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Pakistan troops repelled a cross-border raid from Afghanistan by hundreds of Pakistan Taliban militants on Wednesday, a senior official said, with extra forces rushed to the rugged frontier region. "They were in hundreds and were armed with light and heavy weapons. We were ready to face the attack and exchange of fire continued for some four hours," Mohammad Ali, deputy commissioner of Chitral district, told AFP.

India is the right country to hold the G20 Presidency, said UK PM Rishi Sunak in an exclusive interview to PTI. "We will work closely with India through its G20 Presidency to address biggest challenges facing world," said Sunak. India assumed the G20 presidency on December 1, 2022. About 200 meetings under different tracks of the bloc will be hosted across the country, culminating in the September 9-10 Summit. British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is very much looking forward to attending the G20 Summit in New Delhi in September, UK High Commissioner in India Alex Ellis has said.

Former President Ram Nath Kovind will on Wednesday hold the first official meeting of the "One Nation, One Election" committee at his residence in Delhi, news agency ANI reported citing sources. The Centre had formed an eight-member committee last week to explore the possibility of "One Nation, One Election" which envisages the holding of general election and state Assembly elections simultaneously.

Full curfew has been clamped in all the five valley districts of Manipur as a preventive measure from Tuesday evening, officials said. The cancellation of curfew relaxation hours in Bishnupur, Kakching, Thoubal, Imphal West and Imphal East comes in the wake of the call by the Coordinating Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI) and its women wing requesting people from all parts of the valley districts to remove an army barricade at Phougakchao Ikhai in Bishnupur district, a few kilometres away from Churachandpur, on Wednesday, officials said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to Indonesia to attend the 20th ASEAN-India Summit and the 18th East Asia Summit (EAS) on Wednesday. PM Modi will leave for Indonesia on Wednesday (September 6) evening and will return to New Delhi late in the evening on the following day.

The Delhi government has issued a gazette notification on the traffic restrictions imposed in view of the upcoming G20 summit. According to the gazette notification issued on Monday, all types of goods vehicles, commercial vehicles, inter-state buses and local city buses, such as Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses and Delhi Integrated Multi Modal Transit System (DIMTS) buses, shall not operate on Mathura Road (beyond the Ashram chowk), Bhairon Road, Purana Quila Road and inside the Pragati Maidan tunnel from the intervening night of September 7 and 8 to September 10.
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Punjab BJP expells four BJP leaders

Nimisha Mehta, Dalvinder Singh Dhillon, Kuldeep Singh, and Gurpreet Singh, from Garhshankar, Hoshiarpur for engaging in anti-party activities.
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G20 climate statements 'woefully inadequate': UN climate chief

Statements by G20 ministers ahead of a key summit are 'woefully inadequate' about addressing the climate emergency, the UN's climate change chief told, calling for stronger action from the nations responsible for most planet-heating pollution.
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UK to ban Russia's Wagner Group as 'terrorist' organisation

Britain is to ban Russian mercenary outfit the Wagner Group as a terrorist organisation, media reports said on Tuesday, quoting Home Secretary Suella Braverman. The UK was set to make the Wagner Group a 'proscribed' organisation under anti-terror laws, putting it on a par with Islamic State and al-Qaeda, a report in the Daily Mail said.
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China bans some govt officials from using Apple iPhones

Amid the escalating rivalry between the US and China, the Xi Jinping government has reportedly barred officials from using Apple iPhones at work, the media reported on Wednesday. Beijing has instructed some government staff to stop using iPhones through chat groups or meetings, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. Apple relies heavily on Greater China region for both manufacturing and sales of its iPhones and has a major chunk of its product manufacturing in the country amid its future plans to make India the next big manufacturing hub.
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The national capital is all decked up to welcome the delegates for the G20 Summit

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Anti Sabotage check mock drill was conducted ahead of the G20 Summit

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'India brings food safety net programs to forefront even more effectively under G20 presidency'

India on Wednesday said it has brought food safety net programs to the forefront even more effectively under its G20 Presidency and that the agriculture working group has come up with a "historic consensus" on two aspects including millets.

A top official of the Union Agriculture Ministry said it is historic because ever since agriculture working group was formed, food security and nutrition has always been a key priority agenda, but never ever agriculture ministers have come up with a standalone kind of declaration over and above the ministerial communique.

"This is really a historic moment where agriculture ministers have come up together to deliberate on the issue of food security and nutrition.

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One Nation, One Election: Home Minister Shah, Meghwal to meet Kovind

Home Minister Amit Shah and Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal would meet former president and head of the panel on simultaneous polls Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday afternoon, PTI reported citing sources.

On Saturday, the government had notified a high-level committee under Kovind to look into and make recommendations on the issue of holding synchronised polls to the Lok Sabha, state assemblies and local bodies.

While Shah is a member of the committee, Meghwal is a special invitee.

On Sunday, top law ministry officials had briefed Kovind and had sought to know how he would like to go about the mandate of the committee.

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Mayawati urges SC to take suo motu note of 'shallow politics' over Bharat, INDIA

Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati on Wednesday urged the Supreme Court to take suo motu cognizance of the "shallow politics" being done on 'Bharat' and 'INDIA' and ban all political bodies carrying the country's name.

Addressing a press conference here, Mayawati said, "Supreme Court should take suo motu cognizance of the shallow politics being done on 'Bharat' and 'INDIA' and ban all organisations, parties, and alliances formed in the name of the country."

The leader made the remark without clarifying whether she wanted ban on bodies formed with 'India' or 'Bharat' in their names.

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PM Modi asks ministers to download 'G20 India app' ahead of summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday advised all the ministers to download the G20 India mobile app ahead of the G20 summit to be held in New Delhi this week.

The advice came during PM Modi's interaction with the Council of Ministers meeting ahead of the significant G20 summit in New Delhi. The Prime Minister said that the app would help the ministers to interact with foreign delegates seamlessly.

The Ministry of External Affairs in India has launched the mobile application titled 'G20 India', marking a significant digital milestone ahead of the G20 Leaders' Summit to be held in New Delhi. The app offers users a comprehensive, interactive guide to event-related information. Features of the platform include a calendar for the G20 India 2023 event, resources, media, and insightful details about the G20.

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G20: Delhi Metro services to start from 4 am on all lines from Sep 8-10

Delhi Metro services will start from 4 am from terminal stations on all lines of the network on September 8, 9 and 10 in view of the G20 Summit, officials said on Wednesday.

Besides, parking facilities at Supreme Court, Patel Chowk and RK Ashram Marg metro stations will be closed from 4 am on September 8 till noon of September 11, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said. Read More


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7 persons booked for attack on BJP's Jan Ashirward Yatra in MP; minister claims attackers associated with Cong

Police have booked seven persons in connection with an attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party's 'Jan Ashirwad Yatra' in Madhya Pradesh's Neemuch district, state Home Minister Narottam Mishra said on Wednesday.

Mishra also claimed the attackers were associated with the Congress.

The yatra was attacked in Neemuch district on Tuesday evening and vehicles which were part of the march were vandalised by Congress supporters, Madhya Pradesh BJP president V D Sharma earlier alleged.

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FIR registered against news channel editor, media person over Kirit Somaiya video case

The Mumbai police have registered a first information report (FIR) against the editor-in-chief of a regional news channel and a media person for allegedly transmitting sexually explicit content in connection with the Kirit Somaiya purported video case, an official said on Wednesday.

Acting on a complaint by BJP leader and former MP Somaiya, the police on Tuesday registered the FIR against Kamlesh Sutar, editor-in-chief of Lokshahi news channel, and media person Anil Thatte, the official said.

Sutar said he has cooperated with the police and will continue to do so but the work of raising questions will go on.

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Covid body bags purchase 'scam': HC grants interim protection from arrest to ex-Mumbai mayor Kishori Pednekar

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday granted interim protection from arrest for four weeks to former Mumbai mayor Kishori Pednekar in connection with an alleged scam in the purchase of body bags for COVID-19 victims.

A single bench of Justice N J Jamadar while granting relief to Pednekar noted the case probe was on and at this stage custodial interrogation was not warranted.

"The issue of custodial interrogation can be considered during the final hearing of the matter. I am inclined to protect the liberty of the applicant (Pednekar) for a period of four weeks," the judge said.

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Maharashtra: Devendra Fadnavis, Ajit Pawar meet with CM Shinde

Deputy Chief Ministers of Maharashtra, Ajit Pawar and Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday met with Chief Minister Eknath Shinde.

Pawar and Fadnavis were spotted leaving Chief Minister Shinde's residence early this morning.

The meeting was held amid the current protests in the state over the demand of reservation for the Maratha community in education and jobs.

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Kovind to hold first meeting of 'One Nation, One Election' panel today

Former President Ram Nath Kovind will on Wednesday hold the first official meeting of the "One Nation, One Election" committee at his residence in Delhi, news agency ANI reported citing sources.

The Centre had formed an eight-member committee last week to explore the possibility of "One Nation, One Election" which envisages the holding of general election and state Assembly elections simultaneously. Read More
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INDIA Bloc's first Coordination Committee meeting in Delhi on Sep 13: Sanjay Raut

The first meeting of the Coordination Committee of the INDIA alliance will be held on September 13, the Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Sanjay Raut said on Wednesday.

Raut, while speaking to media persons here confirmed that the meeting will be held at Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar's residence in the national capital.

"The first meeting of the Coordination Committee of the INDIA alliance will be held on September 13 at Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar's residence in New Delhi," Raut said.

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SC agrees to hear Editor Guild's plea seeking protection from coercive action in FIRs lodged in Manipur

The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to hear during the day a plea by the Editors Guild of India seeking protection from coercive action in two FIRs lodged in Manipur against some of its members.

The matter was mentioned for urgent listing before a bench headed by Chief Justice of India D Y Chandrachud.

"We will take it up after admission (matters) are over," the CJI told senior advocate Shyam Divan, who mentioned the matter for the Guild.

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Arun Kumar Sinha, SPG Director passes away

Director of the Special Protection Group (SPG), Arun Kumar Sinha, passed away at a hospital in Gurugram early Wednesday, an official said.

He was 61 and had been unwell for the past few months.

Sinha was a 1987 batch Kerala cadre IPS Officer and serving as SPG Director since 2016.

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7 killed, 12 injured in road accident in Assam's Tinsukia

At least seven people were killed and 12 injured in a road accident in Assam's Tinsukia last night, police said on Wednesday.

The incident took place late Tuesday night in the Kakopathar area where a speedy truck hit a Tata Magic vehicle where the deceased and injured persons were travelling.

Bibhas Das, Additional Superintendent of Police of Tinsukia district told ANI over the phone that, seven persons had died in the incident.

"A total of 12 persons were injured in the incident and they were rushed to hospital. We have detained the truck driver," Bibhas Das said.

First Published: Sep 06 2023 | 09:29 AM IST

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