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NITI Aayog's SDG report vindicates Bihar govt's demand for special category status: Ministers

NITI Aayog's SDG report vindicates Bihar govt's demand for special category status: Ministers

Bihar government ministers cite NITI Aayog's SDG Index 2023-24 to demand greater central financial assistance, despite state ranking at the bottom. They stress the need for special status or package due to Bihar's economic growth and development challenges. Opposition criticizes NDA government's priorities. NITI Aayog's report evaluates sustainable development goals achievement by states and UTs.

Cauvery issue: Will release 8,000 cusecs water to TN, says K'taka CM Siddaramaiah

Cauvery issue: Will release 8,000 cusecs water to TN, says K'taka CM Siddaramaiah

Bengaluru Chief Minister Siddaramaiah announced Karnataka's readiness to release 8,000 cusecs of water per day to Tamil Nadu from the Cauvery river, instead of the directed one TMC. The decision was made after an all-party meeting due to low water levels in Cauvery basin dams. An appeal will be filed with the Cauvery Water Management Authority if necessary.

Assam: PSU bank staffer nabbed for siphoning off money from ex-DIG's inoperative account

Assam: PSU bank staffer nabbed for siphoning off money from ex-DIG's inoperative account

A senior bank official in Guwahati was arrested for siphoning off Rs 26 lakh from a retired DIG's account. The accused manipulated inoperative accounts, including the victim's, for fraudulent transactions. He used internet banking, created a user ID, and invested in trading and cryptocurrency. The accused targeted multiple victims, with ongoing investigations. The victims' lack of account activity made them vulnerable to such scams.

Maratha quota issue unresolved due to pressure from Fadnavis, Bhujbal: Jarange

Maratha quota issue unresolved due to pressure from Fadnavis, Bhujbal: Jarange

Quota activist Manoj Jarange alleges Maharashtra Deputy CM Fadnavis and Minister Bhujbal are blocking Maratha reservation. Deadline for reservation has passed, with no government action. Activist plans decision on July 20 for further steps, including fielding candidates or protest march. Accuses Bhujbal of inciting OBCs against Marathas, suggests community demand ST quota.

Delhi court acquits man charged for rape 9 yrs ago due to lack of credible testimony

Delhi court acquits man charged for rape 9 yrs ago due to lack of credible testimony

A man accused of rape in New Delhi has been acquitted after the court found the alleged victim's testimonies lacking clarity and credibility. The court highlighted contradictions in her statements and lack of corroborating evidence. The woman claimed the accused filmed the act, threatened to circulate the video, and raped her multiple times. The court emphasized inconsistencies and lack of evidence, leading to the acquittal.

Representational image: one boy killed in clashes between tribal groups

Tripura: Shops torched, houses damaged after tribal youth dies in group clash

A tribal youth's death in a clash led to arson and damage in Tripura's Dhalai district. Prohibitory orders were imposed, and additional police deployed. Four arrests made. Youth injured in group clash during fair, succumbed to injuries. Peace meeting held to ease tensions. Leader condemns murder, calls for justice. Situation currently under control.

Arunachal re-constitutes six regional committees to examine status of border dispute with Assam

Arunachal re-constitutes six regional committees to examine status of border dispute with Assam

Arunachal Pradesh government re-constitutes six regional committees to examine border dispute with Assam. Terms of Reference remain the same as set on June 1, 2022. The committees will focus on districts where border issues persist. The chief ministers of both states signed the 'Namsai Declaration' on July 15, 2022, to resolve the long-standing border problem.

18 districts of Assam are facing a severe flood situation due to overflowing of major rivers (File Photo)

Assam floods: Seven more people die, total death toll reaches 90

Assam flood death toll rises to 90 with 7 more casualties. Over 12.33 lakh people in 24 districts are affected. Water levels receding in many rivers, but Brahmaputra still above danger mark. 180 wild animals, including 10 rhinos, died in Kaziranga National Park. 2.95 lakh people in relief camps. 6,67,175 animals affected by deluge.

HP bypolls: CM's wife and Cong candidate Kamlesh Thakur trailing in Dehra; party in lead in Hamirpur

HP bypolls: CM's wife and Cong candidate Kamlesh Thakur trailing in Dehra; party in lead in Hamirpur

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister's wife and Congress candidate Kamlesh Thakur is trailing by 557 votes in the Dehra assembly bypoll against the BJP nominee. In the Hamirpur seat, Congress' Pushpinder Verma is leading by 200 votes. The overall voting percentage for the three bypolls was 71%, with seats vacant after three Independent legislators joined the BJP. The Congress has a majority in the 68-member House.

The reservoirs being monitored have a combined total live storage capacity of 178.784 BCM, representing 69.35 per cent of the overall estimated live storage capacity in the country (image for representation) (ANI)

Water levels in country's main reservoirs rise to 26% of total live storage capacity, says Central Water Commission

Water levels in 150 main reservoirs in India have increased to 26% of total capacity due to heavy rains, lower than last year. Reservoirs in northern, eastern, western, and central regions show decreases, while the southern region has a mixed trend. Overall storage is less than last year and normal levels, posing challenges for water management and agriculture. Central Water Commission provides weekly updates to address water scarcity.

SC grants interim bail to Kejriwal, refers legal questions on arrest by ED to larger bench

SC grants interim bail to Kejriwal, refers legal questions on arrest by ED to larger bench

The Supreme Court granted interim bail to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in a money laundering case, but he remains in jail due to a related matter. The court said it's up to Kejriwal to decide on continuing as chief minister, considering his incarceration for over 90 days. Questions on legality of his arrest were referred to a larger bench. Kejriwal was also arrested by the CBI in a corruption case.

India has abstained in the UN General Assembly on a resolution that demanded that Russia cease its aggression against Ukraine and urgently withdraw its military

India abstains on UN resolution demanding Russia immediately ends its Ukraine offensive

India has abstained in the UN General Assembly on a resolution demanding Russia to cease aggression in Ukraine and withdraw from the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. The resolution was adopted with 99 votes in favor, nine against, and 60 abstentions. Russia, Cuba, North Korea, Belarus, and Syria voted against. The resolution calls for the immediate withdrawal of Russian forces and control of the plant to be returned to Ukraine.

Defence minister Rajnath Singh.

Rajnath Singh admitted to AIIMS due to back pain

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh was admitted to AIIMS for back pain. He is stable and under observation. Singh, 73, has a long political career, serving in various roles including Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and Union Home Minister. He is currently heading the Ministry of Defence for the second time. (Words: 56)

Tugboats offer water salute to MV San Fernando as they steer the mothership from China, through the breakwater channel to the Vizhinjam International Seaport, in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday.

First container ship arrives at India's largest transhipment port in Kerala

China's cargo ship 'San Fernando' arrived at Kerala's Vizhinjam International Sea Port, the largest transhipment port in India. The 300-meter-long ship will offload 1,900 containers. Kerala Chief Minister will welcome the ship, which marks a momentous occasion for the state. The port, equipped with modern technology, is set to be fully operational by 2024, boosting economic growth and creating thousands of job opportunities.

Security agencies seize banned chemicals heading to Pakistan from China at the Kattupalli Port, in Tiruvallur district.

India seizes Pak-bound consignment of banned chemicals from China

Security agencies in Tamil Nadu seized a Pakistan-bound consignment of banned chemicals from China, believed to be for tear gas and riot control agents. The consignment was shipped to a defense supplier in Rawalpindi, raising concerns about Pakistan's chemical and biological warfare program with China's support. The chemicals were intercepted under India's export control list and the Wassenaar Arrangement, despite China and Pakistan not being signatories.

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