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AAP leaders taking oath as Delhi Cabinet Ministers

On Kejriwal's advice, President Ram Nath Kovind has appointed six Cabinet Ministers for Delhi. They are: Manish Sisodia, Satyendar Jain, Gopal Rai, Kailash Gehlot, Imran Hussain and Rajendra Pal Gautam.

Chinese FM meets WHO chief in Germany

Yi said on Saturday whenever an epidemic occurs, rumours spread and cause panic, and there should be someone to be impartial and tell the truth.

Not afraid of Pakistan Army, says Imran Khan

He said that he is working day and night.

UP Congress leader gets Rs 1.04 cr notice for anti-CAA protest

The notice issued by additional city magistrate (first) Rajesh Kumar, asks Pratapgarhi 'why Rs 1.04 crore spent on deploying force to maintain law and order in and around the Eidgah should not be recovered from him'.

Akhilesh claims threat from BJP leader

The former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister made the disclosure while addressing a function at his party office in Kannauj on Saturday.

Tourists can visit Goa Carnival without worry, says CM

Sawant also promised to review the existing administrative procedure for the imposition of prohibitory oredrs, while urging tourists to travel to Goa for the upcoming Carnival without worry.

Ishant Sharma passes fitness test, will join team in NZ

Speaking to IANS, sources in the know of developments confirmed that Ishant has passed the test. "Yes, he has passed the fitness test and will join the Indian team for the Test series in New Zealand," sources said.

Kerala Vigilance registers case against former Congress Minister

Sivakumar was a Minister in the cabinet of Oommen Chandy (2011-16). Sivakumar said this is "nothing but settling political scores".

New Twitter plugin deletes naked pictures from messages

According to reports, a developer named Kelsey Bressler came up with the idea after she received an unwanted nude picture from a man.

Stripping of Bhuj college students serious issue, says CM

"We have taken prompt measures. Such issues of sexual harassment could not be tolerated. The education department is also looking into it," Rupani told the media at an event.

RBI reviewing monetary policy framework change, says Governor

"The monetary policy framework is in operation for the last three years. We are reviewing and analysing it internally as to how the MPC framework has worked. At an appropriate time, if required, we'll have a discussion with the government," said the RBI governor at a media conference after he met the Finance Minister on the customary Budget briefing.

Green tea plus exercise may reduce fatty liver disease

The researchers found that a combination of green tea extract and exercise reduced the severity of obesity-related fatty liver disease by 75 per cent in mice fed a high-fat diet.

JUI-F dares Imran to file treason case

On Friday, Khan called for treason proceedings against Rehman for remarks regarding the ouster of the incumbent government.

Altaf Bukhari to launch ‘Aapki Party’

"A five-member team has been constituted to draft the constitution of the party. The announcement will be made in Srinagar in the next few days," Bukhari told IANS.

Anti-CAA protests held across TN

According to the police, during the anti-CAA protest in Chennai on Friday, some protesters hurled stones and chappals injuring some policemen. This prompted the police to resort to mild baton charge and some protesters were detained, as they had assembled for protest without permission.

Kerala poll body to move SC on local body elections

"We will inform the Supreme Court the practical difficulties in conducting the polls based on the 2019 voters list. In case it has to be done then an additional Rs 10 crore would be needed to recast the 2019 voters list to make it ready for the upcoming local bodies polls," said Bhaskaran to the media.

Google removes ToTok app from Play Store again

The app was previously pulled from Apple's App Store and the Google Play Store in December.

Bhawna Jat qualifies for Tokyo in 20km RaceWalk event

The 24-year-old from Rajasthan clocked a record time of 1 hour, 29 minutes and 54 seconds to bring about her win at the Seventh National Race Walk Championships. She comfortably beat the Olympic qualification mark of 1:31.00.

SL strongly objects US travel restrictions on army chief

In a statement on Friday night, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said: "The government of Sri Lanka takes strong objection to the imposition of travel restrictions on Lt. Gen. Silva and his immediate family members by the Us, based on independently unverified information."

Stalin condemns police action on anti-CAA protesters

He also said the state government should permit holding of democratic peaceful protests.

UEFA bans Manchester City from European competitions for next 2 seasons

In a statement confirming the decision on Friday, UEFA said: "Having considered all the evidence, Manchester City Football Club committed serious breaches of the UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations by overstating its sponsorship revenue in its accounts and in the break-even information submitted to UEFA between 2012 and 2016."

US-Taliban reach truce, paves way for Washington’s withdrawal

The deal was struck on Friday after protracted negotiations in the Qatari capital Doha and was announced after a meeting between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Defence Secretary Mark Esper and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference reports Xinhua news agency.

Court exempts Sharif from appearing on medical grounds

While addressing the media on Friday, Sharif's lawyer Amjad Pervaiz said that a new medical certificate had been submitted to the court, reports The Express Tribune.

Facebook cancels Global Marketing Summit over Coronavirus fears

San Francisco:   After the Mobile World Congress (MWC) Barcelona 2020 conference, Coronavirus has derailed Facebook's Global Marketing Summit in San Francisco. According to a report in...

Bengaluru Open: Leander Paes in doubles final

The Indo-Aussie pair quelled the challenge of the second seeds Jonathan Erlich of Israel and Andrei Vasilevski of Belarus 6-4, 3-6, 10-7 amidst the chanting of Leander's name by the supportive crowd.

Over 17cr PAN cards to become inoperative if not linked with Aadhar by March...

In a move with large scale disruption potential, the Income Tax Department has said that Permanent Account Number (PAN) will become inoperative if not linked with Aadhaar by March 31, 2020.

Police complaint against former NRC coordinator Hajela

The complaint against Hajela was lodged by an NGO, Assam Public Works, the original petitioner to the Supreme Court about the NRC updation.

Rehman should be tried under Article 6, says Imran Khan

"There should be a case under Article 6 against maulana for his statement regarding the ousting of the government," he said, during an informal conversation with journalists, Dawn reported.

BJP attempting religious conversion, says Mamata

Addressing BJP legislature party leader Manoj Tigga while speaking in the state Assembly, Banerjee said "stop religious conversions".

SC decides to fast-track hearing of criminal appeals in death penalty cases

A circular was issued on Friday by the apex court saying all appeals must be listed for hearing not later than six months, no matter if the appeal is ready or not, a significant departure from the past when appeals from high courts did not come up for hearing for years.

Passengers from Japan, S Korea, Thailand to be screened at airports

According to a circular issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation: "Universal screening of all passengers coming in flights directly from Japan, South Korea, Thailand and Singapore besides the flights from China and Hong Kong shall be ensured immediately once they step out of the specific identified aerobridge.

Airtel to pay Rs 10,000 cr as part of AGR dues by February 20

Airtel further said that self-assessment of 22 circles and licences is a complicated time consuming process.

EC to implement SC directive on candidates’ criminal cases

If any party fails to submit such compliance report, the poll body said it would bring such "non-compliance by the political party concerned to the notice of the Supreme Court as being in contempt of this Court's orders or directions".

DCW sends notice to police, DMRC in molestation case

The incident was reported by a woman passenger on Wednesday on social media in a series of tweets. She alleged that while she was travelling in a metro on Yellow Line, a man flashed his private parts facing her.

CMDRF not paid money raised through concert, action demanded

This issue surfaced after a RTI query revealed that not a single rupee has been deposited in the CMDRF account.

Coronavirus: Third Indian tests positive on Diamond Princess

The embassy tweeted: "Update (as on 14 Feb 2020) On #Indian Nationals On-Board the Quarantined Cruise Ship #DiamondPrincess at #Japan" and attached the health bulletin in the tweet, which said: "As of 14 February 2020, altogether 218 people have tested positive for COVID-19, including 3 (three) Indian crew members. All 2018 people including Indian nationals have been taken to hospitals for further treatment and quarantine."

CAIT to appeal against order staying probe on Amazon, Flipkart

In a statement, the traders' body said that the court has stayed the order for investigation passed by the CCI on the ground that the ED has already initiated investigation into Flipkart and Amazon's activities that are alleged to be in contravention of the FDI policy and so, CAIT would now urge the government and the ED to fastrack the probe.

Erdogan attempts to rile up Muslims in Pakistan over Kashmir

Addressing a joint session of Parliament in Islamabad, for the fourth time, Erdogan reiterated his country's support for Pakistan and its stand on the Kashmir issue.

Congress youth wing demands roll-back of LPG price hike

The workers in the protest displayed gas stove and cylinder placed on a cart and demanded the roll-back of the increased price.

Karnataka HC stays CCI probe against Amazon, Flipkart

The court has asked the respondents in the matter including CCI and Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) to file their responses within eight weeks.

Pune court transfers Koregaon-Bhima case to NIA

The ruling came a day after the Maharashtra government indicated it had no objection to the NIA taking over the case and conducting the further proceedings.

Bombay HC Judge Dharmadhikari quits

Justice Dharmadhikari made the announcement of his resignation in the open court, saying he had demitted office and Friday was his last day in office.

Go Girl Go campaign hunts for ‘fastest girl in Maharashtra’

The competition will be held in three different age groups, 6-9 years, 10-13 years and 14-18 years.

No relief for Omar Abdullah; SC seeks reply from J&K

A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra declined to entertain submission by senior advocate Kapil Sibal, representing Sara, seeking immediate relief in the Habeas Corpus petition.

Facebook releases Pinterest clone ‘Hobbi’

The app is available for iPhone users and it was created by New Product Experimentation (NPE) a team within Facebook tasked with experimenting new products and services, CNET reported on Thursday.

Bopanna-Shapovalov enter Rotterdam Open semis

The Indo-Canadian pair registered a 6-2, 3-6, 10-7 victory in 74 minutes on Thursday night to enter the last four of the ATP 500 event.

SC asks telco directors to be present for next AGR hearing

A three-judge Supreme Court Bench of Justices Arun Mishra, Abdul Nazeer and M.R. Shah directed the presence of all Directors of the telecom companies, including the Managing Director, on the next date of hearing. The matter will be heard next on March 17.

Petition soon in SC to seek Babri rubble

He said that he would soon discuss the issue with senior lawyer Rajiv Dhawan and would file a petition in the Supreme Court later this month.

74 people in Odisha under observation for coronavirus

74 travellers who have returned from Coronavirus affected countries after January 15 have been identified by the state surveillance system and kept under home quarantine, said the Health Department official.

Sri Lanka approves extension of free-visa facility till April 30

The visa-free programme was introduced by the former government on August 1, 2019, for a period of six months, the Daily Financial Times said in the report.

IPL 2020: RCB reveal redesigned logo

The redesigned logo with the majestic lion illustrates and brings alive RCB's philosophy, a bold and fearless attitude of playing exciting cricket.

Russia fines Twitter, Facebook on localization of databases

Russian legislation requires Internet service providers to store and process personal data of Russians on the territory of Russia, Xinhua news agency reported.

US announces proposal with Taliban to reduce violence in 7 days

"We've said all along that the best if not only solution in Afghanistan is a political agreement," Efe news quoted Esper as saying at the end of a meeting of NATO Defence Ministers here on Thursday.

Gargi molestation: HC agrees to hear plea seeking CBI probe

Sharma on Friday made an urgent mentioning before a division bench of the high court presided by Justices G.S. Sistani and C. Harishankar.

Passengers disembark in Cambodia from cruise amid COVID-19 fears

The Westerdam, of the Holland America Line shipping company, docked at the Sihanoukville port, a day after it anchored off the coast, reports Efe news.

Green tribunal pulls up Defence Ministry

The Principal Bench of the NGT headed by chairperson Adarsh Kumar Goyal observed: "In view of repeated failures, coercive measures have become necessary against the concerned Joint Secretary including attachment of salary and issuance of the warrant.

US Senate passes bill to curb Trump’s war powers on Iran

The Iran war powers resolution was approved by a vote of 55-45 - hours after Trump warned that it would make America less safe from Iran, the BBC reported on Thursday.

Cong blames Goa govt for Kashmir-like prohibitory orders

Drawing a parallel between the government's decision and the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, Congress spokesperson Trajano D'Mello said: "So, is the government trying to say that the situation in Goa is as bad as the situation in Kashmir?"

Unhappy by admin’s response, Gargi protest to enter day 5

"Gargi College has continued to strike for its fourth consecutive day, to reiterate that the students aren't happy with the answers given to them by the administration," the student body said in a statement.

J&K Panchayat by elections to be held in March

He said the elections would be held in eight phases beginning March 5.

World’s biggest phone show cancelled due to Coronavirus fears

In a statement, the GSM Association (GSMA) said that the coronavirus outbreak which has killed over 1,000 people and left thousands infected has made it "impossible" to hold the event.

UK Ministers brace for post-Brexit cabinet reshuffle

The Prime Minister will make a number of changes over the next 24 hours although it was unclear how wide-ranging they will be, the BBC said in a report.

Congress seeks CBI, NIA probe against Kerala police chief

Vijayan, however, told the media, that he is yet to see the letter of Leader of opposition Ramesh Chennithala.

Parties must publish candidates criminal cases on sites, says SC

A bench headed by Justice R.F. Nariman said the parties would have to clarify on reasons for selecting candidates with pending criminal cases and upload this information on their websites.

Sheikh Hasina rejects quota call for English-medium students

In a Parliament session on Wednesday, opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) MP Harunur Rashid asked her whether the government would take steps to stop the "brain drain, especially top students of the English-medium institutions" from going abroad, reports bdnews24.

Fashion designer Wendell Rodricks dies in Goa

Speaking to IANS on Wednesday Nilakanth Halarnkar, BJP MLA from the Thivim Assembly constituency and a longtime associate of the 60-year-old designer confirmed his death.

Karnataka shutdown for jobs to Kannadigas begins

"The 12-hour shutdown across the state is being observed for implementing the Sarojini Mahishi report, which recommended the majority of jobs to Kannadigas in the public sector undertakings, private firms and multinationals across the state," Karnataka Sanghatanegala Okkoota secretary H. Nagesh told IANS here.

IRCTC to launch 3rd corporate train Kashi Mahalkal Express

According to the Railway Ministry, the Indian Rail Catering and Tourism Corp's (IRCTC) Kashi Mahakal Express will be inaugurated on February 16 from Varanasi and it will start its commercial run from February 20.

Cruise ship docks in Cambodia after entry denied to other nations

The Westerdam, which departed on February 1 from Hong Kong amid the growing outbreak and had been turned away from Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, the Philippines and the US territory of Guam, arrived in the port of Sihanoukville, where its operator Holland American Line, said it would remain several days, reports Efe news.

Internet shutdown in Kashmir again

The Internet was suspended last week for a few hours on the death anniversary of parliament attack convict Afzal Guru and JKLF leader Maqbool Bhat.

Several ex-Indian cricketers could be in trouble as top bookie Chawla extradited from London

Chawla, a British national as per Delhi Police charge sheet, absconding hitherto in the match fixing case, was linked with several international cricketers, including Indian players, sources in the crime branch of the Delhi Police revealed.

Pakistan govt okays rules to regulate social media

The information to be provided may include subscriber information, traffic data or content data, Dawn news said in a report.

Beware this Valentine’s Day, Hindu Sena workers may be after you

Warning against the public display of affection, the outfit claimed that its workers will "hand them over to police".

Five and a half years imprisonment, Hafeez Saeed sentenced in terror financing cases

Pakistan: A Pakistani court sentenced Lakshar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed to five and a half years imprisonment and imposed a fine of Pakistani Rs. 30,000 concerning...

Hindujas appoint Paul Abraham as President of Foundation

According to a statement, Abraham has come to the Hinduja Foundation from the IndusInd Bank, where he was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for over 11 years.

Poll victory celebrations at AAP office

Outside the AAP office at ITO, celebrations could be seen in different hues and shades.

AAP’s Delhi victory a lesson for BJP, say CPI-M, Cong in Kerala

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan reacted to the Delhi assembly poll results on Tuesday by saying that the verdict was a vote against the communal position taken by the BJP, while the Congress also should learn from this.

Iranians mark 41st anniversary of Islamic Revolution

In Tehran, the demonstrators burned the US and Israeli flags.

Politics of hatred did not work in Delhi: Mamata

Banerjee, who made a phone call to AAP supremo and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to congratulate him on his party's resounding success, later told media here that the BJP was losing every poll now.

Bouquets are passe, gift a plant this Valentine’s Day

If you are thinking of gifting your loved ones a beautiful bouquet of flowers this season, think again. This Valentine's Day, gift a live plant rather than a bouquet.