India: Today’s news in pictures

India news in pictures -- a roundup of today’s news across the country, from Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s declaration to release Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman tomorrow, to the suspension of Samjhauta Express train service from Pakistan to India amid escalating tension between the two countries.

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Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan today said that his government will release Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman tomorrow as a “peace gesture”. Khan made the announcement in an address to a joint session of his parliament. Varthaman is in Pakistan Army’s custody since Wednesday morning having landed on the other side of the Line of Control after his aircraft was brought down during an aerial dogfight. (Rupak De Chowdhuri / REUTERS)

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan today said that his government will release Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman tomorrow as a “peace gesture”. Khan made the announcement in an address to a joint session of his parliament. Varthaman is in Pakistan Army’s custody since Wednesday morning having landed on the other side of the Line of Control after his aircraft was brought down during an aerial dogfight. (Rupak De Chowdhuri / REUTERS)

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Pakistan has suspended the Samjhauta Express train service to India amid tense bilateral ties between the neighbouring countries. The biweekly train service between India and Pakistan was scheduled to depart from Lahore with 16 passengers. It embarked on its journey from Karachi but the passengers are stuck at Lahore railway station. (Mohsin Raza / REUTERS)

Pakistan has suspended the Samjhauta Express train service to India amid tense bilateral ties between the neighbouring countries. The biweekly train service between India and Pakistan was scheduled to depart from Lahore with 16 passengers. It embarked on its journey from Karachi but the passengers are stuck at Lahore railway station. (Mohsin Raza / REUTERS)

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The Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL) issued a red alert across all the 12 stations in the Maharashtra capital on Thursday, a day after Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) declared a similar alert for its network. The move comes in a wake of escalating tension between India and Pakistan for the last two days. (Kunal Patil / HT Archive)

The Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL) issued a red alert across all the 12 stations in the Maharashtra capital on Thursday, a day after Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) declared a similar alert for its network. The move comes in a wake of escalating tension between India and Pakistan for the last two days. (Kunal Patil / HT Archive)

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The Delhi High Court on Thursday directed Associated Journals Ltd (AJL), publisher of National Herald newspaper, to vacate its Herald House premises here. The AJL had challenged the Centre’s decision asking it to vacate, but a Division Bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V. Kameswar Rao rejected that plea, directing it to evict the building on the Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg. (Sanchit Khanna / HT File)

The Delhi High Court on Thursday directed Associated Journals Ltd (AJL), publisher of National Herald newspaper, to vacate its Herald House premises here. The AJL had challenged the Centre’s decision asking it to vacate, but a Division Bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V. Kameswar Rao rejected that plea, directing it to evict the building on the Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg. (Sanchit Khanna / HT File)

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India’s civil aviation ministry is ready to notify a long-awaited charter of passenger rights that, while diluting some provisions that were in the draft at the request of airlines, does increase the protection and compensation amounts for passengers in cases of deficient service. (Sanjeev Verma / HT File)

India’s civil aviation ministry is ready to notify a long-awaited charter of passenger rights that, while diluting some provisions that were in the draft at the request of airlines, does increase the protection and compensation amounts for passengers in cases of deficient service. (Sanjeev Verma / HT File)

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The Punjab Land Preservation Act (PLPA) amendment bill, 2019, passed by the Haryana assembly on Wednesday, will remove the legislative protection the Aravalis in Gurugram and Faridabad currently receive against real estate development, and mining and quarrying, in a move that environmental activists say will have huge consequences. (Parveen Kumar / HT File)

The Punjab Land Preservation Act (PLPA) amendment bill, 2019, passed by the Haryana assembly on Wednesday, will remove the legislative protection the Aravalis in Gurugram and Faridabad currently receive against real estate development, and mining and quarrying, in a move that environmental activists say will have huge consequences. (Parveen Kumar / HT File)

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North India continues to be in the grips of seasonal flu, with H1N1 (swine flu) cases likely to cross 15,000 by the end of February, which is more than the 14,992 cases confirmed in the entire year in 2018. The National Centre for Disease Control has reported 14,803 confirmed cases across states till February 24, with 448 deaths. This is less than half the 1,103 deaths confirmed in all of 2018. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT File)

North India continues to be in the grips of seasonal flu, with H1N1 (swine flu) cases likely to cross 15,000 by the end of February, which is more than the 14,992 cases confirmed in the entire year in 2018. The National Centre for Disease Control has reported 14,803 confirmed cases across states till February 24, with 448 deaths. This is less than half the 1,103 deaths confirmed in all of 2018. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT File)

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