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 2020-08-04 20:55 

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Ram temple: Light lamps, chant prayers, says C'garh BJP...

Raipur, Aug 4 (PTI) The Chhattisgarh BJP asked people to light lamps and chant prayers on Wednesday to mark thebhoomi pujan for the Ram Temple in Ayodhya.Party workers and "followers of Sanatan dharma" havebeen asked to perform rituals and recite ...

 2020-08-04 20:39 

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Bihar flood toll goes up to 19, over 63.60 lakh affected...

(Eds: Recasts throughout) Patna, Aug 4 (PTI) Flood waters rampaged through 16districts of Bihar on Tuesday, claiming six more lives andaffecting over 63.60 lakh people, officials said.The death toll from the deluge has gone up to 19, astate disaster manag...

 2020-08-04 20:30 

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Gujarat CM calls changes in map by Pak 'preposterous'...

Ahmedabad, Aug 4 (PTI) Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Tuesday lashed out at Pakistan Prime Minister ImranKhan for releasing a new map which shows a part of the stateas Pakistan's territory.The changes in the map were "preposterous4;, he...

 2020-08-04 20:27 

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Chandigarh reports another COVID-19 death...

Chandigarh, Aug 4 (PTI) Chandigarh reported another fatality due to COVID-19, while the highest single-day spike of 46 cases took the union territory's infection tally to 1,206, according to a medical bulletin issued on Tuesday. As of now, there are 4...

 2020-08-04 20:22 

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'Father of Indian theatre' Ebrahim Alkazi dies at 94...

(Eds: Adding quotes, details) New Delhi, Aug 4 (PTI) Theatre doyen, legendary drama teacher and connoisseur of the arts Ebrahim Alkazi died on Tuesday after suffering a heart attack, his son said. He was 94. Alkazi, who was the longest serving director of...

 2020-08-04 20:14 

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Places of worship to open in JK on August 16...

Srinagar, Aug 4 (PTI) The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Tuesday decided to open religious premises and places of worship from August 16 but extended other standard operating procedures for COVID-19 containment till August 31. "Major decision by ...

 2020-08-04 20:08 

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BJP-affiliated panch shot at in Kulgam, injured...

Srinagar, Aug 4 (PTI) Militants on Tuesday shot at and injured a panch affiliated to the BJP in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said. Arif Ahmad Shah was shot at in Akhran area of Kulgam district around 9.30 pm, a police official said.Shah wa...

 2020-08-04 19:59 

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Grenade attack on Pulwama police post, 3 cops injured...

Srinagar, Aug 4 (PTI) Three policemen received minor injuries on Tuesday in a grenade attack by militants on a police post in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said. They lobbed a grenade on a police bunker at Wanpora in Pulwama district aroun...

 2020-08-04 19:57 

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Parole plea of G N Saibaba rejected...

Nagpur, Aug 4 (PTI) The Nagpur Central Prison authorities on Tuesday rejected former Delhi Universityprofessor G N Saibaba's application seeking parole forattending the last rites of his mother.Saibaba is serving life sentence at the Nagpur jailafter ...

 2020-08-04 19:47 

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20 more COVID deaths in Punjab, 488 fresh cases...

Chandigarh, Aug 4 (PTI) Punjab on Tuesday reported 20 more fatalities due to COVID-19, pushing the death toll to 462, while the tally reached 19,015 with 488 fresh cases. Seven new fatalities were reported in Ludhiana, five each in Patiala and Jalandhar a...

 2020-08-04 19:12 

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5 more COVID deaths in U'khand, tally crosses 8K mark...

Dehradun, Aug 4 (PTI) Uttarakhand on Tuesday reported five more deaths due to COVID-19 and 208 fresh cases. The death toll due to the disease has mounted to 95, while the caseload has reached 8,008, a state health department bulletin said.Three COVID-19 p...

 2020-08-04 19:01 

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Aam Aadmi Party to restructure Delhi unit: Gopal Rai...

(Eds: Adds quotes) New Delhi, Aug 4 (PTI) The Aam Aadmi Party has decided to restructure its Delhi unit at the assembly, district, ward, polling station and booth level, senior party leader and minister Gopal Rai said on Tuesday.The exercise is being unde...

 2020-08-04 19:01 

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Haryana reports 8 more COVID-19 deaths; 623 fresh cases...

Chandigarh, Aug 4 (PTI) Haryana on Tuesday reported eight more deaths due to COVID-19, while 623 fresh cases pushed the infection tally to 37,796, the state health department said. Sirsa district reported three fatalities, and Faridabad, Rohtak, Jhajjar, ...

 2020-08-04 18:58 

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No monkey business allowed in Ayodhya...

Ayodhya, Aug 4 (PTI) Ahead of the groundbreaking for the Ram temple in Ayodhya, the authorities here have taken stock of every possible threat including that from monkeys. An official said scores of workers will keep watch in the area around the Ram Janma...

 2020-08-04 18:48 

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IMD forecasts 'extremely heavy' rainfall in Mumbai, Pune...

Mumbai, Aug 4 (PTI) The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert for the MumbaiMetropolitan Region, Pune, Nashik and some other parts ofMaharashtra for Wednesday.The red alert was issued for the second consecutiveday. Rains have been l...

 2020-08-04 18:43 

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Rajasthan CM's elder brother skips ED summons 2nd time...

(Eds: Fixing typo in name in intro) New Delhi, Aug 4 (PTI) Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's elder brother Agrasain Gehlot skipped Enforcement Directorate summons for a second time Tuesday in a money-laundering case, citing health issues, offici...

 2020-08-04 18:27 

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153 new coronavirus cases in Ahmedabad, three deaths...

Ahmedabad, Aug 4 (PTI) Ahmedabad reported 153 new coronavirus patients on Tuesday, raising the case tally inthe district to 27,122, the state health department said.The number of COVID-19 fatalities in the district roseto 1,612 with three more patients dy...

 2020-08-04 18:19 

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Brothers stab each other to death in Ghaziabad...

Ghaziabad, Aug 4 (PTI) Two brothers in an inebriated state stabbed each other to death at their home here, police said on Tuesday. Mohan Lal, 28, and Mota, 32, engaged in an argument over some issue after getting drunk on Monday night. They then stabbed e...

 2020-08-04 18:18 

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'Father of Indian theatre' Ebrahim Alkazi dies at 94...

(Eds: Adding details, president, PM quotes and other reax) New Delhi, Aug 4 (PTI) Theatre doyen, legendary drama teacher and connoisseur of the arts Ebrahim Alkazi died on Tuesday after suffering a heart attack, his son said. He was 94.Alkazi, who was the...

 2020-08-04 18:06 

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Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival postponed to 2021...

Mumbai, Aug 4 (PTI) The organisers of Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival on Tuesday announced that its 22nd edition has been postponed due to the ?coronavirus pandemic. The Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) took the unanimous decision to push the festival ...

 2020-08-04 18:05 

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Sushant was murdered, claims former Maha CM Narayan Rane...

(Ed: adds details) Mumbai, Aug 4 (PTI) BJP MP Narayan Rane on Tuesdayclaimed that actor Sushant Singh Rajput was murdered.The former Maharashtra chief minister, who made thesensational claim at a media briefing here, did not offer anyevidence to support i...

 2020-08-04 17:59 

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Nothing to do with Sushant case, says Aaditya Thackeray...

Mumbai, Aug 4 (PTI) Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray on Tuesday said he and his family are being targetedfor no reason in actor Sushant Singh Rajput death case andstressed he is nowhere related to the matter.The Shiv Sena leader said dirty politics ...

 2020-08-04 17:36 

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Man held for online fraud of around Rs 1.75...

New Delhi, Aug 4 (PTI) A civil engineer was arrested for allegedly cheating a doctor of around Rs 1.75 lakh on the pretext of selling an iPhone by impersonating an Army officer, police said on Tuesday. The accused has been identified as Parvej Ahmad, 29, ...

 2020-08-04 17:36 

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Over 200 people evacuated in Nilgiris: TN Govt...

(Eds: Adds details) Chennai, Aug 4 (PTI) In view of heavy rains in theNilgiris district, over 200 people have been evacuated andtraffic has been restored on the Udhagamandalam-Gudalurnational highway in the hills, the Tamil Nadu government saidon Tuesday....

 2020-08-04 17:32 

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IMD forecasts 'extremely heavy' rainfall in Mumbai, Pune...

Mumbai, Aug 4 (PTI) The India Meteorological Department has issued a red alert for the Mumbai MetropolitanRegion (MMR) and some other parts of Maharashtra forWednesday.The red alert was issued for the second consecutiveday as rains have been lashing Mumba...

 2020-08-04 17:11 

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

Panaji, Aug 4 (PTI) The number of COVID-19 cases in Goa increased by 259 on Tuesday to reach 7,075, while fourdeaths 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, leavi...

 2020-08-04 17:11 

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10 COVID-19 deaths, 390 fresh cases in J-K...

Srinagar, Aug 4 (PTI) Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday recorded 390 COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of infections to 22,396, while 10 fatalities in the last 24 hours pushed the death toll from the disease to 417, officials said. They said all the 10 d...

 2020-08-04 17:09 

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Noida: Total 76 cops infected by COVID-19, 65 recovered...

Noida (UP), Aug 4 (PTI) Two more Uttar Pradesh police personnel deployed in Gautam Buddh Nagar tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, with officials saying that so far 76 policemen in the district have got infected by the disease. Sixty-five of the infe...

 2020-08-04 16:36 

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PM condoles death of theatre personality Alkazi...

New Delhi, Aug 4 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday condoled the death of eminent theatre personality Ebrahim Alkazi, saying he will be remembered for his efforts to make theatre more popular and accessible across India. Alkazi died this aftern...

 2020-08-04 16:35 

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11 more test positive for COVID-19 in Meghalaya...

Shillong, Aug 3 (PTI) Eleven more people, including two BSF personnel, tested positive for COVID-19 in Meghalayaon Tuesday, taking the northeastern state's tally to 913,officials said.Eighteen people were discharged from the hospital,pushing the numbe...

 2020-08-04 16:29 

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16 districts affected by floods in Uttar Pradesh...

Lucknow, Aug 4 (PTI) Sixteen districts have been affected by floods in Uttar Pradesh, and major rivers such as Sharda, Rapti and Saryu are flowing above the danger mark at some places, officials said on Tuesday. River Sharda has crossed the red mark at Pa...

 2020-08-04 16:29 

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MP launches campaign for monsoon tourism in buffer zones...

Bhopal, Aug 4 (PTI) Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board has launched #BufferMeinSafar campaign to attract tourists to itsnational parks and wildlife sanctuaries in monsoon, said anofficial on Tuesday.While core areas are closed between July and Septemberdue to t...

 2020-08-04 16:23 

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AAP holds protest over hooch tragedy in Punjab...

Chandigarh, Aug 4 (PTI) The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday held a protest against the Congress government in Punjab over the hooch tragedy that claimed more than 100 lives. Led by party MP Bhagwant Mann, AAP workers, including several legislators, sat o...

 2020-08-04 16:09 

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COVID-19 spread reported in new areas but 82% of total cases from 10 states/UTs: Health ministry...

New Delhi, Aug 4 (PTI) The coronavirus infection has spread to new areas in the country, but 82 per cent of the total cases are still limited to 10 states and Union Territories, the health ministry said on Tuesday. Addressing a press briefing, Union healt...

 2020-08-04 16:06 

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Ayodhya awaits its big day, outsiders not welcome...

(Eds: Repeating story in DEL GEN NAT) Ayodhya, Aug 4 (PTI) Police barricades, yellow banners, walls with a fresh coat of paint and the sounds of bhajan mark parts of Ayodhya as the city awaits its big day Wednesday, when the first brick will be laid for t...

 2020-08-04 15:41 

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Hardik Patel announces Rs 21,000 donation for Ram temple...

Ahmedabad, Aug 4 (PTI) Gujarat Congress leader Hardik Patel on Tuesday announced that he and his family will donateRs 21,000 for the construction of Ram temple at Ayodhya inUttar Pradesh.In a statement here, the newly-appointed workingpresident of the Guj...

 2020-08-04 15:31 

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Rupee slips 3 paise to 75.04 against US dollar...

Mumbai, Aug 4 (PTI) The rupee pared some of its initial losses and settled 3 paise down at 75.04 against the US dollar on Tuesday amid a weakening greenback overseas. The rupee opened weak at 75.13 at the interbank forex market and shuttled between a high...

 2020-08-04 15:06 

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Gold rises by Rs 97, silver almost flat...

New Delhi, Aug 4 (PTI) Gold prices rose by Rs 97 to Rs 54,830 per 10 gram in the national capital on Tuesday amid rupee depreciation, according to HDFC Securities. The precious metal had closed at Rs 54,733 per 10 gram on Monday. Silver prices were almost...

 2020-08-04 14:50 

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Javadekar launches dedicated 24 7 TV channel for Assam...

New Delhi, Aug 4 (PTI) A 24-hour Doordarshan channel dedicated to Assam was launched by Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday, who called it a "gift to the people of the state". Doordarshan Assam is part of a...

 2020-08-04 14:34 

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Theatre doyen Ebrahim Alkazi dies at 94...

New Delhi, Aug 4 (PTI) Theatre doyen and legendary teacher Ebrahim Alkazi died on Tuesday afternoon after suffering a heart attack, his son said. He was 94. Alkazi, who was the longest serving director of the National School of Drama, produced plays such ...

 2020-08-04 14:21 

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95 fresh cases push Sikkim's COVID-19 tally to 783...

Gangtok, Aug 4 (PTI) Ninety-five more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Sikkim, taking the Himalayanstate's virus count to 783 on Tuesday, a senior healthofficial said.Fifty-eight new cases were reported in East Sikkimdistrict while South Si...

 2020-08-04 13:44 

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Two die in collision between bikes: Police...

Firozabad (UP), Aug 4 (PTI) Two persons were killed on Tuesday when the two bikes they were riding on collided with each other near Sandalpur in Sirsaganj area, police said. The incident took place when Shambhu Dayal (50) was going somewhere on his bike w...

 2020-08-04 13:41 

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IRS officer Pradeep Singh tops civil services exam 2019...

By Ashwini Shrivastava (Eds: Carries quotes of top three rank holders) New Delhi, Aug 4 (PTI) IRS officer Pradeep Singh tops the list of 829 candidates who have qualified for the prestigious civil services, including the IAS, the IPS and the IFS, the Unio...

 2020-08-04 13:37 

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Rajasthan ACB arrests police officer in bribery case...

Bikaner, Aug 4 (PTI) The Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) of Rajasthan has arrested the additional superintendent of police of Ganganagar district in a case of graft for allegedly demanding Rs two lakh bribe, official sources said here. The arrest took place ...

 2020-08-04 13:36 

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Book reveals daring exploits of Indian spymasters...

New Delhi, Aug 4 (PTI) A new book gives a peep into the heroic covert operations carried by India's external spy agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and thereby narrates a gripping account of what actually happens behind the grey walls of the secr...

 2020-08-04 13:28 

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Jaishankar holds discussions with Ireland FM...

New Delhi, Aug 4 ( PTI) External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday discussed with Ireland Foreign Minister Simon Coveney the key challenges in the world today. Jaishankar said he is looking forward to working closely. "Discussed with FM @simonc...

 2020-08-04 13:21 

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Over 200 people evacuated in Nilgiris: TN Govt...

Chennai, Aug 4 (PTI) In view of heavy rains in the Nilgiris district, over 200 people have been evacuated andtraffic has been restored on the Udhagamandalam-Gudalurnational highway in the hills, the Tamil Nadu government saidon Tuesday.As many as 112 offi...

 2020-08-04 12:58 

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Hanuman Garhi temple decked up for PM's visit...

By Abhinav Pandey Ayodhya (UP), Aug 4 (PTI) The famous Hanuman Garhi temple here is all decked up for the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi who will be in the city for the 'bhoomi pujan' of Ram temple on Wednesday. As soon as the prime ministe...

 2020-08-04 12:39 

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C'garh: Woman killed by wild elephant in Surajpur...

Korba, Aug 4 (PTI) A 55-year-old woman was killed by a wild elephant in Chhattisgarh's Surajpur district, a forestofficial said on Tuesday.The victim Kiuli Bai was returning home after workingin a paddy field on Monday evening when she was attacked by...

 2020-08-04 12:38 

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Rupee settles 3 paise down at 75.04 against US dollar...

Mumbai, Aug 4 (PTI) The rupee pared some of its initial losses and settled 3 paise down at 75.04 (provisional) against the US dollar on Tuesday, even as domestic equity market was trading with significant gains. The rupee opened weak at 75.13 at the inter...

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