Top headlines of the day: July 20, 2020

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A worker casts his net into a water reservoir in Punjab on July 19, 2020 (Photo by Sanjeev Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
A worker casts his net into a water reservoir in Punjab on July 19, 2020 (Photo by Sanjeev Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Political entertainment from Rajasthan, hope soars for a coronavirus vaccine and more, in today’s news wrap:

Sachin Pilot ‘saddened, not surprised’ by bribery allegations

Congress leader Sachin Pilot on Monday dismissed as 'baseless and vexatious' the allegations by a party MLA from Rajasthan that the former deputy chief minister had offered him money to join the BJP, and asserted that it was an attempt to stifle the 'legitimate concerns' that he has raised against the party leadership in the state. Read More

ICC postpones World T20, decks cleared for IPL 2020

The ICC on Monday postponed the T20 World Cup in Australia owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, paving the way for the BCCI to organise the Indian Premier League during the October-November window. 'The International Cricket Council (ICC) today confirmed the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia 2020 has been postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,' the ICC said in a statement. Read More

Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot calls Pilot a ‘useless’ character

Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Monday described his former deputy Sachin Pilot as a “worthless’ person, “doing nothing”, but said he raised no question over it in the party’s interest. Read More

UK says vaccine will be available by the ‘end of the year’

The head of a UK government taskforce has said she is hopeful a coronavirus vaccine will be available in the UK by the end of year. The government announced on Monday that it has signed deals to secure 90 million doses of promising COVID-19 doses. Read More

Stage set for grand ‘bhumi pujan’ for Ayodhya temple

After priests of Ayodhya said Prime Minister Narendra Modi may lay the foundation stone for the construction of the Ram Temple on August 5, sources told News18 that Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray is also likely to attend the ceremony. Read More

How mastermind smuggled 230kg of gold from UAE to Kerala

Fareed Faisal, the mastermind in the Kerala Gold Smuggling case allegedly used diplomatic channels to smuggle 230 kilograms of gold. Investigations by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has found that Faisal may have moved gold through diplomatic channels on 20 or more occasions. Read More

First set of private trains to be launched by 2023

The first set of 12 private trains will be introduced in 2023, followed by 45 more in the next fiscal, according to an initial timeline drawn by the railways, as reported by PTI citing senior officials. The plan is to roll out all 151 such train services by 2027, it said. Read More

‘Powerful person tried to destroy my career’: Simi Garewal

Veteran actress Simi Garewal says a "powerful" person had viciously tried to destroy her career, but she stayed silent. 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

QUIZ: How much do you know about the moon?

National Moon Day, observed on July 20, commemorates the day man first walked on the moon in 1969. Here is a quiz that tests you on earth’s only satellite. Take the Quiz!

Your View: Do you agree with Rahul Gandhi?

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying that ‘he is more worried about his ‘fake strongman image’ than about the Chinese’. Your View

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