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Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations begin in India amid COVID-19 restrictionsAs 10-day festivities of Ganesh Chaturthi begin today amid COVID-19 outbreak, a grand ‘arti’ of Lord Ganesha was performed in several parts of the country including at the Shri Siddhivinayak Temple here in Dwarka.Similarly, priests also performed ‘arti’ at renowned Shri Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai, the Shri Ganesh Mandir Tekdi in Nagpur, Shreemant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Mandir in Pune and the Ganesh Temple in Delhi’s Connaught Place.At the temples, priests were seen following COVID-19 protocols, covering their faces with mask and maintaining social distancing to combat the virus. ‘Hawan’ was also performed in several temples amid chanting of mantras.Delhi: Security forces deployed after arrest of one ISIS operative

Security forces deployed near Buddha Jayanti Park in Ridge Road area, from where one ISIS operative was arrested with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) by Delhi Police Special Cell earlier today, after an exchange of fire.

India’s Covid-19 tallySpike of 69,878 cases and 945 deaths reported in India, in the last 24 hours. The Covid-19 tally in the country rises to 29,75,702 including 6,97,330 active cases, 22,22,578 cured/discharged/migrated & 55,794 deaths.PM Modi greets people on Ganesh Chaturthi

आप सभी को गणेश चतुर्थी की बहुत-बहुत बधाई। गणपति बाप्पा मोरया! Greetings on the auspicious festival of Ganesh Chat… https://t.co/7X297LCbEc

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1598062026000Delhi Police arrests alleged ISIS operative with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) from central Delhi’s Ridge Road area

The alleged ISIS operative has been brought to Special Cell Office in Lodhi Colony.

Total Covid-19 tests done in India

The total number of samples tested up to 21st August is 3,44,91,073 including 10,23,836 samples tested yesterday: Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

Hyderabad: FIR against 139 people for sexually assaulting woman over past several yearsAn FIR has been registered against 139 people at Panjagutta Police Station on a 25-yr-old woman’s complaint of ‘sexual harassment and physical assault’ by her in-laws and others over past several years, police said.The FIR was lodged on Thursday under the relevant section of the IPC and provisions of SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.The complainant claimed that three months after her marriage in June 2009, her sexual harassment and physical assault at the hands of her in-laws began which went on for nine months. Following which, she got divorced in December 2010.Later the woman went for further studies but then also she was “threatened, sexually abused and exploited by more people over the past several years”.We are open, transparent and non-partisan: Facebook IndiaFacebook has always been an open, transparent and non-partisan platform which enables people to express themselves freely, said Ajit Mohan, Vice President, and Managing Director, Facebook India.The statement from the social media giant came on Friday after the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology summoned representatives of the company on September 2 to hear their views on prevention of misuse of social media platforms, according to the Lok Sabha secretariat on Thursday.India crosses the milestone of 1 million Covid-19 tests a day. More than 10 lakh people tested in the last 24 hours: Ministry of HealthProcessions during Ganesh Chaturthi, Moharram prohibited in MPInstallation of idols at public places and processions will be prohibited during Ganesh Chaturthi in Madhya Pradesh, according to the State Information Department.The processions during Moharram will also remain prohibited, as per the order.The grand celebration of the 10-day Ganesh Chaturthi is started today.According to new guidelines of the Ministry of Home Affairs on July 29, cultural/ religious functions and other large congregations will continue to remain prohibited.Illegally printed NCERT books worth Rs 35 crores seized in MeerutA joint team of Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force and local police seized illegally printed NCERT books worth Rs 35 crores during a raid at a godown in Partapur here, police said.Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Ajay Sahni said that books were being illegally printed and being supplied in Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Uttarakhand and in some other states.Former Finance Secy Rajiv Kumar to take charge as Election CommissionerFormer Finance Secretary Rajiv Kumar, who was appointed as Election Commissioner on Friday following the resignation of Ashok Lavasa, will take charge of the office on September 1.”The President is pleased to appoint Rajiv Kumar, IAS (retd) (JH:1984) as the Election Commissioner with effect from the date he assumes the office vice Ashok Lavasa, Election Commissioner who has resigned with effect from August 31,” a notification of Law Ministry said.AIIMS forms 5-member medical board to look into Rajput’s autopsy reportA five-member medical board of forensic experts was formed by the AIIMS on Friday to look into the autopsy files related to actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death, after the CBI approached the hospital for assistance.”We will look into the possibility of murder. However, all probable angles will be thoroughly examined,” AIIMS’ forensic department chief Dr Sudhir Gupta, who will lead the team, told PTI.He said the team will evaluate the injury pattern on Rajput’s body and correlate it with circumstantial evidence.Some VOA journalists forced to leave US soon as visas expireMore than a dozen journalists with the US government’s premier international broadcaster may soon be forced to leave the United States as their visas expire with no action from the agency’s new leadership.Some 16 Voice of America journalists will have to return to their native countries in the coming weeks unless the government agrees to either renew their visas or extend grace periods for them to depart, according to congressional aides.Several of the journalists, from China and Indonesia notably, could face difficulties at home because of their work for VOA, the aides said.Estonian IT bars its employees from downloading TikTok over data security concernsThe Estonian Information System Authority (RIA) has barred its employees from downloading Chinese video-sharing app TikTok on their business phones out of security considerations, RIA executive director for cybersecurity Tonu Tammer said on Friday.The authority barred TikTok in June, at a time when it already was in the top three of the world’s most downloaded apps, with more than 2 billion downloads collectively and over 400 million active users.Thousands in Mali’s capital welcome president’s downfallThousands marched Friday in the streets of Mali’s capital to celebrate the overthrow of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, as the West African nation’s political opposition backed the military’s junta plan to eventually hand over power to a civilian transitional government.But as opponents of the former regime moved ahead with plans for the future, the international community continued to express alarm about the coup that deposed Mali’s democratically elected leader this week. There are concerns that the political upheaval will divert attention away from the more than seven-year international fight against Islamic extremists who have used previous power vacuums in Mali to expand their terrain.

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