Chinese among 3 arrested for spying
The special cell of Delhi Police has arrested a Chinese woman and a Nepalese man, besides freelance journalist Rajeev Sharma, and claimed to have busted an espionage ring. All three have been booked under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) for allegedly passing sensitive information to Chinese intelligence.
9 of al-Qaida cell plotting hits held
National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday busted a “Pakistan-sponsored, al-Qaida module” operating out of West Bengal and Kerala, arresting nine persons for planning to carry out terrorist strikes in India “in the near future” with sophisticated weapons “arranged” by an al-Qaida handler, Hamza, based in Peshawar, Pakistan.
Govt, oppn agree to cut short Parl session
In the wake of some Union ministers and MPs testing positive for Covid-19 following the commencement of the monsoon session of Parliament, opposition parties and the government on Saturday arrived at a consensus to curtail the scheduled session after passage of important bills.
Trump backs TikTok deal with Oracle, Walmart
US President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House he backs the deal with Oracle and Walmart that would see the creation of a new company that will assume TikTok's US operations. Trump said the new TikTok company will be "totally controlled by Oracle and Walmart.... All of the control is Oracle and Walmart."
17% of teaching posts in govt schools vacant
A total of 17.1% of the teaching posts in government schools are lying vacant at present. In terms of absolute number, the largest vacancies are in Bihar (2.7 lakh) followed by Uttar Pradesh (2.1 lakh). Percentage-wise Sikkim with 57.5% vacancies has the highest vacancies, followed by Jharkhand, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
Farm bills: TRS joins oppn; govt still confident
Amid determined resistance to the three farm sector-related bills by Congress and others, government managers remained confident of the passage in the Rajya Sabha on Sunday of the troika of legislations aimed at liberalising trade in agricultural commodities.
Govt presses ahead on labour reforms
The government on Saturday introduced three new Bills to amend and consolidate labour laws with an eye on expanding the social security net to include migrant and gig economy workers, while also seeking to provide greater flexibility to businesses to hire and fire employees.
NCERT officials involved in book piracy?
Documents, internal inquiry reports of the NCERT submitted to the ministry of education (MoE), transcripts of phone conversation, and messages (copies of which are with the TOI) reveal that the council sat on a whistleblower’s alert for five days. It initiated action only after the intervention of secretary of MoE (then called HRD ministry).
'Baseless': Kashyap on sexual abuse allegations
Anurag Kashyap took to his Twitter to respond to Payal Ghosh's sexual harassment accusations against him. Calling them baseless, he wrote, "क्या बात है , इतना समय ले लिया मुझे चुप करवाने की कोशिश में । चलो कोई नहीं ।मुझे चुप कराते कराते इतना झूठ बोल गए की औरत होते हुए दूसरी औरतों को भी संग घसीट लिया। थोड़ी तो मर्यादा रखिए मैडम। बस यही कहूँगा की जो भी आरोप हैं आपके सब बेबुनियाद हैं ।१/४"
IPL: Rayudu, Du Plessis star as CSK end five-match losing run to MI
Ambati Rayudu smashed a 48-ball 71 to guide Chennai Super Kings to a comprehensive five-wicket win over defending champions Mumbai Indians in the opening match of the 13th IPL on Saturday. Chasing 163 to win, Rayudu blasted six fours and three sixes in his blistering innings, while Faf du Plessis cracked 58 off 44 balls as CSK romped home with four balls to spare.
Analysis: As the nation mourns an icon, Democrats and Republicans fight over Supreme Court vacancy
Mourners of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg gathered quietly at the Supreme Court Saturday, laying rows of flowers and writing chalk messages to honor the gender equality icon. But America was closely watching how the Republican machinations to replace her, already unfolding swiftly, will play out across the street at the Capitol and on the campaign trail.
50% off on water, power bills for J&K biz
Acting on inputs received during his public outreach since taking charge last month, J&K lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha on Saturday unveiled a Rs 1,350-crore economic package to "ensure more money in people's pockets" and help the fledgling Union Territory's beaten-down business sector bounce back quickly and create jobs.
Officials warned that Wilbur Ross' order shortening census schedule could make it seem politically manipulated
Census Bureau officials warned in mid-July that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross' orders to end the 2020 census early risked producing a tally of "unacceptable quality" with "fatal flaws" that carries the stain of "politically-manipulated results."
IMD predicts extremely heavy rains in Kerala
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a 'red alert' for extremely heavy rainfall for Kerala's three districts on Saturday, while dry weather conditions prevailed in Delhi for the eleventh consecutive day. The Met Department said low-pressure brewing over the Bay of Bengal is likely to trigger rainfall across West Bengal from Sunday.
Political money flows as both parties gear up for court fight
The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg set off a wave of political fundraising on Saturday, leading both Democrats and Republicans to ready tens of millions in spending ahead of the fight to replace the late Supreme Court justice.
Trump says he has approved a deal for purchase of TikTok
President Donald Trump said Saturday he has approved a deal between TikTok's parent company, ByteDance, and Oracle, though it is unclear whether it will be enough to avert restrictions on TikTok that are scheduled to go into effect Sunday evening.