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ASF Keystone loses Rs 800 crore claim against Railways

Emirates to fly back stranded people from 4 cities for 7 days

Congress mulls short assembly session to call Rajasthan rebels' 'bluff'

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Study reveals obesity and metabolic syndrome are risk factors for severe influenza, Covid-19
Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of at least three co-occurring conditions that raise the risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). These conditions include excess abdominal fat, high blood pressure, excess blood sugar, abnormalities of lipids (including excess triglycerides and cholesterol), insulin resistance and a proinflammatory state.

Asteroid 2020ND, larger than the London Eye, approaching Earth: All you need to know

Coronavirus is not transmitted by mosquitoes, study shows
Scientists have confirmed for the first time that the novel coronavirus behind the Covid-19 pandemic cannot be transmitted to people by mosquitoes, a finding that adds evidence to WHO claims that the disease is not mosquito-borne. The research provided the first experimental evidence on the capacity of SARS-CoV-2 to infect and be transmitted by mosquitoes.

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Reliance to launch 'made-in-India' 5G network, Airtel's Zoom rival; new phones from Samsung, Realme and other top tech news of the week

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 review: The real deal
Priced at Rs 24,999, the earbuds fall under the premium category. The device comes with Active Noise cancellation and also offers a host of other features that further enhance the user experience. So, we tested the device to find out how they perform and if it is worth your money. Before taking the final call just read our complete review of Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2.

Last date for 'AatmaNirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge' extended to July 26
In view of strong response coming in, the government has extended the last date for submission of entries for the 'AatmaNirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge' to July 26, 2020. According to an official release, 2,353 entries have so far been received across the eight categories identified.

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I-T dept disposes 7,116 assessments under first phase of faceless scrutiny
Since its launch on October 7, 2019 and implementation of first phase, faceless scrutiny assessment scheme has provided for assessment of income tax in electronic mode, where taxpayers need not see face-to-face any tax officer or visit an I-T office and can e-file reply on the income tax portal.

`We were from middle-class backgrounds, wearing Bata shoes but wanting to create a world-class bank': Aditya Puri
Aditya Puri, the longest-serving chief of any commercial bank in India, reminisced about how it all started while addressing shareholders in his last annual general meeting as CEO. Puri who is credited with setting up India’s biggest private bank, which with a market cap of Rs 6 lakh crore is also the most valuable, will step down after completing his term on October 2020 when he turns 70.

Voda Idea pays another Rs 1,000cr towards AGR dues
Telecom operator Vodafone Idea on Saturday said it has paid an additional Rs 1,000 crore to the government towards the statutory dues, taking its total payment to an aggregate Rs 7,854 crore. The fresh payment comes at a time when the Supreme Court is slated to hear the AGR matter on July 20. The company had earlier deposited Rs 6,854 crore in three tranches.

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2nd Test: Stuart Broad boosts England's victory bid against West Indies
Stuart Broad revived England's hopes of a series-levelling victory in the second Test with a trio of new-ball wickets even as the West Indies avoided the follow-on at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Badminton is the most flourishing sport in India: Gopichand
The inspiring success of PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal at the global level has made badminton the most flourishing sport in India in the last decade, national chief coach P Gopichand said on Sunday.

Umpires disinfect ball after Sibley 'accidentally' uses saliva
England opener Dominic Sibley became the first player to apply saliva on the ball while fielding against the West Indies during the fourth day of the second Test at Old Trafford in Manchester on Sunday. However, Sibley was quick to bring that to the umpire's notice. Umpire Gough then unsealed a sanitised tissue and rubbed the ball on both sides to disinfect the ball.

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Sigh of relief for jail inmates appearing in board exams after NIOS cancels test
Jail officials said the pandemic disrupted the academic calendar and classes had to be cancelled in March.

Grade 1 student in Pune hosts a quiz show

BA LLB vs BBA LLB: What's the difference?
In recent times, getting a degree in Law has gone to the next level with the various specialisations it offers. There are courses such as BBA LLB (Hons) and BA LLB available in India that are being offered by prominent universities like Bennett University.

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Pakistan PM calls on people to fight climate change

Efficient cooling seen as key to keeping climate change in check

Toxic air reduced by 54% in 5 cities during lockdown

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Trump calls Biden 'not competent' to lead the country
Donald Trump made several unfounded or highly speculative accusations against the former Vice President, saying he would "triple your taxes" and "defund the police." He added, "Religion will be gone," referring to Democratic officials banning large church services to stem the virus spread.

China reports 13 new confirmed coronavirus cases
China on Sunday said another 13 confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported in the northwestern city of Urumqi, raising the total in the country's most recent local outbreak to at least 30. An additional three cases were brought into the country from overseas, increasing China's total number of confirmed cases to 83,660 with 4,634 reported deaths.

13 people injured in Syria terror attack

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Pakistan PM calls on people to fight climate change

Efficient cooling seen as key to keeping climate change in check

Toxic air reduced by 54% in 5 cities during lockdown

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Hyderabad: Jobs gone, women turn egg donors, surrogates to survive
Shut out of their jobs since the lockdown in March, several young women from Hyderabad are now walking into infertility clinics to survive this turbulent time. Their new work profile: surrogate mothers or egg donors.

Hyderabad: Hospital chairman, MD held for cheating people
A private hospital’s chairman and managing director were arrested for allegedly cheating people at Asifnagar on Saturday night. Though they were not qualified, they posed as doctors. Acting on specific information, a Task Force team arrested Sameer Hospital chairman Md Shoaib Subhani, 35, and managing director Md Abdul Mujeeb, 42, at Asifnagar.

Telangana CM to take a call on secretariat design on Tuesday
Chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Tuesday will finalise the design of the new integrated secretariat complex including its facade, interiors, exteriors and other facilities.

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Chandigarh: Covid care begins in Sector 48 hospital
With the death of six patients in less than 20 days and cases increasing daily, the UT administration has started running the Sector 48 hospital on a trial basis.

BJP opts for Om Prakash Dhankar, a Jat, to head Haryana unit
Former Haryana minister Om Prakash Dhankar was on Sunday appointed the president of the state’s BJP unit. After months of wrangling for the post, BJP president J P Nadda chose former minister 58-year-old Dhankar to head the party’s Haryana unit. He has replaced Subhash Barala, who completed his term eight months ago.

Punjab govt seeks restructuring proposals from 46 departments
The Punjab government, after ensuring that all newly-recruited employees do not draw pay scales more than their central government counterparts, plans to restructure most departments to reduce financial burden on the state exchequer, The state government has been trying to do this for a while now but employee unions had been opposing the exercise, apprehending reduction in posts. On July 15, the Punjab cabinet had given a green signal to revamp its water resources department by reducing the sanctioned strength from 24,263 to 15,606. The move would save the state government Rs 71crore per annum.

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Ahmedabad: 'Doctor, my wife empties water tank'
Recently, a frantic husband called 1100 telemedicine helpline complaining his wife is using a lot of water. "How is it a problem?"

Gujarat: GST recovery orders during lockdown nixed
The Gujarat high court has recently quashed GST department's recovery orders because they were passed after the firms and traders failed to remain present for hearing during the lockdown period imposed by the government due to Covid-19 pandemic.

Higher tariff revocation to reduce power rate: Gujarat government
"The reduction is noteworthy as compared to the tariff under GR dated December 1, 2018," the government said in a statement.

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TN active cases cross 50,000 for first time, Chennai count stable
After reporting around 4,500 cases daily over the past few days, TN’s Covid-19 positivity count touched new highs in the past two days, with fresh cases nudging 5,000 on Sunday. While active cases in the state crossed 50,000 for the first time, 78 deaths in 24 hours took the total toll to 2,481.

Food caterers struggle to keep home kitchen fires burning

Cine wigmaker now dresses up 'corona devils'

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Promising marriage, man swindles Bengalurean of Rs 10 lakh
A 29-year-old woman lost over Rs 10 lakh to a fraudster who vowed to marry her after he saw her profile on a matrimonial site.

Covid-19 scare halts Rajasthan MLAs' plan to check into Bengaluru
Karnataka, which has emerged as the safe option for corralling rebel legislators in resort politics, may not see Rajasthan Congress legislators arriving in Bengaluru because of the alarming rise in the number of Covid-19 cases.

50 Covid-19 deaths to 1,200: Karnataka took fewer days than Tamil Nadu, Delhi
Among the five states with more than 1,200 coronavirus deaths so far, Karnataka breached the mark on Saturday and its growth hasn’t been the slowest to reach various milestones along the way.

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Mumbai: One killed in chopper attack, 5 arrested
A 24-year-old was killed and his friend injured after five men with choppers attacked them in Govandi on Saturday.The deceased Rupesh Gajanand Dhande, and his friend Sidhant Dethe, are residents of the Govandi slum area.

Thalassaemia patients forced to pay for blood in Mumbai
When the haemoglobin level of 11-year-old thalassaemia patient Rajan V (name changed) dropped below 8g last week, his father had to call over 15 blood banks to seek blood for his transfusion.

Muslims advised to buy share in cattle outside Maharashtra if qurbani difficult here
In view of the new guidelines that make it difficult to perform animal sacrifice on Eid-ul-Adha, or Bakri Eid, during the Covid-19 pandemic, several Muslims in the state will not sacrifice goats or sheep.

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Three die, slum houses collapse in Delhi's first heavy rain of season

Rakhis to masks, self-help groups being trained to tide over the crisis

Docs help raise funds for kid's transplant

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Three die, slum houses collapse in Delhi's first heavy rain of season

Rakhis to masks, self-help groups being trained to tide over the crisis

Docs help raise funds for kid's transplant

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Three die, slum houses collapse in Delhi's first heavy rain of season

Rakhis to masks, self-help groups being trained to tide over the crisis

Docs help raise funds for kid's transplant

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