Top news of the day: Bombay High Court refuses to stay cutting of trees in Mumbai’s Aarey Colony, Rohit Sharma becomes first ever batsman to hit tons in debut as Test opener, and more

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Bombay High Court refuses stay on cutting of trees in Aarey Colony for Mumbai Metro shed

The cutting of trees has been met with stiff resistance from green activists. | No fresh notice needed for tree cutting in Aarey: Mumbai Metro MD

Trees were cut for Delhi metro too, says Prakash Javadekar | Send Metro officials to PoK to destroy terror camps rather than trees, says Aaditya Thackeray

Allies BJP and the Shiv Sena have taken opposing stands on the Aarey Colony tree felling issue.

Rohit Sharma becomes first ever batsman to hit tons in debut as Test opener

The 32-year-old stylish right-hander also broke the record for most sixes in a Test with 13 hits over the fence, surpassing Pakistan great Wasim Akram who smashed 12 in a game against Zimbabwe in 1996. Rohit also became the sixth Indian to score a hundred in both innings a Test.

National Conference delegation to meet the Abdullahs tomorrow

Farooq Abdullah is under house arrest at his Srinagar residence, while his son Omar is detained at a State guest house.

14 injured in grenade attack in south Kashmir

Terrorists carried out a grenade attack outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Anantnag township of south Kashmir, leaving at least 14 people injured.

India, Bangladesh sign seven pacts

Broadbasing their ties, India and Bangladesh have inked seven pacts and launched three projects after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held wide-ranging talks with his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina.

Three law students write to CJI, want legal size paper ditched for A4

A4 paper is more economical to photocopy, given the numerous copies of case records courts require litigants to file, they say.

Defence Minister approves four-fold increase of assistance to kin of battle casualties

At present, financial assistance of ₹2 lakh is given to battle casualties in case of death and also to those sustaining 60% and above disability.

Imran Khan warns PoK residents against crossing LoC

“I understand the anguish of the Kashmiris seeing their fellow Kashmiris in Jammu and Kashmir…. Anyone crossing the LoC to provide humanitarian aid or support for Kashmiri struggle will play into the hands of the Indian narrative,” the Pakistan Prime Minister said in a tweet.

Hong Kong protesters defy mask ban as city grinds to halt

“Were not sure what is going to happen later, but we felt we had to get out and show our basic right to wear a mask,” said one protester, Sue, 22, who wore a black mask and dark glasses to the Causeway Bay march. “The government needs to learn it can’t squeeze Hong Kong people like this.”

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