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Pegasus spyware scandal worse than Watergate, people should protest against it, says Mamata

The West Bengal CM said it was PM Modi's duty to make a statement when such a 'big scandal' occurs instead trying to gag the voice of Dainik Bhaskar over its reportage.
The Dalai Lama, the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader | Peter Foley | Bloomberg

Dalai Lama’s key advisers, staff of Buddhist clergy on Pegasus ‘snooping target’ list

Samdhong Rinpoche, the head of the trust that will oversee the task of selecting the next Dalai Lama, also figures in Pegasus list.
File photo of Delhi High Court | delhihighcourt.nic.in

Delhi HC seeks Centre’s reply on plea contending new IT rules as ‘unconstitutional’

The petition, filed by advocate Uday Bedi, also said the new IT rules are 'antithetical' to the fundamental principles of democracy.
Protests against the CAA-NRC in New Delhi | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Assam anti-CAA activist, officials of Monsanto & Indian partner Mahyco also on Pegasus list

The Assam activist is Samujjal Bhattacharjee of All Assam Students Union. Also on the list is Anup Chetia of the pro-talks faction of the banned United Liberation Front of Assam.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata on 21 July 2021. | Photo by special arrangement

‘I was also snooped on’, Mamata claims as she urges SC to order probe into Pegasus hackings

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee calls upon Opposition leaders to form a front to fight Modi-Shah 'without wasting time', says people won't forgive us.

Adani Group companies are being probed by SEBI and DRI, Modi govt says

Accounts of 3 Mauritius-based funds with significant exposure to Adani Group stocks were frozen due to insufficient disclosures, local media report said last month.

Will boycott Minister Nisith Pramanik in Parliament, he is Bangladeshi, Trinamool says

MoS (Home Affairs) Nisith Pramanik's Lok Sabha profile states he was born in West Bengal, but the Trinamool Congress claims he is a Bangladeshi citizen.

‘What terror are you fighting by spying on Rahul Gandhi?’ — Congress lashes out over Pegasus list

Trinamool Congress, whose senior leader Abhishek Banerjee was named in the list, wants PM Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah 'to answer the hard questions' in Parliament.
Representational image | Indian Army tanks at the Republic Day parade | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint File Photo

119 capital procurement proposals worth Rs 2.15 lakh cr approved in 3 years, says govt

MoS for Defence Ajay Bhatt said the proposals were approved to promote the domestic defence industry, and added that Rs 71,438 cr has been earmarked for capital procurement.
(L-R) Rahul Gandhi, Ashwini Vaishnaw, Prashant Kishor and Abhishek Banerjee

Rahul Gandhi, IT Minister, Prashant Kishor, Mamata nephew — latest in Pegasus ‘hacking’ list

IT minister Ashwini Vaishnaw's name emerged after he defended govt in Parliament, saying Pegasus report had no factual basis and appeared to be an attempt to ‘malign Indian democracy’.

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New York now has better Indian food than London

The latest collaboration between restaurateur Roni Mazumdar and chef Chintan Pandya confirms New York’s supremacy. Their restaurant is 'unapologetically Indian'.

RBI is considering ‘phased introduction’ of digital currency, plans pilot programmes

Introduction of a digital currency is expected to bring down usage of cash in the economy, while minimising damage to public from usage of private currencies.

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Centre tables bill in Lok Sabha to ban agitation by essential defence services employees

The bill provides for disciplinary action, including dismissal, against employees participating in strikes as well as penalties for instigation and financial aid to such strikes.

Is India made of porcelain? Question CJI Ramana should ask Modi govt at next sedition hearing

Sedition law isn’t just a colonial hangover. It’s a convenient weapon for under-performing governments to conflate themselves with the nation and use against critics.