MPs demand SIT probe in Loya case, bypoll to 3 Lok Sabha seats on March 11, and other top stories of the day

February 09, 2018 08:13 pm | Updated 08:25 pm IST

Judge Loya death: Opposition meets President, demands court-monitored probe

A delegation of Opposition MPs, including Congress president Rahul Gandhi, met President Ram Nath Kovind on February 9 to petition him for a court-monitored SIT probe into the death of CBI judge Judge B.H. Loya. After the meeting Mr. Gandhi said that MPs were uneasy over the death of the judge and two others and wanted an independent probe. However, the probe should not be carried out by the Central Bureau of Investigation.

By-elections in three Lok Sabha constituencies on March 11

By-elections in the Lok Sabha constituencies of Gorakhpur and Phulpur in Uttar Pradesh and Araria in  Bihar,  and the Bhabua and the Jehanabad Assembly constituencies in Bihar will be held on March 11, the Election Commission of India (ECI) announced on Friday.

SBI reports Q3 net loss

The SBI Group on Friday reported a massive Rs. 1,886.57 crore net loss for the December quarter of current fiscal as its bad loans and provisions spiked. It had, in contrast, reported net profit of Rs. 2,152.14 crore for the October-December quarter of the last fiscal, 2016-17.

With India ties at stake, China wants to quickly resolve Maldivian crisis

China has speeded up its effort to find a home-grown solution to end the crisis in  Maldives,  to avoid tensions with India and ensure further improvement of post-Doklam ties with New Delhi. The urgency of finding an early solution to the crisis was evident when Chinese foreign Minister Wang Yi, met Mohamed Saeed, the special envoy of the Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen on Thursday.

AIADMK lashes out at Rajinikanth, takes exception to ‘system’ jibe

The AIADMK on Friday took exception to actor Rajinikanth’s remark that the “system” in  Tamil Nadu  needs to be changed, saying such generalised statements are not acceptable.

U.S. Congress approves bill that will end brief government shutdown

The U.S. House of Representatives joined the Senate early on Friday morning in approving a bill to end an overnight federal shutdown, sparing Republicans further embarrassment and averting serious interruption of the government's business.

Indra Nooyi appointed to ICC Board as first independent female director

PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi has been appointed to the International Cricket Council ( ICC)  Board as its first independent female director. Ms. Nooyi will join the Board in June 2018 to align with the term of the ICC Independent Chairman, following the unanimous confirmation of her appointment at Friday’s meeting, an ICC release said.

Shopian firing: SC agrees to hear Major’s father plea for quashing FIR

The Supreme Court on Friday, February 9, 2018, agreed to hear on Monday the plea of an Army officer’s father  that the FIR against his son, booked as an accused by the Jammu and Kashmir Police in the recent Shopian firing incident, be quashed.

Winter Olympics 2018 — Opening ceremony

The world starts watching now. At least, when it comes to sports. After two failed bids, billions of dollars in preparation and a nagging national debate about whether it’s all worth it, the  Winter Olympics  open Friday in Pyeongchang with a gala ceremony meant to showcase South Korea’s rise from poverty and war into one of Asia’s most modern nations.

‘Pad Man’: example of how good causes may not always make great cinema

Arunachalam Muruganantham is a fascinating man. Not just for embracing the worthy cause of producing affordable sanitary napkins for the poor and revolutionising the concept of menstrual hygiene in rural India but also as an individual, especially when it comes to his unique, often self-deprecatory, sense of humour.

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