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JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh among others protest against CAA at Jantar Mantar

Delhi: Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union president Aishe Ghosh and other students protest against CAA, NRC, and NPR at Jantar Mantar. They also raised slogans demanding the release of Sharjeel Imam and Dr. Kafeel Khan.

SIT has been formed to investigate the matter, says P Ranjan, Special CP, Delhi Police on Jamia CCTV footage

P Ranjan, Special CP, Delhi Police: Some videos have surfaced related to 15th Dec Jamia violence incident. All people including 192 females, 204 males & 7 children are being given conveyance till the drop points.

Naxals set ablaze 7 vehicles at Jharkhand-Chhattisgarh border

Surguja range IG RL Dangi: Naxals set ablaze 7 vehicles that were being used for construction of a road near Bandarchua camp under Samri police station limits, at Jharkhand-Chhattisgarh border, earlier today.

Voda Idea pays Rs 2,500 crore, Tata Group over Rs 2,190 crore to Department of Telecommunications: Sources

I am not very happy as this is the third time that death warrant has been issued, says Nirbhaya's mother

Asha Devi, Mother of 2012 Delhi gang-rape victim: I am not very happy as this is the third time that death warrant has been issued. We have struggled so much, so I am satisfied that death warrant has been issued finally. I hope they (convicts) will be executed on 3rd March.

The four convicts in Nirbhaya case to hang on 3rd March at 6 AM

2012 Delhi gang-rape case: The four convicts to be executed on 3rd March at 6 AM.

Anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protest continues at Shaheen Bagh

Delhi: Anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protest continues at Shaheen Bagh.

Preparations underway in Agra ahead of US President Donald Trump's visit

Agra: Preparations underway in the city ahead of US President Donald Trump's visit. Arun Kumar, City Magistrate says,"It has been decided that US President will be visiting Agra on 24th February,so we are clearing and beautifying the entire route from Kheria Airport to Taj Mahal."

Twenty-four killed in Burkina Faso church attack

Twenty-four killed in Burkina Faso church attack, reports AFP quoting Governor.

I request Telangana CM K Chandrashekar Rao to put a stay on National Population Register, says AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi: I request Telangana CM K Chandrashekar Rao to put a stay on National Population Register enumeration as Kerala did. NPR has no relation with the census & social welfare schemes. It is purely an exercise to implement NRC in the future.

Magsaysay award winner Sandeep Pandey arrested from anti-CAA protest vicinity in Lucknow

Social worker and Magsaysay award winner Sandeep Pandey along with nine other arrested by Lucknow police near Ghanta ghar, where the Anti CAA protest has been going on. Pandey was allegedly distributing pamphlets as he tried to take out a march from Ghantaghar to Gomti Nagar.

Sandeep Pandey is booked under section 151 (disturbing piece).

I congratulate India's women for standing up and proving the BJP wrong, says Rahul Gandhi

The Govt disrespected every Indian woman, by arguing in the SC that women Army officers didn't deserve command posts or permanent service because they were inferior to men. I congratulate India's women for standing up & proving the BJP Govt wrong, tweeted Rahul Gandhi.

"They can protest, but not on public road," says Supreme Court to lawyers representing Shaheen Bagh protesters

Supreme Court begins hearing on the petitions seeking clearance of the Kalindi Kunj road which has remained blocked for over 60 days on account of the anti-CAA protest at Delhi's Shaheen Bagh.

Justice Kaul says certain section of the society is opposed to a legislation, that legislation is being tested in the Court; not saying people don't have the right ti protest but the question is where to protest

Justice Kaul says today it's one legislation people have grievance with, tomorrow it may be another but the question is not about that, the question is if public area can be used for protests.

Justice Kaul says that concern of the Court is limited. "One section of the society holds one point of view, it's okay, they want to voice it in a form of like a social build-up, it's acceptable but the limited question is the place in which it can be done."

Counsel for the intervenors tells SC that other roads are being blocked by the authorities. Justice Kaul says, "You (protesters) have made your point of view, we are not saying stop making your point of view but the limited scope is about sitting in protest on a public road"

Justice Kaul asks the counsel for the intervenors to speak with the protesters and find out if the protest can be lodged at another place.

Justice Kaul, who is on the Bench with Justice KM Joseph, says, "When strong views emerge, you cannot say don't put forth your strong views. Those things don't trouble us. Only thing troubling is blocking of a public road"

Counsel for the intervenors tells the Court that roads are being opened for ambulances and such. ASG KM Nataraj and SG Tushar Mehta refute the submission. Mehta says there is complete blockage.

Court suggests for an affidavit to be filed by the authorities and Delhi Police suggesting a solution for the issue. SG Tushar Mehta says "solution is removal of the protesters".

Court seeks to speak to Senior Counsel Sanjay Hegde on the issue. Mehta highlights that Hegde "has a certain stand on the issue"

Justice Kaul: Mr. Hedge is sitting in the Courtroom quietly

Hegde: I have never been to the site and I'm not representing any party.

Court: We want to see if you can talk to the protesters

Hegde: I'm always willing to talk to everyone.

Advocate Sadhna Ramachandran is also asked by the SC to meet the protesters.

Hegde says he wonders if he can assist Justice (retd) Kurian Joseph in the task; says justice Kurian Joseph is seen as "a man of God" Court says it is looking for any suitable person who can pursuade the protesters "Reason must prevail on this (protesters) side also", SC

Court appoints Senior Counsel Sanjay Hegde as the interlocutor tasked with the responsibility of talking to the protesters to see if any solution can be arrived at. SG Mehta says a message should not go out that "we have been brought to our knees"

Justice Kaul says that the Court wants Mehta to look into any alternatives that can be agreed upon; points out that there are certain places earmarked for protests like Ramlila Maidan, Jantar Mantar and such.

The Supreme Court has fixed the matter for further hearing on Monday, 24th February

British MP critical of abrogation of special to J&K denied entry into India

14 test positive among United States plane evacuees from Japan coronavirus ship, says State Department

Fourteen people who had tested positive for the new coronavirus were among the more than 300 US citizens and family members evacuated by plane from a quarantined ship in Japan, the US State Department said Monday.

The passengers had already disembarked from the Diamond Princess and were preparing to return to the United States on chartered aircraft when US officials were informed 14 of them who had been tested days earlier were positive for COVID-19, it said in a joint statement with the Department of Health and Human Services.

"These individuals were moved in the most expeditious and safe manner to a specialized containment area on the evacuation aircraft to isolate them in accordance with standard protocols," it said.

"During the flights, these individuals will continue to be isolated from the other passengers." The first flight is due to land shortly at a US Air Force base in California, where all passengers will undergo 14 days quarantine.

Delhi HC seeks Centre, CBI response on PIL for probe into Gargi college molestation incident

The Delhi High Court on Monday sought response of the Centre and the CBI on a plea seeking a court-monitored probe by the agency into the alleged molestation of students during a cultural festival at Delhi University's all-women Gargi College last week.

A bench of justices G S Sistani and C Hari Shankar issued notice to the Centre and Central Bureau of Investigation on a plea filed by advocate M L Sharma.

The plea was filed on Thursday, hours after the Supreme Court declined to entertain the petition and asked the petitioner to move the high court.

Sharma has sought the preservation of all video recordings and CCTV camera footage of the college campus in his plea.

On February 6, a group of men broke into the Gargi College during the festival 'Reverie' and allegedly groped, harassed and molested the students who claimed that security officials stood watching.

The incident came to light after some students took to Instagram to narrate their ordeal and alleged that security personnel did nothing to control the unruly groups.

SC directs Centre to grant permanent commission within 3 months to women officers in Army

Supreme Court is reading out the order on the Centre's appeal challenging the Delhi High Court's ruling in 2010, for granting permanent commission to women officers in Army. Justice DY Chandrachud says, "Women in the Army is an evolutionary process."

Justice DY Chandrachud also says, "The policy decisions of the Union Government is very unique as far as the employment of women officers is concerned."

While reading out the order on the Centre's appeal challenging the Delhi High Court's ruling in 2010, for granting permanent commission to women officers in Army, Supreme Court judge Justice DY Chandrachud says, "Soldiers must have the physical capability to do one's role."

Physiological features of women have no link to their rights": Supreme Court on whether women officers in the Indian Army will be allowed "command appointments" at par with male officers. "Mindset must change," says top court.

Centre's appeal challenging the Delhi High Court's ruling in 2010, for granting permanent commission to women officers in Army: Supreme Court says that after the judgment of Delhi High Court, Centre should give grant of permanent commission to women officers.

Sensex falls 65 points in morning session

Market benchmark Sensex slipped 65 points in opening session on Monday, mainly due to losses in banking and financial stocks amid rising concerns over coronavirus outbreak.

The 30-share barometer was trading 65 points, or 0.16 per cent, lower at 41,192.74. The gauge had lost over 200 points on Friday.

The NSE Nifty was trading down by 28 points, or 0.23 per cent, at 12,085.45.

ONGC was the top loser in the Sensex pack, followed by M&M, SBI, ICICI Bank, Bajaj Auto, HDFC L&T, Sun Pharma and IndusInd Bank, falling up to 1.16 per cent.

On the other hand, TCS emerged as the biggest gainer, followed by Infosys, NTPC Nestle India, Hindustan Unilever and Tata Steel, rising up to 0.60 per cent.

In the previous session, the Sensex fell by 202.05 points or 0.49 per cent to end at 41,257.74, with 22 of its constituents closing with losses. Likewise, the broader NSE Nifty shed 61.20 points or 0.50 per cent to settle at 12,113.50.

Dealers said that coronavirus outbreak continued to weigh on the investor sentiment globally.

Meanwhile, on a net basis, foreign institutional investors sold equities worth Rs 704.92 crore, while domestic institutional investors bought shares worth Rs 219.54 crore on Friday, data available with stock exchanges showed.

Asian stocks were trading mixed as the death toll from coronavirus increased and concerns over the possible economic fallout from the epidemic.

Bourses in Shanghai and Hong Kong were trading on a positive note, while those in Seoul and Tokyo slipped in the red.

Brent crude oil futures fell 0.23 per cent to USD 57.19 per barrel.

The rupee depreciated 9 paise to 71.46 against the US dollar in morning session.

2 killed in encounter with police in Delhi

Two alleged criminals were killed in an exchange of fire with the Special Cell of Delhi Police at Pul Pehlad Pur area here on Monday morning, officials said.

The encounter took place around 5 am, they said.

Raja Qureshi and Ramesh Bahadur, who were injured during the encounter, were rushed to a nearby hospital, where they were declared brought dead by doctors, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) P S Kushwah said.

According to police, the two men were involved in multiple cases of murder and robbery.

Supreme Court to hear today petitions seeking removal of CAA protesters from Shaheen Bagh

Supreme Court to hear today petitions seeking directions to the Centre and others for removal of Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protesters from Delhi's Shaheen Bagh.

Posters against Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) seen in parts of Patna

Death toll in coronavirus in China climbs to 1,765: govt

The death toll from China's new coronavirus epidemic jumped past 1,700 on Monday after 100 more people died in the hard-hit Hubei province, the epicentre of the outbreak.

In its daily update, the province's health commission also reported 1,933 new cases.

At least 70,400 people have now been infected nationwide.

Most are in Hubei, where the virus first emerged in December before spiralling into a nationwide epidemic.

The number of new cases in the province had been declining since a large spike last week when officials changed their criteria for counting cases to include people diagnosed through lung imaging.

Monday's figures were around 100 higher than those on Sunday but still sharply down on those from Friday and Saturday.

Outside of hardest-hit Hubei, the number of new cases has been declining and a spokesman for China's national health authority said Sunday that the slowing figures were a sign the outbreak was being controlled.

However, World Health Organisation chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has warned it is "impossible to predict which direction this epidemic will take".

International experts have arrived in Beijing and begun meeting with their Chinese counterparts over the epidemic, Tedros said on Twitter.

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