Top stories of February 22, 2019.
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear on Friday a PIL seeking a direction to authorities to protect Kashmiri students who are allegedly being attacked across the country in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror strike. Today is the second day of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 2-day South Korea visit. Amid the spiraling speculation over the boycott of the India vs Pakistan ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, the CoA, comprising Chairman Vinod Rai and former women's captain Diana Edulji, will be meeting in Delhi on Friday. Google Doodle celebrates Steve Irvin's 57th birthday.
Jammu-Srinagar NH remains closed for third day, 1700 vehicles stranded
More than 1,700 vehicles are stranded as the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway remained closed for the third consecutive day Friday due to landslides triggered by heavy rains in the Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir. Five landslides triggered by rains struck the strategic 270-km highway at Khuni Nallah, Panthiyal, Digdole, Battery Cheshma and Maroog, blocking the only all-weather road linking Kashmir with rest of the country. The vehicles are stranded on the highway in Ramban, Udhampur, Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts, they said. Officials said road clearance operations are going on full swing.
Telangana Government announces ex-gratia of Rs 25 lakh each for the CRPF soldiers who lost their lives in the Pulwama terror attack on February 14.
Tejashwi Yadav, RJD: Cricketers play with sportsman spirit. We strongly condemn Pulwama attack & we want a reply to be given, but it's not right if the countries can't play together because of it.
Manish Tewari, Congress: Till the time, terrorist organisations and their bosses who are sitting in Pakistan encourage terrorist activities in India, cricket should not be played with Pakistan.
Himachal Pradesh avalanche update
Rescue operations likely to start shortly today. Army, ITBP and BRO personnel on the spot. Snow and rain still hampering efforts. Fresh 10 Inch snow cover over the slope.
Supreme Court says 'appointments of High Court judges are being speedily cleared by the government, only 27 recommendations for appointment of HC judges are pending with the Centre and the Collegium is yet to decide on 70-80 proposals.'
Operation to rescue 5 Army personnel trapped in snow avalanche at Namgya in Kinnaur district has been resumed. Over 200 persons of Army, ITBP, local police and District Disaster Management are deployed in the rescue operation.
#WATCH Shashi Tharoor says, "In '1999 Kargil War, India played Pakistan in the cricket World Cup, & won. To forfeit the match this year would not just cost two points: it would be worse than a surrender, since it would be defeat without a fight." pic.twitter.com/yRIExUVJ4c
— ANI (@ANI) February 22, 2019
Man found dead in Uttar Pradesh's Shamli district
A 23-year-old man, who was missing for the past four days, was found dead at Hathi Karonda village in Uttar Pradesh's Shamli district, the police said on Friday. The deceased, Deepak, went missing on February 18 and his body was found in the village on Thursday evening, Station House Officer Kapil Gotem said. The police have registered a case against four people, including a woman, and a search was launched to nab the suspects, he said.
Avalanche hits Kashmir's Gurez sector
An avalanche hit a village in Gurez sector of Kashmir's Bandipora district, officials said on Friday. There were no reports of loss of life. "A snow avalanche hit village Khandiyal in Gurez last night (Thursday)," officials of the Disaster Management Department said. They said many houses were damaged due to the avalanche. "However, no deaths or injuries to anyone have been reported," the officials said
Import of goods has stopped from Attari-Wagah border following the Pulwama terrorist attack. A trader Rajdeep Uppal says, 'All trade organisations support the government's decision. We are surprised to know that land trade routes in Kashmir are still open, making the ban ineffective."
Chandra Shekhar, an RJD MLA from Madhepura Sadar, Bihar was apprehended at Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) airport on February 20 on charges of carrying ten bullets in his luggage.
Telangana: Narcotics Control Bureau, Hyderabad Sub-Zone intercepted a truck near Bilal Idgah crossing in Rajendernagar, Ranga Reddy district on February 20th and seized 1020 kgs of Cannabis. The truck driver has been arrested
Delhi: Major pollutants PM 2.5 at 93 and PM 10 at 198, in 'Good' and 'Moderate' categories respectively in Lodhi Road area, according to the Air Quality Index (AQI) data.
Not sure if North Korea intends to denuclearise: US officials.
Meerut: 2 Unidentified assailants looted gold with the value of Rs 3 Crore (approximately) from Manappuram Gold Finance company in Lalkurti police station limits yesterday. Police is on the lookout for the accused. Further investigation is underway.
Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa 2 seems to have landed successfully on a distant asteroid, says space agency (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency): AFP.