LIVE: Delhi cops blame three for toolkit, say Disha Ravi sent it to Greta

Climate activist Disha Ravi | Photo: Twitter/@Disha__Ravi
Latest live news updates: The Delhi Police on Monday alleged that climate activist Disha Ravi along with two other suspects Nikita Jacob and Shantanu created the "toolkit" document related to the farmers' protest and shared in on social media. The police claimed Disha, who was arrested by the force on Saturday from Bengaluru, sent the "toolkit" to teen climate activist Greta Thunberg via Telegram app.
Addressing a press conference, Joint Commissioner of Police (Cyber) Prem Nath claimed that Disha deleted a WhatsApp group she created to spread the "toolkit". The Delhi Police earlier said non-bailable warrants have been issued against Jacob and Shantanu for allegedly sharing the "toolkit" on social media.

Meanwhile, three more bodies were recovered on Monday from the flood-ravaged Tapovan tunnel, taking the toll in the glacial disaster in Uttarakhand to 54. The bodies were recovered this morning from the Adit tunnel at the NTPC's Tapovan-Vishnugad project site.


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Disha Ravi arrest : BJP says oppn stands with 'anti-India' forces in its attack on Modi

Hitting back at the opposition for its criticism of the government over the arrest of climate activist Disha Ravi, the BJP on Monday said these parties, especially the Congress, have always stood with "anti-India" forces in their bid to attack Prime Minister Narendra Modi, according to PTI. BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra cited the Delhi Police press conference to allege that Ravi's arrest has totally exposed the ""nefarious conspiracies of the break India forces" to demean the integrity of India.


With critics citingRavi's young age besides her background of environmental activism to slam her arrest, BJP leaders, including party general secretary B L Santhosh, wondered if these were credentials for becoming a part of "breaking India forces". "21 year old, environment activist, student... Are these credentials for becoming a part of breaking India forces? How does she get the access for editing toolkit? Why she is part of anti-national WhatsApp groups? Many questions but only one answer: 21 year old," Santhosh tweeted.


"Bengaluru, Greta Thunberg, Vegan, sole bread winner, student, 21 year old, passionate activist. so many attempts to white wash a sin! Not one anarchist ready to answer the question. How 21 year old student got access to edit Toolkit," he added. In a series of tweets, Santhosh also said, "as the the great drama of Toolkit unfolds many anarchists who are rallying behind Disha Ravi as 21 year old, sole bread winner, daughter of single mother, climate change activist will run for cover. WhatsApp groups, editing option, conversations will unravel many a characters".

Earthquake of magnitude 3.5 hits Nalanda, Bihar

An earthquake of magnitude 3.5, occurred 20 km north-west of Nalanda, Bihar at 9:23 pm today: National Center for Seismology

Inflation on rise but sugarcane rates stagnant; UP govt owes Rs 12k cr to farmers: Tikait

Prices of fuel and fertilizers have gone up but the procurement rate of sugarcane in Uttar Pradesh has remained stagnant for the last four years, BKU leader Rakesh Tikait said on Monday, claiming farmers' cane dues worth Rs 12,000 crore are pending in the state, according to PTI. Thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana, UP, Rajasthan and other places are camping at Delhi's border points of Ghazipur, Singhu and Tikri since November demanding that the Centre rescind the three contentious laws enacted in September and make a new one guaranteeing them Minimum Support Price (MSP).


The Sugarcane Institute in Shahjahanpur had decided a rate of Rs 287 per quintal for sugarcane in 2019-20 and then put it at Rs 297 for 2020-21 but the farmers are not getting even these rates. The government is not implementing the rates suggested by the institute also, Tikait was quoted as saying in a BKU statement. Sugarcane farmers' dues worth Rs 12,000 crore are pending today. But the farmers are not getting due rates and then whatever rate they get, the payment on that also remains pending, the 51-year-old Tikait said, as per PTI.

TRP case: Ex-BARC CEO directly involved, rigged entire system, HC told

Former Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) CEO Partho Dasgupta rigged the "entire" TRP system for news channels and also discussed issues of national security with "a certain owner cum news anchor" on Whatsapp, the Mumbai Police told the Bombay High Court on Monday, according to PTI. Special public prosecutor Shishir Hiray told a single-judge bench presided over by Justice PD Naik that Dasgupta was directly involved in manipulating Television Rating Points (TRPs) with the help of other accused persons.
 
 
As per PTI copy, Hiray, who was opposing Dasgupta's bail plea in the HC, said the crime branch of the Mumbai police had accessed, among other things, Dasgupta's WhatsApp chats with a "certain owner and anchor of a TV channel" where in he discussed manipulating the TRPs. Hiray said the two also discussed issues concerning national security. "They tried to manipulate the entire system of TRPs. There are chats regarding the security of the nation," Hiray said.
 
 
The purported chats between Dasgupta and Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami, who is also an accused in the TRP scam case, on the 2019 Pulwama attack are a part of the chargesheet filed by the police in the case.

Mamata Banerjee launched 'Maa Kitchen' to provide nutritious meal at Rs 5 in Bengal

NTPC speeds up compensation process for deceased of Tapovan project

NTPC on Monday said it has sped up the procedure to pay compensation to the families of workers who died in the Tapovan tragedy. NTPC's 520 mega watt (MW) under-construction Tapovan Vishnugad Hydro Project, located in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand was largely affected on February 7, 2021, due to flash floods caused by an unprecedented snowfall that triggered an avalanche, the company said, according to PTI.


While NTPC is extending a compensation of Rs 20 lakh to the immediate family of the contract labourers of the agency engaged in construction of the NTPC project, the state government and the Centre have separately announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh and Rs 2 lakh, respectively. "NTPC Ltd has fast tracked all modalities and procedures required for distribution of compensation to the immediate families of those who lost their lives in the natural disaster that struck Tapovan project," the company said in a statement, as PTI.


Further, compensation against PF and Employees' Compensation Act covered under statutory provisions of the workers in the range of Rs 5 lakh to Rs 15 lakh will also be made available, NTPC said.

Modi to address webinar on effective implementation of Budget 2021 in infra sector tomorrow: PMO

Avian flu: 17,000 poultry birds to be culled in Tapi district

Samples of poultry birds in Gujarat's Tapi district have tested positive for avian influenza following which the authorities have decided to cull around 17,000 birds as a precautionary measure, an official said on Monday.
 
The samples were collected from two poultry farms in Uchchhal taluka of Tapi located adjoining Navapur in Maharashtra's Nandurbar district from where bird flu cases have been reported, said Deputy Director of Animal Husbandry Department of Tapi, Dr Akshay Shah.
 
These samples were sent to a laboratory in Bhopal and they have tested tested positive for bird flu, Shah. The farms in Uchchhal from where the samples have tested positive are located within 1 km radius of four farms in Navapur from where avian influenza cases have been reported earlier, Shah said.

Air quality 'very poor' across Ghaziabad, Noida, Faridabad, Gurgaon

The average air quality in Ghaziabad, Noida, Greater Noida, Fridabad and Gurgaon was in the very poor category, which upon prolonged exposure may cause respiratory illness among people, according to data issued by a government agency on Monday.
 
Pollutants PM 2.5 and PM 10 also remained in the air of the five immediate neighbours of Delhi, according to the air quality index (AQI) maintained by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).
 
An AQI between zero and 50 is considered 'good', 51 and 100 'satisfactory', 101 and 200 'moderate', 201 and 300 'poor', 301 and 400 'very poor', and 401 and 500 'severe'. The average 24-hour AQI at 4 pm on Monday was 369 in Ghaziabad, 368 in Noida, 349 in Greater Noida, 353 in Faridabad and 306 in Gurgaon, according to CPCB's Sameer app.

January trade deficit narrows to $14.54 bn, exports rise 6.2% to $27.4 bn

The country's exports grew by 6.16 per cent to $27.45 billion in January, according to data by the commerce ministry.
 
Imports too grew by 2 per cent to about $42 billion, leaving a trade deficit of $14.54 billion during the month under review, the data showed. Exports during April-January this fiscal dipped by 13.58 per cent to $228.25 billion, while imports declined by 25.92 per cent to $300.26 billion.

Haryana Congress leader urges party workers to strengthen farmers' agitation

In remarks that are likely to stoke controversy, Haryana Congress leader Vidya Rani on Monday urged party workers to strengthen the farmers' agitation and said they can contribute "be it money, vegetables, liquor". Speaking at Congress executive meeting in Jind, Vidya Devi said that Congress was facing an existential crisis in the state after Lok Sabha and assembly elections but the protest by farmers had helped revive the party.
 
"We will take out a 'padyatra' in Jind. Congress was facing a crisis in the state but the farmers' protest has helped strengthen the party. Farmers protest will give new direction and strength to Congress," she said.
 
Vidya Devi said farmers agitation had suffered a setback after incidents of January 26 in Delhi but it has revived itself.

After Disha Ravi, Delhi Police on lookout for two more activists in toolkit case

Non-bailable warrants have been issued against a Mumbai lawyer and a Pune engineer for allegedly creating a protest toolkit backing the farmers' agitation along with arrested climate activist Disha Ravi and collaborating with pro-Khalistani elements, Delhi Police officials said on Monday.
 
Lawyer Nikita Jacob and engineer Shantanu, who are absconding, also attended a Zoom meeting organised by 'pro-Khalistani' group Poetic Justice Foundation, Joint Commissioner of Police (Cyber) Prem Nath said at a press conference, according to Press Trust of India.
 
The three had created the toolkit and sent it to others, officials said as a fierce political debate broke out between the opposition and the ruling BJP over the action against 21-year-old Ravi in the case related to the toolkit Google doc that came to light when it was shared by global climate campaigner Greta Thunberg.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal to address a Kisan Mahapanchayat in support of farmers' protest in Meerut on Feb 28

Delhi CM and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal to address a Kisan Mahapanchayat to be held in support of farmers' protest in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh on February 28: ANI

SC panel on farm laws holds consultations with agri-professionals, academicians

The Supreme Court-appointed committee on the new farm laws on Monday said it held consultations with eminent academicians and agri-professionals on the legislations against which farmers have been protesting at Delhi's borders for over two months now. This is the seventh meeting the panel has held so far. The three-member committee is holding consultations with stakeholders both online and in person.
 
In a statement, the committee said it held a detailed discussion with academicians and professionals on Monday through video conferencing.
 
"In total, 7 eminent academicians and professionals in the field participated through video conferencing for detailed deliberations with the committee members," it said. The committee members requested the participants to give their views on the three farm laws. "All the participating professionals and academicians gave their detailed views and suggestions...," the statement said.

With an eye on polls, Mamata launches scheme to offer meal to poor at Rs 5

Ahead of the assembly election in the state, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday virtually launched the 'Maa' scheme under which her government would provide a meal at a nominal cost of Rs 5 to poor people.
 
They will get a platter of rice, dal, a vegetable and egg curry for Rs 5, she said adding that the state government will bear a subsidy of Rs 15 per plate.
 
Self-help groups will operate the kitchens from 1 pm to 3 pm every day and such kitchens will be set up everywhere in the state gradually, Banerjee said. READ ON...

 

Nikita, Shantanu created 'toolkit'; Disha sent it to Greta Thunberg via Telegram app: Delhi Police

The Delhi Police on Monday alleged that climate activist Disha Ravi along with two other suspects Nikita Jacob and Shantanu created the "toolkit" document related to the farmers' protest and shared in on social media, according to a PTI report. The police claimed Disha, who was arrested by the force on Saturday from Bengaluru, sent the "toolkit" to teen climate activist Greta Thunberg via Telegram app.
 
Addressing a press conference, Joint Commissioner of Police (Cyber) Prem Nath claimed that Disha deleted a WhatsApp group she created to spread the "toolkit". The Delhi Police earlier said non-bailable warrants have been issued against Jacob and Shantanu for allegedly sharing the "toolkit" on social media.
 
Nath claimed that Nikita and Shantanu attended a zoom meeting organised by 'pro-khalistani' group Poetic Justice Foundation (PJF) and added that Jacob was also one of the editors of "toolkit" document.

Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee launches scheme to provide meal at Rs 5 to poor people

Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee launches scheme to provide meal at Rs 5 to poor people

SDRF puts an alarm system to detect rise in the level of water in Uttarakhand's Chamoli

Allocation to the health sector for 2020-21 is 1.8% of GDP: Union Health Ministry


Nikita Jacob was one of the editors of 'toolkit' document, says Delhi Police at press conference

Nikita Jacob was one of the editors of 'toolkit' document, says Delhi Police at press conference

Toolkit case: Nikita and Shantanu attended a zoom meeting organised by 'pro-khalistani' group PFJ, says Police

Toolkit case: Nikita and Shantanu attended a zoom meeting organised by 'pro-khalistani' group PFJ, says Delhi Police

Disha deleted WhatsApp group which she created to spread the 'toolkit': Delhi Police

Disha deleted WhatsApp group which she created to spread the 'toolkit': PTI quoted Delhi Police as saying.

Press briefing by Union Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Union Budget 2021

WPI inflation up 2.03% on factory goods and fuel, room for rate cut shrinks

Unlike its retail price counterpart, the wholesale price index (WPI)-based inflation rate rose to 2.03 per cent in January from 1.22 per cent in the previous month as fuel and non-food manufactured products faced price pressures. Economists feel there is no further room for rate cuts by the monetary policy committee of the Reserve Bank of India in the current cycle.
 
The consumer price index (CPI)-based inflation rate, on the other hand, fell to a 16-month low of 4.06 per cent from 4.59 per cent over this period. While the directions of CPI and WPI inflation rates look divergent, a deeper analysis showed that items within each of them moved more or less in tandem.
 
The WPI inflation rose because it consists of mainly manufactured items which have a weight 64.23 per cent. Besides, fuel and power have 13.15 per cent weight. Both these categories surged in inflation or decreased in the deflation rates. Core inflation rate (that on manufactured items sans processed food products) rose to a 27-month high 5.1 per cent in January. READ ON...

Uttarakhand glacier burst death toll increases to 54

Chamoli Police recovered three more bodies from the Tapovan tunnel on Monday, taking the death toll due to the Uttarakhand glacier burst to 54.
 
"Today, three more bodies have been recovered from the Tapovan tunnel. Till now, from a total of 54 dead bodies and 22 human organs, we have identified 29 bodies and one organ. The DNAs of unidentified bodies have been conserved," informed the Chamoli police in a tweet on Monday. Missing reports of 179 people have been filed till now in the Joshimath police station. Relief and rescue operations are still underway.
 
"A total of 8 bodies have been recovered from here (Tapovan tunnel) so far. Operation is still underway, we are working 24/7. 7 bodies have been recovered in Raini, so a total of 15 bodies have been recovered from the two work sites," National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) Deputy Commandant Aditya Pratap Singh told ANI.

Rs 50,000 crore over 5 years allocated for National Research Foundation: Health Minister

Rs 50,000 crore over 5 years allocated for National Research Foundation. A Deep Ocean Mission to be launched with a budget outlay of more than Rs 4,000 crore. For better synergies among R&D institutions, umbrella structures to be set up in nine cities: Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan

Toolkit case: Activists, environmentalists demand release of Disha Ravi

Social activists and environmentalists called for immediate release of climate activist Disha Ravi who was arrested in the 'toolkit' document case, asking the government to stop targeting India's youth.
 
Ravi (22) was arrested on Saturday from Bengaluru for allegedly sharing with Greta Thunberg the toolkit related to the farmer's protest against the Centre's three new agriculture laws, police said.
 
The Delhi Police claimed that Ravi was an editor of the "toolkit Google doc" and "key conspirator" in the document's formulation and dissemination. Activists and environmentalists have condemned the arrest. READ ON...

Toolkit document case: Nikita Jacob moves HC for transit bail

Advocate Nikita Jacob, accused in a case registered by Delhi police in connection with the "toolkit" shared by climate activist Greta Thunberg over farmers' protest, approached the Bombay High Court on Monday seeking transit anticipatory bail.
 
A Delhi court has issued a non-bailable warrant against Jacob and another accused in the case.
 
Jacob's plea seeking urgent hearing was mentioned before the Bombay High Court's single bench of Justice P D Naik on Monday. The high court said it would hear the plea on Tuesday.

Uttarakhand calamity: Three more bodies recovered, toll climbs to 53

Three more bodies were recovered on Monday from the flood-ravaged Tapovan tunnel, taking the toll in the glacial disaster in Uttarakhand to 53. The bodies were recovered this morning from the Adit tunnel at the NTPC's Tapovan-Vishnugad project site, Chamoli District Magistrate, Swati S Bhadauria, told PTI.
 
Rescue efforts are now underway at the Silt Flushing Tunnel (SFT) only with the help of excavators as a camera or apipe cannot be inserted due to mounds of sludge and water choking it, the district magistrate said.
 
The SFT at Tapovan where drilling was completed on Saturday night in the hope of inserting a camera to locate those believed to be trapped inside is also badly choked with slush and water, she said. Rescue or recovery is possible only with the help of excavators now, she said.

ED arrests Sachin Joshi in money laundering probe

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has arrested Sachin Joshi, son of Gutkha baron Jagdish Joshi after questioning him for several hours in connection with a money laundering probe. The arrest was made on Sunday night.
 
ED officials related to the probe told IANS that Joshi was arrested after seven hours of questioning. He said that he will be produced in a local court. The official said he was arrested in connection with a money laundering probe involving Omkar Group. His arrest comes after the Income Tax department sleuths completed searches at his residential and office premises.

SC notice to Centre, WhatsApp on plea over lower privacy standards for Indians users

The Supreme Court Monday asked the Centre and WhatsApp to reply to a fresh plea alleging lower standards of privacy for Indians in comparison to European users saying it is the duty of the judiciary to protect citizens' privacy. People have grave apprehensions that they will lose their privacy and it is our duty to protect them, the top court said.
 
"You may be two or three trillion companies but people value their privacy more than money," a bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde told WhatsApp even as it sought to argue that Europe has special data protection laws which India doesn't.
 
The apex court issued notice to the government and the Facebook-owned app on an interim application filed by Karmanya Singh Sareen in a pending petition of 2017. Senior advocate Shyam Divan, appearing for the petitioner, argued that the messaging app was applying lower standards of privacy for Indians and they be barred from sharing data with Facebook.

Citizens gagged, can we call ourselves largest democracy: Robert Vadra

Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra on Monday condemned the arrest of a 21-year-old climate activist from Bengaluru, Disha Ravi, over the "toolkit" controversy related to farmers' protest on social media and said that 'how can we call ourselves, the largest democracy... if arrests occur on a girl'.
 
"I do condemn the arrest of Disha Ravi, a 21-year-old Indian girl, a climate activist, who stood with the protesting Indian farmers and voiced her opinion for their needs and demands",wrote Vadra on his Facebook account. Read on...

SC notice to Centre, WhatsApp on plea alleging low privacy standards

The Supreme Court on Monday sought responses from the Centre and WhatsApp within four weeks on a fresh plea alleging lower standards of privacy for Indians in comparison to European users of the messaging app.
 
The top court said that people have grave apprehensions that they will lose their privacy, and it is our duty to protect them. Read on...

Transit bail application filed by Nikita Jacob in Bombay HC against non-bailable warrant issued against her

Transit bail application filed by Nikita Jacob in Bombay High Court against the non-bailable warrant issued against her. Matter to be heard tomorrow.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath inaugurates 'Abhyudaya' scheme

Abhyudaya Yojana  is a 'path pradarshak' for holistic development. When about 30,000 competitive exam prospects were stuck in Kota and Prayagraj due to Covid, we decided to have similar coaching facilities in the state: CM Yogi Adityanath at inauguration via video conference

SC issues notices to Centre, WhatsApp on plea alleging lower standards of privacy for Indians

SC issues notices to Centre, WhatsApp on plea alleging lower standards of privacy for Indians in comparison to European users

Europe has special law on privacy, will also follow if India has similar statute:WhatsApp tells SC

People value their privacy more than the value of company which might be in trillions: SC to WhatsApp
People have grave apprehension that they will lose their privacy, and it is our duty to protect them.

Uttarakhand flood: A total of 8 bodies have been recovered from here (Tapovan tunnel) so far

Delhi University reopens four more libraries for research scholars, faculty members

Delhi University reopens four more libraries for research scholars, faculty members

Tamil Nadu: Death toll rises to 20 in fire incident that took place in Virudhunagar factory on Feb 12

Death toll rises to 20 in fire incident that took place in Virudhunagar firecracker factory on Feb 12
 
PM & CM announced ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh & Rs 3 lakh each respectively to kin of deceased; Rs 50,000 & Rs 1 lakh each respectively for critically injured.

Market update: Sensex soars 524.61 points, currently at 52,068.91

Sensex soars 524.61 points, currently at 52,068.91. Nifty up by 138.80 points, currently at 15,302.10.

Uttarakhand flood: Rescue operation underway at Tapovan Tunnel in Joshimath, Chamoli

A total of 53 bodies recovered so far; rescue operation underway at Tapovan Tunnel in Joshimath, Chamoli: State Disaster Response Force (SDRF)

Maharashtra: 15 people died, two injured after a vehicle overturns in Yawal taluka of Jalgaon dist last night

Maharashtra: 15 people died, two injured after a vehicle overturns in Yawal taluka of Jalgaon dist last night. More details awaited.

Himachal Pradesh: Locals celebrated Snow Festival at Sagnam village in Lahaul Spiti district


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