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Uttarakhand CM announces withdrawal of Char Dham Management Board law

Dehradun (Uttarakhand) [India]: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on Tuesday announced that the State government will be withdrawing Char Dham Devasthanam Management Board Act after months of protests by Char Dham Teerth-Purohit Hak Hakookdhari Mahapanchayat Samiti and other organisations. “Our government has taken a decision to take back the Char Dham Devasthanam Management Board Bill,” said Dhami.“The decision to abolish the Devasthanam Board is taken on the basis of the feedback received by Teerth Purohit, Haq Hookdhari, people’s representative and report of a high-level committee,” he added. Last December, the Uttarakhand Assembly had passed the Char Dham Devasthanam Management Board Bill. The law aimed at bringing the Char Dham of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri and 49 other temples under the purview of a proposed shrine board. Many organisations including Char Dham Teerth-Purohit Hak Hakookdhari Mahapanchayat Samiti were opposing the said act. According…


Ind vs NZ, 1st Test: Wasn’t thinking too far ahead, was just focusing on present, says Shreyas Iyer

Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: India batter Shreyas Iyer said that his strategy while playing against New Zealand was to focus on the ‘present’ and play as many balls as possible. Team India found themselves on top after Shreyas Iyer and Wriddhiman Saha showed grit and determination with the bat to help hosts fight back against New Zealand on Day 4 of the ongoing first Test here at Green Park, Kanpur on Sunday.“I had been in this situation before as well, not with the Indian team but with my Ranji team. The mindset was to play the session and play as many balls as possible. I wasn’t thinking too far ahead, was just focusing on the present. (On being the first Indian to score a ton and a fifty in debut Test) Yeah, I knew about it. When I came back, one of my teammates…


China sends 8 Aircrafts into Taiwan’s ADIZ amid visit of US lawmakers

Taipei [Taiwan]: As US lawmakers’ visit to Taipei irked China, as Beijing sent eight military aircraft into Taiwan’s air defence identification zone (ADIZ), local media reported on Friday. The five US lawmakers arrived in Taiwan on Thursday to meet with government officials. The five-representative delegation is the second US congressional delegation visit to Taiwan this month. The recent visit is following a three-day visit to Taiwan by Senator John Cornyn-led group in November this year, reported Taiwan News.The country’s Ministry of National Defense described the planes as four Shenyang J-16 fighter jets, two Xi’an H-6 bombers, one Shaanxi Y-8 anti-submarine warfare plane, and one Shaanxi KJ-500 airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft. The two bombers and the KJ-500 had entered the ADIZ from an area northeast of the Taiwan-held island of Dongsha, Taiwan News reported. Taiwan’s Air Force sent aircraft, issued radio warnings…

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Tamil Nadu rains: Several areas submerge in floodwater in Chennai

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: Several areas in Chennai have been partially submerged in floodwater after torrential rains over the past few days on Saturday. “We are suffering due to rain for the past few days. The water level has come to 4 feet. We are finding difficulties in getting food as we are not able to move out,” Ananth, a local said.Earlier in the day, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin met Governor RN Ravi at Raj Bhawan in Chennai. He briefed the Governor about the rain situation and ongoing relief and restoration work in the rain-affected areas in the state. Nagapattinam and Cuddalore are the most affected districts due to the incessant rain. Chennai Meteorological Department on Friday had given a red alert to all coastal districts till today and an orange alert to the adjacent districts. (ANI)

Africa International

At least 43 people killed, 46 villages burned, looted in Sudan’s Darfur region

Khartoum [Sudan], November 25 (ANI/Xinhua): At least 43 people were killed and 46 villages were burned and looted in Sudan’s West Darfur State, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Sudan (OCHA) said on Thursday. “On Nov. 17, conflict broke out between Arab nomads and farmers from the Misseriya Jebel tribe in West Darfur’s Jebel Moon locality,” the OCHA said in a statement.“Initial reports indicate that at least 43 people have been killed, 46 villages have been burned and looted, and an unknown number of people were injured due to the ongoing fighting,” it added. (ANI/Xinhua)


Maharashtra government mulls action against Param Bir Singh: Sources

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: After former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh on Thursday appeared before the Mumbai Police Crime Branch, the Maharashtra government is mulling taking action against him, according to sources. According to sources, the meeting is chaired by Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil and is also attended by Maharashtra Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte, Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni, Mumbai Police Commissioner Hemant Nagrale.“Param Bir Singh who was on leave didn’t inform the Maharashtra government about him returning to the state. State government mulling to take action against him,” Maharashtra government sources said. The former Mumbai Police Commissioner today appeared before the Mumbai Police Crime Branch in connection with an extortion case registered against him. According to Singh’s lawyer, he has given statements before the crime branch. “As per Supreme Court’s order, he will continue to cooperate in the probe,” his lawyer added.…


12 of 17 Congress MLAs join Mamata Banerjee’s TMC in Meghalaya- Sources

New Delhi [India]: In a major blow to Congress in Meghalaya, as many as 12 of its 17 MLAs in the state joined Trinamool Congress, claim sources. “12 out of 17 Congress MLA from Meghalaya have joined Trinamool Congress,” claims Trinamool Congress sources.The party’s Meghalaya in-charge Manish Chatrath can go to Meghalaya on Thursday. Sources have informed that Chatrath has cancelled his Gujarat visit tomorrow. “Manish Chatrath postponed tomorrow’s visit to Surat in Gujarat, where he was scheduled to attend late Congress leader Ahmed Patel’s first death anniversary,” sources said. According to sources in Congress, Chatrath will soon give a full report to the party’s interim president Sonia Gandhi. Notably, Congress General Secretary KC Venugopal on November 18 held a meeting at AICC headquarters in New Delhi, which was attended by Manish Chatrath to evaluate to party’s performance in the recently concluded by-polls in…


Ex Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh is ‘absconding’, notice pasted outside his flat

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: A Mumbai court order, declaring former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh as ‘absconding’ has been pasted outside his flat located in Juhu on Tuesday. The order said that a complaint has been made before the court under various sections of the Indian Penal Code related to extortion and criminal conspiracy and the court is satisfied that the accused i.e., Singh has absconded or concealing himself to avoid the service of the warrant.“Singh is required to appear before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Esplanade, Mumbai or investigating officer to answer the said complaint within 30 days,” reads the order issued by the court. Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh on Monday told the Supreme Court that he is very much in the country and he is not absconding, the top court granted him interim protection from arrest and directed him to…


Andhra govt to distribute essential commodities free in flood-affected districts

Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh) [India]: The Andhra Pradesh government on Tuesday decided to distribute commodities like rice, red gram dal, onions, potatoes for free to all flood-affected families. The decision to distribute essential commodities came after a review meeting held to assess the flood situation in Chittoor, Nellore, YSR Kadapa and Anantapur districts, said a press release from the state government.The government has decided to provide 25kg rice, 1kg red gram dal, palm oil 1litre per family, onion (1kg), potatoes (1kg) for the families in these affected districts. The government has asked the commissioner of Civil Supplies and ex-officio Principal Secretary to the government to take necessary action for the distribution of the essential commodities.


US: 5 people killed, several injured as car rams into holiday parade

Wisconsin [US]: Several people were killed and a total of over 20 suffered injuries after a car rammed into a holiday parade in Wisconsin on Sunday night (local time), “The vehicle struck more than 20 individuals, some of the individuals were children and there are some fatalities as a result of this incident,” Waukesha Police Chief Daniel Thompson told reporters on Sunday evening without providing an exact number or any additional information on fatalities.The Waukesha Holiday Parade was live-streamed on the city’s Facebook page on Sunday. A video from the parade showed a red SUV car driving through the crowd and hitting people on its way, Sputnik reported. Local media said that more than one person was killed and multiple others were injured. There were also reports of shots having been fired from the car window. “An officer did discharge his weapon at the…

New Products Technology

Smartphone Tech: Xiaomi will update nine of its smartphones to MIUI 13

Beijing [China]: Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is almost ready to update nine of its smartphones to the upcoming major MIUI version— MIUI 13. Xiaomi’s CEO, Lei Jun, promised that the next major MIUI version would arrive before the end of this year without giving any specific time frame or a list of phones. However, GSM Arena found a list of phones that might be getting MIUI 13 pretty soon.The list was found inside MIUI 13’s source code and the stable version for the Mi Mix 4, Mi 11, Mi 11 Pro, Mi 11 Ultra, Mi 11 Lite, Mi 10S, Redmi K40, K40 Pro and K40 Pro plus will likely arrive pretty soon. Other devices will also be getting their MIUI 13 in 2022 but reportedly not all updates will be based on Android 12. As per GSM Arena, the latter will arrive later next…


Rohit Sharma & Team : India clean sweep T20 series with 73-run win over NZ in final match

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India] Rohit Sharma’s 56-run knock followed by Axar Patel’s three-wicket haul helped India defeat New Zealand by 73 runs in the third and final T20I here at the Eden Gardens on Sunday. With this win, India won the three-match series 3-0 and now both teams will square off in two-match Test series, beginning Thursday in Kanpur.Chasing 185, New Zealand got off to a horrid start as Axar Patel took the first three wickets inside five overs. Daryl Mitchell (5), Mark Chapman (0) and Glenn Phillips (0) all failed to leave a mark with the bat and the visitors were reduced to 30/3. Martin Guptill and Tim Seifert then got together at the crease and the duo retrieved the innings for the visitors. Guptill brought up his half-century in the 10th over of the innings and the Kiwis needed 117 runs to…

National News

IMD predicts light to moderate rainfall in K’taka, Kerala, TN, Puducherry during next 5 days

New Delhi [India]: India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted widespread light to moderate rainfall in Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Puducherry during the next 5 days. “Light to moderate scattered/fairly widespread rainfall over Karnataka, Kerala & Mahe and Tamilnadu, Puducherry & Karaikal during next 5 days. Isolated heavy rainfall over Tamilnadu, Puducherry & Karaikal and Kerala & Mahe during next 5 days and over Coastal Karnataka on 21st Nov,” IMD tweeted.The IMD also predicted that isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall also likely be over Tamilnadu, Puducherry and Karaikal on November 24 and 25. (ANI)

National News

Trinamool Youth Congress president arrested by Tripura Police

Agartala (Tripura) [India]: Trinamool Youth Congress President Sayonni Ghosh was arrested by Tripura Police on Sunday for allegedly causing a ruckus at a public meeting of Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb. B Jagadishwar Reddy, Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) West, Tripura said, “She has been arrested based on preliminary evidence. We have registered a case under sections 307, 153 of the Indian Penal Code. Action will be taken against those who attacked TMC workers as well after identification, an FIR has been filed.”When she was being brought to the East Agartala Women Police Station in West Tripura district, TMC alleged that several BJP workers gheraoed the site and attacked its party workers. Trinamool Congress leaders Sushmita Dev and Subal Bhowmik have slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party for alleged abuse of police power and vandalisation of police station by its party workers. Bhowmik alleged…

South Asian Countries TOP NEWS UPDATES

Olympics Politics: China chides Biden for considering diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics

Beijing [China], November 20 (ANI): China has hit out at US President Joe Biden for considering a diplomatic boycott of next year’s Beijing Games, saying politicising sports violates the Olympic spirit and undermines the interests of all athletes. President Joe Biden confirmed on Thursday that he is mulling a US diplomatic boycott of the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing.“It’s something we’re considering,” Biden told reporters in the Oval Office following a bilateral meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. A senior administration official told CNN on Wednesday that Biden is not expected to attend the upcoming Olympics in China this February and that his administration is on the verge of implementing a diplomatic boycott of the games. Reacting to Biden’s remarks, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said the US “falsely accuses” China of committing genocide and forced labour in Xinjiang. “The 2022 Winter…


Indore ranks India’s cleanest city for 5th consecutive year

New Delhi [India], November 20 (ANI): Madhya Pradesh’s Indore has been ranked India’s cleanest city for the fifth time in a row by the Centre. President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday presented the Swachh Survekshan Awards 2021 at New Delhi’s Vigyan Bhawan.Gujarat’s Surat was named the second cleanest city, while Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh was ranked third in the list. Gujarat’s Ahmedabad was conferred with Swachh Survekshan Awards for being the country’s cleanest cantonment. Meanwhile, Chhattisgarh has been ranked as the country’s cleanest state. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi bagged the cleanest ‘Ganga town’ award. (ANI)


Priyanka Gandhi urges PM Modi to not share dias with Ajay Mishra Teni at DGP conference in Lucknow

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: Escalating its attack on the BJP-led Central Government over the Lakhimpur Kheri violence that took place on October 2, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday urged the Prime Minister to not share the dais with Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra Teni, whose son was arrested for mowing down four farmers in the Uttar Pradesh district. The Congress leader stated that the Prime Minister sharing dias with Teni would be an insult to over 700 farmers who died during the farmers’ protest.The statement of Priyanka Gandhi came a day after the Prime Minister announced the repealing of the three farm laws, and also ahead of a meeting of PM Modi with DGPs, IGPs of all the states/UTs and heads of Central Armed Police Forces and Central Police Organisations. Union Home Minister Amit Shah and MoS Home…


Roll Back of Farm Laws: Victory of farmers’ willpower, struggle; hope Centre draws lessons, says Sonia Gandhi

New Delhi [India]: Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi on Friday termed farmers’ protest as “Gandhian agitation” and said that it is a victory of the “willpower” and “struggle” of 62 crore farmers. She further hoped that the Centre draws lessons for the future and “shed its pride and arrogance” and work towards policies for farmers’ welfare.“After almost 12 months of Gandhian agitation, today the struggle and willpower of 62 crore farmers of the country have won. Today, the sacrifices of more than 700 farmer families have paid off, whose families have laid down their lives in this struggle for justice. Today truth, justice, and non-violence have won,” Gandhi said in an official statement after the government announced repealing of three Central agricultural laws. The Prime Minister earlier in the day assured that the constitutional measures to repeal the laws will begin in the Winter…


Ind vs NZ: India wins toss

Ranchi (Jharkhand) [India]: India skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and opted to bowl against New Zealand in the second T20I here at the JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi on Friday. Harshal Patel will be making his T20I debut for India and former Indian pacer Ajit Agarkar handed him his India cap.Speaking at the toss, Rohit said, “We are going to field first. We have seen it here, it’s a nice option to go with. Considering the dew factor, it’s good to chase in Ranchi. It was a good effort from the boys. It was good learning for them as they finished the game, it was a good positive to have from that game. The game is such that you need some energy and experience. We have one change, Harshal comes in for Siraj.” On the other hand, New Zealand stand-in captain Tim Southee…

International US News

US today is much more flexible partner than in past, says Jaishankar

Singapore: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday said that the US today is a much more flexible partner, much more open to ideas, suggestions, working arrangements than in the past. “I have been dealing with the US for close to 40 years now. US today is a much more flexible partner, much more open to ideas, suggestions, working arrangements, than in the past,” Jaishankar said in response to a query during the panel discussion ‘Greater Power Competition: The Emerging World Order’ at the Bloomberg New Economic Forum event in Singapore.Answering another query, he said the manner of China’s growing influence is very different from the US. “There is no question that the US has strategically contracted for some time. Relatively and absolutely, American power and American influence are not what they used to be. It is also clear China has been expanding, but…

Politics State's Latest

Centre had no other option, says Karnataka Congress chief on repeal of farm laws

New Delhi [India]: Karnataka Congress president DK Shivakumar welcomed the Centre’s decision to repeal the farm laws and said that the Centre had no other option for safeguarding the interests of their party and the government. KPCC president Shivakumar, who is in Delhi, termed the withdrawal of farm laws as a victory for farmers and the Congress party.Speaking to ANI, Shivakumar said, “In my opinion, this is not a big decision. The Centre had no option left to save their party, their government. This decision was needed to safeguard the country’s interests.” Shivkumar further added, “The decision earlier had been taken against the interest of the country and the farmers. Earlier, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi spoke on record that the Centre had no option left but to repeal these laws.” The state Congress supremo further said that this agitation had been going on for…

Europe International

Merkel, in conversation with Lukashenko, refused to accept migrants from border

Berlin [Germany], November 18 (ANI/Sputnik): Outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in a conversation with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, refused to accept migrants from the Belarusian-Polish border, since this is a European problem that Germany does not solve alone, a source in the German government told Sputnik. “Germany did not agree with this. This is a European problem, which Germany does not solve alone,” the source said.


Delhi schools, colleges shut, Govt employees to work from home till Nov 21

New Delhi [India]: Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Wednesday announced emergency measures to reduce pollution and said that there will be 100 per cent work from home (WFH) for the government departments till November 21. Construction and demolition work has also been banned till November 21 in Delhi, while schools and other educational institutes will remain closed in the national capital until further orders, Rai informed.Addressing the media after a high-level meeting for strict implementation of the suggestions of the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM), Rai said, “We have given instructions for a ban on the entry of all vehicles in Delhi, except those involved in essential services. The police department and the transport department will ensure this together.” “List of more than ten years old diesel vehicles and petrol vehicles over 15 years old has been handed over by Transport dept…

Asia International

IMF demands five major prior actions to resume loan facility: Pakistan finance advisor Shaukat Tarin

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Pakistani Finance Adviser Shaukat Tarin has said that IMF gave Pakistan a list of five major prior actions for the resumption of its six billion dollars Extended Fund Facility (EFF), local media reported. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Shaukat Tarin said the five prior actions going to be implemented by Pakistan include submission of abolishing of Tax Exemption bill 2021, State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Amendment bill 2021, and already hiked electricity tariff besides two other minor actions, Geo Tv reported.He said that the IMF did not agree with the promulgation of the ordinance for withdrawal of tax exemptions but the government would have to submit a tax exemption bill in order to fulfil the IMF’s conditions. Citing top official sources, Goe Tv reported that the increase in monetary policy ranging from 75 to 100 basis points, adjusting upward from 7.25 to…

Asia International

Taliban deputy PM Baradar meets Iran’s special envoy, discusses Afghan political, security issues

Kabul [Afghanistan]: Taliban co-founder and acting Deputy Prime Minister Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar met with Iran’s special envoy to Afghanistan Hassan Kazemi Qomi and discussed political, security, economic and cultural issues, local media reported on Tuesday. Deputy PM Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar met with Iran’s envoy for Afghanistan Hassan Kazemi Qomi, Tolo News reported citing Mohammad Naeem, Islamic Emirate political office spokesman as saying. They discussed political, security, economic and cultural issues, he added.Earlier, Qomi also met with acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi and acting Commerce Minister Nooraddin Azizi. “Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi and acting Commerce Minister Nooraddin Azizi met with Iran’s special envoy to Afghanistan Hassan Kazemi Qomi and discussed the economy and the development of trade between countries,” Tolo News reported citing the Foreign Ministry spokesperson as saying. Qomi arrived in Kabul on Monday to hold meetings with officials…

Corona Updates

Philippines approves China’s Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine as booster shots

Manila [Philippines]: The Philippines’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of China’s Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine and three other brands as booster shots against the COVID-19, FDA Director General Enrique Domingo said Tuesday. During a pre-recorded meeting aired on Tuesday, Domingo said the FDA has already amended the emergency use authorization of Sinovac, Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Sputnik Light, “meaning six months after the second dose, another can be administered.”The Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) said that all fully vaccinated healthcare workers could get the booster doses starting on Wednesday, as well as people with underlying health conditions and the elderly with comorbidities. To date, the Philippines has received almost 125 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from different vaccine makers. China, the biggest supplier of COVID-19 vaccines, was the first country to provide vaccines to the Philippines, allowing the Southeast Asian country to…


Six dead, 33 injured in twin bomb blasts in Ugandan capital

Kampala [Uganda]: Six people including three suicide bombers were killed and 33 others injured in twin bomb blasts in the Ugandan capital Kampala on Tuesday, police said. Fred Enanga, police spokesperson told reporters that three suicide bombers detonated themselves at a checkpoint at the Central Police Station and on the parliamentary avenue.Enanga said the injured were rushed to Mulago National Referral Hospital while counter-terrorism response teams managed to pursue a fourth suicide bomb attacker. “They shot and injured him, and immediately after, recovered an unexploded improvised explosive device, at Nansana-Katooke, at his home, which the bomb squad were going to neutralize. We are now pursuing other members of the terror groups,” Enanga said. He said today’s attacks show that there is still need to pre-empt, penetrate and prevent deadly attacks by domestic extremists in the days to come. “For now, the bomb threats are…


Hospitals witness rise in patients suffering from respiratory disease post Diwali: Expert

New Delhi [India]: The hospitals in Delhi have witnessed a surge in patients with respiratory ailments due to pollution after Diwali. Doctors in the hospitals located in the national capital said that the number of cases of respiratory diseases has increased due to pollution after the recent festivities.Medical Director of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital, Suresh Kumar told ANI that on a daily basis 10-15 people including children with such ailments are reporting to the hospital. “Every year air pollution level increases in the last month of October and November post-Diwali. This year we saw pollution is in the very severe category. Many patients are coming to the hospital who have respiratory problems. They have wheezing, problems in breathing. Few patients are asthmatic and few are of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease,” he said. Whenever air pollution gets worse, these patients get infections in…

Politics State's Latest

Trinamool Congress releases manifesto for Agartala civic polls, party MP says doors open for like-minded parties

Agartala (Tripura) [India]: All India Trinamool Congress on Tuesday released its election manifesto exclusively for Agartala Municipal Corporation Areas making nine major promises aimed at improving the standard of living for residents of Agartala City. TMC Rajya Sabha MP Sukhendu Sekhar Roy announced the manifesto and said that the Trinamool Congress would work hard for the development of the prestigious Agartala Municipal Corporation areas.He said that the TMC if voted power in the AMC, will ensure that residents receive better amenities, at least two bio-toilets in every ward, better markets equipped with fire and disaster management facilities, eradication of all dark spots with enough lighting, tax rebates and direct access to the Mayor through “Hello Mayor” initiatives. He said, “The manifesto reflects TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee’s way of thinking for the people and how the Bengal government reaches out to people with its welfare…


Xi warns Biden, says US ‘playing with fire’ on Taiwan issue

Beijing [China]/Washington [US]: The highly anticipated meeting between US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday saw the two leaders locking horn on the issue of Taiwan, in a summit that saw a discussion on strategic and overarching importance and topics of mutual interest. Both leaders held an “in-depth and constructive” meeting for over three hours and exchanged views on bilateral relations on issues of fundamental importance shaping the development of China-US relations.Xi said that China will be compelled to take resolute measures, should the separatist forces for “Taiwan independence” “provoke us, force our hands or even cross the red line.” Chinese President noted the new wave of tensions across the Taiwan Strait, and ascribed the tensions to attempts by the Taiwan authorities to look for US support for their independence agenda as well as the intention of some Americans to…


Actor Shahrukh Khan’s manager Pooja Dadlani summoned second time by Mumbai police, she seeks more time

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Actor Shahrukh Khan’s manager Pooja Dadlani has sought more time after she was summoned for the second time by the Mumbai police for questioning in the drugs-on-cruise extortion case, police said. Now, there could be the issuance of a third summon too, the police added.So far 20 people have recorded their statements in the drugs-on-cruise extortion case, as per the police. Pooja Dadlani on Wednesday skipped the Mumbai Police’s summon for questioning in the drugs on cruise case citing health reasons. Mumbai Police’s SIT team is investigating allegations of extortion against Dadlani in the cruise drugs case. An NCB team busted an alleged drugs party on the Cordelia Cruise ship which was on its way to Goa at mid-sea on October 2. A total of 20 people, including two Nigerian nationals have been arrested so far in the case. (ANI)

Sports Tennis

Federer unlikely to play Australian Open

Melbourne [Australia]: Swiss maestro Roger Federer is unlikely to play in the Australian Open as he recovers from injury, according to his coach Ivan Ljubicic. The 20-time Grand Slam champion is still determined to return to tournament action at some point. He has been inactive since losing in the Wimbledon quarter-finals in July.Federer underwent arthroscopic right knee surgeries in February 2020 and May 2020. Federer has played five tournaments since having those surgeries, all of which came this season. “I think the Australian Open is not a real possibility right now,” Ljubicic told Stats Perform. “I think there are very few chances, he is still recovering and knowing him, he wants to be sure he can play to win the tournament and be at 100 per cent. He will go step by step because he is 40 years old now and he needs to…

International TOP NEWS UPDATES UK News

UK extends COVID-19 booster vaccine to people over 40 years old

London [UK]: The UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) on Monday announced that people over 40 years old living in the United Kingdom will now be eligible to receive a booster COVID-19 vaccine six months after having their second dose, as a new study showed that boosters give over 90% protection in adults over 50. “JCVI has previously advised booster vaccination for all adults aged 50 years and over and those in a COVID-19 at-risk group. The offer has now been broadened to include those aged 40 to 49 years,” the committee said in a statement.The booster vaccines to be offered to this new age group are Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, the same mRNA-type vaccine that is being used since September in people over 50 and at higher risk from the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. So far, more than 12,6 million people in the UK…

International Middle East

Turkey favours lifting of US sanctions against Iran: Foreign Minister

Ankara [Turkey]: Turkey has urged the United States to lift the unilateral sanctions it imposed on Iran, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday, describing the punitive measures against his country’s eastern neighbour as “inappropriate.” “Unilateral sanctions against Iran are inappropriate, they must be removed,” Cavusoglu said during a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart, Hossein Amirabdollahian, in Tehran.In 2015, Iran signed a nuclear deal, known officially as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Actions (JCPOA) with the P5+1 group, which includes the United States, China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, Germany and the European Union. It required Tehran to scale back its nuclear program and drastically reduce its uranium reserves in exchange for sanctions relief, including the lifting of an arms embargo five years after the deal was made. In May 2018, the US abandoned its conciliatory stance, withdrawing from the JCPOA…


Imam-ul-Haq named in Pak squad

Dhaka [Bangladesh]: National selectors on Monday announced the Pakistan men’s cricket team for the two Tests against Bangladesh, which will be played in Chittagong (November 26-30) and Dhaka (December 4-8). Opener Imam-Ul-Haq, middle-order batter Kamran Ghulam and off-spinner Bilal Asif have been named in the 20-player squad, replacing Haris Rauf, Imran Butt, Shahnawaz Dahani and Yasir Shah, who were part of the 21-player side that toured the West Indies in July/August.Left-handed Imam has been recalled following his stellar performances in the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam Trophy in which he has aggregated 488 runs in five innings of four matches, including an unbeaten double-century. Imam had played his 11th and last Test against Australia in Adelaide in November/December 2019. Bilal has replaced Yasir Shah who is still recovering from a thumb injury he sustained during the National T20 and is yet to feature in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.…


Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid decides to part ways with Imran Khan-led PTI

Lahore [Pakistan]: After Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) parliamentarians said that it has become difficult for partnership with Prime Minister Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to continue, the party on Sunday decided to part ways. The PML-Q is a key ally of the PTI at the Centre and in Punjab and decided to break up and launch its own campaign for the next general elections after rising tensions between the two coalition partners, reported The Express Tribune.The announcement was made after a meeting of the PML-Q’s parliamentary party held under the chair of its Punjab president, Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, who is also the speaker of the provincial assembly. All parliamentarians of the party had empowered the PML-Q’s Punjab chief to decide the fate of its alliance with the government. The PML-Q leaders expressed their concern over the unprecedented increase in the prices of petroleum products…


Detained US journalist Danny Fenster released from Myanmar jail

Naypyitaw [Myanmar]: US journalist Danny Fenster, who was sentenced to 11 years in prison by a Myanmar military court, was released on Monday, according to former US diplomat Bill Richardson. In a statement, Richardson, the former governor of New Mexico, said he and his center were “thrilled to announce the release of American journalist Danny Fenster from prison in Myanmar,” reported The Washington Post.Fenster’s release, the statement added, was “secured following a private humanitarian visit by Governor Richardson to Myanmar and face-to-face negotiations with General Min Aung Hlaing,” the commander in chief of Myanmar’s military. Fenster will be flying from Myanmar through Qatar before arriving home, reported The Washington Post. He was held since May 2021 in a Myanmar jail on charges including visa breaches, unlawful association with an illegal group and incitement that was widely condemned by press advocates and the US government.…


Singapore to start vaccinated travel lanes with India from Nov 29

Singapore: Singapore will launch Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) for fully-vaccinated travellers from India starting November 29. Travellers from Indonesia will also be able to enter Singapore under a quarantine-free travel scheme from November 29, according to The Straits Times.Toh Ting Wei, writing in the newspaper, said that travellers from Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates will be able to enter Singapore from December 6, in a further expansion of the VTL scheme. Travellers entering Singapore under the VTL scheme do not have to serve a stay-home notice. Instead, they have to test negative for COVID-19 two days prior to departure for Singapore, as well as upon arrival. The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) announced the VTL expansion on Monday (Nov 15). It advised travellers to check the entry requirements of the respective VTL countries, which may vary. The requirements could also…

National News Politics

Author Mannu Bhandari passes away

New Delhi [India]: Renowned Hindi author Mannu Bhandari passed away at Narayana hospital in Gurugram, Haryana on Monday. She had been keeping unwell. Her last rites will be performed in Delhi tomorrow, confirmed her daughter Rachna Yadav via an official communication today.Aapka Bunty, Mahabhoj, and Yahi Sach Hai are some of her works in Hindi. (ANI)

Politics State's Latest

Nitish Kumar says, crime rate in Bihar has come down after liquor ban

Patna (Bihar) [India]: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said the crime rate in Bihar has come down after the liquor ban and he stands against liquor. Speaking to media persons here, Kumar said, “Some people have turned against me because I ordered a liquor ban and I am serious about it. Those who are against it, feel bad. It is a different matter. They might have their own opinion. But we listened to the people – both men and women. I stand against liquor.”“The crime figures have not increased. If something happens, action is taken. Administration and Police are active and action is being taken wherever something is happening,” he said. “At some places, other incidents have occurred, an incident of Naxals have been reported from one location. It is being probed. It is a different matter but the incidents of general…


Defence, Home, RAW secretaries and IB Director can now get two-year extension

New Delhi [India]: The Central government on Monday issued the Gazette notification with respect to extending the tenure of Defence Secretary, Home Secretary, Director of Intelligence Bureau (IB), Secretary of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) for the period of two years. The notification reads that the Central Government may, “if it considers necessary in the public interest so to do, give extension in service to the Defence Secretary, Home Secretary, Director of Intelligence Bureau, Secretary of Research and Analysis Wing and Director of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) appointed under the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946 (25 of 1946) and Director of Enforcement in the Directorate of Enforcement (ED) appointed under the Central Vigilance Commission Act, 2003 (45 of 2003) in the Central Government for such period or periods as it may deem proper on a case-to-case basis for reasons to be recorded…


Babar named skipper as Indian players miss cut in ICC Most Valuable Team of T20 WC

Dubai [UAE]: No Indian cricketer featured in the ICC men’s T20 World Cup Most Valuable Team of the Tournament as players from six teams were named on Monday following the conclusion of the showpiece event. Stars from champions Australia, runners-up New Zealand, semi-finalists England and Pakistan as well as Sri Lanka and South Africa feature in the star-studded line-up.Opening batter David Warner, leg-spinner Adam Zampa and seamer Josh Hazlewood all made the cut for Australia after helping steer their side to their first-ever ICC Men’s T20 World Cup title. There are also spots for England ace Jos Buttler as wicket-keeper, Pakistan’s Babar Azam as captain, New Zealand left-armer Trent Boult and Sri Lanka star Wanindu Hasaranga — the tournament’s leading wicket-taker — in the line-up. According to ICC, the side was pulled together by a selection panel featuring commentators, former international players and journalists.…

South Asian Countries

Reconstruction of 50,000 India-funded houses in Gorkha, Nuwakot districts

Kathmandu [Nepal]: Embassy of India in Kathmandu on Monday organised a closing ceremony and Lessons Learnt workshop to mark the successful completion of the Government of India- funded reconstruction of 50,000 houses in Gorkha and Nuwakot districts of Nepal. In a statement, the Embassy said that the event was held in association with National Reconstruction Authority (NRA), United Nations Development Programme and United Nations Office for Project Services.During the event, Namgya C Khampa, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of India Kathmandu has announced that reconstruction of 50,000 private houses as committed by Indian Government has been completed with Owner Driven Reconstruction Approach adopted by the Government of Nepal. According to the statement, UNDP and UNOPS were engaged by the Government of India in March 2018 to provide socio-technical facilitation and consultation (STFC) services to earthquake affected beneficiaries in 4 Urban Municipalities and 14 rural…

Fitness Health & Lifestyle Views & Voices

Stop over-exercising! Your body will thank you.

KSHVID NEWS DESK Stop over-exercising! Your body will thank you. If you’re a person who loves going to the gym and working out with the motivation of “no pain, no gain”, you need to read this. Just like overdoing anything is terrible for you, the same applies to working out. In this article, we’ll go through over-exercising and how it is harmful to you, your body, and your health. Furthermore, we’ll explore its adverse effects and the safest level to exercise. What is over-exercising? You must have heard the “no pain, no gain” and “push your physical limits”, Yes? We know. Those may sound motivating and words of encouragement to push your physical limits for better health, body, and fitness, but over-exercising does the opposite. Ideally speaking, exercise is supposed to help you keep your body fit and healthy. Moreover, it allows you to…

Food Health & Lifestyle

World Diabetes Day 2021: Foods & Drinks That Help Manage Blood Sugar

New Delhi [India]: When you have prediabetes or diabetes, it can be tricky to know which foods and drinks are the best choices, but here we have listed a few picks that can help keep your numbers in check. Diabetes is a medical condition, which happens due to insufficient production and secretion of insulin, responsible for controlling glucose levels in the blood, from the pancreas. The disease can be controlled at the initial level by making lifestyle changes but cannot be cured completely and lasts a lifetime.According to research, India is infamous as the diabetes capital of the world. One in five is diagnosed with diabetes and the shocking fact is India will remain one of the most afflicted countries till 2030, or even until 2045. Senior doctors claim people do not realize the high sugar levels or constant sugar fluctuations on account of…

South Asian Countries

Chinese envoy to US condemns Taiwanese political party for seeking ‘Taiwan independence’

Beijing [China]: Chinese Ambassador to the US Qin Gang condemned the Taiwanese political party Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) for seeking “Taiwan independence” during the 2021 annual meeting of Alliance for China’s Peaceful Reunification (ACPR) in San Francisco, Chinese state media reported on Sunday. In the speech, Qin’s also blamed the US saying it has been “manipulating the Taiwan question in an attempt to use it as leverage to shadow and control the Chinese mainland”, Global Times reported.Qin’s speech came on the day when Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken had a phone conversation. The talks between the two was a preparation from both sides for a virtual meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Joe Biden, which is scheduled on November 16. Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has expressed concerns over…


‘Will continue to back Team India..’

New Delhi [India], November 14 (ANI): Former India men’s cricket team head coach Ravi Shastri on Saturday penned a heartfelt note on social media following Men in Blue’s forgetful campaign in the T20 World Cup 2021. Expressing his gratitude, Shastri described the journey with Team India as ‘incredible’ and said he will continue to support the team until he is able to watch the sport.Tagging skippers Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and deputy Ajinkya Rahane in his post, Shastri added that he will cherish the memories with the team. “Now that the penny has dropped…thank you so much for making me part of this incredible journey. Memories that I will cherish and a team that I will continue to back till the time I’m able to watch the sport #TeamIndia @imVkohli @ImRo45 @ajinkyarahane88,” Ravi Shastri tweeted. Shastri (head coach), Bharat Arun (bowling coach), and R…


Manipur: Terrorists carried out IED attack on Assam Rifles convoy, 7 dead

New Delhi [India]: In the ambush against the 46 Assam Rifles convoy in Manipur on Saturday, terrorists first carried out an improvised explosive device (IED) blast and then fired at the vehicles in it, Indian Army officials said. 46 Assam Rifles Commanding Officer Colonel Viplav Tripathi, his wife and son along with four personnel lost their lives in the attack when they were returning from their company forward base to the headquarters. “The terrorists first carried out an IED blast to ambush the convoy of 46 Assam Rifles Commanding Officer Colonel Viplav Tripathi and then fired at the vehicles in the area. The officer was returning from his forward company base to his battalion headquarters,” Indian Army officials told ANI. Meanwhile, Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane briefed on the Manipur terrorist attack in which a Colonel, his two family members and four jawans…

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26 Naxalites killed in encounter with police in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli

Gadchiroli (Maharashtra) [India]: Twenty-six Naxalites were killed in an encounter with the Maharashtra Police in the Gyarapatti forest of Korchi Tehsil in Gadchiroli district, Gadchiroli Superintendent of Police Ankit Goyal said. C-60 unit of the anti-Naxal operation of Gadchiroli Police has killed 26 Naxalites in an encounter in Gyarapatti forest of Korchi Tehsil on Saturday, police said. “Police had received secret information that there was a camp of Naxalites in the Gyarapatti-Kodagul forest of Korchi, on the basis of this, the C-60 unit of Gadchiroli Police started the search operation in Gyarapatti-Kodagul forest from 6 am on Saturday morning,” said Gadchiroli SP Ankit Goyal told ANI. The bodies of 26 Naxalites have been recovered, whose identification is on, he added. Along with the 26 bodies, the police recovered a large amount of Naxal literature and weapons, the police added. Four jawans of the C-60…


Women in sports are powerful catalysts of change: Mithali on her Khel Ratna accolade

New Delhi [India]: Indian women’s cricket stalwart Mithali Raj expressed gratitude after becoming the first Indian woman cricketer to receive the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award. Olympic gold medallist Neeraj Chopra, wrestler Ravi Kumar, para shooter Avani Lekhara, Indian football team skipper Sunil Chhetri and cricketer Mithali Raj were among the 12 athletes who were conferred the Khel Ratna Award on Saturday. “When I was growing up and learning to play this amazing game, representing my country was my dream. I always wanted to wear the blue jersey, which represents the absolute pride we feel for our nation. One strives for mastery but there are so many variables and infinite parameters that when success comes by, it often is a result of hours of grind every day,” said Mithali Raj in a statement on Twitter. “This award is a validation of those hours,…


Delhi schools to remain shut for week, no construction activity permitted: CM Arvind Kejriwal on air pollution

New Delhi [India]: To tackle increasing air pollution levels in the national capital, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday announced a ‘pollution lockdown’ under which the schools would remain physically closed for a week from this Monday. Classes would continue virtually so that students don’t have to breathe in the polluted air. All construction activity in the national capital have been shut down from November 14 to November 17, he added.Government office employees will be asked to operate from home (WFH) at 100 per cent capacity for a week, while private offices will be issued an advisory to go for WFH (work from home) option as much as possible, stated the Chief Minister. Kejriwal announced the decisions after chairing a high-level emergency meeting with senior officials and ministers of the Delhi government. According to Chief Minister’s Office (CMO), the meeting will begin at…


Case filed against Salman Khurshid over his book

Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India]: A police complaint was filed on Friday against Former Union Minister and Congress leader Salman Khurshid over his recent book ‘Sunrise over Ayodhya–Nationhood in our times’ at the Kotwali police station of Jaipur. Advocate Bharat Sharma filed a complaint under Sections 153, 295 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against the statements cited in Khurshid’s book, on the grounds of ‘hurting religious sentiments’.Speaking to reporters, Advocate Sharma said, “While a newspaper, I got to know that Salman Khurshid, in his book, has compared Hindutva to radical terrorist groups like ISIS and Boko Haram.” Condemning such a comparison, the advocate accused Khurshid of hurting religious sentiments through his book. “This is condemnable and has hurt my religious sentiments. And that is why I have filed a complaint in Kotwali Police Station and demanded an FIR against it. A case should be filed…


Punjab govt to give Rs 2 lakh as compensation to 83 people held for R-day tractor rally

Chandigarh [India]: Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Friday announced to provide Rs 2 lakh as compensation to 83 people arrested by Delhi Police for carrying out a tractor rally in the national capital on January 26. “Reiterating my government’s stand to support the ongoing Farmers’ Protest against three black farm laws, we have decided to give Rs 2 lakh compensation to 83 people arrested by Delhi Police for carrying out a tractor rally in the national capital on January 26,” Channi tweeted.On January 26, protesters broke barricades to enter New Delhi and clashed with police in several parts of the national capital during the January 26 ‘tractor rally’ protest organised by farmers. The protestors also had entered the iconic Mughal era monument Red Fort and unfurled their flags from its ramparts. Farmers have been protesting on the different borders of the national…

Asia International

Pak’s Lahore declared most polluted city globally after breaching AQI 700 mark

Lahore [Pakistan]: Pakistan’s Lahore has been declared the most polluted city globally after the city recorded its highest ever smog levels as the Air Quality Index (AQI) went above 700, reported a local media. The Air Quality Index data was released on Thursday and put Lahore on the list of the most polluted cities in the world.The AQI remained above 500 for the fourth consecutive day in various parts of the city which worsened to 700 after 12 pm on Thursday, reported Samaa TV. Meanwhile, the issue of pollution has hit the Pakistani courts as an environmental pollution case was heard in the Lahore High Court on Friday. The HC judge said that no measures have been taken by the authorities to bring the pollution to curb the smog, reported Samaa TV. “Now I will visit myself to know the whole matter because our…


‘Transformers’, ‘Star Trek’ dates

Washington [US]: Paramount has announced that its upcoming ‘Transformers’ and ‘Star Trek’ movies have now been delayed. According to Variety, ‘Transformers: Rise of the Beasts’, a prequel in the sci-fi action franchise, has moved back a year. It was originally scheduled for June 24, 2022, and will now open on the big screen on June 9, 2023.The still-untitled ‘Star Trek’ movie was supposed to premiere on June 9, 2023, but it was delayed to December 22, 2023, to accommodate the shift for ‘Transformers’. The next ‘Transformers’ chapter is currently scheduled to hit theatres on the same day as an untitled Sony-Marvel blockbuster. ‘Star Trek’ is opening alongside Disney’s ‘Star Wars: Rogue Squadron’, a Patty Jenkins-directed spinoff set in a galaxy far, far away. Unless one blinks, it’ll be a battle of the ‘Stars’ at the Christmas box office. Anthony Ramos and Dominique Fishback are…


No sacred cows in Pakistan: Imran Khan to SC after being summoned in 2014 Peshawar school massacre case

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that there are “no sacred cows” in Pakistan as he appeared in connection with a case pertaining to the 2014 Army Public School massacre in Peshawar. The Pakistan Prime Minister was summoned by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed in a suo motu case pertaining to the 2014 school massacre in Peshawar where Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) terrorists stormed the school and killed over 140 people, mostly schoolchildren on December 16, 2014, reported Geo News.In a plea to the SC, the parents of the children demanded that the top leadership of the country be nominated in the case and a transparent probe be conducted into the incident. At the time of the incident, Imran Khan’s party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was the ruling provincial government and seven years had passed since the tragedy took place. Justice…

Politics State's Latest

Schools, colleges to remain closed on Nov 10-11 due rains in Puducherry, Karaikal

Puducherry [India]: Due to continuous rainfall in and around the Union Territory, Puducherry Education Minister A Namassivayam on Tuesday said all schools and colleges in the UT and Karaikal will remain closed on November 10 and 11. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall with isolated “extremely heavy falls” over Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal from November 09-11 and over south Coastal Andhra Pradesh on November 11.The fishermen have also been advised not to venture into the Southwest and adjoining West-central Bay of Bengal and along and off south Andhra Pradesh-Tamil Nadu coasts and Gulf of Mannar during the next 4 days and over Southeast Arabian sea along and off Kerala coast during the next 24 hours. “The Well Marked Low-Pressure Area (Remnant of the Depression) over central parts of Arabian Sea with the associated cyclonic circulation extending…

City News Kolkata TOP NEWS UPDATES

Kolkata’s Mitrabha Guha becomes India’s 72nd Grandmaster

Novi Sad [Serbia]: Kolkata based International Master Mitrabha Guha has become the 72nd Grandmaster of India after completing the requirement by securing his third and final GM norm at GM Third Saturday Mix 220 – Novi Sad, Serbia. The 20-year-old who scored his second GM-norm at the Sheikh Russel GM tournament in Bangladesh, a fortnight ago had already crossed the 2500 barrier in the second round of the tournament.To achieve the GM title, a player has to secure three GM norms and cross the live rating of 2,500 Elo points. All India Chess Federation (AICF) congratulated Mitrabha for the remarkable achievement after he defeated GM Nikola Sedlak of Serbia in the ninth round. “Kolkata based International Master Mitrabha Guha becomes the 72nd Grandmaster of the country after completing the requirement by securing his third and final GM norm at GM Third Saturday Mix 220…

Corona Updates

Russia records 39,160 COVID-19 cases in past 24 hours

Moscow [Russia], November 9 (ANI/Sputnik): Russia registered 39,160 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, down from 39,400 the day before, bringing the cumulative total to 8,873,655, the federal response center said on Tuesday. “Over the past day, 39,160 COVID-19 cases were confirmed across 85 Russian regions, including 3,200 cases (8.2 per cent) without clinical symptoms,” the center said, adding that the rate of increase fell to 0.44 per cent.Moscow has the highest number of new cases with 5,287 infections, up from 4,982 the day before. The Russian capital is followed by the Moscow region with 2,818 cases, down from 3,429, and St. Petersburg with 2,680 cases, up from 2,597. The response center reported a new record of 1,211 deaths linked to the coronavirus, up from 1,190 the day before, bringing the country’s death toll to 249,215. In the same 24 hours, 32,036 COVID-19…


T20 WC: Will work twice as hard to repay faith, support shown, says Hardik Pandya

Dubai [UAE]: India all-rounder Hardik Pandya said the team will work “twice as hard” to repay the faith and support shown by the fans for the side in the ongoing T20 World Cup. India rounded off the Super 12s stage of the showpiece event with a resounding nine-wicket victory over Namibia in Group 2 on Monday.Both sides had already failed to make the semi-finals before the action got underway in Dubai, but India finished on a high as half-centuries from Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul helped them chase 133 with ease. Hardik Pandya thanked everyone who cheered for Team India and promised to be back with double preparation in the next year’s T20 World Cup. “This wasn’t how we wanted our World Cup campaign to go. We fell short but we will work twice as hard to repay the faith and support shown to…


Chinese village in Arunachal constructed over years on land occupied by PLA in 1959: Sources on Pentagon report

New Delhi [India]: The “large 100-home civilian village” mentioned in a Pentagon report was built over the years in the area in Arunanchal Pradesh that was occupied by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) after overrunning an Assam Rifles post in 1959, clarified sources in the Indian security establishment. The US Department of Defense in its annual report to Congress said that China has built a large 100-home civilian village inside disputed territory between the Tibet Autonomous Region and India’s Arunachal Pradesh in 2020.The sources said that the village is along the disputed border in Upper Subansiri District in Arunanchal Pradesh which is in territory controlled by China. “The village has been built by China in an area that was occupied by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) after overrunning an Assam Rifles post in 1959, in an operation known as Longju incident along the frontier…


Obama hits out at Russia’s Putin, China’s Xi for skipping COP26

Glasgow [UK]: Former US president Barack Obama on Monday criticized the presidents of Russia and China, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping respectively, for not attending in person the UN Conference on Climate Change (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland. “I have to confess it was particularly discouraging to see the leaders of two of the world’s largest emitters, China and Russia, declined to even attend the proceedings, and their national plans so far reflect what appears to be a dangerous absence of urgency, a willingness to maintain the status quo,” he told the afternoon plenary session of the conference,Obama, who was in office when the Paris Agreement setting out the goals to reduce carbon emission and limit global warming to 1.5 degrees was signed in 2015, claimed that little progress has been achieved since then. “We are nowhere near where we need to be yet,” he…


Rohit Sharma reaches 3000

Dubai [UAE]: Indian batter Rohit Sharma on Monday completed 3000 T20I runs and became the third cricketer in the world to achieve this feat. Rohit reached the 3000 run mark in the ongoing match against Namibia in ICC men’s T20 World Cup here at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Monday.Indian skipper Virat Kohli is at the top of the tally with 3227 runs, which is followed by New Zealand’s Martin Guptill and India’s Rohit Sharma with 3115 and 3008 runs respectively. India restricted Namibia to 132/8 in the Group 2 match. Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja were picks of the bowlers as they scalped three wickets each for India. For Namibia, David Wiese and Stephan Baard played knocks of 26 and 21 runs respectively and no batter from their side crossed the 30-run mark. (ANI)

International US News

Trump slams Biden over ‘most embarrassing’ Afghanistan withdrawal

Washington [US]: Former US President Donald Trump slammed President Joe Biden’s administration for its withdrawal from Afghanistan and termed it the “most embarrassing and horrible thing”, reported TOLOnews. “What they did with the so-called withdrawal, which was really a surrender, what they did, it was the most embarrassing, horrible thing, and I don’t know that if we will ever psychologically recover from that,” TOLOnews quoted Trump as saying citing his interview with Fox News.The former President claimed that he would never have withdrawn from the war-torn country the way the Biden administration did, as per the news channel. Notably, it was under the administration of Donald Trump that the deal with the Taliban was signed about the withdrawal of the US troops from Afghanistan, following which the number of US troops in the country was decreased. Trump asserted that he would have withdrawn too…

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Centre ignoring people of Telangana for Padma awards, alleges CM KCR

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Monday alleged that the BJP-led Centre has been ‘ignoring’ the people of Telangana for the Padma awards. Addressing a press conference here today, Rao said, “Centre is not giving Padma awards to people of our state, they’re are ignoring us.”A total of 119 persons were conferred with Padma awards 2020 by President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in the national capital today. The list of 119 Padma awardees comprises seven Padma Vibhushan, 10 Padma Bhushan and 102 Padma Shri. Former Union Ministers George Fernandes, Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj were posthumously honoured with Padma Vibhushan, the country’s second-highest civilian award. Other dignitaries who were awarded Padma Vibhushan include boxer MC Mary Kom, former Mauritius Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth GCSK, classical singer Chhannulal Mishra and Vishveshateertha Swamiji Sri Pejavara Adhokhaja Matha Udupi (posthumous).…


Bodies of missing French climbers found under snow in Nepal

Kathmandu [Nepal]: A search and rescue team recovered the bodies of three French climbers buried under snow, days after they had gone missing in Nepal on a mountain hit by an avalanche in the Everest region. Nepal’s district police office stated that the search team had located the bodies on Sunday, The Kathmandu Post reported. The bodies, however, were retrieved on Monday and airlifted to Kathmandu for postmortem, Inspector Rishi Raj Dhakal, chief of the Solukhumbu district police office said.The three climbers, part of an eight-member expedition team, were reported missing on October 31. According to Post, the climbers had last made contact on October 26 via satellite phone from their camp. Local media reports say that they were apparently caught in an avalanche. “The bodies were recovered at 11 am on Sunday buried nearly two metres under the snow,” said Mingma Gyalje Sherpa,…

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Telangana to showcase startups and women entrepreneurs at EXPO2020 India Pavilion

Dubai [UAE]: Telangana will showcase the success and capabilities of its startups and women entrepreneurs during November 09-12 at India Pavilion EXPO2020 Dubai. The state has lined up events and meetings for sharing the business opportunities through new innovative ideas, products, and services that the business and startup ecosystem of the state can offer to the global investors.A 17-member strong business delegation of The Federation of Telangana Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FTCCI), chamber member of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and industry (FICCI), led by the chamber’s president and MD, Creamline Dairy Products, K Bhasker Reddy, will be exploring potential business tie-ups through these meetings and events. “Government of India has set up an ambitious target of US $400 billion exports for 2021-22 and FTCCI aims at facilitating and supporting the ecosystem. The governments all across the world has captured the…

South Asian Countries

China not to attend NSA meeting hosted by India on Afghanistan

New Delhi [India]: China has said it will not attend the regional security dialogue on Afghanistan being hosted by India on November 10 due to a “scheduling issue”, sources said. They said China has replied to India’s invitation and said it will be unable to attend due to “scheduling issue”.The sources said China has conveyed that it is open for dialogue with India on Afghanistan multilaterally and bilaterally. The Delhi Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan will be held at the national security advisor (NSA) level and will be chaired by NSA Ajit Doval. Pakistan, an all-weather ally of China, had earlier declined the invitation to the dialogue. Sources had earlier said that Pakistan’s decision is unfortunate, but not surprising and reflects its mindset of viewing Afghanistan as its protectorate. NSAs of Iran, Russia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan have confirmed their participation in…

Bengaluru City News TOP NEWS UPDATES

Orange vendor from Karnataka who received Padma Shri for contribution in rural education

Bengaluru(Karnataka) [India]: Harekala Hajabba, an orange vendor from Karnataka’s Mangaluru, received Padma Shri Award, India’s second-highest civilian award, from the President of India in the national capital on Monday. The 66-year-old orange vendor received this award for bringing a revolution in rural education by constructing a school in Harekala-Newpadpu village in Mangaluru. The school, currently, has 175 underprivileged students from the village.Hajabba, who sells oranges at Mangaluru bus depot since 1977, is illiterate and has never been to school. The desire to bring revolution in education in his village came to his mind in 1978 when a foreigner asked him the cost of orange. “As I could not communicate with the foreigner, I felt bad and decided to build a school in the village,” the Padma Awardee told ANI. “I only know Kannada, not English or Hindi. So I was depressed as I could…

National News Politics

IAF to review security at border

New Delhi (India): Amid the ongoing military stand-off with China along the Line of Actual Control, the top brass of the Indian Air Force will review the security situation along the northern borders from Wednesday. The top brass of the Indian Air Force will sit together from November 10 for three days to discuss the situation on the borders with China and Pakistan during the commanders’ conference, IAF officials said.This would also be the first commanders’ conference to be presided over by Air Chief Marshal V.R. Chaudhari who took over as chief on October 1 last month. The meeting of the top commanders is also taking place soon after the Indian Army and Air Force carried out a major airborne exercise carrying out drills of inserting special forces and airborne troops in high altitude areas in Ladakh. The Indian forces carried out the drills…

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Odisha to host Physical National Yogasana Sports Championships 2021-22

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India]: Odisha is hosting India’s first Physical National Yogasana Championships from November 11-13 in Bhubaneswar, organised by the state government in association with the National Yogasana Sports Federation (NYSF). Over 500 bright and young Yogasana Sports athletes from across 30 states would participate in this path-breaking event.In its endeavour to create a global brand of Yogasana as a competitive sport with high standards and benchmarks and supporting India’s vision to make Yogasana as a sport with an Olympic Roadmap, the NYSF is consistently building a strong culture of fitness, competition, well-being, and growth through the practice and development of Yogasana. Yoga has been at the heart of wellness globally and to ensure that our youth understand and appreciate Yoga, we have now packaged Yogasana as Sport and learning from Kabaddi and Cricket, said National Yogasana Sports Federation in a press statement. “Sports…


T20: India wins toss

Dubai [UAE]: India won the toss and opted to bowl against Namibia in their final Super 12 match of the ongoing ICC men’s T20 World Cup here at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Monday. Speaking at the toss, India skipper Virat Kohli said, “We’ll bowl first. The tosses have been a big factor, and when I’ve won a couple we’ll do what we wanted to do from the start.”On the other hand, Namibia skipper Gerhard Erasmus said, “It’s a good opportunity to go up against arguably the world’s best side, and for our batsmen to go up against that bowling line-up of theirs. It was a big thing to get through the group stages.” India was knocked out of the World Cup on Sunday after Afghanistan failed to defeat New Zealand. Even if the Men in Blue wins against Namibia, they would not be…


Australia playing on our backyard will be special for Pak fans: Ramiz Raja

Lahore [Pakistan]: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ramiz Raja said that Australia playing on Pakistan soil after a gap of 24 years will be special for all fans. “I am delighted to welcome Australia to Pakistan. From a personal point of view, it pleases me no end that we’ll be engaged in a three-Test match series, connoisseurs delight,” said Raja in an official PCB release.“Australia is one of the high-performing sides and them playing in our backyard for the first time after a gap of 24 years will be a special treat for the fans. Likewise, it will be a great opportunity for the Australia cricketers to not only play at our iconic venues but also feel and enjoy the respect, love and hospitality that this great country offers, something which most of their previous generation of cricketers missed out by playing offshore,” he…

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Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra receives Padma Bhushan Award 2020

New Delhi [India]: Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra was on Monday honoured with the Padma Bhushan award 2020 in Trade and Industry domain. The businessman was conferred with the award by President Ram Nath Kovind. The ceremony for presenting Padma awards was held at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Union External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar were among the attendees. “Anand Mahindra is the chairman of Mahindra Group diversified Indian conglomerate operating in over 100 countries,” read an official statement. Padma Bhushan is the country’s third-highest civilian award, preceded by the Bharat Ratna and the Padma Vibhushan and followed by the Padma Shri. The Padma Awards are one of the highest civilian honours of India announced annually on the eve of Republic Day. The Awards are given in three categories: Padma Vibhushan (for exceptional and distinguished service),…

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Drugs-on-cruise case: NCB SIT summons Aryan Khan, others for questioning

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], November 7 (ANI): The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) summoned Aryan Khan, who was granted bail in the drugs-on-cruise case, for questioning in connection with drugs-on-cruise-case on Sunday, the central law enforcement and intelligence agency said. The agency has already summoned Arbaaz Merchant and Achit Kumar for questioning in connection with the case. Both reached the NCB office today.On Saturday, Deputy Director-General Sanjay Kumar Singh heading the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Narcotics Control Bureau Headquarters said that a fair and impartial investigation will be done in the six cases taken over by his team from NCB Mumbai including the drugs-on-cruise case. An NCB team busted an alleged drugs party on the Cordelia Cruise ship which was on its way to Goa at mid-sea on October 2. A total of 20 people, including two Nigerian nationals…

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Ski tourism heading downhill due to climate change: Study

London [UK]: Staffordshire University graduate Rachael Carver and Professor Fiona Tweed have investigated the impacts of melting snow and ice on the future of tourism. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘Geography’.The study is based on field research that Rachael undertook in the European Alps for her dissertation and highlights how resorts are introducing a range of measures to prolong the ski season including glacier blankets and artificial snow. BSc (Hons) Geography graduate Rachael explained: “At university, I developed a passion for understanding human interaction with the environment and the importance of climate change.” “I visited the Stubai Glacier in Austria on holiday and was intrigued by the fact that they were trying to conserve the ski industry. It left me asking lots of questions so I decided to go back and learn more,” Rachael added. The site uses protective…

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Pakistan mandates all TV news channels to display country’s map before 9 pm daily bulletin

Islamabad [Pakistan]: The Imran Khan government has mandated all the news channels to show the map of Pakistan daily before airing the 9 pm news bulletin, reported local media. The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has issued a notification to display the new map of Pakistan approved by Prime Minister Imran Khan in August, reported ARY News.The PEMRAS’s letter titled Streamlining Correct Use of Pakistan Political Map stated, “All the news channels (both public and private) have to flash the political map of Pakistan for 02 seconds before airing the news bulletin at 09:00 pm on regular basis.” It directed all the satellite TV channel licensees to comply with the recommendation. The letter cited the reference from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on the matter. PEMRA, the media authority in Pakistan, has been previously blamed for clamping down on news channels through…

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Apple testing 120Hz display for its next iPad mini

Washington [US]: American tech giant Apple may be working on a new iPad mini with a 120Hz ProMotion display instead of the existing 60Hz screen. According to an insider scoop from a Korean forum, Apple is testing the 120Hz ProMotion display for its next iPad mini. The 8.3 panel is said to be manufactured by Samsung Display and will supposedly debut with the next iteration of Apple’s mini tablet, reported GSM Arena.The sixth gen iPad mini had a profound jelly scroll effect where one side of the display refreshes slower than the other side. Apple dubbed this behaviour as normal though plenty of users disagreed and a ProMotion display will certainly help fix this problem. The rest of the hardware for the next-gen iPad mini is said to remain largely unchanged from the current model with A15 Bionic chipset at the helm, 4GB RAM…


Ashwin prays for Afghanistan

Abu Dhabi [UAE]: Afghanistan will be locking horns with New Zealand on Sunday for their final Group 2 encounter of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. Indian all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin took to Twitter and prayed for Afghanistan’s victory in their Sunday’s match against New Zealand. India’s hopes of progressing to the semi-finals rely completely on Afghanistan. The Nabi-led side needs to defeat New Zealand for the Men in Blue to have any chance of making it to the semi-finals. India and Namibia will lock horns against each other in the Super 12 stage of the ongoing T20 World Cup at the Dubai International Stadium on Monday. If Afghanistan defeats the Kiwis, then India needs to beat Namibia and it will then come down to the net run rate between these three teams involved. (ANI)

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Punjab: BJP to contest 117 seats

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India]: The BJP will contest all 117 seats in Punjab in the upcoming Assembly elections in the state, said Punjab BJP president Ashwani Sharma, who is virtually attending the party national executive meeting being held in the national capital on Sunday. Punjab is slated to go to Assembly polls in 2022.In 2017 Assembly polls, Congress had won an absolute majority in the state by winning 77 seats and ousted the SAD-BJP government after 10 years. Aam Aadmi Party emerged as the second-largest party winning 20 seats in 117-member Punjab Legislative Assembly. The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) could only manage to win 15 seats while the BJP secured 3 seats. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP chief JP Nadda are attending the party’s national executive meeting. The discussion is expected to be on the election strategy in seven states…


UP: 10 more test positive for Zika virus, tally reaches 89

Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: As 10 new cases of Zika virus were reported in Kanpur on Sunday, the total tally of cases of the mosquito-borne disease in Uttar Pradesh’s district stands at 89, Chief medical officer of Kanpur City, Dr Nepal Singh said. Dr Anil Nigam Chief Medical Superintendent, Ursala Hospital yesterday said, “Regularly our team is inspecting and Municipal corporation teams have also been deployed for the fogging to destroy mosquito breeding points.”“Zika virus infection is spreading rapidly in Kanpur. In this case, special caution is required. Arrangements have been made in all hospitals for the treatment of virus-infected people. The health of each patient is being monitored. Surveillance has been improved,” health officials said. In view of rising cases of the Zika virus in Kanpur, the CM Yogi instructed officials to speed up sanitisation work. “Infection with the Zika virus is spreading…

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Punjab: Punjabi compulsory subject class 1 to 10

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India]: In a bid to strictly enforce the implementation of Punjabi as a compulsory subject for all students of first to tenth class across the state, the Punjab Cabinet on Sunday approved an amendment in Punjab Learning of Punjabi and other Languages Act, 2008. After the amendment, the penalties will increase from Rs 25,000, Rs 50,000 and Rs 1 Lakh to Rs 50,000, Rs 1 Lakh and Rs 2 Lakh respectively for contravening the provisions of the said Act.The Cabinet also gave a go-ahead to introduce this bill in the current session of Punjab Vidhan Sabha. According to a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office, any school, which contravenes the provisions of this Act or the rules, made thereunder for a month for the first time, shall be liable for a penalty of Rs 50,000. Provided that if such a school contravenes…

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Deve Gowda praises PM Modi for unveiling Adi Shankaracharya’s statue at Kedarnath

Bengaluru[India]: Former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda on Saturday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his “dedication” to transform the holy site of Kedarnath following the unveiling of Adi Shankaracharya’s statue. Gowda also said he was proud of the fact that there was a Karnataka connection to the endeavour as the statue was sculpted by Mysuru-based sculptor Arun Yogiraj and the black schist was extracted from H D Kote in the Mysuru district.“I am deeply moved to see the very impressive black schist statue of the great saint Sri Adi Shankaracharya being unveiled by you in Kedarnath on November 5,” Gowda said in a letter to PM Modi. “I congratulate you for the dedication you have shown to the transformation of the holy site,” he added. The JD(S) supremo said he is an ardent follower of the Sri Sringeri Sharada Peetham in Chikkamagaluru…

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K’taka CM takes stock of damage due to rains in Bengaluru, directs officials to help people

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Friday held a meeting with senior officials of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and state ministers to take stock of the damages caused due to rains in the last one month in Bengaluru. Speaking about the meeting, Gourav Gupta, Chief Commissioner, BBMP told ANI that, to prevent further damage and to control the situation at hand, Bommai instructed Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike to take up remedial measures, and necessary construction work.All zonal officers, zonal commissioners, joint commissioners and chief engineers attended the meeting. “All officials have been given timelines and instructions to supervise the functioning. We are ought to go out in the field and see that all our officers are there to respond to the ground-level situation. Particularly with reference to the sudden flash rains that are afflicting the city and besides that, other…

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Aryan Khan Case: We Will do fair and impartial investigation, says head of NCB SIT

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Deputy Director-General Sanjay Kumar Singh heading the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Narcotics Control Bureau Headquarters said that a fair and impartial investigation will be done in the six cases taken over by his team from NCB Mumbai including the drugs-on-cruise case. “We have started the investigation, we will do whatever a fair and impartial investigation demands,” said Kumar.The SIT arrived in Mumbai on Saturday. Earlier, Speaking to media persons at Mumbai airport, Kumar said, “We have taken over a group of 6 cases. He (Sameer Wankhede) is the zonal director of Mumbai, we will definitely take his assistance in the investigation.” Speaking to ANI over the phone, an NCB official said that Sameer Wankhede is an Officer of Zonal Director Rank which is equivalent to the rank of a Deputy Inspector General (DIG) and such a senior officer does not…

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PL: Dominant City drub United 3-0 to claim derby victory

Manchester [UK]: Manchester City dished out a dominant performance as an Eric Bailly own goal and a Bernardo Silva strike earned the champions their first Manchester derby victory in five Premier League attempts over their local rivals at Old Trafford on Saturday. The champions went ahead on seven minutes when Bailly diverted Joao Cancelo’s cross into his own net. United briefly rallied when Cristiano Ronaldo’s shot was saved by Ederson and Mason Greenwood scuffed the rebound wide.David De Gea made five big saves in the first half to deny Gabriel Jesus, Kevin De Bruyne, Cancelo, twice, and a Victor Lindelof deflection before City beat the Spaniard’s resistance again on the stroke of half-time. Cancelo earned his second assist with a cross which was turned in by Bernardo at the far post behind a hesitant Luke Shaw. The hosts improved in the second half but…


T20: NZ spinner Sodhi ready

Abu Dhabi [UAE], November 6 (ANI): New Zealand spinner Ish Sodhi is available for the clash against Afghanistan in the T20 World Cup on Sunday. New Zealand and Afghanistan will lock horns with each other on Sunday in Group 2 of the Super 12 stage.“Sodhi is available for tomorrow’s final pool game against Afghanistan. Since being struck on the head by the ball while bowling in yesterday’s game, he has passed all of his concussion Tests and continues to be monitored in line with health protocols,” a statement from New Zealand Cricket (NZC). Meanwhile, Ish Sodhi said the New Zealand batters have taken it into consideration ahead of Afghanistan. “Absolutely. Spearheaded by Rashid Khan obviously Mujeeb Ur Rahman is phenomenal as well. But Mohammad Nabi is a very cagey offspinner and bowls well through the powerplay too. That’s definitely where their threat lies with…

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Tripura Police invoke UAPA against 102 Twitter accounts for spreading misinformation

Agartala (Tripura) [India]: Tripura police have invoked the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) against 102 Twitter accounts for allegedly spreading misinformation about the recent violence that took place at Panisagar in North Tripura last month. “Tripura Police have taken up a case against a total of 102 Twitter accounts under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) for spreading fake and distorted information related to the recent violence that took place at Panisagar North Tripura,” said Jyotishman Das Choudhary, Public Relation Officer of Tripura Police.He added, “The case which was earlier investigated by police is now transferred to the Crime Branch division of Tripura police. The police have been trying to trace the handlers of the accounts. Earlier this month, six persons were arrested by the state police in connection with various incidents of communal violence in the state and several persons were booked for spreading…

International US News

Direct flights to promote Vietnam-US cooperation

Hanoi [Vietnam]: Deputy Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Pham Thu Hang said operating direct flights between Vietnam and the US will promote cooperation in economics, trade, tourism, education, and people-to-people exchanges. She made the comment at a virtual Ministry press conference on Thursday which also touched upon Vietnam Airlines’ plan to conduct its first regular commercial flights to the US starting late this month, after 20 years of preparation.Hang said Vietnam Airlines recently received approval from the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for its aviation transport safety plan, paving the way for the airline to be licensed to operate regular flights between the two countries. According to Hang, Vietnamese agencies are coordinating final procedures to authorize the plan and will assist other airlines that wish to operate direct flights to the US. (ANI/VOVWORLD)

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Google Pixel Fold expected to launch in 2022, camera details revealed

Washington [US]: Google may launch its first Pixel foldable phone in 2022. While people eagerly wait for Google’s first foldable handset to come out, new details about the upcoming device are emerging. As per 9to5Google, the phone will not use the same high-end camera sensors found in the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.As per information discovered in the most recent release of Google’s Camera app, the upcoming folding Pixel’s codename is ‘Pipit’, which was changed from ‘Passport’ at some point. The foldable Pixel phone is expected to use the same 12.2MP main camera that’s found on the Pixel 5. That’s the Sony IMX363 instead of the 50MP GN1 sensor that’s found in the new Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Another Sony IMX386 is also expected to be used on this device, expectedly for the ultrawide camera. In addition to these two cameras,…


T20 WC: Kohli, Rohit, Ashwin share ‘priceless’ experiences with Scotland players after game

Dubai [UAE] : Skipper Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Ravichandran Ashwin were among the Indian players who interacted with Scotland cricketers after the team’s thumping in ICC men’s T20 World Cup here at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday.Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja starred with the ball before KL Rahul and Rohit’s firing knocks helped India defeat Scotland by eight wickets. After India’s win, Rohit, Kohli, Bumrah and Ashwin were seen interacting in a “priceless” chat with Scotland players in their dressing room.Rahul also on Friday interacted with Scotland players. Moments after hitting a 19-ball 50 to take India home against Scotland, Rahul spent time speaking to some of the Scotland players as he shared his experience of playing at the top level against some of the best in the business.“Huge respect to @imVkohli and co. for taking the time. Priceless,” Scotland…


Imran Khan govt reaches understanding with banned TTP group for truce

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Pakistani officials have reached a “tentative understanding” with the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) to seek a “peace agreement” following nearly two decades of militancy. Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper reported that this truce has come after direct talks between the two sides in Afghanistan’s south-western Khost province for nearly two weeks.These “face-to-face” talks had resulted in a tentative understanding to declare a countrywide truce, conditional to the release of some TTP foot soldiers as part of confidence-building measures, according to Pakistani publication. The acting interior minister in the Taliban-led government in Afghanistan, Sirajuddin Haqqani is reportedly playing a role of a mediator between Pakistan and the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) to reach a “broader” “peace agreement” to bring an end to the two-decades of militancy in Pakistan. Even though an understanding has been reached between the two sides, it is not yet clear who…

Corona Updates

Kerala: 6,580 fresh COVID-19 infections, 46 deaths recorded

Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India]: Kerala reported 6,580 new COVID-19 cases and 46 deaths in the last 24 hours. According to the state government’s data, 62,219 samples were tested during the last 24 hours.As many as 7,085 fresh recoveries pushed the overall discharges/recoveries to 48,94,435. The death toll mounted to 33,048. Meanwhile, India reported 12,729 fresh COVID-19 cases and 221 deaths in the last 24 hours, informed the Union Health Ministry. The country’s active caseload stands at 1,48,922. With 12,165 recoveries in the last 24 hours, the cumulative recoveries reached 3,37,24,959. The total death toll has reached 4,59,873. (ANI)


Nick Jonas shares pics of Diwali

Los Angeles [US]: Sending fans ‘love’ and ‘light’, singer Nick Jonas shared a sneak peek into the Diwali celebrations with his wife, actor Priyanka Chopra at their LA home. Taking to his Instagram handle, Nick shared a short video in which he could be seen posing with Priyanka by the pool. The couple’s LA home was decked up with lights and fireworks were also seen in the background.The couple were seen coordinating outfits well with each other. The former Miss Universe opted for a white sequenced lehenga choli while Nick was seen clad in a red kurta teamed with a black Nehru jacket. Sharing the clip, he wrote, “Happy Diwali to you and yours. Sending you all love and light. My beautiful wife has introduced me to so many wonderful Indian holidays and traditions. My heart is so full to be able to share…

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Rohit Shetty heaves a sigh of relief as issue between multiplexes, producers ends

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: After facing several hardships, filmmaker Rohit Shetty’s ‘Sooryavanshi’ finally released in theatres on Friday. Last night, Rohit took to Instagram to share that his cop drama is ‘releasing across all multiplexes and single screens all over the country.’For the unversed, the advance bookings were not opened for the Akshay Kumar-starrer till Thursday night due to a tiff between the producers and exhibitors on revenue sharing. Reportedly, the producers of the film demanded a 60 per cent revenue share in the first week and also wanted theatre owners to provide a maximum number of shows to ‘Sooryavanshi’. Thankfully, the stalemate between multiplex chains and the producers of ‘Sooryavanshi’, Reliance Entertainment finally ended. Without revealing any details about the issue, Rohit shared that he ‘won’ the battle and also indicated that he had been busy since Thursday morning to reach a middle ground.…


Russia logs 40,735 new COVID-19 cases, 1,192 deaths in last 24 hours

Moscow [Russia]: Russia recorded 40,735 fresh COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours taking the cumulative total of the cases to 8,714,595, reported Sputnik citing the Federal Response Centre on Friday. “Over the past day, 40,735 COVID-19 cases were confirmed across 85 Russian regions, including 3,793 cases (9.3 per cent) without clinical symptoms,” Sputnik reported quoting the centre as saying.Total of 40,217 cases were reported a day before. The rate of increase in the number of cases is reported to be 0.47 per cent. The capital city of Moscow reported the highest number of new infections with 6,407 new additions to the tally. Following the capital, the next highest number of cases were reported in St. Petersburg with 3,363 cases. 1,192 new fatalities were reported mounting the death toll to 244,447, reported Sputnik citing the response centre. The number of discharged patients from the…

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Bihar: 21 died due to spurious liquor

Patna (Bihar) [India]: A total of 21 people have died in Bihar due to consumption of spurious liquor, said state minister Sunil Kumar on Friday. “Total 21 people including 10 people in Bettiah and 11 people in Gopalganj have died due to consumption of spurious liquor,” Kumar told ANI.He further informed that two more people are suspected to be dead due to the consumption of spurious liquor in Bettiah. However, it cannot be confirmed yet as their post mortem reports are still awaited. “Two more deaths in Bettiah are suspected due to illegal liquor, their post mortem reports are awaited. Those admitted to different hospitals are in stable condition,” he said. Despite a liquor ban in the state, several such incidents have been reported in the past. Bihar Minister Janak Chamar, who had earlier visited the families of the deceased in Bettiah and Gopalganj,…


Stubble burning, firecrackers responsible for heavy pollution in Delhi: Environment Minister

New Delhi [India]: Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Friday said that the sudden increase in the number of stubble burning incidents and firecrackers are the two major reasons for heavy pollution in the Delhi region. Speaking to the media, Rai said, “According to NASA pictures, there are almost 3,500 stubble burning incidents taking place in neighbouring states.”In a bid to curb air pollution, Gopal Rai on Friday installed an anti-smog gun to Improve the Air Quality in national quality. It has been put up at ITO, considered one of the most polluted areas in the capital due to traffic at the intersection. He said, “Most of the citizens of Delhi didn’t burn the crackers on Diwali but yes several people after giving religious colour into it, intentionally burned the firecrackers. Delhi Government has already made several appeals to the people regarding the pollution…

Business Economy

HFC Bajaj Housing Finance Limited extends validity for the ‘Rs.1,999* plus GST processing fee’ festive offer till 15 November 2021

Pune (Maharashtra) [India]: Bajaj Housing Finance Limited, a 100 percent subsidiary of Bajaj Finance Limited, extends its festive offer, under which salaried and professional applicants who apply through the lender’s website pay only Rs.1,999* + GST as processing fee on their home loan. Only loans disbursed till 31 December 2021 are eligibleThe last date to apply for a home loan to be eligible for this offer was 30 October 2021, and it is now revised to 15 November 2021 Interest Rate and New Online Application Recently, Bajaj Housing Finance also reduced its home loan interest rates to 6.70 percent* p.a. for salaried and professional applicants. Eligible applicants with the right income, financial, credit, and employment profiles can avail of this interest rate by applying either online or offline. For those interested to apply, the HFC offers a number of application modes, both online and…

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