1. India rejects Maldives offer
India rejected an offer by Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen to send a special envoy to discuss the ongoing emergency in the country, calling instead on the embattled President to first address its concerns over the suspension of constitutional rights in the Maldives. The response indicates a growing strain in ties between New Delhi and Male.
President Yameen has sent special envoys to what he called “friendly countries” — China, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.
2. Gujarat may face severe water crisis
Govt. says no water available for irrigation due to deficient rainfall in Narmada catchment area of M.P.
Despite heavy rainfall last year, Gujarat is set to face a severe water crisis because of the low water availability in Narmada dam — the main source of water in the State — due to deficient rainfall in the Narmada catchment area in Madhya Pradesh.
As a result, the State government has repeatedly announced that it will not supply water for irrigation. The entire stock will be reserved for drinking water in Saurashtra and North Gujarat regions, both water starved provinces and highly dependent on water from Narmada canals.
3. U.S. imposes sanctions on Pak.-based militants
The Trump administration on Friday imposed sanctions against three individuals, Rahman Zeb Faqir Muhammad, Hizb Ullah Astam Khan and Dilawar Khan Nadir Khan, allegedly linked to Pakistan-based networks, the Taliban and Lashkar-e-Taiba.
4. SC to handle Ayodhya title dispute as ‘land issue’
The court then recorded that over 500 exhibits, which include the Bhagavad Gita, Ramayana and documents in various languages including Sanskrit and Pali, have been filed. The depositions of 87 witnesses have also been filed along with the Archaeological Survey of India’s reports. However, some translations are yet to be completed and copies of videos have to be made. The court asked the parties to do so in the next two weeks.