Adani, Ambani consolidate plans to further green energy business in post-pandemic world

The global economy is slowly picking up the pace after months of slowdown caused by the COVID pandemic. Industries are quickly finding their feet as they rush to clear backlogs and take on new orders. The power generation sector in particular, is witnessing a spike in power demands, with both conventional and renewable energy (RE) projects struggling to meet requirements.

India’s power industry is also facing similar issues. Even though conventional thermal plants, along with RE projects, are churning out impressive numbers, supply is predicted to fall well short of projected demands. Although the RE sector has heavyweights like Adani, Ambani and Tata, the surging power demands has effected new launches and ventures by stakeholders.

New deals and acquisitions are being brokered as green energy companies prepare to face tricky post-pandemic conditions. Despite the gloom of uncertainty that drapes the atmosphere, major stakeholders like Adani have acted decisively and kept on track. After acquiring the SoftBank Group-backed SB Energy, Adani has announced its intention to raise a $600 million through overseas bonds. The proceeds will go towards financing green projects for the next two years as well as capital expenditures. The Adani Group had previously achieved its 25GW renewable energy capacity target this June, a full four years ahead of schedule. Currently, its operational capacity stands at 5.4GW after its latest acquisition of SB Energy.

Other than Adani, Ambani has also been quite busy. Hardly a month after it entered the RE business, Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) announced its intention to invest $50 million in Ambri Inc., a renewable energy storage company. The investment is a part of a grand fundraising by Ambri from strategic investors to the tune of $144 million. The renewable energy storage manufacturer was working on a liquid metal grid battery technology with plans to commercialize it by 2022. RIL is also pushing for a collaboration with Ambri to create a manufacturing facility for such batteries in India.

India’s renewable energy sector has taken quite a beating but is soldiering on. With markets expected to open up in the coming days, if not weeks, the sector certainly has better days to look forward to. Players like Adani, Ambani, Tata, ReNew Power, etc., have significant number of projects in the pipeline that will increase India’s RE capacity by a considerable margin. The introduction of new technology like advanced energy storage batteries and the influx of funds are exactly what the sector needs to tackle the post-pandemic scenario on an optimistic note.

Sidharth Shukla success story: THE MOST DESIRED MAN OF THE TELEVISION INDUSTRY

Sidharth Shukla was an Indian actor, host and model who appeared in Hindi television and films.

Early Life

Shukla was born on 12 December 1980 into a Hindu family in Bombay to Ashok Shukla, a civil engineer employed at the Reserve Bank of India and Rita Shukla, a homemaker. He lost his father because of a lung disorder during his modelling days. He has two elder sisters. Siddharth attended St. Xavier’s High School, Fort, Mumbai and holds a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from Rachana Sansad School of Interior Design.

In 2005, he represented India at the World’s Best Model contest held in Turkey, and became the first Indian, as well as the first Asian, to win the title beating 40 contestants from across Asia, Latin America, and Europe.

His Journey

From 2008 to 2011, he made his acting debut with a lead role in the television show Babul Ka Aangann Chootey Na on Sony TV. He appeared as Veer Vardhan Singh in Jaane Pehchaane Se… Ye Ajnabbi on Star One opposite Sanjeeda Sheikh and Aditi Tailang. After that, he appeared as Rahul Kashyap in Love U Zindagi opposite Pavitra Punia on StarPlus. The show was inspired by the Bollywood movie Jab We Met. He also appeared in an episode of CID.

In 2012, Shukla appeared as District Collector Shivraj Shekhar, opposite Pratyusha Banerjee and Toral Rasputra in Balika Vadhu.

In 2013, Shukla participated in the celebrity dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 6, and was eliminated in the 11th week. It was reported that Shukla had signed a 3-film-deal with Dharma Productions.

In 2014, Shukla made his Bollywood debut in the romantic comedy Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania in a supporting role playing the character of Angad Bedi, an NRI doctor and fiancé of the female protagonist played by Alia Bhatt.

In 2014, Siddharth was named the host of Savdhaan India. He introduced stories of common people who fought against crime.

In 2015, after exiting from Balika Vadhu, he hosted India’s Got Talent 6, with Bharti Singh, and the season finale was aired in June 2015.

In 2016, Siddharth Shukla won the stunt reality show Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 7. The same year, he hosted India’s Got Talent 7 with Bharti Singh, and the season finale was aired in July 2016.

In 2017, he appeared as Parth Bhanushali in Dil Se Dil Tak with co-stars Rashami Desai and Jasmin Bhasin. The series was inspired by the Bollywood movie, Chori Chori Chupke Chupke.

In 2019, he participated in the reality show Bigg Boss 13, and was declared the winner in February 2020.

In 2020, after winning Bigg Boss 13, Shukla’s massive popularity helped him bag appearances in two music videos, “Bhula Dunga”, and “Dil Ko Karaar Aaya”.

In January 2021, Shukla hosted 16th week’s “Weekend Ka Vaar” of Bigg Boss 14, as Shukla was filling in for Salman Khan, who was missing from the show due to other work commitments.

Siddharth Shukla died of a heart attack in the morning of 2 September 2021. He was taken to Cooper Hospital where he was declared dead by hospital officials.

CISF personnel in trouble over stopping Salman Khan at airport

CISF has seized the mobile phone of ASI Somnath Mohanty of Rayagada for talking to a media organization based out of Odisha after stopping Salman while he was entering the airport.

An ASI of CISF from Odisha, who recently hogged headlines for stopping Bollywood actor Salman Khan at Mumbai Airport asking him to complete the mandatory security check, has landed in trouble for speaking with the media about the incident.

CISF has seized the mobile phone of ASI Somnath Mohanty of Rayagada for talking to a media organization based out of Odisha after stopping Salman while he was entering the airport. “The mobile phone of Mohanty has been seized as he interacted with the media and it is a breach of protocol. His mobile phone was seized to ensure he is not able to speak with the media further about the incident,” a CISF personnel told TNIE.

In a video that went viral on social media, Salman can be seen arriving at the airport to leave the country for the shoot of his upcoming film Tiger 3. Mohanty stopped him and requested to get his documents checked at the gate. The photographers present at the airport were yelling out Salman’s name begging him to pose for a photograph. Mohanty also asked the photographers to step back. He was lauded by netizens.

Indians at Tokyo 2020 Paralympics: All the Athletes who qualified for Summer Para Games

The Tokyo Paralympic Games, postponed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will start on August 24 and run till September 5.

India will field their biggest contingent at the Paralympics with 54 athletes to compete in nine disciplines at the Tokyo Paralympics. Only 19 Indians competed in the Paralympics at Rio 2016.

Javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia and high jump ace Mariyappan Thangavelu are the two Paralympic champions in the current Indian contingent.

Jhajharia broke the world record with his gold medal effort at Rio 2016. Thangavelu also struck gold at Rio. He was the first Indian Paralympian to win gold since 2004.

Badminton and taekwondo, meanwhile, are set to make their Paralympics debut in Tokyo. India’s challenge in badminton will be led by two-time world champion Pramod Bhagat and the world No. 3 Suhas Yathiraj, while in taekwondo, the onus will be on Aruna Tanwar.

Harvinder Singh and Vivek Chikara are the first men archers from the country to qualify for the Games.

Prachi Yadav is set to become India’s first paracanoe at the Tokyo Para Games while Avani Lekhera will be the first Indian woman para shooter to compete at the Paralympics.

Indian athletes at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics

  1. Harvinder Singh, archery, recurve men’s open individual
  2. Vivek Chikara, archery, recurve men’s open individual
  3. Rakesh Kumar, archery, compound men’s open individual/ mixed
  4. Shyam Sundar Swami, archery, compound, men’s open individual/ mixed
  5. Jyoti Baliyan, archery, compound women’s open individual/ mixed
  6. Amit Kumar Saroha, athletics, men’s club throw F51
  7. Dharambir Nain, athletics, men’s club throw F51
  8. Vinod Kumar, athletics, men’s discus throw F52
  9. Yogesh Kathuniya, athletics, men’s discus throw F56
  10. Nishad Kumar, athletics, men’s high jump T47
  11. Ram Pal, athletics, men’s high jump T47
  12. Mariyappan Thangavelu, athletics, men’s high jump T63
  13. Sharad Kumar, athletics, men’s high jump T63
  14. Varun Singh Bhati, athletics, men’s high jump T63
  15. Praveen Kumar, athletics, men’s high jump T64
  16. Navdeep Singh, athletics, men’s javelin throw F41
  17. Sudar Singh Gurjar, athletics, men’s javelin throw F46
  18. Ajeet Singh, athletics, men’s javelin throw F46
  19. Devendra Jhajharia, athletics, men’s javelin throw F46
  20. Tek Chand, athletics, men’s javelin throw F54
  21. Ranjeet Bhati, athletics, men’s javelin throw F57
  22. Sandeep Choudhary, athletics, men’s javelin throw F64
  23. Sumit Antil, athletics, men’s javelin throw F64
  24. Arvind Malik, athletics, men’s shot put F35
  25. Soman Rana, athletics, men’s shot put F57
  26. Simran Sharma, athletics, women’s 100m T13
  27. Kashish Lakra, athletics, women’s club throw F51
  28. Ekta Bhyan, athletics, women’s club throw F51
  29. Bhagyashri Jadhav, athletics, women’s shot put F34
  30. Pramod Bhagat, badminton, men’s singles SL3 and mixed doubles SL3-SU5
  31. Manoj Sarkar, badminton, men’s singles SL3
  32. Tarun Dhillon, badminton, men’s singles SL4
  33. Suhas Yathiraj, badminton, men’s singles SL4
  34. Krishna Nagar, badminton, men’s singles SL4
  35. Parul Parmar, badminton, women’s singles SL4
  36. Palak Kohli, badminton, women’s singles, SU5 and mixed doubles SL3-SU5
  37. Prachi Yadav, para canoeing, women’s 200m VL2
  38. Jaideep Deswal, powerlifting, men’s 65kg
  39. Sakina Khatun, powerlifting, women’s 50kg
  40. Akash, shooting, men’s 25m pistol (P3) and 50m pistol (P4)
  41. Manish Narwal, shooting, men’s 10m air pistol (P1) and men’s 50m pistol (P4)
  42. Deepender Singh, shooting, men’s 10m air pistol (P1)
  43. Rahul Jakhar, shooting, men’s 25m pistol mixed (P3)
  44. Singhraj, shooting, men’s P1 – 10m air pistol (P1) and men’s 50m Pistol (P4)
  45. Sidhartha Babu, shooting, 10m air rifle prone mixed (R3) and 50m rifle prone mixed (R6).
  46. Swaroop Unhalkar, shooting, men’s 10m air rifle standing (R1)
  47. Deepak Saini, shooting, men’s 10m air rifle standing (R1), 10m air rifle prone mixed (R3), 50m rifle prone mixed (R6) and 50m rifle 3P (R7).
  48. Rubina Francis, shooting, women’s 10m air pistol (P2)
  49. Avani Lekhara, shooting, women’s 10m air rifle standing (R2), 10m air rifle prone mixed (R3), 50m rifle prone mixed (R6) and 50m rifle 3-P (R8).
  50. Niranjan Mukundan, swimming, men’s 50m butterfly S7
  51. Suyash Jadhav, swimming, men’s 50m butterfly S7 and 200m individual medley SM7.
  52. Sonalben Patel, table tennis, women’s singles – Class 3
  53. Bhavina Patel, table tennis, women’s singles – Class 4
  54. Aruna Tanwar, taekwondo, women’s K44-49 kg.

Tamil Nadu budget 2021-22: Maternity leave for govt staff increased to 12 months

The state finance minister Palanivel Thiagarajan presented its revised budget for 2021-22 on Friday. Former deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam presented the interim budget for the year 2021-22 on February 23, ahead of the assembly elections. A four-day long session was held beginning June 21, with governor Banwarilal Purohit making a customary address to the newly elected members of the 16th assembly.

Here are the top highlights from Tamil Nadu Finance Minister PTR Palanivel Thiagarajan’s budget speech today. 

  1. Govt allocates Rs 3,954 crore to Tamil Nadu slum clearance board.
  2. About Rs 20,000 crore loan aide will be given for women self-help groups (SHGs).
  3. Allocated Rs 2,000 crore for underground drainage plan.
  4. Rs 703 crore for the free ride for TN women in public buses.
  5. Metro railway projects will be expedited and completed by December 2026.
  6. Diesel subsidy of Rs 750 crore given to state public transport. Allocate Rs 623 crore for 100 new public buses. Detailed project report would be prepared for Madurai Metro Rail project.
  7. About 17,800 MW of electricity production capacity will be added in the next four years.
  8. Tamil Nadu govt allocates Rs 32,599.54 crore to school education department.
  9. Inspection had started to set up metro train in Madurai.
  10. The vacancies in higher educational institutions will be filled on priority basis.
  11. Ten new arts and science colleges will be established in the state.
  12. Tamil Nadu will start smart classes in 25 colleges this year.
  13. The budget allocates Rs 5,369 crore for higher education department for 2021-22.
  14. Tamil Nadu govt allocates Rs 959 crore for Dr Muthulakshmi Reddy Maternity benefit scheme.
  15. Rs 18,933 crore allocated for health and family welfare in Tamil Nadu.
  16. TN skill development corporation would be revived. Rs 215.64 crore allocated to unorganized workers welfare board. TN would create 45,000 hectares of land bank.
  17. Nandambakkam to get a FinTech city at the cost of Rs 165 crore.
  18. SIPCOT to come up in nine districts, including Tiruvannamalai and Dharmapuri; Rs 1,500 crore has been allocated for the same as first instalment.
  19. Rs 409 crore has been st aside for free school uniforms scheme.
  20. 300 tourists destinations to be developed under tourism master plan. Rs 187.50 crore has been allocated for the same.
  21. Tamil Nadu allocates Rs 409 crore for free school uniforms scheme.
  22. Rs 1.50 crore allocated for transgenders pension scheme.
  23. Rs 6 cr allocated to renovate mosques and churches.
  24. MLAs woukd be encouraged to utilize a portion of constituency development fund to improve the facilities in their constituency.
  25. Tamil Nadu sets aside Rs 4,142 crore for Adi Dravidar and ST welfare.
  26. Tamil Nadu allocates Rs 225.62 crore for sports and youth development.
  27. Maternity leave for govt staff increased to 12 months. It will come into effect from July 1, 2021.
  28. Loans to the tune of Rs 2,756 crore given to women SHGs would be waived.
  29. CM has ordered to reduce petrol price by Rs 3 per litre.
  30. Tamil Nadu govt would incur loss of Rs 1,160 crore by reducing the petrol price.

State revenue for the fiscal year is Rs 2,60,409.26 crore, expenditure estimated at Rs 2,61,88.57 crore and deficit Rs 58,692 crore.

  1. We are taking efforts to streamline the property tax and other taxes to revive the state economy: Tamil Nadu finance minister Palanivel Thiagarajan
  2. MLAs constituency development fund enhanced to Rs 3 crore.

Tamil Nadu will come up with a separate education policy for the state:Tamil Nadu finance minister Palanivel Thiagarajan.

Twitter ‘locks’ Congress’ official handle after accounts of several leaders were suspended for ‘violating rules’

Congress had earlier accused Twitter of acting against Rahul Gandhi’s account under pressure from the government.

The official Twitter handle of the Congress party has been locked for ‘violating rules’, party leaders said on August 12.

This comes a day after several party leaders said that their handles were suspended too and a week after senior leader Rahul Gandhi’s handle was temporarily suspended.

“Twitter acting under government pressure. It has already blocked 5000 accounts of our leader and workers across India. They need to understand that we cannot be pressurized by Twitter or the government,” said Rohan Gupta, social media head, Congress.

The party on August 11 said that Twitter suspended accounts of its media in-charge Randeep Surjewala, AICC general secretary and former minister Ajay Maken, party’s whip in Lok Sabha Manickam Tagore, Assam in-charge, and former Union minister Jitendra Singh and Mahila Congress president Sushmita Dev.

This comes after senior leader Rahul Gandhi’s handle was ‘temporarily’ locked by Twitter last week after the National Commission for Protection of Child Right issued a notice to the micro-blogging site and asked it to remove the tweet in question.

“So! After Shri @RahulGandhi, the Lord @narendramodi Ji and Vassal @Jack & @twitter have locked @rssurjewala, @ajaymaken & @sushmitadevinc. @INCIndia registers its protest and promises to continue the fight for each and all being wronged! We shall hold on @AshwiniVaishnaw Ji (sic),” tweeted Pranav Jha, AICC secretary in charge of Congress Communication Department.

Twitter on August 11 told the Delhi High Court that it had temporarily locked Rahul Gandhi’s account and removed his tweet that had a photograph of the parents of a nine-year-old Dalit girl, who was allegedly raped and killed at a crematorium in Southwest Delhi on August 01. The social media giant said that the action was taken as the tweet violated the platform’s policy.

In another tweet, Jha said, “The list goes on. @Twitter locks @JitendraSAlwar and @manickamtagore and many more. Doesn’t Modi Ji understand that we @INCindia’ns have a legacy of fighting even from behind the locks of kaala paani. He thinks the virtual locks of Twitter will deter us from fighting for India.”

Congress had earlier accused Twitter of acting against Gandhi’s account under pressure from the government.

Gandhi’s account was suspended after he tweeted pictures with the family of a nine-year-old victim of alleged rape and murder in Delhi last week.

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) took cognisance of Gandhi’s tweet and directed Twitter to act against the Congress leader’s account for violating the privacy of a minor victim, mandated by the laws of the land.’Shri @RahulGandhi’s Twitter account has been temporarily suspended & due process is being followed for its restoration,’ the Congress had tweeted from its official handle.

Reference: Moneycontrol

BJP Member, 5 Others Arrested For Anti-Muslim Slogans At Delhi Rally

The arrests followed outrage over videos that showed a group shouting egregious slogans threatening Muslims at Jantar Mantar, a protest site in the heart of Delhi.

BJP member Ashwini Upadhyay and five others have been arrested over violent anti-Muslim slogans raised at a protest held at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar on Sunday.

Ashwini Upadhyay, believed to be one of the organisers of the protest, was questioned till late last night along with other accused.

The arrests followed outrage over videos that showed a group shouting egregious slogans threatening Muslims at Jantar Mantar, a protest site in the heart of Delhi.

In clips on social media, “Ram, Ram” chants were raised along with threats to kill Muslims. “Hindustan mein rehna hoga jai shri ram kehna hoga (To stay in India, must say Jai Shri Ram),” the group shouted barely a km from parliament and top government offices.

Questions were raised on the police not arresting those behind the event including Ashwini Upadhaya – who is a member of the Delhi BJP executive – and those visible in the videos.

The police finally acted only late on Monday evening and rounded up suspects for questioning.

The police claim they had denied permission to the protest over Covid precautions but a crowd showed up.

TV actor and BJP leader Gajendra Chauhan was also present in the protest though he is not seen in the clips.

Mr Upadhyay had claimed he had no idea such slogans were raised.

Ashwini Upadhyay, who organised protest, was questioned till late last night along with other accused.

BJP member Ashwini Upadhyay and five others have been arrested over violent anti-Muslim slogans raised at a protest held at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar on Sunday.

Ashwini Upadhyay, believed to be one of the organisers of the protest, was questioned till late last night along with other accused.

The arrests followed outrage over videos that showed a group shouting egregious slogans threatening Muslims at Jantar Mantar, a protest site in the heart of Delhi.

In clips on social media, “Ram, Ram” chants were raised along with threats to kill Muslims. “Hindustan mein rehna hoga jai shri ram kehna hoga (To stay in India, must say Jai Shri Ram),” the group shouted barely a km from parliament and top government offices.

Questions were raised on the police not arresting those behind the event including Ashwini Upadhaya – who is a member of the Delhi BJP executive – and those visible in the videos.

The police finally acted only late on Monday evening and rounded up suspects for questioning.

The police claim they had denied permission to the protest over Covid precautions but a crowd showed up.

TV actor and BJP leader Gajendra Chauhan was also present in the protest though he is not seen in the clips.

Mr Upadhyay had claimed he had no idea such slogans were raised.

In a statement, Mr Upadhyay had said the march against outdated colonial laws was organised by Save India Foundation. “I don’t have any relation with Save India Foundation Trust. I was a guest like Mr. RVS Mani, Mr. Firoz Bakht Ahmed, Mr. Gajendra Chauhan. We reached at around 11:00 and left at 12:00. I never met these miscreants,” he said in a statement.

Save India’s director Preet Singh is among those arrested. The others are Vinod Sharma, Deepak Singh, Vineet Kranti and a suspect identified only by one name, Deepak.

Kejriwal to launch ‘faceless’ transport services today in Delhi. Check details

Faceless’ transport services will essentially make Delhi the first state or Union territory in the country to bring all transport-related services online. Maharashtra is also reported to be trying out a similar model.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal will launch the transport department’s ‘faceless’ services today (i.e. on Wednesday, August 11). Confirming the launch earlier this week, Delhi transport minister Kailash Gahlot said that this unique initiative will allow citizens to apply for various transport-related services, including registering for a learner’s driving license test, from the comfort of their homes. Since people will be able to apply and get various documents like registration certificates without having to show up at a motor licensing office (MLO), it will essentially make the process ‘faceless’.

However, the ‘faceless’ transportation services of the Delhi government will not allow a person to apply for a permanent driving license and vehicle fitness certificate in a similar manner, confirmed transport minister Kailash Gahlot earlier this week.

“All services except permanent driving license and vehicle fitness are now faceless,” Gahlot was quoted as saying by news agency PTI, “…thereby meaning applicants don’t have to visit transport authority offices.”

‘Faceless’ transport services will essentially make Delhi the first state or Union territory in the country to bring all transport-related services online. According to government officials, it will help people save their own hard-earned time and money by not having to physically visit the MLOs. Maharashtra is also reported to be trying out a similar model.

Kejriwal is expected to launch the ‘faceless’ transport services in Delhi today from the IP Estate MLO, and trials for online learning tests have already begun at the Sarai Kale Khan and Vasant Vihar offices. More than 50 people have also been provided learning licenses so far, said officials privy to the development.

Kailash Gahlot, the transport minister of Delhi, was even seen congratulating on Twitter a resident who had given his learner’s license test online. “You are one of the country’s first to pass this facial recognition enabled E-LL test,” Gahlot said after congratulating the applicant. “Delhiites get true freedom from long queues.”

Notably, the Delhi transport department had been working on providing certain essential services online since as early as February this year. The services included those related to driving license and registration certificates such as duplicate copies, change in address, international driving permit, and transfer of ownership.

According to officials, the majority of transactions at the transport department offices are related to driving licenses and registration certificates. In 2019, over 1 million transactions were related to driving licenses, and nearly 1.3 million were related to registration certificates, records with the state transport department showed.

IAS toppers Tina Dabi, Athar Khan granted divorce by Jaipur family court

Tina Dabi and Athar Khan’s relationship apparently started at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy for Administration in Mussoorie and subsequent wedding grabbed the attention of the nation. Dabi ranked first in the UPSC examinations, Khan ranked second in 2015.

A family court in Jaipur granted divorce to IAS officers Tina Dabi and Athar Khan on Tuesday, Hindustan Times’ sister publication Live Hindustan reported. Both had filed the application for divorce before the court in November last year with mutual consent.

The application was filed just two years after the two got married.

Their relationship apparently started at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy for Administration in Mussoorie and subsequent wedding grabbed the attention of the nation. Dabi ranked first in the UPSC examinations, Khan ranked second in 2015.

Vice president M Venkaiah Naidu and many Union ministers were among those who had attended their wedding reception in Delhi.

Their wedding was hailed as a symbol of communal harmony by many politicians.

Both Dabi and Athar were allocated to the Rajasthan cadre of the IAS. Initially, both of them were in the same city, but Tina Dabi was later posted to Sri Ganganagar as Chief Executive Officer, Zila Parishad. Athar was posted to Jaipur as the CEO of Zila Parishad.

In November last year, Dabi joined as the joint secretary (finance) of the government of Rajasthan. She announced about her joining on Twitter.

A graduate in political science from the Delhi’s Lady Shri Ram College, Dabi completed her schooling from the Convent of Jesus & Mary. Athar, meanwhile, was undergoing training at the Indian Railways Institute of Transport and Management in Lucknow when he appeared for examination in 2015. This was the Anantnag resident’s second attempt.

Canada to extend ban on arriving passenger flights from India

The ban was first imposed on April 22 and has already been rolled over several times. The measure does not apply to cargo flights or medical transfers.

Canada will extend its ban on arriving passenger flights from India to September 21 because of the risks posed by COVID-19, the federal transport ministry said in a statement.The ban was first imposed on April 22 and has already been rolled over several times. The measure does not apply to cargo flights or medical transfers.

Earlier, the Canadian government in its global travel advisory issued in July continued to suspend India-Canada direct flights till July 21. However, Indian travelers who have to fly to Canada in this period have to book a flight via an ‘indirect route.’

According to the revised official travel advisory, Canada will not accept the COVID-19 molecular test report from India. Therefore, the travelers have to get themselves tested for the coronavirus in a ‘third country’ before they continue their journey to Canada.

As per the advisory, passengers who have previously tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and are traveling from India to Canada have to now provide proof of a coronavirus test conducted between 14 to 90 days prior to their departure.

“This proof must be obtained in a third country before Indian travelers continue their journey to Canada. You might need to seek entry and stay in a third country for at least 14 days,” the advisory read.

After Anti-Muslim Slogans At Delhi Rally, 5 Suspects In Police Custody

Ashwani Upadhyay said he had no idea who the people shouting slogans were and that he was ready to appear before the police any time on Tuesday.

New Delhi: 

Supreme Court lawyer and former Delhi BJP spokesperson Ashwani Upadhyay and four others have been taken into police custody and are likely to be questioned over the anti-Muslim slogans raised at a protest he allegedly organised at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar on Monday, sources in Delhi Police have said. He is one of the suspects identified in the case. Sources said the Delhi Police had summoned Mr Upadhyay. The lawyer, who was in Ghaziabad, was to appear before the police at the Connaught Place station on Monday night.

Sources said raids are currently on in the city to zero in on the other suspects.

The videos of a group shouting violent anti-Muslim slogans at Jantar Mantar — the landmark 18th Century observatory at the heart of the city which is now a protest site — surfaced on Monday. But despite their being widely circulated no social media, no arrest was made till late Monday evening.

In the clips circulating on social media, “Ram, Ram” chants are heard along with slogans threatening Muslims. “Hindustan mein rehna hoga jai shri ram kehna hoga (To stay in India, must say Jai Shri Ram),” shout people at the rally held barely a km from parliament.

No policemen were present at the site. The police claim they had denied permission for the protest in view of Covid but a crowd had turned up.

The slogans were shouted in the presence of Narsinghanand Saraswati, a priest notorious for communal hate speeches. TV actor and BJP leader Gajendra Chauhan was also reportedly a part of the protest.

Mr Upadhyay — who allegedly organised the protest against colonial laws — said he had no idea who the people shouting slogans were and that he was ready to appear before the police any time on Tuesday.

In a statement, Mr Upadhyay said the program was organised by Save India Foundation. “I don’t have any relation with Save India Foundation Trust. I was a guest like Mr. RVS Mani, Mr. Firoz Bakht Ahmed, Mr. Gajendra Chauhan. We reached at around 11:00 and left at 12:00. I never met these miscreants. I wish to meet you tomorrow morning to give my written statement,” his statement read.

Earlier Mr Upadhyay said he was not aware of the videos.  “Neither was I there when this happened, nor am I aware nor did I invite these people. This must have happened after I left. Strict action must be taken against those we can see in the videos,” he told reporters.

Only five or six people were shouting slogans and that too while dispersing after the march, he said, adding that such slogans should not have been raised.

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