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  • The Government today told the Supreme Court that the process for appointing the anti-graft ombudsman Lokpal is going on. Attorney General K K Venugopal told a bench comprising Justices Ranjan Gogoi and R Banumathi that steps for appointing Lokpal have been taken and the selection panel, comprising the Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India, Speaker of Lok Sabha and leader of the largest opposition party, would hold a meeting on March 1 to discuss the issue.




  • A Delhi court today granted the CBI one-day transit remand for Rotomac owner Vikram Kothari and his son Rahul to produce them before a Lucknow court in connection with a Rs 3,695-crore loan default case. The duo was produced before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal and the agency sought two-day transit remand from the court to take them to Lucknow.



  • Germany and France have warned that funding cuts to EU programmes after Brexit could damage efforts to tackle illegal immigration and terrorism. The leaders of both nations today said that spending on these areas should not be compromised.



  • In the US, Trump administration has announced a new policy that makes very tough the procedure of issuing H-1B visas to those to be employed at one or more third-party worksites.



  • Former Asian Games gold-medallist Vikas Krishan (75kg) and Gaurav Solanki (52kg), have advanced to the semifinals to assure themselves of medals at the 69th Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament for men and women.




  • US President Donald Trump is not satisfied with the progress made by Pakistan in its fight against terrorism and the US for the first time is holding Islamabad accountable for its actions. The remarks by White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah came amid the ongoing meeting of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in Paris where US is leading efforts to place Pakistan on an international terror-financing watch list.




  • India today successfully test-fired the nuclear-capable surface-to-surface Dhanush ballistic missile with a strike range of 350 km from a naval ship off Odisha coast at around 1052 hrs. This naval variant of the indigenously-developed Prithvi-II missile was test-fired from the ship positioned near Paradip in the Bay of Bengal.



  • India today successfully test-fired the nuclear-capable surface-to-surface Dhanush ballistic missile with a strike range of 350 km from a naval ship off Odisha coast at around 1052 hrs. This naval variant of the indigenously-developed Prithvi-II missile was test-fired from the ship positioned near Paradip in the Bay of Bengal.




  • Enforcement Directorate today said it has frozen bank deposits and shares worth about 44 crore rupees of the Nirav Modi group.The ED has also seized a huge collection of imported watches from locations linked to the billionaire diamond merchant in connection with PNB scam.




  • In Bihar, Income Tax raids are underway at five locations including the residence of sand mining Baron and close aide of Lalu Prasad Yadav, Subhash Yadav in Patna since morning.The raids are being conducted in the disproportionate asset case against the sand mining baron.




  • A UN rights commission in South Sudan today said there was sufficient evidence to charge at least 41 senior officers and officials with war crimes and crimes against humanity. South Sudan's four-year-old civil war has been characterised by extreme brutality and attacks on civilians.



  • Swachch Bharat brand ambassador 106-year-old Kunwar Bai died at a government hospital at Raipur in Chhattisgarh today.A resident of Kotabharri village in Dhamtari district, Kunwar Bai was in the national news as a mascot for Swachch Bharat campaign, she sold all her goats to construct a toilet at her home.Not only was she applauded by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the PM also touched her feet and felicitated her during a public meeting in Rajnandgaon in February 2016.



  • Textiles Secretary, Anant Kumar Singh today inaugurated 45th addition of IHGF Delhi Fair - Spring 2018 organised by Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts at Knowledge Park - ll, Greater Noida. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Singh said, handicrafts sector plays a significant and important role in the country’s economy and is a key creator of employment to a vast segment of craft persons in rural and semi-urban areas.




  • Jharkhand High Court today rejected the bail application of RJD Chief Lalu Prasad in a fodder scam case.Lalu Prasad had moved the high court seeking bail in the Deoghar Treasury case in which the RJD chief has been sentenced to three and half years in prison.




  • Campaigning for Assembly elections in Nagaland has entered in last phase as only three days have been left for the purpose.The campaigning for February 27 polls will end on Sunday.




  • In poll-bound Meghalaya, state Election department has taken a slew of measures to create voters awareness.Chief Electoral Officer FR Kharkonger said that a mega-event - Rock The Boat With Your Vote will be held tomorrow.




  • In Arunachal Pradesh, the three-day ‘Festival of Arunachal’ which started with the celebration of the 32nd Statehood Day of the state, concluded yesterday evening.The festival was declared open by the State Governor Dr BD Mishra.



  • Minister of State in PMO Jitendra Singh today said government officials should be given a work-friendly environment. Talking to media after meeting a delegation of IAS association in Delhi, Dr Singh said the government should be able to get the best out of officers.




  • Supreme Court today sought the response from Delhi Police on a plea filed by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy seeking a SIT probe into the death of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor's wife Sunanda Pushkar. A bench of Justices Arun Mishra and AM Khanwilkar issued a notice to the police on Swamy's plea, leaving open the question of maintainability of the petition.




  • Australian Deputy Prime Minister and National Party leader, Barnaby Joyce today said he will step down on Monday.Announcing his decision, Joyce said at a press conference in Armidale he will resign as Deputy Prime Minister but will remain in parliament.


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