Politics State's Latest

Uttarakhand CM announces withdrawal of Char Dham Management Board law

Dehradun (Uttarakhand) [India]: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on Tuesday announced that the State government will be withdrawing Char Dham Devasthanam Management Board Act after months of protests by Char Dham Teerth-Purohit Hak Hakookdhari Mahapanchayat Samiti and other organisations. “Our government has taken a decision to take back the Char Dham Devasthanam Management Board Bill,” said Dhami.“The decision to abolish the Devasthanam Board is taken on the basis of the feedback received by Teerth Purohit, Haq Hookdhari, people’s representative and report of a high-level committee,” he added. Last December, the Uttarakhand Assembly had passed the Char Dham Devasthanam Management Board Bill. The law aimed at bringing the Char Dham of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri and 49 other temples under the purview of a proposed shrine board. Many organisations including Char Dham Teerth-Purohit Hak Hakookdhari Mahapanchayat Samiti were opposing the said act. According…


‘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…

My Chief Minister

Tripura: Story of a RSS Karyakarta who is now The Chief Minister

KSHVID NEWS DESK Shri Biplab Kumar Deb (born 25 November 1971) is the Chief Minister of the state of Tripura. Born in Rajdharnagar village in Udaipur situated in the Gomati District. Since childhood, Shri Deb took active interest in various social welfare activities which took place in his village and adjoining areas while serving in the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) as a ‘Bal Swayamsevak’. Shri Biplab Kumar Deb graduated from Tripura University in 1999. Shri Deb shifted to New Delhi in the coming years where he served the society and nation in various capacities while first working at the RSS Karyalaya at Jhandewalan, New Delhi followed by serving at the Office of the Minister of State, Coal, Mines and Steel, Government of India and then at the Office of the Chairman, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Other Backward Classes (OBC). During these years, Shri Deb…

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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)

Entertainment TV/Web

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

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


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

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


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…

City News Mumbai

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

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

Politics State's Latest

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

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

Games Sports

Majestic Pride felicitated Ravi Kumar Dahiya in a Glittering Ceremony

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

Europe International

Covid-19 Restrictions : Protests rock Netherlands, Belgium, France

Amsterdam [Netherlands]: People continued to protest against COVID-19 curbs in parts of the Netherlands, France and Belgium. People continued to show up in numbers across European cities on Sunday, with the police deploying water cannons and tear gases to disperse crowds. More people have been arrested, reported DW News.Riots broke out in cities across the Netherlands, the third night in a row that police clashed with mobs of angry youths who set fires and threw rocks to protest COVID-19 restrictions. Protests continued in the Netherlands for the third day in a row with police issuing an emergency order in the eastern city of Enschede, near the German border, reported DW News. Protesters set off fireworks and vandalized properties in cities — Groningen and Leeuwarden in the north, Enschede in the east, and Tilburg in the south. 130 people have been arrested since the protests…


Ex Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh is ‘absconding’, notice pasted outside his flat

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: A Mumbai court order, declaring former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh as ‘absconding’ has been pasted outside his flat located in Juhu on Tuesday. The order said that a complaint has been made before the court under various sections of the Indian Penal Code related to extortion and criminal conspiracy and the court is satisfied that the accused i.e., Singh has absconded or concealing himself to avoid the service of the warrant.“Singh is required to appear before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Esplanade, Mumbai or investigating officer to answer the said complaint within 30 days,” reads the order issued by the court. Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh on Monday told the Supreme Court that he is very much in the country and he is not absconding, the top court granted him interim protection from arrest and directed him to…

South Asian Countries

Taliban expand interim cabinet, 27 new members named

Kabul [Afghanistan]: The Taliban on Tuesday said that they have expanded their interim cabinet by adding 27 new members. Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesman for the interim government, said the appointments had been made in compliance with orders from Taliban’s supreme leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, reported Pajhwok Afghan News.More than two dozen high-level officials, including ministers and deputy ministers, were named. Maulvi Shahabuddin Delawar has been appointed as acting minister of mines and petroleum and Mullah Mohammad Abbas Akhund as acting minister of disaster management. Twenty-five others have been appointed as deputy ministers, corps commanders and heads of independent departments, according to a list released by Mujahid, reported Pajhwok Afghan News. The new names in the interim cabinet of Islamic Emirate include – Maulvi Shahabuddin Delavar, acting minister of mines and petroleum; Haji Mullah Mohammad Esa Akhund, deputy minister of mines and petroleum; Mullah Mohammad…

Bengaluru City News

Karnataka CM visits flood-affected areas in Bengaluru

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday visited and inspected the flood-affected areas in Bengaluru. The Chief Minister visited Kendriya Vihar Apartment and surrounding areas in the city. After heavy rains, the Yelahanka Lake overflowed and water flooded into Kendriya Vihar and surrounding areas. Earlier, the Chief Minister had announced that a sum of Rs 5 lakh would be paid as compensation for completely damaged houses and Rs 3 lakh for partially damaged houses in three instalments. District Collectors have been instructed to disburse the first instalment of Rs 1 lakh immediately. Bommai further said that the state government has released Rs 500 crore for the repair of damaged roads and bridges. Schools and Anganvadis too had suffered damages and their repair would be taken up through the NDRF fund. The rains have caused extensive damage to Bengaluru Urban, Bengaluru Rural,…

New Products Technology

XPDEL, LA-based eCommerce fulfillment network, launches operations in India

New Delhi [India]: XPDEL, a fast-growing LA-based eCommerce Fulfillment center network, today announced its entry into the Indian markets. XPDEL plans to start with 3 markets – Delhi NCR, Mumbai, and Bengaluru wherein it will offer a wide range of technology enabled solutions for India’s rapidly expanding e-commerce market. Subsequently, it plans to expand its footprint to 20 markets by end of 2023 to provide nationwide coverage. As part of its global expansion, the company aims to launch in Europe and Canada by 2022.Manish Kapoor, Founder and Global CEO of XPDEL, said, “We are thrilled to bring the global operations best practices and most advanced technology for eCommerce to India. This is close to my heart as it brings me back to my roots. The XPDEL launch in India will bring growth solutions for small and mid-sized retailers & new age eCommerce companies. We…


Andhra govt to distribute essential commodities free in flood-affected districts

Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh) [India]: The Andhra Pradesh government on Tuesday decided to distribute commodities like rice, red gram dal, onions, potatoes for free to all flood-affected families. The decision to distribute essential commodities came after a review meeting held to assess the flood situation in Chittoor, Nellore, YSR Kadapa and Anantapur districts, said a press release from the state government.The government has decided to provide 25kg rice, 1kg red gram dal, palm oil 1litre per family, onion (1kg), potatoes (1kg) for the families in these affected districts. The government has asked the commissioner of Civil Supplies and ex-officio Principal Secretary to the government to take necessary action for the distribution of the essential commodities.

Business Markets

Morning Slide: Sensex down by 502 points

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], November 23 (ANI): Equity indices opened in red on Tuesday with Sensex down by 502.92 points and Nifty down by 134.70 points. The 30-scrip BSE Sensex was down by 502.92 points or 0.86 per cent at 57962.97 at 9.15 am.Similarly, 50-scrip NSE Nifty was trading at 17281.80 at 9.15 am, down by 134.70 points or 0.77 per cent. On the Sensex, the sectors which are trading high are metal and basic material, while realty and finance are trading low. (ANI)

South Asian Countries

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

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


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

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


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

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

Views & Voices

World of Refugees: 84 million people mostly in Developing Countries

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


US: 5 people killed, several injured as car rams into holiday parade

Wisconsin [US]: Several people were killed and a total of over 20 suffered injuries after a car rammed into a holiday parade in Wisconsin on Sunday night (local time), “The vehicle struck more than 20 individuals, some of the individuals were children and there are some fatalities as a result of this incident,” Waukesha Police Chief Daniel Thompson told reporters on Sunday evening without providing an exact number or any additional information on fatalities.The Waukesha Holiday Parade was live-streamed on the city’s Facebook page on Sunday. A video from the parade showed a red SUV car driving through the crowd and hitting people on its way, Sputnik reported. Local media said that more than one person was killed and multiple others were injured. There were also reports of shots having been fired from the car window. “An officer did discharge his weapon at the…

National News

Trinamool Youth Congress president arrested by Tripura Police

Agartala (Tripura) [India]: Trinamool Youth Congress President Sayonni Ghosh was arrested by Tripura Police on Sunday for allegedly causing a ruckus at a public meeting of Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb. B Jagadishwar Reddy, Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) West, Tripura said, “She has been arrested based on preliminary evidence. We have registered a case under sections 307, 153 of the Indian Penal Code. Action will be taken against those who attacked TMC workers as well after identification, an FIR has been filed.”When she was being brought to the East Agartala Women Police Station in West Tripura district, TMC alleged that several BJP workers gheraoed the site and attacked its party workers. Trinamool Congress leaders Sushmita Dev and Subal Bhowmik have slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party for alleged abuse of police power and vandalisation of police station by its party workers. Bhowmik alleged…


Indore ranks India’s cleanest city for 5th consecutive year

New Delhi [India], November 20 (ANI): Madhya Pradesh’s Indore has been ranked India’s cleanest city for the fifth time in a row by the Centre. President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday presented the Swachh Survekshan Awards 2021 at New Delhi’s Vigyan Bhawan.Gujarat’s Surat was named the second cleanest city, while Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh was ranked third in the list. Gujarat’s Ahmedabad was conferred with Swachh Survekshan Awards for being the country’s cleanest cantonment. Meanwhile, Chhattisgarh has been ranked as the country’s cleanest state. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi bagged the cleanest ‘Ganga town’ award. (ANI)


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

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


Roll Back of Farm Laws: Victory of farmers’ willpower, struggle; hope Centre draws lessons, says Sonia Gandhi

New Delhi [India]: Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi on Friday termed farmers’ protest as “Gandhian agitation” and said that it is a victory of the “willpower” and “struggle” of 62 crore farmers. She further hoped that the Centre draws lessons for the future and “shed its pride and arrogance” and work towards policies for farmers’ welfare.“After almost 12 months of Gandhian agitation, today the struggle and willpower of 62 crore farmers of the country have won. Today, the sacrifices of more than 700 farmer families have paid off, whose families have laid down their lives in this struggle for justice. Today truth, justice, and non-violence have won,” Gandhi said in an official statement after the government announced repealing of three Central agricultural laws. The Prime Minister earlier in the day assured that the constitutional measures to repeal the laws will begin in the Winter…

International US News

US today is much more flexible partner than in past, says Jaishankar

Singapore: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday said that the US today is a much more flexible partner, much more open to ideas, suggestions, working arrangements than in the past. “I have been dealing with the US for close to 40 years now. US today is a much more flexible partner, much more open to ideas, suggestions, working arrangements, than in the past,” Jaishankar said in response to a query during the panel discussion ‘Greater Power Competition: The Emerging World Order’ at the Bloomberg New Economic Forum event in Singapore.Answering another query, he said the manner of China’s growing influence is very different from the US. “There is no question that the US has strategically contracted for some time. Relatively and absolutely, American power and American influence are not what they used to be. It is also clear China has been expanding, but…

Europe International

Merkel, in conversation with Lukashenko, refused to accept migrants from border

Berlin [Germany], November 18 (ANI/Sputnik): Outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in a conversation with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, refused to accept migrants from the Belarusian-Polish border, since this is a European problem that Germany does not solve alone, a source in the German government told Sputnik. “Germany did not agree with this. This is a European problem, which Germany does not solve alone,” the source said.

Corona Updates

Russia confirms 37,374 new COVID-19 cases over past 24 hrs

Moscow [Russia]: Russia has confirmed 37,374 COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, bringing the cumulative total to 9,219,912, the response center said on Thursday. “Over the past day, 37,374 COVID-19 cases were confirmed across 85 Russian regions, including 2,617 cases (7.0 per cent) without clinical symptoms,” the center said, adding that the rate of increase fell to 0.41per cent.Moscow registered 4,062 new COVID-19 cases. The Russian capital was followed by Saint Petersburg with 2,645 new cases, and the Samara region with 1,781 new cases. The response center reported a record 1,251 deaths linked to the coronavirus, bringing the country’s death toll to 260,335. In the same 24 hours, 36,414 COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospitals across the country, bringing the total to 7,919,250.

Politics State's Latest TOP NEWS UPDATES

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

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


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

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

City News Kolkata

Two arrested in Kolkata for illegally selling firearms

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

New Products Technology

Instagram asks suspected bots for verification with video selfies

Washington [US]: Instagram has many bot accounts which can leave spam messages, harass people or be artificially inflate like or follower counts. As per The Verge, Instagram is asking some users to provide a video selfie showing multiple angles of their face to verify that they’re a real person.The company started testing the feature last year but ran into technical issues. Multiple users have recently reported being asked to take a video selfie to verify their existing accounts. As per reports, it looks at “all angles of your face” to prove that you’re a real person. Instagram posted on Twitter that accounts that had suspicious behaviour (such as quickly following a ton of accounts) could be asked to do a video selfie. The company also reiterated that the feature doesn’t use facial recognition, and said that Instagram teams review the videos. The move may…

Corona Updates

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

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

Business Markets

Equity indices open in green, Sensex up by 158 points

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


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

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

South Asian Countries

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

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

National News Politics

62.82 cr samples tested for COVID

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

Asia International

IMF demands five major prior actions to resume loan facility: Pakistan finance advisor Shaukat Tarin

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Pakistani Finance Adviser Shaukat Tarin has said that IMF gave Pakistan a list of five major prior actions for the resumption of its six billion dollars Extended Fund Facility (EFF), local media reported. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Shaukat Tarin said the five prior actions going to be implemented by Pakistan include submission of abolishing of Tax Exemption bill 2021, State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Amendment bill 2021, and already hiked electricity tariff besides two other minor actions, Geo Tv reported.He said that the IMF did not agree with the promulgation of the ordinance for withdrawal of tax exemptions but the government would have to submit a tax exemption bill in order to fulfil the IMF’s conditions. Citing top official sources, Goe Tv reported that the increase in monetary policy ranging from 75 to 100 basis points, adjusting upward from 7.25 to…


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

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


‘Ind vs NZ: Rohit & Dravid bond well’

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

Bengaluru City News

Australian PM announces new Consulate General in Bengaluru

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


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

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

Asia International

Taliban deputy PM Baradar meets Iran’s special envoy, discusses Afghan political, security issues

Kabul [Afghanistan]: Taliban co-founder and acting Deputy Prime Minister Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar met with Iran’s special envoy to Afghanistan Hassan Kazemi Qomi and discussed political, security, economic and cultural issues, local media reported on Tuesday. Deputy PM Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar met with Iran’s envoy for Afghanistan Hassan Kazemi Qomi, Tolo News reported citing Mohammad Naeem, Islamic Emirate political office spokesman as saying. They discussed political, security, economic and cultural issues, he added.Earlier, Qomi also met with acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi and acting Commerce Minister Nooraddin Azizi. “Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi and acting Commerce Minister Nooraddin Azizi met with Iran’s special envoy to Afghanistan Hassan Kazemi Qomi and discussed the economy and the development of trade between countries,” Tolo News reported citing the Foreign Ministry spokesperson as saying. Qomi arrived in Kabul on Monday to hold meetings with officials…

Corona Updates

Philippines approves China’s Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine as booster shots

Manila [Philippines]: The Philippines’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of China’s Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine and three other brands as booster shots against the COVID-19, FDA Director General Enrique Domingo said Tuesday. During a pre-recorded meeting aired on Tuesday, Domingo said the FDA has already amended the emergency use authorization of Sinovac, Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Sputnik Light, “meaning six months after the second dose, another can be administered.”The Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) said that all fully vaccinated healthcare workers could get the booster doses starting on Wednesday, as well as people with underlying health conditions and the elderly with comorbidities. To date, the Philippines has received almost 125 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from different vaccine makers. China, the biggest supplier of COVID-19 vaccines, was the first country to provide vaccines to the Philippines, allowing the Southeast Asian country to…


Hospitals witness rise in patients suffering from respiratory disease post Diwali: Expert

New Delhi [India]: The hospitals in Delhi have witnessed a surge in patients with respiratory ailments due to pollution after Diwali. Doctors in the hospitals located in the national capital said that the number of cases of respiratory diseases has increased due to pollution after the recent festivities.Medical Director of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital, Suresh Kumar told ANI that on a daily basis 10-15 people including children with such ailments are reporting to the hospital. “Every year air pollution level increases in the last month of October and November post-Diwali. This year we saw pollution is in the very severe category. Many patients are coming to the hospital who have respiratory problems. They have wheezing, problems in breathing. Few patients are asthmatic and few are of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease,” he said. Whenever air pollution gets worse, these patients get infections in…

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Trinamool Congress releases manifesto for Agartala civic polls, party MP says doors open for like-minded parties

Agartala (Tripura) [India]: All India Trinamool Congress on Tuesday released its election manifesto exclusively for Agartala Municipal Corporation Areas making nine major promises aimed at improving the standard of living for residents of Agartala City. TMC Rajya Sabha MP Sukhendu Sekhar Roy announced the manifesto and said that the Trinamool Congress would work hard for the development of the prestigious Agartala Municipal Corporation areas.He said that the TMC if voted power in the AMC, will ensure that residents receive better amenities, at least two bio-toilets in every ward, better markets equipped with fire and disaster management facilities, eradication of all dark spots with enough lighting, tax rebates and direct access to the Mayor through “Hello Mayor” initiatives. He said, “The manifesto reflects TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee’s way of thinking for the people and how the Bengal government reaches out to people with its welfare…


Xi warns Biden, says US ‘playing with fire’ on Taiwan issue

Beijing [China]/Washington [US]: The highly anticipated meeting between US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday saw the two leaders locking horn on the issue of Taiwan, in a summit that saw a discussion on strategic and overarching importance and topics of mutual interest. Both leaders held an “in-depth and constructive” meeting for over three hours and exchanged views on bilateral relations on issues of fundamental importance shaping the development of China-US relations.Xi said that China will be compelled to take resolute measures, should the separatist forces for “Taiwan independence” “provoke us, force our hands or even cross the red line.” Chinese President noted the new wave of tensions across the Taiwan Strait, and ascribed the tensions to attempts by the Taiwan authorities to look for US support for their independence agenda as well as the intention of some Americans to…


Actor Shahrukh Khan’s manager Pooja Dadlani summoned second time by Mumbai police, she seeks more time

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Actor Shahrukh Khan’s manager Pooja Dadlani has sought more time after she was summoned for the second time by the Mumbai police for questioning in the drugs-on-cruise extortion case, police said. Now, there could be the issuance of a third summon too, the police added.So far 20 people have recorded their statements in the drugs-on-cruise extortion case, as per the police. Pooja Dadlani on Wednesday skipped the Mumbai Police’s summon for questioning in the drugs on cruise case citing health reasons. Mumbai Police’s SIT team is investigating allegations of extortion against Dadlani in the cruise drugs case. An NCB team busted an alleged drugs party on the Cordelia Cruise ship which was on its way to Goa at mid-sea on October 2. A total of 20 people, including two Nigerian nationals have been arrested so far in the case. (ANI)

Sports Tennis

Federer unlikely to play Australian Open

Melbourne [Australia]: Swiss maestro Roger Federer is unlikely to play in the Australian Open as he recovers from injury, according to his coach Ivan Ljubicic. The 20-time Grand Slam champion is still determined to return to tournament action at some point. He has been inactive since losing in the Wimbledon quarter-finals in July.Federer underwent arthroscopic right knee surgeries in February 2020 and May 2020. Federer has played five tournaments since having those surgeries, all of which came this season. “I think the Australian Open is not a real possibility right now,” Ljubicic told Stats Perform. “I think there are very few chances, he is still recovering and knowing him, he wants to be sure he can play to win the tournament and be at 100 per cent. He will go step by step because he is 40 years old now and he needs to…

International Middle East

Turkey favours lifting of US sanctions against Iran: Foreign Minister

Ankara [Turkey]: Turkey has urged the United States to lift the unilateral sanctions it imposed on Iran, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday, describing the punitive measures against his country’s eastern neighbour as “inappropriate.” “Unilateral sanctions against Iran are inappropriate, they must be removed,” Cavusoglu said during a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart, Hossein Amirabdollahian, in Tehran.In 2015, Iran signed a nuclear deal, known officially as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Actions (JCPOA) with the P5+1 group, which includes the United States, China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, Germany and the European Union. It required Tehran to scale back its nuclear program and drastically reduce its uranium reserves in exchange for sanctions relief, including the lifting of an arms embargo five years after the deal was made. In May 2018, the US abandoned its conciliatory stance, withdrawing from the JCPOA…


Imam-ul-Haq named in Pak squad

Dhaka [Bangladesh]: National selectors on Monday announced the Pakistan men’s cricket team for the two Tests against Bangladesh, which will be played in Chittagong (November 26-30) and Dhaka (December 4-8). Opener Imam-Ul-Haq, middle-order batter Kamran Ghulam and off-spinner Bilal Asif have been named in the 20-player squad, replacing Haris Rauf, Imran Butt, Shahnawaz Dahani and Yasir Shah, who were part of the 21-player side that toured the West Indies in July/August.Left-handed Imam has been recalled following his stellar performances in the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam Trophy in which he has aggregated 488 runs in five innings of four matches, including an unbeaten double-century. Imam had played his 11th and last Test against Australia in Adelaide in November/December 2019. Bilal has replaced Yasir Shah who is still recovering from a thumb injury he sustained during the National T20 and is yet to feature in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.…

National News Politics

Author Mannu Bhandari passes away

New Delhi [India]: Renowned Hindi author Mannu Bhandari passed away at Narayana hospital in Gurugram, Haryana on Monday. She had been keeping unwell. Her last rites will be performed in Delhi tomorrow, confirmed her daughter Rachna Yadav via an official communication today.Aapka Bunty, Mahabhoj, and Yahi Sach Hai are some of her works in Hindi. (ANI)

Politics State's Latest

Nitish Kumar says, crime rate in Bihar has come down after liquor ban

Patna (Bihar) [India]: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said the crime rate in Bihar has come down after the liquor ban and he stands against liquor. Speaking to media persons here, Kumar said, “Some people have turned against me because I ordered a liquor ban and I am serious about it. Those who are against it, feel bad. It is a different matter. They might have their own opinion. But we listened to the people – both men and women. I stand against liquor.”“The crime figures have not increased. If something happens, action is taken. Administration and Police are active and action is being taken wherever something is happening,” he said. “At some places, other incidents have occurred, an incident of Naxals have been reported from one location. It is being probed. It is a different matter but the incidents of general…


Defence, Home, RAW secretaries and IB Director can now get two-year extension

New Delhi [India]: The Central government on Monday issued the Gazette notification with respect to extending the tenure of Defence Secretary, Home Secretary, Director of Intelligence Bureau (IB), Secretary of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) for the period of two years. The notification reads that the Central Government may, “if it considers necessary in the public interest so to do, give extension in service to the Defence Secretary, Home Secretary, Director of Intelligence Bureau, Secretary of Research and Analysis Wing and Director of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) appointed under the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946 (25 of 1946) and Director of Enforcement in the Directorate of Enforcement (ED) appointed under the Central Vigilance Commission Act, 2003 (45 of 2003) in the Central Government for such period or periods as it may deem proper on a case-to-case basis for reasons to be recorded…


Babar named skipper as Indian players miss cut in ICC Most Valuable Team of T20 WC

Dubai [UAE]: No Indian cricketer featured in the ICC men’s T20 World Cup Most Valuable Team of the Tournament as players from six teams were named on Monday following the conclusion of the showpiece event. Stars from champions Australia, runners-up New Zealand, semi-finalists England and Pakistan as well as Sri Lanka and South Africa feature in the star-studded line-up.Opening batter David Warner, leg-spinner Adam Zampa and seamer Josh Hazlewood all made the cut for Australia after helping steer their side to their first-ever ICC Men’s T20 World Cup title. There are also spots for England ace Jos Buttler as wicket-keeper, Pakistan’s Babar Azam as captain, New Zealand left-armer Trent Boult and Sri Lanka star Wanindu Hasaranga — the tournament’s leading wicket-taker — in the line-up. According to ICC, the side was pulled together by a selection panel featuring commentators, former international players and journalists.…

South Asian Countries

Reconstruction of 50,000 India-funded houses in Gorkha, Nuwakot districts

Kathmandu [Nepal]: Embassy of India in Kathmandu on Monday organised a closing ceremony and Lessons Learnt workshop to mark the successful completion of the Government of India- funded reconstruction of 50,000 houses in Gorkha and Nuwakot districts of Nepal. In a statement, the Embassy said that the event was held in association with National Reconstruction Authority (NRA), United Nations Development Programme and United Nations Office for Project Services.During the event, Namgya C Khampa, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of India Kathmandu has announced that reconstruction of 50,000 private houses as committed by Indian Government has been completed with Owner Driven Reconstruction Approach adopted by the Government of Nepal. According to the statement, UNDP and UNOPS were engaged by the Government of India in March 2018 to provide socio-technical facilitation and consultation (STFC) services to earthquake affected beneficiaries in 4 Urban Municipalities and 14 rural…

South Asian Countries

Chinese envoy to US condemns Taiwanese political party for seeking ‘Taiwan independence’

Beijing [China]: Chinese Ambassador to the US Qin Gang condemned the Taiwanese political party Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) for seeking “Taiwan independence” during the 2021 annual meeting of Alliance for China’s Peaceful Reunification (ACPR) in San Francisco, Chinese state media reported on Sunday. In the speech, Qin’s also blamed the US saying it has been “manipulating the Taiwan question in an attempt to use it as leverage to shadow and control the Chinese mainland”, Global Times reported.Qin’s speech came on the day when Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken had a phone conversation. The talks between the two was a preparation from both sides for a virtual meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Joe Biden, which is scheduled on November 16. Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has expressed concerns over…


‘Will continue to back Team India..’

New Delhi [India], November 14 (ANI): Former India men’s cricket team head coach Ravi Shastri on Saturday penned a heartfelt note on social media following Men in Blue’s forgetful campaign in the T20 World Cup 2021. Expressing his gratitude, Shastri described the journey with Team India as ‘incredible’ and said he will continue to support the team until he is able to watch the sport.Tagging skippers Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and deputy Ajinkya Rahane in his post, Shastri added that he will cherish the memories with the team. “Now that the penny has dropped…thank you so much for making me part of this incredible journey. Memories that I will cherish and a team that I will continue to back till the time I’m able to watch the sport #TeamIndia @imVkohli @ImRo45 @ajinkyarahane88,” Ravi Shastri tweeted. Shastri (head coach), Bharat Arun (bowling coach), and R…


Manipur: Terrorists carried out IED attack on Assam Rifles convoy, 7 dead

New Delhi [India]: In the ambush against the 46 Assam Rifles convoy in Manipur on Saturday, terrorists first carried out an improvised explosive device (IED) blast and then fired at the vehicles in it, Indian Army officials said. 46 Assam Rifles Commanding Officer Colonel Viplav Tripathi, his wife and son along with four personnel lost their lives in the attack when they were returning from their company forward base to the headquarters. “The terrorists first carried out an IED blast to ambush the convoy of 46 Assam Rifles Commanding Officer Colonel Viplav Tripathi and then fired at the vehicles in the area. The officer was returning from his forward company base to his battalion headquarters,” Indian Army officials told ANI. Meanwhile, Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane briefed on the Manipur terrorist attack in which a Colonel, his two family members and four jawans…

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26 Naxalites killed in encounter with police in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli

Gadchiroli (Maharashtra) [India]: Twenty-six Naxalites were killed in an encounter with the Maharashtra Police in the Gyarapatti forest of Korchi Tehsil in Gadchiroli district, Gadchiroli Superintendent of Police Ankit Goyal said. C-60 unit of the anti-Naxal operation of Gadchiroli Police has killed 26 Naxalites in an encounter in Gyarapatti forest of Korchi Tehsil on Saturday, police said. “Police had received secret information that there was a camp of Naxalites in the Gyarapatti-Kodagul forest of Korchi, on the basis of this, the C-60 unit of Gadchiroli Police started the search operation in Gyarapatti-Kodagul forest from 6 am on Saturday morning,” said Gadchiroli SP Ankit Goyal told ANI. The bodies of 26 Naxalites have been recovered, whose identification is on, he added. Along with the 26 bodies, the police recovered a large amount of Naxal literature and weapons, the police added. Four jawans of the C-60…


Women in sports are powerful catalysts of change: Mithali on her Khel Ratna accolade

New Delhi [India]: Indian women’s cricket stalwart Mithali Raj expressed gratitude after becoming the first Indian woman cricketer to receive the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award. Olympic gold medallist Neeraj Chopra, wrestler Ravi Kumar, para shooter Avani Lekhara, Indian football team skipper Sunil Chhetri and cricketer Mithali Raj were among the 12 athletes who were conferred the Khel Ratna Award on Saturday. “When I was growing up and learning to play this amazing game, representing my country was my dream. I always wanted to wear the blue jersey, which represents the absolute pride we feel for our nation. One strives for mastery but there are so many variables and infinite parameters that when success comes by, it often is a result of hours of grind every day,” said Mithali Raj in a statement on Twitter. “This award is a validation of those hours,…


Case filed against Salman Khurshid over his book

Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India]: A police complaint was filed on Friday against Former Union Minister and Congress leader Salman Khurshid over his recent book ‘Sunrise over Ayodhya–Nationhood in our times’ at the Kotwali police station of Jaipur. Advocate Bharat Sharma filed a complaint under Sections 153, 295 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against the statements cited in Khurshid’s book, on the grounds of ‘hurting religious sentiments’.Speaking to reporters, Advocate Sharma said, “While a newspaper, I got to know that Salman Khurshid, in his book, has compared Hindutva to radical terrorist groups like ISIS and Boko Haram.” Condemning such a comparison, the advocate accused Khurshid of hurting religious sentiments through his book. “This is condemnable and has hurt my religious sentiments. And that is why I have filed a complaint in Kotwali Police Station and demanded an FIR against it. A case should be filed…


Punjab govt to give Rs 2 lakh as compensation to 83 people held for R-day tractor rally

Chandigarh [India]: Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Friday announced to provide Rs 2 lakh as compensation to 83 people arrested by Delhi Police for carrying out a tractor rally in the national capital on January 26. “Reiterating my government’s stand to support the ongoing Farmers’ Protest against three black farm laws, we have decided to give Rs 2 lakh compensation to 83 people arrested by Delhi Police for carrying out a tractor rally in the national capital on January 26,” Channi tweeted.On January 26, protesters broke barricades to enter New Delhi and clashed with police in several parts of the national capital during the January 26 ‘tractor rally’ protest organised by farmers. The protestors also had entered the iconic Mughal era monument Red Fort and unfurled their flags from its ramparts. Farmers have been protesting on the different borders of the national…

Asia International

Pak’s Lahore declared most polluted city globally after breaching AQI 700 mark

Lahore [Pakistan]: Pakistan’s Lahore has been declared the most polluted city globally after the city recorded its highest ever smog levels as the Air Quality Index (AQI) went above 700, reported a local media. The Air Quality Index data was released on Thursday and put Lahore on the list of the most polluted cities in the world.The AQI remained above 500 for the fourth consecutive day in various parts of the city which worsened to 700 after 12 pm on Thursday, reported Samaa TV. Meanwhile, the issue of pollution has hit the Pakistani courts as an environmental pollution case was heard in the Lahore High Court on Friday. The HC judge said that no measures have been taken by the authorities to bring the pollution to curb the smog, reported Samaa TV. “Now I will visit myself to know the whole matter because our…


No sacred cows in Pakistan: Imran Khan to SC after being summoned in 2014 Peshawar school massacre case

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that there are “no sacred cows” in Pakistan as he appeared in connection with a case pertaining to the 2014 Army Public School massacre in Peshawar. The Pakistan Prime Minister was summoned by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed in a suo motu case pertaining to the 2014 school massacre in Peshawar where Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) terrorists stormed the school and killed over 140 people, mostly schoolchildren on December 16, 2014, reported Geo News.In a plea to the SC, the parents of the children demanded that the top leadership of the country be nominated in the case and a transparent probe be conducted into the incident. At the time of the incident, Imran Khan’s party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was the ruling provincial government and seven years had passed since the tragedy took place. Justice…


PM Modi greets nation on occasion of Chhath puja

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

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Schools, colleges to remain closed on Nov 10-11 due rains in Puducherry, Karaikal

Puducherry [India]: Due to continuous rainfall in and around the Union Territory, Puducherry Education Minister A Namassivayam on Tuesday said all schools and colleges in the UT and Karaikal will remain closed on November 10 and 11. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall with isolated “extremely heavy falls” over Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal from November 09-11 and over south Coastal Andhra Pradesh on November 11.The fishermen have also been advised not to venture into the Southwest and adjoining West-central Bay of Bengal and along and off south Andhra Pradesh-Tamil Nadu coasts and Gulf of Mannar during the next 4 days and over Southeast Arabian sea along and off Kerala coast during the next 24 hours. “The Well Marked Low-Pressure Area (Remnant of the Depression) over central parts of Arabian Sea with the associated cyclonic circulation extending…

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Kolkata’s Mitrabha Guha becomes India’s 72nd Grandmaster

Novi Sad [Serbia]: Kolkata based International Master Mitrabha Guha has become the 72nd Grandmaster of India after completing the requirement by securing his third and final GM norm at GM Third Saturday Mix 220 – Novi Sad, Serbia. The 20-year-old who scored his second GM-norm at the Sheikh Russel GM tournament in Bangladesh, a fortnight ago had already crossed the 2500 barrier in the second round of the tournament.To achieve the GM title, a player has to secure three GM norms and cross the live rating of 2,500 Elo points. All India Chess Federation (AICF) congratulated Mitrabha for the remarkable achievement after he defeated GM Nikola Sedlak of Serbia in the ninth round. “Kolkata based International Master Mitrabha Guha becomes the 72nd Grandmaster of the country after completing the requirement by securing his third and final GM norm at GM Third Saturday Mix 220…


Chinese village in Arunachal constructed over years on land occupied by PLA in 1959: Sources on Pentagon report

New Delhi [India]: The “large 100-home civilian village” mentioned in a Pentagon report was built over the years in the area in Arunanchal Pradesh that was occupied by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) after overrunning an Assam Rifles post in 1959, clarified sources in the Indian security establishment. The US Department of Defense in its annual report to Congress said that China has built a large 100-home civilian village inside disputed territory between the Tibet Autonomous Region and India’s Arunachal Pradesh in 2020.The sources said that the village is along the disputed border in Upper Subansiri District in Arunanchal Pradesh which is in territory controlled by China. “The village has been built by China in an area that was occupied by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) after overrunning an Assam Rifles post in 1959, in an operation known as Longju incident along the frontier…


Rohit Sharma reaches 3000

Dubai [UAE]: Indian batter Rohit Sharma on Monday completed 3000 T20I runs and became the third cricketer in the world to achieve this feat. Rohit reached the 3000 run mark in the ongoing match against Namibia in ICC men’s T20 World Cup here at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Monday.Indian skipper Virat Kohli is at the top of the tally with 3227 runs, which is followed by New Zealand’s Martin Guptill and India’s Rohit Sharma with 3115 and 3008 runs respectively. India restricted Namibia to 132/8 in the Group 2 match. Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja were picks of the bowlers as they scalped three wickets each for India. For Namibia, David Wiese and Stephan Baard played knocks of 26 and 21 runs respectively and no batter from their side crossed the 30-run mark. (ANI)

International US News

Trump slams Biden over ‘most embarrassing’ Afghanistan withdrawal

Washington [US]: Former US President Donald Trump slammed President Joe Biden’s administration for its withdrawal from Afghanistan and termed it the “most embarrassing and horrible thing”, reported TOLOnews. “What they did with the so-called withdrawal, which was really a surrender, what they did, it was the most embarrassing, horrible thing, and I don’t know that if we will ever psychologically recover from that,” TOLOnews quoted Trump as saying citing his interview with Fox News.The former President claimed that he would never have withdrawn from the war-torn country the way the Biden administration did, as per the news channel. Notably, it was under the administration of Donald Trump that the deal with the Taliban was signed about the withdrawal of the US troops from Afghanistan, following which the number of US troops in the country was decreased. Trump asserted that he would have withdrawn too…

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Centre ignoring people of Telangana for Padma awards, alleges CM KCR

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Monday alleged that the BJP-led Centre has been ‘ignoring’ the people of Telangana for the Padma awards. Addressing a press conference here today, Rao said, “Centre is not giving Padma awards to people of our state, they’re are ignoring us.”A total of 119 persons were conferred with Padma awards 2020 by President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in the national capital today. The list of 119 Padma awardees comprises seven Padma Vibhushan, 10 Padma Bhushan and 102 Padma Shri. Former Union Ministers George Fernandes, Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj were posthumously honoured with Padma Vibhushan, the country’s second-highest civilian award. Other dignitaries who were awarded Padma Vibhushan include boxer MC Mary Kom, former Mauritius Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth GCSK, classical singer Chhannulal Mishra and Vishveshateertha Swamiji Sri Pejavara Adhokhaja Matha Udupi (posthumous).…


Bodies of missing French climbers found under snow in Nepal

Kathmandu [Nepal]: A search and rescue team recovered the bodies of three French climbers buried under snow, days after they had gone missing in Nepal on a mountain hit by an avalanche in the Everest region. Nepal’s district police office stated that the search team had located the bodies on Sunday, The Kathmandu Post reported. The bodies, however, were retrieved on Monday and airlifted to Kathmandu for postmortem, Inspector Rishi Raj Dhakal, chief of the Solukhumbu district police office said.The three climbers, part of an eight-member expedition team, were reported missing on October 31. According to Post, the climbers had last made contact on October 26 via satellite phone from their camp. Local media reports say that they were apparently caught in an avalanche. “The bodies were recovered at 11 am on Sunday buried nearly two metres under the snow,” said Mingma Gyalje Sherpa,…

Business Economy TOP NEWS UPDATES

Telangana to showcase startups and women entrepreneurs at EXPO2020 India Pavilion

Dubai [UAE]: Telangana will showcase the success and capabilities of its startups and women entrepreneurs during November 09-12 at India Pavilion EXPO2020 Dubai. The state has lined up events and meetings for sharing the business opportunities through new innovative ideas, products, and services that the business and startup ecosystem of the state can offer to the global investors.A 17-member strong business delegation of The Federation of Telangana Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FTCCI), chamber member of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and industry (FICCI), led by the chamber’s president and MD, Creamline Dairy Products, K Bhasker Reddy, will be exploring potential business tie-ups through these meetings and events. “Government of India has set up an ambitious target of US $400 billion exports for 2021-22 and FTCCI aims at facilitating and supporting the ecosystem. The governments all across the world has captured the…

South Asian Countries

China not to attend NSA meeting hosted by India on Afghanistan

New Delhi [India]: China has said it will not attend the regional security dialogue on Afghanistan being hosted by India on November 10 due to a “scheduling issue”, sources said. They said China has replied to India’s invitation and said it will be unable to attend due to “scheduling issue”.The sources said China has conveyed that it is open for dialogue with India on Afghanistan multilaterally and bilaterally. The Delhi Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan will be held at the national security advisor (NSA) level and will be chaired by NSA Ajit Doval. Pakistan, an all-weather ally of China, had earlier declined the invitation to the dialogue. Sources had earlier said that Pakistan’s decision is unfortunate, but not surprising and reflects its mindset of viewing Afghanistan as its protectorate. NSAs of Iran, Russia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan have confirmed their participation in…

National News Politics

IAF to review security at border

New Delhi (India): Amid the ongoing military stand-off with China along the Line of Actual Control, the top brass of the Indian Air Force will review the security situation along the northern borders from Wednesday. The top brass of the Indian Air Force will sit together from November 10 for three days to discuss the situation on the borders with China and Pakistan during the commanders’ conference, IAF officials said.This would also be the first commanders’ conference to be presided over by Air Chief Marshal V.R. Chaudhari who took over as chief on October 1 last month. The meeting of the top commanders is also taking place soon after the Indian Army and Air Force carried out a major airborne exercise carrying out drills of inserting special forces and airborne troops in high altitude areas in Ladakh. The Indian forces carried out the drills…


T20: India wins toss

Dubai [UAE]: India won the toss and opted to bowl against Namibia in their final Super 12 match of the ongoing ICC men’s T20 World Cup here at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Monday. Speaking at the toss, India skipper Virat Kohli said, “We’ll bowl first. The tosses have been a big factor, and when I’ve won a couple we’ll do what we wanted to do from the start.”On the other hand, Namibia skipper Gerhard Erasmus said, “It’s a good opportunity to go up against arguably the world’s best side, and for our batsmen to go up against that bowling line-up of theirs. It was a big thing to get through the group stages.” India was knocked out of the World Cup on Sunday after Afghanistan failed to defeat New Zealand. Even if the Men in Blue wins against Namibia, they would not be…

Business Economy TOP NEWS UPDATES

Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra receives Padma Bhushan Award 2020

New Delhi [India]: Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra was on Monday honoured with the Padma Bhushan award 2020 in Trade and Industry domain. The businessman was conferred with the award by President Ram Nath Kovind. The ceremony for presenting Padma awards was held at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Union External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar were among the attendees. “Anand Mahindra is the chairman of Mahindra Group diversified Indian conglomerate operating in over 100 countries,” read an official statement. Padma Bhushan is the country’s third-highest civilian award, preceded by the Bharat Ratna and the Padma Vibhushan and followed by the Padma Shri. The Padma Awards are one of the highest civilian honours of India announced annually on the eve of Republic Day. The Awards are given in three categories: Padma Vibhushan (for exceptional and distinguished service),…

International US News

Japan, US exchange views on regional agenda

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

Games Sports

Rani Rampal awarded PadmaShri

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

City News Kolkata TOP NEWS UPDATES

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

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

South Asian Countries

New 14-member Balochistan cabinet takes oath

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

Asia International

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

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


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

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Aryan Khan, who was recently granted bail in the drugs-on-cruise case was summoned by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) for questioning on Sunday, however, he could not appear citing fever. “Due to a slight fever, Aryan Khan will not be coming,” said an NCB Official.The agency has already summoned Arbaaz Merchant and Achit Kumar for questioning in connection with the case. Both reached the NCB office today. Earlier on Saturday, Deputy Director-General Sanjay Kumar Singh heading the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Narcotics Control Bureau Headquarters said that a fair and impartial investigation will be done in the six cases taken over by his team from NCB Mumbai including the drugs-on-cruise case. An NCB team busted an alleged drugs party on the Cordelia Cruise ship which was on its way to Goa at mid-sea on…

South Asian Countries TOP NEWS UPDATES

55 per cent of Afghan population face food insecurity: Report

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

Entertainment Music/Events TOP NEWS UPDATES

Drugs-on-cruise case: NCB SIT summons Aryan Khan, others for questioning

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], November 7 (ANI): The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) summoned Aryan Khan, who was granted bail in the drugs-on-cruise case, for questioning in connection with drugs-on-cruise-case on Sunday, the central law enforcement and intelligence agency said. The agency has already summoned Arbaaz Merchant and Achit Kumar for questioning in connection with the case. Both reached the NCB office today.On Saturday, Deputy Director-General Sanjay Kumar Singh heading the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Narcotics Control Bureau Headquarters said that a fair and impartial investigation will be done in the six cases taken over by his team from NCB Mumbai including the drugs-on-cruise case. An NCB team busted an alleged drugs party on the Cordelia Cruise ship which was on its way to Goa at mid-sea on October 2. A total of 20 people, including two Nigerian nationals…

International TOP NEWS UPDATES UK News

Ski tourism heading downhill due to climate change: Study

London [UK]: Staffordshire University graduate Rachael Carver and Professor Fiona Tweed have investigated the impacts of melting snow and ice on the future of tourism. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘Geography’.The study is based on field research that Rachael undertook in the European Alps for her dissertation and highlights how resorts are introducing a range of measures to prolong the ski season including glacier blankets and artificial snow. BSc (Hons) Geography graduate Rachael explained: “At university, I developed a passion for understanding human interaction with the environment and the importance of climate change.” “I visited the Stubai Glacier in Austria on holiday and was intrigued by the fact that they were trying to conserve the ski industry. It left me asking lots of questions so I decided to go back and learn more,” Rachael added. The site uses protective…

South Asian Countries TOP NEWS UPDATES

Pakistan mandates all TV news channels to display country’s map before 9 pm daily bulletin

Islamabad [Pakistan]: The Imran Khan government has mandated all the news channels to show the map of Pakistan daily before airing the 9 pm news bulletin, reported local media. The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has issued a notification to display the new map of Pakistan approved by Prime Minister Imran Khan in August, reported ARY News.The PEMRAS’s letter titled Streamlining Correct Use of Pakistan Political Map stated, “All the news channels (both public and private) have to flash the political map of Pakistan for 02 seconds before airing the news bulletin at 09:00 pm on regular basis.” It directed all the satellite TV channel licensees to comply with the recommendation. The letter cited the reference from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on the matter. PEMRA, the media authority in Pakistan, has been previously blamed for clamping down on news channels through…

National News Politics

Punjab: BJP to contest 117 seats

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India]: The BJP will contest all 117 seats in Punjab in the upcoming Assembly elections in the state, said Punjab BJP president Ashwani Sharma, who is virtually attending the party national executive meeting being held in the national capital on Sunday. Punjab is slated to go to Assembly polls in 2022.In 2017 Assembly polls, Congress had won an absolute majority in the state by winning 77 seats and ousted the SAD-BJP government after 10 years. Aam Aadmi Party emerged as the second-largest party winning 20 seats in 117-member Punjab Legislative Assembly. The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) could only manage to win 15 seats while the BJP secured 3 seats. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP chief JP Nadda are attending the party’s national executive meeting. The discussion is expected to be on the election strategy in seven states…


UP: 10 more test positive for Zika virus, tally reaches 89

Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: As 10 new cases of Zika virus were reported in Kanpur on Sunday, the total tally of cases of the mosquito-borne disease in Uttar Pradesh’s district stands at 89, Chief medical officer of Kanpur City, Dr Nepal Singh said. Dr Anil Nigam Chief Medical Superintendent, Ursala Hospital yesterday said, “Regularly our team is inspecting and Municipal corporation teams have also been deployed for the fogging to destroy mosquito breeding points.”“Zika virus infection is spreading rapidly in Kanpur. In this case, special caution is required. Arrangements have been made in all hospitals for the treatment of virus-infected people. The health of each patient is being monitored. Surveillance has been improved,” health officials said. In view of rising cases of the Zika virus in Kanpur, the CM Yogi instructed officials to speed up sanitisation work. “Infection with the Zika virus is spreading…

Bengaluru City News

Deve Gowda praises PM Modi for unveiling Adi Shankaracharya’s statue at Kedarnath

Bengaluru[India]: Former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda on Saturday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his “dedication” to transform the holy site of Kedarnath following the unveiling of Adi Shankaracharya’s statue. Gowda also said he was proud of the fact that there was a Karnataka connection to the endeavour as the statue was sculpted by Mysuru-based sculptor Arun Yogiraj and the black schist was extracted from H D Kote in the Mysuru district.“I am deeply moved to see the very impressive black schist statue of the great saint Sri Adi Shankaracharya being unveiled by you in Kedarnath on November 5,” Gowda said in a letter to PM Modi. “I congratulate you for the dedication you have shown to the transformation of the holy site,” he added. The JD(S) supremo said he is an ardent follower of the Sri Sringeri Sharada Peetham in Chikkamagaluru…

Bengaluru City News

K’taka CM takes stock of damage due to rains in Bengaluru, directs officials to help people

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Friday held a meeting with senior officials of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and state ministers to take stock of the damages caused due to rains in the last one month in Bengaluru. Speaking about the meeting, Gourav Gupta, Chief Commissioner, BBMP told ANI that, to prevent further damage and to control the situation at hand, Bommai instructed Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike to take up remedial measures, and necessary construction work.All zonal officers, zonal commissioners, joint commissioners and chief engineers attended the meeting. “All officials have been given timelines and instructions to supervise the functioning. We are ought to go out in the field and see that all our officers are there to respond to the ground-level situation. Particularly with reference to the sudden flash rains that are afflicting the city and besides that, other…


T20: NZ spinner Sodhi ready

Abu Dhabi [UAE], November 6 (ANI): New Zealand spinner Ish Sodhi is available for the clash against Afghanistan in the T20 World Cup on Sunday. New Zealand and Afghanistan will lock horns with each other on Sunday in Group 2 of the Super 12 stage.“Sodhi is available for tomorrow’s final pool game against Afghanistan. Since being struck on the head by the ball while bowling in yesterday’s game, he has passed all of his concussion Tests and continues to be monitored in line with health protocols,” a statement from New Zealand Cricket (NZC). Meanwhile, Ish Sodhi said the New Zealand batters have taken it into consideration ahead of Afghanistan. “Absolutely. Spearheaded by Rashid Khan obviously Mujeeb Ur Rahman is phenomenal as well. But Mohammad Nabi is a very cagey offspinner and bowls well through the powerplay too. That’s definitely where their threat lies with…

International US News

Direct flights to promote Vietnam-US cooperation

Hanoi [Vietnam]: Deputy Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Pham Thu Hang said operating direct flights between Vietnam and the US will promote cooperation in economics, trade, tourism, education, and people-to-people exchanges. She made the comment at a virtual Ministry press conference on Thursday which also touched upon Vietnam Airlines’ plan to conduct its first regular commercial flights to the US starting late this month, after 20 years of preparation.Hang said Vietnam Airlines recently received approval from the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for its aviation transport safety plan, paving the way for the airline to be licensed to operate regular flights between the two countries. According to Hang, Vietnamese agencies are coordinating final procedures to authorize the plan and will assist other airlines that wish to operate direct flights to the US. (ANI/VOVWORLD)

Corona Updates

Kerala: 6,580 fresh COVID-19 infections, 46 deaths recorded

Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India]: Kerala reported 6,580 new COVID-19 cases and 46 deaths in the last 24 hours. According to the state government’s data, 62,219 samples were tested during the last 24 hours.As many as 7,085 fresh recoveries pushed the overall discharges/recoveries to 48,94,435. The death toll mounted to 33,048. Meanwhile, India reported 12,729 fresh COVID-19 cases and 221 deaths in the last 24 hours, informed the Union Health Ministry. The country’s active caseload stands at 1,48,922. With 12,165 recoveries in the last 24 hours, the cumulative recoveries reached 3,37,24,959. The total death toll has reached 4,59,873. (ANI)

Entertainment Music/Events

Rohit Shetty heaves a sigh of relief as issue between multiplexes, producers ends

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: After facing several hardships, filmmaker Rohit Shetty’s ‘Sooryavanshi’ finally released in theatres on Friday. Last night, Rohit took to Instagram to share that his cop drama is ‘releasing across all multiplexes and single screens all over the country.’For the unversed, the advance bookings were not opened for the Akshay Kumar-starrer till Thursday night due to a tiff between the producers and exhibitors on revenue sharing. Reportedly, the producers of the film demanded a 60 per cent revenue share in the first week and also wanted theatre owners to provide a maximum number of shows to ‘Sooryavanshi’. Thankfully, the stalemate between multiplex chains and the producers of ‘Sooryavanshi’, Reliance Entertainment finally ended. Without revealing any details about the issue, Rohit shared that he ‘won’ the battle and also indicated that he had been busy since Thursday morning to reach a middle ground.…


Russia logs 40,735 new COVID-19 cases, 1,192 deaths in last 24 hours

Moscow [Russia]: Russia recorded 40,735 fresh COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours taking the cumulative total of the cases to 8,714,595, reported Sputnik citing the Federal Response Centre on Friday. “Over the past day, 40,735 COVID-19 cases were confirmed across 85 Russian regions, including 3,793 cases (9.3 per cent) without clinical symptoms,” Sputnik reported quoting the centre as saying.Total of 40,217 cases were reported a day before. The rate of increase in the number of cases is reported to be 0.47 per cent. The capital city of Moscow reported the highest number of new infections with 6,407 new additions to the tally. Following the capital, the next highest number of cases were reported in St. Petersburg with 3,363 cases. 1,192 new fatalities were reported mounting the death toll to 244,447, reported Sputnik citing the response centre. The number of discharged patients from the…

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