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Jat protestors to take fight to Delhi, stop supply of milk today
Jats protestors who have been demanding reservations in education and government jobs have decided to up the ante and take their fight to Delhi this month. They have decided to block all roads leading to Delhi, not supply milk to Delhi today and also ‘gherao’ the Parliament in the coming days to mount pressure on the Centre. Yashpal Malik, chief of the All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti, announced that Jats from Uttar Pradesh and Haryana would hold a “big protest” in Delhi on March 2 and submit a memorandum to the president. Another protest will be held two-three days after Holi, followed by a ‘gherao’ of Parliament.
Economic Cooperation Organisation summit in Islamabad
Pakistan hosts the Economic Cooperation Organisation summit in Islamabad. A grouping established by Iran, Turkey and Pakistan in 1985, ECO now has 10 nations including Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Afghanistan. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan will attend the summit.
Malaysia to charge two women with murder in N. Korean’s death
Malaysia’s attorney general has said that two women accused of killing the half-brother of North Korea’s leader with a nerve agent in a Kuala Lumpur airport terminal will be charged with murder. Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong will be charged today and face a mandatory death sentence if convicted.
Reliance Jio’s Prime subscriptions starts
Reliance Jio will enrol customers for its Prime membership today. The company is expected to roll out two tariff plans at Rs. 149 and Rs 499. Meanwhile Jio’s competitor, Bharti Airtel has said the new tariff announced by Reliance Jio is aggressive and unsustainable, and that the industry will respond to it with more competitive plans and additional data offerings.
Amarnath yatra registration begins
The registration for this year’s Amarnath Yatra through the Baltal and Chandanwari routes begins today. The registration will be done through 433 designated branches of Punjab National Bank, Jammu and Kashmir Bank and YES Bank. The yatra will be held from June 29 to August 7.
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US President Trump condemns Kansas shooting in first address to joint session of Congress
President Trump opened the joint session of Congress address on Tuesday by condemning threats against Jewish centres and the shooting in Kansas in which an Indian man was killed. “Recent threats targeting Jewish community centres and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week’s shooting in Kansas City reminds us that while we may be a nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms,” said Trump in his address to Congress.
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India’s strong GDP data leaves economists scratching their heads
India’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth for the October-December period came in at 7.0 percent, higher than China’s 6.8 percent for the last three months of 2016. Tuesday’s robust GDP figures have left economists dazed, and have also raised fresh doubts about the quality of India’s official economic data reporting.
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Ramjas protests, Gurmehar’s posts: Hey, celebs and netas, leave them kids alone
Delhi Univeristy students are crystal clear about why they are on the streets. For them, it is not Left versus Right. It’s about right versus wrong. It is about the fundamental right to debate and dissent — minus violence, minus intimidation and minus the threat of misogyny that saw Gurmehar Kaur exit.
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Unsafe women in MP: 11 raped every day, 6 gang-raped every week over last year
Eleven women were raped every day and six gang-raped every week in Madhya Pradesh over the last year, figures presented in the state assembly on Monday revealed. More than half of these victims were minors, the data shows.
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Centre shouldn’t step into a private matter – people’s right to eat what they wish
Fast, and the world fasts with you. Eat meat, and you eat alone. That was seemingly the disquieting message promoted by a government-organised food festival in New Delhi. Should the government step into what is essentially a private matter – people’s right to eat what they wish when others are observing a fast?
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