BJP MP Nishikant Dubey has claimed that BSP MP Danish Ali had provoked the religious taunts made by BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri during a session in Parliament. Dubey alleged that Ali targeted the PM with derogatory remarks, leading to Bidhuri's response. However, Dubey's claims have not been supported by any proof. Bidhuri's remarks, which were expunged, sparked outrage and calls for action from other parliamentarians. The BJP issued a notice to Bidhuri to explain his conduct within 10 days.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has confiscated the property of Gurpatwant Singh Pannu, the chief of banned outfit Sikhs for Justice, in Amritsar and Chandigarh. This is the first time that assets have been attached by the government in a terrorism-related case. Pannu's outfit is at the center of diplomatic tensions between India and Canada, following Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's allegations that Indian agents were involved in the killing of Pannu's close ally and Khalistani extremist Hardeep Singh Nijjar.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) in India has uncovered evidence that money generated through extortion and smuggling in India is being used to fund violent acts and invest in various ventures, including yachts, movies, and the Canadian Premier League. The NIA has identified 13 instances between 2019 and 2021 where funds ranging from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 60 lakh were sent to Canada and Thailand through the hawala route. The investigation has also revealed close ties between gangster Lawrence Bishnoi and Khalistani groups in Canada. The NIA is working to identify all the assets linked to these activities.
Mobile internet services in Manipur, which were suspended on 3rd May due to ethnic violence, have been restored. The ban was originally put in place to prevent the spread of fake news, propaganda, and hate speech. The state government decided to lift the ban after improvements in the situation. At least 176 people have been killed and nearly 50,000 displaced since the violence began. The government has also called on the Centre to cancel the free movement regime along the India-Myanmar border.
Three men have been arrested in Gautam Budh Nagar, India, for allegedly poisoning live cattle and selling their meat. The suspects were identified as Sandeep Kumar, Deepu Pal, and Pradeep Kumar. The arrests came after a complaint was filed by a resident who claimed that his cattle had been poisoned. The suspects admitted to poisoning the animals and selling the meat for ?1,000 ($14) per animal. Police are investigating to determine if more gang members are involved in similar incidents.
The Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) plans to prepare short monographs on different aspects of Indian history in order to present a "correct narrative" to the public. The monographs, which will be 100-120 pages long, will cover topics such as dynasties, significant events, and important figures throughout history. The aim is to provide a comprehensive understanding of various subjects in a concise manner. The ICHR will initially prepare 50 monographs in Hindi and English, with the intention of translating them into other Indian languages.
The last survivor of a recent construction site accident in Greater Noida West, India, has died, raising the death toll to nine. The incident occurred on 15 September when a service lift transporting nine workers and an operator got stuck and then fell. Five suspects have been arrested, all of whom work for the construction company involved. The project is being constructed by NBCC India.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has laid the foundation stone for an international cricket stadium in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. Modi said the development of sports infrastructure has a positive impact on both sports and the economy. The stadium, to be built at an estimated cost of INR4.5bn ($61m), will be spread over 30 acres and is expected to be completed by December 2025. The Board of Control for Cricket in India will contribute INR3.3bn to the project.
Upamanyu Mukherjee, a 16-year-old composer, lyricist, and singer from Pune, India, has released his debut album "Negotiating Oxytocin." The album, which debuted at number one on the iTunes India Top 100 Albums chart, covers a range of emotions and experiences, from love to alienation to passion. Mukherjee uses the pen, piano, voice, and guitar as interchangeable modes of expression, crafting an intuitive approach to composing and songwriting. The album is distributed worldwide by Horus Music and is accompanied by animated music videos for some of the tracks.
Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge has stated that if his party comes to power in 2024, they will amend the women?s reservation bill to include a quota for women from Other Backward Classes (OBC). Kharge also alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not invite former President Ram Nath Kovind for the foundation laying of the new Parliament building because he is "untouchable." Rahul Gandhi also criticized Modi, questioning why he is afraid of a caste census.
Three children were killed and four women injured after a two-storey building collapsed on Saturday in Ghaziabad?s Loni, police said, adding that the cause for the collapse is still being ascertained. According to police, the incident took place around 11am on Saturday in Loni?s Roop Nagar area.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned that a low pressure area (LPA) is likely to form over the north Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal in September, which could intensify and move west-northwestwards. The system's track and intensity are still uncertain, but if it moves across the Bay of Bengal, it could intensify due to warm sea surface temperatures. Normally, cyclones do not form during the monsoon season, but the revival of the monsoon in September has created favorable conditions for the development of these systems.
An employee of a private company in India has been arrested for allegedly embezzling INR 85 lakh ($120,000) from the company. The suspect, identified as Hemant Trehan, transferred the funds to his own bank account and accounts belonging to his family members. Police have taken Trehan into custody for five days of questioning. During interrogation, Trehan admitted to the fraud and revealed that he had spent the money on shopping.
The toll collection contractor for the Hodal-Nuh-Pataudi-Patuda road in Gurugram has been booked for fraud after allegedly failing to deposit ?2.16 crore ($300,000) of toll collection to the public works department. The contractor, Vinod Singh, is accused of collecting toll from vehicles but not depositing the funds for the past four months. A case has been registered against Singh, and the police are currently investigating the matter.
Humans of New York founder Brandon Stanton has expressed disappointment with Indian storytelling platform Humans of Bombay (HOB) for filing a lawsuit against a similar platform, People of India, for copyright infringement. Stanton, who forgave HOB for copying his initiative, stated on X (formerly Twitter) that HOB cannot sue others for actions he has already forgiven. HOB responded with an open letter on X. Many people have criticised HOB's lawsuit and called for it to be dropped.