BJP: Congress govt in Rajasthan should go

Sachin Pilot: File Picture (Twitter)

Amid a tussle for power, the BJP said that the Congress government in Rajasthan should go as it has lost the confidence of people.  Rajasthan Deputy CM Sachin Pilot has declared open rebellion against Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and claimed that the government is in minority as he has the support of over 30 MLAs in the 200-member Assembly.

BJP Rajasthan state president Satish Poonia said that the Party has kept ”all options open” and a decision would be taken based on how the situation evolves and as per the directions of the central leadership.

Meanwhile, Congress MLAs holed themselves up in a resort near Jaipur after a legislature party meeting, where they expressed support for Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and only indirectly referred to Sachin Pilot, whose rebellion threatens his government. 

A resolution adopted at the Congress Legislature Party meeting urged “strong disciplinary action” against any party office-bearer or CLP member who does anything to weaken the government or the party.

Kerala Court cancels bail granted to Franco Mullakal

Bishop Franco MuLakkal. Rape Accused : File Picture

Kottayam court has cancelled the bail granted to Kerala Nun Rape case accused Franco Mulakkal for failing to appear for the trial in the case. The court has also issued a Non Bailable Warrant against him. 

The Bishop was not present in the Additional Sessions Court during the hearing. Mulakkal’s counsel informed the court that his client  could not appear as he had been in self quarantine due to his primary contact with a COVID-19 infected person.

Franco’s team added that he was stuck in a COVID-19 containment zone at Jalandhar in Punjab. The Court cancelled his bail, considering the prosecution argument that the accused was trying to delay the trial, and posted the case to August 13.   

The Kerala High Court on July 7 had dismissed a petition seeking to discharge Mulakkal from the sexual assault case filed against him by the nun.

Google to invest Rs 75,000 crore in India over 5-7 years


Google chief executive Sundar Pichai announced plans to invest Rs 75,000 crore in India over the next five to seven years to help accelerate the adoption of digital technologies in the country.

Pichai, who held a virtual meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and made the announcement at annual ‘Google for India’ event via video conference.

Announcing the Rs 75,000 crore investment in India over the next 5-7 years through ‘Google for India Digitisation Fund’, Pichai asserted that the move is a reflection of company’s confidence in the future of the country and its digital economy.

Pichai said a whole new generation of technologies are happening in India first, and that people in the country no longer have to wait for technology to come to them.

Pichai counted digitisation of small businesses as one of the most exciting success stories, and noted 26 million small and medium-sized businesses are now discoverable on search and maps, driving connections with more than 150 million users every month.

SC upholds Travancore Royal family’s rights over Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple

Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple

The Supreme Court upheld the rights of the Travancore royal family in the administration of historic Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Kerala, considered to be one of the richest temples in the country.   

It set aside the Kerala High Court’s 2011 verdict which had directed the state government to set up a trust to take control of management and assets of the temple.

A bench headed by Justice U U Lalit said that as an interim measure, the District Judge of Thiruvananthapuram will head an administrative committee to manage the temple’s affairs.

While pronouncing the judgement, the apex court held that the death of earlier ruler of Travancore royal family does not affect the right of ‘Shebaitship’ (the right to manage the deity and the temple as a priest) of Marthanda Varma, the brother of last ruler of the royal family, and his legal heirs.

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