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Don't link environmental degradation with peace, security: India at UN

Experts from other fields can become astronauts in post-Gaganyaan missions: Programme director
Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) will sustain the human spaceflight programme beyond the 2022 Gaganyaan mission and “those spaceflight missions will give an opportunity to youth excelling in other specific fields to be astronauts and do research in space”.

Mum to allow 100% occupancy in govt buses, experts urge caution

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Wearing glasses may offer some protection from Covid-19, but more studies needed, say scientists
Daily wearers of eyeglasses might be less likely to be infected with the novel coronavirus, say scientists who call for further, large-scale studies to assess the relationship between eye protection and the risk of contracting Covid-19.

Potential Covid-19 drug azithromycin may up risk of cardiac events

In a first, gene-edited livestock that can act as 'surrogate dads' created

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'Epic started a fire, and poured gasoline on it', says Apple
As per the report, Apple has said that until the case is decided, it will restore Fortnite on iOS as soon as Epic removes the in-app purchase option.

Amazon Smart Plug now available in India: Price and more
Amazon smart plug works with Alexa and enables one to add voice control to existing range of appliances, such as lamps, table fans, televisions, air-purifiers, sound bars and more. Priced at Rs 1,999, the Amazon Smart Plug is up for purchase on the e-tailer’s website starting today.

Apple launches its most powerful iPad yet: 11 things to know
Cupertino-based tech giant Apple has launch the all-new iPad Air at its Time Flies event. The new iPad Air is powered by the A14 Bionic chip, which makes it the most powerful iPad made by Apple. It comes in two storage configurations: 64GB and 128GB and comes with a starting price of Rs 54,900.

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US law firm files class action suit against HDFC Bank
A law firm in the US has filed a class action suit against HDFC Bank, claiming damages for the losses incurred by investors because of "materially false and misleading" representations made by India's largest private sector lender.

China will have to approve US TikTok deal: ByteDance
China will need to approve ByteDance's proposed deal with Oracle Corp for its TikTok app, the Chinese company said on Thursday, indicating how its bid to stave off a ban in the United States could be further complicated. Oracle has submitted a proposal to the Trump administration that will allow it to become a technology partner in the TikTok app, as ByteDance hopes to head off a Trump order that it divest TikTok's US operations.

Investors lose over Rs 1L cr as markets fall
Investor wealth eroded by over Rs 1 lakh crore on Thursday as equities came under pressure after registering gains in the past two days. The 30-share BSE sensex opened lower and remained in the negative territory throughout the trading session. The benchmark finally closed at 38,979.85, lower by 323 points or 0.82 per cent.

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Empty stands won't lead to drop in intensity: Virat Kohli
RCB skipper Virat Kohli on Thursday said his teammates have become 'acceptive' of living in the IPL bio-bubble and there is no 'desperation' for a change of environment as they approach the tournament start from Sep 19. It will be the first time that IPL matches will be held in the absence of a packed crowd but Kohli said it is the need of the hour.

Eng, Aus players arriving from UK will undergo 36-hour quarantine
The IPL franchises will be heaving a sigh of relief as all 21 Australian & English players arriving to the UAE from the UK will have to undergo just 36 hours of quarantine instead of the earlier prescribed 6 days. "The quarantine matter has been sorted. Most of the teams will now have their big stars available from the first game itself," a senior IPL functionary said.

IPL 2020: Can KXIP buck the trend and surprise everyone ?
The Kings XI Punjab team has always had some top players in their ranks, but they somehow lost the plot in most of IPL editions, except on 2 occasions when they made it to the semis in 2008 season and finished runners-up in 2014 after losing to KKR in the final. It's been 5 years since their runners-up finish in 2014 and they have yet to make it to the playoffs.

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Job fair: 193 doctors, staff nurses got placements

SC verdict on pleas challenging NLAT 2020 on Monday

UGC allows NEHU to hold exams in October following Meghalaya govt request
The UGC has agreed to the proposal of the state government for completing final semester exam in Meghalaya by October 16, Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui said on Thursday.

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India at UN cautions against linking environmental degradation to peace and security

Western wildfire smoke causes East Coast haze, vivid sunsets
The wildfires racing across tinder-dry landscape in California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington are extraordinary, but the long reach of their smoke isn't unprecedented. While there are only small pockets in the southeastern US that are haze free, experts say the smoke poses less of a health concern for those who are farther away.

What's next? Devastating fires are latest challenge in West

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Japan new PM begins 1st full day, vows to push reforms

Don't turn Covid-19 into 'political football': WHO
Trump took exception on Wednesday to comments from the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Robert Redfield, who said a vaccine could be broadly rolled out in mid-2021 and masks might be more effective.

US envoy to UN has 'historic' meeting with Taiwan official
US Ambassador Kelly Craft had lunch with Taiwan's top official in New York, a meeting she called “historic” and a further step in the Trump administration's campaign to strengthen relations with the self-governing island. Craft said her lunch with James K J Lee, director of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York was the first meeting between a top Taiwan official and a US ambassador to the UN.

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India at UN cautions against linking environmental degradation to peace and security

Western wildfire smoke causes East Coast haze, vivid sunsets
The wildfires racing across tinder-dry landscape in California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington are extraordinary, but the long reach of their smoke isn't unprecedented. While there are only small pockets in the southeastern US that are haze free, experts say the smoke poses less of a health concern for those who are farther away.

What's next? Devastating fires are latest challenge in West

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Telangana: CBI books infrastructure company in Rs 108 crore loan fraud case
CBI lodged an FIR against SEW Infrastructure Limited and Prasad and Company (Project Works) Ltd and its directors for their alleged role in the Rs 108-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) loan fraud case.

103-year-old gets the better of Covid in Telangana
Setting a record of sorts, a 103-year-old man, living in a senior citizens’ home in Kondapur, battled Covid-19 virus and won. Admitted at the Telangana Institute of Medical Sciences (Tims), he is among the oldest persons in the country to have survived the virus attack.

IRDAI panel moots Rs 75,000 cr pandemic pool for India

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Ladakh to get all-weather connectivity with 2 roads from Manali soon

Farmers bang drums for 12 minutes in protest against agri ordinances

Farmers feed nation but can't fix crop price: Diljit Dosanjh on agri bills

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PM improved lives of 60 cr citizens: Shah

100% houses to get drinking water, says Vijay Rupani

70 paintings on postcards to mark PM's birthday

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68,000 Tamils stuck abroad still await evacuation
Nearly 68,000 Tamils, who have registered for rescue flights, are still waiting to return from nine countries, mostly from the Middle East.

Pallavaram, Vandalur flyovers open, GST Road travel a breeze
Traffic bottlenecks on GST Road, gateway to the southern districts, could soon be a thing of the past. A flyover in Vandalur and another in Pallavaram, thrown open to the public by chief minister Edappadi K Palanisamy on Thursday, will ensure that.

Chennai likely to receive light rain in next 48 hours: Weathermen
After some surprise midnight spells in parts of the city on Wednesday, weathermen have forecast light rain likely in the city for the next 48 hours. With a low pressure area likely to develop over Northeast Bay of Bengal around September 20, weather enthusiasts said there are chances of rainfall till this weekend as the system is likely to bring favourable wind patterns for the convective spells.

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Karnataka: Younger population not as immune as believed
Close to 700 youngsters under the age of 40 have died of Covid-19 in Karnataka, making up 9% of the deaths so far, reflecting the findings in the west as well that the younger population is not as immune to the disease as thought earlier.

Bengaluru: Rowdy attacks constable, shot at
DJ Halli police opened fire at a 30-year-old rowdy-sheeter Prem Kumar after he attacked a constable with a dagger on Thursday morning near LR Bande in east Bengaluru.

BJP MP Ashok Gasti dies due to Covid-19 in Bengaluru
Ashok Gasti, who became a member of the Rajya Sabha just two months ago in a surprise nomination by BJP, passed away in Bengaluru late Thursday night, nearly three weeks after he tested positive for Covid-19.

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Maharashtra to enforce bonds on 1,204 PG doctors graduating this year
Medical students clearing postgraduate (PG) and super-speciality courses may not be able to skip their one-year mandatory bond service this year. The medical education department has decided to depute 1,204 PG doctors expected to graduate in 2020 to corporation and state-run medical colleges and Covid jumbo centres to fulfil their bond service.

Mumbai University for some form of proctoring, device-neutral exam software
Use some form of proctoring or digital supervision, with or without camera, while conducting final-year university exams. This is one of the Mumbai University (MU) guidelines for deployment of online software for the exams to be held across 750 affiliated colleges for 2.5 lakh students from October 1. The guidelines also specify a software that can be accessed on mobile phones, laptops as well as desktops for the convenience of all students.

Maharashtra: ST buses to run at full capacity, experts critical
From Friday, the 5,500 state transport (ST) buses plying across Maharashtra will run at 100% occupancy.

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17-year-old alleges rape in Delhi, three arrested
A 17-year old girl alleged that she was gang-raped by three men at an isolated building in northeast Delhi's Harsh Vihar on Wednesday.

Process of installing electric vehicle charging infra kicks off in Delhi
The process of installing 200 electric vehicle (EV) charging facilities across the city has been started by Delhi government in coordination with other agencies.

ASI killed after one truck rams another in Delhi
In a freak accident, a truck that had been stopped by an assistant sub-inspector of police was rammed by another truck, sending it careening into the traffic officer and killing him on Wednesday in north Delhi's Dheerpur.

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17-year-old alleges rape in Delhi, three arrested
A 17-year old girl alleged that she was gang-raped by three men at an isolated building in northeast Delhi's Harsh Vihar on Wednesday.

Process of installing electric vehicle charging infra kicks off in Delhi
The process of installing 200 electric vehicle (EV) charging facilities across the city has been started by Delhi government in coordination with other agencies.

ASI killed after one truck rams another in Delhi
In a freak accident, a truck that had been stopped by an assistant sub-inspector of police was rammed by another truck, sending it careening into the traffic officer and killing him on Wednesday in north Delhi's Dheerpur.

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17-year-old alleges rape in Delhi, three arrested
A 17-year old girl alleged that she was gang-raped by three men at an isolated building in northeast Delhi's Harsh Vihar on Wednesday.

Process of installing electric vehicle charging infra kicks off in Delhi
The process of installing 200 electric vehicle (EV) charging facilities across the city has been started by Delhi government in coordination with other agencies.

ASI killed after one truck rams another in Delhi
In a freak accident, a truck that had been stopped by an assistant sub-inspector of police was rammed by another truck, sending it careening into the traffic officer and killing him on Wednesday in north Delhi's Dheerpur.

More Delhi News»

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