Asia International

Russia: ‘The Afghan money must be unblocked from western banks, primarily US’

Moscow [Russia]: Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, has called for unblocking and unfreezing of assets of Afghans in western banks, to curb the humanitarian crisis. “It is necessary to help the Afghan people, at least the money must be unblocked, the Afghan money, which is in accounts with Western banks, primarily in the United States, must be unblocked and people must be allowed to solve at least elementary things,” Sputnik quoted Putin as saying at the VTB Investment Forum “Russia Calling!” on Tuesday.Putin in a statement stated that the money of Afghan people must be released that is stored in banks in the western countries, especially in the US. The step would help the Afghan people in the time of humanitarian crisis.


Magdalena Andersson: Sweden’s first female PM elected for second time in a week

Stockholm [Sweden]: Magdalena Andersson has been reappointed Prime Minister, less than a week after she resigned within hours of taking the job. According to Aljazeera, Magdalene Anderson became Prime Minister and resigned a day later, after her budget was rejected in favour of one proposed by the opposition, which included a far-right party, and her coalition partners quit.Earlier, Magdalena Andersson, leader of the centre-left Social Democratic Party, became the country’s first female prime minister following the elections and her historic term lasted about seven hours. “According to constitutional practice, a coalition government should resign if one party leaves the government,” she said. “For me, it is about respect, but I also do not want to lead a government where there may be grounds to question its legitimacy,” she said in her Facebook account. However, it’s expected that Andersson will govern Sweden’s weakest governments in…

My Chief Minister

Shri Jai Ram Thakur : Student’s politics to the popular CM of Himachal Pradesh

KSHVID DESK Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Shri Jai Ram Thakur is a self made personality. He is the son of Late Shri Jethu Ram Thakur ji. He was born on 6th January, 1965 at Tandi, Distt. Mandi; He is a Graduate and educated at Govt. College, Mandi. He has been married to Dr. Sadhna Thakur and having two daughters, Basically he is a Agriculturist/ Horticulturist. Political Achievements: Remained Joint Secretary, State ABVP, 1986; Organizing Secretary, ABVP (J&K), 1989-93;  Secretary, State Bharatiya Janata Party Yuva  Morcha, 1993-95; President: State BJYM,ii) B.J.P. District  Mandi, 2000-03;Vice President, State Bharatiya Janata Party, 2003-05; and President, State  Bharatiya Janata Party, 2006-09. Elected to the State Legislative Assembly in 1998; re-elected in 2003, 2007 from Chachiot Assembly Constituency and in 2012 from Seraj Assembly Constituency; Before delimitation in 2007,Seraj Assembly segment was known as Chachiot. Remained Chairman, Rural Planning Committee…


Rahul Gandhi slams PM Modi, Unfortunate that farm laws repealed without discussion

New Delhi [India]: After the bill to repeal the three farm laws was passed in both the Houses of the Parliament, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said that it is unfortunate that the laws were repealed without a discussion. Addressing a press conference here, the Wayanad MP said that the upcoming State elections must have also played on the Centre’s mind while taking the decision to withdraw these laws.“Earlier, we had said that the government will have to withdraw the farm laws, and today these laws were repealed. It is unfortunate that the farm laws were repealed without discussion. This government is scared of holding a discussion,” said the Congress MP. The Congress leader said that the fact is that the Central government could not face the strength of the Indian people represented by farmers in this case. “The upcoming State elections must have also…


PM Narendra Modi skipped an all-party meeting ahead of Winter Session

Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today skipped an all-party meeting called by his government, a day before the start of the Winter Session of Parliament. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal were present from the government side. “We were expecting that the Prime Minister will attend the meeting and will share something with us. We wanted to ask more about the farm laws as there are some apprehensions that these three farm laws may again come in some other form,” said Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress leader in the Rajya Sabha. The Congress demanded that compensation be paid to families of farmers who passed away during the protest. The fuel price rise and tensions with China at the Line of Actual Control were also raised by the grand old party. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi denied that the Prime Minister violated a tradition by…

City News Hyderabad

Hyderabad-based NGO brings slum dwellers together in policymaking

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: In a bid to involve slum dwellers in policymaking, a Hyderbad-based non-profit organisation under its ‘neighbourhood community network’ initiative is bringing poor people together and working for their human rights and sustainable development. Speaking to the reporter, the Director of Montfort Social Institue, Varghese Theckanath said, “People living in slum areas are not poor, even they build and sustain our cities. If people who build our cities will not be there, then our cities will collapse. These people are not considered as citizens of our society as they do not even get basic amenities like land, water, food, etc.”Further, he informed that over one-third of people in Hyderabad are living in slums, so the organisation is working for their rights. “We have created ‘Hyderbad City Slum People Federation’, in which people from the working-class come together and discuss their issues to…

City News Mumbai

Salman Khan requests fans to not ‘waste’ milk on ‘Antim’ posters

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Actor Salman Khan, on Sunday, shared a video on social media in which his fans can be seen pouring milk on ‘Antim’ posters and dancing to dhol beats. Along with it, he penned a note to ask his fans to not “waste” milk and further requested them to rather give the milk to underprivileged children who are unable to afford it.He wrote the caption, “Kai logon ko paani naseeb nahiin hota aur aap aise doodh waste karr rahe ho. Agar aapko doodh dena hi hai toh my request to all my fans is ki Aap gareeb bacchon ko pilayein jinhe doodh peene ko nahiin milta…” Recently, another video had surfaced on the internet showing moviegoers and fans bursting firecrackers inside a theatre while watching ‘Antim’. The actor had also requested his fans on social media to not do so “as it…

Bengaluru City News

Bengaluru: Negative RT-PCR report mandatory for people coming from Kerala, Maharashtra

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: The Karnataka government has issued an order on Sunday making it mandatory for those arriving from Kerala and Maharashtra to produce a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report not older than 72 hours. The order will be applicable to everyone entering Karnataka irrespective of their vaccination status.The decision is taken in light of a new cluster of Covid-19 cases detected at educational institutions at Dharwad, Bengaluru, and Mysuru districts, read the order. “Students arriving from Kerala to Medical and Paramedical colleges and other such institutions within Karnataka in the past 15 days (Nov 12 to Nov 27) shall be subjected to RT-PCR test,” the order said. Therefore, as per the order, those who will arrive now onwards will be subjected to a mandatory RT-PCR test on the 7th day of arrival. The Deputy Commissioners of districts bordering Kerala state have been asked to…

South Asian Countries

Taliban acting PM Hassan Akhund accuses former President Ghani of corruption

Kabul [Afghanistan]: Afghanistan’s acting Prime Minister Mohammad Hassan Akhund, during his first public address on Saturday, accused the country’s former President Ashraf Ghani of corruption and funds embezzlement, local media reported. “Ghani had established a bank inside the Presidential palace”, Akhund was quoted as saying by Khaama Press.He said that Taliban members found the bulk of cash in the Presidential palace which was left behind Ghani and his team while escaping. As Afghanistan is facing a severe financial crisis, the Taliban appointed acting PM said that problems including poverty and economic crisis existed even before the Taliban seized control of Kabul. He said that Afghanistan’s economic problems will be solved if the central bank’s assets are released. The US has frozen nearly USD 9.5 billion in assets belonging to the Afghan central bank and stopped shipments of cash to the nation. Taliban have been…

Africa International

Omicron COVID variant threat: South Korea to restrict visa issuance, arrivals from 8 African countries

Seoul [South Korea]: South Korea’s government restricted on Sunday the issuance of visas and travel from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe amid the spread of the new Omicron coronavirus variant, Yonhap news agency reported. Travellers from these countries will have to undergo a 10-day compulsory quarantine at a special facility and will have to conduct three PCR tests. Multiple countries worldwide have suspended travel from southern Africa amid the spread of the new coronavirus variant. The variant was identified by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday as one of concern, as it is reported to carry a high number of mutations — 32 — which possibly makes it more transmissible and dangerous. The WHO has dubbed it Omicron, the 15th letter of the Greek alphabet.

Politics State's Latest

PM Modi announces ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh each for kin of deceased in Nadia’s road accident

New Delhi [India], November 28 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to the road accident in West Bengal’s Nadia district on Sunday. “The injured will also be given Rs 50,000 each,” the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in a tweet.“The Prime Minister has announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each from PMNRF for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to the road accident in Nadia, West Bengal. Rs. 50,000 would be given to the injured,” the PMO India tweeted. As per the police officials, at least 18 people were killed and 5 others injured in a road accident that took place in West Bengal’s Phulbari area of Nadia district.…

Africa International

New Variant: South African medical association says Omicron variant causes ‘mild disease’

Johannesburg [South Africa): The new Omicron variant of the coronavirus results in mild disease, without prominent syndromes, Angelique Coetzee, the chairwoman of the South African Medical Association, told Sputnik on Saturday. The World Health Organization (WHO) identified on Friday the new South African strain as one of concern, as it is reported to carry a high number of mutations — 32 — which possibly makes it more transmissible and dangerous. The WHO has dubbed it Omicron, the 15th letter of the Greek alphabet.“It presents mild disease with symptoms being sore muscles and tiredness for a day or two not feeling well. So far, we have detected that those infected do not suffer loss of taste or smell. They might have a slight cough. There are no prominent symptoms. Of those infected some are currently being treated at home,” Coetzee said The official noted that…

Bengaluru City News

People coming from new COVID-19 variant affected countries to take RT-PCR: K’taka Health Min

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Karnataka Health Minister, Dr K Sudhakar on Saturday said that the people coming from new COVID-19 variant affected countries has to take RT-PCR after landing in Bengaluru. While speaking to the media in Bengaluru, Dr K Sudhakar, said, “We are constantly in touch with the Union Health Ministry and have information that this new strain in South Africa, Hong Kong, Israel, & Botswana is very contagious & has overtaken the Delta variant.”“People coming from these affected countries will take the RT-PCR once they land in Bengaluru. If found positive, they will stay in and around the airport and will be treated, if needed. The home quarantine will be mandatory after their arrival,” added the Minister. The minister added that 281 students tested positive in SDM College of Medical Sciences in Dharwad. “We have tested all 1,788 students of the college, some…

Views & Voices

Son Of Daily Wage Earner Clears NEET, will be the First Doctor In His Village

KSHVID desk team with inputs from agencies Time and again it has been proven how there is no dream impossible if one is hard working and dedicated. A son of a daily wage earner’s son named Dudhuram proved that after clearing the test this year.  Dudharam who is a resident of Kamthai village of Sindhari tehsil in Barmer, Rajasthan will now become a primary physician from his village after scoring 626 marks out of 720 within the NEET UG 2021 examination.  Now, the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test is an exam that makes you eligible to become a doctor. So, obviously, it is one of the most difficult exams to crack after you’re done with your Class 12th boards. While many students take coaching for years for such exams, Dudhuram had to face hardships because he has a weak financial background.  According to sources, Dudhuram’s family consists of five…


India to resume international flights from December 15

New Delhi [India]: India will resume scheduled regular international flights from December 15, nearly 20 months after these flights were suspended to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had suspended operations of scheduled international commercial passenger services to and from India with effect from March 23, 2020, due to COVID-19.“The matters of resumption of scheduled commercial international passenger services to/from India has been examined in consultation with the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) and it has been decided that scheduled commercial international passenger services to/from India may be resumed from 15.12.2021,” the Ministry of Civil Aviation said in an order. For the resumptions of flights, the countries have been categorised into three categories with separate capacity restrictions. The categorisation has been done based on the…


Priyanka Chopra celebrates Thanksgiving with husband Nick Jonas

Los Angeles [US]: Star couple Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas celebrated Thanksgiving 2021 in the most special way. Taking to Instagram, Priyanka posted an adorable picture of her and Nick looking lovingly at each other. Also, in the image, she appeared to be leaning in for a kiss. “So much to be grateful for. Friends, family.. I love you @nickjonas…happy thanksgiving to everyone celebrating,” she captioned the post. With this Thanksgiving post, Priyanka has quashed the rumours of her separation from Nick. For the unversed, rumours of a split between the couple began circulating recently when fans and followers noticed that Priyanka, who often goes by Chopra-Jonas, dropped both of her last names from her social media handles. Priyanka and Nick had married each other in a Christian and a Hindu ceremony in Jodhpur’s Umaid Bhawan Palace on December 1 and 2 in 2018.…

Entertainment TV/Web

Rannvijay Singha to host first season of ‘Shark Tank India’

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: As the first season of the globally renowned business reality show ‘Shark Tank’ comes to India, actor and TV personality Rannvijay Singha has been roped in as the show’s host. The show will give an opportunity for budding entrepreneurs to present their business ideas to experienced investors and business experts a.k.a ‘The Sharks’.While ‘The Sharks’ will play a key role, host Rannvijay will act as a guide for the audience. He will explain the format of this first-of-its-kind concept, introduce the innovative business ideas on the show, and will simplify the key business facts/processes for the audience to understand. Additionally, he will be a confidant to the pitchers as he will make them feel at ease while also capturing their pre and post-pitching experiences with the Sharks in the Sharks Den. Sharing his excitement on hosting Shark Tank India, Rannvijay shared,…


Mumbai Terror Attack: India asks Pakistan to expedite trial in 26/11 attacks

New Delhi [India]: India summoned a senior Pakistani High Commission diplomat on the 26/11 Mumbai attacks anniversary and reiterated its call for an expeditious trial in the terror case. The Ministry of External Affairs, in a statement issued on Friday, said a note verbale was handed over to the senior diplomat calling on the Government of Pakistan to abide by its commitment to not allow territories under its control for terrorism against India. “Senior diplomat from the High Commission of Pakistan in India was summoned by the Ministry of External Affairs today. A Note Verbale reiterating India’s call for an expeditious trial in the Mumbai terror attacks case, and calling on the Government of Pakistan to abide by its commitment to not allow territories under its control for terrorism against India was handed over to him, the MEA statement read. On the 13th anniversary…


Congress calls a meeting of Opposition parties on Nov 29 to Finalize Parliament strategy

New Delhi [India]: Senior Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge has called a meeting of the Opposition parties on November 19, informed sources. Earlier on Thursday, Congress leaders reached party interim president Sonia Gandhi’s residence for a meeting of the party’s Parliament Strategy Group to discuss the issues that the party will raise in the winter session of the Parliament beginning on November 29.The party is likely to several issues including raise price rise in the winter session. Earlier, on November 25, Congress general secretary KC Venugopal had told ANI, “We will raise the issue of inflation in the upcoming session of Parliament. Congress Parliamentary Strategy Group will meet in New Delhi on November 25 to finalize the strategy for the upcoming Parliament session.” The government’s agenda for the winter session includes 26 new bills including legislation on cryptocurrency…

Politics State's Latest

Punjab polls: SAD, BSP exchange Mohali, Ludhiana North seats with Raikot, Dina Nagar

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India]: Ahead of Punjab Assembly elections, Shiromani Akali Dal and Bahujan Samajwadi Party on Tuesday announced the exchange of Mohali and Ludhiana North seats with Raikot and Dina Nagar seats. Former Punjab Education Minister and SAD leader Dr Daljit S Cheema informed today that the total seat share of both parties remains the same.In a tweet, Cheema wrote, “The SAD President S Sukhbir Singh Badal and BSP President S Jasbir Singh Garhi have jointly announced the exchange of Mohali and Ludhiana North seats which were with BSP with Raikot and Dina Nagar seats which were earlier with SAD. The total seat share remains the same. Punjab is scheduled to go for Assembly polls in 2022. In the 2017 Punjab Assembly polls, Congress won an absolute majority in the state by winning 77 seats and ousted the SAD-BJP government after 10 years. Aam…


Priyanka Gandhi Plans Congress Rally During Parliament Session to put BJP on backfoot

This Congress rally will conclude the party’s two-week Jana Jagran Abhiyan against inflation under the Narendra Modi government. The Centre is yet to clear the Congress’s request for Ramleela ground.  KSHVID DESK TEAM with Inputs from agencies To push BJP and PM Modi on backfoot, the Congress has planned a mega Delhi rally to protest against fuel price rise, inflation during the first week of December, which coincides with the winter session of parliament. This will be its first big outreach since 2019. The rally will conclude the grand old party’s two-week Jana Jagran Abhiyan against inflation under the Narendra Modi government. General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra met key party leaders to plan the rally in Delhi. Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, Punjab Congress chief Navjot Sidhu, former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Hooda, general secretary (organisation) KC Venugopal, party leader Sachin Pilot, among…

Views & Voices

The Tribal areas and Pakistan: Equality exists or not? Read to know more

By KSHVID DESK with Inputs from Agencies Islamabad, Pakistan: FATA, a 27,200-square-kilometer belt along Pakistan’s mountainous northwestern border, has been treated differently than the rest of the country since the country’s independence from the British in 1947. The ‘Excluded Area’ device was retained in Pakistan’s constitutions of 1958 and 1962. The Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA), located in northwest Pakistan near the Afghan border, is one of the world’s most danger zones and has served as a base for jihad and terrorism in South Asia. FATA people are treated differently than the rest of Pakistan because they are governed by imperial rules and have been harmed by extremism and military operations. The Federally Administered Tribal Areas (hereinafter FATA) are a special-status region in northwest Pakistan. It is bounded to the east by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, to the south by the Balochistan province, and to…

South Asian Countries

China in Trouble : Is the PLA ground force facing comparative neglect?

Hong Kong: The ground force of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) contains approximately 975,000 active-duty soldiers, but in some regards, its modernization is being left behind by China’s heavy investment in the navy, air force and missile force. The ground force makes up slightly less than half the PLA’s two million members. A report known as Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2021, published by the Pentagon on 3 November, stated that the PLA ground force had “generally achieved mechanization” by 2020. It summarized, “Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, border clashes with India and other significant events in 2020, the PLA (ground force) accelerated its training and fielding of equipment from the already fast pace of recent years.”Nevertheless, this annual report for US Congress went on to say that the Chinese ground force “remains a relative laggard within the PLA in…

International US News

Biden backs Powell to continue heading Federal Reserve, says Central Bank needs stability

Washington [US]: The Federal Reserve needs stable and independent leadership to navigate a post-pandemic world and Jerome Powell would be the right apolitical candidate to continue heading the US central bank, President Joe Biden said. “Now some will no doubt ask why I’m renominating Jay, when he was the choice of a Republican predecessor? Why I’m not picking a Democrat?” Biden said during a press conference on Monday. “Put directly at this moment of both enormous potential and enormous uncertainty for our economy, we need stability and independence. At the Federal Reserve, Jay has proven the independence that I value in the Fed chair.”The renomination of Powell, a Republican appointed by former president Donald Trump, comes after one of the most tumultuous periods ever for both, the Federal Reserve and the US economy emerging from the coronavirus pandemic and the recession triggered by the…


Karnataka farmers facing crop loss due to rains will receive compensation by Nov 30

Dharwad (Karnataka) [India]: As the farmers of Dharwad face crop loss and damage to their houses due to unseasonal incessant rains in the region, Karnataka Minister and district-in-charge Shankar Patil Munenakoppa visited them and promised that the compensation ranging from Rs 50,000 to Rs 5 lakh as per various government schemes will be paid to them by November 30. “Farmers are facing a lot of difficulties as their entire harvest is destroyed due to incessant rains in Dharwad. Compensation between Rs 50 thousand to 5 lakhs will be given to them as per various government schemes. Money will be deposited in farmers’ accounts by November 30,” said Munenakoppa on Monday.“Crops like chilli, cotton, chana are completely destroyed here as they were ready to cut. As per the initial reports I have received, around 1 lakh hectare of harvest is destroyed,” he added. Devendra, one…

Views & Voices

Good Story: Bilquis Maqbool inspires her city!

By KSHVID DESK TEAM with INPUTS FROM AGENCIES Budgam (Jammu and Kash: Bilquis Maqbool of Jammu and Kashmir’s Budgam district won five gold medals at a national competition in the International Pencak Silat (a form of martial art) championships making her district proud. In the year 2018, Maqbool qualified for World Junior Championship in Thailand. However, she lost in the semi-finals.She now aims to clear the trials for Asian games, 2022 and be a part of the national team. Maqbool had no facilities to practice in Budgam, hence she travelled to Srinagar Indoor stadium daily for practice. She started from the local level to state and then played nationals in different states in the country. After getting success in the different national level competitions, she was selected for the international level and played the international championship in Thailand. After Maqbool proved her mettle in…

National News Politics

Pilgrimage at Sabarimala temple suspended due to heavy rain

Pathanamthitta (Kerala) [India], November 20 (ANI): Pathanamthitta district administration has suspended pilgrimage to the Sabarimala temple, which is situated in the district, for a day on Saturday, due to heavy rains and rising water levels in the Pamba river. A red alert has been issued for Kakki-Anathode reservoir (gates open) and Pamba dam, said District Collector Dr Divya Iyer.“The pilgrims who have booked via virtual queue will be given the opportunity for darshan in the nearest possible slot once the weather conditions turn conducive. We request the pilgrims to cooperate by not undertaking the journey during this time,” said the Pathanamthitta district collector Divya S Iyer. The administration has also said that it will make arrangements for the devotees to reach Pamba from the Nilakkal base camp. The pilgrims will be allowed in different batches after ensuring necessary security. They will be allowed in…


Chandrababu Naidu breaks down, vows to re-enter assembly after coming back to power

Amravati: Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief and former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Nara Chandrababu Naidu broke down on Friday while addressing a press conference, saying that the YS Jagan-led ruling party in the state has been doing revenge politics in the state since it came into power.  Covering his face with both his hands, Naidu was seen weeping inconsolably. He had earlier walked out of the assembly and vowed to re-enter the House only after he becomes the Chief Minister again.  Naidu, 71, alleged that the ruling party members in the assembly made abusive comments about his wife during a debate on women empowerment on the second day of the winter session.  The former AP CM likened the Assembly to ‘Kaurava Sabha’ and decided to boycott it till 2024 in protest against ‘ugly character assassinations’ by YSRCP ministers & MLAs,” the TDP in…

International US News

Biden-Xi meeting intended to build consensus on major world problems: White House

Washington [US]: The recent virtual meeting between US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping was intended to build consensus between the two countries on major world problems, White House Coordinator on the Indo-Pacific Kurt Campbell said on Friday. “[T]his was really meant as an initial conversation about areas that we think we can potentially work together, like climate change, but also make clear where our purpose and determination are clear, like on the maintenance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait,” Campbell said during a conversation at the US Institute of Peace, reported Sputnik.Campbell added that the United States approach to the Indo-Pacific will remain multifaceted and not focused only on the competition with China and will also include advancement in such areas as technology, quantum computing, 5G networks and others, added Sputnik. The meeting was held amid deteriorating relations between…

Politics State's Latest TOP NEWS UPDATES

Moinaguri: Assam village has a story to tell about its transformation from handguns to handlooms

Kokrajhar (Assam) [India]: A tribal village in Assam’s Kokrajhar district under Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR), which was once affected by militancy, has now transformed itself into a hub of weavers. Moinaguri village, comprising of 66 families, is dominated by Rabha tribes and is situated close to the India-Bhutan border, about 40 kilometres from Gossaigaon in the Kokrajhar district. This hamlet is now known as weavers’ village.Till a few years back, the entire village was hit by waves of militancy and the villagers were forced to live in poverty. But now, each family in the remote village is now engaged in handloom weaving and their income has also risen. Hiranya Devi, Superintendent of Handloom and Textile department, Gossaigaon, talked to ANI about this change and how her department has been a part of it. She said, “As it’s known that in our village the tribal…

National News Politics

Odisha CM launches smart health cards

Bhubaneswar (Odisha): Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday launched the distribution of Smart Health Cards under the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY) in Kendujhar district through video conferencing. Speaking at the occasion, Patnaik said, “The programme has paved the way for the entire country in the field of health care. Around 4.2 lakh people in the district will get the benefit.”The Chief Minister also dedicated projects worth Rs 2037 crores including the inauguration of 142 projects worth Rs 458 crores and laying foundations for 257 projects worth Rs 1201 crores. These projects include healthcare, education, roads and bridges, sports infrastructure and livelihood projects. In a bid to further accelerate the infrastructure development, Patnaik also announced 13 new projects worth Rs 378 crore for the district. This includes a mega poultry farm project worth Rs 36 crores which will benefit 30 thousand people from…


Facebook: Delhi assembly panel questions CEO’s role in Facebook India’s public policy

New Delhi [India]: Chairman of Delhi Assembly’s Committee on Peace and Harmony Raghav Chadha on Wednesday questioned the Chief Executive Officer’s role in Facebook India’s public policy after its Director Shivnath Thukral and Director (Legal) GV Anand Bhushan appeared before the committee. “How Facebook has been used to further communal tensions during #DelhiRiots? Chairman of Peace & Harmony Committee @raghav_chadha questions Mark Zuckerberg’s role in Facebook India’s public policy,” Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) tweeted.The Facebook official replied, “We are structured in a manner where we have enough checks and balances to coordinate across the world.” Further, Chadha who is also AAP National Spokesperson asked, “How many registered users of Facebook are there across the world and in India?” “Over a billion registered users are there, out of which around 400 million users are from India,” the official replied. In response to this, Chadha said,…


Ind vs NZ, 2nd T20I: PIL in Jharkhand HC against full capacity permission at JSCA stadium

Ranchi (Jharkhand) [India]: A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Jharkhand High Court against the full capacity permission of spectators at JSCA stadium for the India and New Zealand T20 match. The petitioner, Advocate Dheeraj Kumar on Thursday asked the concerned authorities such as the Jharkhand Chief Secretary, the Director of Disaster Management Department and the Jharkhand Cricket Association, why the government allowed full occupancy in the stadium whereas temples, courts, and other places are allowed with 50 per cent only.According to the PIL, allowing a hundred per cent capacity of spectators is risking the lives in the view of COVID 19. India and New Zealand will play the second match of the three-match T20 series in Ranchi on Friday. (ANI)

National News Politics

Punjab CM led-‘Jatha’ leaves for Kartarpur Sahib

Dera Baba Nanak (Punjab) [India]: With the reopening of Kartarpur Sahib Corridor, a ‘Jatha’ (group) of Punjab Cabinet and other dignitaries led by Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Thursday left for paying obeisance at Kartarpur Sahib gurudwara. The Chief Minister, accompanied by Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal, PWD Minister Vijay Inder Singla, MLAs Harpartap Singh Ajnala and Barindermeet Singh Pahra and his family members crossed the border to pay obeisance in sanctum-Sanctorum of Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib gurudwara in Narowal, Pakistan on the occasion of Prakash Purab of Guru Nanak Dev Ji.Describing the re-opening of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor as a historic moment, Channi said that it is a joyous occasion as the corridor has facilitated numerous devotees to go to Kartarpur Sahib. “The long-pending ardaas of Sikh Sangat has been fulfilled and now they can pay reverence at this holy shrine without any…

Politics State's Latest TOP NEWS UPDATES

SC dismisses students’ plea on CBSE, ICSE Board exams for classes 10, 12 in hybrid form

New Delhi [India]: The Supreme Court on Thursday declined a plea filed by students seeking directions to CBSE and ICSE to hold Term I exams for Classes X and XII in a hybrid manner. The Bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar and CT Ravikumar dismissed the petition of the students stating that the exams of CBSE have already commenced on November 16 and refused to interfere with the process.The Bench in its order said, “As the exam has commenced on November 16, it will be inappropriate to intervene now and disturb the entire process. At this belated stage, the petition cannot be entertained. We hope and trust that all the precautions will be taken by the authorities and COVID-19 SOP will be adhered to.” It also took into note that the ICSE term exams will commence from November 22. The Bench was hearing a petition…


Param Bir Singh’s plea for protection against arrest to be heard only after he discloses his whereabouts: SC

New Delhi [India]: The Supreme Court on Thursday asked former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh to disclose his whereabouts. The Apex Court said that it will hear Singh’s plea for protection against arrest only after he tells which part of the country or the world he is in.The court asked Singh’s lawyer to inform his whereabouts and posted the matter for hearing on November 22. Last month in October, the investigating agencies had said that the former Commissioner of Mumbai Police may have left the country either before a Lookout Circular (LOC) was issued by Maharashtra Police or he travelled on a forged passport. According to the officers, the Maharashtra Police issued LOC two months after Parmbir Singh went on leave. Singh was allegedly named in several FIRs registered against him under various IPC sections. There were also two pending enquiries against him…

Start Ups Technology TOP NEWS UPDATES

Sonu Sood backs post K-12 mentoring startup Intercell, comes on board as Co-Founder

New Delhi [India]: Youth icon Sonu Sood and Post K-12 Mentoring startup Intercell have announced a strategic alliance to assist the youth by providing seamless and affordable career mentoring services through technology solutions. The collaboration aims to provide career advice and direction to new Graduates and Young Professionals through mentoring by leading Industry professionals across the world.Post pandemic, there is a growing need to guide and assist career aspirants, especially in challenging times, amidst the plethora of opportunities available to them. Intercell solves the problem of finding the right mentors to guide students and professionals. Arunabh Varma, Founder and CEO Intercell, remarked, “We are extremely excited to partner with Sonu Sood to establish the category of Mentoring in India. He is a Youth Icon with a massive following and will help Intercell to position itself in both the B2C and B2B category. We aim…

City News Kolkata

Two arrested in Kolkata for illegally selling firearms

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Two men were on Wednesday arrested for allegedly selling firearms and ammunition illegally, after a raid was conducted at Kolkata’s Mominpore, informed the police. The two men have been identified as Sk. Saddam Hossain (18) and Bablu Ari (21 yrs).One single shot of country-made firearms along with two live cartridges was recovered from Hossain for which he could not produce any relevant documents. Hossain who was arrested from Kolkata’s Ekbalpore revealed during interrogation that they carried the firearms and ammunition for the purpose of selling those to the public. Pursuing the statement of Hossain, the police arrested one of his associates namely Bablu Ari from Kolkata’s Taratala. Cases have been registered against the two accused persons under the Arms Act. Both the arrested persons will be produced before the Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Alipore, South 24 Paraganas on Thursday.…

Corona Updates

India reports 11,919 new COVID-19 cases, 470 deaths in last 24 hours

New Delhi: India reported 11,919 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Thursday. With this, India’s active caseload stands at 1,28,762. The active cases account for less than 1 per cent of total cases, currently at 0.37 per cent, the lowest since March 2020.With 11,242 people recovering in the last 24 hours, the recovery tally has gone up to 3,38,85,132. The recovery rate is currently at 98.28 per cent, the highest since March 2020. The country also reported 470 deaths in a day. With this, the death toll has gone up to 4,64,623. Of the total new cases, recoveries and deaths in the last 24 hours, Kerala reported 6,849 cases, 6,046 recoveries and 61 deaths. As per the health ministry, the daily positivity rate stands at 0.97 per cent. It has remained below 2…

Business Markets

Equity indices open in green, Sensex up by 158 points

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Equity indices opened in green on Thursday with Sensex up by 158.53 points and Nifty up by 38.60 points. The 30-scrip BSE Sensex was up by 0.26 per cent at 60166.86 at 9.25 am.Similarly, 50-scrip NSE Nifty was trading at 17937.30 at 9.25 am, up by 38.60 points or 0.22 per cent. On the Sensex, the sectors which were trading high with maximum gain are realty sector at 1.07 and consumer durables sector at 0.63. (ANI)


Sky is not the limit, it’s benchmark: Suryakumar

Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India]: After playing a match-winning knock against New Zealand, India batter Suryakumar Yadav said that he loved how things went in his favour and it was good to play a match-winning knock. Suryakumar Yadav (62) and Rohit (48) starred with the bat as India chased down 165 to defeat New Zealand by five wickets in the first T20I of the three-match series here at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium.“I think the sky is not the limit, going forward it should be a benchmark. Really loved the way things went for me on the ground, just wanted to bat in the same way like I was doing in the nets. I think New Zealand’s preparation was really good, they did not let me explore the cover drive option so I had to play other shots,” Suryakumar told Ravichandran Ashwin in a video posted on…

Asia International

India, Singapore in talks to resume commercial flights soon

Singapore: It is learnt that Singapore is in talks with the Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Ministry of External Affairs to restart scheduled commercial services with two daily flights each from Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai. As of now, only repatriation is taking place through Air India, under the Vande Bharat mission.Singapore has announced that from November 29 it will open up its Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTL) for India and once the programme is in place there will be no need for quarantine for vaccinated passengers. There is huge pent up demand for travellers from both sides. Technically, repatriation flights cannot be included under Singapore’s VTL arrangement and only scheduled commercial flights are included in this programme. It is learnt Singapore is keen that Singapore airlines should restart partial operations to India. Sources say that talks for resumption of commercial flights between Singapore and…

Politics State's Latest TOP NEWS UPDATES

SC appoints former Punjab and Haryana HC judge to monitor probe in Lakhimpur Kheri violence case

New Delhi [India]: The Supreme Court on Wednesday appointed Rakesh Kumar Jain, former judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to monitor the investigation in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case to ensure transparency, fairness, and absolute impartiality. The apex court reconstituted the Special Investigation Team (SIT) and named three senior IPS officers, SB Shirodkar, Deepinder Singh and Padmaja Chauhan in it.The top court is to hear the case next after the chargesheet is filed and a report is received from the retired judge, Local farmers had blamed Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Kumar Mishra ‘Teni’ and his son Ashish Mishra for the violence that left eight dead, including four farmers a local journalist and others during a farmers’ protest. They were mowed down by a vehicle that was part of the convoy of the Minister in Lakhimpur Kheri in north-central…


No coercive steps against lawyers, journalist; SC notice to Tripura police on plea challenging UAPA charges

New Delhi [India]: The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a notice to the Tripura police challenging its action to invoke Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) provisions against two lawyers and a journalist over their social media posts regarding the recent communal violence in Tripura. A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana directed the police not to take any coercive action against lawyers Mukesh Kumar and Ansarul Haq Ansari and journalist Shyam Meera Singh.The petition has challenged the Tripura Police’s decision to invoke UAPA against Kumar and Ansari over their social media posts and statements and journalist Singh for tweeting “Tripura Burning”. After the Tripura police booked them for offences punishable under the UAPA, petitioners then moved the apex court seeking to quash the first information report (FIR) registered against them. The police slapped UAPA charges against lawyers who were part of…

Bengaluru City News

Australian PM announces new Consulate General in Bengaluru

Bengaluru: Terming Bengaluru as the world’s fastest-growing technology hub, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday announced a new Consulate General in the capital city of the Indian state of Karnataka. “I’m pleased to let you know that Australia is also seeking to establish a new Consulate General in Bengaluru,” Morrison said at Sydney Dialogue. “Bengaluru is the world’s fastest-growing technology hub – of course we want to be part of it. It is home to a third of India’s unicorn companies,” he added.Morrison further stated that Australia’s new mission in Bengaluru would expand their diplomatic presence in India to five posts. He also expressed resolve to strengthen relations with India adding that it will deepen its ties to “India’s innovators, to your technologists and entrepreneurs – as well as India’s governments at all levels.” Announcing Australia’s first-ever Blueprint for Critical Technologies at that…


Salman Khan should encourage Muslims to get vaccinated against COVID-19: Mumbai Mayor

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Expressing concerns over ‘religious apprehensions among Muslims’ on COVID-19 vaccination, Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar on Wednesday hoped that celebrities like Salman Khan will help raise awareness among Muslims to get vaccinated. “Whenever vaccination happened there were religious apprehensions in Muslims, which delayed it slightly. Hoping that Muslims will take jabs and actors like Salman Khan should encourage them,” said Mumbai Mayor on the issue of the Muslim community not in favour of getting vaccinated against COVID-19.Earlier today, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope had said that the state government is in talks with religious leaders and celebrities like Salman Khan to raise awareness on COVID-19 vaccination. While speaking to ANI, Tope said, “In order to get more people vaccinated, we will be getting religious leaders, celebrities to create awareness on vaccination. We are also in talks to bring onboard celebrities like Salman…

National News Politics

No improvement in Delhi’s air quality

New Delhi [India]: No improvement was witnessed in the air quality of the national capital on Wednesday as the Air Quality Index (AQI) in Delhi continued to remain in the ‘Very Poor’ category at 387, according to data from the Central Pollution Control Board at 10 am. The pollution level in the National Capital Region (NCR), especially Noida and Gurugram, witnessed a drastic deterioration. The AQI in Noida dropped from the upper end of ‘very poor’ category to the upper end of the ‘Severe’ category at 479 today. The air quality in Gurugram has also deteriorated from yesterday, but remains in the ‘Very Poor’ category at 352, according to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR).As per SAFAR’s bulletin, the air quality in Delhi is likely to slip to the lower end of the ‘Severe’ category by today. “Surface Winds…

Views & Voices

Good News: Tribal Boy bagged IIT Delhi Seat, Motivates Community

By KSHVID DESK Sanjay Lohar, has recently bagged a seat to pursue his studies in Electrical Engineering at IIT Delhi. It is not unusual for a boy at his age, but what makes him different is his hardship and dedication. Coming from a cow herding family in Purulia in West Bengal, Sanjay says my family doesn’t even know what this achievement is all about. Such is the ignorance of the people in that area, considered among the backward districts of West Bengal. People still struggle for food in this part of the country from where Sanjay has made a mark. Starting his study from Chandei Village School under Jhalda Subdivision in Purulia District of West Bengal. He is always a good student who secured 75% marks in his 10th and 81% Marks in 12th. After his higher secondary he sat for WB Joint Examination and…

City News Kolkata TOP NEWS UPDATES

The Big Challenge: Tribal Boy from Purulia (West Bengal) Secures IIT Delhi Seat, motivates others

Sanjay Lohar, has recently bagged a seat to pursue his studies in Electrical Engineering at IIT Delhi. It is not unusual for a boy at his age, but what makes him different is his hardship and dedication. Coming from a cow herding family in Purulia in West Bengal, Sanjay says my family doesn’t even know what this achievement is all about. Such is the ignorance of the people in that area, considered among the backward districts of West Bengal. People still struggle for food in this part of the country from where Sanjay has made a mark. Starting his study from Chandei Village School under Jhalda Subdivision in Purulia District of West Bengal. He is always a good student who secured 75% marks in his 10th and 81% Marks in 12th. After his higher secondary he sat for WB Joint Examination and secured a seat…


T20 WC: Unbeaten Pakistan look to shed ‘unpredictable’ tag, Aussies eye second final

Dubai [UAE]: Pakistan and Australia will lock horns on Thursday at the Dubai International Stadium in the second semi-final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021. While Aaron Finch’s men are now just two wins away from tasting T20 World Cup glory for the very first time, Pakistan will look to continue the momentum from the Super 12 stage.The Men in Green will clearly enter the semi-final as hot favourites as they remain the only unbeaten side so far in the showpiece event, having won all five games in Group 2. Meanwhile, Australia, who advance in top-4 clash from ‘group of death’, have lost just one match till now. This will be Pakistan fifth appearance in the T20 WC semi-finals. The 2009 champions have reached this stage in the first four editions (2007, 2009, 2010, and 2012). On the other hand, Australia who…


Japan confirms season’s 1st Avian flu outbreak, 143,000 birds to be culled

Akita [Japan]: Avian flu has been confirmed at a chicken farm in Akita prefecture, northeastern Japan, with around 143,000 birds of the farm to be culled, the prefectural government said Wednesday. Regarded as the season’s first outbreak of avian influenza in Japan, it was confirmed through genetic testing carried out at a chicken farm in Yokote following a simple test the previous day in which the stock tested positive.The Akita prefectural government has banned the delivery of chickens or eggs from farms within 10 kilometers of the affected farm and asked the Self-Defense Force to send troops to help resolve the issue. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida called for the collection of information and requested the farm ministry and other government agencies to work jointly to take prompt and thorough preventive measures. On Tuesday morning, a veterinarian reported to local health authorities that the number…


Assembly polls 2022: BJP to reach out to women voters in Punjab, Manipur, Goa

New Delhi [India]: Ahead of the 2022 Assembly elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party has chalked out a strategy to reach out to women voters for poll-bound states of Punjab, Manipur and Goa by creating awareness regarding various Central government schemes and welfare measures. In Punjab, the party will target women involved in the agriculture sector. “They understand the value of Rs 6000 per year. Even when cultivation takes place normally, women pledge their gold. Now women don’t have to do that. We would like to connect with them,” stated Vanathi Srinivasan, President of BJP Mahila Morcha.In Goa, where most women are involved in the service sector, there will be an attempt to empower them through government schemes like Start up India and Skill India. “Focus will be to ensure these measures reach out to self-help groups and start ups,” she said. In Uttarakhand, self-help…


PM Modi greets nation on occasion of Chhath puja

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday extended his greetings to people on the occasion of Chhath puja. “Many best wishes to all of you on Chhath, the festival of sun worship. May Chhath Goddess bless everyone with good health and happiness,” read PM Modi’s tweet roughly translated from Hindi.Earlier in the day, President Ram Nath Kovind also greeted the nation on the occasion of Chhath Puja and wished the festival would strengthen people’s efforts to protect the environment. “Greetings to all the countrymen on the auspicious occasion of Chhath Puja. This festival is an occasion to acknowledge our dependence on nature, especially the sun and water. I wish that along with making our cultural heritage strong, this festival should also strengthen our efforts to protect the environment,” tweeted Rashtrapati Bhavan. Chhath Puja is celebrated widely across north India, especially in Bihar…

International US News

Japan, US exchange views on regional agenda

Tokyo [Japan]: US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Kritenbrink met on Monday with Japanese Director-General of the North American Affairs Bureau Keiichi Ichikawa to discuss bilateral relations and exchange views on regional agenda, Japan’s foreign affairs ministry said. “On November 8, Mr. ICHIKAWA Keiichi, Director-General, North American Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, held a meeting with Mr. Daniel Kritenbrink, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. They discussed a broad range of issues including Japan-U.S. cooperation towards further strengthening the Japan-U.S. Alliance and realizing a ‘Free and Open Indo-Pacific,'” the ministry said in a statement.This was Kritenbrink’s first visit to Japan since he was appointed to his position in September. The assistant secretary of state will remain in Japan until Wednesday before departing for Seoul for a visit from November 10-12. (ANI/Sputnik)

Games Sports

Rani Rampal awarded PadmaShri

New Delhi [India]: Women’s hockey team captain Rani Rampal was honoured with the Padma Shri award 2020 on Monday. Rani Rampal had led the women’s hockey team in Tokyo Olympics 2020 held earlier this year.Padma Shri Award is the country’s fourth-highest civilian award. The ceremony for presenting Padma awards was held at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi today. Rampal was conferred with the award by President Ram Nath Kovind. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Union External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar were among the attendees. 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), Padma Bhushan (distinguished service of higher order) and Padma Shri (distinguished service). The award seeks to recognise achievements in all fields of…

City News Kolkata TOP NEWS UPDATES

WB Post poll violence: Calcutta HC directs CBI, SIT to file fresh status report by December 23

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Calcutta High Court on Monday directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and SIT to file a fresh investigation report in connection with the post-poll violence case in the state by December 23, which is the next date of hearing. The direction came from a division bench of Chief Justice Prokash Srivastava and Justice I P Mukerjee.During the hearing on Monday, the SIT filed a statue report on the investigation which stated that as the investigation is underway, it will require further time to file a complete report. The CBI also sought time to file the final report in the case. The High Court granted them time for filing the report till the next date of hearing. The bench is of the view that the question of payment of compensation will be considered after receiving the final reports from both…

South Asian Countries

New 14-member Balochistan cabinet takes oath

Quetta [Pakistan]: The new Balochistan cabinet consisting of 14 members took an oath in Quetta on Sunday, days after the resignation of former Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Aylani. Governor of Balochistan Syed Zahoor Ahmad Agha administered the oath to the new cabinet members. A notification of the appointment of five advisors was also issued on the occasion, Geo News reported.Several members of the Balochistan Awami Party including Mir Zahoor Ahmed Buledi, Sardar Mohammad Saleh Bhootani, Sardar Abdul Rehman Kethran and Nawabzada Tariq Magsi have become part of the new cabinet. Noor Nuhammad Damar, Akbar Askani, Sikandar Imrani, Abdul Khaliq Hazara, Zamrak Achakzai and Muhammad Khan Lehri were also among the members who took the oath, Geo News reported. In other recent Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo, leader of the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP), has also been elected the Balochistan chief minister, local media reported.…

International TOP NEWS UPDATES US News

US reveals plans to develop powerful laser weapon after China’s hypersonic missile test

Washington [US]: The United States is developing a powerful laser weapon capable of blasting missiles and drones after China’s latest “nuclear-capable hypersonic missile” test. Last month, Boeing and General Atomics Electromagnetics Systems (GA-DMS) was awarded a US Army contract to develop a 300kW-class solid-state “Distributed Gain High Energy Laser Weapon System.”The delivery of the weapon will be a 300 kW-class distributed gain laser with an integrated Boeing beam director, according to the statement released on October 25. “The high power, compact laser weapon subsystem prototype that GA-EMS will deliver under this contract will produce a lethal output greater than anything fielded to date,” said Scott Forney, president of GA-EMS. “This technology represents a leap-ahead capability for air and missile defence that is necessary to support the Army’s modernization efforts and defeat next-generation threats in a multi-domain battlespace.” The partnership combines both companies’ expertise in…

Asia International

Hong Kong administration blind to climate crisis, focuses only on ‘national security threat’: Report

Hong Kong: The Hong Kong administration, which is extremely active on national security law (NSL) — is completely blind to the real threat to the territory that is climate change, according to a report in local media. Currently, at a time when the impact of the national security law and the related clampdown on freedoms is widening day by day in Hong Kong by the administration, the issue of climate change seems to be immune in the territory.The Hong Kong administration’s preoccupation with imagined national security threats is blinding it to the real threats to China and its people posed by climate change. It is being distracted from doing anything about the extremely high per capita greenhouse gas pollution from Hong Kong that is worsening those threats, reported Hong Kong Free Press. Further, the publication stated that to be sure, for decades Hong Kong’s…


Drugs-on-cruise case: Aryan Khan did not appear before NCB citing ‘slight fever’

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Aryan Khan, who was recently granted bail in the drugs-on-cruise case was summoned by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) for questioning on Sunday, however, he could not appear citing fever. “Due to a slight fever, Aryan Khan will not be coming,” said an NCB Official.The agency has already summoned Arbaaz Merchant and Achit Kumar for questioning in connection with the case. Both reached the NCB office today. Earlier 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…

South Asian Countries TOP NEWS UPDATES

55 per cent of Afghan population face food insecurity: Report

New York [US]: Nearly 55 per cent of the Afghan population are estimated to be in a crisis or experiencing emergency levels of food insecurity between now and March of next year, a UN agency report has revealed. Speaking to journalists in New York, the Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General pointed to reports that isolated clashes and violence affecting civilians and resulting in casualties continued countrywide this week.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), in its situation report, showed concern about “conditional humanitarianism” or attempts to “leverage” humanitarian assistance for political purposes. The Afghanistan Flash Appeal, which targets 11 million people with aid through the end of the year, seeks USD 606 million and is currently 54 per cent funded. “Humanitarians remain concerned about ‘conditional humanitarianism’ or attempts to ‘leverage’ humanitarian assistance for political purposes. Further, donors are urged to ensure…

South Asian Countries

Jailed Uyghur not released by China even after completion of sentence

Beijing [China]: A person from the Uyghur minority community was not been released by the Chinese authorities even after the end of his ‘sentence’ and his family has no knowledge of his whereabouts. Ilham Iminjan’s release was scheduled for June 22 after serving fifteen years of imprisonment on unknown charges. He is the second-oldest male in a family of five sons, four of whom have been detained by authorities, Radio Free Asia.“The family expected him to come back home on June 22, but he did not return, and no notice has been received regarding an extension of his jail term,” a source told RFA. Ilham was jailed when he was just 21. The entire golden period of his life was spent in prison and the family was planning his wedding as soon as he was released, the sources informed adding that Ilham is from…

Asia International

In the face of threats from China, Taiwan stands on democracy’s first line of defense: Tsai Ing-wen

Taipei [Taiwan], October 14 (ANI): Amid the unrelenting Chinese incursions into Taiwan’s air defence identification zone, President Tsai Ing-wen on Wednesday said that the country stands on democracy’s first line of defense, in the face of increasing threats from authoritarian actors. “Taiwan stands on democracy’s first line of defense, in the face of increasing threats from authoritarian actors. We will not give in, and will continue working with our democratic partners across the world to enhance our collective resilience,” tweeted Tsai Ing-wen.Earlier, China on Saturday hit out at former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott over his visit to Taiwan and issued a strong statement against him. The development comes after Abbott, who is the Special Envoy for Indigenous Affairs of Australia, visited Taiwan last week and met President Tsai Ing-wen along with other government officials, Taiwan News reported. In response to Abbott’s visit, the…

Bengaluru City News

Allegations against DK Shivakumar communicated to me by Saleem were made by BJP: Cong. leader

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Congress leader VS Ugrappa on Wednesday said that the allegations against Karnataka party chief DK Shivakumar were made by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and media coordinator MA Saleem was merely communicating it to him. “These allegations against DK Shivakumar are not mine or Saleem’s. They were actually made by a BJP leader against Shivakumar made in front of Saleem. All Saleem did was communicated these allegations to me. While he was whispering these allegations to me, they were captured by the media. DK Shivakumar is a self-made man and a very good administrator,” Ugrappa said.An alleged conversation on a video clip between two Karnataka Congress leaders about state Congress President DK Shivakumar has created shockwaves. In the video, Congress state unit media coordinator MA Saleem and former Lok Sabha MP VS Ugrappa, before a press conference possibly not aware that…


No Bail to Aryan Khan : Mumbai Court adjourns hearing for next day on bail applications

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: As the investigation in the cruise ship raid case progresses, Mumbai Court on Wednesday adjourned the hearing for Thursday on bail applications of accused Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha. Earlier today, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in its reply filed in a special court said that its investigation has revealed Aryan Khan’s role in illicit procurement and distribution of contraband.The NCB further said that Aryan Khan used to procure drugs from Arbaz Khan. The special Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) court is hearing a plea for bail to Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan arrested from a cruise off Mumbai during a raid by the agency in which banned narcotics were seized. Six grams of Charas was removed from the Arbaz Khan from his shoes during the raid by NCB. “Investigation has revealed accused number…

Africa International

Many killed in South Africa’s bus crash

Johannesburg [South Africa]: Atleast nine people including a baby died on Tuesday when a bus that was travelling near the Tugela River in Bergville lost control and veered off the road, said paramedics. It’s believed that the bus was travelling from Durban to Johannesburg at the time of the crash.Speaking to Xinhua about the accident, Netcare 911 spokesperson Shawn Herbst said most of the victims were declared dead on the scene with one person dying in hospital. KwaZulu-Natal transport and community safety spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane said the cause of the accident was yet to know but suspected fatigue and excessive speeding as possible reasons. He said the crash was concerning because two incidents involving public transport killed 20 people in September. “We are saddened by this fatal accident and it seems we are having problems with public transport as a mass mover of people…


IPL 2021: Clarity of mind will be important for DC against KKR, says assistant coach Kaif

Sharjah [UAE]: The Delhi Capitals and the Kolkata Knight Riders will lock horns in Qualifier 2 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah on Wednesday for a place in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 final. The Delhi franchise’s assistant coach Mohammad Kaif expressed that the team will have to stay calm under pressure in the match against KKR.“It’s a big day tomorrow. It’s all about how we handle the pressure. Every game is a pressure game in the IPL, but this game is a different challenge for us. We have to stay calm and keep a steady mind under pressure. Clarity of mind will be very important for us,” Kaif said in an official release. Kaif added that the Delhi Capitals will have to rise after their four-wicket defeat to Chennai Super Kings in Qualifier 1 in Dubai on Sunday. “We have played…

Football Sports

Manchester United defender Raphael Varane out for ‘few weeks’ with injury

Manchester [UK]: Manchester United have released an official update on Raphael Varane after the defender was injured while on international duty with France. The statement reads: “Raphael Varane sustained a groin muscle injury in the UEFA Nations League final and has commenced rehabilitation at the club. He will be out for a few weeks.”The centre-back was withdrawn during the first half of France’s game with Spain, which Les Bleus won 2-1 at the San Siro. It marked the latest trophy in his glittering career, with Reds team-mates Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial also part of the successful side. The United begin a busy period with an away game at Leicester City on Saturday. Following the home Champions League tie with Atalanta, league fixtures against Liverpool and Tottenham complete a tough month. (ANI)


US national security advisor Sullivan meets South Korean counterpart

Washington [US]: US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and his South Korean counterpart Suh Hoon discussed regional security, the White House said in a statement. “National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met today with the Republic of Korea (ROK) National Security Advisor Suh Hoon, and both emphasized the important role of the US-ROK alliance as the linchpin of peace, prosperity and security in northeast Asia and the broader Indo-Pacific,” US National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne said.“Sullivan and Suh held detailed discussions on the current security situation in the region and called on the DPRK to enter into serious and sustained diplomacy towards the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” Horne said. Sullivan also said North Korea should refrain from escalatory actions. “Sullivan stressed the need for the DPRK to refrain from escalatory actions and also reaffirmed US support for inter-Korean dialogue and cooperation,” Horne…


PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto slams Imran Khan govt for rising inflation in Pakistan and mismanagement of the economy

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari slammed the Imran Khan government for rising inflation and said if the country wanted to get rid of soaring inflation, the ruling PTI-led government must be sent home. Censuring the presidential ordinance on the collection of up to 35 per cent income tax through electricity bills, the PPP chairperson claimed that after the imposition of the new tax regulation, people were finding it hard to keep their head above water, The Express Tribune reported.“The people are already depositing billions of rupees in the national treasury in the form of indirect taxes on everything from basic necessities to mobile recharge cards,” he said. Bilawal stated, “We strongly reject the 5 per cent income tax on electricity bills up to Rs 10,000 and 10 per cent income tax on bills up to Rs 20,000”. The nation must…

International TOP NEWS UPDATES World Updates

Australia regrets French decision to recall envoy after submarine deal with US, UK

Canberra [Australia] (ANI/Sputnik): Australia regrets the French decision to recall its ambassador from the country over Canberra’s withdrawal from the deal with Naval Group on submarines’ supplies, a spokeswoman for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said on Saturday. On late Friday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian announced the recall of the country’s ambassadors to the United States and Australia to Paris for consultations due to Canberra’s termination of the submarines contract.“We note with regret France’s decision to recall its Ambassador to Australia for consultations following the decision on the Attack Class [submarine] project,” the spokeswoman told The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper. According to the spokeswoman, Australia values its relations with France and views it as a key nation in ensuring stability in the Indo-Pacific region. “We look forward to engaging with France again on our many issues of shared interest, based…

City News

Maha: Youth dies after helicopter’s blade falls on his head in Yavatmal

Nagpur /Yavatmal, Aug 11: A budding youth died after a blade of one of the helicopters he developed fell on his head in Yavatmal district of Maharashtra , a senior police official said here on Wednesday.According to the official, the incident took place in Fulsawangi village in Mahagaon taluka late on Tuesday night, when Sheikh Ismail Sheikh Ibrahim(24), a mechanic, was testing his helicopter at his workshop.The official further informed that Ibrahim had been making the helicopter on his own for the last two years.He was testing the machine when it developed a technical glitch and one of the blades fell on his head, the official said.The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital where he died during treatment, the official added.


Belarus proposes to US to reduce embassy staff until September 1 – Foreign Ministry

Minsk, Aug 11: The Belarusian Foreign Ministry has proposed to the United States to reduce the number of its embassy staff to five people until September 1, the ministry’s spokesman, Anatoly Glaz, told Sputnik on Wednesday.Earlier this week, the US imposed new sanctions against Belarus, and Minsk vowed to evaluate possible response measures.“Our response to their unfriendly and even aggressive actions was reported to the American side today at the Foreign Ministry during a meeting with Charge d’Affaires Ruben Harutunian … Amid Washington’s actions to reduce cooperation in all spheres and economic strangulation of our country, we also quite objectively see no point in the presence of such significant personnel of the American diplomatic mission in Belarus,” Glaz said.The spokesman added that it is hard to understand “what will they do” in current circumstances.“In this regard, a proposal was made to the US side…

City News

Arunachal Governor takes additional charge of Mizoram

Itanagar, Aug 11: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brig (Retd) BD Mishra was on Wednesdaysworn in as the Governor of Mizoram.Mishra, who was administered the oath of office by Gauhati High Court Judge, Justice Michael Zothankhuma at the Durbar Hall of Raj Bhavan in Aizawl, Mizoram, will continue as ArunachalPradesh Governor with additional charge of Mizoram.The Governor will discharge the functions of Mizoram Governor Hari Babu Kambhampati inaddition to his own duties, during the latter’s absence on leave, a Raj Bhavan communique saidhere.Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga, Deputy Chief Minister Tawnluia, Assembly SpeakerLalrinliana Sailo, Council of ministers and leaders of political parties were present in theswearing-in ceremony, the release said.Among others, Mizoram Chief Secretary, Director General of Police (DGP) and other seniorofficials were also present, it added.


US-China trade in January-July 2021 grew 40 pc to $404.57 Billion: Chinese Customs

Beijing, Aug 11: In the first seven months of 2021, trade between the United States and China increased by 40 percent compared to the same period last year and amounted to $404.57 billion, China’s General Administration of Customs said.Exports from China to the United States in the first seven months of this year rose 36.9 percent to $302.446 billion, while the United States imported $102.125 billion worth of goods into China, up 50.4 percent than in the same period last year.Separately, in July, US-China trade amounted to $63.756 billion; exports from China to the United States reached $49.592 billion, and China’s imports from the United States reached $14.164 billion.Trade between the United States and China, despite the protracted trade war and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, in 2020 grew by 8.3 percent to $586 billion.

Corona Updates

India reports 38,353 new nCoV cases, 497 deaths in last 24 hrs

New Delhi, Aug 11: India recorded 38,353 new cases of COVID-19 during the past 24 hours post which the overall tally has spiked to 3,20,36,511, while the death toll mounted to 4,29,179 with 497 more fatalities, the Union Health Ministry said on Wednesday. According to the Ministry, the active cases declined by 2,157, to stand at 3,86,351. It is now 1.21 per cent of the total caseload. The past 24 hours saw 40,013 people recovering from the deadly virus, taking the total recovery count to 3,12,20,981, which is 97.45 per cent of the case tally. The fatality rate stood at 1.34 per cent. Meanwhile, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said that a total of 48,50,56,507 samples have been tested so far for coronavirus. Of this, 17,77,962 were tested on Tuesday. Till now, 51,90,80,524 people have been administered COVID-19 vaccines, with 41,38,646 being…


Messi lands in France to join Paris Saint-Germain

Paris, Aug 11: Lionel Messi arrived at Le Bourget airport in Paris to finalize his signing with Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain, following his tearful farewell to Barcelona on Sunday. Hundreds of fans have been waiting on Tuesday afternoon at the airport since Monday as the 34-year-old Argentine has been linked with the capital-based club right after his shock departure from Barcelona was announced. Messi, wearing a T-shirt which wrote “ici c’est Paris (this is Paris)”, waved to the fans when walking out of the airport. PSG has released a video later in the afternoon on its official website which heavily implied that the signing is completed. A news conference will take place in the auditorium of the Parc des Princes on Wednesday at 11:00 am on Wednesday. According to French media L’Equipe, Messi has agreed on a two-year deal with the option of…


KIMS Hospitals Q1 PAT at Rs 920 Mln

Hyderabad, Aug 10: Hyderabad-based Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences Limited (KIMS Hospitals), the largest Corporate healthcare group in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, on Tuesday reported its Profit After Tax (PAT) at Rs 920 million for the first quarter ended June 30, 2021 against Rs 89 million for the corresponding quarter during the previous year.Therefore the group registered a growth of 931 per cent on YoY basis.The Hospital’s total income, including other incomes were registered at Rs 4,775 million as against Rs 2,055 million during the previous year, KIMS Hospitals said in a statement here.The Board of Directors of KIMS Hospitals today approved the financial results for the first quarter.In June this year, the initial public offer of KIMS Hospitals was subscribed 3.86 times at a price band of Rs Rs 815-825 per share. The IPO received bids for 5,56,55,046 shares as against 1,44,13,073 shares…


Canada’s Spavor, detained by China in 2018, sentenced to 11 years, to be deported: Reports

Moscow, Aug 11: Canadian Michael Spavor, detained by China in late 2018, has been sentenced to 11 years in prison by a Chinese court on spying charges, CBC reported. The court also called for Spavor’s deportation and confiscation of some $10,000 of personal property. It was not immediately clear when the Canadian could be forced to leave China. China detained Spavor in December 2018 – several days after Huawei Technologies’ Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Vancouver.

Bengaluru City News

Tourism minister Anand Singh creates political ripples in Karnataka again

Bengaluru, Aug 11: The taking down of the name board of Tourism Minister Anand Singh at his legislator’s residence-cum-office at Vijayanagara city has created political ripples in the state. A video depicting the same has also gone viral on Twitter. Yet another video has also gone viral which depicts the deserted look of his office. The office staff has informed the people of the minister’s unavailability to receive their pleas and grievances. Asked about the taking down of the name board, Singh said: “I do not want to comment on this. I have told the Chief Minister what I have to say.” In all these past days, he has not even once visited the Vidhana Sabha and he is yet to occupy his chamber. Sources say Singh is demanding energy or public works portfolios. Energy ministry has been allocated to Sunil Kumar. Amidst these…


JLL enters secondary residential market, ties up with Zapkey

Kolkata, Aug 10: JLL, India’s largest real estate consultancy firm on Tuesday announced its entry into the country’s secondary residential market via a strategic partnership with Zapkey (a Propstack subsidiary).With this first-of-its-kind association, JLL aims to reach out to customers struggling to make a buy-side or a sell-side transaction in the rather unorganised secondary (resale) residential market.India’s secondary residential market is very challenging with customers facing multiple issues.Apart from difficulties related to price discovery and quality of product offered, legal issues like clear title deeds and documentation can be a big deterrent.This partnership aims at firstly simplifying the marketing of a resale apartment by using Zapkey’sdata platform & proptech tools like Matterport, which creates a 3D digital twin of the apartment for buyers, making it easier for them to virtually tour the property. It also provides measurement features,a detailed home inspection report with all…


Legrand Group India receives prestigious GEEIS-SDG Trophy awarded by ARBORUS

Kolkata, Aug 10: Legrand Group India, a specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructurein its efforts to contribute towards women education has received the prestigious GEEIS-SDG trophy awarded by ARBORUS.GEEIS, Gender Equality European and International Standard, is an internationally recognized label for companies who not only demonstrate a strong and effective commitment to achieving gender equality in the workplace but also for going beyond and putting in place equal processes and good practices.As a part of Legrand Group’s CSR activity, promoting education and empowering girls is one themain social initiative. The scholarship programs which were initiated in 2018, are designed in such a way that it gives an opportunity to meritorious and deserving girl students to pursue courses like engineering, architecture from reputed Indian Universities. One of the key focus area for LegrandGroup India is to encourage women in the field of technology, manufacturing…


Jalandhar district badminton championship to start from Aug 24

Jalandhar, Aug 10: District Badminton Association (DBA), Jalandhar, in association with Think-Gas and Li-Ning would organize District Badminton Championships at Raizada Hansraj Stadium from August 24 to 29.DBA’s interim committee member and former national player Ritin Khanna informed that the championship events for under-11, 13, 15, 17, 19, men and women singles, doubles and mixed doubles matches will be organized. There would also be matches in the age group of 35 to 60 in the veteran category.Khanna said that the fee for each player is Rs 600 per event and players can register their names till August 18. He said that only Jalandhar residents or students can take part in the championship. He informed that the participants can submit their entries along with two passport size photographs at DBA’s office.Players above 18 years participating in the championship will have to submit a certificate of…

City News

Launching pads, terrorist training camps intact across border: DGP

Jammu, Aug 10: Asserting that police and security forces have strengthened the anti-infiltration grid both at the Line of Control and hinterland to foil all attempts, Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police, Dilbag Singh on Tuesday said that launching pads are intact across the border where 250 to 300 terrorists are being trained and they are ready for infiltration. “Launching pads across the border with the support of ISI and associated agencies are still active and around 250 to 300 terrorists are getting trained in the camps and attempts are being made to push them to this side,” the J&K Police Chief said while speaking to journalists during his visit to bordering Rajouri district to review the internal and border security arrangements. The DGP also said that Pakistan had established Gazwat force to disturb the communal harmony in J&K and added that with…


TikTok beats Facebook as most downloaded social media app in 2020

Washington, Aug 10: The Chinese social video platform TikTok became the most downloaded app among social networks in 2020, edging out Facebook Messenger, Japan’s Nikkei newspaper reported on Tuesday. TikTok topped the list of social media downloads in 2020 for the first time since Nikkei began conducting its annual survey in 2018. A year earlier, TikTok ranked fourth. In 2020, Facebook Messenger dropped from first place to fifth, Facebook itself remained second, while WhatsApp came in third, and Instagram fourth (+1 compared to 2019). All of the social platforms on the list apart from TikTok belong to the US corporation Facebook. At the same time, Telegram climbed from eighth to seventh place in the rating amid rising privacy concerns as the messenger allows the deletion of shared data. Twitter, in turn, lost rank at number 10 in the 2020 ranking.

South Asian Countries

Bangladesh reports 11,164 more COVID-19 cases

Dhaka, Aug 10: The daily COVID-19 deaths in Bangladesh hit a record high of 264 on Tuesday, taking the death toll to 23,161, said the country’s Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS). The previous record of 264 deaths was reported on August 5. The official data showed 11,164 more new cases were recorded, taking the national tally to 1,376,322. A total of 47,424 samples were tested in the past 24 hours as of 8:00 a.m. local time Tuesday across the country, said the DGHS. It said the total number of recovered patients in the country stood at 1,234,762, including 14,903 new recoveries. According to the official data, the COVID-19 fatality rate in Bangladesh is 1.68 percent and the current recovery rate is 89.71 percent.


BCCI invites applications for NCA head

Mumbai, Aug 10: The BCCI has advertised for the role of head of cricket at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore.The position was till now held by former India captain Rahul Dravid, whose two-year term has come to an end.According to Cricbuzz report, the position will again be for two years and the appointed individual will have to report to the BCCI secretary.Dravid can apply again should he be interested in getting an extension.The notification is a routine advertisement for the role but it adds to the noise around Dravid’s future and his potential elevation to the Indian team after good tour of Sri Lanka as head coach.Notably, the current coach, Ravi Shastri, and his team of B Arun, R Sridhar and Vikram Rahour, end their term with the T20 World Cup later this year.The head of cricket at the NCA is responsible…

City News

HP: Oppn walks out over handling of unclaimed Covid victims’ bodies

Shimla, Aug 10: Members of the Opposition Congress walked out of the Assembly on Tuesday over the handling of bodies of Covid-19 victims that are still lying in various hospitals of the state.Health Minister Dr Rajeev Sehjal while replying to a discussion under rule 62 brought by members of the assembly, said, “There are several unclaimed remains of Covid victims who died in the hospital while undergoing treatment and were cremated by the administration”.Unsatisfied over the reply of the minister, Opposition members alleged the issues raised by them were not addressed which they had raised during the discussion and walked out of the assembly and did not turn up in the house.Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur condemning the opposition walkout stated that in his absence from the house, opposition members should not walk out from the assembly and at least hear the entire speech…

City News

Goa CM joins Koo App

Panaji, Aug 10: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has joined India’s leading micro-blogging and social networking platform – Koo. Using the handle @DrPramodPSawant, Dr Sawant recently shared information on the ‘Know Your Schemes Service’ launched on the platform with the citizens of Goa and said “The Know Your Schemes Service will bring accessibility of various government schemes through a single point source.” Dr Pramod Sawant, 45, is an Ayurveda practitioner by profession and an MLA from Sanqulim Constituency in North Goa. His presence on Koo will allow him to communicate with the people of Goa in English, Hindi and Marathi. Welcoming Dr Pramod Sawant on to Koo, Aprameya Radhakrishna, Founder and CEO, Koo, said, “Koo is happy to extend a warm welcome to the Hon’ble CM of Goa, Dr. Pramod Sawant. Dr. Sawant’s presence on the platform will help people not just in Goa,…

Corona Updates

India reports 28,204 COVID-19 cases, 373 deaths in 24 hrs

New Delhi, Aug 10: India reported 28,204 new Coronavirus infections and 373 deaths in the past 24 hours, the lowest since March 16, Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday. With this, the overall tally has spiked to 3,19,98,158 and death toll to 4,28,682. The number of per day deaths linked to Covid-19 complications has also dropped below 400. The number of active Covid-19 cases in the country also dropped to 3,88,508, the lowest in 139 days. A decrease of 13,680 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload during the same time frame. The national Covid-19 recovery rate has also improved to 97.45per cent, which is the highest ever recovery rate achieved, the Health Ministry said. On the vaccination front, more than 52,56,35,710 vaccine doses have been provided to states/UTs. Of this, the total consumption, including wastages, is 51,09,58,562 doses, as per the…

South Asian Countries

Eight dead, 13 injured after boat capsizes in south China

Nanning, Aug 10: Eight people were killed and 13 others injured after a boat capsized Monday morning off the coast of Beihai City, south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, local authorities said. The accident happened in the offshore area of Beihai’s Tieshangang District when the vessel, with a total of 61 people on board, was returning from a fishing trip. The injured were rushed to the hospital and are currently receiving medical treatment. As of 7 a.m. Tuesday, all those who fell into the water had been rescued and the boat owner, who was also on board, had been taken into custody by local public security authorities. Further investigation into the accident is still underway.


Australian state sees worst day with highest new COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths

Sydney, Aug 10: The Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) saw another disastrous day with a record daily high of 356 new local cases and four deaths on Tuesday. What is more concerning is around one third of the new locally acquired cases were in the community while infectious. Among the four deaths, three cases were linked to the current outbreak triggered by Delta variant and one case got infected overseas, NSW Health said. Despite the climbing local transmission, the government is reluctant to further tighten restrictions. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she would not take “any strategies that aren’t going to work” and is against the idea of imposing a ring of steel around the epicentre areas in southwest Sydney. Berejiklian said the current restrictions for the eight local government areas in western and southwest Sydney had prevented a further skyrocketing of…

Politics State's Latest

Sindhu Central University in Ladakh

New Delhi, Aug 9: Rajya Sabha on Monday passed the Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2021 paving the way for setting up a central university in the newly-formed Union Territory of Ladakh. The bill was passed by voice vote amid walkout by Opposition parties Congress, TMC and DMK. Lok Sabha had passed the bill last week. Replying to the discussion on the bill, Minister for Education and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan said that the region of Leh and Ladakh is the priority area for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and urged the members present in the House to pass the bill. The proposed university has been named as Sindhu Central University. Pradhan said that the proposed university will be a quality institution where 2,500 students would study there. He also assured that it will not be based on a commercial model. “We are committed…

City News

Marathwada registers 312 COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths

Aurangabad, Aug 10: Marathwada region of Maharashtra recorded 312 new Covid-19 cases and 5 fatalities during the past 24 hours, health authorities informed. Details from all the district headquarters collected by UNI show that out of the eight districts of the region, Beed district was the worst-affected as it recorded 167 new cases and 3 deaths, followed by Latur which had 14 cases and single death, Aurangabad had 13 cases and single death, Osmanabad had 94 cases,Jalna had 14 new cases, Nanded recorded 9 cases, Hingoli had only single case and Parbhani nil. Meanwhile, during the past 24 hours, 4,505 fresh cases of COVID-19 were recorded across the state, taking the total number of infections to 63,57,833. The state also registered 68 more deaths, taking the death toll to 1,34,068. Meanwhile, the highest 7,568 patients also recovered in the state, pushing the total number…

City News

Cyberabad police felicitates 14 Good Samaritans, who saved accident victims

Hyderabad, Aug 9: As many 14 Good Samaritans, who had come forward to save accident victims, were felicitated by Cyberabad Commissioner of Police VC Sajjanar, here on Monday.The samaritans included six Doctors who served road accident victims free of cost, 5 SCSC traffic Volunteers, 32 Police personal, six members of RTAM cell, who all were felicitated for shifting road accident victims, by Sajjanar in the presence of Cyberabad Traffic DCP SM Vijay Kumar, In-charge Jeevandan Programme Dr. G. Swarnalatha and SCSC General Secretary Krishna Yedula and others at Cyberabad Commissionerate Office.While appreciating the Good Samaritans on the occasion, Sajjanar said that they are the role model for everyone in the society and the Traffic Police Co-ordinators coordinated timely with the hospitals and saved road accident victims.2000 traffic volunteers are working under the Cyberabad Police Commissionerate, in this 500 traffic volunteers are working actively and…


Amir Khan suggests for introducing professional, skill courses in CU Srinagar

Srinagar, Aug 7: Actor Amir Khan on Saturday has suggested for introducing various professional and skill courses in the Cluster University (KU), Srinagar. An official spokesman said this evening that Khan met Vice Chancellor, Cluster University Srinagar, Professor Qayyum Hussain here. Among various issues discussed during the interaction at the latter’s office, Khan suggested some job-oriented courses to be started at Cluster University Srinagar which have immense scope in the film industry. Pertinently, the film actor was in Srinagar in connection with shooting of his film ‘Lal Singh Chaddha’. Khan listed various professional and skill courses which can be started in the university in order to provide opportunities to students of Kashmir valley. These included Sound Engineering, Sound Design, Production Design, Costumes, Film Make-Up, Director of Photography, Special Effect Make-Up, Editing and Story Writing. He agreed to support some of the courses in terms…


255 districts, 1,597 blocks across country identified as water stressed

New Delhi, Aug 8: The Centre has identified 255 districts and 1,597 blocks across the country as water stressed. As many as 756 urban local bodies (ULBs) have been identified as water stressed, according to data tabled by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs in Lok Sabha said. Maharashtra has informed that none of its big and medium-sized cities is facing a very serious problem of drinking water. Aurangabad, Latur, Solapur and Bhusawal are some of the big/medium-sized cities of Maharashtra, which are facing some shortage of drinking water. In reply to a question on the shortage of drinking water in cities, Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri said that over exploitation of ground water, increase in population of cities and inefficient use of available water are some of the reasons for the shortage of drinking water in cities. Urban…


SARS-CoV-2 variants could be named after star constellations if Greek letters run out: WHO

London, Aug 8: Future variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, could be named after star constellations when Greek letters run out, Maria Van Kerkhove, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) technical chief for COVID-19, told The Telegraph. In late May, the WHO said that the strains of COVID-19 would be named with Greek letters in order to avoid associating them with certain territories and countries. There are 24 letters in the Greek alphabet. “We’re actually considering star constellations … We were going to go with Greek gods or goddesses, and I said please, please don’t make me say that publicly,” Van Kerkhove said. She confirmed that there was a real threat of the emergence of new SARS-CoV-2 mutations that could make existing vaccines ineffective.

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