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Rajya Sabha Polls: SC agrees to hear Congress plea against NOTA option in Gujarat

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New Delhi, Aug 2: The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to hear a petition moved by the Gujarat Congress against the introduction of  NOTA option in upcoming  Rajya Sabha elections.

The bench will commence hearing in the case on Thursday.

Senior advocate and Congress leader Kapil Sibal, sought an urgent hearing of the case, mentioning that the petition before a bench will be headed by Justice Dipak Misra, who agreed to hear the petition on Thursday.

We are surprised that EC took such an unconstitutional step. We’ll talk about it in Court tomorrow, Sibal said.

“We are surprised that EC took such an unconstitutional step. We’ll talk about it in Court tomorrow,” Sibal said.

The Congress had termed the Election Commission notification that would provide the MLAs ‘None of the Above’ (NOTA) option for the RS poll as ‘unconstitutional’ and ‘illegal’.

A day after EC’s notification, Congress petitioned the Election Commission against the use of the NOTA.

On Tuesday, Rajya Sabha witnessed ruckus over the introduction of NOTA at the time when Gujarat is facing political fiasco, which led to multiple adjournments of the session

The high level battle for Rajya Sabha seat is slated to be held on August 8 and from Gujarat Congress lone candidate, Ahmed Patel is contesting against BJP’s Balwantsinh Rajput.

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Separatist shutdown affects life in Kashmir Valley

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Srinagar, June 25: A shutdown called by separatists on Monday affected life across the Kashmir Valley with heavy security deployed here and other vulnerable places.

The Valley-wide protest shutdown was by the Joint Residence Leadership (JRL), a separatist conglomerate headed by Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik against continuing civilian killings in Kashmir.

One civilian, Yawar Ahmad Dar was killed on Sunday in clashes with the security forces during an anti-militancy operation in Kulgam district while Shahid Hajam, who was injured in Srigufwara area of Anantnag last week succumbed in a hospital.

Heavy contingents of police and paramilitary forces were deployed in old city and uptown areas of Srinagar without imposing any restrictions.

Shops, public transport, other business establishments and educational institutions remained closed in Srinagar city and other district headquarters of the Valley.

Rail services between Baramulla and Bannihal towns have been suspended as a precautionary measure.

Internet services have also been suspended in south Kashmir areas.

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Heavy rainfall lashes Mumbai, Normal life affected

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Mumbai, June 25: Heavy rains lashed Mumbai early Monday morning affecting normal life as local train services delayed, traffic hit due to waterlogging. 

According to Indian Meteorological Department, heavy to very heavy rain is likely to continue in the region.

Water-logging reported from Sion, Dadar Hindmata, Kurla, Santacruz Chembur Link Road, Mithi River bridge in Kurla and Kalina.

Two people died, five were injured after a tree fell on them at MG road, near Metro Cinema in Mumbai on Sunday, ANI reported.

Western Railway said that some section of suburban trains services hit following rains.

WR Suburban trains are running with no disruption. There is slight delay due to low visibility in some areas due to rains…..Due to very heavy rains, UP line between Bhilad and Sanjan in Mumbai Division is affected from 7.45 am. Single line working is being planned through Down line (for UP trains too),” said the railway.

Colaba recorded 90 mm & Santacruz recorded 195 mm of rain at 5.30 am; Heavy to very heavy rain to continue, stated Indian Meteorological Department.

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Seven cars damaged due to heavy rainfall in Wadala 

Seven cars were damaged after wall of an under-construction building collapsed at around 4.45 am today, on Vidyalankar road in Wadala’s Antop Hill, due to heavy rain.

Visuals of water-logging from Mumbai’s Matunga East area

Water-logging visuals from Sion

Over 50 buses of BEST diverted due to waterlogged roads

Over 50 buses of BEST have been diverted due to waterlogged roads. Operations at Mumbai airport remain unaffected for now. Roads in and around Dadar Hindmata, Kurla, Santacruz Chembur Link Road, Mithi River bridge in Kurla and Kalina are flooded, the Indian Express reported.

Some section of suburban trains running late

Visuals from Postal Colony in Chembur East

Rain lashes parts of Mumbai. Visuals from Bandra and Vile Parle area

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Live: Seychelles President, PM Modi to hold delegation level talks

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New Delhi, June 25 :President of the Republic of Seychelles Danny Faure received ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in Delhi on Monday. He was received by President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his arrival at Rashtrapati Bhawan, to hold bilateral talks soon.

Seychelles President Danny Faure, who is on six-day visit to India, will hold crucial bilateral talks focussing on defence and security issues with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Rashtrapati Bhawan on Monday.

Mutually beneficial relationship based on shared values and commitment to the ideals of democracy and development! President of Seychelles Danny Antoine Rollen Faure was accorded a ceremonial welcome @Rashtrapatibhvn by President Ram Nath Kovind and PM @narendramodi, tweets MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar.

His visit to India comes days after Faure government rejected India’s plan to  develop a naval base jointly at Assumption Island in his country. Seychelles signed an agreement with India in 2015 to develop a naval facility at the island which would have given New Delhi a strategic advantage in the Indian Ocean Region.

Faure, who landed in Gujarat on Friday, has arrived in Delhi on Monday after visiting Ahmedabad and Goa, was received by Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar.

“Connected by ‘SAGAR’ – Security and Growth for All in the Region”! President of Seychelles Danny Antoine Rollen Faure warmly received by MoS @mjakbar at Delhi airport on his first bilateral visit to India,” Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

He visited the Sabarmati Ashram on Saturday, where Mahatma Gandhi lived between 1917 and 1930.

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