News Updates

11 February - 17 February, 2019
  • India held Pakistan directly responsible for the worst-ever terrorist attack in J&K in which a suicide bomber belonging to terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) rammed an explosive-laden Scorpio SUV into a bus carrying CRPF personnel killing at least 37. The attack was carried out on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway at Lethpora in Avantipura area of Pulwama district of south Kashmir. (Times of India, 15 February 2019)
  • India says is in touch with Russia, Iran & Saudi on US-Taliban peace talks and situation in Afghanistan. Raveesh Kumar, MEA spokesperson said that, “India will continue to take all necessary steps to bring peace and stability in the region.” (Times of India, 15 February 2019)
  • Choose the date, place and time to retaliate: PM Modi tells forces after Pulwama attack. PM Modi said the Indian armed forces have been given free rein to retaliate against the perpetrators of the Pulwama attack. (India Today, 15 February 2019)
  • After Mamata Banerjee’s mega opposition rally, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) hosted anti-BJP parties in a show of strength ahead of the Lok Sabha election this summer. The AAP, led by Kejriwal, announced to host the “Remove Dictatorship, Save Democracy” rally in Delhi. (Hindustan Times, 13 February 2019)
  • The Congress said the Rafale deal is "unravelling" faster than the government thought, with issues such as "parallel negotiations" by the PMO and changes in the standard defence procurement procedure coming to the fore. The opposition party's protest came after media reports claimed that the deal between India and France involved "major and unprecedented" concessions from the Indian government, with critical provisions for anti-corruption penalties and making payments through an escrow account dropped days before the signing of the inter-governmental agreement (IGA). (Times of India, 11 February 2019)
04 February - 10 February, 2019
  • Anti-Modi posters emerged in Andhara Pradesh state ahead of Prime Minister Modi visit. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu called his ruling Telugu Desam Party workers to hold Gandhian protests ahead of Prime Minister Modi's visit to the Andhra Pradesh state after the ruling Telugu Desam Party severed ties with the NDA. None of the state ministers formally received the Prime Minister at Gannavaram airport. BJP leaders alleged that people were "thwarted," from reaching the venue in large numbers and said countdown would start for Naidu when Modi commences his rally. Posters with '#NoMoreModi #ModiIsAMistake', 'Modi Never Again', etc. were displayed across the state. The Congress too called for observance of black day on Sunday over Modi's failure to honour the promises made to Andhra Pradesh post-bifurcation, party sources said. (Outlook India, 09 February 2019)
  • Row on parallel Rafale talks rocks both the houses of Parliament. A fresh political firestorm broke out over a report that the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) had conducted parallel talks with the French government over the ₹59,000-crore Rafale jet fighter deal and had prompted the Union ministry of defence (MOD) to protest that the PMO was undermining India’s negotiating position. Opposition members shouted slogans demanding that Prime Minister Narendra Modi resign, ahead of 2019 general elections. (Hindustan Times, 08 February 2019)
  • India and Pakistan have much-awaited date for Kartarpur meeting. Both the sides agreed on finalizing the modalities for opening the Kartarpur corridor in a meeting to be held on 13th March. A Pakistani delegation will visit India on 13 March which will be followed by Indian delegation to Pakistan for the final draft agreement. (The Times of India, 07 February 2019)
  • Congress has put-up posters claiming the party president Rahul Gandhi will construct Ram temple in Ayodhya. The Congress party’s soft-Hindutva approach was seen before the assembly elections in November continues. Though, State Congress media cell coordinator Narendra Saluja said, "Congress does not believe in religion-based politics. This has not been done by the party, but our enthusiastic workers have installed the hoardings." (The Times of India, 07 February 2019)
  • Voter strength may go up by 15 lakh for upcoming Lok Sabha elections. the final list of voters to be released on February 22 is likely to have total number of 2.95 crore voters against the 2.80 crore during the recent Assembly elections. (The Hindu, 05 February 2019)
  • No encirclement by China, says Minister of State for External Affairs Gen (Retd.)V.K. Singh. The Minister rejected the idea of Chinese encirclement of India under the ‘string of pearls strategy’ by calling 2018 a landmark year in bilateral relationships where PM Modi decided to hold the Wuhan summit without any agenda. (The Hindu, 06 February 2019)
  • The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami unveils State’s Solar Energy Policy 2019. The plan proposes to generate 9,000 MW of power, net feed-in facility for low tension (LT) customers, and measures to create jobs in the solar energy sectors have also been identified.” The government plans to encourage farmers to use solar power. (The Hindu, 05 February 2019)