- Election Commission likely to pronounce
its order on the symbol dispute of Uttar Pradesh's ruling Samajwadi Party
- BJP's Central Election Committee meets
in New Delhi to finalise candidates for Uttarakhand and UP assembly polls.
- At least six pilgrims feared killed in a stampede in Gangasagar Mela in
- Petrol prices hiked by 42 paise and
diesel by one rupee 3 paise a litre.
- United States lashes out at China for
blocking India's entry into Nuclear Suppliers Group.
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Centuries by Virat Kohli and Kedar Jadhav help India pull off an incredible
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The Election Commission is likely to give its order today on the symbol
dispute of Uttar Pradesh's ruling Samajwadi Party. The three-member poll body,
headed by Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi, had on Friday heard the two
rival factions - one led by Mulayam Singh Yadav and other by his son Akhilesh -
both staking claim over the party's symbol, 'bicycle'. Our correspondent reports, the Commission's order is expected today as
the notification for the first phase of the 7-phase Assembly elections in the
state will be issued tomorrow.
the Symbols' Order, the Commission heard the two sides on Friday. Senior lawyer
Kapil Sibal, argued for Akhilesh and said that majority of party MPs, MLAs,
MLCs and workers are with the Chief Minister and hence the symbol should be
allotted to them. Former solicitor general Mohan Parasaran, appearing for
Mulayam Singh Yadav's side disputed the contention that there was any split in
the party and insisted that the symbol should remain with them. He also said
that the convention called by the Akhilesh camp
in which he was elected as Party Chief
as unconstitutional. The Election Commission has also the option to come
out with an interim order freezing the symbol as there is hardly any time left
for it to go into the authenticity of the documents filed by both sides. ANUPAM
MISHRA, AIR NEWS, DELHI."
The BJP's Central Election Committee
held meeting in New Delhi last evening to finalise the candidates for ensuing
assembly polls in Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. Prime Minister Narendra Modi
and party President Amit Shah besides other CEC members attended the meeting.
The name of some candidates are likely to be announced today. Another CEC
meeting is scheduled tomorrow in which names of more candidates will be
The seven-phase UP assembly polls will
be held from 11th February and the single phase polling for Uttarakhand, will
be held on the 15th of the next month.
In Uttar Pradesh, the election mood is gearing up day-by-day. First
phase poll notification for 73 constituencies will be issued tomorrow. Our
correspondent takes a look at the political scenario in the state.
"Leaders and party workers of the Samajwadi party are
anxiously waiting for the Election Commission's decision on the symbol issue.
BSP chief Mayawati yesterday said
that her party is going to fight the election all alone. The party has already announced its candidates. Six Left
parties including CPM have also declared
that they will contest the poll jointly in 140
seats. There is also a possibility of Akhliesh led faction of samajwadi
party forming a pre poll alliance with congress. Sanjay Pratap SINGH, AIR News, Allahabad."
A three-member committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will
meet today to select the CBI Director. The post is lying vacant for over a
month following retirement of Anil Sinha. At present, Gujarat-cadre IPS officer
Rakesh Asthana is
the interim Director of the investigating agency.
Reports say, a list of eligible IPS officers has been sent to the Prime
Minister's Office for consideration as the next CBI Director.
In West Bengal, a boat tragedy took place on the last day of the Ganga
Sagar Mela in South 24 Pargana District late last evening. The ill fated boat was crossing river Ganga
on way back from the Kapil Muni Ashram which lies at the confluence of the
Ganges and the Bay of Bengal, when the boat carrying mainly pilgrims from Bihar
tried to dock with a passenger vessel.
Our correspondent reports that in the rush to get to the vessel from the
boat six people are feared killed due to the stampede and 13 others are
reported to be under treatment in a local hospital.
However, the details of the incident could not be confirmed by the State
Petrol price has been hiked by 42 paise
a litre and diesel rate has been raised by 1 rupees 3 paise a litre. The
increase in rates is excluding state levies. The new rate came into effect midnight last night.
Petrol will now cost 71 rupees 14 paise
per litre in Delhi, 73 rupees 66 paise in Kolkata, 77 rupees 46 paise in
Mumbai, and 70 rupees 61 paise in Chennai. Diesel will now cost 59 rupees 02
paise per litre in Delhi, 61 rupees 27 paise in Kolkata, 64 rupees 89 paise in
Mumbai, and 60 rupees 73 paise per litre in Chennai.
This is the fourth increase in petrol
price in six weeks and the third in case of diesel in one month.
United States has lashed out at China for blocking India from becoming a
member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group, NSG. In an interview with PTI, calling
China as an out lier, US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central
Asia Nisha Desai Biswal has said clearly there is one out lier that needs to be
addressed. She said, it is because of the Chinese resistance that India could
not become a member of NSG. Biswal said, China is advocating a two-step
"non-discriminatory" approach for admission of countries who have not
signed nuclear-Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in the NSG. She said, Washington
has been very clear and unequivocal that India has met the criteria for it and
should be brought into the NSG. US statement comes a week ahead of the Obama
Administration passing on the baton to the Trump Administration.
Delegates from 70 countries have
called on Israel and the Palestinians to revive work toward long-elusive peace,
including an independent Palestinian state. The closing declaration at a
Mideast peace conference in Paris yesterday urged both sides to
"officially restate their commitment to the two-state solution" and
disassociate from voices that reject this. It also warned them against taking
one-sided actions that could hurt talks, an apparent reference to Israeli
settlement building. While the Palestinians welcomed the declaration, Israeli
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the conference rigged.
In Jammu and Kashmir, three militants have been killed in an overnight
operation in Awoora village in Pahalgam area of south Kashmir's Anantnag
district today. Details are awaited.
Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said,
cultural diversity must be preserved and dance will bring together not only
body and mind but also unite people of
various parts of the Globe. Mr Naidu said this while inaugurating the first
ever ABU International Dance Festival at Shilpakala Vedika in Hyderabad
yesterday. Over 100 artists from about ten countries showcased their
traditional and contemporary dance nuances, from the Asia-Pacific region during
A fresh western disturbance has led to a rise in the minimum temperature
in Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan and the National capital Delhi though there was
no let-up in the intense cold elsewhere. The onset of a western disturbance took
the minimum temperature in the national capital yesterday a notch above the
season's average at 8.6 degrees Celsius.
The weatherman has warned of rain or
snow in Himachal Pradesh, which is reeling in the grip of intense cold. In Jammu and Kashmir, the intensity in cold wave
decreased after Kashmir Valley and several areas in Jammu region received fresh
"On the 27th day of ongoing harshest cold period Chillai Kalan, the
Srinagar and other areas in Kashmir Valley received fresh snowfall. This is the
2nd spell of snowfall witnessed by Kashmir region during January month this
winter. Besides continuing light snowfall in Srinagar, the Jawahar Tunnel area,
Patnitop and Ramban areas on Srinagar Jammu National Highway continued to
receive heavy snowfall. The national highway has been closed for all types of
vehicular traffic today. The road connecting Batote with Chenab Valley’s Doda
region has also been closed. Tariq
Rather, AIR News, Srinagar."
In Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh sky is overcast at many places. Light
showers occurred at some places yesterday. The Met Office has also predicted
showers today and tomorrow.
In Cricket, India pulled off an
incredible three-wicket win over England in the first One Day International of
the 3-match series at Pune last night. Our correspondent has the detail;-
"It was a
perfect start for Virat Kohli as full-time ODI captain as Team India showcased
a power-packed performance to chase down England's 350 for 7 and take a 1-0
lead in the series. Put in to bat, England had posted the mammoth total, their
highest ODI score against India, courtesy half centuries by Joe Root, Jason Roy
and Ben Stokes. In reply, India got off to a nervy start as they lost 4 wickets
at the score of just 63. But, a 200-run fifth wicket stand between Kohli and
Kedar Jadhav helped the hosts bounce back brilliantly, putting them on course
to a sublime win. Kohli made 122, his 27th ODI century, while Jadhav made
76-ball 120, his second ton. In the process, Virat equalled Sachin Tendulkar's
record of 17 centuries while chasing a target, but went one better after taking
the number of tons in a successful chase to 15. SAVVY HASAN KHAN, FOR AIR
In Tennis, the Australian Open - the first Grand Slam of the season
began in Melbourne this morning. Singles first round matches are being played
today. World number four Simona Halep of Romania made a shock first round exit
after losing to an unseeded American Shelby Rogers, 3-6, 1-6. Top
players, including world number one Andy Murray, Angelique Kerber, Serena
Williams, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Agnieszka Radwanska, are taking part
in the 14-day tournament. Swiss Roger Federer is also making a comeback.
There are no Indian players in the Singles categories. The Doubles are,
however, featuring the participation of Sania Mirza, Leander Paes and Rohan
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story in the Tribune.
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is the Hindu Business Line headlines. So far there have been less than a dozen
start ups qualifying for income tax sops, says the report.
- Khadi village industries commission has got an order worth 47 crore
rupees from ONGC, the largest so far in the form of khadi vouchers of 10,000
and 5,000 rupees reports Pioneer.
- Several papers carry colorful pictures of traditional dances at the
ongoing 21st National Youth Festival, Rohtak.
- The Pioneer reports of cricketer turned politician Navjot Singh Sidhu
joining the Congress. Punjab is witnessing a three cornered contest among the
BJP-SAD, the Congress and the Aam Admi Party.
- The Mail Today exposes the fact that a whopping 5 lakh police posts of the
sanctioned 22 lakh are lying vacant across the country.
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prohibited tradition was seen in YADGIR in Karnataka on Saturday reports The
Hindu. 4 live sheep were thrown down the hills in the belief that the rest of
the flock would be protected.
- A special kite festival being organized for Divyangs in Gujarat for the
first time/ Bihar boat tragedy toll rising to 24/ rise of ammonia level in
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