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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.

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."

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...

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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..."

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

Intelligence issues alert over Sikhs For Justice’s call for ‘Punjab Bandh’

The pro-Khalistan group, which was declared an "unlawful association" by the Ministry of Home Affairs in July last year, in a recent message called for a "Punjab Bandh" on August 31 to commemorate the 25th death anniversary of Dilawar Singh -- the assassin of former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh.

Interpol Red Corner Notice against Nirav Modi’s wife

The notice, which acts as an international arrest warrant, will begin the process for extradition.

Karnataka Congress chief Shivakumar tests Covid positive

"Shivakumar has been admitted in a private hospital in the city's northwest suburb after he tested Covid positive earlier in the day," a party official told media here.

Tablighi Jamaat case: SC seeks reply from Bihar government on consolidation...

A bench comprising Justices A. M. Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari and Sanjiv Khanna asked the counsel for the Bihar government to file a response on this aspect and posted the matter for further hearing on August 30. Senior advocate Menaka Guruswamy, representing the petitioners, contended before the bench that the trial against a few foreigners was ongoing in Patna and urged the top court to consolidate it in Delhi on humanitarian grounds.

Pulwama terror attack: NIA names JeM chief Masood Azhar in chargesheet

These are apart from the current six arrested accused.

Online classes for Telangana schoolchildren from September 1

The School Education Department issued an order to permit online classes on various digital/TV/T-SAT platforms as part of e-learning and distance education programmes.

HC seeks Centre, RBI response over plea against Google Pay

A division bench of Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan issued notice to the Centre and all other respondents and slated the matter for further hearing on September 24.

For first time in 700 years, no ‘tazia’ processions in Delhi

"Even during the Partition in 1947, there was no ban on 'tazia' processions in the dargah, but this time due to the corona pandemic, Delhi and the Central government have not allowed processions to be held in a mass religious programme."

Rahul did not say letter was written at BJP’s behest, neither...

In a series of tweets, Azad, who is also the Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, said, "A section of media is wrongly attributing that in the CWC I told Rahul Gandhi to prove that the letter written by us is in collusion with BJP -- let me make it very clear that Rahul Gandhi has neither in CWC or outside said that this letter was written at the behest of BJP."

SC reserves order on recovery of AGR dues from insolvent telcos

A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra is likely to pronounce the judgment on three counts: Staggered payment schedule, where the Centre said it is fine with the 20-year arrangement to recover AGR dues; Can spectrum be transferred or sold by companies under IBC; and, additional liabilities, if any, on Jio, Airtel for the past dues of RCom, Videocon, and Aircel.

SC declines plea to set up NEET exam centres abroad

A bench comprising Justices L Nageswara Rao, Hemant Gupta, and S Ravindra Bhat asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to discuss with ministries concerned whether students who wish to visit India to sit in the NEET exam could be accommodated on the Vande Bharat Mission flights.

Bhushan says tweets represented bona fide belief, refuses to apologise

Bhushan in a supplementary statement filed in the apex court in the suo moto contempt case said: "My tweets represented bona fide belief that I continue to hold. Public expression of these beliefs was I believe, in line with my higher obligations as a citizen and a loyal officer of this court. Therefore, an apology for expression of these beliefs, conditional or unconditional, would be insincere."

Driving licenses, vehicle documents to stay valid till December 31

The ministry had earlier extended the validity of the documents till September 30.

Mamata Banerjee opposes Centre’s decision over NEET, JEE

The West Bengal CM said if the exams are conducted as scheduled, it would put students' lives at risk from the Covid-19 pandemic.

If talks fail with China, then military options on table, says...

"The military option to deal with the transgressions by the Chinese is still on but will be considered only if the talks at the diplomatic and military level fail," said General Bipin Rawat.

NHRC notice to UP government over alleged starvation death

The NHRC has asked the Chief Secretary to respond within four weeks on the incident and also the relief and rehabilitation measures taken for the family.

Interfaith marriage in UP runs into controversy

The local Bajrang Dal unit has been unwilling to accept the fact that Shalini is an adult and free to make her choices. Bajrang Dal workers, on Sunday night, created a ruckus outside the Kidwai Nagar and even got into an altercation with the police.

Delhi HC extends interim orders till October 31

The directions were passed by a three-judge bench of the High Court presided by Chief Justice D. N. Patel and Justices Siddharth Mridul and Talwant Singh. The orders were passed keeping in view the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

India records 61K new corona cases, tally crosses 31 lakh

Recoveries have crossed the 23-lakh mark and surged to 23,38,035 with 57,469 more people recuperating in the past 24 hours, taking the recovery rate to 74.90 per cent. The actual caseload of the country is the active cases, which currently stands at 7,10,771.

Delhi Congress passes resolution demanding Rahul Gandhi as party chief

Delhi Congress in an emergency meeting of the state unit under the leadership of its president Chaudhary Anil Kumar passed a resolution demanding that Rahul Gandhi should be appointed as the president of the Congress without any further delay, to provide dynamic and youthful leadership to the party in these trying times.

In a global first, IIT-Bombay awards degrees to ‘student avatars’

"We thought it best to arrange such a virtual reality convocation so as not to put their health at risk, but simultaneously, not deprive them of the sense of achievement and pride of passing out of India's premier engineering institution," said an IIT-Bombay official.

Film, TV production activities to resume with SOP, says I&B Minister

"The new SOP will be like a 'Sanjeevani' for the media production industry. Social distancing and masks will be an integral part of this SOP. The general principle behind the Standard Operating Procedure would help create a safe working environment for both the cast and the crew," Javadekar said.

Over 69K more corona cases in India, tally crosses 3 million...

Of the total 30,44,941 cases, the active cases are 7,07,668. As many as 22,80,566 patients have been cured and discharged so far. India took over 200 days to hit the three million-mark since the first coronavirus case was reported in the country on January 30.

500 jail inmates quarantined in Mathura

The infected persons include the deputy jailor.

Bombay HC: Tablighi followers chosen to be made scapegoats

"It can be said that due to the action taken, fear was created in the minds of those Muslims. There is a smell of malice to take action against these foreigners and other Muslims for their alleged activities," the court said in a ruling on Friday.

India records nearly 70K cases again

In the last 24 hours, 945 people lost their lives due to Covid-19 infection taking the toll to 55,794, the ministry said.

Railways cancels tender for manufacturing 44 Vande Bharat Express rakes

The Ministry of Railways in a statement said: "Tender for manufacturing of 44 sets of semi high-speed train set (Vande Bharat) has been cancelled."

NHRC report on Jamia violence gives clean chit to no one,...

A division bench of the high court presided by Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan said, "The NHRC report does not give a clean chit to anyone. It has stated that the entire police action was not handled very professionally."

ECI issues guidelines for polls, makes masks and sanitisers mandatory

These include the use of masks, sanitisers, thermal scanners and adherence to social distancing norms during the election process.

Haryana orders closure of shops, offices on weekends

State Health Minister Anil Vij, who also holds the Home portfolio announced the partial lockdown across the state.

All nine trapped in fire at Telangana power station killed

All the efforts by rescue workers to save the trapped employees at Telangana State Generation Corporation (TS Genco) plant at Srisailam canal's left bank in Nagarkurnool district were futile.

Now, NSUI writes to Modi to postpone NEET, JEE

"With about 26 lakh students registered for the entrance exams and lakhs of final-year students, the exercise will lend much greater possibility to the spread of Covid-19," National Students Union of India (NSUI) National President Neeraj Kundan wrote in the letter to the Prime Minister.