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Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking to Indian soldiers in Ladakh on Friday | Photo: ANI
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accompanied by Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat and Army Chief General MM Naravane, paid an unannounced visit to Leh today days after Galwan Valley clash with China. He also visited soldier who were injured in the clash in Ladakh.

At least eight Uttar Pradesh police personnel, including a deputy superintendent of police, were killed in an encounter with criminals in Kanpur, officials said today.

On the education front, a decision on NEET, JEE will be taken after the expert panel reviewing the situation to conduct medical and engineering entrance exams submits its report today.

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Lightning strikes Bihar again, kills 8

Lightning strikes killed eight people in Bihar on Friday and two minor boys drowned in a rainwater-filled lake in Maharashtra, even as the flood situation remained grim in Assam, claiming one more life and affecting over a million people in 20 districts.
Mumbai, meanwhile, received heavy rains with the IMD predicting intermittent moderate to heavy rainfall and "possibility of very heavy to extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places" on Saturday.
In Bihar, officials said in Patna that at least eight people were killed in in lightning strikes on Friday, a day after 26 died in similar incidents in eight districts of the state.
The latest fatalities were reported from five districts, with Samastipur accounting for the highest number of three deaths. Two deaths were reported from Lakhisarai, while one each died in Gaya, Banka and Jamui districts, sources in the Disaster Management Department said.

Rajasthan govt transfers 66 IPS officers

The Rajasthan government on Friday transferred/redesignated 66 IPS officers.
The government had transferred 103 IAS officers on Thursday.
Senior IPS officer M L Lather who was Director General (Law and Order) has been appointed as DG (Crime Branch) while B L Soni who was holding DG (Crime Branch) post has been appointed as DG (Jail).

PM Modi speaks to Assam CM on floods, Covid-19

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday assured full support to Assam in fighting the Covid-19 and flood crises facing the state, as he took stock of the latest situation during a telephonic conversation with Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.
PM Narendra Modi has sanctioned ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each for next of kin of persons who lost their lives due to floods in Assam, from Prime Minister's National Relief Fund (PMNRF)," the PMO tweeted.
According to an official statement issued in Guwahati, Modi said the Centre stands shoulder to shoulder with the Assam government in the effort to overcome the challenging situations.
Sonowal apprised Modi about the havoc wrought by the latest wave of floods, which has killed 35 people as on Friday, submerged a vast tract of agricultural land and crippled normal life.
He informed that several districts are reeling under floods which have also disrupted communication networks in some parts.
Besides, erosion and landslides have also severely impacted the state and claimed several lives, the chief minister informed, according to the statement.

Heavy rains lash Mumbai

Heavy rains lashed Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra on Friday, with the IMD predicting intermittent moderate to heavy rain and "possibility of very heavy to extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places" in the metropolis and surrounding areas on Saturday.
According to India Meteorological Department's Mumbai centre, the Colaba weather bureau reported 161.4 mm rainfall between 8:30 am and 8:30 pm on Friday.
During this period, the Santacruz weather station in the city recorded 102.7 mm rainfall.
The IMD had, on Thursday, predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places in Mumbai and adjoining coastal districts, and issued an orange alert for Friday and Saturday.

Why Prime Minister of a strong India so weak, asks Cong on border standoff

The Congress on Friday questioned the prime minister's silence on Chinese "incursions" into Indian territory and asked why he did not name China even once in his recent speeches.

The opposition party also launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and asked why is he "so kind" to Chinese President Xi Jinping and "not showing loyalty towards the country".

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took a veiled swipe at Modi, saying while people of Ladakh claim that China has taken their land, the prime minister says otherwise.

Indian Army organises 'Know Your Army' tour for students in Budgam school

J-K admin gives financial relief of Rs 500,000 to man injured in ceasefire violation by Pakistan

A financial assistance of Rs 500,000 was provided to a man who got injured during a ceasefire violation by the Pakistan Army in January, officials said on Friday.

Poonch Deputy Commissioner Rahul Yadav handed over the cash relief to Mohd Shokat of Kossalian Tehsil Haveli, they said.

Shokat, an army porter, escaped with critical injuries while two of his associates were killed when they were targeted by the Pakistan Army along the Line of Control (LoC) in Gulpur sector in January this year.

Cong petitions EC against decision on postal ballots for voters above 65, Covid patients

The Congress on Friday petitioned the Election Commission (EC) against the government's move to extend postal ballot facility to electors aged 65 and above, and demanded its reversal.

The party, in a meeting held through video-conferencing, urged the commission to utilise its powers under Article 324 of the Constitution and direct an immediate withdrawal of the decision.

Elections to the 243-member Bihar assembly are due before November 2020.

Trade unions hold protest against privatisation drive

Members of ten central trade unions on Friday held a protest here against the government's privatization drive and changes in labour laws by some state governments.

Representatives of trade unions during the protest outside the Shram Shakti Bhawan here said that even as the industrial activity is resuming, all workers are not being taken back by their employers. Those who are back on work are being offered low salaries and no payment for lockdown days, they said.

The joint protest was called by INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, TUCC, AIUTUC, AICCTU, SEWA, UTUC and LPF.

A joint statement by the central trade unions said, "The nationwide protest by central trade unions on July 3, 2020 was against changes in labour laws, privatisation of government departments and PSUs, and for rights of unorganized sector workers."

Draft of industrial policy to be tabled in 10 days: Minister

A draft of the new industrial policy to develop industries in the second and third tier cities of Karnataka would be presented before the Cabinet in the next 10 days, a state Minister said on Friday.

The Minister for Medium and Large Industries Jagadish Shettar said, "The Governor has approved the Karnataka Industrial Facilitation Amendment Act which was recently approved by the Cabinet."

Such changes would make Karnataka the number-one industry-friendly state in the country, he said while addressing the International MSME Day celebrations organised by the Federation of Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI).

Union minister lauds Haryana govt's efforts of providing piped drinking water by 2022

Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on Friday lauded the efforts of the Haryana government for swiftly moving forward to achieve the target of providing piped drinking water to all rural households by 2022.

This is much ahead of the national target date of 2024 under the ambitious 'Jal Jeevan Mission' (JJM).

The minister said other states have been asked to emulate the Haryana pattern in planning their way forward in the 'Jal Jeevan Mission'.

"It is a matter of great pride that dedicated efforts made by various departments and officers, who under the leadership of Chief Minister, Manohar Lal, are continually working as a team to beat the national goal of providing tap water connection to all rural houses by 2022," he said.

HRD ministry postpones JEE, NEET examinations, to be held in September

Earthquake of 4.7 magnitude hits DelhI-NCR: National Centre for Seismology




Banks disburse over Rs 50,000 cr loans to MSMEs under credit guarantee scheme

The finance ministry on Friday said banks have disbursed Rs 52,255.53 crore loans under the Rs 3-trillion Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS) for the MSME sector reeling under economic slowdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, this is against the sanction of Rs 1.10 trillion under the 100 per cent ECLGS for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) till July 1.

The scheme is the biggest fiscal component of the Rs 20-trillion Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan package announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in May.

Earthquake tremors felt across Delhi-NCR

ED attaches assets totalling to Rs 14.50 cr of Pixion Group under PMLA

Militants keep coming to Srinagar but we ensure they don't set up base there: IG Police

Srinagar is not militancy-free as the ultras keep coming to the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir to seek medical treatment, funds and meetings for future course of action but security forces have ensured that they are not able to set up base here, a senior police officer said on Friday.

"Srinagar is such a city where militants keep coming repeatedly. Some come for medical treatment, some for getting funds and some for further meetings. So it would not be correct to say that Srinagar is militancy free. Militants will keep coming here, we will keep getting information and do encounters (sic)," Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Vijay Kumar told reporters after the wreath laying ceremony for a CRPF jawan.

The jawan was killed in an encounter with militants in Malbagh area of the city late on Thursday night. One militant was also killed in the operation.


Pained by the tragic demise of Sikh pilgrims in Pakistan: PM Modi

PFS secures Rs 300-cr term loan from SBI to fund biz plans

PTC India Financial Services Ltd (PFS) on Friday said it has secured a Rs 300 crore term loan from State Bank of India, to meet its business growth needs.

The money will be utilised for further strengthen the cash flow of the company and for onward funding to sustainable infrastructure finance projects, PFS said in a release.

SBI has sanctioned us a term loan - working capital augmentation (TLWC) of Rs 300 crore with a door-to-door tenor of three years, including a moratorium of six months, with sub-limit of Rs 300 crore as investment limit for investment in commercial papers/non-convertible debentures/bonds within the overall TLWC limit, it said in a release.


Amit Shah chairs meeting p preparedness to tackle flood situations

Govt launches 'Swachh Survekshan 2021'; states also to be ranked

Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Friday launched the 'Swachh Survekshan 2021' -- the sixth edition of the annual cleanliness survey -- and said the exercise this year will focus on wastewater treatment and other parameters.

According to the Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry, state ranking will also be announced under the survey, to be measured based on their fund utilisation and support to respective local bodies, among others.

At the event, Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Puri said that every year, the 'Swachh Survekshan' is redesigned innovatively to ensure the process becomes more robust with focus on sustaining the behaviour change.

UP govt to provide ex gratia of Rs 1 cr each to kin of deceased: CM Adityanath

A message has gone to the world about the valour shown: PM Modi

PM Modi meets soldiers injured in Galwan Valley clash

Eight UP policemen shot dead in failed raid

 Eight police personnel, including a DSP, were gunned down in a village near the city by a criminal's henchmen who lost two of them in a firefight later, officials said on Friday.

Seven others, including a civilian, were injured in the attack from a rooftop on a police team after it entered Bikru village past Thursday midnight to arrest Vikas Dubey, a history-sheeter who faces about 60 criminal cases.


DRDO renames wards of Covid-19 hospital after dead Indian Army soldiers

50 million cubic litre water released for Mumbai: Minister

Maharashtra Minister Jayant Patil on Friday said 50 million cubic litre water has been released from Upper Vaitarna dam for Mumbai as demanded by the BMC.

Water Resources Minister Patil said there is enough stock in Upper Vaitarna and Bhatsa dams, which supply water to the metropolis, and added Mumbaikars would not face any shortage.

The Upper Vaitarna dam is located in Nashik district, while Bhatsa is near Shahapur in neighbouring Thane.

Sports ministry files application seeking HC's consent to give recognition to 54 NSFs

Delhi HC seeks provisional recognition from 57 National Sports Federations

True leadership in action: J P Nadda on PM's visit to Ladakh

BJP leaders hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Ladakh on Friday amid a military standoff between India and China, with party president J P Nadda saying his "words give words to the emotion of 130 crore Indians and act as a great morale booster for our armed forces".

"Veer bhogya vasundhara. PM Narendra Modi's words give words to the emotion of 130 crore Indians and act as a great morale booster for our armed forces! True leadership in action!" Nadda said in a tweet after Modi addressed soldiers in Ladakh's Nimu.

Deadline for furnishing TDS/TCS statements extended till July 31

The Income Tax department has extended the deadline for furnishing of TDS/TCS statements for FY 19-20, the department has also extended the issuance deadline of TDS/TCS certificates for FY19-20 till August 15.

"Understanding the current times that we are in, we have further extended deadlines. Now, furnishing of TDS/TCS statements for FY 19-20 extended to July 31, 2020," said the Income Tax Department.

"Issuance of TDS/TCS certificates for FY 19-20 extended to August 15, 2020," it added.

India briefs Japan on LAC situation, Tokyo says it opposes any change in status quo

Japan on Friday expressed hope for a peaceful resolution of the ongoing standoff between Indian and Chinese troops and asserted that it opposed any attempts to change the status quo on the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
New Delhi has briefed Tokyo regarding the situation on LAC following a major showdown between Indian and Chinese troops last month in Galwan Valley area. Following the face-off, India had said that Chinese troops attempted to unilaterally change the status quo during the de-escalation.

Bravery shown by you has sent message about India's strength: PM Modi

Addressing Army, Air Force and ITBP personnel during his surprise visit to Ladakh, he said India's resolve for 'atmanirbhar Bharat' (self-reliant India) becomes stronger because of you and your strong resolve.

While Ladakhis claim China has taken their land, the PM says otherwise: Rahul Gandhi

Have increased infra development in borders by three times: PM Modi

We have increased expenditure on development on infrastructure in the border area by three times, said PM Modi in Ladakh while speaking to the soldiers.

Women fighting in the battlefield is inspiring: PM Modi

Age of expantionism is over, this is the age of development: PM Modi

Whether World Wars or peace, the world has seen the victory of our braves: PM Modi

Whether World Wars or peace, whenever the need arises, the world has seen the victory of our braves and their efforts towards peace, said PM Modi in Ladakh, adding that India have always worked for the betterment of humanity.

Tales of your bravery and valour are echoing in every house in the country: PM Modi

The bravery of 14 Corps will be talked about everywhere, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday, adding the tales of the soldiers' bravery and valour are echoing in every house.

Your courage is higher than the heights: PM Modi

Your bravery has showed the world about India's strength: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses soldiers in Nimoo, Ladakh

China says artificial blocks to bilateral cooperation will harm India

China said on Friday that artificial blocks to bilateral cooperation would harm India's interests and that the two countries should work together to uphold peace in their border region.

Beijing will take necessary measures to uphold the rights of Chinese businesses in India, foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a news briefing.

No party should engage in any action that may escalate the situation at this point:Zhao Lijian, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson on PM Modi's Ladakh visit

India and China are in communication and negotiations on lowering the temperatures through military and diplomatic channels. No party should engage in any action that may escalate the situation at this point:Zhao Lijian, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson on PM Modi's Ladakh visit

A country which transgresses into our territory & kills our soldiers, yet we create jobs in that country: Union Power Minister

Today we manufacture everything which is required for the power system in our country. We have that manufacturing facility and capacity. In the year 2018-19, we've imported power equipment worth of Rs 710 billion of which Rs 210 billion was from China: Union Power Minister RK Singh

28 ITBP personnel test positive for Covid-19

A total of 28 personnel of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) were tested positive for Covid-19, an official said on Thursday.
Six of these Covid-19 positive personnel were reported in the Shimla district.
Narendra Chouhan, Sub Divisional Magistrate Rampur (Shimla) said, "6 ITBP jawans have tested positive here, samples were collected yesterday. They've been sent to Covid care center in Mashobra."

China resorting to confrontation along LAC to punish India for rejecting BRI: Swedish journalist

The confrontation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) between India and China is the result of Beijing wanting to punish New Delhi for rejecting the multinational infrastructure programme -- Belt and Road Initiative -- and has nothing to do with the border dispute between the two countries, according to a veteran Swedish journalist.
In an interview to The Irrawaddy, Bertil Lintner said that China is taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic, flexing its muscles in the Indo-Pacific region with a new security law in Hong Kong, Chinese fighter jets entering Taiwan's airspace, the ramming of Vietnamese and Philippine fishing boats in the disputed South China Sea, a month-long standoff between a Malaysian oil exploration vessel and a Chinese survey ship in the same waters, and an open confrontation with the Indians along the LAC.
"First of all, the confrontation along the LAC between India and China has nothing to do with the border as such, if it should be on this or that barren rock in an uninhabited area," he said.
"It is a question of strategic rivalries between Asia's two giants and, more specifically, China's wanting to punish India for rejecting its multinational infrastructure programme, the BRI, and show the neighbours who rule the roost in the region," he added.

'China's actions in Pangong helped the world know true colours of Beijing'

China's actions in Pangong region, Eastern Ladakh, in India has helped the world know the true colours of Beijing, said Jeff M. Smith, Research Fellow, South Asia-Heritage Foundation.
Taking to Twitter, Smith said, "What I'd say to China if I were in Delhi: If seizing the grey zone at Pangong was the cost we had to pay to see your true colors, to mobilize the country against you, it was worth it. Continuing to pretend you were a partner would've done even more harm to us over the long term."
While urging India to continue its policy of negotiation and restore the pre-May status quo at the Line of Actual Control (LAC), he said, "To be sure, I expect, and would urge, India to continue negotiating and seeking a restoration of the pre-May status quo at the LAC. That would be the ideal outcome." Read on...

PM reaches Ladakh on surprise visit amid talks of disengagement with China

Days after a violent face-off between Indian and Chinese troops in East Ladakh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday reached Leh with Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and Army Chief General M M Naravane.
Modi reached Leh around 9.30 am, PTI reported.
Modi is at one of the forward locations in Nimu and is interacting with personnel of the Army, Air Force and ITBP, official sources said.
Located at 11,000 feet, Nimu is among the toughest terrains, on the banks of river Indus and surrounded by the Zanskar range. Read on...

India banning Chinese apps effective way to impose costs on China for its actions at border: Expert

India's decision to ban Chinese apps seems to be an effective way to impose costs on China for its actions at the border and inhibit its ability to exert influence and access information inside the country, a well-known American expert on South Asia has said.
India on Monday banned 59 apps with Chinese links, including the hugely popular TikTok and UC Browser, for engaging in "activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, the security of the state and public order".
The ban also comes in the backdrop of the current stand-off along the Line of Actual control in eastern Ladakh with Chinese troops.

OnePlus says committed to 'Make in India' amid anti-China sentiments

Despite a surge in anti-China sentiment in the country, a top executive of smartphone brand OnePlus said on Friday that the company has commenced manufacturing TVs in India and remains committed to achieving long-term growth as it seeks to integrate and delve deeper into the Make in India strategy.
The company on Thursday launched OnePlus TV U Series and Y Series packed with smart features which will enable users to pair with up to five devices at the same time. Read on...

Leh visit: Modi was accompanied by Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and Army Chief MM Naravane

Images showed PM Modi sitting in a camouflage tent as he spoke to the troops seated at a distance from each other against the backdrop of the Himalayas. Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and Army Chief MM Naravane were present.

China essentially 'invaded' India, says top US Senator

The ruling Communist Party of China is acting "aggressively" in its neighbourhood and it essentially "invaded" India, killing 20 of its soldiers, a top American Senator has said.
In the last several weeks, more than a dozen US lawmakers have spoken against the Chinese aggression against India and have come out in support of New Delhi.
All across the periphery, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is acting aggressively. It's essentially invaded India and killed 20 Indian soldiers, Senator Tom Cotton said on the Senate floor on Thursday.

Nimu is among the tough terrains, surrounded by the Zanskar range

Located at 11,000 feet above sea level, Nimu is among the tough terrains, surrounded by the Zanskar range and on the banks of the Indus.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi makes a surprise visit to Ladakh, being briefed by senior officials at a forward position in Nimu

PM Narendra Modi is accompanied by Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and Army Chief MM Naravane in his visit to Ladakh. Photo: ANI

China under Xi stepped up 'aggressive' foreign policy towards India:Congressional commission report

China under President Xi Jinping has stepped up its "aggressive" foreign policy toward India and "resisted" efforts to clarify the Line of Actual Control that prevented a lasting peace from being realised, according to a report released by a US Congress appointed commission.
The armies of India and China have been locked in a bitter standoff at multiple locations in eastern Ladakh for the last seven weeks, and the tension escalated after 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a violent clash in the Galwan Valley on June 15.
Under General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Xi Jinping, Beijing has stepped up its aggressive foreign policy toward New Delhi. Since 2013, China has engaged in five major altercations with India along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), said a brief issued by US-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

Uttar Pradesh will never forget the martyred policemen who had discharged their duties with unmatched courage: Yogi Adityanath

8 UP police killed in encounter with criminals in Kanpur during arrest

At least eight Uttar Pradesh police personnel, including a deputy superintendent of police, were killed in an encounter with criminals in Kanpur, police said on Friday.
The encounter took place when the police team was trying to arrest Vikas Dubey, a history sheeter facing 60 criminal cases, in Dikru village under Chaubeypur police station on the intervening night of July 2 and 3, they said. Read on...

Rajnath to visit Ladakh today, review military preparedness: Report

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is scheduled to visit Ladakh today to take stock of India's military preparedness in the wake of a bitter border standoff with the Chinese troops in the region. He will be accompanied by Chief of Army Staff Gen M M Naravane, it will be the defence minister's first visit to Ladakh after the standoff between the two armies began on May 5.
During his visit, Singh will carry out a comprehensive review of the security situation in the region with Gen Naravane, Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Yogesh Kumar Joshi, Commander of the 14 Corps Lt Gen Harinder Singh and other senior Army officials, sources said.

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