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The big news: PM Modi inaugurates Sardar Sarovar dam amid protests, and nine other top stories

Other headlines: Police made the first arrest in the London tube bombing case, and the SC questioned the Centre’s decision to reduce eco-sensitive zones.

A look at the headlines right now.

  1. Narmada overflows in Madhya Pradesh hours before PM Modi inaugurates dam in Gujarat on his birthday: Several villages, including low-level areas in Madhya Pradesh’s Nisarpur town, were submerged after the water level near the dam rose to 128.3 metres.
  2. Police make first arrest in connection with London tube bombing: Twenty-nine people were injured in an explosion on a local train on Friday.
  3. SC questions Centre over decision to reduce radius of buffer zones for eco-sensitive areas: The court was hearing a plea challenging the clearance given to an industrial unit located within the 10-kilometre radius of Dadar and Nagar Haveli.
  4. Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh dies at 98: The Padma Vibhushan recipient was the only Air Force officer to have been promoted to a five-star rank
  5. SC questions Centre over decision to reduce radius of buffer zones for eco-sensitive areas: The court was hearing a plea challenging the clearance given to an industrial unit located within the 10-kilometre radius of Dadar and Nagar Haveli.
  6. Goa’s Opposition leader and his wife booked in disproportionate assets case: Anti-corruption bureau officials raided their properties, case dates back to 2013.
  7. Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina will seek global help at the UN as Rohingya refugee crisis worsens:So far, 4,09,000 people have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar since August 25, the United Nations said. 
  8. Violence will not be tolerated on Durga Puja’, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee warns RSS and VHP: The Trinamool Congress chief has banned the immersion of Durga idols on Muharram, which is on October 1.   
  9. ‘Car or bike owners can afford costlier fuel’, says Union minister KJ Alphons justifies price hike:The minister of state for tourism said those who own a vehicle are certainly ‘not starving’ and can pay the taxes.
  10. Christian man in Pakistan gets death sentence for sending anti-Islamic poem on WhatsApp:Nadeem James’ lawyer said they will appeal in a higher court.  
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