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Rain wreaks havoc, Rajasthan drama and more: A round-up of the top stories on July 20, 2020

·3-min read

A brief look at all the news you need to start the day with during the time of social distancing. Follow live updates on COVID-19 here.

Paramilitary soldiers in PPE suits pay their respects to a colleague who died of Covid-19 during their funeral at a crematorium, on July 18, 2020 in Srinagar, India. (Photo by Waseem Andrabi/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
Paramilitary soldiers in PPE suits pay their respects to a colleague who died of COVID-19 during their funeral in Srinagar, India. (Photo by Waseem Andrabi/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Hearing on petition filed by Sachin Pilot to resume in Rajasthan HC

Pilot was sacked as the Rajasthan deputy chief minister and the president of the state Congress unit after he rebelled against Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. Read More

Nepal police opens fire on 3 Indian nationals near border in Bihar

Kishanganj Deputy Superintendent of Police Anwar said that the incident happened when a young man along with two of his friends went to the border area at around 7:30 pm on Saturday, looking for his cattle. Read More

Some people think building Ram Temple can end COVID-19: Pawar

NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s statement is likely to rake up a fresh controversy as PM Modi is scheduled to attend the laying of foundation stone at Ayodhya's Ram Janmabhoomi site on August 5. Read More

Assam flooding: Several rare rhinos die in India's Kaziranga park

The Kaziranga park in Assam state is home to the world's largest population of one-horned rhinos, which faced extinction at the turn of the century. But this year's monsoon rains have almost 85% of the park under water. Read More

Trump not ready to commit to election results if he loses

“I have to see. Look ... I have to see,” Trump told moderator Chris Wallace during a wide-ranging interview on Fox News Sunday. “No, I’m not going to just say yes. I’m not going to say no, and I didn’t last time either.” Read More

COVID-19 spread may spike in monsoon, winter with fall in temperatures: Study

The report titled 'COVID-19 spread in India and its dependence on temperature and relative humidity' took into account the pattern of the coronavirus outbreak and the number of such cases in 28 states between April and June. Read More

UAE launches first space mission, ‘Hope,’ to Mars from Japan

Two previous attempts to launch the probe in the past week had to be called off because of adverse weather. Hope's arrival in February 2021 is set to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the UAE's formation. Read More

A ‘powerful' person viciously tried to destroy my career, says Simi Garewal

She got encouragement to open up about her own experience after actress Kangana Ranaut made sensational statements following the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. Read More

North Korean leader berates officials over hospital project

Kim Jong Un berated construction managers for unspecified problems in building a showpiece hospital that may indicate the country is struggling to secure the supplies amid US-led sanctions and a coronavirus lockdown. Read More

Broad boosts England's victory bid in second West Indies Test

The veteran paceman marked his England return with a spell of three wickets for one run in 14 balls as the West Indies were dismissed for 287 on the fourth day in reply to England's first innings 469-9 declared. Read More