Iranian president urges Biden to return to a 2015 nuclear deal

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January 20, 2021

Tehran, Jan 20: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged US President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday to return to a 2015 nuclear deal and lift crippling sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

Biden, who takes office on Wednesday, has said the United States will rejoin the pact that includes restrictions on Iran's nuclear work if Tehran resumes strict compliance.

"The ball is in the US court now. If Washington returns to Iran's 2015 nuclear deal, we will also fully respect our commitments under the pact," Rouhani said in a televised cabinet meeting.

"Today, we expect the incoming US administration to return to the rule of law and commit themselves, and if they can, in the next four years, to remove all the black spots of the previous four years," he said.

Tensions have grown between Tehran and Washington since 2018, when US President Donald Trump exited the deal between Iran and six world powers that sought to limit Tehran's nuclear programme and prevent it developing atomic weapons. Washington reimposed sanctions that have crippled Iran’s economy.

Iran, which denies ever seeking nuclear arms, retaliated to Trump's "maximum pressure" policy by gradually breaching accord. Tehran has repeatedly said it can quickly reverse those violations if US sanctions are removed.

Antony Blinken, Biden's choice for secretary of state, said on Tuesday the United States would not take a quick decision on whether to rejoin the pact.

"US President Donald Trump's political career is over today and his 'maximum pressure' policy on Iran has completely failed," Rouhani said. "Trump is dead but the nuclear deal is still alive." 

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February 17,2021

Bengaluru, Feb 17: Searches are being carried out in various medical colleges in Karnataka by I-T sleuths, sources in the Income Tax department said on Wednesday.

The raids were conducted in certain colleges in Bengaluru, Mangaluru and Davangere.

The I-T sleuths accompanied by Enforcement Directorate officials swooped down on institutions, offices and residences belonging to owners of the medical colleges this morning.

In the state capital, raids were carried out at two colleges. However, officials did not divulge any information on the raids. Details to follow  

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February 15,2021

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New Delhi, Feb 15: The Supreme Court Monday granted 5-day bail to journalist Siddique Kappan, arrested on his way to Hathras where a young Dalit woman had died after being allegedly gang-raped, to visit his ailing mother for five days.

A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde, however, said that during his visit he shall not give any interview to the media, including social media.

The bench, also comprising Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian, said that Siddique will not meet members of the public except his relatives and doctors concerned. 

It said Siddique will be escorted by a team of Uttar Pradesh police officers and police in Kerala will cooperate with them.

The restrictions imposed by the apex court has triggered social media outrage with Twitterati calling it “undemocratic”.

Kappan was arrested on October 5, 2020, while he was on his way to Hathras, home to the 19-year-old Dalit woman who died after being allegedly gang-raped by four upper-caste men on September 14.

Her cremation at night by the authorities, allegedly without the parents' consent, had triggered widespread outrage.

The police had said it has arrested four people having alleged links with the PFI in Mathura and identified the arrested persons as Siddique from Malappuram, Atiq-ur Rehman from Muzaffarnagar, Masood Ahmed from Bahraich and Alam from Rampur. 

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February 16,2021

Bengaluru, Feb 16: Former Governor of Bihar and Jharkhand M Rama Jois passes away on Tuesday at his residence in Bengaluru.

A former Rajya Sabha MP, the 88-year-old legal luminary who had also served as the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, was suffering from age-related ailments, sources said.

Born on July 27, 1932, at Shivamogga, Mandagadde Rama Jois did his BA and Law degree.

He was associated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh from the beginning.

Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa expressed grief over the demise. 

"Deeply saddened by the demise of Sri Rama Jois, a retired judge. He had also served as a governor and a Rajya Sabha MP. I pray to God to give his family strength to bear the loss. May his soul rest in peace. Om Shanti," he tweeted. 

Condoling the death, Karnataka Minister for Primary and Secondary Education S Suresh Kumar said in a tweet, "Justice M Rama Jois is no more. He passed away at 7.30 am today. May his soul rest in peace."

Udupi-Chikkamagaluru MP, Shobha Karandlaje too expressed her condolences.

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