Top news of the day: Election Commission freezes LJP symbol; Trinamool spent ₹154 crore on Bengal polls, DMK ₹114 crore on T.N., Puducherry, and more

The major news headlines of the day, and more.

Both Pashupati Kumar Paras, Chirag Paswan factions can’t use LJP name, symbol for now: Election Commission

The interim order would cover the period of the byelections to the Kusheshwar Asthan and Tarapur Assembly constituencies and continue till the EC makes a final determination of the dispute.

Trinamool spent ₹154 crpre on Bengal polls, DMK ₹114 crore on T.N., Puducherry

The Congress spent ₹84.93 crore in Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Kerala and Assam; BJP’s election expenditure report not available yet.

High Court judge posts | Government has cleared 7 of over 100 names suggested by Collegium: CJI

“Since May, my team so far has recommended appointment of 106 Judges and nine new Chief Justices to various High Courts. The government has cleared seven names out of the 106 judges and one out of the nine Chief Justices, so far. I expect that the government will clear the rest of the names very soon,” Chief Justice Ramana said.

Under Jal Jeevan Mission, 5 crore houses got water connection: Modi

The Prime Minister also launched the Jal Jeevan Mission app for improving awareness among stakeholders and for greater transparency and accountability of schemes under the mission.

Over 90 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in India: Health Minister

The country-wide vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16 with healthcare workers (HCWs) getting inoculated in the first phase. The vaccination of frontline workers (FLWs) started on February 2.

Explained | Molnupiravir, Merck’s new drug to treat COVID-19

Data shows drug halves chances of hospitalisation in patients with mild to moderate disease.

Largest khadi national flag unfurled in Ladakh

Fire and Fury Corps organised a historic event at Leh Garrison where a monumental national flag was unfurled by Lieutenant Governor R. K. Mathur on a hill feature overlooking the Leh valley, Srinagar-based PRO Defence Col. Emron Musavi said.

Charanjit Singh Channi going all out to establish ‘common man CM’ image

He is visiting downtrodden sections across the State and making pro-poor announcements.

Majoritarianism, economic downturn hampering foreign security policy: Centre for Policy Research paper

Authors dwell on internal and external threats, challenges to “Neighbourhood First” policy and concerns about the position in a possible U.S.-China conflict.

India, Sri Lanka to conduct 12-day military exercise; focus on counter-terror cooperation

The mega military exercise will commence from October 4.

Trump asks Florida judge to force Twitter to restart his account

Twitter declined to comment on the filing.

Philippine leader Duterte announces retirement from politics

Mr. Duterte says he is backing out of an announced plan to run for Vice-President in the 2022 elections and will retire from politics after his term ends.

‘I got Covishield from India’: President of the 76th U.N. General Assembly Abdulla Shahid

“On vaccines, that’s a very technical question you have asked me. I got Covishield from India, I’ve got the two doses. I don’t know how many countries would say that Covishield is acceptable or not, but a large portion of the countries have got Covishield,” Mr. Shahid said at his first press conference at the United Nations.

To settle retrospective tax mess, government wants indemnity against future claims

Centre notifies new rules on process to be followed by affected taxpayers.

Petrol, diesel rise to new record highs as rates hiked again

The price of petrol in Delhi rose to its highest ever level of ₹102.14 a litre and to ₹108.19 in Mumbai.

IPL 2021 | Hyderabad aims to dent Kolkata’s play-off prospects

SRH are languishing at the bottom, while KKR still have hopes of qualifying for the knockout stage.

IPL 2021 | RCB eye playoffs berth against Punjab Kings

RCB are currently placed third in the pecking order with seven wins and four defeats for a total of 14 points.

Aus W vs Ind W pink ball Test | Australia 143/4 at close on Day 3, trail India by 234 runs

India declared their first innings at 377 for eight.

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