23:00 PM IST: More than 15-25 people have been rushed to a hospital after a gas leakage was reported at a dairy plant located at Bandapalli Village under the Putalapattu division of Andhra Pradesh's Chittoor district. The Chittoor collector says it was an ammonia gas leakage and the situation is now under control. (Inputs from Ashish Pandey)

21:31 PM IST: The Supreme Court has given senior advocate Prashant Bhushan time till August 24 to tender an unconditional apology in the contempt case where the SC has held him guilty. A three-judge bench of the apex court also reserved its order on sentencing in the case. (Inputs from Sanjay Sharma, Aneesha Mathur)

20:40 PM IST: The GST Council will meet on August 27 to discuss a proposal for borrowings for compensation to states. (Inputs from Rahul Shrivastava)

20:34 PM IST: A team of CBI officials probing the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput arrived in Mumbai today. They were surrounded by media personnel at the airport. The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Mumbai Police to transfer the probe to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

18:05 PM IST: The district administration of Ghaziabad has uncovered a Rs 1,000 crore land scam. An FIR has been registered in this regard. Rudra Builders was reportedly constructing a building on the land in question, the grazing grounds in Akbarpur-Behrampur under limits of Sadar police station. (Inputs from Tanseem Haider)

17:05 PM IST: Chief of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), K Sivan said during a webinar on Thursday that reforms introduced by the Centre in the space sector will be a game-changer. He further added, "There have been many misconceptions like privatisation of ISRO. I want to state that there is no privatisation of ISRO." "In fact, the whole mechanism is enabling private people to carry out space activities, which otherwise are done by ISRO," Sivan said during the webinar. (PTI)

16:07 PM IST: Lucknow-based activist Dr Nutan Thakur has approached the National Commission for Women (NCW) against Bihar Director General of Police (DGP) Gupteshwar Pandey. Pandey had told reporters on Wednesday that actor "Rhea Chakraborty has no stature to comment about Bihar Chief Minister (Nitish Kumar)". (Inputs from Poulomi Saha)

15:05 PM IST: The Supreme Court has dismissed a plea seeking cancellation of CBSE 10th, 12th Compartment 2020 exam. The apex court has, however, allowed students to challenge the notification by CBSE on compartment exams.

14:54 PM IST: Delhi government has allowed the Excise department to serve liquor in restaurants and hotels. The permission has been given only to license-holders.

14:31 PM IST: The Jitan Ram Manjhi-led Hindustan Awam Morcha (HAM) has decided to come out of the Mahagathbandhan in Bihar. HAM spokesperson Danish Rizwan said "Coordination committee of Mahagathbandhan was not formed despite our repeated demands. Even Rahul Gandhi had assured coordination committee would be formed but nothing happened".

13:21 PM IST: The Bombay High Court on Thursday granted bail to Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Ltd promoters Kapil Wadhawan and Dheeraj Wadhawan, who have been accused of money laundering by the Enforcement Directorate in the multi-crore Yes Bank fraud case. Justice Bharati Dangre granted them bail as the Enforcement Directorate (ED) failed to file its charge sheet against them in the case within the stipulated 60-day period. The court directed the duo to deposit Rs one lakh each as surety and surrender their passports.

12:28 PM IST: We weren't clear about contesting polls in Uttarakhand so we did a survey there. 62% respondents said we should, so we decided to fight elections in Uttarakhand. Unemployment, education & health infrastructure problems are main issues: Arvind Kejriwal, AAP chief & Delhi CM pic.twitter.com/ryxuVmCUDk— ANI (@ANI) August 20, 2020

12:23 PM IST: Gujarat's Surat has been adjudged 2nd cleanest city of India by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. The cleanest city in India is Indore, for the fourth time in a row.

12:09 PM IST: Swacch Sarvekshan 2020 results announced: Indore has yet again made it as country's cleanest city. Indore has been adjudged as India's cleanest city for the fourth time in a row by the central government.

11:59 AM IST: Supreme Court refuses Prashant Bhushan's plea to defer the hearing on his sentence till his review petition against conviction for criminal contempt is filed and decided.SC says the judgement is complete only after the sentence. https://t.co/cmFpI4Wm66— ANI (@ANI) August 20, 2020

11:25 AM IST: Haryana: A portion of road caves in near Gurugram's IFFCO Chowk, following heavy rainfall in the region. pic.twitter.com/tVQVfqEVfl— ANI (@ANI) August 20, 2020

10:31 AM IST: Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi pays tribute to Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his birth anniversary at Veer Bhumi pic.twitter.com/Yptrhtv3n1— ANI (@ANI) August 20, 2020

09:50 AM IST: India's Covid-19 tally has mounted to 28.3 lakh after 69,652 new cases have been reported in the country in the last 24 hours. The death toll has climbed to 53,866, with 977 reported in the last 24 hours. However, of the total 28.3 lakh coronavirus cases in India, 20.96 lakh have been discharged/recovered/migrated.

08:32 AM IST: On his birth anniversary, tributes to former Prime Minister Shri Rajiv Gandhi Ji.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 20, 2020

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New Delhi | August 20, 2020 23:50 IST

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Gas leakage at dairy plant in Andhra Pradesh's Chittoor

More than 15-25 people have been rushed to a hospital after a gas leakage was reported at a dairy plant located at Bandapalli Village under the Putalapattu division of Andhra Pradesh's Chittoor district. The Chittoor collector says it was an ammonia gas leakage and the situation is now under control.

(Inputs from Ashish Pandey)

Posted by Amrtansh Arora
SC gives Prashant Bhushan time till Aug 24 to apologise

The Supreme Court has given senior advocate Prashant Bhushan time till August 24 to tender an unconditional apology in the contempt case where the SC has held him guilty. A three-judge bench of the apex court also reserved its order on sentencing in the case.

(Inputs from Sanjay Sharma, Aneesha Mathur)

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Posted by Amrtansh Arora
GST Council to meet on August 27

The GST Council will meet on August 27 to discuss a proposal for borrowings for compensation to states.

(Inputs from Rahul Shrivastava)

Posted by Amrtansh Arora
CBI team probing actor SSR's death arrives in Mumbai

A team of CBI officials probing the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput arrived in Mumbai today. They were surrounded by media personnel at the airport. The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Mumbai Police to transfer the probe to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Posted by Amrtansh Arora
Ghaziabad District Administration unearths Rs 1,000 crore land scam

The district administration of Ghaziabad has uncovered a Rs 1,000 crore land scam. An FIR has been registered in this regard. Rudra Builders was reportedly constructing a building on the land in question, the grazing grounds in Akbarpur-Behrampur under limits of Sadar police station.

(Inputs from Tanseem Haider)

Posted by Amrtansh Arora
There is no privatization of ISRO, says chief K Sivan over reforms

Chief of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), K Sivan said during a webinar on Thursday that reforms introduced by the Centre in the space sector will be a game-changer. He further added, "There have been many misconceptions like privatisation of ISRO. I want to state that there is no privatisation of ISRO."

"In fact, the whole mechanism is enabling private people to carry out space activities, which otherwise are done by ISRO," Sivan said during the webinar.

(PTI)

Posted by Amrtansh Arora
Activist approaches NCW over Bihar DGP's comment on Rhea Chakraborty

Lucknow-based activist Dr Nutan Thakur has approached the National Commission for Women (NCW) against Bihar Director General of Police (DGP) Gupteshwar Pandey. Pandey had told reporters on Wednesday that actor "Rhea Chakraborty has no stature to comment about Bihar Chief Minister (Nitish Kumar)".

(Inputs from Poulomi Saha)

Posted by Nayanika Sengupta
SC dismisses plea to cancel CBSE Class 10, 12 compartment exam

The Supreme Court has dismissed a plea seeking cancellation of CBSE 10th, 12th Compartment 2020 exam. The apex court has, however, allowed students to challenge the notification by CBSE on compartment exams.

Posted by Nayanika Sengupta
Delhi govt allows?Excise department to serve liquor in restaurants and hotels

Delhi government has allowed the Excise department to serve liquor in restaurants and hotels. The permission has been given only to license-holders.

Posted by Nayanika Sengupta
Bihar: HAM breaks ties with Mahagathbandhan

The Jitan Ram Manjhi-led Hindustan Awam Morcha (HAM) has decided to come out of the Mahagathbandhan in Bihar. HAM spokesperson Danish Rizwan said "Coordination committee of Mahagathbandhan was not formed despite our repeated demands. Even Rahul Gandhi had assured coordination committee would be formed but nothing happened".

Posted by Nayanika Sengupta
Yes Bank fraud case: HC grants bail to Wadhawan brothers

The Bombay High Court on Thursday granted bail to Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Ltd promoters Kapil Wadhawan and Dheeraj Wadhawan, who have been accused of money laundering by the Enforcement Directorate in the multi-crore Yes Bank fraud case.

Justice Bharati Dangre granted them bail as the Enforcement Directorate (ED) failed to file its charge sheet against them in the case within the stipulated 60-day period.

The court directed the duo to deposit Rs one lakh each as surety and surrender their passports.

Posted by Nayanika Sengupta
AAP to contest Uttarakhand elections: Arvind Kejriwal

Posted by Nayanika Sengupta
Gujarat's Surat adjudged 2nd cleanest city of India

Gujarat's Surat has been adjudged 2nd cleanest city of India by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. The cleanest city in India is Indore, for the fourth time in a row.

Posted by Nayanika Sengupta
Indore adjudged country's cleanest city for fourth time in a row by central government

Swacch Sarvekshan 2020 results announced: Indore has yet again made it as country's cleanest city. Indore has been adjudged as India's cleanest city for the fourth time in a row by the central government.

Posted by Nayanika Sengupta
SC refuses Prashant Bhushan's plea to defer hearing on his sentence in contempt case

Posted by Nayanika Sengupta
Portion of road caves in near Gurugram's IFFCO Chowk following heavy rainfall

Posted by Nayanika Sengupta
Rahul Gandhi pays tributes to?Rajiv Gandhi on his birth anniversary at Veer Bhumi

Posted by Nayanika Sengupta
69,652 new Covid-19 cases push India's tally to 28.3 lakh

India's Covid-19 tally has mounted to 28.3 lakh after 69,652 new cases have been reported in the country in the last 24 hours. The death toll has climbed to 53,866, with 977 reported in the last 24 hours. However, of the total 28.3 lakh coronavirus cases in India, 20.96 lakh have been discharged/recovered/migrated.

Posted by Nayanika Sengupta
PM Modi pays tributes to Rajiv Gandhi on his birth anniversary?

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