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News of the day: Fresh protests rock Sandeshkhali, Supreme Court questions purpose of previous surrogacy rules and more

Here are the latest developments from India and abroad

Our Web Desk Published 23.02.24, 05:38 PM
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As fresh protests rocked parts of trouble-torn Sandeshkhali in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district on Friday morning, West Bengal DGP Rajeev Kumar rushed to the spot and pledged stern action against the culprits. The houses of local TMC leaders were also ransacked by the mob.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in West Bengal on March 1 and 2 as part of his official programme and is expected to address a women's rally on March 6 in the North 24 Parganas district, where restive Sandeshkhali is located. The prime minister will also address public meetings, BJP sources said.

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Google's AI tool Gemini's response to a question around Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in direct violation of IT rules as well as several provisions of the criminal code, minister of state for electronics and IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar said. The minister marked the post to Google and the Ministry of Electronics and IT indicating further action in the matter.

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Haryana Police said it was withdrawing its earlier decision to invoke provisions of the National Security Act (NSA) against some farmer leaders who are part of the ongoing farmers' agitation. nspector General of Police (Ambala Range) Sibash Kabiraj appealed to the protesting farmers and their leaders to maintain peace and cooperate with authorities in maintaining law and order.

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An Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) of Byju's shareholders got underway to vote on a resolution brought by some investors to ouster founder CEO Byju Raveendran and his family over alleged 'mismanagement and failures'. Ahead of the EGM, a group of four investors of Byju's filed an oppression and mismanagement suit against the management of the company in the Bengaluru bench of the NCLT, seeking declaring of founders, including CEO Byju Raveendran, as unfit to run the company, appointment of a new board, declaring the just-concluded rights issue as void and a forensic audit of accounts.

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Delhi High Court dismissed Trinamul Congress (TMC) leader Mahua Moitra's plea against the alleged leakage of 'confidential' information from the ED to the media in relation to a probe against her under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA). Moitra had sought a direction to restrain the Enforcement Directorate from "leaking any information, including any confidential, sensitive, unverified/unconfirmed information, to the print/electronic media in relation to the ongoing investigation".

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A crucial amendment to the surrogacy rules allowing married couples to use an egg or sperm of a donor in case a partner is suffering from a medical condition comes after the Supreme Court asked why the Centre was not taking a decision on the matter. “The very purpose of surrogacy would get defeated by such rules,” an apex court bench had observed in December 2023 while permitting more than two dozen petitioners to use the donor eggs to become mothers through surrogacy.

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Reserve Bank of India said NPCI has been asked to examine the possibility of it becoming a third party application provider for continued UPI operations of the Paytm app. The central bank has barred Paytm Payments Bank from accepting further credits into its customer accounts and wallets after March 15, 2024.

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Scientists at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) have developed a synthetic human antibody that can neutralise a potent neurotoxin produced by the Elapidae family of highly toxic snakes, which includes the cobra, king cobra, krait and black mamba. The researchers say that this development takes us one step closer to a universal antibody solution that can offer broad protection against a variety of snake venoms.

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A spacecraft built and flown by Texas-based company Intuitive Machines landed near the moon's south pole on Thursday, the first U.S. touchdown on the lunar surface in more than half a century and the first ever achieved by the private sector. But initial communications problems following the landing raised questions about whether the vehicle may have been left impaired or obstructed in some way.

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