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Latest news today live updates: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and their allies will bring a no-confidence motion in the Rajasthan Assembly today, according to Gulab Chand Kataria, leader of the Opposition in the House.

The session comes after a month-long political crisis in the state which started with the rebellion by Sachin Pilot and 18 other Congress MLAs.

The chief minister chaired a CLP meeting on Thursday where the decision to move the vote of confidence was taken.

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2:27 AM IST E-commerce giant Flipkart said its marketplace platform recorded a 54 per cent increase over the last year in transacting sellers during the five-day Independence Day sales.   The event, which concluded on August 10, saw participation from sellers primarily from tier-2 cities that have now become local businesses with strong growth pipelines.   “With businesses across India rethinking their operations in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, e-commerce has emerged the preferred channel to connect with consumers,” said the company.

2:27 AM IST Apple and Alphabet’s Google on Thursday removed popular video game "Fortnite" from their app stores for violating the companies' in-app payment guidelines, prompting developer Epic Games to file federal antitrust lawsuits challenging the two companies' rules.   Apple and Google cited a direct payment feature rolled out on the Fortnite app earlier on Thursday as the violation.   Epic sued in US court seeking no money from Apple or Google but rather injunctions that would end many of the companies' practices related to their app stores.

2:26 AM IST Any deal to sell TikTok to an American company must provide “total security” and “substantially” benefit the United States, President Donald Trump has said as he emphasised on the September 15 deadline for the popular Chinese social networking app to enter into an agreement with a US firm to continue its operations in the country.   Microsoft is in talks to buy TikTok’s American business, a forced sale after Trump threatened to ban the video-sharing platform, which claims 100 million US users and hundreds of millions globally.

2:26 AM IST TikTok and its US employees are planning to take American President Donald Trump's administration to court over his sweeping order to ban the popular video app, according to a lawyer preparing one of the lawsuits.   The employees' legal challenge to Trump's executive order will be separate from a pending lawsuit from the company that owns the app, though both will argue that the order is unconstitutional, said Mike Godwin, an internet policy lawyer representing the employees.

12:43 AM IST The S&P 500 was near flat, hovering below record highs, on Friday as data showed the US economy was still hurting from the Covid-19 pandemic, adding to uncertainty over the recovery. Aggressive stimulus measures have helped the three main US stock indexes bounce back from a coronavirus-driven crash in March, and the S&P 500 briefly traded above its Feb 19 record close for a second straight day on Thursday. But the index has been unable to finish above the record, partly as prospects of more fiscal aid have faded with the Senate and House of Representatives in recess and no fresh talks scheduled.

12:00 AM IST The US Embassy is set to resume the processing of student and academic exchange visa application on a limited basis.   "We are pleased to announce that consular sections at the US Embassy in New Delhi and our Consulates in Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Kolkata will begin processing of student and academic exchange visitor visa applications on a limited basis on August 17," as per the Embassy.

11:15 PM IST A review of the US-China trade deal initially slated for Saturday will be delayed due to scheduling issues and no new date has been agreed, according to sources familiar with the plans.   US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He had been expected to meet via videoconference on Aug. 15, the six-month anniversary of agreement's taking effect.   One source familiar with the talks said the delay stemmed from continued meetings of senior Communist Party leaders at the seaside town of Beidaihe on China's northeast coast.

11:14 PM IST A new era of normalcy and development has dawned in the Union Territory due to changes effected in the last year and the goal is to make progress, peace and social harmony an integral part of Jammu and Kashmir's narrative, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said on Friday.   In his Independence Day message, the lieutenant governor said that equality and justice are being gradually restored in Jammu and Kashmir.   "After the constitutional change enacted in 2019, the Centre took not one or two, but 50 historic decisions to transform the face of the region. A new era of normalcy and development has dawned due to the changes effected; a new journey has been undertaken," the LG said here.

11:07 PM IST Congress leader Rahul Gandhi again criticised the government on the Ladakh situation on Friday, and claimed that the country will have to pay a "huge price".   In a tweet, he said, "The government of India (GOI) is scared to face up to Chinese intentions in Ladakh. Evidence on the ground indicates that China is preparing and positioning itself," but did not elaborate.

11:06 PM IST Wall Street is drifting on Friday after a report showed that sales for US retailers strengthened again last month, but by less than economists expected.   The S&P 500 was virtually unchanged in afternoon trading after earlier flipping between small gains and losses. The market is taking a pause after nearly erasing the last of the steep losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic.   In each of the last two days, the index made a brief run above its record closing high, which was set in February, only to fade in the afternoon. It's now 0.3 per cent below the record.

11:05 PM IST Google in association with the Central Water Commission (CWC) has taken flood forecasting initiative over the past several months, and sent numerous public alerts to people in impacted regions across the country. These alerts provide timely, updated, and critical information that can help users make informed decisions on their safety, and that of their families and friends, Google on Friday said in a statement. Any user in the affected region having an Android smartphone with location services enabled will receive these alerts, it added. Various parts of the country, including Assam and Bihar, are grappling with floods.

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Sellers from towns drive e-commerce giant Flipkart's Freedom sales

E-commerce giant Flipkart said its marketplace platform recorded a 54 per cent increase over the last year in transacting sellers during the five-day Independence Day sales.
 
The event, which concluded on August 10, saw participation from sellers primarily from tier-2 cities that have now become local businesses with strong growth pipelines.
 
“With businesses across India rethinking their operations in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, e-commerce has emerged the preferred channel to connect with consumers,” said the company.

Fortnite creator sues Apple and Google after ban from app stores

Apple and Alphabet’s Google on Thursday removed popular video game "Fortnite" from their app stores for violating the companies' in-app payment guidelines, prompting developer Epic Games to file federal antitrust lawsuits challenging the two companies' rules.
 
Apple and Google cited a direct payment feature rolled out on the Fortnite app earlier on Thursday as the violation.
 
Epic sued in US court seeking no money from Apple or Google but rather injunctions that would end many of the companies' practices related to their app stores.

Donald Trump wants substantial benefit, 'total security' from TikTok deal

Any deal to sell TikTok to an American company must provide “total security” and “substantially” benefit the United States, President Donald Trump has said as he emphasised on the September 15 deadline for the popular Chinese social networking app to enter into an agreement with a US firm to continue its operations in the country.
 
Microsoft is in talks to buy TikTok’s American business, a forced sale after Trump threatened to ban the video-sharing platform, which claims 100 million US users and hundreds of millions globally.

TikTok and its employees prepare to fight Donald Trump over app ban

TikTok and its US employees are planning to take American President Donald Trump's administration to court over his sweeping order to ban the popular video app, according to a lawyer preparing one of the lawsuits.
 
The employees' legal challenge to Trump's executive order will be separate from a pending lawsuit from the company that owns the app, though both will argue that the order is unconstitutional, said Mike Godwin, an internet policy lawyer representing the employees.

S&P 500 trading near flat, lingering below record highs

The S&P 500 was near flat, hovering below record highs, on Friday as data showed the US economy was still hurting from the Covid-19 pandemic, adding to uncertainty over the recovery.

Aggressive stimulus measures have helped the three main US stock indexes bounce back from a coronavirus-driven crash in March, and the S&P 500 briefly traded above its Feb 19 record close for a second straight day on Thursday.

But the index has been unable to finish above the record, partly as prospects of more fiscal aid have faded with the Senate and House of Representatives in recess and no fresh talks scheduled.

US Embassy to process student visas on limited basis from August 17

The US Embassy is set to resume the processing of student and academic exchange visa application on a limited basis.
 
"We are pleased to announce that consular sections at the US Embassy in New Delhi and our Consulates in Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Kolkata will begin processing of student and academic exchange visitor visa applications on a limited basis on August 17," as per the Embassy.

US-China trade deal review planned for Saturday postponed: Report

A review of the US-China trade deal initially slated for Saturday will be delayed due to scheduling issues and no new date has been agreed, according to sources familiar with the plans.
 
US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He had been expected to meet via videoconference on Aug. 15, the six-month anniversary of agreement's taking effect.
 
One source familiar with the talks said the delay stemmed from continued meetings of senior Communist Party leaders at the seaside town of Beidaihe on China's northeast coast.

New era of development has dawned in J&K: L-G Manoj Sinha

A new era of normalcy and development has dawned in the Union Territory due to changes effected in the last year and the goal is to make progress, peace and social harmony an integral part of Jammu and Kashmir's narrative, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said on Friday.
 
In his Independence Day message, the lieutenant governor said that equality and justice are being gradually restored in Jammu and Kashmir.
 
"After the constitutional change enacted in 2019, the Centre took not one or two, but 50 historic decisions to transform the face of the region. A new era of normalcy and development has dawned due to the changes effected; a new journey has been undertaken," the LG said here.

Rahul again criticises govt on Ladakh situation

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi again criticised the government on the Ladakh situation on Friday, and claimed that the country will have to pay a "huge price".
 

In a tweet, he said, "The government of India (GOI) is scared to face up to Chinese intentions in Ladakh. Evidence on the ground indicates that China is preparing and positioning itself," but did not elaborate.

Stocks drift on Wall Street following latest run at record

Wall Street is drifting on Friday after a report showed that sales for US retailers strengthened again last month, but by less than economists expected.
 
The S&P 500 was virtually unchanged in afternoon trading after earlier flipping between small gains and losses. The market is taking a pause after nearly erasing the last of the steep losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
 
In each of the last two days, the index made a brief run above its record closing high, which was set in February, only to fade in the afternoon. It's now 0.3 per cent below the record.

Google partners CWC for flood forecasting initiative

Google in association with the Central Water Commission (CWC) has taken flood forecasting initiative over the past several months, and sent numerous public alerts to people in impacted regions across the country.

These alerts provide timely, updated, and critical information that can help users make informed decisions on their safety, and that of their families and friends, Google on Friday said in a statement.

Any user in the affected region having an Android smartphone with location services enabled will receive these alerts, it added.

Various parts of the country, including Assam and Bihar, are grappling with floods.

Amit Shah says he spoke to Gujarat CM

Union Home Minister Amit Shah says he spoke to Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani and took stock of situation arising out of heavy rains and waterlogging in state

President's remarks encapsulate the spirit of 1.3 biilion Indians: PM Modi

Heavy rain forecast for several Bengal districts till Sunday

The metropolis and adjoining districts received light to moderate rain on Friday due to the formation of a low pressure area over gangetic West Bengal, the Met Department said.
 
The well-marked low pressure area over north coastal Odisha and adjoining gangetic West Bengal is likely to trigger rainfall at many places in South Bengal over the next two days, it said.

Netanyahu greets India on the eve of Independence Day

Several human skulls and bones found while clearing debris in Mizoram



CRPF launches organ donation drive with AIIMS

The Central Reserve Police Force on Friday launched a mega campaign to raise awarness about organ donation amongst its about 3.25 lakh personnel, officials said.
 

CRPF Director General (DG) A P Maheshwari launched the mission over a webinar session along with All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Director Dr Randeep Guleria and head of its Organ Retrieval Banking Organisation (ORBO) Dr Aarti Vij.
 

The CRPF chief also filled up an online organ donation form during the launch event of the campaign that has been named 'e-sanjeevani', a senior officer said.

Troops effectively used shield to protect themselves, also responded fiercely to China's PLA: ITBP



Allow e-way bill for intra-state transportation of gold: GoM

States can make e-way bill mandatory for transportation of gold within the respective states but implementing it for inter-state movement across India will not be feasible, a state-ministerial panel suggested on Friday.
 

The group of ministers (GoM), comprising finance ministers of Kerala, Bihar, Gujarat, Punjab, Karnataka and West Bengal, set up to examine feasibility of implementation of e-way bill for movement of gold and precious stones met via video conferencing.



India supports intra-Afghan negotiations: MEA on release of 400 Taliban prisoners

India has taken note of the developments in Afghanistan regarding the release of 400 Taliban prisoners and supports intra-Afghan negotiations, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Friday.
 

"We have taken note of the development. India supports peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan. We also support the intra-Afghan negotiations," MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said at a weekly briefing.
 

The remarks by the MEA comes after the Loya Jirga (grand assembly) on August 9 approved the release of 400 Taliban prisoners as a goodwill gesture in a major breakthrough that will pave the way for intra-Afghan talks.

NIA has arrested 20 accused in the Kerala Gold Smuggling Case



BSF Band presents a musical performance at Attari-Wagah border



Section 144 imposed in areas under DJ Halli and KG Halli police station limits till 6 am on Aug 16



Include chapters on citizens' duties in school books: Centre to NCERT, state govts



Ghaziabad: Police file charge sheet against 10 in scribe murder case

The Vijay Nagar police of Ghaziabad has filed a charge sheet in a court against 10 people in the murder case of journalist Vikram Joshi, an official said on Friday.
 

Thirty-five-year-old Joshi, a journalist with a local Hindi daily, was attacked at Mata Colony of the Vijay Nagar area on July 20 night when he was returning home with his daughters after attending a birthday party of his niece.
 

He was shot in the head by the attackers, resulting in his death two days later.

Bravery of soldiers demonstrated that India capable of giving befitting response: President Kovind



NEP 2020 spells a long term vision with far-reaching impact: President Kovind



State of border and future of our ties cannot be separated: MEA on China relations



India will continue to engage with the world economy while maintaining its identity: President Kovind



India's self-reliance means being self-sufficient without alienating: President Kovind



Superhuman effort by govt to respond effectively in meeting Covid-19 challenges: President Kovind



President Kovind praises corona warriors, says they have gone much beyond their call of duty



We won't be celebrating Independence Day with vigour this year due to Covid-19: President Kovind



President Kovind addresses the nation on the eve of the 74th Independence Day



FM Sitharaman holds 3rd review meeting of 7 CPSEs to review capital expenditure



Indian Navy to buy 10 ship-based drones urgently



UAE foreign minister calls up Jaishankar; discusses historic peace deal with Israel

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday held telephonic talks with his counterpart from the United Arab Emirates Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan on the gulf nation's historic peace deal with Israel that paved way for establishment of full diplomatic ties between the two countries.
 

In a tweet, Jaishankar said full normalisation of relations between the UAE and Israel was discussed during the telephonic call.
 

"Deeply appreciate the call today from FM HH @ABZayed of UAE. Discussed the full normalisation of relations between UAE and Israel announced yesterday," he said.
 

The UAE and Israel finalised the deal with an aim to normalise their bilateral relationship, seen as a major development in moving ahead with peace initiatives in the Middle East.

Indian envoy to China briefs senior PLA General on India's stand on eastern Ladakh situation

Indian Ambassador to China Vikram Misri on Friday met a senior Chinese Army General here and briefed him on India's stand on the situation at the borders in eastern Ladakh.
 

"Ambassador @VikramMisri today met Major General Ci Guowei, Director of the Office of International Military Cooperation of the Central Military Commission and briefed him on India's stance vis-a-vis the situation on the borders in eastern Ladakh UT, a tweet by the Indian Embassy here said.
 

The Central Military Commission, which is the overall high command of the Chinese military, is headed by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Special trains from Mumbai to Konkan in Maharashtra for coming Ganesh Chaturthi



China attacks new US demand to register Confucius Institutes

China accused the United States on Friday of trying to demonise and stigmatise relations between the two countries, in a scathing attack on the Trump administration's designation of Chinese-funded language and culture programmes in the US as foreign missions of the Chinese Communist Party.
 

Foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said branches of the Confucius Institute US Centre operating at US schools and colleges are a bridge and link to help people from all over the world learn Chinese, understand China, and strengthen educational and cultural exchanges and cooperation between China and other countries."

India has sent 58 mt of emergency humanitarian aid to Lebanon: EAM



PM to address nation from Red Fort for 7th consecutive time amid pandemic shadow

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will deliver his seventh straight Independence Day speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort on Saturday -- an address that comes amid the coronavirus pandemic, a border standoff with China and a slew of reforms by the government under the Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative.
 

All eyes will be on what the prime minister says as his August 15 addresses have often been marked by big announcements, his government's achievements and bringing to people's attention what he believes to be the major challenges facing the country.


Fresh from his re-election with a thumping mandate, Modi, in his Independence Day speech last year, had highlighted his government's move to bring in the law against triple talaq and to abrogate Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.

Havaldar A K Dubey, Major Anil Urs, Lt Colonel K S Rawat to be awarded Shaurya Chakra



Earlier, I was part of the govt but now I am not. It is not important where one sits: Pilot



The vote of confidence by the govt has been passed with a very good majority: Pilot



CM Gehlot-led Rajasthan govt wins vote of confidence



Are agencies like ED, CBI and I-T department not being misused in the country?: Rajasthan CM



4 contracts of Defence India Start-up Challenge, 4 MoUs signed today: Rajnath Singh



ITBP awards 294 troops for bravery during recent skirmishes with Chinese in Ladakh

A total of 294 Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) force personnel has been awarded the Director General (DG) commendation for displaying bravery during recent skirmishes with Chinese troops in Ladakh, the border force said on Friday.
 

It added that recommendations for awarding gallantry medals to 21 troops posted in this area have been sent to the government.
 

In its first official account of the standoff between the two militaries, the ITBP revealed how its troops "not only effectively used shield to protect themselves but also responded fiercely to advancing PLA (Chinese People's Liberation Army) troops and brought the situation under control".

Kerala govt has begun distribution of Onam special food kits to ration cardholders



35-yr-old CRPF's Naresh Kumar scripts history by receiving 7th PMG



We consulted 'doctor' and all 125 of us are standing in the House today after 'treatment': Pilot



5 dead, 38 missing after landslide in Nepal's Sindhupalchowk district



Road minister Nitin Gadkari to virtually lay foundation stone for 13 projects



24 hours saw lot of rainfall. Fishermen warned to not venture into sea: Gujarat MET dept



Centre reviews progress of flagships programmes in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana

The Centre has reviewed progress of ts flagship programmes, including PMAY (U), AMRUT, Swachh Bharat Mission, Smart Cities Mission and PM SVANidhi scheme, in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, an official said on Friday.
 

The official said that Union Housing and Urban Affairs Secretary Durga Shanker Mishra held a meeting with top officers of these two states on Thursday and reviewed progress of flagship programmes which also included implementation of RERA and Pradhan Mantri Street Vendor's AtmaNirbhar Nidhi.


According to the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry, Andhra Pradesh has so far provided 3.33 lakh water tap connections under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation & Urban Transformation(AMRUT).

ITBP recommends 21 Gallantry medals, 294 DG Gallantry for its personnel to MHA



India with people of Lebanon in the aftermath of Beirut explosion: EAM



178 killed in Beirut explosion, 30 still missing, says UN

The death toll from last week's massive explosion in Lebanon's capital has risen to nearly 180, with an estimated 6,000 people injured and at least 30 missing, the United Nations said on Friday.
 

The explosion has affected operations at six hospitals, up from an initial three, and damaged more than 20 clinics in the parts of Beirut worst hit by the blast, the UN's humanitarian affairs agency said in its report.
 

A preliminary rapid assessment within a 15-kilometre radius of the explosions, has revealed that, out of 55 medical facilities, only half are fully operational and around 40 per cent have suffered moderate to serious damage and need rehabilitation, the report said.

 

Congress' chief whip in Rajasthan Assembly, Mahesh Joshi submits a notice to Speaker CP Joshi for a trust vote

Congress' chief whip in Rajasthan Assembly, Mahesh Joshi submits a notice to Speaker CP Joshi for a trust vote. The Speaker to take a decision on the notice at 1 pm today.

It would be the victory of the people of Rajasthan and the unity of our Congress MLAs: Ashok Gehlot

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh launches ‘Atmanirbharta Saptah’ via video conferencing

The condition of former President Pranab Mukherjee remains unchanged

The condition of former President Pranab Mukherjee remains unchanged this morning. He is under intensive care and continues to be on ventilatory support. His vital parameters are presently stable: Army Research & Referral (R&R) Hospital, Delhi

60 more people have been arrested in connection with August 11 violence in Bengaluru

 With this, total arrests have risen to 206: Bengaluru Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Patil

Himachal Pradesh: Two killed, three injured after three vehicles were hit by boulders in a landslide near Hanogi Temple in Mandi district

Himachal Pradesh: Sainj-Larji state highway blocked at Pagal Nala after heavy overnight rains caused flooding in Kullu district


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