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The major news headlines of the day, and more.BSNL, MTNL to be merged

MTNL will act as a subsidiary of BSNL, says Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

I am here to make Kohli’s life easier, not difficult: Ganguly

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly on Monday called Virat Kohli “the most important man in Indian cricket” and promised the captain all possible support to make his life “easier and not difficult”. After taking charge as the BCCI boss in Mumbai, Mr. Ganguly said he will be speaking to the Indian skipper on October 24 to discuss the way forward. Mr. Ganguly said the matter of Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s future in international cricket will be addressed but vowed to accord the two-time World Cup winning captain respect during his tenure.


Congress leader Shivakumar gets bail in money laundering case

Justice Suresh Kumar Kait, while granting bail, remarked that Mr. Shivakumar had been extensively interrogated by the probe agency since his arrest.


Trial in rape case against Bishop Franco Mulakkal to begin on November 11

According to Jithesh J. Babu, Special Prosecutor in the case, the court has already issued a summons seeking the accused Bishop to appear for a preliminary hearing on the charge sheet. The charges against the accused will be framed based on the preliminary hearing, which will followed by examination of the witnesses.


Land acquisition case: Justice Arun Mishra refuses to recuse himself from Bench

In a detailed order, the five-judge Bench led by Justice Mishra declined a plea made by several parties to recuse from the hearing as a Bench led by Justice Mishra had in February 8 last year authored a majority judgment that was in conflict with a 2014 verdict of the Supreme Court. The Constitution Bench was set up by the CJI to formulate the correct interpretation of land acquisition provision.


BSE seeks explanation from Infosys on non-disclosure of whistleblower complaint

One of its board members had received the complaints on September 30, according to Nandan Nilekani’s statement submitted to the stock exchanges on October 22.


CBI books former Uttarakhand CM in horse-trading case

The video purportedly showed the Congress leader discussing money to win back the support of disgruntled MLAs who had crossed over to the BJP so that he could to get back to power.


Analysis: Sasikala ‘surfaces’ in AIADMK circles

In recent weeks, the discourse within and outside the party has been on the “role” she would have in the event of her premature release, though the possibility of her being set free in the immediate future has been ruled out by Karnataka Director General of Prisons N.S. Megarikh.


Arvind Kejriwal wants Centre to immediately start regularisation of Delhi’s unauthorised colonies

“We invested ₹6000 crore towards putting in place several amenities in these colonies over the last 4 years without waiting for such move from the centre. We had given three to four suggestions to the Centre for the regularisation of such colonies such as fixing January 1, 2019 as the cut-off date,” said Mr. Kejriwal.


U.K. Police discover 39 bodies in truck, arrest driver

The discovery of the bodies — 38 adults and a teenager — was made in the early hours after emergency services were alerted to people in a truck container on a gritty industrial site in Grays, about 30 km east of London.

Govt hikes MSP for wheat by ₹85, pulses by ₹325 per quintal

“The increase in MSP for Rabi Crops for 2020-21 is in line with the principle of fixing the MSPs at a level of at least 1.5 times of the all India weighted average cost of production [CoP], which was announced in the Union Budget 2018-19,” the government said in a release.

Twitter introduces new emoji for Vijay’s Bigil

Ahead of Vijay’s Bigil release, Twitter has introduced a new emoji for the title of the film. A #Bigil post will bring about an emoji of the actor.

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