India: Today’s news in pictures

India news in pictures -- a roundup of today’s news across the country, from more than half of India is reeling from drought-like conditions to the death toll from acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) reached 152 in Bihar.

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More than half of India is reeling from drought-like conditions, the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) latest data shows, with millions struggling for drinking water as lakes dry up and groundwater levels deplete amid a sluggish monsoon that, as per the agriculture ministry, has impacted the sowing of key summer crops. According to IMD, the monsoon was 39% deficient till June 22 despite marginal improvement over the last week. (Arun Sankar / AFP)

More than half of India is reeling from drought-like conditions, the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) latest data shows, with millions struggling for drinking water as lakes dry up and groundwater levels deplete amid a sluggish monsoon that, as per the agriculture ministry, has impacted the sowing of key summer crops. According to IMD, the monsoon was 39% deficient till June 22 despite marginal improvement over the last week. (Arun Sankar / AFP)

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The Centre and Bihar government have been ordered by the Supreme Court to respond to a petition that blamed the deaths due to acute encephalitis syndrome in Muzaffarpur on negligence and inaction by health authorities. The government, will have to satisfy the court that there was no laxity and there were adequate number of doctors and medicines. It also wanted the government to explain nutrition, health and hygiene issues. (Parwaz Khan / HT File)

The Centre and Bihar government have been ordered by the Supreme Court to respond to a petition that blamed the deaths due to acute encephalitis syndrome in Muzaffarpur on negligence and inaction by health authorities. The government, will have to satisfy the court that there was no laxity and there were adequate number of doctors and medicines. It also wanted the government to explain nutrition, health and hygiene issues. (Parwaz Khan / HT File)

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Bahujan Samaj Party’s Mayawati, who had left open the possibility of fighting the state elections in alliance with Samajwadi Party, on Monday firmly shut the door on Akhilesh Yadav’s party. In a string of tweets, Mayawati announced that the BSP would fight all elections on its own. Mayawati’s tweets come a day after her party’s 150-minute late night meeting where she presented her analysis of the BSP performance. (ANI)

Bahujan Samaj Party’s Mayawati, who had left open the possibility of fighting the state elections in alliance with Samajwadi Party, on Monday firmly shut the door on Akhilesh Yadav’s party. In a string of tweets, Mayawati announced that the BSP would fight all elections on its own. Mayawati’s tweets come a day after her party’s 150-minute late night meeting where she presented her analysis of the BSP performance. (ANI)

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External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar formally joined the BJP on Monday in the presence of party’s working president JP Nadda at the Parliament House. Jaishankar was appointed as the External Affairs Minister in the new Narendra Modi cabinet. He replaced veteran leader Sushma Swaraj, who decided not to contest this time. (PTI)

External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar formally joined the BJP on Monday in the presence of party’s working president JP Nadda at the Parliament House. Jaishankar was appointed as the External Affairs Minister in the new Narendra Modi cabinet. He replaced veteran leader Sushma Swaraj, who decided not to contest this time. (PTI)

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The Municipal Corporation in Auli is combating the cleanup of the waste left behind after the Rs 200 crore weddings of controversial South Africa based Gupta family. Supervisor of the Nagar Palika Parishad of Joshimath, Anil, and a team of 20 men, has been given the task to deal with the waste. “The garbage has surpassed 40 quintals,” one of the team members said. (Raajiv Kala / HT File)

The Municipal Corporation in Auli is combating the cleanup of the waste left behind after the Rs 200 crore weddings of controversial South Africa based Gupta family. Supervisor of the Nagar Palika Parishad of Joshimath, Anil, and a team of 20 men, has been given the task to deal with the waste. “The garbage has surpassed 40 quintals,” one of the team members said. (Raajiv Kala / HT File)

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Offshoots of the RSS are pressing for a rethink on the govt’s disinvestment and trade policies, and on proposed amendments to the Indian Forest Act, 1927. A delegation of Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram met the Union minister for environment and forests Prakash Javadekar on Saturday with a raft of complaints — principal among them that tribal communities do not fully understand the draft proposal as it was circulated in English. (PTI)

Offshoots of the RSS are pressing for a rethink on the govt’s disinvestment and trade policies, and on proposed amendments to the Indian Forest Act, 1927. A delegation of Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram met the Union minister for environment and forests Prakash Javadekar on Saturday with a raft of complaints — principal among them that tribal communities do not fully understand the draft proposal as it was circulated in English. (PTI)

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The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Monday said deputy governor Viral V. Acharya has informed that due to unavoidable personal circumstances, he is unable to continue his term as a deputy governor of the RBI beyond 23 July 2019. On Monday morning, Business Standard reported that Viral Acharya resigned six months before his term ends citing him. (Francis Mascarenhas / REUTERS)

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Monday said deputy governor Viral V. Acharya has informed that due to unavoidable personal circumstances, he is unable to continue his term as a deputy governor of the RBI beyond 23 July 2019. On Monday morning, Business Standard reported that Viral Acharya resigned six months before his term ends citing him. (Francis Mascarenhas / REUTERS)

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Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa speaking at the Gwalior airbase said that Pakistan closing its airspace was a problem for them and the Indian Air Force never stopped the civil air traffic in the country. “They have closed their airspace that is their problem. Our economy is vibrant and air traffic is a very important part. You have noticed that the Air Force has never stopped our civil air traffic,” he said. (ANI)

Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa speaking at the Gwalior airbase said that Pakistan closing its airspace was a problem for them and the Indian Air Force never stopped the civil air traffic in the country. “They have closed their airspace that is their problem. Our economy is vibrant and air traffic is a very important part. You have noticed that the Air Force has never stopped our civil air traffic,” he said. (ANI)

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The death toll from acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) reached 152 in Bihar, with medical officials stating that the disease has spread to 20 of the state’s 38 districts. Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh health officials are on alert after a man said doctors at a private hospital told him his eight-year-old son, who died on Sunday, was suffering from AES. (Alasdair Pal / REUTERS)

The death toll from acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) reached 152 in Bihar, with medical officials stating that the disease has spread to 20 of the state’s 38 districts. Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh health officials are on alert after a man said doctors at a private hospital told him his eight-year-old son, who died on Sunday, was suffering from AES. (Alasdair Pal / REUTERS)

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