Tue, 20 September 2022
Robert Vadra under court fire for stay in Dubai
23:53 Robert Vadra under court fire for stay in Dubai
A Delhi court has expressed its displeasure with businessman Robert Vadra's explanation that he stayed in Dubai for a medical emergency in August this year while travelling to the United Kingdom via UAE and said this is a violation of terms and conditions of the permission granted to him.
The court also issued a show cause notice asking Vadra, husband of Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi why his fixed deposit receipt deposited in terms of the order dated August 12 be not forfeited for violating the terms and conditions of the permission granted to the applicant.
The special judge Neelofar Abida Parveen on Monday said that she was unable to accept the assertion on the sole affirmation of applicant Robert Vadra mentioned in the affidavit that the applicant was forced or compelled under the circumstances on account of medical exigencies to stay in UAE.
The court further observed that copy of the travel tickets indicated that Vadra was supposed to stay from August 25 to 29 in Dubai then he was about to travel to London on August 29.
The court had granted permission to Robert Vadra on August 12 to travel abroad to the UK via UAE, Spain and Italy for four weeks.
The court noted that the flight and hotel details mentioned in the said undertaking given by Robert Vadra clearly indicated that he will travel to the UK via UAE as permitted by this court. -- ANI
UP CM Yogi Adityanath
23:28 Court rejects bail plea of man who threatened to blow up Uttar Pradesh CM
A court in Lucknow rejected the bail plea of a Rajasthan man who had allegedly threatened to blow up Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath with a bomb.
The threat message was sent through WhatsApp on a police helpline.
Sarfaraz was arrested from Rajasthan on August 12.
Special judge Dr Avnish Kumar turned down the bail plea and said that the case related to cyber crime and also connected to national and public security.
He is not entitled to bail at this stage, the court said.
The court said Sarfaraz sent the message on WhatsApp by name of his cousin Shahid with an intention to cause fear in the minds of the public.
According to government counsel Dheeraj Singh, a case in this regard was lodged on August 2. -- PTI
23:04 Turkish Prez again rakes up Kashmir issue in UN
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday once again raked up the Kashmir issue during his address to world leaders at the high-level UN General Assembly session in New York.
"India and Pakistan, after having established their sovereignty and independence 75 years ago, they still haven't established peace and solidarity between one another. This is much unfortunate. We hope and pray that a fair and permanent peace and prosperity will be established in Kashmir," Erdogan, a close ally of Pakistan, said at the general debate.
His comment comes less than a week after he met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit in the Uzbek city of Samarkand on Friday during which they reviewed the full range of bilateral relations and discussed ways to deepen cooperation in diverse sectors.
In recent years, the Turkish leader has referred to the Kashmir issue in his address to world leaders at the high-level UN General Assembly sessions, causing strain in ties between India and Turkey. -- PTI
IAS officer Shah Faesal
22:42 IAS officer moves SC to withdraw name from plea against revocation of Art 370
IAS officer Shah Faesal has moved the Supreme Court seeking withdrawal of his name from the list of petitioners who challenged the Presidential Order to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
Faesal, who had floated his political party, the Jammu and Kashmir People's Movement, filed the petition in the top court in 2019, and it was registered on August 26, 2019.
In April, the government accepted Faesal's application for withdrawing his resignation and reinstated him to the Indian Administrative Service.
Faesal filed the application in April this year seeking deletion of his name from the list of seven petitioners who challenged the scrapping of Article 370.
Among other petitioners are Javid Ahmad Bhat, Shehla Rashid Shora, Ilyas Laway, Saif Ali Khan and Rohit Sharma and Mohammad Hussain Padder.
On August 5, 2019, the Centre decided to strip the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir of special status and bifurcate it into two Union Territories. -- PTI
22:21 Sonam Kapoor Ahuja names her baby boy Vayu, shares his first picture
Sonam Kapoor Ahuja and her husband Anand Ahuja have named their son Vayu.
On Tuesday, Sonam took to Instagram and explained why they chose the particular name for her son.
"In the spirit of the force that has breathed new meaning into our lives...In the spirit of Hanuman and Bheem who embody immense courage and strength...In the spirit of all that is sacred, life-giving and eternally ours, we seek blessings for our son, Vayu Kapoor Ahuja," she wrote.
She added, "In Hindu scriptures Vayu is one of the paanch tatvas. He is the deity of breath, the spiritual father of Hanuman, Bheem and Madhav and He is the incredibly powerful lord of wind. Praana is Vayu, a guiding force of life and intelligence in the universe. All the deity's of Praana, Indra, Shiva and Kali relate to Vayu.He can breathe life into beings as easily as he can destroy evil. Vayu is said to be heroic, brave and mesmerisingly beautiful."
Alongside the lengthy note, Sonam shared a photo of herself and Anand holding Vayu in their arms.
The trio is seen twinning in white ethnic attires.
Earlier in the day, Sonam took to Instagram and shared a photo of her baby's first month anniversary celebration with a Boss Baby themed cake.
The message on the cake read, "30 days of love. Happy 1 month." -- ANI
22:11 Shinde and I are playing a T20 match: Fadnavis
Maharashtra deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday said Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and he would play the remaining two and a half years of their term like a fast-paced T20 match.
He was speaking at a public rally in Mumbai.
"CM Shinde and I are now in power. We have two and a half years in our hands and we will play like a T-20 cricket match. There is no time to play a Test match now," Fadnavis said.
Shinde became chief minister in June this year after breaking up the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena and toppling the Sena-NCP-Congress coalition government.
Fadnavis, meanwhile, also said that attempts were being made by some people to spread fear that Mumbai will be separated from Maharashtra.
"I am making it clear that Mumbai will remain an integral part of Maharashtra and all Marathi festivals will be celebrated without any restrictions," the BJP leader said.
21:29 MP seeks FIR for poor highway that killed Mistry
Palghar MP Rajendra Gavit on Tuesday said 352 persons have died on the stretch between Ghodbunder to Talasari on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway, and former Tata sons chairman Cyrus Mistry was among the latest victims on the road.
He had asked the police to register First Information Reports for negligence against concerned project director and divisional engineer for failing to ensure maintenance of the highway, Gavit told reporters at Vasai in the district.
Industrialist Cyrus Mistry died in a car accident on a bridge on the Surya river in Palghar district on September 4.
Even after Mistry's death the authorities have not bothered to take action and repair the potholes on the highway, Gavit, a Shiv Sena MP, claimed. -- PTI
21:24 PIL in high court to regulate Congress's Bharat jodi yatra
A plea, seeking a direction of the Kerala high court to the state government and the police to ensure Congress party's Bharat jodo yatra does not take over the entire road, has been filed.
The public interest litigation seeks to ensure the yatra, led by Waynad MP Rahul Gandhi, takes up only half of the road and leave the rest for vehicles.
The petition filed by advocate Vijayan K is listed for hearing on Thursday before a Bench of Chief Justice S Manikumar and Justice Shaji P Chaly.
Besides regulating the march, which began from Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu on September 7 and intends to cover 3,570 km 150 days to reach Kashmir, the PIL also seeks directions to get from the Congress expenses incurred in deployment of the huge police force along the yatra route.
The PIL arrayed as parties -- the Congress, Rahul Gandhi, KPCC president K Sudhakaran and Leader of Opposition in the state assembly VD Satheesan.
The plea contends that "inaction on the part of the respondents (state, police and Congress) in regulating the procession was quite arbitrary, illegal and unjust."
It further contends that the manner of conducting the procession obstructed the free flow of traffic and the general public and was "bringing the life of the common man to a halt in the areas through which it passes." -- PTI
20:53 BJP's Sushil Modi gets death threat from Bengal
Former Bihar deputy chief minister and senior BJP leader Sushil Modi on Tuesday said he received a death threat from a person who claimed to be a Trinamool Congress leader from Bengal.
Modi also said that he forwarded the threat letter to senior superintendent of police, Patna, Manavjit Singh Dhillon.
The sender, who signed as 'Champa Some (Soma)', claimed to be resident of Purba Bardhaman district of Bengal, the BJP leader said.
The letter said, "I am informing you that I am a leader of Trinamool Congress. Mamata Banerjee may become the next prime minister of India... Mamata Banerjee and Nitish Kumar Zindabad. I will kill you."
Modi, in a video message on Twitter, showed the content of the letter.
He added that it was sent by speed post.
Talking to PTI, Dhillon later said, "We have received a complaint from the former deputy CM and have initiated the process of registering an FIR to probe the matter." -- PTI
20:29 Police summon assistant director over TN actress Deepa's death
A film assistant director has been summoned by the city police in connection with the death of an upcoming actress Pauline Deepa in Chennai, a senior official said on Tuesday.
Deepa (29), who had acted in films like Thupparivalan and Vaaidha was found dead at her rented apartment in Virugambakkam in Chennai on September 18.
She had allegedly committed suicide by hanging, he said.
The police, who learnt about the death after her neighbours informed them, registered a case of suspicious death.
The police recovered a note from her house and are probing from all angles, the official said.
"We have summoned an assistant director, who was said to have been close to Pauline Jessica Deepa, in connection with her death," he added. -- PTI
20:06 8 states report deficient rains as monsoon retreats
The south-west monsoon on Tuesday started withdrawing from parts of south-west Rajasthan and adjoining Kutch in Gujarat, with at least eight states, including rice bowl states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar reporting deficient rains.
It was for the first time since 2016 that the monsoon started withdrawing in the third week of September.
"Southwest monsoon has withdrawn from parts of southwest Rajasthan & adjoining Kutch today, against its normal date of withdrawal from southwest Rajasthan of September 17," the India meteorological department tweeted.
The weather office said the conditions for withdrawal of monsoon -- no rains for five days, formation of anti-cyclone and dry weather conditions over the region -- were met.
"The line of withdrawal of the southwest monsoon passes through Khajuwala, Bikaner, Jodhpur and Naliya," it said.
According to the weather office, India had received 7 per cent excess rains, but eight states -- Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Delhi, Punjab, Tripura, Mizoram and Manipur -- recorded deficit rainfall.
The south-west monsoon season begins on June 1 and continues till September 30. -- PTI
19:46 Army recruitment rally for 'Agniveers' kicks off in Agra
More than 5,000 candidates participated on the first day of the Army recruitment rally for 'Agniveers' in Agra on Tuesday.
The 21-day long rally has been organised at Anand Engineering College, Keetham on NH-2 in the Uttar Pradesh district.
The total registration for the Agra recruitment rally is 1,75,218.
"The rally is being organised at the venue for the youth of 12 districts under Army recruitment office in Agra," public relation officer, defence, Lucknow Shantanu Pratap Singh said. -- PTI
19:15 Queen's funeral: Flags back at full mast as mourning period ends
Flags on British government buildings around the world returned to full mast on Tuesday as the period of national mourning following the death of Queen Elizabeth II has ended.
The flags had been flown at half mast across the United Kingdom for 12 days as a mark of mourning over the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
The Queen was buried in a private ceremony in Windsor on Monday evening, following a state funeral in London and a military procession to Windsor Castle.
But the Royal Family will continue to observe another week of mourning.
Senior royals are not expected to carry out any public duties during this time, the BBC reported.
Flags at royal residences will remain at half-mast until 8 am local time on September 27 -- the day after their mourning period ends.
Buckingham Palace has said royal household staff, representatives of the household on official duties and troops committed to ceremonial duties will also observe the extended mourning period.
An intensive clean-up operation is underway after hundreds of thousands of people across the UK flocked to London to watch the Queen's funeral.
Council workers wearing black ribbons and bows were deployed on Monday evening to clean up litter and remove sand on roads in the London borough of Westminster.
Buckingham Palace has said royal household staff, representatives of the household on official duties and troops committed to ceremonial duties will also observe the extended mourning period.
2,000 people, including foreign royalty and world leaders, gathered yesterday at Westminster Abbey for Her Majesty's funeral.
Meanwhile, at least 67 people were arrested in London on Monday as part of the police operation for the Queen's state funeral, police said.
More than 10,000 officers from every force in the UK were deployed in the capital for what was the biggest ever police operation in the country. -- PTI
19:10 Navy Day 2022 to be shifted out of Visakhapatnam
Authorities have taken a decision to hold the annual Navy Day celebrations later this year outside Visakhapatnam, sources said on Tuesday.
The choice of the new venue is "not finalised yet", but Mumbai is being considered, they said.
The Army Day Parade next year will be held outside Delhi, official sources had said earlier in the day.
The Air Force Day on October 8 this year will also be held outside its traditional venue of Hindon Airbase in Ghaziabad, IAF officials had recently said.
Asked if the Navy Day celebrations too will be shifted to a venue outside Visakhapatnam, a naval source said, "Yes" while asserting that "the new venue has not been finalised yet".
"The country celebrates December 4 every year as Navy Day in commemoration of Operation Trident when the ships of the Indian Navy delivered a lethal and powerful missiles attack on Karachi harbour, paving way for a great victory for India during the 1971 Indo-Pak war and in memory of those who made supreme sacrifice," according to the Indian Navy website.
A large number of Indian Navy ships and other vessels of different classes and capabilities gather in Visakhapatnam annually to mark the historic day with grand celebrations.
Last year, India also celebrated the golden jubilee of the victory of the 1971 war as 'Swarnim Vijay Varsh'.
18:34 Gujarati film Chhello Show is India's official entry for Oscars 2023
Gujarati coming-of-age drama Chhello Show is India's official entry for the 95th Academy Awards, the Film Federation of India (FFI) announced on Tuesday.
Titled Last Film Show in English, the movie, directed by Pan Nalin, will release in theatres countrywide on October 14.
"Chhello Show is India's official entry for Oscars 2023," FFI Secretary General Supran Sen told PTI.
The film is produced by Siddharth Roy Kapur's banner Roy Kapur Films, Jugaad Motion Pictures, Monsoon Films, Chhello Show LLP, and Marc Duale.
The movie, which features Bhavin Rabari, Bhavesh Shrimali, Richa Meena, Dipen Raval and Paresh Mehta, had its world premiere as the opening film at the Tribeca Film Festival in June last year.
The film is inspired by Nalin's own memories of falling in love with movies as a child in rural Gujarat.
It won multiple awards during its festival run, including the Golden Spike at the 66th Valladolid Film Festival in Spain where it also enjoyed commercial success during its theatrical run. -- PTI
18:16 Kejriwal 'heckled' at Vadodara airport
Aam Aadmi Party national convener Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday claimed he was heckled at the Vadodara airport in Gujarat by a group of people who raised slogans hailing Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Kejriwal also claimed supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party never raise slogans against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi when he visits Gujarat and alleged that BJP and Congress are 'united' to abuse him and AAP.
"When I landed at the airport in Vadodara, some 30-40 people shouted, 'Modi', 'Modi', 'Modi' in front of me. The situation in Gujarat is such that BJP is going to be in great trouble," the Delhi chief minister told reporters.
Kejriwal is in Vadodara to address a town hall meeting as part of the campaign to reach out to various sections of society ahead of the elections, due in December this year.
"It is said that there are 66 seats in urban areas (in Gujarat) which BJP never lost. But this time, they will be in trouble. They are not going to win all these seats (in upcoming Assembly elections)," Kejriwal said.
He alleged BJP and Congress were abusing him because he talks about the well-being of the people of Gujarat.
"BJP supporters never shout slogans against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi when he visits Gujarat. This is because both parties are united against me and AAP. Both BJP and Congress shout slogans against Kejriwal. They are united and abuse me," he alleged.
In the coming days, Congress and BJP will field national-level leaders in Gujarat 'who will abuse me', the AAP leader said.
Kejriwal is leading the AAP's poll campaign in Gujarat, the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
During his multiple visits to the state, he had promised a string of 'guarantees' including free power and the generation of jobs.
He also assured the welfare of various sections, including women, youth, lawyers, auto-rickshaw drivers, government employees etc. -- PTI
17:47 Actor Armaan Kohli gets bail in 2021 drugs case
The Bombay high court on Tuesday granted bail to Bollywood actor Armaan Kohli in a case of alleged possession of 1.2 grammes of cocaine, more than a year after he was arrested.
A single bench of Justice N W Sambre granted bail to Kohli on a surety of Rs 1 lakh and imposed a slew of conditions on him.
While granting relief, the HC said the 50-year-old actor, arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in August 2021, shall not indulge in similar activities and directed him to appear before the drug law enforcement agency once a month.
Justice Sambre said if Kohli flouts any of the conditions imposed on him, the NCB can seek cancellation of his bail.
The court said it would pass a detailed order later.
The NCB had booked Kohli under various provisions of the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS) for consumption, possession and financing of banned contraband.
The actor was taken into custody by the NCB following the arrest of a Nigerian national in the case.
Kohli has featured in several Bollywood films and also participated in a popular TV reality show.
He has acted in films like Jaani Dushman, Kohra, Veer, Dushman Zamana and Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, among others.
Kabaddi players served food in toilet
17:04 Should Indian sports be cleansed of politics, asks Varun Gandhi
BJP MP Varun Gandhi on Tuesday highlighted incidents of "disrespectful" behaviour towards sportspersons and asked if Indian sports should be cleansed of politicians and their representatives to reach its zenith. Gandhi tweeted videos of two incidents.
One showed athletes at a state-level kabaddi tournament in Saharanpur being served food kept on toilet floor. In the other West Bengal Governor La Ganesan is seen nudging Indian football talisman Sunil Chhetri allegedly to make way for him in photo frames during the Durand Cup prize distribution ceremony in Kolkata recently.
"Is the success of Indian sportspersons despite the system rather than due to it? "This constantly disrespectful behaviour is a great shame for our nation. Should Indian sport be cleansed of politics, politicians & their administrative representatives in order to reach its Zenith," he tweeted.
The kabaddi tournament was hosted from September 16 to 18 in which over 300 players from 16 divisions of the state took part. Additional Chief Secretary (Sports) Navneet Sehgal said Saharanpur District Sports Officer Animesh Saxena was suspended on Monday. PTI
16:56 Yatra should have begun from Guj: Prashant Kishor
Former political strategist Prashant Kishor on Tuesday said that Congress's `Bharat Jodo Yatra' should have started from Gujarat or any other BJP-ruled state. He was speaking on the sidelines of a program where he met local leaders and activists supporting the cause of the separate Vidarbha state.
"It would have been better had the Congress started its Bharat Jodo Yatra from Gujarat where elections are due later this year, or other BJP-ruled states like Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh," Kishor told PTI when asked about the ongoing campaign.
The Yatra, led by Rahul Gandhi, began from Tamil Nadu. Notably, there was a buzz earlier this year about Kishor joining the Congress, but he later said that he declined the offer to head its election strategy.
Interacting with pro-Vidarbha supporters, he called for a united effort by people of the region to realize the dream of a separate state. -- PTI
16:31 Documentary on Gauri Lankesh adjudged best human rights film
"Gauri," a documentary based on late journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh, directed by her sister and award-winning director Kavitha Lankesh, has won the 'Best Human Rights' film at the Toronto Women's Film Festival 2022.
The film has been selected also for the South Asian Film festival of Montreal and is in consideration at Doc New York, International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam, Sundance Film Festival, and other festivals across the world.
Kavitha Lankesh, in a statement, said the documentary exposes the physical and verbal threats journalists face every day in India.
There were over 200 reported attacks on journalists in India in the last five years, out of which over 30 of them were murder in the last decade, she said.
The attacks range in severity but the intention behind them matter, she said. India's number in the global press freedom index is 150 out of 180, she further said and added that attacks on dissenters and journalists are unfortunately not new nor limited to India, but it is the intensity in which the attacks have taken place in the last decade is something to be concerned about -- PTI
16:29 Teen couple found hanging from tree in UP
A teenage boy and girl, said to be in a relationship, were found hanging from a tree in Rampur village here, a police official said on Tuesday.
Anshu Gond (17), a resident of Gorakhpur district, and Aanchal (14) of Rampur village were found hanging from a tree on Monday, Deputy Superintendent of Police (Khalilabad) Anshuman Mishra said.
The bodies were brought down by the police, he said. So far no complaint has been lodged in the matter by either side, police said. PTI
16:16 Indigo has a 57% market share in the domestic market
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16:10 Shinde govt lying about Vedanta move: Ajit Pawar
NCP leader Ajit Pawar on Tuesday dubbed as "complete lies" the Maharashtra government's claim that Vedanta-Foxconn had decided to take their project to Gujarat when the Maha Vikas Aghadi was in power in Maharashtra.
The Eknath Shinde-led Maharashtra government and the opposition have been holding each other responsible for the multi-billion project going to neighbouring Gujarat.
The joint venture semiconductor project of the Indian conglomerate Vedanta and Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn, proposed to be set up near Pune city earlier, will come up in Gujarat now.
The Uddhav Thackeray-led MVA government, which comprised the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress, collapsed in June this year after Shinde led a revolt against the Sena leadership.
Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis on Friday alleged that a "10 per cent commission" had to be paid when the MVA was in power for every subsidy that was announced.
Addressing a press conference in Mumbai on Tuesday, Ajit Pawar, the leader of opposition in the Maharashtra Assembly, challenged the government to conduct a probe into the charge that money was being asked by some in the MVA government which led to the (Vedanta-Foxconn) company deciding to set up its plant in Gujarat.
"They (BJP) are in power at the Centre, state and have other agencies with them. Let them probe, then things will be clear," Pawar said.
He said there are reports that Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde is going to Delhi, and urged the CM to make every effort to bring back the Vedanta-Foxconn project.
"Some people are spreading rumours that Vedanta had taken the decision (to set up its plant in Gujarat) before they (the new government led by Eknath Shinde) came to power, which is complete lies," he said.
A high power committee under the state chief secretary met on July 15 while the Uddhav Thackeray-led MVA government collapsed in June, Pawar said.
On Friday, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said after assuming charge in June-end this year, he had met Vedanta Chairman Anil Agarwal and the state offered a tailor-made package to the company to match up to the Gujarat offer, but he was told a decision to move the project to the neighbouring state was in its final stages.
"The decision was taken even before we came to power. When we came to power, we tried every bit. The ones who did nothing are pointing fingers at us," Fadnavis had said. PTI
16:07 Markets settle higher for 2nd day; Nifty jumps over 1 pc
Equity indices ended higher for the second straight session on Tuesday, with the Nifty rallying over 1 per cent, helped by across-the-board buying and recovery in the US and Asian markets.
Foreign fund inflows also added to the momentum. The 30-share BSE Sensex climbed 578.51 points or 0.98 per cent to settle at 59,719.74. During the day, it rallied 964.56 points or 1.63 pert cent to 60,105.79.
The NSE Nifty went higher by 194 points or 1.10 per cent to end at 17,816.25. In intra-day trade, it advanced 297.05 points or 1.68 per cent to 17,919.30.
Among the 30-share Sensex pack, Sun Pharma, Dr Reddy's, IndusInd Bank, Tata Steel, Titan, Bajaj Finserv, ICICI Bank and Asian Paints were the major winners. However, Nestle, Power Grid, Infosys and Reliance Industries Limited were the laggards. -- PTI
15:42 UK police make 47 arrests in Leicester riots
The UK police said on Tuesday that they have made 47 arrests as part of an ongoing operation to deter further disorder in the eastern England city of Leicester, which saw scenes of violence over the weekend.
The development comes as the Indian High Commission in London issued a strongly worded statement condemning the violence against the Indian community and called for protection for those affected.
Leicestershire Police said a 20-year-old man has been sentenced to 10 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to possession of an offensive weapon during clashes in the city.
Amos Noronha, from the local area, appeared at Leicester Magistrates' Court after his arrest during Saturday's incident and was quickly charged due to "overwhelming evidence". "The sentence is reflective of the fact that this was a serious offence and he has ended up with time in prison, said Rob Nixon, Temporary Chief Constable at Leicestershire Police.
"We will not stand for this unrest in our city. There is an extensive policing operation ongoing, acting on information and reports of gatherings and offering community reassurance. Be reassured: we are working to keep you safe and to arrest and bring to justice those that are causing harm in our communities," he said. It follows a weekend of what the police termed as "serious disorder" and "significant aggression" as Hindu and Muslim groups clashed in the wake of the India-Pakistan Asia Cup cricket match in Dubai at the end of last month.
"A policing operation to deter further disorder continued in east Leicester In total, 47 people have been arrested for offences in relation to the unrest in the east of the city. Some of those arrested were from out of the city, including some people from Birmingham, Leicestershire Police said.
Image: Forensic officers work at the scene where two policemen were stabbed, near Leicester Square, in London. Reuters/Tom Nicholson
15:04 Over 2.5L people saw Queen's lying in state
An estimated over 250,000 people saw British Queen Elizabeth II lying in state in London when her coffin was displayed for public viewing for a little over four days before the funeral, according to a report on Tuesday.
The Queen died aged 96 at her Balmoral estate in Scotland on September 8. People queued 24 hours a day from late Wednesday until 6.30 am on Monday, the day of the Queen's funeral, to see her coffin in Westminster Hall. The line stretched from parliament along the south bank of the Thames and past Tower Bridge to Southwark Park.
Culture secretary Michelle Donelan told Sky News that more than a quarter of a million "went through parliament" but that it was an approximate figure and the government is still "crunching the final numbers".
The mayor of London's office said an estimated 80,000 were in Hyde Park, 75,000 in ceremonial viewing areas and 60,000 on South Carriage Drive. Overall numbers were much higher as crowds formed on virtually the entire route to Windsor, where Thames Valley Police said 100,000 turned out, the report said.
The last member of the public to see the monarch said she went through the queue twice on the same night.
Footballer David Beckham was among those to pay their respects and others spoke of making new friends with people around them in the line. On two occasions, the Queen's children and grandchildren held vigils around the coffin as the public continued to file past. The Queen was buried beside Prince Philip on Monday evening in a final private ceremony in St George's Chapel. -- PTI
14:55 Scindia to verify 'drunk' Punjab CM allegations
Union Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Tuesday said he will look into the allegations that Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann was deplaned from a Delhi-bound flight at the Frankfurt airport as he was "drunk".
The minister asserted that it was important to verify the facts.
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Sukhbir Singh Badal on Monday alleged that Mann was deplaned from a Lufthansa flight at the Frankfurt airport because he was in an inebriated state. Congress leader Partap Singh Bajwa sought an inquiry into the matter and shot off a letter to Scindia.
"This was an incident on international soil. We will have to make sure that we verify the facts. It is up to Lufthansa airline to provide the data. Based on the request that has been sent to me, I will certainly look into it," Scindia told reporters on the sidelines of an event.
Lufthansa News, in a statement, said that the Frankfurt to Delhi flight departed later than its scheduled time due to a delayed inbound flight and an aircraft change. In response to a user asking about the flight delay, Lufthansa News tweeted, "Our flight from Frankfurt to Delhi departed later than originally planned due to a delayed inbound flight and an aircraft change."
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has dismissed the Opposition's charge as baseless and bogus. Mann returned from his eight-day trip from Germany on Monday where he had gone to attract investments.
The BJY is on its 13th day today.
14:43 Priyanka Gandhi to join yatra in Kerala
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will join the Bharat Jodo Yatra, said party leader Jairam Ramesh on Tuesday.
Addressing a press conference in the Alappuzha district in Kerala where the yatra entered on September 10, Ramesh said that the march has completed 275 km of its distance in total.
The 3,570-km yatra had started on September 7. "We have completed 275 km of Bharat Jodo Yatra. We would have complete 285 by today. Priyanka Gandhi will join the yatra. She is working out to join in Kerala," he said.
When asked about the election of the Congress president that is scheduled to take place on October 17, Ramesh said that all the party workers are focussed on making the Bharat Jodo Yatra a success.
Referring to the reports of Shashi Tharoor getting the nod from Sonia Gandhi to contest the election for the party chief post, Ramesh said that nobody needs to take permission from Rahul or Sonia Gandhi to file the nominations and anybody is free to contest the election.
The remarks came after Congress leader and Member of Parliament Shashi Tharoor on Monday received the nod from Sonia Gandhi to contest in the upcoming poll for the party president's post, sources said. Tharoor received interim-party president Sonia Gandhi's go ahead after he met her in Delhi.
14:37 A family says goodbye to a hero, a father, a husband
Anton Gerashchenko, whose Twitter bio says he is an 'Ukranian patriot' tweets this image writing, "The hand with the blue and yellow bracelets found in Izyum belonged to Serhii Sova, a 36 year old Warrior from Nikopol who fought in the 93rd brigade. His wife recognized him by the tattoos on his body and the bracelets - their kids gave him to dad. RIP, Serhii."
The other picture showing the hand with the bracelet is too grim to be used, but it is what Ukrainians have to endure every day as so many loved ones do not return alive from the brutal war now in its seventh month.
14:21 Kashmir's 1st multiplex screens Lal Singh Chaddha
Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Tuesday inaugurated the valley's first multiplex in Sonawar area of the city, ending the three-decade wait of the movie buffs to watch their favourite stars on the big screen.
"Inaugurated INOX multiplex theatre in Srinagar. Congratulations to the people, Sh. Vijay Dhar & INOX Group. A major socio-economic revolution is sweeping through J&K in the last 3 years, Sinha tweeted soon after inaugurating the multiplex. He said, It is a reflection of a new dawn of hope, dreams, confidence and aspirations of people."
The multiplex management held a special screening of Aamir Khan-starrer 'Lal Singh Chaddha' after the inauguration ceremony. The regular shows will start from September 30 with the screening of Vikram Vedha, starring Hrithik Roshan and Saif Ali Khan.
The first multiplex in Kashmir will have three movie theatres with a total capacity of 520 seats. The premises will also have a food court aimed at promoting the local cuisine.
The opening of the multiplex, which will be operated by INOX, comes close on the heels of the Lieutenant Governor inaugurating multipurpose cinema halls -- one each in the twin Pulwama and Shopian districts.
The cinema halls have reopened in the valley after three decades as theatre owners downed their shutters in the Valley due to threats and attacks by militants in 1989-90.
The Valley had seen nearly a dozen stand-alone cinema halls functioning till the late 1980s, but they had to wind up businesses after two militant outfits threatened the owners. Though authorities made attempts to reopen some of the theatres in the late 1990s, militants thwarted such efforts by carrying out a deadly grenade attack on Regal Cinema in the heart of Lal Chowk in September 1999. -- PTI
14:10 Stones pelted at at Emraan Hashmi's crew in J-K
A youth was arrested for allegedly pelting stones at the film crew of Emraan Hashmi-starrer Ground Zero in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on Tuesday.
Some media reports claimed the actor was injured in the incident that took place on Sunday when the crew was shooting in the Pahalgam area.
Hashmi, however, said the reports are "inaccurate".
After the film shooting ended at 7:15 pm on September 18, a miscreant pelted stones at the crew members, the Anantnag police said in a tweet.
"Accordingly FIR no. 77/2022 was registered in Police Station Pahalgam. The miscreant was identified and arrested," it said.
Hashmi and the film crew have been shooting for 'Ground Zero' in Kashmir for the past two weeks and have not faced any issues. The incident in Pahalgam was an isolated one and involved only one person, the officials said.
Hashmi dismissed reports that he was injured in the stone pelting.
"The people of Kashmir have been very warm and welcoming, it has been an absolute joy shooting in Srinagar and Pahalgam. The news of me being injured in a stone pelting incident is inaccurate," the actor tweeted. -- PTI
14:07 SC seeks Centre's stand on additional compensation to victims
The Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court on Tuesday posted for October 11 the hearing of the plea relating to the compensation to the victims of the 1984 Bhopal Gas Tragedy and sought the Centre's stand on the issue.
A Constitution Bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul asked the Central government about its stand on the curative petition filed by the previous government in 2010.
The curative plea sought over Rs 7,400 crore as additional funds from successor firms of US-based Union Carbide Corporation, now owned by Dow Chemicals, for giving compensation to victims of the 1984 Bhopal Gas tragedy.
The five-judge bench comprised Justices Sanjiv Khanna, AS Oka, Vikram Nath and JK Maheshwari. The bench posted the matter for hearing on October 11. -- ANI
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13:04 Heads roll after players served food in toilet
The Regional Sports Officer of Saharanpur, Animesh Saxena, has been suspended by the Sports Directorate of the Uttar Pradesh government after videos of food made for women kabaddi players, competing in a state competition, were served from inside a toilet.
Some videos of players collecting their food from a toilet surfaced on the internet in which players were seen with plates and containers having rice inside a toilet.
In a letter issued by the Sports Directorate, the suspension of Animesh was announced.
"The Chief Secretary of Sports Department made aware through a letter that photos of food meant for kabaddi players participating in an event held in Saharanpur being found in a toilet have surfaced on social media, causing immense slander against the department and the government. It seems that regional officials and stakeholders' defective operations led to this incident and the Chief Secretary instructed for strict action against Regional Sports Officer, Saharanpur, Animesh Saxena," read the letter.
The letter added that Animesh was asked for a clarification behind this incident, but he could not provide an explanation for it. Hence, he was suspended as per the Uttar Pradesh Government Servant (Discipline and Appeal) Rule, 1999.
Following the incident, Additional District Magistrate Rajnish Kumar Mishra said, "I saw through social media that food was served to players in unhygienic conditions. In this matter, the District Magistrate has asked me to submit a report in three days. Whatever facts will come to light in my report, I will submit them to the DM."
District Magistrate Akhilesh Singh further said, "There was a state-level tournament in Saharanpur, which received some negative reporting. The report about the incident is being made. Since it was a huge competition in which a lot of children participated and reports of improper arrangements have surfaced, the matter will be looked into seriously and action will be taken against the official at fault in a week." -- ANI
12:50 4 dead, 9 rescued as Noida housing society's wall collapses
Four people were killed after the boundary wall of a residential complex in Sector 21 of Nodia collapsed on Tuesday morning.
According to Noida District Magistrate, Suhas LY, the incident took place after the boundary wall of the Jal Vayu Vihar Society collapsed during the cleaning work of a drain adjacent to it. The drain cleaning was conducted by the Noida Authority. Police and fire personnel were deployed at the spot.
12:45 World Bank approves $150 million loan for Punjab
The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors today approved a loan of USD 150 million to the Indian state of Punjab to help the state better manage its financial resources and improve access to public services.
The international financial institution, in a statement, said it would support the state's efforts to strengthen the institutional capabilities of various government departments, manage fiscal risks and make informed policy choices to support sustainable growth.
"Punjab's growth has been below potential. A combination of fiscal challenges and institutional capacity constraints means that scarce resources are spread thin across development priorities," the statement added.
The new projects will support the state's development goals by strengthening the planning, budgeting and monitoring functions, and leveraging digital technology, besides increasing accountability in the public procurement systems by supporting the state-wide implementation of new legal and policy reforms.
"The World Bank is pleased to be a partner of the state of Punjab in the state's effort to deliver timely, cost-effective and good-quality public services, which is critical for inclusive development," Auguste Tano Kouame, the World Bank's Country Director in India, was quoted in the statement. -- PTI
12:36 Sonia summons KC Venugopal to Delhi
AICC General Secretary KC Venugopal has been urgently called to Delhi by Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi for organizational discussions. He was participating in the Bharat Jodo Yatra and is now coming to Delhi when the Yatra reached Pattanakkad, Alappuzha.
The coming election for the post of Congress president could see a contest with Lok Sabha MP Shashi Tharoor yesterday conveying to Sonia Gandhi that he was considering contesting and she assuring him that she would remain "neutral" in the event of a contest.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot is still hoping that former party president Rahul Gandhi will change his mind and contest. In the event of Rahul remaining firm on his decision, Gehlot could enter the fray -- and the party could witness a contest for the top post after 22 years.
12:16 Ashok Kumar's daughter dies
Bharti Jaffrey, Ashok Kumar's daughter and actor Anuradha Patel's mother, passed away today. Her son Photographer Rahul Patel said she had been ailing for a while.
WB CM Mamata Banerjee
12:08 Kurmis block tracks, roads demanding ST status in Bengal
Agitators from the Kurmi community on Tuesday blocked railway tracks and a national highway in West Bengal to press for their demand for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status.
Train services in South Eastern Railway's Adra and Kharagpur divisions were partially affected due to the blockade, a railway official said. The agitators squatted on railway tracks at Nimdih and Kustaur in Adra division and Khemasuli in Kharagpur division from 5 AM, affecting the movement of passenger and goods trains, he said. They also blocked a national highway in Purulia, a state government official said. PTI
12:06 Tamil actress found hanging in Chennai flat
Prominent Tamil actress Pauline Jessica, popularly known as Divya, committed suicide in her rented flat in Chennai's Virugambakkam Mallika Avenue on September 18. Pauline was a native of Andhra Pradesh.
She had played the lead role in the recently released Tamil movie 'Vaidha'. Besides, she worked in various Tamil movies and serials.
The popular actor was found hanging in her apartment on Sunday, September 18.
Earlier, the Koyambedu Police had got information from neighbours of the actor regarding her death.
Later, the said police reached the spot and sent the body to Kilpauk Government Medical College and Hospital for autopsy. Later, the relatives of the actor were informed and her body was sent to Andhra Pradesh.
11:34 HC nod to demolish part of Narayan Rane's house
The Bombay High Court on Tuesday directed the Mumbai civic body to demolish the unauthorised construction at Union minister Narayan Rane's bungalow in Juhu area here, noting that it violated the Floor Space Index (FSI) and Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) rules.
A division bench of Justices R D Dhanuka and Kamal Khata said the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) cannot be permitted to consider and allow the second application filed by a company run by the Rane family, seeking regularisation of the unauthorised construction as it would encourage "wholesale unauthorised constructions".
The court directed the BMC to demolish the unauthorised parts within a period of two weeks and submit a compliance report to the court one week thereafter.
The bench also imposed a cost of Rs 10 lakh on Rane and directed for the amount to be deposited towards the Maharashtra State Legal Services Authority within two weeks.
Rane's advocate Shardul Singh sought that the court stay its order for six weeks so that he could approach the Supreme Court in appeal.
The bench, however, rejected it. The court dismissed the petition filed by Kaalkaa Real Estates, a company owned by Rane's family seeking directions to the BMC to decide their second application uninfluenced by the orders passed by civic body earlier. The BMC had in June this year rejected the regularisation application, noting that there were violations in the construction. -- PTI
11:07 Wall collapses in Noida, some feared trapped
A portion of the boundary wall of a housing society in Noida collapsed on Tuesday morning and some workers are feared trapped under the rubble, officials said. The incident took place at Jal Vayu Vihar in Sector 21, they said.
"Rescue and relief measures have been launched. Fire department personnel and police, including senior officers, are at the spot," a police official told PTI.
10:39 Maha govt clears 181 industrial plots sanctioned by MVA
Amid a row over a Vedanta-Foxconn multi-billion project going to Gujarat, the Maharashtra government has after a review cleared 181 plots sanctioned by the previous Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government for industrial projects.
The Eknath Shinde-led state government had asked the industry department to review 191 plots of the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) which were sanctioned by the previous Uddhav Thackeray-led MVA government after June 1 this year.
Out of these, 181 plots have been cleared and the remaining 10 are under review and a decision will be taken soon, a senior official said on Tuesday.
The Eknath Shinde-Devendra Fadnavis government has been facing flak after Vedanta-Foxconn chose Gujarat to set up its multi-billion semiconductor plant.
Shinde, who led a revolt against the Shiv Sena leadership in August this year, was sworn in as the CM of Maharashtra on June 30 after the MVA government collapsed.
The CM on Saturday said the government has not given a stay on the allotment of industrial plots in the state. "No such decision about a stay on the allotment of plots to industry has been taken. A review has been taken. The government is committed to take maximum service to the investors coming here, he had said in Aurangabad. PTI
10:26 Tharoor, Gehlot emerge probables for Cong prez
Ashok Gehlot, who is considered to be close to the Gandhi family, and Shashi Tharoor, who got the nod for the Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi, have emerged as top probable contenders for the office of the party chief in case Rahul Gandhi decides not to enter the fray.
Amid speculation that Ashok Gehlot could be running for the party president, the election for which is set to take place next month, sources close to the Rajasthan Chief Minister said that he is "trying to persuade Rahul Gandhi" to contest rather than his own nomination. This comes amid buzz of Gehlot being a leading choice for the party's president post in the election scheduled to be held on October 17, the result of which will be declared on October 19.
The speculation gained traction after Gehlot met Sonia Gandhi at her residence in the national capital a few weeks ago, in which, according to the sources, the Congress interim president had asked him to be prepared for the poll to decided the party chief.
"Ashok Gehlot says that rather than thinking of running for Congress President he is trying to persuade Rahul Gandhi to do so. He remains a loyal soldier of Sonia and Rahul Gandhi," the sources said.
However, Gehlot has maintained distance from any such reports by refraining from making comments when asked whether the election would have a long-term impact on his politics in Rajasthan.
Many believe that Gehlot is backed by the top leadership to run for the post. -- ANI
09:56 Markets trade firm, Sensex climbs 700 points
Equity indices climbed in early trade on Tuesday, with the Sensex rallying 672 points, helped by continuous buying in banking counters and recovery in global markets. Foreign fund inflows also added to the momentum.
The 30-share BSE Sensex jumped 672.06 points to 59,813.29 in early trade. The NSE Nifty went higher by 209.5 points to 17,831.75.
All the 30-share Sensex pack of firms were trading in the green in early trade, with IndusInd Bank, Bajaj Finserv, Bajaj Finance, Axis Bank, ICICI Bank, Larsen & Toubro and Tata Steel emerging as major winners.
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09:40 Queen Elizabeth II buried alongside late husband
If you missed this yesterday, here's the update: Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's longest-reigning monarch, has been laid to rest alongside her late husband Prince Philip in a private burial at St George's Chapel after the pomp and pageantry of a majestic state funeral at Westminster Abbey.
The queen's flag-draped coffin was lowered into the royal vault underneath the chapel, joining her father George VI and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, on Monday evening. It was the final time her coffin was seen in public after 11 days of national mourning.
"The Queen was buried together with the Duke of Edinburgh, at The King George VI Memorial Chapel," Buckingham Palace stated on the official Royal Family website.
Earlier, the roughly 40-km route by road from Westminster Abbey in London, the site of a grand state funeral attended by thousands in the day, to Windsor included the coffin processing by state gun carriage and then in the state hearse, a customised Jaguar, to the steps of the chapel. The queen died aged 96 at her Balmoral estate in Scotland on September 8. -- PTI
09:26 Kejriwal to go to Gujarat today, to hold town hall in Vadodara
Aam Aadmi Party's national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will be on a day-long visit to Gujarat on Tuesday and will address a town hall meeting in Vadodara.
The Assembly elections in BJP-ruled Gujarat are due later this year and the AAP leader has visited the state multiple times in the recent past to interact with people.
On Tuesday, Kejriwal will hold a press conference before attending a town hall meeting to "give his message to the people of Gujarat," state AAP president Gopal Italia said.
On Wednesday, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia will visit Ahmedabad and offer prayers at the Sabarmati Ashram before embarking on the party's campaign in north Gujarat, he said.
Kejriwal had last week also held town hall meetings in Gujarat where he interacted with auto-rickshaw drivers, lawyers and other people. During his multiple visits to Gujarat in the recent past, Kejriwal had announced a slew of "guarantees", including free electricity up to 300 units per month, allowances for women and unemployed youth, free and quality healthcare and education and creation of jobs. PTI
09:21 Yatra@Day 13: Rahul has walked 225 km so far
Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday kick-started the 13th day of his Bharat Jodo Yatra from Cherthala here along with thousands of party workers.
The yatra began with the planting of a Rambutan sapling at St. Michael's College. It was organised by Sasthravedi, the environment wing of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee. The morning leg of the yatra will cover a distance of around 14 km and conclude at Kuthiyathodu.
According to AICC general secretary in-charge communications Jairam Ramesh, the yatra has covered a distance of 255 km in 12 days. "Today Bharat Yatris will walk 15 kms from Cherthala to Kuthiyathodu in Alappuzha district during the morning session of the padayatra. The campsite tonight is in Kochi district," Ramesh tweeted.
Senior Congress leaders K Muraleedharan, Pawan Khera, Leader of Opposition in Kerala Assembly V D Satheesan and Shanimol Usman, among others, walked with Gandhi in the morning.
Men, women and children were seen waiting along a highway, one side of which was packed with followers and supporters, to catch a glimpse of Gandhi who stopped every now and then to meet people.
The Congress' Bharat Jodo Yatra will cover a distance of 3,570 km in 150 days. It started from Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu on September 7 and will conclude in Jammu and Kashmir.
The yatra, which entered Kerala on the evening of September 10, will go through the state covering 450 km, touching seven districts over a period of 19 days before entering Karnataka on October 1. PTI
09:18 SL Navy apprehends Indian fishermen
The Sri Lankan Navy has apprehended eight Indian fishermen from near Rameswaram, for alleged maritime boundary violation, officials said on Tuesday. The fishermen hailed from Pudukottai district in Tamil Nadu.
They were picked up by the Lankan Navy for allegedly fishing in that country's waters between Mullaitheevu and Neduntheevu late on Monday, Fisheries officials said. One boat was also detained. PTI
09:03 Kejriwal, Nadda to visit poll-bound Gujarat today
Aam Aadmi Party's national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will be on a day-long visit to Gujarat on Tuesday and will address a town hall meeting in Vadodara.
Bharatiya Janata Party chief J P Nadda will also be on a two-day visit to Gujarat from Tuesday during which he will participate in a host of events and hold meetings with local leaders, a BJP leader said.
The assembly elections in BJP-ruled Gujarat are due later this year and the AAP leader has visited the state multiple times in the recent past to interact with people.
The BJP president will flag off e-bikes at the BJP's Kisan Morcha event near state capital Gandhinagar on Tuesday morning, Gujarat BJP general secretaty Pradipsinh Vaghela said on Monday.
Nadda, Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, and Gujarat unit chief C R Paatil will attend the inaugural session of the National Mayors' Conference to be held at a five-star hotel in Gandhinagar on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Mayors and deputy mayors of the BJP-ruled urban bodies in Gujarat will take part in the conference, he said.
08:34 In a first, Google CEO visits Indian embassy in US
In a first, Google CEO Sunder Pichai visited the embassy of India in the American capital, Washington, DC, and held discussions with India's Ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, on various aspects of the tech company's activities in the country, particularly its aggressive push towards digitization.
"Thank you Ambassador Sandhu for the great conversation," Pichai said in a tweet after his visit to the Indian embassy in downtown Washington, DC late last week.
This is for the first time that a top Indian American tech CEO has visited the embassy in Washington, DC.
"Appreciated the chance to discuss Google's commitment to India and look forward to continuing our support for India's digital future," said Pichai, who in January this year was named among the 17 awardees to receive Padma Bhushan.
"Technology that transforms; ideas that enable!" tweeted Sandhu. "Delighted to receive Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai at the embassy," he said.
"Exchanged thoughts on expanding India-US commercial, knowledge & tech partnership with Google," the Indian envoy said.
Google under Pichai has made massive investment in India and phenomenally expanded its footprint in a wide range of sectors including its training to the younger generation.
It has announced an investment of about USD10 billion under Google for India digitization. It also has partnerships with Reliance's Jeo as well as with Bharti Airtel. In addition, it is partnering with India on workforce development and skill development. They are working with the government on Digital India Program, and national digital literacy mission.
During the meeting with the Indian Ambassador, Pichai was very appreciative of the very initiatives that have been taken by India and underscored how Google is looking at India in a very positive framework. The Ambassador highlighted the knowledge and education partnership.
The Google CEO, during the conversation, is also believed to have discussed various ways in which its partnership with India forward in particular in the education sector. They also discussed digitization efforts in India in which Google is involved including digital payments and infrastructure digitization.
08:32 Jaishankar reiterates India's deep commitment to multilateralism in meeting with UNGA president
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar reiterated India's deep commitment to multilateralism during his meeting with President of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly Csaba Korosi "discussed the criticality" of Sustainable Development Goals agenda for global progress.
"Delighted to meet @UN_PGA Csaba Korsi at UN headquarters. Congratulated him on his priorities for #UNGA77. Assured him of India's fullest support. Discussed the criticality of SDG agenda for global progress. Shared Indian experiences in that regard. Reiterated India's deep commitment to multilateralism, Jaishankar tweeted Monday.
Jaishankar, in New York for the high-level UN General Assembly session, began his hectic diplomatic week with a series of bilateral and multilateral engagements on the sidelines of the high-level session.
Official sources said that while issues such as UN reform and inter-governmental negotiations are more closely associated with the office of the President of the General Assembly, for India it is important that Korosi has a strong social development commitment, with focus on issues important for India as well as for the developing countries and global South.
Sources added that India believes that the global agenda should focus much more on the genuine, pressing needs of the international community, which currently are energy security concerns, food security concerns, fertilizer and health concerns, debt concerns and trade disruption concerns.
The sources stressed that there is a growing sense in the world that these issues are not getting their fair share of attention and expressed hope that the new UN PGA would focus on such issues. -- PTI
08:28 Rahul 1st choice for Cong prez post: Gehlot camp
Amid the reports that Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot could be running for the president post of Congress, sources close to the chief minister said that Rahul Gandhi is his first choice for the top party post.
Ashok Gehlot, who is considered to be close to the Gandhi family, and Shashi Tharoor, who got the nod for the Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi, have emerged as top probable contenders for the post of the party chief in case Rahul Gandhi decides not to enter the fray.
Sources close to the Rajasthan Chief Minister said that he is "trying to persuade Rahul Gandhi" to contest rather than his own nomination.
This comes amid buzz of Gehlot being a leading choice for the party's president post in the election scheduled to be held on October 17, the result of which will be declared on October 19.
The speculation gained traction after Gehlot met Sonia Gandhi at her residence in the national capital a few weeks ago, in which, according to the sources, the Congress interim president had asked him to be prepared for the poll to decide the party chief.
"Ashok Gehlot says that rather than thinking of running for Congress president he is trying to persuade Rahul Gandhi to do so. He remains a loyal soldier of Sonia and Rahul Gandhi," the sources said.
However, Gehlot has maintained a distance from any such reports by refraining from making comments when asked whether the election would have a long-term impact on his politics in Rajasthan.
Many believe that Gehlot is backed by the top leadership to run for the post.
Notably, Shashi Tharoor is a candidate of the G-23 group within the party to contest for the poll.
08:07 11 die in lightning, thunderstorms in Bihar
Eleven people have died due to lightning and thunderstorms in various parts of Bihar, with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announcing an ex gratia of Rs 4 lakh each for the next of kin of the deceased.
The CM, in a statement issued on Monday, said four people each died in Purnea and Araria and three in Supaul due to thunderstorms and lightning.
"My deepest condolences to the affected families. An ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh will be given immediately to the next of kin of all the deceased," he said.
The CM also appealed to people to be vigilant in bad weather and follow the suggestions issued by the Disaster Management Department to avoid mishaps.
"Stay at home and stay safe in bad weather," he added. -- PTI
01:09 Lucknow court withdraws arrest warrant against dancer Sapna Chaudhary
A local court in Lucknow on Monday withdrew the arrest warrant against singer-dancer Sapna Chaudhary in a case related to the cancelling a 2018 event and allegedly not returning the money to ticket holders.
Additional chief judicial magistrate Shantanu Tyagi also directed her to furnish a personal bond of Rs 20,000.
Sapna, along with her counsel, appeared in the court and moved an application saying that on August 22, 2022, when the case was to be heard, she or her counsel could not appear in the court due to ailment.
The court had issued an arrest warrant after she didn't appear on the said date without any intimation.
Stating that the mistake was unintentional, Sapna appealed to recall the arrest warrant.
Considering the circumstances, the court withdrew the warrant and fixed September 30 as the next date of hearing in the matter.
The FIR in the case was lodged on October 14, 2018, with Ashiyana police station. -- PTI
00:51 Jacqueline submits list of gift items from Sukesh
Bollywood actor Jacqueline Fernandez on Monday revealed that she received expensive bags, jewellery and other gift items that she jotted down on a list which she submitted to the Economic Offences Wing of the Delhi police.
According to the information, actor Jacqueline Fernandez was questioned by the EOW of the Delhi police for several hours in connection with Rs 200 crore money laundering case involving conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar.
Interrogation with Fernandez majorly involved questions related to gifts accepted by Jacqueline.
The police also questioned the actor regarding the chartered flight ride booked by conman Sukesh for her.
As per the sources, Jacqueline accepted that she has earlier counted on him for chartered flight rides not once but multiple times.
Further, Jacqueline has been asked to be present whenever the investigation teams need her for questioning, however, there is no immediate summon for her.
Meanwhile, fashion designer, Lepakshi has been summoned on September 21, 2022. -- PTI