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Maha Vikas Aghadi allies to contest BMC polls together, says Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut

Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress last year forged an alliance to form government after the Uddhav Thackeray-led party parted ways with long-term ally BJP.

Noted actor Soumitra Chatterjee’s health deteriorates to ‘very critical’, say doctors

The 85-year-old actor was admitted to the hospital on 6 Oct after he tested positive for Covid. He is not responding to the treatment and his platelet count has dropped further.

Cricketer Kapil Dev discharged from hospital after angioplasty

The 61-year-old cricketer complained of chest pain Thursday following which he was taken to Fortis Escorts Heart Institute's emergency department.

BJP leader files complaint with EC, seeks de-recognition of PDP over ‘anti-national’ remarks

Mehbooba Mufti Friday had said that she was not interested in contesting elections or holding the tricolour till the constitutional changes enforced on 5 August 2019 were rolled back.

Light a diya at home to honour security forces guarding our borders, says PM Modi

In his monthly 'Mann ki Baat' radio broadcast, PM Modi said people need to show patience & follow health guidelines while celebrating festivals during Covid times.

US Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff Marc Short tests positive for coronavirus

Earlier on Saturday, one of Pence’s closest political advisers, Marty Obst, had also been infected by the virus, adding further to the cases in and around the White House.

Voted for a guy named Trump, everything was perfect, says US President after voting in Florida

Trump, who voted in-person at a Florida booth, has repeatedly railed against potential fraud from mail-in voting, without evidence.

Try watching the Trump-Biden debate on mute. This is what you will learn

How politicians listen and react may speak louder than what they say, writes an expert on nonverbal communication.

Joe Biden promises free Covid vaccine in US if elected as president

Biden said the virus dwarfs anything faced in recent history and if elected, he would direct the federal govt to bulk-purchase as many doses as necessary.

You can still socialise with friends during Covid, just plot to kill them online

From celebrity gamers live streaming it, to US politicians using it to encourage voting, Among Us is the new videogame taking the Covid-era by storm.

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ISRO’s Mars mission discovers how dust storms expand the red planet’s atmosphere

ScientiFix, our weekly feature, offers you a summary of the top global science stories of the week.

Trump sees ‘filthy India’ and Kashmir ‘making headlines’ in Bihar

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by the editors at ThePrint.

Aakrosh, Om Puri’s masterclass in the art of silence, is especially powerful after Hathras

Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah, Amrish Puri and Smita Patil star in Govind Nihalani's 1980 directorial debut that explores caste politics and the oppression of Adivasis.

Before Maruti 800, there was the quirky Sipani Dolphin, a hit in motorsport circuits

The Dolphin’s two-door design and fibreglass body were some features that made it a hit among racing enthusiasts.

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Four more teams qualify, stage is set for ConQuest grand finale on 25 October

Delhi University’s Ramjas College, NLSIU Bangalore, Government Law College Mumbai and NIT Jamshedpur have qualified for the grand finale.

Knockout rounds of fifth edition of ConQuest begin, four teams qualify for grand finale

More than 180 three-member teams from across disciplines participated in preliminary rounds over the weekend of 3-4 October.

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India wants to be Vishwa Guru but IFS gets too few diplomats to take us there

Only 24 officers were recruited to the IFS in this year’s UPSC exam, and officials and former diplomats say there’s a host of reasons why.

Immunity boosters are a myth — why you shouldn’t believe claims that promise to fight Covid

There is no scientific evidence to support claims of companies selling 'immunity boosting' foods which supposedly enhance immunity. The body's natural process is already working.

From Phase 0 to long-term study, a look at how long it actually takes to develop a vaccine

The Modi govt has asked ICMR to fast-track the trial for Covaxin, a Covid vaccine, and hopes to roll it out in six weeks, in time for Independence Day.

Param Bir Singh — ‘encounter specialist’ IPS officer & Mumbai top cop caught in Sena-NCP tiff

Seemingly stuck in the Sena-NCP tug of war in Maharashtra, Param Bir Singh is a celebrated IPS officer but one who has also courted multiple controversies.

Why IMF evaluators want India-style capital controls to be adopted around the world

While capital controls may be useful in maintaining financial stability, Indian experience suggests IMF should focus on yardsticks of transparency, rule of law.

Ban on public events can bring down Covid transmission rate by 24%, Lancet study says

Conducted by researchers at University of Edinburgh, the study is based on data from 131 countries. It seeks to assess the effect different lockdown measures have on R.

Why the Mughals stayed away from the Sundarbans

In ‘Pandemic’, Sonia Shah writes that the Sundarbans remained largely untouched till the 17th century. Then the East India Company came.

Middle East calls for boycott of French products after Macron’s remarks on cartoons on Prophet

Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan slammed Macron, saying the French President needed ‘mental checks’ over his attitude towards Muslims.

Apple 5G iPhones arrive with an alphabet soup of abbreviations

This newest generation of wireless technology is being pitched as providing 'mind-bending improvements in speed' over today’s connections.

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