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China has occupied Y junction in Ladakh, says Sibal

Addressing a virtual press conference, former Union Minister and senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal gave the reference of ancient Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu who gave four principles of warfare -- subdue the enemy without battle, exploit opponent's weaknesses, camouflage offence as defence and all warfare is based on deception.

HK bans annual pro-democracy rally for 1st time in 17 years

The protest rally has been taking place every year since the handover of Hong Kong in 1997, reports Efe news.

Israeli warplanes strike Hamas facilities in Gaza

Hours after two rockets were fired into southern Israel, IDF aircraft conducted an airstrike late Friday against a rocket manufacturing workshop and a weapons manufacturing facility, Xinhua news agency quoted the IDF as saying in a statement.

Sushant’s family to start foundation in his name to support young talent

The family also announced its decision to turn the late actor's childhood home in Patna's Rajiv Nagar area into a memorial for his fans.

DMK MLA Arasu tests positive for coronavirus

The DMK President M.K. Stalin in a tweet on Saturday wished Arasu a quick recovery so that he can carry on with his public work.

ED questions Ahmed Patel in Sterling Biotech case

According to ED officials, a team of senior financial probe agency officials reached the residence of Patel in the national capital to record his statement under the Prevention of the Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002.

One dies in ammonia gas leak at Andhra industrial plant

The incident occurred at SPY Agro Industries Limited in Nandyal town.

NASA to pay you Rs 26 lakh for designing a space toilet for Moon

NASA is preparing for a return to the Moon and innumerable activities to equip, shelter, and otherwise support future astronauts are underway.

2.5mn kids in Yemen facing hunger amid pandemic, says Unicef

In a statement on Friday, the organization said that within the next six months around 30,000 Yemeni children younger than five years could suffer from severe and potentially "life-threatening" acute malnutrition, taking the number of overall malnourished children in this age category to 2.4 million, reports Efe news.

US House approves bill granting Washington D.C. statehood

The bill was passed on Friday on a highly partisan vote of 232-180, reports Xinhua news agency.

NRAI releases 32 names for Olympics core training group

"In consultation with the chief coaches, a training core group has been formed for preparations for Tokyo Olympic Games 2020. The Games are scheduled to be held in July 2021," said the NRAI in its statement.

Co-operative banks come under RBI as President clears ordinance

The government had issued an ordinance to operationalise new provisions of the Act quickly in the interest of millions of depositors who use the cooperative channel to undertake banking transactions including making a deposit of their hard-earned money.

Florida closes bars amid surge in COVID-19 cases

The Florida Department of Health on Friday reported 8,942 new COVID-19 cases, shattering the previous record of 5,511 set just two days ago, reports Xinhua news agency.

PM has surrendered and is refusing to fight Covid, says Rahul

"Covid-19 is spreading rapidly into new parts of the country. Government of India has no plan to defeat it. Prime Minister is silent. He has surrendered and is refusing to fight the pandemic," Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet attaching a news report highlighting that the government has become less visible.

India adds 18,522 new Covid cases, crosses 5-lakh

The half a million cases stands at exactly 5,08,953, the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry data showed. There were slightly lesser fatalities than in the past few days, as 384 new deaths were reported in the last 24 hours taking the toll to 15,685.

NHRC sends notice to UP government, DGP over scribe’s killing

"Reportedly, the victim Shubham Tripathy was working as a correspondent with a Hindi daily. He had been reporting about illegal sand mining in the district and had received a threat to his life from the sand mafia. His opponents had also lodged a complaint against him with the District Magistrate," the human rights body said in a statement.

Paris Orly Airport reopens after 3-month shutdown

The first flight took off from the airport, 13 km south of Paris, at 6.25 a.m. Friday, Xinhua news agency quoted France 24 as saying.

Microsoft announces to permanently shut all its 83 retail stores

Microsoft will continue to invest in its digital storefronts on Microsoft.com, and stores in Xbox and Windows, reaching more than 1.2 billion people every month in 190 markets.

WHO to raise $31.3 billion against Covid-19

The money would go to the Access to Covid-19 Tools Accelerator, or ACT-Accelerator, a global collaboration initiated in April to accelerate development, production, and equitable access to Covid-19 tests, treatments, and vaccines. Xinhua reported.

Global COVID-19 cases top 9.7 million

As of Saturday morning, the total number of cases stood at 9,776,963, while the fatalities increased to 493,609, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

Maharashtra Congress attacks Centre on India-China border issue

The party also launched a statewide agitation against the BJP-led central government and paid homage to the 20 soldiers martyred in the June 15 border skirmish with the PLA troops and demanded answers from the Centre on the issue.

Kerala records another high of 150 new Covid-19 cases

This is the eighth successive day when the number of cases on a single day crossed 100.

Amartya Sen, Chomsky applaud Kerala’s Covid-19 battle

Both of them were speaking online while taking part in the debate series, ‘Kerala Dialogue' organised by the Kerala government.

Assam to clamp lockdown in Guwahati, night curfew in entire state

Briefing the media about the government decision, Sarma said that all government and non-government offices, markets, shops, business establishments, commercial and industrial units would be shut and no public or private transport would be allowed to operate in Guwahati for 14 days starting Monday midnight.

Delhi Health Minister tests negative for Covid, to be discharged

The 55-year-old had tested positive on June 17 after developing breathlessness, following which he was shifted to Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality hospital. He was then shifted to Max Hospital, administered plasma therapy and kept on oxygen support in an ICU ward.

International flights to remain suspended till July 15

The restriction, however, will not be applied on all-cargo flights and other flights specially approved services by the DGCA.

Mumbai 1993 blasts convict Yusuf Memon dies in jail

The younger brother of absconding prime conspirator Tiger Memon, Yusuf Memon was convicted for the terror strikes and was serving a life sentence.

SC dismisses pre-arrest bail plea of DHFL promoters in Yes Bank case

A bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and B.R. Gavai dismissed the pleas after the counsel appearing for Wadhawans contended they are not pressing for relief.

Vini Mahajan takes over as first female Chief Secretary of Punjab

Mahajan becomes the first woman Chief Secretary of the state.

Covid-19 vaccine could come within 1 year, says WHO chief

However, making the vaccine available and distributing it to all will be a challenge and requires political will, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Thursday during a meeting with the European Parliament's Committee for Environment, Public Health and Food Safety.

Thackeray urges PM to cancel professional exams

In a letter to the PM, Thackeray said the state government has recently decided not to conduct any Final Year/Semester examinations for non-professional and professional courses for the academic year (AY) 2019-2020.

Dalit activists write to Sonia for removal of Manu’s statue in Rajasthan

"We are writing this letter because we believe that as the President of the Indian National Congress, which has the government in power in Rajasthan, you have the required power to take a step which would prove historic in strengthening the Dalit movement for equality," said the letter written by Martin Macwan, founder of Navsarjan Trust, a grassroots Dalit organisation based out of Gujarat.

Amazon Pay ‘Smart Stores’ to empower local merchants in India

The 'Smart Store' feature would empower local shops with capabilities to increase footfalls, improve customer experience and generate more sales, the company said in a statement.

US SC limits legal rights of undocumented migrants

By a 7-2 vote, the high court on Thursday granted a victory to President Donald Trump's administration in a ruling that, according to activists and experts, could allow the White House to intensify its campaign to deny asylum to undocumented migrants with little or no judicial oversight, reports Efe news.

Bollywood hails HUL’s decision to axe ‘fair’ from ‘Fair and Lovely’

While netizens welcomed the move by the company to rebrand the cream, celebrities too took to social media to laud the move.

36th ASEAN summit highlights COVID-19 response, recovery

Addressing the opening ceremony of the summit, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said he expected the summit to be an opportunity to "once again affirm the strong solidarity, political will, and determination of ASEAN member countries to overcome difficulties, to determinedly head forward", reports Xinhua news agency.

‘I’m Indira’s granddaughter, nothing can stop me from telling truth’

The UP State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (UPSCPCR) on Thursday sent a notice to Gandhi regarding her Facebook post in which she criticised the Kanpur shelter home incident where 57 girls tested positive for COVID.

Sensex up over 360 points; IT, oil, gas stock surge

The gains were in line with the rise in Asian markets.

With over 17K fresh cases, India 10K short of 5 Lakh mark

A total of 17,296 new cases took the tally up to 4,90,401 as India continued to be the fourth worst-hit among 213 countries. It is now less than 2 lakh cases away from Russia, which is in the third spot behind the US and Brazil, respectively.

Halsey announces her debut poetry book

To be published by Simon & Schuster, her first collection of poetry will be out on November 10 this year.

FIFA approves $1.5 billion COVID-19 relief fund for world football

FIFA said that each of the 211 member associations will get a one million dollars payment, part of which will be granted in July this year, while the rest in January next year.

US House passes sweeping policing bill

The bill was passed on Thursday in a vote of 236-181, with three Republicans crossing party lines to vote on the Democratic side, reports Xinhua news agency.

Australia & New Zealand to host 2023 FIFA Women’s WC

FIFA said that the joint bid submitted by Football Federation Australia and New Zealand Football received 22 of the 35 valid votes cast by the FIFA Council members in the first ballot, with the Colombian Football Association having obtained 13 votes.

Corona warriors of Hindu Rao to protest over salary delay

Tejinder Singh, president of the Paramedical technical staff welfare association, said that the corporation is forcing the employees to go on a protest when they are needed the most. "The government hails us as Corona warriors but do not treat us like one," he commented.

NASA names HQ after Mary Jackson, its first black female engineer

"Today, we proudly announce the Mary W. Jackson NASA Headquarters building," NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said on Wednesday.

Global COVID-19 cases top 9.5 million

By Friday morning, the total number of cases stood at 9,583,144, while the fatalities increased to 488,740, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

Railways cancels regular trains till August 12, special trains to continue

The development comes in the backdrop of a surge in Covid-19 cases across the country.

Fearing backlash, Xiaomi puts ‘Made in India’ logo on store branding

The action came after the association sent a letter to all the Chinese mobile brands including OPPO, Vivo and others to bring the "ground reality" to their notice.

BJP has violated every rule in statute in Manipur, says Congress

The statement issued by Congress leader Ajay Maken who was special observer appointed by the AICC in Manipur alleged that the speaker acted arbitrarily, and said in total, four MLAs who would have voted for the Congress candidate in Rajya Sabha elections, were disqualified and four who were supporting the BJP, were allowed to retain their seat in Vidhan Sabha.

Pompeo cites China’s Ladakh attack as factor in US reprioritising defence

The threats from China to India and countries in Southeast Asia and the challenges in the South China Sea are going to dictate the allocation of defence resources as the US cuts troop levels in Germany, he said on Thursday at a virtual meeting of the Brussels Forum of the German Marshall Fund.

Baghjan fire: NGT imposes Rs 25 crore fine on Oil India Ltd

The enormous volume of inflammable natural gas which was releasing from the Baghjan-5 oil well since May 27 caught fire on June 9, thus claiming the lives of two fire-fighters.

Indian artist Nalini Malani receives UK National Gallery fellowship

The new Fellowship is a pioneering, peer-to-peer collaboration with a non-London collecting institution, which this year is the Holburne Museum, Bath. The Fellowship is awarded to an artist of international standing and renown, with a major body of work that has significantly contributed to 20th and 21st-century art, the Gallery said.

Himachal regularises 6,500 PTA teachers’ services

It also approved the draft scheme for interest subvention on working capital loan for the hospitality sector to revive the tourism industry, adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Kerala records over 100 COVID positive cases entire week

"Of the new cases, 84 came from abroad, 33 were those who came from within the country, while six were local infections," said Vijayan.

CBI files charge sheet against Rana Kapoor, Wadhawans

The charge-sheet, filed before the Special CBI Judge, has named Kapoor, his daughter Roshni Kapoor -- promoter of DoIt Urban Ventures (India), DHFL's Kapil R. Wadhawan, Dheeraj R. Wadhawan, and other companies like Belief Realtors and RKW Developers.

Delhi: Centre withdraws rule on assessment of Covid patients at government centres

According to the new rule, medical teams will visit the patients at their residence to assess whether they need to be home isolated or be sent to the hospital.

Karnataka identifies 418 private hospitals for COVID treatment

"Ab-Ark empanelled private hospitals for COVID...418. SAST online bed strength, 63,900," said Health and Family Welfare Commissioner Pankaj Kumar Pandey.

Delhi HC reserves order on Sharjeel Imam’s plea seeking bail

A single-judge bench of Justice V Kameshwar Rao who heard the matter through video conferencing reserved its order after witnessing a long course of arguments from both sides. The court has also asked the prosecution and defence to file written submissions by Sunday evening.

Sanjita Chanu to get Arjuna, demands reparations from IWF

"I was informed on June 10 via an email that the IWF is dropping the charges against me. I always knew I did nothing wrong, this was their mistake. And now that my chances of qualifying for the Olympics is over, they have sent me this email saying everything is fine. I sent a mail asking them these questions and I am yet to get answers on this," she told IANS on Thursday.

NCW seeks clarification from MP MLA on sexist tweet

Taking suo-moto cognisance of the sexist remark made by Jitendra Patwari, NCW Chairperson Rekha Sharma has written to him seeking his explanation at the earliest on the objectionable tweet made by him.

SC seeks clarity on Class 12’s internal assessment and exams later option

The observation from the top court after it was informed that the CBSE has decided to cancel the remaining board exams for Class 10 and Class 12.

Sushant Singh Rajput’s last film to release digitally

"Sushant was not just the hero of my debut film as a director, but he was a dear friend who stood by me through thick and thin. We had been close right from ‘Kai Po Che' to ‘Dil Bechara'," said the film's director Mukesh Chhabra.

Behave or get ready for Bengaluru lockdown, warns Yediyurappa

"If you don't want Bengaluru to be sealed down once again better cooperate and maintain distance," warned Yediyurappa.

CBSE cancels pending examination for Classes 10 and 12

The CBSE on Tuesday had informed the top court that the decision on the schedule of the Board examination is at an advanced stage and sought time till June 25 to communicate to the court whether it will go-ahead with the remaining examinations.

Eiffel Tower reopens after three months

But the Paris monument isn't returning to normal operations just yet, said a BBC news report.

Realme launches two 4G flagship smartphones in India

Realme X3 SuperZoom with 5X periscope telephoto lens that supports up to 60X hybrid zoom will be available in two variants: 8GB+128GB for Rs 27,999 and 12GB+256GB for Rs 32,999.

First SSLC exam begins in Karnataka under Covid cloud

"As scheduled, the 3-hour exam in English began at 10.30 a.m. at all the 3,179 centres across the state, as per the guidelines. Though 8.5 lakh students registered to appear, we will know after the exam how many of them wrote or missed for what reasons," Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board Director V. Sumangala told IANS here.

ASEAN leaders urged to plan joint response against COVID-19

On Friday, Presidents and Prime Ministers of the ASEAN countries will come together for the bloc's annual summit which would be held online this year due to the travel restrictions because of the pandemic, reports Efe news.

New navigation policy on anvil, IN-SPACe to be separate vertical, says ISRO chief

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chief also said a new Navigation Policy is also being proposed. Suitable changes in Remote Sensing Data Policy, as well as SATCOM policy, are also on the anvil as a part of aligning them to an open and inclusive space sector.

‘Contrary to Modi’s statement, Ladakh status quo changed’

In a series of tweets, Chidambaram said, "Foreign Ministry and PLA (People's Liberation Army) of China once again assert their claim to the entire Galwan Valley and demand that India should vacate the valley. Extraordinary demand."

US Senate Democrats block Republican police reform bill

Wednesday's key procedural vote, 55-45, was seen as a setback in Congress' effort to pass legislation in the near future, reports Xinhua news agency.

Fire guts IT server room of BBK bank in Mumbai

According to the BMC Disaster Control, the blaze was reported at around 5.30 am from the foreign bank branch premises on the ground floor of the 14-floor building.

Diesel price rises for 19th day, remains higher than petrol in Delhi

Diesel is now priced at Rs 80.03 per litre in the Capital, higher by 14 paise over its Wednesday price when it surpassed the pump price of petrol in Delhi for the first time ever. The fuel price remained higher than petrol by 10 paise even on Thursday.

‘Grow with Google’ trains 50 million people in Asia Pacific

Google said that it will continue to make ad credits available to small businesses in the Asia Pacific, as part of a broader, $340 million global commitment.

Clare Connor to become first female MCC President in 233 years

Clare is current England and Wales Cricket Board's managing director of women's cricket. The 43-year-old will take up the post on October 1, 2021, pending approval by the club's members, the MCC confirmed on Wednesday.

Chaotic, says Kejriwal on Centre’s Covid order

The Central Government had, last week, issued an order making it compulsory for new patients to visit care centres for clinical assessment to ascertain whether they should be kept in home isolation or be hospitalized.

IMF revises down global economy forecast

Global output is projected to decline by 4.9 per cent in 2020, 1.9 percentage points below the IMF's April forecast, followed by growth at 5.4 per cent in 2021, indicating a grimmer economic outlook as the pandemic continues to ripple across the globe, Xinhua news agency reported.

Pinjra Tod member alleges violence in Tihar, HC seeks response

Narwal's counsel advocate Adit Pujari told a single judge bench of the High Court presided by Justice C. Harishankar that as per information received by him, Jail number 6 in Tihar Jail, where his client is lodged, was under a complete lockdown following incidents of violence among some inmates on June 16.

Global COVID-19 cases top 9.4 million

By Thursday morning, the total number of cases stood at 9,405,800, while the fatalities increased to 482,128, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

India records worst spike of 17K Covid cases

A total of 16,922 new cases egged the tally to 4,73,105 so far as India continued to be the fourth worst hit country by the pandemic. According to the Health Ministry data, in the last 24 hours, 418 new deaths were reported taking the total tally of fatalities to 14,894 in the country.