LIVE UPDATES: BJP and associates lead political ad spend on Facebook with Rs. 10.17 crore, Congress and Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP among top 10 spenders

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The BJP and its affiliate groups have topped the list of groups that have spent the most money on political advertisements on Facebook since February 2019. The BJP alone is reported to have spent Rs. 4.61 crore, while four other advertisers linked to the BJP too have found places among the top 10 spenders on political ads on Facebook. They are, according to Indian Express, My First Vote for Modi (Rs. 1.39 crore) and Bharat Ke Mann Ki Baat (Rs. 2.24 crore); Nation With Namo, which is categorised as a news and media website (Rs. 1.28 crore); and, a page (Rs. 0.65 crore) affiliated to BJP leader and former MP RK Sinha. Together they spent Rs 10.17 crore.

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The Congress spent Rs. 1.84 crore in the same period while the money splashed by Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party stood at Rs 64 lakh, the report added.

In other news, the Narcotics Control Bureau has booked Sushant Singh Rajput’s former girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty after reports emerged that drugs were supplied to her and the late actor. A report by Hindustan Times said that the case was registered under sections 20, 22, 27 and 29 of the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, which makes possessing, selling of drugs a crime.

LIVE UPDATES on today’s big stories will appear below:

18:27 AM: Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar accuses Modi govt of “playing with lives” of youths by being ‘adamant’ on holding #JEE and #NEET exams amid #COVID19 pandemic. (PTI)

17:19 AM: Shiv Sena alleges that letter written by 23 senior Congress leaders to Sonia Gandhi over their demand for ‘full time’ party president was “conspiracy to finish off Rahul Gandhi’s leadership”. (PTI)

16:56 AM: Months after the #DelhiPolice named suspended #AAP Councillor #TahirHussain as one of the main conspirators in the #DelhiRiots, the East MCD on Thursday sacked him from the post of Councillor. (IANS)

16:07 AM: #JamiaMilliaIslamia has called for a meeting to discuss if legal action can be initiated against a TV channel for its promo allegedly questioning the entry of Muslims in bureaucracy through #UPSCexams &also for referring to those who cleared exams from Jamia as “Jamia ke Jihadi”. (IANS)

15:35 AM: Drivers working with mobility platforms Ola and Uber threaten to go on strike in Delhi-NCR from September 1 in support of their various demands like fare hike and extension of moratorium on repayment of loans. (PTI)

14:29 AM: The #SupremeCourt on Thursday declined to entertain a plea by Chennai-based firm assailing a #MadrasHighCourt order that stayed a Rs 10 lakh penalty on #Patanjali Ayurved and restrained it from using the trademark #Coronil. (IANS)

13:37 AM: The #SupremeCourt on Thursday disagreed with its 2004 Constitution Bench judgement, which ruled against giving preferential treatment to certain sub-castes within Scheduled Castes. The top court said this judgement needs to be revisited. (IANS)

12:50 AM: Over two dozen people suffered burn injuries after they were attacked with acid by a group following a dispute over collecting water from a hand pump in #UttarPradesh’s #Jhansi. Six of the accused have been arrested. (IANS)

12:19 AM: COVID-19 can affect almost all organs besides the lungs and the initial symptoms may be totally unrelated to chest complaints, according to experts at AIIMS, New Delhi. (PTI)

11:44 AM: #Kannauj (#UttarPradesh): A widow and a differently-abled man were thrashed, their heads tonsured, their faces blackened before being paraded in a village as punishment for their alleged illicit relationship. (IANS)

11:06 AM: A 44-year-old businessman, Lalit Kathpal, was shot dead allegedly by three bike-borne men near his home in #Agra’s posh Kamla Nagar colony. The attack happened on Wednesday evening. (IANS)

10:29 AM: Allahabad High Court has granted interim protection from arrest to Scroll journalist Supriya Sharma. UP Police had filed a case against her for carrying an article on the impact of nationwide lockdown in PM Modi’s constituency.

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