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BKU president Bhupinder Singh Mann recuses himself from Supreme Court panel on farm laws

Apart from Mr. Mann , Shetkari Sanghatana (Maharashtra) president Anil Ghanwat, International Food Policy Research Institute’s Pramod Kumar Joshi and agriculture economist Ashok Gulati were appointed on the panel.

Health Ministry reschedules Polio National Immunisation Day to January 31

“The decision is in keeping with the stated policy of the Health Ministry to ensure that COVID-19 health services and non-COVID-19 essential health services proceed in tandem without adversely impacting each other,” noted a Health Ministry release.

Government examining WhatsApp user policy changes amid privacy debate

Internal discussions are on within the IT Ministry over the implications of the recent move by the Facebook-owned messaging platform, sources said.

Befitting reply if any ‘superpower’ hurts national pride: Rajnath Singh

India never wanted conflict with any nation and preferred to maintain peace and friendly ties with its neighbours, says Mr. Singh.

PDP leader Naeem Akhtar found unconscious in sub-jail room in Srinagar, hospitalised

His family has accused the administration of “maltreatment” and “prolonged detention without any case”.

Nepal Foreign Minister embarks on three-day India visit

Mr. Gyawali is the senior-most political leader from Nepal to visit India after Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli triggered a border row in 2020 by publishing a new political map that showed the three Indian territories — Limpiyadhura, Kalapani and Lipulekh — as part of Nepal.

Biden hopes Senate will conduct Trump’s impeachment trial while working on other critical issues

The House voted 232 to 197 on January 13 to impeach Mr. Trump. Ten Republican lawmakers joined the Democrats to impeach Trump for “incitement of insurrection” exactly one week after rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol as the House certified Mr. Biden’s election victory, making him the first American president to be impeached twice.

Coronavirus | 13 WHO scientists arrive in Wuhan to probe COVID-19 origins; 2 barred after testing positive

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian defended the denial of permission to the two scientists saying that “relevant epidemic and control requirements and regulations will be strictly enforced”.

Google removes some personal loan apps from Store, warns others

Move follows reports over many such applications, who are not authorised lenders, targeting vulnerable borrowers to offer loans at very high interest rates and then using extreme measures for recovery of money.

‘No pride in banning Donald Trump’: Twitter CEO warns of dangerous precedent

According to Jack Dorsey, such bans point up Twitter’s “failure” to create an open and healthy space for what Mr. Dorsey calls the “global public conversation”.

India’s medium-term growth to slow to around 6.5% after initial rebound: Fitch

Fitch said India’s COVID-19-induced recession has been among the most severe in the world, amid a stringent lockdown and limited direct fiscal support.

I see only Ashwin getting to 800 wickets: Muralitharan

Muralitharan feels Nathan Lyon, who plays his 100th Test from January 15, “may be not good enough to reach that far”.

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