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Trump Says He Might Keep Others From Listening in on Calls

President Donald Trump has said that he might end the long-running practice of letting other administration officials listen in on presidential calls with foreign leaders.

That's after Trump's impeachment was triggered by his July phone call with the president of Ukraine.

“I may end the practice entirely,” Trump told Geraldo Rivera in a radio interview that aired Thursday, 13 February.

Records experts said that was a bad idea, for multiple reasons.

(Source: PTI)

US Attorney General Says Trump Tweets 'Make it Impossible' to do Job

US Attorney General Bill Barr has accused Donald Trump of hampering the work of the Justice Department, saying the president's tweets were making his job "impossible".

"I have a problem with some of the tweets," Barr said in an interview with ABC News, adding: "I cannot do my job here at the department with a constant background commentary that undercuts me." "I think it's time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases," he said.

(Source: AFP)

Home Minister Amit Shah Pays Homage to Pulwama Attack Martyrs

Amit Shah took to Twitter on Friday to pay homage to the martyrs of the Pulwama attack, a year after it happened.

“India will forever be grateful of our bravehearts and their families who made supreme sacrifice for the sovereignty and integrity of our motherland,” the home minister said.

Gunshots Fired in Thai Capital, No One Hurt

Police in Thailand say multiple gunshots have been fired into the air by a man in the middle of the capital Bangkok.

Emergency rescue services say no one has been hurt. Thai media report that police have cleared the area around the building where the man is, and family members are trying to convince him to surrender.

(Source: AFP)

SC Issues Notices of Contempt to Telcos on AGR Dues

The Supreme Court on Friday issued show cause notices of contempt to telecom companies, including Vodafone and Airtel, who have not paid the AGR dues. The top court has also summoned top officials of the companies.

Bombay HC Rejects Pre-Arrest Bail Pleas of Navlakha, Teltumbde

The Bombay High Court on Friday rejected the pre-arrest bail pleas of activists Gautam Navlakha and Anand Teltumbde in connection with the Elgar Parishad case, PTI reported.

Aircel-Maxis Cases: ED, CBI File Status Report of Investigation

The Enforcement Directorate and the CBI filed a status report of their investigation into Aircel-Maxis cases before a Delhi court on Friday.

The ED told District Judge Sujata Kohli that active investigation into the matter was going on, while the Central Bureau of Investigation informed her that letters rogatory had been sent to Malaysia and the status was awaited.

(Source: PTI)

SC Refuses Interim Relief to Former Congress Leader Sajjan Kumar

The Supreme Court on Friday refused interim relief to former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in connection with 1984 riots case. The court said that it will hear the bail plea in the summer vacation.

(Source: PTI)

Inflation Rate Based on WPI at 3.1% for January

The annual rate of inflation, based on monthly Wholesale Price Index, stood at 3.1 percent (provisional) for the month of January 2020 (over January 2019) as compared to 2.59 percent (provisional) for the previous month and 2.76 percent during the corresponding month of the previous year, the government said.

SC Issues Notice to Lalu Yadav Over Bail in Fodder Scam Case

The Supreme Court has issued a notice to RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav over the bail granted by the Jharkhand High Court in a fodder scam case.

(Source: PTI)

Portuguese President Meets PM Modi in Delhi

Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo De Sousa met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi on Friday.

The two witnessed an exchange of agreements between the two countries.

(Source: ANI)

Senior Bombay HC Judge SC Dharmadhikari Resigns

Second senior-most judge of the Bombay High Court, Justice Satyaranjan Dharmadhikari, has tendered his resignation.

Justice Dharmadhikari told a lawyer in his court on Friday that he has tendered his resignation. However, he did did not specify the reason.

Civilian Killed, 2 Injured in Heavy Shelling by Pak in J&K

One civilian was killed and two others injured in heavy shelling by Pakistan in Shahpur area of Poonch district in Jammu and Kashmir.

(Source: PTI)

SC Lifts Ban on Construction Activities in Delhi-NCR Between 6 pm & 6 am

The Supreme Court has lifted the ban on construction activities in Delhi-NCR between 6 pm and 6 am. A bench of Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Deepak Gupta altered the court's earlier order to allow the activities on a plea filed by builders. The ban was imposed to curb pollution.

(Source: ANI)

SpiceJet Shares Climb Nearly 6% After Q3 Results

Shares of SpiceJet on Friday jumped nearly 6 per cent after the company posted a net profit of Rs 73.2 crore for the three months ended December.

The scrip climbed 5.79 percent to close at Rs 89.60 on the BSE. During the day, it advanced 10.27 per cent to Rs 93.40.

(Source: PTI)

Antarctica Registers Record Temperature of 20.75 Celsius

Scientists in Antarctica have recorded a new record temperature of 20.75 degrees Celsius (69.35 Fahrenheit), breaking the barrier of 20 degrees for the first time on the continent, a researcher said on Thursday.

Brazilian researcher Carlos Schaefer told AFP the reading at a monitoring station on Seymour Island "has no meaning in terms of a climate-change trend," because it is a one-off temperature and not part of a long-term data set for that location.

(Source: AFP)

Three Students Held With Grenade in J&K

Security forces arrested three students and seized a hand grenade from their possession in the Magarmal Bagh area here on Friday, police said.

Three students on a two-wheeler were intercepted by security forces following a tip-off, a police official said, adding a hand grenade was seized during frisking of the trio.

(Source: PTI)

Exports Decline by 1.66% YoY to $25.97 Bn in Jan

Exports decline by 1.66 percent year-on-year to 25.97 billion dollars in January, according to official data.

(Source: PTI)

2 Killed, 1 Injured in Accident in Nashik

Two persons were killed and another seriously injured when a speeding vehicle hit the motorcycle they were riding here in Maharashtra on Friday, police said.

The accident took place near Chehedi on the Nashik- Pune Highway at around 12.20 pm.

According to the police, the deceased were identified as Adarsh Rohidas Karad (18) and Aakash Ravindra Gawali (21), residents of Vijaynagar.

(Source: PTI)

Mumbai: Man Gets Life in Jail for Killing Drunk Person

A court in Mumbai sentenced a 42- year-old man to life imprisonment for killing a person who was drunk at the time.

Pradeep Varekar was found guilty recently under IPC section 302 (murder) by additional sessions judge Kishore M Jaiswal for killing Rupesh Mayaker near the latter's house in Ghatkopar in June, 2016.

As per the prosecution, Mayaker was drunk and his conduct annoyed Varekar who hit the former with a wooden plank several times, killing him on the spot.

(Source: PTI)

2 Killed, 7 Injured in Road Accident in Rajasthan's Alwar

Two people were killed and seven more injured when a van collided with a car coming from the opposite direction in Alwar district of Rajasthan on Friday, police said.

The accident occurred near the Alampur area in the district, they said.

The victims were rushed to a nearby hospital in Tatarpur, where van driver Roshan (27) was declared dead on arrival.

(Source: PTI)

GoAir Appoints Vinay Dube as CEO

Wadia group-promoted GoAir on Friday said it has appointed Vinay Dube as the airline's Chief Executive Officer.

Till now, Dube was serving as an advisor to the carrier, a role which he took up after quitting the defunct Jet Airways in May last year.

GoAir's board has approved the appointment of Dube as the CEO and he would report to the Chair0man, Managing Director and the board, a release said.

(Source: PTI)