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India and China have agreed on a five-point plan for resolving the prolonged border face-off in eastern Ladakh. These include abiding by all existing agreements and protocol on management of the frontier, maintaining peace and tranquility and avoiding any action that could escalate matters.

The two countries agreed to the plan during talks between External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Moscow on Thursday evening on the sidelines of a Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meet in Moscow.

In another news, a special court will today pass its order on bail pleas filed by actress Rhea Chakraborty and her brother Showik, arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in connection with the drugs-related case pertaining to the death of filmstar Sushant Singh Rajput.

On the education front, the National Testing Agency is expected to declare the JEE Main Result 2020 today.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a conclave on "School Education in 21st Century" under the National Education Policy-2020 (NEP-2020) today through video-conference.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will address a conclave on Aatmanirbhar Bharat at 5 pm

Stay tuned for the latest news of the day.


Sonia Gandhi reconstitutes Congress Working Committee

Congress drops Gulam Nabi Azad, Ambika Soni, Mallikarjun Khadge from list of general secretaries

SEBI announces changes to constitution of multi-cap funds

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on Friday announced changes to the constitution of multi-cap funds, wherein the regulator has directed such funds to have a minimum corpus of 75 per cent invested in equities.

So far, the minimum mandated investment in equity and equity-related instruments stood at 65 per cent of total assets, with no guidelines on how they were allocated across segments.

Maharashtra govt releases guidelines for hotels to resume operations

The Maharashtra government released a standard operating procedure and guidelines for hotels, lodges and resorts, which have been permitted to resume operations at 100 per cent capacity amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Barring containment zones, hotels, resorts, homestays, farm stays etc in rest of the state will be allowed to operate.
As per the guidelines, which have been circulated to all stakeholders, all travellers will be screened at entry point using thermal guns to record their body temperature and check for symptoms of cough and cold. Only asymptomatic tourists will be permitted to stay, it was stated.

Gujarat ranked best state in providing strong ecosystem for startups: DPIIT

Gujarat has again emerged as the best performer in developing startup ecosystem for budding entrepreneurs, according to the ranking of states and union territories (UTs) done by the department for promotion of industry and internal trade (DPIIT).
Gujarat was categorised as the best performer among all states and Delhi, barring north-eastern states and other UTs. Read more

Govt extends deadline for merchant bankers to bid for IRCTC till Sept 14

The government has extended the deadline for merchant bankers to bid for managing IRCTC stake sale by 4 days till September 14.
The Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) has initiated the process to sell 15-20 per cent stake in Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corp (IRCTC) via offer for sale (OFS) and had last month invited bids from merchant bankers by September 10. Read on

State Ranking Framework 2020 for startups underway: DPIIT

The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) has started working on State Ranking Framework 2020 for startups and it will take into account the feedback of the participating states and UTs, according to a report.
The ranking based on the 2019 framework was released by Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday in which Gujarat bagged the top position.
The DPIIT's report said the next framework delves deeper into policies and incentives and builds on comprehensive accounts of states in the process of the ranking exercise of 2019.

Social activist Swami Agnivesh passes away at 80

Govt working on database of migrant labourers: Minister

Union Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar on Friday said the government is working on creating a database of migrant labourers so that they get direct benefit of various welfare schemes.
Speaking at an event after inauguration of a new building of the Labour Bureau Bhawan here, the Minister of State (Independent charge) for Labour and Employment said an accurate database is crucial for formulation of any policy. Read more

Railway to soon link all Northeast state capitals, Bangladesh: Goyal

The Indian Railways are working on connecting capitals of all eight northeastern states and also executing a project to link up with Bangladesh's railway networks to facilitate communication with other parts of India via the neighbouring country, Railways Minister Piyush Goyal said on Friday.
With the Centre's focus on all-round development of the region through better linkages, the Northeast Frontier Railways (NFR) had already connected Assam's main city of Guwahati (adjoining capital Dispur), Tripura's capital Agartala and Arunachal Pradesh's Itanagar. Read more

'Prison-like atmosphere': Tagore's family writes to Mamata against Visva-Bharati authorities

Several luminaries, including members of Rabindranath Tagore's family, have written to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee against the Visva- Bharati authorities, urging her government to take possession of a century-old heritage road as they fear that access to it might be blocked.
Considering the spree of building high boundary walls in several parts of Shantiniketan and creating a "prison-like atmosphere", there are apprehensions that the 3-km road connecting Visva-Bharati with Tagore's dream village Sriniketan will also be blocked for public soon and a new road come up in its place, said the letter written by 40 eminent persons, including a member of painter Nandalal Bose's family.
"An 8-9 feet high wall is nearing completion on a portion of this old road which is dotted with residences of luminaries like Amartya Sen, Khsitimohan Sen and Nandalal Bose," the letter written in Bengali said.

Rajnath Singh holds high-level meeting on situation in eastern Ladakh

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and top military brass on Friday deliberated on the five-point agreement reached between India and China on de-escalating tension along LAC in eastern Ladakh, government sources said.
The deliberation was attended by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, Chief of Army Staff Gen MM Naravane, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria and Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh among others, they said.
The meeting also carried out a comprehensive review of the security scenario in eastern Ladakh in view of fresh confrontation by two sides in the southern bank of Pangong lake earlier this week, the sources said.
"The meeting discussed the agreement reached between the two countries," said a source.

Pondicherry University reschedules end semester examinations

Pondicherry University rescheduled all the end semester examinations of affiliated colleges and said students wouldbe given the option to take tests online or offline. The examinations were scheduled to be held from September 14 to 19.
With the guidelines of the University Grants Commission (UGC) coming into force, the end semeseter examinations would begin from September 21, a release from the Controller of Examinations of the university said.

Govt constitutes EGoM to oversee process of corporatisation of OFB

Major among two army officers injured in mine blast along LoC in J&K

Two army men, including a Major, were injured in a land mine blast along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district, sources said on Friday.
The blast at an anti-personnel mine took place in Khori Dhaba area on Thursday night during a routine patrolling of the forward areas along the Line of Control, they said.
A Major-rank officer and a Subedar were injured in the incident, the sources added.

Kochi Metro to increase frequency of trains

The Kochi Metro is set to increase the frequency of trains from September 14 onwards, to help the office goers avoid the rush amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to an official release, from morning 8:30 am to 11:30 am the frequency of trains will be every seven minutes. The seven minutes headway will be maintained during the evening from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm also.

Indian, Chinese Army hold Brigade Commander level talks in Chushul

Indian Army and Chinese Army held Brigade Commander level talks in Chushul, Ladakh on Friday, a day after the meeting between Foreign Ministers of the two countries. Indian Army sources said the meeting started at 11am and ended around 3pm.
External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar held a detailed discussion with the State Councillor and Foreign Minister of China Wang Yi in Moscow on Thursday on the current tensions in the India-China border areas. The meeting lasted two-and-a-half hours.
According to government sources, Jaishankar said that as the recent incidents in eastern Ladakh have inevitably impacted the development of the bilateral relationship, an urgent resolution of the current situation was in the interest of both the nations.

Startups doing excellent work in roadways, waterways, railways: Goyal

Puri launches framework for cities to inculcate climate-sensitive approach to urban planning

Hardeep Singh Puri on Friday launched a framework which provides a roadmap for cities to inculcate a climate-sensitive approach to urban planning and development.
The Union housing and urban affairs minister also launched'Streets for People Challenge', which aims to inspire cities to create walking-friendly and vibrant streets through quick, innovative, and low-cost measures in response to Covid-19.
At a virtual event, after launching 'Climate Smart Cities Assessment Framework 2.0', Puri said, "It is estimated that climate change will impact the Indian GDP by 2-6 per cent on an annual basis. "This means that our future development goals and investments will also be severely affected if we do not address climate risks now."
Elaborating about the 'Streets for People Challenge', he said itaims to inspire Indian cities to create walking-friendly streets through quick, innovative and low-cost measures in response to Covid-19 in collaboration with their citizens and assistance from experts.

Moody's projects Indian economy to contract 11.5% this fiscal

Moody's Investors Service on Friday slashed India's growth projection for the current fiscal to (-) 11.5 per cent, from (-) 4 per cent estimated earlier. It said India's credit profile is increasingly constrained by low growth, high debt burden and weak financial system. These risks have been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic.
"Mutually reinforcing risks from deeper stresses in the economy and financial system could lead to a more severe and prolonged erosion in fiscal strength, exerting further pressure on the credit profile," Moody's said while projecting an 11.5 per cent contraction in Indian economy this fiscal.
For 2021-22, it projected the economy to clock a growth of 10.6 per cent.

1,308 domestic flight arrivals on Sept 10: Hardeep Puri

The airports in India handled 2,64,450 footfalls due to domestic air operations on Thursday in 2,616 flight movements including departures and arrivals.
Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said in a tweet that there have been 1,308 departures and 1,308 arrivals.
"Soaring Higher! Domestic Operations on 10th September 2020, Day 110 till 2359 hrs. Departures 1308 1,32,293 passengers handled. Arrivals 1308 1,32,157 passengers handled. Total movements 2,616 Footfalls at airports 2,64,450 Total number of flyers 1,32,293," he said.

Irdai allows insurers to issue e-policies; calls it 'the new norm'

The insurance sector regulator has allowed general and health insurers to issue policies in electronic form and this e-policy will become a norm in the future, a senior Irdai official said on Friday.
Speaking at an industry event, T L Alamelu, Member (Non-Life) Insurance Regulatory Development Authority of India (Irdai), however, said a lot more needs to be done in the insurance sector for both policyholders and other stakeholders.
"As far as regulator is concerned, there is still lot more to be done. We are continually tracking what needs to be done, not only for the policyholders but for all the stakeholders. Some of the things which we have done are relevant to the health insurance industry," she said.

Odisha CM announces Rs 300 cr package for farmers affected by floods

ED fines Standard Chartered Rs 100 cr for FEMA breach, penalizes two others

The Special Director of Enforcement, Chennai has imposed penalties of Rs 100 crore on Standard Chartered Bank, of Rs 17 crore on Tamilnad Mercantile Bank Limited (TMBL) and Rs 35 crore on M G M Maran, then Chairman and Director of TMBL.
According to the ED, an investigation under FEMA was taken up based on a reference received from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to check on advance remittances received by certain entities for purchase of TMBL shares through escrow mechanism maintained with Standard Chartered Bank, Mumbai (SCB). Read more

Heavy rains, flood caused Rs 9,500 crore loss in MP: Chouhan

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday said extremely heavy rains and floods in the last week of August resulted in Rs 9,500 crore loss to the state. He told this to a central team, which is in the state to assess the damage caused by the rains.
"Extremely heavy rainfall and flooding caused Rs 9,500 crore loss as crops, houses, livestock and roads suffered damages," Chouhan told reporters at his residence after meeting the team.

Govt lists 23 new bills for Monsoon session

The government has listed 23 new bills, including 11 which seek to replace ordinances, for introduction in Parliament's Monsoon session beginning Monday.

One of the ordinances the government plans to pass as a bill during the 18-day-long session relates to providing preventive measures against violence on heathcare personnel.

Another ordinance to be replaced by a bill relates to reduction in the salary of MPs by 30 per cent for a period of one year beginning April 1, 2020. The amount will be utilised in the fight against coronavirus.

Other bills include:

Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020
Factoring Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020 
Jammu and Kashmir Official Language Bill, 2020
Multi State Cooperative Societies (Amendment) Bill, 2020 
Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation (Amendment) Bill, 2020

Fire on IOC charter vessel doused, major environmental disaster averted

In a massive effort, Indian and Sri Lankan agencies have put out a fire on an oil tanker off Sri Lanka's coast without spilling any of the two million barrels of cargo it was carrying, averting a major environmental disaster.
"This is a story of great coordination and superb multi-disciplinary efforts. Indian Coast Guard and Indian Navy alongside Sri Lankan Navy have successfully put out the fire on New Diamond vessel," said Shrikant Madhav Vaidya, Chairman of Indian Oil Corp (IOC).
The very large crude carrier (VLCC), which was chartered by IOC to ferry oil from Kuwait to its Paradip refinery in Odisha, caught fire on September 3, about 65 kilometers off the east coast of Sri Lanka.
Vaidya said the fire was extinguished two days back, without any impact on the oil that the ship was carrying.

Govt plans to construct over 50,000 km 4 and 6 lanes highways

Terming InvIT as an attractive vehicle for mobilising funds for road infrastructure, the government on Friday said it is planning to construct over 50,000 km of highways.
"Addressing a meeting of leading and large investor groups in New Delhi last evening, Secretary - Road Transport and Highways Giridhar Aramane said the ministry has plans for construction of over 50,000 kilometres of highways, a majority of those will be 4 and 6 lanes wide," the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said in a statement.

Bengaluru airport opens 10,000 sq ft warehouse

As part of its vision to make Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (KIAB/ BLR Airport) a cargo hub, Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL) has opened a 10,000 square feet warehouse.
Operated by Cargo Service Center (CSC), the on-airport public bonded warehouse would be under the jurisdiction of theCity Commissionerate, Bengaluru Customs. "The facility will reduce supply chain costs and facilitate trade at India's IT hub and surrounding regions", BIAL, which operates the airport, said a statement on Friday.
The warehouse will help re-export of goods, long-term storage of bonded cargo, assist in partial clearances and allow value-added services such as labelling, packing and repacking services.

PM to launch, inaugurate projects worth Rs 16,000 cr in Bihar

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch and inaugurate development works worth over Rs 16,000 crore in the next 10 days in poll-bound Bihar, sources said on Friday. These multiple projects will improve infrastructure and ease of living for the people of Bihar, they said.

The sources said that the projects pertain to a number of sectors, including LPG pipeline, LPG bottling plant, sewage treatment plant under Namami Gange, water supply schemes, riverfront development project, new railway line, railway bridge, electrification of various sections, and construction of highways and bridges.

Congress releases names of candidates for MP bypolls

RBI lays down guidelines for banks to appoint chief compliance officers

RBI on Friday laid down guidelines for appointment of chief compliance officer (CCO) in banks to ensure uniform approach with regard to compliance and risk management culture across the banking industry.
According to an RBI circular, the CCO should be appointed for a minimum fixed period of three years in the rank of a general manager or not below two levels of the rank of CEO.
"Such an independent compliance function is required to be headed by a designated CCO selected through a suitable process with an appropriate 'fit and proper' evaluation/selection criteria to manage compliance risk effective," the RBI said.

Andhra CM launches 'YSR Asara' to free women from debt trap

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Friday launched the 'YSR Asara' scheme, which will benefit 87 lakh women belonging to 8.71 lakh self-help groups (SHGs).
"Today, your Jagan stands before you as someone who is fulfilling the promise he made. I promised that I will reimburse all outstanding loans of SHGs as on April 11, 2019 in four installments and today, I am releasing the first," said Reddy.
He asked if any other state government ever introduced such a big scheme, benefiting so many women.

India's FDI to Nepal stood at Nepali Rs 3.24 billion for 2019-20

India in 2019 has committed foreign direct investment (FDI) of Nepali Rupees 3.24 billion for the year 2019-20, data from the Department of Industry showed.
India in last the fiscal year proposed a total of 16 FDI proposals with pledges mainly targeting hotels with restaurants, manufacturing industry and construction industry and software development. In the year of 2018-19, the investment proposals stood at 50.

Japan's Orix to invest $980 million in Indian green energy firm Greenko

Japan's Orix Corp said on Friday it would invest about $980 million in Indian renewable energy firm Greenko Energy Holdings as the company sees the fast-growing Asian market as a pillar of its overseas strategy.
The move comes as Japanese companies including utilities, oil refineries and trading houses are stepping up their investments in renewable energy assets at home and abroad as countries around the globe switch to cleaner energy to meet pledges to curb climate change.
Orix will take a stake of more than 20% in Greenko within this year, according to a statement.

Govt releases Rs 6,195 crores to 14 states as devolution of taxes

Rupee settles 7 paise lower at 73.53 against US dollar

The rupee depreciated 7 paise to close at 73.53 against the US dollar on Friday tracking muted domestic equities.
The local unit opened at 73.50 at the interbank forex market, and settled for the day at 73.53 against the US dollar, down 7 paise over its last close. During the session, the domestic unit witnessed an intra-day high of 73.40 and a low of 73.61 against the greenback.
The local currency settled at 73.46 against the American currency on Thursday. Meanwhile, the dollar index, which gauges the greenback's strength against a basket of six currencies, fell 0.13 per cent to 93.21.

Adani Green Energy posts Rs 22 cr profit for June quarter

Adani Green Energy on Friday posted a consolidated net profit of Rs 21.75 crore for June quarter mainly on the back of higher revenues.

The company had a net loss of Rs 97.44 crore in April-June 2019-20, a BSE filing said. Total income rose to Rs 878.14 crore in April-June 2020-21 from Rs 675.23 crore in the same period last year.

The net export (of electricity) increased to 1,382 million units in the first quarter, up 24 per cent from the year-ago period.

Air India Express to get $51 million for loss of aircraft in Kozikode accident

The Air India Express will get about $51 million towards the loss of its Dubai-Kozhikode aircraft in the accident in Kozhikode airport last month, a senior insurance industry official said.
On August 7, the ill-fated Air India Express skidded off the runway of the Kozhikode airport and fell into a valley before breaking into two pieces, killing 18 persons and leaving scores injured.
"The total claim amount to be paid to Air India Express for loss of aircraft/hull will be about $51 million. The aircraft has been insured for $50 million which will be paid as it is a total loss. A sum of $1 million will also be paid towards increased cost of working," the senior official with one of the four insurers told IANS preferring anonymity.

UK and Japan strike Britain's first post-Brexit trade deal

Britain struck its first post-Brexit trade deal with Japan on Friday, hailing the agreement as a "historic moment", just as it is struggling to clinch a deal with its closest trading partners in the European Union.
Britain said the deal, which had been agreed in principle, meant 99% of its exports to Japan would be tariff-free. Digital and data provisions in the agreement went "far beyond" those in the EU's trade deal with Japan, helping British fintech firms operating in the Asian country, it said.
Financial services firms, food producers, coat-makers and biscuit bakers - as well as cheese producers - would benefit from the agreement which represented an "important step" towards Britain joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) in the Asia-Pacific region.

Uttarakhand: Vigilance dept declared 'intelligence org', out of RTI ambit

The Vigilance department in Uttarakhand has been declared an intelligence organisation putting it out of the ambit of the Right To Information (RTI) Act.
A notification on this was issued by the state government on Thursday following the Governor's consent.
The step has been taken using powers vested in the Governor under sub-section 4 of section 24 of the RTI Act, 2005 and sub-section 1 of section 4 of Uttar Pradesh Vigilance Establishment Act, 1965, the notification signed by secretary, personnel and vigilance, Radha Raturi said.

Passenger vehicle sales up 14% in Aug; snaps 9 months of continuous slide

Passenger vehicle wholesales in India rose by 14.16 per cent in August to 2,15,916 units driven by pent-up demand, industry body SIAM said on Friday.
According to the latest data by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), passenger vehicles wholesales stood at 1,89,129 units in the same month last year.
Passenger vehicle sales have returned to positive territory in August after nine consecutive months of decline. It was in October last year that the segment had posted a marginal growth snapping 11 continuous months of decline in sales.

Centre urges states, UTs not to restrict movement of medical oxygen

No restriction should be imposed on inter-state movement of medical oxygen, the Union Health Ministry said on Friday, while strongly reinforcing that it is the responsibility of every state and Union Territory to ensure hospitalised Covid-19 patients receive oxygen.
The ministry said it has come to its knowledge that a few states are trying to curb free inter-state movement of oxygen supplies by exercising provisions under various Acts and also mandating manufacturers or suppliers in their jurisdiction to restrict oxygen supplies to only hospitals of the state.

Kerala to request EC to conduct by-polls along with 2021 Assembly Elections

MP govt to provide 15 ventilators to AIIMS Bhopal

In a bid to increase the number of ICU beds at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Bhopal, the Madhya Pradesh government will soon provide 15 ventilators and all other possible assistance, state minister Vishwas Sarang said.
After reviewing the facilities at AIIMS in light of the Covid-19 pandemic on Thursday, the medical education minister said the state government has discussed with the Centre the matter of procuring 100 ventilators for the institute.

Rajasthan govt asks officials to stay vigilant against seasonal diseases

The state government has asked officials to stay vigilant against seasonal diseases including malaria and dengue in addition to the coronavirus infection.
Health Minister Raghu Sharma has given instructions to the officials of the health department asking them to take steps for the prevention and control of waterborne and mosquito-borne diseases (dengue, malaria and chikungunya).

Karnataka: 79 Bengal lizard genitals & 503 sea fans were recovered from several Ayurvedic and Vanaspati stores

Over 24,000 people use Chennai Metro rail since service resumed

In a sign of increasing patronage, as many as 24,354 passengers travelled in the Metrorail here since services resumed, authorities have said.
More than 24,000 passengers used the Metro train services as of Wednesday since operations resumed on September 7.
On the opening day, 5,033 passengers used the metro services.
A total of 18,769 passengers travelled using Smart Card ticketing system and 637 utilised the QR code ticketing system till September 9, a Chennai Metrorail release on Thursday said.

Australian leader threatens to fire ministers over koalas

An Australian state leader on Friday shut down a revolt in her coalition government over a policy to protect koala habitat by threatening to fire seven renegade ministers.
The Nationals party, which is the junior coalition partner in the conservative Liberal Party-led New South Wales state, threatened to effectively split the government because they argue the koala habitat policy would restrict how landowners could manage their land.
Thousands of koalas died during wildfires in the last South Hemisphere summer and much of their habitat in New South Wales was razed.

Global ranking on economic freedom: India's position tanks to 105 from 79

India's ranking in economic freedom tumbled down to 105th in 2018 from 79 in the previous year despite the report to this effect not taking into account the impact of Covid-19 which would be available in 2020.
The major disappointment for India comes on the parameter of "freedom to trade internationally" on which India ranked 139 compared to 137 in 2017, showed the Economic Freedom of the World: 2020 Annual Report, released today by Centre For Civil Society in conjunction with Canada’s Fraser Institute. Read on...

J&K: 2 JeM militants held, arms recovered

Security forces have arrested two Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militants from Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir and recovered arms, ammunition and cash from their possession, the Army said on Friday.
"Based on a credible input, multiple joint check posts were established in Drugmulla area of Kupwara on Thursday," an army official said.
He said two JeM militants travelling in a car were arrested late in the evening and the security forces recovered an AK rifle with ammunition, two grenades, Rs 7 lakh in cash, and other war-like stores from them.

NEP focuses a lot on children: Modi

The new National Education policy stresses on learning based on fun, discovery and activities:PM Modi at conclave.

Delhi: Rashtriya Janata Dal MP Manoj Jha files nomination as opposition’s candidate for the post of Deputy Chairman in Rajya Sabha

The National Education Policy 2020 is a way to fulfil hopes of our new India: PM Modi

It needs to be implemented effectively across the country and we need to do it together: Prime Minister Narendra Modi

National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 is the result of ceaseless hard work of various stakeholders done over the last 4-5 years: Modi

National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 is the result of ceaseless hard work of various stakeholders done over the last 4-5 years. Still, the work is not complete. It’s just the beginning. The road ahead is to ensure its effective implementation: Prime Minister Narendra Modi

The Chinese have taken our land. When exactly is GOI planning to get it back?, tweets Rahul Gandhi

Teflon-coated: Why Modi remains popular despite many crises staring India

India’s Covid-19 cases continue to climb, even as the economy tanks. China is pressing forward on the two countries’ disputed Himalayan border, where dozens of Indian soldiers have been killed. Tax revenues have plummeted, state governments are unhappy and 21 million of India’s rare salaried jobs vanished in the last few months. And yet Prime Minister Narendra Modi — who recently posted pictures of himself feeding peacocks in his serene garden — remains as popular as ever. Click here to read more

Magenta Line of the Delhi Metro is operational from today; Visuals from Hauz Khas Metro Station

Trump says Iran will sign a deal with US in first month of his re-election

US President Donald Trump on Thursday said that if he is re-elected in the November elections, Iran will ink a deal with him in the first month and Palestine will get back into the fold as he asserted that his second term will bring in lasting peace in the Middle East.
Next week, Trump will host delegations from Israel and the United Arab Emirates for a signing ceremony of the historic peace deal between the two countries that establishes diplomatic ties among them. Encouraged by the Israel-UAE peace deal, countries in the region are lining up that want to go into it, he said

Oil prices add to losses as supplies swell amid weak demand

 Oil prices extended declines on Friday, under pressure from a surprise rise in U.S. stockpiles and ongoing weak demand from the coronavirus pandemic.
Brent crude was down 8 cents, or 0.2%, at $39.98 a barrel by 0110 GMT, after falling nearly 2% on Thursday, while U.S. crude was off by 2 cents at $37.28 a barrel, having fallen 2% in the previous session.
Both major benchmarks were headed for a second week of declines.

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