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74th Independence Day: PM Narendra Modi to address nation from Red Fort

According to a Defence ministry statement, the prime minister will also receive the Guard of Honour contingent, consisting of one officer and 24 men each from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Delhi Police.

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11:55 PM

WRAP UP: All you need to know

  • RBI approves dividend of approx Rs 57,000 crore to govt
  • RCom says spectrum sale to Jio did not happen
  • SC defers meeting in AGR case for 3 pm on August 17
  • Ashok Gehlot government wins confidence vote in Rajasthan Assembly
  • GoAir appoints Kaushik Khona as CEO in place of Vinay Dube: Statement
  • July exports decline 10.2% on year, trade deficit $4.83 bn
  • 74th I-Day event to begin at 7 am tomorrow
  • FM holds 3rd review meeting of 7 CPSEs
  • Bengaluru: Section 144 extended till 6 am of 16th August
  • Include chapters on citizens' duties in school books: Centre to NCERT, state govts
  • GVK auditors seek to resign citing 'non-cooperation' from the group
  • July Wholesale Price Index-Inflation comes in at -0.58%
11:18 PM

Ahead of 74th I-Day:

10:36 PM

Bihar: Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Chirag Paswan to hold a meeting with senior party leaders regarding state elections, in Patna tomorrow

10:31 PM

J&K awards gallantry medals to its police on eve of I-day

  • Jammu and Kashmir government has awarded Jammu and Kashmir Police Medals for meritorious services to six police officers and officials on the eve of Independence Day 2020.
  • It has also awarded Jammu and Kashmir Police Medals for Gallantry to 202 police officers and officials.
10:22 PM

Chandrayaan-2 captures image of crater on Moon; ISRO names it after Vikram Sarabhai

10:08 PM

Assam govt issues order for 25% school fee cut

Assam Govt today issued an order for 25% fee cut at all private schools from May 2020 till the schools open. This will be applicable for classes from pre-school to Class XII.
10:06 PM

Porsche plans new plant for car bodies in Slovakia with up to 1,200 jobs: Paper

Volkswagen's Porsche plans building a new plant to make car bodies in Slovakia, where it may create up to 1,200 jobs, Slovak newspaper Dennik N reported on Friday.
09:51 PM

Defence Research & Development Organisation has developed a comprehensive anti-drone solution & technology

09:50 PM

IDAY: CISF men who saved lives in CGO Delhi, ONGC Mumbai blaze awarded Shaurya Chakras

  • Four Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel who laid down their lives while saving people from a fire in Delhi's CGO complex and another at ONGC Mumbai have been awarded the Shaurya Chakra on the eve of the Independence Day on Friday.
  • The medal is the third highest peacetime gallantry medal awarded by the government.
  • The awardees, as per officials, include Sub Inspector Mahaveer Prasad Godara, Head Constable Eranna Nayaka and Constables Mahendra Kumar Paswan and Satish Prasad Kushwaha.
  • Godara made the supreme sacrifice on March 6 last year while he was evacuating people and looking for survivors after a blaze engulfed the 5th floor office of the Social Justice and Empowerment ministry located in the Pt Deen Dayal Antyodaya building of the CGO's complex in Delhi.
09:45 PM

India, Nepal to hold talks under 'oversight mechanism' on Aug 17: MEA

  • India and Nepal will hold talks on August 17 under their "oversight mechanism'' for reviewing all bilateral economic and developmental projects in the Himalayan nation, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Friday.
  • This would be the first major engagement since bilateral ties came under strain after the Himalayan nation came up with a new political map in May.
  • Asked about reports that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepalese counterpart K P Sharma Oli could have a telephonic conversation on August 15, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said, "I have no information on this, I need to check."
09:37 PM

Mukesh, Nita Ambani to e-launch book on coronavirus

  • Reliance Industries Ltd chairman Mukesh Ambani and his wife Nita will on Saturday e-launch a book on coronavirus penned by three medical experts and which addresses the history, evolution, facts and myths around the pandemic, the publishers said.
  • "The Coronavirus: What You Need to Know about the Global Pandemic", written by internal medicine specialist Dr Swapneil Parikh, clinical psychologist Maherra Desai, and neuropsychiatrist Dr Rajesh M Parikh, is published by Ebury Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House.
  • The book will be launched via JioMeet, the publishers said.
  • The authors said the symptoms of coronavirus are dangerously similar to that of the common flu: fever, coughing, breathlessness, tiredness, headache and muscle pain.
09:31 PM

Gujarat waterlogging: Amit Shah assures support

Union Home Minister Amit Shah talked to Gujarat CM today and assured him of all possible support after several districts of the state face severe waterlogging following heavy rainfall.
09:01 PM

Mumbai buildings illuminated in tricolour

08:55 PM

NCLAT sets aside insolvency proceedings against Ansal Properties and Infrastructure

  • The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) on Friday set aside the insolvency proceedings against Ansal Properties and Infrastructure Ltd and ruled that the management of the company be handed over back to its board.
  • A three-member NCLAT bench observed that a decree-holder cannot be treated as financial creditor for the purpose of triggering insolvency proceedings against a company.
08:38 PM

Flipkart partners HipBar for alcohol delivery in Bengal, Odisha: Sources

  • Walmart-owned Flipkart has partnered with Diageo-backed HipBar to deliver alcohol in West Bengal and Odisha, according to sources.
  • The development comes after Flipkart's rival Amazon had in June received approval to deliver liquor in West Bengal.
  • This is expected to further intensify the competition between the two players that account for a lion's share of the burgeoning e-commerce market in India.
08:28 PM

Bank credit grows 5.51 pc, deposits 11.11 pc: RBI data

  • Bank credit and deposits grew 5.51 per cent and 11.11 per cent to Rs 102.65 lakh crore and Rs 141.61 lakh crore, respectively, in the fortnight ended July 31, according to the latest data from the RBI.
  • In the fortnight ended August 2, 2019, bank credit and deposits were at Rs 97.29 lakh crore and Rs 127.44 lakh crore, respectively.
08:26 PM

Night curfew from 9 pm to 5 am extended to all cities in Punjab: State Chief Minister's Office

08:12 PM

Gold Smuggling case: NIA arrests 20

08:02 PM

GVK auditors seek to resign citing 'non-cooperation' from the group

07:53 PM

Include chapters on citizens' duties in school books: Centre to NCERT, state govts

07:52 PM

Lessons learnt in 2020: President Kovind

We have learnt some tough lessons in the year 2020. The invisible virus has demolished the illusion that human being is the master of nature. I believe, it is still not too late for humanity to correct its course and live in harmony with nature: President Ram Nath Kovind
07:38 PM

We are fortunate that Mahatma Gandhi became the guiding light of our freedom movement. As much a saint as a political leader, he was a phenomenon that could have happened only in India

- President Ram Nath Kovind

07:37 PM

Bengaluru: Section 144 has been imposed in areas under DJ Halli and KG Halli police station limits till 6 am on 16th August

07:31 PM

Prez to students on closure of educational institutions due to COVID-19

  • 'Difficult times won't last, don't give up working for your dreams'
  • National Education Policy (NEP) spells a long term vision with far-reaching impact.
07:31 PM

India will continue to engage with the world economy while maintaining its identity

- President

07:30 PM

Even while the world community needs to fight together against the greatest challenge before humanity, some in our neighbourhood tried to carry out their misadventure of expansion

- President Ram Nath Kovind

07:29 PM

Ram Nath Kovind in his address to the nation on the eve of Independence Day

Aug 15 fills us with excitement of unfurling the tricolour, taking part in celebrations & listening to patriotic songs. Youth of India should feel special pride of being citizens of free nation
07:24 PM

India's self-reliance means being self-sufficient without alienating or creating distance from the world

- President Ram Nath Kovind

07:23 PM

President Ram Nath Kovind praises corona warriors, says they have gone much beyond their call of duty to save lives, ensure essential services

07:23 PM

It was a superhuman effort on part of the govt to respond effectively in meeting the challenges due to COVID pandemic

- Ram Nath Kovind

07:16 PM

This year's I-Day celebrations will be restrained as deadly virus has disrupted all activities, taken huge toll

- President Ram Nath Kovind

07:10 PM

Delhi: JP Nadda met Nitin Gadkari at the latter's residence today

Delhi: JP Nadda met Nitin Gadkari at the latter's residence today
06:59 PM

AP: Capital Decentralization Act

Andhra Pradesh High Court has ordered the state government to follow the status quo until 27th August regarding the Capital Decentralization Act
06:58 PM

FM holds 3rd review meeting of 7 CPSEs

06:54 PM

I-Day event at 7 am tomorrow

  • PM event is from 7 am tomorrow.
  • DD is telecasting from 6.25 am.
  • He will visit Rajghat and then Lal Qila
  • Rajghat event is at 7 and later Red fort
06:43 PM

54 pc rise in number of transcating sellers during Independence Day sale: Flipkart

  • Walmart-owned Flipkart on Friday said the number of transacting sellers on its platform rose by 54 per cent during the recently concluded sale as compared to last year.
  • Flipkart held an 'Independence Day Sale' from August 6-10, where sellers on the platform witnessed significant business growth.
  • About 8,000 newly onboarded sellers participated in their first sale event and over 450 of them became 'lakhpatis' over these five days, Flipkart said in a statement.
06:34 PM

MEA on border row with China

  • Early, complete disengagement of troops and full restoration of peace and tranquility essential for bilateral ties.
  • Both sides have broad agreement on disengagement and based on it some progress made earlier.
  • Translating principles of disengagement requires redeployment of troops by each side towards their regular posts.
  • It is natural that redeployment of troops can be done only through mutually agreed reciprocal actions.
  • We would like disengagement process to be completed at the earliest.
06:24 PM

Abdul Rashid Kalas of Jammu and Kashmir Police to be awarded the second-highest peacetime gallantry award Kirti Chakra, posthumously

06:09 PM

MEA on Kulbhushan Jhadav case

Pakistan has consistently failed to address the core issues in implementation of ICJ judgment in Kulbhushan Jhadav case, in its letter & spirit. These issues pertain to the provision of relevant documents & providing unimpeded consular access to Kulbhushan: Anurag Srivastava, MEA
06:05 PM

July exports decline 10.2% on year, trade deficit $4.83 bn

05:50 PM

CBI arrests two EPFO officers for taking bribe

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has caught red-handed two EPFO (Employees' Provident Fund Organisation) officers while they were demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 8 lakhs for the settlement of EPF of a person in Noida, UP: CBI
05:42 PM

Nearly 40 missing after powerful landslides in Nepal

05:34 PM

A joint team of top officials on their way to US to accept delivery of VVIP aircraft 'Air India One'

A joint team of senior officers from National Carrier Air India, VVIP security personnel & senior govt officials are on the way to the United States to accept the delivery of Special Extra Section Flight (SESF) or VVIP aircraft Air India One: Top government sources to ANI
05:32 PM

Ashok Gehlot on winning the confidence motion in Rajasthan Assembly

In the entire state, there is a wave of happiness. The BJP's conspiracy has failed in Rajasthan. I consider it a win for the people of Rajasthan. Now we have to work together to fight COVID-19: Ashok Gehlot, CM, Rajasthan on winning the confidence motion in Rajasthan Assembly
05:15 PM

2 terror associates arrested in J&K

Two terror associates of proscribed outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) arrested in Tral area by a joint team of Awantipora Police, 42 Rashtriya Rifles and 180 Battalion CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force): Jammu & Kashmir Police
04:52 PM

Gallantry awards by Indian Army

Havaldar Alok Kumar Dubey, Major Anil Urs and Lieutenant Colonel Krishan Singh Rawat to be awarded Shaurya Chakra for gallantry in different operations in Jammu and Kashmir: Indian Army
04:42 PM

Budget airline GoAir appoints Kaushik Khona as CEO in place of Vinay Dube: Statement

04:32 PM

Ashok Gehlot government wins confidence vote in Rajasthan Assembly

The vote of confidence which was brought by the govt has been passed with a very good majority today in the #Rajasthan Assembly. Despite various attempts by the opposition, the result is in favour of govt: Congress leader Sachin Pilot
04:19 PM

AGR: SC defers meeting in AGR case for 3 pm on August 17

Arun Mishra asks who is using that spectrum since when? Divan says part of it is lying idle. And other part being used by Jio under the asset sharing contract sharing.
04:16 PM

RBI Board decided to maintain contingency risk buffer at 5.5%

04:14 PM

RCom says spectrum sale to Jio did not happen

Rcom says spectrum sale to jio did not happen not because DoT did not give permission but because Jio did not agree o take over old spectrum dues of RCom.
03:57 PM

Haryana's draft industrial policy aims to attract Rs 1 lakh cr investment, generate 5 lakh jobs

  • Haryana's draft industrial policy aims to attract Rs 1 lakh crore investment, generate 5 lakh jobs and establish the state as a favoured investment destination.
  • According to the draft 'Haryana Enterprises and Employment Policy, 2020', the state is planning to establish Haryana as a competitive and favoured investment destination, achieve regional development, export diversification and provide livelihood opportunities to its people through resilient economic development.
  • "The policy objective is to attract investments of Rs 1 lakh crore and generate 5 lakh jobs in the State," as per the draft policy.
03:54 PM

Contracts of Defence India Start-up Challenge signed today

Four Contracts of Defence India Start-up Challenge and four MoUs between industry partners and Defence PSUs were signed in presence today. A number of Expression of Interest/Request for Proposal were also issued: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh
03:52 PM

Explosion in Kabul

An explosive device was planted in a motorcycle near a mosque in the 17th district area of Kabul & exploded when police tried to defuse it, injuring one policeman: Tolo News reports quoting Kabul Police Spokesman
03:49 PM

Closing Bell:

Sensex tanks 433.15 pts to end at 37,877.34; Nifty tumbles 122.05 pts to 11,178.40
03:48 PM

SC declines bail to Unitech promoters Sanjay Chandra and Ajay Chandra

Court said that condition of deposit of Rs. 750 crore as per Oct 2017 order of top court has not been complied with.
03:42 PM

AGR case in SC: SBI seeks to be heard in telecom dues case in SC

  • Harsh Salve and senior lawyer Ranjit Kumar appearing for SBI
  • Harish Salve for SBI: Seek to be heard as lenders of RCom, Aircel
  • SBI: Lenders only can decide on the allocation of IBC proceeds
  • SBI to SC: Operational creditors can't be treated at par with financial creditors
03:31 PM

Covid trend: Students make electronic mask

Students of Jadavpur University make an electronic mask which will be able to annihilate any virus in close proximity to the person wearing it, says varsity official.
03:22 PM

NGT holds 4 cos responsible for creating "gas chamber like condition" in Mumbai

National Green Tribunal holds four companies, including BPCL and HPCL, responsible for creating "gas chamber like condition" in Mahul, Ambapada and Chembur areas in Mumbai; directs them to pay Rs 286.2 crore for damaged caused to the environment.
03:19 PM

Uttarakhand: Houses damaged in Pithoragarh's Dharchula following heavy rainfall in the area.

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