- Campaigning for
Assembly polls gears up in Meghalaya and Nagaland; Prime Minister Narendra Modi
to address rallies in both the states today.
- In PNB fraud case, a special court in Mumbai sends
Vipul Ambani Chief executive in Nirav Modi's company to CBI custody; The agency
questions Vikram Kothari, owner of Rotomac Pens in Loan default case.
successfully conducts night trial of nuclear capable Prithvi-II missile from a
test range in Odisha.
- The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation fixes
interest rate at 8.55 percent for 2017-18.
- Flying officer
Avani Chaturvedi becomes the first Indian woman to fly a fighter aircraft MiG-21 solo.
- In Sri Lanka,
the unity government will continue says Prime Minister, Ranil
- And In Cricket, South
Africa beat India by six wickets in the second Twenty20 match at Centurion leveling the three-match series 1-1.
The Assembly poll campaigning is hotting up in
Meghalaya and Nagaland with the participations of national and and state level
political leaders. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address election rallies
in both the states today. More details from Nagaland correspondent :
"In the poll bound Nagaland, political activities are gaining
momentum. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be attending a rally at Tuensang
town, about 269 kilometers away from the State capital, Kohima. Security has
been beefed up. Meanwhile, all contesting political parties have named prominent
National and State party leaders to campaign for their respective parties across the State. Besides, prominent State campaigners of the Naga Peoples’ Front party
and the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party are also campaigning in all
the areas of the State wooing the voters for support and assuring for an all
round development of the State. Anenla
Jamir, AIR News, Kohima."
Congress President Rahul Gandhi and senior party
leaders Sonia Gandhi, Dr. Manmohan Singh are also expected to visit the State.
JDU leader and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, NCP Chief Sharad Pawar,
National Peoples’ Party President Conrad K Sangma will also take part in the part in campaign.
In Meghalaya, the Prime Minister will visit Garo Hills
to take part in the campaigning.
"The stage is set for Prime Minister Narendra
Modi's visit at Phulbari in Garo Hills. Elaborate security arrangements have
been made in and around the venue ahead of the visit. All the political parties
have intensified their efforts to woo the voters. Yesterday Congress President
Rahul Gandhi held a road show in Shillong. Manas Pratim Sarma, AIR News,
The polling will be held in both the States on 27th of
A special court
in Mumbai has sent Vipul Ambani a senior executive in Nirav Modi's company and
five others to CBI custody till March 5th in Punjab National Bank fraud case.
The six were
arrested yesterday in connection with two FIRs registered by the CBI involving
Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi, the owner of Gitanjali Gems.
Vipul Ambani is
the chief financial officer of Nirav Modi's Firestar International.
Meanwhile, the Central Bureau of Investigation, CBI has questioned
the owner of Rotomac pens, Vikram Kothari, and his son Rahul at the agency's
headquarters in New Delhi yesterday in connection with an alleged loan default
of nearly 3700 crore rupees to a consortium of seven nationalised banks.
Mr Kothari was earlier questioned in Kanpur, where his
company and residence were located. Kothari, his wife Sadhana and son Rahul,
all directors of Rotomac Global Pvt Ltd, had allegedly diverted the loan amount
towards purposes other than what they were meant for.
In Jammu & Kashmir, a gunfight raged in Hajin area
of Bandipora district in North Kashmir early this morning. Security sources
told AIR that on the basis of specific information the joint cordon and search
operation was launched by CRPF, Army and
Special Operations Group of J&K Police in Paribal area of Hajin.
They said three militants are believed to be trapped
in the area. Sources added that the firing on both sides was still going on.
Ministers will attend various sessions of the UP investment summit in Lucknow
today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the two-day Summit yesterday
and announced that one of the two defence industrial corridors proposed in the
union budget worth rupees 20 thousand crores will be established in the
Bundelkhand region of State. A report
from our correspondent.
Minister Arun Jaitey and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad would chair the
sessions on banking and IT sector. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will
head the session on defence manufacturing while Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu
is scheduled to discuss on ease of doing business. Several other ministers
including Dharmendra Pradhan Dr. Harshwardhan, General VK singh will also talk
about investment issues related to their respective ministries. Country
sessions for partner countries Thailand, Czech Republic, Slovak and Mauritius
are also scheduled today. Sushil Chandra Tiwari, AIR News, Lucknow."
Ram Nath Kovind will be the Chief Guest at Valedictory function in the
The second meeting of the Canada-India Business Forum
will be held in New Delhi today. Canada Prime Minister Canada, Justin Trudeau
will take part in the meet. Earlier, the Indo-Canadian Business Chamber in
partnership with the Canada-India Business Council hosted a business sessions
in Mumbai on Tuesday.
Mr Trudeau will
be accorded ceremonial reception at the forecourts of Rashtrapati Bhawan
tomorrow. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet the visiting
leader in New Delhi tomorrow. They will
discuss various bilateral issues. Following the Meeting, a delegation
level talks will be held at Hyderabad House. A number of agreements are
expected to be signed in several areas after the talks. Mr Trudeau will also have meetings with President Ram Nath Kovind
and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
successfully conducted a night trial of its indigenously developed nuclear
capable Prithvi-II missile from a test range in Odisha.
said, the surface-to-surface missile with a strike range of 350 km, was
test-fired from a mobile launcher at the Integrated Test Range in Chandipur
around 8.30 pm as part of a user trial by the Army. The missile weighs about 4,600 kg, is capable of carrying
500 to one thousand kilogram of warheads. Here is a
"The perfect test launch of Prithvi-II came
after successful trial of the Agni-5, Agni-1I and Agni I just little over a
month from the Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast. Inducted into the
missile regiment of the Indian Army in 2003, the nine-metre-tall, single-stage
liquid-fuelled Prithvi-II is the first missile developed by the DRDO under the
Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme. Yesterday’s trial was a part
of randomly selected regular training exercise by the armed forces which
reconfirms the Army’s readiness to fire it at short notice. Developed under the joint collaboration of
Defence Research and Development Organization and Bharat Dynamics Limited, the
missile was first test-fired on 27 January 1996. With SN Pattnaik from Odisha, Sanjeev Jasrotia
Avani Chaturvedi has ed history by
becoming the first Indian woman to fly a fighter aircraft solo. An Indian Air
Force official said, she flew a MiG-21 bison in her first solo sortie from
IAF's Jamnagar base in Gujarat on Monday. Details from our correspondent :
"Avani is one of the three in the first batch of female combat
pilots, besides Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh, who were inducted in Indian Air
Force fighter squadron in 2016. They were commissioned as flying officers after
government took the decision in 2015 to open the fighter stream for women on an
experimental basis. Avani's achievement has put India on the list of the countries such as Britain,
the United States, Israel, and Pakistan where women are allowed to fly fighter
jets. The Indian Air Force has already selected the next
batch of three women trainee pilots for the fighter stream. Somnath Das, News
The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation, EPFO has
declared 8.55 per cent interest rate for 2017-18 for its about 5 crore members.
This was decided during the meeting of Central Board of Trustees of EPFO in New
For 2016-17 the
rate was 8.65 per cent and in 2015-16 the rate was 8.8 per cent.
In order to maintain the interest this fiscal, the
organisation had sold a portion of its investment in the Exchange Traded Funds.
Spiritual leader Aga Khan called on Prime Minister
Narendra Modi in New Delhi. He arrived in New Delhi yesterday, on a 10-day
visit to India. This year marks the Diamond Jubilee of the Aga Khan leadership.
During his stay Aga Khan will also meet President Ramnath Kovind.
In addition to these engagements, he will be visiting
the cities of Ahmadabad, Hyderabad and Mumbai, where Aga Khan Development
Network is involved in various development projects.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that the Unity Government between
his party and President’s party will continue. Making a statement in Parliament
yesterday, Prime Minister said the government will continue as per the motion
passed in Parliament and there is no need to quit it. More from our
"Tensions had emerged between the two sides of unity government
after President Sirisena had asked Prime Minister to resign taking
responsibility for the defeat at local elections. A section of President’s
party was also trying to form its own government with help of joint opposition
led by Mahinda Rajapakse. The matter seems to have settled now and the unity
government will continue except for some desertions from President’s side. A
cabinet reshuffle is also on the cards with possibility of law and order,
highways and agriculture getting new ministers. Santosh Kumar, AIR News,
nearly 80 schoolgirls have been rescued by the Army after being kidnapped by
suspected Boko Haram attackers, who raided their school in northeast Nigeria on
Monday. Commissioner of Education for Yobe state, Mohammed Alamin, said the
exact number of girls will be confirmed today, when the school will be visited.
He said the girls were rescued at a border town between Borno and Yobe
yesterday. After rescue, the girls were taken to the Geidam Army Base in Yobe
and were undergoing medical checks.
kidnapped nearly 300 girls from a school in Chibok in April 2014, setting off
global outrage. Many of the Chibok girls were freed after negotiations, but
more than 100 remain in captivity, their whereabouts unknown.
In Men's Cricket, South Africa beat India by six wickets
in the second Twenty20 international at Centurion to level the three-match series 1-1. The hosts achieved the target of
189 runs with eight balls to spare. Earlier,
put into bat, India scored 188 for four in stipulated 20 overs.
- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meeting Punjab
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and clearing the air on 'Khalistan' issue is one
of the stories that dominates headlines this morning. " Do not support
separatists Canadian PM assures Captain" headlines The Tribune. " Amarinder seeks action on 9 Canada-based
'operatives'" writes The Asian Age.
- Veteran actor Kamal Hasan launching his political
party Makkal Needhi Maiam (People's Justice Centre) is another big story
covered by the papers."Kamal's party to focus on a new south India"
says The Hindu. "From acting to politicking" quips Hindustan Times. "Kejri in tow,
Haasan launches party " informs The Times of India.
- The battlelines being clearly drawn between the Delhi
government and the bureaucracy after Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash
alleged that AAP MLAs had assaulted him during a meeting at Chief Miniister
Arvind Kejriwal's residence is also extensively covered by the press."Two
AAP MLAs sent to jail, L-G tells Centre breakdown in Delhi" writes the
Indian Express."BJP Builds case for prez rule in capital" is the lead
headline in the Mail Today."
Kejri faces an Official revolt, services unite" says DNA.
- The Times of
India in its lead story writes about a proposed bill that
requires all deposit seekers to be registered. "Assured return offers by
realtors, jewellers to be treated as Ponzi" headlines the paper.
- Referring to the PNB scam, The Business Line writes " IT officals question PNB's top
brass. CBI arrests PNB offical of GM rank posted at head office".
"CBI arrests PNB GM, seals Nirav's Mumbai farmhouse" says the Pioneer."PNB transfers record
18 thousand employees" writes DNA.
- In a related story Business Standard writes "
Govt weighs PNB recap hike. Lender may also be put under RBI's prompt
corrective action framework.
- "Modi announces rupees 20k crore defence corridor
for UP" informs DNA
- The Indian
Express reports that the Employee's Provident Fund
Organisation (EPFO) has recommended to slash interest rates to 8.55 per cent
for the current financial year of 2017-18 from 8.65 per cent last year. The nod
is awaited from the Finance Ministry.