Latest update LIVE: UP Police killed Dubey in self-defence, says STF

Gangster Vikas Dubey in police custody after he was arrested at Mahakaleshwar temple in Ujjain on Thursday. Photo: ANI
Uttar Pradesh gangster Vikas Dubey was killed while being taken to Kanpur after arrest yesterday. He had been arrested days after eight UP cops were killed in a failed encounter bid.

Meanwhile, on the India-China stand-off front, the two countries are expected to hold another round of diplomatic talks on the border row today to thrash out modalities for further de-escalation of tension along the Line of Actual Control. India had on Thursday rejected China's claim over Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched 750-Mw solar project at Madhya Pradesh's Rewa. Delhi Metro will be one of its institutional customers outside the state. The project comprises three solar generating units of 250 Mw each located on a 500-hectare plot inside a solar park.

In view of a surge in coronavirus cases, the Uttar Pradesh government has imposed a lockdown in the state, which will be int force from 10 pm today to 5 am on July 13.

On the education front, CISCE will declare the ICSE and ISC results 2020 at 3 pm today.

Stay tuned for the latest news of the day


Turkey's president formally makes Hagia Sophia a mosque

The president of Turkey on Friday formally converted Istanbul's sixth-century Hagia Sophia back into a mosque and declared it open for Muslim worship, hours after a high court annulled a 1934 decision that had made the religious landmark a museum.
The decision sparked deep dismay among Orthodox Christians. Originally a cathedral, Hagia Sophia was turned into a mosque after Istanbul's conquest by the Ottoman Empire but had been a museum for the last 86 years, drawing millions of tourists annually.

Hagia Sophia

Facebook mulls ban on political ads ahead of US elections

Facebook Inc is considering imposing a ban on political ads on its social network in the days leading up to the Nov. 3 elections in the United States, Bloomberg News reported on Friday, citing people familiar with the company's thinking.
The potential ban is only being discussed and has not been finalized, the report added.

Four dead in landslide in Arunachal Pradesh after incessant rainfall

Default risk for Indian companies drops at fastest pace in decade

Default risks for Indian firms are declining at the fastest pace in more than a decade as the central government deploys huge stimulus to support local companies hit by the impact of the pandemic.
The cost to insure against nonpayment by a basket of Indian companies, including Reliance Industries and State Bank of India, dropped by 252 basis points in May and June combined, the most for any two-month period dating back to 2009, according to CMA prices. Read more

Covid-19 impact: Housing sales down 67% in April-June, says PropEquity

Sales or absorption of housing units dropped by 67% to 21,294 across top nine cities in the second quarter of calendar 2020, from 62,851 in the year-ago period, according to a PropEquity report. The sales declined because of the Covid-19 outbreak and lockdown. The supply of new units also dropped by 81% during the period to 11,967. Read more

Travel curb by states to contain Covid-19 hurting demand: IndiGo CEO

Press Trust of India Hoping that the Covid-19-hit aviation industry should be back on "track" within the next one-and-a-half years, budget carrier IndiGo parent InterGlobe Aviation's Chief Executive Officer Ronojoy Dutta has said restrictions on travel by certain states are hurting demand. Read more.

Amazon makes employees delete TikTok, cites security concerns

Will make efforts to ensure national unity, territorial integrity: Nepal PM

Embattled Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli on Friday said he will make "every effort" to consolidate national unity and protect the territorial integrity of Nepal and asserted that it is the duty of the ruling communist party and its leaders to resolve the internal matters and disputes. Read more

Ladakh admin procuring tech, expertise for Jal Jeevan Mission: L-G

Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh R K Mathur on Fridaysaid the administration is in the process of procuring appropriate technologies and expertise to execute the Jal Jeevan Mission in the Union territory and expects it to be completed by March 2022.

In a meeting with Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat via video conference, Mathur discussed the implementation and progress of Jal Jeevan Mission in Ladakh, a spokesman of Ladakh Raj Bhavan said.

Jal Jeevan Mission, envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2019, aims to provide portable water in adequate quantity and of prescribed quality to all households.


Govt on track to doubling farmers' income by 2024: Agri Min official

The government is on track to achieving the target of doubling farmers' income by 2024 and recent farm reforms, including setting up of a Rs 1 lakh crore agri-infra fund, are steps in that direction, a senior agriculture ministry official said on Friday.

The recent reforms, including three ordinances to provide barrier-free trading platforms to farmers, are aimed at addressing the post-production challenges and ensuring better returns to farmers, said Ashok Dalwai, CEO of the National Rainfed Area Authority under the agriculture ministry.

Dalwai, also the chairman of the Committee on Doubling Farmers' Income (DFI), was speaking at a webinar organised by the India Pulses And Grains Association (IPGA).


Dubey encounter: Car overturned when driver tried to avoid cattle, says STF

The Uttar Pradesh STF on Friday said the official vehicle in which gangster Vikas Dubey was being brought to Kanpur overturned when a herd of cattle suddenly came in front of it.

According to a statement released by the STF, Dubey was being brought to Kanpur from Ujjain for appearance in a local court when the vehicle in which he was coming overturned in front of Kanhaiyalal Hospital on the national highway after a herd of cattle suddenly came in front of it.

The vehicle overturned when the driver, who was tired, tried to avoid the cattle on the road, the STF said, adding that five policemen were seriously injured.

India's economic recovery started from June: SBI chairman

The country's economy, which witnessed a disruption due to the coronavirus outbreak, has started recovering from June, State Bank of India's Chairman Rajnish Kumar said on Friday.

Speaking at the SBI Banking and Economics Conclave, Kumar said there is a need to wait for three to four months to see the trend of the recovery.

"COVID-19 has caused gigantic disruption of the Indian economy along with dislocation of the supply chain. April was the worst month. Things had slightly improved in May, while the recovery started from June," Kumar said at the webinar.

Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation, Indian Army retaliating

Ex-AMU student leader held for anti-CAA violence: Police

A former AMU student leader and son of a varsity teacher has been arrested for his alleged role in the December 15 and subsequent violence during the campus protest against changes in the citizenship law, police said on Friday.

Sharjeel Usmani, the son of Assistant Professor Tariq Usmani of the AMU's Department of Geography, was picked by the UP's anti-terrorist squad (ATS) sleuths from his uncle's house in Azamgarh on Wednesday and was subsequently produced in a court here which remanded him in judicial custody, they said.

He has been lodged at a temporary jail at Lodha about 20 kilometres from here, they added.

Civil Lines Circle officer Anil Samania said Sharjeel was wanted in four different cases including the violence which broke out at AMU on December 15.

India, China agree on complete disengagement of troops from eastern Ladakh

India and China on Friday held a fresh round of diplomatic talks on the border row in eastern Ladakh and reaffirmed to ensure "complete disengagement" of the troops in the region for "full restoration" of peace and tranquility along Line of Actual Control.

The Ministry of External Affairs said the talks were held under the framework of Working Mechanism for Consultation & Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC).

It said the two sides reaffirmed to ensure complete disengagement of the troops along the LAC for "full restoration" of peace and tranquility in the border areas in accordance with bilateral agreements and protocols.

Franklin Templeton MF receives Rs 1,252 cr payment from Vodafone Idea

Franklin Templeton Mutual Fund on Friday said it has received a payment of Rs 1,252 crore from Vodafone Idea Ltd, which will be distributed among investors of the segregated portfolios.

There are six schemes -- Franklin India Ultra Short Bond Fund, Franklin India Low Duration, Franklin India Short Term Income Plan, Franklin India Credit Risk Fund, Franklin India Dynamic Accrual Fund, and Franklin India Income Opportunities Fund -- that had made investments in Vodafone Idea.

Franklin Templeton MF side-pocketed its exposure in the telecom player and from January 24, various securities issued by Vodafone Idea in the schemes were segregated from the total portfolio.

Chirag says holding Bihar polls during pandemic will put people at risk, JD(U) differs

BJP ally LJP on Friday joined the opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal in expressing concern over holding the Bihar assembly polls amid a spread of Covid-19 cases, with its president Chirag Paswan saying it will put people at risk and may result in a very low voter turnout.

Paswan's comments have again highlighted his party's rift with its allies, especially the JD(U), which was quick to snub him and asserted that timely elections would be in interests of "good governance".

The BJP's response was more guarded as the party said that conducting elections was the prerogative of the Election Commission.


16th meeting on India-China border affairs held today: MEA

NIA takes up probe in Kerala gold smuggling case; lodges FIR

The NIA on Friday registered a case against four people, including a key woman suspect, for their alleged involvement in smuggling 30 kg gold worth Rs 14.82 crore in a diplomatic baggage in Kerala, an official said.

The Centre on Thursday allowed the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to investigate the case in view of the "serious implications for national security".

The central agency registered the FIR under relevant sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, an NIA spokesperson said.

Defence min Rajnath Singh speaks to US Secretary of Defense Mark T Esper

Shipping ministry issues draft Aids to Navigation Bill to replace 90-yr old law

To replace an over nine decades old law governing lighthouses, the shipping ministry has issued a draft Aids to Navigation Bill, 2020 seeking suggestions from stakeholders and general public, an official statement said on Friday.

The draft bill aims at repealing the colonial Lighthouse Act, 1927, and provides for empowering the Directorate General of Lighthouses and Lightships (DGLL) with additional power and functions.

In accordance with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision for augmenting people's participation and transparency in the governance, the "Ministry of Shipping has issued the draft of Aids to Navigation Bill, 2020 for suggestions from the stakeholders and general public," the ministry said in the statement.

Anti CAA protests: Justifiable grounds for extending probe time in UAPA case against Sharjeel:HC

The Delhi High Court Friday held there were good and justifiable grounds for extending the time to complete investigation against JNU student Sharjeel Imam in a case related to alleged inflammatory speeches during the protests against CAA and NRC.

The high court said after perusing the details of the investigation carried out till the application or report was filed by the prosecution in the trial court and the points still pending to be carried out by the investigating authority, the decision to extend the period for carrying out the probe cannot be faulted with.

Justice V Kameswar Rao dismissed the plea by Imam, who was arrested on January 28, challenging the trial court's June 25 order granting three more months to the Delhi Police, beyond the statutory 90 days, to complete the investigation in the case under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act or UAPA.

US bans Pakistan International Airlines flights over pilot concerns

The US Department of Transportation said it has revoked permission for Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to conduct charter flights to the United States, citing Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) concerns over Pakistani pilot certifications.

The information is contained in a revocation of special authorisation dated July 1 provided by the department to Reuters on Friday.

Pakistan last month grounded almost a third of its pilots after discovering they may have falsified their qualifications.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency suspended PIA's authorisation to fly to the bloc for six months in a blow to the carrier's operations.

Global public debt, fiscal deficits to reach all-time high, IMF warns

A top IMF official on Friday warned that the global public debt is expected to exceed 100 per cent of the GDP in 2020-21, and the average overall fiscal deficit is expected to soar to 14 per cent of the GDP in 2020, pointing out that never have public debt and deficits risen so high and so fast.

The steep contraction in output and ensuing fall in revenues along with a sizable discretionary support have led to a surge in the government debt and deficits, Vitor Gaspar, Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF's) Fiscal Affairs Department told PTI.

Global public debt is expected to reach an all-time high, exceeding 100 per cent of the GDP in 202021, a surge of almost 20 percentage points from a year ago, he said, adding that the rise in debt is most significant among advanced economies such as the US, Japan and those in Europe.


Police tried to go close to him to nab him alive but he continued to fire: STF issues note on Dubey encounter

BJP demands security for political workers facing threats in J-K

The Jammu and Kashmir unit of the BJP on Friday demanded security for political workers of different parties who are facing threats, asserting that they are upholding democracy in the union territory.

It said sarpanches and heads of local bodies should also be provided the security cover as Pakistan wants to destroy the democratic process in J & K.

"It is very important to provide security to all the active political workers of all the political parties -- be it the NC, the PDP, the Congress or the the BJP -- who have threat perception, BJP's J and K unit president Ravinder Raina said here.

India Inc should come forward and make investment: MoS Finance Thakur

Minister of State for Finance Anurag Singh Thakur on Friday exhorted the industry to come forward and invest as Indian economy remains structurally strong.

Highlighting a series of reforms, including moderation in corporate tax rate, announced by the government in the last six tears to encourage investment, the minister said that the investment by local companies would instil confidence into foreign companies to put money into India.

"We used to talk about the lower corporate tax rates in certain countries. Last year we brought it down. That was the historic corporate tax rate cuts from 30 per cent to only 15 per cent.

Congress demands judicial probe by sitting SC judge into entire episode involving gangster Dubey

The Congress on Friday demanded a judicial probe by a sitting Supreme Court judge into the entire episode involving gangster Vikas Dubey to bring out the truth about those who had granted protection to him and the alleged political-criminal nexus in Uttar Pradesh.

Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said at a press conference that the killing of the gangster in an encounter raises several questions and sought answers on who were the people sitting in echelons of power who were granting protection to criminals like him.

Dubey was shot dead Friday by police, who claim he was trying to flee after the car carrying him from Ujjain overturned on the outskirts of the city.

Justice only thing killed in UP CM's 'encounter raj': TMC

Senior TMC leader and MP Mahua Moitra came down heavily on the Uttar Pradesh government on Friday over the killing of gangster Vikas Dubey, asserting that justice is the "only thing killed" in Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's "encounter raj".

Dubey was killed in an encounter earlier in the day, after a police vehicle carrying him from Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh to Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh met with an accident in the Bhaunti area of Kanpur district and he tried to flee.

"It is the job of the courts to deliver justice. It is the job of the police to deliver the accused. Shocking that India under @BJP has confused the two," Moitra said in a tweet.

Locals celebrate as gangster Vikas Dubey killed in police encounter

We need to find a fair & reasonable solution mutually acceptable through equal consultation: Chinese envoy

CBI arrives in Madurai to probe Thoothukudi custodial death case

Four Maoists killed in Bihar close to the Indo-Nepal border

Four alleged Maoists were killed early on Friday by security personnel in Bihar's West Champaran district, close to the India-Nepal border, in an operation that also led to the recovery of sophisticated weapons from a hideout, a top official of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) said here.

According to Sanjay Kumar, IG, SSB, Patna, the gun battle took place at around 4.45 am and one security personnel was injured by a bullet.

"We had received specific information about a group of Maoists hiding at the forest surrounding the Valmiki Tiger Reserve. Accordingly, an operation was planned taking in the loop the police station concerned, Lokeria in Bagaha," the official told PTI over phone.

Police uses tear gas shells to disperse Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha workers

Auction of 11 mineral blocks, including 2 gold, put on hold; sale of 2 mines in abeyance

The government has put on hold the auction of 11 mineral blocks, including two gold mines, besides keeping in abeyance sale of four blocks.

The blocks on hold for auction are in Madhya Pradesh, while the mines kept in abeyance are in Jharkhand, according to a document of the mines ministry.

However, the mines ministry did not specify the reasons for putting the sale of blocks on hold and in abeyance.

Among the blocks put on hold for auction, two are gold mines, five limestone, three basemetal and one bauxite block, the document said.


Incidents of crime against women dropped by 20.46% during first 6 months of 2020 in Haryana

Atiq Ahmed gang member Mohammed Akhtar arrested in MP's Suhagpur area

Kerala elephant tragedy: SC seeks reply of Centre, 13 States on plea against barbaric practices

The Supreme Court on Friday sought response from Centre, Kerala and 13 other states on a plea challenging the barbaric practices to ward off wild animals terming them as illegal and unconstitutional and violating Article 14 and 21 of the Constitution.

The plea filed by an advocate has also sought issuance of guidelines for creation of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to tackle such incidents and filling up of vacancies in forest forces across the country.

A bench of Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices R Subhash Reddy and A S Bopanna issued notice to Centre and 13 states including Kerala and sought their responses.

The petition sought declaration of the practice of using barbaric means/snares/shaved sticks/explosives to ward off wild animals as illegal, unconstitutional, and violative of Articles 14, and 21 of the Constitution.

Petitioner Subham Awasthi in his plea has referred to an incident of Kerala, where a pregnant elephant recently died after eating a pineapple stuffed with firecrackers, offered to her allegedly by some locals.

RBI Governor to deliver keynote address tomorrow

We object all intrusions, human rights abuses, misinformation by Chinese govt: Tibetan Youth Congress

At least 10 dead, over 40 missing in Nepal landslides

Illegal arms factory unearthed in Uttar Pradesh

Police have unearthed an illegal arms manufacturing factory in Shamli and arrested one person after a brief exchange of fire, an official said on Friday.

During the encounter, the accused, identified as Salim, sustained a bullet injury following which he was taken to a hospital, SP Vineet Jaiswal said.

Official statement regarding the encounter with Vikas Dubey to be released soon, says UP ADG

Uttar Pradesh ADG Law and Order Prashant Kumar on Friday said that an official statement regarding the encounter in which Vikas Dubey died will be released soon.

"After the car had overturned, Vikas Dubey tried to snatch weapons from the police and he attempted to flee after which there was retaliatory fire by the police in which he was injured," UP ADG Law and order told ANI.

He added, "He was declared dead after being taken to hospital. We would be issuing an official statement regarding the same soon."

Tablighi Jamaat: Delhi court grants bail to 82 Bangladeshi nationals

A Delhi court Friday granted bail to 82 Bangladeshi nationals who were chargesheeted for attending Tablighi Jamaat congregation here for allegedly violating visa conditions, indulging in missionary activities illegally and violating government guidelines, issued in the wake of Covid-19 outbreak.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Gurmohina Kaur granted the relief to the foreigners on furnishing a personal bond of Rs 10,000 each.

The accused will file their plea bargaining applications on Friday, said advocate Ashima Mandla and Mandakini Singh, appearing for the foreign nationals.

Mayawati seeks SC-monitored probe into Vikas Dubey encounter, killing of policemen in UP

Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati on Friday demanded a Supreme Court-monitored probe into the encounter of gangster Vikas Dubey.
She wanted the inquiry to cover the killing of eight policemen last week in an ambush allegedly masterminded by Dubey.
Dubey was shot dead on Friday by police, who claim he was trying to flee after the car carrying him from Ujjain overturned on the outskirts of Kanpur.
The SUV met with an accident at Bhaunti in Kanpur district, overturning on an isolated stretch of the road which was slippery after the rains, police claimed.

Vikas Dubey had 3 bullet injuries on the chest and one on his arm

The condition of the 3 injured police personnel is stable; bullets brushed by two of them. Vikas Dubey had 3 bullet injuries on the chest and one on his arm: Dr RB Kamal, Principal, LLR Hospital, Kanpur

Not just for the present, solar energy will be a medium of energy needs of the 21st century: Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches 750 MW Solar Project set up at Rewa, Madhya Pradesh

Criminal is dead, but what about those who aided the criminal: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Vikas Dubey encounter

The opposition parties on Friday slammed the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government over the encounter of dreaded gangster Vikas Dubey, while being brought back to the state from Madhya Pradesh's Ujjain.
Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra took a swipe at the Yogi Adityanath government over the encounter and questioned what will happen to those who gave patronage in this case. "The culprit has been killed but what about crime and people who gave patronage?" Priyanka Gandhi said in a tweet.
Raising similar questions, senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh tweeted in Hindi, "What was suspected has happened. Now, it will not be known which political leaders, police and other government officials was Vikas Dubey in contact with. In the last 3-4 days, two aides of Vikas Dubey have also died in encounters, but why is the pattern of the three encounters same?

Vikas Dubey should have been punished after trial in court: SBSP chief

Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) chief Om Prakash Rajbhar on Friday said that gangster Vikas Dubey should have been punished after a trial in court and alleged that he had been killed so that the government can hide its incompetence.
"He (Vikas Dubey) has been killed so that the government can hide its incompetence. He was a criminal and should have been punished. He should have been punished under the rule of law after a court trial," Rajbhar told ANI.
This statement comes in the backdrop of Dubey's death in an encounter with the police today in Kanpur.

Injured policemen brought to Lala Lajpat Rai Hospital in Kanpur, following encounter of gangster Vikas Dubey

OPINION | Xi Jingping has made the familiar mistake of underestimating PM Modi

Throughout history powerful leaders have paid the price for underestimating their opponents.
The first that we know of was Ravan. He thought Rām was just another guy in exile and look what happened to him. Even ten heads were of no use.
There have been a succession of such guys in history, all over the world. Xi Jingping, Emperor of China, has made a similar mistake. He has not just spurned Modi’s hand, he has tried to bite it. Not once but thrice.
It’s going to cost him, writes T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan. Read on...

Uttarakhand won't use Chinese equipments, devices: CM Trivendra Rawat

"We had already taken the decision that we will not use Chinese equipment and devices," Rawat said in a press conference.
After the Centre banned 59 Chinese apps, he said that the people have begun using Indian apps in large number in the country.
Lauding the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's campaign to make India a self-reliant nation, Rawat said that the country is fast re-establishing its modern identity even amid the adverse circumstance of COVID-19. READ ON...

An Army man sustained critical injuries in ceasefire violation by Pakistan Army along the LoC in Nowshera Sector of Rajouri district in J&K today

An Army man, Havildar Sambur Gurung, sustained critical injuries in ceasefire violation by Pakistan Army along the line of control in Nowshera Sector of Rajouri district in Jammu & Kashmir today.

Nepal bans all Indian news channels except Doordarshan

Nepal has banned all Indian news channels, except DD News, for alleged propaganda against the country.
Reports say that Nepal cable operators have stopped getting signals of Indian news channels.
Nepal government spokesperson Yuvaraj Khatiwada said: "We request all not to disseminate news that infringes sovereignty and self-respect of Nepalis. This includes the media of neighbouring countries. We might seek both political and legal remedies."
Earlier, Nepal has amended its map which show some Indian territory as part of it. Read on...

Who was Vikas Dubey? A lowdown on Kanpur's notorious criminal

Vikas Dubey was a gangster-turned-politician, based in Kanpur. In 2000, Dubey won the Shivrajpur seat in a Zila Panchayat poll he fought from prison, where he was lodged after a murder charge, according to officials.
Dubey had instilled so much fear in everyone that even after being accused of murdering a BJP leader having the status of minister of state, not even a single police officer gave a statement against him, according to media reports.

Vikas Dubey was shot in the retaliatory firing, says Kanpur police

According to SP Kanpur West Anil Kumar, gangster Vikas Dubey attempted to flee after the car overturned. Dubey attempted to flee by snatching pistol of the injured policemen. However, he was shot in the retaliatory firing.

Man arrested in UP's Chandauli district for online comments allegedly supporting Kanpur ambush

Man arrested in UP's Chandauli district for online comments allegedly supporting Kanpur ambush, in which 8 policemen were killed, and making objectionable remarks on CM Yogi Adityanath: Police

The gangster was the main accused in the encounter that took place in Bikru village in Chaubeypur area of Kanpur last week

The gangster was the main accused in the encounter that took place in Bikru village in Chaubeypur area of Kanpur last week, in which a group of assailants allegedly opened fire on a police team, which had gone to arrest Dubey. Eight police personnel were killed in the encounter.

Vikas Dubey killed in encounter while being taken to Kanpur: Reports

Uttar Pradesh gangster Vikas Dubey has been killed in an encounter while being taken to Kanpur after arrest yesterday, according to media reports on Friday

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