Latest News LIVE: India, China may engage in diplomatic talks soon

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Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh released a statement on Monday reminding Prime Minister Narendra Modi to "be mindful of the implications of his words" and that "disinformation is no substitute for diplomacy". Following the death of 20 Indian soldiers in a clash between India and China border troops at Galwan Valley, Singh said that India stands united in its response to this brazen threat.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar is expected to join his Chinese and Russian counterparts in a virtual conference of a trilateral being held today against the backdrop of a tense border standoff between Indian and Chinese militaries.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh departed for Russia to attend a grand military parade in Moscow to mark the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Germany in the Second World War.

The Supreme Court on Monday modified its earlier order and allowed the annual Jagannath Rath Yatra in Odisha's Puri to be held with the coordination of the Temple committee.

 
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India, China hold 2nd round of Lt Gen talks

India on Monday strongly raised with China the "premediated" attack on Indian soldiers in Galwan Valley and demanded immediate withdrawal of Chinese troops from all friction points in eastern Ladakh, during the second round of Lt General-level talks, people familiar with the development said.
 
As India's border tension with China escalated, top commanders of the Army carried out a comprehensive review of the entire situation in eastern Ladakh and resolved to deal with any Chinese misadventure with a "firm hand", they said.
 
The Lt General-level talks began at around 11:30 am at Moldo on the Chinese side of the Chushul sector in eastern Ladakh and lasted for close to 11 hours, they said.
 
The focus of the deliberations was on finalising modalities for disengagement of troops in eastern Ladakh, the people said.
 
There is no official word on the outcome of the talks yet.
 
The first round of the Lt Gen talks was held on June 6 at the same venue during which both sides finalised an agreement to disengage gradually from all standoff points beginning with Galwan Valley.

Apple unveils phone-based car keys, new features at developer conference

Apple Inc on Monday announced a system to let iPhone owners unlock and start cars with their devices at its annual conference for software developers.
 
The new system, which also lets users share digital car keys with friends and family members via the company's iMessage system, will work with BMW 5 Series vehicles that will ship next month, Apple said in a virtual keynote filmed at its Cupertino, California, headquarters. Read full story here...
Apple unveils complete redesign of Mac operating system
 

Slowing Chinese imports may delay automakers' electric vehicle target

Rising anti-Chinese sentiments may push automakers’ electric vehicle (EV) plans on to the slow lane, with imports from the country set to hit a snag. Incidentally, the world’s biggest component makers for EVs are Chinese.
 
Market leader Maruti Suzuki (MSIL) says the impact could be offset by strong state support for other technologies like hybrids, which the industry has been pushing for but hasn’t received.
 
C V Raman, senior executive director (engineering) of MSIL, said: “The government is primarily supporting battery electric vehicles (BEV), whereas equivalent support to other EV technologies (strong hybrid and plug-in hybrid) is missing. Further, the industry has worked for three decades to establish an internal combustion engine (ICE)-based ecosystem, because of which we achieved very affordable cost levels.” Read full story here

India will play constructive role as UNSC member: Syria

Syria has expressed confidence that India will play a constructive role as a member of the UN Security Council and help maintain international peace and security while keeping away from politicisation and interventional agendas.
 
Syrian Ambassador to the UN Bashar Ja'fari, in a letter to India's Permanent Representative to the UN T S Tirumurti, congratulated India on its election as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the period 2021-2022.
 
"I look forward to working with you to strengthen our bilateral relations, and to uphold the principles and purposes of the UN Charter and international law," he said. "I am confident that India will play a constructive role during its membership of the Security Council to help maintain the international peace and security away from politicisation and interventional agendas," Ja'fari said.
 
India was overwhelmingly elected as a non-permanent member of the powerful UN Security Council last week for a two-year term.

Results of Maharashtra Board examinations likely in July

Results of Maharashtra Board examinations for classes 10 and 12 are likely to be declared in July, a top official said on Monday.
 
Results of class 12 (HSC) examinations may be declared by July 15 and that of class 10 (SSC) exam likely by July-end, said Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education chairperson Shakuntala Kale in a virtual meeting of Education department.
 
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad also attended the meeting. Thackeray, who recently instructed initiating online pilot projects at the start of the academic year, watched demonstration of online classes during the meeting.

Coronavirus cases at shelter home: NHRC sends notices to UP govt, DGP

The NHRC has sent notices to the Uttar Pradesh government and the state police chief over reports that 57 minor girls tested positive for Covid-19 at a state-run shelter home in Kanpur, officials said on Monday. Five of them were pregnant and one HIV positive. The Kanpur district administration on Sunday had clarified that the girls were pregnant at the time they came to the shelter home.
 
The girls were exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19 for some time but there was "delay" in taking them to the hospital for tests, the National Human Rights Commission said quoting reports.
 
"The National Human Rights Commission has taken suo motu cognisance of media reports that 57 minor girls tested positive for the novel coronavirus at a state-run children's shelter home in Kanpur district of Uttar Pradesh," the NHRC said in a statement.
 
The commission has observed that the "contents of the media report, if true, are enough to prima facie believe that the public servants have failed to provide safeguard to the victim girls and apparently were negligent in protecting their right to life, liberty and dignity in the custody of the state". Accordingly, it has issued a notice to the UP chief secretary, seeking a detailed report, including their health status, medical treatment and counselling, it said.
 
A notice has also been issued to the UP director general of police for a report regarding the registration of an FIR in this matter and the status of investigation. The response is expected within from weeks from both the authorities, the statement said.

Latest News LIVE: Maruti Suzuki drives in S-CNG variant of S-Presso at Rs 4.84 lakh

The country's largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) on Monday said it has launched BS VI compliant S-CNG variant of S-Presso, priced between Rs 4.84 lakh and Rs 5.13 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The introduction of the S-CNG variant is in line with the company's commitment to expand its green vehicle portfolio in the country, MSI said in a statement. The new trim comes with one litre engine delivering a mileage of 31.2 km/kg, it added.
 
"With the launch of the new trim, we are strengthening our efforts towards sustainable green mobility," MSI Executive Director (Marketing & Sales) Shashank Srivastava said.
 
Having already sold one million green vehicles, including CNG, smart hybrid vehicles, the company under its 'Mission Green Million', aims to sell the next 1 million green vehicles in the next couple of years. The company sold 1,06,443 factory-fitted CNG vehicles across the country during 2019-20.

Sebi imposes Rs 1.55 crore fine on two entities for fraudulent trading

Markets regulator Sebi on Monday imposed a total penalty of Rs 1.55 crore on two entities for indulging in fraudulent trading in illiquid stock options on the BSE.
 
Sebi levied a fine of Rs 84 lakh and Rs 71 lakh on Ashlar Commodities Pvt Ltd and Ashlar Securities Pvt Ltd, respectively, in two separate orders.
 
After observing large-scale reversal of trades in the illiquid stock options segment of the BSE, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) conducted a probe between April 2014 and September 2015.

LIVE updates: Traffic congestion was seen at Delhi Noida Direct (DND) Flyway earlier today

Latest News LIVE: Chinese hotel builder abruptly liquidates business in UK

A Chinese conglomerate which has built hotels for Hilton and Travelodge has abruptly liquidated its UK subsidiaries, trade magazine Construction Enquirer reported. Covid-19 pandemic is said to be a reason behind the move. CIMC is a global business with regional offices in the UK, US and Australia and the main head office in Southern China.
 
The main UK business, CIMC Modular Building Systems and its development arm first set up to promote the modular system have both been placed in voluntary liquidation by managing director Jason Taylor.
 
According to last published account CIMC MBS lost pound 2.5 million in 2018. During that year it delivered nearly 900 modules creating 1,317 hotel or student rooms. CIMC has supplied ready-built rooms from a factory in China for more than 10 years. They have been used for hotels, including a Hampton by Hilton at Bristol airport, and student accommodation.

LIVE updates: Raymond cuts workforce to tide over Covid-19 woes

Amid an organisational restructuring to tide over the Covid-19 woes, apparel maker Raymond has seen about 1,100 employees either resigning or being sacked since April as part of cost-control measures, retrenched employees claimed, but the firm refuted their assertions on non-payment of full dues, PTI reported.
 
About a dozen employees PTI spoke to said the Raymond management sought resignations from them, failing which they were threatened with termination. While some 400 were coerced into resignation, around 700 who did not do so were sacked. Similar notices have been served to 400 more now, they claimed.
 
The Gautam Singhania-led company had 7,087 employees on its rolls as of March 2019, according to the annual report. A company spokesperson, however, refuted the numbers saying queries on the issue "are factually incorrect, malicious and misrepresented with vested interests."
 
"We would further like to state that in line with the prevailing market conditions and unprecedented challenges, the company has undertaken the process of cost rationalisation to minimise the impact on business due to the pandemic.

Army chief General Naravane discusses security situation with top army commanders

The apex leadership of the Indian Army on Monday held detailed deliberations on the eastern Ladakh standoff and the situation along the Line of Actual Control with China after the Galwan Valley clashes that left 20 Indian soldiers dead, PTI reported.
 
On the opening day of a two-day conference, the commanders carried out a comprehensive review of India's security preparedness along the LAC in Ladakh, Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, they said.
 
In his initial remarks, Army Chief Gen MM Naravane briefed the commanders about the overall situation following which detailed discussions on the matter took place, the sources said. The commanders also deliberated on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, the sources said. It is the second phase of the biannual commanders conference. The first phase had taken place last month.

Rail Coach Cafe opened at Rail Museum in Karnataka

Cyclonic circulation over Odisha very likely to move northwestwards: IMD

A cyclonic circulation has been seen over north interior Odisha and neighbourhood, it is very likely to move northwestwards during next three days, said India Meteorological Department (IMD).
 
"A cyclonic circulation is seen over north interior Odisha & neighbourhood between 0.9 km & 7.6 km above mean sea level tilting southwards with height. It is very likely to move northwestwards during next 3 days," IMD tweeted.
 
"Due to these features, conditions are likely for further advance of monsoon into some more parts of MP, UP and Uttarakhand during next 24 hours and into entire Western Himalayan Region, Haryana, Chand. And Delhi, most parts of Punjab, remaining parts of Gujarat, MP and UP and some parts of Rajasthan during subs. 48 hours," IMD wrote in another tweet.
 
Fairly widespread to widespread rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall likely over south peninsular India during next four to five days, said IMD.

Entire nation delighted over SC decision on Jagannath Rath Yatra: Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday said the entire country is delighted over the Supreme Court decision on Jagannath Rath Yatra in Puri and stressed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the initiative for consultations which ensured that the "great traditions of our land are observed".
 
In a series of tweets, Shah said that last evening, as per the instructions of the prime minister, "he spoke to Gajapati Maharaj (The King of Puri) and the respected Shankaracharya of Puri and sought their views on the Rath Yatra". Shah said this morning, on the prime minister's instructions, he spoke to the Solicitor General.
 
"Today is a special day for all of us, particularly our Odia sisters and brothers as well as devotees of Mahaprabhu Shri Jagannath Ji. The entire nation is delighted by the decision of the Honourable Supreme Court to ensure the Rath Yatra goes on," he said.
 
The home minister said he as well as crores of devotees across India were happy that the Prime Minister "not only understood the sentiment of the devotees but also initiated consultations which ensured that the great traditions of the country are observed".
 
"Considering the urgency and importance of the matter, it was placed in front of a vacation bench of the Supreme Court and the hearing took place this afternoon, which paved the way for the important decision by the SC. Congratulations to the people of Odisha," he said.

Final decision on Mahakumbh Mela in February 2021: Uttarakhand CM

The Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad has suggested that the state government should take the final decision on the Mahakumbh Mela in February 2021, said Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Monday.
 
"Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the situation around us is changing continuously. Due to this, it is not possible to take any decision on the 'Mahakumbh Mela 2021' now. The Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad has suggested that we should take the final decision on the Mela in February 2021," Rawat told ANI.
 
"Currently, no one is in any condition to take decisions at this time. The situation is changing due to Covid-19. We are continuously doing development work related to Kumbh Mela. We have conducted a meeting with the Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad. Their suggestions are acknowledged and we will take decisions accordingly," he added.
 
CM Rawat had on Sunday held a meeting with members of the Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad over 'Mahakumbh Mela 2021', at his residence in Dehradun.

An earthquake of magnitude 3.6 on the Richter scale occurred in Kasipur area of Rayagada district in Odisha

An earthquake of magnitude 3.6 on the Richter scale, occurred in Kasipur area of Rayagada district in Odisha at 16:40 hours today: National Centre for Seismology

CBSE likely to inform Supreme Court on Tuesday about its decision on pending board exams

The Central Board of Secondary Education is likely to inform the Supreme Court on Tuesday about its decision on conducting the pending class 10 and 12 board exams, which were postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, officials said.
 
The board last week told the court it will "very shortly" take a decision, after a plea by a group of parents sought quashing of the notification for conducting the remaining class 10 and 12 exams from July 1 to 15 and demanded that the students be awarded marks based on an internal assessment or in line with marks allotted for practical exams.
 
A similar request has been made by the Maharashtra, Delhi and Odisha governments to the HRD Ministry.
 
"The decision will be informed to the court on Tuesday and an official notification will accordingly be issued as per directions of the top court," a senior CBSE official said. The parents have said in the plea that students could be exposed to Covid-19 infection if they appear for exams amid an increase in the number of coronavirus cases.

India receives permanent signatory status of Washington Accord for a further period of 6 years: HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank

LIVE updates: After military talks, India and China may engage in diplomatic talks soon

India and China are holding military-level talks on Monday to defuse the border tensions. Along with military-level talks, both sides are planning to engage at diplomatic level soon, ANI reported.
 
Officials on both sides are working out a schedule for talks and a meeting may take place soon. Contours of talks are being chalked out and these can take place at multiple levels including Joint Secretary- level. There is still no official word on the proposed meet from both sides.
 
Meanwhile, foreign ministers S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi will be joining virtual RIC (Russia, India, China) meeting on Tuesday. Russia is hosting the meet and it will be on a multilateral agenda with a focus on Covid-19.
 
Diplomatic talks are being planned in the backdrop of a violent face-off between Indian and Chinese troops in Galwan Valley. The clash on June 15 happened as a result of an attempt by the Chinese troops to unilaterally change the status quo during de-escalation in eastern Ladakh. India has said that the situation could have been avoided if the agreement at the higher level been scrupulously followed by the Chinese side.

LIVE updates: Gold slips Rs 85; silver rises Rs 144 per 10 gram

Gold prices in the national capital fell Rs 85 to Rs 48,811 per 10 gram on Monday amid rupee appreciation, according to HDFC Securities. In the previous trade, the precious metal had closed at Rs 48,896 per 10 gram. Silver, however, rose Rs 144 to Rs 49,880 per kg from Rs 49,736 per kg in the previous trade, PTI reported.
 
"Spot gold prices for 24 karat in Delhi were trading down by Rs 85 amid rupee appreciation," HDFC Securities Senior Analyst (Commodities) Tapan Patel said.
 
The rupee on Monday appreciated 17 paise to close at 76.03 (provisional) against the US dollar in line with positive equity markets amid sustained foreign fund inflows. Gold prices in the international market were trading higher at USD 1,746 per ounce and silver at USD 17.83 per ounce.
 
"Gold prices extended gains on Monday on worries over rising coronavirus cases and fear of slow economic recovery. The growing virus cases across the world has turned global investors cautious on riskier assets," he added.

Indian smartphone makers feel anti-Chinese sentiments unlikely to work in their favour

Indian smartphone makers are not too hopeful over prospects of a reversal in fortunes due to the current anti-Chinese sentiments triggered by the Sino- India border tension, insisting that low-cost funding is the need of the hour to take on foreign rivals. There have been calls for boycott of Chinese products from several quarters following the Ladakh clash that left 20 Indian Army personnel dead.
 
"The early trends are exciting. But, Indian handset makers need low-cost funds to counter the deep-pocketed Chinese companies," Executive Director of the Jaina Group, which owns the 'Karbonn' brand, Abhishek Garg, told PTI. Proper intervention by the government can bring back the fortunes of Indian brands, he said.
 
Most Indian smartphone makers were relegated following the entry of Chinese companies in the last few years, while others turned into OEM suppliers for the overseas firms, industry experts said. Lava International Ltd, another Indian company, said the anger among people against China and its products will not translate into more business for the firm.
 
"It is more of a responsibility for the country. A responsibility to grow ourselves and build such skills and capabilities that could enable us to compete in the China market as well.
 
"These short-term emotions will die down quickly; finally we have to beat our competition by delivering products, which provide a much better proposition than our competitors," said Hari Om Rai, one of the founders and managing director of the company.

Garg said Indian handset makers suffered on several grounds like the inability to match huge marketing spends. Banks, too, tightened credit lines with sliding market share, he said. According to market reports, Karbonn Mobiles, Lava International and Micromax are set to launch new models.

LIVE updates: SC allows annual Jagannath Rath Yatra to be held in Odisha's Puri with certain restrictions

The Supreme Court on Monday modified its earlier order and allowed the annual Jagannath Rath Yatra in Odisha's Puri to be held with the coordination of the Temple committee, State and Central government without compromising with the health issue pertaining to Covid-19, ANI reported.
 
A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Sharad Arvind Bobde said that the apex court is only considering conducting the yatra in Puri and not anywhere else in Odisha. SC had earlier stayed the annual Rath Yatra at Jagannath Temple in Puri, which is slated to be held on June 23, and all activities related to the gathering in view of the coronavirus pandemic this year.
 
The top court today pronounced the order after hearing a batch of intervention applications seeking modification of its earlier order of staying the annual Rath Yatra at Jagannath Temple in Odisha's Puri in view of Covid-19 pandemic. The apex court, while disposing of the pleas filed in the matter, noted that the State can stop the yatra or festivities if they feel it is going out of hand and added that it was aware of the situation and has passed the order accordingly.
 
Speaking to ANI, petitioner's lawyer Pranay Kumar Mohapatra had earlier said that the pleas sought directions to allows holding of Yatra only at Puri, subject to some restrictions. According to Mohapatra, the plea said that Rath Yatra should be allowed to be held in Puri on its scheduled time and the entire district should be shut down completely.
 
"People should not be allowed to participate in the Rath Yatra and the temple area should be barricaded around 3 kilometres. Odisha government has already conducted Covid-19 tests on 1,172 sevayats, which have come negative," he added.
 
Mohapatra said that if the Rath Yatra is conducted by sevayats, there are fewer chances of coronavirus spread during the religious programme.

ACC-20 being conducted on 22-23 June to review operational situation on both Northern and Western Fronts: Indian Army

Army chief General MM Naravane discussing security situation with top Army commanders in Delhi today

Galwan Valley face-off: Traders hold protest in Delhi, burn Chinese goods

Traders' body CAIT on Monday burnt Chinese goods in Delhi's main market Karol Bagh to demonstrate their resentment and anger against the killing of 20 Indian soldiers in clashes with the Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley last week.
 
The protesting traders led by Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal were briefly detained by the police and taken to the Karol Bagh Police Station.
 
The trader's body claimed that Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has accepted its demand to cancel three MoUs signed by the Maharashtra government with Chinese companies recently. While complimenting Thackeray, Khandelwal said, "This step is in line with the sentiments of the people of the country and will be a lesson to China".

India coronavirus cases per lakh among the lowest globally, says govt

Despite a surge in India's Covid-19 cases to 4,25,282 on Monday marking a record 14,821 new cases in 24 hours, the Centre said the virus infection per lakh people in India was among the lowest globally.
 
Citing the latest World Health Organisation (WHO) report to support its claim, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) said the WHO Situation Report 153 released on June 21 shows that "India has one of the lowest cases per lakh population inspite of its high population density".
 
India's cases per lakh population are 30.04 while the global average is more than its triple at 114.67, the Ministry said. The US has 671.24 cases per lakh population while the metric for Germany, Spain and Brazil is 583.88, 526.22 and 489.42 respectively, it said adding that this low figure is thus a testimony to the graded, preemptive and proactive approach the Indian government along with the states and Union Territories (UTs) took for the prevention, containment and management of novel coronavirus pandemic.
 
So far, a total of 2,37,195 patients have been cured of Covid-19. However, a total of 9,440 Covid-19 patients have been cured in the last 24 hours. The recovery rate is 55.77 per cent amongst Covid-19 patients, it said. Presently, there are 1,74,387 active cases.
 

LIVE updates: Charge sheet against 10 Tablighi members for violating lockdown norms in Muzaffarnagar

A charge sheet has been filed against 10 Tablighi Jamaat members from Kerala and Karnataka for assembling here in violation of the lockdown orders imposed to combat the coronavirus threat, police said on Sunday. According to the prosecution, the members of the Tablighi Jamaat have been charged under the IPC and the Epidemic Diseases Act.
 
The charge sheet was filed in a court here on Saturday. A case was registered against them at New Mandi police station in early April, they said. A congregation of the Tablighi Jamaat in Delhi in March was blamed for spreading the novel coronavirus after many of its attendees carried the infection to different parts of the country.
 
A separate charge sheet was filed against 12 Tablighi Jamaat members from Nepal for violation of the lockdown orders. The Jamaat members have already been released on bail.

Delhi violence news: Court grants bail to school owner in riots case

A Delhi court has granted bail to the owner of a private school, arrested in a case related to communal violence in north east Delhi during protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act in February.
 
Faisal Farooq, owner of Rajdhani School in Shiv Vihar locality was among the 18 arrested, for alleged involvement in burning and damaging the property of adjacent DRP Convent School.
 
Delhi Police had on June 3 filed a charge sheet against him and others for the incident. Granting relief to him, Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Yadav said in a June 20 order, it is prima facie not established that Farooq was present at the spot at the time of incident.
 
Considering the facts and circumstances of the case in totality, I am prima facie satisfied that the applicant (Farooq) has made out a good case for grant of bail in the matter particularly on account of the fact that the investigation in the matter is complete. He has no involvement in his name and the trial in the matter is going to take long time, the judge said.
 
The court further noted that the charge sheet filed against him in the case was bereft of material showing his alleged links with Popular Front of India, Pinjra Tod group and Muslim clerics.

LIVE updates: Bahrti Airtel to pay May salaries of 30,000 staffers of retail, distribution firms

Telecom operator Bharti Airtel has decided to pay May salaries of nearly 30,000 staffers employed by its retail and distribution partners, to help them tide over "tough times" and impact of the lockdown during the month, as per a note by the company to the partners, PTI reported.
 
The company had taken a similar step earlier also, to pay for April salaries of those employed by its distribution partners and retail franchisee network.
 
In the note, seen by PTI, Manu Sood, Hub CEO (Upper North) of Bharti Airtel, said, "We all are going through an unprecedented situation and with the lockdown that got extended for the months of April and May, we have already seen a lot of impact on our business. This disruption also resulted in drop in business across many other sectors and categories in much worse ways."
 

Impossible to take any decision on 'Mahakumbh Mela 2021' now: Uttarakhand CM

CAIT members burn Chinese goods in Delhi's Karol Bagh to protest against Galwan Valley clash

Indian exports are on fast recovery after Covid-19 led downturn: Piyush Goyal

Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal said on Monday that exports from India are on fast recovery after witnessing a sharp downturn due to the Covid-19 crisis.
 
Indian exports fell by 60 per cent in April and by 35 per cent in May. "As of now in June, our exports are down by only 10 to 12 per cent. So our exports are recovering very fast," said Goyal while speaking at the CII's 12th Horasis India Meeting via video conferencing. He said the railway freight movement will recover fully by July. "From August and September, we will start to see growth in freight movement. The Railways is also trying to double the average speed of freight trains," he said.
 
Goyal, who also holds the Railways portfolio, said 7.5 million migrants moved on trains to their homes during the lockdown period. Now 4,553 trains are running to move them back to cities. "We have also started 230 regular trains for the movement of passengers," he said.
 
The Minister urged the private sector to come forward as the government is ready to allocate new routes. Goyal also clarified to the world leaders that the government's Aatma Nirbhar Bharat initiative does not mean shutting the door on foreign investments. The Horasis India Meeting is held annually to connect Indian business leaders and their global counterparts to discuss a wide range of issues related to the Indian economy.

LIVE updates: HC seeks Maharashtra govt's stand on pending ICSE board exams

Raising concern over the rising number of Covid-19 cases and deaths in Maharashtra, the Bombay High Court on Monday asked the state government to clear its stand on permitting the ICSE boardto conduct its pending examinations of Classes 10 and 12 in July.
 
A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice S S Shinde said the state government cannot maintain an ambivalent and ambiguous stand, that if the number of students who opt to appear for exams is few, then permission would be given for it.
 
The Indian School Certificate Examination (ICSE) board had decided to hold its pending examinations from July 2 to 12 across the state, after the exams could not be conducted in March due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
 
Mumbai resident Arvind Tiwari then filed a petition challenging the boards decision, claiming that the number of COVID-19 cases was still on the rise and hence, it would be appropriate to declare results based on gradation and assessment of past performance of students in internal exams conducted by various ICSE schools.

LIVE news: India's dissent over China's BRI not a threat to SCO: Secy-General Norov

India's decision not to endorse China's ambitious Belt and Road Initiative in Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) poses no threat to the bloc as its structure is democratic enough to allow a member country to opt-out of projects backed by others, its General-Secretary Vladimir Norov said.
 
Beijing-headquartered SCO is an eight-member economic and security bloc. India and Pakistan were admitted into the grouping in 2017. Its founding members include China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
 
In a wide-ranging interview with PTI, Norov, who is also a former foreign minister of Uzbekistan, addressed issues related to India's role in the bloc which is focused on the economic and security related issues including the joint cooperation to counter-terrorism.

Govt, opposition should work with full maturity: Mayawati on India-China border stand-off

BSP president Mayawati on Monday said the government and opposition should work with full maturity and solidarity at a time when there is tension on the border with China. She said the whole country is very sad and angry over the death of 20 Army personnel, including a colonel, in a clash with the Chinese Army in Ladakh on June 15.
 
"For this, both the government and the opposition have to work with full maturity and solidarity which could be seen by thecountry and the world and prove to be effective," she said in a tweet.
 
The former Uttar Pradesh CM also said that in such difficult and challenging times, the opinion of the people and experts regarding the next action of the government of India may be different, "but basically it is better to leave it to the government to watch national interest and protect the borders.

This is not the time for politics, all of us have to fight wars together: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal


Latest News LIVE: Adani Power board approves delisting from BSE, NSE

Adani Power board on Monday approved the proposal to delist the company's equity shares from stock exchanges. The company has worked out the floor price of an equity share of Rs 33.82 to buy 96.53 crore scrips with the public for about Rs 3,264 crore.
 
In a regulatory filing, the company said it will seek shareholders nod for delisting on BSE and NSE through a postal ballot. Shares of the company were trading at Rs 37.85 apiece on BSE in afternoon session, down 0.39 per cent from their previous close.

India fighting two wars against China - one at border and another against coronavirus: Delhi CM Kejriwal

CJI-led bench to hear pleas seeking nod for Puri Rath Yatra without public participation

The Supreme Court Monday said Chief Justice S A Bobde has agreed to set up a three-judge bench to hear during the day the pleas seeking modification of its order which stayed this year's historic Lord Jagannath's Rath Yatra in Puri due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
 
A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra, before whom the Centre mentioned the matter and sought modification of the June 18 order, told the lawyers that the CJI has agreed to set up a three-judge bench for hearing the pleas which have sought to allow the Rath Yatra with certain conditions.
 
Earlier in the day, the Centre told the apex court that Rath Yatra in Puri can be allowed without public participation in view of the coronavirus pandemic and said the "tradition of centuries may not be stopped". The Odisha government also supported the Centre's stand in the apex court, which is likely to hear the plea seeking modification of its June 18 order staying this year's Puri Rath Yatra due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
 
"It is a matter of faith for crores. If Lord Jagannath will not come out tomorrow, he cannot come out for 12 years as per traditions," said Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who mentioned the matter before a bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra. Mehta said that besides maintaining precautions, the state government can impose curfew for a day.

Priest found dead in well of church in Kerala

A 51-year old Catholic priest was found dead in a well in the premises of his church in Kottayam district on Monday, police said here.

Fr George Ettuparayil, serving as vicar of St Thomas Church, Punnathura near here, was found dead in the well during an investigation launched by the police on the basis of a missing complaint on Sunday night.

Police sought the assistance of the Fire department to fish out the body from the well.

According to police, the priest belonging to the Changanassery archdiocese of the Syro Malabar Church, had been staying in a presbytery adjacent to the church.

The Maharashtra government has put on hold three major agreements signed with Chinese companies

The Maharashtra government has put on hold three major agreements signed with Chinese companies at the recently concluded Magnetic Maharashtra 2.0 investor meet, officials said.
 
The proposed projects entail investments of around Rs 5,000 crore in the state.
 
"We have taken this decision in consultation with the Central government. These agreements were signed prior to the development on the Indo-China border and killing of 20 Indian soldiers," Industry Minister Subhash Desai said.
 
He added that the Ministry of External Affairs has advised the state government against signing any further agreements with Chinese companies.

LIVE updates: India, China to hold Corps Commander-level meeting at Moldo

India and China to hold Corps Commander-level meeting at Moldo on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control opposite Chushul to discuss the ongoing dispute in Ladakh: Indian Army Sources
Union Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry, Piyush Goyal takes part in CII’s (Confederation of Indian Industry) 12th Horasis India Meeting, via video conferencing.


Out of 275 samples tested, 69 new cases of Covid-19 +ve have been reported: Nagaland

Delhi: Heavy traffic on Barapullah flyover, due to water-logging near Lodhi Road, going towards INA market

Spoke to the Chief Minister of Mizoram on the situation in the wake of the earthquake there: PM Modi

Earthquake in Northeast India: Quake of 5.5 magnitude occurred 27 km south-southwest of Champhai, Mizoram today

An earthquake of magnitude 5.5 on the Richter scale, occurred 27 km south-southwest of Champhai, Mizoram at 04:10:52 (IST) today: National Centre for Seismology

Jammu and Kashmir news: Encounter has started in the forest area of Verinag Kapran area of Anantnag

Police and security forces are on the job: Jammu & Kashmir Police

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh departs for Moscow, Russia on a 3-day visit

We call upon the PM & Govt to ensure justice for Col B Santosh Babu & our jawans. To do any less would be a historic betrayal of the people’s faith.: Former PM Dr Manmohan Singh

We call upon the PM & Govt to ensure justice for Col B Santosh Babu & our jawans. To do any less would be a historic betrayal of the people’s faith.: Former PM Dr Manmohan Singh

Sikh abducted in Afghanistan, Afghan American Sikhs seek India's support

An Afghanistan Sikh was abducted from the Paktia province in Eastern Afghanistan four days ago, confirmed the Afghan Sikh community living in the United States.
 
The man identified as Nidhan Singh, hails from Tsamkani district in the Paktia province and was employed as a Gurusewak (helper) at the local Gurudwara.
 
Post Singh's abduction, the Afghan Sikh community living in the United States has again urged the Government of India to help in the resettlement of the Sikhs living in Afghanistan .
 
They have appealed to India to make special arrangements under Vande Bharat Mission to provide a safe haven of over 600 Sikhs

YSR Cong MP alleges threat to life from own party leaders, demands security

YSR Congress Party MP K Raghurama Krishna Raju wrote to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on June 18, alleging that there is a threat to his life from his own party leaders.
 
In the letter, he requested the speaker to provide him with a central forces security cover. "I earnestly request you to kindly provide me armed security to avoid the life threat."

RBI asks banks to carry out detailed stress testing

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has asked banks to carry out detailed stress tests due to the impact of Covid-19 on their books and put capital-raising plans with board approvals in place, if needed.
 
This is the first major regulatory move by the central bank to ascertain the health of banks and take proactive measures to ring-fence them after the outbreak of the pandemic. The central bank in its communiqué to chief executive officers of banks on June 19 said stress tests would take into account three scenarios — baseline, medium, and severe stress — which will cover all key financial parameters pertaining to the quality of the book. Read more here

elhi: Heavy waterlogging near Lodhi Road, going towards INA market from Barapullah

Petrol and diesel prices at Rs 79.56/litre (increase by Rs 0.33) and Rs 78.85/litre (increase by Rs 0.58), respectively in Delhi today

Petrol and diesel prices at Rs 79.56/litre (increase by Rs 0.33) and Rs 78.85/litre (increase by Rs 0.58), respectively in Delhi today.

Delhi: Light rainfall brings down temperature to 29 degrees Celsius in the national capital

Rajnath Singh to pay 3-day visit to Russia from today to attend grand parade

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will pay a three-day visit to Russia beginning today to attend a grand military parade in Moscow to mark the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Germany in the Second World War.
 
The defence minister's visit comes in the midst of an escalating border standoff between India and China, particularly after the killing of 20 Indian Army personnel by Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh's Galwan Valley on June 15.
 
"Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will pay a visit to Moscow to attend the victory parade on June 24 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the victory in the Second World War," the defence ministry said in a statement.

Jaishankar to hold talks with Chinese, Russian foreign ministers today

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar is expected to join his Chinese and Russian counterparts at a virtual conference of the Russia-India-China trilateral today, against the backdrop of a tense border standoff between Indian and Chinese militaries, diplomatic sources said on Monday.
 
The meeting, being convened at the initiative of Russia, is expected to deliberate on a range of key issues like ways to collectively tackle the coronavirus pandemic and address common security threats, they said.
 
It is unlikely that the the border standoff between India and China will figure in the meeting as bilateral issues are usually not discussed under the trilateral format, the sources said, citing convention.

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