New Delhi, Aug 27 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 5:15 pm: NATION DEL63 MOE-ENTRANCE-EXAMS Students want JEE, NEET exams to be conducted: Pokhriyal New Delhi: Over 17 lakh candidates have already downloaded their admit cards for JEE and NEET, and this shows that the students want the exams to be conducted at any cost, Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' said on Thursday.
DEL46 VIRUS-ENTRANCE EXAMS-IITS Delay in JEE, NEET will lead to 'zero year'; quick alternatives can have cascading effects: IIT heads New Delhi: Further delay in conducting medical and engineering entrance exams NEET and JEE will lead to a 'zero academic year' and any quick alternative to the crucial exams will dilute the quality of education and have cascading effects, according to Directors of several Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). By Gunjan Sharma DEL42 CONG-LD SIBAL-PRASADA Congress should target BJP with surgical strikes, not its own Jitin Prasada: Kapil Sibal New Delhi: Congress leader Kapil Sibal, a key member of 'Group of 23' that has sought an urgent organisational overhaul, on Thursday said it was 'unfortunate' that the party was targetting its own member Jitin Prasada when it needed to target the ruling BJP with 'surgical strikes'.
DEL55 VIRUS-HEALTH-RECOVERIES No. of COVID recoveries goes past 25 lakh in India: Health ministry New Delhi: The number of COVID-19 recoveries has surpassed 25 lakh in the country while the case fatality rate has further declined to 1.83 per cent, the Union health ministry said on Thursday.
DEL40 ENV-PANDEMIC IMPACT Carbon emissions for 2020 to come down by 8 pc due to lockdown: Env ministry New Delhi: Due to the COVID-19 lockdown across India this year's carbon emissions are predicted to fall by around eight per cent, a senior official of the environment ministry has said.
DEL62 DEF-RAWAT Armed forces committed to hand-hold domestic defence industry: Gen Rawat New Delhi: India's armed forces are committed to hand-hold the domestic industry in developing next generation military platforms and equipment to make the country self reliant in defence manufacturing, Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat said on Thursday.
BOM15 MH-VACCINE-2ND LD VOLUNTEER Pasteur, Jenner inspired me: Pune vaccine trial volunteer, after resuming normal work Pune: A 48-year-old doctor, who was inspired by immunology pioneers Louis Pasteur and Edward Jenner, said Thursday his vital signs are normal and he has resumed routine work, a day after becoming one of the first voluneteers to be inoculated with Oxford COVID-19 vaccine candidate in phase II trials. By Sandip Kolhatkar BOM16 MH-RHEA-FATHER-POLICE Cops escort Rhea's father out of house for ED questioning Mumbai: A team of Mumbai police reached the residence of actress Rhea Chakraborty, who is accused of abetting actor Sushant Singh Rajput's suicide, in Santacruz here on Thursday and took her father along for a questioning by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), an official said.
DEL50 POL-VARUN GANDHI INTERVIEW India only country able to stare down China; Chinese will realise their strategic mistake: Varun Gandhi New Delhi: India is the only country that has been able to stare down China with the might of its border troops and the Chinese will be forced to realise the strategic mistake they are making by provoking a powerful neighbour, BJP leader Varun Gandhi said on Thursday.
CAL12 BH-MANJHI-NITISH Manjhi meets Nitish amid speculations of return to NDA Patna: Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) president Jitan Ram Manjhi on Thursday met Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar amid speculations of his talks over seat sharing before joining the ruling NDA.
LEGAL LGD8 SC-PROCESSION SC declines permission to carry out Muharram procession across country New Delhi: The Supreme Court Thursday declined permission for carrying out Muharram procession across the country and asked Lucknow-based petitioner to move before the Allahabad High Court with his plea.
LGD9 SC-JAMAAT-MEDIA Tablighi case: SC for preliminary determination of complaints against media by NBA New Delhi: The Supreme Court Thursday said the complaints against a section of the media for allegedly spreading communal hatred over Tablighi Jamaat congregation here should first go to a body like National Broadcasting Association (NBA) for 'preliminary determination'.
BUSINESS DEL47 BIZ-RBI-DAS POLICY OPTIONS RBI has not exhausted ammunition to fight situation due to pandemic: Das Mumbai: The Reserve Bank has not exhausted its instruments or ammunition, including those related to rate cuts, to deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Governor Shaktikanta Das said on Thursday.
FOREIGN FGN31 US-HARRIS-TRUMP Kamala Harris to counter President Trump's convention speech Washington: Democratic Party's Indian-origin vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris will deliver a speech on Thursday to counter President Donald Trump’s remarks at the Republican National Convention after formally accepting the party's presidential re-nomination.
FGN19 VIRUS-UN-INDIA-PROJECTS India has generational projects required to build country better post-COVID: Top UN official New York: The Indian government's plan to connect over six lakh villages with optical fibre network is the kind of 'generational projects' required to build the country better in a post-COVID world as it focuses on the inclusion and leapfrogging access to information and services, a top UN official has said. By Yoshita Singh PTI AD