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Hours after Congress MLA Mamman Khan was arrested in connection with the July 31 Nuh violence, the Haryana government on Friday ordered the suspension of mobile Internet and the bulk SMS services in the district for two days. A government order in this regard does not mention anything about Khan's arrest though.

Supreme Court adjourns to October 4 hearing on the bail plea of former Delhi minister and AAP leader Manish Sisodia in connection with liquor policy irregularities case.

Three days after rolling out its first Parivartan Yatra' from south Chhattisgarh, the BJP will kick-start the second such mass-contact programme from the northern part of the state on Friday, intensifying its campaign against the ruling Congress ahead of the upcoming assembly polls.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday greeted engineers, saying their innovative minds and tireless dedication have been the backbone of our nation's progress. His tributes to them came on Engineer's Day, which is held to commemorate pioneering engineer and administrator M Visvesvaraya on his birth anniversary. He was born in 1861.

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CM Sukhu announces Rs 5,000 for 260 meritorious students of Classes 10, 12

Chief Minister Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu on Friday awarded 260 meritorious students of Classes 12 and 10 in a felicitation ceremony. He also announced Rs 5,000 for each of these meritorious students. Chief Minister Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu presided over the meritorious student felicitation ceremony-2023 of a daily newspaper.

CM Sukhwinder Sukhu said, "The state government is working towards bringing major changes in the field of education. Rajiv Gandhi Day-Boarding Schools are being opened in all the assembly constituencies of the state in a phased manner, so that the children at the rural level can face the future challenges with confidence. I had studied in a government school and success in life can be achieved only with self-confidence and strong willpower."

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Launch of test vehicle mission for Gaganyaan in a month or two, says key ISRO official

The first test vehicle mission of India's ambitious maiden human spaceflight venture Gaganyaan to validate the crew escape system will be launched in a month or two, a key ISRO official said on Friday. According to officials of the Bengaluru-headquartered national space agency, it would be the first of the four abort missions of the Gaganyaan programme. The first test vehicle mission, TV-D1, would be followed by the second test vehicle TV-D2 mission and first uncrewed mission of Gaganyaan (LVM3-G1). 

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HC imposes Rs 50 lakh penalty on WB govt for failing to transfer corruption probe to CBI

The Calcutta High Court on Friday imposed a penalty of Rs 50 lakh on the West Bengal government for failing to hand over the investigation from the CID to CBI and ED into alleged irregularities in a women's cooperative society. Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay had earlier ordered that the probe be transferred to the two central agencies and all the documents related to the case be handed over to them.

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SC asks all HCs to inform about status of virtual hearings

The Supreme Court on Friday sought the response of all the high courts and some tribunals on whether they have disbanded the hybrid mode of hearing cases, allowing lawyers and litigants to appear in a matter through video-conferencing as well.

A bench of Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justices J B Pardiwala and Manoj Mishra issued a notice to the registrars general of all the high courts and registrars of the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT), National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) and National Green Tribunal (NGT), and asked them to file an affidavit.

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Court adjourns Naidu's bail petitions to Sep 19 in Skill Development Corporation case

A local Court in Vijayawada on Friday adjourned the hearing of two bail petitions filed by TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu to September 19. Naidu, who has been remanded in judicial custody for 14 days for the alleged misappropriation of funds from the Skill Development Corporation, leading to a loss of over Rs 300 crore to the state government, had filed an interim bail petition as well as one seeking regular bail.

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20% poorest bear maximum brunt of price rise on daily basis: Cong slams Modi govt on inflation

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge slammed the BJP-led Centre on Friday on the issue of inflation, claiming that the 20 per cent poorest people in the country bear the maximum brunt of price rise on a daily basis.

Kharge asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi not to divert from real issues and to focus on reducing prices so that the sufferings of people come to an end.

"Don't talk here and there, talk about the real issues. By talking here and there, Modiji wants to divert the public's attention from 'looting by inflation'," the Congress chief said in a post in Hindi on X.

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Libyan city closed as search for 10,100 missing after flood on; 11,300 dead

Libyan authorities blocked civilians from entering the flood-stricken eastern city of Derna on Friday so search teams could look through the mud and wrecked buildings for 10,100 people still missing after the known toll rose to 11,300 dead.

The disaster after two dams collapsed in heavy rains and sent a massive flood gushing into the Mediterranean city early Monday underscored the storm's intensity but also Libya's vulnerability.

The oil-rich state since 2014 has been split between rival governments in the east and west backed by various militia forces and international patrons.

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Hemant Soren's plea against ED summons to be heard on September 18

The Supreme Court on Friday adjourned to September 18 the hearing on Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren's plea against the Enforcement Directorate's (ED) summons in an alleged money laundering case.

A bench of Justices Aniruddha Bose and Bela M Trivedi deferred the matter after it was informed that senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi would appear in the matter for Soren.

"I am requesting the matter be heard on Monday. Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi is leading us," a junior counsel said.

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Misfortune of J-K that youngsters getting killed when they should be planning their lives: Mehbooba Mufti

It is the misfortune of Jammu and Kashmir that youngsters here continue to get killed when they should be enjoying and planning their lives, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said on Friday.

The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, along with her daughter and media advisor Iltija Mufti, visited the residence of slain Deputy Superintendent of Police Humayun Bhat here to extend condolences to the family.

Bhat was killed in an encounter with terrorists in Anantnag on Wednesday.

"A young son of the parents was martyred, the world has ended for them. What can we say? How many times will we say that we condemn this? He (Bhat) will not come back through this act of condemnation.

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PM Modi greets Israel on Jewish new year

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday wished his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu and the people of Israel a happy Jewish new year.

"Shana Tova! Warmest greetings on Rosh Hashanah to my friend Prime Minister

@netanyahu, the friendly people of Israel and the Jewish community across the world. May the New Year bring good health, peace and prosperity in everyone's life," Modi said on X.

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PM Modi to launch 'PM Vishwakarma' scheme on Sunday

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch a new scheme "PM Vishwakarma" to help artisans and craftsmen and those engaged in traditional skills on the occasion of 'Vishwakarma Jayanti' on September 17.

A statement said it has been Modi's sustained focus to give support to people engaged in traditional crafts not only financially but also to keep the age-old tradition, culture and diverse heritage alive and flourishing through local products, art and crafts.

The scheme, first announced by Modi on Independence Day, will be fully funded by the Union government with an outlay of Rs 13,000 crore. Under the scheme, the prospective beneficiaries will be registered free of charge through common services centres using biometric-based PM Vishwakarma portal.

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Will extend date of summons to BRS leader K Kavitha by 10 days: ED to SC

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday told the Supreme Court it will extend by 10 days the date of summons issued to BRS leader K Kavitha in connection with the Delhi Excise Policy case.

The agency had issued the summons on Thursday, asking Kavitha to appear on Friday.

Additional Solicitor General (ASG) S V Raju, appearing for the ED, told a bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Sudhanshu Dhulia that Kavitha had appeared before the ED earlier and if she has any difficulty, the date of summons will be extended.

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Modi to inaugurate biggest housing project for economically weak sections in Maha's Solapur next month

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be inaugurating the largest housing project for economically weaker sections at Solapur, in Maharashtra, next month, a senior government official said on Friday.

The project at Raynagar in Solapur is spread over 100 acres and comprises 30,000 homes, of which 15,000 have already been built, Maharashtra's additional chief secretary Valsa Nair Singh said.

"The biggest economically weaker section housing scheme is now in the final stages of being built at a place called Raynagar in Solapur. PM Modi is coming next month to inaugurate it," the bureaucrat said, addressing a summit organised by industry lobby Naredco.

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Sena (UBT) MLA Ravindra Waikar, five others booked for cheating over construction of luxury hotel in Mumbai

The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Mumbai police has registered a case against Shiv Sena (UBT) legislator Ravindra Waikar and five others in connection with the construction of a luxury hotel in a western suburb, an official said on Friday.

According to the official, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had given land to the Supremo Club at Jogeshwari to run a sports facility but Waikar allegedly used his clout to obtain permission to facilitate the construction of a five-star hotel there causing loss to the civic body.

This amounted to a violation of the agreement with the BMC about the use of the land, he said.

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Karnataka: Govt makes reading of Preamble to Constitution mandatory in schools, colleges

The Congress government in Karnataka on Thursday decided to make it mandatory for schools and colleges, both government-run and private, to read the Preamble to the Constitution every day.

On International Democracy Day, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah attended a reading of the Preamble near the Vidhana Soudha, the state Assembly, on Friday.

Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar and fellow cabinet members Dr G Parameshwara, Ramalinga Reddy, Eshwar Khandre, KJ George, and Congress MLA Rizwan Arshad also attended the Preamble reading event.

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3 persons shot dead in clash between two groups in Patna

Three persons were shot dead in a clash between two groups in Fatuha area of Patna district in Bihar, police said on Friday.

The incident happened in Surga village around 10 pm on Thursday, said Senior Superintendent of Police Rajeev Mishra.

"It started over a trivial matter but turned bloody. Shots were fired from both sides, resulting in the deaths of three persons. One person was injured and is undergoing treatment at a hospital in Patna," he said.

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Russia expels two US diplomats, Washington vows to "respond appropriately"

The Russian government has expelled two US diplomats for allegedly maintaining contact with a Russian national who worked for the US Mission and is accused by Moscow of being an "informant," CNN reported. The two diplomats - Jeffrey Sillin and David Bernstein have been declared as "persona non grata," which implies that they have to leave the country within one week.

United States has condemned Russia's decision stating that Mosco was chosen "confrontation and escalation over constructive diplomatic engagement."

According to the Russian Foreign Ministry and the US Embassy in Moscow, US Ambassador Lynne Tracy was summoned to the Ministry on Thursday. Lynne Tracy was informed that the two diplomats - Jeffrey Sillin and David Bernstein have been declared as "persona non grata," which means they have to leave the country within a week.

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4 workers killed as service lift falls at under-construction society in Greater Noida

Four workers died Friday after a service lift had a free fall at an under-construction group housing society in Greater Noida West, also known as Noida Extension, officials said.

Five other workers suffered injuries and are hospitalised in critical condition, Gautam Buddh Nagar District Magistrate Manish Verma said.

The incident took place at the under construction site of Amrapali Dream Valley society around 8.30 am, Additional DCP (Central Noida) Rajeev Dixit told PTI.

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Less than 10% Indian arbitrators on international panels are women: CJI

Chief Justice of India (CJI) D Y Chandrachud has lamented that less than 10 per cent of all Indian arbitrators on various international panels are women, terming the situation as a diversity paradox.

The CJI was speaking at the inaugural session of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) South Asia Conference, 2023 on Thursday.

Justice Chandrachud hailed the fact that now various international arbitral institutions have curated regionally diverse panels of arbitrators.

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Around 22 nations exploring bilateral trade with India in rupee: Sitharaman    

Around 22 countries were negotiating and exploring bilateral trade with India in rupees, Nirmala Sitharaman, the South Asian country's finance minister said on Friday.

"About 22 countries are negotiating and approaching us to see if bilateral trade can be held (in rupees). It is also because many of... those countries are running short of dollar," Sitharaman told news channel NDTV during an interview.

First Published: Sep 15 2023 | 11:03 AM IST

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