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Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) President Akhil Gogoi speaks during a protest against Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in Jorhat, Thursday, 12 December, 2019. | PTI

Special NIA court rejects anti-CAA activist Akhil Gogoi’s bail plea

Gogoi was arrested on 12 December last year as a 'preventive measure' in view of deteriorating law and order situation in Assam. He was also booked under UAPA.
Brinjal

Allow field trials of Bt brinjal to ensure safety of crops, agri-tech body writes to govt

In its letter to agriculture ministry and CMs of 8 states, Alliance for Agri Innovation has claimed studies over past 23 yrs found no evidence of adverse health effects of GM crops.
Debris on the ground after a landslide due to heavy rainfall in Idukki district on 7 August

Landslide in Kerala’s Idukki kills 14, over 50 plantation workers missing

Idukki District Collector H Dinesh said most of the people who died in the incident were tea estate workers from neighbouring Tamil Nadu.
File photo of associate professor of Delhi University Hany Babu Musaliyarveettil Tharayil | Twitter

DU professor Hany Babu remanded to judicial custody till 21 August in Elgar Parishad case

The NIA, who had earlier accused Babu of having links with the CPI (M), arrested him on 28 July for his alleged involvement in the Elgar Parishad case.
Lab technicians produce Covid-19 diagnostic kits in a laboratory in Faridabad

Serum Institute ties up with Gates Foundation for 10 crore doses of Covid vaccine

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will provide around Rs 1,125 crore funding to produce and supply around 10 crore doses of Covid-19 vaccine at Rs 224 each.
A coronavirus-shaped dustbin placed in Vijayawada by municipal authorities to raise awareness about the pandemic | Representational image | ANI

Andhra Pradesh begins sero survey, will cover 4 districts in 6 days to collect 15,000 samples

Andhra will collect 3,750 blood samples each from Krishna, Nellore, East Godavari & Anantapur districts. Samples will be taken from frontline health workers, police, among others.
Rape accused Roman Catholic Bishop Franco Mulakkal | PTI

Kerala court grants bail to Bishop Franco Mulakkal in rape case

The Supreme Court Wednesday had directed Mulakkal to face trial as it dismissed his plea seeking discharge in the rape case, saying there was no merit in his petition.
File photo of Sushant Singh Rajput | Facebook

Officer probing Sushant Singh Rajput case released from quarantine, will return to Patna

IPS officer Vinay Tiwari reached Mumbai Sunday when he was placed in quarantine, after which the city municipal commissioner was asked to exempt him from the protocols.
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) headquarters in New Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Pradeep Kumar Joshi appointed as UPSC chairman

Joshi, who was the chairman of both Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commissions, joined the UPSC as member in May 2015.
Manoj Sinha takes oath as the new Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, at a ceremony in Raj Bhavan, Srinagar on 7 August

There should be peace in J&K, dialogue with people will start soon, says new L-G Manoj Sinha

Taking oath as J&K L-G, the former union minister said there will be no discrimination against anyone and Constitution will be Gita in that.

On Camera

A woman in a marketplace deserted due to lockdown in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh | Photo: ANI

India isn’t facing up to the true financial cost of Covid

Truth is currently as scarce as capital in India. The govt doesn’t have the appetite for large-scale socialisation of private losses, lest the opposition accuse PM Modi of cronyism.

Defence

A file photo of Pangong Lake in Ladakh | Visharad Saxena | Special arrangement

India, China generals meet today as ‘PLA keeps up Pangong incursions, blocks army at Depsang’

The fresh round of dialogue comes as India and China have hit a stalemate in military talks with regard to disengagement at multiple flashpoints in Ladakh.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.