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Pilot and his MLAs move Rajasthan HC, hearing at 3 pm

Judge Satish Chandra Sharma will appear in court for a single bench hearing via video conference.

Macron’s new government wins assembly confidence vote

The government's program received massive support -- 345 approval and 177 against -- at the lower house on Wednesday, reports Xinhua news agency.

Maharashtra first woman SEC Neela Satayanarayan falls to Covid

An IAS officer of the 1972 batch, Satyanarayan, 71, held many important posts in the state government and finally crowned her 42-years: of bureaucratic service with the post SEC.

Crowd funding, source of fund in Kerala gold smuggling case

The Customs on Thursday arrested two more people who have been identified as those behind financing the buying of gold.

Bolsonaro again tests positive for coronavirus

"We hope that in the next few days, they will give me a new test and, everything will be fine so that we can return to normal activity," Xinhua news agency quoted the President as saying in a live Facebook broadcast on Wednesday.

Rahul slams government over Guna incident

"Our fight is against this ideology and injustice," Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet attaching the video of the Dalit family being thrashed by the police.

India records highest single day spike of over 32k corona cases

According to Health Ministry data, as many as 6,12,814 patients have recovered, almost twice the number of active patients at 3,31,146. The rate of recovery has touched 63.24 per cent. India, however, remains the third worst-affected country after the US and Brazil.

Ganguly in home quarantine after brother Snehashish tests positive

Snehasish has been admitted to the Belle Vue Clinic here after his COVID report returned positive, a CAB source said.

Global COVID-19 cases top 13.5 million

As of Thursday morning, the total number of cases stood at 13,070,097, while the fatalities rose to 583,359, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

Odisha CM inaugurates Covid Plasma Bank

With this, Odisha joins a select club of states which have introduced Convalescent Plasma Therapy for the treatment of serious COVID patients.

Essential industries can operate amid Bengaluru lockdown, says Official

"Those manufacturing of essential goods and production units which require continuous process and supply chains are allowed to operate during the lockdown," said Principal Secretary, Commerce and Industries, Gaurav Gupta.

Air India allows ‘leave without pay’ for up to 5 years

Employees can opt for 'leave without pay' (LWP) from six months to five years.

Kerala records highest-ever spike in Covid cases

This is the second successive day when the state saw 600-plus new cases in a day.

Goa CM orders night curfew, weekend lockdown

The violators would be sent to jail, he warned.

Kerala Catholic priest wants to marry his rape victim

Expressing a similar wish, the victim has filed an affidavit in the court.

Can not register FIR against Patanjali claim, Delhi Police tells court

The Vasant Vihar police station SHO said this in an action-taken report filed in the court in response to a plea that sought court directions to register a case against Ramdev and others.

Pilot, Scindia should have waited, their move suicidal, says Moily

He also said that the move by Scindia and Pilot is suicidal and they will never be made chief ministers in the BJP.

Daniel Pearl murder: Sindh Home Department extends detention of accused persons

The accused in the murder of the American journalist include Omar Saeed, Fahad Naseem, Salman Saqib and Shaikh Mohammad.

Kerala HC bans protests till July 31

The bench gave this direction based on two petitions seeking action against political parties violating the COVID guidelines.

Girls fared 3.17 per cent better than boys in CBSE class...

This year, a total of 93.31 per cent of girls passed. However, the percentage of boys passing the exam stands at 90.14 per cent. In other word, girls fared 3.17 per cent better than boys. 78.95 per cent of transgender students have also passed in class 10.

Digvijaya slams Scindia for joining ‘enemies’

Speaking to reporters in Shivpuri, Digvijaya said that the BJP had ensured Scindia's defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, yet he shook hands with the same party.

Delhi in better situation as compared to June, says Kejriwal

The Chief Minister had, last month, claimed that the coronavirus cases would mount to 2.5 lakh and the city would require 33,000 beds by July 15. "We now have 1.15 lakh cases. We are in a much better situation than what the mathematical projections had shown. The situation is under control but we cannot be complacent."

Indian-origin leader elected Suriname President

A former Justice Minister, Santokhi of the Progressive Reform Party (PRP) was elected unopposed on Monday, the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) reported on Monday.

Israel closes Al-Aqsa Mosque’s eastern gate, Waqf head warns of ‘religious...

Salhab on Tuesday told the Voice of Palestine radio that the council received this week an Israeli court's verdict that orders the closure of the Bab al-Rahma gate of Al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem.

India records highest single-day spike of 29,429 cases

On Tuesday, the country had crossed the grim nine lakh mark, adding over lakh cases within three days. India had crossed the eight lakh cases on July 11.

Global COVID-19 cases top 13.2 million

As of Wednesday morning, the total number of cases stood at 13,284,292 while the fatalities rose to 577,843, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

Scotland to reopen castles, palaces as Covid-19 lockdown eases

Historic Environment Scotland (HES), Scotland's biggest operator of visitor attractions, has announced it will provide access to over 200 unstaffed and key-keeper sites across Scotland where physical distancing can be maintained, Xinhua reported.

Assam flood situation grim, 59 lives lost, 33 lakh affected

Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) officials said that over the past four weeks, 59 deaths due to flood were reported from Biswanath, Tinsukia, Lakhimpur, Bongaigaon, Kamrup, Golaghat, Sivasagar, Morigaon, Tinsukia, Dhubri, Nagaon, Nalbari, Barpeta, Dhemaji, Udalguri, Goalpara and Dibrugarh districts, while 26 others have been killed in separate landslides since May 22.

Karnataka reports record 87 Covid deaths, tally 44,077

"New COVID deaths 87," said a health official about the fatalities recorded across the state in the past 24 hours. Following the highest single day COVID deaths, the state's death toll rose to 842.

Gold scam: No grounds to suspend Sivasankar yet, says Pinarayi Vijayan

Responding to questions from the media on the issue, he said: "There are rules and procedures to be followed for it. Let us now wait for the ongoing events and we have also appointed a two-member committee headed by the Chief Secretary after reports have come that he (Sivasankar) was in touch with the controversial woman (Swapna Suresh) on phone. At the moment, there are no grounds to suspend him."

Lockdown from July 16 to 31 in Bihar

The order issued on Tuesday by the Home Department of the Bihar government said the reason for the lockdown is the increase in Covid-19 cases.

80 Bengaluru Metro contract labourers test positive for COVID-19

"Eighty Bengaluru Metro contract labourers have contracted coronavirus. They were working on the Nagawara-Gottigere line," a Metro official told media.

Record 608 new corona cases in Kerala

"Things are serious... in Thiruvananthapuram district itself, there were 201 cases on Tuesday, of which 158 are local infectees. The total number of local infectees for the day in the state is 396. The state also registered one COVID death -- a 47-year-old man who had returned from Saudi Arabia," said Vijayan.

Assam’s Kaziranga park flooded, 51 animals killed, 102 rescued

They said many tigers and rhinos had strayed into the nearby villages due to flooding of their habitats.

UK pub installs electric fence to maintain social distancing

The Star Inn in Cornwall county took the drastic measure to protect people from coronavirus, the Metro newspaper report said on Monday.

Rajasthan Deputy CM Pilot, two other Ministers removed

Two other Pilot-loyalist Ministers -- Vishvendra Singh and Ramesh Meena -- were also removed from the council of ministers.

India’s Covid cases cross 9 Lakh-mark with over 28000 new cases

India crossed nine lakh mark from eight lakh within three days. India had crossed the 8 lakh Covid-19 cases on July 11.

White House urges FDA to reconsider HCQ for COVID-19 treatment

Weeks ago, the FDA revoked the EUA that allowed for HCQ used to treat certain hospitalized patients with COVID-19, after the agency determined that the drug was "unlikely to be effective in treating COVID-19 for the authorized uses in the EUA", while highlighting potential serious side effects, reports Xinhua news agency.

India’s Covid tally will cross 10 Lakh mark this week, says...

"This week the figure will cross 10,00,000 in our country," Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet attaching a news report.

India created fake Ayodhya, Ram was from Nepal, says Nepal Prime...

Leading Nepali media outlet The Himalayan Times reported on Monday that Oli, while speaking at an event organised to commemorate poet Bhanubhakta‘s birth anniversary in his official residence, said that India is manipulating cultural and historical facts by creating a fake Ayodhya in India, which in fact is a village west of Birgunj.

More people could slip into hunger as result of COVID-19, says...

He sounded the alarm in a video message on Monday during the launch of "The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2020" report, which says almost 690 million people went hungry in 2019, up by 10 million from 2018, and by nearly 60 million in five years, Xinhua news agency reported.

Global COVID-19 cases surpass 13 million mark

As of Tuesday morning, the total number of cases stood at 13,070,097, while the fatalities rose to 572,411, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

Shops to open 7 hours only during Bengaluru lockdown

"Shops, including ration shops (PDS), dealing with food, groceries, fruits and vegetables, dairy and milk booths, meat and fish, animal fodder to open only from 5 a.m. to 12 noon," said Chief Secretary T.M. Vijay Bhaskar as part of the lockdown guidelines.

Nations heading in wrong direction with Covid-19, says WHO

Director general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Monday said "too many countries [were] headed in the wrong direction", the BBC reported.

Lockdown in 2 Covid-hit Karnataka districts from Wednesday

"The 7-day lockdown will be enforced from July 15 night to July 21 night across the coastal district to check the COVID spread," state endowments minister and Dakshina Kannada district in-charge Kota Srinivas Poojary told reporters in Mangaluru. The coastal district is 350km from Bengaluru.

SC moved for CBI probe into BHEL woman officer’s suicide

A bench of Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and Sanjiv Khanna said: "Issue notice, returnable within three weeks. Liberty is granted to serve on the standing counsel for the state of Telangana." The plea was filed by the mother of the 33-year-old victim through advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava.

Punjab bans all public gatherings

These were among the revised guidelines issued in line with the announcement made by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.

Rahul again attacks Modi on India-China LAC face-off

"He's 'lying' asleep. And India is paying for it," Rahul Gandhi said in the tweet attaching a news report.

SC refuses to entertain plea on cancelling Amarnath Yatra

The petitioner has alternatively sought live 'darshan' of Lord Amarnath through internet &TV "so that crores across the country can have access".

First US federal execution since 2003 to go ahead

Daniel Lewis Lee and an accomplice were convicted of killing three members of the same family in 1996, the BBC reported.

Rs 10,000 fine for spitting ‘paan’ in Ahmedabad

The AMC has also raised the fine on spitting in public and not wearing masks from Rs 200 to Rs 500. Both the decisions have been taken so as to continue the curbing of the Covid-19 outbreak in the city.

Doctor who managed Goa’s only Covid hospital tests positive

"Dr Gomes has been admitted to a state government facility for doctors infected by coronavirus," the spokesperson said.

NYC reports zero COVID-19 deaths for first time

On Sunday, preliminary health data from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene showed that no one died from the coronavirus in New York City on Saturday, the first time zero new deaths have been reported there since March 13, reports The Hill news website.

Delhi riots: Court rejects bail plea of Tahir Hussain

Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Yadav observed, "There is enough material on record to presume that the applicant was present at the spot of crime and was exhorting the rioters of a particular community and as such, he did not use his hands and fists, but rioters as 'human weapons'."

Poland’s Andrzej Duda wins presidential run-off

The incumbent, supported by the governing Law and Justice party, won 51.21 per cent of the vote in Sunday's presidential run-off, based on 99.97 per cent of precincts reporting, reports Xinhua news agency.

Nelson Mandela’s daughter Zindzi Dies at 59

Zindzi Mandela, who was South Africa's incumbent Ambassador to Denmark, passed away at a Johannesburg hospital in the early hours of Monday morning, reports SABC, the country's public broadcaster.

Bangladesh makes negative COVID-19 report mandatory to travel abroad

An online inter-ministerial meeting took the decision on Sunday amid investigations into scandals over fake COVID-19 test reports, reports bdnews24.

Mumbai Covid-19 doubling rate is 50 days, highest in India

This was possible because of the civic body's 'open testing policy', implying tests without prescriptions, making it the only city in the country to implement it.

Travancore royal family’s rights in Padmanabhaswamy temple affairs upheld

A bench headed by U.U. Lalit said the administrative committee will manage the temple affairs while the district judge of Thiruvananthapuram will be the chairperson of the committee.

Now, IT raids on Rajasthan Congress leaders

Unaccounted cash, jewellery, property papers and lockers were seized.

Pope ‘pained’ by Hagia Sophia mosque decision

Speaking at a service in the Vatican, the Roman Catholic leader added that his "thoughts go to Istanbul", the BBC reported.

India records 28,701 Covid-19 cases, 500 deaths in 24 hours

According to the data, of the total cases, as many as 5,53,470 patients have recovered, over twice the number of active patients which stand at 3,01,609.

Sudan scraps apostasy law and alcohol ban for non-Muslims

"We [will] drop all the laws violating the human rights in Sudan," Justice Minister Nasredeen Abdulbari said, the BBC reported.

UP government orders relocation of farmers in Jewar airport project

The move is an attempt to fast-track the construction of the airport.

Sri Lanka shuts schools again after spike in COVID-19 cases

In a statement on Sunday, the Ministry said the decision to shut schools was taken following discussions with Education Minister Dullas Alahapperuma and education officials after nearly 400 patients a rehabilitation centre were infected with the virus in the past three days, reports Xinhua news agency.

South Africa bans alcohol sales again to combat Covid-19

A night-time curfew has been imposed, and the wearing of masks outdoors is now compulsory.

Government tells PTI to pay Rs 84.48 crore for ‘breaches’ in...

The notice that sought Rs 84,48,23,281 argues that "the less will be pleased to regularise the breaches in the premises temporarily up to 14.07.2020 and withdraw the right of re-entry of the premises subject to the following conditions being fulfilled by you within 30 days from the date of issue of this letter."

Global COVID-19 cases near 12.9 million

As of Monday morning, the total number of cases stood at 12,872,434, while the fatalities rose to 568,296, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

NCW seeks action against man for giving rape threat to comedian

In its letter written to Gujarat DGP Shivanand Jha, the NCW chairperson said, "NCW is committed to create safe online space for women and ensure cybersecurity for women and is perturbed by the rise in the use of the cyberspace to instigate crime against women."

Biden wins Louisiana primary

The former Vice President won with 82.2 per cent of the vote, leading Senator Bernie Sanders, who received 5.3 per cent, with 1 per cent of precincts reporting, The Hill news website quoted the New York Times as saying on Saturday.

Authorities decide to re-impose lockdown in Srinagar

"All departments have been put on high alert, no entry or exit without authorisation will be allowed from the red zones areas. No employee will be allowed to proceed on leave, all leaves sanctioned earlier have been cancelled," an official said.

Etihad to now operate India flights from July 15

On Friday, the airline had announced operations will begin from July 12.

UN chief calls for efforts to protect health, rights of women,...

"Let us act to safeguard sexual and reproductive health care, protect the health and rights of women and girls, and end gender-based violence. The (COVID-19) pandemic has made our jobs much harder, but we must prevail," Guterres said on Saturday in his message for World Population Day, which falls on July 11 annually, Xinhua news agency reported.

Assam government extends lockdown in Guwahati for another week

A government official said that Chief Secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna issued an order on Saturday night extending the lockdown in Guwahati till July 19.

Global COVID-19 cases near 12.7 million

As of Sunday morning, the total number of cases stood at 12,681,472, while the fatalities rose to 564,420, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

Bengaluru to be under complete lockdown from July 14 to 22

"A complete lockdown will be observed from 8 p.m. on July 14 to 5 a.m. on July 22 in Bengaluru Urban and Rural districts to contain the coronavirus spread," said an official of the Chief Minister's Office in a statement.

180 US academic institutions join lawsuit against student visa restrictions

On July 6, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had unveiled new guidelines for F-1 and M-1 visas given to students restricting them to only students who take in-person courses or a combination of online and in-person courses.

Over 60,000 receive counselling through teletherapy helpline

The Central government had, in collaboration with NIMHANS, launched a national helpline (080-46110007) on March 30 to provide psychosocial support counselling. It is available in several vernacular languages.

Florida’s Walt Disney World to reopen

There will be a phased re-opening of the theme parks in Orlando with a smaller visitor capacity than usual, said a BBC report.

Shiv Sena, BJP ideologies do not sync, says Pawar

"The Balasaheb Thackeray that I knew, maybe you know him better... but I never felt that his (Balasaheb's) ideology, his working style was in sync with that of the BJP," the senior leader said.