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Amid the Opposition’s uproar against BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri for his religious taunts to BSP MP Danish Ali, another BJP lawmaker in Lok Sabha, Nishikant Dubey claimed on Saturday that Ali allegedly provoked Bidhuri by targeting the PM (HT)

Row on Bidhuri’s remarks on Ali continues

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.

House of the chief of banned outfit Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) Gurpatwant Singh Pannu after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) confiscated his immovable properties, in Chandigarh, Saturday. (PTI)

Khalistani terrorist Pannu’s assets confiscated in Punjab

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.

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Khalistanis invested in movies, Canadian league, NIA charge sheet reveals

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.

At least 176 people have been killed and nearly 50,000 displaced since ethnic violence broke out between Meitei and Kuki communities in the northeastern state on May 3 (PTI)

Mobile net services resume in Manipur after over four months

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.

The suspects were identified as Sandeep Kumar, 21, Deepu Pal, 20, and Pradeep Kumar, 38, police said. (Representative Image)

Greater Noida man arrested for poisoning cattle fodder and selling their meat

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.

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ICHR to come up with monographs on historic events, places, dynasties

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 accident took place on September 15, morning at the construction site of Amrapali Dream Valley Society (Phase-2) in Techzone-4, said police. (Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)

Last survivor of Greater Noida lift mishap succumbs to injuries

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.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with chief minister Yogi Adityanath in Varanasi on Saturday (ANI)

Cricket stadium in Kashi to help foster growth, says Modi

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.

Pune-based composer-lyricist-singer Upamanyu Mukherjee’s debut album “Negotiating Oxytocin” released recently at major digital music stores worldwide (HT PHOTO)

For Pune teen singer-composer, writing song is a journey of looking inside

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.

We will make amend the women’s reservation bill if Congress comes to power at Centre in 2024, says Kharge. (PTI)

Kharge vows to amend women bill if Congress comes to power

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.

Police said all seven people were trapped under the debris and were rescued after a three-hour operation by police and disaster rescue personnel on Saturday afternoon. (Sakib Ali/ HT Photo)

Three children killed, four women injured as building collapses in Ghaziabad

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.

A low pressure area (LPA) is likely to form over north Andaman sea and adjoining East central Bay of Bengal by around September, says IMD. (HT Archive)

Low pressure area likely to form over Bay of Bengal in September

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.

A team led by inspector Jasveer Singh arrested the suspect and now questioning him after taking him on remand. (Representative Image)

Employee of private company held for fraud

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 police said that the contractor collected toll from vehicles but did not deposit it since the past four months. (Representative Image)

Toll contractor booked for not remitting toll tax of 2.16 crore to govt

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.

The 39-year-old blogger has issued his disappointment at the company filing a lawsuit against another storytelling platform, while they themselves copied his initiative.

Humans of Bombay vs Humans of New York: Why HONY founder Brandon Stanton is angry with HOB

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.

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