Morning digest: PM Modi says one nation, one Constitution now a reality, India wins West Indies series, and more

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Independence Day live updates | One nation, one Constitution now a reality, says PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at the Red Fort on the 73rd Independence Day of the nation and hoisted the national flag. Addressing those present on the occasion, the Prime Minister said the old arrangement in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh encouraged corruption, nepotism. PM Modi asks why Article 370 and Article 35A were temporary and not made permanent if these regions were an integral part of India. "The previous governments did not have the courage to do so," he says. "One nation, one Constitution," says PM Modi.  "This has become a reality."

Pehlu Khan lynching case: Acquittals a ‘huge disappointment’, says Pehlu’s kin

Expressing “huge disappointment” at the acquittals of all six accused in the Pehlu Khan lynching case by an Alwar court on Wednesday, the victim’s uncle Hussain Khan said “justice was not done to the family”. Recalling that Pehlu had been murdered in the open, Mr. Khan said he had hoped that at least a few of the accused would be held accountable for the cold-blooded murder.

Ex-CMs, MPs unlikely to attend Independence Day function in Jammu and Kashmir

Former Chief Ministers and the local MPs are unlikely to attend the first-ever Independence Day celebrations in J&K after its special status was revoked on August 5, as the current dispensation has put in place stringent security measures for celebrations in all districts.

Balakot strike was to prevent another Pulwama: Rajnath

India carried out air strikes on a terrorist training camp at Balakot in Pakistan before it could plan another Pulwama-like attack, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Wednesday.

Ind vs WI | Kohli century, Shreyas fifty help India to 2-0 series win

Skipper Virat Kohli hammered his second consecutive hundred to fashion India’s series-clinching victory in the third match as India spoilt Chris Gayle’s possible ODI swansong, here on Wednesday. In what appeared to be his last ODI for the West Indies, Gayle smashed his way to 72, leading the hosts to a competitive 240 for seven in the rain-curtailed match after they elected to bat.

Assam freedom fighter’s Tricolour to flutter again

Nurul Hussain had intended to display his father’s most prized possession — a khadi Tricolour of 1947 vintage — to mark India’s 75th Independence Day. But friends and neighbours in Sivasagar district’s Demow town, about 380 km east of Guwahati, advised him not to wait that long. He agreed to unfurl the National Flag on Thursday.

Liverpool win Super Cup after penalty shootout

Champions League winners Liverpool won the Super Cup 5-4 on penalties against Chelsea after the game ended 2-2 following extra-time on Wednesday. With the first nine penalties all converted, Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham saw his effort blocked by the legs of Liverpool keeper Adrian to hand victory to Juergen Klopp’s side.


5 police officers shot in Philadelphia

A Philadelphia Police sergeant said that five police officers have been shot in what’s still an active shooting situation in the city. Sgt. Eric Gripp tweeted on Wednesday shortly before 6 p.m. that all of the injuries are considered non-life threatening. He also said that the suspect is still firing and warned people to stay out of the Nicetown neighbourhood.

Facebook listened to users’ private conversations: report

Facebook has paid hundreds of contractors to listen to and transcribe snippets of users’ conversations, U.S. media reported on Tuesday. Facebook acknowledged the transcriptions, which were first reported by Bloomberg, telling the news agency in a statement that they were made with users’ permission, but that the practice has nonetheless been stopped.

Swachh Survekshan looks beyond toilets

In a nascent effort to look beyond toilets and kick off its ODF+ phase — that is, Open Defecation Free Plus — focussing on solid and liquid waste management, the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (SBA) has included the prevalence of plastic litter and water-logging in villages as indicators of cleanliness in its 2019 rural survey.

Sri Lanka: infighting over presidential candidate heightens in UNP

Days after former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa named his brother Gotabaya Rajapaksa as opposition presidential candidate, the battle over candidacy within the United National Party (UNP) has intensified, with no indication of a decision yet.

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