Latest LIVE: Trump announces 'historic' peace pact between UAE, Israel

The Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government will move a confidence motion in the Rajasthan Assembly during the session beginning Friday, a party leader said. This was announced Thursday at the Congress Legislature Party meeting chaired by Gehlot. Just hours earlier, the opposition BJP said it will move a no-confidence motion during the session.

Sachin Pilot met Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot on Thursday, the first time after he openly rebelled against the senior leader a month back. Party leaders K C Venugopal, Avinash Pande, Randeep Surjewala, Ajay Maken and Govind Singh Dotasra were also there at the meeting, posing together for the cameras at Gehlot's official residence.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a new platform, 'Transparent Taxation Honouring the Honest', aimed to carry forward the journey of direct tax reforms. Taxpayers won’t be harassed and treated with suspicion, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday as he announced a charter listing their rights and responsibilities.

 
The tax system will be "seamless, painless and faceless", said he in a televised speech. All interaction between the tax department and taxpayers will be faceless and done online to remove the scope of harassment and corruption. “With faceless assessment, the taxpayer is assured of fair, courteous and rational behaviour. Taxpayers charter is also a big step in the country's development journey,” he said.

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11:57 PM IST Oil prices eased on Thursday after the International Energy Agency lowered its 2020 oil demand forecast due to unprecedented travel restrictions to stop the spread of the coronavirus, but resilience in equities markets and a weak dollar limited losses.   Brent crude was down 53 cents, or 1.2 per cent, at $44.90 a barrel by 1:38 p.m. EDT (1738 GMT), and West Texas Intermediate (WTI) was down 51 cents, or 1.2 per cent, at $42.16 a barrel.   The International Energy Agency cut its 2020 oil demand forecast on Thursday and said reduced air travel because of the Covid-19 pandemic would lower global oil consumption this year by 8.1 million barrels per day (bpd).

11:04 PM IST E-commerce giant Amazon India on Thursday said it has launched Amazon Pharmacy, marking its entry into the online medicine segment that has significant traction amid the Covid-19 pandemic.   The service is being launched in Bengaluru initially and may be scaled up to other cities in the future.   "As part of our commitment to fulfil the needs of customers, we are launching Amazon Pharmacy in Bengaluru allowing customers to order prescription-based medication, in addition to over-the-counter medicines, basic health devices and Ayurveda medication from certified sellers," an Amazon spokesperson said.

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8:55 PM IST A day ahead of the start of Rajasthan ssembly session on Thursday, Congress said that it is united to take on the BJP which is planning to bring a no-confidence motion against the Ashok Gehlot government, according to an ANI report.   The remarks came after a meeting of Congress Legislature Party which was attended by Sachin Pilot, whose rebellion had caused a crisis for the Congress government in the state.   Talking to reporters after the meeting held at Gehlot's residence, Congress general secretary KC Venugopal said "everything went on well". "Now the Congress family is united, we will fight against BJP's bad politics. Tomorrow in Vidhan Sabha Congress party will stand united," he said. The party had earlier revoked the suspension of its two MLAs Bhanwar Lal Sharma and Vishvendra Singh.

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Oil slips after IEA lowers 2020 demand forecast

Oil prices eased on Thursday after the International Energy Agency lowered its 2020 oil demand forecast due to unprecedented travel restrictions to stop the spread of the coronavirus, but resilience in equities markets and a weak dollar limited losses.
 
Brent crude was down 53 cents, or 1.2 per cent, at $44.90 a barrel by 1:38 p.m. EDT (1738 GMT), and West Texas Intermediate (WTI) was down 51 cents, or 1.2 per cent, at $42.16 a barrel.
 
The International Energy Agency cut its 2020 oil demand forecast on Thursday and said reduced air travel because of the Covid-19 pandemic would lower global oil consumption this year by 8.1 million barrels per day (bpd).

Amazon India launches Amazon Pharmacy in Bengaluru

E-commerce giant Amazon India on Thursday said it has launched Amazon Pharmacy, marking its entry into the online medicine segment that has significant traction amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
 
The service is being launched in Bengaluru initially and may be scaled up to other cities in the future.
 
"As part of our commitment to fulfil the needs of customers, we are launching Amazon Pharmacy in Bengaluru allowing customers to order prescription-based medication, in addition to over-the-counter medicines, basic health devices and Ayurveda medication from certified sellers," an Amazon spokesperson said.

Trump announces 'historic peace agreement' between Israel, UAE

Congress family is united, we will fight against BJP's bad politics: K C Venugopal

A day ahead of the start of Rajasthan ssembly session on Thursday, Congress said that it is united to take on the BJP which is planning to bring a no-confidence motion against the Ashok Gehlot government, according to an ANI report.
 
The remarks came after a meeting of Congress Legislature Party which was attended by Sachin Pilot, whose rebellion had caused a crisis for the Congress government in the state.
 
Talking to reporters after the meeting held at Gehlot's residence, Congress general secretary KC Venugopal said "everything went on well". "Now the Congress family is united, we will fight against BJP's bad politics. Tomorrow in Vidhan Sabha Congress party will stand united," he said. The party had earlier revoked the suspension of its two MLAs Bhanwar Lal Sharma and Vishvendra Singh.

India cannot keep depending on imported defence supplies: Rajnath Singh

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said India cannot depend on foreign governments and overseas suppliers to meet its requirement of military platforms, and self-reliance in the defence sector is far more crucial than any other field.
 
Singh made the comments after launching a number of new products brought out by several defence public sector undertakings and the Ordnance Factory Board.
 
"Security is its first priority for the development of any nation. It is known to all of us that the nations, which are able to protect themselves, they have been able to build their strong image at the global level," Singh said.
 
"We cannot depend on foreign governments, foreign suppliers and foreign defence products to meet our defence needs. It is not compatible with the objectives and feelings of a strong and Atmanirbhar Bharat'," he added.

BJP to bring no-confidence motion against Rajasthan govt tomorrow

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and their allies will bring a no-confidence motion in the Assembly on Friday, said Gulab Chand Kataria, leader of the Opposition in the Rajasthan Assembly, news agency ANI reported.
 
Rajasthan BJP president Satish Punia told a press conference, "There are a lot of differences in the government. The way they have struggled, there are chances that they might bring a vote of confidence in the Assembly but we are also ready to bring a no-confidence motion."
 
"I think, public opinion has changed about this government. They do not have a future. This government has lost morally," he added.
 
On the other hand, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has said that whatever misunderstanding occurred within the Congress party in the last one month needs to be forgiven and forgotten in the interest of the country, state, people and democracy.

Locals of Banshala village in J&K carried one patient on a makeshift stretcher to hospital due to poor road connectivity

Congress to move confidence motion in Rajathan Assembly: Party leader

The Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government will move a confidence motion in the Rajasthan Assembly during the session beginning Friday, a party leader said, according to a PTI report.
 
This was announced Thursday at the Congress Legislature Party meeting chaired by Gehlot. Just hours earlier, the opposition BJP said it will move a no-confidence motion during the session.
 
The session comes days after the top leadership of the Congress announced the return of Sachin Gehlot and 18 other dissident MLAs to the party-fold. Pilot had led a rebellion against Gehlot, seeking a change in the party's leadership in Rajasthan. At the CLP meeting held at his residence, Gehlot urged Congress MLAs to forget the acrimony of the past month and move on. The party has 107 MLAs in the 200 member assembly.

We will bring Vote of Confidence: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot

Congress MLAs leave from residence of Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot in Jaipur after Congress Legislative Party meeting

Congress family is united, we will fight against BJP's bad politics: K C Venugopal

Situation in Rajasthan Congress due to internal rift, BJP has got nothing to with it: Narendra Singh Tomar

The problems in Rajasthan unit of Congress are due to their internal issues, the BJP has got nothing to do with it and they will be the only ones responsible, if and when the government falls in the state, said Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Thursday.
 
"I want to tell the Congress leaders and the Chief Minister that they should not put the burden of their failures on someone else's shoulder. The situation in Congress is due to their differences and internal rift, BJP has nothing to do with, whenever the Congress government (in the state) falls, it will be because of their own doings," Tomar told reporters.
 
The Union Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development was talking to reporters after having participated in a meeting with BJP MLAs from Rajasthan.

Rajasthan govt will complete its 5-year term under Gehlot's leadership: Sachin Pilot camp MLA

Rajasthan Congress MLA Vishvendra Singh, who was among the 19 rebel legislators, Thursday said the state government will complete its five-year tenure under the leadership of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.
 
His statement came hours after his suspension from the party's primary membership was revoked. The former tourism minister also said he is a worker of the Congress party and will fulfil any responsibility given to him.
 
It is our duty that the MLAs remain protected and no vindictive action is taken. The high command has assured us so, he told PTI before his suspension was revoked.

Statues of BSP chief Mayawati installed at Bahujan Samaj (BSP) Prerna Kendra in Lucknow

Kozhikode plane crash: AI pilot unions seek meeting with Aviation Minister to discuss flight safety

The two leading pilot unions of Air India on Thursday sought a meeting with Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri to discuss matters related to working conditions and flight safety, six days after the plane crash in Kozhikode that killed 18 people.
 
"Our pilots are constantly facing the challenges of COVID-19, monsoon weather, ill-designed flight duty time limitations (FDTL), several extensions and dispensations given by the DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation)," stated the letter written to Puri by the Indian Commercial Pilots' Association (ICPA) and Indian Pilots' Guild (IPG).
 
The two unions said they are writing on behalf of pilots of Air India and its subsidiaries Air India Express and Alliance Air, according to a PTI report.

Congress MLAs attend Legislature Party meeting at Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot's residence

Retail inflation rises to 6.93% in July from 6.23% in June: Govt data

India's annual retail inflation rose to 6.93% in July, as food prices continued to soar due to disrupted supply chains, government data showed on Thursday. July inflation was higher than the 6.15% forecast in a Reuters poll of analysts.

Sachin Pilot meets Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, handshake signals his return

Sachin Pilot met Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot Thursday, the first time after he openly rebelled against the senior leader a month back, news agency PTI reported. Party leaders K C Venugopal, Avinash Pande, Randeep Surjewala, Ajay Maken and Govind Singh Dotasra were also there at the meeting, posing together for the cameras at Gehlot's official residence.
 
Pilot and Gehlot shook hands in a moment marking the return of the sacked deputy chief minister and 18 other dissident MLAs to the party-fold, after the intervention earlier this week by the top Congress leadership in Delhi.
 
Their meeting was followed by the Congress Legislature Party meeting, ahead of Friday's assembly session. The opposition BJP has already announced that it will seek a no-confidence motion against the Gehlot government during the session. The Congress has 107 MLAs in the 200-member assembly, and the BJP 72.

Congress leader Sachin Pilot meets CM Ashok Gehlot at his residence

Latest News LIVE: Moderate flash flood risk in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh

Neighbourhood areas of east Rajasthan and adjoining northeast Madhya Pradesh subdivision were at moderate risk of flash floods, the Central Water Commission (CWC) official flood forecast informed on Thursday, according to a PTI report.
 
"Moderate risk of flash floods over neighbourhood areas of east Rajasthan, adjoining northeast MP subdivision, neighbourhood areas of south Chhattisgarh adjoining to South Odisha, Telangana & north coastal Andhra Pradesh subdivision," the CWC said.
 
Additionally, the India Meteorological Department tweeted, "Moderate to severe thunderstorm accompanied with lightning very likely at isolated places over Uttarakhand, Haryana, Chandigarh & Delhi, East Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh during next 24 hours.

Congress revokes suspension of two Sachin Pilot camp MLAs

The Congress on Thursday revoked the suspension of Bhanwarlal Sharma and Vishvendra Singh, two MLAs who had rebelled against the Ashok Gehlot government in Rajasthan. They were suspended from the party's primary membership last month over their alleged involvement in a "conspiracy" to topple the Congress government in the state, according to a PTI report.
 
The decision to revoke the suspension of the two MLAs follows a patch-up between Ashok Gehlot and his sacked deputy Sachin Pilot after the intervention of the party's top leadership in Delhi.

Congress leader Sachin Pilot meets Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot at his residence

Sachin Pilot reaches Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot's residence to attend Congress Legislature Party meet

Kerala court rejects bail plea of key accused Swapna Suresh in gold smuggling case

A court on Thursday dismissed the bail plea of the key accused in Kerala gold smuggling case, Swapna Suresh and her co-accused, saying their instant release would certainly hamper the successful progress of investigation by the Customs Preventive Commissionerate, according to a PTI report.
 
Dismissing the bail applications of Suresh and Said Alavi, Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Economic Offences, said it has found "great force" in the submission of the Customs that the petitioners are likely to tamper with evidence and help the absconding accused in the event of granting bail.

Rajasthan CM Gehlot calls for Congress Legislature Party meet at 5 pm

The Congress Legislature Party (CLP) is set to meet under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Thursday at 5 pm at his residence in Jaipur, according to a PTI report. On August 11, the first CLP meeting since a chance of reconciliation between Gehlot and his former deputy Sachin Pilot was held at Suryagarh hotel in Jaisalmer.
 
The reconciliation has come right ahead of the commencement of the session of the Rajasthan Assembly on August 14. Earlier in the day, Gehlot said whatever misunderstanding occurred within the Congress party in the last one month, need to be forgiven and forgotten in the interest of the country, state, people and in the interest of democracy.

Cops inspect railway tracks in Rameswaram ahead of Independence Day

India announces $500 million assistance for mega infra project in Maldives

India will fund the implementation of a major connectivity project in Maldives through a $400 million line of credit and $100 million grant, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Thursday after holding wide-ranging talks with his Maldivian counterpart Abdulla Shahid.
 
The 6.7 km Greater Male Connectivity Project (GMCP) will be the largest civilian infrastructure project in Maldives, connecting Male with three neighbouring islands -- Villingili, Gulhifahu and Thilafushi, officials said.
 
People familiar with the GMCP said it was a key election promise of the ruling MDP for which the President of Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih sought India's assistance during his meeting with Jaishankar in September last year. READ MORE...

Rajasthan BJP to move no-confidence motion against Congress govt

The BJP in Rajasthan will move a motion of no confidence in the state assembly against the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government, leader of opposition Gulab Chand Kataria said on Thursday. The decision was taken in a BJP legislature party meeting held on Thursday.
 
After the meeting, Kataria told reporters that the motion of no confidence will be moved in the assembly session which is beginning from Friday. The opposition party's decision comes days after an "amicable resolution" of the nearly month-long political cisis in Rajasthan, according to a PTI report.

Kerala Governor, CM visit Idukki's landslide site as death toll rises to 55

Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday visited the site of Rajamala landslide in Idukki district as the death toll in the incident went up to 55, according to an ANI report. They interacted with survivors and local residents and evaluated relief work during their visit.
 
Two NDRF teams, a full unit of Idukki fire and rescue team, a team each from Kottayam, Thiruvananthapuram, and a team which received special training are leading the rescue operations in Idukki's Rajamala, the District Information Office had said on Sunday.

Misunderstanding in Cong should be forgiven, forgotten for moving forward: Rajasthan CM Gehlot

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said on Thursday that whatever was the "misunderstanding" in the Congress party, it should be "forgiven and forgotten" for moving forward.
 
The Congress crisis in Rajasthan appears to have ended with the intervention of top leaders Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra who met rebel leader Sachin Pilot earlier this week.
 
Pilot had openly rebelled against Gehlot last month along with 18 other Congress MLAs. He was then sacked as deputy chief minister and the party's Rajasthan chief.

PM Modi unveils new tax reforms - faceless tax assessment, taxpayers' charter

In a major overhaul of tax administration, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday unveiled faceless tax assessment and appeals to reduce the scope for corruption and overreach by officials, and said a taxpayers' charter is being implemented to ensure a free, fair and transparent tax environment, news agency PTI reported.
 
Launching the 'Transparent Taxation - Honouring The Honest Platform' through video conferencing, he said the taxpayer base at just 1.5 crore in India is very low and urged those who owe taxes to come forward and honestly pay their dues and contribute to nation-building.
 
The taxpayers' charter and faceless assessment are the next phases of direct tax reforms aimed at easing compliance and rewarding honest taxpayers as the government looks to rebuild the pandemic-hit economy.

While, faceless assessment that does not require the taxpayer to visit any office or meet any official, and taxpayers' charter will be implemented from Thursday, the faceless appeal will come into force from September 25, he said. "The tax system may be turning faceless but it promises fairness and fearlessness for taxpayers," he said.


Xiaomi pledges 2,500 smartphones worth Rs 2 crore to kids in India: IANS

India's biggest smartphone seller Xiaomi on Thursday said it has partnered with its network of distributors and retail partners to donate 2,500 brand new smartphones worth Rs 2 crore to help needy children in India to continue their education amid the pandemic. The initiative comes at a time when thousands of students have been unable to attend classes due to Covid-19 related restrictions, according to an IANS report.
 
The company's 2,500 plus strong retail network will come together to donate these over 2,500 smartphones under this initiative which celebrates five years of the company's "Make in India" programme.

Latest News LIVE: Moderate risk of flash floods in Rajasthan, MP and Chhattisgarh

China plans to expand railway network to 200,000 km before 2035

China plans to expand its railway network, the second largest in the world, by one-third in the next decade and a half, as part of a long-term plan to rev up urbanisation and stimulate local economies, news agency Reuters reported. China aims to have about 200,000 kilometres (124,274 miles) of railway tracks by the end of 2035, including about 70,000 km of high-speed railway, according to a plan issued by state-owned China State Railway Group.
 
The targets compare with a total length of 141,400 km of existing rail lines as of end-July, among which 36,000 km are high-speed routes, the most in the world, company data showed. The goals would mean a 33.3% increase in China's railway network from this year and a 133% expansion in high-speed railway, according to Reuters calculations.
 

Interim order of Speaker cannot be judicially reviewed: Kapil Sibal in Rajasthan HC

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal started the debate in Rajasthan High Court on behalf of the Speaker. Sibal said the High Court does not have jurisdiction to hear the case. “The Constitution has given this right to the Speaker. Interim order of Speaker cannot be judicially reviewed.

PM Modi LIVE Updates | Modi urged taxpayes to come forward and file tax returns

"Those who are able to pay tax, but they are not in the tax net yet, they should come forward with self-motivation, this is my request and hope. Let us world towards the reolution of new India, self-reliant India," the PM said.
 

PM Modi LIVE updates: The number of people who have filed income tax returns has increased by about two-and-a-half crores in the last 6-7 years

However, it is also true that in a country of 130 crores it is still very less: Prime Minister Narendra Modi

LIVE updates: PM Modi says in the last 6 years, India has seen a new model of governance developing in tax administration

Of all the tax returns filed in 2012-13, scrutiny of 0.94 per cent cases was done. In the year 2018-19, this figure came down to 0.26 per cent. That is, the scrutiny of the case has reduced by almost 4 times. This proves how extensive the change is. In the last 6 years, India has seen a new model of governance developing in tax administration: PM 
 

LIVE updates: With faceless assessment, the taxpayer is assured of fair, courteous and rational behaviour, says PM Modi

With faceless assessment, the taxpayer is assured of fair, courteous and rational behaviour. That is, the income tax department now has to take care of the taxpayer's dignity sensitively. Now you have to trust the taxpayer, the department cannot doubt anyone without any basis, says Modi

Taxpayer must pay tax because that is how system works, says PM Modi

Taxpayer charter comes with responsibilities for taxpayers too. The taxpayer must pay tax because that is how the system works, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi
 

PM Modi LIVE updates: Faceless assessment, taxpayer charter to apply from today

PM Modi says faceless assessment, taxpayer charter to apply from today; faceless appeal will be applicable from 25 September

Key highlights of PM Modi's speech

Faceless assessment, faceless appeal and taxpayer charter part of new platform 'Transparent Taxation – Honoring the Honest'

Policy-driven governance minimises grey areas, cutting discretion,

Faceless assessment, taxpayer charter starts from today, faceless appeal to begin from Sep 25

Fundamental reforms were needed in Indian tax system

Effort is to make tax system seamless, painless and faceless

India among nations with lowest corporate tax

PM Modi announces 'taxpayers' charter' listing rights and responsibilities

Income Tax department is expected to deal with taxpayers with sensitivity and without suspicion: PM Modi
 

LIVE updates: PM Modi on'fundamental and structural reforms' for taxpayers

"Taxes have also been reduced in the country along with the complexities of procedures. Tax is now zero on income of up to Rs 500,000. The tax has also been reduced in the remaining slabs. We are one of the lowest tax consuming countries in the world in terms of corporate tax", says PM Modi.

LIVE updates: PM Modi on'fundamental and structural reforms' for taxpayers

Compliance is difficult where there is complexity. If the law is clear, then taxpayers is happy, as well as the country. This work has been in process for some time. Like now, GST has come in place of dozens of taxes, says PM Modi.

LIVE updates: PM Modi on'fundamental and structural reforms' for taxpayers

Fundamental and Structural Reforms were needed in India's tax system because our system was created in the period of slavery. After independence, a lot of changes were made here and there, but the character of the largely system remained the same, says PM Modi.

LIVE: PM Modi on'fundamental reforms' for taxpayers

Reform for us means reform is policy based, not piecemeal. Holistic reform becomes the basis of another reform, making way for the new reforms. And we cannot stop after one reform, this is a continuous process, says PM Modi

LIVE: PM Modi on'fundamental reforms' for taxpayers

There was a time when we used to talk about reforms. Decisions were taken in desperation or under pressure, and they were called reforms, says Modi

LIVE: PM Modi on 'Transparent Taxation - Honouring The Honest' platform

Every rule, law and policy is taken out of the power centric approach and is being turned into People Centric and Public Friendly. This is the use of the new governance model of New India, says Modi
 

LIVE: PM Modi on 'Transparent Taxation - Honouring The Honest' platform

The ongoing structural reforms has reached new heights today. "Transparent Taxation - Honoring the Honest will have faceless assessments, faceless appeal and taxpayer charter. Faceless appeal will be applicable from September 25, while faceless assessment and taxpayer charter will come into place from today itself: PM Modi
 

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman LIVE

During the COVID-19, IT dept provided relief by extending the deadlines of filing returns and releasing dues expeditiously, says Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharam.

Income Tax department has taken significant reforms like cut in corporation tax: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman


Govt to continue with tax reform journey: FM Sitharaman

With today's launch, the government will continue its journey towards tax reforms, says Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

Swadeshi doesn't means boycotting foreign goods: Sangh chief

Speaking about Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat emphasised on the need for a third model of development and said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked about self-reliant India on this basis itself.
 
While releaseing two books written by Prof Rajendra Gupta on Wednesday, RSS chief also talke about swadeshi abhiyan and boycotting of foreign goods. He clearly said that swadeshi doesn't means boycotting of foreign goods but we should buy them on our own terms.

PM Modi to launch the platform for “Transparent Taxation" shortly

Independence Day 2020: Full dress rehearsal at Red Fort today for 74th Independence Day celebrations

Gold prices jump to Rs 52,626 per 10 gram, silver rallies to Rs 65,749 a kg

Gold prices on Thursday jumped Rs 577 to Rs 52,626 per 10 gram and silver prices rallied over Rs 2,200 to close at Rs 65,749 per kg, according to Indian Bullion and Jewellers Association. Silver plunged 7.67 per cent against the previous day's Rs 71,211. 
HDFC Securities Senior Analyst (Commodities) Tapan Patel said the Covid-19 vaccine announcement by Russia triggered sell-off in safe-haven assets in India.
 
 
Gold jewellery prices vary across India, the second-largest consumer of the metal, due to excise duty, state taxes, and making charges. Read on...

Monsoon 2020: Latest satellite images indicate that wet spell will continue over major parts of Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh

Monsoon 2020: Continuous overnight rains drench Delhi, more likely

A spell of continuous rain drenched Delhi on Thursday, inundating parts of the city, and more is in store, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
According to the IMD, the Palam observatory recorded 86 mm rainfall till 5:30 am and the Safdarjung weather station gauged 42.4 mm rainfall.
 
Rainfall recorded below 15 mm is considered light, between 15 and 64.5 mm is moderate and above 64.5 mm is heavy, according to the IMD.

US elections 2020: Biden raises $26 million in 24 hours after VP announcement

Joe Biden raised $26 million in the 24 hours after he named Kamala Harris as his running mate, doubling his previous one-day record and signaling enthusiasm among Democrats following the selection of the first Black woman on a major party's presidential ticket.
 
It's really palpable, the excitement, Biden said Wednesday.
 
The campaign hopes the haul is the beginning of a prolific fundraising push in the final stretch before Election Day.

In a first, Airbnb takes action against guest for party

For the first time, Airbnb is taking legal action against a guest for violating its ban on unauthorised parties.
 
The San Francisco-based home sharing company said Wednesday it is initiating legal proceedings against a guest who held an unauthorized party at a home in Sacramento County, California, last weekend. Three people were shot and wounded at the party.
 
Airbnb wouldn't release the guest's name but said it has removed the guest from its platform.

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