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4 dead in two building collapse incidents in Mumbai
Four people died and several others were injured in two incidents of building collapse in Mumbai on Thursday as rains lashed the city, officials said. While two persons died after a portion of a `chawl' (tenement) collapsed in suburban Malvani, two others were killed after part of an old building collapsed in south Mumbai's Fort area.

Top Cong leadership still wants to keep 'doors open' for Pilot: Sources
Even as a section of leaders within the Congress feels that Sachin Pilot has "gone too far", especially after he took the party to court over the disqualification issue, sources on Thursday said the top party leadership is still keeping the "doors open" for him, and has also asked Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot to not make critical comments against his former deputy.

Rajasthan political crisis: Top developments


BJP ally targets Vasundhara Raje over Raj crisis
A BJP ally from Rajasthan on Thursday alleged that former CM Vasundhara Raje has been trying to "save" the Gehlot government in the state. "Former CM Vasundhara Raje has been trying her best to save the Ashok Gehlot government, which is in a minority. Many MLAs of the Congress were called up by her in this regard," Hanuman Beniwal, a Lok Sabha MP, claimed in a tweet.

NEOWISE Comet: All you need to know
The NEOWISE comet cruised just inside Mercury's orbit on July 3. This very close passage by the Sun is cooking the comet's outermost layers, causing gas and dust to erupt off the icy surface and creating a large tail of debris. And yet the comet has managed to survive this intense roasting which is exciting to watch. It will be visible to the naked eye starting July 14.

India questions Beijing's claim over disputed sea
India said on Thursday that South China sea is part of global commons and it has an abiding interest in peace and stability in the region. External affairs ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said at a weekly media briefing that India firmly stands for the freedom of navigation and overflight and unimpeded lawful commerce in these international waterways.

How Twitter hackers made $118k in just over 6 hrs
It lasted six and a half hours before everyone fully caught on. Twitter accounts of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Elon Musk, Apple and a number of cryptocurrency exchanges asked users on Thursday to send bitcoins to an account to "double" them. The accounts, it turned out, were hacked and the scheme, a giveaway scam, had made the hackers $118,314.86.

5 more die in Assam flood-related incidents
Five more people died in flood-related incidents in Assam and around 40 lakh people in 27 of the state's 33 districts are affected, an official bulletin said on Thursday. Two people lost their lives in Morigaon district, while one person each died in Lakhimpur, Barpeta and Goalpara districts. Floodwaters entered one new district, affecting over 4 lakh more people.

Why Magnite is important bet for Nissan India
“Nissan knows that in India one model can make a difference,” remarked Guillaume Cartier, AMI region chairman on the sidelines of the world premiere of Magnite SUV. Magnite, first of 12 new models the automaker plans to launch globally over the next 18 months, is expected to strengthen the automaker's situation in the country. Nissan's AMI region chairman Cartier said so far the company is not satisfied with its performance in the Indian market.

No postal ballot facility for those above 65
The Election Commission will not be extending postal ballot facility to electors above 65 years of age in the Bihar assembly poll and other bye-elections in the near future, in a reversal of the stance it took earlier in view of the current pandemic situation. However, it will allow voters who are Covid-positive or under quarantine, to vote through this mode.

'Double protection': Oxford's vaccine hopes rise
Researchers at the University of Oxford believe they may have a breakthrough in their search for a Covid-19 vaccine after the team discovered that the jab could provide "double protection" against the deadly coronavirus following early-stage human trials. Blood samples some UK volunteers showed that it stimulated the body to produce both antibodies and “killer T-cells”.

'LAC disengagement aimed at addressing face-offs'
India on Thursday said the ongoing disengagement process in eastern Ladakh is specifically aimed at addressing the face-off situations with China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh. The MEA spokesman Anurag Srivastava said India is fully committed to respecting the LAC and that any unilateral attempts to change the status quo are not acceptable.

2nd Test Live: Sibley, Stokes hit 50s to lead Eng
Check live cricket score, scorecard and ball-by-ball commentary of 2nd Test match between England and West Indies on Times of India

India forms air bubbles with US, France, Germany
There will soon be more flights — at lower fares — to the US, UK and some EU nations. India has established "air bubbles" with the US, France and Germany and is in "advanced stage talks" with the UK for the same, the aviation ministry said Thursday. United is operating 18 flights between Delhi and US. Air France will operate 28 flights to Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru.


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