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Neither BJP nor TMC permitted to hold rallies in Agartala

Agartala (Tripura) [India] : The Tripura Police said that no permission has been granted either to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) or All India Trinamool Congress for organizing a roadshow or rally in Agartala on Monday.However, permission for street corner meetings has been granted to both parties. Tripura is headed for civic polls on November 25.“No permission for roadshow/rally either for BJP or TMC in Agartala today. Permission for street corner meets granted to both. TMC hasn’t intimated to us the time when they’re going to organise the street corner meet,” Sub Divisional Police Officer, Sadar, Ramesh Yadav said.The police official said that the permissions for rallies were denied in view of the escalating tensions in the city.TMC’s National General Secretary Abhishek Banerjee was supposed to hold a roadshow in Agartala city today.Tensions in Tripura increased after violent incidents in the run-up to the…


Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics account for a half of global TV sales

Seoul [South Korea] : Sales of Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics accounted for 47.1%, nearly half of the global TV sales in the third quarter of this year. The cumulative sales of the two companies in the third quarter also accounted for nearly half with a 49% share.According to market research firm Omdia on the 19th, Samsung Electronics’ TV sales accounted for 28.7% and LG Electronics accounted for 18.4% in the global market in the third quarter. For cumulative sales, Samsung Electronics accounted for 30.2% share and LG Electronics 18.8% share. The combined market share was 49%. Until the third quarter of this year, Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics sold 30.84 million and 6.472 million units, respectively.In particular, Samsung Electronics has maintained its No. 1 position in market share for 16 consecutive years, with 30.2% share in sales and 20.6% in sales quantity.Despite the…


Equity indices open in red, Sensex down by 317 points

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : Equity indices opened in red on Monday with Sensex down by 317.57 points and Nifty down by 87 points.The 30-scrip BSE Sensex was down by 317.57 points or 0.53 per cent at 59318.44 at 9.20 am. Similarly, 50-scrip NSE Nifty was trading at 17677.80 at 9.20 am, down by 87 points or 0.49 per cent. 


Joint Parliamentary Committee on Personal Data Protection Bill to meet

New Delhi [India] : The Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 is meeting here on Monday.This meeting will be under the leadership of BJP MP, PP Chaudhary. Consideration and Adoption of a draft report of the Joint Committee on the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 is on the agenda for the meeting.The Union Cabinet had earlier in December 2019 approved the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 that deals with the privacy and security of data of Indian citizens.It was drafted following a Supreme Court judgement in August 2017 that declared ‘Right to Privacy’ a fundamental right.The Joint Committee of Parliament had last met in Delhi on November 12 to consider and adopt the draft report of the Bill.The Joint Committee has been constituted to examine `The Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019′ which was introduced in Lok Sabha on December 11,…

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Drugs-on-cruise case: Bombay HC’s recent order raises suspicions of attempted extortion from accused

New Delhi [India] : Reacting to the Bombay High Court’s recent order in the drugs-on-cruise case, senior advocate and Rajya Sabha MP Mahesh Jethmalani said that the case against Aryan Khan and others was grossly exaggerated which raises the suspicion of attempted extortion from the accused.“Crystal clear from the Bombay High Court’s verdict that the case against Aryan Khan and others was grossly exaggerated. The young man has needlessly spent 25 days instead of one day at worst. The overkill only enhances suspicions of attempted extortion from the accused,” the senior lawyer tweeted. The Bombay High Court, in its order issued on Saturday, had said that there is “hardly any positive evidence” against Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant, and Munmun Dhamecha, who were arrested in the drugs-on-cruise case, for the offence of conspiracy under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.The Court also noted that…

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BJP demands NIA probe into killing of RSS workers in Palakkad

Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India] : The BJP will organise a protest across the state on November 25 demanding a National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe into the killing of RSS workers in Palakkad and Thrissur.At a press conference, BJP state general secretary P Sudheer alleged that SDPI was behind these murders. “The Left government is supporting the SDPI and it should end. We are demanding the state government to hand over both cases to the NIA. On November 25, the BJP will organise a march to all collectorates in the state demanding the NIA probe into the killing of RSS workers in Palakkad and Thrissur. In Thiruvananthapuram, the protest will be held before the secretariat,” he said.A Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) worker was hacked to death in Kerala’s Palakkad district, police said on November 15. According to the police, the deceased identified as S Sanjith was…

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Income Tax Dept conducts searches in premises of real estate group in Gujarat

New Delhi [India] : The Income Tax Department on Thursday raided more than 20 premises of a Gujarat-based group engaged in the manufacturing of chemicals and the development of the real estate.The search operation was spread over Vapi and Sarigam in Gujarat, Silvassa and also in Mumbai. According to the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), a large number of incriminating evidence in the form of documents, diary notings and digital data showing earning of huge unaccounted income by the group and its investment in assets have been found and seized.The evidences clearly indicate evasion of taxable income by adopting various modus-operandi such as suppression of production, use of bogus purchase invoices without actual delivery of the goods to inflate purchases, availing of bogus GST (Goods and Services Tax) credit, claim of bogus commission expenses, etc. The assessee group has also received on-money in…

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Rajasthan Cabinet reshuffle: Oath taking ceremony begins

Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India] : Oath-taking ceremony to induct 15 new ministers in Rajasthan Assembly began on Sunday afternoon.Congress leader Sachin Pilot’s “loyalists” MLAs Hemaram Choudhary, Murari Lal Meena, Zahida Khan, Rajendra Singh Gudha and Brijendra Ola, will be part of the cabinet of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot after the reshuffle. Rajasthan Congress chief Govind Singh Dotasra shared a list of 15 MLAs who will take oath on Sunday. He said three ministers will be elevated to cabinet rank.“Many many congratulations to all the new MLAs of Rajasthan cabinet and all the three ministers promoted from minister of state to cabinet minister,” Dotasra said in a tweet that had a list of 15 MLAs.Others in the list are Mahendrajeet Singh Malviya, Shakuntala Rawat, Govind Ram Meghwal, Mahesh Joshi and Ramlal Jat, Vishvendra Singh, Mamta Bhupesh, Tikaram Juli, Govind Ram Meghwal and Shakuntala Rawat.Murari Lal Meena,…

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Jagdeep Dhankhar seeks official report on Howrah Municipal Corporation Bill from Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India] : West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Sunday sought an official report of debates and relevant details with regard to the Howrah Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Bill from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.“For taking a call under Article 200 of the Constitution WB Governor Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar has sought an official report of debates and relevant details as regards Howrah Municipal Corporation(Amendment) Bill, 2021, as inputs are wanting on substance and procedural counts,” tweeted Dhankar from his official Twitter handle. Dhankar also shared the copy of the notification issued by him on his Twitter handle which read, “It is gathered from the material made available that the same is wanting on several procedural counts. It is expected of those concerned to take all steps in this behalf that are in consonance with the requirements of the laid out procedures, including the West…

South Asian Countries

Pakistan reports 313 new COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths

Islamabad [Pakistan] : Pakistan recorded 313 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, taking the total tally to 1,281,872, the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) said on Sunday.A total of 28,659 people have died from COVID-19 in Pakistan, including four new deaths, Xinhua reported citing the NCOC. According to the NCOC, over the last 24 hours, 309 more patients have recovered, bringing the total number of recoveries from COVID-19 to 1,230,734 in the Asian country.Pakistan’s southern Sindh province has been the worst hit, with a total of 474,058 cases, followed by eastern Punjab province with 442,422 coronavirus infections, Xinhua reported.

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If AAP forms govt in Uttarakhand, will begin Tirth Yatra Yojana : Kejriwal

Haridwar (Uttarakhand) [India] : Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party convenor Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday announced in Haridwar that AAP will start free ‘Tirth Yatra Yojana’ in Uttarakhand just like in Delhi if voted to power in the upcoming assembly elections.“When AAP forms government in Uttarakhand, we’ll begin Tirth Yatra Yojana here just like in Delhi,” Kejriwal said. “We’ll facilitate free ‘darshan’ of Lord Ram in Ayodhya. For Muslims, we’ll have the provision of visiting Ajmer Sharif and for Sikhs to Kartarpur Sahib. It’ll be free,” he added.AAP chief has made a similar announcement earlier in poll-bound Goa if voted power in that state.Delhi government runs a “Mukhya Mantri Teerth Yatra Yojana” under which senior citizens are provided travel by AC trains and stay in AC hotels for free.Delhi residents above the age of 60 are covered under this scheme.Earlier today, on his…

National News Politics

Union Cabinet to take up withdrawal of three farm laws for approval

New Delhi [India] : Union Cabinet is likely to take up the withdrawal of the three Farm Laws for approval on November 24, the government sources said on Sunday.The Bills for withdrawal of the laws shall then be introduced in the forthcoming winter session of Parliament which is scheduled to commence from November 29. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, earlier on Friday, announced that the Centre will repeal the three farm laws and bring necessary bills in the winter session of Parliament beginning later this month.The Prime Minister had also announced that the government will constitute a committee to work on a new framework for Minimum Support Price (MSP).Farmers have been protesting against the government’s three farm laws since the Centre had passed the laws in 2020.The three farm laws are– The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act provides for setting up…

Asia International

Japan conveys concerns to China, Russia about joint patrolling in Asia Pacific

Tokyo [Japan] : Japan has conveyed concerns to Russia and China over joint patrolling by their air forces in the Asia Pacific region, said Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi on Sunday.“As previously, we informed Russia and China via diplomatic channels about our concerns about similar actions from the viewpoint of the regional security,” Sputnik quoted the minister as saying. On Friday, the Russian and the Chinese armies conducted the third joint air patrolling in the Asia-Pacific involving strategic bombers, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.The patrolling as part of the military cooperation 2021 plan was not designed to counter other countries, the ministry added.The Chinese Defense Ministry said that China sent two H-6K aircraft to form a joint formation with two Russian Tu-95MC aircraft over the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea.During the patrol, the aircraft strictly abided by the provisions of…


Priyanka Gandhi assures Nishad Community on World Fisheries Day

New Delhi [India] : Ahead of Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Sunday reassured the Nishad community that if the Congress party comes to power in the state, then fisheries will be given the status of agriculture.Tweeting on the occasion of World Fisheries Day, she said, “I want to reiterate the promise that I made to my sisters and brother of Nishad community. I assure you that status equivalent of agriculture will be given to fisheries sector. Preference will be given to the Nishad in the sand mining and fisheries contracts and the construction of the Guru Machendranath University in Gorakhpur.” Earlier, last month, the Congress leader while reaching out to the farmers of Uttar Pradesh at a rally, had promised that if the Congress is voted to power in the upcoming Assembly polls, then fisheries will get the…

National News Politics

Yogi Adityanath shares picture with PM Modi

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India] : Sharing a photograph of himself with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday said “committed to building a new India”.“We have embarked on a journey. We have dedicated our everything and pledged to build a new India which will touch the heights beyond the sky with new light,” tweeted Yogi Adityanath (roughly translated from Hindi).Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a two-day visit to Lucknow to attend the 56th DGP-IGP conference.He reached Raj Bhawan on November 19 and will leave for New Delhi on the evening of November 21. Elections for the 403-seats Uttar Pradesh Assembly are slated for early next year.In the run-up to the assembly elections scheduled to be held in 2022 in five states, Uttar Pradesh being the most important one for the Bharatiya Janata Party, the party has…


Primary objective of Indian Navy to keep Indo-Pacific route secure

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said that Indo-Pacific being a key route is important for the world economy and it is the primary objective of the Indian Navy to keep it secure.“Indo-Pacific is a key route and it is important for the world economy. It is the primary objective of the Indian Navy to keep the route secure,” Singh said while speaking at the commissioning ceremony of the INS Visakhapatnam in Mumbai.“The entire world is increasing its Military power in coming years and expenditure on defence budget will increase. We have moved towards the development of an indigenous shipbuilding hub,” said Singh.“Out of 41 ships ordered by Indian Navy 38 ships have been developed in India. It is the best example of indigenisation,” he added.Singh on Sunday morning formally commissioned the INS Visakhapatnam in Mumbai. INS Visakhapatnam is the…


T20 WC became ‘win the toss, win the match’ event

Sydney [Australia] : Former Australia skipper Ian Chappell has said that the recently-concluded T20 World Cup saw teams chasing more matches and the toss played a big factor in handing an advantage to the side chasing.Australia won the T20 World Cup 2021 after the Aaron Finch-led side defeated New Zealand in the summit clash in Dubai. “Australia finally won the major trophy that has eluded their grasp for more than a decade – the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. They clinched the trophy by clouting deliveries to and over the boundary, while producing a mixture of bowling that combined just enough wicket-taking with the right amount of containment,” Chappell wrote in his column for ESPNcricinfo.“They also had the good fortune to win the toss when it really mattered, in a tournament where the major matches too often became a “win the coin flip, win…

Politics State's Latest

Police Commissionerate system will now be implemented in Bhopal, Indore

Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) [India] : Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday said that the Police Commissionerate system will now be implemented in Bhopal and Indore.Sharing information about the implementation of the Police Commissionerate system in Bhopal and Indore, Shivraj Singh Chouhan told, “The law and order situation in the state is better, the police are doing a good job. The police and administration together have done many achievements, but the urban population is increasing rapidly”. “The metropolis is also expanding geographically and the population is also increasing continuously. Hence some new problems of law and order are arising. We have decided to solve them and to control the criminals. We are implementing Police Commissionerate system in two big metropolitan cities of the state, in the capital Bhopal and in the clean city of Indore in order to better control the crime,”…

New Products Technology

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 will not have S Pen slot

Seoul [South Korea] : Rumours of South Korean tech giant Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Z Fold4 have already started doing rounds on the internet, with the latest one claiming that the upcoming device will skip the S Pen slot.According to reports by GSM Arena, the new rumours are hardly a surprise since its predecessor – Galaxy Z Fold3 – didn’t have an S Pen slot too. But the upcoming smartphone was expected to feature an S Pen slot because the Galaxy S22 Ultra is said to come with one. S21 Ultra has S Pen support but no dedicated slot.However, as per the company, the Galaxy Z Fold4’s design is subject to change, and it will be finalized in early March 2022. So, there’s still some hope that interested buyers may find that feature in the device. Otherwise, users can expect the foldable to have stylus…

Business Markets

Pune’s Goel Ganga Group MD wins prestigious awards

Pune (Maharashtra) [India] : Pune-based real estate developer Goel Ganga Group and its managing director have been awarded two prestigious awards at the recently held Business Leadership Awards 2021.Goel Ganga Group was honoured with the “Best Real Estate Company of the Year”. At the same time, the Group’s Managing Director Atul Goel was conferred the “Best Real Estate Professional of the Year” award. The awards, an initiative of Feather Touch Foundation, are given for excellence and leadership in the real estate sector. Goel Ganga Group was selected for the award owing to its high-quality work, setting new benchmarks in the real estate sector, and excellent track record of delivering projects on time. Atul Goel was honoured for the prestigious award due to his leadership and managerial abilities, which have catapulted the Goel Ganga Group among the top real estate developers of Pune.“We are proud…

International UK News

UK ‘must try to engage’ with ‘Islamic Emirate’ in Afghanistan

London [UK] : Amid the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that Britain must engage with the current Taliban government to tackle the existing crisis in the country.Johnson made the remarks in response to a question UK lawmaker in the parliament, TOLOnews reported. Stating that Afghanistan looks like ‘hell on earth’, Labor Party member Sarah Champion asked Johnson “how and when” will aid that has been pledged by the UK be provided to the people of Afghanistan.Johnson explained that the UK had no other choice but to engage with the current Afghan government to assist the overcoming of crisis in the troubled nation.“There is no point in the UK just standing on the sidelines and failing to engage with the Taliban,” he said.“They may not speak for all Afghans, far from it, but they are some kind of…

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No evidence of conspiracy: Bombay HC in bail order of Aryan Khan

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : The Bombay High Court, in its order, has said that there is “hardly any positive evidence” against Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant, and Munmun Dhamecha, who were arrested in the drugs-on-cruise case, for the offence of conspiracy under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.“There is hardly any positive evidence on record to convince this Court that all the accused persons with common intention agreed to commit unlawful act,” the High Court said in its 14-page order while granting bail to three including Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant, and Munmun Dhamecha. It further explained that “merely because Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant, and Munmun Dhamecha were travelling on the same cruise,” that by itself cannot be termed as “satisfying foundaotin” for invoking provisions of Section 29 against them.“Court has already observed that there is no material on record to infer that Applicants have…


114 jawans killed 1,200 Chinese soldiers in battle of Rezang La, says Rajnath Singh

New Delhi [India] : Praising the courage and bravery showed by Kumaon Battalion in Rezang La against Chinese soldiers, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said, “The miracle done by 124 jawans of the Kumaon Battalion can never be forgotten.”“On November 18, when I went to Rezang La, I was told that 114 of jawans were martyred, but they killed over 1,200 Chinese soldiers,” said Singh at Shaheed Samman Yatra in Pithoragarh. The event was attended by the minister of state for defence Ajay Bhatt, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami and other local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders.On this occasion, the Union minister met family members of killed soldiers and ex-servicemen.“Pakistan makes all efforts to destabilize peace in India but we have sent a clear message to them that we will hit back. This is a new and powerful India,” Singh said.Speaking…

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UK admits it faces “severe” terror threat after two violent incidents

London [UK] : The United Kingdom has raised its level of threat from Islamist terrorism to “severe” after two violent incidents in Liverpool and Essex in the last one month, a Canada-based think tank reported.International Forum For Rights And Security (IFFRAS) citing counter-terror experts reported that more future threats are expected in the United Kingdom, adding that however, no Islamist group has come forward to accept responsibility for the attacks so far. British security minister Damien Hinds suspected the incident could be the result of online radicalisation – the latest aspect of Islamist terror to threaten Europe. Hinds revealed “the security services had disrupted more than 30 late-stage plots in the last few years”, IFFRAS reported.A suicide bomber blew himself up with an explosive device near a maternity hospital in Liverpool on November 15.According to MI5, a British domestic counter-intelligence agency, the Islamist terrorist…

Asia International

Japan mulls releasing oil reserves

Tokyo [Japan] : The Japanese government is considering to release crude oil reserves to curb the oil prices growth, Japan’s Kyodo news agency said on Saturday, citing sources.Previously, Japan resorted to this measure only in case of natural calamities or disruptions in overseas supplies caused by unstable political situation. Consequently, the step is being considered as a tool of stabilizing the prices for the first time. The country’s oil is kept at national oil reserves and at private oil firms. In late September, Japan possessed oil reserves sufficient for 242 days of consumption, according to the media.The increase in global oil prices has led Japan to record high prices for fuels, and the government decided to pay out oil companies extra five yens ($0,044) per one liter of the fuel produced, if gasoline price exceeds 170 yens per liter, starting December 2021.

Bengaluru City News

IMD predicts light to moderate rainfall over Bengaluru

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India] : The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted widespread light to moderate rainfall over Bengaluru for the next two days till Tuesday morning.IMD has also forecast widespread light to moderate rainfall in the rest of Karnataka with isolated heavy rains likely over South Interior Karnataka (SIK), North Interior Karnataka (NIK), Malnad and Coastal Karnataka regions till Sunday morning. Widespread light to moderate rains with isolated heavy rains are likely over Tumakuru, Chitradurga, Kolar, Chikkaballapura, Chamarajanagara and Davanagere districts and widespread very light to moderate rains are likely over remaining districts of the South Interior Karnataka region, as per IMD.IMD predicted that widespread very light to moderate rains with isolated heavy rains are likely over Ballari, Gadag, Koppala, Haveri, Vijayanagara, Belagavi, Dharwad and Bagalkote districts and widespread very light to moderate rains likely over remaining districts of North Interior Karnataka region.Widespread light…

National News Politics

Rajasthan cabinet reshuffle

New Delhi [India] : The stage seems to be all set for the much awaited cabinet reshuffle as hectic preparations are on for the swearing-in ceremony of new ministers at Governor House on Sunday at 4 p.m, confirmed officials, adding that all ministers of Rajasthan government may be asked to resign after the cabinet meeting, which is scheduled at 5 p.m. Saturday. The meeting will be chaired by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. Although it has not yet been decided which new faces will be included in the cabinet, the process of reaching out to a large number of Congress MLAs in Jaipur started last Friday evening. After the meeting, a new cabinet will be formed with new names and their oath ceremony will be held on Sunday at Raj Bhawan. Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra will be returning on Saturday evening after attending a programme in Uttar…

Politics State's Latest

Varun Gandhi urges PM Modi to take ‘immediate decision’ on farmers’ demand

New Delhi [India] : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Varun Gandhi on Saturday welcomed the Centre’s decision to repeal the three farm laws and has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to “immediately” take a decision on the farmers’ demand for a law on minimum support price (MSP) and their other demands.“I welcome the announcement of withdrawing three agricultural laws,” said the BJP leader in a Tweet today. He further said, “It is my humble request that now the demand for making a law on MSP and other issues should also be decided immediately so that the farmer brothers should return home respectfully after ending the agitation,” he added.“I have sent a letter to the respected Prime Minister in this regard,” he added.The BJP leader’s remarks came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced the repealing of the three Central farm…

Chennai City News

Seven Afghan cadets trained at Chennai’s Officers training

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India] : Seven Afghan cadets (soldiers) who acquired training at the Officers training academy in Chennai will leave for New Delhi on Sunday and will decide their further course of action after consulting the officials at the Afghanistan Embassy in the national capital only, said sources.These cadets were part of an integrated army training programme at the academy here in Chennai besides other Indian cadets. However, after their arrival in India, the Taliban has taken control of their home country, leaving the fate of these Afghan soldiers hanging. The passing out parade of 124 gentlemen cadets and 29 women cadets, including 25 cadets of foreign nations, took place at the Officers training academy in Chennai today.“A total of 124 Gentlemen Cadets of the SSC-112 and 29 Women Cadets of the SSC (W)-26 Courses got commissioned. 16 Gentlemen Cadets and nine Women…

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Discord now lets users send up to 10 files at a time

Washington [US] : Discord has announced that it has updated its Windows and macOS desktop clients to let users add alt text for image attachments.It’s a helpful accessibility feature for users that rely on screen readers. As per The Verge, the feature arrives alongside the ability to preview and upload up to 10 files at a time.The alt text accessibility feature can be found by clicking the small pen icon (“Modify Attachment”) on the top right of each individual preview before sending it in a text channel.The feature relies on people making the effort to manually add alt text in order for it to be useful. But it’s better than not having the option at all.Alt text support joins a number of other accessibility features Discord has added to its desktop apps in recent months.Other improvements include keyboard support for drag and drop, allowing…

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Rashtriya Sainik Sansthan to launch AI based project on Telemedicine

Dehradun (Uttarakhand) [India] : In a facilitation ceremony organized by ex-servicemen in Dehradun in November, 2021, Uttarakhand Governor, Lt. Gen. Gurmit Singh (Retd.), shared his vision of empowering Uttarakhand and focusing on rural rejuvenation, women empowerment, youth employment and uplifting the ex-servicemen and their families staying in rural areas.During this event the ex-servicemen requested the team of Rashtriya Sainik Sansthan to implement a project in medicine in rural areas involving ex-servicemen and their families, as it is need of the hour. At that time the seed for inception of this project was sown. In a board meeting of Rashtriya Sainik Sansthan it was concluded to launch projects in four keys areas in Uttarakhand – Health, Education, Environment and Technology in phases. It was decided to launch AI based project in telemedicine – Jan Mitr in first phase. “Jan-Mitr” will be an ex-servicemen or his…

South Asian Countries

UAE firm files lawsuit against State Bank of Pakistan

Islamabad [Pakistan] : An United Arab Emirates-based trading and investment firm has filed a lawsuit worth around Rs 74 billion against the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) and a private bank, local media reported.According to The Express Tribune, Energy Global International FZE filed the damages suit against the central bank on account of “unlawful” action of freezing the bank accounts and illegally converting the foreign currency account into a rupee account in December 2012. A private commercial bank has also been made party to the suit, filed in the Sindh High Court (SHC), for not releasing the funds, according to the court application, reported The Express Tribune.According to the publication, SHC has summoned representatives of the SBP and BankIslami to appear before the additional registrar of the court on February 15 next year to respond to the damages claim, showed the court documents.In December…

City News Just In

Unidentified terrorist killed in ongoing encounter in Kulgam

Kulgam (Jammu and Kashmir) [India] : An unidentified terrorist was killed in an encounter that is underway in the Ashmuji area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Kulgam, said the Kashmir police.“Police and security forces are on the job,” said the policed. Further details shall follow, the police added.“Encounter has started at Ashmuji area of Kulgam. Police and security forces are on the job. Further details shall follow,” tweeted the Kashmir police.

International US News

USIBC Chief says two nations need to set ambitious goal

Washington [US] : Terming top US trade official Katherine Tai’s upcoming visit to India as a “very important” one, President of the US-India Business Council (USIBC), Nisha Biswal said it is an agenda-setting visit to see how the two countries can align their ambitions and approach to trade. United States Trade Representative (USTR) Tai will travel to India on a two-day visit from November 22 for talks with her Indian counterpart commerce minister Piyush Goyal.Acknowledging that there is a gulf between US and India when it comes to trade policies, Biswal suggested that the two countries need to set an “ambitious goal” with respect to trade ties and a roadmap to get there.“It is very important to visit. It is ambassador Tai’s first visit to India as USTR. It is important that US and India set an ambitious goal from where we want to…


Hasan Ali reprimanded by ICC

Dhaka [Bangladesh] : Pakistan fast bowler Hasan Ali has been reprimanded for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the first T20I against Bangladesh in Dhaka on Friday.Hasan was found to have breached Article 2.5 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter upon his/her dismissal during an International Match.” In addition to this, one demerit point has been added to the disciplinary record of Hasan, for whom it was the first offence in a 24-month period.The incident occurred in the 17th over of Bangladesh’s innings, when Hasan gave an inappropriate sendoff to batter Nurul Hasan after dismissing him caught behind the wicket.Meanwhile, the Bangladesh team has been fined 20 per cent of the match fees for…

International US News

Russia hopes US will urge Ukraine to fulfill obligations under Minsk agreements

Washington [US] : Russia hopes that the United States will influence Ukraine so that Kiev will fulfill its obligations under the Minsk agreements on settling the conflict in Donbas, the Russian Embassy to the United States said.On Friday, White House spokesperson Jen Psaki said that the United States welcomed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s statement about resolving the conflict in Donbas based on the Minsk agreements and supported such conflict-resolution efforts. “We take note of the words of White House Press Secretary Jennifer Psaki concerning the support of the efforts to settle the conflict in Donbass in accordance with the Minsk Agreements,” the Russian Embassy wrote on its Facebook page.The Russian diplomatic mission said that Ukraine had to stop the ongoing sabotage of the Minsk agreement.“We hope that the U.S. Government will heed sound judgments and influence ‘the strategic partner’ so that the latter fulfills…

City News Just In

Navjot Singh Sidhu reaches Kartarpur Corridor

Gurdaspur (Punjab) [India] : Punjab Pradesh Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Saturday reached the integrated check post of the Kartarpur Corridor at Dera Baba Nanak, Gurdaspur to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur in Pakistan.His visit comes after a fresh tussle erupted in Punjab Congress following the exclusion of Sidhu’s name from Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi-led delegation comprising of state cabinet ministers that visited the Kartarpur Sahib on Thursday. The Kartarpur Corridor, which links Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan, the final resting place of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev, to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district, reopened on Wednesday.In a major decision, Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government decided to re-open the Kartarpur corridor from November 17. It was closed in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.The visa-free 4.7-kilometre long corridor joins the Indian border to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan. It became…

International World Updates

USIBC chief urges against imposition of CAATSA on India for buying Russian S-400

Washington [US] : Nisha Biswal, president of the US-India Business Council (USIBC) on Friday (local time) said India’s procurement of S-400 missile systems from Russia presents some challenges between Washington and New Delhi, which need to be worked out by both governments, but not the use of sanctions. “I understand the more awaiting factors of CAATSA and the concern that India’s procurement of the S-400 presence for the American defence establishment because as US India becomes closer defence partners. S-400 plays some challenges, those are the challenges that I think need to be worked through by both governments but not the use of sanctions,” she said.The CAATSA is a United States federal law that imposed sanctions on Iran, North Korea, and Russia. CAATSA authorises the US administration to impose sanctions on countries that purchase major defence hardware from Russia in response to Russia’s annexation…


Don’t think China has any doubt on India’s stand: Jaishankar on bilateral ties

Singapore : External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said that China should be in no doubt about India’s position on the bilateral relationship between the two countries and what is languishing it.“I don’t think the Chinese have any doubt on where we stand on our relationship and what’s not gone right with it. I’ve been meeting my counterpart Wang Yi a number of times. As you would have experienced, I speak fairly clearly, reasonably understandably (and) there is no lack of clarity so if they want to hear it, I am sure they would have heard it,” Jaishankar said. He spoke at a panel “Greater Power Competition: The Emerging World Order” at the Bloomberg New Economic Forum in Singapore on Friday.External Affairs Minister has also said that India and China are going through a bad phase in their relationship because of Beijing’s actions and…

City News Hyderabad

IMD predicts light to moderate rain in Telangana over the weekend

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India] : The India Meteorological Department has predicted light to moderate rainfall at a few places over the weekend for Telangana, informed K Nagarathna, Head, Weather Forecasting, IMD Hyderabad.IMD has also predicted heavy rainfall for the Nalgonda and Yadadri Bhuvanagiri districts of Telangana. “Due to a low-pressure area over the southeast and adjoining Bay of Bengal, Telangana is likely to witness light to moderate rainfall at a few places over the weekend. Telangana is likely to witness light to moderate rainfall at a few places over the weekend,” said Nagarathna“Heavy rain is likely to occur at a few places including Nalgonda and Yadadri Bhuvanagiri,” he added.

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Memorial in the name of farmers’ agitation will be set up in Punjab

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India] : After Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement on repealing of the three farm laws, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Friday announced that a memorial in the name of all the farmers from the state who lost their lives during the farmers’ agitation will be set up in the state.“A memorial in the name of farmers’ agitation will be set up in State,” said Channi on Friday. “After Independence, if there was any big struggle, it was this (farmers’ agitation against three farm laws) which strengthened the democratic system in the country,” he added.Blaming the Centre for “thrusting” the farm laws on the farmers the Chief Minister in an official statement said, “The BJP led Central government should admit on record to have made a Himalayan blunder in bringing these bills for which it hardly bothered to even relent for…

Corona Updates

India logs 10,302 new COVID-19 cases in last 24 hrs

New Delhi [India] : India reported 10,302 new COVID-19 cases and 267 deaths in the last 24 hours, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Saturday.Out of these, Kerala reported 5,754 new cases of the COVID-19 infection and 49 deaths. Meanwhile, India’s active caseload stands at 1,24,868 which now account for less than 1 per cent of total cases, currently at 0.36 per cent, the lowest since March 2020.With 11,787 people recovering in the last 24 hours, the recovery tally has gone up to 3,39,09,708. The recovery rate is currently at 98.29 per cent, the highest since March 2020.As per the health ministry, the daily positivity rate stands at 0.96per cent. It has remained below 2 per cent for the last 47 days while the weekly positivity rate is at 0.93 per cent, less than 2 per cent for the last 57…


Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, more extend Gurupurab greetings

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : On the occasion of the 552nd birth anniversary of the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Dev, several Bollywood celebrities extended Guru Nanak Jayanti or Gurupurab wishes on social media.Amitabh Bachchan took to his Twitter handle and shared a picture of Guru Nanak Dev along with the message, “T 4099 – Guru Nanak Jayanti…may His blessings be upon us all…”Akshay Kumar took to his Instagram Story and penned down Gurupurab wishes.“Aap sab nu shri guru nanak dev ji de prakash parb di lakh lakh vadhaiyaan. Let’s pray for everyone’s prosperity. Happy Gurupurab,” he wrote. Abhishek Bachchan shared a short graphic video featuring artwork of the Golden Temple on his Instagram Story.Further, the message read, “May the blessings of Waheguru be with you now and forever. Happy Gurpurab to one and all.” Richa Chadha shared a picture on her Instagram Story in…

New Products Technology

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra’s leaked renders confirm notched display

Seoul [South Korea] : Rumors about the South Korean Tech Giant Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy tab S8 Ultra had started doing rounds this summer but people got a good look at the tablet and its specs only recently.According to GSM Arena, a series of renders suggested that the device will come with a notch that’s quite similar to this year’s MacBooks from Apple. Well, unfortunately, the authenticity of those images is confirmed by one of the most reputable Samsung tipsters on the web.Ice Universe shared what appears to be an official-looking render of the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra confirming the existence of the notch.However, the good news is that the notch houses two selfie cameras, one of which is of the ultrawide variety.The latter can also shoot 2160p@60fps videos so likely the main one can do too, and by the looks of it, the notch…

City News Delhi

‘Centre should apologize to farmers’ : Manish Sisodia

New Delhi [India] : Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Friday said that the Centre should have repealed the three farm laws a year ago and urged the government to apologize to farmers.This comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier in the day announced the repeal of the three Central farm laws. “The central government should have taken this decision a year ago. The farmers struggled for a year protesting on the roads in winter, rain, and even in times of COVID-19 pandemic and dengue outbreak. The government should apologize for this. The government should also apologize to families of farmers who died during the protests. The government should also apologize for remarks on farmers calling them terrorists, Khalistanis,” Sisodia told ANI.Taking to Twitter, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader congratulated the farmers on the success of their movement.“Congratulations to the farmers and…

Corona Updates

Austria introduces mandatory COVID-19 vaccination from February 1

Vienna [Austria] : Mandatory vaccination campaign against coronavirus will start in Austria from February 1, 2022, Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg announced on Friday.“Today we have made a very difficult decision – to introduce compulsory vaccination very quickly, it should be in effect as early as February 1, 2022,” Schallenberg said at a press conference. Schallenberg also announced the introduction of a total national lockdown from Monday for a maximum of 20 days. According the chancellor, the lockdown for the unvaccinated people increased the readiness of the population to vaccinate, but not sufficiently.Since November 15, a lockdown has been in effect in the country for those who are not vaccinated against COVID-19. Nevertheless, the epidemiological situation continues to deteriorate – the daily incidence regularly breaks records, the intensive care units are on the verge of being overloaded with COVID-19 patients. 

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PM Modi inaugurates Arjun Sahayak Project in UP’s Mahoba

Mahoba (Uttar Pradesh) [India] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Arjun Sahayak Project in Mahoba district of Uttar Pradesh on Friday.PM Modi also inspected models of various development projects to be inaugurated in the district. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Governor Anandiben Patel were also present with him.The Prime Minister’s visit had been scheduled to Uttar Pradesh’s Mahoba today to inaugurate the key schemes relating to irrigation in the district.Later in the day, Prime Minister is scheduled to visit Jhansi for the “Rashtra Raksha Samparpan Parv”. During this event, he will formally hand over Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) designed Advanced Electronic Warfare (EW) suite for naval ships to the Indian Navy. 


Parliament must formally repeal farm laws on 1st day of winter session: TN CM Stalin

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India] : After Prime Minister announced the repeal of farm laws, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Friday said that Parliament must take action on the first day of the winter session to formally repeal all the three laws.He also demanded the repeal of other laws, including the Citizenship Amendment Act. In a press release, the CM said, “The Prime Minister said that all the three agricultural laws will be withdrawn. I wholeheartedly welcome what Narendra Modi announced this morning. This is a great victory for the agrarian masses and the democratic forces who have fought against these three laws for the past one year.”He further said, “It was the relentless struggle across India that persuaded the Union Government, which had said that there was no room for talk of withdrawing all three laws, to come down.”When these laws were…


‘Our bond is beyond the game and will always be’

New Delhi [India] : Former Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli on Friday termed AB de Villiers as the most “inspirational” person he has met in his life.De Villiers, the former South African batter announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. Kohli, his RCB teammate said the bond between the two cricketers is “beyond the game and will always be.” “To the best player of our times and the most inspirational person I’ve met, you can be very proud of what you’ve done and what you’ve given to RCB my brother. Our bond is beyond the game and will always be,” Kohli tweeted.“This hurts my heart but I know you’ve made the best decision for yourself and your family like you’ve always done. I love you,” he added.The decorated South Africa batter, who began his RCB career in 2011, enjoyed 10 seasons,…


Failed to explain benefits of farm laws to some farmers of nation: Narendra Singh Tomar

New Delhi [India] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intention was to bring revolutionary changes in the lives of farmers but the government failed to explain the benefits of the central farm laws to some farmers of the nation, said Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Friday.Speaking to ANI, Tomar said, “Prime Minister had brought the three Bills that were passed by the Parliament. They would have benefitted farmers. Prime Minister’s clear intention was to bring revolutionary changes in the lives of farmers. But I am pained that we failed to explain benefits to some farmers of the nation.” “Prime Minister Narendra Modi had tried to bring changes in agriculture with these reforms. But due to some situations, some farmers objected. When we took path of discussions and tried to explain to them, we could not succeed. So on Prakash Parv, Prime Minister decided…

National News Politics

CM Yogi welcomes Centre’s move

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India] : Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to repeal the three Central farm laws.“I thank him and welcome this step taken by him. Though a large section of people believed that such laws can play an essential role to increase the income of farmers. When farmer organisations opposed it, the government attempted to establish a dialogue on all levels,” the chief minister said. In a major move, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced the repealing of the three Central farm laws.In the address to the nation, PM Modi said, “We have decided to repeal all three farm laws, will begin the procedure at the Parliament session that begins this month. I urge farmers to return home to their families and let’s start afresh.”Apologising to the countrymen for the three farm laws…

Business Markets

Italy-based IQT Consulting sets feet in India

New Delhi [India] : With a major focus on development projects and to work for innovation and sustainability, Italy-based IQT Consulting has set its feet in the country and has registered in India.The renowned global brand has a business presence and interest in areas in design engineering, project management, and asset management and shall be endeavoring to work in large developmental & national mission projects in municipal infrastructure, water resources, telecom infra and smart buildings sector, spearheaded by seasoned infrastructure industry professional Sachin Pant as its CEO & Director. Speaking about IQT India’s plans and vision, Sachin Pant, CEO & Director, IQT IN said, “India is accelerating its progress to emerge as the world’s strongest economy by bolstering its infrastructure and fostering an ecosystem of innovation, sustainability, and development. We believe this is the right time to expand our vision and plans in the…


PM Modi urges farmers to return home

New Delhi [India] : Apologising to the countrymen for the three farm laws over which the government “failed to convince” the farmers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday urged the protesting farmers to return to their homes.In the address to the nation, PM Modi said, “We have decided to repeal all three farm laws, will begin the procedure at the Parliament session that begins this month. I urge farmers to return home to their families and let’s start afresh.” He further said that the laws will be repealed in the forthcoming winter session of Parliament.The Prime Minister also apologized to the countrymen and said, “Today, while apologising to the countrymen, I want to say with a sincere and pure heart that perhaps there must have been some deficiency in our efforts, due to which we could not explain the truth like the light of…

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Centre realised its mistake: Punjab Dy CM

Gurdaspur (Punjab) [India] : After Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced to repeal the three farm laws, thereby ending the year-long standoff between the government and the agitating farmers, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa on Friday welcomed the decision and said that the Centre “realised its mistake” and decided to take back the “black” laws.Speaking to reporters in Gurdaspur, Randhawa said, “Farmers have been agitating for past 11 months and during this period around 700 farmers have died. The Government of India has accepted its mistake and repealed the farm laws. I welcome this. Govt should also help the 700 families who lost their loved ones, as Punjab Govt did.” He further said, “Many farmers have died during the protest. The Punjab government has taken measures to rehabilitate the family members of the protesters, who died in the protest. I request the Union…

National News Politics

Centre forced to withdraw three farm laws

Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India] : After Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the repealing of three farm laws, thereby attempting to end the standoff between the agitating farmers and the government, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Friday said that the Centre was forced to withdraw the three farm laws owing to the circumstances that were prevailing in the country.Speaking to reporters, the Rajasthan CM said, “The farmers’ efforts have paid off. Given the circumstances in the country, the PM was forced to withdraw 3 farm laws. Today’s decision was in view of UP elections. The PM and the BJP putting in all their efforts to win polls…You never know if they get a shock like West Bengal.” In a major move, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced the repealing of the three Central farm laws. In his address to the nation, PM Modi said,…

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Farmers distribute sweets at Gazipur border after announcement on repeal of farm laws

New Delhi [India] : After Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement repealing three farm laws, farmers burst into celebration and distributed ‘Jalebis’ at the protest site on Gazipur (UP-Delhi) border on Friday.“I thank Prime Minister Modi for taking this decision. People were saying that it will be the government’s defeat if they take back the farm laws, I always used to say that the government is a very big institution and repealing the farm laws is not their defeat. Since it is the government of farmers how can this be their defeat,” said one of the protesters present at the Gazipur site. “I welcome the decision of the Central government. I just wish that they would have done this a bit early,” said another.“This victory is dedicated to those farmers who lost their lives during this protest. I thank everyone who supported us and helped…

International UK News

UK, Poland sign agreement on plans to cooperate on creating Air Defense System

London [UK] : The United Kingdom and Poland have signed an agreement on the intention to create a new air defense system, the UK Ministry of Defense said.The agreement was reached during the visit of UK Defense Minister Ben Wallace to Poland where he held talks with his Polish counterpart, Mariusz Blaszczak “A first for the UK-Poland relationship, the Statement of Intent will see the two countries share pioneering technology to develop NAREW, Poland’s future Ground-Based Air Defence System, which is anticipated to have a multi-billion-pound budget. The agreement will provide enhanced security and defence development for both countries, while developing and sustaining critical skills across the missile sector in Poland and the UK” the ministry said in a statement on late Thursday.“In the UK, MBDA’s Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAMM) family has been confirmed for the NAREW programme. Flying at supersonic speeds, CAMM…


Celebrities hail PM Modi’s decision to repeal three farm laws

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement to withdraw the three farm laws has been welcomed by all. Members from the film fraternity have also hailed the decision.“This is wonderful news! Thank you, @narendramodi ji, @PMOIndia, for taking back the farm laws. Thank you, farmers, for raising just demands through peaceful protests. Hope you will happily return to be with your families on the Parkash Purab of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji today,” actor Sonu Sood tweeted.Actor Gul Panag, who also participated in the farmers’ protest, expressed her joy after reading about the withdrawal of the laws.“Grateful to @narendramodi for repealing the Farm Laws, finally. I wish we didn’t have to let the impasse last this long, cause so many lives to be lost. And demonise, debase, delegitimise the Farm Protest and the protestors,” she tweeted.According to her, this should be a…

International World Updates

Russian Embassy outraged over US hostile actions toward Russian Community Council of USA

Moscow [Russia] : The Russian Embassy to the United States has expressed outrage over the US hostile actions toward the Russian Community Council of the USA (RCC) and called on Washington to immediately stop the persecution of representatives of the Russian diaspora.The RCC announced on Thursday that it was temporarily suspending all activities due to an FBI probe into alleged violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) that targeted members of the Russian community in the US. FARA is a US law passed in 1938 requiring anyone representing the interests of foreign powers in a political or quasi-political capacity to disclose their relationship with the foreign government and information about related activities and finances. “We are outraged by the hostile actions of the United States against our compatriots taken under the pretext of suspicion over the work in the United States without registration…

International US News

Pro-Iranian forces targeted US base in Syria

Washington [US] : Pro-Iranian forces have carried out a drone attack on a US base in Syria in response to Israeli airstrikes on the Arab Republic, US media reported.In late October, the US base of At Tanf came under a drone attack. The White House believes that the recent attack on its military base in Syria was “deliberate and coordinated” and the United States reserves the right to respond. According to The New York Times newspaper, the base was attacked by five “suicide drones” but only two of them exploded. Most of the US soldiers were evacuated from the base after receiving a warning from Israeli intelligence.US officials told The New York Times that the attack had been directed by Iran that supplied the proxy forces with the needed equipment.Both US and Israeli officials said that the attack was a retaliation for several Israeli…

City News Just In

Devotees throng Golden Temple on Guru Nanak Jayanti

Amritsar (Punjab) [India] : On the occasion of the 552nd birth anniversary of the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Dev, being celebrated across the country as Guru Nanak Jayanti, devotees took a dip in the holy pond and offered prayers at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Friday.“We took the holy dip in ‘Sarovar’ and then offered prayers,” said Karamvir Singh, a devotee. “We are here since midnight. I feel happy being here, celebrating Guru Nanak Dev ji’s birth anniversary. I pray, he keeps everyone healthy. Whatever disease we are facing right now, ends completely, soon,” said Menna Sethi, another devotee.Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his greetings on the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti and said Guru Nanak Dev’s vision of a just, compassionate and inclusive society inspires the countrymen.“On the special occasion of the Parkash Purab of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji,…


Through Satyagraha, farmers made arrogance bow its head: Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi [India] : Congratulating the farmers of the country, shortly after Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address to the nation announced the repeal of the three Central farm laws, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday said that farmers’ ‘Satyagraha’ forced arrogance to bow its head.The Congress leader tweeted in Hindi, “With their satyagraha, annadata of the country made arrogance bow its head. Congratulations on this victory against injustice.” The announcement of the repeal of the three farm laws comes ahead of the crucial Assembly elections in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur scheduled to be held early next year.Among these states, farmers from Punjab and Uttar Pradesh were protesting across Delhi’s borders for the past one year.Farmers from Punjab, Haryana and UP had arrived at the Delhi border on November 26, 2020, demanding the repeal of three farm laws — The…


Russia detects Pakistan move to illegally procure dual-use material for its Chashma nuke plant

New Delhi [India] : Pakistan’s attempt to procure dual-use material from Russia got a rude jolt, it is learnt that there was a deal between private companies of Pakistan and Russia for procurement of ‘hand-foot contamination indicator’ by Pakistan, the Russian side backed out from the deal after it learnt that the items were meant for Pakistan’s nuclear plant at Chashma.According to details accessed by ANI, the Export Control Administration, Federal Service for Technical and Export Control (FSTEC) of Russia, refused to issue a license for exporting six hand-foot-contamination monitors by M/s Tehnocenter Ltd., Mendeleevo (Russia) to M/s Hassan Scientific corporation, Lahore, after realizing that the end-user was Chashma Nuclear Power Generating Station (CNPGS). The Russian Government has been closely observing the efforts by Pakistani companies to procure critical products from the European market and have been extra cautious about such procurement from Russia.…

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Three farm laws to be rolled back, declares PM Modi

New Delhi [India] : In a major move, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced the repealing of the three Central farm laws.In his address to the nation, PM Modi said, “Today I want to tell everyone that we have decided to repeal all three farm laws.” Farmers have been protesting the government’s three farm laws since had passed the Farmer’s Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020.The three farm laws are– The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act provides for setting up a mechanism allowing the farmers to sell their farm produces outside the Agriculture Produce Market Committees (APMCs). Any license-holder trader can buy the produce from the farmers at mutually agreed prices. This trade of farm produces will be free of mandi…


Ganguly replaces Kumble

Dubai : BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has been appointed as the Chairman of the ICC men’s Cricket Committee, the game’s governing body said on Wednesday. Ganguly will replace fellow Indian Anil Kumble, who stepped down after serving a maximum of three, three-year terms. “I am delighted to welcome Sourav to the position of Chair of the ICC Men’s Cricket Committee,” ICC Chair Greg Barclay said in a release. “His experience as one of the world’s best players and latterly as an administrator will help us shape our cricketing decisions moving forward. I would also like to thank Anil for his outstanding leadership over the last nine years which has included improving the international game through more regular and consistent application of DRS and a robust process for addressing suspect bowling actions.” The Board also approved that first-class status and list A classification will be…

South Asian Countries

Afghanistan state firm vows to pay electricity debts to central Asian countries

Kabul [Afghanistan] : Amid the economic and power crisis in the country, Afghanistan state electricity company has promised that it will soon pay the electricity debts owed to Central Asian countries.“Breshna Sherkat is going to pay the electricity debts very soon to the neighbouring countries,” said Hekmatullah Noorzai, a spokesperson for officials of De Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), as quoted by TOLOnews. Afghan Chamber of Industries and Mines said factories will stop operating if electricity is cut off by the neighbouring countries.“Productive factories rely on electricity, if there is no electricity, the problems will significantly increase,” said Mohammad Karim Azimi, CEO of Chamber of Industries and Mines.Last week, Afghanistan decided to import 100 megawatts of electricity from Iran due to the shortage of electricity and the approaching winter months when demand for power increases.DABS said they have signed an agreement with Iran to import…

Corona Updates

Russia records 36,626 new COVID-19 cases over past 24 hours

Moscow [Russia] : Russia has confirmed 36,626 COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, bringing the cumulative total to 9,182,538, the response center said on Wednesday.“Over the past day, 36,626 COVID-19 cases were confirmed across 85 Russian regions, including 2,335 cases (6.4%) without clinical symptoms,” the center said, adding that the rate of increase fell to 0.40%. Moscow registered 2,966 new COVID-19 cases. The Russian capital was followed by Saint Petersburg with 2,793 new cases, and the Samara region with 1,785 new cases.The response center reported record 1,247 deaths linked to the coronavirus, bringing the country’s death toll to 259,084.In the same 24 hours, 36,388 COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospitals across the country, bringing the total to 7,882,836.

International World Updates

Brazil currently has no immediate plans to join OPEC

Brasilia [Brazil] : Brazil does not plan to join the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) at the moment, but is determined to interact with it in the format of cooperation, Brazilian Minister of Mines and Energy Bento Costa Lima Albuquerque said on Wednesday.“At the moment there are no plans to join OPEC. But we continue to work with them in the format of cooperation,” the minister said on the sidelines of the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference. He stressed that Brazil is the seventh largest oil producer and exporter in the world.“Therefore, we decided that we must have good relations with OPEC and OPEC+,” the minister added.In October 2019, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said that he would like to see his country in OPEC. In his opinion, Brazil has capacity to join the organization, since there are large oil reserves…

City News Just In

Mehbooba Mufti, PDP leaders hold protest in Jammu

Jammu (Jammu and Kashmir) [India] : Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti along with other party leaders held a protest in Jammu on Wednesday against the alleged killing of civilians in Hyderpora encounter.The demonstration was held outside the PDP office. She claimed that three civilians have been killed in the encounter that took place on Monday. “I am protesting because this government kills civilians in the name of militancy. Nobody knows if militants are being killed. Three civilians have been killed recently. The government refuses to hand over their dead bodies to the families despite the latter’s demand,” Mufti told mediapersons. On Tuesday, the PDP chief demanded a judicial inquiry into the Hyderpora encounter in Jammu and Kashmir.“It is unfortunate that three civilians were killed in the (Hyderpora) encounter. It has become a fashion to brand civilians killed in encounters as OGWs. They…


TV debates causing more air pollution than anything else: Supreme Court

New Delhi [India] : The Supreme Court on Wednesday observed that TV debates are causing more air pollution than anything else and everybody has their own agenda while hearing cases relating to increasing air pollution in Delhi-NCR.A Bench of Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, Justices DY Chandrachud and Surya Kant said, “You want to use some issue, make us observe and then make it controversial and then only blame game will remain. Debates on TV are creating more pollution than everyone else. Everybody has their own agenda. They don’t understand anything.” The observation of the Bench came as Solicitor General Tushar Mehta appearing for Centre raised the issue over television debates which claimed that he had misled the apex court on the contribution of stubble burning to air pollution.“There have been nasty occurrences on TV to show that I misled the Court on…

Games Sports

First SAI Institutional Awards

New Delhi [India] : A total of 162 athletes and 84 coaches were conferred with awards in the Outstanding Award and Best Award category for their performance in national and international competitions on Wednesday.The first-ever SAI Institutional Awards for Athletes and Coaches were given out by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) on Wednesday, in the presence of the Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur and Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Nisith Pramanik. The athletes and coaches were given cash awards amounting to a total of Rs 85.02 lakhs during the ceremony at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here.According to a statement, the awards acknowledged the exceptional performance of the SAI athletes and coaches under the various sports promotion schemes at the national and international level from 2016. The awards thus have been granted to the deserving candidates for…

City News Hyderabad

Telangana Congress chief lashes out at KCR

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India] : As the Siddipet district collector Venkatrami Reddy quit civil services and announced that he will join the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) soon, the Telangana Congress chief Revanth Reddy on Wednesday accused him of being a party in land grabs during his tenure as the joint collector of Medak district.Addressing the media at Gandhi Bhavan here, Revanth slammed the Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao led state government and claimed that in the Kokapet land auction too, the Raju Pushpa company allegedly belonging to the Venkatrami’s family, secured the lands. “In Dubaka Bypolls, Venkatrami revealed his support to the TRS,” he said.“Venkatrami Reddy, who is very dear to the CMs of the joint state, was appointed as the Joint Collector of the Medak District by KCR. He has the skills to make thousands of crores of rupees for him,” Revanth claimed.Further,…

Politics State's Latest

Congress is not as it was at Nehru’s time, says Yoganand Shastri

New Delhi [India] : Former Congress leader Yoganand Shastri who joined the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Wednesday said that he left the grand old party as it has changed and is not the same, the way it was during Jawaharlal Nehru’s time.“We believe in our culture, a person should keep on doing work and I didn’t keep myself vacant. The Party didn’t give me enough work, that is why I joined NCP,” Speaker of Delhi Assembly Shastri told. “Congress has changed, it is not the same, the way it was during Nehru’s time. Those who want to contribute are not given much importance in the party,” he added.“I don’t blame the top leadership but you know the ground-level reality. Top leadership is not at fault but the party at the local level is not fine and people are not given respect,” he stated.Shastri’s…


Indian Sikh pilgrims cross over to Pakistan after Kartarpur corridor reopens

New Delhi [India] : A jatha of Indian Sikh pilgrims crossed over to Pakistan on Wednesday to pay obeisance at the Gurudwara Darbar Sahib through the Kartarpur corridor that reopened today.“Indian Sikh pilgrims warmly welcomed by Pakistan on their arrival through Kartarpur Sahib Corridor, today,” Pakistan High Commission in India tweeted. The high commission said that Pakistan is looking forward to hosting devotees from India for the birthday celebrations of Baba Guru NanakEarlier today, a jatha of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) departed for Pakistan to pay obeisance at the Gurudwara Darbar Sahib and other Gurudwaras through the Kartarpur corridor.“We are going on a nine-day trip. We will be visiting Kartar Pur Sahib, Nankana Sahib, Dera Sacha Sauda, Dera sahib,” said Gruvinder Singh, a pilgrim.“We are very happy. We are very grateful to the government for opening the corridor,” said another pilgrim.The corridor was…

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PM Modi to launch multiple development projects in UP

New Delhi [India] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit the districts of Uttar Pradesh and will launch multiple development projects worth over Rs 6250 crore on November 19.As per Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), at around 2:45 pm, Prime Minister will inaugurate multiple projects in Mahoba in a significant initiative to alleviate water distress. These projects will help alleviate the issue of water shortage in the region and bring much-needed relief to the farmers.These projects include Arjun Sahayak Project, Ratauli Weir Project, Bhaoni Dam Project and Majhgaon-Chilli Sprinkler Project.“The cumulative cost of these projects is more than Rs 3250 Crore and their operationalisation will help in the irrigation of around 65000 hectares of land in the districts of Mahoba, Hamirpur, Banda and Lalitpur, benefitting lakhs of farmers of the region. These projects will also provide potable drinking water to the region,” the PMO said…

National News Politics

“Mahila hoon lad sakti hoon”

New Delhi [India] : Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will launch the party’s 100 days action plan for the “Adhi Abadi”, an outreach programme for women voters in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday.Priyanka Gandhi arrived in Chitrakoot’s Ram Ghat today to launch the programme. The Congress general secretary is betting high by announcing that 40 per cent tickets will be given to women in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. The Congress leader has also made big promises to woo women voters and for which a separate manifesto has been prepared.Some of the key promises include smartphone and two-wheelers for college-going girls, three cylinders for free for housewives, free travel for women in government buses, an honorarium of Rs 10,000 per month to ASHA and Anganwadi workers, and old age-widow pension of Rs 1000 per month.To give an edge to this mission, the Uttar Pradesh…


Virat will only strengthen the team

aipur (Rajasthan) [India] : India T20I skipper Rohit Sharma on Tuesday said Virat Kohli remains an important player for the Men in Blue and his role would not change in the shortest format of the game.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. “It is very simple. Virat Kohli’s role won’t change and it will be the same as what he has done in the past. He will keep on doing what he has been doing for the team for so many years. He is a very important player for the team. Whenever he plays, he creates an impact. He always leaves his mark on the match,” Rohit said during a virtual press conference.“Everyone has a different role in…

Chennai City News

Tamil Nadu to set up COVID-19 test centres at Sabarimala temple

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) : The Tamil Nadu government has decided to COVID-19 test centres at Sabarimala temple in Kerala, said Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department Minister Sekar Babu.Addressing the media persons, Babu said, “Devotees who are fully vaccinated or those who produce negative RT-PCR test report conducted within 72 hours before will be allowed inside the temple.” Every year lakhs of devotees from Tamil Nadu come to the Sabarimala temple to pay obeisance.The minister also said that the SIMS hospital in Chennai has agreed to set up a medical mobile ambulance van attached with a ventilator at Sabarimala.

National News Politics

Mansukh Mandaviya rides bicycle

New Delhi [India] : With an aim to reduce pollution in the city and inculcate fitness habits among individuals, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya rode a bicycle to inaugurate Health Pavilion at India International Trade Fair (IITF) here on Tuesday.After pedalling to Pragati Maidan hall no 11, he said, “Today I am here for inaugurating the health pavilion. Pedalling cycle reduces air pollution, it keeps one fit and healthy and saves non-renewable energy.” He further said, “To promote cycling, I will be launching awareness with the help of cycling clubs across India.”Earlier, Mandaviya rode a bicycle to Parliament and had said that cycling is his passion.


Pakistan to host 2025 Champions Trophy

Dubai [UAE] : The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday confirmed the 14 host countries of the ICC men’s white-ball events from 2024-2031. The Champions Trophy is back and Pakistan will host the tournament in 2025.11 Full Members and three Associate Members have been selected to host two ICC Men’s Cricket World Cups, four ICC Men’s T20 World Cups and two ICC Men’s Champions Trophy events. The USA and Namibia will host an ICC World Cup event for the first time. Whilst Australia, Bangladesh, England, Ireland, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Zimbabwe have previously staged major events and will do so again over the next decade.The hosts were selected via a competitive bidding process overseen by a Board sub-committee chaired by Martin Snedden along with Sourav Ganguly and Ricky Skerritt. The ICC Board accepted the recommendations of…


Kartarpur Sahib Corridor reopen, ‘invaluable gift for devotees of Guru Nanak Dev’

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India] : Punjab Congress Chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Tuesday welcomed the decision of the Centre to re-open the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor from Wednesday, calling it an ‘invaluable gift’ for the devotees of Guru Nanak Dev.“Welcome step …. The reopening of the Corridor of infinite possibilities … invaluable gift for Nanak naam levas … may the corridor of the Great Guru remain open eternally to shower blessings on one and all …. Sarbat da bhala,” said Sidhu in a tweet. In a major decision, Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government has decided to reopen the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor from Wednesday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Tuesday.Taking to Twitter the Union Home Minister said, “In a major decision, that will benefit large numbers of Sikh pilgrims, PM Narendra Modi government has decided to re-open the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor from tomorrow, November 17.…

Crypto Currency Technology

Cryptocurrency can’t be stopped, must be regulated

New Delhi [India] : An understanding was visible that cryptocurrency can’t be stopped but it must be regulated in the meeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance with industry associations and experts on the matter of crypto finance. There was a consensus that a regulatory mechanism should be put in place to regulate cryptocurrency. Industry associations and stakeholders were not clear as to who should be the regulator, sources said. Security of investors’ money was the most serious concern expressed by MPs at the meeting. An MP expressed concern over full-page crypto ads in national dailies. Experts said that cryptocurrencies are some sort of investors’ democracy, according to sources. “MPs (Members of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance) now want the government officials to appear before it and address their concerns,” said sources on the meeting of the committee with industry associations and experts on…

City News Kolkata

Kolkata sessions court grants bail to TMC leaders

Kolkata (West Bengal ) [India] : Kolkata city sessions court on Tuesday granted interim bail to West Bengal Transport Minister Firhad Hakim, Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader MLA Madan Mitra, and Ex-Mayor Sovan Chatterjee in the Narada scam on the bond of Rs. 20,000.The next date for them to appear physically is January 28. Earlier on May 10, West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar has sanctioned the prosecution of Firhad Hakim, Subrata Mukherjee, Madan Mitra and Sovan Chatterjee in the Narada scam being investigated by the CBI.Journalist Mathew Samuel of Narada News, a web portal, had conducted a Narada sting operation in 2014 wherein some people resembling TMC ministers, MPs and MLAs were seen receiving money from representatives of a fictitious company in lieu of favours.The four arrested politicians were ministers in the Mamata Banerjee government at that time. Ahead of the 2016 Assembly elections in…

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Now ‘play something’ on Netflix through Alexa

Washington [US] : Netflix has refined a one-button solution that picks something based on your tastes and starts playing it right away. It first called the feature Shuffle and eventually landed on Play Something.As per The Verge, Netflix has now linked its automatic selector to Amazon’s voice-controlled AI and streaming hardware. If you’re in the US or Canada, just say “Alexa, Play Something,” and if you have an Echo speaker or app listening in, plus a Fire TV device with Netflix activated, then it’ll work.In a post mentioning the feature, Netflix director of marketing partnerships Magno Herran said, “We are excited to partner with Fire TV to bring the Alexa voice technology to the Netflix Play Something feature. Now you can instantly discover a show or film we know you’ll love based on what you’ve watched before.”The feature could help to skip debating or…

Games Sports

Antonio to leave Alfa Romeo

London [UK] : Alfa Romeo driver Antonio Giovinazzi will leave the side at the end of the 2021 Formula One championship, following three seasons, the racing team said on Tuesday.The Martina Franca-born racer, the first Italian to compete in a full F1 season since 2011 when he lined up for the team on the Melbourne grid in 2019, has taken part in 59 races with the Swiss squad so far — including two for Sauber in 2017. “Saying goodbye to a driver is never easy, especially so in the case of Antonio, who has been part of the team for so long,” said Alfa Romeo’s Team Principal Fred Vasseur in a statement.“As we part ways, we will cherish the memories of the good times and learn lessons from the bad ones, knowing these moments all made us grow together as a team.“We wish Antonio…


IAF’s Tejas jet to get French HAMMER missile boost

New Delhi [India] : The Indian Air Force (IAF) has placed orders for French HAMMER missiles to be fitted into LCA Tejas boosting the firepower of the indigenous fighter jet. The missile will give Tejas capability to hit and destroy bunkers or ground targets from a range as far as 70 kms.  The IAF, under the emergency procurement power granted by the Modi government, has sought the capability enhancement of LCA Tejas amid continuing border tension with China. The IAF had first acquired HAMMER missiles for the French Rafale jets. he medium range air-to-surface HAMMER (Highly Agile Modular Munition Extended Range) missile was initially designed and manufactured for the French air force and navy. The missile is capable of taking out bunkers or hardened shelters in different terrains such as mountainous locations similar to Eastern Ladakh. The addition of HAMMER to the already impressive…

Europe International

Belarusian forces do not interfere in skirmishes between Polish guards, migrants on Border

Minsk [Belarus] : Belarusian border guards do not interfere in the confrontation between migrants and Polish security forces at the border, a Sputnik correspondent reported from the scene on Tuesday.The migrants made an attempt to break down the fence on the border with Poland, but the Polish security forces used tear gas, water cannons and stun grenades to stop them, the correspondent said. A large group of refugees, mostly Kurds, headed for the Belarusian-Polish border on November 8. About 2,000 migrants, including a significant number of women and children, have set up camp near the Polish border in the vicinity of the Bruzgi checkpoint in the Grodno region. The Polish guard have been blocking all attempts to illegally cross the border. The situation in the camp has been described as catastrophic by a UN delegation.

South Asian Countries

Pakistan responsible for humanitarian crisis

Kabul [Afghanistan] : Pakistan, the creator, organizer and mentor to the Taliban is responsible for the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, according to an Arabic media outlet.According to a news piece published in Al Arabiya Post, Pakistan is using the recognition card as a tool to leverage aid to the Afghan people. Taliban which controls the country has been unable to provide care for Afghan people. The United Nations had warned that almost half of the population of Afghanistan will face a hunger crisis between the present time and March next year, Al Arabiya Post reported.It further said that things are getting worse on the humanitarian front.The latest report of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Afghanistan shows concern about “conditional humanitarianism” or attempts to “leverage” humanitarian assistance for political purposes.Apart from it, protection and safety risks to people…

Politics State's Latest

Purvanchal Express will become lifeline of development

Sultanpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India] : Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday said that Purvanchal Express will become the lifeline of development in eastern Uttar Pradesh.While speaking at the inauguration of the Expressway, the Chief Minister said, “The work of Purvanchal Express was completed in three years amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It will become the lifeline of the development of Eastern UP. Congratulations to the people of Purvanchal.” The CM said there is a focus on overall and inclusive ‘vikas’ across the state as part of a big development push.“From Kanpur metro to the new airport in Kushinagar, other major infrastructure projects are in the pipeline,” he said.He further said that this is the development path of “New India” under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.“Work is underway to connect Bundelkhand with a new expressway. The work of Ganga Expressway is going to start…

National News PMO Politics

PM Modi slams Opposition

Sultanpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India] : Slamming the Opposition parties in Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that both Delhi and Lucknow were dominated by dynasts for years and the partnership of family members kept crushing the aspirations of people of Uttar Pradesh.Addressing a gathering in Sultanpur after inaugurating Purvanchal Expressway, PM Modi said: “In Uttar Pradesh, we have seen a long period of governments who showed dreams of industrialization without worrying about connectivity. As a result, many factories located here were shut due to the lack of infrastructure. It was also unfortunate that both Delhi and Lucknow were dominated by the dynasts . For years and years, this partnership of family members kept crushing the aspirations of Uttar Pradesh.” “The people of Uttar Pradesh were treated unfairly by the then government. Discrimination was done in development just to serve the interest…


Virat Kohli’s restaurant chain faces resentment

New Delhi [India] : Indian cricketer Virat Kohli landed in controversy regarding the entry of ‘gay’ people in his restaurant ‘One8 commune.’ The star cricketer runs a chain of restaurants across Pune, Delhi and Kolkata. Their Zomato listings claim, “Stags are not allowed”. This caused an uproar among the netizens who called out Kohli for discrimination. People on social media accused him and said that this is unacceptable. Following the backlash, an LGBTQIA+ activism group called ‘Yes, We Exist’ asked the restaurant chain to make the ‘necessary changes asap’.  Netizens expressed their anger. One Twitter user wrote, “Quite shameful how @imVkohli’s restaurants have been discriminating against LGBTQ+. Truly appalling that @deepigoyal allows such blatant bigotry to deliver food on @zomato. There must be no room for this nonsense.” Another tweeted, “It sounds weird. How do they check and confirm you’re “gay” or the allowed categories? Do…

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Zika cases decline in UP’s Kannauj, Kanpur

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India] : The Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday said that the situation has improved in Kannauj and Kanpur districts as no new cases of Zika virus were reported in the last 24 hours.According to Chief Minister’s Office (CMO), Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath instructed officials to seek ASHA workers’ help. “With a continuous decline in Zika virus positivity rate and no new case in the last 24 hours, and situation improving in Kannauj and Kanpur, CM Yogi Adityanath emphasized on testing, tracing and treatment for those who are ill. He also instructed officials to seek ASHA workers’ help,” CMO.The Chief Minister also directed officials to conduct surprise inspections at pathology centers testing for dengue.“In view of reported arbitrary collections by pathology centers for dengue testing in some districts, rates should be investigated. Surprise inspections should also be done at pathology centers. Complaints…

Business Economy TOP NEWS UPDATES

Big Business: Paytm IPO allotment status out

New Delhi [India] : Paytm IPO allotment status is out. Investors can check their Paytm share allotment status on the IPO registrar LinkIntime’s website by entering PAN Number or Application Number or DP/Client ID or Account No / IFSC. The digital payments and financial services firm allocated shares at the upper price band of Rs 2,150 apiece. Paytm shares are likely to be listed on the NSE and BSE on November 18. In the grey market, Paytm shares are trading at the lowest premium since the issue was opened for subscription. Paytm share grey market premium has reduced below 2 per cent to trade at Rs 30-40 apiece. It means that Paytm shares are available at a price of Rs 2,180 in the grey market. Based on the bid received for Paytm’s Rs 18,300 crore initial public offer (IPO), the company will list an…

South Asian Countries

Pakistan appoints terror supporter Masood Khan as delegate to US

New Delhi [India] : Pakistan has appointed Masood Khan as its ambassador to the United States. According to a media report, Khan is a terror supporter and former president of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). Masood Khan is a dangerous radical with a long history of working with Islamists in the West and “jihadists” in the East, National Review, a US-based magazine stated. His appointment is evidence of an increasingly dangerous Pakistani regime, which is working to support Islamists all around the world, including in the United States, according to National Review. In July this year, while serving as president of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), Khan provided a “special message” on Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani, who was killed in 2016 during his fifth death anniversary. “We grieve today for Burhan Wani. He lives on in our hearts. He sacrificed his life for a cause,”…

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Nanded drug seizure: Arrested accused to be produced before court

Nanded (Maharashtra) [India] : The two accused arrested in connection with the Ganja seizure of 1,127 kgs in the Nanded district of Maharashtra yesterday will be produced before a local court on Tuesday for Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) remand.As per the NCB, raids in connection with the seizure are underway at two places in Nanded. The NCB is trying to nab the receiver of the consignment in Jalgaon who is said to be a regular offender in drugs cases. The agency is looking into his criminal antecedents and is also planning to raid his establishments in Jalgaon.As per the sources, the accused were using a unique method for smuggling drugs.For ensuring that links to the original supplier aren’t established even after the carrier driver is arrested, the modus operandi of the smugglers included a chain of people.NCB sources further informed that the location where…

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PM Modi unveils Sardar Patel statue

New Delhi [India] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel at the office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) in New Delhi on Tuesday to mark the first Audit Diwas.Audit Diwas is celebrated to mark the historic origins of the institution of CAG and the contribution it has made to the governance, transparency and accountability over the past several years.Prime Minister Modi in a tweet had said: “Audit Diwas seeks to highlight the rich contributions of CAG to boost transparency and good governance.” 


Williamson to miss white-ball series against India

Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India] : New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson will miss the upcoming three-match T20I series against India which gets underway from Wednesday.“Blackcaps captain Kane Williamson will miss this week’s three-game T20 series against India as he prioritises preparing for the Test series starting on November 25 in Kanpur,” New Zealand Cricket (NZC) said in a statement. Less than 24 hours after falling to Australia in the ICC T20 World Cup Final in Dubai, Williamson and the 15-strong T20 squad arrived in Jaipur on Monday evening ahead of the G.J. Gardner Homes Tour of India.NZC said with the opening game of the T20 series on Wednesday evening, followed by games on Friday and Sunday night – the decision was made for Williamson to join the Test specialist group already training in Jaipur as they focus on red-ball preparation.Fellow dual squad member Tim Southee will…

Business Markets

Bajaj Housing Finance Limited’s flat processing fee of Rs. 1,999 plus GST offer

Pune (Maharashtra) [India] : Festivities with Bajaj Housing Finance Limited continue as the lender announces an extension on its ongoing festive offer of a flat processing fee of Rs. 1,999*+ GST on home loans.The offer was due to expire on 15 November 2021, but now its benefits can be enjoyed till 30 November 2021. Interested applicants are advised to make a note of the following points: The offer is applicable on home loans disbursed till 31 December 2021The offer is valid only on home loan applications filed online, through the lender’s official website, till 30 November 2021The offer can be availed of by salaried and professional applicants onlyThe Lender’s Home Loan ApplicationBajaj Housing Finance Limited, a 100% subsidiary of Bajaj Finance Limited, offers one of the most competitive housing loan interest rates in the market, starting from 6.70%* p.a., for salaried and professional applicants…

Africa International

African Presidents commend intra-African trade fair

Durban [South Africa] : Addressing delegates at the Intra-African Trade Fair hosted in Durban, South Africa, the President of the Republic, Cyril Ramaphosa, said the event was more about building bridges, with its sole purpose being to bring governments closer together.Ramaphosa said the African Continental Free Trade Agreement was bringing together all countries in the region under one banner. He said the idea behind partnerships such as IAFTF and the ACFTA was to advance trade. “Our mission as Africans is to advance trade in our continent. Goods, products and services exhibited at this event represent all the African countries. Its success rests on its participants. The ACFTA must try to connect all the regions and deepen economic integration. This trade fair is about building bridges. It’s about connecting countries. It brings together governments, investors, buyers and manufacturers from more than 55 African countries,” Ramaphosa…