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Beginning today’s evening bulletin with the top national news: The Supreme Court has extended the time granted by Deputy Speaker of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly Narhari Zirwal to the dissident Shiv Sena MLAs, including Eknath Shinde, to reply to a notice on the petition seeking their disqualification till 5.30 pm on July 12. A vacation bench of Justice Surya Kant and Justice J B Pardiwala that issued the notice on two petitions — one by dissident leader Eknath Shinde and the other by 15 dissident MLAs who had been served disqualification notices — fixed July 11 to hear the matter again. “In the meanwhile, as an interim measure, the time granted by Deputy Speaker to petitioners or other similarly placed MLAs to submit their written submissions today by 5.30 PM be extended till July 12, 2022, 5.30 PM,” the bench also directed.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, who is facing a rebellion within his party, has taken away the portfolios of rebel ministers camping in Assam’s Guwahati and allocated them to other cabinet colleagues. Thackeray said that the government has done this so that the people of the state do not suffer. The ministries of Urban Development and Public Works Undertakings held by Eknath Shinde have been given to Industries Minister Subhash Desai. Desai’s term as an MLC will soon get over and he will have to resign as a minister. Water Supply Minister Gulabrao Patil’s portfolio has been given to Transport Minister Anil Parab.
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Kerala Chief Minister and CPM Politburo member Pinarayi Vijayan has mounted an attack on the Congress over the 2002 Gujarat riots, questioning its “silence” over the arrest of retired DGP R B Sreekumar and activist Teesta Setalvad by the Gujarat Police a day after the Supreme Court upheld the clean chit by the SIT to the state government, then led by Narendra Modi, in the violence. “The Congress could have organised at least a nominal protest. No massive protest is needed. Why could they not think so? They were arrested on the day Emergency was declared (in 1975). These arrests should be seen as a bid to frighten anti-BJP forces in the country. (That) If you speak against the Parivar, this will be the result. The Congress is maintaining silence before the Sangh Parivar’s threat,’’ he said.
Yashwant Sinha, the opposition’s candidate for the July 18 Presidential elections, filed his nomination papers Monday in the presence of senior opposition leaders including former Congress president Rahul Gandhi and NCP chief Sharad Pawar. The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) officially announced its support for Yashwant Sinha and senior party leader and Telangana minister K T Rama Rao was also present during the filing of the nomination. The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) is yet to decide on who to support—Sinha or the ruling NDA’s candidate Droupadi Murmu.
In other news: Kochi city police on Monday arrested actor Vijay Babu for allegedly raping a young actor. As the Kerala High Court had granted him anticipatory bail in the case, he will be released on bail. Kochi deputy city police commissioner U V Kuriakose said Babu’s arrest was recorded. He would be taken to various places in Kochi, where the alleged rape had taken place, as part of evidence collection. While granting anticipatory bail to Babu, the high court had permitted the police to question him from June 27 to July 3 from 9am to 5pm.
In business news: Shares of online food delivery and restaurant discovery platform Zomato fell 6.6 per cent on Monday following the announcement of a deal to acquire quick commerce delivery firm Blinkit for Rs 4,447.5 crore. The Zomato stock had opened 3.77 per cent higher at Rs 73.00 apiece on the BSE however as the trade progressed it erased all its gains and turned negative. Towards the last hour of the session, it hit an intraday low of Rs 65.05, down 7.53 per cent on the bourse. Mirroring similar movements on the National Stock Exchange (NSE), it hit a high of Rs 72.70 and a low of Rs 65.00 in the intraday trade. Eventually, the scrip ended 6.40 per cent lower at Rs 65.85 on the BSE and 6.60 per cent lower at Rs 65.85 on NSE.
Coming to some global news: Leaders of the Group of Seven economic powers will be committing themselves to the long haul in backing Ukraine as they meet in the German Alps and confer by a video link with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The G-7 leaders will begin Monday’s session of their summit with a focus on Ukraine. Later, they will be joined by the leaders of five democratic emerging economies – India, Indonesia, South Africa, Senegal and Argentina – for a discussion on climate change, energy and other issues.
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