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Will abide by what SC rules on Sushant probe, says Maharashtra government

In a significant statement, Deshmukh told media persons that the state will follow the ruling of the apex court vis-a-vis the probe into the case, but opposes a CBI investigation on grounds of jurisdiction.

No relief for flood-hit, say Bihar villagers

People are living with their families in makeshift polythene-covered dwellings but now hunger is stalking them.

National cycling camp to begin from August 14 in New Delhi

A team of 11 athletes, four coaches and 16 support staff have already reported to the camp and are undergoing mandatory quarantine, said SAI.

Gloom deepens at Kerala landslide site, 24 bodies dug out so far

On Saturday, the body of her son Dinesh was among the five retrieved from under the debris. As the men, who were toiling to dig out the victims, were taking Dinesh's body to a waiting vehicle, Manjula wept inconsolably.

Zomato announces up to 10 days menstrual leave in a year

According to the company, women employees can take one period leave for each menstrual cycle.

Kerala activist Rehana Fathima surrenders in obscenity case

Fathima, who has a 14-year-old boy and an 8-year-old girl, had uploaded a video clip titled 'Body Art and Politics' on YouTube, showing her two children painting on her semi-naked body.

Yuzvendra Chahal announces engagement to Dhanashree Verma

"We said "Yes" along with our families #rokaceremony," said Chahal in his caption to a picture of the couple from the ceremony on his social media handles.

Union MoS Choudhary tests corona positive

Choudhary had complained of coronavirus symptoms on Friday night, after which he got himself tested. The test report confirmed his positive status.

ASEAN can overcome COVID-19 pandemic, says Duterte

"We are confident that the ASEAN way of partnership and mutual aid will help us overcome the COVID-19 pandemic and move forward with our community-building endeavours," Duterte said in a brief statement on the bloc's 53rd founding anniversary.

Youth Congress to launch ‘rozgar do’ campaign from August 9

According to the IYC, the 'rozgar do' campaign will be launched by IYC chief Srinivas B.V. and its main objective is to raise the voice of the youth against unemployment.

Netflix launches Hindi-language user interface

The complete Netflix experience in Hindi, from the sign up to search rows, collections and payment, is available across all devices on mobile, TV and web.

Black box of Air India Express flight recovered

The black box records the conversation between the pilots as well as with the air traffic control tower, apart from the flight data.

India: 61,537 Covid 19 cases in past 24 hours

India remains the third worst-hit country with a total of 20,88,611 cases so far.

TikTok launches app on Amazon Fire TV

Called "More on TikTok," it is the first TV app from ByteDance-owned short video-sharing app, Business Insider reported on Thursday.

Global COVID-19 cases top 19.2 million

As of Saturday morning, the total number of cases stood at 19,295,350 and the fatalities rose to 719,805, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

DGCA, Air India, Air India Express officials reach Kozhikode

They will be probing the cause of the accident at the Kozhikode airport where an Air India Express plane skidded and fell into a valley killing 18 passengers, including the two pilots and injuring many others on Friday evening.

Pilots among 17 dead as AI Express plane overshoots runway, plunges into valley

The plane skidded off the runway as it landed on its second attempt amid heavy rain, plunged 35 feet into the valley below, and broke into two pieces.

Five die as AI Express flight skids off Kozhikode airport

Kerala DGP L.N. Behera told IANS: "As of now five people have died, including two crew members. Several critically injured persons have been rushed to the hospital."

With record 62.5K fresh Covid cases, India touches 20 lakh

It is still the third-worst hit behind Brazil, which has more than 29 lakh cases and the US with close to 50 lakh cases.

Trump signs order to block transactions with TikTok parent company

Signed on Thursday night, the executive order stated that "the spread in the US of mobile applications developed and owned by companies in the People's Republic of China continues to threaten the national security, foreign policy, and economy", reports The Hill news website.

Global COVID-19 cases cross 19 million mark

As of Friday morning, the total number of cases stood at 19,007,938 and the fatalities rose to 713,406, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

ISL: Garcia signs two-year deal with ATK Mohun Bagan FC

"I am very happy to continue playing in Kolkata and in the ISL for another two years. I am looking forward to wearing the Green and Maroon jersey and will give my best to the club," the 30-year-old said in a statement.

Twitter allows iOS users to limit replies to their tweets

The micro-blogging platform first tested this feature with a limited set of users in May.

‘Enough done’ in Palghar lynching case, CBI probe not needed, says Maharashtra

In an affidavit, Maharashtra Police's Assistant Inspector General of Police, Vinayak Deshmukh, said that considering the seriousness of the case and a large number of accused involved, and in "order to maintain the complete fairness, independence and transparency in the investigation", the case had been transferred to the specialised unit of the state CID on April 20.

Facebook, Twitter remove Trump clip over Covid misinformation

The social media platforms said the statement by the US President made during the interview to Fox News violated their rules related to Covid-19 misinformation.

Veteran communist leader Shyamal Chakraborty dies of Covid

He was suffering from respiratory problems and was put on a ventilator.

‘Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’ actor Sameer Sharma commits suicide

Sharma was found hanging on Wednesday night from the kitchen ceiling of his residence in Ahinsa Marg, Malad west. A police complaint has been lodged at Malad Police Station.

No current account for customers availing credit via cash, OD from banks

During the video address post the monetary policy committee's meeting, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das on Thursday noted that while permitting the lending institutions to provide necessary relief to the borrowers through various measures, it is also considered necessary to take appropriate measures for strengthening credit discipline.

Railways to launch first Kisan Parcel Train on Friday

Railway Ministry officials said that the train will depart from Devlali on Friday at 11 a.m. and reach Danapur at 6.45 p.m. next day covering a distance of 1,519 km in approx 32 hours.

Palghar lynching: SC asks Maharashtra police to file chargesheet for scrutiny

A bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan and R Subhash Reddy asked the Maharashtra government about the action taken against the erring police officials as months have passed after the lynching incident.

Kuwait approves Indian repatriation flights

Kuwait's Directorate-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) agreed to the flights starting from August 10 until October 24, Gulf News quoted the Al Qabas newspaper as saying in the report.

RBI maintains accommodative stance; repo rate intact at 4 per cent

Accordingly, the Monetary Policy Committee of the central bank maintained the repo rate -- or short-term lending rate for commercial banks, at 4 per cent.

Standoff with China is likely to be prolonged, says MoD

The report stated that the situation in Eastern Ladakh arising from "unilateral aggression by China continues to be sensitive and requiring close monitoring and prompt action based on the evolving situation."

Rains lash Mumbai, landslide at Malabar Hill

Overnight rains were reported from most parts of coastal Maharashtra including Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, besides regions of Western Maharashtra like Kolhapur, Satara and Sangli.

Hiroshima marks 75th atomic bomb anniversary

Speaking at the Peace Memorial Park near Ground Zero, Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui said countries should put aside their differences and come together to overcome both man-made and natural challenges, reports The Japan Times newspaper.

Document in Mallya case in SC missing, next hearing August 20

A bench comprising Justices U.U. Lalit and Ashok Bhushan adjourned the hearing to August 20.

Beirut blasts toll reaches 135, state of emergency declared

The new toll was confirmed on Wednesday by Health Ministry Hamad Hassan, Xinhua news agency reported.

With 56k new Covid cases, India’s tally mounts to 19.6 lakh

Currently, 5,95,501 cases are active and 1,328,336 people have recovered from the disease. The recovery rate has reached a new high of 67.19 per cent. In the last 24 hours, 6,64,949 samples have been tested.

Equity indices in green ahead of RBI policy announcement

Healthy buying was witnessed in IT and healthcare indices.

Ahmedabad: 8 patients die as major fire breaks out at COVID 19 hospital in...

According to information, the fire broke out in the ICU ward of 'Shrey hospital', a dedicated Covid-19 hospital in Navrangpura area in Ahmedabad at around 3 a.m. on Thursday.

Women rally against domestic violence in Turkey

In Istanbul on Wednesday, the demonstrators carrying the name tags of the women who were murdered by their male partners or relatives, denounced all kinds of violence against females, including sexual abuse, reports Xinhua news agency.

BYJU’S acquires Mumbai-based WhiteHat Jr for Rs 2,246 crore

After the acquisition, BYJU'S will make significant investments in WhiteHat Jr.'s technology platform, product innovation while expanding the teacher base to cater to the demand from the new markets, the company said in a statement.

Central government appoints Girish Chandra Murmu as new Comptroller and Auditor General of India

The decision came exactly a year after the Central government reorganised Jammu and Kashmir, bifurcating it into two Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

Global COVID-19 cases top 18.7 million

As of Thursday morning, the total number of cases stood at 18,727,530 and the fatalities rose to 706,041, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

PM laid foundation stone of Hindu Rashtra, says Asaduddin Owaisi

The Hyderabad MP termed August 5 as the day of Hindutva's victory and secularism's defeat.

Facebook launches TikTok rival Instagram Reels in US

With Reels, one can record and edit 15-second multi-clip videos with audio, effects and new creative tools.

Rajasthan HC notice to Speaker on pleas against BSP MLAs merger

A division bench of Chief Justice Inderjit Mahanti and Justice Prakash Gupta issued notice after taking up the pleas in which the BSP and the BJP MLA sought cancellation of the merger.

DMK suspends MLA Selvam, strips him of party posts

The DMK also removed Selvam from all party posts and issued a show cause notice on why he should not be removed as a basic member of the party.

SP Balasubramaniam tests Covid-19 positive

In the video, he revealed that he had a fever, a cold and chest congestion, and wanted to get tested for the disease. The reports were positive, and doctors recommended him to follow home quarantine. Instead of going back home, he admitted himself to the hospital, keeping in mind the safety of his family members.

Legacy of India’s unity is in its diversity, must be upheld, says Mamata

"Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Isaai, Aapas mein hain Bhai Bhai! Mera Bharat Mahaan, Mahaan Hamara Hindustan (Hindu, Muslim, Sikh and Isaai are our brothers. India is great. Hindustan is great)," Banerjee tweeted.

Uber starts hiring again, to recruit 140 engineers in India

The engineers will build products in areas such as rider and driver growth, delivery, the marketplace, customer service, digital payments, risk and compliance, safety, and finance technology, Uber said in a statement.

Rahul tweets ‘Bhagwan Ram is love, compassion and justice’

The Congress, which had maintained that it will abide by the Supreme Court judgement, has welcomed the event, and Rahul Gandhi said that "Ram is love, compassion and justice and he cannot appear in hatred."

No dispute after SC decision, says litigant Iqbal Ansari

Speaking to IANS exclusively, Iqbal Ansari asserted: "Now, no dispute is remaining after the Supreme Court's November 9, 2019 verdict. Whoever wants to say anything, let him speak."

Centre agrees to CBI inquiry into Sushant’s death

Mehta, appearing for the Centre, submitted before Justice Hrishikesh Roy that the notification for the Central Bureau of Investigation will be issued soon, preferably by the end of the day.

Former Maharashtra CM Shivajirao Patil Nilangekar passes away

Last month, Patil-Nilangekar tested Covid-19 positive and fully recovered from it.

Gold nears Rs 55,000 per 10 gm, silver crosses Rs 70,000 per kg

The October contract of gold on the MCX touched an all-time high of Rs 54,910 per 10 gram. It is currently trading at Rs 54,848, higher by Rs 297 or 0.54 per cent from its previous close.

HC rejects plea against ban on servicemen using social media

A division bench of the High Court presided by Justices Rajiv Sahai Endlaw and Asha Menon passed the said order dismissing the petition filed by Lieutenant Colonel P.K. Choudhary.

Sensex reclaims 38,000; banking, finance stocks surge

Healthy buying was witnessed in banking and finance stocks.

Sri Lanka goes to polls amid Covid pandemic

Voters have been asked to maintain social distancing and bring their own pens to the polls "with special booths set up for those who are quarantining " for a contest that will end months of constitutional limbo in Sri Lanka, said media reports.

Rafael Nadal withdraws from US Open amid COVID-19 concerns

"After many thoughts, I have decided not to play this year's US Open," Nadal said on Twitter on Tuesday. "The situation is very complicated worldwide, the COVID-19 cases are increasing, it looks like we still don't have control of it."

JD(S) MLA Satyanarayana passes away

"Satyanarayana, MLA from Sira constituency, Karnataka, who was under treatment at Manipal hospital, Old Airport road for a prolonged illness, passed away on Tuesday at 10.45 p.m.," added the Manipal hospital official.

Global COVID-19 cases top 18.5 million

As of Wednesday morning, the total number of cases stood at 18,540,119 and the fatalities rose to 700,647, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

With 52K new cases India’s Covid tally crosses 19 lakh mark

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

Hibi Eden MP handed over Covid wisk donated by Jaihind group to Mattancherry hospital

The function was held at W&C Hospital Mattancherry. Hibi Eden MP inaugurated the event.

Over 50 killed, 2,500 injured in Beirut blasts

The blasts took place on Tuesday evening (around 6.10 p.m. - local time), shaking buildings all over the city while also causing severe damages, Xinhua reported.

SpiceJet gets Heathrow slots, flights from September 1

In aviation parlance, a slot refers to the time period in which an aircraft is allowed to land or take-off from a particular airport.

Marc Marquez ruled out of Czech GP due to broken arm

"After a heroic return just four days after surgery in Jerez, Marc Marquez will miss the Brno race with Stefan Bradl joining the Repsol Honda Team alongside Alex Marquez," the Repsol Honda Team said in a statement on their official website.

Imran Khan unveils new map that shows Kashmir as part of Pakistan

The Imran Khan cabinet approved the new map in which the complete Jammu and Kashmir, is shown integrated with Pakistan. The illegal map shows J&K as "Indian illegally occupied J&K -- disputed territory -- final status to be decided in line with relevant UNSC resolutions." Thereby cocking a snook at the Govt of India.

Another day of over 1000 new Covid cases in Kerala

The total number of active cases in the state has reached 11,540, while 16,303 have so far recovered from the disease, said a statement issued from the office of State Health Minister K.K. Shailaja.

IS suicide bomber involved in Afghan prison attack was a Kerala doctor

Official sources told IANS that the ISIS suicide bomber has been identified as Kallukettiya Purayil Ijas, a physician and resident of Kasargod in Kerala.

Andhra HC orders status quo on state capital till August 14

Taking up for hearing petitions challenging the Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority Repeal Bill, 2020 and the Andhra Pradesh Decentralisation and Inclusive Development of All Regions Bill, 2020, the court adjourned the hearing till August 14 after the state government sought 10 days time to file a counter to the petitions.

Bank union gives strike call in Tamil Nadu on August 20

TNBEF, affiliated to All India Bank Employees' Association (AIBEA), pointed out in a statement here that the Tamil Nadu government had extended the lockdown till August 31 and no public (bus/train) transport was thus available to the staff to reach their respective bank branches.

Theatre maestro Ebrahim Alkazi passes away

Also an art connoisseur, collector and gallery owner, he founded Art Heritage Gallery in New Delhi.

3 in custody for alleged rape, brutal assault on 75-yr-old woman

According to the police, the incident took place on Sunday afternoon, when the aged woman was at her friend's house, close by her home.

Ram temple should become symbol of national unity, says Priyanka

Priyanka in her statement said, "On August 5, the programme of Bhumi Pujan is scheduled, this programme with blessings of Lord Ram and his teachings should become a symbol of national unity, brotherhood and cultural amalgamation."

Pakistan court asks government to give India second offer in Kulbhushan Jadhav case

The directions were given on Monday when a two-member bench of the IHC was hearing the case of the Indian national, who has been given a death sentence by the Pakistani military courts.

Bihar CM recommends CBI probe into Sushant Singh case

According to official sources, the government has recommended for the CBI inquiry after Sushant Singh's father K.K. Singh demanded it.

Balochistan extends ‘smart lockdown’ till August 17

A notification from the provincial government on Monday stated that the "threat of the coronavirus still exists and restrictions on social distancing and precautionary measures are required to be put in place for the safety of human lives", reports Xinhua news agency.

Priest who fixed ‘bhumi pujan’ time receives threats, given security

Sources here said that a police case was registered following threats and police deployed at the residence of the priest who lives in Shastri Nagar area in Belagavi.

Sensex up 300 points; banking, finance stocks rise

Healthy buying was witnessed in banking and finance stocks. Further, gains in the Asian markets also supported the domestic indices, analysts said.