New Delhi, Jul 27 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 9 PM: NATION: DEL91 VIRUS-PM-LD LABS Due to 'right decisions taken at right time' India better placed in COVID-19 fight: PM Modi New Delhi: India is in a much better position than other countries in the fight against COVID-19 as a result of 'right decisions taken at the right time', Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday, asserting that the country has expanded its health infrastructure at a rapid pace to deal with the pandemic.
DEL100 VIRUS-VACCINE-DBT DBT readies five sites for final phase of human trials of Oxford COVID vaccine: secretary New Delhi: Five sites across the country are ready for the third and final phase of human trials of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, Department of Biotechnology (DBT) Secretary Renu Swarup said on Monday. By Prashant Rangnekar DEL97 RAJASTHAN- LD CONG Rajasthan impasse: Cong seeks presidential intervention for convening state assembly session New Delhi: The Congress on Monday stepped up political attack against Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra over the current impasse on the calling of an assembly session, with party leader P Chidambaram hoping that the President of India will intervene and instruct the governor to convene the session, and three former law ministers writing to Mishra, asserting that the delay in doing so will create a 'constitutional crisis'.
DEL101 RJ-3RDLD GUV-SESSION Raj guv seeks another Cabinet proposal from Gehlot govt for calling session for floor test Jaipur: Conceding that securing a vote of confidence can be a reasonable ground for calling an assembly session on short notice, Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra on Monday said the revised Cabinet recommendation does not mention it.
DEL111 DEF-2NDLD RAFALE First batch of 5 Rafales reaches Al Dhafra airbase in UAE on way to India from France New Delhi: The first batch of five Rafale fighter aircraft on Monday took off from France for India, nearly four years after the two countries inked an inter-governmental agreement to supply 36 of the multi-role jets to the Indian Air Force under a Rs 59,000-crore deal.
DEL102 NIA-JEM-LD CHARGESHEET NIA files charge sheet against six persons for helping terrorists of Pak-based JeM to infiltrate Jammu: The NIA on Monday filed a charge sheet in a special court here against six persons for allegedly helping terrorists of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad to infiltrate, an official said.
DEL85 DEF-LD INDIA-INDONESIA India and Indonesia resolve to expand defence ties New Delhi: India and Indonesia on Monday agreed to expand strategic cooperation in a range of areas including defence industries and technology sharing, as the two maritime neighbours looked at injecting a new momentum to their security partnership.
DEL109 PERSONNEL-PENSIONS Employees retiring during COVID pandemic to get provisional pension: Union minister Jitendra Singh New Delhi: Central government employees retiring during the COVID-19 pandemic will get provisional pension till their regular Pension Payment Order (PPO) is issued and other formalities completed, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said on Monday.
CAL10 WB-MAMATA-DUES Centre should clear WB's dues to help state effectively tackle COVID-19: Mamata Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday asked the Centre to clear all financial dues of the state to help it fight the COVID-19 pandemic effectively. MDS16 KL-GOLD-LD SIVASANKAR NIA grills suspended Kerala IAS officer in gold smuggling case Kochi: Suspended senior IAS officer M Sivasankar was questioned for nearly nine hours on Monday by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) at its office here as part of its investigation into the sensational gold smuggling case using diplomatic channel in Kerala.
BOM22 MH-SUSHANT-REPORT Viscera report rules out foul play in Sushant death: Official Mumbai: The viscera report of late Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput has ruled out any foul play in his death here last month, a police official said on Monday.
LEGAL: LGD23 VIRUS-SC-PATIENTS Treatment of COVID-19 infected patients: Mere direction for complying with order not enough, says SC New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday was not satisfied with the response of the Centre on the issue of compliance of its directions regarding proper treatment of COVID-19 patients and dignified handling of dead bodies in the hospital, saying 'mere direction to comply with the directives is 'not enough'.
LGD21 SC-BHUSHAN-SOLIDARITY Dignitaries urge SC to reconsider decision to start contempt proceedings against Bhushan New Delhi: Over 130 dignitaries, including former apex court judge Justice M B Lokur and renowned writer Arundhati Roy, urged the Supreme Court on Monday to 'reconsider' and 'withdraw' its decision to 'initiate suo-motu contempt proceedings' against activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan.
FOREIGN: FGN32 PAK-JADHAV Jadhav case: Pak govt presents ordinance in National Assembly Islamabad: The Pakistan government on Monday presented an ordinance in the National Assembly in view of the International Court of Justice's ruling in the case of Indian death-row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav, despite protests by the Opposition parties. PTI AD