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Court to rule on 2005 Delhi blast case
A court in Delhi will deliver its verdict in the 2005 Delhi serial blasts case which killed over 60 people. Tariq Ahmed Dar, Mohammed Hussain Fazili and Mohammed Rafiq Shah are facing trial in the case. The court framed charges against Dar, the alleged mastermind, and the other two for waging war against the state, conspiring, collecting arms, murder and attempt to murder. The Delhi Police chargesheeted Dar, mentioning his call details that allegedly proved he was in touch with Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operatives.
Endgame in Tamil Nadu
With AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala in jail, the focus now shifts to governor C Vidyasagar Rao. Reports say that Edappadi K Palaniswami and 4 MLAs will meet the governor at 11:30 AM.
Major civic polls in Maharashtra
Nearly 100 million voters will exercise their franchise in a two-phased election to 10 municipal corporations, 26 Zilla Parishads and 283 Panchayat Samitis across Maharashtra – on February 16 and February 21. The polls will cover 25 of the state’s 36 districts and involve nearly 85 percent of the electorate in 246 out of 288 assembly segments. The results will be declared on February 23.
Delhi High Court to hear Arvind Kejriwal’s plea in defamation case
Delhi High Court will hear chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s plea to quash the defamation complaint filed against him by Amit Sibal, son of former Union minister Kapil Sibal. Sibal filed the defamation complaint against Kejriwal, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia and lawyer Prashant Bhushan for alleging a conflict of interest on his part. Kejriwal alleged in May 2013 that Sibal appeared in the court for a telecom firm when his father was the communications minister.
PM Modi to address Jharkhand Global Investments Summit
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address via videoconference the Global Investments Summit being held at Ranchi. The February 16-17 Global Summit is being organised to attract investors and has about 2,500 from around the world participating, including teams from China and Australia. Around 12-15 Union ministers and 40 industrialists are expected to attend the summit.
Jat agitations spread in Delhi
The agitation for quota reservation by Jats, which was confined to Haryana so far, has started spreading to parts of Delhi. The Jat community organised a peaceful protest in Najafgarh on Tuesday and proceed to Rohini today, Burari on February 18 and Bijwasan on February 20.
More political drama in Washington
There has not been a dull day in Washington since Donald Trump took over. After the resignation of Michael Lynn as national security adviser following revelations of his calls to Russia’s US ambassador, Trump moved quickly and reportedly offered the job to retired vice admiral Robert Harward, a former deputy commander of US Central Command. The admiral has not yet accepted the position. Calls in Washington for a deeper investigation of Russia’s involvement in the US election are growing louder. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said that an investigation by the Senate Intelligence Committee into Flynn’s dealings with Russia was “highly likely.”
G20 ministerial and Rex Tillerson’s meeting with Sergei Lavrov
The foreign ministers of G20 nations meet in Bonn today and tomorrow. Improving cooperation with Africa will be the focus of the meeting. This will be the first foreign outing for Rex Tillerson as the new US Secretary of State. He is expected to meet his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov today, a meeting that assumes significance in the context of the controversy over Russia’s alleged involvement in the US’ presidential election and because of changes expected in Washington’s approach to Moscow during a Trump presidency.
Parliamentary panel to quiz Niti Aayog on Friday on backward area development
Niti Aayog is likely to be questioned by a Parliamentary panel on the role it has played to promote welfare of tribals and in augmenting development work in the backward regions of the country. The Standing Committee on Finance, headed by Congress leader Veerappa Moily, will also seek oral evidence from the Ministries of Corporate Affairs, Statistics and Programme Implementation with regard to demands for grants for 2017-18.
World’s largest handicrafts and gifts fair opens
More than 3,000 exhibitors will be showcasing products in 14 different categories at the 43rd edition of world’s largest handicrafts and gifts fair that opens in the capital today. Around 6,500 buyers from more than 80 countries are expected to participate in the B2B event.
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Big gains for BJP in Odisha panchayat elections
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP is emerging as the principal opposition party in Odisha politics with impressive gains in panchayat elections in the state. The BJP won 71 of the 188 zilla parishad seats that voted in the first phase on Monday, according to trends and estimates after counting of votes. It’s a 10-fold jump compared to seven seats that the party had won in 2012 in the first round. Trends show that the BJP has continued the winning streak in second phase of polling on Wednesday. The BJP won just 36 of the total 854 zilla parishad seats in 2012. The BJD won 656 and the Congress 126 seats. The results will be officially declared on February 25.
From drama to dialogue, Rajnath Singh strikes a chord with his audience
Union home minister Rajnath Singh, who along with PM Modi and BJP president Amit Shah is shouldering major responsibility to end party’s 14-year-long exile from power in UP, exudes confidence and says, “We are heading for absolute majority.” In his speeches he invokes patriotism, skirts the issue of demonetisation but is articulate and forceful.
Two Fortis doctors operate on wrong foot, lose license for 6 months
Two doctors have been struck off Delhi’s state medical register for six months for operating on the wrong foot of a patient and then fudging hospital records to cover up their negligence. With their medical licences suspended, the orthopaedic surgeons cannot practice medicine anywhere in the country for six months.