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War of words between CPI-M, Congress over double murder

The four were arrested on Monday and another four accused were being questioned on Tuesday.

JEE exam begins on positive note in Telugu states

The first session of the exam for admission to engineering colleges was conducted in the morning at 79 centres - 27 in Telangana and 52 in Andhra Pradesh.

Government buses start operations, temples reopen for public in Tamil Nadu

However, wearing of masks and maintaining social distancing was mandatory.

‘Voices’ auction sets new world record for MF Husain

This superlative composition (lot 14) was created during a significant phase in the artist's career during the late 1950s, a time when he had become an artist of international repute, and amassed global exposure, with regards to his art practice and philosophy. The work is his largest creation from the 1950s.

Pranab Mukherjee cremated with military honours amid Covid-19 precautions

His son Abhijit Mukherjee performed the final rites accompanied by a 21-gun military salute. Only close family members were allowed to enter the crematorium unlike previous cremation ceremonies of such dignitaries, and those handling the mortal remains of Mukherjee wore PPE kits.

Colombo Stock Exchange to go digital from September 17

The Prime Minister's Media Division said the SEC officials met Rajapaksa on Monday to inform him about the completion of the CSE's digitalisation process, reports the Daily Mirror newspaper.

Ex-Finance Secy Rajeev Kumar assumes charge as new Election Commissioner

The Union Ministry of Law and Justice on August 21 cleared the appointment of Kumar to the post after Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa, who is known to have had a tense relationship with the Narendra Modi government, resigned from his post with effect from August 31 to join the Asian Development Bank as Vice President.

Samsung heir indicted in high-profile succession case

Prosecutors charged Lee, the vice chairman of Samsung Electronics, with unfair trading, stock manipulation, breach of trust in relation to the 2015 merger between two Samsung affiliates seen as a key step toward his succession, and alleged accounting fraud at the pharmaceutical unit of Samsung Biologics, reports Yonhap News Agency.

Karnataka Minister Jolle tests positive for coronavirus

"I have been confirmed Covid positive. I am under home quarantine for 14 days. I request all my primary and secondary contacts to undergo testing and quarantine," Jolle said on Monday night.

Govt eliminates cooking gas subsidy as Covid turns oil market favourable

As of September 1, the price of non-subsidised and subsidised 14.2 kg cooking gas is identical at Rs 594 a cylinder. What this means is that the government would no longer need to pay subsidy under the direct benefit transfer scheme (DBT) into the account of beneficiaries.

Telcos get 10 years to clear AGR dues, first instalment of 10 per cent...

A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra said the instalments should be paid by February 7 of every succeeding year.

China begins new school year with strict Covid-19 measures

In Wuhan, where the pandemic originated last December, a total of 2,842 kindergartens, primary and secondary schools reopened on Tuesday morning to welcome about 1.4 million students, reports Xinhua news agency.

Allahabad HC grants bail to Kafeel Khan

The court asked Khan to submit two sureties of Rs 60,000 each and an undertaking that he will not repeat the offence. The state government had opposed his release on the ground that he would again make provocative speeches and vitiate the atmosphere.

Brookfield completes Rs 25,215 crore tower deal with Reliance Jio

The development comes after the Department of Telecommunications in August approved the deal.

Centre informs SC, moratorium on repayment of loans is extendable up to 2 years

Appearing for the RBI and the central government, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta contended before a bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan that the Centre is in the process of identifying the distressed sectors to decide what kind of relief could be provided, as per the impact of the hit they have taken.

Venezuelan President pardons over 100 opposition leaders

Communication and Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez said the move on Monday was aimed to "promote peaceful coexistence and the resolution of controversies through constitutional, electoral and peaceful channels", reports Xinhua news agency.

PhonePe to digitise 2.5 crore small merchants acros India

In a statement, the company said that it will also onboard these kiranas on its 'PhonePe for Business' app, offering them end-to-end control of the payment process including instant payment confirmations, receipts and reconciliations. It plans to reach 5,500 talukas through its merchant acquisition team that will lead to over 10,000 jobs being created in semi urban and rural areas.

No Messi as Barcelona return to training

The Argentinian did not return along with the rest of his teammates for the start of pre-season training on Monday, after he refused to take a PCR test for COVID-19 on Sunday, reports Xinhua news agency.

Google launches Kids Space on select Android tablets

Google Kids Space will be available globally on certain Lenovo tablets first, including the new Lenovo Smart Tab M10 HD Gen 2, and will arrive on more Android tablets soon.

Daily Covid numbers dip a bit after 5 days to around 70K

India continues to be the third worst-hit country by the pandemic with a tally of 36,91,166 cases Health Ministry data showed on Tuesday. The death toll climbed to 65,288 with 819 new fatalities in the last one day.

Global Covid-19 cases top 25.4 million

As of Tuesday morning, the total number of cases stood at 25,405,556 and the fatalities rose to 849,303, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

Pranab’s 4-volume autobiography encapsulates India from 1970s to present

This is a rare first-hand account of the events that have shaped India in the past 50 years and will serve as valuable source material for academics, political scientists and the layman alike through the eyes of a man who never hesitated to call a spade a spade – and suffered the occasional pinpricks but eventually came out smiling.

No new locally-transmitted Covid-19 cases in China

Ten confirmed cases arriving from outside the mainland were reported on Monday but no suspected case or death was registered, Xinhua news agency reported.

Arrested YouTuber Heer Khan may have foreign links

According to Inspector General (IG) (Prayagraj range) K. P. Singh, "Police have interrogated the woman at length and we are currently looking into her connections, both, in the country and abroad. We found that one Waris, currently working in the UAE and two men from Hyderabad used to send her money. Two Pakistani youths have also been found to be in touch with her."

Pranab Mukherjee was a devout public servant, says Biden

Taking to Twitter on Tuesday, the former US Vice President said: "President Shri Pranab Mukherjee was a devout public servant who believed deeply in the importance of our two nations tackling global challenges together.

No country can just pretend pandemic is over, says WHO chief

Addressing a virtual press conference in Geneva on Monday, he said that if countries are serious about opening up, they must be serious about suppressing transmission and saving lives, reports Xinhua news agency.

Congress slams Modi government on GDP contraction

New Delhi:   The Congress on Monday attacked the Central Government soon after the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) plunged to (-) 23.9 per cent during...

EC recognises Jose Mani faction as Kerala Congress-Mani

Going through the claims of the rival factions led by Jose Mani and party veteran and senior legislator P.J. Joseph, the poll panel allotted the party symbol of two leaves to his faction.

Monuments other than Taj to reopen from Tuesday in Agra

The monuments that will be reopened after 163 days are Akbar's tomb Sikandra, Etmauddaula, Mehtaab Bagh, Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted capital of Mughal emperor Akbar, Mariam's tomb, Ram Bagh, Chini ka Roza.