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Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan tweeted that he has tested corona positive and has been admitted to the hospital

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4 Aug 2020, 8:08 PM

Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan tests positive for COVID-19, hospitalised

Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan tweeted that he has tested corona positive and has been admitted to the hospital

4 Aug 2020, 7:17 PM

Goa's COVID-19 count goes past 7k mark, death toll at 60

The number of COVID-19 cases in Goa increased by 259 on Tuesday to reach 7,075, while four deaths took the toll to 60, an official said.

A total of 238 people were discharged during the day, taking the number of such cases to 5,114, leaving the state with 1,901 active cases, he said.

"A 29-year-old man, a 79-year-old woman, a 54-year- old man and an 80-year-old man died. On Tuesday, a total of 2,866 samples were tested, of which 259 were positive, 2,037 negative and reports of 570 reports are awaited," he informed.

4 Aug 2020, 7:16 PM

390 test positive, J&K Covid tally reaches 22,396

Three hundred ninety people tested positive in J&K on Tuesday as the total Covid-19 infections count rose to 22,396 in the union territory.

A statement issued by the information and public relations department said 390 people tested positive on Tuesday including 152 in the Jammu division and 238 in the Kashmir division.

4 Aug 2020, 7:11 PM

UP's COVID-19 tally crosses one lakh-mark with 2,948 fresh cases

UP's COVID-19 tally crosses one lakh-mark with 2,948 fresh cases, 41 new fatalities in past 24 hours raise death toll to 1,817; active case count 41,222: Official

4 Aug 2020, 6:07 PM

People’s trust & confidence in economy has evaporated, says Rahul Gandhi

People’s trust and confidence in the economy has evaporated. माहौल बिगड़ गया है। PM and his team have neither the understanding, the tools nor the ability to fix the problem. It’s only a question of time before every Indian is forced to understand this, tweeted Rahul Gandhi.

4 Aug 2020, 5:47 PM

Millions return to lockdown in Philippines

Millions of people in the Philippines returned to a COVID-19 lockdown on Tuesday, after doctors warned a surge in new coronavirus cases could push the country's healthcare system to collapse.

Stay-at-home orders are now in place in Manila and the four surrounding provinces of Laguna, Cavite, Rizal and Bulacan on the island of Luzon until August 18, reports the BBC.

The new lockdown came after 80 medical associations on August 1 called on President Rodrigo Duterte to toughen restrictions in a bid to slow the spread of the virus.

4 Aug 2020, 5:47 PM

Russia records lowest COVID-19 cases since April

Russia recorded 5,159 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours, the lowest daily figure since April 23, authorities said on Tuesday

The new cases took the overall caseload to 861,423, the fourth highest in the world, reports TASS News Agency.

According to the anti-coronavirus crisis center, the number was the lowest since April 23, when 4,774 cases were identified.

The daily growth rate is 0.6 per cent.

4 Aug 2020, 5:26 PM

COVID-19 infection has spread to new areas but 82% of total cases are still from 10 states and UTs: Health ministry

4 Aug 2020, 5:14 PM

About 68 per cent of COVID-19 deaths reported among male patients and 32 per cent among female patients in India: Health ministry

4 Aug 2020, 5:03 PM

IPL title sponsor VIVO pulls out of tournament this year amid row

IPL title sponsor VIVO pulls out of tournament this year amid row, reports NDTV

4 Aug 2020, 4:47 PM

95 more people test positive for COVID-19 in Sikkim, 783 total cases

95 more people test positive for COVID-19 in Sikkim, taking state's virus count to 783: Senior health official.

4 Aug 2020, 4:42 PM

Elgar Parishad case: DU prof's NIA custody extended till Aug 7

A special court on Tuesday extended till August 7 the NIA custody of Delhi University's associate professor Hany Babu, who was arrested in connection with the Elgar Parishad case.

Hany Babu Musaliyarveettil Tharayil, 54, associate professor in the Delhi University's Department of English, was arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) last week for his alleged involvement in the case.

4 Aug 2020, 4:31 PM

Ebrahim Alkazi passes away at 95

Ebrahim Alkazi, 95, passed away on Tuesday. He was credited for revolutionising theatre in India, became one of the most prominent theatre artistes in Mumbai during the 1940s and 1950s.

4 Aug 2020, 3:55 PM

Sensex soars 748 points to close at 37,687; Nifty rallies 203 poits to 11,095

Sensex soars 748.31 pts to close at 37,687.91; Nifty rallies 203.65 pts to 11,095.25.

4 Aug 2020, 3:37 PM

Guilty will be punished, says Punjab CM Amarinder Singh on Phooch tragedy

Deaths by illicit alcohol extremely sad and unfortunate. Police and Excise Departments tasked to nab all responsible, irrespective of their affiliations and position. Assure you as CM that no one will be spared & guilty will be punished to ensure justice: Capt Amarinder Singh, Punjab CM, reports ANI

4 Aug 2020, 3:30 PM

Mumbai Police to appoint a forensic auditor to audit transactions in Sushant Singh Rajput's account

Mumbai Police to appoint a forensic auditor to audit transactions in Sushant Singh Rajput's account: Mumbai Police Sources.

4 Aug 2020, 3:12 PM

2 girls, 1 woman missing after they fell in an open drain in Mumbai

1 female, 2 girls missing after they fell in an open drain, located at the backside of their room. 3 rooms of Trimurti Chawl in Santacruz East, collapsed today morning. Search operation underway. Another girl rescued by police and shifted to V N Desai hospital, reports ANI.

4 Aug 2020, 2:24 PM

Section 144 imposed in Kalaburagi City, Karnataka in the wake of Bhumi Pujan in Ayodhya

Karnataka: Section 144 imposed in Kalaburagi City in the wake of Bhumi Pujan in Ayodhya. Order will be in force from 4th August 3 pm to 6th August 6 am: Police Commissioner, Kalaburagi City

4 Aug 2020, 1:34 PM

168 new COVID-19 positive cases in Puducherry, 4,146 total cases

168 new COVID-19 positive cases, 96 discharged and 1 death reported in Puducherry. Total number of cases now at 4,146 including 1,552 active cases, 2,537 recovered cases and 57 deaths: Directorate of Health and Family Welfare Services, Puducherry.

4 Aug 2020, 1:22 PM

Pradeep Singh tops 2019 civil services exam

Pradeep Singh topped the 2019 Civil Services Exam, while Pratibha Verma, who stood third in the exam, was the topper among women candidates, according to the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) which announced the results on Tuesday.

According to UPSC, a total of 829 candidates have been selected for various civil services through the 2019 edition of the exam. UPSC said that out of the 829 candidates, 304 are from general category, 78 from Economically Weaker Sections (EWS), 251 from Other Backward Classes (OBC), 129 from Schedule Castes and 67 from Schedule Tribe category. The EWS category was implemented in the exam for the first time in 2019.

4 Aug 2020, 1:15 PM

Airlines seek permission from Nepal govt to resume flights

The Nepal governments decision to resume domestic and international flights from August 17 has prompted airline companies to start submitting their proposals seeking permission to resume operations, it was reported.

According to Raj Kumar Chhetri, spokesperson for Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), a total of 12 airline companies, including two from Nepal, have submitted proposals for slots, reports The Himalayan Times.

"Generally, airline companies have to resubmit their proposal for slots if flight operations are halted for more than 60 days," he said on Monday.

4 Aug 2020, 1:08 PM

1 killed, holiday declared as rains pound Mumbai, MMR

At least one person was killed in Thane as heavy rain clobbered Mumbai since Monday night with the state government declaring a holiday in the city and Mumbai Metropolitan Region areas, officials said on Tuesday.

A 15-year-old boy Rakib A. Mandal was electrocuted and died on the spot when he came in contact with a live wire of a street-light pole near the Owala Hanuman Temple on Ghodbunder Road in Thane.

Mumbai city recorded 23 cms while the suburbs notched 16.cms of rain which threw normal life out of gear in Mumbai, Thane, Palghar and Raigad (MMR areas), catching commuters unawares.

The Central Railway's Harbour Line was stopped from Kurla-Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and trains crawled on the main lines, but the Western Railway suspended services between Bandra-Churchgate owing to flooding in Dadar and surrounding areas.

4 Aug 2020, 12:57 PM

RJD was the first party to demand CBI probe in Sushant's case, says Tejashwi Yadav

RJD was the first party to demand CBI probe, we strongly raised this demand in the state assembly also. A court-monitored CBI probe would be better: RJD's Tejashwi Yadav on Bihar govt recommending CBI probe in Sushant Singh Rajput case

4 Aug 2020, 12:54 PM

With 1,384 new cases, Odisha's Covid tally rises to 37,681

Odisha on Tuesday reported 1,384 new Covid-19 cases, taking the state's tally to 37,681, while nine people succumbed to the virus in the last 24 hours, increasing the state's death toll to 216.

Out of the nine deaths, six persons died in Ganjam and one each death was reported from Puri, Jajpur and Khurdha districts.

Out of the fresh cases, 889 were reported from quarantine centres, the rest 595 were local contact cases.

4 Aug 2020, 12:53 PM

May the Bhumi pujan of Ramlala's temple become an occasion for national unity, says Priyanka

Simplicity, courage, restraint, sacrifice, commitment, are the essence of the name Deenbandhu Ram. Ram is in everyone, Ram is with everyone.

With the message and blessings of Lord Ram and Maa Sita, may the Bhumi pujan of Ramlala's temple become an occasion for celebrating national unity, fraternity and cultural congregation, tweeted Priyanka Gandhi.

4 Aug 2020, 12:22 PM

UPSC 2019 final results declared

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has announced the result of civil services examination 2019 on its official website (, reports Hindustan Times

4 Aug 2020, 12:14 PM

Jabalpur woman's 28-year fast to end on Bhumi Pujan day

On August 5, when the 'Bhumi Pujan' for the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya will take place, a 81-year-old Urmila Chaturvedi, a resident of Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, will break fast after 28 years. When the disputed structure was demolished in Ayodhya in 1992, she had given up eating pledging that she would consume food only when the Ram temple construction will take place.

Chaturvedi recounts that she was distressed by the violence that erupted after the disputed structure was demolished in Ayodhya and vowed she would have food only after the construction of the Ram temple with the consent of all stakeholders. Since December 6, 1992, she has been surviving on fruits and spends most of her time reciting Ramayana and chanting prayers.

4 Aug 2020, 12:14 PM

Rebel Cong legislators should shun hospitality of BJP govt in Haryana before holding any talks: Cong leader Randeep Surjewala

4 Aug 2020, 11:58 AM

17 more K'taka IPS officers transferred now

A little more than a month after shuffling 13 senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officers, Karnataka government has again rejigged the police ranks to transfer 17 more officers, an official said.

4 Aug 2020, 11:57 AM

Spurt in new cases in Agra as more samples are tested

With the number of samples going up each day, there is a fresh spurt in cases of COVID-19 in the Taj city.

A month ago, the daily average had gone down to below 10 but in the last two weeks, the number has gone up above 25.

The spurt is not surprising at all, as the daily testing of samples has increased now, explained IMA secretary Dr Sanjay Chaturvedi.

So far 56,563 samples have been tested. In the past 24 hours, 32 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Agra. The number of containment zones is 89.

4 Aug 2020, 11:49 AM

RBI approves Shashidhar Jagadishan as HDFC Bank CEO and MD

The Reserve Bank of India has approved the appointment of Sashidhar Jagdishan as Managing Director and CEO of HDFC Bank for a period of three years from October 27, 2020, when he will take the charge from the outgoing MD Aditya Puri.

Jagdishan will be appointed for a period of three years starting from October 27, HDFC Bank said in a BSE filing, reports Indian Express.

4 Aug 2020, 11:43 AM

Bihar Government recommends CBI investigation in Sushant Singh Rajput death case

Bihar Government recommends CBI investigation in Sushant Singh Rajput death case: JDU Spokesperson Sanjay Singh, reports ANi

4 Aug 2020, 11:32 AM

Hurricane Isaias makes landfall in North Carolina

Hurricane Isaias made a landfall in the US state of North Carolina, leading to floods and damages on its way up the coast.

The Category 1 storm landed near Ocean Isle Beach on Monday night, with maximum sustained winds of about 136.8 kmph, Xinhua news agency reported.

"This storm will bring dangerous weather conditions to much of our state overnight — heavy rains, flash floods," North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said.

4 Aug 2020, 11:31 AM

Local train services suspended on some routes in Mumbai due to water logging

Local train services suspended on some routes in Mumbai and suburbs due to water-logging on rail tracks following heavy overnight rain in the city: officials.

4 Aug 2020, 11:30 AM

Aam Aadmi Party decides to restructure its Delhi Unit

Aam Aadmi Party has decided to restructure its Delhi unit at assembly, district, ward, polling station and booth level, says senior party leader and minister Gopal Rai.

4 Aug 2020, 11:12 AM

SC directs Centre and State governments to provide essential goods all senior citizens living alone during the COVID-19 crisis

Supreme Court directs Central and State governments to continue providing timely old-age pension, mask, sanitisers and essential good and services to all senior citizens living alone during the COVID-19 crisis, reports ANI

4 Aug 2020, 11:09 AM

Another US diplomat in Cambodia tests COVID-19 positive

Cambodian authorities on Tuesday confirmed that another US diplomat has tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of infected Americans in the country to four.

The Health Ministry described the latest patient as a senior diplomat at the American Embassy, who arrived in Cambodia recently from the US via a connecting flight in South Korea, reports Xinhua news agency.

"According to a report provided by the US Embassy to Cambodia, on the 15th day of the man's quarantine, his samples were tested for the COVID-19 for the third time and the result released on Monday showed that he turned out to be positive for

4 Aug 2020, 11:04 AM

551 new COVID-19 positive cases in Rajasthan, 46,106 total cases

551 new COVID-19 positive cases and 8 deaths have been reported in Rajasthan till 10:30 am today. Total number of cases now at 46,106 including 13,222 active cases and 727 deaths: Rajasthan Health Department, reports ANI.

4 Aug 2020, 11:01 AM

Sushant's father requests Nitish Kumar for CBI probe

Sushant Singh's father KK Singh speaks to Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, requests him to order CBI investigation into the actor's death case, reports ANI

4 Aug 2020, 10:28 AM

Rupee falls 14 paise to 75.15 against US dollar in early trade

4 Aug 2020, 10:20 AM

They have forcibly quarantined an IPS officer, says Bihar DGP in Sushant Singh case

They've forcibly quarantined an IPS officer. If Maharashtra govt is proud of their police, then tell us what they've done in 50 days after death of Sushant S Rajput. Mumbai has closed all communication channels with us. This indicates that something is wrong: Bihar DGP G Pandey, reports ANI

4 Aug 2020, 10:18 AM

Pakistan's attempts to involve UN in J-K issue has not 'borne fruit': Indian envoy to UN, reports ANI

4 Aug 2020, 10:13 AM

'Ramarcha' puja begins in Ayodhya ahead of 'bhumi pujan'

The 'Ramarcha' puja began in Ayodhya on Tuesday morning, a day ahead of the 'bhumi pujan' for the construction of the Ram temple.

The 'Ramarcha' puja which involves recitation of 'Ram Katha' and 'Ram Dhun' is being presided over by 11 priests from Varanasi and Ayodhya. The puja will continue for six to seven hours at the Ram Janmabhoomi complex.

The special puja of Lord Hanuman's 'pataka' (flag) is also being held at Hanuman Garhi temple.

The entire Ram Janmabhoomi area has been decorated with saffron marigolds.

4 Aug 2020, 9:46 AM

India records 52,050 positive COVID-19 cases, 803 deaths in India

India records 52,050 positive COVID-19 cases & 803 deaths in India in the last 24 hours. India's tally rises to 18,55,746 including 586298 active cases, 1230510 cured/discharged/migrated & 38938 deaths: Health Ministry

4 Aug 2020, 9:24 AM

High tide of 4.45 metres expected at 1247 hours in Mumbai today: Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation

4 Aug 2020, 9:17 AM

Global COVID-19 cases top 18.1 million: Johns Hopkins

The overall number of global coronavirus cases has topped 18.1 million mark, while the deaths have increased to over 691,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

As of Tuesday morning, the total number of cases stood at 18,193,291 and the fatalities rose to 691,642, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

4 Aug 2020, 8:42 AM

Former Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah tests positive for COVID-19, admitted to hospital

Former Karnataka CM and Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah tweets he has tested positive for COVID-19, admitted to hospital

4 Aug 2020, 8:34 AM

Pakistan resorts to unprovoked shelling on LoC

Pakistan resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation by using small arms and mortar shells on the Line of Control (LoC) on Tuesday in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district, a Defence Ministry spokesman said.

Colonel Devender Anand said that the ceasefire violation took place at about 7 a.m. in the Krishna Ghati sector.

"The Indian Army is retaliating befittingly," he added.

Over 2,720 ceasefire violations have been made by Pakistan this year so far in which 21 civilians were killed and 94 others injured.

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