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Filmmaker Basu Chatterjee passes away

Mumbai: Veteran filmmaker Basu Chatterjee, known for his relatable, light as soufflé brand of cinema with films such as ‘Rajnigandha’ and ‘Chitchor’, died on Thursday following age related health issues. He was 93.  Chatterjee, who is survived by his daughters Sonali Bhattacharya and Rupali Guha, died in his sleep at his Santacruz residence.   “He passed away peacefully in his sleep …

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India and Australia ink landmark defence pact

New Delhi: India and Australia on Thursday elevated their ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership and signed seven agreements including a landmark deal for reciprocal access to military bases for logistics support during an online summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison. The mutual logistics support agreement will allow militaries of the two countries to …

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COVID-19 lockdown-like interventions may help combat air pollution in India, say scientists

New Delhi: Ahead of the World Environment Day on June 5, experts have outlined several environmental factors that saw improvements in India as a result of the lockdowns, namely air quality, noise pollution, water quality, and biodiversity among others The lockdowns enforced due to the COVID-19 pandemic led to large improvement in air quality in India, say scientists who suggest …

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Emergency airstrip construction begins in Kashmir

Srinagar: Amid the standoff between Indian and Chinese armies in Ladakh, work has started for the construction of an emergency airstrip in Kashmir. Men and machinery is at work at Bijbehara in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district for constructing an emergency airstrip next to the Jammu-Srinagar national highway.  The construction work for the 3.5 km airstrip has come at a time …

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Cyclone ‘Nisarga’ spares Mumbai

PTI Mumbai Cyclone Nisarga made landfall near Mumbai on Wednesday but spared the city already reeling under the COVID-19 pandemic, even as it uprooted trees in nearby Raigad and Palghar districts.  A 58-year-old man died after a power transformer fell on him while he was rushing home to escape the cyclone fury at Umate village in Raigad district, police said. …

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JeM top ultra among 3 terrorists killed in Kashmir

IANS  Srinagar Three Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) militants, including it self-styled top commander Abdul Rehman alias Fauji Bayi, were killed in an encounter with security forces at Kangan village of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Wednesday, officials said. Kashmir Inspector General of Police Vijay Kumar said Fauji Bayi hailed from Multan in Pakistan and was an IED expert. The ultra was active …

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Constructive relationship between India and China key for regional stability: Russia

PTI New Delhi As Indian and Chinese troops remained engaged in a high-altitude standoff in eastern Ladakh, Russia on Wednesday hoped that India and China will resolve the dispute soon, noting that a “constructive” relationship between the two countries was important for regional stability. Russian Deputy Chief of Mission Roman Babushkin said Russia was hopeful of a “positive development” on …

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Mallya to be flown, lodged in Mumbai on extradition

IANS  New Delhi On extradition to India, Vijay Mallya would be flown to Mumbai as the case against him was registered there, sources in the investigative agencies disclosed to IANS on Wednesday. The fugitive businessman will be accompanied by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials. At the Mumbai Airport, a medical team will do …

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