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Top news of the day: Harsh Vardhan remarks on Rahul Gandhi triggers Opposition uproar in Lok Sabha, Delhi gears up for Assembly polls, and more

Opposition members protest in the Lok Sabha on February 7, 2020. Photo: LSTV/PTI

Opposition members protest in the Lok Sabha on February 7, 2020. Photo: LSTV/PTI  

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Treasury and Opposition members nearly came to blows in Lok Sabha

Treasury and Opposition members nearly came to blows in the Lok Sabha when Health Minister Harsh Vardhan condemned in “no uncertain words” the “outlandish” remarks made by former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “When I condemned Gandhi for his remarks against the Prime Minister, the Congress MPs came to my seat, tried to attack me and snatched papers from me,” Mr. Vardhan told reporters outside Parliament. | A Prime Minister has stature, Modi does not behave like that: Rahul Gandhi | Congress leaders, Pralhad Joshi meet Lok Sabha Speaker after uproar in House | Parliament proceedings

Nirbhaya case: Supreme Court in no hurry to hear Centre, Delhi govt pleas to separately execute convicts

Justice R. Banumathi drew Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta’s attention to the fact that the Delhi High Court, in its February 5 judgment rejecting the government's plea to separately execute the convicts, had given the condemned men seven days to exhaust whatever remedies left to them.

Delhi gears up for Assembly polls; extra vigil in Shaheen Bagh, other sensitive areas

Over 1.47 crore voters are eligible to exercise their franchise. | Delhi 2020: Full coverage

Mahatma Gandhi assassination painting becomes face of Kerala Budget 2020

Tom Vattakuzhy’s painting ‘Death of Gandhi’ adorns the cover of Budget document. | Highlights of Kerala budget 2020

Coronavirus | GoM headed by Health Minister monitoring situation, says Harsh Vardhan

Screening of passengers has been initiated since January 18 and this facility has now been extended to 21 airports. | Death toll in China hits 636, infections exceed 30,000 | Watch : How is India dealing with coronavirus? | Wuhan doctor who sounded coronavirus alarm dies | All about the China coronavirus

Supreme Court to hear pleas against Shaheen Bagh protest on February 10

A Bench led by Justice S.K. Kaul indicated the court would not be party to any sort of pre-election narrative to garner votes a day before the polls on February 8. “We will hear it on Monday,” Justice Kaul told the counsel. “But Delhi election is tomorrow,” the lawyer responded. “That is exactly why we are saying Monday. You’ve read our minds... You let the cat out of the bag,” the bench told the counsel.

Supreme Court orders inventory of Sabarimala deity’s sacred ornaments

It forms committee headed by retired Kerala High Court judge Justice C.N. Ramachandran Nair.

Bodo accord has heralded new dawn of peace in Assam: Modi

“The Bodo accord is a victory for all communities and sections of society. There are no losers.”

West Bengal Governor averts showdown in Assembly, sticks to speech prepared by Mamata Banerjee government

Mr. Dhankhar had said on February 5 that he would “create history” with his address, setting off speculations that he could speak, like before, against the Trinamool government.

Despite gaps, U.S. hopeful of trade deal with India ahead of Trump's visit

U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to visit India during the last week of February.

Ehsanullah Ehsan, responsible for shooting Malala in 2012, escapes from prison in Pakistan

Ehsanullah Ehsan, the former Pakistan Taliban spokesman who was responsible for the shooting of Malala Yousafzai in 2012 and carrying out the deadly Peshawar Army school terror attack in 2014, has escaped from prison, according to a audio clip released by him.

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa arrives in New Delhi

Mr. Rajapaksa is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi at noon on Saturday while External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar will call on the visiting leader earlier, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement. The Sri Lankan Prime Minister, who will receive a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, will also call on President Ram Nath Kovind, the ministry added.

Finance Ministry working on Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill, says Nirmala Sitharaman

The comments assume importance given the massive five-fold hike in deposit insurance and the recent changes in the insolvency laws that included insolvency solutions for financial institutions.

FIH Pro League | Confident India face stiff test against world champions Belgium

The Manpreet Singh-led side has not featured in the league so far, thus slipping to the number five in points table.

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