India celebrates 71st Republic Day

New Delhi, Jan 26 (PTI) The nation celebrated the 71st Republic Day on Sunday with a grand military parade and exhibition of its history, cultural diversity and strategic weaponry at the Rajpath

Brazilian President Jair Messias Bolsonaro was the chief guest for this year's ceremony which started with Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying tributes to martyrs at the National War Memorial

India, Brazil Sign 15 Pacts To Boost Mutual Cooperation

NEW DELHI, Jan 26 (NNN-XINHUA) – India and Brazil, on Saturday, inked 15 agreements, for boosting mutual cooperation on a wide range of areas, including cyber security, oil and natural gas, and health and medicine.

Other agreements covered cooperation in traditional systems of medicine and homeopathy, cultural exchange, social security, scientific and technological cooperation, geology and mineral resources, and animal husbandry and dairying, etc.

India: BJP's Kapil Mishra faces 48-hour campaigning ban following controversial tweets

New Delhi, Jan 25 (PTI) The Election Commission on Saturday imposed a 48-hour campaigning ban on BJP candidate from Delhi's Model Town constituency Kapil Mishra following his controversial tweets, poll panel officials said.

The ban order, signed by the Chef Election Commissioner and two fellow Election Commissioners, would come into force from 5 PM on Saturday, they said.

Indian Supreme Court refuses to entertain plea against imposition of NSA amid anti-CAA protests

New Delhi, Jan 24 (PTI) The Supreme Court Friday refused to entertain a plea challenging the imposition of National Security Act (NSA) in few states as also in the national capital amid anti-CAA protests.

A bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Indira Banerjee said that it cannot pass a blanket order with regard to the imposition of NSA and asked lawyer M L Sharma to withdraw the plea.

India: Political parties should not give tickets to candidates with criminal background: ECI to SC

New Delhi, Jan 24 (PTI) The EC told the Supreme Court Friday that the direction asking poll candidates to declare their criminal antecedents in the media has not helped curb criminalisation of politics, and said political parties should be asked not to give tickets to those with criminal background.

Despite the apex court's direction in 2018, the criminalisation of politics is going on and some alternate mechanism has to be found, the Election Commission (EC) said.

India: Freebies in limited doses good for economy: Kejriwal

New Delhi, Jan 24 (PTI) Under attack for doling out subsidies, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said freebies in limited dose are good for the economy as they make more money available to the poor and boosts demand.

Opposition parties have been attacking the AAP-led Delhi government for giving "freebies" ahead of polls after it announced schemes like free bus rides for women and 200 units of free electricity.

Brazilian Prez arrives on 4-day India visit

New Delhi, Jan 24 (PTI) Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro arrived here Friday on a four-day visit with an aim to further expand the already close strategic partnership with India.

Bolsonaro will be the chief guest at India's 71st Republic Day Parade on January 26, besides holding talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind.

India once again rejects US Pres Trump’s offer to mediate in Kashmir issue

NEW DELHI, Jan 24 (NNN-Xinhua) — India once again rejected U.S. President Donald Trump’s offer to mediate in the Kashmir issue, saying it had to be “bilaterally” resolved with Pakistan.

In a statement, Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Raveesh Kumar said that there was no role for any third party in this matter.

India: Delhi court directs police to file action taken report against police action on Jamia students

New Delhi, Jan 22 (PTI) A Delhi court Wednesday directed the police to file an action taken report on the plea of Jamia Millia Islamia University seeking registration of FIR against police action on students at the varsity last month.

Metropolitan Magistrate Rajat Goyal sought report from Delhi police by March 16.

JMIU students and locals had protested at Jamia Nagar in Delhi on December 15, 2019 against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

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