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Morning Digest: J&K police officer may have been ferrying militants to Delhi, BJP leader’s book comparing Shivaji to Modi angers allies, and more

J&K police DSP Davinder Singh was detained along with militants Naveed Babu and Altaf on Saturday

J&K police DSP Davinder Singh was detained along with militants Naveed Babu and Altaf on Saturday  

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Opposition meeting on Citizenship Amendment Act: Mamata Banerjee strategy goes against Congress plan

Congress president Sonia Gandhi has convened a meeting of Opposition parties today to decide on a joint strategy over the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the proposed nationwide National Register of Citizens (NRC). However, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee has already announced that she would be giving the meeting a miss.

BJP leader’s book comparing Shivaji to Modi angers MVA allies

The release of a book comparing Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj during an event at the Delhi headquarters of the BJP attracted the ire of the three ruling parties in Maharashtra on Sunday.

The book, titled Aaj ke Shivaji: Narendra Modi, was released during a religious-cultural meet organised by the Delhi BJP.

CAA, NRC will not be implemented in Bihar, says Prashant Kishor

National vice-president of Bihar ruling party Janata Dal (United) Prashant Kishor on Sunday thanked Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi for their “unequivocal rejection” of the Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens while offering an assurance that both CAA and NRC will not be implemented in Bihar.

J&K police officer may have been ferrying Hizbul Mujahideen militants to Delhi

Jammu and Kashmir Police on January 12 said they are investigating the role of a gallantry award-winning senior police officer, Davinder Singh, who was ferrying two Hizbul Mujahideen militants, including wanted ‘commander’ Syed Naveed Mushtaq alias Babu, in a civilian car on January 11.

Citizenship Amendment Act: Narendra Modi’s remarks upset Ramakrishna Mission members

The visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Belur Math, the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Mission (RKM) founded in the late 19th century by Swami Vivekananda, and his comments on the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) from RKM’s platform have created a controversy in West Bengal. A section of the mission members condemned the visit and many wrote to the RKM officials questioning why Mr. Modi was allowed to visit the Math.

What 2020 holds for banking

Slowing credit growth due to widespread risk averseness among banks amid a slowing economy dominated the financial sector discourse in the latter part of 2019. There are, however, nascent signs of improvement in health of commercial banks, with improving assets quality and return to profitability after a gap of seven years in the first half of the current financial year.

CAA: There is nobody to have a dialogue with, says Anurag Kashyap

Filmmaker and writer Anurag Kashyap admits to being perpetually angry and “super frustrated” of late. More so the morning after Home Ministry’s notification of CAA coming into effect.“How do you fight a bully like this?” he asks rhetorically, as we sit down for an interview with one of Bollywood’s loudest dissenters against the government.

India’s under-5 mortality of girls exceeds that of boys, unlike global trend, says report

India is among the few countries in the world where, in 2018, the mortality under-5 years of girls, exceeded that of boys, according to the ‘Levels and Trends in Child Mortality’ report by the United Nations (UN) inter-agency group for child mortality.

Social media posting is a fundamental right, rules Tripura High Court

In a landmark order, the High Court of Tripura ordered the police to refrain from prosecuting a man who was earlier arrested over a social media post. Chief Justice Akil Kureshi also barred the police from making any further arrest in connection with the case.

Kaziranga records 96 species of wetland birds

Kaziranga, home of the world's most one-horned rhinos, has 96 species of wetland birds — one of the highest for wildlife preserves in India. Officials of the Kaziranga National Park and avian specialists conducted the second wetland bird count on January 9-10. The teams counted a total of 19,225 birds belonging to 96 species under 80 families.

Four Iraqi servicemen wounded in rocket attack on Iraq base hosting U.S. troops

Four members of Iraq’s military were wounded in a rocket attack on December 12 targeting an air base just north of Baghdad where American trainers are present, Iraqi security officials said.

The attack by at least six rockets came just days after Iran fired ballistic missiles at two bases in Iraq that house U.S. forces, causing no casualties.

Iran’s only female Olympic medalist reportedly defects

Iran’s only woman Olympic medalist said she defected from the Islamic Republic and fled to the Netherlands in an online letter that describes herself as “one of the millions of oppressed women in Iran.” Taekwondo athlete Kimia Alizadeh accused Iranian officials of sexism and mistreatment.

India tour of New Zealand | Rohit comes back, Samson dropped from T20I squad

Rohit Sharma returned to the T20 squad while Sanju Samson was dropped for the five-match series in New Zealand, starting January 24, according to a BCCI release. The Mumbai opener was rested for the T20I series against Sri Lanka which the hosts won 2-0.

Dakar Rally | Paulo Goncalves of Hero MotoSports Team dies in crash

Motorbike rider Paulo Goncalves of Portugal died after a crash during the Dakar Rally in Riyadh on Sunday. He was lying 46th overall going into the seventh stage from Riyadh to Wadi Al Dawasir.

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