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China-US row: Fugitive researcher 'hiding in San Francisco consulate'

July 23, 2020
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The US says a Chinese scientist suspected of visa fraud and concealing ties to the military has fled to China's consulate in San Francisco. Court filings by US prosecutors also say other Chinese researchers in the US have been arrested for visa fraud. On Wednesday the Trump administration ordered the closure of China's | Read more|

Mumbai deploys 'smart helmets' to screen for COVID-19

July 23, 2020
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As coronavirus infections climb in Mumbai, authorities in India's worst-hit city are turning to high-tech "smart helmets" to speed up screenings and identify suspected cases in the financial capital's densely-populated slums. The portable thermoscanners - previously deployed in Dubai, Italy and China - enable health wo | Read more|

India's COVID-19 tally crosses 12-lakh mark

July 23, 2020
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With the highest-ever single-day spike of 45,720 cases, India's COVID-19 tally crossed the 12-lakh mark on Thursday, while the death-toll mounted to 29,861 with a record 1,129 fatalities in a day, according to the Union Health Ministry data. The country crossed the 12-lakh mark just three days after it crossed the 11-l | Read more|

Jolted by series of earthquakes, many residents spending nights in tents

July 23, 2020
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Many people in Mizoram's Champhai district bordering Myanmar are spending nights outside their homes in makeshift tents after a series of earthquakes hit the northeastern state in a month, an official said. So far, at least 22 earthquakes have rocked four districts - Champhai, Saitual, Siaha and Serchhip since June 18. | Read more|

Brazil reports nearly 68,000 virus infections

July 23, 2020
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Brazil's health ministry has reported a record 67,860 confirmed coronavirus cases over the last 24 hours. The previous mark for one day was 54,771, set June 19. The new high reported Wednesday comes as some regions of the South American nation are partially reopening for business while others that had previously contro | Read more|

SpiceJet to fly to United States

July 23, 2020
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Budget carrier SpiceJet on Thursday said it has been designated as the "Indian scheduled carrier," to operate flights to the US. SpiceJet would be the first Indian budget carrier to operate services to the United States. Currently, only the national carrier Air India is operating flights on India-US routes. | Read more|

COVID-19 tally in India climbs to 11,92,915

July 22, 2020
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India added 37,724 fresh cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday taking the country's tally to?11,92,915, while recoveries surged to 7,53,049 with 28,472 people having recuperated in a day, the highest so far, according to the Union Health Ministry data. | Read more|

Another elephant dies of electrocution in West Bengal

July 22, 2020
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A male elephant died on Wednesday after coming in contact with a live electric wire in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri district, the second such incident in the district in as many days. Chief Wildlife Warden, Ravikant Sinha, said the pachyderm died while trying to eat a branch of a jackfruit tree which was entangled with liv | Read more|

China cannot threaten countries and bully them in the Himalayas: Pompeo

July 22, 2020
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Attacking China for its aggressive moves against its neighbours, including "instigating" a deadly confrontation with India in eastern Ladakh, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that Beijing cannot threaten countries and bully them in the Himalayas. Speaking at a news conference in London on Tuesday, Pompeo said | Read more|

HBO begins casting for Game of Thrones' prequel

July 22, 2020
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HBO is moving forward with the prequel of its mega hit Game of Thrones. The network has begun casting for its series, House of Dragon , reported Entertainment Weekly. The project is based on George R.R. Martin's Fire & Blood book, a history of House Targaryen set 300 years before the events described in Game of Thrones | Read more|

HC likely to pronounce order on petition filed by Pilot

July 21, 2020
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The Rajasthan High Court is likely to pronounce its order on Tuesday on a writ petition filed by Sachin Pilot and 18 other dissident Congress MLAs, challenging the disqualification notices issued to them by the state assembly speaker. The petition was taken up by a bench of Chief Justice Indrajit Mahanty and Justice Pr | Read more|

Trump to re-up virus briefings amid lagging polls

July 21, 2020
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President Donald Trump is set to once again take centre stage in the government's coronavirus response after a White House debate over how best to deploy its greatest and most volatile asset him played out in public as his poll numbers falter. One week after a campaign shake-up, the plan is for Trump to again become a | Read more|

Muzaffarpur shelter home: Brajesh Thakur moves HC

July 21, 2020
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Brajesh Thakur, who was sentenced to life imprisonment till his last breath for sexually assaulting several girls in a shelter home in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district, has approached the Delhi High Court challenging his conviction and jail term. The high court is likely to take up this week his appeal seeking to set aside | Read more|

CBI questions Gehlot's OSD in suicide case of Rajasthan police officer

July 21, 2020
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The CBI on Tuesday questioned Deva Ram Saini, OSD to Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, in connection with the alleged suicide by state police officer Vishnudutt Vishnoi in Churu on May 23, officials said. A team of special crime unit of the CBI from Delhi is in Jaipur to record statements in connection with the de | Read more|

BJP appoints new chief whips in RS, LS

July 21, 2020
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Former Union Minister Shiv Pratap Shukla and BJP MP Rakesh Singh have been appointed the party's chief whips in Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha, respectively, sources said on Tuesday. Shukla, the Rajya Sabha MP from Uttar Pradesh will replace Narayan Panchariya who recently retired from the upper house. | Read more|

Gehlot calls Pilot names, says he was 'useless'

July 20, 2020
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Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Monday called Sachin Pilot useless , using the Hindi word nikamma in a no-holds-barred attack on his former deputy with whom he is locked in a power tussle. | Read more|

Record single-day spike of 40,425 COVID-19 cases

July 20, 2020
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India saw a record single-day jump of 40,425 COVID-19 cases, pushing its tally past the 11-lakh mark on Monday, while the total number of recoveries crossed 7 lakh, according to the Union Health Ministry data. | Read more|

Saudi Arabia's King Salman admitted to hospital for tests

July 20, 2020
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Saudi Arabia's King Salman has been admitted to a hospital in the capital, Riyadh, for medical tests due to inflammation of the gallbladder, the kingdom's Royal Court said Monday in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency. | Read more|

Iran estimates it has 25 million coronavirus infections

July 19, 2020
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Iran's president on Saturday estimated as many as 25 million Iranians could have been infected with the coronavirus since the outbreak's beginning, as he urged the public to take the pandemic seriously, the state-run IRNA news agency reported Saturday. Hassan Rouhani cited a new Iranian Health Ministry study in offerin | Read more|

Increase rapid-antigen testing in state: Yogi

July 19, 2020
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People who have shown suspected symptoms of COVID-19 during house-to-house screenings should either undergo the rapid-antigen test or the RT-PCR test, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adiyanath said on Saturday. | Read more|

Pilot asks people to extend support to flood-hit Assam, Bihar

July 19, 2020
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Former Rajasthan deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot has appealed to the people of the country to extend support to those affected by floods in Assam and Bihar. As per news report of PTI, Pilot's appeal comes amid the raging political firestorm in Rajasthan where he has declared an open rebellion against the Ashok Gehlo | Read more|

AAI to procure 198 body scanners for 63 airports

July 19, 2020
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The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has decided to procure 198 body scanners for 63 Indian airports that will replace the existing door frame metal detectors and hand-held scanners, besides pat-down searches of passengers to detect metallic objects, officials said. | Read more|

India's COVID-19 tally climbs to 10,77,618

July 19, 2020
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India saw a record single- day jump of?38,902 COVID-19?cases?pushing its tally to 10,77,618?on Sunday, while the total number of recoveries increased to 6,77,422, according to the Union Health Ministry data.The death toll due to the disease rose to 26,816 with new 543 fatalities even as 23,672 patients have recuperated | Read more|

Were phones of politicians tapped in Rajasthan? BJP asks and demands CBI probe

July 18, 2020
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The BJP on Saturday asked if the Congress government in Rajasthan resorted to "unconstitutional" methods to tap phones of politicians and demanded a CBI probe into what it called a "saga of illegalities and concocted lies". BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra hit back at the Congress a day after it cited some audio clips to | Read more|

Rajnath Singh offers prayers at Amarnath cave shrine

July 18, 2020
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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday visited the holy cave of Amarnath and offered prayers. Singh spent about an hour at the temple complex there. The Amarnath cave is considered to be one of the holiest shrines in Hinduism and hundreds of thousands of devotees make an annual pilgrimage to it across challenging m | Read more|

3 militants killed in encounter with security forces in J-K

July 18, 2020
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Three militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, police said. Acting on specific information about the presence of militants in the Amshipora area of Shopian in south Kashmir, security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation there, a police off | Read more|

Biden says he's had intel briefings, warns of vote meddling

July 18, 2020
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Joe Biden said Friday night that he's begun receiving intelligence briefings as he warned that Russia, China and other adversaries were attempting to undermine the upcoming U.S. election in November. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee wasn't specific and offered no evidence while addressing a virtual fundr | Read more|

BSF arrested Indian national attempting to cross LOC to meet his Girlfriend

July 17, 2020
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On 16th July’ 2020 BSF troops apprehended a young Indian National, namely Siddiqui Mohamad Zishan about 1.5 Kms short of Indo-Pak international border when he was attempting to cross over to Pakistan through Rann of Kutch area. Crime Branch of Maharashtra Police had shared information with Gujarat Police regarding mi | Read more|

CBI launches preliminary enquiry in Defence recruitment scam

July 17, 2020
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Nearly two years after the Defence ministry wrote to the CBI seeking investigation into a recruitment scandal, the agency has finally launched a preliminary enquiry. The Department of Defence Production (DDP) vide letter on August 10, 2018, informed the CBI that the department’s vigilance cell had found “serious ir | Read more|