Latest News: KS Alagiri Appointed as Tamil Congress President
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Bhima Koregaon Accused Anand Teltumbde Arrested

Anand Teltumbde, an accused in Bhima Koregaon case has been arrested by Pune Police from Mumbai this morning. Pune session court had, on 1 February, rejected his anticipatory bail plea.


Also Read : Elgar Parishad Case: Anand Teltumbde Arrested by Pune Police 

Delhi Air in poor Category

Major pollutants PM 2.5 at 234 and PM 10 at 230 in Delhi, both in 'Poor' category in Lodhi Road area, according to the Air Quality Index (AQI) data.

(Source: ANI)

Dancer Salman Yusuf Khan Accused of Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment complaint filed against dancer/choreographer Salman Yusuf Khan in Oshiwara Police Station, Mumbai. Police begin the investigation.

(Source: ANI)

RJD MP's Nephew Shot Dead

Yusuf, nephew of former RJD MP Mohammad Shahabuddin shot dead in Bihar’s Siwan on Friday, 1 February, in the night.

(Source: ANI)

6.5-Magnitude Quake Shakes Guatemala, Mexico

A 6.5-magnitude earthquake has shaken Mexico and Guatemala, leaving three people injured and causing infrastructure damage, authorities said.

The quake struck on Friday near the Mexico-Guatemala border, 37 kilometers (23 miles) southwest of Ciudad Hidalgo, in the Mexican state of Chiapas, said Mexico's National Seismological Service. It put the depth at 62 kilometers.

(Source: AFP)

Cannot Allow Trade Deficit with China to Continue: Donald Trump

President Donald Trump has said US' massive trade deficit with China cannot be allowed to continue, a day after the officials from both countries concluded their latest round of negotiations on trade issues.

The US and China have been locked in an escalating trade spat since early 2018, raising import tariffs on each other's goods.


One Criminal Dead in Encounter in Bihar

One criminal Kundan Singh dead, in an encounter with Police in Muzaffarpur on Friday, 1 February. Two other criminals escaped, an AK-47 has been recovered.

(Source: ANI)

FIR Registered Against SP Leader Azam Khan

FIR registered against SP leader Azam Khan for allegedly defaming RSS and Shia Cleric Kalbe Jawwad. The complaint was filed by one Allama Zameer Naqvi.

(Source: ANI)

Jammu-Srinagar Highway Closed After Fresh Landslides

Jammu-Srinagar highway remained closed for the third consecutive day due to fresh landslides in the Bannihal-Ramban sector, an official said.

(Source: IANS)

Petrol Pump Looted in Bihar

Petrol pump in Fatuha area of Patna district looted by armed assailants, one petrol pump employee shot dead.

(Source: ANI)

NCDRC Asks SBI to Allow Widow Access to Monthly Pension

The apex consumer forum has directed the State Bank of India (SBI) to allow the widow of a defence personnel access to her monthly family pension which was withheld.

The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) bench said freezing the woman's bank account and denying her access to pension amounted to deficiency in service.

(Source: PTI)

French Priest Jailed for Sexual Abuse

A French priest was Friday sentenced to five years, two without parole, for sexually assaulting four young female parishioners, one of whom was just nine when the offences started, and embezzling 100,000 euros (USD 115,000) to pay one of his victims.

The trial was held behind closed doors at Colmar Criminal Court, in northeast France, which publicly announced the sentence late Friday.

(Source: PTI)

DGP Bihar Assures Swift Action Against Culprit in Different Incidents

DGP Bihar Gupteshwar Pandey said on law and order state in the state, “In a population of 12 crore, 3 incidents took place. I can assure you that culprits won't be able to escape, we'll locate and punish them. We'll not let crime flourish. No one should doubt that police will retaliate when needed.”

(Source: ANI)

SIMI Declared 'Unlawful Association' by Central Govt

Union Home Ministry said that the “Central Government hereby declares the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) as an “unlawful association.”

(Source: ANI)

JBM Terrorist Wanted in Burdwan Blast Case Arrested

Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JBM) terrorist wanted in Burdwan blast case was arrested by Kolkata police.

The accused, Abdul Martin of Barpeta, Assam was arrested by Special Task Force.

(Source: News18)

Farmers Protest Resumes on DND Flyway

Farmers held protest near the Delhi-Noida Direct (DND) flyway toll gate - demanding fourfold compensation in lieu of their land acquisition. On 1 February, traffic police had advised commuters to take alternative routes to avoid traffic.

(Source: ANI)

20 Hurt in Bus-Tractor Collision

More than 20 people were injured when the bus they were travelling in collided with a tractor near Bhenval Road under Garhi Pukhta police station in Shamli district here, officials said Saturday.

(Source: PTI)

Woman Killed over Dowry Demand

A newly married woman was allegedly killed by her in-laws over dowry demand at Pakki Garhi village under Garhi Pukhta police station in Shamli district, officials said Saturday.

The deceased Sana Khan, 28, had married one Ariz Hasan nine months ago. A case has been registered against the husband and five other in-laws, who are absconding, said Circle Officer Rajive Kumar Tiwari.

(Source: PTI)

Six Die in Van-Lorry Collision in Tn

Six people including four women were killed in collision involving a van and a brick-laden lorry at Thumbai in this district Saturday, police said.

The incident occurred early this morning when the lorry proceeding towards Kancheepuram collided with the van coming from the opposite direction, and then capsized, they said.

(Source: PTI)

Terror Suspect Arrested in Kerala

In a joint operation, West Bengal Police Special Task Force & Kerala police arrested one terror suspect Abdul Matin from Kerala’s Mallapuram on Friday.

(Source: ANI)

Three Killed in Avalanche in Srinagar's Pahalgam

Avalanche kills 3 persons in Pahalgam, Srinagar on Friday, 2 February.

Also Read : Avalanche Kills 3 in Srinagar’s Pahalgam District

2 Killed by Maoists in Maharashtra

Two more people killed by Maoists on suspicion of being police informers, in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli. Seven people have been killed in the last fifteen days.

(Source: ANI)

JD(U) MLC Rishi Mishra Quits Party, to Join Congress

Rishi Mishra, JDU MLC and ex-MLA has quit the party on Saturday. He said, “Was getting very difficult to work in JDU. Last election I fought against BJP, people of my constituency voted aganist BJP. So now how will I answer my voters? I don't have issues with Nitish ji but can't work with BJP. Will join Congress today.”

(Source: ANI)

11 Deputy SP in Kerala Demoted

Kerala DGP Loknath Behera has recommended demotion of 11 Deputy SP ranked officers as Circle Inspectors. Disciplinary action taken against officers who are facing allegations and internal probes. 26 senior circle inspectors have been promoted to the post of Deputy SP.

(Source: ANI)

Flood Watches, Evacuation Orders as Storm Hits California

A powerful storm sweeping California has prompted flash-flood watches and evacuations in areas stripped bare by devastating wildfires. The storm that began moving in Friday night is expected to bring up to 4 inches of rain in some areas, winds gusting to 80 mph, 10-foot waves and up to 10 feet of snow in the Sierra Nevada.

(Source: PTI)

Six Vultures Run Over by Train

According to DFO, Darjeeling Wildlife Division, 6 vultures were run over by a train last night while they were feeding on a cow carcass lying on the train track in Sukna, Siliguri in West Bengal.

(Source: ANI)

Iranian TV: Attack on Paramilitary Base Kills 1, Wounds 5

Iranian state TV is reporting that an attack on a Basij paramilitary base has left one dead and five others wounded in the southeastern town of Nikshahr.

Authorities did not provide details about the nature of Saturday's assault and no group immediately claimed responsibility. The Basij is affiliated with Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard.

(Source: AP)

Chinese 'Underground' Bishop Gains Official Recognition: State Media

A bishop from China's "underground" Catholic church is slated to step up as the official state-backed clergyman for a diocese in central China, state-run media reported, amid a thaw in relations between Beijing and the Holy See.

An agreement struck in September on the appointment of bishops has paved the way for a rapprochement between Beijing and the Vatican after diplomatic ties were cut off in 1951. It also gives both sides a say in appointing Catholic bishops in China.

(Source: AFP)

Woman Killed by Tiger in Rajasthan's Sawai Madhopur

A tiger killed a 40-year-old woman in Rajasthan’s Sawai Madhopur on Saturday.

The body is being sent for postmortem.

(Source: ANI)

Venezuela's Guaido Extends Olive Branch to China

Venezuela's self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido has promised China he will honour bilateral agreements and said he was ready to start a dialogue with Beijing "as soon as possible".

Guaido's comments to the South China Morning Post, published Saturday, appear aimed at laying to rest questions over whether his political challenge to President Nicolas Maduro would disrupt ties with Venezuela's main creditor.

(Source: AFP)

Rival Rallies Set up Tense Standoff in Venezuela

Tens of thousands of protesters were set to pour onto the streets of Caracas on Saturday to back opposition leader Juan Guaido's calls for early elections as international pressure increased on President Nicolas Maduro to step down.

Major European countries have set a Sunday deadline for Maduro to call snap presidential elections.

(Source: AFP)

India's Sovereign Rating Profile to Be Evaluated Based on Post-Election Budget: Fitch

Pre-election spending has led to fiscal slippage by a modest margin but the sovereign rating profile of India would be evaluated based on the medium term outlook in the post-election Budget, Fitch Ratings has said.

Finance Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday presented the Interim Budget for 2019-20 in which he announced out a scheme under which farmers holding up to 2 hectares of land would get a Rs 6,000 annual payout -- a move intended to benefit about 12 crore farmers, among other measures for middle-class taxpayers.

(Source: PTI)

Anti-Narcotics Cell Mumbai Arrests 13 Drug Suppliers

Anti-Narcotics Cell Mumbai in the last 24 hours registered six cases, arrested 13 drugs suppliers and seized drugs worth over Rs 35 lakhs.

(Source: ANI)

Woman Ultra Killed in Encounter in Chhattisgarh

A suspected woman naxal was killed and another injured Saturday in an encounter between security forces and ultras in Chhattisgarh, police said.

The skirmish took place early this morning in the forest of Rengaiguda village, around 450 kms from Raipur, under Polampalli police station limits when a joint team of security forces was returning after an area domination operation, Sukma Superintendent of Police Jitendra Shukla told PTI over phone.

(Source: PTI)

Fire Breaks Out in Bhubaneswar's Apollo Hospital

A fire broke out in Apollo Hospital, Bhubaneswar earlier on Saturday.

Three fire tenders were rushed to the spot and doused the fire. No casualties were reported.

(Source: ANI)

Separatist Leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Placed Under House Arrest Ahead of PM Visit

Moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was placed under house arrest on Saturday, a day ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's scheduled visit to Jammu and Kashmir.

The Mirwaiz has been put under house arrest for maintaining law and order as separatists have called for a complete shutdown on Sunday, officials said.

(Source: PTI)

Also Read : Separatist Leader Mirwaiz Under House Arrest Ahead of PM Visit

MHADA Denies Illegality in 2018 Sale of Flats

Denying allegations of any illegality in the sale of 1,384 flats in Mumbai recently, as alleged by an activist, the Maharashtra Housing and Development Authority (MHADA) has told the Bombay High Court that it was well within its powers to sell these units.

The state government had published an advertisement in November, announcing the sale of 1,384 flats in the city through computerised lottery.

(Source: PTI)

Boat Carrying 11 Devotees Capsizes Near Sangam

A boat carrying 11 devotees capsized near the Sangam Saturday, an official said. No loss of life was reported during the incident.

NDRF personnel reached the spot on time and rescued all the pilgrims -- three women and eight men, the official said.

The boat capsized apparently after losing balance near the Sangam, he said.

(Source: PTI)

Pak Women in J&K Appeal to Modi for Providing Travel Documents to Return Home

A group of women from Pakistan, who came to Jammu and Kashmir with their husbands under the rehabilitation policy for militants, Saturday appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan for travel documents to return home.

They claimed that they have not been provided the permanent resident certificates as promised.

(Source: PTI)

Gujarat Cong MLA Asha Patel Quits

A Congress MLA in Gujarat, Asha Patel resigned as a member of the assembly and from the party membership Saturday on account of "infighting".

Patel, who represents Unjha constituency in Mehsana district, submitted her resignation to Gujarat Assembly Speaker Rajendra Trivedi in Gandhinagar this morning.

The Speaker has accepted the resignation.

(Source: PTI)

Putin Says Russia Suspending Missile Treaty After Us Move: Agencies

President Vladimir Putin on Saturday said Russia was suspending its participation in a key Cold War-era missile treaty in a mirror response to a US move the day before, agencies reported.

(Source: AFP)

French Yellow Vest Protesters Back on the Streets

France's yellow vest protesters are taking to the streets to keep pressure on French President Emmanuel Macron's government, for the 12th straight weekend of demonstrations.

Multiple protests are planned Saturday in Paris and other cities to denounce Macron's economic policies, seen by critics as favouring the rich.

(Source: AP)

Court Grants ED Further 6-Day Custody of Gautam Khaitan

Delhi's Patiala House Court granted further six days custody of Gautam Khaitan to Enforcement Directorate (ED).

Also an accused in AgustaWestland case, he was arrested by ED in a fresh case, in connection with black money and money laundering.

(Source: ANI)

Leopard Cub Seized From Passenger's Bag at Chennai Airport

Air Intelligence Unit at Chennai International airport seized a one-month-old leopard cub from the baggage of a passenger.

The cub will be rehabilitated in the Aringar Anna Zoological Park in Chennai, The passenger was handed over to Tamil Nadu Forest Department for further action.

(Source: ANI)

Shift Nawaz Sharif to Hospital: Pak's Punjab Govt Orders Jail Admin

Pakistan's Punjab provincial government Saturday ordered that Nawaz Sharif be shifted to a hospital from jail, days after a special medical board concluded that the former prime minister has developed cardiac complications.

Sharif, 69, has been serving a seven-year jail term in Lahore's Kot Lakhpat jail in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills corruption case.

(Source: PTI)

NFL Q3 Profit Almost Doubles to Rs 104 Cr

State-owned fertiliser firm NFL Saturday reported a nearly two-fold jump in net profit at Rs 103.92 crore for the December quarter on higher sales, especially of non-urea products.

Its net profit stood at Rs 52.50 crore in the year-ago period, the company said in a regulatory filing.

(Source: PTI)

Case Registered Against Revenue Officials for Damaging Records in J&K

An FIR has been registered against two revenue department officials for damaging official records to illegally favour private beneficiaries in lieu of pecuniary benefits in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir, an anti-corruption bureau spokesman said on Saturday.

(Source: PTI)

Man Held for Offensive Posts Against Muslims

A 48-year-old man was arrested Saturday at the airport here by the cyber crime sleuths in connection with alleged offensive posts in the social media against Muslims, police said.

Kalyanasundaram Rangasamy had allegedly made defamatory comments offending Muslims recently, police said, adding they were on the lookout for him for the offence for quite some time.

(Source: PTI)

Earthquake Strikes Afghanistan; Tremors Felt in North India, Pak

Earthquake measuring 5.6 strikes Afghanistan. Tremors felt in part of Pakistan and northern India.

73 Indians Arrested in Sri Lanka for Violating Visa Norms

Seventy-three Indians have been arrested by the Sri Lankan authorities for violating visa norms this year, officials said.

(Source: PTI)

J&K Police Bust JeM Terror Module, 3 Held

The Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Police Saturday busted a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terror module with the arrest of three people, an official said.

(Source: PTI)

11 Dead as War-Damaged Flats Collapse in Syria's Aleppo

Four children were among at least 11 people killed when a war-damaged block of flats collapsed in Syria's second city Aleppo on Saturday, state media said.

(Source: PTI)

VVIP Chopper Scam: ED Opposes Middleman's Plea to Meet His Lawyer in Private

The Enforcement Directorate opposed the petition of Rajeev Saxena, a Dubai-based businessman wanted in the VVIP chopper case, seeking to meet his lawyer in private, saying it may hamper the probe.

(Source: PTI)

MAHA Approves Pension Scheme for Senior Journalists

The Maharashtra government Saturday gave administrative approval to a pension scheme for senior journalists in the state, which has been a long-pending demand of the media fraternity.

(Source: PTI)

Condition of Goa CM Parrikar Stable: AIIMS Sources

The condition of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is admitted to AIIMS for a routine check up, is stable, sources at the hospital said Saturday.

The former defence minister who is suffering from a pancreatic ailment was admitted to the hospital on Thursday evening for a routine check up.

(Source: PTI)

Swine Flu: 84 Deaths, 2,289 Positive Cases Reported Between 1 Jan and 2 Feb

Total 84 deaths due to swine flu and over 2,289 positive cases have been reported from across the state between 1 January and 2 February.

(Source: ANI)

Mumbai's Lower Parel Railway Station to Remain Shut for 11 Hours

Mumbai's Lower Parel Railway Station will remain shut for 11 hours from 10 pm Saturday, 2 February to 9 am Sunday, 3 Febraury, to carry out demolition of the Delisle Road Bridge. 205 local trains and 23 long-distance trains have been cancelled.

(Source: ANI)

Uttar Pradesh Budget Session to Begin From 5 February

The budget session of Uttar Pradesh assembly will begin from 5 February and will continue till 22 February. The state budget will be presented by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on 7 February.

(Source: ANI)

KS Alagiri Appointed as the President of Tamil Nadu Congress

KS Alagiri has been appointed as the President of Tamil Nadu Congress, while H Vasantha Kumar, K Jayakumar, MK Vishnu Prasad & Mayura Jayakumar have been appointed as the working presidents.

(Source: ANI)

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