TOP HEADLINES OF THE DAY:
1. The first batch of 5 Rafale jets will be formally inducted into the Indian Air Force at the Air Force station in Ambala. The Aircraft will be a part of the 17th Squadron which is the Golden Arrows. These Rafale jets are India's first major acquisition of fighter jets in almost 2 decades.
Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, his French counterpart will be the Chief Guests at the grand event today. Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshall RKS Bhadauria and many other senior officers of the Defence Ministry and Armed Forces will also be present at the event to mark this very important milestone in Indian Air Force's history.
This acquisition by India has rattled both China & India because sources are telling us that Pakistan now has asked China for 30 J10-CE's which are aircraft that the Chinese have manufactured. China is also seeking help with regard to modern air-to-air missiles
Times Now's Srinjoy Chowdhury & Pradeep Dutta with details.
2. Actor Kangana Ranaut has launched another scathing attack at the Shiv Sena this morning via a tweet. She said, 'The ideology on which Shri Bala Saheb Thackeray had built Shiv Sena, today he has sold Sonia Sena from Shiv Sena by selling the same ideology for power. The goons broke my house behind my back, do not call them civic body, Don't insult the constitution so much.'
She has not only hit out at Shiv Sena but also hit out at the Maha Vikas Aghadi Government at large saying that the people who demolished her office were not BMC workers but just party members.
3. Rhea Lobby targets media, a PIL has been filed in the Bombay High Court alleging media trial against actor Rhea Chakraborty who is late actor Sushant Singh Rajput's girlfriend. The activists have moved High Court to make Rhea a party claiming that she is aggrieved and is facing trauma.
The applicant seeks to implead Rhea Chakraborty who is aggrieved by the media trial and parallel investigations carried out by the media channels. It is submitted that she will explicitly be able to bring her ordeal of the media trial to this court. This may seem like an attempt to gag the media. Earlier a few retired police officers & activists had also filed a petition over the media trial.
Times Now legal editor Harish Nair brings more details.
4. Coronavirus Update | India reports the biggest single-day spike with more than 95,000 new COVID-19 cases which means that India has seen a spike of over 2 lakh COVID-19 cases in the last 48 hours.
India sees a massive spike of 95,735 new Coronavirus cases and 1,172 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours. This brings the total Coronavirus case tally at 44,65,864 cases which includes more than 9,00,000 lakh active cases which are being treated in various states across India.
Times Now correspondent Heena Gambhir says that because India has added close to 2 lakh cases in the last 2 days it is causing to become a really big concern for India. This spike has caused the second raise in the COVID cases in the states and cities that were on the verge of winning the war against COVID-19 pandemic.