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The Congress is keeping its heart and door open for Bihar Chief Minister and JD-U chief Nitish Kumar, in case he changes his mind on the eve of 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Kumar had severed ties with the RJD and the Congress grand alliance in Bihar in July 2017 to reunite with his old ally, the BJP.
But Congress strategists now sense a growing anxiety in the Nitish camp after gradual but persistent depletion in the BJP’s popular support.
The first public signs of Kumar’s restiveness with the BJP came on June 21, when the world marked the fourth International Day of Yoga. Despite being in alliance government with the BJP, Kumar stayed away from official Yoga Day celebrations noting that “yoga is a personal act and its public display is not necessary”.
On Friday again, JD-U joined the larger Opposition in questioning Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA Government at the Centre for soaring Indian deposits in Swiss banks. JD-U leader KC Tyagi said his party had thought that demonetisation would help retrieve black money from foreign accounts but here it was surging.
The Karnataka government on Saturday decided to appeal in the Supreme Court against the setting up of the Cauvery Water Management Authority and Cauvery Water Regulation Committee. The decision was made during an all-party meeting convened by chief minister H D Kumaraswamy at the Vidhan Soudha. Chaired by CM Kumaraswamy, the meeting also decided to raise the issue in Parliament.
Kumaraswamy had earlier asserted that the contentious issue with Tamil Nadu will be solved through mutual understanding and had also met actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan urging him to be a bridge between the two states in resolving the water-sharing dispute.
The Supreme Court, in its February 16th order, had directed the government to form the Cauvery Management Authority (CMA) within six weeks in a verdict that marginally increased Karnataka’s share of Cauvery water, reduced the allocation for Tamil Nadu and sought to settle the protracted water dispute between the two southern states.
Kumaraswamy had previously hinted that his government was not opposed to the Centre implementing the SC directions, but urged it to review some of the provisions.
After a 45-day summer break, all eyes will be on the Supreme Court in July as there is likelihood of a rain of important verdicts and hearings in the apex court, the most crucial being its decision on the validity of Aadhaar. At least 118 crore of the 133 crore population, who have already enrolled with Aadhaar and using their unique identification numbers for several purposes, would be anxiously looking up to the ruling of a five judge bench- —Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan-—which had reserved its verdict on May 10.
The same bench, before taking up hearing of petitions questioning validity of Aadhaar, had reserved its verdict in December 5 last year on a petition filed by the Kejriwal government seeking interpretation of Article 239AA of the Constitution, which demarcates powers between the Centre and Delhi government while giving the national capital a truncated statehood despite maintaining the Centre’s authority over its administration on crucial fields.
A bench of CJI Misra and Justices Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer will resume hearing appeals challenging an eight year-old verdict of the Allahabad HC, which had equally divided the Ram Janamboomi-Babri Masjid disputed site among three parties: Sunni Wakf Board, Ram Lalla (the idol) and Nirmohi Akhara.
Union Minister Satyapal Singh on Saturday stood by his claim that Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution of man was “scientifically wrong” and said that as a science student, he believes that his “ancestors were not apes”.
The junior minister in the HRD Ministry denounced those who attacked him over his comments and said “it’s not scientific temper to condemn the point of view of another person”.
“I am a science student and I have completed my PhD in chemistry. Who all were the ones speaking against me? And, how many people stood by me? We should be compelled to think. We get scared of the press. If not today, tomorrow. If not tomorrow, then in 10-20 years, people will accept what I said. At least, I believe that my accentors were not apes,” he said at a book launch.
“It’s not scientific temper to condemn the point of another person,” he said. Singh had a few months ago said Darwin’s theory of evolution was wrong and the changes need to reflect in the school and college curriculum, drawing flak. The ex-Mumbai police commissioner said he was “proud to be an educated politician”.
US President Donald Trump on Saturday said that Saudi Arabia’s King Salman had agreed to his request to ramp up oil production, a week after the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) already announced an output rise.
“Just spoke to King Salman of Saudi Arabia and explained to him that, because of the turmoil & dysfunction in Iran and Venezuela, I am asking that Saudi Arabia increase oil production, maybe up to 2,000,000 barrels, to make up the difference,” Trump announced in an early morning tweet. “Prices too high! He has agreed!”
Saudi authorities had no immediate comment.
Trump has repeatedly lashed out at OPEC on Twitter in recent months, piling pressure on Riyadh, a major ally, to boost output as he hopes for lower pump prices before mid-term congressional elections in November.
His latest comments come a week after ministers from OPEC — of which Saudi Arabia is the major member — had already agreed to raise output from July. Non-OPEC member Russia on June 23 also backed the effort, capping a week of tense diplomacy for the grouping that averted a damaging rift between arch-foes Iran and Saudi Arabia.
Having seen three separate incidents of lynching in the course of a day over rumours of child-lifting, the Tripura Police has started intensive community engagement programmes in cooperation with officials in the sensitive pockets.
The lynchings happened two days after an 11-year-old boy was found dead with cut marks on his body in Mohanpur, just 25 km from state capital Agartala, and rumours spread that his kidneys had been removed. The discovery of the body had led to a clash between residents and policemen, leaving more than 10 people injured on both sides.
Tripura Minister for Education and Law Ratan Lal Nath had visited the boy’s family the same day, June 26, and in a video, was heard telling a gathering that “the kidney was taken out of the boy’s body after making a round cut”. Nath also said “never had Tripura witnessed such an incident” and that the incident was linked to “kidney smugglers” with probable “international” connections.
The next day, Chief Minister Biplab Deb too visited the family, though hours later, he told the Assembly that the kidneys of the boy had been found intact in a post-mortem.
But by then, rumours of child-lifters being on the move had spread across several parts of the state. On June 28, three people were killed in different districts over suspicion of trying to kidnap children.
Defending his remarks, Nath says that whatever he said that night at the boy’s home was “in the interest of the people”. “The parents of the killed minor were saying that the kidneys were taken. Thousands of people who had gathered said that the kidneys were taken. There would have been an outburst had I said the opposite. My comments that night were to ventilate the sentiments of the family of the victim and the gathered crowd. It was to give importance to the sentiments of the parents and the crowd,” he said.
The CPM has demanded Nath’s resignation, saying his “irresponsible” statements had led to the killings.
Calling Nath “the pioneer of rumour-mongering”, the Congress has said it will seek a judicial inquiry.
Opposition by a Jain organisation stalled a maiden goat export flight from Nagpur to Sharjah on Saturday. The Akhil Jain Samaj, a representative body of the Jain community, opposed the proposed export of 1,500 goats, brought from Rajasthan to Nagpur, on the ground of “violence against animals”, with the state government tamely giving in and calling off the flight.
BJP Rajya Sabha MP Vikas Mahatme, who was behind the goat export idea, says: “There was opposition from the Jain community, so we have put off the programme. We will hold talks with them and will try to convince them about the economic potential goat export holds for Vidarbha region, particularly communities like Dhangar and farmers engaged in allied activities.
Defending their opposition, Richa Jain, the Maharashtra unit president of the Digambar Jain Mahasamiti, which is part of the Akhil Jain Samaj, said, “The Jain community is against all kinds of violence. The goat export would have brought a bad name to Nagpur, which is the city of oranges. It would bring us the curse of the animals. In Nepal, such butchering of animals brought a climate disaster sometime back.”
The District Magistrate of Kishtwar (J&K), Angrez Singh Rana, has asked admins of all WhatsApp groups operating in this far-off hilly area of Jammu and Kashmir to seek registration with his office within 10 days. He has warned that otherwise, the admins would be liable for action under the Information Technology Act, Ranbir Penal Code, the cyber crime law, any other law in force at the time of the violation, plus the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
The order follows a report by Kishtwar SSP Abrar Choudhary that WhatsApp groups were “circulating rumours, false information and unconfirmed or baked information”.
Rana says that Kishtwar was a “sensitive area” and circulation of rumours and objectionable material on WhatsApp groups was leading to a wedge between communities and resulting in a law and order problem. “It is not a curb on freedom of expression, but just a sort of warning to admins and their group members to be cautious while uploading any material,” he said.
The Unique Identification Authority of India’s (UIDAI)’s virtual ID system will kick in from today, allowing you to generate a 16-digit number that can be shared with telecom companies and several other service providers in case you do not wish to disclose your Aadhaar number for completing electronic know-your-customer (eKYC) formalities.
Sunday’s launch is only the first stage with the new tool, meant to protect your privacy, to be fully operational after August 31 when banks and other service providers will also have to roll out the VID facility.
Once a consumer shares his or her VID, the service provider will receive a UID token instead of the Aadhaar number. which was the case earlier. In addition, the government agency has also mandated sharing of limited details with all service providers. While the so-called global authentication user agencies (AUA) like banks or the income tax department (for issuing PAN) will receive all the details, telecom companies or e-wallet providers will only get access to a part of the details captured on Aadhaar, like name and address, or even the photograph.
While announcing that its system is ready for VID, UIDAI also gave time to service providers which are not fully ready to roll out the system. So, Sunday onwards, there will be a disincentive of 20 paise per transaction. This charge will be waived if the service provider is ready to migrate to the new system by July 31.
WhatsApp group administrators now have greater control over who gets to post on a group chat. The Facebookowned online messaging service introduced the new feature for group chats on Saturday. The administrator or admin can now enable a setting to either post messages herself or himself exclusively, or limit the privilege to a select few by making them admins in addition to themselves.
To enable this setting, one needs to tap on “group info” in a group chat, then tap “group settings” then “send messages” and finally select “only admins”.
Rajkumar Hirani’s latest directorial venture Sanju has given actor Ranbir Kapoor the biggest opener of his career, at Rs 34.75 crores.
The biopic on actor Sanjay Dutt’s life released this Friday, and raced to the top of the list of big openers this year, beating Padmaavat, Avengers: Infinity War and Race 3 in the process.
Starring a cornucopia of actors from Kapoor in the titular role, to Vicky Kaushal, Dia Mirza, Sonam Kapoor, Paresh Rawal and Anushka Sharma, among others, the film opened to mostly positive reviews. It was released in close to 4,000 screens across the country, and another 100 screens overseas.
The film has an almost clear run at the box office, with the next major title releasing on July 13 — Marvel’s Ant–Man and The Wasp, the second movie in the Antman franchise under the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
Teenager Kylian Mbappe scored two goals in four minutes to send France charging into the World Cup quarter-finals and Lionel Messi home with a thrilling 4-3 win over Argentina on Saturday.
The 19-year-old forward’s electric pace caused Argentina problems all afternoon and his twin strikes helped France overturn a 2-1 deficit and set up a quarter-final date with Portugal or Uruguay, who play later on Saturday.
While Mbappe was the most influential player on the pitch, Argentina’s Angel Di Maria and France full back Benjamin Pavard fought out a private contest for the best goal of the contest with two magnificent long-range strikes.
Di Maria’s goal cancelled out Antoine Griezmann’s early penalty to put Argentina on equal terms just before the break, while Pavard’s in the 57th minute levelled up the scores at 2-2 after Argentina had gone ahead through Gabriel Mercado.
Mbappe, the first teenager since Brazilian great Pele in the 1958 final to score two goals in one World Cup match, then took over to send Argentina slumping out of the finals before the quarter-final round for the first time since 2002.
Twice champions Argentina got a consolation through substitute striker Sergio Aguero in added time.
Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani scored a stunning brace to lead the South Americans to a 2-1 win over European champions Portugal in the World Cup round of 16 on Saturday and set up a quarter-final against France.
Cavani switched play with a long cross to Luis Suarez and continued his run to head home a pinpoint deep cross from the Barcelona forward and give Uruguay a seventh-minute lead.
Portugal defender Pepe made Uruguay pay for sitting back when he leapt unmarked to head in a cross from Raphael Guerreiro following a short corner to level the match at 1-1 in the 55th minute.
That was the first goal the twice World Cup champions had conceded in the tournament in Russia, but it took Cavani only seven minutes to put them back ahead. He curled in a first-time right-foot shot from Rodrigo Bentancur’s pass to beat Portugal goalkeeper.
India were held to a narrow 1-1 draw by hosts Netherlands but it was enough for the last year’s runners-up to enter their second consecutive final of the Champions Trophy hockey tournament on Saturday.
India scored through Mandeep Singh (47th minute) from a penalty corner rebound but the goal was nullified by Thierry Brinkman (55th) five minutes from the hooter.
Australia finished on top of the standings despite losing 2-3 to Olympic champions Argentina earlier in the day. India, which needed just a draw to progress, finished second.
As per the rules of the tournament, the top two teams will qualify for Sunday’s summit clash which is scheduled to be held at 19:30 IST.
The Dutch, needing a win to qualify for the final, pressed hard and earned three consecutive penalty corners but the Indian defence stood tall to deny them and eke out the draw and qualify for tomorrow’s final.
It will be a repeat of 2016 Champions Trophy final between India and Australia, where the Kookaburras came out victorious in the shoot-out.
World Champions India added another feather to their cap at the Al Wasl Sports Club in Dubai on Saturday, as they beat Iran 44-26, to be crowned champions of the Kabaddi Masters tournament.
Coach Srinivas Reddy’s men remained unbeaten in the tournament, winning all of their six matches, as they prepare for the Asian Games, later this year.
India started off the match at a fast pace in the early exchanges, with Ajay Thakur and Monu Goyat making carrying out the raiding responsibilities to perfection.
The Men in Blue, who have not had to face much competition in the tournament, made short work of the Iran defence, that has been quite strong so far. Thakur again topped the scoring for his side, leading from the front, as he scored 9 points.
India’s right cove Surjeet Singh has been a revelation this tournament, and he showed his form once again, notching up 7 tackle points in defence.
India’s top shuttlers P V Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth went down fighting in their respective singles semifinals to draw the curtains on the team’s campaign at the USD 700,000 Malaysia Open Super World Tour 750 tournament in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
First, Srikanth failed to match the overall superior game of former world no 2 Japanese Kento Momota, who has been in sensational form since making a comeback after serving a one year ban for illegal gambling.
Sindhu, too, met the same fate, against defending champion and world no 1 Tai Tzu Ying, who showed better technical acumen and physical ability.
Srikanth, who had reached world no 1 briefly in April, lost 13-21 13-21 to world no 11 Momota, who registered his 21st consecutive win, while Sindhu’s fight ended with a 15-21 21-19 11-21 loss to the Chinese Taipei player in a 55-minute match.
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