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Top news of the day: Narendra Modi announces Chief of Defence Staff post in Independence Day speech, Shah Faesal shifted to makeshift detention centre in Srinagar, and more

A girl in Bengaluru poses for a picture with her face painted with a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi as the country celebrates its 73rd Independence Day on August 15, 2019.

A girl in Bengaluru poses for a picture with her face painted with a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi as the country celebrates its 73rd Independence Day on August 15, 2019.   | Photo Credit: AFP

The major news headlines of the day, and more.

Modi announces Chief of Defence Staff post, Jal Jeevan Mission in Independence Day speech

Prime Minister says removal of special status to Jammu and Kashmir will ensure justice and development to backward sections of society. | All you need to know about Chief of Defence Staff | India celebrates 73rd Independence Day | No exchange of sweets at Attari-Wagah border post

Shah Faesal shifted to makeshift detention centre at Srinagar’s Centaur Hotel

Mr. Faesal, who was stopped from taking a flight to Istanbul at the Delhi airport during the intervening night of August 13 and August 14, was flown back to Srinagar where he was detained under the Public Safety Act.

Kashmir returning to UNSC raises several legal questions

The Security Council discussed the issue decades ago in 1971.

Indian crew aboard Iranian oil tanker released in Gibraltar

The arrested crew members — the Master, Chief Officer and two Second Mates — were aboard Panama-flagged supertanker Grace 1 that was detained off Europa Point in Gibraltar.

Amarnath Yatra concludes with subdued ceremony

The 46-day yatra which had begun on July 1 was suspended on July 31 for four days in the wake of “inclement weather conditions”. Three days later, the Army said Pakistan-based terrorists are planning to target the yatra and the Jammu and Kashmir administration asked the pilgrims and tourists to “curtail” their stay in the Valley and leave immediately.

‘RSS membership doubled in 10 years’

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has grown steadily over the last 10 years, not necessarily after 2014 when the BJP came to power, said Arun Kumar, national publicity chief of the RSS.

Man stabbed near Home Office in central London

Police said they were called to Marsham Street where the Home Office (Interior Ministry) is located after a man armed with a knife was reported. They found a man with knife injuries which were being treated as life-threatening. Another man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.

Modi reviews state of economy with Sitharaman, Finance Ministry officials

There are expectations that the government would come out with sector-specific stimulus sometime soon.

Kohli becomes first to score 20,000 international runs in a decade

The 30-year-old played an unbeaten knock of 114 to help India chase down the revised target of 255 (DLS method), thereby clinching the series 2-0.

Veteran actor Vidya Sinha passes away

Basu Chatterjee’s 1974 film “Rajnigandhaa” catapulted Vidya Sinha to fame, with the title song by Lata Mangeshkar still fresh in public memory.

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