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After call with Modi, Trump dials Imran Khan, asks to ‘moderate rhetoric’ Hindu
U.S. President Donald Trump has in a telephonic conversation urged Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan to “moderate rhetoric” with India over the situation in Jammu and Kashmir in an effort to reduce tensions.
Chandrayaan 2 to enter an orbit around the Moon today, two weeks before planned soft landing Firstpost
The second moon mission from India, Chandrayaan 2, is expected to enter the moon's orbit today (20 August), one of the few remaining critical milestones in the mission before the spacecraft attempts to soft-land on the moon's surface on 7 September.
30 dead as Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand bear brunt of rain fury, Delhi on flood alert Hindustan Times
Rains continued to lash several places in Punjab and other states on Monday after at least 30 people were killed and dozens reported missing or feared dead over the weekend across north India. Authorities in Uttarakhand and Punjab launched rescue operations in several places to move people stranded after flood and cloudbursts as the weather department forecast more rains in the region.
Rajnath Singh hints at 'No First Use' policy change amid tension with Pak Deepshikha Ghosh, NDTV
Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today underscored that India reserves the right to change its policy of 'No First Use', which has been the cornerstone of India's nuclear weapons policy for decades. The government firmly stands by its 'No First Use' policy but "what happens in future will depend on the circumstances," the minister said at Pokhran in Rajasthan, the site of two nuclear tests by India.
J&K: 2G mobile internet restored in five districts, landlines active in 17 Valley exchanges Times of India
Following days of restrictions, mobile internet services has been restored in five districts of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday. Starting today morning, 2G mobile internent services have been restored in Jammu, Reasi, Samba, Kathua and Udhampur district of the region.
Population explosion a worry, govt schemes needed to control it: PM Times of India
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday placed the issue of "population explosion" on the national front-burner, calling it a challenge and exhorting the Centre and states to devise schemes to tackle it. 
SC refuses to pass directions on lifting of restrictions in J&K; says govt needs time as situation 'very sensitive' Times of India
The situation in Jammu and Kashmir is "very sensitive" and reasonable time should be given to the government to ensure normalcy there, the apex court said on Tuesday while refusing to pass any immediate order to the Centre to lift restrictions in the region imposed after abrogation of Article 370.
Sonia back at helm of Cong Deepak Kumar Jha, Pioneer
The Congress’ top job remains within the Gandhi family. Failing to zero in on a non-Gandhi as Rahul Gandhi’s successor despite day-long confabulation, the Congress Working Committee (CWC) late on Saturday decided to make UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi the interim president of the Congress, pending the selection of regular party chief by the AICC.
Restrictions back in Srinagar, people told to go home, shops down shutters Mir Ehsan, Hindustan Times
Restrictions were reimposed in the city of Srinagar on Sunday afternoon after they were partially lifted earlier today ahead of the Eid-ul-Azha festival. The morning relaxation saw people thronging the bakery and grocery stores; the movement of private vehicles was also noticed in some parts of the city. However, with restrictions back in place people were asked to go home and shopkeepers had to down shutters.
Sushma Swaraj, former Foreign Minister and BJP Stalwart, passes away at 67 after Heart Attack News18
Sushma Swaraj, former external affairs minister and senior BJP leader, passed away on Tuesday night. She was 67. The senior BJP leader was brought to AIIMS around 9:30pm and was straight away taken to the emergency ward. AIIMS doctors said she died of a cardiac arrest.
End of two flags, two Constitutions: Shah Pioneer
A triumphant Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday termed the Modi Government’s landmark decision to scrap Article 370 of the Indian Constitution that gave special status to Jammu & Kashmir as “historical” saying it came in the way of integration of the State into India.
Work to win over those who didn’t vote for you: Narendra Modi tells BJP MPs Hindu
“You should do the politics of everybody’s welfare. They should be positive and shun any negative thought about those who did not vote for the party. Looking at your work and conduct, they will get closer to you”
Govt Decides to Repeal Articles 370 and 35A, J&K and Ladakh to be Separate Union Territories News18
In an announcement with massive repercussions for Jammu and Kashmir, Home Minister Amit Shah has announced in Rajya Sabha that the government has decided to repeal Article 370 of the Constitution which grants special status to J&K.
Yuan fall, Asia selloff, Kashmir issue and other factors that sent Sensex tumbling 650 pts Amit Mudgill, Economic Times
Friday’s rebound in stocks proved short-lived, as the benchmark indices resumed their downtrend and plunged in opening trade on Monday, with the BSE Sensex falling over 500 points and NSE's Nifty slipping below the psychologically important 10,850 mark.
Congress finally votes with govt, amended terror law passed Times of India
Parliament on Friday passed the amended UAPA bill, which provides for proscribing individuals involved in terror crimes as terrorists, after a sharp debate which saw home minister Amit Shah clash with opposition leaders P Chidambaram and Digivijaya Singh.
Rajiv Gandhi case convict Nalini out on month-long parole for the first time since 1991 Manasa Rao, NewsMinute
Nalini Sriharan, one of the seven convicts in the assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, walked out on parole on Thursday amidst high security. Earlier this month, she was granted one-month parole by the Madras High Court in order to make arrangements for her daughter's wedding. On Thursday morning, she was escorted out of the Vellore Central Prison’s women’s cell accompanied by a posse of police officers.
Karnataka: Kumaraswamy govt falls, drama ends without any susurprise twist Times of India
The turbulent tenure of the JD(S)-Congress government came to an end on Tuesday, exactly 14 months after it assumed office, after the coalition lost the trust vote moved by chief minister HD Kumaraswamy 99-105.
PM Modi did not ask Trump to Mediate on Kashmir, clarifies India after US President offers 'Help' News18
India on Monday night denied US President Donald Trump’s claim that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked him to mediate in resolving the Kashmir issue with Pakistan. As he met Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan at the White House, Trump offered to be the “mediator” on the Kashmir issue and even said he has received a request to do so from Modi during a recent meeting with him.
50 days of Modi 2.0: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's focus on foreign policy continues Zee News
In the first 50 days of the second term in office, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made it amply clear that his government’s focus on foreign policy, with regard to neighbours as well as others, would remain intact.
Chandrayaan-2 lifts off with a billion dreams Deccan Herald
Carrying a billion dreams, Chandrayaan-II, India’s second lunar spacecraft, lifted off successfully from the second launchpad at the Sathish Dhawan Space Centre here, 100 kms from Chennai, on Monday afternoon.
Sheila Dikshit, three-time Delhi Chief Minister, dies At 81 Stela Dey, NDTV
Veteran Congress leader Sheila Dikshit, who was the longest serving chief minister of Delhi, has died of a cardiac arrest at a hospital in Delhi. She was 81. Sheila Dikshit was admitted to Escorts hospital this morning. She died at 3.55 pm. The hospital, in a statement, said despite all resuscitative efforts, Sheila Dikshit died after a cardiac arrest.
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
Over 55 dead in rain in North India; Yamuna above danger mark in Delhi Debanish Achom, NDTV
Heavy rain in northern parts of the country has claimed at least 58 lives in the last two days. Several landslides in Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand left tourists and residents stranded in some villages. Officials said many of them have been rescued, though hundreds of tourists are still stranded in Himachal Pradesh. Although rain subsided across the region on Monday, rivers in several parts of the region are overflowing, officials said.
Kamal Nath's Nephew Ratul Puri arrested in bank fraud case Arvind Gunasekar, NDTV
Ratul Puri, the nephew of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, was arrested this morning by the Enforcement Directorate for an alleged Rs. 354 crore bank fraud, after multiple attempts by him to avoid being caught.
Zakir Naik, wanted in India, banned from making speeches in Malaysia Chandrashekar Srinivasan, NDTV
Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, who is wanted by India over allegations of terror-related activities and inciting extremism through hate speeches, has been banned from giving speeches in Malaysia. Zakir Naik had earlier been charged by Malaysian authorities with making inflammatory speeches and questioned by local police on Monday.
Restrictions on phones, movement return in Kashmir after clashes Hindu
Authorities reimposed restrictions on movement in major parts of Srinagar on Sunday after violent overnight clashes between residents and police left dozens injured, two senior officials and eyewitnesses said.
J&K was integrated with country by scrapping 370: Sitharaman Pioneer
BJP leader and Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Friday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah integrated Jammu and Kashmir with rest of India by scrapping Article 370.
Ending Kashmir's special status entirely internal matter with no external ramifications: India Pioneer
India on Friday said the revoking of Jammu and Kashmir's special status was "entirely an internal matter" with "no external ramifications" and firmly told Pakistan that it has to stop terrorism to start talks, as the UN Security Council held a rare closed door meeting on the Kashmir issue.
Case filed against Priyanka Gandhi for her tweet on Pehlu Khan lynching case verdict Zee News
A criminal case has been filed against Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Friday in connection with her tweet on a trial court verdict which acquitted all six accused in the Pehlu Khan lynching case in Rajasthan's Alwar.
Former finance minister Arun Jaitley in critical condition at AIIMS Zee News
Former finance minister and veteran BJP leader Arun Jaitley remained in a critical condition and was put on life support by Friday afternoon. He was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi on August 9. 
Babita Phogat, Mahavir Phogat join BJP Pioneer
International wrestler Babita Phogat and her father Mahavir Phogat, a noted wrestling coach, joined the BJP on Monday. They joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in the presence of Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Kiren Rijiju, party's general secretary in charge of Haryana Anil Jain and its state chief Subhash Badala.
CBSE issues clarification on exams fee hike, says it is now at par with other boards Ravindra Kumar & Shobhit Sujay, Zee News
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has issued a clarification on the increase in the exams fee structure for students. Releasing a statement in this regard, the board dismissed media reports suggesting that the fee hike was just for the students in the national capital.
Article 370: Chidambaram says regional parties didn’t cooperate against BJP in Rajya Sabha out of fear Financial Express
Senior Congress leader and former Union minister P Chidambaram on Sunday slammed the regional parties for helping the BJP to sail through the Parliament with regard to abrogation of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir and divide the state into two UTs. He said that the parties did not cooperate against the BJP’s move in the Rajya Sabha out of fear.
Parties should have code of conduct for their MPs in Parliament: Naidu Pioneer
Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu said on Friday that political parties should have a code of conduct for their MPs in Parliament to monitor their behaviour. Speaking to reporters at a get-together after the end of the Parliament session, Naidu who is also the Rajya Sabha chairman suggested that the parties should include such a code in their election manifestos.
CEC rules out return to ballot papers; cites SC verdicts in Support Pioneer
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora on Friday categorically dismissed the demand for doing away with EVMs and bringing back ballot papers, citing orders passed by the Supreme Court in the past. He also said assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir will be held only after receiving a formal communation from the union ministries of home, and law and justice to that effect.
Navy put on high alert after revoking special status to Jammu and Kashmir Pioneer
The Indian Navy has put all its warships and key assets on high alert for quick operational deployment in the wake of the government's decision to revoke special status to Jammu and Kashmir and split the state into two Union Territories, official sources said on Friday.
Prez gives assent to JK Reorganisation legislation, 2 UTs to come into existence on Oct 31 Pioneer
President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday gave assent to a legislation for bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir, and two Union Territories -- Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh -- will come into existence on October 31. The Parliament had earlier this week given its nod to the legislation for bifurcating the state, a bold and far-reaching decision that seeks to redraw the map and future of a region at the centre of a protracted militancy movement.
India urges Pakistan to accept reality; J&K curbs eased Rezaul H Laskar & Mir Ehsan, Hindustan Times
India said on Friday that Pakistan’s unilateral actions in response to the stripping of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status were aimed at conveying an “alarming picture of bilateral relations”, an effort it said hadn’t gained traction with the world community.
39 more die in Kerala, Karnataka & Maharashtra floods, toll rises to 86 Times of India
Rains continued to bring gloom to parts of Kerala, Karnataka and Maharashtra with 32 fresh deaths reported on Friday, taking the death toll due to floods in these states in the last three days to 79.
Bill for more Supreme Court judges gets Lok Sabha nod Hindu
Judges should exercise restraint, says Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday told the Lok Sabha that judges in the higher judiciary should be careful about their observations in ongoing cases and should be pertinent to the case they are hearing.
Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti arrested; Kashmir on edge as Art 370 scrapped Hindustan Times
Former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah, who were under house arrest since Sunday night, have been arrested, news agency Press Trust of India quoted unnamed officials as saying on Monday.
Ayodhya case: RSS ideologue moves Supreme Court for live streaming of proceedings Economic Times
RSS ideologue K N Govindacharya moved the Supreme Court on Monday, seeking live streaming or recording of the day-to-day proceedings in the Ayodhya land dispute case, which is scheduled to commence from Tuesday. The matter was mentioned for urgent listing before a bench comprising Justices S A Bobde and B R Gavai.
Panic in Assam as people rush to attend NRC re-verification hearings on 24-hour notice Arunabh Saikia, Scroll
The farthest Hashin Nessa has travelled in her 69 years of life is Guwahati, around 80 km from her home in Assam’s Kamrup Rural district. But on the afternoon of August 4, Nessa, who suffers from acute respiratory syndrome, was waiting anxiously for a bus to ferry her to Mariani in Jorhat district, over 300 km away.
Army asks Pak to take back bodies of J&K intruders, Islamabad scoffs Vishnu Som, NDTV
The Indian Army has asked Pakistan to take back the bodies of five intruders who were shot dead in Jammu and Kashmir's Keran sector this week. The five men of Pakistan's Border Action Team or BAT were killed while they were trying to infiltrate into India and strike a forward post in the Keran sector, the Indian Army said on Saturday. Heavy cross-border firing is continuing in Keran sector, sources said.
Notice to Mehbooba on “illegal recruitments” in J&K Bank Peerzada Ashiq, Hindu
The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Sunday served a notice on former Chief Minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti asking her “to explain her position before it regarding the illegal recruitments in the Jammu and Kashmir Bank”. Meanwhile, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) detained Engineer Rashid, an MLA.
Kapil Mishra, AAP MLA from Karawal Nagar, disqualified from Delhi Assembly Zee News
Aam Aadmi Party's Karawal Nagar MLA Kapil Mishra was on Friday disqualified by Speaker Ram Niwas Goel as a member of the state assembly. The order was issued by Delhi Assembly said that rebel AAP MLA Kapil Mishra has been disqualified under the anti-defection law.
Chandrayaan-2 Orbit Successfully Raised for Fourth Time: ISRO NDTV
The fourth orbit raising activity for India's moon spacecraft Chandrayaan-2 was performed successfully at 3:27pm on Friday, the ISRO said. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said the orbit of the Chandrayaan-2 was raised to 277 x 89,472 km by firing the onboard motors for 646 seconds. All spacecraft parameters are normal, it said.
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Supreme Court to hear Ayodhya appeals from August 6 Krishnadas Rajagopal, Hindu
Efforts to mediate a final settlement between rival Hindu and Muslim parties in the Ayodhya title dispute cases had failed, a Constitution Bench led by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi said on Friday. Now the court will commence hearing the appeals from August 6 on a day to day basis.
New law on instant Triple Talaq challenged in Supreme Court Hindu
Samastha Kerala Jamiyyathul Ulama, one of the biggest religious organisations of the Sunni Muslim scholars and clerics in Kerala, on August 2 moved the Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of the triple talaq law, saying its only objective is “to punish Muslim husbands”.
‘Amrapali cheated homebuyers, sell their properties’, says Supreme Court; asks NBCC to finish projects Ashok Bagriya, Hindustan Times
The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the cancellation of registration of all companies under Amrapali Group and said the real estate firm’s properties will be sold to recover homebuyers’ money. Homebuyers, a bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra and Justice UU Lalit said, will deposit the rest of the money towards the houses in three months to be held in fixed deposit accounts in a bank.
Allahabad High Court sends notice to PM Narendra Modi on plea challenging his election to Lok Sabha Scroll
The Allahabad High Court on Friday issued a notice to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a petition challenging his election from Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency, PTI reported. The plea was filed by former Border Security Force constable Tej Bahadur Yadav, whose nomination papers to stand for the Lok Sabha election against Modi in Varanasi were rejected in May.
Five more rebel Cong MLAs from Karnataka move SC Pioneer
Five more rebel Congress MLAs from Karnataka moved the Supreme Court on Saturday against the Assembly Speaker not accepting their resignation. The five MLAs are Anand Singh, K Sudhakar, N Nagaraj, Munirathna and Roshan Baig.
Supreme Court orders commencement of work for phase-IV of Delhi Metro Mint
The Supreme Court on Friday ordered commencement of construction work on the Delhi metro's fourth phase, which is over 100 km long and is estimated to add around 18.6 lakh riders per day, after the Delhi government said it has agreed to give the go-ahead to the project.
SC refuses to entertain Cong's plea against separate bypolls for 2 Gujarat RS seats Business Standard
The Supreme Court Tuesday refused to entertain a plea by the Gujarat Congress challenging the Election Commission's decision to hold separate bypolls to two Rajya Sabha seats in the state.
Chopper scam: SC to hear Tuesday ED's plea against Rajeev Saxena's permission to travel abroad Pioneer
The Supreme Court Monday agreed to hear a plea by the Enforcement Directorate against the permission granted Rajeev Saxena, an approver in a money laundering case related to the AgustaWestland chopper scam, to travel abroad on medical grounds.
SC defers hearing on security of doctors, keeps open ‘larger issue’ of their safety Business Line
The Supreme Court deferred the hearing on a plea seeking protection of doctors in government hospitals, saying since doctors have called off their strike in West Bengal and other states, there is no urgency to hear the matter.
'Illegal purchase of govt land': SC stays HC order directing registration of case against Maha MLC Pioneer
The Supreme Court Friday stayed the Bombay High Court's order directing registration of a case against Maharashtra MLC and NCP leader Dhananjay Munde for alleged illegal purchase of government land. A vacation bench of justices Ajay Rastogi and Surya Kant sought response from the Maharashtra government on Munde's plea.
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
Corporate tax to be cut gradually, says Nirmala Sitharaman Mint
Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday said corporate tax rate for companies with over ?400 crore turnover will be gradually cut to 25%, and the government will support wealth creators. In her maiden Budget last month, she had cut corporate tax for companies with annual turnover of up to ?400 crore to 25% from 30% earlier.
PSU banks complete first round of ideation exercise Money Control
State Bank of India and other public sector lenders on August 18 completed the first round of bottom-up ideation exercise for further streamlining the banking sector to help the nation become a USD 5-trillion economy in five years.
FinMin asks PSBs to seek ideas from branches to streamline banking sector Mint
The Finance Ministry has asked public sector banks (PSBs) to initiate a month-long consultation process with officers at branch level to seek suggestions on streamlining banking sector to help the country achieve $5-trillion economy in five years.
Mukesh Ambani gets richer by Rs 29,000 crore in 2 days! Economic Times
Wealth of India’s richest person has been swelling like never before. Reliance Industries' promoter and biggest shareholder Mukesh Ambani got richer by close to Rs 29,000 crore since the company’s annual general meeting on Monday.
RIL announces India's biggest FDI deal; Saudi Aramco to pick 20% stake in its OTC biz Economic Times
Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani on Monday announced a deal with Saudi Aramco, which he termed as India's largest foreign direct investment till date. As per the deal, Saudi Aramco will acquire a 20 per cent stake in Reliance's oil-to-chemicals (OTC) business at an enterprise value of $75 billion.
Five more PSBs follow SBI, link deposit, loan rates to repo Economic Times
Despite RBI giving them more leeway due to their poor bottomlines, five more state-run banks Friday announced linking their lending and deposit rates to the repo to facilitate faster transmission, following their larger per State Bank, which had linked its deposits and loans to the repo from May.
Nirmala Sitharaman silent on withdrawing higher taxes for foreign investors Mint
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman gave no indication at a meeting with foreign portfolio investors on Friday that she would withdraw a proposal to raise their taxes, some of the investors said.
Government comes up with draft guidelines to protect online shoppers Sameer Dixit & Shubhodeep Chakravarty, Zee News
With an intention to safeguard the interest the Online shoppers and to empower them with strong rules, the government has come up with draft guidelines for the e-commerce sector. The draft guidelines focus on bringing transparency and accountability in the sector by putting a check on misleading information, harassment of online shoppers by the e-commerce players.
RBI imposes monetary penalty on eleven banks Economic Times
The Reserve Bank of India imposed monetary penalty on eleven banks for non-compliance with provisions of "Frauds classification and reporting by commercial banks and select FIs". Individually, the penalty on 11 banks ranges from Rs 1.5 crore to Rs 50 lakh. Overall, the combined penalty comes to Rs 8.5 crore.
Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance to buy Google-backed Indian company Dave McCombs, Mint
Reliance Industries Ltd. agreed to buy an Indian technology startup funded by Google, scooping up an inventory-management platform and adding to the list of smaller deals the conglomerate has assembled to take on Amazon.com Inc.
Rupee extends losses, trades near day's low at 70.46 per dollar Money Control
The Indian rupee has extended morning losses and trading near day's low on the back of selling seen in the domestic equity market and foreign fund outflows. It is trading lower by 87 paise at 70.46 per dollar against Friday's close 69.59 per dollar.
RBI imposes Rs 50 lakh fine on SBI Money Control
State Bank of India (SBI) on August 3 said the Reserve Bank has imposed a penalty of Rs 50 lakh on it for non-compliance relating to reporting of frauds.
Airtel to shut down 3G network by March next year Financial Express
Bharti Airtel will completely shut down its 3G network by the end of the current financial year and utilise the spectrum in the band to offer 4G services. The 3G customers will be shifted to the 4G network.
RBI bans NBFCs from charging loan foreclosure penalties Economic Times
The Reserve Bank on Friday barred non-banking finance companies from charging pre-payment penalties or foreclosure charges from individual borrowers. "NBFCs shall not charge foreclosure charges/pre- payment penalties on any floating rate term loans sanctioned for purposes other than business to individual borrowers, with or without co-obligants," the central bank said in a notification, without specifying from when the new ruels will be effective.
Andhra Bank back in the black, posts Q1 standalone net profit of Rs 52 cr Money Control
State-owned Andhra Bank returned to profit in the first quarter ended June 30, by recording a standalone net profit of Rs 51.56 crore as provisions for bad loans came down. The bank had registered a net loss of Rs 539.83 crore in the corresponding quarter of the previous financial year 2018-19. Sequentially, it had posted a net loss of Rs 1,233.61 crore in the quarter ended March 2019.
SBI profit falls below expectations, Kumar invokes the gods Economic Times
State Bank of India (SBI) swung to a profit from a year-ago loss but fell short of expectations, prompting chairman Rajnish Kumar to invoke divine intervention.
RBI slaps fine on eight public sector banks for violating norms Money Control
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) imposed monetary penalty ranging between Rs 1-2 crore on eight public sector banks for violating norms on fraud classification, bill discounting and monitoring of end use of funds.
PMO, FinMin discuss tax surcharge impact on market, FPIs; tweaks likely Economic Times
Prime Minister Office (PMO) and finance ministry’s top bureaucrats on Thursday held discussions over the suggestions and submissions by foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) regarding the surcharge issue, sources told ET NOW on Friday.
Sensex, Nifty log worst July in 17 years amid worries of a further slowdown Nasrin Sultana, Mint
Indian equities were under severe selling pressure in July because of worries over a slew of budget proposals and a further slowdown in the economy. The benchmark index Sensex was down 4.86% and the Nifty slipped 5.69% in July, the sharpest monthly decline since October last year.
  States Scan
Nine more telephone exchanges restored in Kashmir, internet snapped in Jammu Hindustan Times
Jammu and Kashmir authorities made 10 more telephone exchanges operational in Kashmir Valley on Sunday, but again snapped services of one of the 17 centres restored on Saturday, officials said. The authorities closed one of the 17 exchanges after reports that landline phones were being used for spreading misinformation campaign, they said.
15 Killed, over 12 injured in Truck-Bus collision in Maharashtra Swati Bhasin, NDTV
Fifteen died and more than 35 were injured when a truck collided with a bus in Dhule district of Maharashtra last night. The state-run bus was on its way from Aurangabad to Shahada when the collision took place, said police. The crash took place near Neemgul village, according to Dhule Control Room official AL Patil.
Delhi: Yamuna likely to cross danger mark tomorrow, people in low-lying areas asked to vacate Indian Express
The Delhi government on Sunday sounded a flood alert for the city and asked people in low-lying areas to vacate their homes as the water level in the Yamuna river is expected to cross the danger mark on Monday, East Delhi district magistrate said in an order.
High alert in Punjab after heavy rainfall forecast for next two days Times of India
Amid a forecast of heavy rainfall in the state in the next 48 to 72 hours, Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh on Friday night ordered a high alert and directed all the deputy commissioners to monitor the situation closely.
JKB scam's biggest fraud till now detected in Bengaluru Furquan Moharkan, Deccan Herald
"Anti Corruption Bureau, J&K registered a case vide FIR 17/2019 under section 5(1)(d) read with section 5(2) J&K Prevention of Corruption Act 2006, 120-B RPC at police station, ACB (CK) against management, officers & officials of the J&K bank along with beneficiary involved in financial irregularities/loan fraud worth 352.72 crore," the ACB said in a statement.
Karnataka CM Yediyurappa orders probe into alleged 'phone-tapping' of leaders, police NewsMinute
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Wednesday ordered an inquiry into the alleged phone-tapping of political leaders and senior police officers during the previous JD-S-Congress coalition government rule.
Rain fury in Ker: Death toll 76, 2.87L people in relief camps Pioneer
With rains subsiding in many parts of Kerala, search operations are underway in landslide hit areas of Kavalappara and Puthumala in Malappuram and Wayanad, even as the toll in the monsoon fury climbed to 76 and 2.87 lakh persons have sought refuge in relief camps.
Eid al-Adha prayers peaceful in Kashmir: Police Pioneer
Eid al-Adha prayers on Monday morning at various mosques in the Kashmir Valley concluded without any violence, police said. The authorities had on Sunday said people will be allowed to visit neighbourhood mosques to offer prayers. Large gatherings, however, were not allowed in any part of the Valley, an official said on Monday.
Former Congress MP Santiuse Kujur, Gautam Roy join BJP in Assam Zee News
In yet another setback to the Congress party, former Congress leaders Santiuse Kujur and Gautam Roy joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on Sunday. The two were formally inducted in the saffron party in presence of Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.
Prohibitory orders withdrawn in Jammu; schools, colleges to reopen Pioneer
The Jammu district administration on Friday withdrew prohibitory orders under CrPC Section 144 imposed here on August 5 in view of the Centre abrogating constitutional provisions that accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir, according to an official order.
Delhi government declares 2-day mourning for Sushma Swaraj TribuneIndia
The Delhi government on Wednesday declared a two-day mourning in the national capital as a mark of respect for senior BJP leader and former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, who passed away on Tuesday.
Six killed, 11 injured after fire breaks out at multi-storey building in Delhi's Zakir Nagar area Firstpost
Six people were killed while 11 sustained injuries after a fire broke out in a multi-storey building in Zakir Nagar on early Tuesday morning. The injured have been shifted to the hospital for treatment. The call about the fire in a four-storey building was received at 2:32 am after which fire tenders were rushed to the spot, fire officials said.
Heavy rain hits life in Mumbai again Hindu
Heavy rain in Mumbai and adjoining regions disrupted life for the second consecutive day on August 4, throwing train services off the track, disrupting air traffic and causing power outages in neighbouring Thane and Palghar districts.
Heavy rain hits life in Mumbai again Hindu
Heavy rain in Mumbai and adjoining regions disrupted life for the second consecutive day on August 4, throwing train services off the track, disrupting air traffic and causing power outages in neighbouring Thane and Palghar districts.
Zero bill for power usage up to 200 units, says Kejriwal Pioneer
A day after the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) slashed the fixed charges of the power consumers across the national Capital, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced free electricity to people using up to 200 units.
IMA strike: Resident doctors in Delhi to withdraw all kind of services Hindu
Healthcare services at government hospitals, including All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Safdarjung and Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital (RML) in Delhi, are likely to be severely hit with resident doctors deciding to withdraw all kind of services, including that of emergency department, on August 1 to protest the introduction of the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill in the Rajya Sabha.
84 rescued as fire engulfs Mumbai MTNL building Hindustan Times
The Mumbai fire brigade on Monday rescued 84 people after a fire engulfed third and fourth floors of a 10-storey Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) building in Bandra West. Mostly MTNL employees working on the building’s fifth floor and above rushed to its rooftop and were stranded there when the fire began at 3.11 pm. The rescue work was carried out using ladders that turn in any direction and have small platforms.
Lightning Strikes Kill 32 In Uttar Pradesh NDTV
As many as 32 people were killed in Uttar Pradesh due to lightning on Sunday, said officials. A day earlier, the lightning had claimed one life in the state, while two others had died of snake bites on July 18 and 20 respectively, the statement said. Thirteen others were injured due to lightning, the statement added.
‘Setting up separate township for Kashmiri Pandits a necessity’: J-K guv Satya Pal Malik Sunetra Choudhury, Hindustan Times
Jammu and Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik has attacked Kashmiri political leaders, saying they had lost the faith of their own people, citing the low voting percentage in their constituencies in the recent Lok Sabha elections. In an interview with Sunetra Choudhury, Malik also downplayed the impact of traffic being blocked in the Valley to give way to buses carrying pilgrims to the Amarnath cave shrine.
107 Bengal lawmakers will switch to BJP 'very soon', says Mukul Roy Divyanshu Dutta Roy, NDTV
As many as 107 legislators of Trinamool Congress, the Left and the Congress are in touch with the BJP, party leader Mukul Roy claimed on Saturday, vowing to bring down the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal. Several Trinamool leaders, both at the state and district levels, have lost confidence in the party and are fed up with the way it is functioning, he said.
Forced to chant Jai Shri Ram, beaten up, claim Unnao madrasa students Indian Express
Four madrasa students in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao district have alleged that they were forced to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’, and were assaulted when they refused to do so. According to the complaint filed by the principal of the Darul Uloom Faiz-e-Aam madrasa, Nisar Ahmed Miswahi, four men thrashed the four students on Thursday after they refused to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’, and were also given life threats.
Congress increasing BJP’s membership: Kerala CM’s jibe at party’s political crisis NewsMinute
“Just like little goats wagging their tongues when given fresh leaves and then following that bait, Congress leaders have gone. These people are the party’s leaders,” CPI(M) leader and Chief Minister of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan slammed the grand old party on Friday.
Mumbai airport suspends operation, traffic crawls as heavy rains lash city Hindustan Times
Heavy rains lashed Mumbai on Monday disrupting flights and causing traffic jams across the city, officials said, as the weather department forecast more showers in parts of Maharashtra. A spokesperson for the Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) said operations of flights were being temporarily suspended amid less visibility since 9.15am due to the heavy rains.
Won't tolerate mob lynching or any crime: Jharkhand CM Pioneer
Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das has asserted that there will be no discrimination on the basis of caste or religion while dealing with those involved in mob lynching or other crimes and anarchy won't be tolerated.
Milind Deora resigns as Mumbai Congress president Pioneer
Mumbai Congress president Milind Deora on Sunday announced his resignation from the post and said he was looking forward to play a role at the national level to help stabilise the party.
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Trump shows interest in buying Greenland, but Denmark won’t sell Mint
US President Donald Trump reportedly wants to buy Greenland, the world’s biggest island. Denmark, unsure whether the former property developer is joking, isn’t selling.
S Korea says N Korea has fired more projectiles into sea Hindu
The North has ignored South Korean calls for dialogue recently and is seen as dialing up pressure on Seoul to coax major concessions from Washington on its behalf. South Korea’s military said North Korea fired more projectiles into the sea Friday to extend a recent streak of weapons tests believed to be aimed at pressuring Washington and Seoul over slow nuclear diplomacy.
Resolve Hong Kong crisis humanely: Donald Trump to China Hindu
U.S. President Donald Trump has urged China to “humanely” resolve the violent stand-off with pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, on the back of growing concerns that Beijing is considering direct intervention in the crisis.
Pak court to take up terror financing charges against Hafiz Saeed on Sep 2: official Pioneer
An Anti-Terrorism Court in Pakistan will take up the terror financing charges against Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Jammat-ud Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed on September 2, an official said on Friday. The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab Police declared Saeed "guilty of terror financing" in the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Gujranwala district of the Punjab province on August 7.
North Korea threatens more launches after fourth test in 12 days Money Control
North Korea threatened Tuesday to carry out more weapons tests after it fired its fourth set of projectiles in less than two weeks following the start of joint exercises between the US and the South.
6 bomb blasts hit Bangkok as city hosts major security meeting Zee News
Six bomb blasts wounded at least four people at three sites in Bangkok on Friday, as the Thai capital hosted a Southeast Asian security meeting with top diplomats from the United States, China and other world powers.
Saudi Arabia lifts travel restrictions on women, grants them greater control Hindu
A series of royal decrees stipulate that a Saudi passport should be issued to any citizen who applies for it and that any person above the age of 21 does not need permission to travel. Saudi Arabia has allowed adult women to travel without permission and granted them more control over family matters, rendering a further blow to a heavily criticised male guardianship system at a time of heightened scrutiny over its human rights record.
North Korea fires missiles into sea, fresh nuclear talks in doubt Money Control
North Korea fired two short-range missiles early on Thursday from its eastern coast, South Korea's military said, the first missile test since leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed to revive stalled denuclearisation talks.
Snub for Imran Khan: No US welcome at airport, takes metro to Pakistan envoy’s house Hindustan Times
With his country in financial doldrums, Khan made it a point to travel by a commercial flight, Qatar Airways, instead of a private jet, to cut down expenses. When his flight touched down at Dulles airport, reportedly there was no high ranking US administration official to welcome him.
Minority congresswomen should apologise: Trump Hindu
U.S. President Donald Trump renewed his attacks on Sunday on four Democratic congresswomen he launched xenophobic tweets against last week, demanding they apologise “for the horrible (hateful) things they have said.”
'Won't allow air conditioning, TV for Nawaz Sharif in Jail': Imran Khan NDTV
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is on a visit to the United States, on Sunday addressed the Pakistani diaspora in Washington. During the address he said that former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif eats home-made food in his air-conditioned jail cell that has a television in it too.
'Not my America or your America, our America': Michelle Obama to Trump NDTV
Former first lady Michelle Obama added her voice Friday to the Democratic outcry following President Donald Trump's attack on four ethnic minority congresswomen, saying "there's a place for all of us."
US calls previous arrests of Hafiz Saeed ‘window dressing’, says it made no difference Hindustan Times
The Trump Administration Friday expressed doubts over Pakistan’s intentions in arresting terrorist Hafiz Muhammed Saeed, the mastermind of the 2001 Parliament attack and the 2008 Mumbai attack, saying his previous arrests made no difference either to his activities or that of his outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Trump says nationwide immigration arrests to begin Sunday Pioneer
The head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement said efforts to deport families with orders to leave the country will continue after an upcoming national sweep that President Donald Trump said would start Sunday.
‘Hidden hand’ behind Nawaz Sharif’s conviction: Pak judge who sent him jail Hindustan Times
A Pakistani anti-corruption court judge on Friday was directed to “stop working” after a top court asked the law ministry to remove him from the post following the surfacing of a video, which purportedly showed the judge saying that he convicted former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in a graft case due to pressure from “hidden hands”.
‘Attack on America will be met with great force’: Donald Trump threatens Iran Hindustan Times
US Donald Trump on Tuesday threatened Iran with “obliteration” in retaliation for an attack on “anything American”, angered evidently by Prime Minister Hassan Rouhani’s criticism of US sanctions as “idiotic” and the White House as “afflicted by mental retardation”.
U.S. sanctions on Khamenei has closed path to diplomacy: Iran Hindu
Iran said on Tuesday that the sanctions imposed by the United States on Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and other top officials in the country permanently closed the path to diplomacy between Tehran and Washington.
Blacklisting Pakistan absolutely a possibility: FATF president Sriram Lakshman, Hindu
There is “absolutely a possibility” that Pakistan could be on its blacklist after the international financial watchdog’s next meeting in October in Paris, the outgoing president of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), Marshall Billingslea, said on Friday. The comments were made at a press briefing at the end of the FATF plenary held in Orlando, Florida, an audio call of which was released to the press on Monday morning.
US was 'cocked and loaded' to strike Iran: Donald Trump Times of India
President Donald Trump said Friday the US was "cocked and loaded" to retaliate aginst Iran for downing an unmanned American surveillance drone, but he canceled the strikes 10 minutes before they were to be launched after being told 150 people could die.
Iran claims it shot down US 'spy' drone over its territory, America denies Zee News
Iran has shot down a US 'spy' drone over its territory after it violated Iranian airspace, its Revolutionary Guard said on Thursday. As per reports, a US-made Global Hawk surveillance drone was brought down by Iran Air Force in the country's southern coastal province of Hormozgan. Iran has identified the drone as an 'RQ-4 Global Hawk'. 
Donald Trump launches 2020 re-election campaign, calls US 'Envy of the World' News18
President Donald Trump launched his 2020 reelection campaign Tuesday, whipping up a crowd of at least 20,000 with a nationalist boast about the US economy being the "envy" of the world and warning that opposition Democrats want to "destroy" the country.
By 2027, India population to cross China’s: UN Indian Express
In just eight years, India is projected to surpass China as the world’s most populous country. According to estimates in a new United Nations report released Monday, India is also expected to add 273 million people by 2050 and will remain the most populated until the end of the century.
Donald Trump says US agency will begin removing millions of illegal immigrants Money Control
President Donald Trump said that U.S. authorities would begin next week removing millions of immigrants who are in the United States illegally.
Magnitude-6 earthquake in southern China kills 11 people, injures 122 Hindu
A strong earthquake that hit Sichuan province in southern China late on Monday night killed 11 people and injured 122, the local government said. The Yibin city government posted the casualty toll on its social media accounts on Tuesday morning. Xinhua news agency said rescue efforts were underway in the stricken area.
Lt. Gen. Faiz Hameed is new chief of Pakistan ISI Hindu
Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed would be the new chief of Pakistan’s powerful spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence. The Pakistan Army on Sunday announced a number of changes to postings of its top generals.
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