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Maharashtra assembly session is being held for the first time after political turmoil unfolded in the state. 
Mumbai, July 02 (ANI): Maharashtra Chief Minister (CM) Eknath Shinde interacts with state Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis at the first joint meeting with BJP and Shiv Sena (Shinde faction) MLAs before the Special Session of Maharashtra Assembly, at Taj Hotel, in Mumbai on Saturday. (ANI Photo)(Deepak Salvi)
Published on Jul 03, 2022 06:34 AM IST
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BREAKING: Two-day Maharashtra Assembly session begins today

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Updated on Jul 03, 2022 07:11 AM IST
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2002 Godhra train fire accused gets life term

  • Absconding for 19 years, the Gujarat Police nabbed Rafiq Hussain Bhatuk from Godhra town on February 14 last year. Bhatuk was part of the “core group” of accused persons involved in the conspiracy, police said.
The Godhra train coach fire accused Rafiq Hussain Bhatuk. (ANI Photo)
Published on Jul 03, 2022 04:44 AM IST
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Manipur landslide death toll increases to 34

  • A fresh landslide was reported on Saturday morning at the Marangching area, where search operations are continuing for the third day. There is no loss of life or property during the incident, disaster management officials said.
In this handout photo released by the Indian Army and taken on July 2, 2022, soldiers and disaster relief teams search for survivors and victims after a landslide in Noney district, some 50 Km from Manipur's capital Imphal. (Photo by INDIAN ARMY/AFP)
Published on Jul 03, 2022 04:20 AM IST
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BySobhapati Samom, Imphal

View ED probe as a medal: Rahul Gandhi in Kerala

  • Addressing a public rally at Wandoor in Kerala, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi accused the BJP-led government of using probe agencies against its political rivals.
Congress MP Rahul Gandhi. (ANI)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Jul 03, 2022 04:00 AM IST
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By, Thiruvananthapuram

Maharashtra: Shakhas divided over rebellion, voice support for both camps

  • It is at these shakhas that the common Mumbaikar meets the Sainik, seeking help for everything from admission to colleges or hospitals to resolving civic problems. It is here that the party mouthpiece Saamana is read threadbare and discussed.
Shiv Sena workers (Shivsainiks) discuss the current political scenario inside a Shiv Sena Shakha (branch office), at Dadar, in Mumbai, India, on Saturday, July 02, 2022. (Photo by Pratik Chorge/Hindustan Times)
Published on Jul 03, 2022 03:22 AM IST
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By, Mumbai

In Hyderabad at time of BJP executive meet, KCR holds show of strength

  • KCR, as the Telangana chief minister is popularly known as, received opposition presidential poll candidate Yashwant Sinha at the Begumpet airport but stayed away from receiving Prime Minister Narendra Modi a few hours later and instead send junior minister Talasani Srinivasa Yadav to welcome him.
Opposition's presidential candidate Yashwant Sinha receives a memento from chief minister of Telangana K Chandrashekar Rao during a function organised for his felicitation, in Hyderabad, Saturday, July 2, 2022. (PTI Photo)
Published on Jul 03, 2022 03:12 AM IST
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Stopped from flying abroad, says Pulitzer-winning Kashmiri photojournalist

Sanna Irshad Mattoo, 28, said that she was scheduled to travel from Delhi to Paris today for a book launch and photography exhibition as one of 10 award winners of the Serendipity Arles grant 2020.
In May, Sanna Irshad Mattoo won the Pulitzer Prize becoming the first woman from Jammu and Kashmir to get the prestigious prize in journalism.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Jul 03, 2022 04:55 AM IST
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By, Srinagar

Teesta, Sreekumar remanded in judicial custody for 14 days

  • The two were arrested last month on charges of criminal conspiracy and forgery regarding 2002 Gujarat riots cases. The action came a day after the Supreme Court upheld a clean chit by the SIT to then chief minister Narendra Modi in the riots.
Activist Teesta Setalvad, through her advocate Somnath Vats, submitted an application seeking protection within the jail. (Vijay Bate/HT Photo)
Published on Jul 03, 2022 01:37 AM IST
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By, Ahmedabad

FIR against Rathore, TV anchor for misquoting Rahul Gandhi remark

  • HT has seen a copy of the FIR, in which complainant Ram Singh Kaswan, a Congress leader, said that Rohit Ranjan intentionally linked Rahul Gandhi’s statements on the vandalisation of his office to the Udaipur incident in an attempt to incite public sentiments.
Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi. (ANI)
Published on Jul 03, 2022 01:27 AM IST
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By, Jaipur

NIBMG scientists to look for early signs of Covid-19 outbreak in city’s sewage water

Earlier in April, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had started a similar project to understand Covid-19 variants in the community
Experts said that patients infected with SARS-CoV-2, even if they are asymptomatic, will shed the virus in their excreta. This virus can be detected in sewage water. (PTI PHOTO.)
Updated on Jul 03, 2022 12:51 AM IST
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Govt amends FCRA rules, allows kin to freely send 10 lakh

The government has also removed a provision wherein an organisation/individual receiving foreign funds had to declare such contributions every quarter on its official website. 
10 lakh without informing the government. If the amount exceeds, the individuals will have three months to inform the government against 30 days earlier. (Representational image)" alt="The amended rule now allows relatives to send up to 10 lakh without informing the government. If the amount exceeds, the individuals will have three months to inform the government against 30 days earlier. (Representational image)" />
The amended rule now allows relatives to send up to 10 lakh without informing the government. If the amount exceeds, the individuals will have three months to inform the government against 30 days earlier. (Representational image)
Updated on Jul 03, 2022 04:09 AM IST
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By, New Delhi

BJP has enough votes to ensure win of VP nominee

The BJP has lost three seats in the last round of biennial polls and its strength has declined to 92 MPs in the Upper House on July 1. In the Lower House, where it enjoys a sweeping majority, the BJP has bagged both seats in the bypoll of Uttar Pradesh, taking its Lok Sabha tally to 303.
In the election for the vice-president, only Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs, including the nominated lawmakers, can vote (AFP)
Updated on Jul 03, 2022 07:12 AM IST
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By, New Delhi

To absorb revenue shocks, Odisha starts Budget Stabilisation Fund

The Budget Stabilisation Fund, also known as rainy day funds, is a fiscal practice in most states of USA. The fund seeks to shield the Budget from revenue uncertainty and volatility and help the state continue its programmed expenditure
Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik receives a digital copy of the state budget for 2022-23 financial year from the state finance minister Niranjan Pujari, during the Monsoon Session of the assembly, in Bhubaneswar on Saturday. (PTI PHOTO.)
Published on Jul 03, 2022 12:41 AM IST
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MVA fields Shiv Sena’s Rajan Salvi for post of Speaker

The choice of Rajan Salvi, the MLA from Rajapur constituency in the Konkan belt, is a deviation from the agreed power-sharing formula as per which the Congress gets to field its candidate as Speaker.
Shiv Sena MLA Rajan Salvi. (PTI Photo)
Updated on Jul 03, 2022 03:41 AM IST
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By, Mumbai

BJP leaders throng Bhagyalakshmi temple at Charminar, security up

During the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Elections in December 2020, home minister Amit Shah began his rally after praying at this temple. UP chief minister Adityanath, too, worshipped at this temple and pitched for renaming Hyderabad as Bhagyanagar, as a tribute to Bhagyalakshmi temple
The Bhagyalakshmi temple located on the eastern side of Charminar has been the focal point of the BJP’s politics in Telangana. During every election, the BJP leaders make it a point to come to the temple to pay their obeisance. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 03, 2022 12:38 AM IST
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Govt to regularise services of civic workers: Bommai

While Bengaluru has been spending crores of rupees on the mechanisation of sweepers and other equipment to keep the streets clean, the large army of pourakarmikas do the bulk of the work and are seen sweeping and collecting garbage from the streets and other places manually.
On Friday, at least 15,000 pourakarmikas of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) began an indefinite strike at Freedom Park, demanding their jobs be made permanent and better salary to take care of their families. (PTI)
Published on Jul 03, 2022 12:37 AM IST
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By, Bengaluru

Fresh tremors trigger landslides in Kodagu

While the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre is yet to confirm if fresh tremors were felt in the region, local administration said landslides occurred in Chembu and Bettadhur villages of the district.
The tremor on Saturday was the latest in the series of tremors reported in Karnataka’s Kodagu and Dakshina Kannada districts last week. (PTI (For representation))
Published on Jul 03, 2022 12:36 AM IST
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By, Bengaluru

Assam flood toll reaches 174

In Silchar town of Assam, which is the worst affected, areas like Chengcoorie Road, National Highway Road and Malini Beel are still under flood water.
Over 120,000 persons are sheltered in 542 relief camps across Assam. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 03, 2022 04:24 AM IST
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ByBiswa Kalyan Purkayastha, Silchar

PC George held in sexual assault case, gets bail

After coming out of the court, P C George reiterated his charges against the Kerala CM. “My fight has just begun. I stand with all charges I raised against the CM including his role in the gold smuggling, his trips to the United States and allegations against the firm owned by his daughter,” he said
Former legislator and Kerala Congress leader P C George was arrested on Saturday for sexual harassment after a complaint was filed against him by an accused in the 2013 solar panel scam. (PTI)
Published on Jul 03, 2022 12:35 AM IST
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By, Thiruvananthapuram

BJP to focus on panna pramukhs to improve expansion campaign

Organisational programmes that are important to strengthen the party were discussed at the meeting and how these can be tweaked and made more efficient, former Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje said at a media briefing.
The two-day BJP National Executive meeting started in the Hyderabad on Saturday. (ANI)
Updated on Jul 03, 2022 03:31 AM IST
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10 killed in Bihar due to lightning, IMD issues alert

Heavy rainfall occurred in several places in north-central and south-west parts of the state, while moderate showers took place at many places over north-central, south-central and south-west parts in the past 24 hours, said officials of Patna Meteorological Centre.
Bihar reported 26 lightning deaths between June 24 to July 1, official data show.(Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 03, 2022 05:48 AM IST
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BJP passes resolution, hails govt’s measures to stabilise economy

At the meeting of the BJP national executive committee in Hyderabad on Saturday, an economic resolution acknowledged the government’s ‘gareeb kalyan sankalp’ or the resolve to empower the poor, said Union education minister Dharmendra Pradhan.
BJP national president JP Nadda addresses the BJP's National Executive meeting, in Hyderabad. (PTI)
Updated on Jul 03, 2022 03:29 AM IST
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Grief, shock afflict families of soldiers who died in Manipur landslide

The bodies of 11 army men from Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri districts in West Bengal and the neighbouring state of Sikkim were sent to their homes on Saturday.
The Manipur landslide hit the 107 Territorial Army (TA) camp of the Indian Army deployed at the area for the protection of the railway construction work. (PTI)
Updated on Jul 03, 2022 07:14 AM IST
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SIT finds no political link in 2015 Bargari sacrilege cases

The SIT led by Inspector General of Police SPS Parmar investigated the three cases linked to the Bargari sacrilege incident and submitted its report to the state DGP on April 21. HT has seen a copy of the report. Naming Gurmeet Ram Rahim as the accused in the three desecration incidents, the SIT report said the motive “is having a direct link with the Dera Sacha Sauda and the accused persons who are involved in these cases are followers of the said dera.”
The special investigation team probing the 2015 Bargari sacrilege case has pinned the blame on Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim, and said there was no political involvement in the desecration that triggered violent protests across Punjab. (HT File)
Updated on Jul 03, 2022 12:22 AM IST
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Violation of some green regulations may be decriminalised

Some violations of the air and water acts, the environment protection law, and the public liability insurance law that deals with providing relief to victims of accidents while handling hazardous substances in industries will be decriminalised to remove the fear of imprisonment, the ministry said.
Legal experts are divided on the implications of the proposals. (AP)
Updated on Jul 03, 2022 07:11 AM IST
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ByJayashree Nandi, New Delhi

SpiceJet’s flight lands back in Delhi after crew detects smoke in cabin

“While passing 5000ft, the crew noticed smoke in the cabin. The pilots decided to return to Delhi. Aircraft landed safely at Delhi and passengers were safely disembarked,” a SpiceJet spokesperson said.
A videograb of smoke in the Delhi to Jabalpur SpiceJet flight (SG-2962). (ANI)
Updated on Jul 03, 2022 05:14 AM IST
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By, New Delhi

In welfare pitch, BJP slams ‘family politics’

Lashing out at opposition parties for trying to “mislead” the nation, BJP president JP Nadda said they have played a “destructive role” and tried to create impediments in the development and welfare agenda.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP National President JP Nadda during the BJP's National Executive meeting in Hyderabad on Saturday. (PTI)
Updated on Jul 03, 2022 05:06 AM IST
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NIA takes over probe into Amravati killing

The “involvement of organisations and international linkages” will be investigated in the NIA probe, the home ministry said in a tweet.
One of the accused in the Udaipur killing outside an NIA court in Jaipur on Saturday. (PTI)
Updated on Jul 03, 2022 05:11 AM IST
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