Top news of the day: Taliban seek resumption of flights to India; Supreme Court observes power of contempt can’t be taken away even by legislatures, and more

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Taliban write to DGCA for resumption of flights by Afghan carriers

“The matter is being reviewed by the Ministry of Civil Aviation,” a government official said. Air connectivity between the two countries came to a halt after the Taliban closed the airspace over Afghanistan on August 16.

Supreme Court observes court’s power of contempt can’t be taken away even by legislatures

Observing that the court’s power of contempt can’t be taken away even by a legislative enactment, the Supreme Court on September 29 held the chairperson of an NGO guilty of contempt for not depositing ₹25 lakh for "scandalising and browbeating" the court.

Pakistani teen, captured by Army, urges ISI and Lashkar-e-Taiba to take him home

Ali Babar Patra was nabbed by the Army during an encounter in the Uri sector on September 26.

Punjab Congress crisis | Will stick to principles and fight, says Sidhu

Without naming anyone, Mr. Sidhu said the issues for which he had taken a stand before the people of Punjab were being compromised.

Bid amounts fall at e-auction of PM’s mementos

Proceeds of auction, which are supposed to go to Namami Gange Mission, started on September 17, Narendra Modi’s birthday.

IMD forecasts cyclonic storm off Gujarat, asks fishermen not to venture into sea till October 2

It also asked fishermen who were out in the sea to return to the coast by September 29 evening.

Civil services topper Shubham Kumar scored 52.04%

Mr. Kumar got a total of 1,054 marks — 878 in the written and 176 in the personality test (or interview), according to UPSC data; second rank holder Jagrati Awasthi scored 51.95%

Maharashtra approves over ₹138 crore aid for kin of police officers who died while on COVID-19 duty

Nagpur resident Sanjay Thul had sought details under the Right to Information Act about the total number of deaths in the police force due to the coronavirus and assistance provided by the government to the families of the deceased.

Japan’s former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida wins party vote, to become new Prime Minister

Mr. Kishida replaces outgoing party leader Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who is stepping down after serving only one year.

Nepal introduces third gender category in latest census

Officials from the Central Bureau of Statistics have been visiting homes across the country of 30 million people since September 25, giving respondents the option of choosing "others" as their gender, alongside male and female.

Cabinet approves ECGC listing, ₹6,000 crore capital for export cover

Decisions will push exports and create nearly 62 lakh more jobs, says Piyush Goyal.

IPL 2021 | Kuldeep Yadav undergoes successful knee surgery

“Surgery was a success and the road to recovery has just begun. Thank you so much to everyone for your amazing support,” Kuldeep Yadav tweeted.

Rohit Sharma should be India’s captain for next two T20 World Cups: Sunil Gavsakar

Virat Kohli has already announced that he will step down as Indian team’s skipper in the T20 format at the end of the upcoming World Cup in the UAE and Oman.

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