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Mexican Officials Pull 51 Migrants from Tractor-Trailer

Mexican officials have pulled 51 migrants, including 21 children, off a tightly packed cargo truck in north-central Mexico.

The Public Security Ministry said that the migrants from Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua were detected with assistance from an X-ray machine in the state of Zacatecas. The ministry says the migrants will be returned to their countries of origin.

(Source: PTI)


At Least 29 Killed in Bus Accident On Yamuna Expressway in Agra

At least 29 persons were killed after a bus carrying around 40 passengers fell into a gorge on Yamuna Expressway in Agra. Rescue operation is underway.

(Source: ANI)

One Killed, 14 Injured in Road Accident in Muzaffarnagar

One person was killed and 14 others were injured after a car hit an e-rickshaw near Bhensi village, police said.

(Source: PTI)

Newborn Found Abandoned in Forested Area in Muzaffarnagar

A newborn boy was found abandoned at a forested area in Kaidi village, police said.

The baby was found by some villagers and admitted to a hospital by a police team on Sunday, Station House Officer, Babri, Nemchand, said.

(Source: PTI)

3 Miscreants Arrested, 1250 Cartridges Recovered By Delhi Police

Three miscreants arrested by Delhi Police Special Cell; 1250 cartridges recovered from them. The car in which they were transporting the cartridges also seized. More details awaited

19 Bodies Recovered, 4 Still Missing in Tiware Dam Breach

Search operation at Tiware Dam in Ratnagiri, Maharashtra by NDRF, enters sixth day. So far, 19 bodies have been recovered, but four are still missing.

(Source: ANI)

Shut Down in J&K on Burhan Wani's 3rd Death Anniversary

In Jammu and Kashmir, shut down in Srinagar, on the 3rd death anniversary of terrorist Burhan Wani.

(Source: ANI)

No Movements at Mumbai Airport Due to Heavy Rains

Mumbai Airport (MIAL) Spokesperson said, “Due to heavy rains, there are no movements at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, Mumbai.”

(Source: ANI)

Mumbai Auto-Rickshaw Drivers Call For a Strike to Demand Fare Hike

Mumbai Auto-Rickshaw Drivers' Unions have called for a strike starting at midnight over their demand of increase in fare among others.

(Source: ANI)

Navjot Singh Sindhu Partakes in 'Clean India Campaign'

In Punjab, Congress leader Navjot Kaur Sidhu took part in ‘Clean India Campaign’ and cleaned streets in Amritsar.

(Source: ANI)

One Person Shot Dead in Delhi’s Silampur

In Delhi, a person shot dead in Silampur allegedly by a miscreant who was caught while stealing a purse at a function in victim's house and had threatened to kill the victim. One person taken into custody. Police investigation underway.

(Source: ANI)

No Cancellation, But 3 Diversions Take Place at Mumbai Airport

In Mumbai, due to heavy rains, the visibility is changing every minute. Since 9:15 am, the visibility at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport is fluctuating. There is a delay due to weather. No cancellation as of now but 3 diversions took place till now.

(Source: ANI)

60-Yr-Old Man, Wife Dies As House Gets Destroyed By Landslide in Darjeeling

In Darjeeling, a 60-year-old man and his wife died when their house near Pubung Fatak, Sukhia, got buried in mud following a landslide caused by heavy rainfall last night.

(Source: ANI)

Maryam Nawaz Demands PM Imran Khan's Resignation

Maryam Nawaz, the daughter of former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, has severely criticised Prime Minister Imran Khan and demanded his resignation, the media reported.

(Source: PTI)

Raids in Four Locations Over Disproportionate Assets in Indore

In Indore, raids are being conducted by Lokayukta at four locations belonging to the State Food Supply Department Manager Salman Haider, in Katni in connection with disproportionate assets.

(Source: ANI)

TMC MPs Hold Protest Over Disinvestment in PSUs in Delhi

In Delhi, TMC MPs hold protest in front of Gandhi statue in Parliament over disinvestment in Public sector undertakings (PSUs).

(Source: ANI)

SC to Hear Maratha Quota Matter on Friday, 12 July

Supreme Court today decided to hear on Friday, 12 July a plea challenging the validity of the June 27 verdict of the Bombay High Court, giving its go ahead to the quota for the Maratha community in jobs and education in Maharashtra.

(Source: ANI)

One Civilian Injured in Ceasefire Violation in J&K's Nowshera

One civilian was injured in a ceasefire violation by Pakistan in the Nowshera sector of J&K’s Rajouri.

(Source: ANI)

33 Children Admitted to Hospital After Consuming Hostel Food

33 children from Telangana Minority Residential School admitted to hospital after consuming food at their hostel today. One discharged from hospital. The school in a statement says the children are in a stable condition.

(Source: ANI)

Three Children Killed, Their Father Injured in House Collapse

Three children were killed and their father was injured when the roof of their home collapsed on them during rains at a village in Muzaffarnagar, the police said.

(Source: PTI)

10-Yr-Old Drowns in Sand Mining Pit in West Bengal

A 10-year-old boy drowned after slipping into a pit on Leesh river bed in Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, suspected to have been dug for illegal sand mining, police sources said.

(Source: PTI)

SC to Depute CBI, Police Officers to Keep Tab on Wrongdoings in Registry

The Supreme Court has decided to depute senior CBI and Delhi Police officials to curb corrupt practices in its registry.

(Source: PTI)

Godown Security Guard Killed in Thane

A 40-year-old security guard of a private company's godown was allegedly killed in Thane, Maharashtra, the police said.

The victim, identified as Ramapati, worked as a watchman at the godown located in Bhiwandi town and lived in a tin shed in an adjacent premises, an official at Narpoli police station said.

(Source: PTI)

40 Kids Admitted to Hospital After Eating Hostel Food in Telangana

In Hyderabad, 40 children from Telangana Minority Residential School have been admitted to hospital after consuming food at their hostel today.

(Source: ANI)

Tigress, Two Cubs Found Dead in Maharashtra

Tigress and her two cubs found dead in Chimur Forest area of Chandrapur, In Maharashtra.

(Source: ANI)

Anti Human Trafficking Units Rescued 333 Kids This Year in Delhi

Delhi Police Crime Branch said that Anti Human Trafficking Units (AHTU) has rescued 333 children since 1 January this year. Most of these children have been rescued from bus stands, railway stations & other places across Delhi.

It also said that apart from rescuing children, AHTU has recovered 57 kidnapped/abducted/missing persons, while investigating cases registered in Delhi. Out of these recovered persons, 14 are minors and 37 are females.

(Source: ANI)

Doctors at LNJP Hospital Go on Strike; Demand More Security

Doctors at the Delhi government-run LNJP hospital went on a strike over an alleged assault on a medical student by a patient's attendant, officials said.

(Source: PTI)

Army Jawan Kills Himself at Camp in J&K

An Army jawan allegedly shot himself with his service rifle at a camp in the outskirts of the city, officials said.

The incident took place around 5 am at the guard room in Miran Sahib area, they said.

(Source: PTI)

SC Rejects Plea Seeking Cancellation of 'Article 15'

SC rejects plea seeking cancellation of CBFC certificate to movie 'Article 15', asks petitioner to approach appropriate authority.

(Source: PTI)

Afghan Rivals Resume Talks for Peace

Dozens of powerful Afghans resumed talks with the Taliban in Doha, where a possible ceasefire is on the table along with key issues such as women's rights.

(Source: PTI)

Online Monitoring System in Place for Schemes for STs: Govt

The government has put in place an online monitoring system for various schemes related to Scheduled Tribes, Union minister Arjun Munda said.

(Source: PTI)

Army Officer Among 3 Killed in Separate Road Accidents in J&K

An Army captain was among three people to have been killed in two separate road accidents in Udhampur and Jammu districts of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.

(Source: PTI)

SC to Hear PIL Seeking Direction to Check AES-Related Deaths in Bihar

Supreme Court to hear the PIL that has been filed to seek a direction for measures to check children's death due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Bihar's Muzaffarpur.

(Source: ANI)

Villager Injured in Pak Firing Along LoC in J&K

A villager was injured in Pakistani firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district, officials said.

R Saroop was injured in the firing and he has been hospitalised, they said.

(Source: PTI)

Delhi HC to Hear Plea of MLA Anil Bajpai Seeking Delhi Assembly Speaker's Ram Goel Removal

Delhi High Court will hear a plea of Anil Bajpai, MLA from Gandhi Nagar, seeking removal of Delhi's Assembly speaker Ram Niwas Goel, to adjudicate the anti defection proceedings initiated against him by AAP.

(Source: PTI)

Rahul Gandhi to Visit Amethi on 10 July

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will visit Amethi on 10 July.

This comes days after he had officially submitted his resignation as the president of the party.

(Source: ANI)

5.7 Magnitude Quake Strikes Southwest Iran

A 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck southwest Iran near the border with Iraq, the country's national seismological centre reported.

(Source: PTI)

Six Fishermen Rescued, 25 Still Missing in Bay of Bengal

Six of the 31 fishermen, who had gone missing in the Bay of Bengal after venturing into deep waters despite weather warnings four days ago, were rescued but 25 are still missing, officials said.

(Source: PTI)

Man Tortured by Police in Mainpuri After He Complained of Wife's Rape; SHO Suspended

A man was allegedly given third-degree torture by the cops in Mainpuri after he approached them to file a complaint against abduction and rape of his wife.

The Uttar Pradesh DGP OP Singh Monday suspended the SHO of Mainpuri and other staff following the incident that took place on Friday night.

(Source: PTI)

Four Killed After Their Car Rams Into Culvert in UP

Four people, including three members of a family, were killed Monday when a car they were travelling in rammed into a culvert at a village in Jaunpur, police said.

(Source: PTI)

40 Kids From Telangana Minority Residential School Hospitalised

ISRO Chief Sivan Visits Udupi, Kollur Temples

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman K Sivan visited the Udupi Sri Krishna mutt and temple along with family members.

(Source: PTI)

'Restore Faith in Election Process,' Says Raj Thackeray

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray writes to Election Commission of India regarding "restoring faith in the election process in the country".

He wrote, 'Individuals have communicated their dissatisfaction with the manner in which elections are being conducted in last few years and raised questions regarding EVMs. We request you to get back to ballot papers and appeal to have assembly election in Maharashtra with ballot papers only."

(Source: ANI)

AIIMS, Safdarjung Docs Express Solidarity With Striking Medicos at LNJP

Resident doctors of AIIMS and Safdarjung hospital have expressed solidarity with their colleagues at the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (LNJP) hospital, who went on strike over an alleged assault on a medical student by an attendant of a patient.

(Source: PTI)

Women Startup Summit in Kochi on 1 August

A Women Startup Summit is to be held in Kochi on 1 August by the Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) with the aim of promoting women entrepreneurship in a big way.

(Source: PTI)

Death Toll Rise to 142 Due to AES in Muzaffarpur

In Muzaffarpur, death toll due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) rises to 142 (121 at Sri Krishna Medical College Hospital and 21 at Kejriwal Hospital).

(Source: ANI)

Updated UNHCR Report in Continuation of Earlier False Narrative On J&K: MEA

Updated report by office of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is continuation of earlier false, motivated narrative on Jammu and Kashmir, PTI quotes MEA spokesperson as saying.

"The situation created by cross-border terror attacks emanating from Pakistan 'analysed' without reference to its causality," the spokesperson reportedly said.

New Greek PM Mitsotakis Sworn In

Kyriakos Mitsotakis was on Monday sworn-in as the prime minister of Greece.

Mitsotakis is a hard-nosed reformer from a conservative political dynasty with controversial civil service job cuts on his resume.

Three years after taking over the leadership of the conservative New Democracy party once headed by his father, the 51-year-old Harvard graduate and former McKinsey consultant has promised to "steamroll" obstacles to business.

"The people must entrust the helm of Greece to a strong hand," he told supporters on 21 June .

He has pledged to create "better" jobs through growth, foreign investment and tax cuts.

(Source: AFP)

Iran 'Better Be Careful' on Nuclear Enrichment, Says Trump

US President Donald Trump warned Iran on Sunday over its imminent breach of a uranium enrichment cap.

"Iran better be careful, because you enrich for one reason, and I won't tell you what that reason is. But it's no good. They better be careful," he told reporters in Morristown, New Jersey.

(Source: AFP)

Congress Leaders To Meet in Delhi Today

Senior Congress leaders will meet at 7 pm in Delhi today, reports ANI.

India, Pak Failed to Improve Situation in Kashmir: UN

The UN rights office on Monday, 8 July, said that India and Pakistan failed to improve the situation in Kashmir and have not taken any concrete steps to address the numerous concerns raised in an earlier report by the rights body.

Last year, the Office of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights released its first-ever report on Kashmir, documenting the wrongdoing by India and Pakistan and urging action to reduce long-standing tensions.

"A UN human rights report on the situation in Kashmir and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir from May 2018 to April 2019, says the number of civilian casualties reported over the 12-month period may be the highest in over a decade," the new report by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said.

(Source: PTI)

Kejriwal, Sisodia Summoned in Defamation Suit Filed by BJP's Vijender Gupta

Delhi's Rouse Avenue court has summoned Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy CM Manish Sisodia in connection with a defamation suit filed by Delhi BJP leader Vijender Gupta. They have been summoned on 16 July, reports ANI.

No Proposal to Implement Common Salary Package For CBSE Teachers: HRD Ministry

The HRD Ministry on Monday, 8 July, ruled out any proposal to implement a common salary package for teachers working in CBSE schools across the country.

The information was shared by Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' in response to a written question in Lok Sabha.

"No proposal is under consideration to implement a common salary package for teachers working in CBSE schools across the country," Nishank reportedly said.

(Source: PTI)

SC Dismisses Plea Seeking Entry of Women into Mosques for Prayers

The Supreme Court on Monday, 8 July, dismissed a plea filed by the Kerala unit of Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha seeking directions allowing entry of Muslim women into the Mosques for offering prayers.

It upheld the Kerala High Court order which had said that the PIL was "motivated" and used for "cheap publicity".

A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose dismissed the appeal against the Kerala High Court order.

"Who are you? How are you affected? Let the aggrieved persons come before us," the bench said.

(Source: PTI)

30 Students Hospitalised Due to Suspected Food Poisoning in Hyderabad

Thirty students of a residential boys school at Hyderabad’s Asifnagar area were hospitalised on Monday due to suspected food poisoning, a senior school official said.

Principal of the Telangana Minorities Residential Boys School TG Murali said the boys, aged between 10 and 14 years, complained of uneasiness after eating food last night and five of them vomited.

He said government officials concerned were informed, following which a doctor visited the school and advised that the students be hospitalised.

"As a precautionary measure all the students were admitted to the Niloufer hospital this morning. They are under observation and all are safe," Murali told PTI.

Gujarat: Speaker Accepts Thakor and Jhala's Resignation

Gujarat Vidhan Sabha speaker has reportedly accepted Congress MLAs Alpesh Thakor and Dhavalsinh Jhala's resignation.

Sonia Gandhi to Address Newly Elected Cong MPs’ Orientation Meet Today

Newly Elected MPs’ Orientation Meeting will take place at the Congress War Room today. Sonia Gandhi, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and Kodikunnil Suresh will address the meeting, reports ANI.

SC Seeks Centre's Response on Plea for Setting up Human Rights Courts in All Districts

The Supreme Court on Monday, 8 July, agreed to hear a plea seeking direction to the Centre for setting up human rights courts in every district of the country as mandated under the Protection of Human Rights Act, news agency PTI reported.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose issued notice to all 29 states on the plea which also sought appointment of Special Public Prosecutors (SPPs) for conducting speedy trial of offences arising out of human rights violation within a time period of three months.

The petition filed by a law student, Bhavika Phore, sought direction to the Centre for providing sufficient and adequate funds for setting up of human rights court in all 725 districts in 29 states and seven Union Territories in a time bound manner.

EU 'Strongly Urges' Iran to Stop Nuclear Enrichment

The European Union said on Monday it was "extremely concerned" by Iranian plans to breach the uranium enrichment cap set by the 2015 nuclear deal, calling on Tehran to reverse course.

Iran said on Sunday it would breach the cap "in a few hours" and on Monday announced it had passed 4.5 percent enrichment - well above the 3.7 percent limit.

It first announced its intention to reduce compliance with the deal in May, a year after US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the pact and reimposed crippling sanctions.

"We strongly urge Iran to stop and reverse all activities that are inconsistent with the commitments made under the JCPOA," EU spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic told reporters.

(Source: AFP)

Author Amish Tripathi, Gujarati Folk Singer Geeta Rabari Meet PM Modi

Author Amish Tripathi and Gujarati folk singer Geeta Rabari met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday.

Tripathi, who was recently named as the director of London's Nehru Centre, presented Modi copies of his works. The cultural centre works under the Indian Council of Cultural Relations.

Tripathi is the author of best-selling books, including the Secret of the Nagas.

Rabari also met the prime minister and gifted him a traditional Gujarati headgear. After the meeting, Modi shared a picture on Twitter in which he is seen wearing the headgear.

'A Month Wasted Pleading Him': Cong's Karan Singh on Rahul's Resignation

Senior Congress leader Karan Singh on Monday, 8 July, said "I am aghast to see the confusion and disorientation into which the party has fallen since Rahul Gandhi resigned on 25 May."

"Instead of honouring his (Rahul's) bold decision, a month was wasted pleading him to take back his resignation," Singh wrote in a letter, a copy of which was tweeted by news agency ANI on Monday.

Tivare Dam Incident: One More Body Recovered in Ratnagiri

An NDRF team has recovered one more body in Ratnagiri after the Tivare Dam incident took place in Maharashtra earlier this month. Twenty bodies have been recovered so far, and three people are still missing, reports ANI.

Disqualification Proceedings: HC Rejects Pleas of AAP MLAs Anil Bajpai & Col Sehrawat

The High Court has rejected pleas of AAP MLAs Anil Bajpai and Col Devender Sehrawat seeking recusal of Assembly Speaker from their disqualification proceedings, reports PTI.

Dozens Hurt as 5.7 Magnitude Quake Shakes Iran

A 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck southwest Iran near the border with Iraq on Monday, causing one death due to a heart attack and dozens of injuries, the country's relief and rescue organisation said.

The quake, whose epicentre was in the Masjed Soleiman area of Khuzestan province, hit at 11:30 am (0700 GMT) at a depth of 17 kilometres, the national seismological centre reported.

The region was rattled by seven aftershocks, the strongest of which measured 4.7 magnitude, it said.

At least 45 people were injured, the head of Iran's relief and rescue organisation, Morteza Salimi, told state TV.

(Source: AFP)

Doctors at Maulana Azad College and LNJP Hospital in Delhi Call-Off strike

Doctors at Maulana Azad Medical College and Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (LNJP) Hospital in Delhi have called off their strike, reports ANI. They were striking after a doctor in the emergency ward of LNJP Hospital was allegedly assaulted by patient's relative on Sunday night.

Sri Lankan Refugees Seek Indian Citizenship

Around 300 families of Sri Lankan refugees, staying in a camp on the outskirts of Coimbatore on Monday, 8 July, petitioned the Tamil Nadu government seeking Indian citizenship.

A group of representatives of the refugees, including a few women, submitted a petition to District Collector K Rajamani.

Later talking to reporters, the Lankan nationals said they were staying in the refugee camp at Pooluvapatti for 29 years.

They were unable to go back to their nation and hence wanted Indian citizenship, they said.

(Source: ANI)

Aviation Scam: SC Stays HC Order Allowing Aditya Tawlar to Appear Through Lawyer

The Supreme Court on Monday, 8 July, stayed a Delhi High Court order allowing Antigua-based Aditya Talwar, son of corporate lobbyist Deepak Talwar, to appear through his counsel before a trial court in a money laundering case related to allegedly influencing government decisions to favour foreign airlines, causing losses to Air India.

The national carrier was allegedly made to give up profit making routes and timings for offshore airlines of UAE and Qatar, the ED said in its plea against the high court order which, on 30 May, allowed Aditya appear via his lawyer.

(Source: PTI)

11 Ex-Policemen Among 13 Sentenced to Life for Killing Jail Inmate in Punjab

A court in Amritsar on Monday, 8 July, sentenced 13 people, including 11 former policemen, to life imprisonment in a 2014 kidnapping and murder case of a jail inmate.

The court of Additional Sessions Judge Sandeep Singh Bajwa pronounced the quantum of the punishment. The court had convicted all of the accused last week.

All 13 people have been sentenced to life imprisonment, Public Prosecutor Rittu Madan told reporters.

They include former inspector Narang Singh, former assistant sub-inspectors Gulshanbir Singh and Sawinder Singh, ex-head constables Jagjit Singh, Gurpreet Singh and Lakhwinder Singh, ex-constables Makhtool Singh, Angrej Singh, Lakhwinder Singh, Amandeep Singh and Randhir Singh of the Punjab Police.

The two others are Deep Raj Singh and Jagtar Singh.

(Source: PTI)

ED Attaches Assets Worth Rs 4.75 Cr of Mahesh Chand Sharma & His Family in a Corruption Case

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has provisionally attached immovable assets worth Rs. 4.75 crore under the provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (PMLA) of Mahesh Chand Sharma and his family in a corruption case, reports ANI.

IMA Ponzi Scam: SIT Arrests Dy Commissioner Sri Vijayshankar Over Bribery Charges

The special investigation team (SIT) probing the IMA ponzi scam has arrested Deputy Commissioner (Urban) Sri Vijayshankar on charges of receiving bribe of Rs 1.5 crore from IMA, reports ANI.

Elderly Man Accused of Raping 9-Year-Old in UP's Gonda

A 70-year-old man was arrested for allegedly raping a nine-year-old girl at a village in Uttar Pradesh's Gonda district, police said on Monday, 8 July.

The minor was returning home from a madrasa when the accused lured her to his house in Wazirganj police station area and raped her on Sunday, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Mahendra Kumar said.

An FIR has been lodged and the the girl has been sent for medical examination, the ASP added.

(Source: PTI)

International Arbitration Court Begins Hearing in Italian Marines' Case

An international arbitration court on Monday, 8 July, began hearing into Italy's request to direct India to drop all criminal prosecution against two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen off the Kerala coast in 2012 and grant Rome jurisdiction in the case.

Italy's representative to the International Court of Arbitration, Francesco Azzarello, said Rome should have jurisdiction over the case because the two marines - Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone - were functionaries of the Italian state doing their duty on board an Italian flagged ship in international waters.

Azzarello told the court that India already considers the marines guilty.

"In India's eyes there is no presumption of innocence: the marines were guilty of murder even before the charges were laid," he was quoted as telling the court by Italian news agency ANSA.

(Source: PTI)

Sudan's Military Council to Be Dissolved in Transition Deal

Sudan's top general says the military council that assumed power after the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir in April will be dissolved with the implementation of a power-sharing deal reached with protesters last week.

The military and a pro-democracy coalition agreed last week on a joint sovereign council that will rule for a little over three years while elections are organized. Both sides say a diplomatic push by the U.S. and its Arab allies was key to ending a weekslong standoff that raised fears of all-out civil war.

Gen Abdel-Fattah Burhan, head of the military council, said in televised comments late Sunday that the army would return to its barracks after 21 months, when leadership of the council passes from a military representative to a civilian.

(Source: AP)

Delhi Metro Phase-IV Project Can't Wait, Will Pass Orders: SC

Stalemate between the Centre and the Delhi government over financial aspects of Delhi Metro's 104-km phase-IV came under the scanner of the Supreme Court which said on Monday that it would pass order in the matter as the "project cannot wait".

A bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta was told by senior advocate Aparajita Singh, who is assisting the top court as an amicus curiae in pollution matter, that the project is "critical" and the pending issue should be resolved soon.

(Source: PTI)

Iran Accuses US of Using Oil Sanctions to Gain Market Clout

Iran's oil minister has accused the US of using sanctions to "shock" the global oil supply and gain market clout for its booming shale oil production.

"I think one of the reasons for sanctions against Iran and Venezuela is opening up the market for American oil sales," Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said in an interview with state TV late Sunday.

"This much oil production needs a market and could not be compensated for with regular OPEC cuts, therefore America needed to shock the market to find a place for itself. Some sanctions are (imposed) so that Americans can keep producing and developing shale oil," he added.

(Source: AFP)

Gangster Held After Encounter in Northeast Delhi

A 20-year-old gangster was arrested after a police encounter in northeast Delhi's Khajuri Khas on Monday, PTI reported, quoting officials.

The accused and a police constable were injured during the gunfire exchange, they said.

The accused was identified as Arik Rehman, a resident of Mustafabad in Delhi.

Two Teenagers Drown in Pond in MP’s Mandsaur

Two teenagers have died after drowning in a pond near Maharana Pratap crossroad in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur, reports ANI.

Jawan Injured as Cattle Smugglers Attack BSF Team on Indo-Bangla Border

A BSF jawan was grievously injured on Monday after armed cattle smugglers attacked a patrol team along the Indo-Bangla border in West Bengal, while a Bangladeshi man was killed in retaliatory action, officials said.

The incident took place in Malda district on the intervening night of 7-8 July when a group of about 50-60 cattle smugglers, on both sides of the border, charged at the Border Security Force patrol with arms and weapons.

The BSF had to open fire in self-defence, they said.

(Source: PTI)

SC To Hear Centre's Plea Against TDSAT Order on Bank Guarantee of Vodafone Idea

The Supreme Court on Monday, 8 July, sought response from Vodafone Idea on the Centre's plea challenging the TDSAT order which asked DoT to return bank guarantees worth nearly Rs 2,100 crore to the company.

A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose issued the notice and tagged the Centre's petition along with similar pleas pending in the court.

The Centre had sought bank guarantee from Vodafone Idea as one-time spectrum charges (OTSC) as a pre-condition for approving the merger of Vodafone India and Idea Cellular.

(Source: PTI)

Four Petitions Filed Against Swamy for His Remarks Against Rahul Gandhi

Four petitions have been filed in different courts in Rajasthan against Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy for his comments against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.

The petitions were filed in local courts in Jaipur, Tonk, Bundi and Baran by Congress leaders.

The petitioners said that Swamy's remarks against Gandhi have hurt their sentiments and action against him should be taken for defaming the Congress leader.

(Source: PTI)

Army Officer 'Killed' Himself in Vasant Vihar: Delhi Police

“A serving army officer of Subedar-Major rank allegedly killed himself in Delhi’s Vasant Vihar police station limits today; an investigation is on,” news agency ANI quotes Delhi police as saying.

Gujarat Cancels Permission Granted to Absconding Promoters of Sandesara Group to Develop Dahej Port

The Gujarat government has cancelled permission granted to absconding promoters of Sandesara group to develop Dahej port, reports PTI.

Tenure of Lokayukta Reduced to 5 Years in Rajasthan

The Rajasthan assembly on Monday passed the Rajasthan Lokayukta and Up-Lokyuktas (amendment) Bill to reduce the tenure of the Lokayukta from earlier eight years to five years.

The bill was presented by Energy Minister BD Kalla in the House on behalf of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and was passed by voice vote.

Under the amendment in the bill, which was brought to replace an ordinance issued in March this year, the tenure of the Lokayukta has been reduced to five years from eight years.

(Source: PTI)

Maryam Warns of Going on a Hunger Strike If Sharif Not Allowed Homemade Food in Jail

Maryam Nawaz, the daughter of incarcerated former premier Nawaz Sharif, on Monday warned that she would go on a hunger strike if the government does not allow her ailing father homemade meals.

Sharif, 69, is currently serving seven-year imprisonment in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills corruption case in Kot Lakhpat jail.

"The fake government has imposed restrictions on homemade meals for Nawaz Sharif. The staff who took his food has been waiting outside the jail for the last five hours," she tweeted.

"Mian sahab has refused to eat prison food. If they [the government] do not take back this restriction in the next 24 hours, then I will contact the court," the Vice President of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz said.

Amid Threat from Pak Spy Agencies, Army Imposes WhatsApp Restrictions

Amid Intelligence inputs that Pakistani spy agencies were closely monitoring and profiling defence officers, the Indian Army has asked its personnel and their families to be extra careful guidelines over the usage of Whatsapp to the personnel and their families.

"Enemy intelligence operatives are keeping a close watch on the Whatsapp groups and trying to profile our officers and their families. They have even managed to enter some WhatsApp groups and quietly monitor conversations between officers," news agency ANI quoted Army sources as saying.

Vatican Lifts Paris Envoy's Diplomatic Immunity over Sex Assault Claims

Vatican has lifted Paris envoy's diplomatic immunity over sex assault claims, reports AFP, quoting French foreign ministry.

At Least 20 IAS Officers in Haryana Transferred

At least 20 Indian Administrative Officers (IAS) in Haryana have been transferred, reports ANI.

Air Chief Dhanoa to Visit Russia from 9-12 July: IAF

Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa will embark on a four-day visit to Russia starting Tuesday, 9 July, seeking to further strengthen the defence cooperation between the two countries, the IAF said.

"The Chief of Air Staff is scheduled to visit various operational and training units as well as fly a sortie in the Russian Trainer aircraft YAK-130," the Indian Air Force said in a statement on Monday.

During his visit from 9-12 July, the air chief will also interact with senior functionaries of the Russian armed forces, it said.

(Source: PTI)

UAE Says Reducing Troops in War-Torn Yemen

The United Arab Emirates said on Monday it was redeploying and reducing troops across war-torn Yemen and moving from a "military-first" strategy to a "peace-first" plan.

The UAE is a key partner in a Saudi-led military coalition which intervened in Yemen in 2015 to back the internationally recognised government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi against Iran-aligned Huthi rebels.

"We do have troop levels that are down for reasons that are strategic in (the Red Sea city of) Hodeida and reasons that are tactical" in other parts of the country, a senior UAE official, who requested anonymity, told reporters.

(Source: AFP)

Delhi-Lucknow Tejas Express Set to Be First Train to Be Run by Private Operators

The Delhi-Lucknow Tejas Express is set to be the first train to be operated by private players, sources said on Monday, indicating the railways is going ahead with its 100-day agenda of handing over operations of two of its trains to the private sector, despite protests from unions.

The Railway Board is deliberating on a second such route, which also would be within the 500-km distance range.

However, a railway board official said that the Delhi-Lucknow route is one of the trains being considered for private operators.

"A decision will be taken in about a month's time. The IRCTC is still working out the modalities," the official said.

(Source: PTI)

Sonia Gandhi Calls a Meeting of Congress MPs Tomorrow

Leader of Congress Parliamentary Party Sonia Gandhi has called a meeting of Congress MPs on Tuesday, 9 July, reports ANI.

Assam Encephalitis Toll Rises to 57

A total of 57 deaths and 234 cases of Japanese encephalitis (JE) have been reported till Monday in Assam, a National Health Mission (NHM) bulletin said on Monday.

Eight more deaths and 44 fresh JE cases have been reported since Friday in the state where the transmission season is at its peak.

Of the 33 districts of the state, 32 are now affected by the disease, and only Kokrajhar is out of is influence, Health Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma had said on Saturday.

(Source: PTI)

Ex-DGP Suresh Arora Appointed Punjab CIC

Former Punjab director general of police Suresh Arora has been appointed as the state chief information commissioner on Monday, according to a statement.

Chief Minister Amarinder Singh gave his nod for the appointment of the former DGP as the CIC, as per an official release.

Besides, the state government also appointed a senior journalist Asit Jolly as the information commissioner.

(Source: PTI)

HC Seeks Reply on Bio Waste Management System in Hospitals of Prayagraj

The Allahabad High Court on Monday asked central and state governments to file reply on a petition over the lack of bio waste management system in hospitals in Prayagraj.

The bench comprising Justices Vikram Nath and Pankaj Bhatia passed the order on a PIL filed by Vaishali Singh and others.

In the petition, it was alleged that petitioners did survey of 41 hospitals of Prayagraj and fond out that most of the hospitals have no proper system for treatment of bio-medical waste which is alarming as disposal of bio waste without its treatment is dangerous for public coming into its contact.

(Source: PTI)

PM Modi to Meet MPs Who Have Held Ministerial Post Either at Centre or in State Govt

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet later this week all those BJP MPs who have held ministerial post either at the Centre or in the state, sources said on Monday, 9 July.

He will also hold separate meetings - one with all the women BJP MPs and another with those MPs who are under 45 years of age, they said.

These meetings are a part of a series of meetings planned by the party to introduce BJP MPs with the prime minister, a source said.

In total, seven such meetings of the BJP MPs have been planned with the prime minister.

(Source: PTI)

Himachal Govt Transfers 10 IPS Officers

The government of Himachal Pradesh has transferred 10 Indian Police Service (IPS) officers and one State Police officer, reports ANI.

BJP's Pradeep Joshi Suspended over Objectionable Messages

BJP leader Pradeep Joshi has been suspended after his objectionable chat messages exchanged with a party worker went viral, reports ANI.

Kejriwal Floats Idea of Water Exchange with Haryana

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said Delhi can give 56.4 crore litres of treated water daily to Haryana for irrigation and in turn the neighbouring state can release an equal amount of drinking water for the national capital.

Kejriwal floated the idea during the foundation stone-laying ceremony for India's largest sewage treatment plant at Okhla which can treat up to 56.4 crore litres of waste water per day.

"If we release this 56.4 crore litres of water into the Yamuna, it will flow downstream into the part of Haryana that is woefully short of water for irrigation. If Haryana reciprocates and releases an equal amount of water downstream to Delhi from the northern part of the river, it will satisfy the city's drinking water needs as well. This could be hugely beneficial for both the states," he said.

(Source: PTI)

Four Hurt as IED Blast Overturns Vehicle in Chhattisgarh

Four people were injured on Monday, 8 July, after a pressure bomb explosion overturned their vehicle in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district, police said.

The pressure bomb, planted by ultras to target security forces near a culvert off Chikpal village, went off in afternoon under Katekalyan police station area, Dantewada Superintendent of Police Abhishek Pallava told PTI.

"When the goods carrier vehicle reached near a culvert on a dug-up road, it came into contact with a pressurised improvised explosive device (IED) triggering the blast," he said, adding that the vehicle turned belly up as the explosion ripped its tyres.

Fire Breaks out in Delhi's Munirka Furniture Market

A fire broke out at a shop in Delhi’s Munirka furniture market, 12 fire tenders have been rushed to the spot; more details awaited, reports ANI.

Four Killed as Bus Rams into Parked Truck in Nagpur

Four passengers were killed and around 20 others injured when the private bus they were travelling in rammed into a truck parked on the roadside in Kuhi taluka in Maharashtra's Nagpur district, police said on Monday.

The driver of the private bus could not see the truck in darkness on Sunday night as its tail lights were switched off, a police official said.

(Source: PTI)

Pak Welcomes Indian Media to Attend 2nd Meeting on Kartarpur Corridor

Ahead of the second meeting to discuss the draft agreement for finalising the modalities of the Kartarpur corridor, Pakistan on Monday, 8 July, welcomed Indian media to attend the meeting at Wagah, and said visas can be applied for the same.

The corridor will connect Darbar Sahib in Pakistan's Kartarpur with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district and facilitate visa-free movement of Indian Sikh pilgrims.

Terrorists Shoot at, Injure a Civilian in Jammu & Kashmir

Terrorists shot at a civilian in Chandhara area in Awantipora this evening. Injured civilian has been admitted to a hospital. Case registered, investigation underway, say Jammu & Kashmir Police.

(Source: ANI)

Delhi Cong Co-Incharge Kuljit Singh Nagra Tenders Resignation as AICC Secretary

In a letter dated 8 July, Delhi Congress Co-Incharge & AICC Secretary Kuljit Singh Nagra tendered his resignation to Rahul Gandhi. "I firmly believe that the percieved defeat is our collective responsibility," he wrote.

(Source: ANI)

Maharashtra Auto Rickshaw Strike Called Off, Union to Meet CM

Maharashtra Auto Rickshaw Union has called off the strike scheduled to begin from Tuesday, 9 July, midnight. They will meet Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today to hold talks on the issue.

(Source: ANI)

Critical About How UK & PM Theresa May Handled Brexit, Says Trump

US President Donald Trump said, “I've been very critical about the way UK & PM Theresa May handled Brexit. I told her how it should be done, but she decided to go another way. I don't know the Ambassador, but he isn't liked or well thought of within US. We will no longer deal with him.”

(Source: ANI)

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