Today’s Latest News Headlines in English
Monday, February 20, 2017.
India urges international action against JuD chief Hafiz Saeed: The external affairs ministry on Monday called for an internationally mandated action against Pakistan-based Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed. “Effective action mandated internationally against him and his terrorist organisation is a logical first step in bringing justice, and in ridding our region (South Asia) of the twin menaces of terrorism and violent extremism,” said ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup. Source »
Jat stir: Leaders ask protesters to stop paying electricity, water bills if demands not met: Jat leaders while passing a resolution for their future strategy in the ongoing quota agitation asked protesters to stop paying electricity, water bills and repayment of loans to government agencies if their demands were not met by March 1. All India Jat Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS), which is leading the agitation of the Jat community this time, toughened its stand against government as their agitation entered fourth week on Sunday. Source »
Jat stir: Withdrawal of cases, govt jobs, main bone of contention in talks: Even as the second round of the talks between the five-member committee of the Haryana government officials and the agitating Jat leaders is scheduled for Monday afternoon, the protesters’ demand for regular government jobs for kin of those killed in Jat agitation last year and withdrawal of cases against all the accused, is likely to remain the main bone of contention. Source »
Cops search for 4 members of gang that abducted, molested Malayalam actor: Police on Monday intensified search for four members of a gang that allegedly abducted and sexually assaulted a popular Malayalam actor when she was returning from a film shoot in Kerala’s Kochi, officials said. Police have come under pressure from the film fraternity to nab the four remaining accused including a known history-sheeter, Pulsar Suni, believed to be the kingpin. Source »
China needs to learn from India on space commerce, says its state-run media after ISRO’s record launch: Is India beating China in its own game — building a low-price, efficient and increasingly reliable model in the space sector? The Chinese government is possibly asking its space scientists this question. Days after saying China was way ahead of India in space technology, a grudgingly complimentary state media piece on Monday said the Communist country could learn a “number of lessons” from its neighbour’s low-price and efficiency-driven advantages in the sector. Source »
Rights group accuses Bangladesh of ethnic cleansing, pushing Buddhists out with Rohingya refugees from Myanmar: A rights group has accused Dhaka of facilitating ethnic cleansing of indigenous Buddhists by pushing Rohingya refugees from Myanmar into the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) of Bangladesh. This strategy of replacing the minority Jumma people of Bangladesh with the Rohingyas has been a factor in the latter’s persecution in Myanmar, the group said. Source »
Tamil Nadu CM row: DMK moves HC against Palanisamy’s trust vote: Tamil Nadu’s opposition DMK party approached the Madras high court on Monday, demanding that chief minister EK Palaniswami’s trust vote in the state assembly be declared null and void. The case will be heard on Tuesday. DMK working president MK Stalin also announced that his party would launch a state-wide hunger strike to protest against the “illegal” trust vote.AIADMK’s Palaniswami won a dramatic floor test two days ago, with the speaker throwing out opposition DMK members for violence and Congress legislators walking out of the House. Source »
Mumbai: Boyfriend arrested for impregnating woman twice, forcing abortion: A 28-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly raping a woman in Mumbai on several occasions on the pretext of marriage and causing miscarriage after making her pregnant twice. The case came to light on Valentine’s Day when the woman consumed phenyl and was admitted to a government hospital. Source »
Bihar sits over Centre bid to regulate real estate: The Centre’s bid to ameliorate the sufferings of home buyers by enacting the real estate (regulation and development) act, 2016, is stuck up in bureaucratic red tape, so far as Bihar is concerned. With a view to developing a mechanism to regulate the real estate sector, the Centre had, in March last year, enacted the legislation to save unsuspecting consumers from uncalled for harassment caused to them by builders. Source »
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