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Live news updates: Sisodia termed the Excise Policy 2021-22 as the "best policy", and said there was "no wrongdoing" in its implementation

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Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia addresses a press conference, in New Delhi, Friday, Nov. 6, 2020. (PTI Photo/Vijay Verma)(

Delhi excise policy was implemented with complete transparency and there was no scam, Sisodia said. (PTI Photo/Vijay Verma)

Live news updates: After the CBI raided Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Friday, the Congress said the "relentless misuse" of investigation agencies against political rivals erodes their credibility and can help the corrupt to get away, even though its Delhi leaders claimed the raids exposed the AAP leader's "corrupt face". 

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president JP Nadda will visit the poll-bound Himachal Pradesh today to deliberate on the strategy with the leaders of the state unit for the upcoming Assembly elections to be held later this year. According to BJP, Nadda will address a public meeting in Paonta Sahib. He will also attend the events organised in the state as Himachal Pradesh is also celebrating 75 years of its formation.

The yatra to the Vaishno Devi shrine atop Trikuta hills in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir was temporarily suspended on Friday evening following heavy rain, officials said. Chief Executive Officer of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board Anshul Garg said the situation was under control and there was no report of any casualty or damage. 

The US for the first time Friday said it will give Ukraine Scan Eagle surveillance drones, mine-resistant vehicles, anti-armor rounds and howitzer weapons to help Ukrainian forces regain territory and mount a counteroffensive against Russian invaders. 
11:48 PM

Rahul appeals to HP govt to provide all possible help to those affected by flash floods

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday appealed to the government of Himachal Pradesh to provide all possible help to those affected by flash floods and landslides in the state.

"There has been heavy destruction in Himachal Pradesh due to landslides, cloudbursts and floods. News of mishaps coming from different parts of the state is very saddening," Gandhi said in a Facebook post in Hindi.

11:17 PM

CBI now 'uncaged', its plumes saffron and wings ED: Kapil Sibal

A day after the CBI raided Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia's residence, Rajya Sabha MP Kapil Sibal on Saturday said the probe agency, once a "caged parrot", is now "uncaged", but its plumes are saffron and wings Enforcement Directorate.

The Central Bureau of Investigation on Friday raided the home of Sisodia and 30 other locations in connection with alleged corruption in the implementation of the Delhi Excise Policy.

10:36 PM

Delhi reports 1,109 new Covid cases, 9 deaths in the past 24 hours

9:36 PM

Jammu & Kashmir records 344 new Covid-19 cases

Jammu and Kashmir registered 344 fresh coronavirus cases on Saturday, taking the infection tally to 4,75,768, officials said here.

While 49 cases were reported from Jammu division, 295 cases were reported from Kashmir, they said.

9:25 PM

Akhilesh slams Yogi govt over death of 2 devotees at Mathura temple; alleges corruption

Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav Saturday attacked the state government over the death of two devotees in a stampede-like situation at Mathura's Bankey Bihari temple during Janmashtami celebrations, blaming it on an "administrative failure" and a "Rs 27-crore loot" in the name of beautification.

The two devotees were killed and seven others injured in the early hours of Saturday, with District Magistrate Navneet Singh Chahal saying "prima facie, the cause of death is suffocation due to a heavy rush during the 'mangala aarti'."

8:24 PM

EPFO adds 1.83 mn net subscribers in June

Retirement fund body EPFO added 18.36 lakh new subscribers in June 2022, registering 43 per cent rise as compared to the year-ago period, according to an official data.

The Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) had added 12.83 lakh net new subscribers in June 2021, the data showed.

The provisional payroll data of EPFO released on Saturday highlights that the organisation added 18.36 lakh net members in June 2022, a labour ministry statement said.

7:32 PM

BJP leader caught on tape admitting 'lynching', Cong says party's true face exposed

Rajasthan Congress chief Govind Singh Dotasra on Saturday shared on Twitter a purported video clip of BJP's former MLA Gyan Dev Ahuja, who is allegedly seen admitting his supporters have so far "lynched five people".

The BJP leader is seen making the comment while interrupting a speaker, who was urging a group of people to launch an agitation against the lynching of 45-year-old Chiranjilal Saini. Saini was allegedly lynched by members of the Mev Muslim community on Sunday morning in Govindgarh town on suspicion of tractor theft.

6:57 PM

Maha sees 1,855 COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths; active tally now 11,866

Maharashtra on Saturday reported 1,855 COVID-19 cases and two deaths, which took the tally to 80,82,551 and the toll to 1,48,193, a health department official said.

A day earlier, the state saw 2,285 cases and five fatalities.

Of the new cases, Mumbai Circle led with 1,229, followed by Pune Circle (263), Nashik Circle (117), Nagpur Circle (112), Kolhapur Circle (48), Latur Circle (33), Akola Circle (27) and Aurangabad Circle (26).

6:14 PM

Bilkis case: Three Muslim MLAs request President to revoke Gujarat decision to release 11 convicts

Three Gujarat Congress MLAs have written to President Droupadi Murmu seeking her direction to the state government to withdraw its "shameful decision" to release the 11 convicts serving a life sentence in the 2002 Bilkis Bano case.

The three MLAs- Gyasuddin Shaikh, Imran Khedawala and Javed Pirzada- have written a letter to the President, Shaikh said on Saturday.

"Gujarat Congress MLAs @Gyasuddin_INC, @Imran_khedawala and Javed Pirzada wrote a letter to the President of India Draupadi Murmu regarding Bilkis Bano case," stated a post on Shaikh's Twitter handle with a copy of the letter.

4:15 PM

Modi govt surpassed previous govts in increasing agri budget: Nadda

BJP president Jagat Prakash Nadda said on Saturday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led central government has done a lot for farmers with a fourfold increase in the agricultural budget in eight years.

Addressing a public meeting at the municipal council ground in Paonta Sahib in Himachal Pradesh's Sirmour district, Nadda claimed that no other government worked so much for the farmers as the current dispensation.

3:42 PM

Terror threat received by Mumbai cops should be taken seriously, central agencies should probe: Ajit Pawar

Senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar on Saturday said the messages received by the Mumbai police threatening a "26/11-like attack" should be taken seriously, and added that central agencies need to look into the matter.

Speaking to reporters at the airport here, the Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly said in the state police department is a very able force in such situations.

The Mumbai police's traffic wing received several text messages on its helpline number, which threatened that a "26/11-like" attack will be carried out in the city by six persons and "preparations are on to blow up" the metropolis.

3:11 PM

Reside in Mumbai, no visitors at home, don't contact co-accused: Court's bail conditions for Varavara Rao

A special court here has directed poet-activist P Varavara Rao, an accused in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist links case who was recently granted bail on medical ground by the Supreme Court, to reside in Mumbai and not to leave the city without its permission.

It also restricted Rao from having a "gathering of visitors" at his residence in Mumbai, and asked him not to indulge in any "criminal activities, similar to the case against him or otherwise" and not to contact any co-accused in the case or any other person involved in similar activities.

The apex court had granted bail to Rao on August 10.

3:06 PM

Cong demands white paper on privatisation of public sector banks from govt

The Congress on Saturday accused the Centre of having pressured the RBI to "disown" its research report which argued against a "big bang approach" to privatisation of banks, and demanded that the government come out with a white paper on public sector banks' privatisation.
The Opposition party hit out at the BJP over the privatisation of public sector banks (PSBs), calling it "Beche Jao Party", and alleged that the central government had changed the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to "Reverse Bank of India" by forcing it to make a "U-turn" over its own report.
The RBI on Friday said a research paper favouring gradual privatisation of public sector banks (PSBs) is not its view but that of the authors of the report.
3:03 PM

Wockhardt ties up with various partners to roll out products in US mkt

Drug firm Wockhardt on Saturday said it has tied up with various partners to roll out products in the US market with its Illinois-based manufacturing plant all set to relieve all workers in a phased manner as part of business restructuring in the US market.

The Mumbai-based company said it has engaged multiple US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) approved manufacturing partners in the US market, after thorough due diligence and inspection of their facilities, to manufacture various products for sale in the US/ North America.

"The company is relieving all its staff who were directly engaged by our US subsidiary in its plant in connection with the manufacturing process in a phased manner and in full compliance with the applicable local laws," Wockhardt Ltd said in a regulatory filing.

3:00 PM

SpiceJet Durgapur flight incident: DGCA suspends licence of pilot for 6 months

Aviation regulator DGCA has suspended the licence of a SpiceJet pilot for six months following an incident where the airline's flight from Mumbai to Durgapur had faced severe turbulence and resulted in injuries to many passengers in May.

In the incident that happened on May 1, as many as 14 passengers and 3 cabin crew members were injured.

A senior DGCA official on Saturday said the licence of the pilot-in-command of the flight has been suspended for six months due to various violations.

2:58 PM

NDPP, BJP dismiss merger speculation

Ruling alliance partners in Nagaland, NDPP and BJP, have dismissed Congress's speculation that the two parties will merge after the assembly elections due next year.

Addressing a joint press conference on Friday, National Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) leader Neiba Kronu and BJP national spokesperson Mmhonlumo Kikon said that the speculation put forward by Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) president K Therie and AICC Nagaland in-charge Ajoy Kumar on various occasions are a "figment of imagination".

"The BJP is a national party and has its own principles while NDPP is a regional entity with its own principles. There is neither any agenda nor have we held any discussion over merger with BJP," Kronu, a cabinet minister, said.

2:57 PM

Assam logs 91 new COVID cases

Assam reported 91 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, 28 less than the previous day, pushing the tally to 743,432, a National Health Mission (NHM) bulletin said.

The positivity rate recorded an increase to 2.52 per cent against the previous day's 1.92 per cent, it said on Friday.

The new cases were detected from 3,611 samples tested for the virus.

2:52 PM

Messages that warned of 26/11-like attack came from number that has Pak code: Mumbai police chief

The messages received by the police threatening a 26/11-like attack in Mumbai came from a phone number which has Pakistan code, city Police Commissioner Vivek Phansalkar said on Saturday.

He was addressing a press conference here in the wake of city police's traffic wing receiving several text messages on its helpline number, which threatened that an attack would be carried out and the city would be blown up.

"Prima facie, the threat messages to blow up Mumbai like 26/11 came from a number that has Pakistan code," Phansalkar said.

2:52 PM

Pak's top probe agency may arrest ex-PM Imran Khan in prohibited funding case: Report

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan could be arrested by the country's top investigating agency for failing to appear before it and snubbing its notices in the prohibited funding case, according to a media report on Saturday.

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) issued a second notice to Khan on Friday, according to The News.

Khan, the cricketer-turned-politician, received the first notice last Wednesday, but he refused to appear before the FIA investigation team, the newspaper said.

2:48 PM

KCR leads massive rally to Munugode to launch TRS campaign

Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Saturday left for Munugode Assembly constituency in a massive rally from here to launch TRS campaign for the upcoming by-election.

Accompanied by some ministers and leaders of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) in a bus, chief minister KCR left from his official residence Pragati Bhavan. His convoy of vehicles was en route joined by a large number of cars.

The rally led to a huge traffic jam from Uppal to L. B. Nagar on the city periphery.

First Published: Aug 20 2022 | 07:51 AM IST

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