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MG Contractors: Lowest bidder for construction of 11 bridges

National High-Speed Rail Corporation Ltd says MG Contractors Pvt Ltd is the lowest bidder for construction of 11 special bridges b/w Zaroli Village at Maharashtra-Gujarat Border & Vadodara, in Gujarat & Dadra & Nagar Haveli for the construction of Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail.

TMC to raise the Pegasus issue in both Houses of Parliament tomorrow

TMC MP Sukhendu Sekhar Roy has given a notice in Rajya Sabha under Rule 267, seeking suspension of all business to discuss the Pegasus Project report

Mumbai Police arrest businessman Raj Kundra

Businessman Raj Kundra has been arrested by the Crime Branch in a case relating to creation of pornographic films & publishing them through some apps. He appears to be the key conspirator. We have sufficient evidence regarding this: Mumbai Police Commissioner

Delhi: Opposition leaders to meet at Parliament tomorrow morning to take a final decision on whether to participate in the meeting of floor leaders of all parties called by PM Narendra Modi

Security officials: Roadside bomb kills 8 in Baghdad

Eight people were killed in a roadside bomb attack that targeted a Baghdad suburb on Monday, two Iraqi security officials said. Over a dozen people were also wounded in the attack in a busy market of Sadr City, the officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

One Nation One Ration Card plan in Delhi

Delhi Cabinet has decided to implement One Nation One Ration Card plan to distribute the ration free of cost to the PDS cardholders for July. All the beneficiaries would get ration free of cost in a phased manner through e-PoS on biometric authentication at all FPS in Delhi: Govt

‘Delta variant has spread to over 100 countries’

  • Delta variant has spread to over 100 countries. The way it is spreading is slightly to soon become the most dominant COVID19 strain globally. Among all variants of concern, delta spreads most rapidly: Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia.
  • India has been offered 7.5 million doses of Moderna vaccine through WHO’s COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) program, she told.

Pegasus row: Rahul calls BJP ‘Bharatiya Jasoos Party’

Pak PM Imran Khan was potential target of Israeli-made Pegasus spyware programme: Report

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was a potential target of the Israeli-made Pegasus spyware programme by clients of the NSO Group cyberespionage firm, media reports claimed on Monday.

Thirty people were killed and 74 injured when a passenger bus and truck collided in Punjab province of Pakistan today

Reports Reuters

400 vehicles submerged in flooded parking lot in Mumbai

Due to heavy rains, nearly 400 vehicles, including high-end cars, motorbikes and autorickshaws, were submerged in an underground public parking lot built by the Mumbai civic body at Thakur Complex in suburban Kandivali, an activist claimed on Monday.

Vaccination update for Mumbai

Maharashtra: Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai says anti-COVID vaccination will take place at only 58 out of 309 selected vaccination centers in Mumbai, due to a limited stock of vaccines tomorrow

Manipur govt gives certain relaxations from the 10-day curfew imposed in the state from July 18

Manipur govt gives certain relaxations from the 10-day curfew imposed in the state from July 18

Terror outfits attempt to use drones for terrorist activities: J&K DGP

At a high-level meeting to review the security scenario in Jammu, J&K DGP Dilbag Singh said terror outfits are continuously attempting to use drones for terrorist activities & stressed upon the officers to remain extra vigilant & alert to thwart their evil attempts: Police

2 new cases of Zika virus found in Kerala, tally rises to 37

Two more cases of Zika virus have been confirmed in Kerala, taking the total number of cases in the state to 37. Out of this, seven patients are undergoing treatment: Kerala Health Minister Veena George

Tamil Nadu reports 1,971 new cases, 2,558 recoveries and 28 deaths

  • Active cases: 27,282
  • Total cases: 25,37,373
  • Total recoveries: 24,76,339
  • Death toll: 33,752

Himachal Pradesh reports 125 new COVID19 cases, zero deaths; active cases at 969

India administered 47.77 lakh COVID vaccine doses on the 185th day of vaccination today

India administered 47.77 lakh COVID vaccine doses on the 185th day of vaccination today, taking cumulative vaccine coverage to more than 41 crores. Over 13.24 crore doses administered in 18-44 age group: Union Health Ministry

Sonia Gandhi calls Congress MPs from Punjab

Congress president Sonia Gandhi called Congress MPs from Punjab & asked them to work unitedly to strengthen the party in state & repeat victory in Assembly Polls. The development came after the MPs met at residence of Pratap Singh Bajwa: Congress MP Gurjeet S Aujla to ANI

TMC is going to enter national politics through virtual programmes on July 21

TMC is going to enter national politics through virtual programmes on July 21. Giant screens will come up in Tripura, Assam, Odisha, Bihar, Punjab, UP & Delhi on July 21. In 2024, there will be Mamata govt in Delhi: TMC leader Madan Mitra

Uttarakhand reports 34 new COVID cases, 47 recoveries, and one death today

  • Active cases: 604
  • Death toll: 7,357

Disruptors and obstructers will not be able to derail India’s development trajectory through their conspiracies. Monsoon session will bear new fruits of progress

– Amit Shah

Kerala reports 9,931 new COVID cases, 13,206 recoveries and 58 deaths today

  • Active cases: 1,21,708
  • Death toll: 15,408

Shashi Tharoor questions govt on Pegasus

  • I am conscious that the IT Minister has declared in parliament that no unauthorized surveillance has taken place. It raises question — was there authorized surveillance & if so, on what basis was it authorized, said Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on IT, Shashi Tharoor.
  • If Govt didn’t authorize it & didn’t do it, then who did it? Pegasus manufacturer NSO Group says they only sell it to governments, & it costs about USD 7 million for the software. Obviously, only governments will be able to spend that kind of money, he asked

COVID 19 | Karnataka reports 1,291 new positive cases, 40 deaths

Active cases at 27,527 and total positive cases at 28,85,238

COVID19 | Manipur reports 774 news positive cases, 16 deaths and 741 recoveries

Active cases at 9,693, total positive cases at 85,596.

Why these questions are raised at time of important events, asks RS Prasad

Why these kinds of questions are raised at the time of important events? Riots were incited during Trump’s visit, Pegasus story was circulated during 2019 polls & again it’s in the news when Parliament is in session & when Congress is in a very bad situation: BJP leader RS Prasad

It is a strange situation. The company (NSO Group) is denying it (findings in Pegasus Project report) & saying that most of its products are being used by western countries but India is being targetted

– Ravi Shankar Prasad

Was it planned to break ‘Pegasus’ story before Monsoon session to create a new atmosphere? Name of ‘The Wire’ (online portal) has also emerged. But is it not true that many of their stories have been found to be wrong?

– BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad

Widespread rainfall likely to continue during next 48 hours in Himachal

Widespread rainfall is likely to continue during the next 48 hours in Himachal Pradesh. Next 24 hours are very important. Rainfall activity can further intensify. Red alert has been issued in four districts – Kangra, Mandi, Bilaspur & Sirmaur: Surender Paul, Director, IMD Shimla

Not a shred of evidence linking Indian government or BJP to this entire Pegasus story: BJP’s Ravi Shankar Prasad on snooping row

BJP leader RS Prasad on Congress’ presser on ‘Pegasus Project’ media report

BJP strongly refutes, condemns the baseless & bereft of political propriety comments leveled by Congress against the BJP. It is a new low for a party that has ruled India for more than 50 years: BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad on Congress’ presser on ‘Pegasus Project’ media report

China developing new fighter aircraft base near Ladakh

  • Seeking to overcome limitations in its fighter aircraft operations along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with India, China is developing an airbase for fighter aircraft operations close to the Eastern Ladakh area in Shakche town in the Xinjiang province.
  • “The base is coming up between the existing airbases of Kashgar and Hogan which have been carrying out fighter operations along the Indian borders for a long time. This new base for fighter operations will fill up the gap for the Chinese Air Force in this region,” government sources told ANI.

You can’t stop tourists from entering the state. Tourism industry has been the worst affected (in aftermath of COVID), hence it’s not right to stop these activities. What can be done and is being done is regulation at crowded places

– Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur

Andhra Pradesh reports 1,628 fresh COVID cases, 2,744 recoveries, and 22 deaths

  • Active cases: 23,570
  • Total recoveries: 19,05,000
  • Death toll: 13,154

Incessant rain in Rajasthan

US gymnast tests positive for Covid at Olympics

A female US gymnast has tested positive for coronavirus at an Olympic training camp and another team member is self-isolating, a Japanese official said on Monday.

Delhi reports 36 new COVID cases, 58 recoveries, and three deaths

  • Active cases: 567
  • Total recoveries: 14,09,968
  • Death toll: 25,030

Uttarakhand on high alert

Uttarakhand government puts administrations in all 13 districts on alert in view of the forecast of very heavy rain the state

Goa CM Pramod Sawant arrives in New Delhi

“Today, I’m going to meet the Prime Minister and the Home Minister to discuss various developmental projects in Goa,” he says

UP prohibits gatherings of over 50, animal sacrifice at public places on Bakrid

Any form of illegal surveillance isn’t possible with checks & balances in our laws & robust institutions. In India, there’s a well-established procedure through which lawful interception of electronic communication is carried out for purpose of national security

– IT Minister in LS

Congress demands independent probe into issue involving alleged phone tapping of prominent personalities, including journalists in India, using Israeli Pegasus spyware

In the past, similar claims were made regarding use of Pegasus on WhatsApp. Those reports had no factual basis & were denied by all parties. Press reports of 18 July ’21 also appear to be an attempt to malign Indian democracy & its well-established institutions.

– Ashwini Vaishnaw

IT minister says report on ‘Pegasus Project’ not a coincidence

  • A highly sensational story was published by a web portal last night. Many over-the-top allegations made around this story. The press reports appeared a day before monsoon session of Parliament. This can’t be a coincidence: Ashwini Vaishnaw, IT Minister, in LS on ‘Pegasus Project’.
  • In the past, similar claims were made regarding use of Pegasus on WhatsApp. Those reports had no factual basis & were denied by all parties. Press reports of 18 July ’21 also appear to be an attempt to malign Indian democracy & its well-established institutions: Ashwini Vaishnaw

Lok Sabha also adjourned till 11 am tomorrow

Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij meets Union Home Minister Amit Shah at Parliament in New Delhi

“We had a detailed discussion on the political situation in Haryana, possible 3rd wave of COVID, the vaccination drive in the state, & the farmers’ issue,” Vij tweets

Candidates eligible for WB constable post protest outside CID office

A huge number of candidates who are yet to be given postings for West Bengal Constable, gather in protest outside the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) office, Bhawani Bhawan. The candidates have cleared the examinations but are yet to be given postings.

In line with Govt of India’s initiative of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’, it has been decided to earmark an amount of Rs 71,438.36 crores for domestic capital procurement out of the total allocation of Rs 1,11,463.21 crores for capital acquisition.

– Minister of State, Defence, Ajay Bhatt tells RS

PM Narendra Modi likely to hold a meeting with floor leaders of all parties in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha tomorrow, to discuss COVID vaccination policy; presentation on COVID handling to be given at the meeting

Rajya Sabha adjourned till 11 am tomorrow

Enforcement Directorate has seized my properties worth Rs 4 crores, including my son’s property worth Rs 2.60 crores. I have received an ED summon and have filed a petition in SC. After verdict, I will record my statement to ED

– Former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh

CM Ashok Gehlot hopeful post appointment of Navjot Singh Sidhu

Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot expresses hope that newly appointed Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu would take everyone along and carry forward the party’s traditions and policies

PMs of India and Nepal agreed to work together to enhance bilateral cooperation in all areas. They discussed, in particular, ways to strengthen cooperation & coordination in the context of ongoing effort against the COVID-19 pandemic

– Ministry of External Affairs

It wasn’t a meeting. High-tea was arranged by Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa to welcome new PCC chief Sidhu. Party is united, we have huge responsibility, people had given us 2/3rd majority in 2017. It’s our duty to further strengthen the trust.

– Ex-Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar

INS Tabar completes maritime partnership exercise with French Navy

A twin engine helicopter (NH 90) from FNS Aquitaine and four Rafale fighter aircraft from French Navy also participated in the exercise.

Bombay High Court to hear a plea tomorrow by All India Jamiatul Quresh, seeking permission to sacrifice water buffaloes during Bakrid

Sensex falls 637.85 points, currently at 52,502.21

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Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi to be Deputy Leader of House in Rajya Sabha

Rajya Sabha adjourned till 3 PM today

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