New Delhi, Jul 21 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 1700 hours: NATION DEL32 PEGASUS-PAR PANEL Par panel likely to question officials on Pegasus phone tapping allegations on July 28: Sources New Delhi: A parliamentary panel on IT headed by Congress leader Shashi Tharoor is likely to question top government officials, including from Home Ministry, next week on allegations related to phone tapping of many using Pegasus spyware, sources said on Wednesday DEL27 DL-OXYGEN DEATHS-LD JAIN Completely false to say no one died due to oxygen shortage: Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain New Delhi: Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Wednesday said there have been many deaths due to oxygen shortage in Delhi and other places across the country and it was 'completely false' to say no one died for want of the life-saving gas.
DEL16 CONG-PRIYANKA-OXYGEN Priyanka slams Centre over 'no deaths' due to oxygen shortage statement New Delhi: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday attacked the Centre over its statement that there were no deaths due to lack of oxygen during the Covid second wave, alleging that the fatalities happened because the government increased oxygen exports in the pandemic year and did not arrange tankers to transport it.
BOM9 MP-PEGASUS-LD KAMAL NATH Kamal Nath seeks probe into Pegasus snooping case by SC judge Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Kamal Nath on Wednesday termed the alleged snooping of politicians and journalists by the Israeli spyware Pegasus as the 'biggest attack on the privacy' of people and demanded a probe into it by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court.
CAL11 WB-MAMATA Modi govt wants to establish 'surveillance state': Mamata Kolkata: Latching on to the Pegasus snooping row, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday accused the Modi government of trying to establish a 'surveillance state'.
DEL35 CBSE-PRIVATE-CANDIDATES Classes 10 and 12 board exams for private candidates to be held from Aug 16 to Sept 15: CBSE New Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Wednesday announced that classes 10 and 12 exams for private candidates will be conducted from August 16 to September 15.
DEL20 VIRUS-OXYGEN-BJP Oppn-ruled states claimed no death due to oxygen shortage, now doing politics: BJP New Delhi: Noting that opposition-ruled states claimed in courts that there was no death due to shortage of oxygen during the second COVID-19 wave and made similar assertions in their response to the Centre, the BJP on Wednesday hit back at its rivals amid a row over the Modi government's reply in Parliament on the matter.
DEL24 BIRD FLU TRANSMISSION Human-to-human transmission of bird flu rare, no need to panic: AIIMS chief New Delhi: As the country reported the first confirmed case of human death due to Avian influenza, AIIMS chief Dr Randeep Guleria on Wednesday said that human-to-human transmission of the H5N1 virus is very rare and there is no need to panic. By Payal Banerjee DEL30 HEALTH-REGULATORY REFORMS Serum Institute writes to Union Health Minister proposing reforms in drug regulatory system New Delhi: World's largest vaccine manufacturer by volume, Serum Institute of India (SII) has written to Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya suggesting reforms in the existing drug regulatory system, including allowing manufacturing and stockpiling of non-Covid vaccines while undergoing clinical trial.
MDS5 KL-SASEENDRAN-LD ALLEGATION Ker: NCP leaders back Saseendran, Oppn seeks his resignation; CPI(M) says it does not have details Thiruvananthapuram: Senior NCP leaders on Wednesday said they presently do not think any illegality has been committed by Kerala Forest Minister A K Saseendran, who allegedly tried to settle a sexual harassment case involving a party member in Kollam, even as the Congress continued to demand his resignation and the CPI(M) said it does not have the complete details.
LEGAL LGD5 SC-AMRAVATI SC dismisses AP's appeals against HC order quashing FIRs against private buyers of plots at Amravati New Delhi: The Supreme Court has dismissed six appeals filed by the Andhra Pradesh government challenging the High Court order quashing FIRs against private buyers of plots at Amravati who were accused of cheating the sellers by not disclosing the fact that the state capital was to be established there. FOREIGN FGN17 VIRUS-US-DELTA-LD BIDEN Dramatic drop in Covid deaths but US must stay vigilant about Delta variant: Biden Washington: President Joe Biden has said that even though the United States has seen a dramatic drop in the number of COVID-19 deaths due to its vaccination programme, the people must remain vigilant about the more virulent Delta variant that is spreading fast in the country. By Lalit K Jha FGN19 NEPAL-POLITICS Nepal PM Deuba, ally Dahal discuss common minimum plan amid hectic lobbying for Cabinet berths Kathmandu: Nepal’s newly-appointed Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba on Wednesday discussed with former premier Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' the common minimum programme for the remaining one-and-a-half-year term of the government even as coalition partners started hectic lobbying for Cabinet berths in lieu of the support they had extended during Sunday's trust vote in Parliament.