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A 70-year-old woman died while a two-year-old boy was swept away in an overflowing nullah as heavy rains lashed Madhya Pradesh, while the flood situation in Bihar remained grim as the number of those affected by the deluge rose to over 8.3 million.  Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan witnessed light to moderate rainfall, while Himachal Pradesh received a fresh yellow weather warning for heavy rains for Tuesday and Wednesday. Darbhanga is the worst-hit district with 20.82 lakh people affected by the deluge while Muzaffarpur has 19.69 lakh people. A part of an under-construction flyove.....

1:51 AM IST British Finance Minister Rishi Sunak plans to drop a tax on technology companies such as Facebook and Google because it does not raise much money and could hurt a push for a US trade deal, The Mail on Sunday reported.   Britain introduced the digital services tax in April after slow progress in global negotiations over how to tax tech giants, many of which are US companies. The tax is expected to raise about £500 million ($654 million) a year for Britain's public finances.

1:50 AM IST A small diamond miner that has dug some of the world’s most valuable gems from a mountainous African kingdom has found another huge stone.   Gem Diamonds Ltd. said Friday it had an unearthed a 442-carat diamond at its Letseng mine in Lesotho. While it’s hard to establish a price for such stones before cutters can evaluate them, it could sell for as much as $18 million, Edward Sterck, analyst at BMO Capital Markets, wrote in a note.

1:50 AM IST The South Korean government is studying the need to raise social-distancing restrictions to the highest level as officials warn the country is at the risk of a “massive nationwide outbreak.”   An additional 397 new virus cases were reported on Sunday, the highest number since March 7. A quarter of those cases were reported outside of Seoul’s metropolitan area. Infections have exceeded 300 for three days.   “Cases are rising in 17 cities and provinces across the nation, and we are now at the verge of a massive nationwide outbreak,” Jung Eun-kyeong, head of Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said at a briefing on Sunday.

9:02 PM IST The Indian Railways is working on a much-awaited project to connect the Char Dham sites in Uttarakhand through a 327-km-long railway line.   Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, taking to Twitter, announced that the Indian Railways is going to make the Char Dham Yatra easy for crores of devotees.

8:57 PM IST Some people have written to Sonia Gandhi, asking her to leave the post (of Congress president) for someone else. The Congress is bound to sink, no power in this world can save it: Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan at a BJP event in Gwalior pic.twitter.com/pzXOQWSiMI — ANI (@ANI) August 23, 2020

8:46 PM IST The flood situation in Bihar remained grim in Bihar where over 8.36 million people across 16 districts were affected on Sunday, while no new areas were hit by the calamity in the past 24 hours, the Disaster Management Department said.   The department's bulletin reported the same figures it had done on Saturday, saying that altogether 83,62,451 people were reeling under the impact of the deluge in 1,333 panchayats of 130 blocks.   Flood-related deaths also remained unchanged at 27.

8:33 PM IST #WATCH Rajasthan: 16 gates of Mahi Dam in Banswara have been opened, following heavy rains in the region. pic.twitter.com/4OV5IQ8S8s — ANI (@ANI) August 23, 2020

8:18 PM IST Taking strong note of delays in the completion of some works, Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor Manoj Sinha on Sunday directed the officers concerned to ensure that the projects do not remain languishing unnecessarily.   "The people of J&K have set the bar of expectations from the government very high, so make sure that all the projects are completed within the stipulated time frame to fulfil their developmental aspirations," Sinha said chairing a high-level meeting here.   In order to give fillip to pace of work on various mega projects, LG Sinha took a comprehensive review of the progress on important development projects of the Jammu division in the meeting.

8:03 PM IST If someone is asking him (Rahul Gandhi) to come back as the party president, it is for him to decide. Whoever is wanting him to be the party president, I will join my voice. I hope that he will decide that he will be the party president again: Salman Khurshid, Congress pic.twitter.com/xY9yRR7Drz — ANI (@ANI) August 23, 2020

7:38 PM IST Assam Congress President Ripun Bora writes to Congress President Sonia Gandhi requesting her to give the responsibility of Congress President to Rahul Gandhi so that he can lead the party and fight BJP and RSS from the front. pic.twitter.com/9tO0bMwEMz — ANI (@ANI) August 23, 2020

7:20 PM IST Rahulji should now lead the Congress. With due respect to his sentiments, we would like to say, 'Come Back, Rahulji'. Until he takes over as full-time president, Soniaji should lead Congress family as party's interim president: Maharashtra Congress president Balasaheb Thorat pic.twitter.com/51KEjlc6sd — ANI (@ANI) August 23, 2020

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UK looking to drop 'Facebook tax' in favour of post-Brexit deal: Report

British Finance Minister Rishi Sunak plans to drop a tax on technology companies such as Facebook and Google because it does not raise much money and could hurt a push for a US trade deal, The Mail on Sunday reported.
 
Britain introduced the digital services tax in April after slow progress in global negotiations over how to tax tech giants, many of which are US companies.
The tax is expected to raise about £500 million ($654 million) a year for Britain's public finances.

Miner finds a rare 442-carat diamond that may be worth $18 million

A small diamond miner that has dug some of the world’s most valuable gems from a mountainous African kingdom has found another huge stone.
 
Gem Diamonds Ltd. said Friday it had an unearthed a 442-carat diamond at its Letseng mine in Lesotho. While it’s hard to establish a price for such stones before cutters can evaluate them, it could sell for as much as $18 million, Edward Sterck, analyst at BMO Capital Markets, wrote in a note.

With cases at four-month high, South Korea warns of 'massive' Covid risk

The South Korean government is studying the need to raise social-distancing restrictions to the highest level as officials warn the country is at the risk of a “massive nationwide outbreak.”
 
An additional 397 new virus cases were reported on Sunday, the highest number since March 7. A quarter of those cases were reported outside of Seoul’s metropolitan area. Infections have exceeded 300 for three days.
 
“Cases are rising in 17 cities and provinces across the nation, and we are now at the verge of a massive nationwide outbreak,” Jung Eun-kyeong, head of Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said at a briefing on Sunday.

Indian Railways to make Char Dham Yatra easy for crores of devotees: Piyush Goyal

The Indian Railways is working on a much-awaited project to connect the Char Dham sites in Uttarakhand through a 327-km-long railway line.
 

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, taking to Twitter, announced that the Indian Railways is going to make the Char Dham Yatra easy for crores of devotees.

No power can save Congress from sinking: MP CM Chouhan



Bihar flood: No fresh areas inundated, 8.36 million people affected

The flood situation in Bihar remained grim in Bihar where over 8.36 million people across 16 districts were affected on Sunday, while no new areas were hit by the calamity in the past 24 hours, the Disaster Management Department said.
 

The department's bulletin reported the same figures it had done on Saturday, saying that altogether 83,62,451 people were reeling under the impact of the deluge in 1,333 panchayats of 130 blocks.
 

Flood-related deaths also remained unchanged at 27.

16 gates of Mahi Dam in Banswara have been opened, following heavy rains in the region



Don't let development projects get stalled: J-K LG to officers

Taking strong note of delays in the completion of some works, Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor Manoj Sinha on Sunday directed the officers concerned to ensure that the projects do not remain languishing unnecessarily.
 

"The people of J&K have set the bar of expectations from the government very high, so make sure that all the projects are completed within the stipulated time frame to fulfil their developmental aspirations," Sinha said chairing a high-level meeting here.
 

In order to give fillip to pace of work on various mega projects, LG Sinha took a comprehensive review of the progress on important development projects of the Jammu division in the meeting.

It is for Rahul Gandhi to decide to come back as party president: Salman Khurshid



Give the responsibility of Congress President to Rahul Gandhi: Assam Congress president



Rahul Gandhi should lead the Congress: Maharashtra Congress president



Police, administration in West Bengal politically committed: Guv

Firing a fresh salvo at the Mamata Banerjee government, West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Sunday alleged that the police and administration in the state are "politically committed", sounding the "death knell" of democracy.
 

Dhankhar, in a series of tweets, also described the law and order situation in West Bengal as alarming, with reports of "free run to illegal bomb making".
 

"Urge CM to unshackle political caging/chaining of police and administration.... This menacing stance of police and administration would generate consequences," the governor said.

Nadda tells Rajasthan BJP to expose 'useless' Gehlot govt

BJP President J.P. Nadda dubbed the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government in Rajasthan as "useless and indolent" on Sunday during a virtual addresses to the party's Rajasthan unit.
 

"The Gehlot government of Rajasthan has proved to be an inefficient government on every front. It is a government that has betrayed the public rather than provide relief to the people. The Chief Minister has done nothing but play politics," alleged Nadda during his address to Rajasthan's BJP office bearers.
 

He also targeted the Congress government for allegedly failing in curbing crime. "Rajasthan has recorded more than 3.83 lakh cases of crime in a year, which is 80 per cent more than the previous year. Similarly, there has been an increase of 122 per cent in the case of female oppression, 92 per cent rise in cases of Dalit oppression and 101 per cent rise in the case of oppression against tribals as compared to the previous year," charged the BJP chief.

Neeraj and Siddharth Pithani leave from Sushant Singh Rajput's residence along with CBI team



After micro loans, housing finance to be next key focus for Bandhan: MD

Having stabilised the ship after some reverses on its flagship micro loans due to demonetisation and the humbling experience with large corporate exposures, Bandhan Bank now wants to focus on the home loan segment, a top executive has said.
 

The housing finance book is targeted to grow five times to Rs 1 lakh crore in the next five years from the present level of nearly Rs 20,000 crore, its chief executive and managing director Chandra Shekhar Ghosh told PTI.
 

Ghosh, who has been heading Bandhan since its days as a microlender, termed the bank's biggest setbacks regulatory wrath for high promoter ownership and also the exposure to failed infra lender IL&FS - as "learnings".

Issues required to be addressed can be addressed under Sonia Gandhi's leadership: Ashwani Kumar



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Chhattisgarh CM writes to Rahul Gandhi requesting him to take charge as Congress president



Day after, Bloomsbury faces the heat as authors dissociate

With top leaders of the ruling BJP siding with the author of 'Delhi Riots 2020 - The untold Story', the book withdrawn by the publishing house on Saturday, a string of authors ranging from government's Principal Economic Adviser to Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Professors to top IAS officers have decided to snap their association with Bloomsbury.
 

BJP General Secretaries Bhupender Yadav, who was part of the virtual pre-book launch that created the row, and P Muralidhar Rao, BJP's Rajya Sabha member Subramanian Swamy, the party's National Secretary Y Satya Kumar, party MP and national President of SC Wing Vinod Sonkar, BJP Spokesperson Suresh Nakhua, BJP leaders came out against the decision of Bloomsbury, which has now started to feel the ripple effect of the announcement of boycotts from authors.
 

Sanjeev Sanyal, who is the Principal Economic Adviser to the Ministry of Finance, has announced his commitment to "never publish" a book with the publication. The powerful voice has announced on Twitter: "I have not read the book in question and have no idea if it is good or bad. However, this is obviously not a quality control problem but about censorship."

Uttarakhand: ITBP jawans carry injured woman for 15 hours on foot to nearest hospital

The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) jawans on Saturday rescued an injured woman in a remote Uttrakhand village, carrying her on a stretcher for 15 hours through flooded drains, landslide zone areas, and slippery slopes to reach a distant road 40 kilometres ahead from where she was eventually evacuated to a hospital.
 

According to the force, a total of 25 jawans were part of the team which rescued the woman from the remote village of Laspa of Munsyari division in Pithoragarh district, which has been affected badly by monsoons this year.
 

"In a great effort, the personnel of the 14th Battalion of the ITBP braved all odds to rescue an injured local woman and take her to the nearest road, facing all hardships in a bad monsoon hit area. The woman had earlier fallen accidentally from a hillside near a remote village in Pithoragarh District of Uttarakhand," it added.

Rs 8,000 crore have been sanctioned by Nitin Gadkari for Gwalior-Chambal Expressway: BJP leader Jyotiraditya Scindhia



Large quantity of explosives, ISIS flag recovered from house of arrested ISIS operative: Police

The Delhi Police has recovered a large quantity of explosives and an ISIS flag from the house of Mohammad Mustakim Khan in Balrampur in Uttar Pradesh two days after he was arrested in the national capital, officials said on Sunday.
 

An alleged ISIS operative, Khan, armed with two pressure cooker IEDs, was arrested from central Delhi's Ridge Road area on Friday night following a brief exchange of fire.
 

A Delhi Police Special Cell team took him to his Badhiyaa Bhaisaahi village in Uttar Pradesh's Balrampur district.

People cross a bridge as the water of Shilabati river flows over it in West Bengal's Bankura district



India rejects China's suggestion of "equidistant disengagement" from Finger area in Ladakh



CBI questions Sushant's friend, house helps, visits his flat

CBI sleuths on Sunday questioned actor Sushant Singh Rajput's friend Siddharth Pithani, cook Neeraj Singh and domestic help Deepesh Sawant at the DRDO guest house here in connection with his death case and later visited the actor's flat in Bandra along with them, an official said.
 

In the morning, Pithani, Neeraj and Sawant arrived separately at the DRDO guest house in Kalina are of Santcaruz, where the Central Bureau of Investigation's (CBI) officials probing the case are staying, an official said.
 

These three persons, who were present in the flat when Rajput (34) was found hanging in his room on June 14, were questioned for about five hours following which the CBI sleuths took them to the late actor's residence at Mont Blanc Apartments in suburban Bandra around 2.45 pm, he said.

Rlys earned Rs 561 cr from ticketless travellers in 2019-20, revenue up by 38 pc in last 4 yrs

More than one crore passengers were fined for travelling without a ticket in 2019-20, earning the Railways a revenue of Rs 561.73 crore -- a growth of around 6 per cent over 2018-2019, an RTI application has found.
 

The Railways has earned Rs 1,938 crore through fines imposed on ticketless travellers between 2016-2020, a rise of 38.57 per cent from 2016.
 

An RTI application filed by Madhya Pradesh-based activist Chandra Shekhar Gaur revealed the details.

Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury writes to PM for deferment of JEE, NEET



Delhi govt launches campaign for registration of construction workers from Monday

The Delhi government will launch a 15-day-long campaign starting Monday for registration of construction workers in all the 70 assembly constituencies in the city.
 

Delhi's Labour and Employment Minister Gopal Rai said the construction workers may apply to get registered with the Delhi Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board at these camps from August 24 to September 11.
 

If proper documents are furnished, the process of registration and verification will be completed on the spot, he said.

 

Rainwater enters houses in several areas of Gujarat's Patan district following heavy rainfall



Critical road infra building to put India on par with US, UK in 2 years: Gadkari

Focus on critical infrastructure building through an integrated approach, right from a number of strategic tunnels and bridges to 22 green expressways, is bound to place India in the league of advanced nations like the US, UK and Australia in the coming two years, union minister Nitin Gadkari has said.
 

Apart from a number of strategic tunnels and bridges being built across the length and breadth of the country, 22 green expressways at an estimated cost of Rs 3.10 lakh crore comprising 7,500 km are planned to be executed in the next couple of years, the road transport minister said.
 

He further said that talks are in advanced stage for building Rs 8,250 crore Chambal Expressway in Madhya Pradesh, a first of its kind in collaboration of the state government.

Never imagined he would take to terrorism: Father of ISIS operative held in Delhi

Father of alleged ISIS operative Mohammad Mustakim Khan, alias Abu Yusuf Khan, who was arrested in Delhi, on Sunday said people know his son as a "very good person" and he could have never imagined that he would take to terrorism.
 

Kafeel Ahmed told a news channel that his son has always been very polite and never fought with anyone.
 

Khan, 36, from Badhiyaa Bhaisaahi village in Uttar Pradesh's Balrampur district was arrested from central Delhi's Ridge Road area late on Friday night following a brief exchange of fire with police, according to officials.
 

Two "fully ready" IEDs were recovered from him and he planned to carry out a "lone wolf" strike at a heavy footfall area in the national capital, the officials said.

Incriminating materials including jacket containing 3 explosive packets, others recovered



Suicide vest found in ISIS terrorist's house

Security agencies have recovered a suicide vest and explosives used for making bombs from the house of ISIS terrorist Abdul Yusuf Khan in Uttar Pradesh's Balarampur district. Security forces conducted searches at Yusuf's residence where a jacket used for fitting explosives, and used as a suicide vest was found. Explosives and ball bearings used to make bombs were also recovered.

 

Playing without crowds will present different challenge, says Steve Smith

Australia's batsman Steve Smith on Sunday said that playing without crowds will present a different challenge to him during the series against England. His remark came as the Australian contingent left for the UK on Sunday. Australia and England will be locking horns against each other in three T20Is and three ODIs, beginning September 4. The T20Is will be played at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton while the ODIs will take place at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester. All these matches will be played behind closed doors.

Heavy rain likely in several South Bengal districts from Monday

Heavy to very heavy rain is likely to occur in South Bengal from Monday owing to the possible formation of a low pressure area in north Bay of Bengal, the Met Department said on Sunday. The weatherman said an active monsoon in Gangetic West Bengal, coupled with the low pressure is likely to cause widespread rain in the region. The southern districts of the state have been experiencing moderate to heavy rainfall over the past week due to an earlier low pressure area in northwest Bay of Bengal, which has now moved away, providing momentary respite from the continuous downpour.

 

2 labourers killed, 36 injured as bus overturns in MP

Two labourers were killed and 36 others injured when their bus overturned in Madhya Pradesh's Ujjain district in the early hours of Sunday, police said. The accident took place at around 3.50 am under Kaytha police station limits, some 20 km from the district headquarters, police inspector Pradeep Singh Rajput said.

 

BJP, JD(U), LJP to fight Bihar polls together: Nadda

BJP President J P Nadda said on Sunday that all three NDA constituents in Bihar, the JD(U), LJP and his party, will fight the coming assembly polls in the state together with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as the face of the alliance, and expressed confidence that it will emerge victorious. Nadda's remarks at a virtual meet of the Bihar BJP comes amid a bitter war of words between Kumar's JD(U) and Chirag Paswan-headed LJP. The BJP has been maintaining that the ruling National Democratic Alliance is intact in the state and has stuck to Kumar's projection as its chief ministerial face.

 

People from over 101 countries joined Sushant's prayer meet: Sister

Shweta Singh Kirti, sister of Sushant Singh Rajput, is touched by the support of fans and well-wishers received after her brother's death. She said the virtual prayer meet held for him was attended by people from more than 101 countries. Kirti organised a global prayer meet for Sushant on Saturday to "purge all negativity". She took to Twitter to reveal that people from more than 101 countries joined in while she recited the 'Gayatri mantra'. "So so very touched by this event. Feeling so elevated and positivity is surrounding all of us. Thanks to everyone who helped organise it and to the extended family who joined and made this a divine experience. #JusticeForSushant #GodIsWithUs," Kirti wrote.
 

 

Pakistan confirms putting Dawood Ibrahim's name in new terror sanctions list

Days after including India's most wanted terrorist Dawood Ibrahim on its new sanctions list, Pakistan on Sunday tried to wriggle out of its admission on his presence in the country by claiming that its notifications about the 88 banned terror groups and their leaders were based on the details provided by the UN. Seeking to escape from getting blacklisted by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the global money laundering and terrorist financing watchdog, Pakistan on Friday imposed tough financial sanctions on 88 banned terror groups and their leaders, including Ibrahim, 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar.

Yemen pro-govt forces launch large offensive against Houthis

Yemen's pro-government forces launched a large military offensive against the Houthi rebels in the southern province of Dhalea, a military official said. The joint pro-government forces, covered by warplanes of the Saudi-led coalition, attacked several locations of the Houthi rebels in the northern part of the province on Saturday, the official told Xinhua news agency. The pro-government forces managed to capture two villages from the Houthis' control following hours of armed confrontations, he added.

 

Mehbooba Mufti's daughter wants her mother's name changed in passport

The younger daughter of PDP president Mehbooba Mufti has sought to change her mother's name in her passport to Mehbooba Syed. A notice stating this was published in a local newspaper by Irtiqa Javed. "I, Irtiqa Javed, daughter of Javed Iqbal Shah Resident of Fairview House Gupkar Road, Srinagar, Kashmir 190001 want to change the name of my mother in my passport from Mehbooba Mufti to Mehbooba Syed.

 

Automobile demand picking up, but cautious finance cos making market bit slow: Toyota Kirloskar

Automobile demand is picking up but the over-sensitivity and jitteriness of financial companies such as banks and NBFCs are dampening the real conversion of orders to deliveries, according to a senior official of Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM). With the kicking off of festive season, the company has witnessed up to 30 per cent higher flow of orders in August compared to July, although in the last four months it has ensured that 25 per cent of wholesale is reduced every month in order to avoid inventory pile-up at its dealers.

 

There is no change in the condition of former President Pranab Mukherjee: Army Hospital

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Don't read too much into green shoots, it's a mechanical rebound: Subbarao

Calling 'green shoots' of economic revival as a mechanical rebound, former Reserve Bank Governor D Subbarao says India's short and medium term growth prospects continue to remain grim and the government should not read too much into the economic activity coming back from the depressed base of lockdown. Indian economy was in a troubled state when the pandemic hit the world. Before the COVID-19 crisis hit India, the real GDP growth had moderated from 7 per cent in 2017-18 to 6.1 per cent in 2018-19 and to 4.2 per cent in 2019-20. "I don't believe we should read too much into the green shoots that you refer to. What we've been seeing is just a mechanical rebound from the depressed base of the lockdown; it will be misleading to see it as a signal of a durable recovery," Subbarao told PTI in an interview.

 

Sushant case: Late actor's friend Siddharth Pithani, cook to be questioned by CBI today

Late Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput's friend Siddharth Pithani and cook Neeraj on Sunday arrived at the DRDO guest house, where the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team investigating the actor's death case, is staying. On Saturday, teams of the CBI and the Mumbai Police arrived at the residence of Rajput as part of the probe in the case related to his death. CBI officials had grilled Neeraj and Pithani in connection with the case.

 

Petrol prices rise by 12-14 paise/litre

Petrol prices across the four metros rose for the fourth straight day on Sunday. In Kolkata, petrol was sold for Rs 83.01, higher by 14 paise from its previous level of Rs 82.87 per litre. Similarly, in Delhi and Mumbai, price of the fuel increased by 14 paise to Rs 81.49 and Rs 88.16 per litre respectively on Sunday. The price of the transportation fuel in Chennai was at Rs 84.52 per litre, higher by 12 paise from Rs 84.40 on Saturday.

 

Current Test team under Kohli is India's best ever: Gavaskar

Legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar has described the current Indian Test side under Virat Kohli as the best ever, saying that the lethal bowling attack makes it more balanced than the teams of earlier eras. Under Kohli, India reached the top of ICC Test rankings and the team is currently at number one spot in the World Test Championship standings. The highlight of the team's success is the first Test series win in Australia in 2018-19 tour. "I believe this team is the best ever Indian Test team in terms of balance, in terms of ability, in terms of skills, in terms of temperament. Can't think of a better Indian Test team," Gavaskar said during the 'India Today's' e-Conclave Inspiration series.

 

PM Modi extends greeting to farmers on 'Nuakhai Juhar'

On the occasion 'Nuakhai Juhar', which is one of the most ancient festivals celebrated in Odisha, Chhattisgarh and areas of neighbouring states to welcome the new crop of the season, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday extended his good wishes to the farmers and wished for their prosperity and good health. "The special occasion of Nuakhai is about celebrating the hardwork of our farmers. It is due to their efforts that our nation is fed. May this auspicious day bring prosperity and good health for everyone. Nuakhai Juhar!" Prime Minister Modi tweeted. Nuakhai Juhar is the agricultural festival is also called Nuakhai Parab or Nuakahi Bhetghat.

Watch | Trump campaign releases first commercial featuring PM Modi

Aiming to woo the influential Indian-American voters numbering over 2 million, the Trump campaign has released its first video commercial that has short clips from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speeches and US President Donald Trump's historic address in Ahmedabad.

Light intensity rain in Delhi likely today

Light intensity rain would occur over and adjoining areas of isolated places of Delhi, Greater Noida, Noida, Dadri during next 2 hours: India Meteorological Department 

Trump's vision of American greatness at center of convention

Republicans will aim to recast the story of Donald Trump's presidency when they hold their national convention, featuring speakers drawn from everyday life as well as cable news and the White House while drawing a stark contrast with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Trump is looking to shift his campaign away from being a referendum on a presidency ravaged by a pandemic and economic collapse and toward a choice between vastly different visions of America's future. Reshaping the national conversation around the race has taken on greater urgency for Trump, who trails in public and private surveys as the coronavirus continues to ravage the nation's economy and his reelection chances.
 

Porsche launches investigation into suspected engine manipulation - BamS

Volkswagen's luxury sports vehicle unit Porsche AG has launched an internal investigation into the suspected manipulation of petrol engines, German weekly Bild am Sonntag (BamS) reported. Porsche has informed Germany's automotive watchdog KBA, the Stuttgart prosecutor's office, as well as U.S. authorities of suspected illegal changes to hardware and software that could affect exhaust systems and engine components, the paper said. "Porsche is regularly and continuously reviewing technical and regulatory aspects of its vehicles," a Porsche spokesman said. "As part of such internal examinations Porsche has identified issues and has, just like in the past, proactively informed authorities."

US: Portland protest turns violent, federal police clear plaza

Department of Homeland Security officers moved through the plaza across from an 18-story federal building. A federal courthouse is also near that area. Violent demonstrations have gripped Portland for months, following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. The demonstration began at about noon near the Multnomah County Justice Center in Oregon's biggest city, local media outlets reported. Demonstrators hurled rocks and other items at each other and got into fights. Streets were blocked amid the mayhem.

 

US: Oil firms evacuate staff, curb offshore production ahead of twin storms

Oil producers on Saturday shut 13% of crude oil production ahead of tropical storms Laura and Marco that are forecast to grind up the Gulf of Mexico in coming days, U.S. government data showed. Storms Marco and Laura are poised to become hurricanes and make back-to-back landfalls along the central Gulf Coast by mid-week. It is rare to have two simultaneously spinning in the Gulf and has raised concerns of double-barrel hits to coastal communities. However, neither storm is expected to become a major hurricane, and their potential tracks cover a wide area of the Gulf Coast, said forecasters. Murphy Oil Corp and BHP on Saturday were evacuating some workers and Royal Dutch Shell Plc began shutting oil and gas production at most of its offshore operations. Murphy was making plans for possible production cuts, the company said.

TikTok to challenge Trump's executive order

TikTok said on Saturday it plans to file a lawsuit against President Donald Trump's executive order that prohibits transactions with the popular short video app and its Chinese parent ByteDance, confirming an earlier Reuters report. Reuters exclusively reported on Friday that TikTok would challenge Trump's executive order as early as Monday. TikTok in a statement said that it had tried to engage with the U.S administration for nearly a year, but faced "a lack of due process" and that the government paid no attention to the facts. "To ensure that the rule of law is not discarded and that our company and users are treated fairly, we have no choice but to challenge the executive order through the judicial system," the company spokesperson said.

Trump says could 'decouple' and not do business with China

US President Donald Trump, in a Fox News interview airing Sunday, raised the possibility of decoupling the U.S. economy from China, a major purchaser of U.S. goods. In a video excerpt, Trump initially told interviewer Steve Hilton "we don't have to" do business with China, and then later said about decoupling: "Well it's something that if they don't treat us right I would certainly, I would certainly do that." Trump entered into a high-stakes trade war with China before reaching a partial Phase 1 trade deal in January. Trump has since shut the door on Phase 2 negotiations, saying he was unhappy with Beijing's handling of the pandemic.

 

Biden, Harris extend greetings to Indians around the world on Ganesh Chaturthi

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris extended their greetings to Indians around the world on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. Taking to Twitter, Biden said, "To everyone celebrating the Hindu festival of Ganesh Chaturthi in the U.S., India, and around the world, may you overcome all obstacles, be blessed with wisdom, and find a path toward new beginnings." Following Biden, Harris also extended her wishes.

 

US House of Representatives passes Bill to fund Postal Service

The US House of Representatives has passed a bill to provide USD 25 billion in support to the US Postal Service and block policy changes that could affect mail-in balloting during the November 3 presidential election. The House voted 257-150 in favour of the bill on Saturday. The legislation will now be up for a vote in the US Senate, which is expected to vote against it, according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. "Senate Republicans are committed to making sure the Postal Service remains well equipped to fulfill its important duties. But the President has already made it clear he will not sign the Speaker's partisan stunt into law. And the Senate will absolutely not pass stand-alone legislation for the Postal Service while American families continue to go without more relief," McConnell said in a statement, released on his official Twitter account on Saturday.

 

Uttarakhand CM directs district magistrates to make plan for 'land bank'

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat instructed the district magistrates to make a long-term plan for the "land bank" so that the disaster affected people can be displaced if required. His directions came while he was reviewing the disaster management works through video conference with the District Magistrates at the Secretariat. The Chief Minister said it is necessary to have land available to displace sensitive villages in the future if needed.

Survivors will face New Zealand mosque gunman at sentencing

When Aya Al-Umari faces her brother's killer in the dock, she intends to tell him that his hatred stole away her best friend, her guardian, her hero. That she still wants to pick up the phone and tell her brother all about her day, because he's the only one who would understand. Al-Umari is one of more than 60 survivors and family members who this week in court will confront the white supremacist who committed the worst atrocity in New Zealand's modern history, when he slaughtered 51 worshippers at two Christchurch mosques in March 2019. The gunman, 29-year-old Australian Brenton Harrison Tarrant, pleaded guilty in March to 51 counts of murder, 40 counts of attempted murder and one count of terrorism the first terrorism conviction in the nation's history.

Water level in Sarayu river increases in Ayodhya

In just a week, wildfires burn 1 million acres in California

Firefighters in California were racing to slow the spread of wildfires that burned nearly one million acres in a week and destroyed hundreds of homes as weekend weather threatened to spark new fires and overwhelm the state's firefighting ability. Responding to the emergency, President Donald Trump issued on Saturday a major disaster declaration to provide federal assistance. Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement that the declaration will also help people in counties affected by the fires with crisis counseling, housing and other social services. Two clusters of wildfires in the San Francisco Bay Area broke old records to become the second- and third-largest wildfires in recent state history by size.

 

Delhi Police takes into custody man from arrested ISIS operative's native village in UP

Delhi Police took a person into custody at Utraula's Badhya Bhaisahi, the native village of ISIS operative Abu Yusuf, a day after the latter was arrested in Delhi. Earlier on Saturday, the Delhi Police reached Balrampur on Saturday with Yusuf, who was arrested from Ridge Road area in central Delhi by the Special Cell of Delhi Police following a brief exchange of fire on Friday night. Pramod Kushwaha, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) said that the terrorist was planning to plant IEDs at a place with heavy footfall.

 

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