Pulwama attack: IMG-Reliance pulls out of PSL 2019

Dealing a huge blow to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), IMG Reliance, the official production company of Pakistan Super league (PSL) has withdrawn its contract to produce live coverage of the ongoing PSL tournament in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack. The decision was taken on Sunday following the massive backlash over   terror attacks in   Pulwama   claiming lives of 44 CRPF  personnel  

Rafale International to showcase its capabilities at Aero India 2019

Rafale International will showcase three Rafale fighters of the French Air Force, one single-seat Rafale C and two two-seat Rafale B to perform a daily flight ‘solo’ in the Asia’s premier air show Aero India 2019 to be held at the Air Force Station, Yelahanka, Karnataka from February 20 to 24. The Rafale deal to purchase 36 combat jets  attracted debate triggered by Congress.

Bhushan Kumar, Anees Bazmee come together for rom-com starring Disha Patani, Kartik Aaryan

Producer Bhushan Kumar and director Anees Bazmee have come together for an untitled rom-com starring Disha Patani and Kartik Aaryan.   Which will be filmed in Mumbai and abroad as well. After the confirmation of this big news the producer, Bhushan Kumar said, “This one is a classic Anees Bazmeestyle rib-tickler romcom which will have everyone in splits.”

Kirti Azad Joins Congress

Suspended BJP leader Kirti Azad joined Congress on Monday in the presence of Congress president Rahul Gandhi. AICC in charge for Bihar Shktisinh Gohil was also present. Making the announcement on Twitter, Azad said, ‘Today in front of   Rahul Gandhi I joined the Congress I felicitated him in traditional Mithila style.’ His joining was delayed due to Pulwama attack.

 

No Karvan-e-Aman bus to POK

The weekly Karvan-e-Aman bus, operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) on Monday has been cancelled, official sources said. The bus run has been cancelled on Monday, a message was received last night from Regional Passport Office (RPO), Srinagar, sources said adding no reason for cancellation of the cross-Line of Control (LoC) bus was given.

ବିଜେଡ଼ି ଓ କଂଗ୍ରେସକୁ ନିଶାନା କଲେ ରାଜନାଥ

ଭଦ୍ରକ ରାଣୀତଲାରେ ସାଧାରଣ ସଭାରେ ସେ ବୁଥସ୍ତରୀୟ କର୍ମୀ ଓ କାର୍ଯ୍ୟକର୍ତ୍ତାଙ୍କୁ ସମ୍ବୋଧନ କରିବା ସହ ନିର୍ବାଚନ ପ୍ରସ୍ତୁତି ନେଇ ମଧ୍ୟ ଆଲୋଚନା କରିଛନ୍ତି ରାଜନାଥ। କେନ୍ଦ୍ର ଗୃମନ୍ତ୍ରୀ ରାଜନାଥ କହିଛନ୍ତି ଯେ, ଆଗାମୀ ନିର୍ବାଚନରେ ମୋଦି ସରକାର କ୍ଷମତାକୁ ଆସିଲେ ଓଡ଼ିଶାର ଏମଏସପି ଦେଢ଼ଗୁଣା ବୃଦ୍ଧି କରିବା ଦାବିକୁ ପୂରଣ କରାଯିବ । ଭାଷଣ ଆରମ୍ଭରୁ ପୁଲୱାମା ଆତଙ୍କୀ ହମଲାରେ ସହିଦ ଯବାନଙ୍କୁ ଶ୍ରଦ୍ଧାଞ୍ଜଳି ଦେଇସାରିବା ପରେ ରାଜ୍ୟ ସରକାରଙ୍କୁ ନିଶାନା କରିବା ସହିତ ରାହୁଲଙ୍କୁ କଟାକ୍ଷ ମଧ୍ୟ କରିଛନ୍ତି ରାଜନାଥ । ଚୌକିଦାର ଚୋର ନୁହେଁ ସ୍ୱଚ୍ଛ କହିବା ସହିତ ପୂର୍ବଭାରତର ବିକାଶ କେବଳ ମୋଦି ସରକାର କରି ପାରିବେ ବୋଲି କହିଛନ୍ତି ରାଜନାଥ । 

Sanction at least Rs 5 cr to martyr’s families; BCCIs Khanna to CoA chief

BCCI acting president C K Khanna on Sunday urged Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai to approve at least Rs 5 crore for the families of security forces who lost their lives in the Pulwama terror attack.  Khanna  wrote, “we are saddened and join our fellow Indian citizens in condemning the dastardly Pulwama  terror attack.

IBBI organises first-of-its-kind workshop for financial creditors in Mumbai

The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI), jointly with the State Bank of India and the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA), organised a two-day workshop on ‘Committee of Creditors: An Institution of Public Faith’ in Mumbai.
The Workshop on February 15 and 16 was unique and the first-of-its-kind, organised for the benefit of Financial Creditors, who comprise the Committee of Creditors (CoC), under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.

Film federations call for ban on Pak artists working in Bollywood

Amid the anger across the country over the terrorist attack in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir on February 14, several film federations, including Federation of Western India Cine Employees have called for ban on Pakistan artists working in Bollywood. If filmmakers fail to follow their films will be stalled, warned the Federation.

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Salman Khan’s Being Human pledges monetary donation for Pulwama martyrs

After superstar Amitabh Bachchan announced his decision to donate Rs five lakh each to the families of the CRPF jawans killed in Pulwama attack, Bollywood heartthrob Salman Khan’s Being Human foundation also pledged an unspecified monetary donation for the cause of the martyrs, trade sources, said. Salman had earlier expressed his condolence over the deaths in the terrorist attack.

Famous Hindi writer Archana Verma no more

A famous Hindi writer, who helped in editing ‘Hans’ magazine, Archana Verma, has passed away at the Patel Chest Institute, where she was admitted. According to family sources, the 72-year-old was admitted to Patel Chest Institute after sudden discomfort and illness. She breathed her last on Saturday. She is survived by husband K G Verma and two sons.

Traders will boycott Chinese goods

To pay tribute and homage to martyrs of Pulwama incident on behalf of trading community of the Country, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) called for a Bharat Trade Bandh on Monday and called for boycotting of Chinese goods in the country.  China supporting the Pakistan, the CAIT has decided to launch a national campaign to boycott Chinese goods,’

ATMs, filling stations go dry, people face crisis of dairy products in view of curfew

In view of curfew imposition post violence on the third consecutive day on Sunday  in Jmmu, the Automated Teller Machines and fuel filling stations got dry while the people faced severe crisis of dairy products.  The ATMs of all banks in the winter capital go cashless as the bank authorities were not permitted to reload the cash into the machines.

Security non-issue for us : Moderate HC leaders Umar Farooq

Moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) headed by Mirwaiz Moulvi Umar Farooq on Sunday reacting to government decision to withdraw security cover to separatists in the Kashmir valley, said it was a non-issue for them and alleged that it was government that insisted on keeping the personnel based on their threat perception.

Trump tells European countries to put IS fighters on trial

President Trump has told the UK and other European allies to take back and put on trial more than 800 Islamic State (IS) group fighters captured in the final battle against the group.
US-backed Kurdish forces continue an assault on the last pocket of IS territory on the Syrian side of the Iraqi border.
The IS fighters are being held by the Kurdish-led forces,

India’s first semi-high speed train ‘Vande Bharat Express’ left Delhi for Varanasi on Sunday morning, on its first commercial run. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had flagged off the country’s first semi-high speed train, at New Delhi Railway Station on Friday. Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said tickets were sold out for the next two weeks already.

 

Amitabh Bachchan to donate Rs 5 lakh each to families of martyrs

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan will be donating Rs five lakh each to the families of the 40 CRPF jawans, who were martyred in the Pulwama terror attack.  Bachchan’s spokesperson confirmed “Yes,   Bachchan will be giving Rs 5 lakh to each of the 40 martyrs families and is currently finding out the correct process to do so.”

Rajinikanth won’t contest LS polls, not support any party

Popular Tamil actor Rajinikanth, who had already confirmed his entry into politics, but was yet to launch his own political party, on Sunday announced that his Rajini Makkal Mandram (fans club) will not contest the ensuing Lok Sabha polls in Tamil Nadu. He said his target was only Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu  and would not support any party.

Mobile internet blocked in Srinagar, other parts of Valley

Mobile internet of all Cellular companies, including Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), has been blocked in the Kashmir valley, including summer capital, Srinagar, as a precautionary measure to prevent spread of rumours. However, BSNL Broadband and point-to-point internet service of private companies, was functioning  at low speed.  It has badly hit the students, doctors and other professionals besides media persons.

CRPF ready to help Kashmiris outside despite losing 40 jawans in JeM attack

The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has set up ‘CRPF Madadgaar’ 24X7 helpline for speedy assistance to Kashmiri students, businessmen and others, in case they face any difficulties or harassment outside the valley, following protests in different parts of the country against the fidayeen attack in Pulwama, in which 40 personnel were martyred on Thursday.

Delhi hotel blaze: owner held

Owner of the Hotel that caught fire on February 12 claiming 17 lives, was arrested by Delhi Police crime branch, police said on Sunday. Rakesh Goel, owner of Hotel Arpit Palace, as per intelligence received by the police, was travelling from Qatar to New Delhi, .  A Look-Out Circular had already been issued for him and the Immigration department  was alerted regarding Goel’s arrival

British PM urges Conservative MPs to unite over Brexit

British Prime Minister Theresa May has issued a fresh plea to Conservative MPs to put aside “personal preferences” and support Brexit deal. The PM, in a letter to all 317 Conservative MPs after government suffered a defeat in a vote on its strategy on Valentine’s Day, said the result was “disappointing” but vowed the government would continue its work to secure changes to the Irish border backstop, The Guardian reported.

 

Democrats vow to stop Trump over declaration of national emergency

Democrats have painted Trump’s declaration of emergency as evidence of a rogue president who has now gone too far. A day after US President Trump declared a national emergency — in an attempt to circumvent Congress and redirect taxpayer money to fund 230 miles of barriers along the US-Mexico border — the designation has been beset with political and legal challenges.

Security for separatist leaders – Shabir Shah, Abdul Ghani Bhat, 3 others to be withdrawn

In a major decision and taking pro-active step against ‘separatist’ leaders in Jammu and Kashmir, the government has decided to withdraw “all security and government facilities” to five   leaders.
the five leaders are Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Abdul Ghani Bhat, Bilal Lone, Hashim Qureshi and Shabir Shah.
“All security and any vehicles provided to them will stand withdrawn by today evening,”   source

Pakistan will be isolated in the coming days for supporting Terrorist activities: Union Minister

Union Minister D V Sadananda Gowda today said that “Pakistan will become an isolated country in the coming days for supporting terrorist activities.
Expressing his anguish over killing of 45 Soldiers by a suicide bomb attack on CRPF bus at Pulwama District in Srinagar-Kashmir recently,   Gowda said that “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given free hand to the Indian Army to curb terrorism.

AP CM announces Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia to bereaved families of martyred CRPF personnel

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu announced Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia to each of the bereaved families of the CRPF personnel, who were martyred in Pulwama terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday. The  TDP politburo meeting which was held here on Saturday the politburo condoled the deaths of CRPF jawans and observed two minutes silence as a mark of respect.

Chhota Bheem – Kung Fu Dhamaka 3D’ to release on May 10

Green Gold Animation Private Ltd, the creators of ‘Chhota Bheem’, announced the release of their next big screen adventure featuring Bheem and friends– ‘Chhota Bheem – Kung Fu Dhamaka 3D’ on May 10. Packed with fun, adventure and excitement, this movie will be the first feature film featuring ‘Chhota Bheem’ which has been conceptualised and shot in Stereoscopic 3D.

 

Pulwama terror attack: Shabana Azmi, Javed Akhtar not to attend 2-day event in Karachi

In the wake of the recent terror attack in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir, celebrity couple Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar have decided not to attend a two day event in which they were scheduled to participate in Karachi.Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Shabana said, “@Javedakhtarjadu and I have cancelled Karachi Arts Councils celebration of my father Kaifi Azmi’s centenary.

Sanya Malhotra kickstarts shoot for Anurag Basu’s directorial

After enjoying the success of ‘Badhaai Ho’, Sanya Malhotra has started shooting for her new upcoming film which is an Anurag Basu’s directorial.While Sanya is currently gearing up for ‘Photograph’ which is all set to release next month, she has also started shooting for Anurag Basu’s film.  Sanya has posted a  story while prepping up  vanity and grooving on a song

 

POCSO Court orders CBI to probe role of Nitish in Muzaffarpur based shelter home case

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar received a jolt after a special Protection of Children from Sexual Offence (POCSO) court today directed CBI, already investigating the Muzaffarpur based shelter home inmates sexual abuse case, to probe his role and that of Principal Secretary of state welfare department Atul Prasad and the then district magistrate of Muzaffarpur.

Trailer of ‘Photograph’ to release on Feb 18

The trailer of award-winning director Ritesh Batra’s next ‘Photograph’ starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sanya Malhotra will be released on February 18.
After giving us ‘LunchBox’, now Ritesh Batra is coming together with Nawazuddin Siddiqui to give us an exceptionally unique love story.
The movie captures the story of a struggling street photographer convinces a shy stranger to pose as his fiancée.

MHA issues advisory to all states to ensure safety & security of people

In view of some reports of students and other residents of Jammu and Kashmir experiencing threats and intimidation in the wake of terrorist attack in Pulwama, the Ministry of Home Ministry of Home Affairs on Saturday issued an advisory to all states and union territories to take necessary measures to ensure their safety and security .

US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard introduces bill to halt missile treaty withdrawal

US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has introduced a bill on Saturday that would prevent Washington from spending taxpayer money on weapons that violate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. “The risk of nuclear catastrophe is greater than ever before, and Trump’s decision to pull out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty heightens the danger of a nuclear holocaust”, she said during a press conference on Friday.

 

Attachment of my office a complete vindictive & vicious witch hunt: Vadra

Terming the attachment of his office as ‘a complete misuse of assertion of power, a complete vindictive & vicious witch hunt’, industrial;ist and brother in law of Congress president Rahul gandhi, Robert vadra on Saturday said he will stay determined for justice. In a Facebook post,   Vadra said,’Relentless harassment !! I have had nothing to hide and I am surely not above the law.

Country united in solidarity with forces in fighting terror: All-party meet

Strongly condemning the ‘dastadly terror act in Pulwama on February 14’, in which 40 CRPF jawans lost their lives, an all-party meeting here on Saturday said the country stands united in solidarity with the security forces in fighting terror and defending the unity and integrity of India. A unanimous resolution passed at the meeting in Parliament, chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

Sony SAB to premiere ‘Baavle Utaavle’ from Feb 18

Sony SAB is all set to premiere ‘Baavle Utaavle- #Gufu Ki Visfotak Love Isstory’ from February 18. Attraction is the beginning of every love story and Sony SAB’s latest offering ‘Baavle Utaavle’ is one such story of two young hearts Guddu and Funty, whose quest to satiate their physical desires is wrapped by the need to get married.

Over 60 feared dead in Zimbabwe gold mine flood

More than 60 people are believed to have died in two mining shafts after a nearby dam burst in Zimbabwe’s Mashonaland West Province, authorities said on Friday. The number of illegal miners who could have been trapped was estimated at between 60 and 70, said Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister July Moyo.  Moyo said hopes of finding survivors are fading

IARC and WHO join forces to reduce inequalities in childhood cancer

To help better understand and fight childhood cancer, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has joined the recently formed World Health Organization (WHO) Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer.
The Global Initiative seeks to reduce inequalities in access to diagnosis and in quality of treatment, and thus improve treatment outcomes for all children, especially those living in countries with limited resources.

MP CM responds to schoolboy’s letter

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath has provided an assurance vis-a-vis speedy action after comprehending the disturbance caused during study time – by the blaring of disc jockeys (DJs) – to an eighth-standard pupil in Madrani village.
In a recent letter to   Nath, Himanshu Soni stated that reining in the DJs would prove beneficial even to animals and birds.

Biggest ever UN aid delivery reaches desperate civilians in Syria who resort to ‘survival sex’ to stay alive

The biggest UN humanitarian convoy yet to operate inside Syria has successfully distributed aid to 40,000 desperate people in inaccessible desert camp near the country’s southern border .  It was only the second time the UN has been able to reach the remote site  , where at least eight children had   died, and some women have had to resort to “survival sex” just to stay alive.

Pulwama attack: All party meeting to ensure nation speak in one voice

On the backdrop of government vowing to give a ‘befitting reply’ on terror attack in Pulwama and efforts being made to isolate Pakistan, an all party meeting has been convened in the capital on Saturday. The meeting has been convened by Home Minister Rajnath Singh wherein he is expected to brief the leaders of various parties about the Pulwama terror attack .

UN appeals for aid to meet Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh

With more than 745,000 Rohingya having fled violence in Myanmar to settle in Bangladesh, joining roughly 200,000 others already sheltering there, United Nations aid agencies and partners have launched an appeal to help meet their “dire needs”.
The 2019 Joint Response Plan for the Rohingya humanitarian crisis seeks to raise $920 million to assist more than 900,000 refugees from Myanmar and   more than 330,000 vulnerable Bangladeshis hosting them.

Jerusalem should be capital of Israel and Palestine: UN Chief

UN Secretary-General António Guterres wants Israel and Palestine to jointly share Jerusalem as their capital.
Addressing the  Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, which was established by the UN General Assembly in 1975, he said that “based on relevant UN resolutions, long-held principles, previous agreements and international law, Jerusalem should be the capital of both States.”

Trump put into dead end on Venezuela: Maduro

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Friday that US President Donald Trump is put by his advisors into a dead end regarding the situation in Venezuela. Trump has been put into an “alley without exit” by his advisors on Venezuela, he said. Maduro made the remarks when marking the bicentennial of Venezuela’s definitive republican constitution amid a political crisis.

Vande Bharat Express breaks down on return journey

Vande Bharat Express, while returning back to New Delhi via Allahabad, Kanpur broke down near Tundla railway station in the wee hours of Saturday. According to Official spokesperson of the Railways, ‘ this appears to be a disruption due to possible cattle run over in the early hours while the Vande Bharat Express was returning from Varanasi towards New Delhi.’

India has audio-visual evidence of JeM, Pak involvement in Pulwama attack : MEA

India on Friday late night asserted that Pakistan’s demand for an investigation into Pulwama attack is ‘preposterous’ when there is already a video of the suicide bomber declaring himself a member of the JeM.
“There are also other audio-visual and print material linking JeM to the terrorist attack,” MEA spokesman  Raveesh Kumar said in reply to a question on Pakistan Foreign Secretary.

Lavasa directs Odisha govt officials to gear up and provide logistic arrangement for a free and fair poll

Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa directed the state electoral machinery in Odisha to gear up with logistic arrangements and address the concern of political parties. The commission is committed to ensuring conducive environment for free and fair election in Odisha,Mr.Lavasa told newsmen here after reviewing the poll preparation for the 2019 general election with the representatives of various political and Police and other officials.

Lohani assumes charge of Air India

Ashwani Lohani on Friday assumed duties as Chief Managing Director of the state-owned Air India. He took over from Pradeep Singh Kharola, who was made Civil Aviation Ministry Secretary recently. This is the second tenure of Mr Lohani — a retired Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineering (IRSME) officer — as Air India chief. He was given the charge   for one year.

Shiv Sena demands another ‘surgical strike’ to avenge Pulwama attack

The District Unit of Shiv Sena on Friday held demonstration at Kranthi Chowk here to condemn Pulwama attack in Jammu and Kashmir by the Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad,in which 37 CRPF jawans were martyred. Led by the District Chief Ambadas Danve,the agitators raised anti-Pakistan slogans while burning the map of the neighbouring nation.

Pulwama terror attack: Virat Kohli, Cricket fraternity condemn blood bath

Day after a major terror attack in South Kashmir’s Awantipora area, a suicide bomber targeted a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy, killing at least 37 CRPF personnel and wounding others, the cricket fraternity on Friday condemned the deadly attack and wished for speedy recovery of the injured jawans. Cricketers including Virat Kohli,  VVS Laxman,  took to Twitter to condemn the attack.