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Top news of the day: Health Ministry warns Indians against travelling to China, JD(U) expels Prashant Kishor, Pawan Varma, and more

A woman wearing a mask checks her mobile phone in Shanghai on January 29, 2020.

A woman wearing a mask checks her mobile phone in Shanghai on January 29, 2020.   | Photo Credit: REUTERS

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JD(U) expels Prashant Kishor, Pawan Varma

JD(U) principal general secretary K.C. Tyagi cites working and issuing statements against party and its chief as reasons.

Coronavirus | Refrain from travelling to China, says Health Ministry

Death toll rises sharply to 132; Chinese envoy appeals for calm. | AYUSH Ministry recommends Unani medicines for ‘symptomatic management of coronavirus infection’ | Data : The wide, rapid spread of the novel coronavirus | UAE announces first case of new coronavirus | Airlines cut China flights as companies restrict travel on virus fears | Sri Lanka suspends visa on arrival for Chinese citizens after first case of coronavirus

Two dead in Murshidabad during anti-CAA protest

Trinamool leader reportedly opened fire on protesters.

SpiceJet, GoAir also refuse to fly stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra

Earlier, IndiGo and Air India had announced that they were barring him from flying with them after he accosted TV journalist Arnab Goswami onboard an Indigo flight. | Explained: What are the airlines’ rules on misbehaviour onboard

Opposition UDF tries to block Kerala Governor on opening day of Assembly

They displayed placards reading ‘Recall Governor’ and ‘No to CAA, NRC’ and later staged a walkout as Arif Mohammed Khan delivered the policy address. In his policy address, Mr. Khan said though he had his “reservations and disagreement” over the subject, he would read the para 18 containing reference to anti-CAA matter, just to “honour” the wish of the Chief Minister.

Election Commission orders removal of Anurag Thakur, Parvesh Verma from BJP star campaigners list

In a statement, the ECI said: “Election Commission has ordered the removal of Sh. Anurag Thakur and Sh. Parvesh Sahib Singh from the list of star campaigners of Bhartiya Janta Party for the general elections to the Legislative Assembly of the NCT of Delhi with immediate effect and until further orders (sic).”

Pregnancy termination bill gets Cabinet nod

According to a release, the proposed amendment seeks to enhance the upper gestation limit from 20 to 24 weeks for special categories of women that will be defined in the amendments to the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Rules and will include ‘vulnerable women including survivors of rape, victims of incest and other vulnerable women (like differently-abled women, minors) etc.

Nirbhaya case convict Mukesh’s plea against mercy petition rejection dismissed

“The quick consideration of the mercy petition and swift rejection of the same cannot be a ground for judicial review of the order passed under Article 72/161 [on mercy petitions by President/Governor] the Constitution. Nor does it suggest that there was pre-determined mind and non-application of mind,” Justice Banumathi, who wrote the judgment, held. | Convict Vinay Kumar Sharma files mercy petition before President

Analysis | Congress assessing how prolonged focus on CAA/NRC will impact its electoral fortunes

Once Delhi Assembly results are out, we can be more sure-footed on it, says an AICC secretary.

U.S. House passes bill on sanctions against Chinese officials for meddling in Dalai Lama’s succession

The bill, if passed by the Senate and signed into law by the President, will also prohibit China from opening any new consulate in the U.S. until Beijing allows Washington to open its diplomatic station in Lhasa, the Tibetan capital.

U.N. says committed to supporting Palestinians, Israelis resolve conflict as Trump unveils peace plan

U.S. President Donald Trump on January 28 proposed a two-state solution and said no Israelis or Palestinians would be uprooted from their homes under his plan.

Oil Ministry pitches for inclusion of natural gas in GST

When the Goods and Services Tax (GST) was introduced on July 1, 2017, amalgamating 17 Central and State levies, five commodities namely crude oil, natural gas, petrol, diesel, and aviation turbine fuel (ATF) were kept out of its purview given the revenue dependence of State governments on this sector.

Saina Nehwal joins BJP

‘I draw a lot of inspiration from Modi sir. He inspires me’, says Badminton champion and former world number one.

India beat New Zealand in Super Over to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in T20 series

The fourth T20 International between the two sides will be played on January 31 in Wellington.

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