Latest News Today – After Talks With Amit Shah, Mizoram Chief Minister On

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After Talks With Amit Shah, Mizoram Chief Minister On Dialogue With Assam

Assam and Mizoram have been engaged in a tense border stand-off since July 26

The boundary dispute with Assam will be resolved amicably through dialogue, Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga said today after a telephonic discussion with Home Minister Amit Shah and Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. He has appealed to the people of Mizoram to prevent any possible escalation of the situation.

“As per telephonic discussion with Union Home Minister and Assam Chief Minister, we agreed to resolve the Mizoram-Assam border issue amicably through meaningful dialogue,” the Mizoram Chief Minister said on Twitter.

Assam and Mizoram have been engaged in a tense border stand-off after seven people, including six Assam Police personnel, were killed and scores injured in a clash along the Mizoram-Assam inter-state border on July 26.

Both the states have refused to honour the summons that were issued by each other following the clashes. Mizoram has named Assam Chief Minister and other top officials in its FIR over the incident.

The first information report that was filed under several sections of the Indian Penal Code, including “attempt to murder”, said Assam police personnel, acting under instructions from Mr Sarma himself, refused to have an “amicable dialogue” with the Mizoram police on the day of the incident.

Mr Sarma, on his part, has asked why a neutral agency can’t investigate the matter.

“Will be very happy to join in any investigation. But why the case is not being handed over to a neutral agency, especially when the place of occurrence is well within the constitutional territory of Assam? Have already conveyed this to @ZoramthangaCM ji,” Mr Sarma tweeted.

The Assam government has received support from opposition parties in the ongoing stand-off. A 19-member all-party delegation of Assam assembly, headed by Speaker Biswajit Daimary, will visit Delhi to request the Centre to resolve the state’s boundary dispute with Mizoram at the earliest.

The two states have been at odds over the boundary for decades, but Monday’s clashes flared up over an alleged construction by Mizoram in the disputed 198-square-mile stretch on the inter-state border — Lailapur under Dhalai of Cachar district in southern Assam and Vairengte in Kolasib district of northern Mizoram.

At least five companies (total of 500 troops) of the Central Reserve Police Force have been deployed in the violence-hit regions.

Two more companies are on standby.



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Latest News Today – Assam Chief Minister Congratulates Boxer Lovlina

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'This Is A Big Punch': India Cheers Lovlina Borgohain, In Olympics Semis

New Delhi:

Minutes after boxer Lovlina Borgohain cruised past Nien-Chin Chen in her quarterfinal bout of Women’s Welter (64-69kg) on Friday, of the ongoing Tokyo Olympics, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted to congratulate the pugilist.

“This is a BIG punch. You continue to make us proud #LovlinaBorgohain and keep India’s flag high & shining at #TokyoOlympics2020,” Mr Sarma tweeted.

The win has also assured India of at least a bronze medal.

“Lovlina has entered the Semi Finals! Well done @LovlinaBorgohai, what an amazing news for India to wake up to today! We’ve been glued to the tv screen watching you in action!” tweeted Sports Minister Anurag Thakur.

Lovlina will now take on top seeded Busenaz Surmeneli of Turkey in the semi-final bout. With her historic win, Lovlina became only the second Indian female boxer after Mary Kom to clinch an Olympic medal.

Businessman Anand Mahindra, celebrating her win, implored her to get India a “shinier medal”.

“You’ve made us greedy @LovlinaBorgohai Feel the power of a billion wishes in every punch of yours…and get us a shinier medal…,” tweeted Mr Mahindra.

Last week, weightlifter Mirabai Chanu, 26, had won India’s first-ever silver medal in the weightlifting discipline at Olympics. The weighlifter from Manipur had clinched the silver with a total lift of 202kg (87kg Snatch and 115kg in clean and jerk).



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Latest News Today – Reports Of Firing At Assam-Mizoram Border; Chief

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Assam-Mizoram Border Tension: There were reports of firing from the Assam-Mizoram border areas.

Fresh violence broke out at the disputed Assam-Mizoram border today — two days after Union home minister Amit Shah met all Chief Ministers of the northeast at Shillong. There were reports of firing from the border area — which lies over Assam’s Cachar district and Mizoram’s Colasib district — and attacks on government vehicles.Mr Shah has dialled both Chief Ministers and asked them to resolve the border issue, to which they have agreed, reported news agency ANI quoting sources. The police forces from both states have returned from disputed site.

The Chief Ministers of both states clashed on Twitter, and tagged Union Home Minister Amit Shah in their posts.

Tweeting a video of the violence where people armed with sticks can be seen, Chief Minster Zoramthanga sought Mr Shah’s intervention, saying it “needs to be stopped right now.”

“Innocent couple on their way back to Mizoram via Cachar manhandled and ransacked by thugs and goons. How are you going to justify these violent acts?” read another tweet.

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted: “Honble @ZoramthangaCM ji , Kolasib (Mizoram) SP is asking us to withdraw from our post until then their civilians won’t listen nor stop violence. How can we run government in such circumstances? Hope you will intervene at earliest”.

Mr Sarma later tweeted that he has spoken to his MIzoram counterpart. “I have just spoken to Hon’ble Chief Minister @ZoramthangaCM ji.I have reiterated that Assam will maintain status quo and peace between the borders of our state. I have expressed my willingness to visit Aizawl and disscuss these issues if need be (sic),” his tweet read.

Mr Zoramthanga, however, shot back, “As discussed I kindly urge that Assam Police be instructed to withdraw from Vairengte for the safety of civilians”.

Three Mizoram districts – Aizawl, Kolasib and Mamit – share a 164.6 km long inter-state border with Assam’s Cachar, Hailakandi and Karimganj districts. There have been skirmishes at the “disputed” areas of the border for years, with the residents on both sides accusing each other of intrusion.

The last incident was reported in June, when security forces of both states exchanged allegations of “intrusion”.

The Mizoram government has constituted a boundary commission to deal with demarcation of the border. The boundary commission will be chaired by Deputy Chief Minister Tawnluia and will have Home Minister Lalchamliana as vice chairman.

Assam has border disputes with Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh as well.



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Latest News Today – YouTube Removes Bengal BJP Chief Dilip Ghosh’s Videos on

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West Bengal BJP President Dilip Ghosh on Friday shared YouTube videos of purported post-poll violence in the state, but the authorities of the website removed them as they violated its community guidelines.

YouTube was compelled to remove the clippings shared by Ghosh on Twitter as there were scenes of “brutal violence” but that is the real situation in West Bengal, state BJP spokesperson Shamik Bhattacharya claimed.

In his Twitter handle, Ghosh posted the videos with a caption: “Some of the illustrious achievements of the Trinamool Congress government in past two months”.

However, the visuals were soon removed by YouTube with the message: “The video has been removed for violating YouTube community guidelines.”

The video-sharing website removes posts that violate its community guidelines that “are designed to ensure that our community stays protected”. It pulls contents for violating its policies regarding hate speech and harassment, spam and deceptive practices, violent or graphic content policy and violations of its terms of service.

Ghosh, an MP, on July 21 alleged that over 30 BJP activists were killed in post-poll clashes in West Bengal.

The state BJP chief was not available for comments on the deletion of the videos,

Bhattacharya, however, said, “The violence was brutal, it exceeds all civilised norms. That is why YouTube is shocked and compelled to remove the videos. As stated by our party for over two years and the NHRC now, this is the real situation of West Bengal.”

In an indictment of the Trinamool Congress government, a committee, constituted by the NHRC on the order of the Calcutta High Court to investigate alleged human rights violations during post-poll violence, had said in its report that the situation in the state is a manifestation of “Law of Ruler” instead of “Rule of Law”.

West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee on July 22 claimed that BJP was using fake videos to back up its “concocted stories” about post-poll violence.


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Latest News Today – Maharastra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar

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Those Who Had 2 Vaccine Shots Should Be Allowed To Go Out: Maharastra Deputy Chief Minister

Ajit Pawar, however, did not elaborate on what exactly he meant by “going out”. (File)

Pune:

Maharashtra deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said on Wednesday that he was of the view that those who have received both the jabs of coronavirus vaccines should be allowed to “go out”.

He was going to discuss this issue with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, he told reporters.

“In my opinion those who have received two shots of COVID-19 vaccines should be allowed to go out, in a phased manner. I will speak with the CM on this subject in the next two days,” he said.

Mr Pawar, however, did not elaborate on what exactly he meant by “going out”.

While restrictions induced by the pandemic vary across the state, there is no curfew. In Pune and some other districts people are not allowed to visit tourist spots.

The deputy chief minister conceded that not everyone may agree with him.

“Different institutes put forth their views, people from the medical fraternity have different views. Some people say the next 100 to 120 days are very crucial and everyone should follow the rules in true letter and spirit during this period,” he said.

Asked about the tardy pace of vaccination in Pune district, Mr Pawar said the pace had not slowed down but it depends on the availability of the vaccines and it is the Union government which supplies them.

“The Chief Minister in every video conference with the prime minister raises the demand for supply of vaccine doses in proportion with the state’s population,” he said.

Earlier it was told (by the Centre) that the production of vaccines would be ramped up and the states will receive the doses in sufficient quantity in July, but this has not happened so far, Mr Pawar claimed.

People are now coming forward to take the vaccine and there is no “vaccine hesitancy” which was a good development, he said.

Speaking about the Pegasus spyware row, Mr Pawar said measures such as phone tapping could be used against a person who is a threat to national security, but under the protection of laws enabling them, innocent people are being targeted.

People must know what exactly happened and in whose tenure, the NCP leader said.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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Latest News Today – Trinamool Congress’s Mukul Roy Takes Charge As Chief Of

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Trinamool's Mukul Roy Takes Charge As Chief Of Top Bengal Assembly Panel

Mukul Roy on Friday took charge as the Public Accounts Committee.

Kolkata:

Legislator Mukul Roy, who has switched over to the ruling Trinamool Congress after winning the West Bengal election on a BJP ticket, on Friday took charge as the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman of the state assembly.

Mr Roy, officially a BJP MLA, was appointed the  Public Accounts Committee chairman on July 9. Objecting to the appointment, eight BJP legislators on Tuesday resigned as heads of various assembly panels.

The BJP has said that as per norms, an opposition MLA is appointed as the  Public Accounts Committee chairman and the Trinamool has misused that rule.

The assembly Speaker’s office announced new names of chairmen of the eight committees on Friday. All of them are Trinamool MLAs.

Mr Roy, the MLA of Krishnagar Uttar seat, was at the office for over half an hour after taking over his new responsibility.

Asked to comment on reports that BJP is planning to move court seeking his disqualification as an MLA, he told reporters: “Anyone can go anywhere he wants.”

Speaker Biman Bandyopadhyay earlier said that there was no impropriety in the appointment of Mr Roy as the Public Accounts Committee chairman.

He had also said as per norms, the chairmanship of eight standing panels went to opposition BJP MLAs but if they resigned, the posts will automatically go to the next seniormost members of the House.

Accordingly, Trinamool legislators Madan Mitra, Sudipto Roy, Tapan Dasgupta, Rukbanur Rahman, Ashok Chattopadhyay and Abdul Khaled Mollah and two others were appointed as chairmen of
various committees on Friday.

They took the place of BJP’s Manoj Tigga, Mihir Goswami, Bisnuprasad Sharma, Nikhilranjan Dey, Dipak Barman and Krishna Kalyani and two others.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee said that the eight new committee chairmen will take charge on July 26.

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Latest News Today – Chief Economic Advisor Krishnamurthy Subramanian

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Economy To Grow By 6.5-7% From 2022-23: Chief Economic Advisor

The country’s economy contracted by 7.3 per cent in fiscal 2020-21.

The country’s economy will start witnessing a growth of 6.5 to 7 per cent from fiscal 2023 onwards, helped by various reforms undertaken by the government so far and also as COVID-19 vaccination drive progresses, Chief Economic Advisor Krishnamurthy Subramanian said. He expects the impact of the second wave not to be very significant. The country’s economy contracted by 7.3 per cent in fiscal 2020-21.

“Together with the reforms and focus on vaccination, I expect growth to start hitting close 6.5 to 7 per cent from FY23 onwards and accelerate from there on,” Subramanian said at a virtual event organised by Dun & Bradstreet.

“Given the significant reforms that have been done over the last one and a half years, I have no hesitation in saying that I look forward to a decade of high growth for India.” He said the momentum in recovery that was seen in the fourth quarter of FY21 and overall in the second half of FY21 got impacted to some extent by the second wave of COVID-19.

While the second wave was quite devastating on the health side, the economic impact of that has been limited because the second way was much shorter in duration compared to the first wave and the economic restrictions that were placed were primarily at the state level, he said. “We expect the impact of the second wave to be not very large,” he said.

Subramanian said various reforms undertaken by the government in sectors such as agriculture, labour, export PLI scheme, change in MSME definition, creation of the bad bank, privatisation of public sector banks among others, are going to push growth. 

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Latest News Today – Row Over 2015 “Akhand Bharat” Tweet By Uttarakhand Chief

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Twitter users pointed out the India map, demarcated by a white line, left out parts of Ladakh, PoK (File)

New Delhi:

New Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, landed in controversy even before he took oath because of a map of India he tweeted six years ago. The map, purportedly showing “Akhand Bharat (undivided India)” at some point in history had missed out key parts of present-day India.

Twitter users lost no time in digging out the map, pointing out that current Indian map, demarcated by a white line on the red “Akhand Bharat” background, left out parts of Ladakh and the areas occupied by Pakistan.

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The omission of Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir in the northern tip of the map has landed many in trouble — most recently, a case was filed against Twitter for carrying the distorted version on its website.

In February, the government had called out the World Health Organisation or WHO over the “wrong depiction” of India’s map on its website.

In January, the British Broadcasting Corporation or BBC had apologised for the “mistaken use of an inaccurate map of India” and rectified it.

Mr Dhami, the state’s third Chief Minister in four months, takes oath at 5 pm today. The 45-year-old was named for the top post yesterday after Tirath Singh Rawat resigned from the post amid infighting.

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Latest News Today – Pushkar Singh Dhami selected new Uttarakhand Chief

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Pushkar Singh Dhami is a two-time MLA from Khatima constituency in Uttarakhand’s Kumaon region

New Delhi:

Pushkar Singh Dhami was today chosen by the Uttarakhand BJP legislature party to be the eleventh Chief Minister of the state. The change of guard came a day after Tirat Singh Rawat resigned from the post amid infighting and fading chances of his getting elected to the state Legislative Assembly by September 10.

The name of Mr Dhami, considered close to Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, was declared after the 57 Uttarakhand BJP MLAs met at the party headquarters in capital Dehradun. The 45-year-old is a two-time legislator representing the Khatima constituency in the state’s Kumaon region. He was an Officer on Special Duty to former Uttarakhand Chief Minister Bhagat Singh Koshiyari.

Soon after being elected as leader of the legislature party, Mr Dhami thanked the BJP leadership for reposing faith in him and said he will deal with the challenges lying ahead with everyone’s cooperation, PTI reported.

Uttarakhand is due for Assembly election in less than a year.

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Besides the MLAs, today’s meeting was attended by the BJP’s central observer Narendra Singh Tomar, who arrived in capital Dehradun around noon, and its state in-charge Dushyant Kumar Gautam. Ahead of the meeting, Mr Tomar held discussions with several state leaders, including Mr Rawat himself.

The names of nearly half-a-dozen MLAs had done the rounds as probables for the top job, including that of Satpal Maharaj, Dhan Singh Rawat, besides Mr Dhami, according to a PTI report. A section of party leaders also recommended former Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, the report said.

Tirath Singh Rawat, till then an MP, was sworn in as Chief Minister in March following fierce dissent against Trivendra Singh Rawat. To keep the post, however, Mr Rawat had to win an assembly seat by September 10.

Holding a bye-poll amid the Covid pandemic seems an increasingly distant possibility, though, especially given that the Assembly polls are due in less than a year’s time. Moreover, the Election Commission had recently found itself in the midst of a major row over the March-April election in five states held alongside rising infection rates in the second wave.

“A constitutional crisis has emerged in Uttarakhand because there is less than a year for the next election. Will the Election Commission give permission to hold a bye-poll? While it has the mandate to hold an election, there have been instances where it denied permission,” former Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat had told NDTV.

“The Election Commission has given in writing that it cannot hold elections amid the Covid pandemic in certain states,” he said.  

Meanwhile, Tirath Singh Rawat, who had been in Delhi for the past three days confabulating with the BJP’s top leadership, was asked yesterday afternoon to quit. Soon after, he sought an appointment with Governor Baby Rani Maurya, but before that he handed his resignation to party chief JP Nadda.

“Given the constitutional crisis, I felt it was right for me to resign. Bye-polls could not be held because of COVID-19,” he said yesterday in a brief statement.

His 114-day stint was packed with controversies. The BJP’s Uttarakhand leaders had complained to the Delhi leadership about public anger at some of his pronouncements, including one against ripped jeans. Mr Rawat even embarrassed his party by criticising his predecessor’s policy decisions.

His handling of the Kumbh Mela at the peak of the Covid spike and the comment that “no RT-PCR test was required” provoked a huge backlash.

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Latest News Today – Uttarakhand Chief Minister Resigns 4 Months After He

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Tirath Singh Rawat was sworn in as Uttarakhand Chief Minister in March. (File)

Highlights

  • Tirath Rawat was asked this afternoon by the ruling party to quit
  • He had been in Delhi for past 3 days for meetings with BJP leadership
  • BJP MLAs in Uttarakhand will meet tomorrow to pick a new leader

New Delhi:

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat handed in his resignation to the Governor on Friday, barely four months after he took charge and just ahead of polls next year in the state.

“Given the constitutional crisis, I felt it was right for me to resign. Bypolls could not be held because of COVID-19,” he said in a brief statement in Hindi.

Tirath Rawat, who had been in Delhi for the past three days for meetings with the BJP leadership, was asked this afternoon by the ruling party to quit. Soon after, he sought an appointment with Governor Baby Rani Maurya. But before meeting with the Governor, he handed in his papers to his party chief JP Nadda.

BJP MLAs in Uttarakhand will meet tomorrow to pick a new leader.

Mr Rawat was sworn in as Chief Minister in March, with a little over a year to the Uttarakhand election, amid fierce dissent against then Chief Minister Trivendra Rawat.

But to keep the post, Mr Rawat, who is an MP, would need to win an assembly seat and become a member of the Uttarakhand legislative assembly by September 10.

To hold bypolls at this time would be a tough decision for the Election Commission after the massive controversy over the March-April election in five states, held alongside rising virus cases in the second surge.

“There are many by-elections due. The Covid situation is a major consideration,” Election Commission sources had said this morning.

To the BJP’s chagrin, the new Chief Minister did no better than his predecessor in defusing the infighting in Uttarakhand.

Sources say Satpal Maharaj and Dhan Singh Rawat have sent feelers to the leadership that they are interested in the top post.

Earlier this year, they had lost the race to Tirath Rawat.

Tirath Rawat’s brief stint was packed with controversies. The BJP’s Uttarakhand leaders had complained to the Delhi leadership about public anger at some of his pronouncements.

Mr Rawat even embarrassed his party by criticizing his predecessor’s policy decisions.

Soon after taking over, Mr Rawat made widely-condemned remarks on women wearing ripped jeans. He also said the US, not Britain, ruled India for 200 years.

His handling of the Kumbh Mela at the peak of the Covid spike and the comment that “no RT-PCR test was required” provoked a huge backlash.

The BJP, say sources, decided to cut its losses even at the risk of projecting turmoil in the hill state.

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