Indian co-production Period. End of Sentence won the Academy Award in the Best Documentary (Short Subject) category on Sunday night. Co-produced by Guneet Monga and directed by Iranian-American filmmaker Rayka Zehtabchi, the documentary explores the lives of the women of Hapur fighting stigma around menstruation.
BJP chief Amit Shah claimed that India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was responsible for the current situation in Kashmir, alleging that he kept the matter lingering after Independence.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan urged Narendra Modi to “give peace a chance” in the aftermath of the suicide attack in Pulwama.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated the National War Memorial near India Gate. He lit the flame kept at the bottom of the stone-made pillar to pay homage to the soldiers who died in the line of duty.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said his Aam Aadmi Party is preparing to contest the Lok Sabha elections alone as the Congress has ruled out an alliance with it, NDTV reported. In an interview with the news channel, Kejriwal said all doors are closed to the Rahul Gandhi-led Congress.
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Monday said the Arunachal Pradesh government had failed to communicate with the people of the state regarding permanent resident certificates to six minority communities.
The Adani Group has entered the airport business after winning bids to operate five of six airports that were designated for privatisation by the Centre. The conglomerate has won the contracts to run the non-metro airports of Ahmedabad, Thiruvananthapuram, Lucknow, Mangaluru and Jaipur airports.
Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Monday recused himself from hearing a petition from a lawyers’ body against the designation of advocates with a practice of 30 years or more as senior.
Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara on Sunday claimed he did not get the top post in the state because he belonged to the Dalit community. “I am a victim of suppression and hence couldn’t get the chief minister’s post,” he said.
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has issued a show cause notice to 13 television news channels, including Congress leader Kapil Sibal’s Tiranga TV, for broadcasting the media briefing of Pakistan’s Army spokesperson despite an advisory on airing content following the Pulwama terror attack.
A day after businessman Robert Vadra expressed interest in “a larger role in serving the people” once he sees through the various investigations he is undergoing, posters emerged in Uttar Pradesh’s Moradabad welcoming him to contest elections from the constituency.
National Conference leader and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday said the Narendra Modi-led government will experience a moment of truth when it takes a decision on holding timely elections. The state has been under President’s rule since December 19, 2018.
The Parliamentary panel on Information Technology, headed by Bharatiya Janata Party MP Anurag Thakur, on Monday directed social media website Twitter to ensure that foreign players do not influence the upcoming Indian elections. Thakur said that senior officials of Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram have been asked to appear before the panel on March 6.
Opposition parties in West Bengal have criticised Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee since a police officer committed suicide in Kolkata last week. Retired IPS officer Gaurav Chandra Dutt killed himself on February 19 after writing a letter in which he blamed Banerjee and the system for punishing him.
The Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party on Monday announced an alliance in Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand for the Lok Sabha elections. The two parties have already forged an alliance in Uttar Pradesh, which sends 80 MPs to the Lower House of Parliament.
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s health condition is stable, the Chief Minister’s Office said in tweet on Monday. Parrikar was admitted to the Goa Medical College and Hospital late on Saturday. The office said that Dr Pramod Garg from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences conducted a thorough check-up of Parrikar’s health. “The doctors are happy with his progress and the chief minister continues to be stable,” it added.
A Delhi court on Monday asked the Central Bureau of Investigation to appoint a special public prosecutor in the Muzaffarpur shelter home sexual assault case in the next two days. Additional Sessions Judge Saurabh Kulshrestha scheduled the next hearing for February 27.
The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a plea that sought the protection of human rights of security personnel who were being attacked while they perform their duty. The bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna issued notices to the Centre, Jammu and Kashmir government, the defence ministry and the National Human Rights Commission based on a petition filed by two children of security personnel.
The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Monday said two of the three militants killed in an encounter in Kulgam on Sunday were top commanders of Pakistan-based extremist outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed.They were allegedly involved in conspiring and executing several terror attacks and were wanted for their complicity in a series of terror crimes.
Afghanistan on Sunday began exports to India through the Chabahar port in Iran. This is the first time Afghanistan has exported goods to India bypassing the Pakistan route. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani flagged off the first consignment of exports.
The Arunachal Pradesh Police on Monday said that no reports of violence were reported from anywhere in the state even as an indefinite curfew imposed in Itanagar and Naharlagun continued. Internet services continue to be suspended and shops and markets in Itanagar and Naharlagun remained closed, said police.
The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a public interest litigation that sought a direction to political parties disallowing those with more than two children from contesting elections. The plea, filed by lawyer Ashwini Upadhyay, sought to declare a two-child norm for government jobs, subsidies and other aids.
The court of the chief judicial magistrate of Srinagar on Saturday issued a non-bailable warrant against Republic TV editor Arnab Goswami and three other journalists in a case filed by Peoples Democratic Party leader Naeem Akhtar. Akhtar alleged that the news channel telecast “scandalous” content against him. He had filed a plea seeking punishment for the accused under Section 499 and Section 500 of the Indian Penal Code, which relate to defamation.
A Supreme Court judge on Monday recused himself from hearing the appeal of former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar against his sentencing in a case of 1984 anti-Sikh violence. Justice Sanjiv Khanna, who was part of the bench set to hear the life convict’s plea, recused himself.
Former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Monday claimed the central government’s income scheme for farmers was a desperate attempt by the Bharatiya Janata Party to “placate them with crumbs”. The senior Congress leader also described the scheme as a “cash for votes” scheme.
A Delhi court on Monday directed the Enforcement Directorate to provide businessman Robert Vadra copies of the documents seized by the agency during raids conducted at his offices in December 2018. While the agency provided the soft copies on Monday, Special Judge Arvind Kumar told it to provide the hard copies of the documents within five days.
Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy on Monday mentioned before the Supreme Court his plea that he has a fundamental right to offer prayers at the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi site in Ayodhya. However, the bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, asked him to be present in court on Tuesday during the hearing of the Ram temple case.
Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan on Sunday refuted claims that his Makkal Needhi Maiam outfit was the Bharatiya Janata Party’s “B-team” in Tamil Nadu, saying attacks like these had increased as his party was growing in stature.
The Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha, the largest trade union of tea garden workers in the state, will begin to close all liquor shops in tea gardens in the state from Monday. The organisation’s decision comes after over 140 people died after consuming spurious alcohol in Golaghat and Jorhat last week.
Yoga guru Ramdev is likely to head the Bharatiya Shiksha Board, which the government wants to set up to standardise education in Vedic tradition. Ramdev’s Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust was on Saturday selected as the best bidder to set up this proposed government-recognised education board. The Bharatiya Shiksha Board will be the first private board to be recognised by the Centre.
A Delhi court on Monday granted bail to journalist Priya Ramani on a personal bond of Rs 10,000 in connection with a defamation case filed against her by former Union minister MJ Akbar in October last year.
The Jammu and Kashmir government on Sunday said it has sought adjournment of the hearing of the plea challenging Article 35A of the Indian Constitution in the Supreme Court. The court is set to hear the case this week.
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena President Raj Thackeray on Sunday claimed that the “truth” about the Pulwama attack would come out if National Security Advisor Ajit Doval is investigated by authorities. At least 40 Central Reserve Police Force jawans were killed on February 14 in the South Kashmir district after a Jaish-e-Mohammed militant drove an explosive-laden vehicle into a Srinagar-bound convoy.
Bharatiya Janata Party National President Amit Shah claimed on Sunday that India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was responsible for the present situation in Kashmir. The BJP chief made the remark while addressing the Vijay Sankalp Sammelan in Jammu.
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Sunday that India is a “reluctant” nuclear weapons state. Singh was speaking at the launch of Observer Research Foundation’s Nuclear Order in the Twenty First Centurywritten by former diplomat Rakesh Sood.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday urged his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to “give peace a chance” in the aftermath of the suicide attack that took place in Pulwama on February 14. Khan reiterated that he would act immediately if India gives “actionable intelligence” on the attack, which was claimed by Pakistan-based Masood Azhar’s Jaish-e-Mohammed.
The Indian Navy on Sunday detected a skeleton on the 74th day of the operations to find the 15 miners who were trapped in a mine in Meghalaya on December 13. Two decomposed bodies had been spotted last month, but only one has been recovered so far.
A Dubai-bound plane in Bangladesh was forced to make an emergency landing in Chattogram after security officials foiled a hijacking attempt on Sunday evening. The state-run Biman Bangladesh Airlines Flight BG-147, which was on its way to Dubai from Dhaka via Chattogram, landed at the Shah Amanat International airport in the evening.