News Digest: Dissenters firm on need to discuss reforms in Congress

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Thursday, August 27, 2020
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Dissenters firm on need to discuss reforms in Congress
The group of dissenters who wrote to Congress president Sonia Gandhi seeking reforms in the party remain committed to seeking a discussion on issues that they said the Congress Working Committee chose not to take up.

Cong forms panel to firm up party stance on key ordinances

Now, SG declines nod to prosecute Swara Bhasker
Solicitor general Tushar Mehta on Wednesday refused permission to one Usha Shetty to file a petition in the Supreme Court seeking initiation of contempt of court proceedings against actor Swara Bhasker for her alleged derogatory comments against the SC on the Ayodhya land dispute verdict.

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Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine shows similar immune response in old and young

Obese people at higher risk of Covid-19 complications: Study
From Covid-19 risk to recovery, the odds are stacked against those with obesity, and a new study led by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill raises concerns about the impact of obesity on the effectiveness of a future Covid-19 vaccine.

Japan researchers say ozone effective in neutralising coronavirus
Scientists at Fujita Health University told a news conference they had proven that ozone gas in concentrations of 0.05 to 0.1 parts per million (ppm), levels considered harmless to humans, could kill the virus.

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Someone seeking financial help on Facebook or other social media platform? Government has security tip for you
Cyber Dost- the cybersafety and cybersecurity awareness handle maintained by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India has posted on Twitter warning citizens against the online scam. In the post, it is asking users to verify the authenticity of information from the concerned relative or friend before making any online payment.

Vivo Y20 with triple rear camera launched at Rs 12,990
Smartphone maker Vivo has launched its latest Y-series smartphone in India. Dubbed Vivo Y20, the smartphone comes with a Halo iView display and is backed by a 5000 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7, Galaxy Tab S7+ launched in India: Price, offers and more
Samsung launched the Galaxy Tab S7 and the Galaxy Tab S7+ earlier this month at its first virtual Galaxy Unpacked 2020 event.

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'Bad bank not only necessary but unavoidable'
Former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor D Subbarao made a strong case for setting up a bad bank saying it is “not just necessary but unavoidable” in the present circumstances when NPAs are likely to balloon and much of the resolution will have to take place outside the IBC framework.

No shorts, ripped jeans in office: AI warns staff
Air India has warned employees their dishevelled look could invite strict action. The airline, whose divestment deadline has again been extended, has asked all staffers to be properly groomed and not attend offices in shorts, ripped jeans or flip flops.

Airtel, Voda Idea lose 47L subscribers each in May
Telecom consumer base in the country dipped to around 116.36 crore in May but service providers were able to narrow the loss of subscriber base to 57.6 lakh as compared to the previous month, according to data released by the sector regulator Trai on Wednesday.

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Acted like I didn't understand what MS Dhoni said in Hindi: Panesar
Former England spinner Monty Panesar played four Test series against India and Dhoni, who recently announced his retirement from international cricket, was a part of all those series. England players were unaware of Dhoni’s strategies, but Monty could understand every single word that Dhoni was saying in Hindi as part of his instructions.

Quarantine done, RCB to begin three-week training camp
The Virat Kohli-captained Royal Challengers Bangalore will begin a three-week training camp for the upcoming IPL from Thursday after completing their mandatory six-day quarantine.

Top European clubs circle as Messi calls time at Barcelona
Six-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi has told Barcelona he wants to leave in a "bombshell" fax that is expected to spark a legal battle over a buy-out clause worth hundreds of millions of dollars and a fight from European clubs eager to sign up the Argentinian. Barcelona have yet to react officially.

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VC has put a lid on free exchange of ideas in Visva Bharati university: VBUFA

Higher education dept to upload video lectures in Utkal University website for students

Telangana teachers demand for PPE kits

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

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

Big California wildfires burn on as death toll reaches 7

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Pressure mounts on Russia to investigate Navalny's poisoning
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov reiterated on Wednesday that Moscow "categorically" disagreed with "hasty" conclusions that Navalny was a victim of an intentional poisoning, and said it doesn't want the situation to affect its ties with the West.

US rejects UN rights panel upholding access to abortions during pandemic
The United States on Wednesday hit back at a UN women's rights panel that said some US states limited access to abortions during the Covid-19 pandemic, rejecting its interference and the notion of "an assumed right to abortion".

Speculation rife over health of North Korean leader Kim
A former aide to late South Korean president Kim Dae-jung said on Facebook he thought the North's leader was in a coma, though with no apparent evidence. But Kim presided over a meeting Tuesday of a top committee of the ruling Workers' Party, the official KCNA news agency reported.

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

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

Big California wildfires burn on as death toll reaches 7

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Old battery led to Srisailam plant blaze?
Engineers, who have worked in hydel power generation stations, said there could be two major lapses on the part of Genco.

No Muharram procession in Hyderabad, says HC
There will be no Muharram procession in the city, the Telangana high court said on Wednesday. The Muharram rituals inside a masjid were, however, allowed.

CCMB chief: Need to study reinfections

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No revenue loss in registration of land without NOC: Dushyant Chautala
The Haryana government on Wednesday said the state exchequer had no revenue loss due to loss of stamp duty or the registration fee owing to the registries done allegedly without NoC from town and country planning department.

Tarn Taran police seize 7,000 litres 'lahan' from Harike

Farm activists booked for unlawful assembly

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People ditch multiple SIMs

Live-in: Bring woman back from UP, HC says

HC rejects Oza's apology

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Tamil Nadu: Manager at DGP HQ dies of Covid
The manager at the special branch criminal intelligence department (SBCID) office at the DGP headquarters died of Covid-19 on Wednesday after failing to respond to treatment at the government hospital.

Tamil Nadu: Actor makes hoax bomb call, arrested
An actor who has performed in a web series and some short films has been arrested for making a hoax bomb call to a star hotel in Teynampet on Wednesday.

Curbs lifted, Chennai airport records spike in passengers, flights
With the state government removing travel restrictions, number of passengers and flights have started to increase at Chennai airport. Number of daily passengers has increased from around 6,000 in July to more than 7,000 in August. The number of flights too has increased from around 50 a day to close to 80 on most of the days this month.

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Bengaluru: Man from Punjab who'd cut open ATMs in 30 minutess held with 2 others
Three men, including a 33-year-old from Punjab said to be an expert in cutting open Automated Teller Machines (ATMs), have been arrested for stealing Rs 27.8 lakh from a cash-vending machine on MES Road, Jalahalli, on August 8 night.

Karnataka Covid-19 tally crosses 3 lakh mark, toll 5,000; Bengaluru adds 3,000 cases
Karnataka on Wednesday saw its Covid-19 caseload cross the 3-lakh mark with 8,580 new cases, while 133 deaths reported in the 24-hour period pushed the toll past 5,000.

Karnataka: 1/3rd of Covid-19 deaths in 24 hours of hospitalisation
Karnataka has reported 56% of its Covid-19 deaths in the 25 days of August and an analysis of hospitalisation and death data shows that a third of these patients died on the very day they were admitted or the next day. Another 4.5% died before receiving any treatment, either at home or before reaching hospital.

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Mumbai: Pilot QR code access at CSMT, Churchgate
The two initiatives aim to reduce crowding in suburban trains and on stations during peak hours while also ensuring social distancing amid the pandemic.

Mumbai: Orders to housing society on officer's kin isolation set aside
Bombay high court quashed and set aside ex parte orders passed by two state officials threatening the managing committee of a Kandivli (West) housing society that had told a city survey officer's family to self-isolate themselves, with penal proceedings.

Couple found dead in Mumbai's Kandivli highrise after late-night chat with teenage son
An online stock trader and his wife were found dead by their 17-year-old son at their flat in Kandivli (west) on Wednesday morning.

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Covid cases rising, Delhi government to conduct 40,000 tests daily: CM
With Covid-19 cases once again on the rise, the Delhi government has decided to carry out double the number of tests - 40,000 - daily as a precautionary measure. Both antigen tests and the gold standard RT-PCR tests will be ramped up in a week. This aggressive testing is likely to lead to detection of more cases and allow the government to make an early intervention for containment and isolation to check the pandemic's spread.

St Stephen's graduate 'fastest human calculator'
When asked why he prefers his mental ability to arrive at answers to complex mathematical problems when there is a calculator for such things, Neelakantha Bhanu Prakash nonchalantly replies, “Why does Usain Bolt run when he has a car?” And then he elaborates, “It’s simple. Exhibiting a global dominance in terms of physical achievement inspires a generation that wants to adopt Bolt’s way of life. That is what I want to do with mental maths from India.”

Boot camp gives a boost to student 'entrepreneurs'

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Covid cases rising, Delhi government to conduct 40,000 tests daily: CM
With Covid-19 cases once again on the rise, the Delhi government has decided to carry out double the number of tests - 40,000 - daily as a precautionary measure. Both antigen tests and the gold standard RT-PCR tests will be ramped up in a week. This aggressive testing is likely to lead to detection of more cases and allow the government to make an early intervention for containment and isolation to check the pandemic's spread.

St Stephen's graduate 'fastest human calculator'
When asked why he prefers his mental ability to arrive at answers to complex mathematical problems when there is a calculator for such things, Neelakantha Bhanu Prakash nonchalantly replies, “Why does Usain Bolt run when he has a car?” And then he elaborates, “It’s simple. Exhibiting a global dominance in terms of physical achievement inspires a generation that wants to adopt Bolt’s way of life. That is what I want to do with mental maths from India.”

Boot camp gives a boost to student 'entrepreneurs'

More Delhi News»

Covid cases rising, Delhi government to conduct 40,000 tests daily: CM
With Covid-19 cases once again on the rise, the Delhi government has decided to carry out double the number of tests - 40,000 - daily as a precautionary measure. Both antigen tests and the gold standard RT-PCR tests will be ramped up in a week. This aggressive testing is likely to lead to detection of more cases and allow the government to make an early intervention for containment and isolation to check the pandemic's spread.

St Stephen's graduate 'fastest human calculator'
When asked why he prefers his mental ability to arrive at answers to complex mathematical problems when there is a calculator for such things, Neelakantha Bhanu Prakash nonchalantly replies, “Why does Usain Bolt run when he has a car?” And then he elaborates, “It’s simple. Exhibiting a global dominance in terms of physical achievement inspires a generation that wants to adopt Bolt’s way of life. That is what I want to do with mental maths from India.”

Boot camp gives a boost to student 'entrepreneurs'

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