By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: July 17, 2020 3:55:23 pm Chidambaram was the union finance minister from May 2004 to November 2008 and again from August 2012 to May 2014. (File photo) Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram Friday attacked the NDA government over its handling of the economy, alleging the BJP-led dispensation has caused nine successive quarters of economic decline and an impending recession in 2020-21. “Those who scoff at the UPA”s record must know that economists are laughing at their ignorance and ineptitude,” the former finance minister wrote on Twitter. What has the NDA government done since 2015? Only caused a decline in economic
By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 17, 2020 3:03:33 pm COVID care center at CWG Village maintained by an NGO and Delhi Government, New Delhi, on Friday, July 10, 2020. (Express photo by Abhinav Saha) Coronavirus India Updates: With 34,956 new cases registered since yesterday, India’s COVID-19 caseload has surged past the 10 lakh mark and now stands at 10,03,832, according to data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Nearly 700 people succumbed to the virus in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to over 25,600. India has become the third country in the world, after the US and Brazil, to cross the 10 lakh mark in Covid-19
By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 17, 2020 1:01:54 pm Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat. Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on Friday dismissed the Congress’ allegations that he was involved in an alleged conspiracy to topple the Ashok Gehlot government in Rajasthan. While the ruling party has filed an FIR against him, the BJP leader said the voice in the purported audio clips did not belong to him and that he was ready was a probe in the matter. “It is not my voice. I don’t know which Sanjay Jain they are talking about. I know many people in that name. If I had talked to someone, my number should be there. You can conduct a probe. I am
By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 17, 2020 11:59:34 am A day after Mumbai recorded its second-highest 24-hour rainfall since 2015 (191.2 mm), the weather bureau has said that rain activity is likely to subside in the city from today. Weather forecast Today: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) Friday predicted fairly widespread rain over Gujarat, Konkan and Goa today. Heavy to very heavy falls are likely in parts of Gujarat, including Saurashtra and Kutch, over the next 24 hours. Thereafter, the intensity of rain over these regions is very likely to decrease from tomorrow onwards. A day after Mumbai recorded its second-highest 24-hour rainfa...
By: Express News Service | Srinagar | Updated: July 17, 2020 10:05:41 am Three army personnel were also injured in the operation. (Express photo by Shuaib Masoodi/File) Three JeM militants were killed in a gunbattle with security forces in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Friday morning. Three army personnel were also injured in the operation. Police officials said that an encounter broke in Nagnad-Chimmer area of Kulgam district after a joint cordon and search operation was launched by security forces in the area on Friday morning “Another #unidentified #terrorist killed (total 03). #Incriminating materials including #arms & #ammunition recove
Rajasthan Government crisis Live: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot with his deputy Sachin Pilot. (PTI/File) A DAY ahead of Rajasthan Speaker C P Joshi taking up the matter of the Assembly membership of the 19 rebel Congress MLAs, including Sachin Pilot, they filed a petition before the High Court citing violation of their freedom of speech and expression, and challenging the anti-defection law. In the petition, that makes Joshi as well as Assembly Secretary Pramil Kumar Mathur parties, the MLAs said no offence had been made out against them, and that the disqualification notices to them on the ground of defection went against their right to freedom of speech. The MLAs were represented by former Solicitor General of India Harish Salve and ex-Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, among ot
By: Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: July 17, 2020 5:46:28 am (Representational) THE STATION House Officer (SHO) of Barra police station was suspended on Thursday over “laxity” in the investigation into the kidnapping case of a 27-year-old youth, Sanjit Singh Yadav, whose family alleges that they were told to pay Rs 30 lakh to the kidnappers by policemen and that they would nab them but the kidnapper escaped with the money. Sanjit has been missing since June 22. The victim’s sister initially alleged that the police took the the family members to pay the ransom but later withdrew the claims. However, on Thursday, she alleged that a crime branch officer
By: Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: July 17, 2020 5:43:38 am At least five districts recorded over 100 new cases, with Lucknow recording the highest number Uttar Pradesh on Thursday reported its highest single-day spike in coronavirus numbers and for the first time crossed 2,000 new cases. The last 24 hours saw 2,083 new infections in the state, pushing the cumulative cases to 43,441 cases. The state also reported highest single-day deaths linked to coronavirus. At least 34 Covid patients died, taking the toll since the pandemic began in March to 1,046. The state now has 15,720 active cases. At least five districts recorded over 100 new cases, with L...
Written by Maulshree Seth | Lucknow | Published: July 17, 2020 5:37:08 am Uttar Pradesh Assembly (File Photo) Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, a session of the Uttar Pradesh State Assembly is likely to be convened from August 20 to discuss significant issues related to the public as well policy making. This will be the second session of the state Assembly this year as the first – and Budget session – was convened in February. However, the monsoon session could not be convened till date this year owing to the lockdown and as a result, some significant policy decisions had to be done by bringing in ordinances. The session next month would see the
By: Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: July 17, 2020 5:33:52 am UP ADG (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar holds up the police rifles recovered after the arrest of gangster Vikas Dubey’s aide Shashikant Pandey, in Kanpur (File/PTI) Kanpur police are considering booking Manu, wife of Shashikant Pandey – slain gangster Vikas Dubey’s cousin and an arrested accused in the killing of the eight policemen at Bikru – as another audio clip surfaced on social media on Thursday. In the new clip, she is purportedly heard talking to her father-in-law over the phone, saying that Vikas Dubey had come to her home and instructed that her husband (Shashikant) should go to the