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A host of opposition leaders, including Trinamool Congress' Derek O'Brien, RJD's Lalu Yadav and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, were among those who attended a dinner party hosted by Kapil Sibal in New Delhi on 9 August 2021 | ANI

Opposition talks unity & Congress revival to counter BJP at Kapil Sibal’s ‘birthday dinner’

Kapil Sibal, who just turned 73, hosts opposition leaders for a birthday dinner at his residence where primary topic of discussion is unifying parties against BJP.
File photo of K Chandrashekhar Rao | Facebook/@trspartyonline

Telangana politics now revolves around Dalits & KCR triggered the change. Here’s why

Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has announced a Dalit Bandhu scheme that promises Rs 10 lakh in cash to each SC family. 
File photo of Sanjay Raut | Twitter @ANI

Uddhav & Sonia have direct line of communication, says Sena’s Sanjay Raut, denies cracks in MVA

Sanjay Raut, 59, a Rajya Sabha member of Shiv Sena, is currently in Delhi for the ongoing monsoon session, which ends Friday.

AAP accuses Mahendra Singh of corruption in Jal Jeevan Mission; UP minister denies charges

AAP MP Sanjay Singh accused UP minister for Jal Shakti of giving contract worth crores to a rejected company and procuring water supply at 40% higher rate than standard tender.
JD(U) leaders Rajiv Ranjan Singh aka Lalan Singh (left), and RCP Singh; RJD leader Tej Pratap Yadav | Photos via Twitter/PTI

Message from Patna poster wars: Caste trouble for Nitish, Tej Pratap ’embarrassment’ for RJD

While a Tej Pratap Yadav poster left out brother Tejashwi, the JD(U) poster war has highlighted fault-lines between party president Lalan Singh & Union minister RCP Singh.
A view of the Lok Sabha during the Monsoon Session of Parliament, in New Delhi, on 6 August 2021 | PTI

Lok Sabha adjourned thrice amid Opposition uproar over Pegasus, other issues

Centre's move to introduce bills in the house was strongly opposed by opposition leaders who had has been demanding discussion on the alleged snooping by the govt among other issues.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee | Photo: ANI

Mamata accuses Amit Shah of attacks on nephew Abhishek Banerjee, TMC activists in Tripura

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee alleged that such attacks would not have been possible without 'active support' of the Union home minister and said Tripura Police were 'mute spectators'.
Opposition parties meet in the Parliament chambers of Mallikarjun Kharge, leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha, in New Delhi on 9 August 2021 | Congress | Twitter

OBC bill helps break monsoon session logjam as opposition agrees to support it in Parliament

OBC bill is slated to be tabled in Parliament Monday. Given that several states are set to go to polls next year, parties are keen to back a law that helps the backward class.
File photo of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Day after Rahul’s Twitter account ‘temporarily locked’, Congress trends ‘I too am Rahul’

Several Congress leaders have also tweeted screenshots and photographs of Rahul Gandhi meeting the family of a Dalit girl who died after being allegedly raped in Delhi. 
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor | File photo | ANI

Hopeful IT panel will take up Pegasus issue going forward, says Shashi Tharoor

The Congress leader said the panel’s last meeting on 28 July was disrupted by BJP members and the officials who were to testify that day appear to have been instructed not to attend.

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The Finance Ministry at North Block in New Delhi | ANI Photo

Apple plans satellite features for iPhone that allow emergency calls

Apple has been working on satellite technology for years, with a team exploring the concept since at least 2017. However, the feature is unlikely to be ready before next year. an Francisco: Apple Inc.’s push to bring satellite capabilities to the iPhone will be focused on emergency situations, allowing users to send texts to first responders and report crashes in areas without cellular coverage. The company is developing at least two related emergency features that will rely on satellite networks, aiming to release them in future iPhones, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Apple has been working on satellite technology for years, with a team exploring the concept since at least 2017, Bloomberg has reported. Speculation that the next iPhone will have satellite capabilities ramped up this week after TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the phone will probably work with spectrum owned by Globalstar Inc. That’s led to conjecture that the iPhone will become something akin to a satellite phone,...
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) logo | Bloomberg

RBI to penalise banks if ATMs run out of cash from 1 October

The scheme has been formulated over concerns of inconvenience caused to the public and to ensure that sufficient cash is available through ATMs, RBI said in a circular.

Defence

‘Will pull India into a vortex’ — why Delhi is unlikely to heed ‘Afghan demand for air support’

While no active military aid is being discussed, ‘benign support’ like maintenance of equipment, training and spare parts has been under discussion between India and Afghanistan.

Caste, ethnicity, religion – United colours of Indian hockey prove the game thrives in inclusivity

It's impossible to field an Indian hockey team that doesn’t reflect the diversity, the united colours, better than any other. Shows that a sport, or a nation, will prosper with growing inclusivity.
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