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Vasai: Migrants from Uttar Pradesh leave from Suncity due to no train facility to their native places following only one train was going to Odisha, during the ongoing Covid-19 lockdown. (PTI Photo)
The Parliament monsoon session is being held today amid continuing spike in Covid cases in the country.

The session will provide a total of 18 sittings spread over a period of 18 days (all the days including Saturdays and Sundays of the ensuing session will be working days) and a total of 47 items have been identified for being taken up during the Monsoon Session 2020.

Ahead of the session, PM Narendra Modi thanked all MPs for choosing path of duty even during coronavirus crisis. 

"The monsoon session begins today, there is corona and there is responsibility. All parliamentarians have chosen the path of responsibility, I thank all of them for doing so," Modi said.

Speaker Om Birla read out the obituary references in memory of the departed lawmakers that included former President Pranab Mukherjee, who passed away on August 31 after undergoing treatment for nearly three weeks.

The Lok Sabha observed a 2-minute silence to honour the parliamentarians, following which the Speaker adjourned the house for an hour.

The issues of ongoing LAC standoff, handling of the coronavirus pandemic and economic slowdown are likely to dominate the Monsoon session of Parliament
Stay tuned for the latest news of the day.


The GST compensation conundrum: Maharashtra leads in dues, shows data

States have not got any compensation for the goods and services tax (GST) shortfall so far this fiscal year. Maharashtra leads in compensation dues requirement up to July, followed by Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, and Tamil Nadu.
In fact, the compensation requirement in the four months up to July for Maharashtra, UP, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Assam, and Meghalaya has exceeded that for the entire FY20. Read more

US halts imports from China's Uighur region for forced labour

Four companies and a manufacturing facility in northwestern China were blocked from shipping their products to the US because of their suspected reliance on forced labour from people detained as part of a massive campaign against ethnic minorities in the region.
US Customs and Border Protection issued orders on Monday freezing imports from companies that produce cotton, clothing and computer parts in the Xinjiang region of northwestern China, where authorities have detained more than 1 million people in detention camps as part of the crackdown.
CBP also halted imports of hair products made at a manufacturing facility where authorities believe Uighurs and other ethnic minorities are forced to work.
Ken Cuccinelli, the acting deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, dismissed the notion that the facility is a “vocational” center as has been portrayed by Chinese authorities.
“It is a concentration camp, a place where religious and ethnic minorities are subject to abuse and forced to work in heinous conditions with no recourse and no freedom,” Cuccinelli said. "This is modern day slavery.” The treatment of people in Xinjiang has become a source of friction between the US and China amid broader tensions over trade and the response to the coronavirus outbreak.
The Trump administration has over the past year issued eight of what are known as “withhold release orders,” on goods from China to block goods tainted by forced labour and is considering further steps amid ongoing disputes over trade and other issues between the two countries.

Rajnath likely to make statement in Parliament on Sino-India issue on Tuesday

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is likely to make a statement in Parliament on Tuesday on the continuing standoff between Indian and Chinese troops along the LAC in eastern Ladakh, Parliamentary sources said.
The statement would assume significance in the backdrop of demands made by the Opposition for a debate on the issue.
Singh had met his Chinese counterpart Gen Wei Fenghe in Moscow recently.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi had also met in Moscow a few days ago.
Meanwhile, the Union Cabinet and the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs are also likely to meet over video conferencing on Tuesday afternoon, government sources said.
During the monsoon session, which began on Monday, the opposition is seeking to corner the government on its handling of the standoff with China along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh, the Covid-19 situation, economic downturn and unemployment, and is pressing for discussions on these issues.
The Congress and other opposition parties raised these demands in the first business advisory committee (BAC) meeting for Lok Sabha chaired by Speaker Om Birla on Sunday, but no time has been allocated yet for these discussions.
The BAC for Lok Sabha will be held again on Tuesday afternoon to further discuss the first week's business schedule.
Similar demands have been raised by the Congress in the BAC for Rajya Sabha as well.

Ahead of 2021 polls, Mamata announces monetary help, housing for Hindu priests

Under frequent attack by opposition parties for "minority appeasement", West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday announced monthly financial assistance of Rs 1,000 and free housing for over 8,000 Hindu priests of the state, ahead of the assembly election which is likely to be held in April-May next year.
With an eye on the Hindi-speaking electorate and tribal voters spread across the state, she also said that a Hindi Academy and a Dalit Sahitya Academy would be set up by her government.
She made the announcement on the Hindi Diwas, which is observed on this day annually to commemorate the adoption of Hindi as one of the official languages of the country.
Opposition parties described the announcements as "poll gimmicks".
"We had earlier provided land to the Sanatan Brahmin sect to set up an academy at Kolaghat. Many priests in this sect are financially weak. We have decided to help them by providing them with an allowance of Rs 1,000 per month and also free housing under the state government's housing scheme," Banerjee said.
"I would request all of you not to find any other meaning in this announcement. It is being done to help the Brahmin priests. They will start getting the allowance from next month as it is the Durga Puja season," the chief minister told a press conference here.
The announcements came within a week of BJP president J P Nadda's accusation that the Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal has an "anti-Hindu" mindset and is pursuing "minority appeasement" policies.

Sell enemy properties valued at Rs 1 trillion for driving growth: EAC-PM member

India should look at selling enemy properties valued at over Rs 1 trillion to take care of the current expenditure which will drive growth, Nilesh Shah, a part-time member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, said on Monday.
Both India and Pakistan had brought in legislations to take over enemy properties following the 1965 war. While Pakistan was able to liquidate the assets in 1971, India is 49 years behind, Shah said.
"You need to monetise government assets so that we have money available for spending," Shah, the managing director and chief executive of Kotak Mutual Fund, said while speaking at an IMC webinar.
He said the assets were valued at Rs 1 trillion three years ago and added that this is the best time to remove encroachments and clear title deficiencies to sell such properties.
Shah said there are 9,404 such properties under a government-appointed custodian taken over in 1965.
"Liquidate these properties and raise Rs 1 trillion or so to fund your expenditure," he said while replying to a question on ways to push up the sagging economic growth.

IAEA in wide-ranging talks with Saudi Arabia on tougher nuclear checks

The U.N. nuclear watchdog is in wide-ranging talks with Saudi Arabia about tougher supervision of the kingdom's nuclear activities, the agency said on Monday, part of a wider effort to eliminate a "weakness" in the global inspections regime.
Saudi Arabia has a nascent nuclear programme that it wants to expand to eventually include proliferation-sensitive uranium enrichment. It is unclear where its ambitions end, since Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said in 2018 it would develop nuclear weapons if regional rival Iran did.
Riyadh has yet to fire up its first nuclear reactor, allowing its programme to still be monitored under the Small Quantities Protocol (SQP), an agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency that exempts less advanced states from many reporting obligations and inspections.
"We are in conversation with them. They are interested in developing nuclear energy, for peaceful purposes of course," IAEA chief Rafael Grossi said when asked about verification in Saudi Arabia.
"So it is obvious that when they upgrade their activities including by the introduction of nuclear material in the kingdom, then we will have to have a stronger safeguards system.
And nothing makes me think that this is not going to be the case."
If Saudi Arabia were to introduce nuclear material into the research reactor in Riyadh that is near completion, it would void the SQP and its exemptions from regular safeguards.

Alphabet's YouTube to launch TikTok-like product

Alphabet Inc's YouTube is rolling out its version of social media rival TikTok, a new short-form video service called Shorts, enabled within its video-sharing platform.
YouTube will first test the feature in India over the next few days and then expand to more countries in the coming months, it said in a blog post on Monday.

YouTube's new product, which will compete with Facebook Inc's Reels and TikTok, will let users record short mobile-friendly vertical videos and then add special effects and soundtracks pulled from a music library.
The announcement also comes as Oracle Corp and China's ByteDance team up to keep TikTok operating in the United States, beating Microsoft Corp in a deal structured as a partnership rather than an outright sale.
YouTube's entry into the short-form video service space coincides with TikTok's ban in one of its biggest market, India, following the country's escalating tensions with China.

No data available on deaths of labourers during migration due to lockdown: Govt

The government does not have data regarding the number of migrants who died or were injured during migration to their native places due to the lockdown, Union minister Santosh Gangwar told the Lok Sabha on Monday.

"No such data is available," the Labour Minister said in a written reply.

The response was to BJD member Bhartruhari Mahtab's question on the "the number of such labourers died/ injured during migration to their native places due to such lockdown, State/ UT-wise".

Maratha quota: Ordinance route will be checked, says Balasaheb Thorat

Bringing an ordinance to give quota relief to the Maratha community is a legal issue and the Maha Vikas Aghadi government will take a look into it, said Maharashtra minister and state Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat on Monday.
His comments come in the wake of NCP chief Sharad Pawar last week suggesting the ordinance route after the Supreme Court, on Wednesday, stayed the implementation of a 2018 law granting reservation to the Maratha community in education and jobs in the state. "It is a legal issue. We will check it," Thorat told reporters here, adding the state government had approached the apex court "well-prepared".
The Supreme Court's interim order of staying the implementation of the law is "incomprehensible", he added.

Govt may launch mobile app to record off-mandi transactions under new bill

The central government might create a mobile application to record all off-mandi transactions done under a new Bill on agricultural trade, said a senior official.
The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, which was tabled in the Lok Sabha by Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Monday, contains a provision that the Centre may prescribe a system for electronic registration for a trader, modalities of trade transactions, and mode of payment of the schedule farmers’ produce in a trade area. A trade area has been defined as an area that is outside regular mandis. Read more

Prashant Bhushan moves SC, seeks review of his conviction in contempt case for his two tweets

Activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan on Monday moved the Supreme Court seeking review of the order holding him guilty for contempt of court for his two derogatory tweets against the judiciary.
After depositing with the apex court registry rupee one imposed as "nominal fine" as punishment upon him, he filed the petition for review of the August 14 judgement holding him guilty for the contempt of court contending that it suffers from multiple errors apparent on the face of the record of both law and of fact.
Bhushan said that he will be filing a separate petition seeking review of the judgment on Sentence dated August 31, by which the top court had imposed a nominal fine of Re 1 on him for contempt of court.

MT New Diamond safe, stable after deballasting measures taken: Indian Navy

Indian Navy on Monday informed that Motor Tanker (MT) New Diamond is safe and stable after sailors undertook deballasting measure on the ship.

"MT New Diamond (Sri Lankan vessel) safe and stable. Sailors undertook deballasting from Engine Room to Ballast Tanks. All leaks on hull sealed. Tug Boka Expedition took over 2 pm, 13 Sep. MT New Diamond assessed pollution free and ready to be towed," Indian Navy tweeted.

Raising broadband quality, speed requires holistic approach: Trai official

Raising quality and speed of broadband for better user experience involves a multi-pronged approach, and the regulator has made suggestions including strengthening of infrastructure, proliferation of WiFi hotspots and use of cable TV for broadband, to address the issue in a holistic manner, a senior Trai official said on Monday.
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) Secretary S K Gupta said there may be a certain perception that operators are not providing good-quality broadband, but singularly blaming telecom service providers may not be a correct approach, and instead the issue calls for a "group effort".

JP Morgan Funds picks HDFC shares worth Rs 288 cr

JP Morgan Funds on Monday purchased shares of Housing Development Finance Corp Ltd (HDFC) worth Rs 288 crore through an open market transaction.
The shares were sold by Flagship India Investment Company (Mauritius) Ltd,block deal data on BSE showed.
As per the data, JP Morgan Funds bought over 16.28lakh shares of HDFC at an average price of Rs 1768.2 apiece. At this price, the value of transaction stood at Rs 287.97 crore.

Amid Covid, Bengal govt to announce Puja guidelines

With the Durga Puja round the corner, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said she would hold a meeting with puja committee members on September 25 to chalk out guidelines to celebrate the festival during the 'new normal'.
Banerjee said it would be really challenging for both the state government and puja organisers to host the celebrations with adequate safety in the Covid-19 pandemic.
"I would urge all the Durga puja committees to erect pandals (marquees) leaving as many open areas as possible. If they can keep the maximum area open in and around the pandals, it would be better and well-ventilated," the CM said in a press conference at the state secretariat here.

Govt introduces eight Bills in opening Monsoon session

The Salary, Allowances and Pension of Members of Parliament (Amendment) Bill, 2020;
Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020
Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill, 2020
Bilateral Netting of Qualified Financial Contracts Bill, 2020
Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020
Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020
Factoring Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020
Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020 

'Attack on farmers' rights': Congress slams govt's farm sector bills

The Congress on Monday hit out at the government over the introduction of three farmers-related bills, alleging that they will give "freedom" to corporates to "brutally exploit" the farmers and take away the protection that the minimum support price provides.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi slammed the government's ordinances, which are to be replaced by the bills introduced by the government on Monday, saying they were a "deadly attack" on farmers and agricultural labourers. Read more

Bank credit grows by 5.49%, deposits by 10.92%: RBI data

Bank credit grew 5.49 per cent to Rs 102.11 trillion, while deposits increased 10.92 per cent to Rs 141.76 trillion in the fortnight ended August 28, according to RBI data.
In the fortnight ended August 30, 2019, banks' advances were at Rs 96.80 trillion and deposits stood at Rs 127.80 trillion.
In the previous fortnight ended August 14, 2020, bank credit and deposits had grown by 5.52 per cent and 11.04 per cent to Rs 102.19 trillion and Rs 140.80 trillion, respectively.
On a year-on-year (yoy) basis, non-food bank credit grew at 6.7 per cent in July as against a growth of 11.4 per cent in the same month last year, according to the data on sectoral deployment of bank credit for July 2020, released recently by RBI.

Govt releases grant of Rs 5,462.69 lakh for artist community

Regional discrimination will not be tolerated in JK: LG Manoj Sinha

Regional discrimination in administration will not be tolerated at any level in Jammu and Kashmir, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said here on Monday as he vowed to use technology to curb the menace of corruption.
"There is zero tolerance for discrimination between Kashmir and Jammu or dividing the union territory on any basis. It will not be tolerated at any level -- be it at the level of chief secretary or the LG -- as long as I am here," Sinha told reporters here. He also said the administration will use technology to weed out corruption from government offices.
"Where there is man (manual work), there is corruption. We will be using maximum technology for ensuring transparency in government," he added.
Sinha also assured that justice will be done for the families of the three youths from Rajouri who are believed to have been killed in an alleged fake encounter.

RBI pulls up banks over delay in automating NPA recognition process

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has pulled up banks over the delay in automating the process of identifying non-performing assets (NPA), provisioning and filing returns with the banking regulator. It has now asked banks to upgrade systems and comply with the guidelines by June 30, 2021. Banks were advised in August 2011 to have appropriate IT systems for identification of NPAs and generation of related data/returns, both for regulatory reporting and bank’s own MIS requirements. Read more

UGC-NET exam postponed, to be conducted Sept 24 onwards

The Ministry of Education's testing agency on Monday postponed the National Eligibility Test (NET) after its dates were clashing with Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) exam.
The NET was scheduled to be conducted from September 16 to September 25. It will now be conducted September 24 onwards.
"The National Testing Agency will be conducting ICAR exams on 16, 17, 22 and 23 September. In view of that, UGC- NET 2020 Examination will now be held from September 24 onwards," said Sadhana Parashar, Senior Director, NTA.

Delhi environment minister calls crucial meeting ahead of stubble burning season

Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai will hold a crucial meeting with senior officials on Tuesday to discuss ways to deal with extreme levels of pollution in the city in winters, officials said. They said the minister will review progress of the annual plantation exercise. The issue of stubble burning in neighbouring states will also be taken up during the meeting.
The Delhi government has set a target of planting 31 lakh saplings during the year 2020-21. Around 1.9 million saplings have already been planted in the city by various agencies since March this year, according to government data.

Senior bureaucrat Rajesh Khullar appointed executive director, World Bank

Senior bureaucrat Rajesh Khullar has been appointed as Executive Director, World Bank, Washington, a Personnel Ministry order issued on Monday said.
Khullar, a 1988-batch IAS officer, is currently serving in his cadre state Haryana. He is the principal secretary to Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar. He will have a tenure of three years or till the date of his superannuation, i.e. August 31, 2023, the order said.

Bengal CM announces monthly allowance, free housing for Brahmin priests ahead of polls

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday announced a monthly allowance of Rs 1,000 and free housing for more than 8,000 poor Sanatan Brahmin priests of the state. The decision was taken ahead of the assembly polls in 2021.
"We had earlier provided land to the Sanatan Brahmin sect to set up an academy at Kolaghat. Many priests in this sect are financially weak. We have decided to help them by providing them with an allowance of Rs 1,000 per month and also free housing under the state government's housing scheme," Banerjee said.

Around 30 MPs test positive for Covid-19 ahead of Monsoon Session: Report

Around 30 MPs and more than 50 employees of Parliament have tested positive for Covid-19, sources said on Monday. All parliamentarians and staff of the secretariats of both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha had undergone mandatory Covid-19 tests before the start of the monsoon session.
As per the reports of these tests, around 30 MPs and over 50 employees of the secretariats tested positive for coronavirus, the sources said.

J&K: 3,186 ceasefire violations along LoC till Sept 7, says MoS Defence

"There have been 3,186 incidents of ceasefire violations along LoC in Jammu region between Jan 1 & Sept 7 this year. In addition, 242 incidents of cross-border firing have occurred along Indo-Pak border in Jammu till Aug 31 this year," MoS Defence Shripad Naik said in Rajya Sabha.

"There have been 8 fatal casualties & 2 non-fatal casualties of Army personnel in Jammu & Kashmir till Sept 7 this year. There have been 5 non-fatal casualties of BSF personnel along international border & Loc in J&K: MoS Defence Shripad Naik in Rajya Sabha," he added.

PM Modi praises Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh

Ghulam Nabi Azad congratulates new deputy chairman

NDA candidate Harivansh Narayan Singh re-elected as Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha

RS pays rich tributes to Pranab Mukherjee, 3 sitting members

On the opening day of the monsoon session of Parliament that is being held under extraordinary circumstances due to the pandemic, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu mentioned the passing away of Pranab Mukherjee and sitting members Beni Prasad Verma, M P Veerendra Kumar, and Amar Singh.

Gold down by Rs 24 to to Rs 52,465 per 10 gram, silver rises Rs 222

Gold prices declined marginally by Rs 24 to Rs 52,465 per 10 gram in the national capital on Monday amid rupee appreciation, according to HDFC Securities. The precious metal had closed at Rs 52,489 per 10 gram in the previous trade.
Silver prices, however, rose by Rs 222 to Rs 69,590 per kilogram from Rs 69,368 per kilogram in the previous trade.
"Spot gold prices for 24 carat in Delhi were marginally down by Rs 24 on rupee appreciation," HDFC Securities Senior Analyst (Commodities) Tapan Patel said.

Steel exports from India up by more than 153%: Steel Ministry

"India was a net exporter of steel in 2019-20 and during the period of April-August 2020, steel exports from India have increased by more than 153% in comparison to the same period in 2019-20. Capacity for domestic crude steel production expanded from 109.85 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) in 2014-15 to 142.29 MTPA in 2019-20 while crude steel production has gone up from 88.98 MTPA in 2014-15 to 109.14 MTPA in 2019-20," said Ministry of Steel.

Parl nod to bills to ensure quality homeopathy, Indian system of medicine

Parliament has given its nod to two bills that propose a medical education system that improve access to quality and affordable medical education by ensuring availability of adequate and high quality homoeopathy and Indian system of medicine professionals across the country.

Lok Sabha on Monday passed the National Commission for Homoeopathy Bill and the National Commission for Indian System of Medicine Bill.

Rajya Sabha had passed them earlier, and the lower house' nod to the two proposed legislations mean that they are set to become laws after getting formal approval from President Ram Nath Kovind.

Country standing behind soldiers, Parl must send unanimous message: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday expressed confidence that Parliament will send out a unanimous and strong message that the country is unitedly standing behind its brave soldiers guarding India's borders, asserting that doing so is the legislature's "crucial responsibility".
In his remarks to media before the commencement of Parliament's monsoon session, Modi noted, in an apparent reference to the ongoing border row with China in Ladakh, that brave Indian soldiers are defending the borders with great courage and high spirits in difficult hilly terrains with snowfall expected in some time.
Referring to the issue, he said, "This Parliament, particularly in this session, has one more crucial responsibility... Just like the faith with which they (soldiers) are standing, determined to protect the motherland, Parliament and all its members too will send out a message in a unanimous voice, spirit and resolve that the country stands in support of them."

Bill to cut MPs' salaries by 30% to meet Covid-19 exigencies introduced in Lok Sabha

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi on Monday introduced in Lok Sabha a bill that seeks to reduce for one year the salaries of Members of Parliament by 30 per cent "to meet the exigencies arising out of Covid-19 pandemic".
The Salary, Allowances and Pension of Members of Parliament (Amendment) Bill, 2020 seeks to replace the Salary, Allowances And Pension of Members of Parliament (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020.
"I rise to introduce the bill further to amend the Salary, Allowances and Pension of Members of Parliament Act, 1954," Joshi said and added that "I introduce the bill". The ordinance was cleared by the Cabinet on April 6 and promulgated on April 7.

Rajya Sabha MPs seated in the visitor's gallery to ensure social distancing

PM Modi to inaugurate, launch seven urban infra projects in Bihar

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday will inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of seven urban infrastructure projects worth Rs 541 crore in the poll-bound Bihar via video conference. The Prime Minister's Office said on Monday that out of these projects, four are related to water supply, two to sewage treatment and one to riverfront development.
The implementation of these projects has been undertaken by the Bihar Urban Infrastructure Development Corporation (BUIDCO) under the urban development and housing department of the state. Giving details of the projects, the PMO said the sewage treatment plants have been built under the Namami Gange mission, at Beur and Karmalichak, in Patna Municipal Corporation.

Tiger Global, others invest $ 225 mn in parent of IPL title sponsor Dream 11

Sports technology company Dream Sports, which owns brands such as Dream11, FanCode and DreamX has raised $225 million in a Series-E round led by Tiger Global Management, TPG Tech Adjacencies, ChrysCapital and Footpath Ventures.
Fantasy gaming platform Dream11 is the title sponsor for Indian Premier League this year replacing Chinese mobile phone company Vivo for a four and a half month deal. It was awarded the sponsorship rights for Rs 222 crore in August. The unicorn has several other investors including Multiples, Think Investments, Steadview, Kalaari Capital and Tencent. Read more

GST compensation due to states at Rs 1.51 trn, Maharashtra leads

The GST collection during April-August declined on account of Covid-19 induced lockdown, and the compensation due to states stands at over Rs 1.51 trillion, Minister of State for Finance Anurag Singh Thakur said on Monday.
The provisional GST compensation due to states/UTs for 2020-21 was highest for Maharashtra at Rs 22,485 crore, followed by Karnataka (Rs 13,763 crore), Uttar Pradesh (Rs 11,742 crore), Gujarat (Rs 11,563 crore) and Tamil Nadu (Rs 11,269 crore).
The compensation due to West Bengal stands at Rs 7,750 crore, Kerala (Rs 7,077 crore), Punjab (Rs 6,959 crore), Delhi (Rs 6,931 crore), Rajasthan (Rs 6312 crore), Telangana (Rs 5,424 crore) and Chhattisgarh (Rs 2,827 crore).

Punjab: Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh stages protest against recent agriculture ordinances

ByteDance picks Oracle as partner to try to save TikTok's US operation: Report

Oracle beat Microsoft in the battle for the US arm of TikTok with a deal structured as a partnership rather than an outright sale to try to navigate geopolitical tensions between Beijing and Washington, people familiar with the matter said.
ByteDance, TikTok's Chinese owner, had been in talks to divest the US business of its hugely popular short-video app to Oracle or a consortium led by Microsoft Corp after US President Donald Trump ordered the sale last month and said he might otherwise shut it down.
While TikTok is best known for dancing videos that go viral among teenagers, US officials are concerned user information could be passed to China's communist government. TikTok, which has as many as 100 million US users, has said it would never share such data with Chinese authorities.

BJP launches cleanliness, plantation drive ahead of PM Modi's 70th birthday

Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 70th birthday, BJP has started week-long cleanliness and plantation drive across the country.
BJP National President JP Nadda launched the 'Seva Saptah' Abhiyan from Gautam Buddha Nagar on Monday. The campaign will take place from September 14 to 20.
"To mark Prime Minister Modi's birthday on September 17, we will observe 'Seva Saptah' from 14-20th September. Since it is his 70th, cleanliness and plantation drives will be conducted at 70 places in every district," said BJP National President JP Nadda.

Rajya Sabha proceedings begin on first day of Monsoon Session

No removal of 48,000 jhuggis along rail tracks for now: Govt to SC

The Centre on Monday informed the Supreme Court that for the time being there will be no removal of 48,000 slums along the railway tracks in Delhi.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing Centre, submitted before a bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde that the Railways, urban development ministry and Delhi government will sit together and find a solution in four weeks and till then there will be no demolition of slums along the train tracks.
Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi submitted before the bench that the court should order a status quo. The bench replied that it will not, as the Centre has already stated that there will be status quo till a decision is taken.

Facebook India names ex-Ola exec Arun Srinivas Head for Global Business

Social media giant Facebook on Monday said it has appointed former Ola executive Arun Srinivas as the Director of Global Business Group in India. In this role, Srinivas will lead the strategy and delivery of the India Marketing Solutions charter that is focused on large advertisers and agencies, a statement said.
He will spearhead the company's strategic relationship with the country's leading brands, agencies, and partners to drive Facebook's revenue growth in key channels in India, and partner the media and creative ecosystems for accelerating adoption of digital tools by businesses, it added.
Srinivas will have the company's key business vertical teams, agency teams, and business solutions teams reporting into him, the statement said.

FM presents first batch of supplementary demands; seeks additional Rs 2.35 trn

Nirmala Sitharaman sought parliamentary nod for additional spending of Rs 2.35 trillion, which include cash outgo of Rs 1.66 trillion, primarily to meet expenses for combating the Covid-19 pandemic.
Of the total cash outgo Rs 40,000 crore is towards enhanced expenditure under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Program and Rs 33,771.48 crore have been sought for direct benefit transfer under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana and National Social Assistance Programme.
As part of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana Rs 33,771.48 crore have been transferred to beneficiaries of both women Jan Dhan Account holders and Old Age Pension holders.

Bengal govt to provide tap water supply to 5.5 mn households by March 2021

The West Bengal government has set a target to provide 5.5 mn households in the state with tap water supply by March next year, a senior official said on Monday.
He said the government has decided to provide tap water supply to at least 20,000 households daily under the 'Jal Swapno' scheme and work for the same will start from October.
Currently, under the scheme the state Public Health Engineering (PHE) department is connecting 2,000 households with tap water supply every day, he said.

Govt prepares draft framework policy for development of steel clusters in India

The government has prepared a draft framework policy for development of steel clusters in the country that will help to increase production of value-added steel and generate employment, Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan informed the Lok Sabha on Monday.

The draft framework policy aims at facilitating setting up of greenfield steel clusters along with development and expansion of existing steel clusters, Pradhan said while replying to a question in Lok Sabha.

"The Ministry of Steel has prepared a draft framework policy for development of steel clusters in the country. It is aimed at facilitating setting up of greenfield steel clusters along with development and expansion of existing steel clusters," he said.

Payment of fine does not mean I have accepted SC verdict: Bhushan on contempt case

Activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan said on Monday that paying of the token fine of Re 1 imposed on him by the Supreme Court in a contempt case does not mean that he has accepted the verdict and would file a review petition against the judgement.
Bhushan, who deposited the fine with the apex court Registry over his two tweets seen as contempt of court, said that he has received contributions from several corners of the country for paying the fine, and a "truth fund" will be created out of such contributions to provide legal aid to those who are prosecuted for dissenting opinions.
"Just because I'm paying the fine does not mean I have accepted the verdict. We are filing a review plea today. We have filed a writ petition that there must be an appeal procedure created for conviction under contempt," Bhushan told the media before submitting the fine.

S&P projects GDP contraction at 9% due to Covid-19

S&P Global Ratings on Monday slashed its growth forecast for India to (-) 9 per cent in the current fiscal, from (-) 5 per cent estimated earlier, saying that rising Covid-19 cases would keep private spending and investment lower for longer.
"One factor holding back private economic activity is the continued escalation of the Covid-19," S&P Global Ratings Asia-Pacific Economist Vishrut Rana said.
Rising COVID-19 cases in India will keep private spending and investment lower for longer. S&P Global Ratings now expects the country's economy to contract by 9 per cent in the current fiscal year, which ends March 31, 2021, the US-based rating agency said in a statement.

Watch: Farooq Abdullah leaves Parliament after attending first day of Monsoon Session

Protests continue against Ker Minister Jaleel; 2 held for obstructing his convoy

Two Yuva Morcha activists were arrested for obstructing the convoy of Kerala Minister K T Jaleel with another car as part of their protest after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) recently recorded his statement over alleged FCRA violations.

Yuva Morcha activists Pravin (24), Vipin Raj (25) were arrested late on Sunday night for allegedly driving a car into the convoy, comprising the Higher Education Minister's car and his escort vehicle, while they were passing through Parippally on the National Highway near here.


Lok Sabha adjourned till 3 pm tomorrow

Amazon to hire 100,000 to keep up with online shopping surge

Amazon on Monday said it will be hiring another 100,000 people to keep up with a surge of online orders.

The company said the new hires will help pack, ship or sort orders, working in part-time and full-time roles. Amazon said the jobs are not related to its typical holiday hiring.

Lok Sabha adopts motion to do away with Question Hour, private members' business

Lok Sabha on Monday adopted a motion to do away with Question Hour and private members' business during the Monsoon session, which is being held amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Criticising the move, the opposition led by the Congress said that Question Hour is the "golden hour of the House".

Leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, said the argument and rationale that has been put forth by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi is far from convincing.

India seeks Rs 1.67 trillion in additional budgetary spending for current fiscal year

India's government said it is seeking parliamentary approval to spend Rs 1.67 trillion ($22.8 billion) for the current fiscal year.

India's federal government sought an additional Rs 466.02 billion to transfer to states and 100 billion rupees more for its food subsidy scheme, the government said in a statement on Monday.


BJD to support NDA nominee for RS Deputy Chair's post

Biju Janata Dal (BJD) President and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday announced his party's support to NDA candidate Harivansh Narayan Singh for the post of Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha.

The announcement came after Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar again called up his Odisha counterpart on Monday seeking support for Janata Dal (United) leader Harivansh during the elections to the post, slated for later in the day.

Japan’s Yoshihide Suga wins ruling LDP leadership poll to become PM

Members of TVK hold protest in Chennai demanding NEET be banned

MPs register their attendance using the 'Attendance Register' App

Maximum cases reported from 13 states, all reported over 100,000 cases: Health Minister

Centre not talking extensively either about economy or unemployment: Supriya Sule, NCP

Biggest challenge in India is the state of the economy, unemployment: Supriya Sule, NCP

Conspiracy is being hatched to destroy country's youth: BJP MP in Lok Sabha

We'll observe 'Seva Saptah' from Sep 14-20 to mark PM Modi's birthday: J P Nadda

Parliament's responsibility to give message that country standing behind soldiers at borders: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday expressed confidence that Parliament will give this strong message that the country is unitedly standing behind its brave soldiers guarding India's borders, noting that doing so is the legislature's "special responsibility".

In his remarks to media before the commencement of Parliament's monsoon session, Modi noted, in an apparent reference to the ongoing border row with China in Ladakh, that Indian soldiers are bravely discharging their duties while standing guard in difficult hilly terrains with snowfall expected in some time.

DMK MP draws attention to 12 students who died by suicide because of NEET

Leaders of most parties agreed over no Question Hour & Zero Hour: Rajnath Singh

Leaders of most parties agreed over no Question Hour & Zero Hour: Rajnath Singh

Parliament Monsoon session resumes, Oppn raises suspension of question hour

Question Hour is the golden hour but you say that it can't be held due to the circumstances. You conduct the proceedings but single out Question Hour: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

At $200-billion market capitalisation, Reliance Industries isn't like FAANG

Morgan Stanley analysed how the Mukesh Ambani-led firm stacked up against eight global firms when they crossed the $200-billion milestone. Read here

iPhone makers among biggest winners in India's $6.6 billion manufacturing plan

At a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, the Indian government is expected to approve a plan aimed at bringing $150 billion in mobile-phone production over the next five years

PM Modi says Parliament stands with Armed Forces; Opposition demands details of India-China border situation

Ahead of the parliament session, PM Modi has sent out a stern message stating that Parliament will unequivocally stand behind the soldiers braving Chinese aggression on LAC.
However, during the ongoing session, the Opposition has made it clear that it wants details from the government regarding the present situation on the India-China border.

Hindi an unbreakable part of Indian culture: Amit Shah on Hindi Diwas

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday extended his wishes on the occasion of "Hindi Diwas" calling the language as an "unbreakable part of Indian culture" adding that Hindi has been working to "unify the whole country" since centuries.

TCS becomes the second Indian company to cross Rs 9 trillion m-cap

The market-capitalisation (m-cap) of Tata Consultancy Services Ltd surged past the Rs 9 trillion-mark for the first time, after its share price rose 1.5 per cent to hit a record high of Rs 2,408 in Monday's early morning trade. 
The IT giant is the second Indian company, after Reliance Industries (RIL), to achieve the milestone.

West Bengal: Kolkata Metro resumes its services today

DMK MLAs arrive at the state legislative assembly, wearing masks with 'Ban NEET, save TN students' printed on them

Party's MPs staged a protest at the Parliament premises in Delhi this morning, demanding that NEET exam be scrapped.

Hindi Diwas 2020: Here are 10 interesting facts about the Hindi language

Hindi Diwas is celebrated every year on September 14 to mark the adaptation of Hindi as the official language by the Constituent Assembly in 1949. The decision to mark September 14 as Hindi Diwas was taken by Jawaharlal Nehru. Hindi got its name from the Persian word Hind, meaning 'land of the Indus River'.
On Hindi Diwas 2020, Business Standard begins to you some interesting facts about the language. Read more here

Parliament to take several major decisions in Monsoon Session, said Modi

PM Narendra Modi asserted that major decisions will be taken during Parliament proceedings with discussions on various subjects in both the houses.
He expressed his firm belief that all lawmakers will do a value edition during discussion.

I believe that all members of the Parliament will give an unequivocal message that the country stands with our soldiers: PM Modi

MPs pay tribute to ex-President Pranab Mukherjee, legendary Indian classical vocalist Pandit Jasraj, ex-Chhattisgarh CM Ajit Jogi, MP Governor Lalji Tandon, UP Ministers Kamal Rani & Chetan Chauhan and ex-union minister Rahguvansh Prasad Singh & others who passed away this year

The monson session of Parliament begins.

PM Modi thanks all MPs for choosing path of duty even during coronavirus crisis

The monsoon session begins today, there is corona and there is responsibility. All parliamentarians have chosen the path of responsibility, I thank all of them for doing so, said Prime Minister ahead of the beginning of the session.

PM Modi extends greetings on 'Hindi Diwas', congratulates linguists for contribution

PM Narendra Modi extended greetings on the occasion of "Hindi Diwas". He congratulated the linguists who have contributed to the development of the Hindi language.
"Best wishes to everyone on Hindi Diwas. My heartiest congratulations to all the linguists who contributed to the development of Hindi (language) on this occasion," the Prime Minister tweeted (roughly translated from Hindi).

Parliament monsoon session: Oppn demands discussion on LAC standoff, Covid

The issues of ongoing LAC standoff, handling of the coronavirus pandemic and economic slowdown are likely to dominate the Monsoon session of Parliament which begins today, with the opposition demanding a discussion on them.

Prez, PM Modi, CDS among 10,000 people under Chinese surveillance: Report

An investigation by The Indian Express has revealed that a Shenzen-based technology company with links to the Chinese government, and the Chinese Communist Party, is monitoring over 10,000 Indian individuals including PM Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind and CDS Bipin Rawat.
The investigation released last night reveals staggering details of a "hybrid warfare" with foreign targets in India identified and monitored in real-time by Zhenhua Data Information Technology Co. Limited. Read more here

How Kamala Harris's immigrant parents found a home in a black study group

As a couple, Don Harris and Shyamala Gopalan Harris stood out, with their upper-crust accents and air of intellectual confidence. 
Ms. Gopalan Harris was a passionate debater, “fiery and radical but not Marxist in any sense.” Her husband, he recalled, “did take a serious interest in radical political economy, but he was a calm and patient arguer.” Read more here

Parliament's Monsoon session begins today, 47 items listed for 18 sittings

The Monsoon session 2020 of Parliament is set to commence today. The fourth session of 17th Lok Sabha and 252nd session of Rajya Sabha is scheduled to be held today and subject to exigencies of government business, may conclude on October. 
This will be the first Parliament session being held amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore all safety measures have been taken to conduct the session as per guidelines issued for Covid-19.

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