Top news of the day: Myanmar witnesses bloodiest day of anti-coup protests; ISRO places 19 satellites and Bhagwat Gita in orbit, and more

A tear gas canister falls to the ground as security forces crack down on anti-coup demonstrations in Yangon on February 28, 2021.   | Photo Credit: AFP

At least seven killed on bloodiest day of Myanmar protests against coup

Police were out in force early and opened fire in different parts of the biggest city of Yangon after stun grenades, tear gas and shots in the air failed to break up crowds. Soldiers also reinforced police. Several wounded people were hauled away by fellow protesters, leaving bloody smears on pavements, media images showed. One man died after being brought to a hospital with a bullet in the chest, said a doctor who asked not to be identified.

ISRO successfully places 19 satellites in orbit

Of the 18 satellites, 13 were from the U.S. with one of them a technology demonstration satellite and the rest for 2-way satellite communications and data relay. Among the five Indian satellites, one belongs to the DRDO. The Satish Dhawan SAT (SDSAT) built by Space Kidz India is a nano-satellite intended to study the radiation levels. The Bhagavad Gita was also sent on-board an SD card to give the scripture, which teaches oneness as the highest form of humanity, the highest honour, SpaceKidz said.

Coronavirus | India records 16,752 fresh COVID-19 cases, biggest single-day jump in 30 days

The death toll mounted to 1,57,051 with 113 fresh fatalities, the data updated at 8 a.m. showed. The new fatalities include 51 from Maharashtra, 18 from Kerala and 11 from Punjab, among other parts of the country.

Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Rathod, linked to Pune girl’s death, resigns from Maharashtra Cabinet

Mr. Rathod, who has been under fire from the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for nearly three weeks following the incident, tendered his resignation to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

The long wait for closure for family of engineer posted with Border Roads Organisation

Son of a tailor from Balrampur in Uttar Pradesh, Indian Engineering Service officer Subhan Ali had been posted in Ladakh as part of the General Reserve Engineering Force of the BRO when his vehicle fell off the road and plunged into the Drass river that flows into Pakistan.

Army cancels recruitment exam after question paper leak

Based on a proactive joint operation with local police at Pune, a case of possible leakage of question paper prepared for Common Entrance Examination for Recruitment of Soldiers (General Duty) was reported on February 27 night, an Army official added.

Mann ki Baat | PM Modi calls for 100-day water conservation campaign

Not learning Tamil is a regret, says PM when asked if there is anything he has not been able to accomplish.

Azad praises Modi for being ‘frank’ about his past as tea-selle’

Addressing an event in Jammu, the former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister said a person should not try to hide his background from the world.

Sri Lanka ‘Priority One’ partner in defence: India

India said the participation of its military aircraft in the 70th anniversary celebration of the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) is indicative of the growing cooperation, camaraderie and friendship between the two militaries.

Pakistan may resume import of cotton from India: report

Citing sources in the Ministry of Commerce, The Express Tribune reported that Advisor to the Prime Minister on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood may take a decision on whether to import cotton and yarn from India next week.

65% low, lower-middle income countries slashed education budgets after COVID-19 outbreak: World Bank report

The World Bank report was compiled in collaboration with UNESCO’s Global Education Monitoring Report.

Low-key bidding likely at spectrum auctions on March 1

Bands valued at ₹3.92 lakh crore at stake; 5G airwaves not on sale.

ICC Rankings | Rohit reaches career-best eighth rank; Ashwin, Patel also move up

ICC said that player rankings will move to a weekly updating system from March 2021.

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