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Schedule for J&K Block Development Councils polls to be announced in a day or two

The schedule for elections to 316 Block Development Councils (BDCs) in Jammu and Kashmir will be announced in a day or two, with the polls to be completed before the State is formally declared a Union Territory on October 31.

Bhima Koregaon case: Pune Police searches premises of DU professor Hany Babu

A team of the Pune Police on Tuesday conducted searches at the residence of academic-activist, Dr. Hany Babu M.T., in Noida, in connection with the Bhima Koregaon case. The police team comprised Assistant Commissioner of Police (Swargate division) Shivaji Pawar, the investigating officer in the case along with Deputy Commissioner of Police (crime) Bachchan Singh and others.

India asks China, Pakistan to end activities related to CPEC in PoK

India on Tuesday rejected the reference to Jammu and Kashmir in the latest China-Pakistan joint statement and called on both countries to stop activities related to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).

ISRO keeps up bid to link with moon lander Vikram

For the fourth day on Tuesday, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) continued its efforts to reconnect with 1.4-tonne lunar lander Vikram, which has has been lying silent on the moon’s surface since the early hours of Saturday, the space agency confirmed on Tuesday in a short update. Suspense continues on its status amidst many reports and speculations about its fate.

Urmila Matondkar resigns from Congress

Actor and Congress Lok Sabha candidate from Mumbai North Urmila Matondkar resigned from the party on Tuesday. The resignation of the actress, who had promised to stay the course with the struggling fortunes of the party in Maharashtra, has come as jolt. Several senior leaders have already quit the party and switched to either Shiv Sena or the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the run-up to the State Assembly polls due in October, party leaders said.

Task force in process to identify infra projects, says Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

The government has set up a task force to boost investments in infrastructure projects and was in the process of identifying the sectors which needed funding from the Centre, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in Chennai on September 10.

Tabrez Ansari lynching case: police drop murder charge

The Jharkhand Police have reportedly watered down the charges against those accused of lynching Tabrez Ansari in Seraikela-Kharsawan district about four months ago. Eleven persons, against whom charge sheets have been filed for beating Tabrez, a 24-year-old man, to death, will be facing trial under Section 304 of IPC, which is culpable homicide not amounting to murder, instead of murder charges under Section 302.

BCCI seeks performance analyst for Indian women’s team

The BCCI has invited applications for the position of performance analyst with the Indian women’s cricket team. The team management has expressed the need for a performance analyst who should not be more than 60 years of age. The deadline to apply is September 20.

Rohit as Test opener can be considered, Rahul’s form a concern: MSK Prasad

Selection committee chairman MSK Prasad has hinted that Rohit Sharma can be accommodated into the Indian Test playing XI in the opening slot at a time when KL Rahul’s form has become a “cause of concern”. India ODI vice-captain Rohit has been in sublime form of late but despite being in the squad, he sat out of the XI in the two-Test series in the West Indies.

U.S. extracted spy from Putin’s Kremlin

U.S. agents extracted a high-level Russian government source who had confirmed Vladimir Putin’s direct role in interfering in the 2016 presidential election, American media reported. The individual had been providing information to U.S. intelligence for decades, had access to Putin and had sent pictures of high-level documents on the Russian leader’s desk, CNN said.

India, ASEAN agree to review free trade pact in goods

India and 10-member bloc of South-East Asian nations have agreed to review their free trade agreement, signed in 2009, to make it more business-friendly and boost economic ties. The two sides also decided to constitute a joint committee for this purpose, according to a statement.

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