Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Shiv Sena would form the next government in Maharashtra under the leadership of incumbent Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. The saffron party is expected to meet Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari later on Thursday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked the agriculture ministry to provide equipment to farmers of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to curb stubble burning. This is the first time Modi has directly intervened in the matter.
Finland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto on Thursday raised concerns about the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, and said India should allow United Nations observers and diplomatic missions to visit the region to get first-hand experience, The Hindu reported.
The Union Home Ministry on Thursday asked all states, in particular Uttar Pradesh, to enhance security ahead of the Supreme Court verdict in the Ayodhya case. The verdict is expected any day before November 17, when Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi retires.
The Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday asked Pakistan to remove an objectionable welcome video created for pilgrims visiting a Sikh shrine in Kartarpur in which Khalistani separatist leaders, including Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, are seen.
The Supreme Court on Thursday said some people are bound to suffer when restrictions are imposed to maintain peace. The top court was hearing a petition on the legality of the restrictions on movement and communications imposed in Jammu and Kashmir following the abrogation of its special status under Article 370 of the Constitution in August.
Twitter on Thursday responded to criticism of its recent decisions to suspend certain Indian accounts, claiming it had been impartial in enforcing its rules and was committed to transparency. The social media platform said it enforces its one set of rules “judiciously and impartially for all individuals – regardless of their belief or background”.
A senior official at the International Monetary Fund has called on the Indian government to be more transparent about its fiscal numbers, pointing out that it lags behind other Group of 20 countries in this regard. The world body’s Deputy Director Anne-Mary Gulde said India had missed its fiscal deficit targets in the last few years, and asked the Narendra Modi government to ensure “credible fiscal consolidation”. She made the remarks at a National Stock Exchange event in Mumbai on Wednesday.
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday told his party MLAs that he did not want to break the alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party in Maharashtra, but wanted it to keep its promise on sharing the chief minister’s post. He said the BJP had made such a promise before the Lok Sabha elections earlier this year.
High pollution levels were recorded in cities in South and East India on Thursday afternoon, with air quality ranging between “poor” and “very poor” in cities such as Chennai, Bengaluru, and Kolkata. While the air quality in Hyderabad was “moderate”, it was “poor” in cities such as Amaravati and Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.
Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi on Thursday criticised the Bharatiya Janata Party government for the state of the economy, and accused BJP leaders of not taking into account the suffering of people.
The Subramanya Nagar Police in Bengaluru have registered a first information report against a group of people who allegedly did not stand up when the national anthem was played in a movie hall. They have been charged under Section 3 of the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971, police inspector Sadananda M told The Hindu.
Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said the Bharatiya Janata Party will get the support of alliance partner Shiv Sena for government formation in Maharashtra under the chief ministership of Devendra Fadnavis, ruling out any possibility of his return to state politics at the helm of the government.
A man in Jharkhand’s Dhanbad district was lynched and another suffered serious injuries after a mob beat them up for allegedly stealing the battery of a truck on Wednesday. One of the two accused of the theft died on the spot and the other was taken to the hospital, the police said.
The Special Investigation Team investigating cases of sexual harassment and extortion involving Uttar Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party leader Chinmayanand has been accused of torturing the family of the 23-year-old law student who filed the complaint against the politician. The complainant is in jail at present along with three others for allegedly trying to blackmail Chinmayanand and attempting to extort Rs 5 crore from him.
CM Gautam, a first-class player who was part of three IPL teams, and his former Karnataka teammate Abrar Qazi were on Thursday arrested for allegedly accepting money to spot-fix in the scandal-ridden Karnataka Premier League.
The government of Goa on Thursday reversed its order a day after the tourism department announced that the Raj Bhavan would be closed to the public for “security reasons”. The order to shut the governor’s official residence for six months was issued after newly appointed Governor Satya Pal Malik took charge.
Pakistan Army spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor on Wednesday said that Indian pilgrims would require a passport to use the Kartarpur Corridor to visit the gurdwara. The statement contradicted earlier remarks that Indian pilgrims will not need a passport.
Justice (retired) BN Srikrishna, who has chaired a committee of experts on data protection, has told The Indian Express that he is alarmed by the surveillance of phones of Indian human rights activists, lawyers, journalists, and scholars by operatives using a WhatsApp spyware called Pegasus that was developed by an Israeli company reported. “If the reports are true, we may be sliding into an Orwellian state with Big Brother snooping on us, as depicted in the novel 1984,” Srikrishna said.
The chief judicial magistrate court in Haryana on Wednesday granted bail to Honeypreet Insan, the adopted daughter of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim, in connection with the 2017 Panchkula violence case. She was released from Ambala jail in the evening, said defence counsel RS Chauhan.
The India Meteorological Department on Thursday said that cyclone Bulbul was “very likely” to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm over the Bay of Bengal in the next 24 hours. It may head towards the coasts of West Bengal and Bangladesh, the weather department said.
Suspected North Korean hackers stole technology-related data from the computers at Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant, The Quint reported on Thursday. The cyber attackers, who deployed a malware designed for data theft, were backed by the North Korean government, said IssueMaker Labs, an expert group of malware analysts based in South Korea. “We have found that Nuclear Power Plant technology-related data has been taken,” Simon Choi, founder of IssueMaker Labs, said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi reportedly asked his council of ministers to refrain from making any out-of-turn statements on the Ayodhya case, multiple reports said on Thursday, citing unidentified officials. He also asked them to maintain peace and harmony in India once the verdict is delivered.
A delegation of Bharatiya Janata Party leaders, including Maharashtra unit chief Chandrakant Patil and state Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, is likely to meet Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Thursday. The deadline for the government formation in the state, which has been delayed so far as the BJP and Shiv Sena are locked in a power-sharing dispute, is Saturday, when the term of the 13th Assembly will end.
Train services in the Kashmir Valley are likely to resume from November 11, PTI reported on Wednesday. The services between Banihal and Baramulla were suspended after the Centre’s decision to revoke the region’s special status. Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan has asked railway authorities to inspect the tracks within three days. A trial run will be held on November 10.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday asked the Ministry of Agriculture to distribute equipment to farmers of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh on a priority basis to tackle stubble burning. Crop burning is considered one of the main reasons behind the rising level of air pollution in the Delhi-NCR region and other northern states. This is the first time Modi has directly intervened in the matter.
A special court in Pune on Wednesday rejected the bail pleas of six activists in connection with the Elgar Parishad case. Activists Rona Wilson, Shoma Sen, Surendra Gadling, Mahesh Raut, Varavara Rao and Sudhir Dhavle are accused of having Maoist links. The six accused had sought bail on the ground that the police had not produced any substantial evidence against them.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday welcomed the Supreme Court’s order directing authorities to provide financial assistance to farmers in the state to stop stubble burning. In a bid to save Delhi from the rising pollution levels, the top court earlier in the day asked the governments of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to provide operational expenses to small and marginal farmers so that they can hire machines to deal with crop stubble.
The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday asked the Bharatiya Janata Party government in the state to reconsider its decision to cancel Tipu Jayanti celebrations. During the tenure of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah of the Congress, the state government used to celebrate the 18th century Mysuru ruler’s birth anniversary every year on November 10. The BJP government led by BS Yediyurappa scrapped the celebrations after taking oath in July.
The British Broadcasting Corporation on Tuesday announced a list of ‘100 Novels That Shaped Our World’. A panel of leading writers, curators and critics compiled the list for the network.The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, The Moor’s Last Sigh by Salman Rushdie, Swami and Friends by RK Narayan, A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth and A House for Mr Biswas by VS Naipaul were the books by Indian writers on the list.
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday announced a special window, structured as an Alternative Investment Fund of Rs 25,000 crore, for priority debt funding of stalled housing projects. Sitharaman said the government would contribute Rs 10,000 crore to the fund. Banks such as the State Bank of India, and the Life Insurance Corporation will contribute Rs 15,000 crore. This will be an initial amount and more money may be added if necessary.
A former Indian Administrative Service officer who quit the service in August in protest against the “denial of freedom of expression to the people of Jammu and Kashmir” on Wednesday lashed out at the Union Home Ministry for filing a chargesheet against him. Kannan Gopinathan, who was the collector of Dadra and Nagar Haveli when he resigned, has been accused of insubordination.
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