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Tense moments at ISRO as Chandrayaan-2 attempts landing

AGENCIES Bengaluru There were tense moments in the Chandrayaan 2 mission control room as it awaited signals from lander Vikram that began its descent towards the lunar surface on Friday night. India looked to create history by becoming the first nation to reach closest to the Moon’s south pole, but as 1.55 am came and went there were no signs …

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After public humiliation, Dalit officer commits suicide in UP

PTI Lakhimpur Kheri A 23-year-old Dalit officer has committed suicide in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri district, alleging humiliation and mental harassment by a village head, a leader of a farmers’ outfit and others, police said on Friday. Trivendra Kumar Gautam, who had started his service as a village development officer (VDO) last year and posted at Kumbhi block, hanged himself …

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SC open to live telecast of Ayodhya case hearing

PTI New Delhi The Supreme Court on Friday said a plea seeking live telecast or recording of the ongoing proceedings in the Ayodhya land dispute case be listed before a bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, who is presiding over a five-judge Constitution bench hearing the matter. The petition, filed by former RSS ideologue K N Govindacharya, …

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NGT fiat for protection of Great Indian Bustard

PTI New Delhi Noting the high mortality of Great Indian Bustard, the National Green Tribunal has directed the government to prepare within two months a time-bound action plan for protection of these birds. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel constituted a joint committee to prepare the action plan for implementation of suggestions submitted by the Wildlife …

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Chidambaram spends restless night on a wooden plank

PTI New Delhi After a restless night spent on a wooden plank in his prison cell, former Union minister P Chidambaram began his day in Tihar jail on Friday with a walk in the courtyard, some reading and then a meeting with his son Karti, sources said. The senior Congress leader, who was taken to Tihar on Thursday evening, remained …

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IAS officer resigns, saying democracy’s building blocks being compromised

PTI      Mangaluru A Karnataka IAS officer resigned on Friday, claiming that the fundamental building blocks of democracy are being compromised in an unprecedented manner, a move that immediately took on a political colour with the Congress seeking to target the NDA government on the issue. Dakshina Kannada district deputy commissioner S Sasikanth Senthil tendered his resignation from the IAS …

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SC seeks Centre’s reply on validity of changes to UAPA

PTI New Delhi The Supreme Court on Friday sought the Centre’s reply on petitions challenging the constitutional validity of amendments made to the UAPA provisions empowering the state to designate individuals as terrorists and seize their properties. A bench, comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Ashok Bhushan, took note of the PILs filed by Delhi resident Sajan Awasthi and …

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Chidambaram sent to Tihar jail

PTI New Delhi Former Union finance minister P Chidambaram was put behind bars on Thursday hours after a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court sent him to two-week judicial custody in the INX Media case in an unprecedented setback to the Congress veteran, who even offered to surrender to the ED in a desperate attempt to be spared the ignominy …

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19 more telephone exchanges restored in Kashmir valley

PTI Srinagar Authorities in Kashmir have restored 19 more telephone exchanges, a month after telephone services were snapped following abrogation of provisions of Article 370, officials said on Thursday. Landline telephone connections started working in commercial hub of Lal Chowk and press colony in the early hours of Thursday, the officials said. They said 19 telephone exchanges have been restored. …

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Ex-Chinese soldier settled in MP gets return visa to India

PTI Bhopal A former Chinese soldier, who got married in Madhya Pradesh in 1974 and returned to his native country for the first time in 2017, on Thursday got a visa to visit his children in India, his family said. Wang Chang Qi (80) was captured by Indian forces in 1963 after the India-China war. Convicted for spying, he was …

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