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    NASA spacecraft touches down on asteroid Bennu, collects rock samples

    Cape Canaveral (US) |   After a four-year-long journey, NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft successfully touched down on the rugged surface of asteroid Bennu on Tuesday, and unfurled its robotic arm to collect a sample of rocks dating back to the birth of our solar system to bring back to Earth, the US space agency said. The Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource...

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    Fitch affirms Kerala rating at 'BB' with stable outlook

    Thiruvananthapuram | Rating agency Fitch on Wednesday affirmed its rating for Kerala at 'BB' with a stable outlook. The BB rating is for the long-term foreign currency and local currency issuer default ratings of the state, the agency said in a statement. "The BB rating affirmation with stable outlook" is based on a 'mid-range' assessment of the state's...

    • 24 min ago
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    ITBP deputes first officer to head eastern command along LAC

     New Delhi | The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), which guards the LAC with China, has posted its first officer to head the newly-created Guwahati-based eastern command that oversees deployment of border battalions in that region. Additional Director General Amrit Mohan Prasad, posted at the ITBP headquarters here, has been transferred and posted as the ADG of the eastern command, an...

    • 41 min ago
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    HC allows drummers inside Durga Puja marquees in Bengal in modified order

     Kolkata | The Calcutta High Court on Wednesday partly modified its order on community Durga Pujas, allowing drummers to perform within the no-entry zones of the marquees and raising the number of people who can be present there for big pujas from 25 to 60. Hearing an appeal submitted by Forum for Durgotsab, a division bench of the high court comprising Justices Sanjib...

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    BJP to telecast Modi's address in every booth in West Bengal

    New Delhi | The BJP has made elaborate arrangements for the live-viewing of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's virtual address to the people of West Bengal at 12 noon on Thursday in every polling booth across the state's 294 Assembly constituencies. Modi is scheduled to share his "Pujor Shubecha" (Puja greetings) message with the people of the state on Thursday, when...

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    Many thorny global situations hinge on US election outcome

    London | Four years after Donald Trump's election reframed how many nations interacted with the United States, the way that the world's foremost superpower moves forward after its presidential election stands to impact many geopolitical pressure points — whether the victor turns out to be Trump or his Democratic challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden. From Iran to Cuba,...

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    India's COVID-19 caseload climbs to 76,51,107 with 54,044 new cases

    New Delhi | The number of new coronavirus infections reported in India in a span of 24 hours remained below 60,000 for the third consecutive day, taking the COVID-19 caseload to 76,51,107, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Wednesday. A total of 54,044 fresh infections were reported in a day, while the death toll climbed to 1,15,914  with 717 fatalities...

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    US antitrust case against Google mirrors Microsoft battle

    Washington | The Trump administration's legal assault on Google actually feels like a blast from the past. The US Justice Department filed an equally high-profile case against a technology giant in 1998, accusing it of leveraging a monopoly position to lock customers into its products so they wouldn't be tempted by potentially superior options from smaller rivals. That...

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    Chinese soldier who strayed across LAC in Ladakh's Demchok sector released

    New Delhi/Beijing | The Chinese soldier, who was apprehended by the Indian Army in the Demchok sector of Eastern Ladakh on Monday, has been handed over to China, official sources said on Wednesday. Corporal Wang Ya Long was handed over to the Chinese military on Tuesday night at Chushul-Moldo border point in eastern Ladakh, the sources said in New Delhi. The Indian Army...

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    Russia calls for collective security in Gulf, US blames Iran

    United Nations | Russia's foreign minister called for collective efforts to prevent a large-scale war in the Persian Gulf and got strong support from all Security Council members except the United States, which called Iran the major culprit and urged that it be held accountable for supporting terrorists and destabilizing the region. Sergey Lavrov told a high-level virtual council...

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