Heavy rain in several northern states have killed at least 28 people. Himachal Pradesh recorded its highest-ever rainfall for a 24-hour period since records began almost seven decades ago. Rains continued in Uttarakhand too, while Punjab and Haryana were on alert.
Reports said althought a fraction of primary schools in Jammu and Kashmir were opened on Monday, very few students attended. Restrictions had come into effect again on Sunday, and communication lines are still down in the state.
A 22-year-old woman was burnt to death allegedly by her husband and in-laws in Shravasti district of Uttar Pradesh. The incident took place on Friday evening after Sayeeda tried to file a police complaint against her husband for giving her divorce by uttering talaq thrice.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said that the water level in the Yamuna river was expected to cross the danger mark by the evening. He asked residents of low-lying areas to shift to temporary shelters set up by authorities.
Former Prime Minister and Congress veteran Manmohan Singh was on Monday elected to the Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan. He was declared elected unopposed as the deadline to withdraw nominations for the bye-polls ended at 3 pm.
Kerala nun Lucy Kalappura, who was expelled from her congregation for allegedly not complying with its guidelines, filed a police complaint on Monday after she allegedly found herself locked inside a convent by other nuns.
Afghanistan on Sunday strongly criticised a statement by Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States allegedly linking the situation in Jammu and Kashmir with peace talks in the country. Roya Rahmani, Kabul’s ambassador in Washington, said the statement was “reckless, unwarranted and irresponsible”.
The Indian Space Research Organisation on Monday said it will fire India’s second mission to the moon Chandrayaan-2’s liquid engine on Tuesday to put the spacecraft in an orbit around the moon.
Several political leaders visited former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley at Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences on Monday as reports claimed he continued to be on life support. Jaitley was admitted to AIIMS on August 9 after he complained of breathlessness and uneasiness.
The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena on Monday alleged that an Enforcement Directorate notice to its chief Raj Thackeray in a money laundering case was “political vendetta”. The summons were a part of its investigation into alleged money laundering in the Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services group.
The Supreme Court on Monday reiterated that its order approving the demolition of a 500-year-old Ravidas temple in New Delhi’s Tughlakabad area should not be given a “political colour”.
Former Bihar Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra died in New Delhi on Monday. Mishra, 82, was undergoing treatment for cancer in the city.
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday attacked the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government over job losses and the closure of companies because of the slowdown in the economy and said the government’s silence was “dangerous”.
A fraction of primary schools in Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir reopened on Monday but only a few students turned up, NDTV reported. Many schools closed their gates after opening in the morning, according to the report. “Some staff and teachers came, but students never did,” an employee of a well-known school in the heart of Srinagar told the news channel.
The Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister has recommended a Goods and Services Tax Council-like mechanism for the Centre and states to strategise public expenditure for maximum impact. “This [GST Council] was about indirect taxes,” the council’s Chairman Bibek Debroy said. “Time has now come for a similar body on public expenditure to do exactly what the GST Council did for taxes. This body should decide on what should be public expenditure.”
United Nations experts have expressed their concern over the impending evictions of thousands of allegedly illegal forest dwellers following a February 2019 Supreme Court order. Leilani Farha, the special rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, and on the right to non-discrimination in this context, called for a “national moratorium” on forced evictions, a letter sent by the UN experts to the Centre on June 19, said. The letter was released on Sunday.
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Sunday criticised Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s comment that any dialogue with Islamabad on the Kashmir matter would be restricted only to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Singh made the remark at a Bharatiya Janata Party rally in Haryana.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Sunday alleged that the negligence by the former Bharatiya Janata Party government in the state led to the acquittal of six accused by a Sessions Court in Alwar last week in the Pehlu Khan lynching case. “Pehlu Khan case was discussed, the negligence by the earlier government cannot be imagined, that is why accused were given the benefit of doubt by the court and were acquitted,” said Gehlot.
The Supreme Court on Monday granted the Central Bureau of Investigation two more weeks’ time to complete the investigation in the car crash involving a woman who had accused MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar of rape in 2017, PTI reported. On July 28, a truck collided with the car the 19-year-old was travelling in Uttar Pradesh’s Rae Bareli district. The teenager’s two aunts, one of whom was a key witness in the case, were killed.
A topper at the National Law University in Delhi on Saturday skipped an event where she was to be awarded a gold medal in protest against the handling of sexual harassment charges against Chief Justice of IndiaRanjan Gogoi, The Indian Express reported on Monday.
The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a petition filed by former Tehelka magazine editor Tarun Tejpal seeking to quash rape charges against him. The trial court in Goa was ordered to finish proceedings within six months. Tejpal is accused of raping a junior colleague in 2013 in a hotel elevator at an annual event organised by the magazine in Goa.
At least 28 people were killed and dozens were reported missing as heavy rain lashed Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Punjab on Sunday, NDTV reported. A flood alert was issued in parts of Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh as the Yamuna and other rivers flowed close to the danger mark.
Bihar MLA Anant Singh, who was booked under the Arms Act and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and Explosives Act on Friday, has claimed he will surrender in the next three to four days, ANI reported on Sunday.
The Central Bureau of Investigation booked businessman Ratul Puri, who is the nephew of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, and four top officials of Moser Baer in connection with an alleged case of bank fraud of Rs 354 crore, PTI reported on Sunday.
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Sunday said he would order an inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation into alleged phone surveillance during the tenure of the previous Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) government , PTI reported. Last week, the chief minister had ordered a police investigation into the alleged tapping of phones of politicians, police officials and journalists.
Former Haryana Chief Minister and Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Sunday supported the Centre’s Jammu and Kashmir decisions, going against the party’s stand on the matter. He said the party had “lost its way a bit” and was not the “old Congress” anymore, NDTV reported.