Jammu and Kashmir has been put on an alert as the intelligence agencies are now anticipating the movement of terrorists from across the border after receiving inputs that Jaish e Mohammad leaders met Taliban leadership in Kandahar and sought help for their 'India-centric' activities.
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma asserted in the state assembly that Mukroh village, the site of a violent clash that claimed six lives last year, is part of Meghalaya. He cited census code, elections, and two polling stations in the village as evidence. Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma had previously claimed the village was part of his state.
The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has refused to approve the 2023-24 Delhi Budget, prompting the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to accuse the chief secretary of delaying the process. The MHA sought clarifications, which were not received until Monday. After the requisite approval from the President routed through the MHA failed to arrive, the Budget presentation was postponed. AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal has accused the Union government of "blocking" the elected government from presenting the Budget, which must be done before the end of the financial year.
Opposition lawmakers gathered Tuesday to protest against the government's alleged favouring of the Adani Group, demanding a JPC probe into stock manipulation and financial fraud. They cited claims of offshore shell companies and funds to inflate stock valuations, as well as improper influence to obtain concessions and contracts. Parliament has been deadlocked since the Budget session began, leading to all-party meetings to attempt to resolve the impasse.
White House refuses to confirm US News report that US military shared intelligence with India for repelling Chinese incursion along LAC in Tawang sector. Indian and Chinese troops clashed, leading to injuries on both sides. US News reported US provided real-time details of Chinese positions and force strength, enraging Beijing. Indian troops were waiting to retaliate.
Kavitha, daughter of Telangana CM K Chandrashekar Rao, showed mobile phones to media outside her father's residence before heading to ED office for third round of questioning in money laundering case linked to Delhi excise policy. ED has so far arrested 12 people, including former Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia.
Supreme Court on Monday asked Subramanian Swamy to provide evidence of CBI not prosecuting RBI's independent directors in banking frauds. RBI, represented by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, said that if evidence is provided, CBI's role in the investigation will be examined. Swamy said that bank directors were charged in these scams, but not a single RBI nominee director. RBI said that its nominee directors have no role in sanctioning or monitoring of loans. Swamy demands a CBI enquiry into the role played by RBI in the frauds.
After Amritpal Singh, a separatist leader went absconding, his uncle, Harjit Singh, was flown to Assam and booked under the National Security Act (NSA). Punjab Police have arrested 114 people, including 4 alleged aides and recovered 10 weapons in their crackdown. Pro-Khalistan elements have protested outside Indian consulates in the US and UK. India has registered a protest with the US and summoned the UK envoy.
BJP demands apology from Rahul Gandhi for his remarks made during UK visit, calling him the present-day Mir Jafar of Indian politics. BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra attacked Gandhi for his lack of participation in Parliamentary debate and his statement of being an MP 'unfortunately'. Gandhi had alleged that the microphones of Opposition leaders in Parliament were silenced and various institutions were under threat.
Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann has ordered disciplinary proceedings, including major penalty, against three police officers over security breach during PM Modi's visit in January 2022. The move follows a Supreme Court-constituted inquiry committee report indicting officers for lapses. PM Modi's convoy was stranded on a flyover due to a blockade, after which he returned from Punjab without attending any event.
The Centre informed the Parliament that there are almost 4,000 vacancies for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes and the disabled in 45 central universities. Banaras Hindu University and Delhi University have the highest number of vacant posts, with 576 and 526 respectively. Recruitment of over 1,400 such candidates was already conducted in one year.
Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan chaired a meeting to review steps taken to ensure mental health wellness of students and zero tolerance towards discrimination. Pradhan directed the ministry to prepare a framework to safeguard mental and emotional well-being, and invited stakeholder suggestions. The meeting discussed topics such as gender equality, caste sensitivity, and counselling. The framework will focus on creating an inclusive environment, sensitisation and capacity building, and early detection mechanisms.
The Union government has sought an independent evaluation of PM Shram Yogi Maandhan, a pension scheme for India's large unorganized workforce. Despite a 104% jump in enrolments, the scheme is far from reaching saturation, with only 500,000 subscribers. Issues such as coverage under another pension scheme and income disruptions due to the pandemic could be behind the low participation. An independent evaluation could help address these concerns.
The NIA charge sheet mentions a diary containing coded text in Malayalam on rioting, bomb blasts etc and the transfer of funds to various cadres from six PFI bank accounts, leading to the ban of the organization in September 2022. The diary revealed plans of PFI for India, regular transfer of money to different states to fund violent activities and series of targeted killings. It also talks about PFI's links with Islamic State and its activities to create social unrest.
Rahul Gandhi has written a letter to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla citing a 2015 incident in which charges were levelled against a minister, to seek time to reply to allegations against him. The BJP is accused of throttling the right to speak, while the government demands an apology from Gandhi for "denigrating India". The House has been adjourned due to disruptions.
Tamil Nadu finance minister Palanivel Thiaga Rajan presented his third consecutive budget, pushing the envelope on welfarism and aiming to improve public finances. The Magalir Urimai Thogai (MUT) cash transfer programme will give ?1000/month to 5.8 million women in the state. Revenue deficit reduced from ?62,000 crore to ?30,000 crore. GSDP growth of 14% expected in 2022-23, with infrastructure projects announced in Chennai and Tier-2 cities. Opposition AIADMK and BJP criticize the budget for not bringing relief to the common people.