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News18 Evening Digest: Sachin Pilot Meets Gandhis, Rhea Chakraborty Blames Media Trial and Other Top Stories

Rahul Gandhi with Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot. (Twitter)

Rahul Gandhi with Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot. (Twitter)

These are the top stories we are covering this evening: Sachin Pilot meets Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi in signs of imminent truce; former President Pranab Mukherjee tests Covid-19 positive; and Hong Kong Police arrests media tycoon Jimmy Lai, one of the most outspoken critics of Beijing in the city.

Reconciliation in Rajasthan? Sachin Pilot Meets Gandhis Month After Revolt

Rebel Congress leader Sachin Pilot on Monday met Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi in a fresh attempt to untangle the crisis that has pushed the Ashok-Gehlot-led government to the brink in Rajasthan. Sources said three developments in quick succession brought Pilot back to the discussion table, a month after he revolted against the Congress government along with 18 MLAs in his camp. READ MORE

Media Has Already Convicted Me for Sushant Singh Rajput’s Death: Rhea Chakraborty to SC

Actor Rhea Chakraborty has filed an affidavit with the Supreme Court, complained against “media trial” in the Sushant Singh Rajput case and said reports have “blown out of proportion” the ongoing investigations. Chakraborty, who has been accused by Rajput's family of abetting his suicide, claimed the media had “already convicted” her. She also said she feared becoming a “scapegoat of political agendas” and asked the court to protect her against “extreme trauma and infringement of privacy”. READ MORE

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Faced Similar Taunts Over Hindi, Says Chidambaram After Kanimozhi's 'Discrimination' Charge at Airport

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India is Not for Sale: Ex-hockey Coach Recalls Major Dhyanchand's Response to Adolf Hitler

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Hong Kong Police Raid on Media Tycoon Filmed in Real Time as China Flexes Its Muscles

Six weeks after China imposed sweeping national security laws on Hong Kong, police moved in on media tycoon Jimmy Lai, one of the most outspoken critics of Beijing in the city. Lai, 71, was whisked away from his home early on Monday morning by national security police, part of a citywide operation that also saw eight other men arrested, including several of his senior executives. READ MORE