Here are the important news stories of the day

Two JeM terrorists shot dead in Pulwama encounter, four soldiers killed

Four days after the deadly attack that killed 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in Kashmir on February 14, an encounter broke out on Sunday night at Pinglena area of Pulwama and it is still on.  They are identified as Kamran, a Pakistani, and Hilal, a local. Their affiliations are being ascertained. Arms and ammunition recovered.

In ICJ, India calls for Kulbhushan Jadhav to be set free

Pakistan’s continued failure to “knowingly, wilfully and brazenly” provide Kulbhushan Jadhav consular access amounted to an “egregious” violation of the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Access, India has said in its opening arguments at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, as it also attacked the “farcical” military trial of Jadhav, who was found guilty and sentenced to death in 2017.

Pulwama terror attack: Pakistan recalls its India envoy for consultations

As India explores diplomatic options to pressurize Pakistan to act on terrorists on its soil, Islamabad on Monday summoned its envoy in India for consultations. “We have called back our High Commissioner in India for consultations. He left New Delhi this morning,” Dr. Mohammad Faisal, Spokesperson of Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a tweet.

SC sets aside NGT order allowing reopening of Sterlite plant in  Thoothukudi

In a victory to the Tamil Nadu government and protesters, the Supreme Court on Monday set aside the National Green Tribunal (NGT) decision to reopen the Sterlite copper plant at Thoothukudi. The plant had been ordered to be closed down by the Tamil Nadu government due to environmental pollution.

Congress workers’ murder: flash hartal catches Kerala unawares

An impromptu hartal called by the Kerala Youth Congress (KYC) early on Monday to protest the murder of two of their party members in Kasargode late on Sunday caught the citizenry unawares on the first working day of the week. The public mood was mostly one of antipathy to recurrent “flash strikes”, which invariably hit lakhs of people who commute to work.

Delhi HC dismisses plea of Manipur student activist booked for sedition

The Delhi High Court on Monday dismissed a Manipur student activist’s plea challenging his arrest and transit remand in New Delhi in a sedition case lodged against him for making remarks over the Citizenship Bill on social media.

Sex abuse survivors to meet with Vatican summit organizers

Organizers of Pope Francis’ summit on preventing clergy sex abuse will meet this week with a dozen survivor-activists who have come to Rome to protest the Catholic Church’s response to date and demand an end to decades of cover-up by church leaders.

Your reading list for the week

From Tell Her Everything by Mirza Waheed, Blue Eclipse and Other Stories by Kakanadan, here is a fresh list of books for you to dig into this week, along with our reviews. Happy Reading!

Highlights of West Indian Chris Gayle’s ODI career

Veteran West Indies batsman Chris Gayle announced on Sunday that he will retire from one-day international cricket after this year’s World Cup in England and Wales. The big-hitting 39-year-old opener, who has scored 9,727 runs in 284 ODIs, is set to play his first international since last July against England on Wednesday.

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