LIVE: 85-90% students appeared in NEET exam, says Ramesh Pokhriyal

Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank
Former union minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh died at AIIMS, Delhi on Sunday. Singh died around 11am due to breathlessness and other complications, Kedar Yadav, who remains by the side of the septuagenarian. He is survived by two sons and a daughter, he said. Singh's wife had died earlier.

The National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) is being held on Sunday across the country amid stringent checks and protocols in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. Over 15 lakh candidates have registered for the undergraduate exam. The NEET exam is being held days after the JEE (Main) was held across the country.

The National Testing Agency (NTA), the body organising the exam has put in place a raft of measures such as increasing the number of exam centres and reducing number of students in a room in view of the Covid-19. Originally scheduled for May 3, has been deferred twice due to Covid-19 first it was postponed to July 26 and then to September 13.

In another news, The names of Communist Party of India (Marxist) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, Swaraj Abhiyan leader Yogendra Yadav, former JNU student Omar Khalid and other prominent people have come up in the chargesheet filed by the Delhi Police in one of the northeast Delhi riots cases. The prominent personalities have been named in the disclosure statements made by accused Devangana Kalita, Natasha Narwal and Gulfisha Fatima in connection with the case. The trio is facing charges under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

 
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2:21 AM IST Chinese company ByteDance has decided not to sell or transfer the algorithm behind its video-sharing application TikTok in any sale or divestment deal, according to South China Morning Post.

1:33 AM IST Former Jawaharlal Nehru University student leader Umar Khalid was arrested late on Sunday night for his alleged role in the northeast Delhi riots, sources said on Sunday.   He was questioned by the Delhi Police Crime Branch for a couple of hours on September 2 in connection with the riots.   Khalid was earlier booked under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) in another case related to the riots. He was also quizzed by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police earlier regarding an alleged conspiracy behind the riots.   His mobile phone was also seized by the police.   Communal clashes had broken out in northeast Delhi on February 24 after violence between supporters of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and those against the legislation spiralled out of control, leaving at least 53 people dead and around 200 injured.

10:26 PM IST Opposition demands discussion on LAC standoff, Covid and economy; 23 new Bills to be taken up

9:45 PM IST Six more persons were arrested from here on Sunday by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) probing the drug angle in connection with actor Sushant Singh Rajput death case, taking the total count of people held so far to 16, an official said.   The six accused have been identified as Karamjeet Singh Anand, Dwayne Fernandes, Sanket Patel, Ankush Anreja, Sandeep Gupta and Aftab Fateh Ansari, he said, adding that they were picked up after their names emerged during investigation.   They all were booked under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, he said.

9:41 PM IST Lewis Hamilton won a hectic Tuscan Grand Prix on Sunday to clinch his 90th Formula One win and move one behind Michael Schumacher's record.   The first F1 race on a Mugello track with super-fast corners usually used by MotoGP riders was incident-packed throughout. Two crashes on the first seven laps saw six drivers go out, and a red flag suspended the race for the first time after the second one.

9:01 PM IST Bihar: CM Nitish Kumar, Dy CM Sushil Modi & RJD leader Rabri Devi pay last respects to ex-Union Minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, as his mortal remains have been brought to legislative council & legislative assembly in Patna. Raghuvansh Prasad Singh was admitted at AIIMS, Delhi. pic.twitter.com/Kf533DhYox — ANI (@ANI) September 13, 2020

8:49 PM IST After the suicide of actor Sushant Singh Rajput in June, several friends of the actor have been arrested by the Narcotics Control Board (NCB) which claims it has busted a ring of suppliers of marijuana and cannabis, from all over India. In India, cannabis is used as (a) bhang, which is legally available in many states and (b) ganja and charas, which are illegal according to the international drug conventions and the Indian law (the NDPS Act, 1985). About 2.8 per cent of Indians aged 10-75 years (3.1 crore individuals) are current users of any cannabis product. Read more

8:31 PM IST Pakistan is using cross-border underground tunnels to push terrorists into India and drones to drop weapons for them, the chief of Jammu and Kashmir police said Sunday.   Director General of Police Dilbag Singh, however, said the anti-infiltration grid is active and anti-tunnelling operations are underway to scuttle "nefarious designs".   "Digging of tunnels beneath the IB is part of the nefarious designs of Pakistan to facilitate infiltration of terrorists into this side to step up terrorism," Singh told reporters in Samba district after inspecting the recently discovered 170-metre tunnel at Galar village along the IB.   The tunnel with a depth of 20-25 feet and originating from Pakistan was found by a BSF team near the border-fencing on August 28.

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Won't sell TikTok's algorithm to US, says ByteDance

Chinese company ByteDance has decided not to sell or transfer the algorithm behind its video-sharing application TikTok in any sale or divestment deal, according to South China Morning Post.

Ex-JNU student leader Umar Khalid arrested in connection with Delhi riots

Former Jawaharlal Nehru University student leader Umar Khalid was arrested late on Sunday night for his alleged role in the northeast Delhi riots, sources said on Sunday.
 

He was questioned by the Delhi Police Crime Branch for a couple of hours on September 2 in connection with the riots.
 

Khalid was earlier booked under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) in another case related to the riots. He was also quizzed by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police earlier regarding an alleged conspiracy behind the riots.
 

His mobile phone was also seized by the police.
 

Communal clashes had broken out in northeast Delhi on February 24 after violence between supporters of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and those against the legislation spiralled out of control, leaving at least 53 people dead and around 200 injured.

Monsoon session of Parliament update

Opposition demands discussion on LAC standoff, Covid and economy; 23 new Bills to be taken up

Drug probe: NCB arrests six more persons from Mumbai

Six more persons were arrested from here on Sunday by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) probing the drug angle in connection with actor Sushant Singh Rajput death case, taking the total count of people held so far to 16, an official said.
 
The six accused have been identified as Karamjeet Singh Anand, Dwayne Fernandes, Sanket Patel, Ankush Anreja, Sandeep Gupta and Aftab Fateh Ansari, he said, adding that they were picked up after their names emerged during investigation.
 
They all were booked under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, he said.

F1: Hamilton wins crash-marred Tuscan GP, Bottas 2nd

Lewis Hamilton won a hectic Tuscan Grand Prix on Sunday to clinch his 90th Formula One win and move one behind Michael Schumacher's record.
 
The first F1 race on a Mugello track with super-fast corners usually used by MotoGP riders was incident-packed throughout. Two crashes on the first seven laps saw six drivers go out, and a red flag suspended the race for the first time after the second one.

Bihar leaders pay last respects to Raghuvansh Prasad Singh

Cannabis in India: Delhi, Mumbai high on pot consumption, says report

After the suicide of actor Sushant Singh Rajput in June, several friends of the actor have been arrested by the Narcotics Control Board (NCB) which claims it has busted a ring of suppliers of marijuana and cannabis, from all over India.
In India, cannabis is used as (a) bhang, which is legally available in many states and (b) ganja and charas, which are illegal according to the international drug conventions and the Indian law (the NDPS Act, 1985). About 2.8 per cent of Indians aged 10-75 years (3.1 crore individuals) are current users of any cannabis product. Read more

Pak using underground tunnels to push terrorists, drones to drop arms: J&K DGP

Pakistan is using cross-border underground tunnels to push terrorists into India and drones to drop weapons for them, the chief of Jammu and Kashmir police said Sunday.
 
Director General of Police Dilbag Singh, however, said the anti-infiltration grid is active and anti-tunnelling operations are underway to scuttle "nefarious designs".
 
"Digging of tunnels beneath the IB is part of the nefarious designs of Pakistan to facilitate infiltration of terrorists into this side to step up terrorism," Singh told reporters in Samba district after inspecting the recently discovered 170-metre tunnel at Galar village along the IB.
 
The tunnel with a depth of 20-25 feet and originating from Pakistan was found by a BSF team near the border-fencing on August 28.

85-90% students appeared in NEET exam: NTA

India to be self-reliant in fertilisers production by 2023: Gowda

India will be self-reliant in fertiliser production by 2023 as new units are being set up with an investment of Rs 40,000 crore to reduce dependency on imports, Fertilisers Minister D V Sadananda Gowda said on Sunday. Addressing a webinar organised by cooperative IFFCO for farmers of Karnataka, the minister said the government is promoting nano fertilisers as these are 25-30 per cent cheaper and give 18-35 per cent higher yield, according to an official statement.

India, Pakistan trade heavy fire on LoC in J&K's Poonch

Indian and Pakistani troops traded heavy fire on the Line of Control on Sunday after Pakistan resorted to unprovoked firing and shelling at Indian positions in J&K's Poonch district.
 
Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Devender Anand said at about 5.45 p.m. Sunday, Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing with small arms and shelling with mortars along the LoC in Mankote sector of Poonch district.
 
"Indian Army retaliates befittingly", the spokesman said.

Banks sanction loans of Rs 1.6 trn to 4.2 mn MSMEs under ECLGS scheme

The finance ministry on Sunday said banks have sanctioned loans worth over Rs 1.63 trillion to more than 4.2 million business units under the Rs 3-trillion Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS) for the MSME sector. On the disbursement front, however, over Rs 1.18 trillion doled out to 2.5 million MSME units, till September 10, which were hit by the Covid-19 pandemic and ensuing lockdowns.

Lok Sabha Speaker inspects arrangements in Parliament

Flyers can take videos in flights but can't use recording gadgets: DGCA

Aviation regulator DGCA "clarified" on Sunday passengers can take photos and videos inside flights but can't use any recording equipment that creates chaos, disrupts flight operations, violates safety norms or is banned by the crew members.
 
On Saturday, the regulator had said that a scheduled flight will be suspended for a period of two weeks if anyone is found taking photographs inside the plane. Read on

Maharashtra govt to issue SOP for reopening of restaurants by next week

The Maharashtra government is working on a standard operating procedure (SOP) for re-opening all hotels and restaurants in Maharashtra by next week. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Sharad Pawar assured the restaurants and hotel industry representatives that within a week the standard operating procedure (SOP) and all the necessary guidelines and permissions to resume their restaurants would be discussed and a road map for re-opening would be drawn. Read more

Oppn demands discussion in Lok Sabha on standoff at LAC, economic slowdown

Opposition parties have sought a discussion in Lok Sabha on the issues of economic slowdown, unemployment and standoff between Indian and Chinese forces during a meeting of floor leaders of the House on Sunday to discuss the agenda for the Monsoon session, DMK leader TR Baalu said.
 
A day before the start of the session, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla chaired the meeting of the business advisory committee (BAC) of the lower house. Read more

Jadavpur university to provide smartphones, data pack to students

Jadavpur University to provide handset & data pack to students not having smartphonesJadavpur University has formally decided to provide android handsets and data pack to students, not having such facilities, as new semester classes are slated to begin this month, an official said on Sunday. JU also decided to hold final semester examination in arts and science stream in contactless digital mode from October 1 to 10.
 
JU Pro-Vice-Chancellor Chiranjib Bhattacharya told PTI on Sunday that those students not having smartphones and net connectivity will be provided with the handsets and data pack in arts, science and engineering streams very soon.
 
"We will provide them with good quality sets compatible with net facilities, sharing, uploading and downloading options and for those needing good connectivity data pack and recharge for three months," Bhattacharya said.

CBDT deploys two-third of its workforce for faceless assessment scheme

CBDT has deployed two-third of its workforce to deal with the faceless assessment scheme.
 
"Now, the National e-Assessment Centre (NeAC) which is headed by Principal Chief Commissioner of Income Tax is having a team of 32 Commissioners, 96 Principal Commissioner, 261 Assistant and Deputy Commissioners and 1274 Income Tax Officers," senior Income Tax officers told ANI.

Faceless Assessment Scheme was inaugurated as Phase 1 on October 7, 2019, with 58,320 assigned cases. On August 13 this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the platform for transparent taxation.
 

Retail inflation to come down with easing of lockdowns: CEA Subramanian

Attributing the rise in inflation to supply-side frictions, Chief Economic Adviser K V Subramanian has exuded confidence that retail inflation will come down in the days ahead with the easing of lockdowns.
 
According to the government data, retail inflation rose to 6.93 per cent in July, mainly driven by rising prices of food items like vegetables, pulses, meat and fish.
 
"If you look at inflation...it's primarily because of those supply-side frictions, but as local lockdowns are actually being reduced, these frictions should basically go down," he said.

SBI Card to enrol ''delinquent'' customers in restructuring plans: MD

SBI Card is in the process of enrolling "delinquent" customers, who did not repay after the end of moratorium, in the RBI restructuring scheme or its own repayment plan to provide them more time for repayments, a top company official said.
 
Due to the moratorium, a number of customers had not been paying for the first three months and the company treated them as standard accounts in line with the entire industry. However, since then, as the first moratorium ended, SBI Card made it a customer-led enrolment in the second moratorium in which a lot of customers did not enrol, SBI Card Managing Director & CEO Ashwini Kumar Tewari said.

There is an atmosphere of fear across the country, among MPs: Ghulam Nabi Azad

"The Parliament session is commencing in a weird situation. There is an atmosphere of fear across the country, as well as the MPs. But the situation is changing across the world & the nation, and it's important to discuss that," said Ghulam Nabi Azad, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha.
 
"Covid-19, India-China are face to face in Ladakh & there is tension, GDP has tumbled, inflation, New Education Policy - there are multiple issues before the House that the citizens of this country would want to hear about & Parliamentarians would like to discuss," he added.

Kangana Ranaut arrives at Raj Bhavan, in Mumbai

Maharashtra: Central team visits flood-hit Bhandara, Gondia districts

A three-member team of the Centre visited Maharashtra's Bhandara and Gondia districts to review the damage caused by floods following heavy rains last month, officials said on Sunday.
 
Flooding took place in the last week of August in some parts of the two districts, located in the state's Vidarbha region, following heavy downpour and discharge of water from dams in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.
 
The team, comprising officials from the Union rural development and agriculture departments, visited some villages in the two districts on Saturday to assess the damage caused to houses, cattle sheds and crops.

Centre, state govts should provide adequate opportunities for labourers: Mayawati

BSP chief Mayawati on Sunday urged the Centre and state governments to provide adequate opportunity to labourers, who, she said are somehow working under MNREGA to feed their family.

"Statistics show again that crores of labourers in country despite hardships, are sticking to traditions of having their bread by hard work, especially migrant labourers in Bihar and UP are somhow feeding their families working under MNREGA. So, Centre and State government should provide them adequate opportunities," she said in a tweet, roughly translated from Hindi.

HM Amit Shah condoles demise of Raghuvansh Prasad Singh

UCO Bank yet to undertake asset quality study, cites SC order for delay

State-owned UCO Bank has not been able to make an analytical study of its asset quality even after the end of the loan repayment moratorium period on August 31, heeding a Supreme Court directive that no accounts shall be downgraded for now, an official said.
 
On September 3, in a relief to stressed borrowers who are facing hardship due to adverse impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the top court had said that accounts which were not declared as non-performing assets till August 31 this year, shall not be declared NPA till further orders.

Pakistan summons senior Indian diplomat over ''ceasefire violations''

Pakistan on Thursday summoned a senior Indian diplomat from the Indian High Commission here to register its protest over the alleged "ceasefire violations" by the Indian forces along the Line of Control (LoC).
 
The Pakistan Foreign Office said in a statement that due to the "indiscriminate and unprovoked firing" in Sabzkot Sector of the LoC on Wednesday, resulting in injury to 70-year-old Jan Bibi of village Khui.
 
The Indian forces along "the LoC and the Working Boundary (WB) have been continuously targeting civilian populated areas with artillery fire, heavy-caliber mortars and automatic weapons," the statement alleged.

Conspiracy to malign Maharashtra: Uddhav Thackeray

Facing flak from detractors on both political and coronavirus front, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday said a conspiracy is afoot to malign Maharashtra.
"Whatever political storms come, I will face... I will fight coronavirus too," Thackeray said in a televised public address.
 
A day after Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra crossed the 1-million mark, Thackeray said his government has done effective work to tackle the pandemic.

Masks, sanitiser, staggered entry: NEET begins following Covid-19 protocol

Medical entrance exam NEET began on Sunday amid strict precautions in view of the Covid-19 pandemic at over 3,800 centres across the country with students queuing up as per their designated time slots, adhering to social distancing norms
 
The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) began at 2 pm, but entry to centres started at 11 am. Students were allotted different slots for entry to ensure there is staggering movement and social distancing is maintained.
 
Over 15 lakh candidates have registered for NEET, which was earlier postponed twice in view of the pandemic.

Bengal farmers, fishermen to get Rs 2,000 advance pension ahead of Durga Puja

The West Bengal government will pay Rs 2,000 as advance pension for two months to the farmers and fishermen in the state ahead of the Durga Puja, a senior official said on Sunday.
 
The decision was taken to help them cope with the economic crisis during the festival season, he said. For paying the advance pension for October and November the state will bear expenses of around Rs 22 crore, he added.

President Kovind, PM Modi condole demise of Raghuvansh Prasad Singh

Calling his demise tragic, President Ram Nath Kovind condoled the passing away of former Union Minister and ex-RJD leader of Raghuvansh Prasad Singh on Sunday.

"The passing away of Raghuvansh Prasad Singh is tragic. An outstanding leader rooted to ground, Raghuvansh Babu was a true stalwart with phenomenal understanding of rural India. With his Spartan and sagely lifestyle, he enriched public life. Condolences to his family and followers," Rashtrapati Bhavan tweeted from its official handle.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also mourned the loss of the departed leader and said Singh's demise left in the political sphere. "Raghuvansh Prasad Singh is no more among us. His demise has left a void in the political sphere of Bihar as well as the country," he tweeted.

ICAI seeks extension of FY19 GST annual return filing deadline by 3 months

ICAI has written to the GST Council seeking deferment of 2018-19 GST annual return filing deadline by 3 months till December 31. The last date for filing annual return for 2018-19 fiscal for Goods and Services Tax (GST) registered taxpayer is September 30.
 
In its representation to the GST Council, the ICAI said majority of the offices are working only partially due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

NGT raps MoEF for not filing report on plea alleging pollution from import of plastic waste

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has rapped the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) for not filing a report on a plea alleging that burning of imported cheap waste paper and road sweep waste at brick kilns was causing air pollution. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel directed the ministry to file its response before October 14, according to a PTI report.
 
The green panel said there was absence of proper mechanism for plastic waste management, including cheap waste paper and imported hazardous road sweep waste.
 
"No report has been filed by the MoEF nor any one is present which is happening in several important cases as already noted. The joint secretary MoEF may remain present during the hearing on the next date," the bench said.

Institutes of higher learning have come up fast under CM Nitish Kumar in Bihar: PM Modi after inaugurating petro projects

Raghuvansh Prasad Singh was a true stalwart with phenomenal understanding of rural India: President Kovind

Latest News LIVE: Former Union Minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh dies at AIIMS Delhi

Former union minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh died at AIIMS, Delhi on Sunday, a close aide said. Singh died around 11am due to breathlessness and other complications, Kedar Yadav, who remains by the side of the septuagenarian, told PTI. He is survived by two sons and a daughter, he said. Singh's wife had died earlier.
 
The body of the 74-year-old leader will be brought to Patna for performance of the last rites, the aide said. Singh had fallen critically ill late Friday night and was put on a ventilator in ICU in the AIIMS, Yadav added. Earlier in June he had tested positive for COVID and was admitted at AIIMS Patna. He was taken to AIIMS in the national capital recently following post Covid-19 complications.

Raghuvansh Prasad Singh's demise has left a void in the political sphere of Bihar: PM Modi

India's coal import declined by 34.9 per cent to 12.46 million tonnes (MT) in August on account of subdued demand for the dry fuel from consuming sectors like power and cement.
 
The country imported 19.14 MT of coal in August last year, according to provisional compilation by mjunction, based on monitoring of vessels' positions and data received from shipping companies. mjunction, a joint venture between Tata Steel and SAIL, is a B2B e-commerce company that also publishes research reports on coal and steel verticals.
 
Also, the first five months of the current fiscal saw 32.51 per cent decline in coal import at 73.08 MT, over 108.29 MT during the year-ago period, it said. "Although there has been a modest recovery in coal-consuming sectors such as power and cement, coal stock continues to be ample and hence import demand subdued. If we go by the current trend, coal imports may see a significant decline this year," it said. READ MORE...

PM Narendra Modi dedicates three Petroleum Sector projects in Bihar today

Delhi Police denies charging Yechury, Yogendra Yadav, Jayati Ghosh in riots case

Delhi Police on Sunday refuted media reports that Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Sitaram Yechury, psephologist Yogendra Yadav and economist Jayati Ghosh were arraigned as accused in the supplementary chargesheet filed by it in the case related to the northeast Delhi violence.
 
A statement today by the Delhi Police clarified to say that a report put out by an online news agency that "the names are part of the disclosure statement of one of the accused in connection with organizing and addressing the Anti-CAA protests" was incorrect. The Delhi Police also took to Twitter to post its rebuttal.
 
"It is worth mentioning that the disclosure statement has been truthfully recorded as narrated by the accused person. A person is not arraigned as an accused only on the basis of disclosure statement," the statement said, according to ANI.

MOIL working on new projects worth Rs 581 crore at mines in MP, Maharashtra

State-owned manganese ore mining firm MOIL Ltd is working on multiple new projects worth cumulatively Rs 581 crore at its mines in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, according to its annual report. The company is aiming to complete these projects by August 2021, the miner said in its Annual Report 2019-20. At Munsar mine in Maharashtra, the company is setting up a new vertical shaft at a depth of 160 metres at a capital cost of Rs 51.32 crore.
 
The scheduled completion of the work, it said, was in April 2020. However, the work is in progress and the completion of the project shall be in November 2020, the report said. Another project of Rs 77.15 crore for setting up a sinking vertical shaft at a depth of 324 metres is going on at the company's Ukwa mine in Madhya Pradesh.

Candidates arrive at an examination centre in Bengaluru for NEET exam

Latest News LIVE: Kolkata Metro resumes services with NEET special trains

The wheels of Kolkata Metro started rolling again with passengers on Sunday after nearly six months with special services for NEET examinees and their guardians. Regular passenger services will commence on Monday with social distancing measures and other safety protocols in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, a Metro official said.
 
NEET aspirants, many accompanied by their guardians, queued up in front of metro stations to reach their examination centres well before 10 am when the first trains started from both ends of the North-South line -- Noapara and Kavi Subhash.

NEET exams begin today amid strict Covid-19 protocols at exam centres

The National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) is being held on Sunday across the country amid stringent checks and protocols in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. Over 15 lakh candidates have registered for the undergraduate exam. The NEET exam is being held days after the JEE (Main) was held across the country.
 
The National Testing Agency (NTA), the body organising the exam has put in place a raft of measures such as increasing the number of exam centres and reducing number of students in a room in view of the Covid-19.
 
Originally scheduled for May 3, has been deferred twice due to Covid-19 first it was postponed to July 26 and then to September 13. In Siliguri, which has 25 exam centres for NEET. One of the exam centres, Siliguri Institute of Technology(SIT) took all the precautionary measures as per the NTA directions.

Amit Shah admitted to AIIMS for 1-2 days for complete medical check up before Parliament session


Retail inflation to come down with easing of Covid-19 lockdowns: CEA

Attributing the rise in inflation to supply-side frictions, Chief Economic Adviser K V Subramanian has exuded confidence that retail inflation will come down in the days ahead with the easing of lockdowns.
 
According to the government data, retail inflation rose to 6.93 per cent in July, mainly driven by rising prices of food items like vegetables, pulses, meat and fish. However, wholesale price-based inflation declined 0.58 per cent in July, even as food items turned costlier.
 
"If you look at inflation...it's primarily because of those supply-side frictions, but as local lockdowns are actually being reduced, these frictions should basically go down," he told PTI.

Candidates arrive at an examination centre in Siliguri for National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) exam

No all-party meeting ahead of Parliament's monsoon session

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi will not be holding an all-party meeting before the monsoon session of Parliament in the wake of Covid-19. An all-party meeting is conferred before the commencement of parliamentary sessions to discuss the agenda and set targets. However, a meeting of the Business Advisory Committee of Rajya Sabha is scheduled to be held today in the Parliament.
 
The Monsoon Session of the Parliament is scheduled to commence on Monday and is slated to conclude on October 1. There will be no question hour and private members' business during the monsoon session.
 
All employees and officials will undergo an RT-PCR COVID-19 test ahead of the session. While the attendance of parliamentarians will be recorded through a mobile app designed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) to curtail the risk of COVID-19 spread. READ MORE...

Haryana farmers protest against three agriculture ordinances

Farmers took out a protest rally over the introduction of three ordinances in the agriculture sector, in Haryana's Kurukshetra on Saturday. "These ordinances will create a system under which mandis will collapse and MSP scheme will be repealed," said Bharatiya Kisan Union state chief Gurnam Singh.
 
"We were lathi-charged earlier and it is condemnable. The government should not have stopped the rally. Even political leaders are conducting rallies amid COVID-19 crisis. Police had resorted to lathi-charge leaving several people injured. Cases have been registered against farmers at various places," he added.
 
Earlier on September 10, farmers blocked National Highway 44 near Kurukshetra to lodge a protest against the three recent agriculture ordinances passed by the Union Cabinet.

LIVE: Candidates arriving at examination centres for NEET exam in Chennai

At least three dead, over two dozen people missing in landslide in Nepal

At least three people lost their lives and more than two dozen others went missing due to a landslide in Barhabise Rural Municipality-7 of Nepal's Sindhupalchowk district last night, following heavy rainfall. Around 20 to 25 people are missing after the landslide swept away nine houses at Bhirkharka area in the district, Nim Phinjo Sherpa, chairman of Barhabise Rural Municipality, was quoted as saying by Republica.
 
The exact details of the losses are yet to be ascertained.
 
"We have received information that nine houses have been destroyed. We fear that 20 to 25 people are missing. We are yet to receive the exact details of the losses," Sherpa told Republica over the phone. He said he is currently on his way to the site. READ MORE...

 

Unlock 4: Commuters arrive at Rajiv Chowk metro station as all lines of Delhi Metro are open now

PM Narendra Modi to dedicate three Petroleum Sector projects in Bihar today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate three projects of the Petroleum Sector in Bihar to the nation on Sunday via video conferencing. The projects include the Durgapur-Banka section of the Paradip-Haldia-Durgapur Pipeline Augmentation Project and two Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) Bottling Plants. They have been commissioned by IndianOil and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited," according to an official statement.
 
Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan had posted on his Twitter: "Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi is committed to ensure(ing) Bihar's emergence as the nerve centre of Aatma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan. To make a prosperous and Ujjwal Bihar, PM Modi Ji will dedicate to the nation, three key oil and gas projects on 13th September 2020."
 
The video conferencing would take place at 12 pm today. Chief Minister of Bihar Nitish Kumar would also be present on the occasion. The LPG Bottling Plant at Banka, is expected to meet the rising demand for LPG in Bihar.

Problem of flooding in Bihar, UP and Jharkhand would be resolved by constructing dam in Pancheshwar, Nepal: Nitin Gadkari

Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari has said that construction of the dam with Nepal would resolve the problem of flooding by the Ganga river in Bihar and its neighbouring States.
 
"We have an understanding with Nepal to construct a dam in Pancheshwar, Nepal. Once this dam is built, we will be able to resolve the problem of floods by Ganga, particularly in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand. But we are facing problems," he said.
 
The statement from the Union Minister came just days after the eighth meeting of the Nepal-India Oversight Mechanism was held through video conferencing. The meeting made a thorough review of the implementation of the projects under bilateral cooperation. During the meeting, a comprehensive review of bilateral economic and development cooperation projects was carried out and both the countries deliberated on the issues and agreed to expedite their implementations.

More than 12 people missing after a landslide swept around 18 houses in Sindhupalchowk district of Nepal

Death toll from devastating wildfires in US West Coast approaching 30

Nearly 30 people have been killed and dozens of others remain missing amid unprecedented wildfires on the US West Coast. "There are going to be a number of fatalities, folks who just couldn't get warning in time and evacuate their homes and get to safety," Oregon Emergency Management Director Andrew Phelps told MSNBC, warning of a "mass fatality incident."
 
Tens of thousands of people in California, Oregon and Washington have been forced to evacuate amid the wildfires, NBC said on Saturday. In Oregon, the death toll from the fires currently stands at eight; in Washington, a 1-year-old boy was reported to have died in a fire.
 
According to the Saturday report from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire), a total of 19 people have been killed by wildfires in the state so far. READ MORE...

Nvidia nears deal to buy chip designer Arm for more than $40 bn: Report

Nvidia Corp is close to a deal to buy British chip designer Arm Holdings from SoftBank Group Corp for more than $40 billion (£31.26 billion) in a deal which would create a giant in the chip industry, according to two people familiar with the matter. A cash and stock deal for Arm could be announced as early as next week, Reuters reported.
 
Nvidia is known for its graphics chips that power video games, but it has developed other markets including artificial intelligence, self-driving cars and data centers. Arm supplies the chip technology for virtually all mobile devices such as phones and tablets but is also expanding into processors for cars, datacenter services and other devices.
 
The British company does not make chips. Instead it licenses out the underlying technology so others can make chips with it. It has previously collaborated with Nvidia. READ MORE...

More than 70,000 recoveries of Covid-19 patients every day across India: Health Ministry

Assam announces projects worth Rs 12,000 crore ahead of assembly polls

The Assam government on Saturday announced a slew of infrastructure projects, including hospitals, colleges and road corridors, worth Rs 12,000 ahead of the assembly polls due early next year. Himanta Biswa Sarma, who holds PWD and Finance among other portfolios, also announced the partial withdrawal of austerity measures imposed on the state government departments in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.
 
"Out of the total Rs 11,928.46 crore planned investment, Rs 5,854.46 crore will be put in from the state exchequer, while the remaining Rs 6,074 crore will be funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)," Sarma told reporters.
 
Elections to the 126-member Assam assembly is likely in March-April next year.

Coronavirus LIVE: Health Ministry issues guidelines for 'post Covid-19 management protocol

Three medical college aspirants commit suicide in Tamil Nadu fearing failure in NEET exam

A day ahead of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), three medical college aspirants in Tamil Nadu committed suicide on Saturday fearing failure. Madurai-based Jyothi Sridurga, daughter of policeman Murugasundaram, hanged herself at her residence on Saturday. As to the reason for taking the extreme step, Sridurga said in a note that she had prepared well for the exam but was scared of the result.
 
She requested not to blame anyone and conveyed her apologies to her parents for her decision. The day's second suicide happened in Dharmapuri where a boy named Aditya snuffed out his own life. In Namakkal district, another boy named Motilal hanged himself to death.

Sitaram Yechury, Yogendra Yadav named in Delhi riots supplementary charge sheet

The names of Communist Party of India (Marxist) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, Swaraj Abhiyan leader Yogendra Yadav, former JNU student Omar Khalid and other prominent people have come up in the chargesheet filed by the Delhi Police in one of the northeast Delhi riots cases, according to an IANS report.
 
The prominent personalities have been named in the disclosure statements made by accused Devangana Kalita, Natasha Narwal and Gulfisha Fatima in connection with the case. The trio is facing charges under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
 
In the disclosure statement, Gulfisha Fatima told police about the January 15 Seelampur demonstration and said, "The crowd had started growing according to the plan, big leaders and lawyers started coming in to provoke and mobilise this crowd, including Omar Khalid, Chander Shekhar Ravan, Yogendra Yadav, Sitaram Yechury, and lawyer Mahmood Pracha."

PM Narendra Modi to inaugurate three projects related to the petroleum sector in Bihar via video conferencing today


NEET exams to be held today across India amid strict Covid-19 precautions

Over 15 lakh candidates are expected to appear in medical entrance exam NEET on Sunday which will be conducted amid strict precautions in view of the COVID1-9 pandemic, according to officials of the National Testing Agency (NTA).
 
In order to maintain social distancing, the NTA has increased the number of exam centres from originally-planned 2,546 to 3,843, while the number of candidates per room has been reduced from earlier 24 to 12.
 
The crucial National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), which is a pen and paper based test unlike engineering entrance exam JEE, has already been deferred twice in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. The exam was originally scheduled for May 3, but was pushed to July 26, and then to September 13. A total of 15.97 lakh candidates have registered for the exam.

East Coast Railway starts four special trains for NEET exams today

The East Coast Railway started four special trains on Saturday and Sunday for the candidates appearing in National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) to be held on September 13, it said.
 
These trains are being run in four routes-Bhadrak-Bhubaneswar, Keonjhargarh-Bhubaneswar, Rayagada-Sambalpur, and Khariar Road-Sambalpur. Students will board these trains to reach their destination for the exams and will return their homes by the same train after their examination is over.
 
"I thank the government for starting four special trains. It has helped us a lot. I will return from this train tomorrow," Subhashree Moharana, a student from Kendujhar told ANI. READ MORE...

Delhi riots: Police mention Yechury, Yogendra Yadav, Jayati Ghosh, in supplementary charge sheet

Names of CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, Swaraj Abhiyan leader Yogendra Yadav, economist Jayati Ghosh and Delhi University professor Apoorvanand figure in a supplementary charge sheet filed by the Delhi Police in the February riots cases, allegedly for "provoking and mobilising" anti-CAA protesters.

Some of those named have also been charged with -- based on the statements of three students already arrested in the case -- asking the protesters to go to "any extreme", spreading "discontent" in the community by calling CAA/NRC anti-Muslim, and organising demonstrations to "malign the image of Government of India".

Over 2,100 commuters as Noida Metro begins full ops

The Noida-Greater Noida Metro's ridership crossed the 2,000 mark on Saturday, as it resumed full-fledged operations for the first time after over five months, officials said.

The rail service, also known as the Aqua Line, recorded 2,137 passengers throughout the day from 6 am till 11 pm, the officials said.

The Aqua Line had resumed operations this past Monday with curtailed timings. The train services between the twin cities were available in two shifts of 7 am to 11 am and 5 to 9 pm till Friday.

Suspension of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine trials showed fallacy of approach: RDIF CEO

Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) CEO Kirill Dmitriev on Saturday said that temporary suspension of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine candidate trials clearly showed the "fallacy of the approach" when countries "exclusively rely on novel and untested platforms" while choosing a vaccine for widespread use.

Amid question of full indemnification by some pharma companies from any risks from their vaccines by purchasing countries, Dmitriev clarified that Russia will not follow such approach as it has demonstrated the safety and efficiency of its human adenoviral vector platform, including its Sputnik V vaccine.

Extolling the benefits of the 'Sputnik-V' vaccine, he said that as the vaccine was based on ' human adenoviral vectors', it was proven to be 'safe and effective'.

DMRC resumes full services, 114 commuters penalised for violating norms

The Delhi Metro resumed its full services on Saturday, with the Airport Express Line re-opening after a hiatus of over 170 days due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over 1.5 lakh people had availed metro services across the various corridors till 7:30 PM. Of these, 2,268 people used the Airport Line, a senior Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) official said.

All corridors of the DMRC network are now operational and the services will follow the pre-coronavirus time schedule -- 6 AM to 11 PM.

"With the resumption of service on the Airport Express Line, all lines of the Delhi Metro network are now open! Remember to follow the guidelines when travelling. #MetroBackOnTrack," the DMRC said in a tweet earlier in the day.

NEET: Three medical aspirants die by suicide in TN

Tamil Nadu on Saturday witnessed a spate of alleged suicides by medical aspirants on the eve of the National Entrance cum Eligibility Test (NEET), with political parties opposed to the qualifying exam stepping up their demand for its scrapping.
 
The deaths brought back the focus on NEET in the state, with all political parties but for the BJP opposed to the qualifying exam.
 
A girl and two men, aged between 19 and 21, allegedly died by suicide in Madurai, Dharmapuri and Namakkal districts, sending shock waves across the state.
 
Opposition parties in the state led by the DMK slammed the BJP-led Centre over the NEET issue, even as the ruling AIADMK, also opposed to the exam, rued the deaths of the youngsters.

China's satellite fails to reach orbit

China's optical remote-sensing satellite Jilin-1 Gaofen 02C failed to enter the pre-set orbit on Saturday, official media reported here.

The satellite was launched aboard the Kuaizhou-1A carrier rocket from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center at 1:02 pm (local time).

Principal secy to PM reviews COVID-19 response in India, calls for evidence-based preparedness

Amid a record surge in coronavirus infections in the country, P K Mishra, the principal secretary to the prime minister, on Saturday called for building on the knowledge and analysis of the pandemic developed over the last few months to work out a detailed action plan for the coming days.
 
Reviewing the COVID-19 response in the country, the principal secretary directed all concerned to develop an evidence-based preparedness on all aspects of the disease with the active participation of districts and states for effectiveness, the Union Health Ministry said in a statement.

China would rather see TikTok US close than a forced sale by ByteDance

Beijing opposes a forced sale of TikTok's US operations by its Chinese owner ByteDance, and would prefer to see the short video app shut down in the United States, three people with direct knowledge of the matter said on Friday.
 
ByteDance has been in talks to sell TikTok's US business to potential buyers including Microsoft and Oracle since US President Donald Trump threatened last month to ban the service if it was not sold.
 
Trump has given ByteDance a deadline of mid September to finalise a deal.
 
However, Chinese officials believe a forced sale would make both ByteDance and China appear weak in the face of pressure from Washington, the sources said, speaking on condition of anonymity given the sensitivity of the situation.

Delhi Government resumes its project for doorstep delivery of public services



Punjab BJP demands inclusion of Punjabi in official languages of J&K

Punjab BJP chief Ashwani Sharma on Saturday appealed to Home Minister Amit Shah for the inclusion of Punjabi in official languages of Jammu and Kashmir.
 

Punjabi language should be given due recognition in Jammu and Kashmir, Sharma said in a statement here.
 

I have written a letter to the Home Minister that Punjabi be incorporated in the list too, he said.

 

Pakistan initiates unprovoked ceasefire violation in J&K sectors, Indian Army retaliating



After PM's goodies, poll-bound Bihar gets big 'power' push

With Assembly elections round the corner, the focus seems to be on Bihar.
 

After PM Narendra Modi's slew of development projects and the Centre's announcement of Darbhanga airport which will be operational soon, now, MoS, Power and fellow Bihari R.K. Singh has inaugurated a slew of initiatives in the state.

Govt in process of implementing road accident database project

The government is in the process of implementing Integrated Road Accident Database Project (iRAD)' across the country, and the related app will enable collection of accident data on the spot.
 

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways on Saturday said it has conducted a training programme on iRAD app for the officials in selected districts of Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh.

Sri Lanka's MT New Diamond stable & safe: Indian Navy



BJP President J P Nadda attends Bihar BJP core committee at Sushil Modi's residence



New ASEAN-India Plan of Action (2021-2025) adopted at ministerial meeting: MEA



Govt's 3 farm ordinances 'death knell' for agriculture, alleges Congress

The Congress on Saturday hit out at the Centre over three farm ordinances, alleging that they would subjugate the farmers "at the altar of a handful of crony capitalists" and were a "death knell" for agriculture.
 

The party asserted that it will oppose the ordinances both inside and outside Parliament and reach out to like-minded parties to put up a joint resistance on the issue.

Kamal Nath left Rs 8000 cr loan for Madhya Pradesh govt, alleges Jyotiraditya Scindia

BJP leader Jyotiraditya Scindia on Saturday alleged that previous Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Kamal Nath has left Rs 8,000 crore loan for Shivraj Singh government.
 

He claimed that former government betrayed people of the state as they did not waive off the loans of farmers even in 15 months.

Delhiites can now avail doorstep delivery of 100 public services

Delhiites can now avail the doorstep delivery of services such as those related to income certificates, driving license and new water connections, as the AAP government has restarted its ambitious scheme, which was in suspension for nearly five months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
 

According to the government, people wanting to avail the listed services at their doorstep can call 1076 or book online, besides visiting one of the 46 centres for spot-booking.

Lawyer Prashant Bhushan today filed a writ petition before SC



Incriminating materials recovered from a terrorist associate: J&K Police



Special NIA court convicts 9 more in ISIS conspiracy case in Delhi



New international standards of emission and safety measures to be implemented soon: Road ministry



Lasting ceasefire in Afghanistan only after govt implements 'Islamic' system: Taliban

A lasting ceasefire in Afghanistan will be reached once the government system in the country becomes 'Islamic', Suhail Shaheen, the spokesman for the Taliban's political office, said on the sidelines of the ongoing peace talks in Doha on Saturday.
 

"The Islamic Emirate wants the system of government to become Islamic. When this is done, a ceasefire will be reached on that day," Sputnik quoted Shaheen as saying.

Interests of minorities, women and vulnerable sections of society must be preserved: MEA



Attacks on ex-Servicemen is completely unacceptable and deplorable: Rajnath Singh



It's very wrong & kind of 'state-sponsored terror' situation: Former Maharashtra CM



Pre-paid auto-rickshaw facility set up at Shivaji Stadium metro station

Seeking to enhance last-mile connectivity for passengers, a pre-paid auto-rickshaw hiring facility has been set up at the Shivaji Stadium metro station on the Airport Express Line which resumed services on Saturday after a gap of over five months, officials said.
 

The Airport Line connects New Delhi metro station and Dwarka Sector-21 metro station via stations of the Delhi Airport.

Irdai grants exemption to insurers from requirement of issuing policy document till March 31



ED issues order to seize properties held by Lok Sabha MP worth Rs 89.19 crore



Mobile ticketing app trial in DTC buses on Anand Vihar Terminal-Mehrauli route from Monday

The trial of a contactless mobile ticketing app will begin in Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses on Anand Vihar Terminal-Mehrauli route from September 14, according to an official statement issued on Saturday.
 

The ticketing app's trial will be conducted till September 21 in 29 buses on route number 534, connection Anand Vihar Terminal and Mehrauli.

Punjab CM rolls out smart ration card scheme

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday rolled out a smart ration card scheme for providing subsidised foodgrains to 1.41 crore beneficiaries in the state.
 

He also announced a separate state-funded scheme to provide subsidised rations to nine lakh beneficiaries not covered under the National Food Security Act (NFSA).

Civil Aviation Minister reviewed the development work of Deoghar airport, Jharkhand



Kamal Nath, Digvijaya Singh betrayed farmers by not waiving off loans: Scindia



Mayawati requests Centre, states to waive school fees of children

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati urged the central and state governments on Saturday to cut down their "royal" expenses and waive the school fees of children in the larger public interest.
 

In a Hindi tweet, she said, "Following the coronavirus-induced lockdown, crores of people, who are already facing unemployment and an unprecedented crisis, are now facing the challenge of depositing the school fees of their children. It has come up in the form of protests and they have to face the police cane, which is very sad."

Indian Army takes handover from China of 5 men who went missing from Arunachal Pradesh



After Kangana Ranaut episode, DGCA warns airlines of suspending route for 2 weeks upon rule violation

An airline's flight schedule on any given route would be suspended for two weeks if any individual is found taking photographs at a government aerodrome or from a flying aircraft, according to an order by the Director-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Saturday.
 

It further said flight services on the route will be restored only after the airline has taken punitive action against those who are found guilty of the violation.

Speed of building PMAY houses improved during pandemic: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the average time of building a house under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY-Gramin) came down to 45 to 60 days during the pandemic from 125 days as migrants, who returned home during the lockdown, also contributed towards it.
 

He said under the PMAY, 18 lakh houses have been constructed in the country during the coronavirus period.

Civil aviation minister reviews development work of Darbhanga airport, Bihar



BJP workers hold protest in Malappuram against Kerala minister KT Jaleel



Nitish and Nadda hold seat-sharing talks for Bihar polls

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday held a crucial meeting with BJP president Jagat Prakash Nadda on seat-sharing among the NDA alliance partners for the assembly elections in the state.
 

Nadda, who was accompanied by party colleagues like Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, national general secretary and state in-charge Bhupendra Yadav and state president Sanjay Jaiswal, called on Kumar at his official residence 1, Anney Marg.
 

The JD(U) national president, who was accompanied by key party aide Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan, accorded a warm welcome to Nadda, who hails from Himachal Pradesh but was born and brought up in Patna.

Building capital buffers, managing liquidity crucial for MFIs: RBI article

As Covid-19 is likely to pose financial risks for microfinance institutions (MFIs), there is a need to build capital buffers and manage cash positions for micro lenders to protect their balance sheets from any disruptions, according to an article published in RBI's monthly bulletin.

The article, prepared by Snimardeep Singh of Department of Supervision, Reserve Bank of India, said though Covid-19 presents new challenges and significant financial risks for the microfinance sector, it also presents an opportunity to build long-term resilience.

Indian Army took over all five individuals (missing from Arunachal Pradesh) at Kibitu today after completing all formalities

Indian Army took over all five individuals (missing from Arunachal Pradesh) at Kibitu today after completing all formalities. Individuals will now be quarantined for 14 days as per COVID-19 protocol and will thereafter be handed over to their family members: PRO Defence, Tezpur

Govt must take steps to identify source of my WhatsApp message: Retired Navy officer Madan Sharma

Madan Sharma, the retired Navy officer who alleged he was beaten up by Shiv Sena workers in Mumbai for forwarding a message said that people should be allowed to exercise the fundamental right of freedom of expression and added that the government must step in to identify the primary source of the forwarded message.
 
"In our country, everyone has the freedom to express and Whatsapp is a medium to stay connected and share the news. The government should take steps to identify the source of a message, from where did it generate," he said speaking to ANI.
 
Talking about the incident, Sharma's daughter Dr Sheela Shamatold ANI that hours after forwarding the message, her father received a phone call and added that "a number of people from Shiv Sena attacked him. Later, the police came to our residence and insisted on taking my father with them. We have registered an FIR."

Eight ships from Indian Navy, Coast Guard avert environmental disaster; douse fire on oil vessel

In a massive effort, Indian Navy and Coast Guard in association with Sri Lankan Navy averted a major environmental disaster when they put out a fire onboard a fully laden Indian Oil Corp (IOC) chartered super tanker, saving the entire cargo and preventing an oil spill.
 
"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 New Diamond -- a 20-year old very large crude carrier (VLCC) controlled by New Shipping -- was carrying around 2,70,000 tonnes of Kuwaiti crude from Mina-Al-Ahmadi to Paradip in Odisha when it caught fire in the engine room early on September 3, close to 38 nautical miles off Sri Lanka's east coast.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes part in a programme - ‘Grih Pravesh’

DGCA asks IndiGo for report over 'safety violations' on Kangana's flight

The DGCA has asked IndiGo to take "appropriate action" after the regulator found alleged violation of safety and social distancing protocols by mediapersons in the airline's Chandigarh-Mumbai flight that had actor Kangana Ranaut as a passenger, senior officials said on Friday.
 
"We have seen some videos wherein mediapersons are standing too close to each other in the 6E264 flight on Wednesday. It seems to be a violation of safety and social distancing protocols," a DGCA official said.

DGCA seeks report from IndiGo for violating social distancing norms on a flight with Kangana Ranaut aboard

The aviation regulator, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), has sought a report from budget carrier IndiGo on alleged violation of safety and social distancing norms related to the ongoing coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic by mediapersons on board a Chandigarh-Mumbai flight, where actor Kangana Ranaut was one of the passengers, on September 9.

Four women arrested in Dhaka for abducting children

Child kidnappers have become quite active in the capital of Bangladesh and on its outskirts. The police have arrested four women for allegedly abducting kids, and rescued three children, in the past few days.
 
The police in Bangladesh capital Dhaka have arrested a 42-year-old woman on charges of abducting a minor girl.
 
Nur Nazma Akhter Alias Lupa Talukder was arrested on charges of abducting Jinia, a nine-year-old girl. Lupa allegedly abducted Jinia after offering her money, police officers told IANS.

China should work with its neighbours to peacefully resolve disputes and respect international law: US lawmaker

Expressing concern over the situation prevailing along the India-China border, a top US lawmaker on Friday said that Beijing should work with its neighbours to peacefully resolve disputes and respect international law.
 
"I'm concerned by increasing hostilities along the India-China border and urge both countries to use its longstanding diplomatic mechanisms to de-escalate the situation," Indian-American Congressman Ami Bera said.
 
Increasing military presence on either side of the Line of Actual Control is counterproductive and unhelpful, he said in a tweet.
 
"I continue to be concerned about China's provocative moves on its periphery -- from its actions in the South China Sea to the Line of Actual Control," he added.

Centre lists 23 new Bills for monsoon session of Parliament: Report

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 healthcare personnel.
 
The ordinance makes acts of violence and harassment against healthcare perso­nnel deployed in combating Covid-19 a non-bailable offence with maximum punishment of seven years imprisonment and Rs 5 lakh fine. It also protects the healthcare fraternity, including doctors, nurses and ASHA workers. Read on...

PM Modi to inaugurate 175,00 houses for poor in Madhya Pradesh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate 175,000 houses built under the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana - Gramin (PMAY-G) in Madhya Pradesh on Saturday, his office said on Thursday.
 
The Prime Minister's Office said all these houses have been built or completed during the challenging Covid-19 period.
 
He will also participate in "Grih Pravesham", a ceremony considered auspicious for a family's entry into its new house, the statement said.

Julian Assange court case to resume after coronavirus false alarm

The London court hearing on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's extradition from Britain to the United States is set to resume after a COVID-19 test on one of the participating lawyers came back negative, WikiLeaks said Friday, District Judge Vanessa Baraitser ordered the proceedings adjourned Thursday while a lawyer representing the US government was tested for the coronavirus.
 
WikiLeaks said the case is now set to continue on Monday. Assange is fighting American prosecutors' attempt to get the British government to send him to the U.S. to stand trial on spying charges. Read on...

5 missing youths from Arunachal likely to be handed over by China today

China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) is likely to hand over five youths missing from Arunachal Pradesh to the Indian authorities on Saturday, Union minister Kiren Rijiju said.
 
The PLA on Tuesday had conveyed that the five youths, who went missing on September 4 from the Sino-Indian border in Upper Subansiri district, were found by them across the border.
 
"The Chinese PLA has confirmed to the Indian Army to hand over the youths from Arunachal Pradesh to our side. The handing over is likely to take place anytime tomorrow i.e. 12th September 2020 at a designated location," Rijiju tweeted on Friday.

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