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Delhi Police arrests two, including a vegetable supplier, for spying for Pakistan’s ISI

The Delhi Police on Thursday said that two people have been arrested for allegedly providing classified documents to Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). The arrests have been made under the Official Secrets Act and one of the accused is from the Army. Notably, the police said that the Army headquarters has confirmed the ‘classified’ nature of...

Over a hundred farmers booked for sedition by Haryana Police—Here’ why

Over a hundred farmers have been charged by the Haryana Police for sedition after they allegedly attacked and damaged the official vehicle of Deputy Speaker Ranbir Gangwa during a protest. The farmers were protesting against the new farm laws and the members of the ruling BJP-Jannayak Janata party alliance. The police registered the FIR on...

Sidhu may be named Punjab Congress chief; Amarinder to remain CM

  Chandigarh: Former cricketer and Congress leader Navjyot Singh Sidhu is likely to become the state president of the party. Punjab Chief minister Amarinder Singh will continue to hold his position; however, he is likely to bring about an overhaul in his ministry. The internal feud between Sidhu and Singh seemed to be threatening Congress’s...

WHO says 23 million children globally missed basic vaccination in 2020, India’s coverage also declined

Around 23 million children missed out on basic vaccines through routine immunization services in 2020 – 3.7 million more than in 2019, according to the official data published on Thursday by WHO and UNICEF. Most of these – up to 17 million children – did not receive a single vaccine during the year, widening already...

‘UP’s Covid management unprecedented’: PM Modi heaps praises on Yogi govt

Varanasi: The Supreme Court may have issued a notice to the Uttar Pradesh government for allowing Kanwar yatra amid the looming threat of a third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. But, the state government has earned praises from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  On a visit to his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi on Thursday morning, Modi...

SC to examine the constitutional validity of sedition law, raises concerns over its misuse

The Supreme Court on Thursday questioned the government if the British-era sedition law was still required in India after 75 years of independence, terming the law as “colonial”. The remarks came from the Chief Justice of India NV Ramana as the apex court said it would examine the validity of the sedition law and sought...

Mehul Choksi secures bail on medical grounds, returns to Antigua on a chartered plane

In a major blow to the Indian government’s efforts to bring back fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi, the latter has been granted bail by the Dominica High Court to return to Antigua and Barbuda for medical treatment. Notably, the 62-year-old diamantaire has already landed in Antigua and Barbuda—a tiny Caribbean nation where he had been staying...

India reports 41,806 COVID-19 cases, 581 deaths in a day

The health ministry on Thursday informed that 41,806 fresh cases of COVID-19 have been reported in India in the past 24 hours. The addition of the fresh cases has taken the COVID-19 case tally past 3.09 crore. The ministry also informed that over 39.13 crore COVID-19 jabs have been administered so far. Of it, over...

RBI restricts Mastercard from adding new domestic customers from July 22

In a supervisory action, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Wednesday restricted Mastercard from onboarding any new domestic customers onto its card network from July 22. The action has been taken against the global payments and technology company for its failure to comply with the central bank’s directions on the storage of payment system...

Piyush Goyal to become the Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha

With Thaawarchand Gehlot becoming the new Governor of Karnataka, Union minister Piyush Goyal, who was so far serving as the deputy leader of Rajya Sabha, has been chosen for the position of the Leader of the House. The development comes ahead of the monsoon session of the Parliament that will begin July 19 and continue...

Cabinet approves DA, DR hike of 11% for central govt employees, pensioners

The Union government on Wednesday increased the dearness allowance (DA) for central government employees and dearness relief (DR) for pensioners from 17 per cent to 28 per cent. The 11 per cent hike approved by the Cabinet committee chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be applicable from July 1. The hike in DA and...

Calcutta HC orders EC to preserve all documents and devices linked to Nandigram election

The Election Commission (EC) has been directed by the Calcutta High Court to preserve all election papers, devices, video recordings and documents linked to the recently held election for the Nandigram Assembly seat. The court’s direction came on Wednesday in response to an election petition filed by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee challenging the...