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27th FEB- News & Current Affairs Update

... Editorial Team

NATIONAL

  • JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar has told a Supreme Court-appointed lawyers' probe panel that he was beaten up, pushed to the ground and injured by men in lawyers' robes before the police, when he was brought to the Patiala House court premises on February 17.            
  • Expressing serious concern over violence against religious minorities in India, 34 top American lawmakers have asked PM Narendra Modi to take immediate steps to protect their fundamental rights.
  • India has formally approached the United Nations to include Jaish-e-Mohammad chief and Pathankot terror attack mastermind Masood Azhar in the Security Council's sanctions list, strongly emphasising the urgency to take action against him.           
  • Normal life was disrupted in Kashmir Valley on Saturday due to a strike called by separatist groups against the arrest of ex-Delhi University Professor S A R Geelani and JNU students on charges of sedition.           
  • Major opposition parties on Saturday said they will bring a privilege motion against HRD Minister Smriti Irani over her remarks in Parliament on the suicide of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula in Hyderabad central university

INTERNATIONAL

  • Hillary Clinton won the South Carolina primary for nomination as the Democratic Presidential candidate wining 73.5% of the votes.

            

  • Irish general election, 2016- Counting begins of the votes cast yesterday with exit polls indicating that the existing coalition will not gain enough votes to govern without reaching a deal with other parties.
  • Counting of votes begins in Iran after polling hours in yesterday's election were extended by six hours due to a heavy turnout. Reports indicate that reformist candidates are doing well in the early count.
  • A truce is in effect since yesterday midnight, seems to be holding on day one with no reports of fighting or fresh Russian Air Force attacks.

SPORTS

  • India beat Pakistan by 5 wickets in their match of the Asia Cup T20 tournament. Score Pakistan: 83 India: 85/5 in 15.3 Overs.       

ECONOMY & BUSINESS

  • One of Morgan Stanley’s mutual funds Institutional Fund Trust Mid Cap Growth Portfolio has marked down by 27 percent the value of its investment in Flipkart bringing down its valuation from $15.2 billion to $11 billion for the start-up.            

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