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Delhi Government orders Magisterial Investigation in JNU Anti-National Slogan Fiasco

After a delegation of political leaders including CPIM GS Sitaram Yechury, CPI leader D Raja, Janata Dal (United) MP K C Tyagi, and others met Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on the issue of JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar’s arrest, Kejriwal has ordered a magisterial level investigation on the alleged anti-national sloganeering by a group of JNUSU’s leaders and students. Meanwhile, JNU’s high-level inquiry team decided not let 8 students, including arrested Kanhaiya Kumar, to attend classes as prima facie evidence points to "objectionable sloganeering".

Noble Laureate Amartya Sen frustrated with Governance of India but not with India

Noble Laureate Amartya Sen has said that he is not frustrated with India at all but with the way India is being governed. For making growth more robust, Sen urged the Union government to focus more on education and healthcare. He reminded the government that strength of an economy lies in its people and the same can’t progress if people don’t have any safety net on education and health. While supporting modification in MGNREGA, he opined against withdrawal of the scheme.

US decision to sell $700 million-worth F-16 Fighter Jets to Pakistan upsets India

Obama administration’s decision of approving sales of eight F-16 Block 52 Aircraft (with training, equipment, and logistic support), worth around US$700 million, to Pakistan has upset India. India has summoned Richard Verma (US ambassador to India) for conveying its displeasure over the matter. Meanwhile, Pentagon has said that these all-weather fighter jets will enhance ability of Pakistan in conducting counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations. UN Envoy reached South Block today morning to talk to Indian officials including foreign secretary S Jaishankar.

PM Modi promises Easy Clearance, Stable Tax Regime & More during "Make in India Week" Speech

While delivering his inaugural address of “Make in India Week”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that this is right time for the companies to invest in Indian manufacturing as Union Government is in the process of carrying out reforms. He assured that his government will ensure a “transparent, stable and predictable” tax regime and would not resort to retrospective taxation. He assured business community about simplification of processes, rationalisation of environment, security clearances and licenses, setting up of IPR regime and company law tribunal.

PM Modi to Inaugurate "Make in India Week" Today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated “Make In India Centre” at Mumbai’s MMRDA Grounds and is scheduled to formally inaugurate “Make in India Week” (February 13-18) in the evening at Mumbai’s NSCI Grounds for promoting India as a preferred global destination for manufacturing. Most trendsetting products, innovation, design, and India’s latest manufacturing processes are showcased in the Make In India Centre. During inaugural event, PM Modi was accompanied by Juha Petri Sipila (Finland PM) and Kjell Stefan Lofven (Swedish PM).

Canara Bank Profits slide by 87%

Joining the league of around six state-run leaders which have reported plunge in Q3 profitability, Canara Bank stock hit its 52-week low as a majority of investors chose not to buy its shares. Canara Bank shares have reportedly fallen by 87 per cent to Rs. 85 crore in Q3 as compared to the gross non-performing loans(NPA) which jumped 87 per cent to Rs. 19.814 crore in the December quarter.  

President Mukherjee says India to draft Science and Technology Policy by 2020

President Pranab Mukherjee honoured winners of Infosys Science Prizes and said that the current “Science, Technology and Innovation” policy was finalised 3 years back. He said union government will begin the consultation process so that a science and technology policy can be formulated by 2020 to strengthen self reliance of India. The policy seeks to develop effective technologies and also promote scientific research.  Scientific research in future will revolve around finding solutions to waste management, water scarcity, clean energy, etc.

ISRO working to Build Electric Propulsion System for Satellites to Carry more Payload

Dr. K. Sivan, Director of ISRO’s Vikram Sarabhai Space Center in Thiruvananthapuram, has said while addressing a seminar at HEMCE 2016 in Hyderabad that India’s space agency is currently working on electric propulsion system for satellites that will help in carrying more payloads. He also said that ISRO will launch GSLV Mark III in December 2016 and will also launch Chandrayan 2 (with a rover) as soon as possible. Manned space flight project - Abbot Machine – is also in the pipeline.

Metros to trim commute times by up to 30 minutes

Delhi’s Metro matrix is geared up for an interchange revolution which would decrease commute times across the national capital and its neighbouring cities. That would mean the commute from Gurgaon to Noida would take thirty minutes less and likewise going from Janakpuri to Faridabad and Dwarka to Lajpat Nagar would save thirty and fifteen minutes respectively.  

Gold Rush continues for India in South Asian Games

India maintains its dominance in 12th South Asian Games (SAG) by winning 268 medals (156 Gold, 85 Silver, and 27 Bronze). Sri Lanka is a distant second with 163 medals (including 25 Gold, 55 Silver, and 83 Bronze medals). Pakistan holds a distant 3rd position by winning 81 medals including 9 Gold, 27 Silver, and 45 Bronze. India won gold in women's 50m rifle 3 positions (Anjum Moudgil), women's 25m pistol (Rahi Sarnobat), and men's 10m air pistol (Omkar Singh).

India levels the 3-match T20 Series with Sri Lanka

India levelled the 3-match T20 series with Sri Lanka 1-1 in Ranchi thanks to a breezy 51 runs score (out of 25 balls) by Shikhar Dhawan. Other Indian batsmen who helped India score 196/6 are Rohit Sharma (43 runs), Suresh Raina (30 runs), and Hardik Pandya (27 runs). Chasing a steep target, Sri Lanka faltered at the very beginning by losing three wickets with 16 runs on scoreboard. Sri Lankan was successful in scoring just 127/9 in 20 overs.

David Miller named as Kings XI Captain in IPL9

Already associated with Kings XI Punjab team since IPL season 4, South African batsman David Miller has been chosen as the captain of the team for the upcoming Indian Premier League season 9. Kings XI coach Sanjay Bangar has also expressed his confidence about Miller’s tremendous potential as a leader. The exemplary batting skills and a cool temperament make Miller an excellent asset for Kings XI Punjab team.

King Khan pays Rs. 1.93 lakh fine for illegal ramp

Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan has paid a gigantic Rs. 1.93 lakh as the penalty for constructing an illegal ramp outside his Bandra-based bungalow Mannat. Since the ramp was demolished, the actor was liable to pay the cost of demolition to the Mumbai municipal authorities. As per the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act, 1888, and the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act, 1966, the BMC is free to recover the cost that it incurs from the house owner on demolition of any illegal construction carried out by the owner.

Condom scene in Mastizaade lands Sunny in trouble

Ex-porn star Sunny Leone has invited fresh trouble with an FIR being registered against her. The complaint mentions that in one of the scenes of Mastizaade, the bold actress and her co-actor Vir Das are allegedly seen promoting the use of condom inside a temple in a “vulgar” manner. The case has been registered at the Adarsh Nagar Police Station in Delhi.

Govinda offers Rs. 5 lakh as compensation to fan

After the Supreme Court insisted on Bollywood star Govinda to personally apologise to the person named Santosh Bateshwar whom he slapped seven years ago, the actor has made the move by offering unconditional apology and Rs. 5 lakh as compensation. The complainant had intentions to prosecute Govinda for criminal intimidation and assault that could land the actor in jail for two years.

Tharoor Grilled again in Sunanda Pushkar Murder Mystery

Delhi Police grilled Congress MP Shashi Tharoor for 5 long hours in connection to mysterious death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar. AIIMS medical board’s final report (prepared after FBI report came in Nov’15), said that Sunanda’s untimely death was caused due to Alprax (anxiety drug) poisoning. FBI found presence of lidocaine (a drug taken to get relief from skin inflammation, itching, etc.) in Pushkar’s viscera. Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi said necessary information will be made public once investigation gets over.

Delhi Police Finalises Sexual Harassment case against RK Pachauri

Reports say that Delhi Police has finalised sexual harassment case against TERI’s (The Energy and Resources Institute) former chief 75 year RK Pachauri on the basis of a complaint filed by a 29 year old female employee, over a year back. Sources say that filing on the case will be done next week. The report also says that RK Pachauri has been found guilty in sexual harassment crimes by Delhi Police and will be charged within 2 weeks.

JNU Student Leader Arrested after anti-India Slogan during 3rd Death Anniversary of Afzal Guru

Kanhaiya Kumar, President of JNU Students' Union, has been arrested by Delhi Police on sedition and conspiracy charges after Home Minister Rajnath Singh instructed taking stringent action against persons who shouted anti-India slogans during the 3rd Death Anniversary of Afzal Guru. Ex-servicemen of 54th NDA course wrote letter to JNU VC condemning commemoration of Afzal Guru Day in the campus and threatened returning degrees. Congress VP Rahul Gandhi condemned the arrest but called anti-India sloganeering unacceptable. CPIM GS Sitaram Yechury met Home Minister today. Rajnath assured that innocent people will not be targeted.