Sources said with Rahul Gandhi unlikely to contest or change his stand, the election for the top post in the grand old party will witness a contest after more than two decades.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot is considered a frontrunner for the post as he is perceived to be having the backing and confidence of the present dispensation and is likely to be challenged by a G-23 member Shashi Tharoor, who has expressed his desire to contest. The poll process for the Congress president’s election will begin on September 22 with the issue of the notification, and the nomination filing will start from September 25 to 30. The election will be held on October 17 and the result will be out two days later.
Amid the heightened political hubbub, Haryana and Jharkhand Pradesh Congress Committees (PCCs) were the latest to join the chorus favouring Rahul Gandhi to take over as party chief.
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Four Ukrainian regions schedule votes this week to join Russia
Russian-controlled regions of eastern and southern Ukraine announced plans Tuesday to start voting this week to become integral parts of Russia. The concerted and quickening Kremlin-backed efforts to swallow up four regions could set the stage for Moscow to escalate the war following Ukrainian successes on the battlefield. The scheduling of referendums starting Friday in the Luhansk, Kherson and partly Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia and Donetsk regions came after a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin said the votes are needed and as Moscow is losing ground in the invasion it began nearly seven months ago, increasing pressure on the Kremlin for a stiff response.
Australia beat India by four wickets in first T20 International, lead three-match series
Punjab Congress questions AAP move to bring confidence motion
Punjab Congress chief Amrinder Singh Raja Warring on Tuesday questioned the AAP government’s move to bring in a confidence motion in a special Vidhan Sabha session on September 22 when nobody asked it to prove majority in the House.
“Enacting a theatrical confidence show, you cannot win the confidence of people that you have already lost by your various acts of omission and commission,” Warring said in a statement. “It is not the vote of confidence but the vote of low confidence,” he said.
The Punjab Cabinet on Tuesday approved the summoning of the special session of the state Assembly on September 22 to bring a confidence motion.
Pakistan gets second batch of six J-10C combat aircraft from China
Pakistan has received the second consignment of six J-10C fighter aircraft from China, which is being referred to as ‘Dragon from the East’ by the Pakistani Air Force. As per local media reports in Pakistan, the second batch of six China-made J-10C aircraft has arrived in Pakistan, taking the total number of such fighter jets to 12. Confirming the development, Pakistan Strategic Forum tweeted, “Pakistani local media (92 News) has confirmed the delivery of additional (2nd Batch) 6x J-10C to Pakistan Air Force, which takes total delivered J-10C to 12. Earlier, serial no. 22-101 to 22-106 (6x J-10C) were delivered, now if report is correct it will be 22-107 to 22-112.”
Court rejects bail plea of man who threatened to blow up UP CM
A Lucknow court rejected the bail plea of a Rajasthan man who had allegedly threatened to blow up Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath with a bomb.
The threat message was sent through WhatsApp on a police helpline. Sarfaraz was arrested from Rajasthan on August 12. Special Judge Dr Avnish Kumar turned down the bail plea and said that the case related to cyber crime and also connected to national and public security.
SP MLAs stage dharna in UP assembly over thwarted protest march
Samajwadi Party MLAs sat on a dharna in the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly for about two hours on Tuesday after their demand for summoning a police officer on the issue of privileges of members was turned down.
Agitated over the police stopping an SP march to the Assembly on the first day of the monsoon session on Monday, its chief whip Manoj Kumar Pandey raised the question of propriety and said party MLAs were proceeding peacefully towards the House but were stopped.
Show of strength?
Ashok Gehlot calls meeting of Rajasthan Congress MLAs amid buzz of contesting for party chief’s post
UK’s Truss says she’ll slash taxes despite economic crisis
UK Prime Minister Liz Truss said Tuesday that she’s ready to make “unpopular decisions” such as boosting bonuses for wealthy bankers in order to get the country’s sluggish economy growing. Speaking before an emergency government budget statement on Friday, Truss said tax cuts were key to spurring economic growth, even though they benefit the wealthiest more than the poorest.
“We do have to take difficult decisions to get our economy right,” Truss said. “We have to look at our tax rates. So corporation tax needs to be competitive with other countries so that we can attract that investment.”
Odisha Cong chief says leaders in favour of Rahul Gandhi becoming AICC president
Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) chief Sarat Pattnayak on Tuesday said the party’s state unit was in favour of Rahul Gandhi becoming the AICC president. Describing Rahul Gandhi as a ‘dynamic leader’, Pattnayak said Gandhi has acceptability among the people and is popular. “We in Odisha strongly demand Rahul Gandhi to take over the party as he is the best leader for the top post,” Pattnayak said. “I have been pressing for Rahul Gandhi’s leadership for the last two months. On behalf of the OPCC and all leaders of Odisha, I request him to take charge as the Congress president,” he told reporters.
Rights groups ask sponsors to press FIFA, Qatar on migrant worker compensation
FIFA’s partners and World Cup sponsors must urge world soccer’s governing body and the Qatari government to compensate migrant workers who suffered while preparing the nation for the event, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and FairSquare said on Tuesday. Qatar has faced intense criticism from human rights groups over its treatment of migrant workers, who along with other foreigners comprise the bulk of the country’s population.
More state units bat for Rahul as Congress chief
More state units of the Congress have passed resolutions backing Rahul Gandhi to take over as the party chief, amid hectic activities over the upcoming election of the new AICC president. Sources said with Rahul Gandhi unlikely to contest or change his stand, the election for the top post in the grand old party will witness a contest after more than two decades.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot is considered a frontrunner for the post as he is perceived to be having the backing and confidence of the present dispensation and is likely to be challenged by a G-23 member Shashi Tharoor, who has expressed his desire to contest.
Telangana reports 110 new COVID-19 cases
Telangana on Tuesday recorded 110 new COVID-19 cases, taking the overall caseload to 8,36,907. Hyderabad district reported the highest number of cases with 48. The bulletin said 129 people recuperated from the infection raising the cumulative number of recoveries till date to 8,32,070. The recovery rate stood at 99.42 per cent.
Brazil’s Bolsonaro calls for ‘immediate cease fire’ in Ukraine
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday called for an immediate cease fire in Ukraine, while criticizing sanctions against Russia over the invasion, as he addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Bolsonaro said Brazil does not see unilateral sanctions as the best way to handle the conflict, adding that a solution would only be reached through dialogue and negotiations.
Punjab to start paddy procurement from October 1
In view of the impending paddy procurement season commencing from October 1, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Tuesday reviewed the arrangements aimed at hassle free and seamless procurement of paddy. “Every grain produced with the sweat and toil of the Punjabi farmer shall be purchased,” he said while chairing a meeting.
Emphasising speedy purchase, the Chief Minister directed that purchase, lifting, and payment should commence from the first day of procurement itself and warned of strict action if any farmer is put to any inconvenience.
Global Fund gets powerful help with USD 18 billion funding goal
The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria will get some high-powered help this week to reach its USD 18 billion goal to fund another three years to slow the spread of these diseases. President Joe Biden will host The Global Fund’s Seventh Replenishment Conference, the public health partnership’s fundraising campaign, on Wednesday in New York. The start has been delayed by two days so that Biden, who has pledged USD 6 billion in US government support for the fund, could attend the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.
Australia opt to field in Mohali T20I, Pant misses out for India
Australia Captain Aaron Finch won the toss and put India to bat in the first T20 international being played at the PCA stadium in Mohali. The reigning T20 World Champions opted to bowl first apparently to take advantage of the dew factor.
This is the first match of the three-match T20I series being played between the two sides. Pacer Jasprit Bumrah is not playing in Mohali but Harshal Patel has made a comeback after injury. Wicket-keeper batter Rishabh Pant also misses out on the playing eleven for India. Umesh Yadav, who came into the squad as Mohammad Shami was diagnosed with COVID-19, is in the playing eleven.
India and Australia have faced each other 23 times in T20Is of which India have registered 13 wins while Australia have won on nine occasions and one match ended in a no result.
Light rain predicted for Delhi in next five days
The India Meteorological Department has forecast light rain and generally cloudy sky in the national capital over the next five days. Parts of Delhi-NCR witnessed light to moderate rainfall on Tuesday, leading to waterlogged roads and traffic jams in several areas. While the maximum temperature settled at 34.7 degrees Celsius, the minimum temperature was recorded at 24.6 degrees Celsius.
SpiceJet sends 80 pilots on 3-month leave without pay
Budget carrier SpiceJet on Tuesday said it has asked 80 of its pilots to go on a three-month leave without pay. The move is a temporary measure to rationalise cost, the Gurgaon-headquartered airline said.
Ministry of railway sanctions Rs 28.31 crore for Deoband-Rookie new railway line
Ministry of Railways sanctioned Rs 28.31 crore for the compensation of acquired land of four villages for the Deoband-Rookie new railway line, said Chief Minister’s Office on Tuesday. Ministry of railway sanctions amount of Rs 28.31 crore for compensation of acquired land of four villages for the Deoband-Rookie new railway line
Russia triggers plan to formally annex occupied Ukrainian regions
Two Russian-controlled regions in eastern Ukraine announced plans to hold referendums on joining Russia later this week and an ally of President Vladimir Putin said the votes would alter the geopolitical landscape in Moscow’s favour forever. The move, which seriously escalates Moscow’s standoff with the West, comes after Russia suffered a battlefield reversal in northeast Ukraine and as Putin ponders his next steps in a nearly seven-month-old conflict that has caused the most serious East-West rift since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.
Gujarati film “Chhello Show” is India’s official entry for Oscars 2023, says Film Federation of India.
WNBA players skipping Russia, choosing other places to play
Brittney Griner’s highly publicized legal woes in Russia and the country’s invasion of Ukraine has the top WNBA players opting to take their talents elsewhere this offseason. For the past few decades, Russia has been the preferred offseason destination for WNBA players to compete because of the high salaries that can exceed $1 million and the resources and amenities teams offered them. That all has come to an abrupt end.
Hero MotoCorp ties up with HPCL to set up electric two-wheeler charging infra
Hero MotoCorp on Tuesday said it has joined hands with Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd to set up charging infrastructure for electric two-wheelers in the country. As a part of the initiative, the two companies will first establish charging infrastructure
U.S. court awards millions to victims of Hezbollah rockets
A U.S. court has ordered the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah to pay millions of dollars in damages to a group of Americans who sued saying they were wounded by the group’s rockets during a war with Israel in 2006. The case was brought under the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act and alleged that Hezbollah caused the plaintiffs physical and emotional injury and damaged their property. The judge ordered Hezbollah to pay damages of $111 million to the plaintiffs.
RBI Governor at Global Fintech Fest: Covid period saw 427% rise in UPI transactions
We are working on phased implementation only the CBDC, We will first start on wholesale CBDCs and then move on to retail, said RBI Governor
Accused drug smuggler Praveen Kumar’s property on illegally occupied land demolished
Accused drug smuggler Praveen Kumar’s Haryana property on illegally occupied land demolished. He’s a drug smuggler & occupied govt land illegally, the construction on which is being demolished by us with co-operation from city Council following all legal procedures, DSP reported.
MoS MEA V Muraleedharan to pay an official maiden visit to the Republic of Djibouti on 21-22 Sept
MoS MEA V Muraleedharan to pay an official maiden visit to the Republic of Djibouti on 21-22 Sept. MoS will call on Djibouti PM Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed & hold talks with FM Mahmoud Ali Youssouf & other dignitaries on bilateral, regional & int’l issues of mutual interest: MEA
3 people with ISIS links have been identified by Shivamogga Police, says Karnataka Home Minister
Three people with ISIS links have been identified by Shivamogga Police. Out of them, two people have been arrested & search is on for the third suspect: Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra
Qutub Minar Prayer Row
Delhi’s Saket Court dismisses Intervention Application (IA) moved by a man claiming to be an heir of the erstwhile United Provinces of Agra and said the property of Qutub Minar belongs to him
Huge protests in Bengal by DYFI
Huge protests were held by DYFI (Democratic Youth Federation of India) workers, against TMC govt over corruption & the murder of Anis Khan, in KolkataStudent leader Anis Khan was allegedly murdered in Howrah on February 1.
BJP holds massive protest against Rajasthan govt for cattle deaths due to Lumpy disease
Villagers in Bihar’s Bhagalpur continue to bear the brunt as their houses get washed away in Ganga river due to unabated erosion
#WATCH | Bihar: Villagers in Bhagalpur district continue to bear the brunt as their houses get washed away in Ganga… https://t.co/Z3CkGsoEBb
— ANI (@ANI) 1663667591000
Noida Wall Collapse: Police arrested sub-contractor who supplied the labourers to the contractor
Police arrested sub-contractor Gul Mohammad from Sector 20 who supplied the labourers to the contractor. FIR being registered on basis of the family’s complaint: Gautam Buddha Nagar Police
‘Child pornography’: Swati Maliwal summons Twitter India Policy head, Delhi Police
Chairperson of Delhi Commission for Women, Swati Maliwal, has summoned Twitter India Policy Head and Delhi Police over tweets depicting child pornography and rape videos of women and children over the social media platform Twitter.
Fear, defiance as fighting rages in Myanmar’s north
Anti-coup fighters in Myanmar patrol the smouldering ruins of a burned village after what they say was a reprisal attack by junta troops struggling to crush resistance to last year’s military coup.
Russia, Ukraine agree to swap 200 prisoners: Recep Tayyip Erdogan
India promises Sri Lanka support through long-term investments
India said on Tuesday it would keep supporting Sri Lanka, mainly through long-term investments, after giving nearly $4 billion of financial help this year as its neighbour faced its worst economic crisis in more than seven decades.
BJP launches fresh attack on AAP over excise ‘scam’, links liquor trader with Kejriwal
The BJP on Tuesday claimed that a person close to AAP leadership was awarded liquor contract under its now-withdrawn excise policy, as it launched a fresh attack on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over the excise row.
Tamil Nadu will continue to lead the way in the framework of NEP, says Dharmendra Pradhan
Tamil Nadu has a great heritage in education. Tamil Nadu will continue to lead the way in the framework of NEP as it has always done: Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, in Chennai
Education should be in the mother tongue, says Dharmendra Pradhan
When we’re talking about National Education Policy, Tamil is a national language. Education should be in the mother tongue. I don’t see any reasonable opposition from anybody. Today, some friends are not in favour, gradually they’ll support, said Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.
Noida wall collapse: A sub-contractor who supplied labourers detained, says police official
I’ve directed strict action against the accused contractor and officers. I have also directed that the contractor be blacklisted for the future
– Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur on food being served to players from the toilet during a state sports competition in Saharanpur, UP
NIA arrested one accused for his involvement in the CPI (Maoist) case of Cachar District of Assam
NIA arrested one accused namely, Samrat Chakraborty aged 37 years from Mahispata, near Narayana School on Kalyani Expressway, North 24 Paragana, West Bengal for his involvement in the CPI (Maoist) case of Cachar District of Assam, NIA said.
With the advent of new film policies in the state, more films are being shot here now. We will also be establishing a Film city in the coming months, allotment of land for the Film city is done already
– LG Manoj Sinha
Kerala bus stand news
Bus stand where bench was split into 3 by locals as they allegedly didn’t want boys-girls to sit together while waiting, was demolished by Municipality. New bus stand to come up soon. Students reportedly protested the splitting by sitting on each other’s laps
Hijab Ban Case: SG Mehta says, the circular is in religion-neutral direction, uniforms must be implemented by students of all religions
Hijab Ban Case: Hearing to continue at 2pm
Hijab Ban Case: SC continues hearing the petitions against Karnataka HC verdict
SC continues hearing the petitions against Karnataka HC verdict which upheld the Hijab Ban in educational institutions. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the respondent, submits Karnataka Govt’s order recommending that all students will wear the prescribed uniform.
WB Assembly passed resolution y’day that CBI-ED being misused. CM had said, she thinks that CBI-ED actions aren’t being taken under PM’s direction but under provocation by other BJP people. Only she could say what is its political significance
– TMC MP Saugata Roy
Uganda declares 1st Ebola death since 2019, reports AFP
J&K LG Manoj Sinha inaugurates Kashmir’s first multiplex in Srinagar
With this inauguration, Kashmiris will get a chance to see movies on the big screen after more than three decades.
AICC General Secretary KC Venugopal urgently called to Delhi by Congress, sources
AICC General Secretary KC Venugopal has been urgently called to Delhi by Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi for organizational discussions. He was participating in the Bharat Jodo Yatra & is now coming to Delhi when the Yatra reached Pattanakkad, Alappuzha (Kerala), Sources revealed.
BJP Mayors Conference News: PM Modi calls for decentralisation of urban planning, says it should be done at state level
KKR to invest around Rs 3,580 crore in Hero Group’s renewable energy arm
Extortion case: Further summons to be given to Jacqueline, says R Yadav, Spl CP, Crime/EoW
Jacqueline was called for further interrogation. Her stylist Leepakshi also summoned but she couldn’t come. There were questions related to gifts given by Sukesh. Probe to resume once Leepakshi is back. Further summons to be given to Jacqueline: R Yadav, Spl CP, Crime/EoW
Maharashtra Panchayat Polls: BJP-Eknath Shinde camp, Uddhav-led MVA both claim victory
BMC imposes a fine of Rs 10 lakhs for unauthorized construction at Narayan Rane’s bungalow
Bombay High Court directs BMC to demolish unauthorized construction at Narayan Rane’s bungalow and also imposes a fine of Rs 10 lakhs, Petitioner’s Advocate Aditya Pratap revealed.
Noida Wall Collapse: 4 Dead & 9 injured in the incident
Unfortunately, 4 people died. 9 people were shifted to a hospital for better treatment. NDRF and Fire Brigade teams are conducting the last search mission. FIR will be lodged and action will be taken, said Alok Singh, Commissioner of Police, Noida
13 including 7 children killed as Myanmar army helicopters target school: Report
Noida Wall Collapse: Rescue operations underway
#WATCH | UP: Rescue operations underway in Noida Sector 21 where a wall collapsed this morning. DM Suhas LY says,… https://t.co/eERbgwe2rR
— ANI UP/Uttarakhand (@ANINewsUP) 1663653142000