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Big victory for Kangana Ranaut as HC asks BMC to compensate, says demolition illegal

The Bombay High Court on Friday criticised the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation for using “muscle power” in the demolition of actor Kangana Ranaut’s bungalow. While quashing the demolition order, the high court termed the BMC’s move as an act of malafide that was done to cause substantial loss to Kangana. The court also directed the authorities...

MiG-29K trainer aircraft crashes in Arabian Sea, 1 pilot missing

The Indian Navy on Friday said that a MiG-29K trainer aircraft operating from the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya met with an accident over the Arabian Sea on Thursday evening. While one pilot has been recovered, another is missing. The Navy in a statement said that search operation for the second pilot by air and surface...

Delhi Police seeks Kejriwal govt’s nod to use 9 stadiums for detaining protesting farmers

The Delhi Police have sought Arvind Kejriwal government’s permission to convert nine stadiums in the national capital into temporary jails. The permission has been sought as thousands of farmers protesting against the Centre’s contentious farm laws continue their march towards Delhi. The agitating farmers have braved police batons, tear gas and water cannons while breaking...

43,082 fresh COVID-19 cases, 492 deaths reported in a day in India

The health ministry on Friday informed that 43,082 fresh cases of COVID-19 have been reported in India in the past 24 hours. The addition of the fresh cases has taken the COVID-19 case tally to 93.09 lakh. So far, the biggest single-day surge of 97,894 COVID-19 cases was reported in India on September 17. The...

Controversy erupts over AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine efficacy claim

At a time when the low-cost COVID-19 vaccine candidate jointly developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University seems to raise hopes for many countries including India, experts have raised questions on the manner in which the company arrived at the efficacy percentage for its vaccine candidate. The questions were raised after AstraZeneca and Oxford University acknowledged...

PM Modi likely to visit Serum Institute on Saturday

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to visit the Serum Institute of India (SII), one of the world’s largest vaccine manufacturers, in Pune on Saturday. Notably, SII has joined hands with AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford for the mass-production of their vaccine candidate. The Union government has granted permission to seven firms for manufacture...

Haryana Police uses tear gas, water cannons on farmers protesting against new farm laws

A group of farmers from Punjab who were on their way to Delhi to protest against the contentious farm laws passed by the Centre had to face water cannons and tear gas when some of them tried to jump barricades erected by Haryana Police. At the Punjab-Harayana border at Shambhu, Haryana Police restricted farmers from...

26/11 attacks: India fighting terrorism with new policies, says PM Modi

Remembering the terrorist attack of 26/11 on Mumbai, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said India is now fighting terrorism with new policies. PM Modi said the country would not forger the wounds of the terrorist attack. Addressing the concluding session of the 80th All India Presiding Officers Conference, PM Modi said: “This day in...

Cyclone Nivar: 3 people killed in Tamil Nadu, rains to continue

Cyclone Nivar made landfall near Puducherry in the early hours on Thursday as a ‘very severe cyclonic storm’. It accompanied heavy rainfall and gusty winds that resulted in the uprooting of trees and flooding in low-lying areas. It has lost its intensity after the landfall but will cause rain in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Karnataka and...

44,489 COVID-19 cases, 524 deaths in a day in India

The health ministry on Thursday informed that 44,489 fresh cases of COVID-19 have been reported in India in the past 24 hours. The addition of the fresh cases has taken the COVID-19 case tally to 92.66 lakh. So far, the biggest single-day surge of 97,894 COVID-19 cases was reported in India on September 17. The...

Rajasthan: Former finance minister Manik Chand Surana no more

Rajasthan’s former finance minister Manik Chand Surana on Wednesday breathed his last after a prolonged illness. He was 90-years-old. Surana who tested positive for coronavirus was successful in recovering from the infection, but he could not combat the post-COVID complications. He was admitted to Sawai Man Singh Hospital in Jaipur, where he was undergoing his...

Malayalam film Jallikattu is India’s official entry for Oscars

Malayalam film Jallikattu has been selected by the Film Federation of India (FFI) jury as India’s official entry for the Best International Film category for the Oscars. The film has been directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery and is an action drama based on the short story Maoist by Hareesh. The plot follows a bull that...