- Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds talks with his
Canadian counterpart in New Delhi; The two countries sign six agreements.
- Jharkhand High Court rejects Lalu Prasad Yadav's bail
plea in Deoghar treasury case.
- Income Tax
department carries out raids at five locations in Bihar against Subhash Yadav, a sand Baron and close aide of
Lalu Prasad Yadav.
Directorate freezes bank deposits and shares
worth about 44 crore rupees of Nirav Modi group in connection with PNB scam.
- Supreme Court seeks response from Delhi Police on a
plea seeking an SIT probe into the death of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor's wife
- In the US, Trump
administration announces new policy making H-1B visa approval tougher.
India and Canada
today signed six agreements in differents fields including sports, education,
science and technology.The agreements were signed after delegation level talks
between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Canadian Prime Minister
Justin Trudeau in New Delhi. In his press statement, Prime Minister Modi said
India is in favour of strengthening its strategic partnership with Canada. He
said both countries should work together to fight terrorism. Mr Modi stressed
that terrorism and extremism are a threat to countries and to fight these
elements it is important for us to come together.
"हम अपनी सुरक्षा सहयोग को सुदृढ़ करने पर सहमत हुए है। आतंकवाद और उग्रवाद भारत और कनाड़ा जैसे लोकतांत्रिक बहुलवादी समाजों के लिए खतरा है। इन ताकतों का मुकाबला करने के लिए हमारा साथ आना महत्वपूर्ण है। सम्प्रदाय का राजनीतिक उद्देश्य के लिए दुरूपयोग करने वालों और बंटवारे की खाई खोदने वालों के लिए कोई जगह नहीं होनी चाहिए। हमारे देशों की सम्प्रभुता, एकता और अखंडता को चुनौती देने वालों को भी बर्दाश्त नहीं किया जा सकता।"
He said both
countries can work together in several fields including space technology. He
said the entire gamut of bilateral relations was discussed during the
talks. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had earlier called on Mr Trudeau
discussed ways to strengthen and deepen the bilateral partnership between the
two countries. Earlier, Mr
Trudeau was accorded ceremonial reception at the forecourts of Rashtrapati Bhawan this morning. He also laid wreath at
Mahatma Gandhi's Samadhi, Rajghat.
The Canadian Prime Minister is scheduled to call on
President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhawan in the evening.
The Jharkhand High Court today rejected the bail
application of RJD Chief Lalu Prasad in a fodder scam case. Lalu Prasad had
moved the high court seeking bail in the Deoghar Treasury case in which the RJD
chief has been sentenced to three and half years in prison. Justice Aparesh
Kumar Singh rejected the bail application after hearing both the parties. About
two months ago, a special CBI court of Shivpal Singh in Ranchi had sentenced
RJD Chief Lalu Prasad and 15 others with fines.
application of RJD Chief Lalu Prasad is also being heard in the Jharkhand High
Court . This is a case of fodder scam related to illegal withdrawal from
Chaibasa Treasury. A special CBI Court of Ranchi had last month sentenced Lalu
Prasad to five years in jail with ten lakh rupees fine.
In Bihar, Income
Tax raids are underway at five locations including the residence of sand mining
Baron and close aide of Lalu Prasad Yadav, Subhash Yadav in Patna since
morning. The raids are being conducted in the disproportionate asset case
against the sand mining baron. Sources said, documents regarding
disproportionate income have been seized during raid and Subhash Yadav is being
interrogated by the Income tax officials. Our correspondent reports that sand
mining baron bought three flats from former Chief Minister Rabari Devi.
Bihar, CBI today raided the residence of Aurangabad district District
Magistrate Kanwal Tanuj. CBI alleges DM withdrew more than rupees 2 crore from
a beneficiary who gave land to NTPC's Bhartiya Rail Bijalee company to build a
power plant. The CBI team is interrogating the DM in the case.
Enforcement Directorate, ED, today said it has frozen
bank deposits and shares worth about 44 crore rupees of the Nirav Modi group in
connection with to PNB scam. The ED has also seized a huge collection of
imported watches from locations linked to the billionaire diamond merchant.
Officials said, they have put freeze orders on bank accounts containing 30
crore rupees and shares worth 13.86 crore rupees of the group under the
Prevention of Money Laundering Act. They said, a huge collection of imported
watches, 176 steel almirahs, 158 boxes and 60 other containers have been seized
during ED searches at multiple locations linked to Nirav Modi over last week.
Only yesterday, the agency seized deposits, shares and
luxury cars worth over 100 crore rupees of the businesssman and his group. The
CBI and the ED have registered two FIRs each to probe the case.
Supreme Court today sought the response from Delhi
Police on a plea filed by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy seeking an SIT probe
into the death of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor's wife Sunanda Pushkar. A bench of
Justices Arun Mishra and AM Khanwilkar issued a notice to the police on Swamy's
plea, leaving open the question of maintainability of the petition. The court
was hearing Swamy's appeal against the Delhi High Court's October 26 verdict,
dismissing his plea for a probe into Pushkar's death by a court-monitored
Special Investigation Team (SIT).
Sunanda Pushkar was found dead under mysterious
circumstances in a suite of a five-star hotel in Delhi on the night of January
A Delhi Police team today reached Chief Minister
Arvind Kejriwal's residence in the Civil Lines area to collect evidence related
to an alleged assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash by AAP MLAs. Additional
DCP (North Delhi) Harinder Singh said, the police team has been sent to the
chief minister's residence for collecting all evidence, including CCTV footage.
AAP MLAs Prakash Jarwal and Amanatullah Khan have been arrested by the police
in connection with the assault case.
Minister of State in PMO Jitendra Singh today said
government officials should be given a work-friendly environment. Talking to
media after meeting a delegation of IAS association in Delhi, Dr Singh said
government should be able to get the best out of officers. He said an enabling
environment must be provided so that officers can perform to the best of their
ability in the interest of the nation.
"आईएएस अधिकारियों की ओर से तीन प्रतिनिधि सेक्रेटरी डीओपीटी के साथ बैठ करके एक व्यापक चर्चा इस विषय को लेकर के करने में समय लगाएंगे कि किस प्रकार से जो डीओपीटी की गाइडलाइंस है, उनका पालन होना चाहिए और किस प्रकार से एक वातावरण ऐसा बने कि कामकाज मिलजुल करके जनहित में और भारत सरकार की योजनाओं को एक सार्थक ढंग से कंस्टेक्टिव ढंग से आगे ले जाने में हम सब एक-दूसरे का सहयोग कर पाएं।"
Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting, Smriti Irani unveiled three
upcoming FM projects of AIR for Champawat, and Almora District in Pithoragrah
today. Transmitters of one and five kilowatt will be setup in these two
regions. Earlier she also participated in Vasantotsav Mela in Pithoragarh
district which is being organized for the first time. The six day Mela is being
organized to promote the cultural heritage of Kumaon region.
Assembly elections in Nagaland has entered its last phase as only three days
are left for the purpose. The campaigning for February 27 elections will end on
Sunday. All India Radio, Kohima and other media agencies are also hosting
Political Broadcast so as to let the people in the remotest part of the State
know about their leaders and Political Parties policies. Our correspondent
takes a look at the poll scenario.
district has athe highest with 48 candidates contesting the February 27th
elections and closely followed by Mon district with 41 candidates.Among the
heavyweights contesting this election are Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang,
NDPP leader and former Lok Sabha MP Neiphiu Rio, former Chief Minister K L Chishi
and former Chief Secretary Alemtemshi Jamir.The election is likely to witness
straight contest between the ruling Naga Peoples’ Front and the Nationalists
Democratic progressive Party and BJP alliance.The NPF has fielded 58
candidates, the BJP 20 and the NDPP in 40 out of which former MP Rio is
declared unopposed winner. Anenla
Jamir, Kohima, AIR News.
State Election department has taken a slew of measures to create awareness
among the voters. Chief Electoral Officer FR Kharkonger said that a mega
event "Rock The Boat With Your
Vote" will be held tomorrow with an aim to remind people of their
responsibilty to vote for a strong democracy.
Polling in Meghalaya and Nagaland will be held on 27th of this month.
In the US, the
Trump administration has announced a new policy that makes the procedure of
issuing H-1B visas very tough to those who are to be employed at one or more
third-party worksites. The new policy announced yesterday, empowers the US
Citizenship and Immigration Services to issue H-1B visas to an employee only
for the period for which he or she has work at the third-party worksite. We
have a desk report in this:-
" Now the
issuing of H-1B visas could be of less than three years. The move would reverse
the tradition of issuing the H-1B visas for three years at a time. The H-1B
programme offers temporary US visas that allow companies to hire highly skilled
foreign professionals working in areas with shortages of qualified American
workers. Indian IT companies, which are among the major beneficiaries of H-1B
visas, has a significant number of its employees deployed at third-party
worksites. ANUJA KUMAR AIR NEWS DESK."
In Nepal, the
election for a new president will be held on March the 13th. The Election
Commission announced the date for the
presidential election after a meeting held at Kathmandu on Thursday under the
chairmanship of Chief Election Commissioner Dr.
Ayodhee Prasad Yadav. The decision was taken after having consultations
with Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and leaders of political parties. As per the
schedule announced by the Election Commission, nominations will be filed on
March the 7th.
will be elected through an Electoral College comprising members of both the
houses of parliament (House of Representatives and the National Assembly)
and members of Provincial Assembles.
There are 334 members of federal parliament and 550 members of state assemblis
in seven provinces.
Deputy Prime Minister and National Party leader, Barnaby Joyce today said he
will step down on Monday. Announcing his decision, Joyce said at a press
conference in Armidale, he will resign as Deputy Prime Minister but will remain
in parliament. He said he decided to quit after an allegation of sexual
harassment and denied any wrongdoing.
Joyce, has been
in the news for two weeks since it emerged that he had left his wife of 24
years for his younger former media adviser, who is now expecting their baby
Back home, Himachal Pradesh is likely to witness widespread
snowfall this weekend due to a western disturbance. Met Department has
predicted widespread snow in higher reaches of Shimla, Kullu, Kinnaur, Lahaul
and Spiti, Sirmaur and Chamba districts. It said, most of the prominent tourist
towns like Shimla, Kufri, Narkanda, Manali and Dalhousie, located in mid-hills,
may witness moderate snowfall this weekend. Met department said, lower hills
and plains are likely to see rain and hailstorm.
Pradesh, the three-day ‘Festival of Arunachal’ which started with the
celebration of the 32nd Statehood Day of the state, concluded yesterday
evening. During the festival various tribes of the state and from outside showcased
their cultural and traditional identity.
stocks today surged in afternoon trade extending early gains. The BSE index
regained psychological 34,000-mark. The
Sensex, was up 321 points or 0.95 per cent at 34,140. The Nifty-50 index also
added 105 points or 1.01 per cent to 10,487.
The rupee today recovered 21 paise against the dollar after yesterday's
slid beyond 65. In afternoon trade it was at 64.83.
Ace striker Rani
Rampal was today named captain of a 20-strong Indian women's hockey team for
next month's series against Korea. Announcing this, chief coach Harendra Singh
said in New Delhi the Korea Tour will help to analyse the areas that require
improvement ahead of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
India will play
five matches against the hosts at the Jinchun National Athletic Centre, from
the 3rd to 12th of next month.