Morning Digest: Pegasus spyware used to ‘snoop’ on Indian journalists; over 30 killed as rain triggers mayhem in Mumbai, and more

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Pegasus spyware used to ‘snoop’ on Indian journalists, activists

Telephone numbers of some 40 Indian journalists figure in a “leaked list of potential targets for surveillance” and forensic tests were said to have “confirmed that some of them were successfully snooped upon by an unidentified agency using Pegasus software”, The Wire, an independent news website, reported on Sunday night.

Navjot Singh Sidhu appointed Punjab Congress president

Amid the ongoing infighting in the Punjab Congress, former Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu was on Sunday appointed president of the Punjab Congress Committee, along with four working presidents.

At least 31 killed as rain triggers mayhem in Mumbai

At least 31 persons, including eight minors, lost their lives in Mumbai as incessant rain from Saturday night and throughout Sunday triggered a landslip, house collapse and electrocution.

Two militants killed in Shopian encounter

Two militants were killed in a late night operation in south Kashmir’s Shopian on Sunday.

Move to hold common entrance test for all Central universities postponed

The Centre has postponed its proposal to introduce a common entrance test for admissions to all 45 central universities to 2022-23. Given the situation caused by the pandemic, all admissions to Central universities for 2021-22 will be done as in previous years, the University Grants Commission announced on Sunday night.

326 sedition cases were filed during 2014-19

A total of 326 cases were registered in the country under the controversial colonial-era penal law on sedition between 2014 and 2019 in which just six persons were convicted.

HAL plans medium lift chopper

Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL), which is planning to indigenously design and develop a medium lift helicopter, the Indian multirole helicopter (IMRH), is hopeful of finalising the detailed project report in the next few months and approach the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) by year-end for project sanction.

Afghan rivals to meet again after inconclusive Doha talks

The latest talks between the Afghan government and Taliban in Doha ended without significant progress Sunday even after the insurgents’ supreme leader said he "strenuously favours" a political settlement to the conflict.

Nepal’s new PM Sher Bahadur Deuba wins vote of confidence in Parliament

Nepal’s new Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba sprang a surprise on Sunday by seeking a vote of confidence in the reinstated lower House of Representatives and comfortably won it, averting a general election in the Himalayan nation amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Skipper Dhawan, debutant Kishan shine in India’s seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka

Ishan Kishan celebrated his 23rd birthday with a dazzling half-century on debut while Shikhar Dhawan, in his first match as captain, anchored India to a walk-in-the-park seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the opening ODI here on Sunday.

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