LIVE: Former Union minister Jaswant Singh cremated in Rajasthan's Jodhpur

Former union minister Jaswant Singh outside Parliament. File Photo (PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation through his monthly radio broadcast 'Mann ki Baat' on Sunday. Lauding farmers for strengthening the country's agriculture sector, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the farm sector is playing a major role in efforts to build a self-reliant India.

He also said if the essence of Mahatma Gandhi's economic philosophy was followed, there would not have been any need for the 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat' campaign as India would have become self-reliant much earlier.

Former Defence Minister Jaswant Singh passed away on Sunday at the age of 82. The former Indian Army officer served in Atal Bihari Vajpayee's cabinet. He held the portfolios of defence, finance and external affairs in the Atal Bihar Vajpayee cabinet between 1998 and 2004.

In another news, more than 18 people have been arrested so far by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in connection with Bollywood drug case, Mutha Ashok Jain, Deputy DG, South-Western Region of NCB said on Saturday.

 
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UN chief urges immediate end to Azeri-Armenian clashes

Amid the ongoing clashes between Azerbaijan and Armenia, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Sunday (local time) said that he is concerned with the fresh "resumption of hostilities" between the two countries.
 
"The Secretary-General strongly calls on the sides to immediately stop fighting, de-escalate tensions and return to meaningful negotiations without delay," Guterres's spokesman said in a statement.
 
At least 23 people were killed and over 100 sustained injuries on Sunday (local time) as heavy clashes broke out between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the disputed separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Al Jazeera reported.
 
Meanwhile, US State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus condemned the clashes between the two countries and said: "The US is alarmed by reports of military action along the Line of Contact between Armenia and Azerbaijan. We extend our condolences to the families of those killed and injured. We remain committed to helping the sides achieve a peaceful settlement."
 
According to Al Jazeera, Armenia has declared martial law and ordered its military to mobilise after a major "flare-up in violence" with Azerbaijan broke out over the disputed region.

Kejriwal asks RWAs to take measures against dengue

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday appealed to all RWAs in the city to make the residents in their localities aware of the measures to be taken to prevent dengue

16 killed as clashes erupt between Armenia and Azerbaijan

Fighting erupted a new Sunday between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the disputed separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh and a top territorial official said 16 people were killed and more than 100 wounded, while Azerbaijan's president said his military has suffered losses.
 
Armenia also claimed that two Azerbaijani helicopters were shot down and three Azerbaijani tanks were hit by artillery, but Azerbaijan's defense ministry rejected that claim.
 
 
Heavy fighting broke out in the morning in the region that lies within Azerbaijan but has been under the control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since 1994 at the end of a separatist war. It was not immediately clear what sparked the fighting, the heaviest since clashes in July killed 16 people from both sides.

Use tech for speedy clearance of pension cases: Delhi minister tells his dept

Delhi Minister For Women and Child Development Rajendra Pal Gautam has directed his department to clear the pendency of pension cases at the earliest with the help of technology.
 

Gautam chaired a monthly meeting to review the performance of all the schemes of the Department of Women and Child Development (DWCD), a statement from the Delhi government said.

 

SAI makes comprehensive training plan for Tokyo-bound para-athletes and NCOE athletes

Stepping up to the next phase of 'Khelo India Phir Se', the Sports Authority of India (SAI) has decided to resume sporting activities of Tokyo Olympics bound Para-athletes and athletes in SAI's National Centre of Excellence (NCOEs) across the country, in a phased manner.
 

In the first Phase, SAI in early June had started the training for only the Olympic bound athletes at various SAI centres, since SAI infrastructure are captive infrastructure and could ensure the protection of our national athletes against COVID 19.

I wish govt's Covid vaccine strategy was 'mann ki baat': Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday questioned the government on its strategy for making the COVID-19 vaccine available to people, saying he wished it was the subject of the 'Mann ki Baat' programme.
 

"The question is legitimate, but how long will India wait for the government's answer? Alas, the Covid vaccine access strategy should have been the 'Mann ki baat'," he said in a tweet in Hindi.

Entrepreneur in Siliguri employs migrant labourers in his organic farm to give them a means of livelihood



Stop stubble burning in Punjab, Haryana, UP in view of COVID-19 situation: Plea in Delhi HC



One more terrorist killed in an encounter with security forces in J&K's Awantipora



Direct ferry service between India, Maldives a reality now; to boost trade: PM Modi



Dark day for India that the President has refused to act as the nation's conscience: SAD chief SS Badal



The Bills passed by Parliament are anti-farmers. So we're opposing it: Balasaheb Thorat



Water levels of the Brahmaputra river rise near Guwahati



Congress to meet Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari tomorrow over farm Bills: Balasaheb Thorat



Tourist sites can be turned into green zones where vehicles using only eco-friendly fuel: Dharmendra Pradhan



Kisan March will begin on October 1 from the three Takhts, & go to Mohali: SAD President



Ex-Bihar police chief Gupteshwar Pandey takes political plunge, joins JD(U)

Former Bihar police chief Gupteshwar Pandey, who took voluntary retirement from service a few days ago, joined the state's ruling JD(U) on Sunday.
 
Pandey, an outspoken police officer, joined the party in the presence of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who is also the JD(U) president.

BJP misleading farmers: Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel



Ex-Union minister Jaswant Singh cremated in Jodhpur

Former Union minister Jaswant Singh was cremated at his farm house in Rajasthan's Jodhpur on Sunday evening.
 
The former Union minister had passed away in New Delhi after a prolonged illness. He was 82.
 
His son Manvendra Singh lit the funeral pyre amid chanting of Vedic mantras. Singh's family members and relatives were present during the cremation at the farm house located near a civil airport.

RJD to provide 1 million govt jobs if voted to power: Tejashwi Yadav

Seeking to lure voters in poll-bound Bihar, the opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) on Sunday promised to provide "10 lakh permanent government jobs" if voted to power.
 

The populistic announcement was made at a press conference here by Tejashwi Yadav, the party's chief ministerial candidate who is faced with the uphill task of holding his own against the formidable ruling NDA in the absence of his father and RJD boss Lalu Prasad.

AAI plans to upgrade runways at seven airports by March 2022

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) is planning to upgrade runways at seven airports across the country by March 2022, senior officials said on Sunday.
 

These seven airports are at Jammu (J&K), Kolhapur (Maharashtra), Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh), Barapani (Meghalaya), Kadapa (Andhra Pradesh), Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh) and Tuticorin (Tamil Nadu), the AAI officials told PTI.

All households will have to pay sewage charges; DJB approves proposal

The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) has approved a proposal to collect annual sewage pollution charge from all households, irrespective of whether they are located in areas with or without sewage connection.
 

According to a National Green Tribunal order, every individual household causing pollution by the release of sewage into an open environment or in the sewer network is liable for payment for its treatment as per "polluter pays" principle.

Congress issues list of nine candidates for the upcoming by-election to MP Legislative Assembly



No intention of joining hands with Shiv Sena: Devendra Fadnavis

Former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday asserted that the BJP has no intention of joining hands with the Shiv Sena or to bring down the Uddhav Thackeray-led state government.
 

Talking to reporters here, Fadnavis claimed people of the state are "unhappy" with the performance of the Shiv Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government and it "would collapse due to its own inactions".

 

UP govt to spend Rs 10.5 crore on setting up drug store in Shamli

The Uttar Pradesh government will spend Rs 10.5 crore to set up a drug store in Shamli district, state minister Suresh Rana said.
 

Talking to reporters in Shamli on Saturday, the sugarcane development minister said the state health department has set up L 1 and L 2 hospitals with 100 beds each in the district.

BJP workers gheraoed Dy CM Sushil Modi outside the party office, over the candidature of Lakhisarai constituency.



Kshitij Ravi Prasad remanded in NCB custody till October 3

A Mumbai court on Sunday remanded Kshitij Ravi Prasad, who was earlier hired as an executive producer by a firm of filmmaker Karan Johar, in the NCB's custody till October 3 following his arrest in a drugs caselinked to Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput's death.
 

Prasad had joined Dharmatic Entertainment (sister concern of Karan Johar's Dharma Productions) in November 2019 as one ofthe executive producers on a contract basis for a project, which eventually did not materialise, Johar said in a statement on Friday.

Ajoy Kumar re-joins Congress party from Aam Aadmi Party



CMS to hire 1,000 employees in next 2 months

Leading cash management services provider CMS is planning to hire 1,000 employees in the next two months with salaries upward of Rs 30,000 per month as it expands into service vertical of cash collections for its partner banks, NBFCs and microfinance firms, a company official said.
 

CMS Info Systems (CMS) has signed up for cash and cheque collections with several companies, including, Mahindra Finance, L&T Finance and Hero FinCorp.

All efforts would be made to promote tourism in Ladakh: L-G Mathur

Asserting that tourism was the most adversely affected sector due to the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic across the globe, Ladakh Lieutenant Governor R K Mathur on Sunday said his administration would do whatever possible to promote tourism in the Union Territory.
 

Mathur was speaking at a function after flagging off a cleanliness drive on the occasion of World Tourism Day from Karzoo Zing here, an official spokesman said.

 

It was important to ensure peace in northeast to take it forward with focus on economy, tourism: Amit Shah



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RKFC announces formation of all-women's football team in Kashmir

On an occasion most appropriate, Real Kashmir Football Club (RKFC) has presented its fans in the union territory a Daughter's Day gift by announcing the formation of an all-women's team, which will compete at national tournaments.
 

This team, RKFC chairman Sandeep Chattoo said, will be for the daughters of Jammu and Kashmir "as we believe that girls have tremendous sporting potential and can go miles if trained properly".

 

Many terror modules & sleeper cells busted in Bengaluru: Tejasvi Surya



MHA decides to send 300 CAPF companies to Bihar for peaceful Bihar polls



India-Pak troops exchange fire along international border in Jammu and Kashmir's Samba

Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged fire for nearly 30 minutes after the Border Security Force (BSF) picked up suspicious movement along the International Border in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on Sunday.
 
No one was injured in the firing which started around 11.45 pm on Saturday in Mangu Chak Border Outpost (BOP) area of Ghagwal sector, the officials said. They said BSF troops deployed at BOP Mangu Chak observed movement of three to four persons near Pakistani post Pir Bunker and opened fire after they were seen moving towards this side under the cover of darkness.
 
Pakistani Rangers retaliated and the exchange of small arms firing between the two sides continued for about half-an-hour, the officials said, adding the suspiciously moving persons returned to Pakistani side amid the firing. READ MORE...

Agriculture sector has freed itself from shackles, strong farmers will lay foundation of 'Atmanirbhar Bharat': PM Modi

Farmers and the farm sector needs to be strong to lay a strong foundation of "Atmanirbhar Bharat", said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday. Speaking at the 69th edition of the 'Mann Ki Baat' programme, the Prime Minister said that the country's agriculture sector has recently unshackled itself, in a reference to the agriculture reform Bills passed recently by the Parliament.
 
"One who is grounded stays firm even during the biggest storms. During these tough times of corona, our farm sector, our farmers are a living example of this. Even during this crisis, our agricultural sector has again shown its prowess. Our farmers, farm sector, villages, are the foundation of 'Atmanirbhar Bharat'. If they are strong, the foundation of 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' will be strong," Prime Minister Modi said.
 
"In recent times, these sectors have freed themselves from many shackles, attempts were made to bust many myths," he added.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh met family of late former Union Minister Jaswant Singh

Latest News LIVE update: East Bengal to make ISL debut in 2020

The iconic East Bengal club will make its debut in the Indian Super League this season, the organisers of the football tournament announced on Sunday. The century-old club's inclusion in ISL this season was on expected lines after its new investors Kolkata-based Shree Cement Limited, picked up the bid documents to enter the ISL, according to a PTI report.
 
A consortium of Shree Cement Limited and East Bengal, known as Shree Cement East Bengal Foundation, had submitted the bid documents to FSDL. East Bengal will be the 11th team in the competition, which will be played at three venues of Goa this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Welcoming East Bengal into the ISL, FSDL chairperson Nita Ambani said the Red and Golds' inclusion after arch-rivals Mohun Bagan, who merged with ATK, in the country's top division, is a monumental development for the Indian football ecosystem at large.

Indian Army deploys T-90 and T-72 tanks along with BMP-2 Infantry Combat Vehicles in Eastern Ladakh

Farm sector playing a major role in efforts to build a self-reliant India: PM Narendra Modi

Lauding farmers for strengthening the country's agriculture sector, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the farm sector is playing a major role in efforts to build a self-reliant India. He also said if the essence of Mahatma Gandhi's economic philosophy was followed, there would not have been any need for the 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat' campaign as India would have become self-reliant much earlier.
 
Speaking on various issues during his monthly 'Mann Ki Baat' broadcast, Modi said many farmers benefitted after fruits, vegetables were brought out of APMC Act in some states a few years ago. Our agriculture sector has shown its prowess during the COVID-19 pandemic and farmers are playing a major role in efforts to build a self-reliant India, he said.
 
Talking about various success stories of farmer groups across states, Modi also said the agriculture sector will benefit immensely with greater use of technology in farming.

Had we followed Mahatma Gandhi's economic philosophy, 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat' campaign would not have been needed today: PM

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Coast Guard rescues 12 crew members of sinking cargo ship in Arabian Sea

Twelve crew members of a cargo vessel sinking in the Arabian Sea off the Gujarat coast have been rescued by the Coast Guard, officials said on Sunday. Around 9 pm on Saturday, the Coast Guard received information that there was flooding onboard the vessel 'MSV Krishna Sudama' around 10 nautical miles off the Okha coast.
 
The vessel had on Saturday started sailing from Mundra in Gujarat for Djibouti, carrying 905 tonne rice and sugar to the African nation, the Coast Guard said in a statement.
 
"Search and rescue was immediately commenced wherein Coast Guard Ship C-411 sailed from Okha, C-161 was diverted from off Mundra, and MV Southern Robin in the vicinity of the area was diverted to render assistance," it said.

Latest News LIVE: Paddy procurement begins in Punjab's Amritsar

PM Modi, Rajnath Singh condole demise of former Union Minister Jaswant Singh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday mourned the demise of former Union Minister Jaswant Singh. The Prime Minister remembered the role played by Singh, which included his stints as the External Affairs and Finance Minister during the tenure of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government.
 
"Jaswant Singh Ji served our nation diligently, first as a soldier and later during his long association with politics. During Atal Ji's Government, he handled crucial portfolios and left a strong mark in the worlds of finance, defence and external affairs. Saddened by his demise," PM Modi's tweet read.
 
"Jaswant Singh Ji will be remembered for his unique perspective on matters of politics and society. He also contributed to the strengthening of the BJP. I will always remember our interactions. Condolences to his family and supporters. Om Shanti," he added in a second tweet.

Vadodara sets up rainwater harvesting projects in 1,000 govt schools

In a bid to conserve water, Vadodara administration has successfully set up rainwater harvesting projects in 1,000 government schools in the district. The project named 'Varsha Jal Nidhi' which is completed at a total cost of Rs 6 crores has received grants from the public as well as private enterprises under corporate social responsibility, according to an ANI report.
 
"Under Varsha Jal Nidhi, rainwater harvesting systems have been developed in 1,000 schools in our rural areas. They have been built in 9 months. This made Vadodara, the first district in the country to have such facility in schools available," said Vadodara District Collector Shalini Agrawal.
 
With this project, as much as 10 crore litres of water will be stopped from being wasted every year from the government school campuses.

Former cabinet minister, founding member of BJP, Jaswant Singh dies at 82

Former Defence Minister Jaswant Singh passed away on Sunday at the age of 82. The former Indian Army officer served in Atal Bihari Vajpayee's cabinet. He held the portfolios of defence, finance and external affairs in the Atal Bihar Vajpayee cabinet between 1998 and 2004. He had slipped into a state of coma after suffering a fall in the bathroom of his residence on August 7, 2014.
 
Reacting to the news of his death, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "Jaswant Singh Ji served our nation diligently, first as a soldier and later during his long association with politics. During Atal Ji’s government, he handled crucial portfolios and left a strong mark in the worlds of finance, defense, and external affairs. Saddened by his demise."
 
He further added that Jaswant Singh will be remembered for his unique perspective on matters of politics and society. "He also contributed to the strengthening of the BJP. I will always remember our interactions. Condolences to his family and supporters," Modi tweeted. READ MORE...

 

Mann Ki Baat at 11 am today: 69th episode of PM Modi's radio show

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation in his monthly radio broadcast Mann ki Baat. “Do join tomorrow, 27th September at 11 AM. #MannKiBaat,” PM Modi wrote on microblogging site Twitter on Saturday. The latest episode comes after the country completed six months since Covid-19 lockdown was announced on March 25, 2020. The economy has opened up in phases since then but GDP growth has taken a hit.
 
The 69th episode of the monthly broadcast may feature the farm bills recently cleared in Parliament and the PM's address to the United Nations General Assembly. The broadcast will begin on All India Radio, DD and Narendra Modi mobile app at 11 am.
 
The latest episode comes a day after PM’s pre-recorded video address to the UN General Assembly where he expressed his concerns about the pace of reform of the United Nations and its response to challenges such as terrorism and the Covid-19 pandemic. READ MORE...

 

How long India will be kept out of decision-making structure of UN, asks PM Modi

Addressing the 75th session of United Nations General Assembly, Prime Minister Modi asked how long will India, the world's largest democracy and home to 1.3 billion people, be kept out of the decision-making structures of the United Nations, according to an ANI report.
 
"Reform in the responses, in the processes, and in the very character of the United Nations is the need of the hour. For how long will India be kept out of the decision-making structures of the United Nations?," PM Modi asked.
 
"This is a country, which has hundreds of languages, hundreds of dialects, many sects, and many ideologies; This is a country, which was a leading global economy for centuries and also one which has endured hundreds of years of foreign rule. How long would a country have to wait particularly when the transformational changes happening in that country affect a large part of the world?" he asked.
 

NCB seizes mobile phones of Deepika Padukone, Shraddha Kapoor, Sara Ali Khan and others

Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan launches scheme on lines of PM-Kisan

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Saturday inaugurated 'Mukhyamantri Kisan Kalyan Yojna' on the lines of Centre's Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-Kisan) Scheme. The Chief Minister announced that Rs 4,000 will be transferred to accounts of 1,75,000 farmers in the state every year in two instalments under the scheme.
 
Speaking on occasion, Chouhan raised questions over opposition's protest against farm bills saying that farmers will be benefited.
 
He said the Centre has Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Scheme under which Rs 6,000 will be transferred to farmers annually. "My government thought to increase Rs 4,000 further so that farmers can get Rs 10, 000 annually," he said. He said a farmer has the right to sell his crops according to his choice.
 
"No question of stopping the Minimum Support Price (MSP). If a buyer tells a farmer that he will buy soybean and both sides enter into an agreement, where is the problem?" he asked.

PM Narendra Modi condoles death of former Union Minister Jaswant Singh

Time to exert more pressure on terrorists, their supporters: Jammu and Kashmir DGP

It is time to exert more pressure on the terrorists and their supporters, said Director-General of Police (DGP) Jammu and Kashmir, Dilbag Singh on Saturday.
 
"Jammu and Kashmir Police and all security forces in the Union Territory have sacrificed number of officers and Jjwans in achieving peace in the Union Territory, and it is time to exert more pressure on the terrorists and their supporters," Singh said while chairing high-level meetings to review present security scenario in the valley with officers from the administration, Army, Police, CAPF at Police Control Room Kashmir, and also at Anantnag.
 
The officers representing different agencies briefed the DGP about the measures put in place for maintaining peace and order and ensuring security of the people. The DGP while addressing the meeting, stressed for intensified cordon and search operations to flush out the terrorists, "who are desperate to disturb peace and order on the behest of Pakistan terror agents and also their agents present in the valley".

PM Narendra Modi to address the nation through his radio programme 'Mann Ki Baat' at 11 AM today


Latest News LIVE: Paddy procurement to commence in Punjab from today

In view of advance arrival of paddy in the state mandis, the Punjab government has ordered to start procurement from September 27, 2020, instead of October 1. The state government has directed to lift the procured crop within 48-hours, news agency ANI reported.
 
Divulging details, the Food and Civil Supplies Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu said: "The state government was receiving information regarding the arrival of paddy crop in mandis thus the state had decided to start procurement from September 27, in full pace, instead of October 1, 2020, as announced earlier."
 
He informed that as many as 4,035 places had been notified as procurement centres across the state in order to protect the farmers, labourers, Arthiyas and those involved in procurement, lifting and transpiration from COVID-19 pandemic in these trying circumstances.

More than 18 people arrested in Bollywood drug case: Narcotics Control Bureau

More than 18 people have been arrested so far by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in connection with Bollywood drug case, Mutha Ashok Jain, Deputy DG, South-Western Region of NCB said on Saturday, according to an ANI report. The statements of Karishma Prakash, Sara Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone and Shraddha Kapoor have been recorded, he said.
 
"The statements of Karishma Prakash, Sara Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone and Shraddha Kapoor have been recorded. Kshitij Prasad has been placed under arrested after questioning. No fresh summon has been issued today. We have arrested more than 18 people," Jain said.
 
NCB on Saturday arrested Dharma Productions executive producer Kshitij Ravi Prasad in connection with teh drug case.

Congress' Speak Up For Farmers campaign as 'loud wake-up call for BJP govt': K C Venugopal

As Congress on Saturday ran a nationwide online campaign - "Speak Up For farmers" - against the farm legislations passed by the Parliament recently, party's General Secretary K C Venugopal termed it as a "loud wake-up call for the BJP government which working in the interests of a handful of crony capitalists".
 
Speaking about the campaign, Venugopal said that the massive campaign successfully amplified the voice of millions of farmers protesting against these "black laws" across the country, according to an ANI report.
 
"The party today ran a nationwide online campaign-- "Speak Up For Farmers"- against the Central Government's dubiously and undemocratically passed anti farmers legislations. The massive campaign successfully amplified the voice of millions of farmers protesting against these black laws across the country," he said in a press statement.

Centre took steps to ensure right price to farmers for produce: Rajnath Singh

The central government has taken steps to ensure that farmers get the right price for their produce, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Saturday.
 
Speaking at an event in memory of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay, Singh said, "Our government has taken steps to ensure that the farmers get the right price for their produce. I've studied the Bills, and I am saying that the farmers will benefit from it. But some people are trying to mislead the farmers." He said even the mandi system is going to be maintained.
 
"This attempt to provoke the farmers by propagating them will not succeed at all," added Singh. Meanwhile, talking about the defence sector, he said that soon the government will be bringing the new Defence Production and Procurement Policy.

An aged man in Odisha's Jajpur teaches children under a tree for free

Present BJP-led NDA not the alliance Vajpayee had envisioned: Harsimrat Kaur Badal

Senior SAD leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Saturday said the BJP-led NDA government at the centre turned a blind eye to Punjab and is not the alliance that was envisioned by former prime minister late Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
 
Harsimrat Kaur Badal, who recently resigned from the Union Cabinet in protest against the farm bills made these remarks after her husband and SAD president Sukhbir Badal announced that the party was pulling out of the BJP-led NDA alliance.
 
"If pain and protests of three crore punjabis fail to melt the rigid stance of the Centre, it is no longer the NDA envisioned by Vajpayee ji and Badal sahab," she tweeted. "An alliance that turns a deaf ear to its oldest ally and a blind eye to the pleas of those who feed the nation is no longer in the interest of Punjab," she said. READ MORE...

Bihar polls: Congress gearing up for 'Mahila Kranti Sammelan' to be addressed by Priyanka Gandhi

As women have been hailed as the 'silent force' behind Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's electoral victories in Bihar, the Congress party has decided to woo them by launching 'Mahila Kranti Sammelan' ahead of the State Assembly polls. According to ANI sources, the party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will address this conference through virtual mode, which is likely to be held in the second week of October. "We are preparing to hold a huge women's conference. For this, we have sought time from Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi," a top Congress said.
 
As preparations are underway for the women's conference, Congress is booking cinema halls and auditoriums in all the districts of Bihar so that women can see and hear Priyanka Gandhi on a big screen.
 
The party has decided to install screens in rural areas as well. Apart from this, a large number of women will also be connected through mobile phones and social media. The aim of the party is that about 50,000 women from all over Bihar directly participate in the conference and in addition, about 5,00,000 people join the sammelan through social media.

Farmers' 'victory', Akali Dal had to bow before their doorstep: Congress

Reacting to the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) quitting the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) over the farm bills issue, the Congress on Saturday said it was the "victory" of farmers that the Akali Dal had to bow before their doorstep and break ties with the ruling coalition.
 
The SAD is the third major party to walk out of the BJP-led coalition in the last couple of years. Reacting to the development, Congress' chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala hailed it as a "victory" of "farmers-labourers".
 
"Supporters of black laws, Akali Dal, had to leave NDA and break ties with the Modi government," he said. "They had to bow at the doorstep of farmers-labourers," Surjewala tweeted, tagging an old clip of Akali Dal leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal defending the farm ordinances in an interview she gave when she was a Union minister. READ MORE...
 

Latest News LIVE: NIA arrests accused in Al-Qaida module in West Bengal

In pursuance of the investigation of the Al--Qaida module in West Bengal, the anti-terror probe agency NIA in association with STF West Bengal, arrested another accused Samim Ansari on Saturday while probing the case.
 
According to the NIA officials, arrested accused Samim Ansari, a resident of Nandpara Kaliganj under Jalangi Police Station in Murshidabad, was produced before CJM Murshidabad and his transit remand has been taken.
 
"He was produced before CJM Murshidabad and his transit remand has been taken," the NIA said. Ansari will be subsequently produced before NIA Special Court, New Delhi, it added.

SAD quits NDA over farm Bills

The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) oldest ally in Punjab and at the national level, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has quit the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) over the Narendra Modi government’s controversial farm Bills. SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal made this announcement after holding a core committee meeting of the party in Chandigarh late evening on Saturday. The highest decision-making body of the SAD at its emergency meeting decided unanimously to pull out of the NDA alliance, he said. Read more

We need to trust our armed forces to secure our interests: Jaishankar

Amid the border standoff with China in eastern Ladakh, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Saturday said it was an ongoing issue and "we need to have trust in our armed forces and their ability to secure our interests". Jaishankar said there is also a need to have trust in the ability of the system -- both military commanders and the diplomatic channels -- in negotiating with the Chinese. Read more

Farm bills: Haryana Cong announces over month-long protest schedule

Describing the agriculture-related bills passed by the Centre recently as "black laws", the Haryana unit of the Congress on Saturday announced an over month-long protest programme against the legislations.

Withdraw farm Bills, guarantee MSP: Rahul Gandhi to govt

Stepping up its attack on the Centre over the farm bills passed by Parliament, the Congress Saturday ran a social media campaign -- Speak up for farmers -- with Rahul Gandhi demanding the government withdraw the proposed legislations and give a guarantee on MSP.

The three bills were passed by both houses of Parliament during the Monsoon Session and are awaiting presidential assent.

NDA is one, will contest polls together: Prasad on Bihar tiff

Senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Saturday that the constituents of the NDA will contest the Bihar assembly elections together, asserting that the problems within the coalition will be resolved.

Prasad, the Union Law Minister, exuded confidence that the Nitish Kumar-led alliance in Bihar will win the election with a decisive mandate because of the development work done by the Centre and state government.

Some people are trying to mislead the farmers: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh

Parts of Hyderabad see waterlogging

Govt has taken steps to ensure that the farmers get the right price for their produce: Rajnath

Every Indian, aspires for India’s expanded role in the United Nations: PM Narendra Modi at UNGA

Several instances that point to the need for a serious introspection of the work of the UN: PM Modi

Several instances that point to the need for a serious introspection of the work of the UN: PM Modi

India is proud of the fact that it is one of the Founding Members of the United Nations: PM Modi

Sara Ali Khan leaves from NCB zonal office in Mumbai

Home Minister meets public representatives of Ladakh, discusses issues concerning UT

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday held a meeting here with the public representatives of Ladakh and discussed various issues concerning the union territory.

Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla and Director of Intelligence Bureau Arvind Kumar also attended the meeting.

Attestation Parade was held today at the Ladakh Scouts Regimental Centre

Fully prepared to fight Bihar polls on all seats: Congress

Nadda announces BJP's new team

Hopeful that we will fight Bihar polls with LJP: Ravi Shankar Prasad

J&K LG meets Rajnath Singh

Deepika Padukone leaves from NCB SIT office

Representatives from Ladakh meet Amit Shah

BJP President JP Nadda expected to announce major revamp of team

BJP playing politics over Sushant Singh Rajput's death: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

Kejriwal writes to MoEFCC over stubble burning issue

Have yet not taken any decision on contesting polls: Gupteshwar Pandey

Punjab: Farmers burn stubble in their fields

We are in talks with different state govts, such as UP, Uttarakhand & Himachal Pradesh to increase the availability of water in the national capital: Kejriwal

We are in talks with different state govts, such as UP, Uttarakhand & Himachal Pradesh to increase the availability of water in the national capital. But, at the same time, we need better management of the water already available in Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of Delhi

Delhi records 'moderate' air quality, may turn 'poor' by Monday

The national capital recorded its air quality in the "moderate" category on Saturday morning, while a government forecasting agency predicted that it will turn "poor" by Monday.
 
At 9.30 am, Delhi's air quality index (AQI) was 168, which falls in the "moderate" category. On Friday, it recorded a 24-hour average AQI of 134.
 
An AQI between 0 and 50 is considered 'good', 51 and 100 'satisfactory', 101 and 200 'moderate', 201 and 300 'poor', 301 and 400 'very poor', and 401 and 500 'severe'.

ADB approves Rs 2,200 crore loan to develop Rajasthan's secondary towns

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a 300 million dollar (about Rs 2,200 crore) loan to finance inclusive water supply and sanitation infrastructure and services in secondary towns of Rajasthan.
 
The project is expected to build citywide access for improved water supply services for about 5.7 lakh people and enhanced sanitation services for about 7.2 lakh people in at least 14 secondary towns. These localities have 20,000 to one lakh residents.

Punjab: Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee continues 'rail roko' agitation

Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee continued their 'rail roko' agitation in Amritsar here, in protest against the farm Bills, recently passed in Parliament.
 
The Railways had cancelled various special trains running from the Ferozepur division from September 24 to 26, following the agitation which was scheduled to conclude on September 26, but has been extended by three days. Read on...

Nitish Kumar confident of win; unveils part-II of development initiative

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday welcomed the Assembly poll schedule announced by the Election Commission, and said that if people give him another chance on the basis of his work, he would take up more developmental programmes in the state.
 
Like his "saat nischay" (seven resolves of good governance) of the current term, his government would launch phase-II of the development initiative for the next five years, Kumar told a press conference at the JD(U) office.

People aged between 30-40 coming with new-found cardio issues

Respiratory disorders caused by Covid-19 have taken a centre-stage during the pandemic, overshadowing other burgeoning health issues, particularly cardiovascular disorders (CVDs). With the recent uptick in heart diseases over the last few months, people are facing the likelihood of cardiovascular concerns at a large scale.
 
The incidences of new-onset and worsening heart problems are being highlighted by medical experts. However, a worrying trend is being noticed by them where patients, coming with new-found CVD aged between 30 and 40 while the majority hails from metro cities.
 
"We are observing a notable shift in the trend of CVDs where people in their 30-40s are getting heart attacks and other cardiac problems, from metros like Delhi and Mumbai," observed Dr Partap Chauhan, Director at Jiva Ayurveda, a leading Ayurvedic telemedicine organization in India.

AIMIM to contest Bihar Assembly polls in alliance with SJD: Owaisi

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Friday announced that his party will contest Bihar Assembly polls in alliance with Devendra Prasad Yadav's Samajwadi Janata Dal (Democratic).
 
He said that the alliance will defeat the NDA and will teach a lesson to Congress and other "so called" political parties.

Drugs case: Actor Deepika Padukone arrives at Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) SIT office

She has been summoned by Narcotics Control Bureau to join the investigation of a drug case, related to Sushant Singh Rajput death case.

NDA will win 220 seats in Bihar, Mahagathbandhan is in disarray: Shahnawaz Hussain

BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain on Friday said that the NDA will win at least 220 seats out of total 243 seats in the Bihar assembly polls.
 
"In Bihar, NDA will win at least 220 seats in the 2020 elections. As far as the Opposition is concerned, they have no existence. Like the Lok Sabha elections, they will be wiped out in this election. The NDA alliance had won 39 out of 40 seats in Bihar," Hussain told ANI.

Terrorism, nuclear trade Pak's 'only crowning glory' in 70 yrs: India at UN

The "only crowning glory" that Pakistan has to show to the world for the last seven decades is terrorism, ethnic cleansing, majoritarian fundamentalism and clandestine nuclear trade, India said in a scathing response on Friday, slamming Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan's "incessant rant" and "venom" in the UN General Assembly.
 
"This august forum witnessed a new low on its 75th anniversary. The leader of Pakistan today called for those who incite hate and violence to be outlawed. But as he went on, we were left wondering, was he referring to himself?" First Secretary in the Permanent Mission of India to the UN Mijito Vinito said, making India's Right of Reply. Read on...

Biden condemns Donald Trump's rushed Supreme Court nomination

South Asians for Biden strongly condemned US President Donald Trump on Friday for his plans to rush through nominating his pick for the Supreme Court in the middle of an election season.
 
Trump plans to announce his replacement for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court on Saturday. Judge Ginsberg died last week.

NEP 2020 focusses on capacity building, be it of students, teachers or institutions

NEP 2020 focusses on capacity building, be it of students, teachers or institutions. Formula of capacity building to nation-building will empower us: Union Education Min Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank at a webinar on 'National Education Policy-2020: Bright Future of Education' 

Farm Bills: Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee continues their 'rail roko' agitation in Amritsar

Oil heads for 3% weekly drop as coronavirus demand concerns mount

Oil slipped on Friday and was on track for a 3% weekly decline due to mounting worries about resurgent coronavirus infections crushing fuel demand and as Libyan crude exports resume.
 
Brent crude was down 7 cents at $41.87 a barrel by 1:49 p.m. EDT (1748 GMT), while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude lost 11 cents to $40.20.
 
Both benchmarks were on track for a fall of more than 3% this week.

Europe regulator sees November lifting of Boeing 737 MAX flight ban

Boeing's grounded 737 MAX could receive regulatory approval to resume flying in November and enter service by the end of the year, Europe's chief aviation safety regulator said on Friday.
 
"For the first time in a year and a half I can say there's an end in sight to work on the MAX," said Patrick Ky, executive director of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Read on...

Google parent agrees to $310 million sexual misconduct lawsuit settlement

Google's parent company has reached a $310 million settlement in a shareholder lawsuit over its treatment of allegations of executives' sexual misconduct.
 
Alphabet Inc said Friday that it will prohibit severance packages for anyone fired for misconduct or is the subject of a sexual misconduct investigation. A special team will investigate any allegations against executives and report to the board's audit committee. Read on...

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