Rajasthan crisis LIVE: BJP demands CBI probe in 'phone-tapping' issue

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot addresses the media after meeting with State Governor at his residence, in Jaipur on Tuesday.
The Special Operations Group (SOG) of Rajasthan Police has arrested Sanjay Jain whose name had surfaced in a viral audio recording about horse trading of legislators to topple the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government in Rajasthan, an official said.

Jain was interrogated Thursday and Friday following which the arrest has been made, officials said.

Meanwhile, Sachin Pilot and other Congress dissidents on Friday got a four-day reprieve from any action by Rajasthan Speaker on the disqualification notices served on them, as the high court extended the hearing into their petition to the next week.

On the international front, Nepal's ruling communist party on has decided to convene a meeting of its top decision-making body today to try and end the tussle for power between beleaguered Prime Minister and former premier Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' that has divided the party.

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1:01 AM IST Lt Governor Anil Baijal and the AAP government are locked in another round of confrontation over the appointment of public prosecutors in cases related to Delhi riots and anti-CAA protests, with the LG asking Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to decide within a week on the Delhi Police's proposal recommending the names of six senior advocates.   Baijal, in a letter to Kejriwal, said that acting Home Minister Manish Sisodia did not agree to the Delhi Police proposal despite the force providing detailed justification for it. The AAP said it has a "strong objection to the constant intervention" of the LG in the appointment of Special Public Prosecutors for cases pertaining to Delhi riots and anti-CAA protests, insisting that the prosecutors have to be "independent" to ensure a free and fair trial.

12:59 AM IST Mass rallies challenging the Kremlin rocked Russia's Far East city of Khabarovsk again on Saturday, as tens of thousands took to the streets to protest the arrest of the region's governor on charges of involvement in multiple murders.   The massive unauthoritized crowds gathered despite local officials' attempts to discourage people from taking to the streets, citing the coronavirus epidemic and an alleged averted terrorist threat.

12:57 AM IST A special team of Rajasthan police officers has been formed to investigate and arrest the accused in the case registered with the special operations group in connection with audio tapes that revealed a conspiracy to topple the Ashok Gehlot-led state government.   The eight-member team headed by SP CID (Crime branch) Vikas Sharma was formed Friday after two FIRs were registered on a complaint by Congress chief whip in the state Assembly Mahesh Joshi.

12:55 AM IST A “Black Lives Matter” street mural in front of Manhattan's Trump Tower has been vandalised with paint for the second time in a week, New York City police said.   Surveillance video showed three people smearing blue paint on the Fifth Avenue mural while a woman littered it with flyers around 4 p.m. Friday, police said.   Officers found the trio near the mural a short time later with blue paint on their hands and clothing, police said.   They were arrested, charged with criminal mischief and released with a order to appear in court at a later date.  

12:50 AM IST Former Rajasthan deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot on Saturday appealed to all Indians to join the efforts in helping support those affected due to the floods in Assam and Bihar.   Pilot's appeal comes amid the raging political firestorm in Rajasthan where he declared open rebellion against the Ashok Gehlot government. Pilot was sacked as deputy chief minister and the state Congress chief earlier this week.   My thoughts & prayers with all those families affected by the Assam & Bihar floods. Over 68 lives lost & 3.6 million people affected in Assam alone. I appeal to all Indians, to come together, join in the efforts to help support those affected in these extreme flood situations. — Sachin Pilot (@SachinPilot) &7

12:48 AM IST Finance officials from the Group of 20 major economies on Saturday vowed to resolve major differences over taxing big tech companies and reach a broad, consensus-based solution on international taxation this year.   The United States has been at loggerheads over the issue with Britain, France and other key allies, who have adopted or are considering digital service taxes as a way to raise revenue from the local operations of big tech companies.   Critics say those firms profit enormously from local markets while making only limited contributions to public coffers, but Washington contends the taxes discriminate against US tech firms such as Google, Facebook and Apple Inc .  

9:48 PM IST Authorities in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday handed over Rs 3 lakh financial aid to the family which lost three members due to the Pakistani shelling along the Line of Control (LoC).   A cash amount of Rs 30,000 under the Red Cross was also given to the family, an official spokesman said.

9:38 PM IST Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday said his government has spent Rs 50 crore on widespread flood management measures including cleaning of the drains to prevent flooding during the monsoon season.   Cleaning of 1,400 km of the total 2,100 km of drains in the state is complete while the remaining stretch is being cleaned expeditiously, Singh said during the 'Ask Captain' Facebook interaction.

9:28 PM IST Veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on Saturday clarified that the Punjab government withdrew his nomination for this year's Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award as he doesn't fit in the eligibility criteria for the country's highest sporting honour.   Amid speculation over the withdrawal of his nomination, Harbhajan sought to clear the air.   "I have been flooded with calls as to why Punjab Govt withdrew my name from Khel Ratna nominations. The truth is I am not eligible for Khel Ratna which primarily considers the international performances in last three years," the 40-year-old cricketer tweeted.

9:21 PM IST Flood-related incidents claimed three more lives in Assam, where the deluge has hit 2.76 million people in 26 of the 33 districts and destroyed houses, crops, roads and bridges at several places.   Two persons died in Barpeta and one person in South Salmara district, taking the death toll to 105, including 26 in landslides, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority said in its daily flood report.  

9:09 PM IST Nepal's ruling communist party's top decision-making body on Saturday failed to achieve a breakthrough to end the tussle for power between Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli and former premier Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' despite four hours of marathon discussions.   No conclusion was reached during the meeting of the Nepal Communist Party's (NCP) nine-member Central Secretariat though the party leaders discussed the agenda to be presented during Sunday's crucial Standing Committee meeting, according to senior party leader Ganesh Shah.

8:58 PM IST The Income Tax Department on Saturday said it has identified certain individuals with high value transactions in 2018-19 who have either not filed returns or have discrepancies in their ITRs.   The last date for filing as well as revising the Income Tax Return for Assessment Year 2019-20 (relevant to FY 2018-19) is July 31, 2020.  

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Riots cases: Baijal asks Kejriwal to decide on Delhi Police's request for lawyers in 7 days; AAP hits out

Lt Governor Anil Baijal and the AAP government are locked in another round of confrontation over the appointment of public prosecutors in cases related to Delhi riots and anti-CAA protests, with the LG asking Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to decide within a week on the Delhi Police's proposal recommending the names of six senior advocates.
 
Baijal, in a letter to Kejriwal, said that acting Home Minister Manish Sisodia did not agree to the Delhi Police proposal despite the force providing detailed justification for it.

The AAP said it has a "strong objection to the constant intervention" of the LG in the appointment of Special Public Prosecutors for cases pertaining to Delhi riots and anti-CAA protests, insisting that the prosecutors have to be "independent" to ensure a free and fair trial.

Mass protests rock Russian Far East city, challenge Kremlin

Mass rallies challenging the Kremlin rocked Russia's Far East city of Khabarovsk again on Saturday, as tens of thousands took to the streets to protest the arrest of the region's governor on charges of involvement in multiple murders.
 
The massive unauthoritized crowds gathered despite local officials' attempts to discourage people from taking to the streets, citing the coronavirus epidemic and an alleged averted terrorist threat.

Special Rajasthan police team formed to probe audio tapes' conspiracy

A special team of Rajasthan police officers has been formed to investigate and arrest the accused in the case registered with the special operations group in connection with audio tapes that revealed a conspiracy to topple the Ashok Gehlot-led state government.
 
The eight-member team headed by SP CID (Crime branch) Vikas Sharma was formed Friday after two FIRs were registered on a complaint by Congress chief whip in the state Assembly Mahesh Joshi.

'Black Lives Matter' mural outside Trump Tower defaced again

A “Black Lives Matter” street mural in front of Manhattan's Trump Tower has been vandalised with paint for the second time in a week, New York City police said.
 
Surveillance video showed three people smearing blue paint on the Fifth Avenue mural while a woman littered it with flyers around 4 p.m. Friday, police said.
 
Officers found the trio near the mural a short time later with blue paint on their hands and clothing, police said.
 
They were arrested, charged with criminal mischief and released with a order to appear in court at a later date.


 

Pilot tweets urging people to support Assam, Bihar flood victims

Former Rajasthan deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot on Saturday appealed to all Indians to join the efforts in helping support those affected due to the floods in Assam and Bihar.
 
Pilot's appeal comes amid the raging political firestorm in Rajasthan where he declared open rebellion against the Ashok Gehlot government. Pilot was sacked as deputy chief minister and the state Congress chief earlier this week.
 

G20 finance officials eye solution to digital tax row this year

Finance officials from the Group of 20 major economies on Saturday vowed to resolve major differences over taxing big tech companies and reach a broad, consensus-based solution on international taxation this year.
 
The United States has been at loggerheads over the issue with Britain, France and other key allies, who have adopted or are considering digital service taxes as a way to raise revenue from the local operations of big tech companies.
 
Critics say those firms profit enormously from local markets while making only limited contributions to public coffers, but Washington contends the taxes discriminate against US tech firms such as Google, Facebook and Apple Inc .
 

Rs 3 lakh financial aid given to shelling-hit family in J-K's Poonch

Authorities in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday handed over Rs 3 lakh financial aid to the family which lost three members due to the Pakistani shelling along the Line of Control (LoC).
 

A cash amount of Rs 30,000 under the Red Cross was also given to the family, an official spokesman said.

Rs 50 cr spent on flood management measures: Punjab CM

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday said his government has spent Rs 50 crore on widespread flood management measures including cleaning of the drains to prevent flooding during the monsoon season.
 

Cleaning of 1,400 km of the total 2,100 km of drains in the state is complete while the remaining stretch is being cleaned expeditiously, Singh said during the 'Ask Captain' Facebook interaction.

Punjab government withdrew my Khel Ratna nomination since I am ineligible: Harbhajan

Veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on Saturday clarified that the Punjab government withdrew his nomination for this year's Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award as he doesn't fit in the eligibility criteria for the country's highest sporting honour.
 

Amid speculation over the withdrawal of his nomination, Harbhajan sought to clear the air.
 

"I have been flooded with calls as to why Punjab Govt withdrew my name from Khel Ratna nominations. The truth is I am not eligible for Khel Ratna which primarily considers the international performances in last three years," the 40-year-old cricketer tweeted.

Assam Flood: 3 more dead, 2.76 million people affected in 26 districts

Flood-related incidents claimed three more lives in Assam, where the deluge has hit 2.76 million people in 26 of the 33 districts and destroyed houses, crops, roads and bridges at several places.
 

Two persons died in Barpeta and one person in South Salmara district, taking the death toll to 105, including 26 in landslides, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority said in its daily flood report.

 

Nepal's communist party's key meeting ends with no breakthrough to end Oli-Prachanda infighting

Nepal's ruling communist party's top decision-making body on Saturday failed to achieve a breakthrough to end the tussle for power between Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli and former premier Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' despite four hours of marathon discussions.
 

No conclusion was reached during the meeting of the Nepal Communist Party's (NCP) nine-member Central Secretariat though the party leaders discussed the agenda to be presented during Sunday's crucial Standing Committee meeting, according to senior party leader Ganesh Shah.

I-T dept identifies individuals with high value transactions in FY19; to launch e-campaign

The Income Tax Department on Saturday said it has identified certain individuals with high value transactions in 2018-19 who have either not filed returns or have discrepancies in their ITRs.
 

The last date for filing as well as revising the Income Tax Return for Assessment Year 2019-20 (relevant to FY 2018-19) is July 31, 2020.

 

Rajasthan 'phone tapping' row: BJP demands CBI probe, Cong says 'admission of guilt'

The issue of 'phone-tapping' of political leaders in Rajasthan blew up into a major controversy on Saturday with the BJP demanding a CBI probe into it and the Congress alleging that the demand amounted to its "admission of guilt" after the audio tapes of a purported telephonic conversation between a dissident Congress MLA and a Union minister surfaced.
 

The controversy erupted a day after the Congress suspended two dissident MLAs --Bhanwar Lal Sharma and Vishvendra Singh-- from party's primary membership for allegedly plotting with the BJP to topple the Rajasthan government after the audio clip of the purported conversation between Sharma and Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat came out.

CM Gehlot visits Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra



Cong blaming BJP for 'internal strife' ridiculous, condemnable: Diya Kumari

BJP MP from Rajsamand Diya Kumari on Saturday hit back at the Congress for blaming the BJP for its "internal strife" and claimed that the root of the controversy is the continuing war of supremacy within the ruling party in Rajasthan.
 

She said blaming BJP leaders at the Centre or in the state for the political tussle in Rajasthan is a "reflection of the Congress' frustration".

Delhi riots: Court dismisses bail pleas of man, his son in mosque burning case

A Delhi court has dismissed the bail applications of a man and his son who were arrested in a case related to the vandalising and burning of a mosque during the northeast Delhi communal violence in February.
 

Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Yadav dismissed the applications of Mithan and his son Jony Kumar considering the gravity of the allegations against them.
 

Communal clashes had broken out in northeast Delhi on February 24 after violence between citizenship law supporters and protesters spiralled out of control leaving at least 53 people dead and around 200 injured.

Punjab may hold polls to 126 urban bodies in October

Elections to 126 urban local bodies in Punjab is likely to be held in the second week of October, officials said on Saturday.
 

A decision in this regard was taken at a Cabinet sub-committee meeting chaired by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh here. The final decision in this regard would be subject to the Covid-19 situation, a government statement said.

Suspension bridge connecting India-Nepal opened for stranded Nepali nationals



Data of Indians belong to the people of India and to the sovereign: IT minister



Decision to make Priyanka Gandhi Cong's face in 2022 polls to be taken by CWC, herself: Prasada

Senior Congress leader Jitin Prasada on Saturday said while it has been a long-standing demand of party workers that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra be the party's face in the 2022 UP Assembly elections, it is a "strategic decision" to be taken by the "Congress Working Committee and Priyanka ji herself".
 

Prasada, who is a special invitee to the Congress Working Committee (CWC) also said that the party will not be forging any alliance in the 2022 assembly elections.
 

On whether Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi would be the face of the party in 2022 elections, he told PTI, "That has been a long-standing demand of the workers, but, the decision is a strategic one which will be taken by the CWC and Priyanka ji herself."

Villages in Morigaon flooded after the water level of Brahmaputra river rises



Petitioner files counter-affidavit in SC in Vikas Dubey encounter case



Yogi launches employment scheme for Scheduled Castes

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday launched 'Navin Rojgar Chhatri Yojana' for an all round development of the Scheduled Castes.
 

He transferred a financial assistance of 17.42 crore online to 3,484 people under the 'Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Swarojgar Yojana' and interacted with some beneficiaries from Rae Bareli, Gorakhpur, Basti, Meerut, Azamgarh and Moradabad districts through video conferencing.

 

Sent PM Modi 2 dates to choose for laying foundation of Ram Temple: Ram Janmabhumi Trust



8-member team constituted to investigate Rajasthan political crisis



2 more died in Assam floods; total 27,63,719 affected



Delhi Deputy CM Sisodia inaugurates electric vehicle charging station



The meeting of Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra Trust has now concluded



Bharatiya Tribal Party hands over their letter of support to Rajasthan CM



Gehlot camp MLAs performing yoga, getting cooking tips at 5-star hotel

From performing yoga to getting cooking tips, Rajasthan Congress MLAs of Ashok Gehlot camp are engaging themselves in various activities in a five-star hotel on the Delhi Highway where they have been staying since Monday amid the political crisis in the state.
 

In many photos and videos doing the rounds on social media, some of the legislators are seen doing yoga in the hotel lawn, crowding around a chef cooking food, watching movies, playing carrom and celebrating the birthday of an MLA, PTI reported.

Jaipur court sends Sanjay Jain to four-day remand



PM condoles death of eminent mathematician C S Seshadri

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday condoled the death of eminent mathematician C S Seshadri, saying his work in algebraic geometry will be remembered for generations.

Seshadri died in Chennai on Friday. He was 88.

BJP leaders Ashok Singh, Bharat Malani refuse to give voice samples for further investigation




Arms and ammunition seized in Assam's Kokrajhar

An AK series assault rifle and its ammunition have been seized in a forest area in Assam's Kokrajhar district, police said on Saturday.
 

Acting on a tip-off, a police team launched a search operation in Duligaon forest in Bogribari police station area on Friday night, district Superintendent of Police Rakesh Roushan said.

Eco Recycling consolidated net profit declines 65.63% in the March 2020 quarter

Net profit of Eco Recycling declined 65.63% to Rs 0.11 crore in the quarter ended March 2020 as against Rs 0.32 crore during the previous quarter ended March 2019. Sales rose 119.91% to Rs 4.75 crore in the quarter ended March 2020 as against Rs 2.16 crore during the previous quarter ended March 2019.

Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot urges central government to increase the limit of MSP procurement



India's food exports up 27% since March

Despite economic turbulence due to Covid-19, India's overall food exports since March have increased 27 per cent.
 

According to the Trade Promotion Council of India (TPCI), the average growth of 27 per cent during the lockdown and the unlock period came on the back of high demand for food-based items.

 

Odisha government exempts biometric mode of Aadhar authentication for the distribution of PDS commodities



IOCL's Paradip refinery to be shut for 22 days for maintenance work

The oil refinery of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) at Paradip in Odisha's Jagatsinghpur district will remain shut for 22 days from July 25 for maintenance work, a senior official said on Saturday.
 

Nearly 800 workers from nearby areas will be engaged for carrying out the maintenance activity at the refinery plant, while adhering to Covid-19 safety protocols, Jagatsinghpur District Collector Sangram Keshari Mohapatra said.

96 animals died at Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve due to Assam flood



FIEO demands stern action against untraceable exporters, offers full support to govt

Exporters body FIEO on Saturday demanded a stern action against 1,377 exporters who had claimed GST tax refunds of Rs 1,875 crore and are untraceable at their principal place of business.
 

The Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) President Sharad Kumar Saraf said that they would offer full support to the government as such activities impact the image of the exporting community.
 

"We request you to provide the details of 1,377 untraceable exporters to the Ministry of Commerce so as to further verify on the basis of information available. If they are not traceable, theDGFT (Directorate General of Foreign Trade) should initiate action to suspend/cancel their IEC (import export code) making them ineligible for further exports/imports," Saraf said in a letter to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

Unfortunate Rajasthan have to bear brunt of infighting in Congress: Vasundhara Raje



Second meeting of Ram Janmabhoomi Trust underway



Govt issues notice to Twitter after recent hack targeting global high-profile users

India's cybersecurity nodal agency CERT-In has issued a notice to Twitter asking the micro-blogging platform for full details of the recent global hack targeting high-profile users, as it sought complete information on number of Indian users affected as well as impact on data, a source said.
 

The source privy to the development told PTI that CERT-In has also asked Twitter for information on number of users from India who have visited the malicious tweets and links, and whether the affected users have been informed by the platform about unauthorised access to their Twitter accounts.

 

Yuva Sena moves SC for cancellation of final year exams

The Shiv Sena's youth wing Yuva Sena has moved the supreme court seeking cancellation of the final year exams of universities across states in view of the Covid-19 crisis.
 

Yuva Sena secretary Varun Sardesai told PTI the petition filed by him was admitted on Saturday.
 

The Yuva Sena has demanded all states be given the right to take an appropriate decision based on the prevailing situation in their respective areas.

Rajnath Singh inspected arms and ammunition during his visit to a forward post near LoC



76 dead, nearly 5.4 million affected due to Assam floods

At least 76 people have died and nearly 5.4 million people have been affected in 30 districts of Assam due to flood, informed the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) on Saturday.
 

"76 deaths and 53,99,017 people affected across 30 districts due to floods till July 17," said Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA).
 

A total of 552 relief camps have been established in the state, the ASDMA report reads.

Ram Janmabhoomi Trust meeting may decide on date of 'bhoomi pujan'

The Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust will meet in Ayodhya on Saturday and people expect that the date for bhoomi pujan (land worship) for the construction of the Ram temple will be announced at the meeting.
 

Most of the trust members have reached Ayodhya to participate in the meeting. Nripendra Mishra, chairman of the trust's building construction committee, reached Ayodhya on Wednesday.
 

Other members, including Govindev Giri, Kameshwar Chaupal and Yugapurusha Swami Parmanand, are also expected to reach Ayodhya later on Saturday.

 

Challenge BJP to free the 19 MLAs, they will return to us: Rajasthan Congress leader



Riots cases: Baijal asks Kejriwal to decide on Delhi Police's request for lawyers in 7 days

Citing difference of opinion with the AAP dispensation, Lt Governor Anil Baijal has written to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asking him to decide within a week on the Delhi Police's proposal to appoint six senior advocates for arguing on its behalf in cases related to riots and anti-CAA protests.
 

Baijal, in his letter to Kejriwal, said that acting Home Minister Manish Sisodia did not agree to the Delhi Police proposal despite the force providing detailed justification for it.
 

The Delhi Police has proposed to appoint six senior advocates to argue on its behalf in 85 cases of riots in Northeast Delhi and assign 24 cases of protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) to special public prosecutors, sources said.

Extremely proud of these brave, courageous soldiers: Rajnath Singh



Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at a forward post near the Line of Control



J&K: Rajnath Singh, CDS General Bipin Rawat, and Army Chief General MM Naravane offer prayers at Amarnath Temple today

Were phones of politicians tapped in Rajasthan? BJP asks and demands CBI probe

The BJP on Saturday asked if the Congress government in Rajasthan resorted to "unconstitutional" methods to tap phones of politicians and demanded a CBI probe into what it called a "saga of illegalities and concocted lies".
 
BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra hit back at the Congress a day after it cited some audio clips to accuse some saffron party leaders, including Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, of conspiring to topple the Ashok Gehlot government in the state.
 
Patra said senior Congress leaders, including Chief Minister Gehlot, have been claiming that these audio clips are authentic even though the FIR registered by police does not say so.

We demand a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into this matter, whether phone tapping was done or SOPs were followed, says Sambit Patra

Is there an emergency situation in Rajasthan? Are all political parties being targeted this way?: Sambit Patra, BJP

34 Thai Tablighi attendees to walk free on paying Rs 6000 fine to PM Cares

A Delhi court Friday allowed 34 foreign nationals from Thailand to walk free on payment of different fines after they accepted mild charges under the plea bargain process, related to various violations including visa norms while attending Tablighi Jamaat congregation here during the Covid-19 lockdown.
 
Metropolitan Magistrate Gagandeep Jindal allowed the foreigners to walk free on payment of a fine of Rs 6,000 each, said advocate Ashima Mandla appearing for them.
 
The court directed the foreigners to deposit their fines at the PM CARES Fund since the foreigners have been found guilty of violating government orders pertaining to Covid-19 pandemic.
 
It allowed them to walk free after the Sub-divisional magistrate of Defence Colony, who was the complainant in the case, Assistant Commissioner of Police of Lajpat Nagar, Inspector of Nizamuddin said they have no objection to it.
 
However, seven Thai nationals did not plead guilty to the charges against them and claimed trial before the court.

Rajasthan government should answer whether they indulged in phone tapping: Sambit Patra

State Government should answer whether they indulged in phone tapping as Chief Minister and their other leaders are saying the audio is authentic whereas in FIR it is mentioned as purported: Sambit Patra, BJP on purported audio clip about conspiracy to topple Rajasthan Government

14-day home quarantine mandatory for people entering Jharkhand

The Jharkhand government on Friday decreed that every person who comes to the state will have to stay in a 14-day home quarantine from the date of his/her arrival.
 
"Every person coming/returning to Jharkhand by air/rail/road shall register his/personal details on the website of Government of Jharkhand preferably before his/her departure for Jharkhand and in any case not later than the day of arrival in the state," Jharkhand Government said.

Animated videos for online classes launched in Punjab

The Punjab government on Friday launched a new campaign under 'Mission Fateh', to provide online education through animated videos to students during the Covid-19 pandemic.
 
A press release issued by the Department of Information and Public Relations stated that the aim of the new campaign was to entertain the students as well as draw their attention to the study and prevent them from getting bored.
 
"These animation videos are being prepared by the teachers, with the largest contribution being from the IT teachers. These videos not only entertain the children but also keep them connected with the subject. Students and teachers have highly praised this new initiative," a spokesperson said.

ECI asks political parties to suggest how to conduct elections, campaigns amid corona

ECI has asked national and regional political parties to send in their views and suggestions on how to conduct election campaigns and public meetings, in view of COVID19 pandemic. The last date for sending suggestions is July 31.

Joe Biden warns Russia, China attempting to undermine US Prez election

Joe Biden said Friday night that he's begun receiving intelligence briefings as he warned that Russia, China and other adversaries were attempting to undermine the upcoming US election in November.
 
The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee wasn't specific and offered no evidence while addressing a virtual fundraiser with more than 200 attendees.
 
But, in the process, he confirmed receiving classified briefings after saying as recently as late last month that he wasn't getting them but might request one about reports of Russian bounties being offered on US troops in Afghanistan. Read on...

Weather update by IMD

Thunderstorm with rain would occur over and adjoining areas of Meerut, Muzaffarnagar, Hastinapur, Bijnor, Garhmukteshwar, Siyana, Kaithal, Kurukshetra, Karnal, Amroha, Moradabad, Sambhal, Narora, Shamli, Jhangirabad, Saharanpur and Chandpur during the next 2 hours: IMD

Lucknow: Two women attempted self-immolation near Lok Bhavan

Amid virus, Nicaragua drops celebration, readies monument

President Daniel Ortega's government is being deterred by the coronarvirus from holding the usual mass celebration to mark the July 19 victory of Nicaragua's revolution.
 
Instead, it will unveil a new addition to its collection of monuments in the old city center of Managua.
 
The 3-ton Peace Bell will toll atop a 55-foot (17 meter) concrete tower not far from a grove of Trees of Life, the huge abstract steel trees painted in garish colours that were sowed about the capital by Vice President Rosario Murillo, wife of the former revolutionary leader Ortega.
 
Flower gardens and benches will surround the tower.

US: School reopening plans in chaos, Trump's gamble meets voter defiance

US schools scrambling to finalise hybrid reopening plans for the Fall session are largely silent on what to do if even a single person in the school community actually gets sick with Covid-19 even as millions of students are learning this week that they are unlikely to return to classrooms full time in the Fall as the coronavirus death toll reached record highs across the country.
 
As the chaos spirals out of control, the White House has blocked top officials of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from testifying next week before the US Congress on reopening schools. All this is happening at a time when US death toll crossed the 139,000 mark Friday with more than 3.6 million people sickened by the virus. Read on...

J-K: Three terrorists killed in encounter in Amshipora, operation continues

Three terrorists have been killed in an ongoing encounter at Amshipora area of Shopian, said Defence Public Relations Officer (PRO) Srinagar. The operation is still in progress.
 
An encounter began between security forces and terrorists at Amshipora area in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian in early hours of Saturday. Police and security forces are on the job. Read on...

Sanjay Jain arrested in connection with conspiracy to topple Rajasthan govt

The Special Operations Group (SOG) of Rajasthan Police on Friday arrested Sanjay Jain whose name had surfaced in a viral audio recording about horse trading of legislators to topple the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government in Rajasthan, an official said.
 
“Jain has been arrested following interrogation into the FIR lodged on the basis of audio recording that had gone viral on social media,” Additional Director General (ATS and SOG) Ashok Rathore said.
 
Jain was interrogated Thursday and Friday following which the arrest has been made, officials said.

Growing confidence in Indian companies, US FDI crosses $40 bn: Report

The Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) from the US to India has crossed the $40 billion mark so far this year, reflecting the growing confidence of American companies in the country, the head of an India-centric business advocacy group has said.
 
The American companies, during the Covid-19 pandemic, which has battered the world economy, have shown great confidence in India and its leadership, said Mukesh Aghi, president of the US-India Strategic and Partnership Forum (USISPF), which keeps a track of the major US FDIs in India Read on...

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