President I-Day Live: Ram Nath Kovind praises corona warriors, pitches for India’s...

President I-Day Live: Ram Nath Kovind praises corona warriors, pitches for India’s self-reliance


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GVK auditors seek to resign citing ‘non-cooperation’ from the group

Include chapters on citizens’ duties in school books: Centre to NCERT, state govts

Lessons learnt in 2020: President Kovind

We have learnt some tough lessons in the year 2020. The invisible virus has demolished the illusion that human being is the master of nature. I believe, it is still not too late for humanity to correct its course and live in harmony with nature: President Ram Nath Kovind

We are fortunate that Mahatma Gandhi became the guiding light of our freedom movement. As much a saint as a political leader, he was a phenomenon that could have happened only in India

– President Ram Nath Kovind

Bengaluru: Section 144 has been imposed in areas under DJ Halli and KG Halli police station limits till 6 am on 16th August

Prez to students on closure of educational institutions due to COVID-19

  • ‘Difficult times won’t last, don’t give up working for your dreams’
  • National Education Policy (NEP) spells a long term vision with far-reaching impact.

India will continue to engage with the world economy while maintaining its identity

– President

Even while the world community needs to fight together against the greatest challenge before humanity, some in our neighbourhood tried to carry out their misadventure of expansion

– President Ram Nath Kovind

Ram Nath Kovind in his address to the nation on the eve of Independence Day

Aug 15 fills us with excitement of unfurling the tricolour, taking part in celebrations & listening to patriotic songs. Youth of India should feel special pride of being citizens of free nation

India’s self-reliance means being self-sufficient without alienating or creating distance from the world

– President Ram Nath Kovind

President Ram Nath Kovind praises corona warriors, says they have gone much beyond their call of duty to save lives, ensure essential services

It was a superhuman effort on part of the govt to respond effectively in meeting the challenges due to COVID pandemic

– Ram Nath Kovind

This year’s I-Day celebrations will be restrained as deadly virus has disrupted all activities, taken huge toll

– President Ram Nath Kovind

Delhi: JP Nadda met Nitin Gadkari at the latter’s residence today

Delhi: JP Nadda met Nitin Gadkari at the latter's residence today

AP: Capital Decentralization Act

Andhra Pradesh High Court has ordered the state government to follow the status quo until 27th August regarding the Capital Decentralization Act

FM holds 3rd review meeting of 7 CPSEs

I-Day event at 7 am tomorrow

  • PM event is from 7 am tomorrow.
  • DD is telecasting from 6.25 am.
  • He will visit Rajghat and then Lal Qila
  • Rajghat event is at 7 and later Red fort

54 pc rise in number of transcating sellers during Independence Day sale: Flipkart

  • Walmart-owned Flipkart on Friday said the number of transacting sellers on its platform rose by 54 per cent during the recently concluded sale as compared to last year.
  • Flipkart held an ‘Independence Day Sale’ from August 6-10, where sellers on the platform witnessed significant business growth.
  • About 8,000 newly onboarded sellers participated in their first sale event and over 450 of them became ‘lakhpatis’ over these five days, Flipkart said in a statement.

MEA on border row with China

  • Early, complete disengagement of troops and full restoration of peace and tranquility essential for bilateral ties.
  • Both sides have broad agreement on disengagement and based on it some progress made earlier.
  • Translating principles of disengagement requires redeployment of troops by each side towards their regular posts.
  • It is natural that redeployment of troops can be done only through mutually agreed reciprocal actions.
  • We would like disengagement process to be completed at the earliest.

Abdul Rashid Kalas of Jammu and Kashmir Police to be awarded the second-highest peacetime gallantry award Kirti Chakra, posthumously

MEA on Kulbhushan Jhadav case

Pakistan has consistently failed to address the core issues in implementation of ICJ judgment in Kulbhushan Jhadav case, in its letter & spirit. These issues pertain to the provision of relevant documents & providing unimpeded consular access to Kulbhushan: Anurag Srivastava, MEA

July exports decline 10.2% on year, trade deficit $4.83 bn

CBI arrests two EPFO officers for taking bribe

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has caught red-handed two EPFO (Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation) officers while they were demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 8 lakhs for the settlement of EPF of a person in Noida, UP: CBI

Nearly 40 missing after powerful landslides in Nepal

A joint team of top officials on their way to US to accept delivery of VVIP aircraft ‘Air India One’

A joint team of senior officers from National Carrier Air India, VVIP security personnel & senior govt officials are on the way to the United States to accept the delivery of Special Extra Section Flight (SESF) or VVIP aircraft Air India One: Top government sources to ANI

Ashok Gehlot on winning the confidence motion in Rajasthan Assembly

In the entire state, there is a wave of happiness. The BJP’s conspiracy has failed in Rajasthan. I consider it a win for the people of Rajasthan. Now we have to work together to fight COVID-19: Ashok Gehlot, CM, Rajasthan on winning the confidence motion in Rajasthan Assembly

2 terror associates arrested in J&K

Two terror associates of proscribed outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) arrested in Tral area by a joint team of Awantipora Police, 42 Rashtriya Rifles and 180 Battalion CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force): Jammu & Kashmir Police

Gallantry awards by Indian Army

Havaldar Alok Kumar Dubey, Major Anil Urs and Lieutenant Colonel Krishan Singh Rawat to be awarded Shaurya Chakra for gallantry in different operations in Jammu and Kashmir: Indian Army

Budget airline GoAir appoints Kaushik Khona as CEO in place of Vinay Dube: Statement

Ashok Gehlot government wins confidence vote in Rajasthan Assembly

The vote of confidence which was brought by the govt has been passed with a very good majority today in the #Rajasthan Assembly. Despite various attempts by the opposition, the result is in favour of govt: Congress leader Sachin Pilot

AGR: SC defers meeting in AGR case for 3 pm on August 17

Arun Mishra asks who is using that spectrum since when? Divan says part of it is lying idle. And other part being used by Jio under the asset sharing contract sharing.

RBI Board decided to maintain contingency risk buffer at 5.5%

RCom says spectrum sale to Jio did not happen

Rcom says spectrum sale to jio did not happen not because DoT did not give permission but because Jio did not agree o take over old spectrum dues of RCom.

Haryana’s draft industrial policy aims to attract Rs 1 lakh cr investment, generate 5 lakh jobs

  • Haryana’s draft industrial policy aims to attract Rs 1 lakh crore investment, generate 5 lakh jobs and establish the state as a favoured investment destination.
  • According to the draft ‘Haryana Enterprises and Employment Policy, 2020’, the state is planning to establish Haryana as a competitive and favoured investment destination, achieve regional development, export diversification and provide livelihood opportunities to its people through resilient economic development.
  • “The policy objective is to attract investments of Rs 1 lakh crore and generate 5 lakh jobs in the State,” as per the draft policy.

Contracts of Defence India Start-up Challenge signed today

Four Contracts of Defence India Start-up Challenge and four MoUs between industry partners and Defence PSUs were signed in presence today. A number of Expression of Interest/Request for Proposal were also issued: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh

Explosion in Kabul

An explosive device was planted in a motorcycle near a mosque in the 17th district area of Kabul & exploded when police tried to defuse it, injuring one policeman: Tolo News reports quoting Kabul Police Spokesman

Closing Bell:

Sensex tanks 433.15 pts to end at 37,877.34; Nifty tumbles 122.05 pts to 11,178.40

SC declines bail to Unitech promoters Sanjay Chandra and Ajay Chandra

Court said that condition of deposit of Rs. 750 crore as per Oct 2017 order of top court has not been complied with.

AGR case in SC: SBI seeks to be heard in telecom dues case in SC

  • Harsh Salve and senior lawyer Ranjit Kumar appearing for SBI
  • Harish Salve for SBI: Seek to be heard as lenders of RCom, Aircel
  • SBI: Lenders only can decide on the allocation of IBC proceeds
  • SBI to SC: Operational creditors can’t be treated at par with financial creditors

Covid trend: Students make electronic mask

Students of Jadavpur University make an electronic mask which will be able to annihilate any virus in close proximity to the person wearing it, says varsity official.

NGT holds 4 cos responsible for creating “gas chamber like condition” in Mumbai

National Green Tribunal holds four companies, including BPCL and HPCL, responsible for creating “gas chamber like condition” in Mahul, Ambapada and Chembur areas in Mumbai; directs them to pay Rs 286.2 crore for damaged caused to the environment.

Uttarakhand: Houses damaged in Pithoragarh’s Dharchula following heavy rainfall in the area.

Sources say budget has projected dividend of Rs 60,000 cr from RBI & Fin institutions

ET Now reports

Sources say RBI approves dividend of approx Rs 57,000 crore for the year

ET Now reports

SC refuses to extend interim bail of Unitech promoter Sanjay Chandra.

He was granted bail earlier after it was appraised that his father was COVID positive & is in ICU at the hospital. He had been in jail in an alleged fraud case related to delaying housing projects in Noida & Gurugram.

Sachin Pilot says, “all 125 of us are standing in the House today after ‘treatment'”

Be it me or any friend of mine, we consulted the ‘doctor’ and all 125 of us are standing in the House today after ‘treatment’…There may be bombardment at this border but we will be the armour and keep it everything safe: Sachin Pilot, Congress MLA, in #Rajasthan Assembly

Indore: Tulsi Silawat, Minister of Water Resource Department, MadhyaPradesh was discharged from a hospital after being treated for COVID19

Kerala govt has begun distribution of Onam special food kits

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala govt has begun distribution of Onam special food kits to ration cardholders. Food kits will be distributed until Aug 29. A shop owner in Nanthancode says, “First, we are giving to yellow cardholders then pink, blue and at last to general cardholders.”

Sachin Pilot speaks in Rajasthan Assembly

I was safe on the seat I used to sit on earlier. Then I thought why have I been allotted a different seat. I saw that this is the border – ruling party on one side, opposition on other. Who is sent to the border? The strongest warrior: Sachin Pilot, Congress in Rajasthan Assembly

Rupee settles 6 paise lower at 74.90 against US dollar

Nepal: 5 bodies found, 38 missing after landslide

Nepal: 5 bodies found, 8 injured & 38 people missing after a landslide swept houses at around 6:30 am in Sindhupalchowk district. The landslide collapsed more than a dozen houses in Lidimo Lama Tole, Jugal rural municipality-2 in Sindhupalchok area of North-Central Nepal.

We’re thinking of banning SDPI: K’taka Minister

SDPI is a silly organisation. We’re thinking of banning it. Two decisions will be taken shortly. 1st – properties of those involved in violence (in Bengaluru) will be confiscated. 2nd – banning SDPI. These two matters will be discussed in cabinet meet on Aug 20: Karnataka minister KS Eshwarappa

Gujarat: Fishermen are warned to not venture into sea

Last 24 hours saw lot of rainfall. 70% of the total usual seasonal precipitation has already happened. Heavy widespread rainfall in next 5 days with 45- 50 kmph wind speeds. Fishermen are warned to not venture into sea: Jayanta Sarkar, Regional MET Department, Ahmedabad

Govt plans wind-solar hybrid parks to overcome land, connectivity bottleneck

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has identified 10 areas where hybrid wind-solar parks can be set up. With this, it hopes to resolve two of the biggest issues troubling the wind industry – that of land and connectivity.

ITBP recommends 21 Gallantry medals, 294 DG Gallantry for its personnel to MHA

328 new COVID19 cases in Puducherry today

  • Total 6,995,
  • 2,880 active cases
  • 4,009 cured cases
  • 106 deaths

Wreath laying ceremony

Sachin Pilot addresses Rajasthan assembly

For China’s landlords, rent-to-riches dreams fade in red flag for fragile economy

Analysts say there’s little prospect of widespread mortgage defaults for now, and property prices continue to grow, albeit more slowly. But the rental woes underline China’s economic fragility, with the landlord legions already cutting back on spending amid their gloom.

Rajasthan: Trust vote tabled

Rajasthan’s Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shanti Kumar Dhariwal tables proposal for a trust vote in the state assembly

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