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CCPA passes order to discontinue advertisements of Sensodyne products in India
Jaishankar meets Qatari counterpart, lays new Embassy foundation
External Affairs Minister Dr S. Jaishankar on Wednesday said that he had “productive talks” with his Qatari counterpart Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani on various aspects of bilateral relations. He also unveiled the foundation stone of the new Embassy complex in Doha.
32 dead in Cameroon cholera outbreak
The water-borne disease was first detected in the Southwest and Centre regions in late October, and then spread to three other regions. As of January 1, there were 32 deaths out of 1,102 recorded cases, Health Minister Manaouda Malachie said in a statement. Outbreaks of cholera, an acute form of diarrhoea that is treatable with antibiotics and hydration, occur periodically in Cameroon. The country’s last epidemic was between January and August 2020, when 66 people died.
Ruckus over hijab is a criminal conspiracy to misinform on uniform. Every institution has its own dress code, discipline & decorum. People who are part of ‘India bashing brigade’, defame India & Pakistan stands ready for ‘Jugalbandi’ with them
– Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi
UN court orders Uganda to pay Congo $325M for violence
The International Court of Justice on Wednesday ordered Uganda to pay $325 million in compensation to Congo for violence in a long-running conflict between the African neighbors that began in the late 1990s. The compensation order came more than 15 years after the U.N. court ruled in a complex, 119-page judgment that fighting by Ugandan troops in Congo breached international law. “The court notes that the reparation awarded to the DRC for damage to persons and to property reflects the harm suffered by individuals and communities as a result of Uganda’s breach of its international obligations,” the court’s president, U.S. judge Joan E. Donoghue, said.
BJP’s ‘sankalp’ document deceptive, full of lies, says Mann
AAP leader Bhagwant Mann on Wednesday dubbed as “deceptive and full of lies” an 11-point “sankalp” document of the BJP and its allies for the Punjab Assembly polls. “It has nothing for farmers, labourers, traders, industrialists, students and the youth of Punjab,” he said in a statement. “From past experiences, we know that BJP leaders do not deliver on their election promises,” said Mann, who is the Aam Aadmi Party’s CM face on the polls. The document is “deceptive and full of lies”, he alleged.
When a party is run for generations by a family, there’s only dynasty, not dynamics. Starting from Jammu and Kashmir, where there’re two parties run by two separate families, you can see similar trend in Haryana, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. Dynastic politics is biggest enemy of democracy
– Prime Minister Narendra Modi
I have maintained silence on the issue. The Supreme Court is looking into the matter seriously. Any statement that I make in this regard will impact the investigation, and it is not right. Whatever it is, the Supreme Court’s Committee will bring the truth before the nation. We should wait till then
– Prime Minister Narendra Modi
I have said this earlier also that farm laws were brought in for the benefit of farmers, but have now been withdrawn in the interest of the nation. I don’t think this needs to be explained anymore. Future events will make it clear why these steps were necessary. I am someone who is on a journey to win the hearts of farmers. I understand the pain of farmers with marginal landholdings. I have always tried to win their hearts
– Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Delhi sees marginal rise in COVID-19 cases, reports 1,317 infections
Delhi witnessed a marginal rise in COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours with the national capital reporting 1,317 new infections on Wednesday. As per the health bulletin issued by the Delhi Health Department, the active cases in the national capital were 6,304, while the positivity rate was reported to be 2.11%.
BKU always has been apolitical organisation but we did support BJP in the past but now we do not want to interfere in public’s mandate. We are not supporting any political party and public has full right to decide whom to caste the vote. It (farmer protest) will have an impact as it stayed for 13 months. As Farmers were not respected and this will have impact in the UP elections.
– Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) president Naresh Tikait
If someone tries to encash Yogi ji’s hard work and successful schemes, what I understand from it is that his schemes are so wonderful, that he turned impossible into possible, that rivals have also come out to encash it. I consider this Yogi ji’s credit
– PM Modi on Akhilesh Yadav
Today women say that they can step out even after dark. This trust is essential for security. There was a time in UP when goons could do anything they wanted, today they surrender. Yogi ji prioritised security and didn’t compromise with it
– Prime Minister Modi
Government has no business to do business. Its job is to think about food for the poor, make houses & toilets for them, get them clean drinking water, make health facilities available to them, make roads, to think about the small farmers. This is my priority
– Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ANI
We start classification on caste basis during tickets distribution and discuss what vote percent would be given by which community. We should change it. Want to go ahead with ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’ mantra. Unity important to take nation forward
– Prime Minister Modi on polarisation in polls
We believe-for country’s progress we’ve to address regional aspirations. I was a CM too and understand states’ aspirations. Earlier, leaders coming to India used to visit only Delhi, but I took them to different states
– Prime Minister Modi to ANI
BJP is always involved in serving people. When in power, we work with mantra of ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’. I can see a wave for BJP in all states. We’ll win with an overwhelming majority and people in five states will give us an opportunity to serve them
– Prime Minister Modi to ANI
CBSE to conduct the term-2 board exams for Class 10 and 12 in offline mode from April 26, 2022
China asks US to ease sanctions on North Korea
“If the United States is sincerely concerned about the well-being of the North Korean people, then it should stop imposing sanctions and pressuring the DPRK,” said a spokesperson for China’s Foreign Ministry Zhao Lijian. “It should give due importance to the denuclearization measures taken by Pyongyang, respond to the legitimate and fair concerns of the DPRK, and take measures to ease sanctions on North Korea,” Zhao added.
Congress MP Ravneet Singh Bittu appointed as the Chairman of the party’s Election Management Committee for Punjab Assembly polls
Hong Kong reports 1,161 new COVID-19 cases
Hong Kong registered 1,161 new cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, according to data from the Center for Health Protection on Wednesday. The newly reported cases consist of eight imported cases and 1,153 locally acquired cases. There are another 800 cases preliminarily testing positive, the centre said.
Nykaa’s quarterly profit falls 60% as costs surge
Indian cosmetics-to-fashion retailer Nykaa on Wednesday reported a 59.5% slump in quarterly net profit, hit by a jump in expenses and subdued demand for personal care and fashion products. In its second earnings report since a blockbuster market debut last year, Nykaa’s parent company FSN E-Commerce Ventures Ltd said total costs surged 46.8% year-on-year to 10.67 billion rupees, including a big jump in employee benefits expenses.
BJP leader Suvendu wants to return to Mamata’s party, claims TMC
Trinamool Congress spokesperson Kunal Ghosh on Wednesday claimed that Leader of the Opposition in West Bengal assembly, Suvendu Adhikari of the BJP, is keen to return to the TMC, finding himself suffocated in the saffron party. However, the TMC will not take him back because of his “abusive comments” against state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and TMC national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee after joining the BJP, Ghosh told reporters.
Schools are for education and religious matters should not be taken there. Every school has a uniform that should be respected. You can wear whatever you want outside the school.
– BJP MP Hema Malini
Delhi University to reopen offline classes from February 17, 2022
Old drug may protect against COVID-19 lung injury, finds study
Lung infection and lung injury was the cause for many deaths in the second wave of COVID-19. Doctors everywhere tried their best to find a drug that cured the lung infection. Now, a new preclinical study from researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has shown a ray of hope. According to them, an FDA-approved drug that has been in clinical use for more than 70 years may protect against lung injury and the risk of blood clots in severe COVID-19 and other disorders that cause immune-mediated damage to the lungs. The results of their study were published in ‘JCI Insight’.
Spain will send four fighter jets and 130 troops to Bulgaria
Spain will send four warplanes and 130 troops to Bulgaria this week for air policing tasks amid tensions over the Russian military build-up on the Ukrainian border, the Bulgarian defence ministry said on Wednesday. The first Spanish Eurofighter jets are expected to land in Bulgaria by the end of the week for airspace protection duties together with the Bulgarian Air Force until the end of March, the ministry said.
Meghalaya logs 125 new COVID-19 cases, two more fatalities
Meghalaya on Wednesday reported 125 fresh COVID-19 cases, 23 less than the previous day, which pushed the tally to 92,646, a senior health department official said. The coronavirus death toll also rose to 1,554 with two more fatalities, he said. The northeastern state now has 1,098 active cases, while 89,994 patients have so far recovered from the disease. The new cases include 56 single-day infections from East Khasi Hills and 16 from West Garo Hills District, Health Services Director
IMF wants Pakistan to ‘do more’ than just levying taxes
The International Monetary Fund does not seem to be satisfied with the Imran Khan government despite the latter increased taxes on a number of products and services in Pakistan as IMF’s Resident Representative Esther Perez Ruiz conveyed that Islamabad should not be limited to taking measures related to tax alone, but it should also find other ways to enhance the competitiveness of the economy. Esther Perez Ruiz, while speaking to the office-bearers of the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Tuesday, said the purpose of the IMF programme is to promote macroeconomic stability and the country’s fiscal and monetary policies must promote the former’s vision in this regard, according to Dawn.
Taliban asks UN to surrender Afghanistan’s seat to Islamic Emirate
“The only solution is that Afghanistan’s chair at the UN is given to the current government of Afghanistan,” said Inamullah Samangani, the deputy spokesperson for the Islamic Emirate, reported Tolo News. The dispute over Afghanistan’s seat at UN comes after Naseer Ahmad Faiq, Charge d’affaires of Afghanistan Permanent Mission to the United Nations said that corrupt officials of the collapsed government are attempting to stifle his voice to prevent him from sharing Afghan’s concerns for justice.
Japan to extend COVID-19 curbs for 13 regions by three weeks
Japanese Prime Minister said on Wednesday that the government would extend COVID-19 restrictions in Tokyo and 12 prefectures by three weeks as the Omicron variant continued to spread. Japan has been breaking daily records for coronavirus cases and deaths amid a surge in infections driven by the Omicron variant.
IOA’s Batra files police complaint for someone “impersonating” him
Indian Olympic Association President Narinder Batra has field a complaint to the police stating that somebody is “impersonating” him and “sending emails”. “…a person is impersonating me as president, Indian Olympic Association and sending emails. Accordingly, your attention is drawn to the attached emails which has been sent by the offender, im[personating the undersigned,” Batra wrote in the complaint.
Japan to divert LNG to Europe amid worries over Ukraine
Japan has decided to divert some of its gas reserves to Europe amid growing concern over possible disruptions of supplies due to the Ukraine crisis, Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Koichi Hagiuda said Wednesday. The decision was made at the request of the United States and European Union and is intended to help European countries cope with uncertainties about gas supplies given fears of a possible Russian incursion into Ukraine, he said after meeting with U.S. Ambassador Rahm Emanuel, who arrived in Japan in late January.
KKR to join $500 million funding for NFT creator Animoca
AIIMS, Delhi announces to discontinue routine COVID-19 testing prior to inpatient hospitalization and surgeries
BSF recovers RDX, IED-making items dropped by Pakistan drone in Punjab
The Border Security Force (BSF) on Wednesday recovered over 4 kg of RDX, a pistol and bomb-making items dropped in two packets by a drone that flew from Pakistan into an Indian farm along the Punjab border. A spokesperson of the paramilitary force said troops fired after they heard a “buzzing sound of a suspected flying object coming from the Pakistani side to the Indian side” around 1 am in the Panjgrain area of Gurdaspur sector.
Maharashtra court grants bail to BJP MLA Nitesh Rane
A court in Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra on Wednesday granted bail to BJP MLA Nitesh Rane in an alleged attempt to murder case. Nitesh Rane, the son of Union minister Narayan Rane, had surrendered before the court on February 2. On Wednesday, district and additional sessions judge (Sindhudurg) R B Rote allowed his bail plea. The case pertains to the alleged attack on Shiv Sena activist Santosh Parab during the campaigning for the Sindhudurg District Co-operative Bank elections last year.
Sensex rallies over 650 points, Nifty above 17,400
Equity benchmark Sensex surged 657 points on Wednesday to reclaim the 58,000-mark following robust buying in auto, metal and banking stocks. Strong global cues also supported the domestic indices, traders said. The 30-share BSE Sensex closed 657.39 points or 1.14 per cent higher at 58,465.97. Likewise, the NSE Nifty jumped 197.05 points or 1.14 per cent to end at 17,463.80.
Banks, automakers drive shares higher ahead of cenbank decision
Indian shares ended sharply higher on Wednesday, lifted by automakers and bank stocks, with investor focus fixed on the central bank’s monetary policy decision due Thursday. The blue-chip NSE Nifty 50 index was up 1.14% at 17,463.8, while the S&P BSE Sensex gained 1.14% to 58,465.97.
Global COVID-19 case counts decline 17% in latest week
The World Health Organization says coronavirus case counts fell 17% worldwide over the last week compared to the previous week, including a 50% drop in the United States, while deaths globally declined 7%, the World Health Organization says. The weekly epidemiological report from the U.N. health agency, released late Tuesday, shows that the omicron variant is increasingly dominant _ making up nearly 97% of all cases tallied by the international virus-tracking platform known as GISAID. Just over 3% were of the delta variant.
Himachal Pradesh | Night curfew imposed due to COVID-19 has now been lifted. Further, all social/ religious/ cultural/ political & other congregations including weddings & funerals are permitted to 50% of the capacity, both in indoor & outdoor areas: State Cabinet
Enforcement Directorate has filed its reply while former Home Minister of Maharashtra, Anil Deshmukh’s bail plea was being heard in the special PMLA court in Mumbai, today. The next hearing of the case will be on February 14: Advocate Aniket Nikam
Koregaon Bhima enquiry Commission gives its schedule for hearings between 21-25 Feb in which NCP chief Sharad Pawar listed for hearing on 23-24 Feb as witness. Then Pune Rural SP Suvez Haque & ex-Pune city Addl CP Ravindra Sengaonkar also listed: Commission lawyer Ashish Satpute
Implementation of National Policy & Action Plan to address Left Wing Extremism 2015 has resulted in a decline in violence. The incidents of LWE violence have been reduced by 77% from all-time high of 2,258 in 2009 to 509 in 2021.
– MoS Home Nityanand Rai in Rajya Sabha
Rahul Gandhi says things as he’s in Opposition. But our foreign policy is correct, has been successful. Under the leadership of PM Modi, for the first time, India is making a mark before world. Rahul Gandhi will never accept it, he does politics of opposing
– Union Minister Nitin Gadkari
Implementation of National Policy & Action Plan to address Left Wing Extremism 2015 has resulted in a decline in violence. The incidents of LWE violence have been reduced by 77% from all-time high of 2,258 in 2009 to 509 in 2021: MoS Home Nityanand Rai in Lok Sabha
We already have our Government in four of these states. We will be elected once again. In Punjab, we will emerge as a power; for the first time, we are contesting on these many number of seats here: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on 2022 Assembly Elections
It’s a woman’s right to wear whatever she wants, be it bikini, hijab, saree, jeans or ‘ghoonghat’. No one has the right to tell a woman what to wear. There shouldn’t be any politics on this: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, in Lucknow
Aid up to Rs 10 lakh will be given for any disease. Cow dung will be bought for Rs 2/kg, which will further be used in vermi-composting. Small & medium businesses were more affected, no support came from the government. We’ll develop clusters & support them: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra
Chief of Army Staff General MM Naravane had a telephonic interaction with Lieutenant General Fahd Bin Abdullah Mohammed Al-Mutair, Commander, Royal Saudi Armed Forces, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and discussed aspects of bilateral defence cooperation: Indian Army
UP Polls | Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra launches the Congress manifesto ‘Unnati Vidhan Jan Ghoshna Patra-2022’
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All suggestions have been taken from the UP public. Farmers’ loans will be waived off within 10 days of coming to power. Electricity bills will be waived off, COVID-affected families will be given Rs 25,000. We’ll provide 20 lakh govt jobs
– Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Congress
The students didn’t want to gherao the girl who was coming outside the college in Mandya. No other student was around her when she shouted “Allah-hu-Akbar”. Was she provoked? Can’t encourage “Allah hu Akbar’ or ‘Jai Shri Ram’ on campus: Karnataka Primary & Secondary Education Minister
India vs West Indies: West Indies captain Nicholas Pooran wins toss, decides to bowl first against India in the 2nd ODI in Ahmedabad
No one can take law and order into their hands. Govt will not spare any miscreant: BC Nagesh, Karnataka Primary & Secondary Education Minister on hijab controversy
The Ahmedabad franchise of the Indian Premier League names its cricket team the ‘Gujarat Titans’
Social activist Anna Hazare announces an indefinite hunger strike from 14 February against the Maharashtra government over its decision to sell wine supermarkets and walk-in stores.
Covid 3rd wave passed, says Telangana health director
- With Telangana seeing a sharp decline in Covid-19 cases in the last one week, director public health, Dr G Srinivasa Rao on Tuesday announced that the third wave was over and people can now get back to their normal lives, wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.
Puducherry legislators want govt to take stern action in Hijab row
- Legislators from the Karaikkal area of the union territory of Puducherry want the state government to take a stringent action to prevent any escalation of issues regarding the wearing of Hijab by Muslim girls.
- A delegation of legislators met the Chief Minister of the UT, N. Rangasamy on Tuesday, and apprised him of the actions of a school headmaster asking a Muslim girl of Class 9 at Ariyankuppam to remove Hijab in the classroom.
- The MLA’s petitioned the Chief Minister that the issue must not be allowed to escalate in the Union Territory just like it is taking place in the neighbouring state of Karnataka.