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File image of NCP chief Sharad Pawar (right) and Maharashtra minority affairs minister Nawab Malik | Photo: ANI

NCP-led Maharashtra home dept to set up SIT probe parallel to NIA’s in Elgar Parishad case

At a meeting called by Sharad Pawar, NCP ministers decide that the SIT probe will run alongside the NIA investigation ordered by CM Uddhav Thackeray.
Shaheen Bagh

Supreme Court asks Shaheen Bagh lawyers to persuade protesters to move to alternate site

The top court said that people have a fundamental right to protest against a law but blocking of public roads is a matter of concern and there has to be a balancing factor.
The coach in the Kashi-Mahaka l Express

Lord Shiva allotted seat on Kashi-Mahakal Express’ inaugural run for blessings, says IRCTC

The train connects three Jyotirlingas in Indore, Ujjain and Varanasi and will see its first commercial run on 20 February.
Babri Masjid

Ram temple construction on Muslim graves violation of ‘dharma’: Lawyer to temple trust

In letter to Ram temple trust, M.R. Shamshad says a graveyard is around the demolished Babri Masjid, asks if Sanatan Dharma allows construction of Ram temple over it.
A file photo of Debbie Abrahams. | Photo: Facebook/Debbie Abrahams

‘Came on cancelled visa’ — British MP critical of Article 370 move denied entry into India

Debbie Abrahams had a visa valid until October 2020 but it was cancelled on some grounds and she was informed about it 'well in advance', say authorities.

Ritesh Agarwal’s Oyo is facing major problems due to Masayoshi Son’s dramatic overreach

With its chaotic rush to expand in Japan, Oyo infuriated potential partners, alienated workers and jeopardised its reputation with local customers.
The Supreme Court of India | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

SC rejects Vodafone’s proposal to pay Rs 2,500 cr debt by today, Rs 1,000 cr by Friday

The DoT calculated that Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea & others owe as much as Rs 1.47 lakh crore, while non-telecom firms, with some licence from it, owed Rs 2.65 lakh crore.
A Bharti Airtel Ltd. store in New Delhi

Airtel pays Rs 10,000 crore towards statutory dues as it rushes to meet DoT deadline

Airtel owes nearly Rs 35,586 crore, including licence fee and spectrum usage charge, to the govt. The company had earlier said it will pay the remaining before 17 March.
A file photo of a CRPF trooper in Jammu and Kashmir. | Praveen Jain/ThePrint

CRPF personnel in J&K to get training on de-addiction and drug abuse prevention

Idea is to equip CRPF personnel with knowledge, skills to decrease drug dependency around them — either among peers or in communities where they are deployed.
Shobha karandlaje | ANIPix

Shobha Karandlaje — from devout Sangh follower to ‘most powerful woman’ in Karnataka

Born in Dakshina Kannada in 1966, BJP MP Shobha Karandlaje is known outside Karnataka mostly for the controversies she stokes.

On Camera

A file photo of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat. | Suraj Singh Bisht/ThePrint

The last thing we need from 69-year old celibate RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat is marriage advice

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s statement is problematic for several reasons – not least because it projects divorce as something evil and shameful.

Deora, Kamal Nath, Scindia, Ajay Maken: Congress imploding or showing internal democracy?

Congress is seeing some of its leaders engage in public spats. Ajay Maken criticised Milind Deora for praising AAP and asked him to “leave” Congress if he wanted.

Defence

Indian Air Force fighter jets fly during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi

India will purchase 110 new fighter jets in staggered manner, says CDS Gen Bipin Rawat

Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, who is mandated with prioritising capital procurement, says India will likely buy more submarines for the Navy too.

Amit Shah’s performance as minister will now determine the success of Modi-Shah power pair

Modi-Shah share a unique power equation unlike Nehru-Patel and Vajpayee-Advani. After Delhi defeat, Shah enters a new, unfamiliar phase of his political career.