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Morning digest: J&K leaders placed under house arrest, heavy rain hits life in Mumbai again, and other stories

Running on empty: People with gas cylinders waiting for refills in front of an outlet in Srinagar on August 4, 2019.

Running on empty: People with gas cylinders waiting for refills in front of an outlet in Srinagar on August 4, 2019.   | Photo Credit: Nissar Ahmad

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J&K leaders placed under house arrest

An uneasy calm enveloped the Kashmir Valley on Sunday as additional security forces occupied civilian installations and police stations and were put in “standby mode.” Late in the night, National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah and Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti were placed under house arrest. Congress leader Usman Majid and CPI(M) leader M.Y. Tarigami also said they were being detained.

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Heavy rain hits life in Mumbai again

Heavy rain in Mumbai and adjoining regions disrupted life for the second consecutive day on August 4, throwing train services off the track, disrupting air traffic and causing power outages in neighbouring Thane and Palghar districts.

Congress Working Committee to meet on August 10 to elect new president

The Congress Working Committee meeting will be held on August 10 to lay the ground work to elect the new president of the party. The meeting comes more than two months after Rahul Gandhi quit the post.

National Register of Citizens: Assam minorities bombarded with re-verification notices

Anwar Hussain was surprised to receive a notice from the Local Registrar of Citizen Registration (LRCR) of the Goroimari Revenue Block on Saturday. The notice gave him less than 48 hours to appear, with all members of his family, for re-verification of their citizenship documents at the Golaghat North Development Block office in Golaghat district’s Dergaon, about 330 km west of his village Kanahara in Kamrup district. They were asked to report at 9 a.m. sharp on Monday.

WI vs IND: Rohit and Krunal’s exploits fashion India’s series victory

Rohit Sharma’s sublime innings and Krunal Pandya’s all-round show powered India to a series-clinching 22-run win over West Indies in the rain-affected second T20I here on Sunday.

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Water ATMs set up in 70 spots in Nilgiris to quench tourists’ thirst

Nilgiris District Collector, J. Innocent Divya, said awareness programmes would be conducted from August 10 to sensitise tourists about how to use the water ATMs and to reinforce the message that the Nilgiris was a “plastic-free district”.

U.S. mass shootings: Ohio shooter was white male, sister among nine victims

A gunman dressed in body armour opened fire in downtown Dayton, Ohio, early on August 4, killing nine people including his sister and wounding 27 others, authorities said, in the second deadly U.S. mass shooting in less than a day.

Thailand Open: Satwik and Chirag breach the wall of China

India’s Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty scripted a piece of history on Sunday by breaching the ‘Chinese Wall’ of reigning World champions Li Jun Hui and Liu Yu Chen, with a 21-19, 18-21, 21-18 victory in the men’s doubles final of the Thailand Open badminton championship in Bangkok on Sunday.

Pakistan syndicates under the scanner as drug seizures mount in subcontinent

The recent seizures of over 1,100 kg of heroin in the Indian subcontinent have left the investigating agencies worried about a spurt in the activities of Pakistan-based drug-trafficking syndicates in the region.

JKLF chief Yasin Malik is fine: Tihar jail

Countering fake news aired by a Pakistan-based news channel about death of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chief Yasin Malik in Tihar Jail, the Director-General of Prison (Tihar) on Sunday denied any such incident.

Biotechnology Department will scan 20,000 Indian genomes

The Department of Biotechology (DBT) plans to scan nearly 20,000 Indian genomes over the next five years, in a two-phase exercise, and develop diagnostic tests that can be used to test for cancer.

Hope belligerent behaviour by individuals, groups are exceptions: CJI Gogoi

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Sunday hoped that the country’s institutions would help overcome the belligerence being shown by some individuals and groups.

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