Despite differences, the BJP and Shiv Sena share the “common thread” of Hindutva and will retain power in Maharashtra after the October 21 Assembly polls, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said in Mumbai at a joint Press conference with Sena president Uddhav Thackeray.

It had been reported that five judges of the Supreme Court had recused from hearing the Navlakha case. On September 30, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi withdrew from the case. The CJI, lawyers in the case said, may have recused himself from the case because of the paucity of time. The CJI, who is retiring on November 17, wants to entirely focus on the Ayodhya appeals.

Separatists Asiya Andrabi, Shabir Shah and Masarat Alam Bhat have also been named as accused in the charge sheet.

All six personnel onboard and one civilian on the ground were killed in the crash. This is the first time the IAF has officially acknowledged it.

The Hindu’s Special Correspondent, who lives with his old parents and other family members at the fourth floor of a lift-less old apartment in Road No. 12, gives a first-hand account.

Thousands protest Hong Kong mask ban imposed under colonial-era Emergency Ordinance

Challenging the ban set to take effect on October 5, protesters crammed streets in the central business district and other areas, shouting “Hong Kong people, resist”. The city’s leader Carrie Lam said at an afternoon news conference that the mask ban, imposed under a colonial-era Emergency Ordinance that was last used over half a century ago, targets violent protesters and rioters and ill be an effective deterrent to radical behaviour. The ban applies to all public gatherings, both unauthorized and those approved by police.

RBI has also decided to “increase the household income limit for borrowers of non-banking financial companies-micro finance institutions (NBFC-MFIs) from the current level of ₹1 lakh for rural areas and ₹1.60 lakh for urban/semi urban areas to ₹1.25 lakh and ₹2 lakh, respectively”.

Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock kept the skilful Indian spinners at bay with memorable hundreds, orchestrating South Africa’s spirited counter-offensive against the fancied hosts in the series-opening Test in Visakhapatnam.