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Latest news today live updates: Television actor Sameer Sharma allegedly committed suicide at his home in suburban Malad, police said today. Sameer Sharma, 44, who worked in serials like 'Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi', 'Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki' and 'Yeh Rishtey Hain Pyar Ke', was found hanging from a ceiling fan in the kitchen of his flat in Malad (West) on Wednesday night, a police official said.

No suicide note was found at the spot and it is suspected he hanged himself two days back, Malad police station's senior inspector George Fernandes said.

Meanwhile, intermittent heavy showers continued to lash Mumbai a day after it was battered and shattered by stormy weather that left a trail of destruction, fallen trees or branches, hundreds of vehicles submerged or broken down, officials said here on Thursday.

A total of 34 roads and nine state highways have been closed for traffic movement in Maharashtra's Kohlapur on Thursday due to severe flooding in the area, a statement from the Kolhapur district administration informed.

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2:09 AM

Omission of 80 million people in Ayodhya speech worrying after CAA/NRC: Shashi Tharoor's dig at PM Modi

2:08 AM

WHO hopes US leadership will reconsider its departure

The head of the World Health Organization hopes the United States leadership will reconsider its departure from the U.N. health agency.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says the US was well recognized both for its generosity and support of global health projects in the past.
You cannot defeat this virus in a divided world, Tedros said of a country that contributes more than $450 million to the agency every year.
2:07 AM

US Senate approves bill banning federal employees from using TikTok app

2:06 AM

An earthquake of magnitude 3.1 shakes Jaipur

12:21 AM

UN releasing $9 million to help Beirut hospitals

The United Nations says it is releasing $9 million to address immediate needs following the explosion that devastated Beirut and help strengthen operations in the city's hospitals.
U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said on Thursday the money from the Lebanese Humanitarian Fund will be following by additional funds from the U.N.'s Central Emergency Response Fund.
He said the UN is carrying out assessments of the damage and needs resulting from the massive explosion and hopes to hold a meeting on Monday to inform the 193 UN member states of the results and launch an appeal to help Lebanon.
11:23 PM

US Senator seeks increase in Green Card cap; another want to replace country quota with language

10:58 PM

Girish Chandra Murmu appointed as the Comptroller & Auditor General of India

10:29 PM

PNB launches cash credit, loan facility for weavers

State-owned Punjab National Bank (PNB) on Thursday announced the launch of a scheme to facilitate cash credit or loans to weavers against their credit requirements.
Under the PNB Weaver Mudra Scheme (PNBWMS), the bank has launched a credit card plan under which loans up to Rs 2 lakh to weavers will be granted as per the scheme of the Ministry of Textiles.
The scheme aims to provide adequate and timely assistance to weavers by way of cash credit or loan by way of loan or cash credit for their credit requirements such as investments and working capital flexibly and cost-effectively in both rural and urban areas, the bank said in a statement.
8:52 PM

Chennai Customs Dept seized 740 MTS imported ammonium nitrate

8:30 PM

SC seeks charge sheets of Palghar lynching case from Maharashtra govt

The Supreme Court Thursday asked the Maharashtra government to apprise it of the inquiry and action taken against the errant police personnel in the alleged lynching of three people, including two seers, in Palghar district in April.
A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan and R Subhash Reddy asked the state government to also file the charge sheet before it, saying it would like to examine them.
A further affidavit dated July 29, 2020 has been filed by the State of Maharashtra which mentions in paragraph 3 that two charge sheets have been filed in July 2020. Let the State bring the charge sheets on record, the bench said. READ MORE...

8:22 PM

Plea in SC seeks postponement of JEE (Main), NEET-undergraduate exams, which are scheduled to be conducted in Sept

8:09 PM

CBI registers FIR against Rhea Chakraborty, and others in connection with Sushant Singh Rajput's death case

8:07 PM

Turkey's comments on Jammu and Kashmir incorrect, biased: MEA

India on Thursday called as factually "incorrect, biased and unwarranted" Turkey's comments that removal of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir has not contributed to peace and stability in the region.
External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava also asked Turkey to refrain from interfering in internal matters of India.
"The statement is factually incorrect, biased and unwarranted. We would urge the government of Turkey to get a proper understanding of the situation on the ground and refrain from interfering in matters internal to India," he said at an online media briefing.
A Turkish foreign ministry spokesperson on Wednesday said that withdrawal of special powers of Jammu and Kashmir has further complicated the situation and that it has not served peace and stability in the region. The criticism came on a day marking first anniversary of India's decision on Jammu and Kashmir.
7:59 PM

Latest News LIVE: University of Hyderabad to resume classes online from August 20

City-based University of Hyderabad (UoH) on Thursday said it has decided to resume classes in online mode for about 2,000 ongoing post-graduate students in various programmes from August 20.
The university had suspended classes for all batches on March 15 and has since completed the evaluation process of final semester students, allowing them to graduate, a press release from the varsity said.
Based on projections about the continuing COVID-19 epidemic, a task force headed by senior professor Vinod Pavaralarecommended that the university start online teaching, the release said.
7:39 PM

Indian Railways introducing first 'Kisan Rail' from Devlali to Danapur tomorrow: Ministry of Railways

7:29 PM

Delhi CM Kejriwal visits sexual assault victim at AIIMS, promises Rs 10 lakh for her family

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday visited the 12-year-old girl at AIIMS on Thursday, two days after she was allegedly sexually assaulted and attacked in the national capital's Paschim Vihar area.
Kejriwal told reporters that the government will make sure that those found guilty will get strict punishment.
"I have spoken to the Police Commissioner. The police are trying to nab the accused. The govt will ensure strict punishment for the accused. The govt will provide Rs 10 lakh to her family members," he told reporters.
7:14 PM

We expect that Chinese side will work with us sincerely for complete disengagement and de-escalation: MEA on eastern Ladakh situation

7:14 PM

31 dengue cases in Delhi till Aug 1; fever clinics set up, campaign intensified

Over 30 cases of dengue have been reported in the national capital till August 1 this year, even as the civic bodies have set up separate fever clinics to attend to patients afflicted with the vector-borne disease, authorities said on Thursday.
Besides, the corporations have also stepped up awareness campaigns as the dengue season has now coincided with the coronavirus pandemic the city is reeling under since March, according to a PTI report.
According to data shared by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), the nodal agency that tabulates data on the vector-borne diseases for the entire city, 31 cases of dengue has been recorded in Delhi till August 1. The number of cases of malaria and chikungunya in the same period, stands at 45 and 18 respectively, it said.
6:49 PM

Haven't received any communication from Pak on Kulbhushan Jadhav case; Pak needs to provide unhindered, unimpeded consular access to him: MEA

6:49 PM

IMD predicts heavy to very heavy rains in parts of Madhya Pradesh

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Thursday forecast heavy to very heavy rains accompanied by thunderstorm and lightning at isolated places in western parts of Madhya Pradesh till Friday morning. Heavy rainfall accompanied by thunderstorm and lightning was very likely to occur at isolated places in eastern parts of the state, the IMD said.
"Both the forecasts are valid till Friday morning," senior meteorologist with the IMD's Bhopal office, P K Saha, said.
Large parts of the state received showers in the last 24 hours, he said, adding that 14 cm rainfall was recorded in Rehti area of Sehore district during this period. Madhya Pradesh has so far received 13 per cent less than the average rainfall, the official said.

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