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Latest News LIVE: Fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi, who has been lodged at a prison in London since his arrest in March last year, is set to appear via videolink for the second leg of his extradition trial at a UK court on Monday.

India's security would be maintained not only on the International Border, Line of Control or the Line of Actual Control alone but in the strategic space of the "extended neighbourhood" and the "strategic frontier", Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat said as India and China continued talks to disengage on the south bank of the Pangong Tso in Ladakh. 

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has conveyed to his Chinese counterpart Gen. Wei Fenghe that China must strictly respect the Line of Actual Control(LAC) and not make attempts to unilaterally change its status quo.

At least 21 people were confirmed dead as a result of a gas explosion in the Baitus Salah Jame mosque, located in the Narayanganj city of Bangladesh. Dozens of injured worshipers are still receiving medical treatment, the Dhaka Tribune newspaper reported. 

After JEE Main, the National Testing Agency (NTA) is now gearing up for conducting medical entrance exam NEET scheduled to be held on September 13 for which over 15 lakh candidates have registered. 

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Chandrayaan-3 launch may take place in early 2021

Content from Bollywood, other regional languages in pipeline: Cinepolis MD

Cinepolis, a Mexican multiplex chain, is the only foreign company that ventured into India’s complicated film retail business in 2009. The nearly $2-billion Cinepolis has 6,704 screens across 17 countries. Of these, 390 are in India. These brought in (again an estimated) Rs 1,400 crore in revenue placing the company alongside PVR Cinemas, Inox Leisure and Carnival, India's top multiplex chains. Javier Sotomayor, managing director, Asia and Middle East spoke to Vanita Kohli-Khandekar on how Cinepolis plans to get back on its feet in India. Read more

Moon may be rusting along poles, suggest images sent by Chandrayaan-1

Images sent by Chandrayaan-1, India's first lunar mission, suggest that the Moon may be rusting along the poles, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said on Sunday.
Chandrayaan-1 was launched in 2008.
 
“ ISRO's maiden mission to the Moon has sent images which show that the Moon may be rusting along the poles.
 
“The sign of this finding is that even though the surface of the Moon is known to have iron-rich rocks, it is not known for the presence of water and oxygen, which are the two elements needed to interact with iron to create rust,” said Singh, who is the Minister of State for the Department of Space.   

Scientists at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) say that this could be because the Earth's atmosphere is lending a helping hand which, in other words, means that the Earth's atmosphere could be protecting the Moon as well, the statement said. 

“The Chandrayaan-1 Moon data indicates that the Moon's poles are home to water, this is what the scientists are trying to decipher,” the statement added.

International flight ops from Kushinagar airport in next 2 months: Yogi

International flight operations from the Kushinagar airport will commence in the next months, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said Sunday, according to a state government statement.
 
The Union Cabinet had on June 24 approved the Kushinagar airport's status as an international facility, stating it will offer improved connectivity to the important Buddhist pilgrimage site.
 
Adityanath Sunday met Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri at Kushinagar and discussed the progress in the project. “Within the next two months, International flights will commence operations from this airport,” Yogi was quoted as saying in the government statement.
 
Once this airport begins operating international flights, it will become fourth international facility in the state. At present, two international airports -- Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport at Lucknow and Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport at Varanasi -- are operational in the state, the UP government said.
 
An international airport is under construction at Gautam Buddh Nagar.

485 candidates appear for NDA, Naval exams in Kashmir

As many as 485 candidates from different parts of the Kashmir Valley appeared in NDA and Naval examinations held here on Sunday amid the Covid-19 pandemic, an official spokesman said.
 
He said the examination was conducted by the UPSC and held at Amar Singh College and SP Higher Secondary School examination centres in Srinagar.
 
Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary visited both the centres to take stock of the arrangements made for the candidates, the spokesman said.
The examination was conducted in compliance with all UPSC guidelines and with strict adherence to Covid-19 protocol, he said.
 
The administration under the supervision of Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole had made fool-proof arrangements for the smooth and fair conduct of the examination, the spokesman said.
 
The arrangements included seating facility at good distance, fumigation and sanitisation of examination centres, deployment of magistrates at both the centres, security and other related arrangements, the spokesman said.
 

AP CM gives nod to hike taxes levied by Transport dept

In dire need of funds for his numerous freebie schemes, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy has given his nod for enhancement of various taxes by the Transport Department that could net an additional sum of Rs 400 crore to the exchequer per annum.
 
Consequently, life tax on two-wheelers and four- wheelers will go up by one to three per cent.
 
Besides, the Transport Department proposed a hike in quarterly tax on goods carriages in varied percentages and also the Green Tax on aged vehicles, highly-placed official sources revealed.
 
Transport Minister Perni Venkataramaiah (Nani) reportedly opposed the proposed hike in taxes, saying it would have a negative impact but the Chief Minister was determined on raising resources for his freebie schemes, the sources added.
 
The last hike in transport taxes was enforced exactly a decade ago when the state was united.
 
The relevant file has now been sent to the Finance Department and formal orders enforcing the tax hike will be issued next week, the sources said.
 
The Transport Department earned a revenue of Rs 3,181.78 crore in financial year 2019-20 as against the target of Rs 4,000 crore.
 
In 2018-19, it netted Rs 3,224.98 crore against a target of Rs 3,687.50 crore.
 
"We could not really achieve the targets in the last two years, basically due to drop in sale of cars in particular but it has been worse so far this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The hike this year may only make good some of the loss though it may not exactly fetch additional revenue," a top official of the Transport Department said.
 

Opposition parties planning a joint offensive against Centre in Parliament

Opposition parties are planning a joint offensive against the government to corner it in Parliament on issues of national security like the border situation with China, handling of the COVID pandemic, economy and GST compensation to states, sources said, according to a PTI report. Leaders of various opposition parties are expected to meet later this week to formulate a joint floor strategy in both the houses of Parliament, they said.
 
The Monsoon session of Parliament will commence on September 14 amid COVID-induced changes in its proceedings. Congress President Sonia Gandhi has convened a meeting of the party's strategy group on September 8, news agency PTI reported.

Opposition leaders are keen that various like-minded parties should work closely with each other to take on the government in Parliament. This was expressed by Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee, Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray and JMM's Hemant Soren at a recent meeting of non-NDA chief ministers with Congress president Sonia Gandhi on JEE/NEET and GST issues.
 

Imran Khan announces Rs 1.1 trn package to address infra issues in Karachi

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has unveiled a financial package worth Rs1.1 trillion to address the chronic municipal and infrastructure issues of Karachi, the country's financial hub, after record-breaking monsoon rains caused widespread devastation in the city and left at least 60 people dead.
 
The rainfall spell which started in July and continued into August totally exposed the poor civic infrastructure including the drainage system of the city, prompting the federal government to take notice of the protests and complaints of the Karachites.
 
Khan, who visited Karachi on Saturday, unveiled the financial package at a joint press conference with the Sindh province Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and Governor, Imran Ismail.

Avoid unnecessary travel and talk less: DMRC suggests to public amid Covid-19 pandemic

As the Delhi Metro gears up to resume its services after 169 days of suspension due to COVID-19, it warned Delhiites against expecting a pre-lockdown travel experience, urging people to avoid unnecessary travel and to talk less while travelling "to prevent the possibility of short-range aerosol transmission".
 
"Though the DMRC is making all efforts to provide passengers with a continuous and seamless travel experience, with the carrying capacity of a train being reduced to around 20%, it will be a challenge to regulate passengers who may head to a station with the expectations of a pre-lockdown travel experience. The public is advised to avoid unnecessary travel and to 'talk less' during travel in the Metro to prevent the possibility of short-range aerosol transmission," a statement from the DMRC said.
 
The highly anticipated reopening will take place in a staggered manner from Monday, beginning with the Yellow Line (Samaypur Badli to HUDA City Centre) with all safety measures (including social distancing, wearing of face mask and hand sanitisation) in place. Other lines will be opened over the next five days.

Latest News LIVE update: Rain lashes parts of Delhi

Banks may restructure loans worth more than Rs 10 trn to 5-6 key sectors

Banks may restructure loans of more than Rs 10 trillion largely attributed to 5-6 critical sectors, including aviation, commercial real estate and hospitality, that have been severely hit by the Covid-19 outbreak, according to bankers. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman last week asked banks and NBFCs to roll out one-time loan restructuring scheme for Covid-19 related stress by September 15. According to a top official of a public sector bank, it is win-win for both lenders and borrowers.
 
Explaining the rationale, the banker said, corporateswill try to save their business from turning non-performing asset (NPA) and buy crucial time for getting cash flow back for servicing the debt.
 
Secondly, banks have to make only 10 per cent provision against restructured account as compared to 15 per cent if the same account turns into NPA, the official said, adding that the lure of 5 per cent conservation of capital will also push banks for recast. READ MORE...

Madhya Pradesh farmers to get Rs 4,688 crore under PM Crop Insurance Scheme

Madhya Pradesh Agriculture Minister Kamal Patel on Sunday said 20 lakh farmers from the state will get Rs 4,688 crore under Prime Minister Crop Insurance Scheme on September 16. Talking to reporters, Patel said the amount will be transferred into farmers' accounts by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan "with a single click".
 
Patel claimed the previous Congress government in the state had not given crop insurance due for 2019 to beneficiary farmers and norm changes made at the time ensured that farmers are getting Rs 1,560 crore less by way of crop insurance.
 
He said the date for enrollment under Prime Minister Crop Insurance Scheme in flood affected districts has been increased to September 7, and banks functioned on Sundays to facilitate enrollment. He said 13,000 people were evacuated during the recent floods in the state and there was no casualty reported.

SBI plans VRS scheme covering 30,000 staff as it seeks to optimise costs

In a bid to optimise its costs, the State Bank of India (SBI) has planned a voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) under which about 30,190 employees are eligible.
 
The total employee strength of country's largest lender stood at 249,000 at the end of March 2020 as compared to 257,000 a year ago. According to sources, a draft scheme for VRS has been prepared and board approval is awaited. The proposed scheme -- 'Second Innings Tap VRS-2020' -- is aimed at optimising human resources and costs of the bank.
 
Besides, the draft scheme, seen by PTI, said it will provide an option and a respectable exit route to employees who have reached a level of saturation in their career, may not be at the peak of their performance, have some personal issue or want to pursue their professional or personal life outside the bank. READ MORE...

HDFC clears Rs 47,000 cr loans to 200,000 home buyers under subsidy scheme

Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC), the country’s largest mortgage company, has approved loans worth Rs 47,000 crore to 200,000 home buyers under Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS).
 
The subsidy amounting to over Rs 4,700 crore has been passed on to these home buyers. These homebuyers belong to the Economically Weaker Section (EWS), Low Income Group (LIG) and Middle Income Groups (MIG), HDFC said in a statement. The Corporation has partnered with the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs and the National Housing Bank to work towards the goal of ‘Affordable Housing for All’.

Renu Sud Karnad, Managing Director, HDFC said due to the Covid-19 crisis, a number of sectors including the real estate sector have been affected. The demand for housing will pick up gradually as the Economy emerges out of this difficult period and confidence in the economy is restored. READ MORE...


Air tickets booked during Mar 3-May 23 to be fully refunded: DGCA to SC

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Sunday informed the Supreme Court that all air tickets booked by passengers on domestic and international flights during the period from March 3 to May 23 would be 'fully refunded'.
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The DGCA reportedly told the country's apex court that a non-refund of tickets booked during the lockdown by the air carriers would be a violation of the Civil Aviation Requirements and provisions of the Aircraft Rules of 1937.


DPIIT starts exercise for states/UTs ease of doing business ranking for next year

The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) has started the exercise for the ranking of states and UnionTerritories in terms of ease of doing business for the next year, a top government official said. DPIIT Secretary Guruprasad Mohapatra said that the ease of doing business ranking of states and UTs for next year would be released by March 2021.
 
"We have started the exercise already. We have communicated the Business Reform Action Plan (BRAP) for next year with the states/UTs, which they have to implement," he told PTI.
 
Last year, the department had identified 181 reform points and for 2021, it has shared 301 such points with the states and UTs. The ranking is based on the implementation of BRAP and feedback received. It started in 2015. The action plan cover12 business regulatory areas suchas access to information, single window system, labour, and environment.

PNB fraud: Nirav Modi's extradition trial to resume in UK court on Monday

Fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi, who has been lodged at a prison in London since his arrest in March last year, is set to appear via videolink for the second leg of his extradition trial at a UK court on Monday.
 
The 49-year-old jeweller is fighting extradition charges related to the estimated USD 2-billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud and money laundering case brought by the Indian government, being represented at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London by the UK's Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
 
In line with the coronavirus lockdown restrictions, District Judge Samuel Goozee has directed Modi's appearance from a room in Wandsworth Prison in south-west London with social distancing norms in place for the part-remote setting for the five-day hearing scheduled to conclude on Friday. READ MORE...

 

Govt expands support to artisans for boosting agarbatti production

The government has expanded the support to artisans involved in agarbatti making as part of a programme aimed at making India self-reliant in the production incensed sticks, an official release said on Sunday.
 
The MSME Ministry had recently approved the 'Khadi Agarbatti Aatmanirbhar Mission' towards creating employment for the unemployed and migrant workers in different parts of the country, handholding artisans and supporting the local agarbatti industry, news agency PTI reported.
 
"Further to its launching the support programme on July 30, 2020, the Ministry has looked at all aspects of the industry, beyond just supply of machines for making agarbatti. This includes ensuring supply of inputs and raw materials, the demand for which has increased hugely in last one year," an official statement said.

Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot visits Rajiv Chowk station ahead of resumption of metro services

Indian Coast Guard launched operation towards fire fighting and pollution response operation

Delhi Metro resumption: CISF outlines airport-like 'touch-free' security check for commuters

The CISF has planned an airport-like "contact-free" security check for the Delhi Metro and will deploy modified hand-held and doorframe metal detectors for scanning passengers, who will be required to put metallic objects such as belts and pens in their bags.
 
The security drill changes have been outlined in the CISF's 'business continuity plan' for the Delhi Metro which resumes its services from Monday in a "staggered" manner.
 
Before Covid-19 struck, CISF personnel, who guard the metro network, spread over 230 stations, used to scan passengers from proximity and even touch them during security checks. The passengers were also allowed to keep their wallets and belts on the body.
 

Nirav Modi extradition trial to resume in UK court on Sept 7

Fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi, who has been lodged at a prison in London since his arrest in March last year, is set to appear via videolink for the second leg of his extradition trial at a UK court on Monday, according to a PTI report.
 
The 49-year-old jeweller is fighting extradition charges related to the estimated USD 2-billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud and money laundering case brought by the Indian government, being represented at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London by the UK's Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
 
In line with the coronavirus lockdown restrictions, District Judge Samuel Goozee has directed Modi's appearance from a room in Wandsworth Prison in south-west London with social distancing norms in place for the part-remote setting for the five-day hearing scheduled to conclude on Friday.

IPL 2020: BCCI releases new schedule; check match timings, venues

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has released the new schedule for 13th edition of Indian Premier League on Sunday after over 4-month break due to coronavirus hiatus. The tournament will be played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the matches will be played in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.
 
IPL 2020 will begin September 19 Sheikh Zayed stadium in Abu Dhabi. In the IPL 2020 opener defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) will clash with arch-rivals Chennai Super Kings (CSK). The live telecast of of IPL 2020 opener will begin from 7:30 pm IST (30 minutes before previous seasons).
 
The IPL 2020 final will be played on 10th November 2020. The 53-day tournament will witness 10-afternoon matches starting at 3:30 PM IST while the evening matches will start at 7:30 PM IST.

BPCL privatisation: Govt rules on worker protection, asset stripping later

The government will provide guidance on employee protection, asset stripping and business continuity in Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL) to potential acquirers of the company only at a later stage of bidding, according to privatisation rules issued by the disinvestment department. The government is selling its entire 52.98 per cent stake in India's second-largest fuel retailer and third-biggest oil refiner.
 
Preliminary expressions of interest or EoIs are due on September 30, which will be followed by qualified bidders being asked to submit financial or price bids.
 
The Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM), erstwhile known as Department of Disinvestment, has issued clarifications on queries raised by potential bidders for the government stake in BPCL. READ MORE...

Airtel launches 'unlimited' broadband plans starting at Rs 499, bundles OTT apps, STB

Telecom operator Bharti Airtel on Sunday launched 'unlimited' category broadband plans starting at Rs 499 per month which will come bundled with subscription to video entertainment apps and high definition set-top box (STB) against refundable deposit. Airtel has enhanced high speed data usage limit (fair usage policy) by up to 23 times in the revised plans to 3,500 gigabytes, according to a PTI report.
 
The move from Airtel comes within a week of its competitor Reliance Jio revising broadband plans with unlimited data usage and bundling subscription fee of video entertainment apps in them.
 
The new and revised plans will be rolled out September 7 onwards across 125 cities where the company has operations, and in new cities where it will gradually expand its footprint, Airtel said in a statement.

Latest News LIVE: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal launches anti-dengue campaign

Customs to roll out pan-India faceless assessment for all imports by Oct 31

The Customs Department will roll out pan-India faceless assessment for all imported goods by October 31, the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has said, according to a PTI report.
 
While faceless assessment for import of certain goods was already rolled out in Bengaluru and Chennai ports on June 8, it was extended to Delhi and Mumbai Customs on August 3. This will now be extended in phases to all ports across the country by December 31.
 
"Board has decided to roll out the Faceless Assessment at an all India level in all ports of import and for all imported goods by October 31, 2020," the CBIC said in a circular.

One crest gate of the Srisailam Reservoir in Kurnool opened by 10 feet today, releasing water to Nagarjuna Sagar

Bengaluru Metro cards to be used once within seven days to avoid lapse

Bengaluru Metro rail has made it compulsory for passengers to use their recharged smart cards loaded with money at least one in the initial seven days or the amount will relapse, an official said on Sunday.
 
"At least once it has to be used in seven days, otherwise the money will lapse. That is because of the technical requirement," a Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) official told IANS.
 
However, after meeting the requirement of using at least once in the first seven days, the recharged money will be saved for a period of 10 years to be used anytime.

Amul to invest Rs 1,500 crore in 2 years to set up dairy, various other plants

GCMMF, which markets dairy products under the Amul brand, will invest around Rs 1,000 crore over the next two years to set up milk processing plants, and another Rs 500 crore on facilities for new products like edible oil, its MD R S Sodhi said.
 
In an interview with PTI, Sodhi said the Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd (GCMMF) expects 12-15 per cent growth in revenue in current fiscal year from Rs 38,550 crore during the last fiscal year despite COVID-19 pandemic, as demand for branded food products has increased.
 
"We will invest around Rs 1,000 crore in the next two years on setting up dairy plants across various states," Sodhi told PTI. He said the processing capacity would increase to 420 lakh litres per day from the current 380 lakh litres per day. READ MORE...

Rajnath Singh meets Iranian counterpart, discusses regional security

HDFC disburses 'credit-linked subsidy scheme' loans to over 200,000 home buyers

HDFC Ltd. has disbursed home loans to over 200,000 home buyers under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana's (PMAY) credit linked subsidy scheme (CLSS). In a regulatory filing on Sunday, the lender said that it approved over Rs 47,000 crore of home loans under CLSS to homebuyers belonging to the economically weaker section (EWS), low income group (LIG) and middle income groups (MIG), according to an IANS report.
 
"Subsidy under PMAY amounting to over Rs 4,700 crore has been passed on to these 2,00,000 homebuyers, becoming the only financial institution in the country to achieve this feat," it said.
 
HDFC added that it has been partnering and supporting the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs and the National Housing Bank to work towards the government's goal of 'Affordable Housing for All'.

Rajnath Singh meets Iranian counterpart, discusses regional security

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said he had a "very fruitful" discussion with his Iranian counterpart Brigadier General Amir Hatami and discussed regional security situation including Afghanistan and issues of bilateral cooperation.
 
"Had a very fruitful meeting with Iranian defence minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami in Tehran. We discussed regional security issues including Afghanistan and the issues of bilateral cooperation," Rajnath Singh said in a tweet. "The meeting between the two Ministers took place in a cordial and warm atmosphere. Both the leaders emphasized upon the age-old cultural, linguistic and civilizational ties between India and Iran," the Defence Minister's office said in a tweet.
 
The Defence Ministers discussed ways to take forward bilateral cooperation and exchanged views on regional security issues, including peace and stability in Afghanistan. READ MORE...

 

Several parts of Gujarat's Banaskantha district face flood-like situation

After JEE Main, National Testing Agency gears up for medical entrance NEET

After JEE Main, the National Testing Agency (NTA) is now gearing up for conducting medical entrance exam NEET scheduled to be held on September 13 for which over 15 lakh candidates have registered. The Joint Entrance Exam (JEE Main), which began on September 1 for admission to engineering colleges, will conclude on Sunday, news agency PTI reported.
 
The crucial exams are being conducted in September after being postponed twice in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to NTA officials, 15.97 lakh candidates from across the country have registered for NEET, which is a pen-paper based test unlike JEE.
 
In order to maintain social distancing, the NTA has increased the number of centres from 2,546 to 3,843 for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) while the number of candidates per room has been reduced from earlier 24 to 12.

President, PM Modi to address governors' conference on NEP on Monday

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will speak on the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 on Monday morning. The President and the Prime Minister will be addressing the topic during the inaugural session of the Governors' Conference at 10.30 a.m. through video conference, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said in a statement on Sunday.
 
The conference titled 'Role of NEP-2020 in Transforming Higher Education' is being organised by the Ministry of Education. NEP-2020 is the first education policy of the 21st century which was announced after 34 years of the previous National Policy on Education, 1986.
 
NEP-2020 is directed towards major reforms in both school and higher education level. The new National Education Policy strives for making India into an equitable and vibrant knowledge society, said the PMO, adding the policy envisions an India-centred education system that contributes directly to transforming India into a global superpower. READ MORE...

Migrant workers from Nepal start returning to India as economy reopens

Lokendra Bahadur Dhami, who had been working in India for the past 5 years had gone back to his hometown in Nepal after the outbreak of the Covid pandemic now wants to return to India. He is among the numerous Nepali workers who have queued up at Kailali's Trinagar Customs waiting to return to India for work.
 
Lokendra used to work at a shopping Complex in New Delhi as a security guard for the last five years and had returned four months ago. Others like him too had to leave their jobs in India to return to their hometowns.
 
"Malls have opened in India. I got to join my duty. It has been four months since I reached Nepal to skip the pandemic but I have got nothing to do here. At least I have a job in India with which I am able to meet the expenses of my family. I am therefore thinking about returning to India for the work which is there for me. My employer has been for week asking me to return, so I am off to New Delhi," Lokendra said. READ MORE...

Latest News LIVE: Bangladeshi smuggler killed by BSF troops in West Bengal

A Bangladeshi smuggler has been shot dead by Border Security Force (BSF) troops along the India-Bangladesh international border in West Bengal, officials said on Sunday. The man was killed by a BSF party near the Gopalpur post of the border force in Malda district of the state on Saturday evening, they said.
 
He was trying to smuggle Phensedyl bottles. At least 75 bottles of the cough syrup have been seized from his possession, the officials said.
 
Phensedyl is a codeine-based cough syrup and abused as an intoxicant in the neighbouring country that follows liquor prohibition. It is abused by youngsters and is "consumed in large quantity against the recommended small dose to get a kick", according to a recent BSF report.

Bangladeshi smuggler killed by BSF troops along India-Bangladesh international border in West Bengal

Sushant's supporters organise car rally in the US as mark of solidarity

Supporters of Sushant Singh Rajput organised a car rally in the US, in a campaign seeking truth and justice for the late actor. Sushant's sister Shweta Singh Kirti shared a video of the rally on her social media accounts, Twitter and Instagram. "Car Rally in California, USA. We are calling it a world movement for truth and praying for truth to shine forth. #SatyagrahForSSR #Billboard4SSR," she wrote alongside the video.

Coastal Karnataka likely to receive widespread rainfall from Sept 6-10

Coastal Karnataka likely to receive widespread rainfall from 6-10 Sept. Uttara Kannada, Udupi, Dakshina Kannada likely to receive isolated heavy rainfall-yellow alert for 6-10 Sept. North interior Karnataka likely to receive fairly widespread rainfall from 6-10 Sept. Belgaum, Dharwad, Gadag likely to experience isolated heavy rainfall, yellow alert on 6 & 7 Sept. South interior Karnataka very likely to experience widespread rainfall during 6-10 Sept. Yellow alert on 6,7,8 Sept in Chamarajanagar, Mysuru, Tumkur, Davanagere & Chitradurga: IMD

Multiple people injured in series of stabbings in England

British police say that multiple people have been injured in a series of stabbings in the central England city of Birmingham. West Midlands Police said officers were called to reports of a stabbing shortly after midnight on Sunday. That was soon followed by reports of other stabbings in the area. We are aware of a number of injured people, but at the moment we are not in a position to say how many or how serious, the force said. Work is still going on to establish what has happened. Emergency services were at the scene to ensure the injured received medical care.

 

Massive blood donation drive in Rajasthan to mark Pilot's 43rd birthday

As former Rajasthan deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot turns 43 on Monday, his supporters plan to celebrate his birthday in a novel way -- organising blood donation camps across the state with an aim to set a record in collecting units of blood. Pilot has himself appealed to people to not come to Jaipur and crowd in times of the COVID-19 pandemic, asking party workers and supporters to come forward and donate blood instead. Though the drive comes as a gesture of social service to mark his birthday, it is also seen by many as political messaging conveying that Pilot still enjoys the support of party cadres and youngsters throughout the state despite not being the Rajasthan Congress chief and deputy chief minister after he rebelled against Ashok Gehlot's leadership.

Peak power demand in Delhi surges

The peak power demand of Delhi has increased by over 50 percent with resumption of normal activities due to easing of COVID-19 related lockdown restrictions, discom officials said. Peak power demand in the city has been muted this year as compared to the last year due to lockdown and weather conditions. "However,since easing of restrictions on May 18, 2020, Delhi's peak power demand has increased by over 50 percent. Ifwe compare the peak power demand since April 2020, it has already increased by over 87 percent," said the discom officials.

 

INS Sahyadri closely monitoring fire-fighting efforts on MT New Diamond

INS Sahyadri closely monitoring fire-fighting efforts on MT New Diamond, presently 70 km away from Sri Lankan coast. Additional assets including Emergency Towing Vessel Ocean Bliss now at scene. Aerial reconnaissance continuing & flames still visible with smoke emanating from superstructure. Air-Dropping of Dry Chemical Powder being undertaken.

Govt mulls installing EV charging kiosks at around 69,000 petrol pumps in country

The government is mulling setting up at least one electric vehicle (EV) charging kiosk each at nearly 69,000 petrol pumps across the country to induce people to go for electric mobility. Besides, the government is also thinking of making it compulsory to install EV charging kiosks at all Company-Owned, Company-Operated (COCO) petrol pumps of state refiners. In a review meeting on EV charging infrastructure, Power Minister R K Singh suggested oil ministry top officials that "they may issue an order for their oil marketing companies (OMCs) under their administrative control for setting up charging kiosks at all COCO petrol pumps", a source said.

 

In Pics | The international border with China saw movement over the week

Rakesh Asthana, Director General BSF, accompanied by S S Panwar, IPS, Addl DG (WC), N S Jamwal, IG BSF Jammu Frontier, visit border outposts as He also visited the spot where the tunnel was detected, in Samba sector on Saturday.
IAF fight planes were seen flying, in Shillong on Saturday.
Fighter jet of IAF seen flying in Leh on Saturday.

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Rakesh Asthana, Director General BSF, accompanied by S S Panwar, IPS, Addl DG (WC), N S Jamwal, IG BSF Jammu Frontier, visit border outposts as He also visited the spot where the tunnel was detected, in Samba sector on Saturday.
IAF fight planes were seen flying, in Shillong on Saturday.
Fighter jet of IAF seen flying in Leh on Saturday.

Sushant Singh Rajput death case: Actor Rhea Chakraborty leaves for NCB office

Actor Rhea Chakraborty on Sunday was summoned by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) for the first time in the case, two days after her brother Showik was arrested by the agency which is investigating a drugs angle into the death case of Sushant Singh Rajput. Previously Rhea and Showik have been questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Deputy Director, Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), Amit Fakkad Ghawate told reporters here "She (Rhea Chakraborty) will come to the office. There will be cross-questioning and nothing else. The outcome will be communicated to you." Rhea Chakraborty's lawyer Satish Maneshinde said that she is ready for arrest as it is a witch-hunt.

 

Rajnath meets Iranian counterpart in Moscow

Diesel prices steady across metros on Sunday

Diesel prices remained unchanged across the four metros on Sunday with the fuel being priced at Rs 73.27 per litre in the national capital. In Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata too, diesel prices were the same as on Saturday, at Rs 79.81, Rs 78.58 and Rs 76.77 a litre, respectively. On Saturday, its price fell 13 paise in all the four major cities. While diesel prices have somewhat declined in the past one week, OMCs have kept the petrol prices steady.

 

Cochin Shipyard eyes opportunities in inland water, coastal, fishing vessel segments: CMD

Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL), which has embarked on a 10-year strategy to position itself as a leading global shipyard, is eying opportunities in inland, coastal, fishing and special vessels segments besides aspiring to spin off a dedicated vertical for fishing vessels, according to its CMD Madhu S Nair. The state-owned company is constructing a yard at its 100 per cent subsidiary Hooghly Cochin Shipyard in Kolkata as a dedicated facility for construction of such vessels and has already delivered eight vessels to the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) during Covid-19.

 

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Kangana should apologise to Maharashtra, says Sanjay Raut

Refusing to apologise to actress Kangana Ranaut, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Sunday said that Kangana should apologise to Maharashtra. On being asked whether he will apologise to Kangana, MP Raut said, "If that girl (Kangana) will apologise to Maharashtra then I will think about apologising." "She has called Mumbai mini Pakistan. Does she have the courage to say the same about Ahmedabad?" asked Raut. Earlier on Thursday, the actress took to Twitter claiming, "Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena leader has given me an open threat and asked me not to come back to Mumbai. After Aazadi graffitis in Mumbai streets and now open threats, why Mumbai is feeling like Pakistan occupied Kashmir?"

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How Netflix went from a DVD-by-mail service to Hollywood conqueror

About three years ago, Reed Hastings set out to answer a question that had bedeviled Hollywood for the past decade: How did a small DVD-by-mail company build the most popular TV service in the world? Hastings, the co-founder and chief executive officer of Netflix Inc, was never fond of revisiting his past. “There’s not a nostalgic bone in his body,” says Patty McCord, a former employee and longtime friend. But after outmaneuvering media barons, tech conglomerates and startups to build a global entertainment colossus, Hastings agreed to write a book. Read More

'Saturday Night Live' to honour Chadwick Boseman with rerun of episode he hosted

TV broadcast company NBC is planning to honour the late 'Black Panther' actor Chadwick Boseman with a re-run of an episode of 'Saturday Night Live', which he hosted in April 2018. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the episode will air at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT on September 5 (local time). During the show, Boseman reprised his role as T'Challa from the superhero movie, this time appearing in a 'Black Jeopardy' sketch. In a 'Black Panther'-themed sketch, Boseman explained the 'Wakanda Forever' salute from the movie. Boseman died on August 28 at the age of 43, after a four year battle with colon cancer, survived by his wife Taylor Simone Ledward.

 

Bopanna-Shapovalov enter quarterfinals of US Open

India veteran Rohan Bopanna and his Canadian partner Denis Shapovalov stunned sixth seeds Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies in a hard-fought three-setter to advance to the quarterfinals of the US Open men's doubles event here The unseeded Indo-Canadian pair on Saturday overcame a set deficit to beat the German duo 4-6 6-4 6-3 in a second round encounter that lasted one hour and 47 minutes.

 

Sushant death case: NCB summons Rhea Chakraborty

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has issued summons to actor Rhea Chakraborty, asking her to join the investigation today, in connection with the late actor Sushant Singh Rajput death case on Sunday. Joint Director of NCB, Sameer Wankhede said, "Summons have been served to Rhea. She was at her home." "She will be coming to the NCB office on her own," Wankhede said. NCB issued summons to Rhea asking her to join the investigation today. An NCB team and police reached the residence of actor Rhea Chakraborty in Mumbai to serve the summons this morning. Earlier, the NCB arrested Dipesh Sawant, the domestic help of the late actor, actor Rhea Chakraborty's brother Showik and her associate Samuel Miranda for their role in the procurement and handling of drugs.

Two cops injured, 12 people arrested during anti-government protests in Jerusalem

Two cops were injured while 12 people were arrested as thousands took part in an anti-government demonstration in Jerusalem. "Police in Jerusalem is responding to an unauthorised protest. Protesters have broken the police cordon. Two officers have sustained injuries," Israeli Police said in a release, according to Sputnik. According to Times of Israel report, the demonstrations, which have also focused on the government's failure to handle the coronavirus crisis, have become a weekly flashpoint between protesters and police since they began to gain steam in June.

Seeking unity, North Korea's Kim vows to overcome typhoon damage

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has visited typhoon-stricken areas in the northeast, fired a top official there and promised to send 12,000 workers from Pyongyang for recovery efforts, state media reported Sunday. It's the latest in a series of high-profile visits by Kim and his deputies to areas hit by natural disasters in recent weeks. Some experts say Kim likely attempted to project an image of a leader looking after people's livelihoods as he seeks to bolster internal unity in the face of the coronavirus pandemic and U.S.-led sanctions.  The Korean Central News Agency said that Kim on Saturday visited South Hamgyong province, which was hit by Typhoon Maysak last week. It said Kim was briefed that the typhoon destroyed more than 1,000 houses and inundated public buildings and farmland in the coastal areas of South Hamgyong as well as nearby North Hamgyong province.

 

Delhi's Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah reopens for public

Delhi's Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia Dargah re-opened on Sunday with several COVID-19 precautionary measures. The shrine was closed since mid-March after the pandemic hit the country. It was sanitised ahead of its re-opening. Notably, at 5 am today, the first namaz was offered by the devotees, who were seen standing in queues while abiding by social distancing norms and wearing face masks. Bottles of sanitisers were also kept at every corner of the shrine for the people to maintain hand hygiene. Floor markings were also done for the convenience of the public in maintaining social distancing.

 

President, PM to address Governors' Conference on NEP

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the inaugural session of the Governors' Conference on the National Education Policy on Monday through video conference, the Prime Minister's Office said. The conference titled 'Role of NEP-2020 in Transforming Higher Education' is being organised by the Ministry of Education. The Governors' Conference is also being attended by education ministers of all states, vice-chancellors of state universities and other senior officials. The statement noted that the NEP-2020 is the first education policy of the twenty-first century which was announced after 34 years of the previous National Policy on Education in 1986.

 

Honey Singh opens up on fake social media followers scam

Rapper Honey Singh, known for a fiercely loyal fan base, has opened up about the fake social media followers scam, saying when he started his career many people had made many accusations against him. Honey Singh's musical rival, rapper Badshah's name recently cropped up in a sensational social media racket linked to creating fake 'followers and likes', after Mumbai Police investigated at least 20 prominent personalities including the latter.

Badshah had subsequently admitted to spending Rs 72 lakh to garner 7.2 crore views for his song "Paagal", in an attempt to create a world record. Without naming anyone, Honey Singh told IANS: "I have heard a lot of rumours about rappers who have bought fake views for their songs. I want to say that when I started my career and I was getting popular people had made many accusations."

Seven killed as van collides head-on with trailer in Rajasthan

Seven people were killed after their van collided head-on with a trailer in Bhilwara district of Rajasthan, police said on Sunday. The accident occurred near Kesarpura, which comes under the jurisdiction of Bijolia police station, on Saturday night when the victims were on their way to Bhilwara from Kota, they said. The deceased were identified as Umesh (40), Mukesh (23), Jamna (45), Amar Chand (32), Raju (21), Radheshyam (56)and Shivlal (40).

 

Volkswagen's labour chief rules out four-day week to save jobs

Volkswagen sees no need for a four-day week at its plants to secure jobs despite a growing shift to electric cars that are easier to build and require fewer workers, the company's head of labour relations was quoted saying on Sunday. Germany's largest trade union IG Metall on Aug. 15 proposed negotiating for a transition to a four-day week across industry to help secure jobs, against the backdrop of economic fallout from the coronavirus crisis and structural shifts in the auto sector.

200 Sikh families from Afghanistan put up in gurudwaras across Delhi

Close to 200 families belonging to the Sikh Community who have arrived here from Afghanistan have been put up at Gurudwaras that are run by the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee. "Close to 200 families have come here and are staying in Gurudwaras. We are making the arrangements for their accommodation and ticket as well till the time they do not get permanent citizenship. We are also providing them assistance in employment as well," Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee president Manjinder Singh Sirsa told ANI.

 

Nissan's Ghosn gone, American Kelly faces Japan trial alone

His boss Carlos Ghosn escaped financial misconduct charges by fleeing the country, but another former Nissan executive is still awaiting trial in Japan: Greg Kelly Kelly's trial in Tokyo District Court is to open September 15, nearly two years after his arrest, and the same day he turns 64. If convicted on charges related to underreporting Ghosn's income, Kelly could face up to a decade in prison. Even if acquitted, he has already paid a heavy price, unable to leave Japan and go home to Tennessee while out on bail. He has yet to see his newborn grandchild. His wife got a student visa to stay with him in Tokyo. Kelly, like Ghosn, says he is innocent.

New Telangana Secretariat will have Temple, Church, two Mosques: Chief Minister

In the new Secretariat, Temple, Mosques, and Church would be constructed by the government, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Saturday. He declared that after the end of the ensuing Legislative Session, foundation stones will be laid for all the places of worship on the same day and construction works will be launched and completed on a fast note mirroring the true Ganga Jamuna Tehjeeb of the State. Rao held a meeting with the elder members of the Muslim community at Pragathi Bhavan on Saturday over the construction of a new Mosque at the Secretariat and other issues. On this occasion, he discussed several issues at length. He elicited their opinion and suggestions.

Overhead electric line tower damaged in controlled blast in Madhya Pradesh

A tower of the overhead electric line was damaged in a "blast carried out for developmental works" near Dundi station in Madhya Pradesh, Priyanka Dikshit, Chief Public Relation Officer (CPRO), West Central Railway (WCR) said on Saturday. A video went viral in which an accident appears to have taken place allegedly while a blasting work was underway at Dundi railway station in Jabalpur. Terming the incident as 'unfortunate', Dikshit said it was a planned development work and precautions had been taken.

 

Death toll from gas explosion in Bangladesh mosque rises to 21

At least 21 people were confirmed dead as a result of a gas explosion in the Baitus Salah Jame mosque, located in the Narayanganj city of Bangladesh. Dozens of injured worshipers are still receiving medical treatment, the Dhaka Tribune newspaper reported. The explosion occurred on the evening of Friday as people gathered in the mosque for the evening prayer. According to preliminary data from Narayanganj Fire Service's Deputy Assistant Director Abdullah Al Arefin, as quoted in the report, gas leaked out from underground pipes and accumulated inside the mosque and then detonated "due to sparks when someone tried to switch [one of the six] air conditioners or fans on or off."

 

Trump refuses to condemn Russia over Navalny

President Donald Trump has refused to condemn Russia over the poisoning of opposition figure Alexei Navalny, saying he has not seen proof. He said the case was "tragic" but urged reporters to focus instead on China, which he said was a bigger threat to the world than Russia, the BBC reported on Saturday. Nato and Germany say there is "proof beyond doubt" that Navalny was attacked with a Novichok nerve agent. His team said he was poisoned on the Kremlin's orders. Russia denies this.

 

Armed forces, GOI committed to Make In India intiative: Rawat

The Government of India and the Armed Forces have "clearly demonstrated their resolve and commitment" to the Make in India Defence initiative, said Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat said on Saturday. "The Indian Defence Sector is today at an inflection point poised to take off. The Government and the Indian Armed Forces have clearly demonstrated their resolve and commitment to the Make in India Defence initiative. We are fully committed to winning India's wars with Indian Solutions," he said at a symposium on 'emerging defence exports'.

 

Typhoon Haishen unleashes rain, strong winds in south Japan

The second powerful typhoon to slam Japan in a week unleashed fierce winds and rain on southern islands on Sunday, blowing off rooftops and leaving homes without power as it edged northward into an area vulnerable to flooding and mudslides. Weather officials warned that rainfall from what could be a record storm would be as fierce as a bucket of water poured over your head. Warnings have been issued, days in advance, for people to be ready to take shelter and stock up on food and water. Several rivers on the main southwestern island of Kyushu were at risk of overflowing, officials said.

 

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