Tue, 24 July 2018
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23:36   Pawar asks CM to initiate dialogue with Maratha stir leaders
NCP president Sharad Pawar today asked Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to hold talks with representatives of the Maratha outfits to end the
ongoing stand-off over the quota demand.

In a statement issued tonight, Pawar lamented that instead of taking the grievances of the community seriously, the chief minister and certain ministers have given provocative statements.

Pawar's remarks came on a day the Maratha Kranti Morcha observed a bandh in Maharashtra and called for a shutdown in Mumbai tomorrow.

The stir turned violent today with incidents of arson and stone-pelting being reported from various parts of the state.

"The situation should be brought under control at the earliest. The CM should invite prominent representatives from the community participating in the protest for talks and start the process of resolving the stand off," the NCP chief said,
adding that Marathas have so far agitated peacefully to highlight their demands.

"There was never any law and order issue," he said.

Pawar also appealed to the protesters to ensure that public and private property is not damaged and the common man not made to suffer due to agitation.

-- PTI
23:24   Election postponed in eight constituencies in Pak
Elections have been postponed in eight national and provincial assembly constituencies in Pakistan which goes to the polls tomorrow, according to a media report.
In one of the constituencies, a candidate had been disqualified while in the other seven, the contesting candidates had passed away, the Express Tribune reported.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Hanif Abbasi was handed a life sentence in the Ephedrine quota case, rendering him unfit to contest the polls for NA-60, leading to the postponement.

The Election Commission of Pakistan  announced to defer polling in PK-78 Peshawar, PP-87 Mianwali, PS-87 Malir, PK-99 Dera Ismail Khan, PB-35 Mastung, PP-103 and NA-103 Faisalabad constituencies.

The polls shall be contested in 841 constituencies of the country tomorrow. Of these, votes shall be cast in 271 constituencies out of 272 National Assembly seats. While in the four provinces, candidates will battle it out in 500 of the 507 seats available.

The run up to the elections has been one of the bloodiest in the countries history which saw string of deadly attacks by terrorists targeting election candidates and their supporters. 

-- PTI
23:04   Pass or Ra-fail? Rahul mocks govt on Rafale deal with Amul cartoon
In a fresh salvo at the government over the Rafale deal, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had personally re-negotiated the agreement with France and none of the four revolving defence ministers had any inkling about it. 

Gandhi, who has been relentlessly demanding that the government make the cost of the fighter jet public, also alleged that in not having a stable defence minister, PM Modi got space to personally re-negotiate the Rafale deal with France.

Since 2014, India has had four revolving Raksha Mantris. Now we know why. It gave the PM space to personally re-negotiate RAFALE with the French, the Congress chief tweeted along with a cartoon of Amul captioned Pass or Ra-fail?. 

Hitting out at the PM for his silence over the aircraft deal, Gandhi said despite having four Rafale mantris, none of them knew what transpired in France during the negotiations. India had signed an inter-governmental pact with France in September 2016 for procurement of 36 Rafale jets.
22:40   Outrage over India 'poverty porn' images
An Italian photographer's series on hunger in India has triggered massive backlash online, with many calling the images exploitative and "poverty porn".

Alessio Mamo posed poor Indians in front of a table with "fake food" on it and made them cover their eyes.

They were shot in two Indian states which have high rates of malnutrition.

The photos, part of a series titled Dreaming Food, were taken in 2011. They went viral after the World Press Photo Foundation shared them on Instagram.

In the caption to his series, Mamo wrote that he "told people to dream about some food that they would like to find on their table". He described it as a "conceptual project about hunger issue in India".

The pictures were posted on to the World Press Photo Foundation account by Mamo who was given control of its Instagram account. The body regularly hands over their Instagram feed to various photographers to run.

It is unclear if the photos shared by Mamo were vetted by the foundation.

Many people on social media blamed both.

In the face of the outrage, the World Press Photo Foundation posted a statement online which said ultimately, photographers are "responsible for selecting their work".

Photograph: @alessio_mamo/@worldpressphoto/Instagram
22:20   Don't blatantly believe any news on social media, urges CJI
In the wake of mob lynching incidents triggered by rumours spread through social media, Chief Justice of India Dipak Mishra on Tuesday urged people to not blatantly believe any news doing rounds on the web.

Asserting that it is important to verify news, the CJI while addressing an event here said, "The blatant reliance on social media needs to be checked by the citizens themselves; to ensure peace and order in the society."

"There is a recent surge in mob lynching, please don't misunderstand me because I have authored the judgement, there is a recent surge in mob lynching based on the viral text on the social media and this leads to mobocracy and loss of life, in certain cases," he added.

The apex court, last week directed the Parliament to frame a special law to put a check on crimes like lynching, saying "the horrendous acts of mobocracy cannot be permitted to inundate the law of the land". The "recurrent pattern of violence", it said, "cannot be allowed to become the new normal".

The Centre on Monday had said that it is committed to uphold the rule of law and adopt effective measures.
21:53   Stranded Kailash Mansarovar pilgrims rescued: Swaraj
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday announced that all 115 Kailash Mansarovar Yatra pilgrims stranded in Uttarakhand's Gunji village have been evacuated and safely brought to Pithoragarh.

The Union minister taking to her Twitter handle said that the pilgrims stranded in Gunji due to inclement weather have been airlifted by the Indian Air Force to Pithoragarh.

"I am happy to inform that all Kailash Mansarovar Yatris stranded at Gunji (Uttarakhand) have been evacuated and brought to Pithoragarh by IAF helicopters. With this, normal movement of Yatris has recommenced," she tweeted.

On Monday night, Swaraj had tweeted that the pilgrims who were stranded are being looked after by Indo-Tibetan Border Police and Kumaon Vikas Mandal.

Earlier on July 6, a total of 342 stranded Kailash Mansarovar Yatra pilgrims were evacuated by engaging 21 flights and two private helicopters from Simikot to Nepalgunj and Surkhet.

-- ANI
21:26   Malala urges women voters to vote in Pak elections
Nobel Laureate and education activist, Malala Yousafzai today urged the people of Pakistan, specially the women to vote in tomorrow's general elections.
In a tweet, Malala urged the Pakistanis to get up, and exercise their right to vote. 

"The people of Pakistan - especially women - the power is in your hands," she said, adding that "Democracy shall win".

The 21-year-old Pakistani national, who lives in UK, did not say whether she voted.

In 2012, Malala was shot in the head, neck and shoulder by a Taliban militant while travelling home from school after writing an anonymous diary about life under the extremists.

After recovering from her near-fatal injuries, she and her family relocated to Birmingham, UK. She is studying politics, philosophy and economics at Lady Margaret Hall in Oxford.

Meanwhile, the Election Commission of Pakistan has directed its polling staff to ensure proper guidance and assistance to voters, especially to elderly, transgenders and pregnant women on the polling day.

-- PTI
21:08   Cong ready to accept anybody from Oppn as PM candidate without RSS backing
The Congress is ready to accept any candidate from among the Opposition as the next prime minister who does not have the backing of the RSS, party sources said today.
To prevent the BJP from coming back to power in 2019, the Congress will look to cobble up alliances with various parties in states, they said.

On whether Congress president Rahul Gandhi will step aside for a woman candidate from a possible Opposition alliance, the sources said he "is comfortable seeing any prime minister other than an RSS-backed one".

Let's see how the dice rolls, the sources said.

There is speculation in the Opposition camp that a woman prime ministerial candidate may be projected in the next elections and names of BSP leader Mayawati and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee are doing the rounds.

According to the sources, the Congress leadership is of the view that the BJP will be decimated without any "anger and disrespect".

The BJP will not get enough seats to win the next general polls as parties like the TDP, the Shiv Sena are not happy with the saffron party, the sources added.

For Narendra Modi to be the prime minister again, he has to get seats in the range of 280 and that is not going to happen, they said.

-- PTI
20:39   Mallya willing to come back home?
Embattled liquor baron Vijay Mallya, the main accused in a Rs 9,000 crore alleged bank fraud case, is understood to have sounded out to Indian authorities that he was willing to come back home to face the law, official sources said today.
Mallya, who is contesting in a London court the Indian government's action for extradition, is said to have sent feelers to authorities that he would like to join the legal process in India and contest the recent action against him under the Fugitive Economic Offender Ordinance.

Under this recently promulgated ordinance, the government can immediately confiscate all linked properties of Mallya in the country and abroad.

However, top sources in investigative agencies said the final contours of the move are still not clear as they refused to divulge more details.

A special Prevention of Money Laundering Act court in Mumbai had last month issued summons to the beleaguered businessman to appear before it on August 27 on the Enforcement Directorate's plea seeking action against him under the Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance in the over Rs 9,000 crore bank fraud case.

The central probe agency, as part of this action, has also sought immediate confiscation of assets worth around Rs 12,500 crore of Mallya.  

If he does not appear before the court or respond to its summons on the designated date, Mallya risks being declared a fugitive economic offender, besides properties linked to him being confiscated.

Mallya, his now defunct venture Kingfisher Airlines Limited and others availed loans from various banks during the tenure of the UPA-I government and the outstanding amount, including interest, against him is Rs 9,990.07 crore at present, officials had said.  

-- PTI
20:10   Incidents of bed bug bites are isolated ones: Air India
Air India today said the incidents of bed bug bites in its flights from the US were isolated ones but it had taken a "serious" view of the complaints and carried out an extensive service of the aircraft, including fumigation, as the airline continued to face flak from passengers. 
Several business class passengers last week took to social media to vent out their anger over being bitten by bed bugs on the Newark-Mumbai flights. The incidents were reported on different days. 
Disturbing images were posed on Twitter about the bedbugs crawling on the seats and bite marks all over a woman's hand.

"Air India is deeply concerned with a few reports of bugs causing inconvenience to its esteemed passengers. The issue has been viewed seriously and every possible step is being taken to closely inspect and further strengthen our system at every level to ensure that such isolated incidents of passenger discomfiture do not affect our consistent performance," the airline said in a statement. 

"Experienced experts have carried out extensive service on the aircraft from fumigation to overhaul of the upholstery/seat covers/carpets etc to ensure that passengers keep enjoying their in-flight experience with us as always without any complaint of inconvenience," it added.

The airline said every department related to maintenance and cabin upkeep had probed deep into the concerns raised by a few passengers. 
  The state-run carrier said it would weed out any deterrent that tarnishes or maligns its image due to its own inadvertent lapse or resulting from any external machination. 

On July 17, one of the passengers of the Newark-Mumbai flight described his ordeal and the unpleasant experience his family had to go through in the 17-hour long journey. 

"...just arrived from New York on Air India 144 business class with family. All our seats infested with bed bugs. Sir, have heard of bed bugs on trains but shocked to experience on our maharaja and that too business," Pravin Tonsekar tweeted and tagged the airline and Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu. 

-- PTI
19:39   Prashant Kishor launches website to choose PM candidate for 2019 polls
Indian Political Action Committee, an advocacy group run by political strategist Prashant Kishor, is doing more than just advising political parties on their campaigns for upcoming elections. 

At a time when there is a lot of curiosity surrounding Kishor's future plans, his advocacy group has launched an online platform to hunt for a leader for the 2019 Lok Sabha election.

The platform, called the National Agenda Forum, is a part-recruiting tool where people can also register to help the leader win next year's general election.
19:15   Cong to move privilege motion against PM, Sitharaman on Rafale deal
Accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman of misleading the Lok Sabha on the Rafale deal, the Congress has decided to bring a privilege motion against them.

The Congress called it a scam and contested the claim that the 2008 inter-governmental agreement between India and France, signed during the UPA regime, does not allow the government of India to reveal the commercial value of the Rafale deal.

The final decision on admitting the motion rests with Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.

The Congress move will be seen as a counter to the BJP having already moved a privilege motion against party chief Rahul Gandhi for making unsubstantiated allegations against the Prime Minister and the Defence Minister in his speech during the no-confidence motion debate last Friday.
18:45   Centre asks states to appoint nodal officer, task force to check lynching
To check incidents of lynching, the Centre has asked all states to appoint a superintendent of police-level officer in each district, set up a special task force for gathering intelligence and closely monitor social media contents, so that no one is attacked on the suspicion of child-lifters or cattle-smugglers.
The Union home ministry also said wherever it is found that a police officer or an officer of the district administration has failed to comply with the directions to prevent, investigate and facilitate expeditious trial of any such crime of mob violence and lynching, it should be considered as an act of deliberate negligence and misconduct, and strong action must be taken against the official concerned.

The advisory has been sent to the states and Union territories following a Supreme Court directive issued in this regard on July 17.

"Incidents of violence and lynching by mobs in some parts of the country fuelled by various kinds of rumours and unverified news such as child lifting, theft, cattle smuggling etc, are a matter of serious concerns. Such instances of persons taking the law in their own hands run against the basic tenets of the rule of law.

"All state governments, UT administrations and their law enforcement agencies are requested to implement the directions of the Supreme Court in letter and spirit. A detailed report on the action taken in the matter may please be sent to the ministry at the earliest," the advisory sent to chief secretaries and DGPs of the states and UTs said.

This is the second advisory on the issue, within a month.

The move came in the wake of constitution of a Group of Ministers, headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, and a committee, headed by the Union home secretary, to suggest legal framework to check incidents of lynching.

-- PTI
18:36   Alwar lynching: Rajasthan minister says evidence shows man died in police custody
A man attacked by a mob of cow vigilantes in Rajasthan's Alwar on Friday died in police custody, the state home minister said today, adding that a judicial inquiry will be conducted. 

"The evidence we have collected suggests death in custody. The time they wasted was the cause of death," said Gulad Chand Kataria.

"After investigating we have found out that the cows were first dropped off at the gaushala (shelter). They shouldn't have done that," Kataria said.

Rakbar Khan and his friend Aslam were attacked late on Friday night by villagers who thought they were smuggling cows. He was beaten with sticks and stones while is friend managed to escape.

The 28-year-old was taken to hospital by the police three hours after the attack. The police team taking him first arranged to transport the cows to a shelter and even took a tea break before reaching the hospital.

Rakbar was declared dead on arrival.

According to the autopsy report, Rakbar died of shock as a result of his injuries.
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18:07   Congress manufacturing fake Rafale controversy: Jaitley
Union Minister Arun Jaitley today slammed Congress President Rahul Gandhi for "manufacturing fake Rafale controversy", which he claimed has failed to cut ice as the fighter jet deal was a government-to-government agreement with no involvement of any private player.
Jaitley also said that in the absence of no real issue, the grand old party is redefining secularism as a euphemism for majority bashing and in the process antagonising the majority against itself.

The Congress party, he said, realises that there is a danger of the next election becoming a referendum on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's performance.

"The popularity gap between the PM and his competitors is very wide," he said, adding that the Congress is either non-existent or a poor third or fourth in states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, which account for 50 per cent of the Lok Sabha seats.

The Congress is, therefore, faced with the prospect of effectively contesting only about 225 seats where it will face a direct clash with the BJP, Jaitley said in a Facebook post.

"What does the party do if its leader has inherent and inbuilt limitations?  It had been stigmatised by corruption and in contra-distinction Prime Minister Modi has led a scam free Government.

"Its strategy, therefore, is one of distortion. If you have no issue, manufacture one. Hence the Rafale's fake controversy," said the senior BJP leader in the blog titled 'The Congress Party and the fake issue of Rafale'.

He said the Congress strategy is two-fold -- one, it has manufactured the issue of the Rafale deal, and the other pertains to redefining secularism to win"minority vote". 

"The issue is failing to cut much ice. It's a Government to Government agreement with no private group involved. It involves national security and it is the armed forces which have preferred this aircraft for its improved combat ability," Jaitley said.

The UPA ministers, he added, also never disclosed the cost breakup of the weaponry because that is not in larger national interest.

"The truth always holds together. It is falsehood that falls apart. So when Rahul Gandhi's statement (during no-confidence debate in Lok Sabha last Friday) that President Macron told him that there is no secrecy pact got smashed into pieces, the next day the Congress Party shifted the Rafale issue to other extraneous grounds," he said.

India had signed an inter-governmental pact with France in September 2016 for procurement of 36 Rafale jets. The delivery of the jets is scheduled to begin from September 2019.

After Gandhi raised the issue in Parliament, France said in a statement that a security agreement it concluded with India in 2008 legally binds the two countries to protect the classified information relating to operational capabilities of defence equipment.

-- PTI
17:46   BJP consulted on AP special status, expected Modi to fulfil commitment: Manmohan
Former prime minister Manmohan Singh today said he had expected his successor Narendra Modi to fulfil the UPA government's commitment on special category status to Andhra Pradesh as it was a promise made after consulting BJP leaders.
Addressing the Rajya Sabha during a debate on Andhra Pradesh, Singh said he had made a "solemn commitment" on the floor of the House as prime minister of India on  February 20, 2014.
The assurance on special category status to the "successor state" of Andhra Pradesh was given after discussing the issue with Arun Jaitley, then leader of the opposition, and other senior BJP leaders, Singh said.

"Commitments made on the floor of the House are to be honoured and fulfilled. They are in the nature of an assurance on behalf of Parliament. I had expected my distinguished successor to fulfil the commitment I had made after consultation with his own colleagues," the former prime minister said. 
17:37   Maratha outfits call for bandh in Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai tomorrow
Maratha outfits in the state have called for a bandh in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai, and several other areas of the state on Wednesday.

The decision was taken at a meeting of Maratha organisations at Shivaji Mandir in Mumbai on Tuesday afternoon. The Maratha Kranti Morcha, an umbrella body of various community groups, announced the bandh.

The Marathas have been agitating for reservation for the community in government jobs and education for a while now.

The organisation has appealed to community members to observe the bandh peacefully. Essential services have been exempted from the bandh, it added.

The shutdown will be observed in Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai, Palghar, Raigad and Satara.

NCP MLA Narendra Patil, who has been part of protest marches in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai, said the bandh will be observed in all three cities on Wednesday. We had a meeting of various organisations in Navi Mumbai in Tuesday and decided to observe the bandh in the three districts tomorrow, he said. The decision to call for Maharashtra bandh was taken very late on Monday in Aurangabad, and gave us very little time to prepare. By observing the bandh, we are extending our support to protests being staged at various places. 
A part of a ceiling of Raghuleela Mall in Navi Mumbai's Vashi area collapses, no casualties or injuries, reports TimesNow.
17:24   Rahul will think 10 times before hugging me, says Yogi Adityanath
Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath said Congress president Rahul Gandhis hug to Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a mere political stunt and he does not approve of such acts. Throwing a challenge, Yogi dared Rahul Gandhi to try and hug him.

Rahul Gandhi will have to think 10 times before hugging me, said Yogi in an interview to CNN-News18.

On being asked if he would reciprocate the hug in case Rahul hugs him, Yogi said, Such political stunts are not acceptable to me at any cost. Rahul Gandhis behaviour is childish and he does not have wisdom and decision making powers of his own. A sensible person will never do such things (hug).
17:00   CRPF personnel injured in terrorist attack in J-K
A CRPF jawan was injured today when terrorists attacked a security forces' team in the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.
The terrorists fired upon the security forces' party at a checkpost near Batamaloo area of the city, a police official said.

He said a CRPF jawan was injured in the incident.
The injured jawan was shifted to a hospital, the official said, adding that further details were awaited. 

-- PTI
16:25   AIADMK is talking about OPS' Delhi visit
Tamil Nadu deputy chief minister O Paneerselvam is in New Delhi. On Monday night, OPS had a lengthy discussion with Bhupender Yadav, senior General Secretary of the BJP. As for the language barrier, MP Dr V Maitreyan has been acting as the translator. 

In the Central Hall of Parliament, AIADMK MPs were speculating that OPS tried to meet BJP Chief Amit Shah, but the meeting was not green-signalled.

Six MPs belonging to the OPS camp have been accompanying him in Delhi. Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha Thambidurai, who who belongs to the the camp of Chief Minister E Palaniswami went to Tamil Nadu house on Tuesday morning to meet OPS. Thambidurai claimed it was just a courtesy call.

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16:23   Mehul Choksi moves to Antigua, gets local passport
Fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi moves to Antigua; gets local passport, says officials. 

Along with his nephew Nirav Modi, Choksi is one of the main accused in the Rs 13,500 crore Punjab National Bank scam. 

On Monday, the diamantaire moved a special court seeking cancellation of non-bailable warrants issued against him, claiming that he apprehends mob lynching if he is brought to India. 

A special Prevention of Money Laundering Act court had in March and July this year issued non-bailable warrants against Choksi after it took cognisance of the charge sheet filed by the Enforcement Directorate in the case.
16:07   Raj minister on lynching: Appeal to Muslims to stop smuggling cows
Another BJP minister speaks in support of the lynch mob. Jaswant Yadav, Rajasthan Minister on the Alwar lynching case: I appeal to Muslims to understand the sentiments of Hindus and stop smuggling cows. They must stop this business. As far as his death is concerned, I express condolence and I stand against those who take law in their hands."
16:01   Alliance with Cong depends on seat share: Maya
Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati on Tuesday clearly stated they will forge an alliance with the Congress party only if they are offered a respectable number of seats.

Mayawati's reaction came amid reports that she asked the Congress party to forge an alliance in election-bound states including Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Rajasthan.

"The BSP will contest elections as a part of coalition government only if it gets a respectable number of seats," Mayawati said in a press briefing. Mayawati also cornered the Centre over the Alwar lynching incident and said, "Mob lynching is a deed of the narrow-minded BJP members and supporters, but they consider it patriotism. I condemn the Alwar lynching incident but think that BJP would not be able to take appropriate action in the case. Therefore, I request Court to intervene," she said.

Highlighting the rise in lynching incidents in the country, she said the BJP government will always be remembered for taking immature decisions.
-- ANI
15:54   Sharp decline in maternal, infant mortality rates in India
India has achieved remarkable feat in arresting maternal and infant mortality rates and would surpass SDG goals of reducing maternal mortality to 70 per lakh live births by 2025 instead of the target of 2030, Union Health Minister J P Nadda said today. The maternal mortality rate per lakh live births has reduced to 130 in the country while there has been significant improvement in checking infant mortality rate deaths, the minister said during Question Hour in the Rajya Sabha.

"I am happy to share with the House that our MMR, our IMR and under five mortality has declined faster than the world pace. If we talk about MDGs, according to the 2014-15 records, the decline has been 77 per cent as against global 43 per cent," Nadda said.
15:51   Tibetan schoolchildren banned from religious activities: Reports
Children in traditionally Buddhist Tibet have been banned from taking part in religious activities over the summer holidays, an official Chinese Communist Party newspaper has reported. Read more
15:26   Hindus being targetted, mosques ban women too: Sabarimala board
The Supreme Court continues to hear the case barring the entry of women into the Sabarimala Temple in Kerala. This is the fourth day of the hearing. The case is being heard by a bench presided by Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices Rohinton Nariman, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra. Senior Advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi is making arguments for Travancore Devaswom Board.

The Temple board claims Hindus are being targetted. It says women not allowed inside mosques either. The SC asks, "Is banning women in temples a part of tradition, and if yes, prove that the ban is a part of religious belief?"

Justice Rohinton Nariman referring to the stand of the Devaswom Board in High Court of allowing women for five days in a month said, "The deity cannot suddenly disappear for five days only to reappear later."

Devaswom Board lawyer AM Singhvi said that the object was not to exclude women but due to physiological reasons they get excluded. Anybody with same physiological reasons will be excluded. The test is not how and why women are excluded; The test is whether those who believe in Ayyappa denomination has practiced this for a considerable time in history. This is subject however to whether it is barbaric and illegal.

Justice Nariman asks AM Singhvi how the Travancore Devswom Board how it can justify its contradictory stance.

The top court has earlier maintained that there is no concept of a private temple, and that the Supreme Court will not allow third-party control over the entry of women inside the temple's inner sanctum,

The CJI made the observations a day after the Supreme Court began to hear pleas on the contentious subject of the ban on the entry of women between the age of 10 and 50 years inside the Sabarimala temple.
14:48   Pak deploys 3.7 lakh troops, highest ever, for polls tomorrow
Over 370,000 troops have been deployed across Pakistan for tomorrow's general election, the largest military deployment on a polling day in the nation's history, at the end of a campaign marred by a string of terror attacks.

The countrywide election campaign, marred by a string of terrorist attacks, came to an end at midnight last night, as political parties culminated their poll campaigns.

The Pakistan Army has said it would deploy 371,388 troops at 85,000 polling stations for the July 25 election. This would be the largest deployment for any election in the country's history.

Armed soldiers stood guard as election officials in the capital distributed ballot boxes and voting material at polling stations across the city.

"Deployment of troops completed across the country," the military said in a statement, adding that the troops along with local security agencies will provide "a safe and secure environment" for voting. The military has ruled Pakistan through various coups for nearly half of the country's history since independence in 1947. -- PTI

Image: Supporters of the Imran Khan-led Tehreek-e-Insaaf party at a rally recently.
14:22   Hundreds missing in Laos after dam collapse
Hundreds of people are missing and an unknown number believed dead after the collapse of a hydropower dam in southeast Laos, state media reported Tuesday. Read more
14:21   Muzaffarpur shelter home rape-murder case echoes in RS
The alleged rape and murder of a girl at a government-funded shelter home in Bihar figured in Rajya Sabha today with the RJD demanding an investigation in the matter.

Raising the issue during the Zero Houri, RJD member Manoj Kumar Jha said "a chilling incident" occurred in Muzaffarpur where more than 40 'Nirbhayas' (victims named after the girl who was brutally raped and murdered in Delhi in December 2012) have been abused.

Expressing anguish over the incident, he alleged that the shelter home was being run by a person, while the contract was in the name of another person.

The RJD member also expressed concern over reports of sexual assaults against women being reported from different parts of the country. As Jha demanded probe into the Muzaffarpur case, a JD(U) member said the Bihar government has already started an investigation.

Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu termed the incident as "very serious". Medical reports have suggested that more than half of the 40 girls, lodged at the shelter home, may have had sexual intercourse at some point of time, police had said earlier.

The inmates of the shelter home have also alleged that one of the girls was beaten to death and buried at the premises of the facility, while several others were raped. Following the allegations, the Bihar Police has launched a probe and dug up the ground of the shelter home in search of the body.
-- PTI

Image: The Bihar police has launched a probe and dug up the grounds of the shelter home, but are yet to find the body. Photograph: ANI
14:17   Man Booker prize 2018 longlist includes graphic novel for the first time
Nick Drnaso's Sabrina, which explores the disappearance of a young woman, 'does just what good fiction should do' -- and will compete with Michael Ondaatje's Warligh. Here's who are on the list.
14:09   India gifts 200 cows to Rwanda
Rwanda: PM Narendra Modi gifts cows to 200 households in Rweru model village in Bugesera, under the Rwandan Government's Girinka Programme. Girinka describes a centuries-old cultural practice in Rwanda whereby a cow was given by one person to another, as a sign of respect and gratitude.
13:58   Backed BJP to prevent it from breaking Cong, NCP: Uddhav
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray today claimed that had his party not supported the BJP to form the government in Maharashtra in 2014, the latter would have come to power by breaking the Opposition Congress and NCP. In the 2nd part of his interview to his party's newspaper, Saamna, Thackeray said sarcastically that people did not make a mistake by voting for the BJP in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, but alleged that they were "duped".

He needled the BJP over its allegations of corruption against the UPA dispensation, on the back of which it came to power, but could not prove any charges.

"Had we not participated in the government, the BJP, like it goes on winning states through all possible means...Like it broke the Congress and Trinamool Congress in Tripura, the BJP would have broken the Congress and NCP to come to power in Maharashtra," Thackeray said. "Instead of letting that happen, I let my people gain experience of working in the government," he said.

Asked what did he gain from being in power for four years in Maharashtra, Thackeray, whose party is an ally of the ruling BJP in the state and at the Centre, said the Sena ministers in the government got an experience of the administrative work.

"This was in a way a rehearsal of running the government. What should be done, what should not be done. Also, how to implement schemes," he said.

He said people of Maharashtra have experienced the governance of all parties, except the Sena. "Power will come (in hands of the Sena) when people decide so. I am sure that people have experienced all other parties till now. But, they have not experienced Sena being the only party in power. That is why I got my people to experience being in power," he said.

In the first part of the interview yesterday, Thackeray had taken a jibe at the BJP-led government over incidents of mob lynching, saying cows were safer than women in the country. "We are a part of the government, but if something is wrong, we will definitely talk about it. We are friends of the Bharatiya Janata, not of any party," he had said, taking a dig at Bhartiya Janata Party's name. -- PTI
13:45   50 lakh household toilets constructed under Swachh Bharat: Govt
As many as 50 lakh individual household toilets have been constructed and another 7.62 lakh toilets are under construction under the Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban, Urban Development Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said today.

Puri said in the Lok Sabha that the SBM-U mainly aims at making urban India free from open defecation and achieving 100 per cent scientific management of municipal solid waste in all 4,041 statutory towns of the country.

"Under SBM-U, 50,04,098 units of individual household toilets have been constructed and another 7,62,556 units are under construction," he said during Question Hour. The minister said the number of community and public toilets constructed was 3,78,444 seats while another 35,599 such seats were under construction. He said most of the beneficiaries of the IHHT and nearly 100 per cent beneficiaries of community toilets were residents of slum area. -- PTI
13:13   After 2014 deposits by Indians in Swiss banks fell 80%: Goyal
Acting finance minister Piyush Goyal's statement in the Rajya Sabha on black money.

Goyal says that news reports have been Swiss Banks annual statistics that showed an increase of 50% in its total liabilities towards India in 2016-17. He said the data is misinterpreted as it includes non-deposit liabilities, business of Swiss branches in India, inter-bank transactions and fiduciary liability.

"After the Modi govt came to power in 2014, the amount deposited in the Swiss National Bank has reduced by 80% between 2014 and 2017.

"According to data released by Swiss National Bank, loans and deposits of individual Indians in the bank decreased by 34.5% in the last year compared to the previous year.

"It's assumed that assets held by Indian residents in Switzerland are undeclared. BIS data shows non-bank loans and deposits (constituting individual and corporate deposits used as black money have in the past and  exclude inter-bank transactions) fell by 34.5% in '17 compared to '16.

"Bank of International settlements data shows a decrease of 34.5% in assets held by Indian residents in Switzerland in 2017, as compared to 2016. Earlier data claiming 50% increase misinterpreted."

More details awaited.
13:00   Shia Waqf Board: Muslims should stop eating beef
Waseem Rizvi, Shia Waqf Board: "Muslims should stop eating beef. Killing of cows should stop. Meat of cows is 'haram' in Islam as well. You can't stop mob lynching, security can't be deployed everywhere. So a law should be made awarding strict punishment to those killing cows. I think Indreshji's statement has a point. Religious sentiments should not be hurt. If law is made to stop killing of cows, lynching will stop. You can't kill someone who is given the status of mother by a community."

Indresh Kumar, a senior leader of the RSS had said, Jesus was born in a cowshed and that is why in Christianity they talk of mother cow. In Mecca and Medina killing cows is a crime. Can't we vow not to kill cows, to free humanity of this sin? If this happens then our problem of mob lynching will be solved."
12:34   Biggest lynchings happened in 1984: Rajnath in LS
Home Minister Rajnath Singh speaking in Parliament on the lynchings. The lynching of a Muslim man on the suspicion of cow smuggling in Rajasthan's Alwar district was today raised in both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

In the Lok Sabha, the Congress has said that the government is supporting lynchings. The opposition accused the government of hate politics.

This is what Home Minister Rajnath said in response:

"A high-level panel has been set up to probe lynchings and if needed a law against lynchings can also be considered. We are worried about this. However, lynchings did not begin recently; the incidents of lynching have been going on since years. I have said this earlier too, the biggest mob lynching is, what happened in 1984 (the anti-Sikh riots)."

A group of men on Saturday thrashed 28-year-old Akbar to death in Alwar district on suspicion of cow smuggling. In the same district in April last year, Pehlu Khan, a cattle farmer was lynched by a mob as he rode home from a market with two cows and two calves in the back of his truck.

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12:20   Alwar lynching case raised in Rajya Sabha
The lynching of a Muslim man on the suspicion of cow smuggling in Rajasthan's Alwar district was today raised in the Rajya Sabha, with the opposition TMC demanding an a law to prevent killings by vigilantes. Raising the issue through a zero hour mention, Shanta Chhetri of the All India Trinamool Congress cited media reports to say that "88 precious lives have been lost (in lynching incidents) since this government came to power."

Noting that the Supreme Court had last week asked for a law banning mob lynching, she asked what the government has done to check such incidents. She wanted to know the steps initiated to check such attacks and the government action on framing the anti-lynching law. She found support in several opposition parties, whose members rose their hands to 'associate' themselves with the issue raised.

A group of men on Saturday thrashed 28-year-old Akbar to death in Alwar district on suspicion of cow smuggling. In the same district in April last year, Pehlu Khan, a cattle farmer was lynched by a mob as he rode home from a market with two cows and two calves in the back of his truck. Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu hoped the government will take note of the issue raised.
-- PTI 
11:44   UP govt presents its 'vision document' to save Taj
The Uttar Pradesh government files its first draft of the vision document on the protection and preservation of the Taj Mahal in the Supreme Court.

This document, prepared by the Delhi School of Planning and Architecture, was put together after the apex court came down heavily on the government while hearing a petition filed by environmentalist MC Mehta.

First takes of the draft:

1. Entire Taj precinct should be declared a no-plastic zone, use of bottled water should also be prohibited, the UP govt tells the SC.

2. Comprehensive traffic management plan needed to promote pedestrian movement in the Taj heritage precinct.

3. Roads along the Yamuna riverfront should be planned so traffic is limited and pedestrian movement encouraged.

4. There should be no construction on the Yamuna floodplain, riverbank should only have natural plantations.

Further details awaited.
11:23   Toronto shooter from Pak, suffers from psychosis
Faisal Hussain, the 29-year-old shooter responsible for the rampage in Toronto's Greektown neighbourhood, was from Pakistan's Jhelum.

Files, being reviewed by the police, include concerns that Hussain expressed "support" for a website that was seen as "pro-ISIL," says a law enforcement source.

Sources say Toronto police and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) officials in Ottawa, as well as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), are looking into his past, which sources say, include his residence in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Hussain apparently had been spoken-to by authorities about his online activities. Sources say Toronto Police, the Ontario Provincial Police and the RCMP have all had an interest in the now-deceased alleged shooter.

What law enforcement agencies are saying is that the attack was planned, and Hussain was "well known to Toronto Police" for investigations into past crimes "involving weapons and violence."According to sources quoted by the Canadian media house Global News, Hussain's family had been going through major challenges.

Hussain lost his sister to a car accident, while his brother was hospitalised following a stroke. He also struggled with mental health issues since 2010, as confirmed by Hussain's parents."We are at a terrible loss for words but we must speak out to express our deepest condolences to the families who are now suffering on account of our son's horrific actions. Our hearts are in pieces for the victims and for our city as we all come to grips with this terrible tragedy. We will mourn those who were lost for the rest of our lives," a statement from the Hussain family, quoted by Global News, read.

"Our son had severe mental health challenges, struggling with psychosis and depression his entire life. The interventions of professionals were unsuccessful. Medications and therapy were unable to treat him. While we did our best to seek help for him throughout his life of struggle and pain, we could never imagine that this would be his devastating and destructive end," the statement added.

Toronto Chief of Police, Mark Saunders said a girl aged 10-years and a young woman of 18-years were killed in the shooting that took place at Greektown (Danforth) neighbourhood in the city, while at least 13 others were left injured. -- ANI

Image: People leave the site of the mass shooting in Toronto. Reuters/Chris Helgren.
11:11   India extends USD 200 million lines of credit to Rwanda, to open a High Commission
India has extended USD 200 million lines of credit to Rwanda for its economic development, signed a defence cooperation agreement and will soon open a High Commission here as part of New Delhi's efforts to bolster the strategic partnership with the fast-developing East African country.

The announcements came during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Rwanda, the first by an Indian prime minister to the country. After his one-on-one talks with Rwanda's President Paul Kagame, Modi announced that India will soon open its mission in Rwanda.

"We are going to open a High Commission in Rwanda. This will not only establish communication between our respective governments but also enable facilities for consular, passport, visa," Modi said at a joint press statement.

He noted that India and Rwanda relationships have stood the test of time. "It is a matter of honour for us that India has stood with Rwanda in their economic development journey," Modi said, adding that India will continue to back Rwanda's development.-- PTI
10:56   Militant surrenders before security forces in Kashmir
An unidentified militant in Kashmir Valley today surrendered before security forces and returned to his family, the police said. "With the help of community one more joins his family and shuns the path of violence," Kashmir Zone Police said on Twitter.

However, the details of the surrendered militant have been kept a secret in order to ensure the security of the youth. More than a dozen militants have laid down their arms in Kashmir since last year when police announced that they will accept offer to surrender of local militants even during ongoing encounters. Most of these militants have surrendered after appeals by their families to shun the path of violence and return home. -- PTI
"What is required is to make Pakistan less war-like and more modest in its ambitions. To normalise with India and to reduce the State's fondness for religion. It is pragmatism and not charisma that it required and it is by being boring and not heroic that this can be achieved. This is the moment of realisation which brings the Pakistani leader into conflict with the army. Imran Khan will learn the lesson in time," says Aakar Patel. Read the column here
10:35   Congratulations, Sindhu!
From an Olympic medallist to an aunt... PV Sindhu's latest avatar.

Sindhu posted this cute picture with her nephew saying, "I used to just be the cool sister . Now Im also the cool aunt. #nephew#cutiepie#babyboy#"
10:10   'Be cautious': Iran Foreign Minister tells Trump
The war-of-words on Twitter between Iran and United States President Donald Trump saw no signs of abating, as Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Monday hit back at the latter, asking him to 'be cautious'.

This came after Trump earlier warned his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, to "never ever threaten the US."

"COLOR US UNIMPRESSED: The world heard even harsher bluster a few months ago. And Iranians have heard them -albeit more civilized ones-for 40 yrs. We've been around for millennia & seen fall of empires, incl our own, which lasted more than the life of some countries. BE CAUTIOUS!" Zarif tweeted.


According to Iran's state-run news agency IRNA, while addressing diplomats in Tehran on Sunday, Rouhani said, "Americans must understand that war with Iran is the mother of all wars," reported CNN.

He, however, did not rule out the possibility of a peace agreement and said that "peace with Iran is the mother of all peace".

"Do not play with the lion's tail, because you will regret it eternally," Rouhani added.

These comments came after Trump in May announced the US' withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or the Iran nuclear deal, which limited the country's uranium enrichment in exchange for sanctions relief. -- ANI
10:09   Sensex scales record high, Nifty holds above 11K
Extending yesterday's rally, the benchmark BSE Sensex jumped over 150 points to record a new high of 36,869.34 in early trade today on strong Asian cues amid buying by domestic institutional investors. The market rally was driven by strong activity on the metal, oil and gas, PSU, infrastructure, banking, FMCG and capital goods counters, rising up to 0.88 per cent.

The 30-share BSE index spurted by 150.74 points, or 0.41 per cent, to hit a new high of 36,869.34, surpassing its previous record of 36,749.69 clocked yesterday.

The gauge has gained 367.37 points in the past two sessions. The 50-share NSE Nifty also rose 41.15 points, or 0.37 per cent, to 11,125.90. Major gainers include Maruti Suzuki, Tata Motors, HUL, M&M, Tata Steel, Adani Ports, L&T, ICICI Bank, Coal India, IndusInd Bank, HDFC Bank, Infosys, Power Grid, Kotak Bank, SBI, Asian Paints, HDFC, Axis Bank, Sun Pharma and ITC, rising up to 1.42 per cent. -- PTI
09:38   Protesters' 'jal samadhi' reignites Maratha quota stir
The agitation by Maratha community for reservation in government jobs and education took a tragic turn on Monday after a 27-year-old protester jumped to his death in Godavari river near Maharashtra's Aurangabad. 
Kakasaheb Shinde, a resident of Kaygaon village in Aurangabad district, jumped off a bridge over Godavari river, police said. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was declared dead, they said.
The incident came days after Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said he was cancelling his visit, scheduled on Monday, to a temple in Pandharpur after protesting Maratha outfits threatened to disrupt the event.
Shinde's death triggered a fresh set of protests in several parts of Maharashtra, with opposition leaders seeking to put the onus on the BJP-led government in the state.
Protesters blocked the Ahmednagar-Aurangabad highway and damaged a dozen vehicles, including a police van and a bus, in Gangakhed tehsil of Parbhani district.
They refused to take possession of Shinde's body and demanded the resignation of Fadnavis. They held a sit-in protest at the Gangapur police station in Aurangabad district, demanding that criminal case be filed against the Chief Minister over Shinde's death.
Seeking immediate announcement of reservations for the Maratha community, the protesters also sought a compensation of Rs 50 lakh for Shinde's family.
The Maratha Kranti Morcha, which led 'jal samadhi' protest in which Shinde died, is leading the agitation seeking reservations for the community. In the last few days, protests have take place in Buldhana, Akola, Parali, Washim and even in Mumbai.
The community leaders had earlier taken out several rallies in various districts to highlight their demands. Last year, a huge rally was organised by the Maratha Kranti Morcha in this connection in Mumbai.
Despite assurances from Fadnavis to fulfil the demands, nothing concrete has been done till now, community leaders have claimed. -- PTI  

Image: Maratha Kranti Morcha workers protests on Tuesday in Aurangabad. Photograph: ANI 
09:29   North Korea begins dismantling nuclear and ballistic missile facilities: Analysis
North Korea has begun dismantling key facilities at a site used to develop engines for ballistic missiles, according to an analysis of satellite imagery of the location, the first significant step towards denuclearisation following last month's historic summit between Kim Jong-un and United States President Donald Trump.  
The Sohae Satellite Launching Station has been the main site for North Korean satellite launches since 2012. 

The testing facilities at the site are thought to play a role in the development of liquid-fuel engines that can also be used in North Korea's ballistic missile programme.
The images published by 38 North, a US-based website focused on North Korea that is affiliated with the Stimson Center in Washington, were taken on July 20 and July 22, respectively.
New commercial satellite imagery of the Sohae station indicates that the North has begun dismantling key facilities, the 38 North said in a report.
If the analysis of the satellite imagery is accurate, North Korea may be taking a small but significant step toward the disarmament that was agreed upon by the North Korean leader and President Trump during a landmark meeting in Singapore on June 12, it said.
Most notably, these include the rail-mounted processing building -- where space launch vehicles are assembled before moving them to the launch pad -- and the nearby rocket engine test stand used to develop liquid-fuel engines for ballistic missiles and space launch vehicles, the 38 North said. -- PTI
09:27   Sensex scales new highs, Nifty above 11,100
BSE Sensex rises over 90 points to trade at a new all-time high and NSE's Nifty 50 rises above 11,100 on Tuesday following positive leads from global equities.
09:07   Lynchings will stop if people don't eat beef: RSS leader
In the wake of Friday's lynching incident at Alwar in Rajasthan, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh leader Indresh Kumar on Monday said that crimes like mob lynching could stop if people stopped eating beef. 

"Lynchings will stop if people don't eat beef. The cows must be protected and cowdung should be used as cement, then both poverty and violence will end," said Indresh at the inauguration of Jagran Hindu Manch in Ranchi. 

He also emphasised on the role of sanskar (values) for dealing with such problems.

"Law has to be there and the government must act, but society also needs the right sanskaar to deal with this problem, he said.

His comments came after, Rakbar Khan, a dairy farmer, from Haryana's Mewat district, was lynched by a group of seven persons in Alwar when he was transporting two cows and their calves.

"It is true that not a single religion in the world approves killing of cows. Be it Christianity, which talks of 'Holy Cow', because Jesus was born in a cowshed; or Islam, where killing cows is banned in Mecca and Medina; or any other religion, killing a cow is not approved anywhere," he said.
08:48   'Era of economic surrender for US is over': Trump demands more fairness from WTO
For decades, the United States has allowed other countries to steal its jobs, close factories and plunder wealth, President Donald Trump said, asserting that the era of economic surrender is over.
"The era of economic surrender for the United States is over, it's over," Trump said at a White House "Made in America" event, as he demanded fairness from World Trade Organization.
Trump alleged that his successors did nothing to protect American jobs.

"They did nothing. They let our factories leave, they let our people lose their jobs, given to other jobs workers in faraway lands. That's not free trade, that's fool's trade, that's stupid trade," he said.
"We don't do that kind of trade any more. The European Union has been very tough on the United States, but they're coming in to see me on Wednesday and we'll see if we can work something out. Otherwise, we'll have to do something with respect to the millions of cars that they send in every year, he said.
"But maybe we can work something out, they're all coming in, the top people. We're talking to China, who had a USD375 billion trade surplus last year with the United States," he said, adding that that is not good.  
The US is also talking to Mexico on NAFTA or the North American Free Trade Agreement, he said.
"The new President, terrific person, I spoke to him at length on a call, did a great job, got a tremendous vote and they have a lot of confidence in him in Mexico and that's good. But we're talking to them about doing something very dramatic, very positive for both countries," Trump said.
"We're demanding fairness with the World Trade Organization, it's been a disaster for the United States and we want fairness. We lose court cases, we always had a minority of judges. They gave us fewer judges than other countries had and we'd lose cases, nobody knew why. I said I know why, because you don't have judges from this country, you'd have the minority," Trump said.
The US is starting to do much better lately in winning cases. "But America never waves the white flag, we only wave the red, white and blue flag. The era of economic surrender for the United States is over, it's over," he said. -- PTI
00:08   Democrats hit out at Trump with all-caps tweet on Russia
Taking a dig at the all-caps tweet of United States President Donald Trump against Iran, the Democrats House Foreign Affairs Committee hit out at the former for not holding Russia responsible for meddling with the 2016 US Presidential Election.

Democrats accused Trump of siding with Russian President Vladimir Putin.


On Sunday, US President Trump threatened his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani hours after he cautioned the US about pursuing hostile policies against Tehran.


These comments come months after President Trump announced the US withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or the Iran nuclear deal which limited the country's uranium enrichment in exchange for sanctions relief.