Top news in short, Sonia writes to PM on increasing of fuel prices

Feb 22, 2021 9:26 | Poltics

Today's top news in short: 22 Feb

 1. *PM Modi will visit Assam and West Bengal on 22nd February 2021* . At around 11:30 AM, Prime Minister will dedicate to the nation important projects of the oil & gas sector in an event organized at Silapathar  in Dhemaji, Assam. He will also inaugurate and lay the foundation stone for Engineering Colleges during the event. At around 4:30 PM, Prime Minister will dedicate to the nation and inaugurate several railway projects in Hooghly, West Bengal.
 2. *The sixth meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog was held on February 20, 2021 under the chairmanship of PM Modi.* Addressing the event, the Prime Minister said that Cooperative Federalism is the foundation of India’s progress.

3. *Polling for regular election of six municipal corporations of Gujarat – Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Jamnagar and Bhavnagar and two-seat by-polls in Junagadh Municipal Corporation took yesterday* 

4. *The Uttarakhand government has brought an ordinance giving co-ownership rights to women in their husband’s ancestral property.* The ordinance has been brought keeping in view large-scale migration of men from the hill areas of the state in search of livelihood. The ordinance aims to provide economic independence to women who are left behind and have to depend on agriculture to sustain themselves.

5. Flagging “historic and unsustainable” fuel price levels, *Congress president Sonia Gandhi Sunday wrote to PM Modi, urging him to follow “Raj Dharma” by partially rolling back the excise duty on petrol and diesel.* She said the Centre had “chosen to profiteer off people’s misery and suffering”.

6. *Why are prices of petrol and diesel increasing? Petroleum minister explains* In April last year, India had supported the decision of the major oil-producing countries to cut production as there was a sharp fall in demand amid Covid-19 pandemic. International market has reduced fuel production and manufacturing countries are producing less fuel to gain more profit. This is making the consumer countries suffer. The minister also said that blaming the Centre for the price rise is wrong as states too have increased VAT on fuel.

7. *Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced that Hoshangabad city in the state would be renamed as Narmadapuram and a proposal to that effect would be sent to the Centre.* 

8. *Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi invited several farmer leaders to the Delhi Assembly on Sunday,* February 21, for a meeting where chief minister Arvind Kejriwal termed the three contentious farm laws “death warrants to the farmers”.

9. *UP cops gun down second main accused in Kasganj constable's murder; history-sheeter killed.* A constable was thrashed to death and another cop was severely injured on February 9 when a police team had raided an illegal liquor factory in Kasganj.

 10. *SBI Payments, a subsidiary of State Bank of India, will launch YONO Merchant App to provide low-cost digital payments infrastructure to merchants* . YONO SBI Merchant will act as a soft PoS (point of sale) solution for which it has partnered with global payments technology major Visa to enable Tap to Phone feature.
 11. *Maharashtra CM bans large gatherings; warns citizens to wear masks or face lockdown soon* : New curbs in Pune; 7-day lockdown in Amravati.  A week-long lockdown from 8 pm on February 22 to till 8 am on March 1.

 12. *Two more MLAs of the Congress-Dravid a Munnetra Kazhagam alliance in Puducherry resigned on Sunday,* delivering yet another jolt to chief minister V Narayanasamy, a day before he is scheduled to face a floor test in the assembly to prove his majority. govt's strength drops to 11.

13. *AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi will kick off his party's poll campaign in West Bengal on February 25 with a rally in minority-dominated Metiabruz area of the city.* 

14. Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath claims 'Love jihad a conspiracy to make Kerala an Islamic state' at Kasargod.

 15. *A Central Bureau of Investigation team on Sunday went to the Kolkata residence of Abhishek Banerjee, Trinamool Congress MP and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's nephew,* serving a notice to his wife and his sister-in-law to join the probe in the coal pilferage case, a development that further raised the political temperature in poll-bound West Bengal.

16. *Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma has said that a corpus fund of Rs 125 crore will be constituted over the next two years to aid the entrepreneurs in the state.* 

17. The big daddy of all *reality shows Bigg Boss 14 will finally get the season's winner.* TV actor Rubina Dilaik on Sunday beat nemesis and singer Rahul Vaidya to emerge as the winner of reality show "Bigg Boss" season 14. Superstar Salman Khan, who is the host of the reality show, announced the winner from the show's set put up in suburban Mumbai's Filmcity.

18.  *The disengagement process by India and China in eastern Ladakh is 'complete' after nine rounds of diplomatic and military level talks between the two neighbours, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said* in Salem on Sunday as he hit out at Congress for 'doubting' Indian soldiers' bravery.

19.  *Ladakh-based engineer & the man behind the character of ‘Phunsukh Wangdu’ in the Bollywood blockbuster ‘3 Idiots’ Sonam Wangchuk has now built a solar-powered military tent for the Indian Army at the Galwan Valley.* This tent has the potential to accommodate 10 jawans and is fully portable with the weight of the tent is said to be less than 30 kilos. Wangchuk also revealed that the tent could sustain even under sub-zero temperatures such as minus 14 degrees Celsius while pointing out that it was carbon neutral, replacing kerosene and tackling pollution. 

20.  *Coronavirus Cases:* 11,005,071
Deaths: 156,418
Recovered: 10,697,014