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US State of Hawaii Decriminalises Marijuana

The US state of Hawaii decriminalised possession of small amounts of cannabis, joining two dozen other US states that have adopted similar measures.

Under the new law, anyone with up to three grams of marijuana faces a USD 130 penalty but the possibility of 30 days in jail for even a tiny amount of the drug, and a fine of up to USD 1,000, has been removed.

(Source: PTI)

1 Dead After Building Collapses in Bengaluru

One person was dead after an under construction building collapsed in Bengaluru's Pulikeshi Nagar.

Six people were rescued from the debris while the search and rescue operation is underway. More details awaited.

(Source: ANI)

Nicki Minaj Cancels Saudi Concert over Women's Rights Concerns

Nicki Minaj has cancelled a performance in Saudi Arabia in a show of support for women's and gay rights in the ultra-conservative kingdom, the US rapper said.

(Source: PTI)

Air France Asks 26 Passengers to Disembark Due to Technical Glitch

Staff of Air France flight AF225 from Delhi to Paris asks 26 passengers to voluntarily disembark, as their checked-in luggage would need to be offloaded for the plane to be able to take off, due to a technical problem.

(Source: ANI)

US, China Negotiators Resume Trade War Talks

Top US and Chinese negotiators held phone talks on Tuesday as the world's top two economies seek to resolve their trade war, more than a week after they declared a truce.

(Source: PTI)

Ultadanga Flyover Closed in Kolkata Due to Massive Crack

A major mishap was averted in Kolkata, a massive crack was noticed by the engineers on the pier cap of Ultadanga flyover, which is a connecting route, for Kolkata airport and the city. Traffic movement was halted immediately and the flyover was closed.

(Source: Twitter)

Aircraft Official Dead After Being Pulled in By SpiceJet Plane's Hydraulics Pressure

An aircraft maintenance official at Kolkata's Dum Dum airport died on Tuesday night after he was pulled into the body of a SpiceJet aircraft due to hydraulic pressure.

(Source: Twitter)

Trump Congratulates New Greek PM, Pledges Cooperation

US President Donald Trump congratulated Greece's new conservative prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, pledging in a telephone call to keep pursuing the countries' warming relations, the White House said.

(Source: PTI)

Family of US Teen Killed by Police Calls for Probe

The family of a 17-year-old girl fatally shot by a police officer in California called for the state's attorney general to launch an independent probe into the killing.

(Source: PTI)

NIA Attaches Property of Kashmiri Separatist Asiya Andrabi in a Case Against Her

National Investigation Agency (NIA) has attached property of Kashmiri separatist leader Asiya Andrabi, in connection with a case registered against her.

There is no search being carried out. As per provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, her house used for terrorist activity has been attached.

(Source: ANI)

Nine, Including a 4-Yr-Old Rescued After Building Collapse in Bengaluru

4-year-old girl rescued by NDRF and Civil Defence Quick Response Team (QRT) in the incident where an under construction building collapsed in Pulikeshi Nagar, Bengaluru, earlier today.

9 people have been rescued so far.

(Source: ANI)

Panvel-CSMT Harbour Line Held Up Due to Technical Glitch

In the central railway, PL-32 Panvel-CSMT Harbour line local held up between Sewri and Cotton Green due to technical problem. Technical team on the job to restore.

(Source: ANI)

EAM Jaishankar to Attend 19th Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers' Meeting

External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar to attend 19th Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers' Meeting in London today.

He is likely to meet the British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Jeremey Hunt and various other leaders during the meeting .

(Source: ANI)

CBI Raids 3 Districts in UP in Connection with Illegal Mining Case

Officials said, “CBI carries out searches in three districts of Uttar Pradesh in connection with illegal mining case.”

(Source: PTI)

Death Toll in Bengaluru Under-Construction Building Collapse Rises to 4

The death toll due the under-construction building collapse in Bengaluru’s Pulikeshi Nagar has risen to four. Seven people who were injured are undergoing treatment.

(Source: ANI)

NCLAT Dismisses HDFC's Insolvency Petition Against RHC Holding

The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal has rejected HDFC’s insolvency case against RHC Holding.

(Source: BloombergQuint)

20 Bodies Recovered, 3 Still Missing in Tiware Dam Breach

Search operation at Tiware Dam in Ratnagiri, by NDRF, enters eighth day. So far 20 bodies have been recovered, 3 are still missing.

(Source: ANI)

SC Agrees for Listing of PIL Challenging Article 370's Validity

The Supreme Court has agreed for listing of PIL challenging validity of Article 370 of the Constitution.

(Source: ANI)

Several Stranded, Some Missing Arunachal Pradesh Floods

In West Kameng district, Arunachal Pradesh, several stranded and some reported missing in the floods in Tenga Pani of Bhalukpong.

The Army and paramilitary forces along with disaster management authorities have been deployed to rescue the victims.

(Source: ANI)

Section 144 Imposed in Powai Police Station From 9-12 July

In Mumbai, section 144 (prohibits assembly of more than 4 people in an area) was imposed in Powai Police station limits with effect from 9-12 July (both dates inclusive) because of "likelihood of breach of peace and disturbance of public tranquility."

(Source: ANI)

24 Killed in Papua New Guinea Tribal Massacres

Twenty-four people have died -- including two pregnant women with their unborn children -- in tribal fighting in Papua New Guinea's lawless highlands, prompting the prime minister on Wednesday to promise swift justice.

(Source: PTI)

ED Summons Tollywood Actor Rituparna Sengupta in Rose Valley Scam Case

Enforcement Directorate has summoned Tollywood actor Rituparna Sengupta for questioning in connection with Rose Valley scam case.

(Source: ANI)

Delhi HC Rejects Plea Challenging AAP's Free Metro Ride For Women Plan

Delhi HC dismisses plea challenging AAP govt's proposal to make metro ride free for women.

HC imposes cost of Rs 10,000 on petitioner for filing plea with no substance.

(Source: PTI)

CBI Conducts Raid at Bulandshar DM Abhay Kumar Singh's Residence

In Bulandshahr, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) conducts raids at the residence of District Magistrate (DM) Abhay Kumar Singh in connection with an illegal mining case.

(Source: ANI)

Global Response to Eradicate Poverty, Combat Climate Change Not ‘Ambitious Enough’: UN

The global response to eradicating poverty, hunger and fighting climate change, as vowed by the world leaders, has not been "ambitious enough" and a faster response is required to achieve the 2030 development agenda, according to the UN.

(Source: PTI)

IndiGo CEO to Employees: Issues Between Promoters Have Nothing to Do With Airline, It's Functioning

Issues between promoters have nothing to do with IndiGo and its functioning, the CEO of the airline said in a letter to his employees, a day after a spat between the promoters of the country's largest carrier became public.

"The issues between them will eventually get sorted out but I want to stress that these issues have nothing to do with the airline and its functioning," Ronjoy Dutta said.

(Source: PTI)

Army Commemorates Hero LT Gen Sagat Singh's Birth Centenary

Indian army is holding a series of events in Rajasthan to commemorate the birth centenary of legendary war veteran Lieutenant General Sagat Singh, notable for his pivotal role in liberation of Goa from Portugese rule and later liberation of Bangladesh.

(Source: PTI)

Two Naxals Killed in Encounter With Police in MP

Two Naxals, including a woman, were killed in an encounter with police in Madhya Pradesh's Balaghat district, police said.

(Source: PTI)

CBI Registers Fresh Cases in Illegal Mining Scam; 2 IAS Officers Searched

The CBI has registered fresh cases against two IAS officers in connection with an illegal mining scam in Uttar Pradesh and carried out searches at 12 locations in the state, officials said.

(Source: PTI)

Facebook Plans to Double Women Workforce Globally in Next Five Years

Facebook aims to double the percentage of women working at the social media giant around the world over the next five years, while simultaneously doubling the number of black and Hispanic employees in the US, setting new diversity goals for the organisation.

(Source: PTI)

Another Wayanad Farmer Commits Suicide

In yet another case of farmer's suicide in Kerala, a 55-year-old man allegedly ended his life by consuming a poisonous substance at Pullappy in the district, police said.

In May, another debt ridden farmer from Wayanad — 53 year-old Dinesh Kumar had ended his life by consuming a poison laced substance.

(Source: PTI)

Anti-Encroachment Drive Carried Out in Lucknow

In Lucknow, anti-encroachment drive is being carried out by Lucknow Development authority (LDA) in Naka Police Station limits, Two hotels are being demolished.

LDA officer says "Fire had broken out in these two hotels last year and order had been given by the court to demolish both of them."

(Source: ANI)

After Heavy Downpour, Landslide Takes Place in Itanagar

In Arunachal Pradesh, a landslide has taken place near Gohpur Tinali in Itanagar following incessant rainfall in the region.

(Source: ANI)

Iran Warns Britain of 'Repercussions' Over Ship Seizure

Iran's president says Britain will face "repercussions" over the seizure of Iranian supertanker.

Hassan Rouhani was quoted by the official IRNA news agency Wednesday as calling the seizure "mean and wrong" during a Cabinet meeting. He warns London: "You are an initiator of insecurity and you will understand its repercussions," without elaborating.

(Source: AP)

Landslide Occurred in Darjeeling, Rescue Ops Underway

In West Bengal, due to the incessant rains, landslide occurred at Tindharia in Darjeeling.

A house, a truck and motor bike were damaged. NH 55 has been blocked and Darjeeling Himalayan Railway(DHR) Toy train services has been stopped. Restoration work underway.

(Source: PTI)

China Activist Arrested for 'Promoting Terrorism'

A Chinese anti-corruption activist who had urged officials to disclose their wealth was arrested for allegedly "promoting terrorism", as Beijing clamps down on Communist Party critics.

(Source: AP)

AAP MLA Prakash Jarwal Claims He Was Shot at During an Event in South Delhi

AAP MLA Prakash Jarwal has alleged that three shots were fired at him on during an event in south Delhi's Shani Bazaar area, a claim denied by the police.

(Source: PTI)

Indo-US Trade Talks to Be Held on 12 July in Delhi

India and US will hold trade delegation level talks on Friday,12 July in Delhi.

(Source: ANI)

6 Nodes Identified for UP Defence Corridor: Shripad Naik

Union Minister of State for Defence, Shripad Naik, “It was decided to set up 2 Defence Industrial Corridors in the country, one in UP and other in Tamil Nadu. Subsequently, 6 nodes have been identified for UP Defence Corridor viz. Agra, Aligarh, Chitrakoot, Jhansi, Kanpur and Lucknow.

(Source: ANI)

Woman Held With Opium Worth Over Rs 50 Lakh Near Indo-Nepal Border

A woman carrying opium worth over Rs 50 lakh was arrested in Bahraich near the Indo-Nepal border, police said.

(Source: PTI)

ED Files Supplementary Chargesheet Against RJD Leader Misa Bharti, Shailendra Kumar in Money Laundering Case

Enforcement Directorate has filed a supplementary chargesheet in a Delhi Court in connection with a money laundering case against RJD leader Misa Bharti and her husband Shailendra Kumar. Court to consider chargesheet on 27 July.

(Source: ANI)

Receiving Threat Calls for Plaint Against Honey Singh, Says Punjab Women Panel Chief

Punjab State Commission for Women chairperson Manisha Gulati on Wednesday claimed she has been receiving threat calls and abusive messages on social media after she lodged a complaint against rapper Honey Singh for using lewd lyrics in his song.

Honey Singh and music producer Bhushan Kumar have been booked by the Punjab Police on the charge of using vulgar lyrics in a song, "Makhna".

"I have been receiving threat calls and getting abusive messages on my Twitter handle for lodging a complaint against Yo Yo Honey Singh," Gulati told reporters in Chandigarh.

"I am not scared of anyone. I will continue to raise my voice on such issues," she said.

(Source: PTI)

ED Files Supplementary Chargesheet Against Lalu's Daughter, Others

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) filed a supplementary chargesheet in a Delhi court on Wednesday in an alleged money laundering case against RJD Chief Lalu Prasad's daughter Misa Bharti and others.

In the chargesheet, the probe agency named 35 new accused out of which around 15 are individuals and rest are companies.

Out of the 15 individuals, there are eight Chartered Accountants named as accused in the charge sheet which also mentioned the details of shares worth Rs 8,000 crore.

(Source: PTI)

Mortal Remains of Ex-Goa Minister Consigned to Flames

The last rites of former Goa minister Wilfred Mesquita were performed on Wednesday according to Hindu customs, as per his last wish, family sources said.

Mesquita, 70, who was a Christian by faith, died on Monday night at a hospital in Mumbai after a brief illness.

His mortal remains were consigned to flames at a crematorium in Vasco area of South Goa district.

(Source: PTI)

British Ambassador to Washington Resigns After Leaked Memo Spat

Britain’s ambassador to Washington resigned on Wednesday after US president Donald Trump labelled him “stupid” and “wacky” following the release of confidential memos from the envoy in which he branded Trump’s administration inept.

“Since the leak of official documents from this Embassy there has been a great deal of speculation surrounding my position and the duration of my remaining term as ambassador,” Kim Darroch said in his resignation letter.

(Source: Reuters)

Cabinet approves Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill

The Union Cabinet has approved the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill 2019, reports ANI.

Regime Air Strikes Hit Syria Hospital, Kill 7 Civilians: Monitor

Regime air strikes on an opposition bastion in northwestern Syria on Wednesday killed seven civilians including children and knocked a hospital out of service, a monitor and a doctor said.

The raids are the latest in an uptick in government and Russian bombardment since late April on the jihadist-administered region of Idlib despite a months-old truce deal.

Regime air strikes killed seven civilians including three children in the town of Jisr al-Shughur, said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a network of sources inside the country.

Three civilians died after the hospital was hit, while four were killed elsewhere in the town, news agency AFP quoted Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman as saying.

Cong MLA Nitesh Rane Granted Bail After Mud Attack on Engineer

A Sindhudurg court has granted bail to Congress MLA Nitesh Rane on Rs 20,000 surety and on condition that he will appear before Kankavli police station every Sunday and not repeat the offence he committed.

Rane and his 16 supporters were arrested on 4 July for attacking a deputy engineer with mud at a bridge near the Mumbai-Goa highway in Maharashtra’s Kankavali.

(Source: ANI)

Cabinet Nod for Bill to Ban Unregulated Deposit Schemes

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Bill with an aim to tackle the menace of illicit deposit- taking activities in the country.

The bill will replace the Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Ordinance, 2019.

Talking to reporters after the Cabinet meeting, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said people are suffering due to chit fund scams.

"The bill will help tackle the menace of illicit deposit taking activities in the country, which at present are exploiting regulatory gaps and lack of strict administrative measures to dupe poor and gulible people of their hard earned money," an official release said.

(Source: PTI)

Cabinet Approves Amendments in POCSO Act

The Union Cabinet has approved amendments in POCSO Act to make punishment more stringent for sexual crimes against children.

Cabinet Declares 'Sikhs for Justice' an Unlawful Association

The Union Cabinet has declared 'Sikhs for Justice' (SFJ) as an unlawful association, reports ANI.

The Centre took the decision to call SFJ unlawful association in consultation with state governments, including Punjab. Major Sikh bodies also raised alarm over secessionist activities of SFJ, ANI quotes MHA sources as saying.

60 Foreigners Detained in Gr Noida for Illegal Stay, Fake Documents

At least 60 foreigners have been detained in Greater Noida for staying illegally and possessing fake documents, reports PTI, quoting police.

Saudi Princess Tried in Absentia for Alleged Paris Beating

The only daughter of Saudi Arabia's King Salman was put on trial in absentia on Tuesday in Paris for allegedly ordering her bodyguard to strike a plumber she suspected of taking photos and video at the Saudi royal family's apartment in the French capital.

Prosecutors allege Princess Hessa bint Salman became enraged when she saw the plumber allegedly capturing her image, fearing the pictures could be used to harm her as the Saudi monarch's daughter due to her country's conservative traditions.

(Source: AP)

FPIs Can Opt for Corporate Route to Avail Lower Surcharge: CBDT Chief

CBDT Chairman PC Mody on Wednesday ruled out giving relaxation to FPIs from the ambit of increased surcharge, saying that foreign investors have an option to convert into a corporate entity to avail of lower rates available to such category.

He said the consideration for increasing surcharge on people earning above Rs 2 crore was that people who have the ability to pay should shell out more for nation building.

"The base rate was not changed. It was the surcharge which was changed. As a collateral, it affected the FPIs and AIFs (Alternative Investment Funds). But, there again the option is to go to the corporate structure. I don't see there is any kind of differential treatment," Mody said at a CII event in Delhi.

FDI Rises 3% to USD 6.95 Billion in April: Goyal

Foreign direct investments (FDI) into the country grew 3 percent to USD 6.95 billion in April, Parliament was informed on Wednesday.

Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal said that during 2018-19, the country recorded the highest-ever total FDI inflow of USD 64.38 billion, which is 6 percent higher as compared to 2017-18.

"As per data available for April 2019, an amount of USD 6.95 billion has been reported as FDI inflows, which is 3 percent more compared to April 2018 (USD 6.77 billion)," he said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.

He also said 59 FDI proposals were approved in 2018-19 and five in April this fiscal.

(Source: PTI)

BSF Foils Smuggling Bid, Seizes 107 Buffaloes Along Indo-Bangla Border

The BSF has repulsed armed Bangladeshi cattle smugglers and seized 107 buffaloes along the Indo-Bangla border in Murshidabad district of West Bengal, the force said on Wednesday.

The smuggling bid took place on the intervening night of 9-10 July at border post Nirmal Char in the Murshidabad district of the state, the Border Security Force said.

(Source: PTI)

BSF Asst Sub-Inspector Held for Stealing Woman's Handbag At IGI Airport

An assistant sub-inspector with the Border Security Force (BSF) was arrested for allegedly stealing a woman's handbag containing ornaments worth Rs 15 lakh at the Indira Gandhi International airport, police said on Wednesday.

The accused has been identified as Naresh Kumar, a resident of Haryana.

According to the police, the incident took place on Tuesday when the woman along with her husband were at the airport to board a flight to Srinagar.

(Source: PTI)

Official Supervising Probe Against Asthana Repatriated to State Cadre

Tarun Gauba, who was supervising probe against former Special Director Rakesh Asthana, has been repatriated to state cadre, reports PTI, citing a government order.

TN Objects to Karnataka Plan for Dam Across Cauvery

The Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday objected to a Central committee's decision to discuss Karnataka's proposal to construct a dam across the Cauvery at Mekedatu, saying it is "clear violation" of the final order of a disputes tribunal and the Supreme Court.

The objection by the state government comes ahead of the 19 July meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee for River Valley and Hydro electric Projects.

(Source: PTI)

Muzaffarnagar Riots: 3 Accused of Killing Youth Get Bail

A Muzaffarnagar court has granted bail to three persons accused of killing a youth whose death was a trigger for the Muzaffarnagar riots in 2013.

District Sessions Judge Sanjay Kumar Pachori gave bail to Prahlad, Bishan Singh and Tendu. He said the accused would be released after furnishing two sureties of Rs 1,50,000 each.

According to prosecution, the there are among the six people accused of stabbing Shahnawaz to death at Kawal village in Jansath area on 27 August 2013.

(Source: PTI)

Kathua Rape & Murder Case: Father of 8-Yr-Old Girl Moves Punjab HC

The father of an eight-year-old girl, who was raped and murdered in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district last year, moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday, seeking enhancement of sentence imposed on six convicts and also challenging the acquittal of one accused.

The petitioner has requested the court to enhance the sentence of Sanji Ram, Deepak Khajuria and Parvesh Kumar from life imprisonment to capital punishment, his counsel Utsav Bains said.

"It is rarest of the rare case and as per the standards set by the Supreme Court, that case of rape and murder by a gang of a minor child comes under this category more so when the manner of committing crime exhibits complete insensitivity, cruelty, depravity and perversion," the petition stated.

(Source: PTI)

White House yet to Confirm Pak PM Imran's Visit, Meeting with Trump: US State Dept

The US State Department on Wednesday said the White House has not yet confirmed reports of a meeting between President Donald Trump and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on 22 July, days after Islamabad announced the premier's first visit to America.

Prime Minister Khan will make his maiden trip to the United States on the invitation of President Trump, Foreign Office Spokesperson Muhammad Faisal announced during his weekly press conference in Islamabad on 4 June.

Asked to comment on Khan's schedule in Washington, state department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus told journalists on Wednesday that she would reach out to the White House to confirm or not confirm the visit.

(Source: PTI)

One-Year-Old Boy Mowed down by Army School's Bus in Rajasthan

An 11-year-old boy was run over by an army school's bus in Kota on Wednesday after he fell from his bicycle, police said.

Pranjal, a class 7 student, was taken to an army hospital, but was declared brought dead, Station House Officer, Nayapura, Sanjay Royal, said.

The incident took place at the city's Haldighati Gate area when he was going to school. He fell from his bicycle and was run over by the army school's bus, the officer said.

(Source: PTI)

Clashes in Bengal's Birbhum District over 'Cut Money', 9 Held

Clashes erupted on Wednesday between two groups of villagers in West Bengal's Birbhum district over the issue of 'cut money', prompting the police to increase vigil in the area and arrest nine persons, sources in the administration said.

Crude bombs were hurled indiscriminately by the two sides at Sahapur village in Sadaipur police station area near Siuri, with the locals claiming that the miscreants were supporters of the ruling TMC and the BJP, they said.

Police officers, too, came under attack while trying to stop the clash, the sources claimed.

(Source: PTI)

Nagaland Starts Process to Prepare List of Indigenous Inhabitants

The Nagaland government on Wednesday started a process of preparing a register of all indigenous inhabitants of the state, Chief Secretary Temjen Toy said.

The Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (RIIN) will help identify indigenous inhabitants who settled in Nagaland prior to 1 December 1963, the day it became a full-fledged state.

The RIIN will prevent people from acquiring fake indigenous inhabitant certificates, Toy said.

"Currently such certificate is being issued randomly but the RIIN will ensure efficiency and streamline the entire process, while also providing accurate data of the indigenous inhabitants in the state," he told PTI.

Stalin Moves Madras High Court in Defamation Case Against Him

DMK president MK Stalin on Wednesday moved the Madras High Court bench in Madurai, seeking to quash a defamation case filed against him in a court in Dindigul over his remarks against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami during a public meeting in February.

In his petition, Stalin alleged that the case had been registered on a complaint by the public prosecutor with an ulterior motive and for political reasons.

The matter relates to Stalin's certain remarks attacking Palaniswami at a public meeting on 15 February in Dindigul.

(Source: PTI)

Sanjiv Soni is New CIL Finance Director

Mining major Coal India on Wednesday said Sanjiv Soni has taken over as its new finance director.

The post was lying vacant since October 2018 and marketing director SN Prasad was in additional charge of the portfolio.

Soni was the finance director for Eastern Coalfields Ltd prior to taking over the new role.

He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and the Institute of Cost Accountants of India.

(Source: PTI)

10 Congress Members in Goa Assembly Meet Speaker

Ten of 15 Congress members in the 40-member Goa Assembly are meeting Speaker Rajesh Patnekar, reports PTI.

CBI Registers 2 Cases Related to Alleged Illegal Sand Mining In UP

The Central Bureau of Investigation has registered two separate cases related to alleged illegal sand mining in Uttar Pradesh and conducted searches at 12 locations in its 8 cities/districts, reports ANI.

Telangana HC Dismisses Plea of 2 Former MLCs Against Disqualification

The Telangana High Court on Wednesday dismissed petitions filed by two disqualified Members of Legislative Council challenging the action against them by the council's chairman.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan and Justice Shameem Akther dismissed the writ petitions by S Ramulu Naik and K Yadava Reddy.

The bench observed that it did not find any "irregularity" in the order passed by the Legislative Council chairman.

In January, three members of the Legislative Council switched loyalty to the Congress and were disqualified with immediate effect on grounds of defection.

Legislative Council Chairman K Swamy Goud disqualified K Yadava Reddy, R Bhoopathi Reddy and S Ramulu Naik as members of the upper house of legislature.

(Source: PTI)

Assam Flood Situation Deteriorates; 3 Dead, over 2 Lakh Affected

Three people were killed in rain and flood related incidents in Assam as the situation turned grim on Wednesday with over two lakh people across 11 districts of the state being affected by the deluge.

Till Tuesday, 62,400 people were affected by floods in eight districts, but now 2,07,100 persons are affected in the state, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority said.

Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Darrang, Barpeta, Nalbari, Chirang, Golaghat, Majuli, Jorhat and Dibrugarh districts are hit by the deluge, it said.

(Source: PTI)

Chinese Tycoon Arrested for Suspected Child Molesting

A billionaire Chinese property tycoon was formally arrested for suspected child molestation on Wednesday, state media said, in a case that has sparked anger over attempts to censor the incident.

Wang Zhenhua, the 57-year-old chairman of Seazen Holdings, was arrested by Shanghai police, reported state broadcaster CCTV, which released a video of Wang in custody.

Shanghai police said on their official Twitter-like Weibo account that prosecutors approved the arrest of a man surnamed Wang, along with a woman surnamed Zhou.

(Source: AFP)

Army Apprehends an ULFA (I) Cadre in Assam; Arms & Ammunition Recovered

The Indian Army unit apprehended one active ULFA (I) cadre along with arms and ammunition at Kathalbari, Udalguri in Assam on 8 July 2019. The individuals with recoveries have been handed over to the police for further investigation, reports ANI, quoting Eastern Command.

IL&FS Puts Rs 2,880 Acre Land Parcels in Kutch for Sale

In an attempt to its monetise assets, the bankrupt IL&FS group has put its 2,880-acres of non-contiguous land banks spread across seven villages in the Kutch region of Gujarat for sale.

The company has invited expressions of interest from interested parties for selling the land parcels owned by three subsidiaries of IL&FS Group in the state.

The three subsidiaries - Avash Logistic Park, Sealand Ports and Gujarat Integrated Maritime Complex - collectively own these 2,880 acres of non-contiguous landbank spread across Mota Layja, Godhra, Bayath, Undoth, Ratadiya, Nana Layja and Kathda villages in the Kutch district.

(Source: PTI)

Punjab to Set up Court Rooms Inside Jails

The Punjab government will set up court rooms inside high-security prisons to restrict movement of "dangerous" criminals and gangsters for hearings, Jails Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa said on Wednesday.

He also said the jails department will purchase tear gas shells and rubber bullets as part of its measures to strengthen prison security.

The court rooms will be set up at jails in Patiala, Kapurthala, Amritsar, Bathinda, Faridkot, Sangrur and Nabha, the minister said.

(Source: PTI)

Trump to Meet Pak PM at White House on 22 July

US President Donald Trump will welcome Pakistan PM Imran Khan to the White House on 22 July. The visit will focus on strengthening cooperation between the United States and Pakistan to bring peace, stability, and economic prosperity to the region.

(Source: ANI)

NC Chief Farooq Abdullah Asks Centre to Hold Talks with Stakeholders in J&K

National Conference president Farooq Abdullah on Wednesday asked the Centre to hold talks with all the stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir, saying opening of channels of dialogue will led to successful outcomes.

"On 22 June 2019, the state governor had said that the Hurriyat (Conference) was ready for talks. I believe the BJP should use its massive mandate to solve the protracted issue of Jammu and Kashmir. There is no other alternative to dialogue," Abdullah, the Lok Sabha member from Srinagar, said in a statement.

(Source: PTI)

Moderate quake hits Shimla

A moderate intensity earthquake with 3.1 magnitude shook Himachal Pradesh's Shimla district on Wednesday evening.

There was no report of any casualty or damage to property, the meteorological department said.

The quake's epicentre was at a depth of 10 km northeast in Shimla, the department said, adding that tremors were felt in and around the district at 7.55 pm.

(Source: PTI)

Chandigarh Best Performing in Field of Education: HRD Ministry

Chandigarh has been ranked best among states and Union territories in the field of education and is followed by Kerala and Gujarat, according to HRD Ministry officials.

As per the Performance Grading Index 2017-18, Arunachal Pradesh is the least performing state and has been ranked 36 on the index .

Delhi was ranked ninth, behind Rajasthan (8), Punjab (7), Tamil Nadu (5) and Haryana (4), according to it.

(Source: PTI)

'Tantrik' Arrested for Raping Woman in UP's Balrampur

A 'tantrik' was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly raping a 22-year-old woman in UP’s Balrampur, police said.

The incident occurred under Nagar Kotwali police station area of the city when the woman, who had been ill for a few days, was taken to the 'tantrik', Phoolchand, on Monday, Superintendent of Police Dev Ranjan Verma said.

Phoolchand had sent her family members out of the room before treating the woman. He allegedly raped her after giving her some intoxicating drug, the SP said.

(Source: PTI)

Cong Issues Whip to CPP Members to Meet Every Tuesday at 10.15 AM

The Congress party has issued whip to the members of Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) of Lok Sabha directing them to meet every Tuesday at 10.15 AM in Room No.25 in Parliament House during the Parliament Session period, reports ANI.

Soldier Dead, 2 Injured in Mortar Barrel Burst in J&K

One soldier lost his life while two others were injured when barrel of 81 mm mortar burst during field firing exercise near Leh in Jammu & Kashmir. The soldiers belonged to an infantry unit deployed in Ladakh. The Army has ordered a court of inquiry into the incident, reports ANI.

One Killed, 7 Hurt in Blast at Chemical Factory in Chandigarh

One worker was killed while seven others sustained injuries in a blast at a chemical factory in Chandigarh on Wednesday, police said.

The incident took place between 11 and and 12 noon at Punjab Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals Limited in Mohali's Dera Bassi, about 30 km from Chandigarh, police added.

(Source: PTI)

Weapons Recovered from Madrasa in UP; 6 Detained

Six people were detained after police recovered weapons from a madrasa in Bijnor, an officer said.

Following a tip-off, a raid was carried out at madrasa Darul Quran Hamidia on Kandhla road in Sherkot area in the afternoon, Circle Officer (CO) Kripashankar Kannaujia said, adding that three countrymade pistols, a 32 bore pistol and bullets in large numbers were recovered.

(Source: PTI)

Nepal Maoist Cadre, Policeman Killed in Exchange of Fire

A police constable and a radical Maoist party cadre were killed during a cross firing between the party and security personnel on Wednesday in Bhojpur district of eastern Nepal.

The incident happened on Wednesday morning when cadres of the banned Netra Bikram Chand-led Communist Party of Nepal, a breakaway Maoist faction, opened fire on the security personnel deployed at a weekly market in Bhojpur-7, police said.

The Okhaldhunga district in-charge of the splinter Maoist faction, Nir Kumar Rai, and police constable Sanjiv Rai died during the exchange of fire, officials said. Another police constable was also injured in the firing.

(Source: PTI)

Defamation Case: Rahul Gandhi to Appear Before Ahmedabad Court on 12 July

Rahul Gandhi will appear before Ahmedabad Metropolitan Court on 12 July, in connection with criminal defamation suit filed against him by Ahmedabad District Cooperative Bank and its chairman Ajay Patel, reports ANI, quoting Gujarat Congress President Amit Chavda.

3 Die of Asphyxiation in Telangana

Three persons died apparently of asphyxiation in a well in Komaram Bheem Asifabad district of Telangana on Wednesday, police said.

The incident occurred when one person entered the 35-foot deepwell to repair a motor and collapsed, the police said.

Seeing this, another worker got in, but he too fell unconscious and the third worker then entered the well to rescue the two. In a matter of five minutes, all the three died, a police official told PTI.

Encounter Between Police & Miscreants in Delhi; 2 Held

Two persons were arrested after an encounter broke out between police officials and miscreants in Delhi’s Ghazipur. There was a reward of Rs 50,000 on their head. One of the arrested received a bullet injury during the encounter.

(Source: ANI)

Scientists Identify Oldest Modern Human Remains

Scientists have identified the oldest modern human remains outside Africa, reports AFP, citing a study.

Editors Guild Condemns Finance Ministry's Decision of Blocking Access for Reporters

Editors Guild condemns Finance Ministry's decision of blocking access for reporters, urges it to lift restriction.

(Source: ANI)

UP Govt Transfers 4 IAS Officers After CBI Carries out Searches in Sand Mining Scam Case

The Uttar Pradesh government transferred on Wednesday night four IAS officers, including those whose premises in the state were searched by the CBI in connection with a mining scam.

The central probe agency has registered two cases in the Uttar Pradesh mining scam, naming former minister Gayatri Prajapati and four IAS officers as accused, and carried out searches at 12 locations in the state.

(Source: PTI)

1 Killed, Another Injured in Landslides in Assam

Landslides triggered by torrential rains killed a man in Guwahati, while another was injured in Jorabat, officials said Wednesday, 10 July.

Heavy rains also led to water-logging in some low-lying areas of the city.

A 56-year-old man, Narayan Saha, was killed on Wednesday when rocks and mud from a hill fell on his house as a result of a landslide owning to heavy rains, police said.

(Source: PTI)

TMC's RS MP Dola Sen Wins Election to ESIC Governing Council

The Trinamool Congress' Dola Sen won an election held on Wednesday, 10 July, for nomination of a Rajya Sabha member to the governing council of Employees State Insurance Corporation, a statement said.

She secured 90 of the 156 votes polled, while Pradip Bhattacharya of the Congress polled 46 and E Karim of the CPI(M) eight.

(Source: PTI)

The Roof of Gaya District Council's office Collapses in Bihar

A portion of roof of the office of Gaya District Council, Secretary Laxmi Devi fell on 10 July in Bihar. No injuries reported.

(Source: ANI)

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