Karnataka: 13 killed, 5 injured as SUV collides into crashed car in Tumakuru district

At least 13 people were killed and five seriously injured on Friday after an SUV collided with a car that had crashed into a road divider near Kunigal in Tumakuru district of Karnataka. Of the victims who died in the accident, two were children.

Bimal Julka sworn in as new chief information commissioner

The Centre on Friday appointed former Indian Administrative Service officer Bimal Julka as the new chief information commissioner, PTI reported. President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath of office to Julka at a ceremony held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in the national Capital.

Yes Bank crisis: ‘Is there a third bank in line?’ Congress leader P Chidambaram asks government

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday hit out at the government over the crisis at Yes Bank, alleging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has destroyed India’s economy. “No Yes Bank. Modi and his ideas have destroyed India’s economy,” he wrote on Twitter.

CAA: SC asks activist Harsh Mander to respond to allegations of making hate speech

The Supreme Court on Friday said it will not issue a contempt notice against activist Harsh Mander on allegations that he instigated a crowd against the top court during an anti-Citizenship Act protest, PTI reported. The top court, while asking Mander to respond to the allegations of hate speech against him, adjourned the case to April 15.

Delhi HC lists pleas on violence, hate speech by political leaders for hearing on March 12

The Delhi High Court on Friday listed the pleas on violence in North East Delhi and hate speech by political leaders for hearing on March 12, PTI reported.

Parliament: Lok Sabha disrupted for 5th day as Opposition continues protest against Delhi violence

Proceedings in the Lok Sabha were disrupted for the fifth consecutive day on Friday as Opposition members shouted slogans against last week’s communal violence in North East Delhi, which has killed at least 53 people. Proceedings lasted for only two minutes, following which commotion began.

Yes Bank: Nirmala Sitharaman reassures depositors, says there will be no loss to them

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday assured the public that no depositor will incur a loss because of the moratorium imposed on Yes Bank, NDTV reported. Addressing the media in the national Capital, Sitharaman said, “The Reserve Bank of India Governor has assured me there will be no loss to any Yes Bank depositor. Your money is safe.”

Delhi violence: NSA Ajit Doval says ‘democracy fails if police fail’

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on Thursday said that the police are the enforcers of the law and a “democracy fails if they fail”. His remarks came after 53 people died in large-scale communal violence in parts of Delhi between February 23 and 26, raising questions about the effectiveness of the police in responding to the situation.

CAA: Polish student who attended rally can stay in India for now as High Court stays Centre’s order

The Calcutta High Court on Thursday stayed the Centre’s notice asking a Polish student, whose visa was cancelled, to leave India for participating in a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act. In his petition before the High Court, Kamil Siedczynski on Wednesday sought a restraining order against the Centre and a recall of its order.

CAA: Hoardings with photos, addresses of 53 people accused of violence put up in Lucknow

The Uttar Pradesh administration on Thursday put up hoardings at several places in Lucknow city showing the photos, names and addresses of 53 people, who have been accused of indulging in violence during the Citizenship Act protests in December.

Social unrest, economic slowdown, COVID-19: Manmohan Singh cautions against the trinity India faces

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday said India faces imminent danger from the trinity of social disharmony, economic slowdown and a global health epidemic. In an opinion article published by The Hindu, the former prime minister said the combination of risks may not only rupture the “soul of India” but also diminish its global standing as an economic and democratic power.

Indian markets plunge over 3% amid coronavirus fears, Yes Bank crisis

Indian stock markets plunged over 3% in opening trade on Friday amid continued fears over the novel coronavirus outbreak and the crisis in cash-strapped Yes Bank. The number of novel coronavirus cases across the globe rose to 97,510 as of Thursday night. Across the 85 countries with infections so far, 3,345 people have died. There are 30 infections so far in India.

Delhi violence: Prasar Bharti CEO declines BBC invitation over ‘one-sided’ coverage

Chief Executive Officer of Prasar Bharti Shashi Shekhar Vempati has declined an invitation to attend an event hosted by the BBC, citing the British broadcaster’s singularly one-sided coverage of the communal violence in Delhi. Vempati had been invited for the BBC Indian Sportswomen of the Year Awards Night to be held in the national Capital on March 8.

Coronavirus: UK and Switzerland report first deaths; number of cases in India is 30

The number of novel coronavirus cases across the globe rose to 97,510 as of Thursday night. Across the 85 countries with infections so far, 3,345 people have died. This includes the first death in the United Kingdom and Switzerland. UK officials said the victim was an elderly patient with underlying health conditions. The victim in Switzerland was also in their 70s and had suffered a chronic health problem.

Yes Bank crisis: SBI Board approves exploring investment opportunities; netbanking facilities hit

The board of the State Bank of India has given an in-principle approval to the lender to explore opportunities to invest in Yes Bank. The decision was taken at a meeting on Thursday, the bank said.

Justice Arun Mishra’s praise for Modi improper, unnecessary, says Bombay Bar Association resolution

The Bombay Bar Association on Thursday condemned Supreme Court Justice Arun Mishra’s praise for Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an event last month. “This Association deprecates the conduct of a sitting judge of the Supreme Court of India making such obsequious remarks about the head of the Executive, and believes that they are both improper and unnecessary,” a resolution passed by the Bombay Bar Association said.

India must ‘confront extremist Hindus, stop massacre of Muslims’, says Iran leader; MEA rejects flak

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in a strongly-worded statement, on Thursday urged the Indian administration to “stop the massacre of Muslims” and “confront extremist Hindus”. India has been on the receiving end of censure from several foreign countries and organisations over the Citizenship Amendment Act that triggered communal violence in parts of Delhi last week, claiming at least 53 lives.