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This is the Catch Up on Three Things for the Indian Express, and I’m Arun George. It’s the fourth of February and here are the headlines.
The government reiterated in the Lok Sabha that it has not taken any decision on conducting a nationwide National Register of Citizens. Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai told the Lok Sabha that “Till now, the government has not taken any decision to prepare the National Register of Indian Citizens at the national level.”
Air India announced that it is suspending its Delhi-Hong Kong flight from February 8. The announcement came just hours after authorities there confirmed the death of a 39-year-old man due to the novel coronavirus. Meanwhile, a day after the Kerala government declared the spread of the virus a ‘state calamity’, the state’s Tourism Minister said the tourism sector in the state was affected by mass cancellations.
A special court in Dehradun sentenced the prime accused in the 2018 gangrape of a minor in a boarding school to 20 years imprisonment. Three other minor convicts — who were earlier acquitted by the juvenile justice board last year — have been ordered to surrender before the juvenile board. The court also ordered nine-year jail terms for school director, an administration officer and his wife while the principal of the school was sentenced to three years in jail.
The Supreme Court said it would hear a plea by Zakia Jafri, wife of slain MP Ehsan Jafri, challenging a Special Investigation Team’s clean chit to then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi in the 2002 riots. The court said it will hear the matter on April 14. Zakia Jafri’s husband – former MP Ehsan Jafri – was among the 68 people killed after a mob attacked the Gulberg Society in Ahmedabad on February 28, 2002.
Technology problems and reporting “inconsistencies” kept Iowa Democratic Party officials from releasing results from Monday’s caucus, the much-hyped kickoff to the 2020 primaries in which the party will decide who will be its Presidential candidate. The lack of result was an embarrassing twist after months of promoting the contest as a chance for Democrats to know which of the multiple candidates enjoyed greater support within the party.
This was the Catch Up on 3 Things, for The Indian Express.