News Digest: No honest review of poll failure: G-23

THE TIMES OF INDIA
Friday, August 28, 2020
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No honest review of poll failure: G-23
Even 14 months after the 2019 elections, Congress has failed to undertake an honest introspection to analyse the reasons for its continued decline and the erosion in its base, the group of 23 dissident members have said in their letter to party chief Sonia Gandhi.

Quota benefits not percolating down to neediest and poorest of poor: SC
The Supreme Court ruling favouring ‘reservation within reservation’ for those castes and classes within SCs/STs/OBCs which have not benefited and continued to languish is in line with its various orders in which it favoured re-examination of the existing policy to ensure that benefits of the quota system reach to the people who need it.

SC refuses to entertain plea for 'tazia' procession during Muharram

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No need for alarm on Covid-19 reinfection, need more data for reliable inference: Scientists

Insect repellent ingredient may protect against novel coronavirus, UK study finds
Scientists at Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) said in a statement that Citriodiol, the active ingredient in repellents such as Mosi-guard, had anti-viral properties if mixed with the virus in the liquid phase and on a test surface.

UAE's probe spots Mars for first time
"The Hope probe is officially 100 million km into its journey to the Red Planet," Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister of the UAE, wrote on Twitter.

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This is the most downloaded game on PlayStation Plus ever
Fall Guys is also a roaring success on the Steam platform, selling about 7 million copies, as per the game publisher Revolver Digital.

Apple may have bucked the 'coronavirus trend'
With marketshare of 13%, Apple stood at No. 3 position among the top 5 biggest smartphone brands globally. Out of these top 5, three companies: Samsung, Xiaomi and Oppo saw their sales go down in double-digits.

Apple brings 'bad news' with iOS 14, Facebook warns advertisers and developers
One of the biggest talking point of iOS 14 — and has the likes of Facebook worried — is the anti-tracking feature it is expected to have. The social media giant has now issued warning to businesses, advertisers and developers about how iOS 14 will hurt them. Developers and advertisers may lose up to 50% in revenue after iOS 14 rolls out, Facebook said.

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Walmart joins Microsoft in bid for TikTok
Walmart Inc said it was joining Microsoft in a bid for social media company TikTok's US assets, revealing its plans hours after chief executive Kevin Mayer said he would step down. Mayer is leaving just three months after joining, in the middle of negotiations to sell the Chinese-owned video app's US operations to Microsoft Corp or Oracle Corp.

Covid an 'act of God', may contract economy: FM
Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday said that the economy is facing an extraordinary 'act of God' in form of the coronavirus pandemic which may result in contraction in India's growth for the current fiscal. She also revealed that the pandemic has severely impacted GST revenues which have widened to Rs 2.35 lakh crore from a shortfall of Rs 70K crore last fiscal.

State refiners halt oil imports from Chinese cos
Indian state refiners have stopped buying crude oil from China-linked companies, three sources said, after New Delhi's recent regulation aimed at restricting imports from countries that it shares a border with. The new regulation, put in place on July 23, comes after a border clash between India and China that killed 20 Indians and soured relations between the two neighbours.

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Babar Azam needs to learn how to win matches from Virat Kohli: Ramiz Raza
Even though he slammed an unbeaten fifty in the second innings of the final Test against England, fans of Pak’s Babar Azam were left slightly disappointed by lack of big hundreds off his bat in the recently-concluded series. Babar stroked 195 runs in three Tests@48.75 with two fifties under his belt, but much more was expected from a batsman who is often compared to Kohli.

Dhoni most inspirational captain in 50 years: Greg Chappell
Charismatic MS Dhoni is the "most inspirational captain" of international cricket in the last 50 years, along with legends England's Michael Brearley, Australians Ian Chappell and Mark Taylor, and Clive Lloyd of the West Indies, said Aussie great Greg Chappell. impressed by Dhoni's game, Chappell, who was India coach (2005-2007) said Dhoni "exceeded" all his expectations.

Big motivating factor: Rohit Sharma on getting Khel Ratna
Indian swashbuckling batsman Rohit Sharma on Thursday said to be recognised by the country is a big motivating factor and he will strive to bring happiness and joy. The right-handed batsman said he feels privileged to have been conferred with the Khel Ratna award."I promise to keep working hard and continue to bring laurels to my country," Rohit said.

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With exposure to multiple devices, cyber-bullying, identity theft on the rise

DHSE Kerala revaluation result of class 12 announced, here's direct link

HPPSC November exam dates released, check complete schedule here

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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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Masks imposed on Paris; 20% of France in virus red zone

Case by case: How nations are going back to school - or not

'Saved 51 mn jobs during Covid,' says Trump; economists, officials differ

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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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Four positive prisoners flee Gandhi Hospital ward in Hyderabad
Four Covid-positive prisoners, including one serving life for rape with a history of breakouts, escaped from the secured Covid-19 prisoner’s ward of Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad early on Thursday.

Telangana: No ambulance, 108 driver dies waiting
A driver of 108 ambulance could not get the vehicle for himself when he needed it most and died of Covid-19 on Tuesday night at his home.

Rs 1 lakh crore bounty for Hyderabad defence, aerospace sector
The defence and aerospace sector of Hyderabad, which is key to India’s plans to become self-sufficient in defence manufacturing, is poised to bag orders worth over Rs 1 lakh crore in the next couple of years, especially with the Centre imposing a ban on imports of 101 weapons, platforms and equipment, G Satheesh Reddy, secretary of the department of defence R&D and chairman of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) said on Thursday during a virtual Confederation of Indian Industry conclave on “Make in Telangana”.

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No interim relief on arrest, order on Saini's bail plea reserved

Bittu to be Congress whip in LS

Members of martyr's extended family stage protest

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Search for absconder uncovers murder; 3 held

Money matters: Casteist slurs hurled at SC man

Covid +ve rape accused flees Civil, found in pvt hospital

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Move to retain e-pass is well thought out: Tamil Nadu CM
​Chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Thursday said the e-pass system is necessary to monitor the movement of people in the present pandemic scenario and to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the state.

Tamil Nadu politicos hail SC verdict on sub-quota rights of states
AIADMK coordinator and deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam, DMK president M K Stalin and MDMK general secretary Vaiko on Thursday welcomed the verdict of a five-member Constitution bench of the Supreme Court reiterating the rights of states in ordering sub-quota within reservation for select segments of society.

M K Stalin writes to other CMs on NEET, JEE
DMK president M K Stalin on Thursday reached out to the chief ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Odisha and Kerala to prevail upon them the need to approach the Supreme Court for postponing NEET and JEE considering the Covid-19 pandemic situation. He highlighted the move by seven states including Punjab, Rajasthan and West Bengal for the same.

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KSTDC to build star hotels at tourist spots
The Karnataka State Tourism Corporation will construct three-star hotels at Hampi, Vijayapura, Belur and Badami for the benefit of tourists.

Karnataka: Only 28% of Covid claims by private hospitals reimbursed
The Karnataka government has reimbursed only 28% of the claims made by private hospitals towards treating Covid-19 patients referred by the authorities, the Suvarna Arogya Suraksha Trust (SAST), under the health and family welfare department, has claimed.

Residents dread to tread muddy, pothole-ridden SK Garden Main Rd

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Serious crimes against women fall 50% in Mumbai
Women's rights activists fear that due to a tense environment at home because of lockdown restrictions, some women may not have made a disclosure about crimes against them to their families.

30 lakh Mumbai women hold driving licences
Of the 88 lakh driving licence holders in Mumbai, nearly 34% are women, according to data from the city RTOs.

70% districts show below average recovery; Mumbai, Thane among better ones
Of Maharashtra's 35 districts, 26 have a recovery rate lower than the state average of 72% nearly six months into the pandemic.

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Third sero survey in Delhi to begin on September 1
Preparations are on for the third serological survey scheduled to begin in the national capital from Tuesday.

New Delhi railway station to get Rs 6,200 crore makeover
New Delhi railway station will get a swanky look and the surrounding railway land will get a couple of high-rises of up to 40 floors on the Ajmeri Gate side for commercial, office, hotels and other uses by the middle of 2025. The proposed station terminal is projected to have a built-up area of approximately 33 lakh square feet, which is nearly 60% the size of T-3 of IGI Airport.

CCTVs help free child from kidnappers

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Third sero survey in Delhi to begin on September 1
Preparations are on for the third serological survey scheduled to begin in the national capital from Tuesday.

New Delhi railway station to get Rs 6,200 crore makeover
New Delhi railway station will get a swanky look and the surrounding railway land will get a couple of high-rises of up to 40 floors on the Ajmeri Gate side for commercial, office, hotels and other uses by the middle of 2025. The proposed station terminal is projected to have a built-up area of approximately 33 lakh square feet, which is nearly 60% the size of T-3 of IGI Airport.

CCTVs help free child from kidnappers

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Third sero survey in Delhi to begin on September 1
Preparations are on for the third serological survey scheduled to begin in the national capital from Tuesday.

New Delhi railway station to get Rs 6,200 crore makeover
New Delhi railway station will get a swanky look and the surrounding railway land will get a couple of high-rises of up to 40 floors on the Ajmeri Gate side for commercial, office, hotels and other uses by the middle of 2025. The proposed station terminal is projected to have a built-up area of approximately 33 lakh square feet, which is nearly 60% the size of T-3 of IGI Airport.

CCTVs help free child from kidnappers

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