National News SahilOnline, Leading news portal from Coastal Karnataka, bringing you latest updates from the Coast, State, Nation and the World, in Kannada, Urdu and English. National News Confident there is no case against Chidambaram: Salman Khurshid Senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid on Thursday termed the arrest of party leader P Chidambaram as 'deeply distressing' and said 'we are very confident there is no case against him'. It's being done just to divert attention from issue of Article 370: Karti Chidambaram on father's arrest Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram's son Karti Chidambaram on Thursday said that his father's arrest by CBI on Wednesday night in connection with INX Media case is being done just to divert attention from the issue of Article 370. People being killed in UP in fake encounters: Akhilesh Yadav  Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday accused the Uttar Pradesh government of misusing police for implicating people in false cases and killing them in staged gun fights. PM Modi begins three-nation trip, says engagements will strengthen India's relations with time-tested friends Ahead of his visit to France, the UAE and Bahrain, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the engagements will strengthen India's relations with time-tested friends and help explore new areas of cooperation. No immediate plan to withdraw troops from J&K: Union Minister The Centre has no immediate plans to withdraw security forces from Jammu and Kashmir, where Article 370 has been revoked, in view of the continued tension in the region, Minister of State for Home G Kishan has said. Dalit protest: Bhim Army chief arrested for 'rioting'  Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad has been arrested on charges of rioting and unlawful assembly and will be produced before a court on Thursday, a police official said.  Raj Thackeray reaches ED office with family in tow MNS chief Raj Thackeray, summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a money laundering case, on Thursday reached the agency's office in south Mumbai with his family members in tow. Insult of Dalit voices cannot be tolerated: Priyanka Gandhi Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra hit out at the BJP government on Thursday over police using batons to disperse Dalits protesting the demolition of Ravidas Temple in Tughlakabad area here, saying "insult" of Dalit voices cannot be tolerated. Chidambaram spends night at CBI headquarter which he inaugurated in 2011 Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram, as then union home minister had participated in the inauguration of the new Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) headquarters in Delhi's Lodhi Road area in 2011- the same building where he spent Wednesday night after being arrested by the Central probe agency. CBI books NDTV promoters Prannoy Roy, Radhika Roy for FDI rules violation The CBI has booked NDTV promoters Prannoy Roy and Radhika Roy and others for allegedly violating foreign direct investment (FDI) rules in a 2007-09 investment, an allegation denied by the company. CBI arrests Chidambaram in INX media case Former finance minister P Chidambaram was arrested here by the CBI in connection with INX media case on Wednesday night, officials said. Parle may cut up to 10,000 jobs amid slowdown, falling demand Parle Products Pvt Ltd, a leading Indian biscuit maker, might lay off up to 10,000 workers as slowing economic growth and falling demand in the rural heartland could cause production cuts, a company executive said on Wednesday. RSS opposes national anthem, tricolour, alleges Rajasthan minister Dhariwal Rajasthan Home Minister Shanti Dhariwal on Tuesday alleged that Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has always been a strong opponent of both the national flag and national anthem. India is afraid of speaking against Trump's offer to mediate on Kashmir: Owaisi Taking exception to US President Donald Trump offering to 'mediate' between India and Pakistan over the Kashmir issue, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Wednesday said by not responding to this proves that we are afraid of him and there is something wrong with our foreign policy. Indian Railways to enforce ban on single-use plastic from Oct 2 In a bid to eliminate single-use plastic in the country, Indian Railways on Wednesday directed all units to enforce a ban on single-use plastic, with less than 50-micron thickness, from October 2 onwards in its premises and trains. President Trump to discuss Kashmir with PM Modi at G7 summit in France US President Donald Trump has said that he would discuss with Prime Minister Narendra Modi the situation in Kashmir and help ease the Indo-Pak tensions when they meet at the G7 Summit in France this weekend. Adityanath shuffles ministry, inducts 18 new members Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister on Wednesday inducted 18 new members in his council of ministers, the first such reshuffle since the BJP government came to power in the state two and a half years back. SC refuses urgent listing of Chidambaram's petition seeking protection from arrest in INX Media case Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram, who is facing threat of arrest, failed twice Wednesday to get immediate relief from the Supreme Court which refused to grant him urgent hearing on his plea seeking protection from arrest in the INX media scam cases. HC gives Vadra four weeks to file rejoinder in plea to quash money laundering case The Delhi High Court on Wednesday gave businessman Robert Vadra four weeks to file a rejoinder to the Enforcement Directorate's (ED) reply to his petition seeking quashing of certain provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Chidambaram fails to get immediate relief in SC, case to be put before CJI A day after Delhi High Court dismissed the anticipatory bail plea of former Union Minister P Chidambaram, he approached the Supreme Court on Wednesday but got no immediate relief and was told that Chief Justice of India will take decision on listing of the case before appropriate bench. Is US Prez 'choudhary'?: Owaisi fumes over PM-Trump conversation on Kashmir AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Tuesday raised a question over the need to engage with US President Donald Trump on Kashmir, when the issue is to be resolved bilaterally by India and Pakistan. 'Under which law was he summoned?' asks Chidambaram's lawyer Soon after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had put up a notice outside P Chidambaram's residence to appear before them in two hours, the lawyer of the former Finance Minister and senior Congress leader requested the CBI not to take any coercive action until hearing of Chidambaram's plea in the Supreme Court at 10:30 am today. Disappointed at not being allowed to enter J-K, says Ghulam Nabi Azad Leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad on Tuesday expressed disappointment after being stopped and sent back from the airport in Jammu and said that it was "not right for democracy." Nalin Kumar Kateel appointed Karnataka unit BJP chief Three-time MP from Dakshina Kannada, Nalin Kumar Kateel was on Tuesday appointed Karnataka unit BJP president replacing Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa. Chidambaram seeks documents of suit filed by 63 moons Former Union finance minister P Chidambaram, who is facing a summons notice from the Bombay High Court in a suit filed by 63 moons technology company seeking Rs 10,000 crore in damages, has sought a copy of the plaint and other relevant documents from the firm. CNS Admiral Karambir Singh visits Western Naval Command  Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh made his maiden visit to the Western Naval Command here on Tuesday, the Navy said. Govt tries to allay fears on NRC, says non-inclusion does not mean declared foreigner In an effort to allay fears, the Union Home Ministry on Tuesday said non-inclusion of a person's name in the final list of NRC does not by itself amount to him or her being declared a foreigner and assured that adequate arrangements have been made for appeal against it. INX media case: Chidambaram moves SC after Delhi HC dismisses anticipatory bail plea Former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on Tuesday moved the Supreme Court against the Delhi High Court order rejecting his anticipatory bail plea in the INX Media case. Govt approves Rs 4,432 cr to Odisha, K'taka, HP for damage by calamities in 2018-19  The Centre has approved release of over Rs 4,432 crore to Odisha, Karnataka and Himachal Pradesh for the damage caused by natural calamities in these states during the last financial year. In a statement, the home ministry said a high-level committee, headed by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, has approved additional central assistance of Rs 3338.22 crore to Odisha for the damage caused by the cyclone Fani, Rs 1029.39 crore to Karnataka for drought and Rs 64.49 crore to Himachal Pradesh for avalanches and hailstorm during 2018-19. The funds will be disbursed from the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF). This additional assistance is over and above the funds released by Centre in the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) already placed at the disposal of states. During 2018-19, the central government had released Rs 9,658 crore to all states and during 2019-20, till date, it has released Rs 6,104 crore to 24 states from the SDRF, the statement said. In view of cyclone Fani, Rs 340.87 crore was released to O Chhota Rajan gets 8-year jail term in murder-bid case A Mumbai court sentenced gangster Chhota Rajan and five others on Tuesday to eight years of rigorous imprisonment in a 2012 attempt-to-murder case lodged against them by a hotelier. Special court judge A T Wankhede convicted the six under various sections of the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) and the Indian Penal Code. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 5 lakh on each of the accused. Hotelier B R Shetty was shot at in suburban Andheri when he was going to meet his friend in October 2012. Sonia, Rahul, BJP leaders pay tributes to late Rajiv Gandhi on his 75th birth anniversary Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi other leaders on Tuesday paid tributes to former late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 75th birth anniversary by offering flowers to his portrait in Parliament. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, BJP veteran L K Advani, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy and Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad also paid their tributes by offering flowers to the Gandhi's portrait at a brief ceremony in the Central Hall of Parliament. Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh paid their tributes to Gandhi on his birth anniversary. PM Modi to visit France, UAE, Bahrain; will discuss climate change, digital technology at G-7 Prime Minister Narendra Modi will embark on a three-nation tour of France, UAE and Bahrain from August 22 and also attend the outreach session of G-7 meeting at Biarritz in France in which he will focus on how India has been approaching issues of climate change and biodiversity while also showcasing how it has used technology to boost inclusive development. Prime Minister Modi will first reach France on August 22-23 for a bilateral visit during which he will discuss defence cooperation and regional and global issues with President Emmanuel Macron. India rejects Pak's claim of using water as 'weapon of war' amid Kashmir turmoil  Accusing India of waging "fifth-generation warfare", Pakistan said on Monday that New Delhi had failed to inform it about the release of water from a dam that could cause flooding across the border. India, however, rejected the claim saying that under the terms of a water treaty between the two nations it had informed Pakistan about the release of excess water late on Monday when it crossed a certain threshold. Relations between the neighbours, already hostile, have been further strained after India revoked the special status of the Jammu and Kashmir region. Pakistan reacted with fury, cutting transport and trade links and expelling India's ambassador in retaliation. Islamabad said the unexpected release of water into the River Sutlej that flows from India to Pakistan was part of an attempt by New Delhi to flout the longstanding treaty between the countries. Teachers should take classes, not agitate: Mamata Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has hit out at para-teachers for launching agitations demanding salary hike, instead of taking classes. Para-teachers, contractual educators in government and government-aided schools of the state, had recently staged a protest in Nadia's Kalyani demanding pay hike, following which they were allegedly caned by the police. "Para-teachers should know, I have great respect for you. You educate the young generation. But should you stop taking classes for joining agitations and wear black badges?" Banerjee said at an administrative meeting in Howrah on Monday. Mentioning that the para-teachers had been recruited by the previous Left Front regime, Banerjee claimed that after coming to power, her government had effected a substantial rise in their salary. "While they (para-teachers) were getting Rs 4,000 in 2011-2012, we increased it to more than double in 2018. Now just a year has passed and they are demanding another hike", she said. She regretted that para-teachers are even threatening to call a strike. Banerjee also announced regularisation of services of part-time and whole-time contractual college teachers. These teachers would be able to continue their services till the age of 60 and the gratuity would be increased from Rs one lakh to Rs three lakh. The state will name the part-time and whole-time contractual teachers of colleges as 'State Aided College Teachers' (SACT), the CM said. While those meeting the educational qualifications set by the UGC and with more than 10 years of experience would get Rs 30,000 per month and those having the requisite qualifications but with less than 10 years experience would be paid Rs 26,000. Teachers not fulfilling the UGC criteria but with above 10 years experience would be given Rs 20,000. Those with up to 10 years experience would be given Rs 15,000, Banerjee said. She said there are around 13,500 such teachers in different colleges, who will come under the SACT. From now on, college managing committees would not be allowed to appoint any contractual teacher without the approval of the Higher Education department, the chief minister said.  Veteran music composer Khayyam passes away at 92 Veteran composer Khayyam, best known for his music in classic films such as 'Kabhi Kabhie' and 'Umrao Jaan', passed away after prolonged illnesses at a hospital here on Monday. He was 92. The noted composer was admitted at the ICU at Sujay Hospital in suburban Juhu due to lung infection over 10 days ago. "He was admitted to the hospital a few days ago owing to breathing issues and other age-related illnesses. He died at Sujay Hospital at around 9.30pm," a family friend told PTI. SC grants time till Sept 6 to CBI to complete probe in accident case involving Unnao rape survivor New Delhi:  The Supreme Court Monday granted to the CBI time till September 6 to complete the investigation into the road accident in which the Unnao rape survivor and her lawyer were critically injured and two of her aunts killed. The apex court, which had earlier given two weeks to the CBI to complete the probe, extended the time while noting that the probe agency has done "extensive investigation" in the case so far. "We have perused the report of the CBI. This court, vide order dated August 1, 2019, granted an outer limit of two weeks to complete the investigation. On perusal of the report, we find that the CBI has done extensive investigation but some loose ends need to be tied up," a bench of Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose said. "Some of the investigation relates to collating and analyzing the material already collected, especially the electronic records. Most importantly the statements of the victim and her counsel who was driving the car could not be recorded till date, as they are both not in a position to make a statement," the bench noted in its order. While seeking four more weeks to complete the probe, CBI told the top court that statements of rape survivor and her lawyer have not been recorded yet and it wants to analyse certain electronic evidence collected so far during the probe. The court also directed the Uttar Pradesh government to pay Rs 5 lakh to the lawyer who is in a critical condition and undergoing treatment. The bench however took exception to some public statements made by the family members of the rape survivor in the media and said it might help the accused during the trial of the case. "If you have any grievances, feel free to tell us. We are here to help you. Some members of her family are going to the media. It may rather help the accused," the bench observed. At the outset, senior advocate V Giri, assisting the top court as an amicus curiae in the matter, told the bench that the lawyer injured in the road accident is still in a critical condition and he has been shifted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, for further treatment. "A lot of money is required for his (lawyer) treatment and attendance. Though treatment has been provided to him free at AIIMS, there are expenditure which needs to be made. We, therefore, direct the state of UP to pay a sum of Rupees five lakhs to the wife of the victim's counsel within three days from today," the bench said, adding that "the amount be adjusted against the compensation finally adjudicated". During the hearing, the bench asked, "Who is appearing for the CBI? You (CBI) have asked for extension of time (to complete the probe) in the ground that statements of the victim and her lawyer have not been recorded yet". Advocate Rajat Nair, appearing for CBI, said that the agency has filed an application in this regard. The bench has posted the matter for further hearing on September 6. On August 1, the apex court had directed Uttar Pradesh government to provide Rs 25 lakh to the rape survivor as an interim compensation. The top court had on August 2 directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to complete the investigation in the case within seven days, adding that the agency could avail additional seven days in exceptional circumstances, but in no case the time frame would be extended beyond a fortnight. It had earlier ordered transfer of all the five related cases in the matter to Delhi but later modified its order putting in abeyance shifting of the accident case till the probe was completed. The modification was done stating that due to shifting of the case, the local court was facing technical hurdle in passing orders of remand for the accused who are being arrested in course of the probe. The court had said the order transferring the accident case "shall remain in abeyance for the period during which the said case remains under investigation, which we have stipulated in the order dated August 1, 2019, to be completed in a maximum period of 15 days, preferably within seven days. The order dated August 1, 2019, is modified accordingly". The woman, allegedly raped by BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar in 2017 when she was a minor, is battling for life after a truck rammed into the car she was travelling in with some family members and her lawyer. Two of her aunts died in the road accident. She was airlifted from a hospital in Lucknow and brought to the AIIMS for better care as she continued to be critical. Hearing pollution matters regularly so that people can get clean air: SC   The Supreme Court on Monday said it is hearing matters related to severe air pollution in Delhi and National Capital Region "day in and day out" so that people, especially the children, could breath clean air. The apex court observed this while coming down heavily on the Delhi Transport Department, which has filed an affidavit raising objections over the Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) asking it to purchase five machines to identify polluting vehicles. The department requested the court to consider asking it to purchase "only one or two machines" for remote sensing technology to identify such vehicles. "Do not you think that people and children should live in a clean environment?," a bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta told the counsel appearing for the Delhi Transport Department. Release political leaders in J-K: Azad Former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah on Monday made a veiled attack on the ruling dispensation in the state when he suggested that Operation Lotus should be handed over for Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) enquiry. The opposition parties alleged that 'Operation Lotus' was the attempt by the BJP to form the government in the state by any means. On being asked about the phone-tapping case being handed over to the CBI by the Karnataka Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah said, "Yediyurappa has not said the truth. He said that on my request he has ordered a CBI enquiry in the phone-tapping case. But it is not true. What I said was that let there be an impartial enquiry. Whoever is involved in it, must be punished. I actually suggest that let Operation Lotus also be referred to CBI for a thorough inquiry." Criminal complaint filed against Shehla Rashid under sedition charges Supreme Court lawyer Alakh Alok Srivastava on Monday filed a criminal complaint against student leader Shehla Rashid, seeking her arrest for allegedly spreading fake news against Indian Army and the government. The complaint copy stated that Rashid is deliberately and intentionally spreading fake news with the intention to incite violence in Jammu and Kashmir and in other parts of the country. It further stated that her tweets are being shared by many Twitter users on international platforms, causing irreparable injury to the reputation of India. Priyanka slams govt over economic 'slowdown' New Delhi, Aug 19 (PTI) Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday hit out at the Modi government over alleged economic slowdown in the country, saying the Centre's "silence" over the matter is "dangerous". She cited media reports on economic slowdown and job losses to attack the government. "Government's absolute silence is dangerous. The work of companies has been ruined. People are being removed from their jobs. The BJP government is mum," Priyanka Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi. Who is responsible for this "major economic slowdown", she asked. Manmohan Singh elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan Jaipur: Former prime minister Manmohan Singh was elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan on Monday. He was declared elected unopposed as the deadline for the withdrawal of nominations for the bypoll ended at 3 pm. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot congratulated Singh on his election to the Upper House of Parliament. "Congratulate former PM Dr #ManmohanSingh ji on being elected unopposed as a member of #RajyaSabha from #Rajasthan. Dr Singh's election is a matter of pride for the entire state. His vast knowledge and rich experience would benefit the people of Rajasthan a lot," he tweeted. Returning Officer and Assembly Secretary Pramil Kumar Mathur made the announcement. The government's chief whip, Mahesh Joshi, received the election certificate on behalf of Singh. The former PM was nominated by the Congress while the BJP did not field any candidate for the bypoll, necessitated due to the death of Rajya Sabha MP Madan Lal Saini. The former PM had filed the nomination papers on August 13. Singh was a member of the Upper House of Parliament from Assam for almost three decades. He was a Rajya Sabha member for five consecutive terms from 1991 to 2019 and the country's prime minister for two consecutive terms between 2004 and 2014. His tenure in the Rajya Sabha ended on June 14 this year and he could not be renominated as the Congress party did not have the strength to send him to the Upper House from Assam again and there was no other vacancy left. Rajasthan has 10 Rajya Sabha seats. Remaining nine seats of Rajya Sabha from the state are with the BJP. Sangh should shed anti-reservation mindset: Mayawati BSP chief Mayawati on Monday asked the RSS to shed its "anti-reservation mindset", saying reservation was a constitutional provision and disturbing it would be an injustice. A day after Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat said there should be a conversation in a harmonious atmosphere between those in favour of reservation and those against it, Mayawati said such a debate would generate a dangerous situation of doubt which was not n Former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra passes away Former Bihar Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra died on Monday following a prolonged illness, family sources said here. The 82-year-old leader had been suffering from cancer and was undergoing treatment at the national capital, where he breathed his last in the morning, they said. Condoling his demise, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced a three-day state mourning. Chidambaram slams govt, alleges 'new normal' in J-K New Delhi, Aug 19 (PTI) Senior Congress leader and former home minister P Chidambaram on Monday hit out at the Centre over the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, alleging that there was a "new normal" in place. "Everything is normal in J&K. Schools open, no students. Everything is normal in J&K. Internet shut down once again," Chidambaram said. "Everything is normal in J&K. Mehbooba Mufti's daughter under house arrest. She asks why? No answer," he said. "If you are wondering what is going on, please understand, this is the new normal," he added. Jammu and Kashmir was placed under an unprecedented security cover and curfew-like restrictions on August 4, a day before the Centre revoked the state's special status under Article 370 and bifurcated it into two union territories, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. On World Humanitarian Day, Mamata alleges 'human rights violations' in Kashmir West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday alleged of human rights violation in the Kashmir region while asserting that the subject of human rights was very close to her heart. North India rains: Rivers in UP, including Ganga and Yamuna flow above danger mark Rivers in Uttar Pradesh, including the Ganga, Yamuna and Ghaghra, are in spate following heavy rainfall in neighbouring states. According to the Central Water Commission, the Ganga is flowing above the danger mark in Badaun, Garhmukteshwar, Naraura and Farrukhabad. Similarly, the Sharda in Palia Kalan and the Ghaghra at Elgin Bridge in Barabanki of UP are flowing above the danger mark. 15 killed as truck collides with state bus in Maharashtra Mumbai: At least 15 people were killed and 35 injured when a container truck collided with a state transport bus coming from the opposite direction in Maharashtra's Dhule district, police said on Monday. The accident took place near Nimgul village on the Shahada-Dondaicha road around 10.30 pm on Sunday, an official said, adding that the bus was headed for Aurangabad. Eleven people, including both drivers, died on the spot, he said. The injured were rushed to a state hospital in Dhule, the official said. The process of registering a case of accidental death was underway, police said. The bodies have been sent for post-mortem, he said. Instead of Uttam Pradesh, UP now known as Hatya Pradesh: Akhilesh Yadav takes jibe at Yogi govt Samajwadi Party leader and former Chief Minister, Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday hit out at Yogi Adityanath government in the state, saying that the state which should be known as "Uttam Pradesh is now known as Hatya Pradesh". 10 councillors rejoin TMC; 'BJP scared them with central agencies,' says WB minister State Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim on Saturday welcomed 10 councillors of the Naihati Municipality back into the TMC fold and alleged that they could have joined the BJP under duress. Yediyurappa is right in handing over phone tapping case to CBI: Shahnawaz Hussain BJP national spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain on Sunday applauded Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa's decision to hand over the phone tapping case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). BJP govt's negligence led to acquittal Pehlu Khan lynching case accused: Rajasthan CM Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Sunday said negligence by the former BJP government led to the acquittal of the accused in the Pehlu Khan lynching case and stated a fresh probe will be initiated. 51 years after it went missing, parts of AN-12 BL-534 Aircraft recovered A joint team of Dogra Scouts and Indian Air Force (IAF) on Sunday recovered parts of AN-12 BL-534 Aircraft that had gone missing over Rohtang Pass in Himachal Pradesh about 51 years ago. Talks with Pak only if it stops patronising terrorism: Rajnath Singh Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) will be on top of the agenda if talks are held with Pakistan in future, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Sunday, adding that dialogue will only be held if the neighboring nation stops supporting terror. EC wants legal backing to seek Aadhaar numbers to clean up voters list The Election Commission has asked the government to give it statutory backing to collect Aadhaar numbers of new applicants and existing voters to check multiple entries in electoral rolls. Appeasement politics behind continuance of Triple Talaq: Amit Shah Union Home Minister Amit Shah, on Sunday, said the politics of appeasement, which led to the Partition, was the reason for the continuance of the "evil practice" of triple talaq for so long. Chandrayaan-2 to land on lunar south polar region on Sept 7: ISRO  Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Saturday stated that India's indigenous moon mission - Chandrayaan-2 is on course to land on the lunar south polar region on September 7. "Hello! This is Chandrayaan 2 with a special update. I wanted to let everyone back home know that it has been an amazing journey for me so far and I am on course to land on the lunar south polar region on 7th September. To know where I am and what I'm doing, stay tuned," read a post on the official Twitter handle of ISRO. ​​​​​​​Chandrayaan-2 will explore a region of the moon wh Cong will become stronger under Sonia Gandhi's leadership: Adhir Ranjan Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Saturday said that under the leadership of interim president Sonia Gandhi, the party will become stronger. "Congress party has been associated with the Nehru-Gandhi family even before Independence. Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi have sacrificed their lives for India. In Congress, everybody respects this family. That's why when a leader is chosen from this family to run the party, the Congress workers across India feel overjoyed. It will be profitable for the party to have Sonia Gandhi has interim president," Chowdhury told ANI here. ​​​​​​​"We all have worked under her in the past. We will happily work under her. Also, w Gehlot orders reprobe into Pehlu Khan lynching case, to appeal against acquittals also Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Friday ordered a fresh investigation into the 2017 Pehlu Khan lynching case and decided to follow it up with an appeal against the acquittal of all six accused in the case by an Alwar court two days ago. Internet with 2G speed restored in Jammu, restrictions lifted in Rajouri after 12 days The snapped mobile internet service was restored with 2G speed on Saturday in Jammu district while restrictions have also been lifted in Rajouri district, an official here said. NCB seizes drugs worth over Rs 10 cr within first half of Aug The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) intensified the heat on drug traffickers in the run-up to the Independence Day, carrying out operations across the country that resulted in the arrest of 19 persons and seizure of drugs worth more than Rs 10 crore, officials said on Friday. India suspends Thar Link Express to Pakistan  India on Friday suspended the weekly Thar Link Express which connects Jodhpur in Rajasthan to Karachi in Pakistan, a railway official said. Malaysia To Question Zakir Naik For Comments Against Malaysian Hindus Malaysian authorities will summon controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik for questioning after he allegedly made racially sensitive remarks in the multi-ethnic nation, the government said on Thursday. Punjab on high alert after heavy rain forecast 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. Acquittal of the accused in Pehlu Khan Lynching Case is a big blot on Indian judiciary: SDPI The acquittals of the six accused in Pehlu Khan lynching case in Rajasthan in April 2017 has come as a shocker to the nation and a  big blot on Indian judiciary, said M K Faizy, the president of  the Social Democratic Party of India, (SDPI) in a statement issued by him. Pehlu Khan Lynching Case : Trial Court Acquits All 6 Accused An Alwar court on Wednesday acquitted all six accused in the lynching of Pehlu Khan, allegedly killed two years ago by a mob that set upon him while he was transporting cows. Haryanvi model raped by photographer in UP Haryanvi model was repeatedly raped by a photographer on the pretext of marriage in western Uttar Pradesh's Shamli district, an official said on Friday. Pakistan gets backing only from China at UNSC meeting on Kashmir With only China "openly favouring" Pakistan at the UNSC, a leading Pakistani newspaper on Friday commented that the top organ of the world body's current composition does not seem to favour Islamabad as the Council discusses India's revocation of the special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Ayodhya case: Photo of deities found at disputed site, Ram Lalla counsel tells SC The advocate for Ram Lalla Virajman, one of the parties in the politically sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri masjid case, on Friday told the Supreme Court that there were several pictures of deities found on pillars at the disputed site in Ayodhya. PM Modi Announces Creation of Chief of Defence Staff In a major decision, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday announced the creation of a chief of defence staff (CDS) as head of the tri-services. Kerala floods: Death toll mounts to 102, 59 missing As Kerala continues to battle monsoon fury, the death toll on Wednesday afternoon mounted to 102, according to a data of the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA). 'Will be based in Wayanad,' says Rahul as flood death toll in Kerala reaches 60  Congress leader Rahul Gandhi arrived on a two-day visit to Kerala this afternoon. He will visit his Lok Sabha constituency Wayanad, which is among the worst affected because of the floods that have claimed 60 lives. Taking to Twitter Rahul Gandhi said, "For the next few days I will be based in my Lok Sabha constituency, Wayanad that has been ravaged by floods. I will be visiting relief camps across Wayanad and reviewing relief measures with District & State officials." He is expected to visit relief camps at Kottakal in Nilambur, Mambad, Edavannappara and attend a review meeting at the Malappuram Collectorate, Congress sources said. Gandhi will visit the affected areas in Wayanad on Monday. Indian Railways announces free transportation of aid in flood-affected states Indian Railways on Saturday announced to provide free transportation of aid and relief measures in flood-affected Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala till August 31. "All Government Organisation across the country can book relief material for free of cost to Karnataka, Kerala and Maharashtra States. Other organisation as deemed fit by Divisional Railway Managers (DRMs) may also avail of this provision," an official press note said. "However, it may be ensured that shipper is District Magistrate/Deputy Commissioner in whose jurisdiction the dispatching/ receiving station is situated," it added. Cong demands Khattar's immediate dismissal over 'brides from Kashmir' remark The Congress on Saturday demanded immediate dismissal of Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and an FIR against him over the controversial 'brides from Kashmir' remark, with party leader Rahul Gandhi claiming his comments reflect what RSS training does to the mind of a "weak, insecure and pathetic man". Khattar hit back at Gandhi saying "weak, insecure and pathetic" are adjectives that people use for the Congress president as he accused him of "manufacturing statements". "Dear Rahul Gandhi ji, at least at your level, you shouldn't react on distorted news. I'm attaching the video of what I actually said, and In what context - this will give you clarity of mind," Khattar said on Twitter and also attached his complete speech to explain the context in which he was speaking. Gandhi, in a tweet, had earlier said, "Haryana CM, Khattar's comment on Kashmiri women is despicable and shows what years of R Sonia named interim Cong chief Sonia Gandhi was named interim Congress president on Saturday, returning at the helm after almost 20 months. The announcement was made Sunday night after Congress Working Committee (CWC) accepted Rahul Gandhi's resignation during its second meeting of the day. NDTV founders detained at city airport; Roys say fake case News television network NDTV's founders Prannoy Roy and his wife Radhika, facing an alleged corruption case, were prevented from flying abroad on Friday on the basis of a "preventive" lookout circular (LOC) issued by the CBI. 4 die, 5 injured as building collapses in Gujarat due to heavy rain Four people, including a one-year-old girl, were killed, and five others injured when a three-storey building collapsed in Nadiad town of Gujarat following heavy rain, officials said on Saturday. Nirmala Sitharaman silent on higher taxes for foreign investors: sources 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. CBI to search Arabian Sea for weapon used to kill Narendra Dabholkar The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday informed the Pune court that it has got a clearance from Maharashtra's environment ministry to conduct a search operation in the depths of the Arabian Sea to find out the weapon used to murder rationalist Narendra Dabholkar. Congress, CPI(M) share seats for Bengal bypolls after Lok Sabha debacle The Congress and the CPI(M) have sealed a seat adjustment for the upcoming bypolls in three Assembly segments in West Bengal to stop the march of the BJP and the Trinamool Congress in the state. 'Today it's Kashmir, tomorrow it can be Mumbai': Raj Thackeray slams Centre  Latching onto the clampdown imposed in Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370, MNS chief Raj Thackeray on Friday claimed that Maharashtra might similarly be disintegrated using force. Abrogation of Article 370 challenged in Supreme Court A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court against the Presidential order by which Article 370 was withdrawn from Jammu and Kashmir, seeking direction to declare it "illegal and unconstitutional". Heavy rains in Kerala claim 42 lives, over one lakh in relief camps As Kerala continues to battle the torrential downpour lashing its shores, death toll has risen to 42 in rain related incidents, including flooding and landslides, with over one lakh people moved to relief camps, officials said on Saturday. On Quit India Movement's anniversary, President receives book with rare photographs of Mahatma Gandhi President Ram Nath Kovind was on Friday presented with a book narrating life and times of Mahatma Gandhi through 500 rare photographs. Over 2.85 lakh displaced by floods in western Maharashtra Pune, Aug 9 (PTI) Over 2.85 lakh people have been evacuated due to the devastating floods in Western Maharashtra's five districts including the worst-hit Kolhapur and Sangli, with the death toll reaching 29 on Friday. The region is being pummeled by rain over the last few days, and major rivers including the Krishna and Panchaganga are in spate. Divisional commissioner Dr Deepak Mhaisekar said flood waters had begun to recede in Kolhapur and Sangli. "In Kolhapur, the water level has decreased by two feet and in Sangli it has decreased by 3 inches," he said. Two helicopters started dropping relief material in flood-hit regions on Friday, he said. "Still, connectivity is a major concern. We are hopeful that by tomorrow evening there will be connectivity in the region. It depends on the rainfall," he added. A total of 28 villages in Sangli and 18 villages in Kolhapur are completely surrounded by water and the only mode of reaching them is by boats, he said. A total of 1,34,119 and 1,11,365 people have been evacuated to temporary camps in Sangli and Kolhapur districts, respectively. In Satara district 9,521 people have been evacuated, 6,819 in Pune and 23,437 in Solapur. The government has decided to distribute compensation to flood victims immediately, Mhaisekar said. "We have received Rs 76 crore from the government. In cities, Rs 15,000 will be given per family and in rural areas Rs 10,000," he said. "The NH 4 (Mumbai-Bengaluru National Highway) is still shut for traffic and some 18,000 vehicles are stranded on the highway. Once it is opened, priority will be given to the trucks carrying essential things such as petrol, diesel, LPG and we have already brought such trucks forward," he said. Talking about the rescue boat capsize incident at Brahmnal in Sangli on Thursday, he said so far nine bodies had been recovered and nine people in the boat were still missing. A dozen more rescue teams of the Navy were being deployed in Sangli district, said a defence spokesperson. The teams left for Sangli on Thursday night by road after air- lifting was aborted due to the weather. An official in the Chief Minister's Office said the discharge from Almatti dam in Karnataka on the Krishna was increased to 4,50,000 cusec (cubic foot per second) from 4,30,352 cusec, which is expected to ease the floods upstream. By evening, the discharge would be 5 lakh cusec as decided by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and his Karnataka counterpart B S Yediyurappa, he said. Fadnavis briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the flood situation on Friday. A total of 34 rescue teams are working in Kolhapur and 36 in Sangli. These include teams of the NDRF, Navy, Coast Guard and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF). The state government drew flak for announcing that financial aid would be given to people in only those areas which were inundated for more than two days. Opposition Congress said the Government Resolution (order) should be scrapped. Amid tight vigil, people in Kashmir offer Friday prayers as restrictions eased; schools, colleges to reopen in Jammu After being confined to their homes for days, people in Kashmir offered Friday prayers in their local mosques as restrictions were eased for the purpose, officials said, adding the Valley was largely peaceful barring minor incidents of stone pelting in the apple-town of Sopore in north Kashmir. People, who have been virtually been kept indoors because of heavy security deployment in the wake of removal of special status for Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcation of the state, were allowed to go to mosques in their localities without being asked any questions by security personnel. With no untoward incident, the situation, as of now, was reported to be fine in the Srinagar city and south Kashmir, the officials said, but added that reports from all areas are yet to arrive. AAP govt will provide free WiFi in next 3-4 months: Delhi CM Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday announced that his government will start providing free WiFi to the people in next three to four months.  He said people will also get 15GB data every month. The Delhi chief minister said that the Cabinet on Thursday approved the free WiFi proposal under which 11,000 hotspots will be set up across the city in the first phase. Seventy Assembly constituencies will have 1,000 hotspots each while 4,000 hotspots will be set up at bus queue shelters. Pranab, Nanaji Deshmukh, Bhupen Hazarika conferred Bharat Ratna Former president Pranab Mukherjee, late Bharatiya Jana Sangh leader Nanaji Deshmukh and late singer Bhupen Hazarika were conferred the Bharat Ratna, the country’s highest civilian award, on Thursday. President Ram Nath Kovind gave the award to Mukherjee, Hazarika’s son Tej and Virenderjeet Singh, a close relative of Deshmukh, at a function held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here. President Kovind gives assent to National Medical Commission Bill President Ram Nath Kovind has given his assent to the National Medical Commission Bill, 2019, which was passed by both Houses of Parliament, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Thursday. "It will be notified in the Gazette soon. After that, rules will framed and the NMC will be constituted subsequently. All these will be done within six months," Vardhan said. "It is a huge and visionary reform in the medical education sector by the NDA government under the leadership of our visionary Prime Minister Narendra Modi-ji, and will prove to be a milestone in the years to come," he said. The minister said it is a progressive legislation which will reduce the burden on students, ensure probity in medical education, bring down costs of medical education, simplify procedures, ensure quality education, and provide wider access to people to quality healthcare. Azad being sent back to Delhi from Srinagar airport Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, who reached the Srinagar Airport on Thursday to visit his home and for party meetings, is being "sent back" to Delhi, a leader from his party said. "He is being sent back by 3.30 pm flight. He was to attend a meeting and visit his residence," said the leader, who did not wish to be named. Azad, a former chief minister of state and the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, boarded a flight early in the morning from Delhi and reached Srinagar airport. The party leader said that he was not allowed to go out of the airport. Celebrate I-Day with pomp: UP govt to madrasas Lucknow:  The Uttar Pradesh Board of Madrasa Education has issued an advisory to all madrasas in the state to celebrate Independence Day with traditional fervour, but the missive has not gone down well with the representative teachers' body. There are 16,461 madrasas in Uttar Pradesh. "You should direct all madrasas in your divisions and districts to celebrate Independence Day with traditional pomp and gaiety," said a letter sent by the board's registrar SN Pandey. The letter, sent to all deputy directors of minority department and district minority welfare officers on Wednesday, also asked madarsas to pay tributes to martyrs and acquaint students with contribution of freedom fighters. The letter advised them to promote good quality programmes and also send their report to the board. UP's lone Muslim minister Mohsin Raja said, "Madrasas will have to send within a week a report of the programmes on whose basis the government will award madrasa students."  "We have to create awareness among people about patriotism. Madrasa students should have love for the country," the minister of state for Waqf and Haj said. The advisory, however, did not seem to have gone down well with the Teachers' Association Madaris Arabia. When asked about the move, its president Diwan Sahab Zaman said, "Such letters were not issued earlier by the board every year. If district minority welfare officers seek a report, they will be provided with it but if any proof of the Independence Day celebrations is sought, we will object to it."  After Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath assumed office in 2017, such advisories are issued every year to madrasas and this is the third year that such a letter has been issued.  There is nothing new in it, Zaman said. He said since Independence, madrasas celebrated the day as it was a "matter of pride" for them. Besides flag hoisting and singing of the national anthem, the letter asked them to pay tributes to martyrs, highlight importance of Independence Day, presentation of national song by madrasa students, giving information about freedom struggle and its background and acquainting students with lives of freedom fighters. Tree plantation by students, cultural programmes on national integration and sport activities should also be held, it said. Kashmir is like a concentration camp: Cong leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury New Delhi:  The leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, said on Thursday that Kashmir has become like a "concentration camp" with additional troops deployment and snapped communication links, after the abrogation of provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution which accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir. "Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said from the Red Fort earlier that he would solve the Kashmir issue by embracing the people of the state and not by the bullet. But, going by the developments, Kashmir is like a concentration camp in the manner in which everything there has been shut down," he told PTI. Chowdhury said he had already stated in Lok Sabha that a clampdown had been imposed on Kashmir and the Amarnath Yatra stopped midway.  Internet services have been snapped, shops and businesses are closed and free movement of people has been stopped and locals are not allowed to congregate and are forced to remain indoors, he said. Political leaders have been put under house arrest and no political leader from Delhi is allowed to enter Kashmir, he said on a day former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad was stopped at Srinagar airport and sent back. The Congress leader said that after the government revoked provisions of Article 370 and divided the state into two union territories and Parliament gave its nod to the step, communication links are completely shut and other restrictions put on the people amid high concentration of security forces. Pakistan stops Samjhauta Express at Wagah New Delhi:  Indian crew members and guard escorted the Samjhauta Express from Wagah border to Attari after Pakistan authorities stopped the train on their side, sources said.  They said that Pakistan had stopped the train at Wagah border claiming security concerns, and passengers were stranded briefly.  "When we received the information from the Pakistani authorities at around 2:14 pm, we assured them that there are no security concerns and the train should come here. However, we also told them that if necessary an Indian crew and guard will escort the train to Attari," a senior railway official told PTI.  As per the latest information, the Indian crew had moved the train from Wagah and it is expected to arrive at Attari shortly. The Samjhauta Express, named after the Hindi word for "agreement", comprises six sleeper coaches and an AC 3-tier coach. The train service was started on July 22, 1976 under the Simla Agreement that settled the 1971 war between the two nations. On the Indian side, the train runs from Delhi to Attari and from Lahore to Wagah on the Pakistan side. Maharashtra police headquarters set for Rs 17 cr facelift The British-era building housing the Maharashtra Police headquarters here is all set to undergo repairs and renovations at an estimated cost of over Rs 17 crore, an official said on Thursday. Anyone can be brought along with money: Azad on Doval's Shopian pictures Reacting to the pictures and videos of National Security Advisor Ajit Doval's interaction with locals in Kahsmir's Shopian district, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Thursday said "anyone can be brought along with money". IMD predicts heavy rain in Goa; govt on 'high alert' Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Thursday said the state government is on "high alert" in view of the forecast of heavy rainfall in next few days, and people have been advised not to venture into the sea. Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman likely to get Vir Chakra Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who had shot down a Pakistani F-16 near the Line of Control (LoC) in February resulting in his capture and subsequent release by Islamabad, is likely to be decorated with the Vir Chakra, India's top military honour, defence sources said on Thursday. SC refuses urgent hearing on plea against Article 370 abrogation The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to accord urgent hearing to a plea challenging the Presidential Order on Article 370 which revoked Jammu and Kashmir's special status. Kolhapur flood: 51,000 affected, Navy teams mobilised The flood situation following incessant rains in western Maharashtra's Kolhapur continued to remain grim on Wednesday, affecting nearly 51,000 people and 200 villages and submerging over 340 bridges, officials said. Five rescue teams of the Navy were mobilised to provide assistance to those affected by heavy rains in Kolhapur and Sangli, a defence spokesperson said. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis reviewed the flood situation in various parts of the state and directed the authorities concerned to make adequate arrangements of food, drinking water and other essential items for those affected. "Around 204 villages out of total 1,234 in Kolhapur have been affected due to the floods. Total 11,000 families, comprising nearly 51,000 individuals, are affected and 15,000 people have been shifted to safer places," Kolhapur's resident deputy collector Sanjay Shinde told PTI. Last rites of Swaraj performed with full state honours The mortal remains of former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj were consigned to flames on Wednesday at the Lodhi Road crematorium here. Hundreds of people, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and veteran party leader L K Advani bade her farewell. Swaraj, who also served as the Leader of Opposition and chief minister of Delhi, was given full state honours after which her body was cremated in the electric crematorium.  Lift curfew and see repercussions in Kashmir: Ghulam Nabi Azad Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Tuesday said that there was a strong undercurrent against the Centre's move to abrogate special status to Jammu and Kashmir and the repercussions will be seen once curfew is lifted in the Valley.