency. In the second leg, Rahul would travel through what is considered to be heartland of Lingayat community. The community forms the bulwark of BJP’s support base in Karnataka. Lingayats are the single largest community in the state, making up more than 17 per cent of its population. Sections of the community have been demanding status of a separate religion.

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The CBI on Friday registered a corruption case against the district magistrate of Aurangabad, Bihar, and others for alleged irregularities in the acquisition of land in Nabinagar area. The district magistrate, Kanwal Tanuj, allegedly acquired the 7-acre land, meant for setting up a power plant under the Bhartiya Rail Bijlee Company Ltd (BRBCL), a subsidiary of NTPC Ltd, in collusion with BRBCL’s Nabinagar chief executive officer C Shiv Kumar and a few other officers of the company, the FIR said.

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The Jharkhand High Court on Friday rejected the bail petition of RJD supremo Lalu Prasad in connection with the fodder scam case. Lalu has appealed against his conviction by a special CBI court in the scam case pertaining to fraudulent withdrawal of funds from Deoghar treasury to the tune of Rs 89.27 lakh between 1991 and 1994. On January 6, Lalu was sentenced to three-and-a-half-year rigorous imprisonment.

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Days after he filed a police complaint against an alleged ‘virginity test’ performed on a newlywed woman in his community, Krushna Indrekar, a Maharashtra government employee posted in Mumbai, came under attack on Thursday. His car was damaged by unidentified people while he was attending a marriage function in Pune on Thursday. On January 21, Prashant Indrekar and a few other activists were beaten up, allegedly by people from their own community, at a wedding ceremony in Pimpri, near Pune, where they had gone to check whether virginity test was been performed.

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Former president Pranab Mukherjee Friday said holding simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly elections — an idea repeatedly advocated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi — was “very difficult to implement” and argued that trying to club elections “artificially” would deny states their right to a “representative government”. His remarks were in stark contrast to what he said while in office. He had appeared favourable to the idea on at least two occasions. While interacting with students on Teachers’ Day in September 2016, Mukherjee had said frequent elections, which require the model code of conduct, disrupted the regular functioning of the government, and that political parties could collectively take a decision on the issue.

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The Bihar government is looking into the construction of a temple behind a government bungalow that was recently occupied by former minister Tej Pratap Yadav. Building and Construction Department Minister Maheshwar Hazari Thursday said the government was looking into reports of “occupation of government land and construction of a temple”, and that Tej Pratap could be charged with IPC sections for land grab and violation of Bihar Hindu Religious Trust (Amendment) Act, 2013.

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Maintaining that people should be proud of sacred places, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday said that no one should say that a person will become communal merely by visiting Mathura. “Now, no one can say that we will become communal if we come to Mathura. It is not a matter of concern. We should feel proud of this pure and sacred ground. And that is why I have especially come here today,” Adityanath said in Mathura, arriving on a two-day visit on Friday.

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Jaspat Atwal, who was at the centre of a controversy following his presence at events hosted for visiting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, is one of the “reformed” elements in the pro-Khalistan sections of the Sikh diaspora, top government sources told The Indian Express. He was in India as part of the government’s new approach to engage with such elements, who have not indulged in any separatist and extremist activities in recent years, sources said.

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Hours after the charred body of an 18-year-old girl was found near her home in Satni village, in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao district, on Thursday, police arrested a youth from the same village. The body was found in a field on Thursday evening, about 45 minutes after the victim — Morni — had left home for the market on bicycle. Unnao SP Pushpanjali Devi said, “Vikas Gupta (24) of the same village was arrested for murdering the girl. We are investigating (the murder motive).”

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A 50-year-old man was shot dead allegedly by four men while trying to stop a cattle theft in the state’s Udham Singh Nagar district on Friday. Police have arrested the main accused and are on the lookout for the three others.

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The Supreme Court collegium has recommended the appointment of 37 additional judges as permanent judges in the High Courts of Allahabad, Rajasthan, Kerala, Gujarat and Bombay. The decision taken at a meeting of the collegium comprising the three seniormost Supreme Court judges — Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices J Chelameswar and Ranjan Gogoi — was uploaded on the court’s webpage on Friday.

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The Congress and BJP won a district panchayat each, while eight taluka panchayats went to the Congress and seven to the ruling party across three districts of Gujarat in the recently held panchayat elections. The elections for two district panchayats and 17 taluka panchayats in Banaskantha, Gandhinagar and Kheda districts were held on February 21.

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Kerala Congress (M) chairman and former finance minister K M Mani on Friday addressed a seminar that was part of the CPM’s ongoing state conference in Thrissur. Mani’s presence at the seminar has aroused much interest against the backdrop of CPM’s bid to expand the base of the LDF disregarding the protest from its ally CPI. Another speaker at the seminar on “Kerala today, tomorrow,” was CPI state secretary Kanam Rajendran, who has been the most vocal critic against CPM’s bid to bring Mani into LDF fold.

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Media is “equally responsible” for the present situation in Kashmir as they are “not playing their role in peace, prosperity and communal harmony in the valley”, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has submitted in court as part of a chargesheet. The observation is in the chargesheet filed against freelance photojournalist Kamran Yusuf and 11 others for alleged terror funding and stone-pelting in the Valley.

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A notorious gangster and key accused in the Nabha jailbreak case of 2016, Ramanjit Singh aka Romi, has been arrested in Hong Kong, police here said on Friday. A police spokesperson said the state police had already taken up the matter with the Ministry of External Affairs to initiate the process for the extradition of Romi, who is also allegedly a facilitator for several of Punjab’s notorious gangsters, including slain Vicky Gounder, and ISI-backed Pakistani terrorists.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said negotiators have been asked to redouble efforts to finalise comprehensive economic partnership agreement as well as investment protection pact with Canada. “To realise the full potential of bilateral trade and investment, both sides will renew efforts to expand and diversify bilateral economic and commercial relations. They will also intensify negotiations to finalise a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement and a BFIPPA (Bilateral Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement),” said a joint statement.

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Social activist Anna Hazare on Friday called on the public to teach the NDA government “a suitable lesson” for its “anti-farmer” policies. He said the Narendra Modi-led government has failed to work in the farmers’ interest despite coming to power by making “alluring” promises to the public. “The Modi government has failed to work in the interest of farmers even though it came to power by making alluring promises to the public. Modi government is more concerned about industrialists than the farmers,” said Hazare. He was speaking at a public meeting at Anna Chowk in Kota where he was welcomed by various social and trade organisations.

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AT LEAST nine firms associated with billionaire diamond jeweller Nirav Modi were incorporated in 2010 but did not carry out any business before all of them were shut down in 2012, records investigated by The Indian Express show. An analysis of the 41 companies associated with Modi, in the wake of alleged fraudulent transactions involving three of his companies and Punjab National Bank, shows that these nine firms were incorporated between March and August 2010. Records show that Modi’s brother Neeshal Modi, who has been named by the CBI as an accused in the alleged Rs 11,400-crore PNB fraud, was a director in all these nine firms. These firms, according to their statement of accounts, did not show any business in the two years of their existence and at least seven of them filed for closure on June 21, 2012. The other two were also shut down that year.

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Sebi today asked HDFC Bank to identify individuals, including bank officials responsible for the leakage of its financial results, as the markets regulator has found inadequate controls at the lender as ‘prima facie’ reason for the leak.

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The Congress on Friday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “promoting” private firms which inked diamond purchase pacts with Russia in 2015 after “cutting out” public-sector units MMTC and Hindustan Diamonds. Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma asked the prime minister to explain to the country “why he sidelined government-run entities and promoted private firms, some of which are facing investigation of defrauding banks”. He accused the prime minister and the finance minister of not being forthcoming and honest in their response on the issue of bank fraud by Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi.

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The Election Commission on Friday announced that biennial polls to 58 Rajya Sabha seats will be held on March 23, following which the BJP’s strength in the Upper House is expected to rise. Fifty-seven of the Rajya Sabha seats will be falling vacant in April while a by-poll to fill a seat from Kerala will also be held on the same day. M P Veerendra Kumar had resigned in December last year though his term was to end in April, 2022.

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Railways will allow residential use of its land parcels adjacent to stations as part of its station redevelopment plans. And as part of the station redevelopment project, renowned architect Hafiz Contractor is among four architecture firms that have offered to design for new-look stations at various locations, free of cost.

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Judiciary cannot project a fractured face to anyone and it is necessary for judges to be together as the extra-legal elements, who are waiting to take over, would destroy the institution, outgoing Supreme Court judge Justice Amitava Roy said on Friday.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday said his government is pleased to have renewed its relationship with Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. While concluding his seven-day trip to India, Trudeau told reporters, “I am pleased to be able to refresh the relationship between the Canadian government and Punjab chief minister. It is a relationship which is important to many Canadians.”

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The Army Friday reached out to the rural youths motivating them to join the armed forces and serve the country. A defence spokesman said the Army conducted motivational lectures in Keri belt of Rajouri district with an aim to inspire young boys and girls to join the forces.

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Lawmakers in the Rajasthan Assembly Friday engaged themselves in a peculiar discussion: presence of “ghosts” in the complex. A few lawmakers requested the Speaker to complete the proceedings before 12 noon, while others called for a “purification ritual” fearing the building was haunted. The notion has gained currency in the past few weeks.

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Scam-hit Punjab National Bank (PNB) on Friday said cricketer Virat Kohli continues to be its brand ambassador and denied reports that it has engaged audit firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to investigate the Rs 11,400 crore fraud committed on the state-owned lender by diamond jeweller Nirav Modi and his associates.

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AAP leader Somnath Bharti, facing a domestic violence case, Friday moved the Delhi High Court expressing his willingness to settle the marital dispute with his wife through mediation. On hearing this, Justice Anu Malhotra, said the court cannot directly send the AAP leader for mediation without hearing his wife.

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Union minister V K Singh on Friday sought to defend Army chief General Bipin Rawat’s remark linking AIUDF’s growth to illegal immigration in the northeast. “See, we have a habit of politicising everything. Let the Army chief say what he wants to. If you don’t like it, you don’t like it. That’s it,” Singh, Minister of State for External Affairs, told reporters on the sidelines of an event in Mumbai.

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The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) Friday informed the Supreme Court that ongoing construction of the 135-km long Eastern Peripheral Expressway, which would help decongest Delhi traffic, would be completed by March this year. Similarly, the Haryana government told a bench comprising Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta that the work related to the 135-km long Western Peripheral Expressway, which connects Kundli to Palwal via Manesar in Haryana, was expected to be completed by June this year.

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The Delhi High Court has sought the response of the Centre and the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) on Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved’s plea challenging seizure of several tonnes of red sandalwood it was going to export to China. A bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Chander Shekhar issued notice to the Centre and the DRI seeking their stand on Patanjali’s plea for release of its goods which, according to it, was authorised for export by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT).

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Senior lawyer Mahesh Jethmalani, arguing for IPS officer Rajkumar Pandian who was discharged by the trial court in the Sohrabuddin Shaikh alleged fake encounter case, today alleged before the Bombay High Court that the CBI had fabricated evidence.The high court is hearing petitions filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Rubabuddin Shaikh, Sohrabuddin’s brother, challenging the discharge of five of the 14 accused police officers in the case.

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Justice L Nageswara Rao of the Supreme Court Friday recused from hearing a plea filed by Tarun Tejpal, the founder of Tehelka magazine, against the Bombay High Court order dismissing his petition seeking quashing of rape and other charges levelled against him by a former colleague. A bench comprising Justices Rao and S A Bobde took up the petition for hearing, but after senior advocate Kapil Sibal, representing Tejpal, referred to one of the documents in the case file, Justice Rao recused from hearing.

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The Allahabad High Court Friday stayed the order of the district magistrate of Bulandshahr directing handover of a gram sabha land to a nagar palika for construction of a dumping yard under ‘Clean India’ scheme. The DM had passed the order transferring the land to Nagar Palika Parishad, Gulawati on August 8, 2017. A bench comprising justices Krishna Murari and Ajai Bhanot stayed the order on a petition by Satendra and three other elected members of Gram Sabha of village Kota.

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Jammu and Kashmir is “completely” safe for visitors and tensions in the border areas have “little effect” on its tourism circuit, a senior official of the northern state said in Kolkata on Friday. Describing the last year’s attack on Amarnath yatris as an “isolated incident to scare away visitors”, the director of the tourism department in Kashmir, M A Shah, asserted that such attempts will not succeed.

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The Indo UK Institute of Health (IUIH), one of the largest healthcare infrastructure projects in the world, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Uttar Pradesh government to invest Rs 1,000 crores for an integrated medicity in the state capital. The MoU was signed during the UP investors’ summit that concluded yesterday.

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Sadbhav Engineering Friday said it has been selected as the lowest bidder by National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for a highway project in Uttar Pradesh for which it has quoted a price of Rs 981 crore. “The company has been declared the successful bidder by NHAI” for a project for NH 24 extension in Uttar Pradesh under National Highways Development Project (NHDP), Sadbhav Engineering said in a filing to the BSE.

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Admitting that failure of linkage of SWIFT to core banking system (CBS) could have led to Rs 11,400 crore fraud at Punjab National Bank, the former head of the scam-hit lender today said there was an urgent need for banks to revisit their surveillance system and plug the loopholes.

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Both India and Pakistan on Friday assured each other to maintain peace and tranquillity along the International border in Jammu and Kashmir. The assurance came at a sector commander level flag meeting held between Border Security Force and Pakistani Rangers on the international border in Suchetgarh area. “During the meeting general day to day border management issues were discussed,” BSF said in Jammu.

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Government on Friday told the Supreme Court that the process for appointing the anti-graft ombudsman Lokpal is going on and a meeting of the selection committee, which includes the Prime Minister, has been scheduled for March 1. Attorney General K K Venugopal told a bench comprising Justices Ranjan Gogoi and R Banumathi that steps for appointing Lokpal have been taken and the selection panel, comprising the Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India, Speaker of Lok Sabha and leader of the largest opposition party, would hold a meeting on March 1 to discuss the issue.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in Chennai on Saturday to attend the launch of the AIADMK government’s ambitious scheme of providing 50 per cent subsidy to working women to buy two-wheelers. A pet project of late chief minister J Jayalalithaa, the Amma Two-wheeler Scheme is being launched on her birth anniversary.

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The Maldives has warned India against taking “any actions” that could hinder resolving the political crisis in the country, as New Delhi expressed its deep dismay over the extension of emergency in the island nation. The Maldivis’ Foreign Ministry in a statement late Thursday night said President Abdulla Yameen’s government takes note of the public statements issued by the Indian Government that “ignore the facts and ground realities” with regard to the ongoing political developments in the Maldives.

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Kunwar Bai, who was felicitated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for her efforts to make her village open defecation free in Chhattisgarh’s Rajandgaon district and was chosen as the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan mascot in 2016, passed away at the age of 106 on Friday.

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The Shiv Sena on Friday hit out at Sharad Pawar over his recent comments against caste-based reservation, saying the NCP chief had always “supported” caste politics and was inconsistent in his political views.

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A BJP MLA in Madhya Pradesh was Friday booked for allegedly violating the model code of conduct in force for the tomorrow’s Assembly bypoll at Mungaoli in the district, a police official said. Shailendra Jain, the MLA from the adjoining Sagar district, was allegedly campaigning in Mungaoli, where canvassing formally ended at 5 pm yesterday, in his sports utility vehicle (SUV), he said.

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A young Dalit girl was burnt alive in an Uttar Pradesh village in Unnao district late last night, police said. Eighteen-year-old Moni was cycling to a vegetable market on Thursday when some unidentified persons confronted her. They surrounded her and poured petrol over her. Before she could react, they had set her ablaze. The girl up in flames ran for some 100 metres to save herself but finally collapsed and died on the spot.

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A Delhi Court on Friday rejected the bail plea of the two Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs, Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal, in connection with an alleged assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash. Stating that there was no new ground for custodial interrogation, Metropolitan Magistrate Shefali Barnala Tondon said both will remain in 14-days judicial custody.

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Union minister and BJP leader Nitin Gadkari Friday said the perpetrators of the PNB bank fraud will be brought to book and asserted the NDA government has never protected scam-tainted people. Gadkari was replying to questions related to the alleged Rs 11,400-crore fraud at Punjab National Bank (PNB) and its fallout.

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India today successfully test-fired the nuclear-capable ‘Dhanush’ ballistic missile with a strike range of 350 kms from a naval ship off Odisha coast, defence officials said. The surface-to-surface missile, a naval variant of the indigenously-developed ‘Prithvi’ missile, was test-fired from the ship positioned near Paradip in the Bay of Bengal at around 10.52 am, the officials said.

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The beautification of Uttar Pradesh’s capital for the 2-day Investors Summit-2018, which concluded yesterday, cost over Rs 65 crore to the state exchequer, according to an official. A senior district administration official said that Rs 66.15 crore was spent on Lucknow’s beautification for the summit, which had 7 countries as partners and attracted 6,000 participants.