QUARANTINED INDIANS FROM CHINA DISCHARGED

ANM News Desk: All 248 people at an Army camp in Manesar and another batch of 100 at an ITBP facility in Delhi, quarantined after being evacuated from coronavirus-hit Wuhan earlier this month, were discharged on Tuesday.

The remaining people housed at the ITBP camp will be released by Wednesday.

Military sources said India will send a C-17 military aircraft to Wuhan on February 20 to evacuate more Indians from Wuhan. All released persons were advised to remain self isolated for the next 14 days at their respective places.

AADHAR IS NOT A DOCUMENT OF CITIZENSHIP: UIDAI

ANM News Desk: After confusion over UIDAI’s (Unique Identification Authority of India) letter to 127 persons in Hyderabad, asking them to provide documents to prove their Indian citizenship, the central agency has now brought the Telangana police into it. UIDAI said that letters were issued after the police approached the UIDAI’s Regional Office in Hyderabad, reportedly stating that the 127 persons have obtained Aadhaar on false pretences and that a preliminary investigation found that they were “illegal immigrants who were not qualified to obtain an Aadhaar number”.

FM SITHARAMAN TO HOLD MEETINGS REGARDING DISRUPTION OF TRADE DUE TO CHINA

ANM News Desk: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will be holding a high level meeting of Secretaries on Wednesday to discuss disruption in supply of raw materials from China after outbreak of Novel Coronavirus. On Tuesday, the Finance Minister held a meeting with Industry and other bodies to assess the impact of the outbreak and any disruptions posed by it to India’s trade.

The Minister stated that during the meeting, chemicals, pharma and solar equipment makers were very vocal about disruption in supply of raw materials from China.

The Finance Minister said, after the Secretary level meeting a discussion will be held with PMO and some response will be announced at the earliest. She added that it is too early to talk about impact of the virus outbreak on ‘Make in India’ initiative.  

3 TERRORISTS KILLED IN ENCOUNTER AT J&K

ANM News Desk: 3 terrorists have been killed during an encounter in a joint operation by the Army, CRPF and J&K Police in Tral of Pulwama district.

The terrorists  have been identified as Jangeer Rafiq Wani, Raja Umar Maqbool Bhat & Uzair Amin Bhat. All the terrorists reprotedly belong to the terror outfit ‘Ansar Ghazwa ul Hind’.

SC APPOINTS MEDIATOR FOR SHAHEEN BAGH

ANM News Desk: Supreme Court of India appoints Senior advocate Sanjay Hedge as a mediator for Shaheen Bagh.

Earlier, SC asked who can be appointed to go to persuade/talk to Citizenship Amendment Act protesters from Shaheen Bagh. Names of Senior Advocate Sanjay Hegde and Sadhana Ramachandran, came up during the hearing for being appointed as an interlocutor to talk to the protesters. SC has fixed the matter for further hearing on 24th February.

SC DIRECTS CENTRE TO GRANT PERMANENT COMMISSION TO WOMEN IN ARMY

ANM News Desk: The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Centre to grant permanent commission to all women officers who opt for it in the Army within three months. It said there will not be any bar on giving them command postings. A bench headed by Justice D Y Chandrachud rejected the Centre’s argument of physiological limitations and social norms for denying them permanent commission and command postings, saying it is disturbing. The Court also observed that women officers will be eligible for command posts and that barring women in the army from such posts was irrational and against the Right to Equality.

The bench said women officers in the past have brought laurels to the country and change of mindset is required on the part of the government to put an end to gender bias in armed forces.

ELDERLY MAN HAS CLOSE SHAVE AT MUMBAI STATION

By a Staff Reporter: A major accident at the Byculla station in Mumbai was prevented due to the alertness of an approaching train’s motorman.

An elderly person who did not pay attention to the local train which was closing in, was crossing the platform through the rail lines. Due to his old age, the man couldn’t hurry. However,after applying the emergency brake, the train stopped few meters away as the man had a close shave. Locals and guards standing helped pull the elderly man up on the platform.  

AIRTEL HURRIES TO PAY DUES FOLLOWING SC RULING

ANM News Desk: Telecom service major Bharti Airtel has paid Rs 10,000 crore to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) towards statutory dues. The hurried payment comes after Supreme Court pulled up telecom players for non-adherance to the apex court judgment of October 23, 2019. 

According to the assessment by the DoT, Airtel owes nearly Rs 35,586 crore, including licence fee and spectrum usage charge, to the government in adjusted gross revenue (AGR). 

The telecom department on February 14 began issuing orders asking firms such as Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea to clear past dues immediately. The DoT, has been under the spotlight of the Supreme Court for putting on hold recovery of dues from telecom companies.

PM MODI TO INAUGURATE CONVENTION ON CONSERVATION OF MIGRATORY BIRDS

ANM News Desk: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the 13th Conference of Parties of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals at Gandhinagar in Gujarat on Monday. The theme of the Conference is “Migratory species connect the planet and we welcome them home.”

The logo is inspired by ‘Kolam’, a traditional art form from southern India. In the logo, Kolam art form is used to depict key migratory species in India like Amur falcon, humpback whale and marine turtles. India has been designated the President for the next three years. India is a signatory to the Convention on Conservation of Migratory wild Animals since 1983.