India: Army officer shoots himself dead in J-K

Srinagar, Jan 18 (PTI) An Army officer allegedly shot himself dead at a forward post in Tangdhar sector along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on Monday.

The deceased has been identified as Major Fayazullah Khan, a company commander of 6 Jammu and Kashmir Rifles, they said.

The officials said the reason behind the officer taking such an extreme step was not immediately known.

India: NGT to take cognizance of ammonia gas leak incident at IFFCO plant in UP

New Delhi, Jan 17 (PTI) The National Green Tribunal is scheduled to take cognizance of the ammonia gas leak incident at IFFCO plant at Phulpur near Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh on Monday.

A bench comprising NGT chairperson Justice A K Goel and Justice Sheo Kumar Singh had taken note of a Hindi newspaper report dated December 24, 2020.

India: Global TOTAL acquires 20 pc stake in Adani Green Energy

New Delhi, Jan 18 (PTI) Adani Group on Monday said global energy major TOTAL has acquired a 20 per cent equity stake in Adani Green Energy Ltd.

The purchase of 20 per cent minority interest by TOTAL was done "via the acquisition of shares held by the Adani Promoter Group in Adani Green Energy Limited (AGEL)," a statement by Adani Group said.

India: FIR against Tandav director for depicting Hindu gods in objectionable manner

Lucknow Jan 18 (PTI) An FIR has been lodged here against the makers of web series 'Tandav' and Amazon's India head of original content for allegedly depicting Hindu gods in a manner hurtful to religious sentiments of the people.

The FIR against Aparna Purohit, the head of Amazon's India head of original content, director of the series Ali Abbas, producer Himanshu Krishna Mehra, writer Gaurav Solanki, and an unknown person was lodged late on Sunday night by senior Sub Inspector Amar Nath Yadav at the Hazratganj Kotwali police station here.

India: Interfaith marriage triggers row in Rajasthan

Bikaner, Jan 17 (PTI) An interfaith marriage here has led the Hindu woman's family to allege the alliance to be a case of love jihad, prompting a Union minister to demand a law in Rajasthan against the alleged practice of marriage for religious conversion.

Union Minister of State for Agriculture Kailash Chaudhary demanded the law in the state despite the girl in a video statement on social media and to the police asserting that she married on her own accord and police too rejecting the allegation.

India: Tripura Congress chief attacked by 'BJP workers'

Agartala, Jan 17 (PTI) Tripura Congress chief Pijush Kanti Biswas on Sunday alleged he was attacked by "BJP workers" in Sipahijala district, a charge denied by the ruling party.

The Congress called a state-wide dawn-to-dusk bandh in protest against the alleged attempt on the life of the party's state chief.

Biswas said the incident took place in Bishalgarh when he went there to attend a meeting in the morning.

India: Health services crippled in UP: Akhilesh Yadav

Lucknow, Jan 17 (PTI) Samajwadi Chief Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday claimed that the health services in Uttar Pradesh have crippled and the treatment of the poor has become expensive.

The former chief minister also said to ensure that people have faith in the coronavirus vaccine, there should be transparency in the vaccination process and shortcomings should be removed.

India: Farmers will not be cowed down by NIA notices

New Delhi, Jan 17 (PTI) The Congress alleged on Sunday that probe agencies such as the NIA have become puppets in the hands of the government and are now being used against farmers, who will not be cowed down by their notices

Congress's chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala questioned the government's intention behind sending notices to farmers from agencies meant to probe terrorists, after it attempted to dub them as separatists, Naxals, terrorists and agents of China and Pakistan

India: Anti-national powers backing farmers claims BJP MP

Ballia, Jan 17 (PTI) BJP MP Virendra Singh Mast here on Sunday said anti-national powers are backing the farmers protesting against the Centre's farm laws and their agitation does not represent the entire farming community of the country.

The Ballia MP also accused farmers of not having faith in the judiciary and the executive.

India: Covid shot: FIR after misleading pamphlets appear

Bareilly (UP), Jan 17 (PTI) A spate of pamphlets urging people of a particular community against taking anti-Covid vaccine shots and spreading rumours about their ingredients surfaced in the city here on Sunday, prompting police to lodge an FIR against unknown miscreants.

The pamphlets, found in posh Rajendra Nagar locality here, appealed to a particular community to avoid taking the vaccines, SP (City) Ravindra Singh said.

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