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Former President Pranab Mukherjee passes away

Abhijit Mukherjee tweeted: "With a Heavy Heart, this is to inform you that my father Pranab Mukherjee has just passed away in spite of the best efforts of Doctors of RR Hospital and prayers ,duas and prarthanas from people throughout India! I thank all of You."

Banks asked to refund charges collected on UPI transactions

With an aim to promote digital transactions, the Centre in December last year announced that no charges would be applicable on both RuPay and BHIM-UPI transactions.

Rahul targets Centre over NEET-JEE exams

"JEE-NEET aspirants wanted the PM do 'Pariksha Pe Charcha' (discussions on examinations) but the Prime Minister did 'khilone pe charcha' (discussion on toys)," he said in a tweet.

Sensex surges over 500 points to cross 40,000 mark

It has, however, retreated from the day's high of 40,010.17 points.

TN extends Covid-19 lockdown till September 30 with relaxations

In a statement issued here Palaniswami said the lockdown has been extended based on the feedback given by the District Collectors, public health and medical experts.

Global Covid-19 cases top 25.1 million

As of Monday morning, the total number of cases stood at 25,133,368 and the fatalities rose to 845,073, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

Online Chess Olympiad: India, Russia declared joint winners

The decision to declare India and Russia as joint winners was taken by FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich after an appeal made by India saying three of its players were disconnected from the server.

Clashes after police stop Muharram processions in Srinagar

The photos of some of those who were injured in pellet firing went viral on social media.

Global Covid-19 cases top 24.8 million

As of Sunday morning, the total number of cases stood at 24,891,294 and the fatalities rose to 840,892, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

Rhea quizzed by CBI for 7 hrs, asked about splurging with Sushant’s credit card

Rhea, who arrived at the DRDO guesthouse around 1.30 p.m., was quizzed by CBI's Superintendent of Police Nupur Prasad and left around 8.20 p.m. with a Mumbai Police escort.

Reliance Retail buys Kishore Biyani’s Future Group businesses for Rs 24,713 crore

The above acquisition is being done as part of the scheme in which the Future Group is merging certain companies carrying on the aforesaid businesses into Future Enterprises Limited (FEL).

Influence of dictatorship on country’s democracy rising, says Sonia

While addressing the party leaders on the occasion of the foundation stone laying ceremony of the new Chhattisgarh Assembly building in Nava Raipur, the upcoming new capital of the state, through a recorded video message, Sonia Gandhi said, "For some time now, an attempt is being made to derail our country. New challenges have come up before our democracy. Today, the country stands at crossroads."

India beat Poland, enter Online Chess Olympiad final

Humpy outclassed Poland's Monika Socko in the final game to assure India of at least one of the top two positions in the Online Olympiad.

110-year-old Kerala woman beats Covid, discharged from hospital

Pathu (110) thus became the oldest Covid patient to recover in the state.

Court denies bail to Pinjra Tod activist Devangana Kalita

Devangana was arrested on June 5 and was then remanded to judicial custody after three days in connection with the case. Delhi Police have said that she played an important role in spreading the riots through a pre-planned, multi-layered and deep-rooted conspiracy.

Government sets out to decriminalise GST laws

As part of the changes being considered by the Finance Ministry, a group of officers has been constituted by the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) to hold stakeholder consultations and get inputs from the industry.

Trump says I want to see first woman President but not Harris

He made the remarks while speaking to supporters at an airport in Londonderry, New Hampshire, on Friday as he began his campaign trail a day after officially accepting his renomination for the November 3 election at the Republican National Convention.

Khel Ratna awardees to receive 25 lakh, 15 lakh for Arjuna awardees

Rijiju made this announcement on the occasion of the 115th birth anniversary of hockey legend Dhyan Chand, which is also celebrated as National Sports Day.

‘Black Panther’ star Chadwick Boseman dies of cancer at 43

The statement read: "It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman. Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016 and battled with it these last four years as it progressed to stage IV."

Canada extends ban on international travel until September 30

"Our government is extending the existing restrictions on international travel to Canada by one month -- until September 30, 2020 -- to limit the introduction and spread of Covid-19 in our communities," Xinhua news agency quoted Public Safety Minister Bill Blair as saying in a tweet on Friday.

Apple launches one-year residency programme for AI, ML experts

The AI/ML residency programme invites experts in various fields to apply their expertise to build revolutionary machine learning and AI-empowered products and experiences.

Environmental activists begin 4-day protest in UK

In a document outlining the details of the protests, the group said that the actions will be seen "across the nations, regions and communities" and "then they'll be followed by mass actions in London", reports Xinhua news agency.

India records 76K fresh Covid cases

In the last 24 hours, a total of 1,021 people lost their lives due to the pandemic taking the toll to 62,550 cases, ministry data showed.

Thousands protest in Washington against police brutality, racism

A series of speakers addressed the protesters on Friday from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, marking the 57th anniversary of American civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech in the 1963 March on Washington, reports Xinhua news agency.

KPCC chief Shivakumar appeals for NEET, JEE deferment

"I appeal to the Government of India and the state government to see that the exams are postponed and conducted in a normal situation," Shivakumar said late on Friday. He released the video message, as he is Coronavirus positive and under treatment in quarantine.

Global Covid-19 cases top 24.6 million

As of Saturday morning, the total number of cases stood at 24,646,610 and the fatalities rose to 835,730, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

Air India begins direct London flights to Kochi

The Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) welcomed the AI 1186 aircraft with a water salute.

Peru extends emergency for 90 days

"As of July of this year, an increase in Covid-19 cases has been observed in several regions, as well as in Metropolitan Lima and Callao, where the situation persists," Xinhua news agency quoted a government decree as saying on Friday.

CISF launches in-house app ‘Pension Corner’ for retired personnel

With the help of this new digital initiative, pensioners will get connected to the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) units spread across the country, and receive invitations, over SMS, on important occasions in the nearest unit.

Dinesh Kumar Khara recommended as next SBI Chairman

It has also recommended Challa Sreenivasulu Setty as the candidate on the reserve list for the post.

Congress MP Vasanthakumar dies of Covid-19

Vasanthakumar, who was also the promoter of Vasanth & Co consumer durable retail chain, was admitted in Apollo Hospital here sometime back after testing positive for coronavirus.

Banking stocks lift indices, Sensex up 350 points

The S&P BSE Banking index surged 4 per cent, while the Finance index was up 2.32 per cent.

At 29, Dutch author youngest International Booker Prize winner

The Dutch edition was a bestseller in the Netherlands, where it won the ANV Debut Prize.

No promotion without exams; states can consult UGC for postponement, says SC

A bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan, R. Subhash Reddy and M.R. Shah said: "We, thus, conclude that the State Disaster Management Authority and the State Government has no jurisdiction to take a decision that the students of final year/terminal examination should be promoted on the basis of earlier years assessment and internal assessment whereas the UGC guidelines dated July 6 directed specifically to conduct final year/terminal semester examination."

‘Lakshya’ bags Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puraskar at sports awards 2020

A not-for-profit organisation, 'Lakshya' -- which was started over a coffee meeting in Pune by a bunch of sports fanatics in 2010 to provide much-needed support for Indian athletes to win medals for the country at big international events -- has so far extended holistic support to more than 100 sports persons across eight disciplines, including Olympians such as Rahi Sarnobat, Sharath Kamal, Manika Batra and Ashwini Ponappa, during its glorious journey so far.

Congress protests demanding postponement of NEET, JEE exams

Delhi Congress unit workers led by city unit chief Chaudhary Anil Kumar assembled near Shastri Bhawan here, which houses the Education ministry and raised slogans against the Narendra Modi government.

Covid-19: Bengaluru’s Basilica goes virtual for Novena fest

"This year, all the grandeur and fervour of this festival has been snatched away by the cruel intervention of dreaded coronavirus. We have made alternative arrangements to celebrate this festival spiritually and meaningfully through digital and other social media networks," said Peter Machado, Catholic Archbishop of Bengaluru.

CBI questions Rhea for the first time in Sushant death case

Accompanied by her father, Rhea, 28, reached the DRDO-IAF guest house in the suburbs after the Supreme Court transferred the case to the CBI and it launched its probe on August 6.

SC seeks response from Centre on plea challenging NCMEI Act

The petitioner argued that the rights of minorities in these states under Articles 29-30 is being siphoned off illegally to the majority community in the State because Centre has not notified them 'minority' under the NCMEI Act.

No remote learning for at least 463 million children, says Unicef

"For at least 463 million children whose schools closed due to Covid-19, there was no such a thing as remote learning," Xinhua news agency quoted Henrietta Fore, Unicef executive director, as saying in the report issued on Thursday.

Japan PM Abe to step down due to health issues

According to a report in NHK, Japan's national broadcaster, Abe, 65, is scheduled to hold a news conference at 5 p.m. to provide further details of his decision.

Jammu and Kashmir: Lockdown in Samba district from August 28 to September 1

The restriction order was issued by District Magistrate Rohit Khajuria under section 144 of CrPC 1973.

Unprecedented single-day Covid spike of 77,266 in India

With this India's tally mounted to 33,87,500 while the toll reached 61,529 with 1,057 more fatalities, said the Health Ministry.

‘Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare’ to have OTT release in September

Set in a developing industrial area on the outskirts of New Delhi, "Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare" chronicles the quiet transgression of two women who are cousins, and who find freedom through complicated love-hate equations.

WHO Director-General says Covid-19 pandemic affecting mental health of millions

Geneva:   Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), said that the ongoing global Covid-19 pandemic has affected the mental health of...

CBI court orders fresh probe into IAS officer’s death

The court rejected the closure report filed by the Central agency in this connection.

IPL 13: Delhi Capitals sign Sams as replacement for Roy

Sams, whose impressive performances in the Big Bash League for the Sydney Thunders earlier this year have seen him earn a national call-up.

Trump accepts Republican Party’s renomination as President

His acceptance on Thursday night came during a speech from the White House South Lawn on the last day of the ongoing Republican National Convention (RNC), reports Xinhua news agency.

Disappointed, say Congress-ruled states after GST Council meet

In a virtual media briefing, Puducherry Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy, noting how financially-hard pressed all states were due to the pandemic, said: "The way the Government of India wants states to borrow is just not the right thing to do... It is unfortunate..."

Pinarayi Vijayan resumes Covid briefings, says Kerala has done well

"Compared with the figures of cases in other south Indian states, Kerala has done well in keeping down the numbers. Other indicators also show Kerala has done well. Break the chain campaign will now have to be strengthened," he said.

Punjab CM urges legislators to avoid session after 29 test positive

The protests launched by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), led by its MLAs, were endangering the lives of people, said Singh, pointing to the AAP sit-in demonstrations in various parts of the state since August 20.

SC declines to stay proceedings against Shivakumar in tax evasion case

A bench comprising Chief Justice S.A. Bobde, Justice A.S. Bopanna and Justice V. Ramasubramanian allowed the Income Tax Department to file its reply in the matter and scheduled the matter for further hearing after four weeks.

Andhra HC orders status quo on 3 capitals till September 21

While extending the status quo, a three-judge bench of the high court agreed to hear the case on a day-to-day basis from September 21.

Delhi riot-accused Tahir Hussain no longer a Municipal Councillor

The proposal to sack Hussain was brought to the House as a monthly agenda and was passed unanimously. His membership was scrapped under section 33(2) of the Delhi Municipal Act.

Christchurch mosque gunman sentenced to life without parole

The verdict, which is the first of its kind in New Zealand, came after three days of the final hearing of the case at the High Court in Christchurch, reports Xinhua news agency.

Jamia plans legal action against TV channel for offensive promo

"We have called a meeting to discuss the next course of action against the TV channel for airing mala fide content. Every student of Jamia's Residential Coaching Academy who has cleared the UPSC exam should file an FIR against the channel for its hateful content," Najma Akhtar, Vice-Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia, told IANS.

Air India bars jeans and t-shirts for employees

In a circular issued on August 25, Air India has prescribed that "Employees must at all times look well groomed, professional and should not wear casual clothes like shorts, T-shirts, polos, jeans, slippers, sandals, ripped jeans, flip flops, too tight, too flowy, short, low cut or transparent clothes".

SC denies permission for Muharram processions across country

A bench comprising Chief Justice S. A. Bobde and Justices A. S. Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian said, "Cannot grant general directions....case different from Puri (Rath Yatra) or Jain temples, as they had identified areas of access."

122 people killed in Afghan flash floods

In a statement, the Ministry of Disaster Management and Humanitarian Affairs said the floods were reported in the provinces since Tuesday night, reports Xinhua news agency.

Relief for Patanjali, SC declines to entertain plea against Madras HC order

A bench comprising Chief Justice S.A. Bobde and Justices A.S. Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian allowed the petitioner to withdraw the plea.

Secretariat fire: Kerala Governor forwards Congress’ letter to CM

Khan has sought appropriate action on the letter. It was on Tuesday night after the fire that broke out at the general administration department (GAD) at the Secretariat that Chennithala inspected the spot.

Delhi HC issues notice to Centre, Batra, Norman & Hockey India

A division bench of the high court presided by Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan, issued notice to the central government, Hockey India, Batra and Norman seeking their response over the petition and slated the matter for further hearing on

Rs10 lakh was put in 2 Pakistan bank accounts of Jaish’s Umar Farooq for...

The revelations were made in the 13,800 page charge sheet filed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in a Special NIA court in Jammu on Tuesday.

Germany extends Covid-19 travel warning for over 160 countries

The travel warning, which also applies to the UK, will remain in effect until September 14, Xinhua news agency quoted the government as saying on Wednesday.

Quota within Quota: SC for revisiting 2004 verdict on sub-classification

A five-judge bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra, and comprising Justices Indira Banerjee, Vineet Saran, M.R. Shah and Aniruddha Bose, said it is essential to reconsider the 2004 verdict in the E.V. Chinnaiah case and, this matter should be placed before Chief Justice S.A. Bobde for appropriate direction.

Pence accepts Republican VP renomination with nationalist speech

Pence, who will be ranged against Kamala Harris, the Democratic Vice Presidential candidate, painted her and party's presidential candidate Joe Biden with the brush of radicalism in his acceptance speech on Wednesday night from the historic Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland.

Jeff Bezos first person ever to be worth over $200 billion

The net worth of the world's richest person went up by $4.9 billion after Amazon stock edged up two per cent as of Wednesday afternoon, Forbes reported.

6 held for acid attack on Dalits in Jhansi

Senior Superintendent of Police Dinesh Kumar P. said: "We have arrested all the six accused. Additional police force have been deployed in the village to prevent any unwanted incident while a detailed investigation is on."

At 75K, India now has worst single day Covid spike in the world

Out of the total 33,07,749 cases, 7,25,991 are active cases; 25,23,771 people have recovered from the deadly virus while a total of 60,472 have died due to the pandemic, the data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) said.

Google not in race to buy TikTok, says Sundar Pichai

On the latest episode of podcast 'Pivot Schooled Live', the Recode's Kara Swisher and New York University Professor Scott Galloway asked Pichai whether the company is interested in acquiring TikTok.

Allahabad HC grants bail to 16 foreign Tablighi Jamaat members

Justice S. S.Shamshery passed the order on two separate bail applications.

Pakistan rejects ‘fabricated’ NIA chargesheet in Pulwama attack

"Pakistan categorically rejects the so-called 'chargesheet' by India's National Investigation Agency (NIA), which mischievously attempts to implicate Pakistan in the Pulwama attack," said a statement from Pakistan's Foreign Ministry.

States entitled to decide fees for vehicle registration number, says SC

A bench of Justices L. Nageswara Rao and S. Ravindra Bhat said: "This court, therefore, holds that the assignment of 'distinctive marks' i.e. registration numbers to motor vehicles (which includes the power to reserve and allocate them, for a specific fee) is a distinct service for which states or their authorities (such as the registering authorities, in this case) are entitled to charge a prescribed fee."

US imposes visa ban on Chinese people responsible for occupation of South China Sea

In a statement issued by the State Department on Wednesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that from August 26 it has begun "imposing visa restrictions on People's Republic of China (PRC) individuals responsible for, or complicit in, either the large-scale reclamation, construction, or militarization of disputed outposts in the South China Sea, or the PRC's use of coercion against Southeast Asian claimants to inhibit their access to offshore resources".

Jeanette Epps set to become first Black woman ISS crew member

Epps will join NASA astronauts Sunita Williams and Josh Cassada for a six-month expedition to the orbiting space laboratory, the US space agency said on Tuesday.

AAI launches Krishi-Udan Scheme for marketing of NE farm produce

AAI's Regional Executive Director (North East) Sanjeev Jindal said that it was one of his wishes that has come true after a dedicated domestic freighter started its services in the northeastern region.

Mayawati back to playing caste card in UP

She has asked these party leaders to visit the spot whenever persons from their caste or community face atrocities, social injustice, or are victims of serious and sensitive crimes and lead the fight for justice for those at the receiving end.

Prithviraj resumes work with public awareness film shoot

Prithviraj posted a mirror selfie on Instagram that shows him sporting an olive green shirt paired with khaki pants.

Lebanon to witness medicine crisis as central bank lifts subsidies on basic items

"This will lead to a sharp increase in the prices of medicines in Lebanon and the bankruptcy of the National Social Security Fund which covers more than 80 per cent of the medicine bills of over 60 per cent of the Lebanese population," Al-Amine said.

Uber kicks off ‘Auto Rentals’ in 6 Indian cities

The service allows riders to do more by the hour at an affordable price point of Rs 149 for a one-hour/10 km package, with the option of selecting from multiple hourly packages that can be booked up to a maximum of 8 hours.