Watch out for the following news:
1) BMC and nine other civic bodies in Maharashtra go to polls
Elections to the cash-rich Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and nine other civic bodies in Maharashtra, which have turned into a battle of prestige for chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, began on Tuesday. Apart from the ten civic bodies, the second phase of polling for 11 Zilla Parishads and 118 panchayat samitis will also be conducted. Over 37 million citizens are eligible to vote in these polls that have been dubbed as a “mini Assembly election”.
2) DMK challenges trust vote in the Madras high court
Opposition DMK moved the Madras high court seeking to declare last Saturday’s vote of confidence in the Tamil Nadu Assembly null and void. Counsel for DMK has sought an urgent hearing of the petition. The two-judge bench will hear the petition hearing today.
3) Campaign ends for UP phase IV polling
Campaigning for the fourth phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, covering 53 constituencies in 12 districts, including Bundelkhand, comes to a close today. The other districts going to polls in the fourth phase are Pratapgarh, Kaushambi, Allahabad, Jalaun, Jhansi, Lalitpur, Mahoba, Banda, Hamirpur, Chitrakoot and Fatehpur. In 2012 polls, out of the 53 seats in this phase, SP won 24, BJP 5, BSP 15, Congress 6 and others 3.
4) Anticipatory bail hearing of three men wanted for abduction of actress
Three men, including the suspected mastermind of the abduction and harassment of a noted south Indian actress, moved the Kerala high court seeking anticipatory bail. Pulser Suni, and his two alleged associates Manikandan and V P Vigeesh moved the court claiming they have been “falsely implicated”. The court will hear their pleas today.
5) Chandra takes over Tata Group reins
Tata group enters a new era as N Chandrasekaran takes over as chief, hoping to put behind an acrimonious boardroom battle that saw the ouster of Cyrus Mistry as chairman of Tata Sons. Popularly known as ‘Chandra’, the 54-year-old will be the first non-Parsi chairman of the 150-year old Tata Group.
6) Foreign secretary S Jaishankar in China
Foreign secretary S Jaishankar arrives in Beijing for crucial talks with top Chinese officials amid differences over issues like India’s NSG bid and China’s blocking of efforts to get JeM chief Masood Azhar banned by the UN. Today he will meet state councillor Yang Jiechi, Beijing’s special representative for India-China border talks. The India-China strategic dialogue with China’s executive vice foreign minister Zhang Yesui is slated for February 22. Jaishankar is also expected to meet Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi.
7) House of Lords begins debating Brexit Bill
Nearly 200 British peers will debate the crucial Brexit Bill in the House of Lords where Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative party does not hold a majority. Lawmakers in the lower house of Commons have already given their go-ahead to the bill, which gives May the authority to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to formally initiate Brexit negotiations. The voting in the upper house of Parliament, whose total strength is in excess of 700, is expected by Wednesday evening.
8) India, SA gear up for final of ICC Women’s WC qualifier
Having already booked their berths in the ICC Women’s World Cup, India and South Africa have a chance to perform freely on the big stage and put their best foot forward when they clash in the final of the qualifying tournament in Colombo.
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9) Rohith Vemula declared non-Dalit based on just two of seven testimonies
A new inquiry that recently declared Hyderabad scholar Rohith Vemula an OBC and not a Dalit, as certified by a previous probe, went by the testimonials of only two people, rejecting the views of five others interviewed, an HT investigation has revealed. “This report has been prepared under pressure from the Chandrababu Naidu-led Andhra Pradesh government, which is a close ally of the BJP and PM Narendra Modi,” said Rohith’s brother Raja Vemula.
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10) India discusses H1-B visa, IPR issues with US lawmakers
India discussed several issues, including the proposed restrictions on H1B visa programme and intellectual property rights (IPRs), with visiting US lawmakers. These issues were deliberated upon during a meeting between commerce and industry minister Nirmala Sitharaman and the eight-member US delegation in New Delhi on Monday.