Top news of the day: Two journalists win Peace Nobel for defending freedom of expression; Air India returns to the Tatas, and more

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Two journalists win Nobel Peace Prize for defending freedom of expression

Filipino journalist Maria Ressa and Russian Editor Dmitry Muratov have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their “efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace.” Mr. Muratov has for decades defended freedom of speech in Russia under increasingly challenging conditions. Ms. Ressa, the first woman Nobel laureate of 2021, uses freedom of expression to expose abuse of power, use of violence and growing authoritarianism in her country, the Philippines.

Tata Sons wins bid to acquire Air India

“(Tata Sons subsidiary) Talace has quoted an enterprise value of ₹18,000 crore. Of this ₹15,300 is towards debt component of Air India, and the remaining will be cash paid to the government,” DIPAM Secretary, Tuhin Kanta Pandey said at a press briefing.

Lakhimpur Kheri violence | My son is innocent, will appear before police on October 9, says Ajay Mishra

The Union Minister said his son Ashish Mishra missed the police summons for October 8 as he was “not well”.

Lakhimpur Kheri violence | Supreme Court dissatisfied with U.P. government’s status report

“Your seriousness is only in words and not in your actions,” Chief Justice of India (CJI) N.V. Ramana addressed the State government.

Congress-Prashant Kishor relationship souring?

Without naming the party, Mr. Kishor tweeted that those who were hoping for quick revival of the GOP [grand old party] on the basis of the Lakhimpur Kheri incident would be disappointed.

Schools can take legal action if students do not pay fee on time: Supreme Court

On May 3, the court held that States cannot impinge on the autonomy of private unaided schools to fix and collect “just” and “permissible” school fees from parents, especially in the name of the pandemic.

Coronavirus | Supreme Court to hold physical hearings twice a week

Top court modifies its standard operating procedure, in a decisive step towards pre-pandemic routine.

Mumbai court refuses bail to Aryan Khan, two others in drugs case

After hearing the arguments, A metropolitan magistrate in Mumbai denied bail to Aryan Khan, Munmun Dhamecha and Arbaaz Merchant, saying their applications were not maintainable.

Bomb kills at least 100 at Shia mosque in Afghanistan’s Kunduz

Scores more victims from the minority community were injured in the blast, which has not been claimed but appears designed to further destabilise Afghanistan in the wake of the Taliban takeover.

Bangladesh plans to move 81,000 Rohingya to island after UN deal: officials

Some 19,000 of the refugees from Myanmar have been already relocated from crowded camps on the mainland to Bhashan Char island, despite doubts raised by aid groups, officials said.

RBI keeps policy rate unchanged for 8th time in a row

Inflation trajectory turning more favourable than anticipated, says RBI Governor.

RBI raises IMPS limit from ₹2 lakh to ₹5 lakh to promote digital transactions

The Immediate Payment Service, managed by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), is an important payment system providing 24×7 instant domestic funds transfer facility and is accessible through various channels like internet banking, mobile banking apps, bank branches, ATMs, SMS and IVRS.

CEA Krishnamurthy Subramanian to return to academics

He indicates that he will not seek a reappointment at end of his three-year tenure.

FIFA plans to postpone Club World Cup until 2022

Coronavirus restrictions led to Japan withdrawing from staging the seven-team tournament in December, and South Africa then abandoned a bid due to the need to get more of the country vaccinated.

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