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Health personnel arrive in Wuhan as coronavirus toll reaches 106

More than 4,100 doctors from various parts of China have arrived in Wuhan, with another 1,800 expected to join on Tuesday, Efe news reported citing officials as saying.

7 more ministers to be inducted in Hemant Soren cabinet

The cabinet expansion will take place in Raj Bhavan here on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Maharashtra CM inaugurates Nagpur Metro’s Aqua Line

Known as the Aqua Line, a total of 24.50 kms of metro with six stations has become operational for the people of the state's second capital, while another five stations are likely to be operational by April, said an official.

Delhi Police conduct multiple raids to nab Sharjeel Imam

A top Delhi Police officer told IANS on Monday that the police feared that Sharjeel Imam has fled to Nepal. "If he has sneaked into Nepal, then it will be very difficult to bring him to India," the police said.

Sri Lanka confirms first coronavirus case

On Monday night, the Health Promotion Bureau said that the woman was admitted to the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH) and was confirmed to have been infected during treatment, reports the Daily Financial Times.

New Zealand PM announces general election date

"I will be asking New Zealanders to continue to support my leadership and the current direction of the government, which is grounded in stability, a strong economy and progress on the long-term challenges facing New Zealand," Xinhua news agency quoted Ardern as saying.

Thai woman dies of coronavirus like symptoms in Bengal hospital

Hospital sources said the woman was admitted to the hospital at 11 p.m. on January 21 and transferred to the ICU with a stomach problem, nausea and fever.

Coronavirus kills 106, infects 4,515 in China

The National Health Commission said that 976 patients remained in critical conditions and a total od 6,973 people were suspected of being infected with the virus as of Monday night, reports Xinhua news agency.

UP: Education officer deploys women teachers to prepare brides for mass...

Often teachers working in government-run schools are assigned duties other than teaching children. However, this one time it has turned rather bizarre as some of these women who were asked to turn beauticians overnight had no clue about makeup, they said.

Pakistan Senate passes bill allowing paid maternity, paternity leaves

As per the Maternity and Paternity Leave Bill, 2018, the leaves policy will be applicable in both public and private establishments in the federal capital territory, Dawn news reported.

Respond to plea against law on transgenders, SC tells Centre

The plea filed by transgender rights activist Swait Bidhan Baruah said that the Act mandated a transgender to undergo certification of gender identification by a District Magistrate and additionally may also go through gender affirming surgery by a medical officer.

West Bengal Assembly passes anti-CAA resolution

The resolution, moved by Bengal Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee, was backed by the members of the Congress and the Left Front, while the BJP opposed it, at a special session of the House.

UK to unveil fast-track visa for scientists in Feb

The Global Talent visa will be open from February 20 to those who work in a qualifying field and have been endorsed by a recognised UK body, the BBC said in a report.

Mayawati seeks withdrawal of cases against women protesters

BSP president Mayawati tweeted: "Wrong cases filed against women and others protesting against CAA/NRC by the BJP-led Uttar Pradesh government should be immediately withdrawn, and those who lost their lives during this time should also be extended proper help. This is the demand of BSP."

EU urges Myanmar to comply with ICJ Rohingya ruling

"The EU welcomes these important first steps towards acknowledging the severity and scale of the violence that occurred, the gross violations of human rights and the disproportionate use of force by Myanmar's military and security forces," Efe news quoted the bloc's delegation to the country as saying.

Bengal government tables anti-CAA resolution in Assembly

The resolution was moved by Bengal Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee at a special session of the House.

Anti-CAA protests: CPI(M) worker, who set himself afire, dies

Prajapati was an activist of the CPI(M), and the party has said that it was a step taken by him in frustration.

Novel coronavirus: Govt deploys health team on Nepal border

The recent deployment of health team has taken place at Panitanki in West Bengal, entry point from Nepal, said the Health Ministry on Monday.

Indian-Americans protest against CAA, NRC, NPR on R-Day

The protest rally took place on Sunday in the city of Artesia, about 19 miles from Los Angeles, reports Indica News.

Nirbhaya: Convict moves SC on rejection of mercy plea

Mukesh Kumar Singh (32) submitted the plea last week. His mercy plea was dismissed by the President on January 17.

Kerala politicos welcome anti-CAA campaign in Australia

In a message to the Forum, Vijayan said that he is glad to hear the signature campaign that has been launched to get the support of Indian diaspora and the efforts of the Forum can be replicated in other countries too.

Congress questions Padma award to Adnan Sami

Congress spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill tweeted: "Why Padma Shri to Adnan Sami?"

Will be back in Telangana soon, tweets Chandra Shekhar Azad

The Dalit leader tweeted Monday morning that the police brought him to Hyderabad Airport and was sending him to Delhi.

WHO chief to visit China over coronavirus outbreak

Taking to Twitter on Sunday, Ghebreyesus said during his visit, he will meet government officials and health experts which will help his team understand the latest developments in an effort to provide further protection against the outbreak, reports Xinhua news agency.

Constitution in danger, says Yashwant Sinha

Sinha, who arrived in Lucknow on Saturday, said in an informal chat with reporters, "We are out to spread the message of peace, non-violence.

Trump’s lawyers begin his defence at Senate trial

White House lawyer Pat Cipollone said the impeachment was a Democratic Party attempt to overturn the 2016 elections and bar him from the November election. Instead, he said, "Let the people decide that".

Threat to kill actor Prakash Raj, Brinda Karat, Kumaraswamy

The threat was posted in a letter penned in Kannada on Raj's Twitter handle dated yesterday, the actor said in a post on Sunday.

Torrential rain claims 30 lives in Brazil

Another 17 people were listed missing and 2,600 evacuated in Minas Gerais state, marooned by 48 hours of torrential rain, Sky News reported.

7 million join Kerala human chain to protest against CAA

People came out in large numbers to participate. After a trial at 3.30 p.m., the chain running on the side of the National Highway from Kasargode to Thiruvananthapuram, a distance of about 600 km, began forming at 4 p.m.

Nirbhaya case convict seeks review of mercy plea rejection

On January 17, the President rejected the mercy petition of Mukesh Kumar Singh (32). Now he has filed a review petition under Article 32 for the judicial review of the rejection of mercy plea in the backdrop of the apex court verdict in the Shatrughan Chauhan case.

Six Indian Army personnel to get Shaurya Chakra

Naib Subedar Narender Singh of Parachute Regiment (Special Forces) received the award for preventing infiltration bid across the Line of Control (LoC).

China coronavirus: HK declares highest level of emergency

Addressing the media here, Lam said that she will personally chair an inter-departmental steering committee which will hope to issue strategic and other measures as soon as practicable, reports the South China Morning Post newspaper.

Rape accused bishop files discharge petition

Mulakkal, who is on bail, filed the petition in the Kottayam additional district sessions court, which had denied his January 6 plea seeking more time. The court posted Mulakkal's fresh petition for February 4.

EC notice to Bagga over his campaign song expenditure

The notice from the poll panel to the Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) comes after he uploaded his campaign song "Bagga Bagga Har Jagah" was uploaded on Twitter minutes after his candidature was announced.

Women brigade continues their anti-CAA stir in Lucknow

A woman, who has been at the protest site with her four-year-old child, said: "Citizens across the country are on the streets protesting against the new law, which is against the very basic tenets of Indian Constitution.

Johnson signs Brexit withdrawal agreement

After three years of bitter dispute, Johnson's deal officially became law after clearing all parliamentary hurdles and receiving royal assent on Friday, reports metro.co.uk.

Kerala Congress serves notice to discuss recall of Governor

Khan was quick to respond and welcomed the move.

Fresh anti-US protests grip Baghdad

Protesters gathered in the Al Jadriyah neighbourhood of the capital after Shiite cleric Muqtada al Sadr called on Iraqis to demonstrate, reports Efe news.

Pakistan govt rejects ‘biased’ corruption report

Addressing a press conference in Islamabad on Friday, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information Firdous Ashiq Awan, said: "There is a huge question mark over the transparency of TI.

Earthquake Strikes Turkey, Killing 18

The powerful quake jolted the Elazig province, some 750 km east of the capital Ankara. It took place around 8:55 p.m. local time (1755 GMT) at the epicenter, the town of Sivrice, according to the Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute at Bogazici University, the Xinhua news agency reported.

Congress names 12 VPs, 34 General Secretaries of Kerala unit

The Congress high command finally released its first list of 47 office-bearers of the state unit, after numerous rounds of talks at various levels in Kerala and in Delhi.

France, Australia confirms coronavirus cases

The French Ministry for Solidarity and Health said on Friday that the first case of the coronavirus was a 48-year-old man who had recently returned from China where he spent several days and had also visited Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei province and the epicenter of the 2019-nCoV outbreak, Xinhua news agency reported.

2G internet to be restored across J&K from Saturday

This is the biggest breakthrough in internet connectivity in the region since August 5 last year when the government imposed restrictions on mobile internet in J&K after the abrogation of Article 370.

MP police arrests BJP leader for objectionable remark against Collector

While addressing a gathering in Biaora in Rajgarh district on Wednesday, Yadav made an objectionable statement on the Rajgarh Collector. He said the Collector feeds the Congressmen on her lap and slaps BJP members. The Congress had raised strong objections to the statement made by Yadav.

Congress hits out at Vijayvargiya on ‘poha’ remark

Congress said, "this is the real face of the government which is watching your eating habits."

Iraqi Shia leader calls for scheduled pullout of US troops

Al-Sadr made the call in a letter sent to a massive rally of Iraqis in al-Jaderiyah district, central Baghdad, reports Xinhua news agency.

RBI Includes NPR in KYC Papers, Tamil Nadu Village Responds by...

Since December 13, India has been witnessing relentless voices of dissent against the Citizenship Amendment Act. The CAA-NRC-NPR has been welcomed with fear and insecurity and had triggered never-ending demonstrations and marches. The decision of the central government was clearly seen as an organized attempt to create an environment of panic. And this incident that happened at Kayalpattanam, a village in Tamil Nadu shows exactly how people view this recent exercise. 

JNU students get relief from HC

"So far as the remaining students are concerned, they need to register within one week as per the old manual. No late fees will be charged from them too," says Justice Rajiv Shakdar.

Johnson’s Brexit deal becomes law

Some MPs cheered as Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans confirmed the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act had been given the Queen's approval in a short announcement to the House of Commons on Thursday, reports metro.co.uk.

Kerala health guidelines to tackle coronavirus

"The guidelines that we have come out with are based on the WHO protocols. Necessary precautions have been taken and this would be at all the state-run Medical College hospitals and the district hospitals. Isolation wards will be kept ready, in case need arises," said Shailaja.

Myanmar denies genocide in Rakhine state

The statement from Myanmar's Foreign Affairs Ministry issued late Thursday comes after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) earlier in the day had unanimously ruled that the country should "take all measures within its power" to prevent genocidal acts against the Rohingya on its territory, including the killing of its people.

Nepal Airlines permanent pilots warn of resigning en masse

In a notice served to the Executive Chairman of the flag carrier, the pilots said that there was a huge difference in remunerations for them and expat pilots, as their foreign counterparts have been hired on a contract basis and their taxes are being paid by the airline, the Kathmandu Post said in a report.

Human ‘satyagrah’ chain to converge at Rajghat on Jan 30

Sharing posters and an invite, the members of 'Young India against CAA-NRC-NPR' campaign called for a "fight against the Godses of past, present and future".

EC asks Kapil Mishra to reply by Friday on his Pakistan...

The Returning Officer (RO) for the Model Town Assembly constituency, Banwari Lal in his letter to Mishra on Thursday said: "It has been observed that there are several news items in the electronic media and social media about your statement on Shaheen Bagh like -- 'Delhi me chote chote Shaheen Bagh Bane', 'Shaheen Bagh me Pak ki entry' and 'India vs. Pakistan 8th February, Delhi. On February 8, on the streets of Delhi there will be a competition between India and Pakistan'."

Kerala trade and culture fest to return to Sharjah

Set to be held from January 30 to February 1, the 'Come On Kerala Festival' is the second largest festival to be organised at the Sharjah Expo Centre, reports the Khaleej Times.

Meerut to have war memorial for animals

The memorial will be unique since it will be devoted to service animals, mostly dogs, but also horses and mules.

Not just Wifi, battery charging is also free, says Kejriwal to...

Kejriwal made the remarks on Shah's statement which he made during a campaign rally on Thursday. Shah had said that while Kejriwal had promised free Wifi to the city, Shah's "mobile battery got drained, but cannot spot any wifi spot".

‘A ship of fools and a circus’: Voters react to Trump...

Barely days into Trump's impeachment trial, US voters who spoke with IANS are already dug in on how the trial currently on in Washington DC might affect outcomes in the US presidential elections this November.

Farmers to get back land grabbed by Azam Khan

The land was seized by the district administration on Wednesday.

Panicked China locks down Wuhan to control epidemic

Sources in Beijing said that the government has shut down the city's airport, railway stations, short-distance ferries and long-distance coaches in Central China's Wuhan city, following 18 deaths due to the 2019-nCoV, a new strain of coronavirus, previously not identified in humans.

Death sentence cannot remain open-ended, says Supreme Court

"Sentence must be proportionate to the crime," the court said.

ICJ orders Myanmar to protect Rohingyas from genocide

The judges unanimously pronounced in favour of the Gambia, which had accused Myanmar of committing genocidal acts against the Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state and had requested the top United Nations court to enforce provisional measures to ensure that Myanmar complies with the 1948 Genocide Convention signed by the country in 1956, Efe news reported.

Pakistan lawyers’ body asks its Ahmadiyya members to renounce their faith

Sources in Islamabad said the newly elected Islamabad Bar Association has asked its members to submit an affidavit to declare their faith by January 31, 2020.

Cocktail of suspicion and distrust against govt, says Congress

Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi said while speaking to the media that "There is a cocktail of suspicion and distrust against the government and this should be avoided. When the atmosphere is of fear, trust deficit is humongous and when you have such rules then fear increases ten times."

International Court to rule on Myanmar genocide case

The case was brought to the ICJ by the Gambia accusing the Southeast Asian nation of committing genocide against the Rohingya Muslims.

AAP’s ‘kaam ki chai’ campaign for Delhi polls

Claiming to be the second famous "chai wala" of the country after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Prafull Billore, the Founder and CEO of the MBA Chai Wala, told IANS that although he does not support any political party, but was here as Arvind Kejriwal was working on improving the basic education and health facilities, which were the need of the hour.

NIA to bring disgraced Kashmir DSP to Delhi

The NIA is investigating him for helping terrorists. According to sources, Davinder Singh was brought to Jammu on a transit remand and a formal remand from the NIA court will be taken on Thursday.

Bushfires rage in Australia, Canberra airport shut

Flights were cancelled out of Canberra Airport as fires raged nearby. Officials issued emergency warnings urging people to stay away from the airport as two blazes threatened to breach the airfield's perimeters.

Nirbhaya convicts hanging goes into limbo as judge transferred

Additional Session Judge Satish Kumar Arora has been transferred to the Supreme Court as Additional Registrar on deputation basis for one year.

Kejriwal to hold roadshows in 5 constituencies on Thursday

Kejriwal will hold roadshows in Matiala, Uttam Nagar, Vikaspuri, Tughlakabad and Kalkaji.

Muslim clerics to spread awareness against CAA, NRC

A decision to this effect was taken when a delegation of Jamaat Raza-e-Mustafa met clerics and the Shahr Qazis in Bareilly and requested them "to hold peaceful protests till the government gives in and announces a rollback."

Syrian rebels fire mortar shells on Aleppo city

The dozens of shells slammed several residential areas, caused injuries particularly among children, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Wednesday, Xinhua news agency reported.

Priyanka to lead Cong movement on farmers in UP

According to sources, under the leadership of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the Congress will organise 'Kisan Jan Jagran Abhiyan' at the village level every month highlighting farmers' problems in the state. Later, a massive rally of farmers will be held in the districts of the state.

Tulsi Gabbard file $50M defamation suit against Hillary Clinton

"Whether out of personal animus, political enmity, or fear of real change within a political party Clinton and her allies have long dominated" Clinton lied about Gabbard, her lawyers said in the case filed in the Manhattan Federal Court on Wednesday.

Disappointed over SC’s refusal to stay CAA, says Jamaat-e-Islami

In a media statement issued on Wednesday, JIH Vice President Muhammad Salim Engineer said: "We expected the Supreme Court to come forward and help the people of India by staying the CAA because it is the responsibility of the apex court to fix the error committed by the Parliament. Supreme Court's refusal today to stay the implementation of CAA has disappointed us."

Court directs Delhi police to file a report on Jamia plea

Metropolitan Magistrate Rajat Goel passed the directions while hearing a plea filed by the varsity's administration under section 156 (3) Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) seeking registration of an FIR against the Delhi Police as it entered the varsity campus without permission and subjected to brutality with the students.

Mumbai to enter 24×7 era from midnight January 26-27

Addressing a joint press conference, the two ministers said that the programme to let establishments be always open will be implemented in designated malls, mills and multiplexes around the city in consultation with the Mumbai Police and BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation.

Goa Congress to approach CBI over illegal mining lease renewals

Goa Lokayukta P.K. Mishra had on Tuesday indicted former Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, former Mines Secretary P.K. Sain and Mining and Geology Department Director Prasanna Acharya and directed the state government to order a CBI probe into the matter.

Republicans beat back Democrat bid to call witnesses at Trump trial

At the trial that began on Tuesday afternoon under the presidency of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, the acrimonious partisanship was on full display as the Senate tried to set the stage for the trial Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Kerala CAA face-off to intensify between Gov, CM

The Vijayan cabinet that met here on Wednesday approved the Governor's address to the Kerala Legislative Assembly to be delivered on the January 29, and it includes the controversial suit that the Vijayan government has filed in the Supreme Court.