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Latest news today live updates: Television actor Sameer Sharma allegedly committed suicide at his home in suburban Malad, police said today. Sameer Sharma, 44, who worked in serials like 'Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi', 'Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki' and 'Yeh Rishtey Hain Pyar Ke', was found hanging from a ceiling fan in the kitchen of his flat in Malad (West) on Wednesday night, a police official said.

No suicide note was found at the spot and it is suspected he hanged himself two days back, Malad police station's senior inspector George Fernandes said.

Meanwhile, intermittent heavy showers continued to lash Mumbai a day after it was battered and shattered by stormy weather that left a trail of destruction, fallen trees or branches, hundreds of vehicles submerged or broken down, officials said here on Thursday.

A total of 34 roads and nine state highways have been closed for traffic movement in Maharashtra's Kohlapur on Thursday due to severe flooding in the area, a statement from the Kolhapur district administration informed.

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2:08 AM IST The head of the World Health Organization hopes the United States leadership will reconsider its departure from the U.N. health agency.   Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says the US was well recognized both for its generosity and support of global health projects in the past.   You cannot defeat this virus in a divided world, Tedros said of a country that contributes more than $450 million to the agency every year.

2:07 AM IST The US Senate unanimously voted to approve a bill banning federal employees from using TikTok app on government-issued devices, amid threats from the White House to ban the company: Reuters — ANI (@ANI) August 6, 2020

12:21 AM IST The United Nations says it is releasing $9 million to address immediate needs following the explosion that devastated Beirut and help strengthen operations in the city's hospitals.   U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said on Thursday the money from the Lebanese Humanitarian Fund will be following by additional funds from the U.N.'s Central Emergency Response Fund.   He said the UN is carrying out assessments of the damage and needs resulting from the massive explosion and hopes to hold a meeting on Monday to inform the 193 UN member states of the results and launch an appeal to help Lebanon.

10:58 PM IST Girish Chandra Murmu appointed as the Comptroller & Auditor General of India (CAG): Ministry of Finance He had stepped down as the Lieutenant Governor of J&K yesterday. pic.twitter.com/LAFgqcEKkb — ANI (@ANI) August 6, 2020

10:29 PM IST State-owned Punjab National Bank (PNB) on Thursday announced the launch of a scheme to facilitate cash credit or loans to weavers against their credit requirements.   Under the PNB Weaver Mudra Scheme (PNBWMS), the bank has launched a credit card plan under which loans up to Rs 2 lakh to weavers will be granted as per the scheme of the Ministry of Textiles.   The scheme aims to provide adequate and timely assistance to weavers by way of cash credit or loan by way of loan or cash credit for their credit requirements such as investments and working capital flexibly and cost-effectively in both rural and urban areas, the bank said in a statement.

8:52 PM IST Chennai Customs seized 740 MTS imported ammonium nitrate. It is kept in safe custody at a Container Freight Station (CFS) in Manali, Chennai. It is located approx 20 km away from the city & there is no residential locality within 2km. All safety measures being taken: Customs Dept pic.twitter.com/ItmSuglaC8 — ANI (@ANI) August 6, 2020

8:30 PM IST The Supreme Court Thursday asked the Maharashtra government to apprise it of the inquiry and action taken against the errant police personnel in the alleged lynching of three people, including two seers, in Palghar district in April.   A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan and R Subhash Reddy asked the state government to also file the charge sheet before it, saying it would like to examine them.   A further affidavit dated July 29, 2020 has been filed by the State of Maharashtra which mentions in paragraph 3 that two charge sheets have been filed in July 2020. Let the State bring the charge sheets on record, the bench said. READ MORE...

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WHO hopes US leadership will reconsider its departure

The head of the World Health Organization hopes the United States leadership will reconsider its departure from the U.N. health agency.
 
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says the US was well recognized both for its generosity and support of global health projects in the past.
 
You cannot defeat this virus in a divided world, Tedros said of a country that contributes more than $450 million to the agency every year.

US Senate approves bill banning federal employees from using TikTok app

UN releasing $9 million to help Beirut hospitals

The United Nations says it is releasing $9 million to address immediate needs following the explosion that devastated Beirut and help strengthen operations in the city's hospitals.
 
U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said on Thursday the money from the Lebanese Humanitarian Fund will be following by additional funds from the U.N.'s Central Emergency Response Fund.
 
He said the UN is carrying out assessments of the damage and needs resulting from the massive explosion and hopes to hold a meeting on Monday to inform the 193 UN member states of the results and launch an appeal to help Lebanon.

Girish Chandra Murmu appointed as the Comptroller & Auditor General of India

PNB launches cash credit, loan facility for weavers

State-owned Punjab National Bank (PNB) on Thursday announced the launch of a scheme to facilitate cash credit or loans to weavers against their credit requirements.
 
Under the PNB Weaver Mudra Scheme (PNBWMS), the bank has launched a credit card plan under which loans up to Rs 2 lakh to weavers will be granted as per the scheme of the Ministry of Textiles.
 
The scheme aims to provide adequate and timely assistance to weavers by way of cash credit or loan by way of loan or cash credit for their credit requirements such as investments and working capital flexibly and cost-effectively in both rural and urban areas, the bank said in a statement.

Chennai Customs Dept seized 740 MTS imported ammonium nitrate

SC seeks charge sheets of Palghar lynching case from Maharashtra govt

The Supreme Court Thursday asked the Maharashtra government to apprise it of the inquiry and action taken against the errant police personnel in the alleged lynching of three people, including two seers, in Palghar district in April.
 
A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan and R Subhash Reddy asked the state government to also file the charge sheet before it, saying it would like to examine them.
 
A further affidavit dated July 29, 2020 has been filed by the State of Maharashtra which mentions in paragraph 3 that two charge sheets have been filed in July 2020. Let the State bring the charge sheets on record, the bench said. READ MORE...

Turkey's comments on Jammu and Kashmir incorrect, biased: MEA

India on Thursday called as factually "incorrect, biased and unwarranted" Turkey's comments that removal of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir has not contributed to peace and stability in the region.
 
External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava also asked Turkey to refrain from interfering in internal matters of India.
 
"The statement is factually incorrect, biased and unwarranted. We would urge the government of Turkey to get a proper understanding of the situation on the ground and refrain from interfering in matters internal to India," he said at an online media briefing.
 
A Turkish foreign ministry spokesperson on Wednesday said that withdrawal of special powers of Jammu and Kashmir has further complicated the situation and that it has not served peace and stability in the region. The criticism came on a day marking first anniversary of India's decision on Jammu and Kashmir.

Latest News LIVE: University of Hyderabad to resume classes online from August 20

City-based University of Hyderabad (UoH) on Thursday said it has decided to resume classes in online mode for about 2,000 ongoing post-graduate students in various programmes from August 20.
 
The university had suspended classes for all batches on March 15 and has since completed the evaluation process of final semester students, allowing them to graduate, a press release from the varsity said.
 
Based on projections about the continuing COVID-19 epidemic, a task force headed by senior professor Vinod Pavaralarecommended that the university start online teaching, the release said.
 

Delhi CM Kejriwal visits sexual assault victim at AIIMS, promises Rs 10 lakh for her family

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday visited the 12-year-old girl at AIIMS on Thursday, two days after she was allegedly sexually assaulted and attacked in the national capital's Paschim Vihar area.
 
Kejriwal told reporters that the government will make sure that those found guilty will get strict punishment.
 
"I have spoken to the Police Commissioner. The police are trying to nab the accused. The govt will ensure strict punishment for the accused. The govt will provide Rs 10 lakh to her family members," he told reporters.

31 dengue cases in Delhi till Aug 1; fever clinics set up, campaign intensified

Over 30 cases of dengue have been reported in the national capital till August 1 this year, even as the civic bodies have set up separate fever clinics to attend to patients afflicted with the vector-borne disease, authorities said on Thursday.
 
Besides, the corporations have also stepped up awareness campaigns as the dengue season has now coincided with the coronavirus pandemic the city is reeling under since March, according to a PTI report.
 
According to data shared by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), the nodal agency that tabulates data on the vector-borne diseases for the entire city, 31 cases of dengue has been recorded in Delhi till August 1. The number of cases of malaria and chikungunya in the same period, stands at 45 and 18 respectively, it said.

IMD predicts heavy to very heavy rains in parts of Madhya Pradesh

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Thursday forecast heavy to very heavy rains accompanied by thunderstorm and lightning at isolated places in western parts of Madhya Pradesh till Friday morning. Heavy rainfall accompanied by thunderstorm and lightning was very likely to occur at isolated places in eastern parts of the state, the IMD said.
 
"Both the forecasts are valid till Friday morning," senior meteorologist with the IMD's Bhopal office, P K Saha, said.
 
Large parts of the state received showers in the last 24 hours, he said, adding that 14 cm rainfall was recorded in Rehti area of Sehore district during this period. Madhya Pradesh has so far received 13 per cent less than the average rainfall, the official said.

Gujarat, Goa, parts of Maharashtra likely to receive heavy rain: ANI

Gujarat, the ghat areas of Madhya Maharashtra, Konkan and Goa are likely to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall during the next 24 hours, said a notification issued by Press Information Bureau (PIB), according to an ANI report.
 
According to the notification, significant weather features of Thursday include strong surface winds over plains of northwest India during next 24 hours, along with cyclonic circulation at north Konkan and neighbourhood at mid and upper tropospheric levels tilting southwestwards with height.
 
The PIB said the monsoon trough is also active and is south of its normal position. Its western end is very likely to shift northwards gradually towards foothills of the Himalayas from August 8.

Latest News LIVE: 666 villages in 17 districts hit by floods in Uttar Pradesh

As many as 666 villages have been affected by floods across 17 districts of Uttar Pradesh, and major rivers are flowing above the danger mark at some places in the state, officials said on Thursday. The Sharda river in Lakhimpur Kheri's Palia Kalan, the Saryu river in Barabanki's Elgin Bridge, Ayodhya and Ballia's Turtipar, and the Rapti at Gorakhpur's Bird Ghat were flowing above the red mark, Relief Commissioner Sanjay Goyal said.
 
Seventeen districts in the state are now flood-affected. A total of 666 villages have been hit, out of which 446 have been marooned, Goyal said.
 
The districts affected by the floods are Ambedkar Nagar, Ayodhya, Azamgarh, Bahraich, Ballia, Balrampur, Barabanki, Basti, Gonda, Gorakhpur, Kushinagar, Lakhimpur Kheri, Mau, Sant Kabir Nagar, Siddharthnagar, Maharajganj and Sitapur, he said.

Latest News LIVE update: Flood situation in Bihar remains grave

The flood situation in Bihar remains grave as the waters have entered 1,165 panchayat areas in 16 districts of the state. Though the water level in some rivers has gone down, the Ganga is still witnessing an upsurge. The water in the Ganga river has crossed the danger mark near Kahalgaon.
 
Nineteen people have died in 121 blocks in 16 districts across the state so far. The Bihar Disaster Management Department has claimed that relief and rescue operations are continuing.
 
An official of the Bihar State Water Resources Department said on Thursday that the water level of the Kosi is dropping. However, a slight increase was noticed in the water level of the Gandak river.

Latest News LIVE: Union minister flags off 'medicine van' for Bihar flood victims

Union Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda on Thursday flagged off a 'medicine van' for the Bihar flood victims.
 
Delhi-based Thakurdwara Trust has provided medicines worthRs 15 lakh for flood-affected people. Around 2,000 volunteers have been working on the ground to help the flood victims, a statement from the tribal affairs ministry said.
 
The minister lauded the efforts of retired IAS officer Bhore Lal and his teammates at the Thakurdwara Trust for their selfless service to society, it said. Floods have claimed nine lives in Bihar.More than 66 lakh people across 16 districts have beenhit.

Karnataka CM Yediyurappa asks district incharge ministers to tour rain-hit areas

The district in-charge ministers have been asked to tour areas facing a flood-like situation, remain in their districts, and also ensure distribution of relief, Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa said on Thursday.
 
"I have already ordered release of Rs 50 crore for emergency relief works in rain-hit districts and asked ministers to take decisions about works that need to be immediately carried out in the affected areas. I have assured them of additional funds for relief work, if required," Yediyurappa said.
 
The CM had asked the state chief secretary on Wednesday to take necessary steps to face the situation arising from heavy rainfall and issued instructions for releasing Rs 50 crore for emergencies.

BCCI and Vivo end their partnership for IPL's 2020 season

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Vivo Mobile India Pvt Ltd have decided to suspend their partnership for Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2020, an IPL media advisory confirmed.
 
The 2020 edition of the IPL is scheduled to be played from September 19 - November 10 in the UAE. The decision regarding the tournament was made after the IPL's Governing Council (GC) meeting on Sunday.
 
The 13th edition of the T20 tournament will be staged at three venues (Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah) in the UAE.

Saudi Arabia, Algeria to send humanitarian aid to Lebanon after deadly Beirut blast

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has ordered emergency assistance to be sent to Beirut in solidarity with Lebanon to help the latter cope with the consequences of Tuesday's powerful explosion in the capital city's port, according to an ANI report.
 
Along with Riyadh, Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has also been inclined to send urgent assistance to Beirut after a phone conversation with his Lebanese counterpart, Michel Aoun, Tebboune's office said.
 
Four Algerian aircraft with food packages, necessary medical equipment and groups of doctors aboard are preparing to leave for Beirut, according to the office. Algeria will also send a ship carrying construction material to help Lebanon rebuild the sites that the blast destroyed, the statement read.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal arrives at AIIMS to meet 12-year-old girl who was sexually assaulted and attacked in Pashchim Vihar

Latest News LIVE: Unkal Lake in Karnataka's Hubli is overflowing due to heavy rainfall

740 tons of ammonium nitrate not at Chennai Port: Officials

Refuting some news reports about 740 tonnes of ammonium nitrate being stored at Chennai Port, an official said the consignment has been shifted out a long time back.
 
"There is no storage of 740 tonnes of ammonium nitrate at the Chennai Port. It was shifted out long back," a port official told IANS.
 
It may be recalled that 2,700 tonnes ammonium nitrate stored at Beirut port in Lebanon exploded on Tuesday killing 135 persons and injuring thousands. It was learnt that the ammonium nitrate consignment of 740 tonnes in 37 containers were imported by Amman Chemicals in 2018 as fertiliser. The consignment was imported from Korea.

Latest News LIVE: Rain batters several parts of Karnataka, flood situation looms large

Battered by torrential rains, several parts of Karnataka are facing a flood-like situation for the third consecutive year, putting lives and property at risk.
 
Several districts of the state's coastal, Malnad and north interior regions are receiving heavy rains and the showers are expected to continue, while there are reports of landslides in hilly areas of Kodagu and Chikkamagaluru districts.
 
With flood-like situation in several parts of the state, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, who is currently undergoing treatment for COVID-19 infection at a private hospital here, has ordered immediate release of Rs 50 crore for emergency relief.

A portion of a house collapsed in Dadar today, following heavy rainfall in Mumbai

Nirav Modi further remanded in custody until August 27, trial begins in Sept

Fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi, fighting extradition to India, was on Thursday further remanded in custody until August 27 after he appeared via videolink at a regular remand hearing before a UK court on charges over the nearly USD 2 billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud and money laundering case.
 
The 49-year-old jeweller, who has been lodged at Wandsworth Prison in south-west London since his arrest in March last year, appeared via videolink before District Judge Vanessa Baraitser at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London for a regular 28-day call-over hearing.
 
He was told the next hearing in the case will be a case management hearing ahead of a trial set for five days from September 7, according to a PTI report.

Security agencies seek four to six dedicated satellites for keeping close eye on Chinese military activities

Seeking to keep a closer eye on the activities of the Chinese military both near the Indian territory as well as in its depth areas all along the 4,000 kilometre Line of Actual Control (LAC), the Indian security agencies feel there is a requirement of four to six dedicated satellites which can help them keep a check on the adversary's moves.
 
The need has been felt after the Chinese Army in the garb of an exercise in the Xinjiang region on its side of the LAC mobilised more than 40,000 troops along with heavy weaponry and artillery and started rushing them towards Indian territory and transgressed into Indian territory at multiple locations surprising the Indian formations located in Leh including the 14 Corps headquarters.
 
"To improve the coverage of the activities of the Chinese troops and forces in both near Indian territory and in their depth areas, there is a need for four to six dedicated satellites with very high-resolution sensors and cameras giving ability to keep a close watch even on the movement of small objects and individuals," defence sources told ANI.
 

Haryana grants permanent relief in electricity tariff for agro-based industries & affiliated units with reduced tariff

Latest News LIVE update: Rains lash Mumbai, landslide at Malabar Hill

Intermittent heavy showers continued to lash Mumbai a day after it was battered and shattered by stormy weather that left a trail of destruction, fallen trees or branches, hundreds of vehicles submerged or broken down, officials said here on Thursday.
 
Overnight rains were reported from most parts of coastal Maharashtra including Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, besides regions of Western Maharashtra like Kolhapur, Satara and Sangli.
 
A minor landslide occurred when a portion of a hillock at the posh Malabar Hill crashed down near Pedder Road, but luckily there were no casualties. The IMD Mumbai said that the Mumbai city received 33.1 cms and the suburbs got around half or 16.2 cms rainfall, according to a PTI report.

High tide hits Mumbai's Marine Drive amid heavy rainfall in the city

SC to hear on Aug 20 Vijay Mallya's review plea on transfer of $40 mn to his children

The Supreme Court Thursday said it would hear on August 20 the petition filed by businessman Vijay Mallya, who has sought review of its 2017 order holding him guilty of contempt of court for transferring $40 million to his children, according to a PTI report.
 
The matter came up for hearing through video-conferencing before a bench comprising Justices U U Lalit and Ashok Bhushan, which adjourned it as one of the documents was not available on the record.
 
The apex court had in June directed its registry to explain as to why Mallya's review petition had not been listed before the concerned court for the last three years. It had directed the registry to furnish all the details including names of officials who had dealt with the file concerning the review petition in the last three years.

Trust for building mosque on five-acre land in Ayodhya in process of setting up office

The Trust constituted by the Uttar Pradesh State Sunni Central Waqf Board to construct a mosque on five acres of land in Ayodhya is in the process of setting up an office in the state capital, an official said on Thursday. He said the office of the Trust -- Indo-Islamic Cultural Foundation (IICF) -- will be functional in 10 to 12 days.
 
"Our Trust has been formed. As per rules, we have applied for a PAN card in its name and awaiting its delivery, after which we will be meeting online and pass a resolution for opening a bank account of the Trust," IICF Secretary Athar Hussain told PTI.

Karnataka government to release more funds if needed amid incessant rainfall: CM

The Karnataka government will release more funds if needed amid the incessant rainfall across the state. Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Thursday directed the district in-charge ministers to take appropriate precautions in the face of increasing rainfall across the state.
 
The Chief Minister has also instructed district incharge ministers not to leave the constituency MLAs and officials and visit instructed to visit affected areas. He has been instructed to take other measures, including the distribution of relief on the spot, read the CMO statement.
 

Sensex, Nifty rise on hopes of RBI support to flagging economy

Indian shares rose on Thursday, spurred by optimism that the country's central bank will unveil more measures to support a coronavirus-hit economy during its monetary policy announcement later in the day, news agency Reuters reported.
 
All major sectoral indexes except autos were trading higher ahead of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das's policy address, set to begin at noon (0630 GMT).
 
Around two-thirds of economists polled by Reuters expect the RBI to cut the repo rate, the rate at which it lends overnight funds to banks, by another 25 basis points despite rising inflation.
 

Water from Muthirapuzha river in Kerala enters low lying areas following heavy rainfall

34 roads, 9 national highways closed due to severe flooding in Maharashtra's Kohlapur

A total of 34 roads and nine state highways have been closed for traffic movement in Maharashtra's Kohlapur on Thursday due to severe flooding in the area, a statement from the Kolhapur district administration informed.
 
"The Rajaram dam is flowing at 41.10 feet, two feet above the prescribed warning level of 39 feet. The danger level is at 43 feet," it said. The statement further informed that four National Disaster Response Teams had been deployed at the site. "Several places have already been flooded due to the continuous rain. People from the affected places are being shifted to safer locations accordingly.
 
Apart from Kolhapur, people residing on the banks of the rivers in Sangli have also been asked to stay on alert due to continuous rains, according to an ANI report.

Mumbai rains: Bombay HC again suspends hearings due to heavy rains

Incessant rains lashing Mumbai once again led to Bombay high court suspending all proceedings on Thursday. This is for the second time in a week as the court had suspended all hearings of matters on Tuesday as well.

-RBI will set up an innovation hub: Governor Shaktikanta Das

An innovation hub will be set up by the Reserve Bank of India in the near future, says RBI governor Shaktikanta Das. Online dispute mechanism for digital payments will be introduced, says Das.
 

RBI Monetary Policy LIVE updates: Rs 10,000 crore additional liquidity for NABARD, NHB

RBI monetary policy: RBI governor Shaktikanta Das says that an amount of Rs 10,000 crore of additional liquidity will be provided to NABARD and National Housing Bank. This he said he will help NBFCs and housing sector tide over the liquidity crisis. 

RBI governor Shaktikanta Das says regulatory response has to be dynamic, proactive and balanced during the coronavirus pandemic

Das says fully mindful of RBI's responsibilities to maintain financial stability. 

RBI Monetary Policy LIVE updates: RBI credit policy

Real GDP growth will remain in the negative, says RBI governor Shaktikanta Das. However, he said that any positive news on the coronavirus containment efforts would change this scenario.

RBI MPC expects inflation to stay elevated in Q2FY21: Governor Shaktikanta Das

MPC expects inflation to stay elevated in Q2FY21 but is of the view that is it likely to ease in H2 aided by favourable base effects, says RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das.
 

The merchandise exports contracted for fourth consecutive month though the pace of contraction has moderated, says RBI governor Shaktikanta Das

 
 

Coronavirus impact: Inflation stays high, says RBI governor

 Domestic food inflation has remain elevated across economies ever since the Coronavirus outbreak, says RBI governor Shaktikanta Das. But he said that agriculture sector prospects have improved with the good monsoons and rise in Kharif sowing area, added Das.
 

Rajasthan High Court starts hearing BJP leader Madan Dilawar's petition against merger of 6 BSP MLAs with Congress

Rajasthan High Court starts hearing BJP leader Madan Dilawar's petition against merger of 6 BSP MLAs with Congress. Kapil Sibal, representing Rajasthan Assembly Speaker, tells court the petition is not maintainable.
 
HC had issued notice to the Speaker in the matter yesterday.

Mumbai rains: Streets waterlogged in Wadala, due to heavy rainfall in the city

Ahmedabad fire incident: Gujarat CM announces ex-gratia of Rs 400,000 each to the family of deceased and Rs 50,000 to the injured

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani announces ex-gratia of Rs 400,000 each to the family of deceased and Rs 50,000 to the injured, in Shrey Hospital fire incident: Chief Minister's Office, Gujarat

Different parts of Maharashtra face severe waterlogging and flood-like situation

Earthquake in Arunachal Pradesh: Earthquake of magnitude 3.0 occurred at 0946 hours 42kms from Tawang

Earthquake of magnitude 3.0 occurred at 0946 hours 42kms from Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh: National Centre for Seismology

Intense rainfall with strong winds likely in Mumbai today: IMD

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Thursday predicted intense rainfall over Mumbai during the next 3 hours.
 
"Intense rainfall along with strong surface winds of 40-50 kmph at isolated places are likely over Mumbai during the next 3 hours," the IMD said.
 
Various parts of Mumbai are suffering from waterlogging due to incessant rainfall.

China became 'more aggressive' during coronavirus pandemic; deployed troops along LAC: Esper

The world has seen China become "more aggressive" during the Covid-19 pandemic, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper has said, asserting that the country has deployed troops along the Line of Actual Control with India and is acting out in a way that is "inconsistent" with international norms.
 
Esper said Beijing was trying to use the coronavirus tragedy to their advantage for "propaganda purposes".
 
"What we have seen with regard to what happened in the last seven months coming as part of Covid, if you will, we've seen China become more aggressive, trying to use the tragedy, of Covid-19 to their advantage for propaganda purposes. They have really overplayed their hand and we've seen them continue to try and exercise this muscle in the South China Sea," he said on Wednesday.

Sri Lanka general election: Counting begins, Rajapaksa clan eyes landslide win

The counting of votes in Sri Lanka's twice-postponed parliamentary election began on Thursday with the powerful Rajapaksa family-run Sri Lanka People's Party (SLPP) saying it is confident of recording a historic victory by securing a two-thirds majority.
 
The election, conducted amidst COVID-19 pandemic fears, concluded in a peaceful manner on Wednesday, with a voter turnout of over 70 per cent, according to Chairman of the National Election Commission Mahinda Deshapriya.

Beirut blast death toll reaches 135

The death toll from the devastating explosion at the port of Beirut has risen to 135, Lebanese Health Minister Hamad Hassan said on Wednesday.
 
Earlier, the Lebanese Health Ministry announced that the death toll from the explosion in the port of the Lebanese capital had reached 113.
 
"The explosion killed 135 people, about 5,000 were injured, and dozens disappeared as a result of the explosion in Beirut," Hassan told Al Jazeera broadcaster.

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