Robert Vadra alleges ‘vindictive’ government is harassing his mother

Businessman Robert Vadra on Tuesday accused the Centre of being vindictive and harassing his mother. Robert Vadra and his mother Maureen Vadra appeared before the Enforcement Directorate in Rajasthan’s capital Jaipur earlier in the day in connection with an alleged land scam in Bikaner.

AgustaWestland scam: Delhi court initiates in-camera proceedings for accused Rajeev Saxena

A court in Delhi on Tuesday initiated in-camera proceedings in a case involving Dubai-based businessman Rajeev Saxena, who is an accused in the AgustaWestland helicopter scam, PTI reported. The press and the public are not allowed to be part of in-camera proceedings, which are generally held in a judge’s chambers.

Rafale row: Arun Jaitley and Ravi Shankar Prasad lash out at Rahul Gandhi for targeting Modi

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday took a dig at the Congress hours after the Opposition party’s leader Rahul Gandhi accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of treason. Gandhi had accused Modi of acting as a middleman for industrialist Anil Ambani.

UP: Akhilesh Yadav stopped from flying to Prayagraj, Adityanath claims visit may have triggered row

Samajwadi Party president and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav claimed that he was detained at Lucknow airport on Tuesday and not allowed to board a plane to Prayagraj. Yadav was on his way to attend the oath-taking ceremony of a student leader at Allahabad University.

AMU minority status: Supreme Court refers Centre’s petition to seven-judge bench

The Supreme Court on Tuesday referred to a seven-judge bench the Centre’s petition seeking to withdraw Aligarh Muslim University’s minority status.

Kargil: Thousands brave minus 17 degrees Celsius temperature to protest creation of Ladakh division

Thousands of people in Kargil spent Monday night on the roads braving the -17 degree Celsius temperature to protest against the administration’s decision to create a separate division for Ladakh region with its headquarters in Leh.

Haryana: Corrupt people are in trouble because of me, claims Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday claimed that corrupt people are in “trouble because of Modi”. He was speaking at a rally in Haryana’s Kurukshetra.

Delhi: High alert sounded after Manipur MP’s car rams barricade at Parliament

Security in Delhi and the National Capital Region was put on high alert on Tuesday after a car drove into a barricade at the Parliament complex. The car belonged to Congress Lok Sabha MP from Manipur Thokchom Meinya.

Trinamool MLA murder: BJP leader Mukul Roy files anticipatory bail plea

Bharatiya Janata Party leader Mukul Roy on Tuesday applied for anticipatory bail in a case filed after the murder of Trinamool Congress MLA Satyajit Biswas. Roy filed his bail plea in a Calcutta High Court division bench a day after he was booked along with three others.

Rajasthan Gujjar protests: Internet services suspended in Sawai Madhopur district till Wednesday

Internet services in Rajasthan’s Sawai Madhopur district were suspended till February 13 as the protest by members of the Gujjar community entered its fifth day on Tuesday.

Ericsson contempt plea: SC adjourns hearing, asks Anil Ambani to appear again on Wednesday

The Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned to Wednesday the hearing in a contempt petition filed by telecommunications company Ericsson India against Reliance Communications Chairperson Anil Ambani in connection with non-payment of dues worth Rs 550 crore. The court directed Ambani, who was present in court, to appear again on Wednesday.

Uttar Pradesh: Akhilesh Yadav claims he was detained at Lucknow airport

Samajwadi Party president and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav claimed that he was detained at Lucknow airport on Tuesday and not allowed to board a plane to Prayagraj. Yadav was on his way to attend the oath-taking ceremony of a student leader at Allahabad University.

Lok Sabha elections: Amit Shah says Modi is BJP’s PM candidate, dares Opposition to name theirs

Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah on Tuesday mocked the Opposition for their lack of clarity about a prime ministerial candidate, even as his own party was confident of Narendra Modi’s name. Shah dared the Opposition parties, who are in talks to form an alliance ahead of the elections, to reveal the name of their leader.

Rafale deal: PM Modi committed ‘treason’, acted as Anil Ambani’s middleman, alleges Rahul Gandhi

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of treason and claimed he had acted as a middleman for industrialist Anil Ambani in the Rafale jet deal that India signed with France.

Around 60% of all children adopted in India in last three years were girls, shows government data

More girls were adopted in the last three years than boys, data released by the government shows. Of all children placed in adoption from 2015 to 2018, as many as 6,962 were girls and 4,687 boys, the Ministry of Women and Child Development told the Lok Sabha on February 8.

Tripura minister allegedly gropes a woman on stage, Left Front demands he be sacked

A video of a Tripura minister allegedly touching a woman colleague inappropriately on stage in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has gone viral on social media. The Left Front demanded on Monday that Manoj Kanti Deb be sacked “for touching a woman in an indecent manner” during a rally in Agartala on Saturday.

Jammu and Kashmir: Army soldier, militant killed in gunfight in Pulwama

An Army soldier and a suspected militant were killed in an exchange of gunfire in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Tuesday. One soldier suffered injuries.

Bikaner land scam: Robert Vadra, mother appear before ED in Jaipur, Priyanka Gandhi accompanies them

Businessman Robert Vadra and his mother Maureen on Tuesday appeared before the Enforcement Directorate at its zonal office in Jaipur in connection with an alleged land scam in Bikaner. Congress general secretary and Vadra’s wife, Priyanka Gandhi, accompanied them to the office.

Parliament: Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 pm, Citizenship Bill to be tabled today

The Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 2 pm on Tuesday, with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh likely to table the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill later in the day amid ongoing protests in northeastern states. There has been opposition from several political parties in the North East, including allies of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Supreme Court holds former interim CBI chief guilty of contempt, fines him Rs 1 lakh

The Supreme Court on Tuesday held M Nageswara Rao, former interim director of the Central Bureau of Investigation, guilty of contempt. The court on February 7 had issued him a contempt notice in connection with the transfer of the CBI officer investigating the Muzaffarpur shelter home abuse case.

Nagaland: Rebel group NSCN(IM) elects new chairperson, deputy for six years

The Isak-Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland, or NSCN(IM), on Monday elected Qhehezu Tuccu as the chairperson of the outfit. It also chose Tongmeth Wangnao as the vice chairperson.

Unemployment data: National Statistical Commission has approved NSSO report, says labour minister

Union minister for Labour and Employment Santosh Kumar Gangwar on Monday told the Lok Sabha that the periodic labour force survey report prepared by the National Sample Survey Office has been approved by the National Statistical Commission. The report has not yet been made public, and this has led to resignations from two independent members of the commission in January.

Punjab: Woman dragged out of car, allegedly raped by 12 men in Ludhiana

The Punjab Police on Monday conducted raids at several locations in Ludhiana after a 21-year-old woman claimed she was raped by 12 men at a farmhouse near Jagraon town. No arrests have been made so far.

Bhupen Hazarika’s brother, son differ on rejecting Bharat Ratna to protest Citizenship Bill

Assamese singer Bhupen Hazarika’s family appeared to be divided on the matter of accepting the Bharat Ratna conferred posthumously on him. His son Tej Hazarika on Monday rejected the honour in protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, but the singer’s brother, Samar, said Tej had taken the decision without consulting him.

Chhattisgarh: Delhi University professor Nandini Sundar cleared of murder charges by police

“After the investigation, police have found no direct evidence against Nandini Sundar and other four in Tongpal murder case,” Superintendent of Police (Sukma) Jitendra Shukla told the Hindustan Times. “The statements of the villagers were taken which suggests that they were not present at the time of the murder. Hence, we have taken back the cases against them.”

Ahmedabad college principal, vice principal resign after trustees say no to Jignesh Mevani event

The event was cancelled after the Brahmchari Wadi trust, which governs the college, refused to provide a hall for it, allegedly after pressure from some Bharatiya Janata Party student leaders. The trustees of the institution include architect Balkrishna Doshi, author Kumarpal Desai – both Padma Shri recipients – and Jnanpith recipient novelist Raghuveer Chaudhary.

Priyanka Gandhi flies to Jaipur after Lucknow roadshow to meet Robert Vadra ahead of ED questioning

Gandhi then left Jaipur International Airport under tight security, airport authorities said. Earlier on Monday, the Congress general secretary, who is the sister of party president Rahul Gandhi, held a roadshow in Lucknow, marking her political debut months before the Lok Sabha elections.

Delhi: At least 17 killed in massive fire at hotel in Karol Bagh

Delhi Fire Service officials told the Hindustan Times that they received a call at 4.35 am about the fire. Choudhary said 26 fire tenders were sent to the spot. He added that as many as 35 people have been rescued, while two jumped out of the building in panic.

Citizenship Bill to be tabled in Rajya Sabha, prohibitory orders issued in Imphal ahead of protests

On Sunday, at least six women were injured when police fired tear gas shells at a group of people who had gathered to protest against the bill in Imphal. The women vendors at Ima Keithel or Mother’s Market have announced a total shutdown of the market till Tuesday.