Monday’s session began at 11am with the Congress leader being asked about transactions related to acquisition of Associated Journals Ltd, publisher of National Herald and other Congress publications, by Young Indian for Rs 50 lakh. The latter is a private company controlled by Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her two children.
With the new-look bowling department coming a cropper against an in-form South Africa batting line-up, especially the duo of David Miller and Rassie van der Dussen, in the first T20I, India’s stand-in skipper Rishabh Pant will hope to leave the ground with a smile on his face on Sunday night.
In a move parallel to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s initiative to rally opposition parties for putting up a joint candidate in the presidential polls, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday wrote to 22 politicians of non-BJP outfits for unity in the contest for Rashtrapati Bhavan, laying bare once again the fissures and the tendency for one-upmanship within the anti-Modi camp.
Ahead of the meeting, India is also unhappy with the text on agriculture, which has flagged the issue of export restrictions, and questioning the need to raise an issue when it is already provided for in WTO agreements. Further, India is seeking a window for using the stocks lying with the FCI for government-to-government sales to countries that are facing a food shortage, something that has not been taken on board.
BJP’s Dhananjay Mahadik prevailed against ruling MVA candidate Sanjay Pawar of Shiv Sena, while saffron-backed Independent Kartikeya Sharma, brother of Manu Sharma who was convicted in the Jessica Lal murder case, managed to get the better of Congress’s nominee, Rahul Gandhi-loyalist Ajay Maken in Haryana.
The steady rise of Covid-19 cases in Delhi saw a significant spurt on Saturday, with 795 new cases, with a test positivity rate of 4.11%. While the number of cases in a single day is the highest since May 13, the positivity rate in the capital breached the 4%-mark after 32 days. Stay with TOI for latest updates:
International travellers arriving in the US starting Sunday will no longer need to take Covid-19 test 24 hours before their flight departure time as is currently required, easing one of the last remaining Biden government mandates meant to contain the spread of the coronavirus.Stay with TOI for latest updates:
In the Rajya Sabha elections for sixteen seats, the BJP scored impressive victories in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Haryana, while the Congress won an extra seat in Rajasthan. Stay with TOI for the latest developments
Data released by the National Statistical Office (NSO) on Friday showed the index of industrial production (IIP) rose an annual 7.1% in April, compared with an upwardly revised 2.2% in March. The sector had grown by 133.5% in April 2021 on the back of a very low base of 2020 when the Covid-19 induced lockdown had smothered economic activity and growth.