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Morning Digest: U.S. report links Saudi crown prince to journalist Jamal Khashoggi murder; India out of recession, says NSO data and more

With the model code of conduct for the 2021 Assembly elections coming into force, the symbol of Two Leaves on MTC mini buses may have to be covered now as per the EC guidelines. A scene at Koyembedu bus terminus in Chennai, on Friday, February 26, 2021.   | Photo Credit: K. Pichumani

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ‘approved’ Jamal Khashoggi assassination: U.S. report

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved of an operation to capture or kill dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi who was murdered in 2018, according to a declassified U.S. intelligence assessment released on Friday in a manner choreographed to limit damage to U.S.-Saudi ties.

Mamata Banerjee asks whether election dates were announced at the instructions of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on February 26 questioned the reasons for thr Election Commission of India decision to hold  the 2021 Assembly polls in the State in eight phases.

India ‘out of recession’, GDP grows 0.4%

India’s economy resurfaced to growth territory in the third quarter of fiscal year (FY) 2020-21, clocking a 0.4% rise in the gross domestic product (GDP), as per data from the National Statistical Office (NSO).

Sensex sees worst day in 10 months, sinks 3.8%

The BSE Sensex crashed about 1,940 points to post its biggest single-day fall in almost 10 months, and the NSE Nifty plunged more than 568 points to settle below the psychological 15,000-mark on Friday, tracking global sell-offs triggered by a panic in bond markets overseas.

NIA files charge sheet against 11 alleged to be with al-Qaeda

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday filed a charge sheet against 11 “al-Qaeda members” from Kerala and West Bengal. It alleged that they were planning to attack among others, an India-based Bangladeshi blogger “for his views expressed on social media.”

Supreme Court seeks government’s response on plea for caste census of backward classes

The Supreme Court on Friday sought a response from the government on a petition to hold a caste-wise census of backward classes in 2021.

Coronavirus | Panel seeks more data to give emergency use authorisation for Sputnik V vaccine

A Subject Expert Committee (SEC) of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) has sought more data on Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine trials from Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories to accord emergency use authorisation (EUA) for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Supreme Court bats for steps to speed up relief for accident victims

The Supreme Court is exploring the creation of a nationwide online mechanism to help road accident victims and their families get compensation within a short time of the mishap.

G-23 leaders’ ‘show of strength’ in Jammu on February 27

Barely two months after Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s reachout to the group of dissenters (G-23), they will have a show of strength in Jammu over the weekend.

India vs England | Ashwin primed to surpass himself

No wonder then that after becoming only the fourth Indian — and the second-quickest in the world in terms of Test appearances — to scale Mt. 400 during the two-day win over England in the third Test, Ashwin had no qualms saying “I won’t be surprised if I surprise myself in the future as well”.

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