LIVE! Netanyahu meets biz leaders, will pay tributes to 26/11 victims in Mumbai

10:35  UPDATE: Netanyahu meets biz leaders, will pay tributes to 26/11 victims in Mumbai:  

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will have a packed schedule during the Mumbai leg of his visit today. He started off the day with a breakfast with business leaders, which will be followed with tributes to Mumbai terror attack victims and then a ‘Shalom Bollywood’ event among other engagements.

Netanyahu landed at the airport on Wednesday night for the Mumbai leg of his six-day India visit.

Netanyahu’s ‘power breakfast’ has select business personalities such as Anand Mahindra, Ajay Piramal, Adi Godrej, and Chanda Kochhar.

He will later address the India-Israel Business Summit at the iconic Taj Hotel in South Mumbai. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will also attend the summit, sources here said.

There may be a one-on-one meeting between Fadnavis and Netanyahu, after which the chief minister will host a lunch for the Israeli premier and his delegation, they said.

This will be followed by a wreath-laying ceremony for 26/11 Mumbai terror attack victims.

Netanyahu will then proceed to the nearby Nariman House, where he will meet 11-year-old Moshe Holtzberg.

Netanyahu will later meet around 30 members of the Jewish community at the Taj Hotel.

Netanyahu will cap his hectic schedule by attending the ‘Shalom Bollywood’ event, also at the Taj Hotel.

10:24  Designers to auction black Golden Globes dresses for #TimesUp:  

A number of black dresses and tuxedos worn at this year’s Golden Globes will be going up for auction and all the proceeds will benefit the Time’s Up Legal Defence Fund, which helps people combat sexual harassment and gender inequality.

American Mass Media Company Conde Nast is partnering with Time’s Up and eBay to auction dresses worn by celebrities at the 2018 Golden Globes, reports E! Online.

From January 19 to 26, shoppers can visit to bid on gowns worn by Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Gal Gadot, Elizabeth Moss, Emma Watson, Viola Davis, Salma Hayek and more.

People can also bid on the tuxedos worn by Jude Law, Neil Patrick Harris, Hugh Jackman and Daniel Kaluuya.

All the dresses are being donated by the fashion designers who created them, including Giorgio Armani, Prabal Gurung and Brandon Maxwell.


10:15  15 trains cancelled, 39 delayed as cold wave intensifies in north:  As many as 39 trains were delayed, 15 cancelled and 11 rescheduled due to low visibility caused by the persisting cold wave in New Delhi.   

As per the meteorological department, the maximum temperature will be 25 degree Celsius, with lows of five degrees.   

Furthermore, a dense layer of fog is expected to be seen during the day. 

09:53  BSF jawan killed as Pakistan violates ceasefire:  

A  Border Security Force jawan was today killed as Pakistani troops opened fire and shelled Indian positions along the International Border in R S Pura sector of Jammu.

“BSF troops are giving a befitting reply,” Additional Deputy Commissioner of Jammu, Arun Manhas, said.

A BSF personnel died in the heavy shelling. He has been identified as head constable Suresh. He was a native of Tamil Nadu.

The firing and shelling on the Border Out Posts and civilian areas in RS Pura sector started at 2100 hours yesterday, a BSF official said.

Shells fired by Pakistan landed in Arnia belt and hit several villages as well.

“The district administration has asked all its officers to remain in a state of highest preparedness in view of continuous ceasefire violations by Pakistan,” he said. However, the villagers have not been evacuated so far, he said.


09:35  EC to announce schedule for Meghalaya, Tripura, Nagaland polls:  

The Election Commission will today announce the schedule for Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland assembly elections.  

The term of the Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura legislative assemblies is ending on March 6, March 13 and March 14 respectively.

The strength of the three assemblies is 60 members each.


09:14  Mevani urges Rohith Vemula’s mother to contest 2019 polls:  

Newly elected Independent MLA from Gujarat and Dailt leader, Jignesh Mevani said that the Narendra Modi government would pay a price for the atrocities reigned upon Dalits across the country.

Jignesh Mevani was in Hyderabad to attend the second death anniversary of Hyderabad Central University research scholar Rohith Vemula.

He met Manda Krishna Madiga, a Schedule Caste sub-caste community leader who was arrested by Telangana government and lodged in Chenchalguda jail and pledged him his moral support.

Jignesh Mevani also met Rohith Vemula’s mother Radhika Vemula and Dalit writer Kancha Illaiyah.

Mevani also announced that he along with Radhika Vemula, will campaign heavily in upcoming Karnataka elections and insure the defeat of Bharatiya Janata Party and Sangh Parivar.

In a tweet, Mevani urged Radhika to contest in 2019 elections and teach a lesson to ‘Manu-Smriti Irani’.

“I strongly appeal to our inspiration Radhika (amma) Vemula to contest in 2019 elections and teach a lesson to Manusmriti Irani in Parliament,” he wrote. 

08:50  4 judges want peace “plan” from chief justice, say sources:  

Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra will meet the four senior judges who took him on publicly, today as part of the efforts at ending a rift that could impact important cases. 

The meeting, which was initially slated for Wednesday morning, did not take place as Justice Jasti Chelameswar is unwell and could not attend court. 

Sources close to the rebel judges said Chief Justice Misra is aware of the issues. 

The dissenting judges, who demand a stronger institution, have said “something is happening and they are ready for a debate”, sources said. They also asserted that Chief Justice Misra has to come out with a plan solve this issue.

The four judges last week took the unusual step of addressing a press conference and voicing their concerns, warning that “without an independent judiciary, democracy will not survive”. Cases of “far reaching consequences”, they said, were being assigned inappropriately.

08:09  On February 10, Modi will be first PM to be in Palestine:  

After having hosted Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu, PM Modi will land in Ramallah on February 10 for what will be the first-ever visit by an Indian prime minister to Palestine.

Modi’s visit to Israel last year was also the first by an Indian PM and the one to Palestine follows the government’s decision to “de-hypenate” relations with the two entities as a departure from past practice of seeing visits to the region as balancing acts. While India and Palestine have been discussing the proposed visit for a while, this is the first confirmation of its date and it comes in the middle of Netanyahu’s visit to India.

The visit will be significant for India as the government believes it will help dispel the notion that there has been any change in its Palestine policy since Modi assumed office in 2014. 

India’s recent vote against the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in the UN was intended to iterate its longstanding diplomatic position.

While the modalities for the visit are still being worked out, government sources here said Modi was likely to travel to Ramallah in a chopper from Amman in Jordan. 

00:54  Large scale infiltration bid from across LoC could be made: Army chief:  
Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat today warned that a large scale infiltration bid from across the Line of Control could be made in the next few months.

The border is being kept ‘alive’ by the Pakistani troops to support infiltration, he said.

Addressing the geo-political conference ‘Raisina Dialogue’ in New Delhi, he said, “There are terrorist bases very much inside Pakistan and an attempt is being made to revive the insurgency in Kashmir because people do feel that there is some semblance of peace that is returning to the Valley.”

“Therefore, we visualise, large scale infiltration taking place in the next few months,” Gen Rawat said.

The Army chief also spoke about nuclear weapons and deterrence.

He made the remarks about nuclear weapons while responding to a question on the warning by the Pakistan Army against any ‘misadventure’.

Pakistan’s warning had come after Gen Rawat’s recent remark that his force was ready to call Islamabad’s ‘nuclear bluff’ and cross the border to carry out any operation if asked by the government.

Gen Rawat said nuclear arms are strategic weapons and to talk about their use in the conventional domain is not right.

The use of nuclear weapons is decided at the highest level of establishment, he said.

The Army chief said nuclear arms may be weapons of deterrence, but that does not mean that nations will not engage in combat.

He also talked about the threat of biological, chemical and nuclear weapons falling into the hands of terrorists, saying it was a challenge to keep these weapons of mass destructions in check.

This requires greater coordination among the international community, he said at the Raisina Dialogue, an event organised by the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) and the Ministry of External Affairs.

Gen Rawat asserted that, “As long as the Pakistani establishment and Pakistani forward posts along the LoC continue to support terrorists in carrying out actions against our forward defence troops, who are constantly required to monitor the LoC, we will have to continue taking action against these people.”  — PTI

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