1. Supreme Court to have two Constitution Benches sitting today
Supreme Court of India
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The Supreme Court will have two Constitution Benches of five judges each sitting today. Four pending matters are listed before both the Benches.
2. CBI officials will check my bank locker on Tuesday: Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has claimed that CBI officials will come to check his bank locker today and said the agency sleuths will not find anything in it. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader is among the 15 people and entities named in an FIR registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with alleged irregularities in the implementation of the Delhi excise policy.
3. NASA calls off launch of giant Moon rocket
NASA’s new moon rocket sits on Launch Pad 39-B.
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Fuel leaks have forced NASA to scrub the launch of its new moon rocket on a no-crew test flight. The next launch attempt will not take place until Friday at the earliest. The 322-foot Space Launch System rocket was set to lift off Monday morning with three test dummies aboard on its first flight, a mission to propel a capsule into orbit around the moon.
4. Mumbai Metro 3 trial run to be held today
The trial run of the Mumbai Metro line 3, Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ line, will be conducted today at Sariput Nagar in Aarey, an official said on Monday. This will mark an important development in the realisation of the Metro track shrouded in controversy. The event will be attended by Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and his deputy Devendra Fadnavis.
5. Ganesh Chaturthi | SC lists plea filed by Karnataka State Waqf Board for today
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The Supreme Court on Monday listed for August 30 a plea filed by the Karnataka State Waqf Board against a State High Court decision allowing Ganesh Chaturthi rituals to be held in the Idgah Maidan at Bengaluru. Making an oral mention before a Bench led by Chief Justice U.U. Lalit, senior advocate Kapil Sibal, for the Board, urged for an early hearing as “unnecessary tension will be created”.
6. China’s drought-hit areas get rain, bringing flood risks
Tens of thousands of people were evacuated to safer areas by Monday as heavy rains brought flood risks to a region of southwest China that for most of the summer was devastated by a heatwave and drought. Heavy rain was forecast for parts of Sichuan and Chongqing provinces through at least Tuesday.
7. As crisis bites, Spain pushes to become EU energy hub
With Europe facing a major energy crisis, Spain wants to become the new gateway for gas through an ambitious trans-Pyrenees pipeline and is hoping supply-starved Germany will pressure a reluctant France. Madrid has long bee