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The Committee on Tribal Unity (CoTU) and the Indigenous Tribal Leaders Forum (ITLF) have denounced the convening of the Manipur Assembly session on August 29 saying the present situation is not conducive for Kuki-Zo MLAs to attend. In a joint statement on Sunday, both the organisations said considering the complete breakdown of law and order and the failure of the state government in protecting the lives of the common people and officials, convening the session "is devoid of logic and rationality." The Business Advisory Committee (BAC) of Manipur Legislative Assembly on Saturday had decided to hold a one-day session on Tuesday.

Haryana Government on Sunday appealed to the public to avoid any kind of movement in Nuh district as section 144 has been imposed by the district administration. Nuh Sub Divisional Magistrate Ashwini Kumar said that all schools and banks of the district are closed to restrict any movement. "Section 144 has been imposed in the district. I appeal to the citizens to avoid any kind of movement. All the schools and banks of the district are closed to restrict any movement. Action will be taken against those found involved in promoting Yatra as it will be a violation of section 144," he said.

The Public Works Department (PWD) has taken disciplinary action against six contractors for not completing projects on time, an official said on Sunday. A contractor, who was awarded the work of repairing roads in northeast Delhi has been debarred from tendering in Central Public Works Department (CPWD) for six months from the date of issue of order since he "had failed to complete the work", the official said. Similarly, another contractor firm has been debarred from tendering in CPWD for six months for not completing the work on the deteriorated portion of a road on Uttar Pradesh Link Road.


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Manipur tribal organisations oppose convening of assembly session on Aug 29

The Committee on Tribal Unity (CoTU) and the Indigenous Tribal Leaders Forum (ITLF) have denounced the convening of the Manipur Assembly session on August 29 saying the present situation is not conducive for Kuki-Zo MLAs to attend. In a joint statement on Sunday, both the organisations said considering the complete breakdown of law and order and the failure of the state government in protecting the lives of the common people and officials, convening the session "is devoid of logic and rationality." The Business Advisory Committee (BAC) of Manipur Legislative Assembly on Saturday had decided to hold a one-day session on Tuesday.

 
11:12 PM

Security tightened in Nuh, Sec 144 imposed ahead of VHP yatra tomorrow

Haryana Government on Sunday appealed to the public to avoid any kind of movement in Nuh district as section 144 has been imposed by the district administration. Nuh Sub Divisional Magistrate Ashwini Kumar said that all schools and banks of the district are closed to restrict any movement. "Section 144 has been imposed in the district. I appeal to the citizens to avoid any kind of movement. All the schools and banks of the district are closed to restrict any movement. Action will be taken against those found involved in promoting Yatra as it will be a violation of section 144," he said.

 
10:52 PM

PWD debars 6 contractors in Delhi for delay in completion of projects

The Public Works Department (PWD) has taken disciplinary action against six contractors for not completing projects on time, an official said on Sunday. A contractor, who was awarded the work of repairing roads in northeast Delhi has been debarred from tendering in Central Public Works Department (CPWD) for six months from the date of issue of order since he "had failed to complete the work", the official said. Similarly, another contractor firm has been debarred from tendering in CPWD for six months for not completing the work on the deteriorated portion of a road on Uttar Pradesh Link Road.

 
9:57 PM

K'taka govt's 100 days: CM reiterates commitment to fulfil poll promises

As the Congress government in Karnataka completed 100 days, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Sunday sought people's cooperation to lead the "chariot of development" along with the execution of the five election guarantees. Riding on its pre-poll guarantees, the Congress swept to power winning 135 seats in the 224-member Assembly as it dislodged the ruling BJP. The saffron party secured only 66 seats while the JD(S) came a distant third with 19.  "Our government has completed 100 days of coming to power today. In the last Assembly elections, the voters of the state placed their trust and confidence in us and our candidates won in 135 seats and allowed the formation of a secure government with full majority.
9:28 PM

Russia denies involvement in plane crash that killed Wagner chief Prigozhin

The assertions that the Wagner mercenary chief, Yevgeny Prigozhin at the direction of the Russian government is an "absolute lie," the Kremlin has said. According to Al Jazeera, ten bodies and flight recorders were found at the scene of the crash on Wednesday northwest of Moscow by Russian officials, and an inquiry is ongoing for the crash. Rejecting all the allegations, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said, "Right now, of course, there are lots of speculation around this plane crash and the tragic deaths of the passengers of the plane, including Yevgeny Prigozhin," Peskov told reporters in a conference call.

 
9:19 PM

CAG identified corruption in govt-run schemes: Stalin lashes out at BJP

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Sunday lashed out at the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party at the Centre citing the Comptroller and Auditor General Report. Flaying the Narendra Modi government, he sought to know what moral right the Prime Minister had to speak about corruption in the wake of CAG findings. "I want to know what moral right does the Prime Minister have to talk about corruption. The Comptroller and Auditor General Report has identified corruption in central government-run schemes," Stalin said at the wedding of CPI leader M Selvaraj near here on Sunday.

 
8:37 PM

Tigress found dead in MP's Umaria, territorial fight likely cause of death

A 4-year-old tigress was found dead on Sunday in Umaria district in Madhya Pradesh, a forest department official said. Its body was found in the buffer zone in Manpur range of Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, area ranger Mukesh Ahirwar told PTI. "Circumstantial evidence suggests it died in a territorial fight. We rushed to the spot with sniffer dogs and have sent the carcass for post mortem. Its viscera has been submitted for testing," he said.

7:59 PM

Isro's Vikram lander observes Moon temperature, records high of 70 deg C

ISRO on Sunday released a graph of the temperature variation on the lunar surface and a senior scientist of the space agency expressed surprise over the high temperature recorded on the Moon. The national space agency said Chandra's Surface Thermophysical Experiment (ChaSTE) payload onboard Chandrayaan-3's Vikram lander measured the temperature profile of the lunar topsoil around the pole to understand the thermal behaviour of the Moon's surface. "Here are the first observations from the ChaSTE payload onboard Vikram Lander. ChaSTE (Chandra's Surface Thermophysical Experiment) measures the temperature profile of the lunar topsoil around the pole to understand the thermal behaviour of the moon's surface," ISRO said in an update on social media platform 'X'.

 
7:35 PM

US flags concerns over India's license mandate for laptop, tablet imports

U.S. trade chief Katherine Tai has raised concerns with India over the Asian nation's new order mandating licenses for the import of laptops, tablets and personal computers, according to a statement. Tai's intervention comes amid worries the licensing regime could impact shipments from the likes of Apple and Dell and force firms to boost local manufacturing. "She noted that there were stakeholders that needed an opportunity to review and provide input to ensure that the policy, if implemented, does not have an adverse impact on U.S. exports to India," as per the U.S. statement issued after Tai met with India's Trade Minister Piyush Goyal on August 26.

 
6:41 PM

Delhi govt launches portal to empower citizens to protect forests, wildlife

Delhi Environment and Forest Minister Gopal Rai on Sunday launched a portal to enhance public awareness about the forest and wildlife sanctuary areas that need protection. By knowing which regions are designated for conservation, Delhi residents can contribute to the preservation of their surroundings, a statement quoted the minister as saying. The portal, evanlekh.eforest.delhi.gov.in, introduces several features that empower citizens and streamline information dissemination.

 
6:01 PM

India should shine in world of sports, providing encouragement for that: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said India should shine in the world of sports for which he has been providing encouragement, but it should particularly do well in hockey, football, kabaddi and kho-kho as these are games rooted in its land. In his monthly radio broadcast 'Mann Ki Baat', Modi said sports is one area where the country's youth is continuously achieving new successes. India displayed its best-ever performance in the World University Games held in China, he said, noting that this time "our players won 26 medals in all, out of which 11 were gold medals."

 
5:49 PM

Seeing green shoots of pickup on volumes as inflation moderates: ITC CMD

As inflation is moderating, diversified group ITC is seeing green shoots of volume growth and expects the momentum to continue sequentially, its Chairman and Managing Director Sanjiv Puri said on Sunday. This will certainly lead to improvement in volume, but it will not happen overnight, said Puri here on the sidelines of the B20 Summit organised by the CII. Over the ITC's plan for the demerger of its hotel business, Puri said it is going to benefit the existing shareholders by incorporating a wholly-owned new subsidiary ITC Hotels Ltd.

 
5:40 PM

Govt calls meeting of states, bank officials on 'PM Vishwakarma' on Monday

The government has called a meeting of senior officials from states, public sector banks and State Level Bankers Committee (SLBC) on Monday, to discuss the implementation of the Rs 13,000 crore 'PM Vishwakarma' scheme, which seeks to support traditional artisans and craftsman. The scheme, which would be launched on September 17, would be implemented by three ministries -- MSME, Skill Development and Finance. The target is to enrol as many as 3 lakh beneficiaries in the current fiscal, an official said. "The Skill Ministry has called a meeting on August 28, in which principal secretaries of states, managing directors of banks, and SLBC representatives have been invited.

 
5:18 PM

Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin confirmed dead in plane crash: Russia

Russia's Investigative Committee has confirmed Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin was killed in a plane crash. The committee said in a statement Sunday that after forensic testing, all 10 bodies recovered at the site of the crash were identified, and their identities conform to the manifest. Russia's civil aviation authority earlier this week said Prigozhin, along with some of his top lieutenants, were on the list of those on board the plane that crashed Wednesday.

 
4:51 PM

3 dead and 2 injured in a fire that broke out in the Galaxy Hotel in Mumbai

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First Published: Aug 27 2023 | 7:00 AM IST

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