The Supreme Court on Friday appointed a three-member panel of mediators led by retired Supreme Court judge FM Kalifulla to find a “permanent solution” to the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case.
The Congress has released its first list of 15 candidates for the Lok Sabha elections. Party president Rahul Gandhi will contest the election from the traditional bastion of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, and his mother Sonia Gandhi from Rae Bareli.
Here are the biggest stories of the day:
Here are the day’s biggest stories:
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said his government will not allow the country’s territory to be used for terrorism. “This government will not allow Pakistan’s land to be used for any kind of outside terrorism,” Khan said on Friday at a public rally in Tharparkar district of Sindh province.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Friday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to confer the Param Vir Chakra on Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman. Pakistani F-16 aircraft had shot down Varthaman’s MiG-21 jet inside Pakistan-occupied Kashmir on February 27, and he was captured. Pakistan released Varthaman on March 1.
Gujarat Congress MLA Jawahar Chavda resigned from the state Assembly on Friday and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party hours later. He is the third Congress MLA to have resigned from the House in the past few months. “I am happy to join the BJP and will serve the party with loyalty,” he said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that the Uttar Pradesh government has quickly acted against some “misguided” people who attacked two Kashmiris in Lucknow on Wednesday. “It is important to maintain the country’s unity,” he said at an event in Kanpur. “I urge other states to take strict action against those who try to commit such violence.”
Gujarat Congress MLA Jawahar Chavda resigned from the state Assembly on Friday and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party hours later. He is the third Congress MLA to have resigned from the House in the past few months.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday criticised the Opposition for demanding proof of the Indian Air Force’s strike in Pakistan on February 26. Speaking at a rally in Rajasthan’s Beawar, Singh said the Opposition was questioning the IAF instead of congratulating it, and added that warriors do not count the people who are killed in war.
The Central Board of Secondary Education on Friday said it had registered two first information reports with the Delhi Police against those allegedly circulating “fake news” about leaked question papers on social media. The board in a statement said it has asked the police to take strict action against the accused.
Former Lok Sabha MP Baijayant “Jay” Panda, who joined the Bharatiya Janata Party earlier this week, was on Friday appointed its national vice president and spokesperson. Party chief Amit Shah made the appointment, which will be effective immediately.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday promised free education for women in Odisha if his party is voted to power. He also vowed to work for the passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill in Parliament. Speaking on International Women’s Day, he also said the Congress will adopt a policy of “zero tolerance” towards atrocities against women.
A MiG-21 aircraft crashed near Bikaner in Rajasthan on Friday. The aircraft was on a routine mission from Nal near Bikaner. The pilot ejected safely, reports said. The fighter jet crashed in the Shoba Sar ki Dhani area. A court of inquiry will be constituted to investigate the incident.
A Delhi court on Friday extended the interim protection granted to former Union Minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram in connection with the Aircel-Maxis case until March 25, PTI reported. The Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate are investigating the cases.
China on Friday urged India and Pakistan to transform a crisis into an opportunity. Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, during a press conference on the sidelines of a session of China’s Parliament, the National People’s Congress, said Beijing hopes the rival nations will replace confrontation with dialogue.
Political leaders from the Bharatiya Janata Party appeared cautious following the Ayodhya case verdict on Friday. Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said he “won’t question” the Supreme Court order, but added that efforts made to arrive at a solution to the dispute in the past had failed. “No Lord Ram devotee or saint wants a delay in the construction of the temple,” he added.
Mizoram Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan resigned from his post on Friday, weeks before the Lok Sabha elections. Rajasekharan was the president of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Kerala unit before he was appointed governor of Mizoram in May 2018. BJP state president PS Sreedharan Pillai said that the Kerala unit “as a whole supports him [Rajasekharan] to be the candidate of Thiruvananthapuram [constituency in the Lok Sabha election]”. Shashi Tharoor of the Congress currently represents the seat in the Lower House of Parliament.
The Samajwadi Party, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and Telangana Rashtra Samithi accounted for 46% of the income of 37 regional parties in India in 2017-’18, according to a report. The report, which was published on Thursday, said the three parties earned a total of Rs 110.21 crore with Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party reporting the highest income of Rs 47.19 crore. The MK Stalin-led Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam reported an income of Rs 35.748 crore and K Chandrasekhar Rao’s Telangana Rashtra Samithi said it made Rs 27.27 crore in that financial year.
The Delhi High Court Friday on Friday issued an interim stay order on the trial against former All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader TTV Dhinakaran in the the two-leaves party symbol bribery case involving the Election Commission. In November 2018, a Delhi trial court had ordered the framing of criminal conspiracy and other charges against the ousted leader. Dhinakaran is currently out on bail.
Fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi’s seaside bungalow in Alibaug town near Mumbai was demolished on Friday using explosives. Raigad District Collector Vijay Suryawanshi said it was a controlled blast. Suryawanshi had said in January that the bungalow was illegally built and violated several norms of the coastal regulation zone as well as the state.
The Samajwadi Party on Friday released the first list of six candidates to contest in Uttar Pradesh for the Lok Sabha elections. Party founder and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav will contest from Mainpuri seat.
The World Health Organization appointed Soumya Swaminathan the chief scientist who will head a new division created to strengthen the body’s work and ensure that quality standards are met. She will work out of Geneva in Switzerland.
The Unique Identification Authority of India has announced that business organisations using Aadhaar services will now have to pay Rs 20 for each customer verification and 50 paise for authentication of each transaction carried out by the entities.
Activist Sudha Bharadwaj is among the women included in the 6th Harvard Law International Women’s Day Portrait Exhibit. Lawyer Menaka Guruswamy, who in the Supreme Court argued against parts of Section 377 that criminalised homosexual activity, will also be featured.
The Supreme Court on Friday appointed a three-member panel of mediators to find a “permanent solution” to the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute in Ayodhya. On Wednesday, the court had reserved its order on whether to send the dispute to be solved through mediation.
The toll in the Jammu bus station blast rose to two after a 32-year-old Kashmiri man injured in the attack died on Friday. Officials identified the deceased as Mohammad Riyaz, a resident of Anantnag district’s Mattan village.
Political leaders across the spectrum extended greetings on International Women’ Day on Friday. President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted their greetings.
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Thursday accused former All India Institute of Medical Sciences forensic chief Sudhir Gupta of hiding the postmortem report of his wife Sunanda Pushkar. He has been accused of abetting her suicide.
The Supreme Court will declare its decision on referring the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case in Ayodhya for mediation as a “permanent solution” on Friday. On Wednesday, the court had reserved its order in the case. The counsels for the Hindu Mahasabha, the deity Ram Lalla, and the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Uttar Pradesh government have opposed mediation.
Google on Friday celebrated International Women’s Day with a doodle illustrating inspirational quotes from 13 women, including Olympic boxer Mary Kom and Indian Foreign Service Officer NL Beno Zephine. The slideshow has quotes written in various languages.
Kerala Police said they had killed suspected Maoist CP Jaleel in an encounter in Wayanad on Thursday. Inspector General of Police Balramkumar Upadhyay said they were searching for his associates. The police said they were tipped off about the group’s presence at a resort in Vythiri where they had allegedly gone to extort money and collect food.
The Congress on Thursday announced that party chief Rahul Gandhi will contest the Lok Sabha elections from its traditional bastion of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh. His mother and United Progressive Alliance Chairperson Sonia Gandhi will contest the polls from Rae Bareli constituency in the state. The two were part of the party’s first list of 15 candidates for the Lok Sabha elections.