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A day after UP Teachers’ Eligibility Test (UPTET) -2021 paper leak, the Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday suspended secretary of Prayagraj-headquartered Exam Regulatory Authority (ERA), Uttar Pradesh, Sanjay Kumar Upadhyay with immediate effect.

Japan confirms its first case of Omicron despite having in place one of the best precautionary measures

Japan confirmed its first case of the Omicron variant of coronavirus on Tuesday, a day after closing its borders to all foreigners. The first case of Omicron has been detected amid one of the world’s toughest precautionary measures.

Arvind Kejriwal says need to be prepared amid Omicron variant scare

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday held a meeting with officials over the omicron variant that has sparked widepsread concerns. Addressing the officials, he said we need to be prepared. He also informed that Delhi government have prepared 30,000 oxygen beds and 6,000 oxygen cylinders to tackle the situation.

Karnataka govt says sample of South Africa returnee different from Delta variant

As the cases of a new variant of coronavirus, Omicron has been reported in 14 countries, there is a fear in India. Amidst this, two South African returnees in India tested positive for coronavirus. However, the Karnataka government said that the sample of one of the two recent South Africa returnees appears different from the Delta variant. The sample has been sent to ICMR, and by the evening ICMR will report to the government about the sample.

Rajya Sabha adjourned till 11 am, December 1

The Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till 11 am, December 1. The house was adjourned after there were sloganeering by the opposition leaders. Union Minister Piyush Goyal also slammed the opposition and said that everyone saw that the opposition didn’t even let PM introduce ministers in the last session. They had no regard for the large number of women who were being inducted.

MHA extends containment guidelines till December 31

The Ministry of Home Affairs extended the containment guidelines till December 31. In the guidelines, it was mentioned that there will be rigorous screening and testing of all international arrivals. Apart from this, the contacts of international travellers will also be closely tracked and tested according to MoHFW guidelines and the samples of travellers turning positive will be sent to the Genome sequencing laboratories.

Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami announces to repeal Char Dham bill

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami announced that the state government has decided to repeal the Char Dham Devasthanam Management Board Bill. This has come after the priests of the Chardham — Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri came together to oppose the bill and demanded its dissolution.

VP Venkaiah Naidu says MPs have all right to protest, walking out but do not offend the Parliament

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu commented on the MPs walking out of Parliament in a form to protest against Rajya Sabha’s decision to suspend 12 MPs for causing a ruckus in the monsoon session. Naidu said that MPs have all the right to protest, walking out but they should not offend the Parliament.

Opposition leaders including MP Derek O’Brien walk out of Parliament in protest against suspension of 12 MPs

In a move to protest against Rajya Sabh’s decision to suspend 12 MPS from the rest of the Winter session of the Parliament, several MPs from the opposition walked out of Parliament, including MP Derek O’Brien. O’Brien said that treasury members should have been suspended and not the opposition members.

PM Modi holds meeting with top ministers in Parliament to discuss strategy for the ongoing winter session

Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds a meeting with senior cabinet members including Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar. Opposition parties are also present at the Parliament to discuss future strategy after the suspension of 12 Rajya Sabha MPs for the remaining part of the Winter session. Congress MP Rahul Gandhi is also a part of the meeting.

India reports 6,990 new Covid cases, 15.9% lower than yesterday; active cases decline to 1,00,543

In the last 24 hours, India recorded 6,990 new Covid cases, the lowest in 551 days, bringing the country’s total number of coronavirus cases to 3,45,87,822. According to the health ministry, the number of Covid cases has decreased by 15.9% since yesterday. Kerala leads the way with 3,382 cases, followed by Tamil Nadu (730 cases), Maharashtra (536 cases), West Bengal (511 cases), and Mizoram (437 cases).

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New Navy chief Admiral R Hari Kumar receives guard of honour

New Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar has taken over as the new Chief of Indian Navy today. He succeeded Admiral Karambir Singh, who is the incumbent Indian Navy chief. Prior to this, Admiral R Hari Kumar was the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C) of the Western Naval Command. He was the first flag officer to be appointed as commandant of the Naval War College in Goa, as well as the head of the INS Vikramaditya’s overseas committee.

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Bypolls results: INDIA bloc sweeps 10 seats, 2 for BJP, independent 1, across 7 states

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said three out of four seats were of BJP which have now been won by TMC.

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The Opposition bloc INDIA swept the by-elections winning 10 out of 13 seats, while the BJP won only two seats across seven states. The independent candidate, Shankar Singh, won the Rupauli seat in Bihar’s Purnea, defeating JDU’s Kaladhar Prasad Mandal by a margin of 8,246 votes.

In Punjab, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate Mohinder Bhagat has won the Jalandhar West Assembly seat, defeating his rival, BJP candidate Sheetal Angural, by a massive margin of more than 37,000 votes. The Trinamool Congress (TMC) is leading on 4 seats in West Bengal.

The by-elections in 13 Assembly constituencies across seven States concluded on July 10. The Assembly seats included Badrinath and Manglaur seats in Uttarakhand; Rupauli in Bihar; Raiganj seat, Ranaghat Dakshin seat, Bagda and Maniktala seat in West Bengal; Vikravandi in Tamil Nadu; Amarwara in Madhya Pradesh; Jalandhar West in Punjab and Dehra, Hamirpur and Nalagarh in Himachal Pradesh.

In Himachal Pradesh, Kamlesh Thakur, wife of Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, has won the Dehra constituency. The Congress has secured the Nalagarh seat as well, while the BJP managed to win the Hamirpur seat.

On the by-elections in West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said three out of four seats were of BJP which have now been won by TMC. Thanking the people of Bengal, she said this victory is the victory of the people.

Addressing a press conference, Congress leader Pawan Khera said that these by-elections which were held on 13 seats are very important. For the second time in one and a half months, the people of the country gave a strong message to the BJP, he added.

He said the message was very clear in the Lok Sabha elections. The Congress leader also spoke about the by-poll result in Uttarakhand and said the party has won both its seats, Badrinath and Manglaur. In Himachal Pradesh, Congress won 2 out of 3 seats, he further said.

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Baba Ramdev joins celebration, dances with the groom at Anant Ambani-Radhika Merchant wedding

The four-day celebration starts with traditional Hindu wedding rituals like haldi, mehndi, and sangeet and will be followed by a magnificent reception over the weekend.

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Yoga guru Baba Ramdev was among the guests at the grand wedding of Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant, held at the Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai on Friday. The Yoga guru was accompanied by his close advisor, Acharya Balkrishna. Ramdev has been seen dancing in a video shared on social media with the groom as a Barati.

Anant Ambani, the youngest son of Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani and Nita Ambani, married his childhood sweetheart Radhika Merchant this Friday. The event was an over-the-top affair, attended by global celebrities, business tycoons, sports personalities and politicians. The wedding rituals, which included exchanging garlands and walking around the holy fire, began on Friday and went on past midnight.

The celebrations took place at the Ambani-owned Jio World Convention Centre and the family home. The wedding marked the height of months of events, featuring performances by pop stars like Rihanna, Rema and Justin Bieber. The four-day celebration starts with traditional Hindu wedding rituals like haldi, mehndi, and sangeet and will be followed by a magnificent reception over the weekend.

The guest list comprises prominent personalities such as former British Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Boris Johnson, Saudi Aramco CEO Amin H. Nasser, and celebrities like Adele, Lana Del Rey, Drake, John Cena Kim and Khloe Kardashian, Law Roach, and David Beckham. Almost each and every international guest wore traditional Indian attire designed by major Indian fashion designers.

Anant Ambani, 29, is responsible for the corporation’s renewable and green energy creativities and also runs a 3,000-acre animal rescue centre named ‘Vantara’ in Jamnagar, Gujarat, the family’s hometown. The bride, Radhika Merchant, 29, is the daughter of pharmaceutical tycoon Viren Merchant and serves as the marketing director for his company, Encore Healthcare.

The wedding celebrations are expected to continue through the weekend, with a grand reception planned to cap off the festivities.

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Jammu and Kashmir: Home Ministry amends Reorganisation Act to boost LG power

In the Transaction of Business Rules, sub-rule 2A has been inserted after sub-rule (2) in rule 5.

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The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has amended the rules of Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act to give more power to the Lieutenant Governor. The MHA notified the amended Rules under Section 55 of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019 inserting new Sections giving more power to the LG.

According to the information, only the transaction of Business Rules has been amended. Nothing new has been provided in these rules. It is already mentioned in the State Reorganization Act (SRA) of 2019. The current amendment to rules is just a clarificatory in nature flowing from the existing provisions of SRA 2019.

In the Transaction of Business Rules, sub-rule 2A has been inserted after sub-rule (2) in rule 5.

With the amendment, the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir will exercise more power on matters of transfers and postings of all-India service officers like the IAS and IPS, police, law and order as well as the appointment of judicial officers, as per the official notification. 

President Droupadi Murmu approved the amendments in the rule exercising the powers conferred by Section 55 of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019, (34 of 2019) read with the Proclamation dated October 31, 2019, issued under Section 73 of the Act, as per the notification issued by the MHA. 

The notification further said that the President has made the rules further to amend the Transaction of Business of the Government of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir Rules, 2019. These rules may be called the Transaction of Business of the Government of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir (Second Amendment) Rules, 2024, the notification suggests further. 

The amendments came into force on July 12, the date of the publication in the Official Gazette; a move in anticipation of the speculated assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir.  

Reacting to the Amendment, former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said another indicator that elections are around the corner in J&K. This is why a firm commitment to laying out the timeline for restoration of full, undiluted statehood for J&K is a prerequisite for these elections, he added.

The people of J&K deserve better than a powerless, rubber-stamp CM who will have to beg the LG to get his/her peon appointed, he asserted.

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