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The Supreme Court on Friday held that state governments will not be allowed to promote students without holding final year university examinations amid the coronavirus pandemic. However, the Court gave states the discretion to approach the University Grants Commission (UGC) for an extension of the deadline by which, final year exams should be completed.

The Bench held today that the decision taken by the State of Maharashtra to cancel exams amid the pandemic under the Disaster Management Act shall prevail. In its revised guidelines, the UGC mandated that all final year exams be conducted amid the COVID-19 pandemic, while following the Standard Operating Procedure.

An SC Bench had earlier reserved its judgement on whether final-year degree examinations at universities should be held before September 30 in accordance with the UGC guidelines.

The Congress, meanwhile, will hold countrywide protests today to oppose the government's decision to hold NEET 2020, JEE Main exams during the pandemic.

Also today, the Punjab Assembly will meet for a truncated, one-day session with strict protocols in place due to the pandemic. A total of 30 state legislators, including four ministers, have tested positive for coronavirus, though a few of them have recovered now.

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India's area under kharif crops hits all-time high of over 108 mn hectares

Sowing of kharif crops touched an all-time high area of 108.22 million hectares during the week ended August 28, raising hopes of a bumper harvest in excess of 149 million tonnes during the season.
 
The last all-time high kharif acreage was in the kharif season of 2016, at 107.57 million hectares. Read more

 

States' market borrowing set to get costlier; SDL yields rise 24 bps

States will find it costlier to raise money from the bond market, following the Centre’s offer on Thursday. States were told by the Centre to borrow from the market, amid the shortfall in GST revenues. Read more


Decisive moves defy setbacks as India beats Armenia in chess to enter semis

On August 22, India was playing Mongolia in the online chess Olympiad, a mega event organised by the World Chess Federation (Fide) and hosted at the Chess.com website. The Indians looked to be winning comfortably, when disaster struck.
 
Grandmasters Koneru Humpy and Vidit Gujrathi suffered near simultaneous power outages, with Humpy playing from Vijayawada and Gujrathi from Nashik. Both lost on time, while 30,000 Indian fans watched the debacle helplessly. Read more

How IndiGo CEO sees aviation shaping up amid worst crisis in history

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Buying Tata products on super app to fetch benefits, says MD Sunil D'Souza

Tata Consumer Products, whose fare includes salt, tea coffee, spices, foods, and water, was created this year with the merger of Tata Global Beverages and Tata Chemicals and has announced its plans to become a broader FMCG player. Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Sunil D’Souza tells Pavan Lall that the company, with market cap of Rs 51,000 crore, will use a bolt-on engine to reach “deep rural” markets and sell its products on Tata Group’s new “Super App” and that the goal is to become one of the group’s more important businesses. Read more


Multiplex chain PVR found guilty of profiteering, but escapes penalty

The goods and services tax (GST) profiteering watchdog has held multiplex chain PVR guilty of not passing on the benefit of lower GST rates to consumers. However, it has decided against imposing any penalty. This is because PVR, Telangana, voluntarily deposited Rs 13.72 lakh along with interest worth Rs 35,800 to the consumer welfare fund, in compliance with the anti-profiteering rules under GST. Read more

INS Nireekshak, a diving support vessel of Indian Navy, docks at Port Louis

Retired IAS officer Utpal Kumar Singh appointed as Lok Sabha Secretary

Barcelona star Messi remains silent after Bartomeu's offer to resign

While the wait to hear from Lionel Messi goes on, Barcelona continues to do everything it can to try to convince him to stay.
 
The club has told Messi that president Josep Bartomeu will resign if that is what it takes to keep the playmaker, but Barcelona said on Friday there was no word yet from Messi on the offer.
 
Bartomeu is willing to step down on the condition that Messi publicly says that the president was the reason for the Argentina star wanting to leave, Barcelona said while confirming reports from Spanish media. Messi on Tuesday expressed his desire to leave by sending Barcelona a burofax — a certified document similar to a telegram — invoking a contract clause that allowed him to depart after the end of the season.
 
Barcelona said the clause expired on June 10 and told Messi it wants him to stay until the end of his contract in June 2021.
 
Without directly accusing Bartomeu, Messi has been outspoken against the club's decisions this season, the team's first without a title since 2007-08.
 

SC upholds UGC guidelines, says no State, university can promote students in final year without exams

Upholding the UGC guidelines, the Supreme Court on Friday held that no State and University can promote students in the final year/terminal semester without holding the examination, observing performance in such exams are a “reflection of competence” of the students.
 
The court also ruled that the directives by the University Grants Commission(UGC) to universities and colleges to hold final year exams by September 30 was well within its domain.
 
A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R S Reddy and M R Shah said if any State/Union Territory in exercise of their jurisdiction under the Disaster Management Act(DMA) has taken a decision that it is not possible to conduct the final year/terminal semester examination by September 30, then they can make an application to the UGC for extending the deadline.
 
The application shall be considered by the UGC and the rescheduled date be communicated to such State/Union Territory at the earliest, it said.
 
It held that the State Governments or State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) in exercise of powers under the Disaster Management Act(DMA), 2005 has no jurisdiction to take a decision that the students of final year/terminal students should be promoted on the basis of earlier year assessment and internal assessment.
 

Waterlogging in several areas after rains in Delhi

Heavy rains in Delhi on Friday led to waterlogging in several parts of the city, according to municipal reports.
 
In north Delhi, waterlogging took place at seven different locations in areas, including Karala, Burari and Prem Nagar.
 
Trees fell at four different locations, according to a monsoon report released by the North Delhi Municipal Corporation.
 
In south Delhi and east Delhi too, waterlogging occurred in several areas.
 
In areas falling under the South Delhi Municipal Corporation, water stagnation was recorded at Devli Extension, Nizamuddin West Market, among other places, the SDMC report said.
 
Falling of trees was reported from seven different locations, including Madangir, Maharani Bagh and Saket Court area.

Manufacturing defect leads Boeing to ground several 787 jets

Boeing has found manufacturing defects on some of its 787 long-range airliners in areas where parts of the fuselage are joined together, the latest setback for the aircraft maker whose 737 Max is still grounded after two deadly crashes.
 
The company said Friday that eight planes must be inspected and repaired before they are allowed to fly, and it contacted the airlines, which removed those planes from service. The airlines were not identified.
 
Boeing Co. said that it discovered “two distinct manufacturing issues” toward the rear of certain 787s that means the planes don't meet design standards. The company said it notified the Federal Aviation Administration and is trying to determine the cause of the problem.
 
The issue was first reported by The Air Current, which said it was the first known instance of a structural problem with the plane's mostly carbon-fiber fuselage causing Boeing to tell airlines to ground 787s.
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Turkish lawyer dies on hunger strike demanding fair trial

A human rights lawyer on hunger strike in a Turkish prison to demand a fair trial for herself and colleagues has died, an attorney's group said.
 
Ebru Timtik, 42, died in an Istanbul hospital late Thursday, the Progressive Lawyers' Association said. She had been fasting for 238 days.
 
The lawyer and 17 of her colleagues were accused of links to the outlawed Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front, or DHKP/C, a militant group designated a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union. She was convicted in March 2019 and sentenced to 13 years and six months in prison.

Her case was under review by an appeals court.
 
Timtik started the hunger strike in February to protest alleged unfair proceedings during the trial, along with another colleague, Aytac Unsal, who is reported to be in a critical condition.
 

India co-sponsors UN resolution calling for greater participation of women in peacekeeping forces

India, one of the largest troop contributors to UN peacekeeping operations, has co-sponsored a Security Council resolution that calls for "full, effective and meaningful participation" of women personnel in peacekeeping operations.
 
India's Permanent Mission to the UN, in a tweet on Friday, said "India is proud to co-sponsor" the resolution which was put forth by Indonesia.
 
"We are proud to co-sponsor the UN Security Council Resolution on ‘women in peacekeeping' that calls for full, effective and meaningful participation of women in peacekeeping operations," the Indian mission said.
 
"In line with the priorities we (India) have set for ourselves, during our tenure in the Security Council beginning 2021, India will continue to push for greater involvement of women in all areas,” the Indian mission said.
 
In June, India was elected non-permanent member of the Security Council for a two-year term beginning January 1, 2021. It will serve as the president of the powerful 15-nation UN body for the month of August, 2021. India will preside over the Council again for a month in 2022.
 

Sushant Singh Rajput Death Case: Rhea Chakraborty, brother leave from Santa Cruz Police Station

Court grants 6 days ED remand to suspended AAP councillor Tahir Hussain in a money laundering case

Sushant Singh Rajput case: Team of Mumbai Police, including women constables, arrives at DRDO guest house



BJP's 'political epidemic' to be defeated in 2021 polls: Mamata

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday urged the student community to fight back the BJP's attacks, and vowed to give a "taste of freedom" to the entire country by defeating the saffron party's "political epidemic" in the 2021 Assembly polls in the state.
 

She also slammed the Centre over its decision to conduct JEE and NEET exams in September, and said the Union government's "adamant approach" will add to the COVID-19 woes as examinees may get infected by the virus while travelling to and fro examination centres.

 

PM Modi to virtually inaugurate College & Administration Buildings in Jhansi, UP tomorrow



Need to have effective, sensitive security system for all: PM Modi

The emphasis of the government is to have a modern, effective and sensitive security architecture that can inspire a sense of safety among all sections of the society, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday.
 

He said this in a message on the 50th raising day of the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD). The prime minister's message was read during a webinar event held at the Union home ministry in North Block here that was attended by Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy and Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla.
 

The BPRD was raised this day in 1970 and it works as a policing think tank under the ministry.

Pakistan violates ceasefire along Line of Control in Mendhar sector of Poonch district



Govt to appoint secretary-rank officer to head National Recruitment Agency

The Centre will appoint a secretary-rank officer as the chairman of the National Recruitment Agency (NRA), which will conduct online Common Eligibility Test to shortlist candidates for majority of central government jobs, a Personnel Ministry order said on Friday.
 

Besides the chairman, the NRA will have eight members -- a secretary of the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) or his representatives, representatives of the Ministry of Railways and the Department of Financial Services, chairmen of the Staff Selection Commission (SSC), the Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) and the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS), and two experts from the field of academics, it said.
 

It will also have a Secretary and Controller of Examinations and the post will be held by an officer at the level of joint secretary to the government of India. The officer will be appointed on deputation basis, the order said.

 

Pandemic at its peak, don't hold NEET, JEE exams: Chhattisgarh CM

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Friday strongly opposed the Centre's decision to hold NEET and JEE entrance exams amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
 

He said it was not appropriate to conduct examinations when the pandemic is at its peak in the country.
 

Various opposition parties, including the Congress, have demanded that the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) be deferred due to the COVID-19 pandemic and floods in parts of the country, even as the Union government has made it clear that they will be held as per schedule with due precautions.

River Mahanadi at Kalma, River Kharun in Raipur are flowing in extreme flood situation



Heavy rains lash parts of MP, red alert issued for 6 districts

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Friday issued a red alert of extremely heavy rainfall for six districts of Madhya Pradesh amid incessant downpour that lashed large parts of the state.
 

Narsinghpur district received 353 mm rainfall in the last 33 hours ending 5.30 pm, the MeT department said.
 

Chhindwara and Betul received 95 mm and 75 mm rainfall, respectively, from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm, said meteorologist S N Sahu of the IMD's Bhopal office.

Padma awards nominations open till September 15: MHA

The Union Home Ministry on Friday said the process of online nominations for the 2021 Padma awards, recognising distinguished and exceptional achievements and service in various disciplines, will be available till September 15.
 

The nominations or recommendations for the Padma awards will be received online only on the portal https://padmaawards.gov.in, a home ministry statement said.

25k people will get direct employment opportunities in J-K as 3 bamboo clusters coming up: Singh

Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Friday said 25,000 people will get direct employment opportunities in Jammu and Kashmir as three bamboo clusters will be developed in Jammu, Katra and Samba for making bamboo baskets, incense sticks and charcoal.
 

Singh, the Union minister for PMO and Development of Northeastern Region (DoNER), also said that a mega bamboo industrial park near Jammu and a bamboo technology training centre in the region will come up within two years of the allotment of land by the Jammu administration.

CISF launches mobile app for its pensioners

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) on Friday launched a mobile application for its pensioners as part of an e-office initiative introduced in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, officials said.
 

"The pensioners corner app will be available in both web and Android platforms with the facility for pensioners to access their data on the move."


"The new app will also have an SMS invitation system for the pensioners on important events happening at their nearest CISF unit," an spokesperson for the force said.

India placed 72nd on global list with average monthly wage of Rs 32,800: Report

India has been ranked a lowly 72nd among 106 countries in terms of the average wage per month, while Switzerland topped the chart, according to a global ranking of average wages prepared by Picodi.com.
 

With an average monthly wage of Rs 32,800 (USD 437), India has been ranked a lowly 72nd among 106 countries surveyed by Picodi.com, an international e-commerce platform which provides discount coupons.
 

Switzerland, where the average wage converted into rupees amounts to Rs 4,49,000 (USD 5,989), topped the ranking, while in Cuba the average wage is the lowest at Rs 2,700 (USD 36), it said.

Out of 4 terrorists killed, one was a special police officer who fled with AK-47: Kashmir police IG



Punjab Vidhan Sabha passes a resolution rejecting the farm ordinances, electricity bill



Yamuna water level swells further after rains; borders warning mark in Delhi

The water level of theYamunain Delhi rose to 204.41 metres on Friday, precariously close to the warning mark of 204.50 metres following heavy rains, officials said.
 

The water level rose because of rains in Delhi and neighbouring areas, he said.
 

"The water level was recorded at 204.41 metres at the Old Railway Bridge at 5 pm. It was 204.30 metres at 9 am on Friday morning and 203.77 metres at 10 am on Thursday," an official of the Irrigation andFloodControl department said.

 

Sushant death: ED summons Goa businessman; NCB gathers details

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned a Goa-based businessman in connection with its money laundering probe linked to the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, officials said on Friday.
 

They said Gaurav Arya, who runs a hotel in the coastal state, has been asked to depose before the central probe agency at its office in the Ballard Estate area of Mumbai on August 31.
 

The summons was stuck at his property in Goa as the agency was not able to get in touch with him, they said.

Sebi slaps Rs 70 lakh penalty on 14 individuals for fraudulent trading activities

Markets regulator Sebi has imposed a total fine of Rs 70 lakh on 14 individuals for indulging in fraudulent trading activities in the shares of Vani Commercials Ltd more than three years ago.
 

The 14 individuals were found to have carried out circular and sychronised trades among themselves in the company's shares and created artificial volumes.
 

The regulator carried out an investigation into the scrip of Vani Commercials for the May 26, 2017 to October 30, 2017 period.

Centre saying lakhs of admit cards downloaded, what kind of argument is this?: Jharkhand CM



NCB officials asked for more details from ED in Sushant Singh Rajput's case



Two unidentified terrorists killed in an encounter with security forces in Shopian district



Govt should announce special stimulus package for auto industry: Bosch

The government should come up with a special stimulus package for the domestic automobile industry in order to revive the segment which is expected to de-grow in the current financial year as well, Auto components major Bosch said.
 

While addressing shareholders at the company's 68th annual general meeting (AGM), Bosch Ltd Chairman Bernhard Straub said the downtrend in the Indian automotive segment continues against the backdrop of cyclical and structural changes accompanied by added pressure of the COVID-19 pandemic uncertainties.

 

Congress, its youth wing stage protests in Haryana and Punjab against holding of JEE, NEET

The Congress and its youth wing on Friday staged protests at many places in Haryana, Punjab and their joint capital Chandigarh against the holding of JEE and NEET amid the COVID-pandemic.
 

Various opposition parties, including the Congress, have demanded that the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) be deferred due to the COVID-19 pandemic and floods in parts of the country, even as the Union government has made it clear that they will be held as per schedule with due precautions.
 

In Haryana, Congress leaders and workers held protests at many places including Karnal, Kaithal, Bhiwani and Sirsa.

Encounter breaks out between security forces and terrorists in Kiloora area of Shopian district



We will file an appeal in SC on behalf of students: Mamata Banerjee



Cuts in the water supply to Mumbai will be lifted from tomorrow onwards: BMC



Yogi Adityanath says UP govt in favour of holding NEET, JEE

The Uttar Pradesh government is in favour of holding the NEET and JEE, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on Friday.
 

The statement comes following opposition parties including the Samajwadi Party and Congress demanding that the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for medical colleges and Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) for engineering colleges be deferred due to COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Finance Minister Sitharaman to address on topic Atmanirbhar Bharat



NEET, JEE examinations must be conducted on time so that one year doesn't get wasted: MP CM



Housing ministry advises states to reduce stamp duty on property transactions

Housing and Urban Affairs Secretary Durga Shanker Mishra on Friday hailed the Maharashtra government's decision to reduce stamp duty on registration of properties and advised other states to do the same to boost demand in the real estate sector.
 

Addressing a webinar organised by industry body PHDCCI, he assured the industry that the ministry would examine its various demands, including one regarding need for a change in income tax law to enable builders reduce their selling prices of apartments.

CM Yediyurappa today held a high-level meeting on the pending issues of Karnataka's Mines and Land Sciences Dept



BPR&D played vital role in strengthening India's internal security: Amit Shah

The Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR & D) has played an important role in strengthening India's internal security, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said, while congratulating the organisation on its Golden Jubilee Anniversary on Friday.
 

"Greetings to the Bureau of Police Research and Development on its Golden Jubilee Anniversary. The BPR & D has played a vital role in strengthening India's internal security through research and development. I salute BPR & D's continuous quest for a robust and modern police system in the country," Shah tweeted.

NEET, JEE exams: Ministers of 6 opposition-ruled states move SC, seek review of order

Ministers of six opposition-ruled states moved the Supreme Court on Friday seeking review of its order permitting the Centre to conduct NEET and JEE entrance exams this year amid the persisting COVID-19 pandemic.
 

The review plea has been filed by ministers from West Bengal (Moloy Ghatak), Jharkhand (Rameshwar Oraon), Rajasthan (Raghu Sharma), Chhattisgarh (Amarjeet Bhagat), Punjab (B S Sidhu) and Maharashtra (Uday Ravindra Sawant).
 

The plea, filed through advocate Sunil Fernandes, said the apex court order fails to satisfy safety and security concerns of students appearing for the exams.

CPI(M) targets govt over 'Act of God' remark on GST revenue shortfall

The CPI(M) on Friday hit out at the government over the shortfall in GST revenues and claimed it was "blaming the heavens" after its "cronyism, incompetence and callousness" destroyed the economy.
 

The Centre on Thursday placed before the GST Council two options for borrowing by states to meet the shortfall in GST revenues pegged at Rs 2.35 lakh crore in the current fiscal.

Kerala Police cane-charged Youth Congress workers who were staging a protest demanding CM resignation



Hemant Soren writes to Centre to postpone JEE, NEET exams

Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren has written to Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank to postpone the IIT-JEE and NEET examinations.
 

"Both these competitive examinations are extremely critical in the career of a student as the success or otherwise in these examinations would decide the course of their future life. Every examinee would thus try to put his best foot forward and, therefore, it is extremely essential to ensure that they take these examinations in an environment of health safety and mental peace," said the letter.

CII launches Artificial Intelligence Forum chaired by IBM's Sandip Patel

Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on Friday said it has established a new forum on artificial intelligence chaired by IBM's India/South Asia Managing Director Sandip Patel.
 

The forum prioritises artificial intelligence (AI) as a driver of economic and business revival.
 

The CII AI Forum will focus on building a strong AI ecosystem in India by building awareness at scale and enhancing capabilities by skilling/reskilling workforce for the future, CII said.

Govt will work tirelessly to ensure efficient norms for MSMEs, startups: Kant

Thegovernment will continue to work tirelessly to ensure efficient and effective norms forMSMEs, businesses,startupsand entrepreneurs and make India one of the easiest countries to invest and create wealth, NitiAayogCEOAmitabhKant said on Friday.
 

Kant further said Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of Ease of Living for citizens of India will be the government's focus.

DGCA permits airlines to serve pre-packed snacks, meals and beverages on domestic flights



India can be business hub to achieve Sustainable Development Goal: UN chief

India can be the business hub to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal of ensuring affordable and clean energy for all, UN chief Antonio Guterres said on Friday, expressing confidence that the Indian government's decision to raise its target of renewable energy capacity will attract more international investors.
 

The Secretary-General underlined that like all countries, India is at a crossroad and yet despite the significant challenges the country faces in bringing shared prosperity to its population, it has in many ways embraced clean technology and a sustainable energy future.

 

Congress launches campaign against government's decision to hold NEET and JEE exams during coronavirus pandemic

Congress launches campaign against government's decision to hold NEET and JEE exams during coronavirus pandemic; Rahul Gandhi urges people to speak up for safety of students

DGCA asks airlines to put on 'no-fly list' those passengers who do not wear masks during flight and violate coronavirus SOPs

Directorate General of Civil Aviation asks airlines to put on 'no-fly list' those passengers who do not wear masks during flight and violate coronavirus SOPs.

Ministers from 6 States file review petition in the SC seeking review of August 17 order of the Court and postponement of JEE,_NEET scheduled to be held in Sep

Ministers from 6 States- West Bengal, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Punjab & Maharashtra file review petition in the Supreme Court seeking review of August 17 order of the Court and postponement of #JEE_NEET scheduled to be held in September.

SC refuses to entertain PIL to postpone Bihar polls, says coronavirus cannot be ground

Stating that Covid-19 cannot be a ground for postponing the Bihar elections, the Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a PIL seeking to defer the assembly polls till the state is free of the novel coronavirus.
 
The Election Commission of India will consider everything, a bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan said.
 
The bench, also comprising Justices R S Reddy and M R Shah, said it is a premature petition as no notification for the assembly polls has been issued till now.

Congress party protests against government's decision to hold NEET 2020, JEE Main exams during the coronavirus pandemic

Bihar elections 2020: Supreme Court rejects plea seeking postponement of Assemble elections till Bihar is declared coronavirus and flood free.

SC says the petition is premature.

In its revised guidelines, UGC has mandated that all final year exams be conducted amid the Covid-19 pandemic, while following the Standard Operating Procedure


Will final year exams be held before Sept 30 as mandated by UGC?

At 10.30 am, a Justice Ashok Bhushan led bench of the Supreme Court to hand down judgment on a batch of pleas challenging UGC Guidelines 

Madhya Pradesh: Normal life disrupted in Mokhra village of Chhatarpur due to severe waterlogging

Uttarakhand: Badrinath National Highway blocked due to landslide

US Presidential elections 2020: Pelosi says there shouldn't be any Biden-Trump debates

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that she doesn't believe there should be any presidential debates between sitting President Donald Trump and 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
 
"I don't think that there should be any debates," Pelosi said on Thursday during a press conference on Capitol Hill. "I do not think that the president of the United States has comported himself in a way that anybody has any association with truth, evidence, data and facts."
 
"I wouldn't legitimize a conversation with him nor a debate in terms of the presidency of the United States," she added, Xinhua news agency reported.
 

Mexican army finds unfinished tunnel under Rio Grande river

The Mexican army said Thursday that soldiers patrolling along the Rio Grande river have found an unfinished tunnel that was apparently dug under the river bed in a bid to reach US territory.
 
Predictably, the tunnel flooded and was found partly full of water. The army said a small pump was found at the mouth of the structure and was apparently used to clear water from it.
 
Photos distributed by the army showed the builders had tried to shore up the walls of the shaft with timbers that appeared to be buckling.
 
The army said the tunnel was found earlier this week near the city of Matamoros, across the border from Brownsville, Texas. The tunnel was apparently used for illegal activities.
 
The river, known in Mexico as the Rio Bravo, is a frequent crossing point for drugs and migrant smuggling.

Congress to hold nationwide protests against holding of NEET, JEE

The Congress will hold countrywide protests on August 28 to oppose the government's decision to hold NEET, JEE exams during the pandemic.
 
In a statement AICC general secretary KC Venugopal said the move is in line with concerted opposition to this "dictatorial move" of the government.
 
State units of the Congress will be holding protests today at 11 am in front of central government offices at state and district headquarters, he said.

BJP accuses Congress of doing 'politics' over issue of JEE (Main) and NEET exams

BJP accuses Congress of doing 'politics' over issue of JEE (Main) and NEET exams, says Modi govt won't let the opposition party 'spoil' students' future to find relevance

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