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A special NIA court has allowed ED’s application to record the statement of Surendra Gadling, a Nagpur-based advocate and accused in the Bhima Koregaon- Elgaar Parishad case. The ED had registered a money laundering case last year in the said matter.

India will always be vibrant home for grand Asiatic Lion: PM Modi

On the occasion of World Lion Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday hailed those working on protecting the majestic lions. “On #WorldLionDay, I applaud all those who are working on protecting the majestic lions. India will always be a vibrant home for the grand Asiatic Lion,” he said in a tweet. World Lion Day is observed globally on August 10. The day aims to spread awareness about lions and stress the urgent need to strive toward their conservation.

SC allows ex-Unitech promoter Sanjay Chandra’s wife to move trial court for bail in ED case

The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed former Unitech promoter Sanjay Chandra’s wife Preeti Chandra, lodged in Tihar Jail in a money laundering case, to move to a trial court for bail after her interrogation is over in the case. A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and M R Shah said that her bail application should be decided by the trial court on its merit without being influenced by the orders of the top court. The top court noted that an Additional Sessions Judge in Patiala House Court had on August 8, granted permission to the Enforcement Directorate to interrogate Preeti Chandra for three days within a period of 40 days in the case.

Government will honour all the medal winners as well as players who participated in CWG

Haryana government to honour the players of the state who represented the country in the Commonwealth Games. Honour ceremony to be held in Gurugram on 16th August. Government will honour all the medal winners as well as players who participated in CWG. The government will honour the gold medalist with Rs 1.5 crore, silver medalist with Rs 75 lakh and bronze medalist with Rs 50 lakh. On the lines of Olympics, the players who finished fourth in the Commonwealth Games will also be honored with Rs 15 lakh.

Assam raises daily wage for tea workers

The Himanta Biswa Sarma-led Assam government has raised the daily wage for tea garden workers by Rs 27, over and above other benefits they are entitled to. Post the revision, tea workers in Assam’s Barak valley will get Rs 210 per day and for that of Brahmaputra valley at Rs 232. Assam accounts for around half of India’s overall tea production. India as a whole contributes 23 percent to the global tea output.

Paddy sowing down 13% this kharif season, monsoon played spoilsport

Farmers in India have sown less paddy this Kharif season. Going by the latest acreage data, the area under paddy cultivation is over 13 per cent lower than the previous Kharif season. Kharif crops are mostly sown during monsoon -June and July, and the produce is harvested during October and November. As of July 29, farmers have sown paddy across 23.15 million hectares in comparison to 26.70 million hectares in the previous season.

9 Indian fishermen arrested for trespassing in Sri Lankan waters

A total of nine fishermen travelling in a boat from the coastal district of Tamil Nadu have been arrested for trespassing and fishing in Sri Lankan waters. Rameswaram Police said the arrested fishermen from Nagapattinam are being taken to Trincomalee port. More information is awaited in this regard.

Jaishankar meets Denmark minister, discusses Green Strategic Partnership

External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar met Denmark Development Minister Flemming Moller Mortensen in New Delhi on Wednesday and discussed the Green Strategic Partnership between the two countries and the ongoing Ukraine conflict. “Glad to meet Flemming Moller Mortensen, Minister for Development & Nordic Cooperation of Denmark today in New Delhi. Value his long association with India and his warm sentiments. Discussed further steps in our Green Strategic Partnership that is making solid progress,” Jaishankar tweeted.

I-T dept seizes ‘black’ assets of over Rs 9 Cr after raids on MP mining, liquor group

The Income Tax Department has seized “undeclared assets” worth more than Rs 9 crore after it recently raided a Madhya Pradesh-based business group engaged in mining and manufacture of liquor, the CBDT said on Wednesday. The raids were launched on July 14 on the premises of the group located in the state and some in Mumbai. The CBDT statement said analysis of seized data of sand mining business shows that the group has been “indulging in tax evasion by not recording sales in the regular books of account”.

RJD will wield real power in Bihar, Nitish joined hands with it for furthering his prime ministerial ambitions: Union Minister Giriraj Singh.

UP CM Adityanath inaugurates 35 upgraded auxiliary nursing and midwifery training centres

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath inaugurated 35 upgraded auxiliary nursing and midwifery (ANM) training centres and dialysis centres in three districts virtually on Wednesday, and said a trained workforce is the backbone of health services of any state. He also inaugurated a mega oral cancer screening campaign at health and wellness centres across the state and appealed to people to stay away from consumption of tobacco.

Corbevax available as precaution dose after 6 months

Corbevax will be available as precaution dose after completion of 6 months or 26 weeks from the date of administration of the second dose of either Covaxin or Covishield vaccines for population above 18 years, said Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan.

Corbevax available as precaution dose after 6 months

HC directs UIDAI to provide NIA with documents of 12 alleged Bangla nationals

The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday directed the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to provide the National Investigation Agency (NIA) with documents or copies of the documents submitted by 12 alleged Bangladeshi nationals to obtain Aadhaar cards. All the 12 accused are currently in custody in the Parappana Agrahara central prison. The single judge bench of Justice Krishna S Dixit in its judgement said that since the allegation is of these persons having obtained Aadhaar card by fraud, forgery and fabrication, “then the documents for information for which the petitioner has sought for from respondent have to be parted with to the petitioner or at least the copies.”

Russia targets reporter with raid, probe over war criticism

Russian authorities on Wednesday raided the home of a former state TV journalist who quit after making an on-air protest against Moscow’s war in Ukraine, and launched a criminal case against her on the charge of spreading false information about the Russian armed forces, her lawyer said on social media. The case against Marina Ovsyannikova was launched under a law, enacted after the February 24 invasion of Ukraine, that penalizes statements against the military, lawyer Dmitry Zakhvatov said. A conviction is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Centre releases 2 instalments of tax devolution totalling Rs 1.16 lakh cr to states

The Centre on Wednesday released two instalments of tax devolution totalling Rs 1.16 lakh crore to states. This is in line with the commitment of the government to strengthen the hands of states to accelerate their capital and developmental expenditure, a finance ministry statement said. “The Union Government has released two instalments of tax devolution to State Governments amounting to Rs 1,16,665.75 crore on 10th August, 2022, as against normal monthly devolution of Rs 58,332.86 crore,” it said.

Coal India Q1 profit almost triples to Rs 8,833 cr

Coal India Ltd on Wednesday reported almost three-fold rise in consolidated net profit at Rs 8,832.86 crore for June quarter 2022-23 on the back of higher sales. The company had posted a net profit of Rs 3,169.86 crore in the year-ago period, Coal India Ltd (CIL) said in a filing to BSE. Revenue from operations during April-June period increased to Rs 35,092.17 crore from Rs 25,282.75 crore in the year-ago quarter.

RJD-JD(U) supporters celebrate after Nitish Kumar, Tejashwi take oath in Raj Bhavan

Hundreds of RJD-JDU supporters who gathered outside Raj Bhavan, and on the bungalow compounds of chief minister Nitish Kumar and Tejashwi Yadav, went into a frenzy celebrating the new ‘Mahagathbandhan Sarkar’ (grand alliance government) which was sworn in on Wednesday. People gathered to witness displays of fireworks, as excited workers of various parties of the alliance distributed sweets, beat drums, and danced. Amid the euphoria, a six-year-old boy called Rudra Bahubali arrived at the Raj Bhavan with a bouquet of red roses to present it to RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav.

RBI issues strict norms for digital lending to curb malpractice

The RBI on Wednesday mandated that digital loans must be credited directly in the bank accounts of borrowers and not through any third party, as it put in place strict norms to curb rising malpractice in digital lending space. Besides, the Reserve Bank of India said digital lending entities and not the borrowers should pay fees or charges payable to Lending Service Providers (LSPs) in the credit intermediation process. Issuing a detailed set of guidelines for digital lending, the RBI mentioned about the concerns primarily related to unbridled engagement of third parties, mis-selling, breach of data privacy, unfair business conduct, charging of exorbitant interest rates, and unethical recovery practices.

Sensex, Nifty close almost flat; IT stocks weigh

Benchmark BSE Sensex and Nifty closed on a flat note on Wednesday as profit booking in IT and realty shares negated gains in metal and oil & gas stocks. The 30-share BSE Sensex ended 35.78 points or 0.06 per cent lower at 58,817.29 in a volatile session. As many as 17 of its components ended in the red while 13 advanced. The broader NSE Nifty inched up 9.65 points or 0.06 per cent to close at 17,534.75.

US annual inflation eases slightly to 8.5% in July as fuel prices fall.

Chief Justice of India N V Ramana congratulates Justice Uday Umesh Lalit on being appointed as his successor.

Himachal Pradesh reports 526 COVID-19 cases, one death

Himachal Pradesh recorded 526 fresh COVID-19 cases and one fatality due to the disease on Wednesday, pushing the state’s infection tally to 3,06,269 and the death toll to 4,161, officials said. The count of active COVID-19 cases in the state now stands at 4,002, they said. On Wednesday, 4,703 samples were taken for testing, the officials said.

Tata Consumer Products Q1 profit up 38 pc to Rs 277 cr

Tata Consumer Products Ltd (TCPL) on Wednesday reported 38.2 per cent rise in consolidated net profit at Rs 276.72 crore for June quarter 2022-23. The company had posted a net profit of Rs 200.24 crore for April-June period a year ago, said TCPL, earlier known as Tata Global Beverages Ltd, in a BSE filing. Revenue from operations was up 10.58 per cent to Rs 3,326.83 crore during the quarter under review as against Rs 3,008.46 crore in the corresponding period last fiscal year.

Bank of Baroda hikes lending rates by 5 to 20 basis points

Bank of Baroda on Wednesday hiked lending rates across various tenures by 5 to 20 basis points. In a regulatory filing to the stock exchanges, it said the revised interest rates would come into effect immediately. Separately, housing finance company HDFC on Tuesday increased its retail prime lending rate on housing loans by 25 basis points with immediate effect.

CBI makes arrest former WBSSC advisor S P Sinha and former chairman Ashok Saha in connection with WBSSC scam from their residence.

Declining productivity of Rajya Sabha reversed during Naidu’s tenure: Report

The productivity of Rajya Sabha was on the decline since 1995 but saw a marked improvement during the last three years of Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu’s tenure, a publication released by the Upper House has revealed. The publication titled ‘Rajya Sabha – 2017-22: An Overview’ analysed data from 1978 onwards, when the House worked overtime and the productivity was over 100 percent. However, over time protests and interruptions became more frequent and productivity suffered.

Those who believe in black magic will never be able to earn trust of people: PM referring opposition protest in black dresses on Aug 5.

75 per cent of households will get piped gas supply in few years, says PM.

China releases white paper on Taiwan question “in new era”

China released a white paper titled “The Taiwan Question and China’s Reunification in the New Era” on Wednesday, reiterating its claims on the self-ruled island with over 22 million people. The Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council and the State Council Information Office of the People’s Republic of China published the White House a week after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan which led to tensions in the Taiwan Strait.

Ethanol production increased from 40 crore litres 8 years ago to 400 crore litres today, says PM.

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Supreme court has extended the interim protection to Nupur Sharma till probe is over. SC said its direction shall stand extended to any new FIRs which may be registered after this order.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal says AAP will give monthly allowance of Rs 1,000 to women above 18 years of age if voted to power in Gujarat

BJP National President JP Nadda appoints Sunil Bansal, General Secretary of BJP UP as the National General Secretary of the party



Basavaraj Bommai to continue as Karnataka CM for another 8 month

Former Karnataka CM and BJP leader BS Yediyurappa called out false rumors, said that there will be some changes in the chief minister’s post. “Such a question does not arise. Basavaraj Bommai will continue as CM for another 8 month,” he said.

Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde and other cabinet ministers arrive for a cabinet meeting in Mantralaya in Mumbai

Mahagathbandhan is so strong that BJP would be only one left for opposition in Vidhan Sabha. Difficult decision taken by CM Nitish Kumar is a decision which was needed. Communal tensions were being spread by BJP, they were trying to kill regional parties.

– Bihar Dy CM, T Yadav

Keshav Prasad Maurya, new Leader of House in the Legislative Council

UP BJP chief and cabinet minister Swatantra Dev Singh resigned as Leader of the House in the UP Legislative Council. He resigned due to his engagements. Keshav Prasad Maurya has been made the Leader of House in the Legislative Council, informed KM Singh, Chairman, UP Legislative Council.

Bihar did what country needs to do, says Dy CM, Tejashwi Yadav

Bihar Dy CM, Tejashwi Yadavsaid that Bihar has shown the way to other states, we have done, what country needs to do. “Our fight has been against unemployment. Our CM felt pain of poor and youth. We’ll give bumper jobs within one month to poor and youth, it’ll be something so grand that its never happened before,” he claimed.

Delhi Dy CM Manish Sisodia alleges 6000 cr scam in DMC

Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia alleging a scam of 6000 crores in Delhi Municipal Corporation, has demanded a CBI inquiry into it. He has written a letter in this regard to Lieutenant Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena.

BJP leader Giriraj Singh hit back Lalu Yadav on his old tweets

Union Minister and BJP leader Giriraj Singh, in Patna, said today ‘Palturam’ became ‘Kalturam’. “I came to know that Lalu Yadav congratulated him (Nitish Kumar). Lalu Yadav once tweeted that he is a snake, like a snake sheds its skin, he sheds his alliance and takes a new one every two years,” he said.

In this country even after 75th independence day, if people say free education is revri, where will the poor go? Forgiving a loan of Rs 10 lakh cr to your friend is criminal, it is that which is ‘free revri’

– Delhi CM & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal

Bihar: Locals hold huge celebrations outside Rabri Devi’s house; burn crackers

Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav reached his mother, Rabri Devi’s residence. The party workers, locals hold huge celebrations outside the house, burn crackers.

Indian Women Hockey team receives a grand welcome on their arrival to India after winning bronze in CWG22

Players of Indian Women Hockey team received a grand welcome on their arrival to India after winning bronze in CWG22. The Indian women’s hockey team beat defending champions New Zealand 2-1 in shootout to win the bronze medal and finish its campaign at the Commonwealth Games on a high note here on Sunday. Leading 1-0, India conceded a penalty corner with less than 30 seconds to go for the final hooter, as the match went into shootout after Olivia Merry’s equaliser.India though held their nerves in the shootout to emerge winners.

Former VP M Venkaiah Naidu plants sapling in Parliament House Complex

Outgoing Rajya Sabha Chairman and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu planted a sapling in Parliament House Complex.

Former VP M Venkaiah Naidu plants sapling in Parliament House Complex

Bengal SSC scam: ABVP members detained

West Bengal Police detain members of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), protesting against the state government over the SSC scam, in Kolkata.

Fishermen in Kerala hold boat protest march to secretariat demanding solution to rehabilitation, permanent solution to sea erosion etc

Bhima Koregaon case: SC grants bail to activist Varavara Rao

The Supreme Court granted regular bail to activist and poet Dr P Varavara Rao, an accused in the 2018 Bhima Koregaon violence case, on medical grounds. A bench headed by Justice UU Lalit while grating bail to Rao said that he shall not leave the jurisdiction of Greater Mumbai without permission from the Special NIA Court at the city, he shall not misuse his liberty and nor he shall be in touch with any of the witnesses. The apex court further ordered that Rao shall be entitled to have medical treatment of his choice and he shall keep NIA informed about the medical treatment being received by him. The bench also made it clear that bail granted to Rao is “purely on medical grounds”.

Qatar World Cup to start a day earlier than planned on November 20: AFP news agency citing tournament sources

7 accused, arrested in Praveen Nettaru murder case

ADGP Mangaluru, Alok Kumar announced that the police has arrested seven accused in Praveen Nettaru murder case. “Three more main accused are yet to be arrested. Today we will hold a review meeting with officers of various districts along with NIA in Bellare.” he said. Today Karnataka police and NIA will discuss about those who are absconding and issuing warrants to them through court, seizure of their property, and other things.

Indian Coast Guard rescues 10 fishermen at Maharashtra coast

Indian Coast Guard rescued 10 fishermen from a fishing boat stranded at sea off Murud Janjira, Maharashtra coast this morning. The boat had engine failure and crew were in distress amidst rough sea and inclement weather, informed ICG.

Comedian Raju Srivastava admits to AIIMS Delhi

Comedian Raju Srivastava admitted to AIIMS Delhi after he experienced chest pain and collapsed while working out at the gym.

Tata Power to set up EV charging points in Mumbai

Across JP Infra’s residential projects, Tata Power has decided to set up EV charging points to accelerate sustainable mobility in Mumbai.

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar says he is not contender for PM post

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, said that those who came to power in 2014, will they be victorious in 2024? “I would like all (opposition) to be united for 2024. I am not a contender for any such post (on PM post),” he said.

New govt will run just fine, says Bihar CM Nitish Kumar on BJP’s claim of early fall

Family of Bihar’s Dy CM, Tejashwi Yadav reacts after oath ceremony.

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav greet each other after the oath-taking ceremony

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