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ED files money laundering case in Sushant case

The development comes amid the complaint of K.K. Singh, father of Sushant Singh Rajput, to Bihar Police against actress Rhea Chakraborty.

Andhra government relents, reinstates Ramesh Kumar as SEC

The state government issued a gazette notification in the name of Governor Biswa Bhusan Harichandan, reinstating the retired IAS officer as SEC.

SC Says Maharashtra should take steps to send back stuck migrants

A bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy and M R Shah had in a June 9 order directed all states/UTs to transport all stranded workers by trains or other modes of transportation to their native places within 15 days.

Removing hate speech ‘right thing’ to do, says Facebook COO

Her comments during an earnings call with investors on Thursday as the company discussed its second quarter results came after advertisers responded to an ad boycott call by civil rights organisations for failing to remove hate speech.

Delhi riots: HC dismisses Ishrat Jahan’s plea

"Accordingly, finding no merit in the present petition, the same is accordingly, dismissed with no order as to costs. The trial court shall not get influenced by the observations made by this Court while passing the order," said a single judge bench of the high court presided by Justice Suresh Kumar Kait.

International flights to remain suspended till August 31

"The Government has decided to extend the suspension on the Scheduled International Commercial Passenger Services to or from India upto 2359 hours IST of 31st August," an official statement said.

Centre in talks with RBI for loan restructuring

"The focus is on restructuring. The Finance Ministry is actively engaged with the RBI on this. In principle, the idea that restructuring may be required is well taken," Sitharaman said at a FICCI webinar.

Khushbu denies move to BJP, says views on NEP personal

Her view was contrary to the party's official stance on the policy.

Jammu and Kashmir government extends Mehbooba Mufti’s detention

An order issued by Principal Secretary, Home, Shaleen Kabra, said that in order to prevent her from acting in any manner prejudicial to maintenance of public order, the government directs that the period of detention of Mehbooba Mufti under the PSA be extended for a further period of three months and she may be lodged in subsidiary jail, Fairview, on Gupkar Road here.

Spurious liquor tragedy toll reaches 21, Punjab CM orders probe

Five more deaths were reported on Friday in Batala. One person was admitted to the hospital in a critical condition.

Kerala train passenger tests Covid positive, sent to hospital midway

The man works as a contract worker in Kozhikode. According to the health department officials, he was unwell for the last few days. Thereafter, he had given a swab sample for a Covid-19 test, the report of which was awaited.

JKPC chief Sajad Lone released from home detention

Lone was among the 50-odd mainstream leaders arrested at the time of abrogation of Article 370 and 35A of the Indian Constitution on August 5 last year, including three former Chief Ministers.

Major Canadian airports begin mandatory temperature checks

The government said on Thursday that temperature screening stations have been set up at Montreal's Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, Toronto's Pearson International Airport, Calgary International Airport, and Vancouver International Airport, reports Xinhua news agency.

Sergio Perez tests positive for COVID-19, to miss British GP

Perez was absent from the circuit on Thursday after self-isolating following what his team called an "inconclusive" test. But after being re-tested later in the day, it was confirmed he had registered positive for the virus.

9 die after consuming sanitizer in Andhra

While three people died on Thursday, six succumbed on Friday. The incident occurred in Kurichedu mandal headquarters in Prakasam district.

Ex-Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui passes away

Lee died on Thursday from septic shock and multiple organ failure in Taipei, after being in the hospital for nearly six months, the BBC reported.

India: Record spike of over 55K coronavirus cases

More than one million people have recovered till now, over 1.9 times the number of active cases. As many as 10,57,805 have been discharged, while 5,45,318 still remain affected.

Horse trading rates up in state after session announced, says Gehlot

Gehlot on Thursday met the MLAs camping in Fairmont Hotel and said that they will have to stay in the hotel till August 14 as the Governor has given his nod to call a special assembly session from the said date.

Pakistan lifts PUBG ban

In a statement on Thursday, the authority said that it had met with the legal representatives of the game, reports Dawn news.

Trump denies intention to delay November election

"Do I want to see a date change? No," Xinhua news agency quoted Trump as saying during a press conference at the White House on Thursday.

Karnataka Wakf board permits ‘namaz’ in mosques on Eid

"The state Minority Welfare Department has permitted namaz inside mosques after the Board's Hilal committee announced Eid celebration on August 1 across the southern state," the Board chief executive Islahuddin Gadyal said here.

Karnataka lifts Sunday lockdown; no more night curfew

"In accordance with the unlock 3.0 guidelines from the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, Sunday lockdown on August 2 has been lifted along with night curfew from August 1 between 9pm and 5am," state Chief Secretary T.M. Vijay Bhaskar said in an order.

Global COVID-19 cases top 17.2 million

As of Friday morning, the overall number of cases stood at 17,237,642, while the fatalities rose to 671,909, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

No flights from six cities to Kolkata now till August 15

Kolkata:   The suspension of domestic flight operations to Kolkata from six major cities has been extended till August 15.Accordingly, flight services to West Bengal's capital...

Postpone Presidential polls till people can safely vote, says Trump

Trump, who will be seeking re-election against Democrat rival Joe Biden, alleged increased postal voting, due to the ongoing Covid pandemic, could lead to fraud and inaccurate results.

Plasma to be provided free of cost, says Punjab CM

An official statement quoting Singh said he has directed authorities to strictly ensure Covid patients are not charged for plasma therapy and that nobody is allowed to buy or sell plasma.

NASA sends Perseverance rover on 7-month journey to Mars

"We have LIFTOFF to Mars! The @ulalaunch Atlas V takes flight with our @NASAPersevererover. The #CountdownToMars continues as Perseverance begins her 7-month journey to the Red Planet," NASA said in a tweet.

Ayodhya priest, security men test positive for corona

Besides, 16 policemen on duty at Ayodhya, where the 'bhoomi pujan' ceremony for the Ram temple is scheduled to be held on August 5, have also tested positive for Covid-19.

Islamabad HC to hear plea in Jadhav case on August 3

The federal government, under the Presidential Ordinance, has appointed a legal representative for Jadhav, who will be presenting his case before the IHC. Chief Justice Athar Minallah, who will be hearing the petition on Jadhav's case, heads the bench.

Delhi HC suspends sentence against Jaya Jaitly in defence graft case

The orders were passed by a single judge bench of the high court presided over by Justice Suresh Kumar Kait on Thursday after he admitted the appeal filed by Jaitly through senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi seeking suspension of her conviction and the sentence awarded later.

Taliban to release all Afghan government prisoners by Eid

"The other side must also complete the process of releasing the pledged 5,000 detainees in accordance with the Doha Agreement, and the list, in order to facilitate the start of intra-Afghan talks after Eid," TOLO News quoted Suhail Shaheen, a spokesman for the Taliban's Qatar office, as saying in a tweet on Wednesday.

Priyanka Gandhi vacates government bungalow at Lodhi Estate

A top source close to Priyanka said that she has vacated the house at Lodhi Estate.

UK extends COVID-19 isolation period to 10 days

The change comes as Ministers were trying to avoid a resurgence of the virus, reports the BBC.

Sushant’s father files caveat in Supreme Court on Rhea plea on transfer of probe

"Let nothing be done in the above mentioned matter without prior notice to the undersigned," said the caveat by advocate Nitin Saluja on behalf of Sushant's father. The apex court also declined to entertain a plea seeking a CBI investigation into the death of Sushant.

Priyanka writes to Uttar Pradesh CM, demands release of Kafeel Khan

In her letter to the UP Chief Minister, she said that she wanted to raise the issue of Kafeel Khan who has spent around 450 days in jail. Khan has selflessly served the people in tough times.

Bypolls for 2 Rajya Sabha seats in UP, Kerala on August 24

The seats were left vacant due to the deaths of Beni Prasad Verma from Uttar Pradesh and M.P. Veerendra Kumar from Kerala on March 27 and May 28, respectively. Verma's term was upto April 7, 2022, while Kumar's tenure was upto April 2, 2022.

Former Samata Party chief Jaya Jaitley, 2 others get 4-year jail term in defence...

Two other convicts and Jaitley's former party colleague Gopal Pacherwal and Major General (Rtd) S.P. Murgai have also been awarded a similar jail term by the court.

Bihar floods worsen, 38 lakh people affected in 12 districts

Meanwhile, the government is claiming relief and rescue work is on.

Collapse of telecom, aviation sectors to cost thousands of jobs, says Chidambaram

"Millions have lost their jobs or livelihood in the last 12 months. The collapse of two major industries - telecom and aviation - will cost many more thousands of direct and indirect jobs," Chidambaram said in a statement.

Nepal opens Mount Everest after nearly 5 months

All spring season expeditions that usually last from March to May were suspended in the wake of the pandemic, reports Xinhua news agency.

Tamil Nadu extends Covid-19 lockdown till August 31

In a statement issued here, Palaniswami said based on the discussions held with District Collectors on Wednesday, with the medical experts on Thursday and with senior ministers the Covid-19 lockdown which was supposed to come to an end on July 31 has been extended till August 31 across the state.

EU signs deal on Remdesivir supply for COVID-19 treatment

The Commission said in a statement on Wednesday that batches of Veklury will be made available to the EU member states and the UK from early August, reports Xinhua news agency.

Masks will be mandatory on US House floor, says Pelosi

"Members and staff will be required to wear masks at all times in the hall of the House except that members may remove their masks temporarily when recognized," The Hill news website quoted Pelosi as saying on Wednesday from the House floor.

East Bengal appoint Francisco Jose Bruto Da Costa as new coach

"East Bengal is delighted to confirm the signing of new coach Francisco Jose Bruto Da Costa," the club said in a late night announcement on Wednesday on their official Twitter handle.

Amazon CEO cannot promise workers do not see third party seller data

His response came during an antitrust hearing by a US Congress panel on Wednesday amid criticism that the workers of the online retail giant look into data of independent sellers on its platform to curate its own competing products.

Over 52K Covid cases for the first time in 24 hours in India

Till date, a total of 34,968 people have lost their lives to the virus that originated from China's Wuhan and gripped the entire world.

CBI takes over probe into Kerala musician’s death

The Kerala government sought a CBI probe in December last year after the request came from his father.

Bengal Congress chief Somen Mitra passes away

Mitra was hospitalised here with increased creatinine level, fever and respiratory troubles. He was undergoing dialysis.

Serie A: Cagliari stun Juventus, AC Milan crash Sampdoria

The Bianconeri claimed their ninth consecutive victory on Sunday, so Maurizio Sarri made several changes to the starting line-up on Wednesday evening.

TikTok CEO slams Zuckerberg, says Facebook a ‘copycat’

Reels, a video-music remix feature, has been extended in its test phase to India which was until now the biggest market for TikTok, which has now been banned along with other Chinese apps.

Netflix sets new record with 160 Emmy nominations

This is the second time that Netflix has bested HBO. In 2018, the streamer ended HBO's 17-year Emmy nomination domination by landing 112 nods to HBO's 108.

Global COVID-19 cases near 17 million

As of Thursday morning, the overall number of cases stood at 16,957,763, while the fatalities rose to 665,486, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

Maharashtra extends lockdown till August 31 with gradual easing

The development came hours after the Central government released guidelines for 'Unlock 3.0'.

4.3 kg gold, 601 kg silver, 8K books in Jayalalithaa’s house

A devoted reader, Jayalalithaa also had 8,376 books as part of her movable properties.

Sonia calls meeting of Congress RS members on Thursday

It will be the first meeting of the party's new Rajya Sabha members, who took oath on July 22. The number of the Congress members in the Upper House has come down.

Community Shield to be held at Wembley on August 29

While kick off time is yet to be announced, British media reports state that the match could allow a restricted number of supporters in the stadium.

Thiruvananthapuram continues to be capital of Covid spread

State Health Minister K.K. Shailaja said that 903 new COVID cases were reported in the state on Wednesday.

New Education Policy gets Cabinet’s nod, HRD Ministry renamed

Addressing a press conference, Higher Education Secretary Amit Khare said that following the new education policy and reforms, the country will achieve a 50 per cent gross enrolment ratio by 2035.

Sunni Board sets up trust for building mosque in Ayodhya

According to a statement by the board, the trust will have 15 members, including chief trustee Zufar Faruqi, Adnan Farukh Shah, Athar Hussain, Faez Aftab, Mohd Junaid Siddiqui, Sheikh Sauduzzaman, Mohd Rashid, Imran Ahmad and the chief executive officer of the board.

Uber, Bajaj to install safety partitions in one lakh autos

Safety kits with face masks, hand sanitizers and vehicle disinfectants will also be distributed to 1 lakh auto-rickshaw drivers across 20 cities including New Delhi, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Mysore, Madurai, among others.

Modi government destroyed public banks, financial institutions, says Congress

Pointing out that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had met with CEO and other top executives of India's banking sector during the day, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said: "We hope they had the gumption to tell the PM how his government has destroyed the banking sector and financial institutions."

Kerala’s Technopark gets top CRISIL rating for second time

This rating comes at a time when Technopark, the first technology park of the country, here, enters its third decade, where at present it houses over 450 companies in the IT and IT-enabled sector, with a total of 62,000 employees.

Maharashtra crosses 2 million Covid tests-mark

As per the official data, the state has conducted 20,21,437 tests -- 10,21,063 in government laboratories and 10,00,374 in private labs. Of these, only 407,877 (20.18 per cent) turned positive.

Sony launches ‘A7S III’ full-frame mirrorless camera

It is currently available for pre-orders in North America and will be on sale starting September 24. As of now, there is no information on international availability.

5 Rafale jets land safely at IAF airbase in Ambala

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said in a tweet, "The Birds have landed safely in Ambala."

Court defers hearing against Zardari, others till August 7

Last week, the accountability court had deferred Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur's indictment in the mega money laundering case.

Gas leak: NGT asks Kolkata firm to pay compensation to deceased’s kin

Sumantika Banerjee, a first-year postgraduate student at Kolkata's Presidency College, died due to asphyxiation on January 4, 2015. Her roommate fell ill and was rushed to the hospital.

Tamil Nadu Governor in self-isolation as Raj Bhavan staff test positive

In a statement issued here, Raj Bhavan said three out of 38 persons who were tested for coronavirus infection turned positive. The three persons have been shifted to hospital for treatment.

Air India goes for hiring as employees protest LWP policy

Air India Express has put out an advertisement to hire in the finance and medical services department. The general principle is that if a company is laying off people and sending them on long leave without pay, then it does not hire fresh personnel.

Rajasthan Governor again returns proposal for Assembly session

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot called the rejection a 'love letter', even as the former extended an olive branch to the rebel Congress MLAs.

Moderna’s Covid vax shows great result in monkeys

Two doses of an experimental vaccine known as mRNA-1273 induced robust immune responses and rapidly controlled the Covid-19 in the upper and lower airways of Monkeys exposed to SARS-CoV-2, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) reported.

Microsoft executive displays Surface Duo on Twitter

In her tweet, the upcoming foldable smartphone can be seen on the table with a recipe open on it.

Delhi CM orders delinking of hotels as Covid facilities

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday took the decision after reviewing the current situation. According to the government, the situation in Delhi is currently improving and all hotel beds are lying vacant so it has decided to release these hotels from COVID care.

Pilot camp MLA moves HC demanding NIA probe

Sharma on Tuesday moved the court demanding the transfer of the investigation to the NIA from the SOG of the Rajasthan Police, the current agency investigating the case.

Canada authorises remdesivir to treat patients of severe Covid-19

Remdesivir is the first drug that Canada has authorised for the treatment of Covid-19, according to a press release on Tuesday from Health Canada, Xinhua reported.

With 48K fresh cases India’s Covid tally above 15 Lakh

India still the third worst-hit nation by the pandemic now has 15,31,669 cases and 34,193 people have lost their lives to the virus while 9,88,029 have recovered.

Italy extends coronavirus state of emergency to October 15

The current state of emergency is set to expire on Friday.

Indian-origin author Avni Doshi’s ‘Burnt Sugar’ in 2020 Booker Prize longlist

The longlist was drawn up on Tuesday by a panel of five judges that apart from Busby, included editor, literary critic and former publisher author Lee Child; author and critic Sameer Rahim; writer and broadcaster Lemn Sissay; and classicist and translator Emily Wilson.

Global COVID-19 cases top 16.6 million

As of Wednesday morning, the total number of cases stood at 16,667,130, while the fatalities rose to 659,045, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

Covid-19 not necessarily changing with seasons, says WHO expert

"People are still thinking about seasons. What we all need to get our heads around is this is a new virus and... this one is behaving differently," said Dr Margaret Harris, a WHO communications officer, at a virtual briefing in Geneva, Xinhua reported.