LIVE: Sachin Pilot may not attend Legislative Party meeting today

File photos of Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot
In yet another political crisis for the Congress party, Rajasthan deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot openly revolted and claimed as many as 30 MLAs pledged support. He said the Gehlot-led govt is in minority and that he will not attend the Legislature party meeting called by Ashok Gehlot at 10 am on Monday.

The crisis has deepened with state CM Ashok Gehlot and his deputy Sachin Pilot at loggerheads. While Gehlot is blaming BJP for trying to destabilise the state government by poaching MLAs, Pilot is camping in Delhi to speak to the party leadership regarding the political turmoil in the state.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, meanwhile, wondered why Prime Minister Narendra Modi was not sharing details of those who had donated money to the PM CARES Fund. Claiming that everyone knew Chinese companies like Huawei, Xiaomi, TikTok, and OnePlus had donated to the PM CARES Fund, set up to fight Covid-19, Gandhi asked if the PM was "scared".

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Rajasthan crisis: Three Congress MLAs say they will follow party line

Three Congress MLAs, who had left for Delhi and were being counted among those in Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot's camp in the power tussle in Rajasthan, on Sunday said they will follow the party line.
Addressing a press conference at Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's home here, Rohit Bohra, Danish Abrar and Chetan Dudi called themselves "soldiers" of the party and said they will do whatever the top leadership tells them.

We're clear on not allowing internet voting amid Covid-19: Ashok Lavasa

The Bihar Assembly elections due by November will be the first test case of how polls work during the Covid-19 pandemic in India. Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa talks to Subhomoy Bhattacharjee about the challenges envisaged. Edited excerpts:

West Bengal's Covid-19 tally crosses 30K-mark with record 1,560 new cases

West Bengal's Covid-19 tally crossed the 30,000-mark on Sunday with record 1,560 new cases reported from different parts of the state, according to a bulletin issued by the health department. With the fresh infections, the total number of cases in the state has risen to 30,013, it said.
At present, there are 10,500 active cases in the state.

UP govt to impose stricter lockdown on weekends to curb Covid-19 spread

The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to impose a stricter lockdown across the state on weekends to stop Covid-19 spread, a senior official said on Sunday.
The decision has come amid a spike in the number of infections, which had crossed 35,000 on Saturday.

Nepal urges India to take steps against broadcast of anti-Nepal materials

Nepal has sent a 'diplomatic note' to India, urging New Delhi to take steps against the broadcast of materials what it called "fake, baseless and insensitive as well as abusive" to the country and its leadership by a section of the Indian media, a source said on Sunday.
The move came days after Nepal on Thursday stopped the transmission of all Indian private news channels except Doordarshan, accusing them of airing reports hurting the country's national sentiment.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, daughter Aaradhya test positive for Covid-19

In the first major Covid-19 outbreak in Bollywood, Amitabh Bachchan and three members of his family, son Abhishek, daughter-in-law Aishwarya and grand daughter Aaradhya have tested positive, civic officials said on Sunday, adding there was no cause for concern over their health.
However, Amitabh’s wife Jaya Bachchan has tested negative.

Bank, post offices can now find out TDS on large cash withdrawals

Bank and post offices can now ascertain the tax deducted at source (TDS) of those withdrawing large cash just by entering permanent account number of these assesses on the facility provided by the income tax department.
The department has facilitated a new functionality for banks and post offices through which they can ascertain the TDS applicability rates.

US, Chinese ambassadors spar on Twitter in Brazil

The US and Chinese ambassadors have gotten into a Twitter spat in Brazil, echoing the tense relations between the nations as a whole.
It started Friday when US Ambassador Todd Chapman retweeted a State Department account accusing the Chinese Communist Party of conducting a mass sterilisation campaign for women as part of its crackdown on Uighurs and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang province.
Silence is not an option, Chapman added.

It's Trump's call on what the GOP convention will look like

After months of insisting that the Republican National Convention go off as scheduled despite the pandemic, President Donald Trump is slowly coming to accept that the late August event will not be the four-night infomercial for his reelection that he had anticipated.
After a venue change, spiking coronavirus cases and a sharp recession, Trump aides and allies are increasingly questioning whether it's worth the trouble, and some are advocating that the convention be scrapped altogether.
Conventions are meant to lay out a candidate's vision for the coming four years, not spark months of intrigue over the health and safety of attendees, they have argued.
Ultimately, the decision on whether to move forward will be Trump's alone.

BJP in 'wait and watch' mode on Pilot's rebellion in Rajasthan

The BJP is in a "wait and watch" mode over the unfolding crisis in the Congress in Rajasthan and will wait for the outcome of the show of strength between Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and his deputy Sachin Pilot before deciding on its next course of action, party sources said on Sunday.
Gehlot has called a meeting of Congress MLAs on Monday, which is likely to give a clear indication of how much support he and Pilot enjoy in the legislative group.
Pilot, who is also the Rajasthan Congress president, is said to be in touch with some BJP leaders but saffron party sources declined to comment on whether it has held any discussion with him.

TRAI asks Airtel, Vodafone Idea to hold priority plans promising faster speeds

The telecom regulator has asked Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea to put on hold specific plans that promised faster speeds to certain priority users, as it questioned whether the network preference came at the cost of deterioration of services for other subscribers.
A source said the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has asked the two operators to withhold the specific plan for the interim period.
The TRAI has written to the two operators -- Airtel and Vodafone Idea -- and questioned them about their individual plans that promised faster speeds to certain priority users.

F1 star Hamilton raises right fist in fight against racism

Standing on the podium to celebrate his latest win, Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton raised a clenched right fist and then delivered a message to his fellow drivers not to slow down in the fight against racism.
It's 52 years since American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos introduced that powerfully defiant gesture to a worldwide TV audience when standing on the podium during their medal ceremony at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.
On Sunday Hamilton and the other 19 F1 drivers wore black T-shirts with End Racism on them, as they had done at last weekend's season-opening Austrian GP. Most again took the knee on the grid before Sunday's Styrian Grand Prix in Austria.
Others still did not and even questioned in the pre-race drivers' briefing whether it should still be done.

Around 70 to 75 MLAs attended meeting at Gehlot's residence

Congress govt is strong in Rajasthan: Avinash Pande

Assam flood situation worsens; four more die in deluge, landslides

The flood situation in Assam deteriorated on Sunday with four more people losing their lives in the deluge and landslides, which have affected nearly 13 lakh people in 24 districts, a government report said.
One person each died at Kampur and Kaliabor revenue circles of Nagaon district due to the deluge, while two persons were killed in a landslide at Sonapur area, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said.
This flood and landslides have claimed 70 people's lives so far across the state with 44 having been killed in incidents related to the deluge and 26 dying in landslides.
After a landslide in Jorabat, Guwahati traffic police alerted people about diverting traffic.

Congress leader Ashok Gehlot's meeting with party MLAs has been concluded

Pilot claims 30 MLAs back him

Rajasthan Deputy CM and Congress leader Sachin Pilot to not attend Congress Legislative Party meeting scheduled to be held tomorrow

BJP trying to topple Congress govt in Rajasthan, says Avinash Pande

Rajasthan Congress in-charge Avinash Pande on Sunday accused the BJP of trying to topple Congress government in the state and said that the ruling party at the Centre will fail in its attempt as 'everything is fine'.
"We had a talk with Rajasthan Congress MLAs who had gone to Delhi and now, after talks, many of them have returned back to Jaipur. BJP is trying to topple Congress government in the state, but it will not be successful. Everything is fine," Avinash Pande said. "Congress is strongly working together. All MLAs have trust and faith in the party and Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. BJP is deliberately diverting the present situation," added Pande.
Expressing confidence that Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot-led government will continue to rule in the state, he said that the Rajasthan government will complete a five-year term.
"This Conspiracy is created by the BJP government and they have been trying this for one year. I can say that all Rajasthan Congress MLAs will work together and Congress government in Rajasthan will complete five years of its tenure," Pande said.

Will follow party line, say three Congress MLAs after return from Delhi

Three Congress MLAs, who had left for Delhi and were being counted among those in Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot's camp in the power tussle in Rajasthan, on Sunday said they will follow the party line.
Addressing a press conference at Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's home here, Rohit Bohra, Danish Abrar and Chetan Dudi called themselves soldiers of the party and said they will do whatever the top leadership tells them. The MLAs said their visit to Delhi was a normal affair and the media should not speculate over it.
We are with the Congress Party which gave us tickets. The media trial, which is going on, has no sense. We are soldiers of the party and will remain so for lifetime, Bohra said. He said they had long association with the Congress and the media should not indulge in speculation. I have been going to Delhi since childhood. Visiting Delhi is a normal affair but this time, it was made special, Danish Abrar said taking a swipe at the media.
"We are soldiers of the Congress Party at any cost, he said.

LIVE: Sachin Pilot opposes induction of ex-BSP MLAs in Rajasthan council of ministers

Until Sunday evening, even as Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot gathered legislators supporting him for a meeting, there seemed little immediate threat to the longevity of the 19-month old Congress government in Rajasthan.
However, the latest round of the power struggle between Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, 69, and his deputy Sachin Pilot, 42, yet again foregrounded the rudderless state of the Congress party.
Sources in Pilot camp said their leader could even split the party. According to them, Pilot has insisted that Gehlot should not induct two of the 6 former Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) legislators in the state council of ministers. The 6 BSP MLAs recently joined the Congress.
Pilot also does not want Gehlot to make one of the ‘independents’, a minister. Pilot has argued that these MLAs had defeated Congress MLAs, and making them ministers would demoralise the party. READ MORE...

LIVE: Congress Legislative Party meeting tomorrow at Rajasthan CM residence

Amid the ongoing political turmoil in the state, a meeting of Congress Legislative Party (CLP) will be held at Gehlot's residence at 10 am on Monday. Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot also called a meeting of party MLAs and ministers in Jaipur on Sunday night.
The crisis in Rajasthan Congress has deepened with state Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and his deputy Sachin Pilot at loggerheads. While Gehlot is blaming BJP for trying to destabilise the state government by poaching MLAs, Pilot is camping in Delhi to speak to the party leadership regarding the political turmoil in the state.
Taking to Twitter, Gehlot said that special operations group (SOG) gave notices the Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister, Chief Whip, some other ministers and MLAs in connection with Congress Legislative Party's complaint regarding horse-trading by BJP.

Rajasthan political crisis LIVE: Scindia says Pilot too persecuted, Congress has its deja vu moment

As Rajasthan politics heats up over Congress Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot being summoned by the police of his own government, his old party colleague turned BJP leader Jyotiraditya Scindia has added to the intra-Congress tussle by saying that Pilot is being "persecuted" by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.
In a tweet that has intensified speculation about the BJP's next move, Scindia said, "Sad to see my erstwhile colleague, Sachin Pilot, too being sidelined and persecuted by Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot. Shows that talent and capability find little credence in the Congress."
Scindia, who too was kept out of power ever since the party's victory in the 2018 Madhya Pradesh elections, recently jumped ship to the BJP along with his followers, leading to the fall of the Kamal Nath-led Congress government in the state.
Both Scindia and Pilot have worked closely in the party as junior ministers in the UPA government.

Congress leaders Ajay Maken, Randeep Surjewala sent to Jaipur as central observers; will meet and hold discussions with MLAs

Rajasthan crisis should be short-lived, says Abhishek Singhvi

With its government in Rajasthan on the brink, Congress managers are looking for ways to call a truce between the warring camps led by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and his deputy Sachin Pilot.
Senior Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi said "There is a time and a place for everything. Gehlot and Pilot are seasoned leaders and have to demonstrate the perspicacity and maturity they are famous for. Turbulence should be shortlived and solutions lasting and deep."
Singhvi's remarks came amid the political crisis in the state after Deputy Chief Minister Pilot went incommunicado along with over a dozen MLAs. Pilot, who arrived in the national capital on Saturday has also sought meeting with party interim chief Sonia Gandhi over the issue.

Congress govt in Rajasthan will complete five years of tenure: Avinash Pande

All Rajasthan Congress MLAs in touch with me; Govt is stable: Cong Gen Secy Avinash Pande

As it grapples with factionalism in its Rajasthan unit, the Congress on Sunday said its government in the state is stable and will last its full term.
Congress general secretary in-charge for the state Avinash Pande said all party MLAs in the state were in touch with him and wondered who were the ones purported to be siding with Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot. Pilot, who has been engaged in a power tussle with Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, continues to be incommunicado, leading to anxiety in the state unit.
Pande told PTI that he had not spoken to Pilot for the last two days and had left a message with him.
"All Congress MLAs are in touch with me and the government in Rajasthan is stable and will last its full term," he said. The Congress general secretary said party chief Sonia Gandhi has been updated on developments in Rajasthan. "I have not talked to Pilot for the last two days and I'm trying to reach out to him. I have left messages for him," he told PTI.

Sad to see Sachin Pilot too being sidelined and persecuted by Rajasthan CM Gehlot: Scindia

Rajasthan's Nagaur MP Hanuman Beniwal received death threat

Rajasthan's Nagaur MP Hanuman Beniwal has allegedly received a death threat, the video of which has gone viral on social media. A man, who identified himself as Lala Gurjar, threatened the MP for speaking against criminals like Jagan Gurjar and Papla Gurjar, an aide of Beniwal said.
No FIR has been registered in this connection so far. Beniwal, the convener of Rashtriya Loktantrik Party, had recently tweeted that Papla Gurjar is still absconding and it is a failure of the state government.
Papla was detained by a police team in Alwar district's Behror in September last year but a few hours after his detention, his accomplices attacked a police station with AK-47 assault rifles and other weapons to free him from the lockup. He is still at large.
On the other hand, Jagan Gurjar is a notorious dacoit of Dholpur district.

Rajasthan political crisis LIVE: 12 Rajasthan 'rebel' Congress MLAs camping at Maneser hotel

Twelve Congress legislators of Rajasthan, who have put the Ashok Gehlot government in quandary after reportedly deciding to extend support to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), are camping at ITC Grand Bharat, the five-star hotel in Maneser of the Gurugram district, according to an IANS report.
According to a top BJP source in Haryana, they belonged to the Sachin Pilot group. Around 40 BJP legislators have also been lodged in the same hotel as the top leadership feels they are vulnerable and may go with the Congress. They were brought here on Saturday evening by influential BJP leaders of Rajasthan and Delhi. Pilot reportedly met the MLAs here the same evening.
The hotel management has set up barricades some 500 meters from the main entrance of the property. Over a dozen bouncers in white clothes have also been deployed to keep the media away from the hotel. The hotel seems to be favourite of dissident legislators and leaders.

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Rajasthan political crisis: CM Gehlot summons meeting of Congress MLAs

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has summoned a meeting Sunday night of Congress MLAs and others supporting his government, amid speculation over his rift with deputy Sachin Pilot.
Gehlot has alleged that the opposition BJP is trying to topple the Congress government, and cited an FIR registered by the state police.
The BJP has dismissed the allegation, saying that the developments are related to infighting within the state unit of the ruling party. Several ministers and Congress MLAs called on the CM during the day, indicating their support. READ MORE...

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MLAs supporting Pilot find it 'untenable' to work under Gehlot after SOG letter to Dy CM: Sources (PTI)

Amid a power tussle in the Rajasthan government, sources close to Sachin Pilot on Sunday said the letter asking the deputy chief minister to appear for questioning in a probe into alleged attempts to destabilize his own government has "crossed all limits" and made it "untenable" for those MLAs supporting him to work under Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.
The MLAs supporting Pilot cannot stand the repeated undermining of Pilot, also the state PCC chief, by the Gehlot camp and the letter by the police's special operations group (SOG) sent to the deputy chief minister was to "humiliate him", sources told PTI.
Pilot is in Delhi, and MLAs supporting him have resolved that they cannot work under Gehlot's chief ministership after the letter was served to "publicly discredit" the PCC chief, sources said, and asserted that there were problems before also but this letter has crossed all limits and such humiliation cannot be tolerated.
On the Rajasthan police issuing notice to Gehlot also to record his statement, according to a PTI report.
Sources said the notice to the chief minister, also holding the charge of state home affairs, was only an "eyewash" so that the deputy chief minister can be summoned by the SOG and humiliated.
"Never before has a sitting state party presidentand deputy chief minister has been served with such a letter", a source said according to PTI.

Rajasthan govt crisis LIVE: Congress MLAs meet Ashok Gehlot to indicate support

Several ministers and MLAs visited Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's home Sunday, indicating support to him amid speculation over a widening rift with his deputy Sachin Pilot.
Some Congress MLAs, considered close to Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, who also heads the state Congress unit, have gone to Delhi, sources said. The posturing comes amid allegations by Gehlot that the BJP is trying to lure Congress MLAs to topple the state government.
The BJP has dismissed the claim, saying the developments reflect a power struggle between Gehlot and Pilot, simmering since the Congress leadership in Delhi picked the more senior leader for the CM's post.
Revenue Minister Harish Choudhary, Labour Minister Tikaram Jully, Health Minister Raghu Sharma were among those who visited the chief minister's residence. We all are meeting the chief minister since yesterday to express faith and confidence in his leadership. The MLAs have confidence in Gehlot's leadership, independent legislator Babulal Nagar said.
The crisis surfaced on Friday when the Rajasthan Police issued notices to Gehlot, Pilot and the government chief whip, seeking time from them to record their statements over an alleged bid to topple the state's Congress government.

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SOG sought Sachin Pilot's time to record statement in case related to attempts at toppling Rajasthan govt

The Special Operations Group (SOG) of police had sought Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot's time for recording his statements in connection with the alleged attempts to topple Congress government in the state.
A letter to the same effect had been sent to Pilot on July 10 by the SOG. However, a similar letter had also been sent by the SOG on the same day to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot too. Notices sent to both Gehlot and Pilot stated that the SOG, police had urged the leaders to provide a suitable date, time for recording their respective statements.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Saturday accused the BJP of attempting to topple the State government" by "buying" MLAs by offering them up to Rs 25 crore, a charge denied by the opposition party and its ally Rashtriya Loktantrik Party (RLP), which have claimed that "infighting" inside Congress was at play. They also accused Gehlot of not trusting his own MLAs.

CM, Deputy CM and other MLAs received notices to record their statements: Rajasthan CM

Vikas Dubey reached Ujjain from Rajasthan by bus: Police probe

With police hot on his heels, slain gangster Vikas Dubey had reached Ujjain from Rajasthan by bus, and took a dip in the Kshipra river before reaching the Mahakaleshwar temple where he was eventually arrested last week, investigations so far have revealed.
Various details emerged as police in Madhya Pradesh probed further about his escape from Uttar Pradesh after the Kanpur ambush in which eight policemen, including a deputy superintendent of police, were killed on July 3.
Dubey, the alleged mastermind of the Kanpur ambush, was killed in an encounter on Friday after he tried to flee following a road accident at Barra area in Kanpur, a day after his arrest.
Ujjain's Superintendent of Police Manoj Singh said 11 teams were constituted to investigate how Dubey arrived and the circumstances leading to his arrest, that ended the week-long multi-state manhunt for the gangster. These teams examined CCTV footage of various areas and enquired with some hotels, lodges and bus owners/drivers, he told reporters on Saturday evening.

Uttar Pradesh govt orders judicial probe into Bikru killings, Dubey's encounter

The Uttar Pradesh government has ordered a judicial inquiry into the July 3 ambush in Bikru village wherein eight policemen were killed and also the July 10 encounter killing of main accused Vikas Dubey near Kanpur, officials sources said on Sunday.
The probe will be headed by Justice Shashikant Agarwal (retd) with its headquarters in Kanpur. The probe report will be submitted within two months. The probe will also cover the encounters of criminals done by police during this period.
Six criminals, including Dubey, were killed in these encounters between July 3 and July 10. According to an official release, the judicial commission will also investigate the police-criminals nexus to check recurrence of such incidents in future. The commission has been tasked to suggest measures to stop such nexus from developing.

Two aides of Vikas Dubey remanded in judicial custody for 14 days

Two aides of slain Uttar Pradesh gangster Vikas Dubey were remanded in judicial custody for 14 days by a court in Thane, an official said on Sunday.
The two, identified as Arvind alias Guddan Trivedi (45) and his driver Sushilkumar alias Sonu Tiwari (30) were held on Saturday by Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad from a chawl in Dhokali area of Thane. First Class Judicial Magistrate RH Jha remanded them in judicial custody for 14 days on Saturday.
After a precautionary coronavirus test, the duo has been shifted to Taloja jail. Earlier, appearing for the accused, advocate Anil Jadhav told the court Trivedi and Tiwari feared for their lives and should be flown to Kanpur from Maharashtra. Eight policemen were ambushed and killed in Bikru village in Chaubeypur area of Kanpur when they were going to arrest Dubey shortly after midnight on July 3.

Uttar Pradesh: Four injured in clash between two groups over Vikas Dubey encounter

In a bizarre incident in Uttar Pradesh, four people were injured when two groups clashed with each other amid a debate over the encounter of dreaded gangster Vikas Dubey, police said on Sunday.
The incident took place in Derapur area of Kanpur Dehat on Saturday. Police said that members of the two groups were debating over Vikas Dubey's encounter.
While, one group was justifying the encounter, the other opposed to it, leading to verbal exchanges which took a violent turn. Separate FIRs have been lodged against people from both the sides, while those injured have been admitted to hospital.
"We have lodged separate FIRs in this regard and further investigations are on. Three persons from both the sides were detained and their questioning is underway in this connection," said ASP Anoop Kumar.

SC judge should monitor Vikas Dubey encounter case investigation: Cong

Days after the Uttar Pradesh government handed over the Vikas Dubey encounter case for a probe to the Special Investigation Team (SIT), senior Congress leader PL Punia has called for the investigation into the case to be monitored by a sitting Supreme Court judge.
"The state government has formed an SIT to probe the encounter along with 5-6 other incidents, which will be headed by Additional Chief Secretary Sanjay Bhoosreddy, who has no previous experience of investigating. The state government must issue a clarification on the same. With so many questions arising out of this case, a Supreme Court sitting judge must be asked to monitor the case," the Congress leader said.
"Vikas Dubey was on the run after killing eight of our brave policemen. But he was killed during an encounter, which created a lot of questions including his said acquaintances with politicians and senior officials. The probe must be done on who were his political mentors," he said.
Kanpur encounter case main accused Vikas Dubey was killed in an encounter with the police on Friday.

Special Investigation Team reaches Bikru village to probe Vikas Dubey case

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) set up by the Yogi Adityanath government to probe the various aspects related to the murder of eight policemen in Kanpur on July 3, reached the Bikru village on Sunday.
District Magistrate Brahma Dev Ram Tiwari and Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Dinesh Kumar Prabhu also reached the village. The SIT is led by Additional Chief Secretary Sanjay Bhoosreddy, and comprises ADG Hariram Sharma and DIG J. Ravindra Gaur as members, according to an IANS report.
The SIT is investigating the points from the investigation to the cause of the incident to the encounter. The Special Investigation Team will also probe gangster Vikas Dubey's rise in the world of crime and how he managed to kill eight policemen in an ambush in his native village earlier this month.
The role of the local police in the pre and post ambush situation, the connivance of policemen in the incident and the role of police in subsequent investigations will also be under scanner. The SIT will submit its report to the government by July 31.

BJP will fail to topple Rajasthan govt, says Congress

Amid ongoing political turmoil in Rajasthan, senior Congress leader PL Punia said that while the BJP succeeded in toppling the government in Madhya Pradesh, it would fail to do so in Rajasthan.
Speaking to ANI, Punia said, "The BJP is working as a political business in Rajasthan. They are trying to purchase MLAs by offering them 10-15 crore each as suggested by the Rajasthan Chief Minister. The police have arrested two persons, who were charged with trying to buy elected legislatures. It is very unfortunate."
"As many as 28 MLAs submitted a privilege motion, urging steps to be taken against the BJP. It is in its (BJP's) DNA to grab power by whatever means. They make use of agencies like CBI and ED to run after their rivals," he added.
He alleged that the BJP does not believe in democracy and said, "In Madhya Pradesh, they toppled the Congress government by unfair means and made Shivraj Singh Chouhan the Chief Minister. It is the same story everywhere, including in Rajya sabha elections. While they succeeded in Madhya Pradesh, they will not do so in Rajasthan."
Reports have surfaced in the media regarding Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot arriving in Delhi, along with close to two dozen MLAs loyal to him as the crisis in the Congress government in the state.
The BJP has, however, denied any involvement in the ongoing feud within the Rajasthan Congress.

One unidentified terrorist killed so far in encounter at Rebban area of Sopore: Jammu and Kashmir Police

Special Investigation Team probing police's 'connivance' with Vikas Dubey to visit Bikru village

Uttar Pradesh additional chief secretary Sanjay Bhoosreddy, who is heading the special investigation team probing the local police's alleged connivance with slain gangster Vikas Dubey, will on Sunday visit Bikru village near Kanpur where 8 policemen were killed by the henchmen of the gangster.
"We will visit the location where firing took place (Bikru village)," Bhoosreddy told PTI on his way to Kanpur. He refused to elaborate further.
The state government had constituted the SIT on Saturday. Bhoosreddy is heading the team, which will have Additional DG Hari Ram Sharma and DIG Ravinder Goud as its members, according to an official statement.
The SIT will submit its report by July 31 after looking into all the angles, studying all related documents and spot inspection in Kanpur, it said. The team has been asked to probe into what effective action was taken in all the cases lodged against Dubey, the statement said.

Latest News LIVE: Eight shortlisted for RBI deputy governor post; interview on July 23

A search panel headed by the cabinet secretary is scheduled to interview eight shortlisted candidates on July 23 for the post of RBI deputy governor, sources said according to a PTI report.
The post had fallen vacant after senior-most deputy governor N S Vishwanathan demitted office three months ahead of his extended tenure on March 31 on health grounds after serving the monetary authority for 39 years.
The Financial Sector Regulatory Appointment Search Committee (FSRASC) has a list of eight names who would be interviewed via video conference on July 23, the sources said.
The selected name from the interview will be sent to the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by the Prime Minister for final approval, they added. Besides the cabinet secretary, other members of FSRASC include the RBI Governor, financial services secretary and two independent members.

UK-China ties freeze with debate over Huawei, Hong Kong

Only five years ago, then-British Prime Minister David Cameron was celebrating a golden era in UK-China relations, bonding with President Xi Jinping over a pint of beer at the pub and signing off on trade deals worth billions. Those friendly scenes now seem like a distant memory. Hostile rhetoric has ratcheted up in recent days over Beijing's new national security law for Hong Kong. Britain's decision to offer refuge to millions in the former colony was met with a stern telling-off by China. And Chinese officials have threatened consequences if Britain treats it as a hostile country and decides to cut Chinese technology giant Huawei out of its critical telecoms infrastructure amid growing unease over security risks. All that is pointing to a much tougher stance against China, with a growing number in Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party taking a long, hard look at Britain's Chinese ties. Many are saying Britain has been far too complacent and naive in thinking it could reap economic benefits from the relationship without political consequences.

Silence at Sonia Gandhi's residence amid Rajasthan crisis

Even as the opposition Congress grappled with an intra-party crisis to save its government in Rajasthan, silence loomed over party interim President Sonia Gandhi's residence at 10 Janpath on Sunday as no senior Congress leader had arrived to discuss the matter. According to party sources, Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot had arrived in Delhi on Saturday evening to meet the party high command and had sought a meeting with Sonia Gandhi.

You misled people: JP Nadda to Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi is raising questions about China again & again. People of India know that during the Doklam stand-off, you were meeting the Chinese Ambassador in secrecy. You misled people, country got to know when the Chinese Ambassador put photos online: JP Nadda, BJP President

Worried for our party: Kapil Sibal

Naxals blew a Forest Department office cum quarter in Muffasil police station area

Naxals blew a Forest Department office cum quarter in Muffasil police station area last night. They also pasted warning posters. No casualty reported. Anti-Naxal operation underway in the area: Indrajit Mahatha, SP Chaibasa 

Pak reopens 2 more trade routes with Afghan after months-long closure of border due to COVID-19

Pakistan has opened two more key trade routes with Afghanistan after months-long closure of the border due to the coronavirus pandemic. Pakistan and Afghanistan share 18 crossing points. Pakistan closed its border with Iran and Afghanistan after COVID-19 cases increased in the country early this year. Pakistani Special Representative for Afghanistan Mohammad Sadiq on Saturday said the Angor Adda point in South Waziristan and the Kharlachi crossing in Kurram districts were reopened to boost trade between the two countries. "Trade should be the mainstay of Pak-Afghan relations and prosperity of regions on both sides of the border," he tweeted.

SIT arrives at Bikru village in Kanpur

Special Investigation Team (SIT) arrives at Bikru village in Kanpur. State Government had ordered yesterday that SIT, headed by Additional Chief Secretary Sanjay Bhoosreddy, will conduct investigation in the case. 

What happened that China took away India's land during Modi's rule: Rahul asks govt

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday again attacked the government over the Ladakh face-off, and asked what happened that China "took away" India's land when Prime Minister Narendra Modi is at the helm. He also tagged a news report quoting a defence expert, alleging that the Government is "misleading" the media on the Chinese disengagement along the LAC and that disengagement at the Galwan Valley is disadvantageous to India. "What has happened that under Modi ji rule, China took away Mother India's sacred land," he asked in a tweet in Hindi. Gandhi has been attacking Modi and his government on the standoff in Ladakh and has accused the prime minister of "surrendering" India's land to China.

Fire broke out at a shed at Nizamuddin Railway Yard

A fire broke out at a shed at Nizamuddin Railway Yard today morning. Fire under control now, no injuries reported.

The state of LGBTQ+ rights: 'India does not have anti-discrimination code'

On September 6, 2018, India's Supreme Court ruled that consensual homosexual acts would no longer constitute a crime. The historic move reversed Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which was a legacy from British colonial rule. The change was welcome by Indian and global LGBTQ+ communities as a step towards acceptance and equal rights, but almost two years after the passing of this law, what is the state of LGBTQ+ rights in India? Global Voices author Filip Noubel asked Supreme Court advocate Saurabh Kirpal, who was also the lawyer for the petitioners in the case that led to the decriminalization of homosexuality, to share his views. Read Here

Australia to offer residence option to 10,000 Hong Kong citizens

The Australian government says it will offer around 10,000 Hong Kong passport holders currently living in Australia a chance to apply for permanent residence once their current visas expire. Prime Minister Scott Morrison's government believes China's imposition of a new tough national security law on the semi-autonomous territory means pro-democracy supporters may face political persecution. That means that many Hong Kong passport holders may be looking for other destinations to go to and hence why we have put forward our additional visa options for them, Acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge told Australian Broadcasting Corporation television on Sunday. Read More

Musk again hints at Tesla Model 3 arrival in India

After several attempts in the past to launch Tesla cars for the Indian roads, Elon Musk is yet to inaugurate a Tesla showroom in India. However, he has once again hinted to let his Indian fans drive an electric Model 3 "hopefully soon". In response to a query by a follower who booked the car four years ago, Musk replied that the "launch should hopefully happen soon". "Dear @elonmusk. When is the Tesla3 expected in India? Booked over 4 years ago!!" asked Arvind Gupta. "Sorry, should hopefully be soon!" replied Musk. Musk has been moving back and forth on his India dream for couple of years.

File photo of Tesla's Model X

Separatist leader, Jamaat members detained in Kashmir, to be booked under PSA: police chief

Separatist Hurriyat leader Ashraf Sehrai and some members of the banned Jamaat-e-Islami have been detained and are likely to be booked under the stringent Public Safety Act, Jammu and Kashmir police chief Dilbagh Singh said on Sunday. Sehrai is chairperson of the pro-Pakistan Tehreek-e-Hurriyat. Besides him, about a dozen other members of the Jamaat-e-Islami have been taken into custody, Singh said. The police action comes days after veteran separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani announced his complete disassociation from politics.

5.1-magnitude quake jolts China; tremors felt in Beijing

A 5.1-magnitude earthquake on Sunday jolted China's north Hebei province's Tangshan city, according to officials. Strong tremors were felt in the nearby regions including Beijing, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported. The epicentre of the quake, which struck Guye district at 6:38 AM local time, was monitored at 39.78 degrees north latitude and 118.44 degrees east longitude, the China Earthquake Networks Centre (CENC) said. The quake struck at a depth of 10 km, the CENC said. A second tremor with 2.2-magnitude hit the district again at 7:02 AM. No casualties have been reported, the report said.

In Pics | Assam inundated as floods wreak havoc

People use the makeshift boat to cross the flood-affected areas, in Jonai on Friday. (ANI)
NDRF personal rescue flood affected villagers at Jonai in Dhemaji district, in Mumbai on Saturday. (ANI)
Baghjan well site inundated with flood water after heavy rain in Tinsukia District of Assam on Saturday. (ANI)

Thunderstorm with light to moderate rain expected over Delhi

Thunderstorm with light to moderate rain with wind speed 30-60 km/ph would occur over and adjoining areas of Delhi, Faridabad, Gurugram, Meerut, Rohtak, Ghaziabad, Noida, and Greater Noida during the next 2 hours: India Meteorological Department 

UN calls for investigation of Tuticorin custodial death case

I think every death, all these cases, as a principle, need to be fully investigated: Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for United Nations Secretary-General, on Tuticorin custodial death case

US Navy welcomes 1st Black female Tactical Aircraft pilot

The US Navy has welcomed its first Black female Tactical Aircraft pilot. MAKING HISTORY! the U.S. Navy tweeted Thursday in response to a post that Lt. j.g. Madeline Swegle had completed naval flight school and would later this month receive the flight officer insignia known as the Wings of Gold." The Naval Air Training Command tweeted that Swegle is the Navy's first known Black female TACAIR pilot. According to Stars and Stripes, Swegle is from Burke, Virginia, and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2017.

Monsoon session (of Parliament) will be held certainly: Pralhad Joshi

Monsoon session (of Parliament) will be held certainly. Government will do all the formalities & take all precautions: Pralhad Joshi, Parliamentary Affairs Minister

Pakistan opens 2 key trade routes with Afghanistan

Pakistan has opened two key trade routes with neighbour Afghanistan that will help boost bilateral trade, Pakistani officials said. Mohammad Sadiq, Pakistani Prime Minister's Special Representative for Afghanistan, on Saturday said the Angor Adda crossing with Afghanistan in South Waziristan tribal district was opened on Friday, two days ahead of its scheduled opening, Xinhua news agency reported. Meanwhile, officials in Kurram tribal district said that the Kharlachi border crossing was opened on Saturday.

Iran warns Europe not to give in to US pressures for extending arms embargo

Iran vowed retaliatory measures if Europe gives in to the US pressures for extending a UN arms embargo on Iran, Tasnim news agency reported. "We have warned the European countries that if they give in to the political and diplomatic pressures from the United States, Iran has effective measures in response," Abbas Mousavi, spokesman of the foreign ministry, told Tasnim. Washington wants to portray Tehran as a threat to security in the region when the US forces are the real threat to regional peace, stability and security, Mousavi said, Xinhua news agency reported.

Encounter between militants and security forces in J-K's Baramulla

An encounter broke out between militants and security forces in Sopore area of Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla district on Sunday, police said. Security personnel launched a cordon and search operation around midnight in the Reban area of Sopore town following information on presence of militants, a police official said. He said the search operation turned into an encounter around 4.00 am on Sunday when the hiding militants opened firing on the security forces, who retaliated. No casualties have been reported so far, he said.

Floods, landslides kill 40 in Nepal, many missing

Heavy rains triggered flash floods and landslides that killed at least 40 people and displaced thousands in western Nepal, officials said on Saturday. Twenty people were killed and at least 13 others were missing in Myagdi district, 200 km (125 miles) northwest of the capital Kathmandu, where several houses were destroyed on Friday, district administrator Gyan Nath Dhakal said. “Rescuers are looking for those who are still missing in Myagdi,” Dhakal said, adding that 50 people had been plucked to safety using helicopters. “Eleven people who were injured in the landslides have been moved to nearby hospitals,” he said.

Donald Trump, Joe Biden win Louisiana's presidential primary

President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden have won Louisiana's twice-postponed presidential primary. Trump faced no true challenger for the Republican nomination, but four other GOP contenders ran against him on Louisiana's ballot Saturday. Biden faced 13 other Democrats on the ballot, though he already had locked up enough delegates in other states to become the party's nominee.

Flooding in parts of north Bengal; yellow weather warning issued

Heavy rainfall lashed north Bengal on Saturday, leading to flooding in low-lying areas, and the weather department issued a yellow warning for Himachal Pradesh for July 12 as the monsoon trough ran close to the foothills of the Himalayas passing eastward from Arunachal Pradesh to Punjab. The India Meteorology Department said heavy-to-very heavy rainfall is expected in sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim and East Uttar Pradesh and Bihar on Sunday, and it could be accompanied by thunderstorm in the Gangetic West Bengal.

Normal life disrupted in Assam

Villages in Mohna ghat area of Dibrugarh have been flooded after water level of Brahmaputra river rose following incessant rainfall; normal life disrupted. 

Encounter underway in Kashmir

Encounter has started at Rebban area of Sopore. Police and security forces are on the job. Further details shall follow: Kashmir Zone Police

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