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Politely say no to NPR surveyors: Minority outfits
Source:  Times of India
Sunday, 23 February 2020 09:59

Nine labourers killed as mine collapses in Pakistan
Source:  The Hindu
Sunday, 23 February 2020 09:58

The marble mine caved in in Bampokha area of district Buner of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Ligue 1: Marseille’s 14-game unbeaten streak ends with defeat by Nantes; Monaco held to draw at Dijon
Source:  Firstpost
Sunday, 23 February 2020 09:58

The loss against Nantes was Marseille's first defeat since they lost 4-0 at Paris St Germain on 27 October.

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Hundreds Block Delhi Road Against CAA, Back Bhim Army Chief's Strike Call - NDTV News
Source:  Google News
Sunday, 23 February 2020 09:55

  1. Hundreds Block Delhi Road Against CAA, Back Bhim Army Chief's Strike Call  NDTV News
  2. Over 500 protesters block Delhi road, force DMRC to shut Jaffrabad station  Hindustan Times
  3. Will not leave site! After Shaheen Bagh, women gather outside Delhi's Jaffrabad metro station against CAA  Times Now
  4. Women Gather Near Delhi's Jaffrabad Metro Station To Protest Against CAA, NRC  NDTV News
  5. People gather near Delhi’s Jaffrabad metro station to protest against CAA, NRC  Hindustan Times
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Ram temple construction to begin within 6 months, will be ready in 3.5 years
Source:  Oneindia News
Sunday, 23 February 2020 09:54

Jaipur, Feb 23: The construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya is likely to begin within six months, as reported by ANI. However, the dates of 'bhoomi pujan' and commencement of temple construction will be decided in the next meeting of the

WHO team visits Wuhan city as China’s Coronavirus death toll jumps to 2,442
Source:  Northeast Today
Sunday, 23 February 2020 09:53


Ninety-seven more people died in China due to coronavirus, taking the death toll to 2,442, officials said on Sunday, as a team of WHO experts visited the worst-affected Wuhan city in Hubei province. By the end of Saturday, a total of 2,442 people had died of the disease and 76,936 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infection had been reported in 31 provincial-level regions, China's National Health Commission (NHC) said in its daily update on Sunday. Ninety-six deaths were reported from Hubei province and one from Guangdong province on Saturday besides 648 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infections, it said. Hubei province, where the virus first emerged in December last, reported 630 new confirmed cases, taking the total confirmed cases in the hard-hit province to 64,084, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. The NHC also said China's daily number of newly cured and discharged novel coronavirus patients has surpassed that of new confirmed infections for the fifth consecutive day, indicating that cases of infections are coming down. Saturday saw 2,230 people walk out of hospital after recovery, much higher than the number of the same day's new confirmed infections, which was 648, Xinhua reported. A total of 22,888 patients infected with the novel coronavirus had been discharged from hospital after recovery by the end of Saturday, NHC said. Meanwhile, a team of public health experts from the World Health Organisation (WHO) visited Wuhan on Saturday to conduct a detailed probe about the virus which reportedly originated from a seafood market in the city in December last year. The NHC said WHO experts along with their Chinese counterparts who formed a joint investigation team have held talks with the local health authority in Wuhan and visited relevant healthcare institutions. The UN team comprises specialists from the United States, Germany, Japan, Nigeria, Russia, Singapore and South Korea, Hong-Kong based South China Morning Post reported. The 12-member team, which arrived in China on Monday, was initially designated to visit only Beijing, Guangdong and Sichuan provinces, while the worst-affected Hubei province and its capital Wuhan were missing from the list. However, the team was finally given permission to visit Wuhan by the Chinese government. Besides controlling the spread of the virus, a major task for the WHO team along with their Chinese counterparts was to come up with standard medicine to cure the disease. The NHC said on Saturday that the team had met top Chinese respiratory disease expert Zhong Nanshan in Guangdong, and visited the centre for disease control and prevention in Guangdong and the city of Shenzhen, and Sichuan. The specialists also discussed quarantine measures, the wild animal trade and community prevention measures with their Chinese counterparts, it said. Source: The Economic Times

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Israel under Netanyahu: Key dates
Source:  The Siasat Daily
Sunday, 23 February 2020 09:53

Israel under Netanyahu: Key dates

Jerusalem: Here are key dates in the Israeli governments led by Benjamin Netanyahu since 2009.

– Return to power –

The right-wing Likud chief Netanyahu becomes prime minister for a second time in March 2009, after a first stint between 1996 and 1999.

He forms a coalition firmly anchored to the right, with the post of foreign minister going to ultra-nationalist Avigdor Lieberman.

In March 2013 Netanyahu’s new governing coalition takes office after snap January polls, with a strong showing of hardliners in favour of Israeli construction on Palestinian land seized during the 1967 Six-Day War.

– Gaza wars –

In July 2014 Israel launches a military operation against the Hamas-run Gaza Strip with the aim of ending rocket fire and destroying smuggling tunnels used by militant groups in the blockaded territory.

The war leaves 2,251 dead on the Palestinian side, mostly civilians, and 74 on the Israeli side, mostly soldiers.

– Most right-wing government –

In May 2015 Netanyahu wins a confidence vote in parliament for his fourth government.

A year later, he signs a coalition agreement with Lieberman’s Yisrael Beitenu party, naming him defence minister.

The government is the most right-wing in Israeli history.

In June 2017 Israel starts building its first new government-sanctioned settlement in the occupied territories since 1991 in defiance of international concern.

Settlement building takes on momentum under Netanyahu, with the support of his staunch US ally President Donald Trump.

– Deadly Gaza flare-up –

A mass protest is launched in Gaza in March 2018 to demand the right for Palestinians to return to homes in Israel that they fled or were expelled from after the creation of the Jewish state in 1948.

It sees a surge in violence on the border, where Palestinians gather every Friday.

From March 2018 to December 2019 at least 348 Palestinians are killed by Israeli fire, mostly along the border. Eight Israelis also perish.

A ceasefire is currently in force between Hamas and Israel.

– Political crisis –

On April 9, 2019 Likud wins 35 of the 120 seats in parliament, the same number as Netanyahu’s centrist challenger Benny Gantz at a general election.

On the 17 President Reuven Rivlin formally tasks Netanyahu with forming a government, but the prime minister is unable to form a majority coalition.

On May 29  parliament votes to dissolve itself and hold a new election.

In the September 17 elections Netanyahu and Gantz’s parties are again almost neck-and-neck.

Neither man can manage to form a coalition government and Rivlin therefore gives the task to parliament, which also fails, propelling the country into a third poll.

– Trump support –

On January 28, 2020, Trump, who has been an unfailing backer of Netanyahu’s Israel since taking power in January 2017, unveils a Middle East peace plan, which includes many concessions to Israel.

Under the plan Israel would be able to extend its sovereignty over Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank and annexed east Jerusalem, while Jerusalem would remain its undivided capital.

– Corruption trial –

On February 18, the justice ministry says that the trial of Netanyahu, charged late in 2019 with fraud, breach of trust and bribery, will open on March 17.

Check out more stories at The Siasat Daily

Manipur Univ VC sacked over ‘irregularities’
Source:  Times of India
Sunday, 23 February 2020 09:52

World’s largest cricket stadium to host Namaste Trump event; Agra fully geared to welcome US Prez at Taj Mahal
Source:  Udaipur Kiran
Sunday, 23 February 2020 09:48

The Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad has a capacity of 1 lakh 10 thousand people. The old Motera cricket stadium hosted 12 Test matches and 24 ODIs between 1983 and 2014. It had a life span of 25 years and will be the world’s largest cricket stadium after the inauguration. 

Vice President of the Gujarat Cricket Association Parimal Nathwani has expressed pride that the stadium will host President Trump. 

In Uttar Pradesh, Agra is fully geared to welcome US President Donald Trump at Taj Mahal. Streets have been spruced up, walls beautified with thematic paintings and the lawns of Taj Mahal bedecked with shimmering flowers to present the best face of Agra.

The US President is slated to arrive in Agra on Monday after attending the mega ‘Namaste Trump’ event at Ahmedabad. In Agra, the Trump family will spend about an hour at the Taj Mahal before sunset. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is unlikely to accompany US President and his family members during their visit to the Taj Mahal.

Official sources said, no official engagements or presence of senior dignitaries from the Indian side is envisaged there. 

Over Rs 50,000 cr released under PM Kisan scheme
Source:  Udaipur Kiran
Sunday, 23 February 2020 09:48

Under the Scheme, six thousand rupees per year is transferred in installments directly into the bank accounts of the farmers. 

Centre has released 50,850 crore rupees to farmers the scheme so far. As on the 20th of this month, 8.46 crores farmer families have been given the benefits. 

The scheme initially provided income support to all small and marginal farmers’ families across the country, holding cultivable land up to two hectares.

However, its ambit was later expanded to cover all farmer families in the country irrespective of the size of their landholdings.

Affluent farmers have been excluded from the scheme such as income tax payers in the last assessment year.

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