07:02 pm The Kerala High Court on Thursday stayed the handing of an award by the Guruvayoor Devasom Board (GDB) to the Chief Minister's Press Adviser Prabha Varma for his magnum opus 'Shyama Madhavam'. ' Shyama Madhavam ' is a verse novel that revolves around Lord Krishna and the lives of those who come across him during his earthly sojourn, which the poet says is not as many believe, a series of ecstasies but agonies.The GDB, which manages Guruvayoor's famous Sree Krishna Temple, was to confer on Friday the Poonthanam Jnanappana award. The court said that the cultural programme associated with the award ceremony can however be held.
11:02 pm Punjab Chief Minister, Captain Amrinder Singh today told that Punjab cannot share water with other states. Speaking in reply to the motion of thanks on Punjab Governor’s address, Captain Singh said that there is a scarcity of water in Punjab and in line with internationally accepted riparian principles Punjab will not transfer water from basin to non-basin areas. According top priority to safeguard Punjab’s water rights the chief minister said that the state government will continue to protect the water rights of the state to ensure the smooth livelihood of its farmers and labourers. Commenting upon the measures taken by his government, Captain Amrinder Singh said that apart from enactment of the Punjab Water Resources (Management and Regulation) Act of 2020, the government had also piloted a unique project namely ‘Pani Bachao, Paisa Kamao’ (Save Water, Earn Money) aimed at incentivizing farmers to save water and earn money by consuming lesser ground water.’ He further told that his government aims to complete the Shahpur Kandi Dam Project in 2022-23 and Kandi Canal, along with attendant water courses, by providing requisite finances during 2020-21. These measures will help Punjab make itself self-sufficient in the years to come.
05:02 pm On Wednesday Congress Party raised the serious allegation against the government of Kerala that the telephones of opposition leaders and the media are being tapped. Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala, speaking to the media here, said the actions of the state government are tantamount to setting off a dangerous trend.
09:02 pm Sushil Kumar Modi, Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister of Bihar presented a Rs.2,11,761 crores budget for FY 2020-21 in the state assembly today. The budget focuses on education, agriculture, health and environment. Presenting the budget Sushil Modi said a provision of more than Rs 11,000 crore has been made in this budget as against last year. He said that an estimated Rs 1,05,766 crore would be spent on the schemes while Rs. 1,05,955 would be spent on establishment and committed expenditure. Rs. 35,191 is expected to be spent on education, Rs.17,435 towards building infrastructure (roads), and Rs.15,955 crores on rural development. Sushil Modi also told that Bihar has become the first Indian state to present a “Green budget”. He added that special attention has been given to provide piped water to all houses in the state.
10:02 am Lucknow: UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed the state government to remain vigilant during Friday's Maha Shivratri festival. While addressing all divisional and district officials via video conferencing on Wednesday night, the chief minister said security of all Shiva temples and the ' kanwariyas ' must be ensured. He asked officials to remain alert for 'Shivratri' and maintain the same level of preparedness until Holi on March 10.
10:02 am In the early hours of Thursday 19 people died in an accident in Avinashi, Tirupur District, when a container lorry from Coimbatore to Salem and a passenger bus from Bengaluru to Kochi collided. In another road accident in Salem district in Tamil Nadu, five persons died when the van in which they were travelling and another bus collided.
06:02 pm Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Monday said the AIADMK government will not allow any action that would affect Muslim brothers and sisters. Stressing that the government will protect the interests of minorities, Palaniswami appealed to Muslim outfits to reject false propaganda and malicious rumours and cooperate for social harmony. He was speaking in the Assembly on the protests by Muslim outfits here against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and the recent police action against the protestors. Palaniswami said about 150 protestors on Monday have assembled in the Washermenpet locality and protesting against the CAA and police protection has been provided to prevent any untoward incidents. He appealed to the protestors to reject false propaganda and malicious rumours and cooperate towards social harmony. Recalling the recent police action against the Muslim protests against CAA here, Palaniswami said the community leaders on February 14, 2020 had assured the police that they had no plans to hold protests on that day and added that they plan to hold a protest on February 23, 2020. However later that day, about 300 Muslims including women assembled on the roads and shouted slogans against CAA. The protestors didn't heed to the advice of the police that it was unauthorised protest and shouted slogans against the central and state governments. Palaniswami said the police arrested 40 protesting men and were asked to board a bus. Inside the bus the arrested men created ruckus and also damaged the vehicle's windshield. Subsequently Muslims in large numbers gathered on the roads without any permission and obstructed the traffic. They also threw stones, chappals and water bottles at the police injuring some police personnel, Palaniswami said. While the police had erected barricades to prevent the protestors some outsiders came in and instigated the protestors who in turn broke the barricade cordon and started protesting on the road blocking the traffic. "When the police tried to arrest the protestors, the protestors threw bottles, stones and chappals at them," Palaniswami said. He said the police arrested 82 protestors who in turn damaged the windshields of the vehicle carrying them. Later, on that night the police held talks with Muslim leaders and the latter agreed to stop their protest and the arrested persons were let out. "Instead of dispersing the protestors continued their protest shouting slogans throughout the night," Palaniswami said. Pointing out to various protests held in the state in the past peacefully with police protection, Palaniswami said some undesirable elements are formenting trouble. Meanwhile the Speaker P. Dhanapal rejected DMK's demand of passing A resolution against CAA. source:ians
03:02 pm Chennai: Protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and the police action against the protestors on Friday night here were held by muslim organisations in Chennai, Nagercoil, Madurai, Virudhunagar and other places on Saturday. According to the police, during the anti-CAA protest in Chennai on Friday some protesters hurled stones and chappals injuring some policemen. This prompted the police to resort to mild baton charge and some prostesters were detained, as they had assembled for protest without permission. The protesters also demanded the Tamil Nadu government to pass a resolution in the Assembly against the implementation of the CAA. Meanwhile speaking to media, Chennai Police Commissioner A.K. Viswanathan said they had visited police officials who were injured at the protest site on Friday and no public was injured. Viswanathan said permission has not been granted for holding the protests. The Police Commissioner also met the Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Saturday. DMK President M.K. Stalin urged the Tamil Nadu government to withdraw the cases against the protesters, while condemning the police action on them late on Friday. He also said the state government should permit holding of peaceful protests. Stalin said the protests were held peacefully and he demanded the state government to pass a resolution against the CAA on Friday evening. In a statement MMK leader M.H. Jawahirullah also condemned the police action. He said Tamil Nadu police has been denying permission to hold protests in Chennai, Madurai and other places similar to that of being held in Delhi's Shaheen Bagh. Jawahirullah said the police had not kept their word of giving permission to hold anti-CAA protest when approached. The protesters decided to hold protest on Friday and the police took action against them. He also demanded action against the police officials and release of those arrested. source:ians
09:02 pm Mumbai: Displaying strains in the Maha Vikas Aghadi, Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar expressed his displeasure over Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray's move to hand over the politically sensitive Elgar Parishad - Koregaon-Bhima case to the National Investigation Agency (NIA). "Law and order is a state subject. It is not proper to encroach upon the rights of the state. Maharashtra's support to the move is also unfair," Pawar said in a media interaction. This is the first instance wherein Pawar - the architect of the MVA alliance of Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress - has taken public stance opposing the CM in the fledgling 75-day old government.The 79-year old leader's annoyance came after a Pune Sessions Court transferred the case to the NIA and directed all accused to be produced before the Special NIA Court in Mumbai on February 28 where the matter will be heard henceforth. NCP leader and state Home Minister Anil Deshmukh had said yesterday that the CM had used his discretionary powers to effect the takeover from Pune Police to the NIA though the Centre should have first discussed the matter with the state.After initial resistance, the state government came around to the view that it had no objections to the transfer of the case to the NIA, as dictated by the Centre last month. The Centre's move came barely a couple of days after Pawar had written to the CM to set up a Special Investigation Team to re-investigate the case including the role of the Pune Police, while several NCP and Congress leaders have termed the entire case as fabricated and the Centre's move as 'unconstitutional'. After Pawar's letter, Deputy CM Ajit Pawar had convened a meeting of the home department and others to review the status of the case, and immediately thereafter, the Centre decided to hand it over to the NIA on Jan. 25.Later today, the Bombay High Court rejected the anticipatory bail applications of two activists and accused in the case - Gautam Navlakha and Anand Teltumbde - but gave them four weeks protection to file an appeal in the Supreme Court. The case dates back to the Dec. 31, 2017 Elgar Parishad in Pune, followed by the caste riots next day, Jan. 1, 2018 in Koregaon-Bhima, and subsequently the nationwide swoop on over a dozen activists in June-August 2018. The activists and intellectuals were charged with harbouring Maoist links, indulging in anti-national activities, planning to create political disturbances, preparing to wage a war against India, conspiring to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi and plotting to overthrow the government. source:ians
10:02 am Following a warning from intelligence agencies about the possibility of a terror attack on Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, where the perpetrator may come in the form of a journalist, fresh identity cards are being given to journalists here. The city police have started issuing identity cards to journalists bearing photographs that will cover the programs of the chief minister. Only those carrying photo identity cards will be allowed to henceforth cover the programmes.