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Major News and Events of 19 February 2016

What Happened on 19 February 2016

Jat protests in Haryana turn violent, army called in

One person was killed in police action as the Jat protests for reservations turned violent. As per media reports, the army was called in for deployment in eight districts of the Haryana state as mobs went on a rampage setting ablaze the state finance minister’s house and many other government and private properties.  Some police personnel were also taken captive by the protestors. In many places, including Rohtak, Hansi and Jhajjar, the targeted private and police vehicles, buildings housing offices and two toll plazas at Hansi in Hissar. 

J P Nadda terms as misleading Himachal Pradesh CM's statement on grants

J P Nadda, Union Health and Welfare Minister, has termed as misleading Himachal Pradesh CM Virbhadra Singh’s statement regarding the stoppage of the central government's grants. According to media reports, Nadda is a statement said that by accepting the recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission, the government of India has recommended the highest ever increase in vertical tax devolution for all states from 32 to 42 percent. This also includes Himachal Pradesh.

SC refuses to hear Kanhaiya Kumar's bail plea

The Supreme Court of India has refused to hear Kanhaiya Kumar’s bail plea. According to media reports, Kanhaiya Kumar, JNUSU president, was arrested on charges of sedition for allegedly shouting anti-national slogans. The matter has been directed by the Sipteme Court to Delhi High Court.

Police recovers stolen idol installed by President Pranab Mukherjee

The police have recovered an idol which was installed by President Pranab Mukherjee at the foundation stone laying ceremony of the proposed Sri Krishna temple in Vrindavan. The idol was reported to have been stolen two days back. According to media reports, four people, including a security guard at the premises, have been apprehended for stealing the statue of Shesh Naag.

Jat reservation protests: Internet and mobile services blocked in Rohtak

Mobile and internet services have been blocked in Haryana’s Rohtak district. According to media reports, the step was taken as the pro reservation protests by Jats in Haryana turned violent leading to many rail and road links being jammed. During the protests advocates and traders clashed outside the court premises in the district. Many vehicles are reported to have been damaged in the clash.

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