Top news of the day: Delhi goes to polls on Feb. 8, counting of votes on Feb. 11; 25 crore people likely to participate in nationwide strike on Jan. 8, and more

JNU students gather near the Main gate during a protest demonstration against attack in New Delhi on January 6, 2020.

JNU students gather near the Main gate during a protest demonstration against attack in New Delhi on January 6, 2020.   | Photo Credit: R.V. Moorthy

The major news headlines of the day, and more.

Delhi polls on Feb. 8, counting of votes on Feb. 11

Elections to the Delhi Legislative Assembly would be held on February 8 and the votes counted on February 11, the Election Commission of India (ECI) announced on Monday.

Read: AAP will fight Delhi Assembly election on basis of its government’s work: Kejriwal

JNU violence: Students, teachers march in protest against attacks

A day after violence broke out at Jawaharlal Nehru University as masked men armed with sticks and rods attacked students and teachers and damaged property on the campus, the university saw heavy security in place.

Also Read: Universities cannot become ‘political dens’, says Union HRD minister

25 crore people likely to participate in nationwide strike on Jan 8

Ten central trade unions on Monday said around 25 crore people will participate in a nationwide strike on January 8 to protest against the government’s “anti-people” policies. Trade unions INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, LPF, UTUC along with various sectoral independent federations and associations had adopted a declaration in September last to go on a nationwide strike on January 8, 2020.

Sabarimala | Supreme Court to hear from January 13 issue of allowing entry of women of all age groups

A nine-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court will hear from January 13, the issue of allowing women and girls of all ages to enter Kerala’s Sabarimala temple along with other contentious issues of alleged discrimination against Muslim and Parsi women.

SC seeks explanation from Assam on allegations of communal statements by State NRC coordinator

The Supreme Court on Monday sought an explanation from the Assam government over the allegation that the State coordinator for NRC was making communal statements.\

Data | Where does India stand in the Global Gender Gap Index?

India dropped four places, from 2018, to take the 112th rank in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index 2019-2020. The Index measures the extent of gender-based gaps in economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, health and survival, and political empowerment. In the health and survival parameter, India’s performance is dismal, ranking 150th out of 153 countries.

Also Read: Data | How many people died during anti-CAA protests?

Release jailed ‘innocent’ persons, Mayawati urges U.P. govt

The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Monday demanded that the BJP-led Uttar Pradesh government withdraw the cases lodged against “innocent” persons who participated in protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and release them immediately from jail.

ED issues alert on extortion rackets

The Enforcement Directorate has come across about half-a-dozen cases in which unscrupulous elements impersonated as Agency officials with the intention of extorting money.

U.S.-Iran unrest: Weeping, Iran Supreme Leader prays over general slain by U.S.

Weeping amid wails from a crowd of hundreds of thousands of mourners, Iran’s Supreme Leader on Monday prayed over the remains of a top Iranian general killed in a U.S. airstrike in Baghdad, an attack that’s drastically raised tensions between Tehran and Washington.

'Young Indian' case: Supreme Court defers to March 17 final hearing of appeals filed by Sonia, Rahul

The Supreme Court on Monday deferred to March 17 the final hearing of appeals filed by Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi against a Delhi High Court decision to allow the Income-Tax department to re-open their tax assessments for 2011-12 in the Young Indian case.

Tamil Nadu will protect all citizens regardless of religion, creed, says Governor

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit on Monday said that the State government would protect the interests of all citizens, irrespective of their religion or creed. “The government of Tamil Nadu will ensure that the interests of all citizens regardless of religion or creed are protected,” he said in his customary address on the first day of this year’s Legislative Assembly session. The Governor added that the Tamil Nadu government would urge the Centre to provide dual citizenship to Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in the State.

Ind vs SL | Pressure mounts on Dhawan as battle with Rahul for opener’s slot heats up

A washed out series-opener means Shikhar Dhawan has one game less to make a statement in his quest to outperform an in-form KL Rahul, making the opener’s fortunes an interesting sub-plot of India’s second T20 International against Sri Lanka here on Tuesday.

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