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  • To counter PM Modi, Opposition going after govt's development schemes: Nadda
    Setting the tone of BJP's two-day national executive meeting being held here, party president JP Nadda on Saturday accused the opposition of trying to derail the development programmes of his party-led governments at the Centre and in states aimed at making India "resilient and resurgent".
  • Udaipur killing accused thrashed in court; NIA gets 10-day custody
    Several lawyers, litigants and visitors in a Jaipur court kicked, slapped and hurled abuses at the four men arrested for the beheading of Udaipur tailor Kanhaiya Lal Sahu when they were taken to the vehicle for ferrying prisoners after being produced before a judge Saturday. The people shouted slogans against Pakistan and demanded capital punishment for the four accused — main suspects Mohammad Riyaz and Gaus Mohammad, and "co-conspirators" Mohsin and Asif.
  • J&K photographer says she was stopped at IGI from boarding flight to France
    A Pulitzer winning photojournalist from Kashmir, Sanna Mattoo, was reportedly stopped by immigration authorities in Delhi on Saturday from boarding a flight to Paris. She tweeted an image of her boarding pass and a page on her passport stamped 'Cancelled without prejudice'. Mattoo told TOI that she had a valid passport and a visa for France.
  • Monsoon covers India 6 days ahead of 'normal' schedule
    The southwest (summer) monsoon on Saturday covered the entire country six days before its 'normal' date of July 8, said the India Meteorological Department (IMD) while issuing alerts for enhanced rainfall over Odisha, Gujarat, Konkan and Goa during the next five days, and over other parts, including northwest India, on July 5-6.
  • BJP resolution hails Agnipath, jobs plan
    Undeterred by opposition parties’ onslaught against it, the BJP national executive meeting, in its economic resolution passed on Saturday, endorsed the Agnipath military recruitment scheme and also the government’s announcement of providing 10 lakh jobs in the next 18 months.
  • Amit Shah tells NIA to probe if Maharashtra man killed for backing Nupur Sharma
    Union home minister Amit Shah on Saturday directed the NIA to take over the probe into the June 21 murder of a 54-year-old veterinary chemist in Maharashtra’s Amravati, allegedly for forwarding messages on WhatsApp groups in support of suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma.
  • Judiciary answerable to Constitution alone: CJI
    Speaking at a felicitation ceremony by Association of Indian Americans at San Francisco, Chief Justice N V Ramana on Saturday said the ignorance of the constitutionally-mandated roles and responsibilities of the organs of governance, promoted vigorously among the general public, helps those forces which aim to run down the only independent organ — the judiciary. The CJI added, “Let me make it clear. We are answerable to the Constitution and Constitution alone”.
  • Shinde camp to challenge his ouster as ‘Sena leader’
    The rebel MLAs on Saturday decided to challenge former Maharashtra CM and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray’s decision to remove current CM Eknath Shinde from the party. Shinde and the MLAs, who were camping in a starred hotel in Goa, left for Mumbai on Saturday.
  • Rival Sena camps set to file complaints over ‘whip’ row
    Rebel Sena MLAs led by Eknath Shinde arrived in the city from Goa on Saturday evening, ahead of the speaker poll as well as the vote of confidence on Monday. It appears that after the speaker’s poll, both camps will lodge complaints against each other for defiance of whip. Voting is expected to be open in keeping with the amended rules, and sources said it will thus be simple to find out who voted for whom.
  • Shiv Sena seeks ‘loyalty affidavits’ from all its office-bearers
    After Eknath Shinde’s rebellion with close to 40 Sena MLAs which brought down the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, Shiv Sena has asked all its office-bearers to submit ‘loyalty affidavits’ or pledges in writing. The loyalty pledges have to be sent in the next two days by office-bearers starting with ‘up-shakha pramukhs’ (deputy branch heads) at the bottom end of the hierarchy.