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Top news of the day: West Bengal announces 2-day lockdown every week; SC dismisses pleas for preserving artefacts found at Ram Janmabhoomi, and more

A view of the Amma Mandapam bathing ghat which used to draw thousands of people on the occasion of Adi Amavasai wore a deserted look, as police and District administration banned people from visiting the place to perfrom Tharpanam in Srirangam, on July 20, 2020.   | Photo Credit: M. Srinath

Coronavirus | West Bengal announces 2-day lockdown every week

Stating that community transmission of COVID-19 has been recorded in a few areas in West Bengal, the Mamata Banerjee government on Monday announced a complete lockdown across the state for two days every week to stem the spread of the disease.

Vikas Dubey encounter: SC asks U.P. to consider having ex-judge of top court in inquiry committee

The Supreme Court on Monday ordered the Uttar Pradesh government to expand the committee probing the encounter deaths of history-sheeter Vikas Dubey and his associates to include a former judge of the court and a retired Director General of Police even as it reminded the Yogi Adityanath government about its responsibility to arrest, detain and give a fair trial to an accused in a court of law.

SC dismisses plea to protect Ramjanmabhoomi remains, artefacts

The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed as “absolutely frivolous” a plea to protect ancient remains and artefacts recovered during excavation and levelling of land at Ramjanmabhoomi in Ayodhya for Ram temple construction.

PM Modi’s ‘fake strongman image’ is now India’s biggest weakness, says Rahul Gandhi

In one of his most direct attacks on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday said Mr. Modi had come to power with the help of a ‘fabricated strongman image’ but now that image of a leader with a 56-inch chest was under attack from China.

Nadda terms Rahul’s video bid to politicise defence, foreign policies

BJP president J.P. Nadda on Monday launched a scathing attack on Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and his second video on India’s handling of the border situation with China, terming the video “attempts to politicise defence and foreign policy” due to “one dynasty’s desperation to wash their past sins of 1962 and weaken India.”

What more could Congress give to Sachin Pilot: Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel speaks exclusively to The Hindu on the latest scheme ‘Godhan Nyay Yojana’ where the State will buy cattle dung, political events in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh’s own political situation as the last of the three States (Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh were won by Congress in 2018) so far standing untouched by political upheaval.

Coronavirus | Over 7 lakh cured, recovery rate at 62.6%, says Health Ministry

More than 7 lakh persons have been cured of COVID-19 and discharged till now and the case fatality rate in the country continues to register a steady drop, according to a statement issued by the Health Ministry on Monday. The Ministry said India’s case fatality rate now stands at 2.46%.

Sedition case: Stay the proceedings against me, Vinod Dua urges Supreme Court

Senior journalist Vinod Dua on Monday urged the Supreme Court to stay the proceedings in a sedition FIR registered against him by the Himachal Pradesh police.

Ladakh MP Namgyal made BJP local unit chief

BJP MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, who burst into national fame after his spirited defence in Parliament of the Modi government’s move to abrogate Article 370 that accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir, was on Monday appointed president of the Ladakh unit of the party.

Shekhawat questions audio tapes’ authenticity after Rajasthan Police seeks his voice sample

Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on Monday questioned the authenticity of the audio clips, cited by the Congress to allege his involvement in a purported bid to topple the Rajasthan government, after the state police served him a notice to give his voice sample and record his statement.

Tablighi Jamaat: Delhi Court allows 121 foreigners from 2 countries to walk free on payment of fine

A Delhi court Monday allowed 121 people from Kyrgyzstan and Bangladesh to walk free on payment of ₹5,000 each, after they accepted mild charges under the plea bargain process, related to various violations including visa norms while attending Tablighi Jamaat event here during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Australia’s proposed tour of England to begin on September 4: report

Australia’s “bio-secure” tour of England comprising three T20s and as many ODIs will begin on September 4, according to a report.


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