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Lingayat seers not giving up on Yedi; huge meet to exert pressure on BJP

Amid intense speculation about a possible leadership change in Karnataka, several seers of the Veerashaiva-Lingayat community have decided to organise religious heads convention on Sunday (July 25) in what is seen as sending out a loud and clear message to BJP party high command not to remove Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa.

Another Manipur activist, held for FB post, freed after HC order

Manipur activist Wangkhemcha Wangthoi was released from the central jail following a High Court order on Friday, five days after his associate Erendro Leichombam was freed on the Supreme Court's orders. The duo had been detained under the National Security Act for their Facebook posts criticising BJP leaders for advocating cow dung and cow urine as cure for Covid-19.

Kerala govt staff need to affirm not having taken or given dowry

In the wake of a spate of suicides by young women in the previous month and the day-long fast undertaken recently by Governor Arif Mohammed Khan, a new Kerala government order has asked all state government employees to give an affidavit to their departmental heads that they have neither taken or given dowry.

Road ahead more daunting than in 1991; no time to rejoice: Manmohan Singh

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh warns the road ahead is "even more daunting" than during the 1991 economic crisis and that the nation would need to recalibrate its priorities to ensure a dignified life for all Indians. The 1991 economic reforms lifted millions out of poverty, unleashed the spirit of free enterprises, and catapulted India into a $3 trillion economy. To mark the 30th anniversary of economic liberalisation and the opening up of the Indian economy on July 24, Singh issued a statement in which he recalled the achievements, but expressed his pain at the devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the loss of lives and livelihoods.

Govt under attack from Opp after I-T raid on Dainik Bhaskar, UP TV channel

Media group Dainik Bhaskar and an Uttar Pradesh-based news channel were raided by Income Tax officials who launched searches in their offices across the country around 5.30 am. Both have been accused of tax evasion and floating shell companies in a statement released by government sources. Raids took place at over 30 locations of Dainik Bhaskar in Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra. The homes and offices of the group's promoters were also raided. Uttar Pradesh TV channel Bharat Samachar’s offices in Lucknow and the home of its editor were also searched. The raids were based on "conclusive evidence of tax fraud" by the channel, said, officials. Both media houses had recently put out reports critical of the government's handling of the coronavirus crisis, particularly the second wave of Covid that swept through India in April-May.

US, Japan and S Korea warn China for ratcheting tensions in Taiwan

In a direct response to China's aggression towards Taiwan, the US, Japan and South Korea have said they oppose any unilateral attempts to change the status quo in the East China Sea. They also stressed preserving peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, a narrow strip of water that connects China to the island.