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Pakistan's caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar visited the violence-hit Jaranwala town in Punjab province and handed out a compensation of Rs 2 million each to around 100 Christian families whose homes were burnt down along with 21 churches by a mob of radical Islamists last week. The mob ransacked and torched 21 churches and several houses of Christians last week over blasphemy allegations in Jaranwala town of Faisalabad district, 130 km from Punjab's provincial capital Lahore. A Christian cemetery and the office of the local assistant commissioner were also vandalised.

Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar has announced that his government has taken a decision to cancel the implementation of the National Education Policy, 2020, in the state. "We have examined various aspects of the National Education Policy that was adopted by BJP and we have decided to scrap it. We will bring new Karnataka Education Policy next year," said Karnataka Deputy CM DK Shivakumar.

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A senior Delhi government official, who is accused of raping a minor several times and impregnating her, was taken into police custody on Monday, officials said. Police also took the accused's wife into custody, they said, adding that the statement of the minor is being recorded. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has ordered the suspension of the officer -- a deputy director with the women and child development department.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal orders the suspension of the rape accused Delhi govt official and seeks report from Chief  Secretary by 5 pm today.

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TRAI releases recommendations on “License Fee and Policy Matters of DTH Services”

DTH Licensee should pay an annual license fee equivalent to 3 per cent of AGR.
Electronic Bank Guarantee should be encouraged and permitted for ease of doing business.
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Envoys of 6 nations present credentials to Prez Murmu at Rashtrapati Bhavan

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Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami met Union Energy Minister RK Singh in New Delhi today

On this occasion, the CM requested the Union Minister to make permanent allocation of 400-450 MW from coal-based plants to secure the base load in view of the energy security of the state and to make the state free from power cuts. On this occasion, the Chief Minister also thanked the Union Minister for providing an average of 300 megawatt power per month from the unallocated quota from April to September 2023.
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Nilesh M Desai, Director, Space Applications Centre-ISRO, Ahmedabad on Chandrayaan-3 landing on the Moon

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BoB issues a statement over technical reasons mentioned in withdrawal of sale notice for Sunny Deol's bungalow

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Congress MP Rahul Gandhi during his Ladakh visit reaches Khardung La

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Swami Prasad Maurya on the shoe-hurling incident in Lucknow:

"His attempt was unsuccessful and he was later roughed up by the workers. Police took him into the custody," says Samajwadi Party leader Swami Prasad Maurya on the shoe-hurling incident in Lucknow earlier today.
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Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao releases a list of candidates for the upcoming State Elections

Telangana CM and Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) chief K Chandrasekhar Rao releases a list of candidates for the upcoming State Elections. CM to contest from Kamareddy and Gajwel and minister Kalvakuntla Taraka Rama Rao (KTR) from Sircilla. "We will release our party manifesto in Warangal on October 16. Anybody found indulging in anti-party activities will be shunted out of the party," said Rao on State elections.
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SC dismisses plea seeking declaration that abrogation of Art 370 valid

The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a petition seeking a declaration that abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution, which bestowed special status on the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, was constitutionally valid.

Terming the plea as "misconceived", a bench headed by Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud said the issue of constitutional validity of abrogation of Article 370 is already pending before a constitution bench of the apex court.

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SC to pass guidelines on summoning of govt officials in courts across country

The Supreme Court on Monday said it will lay down broad guidelines for courts across the country to deal with the issue of summoning officials in cases involving the government and their officials.

A bench comprising Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud and justices J B Pardiwala and Manoj Misra said there must be different set of procedures to deal with contempt proceedings arising out of non-compliance of final judgements and the interim orders passed in pending cases.

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Himachal rains: Thakur asks officials to construct houses for those affected

Union minister Anurag Thakur has asked authorities in the district to construct houses for those who have lost their homes due to heavy rains in Himachal Pradesh.

Chairing a review meeting on the damage caused by heavy rains in the district on Sunday, the Hamirpur MP said changes will be made in the Relief Manual of the Central and State Governments to provide more relief to the people hit by the calamity.

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Citizens coming forward to pay taxes, they know their tax is being used for development: PM Modi

PM Modi says, "The citizens of the country are coming forward to pay the taxes. They are coming in large numbers. They (citizens) know that their tax is being used for the development of the country..."
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Karnataka: BJP protests against releasing further water from Cauvery river to Tamil Nadu

The Karnataka unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday staged a protest in Mandya district, demanding that the state not release any more water from the Cauvery river to Tamil Nadu.

The protests were held in Sanjay Circle of Mandya district with protestors questioning the Congress government in Karnataka for agreeing to release water to the neighbouring state when its own districts are facing water shortage for irrigation of standing crops.

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Japan govt makes final plea to gain fisheries' understanding for Fukushima plant

Japanese government officials sought understanding from fisheries groups on Monday for the impending release of treated radioactive wastewater from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea and pledged to support their livelihoods throughout the process that will take decades.

Economy and Industry Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura met with the head of the National Federation of Fisheries Cooperatives and promised that the government is doing everything it can to ensure the safety of the release and prepared measures to protect the fisheries industry's reputation.

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Manipur violence: SC to pass orders on Aug 25 to facilitate functioning of Justice Gita Mittal panel

A panel headed by former judge Gital Mittal to oversee relief and rehabilitation of victims of violence in Manipur on Monday submitted three reports to the Supreme Court, including one on the need to upgrade the compensation scheme for the strife-torn people of the state.

The Supreme Court said it will pass orders on Friday to facilitate functioning of the three-member panel.

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First Published: Aug 21 2023 | 8:58 AM IST

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