LIVE news: Parliament monsoon session from Sept 14 to Oct 1, say reports

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The upcoming Monsoon Session of Parliament is likely to begin from September 14 in which 18 sittings are expected in each of the two Houses that would conduct their proceedings without any off day, said media reports.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday reserved the verdict on the quantum of sentence to be given to advocate Prashant Bhushan, convicted for contempt of court for his tweets against the judiciary. A bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra, B.R. Gavai and Krishna Murari reserved the verdict after a detailed hearing on the matter.


In another news, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) filed a chargesheet in a special court against 19 people including Masood Azhar, the chief of banned terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed, for planning and carrying out a deadly suicide attack on a CRPF convoy that left 40 personnel dead in Pulwama, South Kashmir, in 2019.

A five-storeyed building collapsed in the Raigad district of Maharashtra on Tuesday. So far, nine persons have been rescued after the Tarek Garden building in Mahad, around 170 km from Mumbai, came tumbling down on Monday evening. Eighteen residents are still missing and rescue operation is underway, police said. 

 
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United States: Governor declares emergency after police shooting of Blake

Wisconsin's governor declared a state of emergency Tuesday after some protesters vandalised businesses and set dozens of buildings on fire in a city where police shot a Black man multiple times, apparently in the back in view of his children.
 
The shooting of Jacob Blake on Sunday in Kenosha was captured on cellphone video and ignited new protests over racial injustice in several cities, just three months after the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police touched off a wider reckoning on race.
 
Blake's father, also named Jacob Blake, told the Chicago Sun-Times that his son is paralysed from the waist down and has "eight holes" in his body. The elder Blake said he didn't know if his son's paralysis was permanent.
 
Wsconsin Gov. Tony Evers called for protesters to be peaceful, while also saying the National Guard presence would be doubled from 125 to 250 in Kenosha after crowds destroyed dozens of buildings and set more than 30 fires on Monday night.
 
"We cannot allow the cycle of systemic racism and injustice to continue,” said Evers, who is facing mounting pressure from Republicans over his handling of the unrest that has followed the shooting.
 

Delhi Assembly panel to summon Facebook officials on hateful content issue

A Delhi Assembly panel on peace and harmony decided on Tuesday to summon Facebook officials as it initiated proceedings over complaints about the social media giant's alleged "deliberate and intentional inaction to contain hateful content" in India, an official statement said.
 
The development comes in the backdrop of a report published in the Wall Street Journal recently, citing interviews with unnamed Facebook insiders to claim that one of its senior India policy executives intervened in internal communication to stop a permanent ban on a BJP MLA from Telangana after he allegedly made communally charged posts.

After US, Facebook plans to launch news service in UK, India, Brazil

Facebook Inc said on Tuesday it plans to launch its news service in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, India and Brazil in the coming months, after having introduced the feature in the United States last year.
 
The social media giant’s news service currently pays U.S. publishers for content and has original reporting from more than 200 outlets, including thousands of local news organizations.

Ant Group files for HK-Shanghai IPO; first-half profit rises 1,000%

Billionaire Jack Ma’s Ant Group filed for an initial public offering in Hong Kong and Shanghai to bankroll its expansion in financial services and bolster its lead as China’s large­st online payments platform.
 
The company will issue no less than 10 per cent in new shares of its total capital, according to its filing with the Shanghai excha­nge.
 
The financial technology powerhouse reported profit of 21.9 billion Chinese yuan ($3.2 billion) on total revenues of 72.5 billion yuan in the first half of the year, according to the exchange filing. That represented a more than 1,000 per cent jump in profits from the same period a year ago, when the company raked in 1.9 billion yuan. Revenues were also up significantly, climbing about 38 per cent from the 52.5 billion yuan the firm made in the first half of 2019. The simultaneous listing could mark one of the biggest debuts in years, and even top Saudi Aramco’s record $29 billion IPO, a person familiar has said.

Two-wheelers merit GST rate revision, says FM Nirmala Sitharaman

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday said the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council would look into the auto industry’s demand for lowering the tax rate on two-wheelers, which are now taxed at the highest slab rate of 28 per cent. The assurance came during an interaction she had with members of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
 
“Since two-wheelers are neither a luxury nor a sin product, they merit a rate revision. Consequently, this will be taken up with the GST Council,” the CII quoted Sitharaman as saying.
 
The Council, slated to meet on Thursday, has the single-point agenda of compensation to states, but sources familiar with the developments said the meeting on September 17 might take up the two-wheeler rate issue to spur sales ahead of the festive season. Read more

 

Death toll rises to 13 in building collapse incident in Raigad, Maharashtra

CISF takes over security of Statue of Unity in Kevadia, Gujarat

Don't make Prashant Bhushan 'martyr' by punishing him, his lawyer urges SC

Seeking ‘judicial statesmanship', senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan on Tuesday urged the Supreme Court not to make Prashant Bhushan a 'martyr' by punishing him for contempt over his tweets criticising the judiciary after the activist-lawyer rejected fresh suggestions from the court for an apology.
 
As the top court reserved its verdict on the sentence to be awarded to Bhushan, Justice Arun Mishra, who presided over a three-judge bench, at the fag end of the nearly three hour-long hearing also asked why he cannot seek an apology and what was wrong in using this word. Justice Mishra is demitting office on September 2.
 
Dhavan, representing Bhushan, suggested that the top court recall the August 14 verdict convicting him for contempt of court and not impose any sentence and urged it to not only close the case but also to bring an end to the controversy. He said it is the duty of all of us to make responsible criticism and this court can only survive on responsible criticism.
 
Attorney General K K Venugopal requested the court to forgive Bhushan with a message that he should not repeat this act.

Heavy rain likely to batter south Bengal, weather may improve from Thu afternoon: Met dept

Heavy rain is likely to lash South Bengal districts over the next two days under the influence of a low-pressure system over the north Bay of Bengal, a senior Met department official said.
 
The system, which lay centred near the West Bengal- Bangladesh shores, will trigger downpour on Wednesday in the coastal districts of South 24 Parganas, Kolkata, North 24 Parganas, Howrah, Hooghly, East and West Bardhaman, Midnapore and Jhargram, Regional Met Director G K Das said.
 
The low-pressure area is then expected to move northwestwards gradually, causing heavy showers in the interior south Bengal districts of Jhargram, Purulia, Bankura, East and West Bardhaman, he said.
 
The weather is likely to get better from Thursday afternoon with the low-pressure system set to move away from the state, Das said.
 
Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea till August 27.

Need to identify dual-use technologies that can be used for military applications: Army Chief

Army Chief Gen MM Naravane on Tuesday pitched for carrying out a reality check on military technologies that are required to be fielded operationally in the Indian context.
 
He said the Indian armed forces will have to pay adequate emphasis on the available "disruptive technologies" that have dual use and are being driven by commercial entities and innovations.
 
Addressing a seminar organised by the Army, Gen Naravane said that an overarching national mission to identify the needs and congruence of products into military applications must form the modernisation strategy for the armed forces.
 
His comments came in the backdrop of the defence ministry's renewed emphasis on ensuring self-reliance in defence manufacturing.

Another regional party emerges in Assam to take on BJP-led govt

A new regional party emerged in Assam on Tuesday to take on the BJP-led government in the next year's assembly elections.
 
The party, named Sanjukta Anchalik Dal, Asom, was formed at a public convention organised by social organisation Anchalikatabad Suraksha Mancha in Tezpur that was attended by several prominent citizens, including National Award-winning filmmaker Jahnu Barua, sources said.
 
The name of the party was decided after several hours of intense closed-door discussion after the public convention, a source who attended that meeting said.

Congress panel to start hearing grievances of Rajasthan's disgruntled MLAs next week

Days after the Rajasthan crisis ended, a three-member central panel set up by the Congress to address issues of disgruntled MLAs including Sachin Pilot met here for the first time on Tuesday and decided to start from next week the process of redressing their concerns.
 
Sources said the new AICC general secretary in-charge for Rajasthan Ajay Maken would also visit four divisional headquarters of the state starting Sunday in the first phase and would hear out senior leaders, office-bearers of the party's state unit, former and present legislators and ex-MPs.
 
The aim of the visit is to strengthen and reorganise the party at the block and district level.
 
During the meeting, it was decided that the process of redressing concerns of disgruntled leaders will start from next week.
 
They are also learnt to have discussed the modalities of going about resolving pending issues of all factions in the state Congress.
 
The panel would also help evolve a mechanism to ensure better coordination between the government and the party as well as between all factions of leaders in Rajasthan.
 
Some of the disgruntled legislators are also eyeing a come back in the government and some may be adjusted in the reorganised party in Rajasthan.

Govt allows PSUs to clear goods imported by them through Customs, pay duty later

JEE (Main) and NEET (UG) exams will be held on the dates announced earlier

Union Minister Kishan Reddy's personal website hacked

Union Minister of state for Home G Kishan Reddys personal website has been hacked and city police have been informed about it, an official in his office said on Tuesday. The site -- "http://kishanreddy.com" -- was hacked on August 15 and has been down since then, he said.
 
"It was his personal website which has all the details of his programmes and activities with regard to his constituency. The site was hacked on August 15. We have informed the Hyderabad City Police about this, the official told PTI.

Patient, baby carried on a palanquin for 15-km to reach ambulance due to non-availability of roads in Surajpur district of Chhattisgarh

IPL 13: Mobile Premier League signs on as sponsor for Royal Challengers Bangalore

eSports and mobile gaming platform Mobile Premier League (MPL) announced on Tuesday that it has signed as a sponsor for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) season. The T20 league is set to start on September 19 and will be played in the UAE, according to an IANS report.
 
"We are delighted to have Mobile Premier League as one of our partners. RCB's biggest strength lies in the love and support the team gets from their fans and it would be exciting to open avenues for them to engage with the team and we share this ethos with MPL of being committed to our fans to bring continuous at-home cricket experiences for them," said RCB Chairman Sanjeev Churiwala.
 
Earlier, Sunrisers Hyderabad unveiled a spate of existing and new sponsors for the 13th edition of the IPL.

Two-wheelers neither luxury nor sin goods, merit GST rate revision: FM Sitharaman

Two-wheelers are neither a luxury nor sin goods and so merit a GST rate revision, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said at an industry interaction on Tuesday. According to a statement issued by CII, which was also issued by the finance ministry's spokesperson, Sitharaman said a rate revision proposal would be taken up by the GST Council. Two-wheelers currently attract 28 per cent GST, according to a PTI report.
 
"Responding to a question about the need for lowering GST rates on two-wheelers, she assured that this was indeed a good suggestion as this category is neither a luxury nor a sin good and hence merits a rate revision," the statements said.

Govt says deadline to submit bids for Air India extended by two months to October 30

The government has extended by two months the deadline for placing bids for Air India till October 30 as the Covid-19 fallout has disrupted economic activity globally.
 
The process of stake sale in the national carrier was initiated on January 27. This is the fourth extension given by the government for putting in bids.
 
Issuing a corrigendum to the Expression of Interest (EoI) for sale of Air India, the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management said the deadline has been extended in view of the "request received from the IBs (interested bidders) in view of the prevailing situation arising out of Covid-19". READ MORE...

Monsoon session of parliament to be held from September 14 to October 1

observing precautions related to COVID-19, sources said on Tuesday. The decision on the dates of the session was taken in a meeting of Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, sources told ANI.
 
The sources said provision has not been kept for holidays or weekly offs during the 18-day session but a final decision on "no-leaves during the entire session" will be taken at the all-party meeting.
 

17th Meeting of India-Vietnam Joint Commission was held via video-conference today: MEA

Intense rainfall activity expected over north, central and east India during next 4-5 days: IMD

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday predicted very heavy rainfall over east, north and central India during the next five days and issued a red alert for Odisha for August 26 and for Chhattisgarh, a day later, according to a PTI report.
 
It said a low pressure area (cyclonic circulation) over north Bay of Bengal and its neighbourhood is very likely to move west-northwestwards during the next four-five days.
 
Under the influence of this system, widespread rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy falls are very likely over Odisha, Gangetic West Bengal, Jharkhand till August 28 and over Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and west Rajasthan during August 26-28, the IMD added.

MGNREGA monthly wages double to Rs 1,000 per person amid pandemic: Report

The rural distress following the pandemic has seen the average monthly income per person under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, 2005 (MGNREGA) doubling to around Rs 1,000 in the first four months of the fiscal from Rs 509 in FY2020, according to an analysis by Crisil.
 
The April-July period typically sees around 25 per cent more work execution in terms of person-days under the scheme compared to the rest of the year, thereby aiding rural income. This is understandable as tens of millions of workers have returned home jobless from cities due to the pandemic driven lockdowns, according to a PTI report.

Land acquisition for commercial mining may come under coal law of 1957

In order to ease the coal mining process for the upcoming commercial coal auction, the Centre is mulling to allow land acquisition under the Coal Bearing Areas Act, 1957. This would entail the Centre acquiring land and then giving it on lease to the miners.
 
Speaking at a stakeholders’ discussion on commercial coal mining held by Ficci, the nominated authority for coal auction said the Centre can only assist, and that it is the miners who need to persuade the state government for land acquisition.
 
“The Centre is thinking on an initiative wherein land acquisition would be allowed under the Coal Bearing Areas (Acquisition and Development) Act, 1957 and the land could then be given to private miners on lease,” said M Nagarau, joint secretary, ministry of coal and nominated authority for commercial coal auction. READ MORE...

Water-logging reported in several areas of Gujarat's Surat following rainfall

Latest News LIVE: Rs 2,000 currency notes not printed in FY20, says RBI

Currency notes of Rs 2,000 were not printed at all in financial year 2019-20, according to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The central bank's Annual Report for 2019-20 also showed that the supply of banknotes during the period was lower by 23.3 per cent than in the previous year, mainly due to the disruptions caused by the outbreak of Covid-19 and the ensuing lockdown, according to an IANS report.
 
The number of Rs 2,000 notes in circulation came down from 329.10 crore pieces in March 2019 to 273.98 crore notes in March 2020.
 
The quantity of Rs 2,000 denomination notes constituted 2.4 per cent of the total volume of notes at end of March 2020, down from 3 per cent at end-March 2019. Further, in terms of value, the share of Rs 2,000 notes has come down to 22.6 per cent at end of the financial year 2019-20, down from 31.2 per at the end of the previous financial year.

Amount in bank fraud up 159% to Rs 1.85 trn in 2019-20: RBI annual report

Bank frauds, in value terms involving an amount of Rs 1 lakh and above, have more than doubled in 2019-20 period to Rs 1.85 trillion from Rs 71,543 crore in 2018-19 period, up 159 per cent. In volume terms, however, the total fraud cases have jumped 28 per cent to 8,707 in 2019-20 from 6,799 in 2018-19, revealed the annual report of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for the year 2019-20.
 
While the increase in the number of fraud cases and the amount involved is substantial, the RBI has said that the date of occurrence of these frauds is spread over several previous years. “Frauds have been predominantly occurring in the loan portfolio (advances category), both in terms of number and value”, the RBI noted in its annual report. READ MORE...


Ex-gratia of Rs 500,000 each to families of the deceased in Maharashtra's Raigad building collapse incident

Prashant Bhushan contempt case: SC reserves verdict on quantum of sentence

The Supreme Court on Tuesday reserved the verdict on the quantum of sentence to be given to advocate Prashant Bhushan, convicted for contempt of court for his tweets against the judiciary, according to an IANS report. A bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra, B.R. Gavai and Krishna Murari reserved the verdict after a detailed hearing on the matter.
 
Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, appearing for Bhushan, contended before the bench that the top court can say that it does not agree with Bhushan and exercise restraint while making statements in the future. Justice Mishra said, "We thank you, Dr Dhavan. Even Prashant Bhushan has shown respect in some part of his statement."
 
Attorney General K.K. Venugopal submitted before the bench that his suggestion would be to close the matter without punishing Bhushan.
 
Justice Mishra observed that for how long the system would suffer this. The bench noted that judges are condemned and their families are humiliated. "They cannot even speak," noted the bench.

Interpol issues global arrest warrant against Ami Modi, wife of Nirav Modi, on charges of money laundering

Ajay Maken to visit Jaipur to deal with Congress' organisational issues in Rajasthan

AICC general secretary in-charge for Rajasthan Ajay Maken would visit Jaipur this week to take feedback from party leaders and workers, state's Congress unit chief said on Tuesday. Rajasthan PCC president Govind Singh Dotasra said Maken would take feedback from the division and district-level leaders and workers.
 
He said after the ground level feedback from party workers, the new executive for the party's state unit would be decided, according to a PTI report.
 
The final programme has not yet been received but he is scheduled to come here this week. We will hold discussions with him on organisational issues. The discussion will be helpful in the improvement of the party organisation, he told reporters on Tuesday.

Death toll reaches 10 in Maharashtra's Raigad building collapse incident

Rescuers sifting through the rubble of a five-storeyed building in Maharashtra's Raigad district on Tuesday found a four-year-old boy alive and his mother dead beneath the debris, police said. Death toll in the collapse reached 10 with recovery of nine bodies from the rubble on Tuesday, police said.
 
A man died of cardiac arrest on Monday night after he was hit by a stone from the falling building, police said. The dead - five men and five women - include two teenagers, police said.

Nitin Gadkari inaugurates and lays foundation stones of 45 highway projects in Madhya Pradesh

Govt open to more tweaks in Rs 3 trillion credit guarantee scheme: FM Nirmala Sitharaman

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday said the government is open to further tweaking the Rs 3 trillion credit guarantee scheme for providing collateral-free loans to small businesses, according to a PTI report. According to industry association CII, with which the minister had a closed-door meeting, she also said that domestic revenue generation is a concern as sectors like tourism, real estate, hospitality, and airlines have been affected "disproportionately" by the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
In a meeting with the members of CII, Sitharaman said structural reform is a key priority for the government and it will move fast on the Cabinet-cleared disinvestment proposals, including that of banks.

India-Bangladesh to hold DG-level border talks in Dhaka next month

India and Bangladesh will hold "important" Director General-level border talks in Dhaka next month to discuss a host of issues related to crimes on the front and other security challenges, officials said on Tuesday.
 
The biannual talks will be held between the Border Security Force (BSF) and their counterpart Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) from September 13-18 at Pilkhana, the headquarters of the Bangladeshi force in Dhaka.
 
Newly appointed BSF DG Rakesh Asthana will lead a dozen officers strong Indian delegation that will have representatives from the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), the external affairs ministry and other government agencies. READ MORE...

Fire breaks out in a government hospital in Gujarat's Jamnagar

A fire broke out in a government hospital in Gujarat's Jamnagar city on Tuesday afternoon, following which several patients from its ICU ward were shifted to a nearby building, officials said. There was no report of any casualty so far, they said. The fire broke out in the non-COVID ICU ward located in the old building of Guru Gobind Singh Government Hospital around 3.30 am, a hospital official said.
 
As smoke engulfed the ward, the hospital staff shifted several patients from there to a nearby building. Fire fighting teams rushed to the spot and efforts were on to douse the flames, the official said.

National Investigation Agency files chargesheet in 2019 Pulwama terror attack case

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) filed a chargesheet on Tuesday in a special court here against 19 people including Masood Azhar, the chief of banned terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed, for planning and carrying out a deadly suicide attack on a CRPF convoy that left 40 personnel dead in Pulwama, South Kashmir, in 2019, news agency PTI reported.
 
The "blind case" was solved by the NIA after piecing together the electronic evidence and statements of terrorists and their sympathisers arrested in different cases, according to a PTI report.
 
The 13,500-page chargesheet names people who were arrested from Pulwama for providing shelter and shooting the last video of Adil Dar, the suicide bomber who used around 200 kgs of explosives in the vehicle that rammed into the CRPF convoy on February 14 last year killing 40 personnel near Lethpora in South Kashmir.
 
This case, whose probe was led by NIA Joint Director Anil Shukla, also brings to light the use of e-commerce platforms by the planners in the terror module for purchase of high-end batteries, phones and some chemicals.

Painful to read Prashant Bhushan's reply justifying his tweets: Supreme Court

Justice Arun Mishra, during the hearing on the sentencing of advocate Prashant Bhushan convicted in a contempt case, said it was painful to read Bhushan's reply in justification of his tweets, according to an IANS report.
 
A Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Mishra and comprising Justices B.R. Gavai and Krishan Murari observed that if somebody like Bhushan, with experience of over 30 years, says something then people tend to believe him. The bench said people will think whatever Bhushan is saying is correct, and if it were somebody else then it was easier to ignore. But when Bhushan says something it has some effect, added the bench.
 
Justice Mishra noted that there is a difference between a politician and an officer of the court. He added that he is not making a comment on Bhushan, but this is something happening these days. He added, people go to the press in sub judice matters and make all kinds of comments.

Latest News LIVE update: Bus services resume in Bihar

Bus services in the state resumed from Tuesday following a State Transport Department directive, according to an ANI report.
 
"It is good the government has resumed bus services. Social distancing measures are hard to follow but we are trying. Sanitisers need to be made compulsory. Buses should also be sansitised for the safety of people," a passenger told ANI.
 
On Monday, State transport secretary Sanjay Kumar Agarwal wrote a letter to all District Magistrates regarding the resumption of bus services and other means of public transport. According to the order, vehicles should be sanitised after every trip and the number of passengers, under any circumstances, should not exceed the number of seats.
 
Sanitisers should be provides in vehicles and passengers have to wear masks during the journey.

Latest news LIVE: Seven dead in building collapse in Maharashtra's Raigad

Kerala HC refuses to stay privatisation of Thiruvananthapuram airport

The Kerala High Court on Tuesday declined to stay the further proceedings in leasing out Thiruvananthapuram international airport to Adani Enterprises. Considering an application by the Kerala government seeking the stay, the court adjourned the case for detailed hearing. Directing the government to produce the documents before September 9, the bench said a detailed hearing in the matter will be held on September 15, according to a PTI report.
 
In its application, the state government said unless the stay is granted, it will be put to irreparable injury and hardship. The state government filed the application in the court, after an all-party-meeting in the state demanded withdrawal of the Union Cabinet's decision last week to lease out the airport to Adani Enterprises.

Two ITBP Jawans feared drowned in Sutlej river

Two Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) jawans are feared drowned after their vehicle fell into the Sutlej river in Himachal Pradesh's Kinnaur district on Tuesday, a district official said.
 
The vehicle was on its way to Duvling post from Reckong Peo when it fell into the Sutlej at around 10.30 am. Kinnaur Superintendent of Police, SR Rana, said the ITBP vehicle fell into the river near Spillow on national highway number five.

Don't make Bhushan a martyr; he has not committed murder or theft: Rajeev Dhavan to SC

Latest news LIVE: Four dead in building collapse in Maharashtra's Raigad

A five-year-old boy was rescued on Tuesday from the debris of the five-storeyed building which collapsed in Raigad district of Maharashtra, police said. The boy, looking bewildered after the night-long ordeal, was taken by NDRF personnel to a waiting ambulance. A police official said so far nine persons have been rescued after the Tarek Garden building in Mahad, around 170 km from Mumbai, came tumbling down on Monday evening, according to a PTI report.
 
Eighteen residents are still missing and rescue operation is underway, he said.
 
The NDRF, police, locals, and dog squads are working relentlessly to rescue people trapped under the debris, he said adding 13 heavy duty excavators and other vehicles were engaged in removing it.

Ex-Karnataka IPS officer Annamalai Kuppusamy joins BJP

SC seeks views of senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, counsel for Prashant Bhushan, on punishment to be awarded in the contempt case

Odisha CM seeks postponement of JEE, NEET exams

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday urged the Centre to postpone the NEET and JEE exams scheduled to be held in the first fortnight of September, according to an IANS report.
 
In a letter to Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, the Chief Minister urged the cancellation of the Joint Entrance Examination (Main) and National Eligibility cum Entrance Exam (NEET) in view of the Covid-19 pandemic and also direct the National Testing Agency (NTA) to open exam centres in all 30 districts of the state.
 
"In view of the prevailing pandemic conditions in the country, it will be highly unsafe and perilous for the students to physically visit the test centres to appear in these tests," Patnaik said.
 

Judgement convicting Prashant Bhushan should be recalled, no sentence be imposed on him, senior lawyer tells SC

Latest News LIVE: Landslide in Jammu and Kashmir's Reasi district leaves four dead

Three members of a family were among four killed in separate incidents of landslides following heavy rains in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said on Tuesday. Khalil Ahmad (30), his wife Raksana Begum (25) and their relative Mohammad Aslam were killed after a landslide in upper reaches of Khour in Mahore area on Monday night, a police official said.
 
He said thethree had gone to the area for cattle grazing and had set up their shelter near the mouth of a natural cave. Several of their animals were also killed in the incident, according to a PTI report.

A 4-year-old boy was rescued from under the debris at the site of building collapse in Raigad

SC says Prashant Bhushan's response more derogatory, as Attorney General bats for no penalty

The Supreme Court on Tuesday during hearing of a contempt case against advocate Prashant Bhushan told the Attorney General (AG) that Bhushan's "court has collapsed" comment was objectionable, but his response to the court was even more derogatory, according to an IANS report.
 
As AG K.K. Venugopal insisted that the top court should show statesmanship and not use the powers of contempt, the bench asked the AG, what is the use of warning to Bhushan who thinks he has not done anything wrong? Venugopal responded that his response should not be considered.
 
The bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra said: "How can we not? Everyone is criticizing us that we have not considered his response." The bench said according to it Bhushan's response was even more derogatory. When the AG insisted that Bhushan would not do this again. Justice Mishra said: "Let him say this."

Prashant Bhushan should withdraw all statements and express regret, Attorney General tells SC

India-Bangladesh to hold DG-level border talks in Dhaka next month

India and Bangladesh will hold "important" Director General-level border talks in Dhaka next month to discuss a host of issues related to crimes on the front and other security challenges, according to a PTI report on Tuesday.
 
The biannual talks will be held between the Border Security Force (BSF) and their counterpart Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) from September 13-18 at Pilkhana, the headquarters of the Bangladeshi force in Dhaka.
 
Newly appointed BSF DG Rakesh Asthana will lead a dozen officers strong Indian delegation that will have representatives from the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), the external affairs ministry and other government agencies.

SC defers 2009 contempt case against Prashant Bhushan, asks CJI to refer it to appropriate bench

The Supreme court on Tuesday deferred the hearing on a 2009 contempt of court case against senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan and asked the Chief Justice of India to place before an "appropriate" bench questions arising out of the matter, according to an ANI report.
 
A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra deferred the hearing in the case to September 10 as the Supreme Court judge is scheduled to demit office on September 2.
 
"The matter would be decided and heard by the CJI on September 10, and he will decide as to another bench will hear the matter or not," Justice Mishra said. Senior advocate Rajeev Dhawan, appearing for Prahsant Bhushan, said that a notice has to go to the Attorney General in the case.
 
"If Attorney General is not heard in this case, constitutional questions can not be considered. Your lordships have framed some questions, we have framed also certain questions. This issue needs to go to a Constitution bench," Dhawan said. Justice Mishra, leading the bench, said that whether this can be done in a suo motu case is a question.
 
"I am short of time because I am demitting office. This requires detailed hearing of 4/5 hours," Justice Mishra said, to which Dhawan said, "if your lordship are going to consider the issue then it can be done."
 
Prashant Bhushan is facing a 2009 contempt of court proceeding for his alleged remark accusing half of all the former Chief Justices of India (CJIs) of corruption.
 
Notably, Bhushan was recently held guilty of contempt of court by the Supreme Court for two of his tweets, the first one posted on June 29, related to his comment/post on a picture of CJI Bobde on a high-end bike. In his second tweet, Bhushan expressed his opinion on the role of last four CJIs amid the state of affairs in the country.

Former IPS officer from Karnataka Annamalai Kuppusamy joins BJP

SC gives 30 minutes to Prashant Bhushan to 'think over' his stand of not expressing regret over his contemptuous tweets against judiciary

Former Karnataka IPS Annamalai Kuppusamy joins BJP today

Former IPS officer Annamalai Kuppusamy, also known as the Singham of Karnataka Police, said that he joined BJP today at party headquarters in Delhi. As per the party, "an eminent personality" is set to joined the BJP at 1 pm. The joining was in the presence of party General Secretary P Muralidhar Rao and Tamil Nadu BJP State President L Murugan.

Dealing with coronavirus symptoms the Ayurveda way

One of India's leading health & wellness companies, Butterfly Ayurveda, recently launched Coronafly, Ayurvedic medicine for the management of COVID-19.
 
Amid the coronavirus scare in the world, people are looking up to alternative and traditional medicines along with modern medical science.
 
Managing an infectious disease like coronavirus is a big challenge in any field of healthcare. Ayurveda, the ancient medical science of life, has answers for effective management of coronavirus symptoms.

SC seeks Bihar govt's response on foreign Jamaat attendees plea for consolidation of trial

The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the State of Bihar to respond by next week on a plea filed by 13 foreign nationals, who attended the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi's Nizamuddin area, seeking consolidation of trial before one court.
 
A bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar, hearing the implemented application filed by the foreign Jamaat attendees asked the Bihar government to file the reply and posted the matter for further hearing on August 31.
 
An impleadment application was filed by 13 other foreign Jamaatis seeking relief of consolidation of trial before one court. This application pertains to the State of Bihar.

BJP leaders in Karnataka welcome Annamalai to the party

Karnataka Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar on Tuesday welcomed former Karnataka cadre IPS officer Annamalai to BJP. "Retired IPS officer Annamalai joins the BJP today. Annamalai who served honestly in Bengaluru, Chikkamagaluru sought voluntary retirement and is now joining the BJP. It gives me great happiness that he is joining the party. Wishing him the very best," K Sudhakar said in a tweet.
 
K Annamalai will join the BJP today in Delhi in the presence of BJP National General Secretary P Muralidhar Rao and Tamil Nadu BJP State President L Murugan.
 
Former IPS officer, Annamalai served in Karnataka for nearly a decade. In May 2019, Annamalai resigned from his post as Deputy Commissioner of Police (Bengaluru South).

Farmers block Belagavi Airport road, protesting against Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa's visit

Uttarakhand: Rishikesh-Gangotri National Highway (NH-94) blocked near Narendra Nagar following a landslide

Two held, 16 country-made bombs seized in Uttar Pradesh's Bareilly

Two persons were arrested and 16 country-made bombs were allegedly seized from their possession in Khelam village of Uttar Pradesh, the police informed.
 
Bablu and Jaiveer were arrested from the village while another accused is on the run, the police said.
 
"The accused placed the bomb at a house in the village as they had an argument with the owner earlier and wanted to entrap or harm him. However, during questing they admitted to the crime," Bareilly Police SSP Shailendra Pandya said.

PM Modi expresses grief over Raigad building collapse

President Ram Nath Kovind expresses his distress over the Raigad building collapse tragedy in Maharashtra.

Sushant Singh Rajput Death case: Sushant's CA arrives at DRDO guest house in Mumbai

Sandip Shridhar, Chartered Accountant of Sushant Singh Rajput, arrives at the DRDO guest house in Santacruz, where CBI team investigating the actor's death case, is staying.

RBI announces OMOs of Rs 20,000 cr in 2 tranches of Rs 10,000 cr each

On a review of current & evolving liquidity & market conditions, RBI has decided to conduct simultaneous purchase & sale of govt securities under Open Market Operation (OMO) for an aggregate amount of Rs 20,000 cr in two tranches of Rs 10,000 cr each: RBI

Mental health issues on rise, over 1,300 seek Maharashtra govt's help

Amid the coronavirus-enforced lockdown, more than 1,300 people battling mental stress and depression have approached the Maharashtra government with requests for medical help, a state health official said.
 
Private doctors also claimed that the number of people suffering from depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and phobia of stepping out of home has significantly increased in the last few months.
 
"Out of the 36 districts in Maharashtra, 30 have reported 1,302 cases of people seeking help of psychiatrists," a senior official from the state health department told PTI. 

Supreme Court lists Prashant Bhushan case today to study 'effect' of his statement

A three-judge Bench of the Supreme Court led by Justice Arun Mishra will on Tuesday examine the “effect” of a statement filed by advocate Prashant Bhushan that an insincere apology for his tweets, which are an expression of his bona fide beliefs, would amount to “contempt of my conscience and of an institution that I hold in highest esteem”

Iran says UAE cannot be more secure through deal with Israel

Iran's foreign minister said that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) cannot become more secure through a recent normalization deal with Israel, Press TV reported.
 
"The UAE has turned to Israel to buy security, while Israel is unable to keep even itself secure," Mohammad Javad Zarif was quoted as saying on Monday, Xinhua news agency reported.
 
"You cannot be secure if your neighbours are not secure," Zarif said, adding that the security of the region should be achieved through close work of the regional states.

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