New Delhi, Aug 24 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 1700 hrs: Nation DEL44 CONG-RAHUL-REMARK 'Hasn't said a word of this nature': Cong denies Rahul's 'colluding with BJP' remark New Delhi: The Congress on Monday denied that Rahul Gandhi had accused any party leader of 'colluding with the BJP', saying he 'has not said' a word of that nature nor alluded to it DEL49 CONG-2NDLD SIBAL-RAHUL Sibal withdraws tweet, says Rahul has 'personally' clarified he did not make the BJP remark New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Monday withdrew his tweet in which he had hit out at Rahul Gandhi, and said the former party chief had informed him personally that he had never made the 'colluding with the BJP' remark.
DEL48 VIRUS-TESTING India conducts nearly 3.6 cr COVID-19 tests so far, tests per million scale new peak of 26,016 New Delhi: India's COVID-19 tests per million rose sharply to 26,016 as cumulative tests surged to 3.59 crore, the Health Ministry said on Monday underlining that a key component in India's COVID-19 response has been early identification of cases by timely and aggressive testing.
DEL41 JAITLEY-LD BJP Miss my friend a lot: PM on Arun Jaitley's death anniversary New Delhi: The BJP paid rich tributes to party stalwart Arun Jaitley on his first death anniversary on Monday, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that he misses his friend a lot and that his late Cabinet colleague diligently served India.
MDS9 KL-PLANE-TOLL Another plane crash passenger succumbs to injuries,toll now 21 Kozhikode: A 37-year-old woman, injured in the Air India Express plane crash at the nearby Karipur airport on August 7, died at a hospital here, taking the death toll in the accident to 21, government sources said on Monday.
DEL36 VIRUS-UGC-TEST MACHINES COVID: UGC asks higher edu, research institutes to deploy RT-PCR machines in dist hospitals, labs New Delhi: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked higher education and research institutions to facilitate deployment of RT-PCR test machines available with them at nearby district hospitals and government labs conducting COVID-19 tests to aid the fight against the pandemic, officials said on Monday.
MDS5 KL-ASSEMBLY-NOCONFIDENCE UDF moves no-confidence motion against Pinarayi Vijayan govt, a first in 15 years Thiruvananthapuram: The opposition Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) Monday moved a no-confidence motion against the Pinarayi Vijayan-led Left government in Kerala, raising a slew of allegations including the gold smuggling case.
BOM2 MH-SUSHANT-CBI-PROBE CBI team visits Mumbai resort for probe in Sushant case Mumbai: CBI officials probing Sushant Singh Rajput's death case on Monday visited a Mumbai-based resort where the actor is said to have spent a couple of months, and also continued the questioning of the actor's friend and cook at the DRDO guest house here.
CAL4 WB-ASSEMBLY-SESSION Bengal Assembly session to begin next month Kolkata: A session of the West Bengal Assembly will begin next month with all COVID-19 safety norms in place, a senior government official said on Monday.
Legal LGD12 SC-LD BHUSHAN-CONTEMPT Prashant Bhushan refuses to apologise in SC for his 2 tweets against judiciary New Delhi: Activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan refused to offer an apology to the Supreme Court on Monday for his two tweets against the judiciary saying what he expressed represented his bona fide belief which he continued to hold.
LGD5 SC-RAJASTHAN-MLAS SC disposes of plea against merger of 6 BSP MLAs of Rajasthan Assembly with Congress New Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday disposed of as 'infructuous' a BJP MLA's plea seeking stay on Rajasthan Speaker’s decision, which allowed six BSP MLAs to merge with the Congress, in view of the High Court order.
Sports SPD7 SPO-CRI-IPL-SPONSOR COVID-19 Impact: Future Group no longer part of IPL's central pool of sponsorship New Delhi: Retail conglomerate Future Group, which is currently going through a restructuring phase, has pulled out of BCCI's central sponsorship list for the Indian Premier League. By Kushan Sarkar SPD2 SPO-KHOKHO-AWARD-KALE There were days when I consumed one meal a day for a decade: Arjuna Awardee Sarika Aurangabad: Set to be bestowed with the prestigious Arjuna award, former Indian women's kho-kho captain Sarika Kale says there was a time when she could afford only one meal a day for almost a decade due to financial problems but the game changed her life.
Foreign FGN26 VIRUS-US-LD PLASMA US allows emergency use of blood plasma treatment for coronavirus patients Washington: The US health watchdog has given emergency authorisation for the use of blood plasma to treat coronavirus patients in the country, saying the benefits of the treatment outweighed any potential risks. PTI DPB DPB