The Allahabad High Court on Monday ordered the Uttar Pradesh government to remove all posters with names, photographs and addresses of anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protestors that have been put up in Lucknow.
Indian stock markets crashed on Monday morning amid fears of a global coronavirus epidemic impacting the economy, the crisis at Yes Bank and the sharp decline in global crude oil prices due to the Saudi Arabia-Russia price war. All other major Asian markets were also deep in red.
The Central Bureau of Investigation on Monday issued a lookout circular against Yes Bank founder Rana Kapoor and his family, who are accused of receiving Rs 600 crore in kickbacks from Dewan Housing and Finance Limited, PTI reported. The investigative agency also issued lookout circulars against DHFL promoter Kapil Wadhawan and his brother Dheeraj Wadhawan.
The Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and the Congress on Monday welcomed the Allahabad High Court’s order directing the Uttar Pradesh government to remove posters with names, addresses and pictures of anti-Citizenship Act protestors in Lucknow, PTI reported.
Officials in Karnataka’s Mangaluru city have launched a search for a man who went missing from the isolation ward of a hospital where he was admitted after showing symptoms of the novel coronavirus upon his arrival from Dubai on Sunday, PTI reported on Monday.
A group of Opposition parties on Monday issued a joint statement demanding the immediate release political detainees in Jammu and Kashmir, especially former Chief Ministers Mehbooba Mufti, Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah, PTI reported. They said democratic dissent was being “muzzled” by the “coercive” action of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, during a surprise visit to Jammu and Kashmir on Monday, met the family members of students stranded in Iran amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, PTI reported. Iran is the epicenter of the outbreak in West Asia, with more than 6,500 cases and 194 deaths.
The daughter of Janata Dal (United) leader Vinod Choudhary on Sunday declared herself a chief ministerial candidate for the upcoming Assembly elections in Bihar. Pushpam Priya Choudhary made the announcement of her candidature in a full-page advertisement published in several English and Hindi newspapers in the state.
The Jammu and Kashmir police on Monday claimed to have killed two Lashkar-e-Taiba militants in an encounter with security forces in Shopian district.
The Allahabad High Court on Monday ordered the Uttar Pradesh government to remove all posters with names, photographs and addresses of anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protestors that have been put up in Lucknow, Live Law reported. The hoardings, ordered by Chief Minister Adityanath, had been set up to identify those who allegedly committed violence during demonstrations against the Act.
West Bengal Bharatiya Janata Party chief Dilip Ghosh on Sunday claimed that women had “lost all decency” and were being made to stage protests under the influence of drugs, the Hindustan Times reported. Ghosh made the derogatory remarks on International Women’s Day while commenting about an incident at Kolkata’s Rabindra Bharati University that led to massive outrage last week.
Madhya Pradesh Congress MLA Bisahu Lal Singh returned to the party’s fold on Sunday after going “missing” for over a week, PTI reported. Two more MLAs are still “missing”. Surendra Singh Shera, the Independent MLA from Burhanpur backing the Congress-led government in the state, had returned on Saturday.
Four fresh cases of the novel coronavirus were confirmed on Monday, taking the total number of patients in India to 42. The Union Health Ministry said one new case each has been reported from Kerala, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. However, there have been no deaths in the country yet.
Former Indian Police Service officer SR Darapuri said on Sunday that the Uttar Pradesh government’s decision to “name and shame” anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protestors accused of inciting violence was a “danger to the life and liberty of citizens” not yet convicted by the court, NDTV reported.
The crisis at Yes Bank and the arrest of its founder Rana Kapoor led to a war of words between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress on Sunday. Amit Malviya, who controls BJP’s information and technology wing, alleged that every financial scam in India had a link to the Gandhi family, while the Congress questioned if Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman were sleeping when the bank’s debts mounted.
The carnage on Dalal Street continued on Monday, with the markets headed for their biggest single-day slump ever. The BSE Sensex was trading 2,008.53 points down (-5.35%) at 35,568.09 at 1.05 pm. The National Stock Exchange Nifty traded 567.10 points down (-5.16%) at 10,422.35.Coronavirus: India has 41 patients now as two cases confirmed in Kerala and J&K
As of Monday, India has 41 patients as two cases were confirmed in Kerala and Jammu and Kashmir. In Kerala, the latest person to test positive for the virus is a three-year-old child who returned from Italy. A man from Jammu and Kashmir who travelled to Iran have also tested positive for coronavirus. However, there have been no deaths in the country yet. Meanwhile, Qatar has banned the entry of people from India and 13 other countries to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Bangladesh on Sunday announced it was scaling down and postponing several events related to the celebration of the birth centenary of freedom fighter and first Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the father of the nation, the Hindustan Times reported on Monday. The announcement came the same day as Bangladeshi authorities confirmed three cases of the novel coronavirus in the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was scheduled to visit Dhaka on March 17 to attend the inaugural ceremony of the celebrations, and to deliver an address.
The Delhi Police on Sunday said they have filed over 700 cases and detained or arrested nearly 2,400 people in connection with the communal violence in North East Delhi last month. At least 53 people were killed and over 200 injured in the violence, which began after supporters and opponents of the Citizenship Amendment Act clashed with one another.
A 42-year-old man’s family has alleged that he died due to starvation in a village in Jharkhand’s Bokaro district even as district authorities claimed it was due to “prolonged illness”, ANI reported on Sunday. The news came after the state government last week claimed in the Assembly that there were no reports of “hunger deaths”. The man, identified as Bhukhal Ghasi, reportedly did not have a ration card or an Ayushman card. His wife, Rekha Devi, claimed that the family of seven people, including two sons and three daughters, had not eaten for four days.
The Delhi Police detained a man and a woman on Sunday with alleged links to a module of the Islamic State group from Jamia Nagar area for allegedly instigating anti-Citizenship Act protestors, reported the Hindustan Times. The two were identified as Jahanjeb Sami and his wife Hina Bashir Beg, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Pramod Singh Kushwah told PTI. Reports said the two are residents of Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar city.