Rajasthan LIVE: Sachin Pilot involved in horse trading, says CM Gehlot

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Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Wednesday accused rebel Congress leader Sachin Pilot of involvement in horse trading with the BJP. Pilot was removed from the posts of the Rajasthan deputy chief minister and the state Congress president on Tuesday amid a power tussle with Gehlot.

'Skill, re-skill, upskill is the mantra to stay relevant in times of coronavirus, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the 5th anniversary of Skill India Mission. Addressing a digital conclave today, PM Modi said,"In a rapidly changing world, millions of skilled people are needed and there is a huge potential, especially in health services".

On the business front, Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) will hold its first online annual general meeting (AGM) today. It has promised that the event will be a much bigger affair, with a brand-new virtual platform that could log more than 100,000 shareholders simultaneously. 

Meanwhile, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has declared its Class 10 results.

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3:13 AM IST In the eventuality of another spell of a pan-India lockdown, the automobile sector will continue its downwards trajectory, which will seriously affect workforce and OEMs may have to further delay product launches and capex plans, CARE Ratings said in a report.   Several state governments have been announcing lockdown again in select areas for different time periods to check the Covid-19 pandemic amid rising numbers of infection cases in the country. Read more

3:11 AM IST Reliance Industries (RIL) Chairman Mukesh Ambani on Wednesday announced a strategic partnership with Google and development of in-house 5G solutions, in a bid to win over new customers and create a platform for future growth.   Google will invest Rs 33,737 crore for 7.73 per cent stake in Jio Platforms. The two companies will collaborate for the development of entry-level affordable 4G and 5G smartphones as well as Android-based operating systems, Ambani announced during the virtual annual general meeting (AGM). Read more

12:58 AM IST Body-camera footage made public Wednesday from two Minneapolis police officers involved in George Floyd's arrest captured a panicked and fearful Floyd pleading with the officers in the minutes before his death, saying I'm not a bad guy!" as they tried to wrestle him into a squad car. I'm not that kind of guy, Floyd says as he struggles against the officers. I just had Covid, man, I don't want to go back to that." An onlooker pleads with Floyd to stop struggling, saying, You can't win! Floyd replies, I don't want to win! A few minutes later, with Floyd now face-down on the street, the cameras record his fading voice, still occasionally saying, I can't breathe before he goes still.

12:49 AM IST The Federal Reserve says economic activity has picked up in most regions of the country but still remains well below pre-pandemic levels with the country facing high levels of uncertainty.   The Fed reported Wednesday that its latest survey of economic conditions around the country found improvements in consumer spending and other areas but said the gains were from very low levels seen when widespread lockdowns push the country into a deep recession.   And the report said that business contacts in the Fed's 12 regions remained wary about the future.

12:48 AM IST The Delhi University will conduct the online open book examinations for final year undergraduate and postgraduate students from August 10 to August 31, it said on Wednesday.   However, DU said, students unable to appear in the exams in August will get another chance.   The varsity had informed the Delhi High Court last week that it has decided to postpone the Open Book Examinations (OBE), scheduled from July 10, for final year undergraduate courses to next month.

12:28 AM IST A week after losing a Supreme Court ruling, President Donald Trump's lawyers said Wednesday they're considering challenging subpoenas for his tax records by criminal prosecutors on grounds that the subpoenas are a fishing expedition or a form of harassment or retaliation against him.   The plans were outlined in a letter to a Manhattan federal judge overseeing legal squabbles related to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.'s request for eight years of Trump's personal and corporate tax records in a criminal probe.   Vance is seeking the records from Trump's accountant in part for a probe of payments that Trump's then-personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, arranged during the 2016 presidential race to keep two women from airing their claims of extramarital affairs with Trump. Trump has denied the affairs.

12:26 AM IST JC Penney says it will close an additional 152 stores and cut 1,000 jobs as it tries to fight its way out from under bankruptcy protection. The company last month said it had identified 154 stores for closure in the first phase of a restructuring in which it will become a smaller operator. The retailer said Wednesday that the jobs to be eliminated will include corporate, field management and international positions.

11:05 PM IST Absence from a legislature party meeting can't be a ground for disqualification from the state assembly, said Rajasthan BJP chief Satish Poonia raising a question over notices sent to rebel Congress leader Sachin Pilot and his supporter MLAs in this regard.   Rajasthan Speaker C P Joshi has issued notices to Sachin Pilot and other rebel Congress MLAs after the party sought their disqualification from the state assembly.   Sacked deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot and the other MLAs were asked to respond to the notices by Friday, sources said. The notices were issued on Tuesday.

10:51 PM IST Delhi government schools have improved their pass percentage to 82.61 per cent this year as against 71.58 per cent last year in the class 10 CBSE exams, a statement said on Wednesday. At the all-India level, Delhi schools altogether improved their pass percentage from 80.97 per cent in 2019 to 85.86 per cent this year, it said. Government schools improved their pass percentage at the national level from 71.91 per cent last year to 80.91 per cent this year. As many as 147 schools under Delhi's Directorate of Education, the nodal body for government schools, achieved 100 per cent result as opposed to 60 per cent last year, the statement issued by the Delhi government said. As many as 474 schools achieved 90 per cent and above pass percentage as against 226 schools last year. The total number of government schools in Delhi is 1,005 in 2020 while in 2019 it was 995.

10:44 PM IST India's service sector exports dipped by 10.14 per cent to $16.77 billion in May, RBI data showed on Wednesday.   Services payments or imports in May stood at $9.94 billion, down 20.45 per cent, according to the central bank data.   The Reserve Bank releases monthly data on India's international trade in services with a lag of around 45 days.

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Another lockdown will hit automakers hard, affect capex plans: CARE Ratings

In the eventuality of another spell of a pan-India lockdown, the automobile sector will continue its downwards trajectory, which will seriously affect workforce and OEMs may have to further delay product launches and capex plans, CARE Ratings said in a report.
 
Several state governments have been announcing lockdown again in select areas for different time periods to check the Covid-19 pandemic amid rising numbers of infection cases in the country. Read more

Google to invest Rs 33,737 crore for 7.73% stake in Jio Platforms

Reliance Industries (RIL) Chairman Mukesh Ambani on Wednesday announced a strategic partnership with Google and development of in-house 5G solutions, in a bid to win over new customers and create a platform for future growth.
 
Google will invest Rs 33,737 crore for 7.73 per cent stake in Jio Platforms. The two companies will collaborate for the development of entry-level affordable 4G and 5G smartphones as well as Android-based operating systems, Ambani announced during the virtual annual general meeting (AGM). Read more

'I'm not a bad guy': Police video captures distraught Floyd

Body-camera footage made public Wednesday from two Minneapolis police officers involved in George Floyd's arrest captured a panicked and fearful Floyd pleading with the officers in the minutes before his death, saying I'm not a bad guy!" as they tried to wrestle him into a squad car.

I'm not that kind of guy, Floyd says as he struggles against the officers. I just had Covid, man, I don't want to go back to that."

An onlooker pleads with Floyd to stop struggling, saying, You can't win! Floyd replies, I don't want to win!

A few minutes later, with Floyd now face-down on the street, the cameras record his fading voice, still occasionally saying, I can't breathe before he goes still.

Fed survey says economy has picked up but outlook cloudy

The Federal Reserve says economic activity has picked up in most regions of the country but still remains well below pre-pandemic levels with the country facing high levels of uncertainty.
 
The Fed reported Wednesday that its latest survey of economic conditions around the country found improvements in consumer spending and other areas but said the gains were from very low levels seen when widespread lockdowns push the country into a deep recession.
 
And the report said that business contacts in the Fed's 12 regions remained wary about the future.

Delhi University to hold final year exams in August

The Delhi University will conduct the online open book examinations for final year undergraduate and postgraduate students from August 10 to August 31, it said on Wednesday.
 
However, DU said, students unable to appear in the exams in August will get another chance.
 
The varsity had informed the Delhi High Court last week that it has decided to postpone the Open Book Examinations (OBE), scheduled from July 10, for final year undergraduate courses to next month.

Trump may claim harassment in tax return quest: Lawyers

A week after losing a Supreme Court ruling, President Donald Trump's lawyers said Wednesday they're considering challenging subpoenas for his tax records by criminal prosecutors on grounds that the subpoenas are a fishing expedition or a form of harassment or retaliation against him.
 
The plans were outlined in a letter to a Manhattan federal judge overseeing legal squabbles related to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.'s request for eight years of Trump's personal and corporate tax records in a criminal probe.
 
Vance is seeking the records from Trump's accountant in part for a probe of payments that Trump's then-personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, arranged during the 2016 presidential race to keep two women from airing their claims of extramarital affairs with Trump. Trump has denied the affairs.

JC Penney to close another 152 stores, cuts 1,000 jobs

JC Penney says it will close an additional 152 stores and cut 1,000 jobs as it tries to fight its way out from under bankruptcy protection.

The company last month said it had identified 154 stores for closure in the first phase of a restructuring in which it will become a smaller operator.

The retailer said Wednesday that the jobs to be eliminated will include corporate, field management and international positions.

BJP questions speaker's notice to Pilot, rebel Cong MLAs

Absence from a legislature party meeting can't be a ground for disqualification from the state assembly, said Rajasthan BJP chief Satish Poonia raising a question over notices sent to rebel Congress leader Sachin Pilot and his supporter MLAs in this regard.
 
Rajasthan Speaker C P Joshi has issued notices to Sachin Pilot and other rebel Congress MLAs after the party sought their disqualification from the state assembly.
 
Sacked deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot and the other MLAs were asked to respond to the notices by Friday, sources said. The notices were issued on Tuesday.

CBSE class 10 results: Delhi govt schools improve pass percentage

Delhi government schools have improved their pass percentage to 82.61 per cent this year as against 71.58 per cent last year in the class 10 CBSE exams, a statement said on Wednesday.

At the all-India level, Delhi schools altogether improved their pass percentage from 80.97 per cent in 2019 to 85.86 per cent this year, it said.

Government schools improved their pass percentage at the national level from 71.91 per cent last year to 80.91 per cent this year.

As many as 147 schools under Delhi's Directorate of Education, the nodal body for government schools, achieved 100 per cent result as opposed to 60 per cent last year, the statement issued by the Delhi government said.

As many as 474 schools achieved 90 per cent and above pass percentage as against 226 schools last year. The total number of government schools in Delhi is 1,005 in 2020 while in 2019 it was 995.

India's services exports dip 10.24 per cent in May

India's service sector exports dipped by 10.14 per cent to $16.77 billion in May, RBI data showed on Wednesday.
 
Services payments or imports in May stood at $9.94 billion, down 20.45 per cent, according to the central bank data.
 
The Reserve Bank releases monthly data on India's international trade in services with a lag of around 45 days.

Pompeo confident democracies will unite to face China's challenge

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that he is confident that the world's free nations will join together to face the challenges from China to India and other countries in Asia.
 
"I think that the whole world is coalescing around the challenge that we face (from China)... I am confident that democracies, the free nations of the world, will push back on these," he said while replying to a question about the Chinese confrontation with India in the Ladakh region.
 
He said that India was "an important partner" of the US and "I have a great relationship with my Foreign Minister counterpart (S Jaishankar). We talk frequently about a broad range of issues. We talked about the conflict that they had along the border with China, we talked about the threat that emanates from the Chinese telecommunication infrastructure".

India, EU adopt declaration on moving towards more circular economic model

India and the European Union on Wednesday adopted a joint declaration on moving towards a more circular economic model that provides for reduction in primary resource consumption and enhances the use of secondary raw materials.
 
The declaration was adopted at a virtual summit of the leaders of the two sides that resolved to significantly expand bilateral economic engagement, recognising that post Covid-19 recovery priorities offer opportunities to unleash the full potential for trade and investment ties.
 
The India delegation at the summit was led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi while the EU team was headed by President of the European Council Charles Michel and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.
 
The declaration on the circular economic model said both sides consider that enhancing resource efficiency and moving towards a more circular economic model that reduces primary resource consumption is important, notably in the context of the post Covid-19 economic recovery efforts.

PM Oli has lost moral and political grounds to rule: Nepali Congress

Opposition Nepali Congress on Wednesday strongly condemned Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli's controversial statements on Ayodhya and said that he has "lost the moral and political basis" to rule the country.
 
The party also sought the official stand of the ruling Communist Party of Nepal (NCP) and the government on the Prime Minister's remarks that Ayodhya lies in Birgunj and Ram was born in Nepal.
 
In a statement, Nepali Congress spokesperson Bishwo Prakash Sharma said his party "strongly disagrees with the Prime Minister's recent statements and behaviour".

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Assam floods claim 7 more lives

Seven more people died in flood-related incidents in Assam on Wednesday and nearly 36 lakh people across 26 districts are affected by the deluge, an official bulletin said.
 
According to the daily flood report of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), three people died in Morigaon district, two in Barpeta, while one each in Sonitpur and Golaghat districts.
 
So far, 92 people have died in flood-related incidents in the state, it said. While 66 people died in floods, 26 were killed in landslides.
 
The deluge-hit districts were Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Sonitpur, Darrang, Baksa, Nalbari, Barpeta, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Kamrup, Kamrup Metropolitan, Morigaon, Nagaon, Hojai, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia and Karbi Anglong.

Heavy rains expected in Gujarat on July 16: IMD

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy rains in Gujarat on Thursday and issued a red alert for it.
 

The weather department has also issued an orange colour alert for Goa, coastal and central Maharashtra for the same day.
 

Isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall very likely over Gujarat on Thursday, the IMD said.

India looking forward to partner Italy in food processing sector: Badal

Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Wednesday said India is looking forward to partner Italy in the area of food processing which has a huge market potential in the country.
 
She was addressing the opening session of 'Digital Indo-Italian Business Mission on Food Processing', held virtually on Wednesday.
 
Under the two-day event, digital conferences, trade fair and B2B meetings are being held, an official statement said.
 
Highlighting the role of food processing sector in current scenario, Badal said many food processing companies are attempting to diversify and expand their product line up.

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Sachin Pilot was horse-trading with BJP to topple Rajasthan govt, we have proof: CM Ashok Gehlot

Without taking the name of Sachin Pilot who was sacked on Tuesday as the PCC chief and deputy chief minister of Rajasthan, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Wednesday said that the Dy CM was himself engaged in a deal to topple the government and he has all the proof about it, IANS reported.
 
Being fluent in English, giving strong bytes to the media and having a handsome personality doesn't mean everything. However, what matters is what stays in your heart for your nation, what is your commitment for your country and what are your ideologies and policies for your party. Sone ki chhuri pet mein khane ki liye nahin hoti (You never use a golden knife to cut your own stomach), he commented making a direct attack on Pilot without referring to his name.
 
Gehlot said that the PCC chief was talking to the BJP and the deal was closed at 2 a.m. and a monetary transaction was done. He also accused the Modi government of being engaged in the entire plot.
 
"A few of our party members became over ambitious and joined hands with the BJP. In fact, our PCC chief and deputy CM himself was involved in the deal. We have proof, They were talking at 2 a.m., we were informed that a deal is being done to topple our government. I have proof against the same and have names of the people who refused to take the money," Gehlot said.

Leave BJP's security cover if you don't want to join it: Randeep Singh Surjewala to Sachin Pilot

Senior Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala on Wednesday urged rebel party leader Sachin Pilot to return to Jaipur leaving BJP's security cover in Haryana if he does not wish to join the latter.
 
His statement came hours after Pilot had said he did not wish to join the BJP.
 
"We have seen Sachin Pilot's statement that he won't join BJP. I would like to tell him that if you don't want that, then you should immediately come out of the security cover of BJP's Haryana government, stop all conversations with them and come back to your home in Jaipur," Surjewala said at a press conference.
 
Earlier in the day, Pilot had said he did not have any plan to join the BJP. "I am not joining BJP," he had said while speaking to ANI.
 
Saying that BJP's efforts to topple the Government in Rajasthan have failed, he added, "Development in last 24 hours, including Rajasthan BJP chief's press conference, have confirmed one thing. Their efforts to topple the chosen government in Rajasthan have failed. The BJP was trying to buy our MLAs but could not do so."
 

CBSE Class 10 results: Thiruvananthapuram tops, Delhi lags at 14th spot

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Wednesday declared the results of its Class X board examination with Thiruvananthapuram securing the top position, followed by Chennai and Bengaluru at number 2 and 3, respectively, while Delhi figured at a distant 14th spot. In the results declared by the CBSE, 91.46 per cent students passed the board examination, 0.36 per cent higher than the previous year.
 
Thiruvananthapuram's pass percentage was 99.28 per cent, followed by Chennai (98.95 per cent), Bengaluru (98.23 per cent), Pune (98.05 per cent) and Ajmer (96.93 per cent).
 
Panchkula, a city in Haryana located near Chandigarh, came sixth with a pass percentage of 94.31 per cent, followed by Bhubaneswar (93.20 per cent), Bhopal (92.86 per cent), Chandigarh (91.83 per cent) and Patna (90.69%), which rounded off the top 10 list.
 
Delhi West secured the 14th spot with a pass percentage of 85.96 per cent, followed by Delhi East where 85.79 per cent students passed the Class X examination. Guwahati was ranked at the bottom with a pass percentage of 79.12 per cent.

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Return to Congress, Randeep Surjewala appeals as Sachin Pilot rules out BJP

Soon after Sachin Pilot, who was on Tuesday removed as Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister and state party chief, announced that he will not join the BJP, the Congress on Wednesday appealed to him to return back to his party as it said that the BJP's attempt to topple the Ashok Gehlot government has failed again.

Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala, addressing a press conference, accused the BJP of trying tto destabilise the otherwise stable government led by Gehlot.

"The last 24 hours have proved that BJP's attempt to topple the government has failed in Rajasthan," he said.

Also noting that it was learned through the media that Pilot does not want to join the BJP, Surjewala said: "If this is the case, then, we request him to reject the facilities being offered by the Haryana government and return back to Jaipur.

Congress seeks rebels MLAs' disqualification from assembly, asks them to come back to 'family'

The Congress has sought the disqualification of Sachin Pilot and 18 other dissident MLAs from the state assembly even as it repeated that the party has not closed its doors on him. Rajasthan Assembly Speaker C P Joshi confirmed that disqualification notices have been sent out Tuesday on the basis of the complaint made by the party. The dissidents have to reply by Friday.
 
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot also talked tough, accusing the former deputy chief minister of being directly involved in the alleged horse-trading with the opposition BJP to bring down his government. He did not refer to Pilot by name but spoke about the deputy chief minister and the PCC president, both posts held by the leader before he was stripped of them on Tuesday as he tussled with the more senior Rajasthan leader for power.
 
But, amid this tough posturing, the Congress said the dissident MLAs can still return to the Congress fold. Avinash Pande, the AICC in-charge of Rajasthan indicated this in a tweet in the morning and party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala followed that up while interacting with the media in the afternoon. Pilot has said he is not joining the BJP but not spelled out his next move.

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Sachin Pilot, Jyotiraditya Scindia should have waited, their move suicidal: M Veerappa Moily

Senior Congress leader and former Karnataka chief minister M Veerappa Moily on Wednesday said that the party has given a lot to both Sachin Pilot and Jyotiraditya Scindia and they should have waited patiently instead of being rebellious.
 
He also said that the move by Scindia and Pilot is suicidal and they will never be made chief ministers in the BJP.
 
Speaking to IANS over phone from Bengaluru, Moily said, "This is not the time to think who is right or who is wrong but the question is the integrity of the party, which has to be maintained. Pilot got everything, he was an MP, he was a union minister, he was also made the PCC chief and deputy chief minister."
 
Moily's remarks came a day after the Congress sacked Pilot as both PCC chief and deputy chief minister for leading the rebellion against Ashok Gehlot in Rajasthan.

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Horse trading was being done in Jaipur, we have proof: Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot

Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Ashok Gehlot, on Wednesday revealed that Congress has the "proof of horse-trading" being done in Jaipur.
 
"Horse trading was being done in Jaipur, we have the proof," he said.
 
"We had to keep people at a hotel for 10 days if we had not done that, the same thing that is happening in Manesar now would have happened back then," he added.
 
"I have been in politics for 40 years, we love the new generation, the future will be theirs. This new generation, they have become central ministers, state presidents if they had gone through what we did in our time, they would have understood, " Gehlot said while commenting on the ambitious nature of the young politicians.
 
"Speaking good English, giving good bytes and being handsome isn't everything. What is inside your heart for the country, your ideology, policies, and commitment, everything is considered, he said referring to the young generation leaders.
 
Rajasthan Congress in-charge Avinash Pande also gave a piece of advice to Sachin Pilot to admit his mistake and not make an attempt to topple the Ashok Gehlot government.

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During the course of the intense and complex negotiations between senior commanders of the two armies that ended at 2 am on Wednesday, the Indian delegation also apprised the Chinese PLA about the "red lines" and conveyed that the onus was largely on China to improve the overall situation in the region, the sources said.
 
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Stop accepting BJP 'hospitality', come back, Randeep Surjewala tells Sachin Pilot

Congress general secretary Randeep Surjewala on Wednesday said if dissident leader Sachin Pilot is not joining the BJP, he should stop accepting that party's hospitality in Haryana. The reference was to reports that MLAs close to the rebel leaders are holed up in hotels in Gurgaon in Haryana, where the BJP is in power, news agency PTI reported.
 
He also repeated the party's appeal to Pilot, asking him to come back to the family. I have seen Pilot's statement in the media that he will not join the BJP. If you do not want to go to the BJP, stop accepting the hospitality of the BJP immediately, he said. He told reporters that Pilot should free the Congress MLAs who are staying in two luxury hotels and under the security of the Haryana police.
 
Surjewala said the party leadership spoke to Pilot several times but he and the other Congress MLAs did not come to attend the Congress Legislature Party meetings. Pilot was sacked Tuesday as Rajasthan's deputy chief minister and the president of the state unit of the Congress.

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Sachin Pilot should admit his mistake, should not try to topple Gehlot govt: Avinash Pande

Rajasthan Congress in-charge Avinash Pande on Wednesday gave a piece of advice to Sachin Pilot to admit his mistake and not make an attempt to topple the Ashok Gehlot government.
 
"May God give Sachin Pilot wisdom and he doesn't try to topple govt. He should admit his mistake. Doors were always open for him for talks, even today. But, now he seems to have moved ahead of all this, so these things don't matter now," he said while speaking to ANI.
 
The Rajasthan Congress has put up notices at the residences of Hemaram Choudhary and Gajendra Singh Shaktawat for not attending the recent Congress Legislative Party meetings and asked them to respond within 2 days.
 
Congress had earlier removed Sachin Pilot from the post of Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister. Notices have been pasted at Choudhary's residence in Gudamalani, Barmer and Shaktawat's residence in Vallabhnagar. They along with 17 other party members have to respond to the notice within 2 days.

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Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot accuses rebel Congress leader Sachin Pilot of being involved in horse-trading with BJP

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Sachin Pilot involved in horse trading, says Rajasthan CM Gehlot

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Wednesday accused rebel Congress leader Sachin Pilot of involvement in horse trading with the BJP. Pilot was removed from the posts of the Rajasthan deputy chief minister and the state Congress president on Tuesday amid a power tussle with Gehlot.
 
In an interaction with reporters here, the chief minister, however, did not mention Pilot by his name but said the "former Pradesh Congress Committee president" was himself doing the deal.
 
Gehlot said he has the proof that horse trading was being committed to topple his government. Those who are giving clarifications were themselves involved in horse trading, Gehlot told reporters.
 
The CM said he (Pilot) would have performed quite good had he "struggled in his youth". Gehlot also hit out at the national media saying it is supporting those who are involved in murdering democracy".

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LIVE updates: Congress dissolves district and block committees in Rajasthan

The Congress on Wednesday dissolved its all district and block committees in Rajasthan in a bid to revamp the state unit of the party. Announcing the decision, AICC general secretary in-charge for the Rajasthan Congress, said new committees will be formed soon, according to a PTI report.
 
Sources said the decision has come in the wake of Sachin Pilot's sacking as the deputy chief minister and the state Congress chief. The move is considered a step forward in removing all Pilot's men holding party positions at the grassroots level.
 
"The AICC has decided to dissolve all District Congress Committees and Block Congress Committees of Rajasthan Pradesh with immediate effect. The process of formation of new committees will begin soon," Pande said on Twitter.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to visit Ladakh to meet soldiers

Amid the ongoing tension at borders with China, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will be visiting the eastern Ladakh region to interact with soldiers deployed in the hostile border area, according to an IANS report.
 
The minister would be flying from Delhi to Leh on July 17 and would also interact with the soldiers injured in the barbaric attack carried out by the Chinese People's Liberation Army on June 15. In the attack, India lost 20 soldiers and the Chinese Army too had casualties, the figures still unknown.
 
Singh will also visit the forward locations where Indian troops are deployed. He would be accompanied by Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane. Singh had earlier on July 3 planned to visit Leh, however, he had to drop it as Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided to visit the forward location in eastern Ladakh.

Horse trading was being done in Jaipur, we have the proof, says Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot

India losing power and respect everywhere, government has no idea what to do: Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday launched a fierce attack on the government's foreign policy, saying the country is losing power and respect everywhere and the current dispensation does not know what to do.
 
"India's global strategy is in tatters. We are losing power and respect everywhere and the Government of India (GOI) has no idea what to do," he tweeted.
 
He cited a media report that claimed that Iran has dropped India from the Chabahar rail project, citing funding delays. The former Congress president has been attacking the government on its foreign policy and the Congress party has been alleging that it has failed.

Congress doors have not closed for Sachin Pilot: Party's national general secretary

The Congress' doors have not closed for Sachin Pilot, the party's national general secretary and Rajasthan in-charge Avinash Pande said on Wednesday, a day after the rebel leader was removed as state deputy chief minister.
 
Pilot has said he worked very hard to bring the Congress back in power in Rajasthan and clarified that he is not joining the BJP.
 
"The party''s doors have not been closed for Pilot. May God give... good sense and he realises his mistake. I pray that he comes out of the elusive trap of BJP," Pande said in a tweet.

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My loyalty is to Congress ideology, not any individual: Sanjay Jha

Sanjay Jha, who has been suspended by the Congress for anti-party activities, on Wednesday said he is loyal to the party's ideology, but his "fidelity is not to any individual or family.
 
Jha, who has been critical of the way the Congress handled issues regarding rebel party leader Sachin Pilot, said he remains a Gandhi-Nehruvian idealist which is a vanishing breed within the Congress.
 
The entrepreneur-turned-politician also said he will continue to raise issues that are fundamental to the resurgence of his party, and added that the battle has just begun.
 
His comments came a day after Maharashtra Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat in a statement said Jha has been suspended from the party with immediate effect for anti-party activities and breach of discipline".

A few days ago a portal was set up to map the skill of workers: PM Modi on 5th Anniversary of Skill India

This will help labourers who have moved from cities to their villages and also those who are looking for workers with certain skills
 
This mapping of skills and workforce will prove to be a big milestone in the Aatmanirbhar Bharat programme.
 

50 million young people have benefitted from the Skill India programme: PM Modi

The govt is setting up facilities to map skills and skill requirements across the world, so that the youth of today is made aware of the skills in demand so that they can align their trainings to the needs.

PM Narendra Modi on World Youth Skills Day: The mantra lies in 'skill, reskill and upskill'

Skills: Learn a way to add value to something
Re-skill: As times and needs change, look to innovate, improvise
Up-skill: In sync with the requirements, up your abilities to produce better

PM Narendra Modi at World Youth Skills Day: The biggest strength of the youth are their skills and their ability to learn skills

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the dynamics and needs of skills. The youth of today is adapting suitably and learning new skills
 
It is always a challenge to stay relevant as markets changing — more so in today's disruptive times

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address on the occasion of World Youth Skills Day.

The day marks the 5th anniversary of the launch of Skill India Mission.

PM Modi to address a conclave being organized by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship at 11 am

Today on World Youth Skills Day, will be addressing, via video link, a conclave being organized by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship at 11 AM. This conclave also marks five years of the Skill India Mission, tweets PM Modi

BJP to hold meeting in Jaipur today

Bharatiya Janata Party will hold a meeting today in Jaipur over the political situation in the state with the Congress government in the state facing a crisis.
 
The meeting will be attended by former Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.
 
BJP leaders also held a meeting on Tuesday which was attended by state chief Satish Poonia besides Om Mathur, Gulab Chand Kataria and Rajendra Rathore.

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