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What the OBC bill is, and why opposition parties are rallying behind Modi govt to pass it

The OBC bill seeks to restore the power of states and UTs to identify and notify their own lists of OBCs. The bill is set to come up for passage in Lok Sabha Tuesday.
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 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.
Congress spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill | Twitter/@JaiveerShergill

Letter on Indians in Afghanistan is as a concerned citizen: Congress’ Shergill after CAA row

Congress' Jaiveer Shergill wrote to the foreign minister demanding India evacuate Hindus & Sikhs stuck in Afghanistan. This was construed by many as being in favour of CAA, a law his party opposes.
Olympic gold medallist Neeraj Chopra with former Naseem Ahmad | Twitter

Naseem Ahmad isn’t Olympic gold medallist Neeraj Chopra’s coach now. He coached him till 2016

Naseem Ahmad coached Neeraj Chopra from 2011 to 2016, when the latter was a teenager. At present, Chopra is coached by Germans Klaus Bartonietz and Uwe Hohn.
File photo of Afghanistan defence operation against Taliban | Twitter/MoDAfghanistan

Congress leader writes to Jaishankar demanding evacuation of Hindus, Sikhs from Afghanistan

Congress leader Jaiveer Shergill stated that around 650 Sikhs and 50 Hindus in Afghanistan have become sitting targets for the Taliban 'adamant to kill' minorities of Indian origin.
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 leader Rahul Gandhi with leaders of Opposition parties addresses media on the issue of the Pegasus Project in New Delhi Wednesday, on 28 July 2021 | PTI

There’s a new Rahul Gandhi, and he’s taking ‘active’ charge of building Opposition unity

Over the course of the Monsoon Session, Rahul Gandhi has held joint meetings, press conferences, and done a cycle yatra with leaders from Opposition parties, strategising over ‘unity’.
File photo of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Rahul Gandhi to visit Srinagar on 9 August to inaugurate Congress headquarters at J&K

Rahul Gandhi is likely to reach Srinagar on Monday and may attend the wedding of the son of J&K Congress chief Ghulam Ahmed Mir and meet other Congress workers, sources said.

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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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