New Delhi, Jul 31 (PTI) These are the top stories at 5 pm: Nation: DEL35 JK-MEHBOOBA J-K admin extends detention of Mehbooba Mufti by 3 months under PSA Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Friday extended the detention of PDP president Mehbooba Mufti by three months under the Public Safety Act.
DEL41 PB-LIQUOR-LD DEATHS 21 die after drinking spurious liquor in Punjab, CM orders magisterial probe Chandigarh: Twenty-one people have died in Punjab's three districts allegedly after drinking spurious liquor, prompting Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to order a magisterial probe, officials said on Friday.
MDS6 AP-LD SANITISER DEATHS 10 people die after consuming sanitiser as substitute to liquor in AP village Amaravati: At least ten alcohol addicts, including three beggars, died after allegedly consuming sanitiser as an alternative to liquor in a village under COVID-19 lockdown in Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh, police said on Friday.
DEL10 VIRUS-LD CASES India's COVID-19 tally crosses 16 lakh with over 55k cases in a day for 1st time; death toll 35,747 New Delhi: With a record single-day surge of 55,078 infections, India's COVID-19 caseload raced past 16 lakh on Friday, just two days after it reached the 15-lakh mark, while the number of recoveries rose to 10,57,805, according to Union Health Ministry data.
DEL43 RJ-2NDLD MLA SHIFT Over 50 Gehlot camp MLAs moved to Jaisalmer in chartered flights, others to follow Jaisalmer/Jaipur: Over 50 Congress MLAs in the Ashok Gehlot fold, who were camping at a hotel on the Jaipur-Delhi Highway amid the ongoing political crisis in Rajasthan, were on Friday shifted to Jaisalmer in three chartered flights.
DEL20 JK-LONE Sajad Gani Lone released from year-long detention Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Conference (JKPC) chairman Sajad Gani Lone was on Friday released from nearly a year-long detention, officials said.
DEL46 MINISTERS-LD TRIPLE TALAQ Cong did not enact law against triple talaq for 'vote bank politics': Ministers New Delhi: Three senior ministers of the Modi government on Friday launched a scathing attack on the Congress at an event marking the first anniversary of the law against triple talaq, saying the legislation could have been enacted in the 1980s, but for the alleged vote bank politics of the grand old party.
BOM2 GJ-RAM TEMPLE-ARCHITECT Ram temple to be grander than planned earlier: Architect Ahmedabad: The proposed Ram temple in Ayodhya will be almost double the size of what was originally planned as its design was modified following the Supreme Court verdict last year, its architect said on Friday.
Business: DEL27 BIZ-LD RESULTS-SBI SBI Q1 profit surges by 81 pc to Rs 4,189 cr New Delhi: The country's largest bank SBI on Friday posted 81 per cent jump in standalone net profit to Rs 4,189.34 crore for the first quarter, aided by decline in bad loan and sale of minority stake in its subsidiary SBI Life Insurance.
DCM30 BIZ-LD SUNIL MITTAL-LEVIES Taxes, levies in telecom sector high, need to be reviewed thoroughly: Sunil Mittal New Delhi: Telecom czar Sunil Bharti Mittal on Friday made a strong pitch for lowering the high taxes and levies on the telecom sector, saying the government should not view it as a source for the exchequer, but rather as a 'force multiplier' for ensuring economic momentum.
DCM34 BIZ-LD AMBANI-2G Mukesh Ambani calls for urgent policy measures to do away with 2G New Delhi: Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani on Friday called for urgent policy measures to move away from 2G service, which started 25 years ago, and make it a 'part of history'.
Foreign: FGN32 US-TRUMP-LD POLLS Trump now says he doesn't want to postpone presidential elections in November Washington: Donald Trump has quickly taken back his suggestion to delay November's presidential election over alleged fraud concerns after he failed to garner support from top Republicans. By Lalit K Jha FGN23 US-CHINA-INDIA-BHUTAN China’s aggression in Ladakh, claims for real estate in Bhutan indicative of its intentions: Pompeo Washington: China's recent aggression in India’s eastern Ladakh and claims for the real estate in Bhutan are indicative of its intentions, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said, asserting that Beijing under President Xi Jinping is testing the world to see if anyone is going to stand up to its threats and bullying. By Lalit K Jha FGN7 US-SANDHU-INDIANS Indian-Americans important stakeholder in India-US relationship: Amb Sandhu Washington: Indian-Americans are an important stakeholder in the relationship between the two largest democracies of the world, Indian Ambassador to the US Taranjit Singh Sandhu has said, urging the community to play a more active role in India's economic development, its recovery from COVID-19, and help to strengthen the bilateral ties. By Lalit K Jha FGN34 NEPAL-OLI-INDIA Nepal PM Oli's 'irritating' remarks against India 'undiplomatic': CPN leader Kathmandu: Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli has committed three 'mistakes' with his recent 'undiplomatic' and 'irritating' anti-India statements, a senior leader of the ruling communist party has said, amidst mounting pressure on the embattled premier who is facing calls for resignation. By Shirish B Pradhan PTI HDA