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Delhi Police files 1,200-page charge sheet in 2016 JNU sedition case involving Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid

After nearly three years, the Delhi Police on Monday submitted a charge sheet in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) sedition case at the Patiala House Courts. The case pertains to raising of “objectionable” and “anti-India” slogans at an event on the campus against the hanging of Parliament attack mastermind Afzal Guru.

Tejaswi meets Mayawati, Akhilesh; says BJP will be ‘cleaned up’ from U.P., Bihar

After meeting Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati late on Sunday, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejaswi Yadav on Monday afternoon, met Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav at the latter’s residence.

Appointment of Nageswar Rao as interim Director of CBI challenged in SC

The appointment of M. Nageswar Rao as the interim Director of the CBI was challenged in the Supreme Court on Monday. The petition filed by NGO Common Cause sought a direction to quash the January 10 order by the Union government appointing Mr. Rao as the interim/acting Director.

Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul tender unconditional apology for sexist comments

Suspended cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul on Monday tendered “unconditional” apologies for their sexist comments during a TV chat show amid Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai saying that the BCCI should correct the two players, not end their careers.

U.P. police encounter deaths a serious issue, says Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Monday observed that a "very serious issue" had been raised in a petition seeking a CBI probe into ‘1,100 police encounters’ that occurred under the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh.

SC issues notice to Centre on plea challenging snoop order

The Supreme Court on Monday sought a response from the government to a batch of petitions seeking a declaration that the December 20 government notification listing 10 central agencies that can snoop on people is a violation of the fundamental right to privacy.

AAP MP Sanjay Singh moves Supreme Court seeking review of Rafale verdict

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) lawmaker Sanjay Singh on Monday moved the Supreme Court, seeking review of the verdict by which several pleas challenging the deal for procurement of Rafale fighter jets were dismissed.

Trump threatens Turkey with economic devastation if it attacks Syrian Kurd militia

President Donald Trump threatened Turkey with economic devastation if it attacks a U.S.-allied Kurdish militia in Syria, weakening the Turkish lira and prompting sharp criticism from Ankara on January 14.

‘Game of Thrones’ final season to premiere on April 14

Winter is coming to scorch the TV screens as Game of Thrones returns for one last time on April 14 with its eighth season. HBO on Monday announced the premiere date of the hit series last installment on its official Twitter account. The network also offered a 90 second-long “offical teaser,” captioned as: “April 14. #ForTheThrone.”

BSP-SP alliance in U.P: what does this development mean for the BJP and Congress

Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati and Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav announced their alliance in Uttar Pradesh for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, sharing 38 seats each out of the State’s 80 parliamentary constituencies. What does this mean for the Congress? And what will the BJP’s gameplan be? The Hindu‘s correspondents discuss

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