News Digest: Bitter home lessons for free speech votaries

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Bitter home lessons for free speech votaries

India sees record 10.6L tests in a day, total crosses 4cr
The exponential jump in testing capacity and the number of tests have resulted in an upsurge in tests per million to 30,044, the health ministry said, underlining the role of aggressive testing in early identification of positive cases and their contacts.

'Less 1% of students faced glitches'

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Blood test may predict those likely to develop psychotic disorders: Study

Explained: Covid-19 reinfection and what it means

Study reveals overdose of opioid for knee surgery linked to death
While the nationwide rate at which patients - who had not already been taking opioids - received an opioid prescription after arthroscopic knee surgery was found to be more than 70 percent across the United States between 2015 and 2019.

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7 essential medical gadgets that you may want to keep handy

New phones from Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi, Nokia; Apple iPhone SE to be made in India and other top tech news

5 Excel-lent resources to help you up your spreadsheet game
Of all the software that are a part of Office suites, spreadsheets pack in the greatest amount of utility. They are the Swiss Knife of productivity tools. You can use software like MS Excel, Apple Numbers, Google and WPS Sheets to help you track sales, create memos, generate complex reports, automate tasks, and so much more. Here are a few sites that will get you started with Excel.

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Finance ministry advises banks not to levy charges on electronic transactions

FM Nirmala Sitharaman to meet bankers on loan recast on Thursday
Ahead of the roll out of one-time debt recast for resolution of Covid-19 related stress in bank loans, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will hold a review meeting with bankers and heads of non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) on September 3 for smooth and speedy implementation of the scheme.

India can become world's toy hub PM Modi
PM Modi called upon start-up entrepreneurs to 'team up for toys' and said it is time to get vocal for local toys. In his monthly 'Mann Ki Baat' broadcast, the Prime Minister also said people have shown an unprecedented restraint and simplicity in their festivals during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Remembering the journey from Sonu to Suresh Raina
Military officer Trilokchand Raina's mastery at making bombs in an ordnance factory was only getting him a measly salary of rupees ten thousand a month. Not enough to give wings to his son Suresh's cricketing dreams. But, more than two decades after those days of struggle, riding hard work, determination, Raina ended his professional career as an international cricketer with plenty of success.

'Ashwin showed a lot of courage by Mankading Buttler'
Delhi Capitals chairman Parth Jindal on Saturday waded into the debate around the contentious issue of 'Mankading', saying R Ashwin showed a lot of "courage" by running out Jos Buttler at the non-striker's end last IPL. Ashwin, who captained Kings XI Punjab last season, will be turning out for Delhi franchise in the upcoming IPL in the UAE, starting from September 19.

Messi deal is valid, says La Liga, after he fails to attend medical
La Liga on Sunday released a statement saying Lionel Messi's Barcelona contract was still valid, days after his announcement that he wants to leave the club and hours after he failed to attend a pre-season medical. The ruling body said the only way for the Argentine forward to be released from the contract was to trigger a 700-million euros release clause.

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IIT students, alumni launch portal to help JEE, NEET candidates in need of transport facility
Students and alumni of various Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have launched a portal to help JEE and NEET candidates with transportation facility, officials said.

Odisha govt to discuss on UG, PG final exams tomorrow

Flying to India for NEET amid COVID-19 risk stressful, impractical: Aspirants in Gulf nations

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Wildfire forces 2,400 to evacuate in Spain's Andalusia
Around 2,400 people have been evacuated due to a wildfire that is out of control and ravaging Spain's southern region of Andalusia, authorities said Sunday. The blaze broke out on Thursday in the mountains near the town of Almonaster la Real, 120 kilometers (75 miles) northwest of the city of Seville. It has already scorched 90 square kilometers (35 square miles).

NGT directs installation of 175 air quality monitoring stations within 6 months

Germany to issue 'green bonds' worth up to $13B this year

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Sindhi leader accuses Pak for rising incidents of enforced disappearances

Khaleda Zia's family seeks extension on her suspended prison sentence
Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said that Zia was freed on humanitarian grounds after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's approval. The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chief is serving a 17-year prison term in two graft cases since February 8, 2018. Zia's family filed a plea with the government for an extension of the suspended prison sentence as the six months allotted to her in March will end on September 24, the Dhaka Tribune reported.

Putin and Lukashenko plan to meet in Moscow: Kremlin

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Wildfire forces 2,400 to evacuate in Spain's Andalusia
Around 2,400 people have been evacuated due to a wildfire that is out of control and ravaging Spain's southern region of Andalusia, authorities said Sunday. The blaze broke out on Thursday in the mountains near the town of Almonaster la Real, 120 kilometers (75 miles) northwest of the city of Seville. It has already scorched 90 square kilometers (35 square miles).

NGT directs installation of 175 air quality monitoring stations within 6 months

Germany to issue 'green bonds' worth up to $13B this year

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Degree student arrested in rape and murder case

Malayalees in city to give family visits a miss; Onam celebrations to be low-key

Unlock 4: Bars in city get ready to recoup losses

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Despite MC promises, water still pools in Rahon road

Now, call Childline for emergency ration during weekend lockdowns

Edu dept conducts meeting to discuss PAS

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Gujarat Covid-19 death toll crosses 3,000-mark
With the deaths of 17 patients in 24 hours ending 5pm on Sunday, Gujarat’s total death toll in Covid-19 pandemic crossed 3,000-mark at 3,008.

Ahmedabad: Dhanvantari Rath to halt virus juggernaut in Jammu and Kashmir
Dhanvantari Raths or mobile medical vans providing healthcare at people’s doorsteps in Ahmedabad will soon offer a healing hand to the people of Srinagar. The raths reportedly made a significant contribution to the war against Covid-19 in the city.

Court temporarily restrains eatery from using name

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Tamil Nadu scraps e-pass, allows buses within districts, opens up shrines
In line with the Centre's unlock 4.0 norms, the Tamil Nadu government on Sunday announced that from September 1 e-passes would not be needed for travel within the state, buses could ply within districts, and malls, hotels, resorts, clubs and places of worship were free to open.

Fresh cases cross 6,000, Coimbatore records most cases after Chennai
As a slew of unlock measures were adopted, Covid-19 cases in Tamil Nadu have begun to peak again. On Sunday, Tamil Nadu saw 6,495 cases and 94 deaths. (9) & Chengalpet (8)

Case of the non-existent socialist, secular ideas

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Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa weighs 2 GST recovery options; call after Union finance minister meeting
With just seven days left to choose between two options on the state’s GST compensation recovery, chief minister BS Yediyurappa has kicked off deliberations with key government officials.

PM Narendra Modi praises Karnataka's Koppal toy-making initiative
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday praised Karnataka’s efforts in creating a toy manufacturing cluster in Koppal. He mentioned it during his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ address, a section of which focused on the need to popularise Indian toys and games.

Metro, pubs, bars gear up to reopen in Karnataka; SOPs on Monday
With Unlock 4.0 set to relax more Covid-19 curbs from September 1, stakeholders concerned are busy laying the ground for the return to the normal in their respective sectors.

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Maharashtra: Ulhasnagar Covid-19 cases plunge, but death rate soars
An analysis of Covid-19 incidence across the state’s 27 municipal corporations has revealed that Ulhasnagar, which achieved one of the highest recovery rates in the country (93%), also had a shockingly high case fatality rate (CFR) in August—16.5%.

Maharashtra: Final-year exams may be conducted online in October
Final-year exams are likely to be pushed to October in public universities in the state. The question papers may be in the MCQ (multiple choice questions) format, said sources.

Only 27 of 961 cyber crimes in city from Jan to May solved

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11-year-old's head severed as car topples 3 times in Delhi
An 11-year-old boy's head got severed when the car he was travelling in toppled multiple times in Dwarka Sector 22.The boy, Mayank, was sitting next to his father who was driving the car.

Covid-19: Delhi cases cross 2,000 for first time in over 50 days
On Sunday, the number of new Covid-19 positive cases in Delhi crossed the 2,000-mark after 51 days. The city recorded 2,024 cases, the highest single-day tally since July 10 when 2,089 cases were reported.

Case against Facebook: House panel calls witnesses
Delhi Legislative Assembly’s peace and harmony panel has decided to call upon some witnesses on Monday to further determine the veracity of the serious allegations against Facebook.

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11-year-old's head severed as car topples 3 times in Delhi
An 11-year-old boy's head got severed when the car he was travelling in toppled multiple times in Dwarka Sector 22.The boy, Mayank, was sitting next to his father who was driving the car.

Covid-19: Delhi cases cross 2,000 for first time in over 50 days
On Sunday, the number of new Covid-19 positive cases in Delhi crossed the 2,000-mark after 51 days. The city recorded 2,024 cases, the highest single-day tally since July 10 when 2,089 cases were reported.

Case against Facebook: House panel calls witnesses
Delhi Legislative Assembly’s peace and harmony panel has decided to call upon some witnesses on Monday to further determine the veracity of the serious allegations against Facebook.

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11-year-old's head severed as car topples 3 times in Delhi
An 11-year-old boy's head got severed when the car he was travelling in toppled multiple times in Dwarka Sector 22.The boy, Mayank, was sitting next to his father who was driving the car.

Covid-19: Delhi cases cross 2,000 for first time in over 50 days
On Sunday, the number of new Covid-19 positive cases in Delhi crossed the 2,000-mark after 51 days. The city recorded 2,024 cases, the highest single-day tally since July 10 when 2,089 cases were reported.

Case against Facebook: House panel calls witnesses
Delhi Legislative Assembly’s peace and harmony panel has decided to call upon some witnesses on Monday to further determine the veracity of the serious allegations against Facebook.

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