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  • DGP Dilbagh Singh says terror violence in Jammu and Kashmir down by 60 per cent in less than one and a half months this year; No major incident of stone pelting.

  • 25 Envoys meet National Security Advisor Ajit Doval in New Delhi on return from visit to Jammu and Kashmir.

  • India and Portugal sign 14 agreements in areas including defence, culture and yoga.

  • New Delhi calls for concerted efforts by  BIMSTEC countries to fight  drug trafficking.

  • Board examinations of CBSE  class 10 and 12 begin today.

  • And in Tennis; Rohan Bopanna and Denis Shapovalov to meet  Jan-Lennard Struff and Henri Kontinen in Men's Doubles Semi Finals of ABN AMRO World Tournament.


Terror related violence in Jammu & Kashmir has come down by 60 per cent in less than one and a half month of 2020, as compared to the same period during 2019. Director General Police (DGP) Jammu and Kashmir, Dilbagh Singh said this during his meeting with the Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh in New Delhi yesterday. He briefed the minister about the current security scenario in the Union Territory. The DGP said that there has been no major law and order or stone pelting incident at the encounter site or during burial of neutralised terrorists.

A detailed presentation was made before the minister highlighting that up to February 13th in the current year, 24 terrorists have been neutralised, which includes 20 killed and four arrested. Of these 10 terrorists were affiliated with Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) while newly infiltrated group of 3 terrorists were neutralised at Ban Toll Plaza, Jammu and 11 were from Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) outfit.

DGP Dilbagh Singh also informed Dr Jitendra Singh that the surveillance mechanism, both technical and human, had been further strengthened. As a result of this, he said, the return of seven youth from South Kashmir back to their families was possible and they were thus prevented from joining the  militant rank and file.

Dr Jitendra Singh appreciated the performance of the security forces and close coordination between Jammu & Kashmir Police (JKP) and Paramilitary Forces. The coordination has become more cohesive and effective, particularly after the imposition of Governor's rule and creation of Union Territory.


The delegation of 25 foreign envoys, who visited Jammu and Kashmir, met National Security Advisor Ajit Doval in New Delhi  last evening. The envoys praised India's positive steps to restore normalcy in Kashmir. The members reportedly talked about the implementation of development programmes, security situation and the progressive normalisation of the situation in the region. The 25 member delegation met Chief Justice, Lieutenant Governor, district administration officials, members from civil society, trade and press during their two day visit to the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir.

European Union Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Virginie Battu-Henriksson said in a statement that India has taken positive steps to restore normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir but it is important to lift the remaining restrictions swiftly.

Ambassador Ugo Astuto of the European Union along with ambassadors of other EU member countries were part of the delegation. A report:-

"Afghan envoy Tahir Qadiry thanked the government for an opportunity to have a dialogue with Kashmiris, claiming it would help them in evaluating the situation objectively. Members from the EU said that few of the restrictions notably on internet should be lifted. The EU members expressed that keeping a track of the serious security concerns the Indian government has taken positive steps towards normalisation in the area. ANAND CHATURVEDI, AIR NEWS, DELHI".

Earlier a 15 member delegation including American Ambassador to India, Kenneth Juster who visited Kashmir last month had also given a positive review of the situation in Kashmir following the abrogation of Article 370.


India and Portugal have signed 14 agreements to boost cooperation in a range of areas including defence, investment, transport, ports, culture, industrial and intellectual property rights and yoga. The agreements were signed after extensive talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa in New Delhi yesterday. Ministry of External Affairs Spokesman Raveesh Kumar said, Prime Minister Modi and President De Sousa had meaningful discussions, covering the broad canvas of India-Portugal partnerships by leveraging the complementary strengths across sectors.

President Ram Nath Kovind also met the visiting President later in the evening and hosted a banquet in his honour.

In his statement, President Ram Nath Kovind said that the economic ties between India and Portugal are on the rise and bilateral trade has crossed a billion dollars.

Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa extended support to India's permanent membership in United Nations Security Council.


External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said, multilateralism can be strengthened by more creative diplomacy and plurilateral understanding. He also highlighted that global political rebalancing is underway. He made a case for greater Western flexibility while participating in the Munich Security Conference, MSC in Germany yesterday.

"We have seen in the last 20-30 years economic rebalancing in the world. It was a question of time before economic rebalancing translated into political rebalancing".

The two day Conference of world's leading forum for debate on international security policy began in Munich, yesterday.


India has called for concerted efforts by the BIMSTEC countries to fight against the menace of drug trafficking. Minister of State for Home Affairs G. Kishan Reddy said that Drug trafficking can be controlled only by sharing the experiences and information by affected nations. The Minister was addressing the Valedictory Session, of the ‘Conference on Combating Drug Trafficking’ for BIMSTEC Partner Nations, in New Delhi yesterday. He said that the drug trafficking menace is common to all the nations of the world as it has the capacity to destabilize the economy. The minister added, the issues of terrorism and drug trafficking have increased manifold through the maritime route.


The Central Board of Secondary Education, CBSE, Class 10th and Class 12th Board exams begin today. 18 lakh 89 thousand students are appearing for class 10 exam which will end on 20th of March. For Class 12 more than 12 lakh students are appearing. It comes to end on 30th March.

CBSE Secretary Anurag Tripathi and Chairman Anita Karwal have wished good luck to students and appealed to them not to get stressed. A day before the exams, the Board chairperson has written a letter to parents with words of advice. Earlier this week, she wrote a motivational letter for students.


Special segment of Ek Bharat Shrehtha Bharat:-

Though a small state, Tripura is a brilliant example of Unity in Diversity. People of diverse religions, cultures, castes have been living together in the state, for many centuries. As part of the ongoing Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat campaign, which aims to celebrate India’s magnificent unity in diversity and promote the spirit of national integration, AIR News Agartala interacted with people of Bihar living in Tripura. A report:-

"Tripura is a state where many people from other parts of the country including people from Bihar have come and either has settled down or live for a job. Likewise, Jaiprakash is a Central Government Employee from Bihar state who has been in the state for the last two and half years.  While interacting with AIR News about his experience in the state regarding food habits, culture, traditions, living styles, and others, Jaiprakash shared that before coming here, he felt hesitant because of various differences as he heard over. But after coming and living here, seeing the diverse culture and traditions of both Tribal and Non-Tribal people in the state, the negative perceptions he had has vanished. Jaiprakash said he loves the craze way of the celebration of Durga Puja in the state at the most. This is Reena Nongmaithem, AIR News, Agartala".


A special programme "YOUTH WORLD" will be broadcast today at 5.15 p.m. on Youtube channel NEWS ON AIR OFFICIAL. This programme focuses on understanding various dimensions of particular news, learning about lives of youth in different regions of the country and how to pursue specific career path and much more.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit his parliamentary constituency Varanasi tomorrow. During his day long tour, the Prime Minister will take part in many functions. He will inaugurate Uttar Pradesh Institute of Design (UPID)’s “Kashi Ek, Roop Anek” a cultural arts and handicrafts extravaganza at Deen Dayal Hastkala Sankul. AIR Correspondent reports that the two day event aims to provide global exposure to the arts and handicrafts of the State.

"Uttar Pradesh Institute of Design (UPID), under the department of Micro Small Medium Enterprise (MSME), Government of Uttar Pradesh is organising the two day event “Kashi Ek Roop Anek” which will see participation from over 10,000 artisans and weavers. The event will also have exhibitions from ‘One District, One Product' the flagship scheme of UP government which got mention in this year's Union Budget also. Talking to AIR Kshipra Shukla, Chairperson UPID said:-

"इस प्रोग्राम को करने का मकसद है कि आज की तारीख में नई डिजाइन और मार्केट लिंकेज डायरेक्ट हो की इंटरमिडरीज खत्म होनी चाहिए और केवल देश में ही नहीं बल्कि विदेशों में भी हमारे क्राफ्ट की धाक जमे, इसके लिए हमारा पूरा प्रयास है।"

"Kashi Ek Roop Anek” aims at providing direct global market access to all the crafts and handicrafts in Uttar Pradesh. It will also be attended by brands and buyers from Europe, Australia and US among others. Sushil Chandra Tiwari, AIR News, Varanasi."


Filing status reports of investigation in the Aircel-Maxis cases before a Delhi court, the ED said active investigation into the matter was going on. The cases involve former Finance Minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti . The CBI said, letter rogatory has been sent to Malaysia for which response is awaited.

Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain, appearing for the probe agencies, submitted the status report of the ED's investigation in a sealed cover. CBI has already filed its chargesheet in the case.

The probe agencies were investigating how Karti Chidambaram received clearance from the Foreign Investment Promotion Board for the Aircel-Maxis deal in 2006 when Chidambaram was the Union Finance Minister. 


Sri Lanka has expressed strong objection to the imposition of travel restrictions on its army chief Lt. Gen. Silva and his immediate family by the US. A statement by Sri Lankan foreign ministry last night, reiterated the government's stance. The government said, Lt. Gen. Silva was appointed as the Commander of the Army by the then Head of State, taking into account his seniority and that there were no substantiated or proven allegations of human rights violations against him.


In Tennis, India's Rohan Bopanna and his Canadian partner Denis Shapovalov will clash with the pair of Jan-Lennard Struff and Henri Kontinen in the semifinal of the men's double ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament tomorrow. 

The Pair Lennard Struff of Finland and Henri Kontinen of Germany booked their place in the semi-final yesterday with a 5-7, 6-1, 10-6 victory over Britons Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski.



  • The government's deadline to telecom companies to pay 1.47 lakh crore rupees by Friday midnight, after the Supreme Court's warning of contempt action against Department of Telecommunications and telecom companies is the main story in most dailies. 

  • "Is there no law left?  Supreme Court blasts DoT, telcos over 1.47 lakh crore Rupees unpaid dues" is the headline in The Tribune.

  • India has offered to partially open its dairy and poultry market during President Trump's visit, reports the Financial Express.

  • Reporting on the first anniversary of the Pulwama attack, The Asian Age writes,  "A year later, Pulwama sets off a fresh Congress-BJP clash". 

  • And finally, in a box item, Hindustan Times reports this year recorded the hottest January in 141 years.



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