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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.

Centre informs SC, moratorium on repayment of loans is extendable up...

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.

Daily Covid numbers dip a bit after 5 days to around...

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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."

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.

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...

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.

CBI court orders fresh probe into IAS officer’s death

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

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...

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.

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

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.

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...

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.

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...

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".

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.

After months, Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple opens for devotees

Adithya Varma told media that neither he nor any of his immediate family members recollect such an extended closure of the temple for devotees.

Mehul Choksi moves HC against Netflix series ‘Bad Boy Billionaires: India

A single-judge bench of the high court presided over by Justice Navin Chawla after hearing brief arguments posted the matter for further hearing on August 28.

Bengaluru Metro to resume services amid Covid-19

"We are waiting for the Central government's clearance to resume operations on east-west and north-south routes in compliance with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs and guidelines of the Union Health Ministry to ensure the safety of commuters," the official told IANS.

Floods displace nearly 8,800 people in Uganda

Julius Mucunguzi, the Communications Advisor to the Prime Minister of Uganda, told Xinhua by telephone on Tuesday that the rising water levels in Albert and Kyoga lakes have displaced 8,780 people and destroyed property in the districts of Amolatar, Buliisa and Nakasongola.

Delhi HC declines PIL against transfer of Rs 15 crore to...

A division bench of the high court presided by Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan refused to entertain the petition filed by Naveent Chaudhary and was about the impose costs on the same but the counsel appearing for the petitioner chose to withdraw the same.

Fire at Secretariat conspiracy to save Vijayan, says Chennithala

The Kerala government, meanwhile, directed Additional Director General of Police Manoj Abraham to conduct a probe into the fire. On Wednesday morning, the team began the probe.

Ex-President Mukherjee is in deep coma

The hospital authorities said, "Hon'ble Shri Pranab Mukherjee is being treated for a lung infection. His renal parameters are slightly deranged since yesterday."

Karnataka ready to resume interstate bus services

"From our end, we are all set to restart bus operations to these states, Telangana, Goa, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. We are also ready to restart services to Puducherry, but not Maharashtra," said Transport Minister Laxman Savadi.

India’s Covid tally crosses 32 lakh, toll nears 59.5K

The actual caseload is the active cases, which currently stands at 7,07,267. The silver lining is that the recoveries are over three times more than the active cases.

AFSPA extended for 6 months in Assam

An official of Assam Home Department said that the AFSPA has been extended in view of the recent terror attacks on security forces in the northeastern region, and recovery of illegal arms and ammunition from different areas of Assam.

Syrian president orders formation of new government

According to a presidential decree, Assad ordered Hussein Arnous, prime minister of the previous government, to form a new government, Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday.

Toll in UP bus accident rises to 4

The injured were shifted to hospital after the early morning collision between the two buses, one headed to Lucknow from Hardoi, while the other headed to Hardoi from the state capital.

AAP MP serves privilege notice against 8 UP Police officials

In a letter sent to Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu, Sanjay Singh has said that the eight senior police officials of the Uttar Pradesh Police had registered FIRs against him with a malafide intention and were trying to prevent him from discharging his political duties.

Global Covid-19 cases top 23.8 million

As of Wednesday morning, the total number of cases stood at 23,820,104 and the fatalities rose to 818,137, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

Melania urges Americans to ‘take chance on Donald again’

"He's not a traditional politician. It is something I have always admired," Melania said, seeking to frame Trump as the insurgent once again, that heady template which catapulted Trump to power in 2016.

Police arrests JNU scholar Sharjeel Imam in connection with Delhi riots

On Sunday, he was brought back to Delhi from Assam on the production warrant.

Fire in Kerala Secretariat, Opposition alleges conspiracy to destroy gold smuggling...

The fire broke out at around 4.30 p.m. at the general administration department (political) of the state Secretariat.

What is wrong in apologising, SC asks Bhushan; reserves sentence

A bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra, B.R. Gavai and Krishna Murari reserved the verdict after a detailed hearing on the matter.

Government to revamp weekly markets on lines of Hong Kong, says...

Noting that there is a need to reopen the shops and businesses that remained shut for a long period of time due to the Coronavirus-triggered crisis, Kejriwal said: "Currently, we are having a fragile situation... and there is no source of revenue or tax for the Delhi government."