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Journalist Aadil Farooq Bhat after his arrest | By Special Arrangement

Journalist ‘with militant links’ held with 2 live grenades after Kashmir blast, role ‘not clear’

According to police, Aadil Farooq Bhat, who works with a local news agency, was also arrested in 2019. He allegedly worked as overground worker for Lashkar-e-Taiba.
A view of the Hawa Mahal-like structure that has come up in Chandni Chowk in New Delhi. | Photo: Twitter/@praveenskapoor

‘Hawa Mahal’ in Chandni Chowk sparks row over violation of Delhi master plan

A trader reconstructs façade of his building in Shahjahanabad in the image of Jaipur’s Hawa Mahal. NDMC asks him to dismantle structure. Questions arise over rules.
A view of the Lok Sabha during the Monsoon Session of Parliament, in New Delhi, on 6 August 2021 | PTI

Caste census, OBC ministry, pvt sector quota — Opposition demands during OBC bill debate

The Constitution (127th Amendment) Bill, which gives states and UTs power to identify and notify their own backward classes list, was adopted with a two-third majority in Lok Sabha Tuesday.
Union Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal speaks in Lok Sabha during the Monsoon session of Parliament, in New Delhi on 10 August 2021. | Photo: ANI/LSTV

Piyush Goyal slams e-commerce giants, vows social media-like rules for Amazon, Flipkart

Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal’s comments came a day after the Supreme Court refused to halt CCI probe against Amazon and Flipkart for alleged anti-competitive practices.
File photo of people waiting to refill their medical oxygen cylinders for Covid patients at an oxygen refilling factory in New Delhi | R Raveendran | ANI

13 states reply to Modi govt query on oxygen deaths, only 1 reports ‘suspected deaths’

Govt says in some states such as Himachal, UP and Punjab the R-value is going up. Also, 37 districts are currently reporting increasing daily trend in Covid infections, of which 11 are in Kerala.
The Rajya Sabha was adjourned Tuesday amid Opposition uproar | ANI

‘Not what we wanted’ — why opposition rejected govt’s ‘debate offer’ on farmers in RS

Rajya Sabha was adjourned Tuesday as Oppn accused govt of not allowing discussions on some of the most prickly issues raised by them, including repeal of farm laws.
RSS general secretary Dattatreya Hosabale | File photo: ANI

Reservation should continue as long as inequality exists in society, says RSS leader Hosabale

Dattatreya Hosabale said RSS is a strong supporter of reservation and underlined that social harmony & social justice weren't political strategies for the Sangh but 'articles of faith'.
File image of the late Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan and his son Chirag Paswan | ANI

Govt asks Chirag Paswan to vacate official bungalow allotted to father Ram Vilas Paswan

The bungalow, 12 Janpath, has been the official address of the Lok Janshakti Party. Ram Vilas Paswan stayed there for nearly three decades till his death in October last year.
File photo of Ajay Kumar Mishra |

145 ‘honour killing’ incidents took place in India between 2017-2019, govt tells Lok Sabha

MoS for Home Ajay Mishra said 50 incidents took place in Jharkhand, the highest in India in the two years. A total of 19 incidents occured in Maharashtra and 14 cases in UP.
File photo of Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia | PTI

Delhi hasn’t got letter from Centre inquiring about deaths due to oxygen shortage: Sisodia

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said the state govt has decided to share all the details with the Central and has accused it of not showing seriousness towards the oxygen crisis.

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The Finance Ministry at North Block in New Delhi | ANI Photo

Apple plans satellite features for iPhone that allow emergency calls

Apple has been working on satellite technology for years, with a team exploring the concept since at least 2017. However, the feature is unlikely to be ready before next year. an Francisco: Apple Inc.’s push to bring satellite capabilities to the iPhone will be focused on emergency situations, allowing users to send texts to first responders and report crashes in areas without cellular coverage. The company is developing at least two related emergency features that will rely on satellite networks, aiming to release them in future iPhones, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Apple has been working on satellite technology for years, with a team exploring the concept since at least 2017, Bloomberg has reported. Speculation that the next iPhone will have satellite capabilities ramped up this week after TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the phone will probably work with spectrum owned by Globalstar Inc. That’s led to conjecture that the iPhone will become something akin to a satellite phone,...
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) logo | Bloomberg

RBI to penalise banks if ATMs run out of cash from 1 October

The scheme has been formulated over concerns of inconvenience caused to the public and to ensure that sufficient cash is available through ATMs, RBI said in a circular.


‘Will pull India into a vortex’ — why Delhi is unlikely to heed ‘Afghan demand for air support’

While no active military aid is being discussed, ‘benign support’ like maintenance of equipment, training and spare parts has been under discussion between India and Afghanistan.

Caste, ethnicity, religion – United colours of Indian hockey prove the game thrives in inclusivity

It's impossible to field an Indian hockey team that doesn’t reflect the diversity, the united colours, better than any other. Shows that a sport, or a nation, will prosper with growing inclusivity.