Daily briefing: Sidhu and Channi meet, break deadlock to resolve Punjab crisis; India accuses Beijing’s troop formation of tensions

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The dividing lines appeared to be tightening in Congress between the Gandhi family’s high command and an increasingly isolated rebel group. Among those who spoke was a senior party leader and member of the CWC P Chidambaram, who in a carefully calibrated tweet said: “I feel helpless when we cannot engage in meaningful conversations in party forums. I also feel hurt and helpless when I see pictures of members of Congress waving slogans outside the residence of a colleague and an MP. The refuge to which one can retreat seems to be silence.

Two days after Navjot Singh Sidhu resigned from his post as leader of the Punjab Congress, plunging the ruling party in the state into further turmoil, a key issue that led to the crisis appears to have been resolved with Sidhu and Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi reach agreement on “contentious” appointments. The two sides also agreed to a three-member panel, including CM Channi, the head of the PPCC and the general secretary in charge of the AICC, Harish Rawat, to make collective decisions so that there is no conflict thereafter.

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Main provisions of the central government project e-commerce rules have been fiercely opposed by the Department of Industry and the Ministry of Commercial Affairs – and the vice president of Niti Aayog who warned that they “will seriously hamper the ease of doing business and have an impact on small businesses”, according to the documents obtained by The Indian Express under the RTI Act. Records show that the Ministry of Industry Promotion and Internal Trade reported several anomalies, questioned certain provisions and suggested adjustments in a memo sent to the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, which released the draft rules. in June.

Defend the former Chief Minister of Punjab Amarinder Singh, Senior Congress official Manish Tewari said the people in the AICC who were given responsibility for the Punjab could not appreciate how the state had progressed over the past four and a half years – and this is the reason for the current political crisis. The Punjab led by Captain Amarinder Singh was “politically stable (and) moving in the right direction,” the former Union minister told The Indian Express in an interview.

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Delhi-based journalist Siddique Kappan, who was arrested a year ago for sedition on his way to Hathras following the murder of a Dalit woman, did not write as a “responsible” journalist, “Only and only reports to incite Muslims”, and also wrote to “sympathize with the Maoists and the Communists,” the UP special task force reportedly said in the 5,000-page indictment filed against it.

Cases of Covid-19 among the younger population, including children saw a slight increase over the past month, according to data from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation on age-positive patients. Data shows that in the past month, of the total new cases, 11.52% were in the 0-19 age group. This figure is slightly higher than the previous month, when the infection in children and young population up to 19 years was 9.38%.

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As human-elephant conflicts increase, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has embarked on a major project to identify and secure elephant corridors in the country. A mapping exercise is currently underway to track land use and land cover of elephant reserves using GIS technology, which will also contribute to conservation, Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav said. .

“We are forced to sit separately during lunchtime… If we do anything, even slightly wrong, we get beaten,” said Jyoti, a 10-year-old Dalit student at Banpurwa Public Primary School in Amethi. . School principal Kusum Soni was suspended and an FIR was registered against her. The incident is eerily reminiscent of another case in UP, where similar action was taken at a school in Mainpuri district, for forcing Dalit students to keep their utensils separate.

Antique dealer, cosmetologist, patron of an association for expatriates, president of an upcoming television channel, host and philanthropist. Monson Mavunkal, who was arrested this week in Kerala for cheating and fraud, wore different hats to enhance his profile, perhaps making his job as a crook easier, investigators said. According to police investigations, the 52-year-old man is a dropout.

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In each of RCB’s four IPL games, soon after returning from a pandemic-induced hiatus, Yuzvendra Chahal has been an irresistible force, and both plucked wickets and blocked the flow of groceries, to such an extent. that his country could end up regretting his absence from the World Cup which begins next month. This raises the big question: Was India too hasty to get rid of Chahal? We take a look at his IPL stats, before and after the break.

Delhi Confidential: Science and Technology Minister Jitendra Singh, who is also Minister of Personnel, has successfully implemented a minor but effective personnel reform within his ministry. It has nearly 40 people on its personal staff, spread over four offices. Recently, he reduced the number to about half a dozen. Now, instead of each department having dedicated staff to look after them, some of their staff accompany them when they visit each building.

Until tomorrow,
Rahel Philipose and Rounak Bagchi

Express cartoon by EP Unny.