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A man rows a boat with his wife on floodwater to refill their gas cylinder, in Sivasagar, Assam
RBI has taken several measures to protect country's financial system and support the economy in the current crisis, Governor Shaktikanta Das said on Saturday. Addressing the seventh SBI Banking & Economics Conclave, through a video call, he said that the top most priority for RBI is growth and financial stability.

"RBI has strengthened its offsite surveillance mechanism to identify emerging risks. RBI is engaged with all stakeholders for resolution for Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative Bank," Das said.

Meanwhile, interim Congress President Sonia Gandhi has called a meeting of Lok Sabha MPs to discuss issues facing the nation today. According to reports, the issues which will be deliberated are mainly the Chinese border transgressions and economic situation arising due to Covid-19.

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Anti-CAA protest: HC seeks explanation from UP govt on Rs 64 lakh recovery citation issued to retired IPS officer

The Allahabad High Court's Lucknow bench has sought an explanation from the Uttar Pradesh government on a recovery citation of Rs 64 lakh issued to retired IPS officer Sarwan Ram Darapuri in connection with an anti-CAA stir here.
Darapuri has been accused of instigating violence during the protest, which took place on December 19 last year. He was arrested on December 20, but later granted bail.

Chelsea beaten at Sheffield United 3-0 in EPL

Chelsea's bid for Champions League qualification hit a bump in losing at Sheffield United 3-0, with striker David McGoldrick ending his 11-month wait for an English Premier League goal by scoring in each half on Saturday.
After 1,615 minutes on the field and 42 shots this season, McGoldrick finally found the net by tapping in a finish from close range in the 18th minute at an empty Bramall Lane.

Trump commutes longtime friend Roger Stone's prison sentence

President Donald Trump has commuted the sentence of his longtime political confidant Roger Stone, intervening in extraordinary fashion in a criminal case that was central to the Russia investigation and that concerned the president's own conduct.
The move came Friday, just days before Stone was to begin serving a 40-month prison sentence for lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstructing the House investigation into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election.

England ekes out lead of 170 over Windies after 4th day

England eked out a lead of 170 runs heading into the final day of the first test against the West Indies, with all outcomes still possible in the first match since the resumption of international cricket.
The West Indies' pace attack took five wickets in the final session of day four to reduce England to 284-8 at stumps at an empty Rose Bowl on Saturday, making the tourists marginal favorites with the pitch slow but yet to misbehave.

Assam flood: Over 600,000 people affected, 2 more deaths

The flood rampage continued in Assam on Saturday as the deluge spread to 20 districts, affecting over 600,000 people and claiming two more lives, the disaster management authority said.
A person died in Kokrajhar district and another in Dhubri district, taking death toll due to the deluge to 66, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority said in a bulletin.

Vikas Dubey's aide who was held in Thane 'not named' in Kanpur ambush case: UP Police

The Kanpur police claimed on Saturday that an associate of slain gangster Vikas Dubey who was arrested in Maharashtra was "neither wanted nor named" in the ambush case in which eight police personnel were killed.
Senior Superintendent of Police Dinesh Kumar Prabhu said in a statement that Arvind, alias Guddan Ramvilas Trivedi (46), who was arrested along with his driver Sonu Tiwari by the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of the Maharashtra Police in the morning, were neither wanted nor named in the encounter case.

India for initial early harvest agreement with UK: Goyal

India is open to negotiate an initial early harvest agreement with the UK, ahead of a full fledged free trade pact between the two countries, Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal on Saturday said.
India stands committed for a greater engagement with the UK as huge potential exists between the two countries to expand bilateral trade, he added.
Goyal said that India can engage with the UK in sectors like pharma, textiles, leather, industrial machinery, furniture, and toys.

Jaishankar talks about bipartisan support in US for expanding ties with India

The relationship between India and the US took about six decades to discover itself, but having done so, it is making up for lost time, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Saturday while elaborating on the significance of fast expanding ties between the two leading democracies.
In an interactive video session at the India Global Week, he said President Donald Trump and his three predecessors Barack Obama, George W Bush and Bill Clinton were on the same page on the importance of India and the need for strengthening the bilateral relationship.

G Narendra Kumar appointment as new Delhi CEO 'kept in abeyance'

The Election Commission has "kept in abeyance" the appointment of G Narendra Kumar as the new Chief Electoral Officer of Delhi, purely due to "administrative reasons", according to an official order.
On Wednesday, Lt Governor Anil Baijal had appointed him as the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Delhi and also the Principal Secretary (Elections). His name was nominated by the Election Commission of India in June.

It is a work in progress, EAM Jaishankar on disengagement on Sino-Indian border

As India and China attempt to lower weeks of border tension in eastern Ladakh, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Saturday said a disengagement and de-escalation process has been agreed upon between the two countries and it is "very much a work in progress".
"What just happened is that we have agreed on the need to disengage because the troops on both sides are deployed very close to each other. So there is a disengagement and de-escalation process which has been agreed upon," he said during an video interactive session at the India Global Week.

Prove horse-trading charge or quit politics, BJP tells Gehlot

The BJP on Saturday dared Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot to prove his allegation of horse-trading levelled against it or quit politics, and claimed he was targeting the opposition party as he was unable the check the infighting in the state Congress.
Taking a swipe as the chief minister, Union Jal Shakti minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat alleged that Gehlot had come up a with a "cooked up story" with an intention to defame Congress' state president and deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot for his personal political gains.

BSP MP suggests division of Uttar Pradesh into smaller states

BSP MP Kunwar Danish Ali on Saturday suggested that Uttar Pradesh be divided into smaller states for better governance and overall development of the region.
The Mayawati-led BSP government in 2011 had passed a proposal in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly to divide the state into four parts -- Bundelkhand, Purvanchal, Awadh Pradesh and Paschim Pradesh.
The proposal was later sent to the then Congress-led UPA government at the Centre.
"Proposal for division was passed by Uttar Pradesh Assembly during BSP government under Behn Mayawati ji was sent to government of India. Let BJP governments at centre and Uttar Pradesh takes call on it (sic)," Danish Ali tweeted.

NIA arrests Swapna, Sandeep Nair, accused in gold smuggling case

Swapna Suresh and Sandeep Nair, key accused in the gold smuggling case, were arrested by the NIA from Bengaluru on Saturday, official sources said here.
Swapna is among the four accused booked by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in the smuggling of 30 kg of gold through diplomatic baggage which arrived at the Thiruvanathapuram International airport.

Will do whatever needed to end corruption, crime in UP: Yogi Adityanath

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday said that his government will do whatever is needed to put an end to corruption and crime in the state.

While addressing the audience at a global event on Saturday, Adityanath said, "We will do whatever is needed to end corruption and crime in the state. Our policy is zero tolerance towards crime and corruption."

Clear signs India on path to getting back in action: Piyush Goyal

Inquiry will be held into fake degree certificate submitted by Swapna Suresh: Kerala CM

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday said an inquiry will be held into the complaint on the alleged fake degree certificate submitted by Swapna Suresh, a key woman accused in the gold smuggling case, for securingappointment in a government project under the state IT department.

"Police has received the complaint.That will be probed," Vijayan told reporters here.

The absconding woman, who is the second accused in the sensational gold smuggling case, had allegedly submitted a fake B.Com certificate for getting appointment in the Space park here which is under the Kerala State Information Technology Infrastructure Limited (KSITIL).


Congress President has approved the appointment of office bearers

We have strong political, strategic relationship with the US: S Jaishankar

Hardik Patel appointed Working President of Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee

Flooding in parts of north Bengal, heavy rains in Kolkata, Siliguri

Heavy rains lashed the districts of north Bengal, leading to flooding in low lying areas of Jalpaiguri and other places on Saturday, even as the Met department forecast heavy to very heavy showers in the region for the next two days.

Several places in Mainaguri block were inundated owing to heavy rains, officials said.

People in the low-lying areas are being removed to safer places, they said.

Several areas of Siliguri also saw waterlogging due to the incessant rains.

Gold smuggling case: Cong, BJP youth outfits continue protests

Continuing their protests for the second day, demanding the resignation of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in the gold smuggling case, youth outfits of the Congress and BJP on Saturday held state-wide agitations, which turned violent at a few places.

The Chief Minister, reacting to it, said organising such protests violating Covid-19 protocol will not be allowed.

The government is not questioning anyone's right to protest, he said.

The opposition parties are targeting the Chief Minister after it emerged that a key woman suspect in the case, Swapna Suresh, a former UAE Consulate employee, had been employed on contract by the IT department, a portfolio held by Vijayan.

The woman was later sacked.

Pakistan Ulema Council supports construction of first Hindu temple in Islamabad

An umbrella group of Muslim organisations in Pakistan has extended its support to the construction of the first Hindu temple in Islamabad and denounced the controversy over the issue, according to a media report on Saturday.

The Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC), whose members include Islamic clerics and legal scholars of different Islamic traditions, also said the Constitution of Pakistan categorically defines the rights of Muslims and non-Muslims living in the country, Dawn newspaper reported.

We denounce the controversy over construction of the temple. This [making it controversial] by extremist clerics is not correct. The PUC will call a meeting and will also present its point of view to the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), PUC chairman Hafiz Mohammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi said on Friday.

Kerala HC directs cops to ensure protection to nun

The Kerala High Court has directed the police to provide adequate protection, if necessary, to the life and property of a nun who alleged that she was facing threat from the authorities of her convent and some priests of her diocese.

Considering a plea filed by sister Lucy Kalappura seeking police protection, Justice Raja Vijayaraghavan has also issued notice to authorities of Franciscan Clarist Congregation and two priests of Mananthavady diocese of Syrian Catholic Church.

In its interim order, the High Court on July 9 directed the police "to ensure that the law and order is maintained and, if necessary, to provide adequate protection to the life and property of the petitioner from any incursions by the respondents."

Rate cut helping deliver growth is not working in simplistic way: Rathin Roy

Senior economist Rathin Roy on Saturday said the assumption that rate cut helping deliver growth is not working in simplistic way as transmission is not happening.

Rathin Roy, director of National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP) - a think tank backed by the Finance Ministry, said the assumptions on linear relationships between rate cuts resulting in growth by lowering the cost of capital is not working for some time now.

"I am not persuaded by the RBI's monetary policy statements, including that of the governor, regarding the rush down for these rate cuts. I heard him (Governor) just before this session and I continue to not being convinced," Roy said at Annual Economics Conference organised by State Bank of India.

UP govt orders SIT to conduct investigation in Kanpur case

Swarms of locust hit Bahraich in Uttar Pradesh

Train carrying overturns in Thane, Maharashtra

BJP rejects Gehlot's charge of horse-trading in Rajasthan

The BJP on Saturday rejected Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's charge that it was trying to topple his government, and claimed there was infighting in the ruling Congress.

The party also hit out at the chief minister over the case registered by police's special operations group (SOG) against two persons in connection with alleged horse trading of MLAs ahead of Rajya Sabha polls, saying he should utilise agencies like SOG and ACB for crime control "instead of threatening" MLAs and political parties.

The chief minister did not talk logically in his press conference. It is their own infighting but he wants to blame BJP. He is a veteran leader of the Congress and his pain is justified because the Congress has shrunk in the country, BJP's state president Satish Poonia told reporters.

Traders' body protests after Chinese JV bids for 44 Vande Bharat trains

In a letter to Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has urged that a Chinese firm be disallowed from participation in bids, a day after it emerged as the only foreign player for the Railways' global tender for its ambitious semi-high speed indigenous Train 18 project.

CRRC Pioneer Electric (India) Private Limited, one of the six bidders for the project, is a joint venture of the state owned Chinese firm CRRC Corporation Ltd with a Gurugram-based company according to its website.

The tender is for procuring propulsion systems or electric traction kits for 44 trains to function as the Vande Bharat Express or Train 18.

5 killed in hostage situation at church in South Africa

Police in South Africa say five people are dead and more than 40 have been arrested after an early-morning hostage situation at a church near Johannesburg.

A statement says police and military who responded to reports of a shooting at the International Pentecostal Holiness Church in Zuurbekom found four people shot and burned to death in a car and a security guard shot in another car.

Six other people were injured.

Around 200 Air India cabin crew who were recently inducted on a contract basis, have been terminated: Report

Healthcare spends, making India slum-free should be govt's priority: Experts

The government can turn Covid-19 crisis into an opportunity by investing in healthcare, and it should also pursue making all the cities slum-free by 2023, according to economists.

At the seventh economic conclave - organised by State Bank of India on Saturday, there was an unanimity among the economists on laying greater thrust on decentralisation in policy-making in the future, as a one size fits all approach may not work always.

Dubey's family, maid returned to Lucknow after cremation: Police

Vikas Dubey's wife, son and maid, who were picked up by the STF for questioning in connection with the deadly ambush of a police team, returned to their home in Lucknow after the gangster's cremation in Kanpur, police said on Saturday.

The gangster's wife, Richa Dubey, their son and maid were kept at a mahila police station in Kanpur after being brought from their Krishna Nagar residence in Lucknow for questioning, a police official said in Kanpur. He said Richa Dubey and the maid were questioned for more than 5 hours.

They returned to Lucknow Friday, another police official said here.

However, they have not appeared in public since the cremation in Kanpur on Friday, when Richa Dubey said her husband "did wrong and he deserved this fate."

Indian Coast Guard Ship Rajkamal rescued 6 Sri Lankan fishermen along with boat

One of the two terrorists neutralised today in J&K's Baramulla

A team of Indian Army, Assam Rifles&Arunachal Police in a joint operation neutralised 6 active cadres of NSCN

Kanpur Encounter case: Mumbai today arrested one accused Arvind alias Guddan Ramvilas Trivedi, driver Sonu Tiwari

There is hardly any understanding of sport among people in India: Rijiju

Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Saturday rued that people in India, including some of his colleagues in Parliament, have limited understanding of sports and emphasised on the need to create a sports culture in the country.

Rijijiu was amazed that his colleagues felt that people like Jyoti Kumari, Kambala jockey Srinivas Gowda and Rameshwar Gurjar -- who became social media sensation -- were Olympic prospects.

Jyoti Kumari had cycled down from Gurugram to Bihar, carrying her ailing father amid the Covid-19 pandemic and Karnataka's Gowda was claimed to have run 100m in about 11 seconds.


Tablighi Jamaat: Delhi court grants bail to 75 Thai and Nepalese nationals

A Delhi court Saturday granted bail to 75 foreign nationals from Thailand and Nepal, who were charge-sheeted for attending a Tablighi Jamaat congregation here allegedly in violation of visa norms, indulging in missionary activities illegally and violating government guidelines issued in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak.

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

Till date, 445 foreign nationals from 33 different countries, who were charge-sheeted in the case have been granted bail by the court.

The police had in June filed 59 charge sheets, including supplementaries, against 956 foreigners belonging to 36 different countries in the case.

ED raids Delhi-NCR travel firms, CAs for suspected e-visa fraud; seizes over Rs 3.50-cr cash

The Enforcement Directorate has seized Rs 3.57-crore cash after raiding tours and travel firms and their CAs in Delhi-NCR to probe alleged irregularities in processing of e-visa applications for foreigners wishing to travel to India.

The central probe agency said on Saturday it raided eight locations in Delhi and Ghaziabad on July 9 under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA).

The raids were carried out at the residences and offices of directors of several tour and travel companies and their chartered accountants and Rs 3.57-crore cash along with incriminating documents and digital records were seized, the agency said in a statement.

The ED had received "specific inputs" that these entities were involved in unauthorised receipt of foreign remittance through payment gateways in the name of providing e-visa services to foreigners, it said.

Mumbai unit received a tipoff that one accused in Kanpur encounter case has been in Thane: Maharashtra ATS

Chirag backs Tejashwi over no polls during corona times

Speculation is rife in Bihar after Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Chirag Paswan supported Rashtriya Janata Dal's (RJD) Tejashwi Yadav over the issue of holding Assembly elections during corona times.

Chirag, who has differences with Janata Dal (United), has supported Tejashwi by saying that the Bihar Assembly elections should not be conducted in the time of a pandemic. The question that arises now is whether Chirag is getting closer to the leaders of the Grand Alliance.

Chirag has many times criticized the Bihar government in public. He had removed the LJP's Munger district president from the post only because he had spoken in the media about 'uniting the NDA'.

According to sources, Chirag is upset with the seat sharing formula of the NDA. It is believed that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is very angry with Chirag and is in favour of giving only 25 to 30 seats to the LJP in the coming Bihar Assembly elections. On the other hand Chirag is demanding at least 42 seats.

No guarantee Trump will back India against China if tensions escalate: Former US NSA John Bolton

Former United States national security advisor John Bolton has said that if the Sino-India border tensions escalate, there is no guarantee that US President Donald Trump will back India against China.

China has been behaving in a belligerent fashion all around its periphery, certainly in the East and South China sea, and its relations with Japan, India as well as others have declined, Bolton told WION TV in an interview.

On how far Trump was prepared to go to back India against China, he said, "I don't know which way he would go and I don't think he knows either. I think he sees the geostrategic relationship with China, for example, exclusively through the prism of trade."

"I don't know what Trump will do after the November elections once the guard rail is removed... He'll be back to the big China trade deal. If things were to develop between India and China in a more critical fashion, I'm not sure where he would come down," the former US envoy to the UN said.

They are playing games to topple our govt on behest of their central leadership: Ashok Gehlot

Sonia Gandhi holds virtual meeting with Congress Lok Sabha MPs

Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi on Saturday held a meeting with the party's Lok Sabha MPs through video conferencing to discuss the challenges posed by Covid-19 and the current political situation in the country.

The Congress has been seeking direct cash transfer to the vulnerable sections in the fight against the coronavirus. It has also been targetting the central government over the India-China border tensions.

The party has slammed the Centre over the hike in fuel prices.

ED to register money laundering case against Vikas Dubey's family, associates

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is set to file a money laundering case and probe alleged illegal transactions and tainted assets created by dead gangster Vikas Dubey, his family members and associates, officials said on Saturday.

They said the agency's zonal office in Lucknow has written to the Kanpur police in this context on July 6 seeking all FIRs and chargesheets filed against him and his linked persons and the latest update in all these cases.

The ED, they said, will soon file a complaint under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) to probe criminal proceeds of crime that were allegedly generated by Dubey, his associates and family members and if this money was subsequently used for creation of illegal movable and immovable properties.


If police did the encounter then no one should raise a question: Shiv Sena on Vikas Dubey

If police did the encounter then no one should raise a question - be it media, political parties or Human Rights Commission. Investigate but don't politicise: Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena on Vikas Dubey

It is not right to question Police and demoralise them: Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena on Kanpur encounter

An anti-social element who runs a gang of goons, when someone like him attacks men in uniform, killing eight, he can't be forgiven. If he has been killed in encounter, then I think it is not right to question Police and demoralise them: Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena

Six insurgents killed in encounter in Arunachal Pradesh

Six insurgents were killed in an encounter with security forces in Khonsa area of Arunachal Pradesh in the early hours of Saturday.

Rahul Gandhi attacks PM Modi over

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his assertion that the Rewa Ultra Mega Solar project in Madhya Pradesh is the largest in Asia.
Prime Minister Modi, on Friday, launched the 750 MW solar project in Rewa in Madhya Pradesh through video-conferencing.
"Asatyagrahi" (which roughly translates to 'one who does not believe in the struggle for truth'), Rahul Gandhi wrote in Hindi on Twitter, tagging a tweet by the Prime Minister's Office which quoted PM Modi as saying that Rewa has been identified with Narmada and white tigers, but now the name of Asia's largest solar power project has also been added to it.


4.3 magnitude earthquake in Hindukush

An earthquake hit the region at 09:50 am, today, according to the National Center for Seismology.

Tamil Nadu asks Centre to fly back 40 fishermen stranded in Iran

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palanniswami has urged the central government to arrange for the repatriation by air of 40 fishermen from the state stranded in Iran.
Palaniswami in a letter to External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar on Friday thanked for bringing back 681 fishermen safely to the state by Indian Navy Ship INS Jalashwa on July 1.
"Further, around 40 fishermen from Tamil Nadu have been left behind due to inadequacy of space in the ship. Therefore, I request you to arrange for their repatriation at the earliest to Tamil Nadu in a special flight," Palaniswami said.

Even Indira Gandhi, Atal Bihari Vajpayee lost: Sharad Pawar's jibe at BJP

Targeting the Bharatiya Janata Party, NCP chief Sharad Pawar has said that politicians should not take voters for granted as even powerful leaders like Indira Gandhi and Atal Bihari Vajpayee had been defeated in elections.
Criticising former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis over his "Mi punha yein" (I will come back) claim during the last year's assembly polls, Sharad Pawar said that voters thought that this stance showed arrogance and felt that they should be taught a lesson.

Coronavirus brought with it calamities, miseries, endangering lives and livelihood of people, says RBI

— From February 2019 onwards,on cumulative basis, we had cut the Repo rate by 135 basis points till the onset of Covid-19. That was done mainly to tackle the slowdown in growth which was visible at that time & we had elaborately touched upon its in our MPC Resolutions: RBI Governor

— The lagged impact of these measures was about, to propel a cyclical turnaround in economic activity when Covid-19 brought with it calamities, miseries, endangering of lives & livelihood of people: RBI Governor delivers keynote address at the 7th SBI Banking & Economics Conclave

Economic growth topmost priority for RBI, says Shaktikanta Das

Equal priority has to be given to aspect of financial stability

RBI governor Shaktikanta Das highlights key aspects of key measures taken by the central bank amid coronavirus pandemic

— Monetary policy measures: RBI already had "accumulative" stance before onset of Covid-19

—  Since February 2019, RBI has cut rate by 250 basis points (2.5 percentage points)

—  Both conventional and unconventional liquidity measures were taken to boost market confidence, ease liquidity stress

Coronavirus pandemic perhaps represents so far the biggest test of robustness & resilience of our economic & financial system: RBI Governor

Coronavirus pandemic perhaps represents so far the biggest test of robustness & resilience of our economic & financial system: RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das delivers keynote address at the 7th SBI Banking & Economics Conclave

Coronavirus is the worst health & economic crisis in last 100 years with unprecedented negative consequences for output, jobs & well being: RBI Governor

Coronavirus dented the existing world order, global value chains, labour&capital movements across globe: RBI Guv at 7th SBI Banking & Economics Conclave

Drug regulator okays limited use of Itolizumab for Covid-19 patients

India's drug regulator has approved Itolizumab, used to cure skin ailment psoriasis, for restricted emergency use on Covid-19 patients with moderate to severe acute respiratory distress, officials said.
Considering the unmet medical needs to treat Covid-19, Drugs Controller General of India Dr V G Somani approved monoclonal antibody injection Itolizumab for restricted emergency use for the treatment of 'cytokine' release syndrome in moderate to severe acute respiratory distress syndrome patients due to Covid-19, they said on Friday.
"The approval was given after its clinical trials on Covid-19 patients in India was found satisfactory by the expert committee comprising pulmonologists, pharmacologists and medicine experts from AIIMS, among others, for treatment of cytokine release syndrome," an official told PTI. Read on...

Monsoon in India: Thunderstorm with rain would continue to occur over and adjoining areas of few places of North, Northeast Delhi

Thunderstorm with rain would continue to occur over and adjoining areas of few places of North, Northeast Delhi, Panipat, Karnal, Kaithal, Gannaur, Sonipat, Shamli, Muzaffarnagar, Meerut, Bijnor, Hapur, Moradabad, Ghaziabad during the next 2 hours (update issued at 9 am): IMD

11 new cases of coronavirus in Nagaland

Out of 310 samples tested, 11 more positive cases of coronavirus confirmed - 7 in Kohima, 3 in Mon & 1 in Mokokchung. Total state status as of 9:20 am today - positive cases 743, active cases 439 & recovered 304: S Pangnyu Phom, Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Govt of Nagaland

Notice which claims that a coronavirus Monitoring Committee has been formed is fake

Notice which claims that a coronavirus Monitoring Committee has been formed is fake. Such a committee has not been set up by the Union Home Ministry. Beware of fake news and rumours: Spokesperson, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)

Trump postpones campaign rally in New Hampshire, citing tropical storm Fay

US President Donald Trump has postponed a campaign rally scheduled for New Hampshire on Saturday, the White House said, citing the looming Tropical Storm Fay.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Friday said the event would be delayed "a week or two", Xinhua news agency reported.
It would be Trump's second campaign rally amid the coronavirus pandemic, following the June 20 Tulsa rally with around 6,200 people showing up.

Trump working on executive order to set-up merit-based immigration system

US President Donald Trump is working on an executive order to establish a merit-based immigration system, the White House has said.
The White House statement came soon after Trump, in an interview with Telemundo News channel, said he is working on an executive order on immigration that will include a "road to citizenship" for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme.
Responding to a question, Trump said his action on the DACA is going to be part of a much bigger bill on immigration. Read on...

Covid-19: 1,500 Indians to be repatriated from South Africa on Sunday

Around 1,500 Indians, who were stranded in South Africa due to coronavirus-related restrictions, will be repatriated on Sunday.
This will be the second repatriation flight arranged by the India Club, an ethnic, socio-cultural group.
Over 50 of the passengers are IT employees from Bengaluru who have been stuck in South Africa after their contracts with various local companies expired prematurely with businesses scaling down operations due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Also, 14 South Africans, who were on home-leave will be returning to their jobs in Indian mines.

Shoppers Stop MD Rajiv Suri puts in papers amid Covid-19 challenges

Shoppers Stop, the country’s oldest department store chain, has seen a top level rejig, with Rajiv Suri (57), managing director (MD) and chief executive officer (CEO), stepping down on Friday. His resignation is effective August 25, the company said in a stock exchange filing.

Kanpur encounter updates

Kanpur's Chaubepur Police y'day arrested 2 people with criminal backgrounds - Om Prakash Pandey & Anil Pandey - for helping hide 2 wanted criminals - Shashikant Pandey & Shivam Dubey - at their residences in Gwalior of Madhya Pradesh. Further action being taken.

Trump working on executive order to set-up merit-based immigration system

US President Donald Trump is working on an executive order to establish a merit-based immigration system, the White House has said.
The White House statement came soon after Trump, in an interview with Telemundo News channel, said he is working on an executive order on immigration that will include a "road to citizenship" for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme.
Responding to a question, Trump said his action on the DACA is going to be part of a much bigger bill on immigration. Read on...

Trump rules out phase 2 trade deal with China

US President Donald Trump has for the time being ruled out a second phase trade deal with China, saying the relationship between the two countries has been severely damaged with Beijing's handling of the coronavirus outbreak.
The relationship with China has been severely damaged. I don't think about it now, Trump told reporters on Friday from Air Force One when asked about the trade deal.
Earlier in the year, the Trump adminstration had signed a mega phase one deal with China, after intense negotiations between the two countries.

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