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At least 43 people died when lightning struck them in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, as monsoon rains spread across India. Mumbai suburbs and neighbouring Thane received more than 100 mm rainfall in 24 hours along with high tide hitting the shores, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

A crucial meeting of Nepal's ruling communist party to decide the political future of embattled Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli was postponed until Monday to allow more time for the top leadership to iron out their differences over his style of functioning and anti-India statements.

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12:39 AM IST Senior IAS officer D B Gupta, who was removed as the chief secretary on Thursday, was appointed adviser to Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Sunday.   The appointment order was issued by the Department of Personnel of Rajasthan on Sunday night.   Along with this, three more IAS officers have been transferred.

12:35 AM IST The Israeli military on Sunday said three rockets were fired toward southern Israel by Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.   The barrage set off air-raid sirens in Israel's south.   Israel's Channel 12 TV said two rockets landed in open areas, causing no damage or injuries.   The army said it intercepted a third rocket fired later Sunday evening. There was no immediate Israeli reaction, although the military usually responds to rocket fire with airstrikes on militant targets in Gaza.

11:37 PM IST Mercedes-Benz will recall more than 660,000 vehicles in China later this year for a possible oil leak. A seal between a high-pressure fuel pump and a low-pressure fuel pipe could weaken over time, allowing oil to leak when the engine starts in cold weather, according to a notice published last week on the website of China's State Administration for Market Regulation. Read on...

10:45 PM IST Paris police blocked anti-racism groups from leading a de-colonial tour of Paris on Sunday to call attention to monuments and streets honouring historical figures tied to the slave trade or colonial-era abuses.   Instead, the protesters marched around a monument in front of the French capital's Museum of Immigration, waving signs with proposed new street names and symbolically renaming them with each circle.   A Paris police official said the organizers failed to declare their march route properly and so were held in place. The city has seen several protests in recent weeks against police brutality, racial injustice or economic injustice, and some have erupted in tensions.   Sunday's protest wrapped up peacefully.

10:42 PM IST An earthquake of 4.6 magnitude hit Mizoram's Champhai district on Sunday afternoon, the seventh one to jolt the northeastern state in less than three weeks, officials said. Read on...

9:49 PM IST Tamil Nadu's G Akash became the country's 66th chess Grandmaster while his statemate M Pranesh and Goa's Ameya Audi earned International Master titles.   Akash's GM title was confirmed at the second council meet of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) for the year 2020 held recently. Read on...

9:45 PM IST The Railways is in talks with state governments to get labourers back at worksites of its largest infrastructure project, the Dedicated Freight Corridor, after its workforce reduced to 15,000 from 40,000 due to the Covid-19 lockdown.   The Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation Limited (DFCCIL), the implementing agency of the project, has till now managed to get back 7,000 labourers, taking the number of workers at sites to 22,000 from 15,000.   It brought them back by arranging buses and getting bulk bookings on trains.   To facilitate their movement, the agency also submitted letters to district administration and arranged for e-passes for contractors.

8:42 PM IST Billionaire Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) plans to increase its network of aviation fuel stations by 50 per cent as it looks to capture greater market share in the business currently controlled by public sector oil retailing firms.   In its latest annual report, RIL said the double-digit growth observed over 52 consecutive months might have been stalled due to the Covid-19-19 pandemic, but India continues to be one of the fastest growing aviation markets in the world for the fifth consecutive year.   RIL, which operates the world's largest single location oil refining complex, plans to capture this opportunity through increased presence at airports to refuel airplanes.  Air-passenger traffic in India rose 9 per cent even in February after the Indian carriers recouped to full capacity that was lowered following the closure of a major domestic carrier in the first few months of financial year 2019-20 (April 2019 to March 2020) as well as disruptions at Mumbai airport owing to construction and maintenance, it said. READ MORE...

8:33 PM IST Day temperatures in Rajasthan dropped by up to five notches on Sunday following light to moderate overnight rainfall in many parts of the state.   Jayal in Nagaur district of the state recorded 83 mm rainfall from Saturday till Sunday morning. Rains lashed Tijara (Alwar), Deogarh, Bhim, Laxmangarh (Alwar) and Sujangarh (Churu) among other places as well. The hottest place in the state was Jaisalmer at 42.2 degree Celsius, according to the Meteorological department here.   The department predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places in Ajmer, Bhilwara, Bundi, Tonk, Rajsamand, Chittorgarh, and Nagaur and light to moderate rains in other places.

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Rajasthan appoints senior IAS officer D B Gupta as adviser to CM

Senior IAS officer D B Gupta, who was removed as the chief secretary on Thursday, was appointed adviser to Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Sunday.
 

The appointment order was issued by the Department of Personnel of Rajasthan on Sunday night.
 

Along with this, three more IAS officers have been transferred.

Israeli military says Gaza militants fired 3 rockets

The Israeli military on Sunday said three rockets were fired toward southern Israel by Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.
 
The barrage set off air-raid sirens in Israel's south.
 
Israel's Channel 12 TV said two rockets landed in open areas, causing no damage or injuries.
 
The army said it intercepted a third rocket fired later Sunday evening. There was no immediate Israeli reaction, although the military usually responds to rocket fire with airstrikes on militant targets in Gaza.

Mercedes to recall more than 660,000 vehicles in China for oil leak

Mercedes-Benz will recall more than 660,000 vehicles in China later this year for a possible oil leak. A seal between a high-pressure fuel pump and a low-pressure fuel pipe could weaken over time, allowing oil to leak when the engine starts in cold weather, according to a notice published last week on the website of China's State Administration for Market Regulation. Read on...

Anti-racism groups in Paris call out coloniser street names

Paris police blocked anti-racism groups from leading a de-colonial tour of Paris on Sunday to call attention to monuments and streets honouring historical figures tied to the slave trade or colonial-era abuses.
 
Instead, the protesters marched around a monument in front of the French capital's Museum of Immigration, waving signs with proposed new street names and symbolically renaming them with each circle.
 
A Paris police official said the organizers failed to declare their march route properly and so were held in place. The city has seen several protests in recent weeks against police brutality, racial injustice or economic injustice, and some have erupted in tensions.
 
Sunday's protest wrapped up peacefully.

Earthquake of 4.6 magnitude shakes Mizoram

An earthquake of 4.6 magnitude hit Mizoram's Champhai district on Sunday afternoon, the seventh one to jolt the northeastern state in less than three weeks, officials said. Read on...

Akash becomes India's 66th chess Grand Master

Tamil Nadu's G Akash became the country's 66th chess Grandmaster while his statemate M Pranesh and Goa's Ameya Audi earned International Master titles.
 
Akash's GM title was confirmed at the second council meet of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) for the year 2020 held recently. Read on...

Railways in talks with states to bring back Dedicated Freight Corridor workers

The Railways is in talks with state governments to get labourers back at worksites of its largest infrastructure project, the Dedicated Freight Corridor, after its workforce reduced to 15,000 from 40,000 due to the Covid-19 lockdown.
 
The Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation Limited (DFCCIL), the implementing agency of the project, has till now managed to get back 7,000 labourers, taking the number of workers at sites to 22,000 from 15,000.
 
It brought them back by arranging buses and getting bulk bookings on trains.
 
To facilitate their movement, the agency also submitted letters to district administration and arranged for e-passes for contractors.

RIL planning to increase number of aviation fuel stations by 50%

Billionaire Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) plans to increase its network of aviation fuel stations by 50 per cent as it looks to capture greater market share in the business currently controlled by public sector oil retailing firms.
 
In its latest annual report, RIL said the double-digit growth observed over 52 consecutive months might have been stalled due to the Covid-19-19 pandemic, but India continues to be one of the fastest growing aviation markets in the world for the fifth consecutive year.
 
RIL, which operates the world's largest single location oil refining complex, plans to capture this opportunity through increased presence at airports to refuel airplanes. 

Air-passenger traffic in India rose 9 per cent even in February after the Indian carriers recouped to full capacity that was lowered following the closure of a major domestic carrier in the first few months of financial year 2019-20 (April 2019 to March 2020) as well as disruptions at Mumbai airport owing to construction and maintenance, it said. READ MORE...

Overnight rainfall brings down day temperatures in Rajasthan

Day temperatures in Rajasthan dropped by up to five notches on Sunday following light to moderate overnight rainfall in many parts of the state.
 
Jayal in Nagaur district of the state recorded 83 mm rainfall from Saturday till Sunday morning. Rains lashed Tijara (Alwar), Deogarh, Bhim, Laxmangarh (Alwar) and Sujangarh (Churu) among other places as well. The hottest place in the state was Jaisalmer at 42.2 degree Celsius, according to the Meteorological department here.
 
The department predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places in Ajmer, Bhilwara, Bundi, Tonk, Rajsamand, Chittorgarh, and Nagaur and light to moderate rains in other places.

Heavy rains lash several parts of Haryana and Punjab, mercury drops

Heavy rains lashed several parts of Haryana and Punjab in the early hours on Sunday, bringing down the mercury by a few notches and providing a much-needed relief to people from the sultry weather, news agency PTI reported.
 
Chandigarh and its adjoining towns of Mohali in Punjab and Panchkula in Haryana also received rains. Karnal, Hisar, Gurgaon, Faridabad, Jind, Kaithal and Ambala were among other places in Haryana to be lashed by rains. There were reports of tree branches falling on roads in the Kaithal-Jind area and disruption in power supply at some places.
 
Amritsar, Ludhiana, Patiala and Rupnagar in Punjab also received showers. Sultry weather conditions had prevailed in Haryana and Punjab and their common capital Chandigarh for the past week. The maximum temperatures dropped by up to three degrees Celsius after rains. Chandigarh recorded a maximum of 34.4 degrees Celsius, one notch below normal.
 
Hisar in Haryana recorded a high of 34.5 degrees Celsius, down four notches against normal, while Karnal registered a high of 32.4. Ambala recorded a maximum of 33.6 degrees Celsius, while Narnaul's maximum settled at 35. Amritsar, Ludhiana and Patiala in Punjab recorded below-normal maximums at 33.5, 33.7 and 33.6 degrees Celsius, respectively. The Meteorological Department here has forecast more rains in the region over the next two days.

Tariff hike in telecom 'inevitable', two rounds likely in 12-18 months: EY

Tariff hike in the telecom sector is "inevitable" as the current structure does not allow reasonable returns for operators, although a lot would depend on the timing given the "unprecedented" scale of the Covid-19 pandemic and resultant affordability crisis, according to EY.
 
Acknowledging that an immediate tariff increase may not be feasible in the current setting, Prashant Singhal, emerging markets Technology, Media & Entertainment and Telecommunications (TMT) Leader at EY said two rounds of tariff hikes can be expected in the next 12-18 months, including one in the next six months.
 
"Tariff hike is necessary. Telecom as spend for consumers is fairly low, and tariff hikes should likely happen over next 6 months, I am not saying it must, but sooner the better...
 
"One has to keep in mind the economic situation and affordability factor... but over 12-18 months, you have to have two rounds of tariff hikes, including one in the next six months, to ensure sustainability in the market," Singhal told PTI. READ MORE...

Karnataka govt announces ex-gratia of Rs 500,000 each for the families of landslide victims

India should be on 'high alert' for next 4 wks to stop locust attacks: FAO

India, which is tackling the worst locust attack in 26 years for the last three months, should remain on "high alert" during the next four weeks, according to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).
 
Meanwhile, the Indian government has stepped up efforts and is using latest technology and equipment like drones and Bell helicopters for control of the menace. Rajasthan is the most affected state in the country. The other affected states are Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Haryana and Bihar.
 
In its latest update, the FAO said that spring-bred locust swarms that migrated to Indo-Pakistan border and travelled east to northern states, are expected to return to Rajasthan with the start of monsoon in coming days.
 
These swarms will return to Rajasthan to join other swarms still arriving from Iran and Pakistan, which is expected to be supplemented by swarms from the Horn of Africa in about mid-July, it added. READ MORE...

57 people and 262 animals died in flood, rainfall and lightning-related incidents in Karnataka in a month

Latest News LIVE update: Heavy rain likely in Odisha in next few days

Formation of a low pressure area over the Bay of Bengal is likely to trigger heavy rainfall in Odisha in the next few days, the Meteorological Centre said on Sunday. Under the influence of a cyclonic circulation over west-central and adjoining northwest Bay of Bengal off north coastal Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts, a low pressure area has formed over northwest Bay of Bengal off Odisha and Gangetic West Bengal coasts, the MeT Centre said in a bulletin.
 
The monsoon trough now passes through the centre of the low pressure area over northwest Bay of Bengal off Odisha and Gangetic West Bengal coasts and thence southeastwards to east-central Bay of Bengal, it said.
 
Moreover, southwest monsoon has been active over Odisha and light to moderate rainfall has occurred at most places in the state with heavy to very heavy rainfall at one or two places over north coastal districts since Saturday.

Latest News LIVE update: Heavy rainfall in Himachal Pradesh

Rainfall occurred at many places in Himachal Pradesh in the last 24 hours, the meterological department said on Sunday.
 
Dharampur in the state was the wettest place after recording 54 mm rain followed by Palampur-50 mm, Dharamshala-48 mm, Mehre-43 mm, Nagrota Suriyan-42 mm, Jatton Barrage-41 mm, Kufri-38 mm, Baijnath and Aghar-37 mm each, Gaggal-36 mm, Shimla, Una and Jogindernagar-32 mm each, Nadaun-31 mm, Manali and RL-1700-27 mm each, Bharari-25 mm, Mandi and Naina Devi and Sujanpur Tira-24 mm each, Kothi-23 mm, Sundernagar-22 mm and Solan-21 mm of rainfall.
 
Meanwhile, heavy rain and high-speed winds did heavy damage in and around Dharamshala on Saturday night. Electric wires fell on the road and many trees got uprooted. The electric supply also remained disrupted. Heavy damage due to the storm was reported from Nagrota Suriya, Jawali and the surrounding areas.
 
The weatherman has predicted heavy rainfall, thunderstorm and lightning at isolated places in the state on July 8 and 9. The MeT also predicted rain with thunderstorm in almost all places of the state in the next eight days.

Latest News LIVE update: Earthquake of 4.2 magnitude hits Gujarat's Kutch district

A 4.2 magnitude earthquake, with its epicentre around 14 kms from Bhachau in Kutch district of Gujarat, was recorded on Sunday evening, an official said. It was preceded by four minor quakes of 1.8, 1.6, 1.7 and 2.1 magnitude between 1.50 am and 4.32 pm, the official said.
 
"A 4.2 magnitude earthquake was felt in Kutch district with its epicentre 14 km north-north-east of Bhachau in Kutch district at 5.11 pm on Sunday," the official of the Gandhinagar-based Institute of Seismological Research (ISR) said.
 
The same region had on June 14 recorded an earthquake of 5.3 magnitude that was felt across several parts of Saurashtra region, forcing people to rush out of their houses.
 
Kutch district is located in a "very high risk" seismic zone and low intensity earthquakes regularly occur there. The 2001 earthquake, also known as the Bhuj earthquake, was the third largest and second most destructive in India over the last two centuries.

Latest News LIVE: Earthquake of magnitude 4.6 on the Richter scale in Mizoram today

PM Modi's visit to Ladakh boosted morale of security forces: ITBP DG

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Ladakh has boosted the morale of all forces at the border and the troops are ready to sacrifice their lives for the nation like in the past, said SS Deswal, DG, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on Sunday.
 
During the inauguration of DRDO-built Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel COVID-19 Hospital in Delhi Cantonment here on Sunday, Deswal said, "Prime Minister's visit to Ladakh and his address to troops in Nimu have boosted the morale of all forces at the border. Our jawans are dedicated to the nation. The morale of our Army, Air Force and ITBP is very high. We are ready to dedicate our lives to the nation."
 
Deswal said that Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel COVID-19 Hospital has been developed to help out citizens of Delhi and NCR who are affected by the coronavirus, news agency ANI reported.
 
"Our team of doctors and medical staff will take care of this facility. Our medical teams were earlier deployed to treat the Indian citizens evacuated from Wuhan in China in our COVID-19 facility in Chhawla camp. We are running 200 bedded COVID hospital in Noida for all the police forces in Delhi and NCR," he said.
 
"This hospital has 10 per cent of beds with oxygen facility. We have counsellors for mentally traumatic patients. We have a team of good psychiatrists and specialists in medicine." he added.
 
The DRDO-built Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel COVID-19 Hospital in Delhi Cantonment, the temporary hospital structure that has been erected in 11 days and has 1,000 beds including 250 ICU beds, informed DRDO officials.
 
Delhi has a total of 97,200 COVID-19 cases, including 68,256 recoveries and 25,940 active cases, as per the last bulletin of the Delhi Health Department.

IAF ramping up deployment in key bases along LAC amid border row with China

The Indian Air Force is significantly enhancing deployment of its frontline jets, attack helicopters and transport fleet in all its key bases guarding the airspace along the Line of Actual Control in view of heightened border tension with China in eastern Ladakh, people familiar with the development said on Saturday.
 
The IAF has also pressed into service a fleet of C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft as well as C-130J Super Hercules in transporting heavy military equipment and weaponry to several forward bases to further ramp up India's military preparedness in the region.
 
The IAF is also using its Ilyushin-76 fleet to transport troops to various areas along the Line of Actual Control, the 3,500 km de-facto border between India and China, the people cited above said.
 
They said the force has already moved a sizeable number of its frontline Sukhoi 30 MKI, Jaguar, Mirage 2000 aircraft to several key air bases including Leh and Srinagar. READ MORE...

954 hectares of land along Yamuna floodplain still under cultivation: NGT panel

A committee appointed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to monitor the cleaning of Yamuna has informed it that 954 hectares of land along the river's floodplain is still under cultivation and sought eviction of those possessing the land, news agency PTI reported.
 
The Yamuna Monitoring Committee, which comprises retired NGT expert member B S Sajwan and former Delhi chief secretary Shailaja Chandra, told the NGT that a drive to remove illegal cultivation by encroachers had been taken up and till January 7, 352.36 hectares of land has been evicted and repossessed.
 
"There are 954 hectares under encroachment and agricultural use. YMC has been following up on this relentlessly but in 20 months no plan for eviction has been given," the YMC said.
 
"NGT may consider directing that a plan for eviction of those possessing the land and where there are no court stays be prepared. Delhi Development Authority needs to be reprimanded for evading doing this for so long. Without a plan, the agriculturists will only get more strength to ward off reclamation efforts whenever these are mounted," the committee said.

Lightning kills 43 people in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar; rains lash several parts of country

At least 43 people were killed after being struck by lightning in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar as rains and thunderstorm occurred in several parts of the country on Saturday, officials said.
 
Instances of wall collapse, uprooting of trees and waterlogging were reported in Maharashtra as heavy rains lashed large parts of the western state, including Mumbai, for the second day on Saturday. However, there were no casualties.

North India witnessed predominantly sultry weather, with Punjab and Haryana recording above-normal day temperatures. In the national capital, the mercury oscillated between 37 and 40 degrees Celsius in most parts of the city.
 
Light rains and cloudy skies over the next three-four days are expected to keep the mercury in check in the national capital, Meteorological department officials said. Rainfall was recorded at isolated places in Uttar Pradesh, where at least 23 people were killed and 29 others injured after being struck by lightning. READ MORE...
 
 

BSF seizes 884 Phensedyl cough syrup, rescues 10 cattle along India-Bangladesh border

The Border Security Force (BSF) has seized 884 bottles of Phensedyl cough syrup and resued 10 cattle along the India-Bangladesh border in West Bengal.
 
"The BSF troops of South Bengal Frontier seized 884 bottles Phensedyl worth Rs 1,14,449 and rescued 10 cattle during the anti-trans border crime operations on June 4-5," BSF said in a press release.
 
These Phensedyl were being smuggled to Bangladesh through the different locations of the border districts of the state, the force added. So far in the year 2020, the BSF troops of South Bengal Frontier have seized 1,43,379 bottles of Phensedyl and 2,429 kilogram of ganja in international smuggling cases, news agency ANI reported.

India should focus on 15 items of imports to achieve self-reliance: Assocham

Industry body Assocham has identified15 large import items for ramping up the country's domestic capacity to achieve the objective of Aatmanirbhar Bharat or self-reliant India in 2-3 years. These items include electronics, coal, iron-steel, non-ferrous metals and vegetable oils, among others.
 
The analysis, based on the latest data, shows that the electronics goods are the largest non-oil import segment. Despite the country being under partial lockdown, India imported electronic goods worth USD 2.8 billion only in May, 2020.
 
"In the circumstance of the industry operating in a normal way, these imports are near about USD 5 billion a month - a huge drain on the forex which needs to be curtailed," Assocham said in a note.

Uttar Pradesh reports massive dip in revenues in first quarter of 2020-21

Uttar Pradesh has witnessed a massive dip in tax and non-tax revenue collection in the first quarter (April-June) of the current financial year owing to the impact of the Covid-19 lockdown on commercial and industrial activity.
 
Against a tax and non-tax revenue target of Rs 46,127 crore for the April-June period, the state’s collection stood at a mere Rs 17,412 crore or 37.74 per cent of the quarterly goal.
 
According to UP finance minister Suresh Kumar Khanna, the tax revenue during the April-June 2020 was Rs 15,716 crore against the target of Rs 41,602 crore, which was only 37.77 per cent of the quarterly target. Similarly, the non-tax revenue mop up stood at Rs 1,696 crore or 37.5 per cent of the Rs 4,525 crore target set for the April-June quarter of 2020-21. READ MORE...

LIVE: In next 24 hours, intermittent moderate to heavy rain expected in Mumbai and suburbs

Latest News LIVE: Fishing community seeks help from govt following incessant rainfall in Mumbai

A large number of people from the Koli fishing community in Mumbai sought help from the local administration on Sunday after heavy rains lashed the city for three consecutive days. Jayesh Bhoir, a fisherman who lives in the Colaba Koliwada, said that this monsoon rain has put additional pressure on his financial condition.
 
"We have not been operating for the last two months because of the COVID-19 guidelines and our business has been terribly affected. That along with the heavy rains has made it really difficult. The government should at least take care of our community during natural calamities like these. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation hasn't yet cleaned the gutters and it usually happens before the monsoon season." Bhoir said.
 
While speaking to ANI, another local said, "We're scared for our safety, we live in low lying areas. Admin should help us."
 
The Mumbai Police on Sunday also cautioned the local residents against venturing in the waters or around the sea. It also tweeted that due to the rain-induced waterlogging, many roads have been closed.

Rs 12.4 trillion e-way bills generated in Jun; 77% of pre-lockdown level reached

An average of 14.26 lakh e-way bills, which are required for transportation of goods valued at over Rs 50,000, were generated each day in the month of June, which is 77 per cent of the average number of bills generated per day in the pre-lockdown phase, GST Network said on Sunday.
 
In total 4.27 crore e-way bills valued at over Rs 12.40 trillion were generated by businesses and transporters during June, higher than 4 crore bills worth Rs 11.43 trillion generated in March, reflecting uptick in economic activity with gradual lifting of lockdown, GST Network (GSTN) said in a statement.
 
In April and May, 84.53 lakh (Rs 3.90 trillion) and 2.51 lakh (Rs 8.98 trillion) such bills were generated. In comparison, in February and January 5.63 crore (Rs 15.39 trillion) and 5.61 crore (Rs 15.71 trillion) e-way bills were generated, respectively, on the government portal. READ MORE...

Latest News LIVE update: Bhopal receives heavy rainfall

Madhya Pradesh's capital city, Bhopal, received heavy rainfall on Sunday. Besides Bhopal, Mumbai was battered with rains today morning, resulting in waterlogging in several parts of the city. According to the India Meteorological Department, Thane reported 28 cm of rain, Santacruz 20.1 cm and Colaba 13 cm, as of 8:30 am on Sunday morning, news agency ANI reported.
 
Also, heavy rains continued to throw normal life out of gear in Patna on Sunday as the city saw waterlogging in several parts. The national capital witnessed light rain showers in the morning after a change in weather last night. Parts of the city received heavy rainfall, lightning and thunderstorm.
 
Earlier today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) had tweeted, "Thunderstorm with heavy rain and wind speed of 20-50 KMPH would occur over and adjoining areas of Many places of entire Delhi, Hansi, Narwana, Kaithal, Hissar, Jind, Rohtak, Gohana, Gannaur, Sonipat, Baraut, Panipat, Karnal, Shamli, Muzaffarnagar, Bijnor, Jhajjar, Bhiwani, Mahendergarh, Kosli, Gurugram, Manesar, Rewari, Bhiwari, Narnaul, Meerut, Hapur, Nuh, Palwal, Noida, Gr. Noida, Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Bulandshahar, Aurangabad, Ahodal, Aligarh, Jhangirabad, Garhmukteshwar, Khatoli, Chandpur, Amroha, Moradabad, Mathura, Hathras, Alwar, Sambhal, Narora, Agra, Sahaswan, Chandausi, Etah, Badahun during the next two hours.

PM Modi discussed various issues with President Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday called on President Ram Nath Kovind and the two leaders discussed issues of national and international importance, Rashtrapati Bhavan officials said.
 
The meeting comes after the Prime Minister had visited Leh earlier this week and addressed soldiers following the June 15 clashes in the higher reaches of that region with Chinese troops in which 20 army personnel sacrificed their lives for the nation.
 

Aerial spraying of pesticide being done in Jodhpur as part of locust control operation

IIT Kharagpur to announce final results of 2019-20 academic year after July 8

Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur will announce the final results for the academic year 2019-20 after July 8, director Prof V K Tewari said. The institute had earlier cancelled the end semester examination due to Covid-19 pandemic.
 
It formed a committee to evaluate academic performance along with decisions on grading scheme, supplementary examination and department change, the director said in a statement on Saturday.

Close to 13,000 students enrolled in various under- graduate, post-graduate and doctoral programmes were evaluated based on grades of mid-semester examinations, assignments, class tests, viva, etc, the statement said. An institute spokesperson said online assessment was not resorted to as many students hail from remote parts of the country having poor net connectivity. READ MORE...

Latest News LIVE: Income Tax dept amends TDS form, makes it more comprehensive

The Income Tax department has amended the TDS form, making it more comprehensive and mandating deductors to state reasons for non-deduction of tax. As per the amended form, banks will also have to report Tax Deducted at Source (TDS) for cash withdrawals above Rs 1 crore.
 
Through a notification, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has amended Income Tax Rules to include TDS on e-commerce operators, dividend distributed by mutual funds and business trusts, cash withdrawals, professional fees and interest.
 
Nangia & Co LLP Partner Shailesh Kumar said with this notification, the government has revised the format of forms 26Q and 27Q, where details of TDS amount deducted and deposited on various resident and non-resident payments are required to be filled. Form 26Q is used for quarterly filing of TDS returns on any payment other than salary to Indian residents by the government or corporates operating in India. READ MORE...

Latest News LIVE: High tides hit the coast in Mumbai's Colaba, BMC issues another warning

Latest News LIVE update: Water-logging in Mumbai due to incessant rainfall

FPIs pull out Rs 3,741 crore from Indian markets in three trading sessions of July

Foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) have pulled out Rs 3,741 crore from the Indian markets in just three trading sessions of July, which market analysts attributed to profit booking and appreciation in the rupee over the last few weeks.
 
The depositories data showed that FPIs withdrew a net sum of Rs 3,959 crore from the equities but invested a net Rs 218 crore in debt segment between July 1-3. This translated into a total net withdrawal of Rs 3,741 crore during the period under review.
 
The latest withdrawal has come after investment of Rs 24,053 crore by FPIs in domestic markets in June. FPIs turned net buyers after remaining net sellers for three consecutive months. READ MORE...

DHFL defaults on NCD repayments of Rs 50 crore over moratorium restrictions

DHFL has defaulted on payment of Rs 50 crore on bonds, saying the company is not in a position to make payments to the lenders as it is under moratorium since last November.
 
The payment has not been made by the company to the respective investors of the secured NCDs (non-convertible debentures) for a principal amount of Rs 50 crore due on July 3, 2020, DHFL said in a regulatory filing.
 
The company is currently under moratorium under the Code (IBC) since November 29, 2019 and hence, it is not in a position to make payment of interest or principal to any of the lenders of the company, including the NCDs holders, DHFL said. The payments to the lenders or NCD holders remain in abeyance and will be subject to the outcome of the CIRP process, it added. READ MORE...

Rainfall very likely over parts of central and northwest India during next 4-5 days: IMD

Latest News LIVE: Power demand slump narrows to 2.6% in July beginning

Power demand slump has narrowed to 2.6 per cent in the beginning of July from 9.6 per cent in June, showing improvement in commercial and industrial activities in the country, news agency PTI reported.
 
The peak power demand had declined by about 25 per cent in April and 8.82 per cent in May this year due to lower commercial and industrial demand during the COVID-19 induced lockdown. The government had imposed the lockdown from March 25.
 
Experts have expressed hope that power demand would reach normal levels by August this year. Unlock 2.0 is expected to bring economic activities to almost normal levels, which would be reflected in power demand data. The government had started easing the lockdown from April 20, 2020.
 
According to power ministry data, peak power demand met was recorded at 170.54 GW on July 2, which is just 2.61 per cent lower than 175.12 GW in July 2019. The peak power demand met was 166.78GW on July 1, 168.34GW on July 3 and 160.83 GW on July 4. The peak power demand met in June dipped 9.6 per cent at 164.94GW compared to 182.45 GW in June 2019. Peak power demand met is defined as the highest energy supply during the day across the country.

Latest News LIVE update: Mercedes to recall 660,000 vehicles in China for oil leak

Mercedes-Benz will recall more than 660,000 vehicles in China later this year for a possible oil leak. A seal between a high-pressure fuel pump and a low-pressure fuel pipe could weaken over time, allowing oil to leak when the engine starts in cold weather, according to a notice published last week on the website of China's State Administration for Market Regulation, news agency AP reported.
 
The official Xinhua News Agency reported the recall Sunday. The recall of 668,954 vehicles will begin on Dec. 18. It includes several models made between February 2013 and June 2017 including C-class, E-class, V-class, GLK-class, CLS-class, SLC-class, GLC SUV and VS20 VITO vehicles. Most of the vehicles were made in China by Beijing Benz Automotive Co. About 12,500 were built by Fujian Benz Automotive Co. and about 36,000 were imported.
 
Dealers will replace faulty parts free of charge. The announcement follows another recall that began last month of 4,653 imported Mercedes G-class sedans that had incorrect child-safety lock labels, Xinhua said. Those vehicles were manufactured between Feb. 14, 2018, and Sept. 24, 2019.

Latest News LIVE update: Powai lake in Mumbai overflows due to incessant rainfall

Latest News LIVE: Woman PSI arrested for taking Rs 20 lakh bribe in Gujarat

A woman police sub-inspector (PSI) has been arrested for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 20 lakh from a rape accused for not charging him under the Prevention of Anti-Social Activities Act, police said on Sunday.
 
Shweta Jadeja, who was the in-charge of Mahila police station in Ahmedabad-West, had allegedly demanded Rs 35 lakh from the brother of Kenal Shah, against whom she was investigating a rape case registered in 2019, news agency PTI reported.
 
She demanded the money for not booking Shah under provisions of the Prevention of Anti-Social Activities Act (PASA) Act, where the police can send an accused to a jail outside his native district, he said. As per the First Information Report (FIR) lodged by the city crime branch, Jadeja accepted Rs 20 lakh through a middleman and demanded an additional Rs 15 lakh from the rape case accused.
 
The complainant gave Rs 20 lakh to Jadeja in February, and she was forcing him to pay the remaining amount, the FIR said. She was arrested on Friday and a case was registered against her under the Prevention of Corruption Act, the official said. She was on Saturday produced before a sessions court where police sought her remand for seven days. The court, however, granted three-day remand to the police for further investigation, public prosecutor Sudhir Brahmbhatt said.

PM Modi meets President Kovind to discuss various issues: Rashtrapati Bhavan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday called on President Ram Nath Kovind and the two leaders discussed issues of national and international importance, Rashtrapati Bhavan officials said.
 
The meeting comes after the Prime Minister had visited Leh earlier this week and addressed soldiers following the June 15 clashes in the higher reaches of that region with Chinese troops in which 20 army personnel sacrificed their lives for the nation, news agency PTI reported.
 
After the meeting, the Rashtrapati Bhavan tweeted, "Prime Minister @narendramodi called on President Kovind and briefed him on the issues of national and international importance...".

Latest News LIVE: Big projects on to augment India's border infrastructure, says Nitin Gadkari

To augment India's border infrastructure, a large number of highway projects are underway including in Jammu and Kashmir, Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh, both by the BRO as well as NHIDCL, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said.
 
Work is also progressing on 17 strategic highway-cum-airstrips, three of which have been completed, he said. Besides, work is on in full swing on the Rs 12,000 crore ambitious Chardham project for providing all-weather connectivity to Gangotri, Kedarnath, Yamunotri and Badrinath, news agency PTI reported.
 
The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has achieved a major milestone in the project by successfully digging a 440-metre long tunnel below the busy Chamba town on the Rishikesh-Dharasu national highway, he said.
 
"We have completed three of the 17 strategic projects where highway stretches can double up as airstrips, mostly in border areas. Work on others is progressing fast," the road transport and highways minister told PTI.
 
The projects, in collaboration with the defence ministry, will enable highway stretches to double up as airstrips when needed in border areas where there are no airports in 300-400 km vicinity, he said.
 
The minister said traffic operations on such strips, which are already minimal as they are in remote areas, would be controlled via railway type electronic gates in case of need for airplanes to land or take off. Earlier, a committee was constituted comprising officials of both the highways and defence ministries to come out with specifications for such highway stretches.

Large projects on to augment India's border infra: Gadkari

To augment India's border infrastructure, a large number of highway projects are underway including in Jammu and Kashmir, Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh, both by the BRO as well as NHIDCL, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said. Work is also progressing on 17 strategic highway-cum-airstrips, three of which have been completed, he said. Besides, work is on in full swing on the Rs 12,000 crore ambitious Chardham project for providing all-weather connectivity to Gangotri, Kedarnath, Yamunotri and Badrinath.  The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has achieved a major milestone in the project by successfully digging a 440-metre long tunnel below the busy Chamba town on the Rishikesh-Dharasu national highway, he said.

Watch | Meeting between PM Modi and President Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhawan

PM briefs President on national, international matters

Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on President Ram Nath Kovind and briefed him on the issues of national and international importance at Rashtrapati Bhavan today.


Watch | High tide in Mumbai as heavy rain lash city

France-Turkey spat over Libya arms exposes NATO's limits

The festering dispute between France and Turkey over a naval standoff in the Mediterranean Sea has shone a glaring searchlight on NATO's struggle to keep order among its ranks and exposed weaknesses in a military alliance that can only take action by consensus. The dispute has also revealed NATO's limits when its allies are or are perceived to be on different sides of a conflict in this case in Libya especially when a major nuclear ally like France has lamented the brain death at the world's biggest security organisation due to a lack of American leadership. According to French accounts of the June 10 incident in the Mediterranean, the French frigate Courbet was illuminated by the targeting radar of a Turkish warship that was escorting a Tanzanian-flagged cargo ship when the French vessel approached. France said it was acting on intelligence from NATO that the civilian ship could be involved in trafficking arms to Libya. The Courbet was part of the alliance's operation Sea Guardian, which helps provide maritime security in the Mediterranean.

Lamborghini India banks on healthy order book to prevent sales decline

Italian super sports car maker Lamborghini is banking on a healthy order book to prevent huge sales dip in India this year due to the coronavirus pandemic as it resumes deliveries of vehicles from this month after restarting operations following lockdown relaxations, according to a senior company official. While new orders are slow to come by, Lamborghini India is not witnessing any cancellations of bookings, although some customers have asked for delayed deliveries due to the health crisis. "We still have a strong order bank for Urus and also we launched the new Evo RWD in the beginning of the year. This helped us to build the order bank for the year, which will be acting as a big support in terms of getting some decent numbers this year," Lamborghini India Head Sharad Agarwal told PTI.

Four Maoists cadres killed in an encounter in Odisha

Four Maoists cadres were killed in an encounter with the security personnel in Odisha’s Kandhamal district today morning.

End of the runway for 747 jumbo as Boeing placed final part orders: sources

Boeing Co and suppliers set the final number of parts it would need for the 747 jumbo jet program at least a year ago, signaling the end for a plane that democratized global air travel in the 1970s but fell behind modern twin-engine aircraft, industry sources said on Friday. Boeing's "Queen of the Skies", the world's most easily recognized jetliner with its humped fuselage and four engines, marked its 50-year flying anniversary in February 2019, clinging to life thanks to a cargo market boom fueled by online shopping. But the end for the program has been hanging in the air for years amid falling orders and pricing pressure. The coronavirus pandemic has also crushed passenger travel and demand for new jets. The last order for a passenger version came in 2017, when the U.S. government asked Boeing to repurpose two 747-8 jetliners for use as Air Force One by the U.S. president.

UK PM Johnson to phase out Huawei's 5G role within months: Report

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to begin phasing out the use of Chinese tech giant Huawei's technology in Britain's 5G network as soon as this year, The Daily Telegraph reported on Saturday. Officials are drawing up proposals to stop installing new Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL] equipment in the 5G network in as little as six months, and to speed up the removal of technology that is already in place, the newspaper reported. The move comes after the nation's spy agency GCHQ raised new security fears over Chinese technology. A report prepared by GCHQ's National Cyber Security Centre concludes that new U.S. sanctions on Huawei will force the company to use untrusted technology that could make the risk impossible to control, the newspaper said.

Kolkata: Fire breaks out in a commercial building located near Canning Street

Kanye West says he's running for US President in 2020 elections

Rapper Kanye West has announced that he is running for the office of President this year. The multiple Grammy winner took to social media on country's 244th Independence Day (July 4) to share the news. "We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States!" West wrote on Twitter using a hashtag #2020VISION. If he were to launch a campaign for the upcoming elections on November 3, West will go up against President Donald Trump, of whom he has been a vocal supporter, and Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Rain, high-velocity winds lash Delhi; more expected

A fresh bout of rain and high-velocity winds lashed the national capital overnight, bringing the mercury down by several notches on Sunday morning. Light rain and generally cloudy weather is expected during the day. The Safdarjung Observatory, which provides representative figures for Delhi, recorded 33.6 mm rainfall till 5:30 am. The Palam station gauged43.4 mm precipitation, the weatherman said. Rainfall recorded below 15mm is considered light, between 15 and 64.5 mm is moderate, andabove64.5mmisheavy, according to the India Meteorological Department. Humidity levels also shot up to 100 per cent.

48 hours and police still searching for Vikas Dubey

It has been more than 48 hours since gangster Vikas Dubey went missing after killing eight police personnel in an ambush in Kanpur, but the state police still has no clue about the whereabouts of the criminal. All the phones of Vikas, his associates and relatives have been put on surveillance but the gangster has not used any communication tool so far. The Yogi Adityanath government, on Saturday night, increased the reward on Vikas to Rs one lakh. A reward of Rs 25,000 each has been announced for his 18 accomplices. Sixty police team are frantically searching for the man, who is now 'most wanted' in Uttar Pradesh.
 


Japan floods leave at least 20 dead, many in nursing homes

Deep floodwaters and the risk of more mudslides that left about 20 people confirmed or presumed dead hampered search and rescue operations on Sunday in southern Japan, including at elderly home facilities where more than a dozen perished and scores are still stranded. Rescue helicopters plucked more people from their homes in the Kumamoto region. Up to 10,000 defense troops, the coast guard and fire brigades are taking part in the operation. Large areas along the Kuma River were swallowed by floodwaters with many houses, buildings and vehicles submerged almost up to their roofs. Mudslides smashed into houses, sending people atop rooftops waiving at rescuers. At a flooded elderly care home in Kuma Village, 14 residents were presumed dead after rescuers reached them on Saturday, officials said. Three others had hypothermia.

PM Modi extends birthday wishes to Ram Vilas Paswan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday extended wishes to Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on his birthday saying that latter's administrative experience and insight on key policy issues are a major asset for the Centre. Taking to Twitter, Prime Minister Modi wrote, "Best wishes to my senior Cabinet colleague Shri Ram Vilas Paswan Ji. Paswan Ji's administrative experience and insight on key policy issues are a major asset for our Government. His contribution towards social justice is immense. Praying for his long and healthy life." Various politicians also extended their wishes to Paswan, including Union Ministers Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Dr. Harsh Vardhan.

China discreetly launches initiative to combat 'illegal activities' in South China Sea

Without vying much attention of South-East Asian countries, China has discreetly initiated a maritime law enforcement initiative aimed at enhancing marine environmental protection and combating "illegal activities in key areas", including offshore oil exploration as well as shipping and related operations. The US-based Diplomat magazine, in its report, said that China's Ministry of Natural Resources, Ministry of Ecology and Environment, Ministry of Transport and China Coast Guard, in a joint statement released on April 1, had announced the commencement of an eight-month-long "Bihai 2020" (or "Blue Sea 2020") initiative.

PIL against Twitter in Bombay HC for promoting pro-Khalistan tweets

A public interest litigation (PIL) has been filed against Twitter India Pvt. Ltd. and others by petitioner, Gopal Jhaveri before the High Court at Bombay with the prayer to direct the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to take action against Twitter under various penal provisions of the law. These include Section 39 the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967; section 107, 121 A, 124A, 153A, 153 B, 34 of the Indian Penal Code, section 66f of the Information Technology Act, 2000. The petitioner also demanded for the regulation of social media platforms to tackle various anti-national and unethical activities on Twitter.

Police arrests Vikas Dubey's accomplice Daya Shankar Agnihotri

Police have arrested Daya Shankar Agnihotri, an accomplice of history-sheeter Vikas Dubey in Kalyanpur. Agnihotri was arrested following an encounter last night.

CRPF jawan injured in IED attack by terrorists in Gangoo

One CRPF jawan injured in IED attack by terrorists in Gangoo area of Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir. It is suspected that the attack was to target a CRPF convoy; area cordoned off, search operation underway. More details awaited: Central Reserve Police Force

Ram Gopal Varma booked in 'Murder' movie row

Telangana police on Saturday booked controversial filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma as per a court directive in connection with his proposed movie 'Murder' based on an alleged incident of honour killing. A case against Varma and producer Natti Karuna was booked at Miryalaguda Town- I police station in Nalgonda district. The court issued the direction on a petition filed by P.Balaswamy, whose son Pranay Kumar was murdered in 2018 by his father-in-law Maruthi Rao who had refused to accept his marriage with his daughter.

In Pics | Heavy rains lash parts of Maharashtra

High tides form in the sea following the heavy rainfall, at Bandra in Mumbai on Saturday.
A woman standing in the balcony looks at the high tide hitting the house following the heavy rainfall, at Bandra in Mumbai on Saturday.
Vehicles move on the road during heavy rainfall, in Mumbai on Saturday.

DU students flag technical glitches, incorrect question papers during mock online exam

Network problems, incorrect question papers and difficulty in logging in -- these were some of the issues that Delhi University students faced on the first day of a mock online exam. The Delhi University Teachers' Association (DUTA) alleged that its members were inundated with panic mails from students. When many students tried accessing the site, they got messages like wrong email ID even though it was the same id used in the form they filled up and earlier received communication from the university, the DUTA said. Some other students didn't get the one-time password (OTP) to access the site, it added. Many students who managed to access the site found that of the 37 question papers slotted, not even a single question paper belongs to their course, they said.

Indian cycle industry has opportunity to increase its global market share: Hero Cycles CMD

Pankaj Munjal, CMD Hero Cycles on Saturday said that the cycle industry in the country is moving towards self-reliance in a phased manner. He said the people were looking at Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan for shifting manufacturing facilities out of China and India has an opportunity to increase its market share in cycle industry. "With media bashing of China, people are looking at Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan to some extent and to India. We have to be competitive. We stand a great chance," he said. He was answering a query about the cycle industry in the wake of COVID-19 and trade with China.

Paradip Port has become the number one in India in handling cargo: Port Trust Chairman

Paradip Port has become the number one port in India in handling cargo, said Rinkesh Roy Chairman, Paradip Port trust chairman. As the COVID-19 Pandemic continues to stifle the global supply chain, the maritime industry is no doubt facing a daunting task to function smoothly. In spite of all the obstacles, the team PPT has come out with flying colours and has clocked a remarkable 25.73 Million Metric Tonnes cargo handling mark and emerged as the number one major Port of India.

UP CM's 'Thok Denge' policy is to be blamed for Kanpur encounter: Owaisi

AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Saturday slammed the Uttar Pradesh government for their 'Thok Denge' policy, which has left eight police personnel dead in Kanpur encounter. Speaking on the Kanpur encounter, Owaisi said, "What happened in Kanpur, the complete blame and responsibility lies with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. As he started killing in the name of 'Thok Denge' policy, that is, killing people in the name of encounter." Owaisi urged to him, "It is high time that he (Chief Minister Yogi) should change the policy of 'Thok Denge'. We cannot run the country or state on the basis of rule by 'Gun'. You run a Country and a State on the basis of Constitution, on the basis of law."

Rains lash national capital

The national capital continues to receive light showers this morning after it witnessed a change in weather last night and received heavy rainfall, lightning and thunderstorm. 
 

1 killed, 3 wounded in US nightclub shooting

A man was shot dead and three others were wounded on Saturday at a sports bar in the US state of Mississippi, officials said. The incident took place after an altercation broke out at M-Bar Sports Grill in Jackson, the capital city of Mississippi, Xinhua reported. The deceased has been identified as 41-year-old Cortez Shelby, police said in a release, adding that the woman and two men who were wounded in the shooting have been hospitalised, with their injuries were not considered life-threatening.

 

Assam flood affects 11 lakh people, death toll rises to 37

With two more fresh deaths on Saturday, the toll in the ongoing current wave of Assam floods has increased to 37. The situation, however, has largely improved in seven districts even as 11 lakh people in 18 of the state's 33 districts have been affected, officials said. The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) officials said that in the current wave of floods in the past two weeks, at least 22 persons have died in Morigaon, Tinsukia, Dhubri, Nagaon, Nalbari, Barpeta, Dhemaji, Udalguri, Goalpara and Dibrugarh districts, taking the state's death toll to 37, while 24 people have been killed in separate landslides since May 22. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who on Friday spoke to Assam Chief Minister Sarbanada Sonowal and reviewed the current flood situation, announced an ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to the next of kin of persons who lost their lives.
 

43 people killed in lightning strikes in UP, Bihar; rains lash several parts of country

At least 43 people were killed after being struck by lightning in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar as rains and thunderstorm occurred in several parts of the country on Saturday, officials said. Instances of wall collapse, uprooting of trees and waterlogging were reported in Maharashtra as heavy rains lashed large parts of the western state, including Mumbai, for the second day on Saturday. However, there were no casualties. North India witnessed predominantly sultry weather, with Punjab and Haryana recording above-normal day temperatures.

 

Amid furore over monuments, Trump call for garden of statues

President Donald Trump has a vision for his second term, if he wins one, of establishing a National Garden of American Heroes that will pay tribute to some of the most prominent figures in US history, a collection of the greatest Americans to ever live. His idea, conveyed in a speech on Friday night at Mount Rushmore and expanded on in an executive order, comes as elected officials and institutions are reckoning with whether it is appropriate to continue to honour people, including past presidents, who benefited from slavery or espoused racist views, with monuments or buildings and streets named after them.

Chlorine gas leak at plant sickens 70 in southeast Iran

A chlorine gas leak at a petrochemical centre in southeast Iran sickened 70 workers, state-run IRNA news agency reported on Saturday.
 
Most of the workers at the Karun petrochemical centre in the city of Mahshahr in southeast Khuzestan province were released after undergoing medical treatment.
 
Meanwhile, in the city of Ahvaz, also in Khuzestan, a fire at the Zergan power plant was ignited when a transformer exploded, IRNA reported Saturday.

No exams for graduation, PG courses in Rajasthan this year: Govt

2 Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists killed in encounter in J&K's Kulgam, Army man suffers injury

Two Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists were killed and an Army man suffered injuries during an encounter between the ultras and security forces in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, police said.

Security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation in the Arrah area of Kulgam district of south Kashmir on Saturday based on specific information about the presence of terrorists there, a police official said.

IAF ramping up deployment in key bases along border with China

The Indian Air Force is significantly enhancing deployment of its frontline jets, attack helicopters and transport fleet in all its key bases guarding the airspace along the Line of Actual Control in view of heightened border tension with China in eastern Ladakh, people familiar with the development said on Saturday.

The IAF has also pressed into service a fleet of C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft as well as C-130J Super Hercules in transporting heavy military equipment and weaponry to several forward bases to further ramp up India's military preparedness in the region.

Donald Trump says 'America loves India'

43 people killed in lightning strikes in UP, Bihar; rains lash several parts of country

At least 43 people were killed after being struck by lightning in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar as rains and thunderstorm occurred in several parts of the country on Saturday, officials said.

Instances of wall collapse, uprooting of trees and waterlogging were reported in Maharashtra as heavy rains lashed large parts of the western state, including Mumbai, for the second day on Saturday. However, there were no casualties.

CB-CID warns against fake news over sensational Tamil Nadu deaths case

The CB-CID on Saturday warned against fake news and photographs being circulated on the sensational father-son duo death case in the social media and directed removal of such posts or face legal action.

Also, the Crime Branch-CID said a summons was being issued to the editor of an online Tamil news portal for inquiry for posting alleged morphed photographs of Jeyaraj and his son Bennicks.

Buffon sets Serie A record with 648th appearance

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon set an outright Serie A record on Saturday with his 648th appearance in Italy's top flight.
 
The Turin derby game against Torino moved the 42-year-old Buffon one ahead of AC Milan great Paolo Maldini, who set the record in 2009. Buffon matched this record on December 18 against Sampdoria.
 
It was Buffon's 915th club match as a professional, extending his record for an Italian player.

Heavy rainfall expected over east & adjoining parts of central India during the next 4-5 days: IMD

5 accused in Tuticorin custodial death case transferred to Madurai Central Jail

Training held for Tuticorin police personnel on public relations

A training programme on public relations was held here on Saturday for police Sub- Inspectors in the district in the backdrop of the outrage over the alleged custodial torture that led to the deaths of a father-son duo.
 
The programme, chaired by Deputy Inspector General of Police Praveen Kumar and other senior district police officials, also heard the grievances of SIs, police said here.

Plots being hatched against me & President, this might result in forceful decisions: Nepal PM KP Oli

NLC India boiler explosion: Director Power asked to go on leave immediately

The government on Saturday said NLC India's Director, Power has been asked to immediately proceed on leave till the finalisation of the enquiry into the explosion of the boiler at thermal power plant.
 
A boiler exploded at NLC India's thermal plant in Tamil Nadu killing six people and leaving 17 others injured on Wednesday and it has been shut for safety audit. Read more

Assam flood claims 2 more lives, over 1 million people affected in 18 districts

Two more persons on Saturday lost their lives in the flood which has affected 10.75 lakh people in 18 districts of Assam, a government report said.

One person died in Morigaon and another in Tinsukia district, taking the toll to 61 across the state, of which 37 people were killed in the flood and 24 died due to landslides triggered by incessant rainfall, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said in its daily bulletin.

Flood waters receded from Lakhimpur and Bongaigaon on Saturday even as Dhemaji, Biswanath, Chirang, Darrang, Nalbari, Barpeta, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Kamrup, Kamrup Metropolitan, Morigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts were affected by the deluge.

 

A woman crosses a flooded area on a makeshift raft, at Bura Buri Village in Morigaon district.

Kerala CM writes to PM Modi over trial of Italian marines



DU online registration process for admission extended till July 18

The Delhi University on Saturday announced that the online registration process for admission to undergraduate, postgraduate, M.Phil and Ph.D programmes has been extended till July 18.
 

The registration process has received tremendous response despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision to extend the date has been taken in view of the notification of declaration of CBSE result and the postponement of JEE and NEET examinations, according to an official of the varsity.

Bengal's unemployment rate of 6.5% in June 'far better' than national average: Mamata

West Bengal's unemployment rate of 6.5 per cent in June was "far better" than the national average, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Saturday, citing a report by the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE).
 

According to the report, West Bengal's unemployment rate stood at 6.5 per cent last month, while the figure for the country was at 11 per cent.
 

This is an outcome of the economic strategy adopted by the state government to tackle the Covid-19 crisis and the devastation caused by cyclone Amphan, Banerjee said.

3 million smart power meters to be installed in Haryana by 2024: Power Minister Ranjit Singh

Haryana's Power Minister Ranjit Singh Chautala on Saturday said 30 lakh smart meters would be installed in homes and other installations of electricity consumers in the state by the year 2024.
 

These smart power meters can be monitored even by consumers' mobile phones, said Chautala, adding these meters are of both pre-paid and post-paid varieties and can be recharged like mobile phones as and when needed.
 

In the first phase, the work of installing 10 lakh smart meters is going on, said Chautala, adding 1.5 lakh of them have already been installed in Gurgaon.

 

Navy to seek ban on unauthorised sale of armed forces uniform

Taking serious note of incidents of men using naval uniforms or badges for allegedly posing as Navy officers in Kerala,the Indian Navy on Saturday said it will approach the state government seeking a ban on unauthorised sale of Armed forces uniforms in the state.
 

Impersonation of service personnel by others is a cognizable offence and those indulging in such activities would be subject to stringent measures in order to avoid anti-national elements from utilizing this method for ulterior motives, which pose a potentially grave threat to national security, the navy said in a statement.
 

The Navy noted that District administrations of Kutch (Gujarat) and Srinagar, and Punjab government had issued orders for ban on unauthorized sale of Armed forces uniform under section 144 of the CrPC.

Govt launches scheme to promote Indian apps

The government on Saturday launched programme for Indian tech entrepreneurs and startups to build strong ecosystem to develop and promote indigenous world class apps.
 

The Ministry of Electronics and IT in partnership with Niti Ayog announced that it will run the programme in two stages.
 

"With an objective to support and build a strong ecosystem for Indian Apps, MeitY in partnership with Atal Innovation Mission Niti Aayog launches Digital India AatmaNirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge for Indian tech entrepreneurs and startups.

 

We have all resources in terms of men & equipment to meet all the challenges: IAF



IAF Su-30MKI, MiG-29 carry out air operations near India-China border



IAF Apache carries out air operations at forward airbase near India-China border



People rejected Referendum 2020: Punjab BJP leader

People on Saturday rejected the Referendum 2020 of the Sikhs For Justice as not even a single person from Punjab registered as a voter, said senior BJP leader Vineet Joshi.
 

The Indian government has banned the Sikhs For Justice for calling Punjab's liberation for the past few years through its Referendum 2020 campaign.
 

The organisation started a voter registration programme on Saturday that didn't evoke any response from the masses.

Severe waterlogging in parts of Mumbai



Coal production nil in most mines during 3-day strike: Trade union leader

The three-day nationwide strike by coal workers against the government's decision to open the sector for private players led to almost nil production in most of the mines, and dispatch of the fuel was totally blocked, a trade union leader said on Saturday.
 

Five trade unions, including RSS-affiliated Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), of Coal India (CIL) have been on strike since Thursday to protest against the government's decision to start commercial coal mining.
 

"The three-day strike in coal industry is big success...In most of the mines (in all the three days), production was nil and the dispatch was totally blocked," Nathulal Pandey, president of HMS-affiliated Hind Khadan Mazdoor Federation, said.

J-K Congress protests against fuel price hike in Jammu

The Jammu and Kashmir Congress continued its protest in the city for the sixth consecutive day on Saturday against the hike in fuel prices.
 

The party said its week-long nationwide protests were an attempt to "awaken the government to the hardships of the people".
 

Pradesh Congress Committee president G A Mir led the protest at Guru Nanak Nagar locality in the city. Holding placards, the Congress activists raised slogans against the government. The protesters dispersed peacefully afterward.

Selfless service has always been our pledge, our values: PM Modi



Karnataka to build Rs 200 crore pilgrim complexes at Tirumala

The Karnataka government will soon build a massive pilgrim amenities complex and marriage hall at Tirumala, the hill abode of Lord Venkateswara, at an estimated cost of Rs 200 crore, a temple official said here on Saturday.
 

The state would soon submit a blueprint for the construction of the Rs 200 crore mega complexes to the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) that governs the hill shrine, the official told PTI.
 

Consequently, based on the designs, TTD would construct the complexes with the given fund and after completion, they would be handed over to the Karnataka government, he said.

I pay my tributes to those workers who lost their lives even while knowing the danger: PM Modi



Let's make digital booklets on steps taken across India during lockdown: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday urged BJP workers to make digital booklets to commemorate the historic measures taken during lockdown. 

1 killed, 3 wounded in shooting at Mississippi sports bar

A man was fatally shot and three others were wounded in a shooting early Saturday at a nightclub in Mississippi's capital, an official said.
 

The shooting happened at M-Bar Sports Grill in Jackson, Hinds County Capt. Tyree Jones told The Associated Press.
 

Cortez Shelby, 41, was shot in the neck and died at the scene, Jones said in a news release. A woman and two men were also shot and taken to a hospital. Their wounds were not considered life-threatening.

 

Hyderabad civic body to build 3,000 public toilets

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation is the process of constructing as many as 3,000 toilets under build-operate-transfer (BOT) model to be completed before August 15.
 

Minister KT Rama Rao ordered the civic body to construct 500 toilets each in every zone under GHMC limits, an official press release said.
 

Accordingly, suitable places have been identified in LB Nagar, Kukatpally, Charminar, Serilingampally and Khairatabad zones, it said.

RERA authorities pitch for one-time debt recast in realty

Real estate regulators will write within a week to the RBI, seeking one-time debt restructuring for the industry to help developers overcome the liquidity issues, Uttar Pradesh RERA Chairman Rajive Kumar said on Saturday.
 

Industry bodies CREDAI and Naredco have been demanding one time restructuring of developers outstanding loans with financial institutions to prevent bad loans and making them eligible for fresh borrowings.
 

Addressing a webinar, he said the decision to extend timelines for completion of projects by six months has been taken for the benefits of homebuyers and ensure customers get possessions of their flats.

 

PM Modi lauds Rajasthan BJP workers for steps taken during lockdown



Maximum temperature to touch 43 degrees Celsius today in Rajasthan: IMD



Our workers encouraged about 5.8 million people to contribute to 'PM CARES Fund': J P Nadda



We reached 250,000 BJP workers via 4,000 video conference sessions during lockdown: J P Nadda



Proposed Rs 8,250-cr Chambal Expressway to be game changer for MP, UP, Rajasthan: Gadkari

Asserting that the proposed Rs 8,250 crore Chambal Expressway could be a game changer for the poor and tribals living in far-flung areas of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Saturday urged these states to expedite land acquisition, environment clearances and tax relief for the project.
 

The project will also provide cross-connectivity with the Golden Quadrilateral's Delhi-Kolkata corridor, North-South Corridor, East-West Corridor and Delhi-Mumbai -Expressway.
 

"The upcoming expressway could be a game changer for tribals and poor living in the far-flung areas, specially Chambal region which is considered as one of the most backward areas in the country.

PM Modi to interact with BJP workers via video conferencing at ‘Seva Hi Sangathan’ programme




Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh reach BJP headquarters ahead of 'Seva Hi Sangathan' programme



Waterlogging in parts of Patna, following heavy rainfall



ASI releases list of non-living sites, museums to open from July 6



Police, Army bust terrorist hideout during operation in Kashmir



PM Modi launches Atmanirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge



PPA solar projects may be exempted from high customs duty on Chinese imports

In what may be music to the ears of solar power producers setting up their projects using Chinese equipment, government proposes to exempt those having power purchase agreements (PPAs) with procuring states from the steeper customs duty levy.
 

Sources in the power ministry said that all solar power projects having valid PPAs as on August 1, 2020 will escape the proposed import duty on solar equipment and components even if such imports are to be done from China. This would be an one time exemption as the government under its Atmanirbhar Bharat mission wants to restrict imports of all equipment for which domestic manufacturing is existing.
 

Power ministry has proposed a 20-25 per cent basic customs duty on solar module imports for the current year that will go up to 40 per cent level in the next year. Also, the duty on solar cells has been proposed at 15 per cent level for the first year and a higher 30-40 per cent level in the next year. The levy has been proposed to become effective from August 1, when the existing 15 per cent safeguard duty on solar component imports expires.

 

Encounter underway in Kashmir's Kulgam area



Helicopters deployed in Jaisalmer to combat locust attack

As swarms of locusts continue to be a menace across the country, the locusts' control authorities in Jaisalmer is using helicopters to spray pesticides on a wide scale.
 

"The helicopter has left for the area where aerial spraying will be done after the pesticide was loaded on it. The use of helicopters will help in managing large areas efficiently. One more helicopter is scheduled to arrive today as well," Dr Rajesh Kumar, Locust Control Officer, Jaisalmer told media reporters here on Saturday.

Kanpur killings: Priyanka asks Congress leaders to 'expose' BJP

Criticising the law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi termed it as "jungle raj" during a video conference with party leaders on Saturday. The virtual meeting was called to discuss what the Congress called the deteriorating law and order situation in the state.
 

Priyanka alleged during the course of the meeting that, "Uttar Pradesh has turned into a jungle raj. Even police personnel are not safe here. The law and order in the state has collapsed because of the alliance between criminals, ruling party leaders and officials." She said that the morale of criminals has been boosted in the state.
 

This sharp attack comes soon after eight police personnel, including a circle officer, were shot dead and six policemen seriously injured when a local criminal, Vikas Dubey, and his gang sprayed bullets on them in Vikru village under Chaubeypur police circle in Kanpur in the wee hours of Friday.

PM applauds BJP workers for helping those in need during lockdown

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday applauded BJP workers for extending help to those in need during the nationwide coronavirus lockdown, saying for his party workers the nation comes first.
 

Before he chairs the 'Seva Hi Sangathan' meet this evening, Modi said in these challenging times, the party workers have being working tirelessly across India, helping those in need.
 

"For BJP karyakartas, serving the nation comes first," he wrote on Twitter.

Coal workers' strike enters third day

The three-day nationwide strike by coal workers, which entered the third day on Saturday, has been "100 per cent peaceful", a trade union leader said.
 

Five trade unions, including RSS-affiliated Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), of Coal India (CIL) have been on strike since Thursday to protest against the government's decision to start commercial coal mining.
 

The five unions have a virtual meeting scheduled on Saturday to decide the next course of action.

 

Interest on delayed payments to vendors on GeM: Finance ministry



Pakistan government under pressure to review China Policy



Unfortunate that aspersions are being cast on how Armed Forces are treated: Defence ministry



Malicious accusations in some quarters over PM's visit to Leh hospital: Defence ministry



Israeli cyberattack caused Iran nuclear site fire: Report

Israel was responsible for two blasts at Iranian facilities, one related to uranium enrichment and the other for missile production, over the past week, a Kuwaiti newspaper has claimed.
 

The Al-Jareeda daily cited an unnamed senior source as saying that an Israeli cyberattack caused a fire and explosion at the largely underground Natanz nuclear enrichment facility on Thursday morning, reports The Times of Israel.


According to the source, this was expected to set back Iran's nuclear enrichment program by approximately two months.
 

Natanz, located some 250 km south of Tehran, includes underground facilities buried under some 25 feet of concrete, which offers protection from airstrikes. The facility is a Fuel Enrichment Plant covering 100,000 square meters.

 

Nepal's ruling communist party meet to decide PM Oli's fate deferred till Monday

A crucial meeting of Nepal's ruling communist party to decide the political future of embattled Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli was postponed until Monday to allow more time for the top leadership to iron out their differences over his style of functioning and anti-India statements.
 
The meeting of the Nepal Communist Party's 45-member powerful Standing Committee was scheduled to be held on Saturday at 11 AM local time. But it was postponed at the last minute.
 
Prime Minister's press advisor Surya Thapa said the meeting was postponed until Monday as the top leaders of the NCP required more time to forge an understanding on the outstanding issues.

TikTok distances from Beijing in response to India app ban

Social media app TikTok distanced itself from Beijing after India banned 59 Chinese apps in the country, according to Reuters.

In a letter to the Indian government dated June 28 and seen by Reuters on Friday, TikTok Chief Executive Kevin Mayer said the Chinese government has never requested user data, nor would the company turn it over if asked.

Monsoon in Maharashtra: High tides hit Marine Drive in Mumbai

Now, filing of ITR for FY 2019-20 is extended to 30th Nov, 2020: Income Tax Department

Understanding & keeping in mind the times that we are in, we have further extended deadlines. Now, filing of ITR for FY 2019-20 is extended to 30th Nov, 2020: Income Tax Department

Patriotic Ladakhis are raising their voice against Chinese intrusion, government should listen to them: Rahul Gandhi

Patriotic Ladakhis are raising their voice against Chinese intrusion, government should listen to them and ignoring their warning will cost India dearly: Rahul Gandhi


Trump, Biden fight for primacy on social media platforms

On an average day, President Donald Trump sends about 14 posts to the 28 million Facebook followers of his campaign account. His Democratic rival, Joe Biden, delivers about half that many posts to an audience of just 2 million.
 
The numbers are similarly skewed in other spheres of the social media landscape.
 
On Twitter, Trump's 82.4 million followers dwarf Biden's 6.4 million. The president has spent years cultivating a ragtag digital army of meme makers and political influencers who retweet campaign messages hundreds of times daily. Trump is outspending Biden on Google and YouTube advertising by nearly 3 to 1.

Isro's Mangalyan sends images of Mars' biggest moon Phobos and its craters

The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) has released new pictures of the Martian moon captured by India's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM). The MOM captured Phobos, the closest and the biggest moon of Mars on July 1 using its on-board cameras.
 
"The Mars Colour Camera (MCC) on board the Mars Orbiter Mission has imaged Phobos," Isro said in a statement.
 
Unlike Earth, Mars has two moons -- Deimos and Phobos. The MOM was 7,200 km from Mars and at 4,200 km from Phobos when the image was shot, showing what appears to be a rocky surface. The image shows the Stickney crater, a large section gouged out from past collisions along with the Shklovsky, Roche, and Grildrig craters. Read on...

Nagaland bans sale, consumption of dog meat

The Nagaland government on Friday banned the sale and consumption of dog meat, in a significant decision amid concerns over cruelty to animals.
 
The decision to ban commercial import and trading of dogs, and sale of dog meat, both cooked and raw, was taken during a state cabinet meeting, said state Parliamentary Affairs Minister Neiba Kronu.
 
Considering the dangers of importing dogs from other states for consumption and also in line with the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, the state cabinet took the decision, Kronu, who is the spokesperson of the government, said.

Monsoon in India: Thunderstorm with rain would occur over and adjoining areas of Moradabad, Amroha, Sambhal during next 2 hours: IMD

Thunderstorm with rain would occur over and adjoining areas of Moradabad, Amroha, Sambhal, Chandausi, Narora, Sahaswan, Etah, Badaun during next 2 hours: IMD

President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurates the celebrations organised by IBC on the occasion of Asadha Poornima today

I want to convey my greetings to all on the occasion of Ashadha Poornima today. It is also known as Guru Purnima: PM Modi

I want to convey my greetings to all on the occasion of Ashadha Poornima today. It is also known as Guru Purnima. This is a day to remember our Gurus, who gave us knowledge. In that spirit, we pay homage to Lord Buddha: PM Narendra Modi

Ladakh standoff: Indian, Taiwanese, Tibetan Americans protest at Times Square

Indian Americans called for 'Boycott China', a protest demonstration against China at the iconic Times Square in New York in the aftermath of the deadly border clash in the Himalayas that left 20 Indian soldiers dead and many injured. Despite the impact of coronavirus in New York, the demonstration saw dozens of Indian-origin Americans standing in solidarity with members of the Tibetan community and Taiwanese Americans.
 
Since the Galwan standoff between India and China, anti-China protests have broken out in several cities in the United States and scenes in New York looked no different as people were seen holding placards, raising the Indian and Tibetan national flags, and chanting pro-India and anti-china slogans. Read on...

We feel safe with you Sir: Kirron Kher after PM Modi's surprise visit to Ladakh

After Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a surprise visit to Nimu Ladakh to meet Indian soldiers, veteran Bollywood actor and BJP MP Kirron Kher said that the country feels safe with the Prime Minister who is standing tall with the armed forces.
 
Taking to Twitter, Kher expressed pride over Prime Minister's visit to the valley.
 
"Feel so proud of PM Modi. Striding into Leh, standing tall with the armed forces of India. We feel safe with you Sir. Jai Hind!," tweeted the senior actor.

Mumbai monsoon: Widespread heavy rainfall across Mumbai

Rains moved from cityside yesterday morning towards suburbs as day progressed. Very cloudy sky over Arabian Sea seen from Mumbai radar, satellite images. Another heavy rainfall day for Mumbai: Dy Director General, India Meteorological Dept (IMD).

The future of Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli will be decided at a crucial Standing Committee meeting today

The future of Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli will be decided at a crucial Standing Committee meeting of the ruling communist party today, amidst growing demand for his resignation.
 
Top NCP leaders are demanding Oli's resignation, saying his recent anti-India remarks were "neither politically correct nor diplomatically appropriate."
 
"The Prime Minister's remarks that India was conspiring to remove him were neither politically correct nor diplomatically appropriate," NCP's executive chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda'  had said.

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