Daily wrap: 30 killed in US mass shootings; first pics by Chandrayaan-2

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Authorities retrieve evidence markers at the scene of a mass shooting. Photo: PTI

30 killed in two separate mass shootings in US

Two separate mass shootings within 24 hours left 30 people dead and several others injured in the US states of Texas and Ohio, including one thought to be a hate crime, the latest in a string of such incidents in America that have shocked the nation.

ISRO releases first set of earth pictures captured by Chandrayaan-2

Space agency Isro on Sunday (August 4) released the first set of pictures of the earth captured by Chandrayaan 2, the country’s second Moon mission launched a fortnight ago. The pictures were captured by L 14 camera on board Chandrayaan II. The pictures show the earth in different hues.

In debut, left-arm pacer Navdeep Saini makes a mark, raises hopes

India won their first Twenty20 international against West Indies at Lauderhill (USA) in a 4-wicket chase. As seniors took a back seat, five debutant youngsters from India A squad made their mark, especially pacer Navdeep Saini who picked up three wickets for a mere 17 runs in four overs. Saini showed his skills with the ball, keeping the Indies batsmen on a tight leash.

Alka Lamba to quit AAP, party says ready to accept resignation on Twitter

AAP’s disgruntled MLA Alka Lamba on Sunday (August 4) said that she has decided to resign from the primary membership of the party and will contest the upcoming Delhi Assembly polls as an independent candidate. The AAP said it is ready to accept her resignation even on Twitter. The Chandni Chowk MLA, who has been at odds with the party leadership for some time, said that she took the decision after consulting the people of her constituency through a Jan Sabha.

J&K parties vow to defend special status, autonomy of state

Mainstream political parties in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday (August 4) said they oppose any move like abrogation of Article 370, trifurcation of the state or delimitation of constituencies. Addressing a press conference after an all-party meet in the wake of uncertainty prevailing in Kashmir, National Conference president Farooq Abdullah said the parties had resolved to protect the identity of Jammu and Kashmir, and appealed to people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh to maintain peace in all circumstances.

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India test-fires DRDO’s Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile

India on Sunday (August 4) test-fired a sophisticated all-weather and all-terrain Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile (QRSAM) from a test range in Odisha. The state-of-the-art missile has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for the India Army.

Over 1,000 cases pending for 50 years, says Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Sunday (August 4) said over 1,000 cases are pending in courts across the country for 50 years, while a whopping two lakh plus cases are pending for 25 years. Addressing a public function here, Gogoi instructed Gauhati High Court Chief Justice (Acting) Arup Kumar Goswami to clear such long pending cases in Assam as soon as possible. “In India, we have a little over one thousand 50-year- old cases and above two lakh 25-year old cases,” Gogoi said.

Protest over ‘missing’ name board at Madurai’s Meenakshi temple

Members of a Hindu outfit staged a demonstration in front of the Meenakshi Amman Temple in Madurai on Sunday (August 4), alleging that the name board above the statue of Maruthu Pandiyar — 18th century chieftains of Sivaganga — inside the temple was removed.