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India’s second Moon mission, Chandrayaan-2, has entered Moon's orbit early on Tuesday (August 20). If reaching Moon's orbit is one part of the mission—Isro had already put a satellite around Moon in 2008 (Chandrayaan-1)—the more crucial part of Chandrayaan-2 would be to land Vikram, it's lander on Moon.
In his second call with Pakistan PM Imran Khan in a week, US Prez Trump discussed "the need to reduce tensions and moderate rhetoric with India over the situation in J&K". The call came after PM Modi's telephonic conversation with Trump where Modi had highlighted the "extreme rhetoric and incitement to anti-India violence by certain leaders in the region".
Ratul Puri, the nephew of Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath, was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday morning in connection with Moser Baer Rs 354-crore bank fraud case. Besides Puri, the company's four other directors were also booked by the central agency in connection with the case after carrying out searches at six locations.
Of the total 7,071 calls received on CRPF’s ‘madadgaar’ helpline between August 11 and 16 enquiring about well-being of family members based in Kashmir, 171 came from outside India and 2,700 from families of security personnel deployed in the state. The maximum calls were from Kashmiris living outside the state (2,448), while 1,752 calls were made by non-Kashmiris based outside Kashmir.
Senior UK diplomatic sources told TOI: “I can confirm we did not take sides in the debate and did not side with China against India. As you know, our longstanding position is that it is for India and Pakistan to find a lasting political solution on Kashmir. China called for the meeting. We had no involvement in calling for it."
PM Modi told US President Donald Trump in a 30-minute phone call on Monday that “extreme rhetoric and incitement to anti-India violence by certain leaders in the region was not conducive to peace." "He (Modi) highlighted the importance of creating an environment free from terror and violence and eschewing cross-border terrorism without exception,” the MEA readout said.
A parliamentary panel on Monday gave a week’s utlimatum to former Lok Sabha MPs to vacate their government accommodation so that new members can move to these bungalows and flats. The house committee of Lok Sabha decided to stop power and water supply to houses within three days where nearly 200 ex-MPs have been overstaying in the government accommodations.
The National Register of Citizens (NRC) for Assam will be published on August 31 in keeping with SC directions, but the Centre can consider corrective measures, including legislation, to set right wrongful inclusions and exclusions, Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal said. However, any legislative steps taken after August 31 would have to be through the ordinance route.
Around 190 primary schools in the Valley reopened on Monday after a forced two-week break, but attendance was thin amid growing uncertainty fuelled by incidents of stone-pelting and the appearance of posters in several localities calling for an indefinite shutdown. Responding to reports, the government spoksperson said the day passed off without any incident.
The Indian Medical Association has strongly responded to The Lancet’s recent editorial raising concerns over the health and freedom of “Kashmiri people”, saying the journal has under the “garb of concern” over J&K interfered in an internal matter of India. "The Lancet has no locus standi on the issue of Kashmir," the IMA has said in a letter to the journal.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday told US President Donald Trump that extreme rhetoric and incitement to anti-India violence by certain leaders in the region was not conducive to peace.
In the run up to Balakot strikes, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat very categorically conveyed to the government that his force was fully ready to deal with any offensive by Pakistan and take the battle into the enemy territory, military sources said. The Army was prepared for a conventional warfare with Pakistan which would have included going inside Pakistan.
Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday said corporate tax rate for companies with over Rs 400 crore turnover will be gradually cut to 25 per cent and the government will support wealth creators. Echoing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Independence Day speech, she said Indian wealth creator entrepreneurs will be given all kind of support.
Cracking a whip on former Members of Parliament overstaying at their official bungalows in Lutyens' Delhi, a Lok Sabha panel on Monday ordered them to vacate their residence within a week. The development came a day after it was reported that more than 200 former Lok Sabha MPs have still not vacated their official bungalows.
MNS president Raj Thackeray, who has received an Enforcement Directorate notice in the IL&FS case, need not worry if he has done no wrong, said Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday. He warned the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) of "consequences" if it resorted to protests that inconvenienced the public
Heavy rain battered the Himalayan states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, claiming 35 lives so far and leaving many stranded, while a flood-like situation prevailed in many parts of Haryana, Punjab and Jammu. In Delhi, the Yamuna river was flowing close to the danger mark, prompting authorities to evacuate people from low-lying areas.
Zakir Naik has been summoned for a second time by Malaysian authorities over his alleged racial remarks against Hindus and Chinese, hours after PM Mahathir Mohamad told him that he is not allowed to participate in political activities in the country. Naik made controversial remarks against during a talk on August 3, prompting calls for his deportation.
National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on Monday briefed Union home minister Amit Shah on the prevailing security situation in Jammu and Kashmir, where restrictions have been imposed since August 5, officials said. This was for the first time that Doval met Amit Shah after his return from the Kashmir Valley, where he stayed for about 10 days.