22 dead after heavy rains lash Kerala, Harivansh elected Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha, and …

At least 22 people have died in Kerala due to heavy rains and landslides, the Home Ministry said on Thursday.

Four teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), comprising 45 personnel each, have left Chennai for Kerala to assist the rescue and relief operations.

NDA candidate and JD(U) member Harivansh was on Thursday elected as Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman, defeating Opposition’s B K Hariprasad.

The Lok Sabha on Thursday passed four bills that seek to amend GST laws which, among other things, seek to simplify the return filing process and increase the upper limit of turnover for opting for composition scheme from Rs 1 crore to Rs 1.5 crore, among others.

The Union Cabinet on August 9 approved the inclusion of provision of granting bail to men found guilty of giving instant triple talaq to their wives in the Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill, sources in the government said.

Despite an appeal from the coordinators of the Maratha Kranti Morcha to pro-quota demonstrators to adhere to a ‘code of conduct’ during the shutdown on Thursday, the agitation for Maratha reservation turned violent in parts of Pune and districts in the Marathwada region.

The Union government on Thursday extended the term of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) chairman R.S. Sharma till September 2020. His term was to end this week.

For almost two years, Apple has battled India’s telecom regulator over a demand that it allow the use of the government’s anti-spam app. Non-compliance, the watchdog threatened last month, could result in phones being ”derecognised” from the country’s networks, meaning they would no longer function.

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