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Shankarsinh Vaghela quits Congress, says 'I am a free bird now' Times of India
Former Gujarat chief minister Shankarsinh Vaghela formally announced on Friday that he has quit the Congress, alleging that he was not being allowed to put up a fight against the BJP. "I have resigned as Leader of Opposition. I will resign as Congress MLA after the Rajya Sabha election.
China to blame for Doklam stand-off, all nations with India: Sushma Times of India
Blaming China for trying to change the status of the India-Bhutan-China tri-junction, minister for external affairs Sushma Swaraj on Thursday ruled out unilateral withdrawal of Indian troops as is being insisted on by an increasingly belligerent Beijing.
Let’s both pull back troops from Doklam, says Sushma Swaraj Kallol Bhattacherjee, Hindu
Offering a solution to the ongoing border standoff with China, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday told the Rajya Sabha that both Indian and Chinese soldiers should withdraw from the Doklam region in the tri-junction with Bhutan.
Kovind first President from Sangh, cross-voting boosts margin Times of India
Former Bihar governor Ram Nath Kovind will become India's 14th President and the first RSS man to hold the post, winning a contest marked by cross-voting in his favour in West Bengal, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa as well as among Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha members.
Mayawati resigns from Rajya Sabha after walking out in anger Asian Age
Hours after walking out of Rajya Sabha in anger, BSP supremo Mayawati handed over her three-page resignation to the chairman of the Upper House, Hamid Ansari. He is yet to decide on her resignation. “I simply wanted the Rajya Sabha Chair to pay attention to atrocities against the less fortunate sections of the society, especially dalits.
We oppose militarisation of South China Sea: Australia’s foreign minister Hindustan Times
Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop on Tuesday said her country opposes Beijing’s construction of artificial reefs and their militarisation in the disputed South China Sea, holding that freedom of navigation must be ensured.
China tussle with India blown out of proportion: S Jaishankar Archis Mohan, Business Standard
Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar today told a parliamentary panel that supranationalism and media hype on the issue has blown out of proportion the Dokalam military standoff between India and China.
Ailing PoK resident to get visa, as region integral part of India: Sushma Swaraj Mint
External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday waived the condition of a letter from Pakistan’s foreign adviser Sartaj Aziz for an ailing PoK resident to get a visa and said he would be allowed to come here as Pakistan- occupied-Kashmir was an integral part of India.
Venkaiah Naidu is NDA’s choice for Vice President Nistula Hebbar, Hindu
The BJP’s parliamentary board picked Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu as the party’s nominee for the post of Vice-President, and his name has been endorsed by the NDA as well.
Crack down on cow ‘hooligans’, Modi tells States Business Line
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reiteration of stringent action against “hooliganism in the name of cow protection” a day ahead of the Monsoon Session of Parliament did little to calm the Opposition on Sunday. The opposition parties are set to contest the government over increasing incidents of lynching and deteriorating internal security situation, especially in Jammu and Kashmir, besides economic issues and farm distress in the ensuring weeks.
Army on mission Kashmir to end terror Pioneer
The Army has launched major “seek and destroy” operations in the rugged and mountainous terrains of North Kashmir to flush out around 100 foreign terrorists, belonging to the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), waiting to strike key installations in the days to come. The operations will be a sustained one to negate the strategic advantage to them in terms of time and space. The aim of the Army’s operations is to deny terrorists any “comfort zone” and “freedom of movement” by going hot on their heels.
Bihar stalemate continues as coalition allies JD(U), RJD dig in Sanjay Ojha, Times of India
The crisis in the ruling Bihar coalition persisted on Sunday with JD(U) leader and CM Nitish Kumar unrelenting over RJD coming clean on corruption charges against Lalu Prasad and his kin even as the standoff prolonged into yet another week.
Advancing Budget helped boost spending by 30%: PM Narendra Modi Economic Times
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said advancing the Budget by a month had helped increase overall expenditure by nearly 30%, with a 48% rise in spending on infrastructure development.
Presidential election 2017: Ram Nath Kovind, Meira Kumar in contest, polling underway Indian Express
Ram Nath Kovind or Meira Kumar? Who will be India’s next President? 776 MPs and 4120 MLAs will decide in a secret ballot vote today when polling began at 10 am. As things stand, Kovind is likely to sweep the election with 70 per cent of the electoral college backing him. However, political parties cannot issue a whip to their members to vote for a particular nominee which means that cross-voting is possible.
73 per cent Indians have trust in PM Modi’s government: Report Indian Express
With 73 per cent people having faith in Narendra Modi government, India is one of the leading countries in terms of people with most confidence in their government, a report published by OEPD says. According to findings of OECD’s Government at a Glance report 2017, which analyses “the latest available data on public administrations” across countries, India is at third position on “Trust in government” chart, following Indonesia, which is at second position with around 79 per cent people’s confidence. 
Explosive recovered from UP Assembly, Yogi Adityanath claims 'terror conspiracy' Times of India
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath said on Friday that the "white powder" recovered from the state Legislative Assembly on July 12 was a powerful explosive substance and claimed there may be a "terror conspiracy" afoot.
Tejashwi’s explanation not enough, decision would be taken for sure: JD (U) ABP Live
The rift between JDU and Nitish is likely to strain the Mahagathbandhan which RJD claimed would not be affected in spite of the allegations being levied by opposition against Tejashwi Yadav over alleged land deal scam. 
Pak terror defiling Asia: India Pioneer
India on Thursday directly blamed Pakistan for the disturbance in the Asian region through cross border terrorism and put the onus on Islamabad to improve the security situation by stopping its terror-related activities.
Northeast floods cause unprecedented damage, 80 dead, 17 lakh marooned India Today
Around 80 people have died so far in the Northeast due to floods and landslides that the Centre on Thursday termed "unprecedented". Jitendra Singh, Union minister of state for development of north eastern region (DoNER), who on Thursday chaired a review meeting on the flooding in the Northeast, said that the devastation has hit 58 districts across Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur.
  National
Lynching in the name of cow 'condemnable', no sympathy for people indulging in such violence: Govt Indiatv News
The Narendra Modi government on Thursday clearly told Parliament that it has no sympathy for those who are indulging in lynching in the name of protecting cows and added that the law must take its own course in such cases. 
China not only bullying India but rest of world: BJP Financial Express
A day after Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said that if China unilaterally changes status quo of tri-junction point then it poses a challenge to India’s security, the Bharatiya Janata Party has warned Beijing against making an enemy out of the whole world. Speaking to ANI, BJP leader R.K. Singh said that changing the status quo in Dokalam will endanger India’s vital interests and therefore they cannot withdraw from there.
Smriti Irani gets I&B, Tomar to take charge of urban affairs Times of India
Textiles minister Smriti Irani on Tuesday assumed additional charge of information & broadcasting ministry while rural development minister Narendra Singh Tomar took over additional responsibility of housing and urban affairs (Mo-HUA) ministry, a day after both ministries were vacated by M Venkaiah Naidu after he was picked as the NDA's vice presidential candidate.
Zakir Naik’s passport revoked, he’s now a stateless person Times of India
The government has revoked the passport of fugitive Islamic preacher Zakir Naik following a recommendation from the National Investigation Agency (NIA) which has already booked him under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for his terror links.
Lalu Prasad Yadav offers Mayawati Rajya Sabha seat from Bihar, says her resignation marks black day Firstpost
RJD president Lalu Prasad on Tuesday came out in support of BSP leader Mayawati who resigned from the Rajya Sabha, and offered to send her to the upper house from Bihar. "Today would be remembered as a black day in the history when a highly respected Dalit leader was not allowed to raise the voice of poor in the Rajya Sabha," Lalu said reacting to Mayawati's resignation.
Ruckus in Rajya Sabha over Dalits, Mayawati threatens to quit Business Standard
Sparks flew as the Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day on the second day of the monsoon session on Tuesday as BSP chief Mayawati stormed out, threatening to resign when she was not allowed to speak over "atrocities on Dalits" beyond three minutes.
Venkaiah Naidu files nomination for Vice-President, says grateful to PM Modi Indian Express
Two-time Bharatiya Janata Party president and former Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu filed his nomination for the Vice-President’s election on Tuesday and said that he will hope to do justice to the office once chosen. Naidu resigned from his ministerial responsibilities and filed the nomination in Parliament in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP national president Amit Shah and party stalwarts Lal Krishna Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi.
Record 99% voting in presidential polls Pioneer
Ruling National Democratic Alliance nominee Ram Nath Kovind, a former Rajya Sabha member from Uttar Pradesh and an ex-Bihar Governor, is all set to be the next President of India after the poll process ended on Monday. The way the numbers stack up, Kovind has a clear advantage over Opposition candidate Meira Kumar, a former Lok Sabha Speaker.
Sushma Swaraj: 39 Indians abducted in Iraq may be in prison Indian Express
Thirty-nine Indians abducted in Iraq by the Islamic State three years ago may be lodged in a jail in Badush in northwest Mosul, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday said, and added that her Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim Al Jaafari may bring fresh information about them when he visits India on July 24.
China too meddling in Kashmir: Mufti to HM Pioneer
As India-China stand-off continues at Doklam, Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday accused Beijing of meddling in Kashmir and blamed external forces for fomenting trouble in the State. She expressed happiness that all political parties were united against the terror attack on Amarnath yatris as it was a conspiracy to whip up communal tension in the whole country.
Government open for talks on Kashmir, Opposition told Times of India
The centre has made it clear to opposition leaders that it is open for talks with “all stakeholders” as far as the issue of Kashmir was concerned, at a meeting held to brief them on the Amarnath tragedy. It has also said the Amarnath attack on July 10 that killed seven pilgrims was not because of any security lapse but because the bus got late with two of its tyres getting deflated and subsequent delay in getting the passengers on board the bus.
Pakistan firing in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch kills 8-year-old girl Ashwini Kumar, India Today
An 8-year-old girl was today killed in Barhnote area of Poonch in Jammu after Pakistan started firing and targeted civilian areas along the Line of Control (LoC). The girl has been identified as Sajida Kousar.
India-US-Japan's Malabar naval exercise is a message gift-wrapped for China Gaurav C Sawant, India Today
The F/A-18 super hornet fighter jets line up along the 4.5-acre flight deck of the 98,000-tonne displacement US navy aircraft carrier USS Nimitz in the Bay of Bengal.
Over 3,300 pilgrims leave for Amarnath Yatra Hindu
A fresh batch of over 3,300 pilgrims on Saturday left here for the Kashmir Valley to perform the annual Amarnath Yatra, an official said. “A total of 3,398 yatris left the Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas at 3.30 a.m. in an escorted convoy of 132 vehicles,” the official added.
No state & language would be neglected if he becomes President: Ram Nath Kovind Economic Times
National Democratic Alliance presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday and promised no state and language would be neglected if he became President. Kovind’s visit to Odisha will be followed by that of Congress’ candidate Meira Kumar’s who arrives on Saturday.
2 Terrorists killed in encounter in Kashmir's tral, gunbattle on NDTV
At least two terrorist were killed in an encounter this morning in the forested area of Jammu and Kashmir's Tral. A senior police officer said the bodies of the terrorists were yet to be recovered and that the exchange of fire continued.
Lalu Prasad Yadav says Tejashwi won’t resign, let anyone do what he wants Santosh Singh, Indian Express
RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Friday said his son Tejashwi Yadav would not resign as the Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar and dared anyone to break the grand alliance. “Tejashwi Yadav istifa nahi denge. FIR darj hone se koi istifa nahi deta hai (Tejashwi Yadav will not resign. No one resigns because of an FIR),” Lalu said after a meeting with RJD legislators.
Bihar's Maha-Tug-of-War: Sonia Gandhi in damage control mode, dials up Nitish Kumar, Lalu Prasad India Today
In an attempt to defuse the heightened tension between the two warring partners of Bihar's Mahagathbandhan, Congress President Sonia Gandhi today called both Lalu and Nitish to discuss the current political scenario in the state.
  The Courts
If private bodies can have data, why not State: SC Ananthakrishnan G, Indian Express
A nine-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court, hearing the second day of arguments Thursday to determine whether right to privacy constitutes a fundamental right under the Constitution, sought to know why citizens were uneasy to share personal information with the State when they had no problem doing so with private players.
Now, nine-judge Constitution Bench to hear Aadhaar petitions Krishnadas Rajagopal, Hindu
A nine-judge Bench of the Supreme Court will on July 19, 2017 hear the question whether privacy in the world’s largest democracy is a fundamental human right and is a part of the basic structure of the Constitution. 
Can’t punish Vijay Mallya in absentia: Supreme Court Economic Times
The Supreme Court on Friday said that it cannot punish Vijay Mallya, former chairman of defunct Kingfisher Airlines, in absentia for contempt of court over not faithfully and fairly disclosing his assets to the top court and instead asked the central government to take all steps to produce him in court.
CBI to probe encounter killings in Manipur: Supreme Court DNA
A Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will investigate the Manipur encounter killings that were allegedly perpetrated by the police and the Army, the Supreme Court ruled on Friday.
SC issues notice to Srinivasan, Shah for participating in the BCCI SGM Times of India
The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators has filed their status report accusing former president N Srinivasan of disrupting meetings for transparency. TOI has learnt that the CoA in its report stated that though Srinivasan is disqualified to become a member of any cricket association or BCCI, he attended the board's SGM (Special General Meeting) as nominee of TNCA.
Supreme Court orders CBI probe into extra-judicial killings in Manipur Times of India
The Supreme Court on Friday directed a probe by the CBI into the alleged extra-judicial killings by the Army, the Assam Rifles and the Manipur Police in the insurgency-hit state. A bench of Justices M B Lokur and U U Lalit asked the CBI director to appoint a team of officers to conduct the probe into the alleged killings.
Coal cases: Only SC will hear pleas challenging special court order Economic Times
The Supreme Court today said that challenge to any order passed by the special court during pendency of trial in coal scam cases will be entertained only by it. A three-judge bench headed by Justice M B Lokur said it will not revisit the July 25, 2014 order passed by the apex court which had said that challenge to any interim order of the special court during pendency of trial in coal scam cases will be heard only by it.
Why the silence on convicted politicos, SC asks EC Ashish Tripathi, Deccan Herald
The Supreme Court on Wednesday pulled up the Election Commission for being “silent” on a plea for debarring convicted politicians from contesting elections for life. A convict under the Representation of People Act is debarred from contesting polls for a period of six years, after serving his or her sentence.
Supreme Court Constitution bench to hear Aadhaar challenge on privacy issue Economic Times
The Supreme Court today said that its five-judge Constitution Bench will sit on July 18 and 19 to hear matters relating to Aadhaar, including the aspect of right to privacy. The matter was mentioned before a bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud which said that its five-judge Constitution Bench will hear Aadhaar-related matters.
Can't wait forever for fund, Supreme Court tells Sahara Dhananjay Mahapatra, Times of India
Sahara group on Wednesday met the deadline to pay an installment of Rs 1,500 crore to market regulator Sebi but failed to convince the Supreme Court to accede to the request to defer the July 15 deadline by a month for depositing another Rs 500 crore.
Without a law, can we set norms for EC pick, asks SC Dhananjay Mahapatra, Times of India
After striking down National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) for being an "interference in judicial independence", the Supreme Court on Wednesday riled the Centre afresh by asking if it should fix norms for appointment of election commissioners (ECs) to ensure their independence in conducting free and fair polls.
Cattle slaughter: Supreme Court notice to Centre on plea challenging notification Indian Express
The Supreme Court on Thursday issued notice to the Centre on a petition challenging the notification banning sale and purchase of cattle at animal markets for slaughter. The Centre has been asked to file its response within two weeks. The matter will be heard next on July 11.
  Business
Over 1.62 lakh companies deregistered till July 12: Arun Jaitley Economic Times
Over 1.62 lakh companies that have not been carrying out business activities for long have been deregistered and a series of actions are being taken against shell firms, the government said today.
Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries launches ‘free’ 4G JioPhone Hindustan Times
Putting speculations to rest, Mukesh Ambani on Friday announced the launch of Jio Phone, a 4G feature phone that offers free calls along with data packs at staggeringly low prices. Unlimited data packs for JioPhones will start at Rs 153 per month, there are also weekly and 2-day packs.
Bharti Airtel, Idea shares plunge up to 7% in reaction to RIL's JioPhone launch Firstpost
 Stocks of telecom operators Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular tumbled after industrialist Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries (RIL) on Friday announced the launch of the JioPhone 'intelligent smartphone'. Around 14.30 pm., the scrip of telecom major Bharti Airtel fell by 2.7 percent to Rs 408.25. Earlier, Bharti stock plunged 4 percent to touch the day's low of Rs 403 on BSE.
IT sector to see up to 38% fewer jobs this fiscal Economic Times
In what comes as a harbinger of turbulent times setting in for the IT sector, Nasscom has said the industry would create 20-38% fewer jobs in FY18 compared to fiscal 2017. The industry would create 1.3-1.5 lakh new jobs (lateral plus campus) in FY18 while it had added 1.8 lakh jobs in FY17. At its peak, the sector added nearly 2.40 lakh jobs a year.
Sensex gains over 100 pts, Nifty above 9,900; RIL up 3% ahead of AGM Business Standard
Benchmark indices opened in green on stellar June quarter numbers from Reliance Industries and a Rs 11,000 crore share buyback announcement by Wipro. Globally, signs of steady global growth, which have prompted the ECB and a couple of other major central banks to signal future tightening since last month, have kept the world's shares on firm footing.
World Bank to draw up plan for Railways’ Rs 5 lakh crore makeover Economic Times
The World Bank will help draw up a granular makeover blueprint for the Indian Railways, which is investing Rs 5 lakh crore to transform itself from a colonial-era mass transporter into a strategic platform underpinning growth in Asia’s third-biggest economy.
Sensex rebounds 100 pts, Nifty opens above 9850; Aurobindo soars 8% Money Control
Shares of Ashok Leyland gained 2 percent intraday as the company has entered into strategic alliance for electric mobility solutions with Sun Mobility. Sun Mobility is promoted by Chetan Maini, Founder of Reva and Uday Khemka, Vice Chairman of SUN Group.
Corporate culture will be good for Air India: Chairman Ashwani Lohani Tarun Shukla, Mint
The corporate culture that comes with a new owner will encourage merit and help Air India compete globally, chairman Ashwani Lohani wrote to employees, assuring them that there is no cause for scepticism. The government has decided to privatize the debt-ridden airline that has struggled to compete with aggressive rivals despite prolonged financial support.
Sensex ends over 350 points lower, Nifty closes below 9850; ITC, RIL fall Money Control
Benchmark indices ended the session on a weaker note, with the Nifty closing below 9900-mark. The Sensex closed down 363.79 points at 31710.99, while the Nifty ended 86.95 points down at 9829.00. The market breadth was negative as 1,006 shares advanced against a decline of 1,677 shares, while 143 shares were unchanged.
RBI pushes 'Make in India' for currency security features Times of India
In a big 'Make in India' push, the Reserve Bank today came out with fresh tender for currency security features, mandating that the supplier set up the manufacturing unit in the country within two years and gradually increase the local content.
DoT to seek detail over data breach from Reliance Jio: Telecom Secy Indian Express
The Department of Telecom will soon seek details of alleged subscriber data breach of Reliance Jio, a top official said today. “They (company) have not come to us but we will seek details from them,” Telecom Secretary Arun Sundararajan told reporters in response to query om DoT’s action over the alleged data breach of Reliance Jio.
RBI may take up NPAs worth Rs 8 lakh crore for resolution by March 2019 Business Standard
Industry body Assocham on Sunday said the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Ordinance has empowered the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to take up "bad loans worth about Rs 8 lakh crore" for resolution by March 2019.
Sensex, Nifty maintain uptrend; RIL extends gains, ITC falls Money Control
There has been a change of guard at JSW Energy. Prashant Jain has taken over as the Joint MD and CEO from Sanjay Sagar last month. 28,000-30,000 megawatt (MW) of the capacity is stranded and sitting idle at this point in time and these are high cost power plants which are right now sitting with huge debt, he said.
June wholesale inflation cools to 11-month low Economic Times
Wholesale inflation eased to the slowest in 11 months in June, boosting hopes of an interest rate cut as it comes after the pace of price rise at the retail level fell to a multiyear low and good monsoon rains indicated that food prices would remain benign.
6.6 lakh more people come under IT scanner Mansi Taneja, DNA
The Income Tax Department on Friday said it has identified another 5.56 lakh individuals whose tax profiles are found inconsistent with the money deposited during demonetization.
Sensex, Nifty close lower after rangebound trade; Infosys loses shine Money Control
Equity benchmarks closed moderately lower after rangebound trade on Friday, dragged by technology, HDFC Group, metals and select auto stocks. The 50-share NSE Nifty failed to hold 9,900 level, down 5.35 points at 9,886.35. The 30-share BSE Sensex was down 16.63 points at 32,020.75 on weak breadth.
Infosys Q1 profit down 3.3%, retains FY18 constant currency revenue growth guidance Money Control
It was a good start to the year by Infosys as its first quarter earnings beat analysts' expectations on all counts on Thursday, with the company retaining its full year constant currency revenue growth guidance. Profit during the quarter fell 3.3 percent sequentially to Rs 3,483 crore and revenue declined 0.2 percent to Rs 17,078 crore.
NEFT charges, RTGS charges by SBI set to be cut, but applicable only on internet, mobile banking Financial Express
A day after it waived charges on Immediate Payment System (IMPS) transactions of up to Rs 1,000, State Bank of India (SBI) on Thursday lowered transaction charges on transfers made through the National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT) and Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) channels.
Vijay Mallya laundered over Rs1,300 crore through 13 shell companies: ED Mint
The Enforcement Directorate has said that liquor baron Vijay Mallya laundered over Rs1,300 crore through 13 shell companies in US, Ireland, Mauritius and France. The agency has made this indictment against Mallya in its charge sheet filed on 14 June in the money laundering case involving a loan of about Rs900 crore from IDBI-KFA bank.
Selling your old gold chain or car won't attract GST, Arun Jaitley clarifies Rahul Shrivastava, India Today
In an important clarification that is bound to bring cheer to people who follow the gold old Indian habit of selling old gold jewellery for cash, the government on Thursday said that GST won't apply when individuals sell old gold ornaments or cars.
  States Scan
Haryana village presses for name change: Trump gave us identity Shradha Chettri, Indian Express
Marora Village in Mewat district of Haryana had fallen off the map, say its residents. A search on Google Maps showed another village, also named Marora, near Hodal, in the same district, about 30 kilometres away.
Tejashwi owns 26 properties: Sushil Modi Times of India
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday had a conversation with his controversial deputy Tejashwi Yadav amid growing pressure on him to sack the latter because of the continuing torrent of disclosures of assets held by the RJD leader in different parts of the state and outside.
Can Karnataka have its own flag? State govt sets up committee to find out Indian Express
The Karnataka government has formed a committee to look into the legalities of having a separate flag for the state. The nine-member panel was constituted on July 10 by an order of the Kannada and Culture Department following requests from activists for an official state flag — there is already an unofficial yellow and red flag. The committee is tasked with looking into the design of a new one and the legalities of Karnataka having its own flag.
Karnataka police officer who alleged VIP treatment for Sasikala in jail transferred Indian Express
Days after Karnataka police officer D Roopa in a report alleged that AIADMK (Amma) general secretary V K Sasikala was enjoying VIP treatment at Parappana Agrahara central prison, Roopa has been transferred to the traffic department, news agency ANI reported on Monday. Sasikala, a close aide of late Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, is serving time after conviction in a disproportionate assets case.
Nitish must sack Tejashwi: Sushil Navin Upadhyay, Pioneer
Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi — in hot pursuit of RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s alleged wealth accumulation during his tenure as Railway Minister that brought the Bihar ruling Mahagathbhandan on the brink of collapse — wants  Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to call Lalu’s bluff  in the interest of the State.
Kaziranga turns into watery grave for animals Anup Sharma, Pioneer
At least 76 wild animals have died in one of the worst floods to have hit the famed Kaziranga National Park in Assam, known for its one-horned rhinoceroses. Park officials said though the floodwaters have started to recede, the situation remains critical, as at least 60 per cent of the park continued to be submerged even on Friday. This has forced the animals to migrate to higher grounds, particularly to the nearby hills of Karbi Anglong district.
Karnataka will be up in flames if RSS leader Prabhakar Bhat is arrested: BSY warns govt News Minute
Two days after prohibitory orders under Section 144 were lifted in Dakshina Kannada, the district administration held a peace meet in Mangaluru on Thursday. This was the first peace-building effort after violence had erupted in the district following RSS activist Sharath Madivala’s murder.
Nitish was always comfortable with BJP: Sushil Modi Indian Express
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was always “comfortable” with the BJP and can never be happy with the Congress because “anti-Congressism is in his blood”, according to Sushil Kumar Modi, BJP leader and former deputy chief minister of the state.
Tejashwi Yadav’s security guards beat up media persons at Patna Secretariat ABP Live
Security guards of Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav on Wednesday roughed up media persons outside Patna Secretariat. The incident happened when Tejashwi was expected to speak to the media after a cabinet meeting. When journalists tried to question Tejashwi after he came out from a meeting, his security guards manhandled them.
‘VIP treatment’ to Sasikala in jail: DIG stands by report, her boss denies Indian Express
Refuting a report by his junior officer that AAIDMK leader VK Sasikala is being accorded VIP treatment at Parappana Agrahara central prison in return for a Rs 2 crore bribe, the Director General (Prisons) HN Satyanarayana Rao on Thursday said he was open to a probe. He also said he was following court orders.
Government giving top priority to education of minorities: KCR Hindu
The State Government is according top priority to the education of Muslim minorities and the community should take advantage of the spree of schemes launched in this regard.
Rs 10 crore secured bail for Gayatri Prajapati, reveals HC probe Pradeep Thakur, Times of India
The bail granted to UP ex-minister Gayatri Prajapati in a rape case had led to a huge furore, and it now emerges that the relief was part of a deep conspiracy in which senior judges were involved. A sum of Rs 10 crore also changed hands in the "deal".
Bhim Army supporters throng Delhi streets, demand Chandrashekhar Azad's release Firstpost
Thousands of Bhim Army supporters and members gathered at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar Sunday demanding the release of their leader Chandrashekhar Azad and other Dalits arrested in relation to the Saharanpur violence by the Uttar Pradesh Police.
  International News
N Korea 2016 economic growth at 17-yr high despite sanctions: Seoul’s Central Bank Indian Express
North Korea’s economy grew at its fastest pace in 17 years in 2016, South Korea’s central bank said on Friday, despite the isolated country facing international sanctions aimed at curbing its defiant pursuit of nuclear weapons. Gross domestic product (GDP) in North Korea last year rose 3.9 percent from the previous year when the economy contracted due to a drought and low commodity prices, the Bank of Korea said.
Closely following India-China border standoff: US Hindustan Times
The United States is closely and carefully following the border standoff between India and China the Trump Administration said on Friday, urging the two countries to engage in dialogue to “reduce tension”. “This is a situation that we are following closely and carefully. I’d have to refer you to the governments of India and China for more information on that,” State Department Spokesman Heather Nauert told reporters at a news conference.
Iran’s foreign minister calls new United Nations sanctions illegal Indian Express
Iran’s Foreign Minister says the Trump administration is trying to “poison the international atmosphere” with new sanctions after it reported that the country met its obligations under the 2015 nuclear agreement. Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Tuesday “the international community has read this very loud and clear and continue to deal with Iran without much attention to this theater.”
Magnitude 7.8 earthquake off Russia's Kamchatka peninsula triggers tsunami warning Indian Express
A powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.8 off Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula triggered a tsunami warning but the threat has now passed, the US Geological Survey and US Pacific Tsunami Center said.
3 injured in shooting near Jerusalem holy site, Al-Aqsa Mosque shut for prayers India Today
Three gunmen opened fire at police near Jerusalem's holiest site on Friday, wounding three Israelis, two of them critically, before the attackers were killed by security forces, Israeli police said.
11 Indians killed in Saudi blaze identified Indian Express
The government on Thursday identified the 11 Indians killed in a fire in Saudi Arabia. Five of the deceased were from Uttar Pradesh, three from Kerala and one each from Bihar, Tamil Nadu and Punjab. Eleven people reportedly suffocated to death on Wednesday, in a fire that ripped through a windowless house they shared at a farm.
China fast catching as global economic power, US at top: Survey Economic Times
China is fast catching up as a global economic forum, while the public perception around the world is that the US still remains at the top, according to a new survey in 38 countries.
Nawaz Sharif's loss may strengthen army, has India worried Omer Farooq Khan, Economic Times
A serious setback to Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif following the disclosure that his daughter and putative heir apparent, Maryam Sharif, had concealed ownership of the family's offshore assets and companies threatens to create new security complications for India.
Russia warns US its fighter jets are now potential target in Syria Patrick Wintour, Guardian
The threat of direct Russian-American confrontation in Syria escalated on Monday after Moscow said it would treat any plane from the US-led coalition flying west of the Euphrates river as a potential target.
Trump: 'I am under investigation' in Comey sacking Aljazeera
US President Donald Trump appeared to confirm on Friday that he was under investigation and seemingly took aim at a senior justice department official, in a tweet that seemed to encapsulate his frustration with an ongoing probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi dead: Russia says it may have killed Isis leader in Raqqa air strike Adam Withnall, Independent
The Russian defence ministry says it believes it may have killed the Isis leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi in an air strike south of Raqqa, Syria. In a statement, the ministry said it was still seeking confirmation following the strike in late May.
Inter-agency will review funding for Pakistan: US Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury, Economic Times
The Trump Administration has announced an inter-agency review of America’s support to Pakistan. The review may lead to a reduction of US aid to Pakistan as Congressmen have questioned American aid to Islamabad following its abetment to terror. The move announced by the secretary of state Rex Tillerson comes days ahead of PM Modi’s visit to Washington.
Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Pakistan says ICJ has rejected India's appeal for six months' time to file plea Shailaja Neelakantan, Times of India
Islamabad claimed on Thursday that the International Court of Justice (ICJ) rejected India's request for six months to file a plea in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, ordering it to do so by September 13, reported Pakistani media.
May loses gamble, puts together coalition government Asian Age
A defiant Prime Minister Theresa May vowed Friday to form a new government to lead Britain out of the EU despite losing her majority in a snap general election and facing calls to resign. “What the country needs more than ever is certainty,” Ms May said after the shock outcome of Thursday’s vote.

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