US House impeaches President Donald Trump for ‘incitement of insurrection’ at Capitol: The US House of Representatives impeached President Donald Trump by 232 to 197 votes for his role in last week’s Capitol Hill riot, making him the first president in American history to be impeached twice. Ten Republican Congressmen voted in favour of an article of impeachment on Wednesday that charged Trump with a count of “incitement of insurrection” for his actions on January 6, when he delivered a speech inciting his supporters to storm the US Capitol, an action that temporarily halted the counting of Electoral College votes and resulted in the deaths of five individuals, including an officer of the US Capitol Police.Also Read - What if Your Child has OMICRON? WHO Expert Reveals Symptoms And Diet For Children

Protesting farmers burn copies of agri laws on Lohri: Protesting farmers burnt copies of the contentious farm laws to mark the festival of Lohri on Wednesday, while a farmer union gave a call for massive mobilisation of people from all districts within a radius of 300 kilometres of Delhi for the proposed ‘Kisan Parade’ on January 26. The All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee appealed to farmers to assemble in large numbers at the Delhi borders a day before for the proposed parade on Republic Day. It comes a day after the farmer unions announced that they would not appear before the committee formed by the Supreme Court to resolve the deadlock over the contentious farm laws. Also Read - Breaking News Highlights: Jharkhand Reports Its First 14 Omicron Cases

Maharashtra, Delhi on high alert for bird flu: Taking preventive measures in the wake of bird flu scare, the Maharashtra government on Wednesday culled over 11,000 birds in Kendrewadi and Sukni villages of Latur district to stop the spread of bird flu infection. The move was taken as over 225 birds died in Kendrewadi till Monday, while 12 hens died in Sukni and four in Wanjarwadi of Udgir taluka in Latur district. On the other hand, the Delhi government banned the sale and storage of poultry products across the UT. As an per order from the Delhi government, omelette fry, juicy chicken tikkas and other non-vegetarian items will not be available in shops and restaurants in large parts of Delhi as the civic authorities imposed a temporary ban on sale and storage of poultry or processed chicken meat in view of the bird flu situation. Also Read - Covid-19: When will Omicron reach it's Peak in India? Dr Aniruddha Arjun Malgaonkar, WHO Consultant Reveals

Notice period for inter-faith marriage now optional: In a landmark judgment, the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court has ruled that the 30 days’ notice to a marriage officer to register a wedding under the Special Marriage Act, 1954, should be optional rather than mandatory. The court said that enforcing a notice period on the couple is tantamount to intruding on their fundamental right to privacy and liberty. “If the couple does not want to go for publication of the 30-day notice, the marriage officer has to solemnise their wedding forthwith,” said Justice Vivek Chaudhary while disposing of a habeas corpus petition filed by a Hindu man married to a woman who was born Muslim but converted before the wedding.

Thousands receive holy water to take part in virtual Gangasagar Mela rituals: At least 54,000 people across the country have so far received holy water from the confluence of the Ganga and the Bay of Bengal, as the West Bengal government arranged for ‘e-snan’ facility to avoid crowding at the Gangasagar Mela in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The government has been promoting the ‘e-snan’ (e- bathing) facility to send the holy water and ‘prasad’ to anyone who orders for it from any part of the country for a delivery fee of Rs 150, state panchayat minister Subrata Mukherjee said. “So far, 54,000 people have received the holy water from the confluence of the Ganga and the Bay of Bengal at their homes in different parts of the country,” he said.