India News – 19 February 2020



  • Met Home Minister Amit Shah ji. Had a very good and fruitful meeting. Discussed several issues related to Delhi. Both of us agreed that we will work together for development of Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal

  • PM Modi visits Hunar Haat at India Gate, has Litti Chokha and Tea for lunch

  • Supreme Court has expressed inclination to hold discussion with Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on the issue of EV, while making it amply clear that the Minister is not being summoned: @Bar&Bench

  • CBI Court grants bail to six accused FIPB members in INX Media case. The CBI Court had earlier extended interim bail to the accused bureaucrats: @Bar&Bench

  • I happen to like PM Modi a lot. He told me we will have 7 million people between the airport and the event. It’s going to be the largest stadium in the world. It’s going to be very exciting : US President Donald Trump

  • Notices to 127 people in Hyderabad, have nothing to do with citizenship and cancellation of Aadhaar number is in no way related to the nationality of any resident : @UIDAI

  • Leaders pay tributes to Chhatrapati Shivaji on the occasion of Shivaji Jayanti

  • For the third time in history, the City of Los Angeles—the City of Angels—will once again raise up the Olympic torch : US President Donald Trump

  • Delhi High Court Bar Association resolves to completely abstain from work tomorrow in protest against the transfer of Justice Muralidhar from Delhi HC to Punjab & Haryana HC: @Bar&Bench



‘Spent a wonderful afternoon at Hunar Haat on India Gate’

Narendra Modi, @narendramodi – Prime Minister:

  • The colours and diversity of India on display
  • Spent a wonderful afternoon at Hunar Haat on India Gate.
  • It showcases the best of products including handicrafts, carpets, textiles and of course, delicious food! Do visit it.
  • The participation of people from all across India makes Hunar Haat a vibrant place. 
  • Had tasty Litti Chokha for lunch along with a hot cup of tea…

Pic Credit: @narendramodi

‘Trying my hand at some music’

In Pics: PM Modi in Hunar Haat

Pic Credit: @narendramodi

‘Glimpses of our culture and diversity in one map’

‘No rules and regulations were followed’

Manish Tewari:

  • No rules and regulations were followed, not even a peon is appointed this way.
  • Are we living in a democracy or a banana republic and what is the Government trying to hide that they need ‘their’ man as the CVC


DMK lead MPs delegation hands over 2.05 crore signatures against CAA, NRC and NPR to President Kovind

MK Stalin, @mkstalin – President, DMK:
  • A delegation of MPs representing the Secular Progressive Alliance met Hon’ble President to hand over the 2.05 crore signatures against CAA, NRC and NPR.
  • My letter to the President sums up the sentiments of citizens of Tamil Nadu who believe in preserving our secular harmony.
  • The DMK’s requests to the Speaker of Legislative Assembly to introduce a resolution against CAA, NPR and NRC has been rejected unfairly.
  • We are hopeful that the people’s voices will be heard by Hon’ble President and efforts to implement NRC will be given up.

‘It is my responsibility to remove bottlenecks and provide funds’

Arvind Kejriwal, @ArvindKejriwal – Chief Minister of Delhi:

  • In the election, I gave 10 promises to the people of Delhi.
  • Today I have given instructions in a meeting with every concerned department of Delhi government that work on every promise should be started as soon as possible.
  • It is my responsibility to remove bottlenecks and provide funds to fulfill every promise.

‘They both have done yeomen service..’

Ram Madhav, @rammadhavbjp – National General Secretary, Bharatiya Janata Party:
  • Delighted to hear about the nomination of Mahant Nritya Gopal Dasji and Champat Raiji as Chairman and Gen Secretary of the Ram Janamabhoomi Trust.
  • They both have done yeomen service in the temple cause in last more than 3 decades and richly deserved this honour.

‘Namaste Trump’

Raveesh Kumar, @MEAIndia – Official Spokesperson, Ministry of External Affairs: 

  • President Donald Trump and Melina Trump will be on their first visit to India from 24-25 February 2020 at the invitation of PM Narendra Modi.
  • India welcomes President Donald Trump and Melina Trump in our uniquely diverse way. 

Congress President Sonia Gandhi met with the newly appointed President & Working Presidents of Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee


Pic Credit: @INCIndia

Kiran Shaw calls on Arvind Kejriwal

AAP, @AamAadmiParty:

  • Biocon Chaiperson Kiran Shaw called on CM Arvind Kejriwal after visiting a Mohalla Clinic in Saket.
  • She appreciated the Delhi government’s effort towards boosting primary healthcare and education.


Pic Credit: @AamAadmiParty

‘Thank him for Germany’s strong support..’

Dr. S. Jaishankar, @DrSJaishankar – External Affairs Minister:
  • A very good meeting with FM @HeikoMaas of Germany.
  • Discussed Afghanistan, the Gulf, Indo-Pacific, multilateralism, connectivity and technology issues.
  • Thank him for Germany’s strong support for expanded India-EU cooperation.


Pic Credit: @DrSJaishankar

‘It’s a rumour..’

Pralhad Joshi, @JoshiPralhad – Union Minister of Coal and Mines:
  • It has been noted that some news is making rounds about selling coal subsidiary companies – Bharat Coking Coal, Eastern Coalfields, Western Coalfields & CMPDI.
  • It is a rumour and no one should fall for it.
  • As mentioned before, Govt. is strengthening Coal India and will continue doing it.

‘Hyderabad Biome will be the 1st center in Asia’

KTR, @KTRTRS – Minister for Information Technology, Telangana:

  • Would like to thank Vas Narasimhan CEO of Novartis on launching Biome -digital innovation lab that aims to empower health tech & healthcare companies through digital technologies
  • Hyderabad Biome will be the 1st center in Asia.
  • Huge endorsement of City’s innovation capabilities


Pic Credit: @KTRTRS

‘Bipartisanship is key to effective policy-making’

Milind Deora, @milinddeora – India’s former Minister for Telecom, IT:
  • Montek Singh Ahluwalia’s new book ‘Backstage: The Story Behind India’s High Growth Years’ records a lunch I had hosted for MPs from various parties.
  • Bipartisanship is key to effective policy-making.
  • Bridges across parties are fast disappearing or being burnt – an unhealthy trend

‘It’s a beautiful song..’

Kiren Rijiju, @KirenRijiju –  Union Minister for Youth Affairs & Sports:
  • It’s a beautiful song and I’m sure it will lift the spirit of the entire Khelo India University Games 2020 in Odisha!
  • The anthem is composed and sung by Padamjeet Sehrawat and Kamal.
  • The entire #KIUGOdisha2020 will be live telecast in Star Sports, DD Sports and Hotstar


India News – 18 February 2020



  • Supreme Court will hear after Holi break the petition filed by liquor baron Vijay Mallya assailing his declaration as fugitive economic offender. The Bench led by CJI SA Bobde adjourned the case for after March 16: @Bar&Bench

  • Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses renamed as ‘Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses’ in honour of the former Defence Minister of India

  • The CAA will have no impact on anyone who is born in Tamil Nadu. DMK should explain who will be affected by the Citizenship Act: TN CM EPS

  • Puducherry Govt announces enhancement of Freedom Fighters Pension to Rs 9000/- from the current Rs 8000/-  starting 1 April’ 20

  • Indian delegation heads to Germany for 70th Berlin International Film Festival. Union Minister Dr S Jaishankar will inaugurate the Indian Pavilion at Berlinale 2020



The CAA will have no impact on anyone who is born in Tamil Nadu. DMK should explain who will be affected by the Citizenship Act: TN CM EPS


‘We must surmount the challenges to the harmony of this country’

Kamal Haasan, @ikamalhaasan – President, Makkal Needhi Maiam:

  • 20 years of Hey Ram.
  • Glad we made that film in time.
  • Sad the apprehensions and warnings the film spoke about are coming true.
  • We must surmount these challenges to the harmony of this country and we shall.
  • Hum honge kaamiyaab.

‘Soon there won’t be any dearth of buses’

As Delhi’s Public Transport buses crosses the 6000 mark in 10 years CM Arvind Kejriwal tweeted

  • It did take time.
  • But finally we were able to overcome all obstacles.
  • So, buses have started arriving.
  • I can assure all Delhiites, soon there won’t be any dearth of buses

Portfolios of the Ministers in Arvind Kejriwal’s Cabinet


‘Every attempt that tries to attack India’s sovereignty must be thwarted’

Abhishek Singhvi, @DrAMSinghvi –  Natl Spokesperson, Congress:
  • The deportation of Debbie Abrahams by India was indeed necessary, as she is not just an MP, but a Pak proxy known for her clasp with Pak govt and ISI.
  • Every attempt that tries to attack India’s sovereignty must be thwarted.

Met a delegation led by Sh Khenpo Konchok Rangdol for preliminary discussions on the development of the historical & archeological city of Shravasti associated with the life of Gautama Buddha: Hardeep Singh Puri – Union Minister

Pic Credit: @HardeepSPuri

‘I dedicate this Laureus Sport award to..’

Sachin Tendulkar, @sachin_rt:
  • Thank you all for the overwhelming love and support!
  • I dedicate this @LaureusSport award to India, all my teammates, fans and well wishers in India and across the world who have always supported Indian cricket.

‘We will fight for the people to..’

P. Wilson, @PWilsonDMK – Member of Parliament:
  • Sad that Powerful vested interest at Delhi prevents establishment of Regional benches of Supreme Court.
  • Access to justice is now prevented & power of CJI under Art 130 will only be a myth and mirage .
  • We will fight for the people to establish regional benches of Supreme Court .


‘Expedite the setting up of Delhi Skills & Entrepreneurship University and Sports University’

AAP, @aamaadmiparty:

  • Delhi Dy CM Manish Sisodia directed officials to expedite the process of setting up of Delhi Skills and Entrepreneurship University and Sports University.
  • Further, he asked officials to speed up the work of new classrooms and CCTV installation in classrooms.
  • ImagePic Credit: @aamaadmiparty

Welcomed former CM of Assam, Tarun Gogoi ji and his wife at residence: Ashok Gehlot – Chief Minister of Rajasthan


Pic Credit: @ashokgehlot51

More than a 1000 delegates from over 100 countries were mesmerized by the display of various dance forms on the theme of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat at CMSCOP13India