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20 Sikh pilgrims killed in train-bus collision in Pakistan
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20 Sikh pilgrims killed in train-bus collision in Pakistan

People gather at the spot where a bus carrying Sikh pilgrims was hit by a train in Sheikhupura district in Pakistans Punjab, Friday, July 3, 2020. Reportedly, 19 passengers killed and 8 injured in the accident. | PTI Text Size: A- A+ Lahore: At least 20 Pakistani Sikh pilgrims returning from Nankana Sahib were killed when the driver of the mini-bus they were travelling reportedly tried to take a short cut to avoid a shut railway crossing and rammed the vehicle into a passenger train in Pakistan’s Punjab province on Friday, officials said. The mini-bus carrying around 26 Sikh pilgrims, all from Peshawar, hit the Shah Hussain Express which was coming from Karachi to Lahore at a crossing near Sheikhupura distri...
Earth-mover, armed men on roofs: How Kanpur’s wanted criminal set up ambush to kill 8 cops
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Earth-mover, armed men on roofs: How Kanpur’s wanted criminal set up ambush to kill 8 cops

The earth-mover that blocked the police's entry to Vivek Dubey's house in Kanpur | Prashant Srivastava | ThePrint Text Size: A- A+ Kanpur: In a shocking incident, eight policemen, including a circle officer (CO), were killed and seven others injured when they had gone to arrest a wanted criminal at Bikaru village in Chaubepur area of Kanpur Thursday night. The police team had gone to arrest Vikas Dubey based on a complaint of an attempted murder of a man from the nearby village. According to ADG, Kanpur Zone, Jai Narayan Singh, when the police team, consisting of personnel from three police stations of Kanpur, reached Dubey’s house, they found an earth-mover parked outside. The policemen then attempted to r...
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi tests positive for Covid-19
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Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi tests positive for Covid-19

File photo of Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi | Twitter @SMQureshiPTI Text Size: A- A+ Islamabad: Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Friday announced that he has tested positive for the coronavirus disease and quarantined himself. Taking to Twitter, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader said that this afternoon, he felt a slight fever and immediately quarantined himself at home. I have now tested positive for Covid-19. By the grace of Allah, I feel strong and energetic. I will continue to carry on my duties from home. Please keep me in your prayers, he said in a tweet. This afternoon I felt a slight fever and immediately quarantined myself at home. I have now tested positi...
Govt ‘reviewing’ remdesivir use for Covid after hospitals report liver damage in patients
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Govt ‘reviewing’ remdesivir use for Covid after hospitals report liver damage in patients

Remdesivir has been developed by US pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences | Representational image | Pixabay Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: The Union Ministry of Health has received “multiple reports” of liver damage in Covid-19 patients being treated with remdesivir, one of the drugs that has been touted as a promising treatment for coronavirus, ThePrint has learnt. According to top sources in the government, the matter of remdesivir use is “being reviewed”. The matter of its side-effects, they said, was raised during a meeting at the ministry Friday.  “We have received multiple reports both from government hospitals and private hospitals that patients who have been given this drug are showing a sudden rise ...
China refutes PM Modi’s ‘expansionist’ jibe, terms it ‘groundless’
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China refutes PM Modi’s ‘expansionist’ jibe, terms it ‘groundless’

PM Modi made a surprise visit in Leh today, accompanied by CDS Bipin Rawat and Army Chief General M M Naravane | Twitter @bjp4india Text Size: A- A+ Beijing: As Prime Minister Narendra Modi undertook a surprise visit on Friday to eastern Ladakh to meet troops amid a bitter Sino-India military standoff, China said neither side should make any move that may complicate the border situation. Modi visited Leh where he interacted with personnel of the Army, Air Force and ITBP. During his interaction, Modi, who was accompanied by Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat and Army Chief M M Naravane, said the era of expansionism is over and that India’s enemies have seen the “fire and fury” of its armed forces. “It’s g...
NEET, JEE now postponed to September amid increasing Covid-19 cases
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NEET, JEE now postponed to September amid increasing Covid-19 cases

Representational image of students queueing up for NEET | File photo: PTI Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: Amid the growing number of Covid-19 cases across the country, the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) and Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) have been postponed again. The JEE Mains examination will now be held from 1-6 September, while NEET will be held on 13 September. JEE Advanced, which is conducted by the IITs, and will be held on 27 September, Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ announced Friday. The exams had been rescheduled to July from their usual April-May slots due to the Covid-19 pandemic — with NEET to be held on 26 July and JEE (Mains) to be held between 18 a...
Australia warns of a ‘more unstable, more dangerous and more vulnerable’ post Covid world
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Australia warns of a ‘more unstable, more dangerous and more vulnerable’ post Covid world

File photo of Australian Defence Minister Linda Reynolds | Twitter: @lindareynoldswa | Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: Australian Defence Minister Linda Reynolds Thursday said the country will keep working with US, China, like-minded countries like India while speaking about Australia’s 2020 Defence Strategic Update. She also warned of a “more unstable, more dangerous” post-Covid world. “We face a post-Covid-19 world that is more unstable, more dangerous, and more vulnerable to the impacts of technological and economic disruption,” she said. Reynolds was speaking about Australia’s 2020 Defence Strategic Update, which was unveiled by Prime Minister Scott Morrison on 1 June. Read her full speech here:  ThePri...
UK govt-Sunil Mittal joint venture wins satellite sale, inching closer to space
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UK govt-Sunil Mittal joint venture wins satellite sale, inching closer to space

File photo of Sunil Bharti Mittal | Photo: Patrick T. Fallon | Bloomberg Text Size: A- A+ London: A joint bid from Indian telecommunications tycoon Sunil Mittal and the British government won an auction for bankrupt satellite operator OneWeb, taking Britain a step closer to relaunching its post-Brexit space ambitions. An arm of Mittal’s Bharti Enterprises Ltd. conglomerate and the U.K. will each commit $500 million in a deal expected to close by year end, the bidders said in e-mailed statements on Friday. Bharti will provide the company with “commercial and operational leadership” while the U.K. will have a final say over future access to the London-based satellite firm’s technology. OneWeb has been building...
India plans to halt $2.8 billion import of power equipment from China
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India plans to halt $2.8 billion import of power equipment from China

Solar panels and windmills harnessing green energy (Representative image) | Bloomberg Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: India will stop power equipment imports from China, power minister Raj Kumar Singh said, amid simmering border tensions between the two neighbors. The South Asian nation has the capability to manufacture all kinds of electricity equipment, Singh said at a meeting with energy officials of states, encouraging them to promote local procurement. China accounted for 210 billion rupees ($2.8 billion) of the total 710 billion rupees of equipment for non-renewable power projects imported in the year ended March 2019, according to Singh. Shares of state-run Bharat Heavy ELectricals Ltd., the country’s lar...
‘Remember Gauri Lankesh’: Rana Ayyub receives death & rape threats after posts on Kashmir
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‘Remember Gauri Lankesh’: Rana Ayyub receives death & rape threats after posts on Kashmir

A file photo of journalist Rana Ayyub | Photo: YouTube screengrab Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: Journalist Rana Ayyub took to Twitter Friday to share screenshots of the several rape and death threats she has been receiving on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. According to Ayyub, these threats began after she spoke out against the recent killing of Bashir Ahmed Khan, a 65-year-old Srinagar resident, who was caught in the crossfire between militants and security personnel in Kashmir’s Sopore region Wednesday. The killing triggered a massive controversy in the Valley, and a photograph of Khan’s grandson sitting atop his corpse has also gone viral. “Every time I write or speak on Kashmir, the hate is unimaginable...
Heaters, pre-boards, digital data — How Himachal Pradesh improved 2020 board exam results
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Heaters, pre-boards, digital data — How Himachal Pradesh improved 2020 board exam results

Representational image | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint Text Size: A- A+ Over the last four years, Himachal Pradesh’s board pass percentage had been steadily declining. But this year, Himachal Pradesh managed to reverse the trend for both Class 10 and 12. The pass percentage for Class 10 is now 68.11 per cent, a 7.32 percentage point increase from 60.79 per cent last year, while the pass percentage for Class 12 rose by 14.06 percentage points to 76.07 per cent from 62.01 per cent last year. The reason for the decline was this: Himachal Pradesh never had a system to benchmark and analyse board results, students’ performance, schools and subjects. This was needed to chalk out corrective action. Internal assessments...
Bihar poll officer suggests toothpicks for voting, khadi gloves in booths in state elections
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Bihar poll officer suggests toothpicks for voting, khadi gloves in booths in state elections

Representational photo | PTI Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: From use of toothpicks for voting to wearing khadi gloves once inside a polling booth — the office of the Bihar chief electoral officer (CEO) has sent several proposals to the Election Commission of India to ensure voters adhere to Covid-19 norms in the state assembly elections due in October-November. State CEO R. Srinivasa told ThePrint that there “are several proposals under consideration of the EC right now to hold the elections” in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. “There are at least three places inside the polling booth where physical contact could happen with voters,” Srinivasa said. “First, when the voter signs or puts their thumb impressi...
Modi govt’s silence on China gave ‘satellite warriors’ a free run. India will rue the damages
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Modi govt’s silence on China gave ‘satellite warriors’ a free run. India will rue the damages

File photo of PM Narendra Modi | ANI Text Size: A- A+ The Ladakh stand-off has boosted transparency, for it has given greater visibility to a species of information soldiers who could be described as ‘Satellite Warriors’. These individuals, who are mostly housed in either think tanks or media, are increasingly the main sources of satellite imagery, informing the Indian and international public about China’s military moves. Their interpretations based on commercially available satellite imagery often vary from the official descriptions of the situation on the ground. Without any official interpretations contradicting their claim, the satellite warriors are having a free run while Prime Minister Narendra Modi’...
Chirag Paswan, Nitish-Ram Vilas history, seats — why JD(U)-LJP rift is only growing
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Chirag Paswan, Nitish-Ram Vilas history, seats — why JD(U)-LJP rift is only growing

File image of Chirag Paswan | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint Text Size: A- A+ Patna: The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in Bihar is showing signs of strain, with Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) and Ramvilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party fighting it out — through statements, as of now. The LJP says it’s an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and not the JD(U). JD(U) leaders, on their part, maintain that they would be better off without the LJP. Such has been the acrimony that the LJP has actually removed one of its office-bearers for declaring that the unity in NDA was “chhatani” (rock-like). On Wednesday, LJP’s national general secretary Shahnawaz Ahmad Kaifi announced the removal of the par...
India & Nepal have an age-old friendship, Delhi committed to strengthening ties: MEA
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India & Nepal have an age-old friendship, Delhi committed to strengthening ties: MEA

File image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Nepalese counterpart K.P. Sharma Oli| Representational image | ANI Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: India and Nepal have age-old civilizational ties of friendship and New Delhi remains committed towards strengthening them, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Thursday, amid a strain in bilateral relations. India’s assertion comes days after Nepalese Prime Minister K P Oli made critical remarks aimed at India, further straining bilateral relations already impacted over the map issue. Prime Minister Oli, 68, on Sunday claimed that there have been various kinds of activities in the “embassies and hotels” to remove him from power. He said some Nepalese leaders w...
China calls for reversal of India’s ban on apps, describes action as ‘discriminatory’
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China calls for reversal of India’s ban on apps, describes action as ‘discriminatory’

Signage is displayed at the TikTok Creator's Lab 2019 event hosted by Bytedance Ltd. in Tokyo. | represenational image | Photographer: Shiho Fukada | Bloomberg Text Size: A- A+ Beijing: Days after India banned 59 Chinese apps for engaging in activities “prejudicial” to the sovereignty and integrity of the country, Beijing on Thursday issued a predictable reaction, describing New Delhi’s actions as “discriminatory” while calling for the reversal of the ban. India on Monday banned 59 apps with Chinese links, including the hugely popular TikTok and UC Browser, for engaging in “activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order”. The ban a...
NIA arrests 25-year-old Budgam resident in Pulwama attack case
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NIA arrests 25-year-old Budgam resident in Pulwama attack case

Soldiers near the bomb attack site in Pulwama | PTI file photo Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi:The NIA arrested one more accused on Thursday in connection with last year’s Pulwama terror attack, in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed, an official said. Mohammad Iqbal Rather (25), a resident of Jammu and Kashmir’s Budgam, had allegedly facilitated the movement of Muhammad Umar Farooq — a member of the Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and the key conspirator in the case — after he infiltrated into the Indian territory in the Jammu region in April 2018, a spokesperson of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) said. Farooq, along with others, had assembled the improvised explosive device (IED) use...
Indian embassy in New Zealand was secretly raided in 1989, 1991 by spy agencies: Report
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Indian embassy in New Zealand was secretly raided in 1989, 1991 by spy agencies: Report

Indian High Commission in New Zealand | Source: contactnumbers.in Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: The Indian High Commission in New Zealand reportedly became the centre of a major spy operation, not once but twice.  As part of the covert operation, code-named ‘Operation Dunnage’, the Indian mission in Wellington was raided in 1989 and 1991 as the UK wanted access to the commission’s code books. According to a report published Wednesday by Radio New Zealand or RNZ, ‘Operation Dunnage’ was conducted jointly by New Zealand’s spy agency, Security Intelligence Service (SIS), and the UK’s MI6. The main objective behind the operation, according to the RNZ’s report, was to take photographs of the code books that were u...
Victim’s complaint against BJP councillor included in Delhi riots FIR: Police tells HC
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Victim’s complaint against BJP councillor included in Delhi riots FIR: Police tells HC

Representational image of the violence in Gokulpuri, part of February's North-east Delhi riots | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: A Delhi riots victim’s complaint that accused BJP councillor Kanhaiya Lal of leading a mob and later threatening him has been clubbed with the main FIR in the case, police informed the Delhi High Court Wednesday. The complaint, by one Nisar Ahmed, was filed in the Gokulpuri Police Station on 18 March, alleging that Lal was leading a mob in the area on 24 February. Ahmed later petitioned the court for protection, alleging that Lal had ‘intimidated’ him after his complaint, and also demanded registration of an FIR. The Delhi High Court, in its Wednesday o...
‘Encroaching’ on the common man’s pocket and India’s war with ‘Appstan’
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‘Encroaching’ on the common man’s pocket and India’s war with ‘Appstan’

Sajith Kumar | Deccan Herald Text Size: A- A+ The selected cartoons appeared first in other publications, either in print or online, or on social media, and are credited appropriately. In today’s featured cartoon, Sajith Kumar looks at the ‘encroachment’ not at the Line of Actual Control, but deep into the pockets of the common man, as the fuel prices continue rising. Manjul | FirstpostManjul on Modi government asking Priyanka Gandhi to vacate her allotted bungalow in Delhi.   Alok Nirantar | TwitterAlok Niantar illustrates the ‘shock’ of the electricity bills in Mumbai. Mahamud | TwitterMahamud on India’s rivalry with its neighbours — Pakistan, China and the latest, ‘Appstan’. Sandeep Adhwaryu | Times of ...