New Zealand to send troops to Solomon Islands to restore order after unrest

Wellington [New Zealand]: New Zealand’s government pledged on Wednesday to deploy several dozens of soldiers to the Solomon Islands to assist local forces in ensuring security on their territory after it was hit by riots last week.“New Zealand will send a deployment of New Zealand Defence Force and New Zealand Police to Solomon Islands in the coming days. This is a short-term, immediate response and we will continue to monitor the situation,” Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta was quoted as saying in a statement. According to Defense Minister Peeni Henare, the first group of 15 military personnel will go to the islands on Thursday, and the second unit comprising 50 troops will be deployed over the weekend.Over the past several days, Australia, Fiji, and Papua New Guinea sent groups of soldiers to the crisis-hit island nation. According to New Zealand’s media, the Samoan security…


Omicron coronavirus variant confirmed in 23 countries: WHO chief

Geneva [Switzerland]: The new Omicron coronavirus variant has been confirmed in 23 countries and their number is expected to rise, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday.Speaking at a press briefing here, Tedros said the emergence of the Omicron variant has understandably captured global attention. “At least 23 countries from five of six WHO regions have now reported cases of Omicron and we expect that number to grow. WHO takes this development extremely seriously,” Tedros during a press conference.“WHO takes this development extremely seriously, and so should every country. But it should not surprise us. This is what viruses do. And it’s what this virus will continue to do, as we long as we allow it to continue spreading,” he added.Tedros said that WHO is learning more all the time about Omicron, but there’s still more to learn…


Ice skater Vishwaraj Jadeja qualifies for ISU World Cup, now one step away from Beijing Winter Olympics

New Delhi [India]: Vishwaraj Jadeja, India’s fastest long-distance ice-skater, has qualified for the International Skating Union (ISU) World Cup 2021 for long track speed skating.The Ahmedabad-born Jadeja recently qualified for the big event, which will be held in Salt Lake, Utah from December 3 to 5, 2021. Jadeja worked his way to the World Cup having participated in 12 pre-qualification events since August 2021 and a good performance in Salt Lake will put him in a good situation to get a shot at the qualification to Beijing Olympics 2022. Jadeja will compete in the Mass Start event, which is a shorter version of the Marathon. A Mass Start involves 16 laps of a 400-metre long track.“The year 2021 saw the Indian athletes put in a great performance at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. I am inspired by those performances and am trying to make…


Need to provide ‘strong alternative’ at national level, says Sharad Pawar after meeting Mamata Banerjee

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Ahead of the general elections scheduled in 2024, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar said that there is a need for like-minded political forces to come together to provide “strong alternative” at the national level.Pawar spelt out his strategy to counter Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2024 Lok Sabha polls following his meeting with Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee in Mumbai. After meeting Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday, Pawar stated that Mamata’s intention is that like-minded forces should come together at the national level and set up a collective leadership.“We have to provide a strong alternative to leadership. Our thinking is not for today, but for the election. This has to be established and with that intention, she has visited and had a very positive discussion with all of us,” he said.“Be it Congress or any other party, the thing…


IMD predicts above-normal rainfall for Dec-Feb in 6 states

New Delhi [India]: India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Wednesday predicted above-normal rainfall for December to February for coastal Andhra Pradesh, Rayalaseema, south interior Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, inner Puducherry, and Kerala.“Our prediction for above-normal rainfall for December to February is for coastal Andhra Pradesh, Rayalaseema, south interior Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, inner Puducherry, and Kerala,” said the Indian Meteorological Department. “Below normal rainfall probability is predicted for North-West India, thus their average temp is expected to stay above normal,” it added.“Punjab, Haryana, and west Rajasthan are expected to experience a normal average temperature,” it added.“It is difficult to tell the temperature as above or below normal of east and west Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, east Rajasthan, and Gujarat, but the maximum temperature is expected to stay below normal,” it said.Eight people have died in rain-related incidents in Tamil Nadu in November, While, torrential rains claimed 27…


Rajya Sabha adjourned for day as Opposition continues ruckus on suspension of MPs

New Delhi [India]: The Rajya Sabha on Wednesday adjourned for the day amid pandemonium created by the Opposition leaders on various issues, including revocation of suspension of 12 MPs.It was the fourth adjournment of the Upper House during its four-hour-long proceedings that started at 11 am. The final adjournment was announced a few minutes after the House met at 3 pm and Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat resumed his speech on the need for the safety of dams across the country.Shekhawat was speaking in favour of the ‘Dam Safety Bill, 2019’, which he moved earlier in the day for its consideration and passage.Even as the minister was speaking, the Opposition, including Congress, Left, AAP and DMK, created a ruckus in the House seeking revocation of the suspension of 12 MPs.Opposition party members including Congress, DMK, AAP and Left demonstrated their protest by…

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Twitter update: People can’t share photos of others without consent

Washington [US]: With Parag Agrawal becoming the new CEO of Twitter, the company seems to be making new policy changes. According to TechCrunch, Twitter has updated its private information safety policy to ban sharing images or videos of private individuals without their consent.The update was announced on the official account of Twitter Safety. “Sharing images is an important part of folks’ experience on Twitter. People should have a choice in determining whether or not a photo is shared publicly. To that end we are expanding the scope of our Private Information Policy. Beginning today, we will not allow the sharing of private media, such as images or videos of private individuals without their consent. Publishing people’s private info is also prohibited under the policy, as is threatening or incentivizing others to do so,” the post read. This policy update will “help curb the misuse…


There’s No UPA Alliance : Mamata Banerjee After Sharad Pawar Meet

Mumbai [Maharashtra] : Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Nationalist Congress chief Sharad Pawar met this afternoon to lay out what he called the “Template for 2024”.  “What is UPA? There is no UPA,” said Mamata Banerjee. Tweeting photos of the meeting, Mr Pawar – one of the key interlocutors of the opposition – posted: “Pleased to meet Hon’ble CM of West Bengal Smt @MamataOfficial at my Mumbai residence. We Discussed various issues. We agreed upon the need to strengthen the collective efforts and commitment towards safeguarding democratic values and ensuring the betterment of our people”. Last evening, Ms Banerjee met  Shiv Sena’s Aaditya Thackeray and Sanjay Raut. Her meeting with Uddhav Thackeray did not take place as the Chief Minister has undergone a surgery and has been advised isolation.


Mangalsutra Ad controversy: BJP Minister warns Sabyasachi not to repeat ‘obscene’ campaigns

Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) [India]: After Fashion designer, Sabyasachi Mukherjee retracted his label’s advertisement campaign of a Mangalsutra collection, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra warned Sabyasachi of action if he tries to repeat ‘obscene’ campaign. Speaking to the media in Bhopal on Monday, Mishra said, “Sabyasachi Mukherjee has withdrawn the objectionable advertisement after my post. If he repeats such a thing, then direct action will be taken, no warning will be given.”He further appealed to him and those like him to not hurt the sentiments of people. Taking to Twitter on Sunday, Mishra had termed the campaign as “highly objectionable and hurtful” and demanded Sabyasachi to withdraw it. “I have warned earlier as well. I am personally warning designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee and giving him a 24-hour ultimatum. If this objectionable and obscene advertisement is not withdrawn within 24 hours, then a case will be…


Centre has to realize that other voices deserve to be heard: Tharoor

New Delhi [India] : Slamming the Central government over the suspension of 12 Opposition MPs, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday said the Centre has to realize that other voices in the country deserve to be heard.“The Centre has to realize that in this country other voices deserve to be heard. Parliament is for debate and discussion. You have to allow people to express their views, only then can you truly run a democratic Parliament,” Tharoor told ANI. Suspended Rajya Sabha MPs on Wednesday sat on a protest near Gandhi statue inside Parliament premises against their suspension from the House for the remaining part of the winter session.Opposition party leaders including Congress MP Rahul Gandhi also staged a protest at the Gandhi statue inside Parliament premises on Wednesday demanding revocation of suspension of 12 Rajya Sabha members.As many as 12 MPs from the opposition…


Commercial LPG gas cylinder price raised by Rs 100 in Delhi

New Delhi [India] : The national oil marketing companies have increased the price of commercial 19kg LPG cylinder by Rs 100.50, taking the new price to Rs 2,101 in Delhi, informed the sources on Wednesday.Sources told ANI that the increased price of LPG cylinders is effective from today. This is the second-highest price of 19kg commercial cylinder after 2012-13 when it used to cost around Rs 2,200 per cylinder. However, there is no increase in prices of other domestic cylinders weighing 14.2kg, 5 kg, 10kg composite or 5kg composite cylinders.The difference between prices of 14.2kg domestic cylinder and 19kg commercial cylinder has been increased. Presently, a 14.2kg Domestic cylinder in the national capital cost Rs 899.50 and the 19kg cylinder commercial cylinder is costing Rs 2,101.This may increase the diversion of 14.2kg domestic gas cylinder into restaurants, tea stalls etc which constitute the largest…


IRCTC to run ‘Rampath Yatra’ train from Gujarat to Ayodhya on Dec 25

Indore (Madhya Pradesh) [India]: Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) will run the ‘Rampath Yatra’ train on December 25 which will start from Gujarat connecting Madhya Pradesh to reach Ayodhya, informed Krishna Kumar Singh, Regional Manager of IRCTC on Tuesday.Addressing a press conference in Indore on Tuesday, Singh said, “The 640-seater train will start from Sabarmati station in Gujarat and reach Ayodhya the next day via Ratlam, Ujjain.” Describing the journey to Ayodhya, the IRCTC Regional Manager said that devotees will be taken by road to Nandigram, Varanasi, Prayagraj and Chitrakoot from December 27.“The journey will take seven nights and eight days in which 320 seats will be in 3AC and 320 seats in sleeper coaches. IRCTC will make all the arrangements for food, accommodation of devotees etc for which Rs 12,600 will be charged for 3AC and Rs 7,560 will be charged…


Injured Neymar to miss up to eight weeks at PSG

Paris [France]: Neymar will not play again for Paris Saint-Germain in 2021 as he has been sidelined for up to eight weeks with an ankle injury.Brazil forward was forced from the field on a stretcher after landing awkwardly during the Ligue 1 clash with Saint-Etienne. PSG have said in a statement on the club’s official website on Monday: “The examinations carried out confirm that Neymar Jr suffers from a sprained left ankle with ligament injuries.”“An unavailability of 6 to 8 weeks is to be expected. A new assessment will be made in 72 hours to specify the recovery.”Neymar posted on social media: “Unfortunately, these setbacks are a part of an athlete’s life. Now you have to raise your head and move on. I will come back better and stronger.”If the 29-year-old is to miss the next six weeks, then he will be forced to…


US warns Russia to stay away from Ukraine, says any move may trigger ‘serious consequences’

Washington [US]: The US on Tuesday (local time) warned Russia to stay away from aggression in Ukraine and said that ‘any move’ from Moscow may trigger ‘serious consequences’.The remarks came from US Secretary of State Antony Blinken amid concerns that Russia could mount another invasion in Ukraine as Moscow’s military forces build up near the border, reported CNN. “It’s increasingly belligerent rhetoric, it’s recent buildup of forces. It’s unusual troop movements along Ukraine’s border,” Blinken said, adding that I’ll have a lot more to say about that tomorrow after I’ve had a chance to consult with our allies in the NATO meetings that started this afternoon.”“But for now, let me just reiterate that any escalatory actions by Russia would be of great concern to the United States as they would to Latvia and any renewed aggression can trigger serious consequences,” the Secretary added.Blinken made…


Mamata Banerjee likely to meet Sharad Pawar today

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is likely to meet Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Wednesday afternoon in Mumbai.Banerjee, who is on a three-day visit to Maharashtra, met Shiv Sena leaders Aaditya Thackeray and Sanjay Raut in Mumbai on Tuesday. “We welcome her to Mumbai and Maharashtra. There has always been a friendship. We had met her even 2-3 years back when she visited Mumbai. We came to carry forward that friendship. We discussed many issues but we came here to welcome her to Mumbai,” Thackeray had said while speaking to media persons.Meanwhile, Shiv Sena in a statement informed that due to health issues, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will not be meeting Banerjee.“Due to health issues, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray won’t be meeting West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during her two-day visit to Mumbai. She has…


Stalemate likely to end in Rajya Sabha today as Opposition parties plan to take part in proceedings

New Delhi [India]: The stalemate in the Rajya Sabha is likely to end as the opposition parties plan to take part in House proceedings today, sources said.Leader of the opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge has called the meeting of like-minded opposition parties at 10 am in his office to chalk out the strategy for the floor of the house. Opposition is demanding that the suspension of 12 opposition MPs should be revoked, terming the decision of the chair as “illegal”. Kharge has also written a letter to the Rajya Sabha chairman giving his views and mentioning provisions of the Constitution in this regard.In his letter, Kharge has requested him to reconsider the matter of suspension of 12 MPs “in the larger interest of Parliamentary democracy” and revoke the suspensions.“The Monsoon Session of the House concluded on August 11 and was prorogued by the…


Over 2.5 mln Indians in distress abroad repatriated under ‘Vande Bharat Mission

New Delhi [India] : More than 2.5 million Indians in distress abroad were repatriated home and over 275,000 Indians overseas were provided assistance under the ‘Vande Bharat Mission’ launched last year, the External Affairs Ministry said on Tuesday.Recognizing the potential health and economic impact of COVID-19, Sanjay Bhattacharyya Secretary (CPV & OIA) who attended the 112th Session of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Council on “Impact of COVID-19 on Borders, Migration and Mobility: Learning Lessons and Preparing for the Future” said that India responded to protect migrant workers, stranded in destination countries across the world. “Government organised the ‘Vande Bharat Mission’ from 7th May 2020 to facilitate their safe repatriation. This was the largest and the most complex exercise undertaken by the government, with our Embassies working in tandem with host governments and community organizations to support every Indian in distress. More than…


COVID test mandatory for all international passengers arriving in state: Karnataka Health Minister

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]:Minister of Health and Medical Education Dr K Sudhakar on Tuesday informed that international passengers arriving in Karnataka must undergo mandatory COVID-19 RT-PCR testing. Speaking to the media after the technical advisory committee meeting, Dr K Sudhakar said, “A mandatory RTPCR test is being carried out for travellers from countries where the new virus is found. Chief Minister has instructed us to test travellers from any country.”Sudhakar informed that about 2,500 passengers come to the state every day, from various nations. Those who will be tested negative will be home quarantined for seven days. “Those who are symptomatic and negative will have to undergo testing at home on the fifth day. Asymptomatic will be tested on the seventh day. If positive, they will be immediately hospitalized. And they will be treated separately,” he added. Covid’s new variant, the ‘Omicron’ virus has been…

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India’s GDP shows remarkable recovery, grows at 8.4% in July-Sept 2021

New Delhi [India] : Showing signs of recovery during the second quarter following a record growth in the first quarter of financial year 2022,  India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew at 8.45 per cent during the July-September quarter, official data released on Tuesday showed. The GDP growth in April-June quarter this fiscal stood at 20.1 per cent. The Indian economy had contracted by 24.4 per cent in April-June last year. The gross domestic product (GDP) had contracted by 7.4 per cent in the corresponding July-September quarter of 2020-21, according to data released by the National Statistical Office (NSO). GDP at Constant (2011-12) Prices in April-September 2021-22 (H1 2021-22) is estimated at Rs 68.11 lakh crore as against Rs 59.92 lakh crore during the corresponding period of previous year, showing a growth of 13.7 per cent in H1 2021-22 as against a contraction of 15.9…


Covaxin for 2-18 yrs: Centre examining Expert Committee recommendations

New Delhi [India] : The Central government is examining the recommendation of the Subject Expert Committee (SEC) regarding the grant of market authorization of Covaxin for the age group of 2 to 18 years for restricted use in an emergency situation subject to various conditions, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHF) told Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.Union Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar shared the information through a written reply, mentioning “this recommendation is being examined and additional information has been requested at the level of Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO)”. “The Interim Phase II/III clinical trial data of COVAXIN on healthy volunteers aged 2 to 18 years submitted by Bharat Biotech was deliberated in the meeting of Subject Expert Committee (SEC),” Pawar said.“The committee recommended for grant of market authorization for the age group of 2 to 18 years for…

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

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


Indian Army receives new Israeli Heron drones for deployment in Ladakh sector

New Delhi [India]: After a delay of a few months due to COVID-19, the Indian Army’s surveillance capabilities have received a major boost as Israel has delivered advanced Heron drones under the emergency procurement clause to keep an eye on the Chinese activities in the Ladakh sector. “The advanced Heron drones have arrived in the country and are being deployed for surveillance operations in the eastern Ladakh sector,” top government sources told. These drones are operational now and are far more advanced than the Herons in the existing inventory and their anti-jamming capability is much better than their previous versions, the sources said. The acquisition of these drones has been done under the emergency financial powers granted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government to the defence forces under which they can buy equipment and systems worth Rs 500 crores to upgrade their warfighting capabilities,…


No Omicron case detected yet, taking all precautions: Mansukh Mandaviya

New Delhi [India] : Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Mansukh Mandaviya on Tuesday said that no case of new coronavirus variant Omicron has been detected in India so far. Answering a question on Omicron in the Rajya Sabha, the Minister said, “This new variant has been found in 14 countries. There is no case of Omicron in India yet.” The Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomic Consortia INSACOG is closely monitoring the situation and expediting the results of genomic analysis of positive samples of international travellers. The Minister added that the government is taking all precautions and doing genome sequencing as well. Meanwhile, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan on Tuesday advised states and UTs to ramp up testing for early identification and management of cases amid mounting concerns over Omicron spreading to many countries. While underlining that the new variant doesn’t escape RT-PCR and RAT…


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

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


Mumbai court cancels non-bailable warrant in extortion case against Param Bir Singh

Mumbai [Maharashtra] : Mumbai’s Esplanade Court on Tuesday cancelled the non-bailable warrant against former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh in connection with the Marine Drive extortion case after he appeared before the court and filed an application for the same, news agency ANI reported. Param Bir had on Monday appeared before the Maharashtra Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to record his statement in connection with two extortion cases registered against him. The agency is investigating the extortion cases registered against Param Bir at the Marine Drive police station in south Mumbai and Kopri police station in adjoining Thane city. The CID had earlier arrested police inspectors Nandkumar Gopale and Asha Korke in connection with the Marine Drive case.

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Twitter gets Indian CEO: IIT Mumbai alumni Parag Agrawal takes Charge

New Delhi [India] : Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey will step down as CEO of the social media platform and Parag Agrawal is all set to succeed him. The company’s board has unanimously appointed the company’s chief technology officer Parag Agrawal as next Twitter CEO. “I’ve decided to leave Twitter because I believe the company is ready to move on from its founders. My trust in Parag as Twitter’s CEO is deep. His work over the past 10 years has been transformational. I’m deeply grateful for his skill, heart, and soul. It’s his time to lead,” Dorsey said in a statement. The resignation of Dorsey, who has been heading Twitter as its chief executive since 2015, will come into effect immediately. However, he will remain a member of the Board till around May 2022 to enable a smooth transition. On Sunday, Dorsey sent the tweet “I love…


Kangana Ranaut Files FIR Over Threats For Post On Farm Law Protestors

Actor Kangana Ranaut has filed a complaint at a police station in Himachal Pradesh against the people who allegedly gave her death threats over her post on farm law protestors. On Tuesday, she took to her Instagram account to inform her followers about the same. Sharing a picture of the FIR copy, Kangana wrote in Hindi, “Remembering the martyrs of the terrorist attack in Mumbai, I wrote that never forgive or forget the traitors. In this type of incident, the internal traitors of the country have a hand. The traitors never left a single opportunity to tarnish Mother India in the greed of money and sometimes in the greed of position and power and the traitors inside the country kept on helping the anti-national forces by conspiring. I am getting constant threats from disruptive forces on this very post of mine. A brother of…

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Pakistani Model Sauleha Apologises over Her Bareheaded Photoshoot At Kartarpur Sahib

After facing backlash over her bareheaded photo at Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, Pakistan model, Sauleha issued an apology to people for unintentionally hurting their sentiments. “Recently I posted a picture on Instagram that was not even a part of a shoot or anything. I just went to kartarpur to learn about the history and know about the Sikh community. It was not done to hurt anyone sentiments or anything for that matter. However, if I have hurt anyone or they think that I dont respect there culture. I am sorry. And I just saw people taking pictures and I took a lot of Sikh pictures too there. I wouldn’t have done it at the first place,” she wrote on Instagram. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Sauleha صالحہ امتیاز 🇵🇰 (@swalaaa_lala) For the unversed, on Monday, Sauleha received a lot…


Opposition likely to boycott session if suspension of 12 MPs not revoked

New Delhi [India] : The floor leaders of opposition will meet on Tuesday to discuss strategy after the suspension of 12 MPs in the Rajya Sabha. According to media reports, if the suspension was not revoked, the opposition may decide to boycott the House. The Congress has alleged that the government wants to pass the Bills and now has created a majority number after the suspension of MPs. “By suspending 12 MPs from the #RajyaSabha, BJP has now gone ahead of the majority number. Can easily pass listed bills through the upper house now. This move has no parallel in history of parliamentary democracy and is entirely undemocratic, unlawful, and unconstitutional!” Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi tweeted. Fourteen parties under the signature of Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge issued a statement saying the leaders of the opposition condemn the unwarranted…


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

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


Puskas Award: Mahrez, Lamela among FIFA best goal nominees

Zurich [Switzerland]: FIFA on Monday announced the Puskas Award 2021 nominees which include Riyad Mahrez and Erik Lamela.The prestigious individual prize will be given to the player deemed to have scored the best goal of the year. Tottenham’s Heung-min Son came out on top last year. Patrick Schick’s 45-meter (50-yard) shot for the Czech Republic, Riyad Mahrez strike in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying game, and Erik Lamela’s rabona flick for Spurs in the north London derby headline the nominations.Schick already won the European Championship goal of the tournament award for his goal against Scotland.Puskas Award 2021 nominees: Luiz Diaz |Brazil vs Colombia | June 23, 2021, Gauthier Hein | Chamois Niortais FC vs AJ Auxerre | April 10, 2021, Erik Lamela | Arsenal vs Tottenham | March 14, 2021, Valentino Lazaro | Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs Borussia Monchengladbach | November 8, 2020,…


Vice Admiral Hari Kumar to take over as new Navy Chief

New Delhi (India): Vice Admiral R Hari Kumar would take over as the next chief of naval staff from November 30, from Admiral KB Singh who is superannuating after a 30-month tenure.Kumar played a crucial role in the basic formulation of the theatre command structures as part of the Integrated Defence Staff headquarters. Born on April 12, 1962, Vice Admiral R Hari Kumar was commissioned on January 1, 1983, into the Executive Branch of the Indian Navy.During his long and distinguished service spanning nearly 39 years, he has served in a variety of Command, Staff and Instructional appointments.Vice Admiral R Hari Kumar’s Sea Command includes INS Nishank, Missile Corvette, INS Kora and Guided Missile Destroyer INS Ranvir. He also commanded Indian Navy’s Aircraft Carrier INS Viraat.He served as Fleet Operations Officer of the Western Fleet.Vice Admiral R. Hari Kumar has undergone courses at the…


India offers support to Africa to fight Omicron variant of COVID-19, says ready to supply vaccines, life-saving drugs

New Delhi [India]: Expressing solidarity with the countries, particularly in Africa, which are affected by the Omicron variant of coronavirus, India on Monday said it stands ready to supply Made-in India vaccines, essential life-saving drugs, test kits, gloves, PPE kits and medical equipment such as ventilators.“We have noted the emergence of a new variant of Covid-19, Omicron. We express our solidarity with the countries, particularly in Africa, who have so far been affected by the Omicron variant,” the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement. “The Government of India stands ready to support the countries affected in Africa in dealing with the Omicron variant, including by supplies of Made-in-India vaccines. Supplies can be undertaken through COVAX or bilaterally,” it added.The government has cleared all orders placed so far by COVAX for supplies of Covishield vaccines including to African countries like Malawi, Ethiopia, Zambia,…


12 Rajya Sabha MPs suspended for rest of Winter Session over ‘indiscipline’ during Monsoon Session

New Delhi [India]: Rajya Sabha on the first day of its business for the Winter Session on Monday suspended 12 of its members for the rest of the current session on account of ‘unruly and violent behaviour’ during the Monsoon Session of Parliament.The suspended MPs include six from Congress, two each from TMC and Shiv Sena and one each from CPM and CPI. The action has been taken against them for the ‘indiscipline’ in the monsoon session of the house.The suspended MPs are Elamaram Kareem (CPM), Phulo Devi Netam, Chhaya Verma, R Bora, Rajamani Patel, Syed Nasir Hussain and Akhilesh Prasad Singh of the Congress, Binoy Viswam of CPI, Dola Sen and Shanta Chhetri of Trinamool Congress, Priyanka Chaturvedi and Anil Desai of Shiv Sena.The suspension notice issued of the first day of the Winter Session read, “That this House takes cognisance and strongly…


Singapore, Malaysia reopen border after being shut for nearly two years due to Covid

Singapore: Singapore and Malaysia have reopened their land borders after nearly two years since it was closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which started early last year.Singapore and Malaysia stated that only individuals who have been inoculated against COVID-19 will be permitted to cross the land border and also must test negative for the novel coronavirus, two days before travelling, reported Kyodo News. The restoration of travel through land borders by Singapore and Malaysia comes amid rising concerns for the new COVID-19 variant- ‘Omicron’.The reopening of Causeway, connecting Singapore and Malaysia’s southernmost state of Johor enabled thousands of Malaysian workers and students stranded in Singapore to return home if they are fully vaccinated, without being subjected to quarantine, reported Kyodo News.Before the pandemic, more than 300,000 Malaysians traveled across the Causeway every day to work in the city-state, making it one of the busiest…


Depression to result in heavy rainfall in Odisha, Andhra Pradesh

New Delhi [India]: A depression would result in heavy rainfall in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh from November 30 to December 2, informed RK Jenamani, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) scientist.While speaking to ANI, RK Jenamani, said, “A depression would result in heavy rainfall in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh from November 30 to December 2. Western disturbance might cause heavy to very heavy rainfall in Gujarat, Konkan, and Central Maharashtra from the night of December 1 to December 2.” Jenamani added, “Delhi, Rajasthan, Haryana, Western Uttar Pradesh, and Uttarakhand might experience rainfall and the overall weather would undergo many changes.”


Centre continues to remain silent over MSP legal guarantee to farmers, says Mayawati

New Delhi [India]: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Sunday said that the Centre continues to remain silent on the demand of providing legal guarantee for the minimum support prices (MSP) of crops to farmers.Taking to Twitter, Mayawati said, “Centre continues to remain silent on the various problems faced by the farmers including the law on MSP which is being demanded by the farmers. There is also a need for the positive initiative by the central government so that farmers can return to their homes happily.” The BSP chief further lauded the farmers’ victory over their one year protest against three central farm laws after Rajya Sabha passed the ‘Farm Laws Repeal Bill’ on the first day of the Winter Session of Parliament.“The Bill to repeal of three highly-controversial agricultural laws in both the Houses of Parliament today is a result of one…


Farm Laws Repeal Bill passed in Lok Sabha amid sloganeering by Opposition

New Delhi [India] : The controversial Farm Laws Repeal Bill was passed in Lok Sabha amid sloganeering by Opposition on Monday, the first day of Winter Session. Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar had tabled the Bill. Even as the Bill was passed, the Opposition led by Congress kept creating ruckus and hence the Speaker again adjourned the House till 2 PM.  Earlier, Lok Sabha proceedings were adjourned till noon on Monday amid din as Opposition members sought to raise the issue of deaths of farmers during their protests against three farm laws, on the first day of the Winter Session. Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury raised the issue of deaths of farmers and later, members of the party raised demands for measures to ensure the well being of farmers. Members from the Trinamool Congress, Congress and other parties trooped into the Well on the…


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

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


Bill To Cancel Farm Laws Passed In Parliament, No Discussion

New Delhi [India] : The 25-day Winter Session of parliament, during which over 30 bills are expected to be passed, began today. A crucial bill to cancel farm laws was passed in Lok Sabha in the fastest repeal in recent years amid protests by the opposition. The bill to cancel farm laws was passed in Lok Sabha within four minutes – it was tabled at 12:06 pm and passed by 12:10 pm even as the opposition demanded a discussion.  The government, critics claimed, evaded a discussion on the minimum support price for farmers’ produce, which has been a key demand during their year-long agitation. Minutes after the Winter Session began, slogans disrupted proceedings in Lok Sabha this morning, which resumed about an hour later; the house has been adjourned now. The crucial Farm Laws Repeal Bill will be tabled in Rajya Sabha “today itself,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad…


Farm Law Protests Disrupt Start Of Parliament Session

New Delhi [India] : The 25-day Winter Session of parliament, during which 36 bills are expected to be passed including one to cancel the farm laws, will begin today. The opposition is likely to corner the government on issues including the Pegasus row and price rise. Minutes after parliament convened for the Winter Session, Lok Sabha was adjourned amid slogans over the contentious farm laws. In Rajya Sabha, however, the session was disrupted to pay tributes to senior Congress leader Oscar Fernandes.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said his government is ready to reply all questions as he underlined, “Whatever voices are raised against the government or government policies – the dignity of parliament and the Speaker’s Chair should be upheld.” In the 19 sittings of the Winter Session, the government is expected to introduce 36 legislative Bills and one Finance Bill. The Farm Laws Repeal Bill has…


Govt ready to answer every question: PM Modi

New Delhi [India] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that the government is ready to discuss all issues in the Parliament as he called for meaningful debates and discussions. Addressing the media outside the Parliament, he said that the government will answer all questions asked in the Parliament. He said that citizens want Parliament to debate on issues of national interest and find ways for the development of the country. “This is an important session of the Parliament. The citizens of the country want a productive session. They are fulfilling their responsibilities for a brighter future,” the Prime Minister said. “Our government is ready to answer all questions during the Winter Session of the Parliament. We should debate in the Parliament, and maintain the decorum of the proceedings,” he said. He said that the government wants questions in Parliament and also peace. “Whatever voices…


India reports 8,309 new COVID-19 cases, 236 deaths in last 24 hours

New Delhi [India] : India reported as many as 8,309 new COVID-19 cases and 236 deaths in the last 24 hours, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday.With this, the active caseload in the country has now reached 1,03,859, which is the lowest in the last 544 days. Of these, Kerala has the highest number of active cases at 47,652 followed by Maharashtra (11,863) and Tamil Nadu (8,337).According to the ministry, the active cases in the country account for less than one per cent of total cases, currently at 0.30 per cent which is the lowest since March last year.With 236 new deaths, the death toll in the country has climbed to 4,68,790. Kerala reported 159 deaths in the last 24 hours, followed by Maharashtra (33) and West Bengal (12).With 9,905 people recovering from the virus in the last 24 hours,…


WHO criticizes travel bans on South African Countries, calls for borders to remain open

Geneva [Switzerland]: The World Health Organization has urged countries across the world not to impose travel bans on southern African countries due to the ongoing concerns over the new COVID-19 variant Omicron.Asserting that WHO stands with African nations, WHO’s regional director for Africa Matshidiso Moeti called countries to follow science and international health regulations in order to avoid using travel restrictions. “@WHO stands with #African nations & calls for borders to remain open. As countries impose flight bans on southern African nations due to concerns over the new #OmicronVariant, WHO urges countries to follow science & health regulations,” she said in a tweet.In a statement, WHO’s regional office for Africa said: “Travel restrictions may play a role in slightly reducing the spread of COVID-19 but place a heavy burden on lives and livelihoods.”“If restrictions are implemented, they should not be unnecessarily invasive or intrusive,…


Israel, UK to work on preventing Iran from getting nuclear weapons

London [UK]: UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid say they will do everything to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power.Truss and Lapid wrote a joint article for The Daily Telegraph ahead of the Monday signing of a memorandum of understanding on deepening ties, particularly in what concerns cybersecurity, defense, and trade. “We will also work night and day to prevent the Iranian regime from ever becoming a nuclear power. The clock is ticking, which heightens the need for close cooperation with our partners and friends to thwart Tehran’s ambitions,” Truss and Lapid said in their article.Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Friday that despite the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, Tehran will be seriously involved in the Vienna negotiations over the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program on November 29.In…


Fugitive Mehul Choksi fears that he may be kidnapped again

New Delhi [India]: Fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi fears that he might be kidnapped again and may be taken to Guyana, from where he may be taken away in an unlawful and illegal manner.In an exclusive interview with ANI, Choksi said, “I may be coerced and kidnapped once again, and taken to Guyana, where there is a strong Indian presence, which may be utilized to spirit me away in an unlawful and illegal manner.” “I am currently confined to the limits of my house in Antigua, my poor health doesn’t allow me to move anywhere else, and the traumatizing experience I suffered at the hands of my Indian captors led to an irreversible degradation,” he alleged.“I’m seeking help for the disastrous state of my mental health as I am consumed by constant fear, numbed by the shock of my experiences in the past few months.…


Lalu Yadav under treatment, blood sugar level fluctuating

Patna (Bihar) [India]: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav on Sunday informed that his father and party supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav is undergoing treatment with blood sugar level fluctuating.“He (RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav) complained of fever and weakness on November 26. He was taken to AIIMS, Delhi. He is undergoing treatment. His sugar level is fluctuating,” Leader of Opposition in Bihar Assembly, Tejashwi Yadav told reporters in Patna. Lalu Prasad Yadav was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical science (AIIMS) in New Delhi on Friday after he complained of fever.The RJD chief had returned to Bihar last month after over 3 years.The Jharkhand High Court, earlier in April, granted bail to Yadav.The former Bihar Chief Minister, who was earlier undergoing treatment at Ranchi’s Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences for two years, was shifted to AIIMS, New Delhi in January.


Parliament’s winter session: 26 bills on agenda

New Delhi [India]: The winter session of the Parliament is set to begin on Monday. The BJP-led government has a heavy agenda for the winter session with its legislative business including 26 new bills.The government has indicated that the bill to repeal three farm laws will also be taken up on priority. The bill was cleared by the Union Cabinet last week. Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur had told reporters after the meeting that it will be the government’s priority to get the three farm laws repealed in the winter session of Parliament.The Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021 seeks to repeal the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance, Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020. Farmers have been protesting against the three central farm laws on…


Earthquake hits Vellore district in Tamil Nadu

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: An earthquake of magnitude 3.6 on the Richter scale occurred on Monday at around 4.17 am in Vellore district of Tamil Nadu.According to the National Center for Seismology, the quake happened with a depth of 25 km. The epicentre of the quake was located at 59 km west south west of Vellore.Further details are awaited.


India’s vaccination coverage crosses 121 crore

New Delhi [India]: India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage crossed 122 crore landmark milestone (122,34,81,344) on Sunday. More than 36 lakh (36,58,756) Vaccine Doses were administered till 7 pm on Sunday. The daily vaccination tally is expected to increase with the compilation of the final reports for the day, said a press release from the Ministry of Health.The recovery of 9,481 patients in the last 24 hours has increased the cumulative tally of recovered patients (since the beginning of the pandemic) to 3,39,98,278. Consequently, India’s recovery rate stands at 98.34 crore.Sustained and collaborative efforts by the Centre and the States/UTs continue the trend of less than 50,000 Daily New Cases that is being reported for 154 consecutive days now.8,774 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours.The Active Caseload presently stands at 1,05,691. Active cases presently constitute 0.31% of the country’s total Positive Cases, which…


Pakistan has not achieved its potential due to a lack of rule of law, admits Imran Khan

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday admitted that the country has not achieved its potential due to a lack of rule of law in the country.In an exclusive online conversation with Shaykh Hamza Yusuf aired Sunday, Prime Minister said that the elite captured Pakistan’s resources and the absence of rule of law had not only deprived the majority of the people of basic amenities but also kept the country from achieving its immense potential, according to The News International. “The problem was the elite capture of resources which deprived the majority of proper healthcare, education and justice… Lack of rule of law is the reason why Pakistan had not achieved its potential,” he said today.“Merit is also associated with rule of law. If you do not have a meritocracy in a society, you have this elite which is spoiled, rich and…


Philippines imposes travel ban on seven more countries over Omicron variant

Manila [Philippines]: The Philippines on Sunday imposed travel restrictions on seven European countries to keep out the potentially more contagious new coronavirus variant Omicron, a government spokesman said on Sunday.Cabinet Secretary and acting Presidential spokesperson Karlo Nograles said Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, and Italy are placed under the “red list” effective from Sunday until December 15. The Philippines has flagged 14 countries and regions with reported Omicron cases so far. On Friday, it also suspended flights from South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini, and Mozambique.“Inbound international travel of all persons, regardless of vaccination status, coming from or who have been to red list countries or jurisdictions or territories within the last 14 days prior to arrival to any port of the Philippines shall not be allowed,” Nograles said in a statement.He said only Filipinos returning via government-initiated or…


Paramjeet Kumar becomes first Indian para powerlifter to win medal at World C’ships

Tbilisi [Georgia]: Paramjeet Kumar on Sunday became the first powerlifter from India to clinch a medal in the World Para Powerlifting Championships.Competing in the men’s up to 49kg category, Paramjeet Kumar of Punjab clinched bronze in the ongoing Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia. Parmjeet’s medal-winning lift was of 158 kg. Omar Shami Qarada of Egypt won the gold medal with an effort of 174 kg that came in the final attempt, while Vietnam’s Van Cong Le won the silver with 170kg.“History created for India in Para @Powerlifting by Paramjit Kumar of Punjab as he wins #bronze at the on-going World Para Powerlifting Championship in Tbilisi, Georgia. Paramjit’s 158KG Lift has created history! Cheer for @ParalympicIndia team as the championship continues!” President of the Paralympic Committee of India, Deepa Malik tweeted.“Parmjeet Kumar wins ‘s 1st medal (BRONZE ) in the men’s upto 49kg category at the…


NDA floor leaders meeting concludes, National People’s Party demands repealing of CAA

New Delhi [India]: In the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) floor leaders meeting held on Sunday at Parliament, alliance partner National People’s Party demanded the Centre to repeal the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019.In the meeting held ahead of the winter session of the Parliament, scheduled to start from Monday, National People’s Party MP Agatha Sangma told media, “in the floor leaders’ meeting of NDA parties, I demanded the Centre to repeal the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, keeping in mind sentiments of the people.” Another alliance partner AIADMK assured the BJP-led Central government to support the party in the passing of bills.Earlier today, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Parliamentary executive meeting also took place in the Parliament.These meetings came ahead of the winter session of Parliament which is beginning on November 29.The BJP-led government has a heavy agenda for the winter session beginning November 29 with…


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

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


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

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


More Testing, Check Hotspots, Centre Tells States On ‘Omicron’

New Delhi [India] : The centre has asked all states to step up intensive containment and active surveillance as well as better vaccination coverage amid worries over the new coronavirus strain, ‘Omicron’, which was first detected in South Africa. India has placed nations where this variant of concern has been found in the category of “at-risk” countries for additional follow-up measures of travellers coming to India. “It is imperative that intensive containment, active surveillance, increased coverage of vaccination and Covid Appropriate Behaviour be enforced in a very proactive measure to effectively manage this variant of concern,” the Health Ministry said in a statement today. There is already a reporting mechanism for obtaining past travel details of passengers coming through international flights, and this should be reviewed at your level, the centre told the states. “Ample testing infrastructure need to be operationalised to tackle any…


Delhi CM urges PM Modi to stop flights from countries affected by Covid Omicron variant

New Delhi [India], November 28 (ANI): Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and urged him to stop flights from countries affected by the new COVID-19 variant Omicron.In an official letter, Kejriwal wrote, “Our country has fought a tough fight against Corona for the last one and half years. We should do everything possible to prevent the new variant of concern from entering India.” “We should do everything possible to prevent the new variant of concern, recently recognised by WHO, from entering India. A number of countries, including the European Union (EU), have suspended travel to the affected regions. I urge you to stop flights from these regions with immediate effect. Any delay in this regard may prove harmful if any affected person enters India,” he stated.The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday named the new COVID-19 variant…


UPTET 2021 exam paper leak: Akhilesh says, ‘UP peaking in educational corruption’

Lucknow [Uttar Pradesh] [India] :  Samajwadi Party Supremo Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday slammed the Uttar Pradesh government over the Uttar Pradesh Teacher Eligibility Test  (UPTET) 2021 exam paper leak. He said that Uttar Pradesh is peaking in ‘educational corruption’. Akhilesh pointed out the plight of 20 lakh unemployed candidates. “Cancellation of UPTET 2021 exam paper due to leak is playing with the future of 20 lakh unemployed candidates. Paper leaks, cancellation of exams, and results are common in the BJP government. UP is at the peak of educational corruption.”, he tweeted. Hinting SP’s possible win during the upcoming UP assembly elections 2022, he further wrote, “There will be a revolution for the unemployed~ There will be a change in ’22!”. Several other opposition parties slammed the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh over the UPTET paper leak. Congress leader Anshu Awasthi said, “The paper leak…


BJP Gets Big Chunk Of Tripura Civic Elections

New Delhi [India] : Votes are being counted for elections to several civic bodies including Agartala Municipal Corporation, or AMC, in Tripura today. The elections were held amid fierce political fight between the state’s ruling BJP and the Trinamool Congress. The BJP is leading or has already won in all the seats where counting has completed, sources have said. This is the first civic election that the BJP contested after coming to power in Tripura in 2018. A total of 334 seats are available in the urban local bodies, including AMC with 51 wards, 13 municipal councils, and six nagar panchayats. The BJP, under Chief Minister Biplab Deb, has fielded candidates in all the seats and has already won 112 out of the 334 seats uncontested in AMC and 19 urban local bodies. In the remaining 222 seats, some 785 candidates are in contest after…


World TT C’ships Finals: Manika, Sathiyan lose in mixed doubles quarters

Houston [USA]: The mixed doubles pair of Manika Batra and G Sathiyan suffered a defeat in the quarterfinals of the ongoing World Table Tennis Championships.The duo suffered a defeat against Japan’s Omokazu Harimoto and Hina Hayata. The Japanese duo defeated Manika and Sathiyan 11-5, 11-2, 7-11, 11-9. Manika along with Archana Kamath also suffered a defeat in the women’s doubles quarterfinals.The pair was defeated by Sarah De Nutte and Xia Lian Ni of Luxembourg. The Indian duo was defeated 1-11, 6-11, 8-11.


Pass condolence resolution for farmers who died during agitation: Congress writes to Om Birla

New Delhi [India]: Congress leader and Lok Sabha MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Saturday wrote to Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla to pass a condolence resolution for farmers who died during the agitation against the three farm laws.“First of all, I would like to wish you on behalf of my party and myself for the smooth conduct of the coming winter session of the Parliament. On the eve of the coming Parliament Session, I would sincerely request you that as a mark of respect towards our ‘Annadata’, the House may unanimously pass a condolence resolution for the farmers who lost their lives during the farmer agitation,” wrote the Congress MP. Chowdhury further said that the passing of the resolution in the House will convey our gratitude for the sacrifice that our farmer brethren have given to the Nation.The winter session of the Parliament will…


EU will not recognise Taliban regime, says European Commission President Ursula

Brussels [Belgium]: The European Union will not recognise the Taliban regime, imposed through violence, said European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen on Saturday.EU’s President, in a statement, said: “European Union does not recognise the new regime, imposed through violence, but we need to prevent the imminent economic and social collapse that the country faces. We need to stand by the people of Afghanistan.” She also highlighted the humanitarian aid provided to Afghanistan. “This is why, last month, we announced a package worth EUR 1 billion, including EUR 300 million in humanitarian aid. The European Union will keep on engaging with the countries in the region,” the statement said.Meanwhile, Russia, the United States, Japan, Canada, France, UK have expressed that they are not planning to recognise the government formed by the Taliban.The Taliban entered Kabul on August 15, causing the US-backed government to step…


US expert expresses concern that Omicron COVID strain might spread widely

Washington [US]: A top US health expert has said that the Omicron strain of the COVID-19 is likely to spread widely.As reported by Sputnik, the remarks came from Chief Medical Advisor to the President of the US Anthony Fauci who said that the Omicron variant has not been detected in the US yet, but the strain is highly likely to spread far and wide. “We have not detected it yet, but when you have a virus that is showing this degree of transmissibility and you are already having travel-related cases that they have noted in Israel and Belgium, and other places; when you have a virus like this, it almost invariably is ultimately going to go essentially all over…” Fauci said.Earlier in the day, the Chairperson of Council of the World Medical Association, Frank Ulrich Montgomery, expressed concern that the new coronavirus strain might…


New India will be powered by Aatmanirbhar Bharat, ease of doing business, says Piyush Goyal

New Delhi [India]: Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal on Saturday said that the new India will be powered by Aatmanirbhar Bharat and ease of doing business (EoDB).Addressing the CII National Conference on ‘Ease of Doing Business for Aatmanirbhar Bharat’, Goyal also said that we have to find new ways of financing infrastructure. Goyal said, “The very fact that the Prime Minister spoke of going into the top 50 just changed the way all of us looked at, – government and industry.”“The Prime Minister is already edging us, – 50 was an initial target I set in the first term, now you have to be more ambitious, – you should be in the top 25!” Goyal added.Noting that the top 40 countries are “very highly developed countries, Goyal pointed out that “piercing that curtain and then doing better than them is a…


Two terrorists linked with Hizbul Mujahideen arrested in Pulwama

Kashmir (Jammu and Kashmir) [India]: Security forces arrested two terrorist associates in Awantipora town of Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district who were allegedly linked with proscribed terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen (HM).According to an official police statement, Awantipora Police along with 42 RR (Rashtriya Rifles) and 130Bn CRPF arrested two terrorist associates linked with proscribed terror outfit HM. “They have been identified as Muzamil Ayoub Bhat and Suhail Manzoor, both are the residents of Awantipora,” it said.Police have also recovered incriminating materials and ammunition including 383 rounds of AK-47 from their possession.“It is pertinent to mention that the arrested terrorist associates were in touch with HM commanders and were involved in the transportation of arms and ammunition, besides, providing shelter and other logistic support to strengthen terror networks,” police said.A case under relevant sections of law has also been registered in Awantipora Police Station and…


India now ranks third in organ transplantation, says Mansukh Mandaviya

New Delhi [India]: Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Saturday said that India now ranks third in the world in organ transplantation, only behind USA and China as per the data available on the Global Observatory on Donation and Transplantation (GODT) website.While addressing the 12th Indian Organ Donation Day, the Health Minister said that “Jeete ji Raktdaan, Marne ke baad Angadaan” should be the motto of our life.” Mandaviya explaining the importance of organ donation said, “Our culture puts emphasis on ‘Shubh’ and ‘Laabh’ where individual well-being is rooted with the greater good of the community. It is my honour to be participating in 12th Indian Organ Donation Day, a day which is celebrated for the noble cause of organ donation. Since the year 2010, Indian Organ Donation Day is being celebrated every year to commemorate the contributions made to society by deceased donors…


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

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

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Tamil Nadu rains: Several areas submerge in floodwater in Chennai

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


Outgoing UK Chief of Defence Staff describes Russia as most acute threat

London [UK]: Outgoing UK Chief of Defense Staff Gen. Nick Carter said that from his point of view Russia poses the most acute threat to the UK national security.“I became head of the Army in the summer of 2014, and we were arguing at that stage as to whether the threat was from violent extremism or whether it was a state threat from Russia. At that stage, the violent extremism argument just about won. But then, in 2018, we had the attack on the Skripal family in Salisbury, and it became blindingly obvious that Russia was the most acute threat to our country,” Carter told The Telegraph. He stressed that the threats related to Russia and China were not conventional.“The way threats appear today are not so much as a conventional threat; rather it is what I call grey-zone activity, where opponents see the…


Axar Patel spins web as hosts take firm control at Tea, Day 3

Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: Axar Patel spun a web as New Zealand lost four wickets in the second session of the ongoing Day 3 of the first Test against India here at Green Park, Kanpur on Saturday.At tea break on Day 3, New Zealand’s score read 249/6 — with the visitors still trailing by 96 runs. Tom Blundell (10*) and Kyle Jamieson (2*) are currently unbeaten at the crease. Resuming the second session at 197/2, Tom Latham and Ross Taylor (11) added 17 more runs to the total before the latter was sent back to the pavilion by Axar Patel in the 95th over of the innings, bringing Henry Nicholls to the middle. However, the left-handed batter failed to leave a mark as he departed off the bowling of Axar after scoring just two runs, reducing New Zealand to 218/4.Latham (95) failed to reach…


PM Modi chairs meet on Covid situation, vaccination

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday chaired a meeting on the situation relating to COVID-19 and vaccination with top officials.Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, Principal Secretary to PM Modi, PK Mishra and NITI Aayog member (health) Dr VK Paul among others attended the meeting. India reported 8,318 fresh COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, informed the Health Ministry.As many as 465 people succumbed to the COIVD-19 infection in the country in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 4,67,933.With 10,967 fresh recoveries, the total recoveries stand at 3,39,88,797. The recovery rate is currently at 98.34 per cent, which is the highest since March 2020.The active case accounts for less than 1 per cent of total cases, currently at 0.31 per cent, lowest since March 2020, at 1,07,019.Amid rising concern about a new COVID-19 variant…


Tomar urges farmers to return home, says withdrawal of cases, compensation comes under state jurisdiction

New Delhi [India]: Ahead of the tractor march scheduled on November 29 when the Winter Session of Parliament is set to begin, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar urged the farmers to return home as their demands have been met and said, the “withdrawal of cases registered against the protestors and the issues of compensation comes under the jurisdiction of the state governments.”This comes after farmers’ unions sought compensation for the farmers who allegedly lost their lives during protests and the withdrawal of cases registered against protestors after the government has announced to withdraw the three farm laws. “As far as cases registered during the protest are concerned, it comes under the jurisdiction of state governments and they will take a decision. State governments will decide on the issue of compensation too, as per their state policy,” Tomar told ANI.The Agriculture Minister also stated that…


Kanpur Test: Need one or two wickets to pull things back, says Ishant Sharma

Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: Indian pacer Ishant Sharma feels the first hour of play on Day Three of the ongoing first Test against New Zealand will be important for the hosts.New Zealand opening batters Will Young and Tom Latham registered half-centuries as the Kiwis dominated Day 2 here at Green Park, Kanpur on Friday. Ishant on Saturday said India need to go with an open mindset on day 3 to pull back things in the hosts’ favour.“Really important (first hour). The ball is 55 (57) overs old, I don’t know how the ball is going to behave. There is a little bit of dew as well now. Let’s see how the ball behaves (reverse swing) a couple of overs into the day then we can plan according to that,” Ishant told the host broadcaster before the start of Day Three.“It generally won’t swing if…


Pfizer, BioNTech not sure on vaccines’ effectiveness on new COVID variant ‘Omicron’

Washington [US]: The pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech on Saturday issued a statement stating that they are not sure whether their vaccines would be able to help in the treatment of the new COVID-19 variant ‘Omicron’.The companies also promised to develop a new vaccine against the variant in about 100 days, Sputnik reported. This came after the World Health Organization (WHO) announced it identified a new COVID-19 strain, the B.1.1.529 that was initially found in southern Africa. WHO named the variant with the Greek letter ‘Omicron’.“In the event that vaccine-escape variant emerges, Pfizer and BioNTech expect to be able to develop and produce a tailor-made vaccine against that variant in approximately 100 days, subject to regulatory approval,” they added in the statement.As reported by Sputnik, Pfizer and BioNTech said they expect more data on Omicron within the next two weeks and noted the variant…


Lalu Prasad Yadav admitted to AIIMS after complaint of fever

New Delhi [India]: Rashtriya Janata Party chief Lalu Prasad Yadav has been admitted to the All India Institute of Medical science (AIIMS) in New Delhi after he complained of fever, the sources said.He was admitted to the hospital on Friday. According to the sources, Lalu’s health condition is stable.Lalu Prasad Yadav had returned to Bihar last month after over 3 years.The Jharkhand High Court, earlier in April, granted bail to Yadav.The former Bihar Chief Minister, who was undergoing treatment at Ranchi’s Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences for two years, was shifted to All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi in January.


What is use of Constitution Day celebrations if govt is incapable of providing Justice: Priyanka Gandhi

Prayagraj (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Friday slammed the BJP-led government in Uttar Pradesh for their alleged lack of action in case of murder of a labourer and his family in Prayagraj and questioned the celebration of Constitution Day if the government is incapable of providing help to one in need.Priyanka Gandhi was addressing a press meet after meeting the kin of the labourer and his family. “The brother of the person who was killed along with his family works with Sashashtra Seema Bal. He works for the security of this nation in a Naxal-dominated area. What is he getting in return? Why is he not getting justice?. What is the use of celebrating Constitution Day if the administration does not provide help to ones facing injustice? Constitution is being destroyed and finished in this state,” said Gandhi.She further added,…


Andhra flood: Death toll mounted to 44, 16 still missing

Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh) [India]: Andhra Pradesh government on Friday informed that 44 people have lost their lives due to flood caused by the unprecedented rain in the state.According to the statement issued by the state government, a total of 1990 villages in 119 mandals of four districts – Kadapa, Chittoor, Anantapur, and Nellore – were affected by the floods, of which 211 villages were completely inundated causing a death toll of 44 people and while 16 are still missing. “The rains, which started after the first week of this month, continue to fall today. The Rains began on the 16-17th. As never seen before in history, heavy rains inundated Rayalaseema. The streets of Tirumala and in the town of Tirupati, we have experienced heavy rains and vehicles being washed away,” the statement said.“Four buses were stuck in the flood, where an RTC bus had…


India to screen, test travellers from several countries including UK amid new Covid variant ‘Omicron’

New Delhi [India]: Amid rising concern about a new COVID-19 variant ‘Omicron’ first detected in South Africa, India on Friday added several countries to the list from where travellers would need to follow additional measures on arrival in India, including post-arrival testing for infection.Ministry of Health and Family Welfare adds Hong Kong and Israel to the list of countries from where travellers would need to follow additional measures on arrival in India, including post-arrival testing considering the detection of new COVID variant ‘Omicron’ in South Africa. Countries from where the travellers would need to follow additional measures on arrival in India are South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Israel, Hong Kong, countries in Europe including the UK.Earlier, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, in a letter to health secretaries of all states and Union Territories, said: “lt has now been reported…


Centre to invest 64,000 cr in health sector over next 5 years, says Mansukh Mandaviya

Tawang (Arunachal Pradesh) [India]: Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Friday said that about Rs 64,000 crore will be invested by the Centre in creating health infrastructure in the country over the next five years.The Union Minister, who was on a day-long tour to Tawang district in Arunachal Pradesh, while interacting with healthcare workers at Khandro Drowa Zangmo District Hospital, said that the central government is working to provide health security to all through various health welfare schemes. “Never in the past was health considered as wealth. The present Union Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is working on these lines to provide health security to all through its various health welfare schemes,” Mandaviya said during the interaction, as quoted in an official statement.Emphasizing on the benefits of the Centre’s Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission that will connect the digital health solutions…


Manohar Lal Khattar meets PM Modi, discusses development projects in Haryana

New Delhi [India]: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Friday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said development works in Haryana were among the issues discussed.In a tweet, Khattar wrote, “I reached respected Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji’s residence in Delhi today and met him. During this, many important issues ranging from current and upcoming development works in Haryana were discussed in detail with him.” After attending the meeting, Khattar said, “It felt good after meeting PM Modi. We discussed the Antyodaya Gramodaya Mela, Auto Appeal System (AAS), DRISHYA-drone technology and Large Scale Mapping.”“The Prime Minister showed concerns on pollution, cleanliness in the rural sector and ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’,” he said.


Sonia, Rahul Gandhi to address Congress’ Mehangai Hatao Rally

New Delhi [India]: Taking its protest further against price rise and inflation, Congress will hold a massive public meeting “Mehangai Hatao Rally” on December 12 at the national capital.The rally will be addressed by Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi and party MP Rahul Gandhi and Congress leaders from across the country. Congress said it shall continue to raise these issues both inside and outside the Parliament to challenge the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government at the Centre.“The real issues affecting people of India are the backbreaking prices of petrol, diesel and cooking gas, which have had a spiralling effect on the prices of all foods and other consumable items. Every home is affected by the merciless rise in prices of cooking oil, pulses and other food items. Perhaps for the first time, the price of tomato has surpassed the price of petrol and diesel…


New COVID-19 variant confirmed in Belgium

Brussels [Belgium]: A new COVID-19 variant known as B.1.1.529 has been confirmed in Belgium, Belgian Minister of Health and Social Affairs Franck Vandenbroucke said on Friday.Two suspect samples were being analyzed, according to Belgian virologist Marc Van Ranst of the Catholic University of Louvain. One sample was confirmed as the novel B.1.1.529, the virologist tweeted on Friday. The new variant first detected in South Africa features “unusual” alterations that are concerning since they may let it evade the immune system and become more transmissible.Belgium decided on Friday to suspend flights from the southern African region, following a proposal from the European Commission. Belgian travellers returning from South Africa and other nearby countries must adhere to a ten-day quarantine.Several European countries, notably the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy, have already decided to close their borders to the region.


India to resume international flights from December 15

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


Serum Institute of India resumes exports of COVID-19 vaccine under COVAX programme

Pune (Maharashtra) [India]: Serum Institute of India (SII) on Friday resumed the exports of its COVID-19 vaccine ‘Covishield’ to the international COVID vaccine sharing programme COVAX.The first batches of Covishield left the SII manufacturing facility in Pune earlier today, for distribution to low and middle-income countries via the COVAX mechanism. SII’s supply of doses via COVAX is expected to increase substantially in Quarter 1 of 2022. Taking to Twitter, Adar Poonawalla, CEO, Serum Institute of India said, “I am pleased to announce, that the much-awaited COVAX supplies will resume today from Serum Institute of India. This will go a long way in restoring vaccine supply equality in the world and especially in LMICs (low- and middle-income countries).”According to SII, the resumption of exports is linked to SII surpassing its original target to produce 1billion doses of Covishield by the end of this year. SII…


Putin to visit India on December 6 for annual India-Russia summit

New Delhi [India]: Russian President Vladimir Putin will arrive in New Delhi on December 6 for the annual India-Russia summit.This will be the first in-person meeting between Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi after their meeting on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Brasilia in November 2019. During the summit, the leaders will review the state and prospects of bilateral relations between the two nations and will discuss ways to further strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi announced on Friday.“Russian President Vladamir Putin will pay an official visit to New Delhi on December 6 for 21st India, Russia annual Summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” Bagchi said during a weekly press briefing.The summit will offer an opportunity to exchange views on regional multilateral and international issues of mutual interests, Bagchi noted.“The visit will further…


Protect judiciary from motivated, targeted attacks, urges CJI Ramana

New Delhi [India]: Asking the Bar Association to stand up for what is right and against what is wrong, Chief Justice NV Ramana on Friday urged the lawyers to protect the judiciary from “motivated and targeted attacks”.Speaking at the Constitution Day celebration organised by the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), CJI Ramana said that the most important feature of the Indian Constitution is the fact that it provides a framework for debate. Stating that the lawyers and judges are part of one large family, the CJI said, “I want to tell all of you, that you must assist judges and the institution. We are all ultimately part of one large family. Protect the institution from motivated and targeted attacks. Do not shy away from standing up for what is right, and against what is wrong.”November 26 is celebrated as Constitution Day since it was…


Half-centuries from Young, Latham put visitors on top at Stumps, Day 2

Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: New Zealand opening batters Will Young and Tom Latham registered half-centuries as New Zealand dominated Day 2 of the ongoing first Test against India here at Green Park, Kanpur on Friday.At stumps on Day 2, New Zealand’s score read 129/0 with Young (75*) and Latham (50*) currently unbeaten at the crease. The visitors are currently trailing by 216 runs. Resuming the third session of Day 2 from 72/0, the Kiwis continued their domination over the Indian bowlers and Young brought up his half-century in the 28th over while Latham reached the 50-run mark in the 55th over.There were few hairy moments along the way, but Young and Latham made sure to completely neutralize the hosts’ bowling.Earlier in the day, New Zealand bundled India out for 345 in the first innings. The hosts ended the opening session at 339/8 with Ashwin…


No case of B.1.1.529 COVID-19 variant reported in India so far: Official sources

New Delhi [India]: The new COVID-19 variant B.1.1.529, which is causing an increase in new COVID-19 infections in South Africa, has not been found in India so far, said official sources on Friday.Newly identified COVID-19 variant — B.1.1.529 — is causing an increase in new COVID-19 infections in South Africa. The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for a special meeting to discuss the new Covid variant.“We don’t know very much about this yet. What we do know is that this variant has a large number of mutations. And the concern is that when you have so many mutations, it can have an impact on how the virus behaves,” Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO’s the technical lead on Covid-19, said in a briefing.


India supports inclusive, representative govt in Afghanistan, says EAM Jaishankar

New Delhi [India]: Expressing concern over the recent developments in Afghanistan, External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar on Friday said that India, as a neighbour and long-standing partner, supports an inclusive and representative government in the nation.Addressing the 18th meeting of the Russia-India-China Foreign Ministers on Friday, Jaishankar said: “As a neighbour and long-standing partner of Afghanistan, India is concerned about the recent developments in that country. India supports an inclusive and representative government in Afghanistan.” He further spoke about the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan and urges RIC countries to work together to ensure that assistance reaches the Afghan people without hindrance and politicisation.“RIC countries need to work together to ensure that humanitarian assistance reaches the Afghan people without hindrance and politicisation. It is necessary for the RIC countries to coordinate respective approaches on the threats of terrorism, drug trafficking and radicalisation,” Jaishankar said…


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

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


SENSEX Down by over 1600 points, panic in markets

The Indian equity benchmarks suffered their worst single-day drop since April 12 on Friday on weak global cues after investor sentiment was dented by detection of a new and possibly vaccine-resistant coronavirus variant. The Sensex fell as much as 1,801 points or 3 per cent and Nifty 50 index briefly dropped below its important psychological level of 17,000 to hit an intraday low of 16,985. Both the benchmarks fell to their lowest level in three month The Sensex fell 1,688 points or 2.87 per cent to close at 57,107 and Nifty 50 index dropped 510 points or 2.9 per cent to end at 17,026. Global stocks tumbled on Friday and oil fell below $80 a barrel after news of a possibly vaccine-resistant coronavirus variant sent investors scurrying to the safety of bonds, the yen and the Swiss franc. European stocks plunged 2.7 per cent, on track for their…


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

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


Covid-19: Health Secretary writes to States, UTs to implement Test-Track-Treat-Vaccinate measures

New Delhi [India]: Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan on Thursday wrote to the additional Secretary, principal Secretary, secretary of health of all states and Union Territories to adhere to strict implementation of the Test-Track-Treat-Vaccinate measures in the wake of rising COVID-19 cases in the foreign countries, the relaxation of visa restrictions, and opening up of international travel.“lt is critical for the States/UTs to adhere to the overarching ‘Test-TrackTreat-Vaccinate’ principle to ensure stringent implementation of containment measures as per Ministry of Health and Family Welfare guidelines,” said the letter. “It has now been reported by National Cooperative Development Corporation (NDMC) that multiple cases of a COVID-19 variant 8.1.1529 have been reported in Botswana (3 cases), South Africa (6 cases) and Honk Kong (1 case). This variant is reported to have a significantly high number of mutations, and thus, has serious public health implications for the…


Kiren Rijiju launches online course on Indian Constitution

New Delhi [India]: Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju launched an online course on the Constitution of India and said it will be an important milestone in spreading the aspirations and ideals of the Constitution thus empowering the citizens of the country by making them aware of the principles enshrined in the Constitution.Laying down the importance of the Online Course on Constitution, he said that, “This will be an important milestone in spreading the aspirations and ideals of the Constitution and empowers the citizens of this country by making them aware of the principles enshrined in the Constitution.” “I’ve also told CJI that it’s not necessary that judgement/justice should be delivered from the courtroom; it can be delivered at doorsteps, fields too. We have to come out of our comfort zones,” Law Minister Kiren Rijiju said at the launch of an online course on the…


15 more countries recognise India’s COVID-19 vaccination certificate

New Delhi [India]: As many as fifteen more countries have recognised India’s COVID-19 vaccination certificate, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) informed late on Thursday.“Mutual recognition of COVID-19 vaccination certificates continues! Fifteen more recognitions for India’s vaccination certificate,” MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi tweeted. “Mutual recognition of Covid-19 vaccination certificates with India: Australia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Mauritius, Mongolia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Palestine, Philippines, San Marino, Singapore, Switzerland, Turkey and Ukraine,” MEA said in a statement.Earlier this month, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had said that nearly 100 countries have agreed to the Mutual Acceptance of vaccination certificates of India’s COVID vaccines and vaccination process.Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya had said the Union Government is in communication with the rest of the world so that beneficiaries of the world’s largest COVID vaccination program gets accepted and recognized, thereby easing…


PM Modi shares words of wisdom by Ambedkar, Rajendra Prasad in his Constitution Day speech

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday took to Twitter to extend best wishes to citizens on the occasion of Constitution Day.PM Modi shared a picture of Chairman of the Drafting Committee of Indian Constitution Dr BR Ambedkar’s speech in the Constituent Assembly on November 4, 1948. “Best wishes to our citizens on Constitution Day. On this special day, sharing a part of Dr Ambedkar’s speech in the Constituent Assembly on 4th November 1948 in which he moved a motion for the adoption of the Draft Constitution as settled by the Drafting Committee,” PM Modi tweeted. Further, mentioning the teachings of President of Constituent Assembly of India Rajendra Prasad, PM Modi tweeted in Hindi “No matter how beautiful, well-organized and strong any constitution is made, if it is not run by the true, fearless, selfless servants of the country, then the constitution…


India gets elected to UNESCO World Heritage Committee

New Delhi [India]: India has been elected as a member of the United Nations World Heritage Committee for the term of four years, starting from the current year.“Good day for Indian diplomacy. Elected to the @UNESCO World Heritage Committee for 2021-25,” External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said in a tweet on Thursday. The Committee is responsible for the implementation of the World Heritage Convention, defines the use of the World Heritage Fund and allocates financial assistance upon requests from States Parties, the official website of the UNESCO said.Meanwhile, in his tweet, EAM also informed that Interpol on Thursday elected India’s candidate Praveen Sinha who is Special Director, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), as Delegate for Asia in its Executive Committee.


UK suspends flights to six African countries as new COVID variant emerges

London [UK]: UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid on Thursday announced a temporary suspension of flights from six countries after reports emerged that a new COVID variant with more than 30 mutations is spreading in South Africa.It comes as Variant B.1.1.529 is declared a Variant under Investigation (VuI) by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA). “The variant includes a large number of spike protein mutations as well as mutations in other parts of the viral genome. These are potentially biologically significant mutations which may change the behaviour of the virus with regards to vaccines, treatments and transmissibility. More investigation is required,” UK Health Security Agency said in a statement.Taking to Twitter, Javid said UKHSA is “investigating a new variant and more data is needed but we’re taking precautions now.” “From noon tomorrow six African countries will be added to the red list, flights will be…

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