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Updated: Sep 12, 2018 17:08 IST

People carry an idol of Ganesha at a workshop in New Delhi, ahead of the ‘Ganesh Chaturthi’ festival that celebrates the birth of the elephant headed god. (Altaf Qadri / AP)

Army soldiers during a cordon and search operation after suspected militants who were travelling in a truck, opened fire near a security check point on the Jammu-Srinagar highway on Wednesday. The police seized one AK-47 rifle and three magazines from the intercepted truck and the driver and conductor have been taken into custody. (Nitin Kanotra / HT Photo)

Family members of Samrat Das, 22, mourn over his body at a hospital after his death, following a fall on a staircase during an earthquake in Siliguri. An earthquake of magnitude 5.5 rocked Assam and hit parts of Meghalaya, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal on Wednesday morning. (Diptendu Dutta / AFP)

Virat Kohli may have failed in his last innings on the tour, but he has finished as the number-one ranked batsman in world. He had started the series 27 points behind Australia’s Steve Smith and finished one point ahead of his closest rival. (AP)

At least six people were killed and eight critically injured after a blast in a gas tanker at a private petrochemical factory in Bijnor district of Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday, police said. According to eyewitnesses, the impact of the blast was such that bodies of the labourers were thrown several metres away in the nearby fields. Locals alleged the accident took place as the labourers were asked to repair a leak in the tank without emptying it out. (ANI)

Amid the rising clamour on the Rafale deal, the Indian Air Force Chief, Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa, said by acquiring the French fighters the IAF was strengthening its depleting fleet. Pointing to IAF’s strength coming down to 31 squadrons from the sanctioned strength of 42, Dhanoa said India faced a shortage of fighter aircraft despite the threat of a two-front war with Pakistan and China. (PTI File)

Police personnel keep vigil at the residence of social activist Arun Ferreira in Thane. The Supreme Court on Wednesday extended the house arrest till September 17 of five prominent activists arrested by Pune police in raids in five cities on August 28, as per reports by PTI. (PTI)

As many as 1.35 lakh students will decide the fate of 23 candidates in the Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) elections on Wednesday. Around 700 electronic voting machines (EVMs) have been installed in 52 centres, the results of which will be announced on September 13. (Sushil Kumar / HT Photo)

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