New Delhi, Sep 20 (PTI) These are the top stories at 5 pm: NATION DEL42 PM-FARM BILLS Watershed moment for Indian agriculture, will ensure complete transformation of sector: PM on farm bills New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday described the passage of two farm sector bills as a 'watershed moment' in the history of Indian agriculture, asserting that they will ensure a complete transformation of the farm sector and empower crores of farmers.
PAR19 RS LD-DEBATE-FARM BILLS Oppn parties slam farm bills as 'death warrant' of farmers; BJP accuses them of misleading New Delhi: The Opposition led by the Congress in Rajya Sabha on Sunday criticised the farm bills, saying they will not sign on the 'death warrant' of farmers, and demanded that they be sent to the Select Committee for scrutiny, while the ruling BJP accused these parties of misleading the farmers.
PAR16 RS-LD FARM BILLS CHAOS Heated debate on farm bills; oppn members tear papers, heckle presiding officer New Delhi: Some opposition members led by the TMC climbed on to the chairman's podium, tore official papers, and heckled the presiding officer as they opposed the government's push to pass two contentious farm bills on Sunday without considering their demand for sending the proposed legislations to a house committee.
DEL5 VIRUS-LD CASES COVID-19: India's single-day recoveries surpass fresh cases as 94,612 people recuperate New Delhi: India's single-day recoveries surpassed the number of new infections for the second consecutive day on Sunday, with 94,612 people having recuperated from COVID-19, even as the total caseload sprinted past 54 lakh, according to the Union Health Ministry's data.
DEL9 RSQ-VIRUS HERD IMMUNITY Aiming for herd immunity without pharma interventions may have disastrous consequences:Choubey New Delhi: Trying to develop herd immunity against COVID-19 in the absence of established pharmaceutical interventions may have disastrous consequences in terms of morbidity and mortality, Rajya Sabha was told.
DEL19 JK-BSF-LD INFILTRATION 62 kg heroin seized as BSF foils infiltration bid along IB in Jammu Jammu: The Border Security Force (BSF) on Sunday recovered a consignment of 62 kg of heroin worth crores of rupees and two pistols after foiling an infiltration attempt from Pakistan along the International Border (IB) here, a top officer of the border guarding force said.
DEL24 TEJASHWI-INTERVIEW Unemployment, 'corporatisation of agriculture', handling of COVID pandemic key issues in Bihar polls: Tejashwi New Delhi: With the Centre rolling out a slew of development projects for Bihar ahead of the Assembly polls, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav on Sunday said 'grandiose PR exercises' are a poor substitute for governance, and the real issues in the elections would be unemployment, 'corporatisation of agriculture' and handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
BOM3 MH-VIRUS-CENTENARIAN Maha: 106-yr-old woman wins battle against COVID-19 Thane: A 106-year-old woman from Maharashtra's Thane district defeated COVID-19 and was discharged from hospital on Sunday with doctors and nurses giving her a warm farewell.
MDS6 LS-AP-MP-TEMPLES 'Constructive destruction' of Hindu temples on in AP, alleges YSRC rebel MP in Lok Sabha New Delhi: YSR Congress rebel member in Lok Sabha K Raghu Rama Krishna Raju has alleged that there was a constructive destruction of Hindu temples in Andhra Pradesh and sought that a dharmic commission be established to address the issue.
LEGAL LGD3 DL-JOURNALIST-LAWYER Espionage case against journalist Rajeev Sharma 'false', 'evidence planted': Lawyer New Delhi: The espionage case lodged against arrested freelance journalist Rajeev Sharma under the Official Secrets Act is 'false' and the 'evidence was planted' by the Delhi police, his lawyer claimed on Sunday.
LGD2 SC-SUCCESSION-PLEA PIL in SC seeks uniform law for succession and inheritance New Delhi: A PIL seeking to remove anomalies in succession and inheritance laws and make them uniform for all citizens has been filed in the Supreme Court.
BUSINESS DCM22 AVI-VISTARA-JOBS Vistara CEO says no layoffs; salary cuts to be reviewed in Jan 2021 New Delhi: Vistara, which has implemented various cost-saving measures amid the coronavirus pandemic, will review salary cuts in January but has not laid off any of its nearly 4,000 employees, according to the airline's chief.
DCM13 BIZ-FACEBOOK Facebook neutral, non-partisan, its India chief says defending handling of hate speeches New Delhi: Facebook India Head Ajit Mohan has defended the handling of alleged hate speeches by members of the ruling BJP, saying the platform has remained true to its design of being neutral and non-partisan and acted based on inputs from various teams.
FOREIGN FGN14 TRUMP-SC-LD NOMINEE Trump vows to nominate woman judge for Supreme Court ahead of election despite opposition from Democrats Washington: President Donald Trump has said he will next week nominate a woman to replace the late US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, escalating a political row with the Democrats over her successor weeks before the presidential election.
FGN 12 US-TRUMP-LD TIKTOK Trump backs TikTok deal involving Oracle and Walmart Washington/Beijing: US President Donald Trump has announced a proposed deal on TikTok involving two American companies - Oracle and Walmart - that would allow the US operations of the Chinese video sharing application, which was placed on a ban list due to security concerns.
FGN10 VIRUS-MALDIVES-INDIA-AID India extends USD 250 million in financial support to Maldives to overcome impact of COVID-19 Male: India has provided financial assistance of USD 250 million to the Maldives to help it mitigate the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Indian embassy here said on Sunday.
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