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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 the first quarter of the Financial year 2020-21 saying the...

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.

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 millions of people. "For many people, the lack of social interaction...

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.