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Vijay Mallya to Appeal Against Extradition Order in UK Court

Embattled liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya's extradition case will return to the UK courts on 2 July as he seeks permission to appeal against an order signed off by UK home secretary Sajid Javid for him to be extradited to India to face alleged fraud and money laundering charges amounting to Rs 9,000 crores.

The 63-year-old former Kingfisher Airlines boss has already lost a UK High Court "leave to appeal" on paper, leading to an oral hearing of his renewal application this week.

(Source: PTI)

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3 Polish Miners Die After Tremor Causes Massive Cave-In

Three miners have been killed in a tremor that hit a coal mine in southern Poland and six others have been hospitalised. More details awaited.

(Source: AP)

Trump says US Will Keep Strong Intel Presence in Afghanistan

US President Donald Trump says he wants to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan but will leave a strong intelligence presence, branding the country the "Harvard of terrorists" in an interview broadcast Monday.


India Pledges to Contribute $5 Million in 2019 to UN Palestine Refugee Agency

India has pledged to contribute USD 5 million in 2019 to the UN Palestine refugee agency, even as it voiced concern over the agency's difficult financial situation due to voluntary contributions from a limited donor base and called for ensuring sustained fiscal support for its work.


BJP Parliamentary Meet Today

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi, on Tuesday 2 July arrived for BJP parliamentary party meeting in New Delhi.


BJP Parliamentary Meet Begins in Delhi

The Bahratiya Janata Party parliamentary meeting begins in New Delhi. According to the reports, the meet was chaired by PM Modi.


Fuel Tank of IAF LCA Tejas Falls Down During Flight

The fuel tank of a LCA Tejas aircraft of the Indian Air Force fell down in a farm land near Sulur air base, Tamil Nadu during a flight on Tuesday.


BJP Parliamentary Party Meeting Concludes

The BJP Parliamentary Party meeting has concluded.

Centre, ED Move SC Against Bombay HC Order on Mehul Choksi

The Centre and Enforcement Directorate on Tuesday moved SC against Bombay HC order on Mehul Choksi, which had sought medical report to be examined, if Choksi can travel to India.

DMK Seeks Urgent Hearing in SC on Plea to Disqualify AIADMK MLAs

DMK has sought an urgent hearing in SC on its plea seeking to disqualify Tamil Nadu Deputy CM O Panneerselvam and 10 other AIADMK MLAs for voting against the confidence motion initiated by Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi Palaniswami in 2017.


SC Defers Hearing of PILs Seeking to Quash MHA Order Allowing Central Agencies to Monitor and Decrypt Information

Supreme Court on Tuesday deferred hearing of PILs seeking to quash 20 December order of MHA allowing 10 central agencies to monitor and decrypt information stored on any computer for national security.


SC to Consider Centre's Submission for Urgent Listing of Plea on Choksi's Medical Report

SC says it will consider Centre's submission for urgent listing of plea on Mehul Choksi's medical report.


PM Modi to Launch BJP's Membership Drive on 6 July

PM Modi will launch BJP's membership drive from Varanasi on 6 July. He has asked party workers to plant five trees in every booth during campaign.


CBI Conducts 'Special Operation' Against Banking Fraud Accused in 18 Cities

CBI is conducting a 'special operation' on Tuesday and has begun searches at over 50 places in 18 cities, across 12 states/Union Territories, in connection with bank fraud cases. 14 cases have been registered against accused including various companies/firms, their promoters/directors and bank officials.

Searches are being conducted in various cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Ludhiana, Thane, Valsad, Pune, Palani, Gaya, Gurgaon, Chandigarh, Bhopal, Surat and Kolar.


SC Issues Notice to Centre on Plea Filed by Jairam Ramesh Challenging Centre's Amendments to PMLA Law

The Supreme Court has issued a notice to the Centre on a plea filed by Congress MP Jairam Ramesh challenging the Centre’s amendments made to the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) law since 2015.


Bihar Assembly Adjourned as Opposition Demands Resignation of Health Minister

The Bihar Assembly was adjourned on Tuesday as the opposition parties shouted slogans demanding the resignation of Health minister Mangal Pandey over the deaths of more than 150 children due to acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) in the state.

As the House assembled at 11 am for its business, RJD leader Lalit Yadav demanded the resignation of the Health minister holding him responsible for children deaths in Muzaffarpur and other parts of the state due to AES.


RJD MLAs Hold Protest Against AES Deaths in State Legislative Assembly

RJD MLAs protested against the deaths due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) at State Legislative Assembly, in Patna on Tuesday. They are demanding the resignation of Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey.


SC Grants 2 Weeks to EC on PIL Regarding EVM, VVPAT and EVM Tracking Software

Supreme Court grants two weeks time to the Election Commission, on the PIL filed by Mumbai based advocate Sunil Ahya questioning the authenticity of the source codes of EVM, VVPAT and EVM tracking software (ETS) which may change the election results.


Delhi HC Gives 4 Weeks to Delhi Police to Probe Mukherjee Nagar Case

Delhi HC has given four weeks’ time to Delhi Police to probe the Mukherjee Nagar Sikh assault case.

(CNN News18)

Singapore HC Orders Attachment of Bank Account on ED's Request in Nirav Modi Case

Enforcement Directorate on Tuesday said Singapore High Court has ordered attachment of a bank account with $6.122 million balance on ED's request in the Nirav Modi case.


Indigo Flight From Chennai Bound for Tuticorin Diverted to Madurai Airport

An Indigo fight from Chennai bound for Tuticorin with 61 passengers on board was diverted to Madurai Airport due to strong winds.

(The Times of India)

Three Killed in Water Tank Collapse in Satpur, Nashik

Three people have died and one injured after a water tank collapsed in Satpur area of Nashik on Tuesday. CM Devendra Fadnavis said that the matter will be investigated and action will be taken against those responsible.


28 Dead Due to Japanese Encephalitis in Assam

100 Japanese Encephalitis (JE) positive cases have been detected till now in Assam and 28 patients have died due to it, Umesh Phangcho, State Programme Officer, National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme said.


China Slams Trump's 'Gross Interference' in Hong Kong

China on Tuesday, 2 July, rebuked Donald Trump for "gross interference" in Hong Kong's affairs after the US president said protesters who stormed the city's legislature want democracy for the financial hub.

Trump weighed in on the protests in Hong Kong on Monday, saying the demonstrators are "looking for democracy" but that "some governments don't want democracy".

"We deplore and strongly oppose the relevant country's gross interference in Hong Kong affairs and China's internal affairs," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a regular press briefing.

(Source: AFP)

Hearing on Mallya's Plea Underway in London High Court

Hearing on Vijay Mallya's plea against his extradition is underway in London High Court, reports ANI.

3 Killed as Truck Hits Motorcycle in UP's Azamgarh

Three people were killed when their motorcycle was hit by a truck under the Nizamabad police station area in Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh, police said on Tuesday, 2 July.

The victims were returning from a function late Monday night when the accident occurred near the Nizamabad turn, they added.

(Source: PTI)

Former Bangladesh President Ershad on Life Support: Health Minister

Ailing former Bangladesh president HM Ershad has been put on life support system after his condition deteriorated, according to the Health Minister Zahid Malik.

The 89-year-old former military strongman has been ill for quite some time, suffering from low Hemoglobin count and liver complications. He was admitted to the the Combined Military Hospital in Dhaka on June 22, bdnews24 reported.

Speaking to reporters after visiting Ershad, who is Chairman of the Jatiya Party, at the hospital on Monday, Health Minister Malik said that the former military strongman has been placed on life support.

"His condition is critical. He is on life support. The overall situation is critical," said Malik.

(Source: PTI)

OPEC And Allies Formally Sign Cooperation Charter

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its allies have formally signed a cooperation charter, reports AFP.

At Least 10 Killed in Nigeria Fuel Tanker Blast

At least 10 people were killed and more than 50 injured in central Nigeria when a petrol tanker crashed off the road and exploded as people gathered fuel, the emergency services said on Tuesday, 7 July.

The truck overturned close to shops as it was travelling through the village of Ahumbe in Benue state on Monday.

Local residents rushed to collect the leaking gasoline but the fuel exploded, causing a blast that tore through the surrounding area.

"We have removed at least 10 dead bodies from the scene of the incident while over 50 people were affected," Benue state Federal Road Safety Commission Sector Commander Aliyu Baba told AFP.

Amit Shah to Launch BJP Membership Drive in Telangana on 6 July

Amit Shah will launch the BJP's membership drive in Telangana on 6 July, the birth anniversary of party ideologue Syama Prasad Mookerjee, and hold a meeting with the state unit leaders to strategise the saffron party's ambitious growth plans in the state.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to launch the membership drive in his Lok Sabha constituency of Varanasi the same day.

"He (Shah) will launch (membership drive) in Telangana," state BJP chief K Laxman told PTI on Tuesday, adding Telangana is one of the states under the BJP's focus for its growth plans.

Monsoon to Make Further Advancement in Next 72 Hours in Haryana, Delhi & Himachal

"We are expecting that in Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, J&K and in remaining areas of Madhya Pradesh, monsoon will make further advancement in the next 72 hours. Uttar Pradesh and Himahcal Pradesh are likely to receive good rainfall after two days," ANI quotes IMD Delhi spokesperson as saying.

Uttarakhand will also experience good rainfall activity in next 4-5 days, the spokesperson reportedly said.

Govt Extends Ban on Dealings with Chopper-Scam Tainted Firm Leonardo for Another 6 Months

The Ministry of Defence has extended the ban on dealings with chopper-scam tainted firm Leonardo (erstwhile Finmecannica) for another six months, reports ANI. The ban has been imposed on the firm in connection with the Rs 3,600 crore VVIP chopper scam in which investigation by central agencies is still on.

The ban was first imposed on the firm by the NDA government in July 2014.

Turkey Orders Arrest of 122 Military Personnel over Suspected Gulen Links

Turkey has ordered the arrest of 122 military personnel over suspected links to the network blamed by Ankara for orchestrating a failed military coup, prosecutors and the state-run Anadolu news agency said on Tuesday, 2 July.

Ankara has accused US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen of masterminding the attempted putsch in July 2016. He has denied any involvement.

Police have launched one operation in Istanbul, prosecutors there said.

(Source: Reuters)

Sri Lanka Police Chief Arrested over Easter Attacks Failures

Sri Lanka police chief has been arrested over Easter attacks failures, reports AFP, quoting a police spokesperson.

Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s Grandson to Appear Before NIA on 9 July

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has given notice to separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s grandson, Anees-ul-Islam, to appear before the agency at its headquarters in New Delhi on 9 July, reports ANI.

Dawood Ibrahim’s Aide Riyaz Bhati Arrested by Mumbai Police

Dawood Ibrahim’s aide Riyaz Bhati has been arrested by Mumbai Crime Branch's Anti Extortion Cell (AEC), reports ANI.

DGCA To Issue Safety Directions to Airlines over Aircraft Overshooting Runway

Civil aviation regulator DGCA will issue safety directions to airlines amid incidents of aircraft overshooting runway after landing, reports PTI, quoting an official.

Amit Shah to Inaugurate Income-Tax Flyover & DK Patel Hall in Ahmedabad Tomorrow

Union Home Minister Amit Shah will inaugurate Income-Tax flyover and DK Patel Hall in Ahmedabad tomorrow. He will also take part in a programme at Gujarat University, reports ANI.

Union Cabinet Meeting to Be Held Tomorrow

Union Cabinet meeting will be held in the Parliament Annexe Building on Wednesday, 3 July.

Meeting to Finalise Modalities of Kartarpur Corridor on 14 July

Pakistan on Tuesday, 2 July, conveyed to India that the second meeting to discuss the draft agreement for finalising the modalities of Kartarpur Corridor and related technical issues will be held on 14 July 2019 at Wagah, reports ANI, quoting Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Actor Aditya Pancholi Granted Interim Relief till 19 July in Rape Case

Actor Aditya Pancholi has been granted interim relief till 19 July by Dindoshi Sessions court in a rape case filed against him, reports ANI.

Court Acquits Ex-Mla, 7 Others for Stopping Train During 'Bharat Bandh' in 2010

A Delhi court on Tuesday, 2 July, acquitted a former BJP MLA and seven others for allegedly stopping Avadh Assam Express train during a 'Bharat bandh' in 2010.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal said the case of the prosecution has "dents" due to which it cannot be said to have been proved beyond reasonable doubts.

The court held that since the identity of the accused persons except accused Anil Jha, the former BJP MLA, has not been established on record beyond reasonable doubts, the other persons cannot be convicted on this ground alone.

It said that regarding Jha, "although it appears that there are evidences against him, which points towards his guilt but there are factors, which diluted these evidences and weakened the case of the prosecution".

(Source: PTI)

Minor Girl Allegedly Raped by Man in Rajasthan's Jaipur

A minor girl was allegedly raped by a man in Rajasthan's Jaipur on Monday, 1 July. "Medical and other formalities have been completed. Efforts are underway to nab the accused," news agency ANI quotes Police Commissioner as saying on Tuesday.

"Yesterday, some people had gathered here who pelted stones at police; around 16 of them have been arrested," the Police Commissioner reportedly said.

Andhra HC Orders State Govt to File Affidavit over Chandrababu Naidu's Security Plea

The Andhra Pradesh High Court has ordered state government to file an affidavit with details of how many security personnel are provided to former Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and where those personnel are deployed. Naidu had filed a petition stating 'his security cover is being slashed.'

(Source: ANI)

Top Court Raps Russia over 24-Hour CCTV in Prison Cells

Europe's top rights court on Tuesday, 2 July, condemned Russia's 24-hour camera surveillance of prisoners, ruling that it was an arbitrary violation of their right to privacy.

The European Court of Human Rights also found that two of the three plaintiffs had also been denied their right to an effective legal remedy, after the Russian courts rejected their complaints.

Two prisoners and a former inmate were challenging the practice in Russian prisons of constant surveillance, not just by guards but by closed-circuit cameras inside their cells.

Two of the three plaintiffs, who were held in the same prison, said the cameras installed over the doorway gave a clear view of most of the cell, including the bed.

(Source: AFP)

UK Court Approves Mallya’s Permission to Appeal Against Extradition

Vijay Mallya’s permission to appeal against the extradition case has been approved by the Royal Courts of Justice, London, reports ANI.

Bihar Govt Files Affidavit in Supreme Court over Encephalitis Deaths

The Bihar government has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court on a PIL relating to children’s death from Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Muzaffarpur district of Bihar, stating “the government has been taking all possible steps to prevent the disease”.

(Source: ANI)

Coal Mining to Be Resumed in Arunachal Pradesh After 7 Years

The Arunachal Pradesh government decided to resume coal mining in the state, which has been suspended since May 2012 after a direction by the Centre following involvement of insurgent groups in the extraction process, officials told PTI on Tuesday, 2 July.

The Supreme Court in a recent judgement lifted the suspension from Namchik-Namphuk, the lone coalfield in the state, in Changlang district, the officials said.

At a meeting in Itanagar on Monday, Chief Minister Pema Khandu directed the officials to settle the matter by paying an additional levy of Rs 32 crore imposed by the Ministry of Coal, the officials said.

The decision would revive the Arunachal Pradesh Mineral Development & Trading Corporation Limited (APMDTCL), a state government undertaking.

US-China Trade Talks 'Back on Track', Says White House Advisor

Fraught US-China trade negotiations are now headed in a positive direction following this weekend's meeting between President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, a top White House aide said on Tuesday, 2 July.

"From an investor's point of view, here is all you have to know: Talks are back on track with the work that has been done to date," senior White House trade advisor Peter Navarro told CNBC.

After talks nearly collapsed in May, Trump and Xi on Saturday agreed at a meeting in Japan to resume negotiations toward ending their year-long trade war.

(Source: AFP)

14 Crew Killed in Russian Submarine Fire

Fourteen seamen have died in a fire on a deep submersible, Russia's defence ministry said on Tuesday, the latest in a string of disasters and accidents to hit the country's navy.

The tragedy in the far north has echoes of the sinking of the Kursk submarine in 2000 that claimed the lives of 118 personnel and shook the first year of Vladimir Putin's presidency.

"On 1 July, a fire broke out during biometric measurements on a scientific research deep-sea submersible," the defence ministry said.

Fourteen crew died as a result of poisoning from the fumes of the fire in Russia's territorial waters, a ministry spokeswoman confirmed to AFP.

NASA Tests Launch-Abort System for Moon-Mission Capsule

NASA carried out a successful test on Tuesday of a launch-abort system for the Orion capsule designed to take US astronauts to the Moon.

The three-minute exercise at Cape Canaveral in Florida aimed to test in almost real-life conditions the evacuation of astronauts from the capsule in the event of an explosion or rocket booster failure.

The test "put us one huge step closer to the first Artemis flight carrying people to the Moon," said Orion program manager Mark Kirasich.

(Source: AFP)

HC Rejects Gujarat State Congress' Plea on Alpesh Thakor's Disqualification

The Gujarat High Court on Tuesday, 2 July, rejected plea of Gujarat state Congress seeking a directive to state Assembly Speaker Rajendra Trivedi to take an early decision on its demand to disqualify Alpesh Thakor as an MLA, reports ANI.

Germany Fines Facebook USD 2.3 Million Under Hate Speech Law

German authorities said on Tuesday that they have imposed a 2-million euro (USD 2.3 million) fine on Facebook under a law designed to combat hate speech.

The Federal Office for Justice said the social networking company had failed to meet transparency requirements for its handling of hate speech complaints.

The agency said Facebook's report for the first half of 2018 didn't reflect the actual number of complaints about suspected illegal content, which in Germany includes anti-Semitic insults and material designed to incite hatred against persons or groups based on their religion or ethnicity.

(Source: AP)

Rebel AAP MLAs Asked to Reply to Disqualification Notices by 9 July

Delhi Assembly has asked rebel AAP legislators Kapil Mishra and Sandeep Kumar to reply to disqualification petitions filed against them by 9 July.

(Source: PTI)

Christine Lagarde Nominated as President of European Central

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde was on Tuesday nominated as the president of the European Central Bank, following which she announced to temporarily relinquish her responsibilities as head of IMF.

The nomination means Lagarde will step down two years before the end of her second five-year term at the helm of the IMF.

(Source: PTI)

Youth Beaten to Death in Bihar for 'Stealing'

A youth was beaten to death in Bihar's Sarai after he was caught stealing inside a house. Police said,"owner of the house had attacked him and then he was caught by other villagers. By the time we reached the spot he was dead."

A case was registered.

(Source: ANI)

3 Dead, 9 Injured As Buildings Collapse In Mizoram, Many Feared Trapped

At least three dead, including two children after three buildings in Mizoram's Aizawl collapsed following a massive landslide on Tuesday evening.

Nine others were injured and have been taken to a hospital nearby.

(Source: NDTV)

Sundance Co-Founder Gets at Least 6 Years in Sex Abuse Case

A filmmaker who co-founded the Sundance Film Festival and produced a movie whose lead actress won an Oscar in the mid-1980s was sentenced to at least six years in prison after pleading guilty to sexual abuse of a child.

(Source: AP)

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