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Elon Musk praises Indian talent after Parag Agrawal takes over as Twitter’s CEO

Washington [US]: Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently gave a shout out to Indian talent after Parag Agrawal replaced Jack Dorsey as Twitter’s new CEO. Musk replied to a tweet by Stripe CEO Patrick Collison, who congratulated Parag and highlighted that six US tech giants are now run by Indian-origin CEOs.“Google, Microsoft, Adobe, IBM, Palo Alto Networks, and now Twitter are run by CEOs who grew up in India. It is wonderful to watch the amazing success of Indians in the technology world; it is a good reminder of the opportunity America offers to immigrants. (Congrats, @paraga!),” Collison wrote. Musk responded to Collison’s post by saying, “USA benefits greatly from Indian talent!” 37-year old IIT-Bombay and Stanford University alumnus, Parag Agrawal, took over as the CEO of Twitter on Monday, after its co-founder Jack Dorsey stepped down at the helm of the San Francisco-headquartered microblogging…

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‘Story of my team’: Kapil Dev on ’83’ trailer

New Delhi [India]: Former India captain Kapil Dev could not be more proud of the makers of ’83’ who have the hard task of portraying India’s World Cup in 1983 on the silver screen. Sharing the trailer of ’83’ starring Ranveer Singh, Kapil Dev wrote on Instagram: “The story of my team.”Helmed by director Kabir Khan, ’83’ revolves around India’s historical 1983 Cricket World Cup win. The movie features Ranveer Singh as Kapil Dev, captain of the World Cup-winning team. Tahir Raj Bhasin, Jiiva, Saqib Saleem, Jatin Sarna, Chirag Patil, Dinker Sharma, Nishant Dahiya, Sahil Khattar, Ammy Virk, Addinath Kothare, Dhairya Karwa, R Badree and Pankaj Tripathi are also a part of the film. Interestingly, Deepika Padukone will be seen playing Romi, Kapil Dev’s wife in ’83’, which will hit the big screen on December 24. It was on June 25, 1983, when India…

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Winter Guests : Tourists flock at Ganga ghats in Varanasi after arrival of Siberian birds

Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) [India] With the onset of the Winter season, Ganga ghats in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi witnessed the arrival of migratory Siberian birds. These migratory birds added to the beauty of Ganga ghats and attracted a large number of tourists to the place.Speaking to ANI, Archana Chaubey, a visitor said, “These birds are adding to the beauty of these Ganga ghats. We are feeling very good looking at these beautiful birds.” “Siberian birds are here. This is a very beautiful view. Birds have come in a flock and adding to the beauty of Ganga ghat,” another visitor, Anushka said. Devendra, one more visitor from Mumbai who was also present at the ghat said, “I am not able to explain the beauty of this scene. It’s so amazing that we are also taking their pictures and selfies with them.” Sammu, a local vendor at…

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People in Delhi, UP to be benefitted from Noida Jewar International Airport, says PM Modi

Gautam Buddha Nagar (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that people in Delhi-NCR and western Uttar Pradesh will be benefitted from the Noida International Airport. Speaking on the occasion of the foundation laying stone ceremony of Noida International Airport, PM Modi said,“Many congratulations to all of you, all the people of the country, brothers and sisters of Uttar Pradesh on Noida International Airport. It will benefit crores of people of Delhi-NCR and Western Uttar Pradesh.” The Prime Minister further said that be it poor or middle-class farmer or trader, labourer or entrepreneur, everyone gets a lot of benefits from it. He said that the airport will become a model of connectivity as every mode of transportation will be available here. PM Modi today laid the foundation stone for Noida International Airport (NIA) in Jewar, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Uttar Pradesh. He…

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‘Absconding’ Ex Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh reaches Mumbai, joins probe in extortion case

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]- Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh who has been declared ‘absconding’ by a Mumbai court, has arrived at Crime Branch unit 11 office in Kandivali to join the investigation of the Goregaon extortion case, informed police official. “He has reached at Crime Branch unit 11 and he will record his statement in Goregaon extortion case,” said Milind Bharambe, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime).Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh on Monday told the Supreme Court that he is very much in the country and he is not absconding, the top court granted him interim protection from arrest and directed him to join the investigation. Six cases of corruption and extortion were filed against Singh after he wrote a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray levelling corruption and misconduct against the then Home Minister and senior NCP leader Anil Deshmukh.…

Games Sports

Majestic Pride felicitated Ravi Kumar Dahiya in a Glittering Ceremony

Panaji (Goa) [India]: Majestic Pride Group held a special event on Saturday and felicitated freestyle wrestler Ravi Kumar Dahiya, the Tokyo Olympics Silver Medalist and recipient of the country’s highest sporting honour – Khel Ratna. “Ravi Kumar Dahiya brought glory to our country. So, we thought of honouring him in a glittering ceremony,” said Majestic Pride Group Chairman Ashok Khetrapal, adding, “We are happy the event held under strict COVID-19 protocols was a huge success.”The meet-and-greet program after the felicitation ceremony gave Majestic Pride Group guests a rare opportunity to interact with the country’s wrestling icon besides taking photographs with the champ. “I’m touched with the gesture extended by Majestic Pride Group. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I am looking forward to take part in the Group’s future events too,” said Freestyle Wrestler Ravi Kumar Dahiya. Majestic Pride Group has been holding various events,…

Cricket

Bangladesh needs to do soul searching

Dhaka [Bangladesh]: Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi feels the Bangladesh team need better wickets to showcase their talent rather than competing on poor pitches and giving “ordinary” performances in World Cups. Mohammad Rizwan (40) and Haider Ali (45) starred with the bat as Pakistan defeated Bangladesh by five wickets in the third and final T20I here at the Shere Bangla National Stadium on Monday.Afridi congratulated Pakistan on the victory and said the side needs to carry the winning momentum. “Congratulations Pakistan!! A bit too close for comfort at the end. Great to see the team maintain winning ways, so important for a team to carry on the winning momentum,” Afridi tweeted. The former Pakistan skipper also pointed out that Bangladesh “desperately” need better pitches if they want to improve as a team. “Bangladesh really need to do some soul searching, do they want to…

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India’s first veterinary ventilator hospital: After losing his dog, Man opens hospital in Ahmedabad

Gujarat (Ahmedabad) [India]: A Gujarati, who lost his pet a year ago due to lack of facilities has now opened “a one-stop solution to everything related to pets – a non-profit veterinary hospital with fully equipped OT rooms and India’s first animal vet ventilator” in Ahmedabad. Shaival Desai, founder of ‘BestBuds Pet Hospital’, while speaking to ANI, said, “The idea for a multi-speciality hospital for pets struck when I lost my dog a year ago. It was a painful time. He could not be treated well due to shortage of facilities which is when I decided to come up with a hospital for pets.” “Now, I have opened a one-stop solution to everything related to pets – a non-profit vet hospital with fully equipped OT rooms and India’s first animal vet ventilator,” Shaival added. Dr Divyesh Kelawaya, a Senior Veterinarian, said, “During COVID-19, many…

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World of Refugees: 84 million people mostly in Developing Countries

By KSHVID NEWS DESK with Inputs from Agencies. The UNHCR, the refugee body of the United Nations, had released a new Mid-year report for 2021 which says that a total of 84 million people have been displaced globally, including cross-border and internal displacements. This comes after its previous statement that 2020 created the highest number of refugees worldwide in history. The UNHCR had previously stated that the number of forcibly displaced people worldwide was 82.4 million at the end of 2020. Similarly, the World Bank’s Groundswell report warned by 2050, 216 million people could become internally displaced (within their own countries) due to climate change. In the official press release announcing the new report, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi is quoted thus: “The international community is failing to prevent violence, persecution and human rights violations, which continue to drive people from their…

City News Kolkata

Della Leaders Club-Business Platform Launches Kolkata Global Chapter

Founded by Jimmy Mistry- DLC is a global community of Entrepreneurs, Professionals and Young Leaders that brings people together to positively impact the world. Kolkata.– Della Leaders Club is the World’s 1st Business Platform for every passionate leader. According to Founder Jimmy Mistry “Within 12 months since the inception of DLC, we’ve selected 2250 Honorary Committee Members comprising of men and women of eminence who believe in helping others through their individual domain expertise. Through its 26 Global Committees and 15 Chapters, DLC will focus on knowledge exchange, lifestyle guidance and social responsibility while building a support ecosystem for leaders globally. We believe DLC will be the catalyst to transform our members from “A Life of Success to a Life of Significance.” The virtual launch of the Kolkata Chapter on 21st October was well attended by our eminent Honorary Committee Members (HCMs) with Harsh…

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IMD Predicts heavy to very heavy rainfall in Tamil Nadu during next 24 hours

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: The Indian Meteorological Department predicted on Thursday morning that the coastal region of Tamil Nadu is likely to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall with extremely heavy falls in the southern coastal region of Andhra Pradesh– Rayalaseema and adjoining areas of north Tamil Nadu during next 24 hours. “Intense rainfall has begun over coastal Tamil Nadu since early hours of today”n tweeted IMD tweeted.The Low-Pressure Area (LPA) over Southeast and adjoining Southwest Bay now lies as a Well Marked Low-Pressure Area over Southwest and adjoining West-central Bay off north Tamil Nadu-south Andhra Pradesh coasts, IMD informed. “It is very likely to intensify into a Depression during the next 12 hours,” said IMD. The Weather department also predicted that Strong winds (speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph) are very likely to prevail over Southwest and adjoining West-central Bay of…

South Asian Countries

After months of closure, girl schools reopen in Afghanistan’s Ghor province

Kabul [Afghanistan]: After months of the closure of girls’ schools in Ghor province of Afghanistan, now female students from grade 7 to 12 were allowed to attend their schools in Ferozkoh, capital of the western province, reported local media. The reopening of schools came as a result of efforts made by the Ferozkoh council which had urged the province’s education officials to reopen the girls’ schools, reported TOLOnews.Sultan Ahmad, head of the Ferozkoh council, said: “We reached an agreement that the high schools for girls in the capital and all districts of Ghor should be reopened.” Expressing happiness over the reopening of the schools in the province, civil rights activist Habib Wahdat said: “Fortunately, the schools will be reopened for the girl students.” Stressing that reopening of the schools is very important, Wahdat said: “If women are deprived of education, the next generation of…

National News Politics

62.82 cr samples tested for COVID

New Delhi [India]: India’s testing capacity has been ramped up extensively and it has conducted 62,82,48,841 COVID-19 tests so far, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said on Thursday. Of the total testing done so far 12,32,505 samples were tested in the last 24 hours.Meanwhile, India on Wednesday reported 10,197 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The country also reported 12,134 recoveries in the last 24 hours, taking the recovery tally to 3,38,73,890. The recovery rate is currently at 98.28 per cent, which is the highest since March 2020. India’s active caseload stands at 1,28,555, the lowest in 527 days. The active cases account for less than 1 per cent of total cases, currently at 0.37 per cent and it is the lowest since March 2020. More than 113.68 crore vaccine…

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43-year-old visually impaired man from Vadodara scales 17,000 ft Himalayan peak

Vadodara (Gujarat) [India]: Sanjeev Gokhle, a resident of Vadodara who is visually impaired, recently climbed Mount Friendship at an altitude of 17,346 feet above the sea level in the range of Lesser Himalayas – Pir Panjal. The 43-year-old says that he is passionate about maintaining and nature, works in the Department of Post as a postal assistant.“I with my friend Pushpak climbed a peak called Friendship peak in the Himalayas. It was a five-day expedition started which we started from Solang….It was a tough terrain but I enjoyed it a lot. The Himalayas have a different aura. In Gujarat I used to trek for 4-5 hours whereas in the Himalayas we had to trek for 8 hours,” said Gokhle. He further said, “When I am climbing a mountain and if it’s an uphill, I hold a string which is attached to the bag of…

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PM Modi to lay foundation stone of Rs 400 cr UP Defence Industrial Corridor project in Jhansi tomorrow

Jhansi (Uttar Pradesh): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be laying the foundation stone of the Rs 400 crore Uttar Pradesh Defence Industrial Corridor project in Jhansi on Friday, a Central government move aimed at achieving strategic Independence. The Prime Minister will kick start the beginning of the significant project on the concluding three-day ‘Rashtra Raksha Samarpan Parv’ event being organised by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) along with the government of Uttar Pradesh.Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the event on Wednesday. The Centre has decided to set up two Defence Industrial Corridors in the country– one in Tamil Nadu and the other in Uttar Pradesh. The Uttar Pradesh Defence Industrial Corridor has nodes at Agra, Aligarh, Jhansi, Chitrakoot, Lucknow and Kanpur. For the Jhansi Node of the Uttar Pradesh Defence Industrial Corridor, the state government has made nearly 1,034 hectares of land available. Bharat…

Cricket

‘Ind vs NZ: Rohit & Dravid bond well’

Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India]: Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar feels head coach Rahul Dravid and T20I captain Rohit Sharma will get along well because their “temperaments” are quite similar. India and New Zealand will be squaring off in a three-match T20I series, beginning Wednesday in Jaipur. This is the first assignment in charge for head coach Dravid and full-time T20I skipper Rohit.“If you look at both of their temperaments, they are quite similar. Rohit is of a quiet nature just like Rahul Dravid. So I think their bond will be quite good because both of them will understand each other well,” said Gavaskar on the Star Sports show Follow The Blues. “When he used to play we used to think that till Rahul Dravid is at the crease, the Indian batting is safe and strong. This is the reason why I believe that the new…

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Twinkle Khanna reacts to Aryan Khan’s drug case with Squid Game reference: ‘I need heavy-duty psychotropic substances’

Mumbai (India): Bollywood Star and writer Twinkle Khanna has shared her thoughts on Aryan Khan’s arrest. Shah Rukh Khan’s older son was arrested in a drug-related case. Twinkle khanna shared her thoughts on Aryabn Khans arrest by comparing it with Squid Game. In a post shared on Instagram, Twinkle compared Aryan’s drug case with a game that appeared in the hit South Korean drama series.  Sharing a post, under the title ‘Let the desi Squid Games begin’, she cited a marbles game from one of the episodes and presented her take on Shah Rukh Khan’s son’s arrest.  “Each player is given ten marbles and must get their opponent’s marbles by competing in any game of their choosing. In this episode, one of the strongest candidates is badgered and ultimately bamboozled into losing his marbles. I seem to have misplaced mine as well when I read…

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Not seeking to pressure countries to choose between working with US or China: Blinken

Washington [United States of America]: The Biden administration is not seeking to pressure countries to decide whether to do business with the United States or China and it is not looking to contain the latter, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said. “We’re not asking countries to choose between the United States and China nor, as I’ve said repeatedly, do we seek to contain China or hold it back,” Blinken said during a press conference on Tuesday. “What we do seek to do is uphold the highest possible standards as we’re engaged around the world.”Blinken emphasised that trade and investment with China are important for all countries and usually beneficial. However, Blinken said that in the case of China there is no division between the private enterprise and the state so countries should take precautions before investing in that country. (ANI/Sputnik)

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Congress demands an apology from Karnataka BJP chief

Vijayapura (Karnataka) [India]: Congress general secretary Randeep Singh Surjewala has hit back at Karnataka BJP chief President Nalin Kumar Kateel for levelling drug use allegations against party leader Rahul Gandhi. Addressing media in Sindhagi, the Congress leader also demanded an apology from Kateel for the alleged statement.“Instead of making such derogatory comments, they must tell if they are in a hangover of drugs which were found at the Adani port in Gujarat, worth 2 lakh crore. Kateel must have taken that drug, that’s the reason in a hangover of it, he is speaking like that.” Surjewala said. Further slamming the BJP, Surjewala said that by making derogatory comments against Rahul Gandhi BJP leaders show their ‘culture’ and ‘mentality’. “It is an uncultured statement made by the BJP leader in Karnataka which cannot be acceptable. Nalini Kumar Kateel being president of the party in Karnataka…

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Rahul Gandhi visits former PM Manmohan Singh at AIIMS

New Delhi [India]: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday visited former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi and enquired about his health. He also wished him a speedy recovery.Singh was admitted to AIIMS, Delhi yesterday. Earlier today Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished for the speedy recovery of former PM Manmohan Singh, who was admitted to AIIMS on Wednesday. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also prayed for the speedy recovery of Singh. The eighty-nine-year-old Congress leader had complained of weakness and is stable and under the observation of doctors, hospital sources said. Earlier in the day, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya visited the hospital to meet him. (ANI)

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Punjab CM Channi arrives at former Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s farmhouse in Mohali

Mohali (Punjab) [India]: Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi arrived at former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s farmhouse, in Siswan, Mohali on Thursday. Meanwhile, Punjab Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu, who resigned as Punjab unit chief a few days ago, will meet Congress general secretary KC Venugopal and Punjab Incharge Harish Rawat on Thursday, October 14 in New Delhi.After the resignation as the president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC), Sidhu will be having his first official meeting with the Congress central leadership. (ANI)

Business Economy

Samsung announces Unpacked 2 event for October 20

Seoul [South Korea]: Samsung has just sent out invitations for an event it is holding online on October 20 at 7 am PT / 10 am ET. As per The Verge, it’s called ‘Galaxy Unpacked Part 2’, which is possibly an indication that rather than all-new Galaxy phones, we may be seeing iterations on existing ones.With Samsung’s announcement, we’ll now have an Apple event on Monday (where we are expecting new MacBook Pros), Google’s Pixel 6 launch on Tuesday, and now Samsung’s apparently smaller event on Wednesday. In addition to the invite’s image, Samsung’s newsroom post announcing the event hints at some kind of personalization for Galaxy devices: “Our users are multifaceted and live life in so many colourful, interesting, and unique ways. As such, the technology they use every day should reflect their individuality. Join Galaxy Unpacked Part 2 on October 20 to…

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BJP leader Kavinder Gupta says situation in J-K deteriorating, demands action

New Delhi: Former Jammu and Kashmir deputy chief minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kavinder Gupta on Wednesday said the situation in Jammu and Kashmir has been constantly deteriorating and demanded action against those responsible for this environment. “The situation in Jammu and Kashmir has been constantly deteriorating so action should be taken against those who are creating such environment. For seventy years, this kind of atmosphere was created and there was the hoisting of Pakistan flags, stone-pelting incidents recently. All these things tell that people here want peace,” Gupta told ANI.His remarks came after targeted killings in Jammu and Kashmir by terrorists in the past few days. Speaking on the National Investigation Agency (NIA) raids in the Union Territory, the BJP leader said, “We all have seen how Kashmiri pandits or Hindus have suffered in the past. It is clear that…

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US households heated with natural gas face 30pc increase in winter bills: Energy Dept

Washington [US]: Americans that rely on natural gas for home heating can expect to pay nearly one-third more this winter, with steeper increases for those using oil and propane, the Energy Information Administration said in a report. “We expect that the nearly half of US households that heat primarily with natural gas will spend 30% more than they spent last winter on average – 50% more if the winter is 10% colder-than-average and 22% more if the winter is 10% warmer-than-average,” the report said on Wednesday.The 5 percent of households that rely on propane will most likely spend 54 percent more and the 4 percent using heating oil can expect bills to increase 43 percent, the report said. However, households heated with electricity will most likely avoid steep increases in other energy prices, with winter bills increasing just 6 percent, the report added. The…

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Australia’s COVID-19 cases smash daily record

Sydney [Australia]: Australia has recorded its highest ever daily increase of COVID-19 cases on Thursday, with a spike of almost 2,750 new cases in three separate outbreaks. The outbreaks, in the states of Victoria, New South Wales (NSW) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), are part of the third wave of the pandemic that first hit the nation in early 2020.Victoria is battling by far the largest, reporting 2,297 local cases and 11 deaths throughout Wednesday. The surge of over 40 per cent compared with the previous day is putting the state’s health system under unprecedented pressure with 705 COVID-19 patients in hospitals on Wednesday, including 146 in intensive care, of whom 92 were on ventilators. The quickly escalating numbers are also presumably throwing the state government’s plans to partially reopen the economy into question. Stuck in its sixth lockdown since the pandemic struck…

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Bengaluru’s Madiwala lake overflow due to heavy rainfall, several localities flooded

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Bengaluru’s Madiwala lake overflowed on Thursday after heavy rainfall lashed the city. Several areas including BTM Layout, HSR Layout, Anugraha Layout, and Madiwala localities flooded with water due to the overflowing of Madiwala lake.Meanwhile, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places over Karnataka for the next three days. Earlier on Monday, the city started witnessing heavy rainfall which later cause a flood-like situation. Several areas, including the Kempegowda International Airport (KIAL), were waterlogged following heavy rainfall in the city. The waterlogging at the road to the airport made it difficult for the passengers to reach the airport. The passengers were seen being ferried on a tractor outside the airport. Following the heavy rain, a man was killed due to a short circuit in a house that was flooded, in the Konappana Agrahara limits…

Corona Updates

Tamil Nadu reports 1,280 new COVID-19 cases, 19 deaths

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: Tamil Nadu reported 1,280 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. According to the state health bulletin, the total active cases stand at 15,650 and 1,453 recoveries are reported in the last 24 hours.The total number of people who tested positive is 1,280 and the total number tested so far stands at 26,82,137. The total number of people tested by RT-PCR stand at 1,38,228 and the total test went up to 4, 79,64,847. The number of people discharged in the last 24 hours is 1,453 and the total number of people discharged so far is 26,30,654, read the health bulletin. (ANI)

National News Politics

‘Direct attack on federalism’

Chandigarh (Punjab): Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Wednesday condemned the Centre’s decision to extend the Border Security Force (BSF)’s jurisdiction over a wider area along the borders of three states and said that it is a “direct attack on federalism”. Channi requested the Union Home Minister Amit Shah to immediately roll back this irrational decision.“I strongly condemn the GoI’s unilateral decision to give additional powers to BSF within the 50 km belt running along the international borders, which is a direct attack on federalism. I urge the Union Home Minister @AmitShah to immediately roll back this irrational decision,” tweeted Channi. Punjab Home Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa has termed the Centre’s recent decision of allowing more jurisdiction to the Border Security Force (BSF) in border areas as an attempt to “weaken the spirit of federalism”. Channi’s predecessor Captain Amarinder Singh who had to…

International World Updates

Resurgence of TTP’s terror activities raises concern over Pak stability: Think tank

Ottawa [Canada]: The strong resurgence of Pakistani Taliban’s terror activities soon after the Taliban’s takeover in Afghanistan is raising new concerns about Pakistan’s overall stability, including the security of its nuclear arsenal, said a Canada-based think tank. According to an article in International Forum for Rights and Security (IFFRAS), Pakistan efforts to pressurise the Taliban to ensure that the TTP is not allowed any sanctuary in Afghanistan, have failed to yield any visible results.In recent times, the Pakistani Taliban has carried out multiple attacks in Pakistan. A ceasefire between Pakistan’s government and Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) announced on October 1 has fallen apart in days as fears rise about the al Qaeda-linked group’s true agenda, the think tank said. TTP, a conglomerate of ethnic Pashtun Islamist militant groups, operates from Pakistan’s north-western tribal area of North Waziristan and has been fighting the Pakistani state in…

Business Economy

Infosys records 19.4 pc year-on-year growth

New Delhi [India]: Infosys has recorded a strong performance in second quarter of the financial year 2021-22 with a 19.4 per cent increase in the year-on-year growth and sequential growth accelerating to 6.3 per cent in constant currency. According to a statement from Infosys, the growth was broad-based across geographies and segments with the largest geography, North America growing at 23 per cent and the largest segment, Financial Services growing at 20.5 per cent, year-on-year in constant currency.Large deal momentum continued with Total Contract Value (TCV) of USD 2.15 billion in Q2. The operating margin for the quarter was resilient at 23.6 per cent. The Board has announced interim dividend of Rs 15 per share for FY22. “Our stellar performance and robust growth outlook continue to demonstrate our strategic focus and the strength of our digital offerings. As we witness a strong market opportunity…

Bengaluru City News

K’taka CM Bommai chairs meeting on earthquake preparedness

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Following the mild tremors of earthquakes that have been felt in parts of Karnataka’s Kalaburagi in the past four days, state Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday chaired a meeting with officials to discuss the matter. As per information shared by the chief minister’s office, the meeting was scheduled on an urgent basis with officials of the Natural Disaster Management Cell at Bengaluru to discuss the preparedness of the state if the calamity hits at a bigger scale.Officials were instructed to immediately set up relief centres in Chincholi and Sedam, the CMO said. Bommai also directed officials to provide relief to people whose houses have been damaged by the earthquakes. He also ordered officials to submit a report on the matter. According to National Centre for Seismology (NCS), an earthquake of magnitude 3.6 on the Richter scale struck Karnataka’s Gulbarga at…

Europe International

Around USD 4 trillion required in clean energy investment to limit global warming: IEA

Paris [France]: An almost USD 4 trillion investment into clean energy is required to meet the Paris Agreement pledge to limit the global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in its World Energy Outlook 2021 report. “Getting the world on track for 1.5 °C requires a surge in annual investment in clean energy projects and infrastructure to nearly USD 4 trillion by 2030,” the report reads.The IEA mentioned some developing economies financing such projects, citing India’s expansion of solar panels, while also noting “persistent challenges, many of which have been exacerbated by the [COVID-19] pandemic. The IEA report was issued ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference, or COP26, which will take place in Glasgow from October 31 to November 12. The UN climate conference, which was cancelled last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, will seek to…

City News Delhi National News Politics

‘Gandhi asked Savarkar to file mercy plea’

New Delhi [India]: Noting that there had been “deliberate attempts to defame” Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said that it was on Mahatma Gandhi’s request that he wrote mercy petitions to the British. Speaking at the launch of the book ‘Veer Savarkar: The Man Who Could Have Prevented Partition’, Singh said, “Lies were spread about Savarkar. Time and again, it was said that he filed mercy petitions before the British government seeking his release from jail.”“It was Mahatma Gandhi who asked him to file mercy petitions,” he added. RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, Union Ministers Gen VK Singh (retd), Jitendra Singh, Parshottam Rupala and Arjun Ram Meghwal were among those present at the event. (ANI)

Politics State's Latest

Uttarakhand Power Corp buys Electricity

Dehradun (Uttarakhand) [India]: In view of the power crisis in the state, the Uttarakhand Power Corporation Ltd (UPCL) is buying expensive electricity to normalize the supply quota as per the demand, UPCL administration informed on Wednesday. On Tuesday, 2.3 million units of electricity were purchased at the rate of 7.56 paise per unit.The UPCL administration said that there will be a demand of 41 million units of electricity on Wednesday, while only 39.3 million units of electricity will be available for supply. “In such a situation, due to the shortage of 1.7 million units of electricity, there will be a power cut in some areas. Electricity in rural areas is being cut so that there is no difference in cities.” Meanwhile, central government sources said that the situation will be normal within a month. There is no shortage in daily power and coal supply.…

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Puri-based miniature artist makes Goddess Durga idol with ice-cream sticks

Puri (Odisha) [India]: On the occasion of Navaratri, a Puri-based miniature artist has made a unique idol of Goddess Durga, using 275 ice cream sticks. “It took me six days to complete this artwork,” artist Biswajeet Nayak told ANI on Tuesday. “I have built the miniature art of “Durga Maa face”. Using a total of 275 ice cream sticks. This time I have also designed a new type of mandala art on the statue. We will celebrate the “Durga Puja” by complying with the COVID-19 guidelines,” said Nayak. According to the guidelines issued by the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) in September regarding the observance of Durga Puja amid COVID-19, the size of the idol shall be less than four feet. The guidelines limited the number of participants to seven people. BMC mandated that no public congregation would be allowed during the Durga puja and…

Corona Updates

India reports 15,823 new COVID-19 cases

New Delhi [India]: A total of 15,823 new COVID-19 cases and 226 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, Union Health Ministry said on Wednesday. With 22,844 recoveries recorded in the last 24 hours, the total recoveries climbed to 3,33,42,901. Since the onset of the pandemic last year, 3,40,01,743 coronavirus infections have been registered. Currently, there are 2,07,653 active cases in the country.Meanwhile, India’s cumulative COVID-19 vaccination coverage has surpassed the 96 crore mark. In the ongoing nationwide vaccination drive, 50,63,845 doses were administered in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative vaccine doses inoculated so far to 96,43,79,212. According to ICMR, over 13 lakh COVID-19 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours. So far, 58,63,63,442 tests have been conducted to detect the presence of the virus. (ANI)

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Malaysia reports 7,276 new COVID-19 infections, 103 new deaths

Kuala Lumpur [Malaysia]: Malaysia reported another 7,276 new COVID-19 infections as of midnight Tuesday, bringing the national total to 23,53,579, according to the health ministry. None of the new cases is imported, with all being local transmissions, data released on the ministry’s website showed.Another 103 more deaths have been reported, bringing the death toll to 27,525. About 10,555 patients have been released after recovery, bringing the total number of cured and discharged to 22,17,057. Of the remaining 1,08,997 active cases, 722 are being held in intensive care and 386 of those are in need of assisted breathing. The country reported 2,09,534 doses administered on Tuesday alone and some 75.2 per cent of the population have received at least one dose and 66.1 per cent are fully vaccinated. (ANI/Xinhua)

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Hundreds of residents evacuated amid volcanic eruption in Spain

Madrid [Spain]: Between 700 to 800 people in Spain have been evacuated as a result of the ongoing volcanic eruption on the island of La Palma, local emergency services have said. The new wave of evacuations came after the approximately 6,000 people who were evacuated in the early days of the 24-day eruption on the Cumbre Vieja volcano in the southwest of the island.A new lava flow, which began after the north face of the crater collapsed at the weekend, has so far covered 595 hectares (5.95 square km) of land on the island, which forms part of the Canary Island archipelago off the northwest coast of Africa in the Atlantic Ocean. Meanwhile, an estimated 1,281 buildings have been destroyed by lava and it has also led to the formation of around 60 hectares (0.6 square km) of new land. One branch of the…

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Bhopal : women in ‘Lota Daud’

Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) [India]: A unique initiative was taken up by the local administration of Bhopal on Tuesday as women in Phanda Kala village of the district ran with a water pot in their hands to send a message against open defecation to their daughters-in-law. In a bid to discourage women from defecating in open, the district administration organised an event called ‘Lota Daud’ in which 18 elderly women participated in a race carrying water pots in their hands.The women, through their participation, endeavoured to discourage their daughters-in-law from going through the same problems they faced due to the lack of toilets. The event was aimed at making maximum people aware of using toilets. “Earlier there were no toilets, mothers-in-law used to go to the fields. Now those mothers are saying that I have got toilets made in the home and the government is…

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Girls, teachers urge Taliban to reopen schools

Kabul [Afghanistan]: Girls and teachers have urged the Taliban to reopen schools for girls and young women. Schools for girls have been closed for about two months after the Taliban takeover. Only three provinces in Afghanistan– Balkh, Kunduz and Sar-i- Pul– have reopened schools for girls.Madina, a 12th-grade student of a school in Kabul wished for schools to reopen in the capital city and other provinces too. “I am optimistic about reopening schools in some provinces. We wish that schools will be opened in Kabul and other provinces. As the winter is coming and the weather is getting cold and facilities are very limited in public schools, so then we can’t study,” she said. Ashoqullah, who is a schoolteacher, said that girls have the right to education and schools must be reopened immediately. “Girls also have the right to education and the schools must…

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Lawyer files complaint before Mumbai police commissioner against 5 in cruise drug case

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: A Mumbai-based lawyer has filed a written complaint before the Mumbai Police Commissioner Hemant Nagrale against five persons for their suspicious role in the Mumbai cruise party case. The complaint filed by Advocate Kanishk Jayant alleged criminal conspiracy by the five persons – KP Gosavi, Manish Bhanushali, Amir Furniturewala, Prateek Gaba and Rushab Sachdeva- and requested the Police Commissioner Nagrale to file FIR for extortion and their suspicious role in Cordelia Cruise Drug Case.The complaint had been filed before the Mumbai police commissioner and at Yellow Gate police station. The complainant asked “who has authorized Gosavi and Bhanushali to take physical custody of any citizen of India and manhandle an unsuspecting citizen on behalf of the Narcotic Control Bureau?” “Has Sameer Wankhede authorized KP Gosavi and Manish Bhanushali to take physical custody of Aryan Shah Rukh Khan and Arbaaz Merchant,” asked…

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JD(S)-Congress coalition in K’taka is closed chapter: Shivakumar

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Days after former Karnataka Chief Minister and Janata Dal (S) leader HD Kumaraswamy alleged that his predecessor Siddaramaiah was responsible for the collapse of the JD(S)-Congress coalition government, state Congress chief DK Shivakumar said that coalition government is a closed chapter and he has no interest in talking about who is responsible for destabilising it. “I have no interest in discussing or talking about the issue of a closed chapter or who is responsible for destabilising the coalition government,” Shivakumar said on Tuesday.“Go ahead and ask them only who said it,” he added. Earlier in Mysuru, Kumaraswamy had said that Siddaramaiah wanted to become the leader of Opposition, hence, he toppled the coalition government in the state. Kumaraswamy had also accused Siddaramaiah of ruining the lives of 23 Congress ministers and added that the latter is responsible for Bharatiya Janata Party…

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Microsoft transforms Windows Subsystem for Linux into Windows 11 app

Washington [US]: American tech conglomerate Microsoft has transformed the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) into an app that people can simply download and install from the Microsoft Store on Windows 11. According to The Verge, a preview version of the app is available right now; allowing Windows 11 users to install Windows Subsystem for Linux without having to head into add / remove programs and selecting WSL as an optional inbox component for Windows.This separate app will now be serviced through the store, which means Microsoft can update WSL independently from Windows, allowing WSL users to “get the latest WSL updates and features faster, and without needing to modify your Windows version.” While there are no new changes with this Store app version just yet, it does mean that future updates can appear without needing to wait for a bigger Windows release or update.…

International Middle East

UNRWA starts rebuilding Palestinian refugees’ homes destroyed in fighting in May

Gaza [Palestine]: The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) started rebuilding Palestinian refugees’ homes, which had been destroyed by Israel in the Gaza Strip in May, a UN official said on Tuesday. UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini told a news conference before the agency started to reconstruct a destroyed home in a refugee camp in western Gaza city as the beginning of reconstruction process of refugees’ homes.“The process includes 1,200 Palestinian refugee families who left their homes with severe damage and were unable to return to them due to the massive destruction,” Lazzarini said. He added that there are 7,000 other families that will be provided with assistance once the financial support is available, reminding that UNRWA needs 20 million U.S. dollars “in order to deal with these cases.” On May 21, Egypt brokered a cease-fire agreement which…

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Earthquake hits Jharkhand

Einghbhum (Jharkhand) [India]: An earthquake of magnitude 4.1 on the Richter scale struck Singhbhum in Jharkhand on Sunday, the National Center for Seismology informed. The earthquake occurred at 14.22 pm with a depth of 10 kilometres at the Singhbhum district of Jharkhand, according to NCS.“Earthquake of Magnitude:4.1, Occurred on 03-10-2021, 14:22:28 IST, Lat: 22.28 & Long: 85.63, Depth: 10 Km ,Location: District Singhbhum, Jharkhand,” NCS tweeted. (ANI)

Fitness Health & Lifestyle

Moderate-vigorous physical activity is most efficient at improving fitness

Washington [US]: In the largest study performed to date to understand the relationship between habitual physical activity and physical fitness, researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have found that a higher amount of time spent performing exercise (moderate-vigorous physical activity) and low-moderate level activity (steps) and less time spent sedentary, translated to greater physical fitness. These findings appear online in the European Heart Journal.“By establishing the relationship between different forms of habitual physical activity and detailed fitness measures, we hope that our study will provide important information that can ultimately be used to improve physical fitness and overall health across the life course,” explained corresponding author Matthew Nayor, MD, MPH, assistant professor of medicine at BUSM. He and his team studied approximately 2,000 participants from the community-based Framingham Heart Study who underwent comprehensive cardiopulmonary exercise tests (CPET) for the “gold standard” measurement…

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Rahul Gandhi inaugurates farmers’ day program, felicitates Class 12 students in Kerala

Wayanad (Kerala) [India]: Some of the highlights of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Kerala were that he inaugurated the Karassery Panchayat Farmers’ Day Program, felicitated farmers at Karassery Bank Auditorium and got sweets from a nurse who worked at the hospital where he was born. Gandhi is on a visit to his Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency in Kerala. Here, he visited Kozhikode, Malappuram and Kalpetta. At 11:15 AM today, the Congress leader inaugurated the Karassery Panchayat Farmers’ Day Program and felicitated farmers at Karassery Bank Auditorium, North Karassey, Thiruvambady of Kozhikode district. After this, Wayanad MP headed towards Malappuram district. On his way, (as per a video shared on the Twitter handle of Kerala Congress), an elderly woman was seen calling Gandhi ‘her son’ and giving him a packet of sweets while showing her affection for the Wayanad MP. “The wholesome love and…

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Odisha sponsors hockey for 10 more yrs

Bhubaneswar (Odisha): Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday felicitated the Indian national hockey teams that scripted history, with their brilliant performance at the Tokyo Olympics. In recognition of their achievement and their potential to be the top teams in the world, the Chief Minister announced that Odisha will continue to sponsor Indian hockey teams, for another 10 years. Addressing the gathering, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, said, “We, in Odisha, are elated that our partnership with Hockey India has led to this great achievement for the country. I believe, Odisha and Hockey are destined to become synonymous.” “We will continue our partnership with Hockey India. Odisha will support the Indian Hockey teams for 10 more years. This will herald a new era of Indian Hockey and bring back the glory to the nation,” he added.The Chief Minister felicitated captain Rani Rampal and the women’s…

City News Corona Updates Delhi

Delhi reports 38 new COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths in the last 24 hours

New Delhi [India]: The national capital on Tuesday saw a slight surge in its daily count reporting 38 new COVID-19 cases and four fatalities in the last 24 hours. As per the Delhi health bulletin, a total of 53,345 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours wherein a positivity rate of 0.07 per cent was reported. The total cases mounted to 14,37,156 including 471 active cases. As a sign of relief, 30 recoveries were logged thereby escalating the total recoveries to 14,11,612. However, the death toll touched 25,073 including new deaths with 1.74 per cent case fatality rate.As far as the COVID-19 vaccination status in the national capital is concerned, cumulative beneficiaries vaccinated so far stand at 1,16,59,932 wherein 1,56,217 beneficiaries were vaccinated in the last 24 hours.Yesterday, Delhi reported 27 new COVID-19 cases which was the lowest daily count in this year…

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Taliban escalated terror attacks, protected Al-Qaeda during talks with US: Pentagon

Washington DC [US] : The resurgent Taliban escalated its own terror attacks across Afghanistan, including female government officials, aid and healthcare workers and protected al-Qaeda even while it was negotiating with the US government, a Department of Defense report said on Tuesday. “According to an Afghan Ministry of Defense spokesperson, violent incidents increased by nearly 25 percent around the country since President Biden announced the revised withdrawal deadline, with Taliban attacks reported in 21 of the 34 provinces,” the report said. It went on to say that some US commanders have argued that the Taliban violated its February 2020 deal by continuing attacks on the Afghan forces and failing to cut ties with al-Qaeda and other extremist groups.“Additionally, the Taliban continued to maintain its relationship with al-Qaeda, providing safe haven for the terrorist group in Afghanistan,” the report said.The increased Taliban violence in the…

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CRPF detects 2 IED’s in Jharkhand

Ranchi (Jharkhand) [India]: The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has averted possible harm to security forces and civilians by detecting two IEDs weighing about 5 kg each concealed by Maoists in Jharkhand’s Latehar district. The two Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were carefully concealed by the greenery of thick foliage, said the CRPF, a 3.5 lakh strong paramilitary force assigned to ensure internal security in Maoist-hit states, including Jharkhand. “The detected IEDs were demolished in situ, said the CRPF in a statement, adding the explosives were detected on Monday near village Jharghar and Pipratanr in Latehar. On getting information that Maoists have planted IEDs between village Jharghar and Pipratanr, the CRPF statement mentioned, an operation was launched on Monday by the troops of the 11th CRPF Battalion to detect the IEDs and “avert any harm to security Forces and civilians”. During the operation, the force…

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Government committed to the safe return of all Indians from Afghanistan: MEA

New Delhi [India]: The government is committed to the safe return of all Indian nationals from Afghanistan and will institute flight arrangements once Kabul airport is open for commercial operations, MEA said on Tuesday. The Ministry of External Affairs said in a release that the main challenge for travel to and from Afghanistan is the operational status of Kabul airport and this has been discussed at high levels with India’s partners, including by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar with the US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. The release said in view of the prevailing situation in Kabul, it was decided that Indian Embassy personnel would be immediately moved to India. It noted that a number of Indians are stranded in that country, some of whom are employed by third country organizations. “This movement has been completed in two phases and the Ambassador and all…

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Common Entrance Test 2021 Registration Opens

New Delhi [India]: The online registration process to apply for admission in different programmes of 12 central universities for academic year 2021-22 has begun and admissions will be decided through Central Universities – Common Entrance Test (CU-CET) 2021. According to Central University Punjab, the nodal university of CU-CET 2021, the process for online registrations and submission of the application form that commenced on August 16, 2021, will continue till September 1, 2021. The National Testing Agency (NTA) will conduct the Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CU-CET) 2021 for admissions to the UI (Integrated/Central-Universities-Admission) and PG (Post Gaduate) programmes programmes of 12 participating Central Universities (CUs) in the computer-based test (CBT) mode. CU-CET 2021 will provide a single-window opportunity to students of India to seek admissions in UG and PG Programmes of 12 central universities – Assam University; Central University of Andhra Pradesh; Central University…

South Asian Countries

Won’t pose threat to any country, will ensure women’s rights under Islamic law, say Taliban

Kabul [Afghanistan]: Giving a slew of assurances on issues ranging from women’s rights and safety of Afghan nationals who worked with foreign troops, the Taliban on Tuesday “pledged” that the Islamic emirate in Afghanistan will not pose a threat to any country. In the first presser in the capital city after the siege of Afghanistan, Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said that “soon they will reach a settlement through which an Islamic government will be established in the country.” On Sunday, the Taliban entered Kabul and took control of the presidential palace. Taliban leaders have been discussing future government plans in Doha after gaining control of Kabul.“We want to establish a government that includes all sides,” Mujahid said, adding that they want an end to the war. Older generations remember the ultraconservative Islamic regime that saw regular stoning, amputations and public executions during Taliban rule…

Cricket

Skipper Dane Van Niekerk returns as South Africa name squad for West Indies series

Johannesburg [South Africa]: Skipper Dane Van Niekerk returned to the side as Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Tuesday announced an 18-player squad for the Proteas women’s tour of the West Indies starting later this month. Van Niekerk returns after recovering from the injury that kept her out of the series wins against Pakistan and India earlier this year. Van Niekerk, who has also honed her captaincy skills at the helm of the Oval Invincibles, has scored 200 runs at an average of 66.66 with a strike rate of almost 113. She and fellow senior Protea Lizelle Lee are two of the five players to have scored 200 or more runs in the tournament to date. Following the squad announcement head coach Hilton Moreeng in a statement said: “Following the conclusion of our recent camps in Pretoria the players have continued with their training programme,…

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India condemns vandalization of Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s statue in Lahore

New Delhi [India]: Highlighting the growing intolerance in Pakistan, India on Tuesday condemned the vandalization of the statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh in Lahore. “We have seen disturbing reports in the media about the vandalization of the statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh in Lahore today. This is the third such incident wherein the statue has been vandalised, since it was unveiled in 2019,” said External Affairs Ministry (EAM) Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi in response to a query. The spokesperson said that such attacks on the cultural heritage of minority communities, highlight the lack of respect for minority communities in Pakistani society. “Incidents of violence against minority communities, including attacks on their places of worship, their cultural heritage, as well as their private property, are increasing at an alarming rate. It was only twelve days ago that a mob attacked and desecrated a Hindu temple in…

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Chidambaram slams Centre for designating Aug 14 as Partition Horrors Remembrance Day

New Delhi [India]: Rajya Sabha MP and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram slammed the Centre for designating Aug 14 as ‘Partition Horrors Remembrance Day’. Chidambaram tweeted, “Horrors of Partition were not committed on one day alone. PM Modi has designated August 14 as ‘Partition Horrors Remembrance Day’.” “What will India do if Pakistan designates August 15 as ‘Partition Horrors Condemnation Day’? Hostility apart, India and Pakistan are neighbours. We can change our friends but we cannot change our neighbours. India should behave as a mature and seasoned nation,” Chidambaram added. Earlier today, the Rajya Sabha MP called for a united front of Opposition parties. In a tweet, he wrote, “There is no greater duty than to protect and preserve the freedom of all Indians. There is no surer instrument to achieve that goal than a united front of Opposition parties.” The senior leader also…

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Goa CM : 16,000 litres of free water

Panaji (Goa) [India]: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant celebrated Independence Day by hoisting the national flag in a state-level function at Panaji on Sunday. “On behalf of Goa citizens and the government, I would like to extend my greetings to every Indian on the occasion of our 75th Independence Day,” Sawant said. He announced that the state government will provide 16,000 litres of free water every month on per-month basis from September 1. “This will have its benefits. Water will be utilized in lower quantities by people. We have made the water bills free to provide them relief during the Covid-19 pandemic. This will benefit the marginalized people and we are working for their benefit,” added Sawant. He also said that Goa had become the first state to provide the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to 90 per cent of its eligible population.…

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Afghanistan: US Embassy issues security alert

Kabul [Afghanistan]: Issuing a security alert, the US Embassy in Afghanistan said on Sunday that the security situation in Kabul is changing quickly, including at the Kabul airport. US citizens wanting assistance in departing the country should register for any option that might be identified to return to the US, and must complete a Repatriation Assistance Request for each traveller in their group, said the Embassy. The Embassy further stated that spouses and minor children of US citizens in Afghanistan who are awaiting immigrant visas should also complete the repatriation form if they wish to depart. The Embassy advised to do it as soon as possible amid the changing power scenario in Afghanistan. The Taliban is poised to take power in Afghanistan as negotiations are taking place with the Afghan Government regarding the transfer of power. Taliban entered the Afghan capital Kabul from all…

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Mamata congratulates teachers, staff, students

New Delhi [India]: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday congratulated all teachers, administration staff, and students of Calcutta University after it secured second rankings in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). Taking to Twitter, Banerjee wrote “Extremely pleased to share that the 2021 Academic Ranking of World Universities has informed the Government of West Bengal that Calcutta University is one of the top ranking universities in India! Congratulations to all teachers, administration staff, and our dear students.” According to a notification issued by Calcutta University, the Shanghai Ranking – Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), 2021 has adjudged Calcutta University as the best among all universities across India. “Among all the Universities and Institutes in the country, the University of Calcutta is second only to the prestigious Indian Institute of Science. This success and international recognition should be seen as a…

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Rahul Gandhi to visit Wayanad from August 16-18

New Delhi [India]: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will be on a 3-day visit to his parliamentary constituency Wayanad in Kerala, from August 16 to August 18, informed the party on Sunday. On August 16, he will unveil Mahatma Gandhi’s statue at Gandhi Park in Mananthavady, followed by the inauguration of two drinking water projects, one at Koovalathod Colony in Padinjarathara and another at Kattunaika Colony in Ponkuzhi. After inaugurating those, he will also inaugurate a Dental Unit at the Family Health Centre (FHC) in Noolpuzha. On August 17, the Congress leader will meet the District Collector of Kalpetta, followed by the inauguration of the Karassery Panchayat Farmers’ Day Program where he will felicitate farmers at Karassery Bank Auditorium, North Karassey, Thiruvambady. Thereafter, he will have lunch with residents of Gandhi Bhavan Sneharamam old age home at Wandoor in Malappuram.

Fitness Health & Lifestyle

Weight fluctuations may increase health risks in adults with kidney disease

Washington [US]: A recent study has linked weight fluctuations–or body mass index variability–to higher risks of cardiovascular-related problems and early death in adults with chronic kidney disease (CKD). The findings of the study appear in the journal ‘JASN’. Body mass index variability is associated with higher risks of developing heart conditions in the general population. Because cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in individuals with CKD, a team led by Dong Ki Kim, MD, PhD, Sehoon Park, MD, and Kyungdo Han, PhD examined whether BMI variability may affect the prognosis of patients with kidney dysfunction. The study included 84,636 patients with CKD who were listed in a national health screening database in South Korea. During a median follow-up of 4 years, 6 per cent of individuals died, 4 per cent needed kidney replacement therapy such as dialysis, 2 per cent suffered a…

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Pressure on Pakistan grows as Taliban advance in Afghanistan

Kabul [Afghanistan]: With the Taliban claiming towns and territories across Afghanistan, the pressure on Pakistan is building up as the scrutiny is falling on Islamabad. For decades, Pakistan has served as a sanctuary for the Afghan Taliban. Officials have acknowledged that Taliban fighters maintain homes and families in Pakistan, at a safe distance from the battlefields. While voicing support for a peaceful solution globally, however, the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan has been quieter at home. It has not spoken out against pro-Taliban rallies within Pakistan. It also hasn’t condemned reported Taliban atrocities as the group marches toward Kabul. “Pakistan is really in a bind,” said Elizabeth Threlkeld, a South Asia expert at the Stimson Center in Washington. “Even though Pakistan is really concerned about spillover violence and an influx of refugees, they want to keep the Taliban on the side.” Pakistani officials…

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President Ghani leaves Afghanistan after Taliban entered Kabul

Kabul [Afghanistan] : Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday left the country after the Taliban entered the capital city. Ghani’s close aides have also left the country along with him. Earlier, there are negotiations going on in the Afghan Presidential Palace ARG to transfer power to the Taliban with Ali Ahamd Jalali as head of the new interim government on Sunday, according to the sources. Sources have also said that Ali Ahamd Jalali will be appointed as head of the new interim government. Meanwhile, Acting Ministers of Interior and Foreign Affairs Abdul Sattar Mirzakwal in separate video clips assured the people of Kabul will be secured as they are protecting the city along with international allies.Mirzakwal said Kabul will not be attacked and that the transition will happen peacefully. Mirzakwal assured Kabul residents that security forces will ensure the security of the city. Earlier,…

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Dola Sen alleges attack by BJP supporters

South Tripura (Tripura) [India]: Amid the 75th Independence Day celebrations across the country, Trinamool Congress MP Dola Sen on Sunday alleged that her convoy was attacked by BJP supporters near Belonia town in the South District of Tripura when she had gone to hoist the National Flag there. She also condemned an attack on TMC MP Aparupa Poddar, adding that the vehicle in which she was travelling got attacked and all the documents and her mobile phone were thrown away. “Some TMC leaders and I were attacked in Sabroom and Belonia in Southern Tripura where we had gone to hoist Tricolour on the occasion of Independence Day. Police were a silent spectator,” said Sen. Sen while speaking to reporters said that two local Trinamool supporters Premtosh Debnath and Becharam Das sustained head injuries in the incident and have been hospitalized. Sen also alleged that…

National News

President Extends Greetings

New Delhi [India) : President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday extended greetings to the people on the eve of Parsi New Year, Navroz. The President in his message said, “On the auspicious occasion of Parsi New Year, I extend my warm greetings and best wishes to all the fellow citizens, especially our Parsi brothers and sisters.” “The contribution of Parsi community in social and national life is incomparable. Their way of life, work style and unwavering devotion towards the preservation of their culture evokes a feeling of appreciation among the countrymen towards the Parsi community. This annual festival celebrated by the Parsi society is an occasion of joy and enthusiasm for them and for all of us,” he added. “May this festival of Parsi New Year bring unity, prosperity and happiness in everyone’s life and further strengthen the spirit of mutual harmony and fraternity…

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Mumbai local train services resume today for fully COVID vaccinated passengers

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Mumbai local train services resumed for people who have taken both the doses of the Covid-19 vaccine from Sunday, after a gap of four months. Passengers were restricted from commuting in local trains in the first week of April after the second wave of coronavirus pandemic. Kishore, a commuter said, “It will give relief to the people. People should follow the SOPs and COVID protocols issued by the government.” Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said on August 8 that in order to continue the economic cycle, the state government is imposing certain criteria and restrictions to allow ordinary passengers to travel locally. “Passengers who are fully vaccinated will be able to travel by local from August 15,” Thackeray added.While the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had started with an offline verification process earlier for fully vaccinated people and issuing monthly passes at…

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Mi 17 1V helicopters of IAF to shower flower petals on independence day: Defence Ministry

New Delhi [India]: Two Mi 17 1V helicopters will shower flower petals after the hoisting of the national flag on independence day, said the Ministry of Defence on Saturday. “For the first time ever, this year as soon as the national flag is hoisted by the Prime Minister, flower petals will be showered at the venue by two Mi 17 1V helicopters of the Indian Air Force in Amrut Formation,” said the ministry. As per a statement released by the ministry, PM will hoist the national flag and deliver the customary address to the nation on Sunday and the celebrations of ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ that PM had launched earlier this year to mark 75 years of independence from the foreign rule will continue till August 15, 2023. The ministry said that thirty-two Olympic winners including javelin thrower Subedar Neeraj Chopra, India’s first ever…

International South Asian Countries

Bangladesh Conscious Citizens Committee highlights Pak sponsored terrorism, supports to Taliban

Dhaka [Bangladesh]: Bangladesh Conscious Citizens Committee (BCCC) on Saturday highlighted “Pakistan-sponsored terrorism and its support to the Taliban” on the occasion of its Independence Day. “BCCC protested in front of the Pakistan High Commission Dhaka on August 14 (Pak Independence Day) highlighting Pak sponsored terrorism and militancy, support to Taliban, and false propaganda through Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) stooge Maria Jadoon,” read a BCCC release. Taliban blitzkrieg has pushed war-torn Afghanistan to the brink of civil war. They are now believed to have taken more than half of the country’s 34 provincial capitals.The speakers called upon all the forces believing in the war of liberation and democracy to unite to thwart Pakistan’s conspiracy and propaganda, as seen recently in Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) sponsored videos of one Pakistan TV anchor Maria Jadoon, said the release. Maria Jadoon is a program anchor at Public News and supports…

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UP bans Muharram processions

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: To reduce the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and in view of security concerns, the Uttar Pradesh government on Saturday directed the district authorities to not allow any religious processions on the occasion of Muharram. The order was issued by Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Awasthi to district magistrates, senior superintendents of police, and other senior officials. As per the order, installing ‘Tazias’ publicly has been prohibited, however, they can be set up at home. The order directed officials to pay special attention to “anti-social elements” and those spreading rumors, stating that checking should be conducted at public places like railway stations, bus stations, and religious places. It also said that social media should be routinely monitored and appropriate action should be taken in case an objectionable post is found, adding that the post must be blocked. The order directed…

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UK records another 29,520 coronavirus cases

London [UK]: Another 29,520 people in Britain have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 6,241,011, according to official figures released Saturday. The country also reported another 93 coronavirus-related deaths. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain now stands at 130,894. These figures only include the deaths of people who died within 28 days of their first positive test. England lifted almost all its remaining COVID-19 restrictions on July 19. Nearly 90 per cent of the adults in Britain have had their first dose of vaccine and more than 76 per cent of adults have received both doses, the latest figures showed. Meanwhile, British holidaymakers will benefit from cheaper travel testing packages, with the price of some tests to fall by a fifth from Saturday. The cost of NHS (National Health Service) Test and Trace…

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Taliban takes over 4 provincial capitals in 24 hours

Kabul [Afghanistan]: Taliban on Saturday took control of four provincial capitals of Logar, Paktika, Kunar, and Paktia in the last 24 hours. According to sources, along with four provincial capitals, ten districts also fell to Taliban as the group’s advances continue. Sources said the Taliban has released all prisoners in these provinces while local officials have relocated to the army bases in the four provincial capitals. Reports say that there had been battles between the security forces and the Taliban in Sharana city, the centre of Paktika province, which finally led to the takeover of the Taliban on several key government installations including the police headquarters, office of the governor, the office of the National Directorate of Security (NDS). “Just like Logar and Uruzgan, people wanted handover of areas to prevent bloodshed. Government officials evacuated and handed the areas to the Taliban,” said MP…

Corona Updates National News

Union Health Minister to visit Kerala

New Delhi [India]: In view of the prevailing COVID-19 situation, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya will be visiting Kerala on August 16 to review the Covid-19 situation. According to the revised visit plan shared by the Union Health Ministry, Union Health Minister will meet Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan of Kerala and State Health Minister Veena George. Mandaviya will be accompanied by the Director of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and other officials of the Health Ministry, informed the sources. Kerala is reporting more than half of the total Covid-19 cases in India.Kerala Health Minister, Veena George reacted to the COVID situation in the state saying, “We have requested for more vaccines. Even though cases are higher than last week, hospitals and ICU occupancy are comparatively less in the count. That shows that the virus situation is not in panic mode. We are…

Politics State's Latest

Karnataka Govt. may fall any time

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Opposition leader in the Karnataka assembly Siddaramaiah on Saturday slammed the BJP government stating that it may not last long. Talking to media persons, Siddaramaiah said “The confusion in the government continues like before, it is doubtful that this government will complete its tenure.” “I suspect that the present government can fall any time. Ruling party legislators are protesting and are making statements against the government. MLAs are going to Delhi to solve their grievances, which clearly shows that there are some problems in the ruling party” said former CM Siddaramaiah. Siddaramaiah further said, “The Corona third wave has started and There is in an alarming situation. Strict measures should be taken in the state’s border districts. It is the responsibility of the government to ensure that people are not affected by the third wave. Declaring a weekend lockdown will not…

South Asian Countries

Taliban will change the Power balance in the sub continent. What is next in Afghanistan?

By News Desk with Inputs from Agencies. What is next in Afghanistan ? Yes, exactly that’s the question the entire world is talking about. When thousands of Afghan people are migrating leaving their memories behind for a better life, they are also unsure about their future. Even the nation is also unsure about its existence. Aghanistan is always looked upon as a friendly neighbour for many nations whereas the nation itself struggles with internal issues. The world thinks in a little different way when it comes to Afghanistan. Today Aghanistan is in a state of emergency. What is right, what is wrong is a question to everybody who is witnessing the massacre. But the most important question is now , what could be done to make it suffer less. Who knows the answer? Who is accountable for the loss ? Blood sheds, explosions, fires…

Cricket

Prithvi, Suryakumar link up with the Indian squad after completing the quarantine period

London [UK]: Batsmen Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav have linked up with the Indian Test squad and the duo was seen watching the ongoing second Test between India and England at the Lord’s Cricket Ground on Saturday. The official Twitter handle of BCCI shared a photo of Prithvi and Suryakumar and it captioned the post as: “Hello @PrithviShaw and @surya_14kumar. Welcome to Lord’s! #ENGvIND #TeamIndia.” Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw had departed for the UK from Colombo on August 3 and upon arriving, the duo underwent a mandatory 10-day quarantine period. Coming to the ongoing second Test, England skipper Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow showed remarkable skill and determination to frustrate the Indian bowling attack in the opening session of Day 3. At the lunch break, England’s score read 216/3, still trailing the visitors by 148 runs. Root (89) and Bairstow (51) were unbeaten…

International South Asian Countries

Taliban takes over Asadabad city, bringing 20 provincial capitals under its control

Kabul [Afghanistan]: Taliban on Saturday captured Asadabad city, capital of Kunar province, bringing 20 provincial capitals under their control. Asadabad city, the capital of Afghanistan’s eastern Kunar province fell to the Taliban. Earlier, the Taliban claimed control over the capital of the south-eastern Afghan province of Paktika, Sharana, and Logar’ provincial capital Pul-e-Alam city. The violence has dramatically increased in Afghanistan after the US and allies started to pull out troops, resulting in the terrorists seizing vast territories. This comes as the Taliban has managed to get hold of half of the country’s 34 provincial capitals and now control roughly two-thirds of Afghanistan with the complete pullback of foreign troops just two weeks away.

Sports

Indian athletes spend time with fans ahead of High Tea with President Kovind

New Delhi [India]: After putting on a quality show at the Tokyo Olympics, Team India’s athletes were invited for High Tea by President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Saturday. Ahead of the get-together, the Indian Olympians were seen interacting with fans and fellow teammates. “Legendary boxer @MangteC who is known for her fierceness in the ring shows her affectionate & motherly side to young fans ahead of #TeamIndia’s High Tea with the President of India,” SAI Media wrote while tweeting a video. In the video, Mary Kom could be seen interacting with her young fans and clicking the photos alongside them as they were all in a cheerful mood. In another video posted by SAI, ace Indian shuttler PV Sindhu could be seen showing her bronze medal to the fellow Olympians. Meanwhile, weightlifter and silver medalist, Mirabai Chanu was busy giving…

International South Asian Countries

60 Taliban terrorists killed in Afghan air force airstrikes

Kabul [Afghanistan]: At least 60 Taliban terrorists were killed in airstrikes conducted by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) in Dihdadi district of the country’s Balkh province, informed the Afghanistan Ministry of Defense on Saturday. “60 Taliban terrorists were killed in airstrikes conducted by AAF in Dihdadi district of Balkh province, yesterday. Also, 40 motorbikes, a large amount of their weapons & amos (ammunition) were destroyed,” Ministry of Defense, Afghanistan tweeted. Afghanistan is witnessing a surge in violence as the Taliban has intensified its offensive against Afghan forces and civilians with the complete pullback of foreign forces just a few weeks away. Earlier on Friday, the UN had said Afghans displaced by fighting are streaming into Kabul and other large cities. “Due to the conflict that we’re seeing across the country, many people are arriving in Kabul and other large cities, trying to seek safety…

Politics State's Latest

Flu cases rise in Delhi

New Delhi [India]: With the weather oscillating between hot and rainy, hospitals in the national capital are reporting a rise in cases of viral illnesses and Swine Flu Influenza and the cases they say are more this year compared to last year. In 2009, the Swine Flu led to a pandemic in India and other countries but over the past few years there has been a significant reduction in the cases. A doctor at a city hospital said recently that 80 per cent of cases of seasonal flu were reported in the hospital. Dr Atul Gogia, Senior Consultant, Internal Medicine, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital said, “In our hospital, 80 per cent were cases of seasonal flu and 20 per cent cases are of Swine flu.” “Covid cases are also here. Because symptoms are similar to Covid, people are getting their tests done, but most…

Technology

Instagram announces new features to protect users from online abuse

Washington [US]: Popular photo and video sharing service Instagram has announced a new set of features, particularly for celebrities and high-profile creators, which will ensure that users are protected from abuse on the platform. According to Mashable, these features include the ability for people to limit comments and DM (direct message) requests during spikes of increased attention and stronger warnings while posting potentially offensive comments. Adam Mosseri, Head of Instagram, in a blog post, said, “We don’t allow hate speech or bullying on Instagram, and we remove it whenever we find it. We also want to protect people from having to experience this abuse in the first place, which is why we’re constantly listening to feedback from experts and our community, and developing new features to give people more control over their experience on Instagram, and help protect them from abuse.” The new Limits…

Business Economy

Retail inflation falls to 5.59 pc in July, June IIP at 13.6 pc

New Delhi [India]: Retail inflation measured by the consumer price index (CPI) dropped to 5.59 per cent in July from 6.26 per cent in June, government data showed on Thursday. Food inflation fell to 3.96 per cent last month from 5.15 per cent in June, the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation said in a statement. Meawhile, industrial output for June rose 13.6 per cent.Factory output measured by the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) had contracted 16.6 per cent in the same month of last year. The indices of industrial production for mining, manufacturing and electricity sectors in June stand at 105.5, 121 and 169.1 respectively.

City News Entertainment Mumbai

Pornography case: Court rejects anticipatory bail application of Gehana Vasisth

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: A Mumbai sessions court on Thursday rejected the anticipatory bail application of Gehana Vasisth alias Vandana Tiwari, in connection with the FIR registered against the actor and model at the Malvani police station, now transferred to Mumbai Crime Branch. During the argument of the anticipatory bail application on August 7, Mumbai Police had opposed Vasisth’s anticipatory bail application and told the court that her custody is important for the investigation and identification of other wanted accused in the case, as per the victim’s statement.Further, the police told the court that Vasisth was a habitual offender, and already has two cases of a similar nature registered against her. This case is the third case against Vasisth, the police informed. The Investigating Officer (IO) also told the court that the victim in her statement told the police that she was taken to shooting…

Sports Tokyo Olympics

Neeraj Chopra’s historic gold among 10 magical moments of athletics in Tokyo Olympics

Monte-Carlo [Monaco]: Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra’s historic golden throw in the Olympics has been listed as one of the 10 magical moments of athletics (track and field) in the Tokyo Olympics by the World Athletics. The 23-year-old Chopra created history on Saturday as he became the first from the country to win a gold in track and field in the Olympics. He threw the javelin to a distance of 87.58m to pick the yellow metal at the Tokyo Games. “Most keen followers of the sport had heard of Neeraj Chopra before the Olympic Games. But after winning the javelin in Tokyo, and in the process becoming India’s first athletics gold medallist in Olympic history, Chopra’s profile sky-rocketed,” the World Athletics website read. Neeraj had 143,000 followers before the Olympics but now has a staggering 3.2million, making him the most followed track and field…

Cricket Sports

Eng vs Ind: Stuart Broad ruled out of entire Test series after tear in right calf

London [UK]: England’s fast bowler Stuart Broad has been ruled out of the entire Test series against India, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed on Wednesday. Seamer has sustained a tear to his right calf. He underwent an MRI scan in London on Wednesday lunchtime, which revealed a tear. Broad sustained the injury during the warm-up on Tuesday afternoon at Lord’s. “England have called up Lancashire seamer Saqib Mahmood as cover,” the statement by ECB read. The first Test between India and England ended in a draw after rain played spoilsport on the final day of the Test. The visitors looked set for victory, needing 157 runs to win on the final day, with nine wickets in hand, but the weather gods had something else in mind.The second Test will take place on Lords from Thursday.

South Asian Countries

Nepal condemns attack on Hindu temple in Pakistan

Kathmandu [Nepal]: Nepal has condemned the recent attack on a Hindu temple in Pakistan’s Punjab province and has appealed to the neighbouring country to respect the rights of the minority Hindu communities. On Friday, the Human Rights Organisation of Nepal issued a letter to the Pakistan Ambassador in Kathmandu Syed Haider Shah saying, “We are deeply concerned by the incident that a mob on August 5, 2021, vandalised a Hindu temple in Bhong town of Rahim Yar Khan district in Pakistan as a reaction to the alleged desecration of a Muslim seminary.” “It is reported in several media that hundreds of people went to the Ganesh temple in Bhong town after a local court granted bail to a nine-year-old Hindu boy who allegedly urinated at a library of the seminary a few days back. The act of revenge by the mob despite an apology…

International TOP NEWS UPDATES

New York Governor Cuomo resigns over sexual harassment allegations

Washington [US]: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday resigned from his post after an inquiry found that he sexually harassed several women. “The best way I can help now is if I step aside,” Cuomo said while talking about the harassment charges on him. Earlier, US President Joe Biden had also asked Andrew Cuomo to resign from his position after probe finds out that Cuomo has sexually harassed several women working in his office. The statement came after New York Attorney General Letitia James informed that Governor Andrew Cuomo has sexually harassed women in his state office. Cuomo, who was rising start the democratic party is facing potential lawsuits and prosecution now.Multiple women, including former and current aides, have accused the governor of inappropriate remarks and behavior, including unwanted touching and unwelcome sexual advances. However, Cuomo has denied any wrongdoing, while suggesting that…

City News Mumbai State's Latest

Maha govt issues SOPs for schools

Mumbai (Maharashtra): As schools are set to open for specific classes from next week, the Maharashtra government issued SOPs regarding the reopening of schools in the state. In rural areas, physical classes for 5 to 7 and 8 to 12 in urban areas will resume from August 17. According to SoPs issued, a four-member panel shall be formed to make decisions on opening schools in their respective jurisdiction. This panel shall be headed by the Municipal Commissioner and District Collector of respective districts and cities. All teachers and school staff need to be fully vaccinated before the opening of schools. Schools shall also be allowed to function in two different shifts. As per the SOPs, one student should seat on one bench and a distance of 6 metres must be maintained between two benches. Parents will not be allowed in order to avoid overcrowding…

National News

Punjab CM meets Amit Shah

New Delhi [India]: Citing social, economic, and security implications of the prolonged farmers’ agitation, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday pressed Union Home Minister Amit Shah for the immediate repeal of the new farm laws, adding that the laws had “caused great resentment amongst farmers from Punjab and other states”. Expressing concern over the fear of inimical powers from across the border trying to exploit the resentment and disgruntlement against the government, the Chief Minister sought an enduring and expeditious solution to the farmers’ concerns. The Chief Minister said protests have been going on in Punjab ever since the Union Government issued the ordinances in June 2020. “While these protests have so far been largely peaceful, one can sense rising tempers, especially as the state moves towards elections in early 2022,” he said. According to a Punjab government release, the Chief Minister…

Fitness Food Health & Lifestyle

Vitamin K benefits heart health

A new research has found that eating a diet rich in vitamin K can lower the risk of atherosclerosis-related cardiovascular disease (conditions affecting the heart or blood vessels). The findings of the study were published in the ‘Journal of the American Heart Association’. Researchers examined data from more than 50,000 people taking part in the Danish Diet, Cancer, and Health study over a 23-year period. They investigated whether people who ate more foods containing vitamin K had a lower risk of cardiovascular disease-related to atherosclerosis (plaque build-up in the arteries). There are two types of vitamin K found in foods we eat: vitamin K1 comes primarily from green leafy vegetables and vegetable oils while vitamin K2 is found in meat, eggs and fermented foods such as cheese. The study found that people with the highest intakes of vitamin K1 were 21 per cent less…

Fitness Health & Lifestyle

Study reveals COVID-19 during pregnancy is associated with preterm birth

California [US]: According to a large study led by researchers at UC San Francisco, pregnant individuals who contract COVID-19 face a higher risk of having a very preterm birth, as well as any preterm birth.The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘The Lancet Regional Health – Americas’. The risk of very preterm birth, which occurs at less than 32 weeks of gestation, was 60 per cent higher for people infected with COVID-19 at some point in their pregnancy, while the risk of giving birth at less than 37 weeks (all preterm births) was 40 per cent higher in those with infection. For those who also had hypertension, diabetes and/or obesity as well as COVID-19, the risk of preterm birth rose 160 per cent. “Preterm birth is associated with many challenging outcomes for pregnant people and babies, and very preterm births carry…

Politics TOP NEWS UPDATES

Mamata Banerjee demands law for tribal land

Jhargram (West Bengal) [India]: On the occasion of International Day of Indigenous Peoples, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said the country should bring law to protect the land rights of the tribal population. The chief minister attended the event at Jhargram to celebrate the International Day of Indigenous Peoples. Banerjee honoured prominent personalities from the tribal community. This was Banerjee’s first visit to Jangalmahal after becoming the Chief Minister for the third time. Speaking at the event, the Chief Minister said, “Today is World Tribal Day. Today the Quit India movement was also started. The contribution of Adivasi brothers and sisters in India’s struggle for independence cannot be forgotten. I bow to them.” Banerjee called for the protection of the rights of tribals across the country.“Adivasi lands cannot be transferred. Our government has introduced a law on that. The entire country…

State's Latest

J-K: BJP Sarpanch’s security officer suspended

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India]: Personal Security Officer (PSO) of Sarpanch Gulam Rasool Dar who was killed in the terrorist attack has been suspended for being absent at the time of the incident.Jammu and Kashmir Police informed that the terrorists barged inside the rented accommodation of Dar at Lalchowk, Anantnag, and fired indiscriminately from pistol. The PSO provided to Dar was found absent from the duty at the time of the incident, and has been placed under suspension, the police said. The police informed that two bike-borne terrorists of LeT outfit were involved in this barbaric terror incident. In this terror crime incident, BJP Sarpanch and his wife, Jawhara Begum received critical gunshot injuries and were declared brought dead at the hospital. “Although the deceased was provided with a secured accommodation at Hotel Snow cap, Kulgam and both stayed there for a short period…

State's Latest

Maoist surrendered in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur

Bijapur (Chhattisgarh): The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) informed that a Maoist couple having a bounty of Rs 8 lakh on their heads surrendered in Chhattisgarh on Monday. The couple was involved in various violent crimes including the encounter with Telangana Greyhounds on March 2, 2018, where nine Maoists were neutralized and one police personnel lost his life. Raju Karam (Area Committee Member), Central Committee protection group Commander of central regional bureau of CPI (Maoist) along with his wife Sunita Karam, a protection group member of the central regional bureau, left the path of violence and surrendered at Superintendent of Police office Bijapur in the presence of CRPF Bijapur, said the CRPF in a statement. Commandant CRPF’s 85 battalions and SP Bijapur along with other state police officials were also present at the time when the couple surrendered. “While the security forces continue to…

State's Latest

Kodagu locals send petition to PM

Kodagu (Karnataka) [India]: Locals from Karnataka’s Kodagu district have sent a petition to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and the Karnataka Chief Minister urging for the renaming of the Rajiv Gandhi National Park to General Cariappa National Park after Field Marshal KM Cariappa who hails from Kodagu. Naveen Mandappa and Vinay Kayapanda from Kodagu district of Karnataka have sent the petition, which they claim has been signed by over 6.000 people.The petition comes just days after the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award was renamed as Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna award. Naveen Mandappa said, “Formerly known as Nagarahole National Reserve Forest was changed to Rajiv Gandhi National Park Nagarahole just to appease a particular family and its party. Why should it not be renamed to its past name or named after the first General of India who was from Kodagu. If it is renamed…

State's Latest

Man held for raping minor

Jhunjhunu (Rajasthan) [India]: A man has been arrested by Rajasthan police for allegedly raping a minor. “A complaint was filed by the victim’s brother on August 6. He said that the incident took place on August 3,” said Bhagwan Sahai Meena, Circle Inspector (CI) Chirawa police station. According to the police officer, the accused Somesh Nayak is a resident of Nizampura. “He was arrested within 24 hours after the complaint was filed,” Meena added. As per the complaint filed by the victim’s brother, the police officer said that his brother reached the house and tried to open the door, but failed because it was closed from inside. “When the accused had barged into the house, the girl was alone,” he added.

International

Two policemen killed, 13 injured in blast in Pak’s Quetta

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Two policemen were killed while at least thirteen other people were left injured after an explosion rocked Quetta on Sunday evening. Police said that the explosion took place near the city’s University Chowk. They added that the explosives were planted on a motorcycle. The blast took place near a police van. The injured, including two policemen, have been shifted to the city’s Civil Hospital, Deputy Inspector General Quetta said, adding that the windows of nearby buildings were shattered due to the explosion. Meanwhile, Chief Minister of Balochistan Jam Kamal Khan condemned the incident.Further details are awaited.

Cricket TOP NEWS UPDATES

Eng vs Ind: First Test ends in draw

Nottingham [UK]: The first Test between England and India ended in a draw after Day five of the match was abandoned due to rain on Sunday. It was the first match of the World Test Championship (WTC) 2023 cycle. The start of day five got delayed twice after an early Lunch and Test was taken as rain played a spoilt sport. India needed just 157 runs to win the first Test on day five but no play was possible due to rain. The visitors scored 52 runs after bundling out England in the third session on Saturday. India got off to a cautious start but eventually lost KL Rahul as Stuart Broad bowled an absolute peach of a delivery to dismiss the Indian batsman. India bundled out England on 303 in the third session after Joe Root’s classy ton in the second innings.Root played…

National News Technology

IAC Vikrant returns successfully

New Delhi [India]: Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC) ‘Vikrant’ successfully accomplished its maiden sea voyage on Sunday, it had sailed on August 4, 2021, from Kochi.Trials progressed was as planned and system parameters proved satisfactory. The carrier would continue to undergo series of sea trials to prove all equipment and systems prior handing over the vessel to the Indian Navy. “IAC ‘Vikrant’ designed by Indian Navy’s Directorate of Naval Design (DND) is being built at Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL), a Public Sector Shipyard under the Ministry of Shipping (MoS). IAC is a leading example of the nation’s quest for “Atma Nirbhar Bharat” and Indian Navy’s “Make in India” initiative, with more than 76 per cent indigenous content,” stated by the Ministry of Defence in a release. The IAC is 262 m long, 62 m at the widest part and a height of 59 m including…

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