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Lok Sabha passes bill on pharmaceutical education institutes while Rajya Sabha sees repeated adjournments

New Delhi [India]: The Lok Sabha on Monday passed a bill to enhance the status of six pharmaceutical education institutes while the Rajya Sabha witnessed repeated adjournments over the demand of opposition members for revoking the suspension of 12 members.Home Minister Amit Shah made a statement in both the Houses on the unfortunate killing of 13 civilians in Nagaland by security forces on Saturday. He said it was “a case of mistaken identity” and that a special investigation team (SIT) has been formed with direction to submit its report within one month. The Home Minister also said that all agencies should ensure that no such unfortunate incident recurs in future while undertaking operations against insurgents.In the Rajya Sabha, the opposition members continued their protests during the statement by the Home Minister.Lok Sabha witnessed normal working with members raising issues of their concern.The Narcotic Drugs…

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India, Russia discuss Afghanistan, condemn cross-border terrorism; ink deal on AK-203 rifles, 28 pacts

New Delhi [India]: India and Russia on Monday discussed the evolving situation in Afghanistan, especially the security situation and its implications in the region, as they condemned the cross-border movement of terrorists and inked a deal for joint production of over six lakh AK-203 rifles in Uttar Pradesh.Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian Vladimir President Putin held the 21st annual summit on Monday, hours after the two nations held their maiden 2+2 dialogue. During Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “short but highly productive and substantive” visit for the annual summit, India and Russia signed 28 MoUs and agreements including that on a programme of the Military-Technical Cooperation from 2021-2031.In his opening remarks, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India and Russia have not only cooperated with each other without any hesitation but have also taken special care of each other’s sensitivities.“There have been many fundamental changes…

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Nagaland ambush: Human rights, student groups from the state hold candlelight vigil in Delhi

New Delhi [India]: Various human rights and student groups from Nagaland held a candlelight vigil at Nagaland House in Delhi on Monday over the killing of civilians by security forces in an anti-insurgency operation in the Mon district of Nagaland.A day after the reported civilian killings by security forces, the state government on Sunday prohibited all mobile internet, data services, bulk SMS of all providers in the entire area of Mon district with immediate effect. Earlier in the day, Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio had demanded the repealing of AFSPA in the state.Meanwhile, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Monday directed all agencies to ensure that “no such unfortunate incident recurs in future while undertaking operations against insurgents”.The direction came in after a Monday morning meeting conducted by the MHA to review the situation arising out of the incident that left 14 civilians…

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ED summons Jacqueline Fernandez on December 8 in Rs 200-cr money laundering case

New Delhi [India]: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez to appear before the investigators on December 8 here in the national capital in connection with its ongoing probe in Rs 200 crore money laundering case linked to conman Sukesh Chandrasekhar, said sources.Fernandez has been asked to be present at the ED office by 11 am on December 8 as her questioning is significant in the case as a witness in the alleged multi-crore extortion racket operated by Chandrasekhar. The actress has earlier skipped various summons issued by the federal agency citing different reasons.The ED’s move come a day after Fernandez was offloaded from an Air India flight at about 5.25 pm by Immigration Officials as a Look Out Circular in the case of the Enforcement Directorate is pending against her.She was supposed to fly to Muscat by “AI-985 flight scheduled…

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Seeded India to play Denmark in Davis Cup World Group 1 play-off

New Delhi [India]: The seeded Indian tennis team will play Denmark in the World Group-1 play-off Davis Cup tie on March 4 and 5.The tie between Denmark and India will happen at the choice of ground of the Indian team which will be decided by lot. The 12 winning nations from the 2022 World Group I Play-offs will progress to the 2022 World Group I ties while the 12 losing nations will contest the 2022 World Group II ties.The 2022 World Group I and World Group II ties will all be played on a home-and-away basis on 16-17 or 17-18 September.The all-time head-to-head record between India and Denmark stands at 1-1.Denmark’s Holger Rune is currently ranked 104 while their second-best player is Mikael Torpegaard, ranked 227. Frederik Nielsen is best in doubles for the Danish side, ranked 94.Ramkumar Ramanathan (186), Prajnesh Gunneswaran (215), and…

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Omicron: Delhi CM Kejriwal urges people to be cautious

New Delhi [India]: In view of the emergence of the COVID-19 variant Omicron, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday appealed to the people to be cautious and wear masks while stepping out of their houses.“I just want to appeal to people to not panic. I am monitoring the situation. I chaired a review meeting last week also. We will make all available resources like beds, medicines, equipment to tackle the virus. I just want to appeal to the citizens to wear masks always while stepping out,” he said. Earlier on Sunday, Delhi reported its first case of the COVID variant Omicron.Earlier on November 30, Kejriwal had chaired a review meeting with Health Minister Satyendra Jain and senior officials on the possibility of a third wave of COVID-19 pandemic, amid concerns over the new variant ‘Omicron’.

South Asian Countries

China’s threat to Taiwan grows

Hong Kong: In the past few years, the fate of Taiwan has become a hot topic as the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) threatens it with ongoing aircraft flybys and navalcircumnavigation. Voices are approaching a concerned crescendo, with Admiral Philip Davidson, head of the US Indo-Pacific Command, warning the US Congress that a Chinese attack could occur by 2027 or sooner.He testified, “I worry that they’re accelerating their ambitions to supplant the United States and our leadership role in the rules-based international order…by 2050. Taiwan is clearly one of their ambitions before that, and I think the threat is manifest during this decade, in fact, in the next six years.”Admiral Davidson added, “We are accumulating risk that may embolden China to unilaterally change the status quo before our forces may be able to deliver an effective response. I cannot for the life of me…

Chennai City News

COVID-19: Chennai Airport creates exclusive corridor for screening of passengers

New Delhi [India]: In compliance with the revised travel guidelines issued by the Centre and Tamil Nadu government in view of the Omicron variant of coronavirus, the Airport Authority India’s (AAI) Chennai Airport has created an exclusive corridor at T4 terminal to screen arriving passengers from countries at-risk.As per a statement issued by AAI on Monday, the facility can seat 500 passengers at a time as it is mandatory for passengers to wait till the Covid test results are out. “Facility for registration for RT- PCR and Rapid PCR, sample collection and payment are provided at the same level. This is in addition to pre-booking and pre-pay facility extended to arrival passengers online to save time during the screening process,” read AAI’s statement. As per the AAI, the Rapid-PCR at Rs 3400 gives the result within 30-45 minutes from the time of collection of…

New Products Technology

iPad Air 5, iPad 10, iPad Pro with wireless charging to debut in 2022

Washington [US]: American tech giant Apple is all set to update three of its most popular iPad models in 2022.According to several reports obtained by Mac Rumours, Apple is planning to release a new iPad Pro in 2022, featuring a new design and wireless charging, and clarified the company’s intention to release new versions of the entry-level iPad and iPad Air. Apple has released new versions of the entry-level iPad every year since 2017, often with minor specifications and chip upgrades to maintain the device’s low price, so a new version for 2022 is in line with previous years.There are no details as of yet about what the tenth-generation iPad could feature.

Europe International

Greek Prime Minister to visit Russia, meet President Putin

Athens [Greece]: Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will visit Russia on Wednesday and meet with President Vladimir Putin, government spokesman Yiannis Oikonomou said on Monday.“The prime minister will be in Sochi on Wednesday, where his first meeting as the prime minister will be with Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom he met as opposition leader in Athens in 2016,” Oikonomou told a press conference.

Cricket

High time Ashwin becomes a regular in Test playing XI, says Mohammad Kaif

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif feels seasoned off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin should be playing both home and away Test matches for the side.Ashwin wasn’t included in the playing XI when India locked horns with England earlier this year in the Test series. But the right arm off-spinner performed brilliantly in the recently concluded Test series against New Zealand. India defeated New Zealand by 372 runs in the second Test of the two-match series here at the Wankhede Stadium on Monday.Ashwin was adjudged as the Player of the Series for his impeccable performance. Kaif said spinners need to be given confidence and Ashwin has done “enough” to deserve the faith.“Another Man of the Series for India’s trusted match winner. High time Ashwin becomes a regular in Test playing XI. And I mean both home and away. Spinners need to be given confidence and…

Games Sports

ISL: FC Goa, SC East Bengal eye first win of campaign

Panaji [Goa]: SC East Bengal and FC Goa will have their eyes locked on that elusive first win when the two sides cross swords in a bottom-table clash in the 2021-22 Indian Super League (ISL) at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco on Tuesday.SC East Bengal, who will play their fifth straight game at the Tilak Maidan Stadium, their ‘home’ this season too, eked out a point against Chennaiyin FC in their last outing. The red and gold outfit showed grit in a 0-0 draw, with the likes of Hira Mondal, Md Rafique, Suvam Sen and Tomislav Mrcela making their presence felt.The Jose Manuel Diaz-coached team have two points from four matches. But against FC Goa, the century-old club will fancy their chances.Juan Ferrando’s FC Goa are yet to win a game after three games, suffering a last-ditch heartbreak against NorthEast United FC.The reigning…

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President Kovind to attend Bangladesh’s 50th Victory Day celebrations during 3-day Dhaka visit

New Delhi [India]: President Ram Nath Kovind will visit Dhaka from December 15 to 17 at the invitation of his Bangladeshi counterpart Abdul Hamid to attend the 50th Victory Day celebrations of the country, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a press release on Monday.During the visit, the President will hold a delegation-level meeting with Hamid. Meanwhile, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Foreign Minister Dr A K Abdul Momen are scheduled to call upon the President, the release added. Earlier, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi had paid a State Visit to Bangladesh from March 26 to 27 this year. He had attended the celebrations of the golden jubilee of the independence of Bangladesh, the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and 50 years of establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Bangladesh.Bangladesh is a major pillar…

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PM Modi, Russian President hold annual summit meeting

New Delhi [India]: The meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin for the 21st India- Russia Annual Summit has begun at the Hyderabad House here on Monday.This is the first in-person between them since they met on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in 2019 in Brasilia. There have been six telephonic conversations between the two leaders since then apart from the virtual meetings that they’ve attended for multilateral summits. The visit is in continuation of the tradition of annual summits held alternately in India and Russia.Earlier in the day, the two countries held their first 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue.The two countries on Monday signed an agreement for the procurement of 6,01,427 assault rifles AK-203 through Indo-Russia Rifles Pvt Ltd, under the military-technical cooperation arrangement for 2021-31.Putin had said on Wednesday that he intends to discuss with Prime Minister Narendra Modi…

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India become number one ranked Test team after NZ series win

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Team India became the number one ranked Test team after defeating New Zealand 1-0 in the two-match series.Mayank Agarwal’s heroics with the bat and Jayant Yadav’s four-wicket haul in the second innings helped India defeat New Zealand by 372 runs in the second Test. With this win, India sealed the two-match series 1-0 and now Virat Kohli’s side will head to South Africa for three Tests and three ODIs, beginning December 26.Virat Kohli’s side is now three points ahead of second-placed New Zealand in the ICC Test Rankings. While Australia is in third place with 108 points.Currently, India has 124 points while New Zealand has 121 points.England is in the fourth spot with 107 points. Both Australia and England will have a chance to improve their ranking as they lock horns in the five-match Ashes.

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PM Modi says looking forward to continue working with Bangladesh PM on Maitri Diwas

New Delhi [India]: Commemorating 50 years of friendship between India and Bangladesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that he is looking forward to continuing working with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to further expand and deepen our ties.“Today India and Bangladesh commemorate Maitri Diwas. We jointly recall and celebrate the foundations of our 50 years of friendship. I look forward to continue working with H.E. PM Sheikh Hasina to further expand and deepen our ties,” PM Modi tweeted. During PM Modi’s Bangladesh visit in March 2021 to attend the national day of Bangladesh, it was decided to commemorate December 6 as Maitri Diwas (Friendship Day), according to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) release.Ten days before the liberation of Bangladesh, India had recognised Bangladesh on December 06, 1971. India was one of the first countries to establish bilateral diplomatic ties with Bangladesh, MEA…

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Security increased in Ayodhya on Babri Masjid demolition anniversary

Ayodhya (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: In view of the anniversary of the demolition of Babri Masjid on Monday, a high alert has been sounded and security increased in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya, said police sources.Police personnel have been deployed at various checkpoints and security has been tightened, said sources. Identity cards of people entering Ayodhya are being checked. The police force is on alert for security on the roads leading to Ram Janmabhoomi. Elaborate security arrangements have been made to prevent the occurrence of any untoward incident.A man from Lucknow, who was heading to Ayodhya said, “We are glad that the security has been tightened for our safety.”Ramanand Shukla, Principal at a local school here said, “The situation is much calmer in Ayodhya as compared to 1992. The authorities have significantly tightened security so that people can feel safe.”The demolition of Babri Masjid on December 6,…

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Virat Kohli becomes first player to win 50 international matches in each format

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Indian skipper Virat Kohli on Monday became the first player to record 50 international wins in each format of the game.Kohli achieved the feat after India defeated New Zealand by 372 runs in the second Test of the two-match series here at the Wankhede Stadium on Monday. With this win, Team India is back to the number 1 spot in ICC Test rankings. The victory over New Zealand also means India sealed the two-match series 1-0, and now Kohli’s side will head to South Africa for three Tests and three ODIs, beginning December 26.“Congratulations @imVkohli. The first player with 50 international wins in each format of the game,” BCCI tweeted.Resuming Day 4 at 140/5, overnight batters Rachin Ravindra (18) and Henry Nicholls managed to add just 22 more runs to the total before the former was scalped by Jayant Yadav and…

South Asian Countries

India marks 50 years of recognizing Bangladesh as independent, sovereign country

New Delhi [India]: India on Monday marked 50 years of recognizing Bangladesh as an independent and sovereign country.India commemorates December 6 as Maitri Diwas with Bangladesh as New Delhi had recognised Dhaka on this day in 1971. Taking to Twitter, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, “Today we mark 50 years of India recognizing an independent, sovereign Bangladesh. India was one of the first countries to establish bilateral diplomatic ties with Bangladesh on December 6, 1971.”“Maitri forged in shared martyrdom during the Liberation War, has traversed a 50-year journey towards scripting Shonali Adhyaya in bilateral relations. This year both countries jointly celebrate #MaitriDiwas under the leadership of PM @narendramodi & PM Sheikh Hasina,” Bagchi tweeted.During the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Bangladesh in March 2021 to attend the national day of Bangladesh, it was decided to commemorate December 6 as Maitri…

Bengaluru City News

Both doses of COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for entry to malls, theatres in Bengaluru

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Both doses of COVID-19 vaccine are mandatory for people to enter shopping complexes, malls, cinema halls and theatres in Bengaluru, said an order issued by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) on Sunday.As per the order, owners and managers of such facilities have been instructed to ensure compliance to mask-wearing, social distancing and other COVID appropriate behaviours by the staff and general public at all times. They have also been instructed to assign necessary staff for screening and verification of vaccination certificates of staff and all customers and ensure only fully vaccinated are allowed to enter the premises. These decisions have been taken in view of the new Omicron variant of COVID-19, two cases of which were detected in Karnataka.The order read, “In view of the emerging situation and need for proactive surveillance, an order was issued by the Government of…

Business Markets

Equity indices open in red, Sensex down by 206 points

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Equity indices opened in red on Monday with Sensex down by 206.07 points and Nifty down by 61.00 points.The 30-scrip BSE Sensex was down by 206.07 points or 0.36 per cent at 57490.39 at 9.34 am. Similarly, 50-scrip NSE Nifty was trading at 17135.70 at 9.34 am, down by 61.00 points or 0.35 per cent.

New Products Technology

Xiaomi Redmi K50 series reportedly launching in February 2022

Beijing [China]: As per new reports, Xiaomi sub-brand Redmi’s K50 series is tentatively scheduled to go official towards the end of February 2022.As per GSM Arena, that’s hardly a surprise since the K40 series was unveiled during the same period this year. According to the source, like the K40 lineup, the Redmi K50 series will consist of four models, likely named K50, K50 Pro, K50 Pro+, and K50 Gaming.The Redmi K50 Pro+ is expected to be powered by the newly announced Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC, whereas the K50 Pro will have the Snapdragon 870 chip at the helm.The vanilla K50 and K50 Gaming, on the other hand, are expected to come with the Dimensity 7000 and Dimensity 9000, respectively.The Redmi K50 series phones are also said to run MIUI 13 out of the box and bring back the in-display fingerprint scanners.As per GSM…

International UK News

Omicron cases in UK rise by 50 per cent in one day

London [UK]: A further 86 cases of the Omicron COVID variant have been reported in Britain, taking the total to 246, British health authorities confirmed Sunday.This compares with a total of 160 on Saturday, an increase of more than 50 per cent, according to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA). Britain registered 43,992 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 10,464,389, according to official figures released on Sunday.The country also reported a further 54 coronavirus-related deaths. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain now stands at 145,605. These figures only include the deaths of people who died within 28 days of their first positive test.The latest data came as British Health Secretary Sajid Javid said all international arrivals to Britain, including children over the age of 12, will need to take a pre-departure test from 0400…

Games Sports

Saudi Arabia GP: Hamilton beats Verstappen in controversial race to draw equal on points

Riyadh [Saudi Arabia]: Lewis Hamilton won a controversial debut Saudi Arabian Grand Prix from pole position ahead of Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas amid two red-flag stoppages.The result means the two championship protagonists go to the Abu Dhabi finale level on points. Hamilton led Bottas and Verstappen – who shrugged off his qualifying crash – at the start but on Lap 10, Mick Schumacher spun and hit the Turn 23 barriers. The Safety Car soon turned into a red flag, crucially giving Verstappen a free stop in the pits, while the Mercedes had stopped under yellows. “The Lap 15 standing start saw Hamilton lead, but Verstappen went wide and off-track at the first chicane, cutting back across Hamilton, who dropped to P3 behind Alpine’s Esteban Ocon (who also enjoyed a red flag tyre change and the subsequent advantage). However, there were two separate incidents…

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EAM Jaishankar meets Russian counterpart ahead of 2 plus 2 ministerial dialogue

New Delhi [India]: External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar on Monday met Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday ahead of the inaugural meeting of the 2 + 2 dialogue mechanism at the level of the foreign and defence ministers.The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) last month had said that the agenda for the “two plus two” format dialogue between India and the Russian Federation will cover “political and defence issues of mutual interest”. “The agenda for the dialogue will cover political and defence issues of mutual interest. The establishment of this new mechanism of two plus two dialogue is expected to further strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries,” MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi had said last month.Earlier today, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh met with Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu here at Sushma Swaraj Bhawan.Later in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and…

Cricket

Young guys performing gives us options, helps us become stronger, says Head Coach Dravid

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Team India head coach Rahul Dravid on Monday said that the youngsters performing is a good sign for his side and it will help the Virat Kohli-led outfit become much stronger.Mayank Agarwal’s heroics with the bat and Jayant Yadav’s four-wicket haul in the second innings helped India defeat New Zealand by 372 runs in the second Test. “I think it was good to finish the series as winners, came close in Kanpur, not able to get that last wicket, had to work hard here. This result seems one-sided, but right through the series, we were made to work hard. There have been phases where we were behind and had to fight back, credit to the team. Great to see the boys stepping up and taking their opportunities,” Dravid told host broadcaster Star Sports after the game ended.“Yes, we were missing a…

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J-K’s NH-44 through, Mughal road, SSG road closed due to snow accumulation

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India] The National Highway (NH) 44 in Jammu and Kashmir through, Mughal road and Srinagar-Sonamarg-Gumri (SSG) road has been closed for vehicular traffic due to snow accumulation.According to Jammu and Kashmir traffic police, “NHW (NH-44) through, Mughal road, SSG road closed for vehicular movement in view of snow accumulation and Sinthan road still blocked due to snow accumulation.” The road was closed due to heavy snowfall in the area.The road connects the Shopian district to the Rajouri and Poonch districts of the union territory.

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Test hundred is always special, this one will remain forever so, says Mayank Agarwal

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: India opening batter Mayank Agarwal on Sunday said the century against New Zealand in the ongoing second Test will remain with him forever.Mayank had registered a century on Day 1 of the ongoing second Test against New Zealand on Friday. This was Mayank’s fourth Test ton and the batter bettered his score as he hit 150 on Day Two of the second Test. “Grit, Determination & Resilience. A test hundred is always special and this one will remain forever so,” Mayank tweeted.The right-handed batter on Sunday scored 62 in the second innings before getting out on Day three.Mayank was hit on his right forearm and as a result, he didn’t take the field in the second innings of the ongoing Wankhede Test against New Zealand.Shubman Gill too didn’t take the field after being hit during fielding in the first innings on…

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India thrash Thailand 13-0 in Asian Champions Trophy opener

Donghae [Korea]: Dragflicker Gurjit Kaur scored five goals as Indian Women’s Hockey team registered an emphatic 13-0 win over Thailand in their first game at the Donghae Women’s Asian Champions Trophy 2021.Gurjit gave India the lead in the second minute of the match after an infringement from Thailand in their defensive third awarded India a penalty stroke. Gurjit, who scored four goals at the Tokyo Olympics 2020, kept a cool head and put the ball in the back of the nets to give India a 1-0 lead in the second minute. Conceding an early goal put Thailand on the back foot straight away, and Vandana Katariya, the only Indian women’s player to score a hat-trick at the Olympics, scored the second goal five minutes later.By the time the first quarter ended, Lilima Minz added another field goal in the 14th minute, while Gurjit Kaur…

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EU’s Borrell says Brussels working to forestall conflict between Russia, Ukraine

Rome [Italy]: The European Union is making a diplomatic effort to prevent an escalation of tensions on the border between Russia and Ukraine, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell has said.Over the past several weeks, Ukraine and some Western countries have expressed concern about the alleged increase in what they characterize as “aggressive actions” by Russia on their border. Moscow, for its part, has rejected the accusations by saying it is moving troops within its own territory and at its own discretion. “We are using our diplomatic capacity to let Russia know that this [alleged attack] would be a grave violation of international law,” Borrell said in an interview with Italian newspaper La Repubblica, published late on Saturday.According to the EU official, at this stage, it is important to show Moscow “the range of possible outcomes.”“We are working to…

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BJP will win 2023 Rajasthan Assembly polls with two-third majority, says Amit Shah

Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India]: Ahead of the 2023 Rajasthan assembly elections, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday exuded confidence that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will win the polls with a two-third majority and will form the government in the state.The remarks of the Union Home Minister who is on a two-day visit to Rajasthan, came while addressing the BJP state working executive committee meeting in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Shah lauded the people of Rajasthan and said, “The excitement and zeal among the people is the clear sign that in 2023 Rajasthan assembly elections, BJP will form a government with a two-third majority.”“This useless and corrupt Ashok Gehlot govt must be uprooted in time from Rajasthan and BJP should govern. ‘Lotus’ (BJP political symbol) will bloom once again in the state,” said Shah.The Union Minister further said, “Congress hear me out, instead of ‘Gareebi Hataao’,…

City News Hyderabad

Hyderabad man becomes India’s first dwarf to obtain driving license

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: Gattipally Shivpal, who hails from Hyderabad, has become the first dwarf in the country to obtain a driver’s license.The 42-year-old man with a height of about three feet has beaten all odds and has become the first to complete his degree as a handicapped in his district Karimnagar. Shivpal finished his degree in 2004. Speaking to ANI, Shivpal said: “People used to tease me because of my height and today I am nominated for The Limca book of records and many others. Many short people are contacting me for driving training.” The highly ambitious man said that he has decided to start a driving school next year for physically handicapped people.Shivpal presently works at a private firm here and says that he came to Hyderabad in 2000. “I am the eldest sibling and the only dwarf in the family,” he added.Narrating…

South Asian Countries

China assails US political system in new report ahead of Summit on Democracy

Beijing [China]: Ahead of the Summit for Democracy scheduled to take place later this month, China on Sunday released a report underlining the “dysfunction of US democracy”.Launching an attack on the US political system, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in its report said democracy in the US has become alienated and degenerated, and it has increasingly deviated from the essence of democracy and its original design. “Problems like money politics, identity politics, wrangling between political parties, political polarization, social division, racial tension and wealth gap have become more acute. All this has weakened the functioning of democracy in the US,” the report said.The report underlined that US democracy has three main ills which include the system being fraught with deep-seated problems, the practices of US democracy being messy and chaotic and the disastrous consequences of the US democratic model when applied in other…

Politics State's Latest

Three BSP leaders likely to join Samajwadi Party ahead of 2022 UP polls

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: Bahujan Samaj Party might face another setback ahead of the 2022 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, as BSP leaders Vinay Shankar Tiwari, Kushal Tiwari and Ganesh Shankar Pandey might join the Samajwadi Party soon, sources said.Sources say the three leaders met SP chief Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow on Saturday. Vinay Shankar Tiwari, son of Hari Shankar Tiwari, is an MLA from Chillupar constituency whereas Ganesh Shankar Pandey was the chairman of the Legislative Council at the time of the BSP government.“Joining date will be fixed after Jayant Chaudhary led-RLD and SP’s joint rally in Meerut on December 7,” said a source.Earlier in October, six suspended BSP MLAs joined Samajwadi Party in the presence of party chief Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow.These MLAs include Hargovind Bhargav, Mujtaba Siddiqui, Hakim Lal Bind, Aslam Raini, Sushma Patel and Aslam Chaudhary.Uttar Pradesh is scheduled to go…

Business Economy

Globalisation is crucial to create a stronger Justice System: Tushar Mehta, Solicitor General of India

Sonipat (Haryana) [India]: Tushar Mehta, Solicitor General of India & Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India, speaking at the valedictory session of the three-day Global Law Schools’ Summit on the theme “The Present and Future of Global Legal Education” said, “Globalisation in the last few decades has been accelerating exponentially largely due to the advancement in transportation, communication, technologies and various other reasons.With the great benefit of globalisation also comes some global risks and very vital global challenges. Recently, all of us have witnessed the spread of COVID-19 pandemic and the largest price was paid in terms of lives. Therefore, it has also resulted in greater demands of global justice and a need for a better understanding of the implications of globalisation. In order to virtually recreate the world, not only do we need to strengthen our legal systems and innovate solutions that are…

New Products Technology

Motorola Moto G51 5G coming to India on December 10

Washington [US]: Motorola is launching the Moto G51 5G in India on December 10.The company’s Indian branch confirmed the launch date on Twitter.The company has not revealed the Indian pricing of the gadget yet, but it has confirmed that the smartphone will have two colour options in India and will be sold through Flipkart.According to GSM Arena, Motorola Moto G51 5G is the world’s first smartphone powered by the Snapdragon 480+ SoC. It boots Android 11 and comes with up to 8GB RAM and up to 128GB storage onboard. It is still unclear what trims the smartphone will be available in India.The Moto G51 5G packs a 6.8″ 120Hz FullHD+ LCD and ships with a 5,000 mAh battery that draws power through a USB-C port at up to 10W, as per GSM Arena.The Moto G51 5G comes with a total of four cameras –…

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PM Modi, Putin to meet with spotlight on India-Russia special, privileged strategic partnership

New Delhi [India]: As India prepares to host Russian President Vladimir Putin for the annual India-Russia summit, New Delhi’s time-tested and all-weather partnership with Moscow is back in the limelight.This will be the first in-person meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Putin after their meeting on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Brasilia in November 2019. Putin decided to go ahead with the visit despite the emergence of a new COVID-19 strain Omicron which has affected the schedule of several bilateral and international summits.During the summit, PM Modi and the Russian President will review the prospects of bilateral relations and will discuss ways to further strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries.Putin’s visit assumes great significance as some analysts are questioning the future of India-Russia ties due to the improved Russian relations with China and Pakistan. Other experts have highlighted…

Africa International

South African President says hospital admissions not increasing despite spread of Omicron

Moscow [Russia]: Hospital admissions in South Africa are not on the rise, despite a jump in active COVID-19 cases triggered by the new Omicron coronavirus strain, the country’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa, told reporters.“Our hospital admissions are not increasing at an alarming rate meaning that people [who] may be testing positive are not in large numbers being admitted to hospitals,” Ramaphosa told reporters, as quoted by South African outlet Eyewitness News. The president, who is currently on an official visit to Ghana, has also criticized the nations that imposed travel restrictions on South Africa and a number of other African states after the detection of the Omicron coronavirus variant in the country.According to Health Minister Joe Phaahla, however, people must not worry as the new variant is more transmissible but seems to bring milder illness, as hospital admissions appear to show.“The tests still have to…

Football Sports

Man City coach Pep Guardiola set for toughest part of season

Manchester [UK]: Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola believes the next period of the season will be the toughest.With seven matches between Sunday and New Year’s Day, starting with Tuesday’s Champions League game in Germany against RB Leipzig, Guardiola says many things can happen at this crucial stage. “There are many games to come and it’s the toughest part of the season. We’ll try to continue at this level and this rhythm,” he said as per the club’s official website.“Everyone is back, it doesn’t matter who plays, we are consistent and winning games but in football, everything can go down in one second. I’m more than pleased with what the guys have done in this tough period and now comes the toughest one for the number of games, weather, injuries. We keep going with this rhythm and try to play well,” the City boss…

Cricket

Ind vs NZ, 2nd Test: Hosts dominate Kiwis as they need five wickets for series win (Stumps, Day 3)

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Team India dominated Day 3 of the second Test against New Zealand as the hosts now required five wickets for the series win here at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on Sunday.New Zealand batters Daryl Mitchell and Henry Nicholls were the only positive for the visitors on Day 3 as Kiwis score read 140/5 at the end of Day 3 of the ongoing second Test against India. Resuming the third session at 13/1, Ravichandran Ashwin struck again as he scalped two wickets and sent back Will Young (20) and Ross Taylor (6) in the 15th and 17th over respectively.Following two big dismissals, Mitchell (60) and Nicholls (36*) kept the scoreboard moving for the visitors but Indian bowlers had other plans in store and spinner Axar Patel showed Mitchell the way to the dugout. Later, Tom Blundell also departed without opening his account.At the…

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Nagaland civilian killings: Internet, SMS services suspended in Mon district, SIT to probe

Kohima (Nagaland) [India]: A day after the reported civilian killings in Nagaland’s Mon district by security forces, the State government on Sunday prohibited all mobile internet, data services, bulk SMS of all providers in the entire area of Mon district with immediate effect.A notification issued by the Home Department, Government of Nagaland, read, “Whereas, there is apprehension of grave law and order problems in Mon District, Nagaland owing to the prevailing situation created by firing incidents today, leading to the death of several persons in Tiru Oting village area under Tizit and Naginimora sub-divisions.” It further said, “Whereas Short Message Service (SMS), Whatsapp, Facebook, and other social media platforms could be used for spreading of rumours, fake news, and for circulating inflammatory texts, pictures, videos etc. which may inflame passions and thus exacerbate the law and order situation.”As per the notification, the decision has…

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Centre, BJP planning to ensure there is no caste-based census, says RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav

New Delhi [India]: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav on Saturday alleged that the Centre and the Bharatiya Janata Party are planning to ensure that there is no caste-based census.He added that government might refuse but his party would make sure that a caste-based census is carried out. “Narendra Modi and BJP are planning to ensure that there is no caste-based census. The population of SC/ST has risen hence the government has to give jobs to them. The government might deny but we will make sure that caste-based census is carried out,” the RJD chief told media persons in Delhi.Earlier on Thursday, RJD MP Manoj Kumar Jha moved a Zero Hour Notice in Rajya Sabha on the matter of ‘caste-based census’.In his letter to Secretary-General of the Upper House, Jha said, “In order to ensure that Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas is a…

Politics State's Latest

Amit Palekar’s fast unto death marks start of new revolution in Goa, says Arvind Kejriwal

Panaji (Goa) [India]: AAP national convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday praised party leader Amit Palekar for “his courage” to sit on an indefinite hunger strike to save old Goa’s heritage site, and said that is marked the “beginning of Goa’s political cleansing”.Addressing the media here, Kejriwal said, “Amit Palekar was on an indefinite hunger strike for the past five days. He braved hot sun and the rain. When his health started to deteriorate, his doctor advised him to end his fast; however, he chose to persist.” “After seeing Amit Palekar’s indefinite hunger strike and the kind of support he has been receiving from Goans, finally the government was forced to cave in. This is the beginning of Goa’s political cleansing,” he said.Lashing out at those who called Palekar’s hunger strike a political stunt, Kejriwal said, “On one side, people are…

City News Delhi

Delhi logs 51 fresh COVID-19 cases

New Delhi [India]: New Delhi reported 51 fresh COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, informed the health bulletin on Saturday.As per the health bulletin, the total count of cases has gone to 14,41,295.The city has 322 active cases. The national capital reported no death due to the disease in the last 24 hours. The death toll has gone up to 25,098.The positivity rate in Delhi is 0.08 per cent. The bulletin said 64826 tests have been conducted in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative tests to 3,11,65,273.1,04,328 persons were vaccinated against the virus in the last 24 hours.

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Rahul Gandhi to visit Prayagraj today

New Delhi [India]: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will reach Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday evening, sources said on Saturday.Sources said that Rahul Gandhi will take part in a public program in Prayagraj, after which he will rest for the night at Swaraj Bhavan. Uttar Pradesh is scheduled to go for Assembly polls in 2022.Previously, in the 2017 Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, the Bharatiya Janata Party bagged 312 seats out of the 403-seat Uttar Pradesh Assembly while Samajwadi Party (SP) bagged 47 seats, Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) won 19 and Congress could manage to win only seven seats. The rest of the seats were bagged by other candidates.

South Asian Countries

Afghanistan to resume issuing passports in 17 provinces

Kabul [Afghanistan]: Passport Department has been opened in 17 provinces in Afghanistan and will soon start them in the rest of the provinces, local media reported citing officials as saying.On Saturday, the head of the Passport Department, Alam Gul Haqqani, said “we have started our activities in 17 provinces and will soon start them in the rest of the provinces”, Tolo News reported. As the department is planning to reopen its provincial branches, Haqqani, said some technical problems in the capital remained unsolved but efforts are underway to resolve them.“We purchased new machines. Some of them arrived and some will arrive. Whenever the machines are provided, we will resume passport-issuing in the capital.”Although the department in Kabul stopped operations citing technical issues, the number of applicants is growing in front of the department’s compound.“Those who are registered by biometrics, their process should be completed,”…

New Products Technology

Facebook Messenger to get built-in bill splitting feature

Washington [US]: Facebook’s parent company Meta will be introducing a built-in bill splitting feature in Facebook Messenger that it will test with users in the US beginning from next week.According to The Verge, the feature could be useful for situations like divvying up a restaurant bill with your friends or splitting a bill with roommates. With the feature, users can ask for money from people right in a group chat and see who has paid their portion of the request. They can see how it all works in a series of screenshots below from Meta.The feature arrives shortly after David Marcus, Meta’s cryptocurrency chief and former Messenger lead, announced he would be leaving the company.Meta has also added new Group Effects, which let people on Messenger and Instagram video calls use the same augmented reality effects together, it has made with popular creators.Three are…

Europe International

US, EU expresses concern about Beijing’s ‘problematic’ actions in South China Sea

Washington [US]: The United States and the European Union have expressed concerns over China’s growing military aggression in the South China Sea and the East China Sea, saying that they would work together to manage their rivalry with Beijing.The two sides said China’s actions in the South China Sea, East China Seas and Taiwan Strait “undermine peace and security in the region and have a direct impact on the security and prosperity of both the United States and European Union,” according to AJ Jazeera. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman and European External Action Service Secretary-General Stefano Sannino led the first U.S.-EU high-level consultations on the Indo-Pacific on December 3 in Washington during which they reviewed their respective Indo-Pacific engagement and strategies.Both reaffirmed their intention to work together and with partners in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific that is inclusive, based…

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Cyclone Jawad: 18 NDRF teams deployed in West Bengal, sea at Digha turns rough

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Ahead of the expected landfall of cyclonic storm Jawad at the Odisha coast near Puri around noon on Sunday, 18 NDRF teams have been deployed in West Bengal as the sea at Digha has turned rough due to cyclonic circulation over the Bay of Bengal.Cyclone Jawad is likely to weaken further from deep depression into depression by Sunday morning, the India Meteorological Department said. “Deep Depression remnant of Cyclonic Storm ‘Jawad’ over West Central Bay of Bengal, lay centered at 23:30 hours IST of December 4, near Lat 17.5 degree North, Long 85.0 degree East, about 200 kilometres south of Gopalpur. Likely to move North-North-East wards, weaken further into a Depression by morning of December 5, reach Odisha coast near Puri around noon of same day,”a the weather agency said.According to the Asst Commandant of NDRF in Digha, SD Prasad,…

Cricket

Ajaz Patel’s performance was delight to watch, well-deserved reward, says Richard Hadlee

Auckland [New Zealand]: Legendary New Zealand all-rounder Sir Richard Hadlee on Sunday congratulated spinner, Ajaz Patel, for becoming just the third bowler in the history of the game to pick all ten wickets in a single Test innings.Ajaz had achieved the feat on Day 2 of the ongoing Wankhede Test between India and New Zealand. “Congratulations to Ajaz on a superb bowling performance. It was a delight to watch; a well deserved reward, and a great moment for him, New Zealand cricket, and world cricket. To be in the great company of Jim Laker and Anil Kumble is very special indeed. Good luck to him and the team in the second innings,” said Hadlee in an official statement released by New Zealand Cricket (NZC).Mohammed Siraj scalped three wickets while Ravichandran Ashwin registered four wickets as New Zealand was bundled out for 62 after Ajaz…

Games Sports

ISL: Mumbai City defeat Bengaluru 3-1

Panaji (Goa) [India]: Mumbai City FC managed to defeat Bengaluru FC thanks to a 3-1 scoreline in their latest Indian Super League 2021-22 assignment at the GMC Athletic Stadium on Saturday.Igor Angulo (9′) opened the scoring on the night by converting a penalty with immense composure. Cleiton Silva (20′) then scored with a sublime long-range direct free-kick bringing the game to equal terms. Mourtada Fall (54′) rose the highest to head the ball and send his team into the lead again. Ygor Catatau (85′) got on the scoresheet after coming on from the bench to seal the win. Mumbai City FC was unchanged from their incredible win against ATK Mohun Bagan. As for Bengaluru FC, Jayesh Rane came back into the starting lineup. Cleiton Silva and Prince Ibarra started together for the first time this season as well.The game got off to an electric…

TOP NEWS UPDATES

Omicron will be in major cities but with mild symptoms: Former CSIR institute Chief

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: The COVID-19 vaccines administered in India will be effective in the country’s fight against the new variant of the virus Omicron and will provide a shield to vaccinated citizens of the country, according to a health expert.Exclusively speaking to ANI, Director of Tata Institute for Genetics and Society and former Chief of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-Centre For Cellular And Molecular Biology, Dr Rakesh Mishra talking about the effectiveness of Hybrid immunity said, “The results indicate that the hybrid immunity will be effective against the new variant. Scientific validation of these things is happening. People are conducting experiments for making pseudovirus and those things in the labs and testing. So I think it will take about 10 days, two weeks. But my feeling is that it should be protective, maybe a little bit less, but the vaccine will certainly be…

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Taliban discusses humanitarian aid, trade with Chinese envoy in Kabul

Kabul [Afghanistan]: Taliban appointed foreign minister Amir Khan Motaqi on Saturday met the Chinese Ambassador to Kabul Wang Yu and discussed the issues of humanitarian aid, trade, and development in Afghanistan.“IEA Foreign Minister Mawlawi Amir Khan Muttaqi met Mr Wang Yu, Ambassador of PRC to Kabul this morning. The two sides discussed Afghan-China political relations, trade, humanitarian aid, development, and providing technical education to Afghan students,” said Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesman Abdul Qahar Balkhi in a tweet. He said that the meeting particularly focused on enhanced trade between Afghanistan and China.“Also, the two sides discussed increased export of pine nuts and routes to export Afghan products to China. To end, the Chinese side pledged further humanitarian aid in addition to what has already been provided,” he added.China, along with Pakistan were among the first countries that began engaging with Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover…

Politics State's Latest

Amit Shah meets BSF personnel in Jaisalmer, attends ‘Sainik Sammelan’

Jaisalmer (Rajasthan) [India]: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday visited Rohitash border outpost and interacted with Border Security Force (BSF) personnel guarding the International Border in the region.Shah is now attending “Sainik Sammelan”, and earlier in the day reviewed security at the Western Border of the country. Shah’s visit to Jaisalmer coincides with the 57th Raising Day event of the BSF being celebrated there for the first time.Shah offered prayers at the Tanot Rai Mata temple after reaching Jaisalmer on Saturday.The Home Minister will attend the BSF’s Raising Day event on December 5 morning and then leave for Jaipur.He is learnt to closely watch night patrolling being done by BSF personnel and to spend a night with BSF personnel at Rohitash Border Outpost in the region as well as have ‘Bada Khana’ (dinner). This will be the first time when the Home Minister…

City News Mumbai

Mumbai Police files chargesheet against Param Bir Singh, Sachin Waze in extortion case

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Mumbai Police Crime Branch Unit 11 on Saturday filed chargesheet against former police commissioner Param Bir Singh and three others including Sachin Waze in Esplanade Court.The 400-page chargesheet has been filed in the Goregaon alleged extortion case. Singh had recorded his statement in the case last week.“400-page chargesheet filed against Param Bir Singh, Sachin Waze, Alpesh Patel and Sumit Singh in Goregaon alleged extortion case. Singh and Waze will be served a copy each on the next date of the case,” Special Public Prosecutor Advocate Shekhar Jagtap told ANI.A case of extortion was registered on July 23 against Sachin Waze, former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh, and others at Goregaon Police Station, and the investigation was handed over to the Mumbai Crime Branch.Six cases of corruption and extortion were filed against Param Bir Singh after he wrote a letter to…

Business

Proposed bill on cryptocurrency evokes wide interest, stakeholders pitch for regulation

New Delhi [India]: The bill concerning cryptocurrency is among the most keenly awaited new bills to be introduced in the winter session of parliament with the government intending to create a facilitative framework for the creation of the official digital currency to be issued by the Reserve Bank of India.Issues concerning cryptocurrency have figured in questions by members in the first week of the winter session and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has talked about the government improving on the bill planned for introduction earlier. As indicated by the government, the Cryptocurrency and Regulation of Official Digital Currency Bill, 2021, will seek to prohibit all private cryptocurrencies in India while allowing “for certain exceptions to promote the underlying technology of cryptocurrency and its uses”.Prime Minister Narendra Modi had last month chaired a comprehensive meeting on the way forward for cryptocurrency and related issues which was…

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Assam to honour Ratan Tata with its highest Civilian Award for exemplary services to society

Dispur (Assam) [India]: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday announced that Industrialist and Philanthropist Ratan Tata would be conferred ‘Asom Baibhav’, the state’s highest civilian award.Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday in a press conference announced names of 19 personalities chosen for three newly-instituted awards- Asom Baibhav, Asom Sourav and Asom Gourav, to honour their exemplary services to society. According to Sarma, Olympic medalist Lovlina Borgohain would be honoured with Asom Sourav.

South Asian Countries

National Party chief warns Imran Khan govt against use of force to quell Gwadar protest

Balochistan [Pakistan]: As the ongoing demonstrations refuse to quell down in the port city of Gwadar, Pakistan’s National Party (NP) president Dr Abdul Malik Baloch has warned Imran Khan government against the use of force to end sit-in staged by the people.“The people of Gwadar have been protesting for three weeks for their basic human rights and needs. All of their demands are legitimate and within the reach of the rulers, but the provincial government imposed by the ‘Thappa mafia’ has no mandate to accept the demands of the people. And now they are planning to end the sit-in by force,” Dr Baloch said, as quoted by Dawn newspaper. The NP president warned that if the protesters were thrashed, there would be mass protests in every street of Balochistan for which the rulers would be responsible.Dr Baloch said that illegal fishing by trawlers, curbs…

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People need not panic but should follow COVID appropriate behaviour: Vice President on Omicron

New Delhi [India]: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday asked the people not to panic in the wake of the emergence of the new COVID variant, Omicron and advised them to remain vigilant and continue following COVID appropriate behaviour till the pandemic is over. He also urged them to get themselves vaccinated at the earliest.According to the statement by Vice President’s Secretariat, launching Gautam Chintamani’s book ‘The Midway Battle: Modi’s Roller-coaster Second Term’ at Upa-Rashtrapati Nivas today, the Vice President said, “The emergence of a new coronavirus strain has created renewed fears in people’s minds. I would advise people not to panic but remain vigilant and keep following COVID appropriate behaviour. I also urge everyone to shed hesitancy, if any, and get themselves vaccinated at the earliest. Together, with everybody’s cooperation, we will certainly be able to defeat this pandemic.” The Vice President…

New Products Technology

Google Photos’ Locked Folder feature rolling out to non-Pixel users

Washington [US]: Google recently introduced ‘Locked Folder’ within the Google Photos app to Pixel devices. The feature is now rolling out to non-Google Pixel devices.As per GSM Arena, Locked Folder is a secure on-device folder where you can store private pictures and videos and they won’t be uploaded to Google Photos. From here, you can only view whatever you stored, and you won’t be allowed to share, screenshot, or screen record any of the content unless it’s removed back out of the Locked Folder.The feature is accessed by opening Google Photos and tapping on the ‘Library’ tab, then on ‘Utilities’ and scrolling down to ‘Locked Folder’.If you’re on a non-Pixel Android phone, you might not see the option right away. Some users have reported a notification letting them know of the feature’s arrival.Even if you are on the latest version of the Google Photos…

International Middle East

Several Iranian guards suffer casualties after border clashes near Afghanistan, say Taliban

Kabul [Afghanistan]: The Iranian forces had suffered at least nine casualties during clashes on the Afghanistan-Iran border after fuel smuggling attempts from the Iranian side, the Taliban authorities said on Thursday, reported The Frontier Post.Fighting between the two countries’ respective security forces broke out in Konjak, Nimroz province in southwestern Afghanistan on Wednesday at around midday, and continued until the late evening. Local authorities and witnesses said the Taliban seized three Iranian check posts, according to The Frontier Post. Zabiullah Mujahid, the Taliban’s spokesman said in a statement that the clashes were triggered by “a misunderstanding at the local level”.He also emphasised that “the situation is now under control with the understanding of both sides”Salahudin Ayobi, the spokesperson for the governor of Nimroz province, said that tensions had been resolved and the “misunderstanding” had been over fuel smuggling, according to Arab News.The fighting started…

Games Sports

FIH Men’s Junior WC: India to meet France again as both teams fight for 3rd-place finish

Bhubaneswar (Odisha): Team India will go head-to-head against France once again at the FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup Bhubaneswar 2021 on Sunday as both teams battle it out for a third-place finish.The two teams had opened their campaign against each other in the tournament on 24 November in a hard-fought match that France won 5-4. Speaking on the encounter on Sunday, India Men Chief Coach Graham Reid said: “We will be taking as many positives as we can from our performances in the tournament so far, and we will be ready for Sunday. I am very confident the team will be back to the level we need to be up against France.”After the loss against France, India went on to pick up three straight wins at the FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup Bhubaneswar 2021, defeating Canada 13-1, Poland 8-2, and…

Cricket

Ind vs NZ, 2nd Test: Hosts dominate Kiwis after Ajaz’s historic 10-wicket haul (Stumps, Day 2)

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: It was a wicket galore at the Wankhede Stadium on Day 2 as India and New Zealand bowlers scalped 16 wickets in total after which hosts find themselves on the top of the ongoing second Test here at Mumbai.After the end of Day 2 play, India’s score in the second innings read 69/0 with Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara unbeaten on the field with innings of 38* and 29* respectively. Hosts now lead Kiwis by 332. Starting the day, the stars were perfectly aligned for the Mumbai-born spinner, Ajaz Patel as he scripted history by becoming only the third bowler in the history of Test cricket to bag all 10 wickets in an innings. His historic effort overshadowed the heroic 150-run knock of Mayank Agarwal as India were bowled out for 325.But there was more in store for bowlers as India…

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UN extends mandate for int’l forces fighting piracy off coast of Somalia

New York [US]: The United Nations (UN) Security Council on Friday renewed for an additional three months its authorization for states and regional organizations cooperating with Somalia to use all necessary means to fight piracy off the coast of the East African country.Unanimously adopting Resolution 2608, the council decided, for a further period of three months from the date of the resolution, to renew the authorizations, as set out in Resolution 2554, granted to states and regional organizations cooperating with Somali authorities in the fight against piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia, for which advance notification has been provided by Somali authorities to the secretary-general. The Security Council said that there were no successful piracy attacks off the coast of Somalia in the prior 12 months and noted that joint counter-piracy efforts have resulted in a steady decline in…

Politics State's Latest

Jammu and Kashmir: Graffiti artwork beautifies Srinagar city walls

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India]: Under the Srinagar Smart City project, Jammu and Kashmir Administration has started beautifying blank spaces and walls with graffiti artwork to attract tourists.Several professionals have been hired to transform spaces and to add visual art depicting Kashmiri culture. They have painted artwork depicting different species of birds, Kashmiri culture and more.Municipal Commissioner Athar Aamir Khan said, “Graffiti drawing on walls and flyovers is a part of beautification drive under Srinagar Smart City project.”The beautified areas have been gaining a lot of attention and both locals and tourists like visiting them, thereby increasing the footfall of tourists in Srinagar city. Zahoor Kashmiri, an artist from the project said, “The purpose of these murals is to help increase the tourist footfall in the city. It also attracts the locals here. No one likes dirty looking walls; people even avoid accidental rubs…

Chennai City News

Light to moderate rain likely in Chennai, other parts of Tamil Nadu

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: Tamil Nadu districts are likely to experience thunderstorm with light to moderate rain on Saturday, informed Area Cyclone Warning Centre of Regional Meteorological Centre, Chennai.“Thunderstorm with light to moderate rain is likely to occur at isolated places over Erode, Salem, Namakkal, Virudhunagar and Karur district of Tamilnadu,” the notification read. Notably, the neighbouring states of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha are likely to witness heavy rains on Sunday due to Cyclone Jawad.As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Cyclone Jawad lay centred at 5:30 pm on Friday over the west-central Bay of Bengal, about 300 km south-SE of Vishakhapatnam, 420 km nearly south of Gopalpur, 480 km south-SW of Puri and 560 km south-southwest of Paradip.“It is likely to move north-northwestwards, intensify further and reach the west-central Bay of Bengal off north Andhra Pradesh – south Odisha coasts by tomorrow, December…

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Former CM of unified Andhra Pradesh K Rosaiah passes away

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: Former Governor of Tamil Nadu and former Chief Minister of the unified State of Andhra Pradesh, Konijeti Rosaiah, 88, passed away in Hyderabad on Saturday after a brief illness.Rosaiah was shifted to a private hospital early morning today after he was unwell, where doctors declared him as brought dead. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy expressed his grief over the demise of the former CM.He conveyed condolences to the bereaved family members.

South Asian Countries

Pakistan reports 431 new COVID-19 cases, 8 deaths

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Pakistan reported 431 new COVID-19 cases and eight more deaths on Friday, the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) said on Saturday.The NCOC said that the country had confirmed overall 1,286,453 cases so far, with 1,245,344 recoveries, Xinhua reported. The country has 12,348 active cases, including 858 in critical condition.The COVID-19 pandemic claimed the lives of eight people on Friday, taking the death toll to 28,761.Pakistan’s southern Sindh province is the most affected region of the country in terms of the number of cases with 476,494 infections followed by the eastern Punjab province which has reported 443,379 infections, Xinhua reported.

New Products Technology

Microsoft’s new Office UI now rolling out for everyone

Washington [US]: American tech conglomerate Microsoft has started to roll out a new Office UI for its users this week. The visual update was originally announced earlier this year and went into testing over the summer.Now it’s starting to roll out to all Office 365 and Office 2021 users, according to The Verge. This new Office UI is designed to match the visual changes in Windows 11, and it includes a more rounded look to the Office ribbon bar, with some subtle tweaks to the buttons throughout Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. It’s a relatively simple refresh, and Office will now match the dark or light theme that you set inside Windows. The new-look can be toggled on or off using the Coming Soon megaphone icon in the top right-hand corner of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or OneNote.It should be available for all Windows 11…

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Cyclone Jawad likely to weaken ahead of landfall at Odisha’s Puri

Puri (Odisha) [India]: With the cyclonic storm, Jawad expected to make landfall on Sunday, the India Meteorological Department today forecast that it may weaken into a deep depression by the time it reaches the coast of Odisha’s Puri district.“It’s likely to weaken gradually and move nearly northwards during next 12 hours and then north-northeastwards along Odisha coast reaching near Puri around 5th Dec noon as a Deep Depression. It’s likely to weaken further and move north-northeastwards towards the West Bengal coast,” said IMD. The weather department said that Jawad currently lays centered over the west-central Bay of Bengal about 230 km southeast of Vishakhapatnam, 340 km south of Gopalpur, 410 km south-southwest of Puri and 490 km south-southwest of Paradip.“It has been raining continuously since night and it is increasing now. We are just worried if our homes get destroyed where will we live?…

Football Sports

Sale of Ronaldo from Juventus to Manchester United being investigated

Turin [Italy]: Juventus FC have revealed that the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United in the summer transfer window of 2021 is part of an ongoing investigation into alleged false accounting in Turin.In August, Juventus agreed the EUR14 million ($12m/$16m) sale of Ronaldo to Manchester United, with the deal including a further EUR8m (£7m/$9m) in bonuses. A statement released by Juve reads: “The club announce they have received the notification of a new search and seizure order relating to the ongoing investigations by the Public Prosecutor at the Court of Turin against the club and some of its current (Andrea Agnelli, Pavel Nedved, Stefano Cerrato and Cesare Gabasio) and previous representatives.”“No fresh allegations have been made, following the announcement that an investigation would be opened, but Juve have confirmed that the process now includes “permanent sales on the balance sheet as of 30,…

Cricket

‘Simply not out’: Warne gives his take on controversial Kohli dismissal

New Delhi [India]: Former Australia spinner Shane Warne on Saturday said that Virat Kohli was wrongly given out in the first innings of the ongoing second Test against New Zealand.Warne also said that the main problem lies with the interpretation of the technology and he also went on to say that the ball did not hit the pad first, rather there was an inside edge. “This is simply – not out !!!!! We often discuss technology & its use/accuracy. The main problem@is the interpretation of the technology. Here’s a perfect example of the ball clearly hitting the edge of the bat first,” tweeted Warne.Kohli was adjudged LBW on the fourth ball of his innings, and he had to walk away before even troubling the scores. The India skipper was given out by the on-field umpire Anil Choudhary and then Kohli reviewed the on-field call.However,…

Africa International

Africa steps up Omicron variant detection as COVID-19 cases rise in southern Africa

Brazzaville [Congo]: African countries are stepping up measures to detect and control the spread of the Omicron variant as weekly new COVID-19 cases in the continent rise by 54 percent due to an upsurge in southern Africa, said the World Health Organization in a statement released on Thursday.The Omicron variant has now been detected in four African countries, namely Botswana, South Africa, Ghana and Nigeria, while more than 20 countries have detected the variant to date. Botswana and South Africa account for 62 percent of cases reported globally, said the WHO Regional Office for Africa based in Brazzaville, the Congolese capital. That Omicron variant is expected to be detected in more countries as national authorities step up surveillance and sequencing operations, said the WHO, adding that the detection of the Omicron variant is coinciding with a 54 percent surge in COVID-19 infections in Africa,…

International UK News

UK records more than 50,000 new coronavirus cases

London [UK]: Britain registered 50,584 new COVID-19 infections bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 10,379,647, according to official figures released Friday.The country also reported a further 143 coronavirus-related deaths. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain now stands at 145,424, with 7,373 COVID-19 patients still in hospital. The latest data came as the country confirmed 22 cases of the Omicron variant in England, 29 in Scotland and one case in Wales.A meeting of the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag) subgroup on Sars-CoV-2 variant B.1.1.529 concluded that, if introduced into Britain, the variant would be able to initiate a new wave of infections.Meanwhile, British officials said that more than half the confirmed cases of the new Omicron variant in Britain have occurred following at least two vaccination doses.According to a new technical briefing from the…

Business Markets

US stocks down 2nd week in row on Federal Reserve Rate hike, Omicron fears

New York [US]: US stocks tumbled for a second week in a row, roiled by fears of an imminent rate hike by the Federal Reserve and the possibility of another round of global economic turmoil from potential measures to address the coronavirus Omicron variant.The Labor Department announced earlier on Friday the unemployment rate in November stood at just 0.2% above the Federal Reserve’s 4% target for maximum employment and key criteria for an interest rate hike. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said earlier this week that the central bank was already thinking of speeding up the taper of its pandemic-era stimulus and putting in a rate hike as expeditiously as possible to rein in inflation. Reports of cases of Omicron in the United States have begun flowing in, with more states reporting infections after the first one reported in California earlier this week.The November…

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Afghan girl listed among 25 influential women of 2021 by UK-based newspaper

Kabul [Afghanistan]: Sotooda Forotan, a girl based in Afghanistan has been listed under the 25 influential women of 2021 list by a UK-based newspaper for raising her voice against the Taliban’s decision to forbid girls’ education.Forotan is a 15-year-old Afghan girl who stood up against the Taliban’s decision to prohibit girls from attending schools for grades 7th to 12th. The prohibition came along with the Islamic Emirate’s forceful takeover of Afghanistan, reported TOLOnews. The Taliban regime permitted boys to attend schools hindering girls aged between 7 to 12 years. The decision was taken in September this year, where the Taliban reasoned the forbidding of girl education with lack of proper segregated structure in the country.Forotan on October 21, speaking at an event held to celebrate birthday of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) addressing the audience of over 200 people said, “Today, as a representative of girls,…

Politics State's Latest

Ghulam Nabi Azad urges security forces to avoid collateral damage during anti-terror operations in J-K

Rajouri (Jammu and Kashmir) [India]: Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Ghulam Nabi Azad on Friday urged security forces to avoid collateral damage during anti-terror operations in the Union Territory.While speaking to media persons on the sidelines of a public rally in the Rajouri district, the senior Congress leader compared militancy to the game of ‘snake and ladders’ and said, “Non-militant, civilian killings fuel militancy and undo all the gains.” Heaping praises for the Army’s work in Jammu and Kashmir, Azad said, “Armymen are doing great work here in close cooperation with locals but they should avoid collateral damage during anti-terror operations.”The Congress leader said many times it has been seen terrorists run and enter a house in order to hide and security forces use explosives to blast the entire house, resulting in civilian killings. “That should be avoided,” he said.Recalling the days…

City News Kolkata

IMD predicts heavy rainfall over Gangetic parts of West Bengal between Dec 4-6

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Thunderstorms and light to moderate rainfall at most places are very likely to occur over the districts of Gangetic West Bengal from December 4 to December 6, 2021, said Indian Meteorological Department on Thursday.On December 4, heavy to very heavy rain (7-20cm) is likely to occur at one or two places over East Midnapore districts, hence an orange alert had been issued in this regard, added IMD. While heavy rain (7-11cm) is likely to occur at one or two places over West Midnapore, North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas, Jhargram and Howrah districts, hence a yellow alert had been issued, added the IMD.On December 5, heavy to very heavy rain (7-20cm) is likely to occur at one or two places over East Midnapore, West Midnapore, North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas, Jhargram, Kolkata and Howrah districts, hence an orange alert…

South Asian Countries

Mainland China reports 75 locally transmitted COVID-19 cases

Beijing [China]: The Chinese mainland on Friday reported 75 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, the National Health Commission said in its report on Saturday.Of the new local cases, 61 were reported in Inner Mongolia, five in Heilongjiang, four each in Hebei and Yunnan, and one in Guangdong, Xinhua reported. Also reported were 15 new imported cases in four provincial-level regions, according to the commission.These cases come amid the global threat of the new coronavirus variant “Omicron”.A new variant of SARS-CoV-2 (B.1.1.529; named Omicron) has been classified as a Variant of Concern by the World Health Organization.

New Products Technology

Google announces new Android features

Washington [US]: Google has announced a bunch of new Android features, some of which are already available for users.As per GSM Arena, the digital car key functionality is now live on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, as well as the Samsung Galaxy S21, in select countries. It will only work with compatible BMW cars for now. Next up, there’s Family Bell, which will alert you and your family when it’s time for important moments throughout the day. The alerts come via phone, home speaker, or smart display. Aside from the shared “bells”, you can also set “bells” on your own devices so you can stay on top of your individual goals too. For the holidays, suggested bells include watering a tree, a family movie night, or volunteering to support a local cause.Three Google apps are getting new widgets. The new Google Play Books…

Football Sports

SC East Bengal hold Chennaiyin to goalless draw

Panaji [Goa]: It was a night of missed chances but Chennaiyin FC would have felt hard done by as they featured in a goalless draw with SC East Bengal in the 2021-22 Hero Indian Super League (ISL) at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco on Friday.Chennaiyin now sit on top of the table with 7 points. SC East Bengal after back-to-back heavy defeats found some solace, placed 9th with a couple of points. SC East Bengal made a host of changes after their defeat in the goal-fest against Odisha. Daniel Chima Chukwu and Amarjit Singh Kiyam were handed their first starts.Suvam Sen, still filling in for the injured Arindam Bhattacharja, kept the Kolkata side in the game early on. First Mirlan Murzaev tested him from point-blank range before Lallianzuala Chhangte shot straight at the goalkeeper.Chennaiyin dominated proceedings as Amir Dervisevic almost scored an own…

Cricket

Scoring hundred at Wankhede special for any Indian, says Mayank Agarwal

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: India opening batter Mayank Agarwal has said that scoring a hundred at the Wankhede Stadium is special for any Indian.Mayank’s comments after the right-handed batter registered a century on Day 1 of the ongoing second Test against New Zealand. “Definitely this innings means a lot to me. Getting a Test hundred at Wankhede is always special for any Indian. I would just like to say that this innings was not the nicest looking, not the easiest of innings but it was all about grit and determination. I am happy that I was able to stick to the plan and bat through the day,” Mayank told teammate Prasidh Krishna in a video posted on bcci.tv.“To Ajaz, if I wanted to go over the top, then I wanted to get as close as possible to the ball. Sometimes I yorked myself in the…

Politics State's Latest

Farmers, farming both have prospered since 2014: Narendra Singh Tomar

New Delhi [India]: Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Friday informed the Rajya Sabha that both “farmers and farming have prospered since 2014”, the year when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) established a clear majority on its own in the Lok Sabha elections.Replying during the Question Hour in Parliament during the ongoing Winter Session, Tomar said doubling of Kishan Credit Card (KCC), increasing of Minimum Support Price (MSP) to farmers that is at least 1.5 times the cost of production across all commodities and PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Scheme are among various other steps taken by the Modi government so far for the welfare of the farmers. Responding to a question on PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Scheme, the Minister said, “It is a continuous scheme and the farmers have to verify themselves to get the benefits of the scheme”.The Minister said the Centre has…

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Indian Navy closely watching Chinese activities, capable of defending national interests, says Admiral R Hari Kumar

New Delhi [India]: Asserting that the Indian Navy keeps a close watch on the Chinese Navy activities in the Indian Ocean Region, Navy chief Admiral R Hari Kumar on Friday said the maritime force was fully capable of defending national interests in the maritime domain.Addressing the annual Navy Day press conference, the new Navy chief also revealed that during the peak of the India-China border tensions on the Northern borders last year, the Indian Navy had deployed its warships in the forward locations and were keeping an eye on the Chinese warships operating along the Indian maritime borders. “We are aware of the development of the Chinese Navy. They built around 110 warships in the last few years meaning 13-14 warships every year. Our plans factor all these activities and deployments in the Indian Ocean Region. PLA Navy has been present in the IOR…

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Merkel likely to step down on December 8, says German Cabinet

Berlin [Germany]: Acting German Chancellor Angela Merkel will step down after her successor Olaf Scholz’s election, preliminary scheduled for December 8, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said on Friday.“This chancellorship will end, as we see it today, with the election of a new chancellor Olaf Scholz, which is scheduled for Wednesday. Then it will end. Then there will be a chancellor in Germany, no other chancellor, there will be no shadow chancellor. Madame chancellor, as she has already stated this, intends to leave politics,” Seibert said.

Politics State's Latest

Omicron: Karnataka CM Bommai to chair a high-level meeting today

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: A high-level meeting with experts and senior officers has been convened on Friday to discuss the measures to be taken in the light of two Omicron cases reported in the state and formulate new guidelines, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said.Speaking to media persons in New Delhi he said, the Centre has confirmed two Omicron cases based on the report of some COVID test samples sent to National Center For Biological Sciences. But a detailed report is awaited. “I have instructed our Health minister and the Chief Secretary to obtain the detailed report. An emergency meeting has been convened tomorrow with experts and senior officers,” he said.“The meeting would discuss the measures to prevent the spread of new variant of COVID and the strategies to control it. The issue would be discussed with experts of the union government as well. Action would…

Bengaluru City News

Karnataka postpones all events in educational institutes till Jan 15

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Karnataka government postponed all events in educational institutes till January 15, 2022, informed state Revenue Minister R Ashoka on Friday.While speaking to the media, Karnataka Revenue Minister, R Ashoka, said, “Government postponed all events in educational institutes till January 15. Citizens are allowed into theatres, multiplexes, shopping malls only if they are fully vaccinated. No change in the number of people (maximum 500) allowed to attend marriage functions.” Minister R Ashoka further informed that the state government ordered an inquiry on the first ‘Omicron’ case over RTPCR reports. “The person stayed at a hotel and held some meetings there. After that, he went away to Dubai, so there are 2 reports one positive and negative, which is doubtful, the lab must be investigated.”The minister over RTPCR reports of the first Omicron case reported in the state, said, “Commissioner of Police, Bengaluru…

South Asian Countries

Mob tortures man to death in Pak’s Punjab for alleged blasphemy

Punjab [Pakistan]: In yet another case of alleged blasphemy, a mob in Pakistan’s Punjab province on Friday tortured a man to death before burning his body.A large contingent of police has been sent to the city of Sialkot to bring the situation under control what is being deemed as a case of alleged blasphemy. The incident took place in the Wazirabad Road area. Reportedly, the workers of private factories attacked the export manager of a factory and burnt his body after killing him, Dawn newspaper reported.Several videos doing rounds on the internet showed scores of men gathered at the site. People can be heard chanting slogans of “Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah” in some of the videos.Police said the victim has been identified as a Sri Lankan national. They added that other details would be shared with the media after the initial probe.Punjab Province’s Chief…

Business

ED attaches properties worth Rs 227.95 crore of Prakash Industries under money laundering case

New Delhi [India]: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has provisionally attached properties worth Rs 227.95 crore of Prakash Industries Limited, Hisar, Haryana under the provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002 in a coal block allocation case.According to the statement by ED, the attached assets are in the form of land at Hisar, Delhi, Noida and various parts of Chhattisgarh. ED initiated a money-laundering investigation on the basis of FIR registered by CBI against the company in 2016. In the FIR it was alleged that Ved Prakash Agarwal, Chairman of Prakash Industries Ltd. and other officials of the company had misrepresented and concealed facts which includes furnishing false production capacity and financial position in order to qualify for coal block allocation process and fraudulently obtained Chotia Coal Block in Chhattisgarh in 2003.Excavation of coal started in the year 2006.Later Supreme Court cancelled the…

New Products Technology

Vivo V23 5G might launch in India this month

Dongguan [China]: After its predecessor Vivo V21 5G, it’s time for Vivo to launch a new smartphone series in the market, and reportedly this will be called V23 5G and could be launched in India at some point this month.As per GSM Arena, the new rumoured series ‘Vivo V23 5G’ could feature an in-display fingerprint sensor and should come with an upgraded SoC and better camera features compared to its predecessor, the V21 5G. Other details have not been revealed yet.For the unversed, the Vivo V23e 5G launched in Thailand last month, right after the 4G V23e made its debut in Vietnam.According to GSM Arena, the Indian launch is rumoured to also incorporate a Vivo V23 Pro, while the V23e in either of its iterations may make an appearance in the subcontinent too.

International Middle East

Kazakhstan suspends air traffic with Egypt over Omicron variant from today

Nur-Sultan [Kazakhstan]: Kazakhstan is suspending flights to Egypt starting Friday in an effort to prevent the emergence and spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant, the Civil Aviation Committee of the Kazakh Ministry of Industry and Infrastructural Development said.The air traffic between the two countries has been operated by Kazakh domestic carriers Air Astana and SCAT from the cities of Nur-Sultan, Almaty, Shymkent, Kostanay, and Aktobe to the Egyptian city of Sharm El-Sheikh. “To prevent the emergence of the new strain of coronavirus infection Omicron on the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan, in line with the decisions of the Interdepartmental commission on preventing the occurrence and spread of coronavirus infection on the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan, it was decided to suspend flights to Egypt from December 3 this year,” the committee said in a statement.The airlines mentioned list around 2,800 Kazakh passengers…

Cricket

Ind vs NZ, 2nd Test: Agarwal’s ton takes hosts to driver’s seat after Ajaz’s 4-fer

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Mayank Agarwal scored his 4th Test ton as India ended day-1 of the 2nd and final Test at 221/4. Agarwal scored an unbeaten 120 while Wriddhiman Saha was not out on 25.Resuming at 111/3 after tea opener Mayank Agarwal and Shreyas Iyer steadily carried on from where they had left after the fall of three quick wickets. Ajaz Patel once again jolted India dismissing Kanpur Test centurion Shreyas for just 18 breaking the 80-run partnership between him and Agarwal. Despite losing partners at the other end Mayank Agarwal looked solid and kept the scoreboard moving and capitalized on the poor deliveries that came his way. Making a comeback in Kanpur Mayank Agarwal failed to deliver with the bat but in the second Test he ensured that one more opportunity does not go begging. Wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha joined him at the…

Games Sports

Asia Youth Paralympic Games: Kashish Lakra wins gold as India bags three medals

Manama [Bahrain]: Indian contingent bagged three more medals in the ongoing 2021 Asia Youth Paralympic Games on Friday.The Tokyo Paralympian Kashish Lakra (F51) bagged a gold medal in the club throw while Laxit (F54) won bronze in the javelin throw. Sanjay R. Neelam (F11) clinched bronze in Shotput. “#TeamIndia continues its medal run at the ongoing Asian Youth Para Games 2021 with 3 more [medals] Club Throw(W) @KashishLakra (F51) wins GOLD Javelin Throw(M) Laxit (F54) wins BRONZE Shotput(M) Sanjay R. Neelam (F11) wins BRONZE Congratulations,” SAI Media tweeted.Earlier, Ananya Bansal won the country’s first medal – silver, in Shotput in the F20 category at the 2021 Games.Bahrain is hosting its biggest Para sport event ever, the 4th Asian Youth Para Games (AYPG), from December 2 to 6.Around 750 Para athletes under 23 years of age from 30 countries are competing across nine sports –…

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Winter Session of Parliament: Rajya Sabha adjourned till Monday

New Delhi [India]: Rajya Sabha was adjourned till Monday, on Friday, the fifth day of the ongoing winter session of Parliament.Earlier today, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MPs staged a protest in Parliament against the ‘unruly’ behaviour of the Opposition parties. Meanwhile, Opposition MPs protested at the Gandhi statue in Parliament against the suspension of 12 Rajya Sabha MPs.Since the commencement of the winter session of the Parliament on Monday, there have been continuous disruptions in the functioning of both Houses.In a move that angered the Opposition and set the stage for acrimonious exchanges, a dozen members of Opposition parties in Rajya Sabha were suspended from the winter session on the very first day on Monday following a motion brought in by the government.The members were suspended for alleged unruly conduct towards the end of the monsoon session in August when marshals were called after…

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Ind vs NZ, 2nd Test: Williamson ruled out due to injury, Latham to lead Kiwis

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson has been ruled out of the second Test match against India due to a left elbow injury.In the absence of Williamson, Tom Latham will be leading the Kiwis in the second Test against India, here at the Wankhede Stadium. “It’s been a really tough time for Kane having to deal with such a persistent injury. While we’ve been able to manage the injury through the year and the T20 World Cup, the shift to Test cricket and the increased batting loading has re-aggravated his elbow. Ultimately the injury is still not right and while he got through the Kanpur Test, it was clear playing in the second Test wasn’t an option,” said New Zealand Coach Gary stead said in an official release.“It’s been a challenging year for Kane trying to manage his elbow and it’s important…

Politics State's Latest

Cyclone Jawad: Depression over Bay of Bengal likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm during next 24 hours

New Delhi [India]: Depression over Bay of Bengal likely to move northwestwards and intensify into a cyclonic storm during next 24 hours, the India Meteorological Department said on Friday morning.“Depression, lay centered at 2330 hours IST of December 2, 2021, over Bay of Bengal near Lat 12.0 N and Long 87.5 E, about 770 km south-southeast of Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), likely to move northwestwards and intensify into a Cyclonic Storm during next 24 hours,” tweeted the weather agency. As the low-pressure area over the southeast Bay of Bengal continues to develop in view of Cyclone Jawad, the Odisha government on Thursday evening issued guidelines to prevent its adverse effects.Odisha Government plans to deploy 266 teams including NDRF, State Fire Services and Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) in coastal districts in view of impending cyclonic Situation, informs Pradeep Kumar Jena, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC).Informing…

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Insolvency proceedings against Reliance Capital begin; RBI files application

New Delhi [India]: The Reserve Bank on Thursday filed an application for the initiation of the Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process (CIRP) against Reliance Capital under sections of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 at the Mumbai Bench of the National Company Law Tribunal.“The Reserve Bank has filed an application for initiation of CIRP against Reliance Capital Ltd., under Section 227 read with clause (zk) of sub-section (2) of Section 239 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC), 2016 read with Rules 5 and 6 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy (Insolvency and Liquidation Proceedings of Financial Service Providers and Application to Adjudication Authority) Rules, 2019 (“FSP Insolvency Rules”) at the Mumbai Bench of the National Company Law Tribunal,” RBI’s official notification read. The RBI, on Monday, superseded the board of directors of Reliance Capital Ltd (RCL) in view of the defaults by the company in meeting…

City News Mumbai

UPA govt was not soft on security after 26/11, restraint perceived as weakness, says Manish Tewari

New Delhi [India]: Congress leader Manish Tewari on Thursday said that his new book does not say that United Progressive Alliance (UPA) goernment was soft or weak on the security after the Mumbai terror attack in 2008 and that “restraint is perceived as weakness”.Speaking at an event on the launch of his book, ’10 Flashpoints: 20 years-National Security Situations That Impacted India’, Tewari said, “If you read the paragraph in entirety, it doesn’t say that the UPA govt was soft or weak on security. The paragraph says that the state that has no compunctions about slaughtering people in cold blood, restraint is perceived as a weakness, not as a sign of strength.” The Congress leader, who is a member of “G23” which wrote to Congress presisent Sonia Gandhi last year seeking sweeping reforms in the party, said that a perception got created in Pakistan…