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J&K Reorganisation Act to take effect from Oct. 31, sans SC stay

A Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court on Tuesday did not stay the implementation of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act of 2019, which is scheduled to be implemented from October 31. The Act reorganises the State of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. A fresh delimitation process will follow.

No force can shake the Chinese nation, says President Xi

Ahead of inspecting a grand military parade on Tuesday to mark the 70th anniversary of the formation of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Chinese President Xi Jinping reaffirmed that China would achieve its peaceful rise, steered by the Communist Party, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and unity of its people, based on the "One-China" principle.

Analysis | When Communist China turns 70

While presiding over a grandiose military parade at the Tiananmen Square in Beijing on Tuesday marking the 70th anniversary of the communist revolution, Chinese President Xi Jinping said there’s no force “able to shake our great motherland’s status”. The parade, in which China showcased its military might, and Mr. Xi’s speech, which emphasised China’s march towards “great rejuvenation”, underscored the Communist Party’s grip on the country and the leader’s paramount status.

SC recalls its 2018 directions virtually diluting provisions of arrest under SC/ST Act

The Supreme Court on Tuesday recalled its direction in the March 20, 2018 verdict which had virtually diluted provisions of arrest under the SC/ST Act. A Bench of Justices Arun Mishra, M.R. Shah and B.R. Gavai said the struggle of SC/ST people for equality is still not over in the country.

Bangladeshis ‘living illegally’ in U.P. to be identified for deportation

Weeks after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath suggested a National Register For Citizens-type drive in the State, the police have been asked to identify Bangladeshis and other foreign nationals “living illegally” in the State so that they can be deported.

56 days into lockdown, Centre says ‘no restrictions’ thrust on Kashmiri people

Fifty-six days into a lockdown that began on August 5 in Jammu and Kashmir, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta claimed in the Supreme Court on Tuesday that “no restrictions” have been thrust on Kashmiri people and “100% landlines are working”.

Devendra Fadnavis should face trial for suppressing pendency of criminal cases in poll affidavit: SC

In a big blow to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis days before the Assembly elections, the Supreme Court on Tuesday directed that he should face trial for suppressing information in his 2014 election documents about two forgery and criminal defamation cases pending in a Nagpur court.

Analysis: Aaditya Thackeray’s poll entry a fundamental change in a nativist party

On Monday evening, Aaditya Thackeray (29), Shiv Sena youth wing leader and son of party president Uddhav Thackeray, announced his intention to enter the poll fray in Maharashtra from the Worli Assembly constituency. With that, he became the first Thackeray in three generations to fight a direct election, a move that reflects the changes within the party in the years following the death of its founder and supremo, Balasaheb Thackeray.

Mahatma Gandhi: An environmentalist by nature

The word “ecology” appears nowhere in Gandhiji’s writings, and he never spoke about environmental protection as such. Yet, as the Chipko Movement, the Narmada Bachao Andolan and in a very different context, the manifesto of the German Greens have shown, the impress of Gandhiji’s thinking on ecological movements has been felt widely.

Reliance Jio reduces smartphone price to ₹699

Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio has reduced the price of its basic 4G smartphone by 53% to ₹699 and is offering ₹700 worth of free data to tap the 35 crore 2G feature phone users in the country. Marketed as world’s cheapest 4G-enabled smartphone, Jio phone has already on-boarded nearly 7 crore 2G users since its launch.

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