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Friday, August 7, 2020Harmanpreet Kaur: Important for us to carry the momentum forward on Women's T20 League

Jammu, Aug 7: Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur says the rearranged Women's T20 Challenge will come as a much-needed boost for the game after the COVID-19 shutdown, though the scheduling clash with the Women's Big Bash League (WBBL) in Australia is not ideal.

Staged on the sidelines of the Indian Premier League, the three-team Challenge looked undetermined this year after the IPL was deferred in


Friday, August 7, 2020After IPL, VIVO loses its sponsorship from Pro Kabaddi League

Jammu, Aug 7: After pulling out of the Indian Premier League (IPL) sponsorship deal for 2020, Chinese smartphone major Vivo will withdraw from two more title sponsorship deals - Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) and reality show Bigg Boss, which is expected to begin in October. While Vivo's PKL deal was worth Rs 60 crore per year, it paid Rs 30 crore to Colors channel for a season of Bigg Boss.

"Vivo h


Friday, August 7, 2020Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh may see temperature rise of 7 degrees by 2100: Study

Srinagar, Aug 7: Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh may witness a temperature increase of up to 6.9 degrees Celsius by the end of the century due to climate change, according to a study which warns that the glaciers in this Himalayan region could shrink by 85 per cent if the projections come true.

The study, published in the journal Climatic Change on July 29, predicted the impact of future climate cha


Friday, August 7, 2020Adhir questions Murmu's resignation as J&K Lieutenant Governor

Kolkata, Aug 7: Leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Friday sought to know why G C Murmu resigned as the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu & Kashmir, and alleged the former IAS officer paid the price for "venting his views".

The Election Commission had on July 28 taken exception to Murmu's reported remarks on the timing of polls in the union territor and said, in the co


Friday, August 7, 2020Army Chief Narvane visits Central Command HQ in UP, meets Governor, CM

Lucknow, Aug 7: Chief of the Army Staff, General M M Naravane visited the Central Command Headquarters here in Lucknow Cantonment on Friday.

The Chief of Army Staff was briefed by Lieutenant General I S Ghuman, Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C) Central Command on both operational and administrative aspects.

General Naravane ex


Friday, August 7, 2020#Covid-19 recovery rate improves to 67.98 pct; Govt proposes to launch National Clinical Registry for data collection

New Delhi: The total number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 in the country surpassed the 13.5 lakh mark today. A total of 13 lakh 78 thousand 105 people have recovered so far. In the past 24 hour, 49 thousand 769 recoveries have been reported across the country. With this, the recovery rate has improved to 67.98 per cent.

The Health and Family Welfare Ministry today said, a total of


Friday, August 7, 2020Handloom Day: Modi urges people to be 'Vocal for Handmade'

New Delhi: National Handloom Day is being organised today by the Ministry of Textiles on a virtual platform.

Textiles Minister Smriti Irani will be the Chief Guest on the occasion. During the function, handloom clusters across India, NIFT campuses, all the 28 Weaver Service Centres, National Handloom Development Corporation and others will be connected online.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi


Friday, August 7, 2020LoC flare-up: 3 civilians seriously injured in Karnah

Srinagar: Three civilians were injured as India and Pakistan troops exchanged fire along the Line of Control in Karnah area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Friday.

A senior army officer said that the Pakistan army resorted to ceasefire violation along the LoC by firing small arms and mortars, resulting in injuries to three persons. “Army gave befitting reply,” he added.

Official sour


Friday, August 7, 2020Modi govt 'missing' as COVID cases cross 20 lakh: Rahul

New Delhi: Attacking the NDA government over India's COVID-19 tally crossing the 20 lakh mark, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday said that the Modi government is 'missing' in a time of crisis.

The Congress leader said in a social media post, 'the figure of 20 lakh has been crossed. But the Modi government is missing.'

The total number of Coronavirus cases in the country reached 20,27,0


Friday, August 7, 2020NEP is set to lay foundation of 21st century 'New India': PM

New Delhi, Aug 7: Emphasising that the focus of the new National Education Policy(NEP) is on 'how to think', a marked shift from the old policy's focus on 'what to think', Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that the NEP will lay foundation of a New India, an India of the 21st century.

Addressing through video conferencing, a Conclave on Transformational Reforms in Higher Education und


Friday, August 7, 2020Delhi HC nod for DU's online Open Book Exam

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has given a nod to Delhi University (DU) to conduct open book exams for final year students. The High Court has passed a slew of directions to be complied by DU while holding open book exams and has asked the university to file report on them after conclusion of tests.

Justice Prathiba M Singh said the questions papers be made available to students through email


Friday, August 7, 2020ED grills Rhea for money laundering

Mumbai, Aug 7: Hours after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) rejected Rhea Chakraborty's request for deferring her questioning, the actor appeared before the financial probe agency in Mumbai on Friday.

Rhea arrived at the ED office here along with her brother Showik Chakraborty at 11.50 a.m. for questioning. The ED will record her statement under the Prevention of the Money Laundering Act (PMLA


Friday, August 7, 2020Jaitley drafted 370 scrap bill, says wife

Jammu: Former Union minister Arun Jaitley's wife Sangeeta Jaitley has said her late husband completed the assigned task of preparing a bill on the nullification of Article 370 that can withstand any legal challenge.
Walking down memory lane on the first anniversary of the abrogation of Article 370 provisions, Sangeeta Jaitley said, "Last year, I saw him reading the J and K constitution quite oft


Friday, August 7, 2020Pak shells villages in Poonch

JAMMU: Pakistani troops violated ceasefire on Thursday by heavily shelling forward areas in two sectors along the LoC in Poonch district, prompting the Indian Army to retaliate, officials said.
A few structures were damaged in the shelling, they said.
At about 2000 hours, the Pakistan Army fired with small arms and shelled mortars in Balakote and Mendhar sectors along the Line of Control (LoC)


Friday, August 7, 2020India's COVID tally crosses 20L

New Delhi: India's COVID-19 tally breached the 20-lakh mark on Thursday, while the recoveries surged to 13.70 lakh, according to data provided by the states and union territories.
According to Union health ministry figures updated at 8 AM, the country saw a single-day spike of 56,282 infections, taking India's COVID-19 caseload to 19,64,536, while the death toll due to the disease climbed to 40,


Friday, August 7, 2020Putin expected to visit in October: MEA

NEW DELHI: A number of high-level exchanges between India and Russia is set to take place, including the annual bilateral summit in October when President Vladimir Putin is expected to visit, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Thursday.
MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said that in the recent exchanges between the two sides, regional and international issues have also been discussed.


Friday, August 7, 2020FATF: India to highlight Pak inaction on terror

NEW DELHI: India is likely to highlight Pakistan's inaction on curbing terror financing in the upcoming Financial Action Task Force (FATF) plenary scheduled to be held in October this year.
With deadlines looming, Pakistan is yet to comply with 13 conditions out of the 27-point Action Plan of the FATF including curbing terror financing, enforcement of the laws against the proscribed organisation


Friday, August 7, 2020India rejects China's attempt to raise Kashmir issue at UNSC

New Delhi: India on Thursday hit out at China for making yet another attempt to raise the Kashmir issue at the UN Security Council, saying it "firmly" rejects Beijing's "interference" in the country's internal affairs.

"We have noted that China initiated a discussion in the UN Security Council on issues pertaining to the Indian Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir," the Ministry of External Affa


Thursday, August 6, 2020Sri Lanka General Election: Early results show Rajapaksa clan heading for landslide win

Mahinda’s SLPP expected to win control of the 225-member Assembly by a comfortable margin, say analysts,

Colombo: Sri Lanka’s powerful Rajapaksa family-run Sri Lanka People’s Party (SLPP) appeared to be heading for a landslide win in the country’s parliamentary election, according to early results announced on Thursday.
The SLPP has polled more votes than its rivals, scoring over 60 per cent of the total votes in the five results declared so far from the South, dominated by the Sinhala majority com


Thursday, August 6, 2020Nepal reimposes Covid restrictions following spike in cases

Tally reaches 21,390 after 380 new cases reported

Kathmandu: The Nepal government on Thursday reimposed restrictions in capital Kathmandu and other coronavirus-affected districts following a spike in the number of fresh virus cases.
The country’s COVID-19 tally on Wednesday reached 21,390 after 380 new cases were reported. The virus death toll stands at 60.
The restrictions will be applicable throughout Kathmandu Valley and all districts with


Thursday, August 6, 2020Lebanon mourns victims of devastating blast, searches for missing

Dozens still missing after Tuesday’s huge blast; officials start counting enormous cost of explosion

Beirut: Lebanon mourned on Thursday the victims of the most powerful blast to hit the country that was already being crushed by an economic crisis, as rescuers searched for those missing since the explosion that flattened Beirut port and devastated the city.
French President Emmanuel Macron, making the first visit by a foreign leader since Tuesday’s blast which killed at least 137 people and inj


Thursday, August 6, 2020Chinese court sentences Canadian to death for making drugs

Wen Guanxiong, was also charged with making drugs in the same case and jailed for life, court said in its notice

Beijing: A Chinese court sentenced a Canadian to death on Thursday for making drugs, the third Canadian to be sentenced to death for drugs in China since Canada detained a top executive of Chinese company in 2018.
The Canadian, identified as Xu Weihong, was sentenced after a trial in the southern city of Guangzhou, the Guangzhou Intermediate Court said in a notice on its website.
It did not say


Thursday, August 6, 2020Many more likely sought jobless aid amid resurgence of virus

Washington: With the nation still gripped by an alarming resurgence of coronavirus cases, the US government will provide its latest snapshot on Thursday of the layoffs that have remained elevated at a weekly pace above 1 million since the pandemic erupted in March.
The rate of applications for unemployment benefits has stalled at roughly twice the record high that had existed before the virus se


Thursday, August 6, 2020Per-country Green Card cap punishes immigrants from India: Top American Senator

Terms ‘discrimination’ as ‘inconsistent’ with principles of merit-based immigration system

Washington: The per-country cap on legal permanent residency punishes immigrants from India and the wait for the coveted Green Card for Indians runs into 200 years, a top American Senator has said, terming the “discrimination” as “inconsistent” with the principles of a merit-based immigration system.
Green Card, known officially as a Permanent Resident Card, is a document issued to immigrants to


Thursday, August 6, 2020Delhi CM visits AIIMS to enquire about condition of 12-yr-old victim of 'sexual assault'

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal visited the AIIMS on Thursday to enquire about the health condition of a 12-year-old girl, who was allegedly sexually assaulted, and said his government will provide a financial compensation of Rs 10 lakh to her family.
Talking to reporters, the chief minister said the condition of the girl was serious, adding that he spoke to Police Commissioner S


Thursday, August 6, 2020BSP-Cong merger: Case goes back to single-judge bench

Six BSP MLAs from Rajasthan joined the ruling Congress party in September last year

Jaipur: The division bench of Rajasthan High Court on Thursday disposed of appeals filed by a BJP MLA and the Bahujan Samaj Party against the order of a judge, who had refused to stay the functioning of six BSP MLAs as Congress legislators.
BJP MLA Madan Dilawar and BSP national secretary Satish Mishra had approached the division bench on Tuesday appealing against the single-judge bench order.


Thursday, August 6, 2020Bihar DGP warns of legal action if IPS officer not allowed to leave Mumbai today

Patna: Bihar Police chief Gupteshwar Pandey on Thursday warned of legal action if an IPS officer, who had gone to Mumbai to probe actor Sushant Singh Rajput death case, was not released from "forcible quarantine" by the end of the day.
Pandey expressed bewilderment over no positive response from the municipal authorities in Mumbai, whom he accused of keeping IPS officer Vinay Tiwari in virtual h


Thursday, August 6, 2020Ram temple ‘bhumi pujan’: Dalit family first to get prasad sent by CM Adityanath

Ayodhya: A Dalit family is the first to get the prasad sent by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath after the ‘bhumi pujan’ of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, an official said on Thursday.
The prasad included laddoos, a copy of the Ramcharitmanas and tulsi mala, Chief Minister’s Media Advisor Shalabh Mani Tripathi told PTI.
He said the first prasad was sent to the Mahaveer’s family in Ayodhy


Thursday, August 6, 2020‘Unlock-3’: Allow hotels, gyms, weekly markets to reopen in Delhi, AAP govt’s proposal to LG

New Delhi: The Delhi Government has again sent a proposal to Lt Governor Anil Baijal to allow hotels, gymnasium and weekly markets to reopen, saying that the COVID-19 situation has been improving in the national capital, sources said on Thursday.
The government said that in accordance with the unlock guidelines issued by the Centre, it has right to take decision to allow such establishments in D


Thursday, August 6, 2020As heavy rains lash Mumbai, IMD predicts more

Scientists blame warming of the ocean, poleward shift on the low-level jet stream and anthropogenic (human-led) activities resulting in carbon emissions

New Delhi: As heavy rains lashed Mumbai, the IMD predicted more along the West Coast, Central India, East India, Peninsular parts, Kerala and Karnataka, with scientists attributing the recurrent pattern to “increasing warming of the ocean, pole-ward shift on the low-level jet stream and anthropogenic (human-led) activities resulting in increased carbon emissions.”
Monsoon winds over the Arabian


Thursday, August 6, 2020Venkaiah Naidu: Article 370 nullification India's internal matter, other countries should not interfere

Jammu, Aug 6: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday advised nations, including those in India’s neighbourhood, to desist from commenting on its internal matters and stated that the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir was taken in the larger interest to protect the unity, integrity and sovereignty of the country.
He also said that, India was a parliamentary democracy and the deci


Thursday, August 6, 2020Ram temple: India asks Pakistan to stop from interfering in its internal affairs

New Delhi, Aug 6: India on Thursday asked Pakistan to desist from interfering in internal matters as it criticised the foundation laying ceremony of the Ram temple in Ayodhya of Uttar Pradesh.
It also asked to refrain from inciting communal strife.
In response to media queries on press statement by Pakistan on construction of the ‘Ram Temple’, Ministry of external affairs spokesperson Anurag Sr


Thursday, August 6, 2020After Rahul, Priyanka demands Soz's release

New Delhi, Aug 6: Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Thursday demanded immediate release of senior party leader Saifuddin Soz, who continues to be under house arrest.

Ms Vadra, accusing the government of getting down to dictatorship in Jammu and Kashmir, said that democracy is being muzzled in the valley and the leaders, who have always played an important role in consolidatin


Thursday, August 6, 2020BJP leaders praise new Jammu & Kashmir LG Sinha as accomplished administrator

New Delhi, Aug 6: Lauding former Union minister Manoj Sinha as an accomplished administrator, BJP leaders on Thursday expressed confidence that his appointment as Jammu and Kashmir lieutenant governor will usher in development in the union territory.

"A gentle, erudite and experienced leader with loads of administrative experience as a minister to head J&K administration. J&K to progress on th


Thursday, August 6, 2020Article 370 nullification India's internal matter, other countries should not interfere: Naidu

New Delhi, Aug 6: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday advised nations, including those in India's neighbourhood, to refrain from commenting on its internal matters and asserted that the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir was taken in the larger interest to protect the unity, integrity and sovereignty of the country.

He also said that India was a parliamentary democracy and


Thursday, August 6, 2020PM to deliver inaugural address at conclave on new National Education Policy on Friday

New Delhi, Aug 6: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will deliver the inaugural address at the 'Conclave on Transformational Reforms in Higher Education under National Education Policy' on Friday, an official statement said.

The conclave is being organised by the Ministry of Human Resource Development and the University Grants Commission, it said.

The conclave will have sessions dedicated to sign


Thursday, August 6, 2020Ram temple trust receives donations of Rs 41 crore

Chennai: This does not include the donations made by religious leaders, including Swami Chiddanand Saraswati of the Parmarth Niketan, Swami Avdeshanand Giri of the Juna Akhada, Baba Ramdev and other dignitaries who were in Ayodhya on Wednesday.

According to Swami Govind Dev Giri, treasurer of the trust, "The total donation to the trust stood at Rs 30 crore when the logbook was last seen on Tue


Thursday, August 6, 2020Omar Abdullah: BJP gets to celebrate but we are not allowed to meet in my father's lawn

Jammu, Aug 6: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah took to Twitter on August 5 to say that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) gets to celebrate the first anniversary of the repudiation while valley-based leaders cannot meet in his father’s lawn.
Abdullah’s tweet came after a meeting of some political parties called by Jammu and Kashmir's veteran leader and his father Farooq Abdull


Thursday, August 6, 2020BSF constable held in cross-border smuggling case dismissed

Chandigarh, Aug 6: A BSF constable, who was arrested by the Punjab Police in a cross-border drugs and weapons smuggling case, has been dismissed from service, said an official statement of the BSF on Thursday.

Border Security Force Constable Rajendra Prasad was held along with two others by the Punjab Police on July 28 from his native place at Sriganganagar in Rajasthan.

"As per the Punjab


Thursday, August 6, 2020PM Modi remembers Swaraj on her death anniversary

New Delhi, Aug 6: Prime Minister Narendra Modi remembered senior BJP leader and former Union minister Sushma Swaraj on her first death anniversary on Thursday, saying she served India selflessly and was an articulate voice for the country at the world stage.

Former external affairs minister Swaraj died of cardiac arrest last year at the age of 67.

Hours before she died, Swaraj had tweeted p


Thursday, August 6, 2020India's COVID-19 recovery rate improves to 67.61 percent

New Delhi: Total recoveries from Covid-19 in the country surpassed the 13 lakh mark today. A total of 13 lakh 28 thousand 336 people have recovered so far. In the past 24 hours, 46 thousand 121 recoveries have been reported across the country. With this, the recovery rate has improved to 67.61 per cent. The case fatality rate has further declined to 2.07 per cent in the country.

The Health and


Thursday, August 6, 2020Prime Minister Narendra Modi terms 21st century an era of knowledge

NEW DELHI: In the run up to the 74th Independence Day celebrations, we bring you today a special story about development in the education sector in the country.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has termed the 21st century an era of knowledge. To make India a knowledge superpower, efforts have been made on learning, research and innovation. These efforts not only transformed the education sector bu


Thursday, August 6, 2020Yuvraj Singh's Split Image Comparison Prompts Harbhajan Singh To Post Funny Comment

Jammu, Aug 6: Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh on and off the sphere is usually thought to be a golden customary of a relationship amongst skilled cricketers. However, the duo has not shared the dressing room for fairly a while now and now that Yuvraj Singh has retired, the prospect is successfully carried out and dusted. It hasn’t stopped Yuvraj and Harbhajan from pulling one another’s leg for h


Thursday, August 6, 2020RBI Leaves Key Rates Unchanged Amid High Inflation

NEW DELHI: The Reserve Bank of India on Thursday left the repo rate and other key policy rates unchanged at existing levels amid a recent rise in consumer inflation, and said it would ensure retail prices are contained within its medium-term target going forward. Governor Shaktikanta Das said the RBI's Monetary Policy Committee decided to keep the key rates unchanged and maintain an "accommocativ


Thursday, August 6, 2020Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat gets relief in scam case

Jammu, Aug 6: In a relief to Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat in a cooperative society scam case, the Rajasthan High Court has stayed the ADJ court order that had directed the magistrate court to send a criminal complaint for further investigation to the Special Operations Group (SOG).
The complaint had named Shekhawat and others as the accused in the scam and sought further investigation


Thursday, August 6, 2020Yogi congratulates Manoj Sinha for being appointed as J&K Lt Governor

Lucknow, Aug 6: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday congratulated former Railway minister Manoj Sinha for being appointed as the Lt Governor of Jammu and Kashmir.

In a message, Mr Adityanath said, " A committed public leader, an able administrator and with full of organisational skill, my congratulation to Mr Manoj Sinha for being appointed as the Lt Governor of J&K."



Thursday, August 6, 2020Shah mourns loss of lives in Ahmedabad hospital fire

New Delhi, Aug 6: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday expresses grief over the loss of lives in a fire that broke out in a Ahmadabad hospital and prayed for the speedy recovery of those injured.

Taking to twitter, Mr Shah said, 'Deeply anguished by the loss of lives due to a tragic fire accident at hospital in Ahmedabad. My condolences and thoughts are with the affected families in this


Thursday, August 6, 2020Donald Trump: US treasury should get cut of Tiktok deal

Jammu, Aug 6: Donald Trump says the government should get a cut from the sale of TikTok's US unit if an American firm buys it.
Trump has given Microsoft the go-ahead to make a deal with social media giant TikTok – but only if the US gets a cut. It comes after days of discourse about the app’s future in the US market.
On Saturday (1 August), Reuters outlined that TikTok parent company ByteDance


Thursday, August 6, 2020Ratle hydroelectric power project to be revived soon: Jitendra Singh

New Delhi: The 850-MW Ratle hydroelectric power project in Jammu and Kashmir, work on which was stalled for the past six years, will be revived soon, Union minister Jitendra Singh said.

The hydroelectric project is a run-of-river scheme located on river Chenab in Kishtwar district of the union territory.

The preliminary work such as construction of access roads and diversion tunnels was sta


Thursday, August 6, 2020India firmly rejects China's attempt to raise Kashmir issue at UNSC

New Delhi, Aug 6: India on Thursday hit out at China for making yet another attempt to raise the Kashmir issue at the UN Security Council, saying it "firmly" rejects Beijing's "interference" in the country's internal affairs.

"We have noted that China initiated a discussion in the UN Security Council on issues pertaining to the Indian Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir," the Ministry of Extern


Thursday, August 6, 2020PM condoles death by fire at Guj hospital, announces Ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh to next of kin of dead

New Delhi, Aug 6: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday expressed condoled the deaths in a fire that broke out at a COVID-19 designated hospital in Ahmedabad and announced an Ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to the next of kin of the dead in the fire.

At least eight patients have been killed in the accident.

'Saddened by the tragic hospital fire in Ahmedabad. Condolences to the bereaved famil


Thursday, August 6, 2020Guj: 8 patients die as fire breaks out at COVID-19 hospital

Ahmedabad, Aug 6: At least eight patients lost their lives in a major fire that broke at a COVID-19 designated private hospital in Ahmedabad's Navarangpura area in the wee hours of Thursday.

Deputy Chief Minister-cum-Health Minister Nitin Patel said that the fire occurred at around 3 am this morning in the ICU ward of Shreya hospital in the posh area of Navrangpura locality.

Three of the ei


Thursday, August 6, 2020Another August 5 Surprise: Murmu’s resignation as LG fuels speculations

J&K expecting a high profile visit next week

JAMMU: In a major surprise on the day of first anniversary of revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcation into two Union Territories, the first Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu resigned from the post.

Even as the Raj Bhawan or the government’s official spokesman had not put a confirmation in public till the time of going to the Press but the central government’s of


Thursday, August 6, 2020Foundation laid for Ram temple, PM Modi says ‘long wait is over’

Ram ultimate embodiment of human values: Rahul

AYODHYA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday laid the foundation of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, the culmination of a campaign that fuelled the rise of the BJP and marked the fulfilment of one of its core poll promises.
The wait of centuries has ended, he said after performing the groundbreaking ceremony here for the temple at the spot where many devout Hindus believe Lord Ram was born.



Thursday, August 6, 2020China says change in J&K status ‘illegal’, India snubs

JAMMU: India on Wednesday snubbed the Chinese side after Beijing said any unilateral change in the status of Jammu and Kashmir was illegal.
"We have noted the comments of the Chinese MFA spokesperson on the Indian Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. The Chinese side has no locus standi whatsoever on this matter and is advised not to comment on the internal affairs of other nations," MEA spoke


Thursday, August 6, 2020Col’s plea for using facebook junked, Court says thank you

NEW DELHI: If the government has concluded that permitting use of certain social networking websites, including Facebook and Instagram, by its defence personnel is enabling enemy countries gain an edge, the courts would be loath to interfere with the decision, the Delhi High Court said on Wednesday.
It said warfare in today's world is not confined to "accession of territory" but extends to affec


Thursday, August 6, 2020CISF takes over security of Leh airport

New Delhi/Leh: The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) on Wednesday took over the security of the Leh airport, the country''s highest-altitude commercial aerodrome in the newly created Union Territory of Ladakh.

A contingent of 185 CISF personnel will provide round-the-clock, armed security to the strategic and "hypersensitive" airport, located at 3,256 metres above sea level, a senior o


Wednesday, August 5, 2020Israeli military sets up coronavirus task force

In a statement, the military said the new task force would begin operating next week and connect all the different bodies under one umbrella.

Jerusalem: The Israeli military said Wednesday it was establishing a coronavirus task force aimed at cutting the chain of infection in the country.
In a statement, the military said the new task force would begin operating next week and connect all the different bodies under one umbrella. The unit, headed by a brigadier general, will operate a sampling center, a quarantine center, recovery hotel


Wednesday, August 5, 2020EU, Turkey and Gulf states among those aiding Beirut after blast

The European Union, Turkey and Gulf states are among those offering assistance to Lebanon following an explosion at a warehouse in Beirut that killed at least 100 people and injured nearly 4,000.

EUROPEAN UNION: The European Commission said it had activated the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, which is designed to help after natural disasters, following a request from Lebanon for aid and support.
More than 100 highly trained firefighters were being deployed with vehicles, dogs and equipment, specialised in search and rescue in urban contexts, the European Union’s executive said.
The Nethe


Wednesday, August 5, 2020Meghan Markle wins plea to keep friends anonymous in UK court

The ‘People' article referenced in court involved the former actress' friends speaking out against her alleged bullying

London’; Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, on Wednesday won an attempt to keep five of her friends anonymous in her ongoing High Court legal action in London over breach of privacy against ‘The Mail on Sunday' newspaper owners Associated Newspaper Limited (ANL).
Lawyers for Markle, who turned 39 on Tuesday, had argued for the friends who gave an interview to ‘People' magazine to remain anony


Wednesday, August 5, 2020Ex-Trump adviser plans book on future of polarised America

Washington: Fiona Hill, a key witness in President Donald Trump’s impeachment inquiry, is going to be sharing her views about the future of a polarised America.
The New York-based Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books & Media announced on Wednesday that it has acquired a book by Hill, former deputy assistant to the president and senior director for European and Russian affairs on the National Security


Wednesday, August 5, 202017 killed as boat capsizes in Bangladesh

30 people rescued, one passenger remains missing

Dhaka: A passenger boat carrying about 50 people, including madrassa students and teachers, capsized on Wednesday in northern Bangladesh, killing at least 17 people, according to a media report.
The incident happened in Netrokona district's Madan upazila.
A total of 48 people, including madrassa students and teachers, from Mymensingh, boarded the boat for a cruise.
So far, 17 bodies have been


Wednesday, August 5, 2020‘Bhoomi pujan’: Mamata Banerjee appeals for unity

Kolkata: While refraining from directly criticising the “bhoomi pujan” event in Ayodhya, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday tweeted underscoring the spirit of “unity in diversity” found in the country traditionally.
“Hindu Muslim Sikh Isaai
Aapas mein hain Bhai Bhai!
Mera Bharat Mahaan,
Mahaan Hamara Hindustan”.
“Our country has always upheld the age-old legacy of un


Wednesday, August 5, 202089 killed in lightning strikes in Madhya Pradesh in 6 months: IMD

Says the threat of lightning strikes has increased due to environmental changes

Indore: The IMD has alerted that due to the environmental changes, the threat of lightning during the current monsoon season has increased in Madhya Pradesh, where 89 people lost their lives due to lightning strikes in the first six months of this year.
This figure of lightning strike victims in the state till June this year is more than what it was during the entire year in 2019, an official sa


Wednesday, August 5, 2020Incessant rainfall causes landslides, flooding in parts of Goa

The Chief Minister's Office has appealed to people not to travel via Chorla Ghat

Panaji: Landslides hit rail and road traffic on Goa-Karnataka borders, while low-lying villages were inundated, as incessant rains continued to pummel the coastal state for the fourth consecutive day on Wednesday.
A landslide on the Castle Rock (Karnataka) and Vasco da Gama section of the South Western Railway (SWR) hit the rail traffic in the morning hours, a senior railway officer said.
All p


Wednesday, August 5, 202025 COVID warriors died in Odisha so far: Official

The 25 deaths account for 11.11 per cent of the state's coronavirus death toll which stands at 225

Bhubaneswar: As many as 25 corona warriors have died in Odisha while performing COVID-19 related duty, a senior official said on Wednesday.
The frontline warriors who have succumbed to the viral infection were deployed in dedicated hospitals, COVID care centres, temporary medical camps and COVID care homes, he said.
The 25 deaths account for 11.11 per cent of the state's coronavirus death toll


Wednesday, August 5, 2020Nod for CBI probe in Sushant Singh Rajput death shocker for Thackeray govt

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Home Minister Anil Deshmukh have been saying that there is no need to hand over the case

Mumbai: The decision to hand over the Sushant Singh Rajput death case probe to the CBI is a shocker for Maharashtra government, which has maintained that Mumbai police is competent to handle the investigation.
The Supreme Court Wednesday said the truth behind the actor's death should come out, even as the Centre informed that it has accepted the recommendation of Bihar government for a CBI probe


Wednesday, August 5, 2020Rupee gains 10 paise to close at 74.94 against US dollar

jAMMU, Aug 5: The rupee rose by 10 paise to close at 74.94 against the US dollar on Wednesday tracking positive domestic rights and weak American currency.At the interbank forex market, the domestic unit opened strong at 74.93 against the US dollar and moved between a high of 74.83 and a low of 74.95 in the day trade.

The domestic unit finally closed at 74.94 against the greenback, registering


Wednesday, August 5, 2020India bans more Chinese apps, including some from Xiaomi

Jammu, Aug 5: India has banned some mobile apps of Chinese companies such as Xiaomi Corp and Baidu Inc, three sources told Reuters on Wednesday, in New Delhi's latest move to hit Chinese companies following a border clash between the neighbours.India in June outlawed 59 Chinese apps for menancing the country's "sovereignty and integrity", including ByteDance's video-sharing app TikTok, Alibaba's


Wednesday, August 5, 2020China’s behaviour is becoming a problem not for only India and US, but also for its friends

Jammu, Aug 5: In the regular drumbeat of arrests of alleged Chinese spies, one case last month stood out.It did not intricate the United States or another rival of China, but Russia, whose security services accused a prominent arctic scientist of selling classified data on technologies for detecting submarines.

Meanwhile a court in Kazakhstan in October convicted the Central Asia nation’s preeminent China specialist of espionage, a move widely interpreted at the time as a warning against increased meddling by the superpower next door.

Both men maintain their innocence and if China is sp


Wednesday, August 5, 2020HC says can't interfere with govt decision on banning use of social media by defence officers

New Delhi, Aug 5: If the government has concluded that permitting use of certain social networking websites, including Facebook and Instagram, by its defence personnel is enabling enemy countries gain an edge, the courts would be loath to interfere with the decision, the Delhi High Court said on Wednesday.

It said warfare in today's world is not confined to "accession of territory" but extend


Wednesday, August 5, 2020Golden chapter in history of India: HM Shah on consecration of Ram temple

New Delhi, Aug 5: Terming the foundation laying of Ram temple in Ayodhya as a "historic and proud day" for India, Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday said it heralds the beginning of a new era.

He said by starting the construction of the grand Ram temple in Ayodhya, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has written a golden chapter in the history of the great Indian civilisation, and asserted that the


Wednesday, August 5, 2020Long wait ends today: PM chants 'Jai Siya Ram' in Ayodhya

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi who started his speech with Jai Siya Ram chant, said the entire country today is in the trance of Lord Ram. He said that a grand temple will now be built for Ram Lalla deity who had been living under a tent for many years.

“Every heart is illuminated; it is an emotional moment for the entire country… A long wait ends today,” said the Prime Minister.



Wednesday, August 5, 2020Military bands to perform across India for I-Day, express gratitude to corona warriors

New Delhi, Aug 5: In a first, military bands will perform for a fortnight across the country ahead of the Independence Day celebrations on August 15, officials said on Wednesday.

The bands of the army, navy and police have performed at Porbandar, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Raipur, Amritsar, Guwahati, Allahabad and Kolkata so far, they said.

"The performances are intended as gestures of gratitude


Wednesday, August 5, 2020Beirut Blast:Atleast 100 people died and more than 4000 were injured

Jammu, Aug 5: The blast killed at least 100 people and injured more than 4,000 others.The whole city was shaken by the explosion and a mushroom cloud could be seen spreading over the port area.
President Michel Aoun said the blast was caused by 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored periliously in a warehouse.
Ammonium nitrate is used as a fertiliser in agriculture and as an explosive. He sche


Wednesday, August 5, 2020Iker Casillas announces retirement after 22-year playing career

Jammu, Aug 5: Spain’s World Cup-winning captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas announced his retirement from the professional game at the age of 39 on Tuesday.The former Real Madrid skipper had called time on his five-year spell with side Porto in July after his contract with the Portuguese club expired.
Casillas had suffered cardiac arrest during a training session last year and has not played an


Wednesday, August 5, 2020Credit for Ram Temple goes to PM Modi, says Yogi

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has said that the ‘Bhumi Pujan’ for the construction of the Ram temple was possible solely due to the efforts made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Welcoming guests after the ‘Bhumi Pujan’ ceremony, the chief minister said that the centuries old struggle for the temple was taken to its logical conclusion by the Modi government.

“The ‘Bhu


Wednesday, August 5, 2020Truth behind Sushant Singh's death should come out, says SC; Centre gives nod to CBI probe

New Delhi, Aug 5: The Supreme Court Wednesday said the truth behind the death of gifted and talented artist Sushant Singh Rajput should come out, even as the Centre informed that it has accepted the recommendation of Bihar government for a CBI probe in the matter.

A bench of Justice Hrishikesh Roy directed Maharashtra, Bihar and Rajput's father Krishna Kishore Singh to file their replies withi


Wednesday, August 5, 2020Meeting of parties called by Farooq Abdullah not held due to restrictions imposed by authorities: NC

Srinagar, Aug 5: A meeting of some political parties called by Jammu and Kashmir's veteran leader Farooq Abdullah on Wednesday to discuss the situation arising out of the abrogation of Article 370 provisions a year ago could not be held due to strict restrictions imposed by authorities, his National Conference said.

Abdullah had invited leaders of several political parties to his residence on


Wednesday, August 5, 2020Transformation underway in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh: Jaishankar

New Delhi, Aug 5: A transformation is underway in Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Wednesday on the first anniversary of the Centre's decision to revoke the special status of the region.

Taking to Twitter, Jaishankar highlighted application of progressive laws, delivery of social justice, empowerment and support for vulnerable sections and rolling o


Wednesday, August 5, 2020Empowering panchayati raj institutions our biggest dream: J-K Lieutenant Governor

Jammu, Aug 5: The Jammu and Kashmir administration will focus on strengthening and empowering panchayati raj institutions in the coming days to address issues of misgovernance and corruption, Lieutenant Governor Girish Chander Murmu has said.

Effective implementation of the three-tier panchayati raj system will help "mainstreaming of the public participation" in the decision-making process and


Wednesday, August 5, 2020Prez says Ram temple to be symbol of modern India

New Delhi, Aug 5: President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday hailed the Bhoomi Pujan for construction of a grand temple at Ayodha, saying it will be a testimony to ideals of RamRajya and a "symbol of modern India".

The President, greeting the people on the occasion, in a message, said, "Felicitations to all for the foundation laying of Ram Temple in Ayodhya. Being built in tune with law, it define


Wednesday, August 5, 2020England beats West Indies by 269 runs, claims series as Stuart broad

Jammu, Aug 5: England beats West Indies by 269 runs on Tuesday to claim the third Test at Old Trafford and clinch the series. England took the series 2-1 to regain the Wisden Trophy they lost in the Caribbean last year. England paceman Stuart Broad became the seventh bowler to take 500 Test wickets as the West Indies, set 399 for victory, collapsed to 129 all out in under 38 overs. Broad, controv


Wednesday, August 5, 2020Akhilesh Yadav: Hope present, future generations will follow Lord Ram's 'Maryada' for welfare, peace

Jammu, Aug 5: Besides the Ram temple foundation-stone laying ceremony in Ayodhya, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav said on Wednesday that he aspires the future generations will follow the 'maryada' (dignity) of Lord Ram for the "welfare and peace" of all.

Starting with "Jai Mahadev Jai Siya-Ram, Jai Radeh-Krishna, Jai Hanuman", Yadav in a tweet in Hindi said, "Let all be filled with Lord S


Wednesday, August 5, 2020Pakistan’s new map an exercise in political absurdity: MEA

Kashmir: New Delhi has described a so-called political map of Pakistan issued by Prime Minister Imran Khan as an exercise in political absurdity, laying untenable claims to territories in the Indian State of Gujarat and our Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh.

A press statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs said, these ridiculous assertions have neither legal validity


Wednesday, August 5, 2020COVID-19 recovery rate improves to 67.19 pct in country

NEW DELHI: Highest recoveries from Coronavirus were reported in the country during the last 24 hours. A total of 51 thousand 706 people affected with the virus recovered in one day which is the highest figure since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic in India. This has resulted in further improvement in the recovery rate which reached 67.19 per cent in the country.

The Health and Family Welfare


Wednesday, August 5, 2020'Hindu Hriday Samrat' Modi reaches Ayodhya after nearly 3 decades

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Ayodhya on Wednesday as the entire nation awaited the bhumi pujan ceremony for the grand Ram Temple.

Dressed in traditional attire (dhoti and kurta) he alighted from his special aircraft a little after 11.30 a.m.

The ‘Hindu Hriday Samrat’, as he is often referred to as, will personally participate in the ‘Bhumi Pujan’ later in the day, in pr


Wednesday, August 5, 2020Rahul Gandhi: People's trust in economy has evaporated, PM and team have no understanding

Jammu, Aug 5: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi criticized the government on the state of the economy, saying people's trust and confidence in the economy have evaporated and the situation has deteriorated.
In a tweet, he said neither the prime minister nor his team has the understanding to fix the problem and it is only a matter of time that every Indian will understand this.
Gandhi tagged an artic


Wednesday, August 5, 2020Qureshi writes to UN official on Kashmir issue: FO

Islamabad: Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has once again written to the President of the UN Security Council, raising the Kashmir issue, the Foreign Office said.

Qureshi sent the letter ahead of the first anniversary of India's decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, 2019.

Pakistan has been unsuccessfully trying to drum up international supp


Wednesday, August 5, 2020Ayodhya ceremony: Adityanath greets PM, devotees, tweets Jai Shri Ram

Lucknow, Aug 5: Ahead of the groundbreaking ceremony of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday extended greetings to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for coming to the state to fulfil the desire of devotees for construction of a grand temple.

In a tweet, the chief minister cited a couplet from Ramayana and greeted devotees of Lord Ram with "Jai Shri Ra


Wednesday, August 5, 2020With 52K New Cases India’s Covid Tally Crosses 19L-Mark

New Delhi: With 52,509 new coronavirus (Covid-19) cases and 857 deaths in the last 24 hours, India crossed 19 lakh-mark with the total caseload standing at 19,08,254 while the total fatalities increased to 39,795, data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare revealed on Wednesday.

The country had crossed the 18-lakh mark on Monday. Currently, 5,86,244 cases are active and 12,82,215 p


Wednesday, August 5, 2020PM Modi Expresses Shock Over Explosions In Beirut

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday expressed shock over massive explosions in Lebanon’s capital city Beirut that killed at least 50 people, and prayed for the bereaved families and the injured.

Office of the Prime Minister tweeted, “Shocked and saddened by the large explosion in Beirut city leading to loss of life and property. Our thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved


Wednesday, August 5, 2020PM leaves for Ayodhya to attend Ram Temple Bhumipujan

New Delhi, Aug 5: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday left for Ayodhya to attend the Bhumipujan of the Ram Mandir, where he will lay the foundation stone of the temple at 1215 hrs.
He will lay a 40 kg silver brick to mark the symbolic start of the temple, marking the fulfilment of a promise that is core to the BJP's ideology.
Prior to the function, the Prime Minister will take part in poo


Tuesday, August 4, 2020IMF says coronavirus may shrink global imbalances further in 2020

The IMF’s annual report on currencies, the External Sector Report, showed that continued weakness in trade, coupled with massive fiscal expansion, was projected in many countries to shrink both current account deficits and surpluses.

Washington: The International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday that global current account imbalances narrowed in 2019 as trade slowed, and the coronavirus could narrow them further in 2020, but some vulnerable emerging market economies are facing major investment outflows.
The IMF’s annual report on currencies, the External Sector Report, showed that continued weakness in trade, coupled with massi


Tuesday, August 4, 2020Afghan grand assembly on fate of hundreds of Taliban prisoners set for Friday

Afghanistan will convene a grand assembly of elders, known as the loya jirga, in Kabul on Friday to decide the fate of hundreds of prisoners the Taliban insist should be released before entering peace talks with the government.

Kabul: Afghanistan will convene a grand assembly of elders, known as the loya jirga, in Kabul on Friday to decide the fate of hundreds of prisoners the Taliban insist should be released before entering peace talks with the government.
A pact reached by U.S. and Taliban negotiators in Doha in February had agreed that 5,000 Taliban prisoners should be released from Afghan jails as a precondition t


Tuesday, August 4, 2020American journalists in Hong Kong could be Beijing’s next target

The Global Times is a tabloid run by the People’s Daily, the flagship newspaper of the Communist Party. Hu’s tweets have become closely watched after accurately forecasting previous moves by China’s government.

China could take aim at American journalists in Hong Kong, if the US doesn’t renew visas for Chinese journalists, Global Times Editor-in-Chief Hu Xijin said.
“From what I know, given that the US side hasn’t renewed visa of Chinese journalists, Chinese side has prepared for the worst scenario that all Chinese journalists have to leave the US,” Hu said Tuesday on Twitter. “If that’s the case, Chi


Tuesday, August 4, 2020PIA sacks 63 employees for fake degrees, embezzlement

28 employees were removed for fake education credentials and 27 were sacked for being absent from duty without notice

Islamabad: The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) last month sacked 63 of its employees, including 5 pilots, on charges of fake degrees, embezzlement and absence from duty.
All five of the sacked pilots were holding fake licences, said PIA spokesperson Abdullah Khan, adding that all employees were dismissed in accordance to the law.
Twenty-eight employees were removed for fake education cred


Tuesday, August 4, 20203 men rescued from Pacific island after writing SOS in sand

The men were found about 190 kilometers (118 miles) from where they had set out.

Wellington: Three men have been rescued from a tiny Pacific island after writing a giant SOS sign in the sand that was spotted from above, authorities say.
The men had been missing in the Micronesia archipelago for nearly three days when their distress signal was spotted Sunday on uninhabited Pikelot Island by searchers on Australian and U.S. aircraft, the Australian defense department said Mond


Tuesday, August 4, 2020Ayodhya awaits its big day, outsiders not welcome

Authorities concerned over the spread of coronavirus; ask people to stay home to celebrate

Ayodhya: Police barricades, yellow banners, walls with a fresh coat of paint and the sounds of bhajan mark parts of Ayodhya as the city awaits its big day Wednesday, when the first brick will be laid for the Ram temple.
Ayodhya is decked up for the bhoomi pujan that will be attended at the Ram Janmabhoomi by 175 people, who figure in a select guest list of seers and politicians topped by Prime M


Tuesday, August 4, 2020Dalai Lama among the invitees for Bhumi Pujan

Buddhist spiritual leader expresses inability to be physically present for the ceremony amid Covid pandemic

New Delhi: His Holiness the Dalai Lama is among the religious and spiritual figures who have been invited to take part in the ‘Bhumi Pujan’ ceremony in Ayodhya on Wednesday for the construction of Ram Mandir.
A source said that the Office of the Dalai Lama – the supreme Buddhist spiritual leader – had been approached by Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerath Kshetra Trust with the invitation.
He, however


Tuesday, August 4, 2020Release 2 social workers on bail, order remanding them to custody ‘totally impermissible’, says SC

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Tuesday ordered “forthwith” release of two social workers who were sent to jail in a case lodged against them when they were accompanying an alleged gang rape victim at a court in Bihar’s Araria district for recording of her statement before a magistrate.
The order by which these two social workers were sent to custody was “totally impermissible”, said a bench headed


Tuesday, August 4, 2020Man sentenced to death for raping 7-year-old

Incident had took place in Gollapudi village of Krishna district in Andhra Pradesh in 2019

Hyderabad: A man convicted of raping a minor in 2019 has been sentenced to death by a POCSO court in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh.
Pentaiah, who had raped and killed a seven-year-old in 2019 received the severest of punishments under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO) on Tuesday.
In this case, even the wife of the accused gave evidence against her husband leading to his conv


Tuesday, August 4, 2020Economy poised for a bounce-back: Finance Ministry

Pinning hopes on the farm sector, the report said, agriculture is set to cushion the shock of the COVID pandemic on the Indian economy in 2020-21

New Delhi: With India unlocking, the worst seems to be over for the economy as some high-frequency indicators have recovered in June from the unprecedented trough in April and May.
However, risks due to rising COVID-19 cases and intermittent state lockdowns remain because 85 per cent of the cases are in the 12 top states driving growth, noted the Finance Ministry’s monthly economic report for Ju


Tuesday, August 4, 2020Sensex snaps 4-day losing streak with 748-point leap; RIL, HDFC Bank lead charge

Jammu, Aug 4: Equity benchmarks made an emphatic comeback on Tuesday after four straight sessions of losses as market heavyweights Reliance Industries and HDFC Bank saw robust buying amid firm global cues.
The BSE Sensex soared 748.31 points or 2.03 per cent to close at 37,687.91, while the NSE Nifty rallied 203.65 points or 1.87 per cent to 11,095.25.Reliance Industries was the top gainer in th


Tuesday, August 4, 2020Hosting U-17 World Cup can transform women's game in country

Jammu, Aug 4: : India executes the U-17 women's World Cup in 2021 will play a vital role in boosting the image of the sport among girls in the country, says head of FIFA's women's competitions, Sara Booth.
Speaking at an e-summit organised by Football Delhi on Monday, Booth said Delhi will feel the "positive impact" of hosting a World Cup and lauded the state association's collaborative effort w


Tuesday, August 4, 2020Plea for taking law test from home; HC seeks Centre, NLU consortium stand

Jammu, Aug 4: The Delhi High Court Tuesday asked the Centre and the Consortium of National Law Universities (NLU) to reply to a law graduate's plea challenging the requirement of physically appearing at exam centre for the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2020 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Justice Jayant Nath asked the central government to inform the court whether it would be permissible to hol


Tuesday, August 4, 2020MS Dhoni teases Ishant Sharma: Your age is 32 but your body is around 52

Jammu, Aug 4: India's fast bowler Ishant Sharma exhibited his amusing side in a recent interview and also revealed how he gets teased by his wife Pratima and teammate MS Dhoni for his age.
Ishant, will now turn 32 on September 2, says that he feels older than his age which is something which even former India captain Dhoni reminds him from time to time as a joke.
Furthermore, Ishant's wife, Ind


Tuesday, August 4, 2020Govindacharya: Hindutva now basic coat on canvas of Indian politics

Jammu, Aug 4: Hindutva is now the "basic coat on the canvas of polity" and political parties subscribing to its various shades may be vying for power in future as socialism and secularism are no longer the pivot of politics, former RSS ideologue K N Govindacharya said on Tuesday.
A day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends the ground-breaking ceremony for building a Ram temple in Ayodhya,


Tuesday, August 4, 2020COVID-19: Total crosses 22k with 590 new cases in J&K, toll rises to 407

Jammu, Aug 4: The total number of Coronavirus positive cases Monday crossed 22,000 mark while 12 patients died taking the total death toll due to Covid-19 to 407 in Jammu and Kashmir.
Officials said that the new COVID-19 cases including 157 from Jammu and 433 from Kashmir reported taking the overall tally past 22006 marks in J&K.Moreover, at least 13 more people died of Coronavirus taking the to


Tuesday, August 4, 2020Two-day curfew, restrictions in Kashmir on August 5 eve

Srinagar: Curfew and restrictions for 2 days were imposed across Kashmir valley late on Monday evening hours after a high level security review meeting.
The General Officer Commanding (GOC), Chinar Corps, Lt Gen B.S. Raju, and Director General Ppolice, Jammu and Kashmir, Dilbag Singh, co-chaired a meeting of the Core Group consisting of top officials of the civil administration, intelligence age


Monday, August 3, 2020COVID-19: Australia’s Victoria state imposes curfew in Melbourne; reports new 429 cases

The state currently has over 7,100 active cases of coronavirus and more than 38 of those are in the intensive care unit

Melbourne: Australia’s Victoria state on Monday reported 429 COVID-19 cases, a day after it declared “a state of disaster” following a surge in the number of COVID-19 infections.
On Sunday, the southeast Australian state, the country’s second-largest, placed its capital Melbourne under strict stage-4 restrictions for six weeks, including a night-time curfew.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews ann


Monday, August 3, 2020Nepal’s COVID-19 tally crosses 20,000-mark with 418 new infections

Kathmandu: Nepal has reported 418 fresh COVID-19 cases, pushing the number of infections in the country to 20,750, while 57 people have died due to the disease, the health ministry said on Monday.
A total of 14,961 patients have been discharged after recovery, which accounts for 72.1 per cent of the total infected cases, Ministry of Health and Population spokesperson Jageshar Gautam told reporte


Monday, August 3, 2020China accuses US of harassing Chinese students, researchers

Beijing: China on Monday accused the United States of “monitoring, harassing and willfully detaining” Chinese students and researchers in the US.
Foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin’s comments follow the denial of a bail request in California for a university researcher accused of lying about her ties to China’s military and Communist Party to gain access to the United States.
Wang said C


Monday, August 3, 2020There may never be a 'silver bullet' for COVID-19, WHO warns

Officials said an advance investigative team in China was not yet back

Geneva: The World Health Organization warned on Monday that, despite strong hopes for a vaccine, there might never be a "silver bullet" for COVID-19, and the road to normality would be long.
More than 18.14 million people around the world are reported to have been infected with the disease and 688,080 have died, according to a Reuters tally.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and W


Monday, August 3, 2020TikTok owners will relocate to London from Beijing, Sun newspaper says

ByteDance’s founders are to announce their intention to set up shop in London

London: TikTok owner ByteDance will move its headquarters to London from Beijing under a deal approved by British ministers, The Sun newspaper reported.
ByteDance’s founders are to announce their intention to set up shop in London soon, the newspaper said, adding that the move was likely to upset U.S. President Donald Trump who has considered banning TikTok in the United States.
It was not imme


Monday, August 3, 2020British woman in Malaysia court for trial in husband’s death

Samantha Jones confessed she stabbed her husband in the chest during a heated argument.

Alor Setar (Malaysia): A British woman accused of stabbing her husband to death at their Malaysian resort home entered court Monday for the start of a murder trial that could end with her sentenced to be hanged.
Wearing a mask and handcuffed, Samantha Jones, 51, was escorted by police into the courthouse in Alor Setar in the northern state of Kedah.
She was charged after police found a blood-st


Monday, August 3, 2020Bring your own yoga mats, says Health Ministry as gyms open from August 5

Oxygen levels before exercise to be checked, no laughter yoga yet

New Delhi: Ahead of the August 5 deadline for the opening of gyms under the next phase of COVID-19 unlock process, the government on said all gym owners will have to check oxygen levels of users before allowing them to exercise.
Users with oxygen saturation below 95 per cent will not be permitted to exercise and gyms must procure pulse oximetres to test every client before letting them use the e


Monday, August 3, 2020Covid patients taken to hospital in garbage van in Andhra Pradesh

A probe has been ordered into the incident

Hyderabad : In a shocking incident, three COVID-19 patients were moved to the hospital in a garbage van in Nellimarla town of Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh.
Just as the incident was highlighted on social media, opposition parties led by the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), lashed out at the government blaming it of not doing enough for those infected in the pandemic.
Vizianagaram District Me


Monday, August 3, 2020Falling R-values in Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai point to COVID slowdown, but scientists warn against laxity

R-value is the number of people getting infected by an infected person on an average

New Delhi: The R-value, or reproductive number, for COVID-19 has fallen below one in Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai, indicating a slowdown in the spread of the disease in three of India’s biggest cities, according to a recent study.
As experts sound a note of caution against the temptation to lower the guard and warn that any laxity could send the numbers spiralling, a modelling study published in th


Monday, August 3, 2020Sushant Singh Rajput had bipolar disorder, says Mumbai police chief

Bihar lawmakers seek CBI probe into actor’s death

Mumbai/Patna: Actor Sushant Singh Rajput was suffering from bipolar disorder, a mental condition characterised by extreme mood swings, at the time of his death, Mumbai police chief Parambir Singh said on Monday amid clamour by Bihar politicians for a CBI probe.
An IPS officer from Bihar, who had landed in Mumbai on Sunday for leading the SIT investigating in the case, was, meanwhile, quarantined


Monday, August 3, 2020DGCA asks SpiceJet to stop ticket sale offer as govt-imposed fare limits are in place

SpiceJet on Monday announced it has started a five-day “1+1 offer sale” where it was offering one-way base fares starting as low as Rs 899

New Delhi: Aviation regulator DGCA has asked SpiceJet to stop its five-day discounted sale of tickets that started on Monday as the government-imposed fare limits are in place since domestic flights resumed operation on May 25, senior officials said.
SpiceJet in a press release on Monday morning announced it has started a five-day “1+1 offer sale” where it was offering one-way base fares startin


Monday, August 3, 2020VHP outlines its vision on ‘Ram Rajya’

'No poverty and sickness in the reign of Lord Rama'

New Delhi: The Central working president of Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), Alok Kumar on Monday said the effort to rebuild Ram Temple at Ayodhya is a campaign for the establishment of “Ramatva” in the whole world for “Ram Rajya”.
“This massive effort is not only to build one more Temple,” Kumar said, adding that the ideal of Ram Rajya could be achieved by involvement of all sections of society wi


Sunday, August 2, 2020New education policy misses fundamental goal of human development, expansion of knowledge: Congress

'High on catchwords, gloss, appearance and verbosity yet lacks a coherent implementational roadmap and strategy'

New Delhi: The Congress on Sunday said the new National Education Policy misses the fundamental goal of human development and expansion of knowledge, noting that it is high on “catchwords” and “verbosity” but lacks critical finances and a coherent roadmap for implementation.
It alleged that the policy has circumvented parliamentary oversight and there has been no discussion with the academia exc


Sunday, August 2, 2020MHA seeks three additional months for framing CAA rules

The controversial CAA was passed by the Parliament nearly eight months ago and had led to protests in various parts of the country

New Delhi: The Home Ministry has sought an additional time of three-months for framing rules of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), officials said on Sunday.
The plea was made before the Department Related Standing Committee for Subordinate Legislation as according to the Manual on Parliamentary Work, the rules for any legislation should be framed within six months of the Presidential assent or


Sunday, August 2, 2020Ahead of Ram Mandir ‘bhumi pujan’, BJP shares video of Indira Gandhi’s speech aired in 1980

The party has slammed people for objecting over the live telecast of the Ayodhya event

New Delhi: Ahead of the Ram Mandir ‘bhumi pujan’, the BJP on Sunday shared an old video of former prime minister Indira Gandhi’s speech at Deoband, aired on state-run Doordarshan in 1980, to slam those objecting to the live telecast of the event at Ayodhya on August 5, in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate.
In the broadcast, Indira Gandhi can be heard saying: “Darul Uloom will c


Sunday, August 2, 2020Ghaziabad: Police launch drive against misuse of licensed weapons

Ghaziabad: The Ghaziabad police have launched a special drive to check the misuse of licensed weapons, an official said on Sunday.
Under the drive, all police station incharges have been told to identify those creating terror among the masses by exhibiting their licensed weapons, the official said.
According to SSP Kalanidhi Naithani, the arms licence of family members of history-sheeters or c


Sunday, August 2, 2020Suchetana Chattopadhyay’s book on Komagata Maru selected for Muzaffar Ahmed Memorial Prize

Chattopadhyay and the other recipients will be the conferred the award in a function in Kolkata on August 5

Kolkata: Historian Suchetana Chattopadhyay’s book on Komagata Maru has been selected for the prestigious Muzaffar Ahmed Memorial Prize this year.
Besides Chattopadhyay’s work — which throws light on how the British colonial police set up an elaborate system of surveillance on Sikh migrants returning to Punjab from North America and East Asia in the wake of the Komagata Maru firing incident — two


Sunday, August 2, 2020Among 70 players Irfan Pathan showing interest in Lanka Premier League

Jammu, Aug 2:Erstwhile All-rounder Irfan Pathan from India could be one of the biggest attractions in the inaugural Lanka Premier League (LPL) as he is among the 70 foreign players who have expressed interest in competing in the event starting August 28.
According to a report in ESPNcricinfo, Pathan, who announced his retirement in January this year, will now be "put in a player draft unless one


Sunday, August 2, 2020Chenab rail bridge to be ready by next year

New Delhi, Aug 2: The world's highest railway bridge over river Chenab in Jammu and Kashmir will be ready by next year, and will connect the valley with the rest of India by train for the first time by 2022, officials said on Sunday.

The bridge, which has a central span of 467 metres, is being built at a height of 359 metres from the bed level. The height of Qutab Minar in Delhi is 72 metres a


Sunday, August 2, 2020One year of union territory status: Ladakh brims with hope

Leh/New Delhi, Aug 2: Unlike every other summer when the bazaars are teeming with tourists, this season, due to the coronavirus pandemic, life in Leh, is placid. Yet as the sharp sun shines on the rugged mountains of the high-altitude desert of Ladakh, natives step out wearing masks and hope. Reason -- Ladakh is happy with its union territory status.

On August 5 last year, the central governme


Sunday, August 2, 2020IMD plans to use artificial intelligence in weather forecasting


NEW DELHI: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) is planning to use artificial intelligence in weather forecasting, especially for issuing nowcasts, which can help improve 3-6 hours prediction of extreme weather events, its Director General Mrutunjay Mohapatra said on Sunday.

He said the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning is not as prevalent as it is in other fields and it


Sunday, August 2, 2020Nehra: This IPL can't be selection criteria for Dhoni

Jammu, Aug 2: Mahendra Singh Dhoni at this year's IPL can be a talking point but the tournament cannot be a selection trial for the enigmatic former India captain, reckons former pacer Ashish Nehra.
Dhoni has retired from Test cricket and has not played for India in the limited overs format since last year's World Cup, where India ended semifinalists.
His comeback and retirement has been a matt


Sunday, August 2, 2020Soccer pro Didier Drogba submits candidacy to become President of Ivory Coast

Jammu, Aug 2: Didier Drogba is an Ivorian retired professional footballer who played as a striker. He is the all-time top scorer and former captain of the Ivory Coast national team. He is best known for his career at Chelsea, for whom he has scored more goals than any other foreign player and is currently the club's fourth highest goal scorer of all time.
On Saturday, Didier Drogba attracted lar


Sunday, August 2, 2020First ever Special Programme in Sanskrit to be broadcast by AIR on Aug 3 to mark World Sanskrit Day

New Delhi: First ever Special Programme in Sanskrit to mark World Sanskrit Day to be broadcast by All India Radio tomorrow. The 20-Minute Program titled "Bahujan Bhasha-Sanskrit Bhasha" will be broadcast at 7.10 am tomorrow on 100.1 FM.

Highlights from the films- Priyamanasam & PunyaKoti in Sanskrit and interviews with the editors of the world's only Sanskrit daily newspaper, Sudharma are amo


Sunday, August 2, 2020New Education Policy will create digital divide, says Cong

New Delhi, Aug 2: Stepping up attack against the Centre's new National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, Congress has said that it will create digital divide in the country.

Addressing a press conference, former HRD Minister Pallam Raju and Chief spokesperson of Congress Randeep Surjewala said that the NEP 2020 misses the fundamental goal of human development and expansion of knowledge.



Sunday, August 2, 2020VP M Venkaiah Naidu pays tribute to freedom fighter Pingali Venkayya on his birth anniversary

August 2: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today paid tribute to legendary freedom fighter and the designer of India’s national flag, Pingali Venkayya on his birth anniversary.

In a tweet, Mr Naidu said, Pingali Venkayya was a polymath with interests in geology, education, agriculture and languages. He said, Our national flag is a symbol of our sovereignty, great history and culture.

The Vic


Sunday, August 2, 2020Over 1 million stranded Indians have benefited from Vande Bharat Mission: Hardeep Singh Puri

August 2: Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said that more than one million stranded Indians have now benefited from Vande Bharat Mission.

In a tweet, Mr Puri said, more than 9 lakh Indians have returned to India through various means and more than 1 lakh 16 thousand have flown out to various countries since 6th May of this year. He said, yesterday three thousand 124 Indians have retu


Sunday, August 2, 2020Varanasi weaver makes special mask for PM

Varanasi, Aug 2: While most weavers in Uttar Pradesh are busy making masks amid COVID-19 pandemic, Bachcha Lal, a handloom weaver in Varanasi has made a special mask with silk and cotton for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The mask has 'Jai Shri Ram, Ayodhya Pavitra Dham', embroidered on it and will be gifted to the Prime Minister when he comes to Ayodhya for 'bhumi pujan' of the Ram temple on A


Sunday, August 2, 2020Sonia Gandhi discharged from hospital, condition stable

New Delhi, August 2: Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi was on Sunday discharged from the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital here, three days after she was admitted, according to a health bulletin.

Her condition was stable at the time of discharge, said Dr D.S. Rana, Chairman (Board of Management), Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.

The 73-year-old Congress patron was admitted to the hospital for routine te


Sunday, August 2, 2020COVID-19 recovery rate improves to 65.43 pct in country

NEW DELHI: A record 51 thousand 255 recoveries from Covid-19 have been registered today in the country. This is the highest number of recoveries in a single day since the COVID-19 outbreak in the country. With this, the recovery rate has improved to 65.43 per cent. The case fatality rate of coronavirus has further declined to 2.13 per cent.

The Health and Family Welfare Ministry today said, a


Sunday, August 2, 2020Amit Sadh's 'life-changing' meeting with Indian Army Chief

New Delhi: "I had the privilege of meeting the COAS (Chief of the Army Staff). It was a life-changing, life-defining moment to be sitting across the man, whose vision and knowledge saves us," Amit said.

"We spoke about my career, my passion for the armed forces and the uniform. He congratulated me and gave me best wishes for my series ‘Avrodh'. I also had the opportunity to discuss a few stori


Sunday, August 2, 20202 Punjab based drug smugglers arrested, 92 Kilograms of Poppy Straw recovered: Police

JAMMU: District Police Kathua today claimed to have arrested two Punjab based drug smugglers and recovered 92 Kilograms of Poppy straw from their possession at Rajbagh in District Kathua.

According to the reliable sources information, a team of Rajbagh Police station headed by inspector Bhupinder Singh SHO Rajbagh Police station laid vehicle Nakka checking at Jammu Pathankot National Highway a


Sunday, August 2, 2020Rahul Gandhi demands release of Mehbooba Mufti

New Delhi, Aug 2: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday demanded release of detained former Jammu and Kashmir chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, saying that it is high time that she is released.

"India’s democracy is damaged when GOI illegally detains political leaders. It’s high time Mehbooba Mufti is released", Mr Gandhi wrote on twitter.

The Congress leader's comments came just three days b


Sunday, August 2, 2020Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal demands CBI probe for Punjab hooch tragedy

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday demanded a CBI probe into the Punjab hooch tragedy which has claimed 86 lives so far. Kejriwal, whose Aam Aadmi Party is in the Opposition in the state, claimed that none of the cases pertaining to illicit liquor in the last few months have been solved by the local police

Jammu, Aug 2: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday demanded a CBI probe into the Punjab hooch tragedy which has claimed 86 lives so far. Kejriwal, whose Aam Aadmi Party is in the Opposition in the state, claimed that none of the cases pertaining to illicit liquor in the last few months have been solved by the local police.

"Saddened by the loss of lives in Punjab due to illicit liquo


Sunday, August 2, 2020UPA govt barricaded by Oldtimers by saying it “transformative” in opposition to Rahul Gandhi loyalists

With a Rahul Gandhi loyalist clenching UPA responsible for the weakening of the party, Congress functionaries on Saturday came out in plea of the 2004-2014 government calling it “transformative” and one that had been wrecked by a conspiracy and malicious campaign by political rivals

Jammu, Aug 2: With a Rahul Gandhi loyalist clenching UPA responsible for the weakening of the party, Congress functionaries on Saturday came out in plea of the 2004-2014 government calling it “transformative” and one that had been wrecked by a conspiracy and malicious campaign by political rivals.

The backlash came after a controversy erupted on Thursday when, in a meeting of Rajya Sabha membe


Sunday, August 2, 2020We are going ahead with women's IPL on time: BCCI President Ganguly

New Delhi, Aug 2: BCCI president Sourav Ganguly on Sunday said the Women's IPL or the Challenger series, as it is better known, is "very much on", ending speculation about the parent body not having a plan for Harmanpreet Kaur and her team.

The men's IPL will be held between September 19 and November 8 or 10 (final date yet to be locked in) in the UAE due to the surge in COVID-19 cases in Indi


Sunday, August 2, 2020Punjab hooch tragedy: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal demands CBI probe

New Delhi, Aug 2: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday demanded a CBI probe into the Punjab hooch tragedy which has claimed 86 lives so far.

Kejriwal, whose Aam Aadmi Party is in the Opposition in the state, claimed that none of the cases pertaining to illicit liquor in the last few months have been solved by the local police.

"Saddened by the loss of lives in Punjab due to illici


Sunday, August 2, 2020Nath to host 'Hanuman Chalisa' recital on Ayodhya event eve

Bhopal, Aug 2: Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Kamal Nath will host a recital of 'Hanuman Chalisa' at his residence here on Tuesday, a day before the ground-breaking ceremony for Ram temple construction in Ayodhya.

All COVID-19 protocols will be strictly followed during the event, Congress spokesman Bhupendra Gupta said on Sunday.

"'Hanuman Chalisa' recital has been organised at Nathjis resid


Sunday, August 2, 2020NEP to help armed forces identify youth from rural areas for soldiering: Gen Bipin Rawat

New Delhi: Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat has said that New Education Policy (NEP) 2020 will transform the process of learning in the country and will help armed forces to identify youth from rural areas for soldiering.

He said, the multi-entry and exit schemes at the college level will be a welcome change for our youth.

The Chief of Defence Staff said, teaching faculties will have


Sunday, August 2, 2020Only 3 ventilators, 6 ICU bed for every two lakh people across J&K

Healthcare scarcity weakens UT in COVID fight

Jammu: As the deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir are surging at rapid pace, the healthcare institutions -both governmentand private- are facing a herculean task to tackle the fatal diseases owing to limited infrastructure.

A recent finding by an international agency has placed J&K at poor 33rd spot in terms of availability of Ventilators, Intensive


Sunday, August 2, 2020Extension of Mehbooba Mufti's detention abuse of law: Chidambaram

New Delhi: Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram said the extension of PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti's detention under the Public Safety Act (PSA) is an "abuse of law" and "assault" on the constitutional rights of every citizen of the country.

Wondering how a 61-year-old former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister is a threat to public safety, he sought her immediate release from detention.

"The ext


Sunday, August 2, 2020NEP will make India 'global hub' of education: PM

New Delhi: Describing the New Education Policy as an expression of people's aspirations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that it will help change the mindset of people and make the younger generation self-reliant and the country, a 'global hub' of education.

'This education policy emphasises on creating job creators, rather than job seekers. This, in a way, is an attempt to bring reform in o


Sunday, August 2, 2020India-China 5th round of Corps Commander-level talks today

New Delhi, Aug 2: Amid the rising tensions between India and China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh, armies of India and China are scheduled to hold the fifth round of Corps Commander-level talks at Moldo on the Chinese side on Sunday.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 1100 hours, sources in the Indian Army said here on Sunday.

The agenda of the meeting would be t


Sunday, August 2, 2020Yogi announces free bus travel for women on Raksha Bandhan

Lucknow: For the festival of Raksha Bandhan, Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) has announced free travel for women in its buses of all categories.

The free bus travel for women, announced by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday is applicable from midnight of August 2 to midnight of August 3.

According to an official release, in view of the festival, Rakhi vendors


Sunday, August 2, 2020Punjab hooch tragedy: death toll rises to 86

New Delhi: The death toll in the Punjab spurious liquor tragedy rose to 86 on Saturday, officials said.

Punjab Police on Saturday arrested 17 more people in a massive crackdown spanning more than 100 raids. The total number of arrests in the case has gone up to 25.

The tragedy has been unfolding since Wednesday evening in the three Punjab districts.

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinde


Saturday, August 1, 2020Thousands protest in Berlin against coronavirus restrictions

Berlin: Thousands of protesters against German coronavirus restrictions converged Saturday in Berlin for a demonstration proclaiming “the end of the pandemic” has arrived just as authorities voice increasing concern about an upturn in new infections.
A crowd of people whistling and cheering, and with few masks in sight, marched through downtown Berlin from the Brandenburg Gate ahead of a rally o


Saturday, August 1, 2020Biden eyes major foreign policy shifts if he wins

Washington: Should former Vice President Joe Biden win the White House in November, America will likely be in for a foreign policy about-face as Biden reverses, dismantles or severely curtails many of President Donald Trump's most significant and boldest actions.
From the Middle East to Asia, Latin America to Africa and, particularly, Europe, and on issues including trade, terrorism, arms contro


Saturday, August 1, 2020Trump considers 'banning' TikTok app in US

Report says Microsoft in talks to acquire the Chinese-owned video app

Washington: Technology giant Microsoft is in advance talks to acquire TikTok's US operations, according to a media report Friday, even as President Donald Trump said his administration is considering to ban the popular Chinese-owned video app.
"We're looking at TikTok. We may be banning TikTok," Trump told reporters at the White House. India has banned as many as 106 Chinese apps, including TikT


Saturday, August 1, 2020YouTuber sits and stares at camera for 2 hours, gets 1.8 million views; netizens count how many times he blinks

Netizens wondered what was he thinking while shooting the clip

Chandigarh: A YouTuber posted a video of himself doing nothing, but stare into the camera for over two hours. The clip titled '2 JAM nggak ngapa-ngapain' translated into English as '2 hours of doing nothing' was posted by Indonesian YouTuber Muhammad Didit.
Didit revealed that he was inspired to record the video after several users requested him to post content that educated youth.


Saturday, August 1, 20203 young hackers charged with compromising 130 top Twitter users

San Francisco: The US Department of Justice has charged three young individuals (including one juvenile) with hacking Twitter last month that compromised the accounts of 130 high-profile celebrities, politicians and businesses like Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Apple and Uber.
The 19-year-old Mason Sheppard (aka "Chaewon") of the UK was charged in a criminal complai


Saturday, August 1, 2020At 2.15 pc, India’s COVID-19 fatality rate lowest since first lockdown: Health Ministry

In the global platform, India continues to register and maintain the lowest COVID-19 mortality rate, the Ministry said

New Delhi: The country’s total number of recoveries from COVID-19 has surged close to 11 lakh while the case fatality rate has declined from 3.33 per cent in mid-June to 2.15 per cent, the lowest since lockdown was clamped in March, the Union Health Ministry said on Saturday.
In the global platform, India continues to register and maintain the lowest COVID-19 mortality rate, it said and asserted


Saturday, August 1, 202011 dead after massive crane collapses at Visakhapatnam shipyard

Hyderabad: Eleven people were killed when a massive crane on a rail track collapsed during a trial run at the Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) in Sindia area of Visakhapatnam on Saturday afternoon.
Four employees of HSL were among those who died on the sport. Other casualties included labourers, according to DCP Suresh Babu. The incident took place between 11.30 am and 12 noon when the workers


Saturday, August 1, 2020New Education Policy emphasises on making ‘job creators’ instead of ‘job seekers’: PM Modi

The role of the youth is very important in achieving the goal of ‘ease of living’ to give a better life to the poor, said the PM

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the New Education Policy announced by the government emphasised on making ‘job creators’ instead of ‘job seekers’ and asserted that attempts were being made to transform intent and content of education in the country.
Addressing the finale of the Smart India Hackathon, he said the New Education Policy 2020, announced earlier this week, emp


Saturday, August 1, 2020SC stays bail granted to ex-Fortis Healthcare promoter Shivinder Singh in money laundering case

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has stayed the bail granted to former Fortis Healthcare promoter Shivinder Mohan Singh in a money laundering case related to alleged misappropriation of funds at Religare Finvest Ltd (RFL).
A Bench comprising justices Arun Mishra, BR Gavani and Krishna Murari on Friday passed the direction on a plea moved by the Enforcement Directorate against a Delhi High Court judg


Saturday, August 1, 2020Tilak made India’s freedom struggle Indian: Amit Shah

To mark the centenary death anniversary of Bal Gangadhar Tilak, The Home Minister inaugurated an international webinar

New Delhi: Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak made India’s freedom struggle Indian by advocating the fact that progress in any form could never be achieved without having an appreciation for past glories, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Saturday.
Inaugurating an international webinar, “Lokmanya Tilak: Swaraj to Atmanirbhar Bharat”, to mark the centenary death anniversary of the great freedom fig


Saturday, August 1, 2020Kuwait bans flights to 31 'high risk' countries including India due to coronavirus

Pakistan, Egypt, the Philippines, Lebanon and Sri Lanka also on banned list

Dubai: Kuwait has banned until further notice commercial flights to 31 countries it said that it regarded as high risk due to the spread of the coronavirus, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation said on Saturday.
The countries include India, Pakistan, Egypt, the Philippines, Lebanon and Sri Lanka, which all have large numbers of expatriates in Kuwait. The list also includes China, Iran, Braz


Saturday, August 1, 2020Rajya Sabha member Amar Singh passes away at 64

Jammu, Aug 1: Rajya Sabha member Amar Singh passes away at 64 in Singapore. A recent news report said he was in ICU and his family was by his side. Earlier, Singh had suffered kidney failure in 2013.
Earlier today, he had tweeted a tribute to freedom fighter and educationist Bal Gangadhar Tilak on his death anniversary and also wished Eid Al Adha to all his followers.
According to the latest de


Saturday, August 1, 2020If high command forgives rebels, I will welcome them back: Gehlot

Jammu, Aug 1: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Saturday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to get the alleged attempt to topple his government stopped and said he is open to welcoming back the Congress rebels led by Sachin Pilot.
Answering queries from reporters, Gehlot said if the Congress high command forgives the dissidents, he will embrace them.
Since the power tussle between him an


Saturday, August 1, 2020Amazon announces 'Bandish Bandits' concert

Jammu, Aug 1: Streamer Amazon Prime Video has announced a digital concert ahead of the release of its new original series "Bandish Bandits".

The musical event, which will stream live on August 5 on Amazon's official Facebook and YouTube pages, will be headlined by composer trio Shankar Ehsaan Loy.

It will feature acts by popular names from the Indian music industry such as Armaan Malik,


Saturday, August 1, 2020Decided against pulling out of 2008 Australia tour to set example: Anil Kumble

Jammu, Aug 1: Former captain Anil Kumble says pulling out of the 2007-08 Australia Tour following the controversial Sydney Test could have been an "acceptable" option but his side continued the series to set an example by winning the remaining matches under trying circumstances.
The Sydney Test in January 2008 was marred by the infamous Monkey gate scandal where off-spinner Harbhajan Singh was


Saturday, August 1, 2020Pakistani spy drone spotted in Jammu and Kashmir's Hiranagar sector

Jammu: The patrolling party of BSF's 19th battalion which was doing its routine patrolling in the area along the border spotted a Pakistani drone flying along the Line of Control near Hiranagar sector in Jammu and Kashmir.

According to the reports, the BSF personnel noticed the drone at around 10:30 pm on Friday (July 31) near a border post after which a search operation was launched in the a


Saturday, August 1, 2020Air Marshal VR Chaudhari assumes charge as WAC AOC-in-Chief

New Delhi, Aug 1: Senior Indian Air Force (IAF) officer Air Marshal VR Chaudhari took over as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Western Air Command (WAC) on Saturday.

The Air Marshal took over command from Air Marshal B Suresh, who superannuated on Friday after serving into IAF for 40 years.

Air Marshal VR Chaudhari was commissioned into Fighter Stream of the IAF on December 29, 1982 as a


Saturday, August 1, 2020Don't question Mumbai cops ability to handle Sushant case: CM

Jammu, Aug 1: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has said that he deplored attempts to question the coherence of the Mumbai Police in handling the probe into the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput.
He said the state police were capable of probing the case, an assertion which comes in the backdrop of growing blaring for a CBI probe in the actor's death here in June.


Saturday, August 1, 2020Sushant Singh Rajput's sister appeals to PM to look into actor's death case

Mumbai: Actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s sister Shweta Singh Kirti on Saturday made an appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding justice for her brother who died last month.

Shweta posted a brief note on her social media handles, requesting the PM to look into the death case of her brother and ensure that there is no tampering with the evidences.

“We are from a very simple family. My bro


Saturday, August 1, 2020Air India commences fifth phase of VBM ops

New Delhi: National carrier Air India on Saturday commenced the fifth phase of the 'Vande Bharat Mission'.

Accordingly, the airline is expected to operate close to 700 flights between India and at least 53 countries during this phase, airline sources said.

In the fourth phase till July 30, the airline had operated 617 flights to bring back around 110,383 passengers.

According to source


Saturday, August 1, 2020Prashant Bhushan, Arun Shourie, N Ram file plea in Supreme Court challenging contempt law

New Delhi: On Saturday, a plea was filed in the Supreme Court summoning the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971, on which the pleaders argue is “unconstitutional and against the basic structure of the Constitution”. The petitioners in the case are former Union Minister Arun Shourie, senior journalist N Ram, and advocate Prashant Bhushan.

The petitioners claimed that parts of the Act, formulated in 19


Saturday, August 1, 2020Ram temple not political issue, but matter of pride: Minister

Nagpur, Aug 1: Shiv Sena leader and Maharashtra minister Eknath Shinde on Saturday said that the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya was not a political issue, but a matter of pride and faith for lakhs of devotees.

Shinde, who is scheduled to visit Gadchiroli district, of which he is the guardian minister, was talking to reporters at the Nagpur airport.

When asked about a Vishva Hindu Par


Saturday, August 1, 2020Two brothers killed in accident

Kaushambi (UP), Aug 1: Two brothers died on Saturday after their car hit a stationary truck outside a hotel on the National Highway-2, police said here.

The deceased have been identified as Vishal (38) and Vijay (30), Kokhraj Police Station SHO Balram Singh said.

The duo died on the spot, he said.

The family members of the victims have been informed about the incident, police added.


Saturday, August 1, 2020Trump says he’ll ban TikTok from operating in US

Washington, Aug 1: US President Donald Trump has said that will ban the popular Chinese-owned video app TikTok from operating in the country through an executive order as early as Saturday, according to media reports.

Speaking to reporters on board the Air Force One on Friday, the President said: "As far as TikTok is concerned, we're banning them from the US."

Trump said he could use emerge


Saturday, August 1, 2020Punjab CM extends Bakrid greetings

Chandigarh, Aug 1: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday extended Bakrid or Eid al-Adha greetings to the Muslims.

"Greetings to all on the auspicious occasion of Eid ul-Adha. May the Almighty bless you and your loved ones," he said in a tweet.


Saturday, August 1, 2020Amit Shah addresses ICCR’s International webinar on ‘Lokmanya Tilak: Swaraj to Atmanirbhar Bharat’

Union Home Minister Amit Shah hailed the New Education Policy as path-breaking and said that inclusion of Sanskrit and other regional languages in the education system will further strengthen the connection of Indian students with National Culture and teachings.

Mr. Shah was speaking at the International webinar on 'Lokmanya Tilak: Swaraj to Atmanirbhar Bharat', on the occasion of Tilak Centen


Saturday, August 1, 2020Felt Harbhajan was wronged: Kumble opens up on Monkeygate incident

New Delhi, Aug 1: Former India captain Anil Kumble has recalled the infamous Monkeygate incident of 2008 that threatened to sour the relationship between two of the biggest powerhouses in world cricket.

During India’s tour of Australia, the Sydney Test had made headlines for all the wrong reasons. While it was known for the umpiring errors during the match, the biggest story to come out of it


Saturday, August 1, 2020Monsoon: July ends with 10-pc deficiency, rainfall likely to be normal in second half of season

New Delhi: July ended with a 10-per cent rainfall deficiency but monsoon is likely to be normal in the second half of the four-month rainfall season, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

IMD director general Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said the month of July ended with a 10-per cent rainfall deficiency, mostly due to low rains in parts of north and central India.

The IMD had predicted t


Saturday, August 1, 2020Covid-19 recovery rate improves to 64.52 pct in country

The Health and Family Welfare Ministry today said, a total of 10 lakh 94 thousand 374 people have recovered in the country so far and 36 thousand 569 recoveries have been reported in the past 24 hours. With this, the recovery rate reached 64.52 per cent. The mortality rate due to coronavirus has further declined to 2.15 per cent in the country.

The Health Ministry said, highest number of 57 th


Saturday, August 1, 2020PM remembers Tilak on his 100th death anniversary

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has paid tributes to Lokmanya Bal GangadharTilak on his 100th Punya Tithi.

In a tweet, the Prime Minister said, "India bows to Lokmanya Tilak on his 100th Punya Tithi. His intellect, courage, sense of justice and idea of Swaraj continue to inspire."

Popularly called Lokamanya, Bal Gangadhar Tilak was born on July 23, 1856 in Ratnagiri in Maharashtra and passed


Saturday, August 1, 2020Kapil Dev: Imran Khan looked like an ordinary bowler

Jammu, Aug 1: Legendary India all-rounder Kapil Dev has revealed that he initially thought iconic Pakistan captain Imran Khan “looked like an ordinary bowler”.

However, Kapil perceived that Imran began to develop and improve his skills. In fact, the 61-year-old was so impressed by Imran’s enthusiasm and determination to get prudent that he said the Pakistan all-rounder “was the most hardworkin


Saturday, August 1, 2020Muslims worldwide celebrate Eid al-Adha

Dubai, Aug 1: Muslims worldwide marked the start of the Eid al-Adha holiday amid a global pandemic that has impacted nearly every aspect of this year's pilgrimage and celebrations.

The last days of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia coincide with the four-day Eid al-Adha, or Feast of Sacrifice, in which Muslims slaughter livestock and distribute the meat to the poor.

The pandemi


Saturday, August 1, 2020Sushant Singh Rajput's death case: SC to hear Rhea Chakraborty's plea on Aug 5

New Delhi, Aug 1: The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear on August 5 a plea filed by actress Rhea Chakraborty who has sought transfer of an FIR, lodged against her in connection with the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, from Patna to Mumbai.

As per the cause list uploaded on the apex court's website, the transfer petition filed by Chakraborty will come up for hearing before a bench of Just


Saturday, August 1, 2020Prez, V-P greet people on Idu’l Zuha

New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu greeted fellow citizens on the eve of Idu’l Zuha.

Extending his greetings, the President in a message, said Idu’l Zuha symbolises the spirit of sacrifice and amity "which inspires us to work for the well-being of one and all".

Reminding the people to follow all the rules and guidelines prescribed in view of the Covid-1


Saturday, August 1, 2020SC says no registration of BS-IV vehicles till it decides on the matter

New Delhi: The Supreme Court ordered that no BS-IV vehicles will be registered with the authorities concerned till it decides on the matter connected with the sale of vehicles during the nationwide lockdown.

During a brief hearing on Friday, a bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra said that no BS-IV vehicle will be registered by the authorities till the court decides on the matter. The bench has