FRONT PAGE NEWS
7 August 2020
INDIA ON UNSCS J&K MEET: REJECT CHINA INTERFERENCE IN INTERNAL AFFAIRS
A day after China raised the issue of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir at
the United Nations Security Council at Pakistans behest, India on Thursday
said that it firmly rejects Chinas interference in its internal affairs
and urged it to draw proper conclusions from such infructuous attempts.
The Ministry of External Affairs official spokesperson Anurag Srivastava on
Thursday said, We have noted that China initiated a discussion in the UN
Security Council on issues pertaining to the Indian Union Territory of Jammu
& Kashmir. This was not the first time that China has sought to raise a
subject that is solely an internal matter of India.
As on such previous occasions, this attempt too met with little support
from the international community. We firmly reject Chinas interference in
our internal affairs and urge it to draw proper conclusions from such
infructuous attempts, he said.
Indias Permanent Representative at the UN, T S Tirumurti, tweeted, Another
attempt by Pakistan fails! In todays meeting of UN Security Council which
was closed, informal, not recorded and without any outcome, almost all
countries underlined that J&K was bilateral issue & did not deserve time and
attention of Council.
This is the third time the issue has been raised, without any following
outcome or resolution, at the UNSC since last year it was earlier raised
in August last year and again in January.
INDIA REJECTS PAKISTAN'S CRITICISM OF LAUNCH OF CONSTRUCTION OF RAM TEMPLE
India has strongly rejected Pakistan's criticism of the launch of
construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, and asked the neighbouring
country to refrain from "communal incitement." External Affairs Ministry
Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava also asked Pakistan to desist from
interfering in India's affairs.
Pakistan on Wednesday criticised the foundation laying of the Ram temple.
"We have seen the press statement by the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on a
matter internal to India. It should desist from interfering in India's
affairs and refrain from communal incitement," Srivastava said. "While this
is not a surprising stance from a nation that practices cross-border
terrorism and denies its own minorities their religious rights, such
comments are nevertheless deeply regrettable," he added.
MoD NOTE SAYING CHINA CAME IN IS TAKEN OFF WEBSITE
A Defence Ministry document that contained an admission, for the first time,
that China had transgressed into Indian territory in eastern Ladakh
disappeared from the Ministrys website on Thursday afternoon, a day after
it was uploaded. The document, which listed major activities of Department
of Defence for June, warned of a prolonged standoff which is already in
its fourth month between Indian and Chinese soldiers on the Line of Actual
On Thursday morning, Rahul Gandhi asked on Twitter, Why is the PM lying? A
few hours later, he posted: Forget standing up to China, Indias PM lacks
the courage even to name them. Denying China is in our territory and
removing documents from websites wont change the facts.
The Ministry of Defence puts out a document which then disappears! Whatever
the PM and his government are trying to hide is very serious and the
government must clearly tell the truth, CPM general secretary Sitaram
Yechury posted on Twitter.
IN CONGRESS, SOME DISAPPOINTED ON JUBILATION OVER RAM TEMPLE
There is a sense of unease among a section of the Muslim leadership in the
Congress over celebratory voices in the party on the occasion of bhoomi
pujan for the Ram temple in Ayodhya.
Former Minority Affairs minister K Rahman Khan said he is disappointed with
the whole change taking place in the party by forgetting its values. He
was particularly upset with claims of former Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath
that former Prime Minister, late Rajiv Gandhi, had opened the locks of Ram
Former External Affairs minister Salman Khurshid did not share Khans
anguish but asserted that the Supreme Court verdict the party has welcomed
was for both a temple and a mosque. He said, I have no problem if any of my
colleagues celebrates one part of the judgment. (But) I would expect that
when the other part of the judgment is implemented I would hope and expect
that they will celebrate that, too. And that is not just for my own party
but also for the Prime Minister.
Former Rajya Sabha MP Rashid Alvi said he is disappointed that the
Congress and other opposition parties did not question Prime Minister
Narendra Modi for performing bhoomi pujan and violating his Constitutional
AICC secretary and Bihar MLA Shakeel Ahmed Khan underlined that there have
always been different streams and different voices in the Congress on every
issue. There are voices dissenting from the partys voice heard today and
I am one of them. My voice is different, especially from that of Digvijaya
Singh and Kamal Nath, he said.
Khan, a former Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman, referred to the debate in the
Constituent Assembly on May 26, 1949 regarding deletion of the provision of
a separate electorate for minorities. Quoting from the debate, Khan pointed
out that Jawaharlal Nehru and Vallabhbhai Patel were asking minorities to
trust the majority, when Frank Anthony, representing the Anglo-Indian
community, said: I say it without any offence, we see members of this great
party who technically are members of the Congress, but spiritually are
members of RSS and Hindu Mahasabha. Unfortunately, I read speeches day in
and day out by influential and respected leaders of the Congress, who say
that Indian Independence can mean only Hindu Raj, that Indian culture can
only mean Hindu culture. These are causes for misgivings.
Even today, he said, its the same thing.
COVID-19 DASHBOARD (Nos. IN INDIA / Nos. WORLDWIDE)
(Indian data from covid19india / and World Data from
Total Cases 20,24,955 (+62,166) / 1,92,57,649 (+2,82,395)
Total Deaths 41,638 (+899) / 7,17,687 (+6,467)
Total Recovered 13,77,384 (+50,184) / 1,23,57,654 (+1,93,900)
Active Cases 6,05,933 (+11,083) / 61,82,308 (+82,028)
TOP IMPACTED NATIONS SO FAR: (AND SOME OF INDIAS NEIGHBOURS)
Country, Total Cases / Total Deaths / Recovered Cases / Active
1 USA 50,32,179 / 1,62,804 /
25,76,668 / 22,92,707
2 Brazil 29,17,562 / 98,644 /
20,47,660 / 7,71,258
3 India 20,25,409 / 41,638 /
13,77,384 / 6,06,387
4 Russia 8,71,894 / 14,606 /
6,76,357 / 1,80,931
5 South Africa 5,38,184 / 9,604 /
3,87,316 / 1,41,264
6 Mexico 4,62,690 / 50,517 /
3,08,848 / 1,03,325
7 Peru 4,55,409 / 20,424 /
3,10,337 / 1,24,648
8 Chile 3,66,671 / 9,889 /
3,40,168 / 16,614
9 Colombia 3,57,710 / 11,939 /
1,92,355 / 1,53,416
10 Spain 3,54,530 / 28,500 / N/A
11 Iran 3,20,117 / 17,976 /
2,77,463 / 24,678
12 UK 3,08,134 / 46,413 / N/A
13 Saudi Arabia 2,84,226 / 3,055 /
2,47,089 / 34,082
14 Pakistan 2,81,863 / 6,035 /
2,56,058 / 19,770
15 Bangladesh 2,49,651 / 3,306 /
1,43,824 / 1,02,521
TOP IMPACTED INDIAN STATES SO FAR
State / Confirmed Cases / Active Case / Recovered /
Maharashtra 4,79,779 / 1,46,305 /
3,16,375 / 16,792
Tamil Nadu 2,79,144 / 53,486 / 2,21,087
Andhra Pradesh 1,96,789 / 82,166 /
1,12,870 / 1,753
Karnataka 1,58,254 / 75,067 / 80,281
Delhi 1,41,531 / 10,348 / 1,27,124
Uttar Pradesh 1,08,974 / 43,654 / 63,402 /
West Bengal 86,754 / 23,829 / 61,023 /
Telangana 73,050 / 20,358 / 52,103 /
Bihar 68,148 / 23,939 / 43,820 / 388
Gujarat 67,811 / 14,708 / 50,524 / 2,579
Assam 52,818 / 15,464 / 37,225 / 126
Rajasthan 48,996 / 13,108 / 35,131 /
Odisha 40,717 / 13,549 / 26,888 / 280
Haryana 39,303 / 6,205 / 32,640 /
Madhya Pradesh 36,564 / 8,716 / 26,902 /
Kerala 30,449 / 11,983 / 18,333 / 98
Jammu and Kashmir 23,454 / 7,310 / 15,708 /
Punjab 20,891 / 6,715 / 13,659 / 517
BEIRUT BLAST DEATH TOLL RISES TO 157
Two days after a massive explosion ripped through Lebanons capital city
Beirut, the death toll has climbed to 157, while the total number of injured
people soared to 5,000, according to data released by Lebanons health
ministry. The casualty figure is expected to rise further as dozens of
victims are still missing after the blast, a ministry spokesperson said.
Just as Beirut entered a two-week state of Emergency, the citys residents
stormed the streets Thursday accusing government officials of gross
negligence and mismanagement. The blast was caused by 2,750 tonnes of highly
volatile ammonium nitrate, which was stored at a warehouse in the citys
port for almost seven years. The protesters condemned state authorities for
not disposing the explosive chemical, despite the colossal safety threat it
The Lebanese government announced that it has placed a number of port
officials, responsible for storage and security since 2014, under house
arrest pending an investigation into the explosion.
DONALD TRUMP SIGNS ORDER BANNING TRANSACTIONS WITH TIKTOK PARENT COMPANY
President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that would ban the
social media app TikTok from operating in the US in 45 days if it is not
sold by its Chinese parent company ByteDance.
The order says the US "must take aggressive action against the owners of
TikTok to protect our national security", BBC reported.
The move comes as Trump seeks the divestment of the popular video app,
citing national security risks to the US. It threatens penalties on any US
resident or company that engages in any transactions with TikTok or
ByteDance after the order takes effect.
This mobile application may also be used for disinformation campaigns that
benefit the Chinese Communist Party, Trump said in the order, released
Thursday by the White House. The data collection through TikTok threatens
to allow the Chinese Communist Party access to Americans personal and
proprietary information -- potentially allowing China to track the locations
of Federal employees and contractors, build dossiers of personal information
for blackmail, and conduct corporate espionage.
RAJAPAKSA HEADING FOR LANDSLIDE WIN IN LANKA POLLS
Sri Lanka's strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa was poised to stage a political
comeback on Thursday as his party took an unassailable lead and was set for
a landslide victory in the twice-postponed general elections, according to
results announced so far.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the first world leaders to
congratulate Rajapaksa on the outcome of the elections and said the two
sides will work together to further advance all areas of bilateral
cooperation and to take their special ties to ever newer heights.
"Thank you PM @narendramodi for your congratulatory phone call. With the
strong support of the people of #SriLanka, I look forward to working with
you closely to further enhance the long-standing cooperation between our two
countries. Sri Lanka & India are friends & relations," 74-year-old Rajapaksa
COVID HOTSPOTS SHIFT TO NEWER AREAS
Amid rising number of Covid-19 cases, the epicentres of the infection are
shifting from major towns to neighbouring districts and newer states. In
recent weeks, districts like Solapur, Thane, Nashik, Palghar, Surat, Jalgaon
and Dakshin Kannada have seen the highest number more than 1,000 each of
On the other hand, instances of surges in daily cases per million population
are reported from states and UTs like Andaman & Nicobar Islands,
Lakshadweep, Goa, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry ranging between 190 and
249 cases (per million population).
Experts said a wider spread in districts and smaller cities would pose a
challenge for the health infrastructure and may even impact the fatality
rate, which is so far under control and has even shown a decline over the
last one month.
RBI KEEPS INTEREST RATES ON HOLD; RAISES LIMIT FOR GOLD LOANS
The RBI on Thursday kept interest rates unchanged to help tame inflation
that in recent times had surged past 6 per cent mark, and said that the
economy is in an extremely weak condition following the pandemic.
The central bank also allowed lenders to restructure corporate and MSME
loans as well as raised the limit of loans that can be availed against gold
ornaments and jewellery.
After cutting interest rates by 115 basis points since February, the
Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) after three days of deliberations voted
unanimously to leave the policy repo rate unchanged at 4 per cent.
The limit of advance against gold ornaments and jewellery has been raised.
Currently, up to 75 per cent of the value of gold ornaments and jewellery
can be availed as loan for non-agriculture purposes. "With a view to
mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on households, it has been decided to
increase the permissible loan-to-value ratio (LTV) for such loans to 90 per
cent. This relaxation shall be available till March 31, 2021," RBI Governor
Shaktikanta Das said.
DONT PLAY POLITICS OVER LANGUAGE ISSUE: MINISTER
Amid the ongoing debate on the benefits of learning in mother language
vis-à-vis English, the government today said children learn better in their
mother language and politics around the issue was unfortunate.
Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal on Thursday cited how the worlds top 20
developed nations instructed children in the mother tongue which had proven
merits for learning.
I appeal to those misleading people in the name of language to stop
politicising the National Education Policy, 2020. Let us back the policy
which will help India leapfrog from current levels to a global knowledge
hub. We value all 22 official languages, but the benefits of mother tongue
for early education are well known and well documented even by the UNESCO,
the minister said. Saying Japan, China and Israel also instruct children in
the mother tongue, Pokhriyal asked, Then why not India?
DAY AFTER HE RESIGNED AS J&K L-G, GC MURMU APPOINTED NEXT CAG
Girish Chandra Murmu was named as the next Comptroller and Auditor General
of India (CAG) on Thursday, a day after he resigned as the Lieutenant
Governor of Jammu and Kashmir. Rajiv Mehrishi, the current CAG, completes
his term today.
A former IAS officer of the Gujarat cadre, Murmu had taken charge as J&K L-G
on October 25 last year, a month before his retirement as Expenditure
Secretary in the Finance Ministry.
UP CM: AS A YOGI, I WILL NOT GO FOR AYODHYA MOSQUE INAUGURATION
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has said that if invited for
the inauguration of the mosque in Ayodhya, set to be built as part of the
Supreme Courts order last year, he will not go there as a Yogi and as a
Hindu, and that he knows no one will invite him.
Speaking to ABP News channel on Wednesday evening, hours after he attended
the groundbreaking ceremony for the Ram temple in Ayodhya, Adityanath said,
If you ask me as a CM, then I will not maintain a distance from any
religion or group. But if asked (to attend) as a Yogi, then I will
definitely not go .I will not go because I am a Yogi. As a Hindu, I have a
right to live according to my method of worship
Stating that he is not a party in the event of the mosques construction,
Adityanath said, That is why no one will call me there, and I dont want to
go . I know that I will not get any such invitation
DENGUE SEASON STARTS IN DELHI
Over 30 cases of dengue have been reported in the national capital till
August 1 this year, even as the civic bodies have set up separate fever
clinics to attend to patients afflicted with the vector-borne disease. The
number of cases of malaria and chikungunya in the same period, stands at 45
and 18 .
All three diseases, malaria, dengue and chikungunya are accompanied with
high fever, a common symptom for COVID-19. And therefore, doctors say,
people suffering from these diseases might suspect they have contracted
CBI REGISTERS CASE AGAINST RHEA CHAKRABORTY, OTHERS
The CBI Thursday registered a case against actor Rhea Chakraborty and others
in connection with the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput on the
recommendation of the Bihar government. The 34-year-old actor was found dead
at his Bandra residence on June 14.
The Enforcement Directorate has already registered a money laundering case
against Chakraborty and a few of her relatives based on a July 25-FIR
registered by the Bihar Police on the complaint of Rajputs father K K
In the FIR, it is alleged that Rs 15 crore was transferred from Rajputs
account in a year to bank accounts of persons not known or connected to the
late actor. Chakraborty was also accused of giving Rajput an overdose of
medicine at her home and falsely telling him that the actor was suffering
Earlier in the day, Bihar Director General of Police Gupteshwar Pandey
warned of legal action if IPS officer Vinay Tiwari, who was sent to Mumbai
to monitor the investigation into the case, was not released from 14-day
home quarantine by the end of the day.
ENGLAND PAK FIRST TEST OF THE SERIES: PAK ON TOP AFTER DAY 2
England were 92 for 4 at stumps on Day Two of the first Test against
Pakistan at Old Trafford on Thursday after Pakistans first innings total of
326. On Day 1, the play had been restricted to only 49 overs only, due to
Shan Masood became the first Pakistan opener after Saeed Anwar (176 in 1996)
to score a hundred in England.
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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
What do we mean by patriotism in the context of our times? I venture to
suggest that what we mean is a sense of national responsibility ... a
patriotism which is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the
tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime. - Adlai Stevenson
When the employees of a restaurant attended a fire safety seminar, they
watched a fire official demonstrate the proper way to operate an
"Pull the pin like a hand grenade," he explained, "then depress the trigger
to release the foam."
Later an employee was selected to extinguish a controlled fire in the
parking lot. In her nervousness, she forgot to pull the pin.
The instructor hinted, "Like a hand grenade, remember?"
In a burst of confidence she pulled the pin.... and hurled the extinguisher
at the blaze.