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Our nukes not for Diwali: PM Narendra Modi on Pakistan's N-threat Palak Nandi, Vimal Bhatia, Times of India
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said India was no longer afraid of the threats of a nuclear war given by pakistan every now and then while emphasizing that 'we haven't saved our nukes for Diwali'.
No place for such barbarism in our region, says Modi Times of India
India strongly condemned the Sri Lankan serial blasts, which left over 200 dead, including at least three Indians, saying there could be no justification whatsoever for any act of terror. PM Narendra Modi described the terror strikes as pre-planned barbaric acts.
General Election 2019: Sheila Dikshit to contest from Delhi, Congress names 6 candidates Sunil Prabhu, NDTV
Sheila Dikshit, three-time Delhi Chief Minister, is among the candidates the Congress named today for six of the seven seats in Delhi for the national election, signaling that a tie-up with Aam Aadmi Party is no longer on the table. The party has left out just one seat, South Delhi, where its planned candidate Ramesh Kumar, the brother of 1984 anti-Sikh riots accused Sajjan Kumar, has provoked anger from Sikh groups.
207 dead in serial blasts in Sri Lanka's worst violence since Civil War Debanish Achom, NDTV
A series of eight devastating bomb blasts ripped through high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services in Sri Lanka on Sunday, killing 207 people, including dozens of foreigners. Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe condemned the attacks - the worst act of violence since the end of Sri Lanka's civil war a decade ago - as "cowardly", as the government imposed an immediate and indefinite curfew across the entire country of 21 million people.
Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi quits party, joins Shiv Sena Sujit Mahamulkar, Times of India
A red-faced Congress was left scrambling for cover after its national spokesperson and media cell convenor Priyanka Chaturvedi, who has a strong presence on social media, joined Shiv Sena within hours of tendering her resignation on Friday.
‘Reports of polling have put brakes on Speedbreaker Didi’: PM Modi in Bengal Hindustan Times
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched a fresh attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee saying that her model of governance is based on corruption, conspiracy against the poor and appeasement. PM Modi said Banerjee is rattled with the polling in the first two phases of the Lok Sabha elections.
Chief Justice of India sexually harassed me, says former SC staffer in affidavit to 22 judges Scroll
A 35-year-old woman who used to work as a junior court assistant at the Supreme Court of India wrote to 22 judges of the court on Friday, April 19, alleging that Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi had made sexual advances on her at his residence office on October 10 and 11, 2018.
Towering Sardar Patel statue not built to belittle Nehru: PM Nimesh Khakhariya, Times of India
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday that the towering statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in Gujarat was not built to 'belittle' former PM Jawaharlal Nehru even as he criticized Congress leaders for not visiting the monument even once.
67% turnout in second phase of Lok Sabha poll Hindu
The second phase of the Lok Sabha election for 95 constituencies registered a tentative voter turnout of 67.6% across 11 States and one Union Territory, with sporadic incidents of violence reported on Thursday.
'Country will be safe from terror attacks only if Modi is once Again installed as PM' Pioneer
Taking a swipe at the opposition grand alliance for not naming the Prime Ministerial candidate, BJP chief Amit Shah Tuesday wondered how they expected to run the country without a leader if they came to power and said the nation would be safe from terror attacks only if Narendra Modi was once again installed in the post.
Centre not facing anti-incumbency for the first time: PM Modi News18
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday claimed that for the first time the Centre is not facing any anti-incumbency this election and hit out at Congress saying it has lost credibility among the people as it has no mission and its leader (Rahul Gandhi) lacks vision.
Sacrifice of Soldiers as much a Poll issue as farmer deaths, says PM Modi Divyanshu Dutta Roy, NDTV
Nationalism and the sacrifice of soldiers are as much an election issue as the death of farmers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Monday, rejecting opposition criticism that he was using the defence forces in his campaign speeches for influencing voters. "In a country where thousands of its soldiers have been martyred, shouldn't that be an election issue?
Election Commission gags Yogi Adityanath for 72 hours, Mayawati for 48; he stays unapologetic, she cries foul Times of India
On a day it drew flak from the SC for failing to rein in controversial statements of politicians, the Election Commission barred four senior leaders - UP CM Yogi Adityanath, Union minister Maneka Gandhi, BSP chief Mayawati and SP leader Azam Khan - from campaigning for 48-72 hours for their 'highly provocative' or 'derogatory' remarks made during the course of campaigning.
People want to get rid of terrorism, those in 'maha milawat' want to remove Modi: PM Pioneer
Attacking the anti-BJP alliance formed for the ongoing Lok Sabha polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said while people wanted to get rid of terrorism, those in the "maha milawat" wanted to remove him from power.
Opposition parties to approach SC again to demand verification of 50% votes by VVPATs Hindu
Opposition parties on Sunday held a meeting to discuss the issue of EVM malfunctioning and said they will approach the Supreme Court again to demand that at least 50% of paper trails be verified with EVMs.
Choose between honest 'chowkidar' and corrupt 'naamdar': Modi Pioneer
Seeking to make the Lok Sabha polls a contest between him and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday asked voters to choose between "imaandar (honest) chowkidar' and 'bhrashtachari (corrupt) naamdar".
Made clear demand to Fin Min that unutilised defence budget is not sent back: Def Min Pioneer
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Friday said her ministry has made a "clear demand" to the Finance Ministry that once defence budget is allocated, the unutilised part of it not be sent back to consolidated fund.
Mallya renews application for appeal against extradition Pioneer
Embattled liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya has submitted a  "renewal application" in the UK High Court, making another attempt at appealing against his extradition to India to face fraud and money laundering charges amounting to Rs 9,000 crores.
BJP set to contest highest number of Lok Sabha seats in party history Kumar Uttam, Hindustan Times
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) may end up contesting the highest number of Lok Sabha seats in its history, according to a party leader. It has so far announced 408 Lok Sabha candidates, which is 20 less than its 2014 tally of 428.
Congress does yatras only with mortal remains of its leaders: Amit Shah Prashant Pandey, Indian Express
Attacking the Congress for what he called was its focus only on one family, BJP national president Amit Shah Friday said that the party, founded by a British, had undertaken only four national tours, three of which were with the mortal remains of its leaders.
  National
It’s time to stand up with the judiciary, says Arun Jaitley Hindu
Accusing ‘institutional disrupters’ of destabilising the institution of Chief Justice of India (CJI) by lending a shoulder to unverified allegations against the head of the Supreme Court, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday said that those who peddle falsehood should be dealt with in an exemplary manner.
Ready to enter Varanasi fray if Rahul Gandhi asks: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Hindu
All India Congress Committee general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has said that she is willing to contest in the Varanasi parliamentary constituency in Uttar Pradesh, from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking re-election.
Was offered Rs 1.5 crore to help frame CJI Gogoi in harassment case, claims SC lawyer India Today
Utsav Bains, a Supreme Court lawyer, has claimed that the sexual harassment case against Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi was a conspiracy to remove the judge from office.
‘His X-ray like eyes’: Jaya Prada warns Mayawati against Azam Khan, booked Hindustan Times
A case has been registered against BJP’s Rampur candidate Jaya Prada for her remarks involving SP leader Azam Khan and BSP chief Mayawati, days after the SP leader made controversial comments on the actor-turned-politician and invited campaign ban from the Election Commission.
Modi will be removed, Cong will form govt: Rahul Gandhi Pioneer
Attacking the Prime Minister, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi Friday alleged people of the country "have decided" to remove Narendra Modi and asserted his party would form the government after the Lok Sabha polls.
Cong, SP-BSP getting zero seats in first two phases of LS polls in UP: Yogi Pioneer
Resuming campaigning after a 72-hour EC ban, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Friday claimed that the Congress and the SP-BSP-RLD alliance will get zero seats in the first two phases of general elections held so far in the state.
If Indiraji is credited for 1971 Bangladesh war, why not Modi For the Pakistan air-strike: Rajnath Pioneer
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Friday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi deserves the credit for the country's air strike inside Pakistan just as Indira Gandhi was honoured for the success in the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War.
Militant killed in encounter with security forces in J-K's Baramulla Pioneer
A militant was killed in an encounter with security forces in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir, an Army official said Saturday.
Howrah-New Delhi Poorva Express derails near Kanpur, 14 injured Hindu
Twelve coaches of the Howrah-New Delhi Poorva Express derailed near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh early on Saturday, injuring at least 14 people, railway officials said. The train was going to New Delhi when the incident occurred near Rooma railway station — about 20 km from here — in Kanpur Nagar district around 12.50 a.m.
Cops look for motive behind murder of ND Tiwari’s son, to quiz family members Hindustan Times
According to the police probing the case, there was no outsider who came to the house on the night of the incident, there were only five persons in the house, nobody woke up Rohit Shekhar Tiwari for at least 16 hours until the time a domestic help found him bleeding and unconscious on his bed. Yet, there was a murder.
Lok Sabha election 2019: Not retiring, will be by Rahul's side when he becomes PM, says Deve Gowda Zee News
As the voting for the second phase of Lok Sabha election came to a close, leaders across political parties on Friday will hold a volley of rallies. With the date of voting for the third phase nearing, campaigning for the poll will see a fever pitch.
Lok Sabha elections 2019: Poll violence at several places in Bengal, BJP to meet EC in Delhi Hindustan Times
Violence was reported from several places on Thursday in West Bengal, where polling is being held in three parliamentary constituencies during the second phase of the Lok Sabha election 2019. The car of CPI(M) candidate and sitting member of Parliament Md Salim, who is up against the Congress’ Deepa Dasmunsi in Raiganj, was attacked in Islampur.
Upsurge in favour of PM evident: Arun Jaitley Times of India
Confident of winning the Lok Sabha elections after two phases of polling, BJP on Thursday said the opposition parties were desperate as their campaign on 'falsehood against the Modi government' was not getting traction with voters.
AAP-Congress talks stall over Haryana alliance Hindu
Alliance talks between the Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress failed on Wednesday, with the Congress agreeing to a tie-up in Delhi but refusing to include a seat-share in Haryana. AAP leader Sanjay Singh, who was heading the alliance talks for the Aam Aadmi Party, told the media on Wednesday that the Congress was not in a mood for an alliance. “It’s very sad that after all the efforts, the Congress is not ready to come to any understanding.”
Cross-LoC trade suspended after ‘misuse by arms, drugs smugglers’ Peerzada Ashiq, Hindu
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Thursday suspended the cross-Line of Control (LoC) trade in Jammu and Kashmir, citing “funnelling of illegal weapons, narcotics and fake currency” as reasons. The move will immediately impact around 300 traders, and over 1,200 people who are directly and indirectly associated with the trade on this side.
31 killed as rain, thunderstorm hit Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat Hindustan Times
Thirty-one people were killed in three states as rain and thunder storm caused by western disturbance hit parts of north India on Tuesday causing damage to property and crops, reports ANI.
EC issues fresh show cause notice to SP leader Azam Khan for making inflammatory remarks Zee News
It seems that trouble for Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan is set to increase in the coming days as the Election Commission (EC) on Tuesday issued a fresh show cause notice to him for making allegedly inflammatory remarks at various places in Uttar Pradesh during Lok Sabha campaign in the past few days.
BJP slams Congress for Sidhu's speech, accuses it of dividing people Pioneer
The BJP on Tuesday lashed out at the Congress after its leader Navjot Singh Sidhu apparently asked Muslims at an election rally in Bihar to unite and oust Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying it was in the opposition party's "DNA" to divide people.
Ramdev's U-Turn: Backs Narendra Modi as PM again with 'Vote For BJP' call Aditya Sharma, NDTV
Yoga guru Ramdev today gave a fresh endorsement for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a move seen as a U-turn from his position a few months ago. The 53-year-old, who accompanied Union minister Rajyavardhan Rathore as he filed his nomination for the Jaipur Rural Lok Sabha seat, called on people to vote for the BJP in the national elections.
Google blocks Chinese app TikTok in India after court order: Report Hindustan Times
Google has blocked access to the hugely popular video app TikTok in India to comply with a state court’s directive to prohibit its downloads, a person with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Tuesday.
Modi govt set to return to power: Suresh Prabhu Pioneer
Union Minister Suresh Prabhu Monday claimed the NDA government is set to return to power after the Lok Sabha polls as the people have faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modis development schemes in all sectors.
Possibility of change in govt every 5 years, social organisations shouldn't depend on it: Bhagwat Pioneer
There are possibilities of a government changing every five years and social organisations should not depend on it for help, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said Monday.
Opposition making hue and cry over EVMs as they see defeat: Rajnath Pioneer
Union minister Rajnath Singh Monday said opposition parties are questioning the reliability of electronic voting machines as they are fearing defeat in the Lok Sabha elections.
On Rahul Gandhi’s ‘U-turn’ remark on tie-up with AAP, Kejriwal’s comeback Hindustan Times
Amid the uncertainty over an alliance between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Congress in the Lok Sabha polls, Rahul Gandhi tweeted on Monday that a tie-up between the two parties would rout the BJP and offered four of Delhi’s seven Lok Sabha seats to AAP.
We don't want to politicise armed forces: Nirmala Sitharaman Pioneer
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Sunday said neither Prime Minister Narendra Modi nor any other NDA leader wanted to politicise armed forces and there was nothing wrong in talking about the political will giving freedom to the forces to take action as they deem fit.
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  The Courts
SC dismisses Mayawati’s objections to EC’s gag order, asks her to file separate plea Scroll
The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati’s objections to the Election Commission’s order that barred her from campaigning for 48 hours. The court asked her to file a separate plea against the poll body’s gag order, reported Bar and Bench.
‘Not our views’: Supreme Court asks Rahul Gandhi to explain Rafale remark Hindustan Times
Congress president Rahul Gandhi has been told by the Supreme Court to explain his remarks during the Lok Sabha campaign where he attributed comments to the top court which had ruled on the admissibility of three sets of documents in the Rafale review petition.
SC directs political parties to furnish receipts of electoral bonds, donors' identity details to EC Pioneer
The Supreme Court Friday did not stop political funding through electoral bonds but brought in several checks to bring transparency to the scheme by directing all political parties to furnish receipts of amount received and details of identity of donors in a sealed cover to the Election Commission.
Biopic on PM Modi: SC to hear on April 15 plea challenging EC's ban on release of film Pioneer
The Supreme Court Friday agreed to hear on April 15 a plea challenging the Election Commission's ban on the release of a biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi till the general election is over.
Preliminary inquiry against Mulayam Singh Yadav, Akhilesh in DA case closed in 2013: CBI to SC Pioneer
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) told the Supreme Court Friday that it had closed in 2013 a preliminary inquiry against former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son Akhilesh in a disproportionate assets case.
You will never let this country remain in peace, says SC junking plea for worship at Ayodhya Pioneer
You will never let this country remain in peace, the Supreme Court said Friday while dismissing a plea seeking permission to carry out religious activities in nine ancient temples situated on the undisputed acquired land adjacent to Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid site at Ayodhya.
Bribery case against Rakesh Asthana: HC asks CBI to file timeline on need for sending LRs to nations Pioneer
The Delhi High Court Friday directed the CBI to file a timeline of events relating to the ongoing investigation in a bribery case involving the agency's former special director Rakesh Asthana and the need for sending Letters Rogatory (LRs) to various countries.
Nirmohi Akhara moves SC, opposes Centre's plea to return acquired land around Ayodhya site to owners Pioneer
Nirmohi Akhara, one of the litigants in the Ayodhya case, moved the Supreme Court Tuesday opposing the Centre's plea which seeks to return to the original owners the 67.390 acre of "non-disputed" land it had acquired around the disputed Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid site.
1984 anti-Sikh riots: Sajjan Kumar accuses CBI of tutoring key witness in Delhi court Pioneer
Former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, serving life term in Tihar jail, accused the CBI before a Delhi court on Tuesday of tutoring a key witness in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case. The fact that the witness was giving information contrary to his police statements in 1985 point to his being tutored, Kumar's counsel said.
SC verdict Wednesday on Centre's preliminary objection in Rafale review pleas Pioneer
The Supreme Court will Wednesday pronounce verdict on the preliminary objections raised by the Centre that the documents on which it was claiming "privilege" cannot be relied upon to re-examine the verdict in the Rafale fighter jet deal with France.
Why only ‘babus’ picked for CIC, 4 aides posts: SC Pioneer
The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Centre as to why only retired or sitting bureaucrats were being shortlisted by the search committee for appointment as information commissioners.
  Business
Ola in talks with luxury carmakers Audi, Mercedes for self-drive subscription services: Report Money Control
Ride-hailing platform Ola is in discussions with luxury carmakers, including Audi, Mercedes and BMW, to launch a subscription-based service under its self-drive offering, according to sources.
Nasim Zaidi quits Jet Airways board Mint
Grounded carrier Jet Airways on Monday said its non-executive and non-independent director Nasim Zaidi has quit the board, citing personal reasons and time constraints. Zaidi, the former Chief Election Commissioner and ex- civil aviation secretary, joined the Jet Airways board in August last year.
Average airfares stay 10-15% high, more on non-metro routes Economic Times
Airfares on domestic routes, especially those connecting non-metro cities, remain high with suspension of Jet Airways flights. The average ticket prices have gone up in the range of 10-15 per cent across various sectors even as airlines like SpiceJet and IndiGo have mounted additional capacity.
Rupee stares at 70 a US dollar after sharp fall Surajit Dasgupta, Mint
Indian rupee (INR) today fell sharply against the US dollar (USD) as surging oil prices stoked fiscal slippage and inflationary concerns. The rupee fell to 69.88 against the US dollar at day’s low - its lowest level since March 11 - as compared to Thursday’s low of 69.36. Bond yields also hardened in the wake of rising oil prices.
SpiceJet, Air India step in to clean up after Jet Airways Gireesh Chandra Prasad & Rhik Kundu, Mint
Budget airline SpiceJet Ltd and national carrier Air India Ltd have stepped in to stabilize India's aviation industry and ease the pain from wage losses caused by Jet Airways (India) Ltd’s descent into insolvency and operational shutdown.
Air India’s SOS: No funds to repay and service Rs 9,000 cr debt in FY20 Mihir Mishra, Economic Times
Close on the heels of the Jet Airways fiasco, state-owned Air India is staring at debt repayments of Rs 9,000 crore in the current fiscal year but sorely lacks the wherewithal to service them, said people with knowledge of the matter. While yet another government bailout could be its sole chance of survival, no decision is likely until the elections are over and the next administration takes over, they said.
Reliance records another bumper quarter with ₹10,362 crore net profit Kalpana Pathak & Prasannata Patwa, Mint
Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) reported a 9.79% increase in its quarterly profit, beating analysts’ estimates, boosted by its consumer-facing businesses of telecom (Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd) and retail (Reliance Retail).
Reliance Jio, BSNL drive telecom subscriber growth to 120.5 crore in February Money Control
The country's telecom subscriber base grew marginally to 120.5 crore on account of a net addition of customers by Reliance Jio and state-owned BSNL, according to data published by telecom regulator TRAI on April 18.
Off runway, Jet shares sink 32%; staff seek Govt’s help Pioneer
Shares of Jet Airways continued to fall for the second day in a row, plummeting over 32 per cent on Thursday, a day after the ailing airline shuttered its operations temporarily. The scrip tanked 32.23 per cent to close at Rs 163.90 on the BSE. Intra-day, it plunged 34.62 per cent to Rs 158.10 that is 52-week low. On the National Stock Exchange, shares sank 31 per cent to close at Rs 165.75 apiece.
Jet Airways pilots ask PM Modi to save 20,000 jobs, appeal to SBI for funds Hindustan Times
Jet Airways pilots body, the National Aviator’s Guild, Monday appealed the State Bank of India (SBI) to release Rs 1,500 crore, which was proposed to be infused in the ailing carrier as part of a debt-restructuring plan last month.
Sensex, Nifty hit fresh record highs; TCS, ICICI Bank lead gains Surajit Dasgupta, Mint
Indian markets moved higher sharply with both Nifty and Sensex hitting fresh record highs. The Sensex was up over 350 points, hitting a new high of 39,277, overtaking its earlier all-time high of 39,270, achieved earlier this month. Broader benchmark index Nifty also hit a fresh high of 11,787.
IMD monsoon forecast offers respite for Indian agriculture, economy Srishti Choudhary, Mint
India could witness a near-normal monsoon this season, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast Monday, bringing welcome news to the nation’s largely rain-fed agriculture after poor rains and drought last year.
Reliance Jio crosses 300 Million subscribers mark as it marches towards its 500 Million customer goal Swarajyamag
Marching towards its ambitious target of serving 500 million subscribers, telecom major Reliance Jio (RJio) has crossed the 300 million subscribers mark in two-and-a-half years of its operations, reports Business Standard.
Jio's fibre business raising Rs 27,000-crore loan Saikat Das & Devina Sengupta,, Economic Times
Reliance Jio Infocomm’s fibre network unit is raising about Rs 27,000 crore in syndicated loans from a group of banks, three executives aware of the financing plans told ET, as the newly created infrastructure business expands to meet expected demand for its assets from sectors such as power besides telecom and internet services providers.
Prabhu directs civil aviation secretary to review Jet Airways' issues Pioneer
Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu on Friday directed civil aviation secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola to review issues concerning Jet Airways, which has been operating with less than 10 planes. "Directed Secretary MoCA to review issues related to Jet Airways. Asked him to take necessary steps to minimise passenger inconvenience and ensure their safety," Prabhu tweeted in the morning.
Ousted by lenders, Naresh Goyal tries to re-enter Jet Airways' cockpit Anirban Chowdhury, Economic Times
Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal filed an expression of interest (EoI) for a stake in the ailing carrier just as the deadline for submissions was coming to an end on Friday, said two people with knowledge of the matter.
TCS, Infosys provide a solid start to Q4 earnings season Dhirendra Tripathi, Mint
Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS) and Infosys Ltd kicked off Q4 earnings season on a strong note Friday, with their March quarter revenues growing by close to double-digits in dollar terms. 
Reliance Retail has major plans in store for kiranas Rasul Bailay & Writankar Mukherjee, Economic Times
Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Retail is betting big on business-to-business (B2B) ecommerce with a digital wholesale marketplace along the lines of China’s Alibaba for products such as smartphones, televisions, garments, spices and soap, according to people aware of the plan. It’s looking to service a range of retailers, including those located in remote villages, they said.
Cash-strapped Jet Airways cancels all international flights Anirban Chowdhury, Economic Times
Cash-strapped Jet Airways has for now suspended all its international flights and continues to cut down on domestic operations, raising doubts about its survival. The airline had over the last few months suspended operations to more than 15 short haul international destinations in the Gulf, south east Asia and SAARC countries.
  States Scan
No votes cast in 90 booths for Srinagar Lok Sabha seat: Sources NDTV
As many as 90 polling booths, mostly in downtown Srinagar city, saw no voting in Thursday's elections to the Srinagar Parliamentary seat, sources said. The Srinagar constituency comprising eight assembly segments recorded zero turnout in as many as 50 polling booths. The majority of these booths were located in Eidgah, Khanyar, Habba Kadal and Batmaloo, sources said.
Lok Sabha polls in Tamil Nadu's Vellore cancelled after huge cash seizure B Sivakumar, Times of India
President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday gave his nod to the Election Commission's recommendation to rescind the election in the Vellore Lok Sabha constituency in Tamil Nadu in the wake of seizure of unaccounted money from DMK candidate Kathir Anand.
Highway ban disrupts life in J&K Peerzada Ashiq, Hindu
The first day of closure of the 271-km Baramulla-Udhampur national highway for convoy movement disrupted distribution of essentials on Sunday and halted all passenger services. The National Conference (NC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) held street demonstrations to defy the ban.
CRPF trooper killed in Chhattisgarh Maoist attack Pioneer
A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) trooper was killed on Friday and another injured in a gun battle with the Maoists in Chhattisgarh's Dhamtari area, the paramilitary force said.
Not all people of a Caste Vote One Way: Nitish Kumar says 'Work' will defeat Mahagathbandhan Math News18
Caste dynamics has been the bedrock of Bihar's politics and this time, the opposition Mahagathbandhan has set the social engineering drawing board. The RJD-led grand alliance is counting on the caste calculation with EBC/OBC and Muslim votes to race ahead in the polls, but Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has other ideas.
Bhojpuri actor-singer is BJP candidate against Akhilesh Yadav in Azamgarh Alok Pandey, NDTV
Bhojpuri actor and singer Dinesh Lal Yadav, popularly known as "Nirahua", will take on Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav in Azamgarh as a BJP candidate in the national election. Mr Yadav, extremely popular in eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, joined the BJP last month.
BJP ally Bharat Dharma Jana Sena's Thushar Vellappally to fight against Rahul in Wayanad Pioneer
BJP president Amit Shah Monday announced that Thushar Vellappally of Bharat Dharma Jana Sena, an ally of the saffron party in Kerala, will be the ruling NDA's candidate against Congress chief Rahul Gandhi in Wayanad.
Lok Sabha polls: 185 in race for Telangana seat, EC turns to special EVMs Sreenivas Janyala, Indian Express
An urgent order has gone out from the Election Commission for supply of 26,820 ballot units, 2,240 control units and 2,600 VVPATs of third-generation (M3) EVMs make, to the Chief Electoral Officer, Telangana. The emergency is on account of Nizamabad, from where Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao’s daughter and sitting MP K Kavitha is recontesting.
Naidu’s TDP govt in AP has neglected voter priorities, performed poorly: ADR report NewsMinute
The Telugu Desam Party government (TDP) of in Andhra Pradesh has neglected voter priorities and performed "poorly and underwhelmingly" on everything, including employment, drinking water and farm infrastructure, says a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), an election watchdog.
After Nishad Party quits alliance, SP fields new candidate in Gorakhpur Business Standard
A day after the Nishad Party quit the SP-BSP-RLD alliance in Uttar Pradesh, the Samajwadi Party Saturday named its own candidate for the prestigious Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat, dropping sitting MP Pravin Nishad.
Terror shadow over J&K poll campaign Mohit Kandhari, Pioneer
With fear of terror attacks lurking in the air, the State police has issued a security advisory asking campaigners and contestants of the Lok Sabha polls to avoid holding roadshows, public rallies without taking proper security clearance.
  International News
US to eliminate Iran oil sanctions waiver for India, 7 others: Report Hindustan Times
The United States is expected to announce on Monday that all buyers of Iranian oil will have to end their imports shortly or face sanctions, a source familiar with the situation told Reuters, triggering about a 3 percent rise in crude prices.
Kim Jong-un oversees first weapons test since failed US-North Korea summit: Report Zee News
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the testing of a new tactical guided weapon, state media said on Thursday, the North`s first public weapons test since a second summit with the United States ended without agreement in February.
Pakistan finance minister to step down amid IMF bailout talks Indian Express
Pakistani Finance Minister Asad Umar on Thursday said he would step down, after he held talks with Prime Minister Imran Khan, raising fresh questions on plans for averting an economic crisis amid bailout talks with the International Monetary Fund.
Amazon to shut down operations in China Hindu
Amazon.com Inc said it will shut its China online store by July 18, as the U.S. e-commerce giant focusses on the lucrative businesses of selling overseas goods and cloud services in the world’s most populous nation.
Can't give timeline for Masood Azhar's listing as global terrorist at EU: German envoy Pioneer
Germany is "very much" pushing for the listing of Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist at the European Union (EU), but a timeline for it cannot be given, Jasper Wieck, the Deputy Head of the German Mission in India, said Tuesday.
US asks its citizens to reconsider travel plans to Pakistan due to terrorism Pioneer
The US has advised its citizens to reconsider their travel to Pakistan due to terrorism and asked them not to travel to restive Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), identified as the most dangerous areas due to terror attacks.
Trump sanctuary city idea could help migrants stay in US Hindu
“Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very dangerous immigration laws, we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only,” Mr. Trump tweeted.
American Airlines to cancel 115 flights daily over 737 MAX Hindustan Times
American Airlines announced Sunday it would scrap some 115 flights per day in the coming months because its fleet of Boeing 737 MAX planes is being grounded until August 19. America’s leading airline had previously only planned to keep the planes out of commission until June 5, with Boeing facing intense scrutiny after 157 people died in an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX crash on March 10 -- the second deadly crash involving the aircraft in five months.
Pentagon defends India's ASAT test, says country is concerned over ‘threats’ in space Pioneer
India is concerned about the "threats" it faces in space, the Pentagon has said, defending the country for acquiring anti-satellite (ASAT) missile test capabilities. On March 27, India achieved a historic feat by shooting down its own low-orbit satellite with a ground-to-space missile, making the country a space power.
Netanyahu, main challenger Gantz, both claim Israeli election victory Zee News
Both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main challenger Benny Gantz claimed victory in Israel`s election but exit polls and early results indicated on Wednesday the veteran right-wing leader was on course for a record fifth term.
China says US move to blacklist JeM chief ‘setting bad example’ Sowmiya Ashok, Indian Express
Criticising the draft resolution put forth by the United States to blacklist Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar at the United Nations, China on Monday said that the US is “setting a bad example” and it will only “complicate” the matter. “It is setting a bad example that will only complicate the matter. It is also not conducive for peace and stability in South Asia. China is opposed to this,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said.
Afghanistan snubs Imran Khan, says don’t interfere in internal affairs Rezaul H Laskar, Hindustan Times
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s suggestion that an interim administration in Afghanistan could help end an impasse in talks with the Taliban prompted angry reactions on Tuesday from Afghan politicians, who accused him of interfering in their country’s internal affairs.
Israel carries out air strikes in Gaza after rocket attack near Tel Aviv Indian Express
There was no claim of responsibility for the early morning attack. The military said Hamas fired the rocket from about 120 km (75 miles) away, making it the longest-range attack from Gaza causing casualties since a 2014 war.
Robert Mueller submits Trump-Russia report, Lawmakers urge quick release NDTV
Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Friday handed in a confidential report on his investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election and any potential wrongdoing by U.S. President Donald Trump, setting off a clamour from lawmakers in both parties for the document's quick release.

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