Latest News Today – Babul Supriyo, Removed As Union Minister Recently, Quits

Babul Supriyo said his move to quit politics was not aimed at bargaining for any position.

New Delhi:

Babul Supriyo, the BJP’s Asansol MP who was dropped as Union Minister in the recent cabinet reshuffle, today said he is quitting politics. The Bollywood singer, however, made it clear that he was not moving to any other party, emphasising that he was a “one-team player”.

Announcing his decision to move on in a Facebook post this afternoon – mostly in Bengali, Mr Supriyo said, “I’m leaving… Alvida (farewell)”.

“….I am not going to any other party – #TMC, #Congress, #CPIM, nowhere…I am a one Team Player! Have always supported one team #MohunBagan…Have backed only BJP in West Bengal…That’s it…I am going…” he wrote.

“If you want to do social work, you can do it without being in politics…let’s organise myself a little first and then…”

Mr Supriyo said he was also quitting as MP.

The Trinamool Congress spokesperson Kunal Ghosh said the resignation was mere drama. “If he really meant it, he should have resigned and not just said he was going to do it. This is drama, like the movie Sholay.”

Firhad Hakim, Trinamool minister, felt Babul Supriyo was merely bargaining for a better deal within the party after being sidelined in the party and government.

In answer to his rhetorical question in the post, “Why am I leaving politics,” Mr Supriyo explained it was not a bid to “bargain” for a post. He urged Amit Shah and JP Nadda not to think that and thanked them for their encouragement to stay when he went to tell them he wanted to quit.

Babul Supriyo admits the loss of his position as Union Minister of State portfolio in a reshuffle earlier this month is “certainly, partially” responsible. When he was dropped, Mr Supriyo had controversially tweeted “I was asked to resign” – a tweet he later recanted.

Another reason he says was his realisation that things had changed for the BJP since 2014 when he was the sole party MP from Bengal. Now BJP is Bengal’s main opposition party, full of several Young Turks, he wrote, adding, it doesn’t need personalities anymore.

But the worst problem, Mr Supriyo tantalisingly hinted at, were his clashes with the state BJP leadership. “It is no secret there were huge differences of opinion with the leadership of the BJP in Bengal before the elections. Some of it became public because of me,” he said. But other leaders too were hugely responsible. “The infighting inside the top leadership of the party, that has hurt party workers,” he said.

BJP state chief and MP Dilip Ghosh played down the exit. “Who will do politics, when they will do politics, when they will stay or leave… I have nothing to say to that… That is their right… But has he resigned… You can make the news… but let us see what happens… He is in Lok Sabha, he is a fellow worker and an MP. Has he given a resignation letter? I don’t know anything about this.”

One of the key issues with the BJP leadership was the entry of the former Trinamool mayor of Asansol into the BJP just before the elections. Jitendra Tiwari and Babul Supriyo were always at daggers drawn and the Asansol MP had strongly opposed Mr Tiwari’s entry into BJP. But in vain.

Jitendra Tiwari was fielded by the BJP in the Pandaveswar Assembly. He lost. But then so did Babul Supriyo. The sitting BJP MP was fielded from the Tollygunge constituency in south Kolkata. He lost by around 50,000 votes.

In conclusion, Mr Supriyo likened his latest move to his shift in his career earlier: “I did the same in 1992 while leaving the job at Standard Chartered Bank and fleeing to Mumbai, today I did the same.”

After his Facebook post this afternoon, Mr Supriyo has been incommunicado. With the state BJP leadership insisting he was still very much a part of the party, the last word on Babul Supriyo’s “resignation” may not have been said. But now question the singer turned politician’s political career has suddenly hit a sour note and gone out of tune.

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Latest News Today – Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic Smartwatch Live Photos

Samsung is largely anticipated to launch new foldable phones and new wearables at its upcoming Galaxy Unpacked event on August 11. The rumour mill suggests that the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 range will be unveiled at the event and the lineup is likely to comprise two models — Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic. The latter has now leaked in live photos, revealing possible colour options and design of the upcoming smartwatch. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 foldable phones are also expected to launch alongside the wearable lineup.

91Mobiles, citing an anonymous source, shared live photos of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic. The wearable has a round dial and is seen to have Black and Silver finish. Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic is likely to feature a physical bezel and two buttons on the right edge for navigation and power on/off. Unfortunately, the live photos do not give us an idea of the UI changes coming with Google Wear OS integration. The photos only show the setup process on the screen.

The rumoured Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 range is likely to run on One UI Watch that was unveiled at MWC 2021. This new experience has been built on top of Google’s Wear OS platform, enabling Samsung to integrate a host of features including syncing of settings and clock time with a smartphone, and offering access to a host of watch-compatible apps that weren’t available to the Galaxy Watch portfolio before.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic smartwatch is tipped to come in a Grey finish as well, in addition to the Black and Silver options. The smartwatch is reported to launch in 42mm, 44mm, and 46mm dial sizes. The 42mm size is expected to be priced between EUR 470 and EUR 500 (roughly Rs. 41,600 to Rs. 44,200), the 46mm model could be available with a price tag between EUR 500 and EUR 530 (roughly Rs. 44,200 to Rs. 46,900). The smartwatch is also speculated to have a 44mm model, but there is no information about the price of this option.

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Latest News Today – State Bank Of India (SBI) Waives Off Processing Fee On

Women borrowers will be eligible for concession of 0.05 percentage on the loan rate

State Bank of India (SBI) – the country’s largest lender today announced a 100 per cent waiver on processing fees on home loans in a special limited period offer ending August 31, 2021. The complete waiver is a major reduction from the existing processing fee of 0.40 per cent for home loan customers, according to a statement shared by the bank on Saturday, July 31. The SBI home loan interest rates start at 6.70 per cent. 

There will be a concession of five bps (0.05 percentage) for home loans applied through the State Bank of India’s YONO mobile app. Women borrowers will be eligible for concession of 0.05 percentage (five basis points/bps) on the loan rate, according to SBI. (Also Read: State Bank Of India Branch Inaugurated At Rashtrapati Bhavan )

“We believe this offer of processing fee waiver will facilitate and encourage home buyers to take decision with ease, as interest rate is at its historic low,” said C.S. Setty, MD (R&DB), State Bank of India. 

Earlier this year, the bank announced the reduction on its interest rates on home loans from 6.95 per cent to 6.70 per cent, and said that women borrowers are eligible to receive a special concession of five basis points. (Also Read: State Bank Of India Cuts Home Loan Interest Rates To 6.70% )

Last week, SBI opened a new branch within the premises of the Rashtrapati Bhavan – the first branch of the state-owned lender in the President’s Estate. President Ram Nath Kovind who inaugurated the opening of the branch in the presence of First Lady Savita Kovind and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman – was the first customer of the branch.

On Friday, July 30, shares of State Bank of India settled 2.28 per cent lower at Rs 431.70 apiece on the BSE. 

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Latest News Today – Rs 130 Crore Loss From Government-Opposition Parliament

Opposition parties have demanded a probe into the Pegasus spying scandal. (File)

New Delhi:

More than Rs 133 crore in taxpayer money has been lost because of parliament disruptions in the monsoon session, government sources said on Saturday, as the deadlock between Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration and the opposition over the Pegasus snooping scandal showed no signs of a thaw.

Since parliament convened on July 19, the opposition has been demanding a discussion and an independent inquiry led by a Supreme Court judge – serving or retired – into reports that an Israeli spyware sold only to governments was used to hack phones of opposition leaders, judges, activists and even ministers.

The government has dismissed these demands, saying a statement read out in parliament by IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnav – one of the potential targets of the hacking – was sufficient. For days, the BJP has laboured to label the snooping of the phones a “non-issue”.

A statement given out to the media via unnamed “government sources” on Saturday said the deadlock meant that the Lok Sabha only functioned for about 7 hours out of a possible 54, and the Rajya Sabha worked for 11 hours out of a possible 53.

“So far Parliament has functioned only 18 hours out of possible 107 hours. Thus around 89 hours of working time have been wasted. This means that the total loss to the taxpayers is More than Rs 133 crores,” the statement said.

The statement comes four days after PM Modi attacked the Congress, accusing it of not allowing the monsoon session of parliament to function, and asked BJP MPs to “expose the party before the public and the media”.

Addressing a meeting of the BJP’s parliamentary party, he accused the Congress of deliberately spurning attempts at resolving an impasse that has seen little, if any, work in this session over demands for discussions on the Pegasus phone-hacking row, the farm laws and other issues.

The opposition has said blocking the government from running parliament – a tactic widely used and espoused by the BJP when it was not in power – is a democratic process to yield the government into hearing its demands over a serious national security and privacy row “bigger than Watergate”.

The NSO group, which owns Pegasus, admits this is spyware and is used to hack phones, but says it does business only with governments and government agencies. The Israeli company says it does not corroborate the list of potential targets reported by media companies around the world.

The Indian government has said there is “no substance” to the reports of Pegasus being used by it against opposition leaders, journalists and others. NDTV cannot independently verify the authenticity of the list of those who were supposedly targeted.

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Latest News Today – Convergence Energy Services Signs Pact With HPCL To Set

The charging points will have one or more types of chargers with fast, slow or moderate speed capacity

Convergence Energy Services Ltd (CESL) has signed an agreement with Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) for setting up charging infrastructure in selected retail outlets at several cities across the country.

Spanning 10 years, the agreement entails CESL and HPCL to jointly undertake setting up of EV charging points in Mumbai, Delhi NCR, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata and Pune.

These charging points will have one or more types of chargers with fast, slow or moderate speed capacity. They will be operated through an app of CESL, which will facilitate better control and monitoring of all charging stations.

CESL and HPCL will also identify major highways across India where adequate charging infrastructure can be installed and established.

Mahua Acharya, Managing Director and CEO of CESL, said having a technologically-advanced and well-equipped charging infrastructure with efficient accessibility is an important factor for making the transition to electric vehicles.

“This agreement is a part of our endeavour to help India achieve its e-mobility mission, and to decarbonise transport sector in totality,” she said.

Acharya said HPCL’s established presence in several cities will be a key in our goal to propel an ecosystem for EVs and enable their widespread adoption.

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Latest News Today – Centre’s Warning As 46 Districts See Higher Than 10%

India has recorded over 3.16 crore cases since the start of the pandemic.

New Delhi:

Ten states are seeing an upsurge in Covid cases, the government said today, stressing on the need of strict restrictions in districts witnessing a positivity rate of more than 10 per cent. Apart from focusing on strict containment measures, states were also told today to “ramp up vaccination in the 60+ and 45-60 age categories as evidence shows near 80 per cent of the mortality is from these vulnerable age-group.”  The centre’s fresh review comes amid concern over a third Covid wave. 

Kerala, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Assam, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Andhra Pradesh and Manipur are the states that are either witnessing a surge in new Covid cases or a rise in positivity rate, the Union Health Ministry said in a statement.

With 46 districts recording more than 10 per cent positivity rate, and 53 districts recording a positivity rate between 5-10 per cent, states have been told to ramp up testing. “Any laxity at this stage will result in deterioration of the situation in these districts,” the centre has warned. 

The measures were discussed at a review meet held by Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan that was also attended by the Indian Council of Medical Research’s Director General Dr Balram Bhargava, besides top health officials from the states. 

“All districts reporting positivity rate of more than 10 per cent in the last few weeks need to consider strict restrictions to prevent or curtail the movement of people, formation of crowds and intermingling of people to prevent the spread of infection,”  an official statement read. 

While 80 per cent of the new patients reported by these states are under home-isolation, local authorities have to make sure that they strictly monitor such cases to break the chain of transmission, the government said. 

“The people in home isolation should be effectively monitored in such a manner to ensure that those who require hospitalisation are seamlessly transferred for timely clinical treatment. Detailed SOPs covering various facets of effective clinical management of COVID-19 patients in hospitals have been earlier shared with the states for prompt shifting and effective hospital management,” a statement by the Health Ministry read.

To screen the entry of new variants in India, the states have been asked to use the INSACOG (Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium) laboratory network for genomic surveillance and monitor international travellers. 

After India saw a massive shortage of medical oxygen at the peak of the second wave, the states have been reminded today to ask private hospitals to set up PSA (Pressure swing adsorption) oxygen generation plants. 

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Latest News Today – Government Asks iPhone, iPad Users to Update Their

The government’s official IT security organisation CERT-In (Indian Computer Emergency Response Team) has asked Apple users to urgently update their iPhone and iPad units to the latest versions. iOS 14.7.1 and iPadOS 14.7.1 were released earlier this week with critical bug fixes. The updates fix a memory corruption zero-day vulnerability that the government confirms is being actively exploited in the wild. CERT-In says that successful exploitation of these vulnerabilities could allow an attacker with kernel privileges to execute arbitrary code and gain elevated privileges on a targeted system.

CERT-In has issued a security alert for all iPhone and iPad users urging them to update to the latest iOS 14.7.1 and iPadOS 14.7.1 versions. The memory corruption issue affects all iPhone 6s and later handsets, all iPad Pro models, iPad Air 2 and later, iPad fifth generation and later devices, iPad mini 4 and later models, iPod Touch (seventh generation), and devices running macOS Big Sur. The fix is also bundled with macOS Big Sur 11.5.1.

This memory corruption vulnerability, CERT-In says, could be exploited by an attacker to execute malicious code and gain remote access. The vulnerability exists in IOMobileFrameBuffer of Apple’s iOS and iPadOS due to memory corruption issue with inadequate memory handling. CERT-In says that a hacker with kernel privileges can exploit this vulnerability using a malicious crafted application. The government authority urges that the flaw is being exploited in the wild and advises users to apply the security patch urgently.

For all those who haven’t updated their iPhone and iPad models yet, can do so by going to Settings > General > Software Update and manually look for an update to install. It is recommended that you stay on the latest update, especially if you use one of the above-mentioned devices. Mac users can update to the latest version by going to System Preferences in the Apple menu and clicking on Software Update.

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Funds to plasma, this duo helps patients with all | | Live Newspaper Hyderabad

Sanjana and her dad Manoj Raheja

HYDERABAD: Inspired by the work being done by his daughter, 55-year old businessman, Manoj Raheja, joined her in assisting families affected by the second wave of Covid-19.
Together, they have helped about 600 patients so far by arranging for oxygen cylinders, concentrators, ICU beds, blood etc. They even arranged for plasma donors at various hospitals, including getting 17 donors within two hours for a patient from Bokaro.
The duo has now moved on to organising funds for critical patients. “During the peak of the second wave, we worked round-the-clock, making calls and connecting those in need with the required resource persons. Whatever requirements came to us, we fulfilled them. At one point, we were given 40 concentrators by a donor that we distributed for free of cost on rotational basis,” said Manoj Raheja. His daughter, Sanjana Raheja, had been volunteering with some of her colleagues earlier.
In fact, it was during that time they received a distress call from a 17-year-old girl from Bhagalpur district. “She was trying her best to save her father who was suffering from liver cirrhosis and needed a liver transplant that would cost Rs 27 lakh. We got in touch with Sonu Sood Foundation through our references and convinced them to fund a part of the treatment. The remaining amount was arranged by us through family, friends and my daughter’s colleagues,” said the father.
The beneficiary said that the duo came to her as a blessing, since a crowd-funding initiative started earlier had failed to raise any money. “At that point we were ready to sell our house for my father’s treatment. But no one was ready to buy it because of the Covid-19 scenario. No one was even willing to give us a loan on interest. That’s when I started looking for NGOs and eventually got connected with Sanjana and Manoj uncle,” said Shanu Kumari. Her father’s surgery is complete, and he is now recovering at an apartment arranged by the volunteers.
Meanwhile, the father-daughter pair has two more liver transplant patients in the pipeline, who are awaiting funds. “As the second wave is on the wane, we aren’t getting many calls from Covid-19 patients. But since our number has been circulated among many people, other patients — including those in need of a transplant — are reaching out to us. We intend to help as many people as possible. It has now become my passion,” Manoj Raheja said.


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Latest News Today – Merchandise Exports To Grow 6.9% In Fiscal 2021-22:

India’s exports languishing for quite some time can take advantage of the favourable trade growth outlook of 2021 and consolidate position further than what has been witnessed in 1Q FY22, India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) has said.

The United States which is part of North America and the United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands which are part of Europe are expected to clock import growth of 11.4 per cent and 8.4 per cent YoY respectively in 2021.

Ind-Ra thus expects merchandise exports from India to grow 6.9 per cent in FY22 (FY21: negative 12.5 per cent and FY20: negative 5 per cent).

In year-on-year growth terms, India’s exports grew 60 per cent, 196 per cent, 69 per cent and 48 per cent in March, April, May and June respectively.

No doubt, the growth numbers reflect the depth of Covid-19 shock last year. However, Ind-Ra said they also show the strength of the current recovery. The average monthly exports during 1Q FY22 jumped to USD 31.8 billion.

In fact, the exports momentum began in March which witnessed the highest ever monthly exports of USD 34.45 billion.

However, as the threat of Covid-19 is not yet over, a lot will depend on the pace and coverage of immunisation in different parts of the globe, said Ind-Ra.

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