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UP Assembly Elections Live Updates: AAP promises free electricity for farmers, waiver of pending bills and 24×7 power supply


Addressing a press conference, AAP leader and Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia drew parallels between the power consumption cost in the national capital with that of neighbouring Uttar Pradesh.

AAP had made the same poll promises in Goa and Uttarakhand as well.

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Taliban continues to torture, kill journalists in Afghanistan

Contrary to the promises made by the Taliban of respecting human values, the group continues to violate the basic human rights of media personnel as they are being harassed, tortured, and killed. Journalists are scared; feeling hopeless as the spirit of journalism they built in the past two decades is ceasing to exist now, reported Al Arabiya Post. There has been a change in the content being shown on private TV channels. Critical news bulletins, political debates, entertainment and music shows, foreign dramas are replaced with programmes tailored to the Taliban government.

Kusal Perera doubtful for T20 World Cup after sustaining hamstring injury

Sri Lanka batsman Kusal Perera is doubtful for the upcoming T20 World Cup after sustaining a hamstring injury during the side’s third T20I against South Africa. Perera was seen struggling with his hamstring while running between the wickets during his innings. Allrounder Lahiru Madushanka is also out of the World Cup, after fracturing his collarbone while fielding in the same match.Sri Lanka Squad: Dasun Shanaka (c), Dhananjaya De Silva, Kusal Janith Perera, Dinesh Chandimal, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Charith Asalanka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Kamindu Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Nuwan Pradeep, Dushmantha Chameera, Praveen Jayawickrema, Lahiru Madushanka, Maheesh Theekshana.Reserves: Lahiru Kumara, Binura Fernando, Akila Dananjaya, Pulina Tharanga.

ED summons Jacqueline Fernandes once again for questioning in connection with money laundering case Sukesh case

Punjab orders high alert following arrest of members of ISI-backed terrorist module

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has ordered high alert in the state following the arrest of four more members of an ISI-backed terrorist module involved in a bid to blow up an oil tanker with an IED tiffin bomb last month, making it the fourth case of a Pakistani terror module being busted in the state in the past 40 days.

Imran Khan bats for Taliban, says ‘incentivize’ them on women’s rights, inclusive govt

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is batting for the Taliban to develop a consensus that would lead to recognition of the new caretaker government of the “Islamic Emirate” in Afghanistan. Speaking to CNN, in the first interview with an international news organization since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan last month, Khan said that the best way forward for peace and stability in Afghanistan is to engage with the Taliban and “incentivize” them on issues such as women’s rights and inclusive government.

Gujarat Cabinet Reshuffle

  • Rajendra Trivedi – Raopura, Vadodara
  • Jitu Vaghani – Bhavnagar West
  • Rushikesh Patel – Visnagar, Mehsana
  • Raghavji Patel – Jamnagar Rural
  • Prunesh Modi – Surat West
  • Kanubhai Desai – Pardi, Valsad
  • Kiritsinh Rana – Limbdi, Surendranagar
  • Naresh Patel – Gandevi, Navsari
  • Pradip Parmar – Asarwa, Ahmedabad
  • Arjunsinh Chauhan – Mehemdabad, Kheda


Ministers of State:

  • Mukesh Patel – Olpad, Surat
  • Nimisha Suthar – Morvahadaf, Panchmahal
  • Arvind Raiyani – Rajkot East
  • Kuber Dindor – Santrampur, Mahisagar
  • Kirtisinh Vaghela – Kankrej, Banaskantha
  • Gajendrasinh Parmar – Prantij, Sabarkantha
  • Raghavji Makwana – Mahuva, Bhavnagar
  • Vinod Moradiya – Katargam, Surat
  • Devabhai Malav – Keshod, Junagadh


Independent Charge:

  • Harsh Sanghvi – Majura, Surat
  • Jagdish Panchal – Nikol, Ahmedabad
  • Brijesh Merja – Morbi
  • Jitu Chaudhari – Kaprada, Valsad
  • Manisha Vakil – Vadodara City

Crime Branch quizzes BJP leader Surendran in election bribery case

The Crime Branch wing of the Kerala police on Thursday questioned BJP state president K Surendran in a case registered against him on the allegations that he had “bribed” a rival candidate with a similar name to withdraw his nomination from the Manjeshwaram constituency in the last state Assembly elections. Talking to reporters after over an hour long interrogation at the guest house, Surendran alleged that the case against him was politically motivated but cooperated with the investigation as he respects the rule of law. Sundara, a BSP candidate of Manjeshwaram constituency in the district and a namesake of Surendran, had on March 22 withdrawn his nomination papers thereby giving an edge to the BJP chief. Surendran, however, lost the election.

We are resuming classes for Standard 1st to 3rd from 20th September. Students need to get written consent from their parents. They will have the option of attending the classes either offline or online

– Haryana Education Minister Kanwar Pal Gujjar

ASI releases book on historical monuments in Braille script

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has released a book, Agra Monuments, in Braille script to educate visually impaired students about the history of heritage sites in Agra on Wednesday. The book contains information on the all monuments situated in Uttar Pradesh such as Agra Fort, Taj Mahal, Fatehpuri Sikri. The book will be sent to schools and other institutions that work with visually impaired individuals free of cost.

ED conducts raids at premises linked to retired IAS officer Harsh Mander in connection to alleged money laundering case

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday conducted searches at the premises of human rights activist and retired IAS officer Harsh Mander in connection with a money laundering investigation, official sources said. They said his residence and NGO offices located in south Delhi’s Vasant Kunj, Adchini and Mehrauli areas are being searched under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The teams are looking at financial and banking documents of the two non-governmental organisations (NGOs) linked to him, they said.

UK records another 30,597 coronavirus cases

Another 30,597 people in Britain have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 7,312,683, according to official figures released on Wednesday. The country also recorded another 201 coronavirus-related deaths. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain now stands at 134,647. These figures only include the deaths of people who died within 28 days of their first positive test.

VW’s Skoda to stop production at Czech plants for a week due to chip shortage

From delayed car deliveries to a supply shortfall in home appliances to costlier smartphones, businesses and consumers across the globe have been facing the brunt of an unprecedented shortage in semiconductor microchips.

In the Czech Republic, overall production has been hit in the auto sector, a key driver of the economy. Skoda has thousands of cars unfinished as it waits for chips.

AstaGuru sale achieves ‘white glove’ result, establishes world record for 4 artists

Online auction house Astaguru’s recent Modern Indian art sale achieved a white glove result (a sale where all lots are sold), with all 50 lots selling for a total sales value of Rs 42.69 crore.

The top highlight of the auction was M F Husain’s 1972 anti-war painting.

An iconic work of art, Husain painted it as a response to the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971, which resulted in the India – Pakistan conflict.

Kia drives in updated Carnival with price starting at Rs 24.95 lakh

The refreshed Carnival will now feature Kia’s new corporate logo giving a fresh new look to the vehicle, the automaker said in a statement.

The company has also rejigged the trim line-up with the introduction of Limousine and Limousine+ variants to offer unique product USPs at an attractive price point, it added.

The model will now be offered in four variants – Limousine+, Limousine, Prestige and Premium.

I would like to give you (PM) assurance that the redevelopment work of Central Vista Avenue will be completed in two-and-a-half months, where the Republic Day parade will be held (next year).

– Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri

24 ministers sworn in, taking Patel ministry strength to 25

The mess Ford is leaving behind

Automobile dealers’ body FADA has sought clarity from Ford about the compensation structure it is working out for its dealer partners after announcing the closure of its two manufacturing plants in the country as part of a restructuring exercise.

In a letter to Ford India MD President and Managing Director Anurag Mehrotra, FADA President Vinkesh Gulati pointed out the difficulties being faced by the company’s dealers across the country.

He noted that Ford dealers were staring at huge losses as customers have started cancelling the bookings in the wake of the plant closure announcement.

Gulati said dealers were worried about the compensation structure as many were not even five years old in the system and may not have even reached the break-even point.

Odisha | National Disaster Response Force has deployed five teams of 25 members each at Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Cuttack, Puri, Jajpur, in view of possible flood situation

SBI cuts home loan interest rate to 6.7%, waives processing fees

  • According to press release issued by SBI, earlier a borrower availing a loan greater than Rs 75 lakh, had to pay an interest rate of 7.15%; now with the introduction of the festive offers, a borrower can avail home loan for any amount at a rate as low as 6.7%.
  • “The offer results in a saving of 45 bps which translates to a huge interest saving of more than Rs. 8 lac, for a Rs. 75 lac loan with a 30 year tenure,” stated the press release.
  • SBI has said that it has removed this distinction between a salaried and a non-salaried borrower.
  • The lender has also waived off the processing fees completely and will be offering attractive interest concession based on the credit score of the borrower.

3 crew leave China’s space station for Earth after 90 days

The national space agency said Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo boarded the Shenzhou-12 spacecraft and undocked from the space station at 8:56 a.m. Thursday (0056 GMT).

The astronauts have already set China’s record for the most time spent in space. After launching on June 17, mission commander Nie and astronauts Liu and Tang went on two spacewalks, deployed a 10-meter (33-foot) mechanical arm, and had a video call with Communist Party leader Xi Jinping.

Before the undocking, the astronauts downloaded data from their experiments and ensured the station would continue operating without a crew.

Who was Goutam Das?

  • Das joined the party in 1968 and became Tripura state committee member in 1986. He was elected to the state secretariat in 1994 and became the party secretary in 2018.
  • He became a member of CPI(M) central committee at the 21st Party Congress in 2015.
  • He was the editor of the party’s state unit mouthpiece ‘Daily Desher Katha’ from 1979 to 2015.
  • He was also one of the founding members of the Agartala Press Club.

CPI(M)’s Tripura secretary Goutam Das dies at 70

CPI(M)’s Tripura unit secretary Goutam Das died at a private hospital in Kolkata while undergoing treatment for COVID-19, party sources said.

Das, 70, is survived by wife Tapati Sen and daughter Swagata.

He had tested positive for COVID-19 in August-end and was admitted to a private hospital in Agartala.

As his condition deteriorated, he was shifted to a private hospital in Kolkata on September 6 where he died at 7.20 am.

Jab milestone: China has fully vaccinated more than 1 billion people

GST Council to meet on Friday; what’s on the cards?

  • Review of tax rate of over four-dozen items
  • Extend tax concessions on 11 COVID drugs till December 31
  • Taxing petrol and diesel under the single national GST tax
  • Proposal to treat food delivery apps such as Zomato and Swiggy as restaurants and levy a 5% GST tax on supplies made by them

President Kovind arrives in Shimla on four-day visit to Himachal Pradesh

Kovind will address a special session of the state assembly on Friday, and on Saturday, he will attend the valedictory ceremony of the Indian Audit and Accounts Service at the National Academy of Audit and Accounts, Shimla, as the chief guest, an official said.

Rajendra Trivedi, Jitu Vaghani, Rushikesh Patel, Purnesh Modi, Raghavji Patel sworn in Gujarat ministers.

Kanubhai Desai, Kiritsinh Rana, Naresh Patel, Pradip Parmar, Arjunsinh Chauhan sworn in as Gujarat ministers.

Gujarat: Harsh Sanghvi, Jagdish Panchal, Brijesh Merja, Jitu Choudhary, Manisha Vakil sworn in as ministers of state with independent charge.

In the run-up to the UP Assembly elections slated for next year, AAP has promised free electricity for farmers, waiver of pending electricity bills and 24×7 power supply in Uttar Pradesh, if it is voted to form the government.

Addressing a press conference, AAP leader and Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia drew parallels between the power consumption cost in the national capital with that of neighbouring Uttar Pradesh.

Uttarakhand high court allows Char Dham Yatra; only those fully vaccinated with negative Covid 19 report allowed

  • Only fully vaccinated people allowed
  • They need to also carry Covid negative report
  • 800 pilgrims will be allowed into Kedarnath each day
  • 600 people will be allowed to travel to Gangotri
  • 400 to Yamunotri
  • 1000 people will be allowed into Badrinath
  • 3 people will be allowed into the sanctum sanctorum of the shrines at once.

We are taking another historic step to deepen and formalize cooperation among all three of our nations because we all recognize the imperative of ensuring peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific over the long term

– President Biden

US, UK, Australia launch new trilateral Indo-Pacific alliance to counter China

The US, UK and Australia have announced a new trilateral security alliance for the Indo-Pacific to take on the threats of the 21st century and allow for greater sharing of defence capabilities, including help Australia acquire nuclear-powered submarines, in an effort to counter China’s growing power and military presence in the strategically vital region. Unveiling the ambitious security initiative, US President Joe Biden, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison in a joint statement said their move will promote stability in the Indo-Pacific and support of their shared values and interests.

China has completed vaccinating over 70% of its population against COVID-19

China has completed vaccinating over 70% of its 1.4 billion population against COVID-19 with full doses, data from health authorities showed on Thursday. A total of 1.01 billion people in China have been administered with a full course of vaccinations as of Sept. 15, Mi Feng, a spokesperson at China’s National Health Commission, told a news briefing.

Death toll from earthquake in southwestern China rises to 3 people, 60 injured

The number of people, who have died as a result of the 6.0 magnitude earthquake in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan, has risen to three, while 60 more have been injured, media reported on Thursday. The earthquake also destroyed 35 houses destroyed and resulted in the evacuation of about 7,000 people, the Global Times newspaper reported.

PLI scheme for auto sector to help attract Tesla to set up manufacturing base in India: Pandey

Heavy Industries Minister Mahendra Nath Pandey on Thursday expressed hope that the production linked incentive (PLI) scheme for the auto sector will help to attract US electric car major Tesla to set up a manufacturing base in India. The Union Cabinet on September 15 approved a 25,938-crore PLI scheme for the auto sector focused on promoting the manufacturing of advanced automotive technology products like electric and hydrogen-fuel vehicles.The minister said that the scheme would help boost the growth of the auto industry and make it globally competitive.

Delhi: Rainfall this season so far highest since 1964; more in store

The bounteous monsoon this year has already dumped 1159.4 mm of rainfall in Delhi till Thursday afternoon, the highest since 1964 and the third-highest ever, according to India Meteorological Department (IMD) data. Also, Delhi’s September rainfall has breached the 400 mm mark. At 403 mm till Thursday afternoon, it is the highest precipitation in the month since 417.3 mm in September 1944.To put things into perspective, Delhi had received 404 mm rainfall in the entire 2019 monsoon period.The figures are subject to change as more rainfall is predicted in the city during the day. Experts say that it could become the second-wettest monsoon ever in Delhi by the time it withdraws.

BHEL commissions India’s largest floating solar plant in Andhra Pradesh

State-owned BHEL on Thursday announced the commissioning of India’s largest floating solar photovoltaic plant in Andhra Pradesh. Located at NTPC Simhadri in Andhra Pradesh, the 25-megawatt floating SPV project covers an area of 100 acres, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) said without disclosing the project cost.BHEL said its scope of work in the project included design, engineering, procurement and construction of the solar project, which has been executed by the company’s recently formed Solar Business Division.The project will help saving valuable land resources and conserving water by reducing evaporation, it said.

Bombay HC dismisses Param Bir Singh’s plea challenging preliminary inquiries against him by Maharashtra govt

Bombay High Court on Thursday dismissed Former Mumbai Commissioner of Police Param Bir Singh’s petition challenging preliminary inquiries initiated against him by the Maharashtra government. The order has been passed by a bench comprising Justice SS Shinde and Justice NJ Jamadar.

In next five years, 40% chance of average world temperature to exceed 1.5C: UN

The pace of climate change has not been slowed by the global COVID-19 pandemic and the world remains behind in its battle to cut carbon emissions, the United Nations said.The virus-related economic downturn caused only a temporary downturn in CO2 emissions last year and it was not enough to reverse the rising levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said.

Dozens of people test positive for Covid-19 in Russian President Vladimir Putin’s entourage

Russian President Vladimir Putin says not one or two but dozens of people in his entourage tested positive for Covid before he went into self-isolation, state AFP reports.

TVS Motor Company betting big on fast growing 125 cc motorcycle, scooter segment in India

Gallbladder gangrene reported in five patients after COVID-19 recovery

Five patients presented with a severe inflammation of the gallbladder without the presence of gallstones which resulted in gangrene of the gallbladder, after recovering from Covid-19. They were required to have urgent following the discovery of gallbladder gangrene.

All sitting ministers in Vijay Rupani cabinet dropped; Speaker resigns

A first time MLA from Ghatlodia, Bhupendra Patel had taken oath as the Chief Minister on Monday, replacing Vijay Rupani. He was unanimously elected as the BJP legislative party leader at the state BJP headquarters on Sunday.The BJP is banking on Patel, a Patidar, for electoral victory with the state scheduled to go to the polls next year.

New Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel’s new cabinet to be sworn in today and the following are some of the new names included in his cabinet.

  • Raghavji Patel
  • JB Kakadia
  • Brijesh Merja
  • Neema Acharya
  • Jagdish Panchal
  • Harsh Sanghvi
  • Kanu Desai
  • Naresh Patel
  • Hrishikesh Patel
  • Manisha Vakil
  • Jeetu Vaghani
  • Arvind Rayani
  • Deva Malam
  • Gajendrasinh Parmar
  • Mukesh Patel
  • Jeetu Chaudhary
  • Kuver Dindor
  • Nimisha Suthar
  • Vinu Moradiya
  • RC Makwana
  • Kirtisinh Vaghela
  • Shashikant Pandya
  • Dushyant Patel

Construction of the new parliament building will be completed in the time frame given earlier.

– PM Narendra Modi

When we are focusing on ease of living & ease of doing business, modern infrastructure plays an equally important role. This is the idea behind the work that is being done in the development of Central Vista

– PM Narendra Modi

Rajendra Trivedi resigns from the Office of the Speaker of Gujarat Legislative Assembly: Gujarat Legislature Secretariat

By 2023-24, we are aiming to complete road projects covering nearly 2,500 km worth Rs 30,000 crores in Rajasthan

– Union Minister Nitin Gadkari in Dausa, Rajasthan

Today Delhi is progressing in line with ‘New India’ vision. These new Defence office complexes will now make it feasible for our armies to operate in better working conditions with all modern amenities.

– PM Modi at the launch of New Defence Office Complexes in Delhi

Shops closed, transport vehicles off roads in 12-hr trade bodies’ bandh in Nagaland over ‘illegal taxes’

Ola Electric finally opens the sale of two new electric scooters – Ola Electric S1 and S1 Pro- yesterday, one month after their launch

Delhi HC asks CBI to file reply on bail plea of CBI sub-inspector Abhishek Tiwari

Delhi High Court asks CBI to file reply on the bail plea of CBI sub-inspector Abhishek Tiwari, in connection with an alleged corruption case regarding leaking information of a separate case against former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh.

Raj Kundra pornography case: Mumbai crime branch submits charge sheet in Court

The Mumbai Police Crime Branch has filed a a 1,467-page supplementary charge sheet in the pornography case involving businessman Raj Kundra, husband of actor Shilpa Shetty. Raj Kundra was arrested earlier this year for allegedly producing erotic movies.

New Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel’s new cabinet to be sworn in today

I received a call few mins ago from party’s state chief CR Paatil. I’m grateful to PM Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, JP Nadda for including a person like me in state cabinet

– BJP MLA Naresh Patel

What you need to know about the coronavirus right now

  • White House plans new system for international travel that will include contact tracing for when it eventually lifts travel restrictions that bar much of the world’s population.
  • FDA says booster doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine may not be needed, even though the third shot generates a higher immune response in recipients.
  • New data from Moderna Inc’s large COVID-19 vaccine trial shows that the protection it offers wanes over time, supporting the case for booster doses.
  • Indonesia is in talks with the WHO as well as six drug companies to become a global hub for manufacturing vaccines.
  • UNICEF calls for schools to reopen in pandemic-hit nations
  • Trinidad and Tobago Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh criticized as “false” a claim by Nicki Minaj that a person on the Caribbean island suffered swollen testicles after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.

PM Narendra Modi inaugurates Defence Offices at Katurba Gandhi Marg and Africa Avenue

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates Defence Offices Complexes at Delhi’s Kasturba Gandhi Marg and Africa Avenue as Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, CDS General Bipin Rawat, Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, Army chief General MM Naravane look on

Tax officials at actor Sonu Sood’s Mumbai home day after conducting raids at offices premises

Tax officials at actor Sonu Sood’s Mumbai home day after raids were conducted at his offices according to sources. The raids at his offices ended late last night.

Union Road and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari reviews progress of Delhi-Mumbai expressway in Sohna, Haryana

Head of Islamic State ‘neutralised’ by French troops in Sahel, says French President Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron said on early Thursday that the head of Islamic State, Adnan Abou Walid al Sahraoui has been “neutralised” by French forces in the Sahel.”Adnan Abou Walid al Sahraoui, leader of the Islamic State terrorist group in the Great Sahara, has been neutralised by French forces. This is another major success in our fight against terrorist groups in the Sahel,” Macron wrote on Twitter.





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