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Former FM Yashwant Sinha to 'guide' AAP on Budget

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has turned to senior BJP leader and former Union finance minister Yashwant Sinhafor guidance on his government's budget this year.

The ruling Aam Aadmi Party's Delhi Dialogue Commission has asked Sinha for "broad suggestions" on the budget, and a meeting on 15 March with officers of the finance department, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, and Delhi legislators, to discuss details of the budget. The budget will be presented on 28 March.

Terrified Kerala children watch as RSS man is hacked with knives

An autorickshaw driver belonging to the RSS's labour unit BMS was critically injured after four men hacked him with knives as he drove children to school. The police in Kannur are looking for two CPM men in connection with the attack.

According to the police, at around 8.30 am on Tuesday, the auto ferrying five children was intercepted by four men on motorbikes and turned over. The attackers slashed at the driver, spattering the children with blood. The driver is in hospital. The children may require trauma therapy, says The Telegraph.

JNU students and profs should be shot: BJP IT cell convenor

Sanjay Rathod, the IT cell convenor of the BJP's Junagadh unit on Tuesday posted a tweet saying that protesting JNU students and teachers should be shot.

Though he later deleted the tweet, he says he stands by it. This came a day after the Delhi Police arrested a man for allegedly offering a 'reward' to anyone who cut off the tongue of JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar.

Rathod's tweet read: "Shoot Anti National JNU students & Proff and close the chapter. But the problem is that Our Govt doesn't allow to kill Dogs #WakeUpIndia".

Ramdev's food park gets permanent CISF cover

Yoga guru Baba Ramdev who campaigned for the BJP before the 2014 general elections has got permanent security cover from the CISF for his Patanjali food park in Haridwar.

Only seven other private entities have permanent CISF cover, including Infosys's campuses. "The paramilitary force recently got the government's order and 35 armed men will be deployed at the Patanjali campus round the clock," said CISF director-general Surender Singh. An assistant commandant-rank officer will head the team.

Patanjali Food and Herbal Park Private Limited will pay for this deployment, estimated at Rs 40-50 lakh a year, according to The Telegraph.

Delhi Police warns of 'pandemonium' at Yamuna event

In a letter to the Ministry of Urban Development after inspecting the venue of the Art of Living Foundation's World Culture Festival, the Delhi Police has warned of "stampede", "pandemonium" and "utter chaos".

The event to be held on the floodplains of the Yamuna from 11-13 March is already in trouble with environmentalists.

In their letter, the Delhi Police said that the stage on which VVIPs are to sit does not have the mandatory structural stability certificate from the Central Public Works Department, Delhi government and Delhi Development Authority. The DDA had granted permission for the event.

Six ministers soon to retire from RS, BJP scrabbles to fill in blanks

Six BJP ministers will be retiring from the Rajya Sabha over the next six months, leaving the party scrabbling for re-nominations from various states. The ministers are M Venkaiah Naidu, Suresh Prabhu, Chaudhary Birender Singh, Nirmala Sitharaman, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Piyush Goyal. Though the party had a clear majority in the Lok Sabha, a number of its ministers were nominated to the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of Parliament whose members are not elected by the public.

Vijay Mallya left India on 2 March; Supreme Court issues notice

The Supreme Court, on 9 March, issued a notice to Vijay Mallya on a plea filed by public sector banks seeking a direction that the liquor baron be restrained from leaving India.

The Attorney General told the court that Mallya left India on 2 March and also said that his abroad far exceeded the loan amounts he owed.

The court also questioned why loans were given to Mallya when he was a defaulter facing proceedings in the court of law. The apex court has sought a response from Mallya within two weeks and the next hearing has been scheduled for 30 March.

US elections: Donald Trump expands lead with 2 more victories, Hillary Clinton wins Mississippi

Republican front-runner Donald Trump today swept to victories in two key primary states, expanding his lead in the White House nomination race while Hillary Clinton won Democratic party's primary in Mississippi.

In Mississippi, the real estate tycoon received the support of nearly 50 per cent of the Republican voters.

In Michigan, Trump received 37.2 per cent of the Republican votes, followed by John Kasich and Ted Cruz with 25.5 per cent and 23.7 per cent of the votes, respectively. Clinton, 68, won the Democratic primary contest in Mississippi where she beat her party rival Bernie Sanders.

Minor girl dies 2 days after being raped, set ablaze in Greater Noida

The 16-year-old girl, who was allegedly raped and set ablaze by a youth in Tigri village in Greater Noida, succumbed to her injuries on 9 March. The girl had suffered over 95 per cent burns and was fighting for her life at Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi following the incident that occurred on Monday.

World T20: BCCI's Anurag Thakur slams Virbhadra Singh

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BBCI) on 9 March alleged that Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister, Virbhadara Singh, had sent a misleading message regarding security for the India-Pakistan Twenty20.

"When the Chief Minister says that the situation is unstable and that there should be no match, it worsens the conditions and a wrong message is sent. I think the state government needs to decide if they are capable of holding the match. After telling the court that they can provide security, he is going back on his words," BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur said. "A wrong message is being sent to the whole world about India and Himachal. Such a big event is going to happen and nine days ago, he is saying such things," Thakur added.

Ruckus in Parliament over Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's World Culture Festival

The Narendra Modi-led NDA government faced heat over Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's World Culture Festival in Parliament on 9 March.

Opposition leaders - including Congress' Ghulam Nabi Azad - slammed the event, scheduled to be held on the banks of river Yamuna in the national capital. CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury demanded to know why the Army was being roped in for a private event, while Azad highlighted that the Delhi Police had also raised security concerns about the event.

Netaji's grand nephew Chandra Bose to contest against Mamata Banerjee

BJP has fielded Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose's grand nephew Chandra Kumar Bose against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the upcoming polls. Days after the Centre declassified 100 files related to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, the freedom fighter's grandnephew, had joined the BJP on 25 January. He was formally inducted into the party at a rally addressed by Party President Amit Shah in Howrah, West Bengal.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's Art of Living event gets NGT go-ahead with Rs 5 crore fine

The National Green Tribunal has given the go ahead to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to hold the World Culture Festival on the Yamuna floodplain from 11 to 13 March, on the occasion of Art of Living's 35th anniversary. However, NGT has imposed a fine of Rs 5 crore on Art of Living, Rs 5 lakh on DDA and Rs 1 lakh on Pollution Control Board. The top environment court said: "Not concerned about cultural event, looking at ecology." The court warned DDA to not issue any such events in future.

Zika virus destroying neurons in child brain

The belief that Zika virus caused birth defects such as microcephaly, a condition in which a baby is born with a small head was strengthened on Friday by two studies published in medical journals. Researchers working with lab-grown human stem cells "suspect they have discovered how the Zika virus probably causes microcephaly in fetuses," reported the journal Cell Stem Cell. Zika virus selectively infects cells in the brain's cortex, or outer layer, making those cells "more likely to die and less likely to divide normally and make new brain cells," according to a press release from the journal.

5,00,000 will die by 2050, as climate change alters diets

Climate change will take 5 lakh lives by 2050, a new study has suggested. These deaths would be caused by the food scarcity, and are additional to deaths caused by other effects of global warming. The study was published in the medical journal The Lancet. Scientists behind the study predicted world temperatures to be two degrees higher than in the 1986-2005 time period. It found that there would be 3.2% lower food availability, and people would be consuming 4% less fruit and vegetables.