Latest LIVE: 17 killed, over 10,000 houses affected due to flood in Odisha

Bankside residential area submerged during flood situation in Sangli
Latest News LIVE: In 'Mann Ki Baat' address on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India has the talent and ability to become a toy hub for the entire world and called upon startups to work towards realising this potential while being "vocal about local toys".

He said the global toy industry is over Rs 7 trillion but India's share is very small, as he stressed on the need to work to increase it. Modi called upon start-up entrepreneurs to 'team up for toys' and said it is time to get vocal for local toys.

In his monthly 'Mann Ki Baat' broadcast, the prime minister also said people have shown an unprecedented restraint and simplicity in their festivals during the Covid-19 pandemic. He also hailed farmers for increase in sowing area for different grains.

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa flagged off the first maiden 'Roll On Roll Off' (RORO) train between Bengaluru and Solapur in Maharashtra today through video conferencing. RORO trains consist of open flat wagon on which trucks with goods are loaded.

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Reliance-Future Group deal to save lenders from Rs 12,000-crore hit

The deal involving the sale of some of Future Group’s businesses to Reliance Industries will protect their interest and principal, its lenders have said.
This is expected to save them from a hit on the loans portfolio of more than Rs 12,000 crore. Read more

Power equipment companies changing tack in push for green energy

With the growing emphasis on green energy, domestic power gear manufacturers are evolving strategies to capture the expanding renewable energy portfolio of power generators. Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL), Thermax and Larsen & Toubro (L&T), the main suppliers to India’s thermal power companies, are all adapting to the move toward green energy, each in its own way. Read more

ASHA, Anganwadi workers to restart child immunisation programme in September: Minister

Delhi Women and Child Development Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam on Sunday said the DWCD will restart the process of vaccination and immunisation with the help of ASHA and Anganwadi workers in September.
Gautam said the immunisation drive was disrupted due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown.
The minister chaired a review meeting for vaccination and facilitation of medical services through ASHA and Anganwadi workers in the community in Delhi, according to a statement.
The meeting was attended by senior officers of the Department of Women and Child Development (DWCD), and the Department of Health (DoH).
"In view of Covid-19, it is essential to protect yourself and others around you, as care and precaution is the utmost priority, but the child immunisation program is a necessity to keep the future of children healthy and safe," he said in the statement.
Gautam said he has directed his department to restart the process of vaccination and immunisation with the help of ASHA and Anganwadi workers.
He said the Department of Women and Child Development through its 10,000 Anganwadi centres in the national capital plays an important role in getting the children enrolled there immunised.
This is done by holding an immunisation camp in each Anganwadi center every month in coordination with the Health Department.


US coronavirus cases top 6 million as Midwest, schools face outbreaks

US cases of the novel coronavirus surpassed 6 million on Sunday as many states in the Midwest reported increasing infections, according to a Reuters tally.
Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota have recently reported record one-day increases in new cases while Montana and Idaho are seeing record numbers of currently hospitalized Covid-19 patients.
Nationally, metrics on new cases, deaths, hospitalizations and the positivity rates of tests are all declining, but there are emerging hotspots in the Midwest.
Many of the new cases in Iowa are in the counties that are home to the University of Iowa and Iowa State University, which are holding some in-person classes.

Colleges and universities around the country have seen outbreaks after students returned to campus, forcing some to switch to online-only learning.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday said his state was sending a "SWAT team" to a State University of New York (SUNY) campus in Oneonta in upstate New York to contain a Covid-19 outbreak. Fall classes, which started last week at the college, were suspended for two weeks after more than 100 people tested positive for the virus, about 3% of the total student and faculty population, SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras said.

Gujarat: Waterlogging in Dwarka's Khambhali

MP govt to provide free transportation for JEE Mains & NEET candidates

Congress demands discussion in Parliament over Chinese activities on border

The Congress on Sunday claimed that satellite imagery shows China has installed missile sites on the eastern borders at Naku La and Doka La, posing a threat to India's security, and demanded that the government take the nation into confidence on the issue.

Addressing a joint virtual press conference, Congress leaders Rajiv Shukla and Gaurav Gogoi said the government should discuss the issue during the Monsoon session of Parliament and Prime Minister Narendra Modi should respond to the concerns of all.

Government sources maintained that the armed forces were keeping a close watch on activities at the border.

Rainwater flows on streets in a village under Rapar Tehsil in Kutch, Gujarat

Over 600 villages in 16 districts of Uttar Pradesh affected by floods

Over 600 villages in 16 districts of Uttar Pradesh have been affected by floods, with the Sharda and the Saryu rivers flowing above the danger mark at some places in the state, a government official said on Sunday.

The deluge-hit districts in the state are Ambedkarnagar, Ayodhya, Azamgarh, Bahraich, Ballia, Barabanki, Basti, Deoria, Farrukhabad, Gonda, Gorakhpur, Lakhimpur Khiri, Kushinagar, Mau, Sant Kabir Nagar and Sitapur.

Relief Commissioner Sanjay Goyal said the flood situation in the state is improving. Of 690 villages hit by the deluge, 299 villages are completely flooded, he said.

55-75% of loans will be booked digitally by 2025: Fintech expert

Digital onboarding for loans will increase to 55-75 per cent of the total credit disbursement in the next five years from about 20 per cent now, a financial technology expert has said.

Between 2015 and 2020, around 20 per cent of credit disbursements were technology-driven and were extremely successful in retail and small business loans, said Akhil Handa, head fintech, partnerships & mobile banking and digital lending department, Bank of Baroda.

Facebook has failed in tackling illegal content: Govindacharya to HC

Former RSS idealogue K N Govindacharya has told the Delhi High Court that the presence of groups like 'bois locker room' indicate Facebook's "failure in tackling fake news, hate speech and illegal criminal content" on its social media platform.

The submission by Govindacharya has been made in his reply to Facebook's claims in the high court that it has put in place measures like community standards, third party fact checkers, reporting tools and artificial intelligence to detect and prevent the spread of inappropriate or objectionable content like hate speech and fake news.

Fight against encephalitis in last phase in Gorakhpur-Basti region: UP CM

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday asserted that the fight against encephalitis is in its last phase in Gorakhpur and its surrounding areas and that the disease will be eradicated in the region in two years.

He also said that the state has taken several steps to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

"The region is in the last phase of its fight against encephalitis and in two years, the disease, which was the cause of death of a huge number of people for the last 40 years, will be eradicated from the Gorakhpur-Basti comissionary (divisions), if efforts undertaken in the last three years continue," Adityanath told reporters here.


CM Pinarayi Vijayan announces 100 projects to boost socio-economic status of Kerala

Coal India to create additional board level post to push biz development

The board of Coal India Ltd has approved creating an additional board level post in the PSU and its subsidiaries.

According to a Coal India report, the post of Director (Business Development) will be created to identify and develop new business opportunities.

"The board of directors...had approved creation of board level post of Director (Business Development) in CIL (Coal India) and its subsidiaries as per Companies Act, 2013, Listing Regulations and DPE guideline," the world's largest coal miner said in its latest report.

Portion of a bridge collapses in Ramtek, Nagpur district, following heavy rainfall

BJP killing democracy using money power, investigative agencies: Maken

The Congress' Rajasthan in-charge and national general secretary Ajay Maken hit out at the BJP on Sunday, accusing it of "killing democracy" using "money power and misusing investigative agencies".

During his first visit to Rajasthan after he was appointed the party's Rajasthan in-charge, Maken addressed party workers in Alwar district's Shahjahapur and alleged that the BJP "killed democracy" in Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Goa and Manipur.

But when they tried doing so in Rajasthan, they faced defeat, he said.

Refund charges collected since Jan 1 on UPI, RuPay transactions: Tax dept to banks

The Income Tax department on Sunday asked banks to refund the charges collected on or after January 1, 2020, on transactions carried out through electronic modes like RuPay cards or BHIM-UPI.

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), in a circular on 'imposition of charge on the prescribed electronic modes under section 269SU of I-T Act', also advised banks not to impose any charges on any future transactions carried out through these modes.

To encourage digital transactions and move towards a less-cash economy, the government inserted a new provision, Section 269SU, in the Finance Act, 2019.

Finance Ministry advises banks not to levy charges on electronic transactions

Water from overflowing Shivna River enters Pashupatinath Temple in Madhya Pradesh

Water level of Ghela river in Botad area increases due to heavy rainfall in Gujarat

DRDO chief discusses ways of promoting defence industries with Uttarakhand CM

17 dead in flood-related incidents, 10,382 houses damaged in Odisha

Flood water of Mahanadi inundates several Odisha villages

Flood waters of the Mahanadi inundated several villages in coastal Odisha on Sunday with over 10 lakh cusec flowing through the Mundali barrage near Cuttack, officials said.

Noting that an inflow of even 7 lakh cusec at Mundali usually triggers flood in the Daya and the Bhargavi, the two tributaries of the Mahanadi, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) P K Jena said, the flood waters have submerged many villages in Kanasa and Delang blocks in Puri district causing two breaches in the embankments of the Daya and another in the Rajua in Khurda district.

Maharashtra: Heavy rains pound parts of Nagpur, over 14,000 evacuated

More than 14,000 people were evacuated after torrential rains over the past two days triggered flooding in several tehsils of Nagpur district of Maharashtra, officials said on Sunday.

Mouda, Kamptee, Parseoni and Kuhi were the worst affected tehsils, and the administration had to call in the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the Army to rescue people at some places, they said.

Besides Nagpur, several villages in neighbouring Gadchiroli district also witnessed flooding in some parts following heavy rains, officials said.

Chhattisgarh CM instructs to arrange for free transport for aspirants appearing for NEET-JEE exams

Around 1,000 small & big factories closed after West Bengal CM Banerjee assumed power: BJP

Heavy rain in Gujarat; over 2,000 from Narmada river bank shifted

Heavy rainfall in parts of Gujarat on Sunday created a flood-like situation in many areas including Bharuch, where over 2,000 people from inundated areas along the Narmada river were evacuated following release of water from the Sardar Sarovar dam, officials said.

Teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and state agencies were involved in the rescue operations in Bharuch, they said.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall with extremely heavy showers at isolated places in many districts till Tuesday.


Post-Galwan clash, Indian Navy quietly deployed warship in South China Sea

India to start bidding process by Oct to procure 6 submarines costing Rs 55,000 cr

India is all set to launch the bidding process by next month for a Rs 55,000-crore mega project to build six conventional submarines for the Indian Navy to narrow the gap with China's growing naval prowess, government sources said on Sunday.

The submarines will be built in India under the much-talked-about strategic partnership model that allows domestic companies to join hands with leading foreign defence majors to produce high-end military platforms in the country and reduce import dependence.

The sources said the groundwork like specifications of the submarines and other critical requirements for issuance of the RFP (request for proposal) for the mega project, named as P-75 I, has been completed by separate teams of the defence ministry and the Indian Navy.

Sushant case: Cong questions filmmaker Sandeep Ssingh's ties with BJP

The Congress on Sunday launched an attack on the BJP over its alleged links with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's biopic maker Sandeep Ssingh, who claimed to be the closest friend of late actor Sushant Singh Rajput, and questioned why he had called the BJP office in Mumbai "53 times".

Addressing a press conference here, Congress Rajya Sabha MP Abhishek Manu Singhvi said, "The country wants to know about Sandeep Ssingh. We want to ask with whom is he connected in the BJP and who saves him?"

Singhvi charged that the BJP is getting exposed day by day over its links with Sandeep Ssingh.


Assam wants ST status for 6 ethnic communities: CM

he Assam government wants to accord Scheduled Tribe (ST) status to six ethnic communities and will soon send the report of a Group of Ministers (GoM) formed to suggest the modalities to the Centre, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has said.

He also said that the proposed Autonomous Council for the Moran community will start functioning soon.

The six communities are Koch Rajbongshi, Tai Ahom, Chutia, Matak, Moran and Tea Tribes.


Fiscal deficit to touch 7% in FY21: Brickwork Ratings

India's fiscal deficit is expected to touch 7 per cent of GDP in 2020-21 fiscal as against budget estimate of 3.5 per cent, with revenue collections being hit amid disruptions in economic activities due to lockdowns, according to Brickwork Ratings.

"The impact of the lockdown on economic activity shows up starkly in the trends in the central government revenue collection during the first three months of fiscal 2020-21," the agency said in a report.


SDRF conducts rescue operation in flood-affected Chikna village in Maharashtra

CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan conducts aerial survey of flood-affected areas in Vidisha

ESAF Small Finance Bank to take call on Rs 976-crore IPO after Sept: MD

Kerala-based ESAF Small Finance Bank has said it will take a call on Rs 976-crore initial public offering (IPO) after September.

As part of its commitment for going public by listing its stock in line with requisite guidelines, the bank had filed draft red herring prospectus (DRHP) in January and subsequently got approval from the market regulator Sebi in the last week of March.

However, the bank could not go to market due to lockdown imposed in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak.

Rescue operations successful in Odisha as flood wreaks havoc

Toy cluster at Koppala can generate 40,000 jobs in 5 yrs: Karnataka CM

India's 'first toy manufacturing cluster' to come up at Koppal has the potential to create 40,000 jobs in five years and attract over Rs 5,000 crore investment, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said here on Sunday.

"In line with PM @narendramodi 's vision of #VocalForLocal & boosting toy manufacturing, Koppala will have India's first toy manufacturing cluster.

River Narmada is now in severe flood situation with the rising tendency in Bharuch district of Gujarat

MP rains: 8 dead, efforts on to evacuate 1,200 people, says CM

Eight people have been killed in rain-related incidents in Madhya Pradesh and efforts are currently underway to evacuate nearly 1,200 people stranded in 40 flooded villages of the state, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on Sunday.

In the last two days, over 7,000 people stranded in 454 villages of 12 districts were evacuated as heavy rains hit large parts of the state, Chouhan told reporters.

"Eight people have died in wall collapses and swollen nullahs so far," Chouhan said after calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inform him about the situation in the state.

I never met Sushant Singh Rajput. Met Rhea in 2017: Gaurav Arya

NDA govt not concerned enough to deal with problems caused by Covid-19: Owaisi

AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi has charged the NDA government with not showing enough concern to address the job losses and other adverse effects brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic in the country

He said 1.8 crore people all over the country were now not receiving salaries and eight crore daily wage labourers were out of work.

Curbs imposed in Srinagar, Budgam districts to prevent people from taking out processions

Authorities in Kashmir imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar and Budgam districtson Sunday to prevent people from taking out Muharram processions to mark the last day of the 10-day mourning period, officials said.

They said restrictions on the movement and assembly of people under Section 144 CrPc have been imposed in parts of the city and Budgam.

In Srinagar, the officials said, the curbs have been imposed in Lal Chowk and Zadibal areas.

Petrol prices reach Rs 82 per litre in Delhi; diesel rate remains unchanged

Petrol price crossed Rs 82 per litre-mark in the national capital on Sunday, as the price of the fuel rose across the four metro cities after a day's pause.
In Delhi, petrol was priced at Rs 82.03, higher by 9 paise from Rs 81.94 on Saturday. Price of the fuel in Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata was at Rs 88.68, Rs 85, Rs 83.52 per litre, respectively, against the previous levels of Rs 88.58, Rs 84.91 and Rs 83.43 per litre.
Diesel prices were unchanged across the four cities. In New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata, the fuel was priced at Rs 73.56, Rs 80.11, Rs 78.86 and Rs 77.06 per litre respectively.

Sushant death case: CBI grills Rhea Chakraborty, brother Showik for third consecutive day

Rhea Chakraborty, who has been questioned by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Investigation Team for 17 hours, deposed before the agency once again on Sunday along with her brother Showik in the Sushant Singh Rajput case.
According to the CBI officials, Rhea arrived at the DRDO guest house around 10.15 a.m. with her brother. A CBI source said that the agency will question her about the expenses made by her from the credit card of Sushant and the medical treatment of the actor.
The source said that she will also be questioned about the reasons for replacing the earlier personal staff at Sushant's residence and also the reasons for keeping the late actor away from his family. The CBI team will also grill her about the financial transactions and plans of investments.

Asteroid over 22 metres in diameter to pass by Earth on Sept 1: NASA

An asteroid with diameters between 22 and 49 metres will shoot pass Earth in a distance closer than Earth from the Moon on September 1, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
"Will asteroid 2011 ES4 hit Earth? No! 2011 ES4's close approach is 'close' on an astronomical scale but poses no danger of actually hitting Earth. Planetary defence experts expect it to safely pass by at least 45,000 miles (792,000 football fields) away on Tuesday, September 1," NASA Asteroid Watch tweeted on Saturday.
NASA estimates the asteroid's relative speed at around 8.16 kilometres per second.

One killed in house collapse, 60 rescued by IAF chopper in Madhya Pradesh's Sehore

A 35-year-old womanwas killed and three others were injuredwhen a house collapsed after heavy rains at Sehore in Madhya Pradesh on Sunday, while nearly 60 stranded people were airlifted from a village in the district by an IAF helicopter, officials said.
Following heavy showers in several parts of Madhya Pradesh in the last couple of days, nearly 7,000 people have so far been rescued across the state and 170 relief camps are set up in the affected districts, said Manish Rastogi, the principal secretary to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
Water level of the Narmada river, which flows across various districts of the state, has not risen further on Sunday, he said.

Let the games begin: In latest Mann Ki Baat, PM Modi gets vocal about toys

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation in the 68th edition of his radio show, Mann ki Baat on Sunday. The prime minister said that there has always been a strong co-relation between nature and festivals but this time the Covid-19 pandemic has changed that. He said people are now cautious and disciplined in the way they have celebrated Ganeshotsav which is touching and inspiring.
He said that there are some festival which have a deep connect with nature like Onam which he observed is being widely celebrated around the world. "Onam is being celebrated during this time around the world, and it is becoming an international festival. It is a festival with a deep connect with farming and harvesting," Modi said. READ MORE...

Latest News LIVE: ASEAN and India ministers discuss review of Free Trade Agreement

The ASEAN-India Economic Ministers Consultations were held to discuss the review of the ASEAN India Trade in Goods Agreement (AITIGA), an official statement said on Sunday. The virtual meeting, held on Saturday, was co-chaired by Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of Commerce and Industry and Tran Tuan Anh, Minister of Industry and Trade of Vietnam, It was attended by the trade ministers of all the 10 ASEAN countries, according to an IANS report.
The ministers reaffirmed their commitment to take collective actions in mitigating the economic impact of the pandemic and resolved to ensure macroeconomic and financial stability and resilient supply chain connectivity, particularly the unimpeded flow of essential goods and medicines in the region, in compliance with the WTO rules. They appreciated the growing trade ties and deepening economic engagement between two parties.

India can become world's toy hub, time to be vocal about local toys: PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said India has talent and ability to become a toy hub for the entire world and called upon startups to work towards realising this potential while being "vocal about local toys". He said the global toy industry is over Rs 7 lakh crore but India's share is very small, as he stressed on the need to work to increase it. Modi called upon start-up entrepreneurs to 'team up for toys' and said it is time to get vocal for local toys.
In his monthly 'Mann Ki Baat' broadcast, the prime minister also said people have shown an unprecedented restraint and simplicity in their festivals during the COVID-19 pandemic. He also hailed farmers for increase in sowing area for different grains.
"This is a time for festivals but at the same time, there is also a sense of discipline among people due to the COVID-19 situation...There is a close link between nature and our festivals," Modi said.
He also asked young entrepreneurs to develop computer games in and also about India.
In his address, Modi also noted that India will complete its 75 years of Independence in 2022 and suggested a host of measures to teachers to help bring to light contributions of thousands and lakhs of "unsung heroes" of the freedom struggle. It is important that our youngsters are aware of them, he said.

Let us always remember sacrifices of all those who worked towards India's freedom: PM Modi in Mann Ki Baat

Our youth is aware about the heroes of our freedom struggle: PM Narendra Modi in Mann Ki Baat

There is a fitness app called 'Step Set Go', it motivates you to stay fit: PM Modi in Mann Ki Baat

Verve of Onam can be felt everywhere: PM Narendra Modi in Mann Ki Baat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday during his monthly "Mann ki Baat" programme said that the verve of Onam festival can be felt everywhere and it is turning out to be an international festival.
"The zest of Onam today has reached distant shores of foreign lands. Be it America, Europe or Gulf countries, the verve of Onam can be felt everywhere. Onam is increasingly turning out to be an international festival," the Prime Minister said. "Onam festival is also being celebrated with gaiety and fervour. This festival arrives in the month of Chingam. During this period, people buy something new, decorate their homes, prepare Pookalam, enjoy Onam-Saadiya. Variety of games, competitions also held," he said.
Tere is a close link between nature and our festivals, the Prime Minister stated.
"This is a time for festivals but at the same time, there is also a sense of discipline among people due to the COVID-19 situation," said PM Modi.

Under 'Aatma Nirbhar Bharat App' innovation challenge, there is 'KutukiKids' learning app for kids: PM Modi

Mann Ki Baat LIVE: Developing toy clusters in India to make our nation a toy hub, says PM Modi

Mann Ki Baat LIVE: PM Narendra Modi talks about the 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge'

Mann Ki Baat LIVE: India has the talent and the ability to become a toy hub, says PM Modi

Mann Ki Baat LIVE: India must collectively strive in order to move ahead in the field of toy production, says PM Modi

This is a time for festivals, but there is also a sense of discipline among people due to the Covid-19: PM Modi

Mann Ki Baat LIVE: There is a strong co-relation between nature and festivals, says PM Narendra Modi

Latest News LIVE: PM Narendra Modi going to address nation through 'Mann Ki Baat' at 11 AM

United Nations stresses need to return to political process in Libya

The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has stressed the need for an inclusive return to the political process in the country. "Libya is witnessing a dramatic turn of events that underlines the urgent need to return to a full and inclusive political process that will meet the aspirations of the Libyan people for representative government, dignity, and peace," Xinhua news agency quoted the UN body as saying in a statement on Saturday.
It urged calm, the application of the rule of law and the preservation of the rights of all citizens to peacefully express their views.
"Across Libya, UNSMIL is registering an increase in reports of human rights violations, including arbitrary arrests and detention, restrictions placed on freedom of movement and expression, as well as on the right of peaceful assembly and protest," the mission said. READ MORE...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays homage to Imam Hussain to mark Muharram

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid homage to Imam Hussain on Sunday to mark Muharram, saying nothing was more important to him than the values of truth and justice. Imam Hussain's emphasis on equality as well as fairness is noteworthy and gives strength to many, the prime minister said.
"We recall the sacrifice of Imam Hussain (AS). For him, there was nothing more important than the values of truth and justice. His emphasis on equality as well as fairness are noteworthy and give strength to many," Modi said in a tweet.

People airlifted and rescued from flood-affected areas of Madhya Pradesh by Indian Air Force

Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan informs PM Modi about flood situation

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday about the flood situation in the state.
"I explained the entire situation to PM Modi today morning. We are being given his support. I am happy that we continued the rescue operations overnight. The five people of Sehore district stranded in Narela village were rescued at 2:30 am," said CM Chouhan. The Chief Minister said that three people who were trapped in a village in Balaghat district have also been airlifted.
"Floods have caused havoc in more than 394 villages in nine districts of Madhya Pradesh. So far, more than 7,000 people have been rescued and taken to safer places. Five people stranded in Chhindwara have been airlifted by helicopter," said CM Chouhan.

Karnataka CM Yediyurappa flags off RORO train between Bengaluru to Solapur through video conferencing

CBI investigating Sushant Singh Rajput's death case arrives at DRDO guest house in Mumbai's Santacruz

Assam will send GoM report to Centre for granting ST status to 6 ethnic communities: CM

The Assam government would send to the Centre soon the report of the Group of Ministers (GoM) constituted for preparation of modalities for granting of ST status to the six ethnic communities of the state, said Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.
He also said that the proposed Autonomous Council for the Moran community would start functioning shortly. The chief minister said this in a meeting with a delegation of various organisations of the Moran Community in Guwahati on Saturday. The six communities are Koch Rajbongshi, Tai Ahom, Chutia, Matak, Moran and Tea Tribes, according to a PTI report.

Not one concern raised in our letter addressed in CWC meeting: Kapil Sibal

Days after the Congress Working Committee meeting where the reins of India's grand old part were again handed to Sonia Gandhi, Kapil Sibal one of the signatories of a letter calling for core changes said that none of the concerns they had raised were addressed. In an interview with The Indian Express, the senior leader said, "Congress needs a de jure and a de facto president and the concerns outlined in the letter should be addressed “as soon as possible.”
"Not one request of ours, the concern of ours reflected in the letter has been sought to be addressed in that [CWC] meeting – not one. Yet we are called dissenters," Sibal said responding to questions over growing distance between the senior leaders and the Gandhi family.

The Congress has been facing a leadership crisis with the baton being passed within the Gandhi family at regular occasions. Speaking on the need of stable party chief, Sibal said, "Can anybody oppose the fact that we should have a whole-time, 24×7 president of the party? Either they should say they don’t want it – then there will be dissent – but they also agree with it. We haven’t had a whole-time president since July 3, 2019. Does the Congress party believe there should not be a whole-time president, that we should not have elections?" READ MORE...

BJP to celebrate PM Narendra Modi's birthday on 17 Sept by observing 'Seva Saptah'

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will be organising a week-long 'Seva Saptah' (service week) in mid-September to mark the birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 17, according to an ANI report. Party will celebrate Prime Minister Modi's birthday on September 17 by observing 'Seva Saptah' from September 14 to September 20. Different social initiatives will be undertaken by party leaders across the nation during this week-long 'Seva Saptah' period.
The party has sent a circular to all the State unit chiefs stating programmes which have to be carried out during 'Seva Saptah'. The theme of the programmes is 'seventy' as it will be PM Modi's 70th birthday. Party's central office in charge and General secretary Arun Singh has sent a circular

Three militants, assistant sub-inspector of Jammu and Kashmir police killed in encounter

Three militants and an assistant sub-inspector of Jammu and Kashmir Police were killed in a gunfight on the outskirts of the city on Sunday, police said. Militants fired on a joint 'naka' of police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) at Pantha Chowk area late on Saturday night, a police official said.
He said the joint parties of the forces cordoned off the area and launched a search operation there. During the searches in the area, the militants again fired on the search party of the forces, who retaliated, leading to an encounter, the official said.

Ram Janmbhoomi Trust submits temple's layout to Ayodhya Development Authority for approval

The Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra has submitted the layout of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, and other documents related to it, to Ayodhya Development Authority (ADA) for approval, news agency ANI reported. Dr Anil Mishra, member of the Trust on Saturday handed over the documents to Neeraj Shukla, vice chairman and secretary of the ADA.
"The trustee of Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth area, Dr Anil Mishra, handed over the layout and other necessary documents of Shri Ram Janmbhoomi temple to the Vice Chairman and Secretary of the Ayodhya Development Authority for approval so that the construction work can start after the approval of the map," Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra said in a tweet.
The Trust on August 20 had said that the construction of Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Mandir has "begun" and the engineers are now testing the soil at the site.

Vaishno Devi Shrine set to deliver prasad through speed post

The Shri Mata Vaishno Devi (SMVD) Shrine Board in Jammu and Kashmir's Katra is set to deliver Prasad to devotees through speed post after an agreement was entered with the Department of Posts on Saturday. According to a statement by the SMVD, Ramesh Kumar, Chief Executive Officer of the Shrine Board, and Gaurav Srivastava, Director of the Postal Service in Jammu and Kashmir signed the agreement at the Spiritual Growth Centre in Katra, according to an ANI report.
"For facilitating the devotees, especially during the prevailing circumstances, the Board today introduced the facility of delivery of Prasad at their places. This initiative of the Board will greatly help the devotees to avail the Prasad who could not undertake the yatra due to the circumstances created by the pandemic," it said.

Flood like situation in Madhya Pradesh's Shajapur following heavy rainfall in the region

BJP to celebrate PM Narendra Modi's birthday on 17 Sept by observing 'Seva Saptah'

Gold price today at Rs 55,440 per 10 gm, silver trends at Rs 66,350 a kg

Gold prices today jumped to 54,540 from Rs 55,440 per 10 gram a day before, while silver jumped to Rs 66,350 from Rs 65,300 per kg, according to Good Returns website. Gold jewellery prices vary across India, the second-largest consumer of the metal, due to excise duty, state taxes, and making charges.
In New Delhi, the price of 22-carat gold jumped to Rs 50,000 per 10 gram, and in Chennai to Rs 49,120. In Mumbai, the rate was Rs 50,450, according to the Good Returns website. The price of 24-carat gold in Chennai was Rs 53,580 per 10 gm. On MCX, October gold futures jumped by 1.07 per cent to Rs 51,448 per 10 gram. Silver September futures stood at Rs 65,976 per kg. READ MORE...

Latest News LIVE: 16 dead, over 800,000 people affected in Odisha floods

As many as 16 persons have died due to flood-related incidents in Odisha while over eight lakh people have been affected, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradeep Kumar Jena said on Saturday. He said that 16 persons have died due to wall collapse and drowning, while five livestock have died in flood-related incidents.
"As per the preliminary estimation, as many as eight lakh people and over 3 lakh livestock have been affected and 2-3 lakh hectares of farmland have been submerged. Besides, 8,000 houses have been damaged," said Jena. He said a detailed damage assessment will be carried out at a later phase.

Three terrorists gunned down by security forces in Jammu and Kashmir

SC to issue order on Aug 31 in Vijay Mallya's plea seeking review of 2017 order holding him guilty of contempt

The Supreme Court on Monday will pronounce its verdict on a plea filed by fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya seeking a review of its May 2017 order holding him guilty of contempt for transferring $40 million to his children in violation of the court's order. A bench of Justice UU Lalit and Justice Ashok Bhushan will pronounce the order judgment on August 31, according to an ANI report.
It had reserved the order in the case on August 27 after hearing parties in the case. Mallya is an accused in a bank loan default case of over Rs 9,000 crore involving his defunct Kingfisher Airlines and is presently in the United Kingdom.
The Supreme Court had issued its May 9, 2017, order on a plea by a consortium of banks led by the State Bank of India (SBI), claiming he had allegedly transferred USD 40 million received from British firm Diageo to his children in "flagrant violation" of various judicial orders.

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

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation through his radio programme 'Mann Ki Baat' at 11 am today. Earlier on August 18, Prime Minister Modi had asked people to share their inputs and ideas for the 68th edition of his monthly radio programme 'Mann ki Baat'.

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