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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…

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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,…

Cricket

‘Ind vs NZ: Rohit & Dravid bond well’

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

Politics State's Latest

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…

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The Big Challenge: Tribal Boy from Purulia (West Bengal) Secures IIT Delhi Seat, motivates others

Sanjay Lohar, has recently bagged a seat to pursue his studies in Electrical Engineering at IIT Delhi. It is not unusual for a boy at his age, but what makes him different is his hardship and dedication. Coming from a cow herding family in Purulia in West Bengal, Sanjay says my family doesn’t even know what this achievement is all about. Such is the ignorance of the people in that area, considered among the backward districts of West Bengal. People still struggle for food in this part of the country from where Sanjay has made a mark. Starting his study from Chandei Village School under Jhalda Subdivision in Purulia District of West Bengal. He is always a good student who secured 75% marks in his 10th and 81% Marks in 12th. After his higher secondary he sat for WB Joint Examination and secured a seat…

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…

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…

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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…

Hollywood

‘Transformers’, ‘Star Trek’ dates

Washington [US]: Paramount has announced that its upcoming ‘Transformers’ and ‘Star Trek’ movies have now been delayed. According to Variety, ‘Transformers: Rise of the Beasts’, a prequel in the sci-fi action franchise, has moved back a year. It was originally scheduled for June 24, 2022, and will now open on the big screen on June 9, 2023.The still-untitled ‘Star Trek’ movie was supposed to premiere on June 9, 2023, but it was delayed to December 22, 2023, to accommodate the shift for ‘Transformers’. The next ‘Transformers’ chapter is currently scheduled to hit theatres on the same day as an untitled Sony-Marvel blockbuster. ‘Star Trek’ is opening alongside Disney’s ‘Star Wars: Rogue Squadron’, a Patty Jenkins-directed spinoff set in a galaxy far, far away. Unless one blinks, it’ll be a battle of the ‘Stars’ at the Christmas box office. Anthony Ramos and Dominique Fishback are…

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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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T20 WC: Will work twice as hard to repay faith, support shown, says Hardik Pandya

Dubai [UAE]: India all-rounder Hardik Pandya said the team will work “twice as hard” to repay the faith and support shown by the fans for the side in the ongoing T20 World Cup. India rounded off the Super 12s stage of the showpiece event with a resounding nine-wicket victory over Namibia in Group 2 on Monday.Both sides had already failed to make the semi-finals before the action got underway in Dubai, but India finished on a high as half-centuries from Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul helped them chase 133 with ease. Hardik Pandya thanked everyone who cheered for Team India and promised to be back with double preparation in the next year’s T20 World Cup. “This wasn’t how we wanted our World Cup campaign to go. We fell short but we will work twice as hard to repay the faith and support shown to…

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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…

City News Hyderabad TOP NEWS UPDATES

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).…

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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…

Bengaluru City News TOP NEWS UPDATES

Orange vendor from Karnataka who received Padma Shri for contribution in rural education

Bengaluru(Karnataka) [India]: Harekala Hajabba, an orange vendor from Karnataka’s Mangaluru, received Padma Shri Award, India’s second-highest civilian award, from the President of India in the national capital on Monday. The 66-year-old orange vendor received this award for bringing a revolution in rural education by constructing a school in Harekala-Newpadpu village in Mangaluru. The school, currently, has 175 underprivileged students from the village.Hajabba, who sells oranges at Mangaluru bus depot since 1977, is illiterate and has never been to school. The desire to bring revolution in education in his village came to his mind in 1978 when a foreigner asked him the cost of orange. “As I could not communicate with the foreigner, I felt bad and decided to build a school in the village,” the Padma Awardee told ANI. “I only know Kannada, not English or Hindi. So I was depressed as I could…

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…

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Australia playing on our backyard will be special for Pak fans: Ramiz Raja

Lahore [Pakistan]: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ramiz Raja said that Australia playing on Pakistan soil after a gap of 24 years will be special for all fans. “I am delighted to welcome Australia to Pakistan. From a personal point of view, it pleases me no end that we’ll be engaged in a three-Test match series, connoisseurs delight,” said Raja in an official PCB release.“Australia is one of the high-performing sides and them playing in our backyard for the first time after a gap of 24 years will be a special treat for the fans. Likewise, it will be a great opportunity for the Australia cricketers to not only play at our iconic venues but also feel and enjoy the respect, love and hospitality that this great country offers, something which most of their previous generation of cricketers missed out by playing offshore,” he…

International TOP NEWS UPDATES US News

US reveals plans to develop powerful laser weapon after China’s hypersonic missile test

Washington [US]: The United States is developing a powerful laser weapon capable of blasting missiles and drones after China’s latest “nuclear-capable hypersonic missile” test. Last month, Boeing and General Atomics Electromagnetics Systems (GA-DMS) was awarded a US Army contract to develop a 300kW-class solid-state “Distributed Gain High Energy Laser Weapon System.”The delivery of the weapon will be a 300 kW-class distributed gain laser with an integrated Boeing beam director, according to the statement released on October 25. “The high power, compact laser weapon subsystem prototype that GA-EMS will deliver under this contract will produce a lethal output greater than anything fielded to date,” said Scott Forney, president of GA-EMS. “This technology represents a leap-ahead capability for air and missile defence that is necessary to support the Army’s modernization efforts and defeat next-generation threats in a multi-domain battlespace.” The partnership combines both companies’ expertise in…

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…

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…

New Products Technology

Apple testing 120Hz display for its next iPad mini

Washington [US]: American tech giant Apple may be working on a new iPad mini with a 120Hz ProMotion display instead of the existing 60Hz screen. According to an insider scoop from a Korean forum, Apple is testing the 120Hz ProMotion display for its next iPad mini. The 8.3 panel is said to be manufactured by Samsung Display and will supposedly debut with the next iteration of Apple’s mini tablet, reported GSM Arena.The sixth gen iPad mini had a profound jelly scroll effect where one side of the display refreshes slower than the other side. Apple dubbed this behaviour as normal though plenty of users disagreed and a ProMotion display will certainly help fix this problem. The rest of the hardware for the next-gen iPad mini is said to remain largely unchanged from the current model with A15 Bionic chipset at the helm, 4GB RAM…

Cricket

Ashwin prays for Afghanistan

Abu Dhabi [UAE]: Afghanistan will be locking horns with New Zealand on Sunday for their final Group 2 encounter of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. Indian all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin took to Twitter and prayed for Afghanistan’s victory in their Sunday’s match against New Zealand. India’s hopes of progressing to the semi-finals rely completely on Afghanistan. The Nabi-led side needs to defeat New Zealand for the Men in Blue to have any chance of making it to the semi-finals. India and Namibia will lock horns against each other in the Super 12 stage of the ongoing T20 World Cup at the Dubai International Stadium on Monday. If Afghanistan defeats the Kiwis, then India needs to beat Namibia and it will then come down to the net run rate between these three teams involved. (ANI)

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…

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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…

Politics State's Latest TOP NEWS UPDATES

Punjab: Punjabi compulsory subject class 1 to 10

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India]: In a bid to strictly enforce the implementation of Punjabi as a compulsory subject for all students of first to tenth class across the state, the Punjab Cabinet on Sunday approved an amendment in Punjab Learning of Punjabi and other Languages Act, 2008. After the amendment, the penalties will increase from Rs 25,000, Rs 50,000 and Rs 1 Lakh to Rs 50,000, Rs 1 Lakh and Rs 2 Lakh respectively for contravening the provisions of the said Act.The Cabinet also gave a go-ahead to introduce this bill in the current session of Punjab Vidhan Sabha. According to a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office, any school, which contravenes the provisions of this Act or the rules, made thereunder for a month for the first time, shall be liable for a penalty of Rs 50,000. Provided that if such a school contravenes…

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Aryan Khan Case: We Will do fair and impartial investigation, says head of NCB SIT

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: 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. “We have started the investigation, we will do whatever a fair and impartial investigation demands,” said Kumar.The SIT arrived in Mumbai on Saturday. Earlier, Speaking to media persons at Mumbai airport, Kumar said, “We have taken over a group of 6 cases. He (Sameer Wankhede) is the zonal director of Mumbai, we will definitely take his assistance in the investigation.” Speaking to ANI over the phone, an NCB official said that Sameer Wankhede is an Officer of Zonal Director Rank which is equivalent to the rank of a Deputy Inspector General (DIG) and such a senior officer does not…

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)

New Products Technology

Google Pixel Fold expected to launch in 2022, camera details revealed

Washington [US]: Google may launch its first Pixel foldable phone in 2022. While people eagerly wait for Google’s first foldable handset to come out, new details about the upcoming device are emerging. As per 9to5Google, the phone will not use the same high-end camera sensors found in the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.As per information discovered in the most recent release of Google’s Camera app, the upcoming folding Pixel’s codename is ‘Pipit’, which was changed from ‘Passport’ at some point. The foldable Pixel phone is expected to use the same 12.2MP main camera that’s found on the Pixel 5. That’s the Sony IMX363 instead of the 50MP GN1 sensor that’s found in the new Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Another Sony IMX386 is also expected to be used on this device, expectedly for the ultrawide camera. In addition to these two cameras,…

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)

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PM Modi unveils statue of Adi Shankaracharya at Kedarnath

Rudraprayag (Uttarakhand) [India], November 5 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday unveiled the statue of Adi Shankaracharya at the premises of the Kedarnath Temple in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. The Samadhi of Adi Shankaracharya has been reconstructed after its destruction in the 2013 Uttarakhand floods.Before the inauguration, the Prime Minister offered prayers and performed ‘aarti’ at the ancient temple. He paid obeisance to Lord Shiva and undertook circumambulation of the Kedarnath shrine after offering prayers. Located on the bank of Mandakini river, Kedarnath Temple is the of the four ancient pilgrimage sites referred to as ‘Char Dham Yatra’ which also include Yamunotri, Gangotri and Badrinath. Built in the 8th century A.D. by Jagad Guru Adi Shankaracharya, Kedarnath Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Following this, Prime Minister Modi will inaugurate key infrastructure projects worth Rs 130 crores, including Saraswati Retaining Wall Aasthapath and…

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Muhurat Trading: Equity benchmark indices close in green

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: The special session of Muhurat Trading ended with the key indices including the auto sector and consumer discretionary goods and services gaining substantially. The special trading window marks the beginning of Samvat 2078. It is the Hindu calendar that starts on Diwali.At the closing bell, the BSE S&P Sensex was up by 295.70 points or 0.49 per cent, while the Nifty 50 gained by 87.60 points or 0.49 per cent. In BSE Sensex all the sectors gained. The sectors that saw maximum gain were the auto sector that was up by 1.54 per cent, the telecom sector that was up by 1.19 per cent, the capital goods that was up by 1.16 and industrials was up by 1.13 per cent. Among stocks, the top contributor was Mahindra and Mahindra, which surged 2.87 per cent to Rs 872.95 per share, followed by…

Cricket

Dravid stalwart of cricket: Rohit Sharma

Abu Dhabi [UAE]: India opening batter Rohit Sharma has welcomed the move of appointing Rahul Dravid as the head coach of the senior men’s team. Dravid was appointed head coach of the senior side on Wednesday and he will take over the reins from Ravi Shastri after the ongoing T20 World Cup.“Yeah, is it official? Obviously, we were playing the game, so I had no idea. Congratulations to him for coming back but in a different capacity in the Indian team. We look forward to working with him. He’s a stalwart of Indian cricket, and it’ll be nice working with him in the future,” said Rohit during a virtual post-match press conference. Earlier, Dravid said that he is honoured to be appointed as the new Head Coach of the Indian Cricket Team. The Cricket Advisory Committee comprising Sulakshana Naik and RP Singh on Wednesday…

Business Economy

MG Astor debuts on the Mumbai roads and enhanced the festive celebrations

New Delhi [India]: After receiving a good response for Astor, India’s first SUV with personal AI assistant and first-in-segment Autonomous (Level 2) technology. The newly launched Astor has received positive feedback from the customers and was sold out for 2021 within 20 minutes of opening the bookings.MG Mumbai enhanced the festive celebration by delivering the first batch to customers on the auspicious occasion. This is particularly special considering acute shortage of chips. The company is trying its best to improve the availability to meet its initial target of 4000 – 5000 deliveries by December end 2021. The delivery ceremony was curated in Mumbai’s leading 5-star hotel over lunch and customers experienced a grand celebration. Dealer Principal Gautam Modi, Nidhi Modi along with MG India Offical’s expressed gratitude to the customer for showcasing the continuous trust in the brand. This story is provided by Target…

Politics State's Latest

Delhi: Air quality ‘very poor’

New Delhi [India]: The Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi continues to remain in the ‘very poor’ category, said the Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR). As per SAFAR’s analysis at 2.21 pm today, Delhi’s overall air quality was found to be in ‘very poor’ category with overall AQI standing at 339.Earlier on Wednesday, the concentrations of Pollution Meter (PM) 2.5 and PM 10 stood at 252 in the ‘poor’ and 131 in the ‘very poor’ category respectively. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted that the air quality is likely to deteriorate on November 5 and November 6 but remain in the ‘very poor’ category. (ANI)

Business Economy

Get flat Rs 1,000 cashback on Samsung A12 at Bajaj Finserv Market

New Delhi [India]: Shop for Samsung mobile phones at EMI Store on the lowest EMIs and get 5% cashback on Samsung mobiles. Buy the Samsung Galaxy A12 on the Bajaj Finserv EMI Store and get Rs. 1,000/- cashback on your purchase. Other benefits include free home delivery, zero down payment on select products and flexible repayment tenor. One of the best-selling Samsung smartphones on the EMI Store include the Samsung Galaxy A12 (128GB Storage, 4GB RAM) on No Cost EMI starting Rs 2,500. Shop for it today and get a flat Rs 1,000/- cashback on your purchase.Benefits of purchasing a Samsung A12 at Bajaj Finserv Market: This festive season, shoppers can bring home the of Bajaj Finserv on the lowest EMIs. Customers can also avail of other exciting offers on the EMI Store, such as instant discounts and cashback vouchers. How to shop for…

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BJP’s defeat is victory of farmers: Tikait

New Delhi [India]: Following the defeat of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Himachal Pradesh and Haryana by-polls, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait on Wednesday said it is a “victory of farmers’ movement”. Speaking to ANI, Tikait said, “They want to suppress the people of this country. Their strong-arm tactics are increasing. They want to sell the country. Inflation is rising day by day. People are upset with their governance.”“BJP has lost in Himachal Pradesh and Haryana. This defeat has been rewarded by the people who are upset with them. BJP’s defeat is the victory of our movement,” Tikait said. Describing the victory of Indian National Lok Dal (INLD)’s candidate Abhay Singh Chautala on Haryana’s Ellenabad assembly seat, the BKU leader said “People have given their stamp of approval to the farmers’ movement by supporting Chautala.” Speaking about Madhya Pradesh by-poll results Tikait…

Entertainment TOP NEWS UPDATES TV/Web

Netflix forays into mobile gaming with launch of 5 games for Android users

Washington [US]; Popular streaming giant Netflix has launched the first collection of games available for Android users worldwide. Netflix subscribers can now play five mobile games. These include ‘Stranger Things: 1984’, ‘Stranger Things 3: The Game’, ‘Shooting Hoops’, ‘Card Blast’, and ‘Teeter Up’.The rollout started on Tuesday with the Netflix games available to download on the Google Play app store for all members on Android mobile and tablet devices globally. The mobile games will now begin slowly rolling out on the Netflix app for Android. Android users will be able to pick them through the dedicated games row or games tab available on their mobile devices. Users can also look at these games from a drop-down menu on tablets, and then download the games via Google Play Store. Once downloaded, the games will be available for access directly through the Netflix app for its…

Cricket

T20I Rankings: Babar Azam becomes top-ranked batter

Dubai [UAE]: Pakistan captain Babar Azam’s two successive half-centuries in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 have helped him overtake England’s Dawid Malan and grab the top position for batters in the ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings. Babar, who scored 51 against Afghanistan and 70 against Namibia to lead the 2009 champions into the semifinals, is at the top for the sixth time in his career. The 27-year-old had first attained top position on January 28, 2018. He is presently also ranked No. 1 in ODIs.Babar’s tally of 834 rating points keeps him 36 points ahead of Dawid Malan but Babar’s career-best remains 896 rating points that he achieved after scoring 65 against England at Cardiff on 5 May 2019. Malan had been at the top since 29 November last year. England’s performances in the tournament too reflect in the rankings, with both…

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Bihar bypolls: JD-U retains Tarapur, Kusheshwar Asthan Assembly seats

Patna (Bihar) [India], November 2 (ANI): The Janata Dal (United) on Tuesday retained both Tarapur and Kusheshwar Asthan Assembly seats that went to by-elections on October 30. In Tarapur, JD-U’s Rajeev Kumar Singh defeated his nearest rival RJD’s Arun Kumar by a margin of 3,852 votes. While Singh won 79,090 votes, Kumar bagged 75,238 votes. Meanwhile, Congress could manage to get 3,590 votes.JD-U’s Aman Bhushan Hajari defeated his nearest rival RJD’s Ganesh Bharti by a margin of 12,695 votes in Kusheshwar Asthan. While Hajari bagged 59,887 votes, Bharti got 47,192 votes. Congress only secured 5,603 votes. The assembly seats of Tarapur constituency in Munger and Kusheshwar Asthan in Darbhanga fell vacant after the deaths of JD-U MLAs Mewalal Choudhary and Shashi Bhushan Hazari, respectively. Meanwhile, reacting to JD-U’s win in Bihar by-polls, Union Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted, “On NDA’s victory in Bihar assembly…

Corona Updates

Tamil Nadu logs 973 new COVID-19 cases, 21 deaths

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: Tamil Nadu reported 973 new COVID-19 cases and 21 fatalities in the last 24 hours on Tuesday. According to the health bulletin released, the total number of active cases in the state now stands at 11,147.The state reported 1,114 recoveries in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative recoveries to 26,57,282. The death toll has gone up to 36,157 with 21 more deaths in the last 24 hours. (ANI)

Politics State's Latest

Himachal : Congress sweeps bypolls in state

Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) [India]: Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Tuesday said that he humbly accepts the verdict given by people in by-elections to one Lok Sabha seat and three Assembly constituencies. The chief minister said, “I humbly accept the verdict given by the people in by-elections. The results were not as per expectations. The BJP lost Mandi Parliamentary seat with a narrow margin.”The Congress party won three Assembly seats that went to bypolls on October 30. Congress also won the Mandi Parliament seat. (ANI)

Games Sports TOP NEWS UPDATES

World Boxing C’ships: Akash Kumar storms into quarter finals

New Delhi [India]: India’s Akash Kumar stormed into the quarter-finals at the 2021 AIBA Men’s Boxing Championships with a comprehensive victory against Puerto Rico’s Caleb Tirado in Belgrade, Serbia on Sunday. Both the boxers, playing their first match in the competition, started with an aggressive note and traded punches continuously in a highly busy first two rounds of the 54kg Last-16 bout. The 21-year-old Indian had received a walkover in his opening match while Tirade was given a bye in the first round.The tallest among the two pugilists, Akash made good use of his height and landed some sharp punches to tilt the momentum in his favour. Having taken a comfortable lead after the first two rounds, Akash showed tactical brilliance and started maintaining distance in the final round which denied his opponent any chance to make a comeback into the match. With this…

Asia International

Xi Jinping last ventured out of China 21 months ago, COVID-19 one main reason

Beijing [China]: As the world leaders met in person to address the G20 summit in Rome, Chinese President Xi Jinping addressed the summit virtually owing to a resurgence of COVID-19 in the country. Xi has not left China in 21 months. His last trio outside the country was in January 2020.COVID-19 outbreak in China is being seen as one overt reason for not stepping out of the country. Interestingly, the Chinese President has also not met his American counterpart, Joe Biden who assumed charge in January this year. Jinping is also scheduled to address the climate talks in the coming week at United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) virtually where the country’s commitment to “curbing” the carbon emissions has been seen as important to blunt the dreadful results of climate change, reported the New York Times. There has been a shift in the domestic…

Politics State's Latest

Kerala: Schools to re-open

Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India]: As Kerala is all set to re-open schools from Monday, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the guidelines prepared jointly by the Department of Health and the Department of Education need to be strictly followed by all schools. “It is very important to keep the schools functioning in a safe manner. The support of teachers and parents alike is essential in this regard. For this, the guidelines prepared jointly by the Department of Health and the Department of Education in collaboration with other departments need to be strictly followed,” the Chief Minister said.“Important instructions have been passed on to schools and to parents also,” Vijayan said. The Chief Minister said that the schools would implement necessary instructions to control congestion in schools, maintain maximum social distance among children, and ensure cleanliness in classrooms and surroundings. “Each school will work in collaboration…

Football Sports TOP NEWS UPDATES

Pele remembers ‘beautiful friendship’ with Maradona on Argentine birthday

Sao Paulo [Brazil]: Brazilian football great Pele remembered his fellow legend late Diego Maradona on Saturday as the mercurial Argentine was recalled all around the world on his 61st birth anniversary. Three-time FIFA World Cup winner Pele took to Instagram and wrote: “God gave him the genius. The world gave him its love. Today is Diego’s Birthday. Forever, on this day, anyone who loves football will remember what he used to do with the ball. As for me, personally, I have the chance to fondly remember the beautiful friendship we had. These memories are a real gift.”Pele and Maradona had often vied for the title of best footballer in history. The Brazilian and Argentine were jointly named best player of the 20th century by FIFA in 2000. Maradona died on November 25th last year after suffering a heart attack. Maradona had begun his professional…

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T20 WC: Final will be either between India-Pakistan or Australia-England

New Delhi [India]: Former Australia spinner Shane Warne has predicted that either India-Pakistan or England-Australia will square off in the finals of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. Warne’s prediction came after England hammered Australia by eight wickets on Saturday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in the Super 12 stage.“I still believe the teams that will top each group & make it through will look like this, plus semi’s & final…England, Australia, Pakistan and India. Semi’s — Eng V India, Aust V Pak So final will be either India V Pak or Aust V England,” tweeted Warne. Jos Buttler played an unbeaten knock of 71 and his side beat Australia by eight wickets on Saturday at the Dubai International Stadium. The innings was highlighted by 23 runs scored over long-on, including three towering sixes through that region that all travelled more than…

National News Politics

Petrol & Diesel prices rise

New Delhi [India]: Petrol and diesel prices increased for the fifth consecutive day on Sunday to touch record high levels across the country. With a hike of 35 paise a litre, the price of petrol in Delhi rose to its highest-ever level of Rs 109.34 a litre. The price of diesel also saw a hike by 35 paise and took the fuel’s rate to Rs 98.07 per litre in the national capital.Mumbai also reported a surge in fuel prices as compared to yesterday. The petrol in retail cost stands at Rs 115.51 per litre whereas diesel costs Rs 106.23 per litre today in Mumbai. As for Kolkata, the price of petrol is Rs 109. 79 per litre, while diesel is Rs 101.19 per litre. In Chennai, petrol and diesel cost Rs 106.04 and Rs 102.25 per litre respectively. Petrol and diesel prices differ from…

Politics State's Latest

“Women are torch-bearers”

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India]: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik proclaimed that women are the torch-bearers of an “Inclusive Odisha”. Addressing an event in Bhubaneswar, Chief Minister Patnaik described how his government has steered women to play a huge role in the growth story of new Odisha- a story that is aspirational, empowering and transformational.He said, “My Government has always held that ‘No household, no society, no state, no country has ever moved forward without empowering its women.’ At the core of our key initiatives is the effort to make girls and women financially independent and truly empowered.” He said that the representation of women in democratic institutions is a significant area of focus for him. “Women must be represented at all levels of decision making – from the grassroots panchayats to the Assemblies and Parliament,” he added. “In achieving the objective to this end, he…

Corona Updates

Mizoram: 579 new Covid cases

Aizawl (Mizoram) [India]: Mizoram reported 579 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours taking the active caseload to 6,926 informed the state Department of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) on Sunday. The state’s positivity rate stands at 9.74 per cent. Also, one death was reported as per the bulletin in the last 24 hours.According to the state health bulletin, the number of cumulative cases in the state has mounted to 1,21,359 including 1,14,002 recoveries and 431 deaths. Aizawl accounts for the most active cases in the state with 3,840 infections followed by Lunglei at 798, and then 621 active cases in Serchhip. 27 new cases were confirmed by TrueNAT test, 344 cases were reported through the Rapid Antigen test and 208 samples were reported positive through Zoram Medical College (ZMC) RT-PCR test. (ANI)

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Rahul Gandhi & others pay tribute to Indira Gandhi on her 37th death anniversary

New Delhi [India]: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday paid tributes to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi at Shakti Sthal in the national capital on her 37th death anniversary. Taking to Twitter, he said, “My grandmother continued to serve the country fearlessly till the last moment – her life is a source of inspiration for us. Best example of women power, humble tribute to Indira Gandhi on her martyrdom day.”Indira Gandhi served as the first and only woman Prime Minister of India from January 1966 to March 1977 and again from January 1980 until her assassination in October 1984. She was shot dead by two of her own bodyguards at her official residence at Akbar Road on October 31, 1984, which led to anti-Sikh riots in several parts of the country. (ANI)

International

General election kicks off in Japan

Tokyo [Japan]: Polling stations have opened in Japan where elections to the lower house of parliament are taking place on Sunday. The polling stations opened at 07:00 local time on Sunday (22:00 GMT on Saturday ) and eligible voters will be able to cast their ballots until 20:00 local time on Sunday (11:00 GMT).Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is expected to retain the majority of seats in the lower house with the party’s candidates likely to occupy at least 233 out of the total 465 seats (289 single-member districts and 176 elected under proportional representation). A total of 1,051 candidates from nine parties are competing for the parliamentary seats. The general election has already set two records. This is the shortest period between the election of a prime minister, which Fumio Kishida won on October 4, and the dissolution of parliament, which took…

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National Unity Day: Leaders pay tribute to symbol of determination, architect of modern India Sardar Patel

New Delhi [India]: ‘Rashtriya Ekta Diwas’ is being celebrated across the country on Sunday on the occasion of the 146th birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Since 2014, October 31 is observed as National Unity Day marking the birth anniversary of Iron Man of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.Union Home Minister Amit Shah will on Sunday attend the Rashtriya Ekta Divas or National Unity Day celebrations at Kevadiya in Gujarat at 8 AM, near the 182-metre-tall statue dedicated to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, informed the office of Shah in a tweet. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari paid his humble tributes on national unity day. Taking to Twitter today, Nitin Gadkari wrote in Hindi, “Humble tributes to a symbol of determination, strong will and the architect of modern India, Bharat Ratna awardee, Iron Man of India, Shri Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel ji, on his birth anniversary. Happy National Unity…

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Last rites of actor Puneeth Rajkumar performed in Bengaluru

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: The last rites of late Kannada actor Puneeth Rajkumar were performed today with state honours at Sree Kanteerava Studios in Bengaluru. Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and a huge crowd of fans were present at the studio to pay their last respect to the late star.Puneeth passed away on October 29 at the age of 46 following a cardiac arrest. He was admitted to Vikram Hospital in Bengaluru, after experiencing chest pain, where he breathed his last. The demise of Puneeth took the entire country by shock and several popular actors from Mumbai and South film industry including Dhanush, Mahesh Babu, Jr NTR, Ram Charan, Abhishek Bachchan, Anil Kapoor, among others, have expressed their condolences. Apart from that, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other noted politicians including Karnataka CM Basavaraj S Bommai, Rahul Gandhi, Prakash Javdekar and Nirmala Sitharaman also mourned…

Business Economy

India’s leading motivational speaker, Sajan Shah ventures into the field of Public relations

New Delhi [India]: India’s renowned motivational speaker, Sajan Shah is all set to venture into the Public Relations and social media marketing field with the launch of his new platform. The latter has decided to launch a new platform that will dedicatedly manage the corporate communication and Public relations of various prominent brands across the world. The decision has been taken in response to an industry he considered inefficient and cost prohibitive for most startups and small businesses.Filling the gaping hole for businesses that were previously unable to afford public relations, his new venture will focus on connecting brands with the media in an efficient and cost effective way. “The platform will be focused towards building strong and long-term relationships with brands to effectively manage their online reputation and enhance their visibility. Witnessing the rising demand for public relations and online reputation management, we…

Corona Updates

462 students, 49 staff test COVID-19 positive in a month in Kangra

Kangra (Himachal Pradesh) [India] : In the last one month, 462 school students and 49 staff members have been tested positive for COVID-19 in the Kangra, informed Dr Gurdarshan Gupta, Chief Medical Officer, Kangra district.Talking to ANI, the Chief Medical Officer said, “After the reopening of schools for selected classes from September 27, 462 school students and 49 staff members including teachers have been tested positive for COVID-19 in the district. It accounts for 25-30 per cent of the total positive cases during this period. We are worried about the increasing number of COVID-19 cases. We have to follow basic precautionary measures and people who are above the age of 18 should undergo vaccination, if not vaccinated yet.” Talking about the SOPs laid down by the Education Department, the Chief Medical Officer said, “If the cases of COVID-19 are higher within students and staff…

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T20 WC: Team India ‘unwinds’ day off with beach volleyball

Dubai [UAE]: Team India on Friday played beach volleyball to spend some time on their day off ahead of the New Zealand clash in the ongoing T20 World Cup. The Virat Kohli-led side is gearing for the match against New Zealand and has been training hard for the game following their defeat against Pakistan.“A game of beach volleyball as #TeamIndia unwinds in their day off,” BCCI tweeted a video where players can be seen playing volleyball. Meanwhile, Pakistan’s interim head coach, Saqlain Mushtaq has said he would love it if his team got the opportunity to face India again in the final of the tournament. “When you come with a mindset to become a world champion then you don’t think about the opponent. You rather think whoever comes in, you do what you have to do and want to do. So we are thinking…

Entertainment TOP NEWS UPDATES

Cruise drugs case: Aryan Khan, others to be released from jail after Bombay HC’s detailed order tomorrow, says Mukul Rohatgi

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Aryan Khan, Arbaz Merchant, and Munmun Dhamecha, who were granted bail in the Mumbai cruise drugs seizure case, would be released from jail after the Bombay High Court issues detailed order in the matter on Friday, said former Attorney General of India Mukul Rohatgi. Former Rohatgi, who represented Aryan Khan, told media, “Bombay HC has granted bail to Aryan Khan, Arbaz Merchant, Munmun Dhamecha after hearing the arguments for three days. The detailed order will be given tomorrow. Hopefully, all they will come out of the jail by tomorrow or Saturday.”Bombay High Court granted bail to the three accused after hearing arguments for three days which began on October 26. Rohatgi expressed happiness over the order and said, “For me, it is a regular case – to win some, to lose some. I am happy that he (Khan) has got bail.”…

Politics State's Latest

“Congress misleading people”

Karnataka Chief Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Basavaraja Bommai on Wednesday attacked the Congress saying that the party misleads people by publicising small projects at a large scale. Hanagal (Karnataka) [India] : Speaking during a campaign rally in Naregal village for the Hanagal by-poll election, Bommai said, “The Congress party tends to publicise small projects. The party does not want development. The people will realise this once they are awakened.” “Annadana (serving food) is a part of our culture. All the governments have provided ration… but congress said ration was distributed only after the Congress came to power. The Congress has been campaigning as if rice had not been distributed before,” he added.Chief Minister alleged that the Congress, in its five years of rule, did not provide a home to the people here.Bommai talking about the BJP-led state government said, “Promotion is…

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Sonia Gandhi asks Congress leaders to frame policies to percolate down party’s messages to grassroot level

New Delhi [India]: Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday stated that the All India Congress Committee (AICC) releases important and detailed statements every day over the issues in the country but it fails to percolate down to the party’s grassroot cadres at the block and district level and she asked party leaders to frame policies over the matter. Addressing the General Secretaries, In-Charges and PCC President of the party, during a meeting at the party headquarter here, Sonia Gandhi said, “The AICC releases important and detailed statements almost every day on issues that the nation is facing. But it is my experience that they do not percolate down to our grassroot cadres at the block and district level. There are policy issues on which I find a lack of clarity and cohesion even amongst our state-level leaders.”She also asked the party leaders to…

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Pakistan Opposition leader Bilawal Bhutto calls October 29 protest against inflation

Larkana [Pakistan]: Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has alleged that Prime Minister Imran Khan has snatched away the freedoms of the country’s people including “the sanctity of the vote to freedom of speech as well as that of the media.” Further talking about the rise in inflation in the country, the party chairman announced holding protests on October 29 in front of local press clubs throughout the country, reported Tribune.According to The Express Tribune, Bilawal on Monday while chairing a meeting of party leaders and workers said that the Pakistani Prime Minister in involved in destruction, not change. “Imran Khan has taken away the freedoms that have been bestowed upon the people under the Constitution. Imran tried to snatch it all”, Tribune quoted Bilawal as saying. Further talking about the rise in inflation in the country, the party chairman announced holding protests…

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Congress should be ‘strong alternative’ to BJP in national politics: Lalu Yadav

Patna (Bihar) [India]: Ahead of the by-polls in Bihar, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Tuesday called upon the Congress to become a ‘strong alternative’ to the BJP at the national level politics and said that his party has always supported the Congress in every situation. Speaking to ANI, Yadav said, “I agree that my alliance is with the Congress on a national level. But at the state level, the situation is different. At the national level, we want a strong alternative to the BJP and therefore I have always supported Congress in every situation.”“Prime role should be that of Congress. Has anyone helped Congress more than us? It is an old party, an all-India party, we still consider them so,” the RJD supremo said. “Alliance is formed with like-minded people, secular forces. At the state level also, we formed an…

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Rahul, Priyanka, other Congress leaders reach party HQ for meeting with Sonia Gandhi over 2022 Assembly polls

New Delhi [India]: Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi and other Congress leaders have arrived at the Congress party headquarters for the meeting to be presided by Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi to discuss the upcoming Assembly elections in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa, among other issues. Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) chief Mohan Markam, Uttarakhand PCC chief Ganesh Godiyal, Jharkhand PCC chief Rajesh Thakur, Maharashtra PCC chief Nana Patole and Punjab PCC chief Navjot Singh Sidhu have also arrived at the party headquarters in the national capital for the meeting.Earlier, at the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting on October 16, it was decided that organisation polls will be held next year and for that, a membership drive will be launched from November 1. As per sources, the Congress party may hold the organisational election on September 6, 2022, and have its president by…

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Char Dham Yatra continues in Uttarakhand amid fresh snowfall

Dehradun (Uttarakhand) [India]: Char Dham Yatra continues in Uttarakhand amid snowfall in the state, informed Devasthanam Management Board on Monday. The snowfall has started in the high peaks of Gangotri and Yamunotri Dham. The cold also increased in the low-lying areas including both the places of Uttarkashi district.The roads and the helipad here have been covered with a layer of snow and the clearing operations are in process near Kedarnath Shrine. The helicopter service has been affected in Kedarnath and snow is being cleared from the helipad. Meanwhile, the road to Badrinath Shrine is smooth. In Rishikesh, help desks of various departments like police, medical-health, transport, tourism, municipal corporation, Devasthanam Board and Travel Administration Organization are helping passengers. Last week, amid torrential rains, the Uttarakhand government had temporarily suspended the Char Dham Yatra as heavy rainfall Chardham Yatra. The Char Dham Yatra began on…

Corona Updates

India’s COVID-19 vaccine coverage exceeds 102.27 cr

New Delhi [India]: With the administration of 12,30,720 COVID-19 vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has exceeded 102.27 crores, the Union Health Ministry informed on Monday. According to the ministry, 1,02,27,12,895 doses of COVID-19 vaccines has been administrated across the country so far. This has been achieved through 1,01,52,393 sessions.Meanwhile, India reported 14,306 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload in the country stands at 1,67,695. The cumulative tally of COVID recovered patients now stands at 3,35,67,367. Consequently, India’s recovery rate stands at 98.18 per cent. The recovery rate is currently at its highest peak since March 2020. The testing capacity across the country continues to be expanded. The last 24 hours saw a total of 9,98,397 tests being conducted. India has so far conducted 60,07,69,717 tests so far. (ANI)

City News Delhi

Costly fuel pushed up cost of veggies & fruits

New Delhi [India]: Prices of vegetables and fruits in Delhi’s wholesale and retail markets have gone up as surging fuel prices continue to push up transportation costs, traders said on Monday. In the national capital, petrol is selling at Rs 107.59 per litre on Monday, while diesel is priced at Rs 96.32 per litre.A vegetable vendor in Delhi’s Ghazipur Mandi said that the price of onion stands between Rs 40-48 per kg, while tomatoes cost between Rs 40-50 per kg. “Petrol, diesel prices have increased transportation costs, and so have the rains. There is reduced supply in the market,” he said. “Vegetable prices have gone up due to increase in transportation costs and toll charges. We are paying between Rs 200-400 per ‘dhadi’ (5 kg). Rates of leafy vegetables, tomatoes, onions, potatoes have gone up,” another vendor from Okhla Mandi said. Petrol and diesel…

Cricket TOP NEWS UPDATES

Nothing will impact Team India’s performance: Gautam Gambhir on political pressure over India-Pakistan T20 match

New Delhi [India]: Amidst political statements around the high-octane India-Pakistan T20 match slated for tomorrow, cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir on Saturday exuded confidence over Team India’s victory while adding that nothing will impact its performance. India-Pakistan T20 match is slated for October 24. The last time the two teams had taken on each other was during the 2019 ODI World Cup.Speaking to ANI, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP said, “My best wishes are with the team. They have performed well till now. They will surely win. I have full confidence in them.” Asked about the impact of political pressure on the match, Gambhir said, “The team is doing great. Nothing will impact their performance. The team will play well and will win.” There is a call for cancelling the match between India and Pakistan from several political leaders following the killings of civilians by…

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Money laundering case: Bollywood actor Jacqueline Fernandez appears before ED

New Delhi [India]: Bollywood actor Jacqueline Fernandez on Wednesday appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with a money laundering case against conman Sukesh Chandrasekar, sources told ANI. As per the sources, “ED is interrogating her and she is being confronted with Sukash Chandrasekar.Earlier in August, the federal agency has recorded the statement of Jacqueline in the money laundering case against fraudster Sukesh Chandrasekar and his wife Leena Paul. She was questioned about the suspicious transaction between her and Sukesh Chandrasekar. She was asked to present proof supporting her claim. Since then she never turned up to record her statement and submit proof though she was summoned to appear before ED on September 25, October 15, 16, and 18. (ANI)

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

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

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[10th 12th CBSE datesheet announced] 9 exam preparation guidelines for Term 1 Boards

New Delhi [India]: CBSE Date Sheet 2021-22 Term 1: CBSE on October 18 released the date sheets for term-1 board exams 2021-22 for Class 10 & 12. Term 1 Board Exams for classes 10 and 12 would be conducted offline in November-December by CBSE. The CBSE date sheet for Term 1 Board Class 10 & 12 is available on the official website- As Per CBSE Date sheet For Term 1 Board Exams 2021-22, Class 10 exams are from November 30, Class 12 exams are from December 1 for Term 1 Board Exams The CBSE Term I Boards will be objective-type exams and the duration of the tests will be 90 minutes. The board exams will commence from 11.30 am due to the winter season. Once the term-I exam concludes, the results in the form of the marks sheet will be declared. However, no student…

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ICSE, ISC Semester 1 exams postponed

New Delhi [India]: Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) on Tuesday postponed the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) and Indian School Certificate (ISC) 2021-2022 Semester one examination, citing “reasons beyond their control”. “The CISCE has decided to postpone the ICSE and ISC Year 2021-2022 Semester 1 Examination due to reasons beyond our control,” the council said in a letter undersigned by Chief Executive and Secretary, Gerry Arathoon.CISCE further said that the revised schedule of the examinations will be updated to all the stakeholders. “All stakeholders will be informed of the revised schedule of the Examinations in due course of time,” the council said. (ANI)

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TN: PM Modi congratulates BJP members

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, congratulated Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members who emerged victorious in the recently concluded Tamil Nadu local body elections and said the party will keep working for the betterment of the ‘wonderful’ state. “I would like to congratulate our party members who were elected in the Tamil Nadu local body elections. Thank you brothers and sisters of Tamil Nadu who put their trust in us. We will continue to work for the betterment of the wonderful state of Tamil Nadu,” tweeted Prime Minister in Tamil.PM Modi’s tweet came in response to Tamil Nadu state BJP president K.Annamalai’s post regarding a meeting with the party’s elected candidates. Annamalai on October 18 tweeted, “Meeting of our victorious elected public representatives from the just concluded local body elections from nine districts. All of them are first time Union Councillors…

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Naidu writes to Modi on Census

New Delhi [India]: Former Andhra Pradesh chief minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requesting him to include caste data in census enumeration to ensure the development of backward classes (BC). In his letter, Naidu stated that the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly (APLA), under the then Telugu Desam Party-led Government, had passed a resolution for the BC census unanimously. “The same was sent to the Government of India for consideration,” he added.Highlighting that the backward classes constitute the majority of the population in India, Naidu reiterated the need for a caste-based census and said, “Despite various Government policies aimed at their welfare and development, BCs continue to live in poverty and deprivation. This is due to the lack of adequate data on their population that also impedes the effectiveness of the…

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Kerala: Two shutters of Idamalayar dam opened

Ernakulam (Kerala) [India]: Following incessant rains in Kerala that caused water levels in the state’s dams to rise, two shutters of the Idamalayar Dam in Ernakulam district were opened for 50 cm each at 6 am on Tuesday, officials said. Water level of the Idamalayar Dam is 165.70 m with the full reservoir level being 169 m and maximum water level being 171 m. A ‘blue alert’ has been sounded for Idamalayar Dam due to the rise in water level, the State’s Department of Information and Public Relations said.Pamba Dam is on a Red Alert with water level standing at 985.175 m at 8 am today with the full reservoir level being 986.33 m. Kakki Reservoir also on a red alert. The water level in it recorded at 8 am today was 979.98 m with the full reservoir level of 981.46 m. Ernakulam District…

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CBSE clarifies it hasn’t issued date sheet for term 1 exam in November

New Delhi [India], October 18 (ANI): The Central Board of Secondary Education on Monday said that CBSE has not released any official notification of examinations dates. CBSE said, “It has come to the notice of CBSE that a fake date sheet is being circulated on social media for the forthcoming term 1 exam in November 2021, to confuse students of class X and XII. It is clarified that the board has not released any official notification in this regard till now.” (ANI)

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First children-friendly COVID-19 vaccination centre comes up in Delhi

By Shalini Bhardwaj New Delhi [India]: One of the private imaging centres in Delhi has become the first COVID-19 vaccination centre for children in India. The centre would cater to children above 2 years to 18 years and their vaccination process.The new children-friendly COVID-19 vaccination centre has been given a catchy look and feel. The centre has been painted with cartoons and animal themes in a way that will help to reduce the injection fear among the children. It also has paintings of popular cartoons like Motu-Patlu, dinosaurs etc on the wall. This kids vaccination centre is getting a lot of praise from the residents and Children are also coming to see the centre. “If we see demographic distribution then the age group of 0-18 years isn’t less. We can’t leave them unvaccinated, because diseases in children are not severe but still, they are…

National News Politics

Dera Chief awarded Life imprisonment

The special CBI court in Haryana’s Panchkula on Monday awarded life imprisonment to all the accused in the Ranjit Singh murder case, including Dera Sacha Sauda’s Gurmeet Ram Rahim and four others. Panchkula (Haryana) India : A fine of Rs 31 Lakhs has been levied on Ram Rahim and Rs 50,000 on the remaining accused. Earlier on October 8, the court convicted Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim and four others in connection with former Dera manager Ranjit Singh’s murder case.Ranjit Singh was murdered in 2002 in the premises of Dera Sacha Sauda.The Dera chief was sentenced in August 2017 to 20 years of imprisonment in connection with raping two of his women followers and the murder of a journalist.

City News Delhi

Delhi Environment Minister launches ‘Red Light On Gaadi Off’ campaign

New Delhi [India] : Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Monday launched the Delhi government’s ‘Red Light On, Gaadi Off’ campaign with an aim to tackle air pollution.While speaking to the media at ITO Chowk in the national capital, he said, “According to data from the Petroleum Conservation Research Association, if this campaign is successful, there could be a 13 to 20 per cent reduction in vehicular pollution.” The Delhi Chief Minister on October 12 urged people not to take the vehicle at least once a week and travel on the metro, bus, or share vehicles with others. He further asked people to download the Green Delhi app and complain against the industry or vehicle that is causing pollution.Citing research from Petroleum Conservation Research Association, Kejriwal had said that switching vehicles off at red light can reduce pollution by 13 per cent, and Rs…

My Chief Minister

Nitish Kumar : Transforming ‘Bihar’ is a Big Challenge!

By KSHVID NEWS DESK WITH INPUTS FROM AGENCIES. Nitish Kumar is the current and the 22nd Chief Minister of Bihar. He is associated with Janata Dal (United) party. He is the second longest-serving CM of Bihar. He is associated with Janata Dal (United) party and has also served as a minister in the Union Government of India. Let us have a look at his early life, education, political career and more.  Nitish Kumar: Birth, Family, and Education Nitish Kumar was born on 1 March 1951 in  Bakhtiarpur, Bihar to Kaviraj Ram Lakhan Singh (Father) and Parmeshwari Devi (Mother). His father was an ayurvedic practitioner. Nitish Kumar is a graduate in Mechanical Engineering from Bihar College of Engineering (present-day NIT Patna). Before entering into politics, he was associated with Bihar State Electricity Board.  Nitish Kumar: Political Career In his early years, Nitish Kumar was associated…

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Amit Shah holds meetings with different groups

Port Blair (Andaman and Nicobar) [India]: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday held several meetings with different groups in Port Blair before departing for Delhi. Among political leaders, Shah met BJP leaders Y Satya Kumar and Ajoy Bairagi and Congress MP Kuldeep Rai Sharma. He also met activists of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).He also met Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) members Ravindra Nath Chatterjee, Manoj Kumar Sirohi, Brijesh Pandey and Rajesh Ram. Apart from this, Shah also held meetings with the members of Aanganwadi Karamchari Sangh, several NGOs, various Associations, local representatives and tribal members from Andaman and Nicobar. Shah was on a three-day visit to Andaman and Nicobar Islands from October 15 which concluded today. Shah on Friday visited the cell where Hindu Mahasabha leader Vinayak Damodar Savarkar was imprisoned at Cellular Jail in Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Under the…

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Kerala Rains: Death toll reaches 9

Three more bodies were recovered from Koottikkal in Kerala’s Kottayam district on Sunday due to landslides triggered by heavy rainfall, which has pushed the death toll in the state to nine, officials said. Kottayam (Kerala) [India] : State ministers K Rajan, Roshy Augustine and VN Vasavan participated in a review meeting to assess the situation arising due to heavy rains in the state, at Mundakkayam in Kottayam this morning. In view of the red alert for rainfall and possible flooding and waterlogging in several districts of Kerala, a total of 11 teams of the National Disaster Relief Teams (NDRF) have been deployed to the state in coordination with the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA).A total of 33 people including eight women and seven children have been rescued so far, according to the NDRF. Early this morning a team of the NDRF conducted rescue…

Views & Voices

Women in Pakistan: Social Media & Literacy are the ‘hope’ for Change

By KSHVID NEWS DESK. There appears to have been a surge in violence against women, but in truth it is nothing new. It is just that we are more aware of it now and more women are fighting back. The last few months have been particularly harrowing for Pakistani women. From the horrific case of 27-year-old Noor Muqaddam, who was brutally tortured and beheaded in the nation’s capital on July 21, to that of Ayesha Ikram, a TikTok creator, who was harassed and groped on the country’s Independence Day by more than 400 men on the grounds of one of the country’s major national monuments, the Minar-e-Pakistan in Lahore – it feels as if violence against women has reached epidemic proportions. Many are even calling it a “femicide” to draw attention to the scale of the problem and its systemic nature. But gender-based violence…

Sports

Hockey India Academy National C’ship: 28 teams to battle it out for top honours

A total of 28 teams will battle it out to etch their names in history books as they gear up for the first Hockey India junior men Academy National Championship that is scheduled to start from Monday in Bhopal. Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) [India]: After six days of pool matches, the quarter-finals will be played on October 24 and following a day’s break semi-finals will be held on October 26. The Medal matches of the inaugural edition of the tournament are scheduled for October 27. Welcoming Hockey India’s initiative to organise an exclusive championship for academies, Ghumanhera Riser’s Academy coach Baljeet Singh in a Hockey India release said, “This tournament gives those players a chance, who missed out on the state team selections, it gives an opportunity to showcase their talent on a national platform. Exclusive tournaments for academies is a very good move by…

Chennai City News

AIADMK celebrates 50th anniversary with pomp and show

The fiftieth-anniversary of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) was celebrated with pomp and show here on Sunday, marking the commencement of year-long celebrations to commemorate the golden jubilee of its founding. Chennai (Tamil Nadu) , India: AIADMK coordinator O Panneerselvam and Deputy Coordinator Edappadi K Palaniswami had on Friday released a joint statement announcing that AIADMK’s party headquarters in Royapettah will be renamed as the ‘MGR Maaligai’ on the occasion of its Golden Jubilee celebrations today.Party workers flocked to the headquarters that was decked up in flowers and garlands. Large posters and banners of AIADMK founder MG Ramachandran and leader J Jayalalithaa have been set up.AIADMK leaders Edappadi K Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam garlanded the statue of Ramachandran and Jayalalithaa. Meanwhile, expelled AIADMK leader VK Sasikala hoisted the party flag and distributed sweets outside the MGR memorial at Thyagaraya Nagar. Sasikala…

International

FM Sitharaman holds discussions with major investment firm’s chief investment officer in US

During her visit to the US, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman met a private investment firm’s Chief Investment Officer here and held discussions over the interest of the company to invest in India. New York [US]: Sitharaman also held talks with Legatum’s Chief Investment Officer Philip Vassiliou over the robust structural growth and continued interest of the firm in investing in India. “Union Finance Minister Smt. @nsitharaman met Mr Philip Vassiliou, Chief Investment Officer, Legatum, in New York, USA, today. The robust structural growth and continued interest of the company to invest in India formed part of the discussion,” the Ministry of Finance said in a tweet on Sunday.Sitharaman– who is currently in the US — has earlier this week attended the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank during his visit.On the sidelines of these meetings, Sitharaman also…

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No celebrations minus MS Dhoni, CSK will celebrate IPL win after skipper returns to India: CEO

New Delhi [India]: Chennai Super Kings will wait for skipper MS Dhoni to return to India before the franchise celebrates winning the fourth Indian Premier League title. CSK beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 27 runs on Friday at the Dubai International Stadium, but the party will happen after Dhoni is done mentoring the Indian team for the upcoming T20 World Cup in UAE and Oman. Speaking to ANI, CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan said there can be no celebration without the skipper. “We shall wait for the skipper to return to India. We shall happily wait as there can be no celebration without MS. He has already switched caps from CSK skipper to Team India mentor, so we shall have a small get together once he returns to India after the T20 World Cup,” he said. CSK redeemed itself after a dismal performance last year…

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ED issues fresh summons to actor Jacqueline Fernandez in Rs 200-cr money laundering case

New Delhi [India]: The Enforcement Directorate on Saturday issued fresh summons to Bollywood actor Jacqueline Fernandez to appear before its Delhi office on Monday for questioning in connection with the Rs 200-crore money laundering case. ED issued a fresh summon to Jacqueline after the actor skipped interrogation in the case linked to conman Sukesh Chandrasekhar.The actress was unable to present herself before the ED officials on Saturday citing personal unavoidable reasons. (ANI)

City News Delhi

Everybody is of the opinion that Rahul Gandhi should become Congress president: Ambika Soni

New Delhi [India]: Senior Congress leader Ambika Soni said on Saturday that everyone in the party is of the opinion that party leader Rahul Gandhi should become the party president. While speaking to ANI, Soni said, “Everybody agreed unanimously, whether he (Rahul Gandhi) will become (the party president) or not is up to him. Everybody is of the opinion that Rahul Gandhi should become the party president.”Her remarks came after the conclusion of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting held in the national capital today. Sonia Gandhi was made interim president by CWC after Rahul Gandhi stepped down as the president of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) accepting the responsibility of poll debacle in the 2019 general elections. Congress’s supreme body, the CWC, met on Saturday at the AICC headquarters here today to discuss the organisational elections, forthcoming Assembly polls and current political…

International

US Development Finance Corporation chief Marchick to visit India

US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) Chief Operating Officer (COO) David Marchick will be visiting India from October 24-26 with an aim to advance DFC investments helping boost global health and expand COVID-19 vaccine production capacity. Washington [US]: “COO Marchick and the travelling delegation will arrive in India on October 24, 2021. In Hyderabad, the delegation will visit the offices of Biological E, the Indian vaccine manufacturer, and participate in a signing ceremony to open a new facility with substantial capacity for vaccine manufacturing. This work is in support of the historic commitment set out by President Biden and his counterparts in the “Quad” – Australia, India, Japan, and the United States,” read DFC media advisory. Marchick is also scheduled to visit South Africa. His visit to both nations is scheduled to start on October 18 and will end in India on October 26.DFC…

Corona Updates

India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage exceeds 97.23 crores

With the administration of 8,36,118 vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has exceeded 97.23 crores, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Saturday. New Delhi [India]: As per provisional reports, till 7 am today, 97,23,77,045 doses have been administered in the country so far through 96,05,482 sessions. Of the total, 1,03,75,703 health care workers received the first dose and 90,68,232 second vaccine doses; 1,83,61,275 front line workers were administered the first dose and 1,54,90,253 were given the second dose of the vaccine.According to the health ministry, 39,14,51,891 people in the age group 18-44 years were administered the first dose while 10,85,40,506 were given the second dose.Also, in the age group of 45-59 years, 16,73,04,569 people have received the first dose and 8,53,97,182 have received the second dose whereas for the people over 60 years, 10,55,20,693 were administered…

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I am full-time, hands-on Congress President, says Sonia Gandhi at CWC meeting

In her remarks on Saturday, Sonia Gandhi also said the party is ready for the internal elecAddressing the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting, interim President Sonia Gandhi on Saturday slammed party leaders for speaking to the media. In her opening remarks, Sonia Gandhi said: “I have always appreciated frankness. There is no need to speak to me through the media. So let us all have a free and honest discussion. But what should get communicated outside the four walls of this room is the collective decision of the CWC.” News Delhi, India : Sonia Gandhi’s statement came after senior party leader Kapil Sibal had recently said that “there is no president in our party, so we do not know who is taking all the decisions. We know it, yet we don’t know, one of my senior colleagues perhaps has written or is about to…

National News Politics

‘NSG is a world-class force”

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday greeted the elite National Security Guard (NSG) force on its 37th raising day, saying it is a “world-class trained force to tackle all facets of terrorism” and the country is proud of its troops. New Delhi [India] : The elite striking force, the NSG was established in 1984 after the Union Cabinet decided to create a ‘Federal Contingency Force’ that was ‘well trained to tackle various manifestations of terrorism. Every year, the Raising Day of the NSG is celebrated on October 16. This year marks the 37th anniversary of the establishment of the NSG, popularly known as Black Cats.“Greetings to our brave NSG personnel on their 37th Raising Day. NSG is a world-class trained force to tackle all facets of terrorism. This formidable force has left no stone unturned to live up to its motto ‘Sarvatra Sarvottam…

National News Politics

‘Hindutva means love for nation”

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday said Hindutva means love for the nation and it is a social service. Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : Addressing an event, Thackeray said, “Hindutva means love for the nation. Balasaheb had said that we are citizens first, religion comes later. When we step out of houses by keeping religion at home, the nation becomes our religion. It is our duty to speak against anyone who does anything in religion’s name,” he stated. The chief minister said Hindutva is a social service.“People say that Garba is not being allowed, what kind of Hindutva is this? Hindutva is a social service. We do not think of religion or caste at the time of donating blood. We do not see if the blood is Hindu, Muslim or Marathi. Shivaji Maharaj and Shiv Sena founder had taught us that we should not…

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11 terrorists killed in eight encounters in J-K after recent civilian killings: IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India] : A total of 11 terrorists have been killed so far in the eight encounters conducted by the security forces after the recent civilian killings in Jammu and Kashmir, said Vijay Kumar, Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Kashmir on Friday.“A total of 11 terrorists have been killed so far in the eight encounters done by the security forces. There was a lot of responsibility on us after the recent civilian killings,” he said. He said that after the killings of civilians, a lot of terrorists had run away to South Kashmir, out of which one was killed in Shopian.He revealed the identity of the terrorist killed in Bemina on Friday as Tanzeel.“He was a local terrorist associated with the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) – The Resistance Front (TRF). He was given a chance to surrender, but he started firing on the police…

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