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A division bench of the Rajasthan High Court, headed by Chief Justice Indrajit Mohanty, on Friday, will hear a petition filed by Sachin Pilot and 18 other Congress MLAs against disqualification notices issued to them by Assembly Speaker CP Joshi, news agency ANI reported.

Earlier in the day, Rajasthan High Court accepted former Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot camp's application for amendment in their petition against disqualification notice sent by the Rajasthan Assembly Speaker.

But senior Advocate Harish Salve, appearing for the petitioners, sought time to amend it. Salve argued that the MLAs wanted to challenge the constitutional validity of the notices and needed some time to file it afresh. The matter would now be heard by the division bench of the high court.

 
Billionaires Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates were among many prominent US figures targeted by hackers on Twitter in an apparent Bitcoin scam. The official accounts of Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Kanye West also requested donations in the cryptocurrency. "Everyone is asking me to give back," a tweet from Mr Gates' account said. "You send $1,000, I send you back $2,000." Twitter is still working on a fix.

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Netflix adds 10.09 million subscribers in Q2, forecasts weak growth in Q3

Netflix Inc added more paid subscribers than expected in the second quarter as audiences bound to their homes due to the Covid-19 restrictions binge watched its shows in the absence of live events and movie theaters.
 
Netflix said on Thursday it added 10.09 million paid subscribers globally during the quarter ended June 30 compared with analysts' estimates of 8.07 million, according to research firm Refinitiv.
 
The streaming giant also said it has appointed Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos as co-chief executive officer.

Netflix stock falls despite growth

India says South China Sea part of global commons

India on Thursday said the South China Sea is a "part of global commons" and it firmly stands for the freedom of navigation and overflight in these international waterways, an assertion that comes days after the US rejected most of China's maritime claims in the region.

India's assertion comes after the Trump administration, in a major policy decision, categorically rejected the territorial claims made by Beijing in the South China Sea, stating that it has no legal grounds to unilaterally impose its will on the region.

Asked about the US' assertion, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said India has articulated its position on the South China Sea on several occasions in the past and most recently on May 21, 2020.

TikTok could operate as US company: White House official

TikTok pulling itself out of its Chinese holding company and operating as an independent American company is a much better solution than banning, a top White House official said on Thursday.

There are reports that TikTok is going to pull out of the holding company, which is China, and operate as an independent American company, White House Economic Advisor Larry Kudlow told reporters here.

When asked whether any American company would like to buy the Chinese firm, he said, "I don't want to speculate on that."

"That's really a market question, but I'm just saying that's a much better solution than banning," he said.

The top White House economic advisor, responding to another question, said that the servers of TikTok, after becoming an American company, will be in the US and not in China.

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Ashok Gehlot to brief media today

Experts say Twitter breach troubling, undermines trust

A breach in Twitter's security that allowed hackers to break into the accounts of leaders and technology moguls is one of the worst attacks in recent years and may shake trust in a platform politicians and CEOs use to communicate with the public, experts said Thursday.
 
The ruse discovered Wednesday included bogus tweets from Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Mike Bloomberg and a number of tech billionaires including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Celebrities Kanye West and his wife, Kim Kardashian West, were also hacked.
 
Hackers used social engineering to target some of Twitter's employees and then gained access to the high-profile accounts. The attackers sent out tweets from the accounts of the public figures, offering to send USD 2,000 for every USD 1,000 sent to an anonymous Bitcoin address.

China launches orchestrated campaign to destroy US institutions: Attorney General Barr

The Chinese Communist Party has launched an orchestrated campaign to exploit the openness of American institutions to destroy them, US Attorney General William Barr said on Thursday, asserting that people are now more attuned than ever to the threat China poses to their lives and livelihoods.
 
Barr launched a scathing attack on the intentions and practices of China ranging from theft of intellectual property, to coercion of US companies and penetrating American academic institutions.

TikTok could operate as American company, says WH official

TikTok pulling itself out of its Chinese holding company and operating as an independent American company is a much better solution than banning, a top White House official said on Thursday.
 
There are reports that TikTok is going to pull out of the holding company, which is China, and operate as an independent American company, White House Economic Advisor Larry Kudlow told reporters here.
 
When asked whether any American company would like to buy the Chinese firm, he said, "I don't want to speculate on that."
 
"That's really a market question, but I'm just saying that's a much better solution than banning," he said.
 
The top White House economic advisor, responding to another question, said that the servers of TikTok, after becoming an American company, will be in the US and not in China.

PM Modi to address India Ideas Summit on July 22

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be addressing the India Ideas Summit on July 22, organised by the US-India Business Council (USIBC), on the United States and India as key partners and leaders in a post-Covid world.
 
The India Ideas Summit, is scheduled to be held on July 21-22, has assembled a high-powered line-up of US-India corridor leaders from across the business, government and society.
 
"We are honored to have the Prime Minister during the 45th anniversary of the US-India Business Council," said Vijay Advani, USIBC Global Board Chair and Executive Chairman of Nuveen.

4 dead, 13 rescued after portion of building collapses in Mumbai

At least four people were killed and 13 others rescued after a portion of a building collapsed at the Fort area of Mumbai on Thursday.
 
Among the dead include Jokhna Gupta (70), Kusum Gupta (45), Padumlal Gupta (60), while the identity of one person remained unknown.
 
The incident took place around 2:30 pm. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray reached the spot to take stock of the rescue operations.

India slams Pak over construction of dam in PoK

India on Thursday said it has strongly protested with Pakistan against the construction of the Diamer-Bhasha dam in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and condemned Islamabad's continuous attempts to bring about material changes in Indian territories under its illegal occupation.
 
India's strong protest came after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday kicked off construction work at the Diamer-Bhasha dam in Chilas in Gilgit-Baltistan, notwithstanding New Delhi's objection to the China-backed mega project.
 
Asked about the development at the weekly briefing, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said India had made its position on it clear earlier and it remains unchanged.

Haryana government steps up efforts to control locust swarms

In view of the warning regarding potential intense attacks in several districts after July 22, the Haryana government has stepped up efforts to control locust swarms which cause crop damage, Additional Chief Secretary, Agriculture Department, Sanjeev Kaushal said here on Thursday.
 
He said that among other measures, arrangements were being made to stock additional quantities of pesticide.
 
Agriculture Minister J P Dalal directed to set up a task force in each district to monitor all the arrangements during the attack.
 
Dalal gave these directions here during a review meeting with the officials regarding preparations made to deal with the locust attack.

Disengagement process in eastern Ladakh "intricate", requires constant verification: Army

China and India are committed to "complete disengagement" of troops, and the process is "intricate" that requires "constant verification", the Indian Army said Thursday after the fourth round of marathon military talks for further de-escalation of tension in eastern Ladakh.
 
Separately, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said there is absolutely no change in India's position on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and any "unilateral attempts" to change the status quo are not acceptable to it.
 
As India and China move to finalise a framework for a complete disengagement at friction points along the LAC in eastern Ladakh, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is scheduled to visit Ladakh on Friday to take stock of India's military preparedness and review the overall situation.

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Rajasthan HC to hear Sachin Pilot camp's plea against disqualification notice tomorrow

A division bench of the Rajasthan High Court, headed by Chief Justice Indrajit Mohanty, on Friday, will hear a petition filed by Sachin Pilot and 18 other Congress MLAs against disqualification notices issued to them by Assembly Speaker CP Joshi, news agency ANI reported.
 
Earlier in the day, Rajasthan High Court accepted former Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot camp's application for amendment in their petition against disqualification notice sent by the Rajasthan Assembly Speaker.
 
"They gave application for amendment of their petition. The court accepted their request and ordered to send the matter to the divisional bench for hearing," Abhay Kumar Bhandari who appeared before the High Court for state Congress chief whip Mahesh Joshi told ANI.
 
Pilot and the MLAs from his camp approached the Rajasthan High Court over disqualification notice seeking the quashing and setting aside of the show cause notice issued to them on July 14 by the Speaker of the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly.
 
The development comes after Rajasthan Assembly Speaker CP Joshi sent notices to Pilot and 18 MLAs under the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution, popularly known as the anti-defection law after chief's whip application for their disqualification. MLAs were asked to present before Assembly Speaker on July 17.

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Amended petition filed by Sachin Pilot, 18 other Congress MLAs likely to be heard by Rajasthan HC at 1 pm Friday

BJP baffled by Vasundhara Raje's silence over Sachin Pilot's revolt

Amid the ongoing political crisis in Rajasthan, after rebel Congress leader Sachin Pilot was removed from the posts of the Deputy Chief Minister and the state party president following a tussle for power with Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, the state BJP is in a fix over Pilot's next move, news agency IANS reported.
 
Though Union Minister Gajendra Shekhawat, senior BJP leader Om Mathur and Rajasthan BJP chief Satish Punia have offered Pilot to join BJP, yet former state Chief Minister and BJP leader Vasundhara Raje has not uttered a word on the ongoing political drama in the state.
 
According to sources, after he was removed from the post of Deputy Chief Minister and State Congress President in Rajasthan, the main opposition BJP in the state has its eyes fixed on Sachin Pilot and the party is awaiting his decision.
 
Sources said that the BJP wants to induct Pilot in the party to strengthen its position in the state. But it is not possible for the high command to do so at the moment over the indifference of Raje.

PM Narendra Modi to address high-level segment of UNESC on Friday

For the first time after getting elected as non-permanent member of the UN Security Council (UNSC), Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a broader UN membership on Friday in an annual High-Level Segment of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UNESC) session, according to an IANS report.
 
The Prime Minister will deliver the keynote address virtually at this year's High-Level Segment from 9.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. (local time) at the UN in New York. He will be speaking at the valedictory session along with the Prime Minister of Norway and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
 
The annual High-level Segment convenes a diverse group of high-level representatives from the government, the private sector, civil society and academia. The theme of this year's High-level Segment is "Multilateralism after COVID19: What kind of UN do we need at the 75th anniversary".
 
Set against the changing international environment and the COVID-19 pandemic, this session will focus on critical forces shaping the course of multilateralism and explore ways to bolster the global agenda through strong leadership, effective international institutions, a broadening of participation and enhanced significance of global public goods.

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India ranks 3rd in global manufacturing locations among 48 nations: Report

India ranks third in the list of most-suitable locations for global manufacturing among 48 countries in terms of cost competitiveness and operating conditions, according to property consultant Cushman & Wakefield.
 
China and the US retain the top two positions, while India has moved one place higher to rank third, the consultant said in its Global Manufacturing Risk Index (MRI) report.
 
In its annual ranking of the most suitable locations for global manufacturing among 48 countries in Europe, Americas, and the Asia-Pacific, the consultant said India is in top-3 countries this year and an upcoming manufacturing hub globally from an operating conditions and cost-competitiveness perspective. READ MORE...

Congress defends Rahul Gandhi's silence during Rajasthan crisis

While the Congress was facing crisis in Rajasthan due to open rebellion by Sachin Pilot, former party chief Rahul Gandhi was busy taking on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and raising the Chinese transgression and coronavirus-related issues.
 
He kept mum on the Rajasthan developments in public. He, however, attacked the media.
 
"Today, a large part of the Indian news media has been captured by fascist interests. A hate-filled narrative is being spread by television channels, WhatsApp forwards and fake news. This narrative of lies is tearing India apart," Rahul Gandhi had tweeted.
 
Defending Rahul Gandhi, Congress spokesperson Rajiv Tyagi said, "The Congress is a democratic party. So discussions are natural. Rahul Gandhi has been acting as a responsible leader and has opened front against the Bharatiya Janata Party government. He is exposing it on several fronts, like the Covid-19 pandemic, Chinese transgression and unemployment."
 
Congress General Secretary K.C. Venugopal said Rahul Gandhi was busy in building the party. "Rahul Gandhi's vision has ensured association of more youth with the party. They are getting a platform to lead from the front and represent the pulse of the nation.

One third expect Sachin Pilot to convince MLAs to join BJP: IANS Poll

While there is much speculation on rebel Rajasthan Congress leader Sachin Pilot's next move after being sacked as Deputy Chief Minister and state party chief, almost one-third of the respondents in the IANS-CVoter Snap Poll expect that he will try to convince his MLAs to join the BJP.
 
The poll, on Thursday with a sample size of 1,200, found that 32.7 per cent respondents said that Pilot will try to convince his loyal MLAs to join the BJP. After being sacked from important posts, Pilot and other rebel MLAs have been slapped with a show-cause notice by the Assembly Speaker.
 
"What according to you will be Sachin Pilot's next strategy?" was the question posed in the snap poll.
 
Over a fourth (26.3 per cent) respondents said Pilot will break away from the Congress and float a new party with his MLAs, while just under a fourth (24 per cent)
 
said Pilot will stay in the Congress, try to gain the support of more MLAs and will rebel again at the right time. The lowest probability outcome, as per the snap poll, is for Pilot to work under Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, with only 17.1 per cent holding that Pliot will remain in the party and work under Gehlot.

Sachin Pilot camp petition referred to division bench of Rajasthan HC

A division bench of the Rajasthan High Court will hear Thursday evening a petition filed by Sachin Pilot and 18 other dissident leaders, challenging notices from the Speaker over a Congress move to disqualify them from the state assembly, according to a PTI report.
 
A two-judge bench is expected to hear the amended petition at 7.30 pm. The petition first came up Justice Satish Chandra Sharma at 3 pm. But advocate Harish Salve sought time to file a fresh petition. The matter was heard again at about 5 pm when the judge referred it to a division bench.
 
Earlier, Congress chief whip Mahesh Joshi, who had written to the Speaker seeking the MLAs' disqualification, also approached the court, asking to be heard before it passes any order. The 19 MLAs were sent notices Tuesday by the Speaker after the Congress complained that they had defied a party whip to attend two Congress Legislature Party meetings. The Pilot camp, however, argues that a party whip applies only when the assembly is in session.

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Tuticorin custodial deaths: SC rejects PIL to restrain Tamil Nadu CM from holding charge of home ministry

The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to entertain a PIL seeking to restrain Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E K Palaniswamy from holding the home ministry portfolio till completion of probe and the trial in the Sathankulum twin custodial death case of P Jayaraj and J Bennicks recently, according to a PTI report.
 
A bench comprising Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices R Subhash Reddy and A S Bopanna, which heard the case through video conferencing, did not agree with the submissions of lawyer A Rajarajan on the issue.
 
Jayaraj and his 31-year-old son Bennicks were picked up by police at Tuticorin for questioning for keeping their mobile accessories shop open during the lockdown on June 19 and both succumbed to injuries allegedly received during their custody. Rajarajan, in the PIL, had alleged that the Chief Minister made a "public statement" on June 24 saying that the victims died of illness.
 
Referring to the statements of victims' family members, the plea had said the deceased persons were subjected to severe physical torture by the cops of Sathankulam police station before being remanded in the criminal case and the cause of death was custodial torture.

Two-judge bench of Rajasthan HC to hear this evening amended petition filed by dissident Congress MLAs

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Latest News LIVE update: Rupee slips 3 paise to 75.18 against US dollar

The rupee settled 3 paise lower at 75.18 against the US dollar on Thursday, tracking a strengthening American currency amid worries over mounting COVID-19 cases, news agency PTI reported.
 
Forex traders said the rupee traded in a narrow range as a strong dollar, foreign fund outflows and rising COVID-19 cases dragged the local unit down. A positive trend in the domestic equity markets capped the losses, they added.
 
At the interbank forex market, the rupee opened at 75.23 and swung between a high of 75.15 and low of 75.29 against the US dollar. It finally settled at 75.18, registering a loss of 3 paise over its previous close. The rupee had ended at 75.15 against the US dollar on Wednesday.
 
The dollar index, which gauges the greenback's strength against a basket of six currencies, rose 0.06 per cent to 96.13. On the domestic equity market front, the 30-share BSE benchmark Sensex surged 419.87 points, or 1.16 per cent, to close at 36,471.68. Similarly, the NSE Nifty rallied 121.75 points, or 1.15 per cent, to 10,739.95.

Latest News LIVE update: Gold price falls by Rs 32, silver declines Rs 124

Gold prices declined by Rs 32 to Rs 49,986 per 10 gram in the national capital on Thursday amid a weak global trend, according to HDFC Securities.
 
The yellow metal had closed at Rs 50,018 per 10 gram in the previous trade. Silver also fell by Rs 124 to Rs 53,810 per kg from Rs 53,934 per kg on Wednesday. In the international market, gold was quoting lower at USD 1,805 per ounce, while silver was trading flat at USD 19.14 per ounce, according to a PTI report.
 
"Gold prices traded down on Thursday on vaccine hopes. However, prices held the ground above USD 1,800 on US-China tensions," HDFC Securities Senior Analyst (Commodities) Tapan Patel said.

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Latest News LIVE update: Earthquake of 4.8 magnitude hits Rajkot, no casualty

A medium intensity earthquake of 4.8 magnitude hit rural areas near Rajkot city in Gujarat's Saurashtra region on Thursday morning, officials said. There was no report of any casualty or damage to property, Rajkot Collector Ramya Mohan said. The epicentre of the earthquake was 20 km south- southwest of Rajkot city, close to Shapar and Tranba villages, the official said.
 
"Earthquake of 4.8 magnitude hit near Rajkot city at 7.40 am. As per reports that we have collected from city as well as rural areas, it left no impact. There are no damages due to the quake," she said.
 
After the earthquake, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani held telephonic discussions with collectors of Rajkot, Surendranagar and Amreli districts. He instructed them to gather information about any damage in their region and take necessary action, a government release said.

Congress is on ventilator, has no future: Aam Aadmi Party

Alluding to the Rajasthan political crisis, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA and National Spokesperson Raghav Chadha on Thursday said that the Congress party has no future, and is on ventilator, taking its last breath.
 
Addressing a digital press conference, Raghav Chadha rued that at a time when every party should be concentrating on increasing the availability of ICU beds, improving the recovery rate and working together, MLAs are being sold and bought in states.

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Rajasthan HC defers hearing in Sachin Pilot disqualification case

After rebel Congress leader Sachin Pilot and his 18 loyalist MLAs on Thursday moved Rajasthan High Court against Speaker C.P. Joshi's disqualification notice alleging that "Speaker was acting under Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's influence", the court deferred the plea in the matter as Pilot camp appealed to amend the plea. The petition was filed by P.R. Meena, an MLA from Pilot group on behalf of 18 other MLAs who were slapped notice for not attending two CLPs meetings called in recently.
 
The plea filed against the Rajasthan Speaker said that they fear "Speaker would act as per Gehlot's instruction without giving us a fair hearing."
 
It questioned the validity and correctness of the notice issued by the Speaker. Pilot moved the court ahead of Friday deadline which the Rajasthan Assembly Speaker had given to him and 18 other rebel MLAs to respond. Mukul Rohatgi and Harish Salve represented Pilot group and were connected via video conferencing while Abhishek Manu Singhvi represented the Gehlot government.

Sachin Pilot camp to file fresh petition against disqualification move; Rajasthan HC grants time

The Rajasthan High Court on Thursday granted time to Sachin Pilot and 18 other dissident Congress MLAs to file an amended petition challenging the disqualification notices issued to them by the Rajasthan Speaker. The petition against the move to disqualify the rebel MLAs from the state assembly was taken up for hearing at 3 pm.
 
But senior Advocate Harish Salve, appearing for the petitioners, sought time to amend it. Salve argued that the MLAs wanted to challenge the constitutional validity of the notices and needed some time to file it afresh. The matter would now be heard by the division bench of the high court, according to a PTI report.

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Rajasthan HC grants time to Sachin Pilot camp to file fresh petition, matter to be heard now by Division Bench

Sachin Pilot camp seeks time to amend its petition challenging move to disqualify dissident MLAs from Rajasthan Assembly

Counsel Harish Salve says dissident MLAs want to challenge constitutional validity of disqualification notices issued by Rajasthan Speaker

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Disqualification notice to Sachin Pilot, 18 MLAs ignites debate over Speakers' power

The debate over Speakers' power under the Constitution to entertain pleas seeking disqualification of MLAs has been ignited again amid the political crisis in Rajasthan with the Assembly Speaker entertaining such a plea by the ruling Congress party and issuing notices to 19 lawmakers in the state, PTI reported.
 
Rajasthan Assembly Speaker C P Joshi has sent disqualification notices to sacked Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot and 18 other MLAs on the basis of the complaint made by the party. The dissidents have to reply by Friday.
 
The apex court, in a plethora of verdicts, has given varying judicial opinions on Speakers' powers ranging from refusing to intervene in the matter to assuming the role of the Speaker itself and going to the extent of disqualifying lawmakers under the 10th Schedule of the Constitution.
 
The 2011 verdict of the Supreme Court in the Karnataka case may strengthen the case of the 19 MLAs, including Pilot, according to some legal experts.
 
The top court had set aside the disqualification of 11 BJP MLAs, who were opposed to the then Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, by the Speaker. The high court had endorsed their disqualification.

Northern Railway completes electrification work on 130 km line in Punjab, Haryana

The Northern Railway has completed the electrification work of 130 km section in Punjab and Haryana which will ensure that no more diesel locomotives are used in the stretch, officials said Thursday.
 
The electrified lines include 62 km long Dhuri(Punjab)-Jakhal(Haryana) line and the 68 km Dhuri-Lehra Muhabbat single line in Ambala Division, a statement from the Northern Railwayssaid.
 
A speed trial for up to 120 kmph was also done in these sections, according to a PTI report.

Disengagement is intricate, needs constant verification: Indian Army at LAC

The process of complete disengagement of troops in eastern Ladakh is "intricate" and requires constant verification, the Indian Army said on Thursday after the fourth round of marathon military talks between India and China.
 
The army said senior commanders of the Indian and Chinese military reviewed the progress on implementation of the first phase of disengagement and discussed further steps to ensure complete withdrawal of troops in the region.
 
The commanders held 15-hour-long negotiations in Chushul on the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control(LAC) from 11 AM on Tuesday to 2 AM on Wednesday during which modalities for the complex disengagement process were extensively discussed.
 
"The senior commanders reviewed the progress on implementation of the first phase of disengagement and discussed further steps to ensure complete disengagement," the Indian Army said in a statement. READ MORE...

Congress govt in Rajasthan pastes notice at MLA Indraj Singh Gurjar's residence for not attending recent CLP meetings

Congress government in the state has put a notice at MLA Indraj Singh Gurjar's residence in Kotputli for not attending the recent Congress Legislative Party (CLP) meetings. He has to respond to the notice within two days.
 
"We do not have political background and money, but Sachin Pilot helped him (Indraj Singh) in getting ticket to fight polls. I request party high command that youth should be encouraged in the party," said Indraj Singh's younger brother.
 
When elections were held six years ago, then the party only managed to get 21 seats. Sachin Pilot worked hard in the past six years. He assimilated youth and all of them want to see him as Chief Minister, now he is sidelined.
 
"I request the party's high command to take cognizance of this," he said adding that he will always be on Pilot's side.
 
Eighteen Congress MLAs, along with Pilot, have been issued a show-cause notice for not attending the CLP meeting. Though Pilot has not returned to Jaipur from New Delhi, his demeanour seems to have become softer, party sources believe.
 
On July 14, Congress party had sacked Sachin Pilot from the post of Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan and also from PCC president.

Abhishek Manu Singhvi to represent Rajasthan Assembly Speaker at the HC. Matter will be heard at 3 pm

Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri holding press conference on civil aviation issues

Villages near Guwahati have been flooded following rising water level in Brahmaputra river

Rajasthan HC will hear petition filed on behalf of Sachin Pilot camp, challenging move to disqualify rebel MLAs from state assembly at 3 pm

Rebel Congress leader Sachin Pilot and his 18 loyalist MLAs on Thursday moved Rajasthan High Court against Speaker C.P. Joshi's disqualification notice. The case is set for hearing at 3 p.m. on Thursday.
 
Judge Satish Chandra Sharma will appear in court for a single bench hearing via video conference. On Wednesday, Joshi issued notices after the party came in seeking their disqualification from the state assembly.
 
The former deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot and the other MLAs who were sacked recently were asked to respond to the notices by Friday. The notices were issued on Tuesday. Congress officials said Pilot and 18 other MLAs had defied a whip and did not attend its legislature party meetings. Meanwhile, the BJP has have questioned the whip terming it unconstitutional and illegal.
 
How can the Speaker issue a whip on MLAs for being absent. Whip is issued if MLA is absent from any discussion in assembly proceedings, said BJP state president Satish Poonia.

Sachin Pilot camp moves Rajasthan HC, challenges notice seeking MLAs' disqualification from assembly

The Rajasthan High Court will hear Thursday afternoon a petition filed on behalf of the Sachin Pilot camp, challenging a move to disqualify dissident MLAs from the state assembly.
 
The plea against the disqualification notices sent from the Speaker's office to Pilot and 18 other Congress MLAs will be heard by Justice Satish Chandra Sharma.
 
The 19 MLAs were sent notices Tuesday by the Speaker after the Congress complained that the MLAs had defied a party whip to attend two Congress Legislature Party meetings.

What about 'ghar wapsi'? Sibal on Sachin Pilot's claim of not joining BJP

Taking a swipe at Sachin Pilot over his claim that he is not joining the BJP, senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Thursday asked the Rajasthan leader about his plans on 'ghar wapsi'. He also asked whether Rajasthan's dissident legislators are vacationing in Haryana under the watchful eye of the saffron party.
 
Pilot was sacked by the party as Rajasthan deputy chief minister and PCC chief after he openly revolted against Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.
 
As speculation mounted about his next steps, Pilot said he is not joining the BJP. READ MORE...

Petition filed in Rajasthan HC on behalf of Sachin Pilot camp over disqualification notice from Assembly speaker

Prithviraj Meena, MLA supporting Sachin Pilot, moves Rajasthan HC challenging state Assembly Speaker's disqualification notice to them

Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri to hold press conference on civil aviation issues at 2:30 pm

Disqualification notice to Sachin Pilot, 18 MLAs brings issue of Speaker's power to fore again

The issue of Speakers' power under the Constitution to entertain pleas seeking disqualification of MLAs has come to the fore again amid the political crisis in Rajasthan where the Assembly speaker has entertained such a plea by the ruling Congress party and sought responses of sacked Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot and 18 other MLAs within three days, PTI reported.
 
The apex court, in a plethora of verdicts, has given varying judicial opinions on Speakers' powers ranging from refusing to intervene in the matter to assuming the role of the Speaker itself and going to the extent of disqualifying lawmakers under the 10th Schedule of the Constitution.
 
The 2011 verdict of the Supreme Court in the Karnataka case may strengthen the case of the 19 MLAs, including Pilot, in the matter of Rajasthan Assembly Speaker C P Joshi's show cause notice.
 
The top court had set aside the disqualification of 11 BJP MLAs, who were opposed to the then Chief Minister B S Yedurappa, by the Speaker. The high court had endorsed their disqualification.
 
Merely because these MLAs expressed lack of confidence in Yeddyurappa would not mean that the Speaker was empowered to take action against them, a bench headed by the then Chief Justice Altamas Kabir had held.

India and China taking disengagement process forward through regular diplomatic and military talks: Indian officials on Sino-India military dialogue

Maharashtra HSC result declared; 90.66% pass

The Maharashtra HSC result has been declared. However, students will be able to check their scores on the official website only at 1 pm. Click here for details
 

Remdesivir to Itolizumab: How effective are the drugs for Covid treatment?

The Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) has approved five drugs in the last month for Covid-19 treatment – two antiviral: Remdesivir and Favipiravir – and three for easing the symptoms: Dexamethasone, Tocilizumab and Itolizumab. These drugs’ use is bound to birth complications considering there are doubts about the evidence the government has furnished – or not – to approve their use.
 
Remdesivir costs around Rs 5,000 per vial with a total treatment cost in the range of Rs 35,000-50,000. Favipiravir costs Rs 103 per 200 mg tablet; the total treatment cost ranges from Rs 12,000 to Rs 15,000. A vial of Itolizumab costs around Rs 8,000 and the total treatment cost could be between Rs 32,000 and Rs 50,000. Tocilizumab costs Rs 40,000 to Rs 50,000 per vial. Read on...

40 Indian fishermen, stranded in Iran due to Covid lockdown, return to Tamil Nadu

These fisherman from Kanyakumari, Nagapattinam, Thuthukudi, Ramanathapuram, Nagapattinam, Cudallore, Thirunelveli were handed over to respective dist officials. They'll be quarantined for 14 days.

Uttarakhand: Badrinath Highway blocked at Pagal Nala and Lam Bagar in Chamoli district

Some charter flights coming from UAE didn't have requisite Indian state consent required for operation of such flights: DGCA

It's been decided that the airline will submit approval of concerned state govt to ATC of point of destination prior to their departure from UAE airports. Air Traffic Control (ATC) will not allow the arrival unless the approval is provided to them: Directorate General of Civil Aviation

Maharashtra: Portion of a building collapsed in Mumbai's Marine Line area last night

Two medium-intensity quakes hit Assam, Gujarat

Two medium-intensity earthquakes of magnitude 4.1 and 4.5 hit Assam and Gujarat respectively on Thursday, the National Centre for Seismology said.
 
The epicentre of the quake in Gujarat was Rajkot, and it occurred at a depth of 10 kilometres at 7.40 am.

Australian coronavirus hot spot moves to add sick beds

Australia's coronavirus hot spot Victoria state moved to increase its available hospital beds Thursday and reported a record daily high of 317 infections.
 
The government had planned to restore hospitals to normal medical services by the end of July before infections began to rise in recent weeks.
 
Instead, the Victoria government responded to the latest spike by reducing numbers of non-urgent surgeries allowed in hospitals to increase beds available for Covid-19 patients, Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said.

Pompeo downplays possibility of summit with North Korea

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo downplayed the possibility of another summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un before the US presidential election, saying Trump would only want to engage if there were real prospects of progress.

US backs France in standoff with Turkey over warships

The White House national security adviser says the US is very sympathetic to France in its dispute with Turkey over a naval standoff in the Mediterranean Sea between the two NATO allies.

Global Markets: Asian shares fall despite China GDP beat as Sino-US tensions, virus fears weigh

Asian shares and U.S. stock futures fell on Thursday, weighed down by concern about deteriorating U.S.-China relations and the economic cost of a resurgence in coronavirus infections that is prompting some places to reimpose containment measures.
 
Even news that China's economy rebounded more than expected in the second quarter from a record contraction was not enough to pull regional equities out of the red.
 
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan slid by 0.83%, while Tokyo's Nikkei fell 0.49%. U.S. S&P 500 e-mini stock futures declined by 0.33%.

Not joining BJP, reiterates Pilot; Congress urges him to return to Jaipur

Former Rajasthan deputy chief minister (Dy CM) Sachin Pilot’s rebellion against Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot ended with a whimper when he had to clarify again that he was not joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Pilot had been stripped of his positions as Dy CM and the party’s state unit chief on Tuesday.

The Congress reacted coolly to the statement. Congress Spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said: “We’ve seen Pilot’s statement that he won’t join the BJP. I’d like to tell him that if you don’t want that, then leave the security cover of the BJP’s Haryana government, stop all conversations with them and come back to your home in Jaipur.” The BJP did nothing to support him. Read on...

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