LIVE: Rajasthan Guv asks why trust vote is needed if govt enjoys majority

File Photo of Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot along with senior Congress leaders Randeep Surjewala (L), Avinash Pandey (2nd from L) and Ajay Maken (R)
Latest news today live updates: No action can be taken against Sachin Pilot and other rebel Congress leaders for now, the Rajasthan High Court said today, in a reprieve for the group against disqualification. The court said there will be "status quo" until its decision on the rebels' petition against disqualification notices. The verdict, which was expected today, has been delayed after the court accepted team Pilot's last-minute request to add the Centre to the case.

The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed the high court to rule on the petition filed by 19 dissident Congress legislators, including Pilot, against the speaker's notice for initiating disqualification proceedings against them, but said that it would be subject to the outcome of the petition before the top court.

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Covid-19: Boris Johnson accepts he could have done things differently

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has been criticised for acting too slowly in the Covid-19 pandemic, said on Friday there may have been things he could have done differently.
He has pledged to hold an inquiry into his handling of the coronavirus crisis but not yet.
"Maybe there were things we could have done differently and of course there will be time to understand what exactly we could have done, or done differently," he told the BBC.

Google getting serious about competing with Amazon in online shopping

Google is getting serious about competing with Amazon in online shopping — just as it did in 2013, 2014, 2017, and 2019.
But in 2020, as the coronavirus pandemic continues, the push to create an online shopping marketplace to compete with Amazon has taken on new urgency as consumers are avoiding stores and turning to the internet to fill more of their shopping needs.
On Thursday, Google announced that it would take steps to bring more sellers and products onto its shopping site by waiving sales commissions and allowing retailers to use popular third-party payment and order management services like Shopify instead of the company’s own systems. Currently, commissions on Google Shopping range from a 5 percent to 15 percent cut depending on the products.

China orders closure of US consulate in Chengdu, retaliating for Houston

China ordered the US to close its consulate in the southwestern city of Chengdu, following through on retaliation threats after the Trump administration’s unprecedented decision to shut down the Chinese mission in Houston.
The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Friday that the consulate’s closure was a “legitimate and necessary response to the unjustified act by the US”. The widely anticipated retaliation came hours ahead of the US’ deadline for Chinese diplomats to vacate the Houston facility, which the state department said had served as a hub for spying and influence operations.

Ashok Gehlot, MLAs squat at Raj Bhavan for early session

The political theatre in Rajasthan moved from Jaipur’s Fairmont Hotel, where Congress legislators who support Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot are currently put up, to the lawns of Raj Bhavan on Friday.
Gehlot and 100 legislators drove to the Raj Bhavan and squatted on its lawns in the afternoon, demanding that Governor Kalraj Mishra call an Assembly session on Monday to allow the government to prove its majority on the floor of the House. He late in the evening handed over a letter of support of 102 MLAs (one was in the hospital) to Mishra and ended his protest. Read more

US military chief visits Israel amid tensions with Iran

The top US general made an unannounced visit to Israel on Friday to discuss regional security challenges at a time of heightened tensions with Iran and its allies across the Middle East.
Army Gen. Mark Milley, the Joint Chiefs chairman, met with senior Israeli military and intelligence leaders at an air base in southern Israel and held a video conference with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The visit came days after an air raid on the Syrian capital, Damascus, suspected to have been carried out by Israel, killed five foreign fighters, including a member of the Iran-backed Hezbollah.
The Lebanese militant group has vowed to retaliate for the killing of its fighters in Syria, and in recent days Israel has sent infantry reinforcements to its northern border with Lebanon.

China's consulate in Houston cleared out ahead of eviction

Workers at China's consulate in Houston loaded up moving trucks Friday ahead of an afternoon deadline to shut down the facility, as ordered by the Trump administration.
On Tuesday, the US ordered the Houston consulate closed within 72 hours, alleging that Chinese agents had tried to steal data from facilities in Texas, including the Texas A&M medical system and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
China called the allegations malicious slander and responded by ordering the U.S. to close its consulate in the western Chinese city of Chengdu.

Rajasthan cabinet discusses governor's six points on assembly session

A cabinet meeting chaired by Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Friday night discussed the six points raised by Governor Kalraj Mishra for calling an assembly session, sources said.
The meeting was held at the chief minister's residence which lasted for nearly two and a half hours.
"Discussions over the points given by the governor with regards to calling the assembly sessions were held in the meeting," the sources said.
The governor had earlier sought a reply on the six points from the state government, including about the reason to call a session of the Assembly for a floor test.

India extends medical support to North Korea

India has extended medical assistance worth about $1 million to North Korea in response to a request received from the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Ministry of External Affairs said on Friday.
India is sensitive to the shortage of medical supply situation in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and decided to grant a humanitarian assistance of $1 million in the form of anti-tuberculosis medicines, the MEA said.

FAA orders emergency engine checks of parked Boeing 737s

Safety regulators issued an emergency order directing airlines to inspect and if necessary replace a critical engine part on popular Boeing 737 jets after four reports of engines shutting down during flights.
The Federal Aviation Administration said its order affected about 2,000 twin-engine passenger jets in the United States.
The FAA said operators must inspect any 737 that has been parked for at least seven days or been flown fewer than 11 times since being returned to service because of reports that certain engine valves can become stuck in the open position.

Govindan Rangarajan named new Director of IISc

Govindan Rangarajan would be the next Director of the renowned Indian Institute of Science (IISc) from August 1, after incumbent Anurag Kumar retires on July 31, an official said on Friday.
"The institute's Governing Council has appointed Rangarajan as the next Director from August 1 after the consent of President Ram Nath Kovind as the Visitor," said the official.
Rangarajan, 56, is the chair of inter-disciplinary research comprising 10 departments and centres located across the institute's sprawling campus in the city's northwest suburb. He also served as chair, Department of Mathematics and the international relations cell.

US military: Russia ships more military supplies to Libya

The US military accused Russia on Friday of supplying more weapons, air defense systems and mercenaries to Libya's front lines to shape the outcome of the escalating proxy war in the North African country.
The accusation comes as rival Libyan factions backed by different foreign powers pouring weapons and fighters into the country prepare to face off over the strategic coastal city of Sirte, which sits next to Libya's oil-expert terminals and fields.
The US Africa Command, or AFRICOM, said verified photographic evidence reveals Russia's increased military support to boost commander Khalifa Hifter, based in eastern Libya, against the U.N.-supported government based in the capital, Tripoli, in the west.

Floods claim 10 lives in Bihar

The floods in Bihar claimed at least 10 lives till Friday and hit as many districts in the northern parts of the state, leaving nearly one million affected by the deluge, the state's disaster management department said.
Heavy rainfalls caused the rivers to swell, leading to breach in embankments at more than one place. The state government said repair work would resume only after two-three days, during which the downpour is expected to become less intense.
In the meantime, help will be sought from the Indian Air Force so that relief material could be dropped for people marooned in places, which have become inaccessible.
According to the bulletin issued by the state's disaster management department, West Champaran district, situated along the border with Nepal and through which flows the Gandak river, originating in the neighbouring country and currently in full spate, has borne the brunt accounting for seven of the deaths.

Three more die in Assam floods; president takes stock of situation

The flood situation in Assam remained critical on Friday with three more persons losing their lives in the deluge and nearly 28 lakh people in 26 of the state's 33 districts affected by the floods, a bulletin said.
President Ram Nath Kovind spoke to Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal over the flood situation and expressed solidarity with the affected people of the state.
Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi visited Chirang district to oversee the relief and rehabilitation measures, and also spent some time with the affected people in two relief camps.

In VP search, Biden has a known quantity in Susan Rice

As then-Vice President Joe Biden left the West Wing each evening to head home, he often popped his head into national security adviser Susan Rice's nearby suite of offices to check in sometimes on pressing foreign policy matters, sometimes just to shoot the breeze.
My favorite unannounced visitor was Vice President Joe Biden, Rice wrote in her book Tough Love.
In those casual visits, as well as in daily national security briefings, Biden and Rice forged an easy working relationship, according to people who worked alongside them during their eight years in the Obama administration. It's that personal relationship, and Biden's firsthand knowledge of how Rice would operate in close proximity to a president, that are now seen as among her strongest attributes as Biden considers her to be his running mate on the Democratic presidential ticket.

Why vote of confidence in assembly needed if govt enjoys majority: Raj guv asks govt

Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra on Friday asked the Ashok Gehlot government why it wanted to call an assembly session to secure a vote of confidence if it already has the majority.
The governor posed the query in a six-point questionnaire entailing a note sent by the Raj Bhawan on Friday evening to the state government's Parliament Affairs Department, the Raj Bhawan said in a statement.

No justification in Rajasthan cabinet paper for convening assembly session at short notice: Governor's Secretariat

Rajasthan Governor's Secretariat said on Friday that the date on which the Assembly session is to be convened is not mentioned in the cabinet note and no approval has been given by Rajasthan cabinet.
A press release by the secretariat said that the state government presented a paper to convene the session of the Assembly at very short notice on the night of July 23. The paper was analysed and legal experts were consulted over it, it said.
The secretariat said that there is no justification provided for holding of the session at short notice nor any agenda has been proposed for the same.

Operational creditors trigger half of bankruptcy cases: RBI

Half of the over 3,770 bankruptcy cases since the insolvency law came into force from December 1, 2016, were triggered by operational creditors and not banks, according to RBI's Financial Stability Report.
Since December 2016, as many as 3,774 companies were sent to various bankruptcy tribunals, of which only 312 have been settled, 157 have been withdrawn and 2,170 are pending for resolution as of end-June, the Reserve Bank said in the report released on Friday.
"Operational creditors triggered as much as 49.65 per cent of the bankruptcy petitions, followed by 43.61 per cent by financial creditors and the remaining by corporate debtors," the report said.

MoS Finance takes to Twitter to resolve grievances of common man, businesses

At a time when social distancing has become the new normal, Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur on Friday took to Twitter to address the grievances of businesses as well as common man.
The minister's directive to the authorities concerned to quickly resolve the grievances drew accolades from Twitter users.
One of the Twitter users shared his pending GST registration case at the minister's official handle which was redressed by giving direction to the concerned GST zone to look into the matter.

Home minister distributes electric potter wheels to artisans

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday distributed 100 electric potter wheels to as many trained artisans under the Kumhar Sashaktikaran Yojana of the Khadi and Village Industries Commission, in a bid to strengthen the potters community.
Shah distributed the electric chaaks in Balva village of the Kalol taluka in his parliamentary constituency of Gandhinagar via video-conferencing.
"Lauding the Kumhar Sashaktikaran Yojana, the home minister said the initiative would go a long way in strengthening the marginalised potters' community while also reviving the traditional art of pottery," an official statement said.

Premier League to start September 12, finish 19 days before Euros

The new English Premier League will begin on Sept. 12 and finish on May 23, only 19 days before the start of the rescheduled European Championship in 2021.
The agreement on next season's calendar came during a conference call by league clubs on Friday but it remains unclear how the domestic cup competitions can be squeezed into the compressed season.
The final round of this season's league is on Sunday, more than two months later than scheduled after a 100-day shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

PM Modi to inaugurate three new high-throughput labs of ICMR

Rajasthan Governor writes to CM Ashok Gehlot

3 Congress MLAs of Sachin Pilot camp deny they are in captivity

Three dissident MLAs of Rajasthan's former deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot's camp on Friday dismissed the allegations that they are being held hostage in Haryana.
The MLAs junked the accusation in a video, saying they are accompanying Pilot on their own.
The video of the MLAs was issued on Friday.

Russia denies US, UK accusations of weapon test in space

Russia dismissed US and British claims that it tested an anti-satellite weapon in space and declared Friday that the accusations served to justify Washington's own plans to deploy weapons in orbit.
US and British officials claimed Thursday that the July 15 test of an anti-satellite weapon signalled a continuing Russian effort to develop technologies that could threaten space assets of the United States and its allies.
The Russian Foreign Ministry rejected the allegations, saying in a statement that the July 15 experiment didn't threaten any other space objects and complied with the international law.

IIMC defends appointment of its DG in Delhi HC

The Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) on Friday defended in the Delhi High Court the appointment of its new Director General (DG) saying he has the requisite work experience for the post.
IIMC made the submission before Justice Jyoti Singh who was hearing a plea challenging the appointment of the DG -- Sanjay Dwivedi -- on the ground that he did not have the minimum required experience of 25 years when he was selected for the post.
Dwivedi''s appointment to the post was announced on July 1 and he took charge of the office on Monday, July 13.
The counsel for the petitioner, Ashutosh Mishra, told the court that Dwivedi got a bachelors degree only in 1995 and his years of work experience has to be counted from then.

BJP trying to topple Rajasthan govt: Rahul Gandhi

SC expresses displeasure over auto dealers association request on BS-IV vehicles

The Supreme Couit Friday expressed displeasure over an oral plea by automobile dealers association that dealers should be allowed to return unsold inventory of BS-IV vehicles to the manufacturers so that they could be exported to other countries.
The counsel appearing for the association told a bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra that there are some countries where sale of BS-IV compliant vehicles are allowed.
However, the bench observed "Why should we pass orders for that? Manufacturers were aware of the deadline."
On July 8, the top court had recalled its March 27 order by which it had allowed sale of BS-IV vehicles for 10 days across India, except in Delhi-NCR, after lifting of the Covid-19 induced lockdown.

Govt notifies new rules for e-commerce entities

The government has notified new rules for e-commerce companies, including mandatory display of 'country of origin' on their products, and said any non-compliance will attract penal action.
The 'Consumer Protection (E-Commerce) Rules, 2020' were notified on Thursday. The new rules will be applicable to all electronic retailers (e-tailers) registered in India or abroad but offering goods and services to Indian consumers.
The violation of the rules will attract penal action under the Consumer Protection Act, 2019.
According to the new rules, the e-commerce players will have to display the total price of goods and services offered for sale along with a break-up of other charges.

US new home sales jump 13.8 per cent in June

Sales of new homes rose a sharp 13,8 per cent in June, the second straight increase after two months when sales plunged as the country went into lockdown because of the coronavirus.
The Commerce Department reported Friday that the June gain pushed sales of new homes to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 776,000. The increase follows a 19.4 per cent jump in May.
A separate report Wednesday showed sales of previously owned homes surged 20.7 per cent in June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.72 million.

NDA intact in Bihar, continue with relief work: Nadda to state BJP leaders

BJP president J P Nadda told party leaders from Bihar on Friday that the ruling National Democratic Alliance in the state is intact and will fight the coming assembly polls together.

In a meeting with Bihar leaders through video conference, he also asked them to continue with welfare work for people hit by the coronavirus crisis, sources said.

Amid speculation over the poll schedule, he noted that it is for the Election Commission to decide.

Earthquake triggers landslides in Mizoram, 23rd to hit state in 5 weeks

Rajasthan issues notices to Tanveer Singh, Balwant Singh, Digvijaya Raj Singh and Karni Singh

Railways spent Rs 2,142 cr on Shramik Specials, generated Rs 429 cr revenue: Data

The Railways spent Rs 2,142 crore on running Shramik Special trains for ferrying stranded migrant workers home during the coronavirus lockdown, but earned a revenue of just Rs 429 crore, official data shows.

According to data available with PTI, the highest amount of money -- Rs 102 crore - was paid by the Gujarat government as fares for ferrying more than 15 lakh migrant workers back to their native states in 1,027 trains.

It was followed by Maharashtra, which paid Rs 85 crore to ferry 12 lakh workers back in 844 trains. Tamil Nadu paid Rs 34 crore to the Railways for transporting around four lakh migrant workers to their home states in 271 trains.

9,60,831 people affected due to flood in Bihar and 12,023 people are staying in shelter homes

Congress MLAs, supporting CM Ashok Gehlot, leave from Raj Bhavan

Rajasthan cabinet will meet at 9.30 pm tonight: Surjewala

Rajasthan Governor will call assembly session after few clarifications: Surjewala

Rajasthan Governor will call assembly session after clarifications on some points from state Cabinet: Congress leader Surjewala

Customs arrests 13 men for smuggling in cigarettes worth over Rs 66 lakh from Dubai

Customs officials have arrested 13 men for smuggling into the country over 7.5 lakh cigarette sticks, worth Rs 66 lakh, at Delhi international airport, officials said on Friday.

The accused were intercepted by the officials after their arrival from Dubai on Thursday.

They were found to be carrying over 7.5 lakh cigarette sticks in their baggage, the customs officials said.


AAP attacks BJP-ruled MCDs over non-payment of salaries to healthcare workers

The AAP on Friday said the BJP-ruled municipal corporations have not disbursed salaries of healthcare workers, alleging corruption within the civic bodies.

However, North Delhi Mayor Jai Prakash called it as a "baseless allegation" to divert attention from the real issue.

Doctors of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation's two major hospitals -- Hindu Rao Hospital and Kasturba Hospital -- have been demanding release of salaries due to them.

ED attaches Rs 3.88-cr assets in PMLA case against IRS officer

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached assets worth Rs 3.88 crore in connection with a money laundering case against an IRS officer, who worked in the investigation wing of the Income Tax Department in Kolkata, and others.

The central probe agency said, in a statement, that it has issued a provisional order under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) for attaching a residential property worth Rs 3.15 crore in Mumbai and bank balance of Rs 73.16 lakh.

The ED had pressed money laundering charges against Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer Neeraj Singh and his alleged associate Govind Agarwal after going through a 2017 Kolkata Police FIR against them.


SC agrees to hear plea for display of Country of Origin' on products on e-commerce portals

The Supreme Court Friday agreed to hear a plea seeking direction to the Centre to formulate a law mandating all e-commerce platforms such as Amazon and Flipkart to display 'country of origin' on the products they sell so as to allow consumers to make informed decisions.

A bench of Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian issued notice to the Centre and sought its response.

The plea refers to "influx of junk" from China via e-commerce sites as also calls from various quarters for boycotting products from that country in view of India-China conflict in Ladakh which has led to loss of lives of Indian soldiers.

Death toll due to Assam floods rises to 96

IAF concludes 3-day conference; transformation roadmap for next decade done

We came here on our own will. Infact, I got a pass made through DM to reach here: MLA from Pilot camp

We hope the Assembly session begins soon. So we are sitting here in protest: CM Gehlot

Urge Centre not to leave law and order in hands of Rajasthan Police, deploy CRPF: G C Kataria

CM Ashok Gehlot said we are held hostage by BJP, it's untrue as we were never in touch with them: MLA

HC junks plea against Bhoomi Pujan' for Ram temple at Ayodhya

The Allahabad High Court has dismissed a plea for stopping the August 5 "Bhoomi Pujan" ceremony for laying down the foundation stone for building a Ram temple in Ayodhya.

A bench of Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice S D Singh dismissed the plea filed by a Mumbai based social activist, Saket Gokhale, on Thursday.

Gokhale had filed the petition seeking the court's direction to restrain the "Bhoomi Pujan" for laying down the foundation stone of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, contending that the proposed action would breach the central government's anti- Covid-19 protocol.

Magician Gehlot would prevail this time, thinks his old friend

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, whose first love is said to be magic, is sure to have some surprising trick up his sleeve as he faces a political crisis, believes his old friend S K Nigam.

Not many people know that Gehlot, a veteran Congressman now locked in a turf battle with Sachin Pilot, once used to assist his father, renowned magician Laxman Singh Gehlot, on stage.

"I have taught Ashok Gehlot some magic tricks, and have learnt some mind-blowing tricks from him in return," said 73-year-old Nigam, a veteran magician who lives in Madhya Pradesh's Jabalpur district.

Sanjay Jain who was arrested by SOG sent to judicial custody till 5th August.

I didn't expect to be chosen. We are working for people & I'll do the same in future: Siddi, newly elected MLC in Karnataka

Special NIA Court in Kochi remands accused Swapna Suresh and Sandeep Nair to judicial custody till August 21

Combination of fiscal, monetary on unprecedented scale has ensured normal functioning financial mkts: RBI

Defence Min invited greater participation of Israeli defence companies under new liberalised FDI regime in defence manufacturing

Delhi Legislative Assembly's three Financial Committees elected unopposed for the financial year 2020-2021

Congress MLAs supporting Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot sit and raise slogans at Raj Bhawan

Congress MLAs supporting Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot at Raj Bhawan

Rajasthan CM Gehlot meets Governor Mishra at Raj Bhawan

Congress MLAs supporting CM Gehlot show victory sign as they enter Raj Bhawan

Congress MLAs supporting CM Ashok Gehlot on the way to meet Governor Kalraj Mishra at Raj Bhawan

There is a political conspiracy. It'll become clear in coming days: Shekhawat on court order against him

Ready to conduct Covid-19 tests of 200 MLAs: Rajasthan Congress leader

Rural part of Samastipur District flooded following incessant rainfall in the region

President flags off relief supplies for flood-affected people of Assam, Bihar and UP

President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday flagged off nine trucks of Red Cross relief supplies for the flood-affected people of Assam, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh from Rashtrapati Bhavan here, according to an official statement.

The relief material included items such as tarpaulins, tents, saris, dhotis, cotton blankets, kitchen sets, mosquito nets, bed sheets, buckets and two water purification units, it said.

Rajasthan: Congress Legislative Party (CLP) meeting underway at Fairmont Hotel in Jaipur

"We are going to the Governor to request him to not come under pressure (and call Assembly session): Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot

Congress has majority, few MLAs want to return but are held captive: Ashok Gehlot

The Congress and its allies have a majority in the Rajasthan assembly as some rebel MLAs want to return to the party but are being held captive in a hotel in Haryana, said Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Friday.
All constitutional and legal options are open before the state government and will be resorted to "as and when necessary", the chief minister told PTI as uncertainty persists over the future of his government following a rebellion by his now sacked deputy Sachin Pilot.

Decision to hold by-elections in Assembly and Parliamentary Constituencies was taken by the Commission after a review today: ECI

Decision to hold by-elections in Assembly and Parliamentary Constituencies was taken by the Commission after a review today. The schedule etc. shall be announced at an appropriate time: Sheyphali Sharan, Spokesperson, Election Commission of India

Relief for Team Pilot; Rajasthan High Court stays Speaker's disqualification notice

In a relief for Sachin Pilot and his dissident MLAs, the Rajasthan High Court maintained 'status quo' as per the Supreme Court order. Put simply, there will be no action by the Rajasthan HC against the Pilot camp until the Supreme Court's hearing on the matter on Monday. Based on it, the HC will schedule the next date for hearing.

Rajasthan High Court has made Centre a party in the case against Congress, says lawyer of Speaker C P Joshi

Rajasthan High Court has made Centre a party in the case against Congress, in the petition filed by Sachin Pilot and MLAs against disqualification notice. Additional Solicitor General (ASG) will represent Centre in the court: Prateek Kasliwal, lawyer of Speaker CP Joshi
The application (to include Centre in list of respondents) by Sachin Pilot and dissident MLAs was moved on the ground that Tenth Schedule's constitutional validity was under challenge and therefore, the Union of India was a necessary party now. An identical application was also filed in the Supreme Court where the Rajasthan assembly speaker filed a special leave petition (SLP).

Rajasthan political crisis: Hearing in Rajasthan High Court Commences

The hearing in Rajasthan High Court commenced, as the court allowed the Centre to become a party to the hearing. Meanwhile, the judges have gone back to their chamber and the hearing has been adjourned for 15 minutes.

Kerala Gold Smuggling Case: NIA issues notice to M Sivasankar, former Principal Secy of Kerala Chief Minister

National Investigation Agency (NIA) has issued a notice to M Sivasankar, former Principal Secy of Kerala Chief Minister, asking him to appear before NIA at Kochi office on 27th July for further interrogation. He was questioned for over 5 hrs yesterday.

Bihar floods: Due to flood, train services have been stopped between Darbhanga and Samastipur

Due to flood, train services have been stopped between Darbhanga and Samastipur: Chief Public Relation Officers (CPRO) East Central Railway (ECR).

Madhya Pradesh: Heavy rainfall triggered flash floods in parts of Sehore yesterday

Indian Air Force Headquarters at Rafi Marg in Delhi has been adjudged the ‘Best Maintained Building’ pan India by CPWD for the year 2020

Mattel beats sales estimates as bored kids turn back to Barbie

Mattel Inc beat quarterly sales expectations on Thursday, as its North Americans customers splurged on Barbie dolls and Uno playing cards to keep their kids entertained during coronavirus-induced lockdowns.
The toymaker said it was expecting its sales to improve in the coming months, compared with the first half of the year, as concerns grow that schools in many parts of the United States would remain shut, with new virus cases spiking across the country.
Mattel's shares rose about 4% in extended trading.

F-15 fighter intercepted Iran's jet to ensure safety of bases in Syria -US Central Command

On Thursday, media reported that several people had been injured when the Iranian passenger plane tried to avoid a collision with a foreign fighter.
"A U.S. F-15 on a routine air mission in the vicinity of the CJTF-OIR At Tanf garrison in Syria conducted a standard visual inspection of a Mahan Air passenger airliner at a safe distance of approximately 1,000 meters from the airliner this evening. The visual inspection occurred to ensure the safety of coalition personnel at At Tanf garrison. Once the F-15 pilot identified the aircraft as a Mahan Air passenger plane, the F-15 safely opened distance from the aircraft. The professional intercept was conducted in accordance with international standards," the CENTCOM said in a statement on late Thursday.

BRICS countries need to work together to fight pandemic: S African trade minister

Members of the BRICS bloc - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - need to work in solidarity to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, South African Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition Ebrahim Patel has said.

"Solidarity and working together is critical in fighting a pandemic. And, as the pandemic is still with us, we need to now further strengthen the solidarity between ourselves, Patel said at the 10th BRICS Trade Ministers Meeting on Thursday.

The meeting focused on responses to the coronavirus pandemic, the strategy for the BRICS Economic Partnership, the Multilateral Trading System and other key areas of cooperation among the member countries.

US Senate approves annual defence policy bill

The US Senate approved a defence policy bill for the upcoming fiscal year.
The chamber voted 86-14 on its version of the 2021 National Defence Authorization Act (NDAA), which outlines the country's defence policy initiatives and would allocate more than US $740 billion for them, Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday.
It came two days after the House passed its version of the NDAA.
The bills, both passed with a veto-proof majority, respectively include languages that require the Pentagon to rename military properties named after figures who fought for pro-slavery Confederacy during the Civil War.
The White House has reiterated that it strongly objects to renaming US bases.

Claims of Rs 500 cr property fake, family left in lurch: Vikas Dubey's wife

Wife of slain gangster Vikas Dubey on Thursday said that she had unsuccessfully tried to convince her husband to leave the path of crime. She said that the family has been left in the lurch after gangster's death.
About the claim that Dubey had acquired property worth crores of rupees, she said it was "fake news" and that her husband has left the family to fend for themselves.
"Today, we terribly needed him. He has left nothing for us. People may say that he has left a property worth Rs 500 crore, but the truth is that I do not have anything," the gangster's wife Richa Dubey told a TV news channel.

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