Funds of companies running Chinese online betting applications seized
Based on FIRs registered by the Cyber Crime division of the Hyderabad Police against Dokypay Technology Private Limited, Linkyun Technology Private Limited and a few others, the Enforcement Directorate has frozen ₹46.96 crores of funds in their HSBC bank accounts, on the grounds of operating illegal websites from host services outside India. The ED has also conducted a search in the aforementioned companies, their premises, chartered accountants, and have retrieved 17 hard discs, five laptops and phones. The 90 websites through which these illegal activities were carried out have also been identified.
Metro services to resume from September 7, under Unlock 4 guidelines
According to the guideline issued by the Union Home Ministry, metro services can be operated from September 7, while passenger trains continue to be at rest. Congregations with a ceiling of 100 persons will also be allowed from September 21, under these renewed measures.
As educational institutes continue to be closed off till September 30, research students and students of technical or professional institutions, requiring laboratory works are allowed to visit the premises. 50% of teaching and non-teaching staff are allowed in the institutions in order to carry online teaching or tele-counselling and related work. However, lockdown measure will be strictly implemented in containment zones.
Extension of land rights to domiciles in J&K
The land rights that was limited to the usage of only government-owned land for establishing industries, hospitals and educational institutions, is set out for extension to the domiciles of the UT. Keeping the sentiments of the domiciles in mind, the Executive has undertaken the decision and debates are currently arising about the protection of agriculture lands.
The state has been taken under the rule of the Central government in 2018. Home Minister Amit Shah has passed two bills in the Rajya Sabha, last year, to revoke the special status of J&K under Article 370 of the Constitution and to downgrade and bifurcate the State into Union Territories (UTs)- J&K and Ladakh.
West Bengal Home Secretary writes to the Railway Board for resumption of metro and local train services
Home Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay has reportedly written to the Railway Board to resume the metro and local train services in a limited and controlled manner while keeping in mind the norms of social distancing and health hygiene protocols.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed her government’s interest in resuming the metro services fully and allow one-fourth of suburban trains services from September 1, with the safety protocols being maintained.
Modi government taking measures to prioritize sports and fitness
On National Sports Day, PM Modi in a series of tweets encourages the citizens of India to incorporate sports and fitness in their routines because of the numerous benefits they offer. Remembering the achievements of all those sportspersons who have represented India in various sports and made our nation proud, he announces the government’s building measures to popularize sports and support sporting talent in the country.
PM Modi pays his tribute to the legendary hockey player Major Dhyan Chand reiterating praises for his majestic hockey stick. The birth anniversary of the hockey player is observed as the National Sports Day.
Indian Youth Congress launches Rozgar Do campaign
The Indian Youth Congress (IYC) launched a nationwide “Rozgar Do” campaign highlighting the upsurge in the unemployment rate, which was already in a dire condition before coronavirus pandemic hit the country. IYC in-charge Krishna Allavaru, citing the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s reference to the pandemic an “Act of God”, points fingers to the government’s failure in conducting its demonetization policy, the current streak of the COVID-19 affected patients. President of Indian Youth Congress B.V. Srinivas has also accused the Modi government of slacking 13.5 crore jobs nationwide.
Water projects worth ₹10,000 crores sanctioned for Bundelkhand region
With the aim to develop the drought-prone region of Bundelkhand, PM Modi announces around 500 projects worth over ₹10,000 crores to improve water availability. Water from three rivers, Ken, Betwa and Yamuna, does not reach the Bundelkhand region, hence the dismay. Modi believes that the proposed Ken-Betwa river linking project can potentially solve this issue and the fortune of the area. The Centre is currently in discussion with both Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh to resolve the issue.
Safety measures for over 7,700 appearing for NDA, Naval Academy exams on September 6
Joint Collector Venugopal Reddy, in order to ensure the maximum safety of 7,782 candidates appearing for the National Defence Academy (NDA) and Naval Academy examinations conducted by the UPSC in 22 centres in Visakhapatnam district on September 6, makes arrangements in all the centres in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic. APEPDCL officials are to provided uninterrupted power supply, GVMC officials to sanitise the examination centres and also provide drinking water supply, the police to impose Section 144 at the examination centres and also provide escort to the material from strongroom at the Collectorate to examination centres, RTC officials to run special buses from the railway station and bus complex to the centres.
Three sentenced to prison in relation to the 26/11 attacks
A court in Pakistan has sentenced three leaders of the Jamat-ud-Dawa to prison, an organization accused by India and the United States responsible for the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai. The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) had imposed deadlines to curb terror financing by September, failing to which would mean Pakistan being blacklisted and shunned by international financial institutions, alongside Iran and North Korea.
Three militants killed in Pulwama
The Director-General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh informs the killing of three in a gunfight with security forces in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. The three, identified as Adil Hafeez, and his recruits, Arshad and Rouf, were surrounded during a search operation at Zadoora area. Hafeez is the alleged commander of the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, involved in militancy for a long time. Police also claims to recover arms and ammunition from the militants.