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Israel Opposes UN Council Visit to Palestinian Areas

Israel has told the UN Security Council that it opposes a planned visit by the top UN body to the Palestinian territories for a close-up look at the situation, Kuwait's ambassador said.

Kuwait and other council members proposed the visit to the occupied territories during a meeting last week on Israel's decision to end the international observer force in the West Bank city of Hebron.

During a closed-door meeting on Wednesday, the council president briefed members on talks held with Israel and the Palestinians on the proposal for a visit.

(Source: PTI)

Fuel Prices Hiked; Petrol up by 6 Paise and Diesel by 5 Paise

Petrol prices increased by 6 paise & diesel by 5 paise across 4 major cities. Petrol price in Delhi is at 70.39/litre and diesel is at 65.67/litre, while in Mumbai, petrol is at 76.03/litre and diesel at 68.76/litre.

10 Delhi-Bound Trains Running Late

10 Delhi-bound trains are running late due to low visibility conditions.

(Source: ANI)

Fire Breaks Out in Delhi's Naraina Factory

Fire broke out at a factory in Delhi’s Naraina. 12 fire tenders are present on the spot.

More details are awaited .

(Source: ANI)

Also Read : Massive Fire in Delhi’s Naraina, 20 Fire Tenders on Spot

IED Bomb Found Outside Imphal School

An IED bomb was found outside a school in Imphal’s Canchipur. The security forces are present at the spot.

(Source: ANI)

Rupee Falls 14 Paise at 70.94 Against US Dollar in Early Trade

The rupee depreciated 14 paise to 70.94 against the US dollar in opening trade at the interbank forex market Thursday on increased demand for the greenback from importers and banks amid rising global crude prices.


Philippine Journalist Maria Ressa Freed on Bail: Court

Philippine journalist Maria Ressa was freed on bail on Thursday following an arrest that sparked international censure and allegations she is being targeted over her news site’s criticism of President Rodrigo Duterte.


Two Flights Diverted From Delhi Airport Due to Bad Weather

Two flights were diverted from the Delhi airport due to bad weather on Thursday, 14 February.

(Source: ANI)

Airbus to Stop A380 Superjumbo Jets Production

Airbus announced it will stop making A380 superjumbo jets in 2021 after struggling to win clients.

Long-haul carrier Emirates announces $21.4 billion-valued deal with Airbus, says it’s sad to see end of A380 production.

(Source: AP)

INX Meida Case Next Hearing on 28 Feb

Next date of hearing in INX Media case is now 28 February. Indrani Mukerjea may be called to appear in-person in Delhi court on her plea to become a witness in the case.

(Source: ANI)

Also Read : Day After Karti, P Chidambaram Appears Before ED in INX Media Case

NGT Fines Rustomjee Developers Rs 1 Cr for Environment Norms Violation

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has imposed an interim fine of Rs 1 crore on a private developer for violation of environment norms in construction of a residential project in Bandra area.

In an order passed on 11 February, the principal bench of NGT at New Delhi held that Rustomjee Developers violated four major environment norms at its residential project Rustomjee Oriana, located at MIG Colony in Bandra-East.

It imposed Rs 1 crore fine on the developer as an "interim cost for damaging environment".

(Source: PTI)

Uttarakhand High Court Seeks Govt Reply on Hooch Tragedy

The Uttarakhand High Court has sought a reply from the state government on the recent hooch tragedy, which left over 70 people dead in the state and neighbouring Uttar Pradesh.

Hearing a PIL on the matter on Wednesday, a division bench of Chief Justice Ramesh Rangnathan and Justice Ramesh Chandra Khulbe directed the state to file a reply within 10 days.

(Source: PTI)

Also Read : 6 Nabbed With 75,000 Litres of Rectified Spirit Used to Make Hooch

Madras HC Formulates Guidelines for Cancelling Bail

The Madras High Court has framed guidelines to be followed by executive magistrates while ordering detention or arrest of an accused for breach of bail bond.

As per guidelines framed by Justice V Parthiban Wednesday, executive magistrates should issue notice to the person who jumped the bond condition to explain as to why action under Section 122(1)(b) (arrest or detention) of CrPC should not be taken for breach of the bond on a date fixed.

(Source: PTI)

2 Die From Electrocution in UP

Two persons died from electrocution when they were going to immerse a Saraswati idol in the Ganges in Ballia district of Uttar Pradesh, police said Thursday.

Chhotu Kumar Singh (20) and Mayank (18) died after they came into contact with live electricity wire Wednesday evening when they were travelling in a tractor trolley, the police said.

Six persons were injured in the incident and had to be hospitalised, they said.

(Source: PTI)

Puducherry CM, Ministers' Dharna Outside Raj Nivas

Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy and his ministerial colleagues continued their dharna outside the Raj Nivas for the second day on Thursday, 14 February, protesting Lt Governor Kiran Bedi's "negative stand" towards his government' proposals awaiting her approval.

Narayanasamy, his ministers and party MLAs had on Wednesday night slept on a pavement close to the Raj Nivas wearing black shirts. They have been demanding that that the Lt Governor accord sanction to 39 government proposals, including a free rice scheme.

(Source: PTI)

Maoist Killed in Gun Battle With Security Forces in Jharkhand

A Maoist was killed in a gun battle with security forces on Thursday, 14 February, said police, who recovered a German rifle, live cartridges and mobile phones on him.

The member of the banned People's Liberation Front of India (PLFI) was neutralised during a joint search operation by the state police and Central Reserve Police Force in the Merabeer jungle of Khunti district.

(Source: IANS)

Gunman Kills Five in Northwest Pakistan

A gunman on Thursday barged into a house in northwest Pakistan and shot dead five members of a family.

The incident occurred in Nowshera district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

District Police Office Mansoor Aman said the residents belonged to Peshawar's Badaber area.

The motive behind the murders was yet to be known.

In a separate incident, five people were killed and four injured as lightening struck their house in Sur Gul Village Kohat district. The dead included husband and wife and three children.

(Source: PTI)

IT Commissioner Handed Seven Year Jail Term in Disproportionate Assets Case

A special CBI court in Dehradun has sentenced a serving Income Tax Commissioner to seven years’ rigorous imprisonment in a 14-year-old disproportionate assets case.

CBI Special Judge Sujata Singh on Wednesday also awarded one year jail term to the officer Shwetabh Suman's 90-year-old mother Gulab Devi besides sentencing his brother-in-law Arun Kumar Singh and his close aide Rajendra Vikram Singh to four years in prison after convicting them under IPC.

(Source: PTI)

Will Hand Over Backward Class Welfare Dept's Charge to CM Adityanath: Rajbhar

UP Cabinet Minister Om Prakash Rajbhar Thursday said he would hand over the charge of the backward class welfare department to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath while expressing disappointment that his recommendations in appointment of state backward castes panel members have been "ignored".

Rajbhar said he would, however, continue to be in charge of the empowerment of persons with disabilities department.

(Source: PTI)

60 Bajrang Dal Members Held in Hyderabad for Holding Rally on Valentine's Day

The Hyderabad police on Thursday held 60 members of the Bajrang Dal for taking out a rally without permission and attempting to burn an effigy on Valentine’s Day in the city’s LB Nagar area.

Visuals showed the Hyderabad police hauling the men into vehicles, as the men chant ‘Jai Sri Ram’ and hold orange flags.

(Source: The News Minute)

Under-Trial Prisoner Dies in Odisha

An under-trial prisoner died at a hospital in Kendrapara district, police said Thursday.

The deceased, lodged in Kendrapara district jail, complained of chest pain on Wednesday night and was rushed to the district headquarters hospital where he died, they said.

The UTP, identified as Dhiren Behera (40), was facing trial in a case of rape, police added.

(Source: PTI)

MP Teacher Awarded Death Sentence for Minor's Rape Moves Sc

A school teacher convicted for raping a four-year-old-girl has filed a special leave petition (SLP) in the Supreme Court against his death penalty, a prison official said on Thursday.

Mahendra Singh Gond (28) filed the SLP in the Supreme Court on February 11, challenging his death sentence in the rape case, Jabalpur Central Jail's law officer Ashok Singh told PTI.

(Source: PTI)

Austria Probes Amazon Over Unfair Trade Practices

Austria probes Amazon over unfair trade practices.

(Source: AFP)

UP Minister Om Prakash Rajbar Offers Hands Over Charge of Backward Classes Dept

UP Cabinet Minister Om Prakash Rajbhar writes to UP CM Yogi Adityanath offering hand over of the charge of backward class welfare department, expressing disappointment that his recommendations in appointment of state backward castes panel members have been "ignored".

(Source: ANI)

IED Blast Followed by Gunshots in J&K's Pulwama

Pulwama: IED blast followed by gunshots in Goripora area of Awantipora, more details awaited.

(Source: ANI)

Nirbhaya's Parents Move Patiala House Court to Expedite Procedure to Hang Convicts

2012 Delhi gang-rape case: Nirbhaya's parents have approached Patiala House Court to expedite procedure to hang all the convicts in the case. Hearing on the plea to be held on 2 March.

(Source: ANI)

BJD, BJP Lodge Complaint Against Each Other with Eci

The ruling BJD in Odisha and the opposition BJP Thursday lodged a complaint against each with the visiting Election Commission of India (ECI) team.

(Source: PTI)

8 CRPF Personnel Injured in J&K

Eight CRPF personnel injured in the attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama.

(Source: ANI)

PM Modi on Two-Day Visit to South Korea from 21 Feb

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pay a two-day visit to South Korea next week during which he will hold talks with President Moon Jae-in on a host of issues to strengthen strategic ties, and also be conferred with the Seoul Peace Prize.

(Source: PTI)

Rajnath Singh Flags off Inaugural Flight from Lucknow to Najaf

Union Home minister Rajnath Singh Thursday flagged off the inaugural flight from Uttar Pradesh's capital city to Najaf in Iraq.

Speaking on the occasion, he said the government wants remotest areas of the country to have air connectivity.

(Source: PTI)

Sensex Drops 157.89 Points

Sensex drops 157.89 pts to end at 35,876.22 and Nifty falls 47.60 pts to 10,746.05.

(Source: PTI)

US Urges Citizens to Reconsider Travelling to Pakistan

US urges its citizens to reconsider travelling to Pak due to terrorism.

Bajrang Dal Gets Couple Married in Telangana

Bajrang Dal activists forcefully get a couple married in Medchal in Telangana on Valentines Day.

(Source: ANI)

Rahul Gandhi to Move Foreign Envoys on 15 Feb

Congress President Rahul Gandhi to meet foreign envoys on Friday in Delhi over lunch.

(Source: ANI)

Sharmishtha Mukherjee Resigns As Comm Head of Delhi Congress

Sharmistha Mukherjee has resigned from her post as Communication head of Delhi Congress, she has been replaced by Ramakant Goswami.

(Source: ANI)

Roof Collapse Kills 2 in UP's Gonda

Two persons were killed and two others were injured after roof of an under-construction house collapsed in Uttar Pradesh's Gonda district, officials said Thursday.

(Source: PTI)

Anna Hazare Hospitalised After Lack of Blood Supply to Brain

Social activist Anna Hazare was Thursday admitted to a hospital here after complaining of weakness due to lack of blood supply to his brain, doctors said.

(Source: PTI)

Govt's Publicity Bill: Rs 2,374 Cr on Electronic Media, Rs 670 Cr on Outdoor Publicity

The Central government has spent Rs 2,374 crore on its publicity in electronic media and Rs 670 crore on outdoor publicity in the last five years, according to an RTI reply by the Bureau of Outreach and Communication under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

(Source: PTI)

Army Colonel Dead After Bullet Hits Him in Accident

Army Sources said an Army Colonel from Army Air Defence dead after bullet hits him in an accident at the Mahajan field firing range in Rajasthan. The officer was Commanding Officer of an Air Defence unit.

(Source: ANI)

Modi to Kick off BJP's LS Campaign in MP With Two Rallies

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will kick off the BJP's Lok Sabha campaign in Madhya Pradesh from Hoshangabad district Friday.

He will address a public meeting at Itarsi in Hoshangabad district Friday afternoon.

(Source: PTI)

Pak Court Grants Bail to PML-N Chief Shehbaz Sharif

A top court Thursday granted bail to Shehbaz Sharif in two corruption cases, in a major relief to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief and Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly who is currently in a jail.

(Source: PTI)

India's January WPI Eases to 2.76%

India's annual rate of inflation based on wholesale prices eased to 2.76 per cent in January from 3.02 per cent reported for the corresponding month of 2018, official data showed on Thursday.

(Source: IANS)

CBDT Chairman Sushil Chandra Appointed Election Commissioner

CBDT Chairman Sushil Chandra appointed Election Commissioner, said Law Ministry.

(Source: PTI)

Pence Says Warsaw Talks Agree Iran 'Greatest Threat'

US Vice-President Mike Pence says Warsaw talks agree Iran 'greatest threat' in Middle East.

(Source: AFP)

23 Feared Dead in Flood at Disused Zimbabwe Gold Mine

At least 23 illegal gold miners were feared dead in Zimbabwe on Thursday after water flooded two disused shafts in a mining town 145 kilometres south-west of the capital Harare.

(Source: AFP)

SC Seeks Affidavit From Amrapali Group of All Investments till Date

Supreme Court on Thursday sought an affidavit from Amrapali Group as to what are the amount it has invested in which projects and who are the directors in which company till the very beginning of its existence.

SC has asked Amrapali Group to deposit Rs 200 crores which was taken by it on account of loans and advances by March 31. The matter to be further heard on 28 February.

(Source: ANI)

BJP Veterans Including Advani May Contest Lok Sabha Polls

BJP veterans, including L.K. Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, are likely to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, notwithstanding an informal bar on those above 75 years occupying ministerial and organisational posts.

(Source: IANS)

Trafficked Woman of Odisha Rescued from Rajasthan

A 22-year-old woman of Odisha, who was allegedly trafficked over one-and-a-half months ago, was rescued from Rajasthan, police said Thursday.

(Source: PTI)

BJP MLA, Former Goa Deputy Cm Francis D'Souza Dies

Former Goa deputy Chief Minister and current BJPMLA Francis D'Souza died Thursday evening, his party said.

(Source: PTI)

Five Killed, 1 Injured as Car Rams into Truck

Five people, including a two-year-old child, were killed and another one was injured Thursday when their car rammed into a stationary truck in the Bachrawan area here, police said.

(Source: PTI)

6.1 Lakh More Voters in Delhi's Electoral Roll Than in 2015: Officials

There are 6.1 lakh more voters in the electoral roll of the national capital than what it was in 2015 and representatives of various political parties have been informed about it, officials of the Delhi CEO office said Thursday.

(Source: PTI)

74 Bajrang Dal Activists Held on Valentine's Day

As many as 74 Bajrang Dal activists were Thursday taken into preventive custody here even as members of the organisation held demonstrations in different parts of the city protesting Valentine's Day celebration, police said.

(Source: PTI)

Man Held for Raping Minor Daughter for 5 Years in Odisha

A 42-year-old man was arrested Thursday for allegedly raping his minor daughter for five years in Odisha's Ganjam district, police said.

(Source: PTI)

TDP LS MP Quits Party Ahead of Polls, Joins YSR Congress

In yet another jolt to the ruling Telugu Desam Party in Andhra Pradesh, its Lok Sabha member from Anakapalli, M Srinivasa Rao, quit the party Thursday evening and joined the opposition YSR Congress.

(Source: PTI)

Several Dozen Killed in Niger River Accident: Officials

Several dozen feared dead in Niger river accident, said local officials.

(Source: AFP)

Arms Supplier Held in Delhi, over 100 Pistols Seized

A 30-year-old illegal arms supplier was arrested here and ten illegal pistols were recovered from his possession, the Delhi Police said on Thursday.

(Source: PTI)

Egypt Parliament Extends President’s Term Limits

Egypt parliament approves constitutional changes to remove term limits for President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, allowing him to stay in power possibly until 2034. The changes are part of amendments that will be further examined before final approval.

(Source: AP)

Move Foreign Trade to MEA from Commerce Ministry: CAIT to PM

Traders' body CAIT Thursday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to move foreign trade under the administrative control of the external affairs ministry so that the commerce ministry can focus solely on domestic trade.

(Source: PTI)

Delhi's Air Quality 'Very Poor', to Improve Friday: Authorities

The overall air quality in the national capital was in the "very poor" category on Thursday despite thunderstorm and rains in several parts of the city, authorities said.

(Source: PTI)

Swedish Defence Major SAAB to Participate in Aero India 2019

Swedish defence major Saab on Thursday announced that it will participate in the Aero India 2019, which is going to take place in Bengaluru from 20 to 24 February.

(Source: PTI)

HC Enhances Moin Qureshi's Security Deposit for Travelling Abroad

The Delhi High Court on Thursday enhanced the security amount from Rs 2 crore to Rs 6 crore to be deposited by meat exporter Moin Qureshi, an accused in a cheating and corruption case, to travel to the UAE and Pakistan, following a plea by the CBI.

(Source: PTI)

US, China Hold Talks to Clinch Deal to End Trade War

Top trade negotiators from the US and China began their talks in "good spirits" here on Thursday amid the optimism generated by President Donald Trump's remarks about extending the March 1 deadline for the world's two largest economies to reach a trade deal.

(Source: PTI)

Two Killed in Accident on Sinnar-Shirdi Road

Two workers, returning home after a night shift, were killed on the spot after a speeding car hit them near village Khopadi on Sinnar-Shirdi highway Thursday morning, the police said.

(Source: PTI)

UK to Debate Jallianwala Bagh Massacre in House of Lords

Indian-origin peers in the House of Lords have initiated a “historic” debate on the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in April 1919 during the British Raj, to be held next Tuesday.

(Source: PTI)

ICJ to Resume Hearing in Kulbhushan Jadhav Case from Feb 18

The oral proceedings in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case will commence from February 18 before the International Court of Justice at The Hague, the Ministry of External Affairs said Thursday.

(Source: PTI)

CWC Meeting to be held on 26 Feb in Gujarat

Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting to be held on 26 February in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

(Source: ANI)

Absconding Imam Facing Charges Under POCSO Act Moves High Court

A Muslim cleric, who is absconding as he faces charges of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl, Thursday moved the Kerala High Court seeking anticipatory bail and claimed that the case against him was "false" and "politically motivated.

(Source: PTI)

Man Held with Pistol at Delhi Metro Station

A 23-year-old man was Thursday apprehended at a Delhi Metro station for allegedly carrying a country-made pistol in his bag, officials said.

(Source: PTI)

Six More Die of Swine Flu in Rajasthan, Toll Mounts to 125

The death toll due to swine flu in Rajasthan has risen to 125 with six more people succumbing to the H1N1 virus on Thursday, the Health Department said.

(Source: PTI)

US Withdrawal From Syria is Positive Step: Putin

Russia, Turkey, Iran see US withdrawal from Syria as 'positive step', said Vladimir Putin.

(Source: AFP)

Swaraj to Visit Bulgaria, Morocco and Spain from 16-19 Feb

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will undertake a four-day visit to Bulgaria, Morocco and Spain from February 16, the ministry said Thursday.

(Source: PTI)

Cabinet Committee to Meet on 15 Feb

The sources said Cabinet Committee on Security to meet at 9:15 AM on Friday.

(Source: ANI)

Jharkhand Police Recovers 15 Landmines Planted by Maoists

The police Thursday recovered 15 landmines connected to each other at Mohantala in Palamau district, a police officer said.

(Source: PTI)

After 17 Years, Guj Govt Announces Compensation for Godhra Train Carnage Victims

Almost 17 years after the Godhra train burning incident, the Gujarat government on Thursday announced compensation of Rs five lakh each for the families of 52 victims.

(Source: PTI)

Vice Admiral Ghormade Takes over as Chief of Staff, Eastern Naval Command

Vice Admiral S N Ghormade Thursday assumed charge as Chief of Staff, Eastern Naval Command, at Visakhapatnam.

Prior to this, he was Director General of Naval Operations.

(Source: PTI)

Three Killed in Lightning Strikes in UP

Three persons, including two boys, were killed in Uttar Pradesh's Bareilly and Jalaun districts on Thursday when lightning struck some parts of the state, police said.

(Source: PTI)

IndiGo to Cancel Over 100 Flights For 15 Feb

Pilot shortage, NOTAMs force IndiGo to cancel more than 100 flights for Friday, said source.

(Source: PTI)

US Senate Passes Bill to Avert Govt Shutdown

US Senate passes spending bill to avert govt shutdown, House votes next.

(Source: AFP)

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