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Live news updates: India reports 9,520 new coronavirus cases, 41 fatalities

Live news updates: The death toll due to the disease has climbed to 5,27,597

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A healthcare worker collects a swab sample of a man for the COVID-19 test amid the surge in coronavirus cases, in Jammu.

A healthcare worker collects a swab sample of a man for the COVID-19 test in Jammu.

Live news updates: Veteran politician Ghulam Nabi Azad on Friday said he would launch a new party soon and that its first unit would be set up in Jammu and Kashmir. "I am in no hurry as of now to launch a national party but keeping in mind that elections are likely to be held in Jammu and Kashmir, I have decided to launch a unit there soon," Azad, who resigned from the Congress earlier in the day, told PTI.

A parliamentary panel Friday questioned top Twitter officials over a whistle-blower's revelations on its India operations, and gave them a dressing-down as their replies on issue of data security and privacy were "not satisfactory", sources said. Top Twitter executives including Senior Director (Public Policy) Samiran Gupta, Director (Public Policy) Shagufta Kamran deposed before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information and Technology chaired by senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor.

Weighing on the ‘freebies’ debate, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday said promises made to people by political parties during elections should be met through budgetary provisions, duly passed in the state Assemblies. “If a promise has been made to the people at the time of election because you are looking at quid pro quo, then as a responsible party, after you come to power, make a provision in the budget for it,” the finance minister said at a media event in Mumbai.
11:21 PM

Conspiracy was hatched to destabilise Jharkhand govt: Minister

A conspiracy was hatched to destabilize our state govt. Across country, elected govts are being destabilised. Now, it has become a norm. Congress is firmly standing against it & there's no crisis in govt, said Jharkhand min Banna Gupta after Congress Legislative Party meeting, ANI reported.
11:03 PM

Delhi's education system 'hollow', says Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan

Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has termed Delhi government's education system hollow and a gimmick.

Attacking the AAP dispensation over the excise policy, Pradhan said his friends Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia are trying to cover up their theft by highlighting the the New York Times story on Delhi's education system.

Delhi's education system is khokhla (hollow) and a nautanki (gimmick). According to the National Achievement Survey, the performance of class 10 and 12 students of Delhi government schools has been constantly declining, Pradhan said in his address at Business Today's India@100 conclave on Friday.

9:43 PM

Adityanath inspects under-construction projects in Ghaziabad

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday inspected four under-construction projects here, officials said.

Adityanath inspected the 720 EWS housing units being made under the Pradhanmantri Awas Yojana (urban), a bridge over Hindon river, a waste disposal plant, and barracks of 41st battalion of the Provincial Armed Constabulary.

9:31 PM

Congress calls on meeting of AICC to discuss Bharat Jodo Yatra

Congress party has called meeting of AICC General Secretaries, PCC presidents and state coordinators of 'Bharat Jodo Yatra' on August 29 at AICC headquarters to discuss the preparation of 'Bharat Jodo Yatra'
9:20 PM

LG office returns 47 files signed by CMO staff instead of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

The Delhi Lieutenant Governor's (LG) office has returned 47 files signed by the CMO staff instead of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, a move that is likely to intensify the tussle between the two constitutional authorities in the capital, sources said on Saturday.

No official response was available from the Delhi government in the matter.

7:45 PM

Ahead of CWC meet, Cong leaders reject Azad's criticism of Rahul; BJP says he has asked valid questions

With Ghulam Nabi Azad's exit casting a shadow on the meeting of the Congress' apex decision-making body, party leaders on Saturday slammed him for "targeted personal vilification" of Rahul Gandhi while the BJP said the veteran leader has raised valid questions.

Azad, who ended his five-decade association with the grand old party on Friday, had accused Rahul Gandhi of demolishing its entire consultative mechanism and also pinned the blame on him for the 2014 electoral debacle.

6:53 PM

7,500 women created history by spinning yarn on Charkha today: PM Modi

On the occasion of 75 years of independence, 7,500 sisters and daughters created history by spinning yarn on Charkha. Spinning Charkha took me back to my childhood days, said PM Narendra Modi, during Khadi Utsav in Ahmedabad on Saturday.
6:51 PM

Khadi can become an inspiration to make India self-reliant: PM Modi

We've seen that Khadi became the force of the freedom movement and broke the chains of slavery. The same Khadi can become an inspiration to make India developed & self-reliant, said PM Narendra Modi, during Khadi Utsav in Ahmedabad on Saturday.
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PM Narendra Modi inaugurates Atal Bridge in Ahmedabad

5:38 PM to invest Rs 40 crore on TV, digital advertising campaign

Realty portal will invest Rs 40 crore in one year on a TV and digital advertising campaign, as it seeks to increase user base at its platform and simplify buy-sale and renting journey of consumers.

"We have launched our new ad campaign that captures the ethos on which has been built -- to facilitate the search and discovery for everyone till they find their perfect home," said Dhruv Agarwala, Group CEO,, and

4:46 PM

Conversion of knowledge into innovation is country's wealth: Gadkari at AIILSG Convocation

Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari attended the convocation ceremony of the All India Institute of Local Self Government (AIILSG) and hailed the government's initiative in this direction as progressive and far-sighted.

"I have met actor Amitabh Bachchan, even he said that his house gets flooded during monsoon. It means that in municipal corporations quality of work is lacking so we need to use the best new technology and project management to deliver the best quality work," Gadkari said.

4:13 PM

BJP should investigate why so many govt schools in their rule have shut: Sisodia

They raided CMs office, then mine four years back. They registered cases against 40 MLAs, didn't find anything. Then sent CBI to my house in fake excise policy case, realized they will not find anything. So they've started something new now, on schools made, said deputy CM Manish Sisodia on Saturday
Delhi govt schools are beyond several private schools. This (BJP) is a party of illiterates & wants to keep country illiterate. In their own states, they've shut down several govt schools. They should investigate why so many govt schools in their rule have shut, he added.
3:59 PM

Nagaland IT Department wins Technology Sabha award on 'enterprise applications'

Nagaland government's Information Technology Department has received the prestigious excellence award in the category of Enterprise Applications' from Indian Express Group and Express Computers.

The award was received by Principal Secretary for IT, Power and Chief Minister Office, Nagaland, K D Vizo after giving a presentation on the e-Governance initiatives of the state as key speaker on the invitation of the Indian Express Group, the organizers of the Technology Sabha 2022 under the theme Taking the next digital leap by raising the bar for e-Governance.

3:34 PM

Amit Shah reviews BJP's preparations for Jammu-Kashmir poll

Union Home Minister Amit Shah in a party meeting on Friday reviewed preparations for forthcoming elections in Jammu and Kashmir and asked party leaders to be prepared for it.

Shah headed a meeting with leaders of the core group of Jammu and Kashmir Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday at his residence in Delhi which lasted for three hours.

3:21 PM

BJP MLAs hold mock Assembly session, slam AAP govt over liquor "scam"

A day after being marshalled out from the special session of the Delhi Assembly, BJP MLAs held a mock house sitting on Sunday and slammed the AAP government over the alleged liquor "scam".

The mock assembly session was held at the Ambedkar International Centre during which BJP members wore masks to impersonate Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia and other ruling party MLAs.

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First Published: Aug 27 2022 | 8:00 AM IST

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