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Mukesh Ambani has no plans to relocate to London

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : The Chairman of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), Mukesh Ambani, and his family have no plans to relocate or reside in London or anywhere else in the world, clarified RIL on Friday.In an official statement issued by RIL on Friday, the company stated that a recent report in a newspaper has led to unwarranted and baseless speculation in social media regarding the Ambani family’s plans to partly reside in Stoke Park, London. RIL’s statement read, “The Reliance Industries Limited will like to clarify that the Chairman and his family have no plans whatsoever to relocate or reside in London or anywhere else in the world.”It further stated, “Further, RIL group company, RIIHL, which acquired Stoke Park estate recently, would like to clarify that its acquisition of the heritage property is aimed at enhancing this as a premier golfing and sporting resort,…

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PM Modi marketed BJP at Kedarnath: Harish Rawat

Haridwar (Uttarakhand) [India] : Congress leader Harish Rawat on Friday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Kedarnath visit, ahead of the assembly elections, was for marketing BJP and making a political speech.Earlier in the day, PM Modi offered prayers at the Kedarnath temple in Uttarakhand and unveiled an Adi Shankaracharya statue. He also inaugurated several redevelopment projects worth Rs 130 crore. The Congress leader, after offering prayers at the Tilbhandeshwar temple in Haridwar, said, “The PM has come here for giving a political speech. He has come for his party’s marketing. We see Jyotirling in our Shiva temples. We see God Kedar in our Shiva temples. We are going to pour water at Shiva temples. In the entire state, Congress workers are pouring water in Shiva temples. They are doing so in the 12 Jyotirlinga temples. We are praying for maintaining peace and communal harmony…

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It’s time to target 5 times increase in export of technical textiles in 3 years: Piyush Goyal

New Delhi [India] : Union Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday said that the time has come to target a five times increase in the export of technical textiles in three years.The minister was speaking to representatives of the Indian Technical Textile Association ( ITTA) in Delhi. “Centre would support Production Linked Incentives (PLIs) for the textile sector in states supporting the development and offering affordable infrastructure for textile manufacturing like cheap land and power,” said the minister.Goyal further suggested aligning with the best standards in textile manufacturing so that there is no difference in the quality of textile meant for international and domestic consumers. The Minister suggested public-private participation in the use of government funds in Research and Development in technical textiles.“It may be noted that the growth of technical textiles in India has gained momentum in the past five years, currently growing…

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Amit Shah wishes on Govardhan Puja

New Delhi [India] : Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday wished people on the occasion of Govardhan Puja.“Best wishes for ‘Govardhan Puja’ to all. Jai Shri Krishna!” tweeted Shah. Union Minister Mansukh Mandaviya also wished people and prayed for the welfare of all.“Best wishes to all the countrymen on Govardhan Pooja, a symbol of nature, environment and promotion of livestock. I pray to Lord Krishna to remove the sufferings of all and for the welfare of all,” he said in a tweet.Govardhan Puja is celebrated the day after Diwali.This day is commemorated as the day when Lord Krishna defeated God Indra. As described in the Bhagavata Purana, Lord Krishna gave shelter and protection to villagers of Vrindavan from torrential rains by lifting up the ‘Govardhan Hill’. Amit Shah wishes people on Gujarati New Year Union Home Minister Amit Shah on the occasion of…

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Uttarakhand : PM Modi inaugurates re-development projects worth Rs 130 cr

Rudraprayag (Uttarakhand) [India] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated various re-development projects worth Rs 130 crores in Kedarnath.These projects include Saraswati Retaining Wall Aasthapath and Ghats, Mandakini Retaining Wall Aasthapath, Tirth Purohit Houses and Garud Chatti bridge on river Mandakini. Earlier today, he unveiled the statue of Adi Shankaracharya at the premises of the Kedarnath Temple in Rudraprayag district.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 the Mandakini river, Kedarnath Temple is the of the four ancient pilgrimage sites referred to as ‘Char Dham’ which also include Yamunotri, Gangotri and Badrinath. Built in the 8th century A.D. by Jagad…

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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…

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Annapurna idol in Kashi Vishwanath

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India] : Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday said that a 100-year-old idol of Goddess Annapurna, handed over by Canada university to the Indian government, will be installed in Kashi Vishwanath Temple on November 15.“100-year-ago idol of Maa Annapurna was stolen from Kashi. It ended up at a university in Canada with the exchange of hands. The government of India has received that idol from the University,” said the Chief Minister while addressing the media here. “It is now being given to the Govt of Uttar Pradesh, which will finally be placed in Kashi Vishwanath Temple of Varanasi on November 15,” he added.Ministry of Culture in an official release on Tuesday had informed that The Archeological Survey of India (ASI) received the idol on October 15 and it will now be taken from Delhi to Aligarh on November 11.From…

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PM Modi exhorts officials to widen COVID-19 vaccination coverage by year-end

New Delhi [India] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday exhorted officials to ensure that the country widens its COVID-19 vaccination coverage by the end of the year and enters the new year with renewed self-belief and confidence.Immediately after returning from his visit to Italy and Glasgow, the Prime Minister held a review meeting with districts having low vaccination coverage. The meeting included districts with less than 50 per cent coverage of the first dose and low coverage of the second dose of the Covid vaccine. The Prime Minister interacted with District Magistrates of over 40 districts in Jharkhand, Manipur, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, and other states with districts having low vaccination coverage. As per a press release issued by the Prime Minister’s Office, during the interaction, the Prime Minister discussed the issue of vaccine hesitancy and the local factors behind it in…

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7,965 cr for Armed Forces Modernization

New Delhi [India] : Defence Acquisition Council, headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, on Tuesday, approved proposals worth Rs 7,965 crore for Armed Forces modernisation under ‘Make in India‘, said a press release by the Ministry of Defence.The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), in its meeting of November 02, 2021, held under the chairmanship of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, accorded Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) for capital acquisition proposals for modernisation and operational needs of the Armed Forces amounting to Rs 7,965 crore. All of these proposals (100%) are under ‘Make in India’ with a focus on design, development and manufacturing in India, added the press release. Key approvals of procurement from domestic sources include twelve Light Utility Helicopters from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL); Lynx U2 Fire Control System from Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) which will enhance the detection tracking and engagement capabilities of Naval warships…

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PM Modi extends greetings to people on Dhanteras

New Delhi [India] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday extended his greetings to the people on the occasion of Dhanteras.“Greetings to everyone on the special occasion of Dhanteras,” tweeted the Prime Minister. Dhanteras, which marks the beginning of the five-day festival of lights is considered a propitious day to buy and bring in new things, especially metals like gold and silver.The first day of Diwali commenced on Tuesday with Dhanteras marking the beginning of festivities.The day is observed on the 13th lunar day of Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) in the Vikram Sambat Hindu calendar month of Aaswayuja in the Amaavasyanta Luni-Solar Calendar.Literally, Dhanteras means ‘dhan’ or wealth, while ‘teras’ is the 13th day of the moon cycle wherein people offer prayers to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity. (ANI)

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PM Modi meets members of Indian community in Glasgow ahead of COP-26

Glasgow [UK], November 1 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with members of the Indian community in Glasgow on Monday to strengthen people-to-people bonds ahead of his participation in the 26th session of the Conference of Parties (COP-26).“Strengthening our people-to-people bonds. Indian community members and Indologists gather in Glasgow to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said in a tweet. At COP-26, the parties are expected to work to achieve the completion of Paris Agreement implementation guidelines; the mobilisation of climate finance; actions to strengthen climate adaptation, technology development and transfer; and keeping in reach the Paris Agreement goals of limiting the rise in global temperatures. The COP-26 is going to be a multilateral event and an opportunity for “Prime Ministers of India and the UK to sit together and review the implementation, the progress that had been made…

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Akhilesh Yadav should apologize for comparing Jinnah with Sardar Patel, says Adityanath

Moradabad (Uttar Pradesh) [India] : Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday said that Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav should apologize to the people of the country for comparing Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who worked towards uniting the nation, with Pakistan’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who divided India.“Yesterday, I was listening to Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav’s statement. He was comparing Jinnah, who divided the country, with the Saradar Vallabhbhai Patel, who united the country. This is extremely shameful. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel laid the foundation of India’s unity and integrity and is its creator,” Adityanath said while addressing people here today. He further made a scathing attack on Yadav saying his “divisive mindset” came to the fore once again as he tried to glorify Jinnah.“His divisive mindset came to the fore once again when he tried to glorify Jinnah by equating Sardar Patel…

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Akhilesh Yadav not to contest UP Polls

“Our alliance with RLD is final. Seat sharing is to be finalised,” Akhilesh Yadav said. Lucknow ( Uttar Pradesh ) : Samajwadi Party supremo Akhilesh Yadav on Monday said he will not be contesting the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls early next year. He also said that an alliance between his party and the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) for the polls has been finalised. “Our alliance with RLD is final. Seat sharing is to be finalised,” the Samajwadi Party chief said. Yadav, who is also SP MP from Azamgarh and the chief minister face of his party, said he will “not be contesting the assembly polls”. On chances of taking uncle Shivpal Yadav’s Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party Lohia  (PSPL) along in the polls, he said, “I don’t have any problem in this. He and his men will be given due honour”.  On Sunday, Akhilesh Yadav had…

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First arrest in Deshmukh case

The CBI took into custody Jagtap, an alleged middleman, from Maharashtra’s Thane in the morning, officials said, adding that the accused was evading the probe even after the issuance of non-bailable warrants against him last month. Mumbai (Maharastra ) : The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Sunday arrested one person identified as, Santosh Jagtap, in connection with a case of alleged corruption against former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh, making it the first arrest in the high-profile case, officials said. The CBI took into custody Jagtap, an alleged middleman, from Maharashtra’s Thane in the morning, they said, adding that the accused was evading the probe even after the issuance of non-bailable warrants against him last month. In August this year, the agency had raided the premises of Jagtap and seized Rs 9 lakh in cash, the officials said. The CBI has booked Deshmukh and other unidentified accused under…

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PM Modi departs for Glasgow to participate in COP26

Rome [Italy] : After taking part in the key G-20 summit and other bilaterals here, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday departed for Glasgow to participate in the crucial 26th session of the Conference of Parties (COP-26) and hold other meetings.“Leaving for Glasgow after a fruitful @g20org Summit in Rome. During the Summit, we were able to have elaborate deliberations on issues of global importance such as fighting the pandemic, improving health infrastructure, boosting economic cooperation and furthering innovation,” Narendra Modi wrote in a tweet. COP-26 is being held from October 31 to November 12 under the Presidency of the UK partnering with Italy.The high-level segment of COP-26, titled the World Leaders’ Summit (WLS), will be held on November 1-2. The Summit will be attended by Heads of State/Government of more than 120 countries.This comes after PM Modi participated in the G20 summit and…

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Jinnah and Gandhi compared

Condemning the statement, BJP spokesperson Rakesh Tripathi said, “The country considers Muhammad Ali Jinnah as the villain of the partition. Calling Jinnah the hero of freedom is the politics of Muslim appeasement.” Lucknow (UP): Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday, comparing Sardar Patel, Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and (Muhammad Ali) Jinnah said that they all were from the same institute, and fought for India’s freedom. “Sardar Patel, Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, and (Muhammad Ali) Jinnah studied in the same institute,” the former UP Chief Minister said, “they became barristers and fought for India’s freedom.” Adding further, Yadav said that “It was Iron Man Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel who imposed a ban on an ideology,” referring to the RSS and ruling party BJP. Condemning the statement, BJP spokesperson Rakesh Tripathi said, “The country considers Muhammad Ali Jinnah as the villain of the partition. Calling Jinnah the…

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PM Modi’s mantra of sustainable development finds resonance at G-20 Rome declaration: Piyush Goyal

Rome [Italy] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mantra of sustainable lifestyles finds resonance in the G-20’s Rome declaration on sustainable consumption and responsible production patterns in line with Sustainable Development Goal 12, Union Commerce Minister and India’s G20 Sherpa Piyush Goyal said here on Sunday.“For the first time, G20 has identified sustainable and responsible consumption and production along with the provision of finance and technology as critical enablers for achieving climate goals first decided at Paris,” said Goyal. Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in the G-20 summit here and held several bilaterals with his counterparts. Detailing the Rome declaration, Goyal said, “Coming out of the sustainable development point number 12 — which is aimed at encouraging the developed countries to reduce their luxurious and energy-intensive lifestyle — has been discussed and accepted.”Underlining that energy and climate was clearly the centre stage of the discussion,…

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Dehradun: 13 deaths in Accident

Dehradun (Uttarakhand) [India] : The death toll in the Dehradun road mishap climbed to 13 on Sunday, informed Dehradun District Magistrate Dr R Rajesh Kumar.He further stated that teams have been deployed at the accident site to conduct rescue operations and two have been rescued so far. Dehradun District Magistrate Dr R Rajesh Kumar has given further information on the road accident of Bulhad-Baila road in the Chakrata tehsil of Uttarakhand’s Dehradun district. Kumar said, “We had received info that the vehicle rolled down a gorge. The teams are on the spot and 13 deaths are confirmed and two have been rescued so far and making postmortem facility available at the spot.“CM has sent a message that compensation will be given to injured and kins of deceased”, he added.Earlier in the day, 11 people were killed and four were left injured in a road…

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Local train services resume in WB

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India] : Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the local train services across West Bengal resumed with 50 per cent seating capacity on Sunday.Meanwhile, West Bengal reported 990 new COVID-19 cases and nine deaths in the last 24 hours. Earlier this week, the Central government asked the West Bengal government to take note of the rising cases of COVID-19 in Kolkata and take measures to contain the spread of the virus following Durga Puja celebrations.

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PM to review vaccination

New Delhi [India] : Immediately after returning to India after attending the G20 Summit and COP26, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a review meeting with districts having low COVID-19 vaccination coverage on November 3 at 12 noon via video conferencing.As per an official statement from the Prime Minister’s Office, the meeting will include districts with less than 50 per cent coverage of the first dose and low coverage of the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine.The Prime Minister will interact with District Magistrates of over 40 districts in Jharkhand, Manipur, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, and other States with districts having low vaccination coverage. Chief Ministers of these States will also be present on the occasion, it added.Meanwhile, India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage exceeded 106.14 crore. A total of 1,06,14,40,335 vaccine doses have been administered to eligible beneficiaries. Of these, 68,04,806 vaccine doses were administered…

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Attempts were made to forget Sardar’s contributions

Narmada (Gujarat) [India] : In a veiled attack on Congress, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said that attempts were made post-Independence to forget Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and his contributions, but the situation has changed as the world’s tallest statue is a testimony of the changed realities.“Unfortunate attempts were made to forget Sardar Patel. After independence, his contributions were never given due respect. He was neither given Bharat Ratna nor proper respect. The situation has changed. He was given Bharat Ratna and this world’s tallest statue is before us to see,” Shah said while addressing the ‘Rashtriya Ekta Divas’ (National Unity Day) programme at Kevadia in Gujarat’s Narmada district to mark Sardar Patel’s 146th birth anniversary. Shah further said that in 2014, when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) formed the government at the Centre, October 31 was introduced as National Unity Day. “When…

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Sardar Patel wanted equal opportunities for all: PM Modi

New Delhi [India] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the occasion of National Unity Day, which is celebrated as the birth anniversary of India’s first home minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, remarked on Sunday that for Sardar Patel ‘Ek Bharat’ meant equal opportunities for all including women, Dalits, deprived section of people, tribal and forest dwellers.Addressing the nation, PM Modi said, “‘Sabka Prayas’ is even more relevant in the Amrit Kaal of Independence. This ‘Azadi ka Amrit Kaal’ is of unprecedented growth, achieving difficult goals and building the India of Sardar Saheb’s dreams.”. The Prime Minister remarked that for Sardar Patel, ‘Ek Bharat’ meant equal opportunities for all. Elaborating this concept, he said, ” ‘Ek Bharat’ is a Bharat that gives equal opportunities to women, Dalits, deprived, tribal and forest dwellers. Where housing, electricity and water is within the reach of everyone without discrimination. The…

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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…

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Kashmir : First ever floating theatre at Dal Lake

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India] : The first-ever open-air floating theatre in Jammu and Kashmir has been launched in the famous Dal lake.During the concluding ceremony of the ongoing Iconic week celebrations, the theatre was inaugurated by J-K Chief Secretary Arun Kumar Mehta. This theatre aims to attract tourism to the union territory. Kashmir has earned fame on a global level for its natural beauty and Bollywood filmmakers have called it a ‘photographers paradise’. On this occasion, a Shikara rally, adorned with shining lights passed through Nehru Park to Kabootar Khana with local artists singing and dancing to Kashmiri songs which entertained guests and passersby. Bollywood film ‘Kashmir ki Kali’ was shown to tourists and residents of the area in the theatre.Sarmad Hafeez, Secretary, Tourism and Culture, J-K government said that the theatre will benefit tourism in the union territory.“We have a great demand…

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“Congress equals to scams”

Dehradun (Uttarakhand) [India] : Hitting out at the Congress, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday said that the grand old party is synonymous with corruption and scams and its leaders always turn down promises.Shah, while speaking at the inauguration event of ‘Ghasiyari Kalyan Yojana’ here, challenged Uttarakhand’s former Chief Minister Harish Rawat to an open debate over the promises made and fulfilled by Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and said that his party has fulfilled around 85 per cent of promises made in its manifesto. “Congress is synonymous with corruption and scams. The party do not bother about the development of any state. Congress always turns down its promise. Congress only does appeasement and cannot do any welfare work for Uttarakhand,” the Union Minister said. “The Congress leaders could not be been seen during COVID-19, floods in the state. But when…

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Demands 60 pc share in coal cess

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India] : Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday demanded 60 per cent share of clean energy cess levied on coal from the central government.Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Coal and Mines Pralhad Joshi met Chief Minister Patnaik on Friday. Union Minister of State for Railways, Coal and Mines Raosaheb Patil Danve was also present in the meeting. During the meeting, the chief minister raised the issue of clean energy cess and demanded for at least 60 per cent share of the cess collected from Odisha.According to the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) release, Odisha produced 153.85 million tonnes of coal contributing to about 25 per cent of the country’s production in the year 2020-21. Centre collects Clean Energy Cess at the rate 400 rupees per tonne which amounts to more than Rs 50,000 crore.“Thus 60 per cent of the cess will give…

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NIA raids in J-K, 2 arrested

New Delhi [India] : The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday conducted searches at eight places in three Jammu and Kashmir districts and arrested two more accused in the J-K terrorism conspiracy case.The agency conducted searches at Srinagar, Sopore and Baramulla districts of Jammu and Kashmir and arrested Amir Ahmad Gojri and Saddat Amin. The case related to conspiracy for undertaking violent terrorist acts in Jammu and Kashmir and other major cities, by cadres of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM), Al Badr and their affiliates such as the Resistance Front (TRF), People Against Fascist Forces (PAFF).The NIA had registered the case on October 10 this year and initiated the investigation. Till now 23 accused persons have been arrested in this case by NIA.The searches conducted today led to the recovery of electronic devices and incriminating jehadi documents and posters, the agency said.“Preliminary investigation…

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Rajinikanth undergoes carotid surgery, likely to be discharged from hospital in few days

Chennai [Tamil Nadu] : South superstar Rajinikanth, who was on Thursday admitted to Kauvery Hospital in Chennai, underwent carotid artery revascularisation on Friday.According to a medical bulletin issued by the Kauvery Hospital, the Padma Bhushan awardee is recovering well after he underwent carotid endarterectomy which is a surgical procedure that removes plaque from the inside of a patient’s carotid artery in order to restore normal blood flow to the brain. The medical bulletin also states that the actor is likely to be discharged in a few days. Rajinikanth, who was in New Delhi a few days back to receive the esteemed Dadasaheb Phalke Award for his contribution to cinema, had gone to the Kauvery hospital for a routine checkup, where he later had to be admitted.During his visit to the national capital, Rajinikanth had also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath…

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PM Modi pays floral tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Piazza Gandhi in Rome

Rome [Italy] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday paid floral tribute to Mahatma Gandhi’s bust at Piazza Gandhi during his two-day visit to Rome.“Remembering Bapu – the Mahatma whose ideals continue to inspire the world! PM @narendramodi offered floral tribute to Mahatma Gandhi’s bust at Piazza Gandhi in Rome, Italy,” official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs Arindam Bagchi tweeted. PM Modi arrived at Rome today to participate in the two-day G20 Summit, the global forum for international cooperation. PM Modi is expected to hold several bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the G20 Summit including one with Italian PM Mario Draghi.Ahead of the G20 Summit, Prime Minister Modi held a joint meeting with Charles Michel, President of the European Council and Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission in Rome.Apart from attending the summit, which has its focus on…

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SC to hear plea of Central Vista land use

New Delhi [India] : The Supreme Court on Friday posted the hearing of a plea on the issue of the proposed change in land use of a plot part of the Central Vista project to next month.The case is related to the proposed change in land use for the new official residences of the Vice-President and the Prime Minister of India will now be heard on November 16. A Bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar and CT Ravikumar was informed by the Centre that the government has filed its response in the plea. Therefore, the Bench granted time to the petitioner – Rajeev Suri- to file its reply on Centre’s affidavit.Rajeev Suri has challenged the change in land use of plot number one from recreational area to residential, saying the authorities have not demonstrated any public interest in the proposed change. In its affidavit the…

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Tennis star Leander Paes, Nafisa Ali, Mrinalini Deshprabhu join TMC in Goa in presence of Mamata Banerjee

Panaji (Goa) [India] : Ahead of the 2022 assembly polls, Tennis player Leander Paes , Bollywood actress Nafisa Ali and Mrinalini Deshprabhu on Friday joined Trinamool Congress (TMC) in presence of West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee.“We are elated to share that Nafisa Ali and Mrinalini Deshprabhu have joined the Goa Trinamool Congress family today in the presence of our Hon’ble Chairperson @MamataOfficial. We wholeheartedly welcome both leaders!,” tweeted TMC. West Bengal Chief Minister is in Goa and expected to interact with party workers and the fishermen community there.Later, during the evening, Banerjee will visit Mangueshi Temple at 3:30 pm in Priol, Ponda. She will also visit Shri Mahalsa Narayani Temple at 04:00 pm in Mardol, Ponda. Further, Banerjee will visit to Tapobhoomi Temple at 04:30 pm in Kundaim, Ponda.Concluding the day, Mamata Banerjee will interact with Civil Society Members at…

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Centre releases 44,000 cr GST

New Delhi [India] : The Ministry of Finance on Thursday released Rs 44,000 crore to the states and union territories with legislature under the back-to-back loan facility in lieu of GST compensation.As per an official release, after taking into account the earlier release of Rs 1,15,000 crore (Rs 75,000 crore released on July 15, 2021, and Rs 40,000 crore released on October 7, 2021), the total amount released in the current financial year as a back-to-back loan in-lieu of GST compensation is Rs 1,59,000 crore. This release is in addition to normal GST compensation being released every two months out of actual cess collection. Subsequent to the 43rd GST council meeting held on May 28, 2021, it was decided that the central government would borrow Rs 1.59 lakh crore and release it to states and union territories with the legislature on a back-to-back basis…

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PM Modi likely to meet Pope Francis just hours ahead of G20 Summit

Rome [Italy] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to meet Pope Francis in the Vatican on the second day of his arrival in Rome, Italy for the G20 Summit. While there is no official confirmation on the date and time of this significant meet, PM Modi is expected to meet the head of the Catholic Church on October 30 at the Vatican, just hours ahead of the G20 Summit.Sources are tight-lipped on the nature of the meet. Also, it is believed that the meet is expected to be seen as a gesture inspiring confidence and trust between the two countries.The Vatican is a city-state surrounded by Rome and is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church.The PM is visiting Rome for the two-day G20 Summit, which is scheduled to take place on October 30 and 31.PM Modi is scheduled to attend the 16th…

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Restrictions till Nov 30

New Delhi [India] : Ahead of the festive season, the Ministry of Home Affairs on Thursday extended the COVID-19 restrictions across the country till November 30 to prevent any further spread of the pandemic.Notably, India recorded its highest COVID-19 recovery rate today since March 2020 at 98.20 per cent, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. According to the ministry, the recovery of 17,095 patients in the last 24 hours has increased the cumulative tally of recovered patients to 3,36,14,434.With 16,156 new COVID-19 cases reported in the last 24 hours, India’s total active caseload has reached 1,60,989.Meanwhile, the Centre will soon start a mega COVID-19 vaccination campaign ‘Har Ghar Dastak’ in poor-performing districts aiming to achieve full vaccination by the end of November, said Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Wednesday

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G20 Summit: PM Modi to pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi in Rome on his day of arrival

Rome [Italy] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his first day of arrival in Rome. The PM is arriving in Rome on Friday to participate in the G20 Summit.Sources stated that the PM will visit Piazza Gandhi located in what people term as ‘New Rome’. The PM is expected to be accompanied by the Indian Ambassador to Italy Neena Malhotra. Sources said that the newly elected Mayor of Rome Roberto Gualtieri is also likely to be present at Piazza Gandhi. The PM has ensured in the past as well to pay tribute to the Father of the Nation on foreign land that shares previous ties with India and at times at places of relevance for the country.Various news reports show that in the past, PM Modi has unveiled Gandhi statue at various foreign locations. In 2014, PM had…

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NEET Result 2021: Supreme Court directs NTA to release medical entrance result

The apex court was hearing a plea regarding conducting re-examination for two candidates- Vaishanavi Bhopali and Abhishek Shivaji from Solapur New Delhi (India) : The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the National Testing Agency (NTA) to release the NEET result.   A bench comprising Justices L Nageswara Rao, Sanjiv Khanna and B R Gavai stayed the Bombay High Court’s recent order asking the NTA not to declare the NEET results and conduct re-examination for two aspirants whose question papers and OMR sheets had got mixed up at a centre in Maharashtra. “We stay the high court judgement. The National Testing Agency can announce the results,” the bench said after taking note of the submissions of Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who represented the NTA. “We will decide what happens to the two students upon reopening (after Diwali vacation). In the meanwhile, we issue notice and file…

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Pune police arrested Kiran Gosavi, a witness in Aryan Khan drugs case

The Pune Police said that they have detained Kiran Gosavi, a witness in the Mumbai drugs-on-cruise case, in connection with a cheating case on Thursday morning from Pune’s outskirts, adding that process to formally arrest him is underway. Pune (Maharashtra) [India] : Pune City police commissioner Amitabh Gupta said, “Kiran Gosavi had collected Rs 3 lakh from Chinmay Deshmukh on the pretext of providing job in Malaysia in 2018. He had sent Deshmukh to Malaysia on a tourist visa. After Deshmukh realised that he was cheated by Gosavi, he filed a complaint.” Gupta added, “Since then, Gosavi was on the run. Now we have been detained him from the outskirts of Pune. The process to formally arrest him is underway.”A case was registered against Gosavi with Faraskhana police station of Pune city on May 19, 2018, for allegedly committing fraud by promising a person…

Corona Updates

India : 16,156 new COVID-19 cases, 733 deaths

New Delhi [India] : India reported 16,156 new COVID-19 cases and 733 deaths in the last 24 hours, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Thursday.The country also reported 17,095 recoveries in the last 24 hours, taking the recovery rate at 98.20 per cent, which is the highest since March 2020. The country’s active caseload stands at 1,60,989, which is the lowest in 243 days.The active cases account for less than 1 per cent of the total cases, currently at 0.47 per cent, which is the lowest since March 2020.At 1.19 per cent, the weekly positivity rate is less than 2 per cent for the last 34 days. The daily positivity rate stands at 1.25 per cent, which is less than 2 per cent for the last 24 days.The total number of samples tested for COVID-19 till October 27 is 60,44,98,405 including…

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India successfully launches surface-to-surface ballistic missile Agni-5

New Delhi [India] : India has successfully launched the surface-to-surface ballistic missile, Agni-5 that can strike targets at ranges up to 5,000 km with a very high degree of accuracy.According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Defence, the launch was carried out on Wednesday at approximately 7:30 pm from APJ Abdul Kalam Island in Odisha. The missile, which uses a three-stage solid-fuelled engine, is capable of striking targets at ranges up to 5,000 kilometres with a very high degree of accuracy, said the ministry.The ministry further stated that the successful test of Agni-5 is in line with India’s stated policy to have ‘credible minimum deterrence’ that underpins the commitment to ‘No First Use’. 

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“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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Drugs on cruise case : Bombay HC adjourns hearing on bail plea of Aryan Khan, others till tomorrow

Bombay High Court on Wednesday adjourned the hearing on the bail application of Aryan Khan, Munmun Dhamecha and Arbaz Seth Merchant, in connection with the drugs on cruise case, till tomorrow. Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : “The arguments of lawyers of accused number 1, 2 and 3 have concluded today. The hearing is scheduled for 3 pm tomorrow for further arguments,” Munmun Dhamecha’s lawyer Kaashif Khan Deshmukh told the media after the conclusion of the hearing today. Following the conclusion of the arguments presented by lawyers of the three accused, Additional Solicitor General of India (ASG) Anil Singh, who is representing the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), will respond to their arguments in the court tomorrow.A special court in Mumbai on Wednesday refused to grant bail to Aryan and two others in connection with the seizure of drugs. Following this, Aryan Khan moved a bail application…

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No nation can develop with army of illiterates, govt’s responsibility to educate them: Amit Shah

New Delhi [India]: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday said that “no nation can develop with an army of illiterates” and it is the government’s responsibility to educate them.“I was trolled but I would like to say again that ‘no nation can develop with the army of illiterates’. It is the governments’ responsibility to educate them. Somebody who does not know his Constitutional rights cannot contribute to the nation, as much as it can be done,” Shah said while speaking at the inaugural session of the National Conference of ‘Delivering Democracy’. The Union Minister further dubbed the BJP’s decision to make Prime Minister Narendra Modi the CM of Gujarat “rare” because he (Modi) had no real experience of running administrations in 2001. “In 2001, the BJP decided that Narendra Modi will become the CM of Gujarat. It was a rare occasion – because…

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EC warns Assam CM

New Delhi [India] : The Election Commission of India has issued a warning to Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday over reports of his alleged violation of the Model Code of Conduct while campaigning for the five assembly seats scheduled for by-polls on October 30.“The commission issues warning to him (Himanta Biswa Sarma) and cautions him to be more careful and exercise restraint in the future and strictly follow the provisions of Model Code of Conduct while making public appearances,” reads the ECI order. Earlier on Tuesday, the Congress delegation approached the Election Commission to complain against the Assam CM for violating the Model Code of Conduct by announcing financial help to self-help groups of tea garden workers.As per the order, Assam CM denied all allegations on the grounds that all the announcements are either ongoing projects or have already been announced…

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Rajinikanth meets PM Modi and President Kovind

New Delhi [India] : After receiving Dadasaheb Phalke Award, India’s highest film honour, from Vice President Venkaiah Naidu a few days ago, superstar Rajinikanth paid a visit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind.On Wednesday, Rajinikanth took to Twitter and shared a few pictures from their meeting. He also shared that it was a great pleasure to meet the PM and President.“It is a great pleasure to meet and greet the esteemed President and the Prime Minister,” he tweeted.Rajinikanth was accompanied by his wife Latha.The meeting comes after Rajinikanth was conferred with the 51st Dadasaheb Phalke Award on Monday at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. He received the award for his remarkable contribution to Indian cinema.

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‘Will quit if proven wrong’

Maharashtra Cabinet Minister and NCP leader Nawab Malik on Wednesday posted purported pictures of the ‘nikah’ of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede.The NCP leader also posted a screenshot of the ‘Nikah Nama’ of Wankhede with his first wife Dr Shabana Qureshi. “Photo of sweet couple Sameer Dawood Wankhede and Dr Shabana Qureshi” Malik said in a tweet along with a photograph. In a subsequent tweet, the minister said, “Presenting shortly the ‘Nikah Nama’ of the first marriage of ‘Sameer Dawood Wankhede’.” Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : This follows a day after Malik shared a letter he had received apparently from an NCB official that claimed that Wankhede had violated rules and framed people in false cases to extort money.Malik had earlier also accused Wankhede of using a fake birth certificate to secure his government job.He had shared the birth certificate of Wankhede…

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Drugs on cruise case : 5-member NCB team reaches Mumbai to probe allegations of corruption

A five-member team of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) reached Mumbai on Wednesday to probe allegations of corruption levelled by Prabhakar Sail, a witness in the drugs on cruise matter of Mumbai, sources said on Tuesday. Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : The team is led by Deputy Director General (DDG) of NCB Gyaneshwar Singh and 4 other NCB officers. The bodyguard of NCB witness Kiran Gosavi, Prabhakar Rohoji Sail alleged that Gosavi took Rs 50 lakh from an individual after the raid at the cruise ship. Sali had said, “I worked as a bodyguard of Kiran Gosavi. I assisted him during the Mumbai cruise drugs case.”Kosavi has, however, denied the allegations.Meanwhile, the NCB named Sail as a “hostile witness” in its affidavit in court on Monday.Earlier today, Mumbai Police appointed an ACP-level officer to investigate the allegations levelled against NCB Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede, who…

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Sonia speaks to Lalu

Amid trouble in the grand alliance of the opposition in Bihar, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav said he had a telephonic conversation with Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday. New Delhi [India] : However, the details of the discussion are still unknown. The telephonic conversation comes after Congress and RJD broke off the alliance ahead of the by-polls in Kusheshwar Asthan (SC) and Tarapur constituencies in Bihar scheduled on October 30.Earlier, breaking the alliance with Congress in Bihar, Lalu Yadav had said that RJD’s candidates would lose their deposit in the elections if they remain in alliance with the Congress in the state ahead of the by-polls in two assembly constituencies. However, on Tuesday, the RJD chief called upon Congress to become a ‘strong alternative’ to the BJP at the national level politics and said that his party has always…

Corona Updates

India adds 13,451 new COVID-19 infections, active cases lowest in 242 days

New Delhi [India] : India reported 13,451 new COVID-19 cases and 585 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative tally to 3,42,15,653, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Wednesday.Of the new infections reported in India in the last 24 hours, Kerala reported 7,163 new cases. With this, the country’s active caseload stands at 1,62,661, which is the lowest in 242 days.The active cases account for 0.48 per cent of total cases, which is the lowest since March 2020, the release said.The country also reported 14,021 recoveries in the last 24 hours, taking the country’s recovery rate to 98.19 per cent, which is the highest since the beginning of the pandemic.The weekly positivity rate stands at 1.22 per cent currently, while the daily positivity rate remained at 1.03 per cent.India has also ramped up testing capacity and has, so far,…

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SC forms commitee to probe ‘falsity, discover truth’ in Pegasus row

Noting there is no clear stand of the Centre on the Pegasus spyware case, the Supreme Court on Wednesday formed a three-member committee to probe the “falsity and discover the truth” in the matter. The Supreme Court Wednesday formed a three-member committee to oversee a technical committee comprising of three members, including those who are experts in cyber security, digital forensics, networks and hardware, which will probe Pegasus spyware case. New Delhi [India] : A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India N V Ramana and comprising Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli asked a three-member committee, supervised by retired judge Justice R V Raveendran, to examine the allegations thoroughly and expeditiously and place a report before the court. The court will hear the matter again after eight weeks.The Technical Committee shall comprise Dr Naveen Kumar Chaudhary, Dr Prabaharan P, Dr Ashwin Anil…

Cricket

IPL 2022 to have 74 matches, each team to play 7 home, 7 away games

The Governing Council of the IPL had issued an Invitation to Tender (ITT) to acquire the right to own and operate two new franchises. Pursuant to the tender process, various interested parties submitted their bids for the new franchises. The bids were submitted by the authorised representatives of the interested parties in Dubai on Monday. Dubai [UAE] : BCCI announced the following successful bidders (subject to definitive documentation and other formalities being completed): RPSG Ventures Ltd. – Lucknow (for INR 7,090 crores) and Irelia Company Pte Ltd (CVC Capital Partners) – Ahmedabad (for INR 5,625 crores). The new franchises will participate in IPL from the 2022 season onwards subject to the bidders completing the post-bid formalities as specified in the ITT document. The IPL 2022 season will comprise ten teams and will have 74 matches, wherein each team will play seven home and seven…

International

PM Modi congratulates Uzbek President on Winning Second Term

New Delhi [India] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev on winning a second term in the presidential polls with a landslide victory.Extending his wishes PM Modi said: “Heartiest congratulations to President Shavkat Mirziyoyev on his victory in the election.” Expressing his faith in Mirziyoyev, PM Modi said that the India-Uzbekistan strategic partnership will continue to strengthen in his second term.“Heartiest congratulations to President Shavkat Mirziyoyev on his victory in the election. I am confident that the India-Uzbekistan strategic partnership will continue to strengthen in your second term. My best wishes to you and the friendly people of Uzbekistan,” PM Modi said in a tweet.Uzbek people voted for the presidential election on Sunday with little opposition against the incumbent President Shavkat Mirziyoyev. The 64-year-old Mirziyoyev from the Uzbekistan Liberal Democratic Party assumed office in 2016.

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Manoj Bajpayee’s third National Award as Best Actor

Actors Manoj Bajpayee was conferred with the Best Actor Award for his film ‘Bhonsle’ at the 67th National Film Awards, which took place on Monday. New Delhi [India], October 25 : Manoj, who has previously won the National Film Award twice, Best Supporting Actor in ‘Satya’, and Special Jury Award for his feature film ‘Pinjar’, was felicitated at the in-person ceremony for his performance in the Devashish Makhija directorial ‘Bhonsle’. The movie saw the ‘Family Man’ star portraying the titular character who is a retired policeman and is living a non-interfering life in a colony dominated by locals, diagnosed with stage 4 brain tumour.Manoj, who was dressed in a black shirt and trousers for the award ceremony, spoke about receiving the award and said, “The National Award for ‘Bhonsle’ means a lot because this was a film which we wanted to make but we…

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Southwest monsoon withdraws

Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India] : The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Thiruvananthapuram on Monday said the southwest monsoon has withdrawn from the entire country.In a press release, the IMD stated, “In view of a significant reduction in rainfall activity over most parts of the country the Southwest monsoon has withdrawn from the entire country today, the 25th October 2021.” The release further added, “Simultaneously with the setting in of northeasterly winds in the lower tropospheric levels, the northeast monsoon rains have commenced over extreme south peninsular India today, the 25th October 2021.”“A cyclonic circulation is likely to develop over Southeast Bay of Bengal & neighbourhood by tomorrow. It is likely to move westwards. Under its influence, a low-pressure Area is likely to form over central parts of South Bay of Bengal during subsequent 48 hours,” said the release.

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Mega Star Rajinikanth receives Dada Saheb Falke Award

Superstar Rajinikanth received a standing ovation by the audience while he was conferred with Dadasaheb Phalke Award, India’s highest film honour, by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu in the capital today. New Delhi [India] : The veteran star was felicitated with a Swarna Kamal (Golden Lotus) medallion, a shawl, and a cash prize. Born as Shivaji Rao Gaekwad on December 12, 1950, to Ramoji Rao and Jijabai, Rajinikanth worked as a bus conductor before embarking on his film journey about 45 years ago.While accepting the award, Rajinikanth took a stroll down memory lane to thank one of his old friends, who saw acting talent in him and encouraged him to try his luck in films. “I am extremely happy to receive this prestigious award. My heartfelt thanks to the central government for honouring me with the Dadasaheb Phalke award. I would like to dedicate this…

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Cruise drugs case: Actor Ananya Panday not appearing before NCB today

Bollywood actor Ananya Panday who was summoned by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in connection with Mumbai drugs-on-the-cruise case is not appearing before the agency on Monday due to some personal commitments. Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : Panday was supposed to appear before NCB for the third round of questioning in connection with the investigation into the case on Monday. The actor requested the agency for any further date as she cannot join the questioning today due to some personal commitments.However, NCB has accepted her request. The agency will fix any other date for fresh summons for some other date.Earlier, the actor was quizzed by NCB on Friday for over four hours. She had been summoned by the agency on Thursday as well.During the questioning on Thursday, the actor denied the allegations of supplying or consuming drugs.As per the NCB sources, Ananya denied the allegation…

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NEET-PG counselling on hold

New Delhi [India], October 25 (ANI) The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Centre to put the counselling for National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (PG) on hold until it decides the validity of the Centre’s decision to introduce Other Backward Classes (OBC) and Economically Weaker OBC and EWS reservation in the All India Quota (AIQ).As the Supreme Court was informed that the full schedule for the counselling starting from October 24 and ending on October 29 has been announced, the Apex Court said the counselling should not proceed till the court decides the issue. 

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NCB to move Bombay HC

Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) will move Bombay High Court seeking cancellation of bail of Sameer Khan, the son-in-law of Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik for violating bail conditions in a drug case. Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : “We will move for bail cancellation Sameer Khan in Bombay HC for violating bail conditions,” a top NCB official told . Notably, Nawab Malik’s son-in-law Sameer Khan was earlier arrested on January 13 this year by NCB in connection with a drug case. Khan was granted bail on September 27, after eight months in prison.Meanwhile, the NCB zonal director Sameer Wankhede and Nawab Malik are at loggerheads over the investigation of the drugs-on-cruise in Mumbai. Malik has shared the birth certificate of Wankhede on Twitter saying “Sameer Dawood Wankhede’s fraud started from here.”Following this Wankhede said he will fight Malik legally.“I have come to know about a fresh tweet…

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HM at Kheer Bhawani temple

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday offered prayers at Kheer Bhawani Durga temple in Ganderbal. He was accompanied by Lt Governor Manoj Sinha. Shah will inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of various development projects in Srinagar today. Ganderbal (Jammu and Kashmir) [India] : The Union Home Minister is on a three-day visit to the union territory, the first time since the abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019.Shah on Sunday visited forward areas at the Makwal border in Jammu and Kashmir with Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and interacted with jawans and local residents. He also met with the delegations of Kashmiri Pandits, Gujjar-Bakarwal community, Pahadi community and Jammu and Kashmir Chamber of Commerce in Jammu. His visit has come amid several incidents of killings of civilians by the terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir which is sparking fear in the valley. Shah on…

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PM Modi Inaugurates nine medical colleges in UP

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated nine medical colleges in Uttar Pradesh from Siddharthnagar. Siddharthnagar (Uttar Pradesh) [India] : Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya were also present at the event. These nine medical colleges are situated in the districts of Siddharthnagar, Etah, Hardoi, Pratapgarh, Fatehpur, Deoria, Ghazipur, Mirzapur and Jaunpur. Eight Medical Colleges have been sanctioned under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme for “Establishment of new medical colleges attached with district/ referral hospitals” and one Medical College at Jaunpur has been made functional by the State Government through its own resources.Under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme, preference is given to underserved, backward and aspirational districts. The Scheme aims to increase the availability of health professionals, correct the existing geographical imbalance in the distribution of medical colleges and effectively utilize the existing infrastructure of district hospitals.Under…

Corona Updates

India reports 14,306 new COVID-19 cases with Kerala contributing 8,538 fresh infections

New Delhi [India] : India reported 14,306 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday.Out of 14,306 new cases and 443 deaths in the country, Kerala reported 8,538 new cases and 71 deaths, yesterday. The active caseload remained below the 2 lakh mark at 1,67,695 which is the lowest in 239 days. Active cases presently constitute 0.49 per cent of the country’s total positive cases, which is the lowest since March 2020.The recovery of 18,762 patients in the last 24 hours has increased the cumulative tally of recovered patients to 3,35,67,367.Consequently, India’s recovery rate stands at 98.18 per cent and it is currently at its highest peak since March 2020.With 443 new fatalities, the cumulative death toll mounted to 4,54,712 in the country.The weekly positivity rate is at 1.24 per cent and it remained…

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T20 WC: Babar, Rizwan, Shaheen steal show as Pakistan thrash India by 10 wickets

Mohammad Rizwan and skipper Babar Azam put on a remarkable show on Sunday as Pakistan thrashed India by 10 wickets in their opening game of the ICC T20 World Cup at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Dubai [UAE] : Rizwan (79*) and Babar (68*) didn’t give any chance to India bowlers to come on top as the two batsmen dominated the proceedings. Pakistan chased down the target of 152 without losing a wicket as India looked clueless in their opening match Before this game, Pakistan had failed to beat India in the history of the men’s World Cup but the Babar-led side came out with flying colours on Sunday on the back of some sensational performance after Shaheen Shah Afridi’s show with the ball.Chasing 152, Pakistan got off to a steady start as openers Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam took Pakistan to 35 after…

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Now no injustice to Jammu: HM

Jammu (Jammu and Kashmir) [India] : Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday reaffirmed that “the time of injustice to the people of Jammu is over, now no one can do injustice to you.”While addressing an event after the inauguration ceremony on IIT Jammu, the Union Minister said, “I came to Jammu today to say that time of injustice to the people of Jammu is over. Now no one can do injustice to you. Some are trying to disrupt the era of development here, but want to assure you that no one will be able to disturb the era of development.” Shah also remembered Prem Nath Dogra on his birth anniversary. “Today is the birth anniversary of Prem Nath Dogra. People of India can’t forget him. He along with Shyama Prasad Mukherjee gave the slogan that in a country two Vidhan, two Nishan, two…

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‘Centre uses ‘repression’ with J-K’

People’s Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday alleged that “repression” is the only method of the Centre to deal with the Jammu and Kashmir situation. New Delhi [India] “Even after turning Kashmir into an open-air prison, Bipin Rawat’s statement comes as no surprise because repression is GOIs only method to deal with the situation in J&K. It also contradicts their official narrative that all is well here,” Mufti said in a tweet reacting to Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat’s statement over warning of further curbs in Kashmir. Bipin Rawat had on Saturday said that “overflow” of the situation in Afghanistan can happen in Jammu and Kashmir and “we have to prepare for it”.“What is happening in Afghanistan, we know its overflow can happen in Jammu and Kashmir, We have to prepare for it, seal our borders, monitoring has become very…

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Mumbai Cruise Drugs case: NCB witness Kiran Gosavi’s bodyguard makes allegations regarding ‘pay off’

As investigations in the Mumbai Cruise Drugs case continue, the bodyguard of NCB witness Kiran Gosavi, Prabhakar Rohoji Sail alleged that Gosavi took Rs 50 lakh from an individual after the raid at the cruise ship. Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : In a video message, the bodyguard is heard saying, “I worked as a bodyguard of Kiran Gosavi. I assisted him during the Mumbai cruise drugs case.” “On the night of the raid, I reached the place around 9:45 a.m. He asked me to stand near a car and somebody gave me two bags filled with cash for Gosavi. I took it to Vashi at Gosavi’s home and gave it to him. Right after this, I saw that Kiran Gosavi packing bags and leaving for somewhere,” he alleged.“I handed over the bags of cash to him in his car. However, when he counted the cash…

Cricket

INDIA vs PAKISTAN: The world to come to its feet as the arch-rivals meet once again

The sensitive nature of cross-border relationship between the neighbours has led to minimal sporting engagements and cricket has always become the vehicle of one upmanship for the fans on both sides. Dubai : The most sought-after megastars of the current generation are primed to show their might against a bunch of enigmatic cricketers as India and Pakistan engage in an ICC T20 World Cup face-off, something that transcends the 22-yard strip. The sensitive nature of the cross-border relationship between the neighbours has led to minimal sporting engagements and cricket has always become the vehicle of one-upmanship for the fans on both sides. In terms of numbers, India have an all-win record against their arch-rivals in the T20 World Cup since its inception in 2007. Incidentally, all the matches were won under the one and only Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who will be there on skipperVirat…

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‘Afghanistan is a concern”

Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat said on Saturday that “overflow” of the situation in Afghanistan can happen in Jammu and Kashmir and “we have to prepare for it”. Guwahati (Assam) [India] : “What is happening in Afghanistan, we know its overflow can happen in Jammu and Kashmir, We have to prepare for it, seal our borders, monitoring has become very important. We have to keep an eye on who’s coming from outside, checking should be done,” CDS Gen Rawat said on the sidelines of an event in Guwahati. He also said that common people and tourists have to face the burden of heavy checking and they should understand that it’s for their safety and security.Talking about internal security, he said that every citizen should be educated about it.“Nobody will come to our defence, we have to defend ourselves, defend our people,…

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Will oversee legal aid: Minister

Union Minister of Law and Justice Kiren Rijiju on Saturday announced that he would be going to Jammu and Kashmir on October 29 to understand and oversee how legal aid is being made available to those in the border areas. Aurangabad (Maharashtra) [India] : He added that he is looking forward to a harmonious relationship between the judiciary, executive and legislature “I am going to Jammu and Kashmir on 29th October to understand and oversee how legal aid is being made available to those in the border areas, ” said the Law Minister Rijiju during the inauguration of Annexe building of Aurangabad Bench of Bombay High Court.Congratulating the Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on the inauguration of the Annexe building of Aurangabad Bench of Bombay High Court, Rijiju said, “Politics is always there because politics is the essence of democracy. When it comes to…

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ISKCON devotees protest

ISKCON devotees held a protest in Kolkata on Saturday following incidents of violence, in which an ISKCON temple in Noakhali, Bangladesh was vandalised by a mob killing one devotee. Kolkata (West Bengal) [India] : A kirtan was held as a part of the protest and the devotees lit candles in the memory of the victims of the violence against minorities in Bangladesh. Posters related to the vandalism were shown during the protest. Radharaman Das, Vice-President, ISKCON said, “The cycle of violence that lasted for 10 days in Bangladesh was brutal. Many were killed and little children were raped. Till when we will keep dying like this? It is the duty of every government to protect its minorities. These protests are also meant to awake the government. It is not happening for the first time there, it keeps happening. As a part of the protest,…

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Financial autonomy of judiciary

Chief Justice of India NV Ramana on Saturday pushed for “complete financial autonomy of the judiciary” through the establishment of a National Judicial Infrastructure Authority (NJIA) of India. New Delhi [India] : Noting that good judicial infrastructure for Courts in India has always been an “afterthought”, the CJI said he has sent a proposal for setting up the NJAI to the Ministry of Law and Justice. CJI Ramana urged law minister Kiran Rijiju to ensure that the proposal is taken up in the upcoming Winter Session of the Parliament.“If we want a different outcome from the judicial system, we cannot continue to work in these circumstances. An integral aspect, in this regard, is the financial autonomy of the judiciary. I have, therefore, sent a proposal for the establishment of the National Judicial Infrastructure Authority to the Ministry of Law and Justice, and I am…

Corona Updates

PM Modi to interact with COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers today

New Delhi [India] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to interact with the seven Indian manufacturers of the COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday, days after the country crossed a milestone of administering 100 crore vaccinations.During the interaction, the PM will take stock of the experiences of the manufacturers as well as discuss various issues like furthering vaccine research. As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, with the administration of 68,48,417 vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has surpassed the 100 Crore mark to reach 101.30 Cr (1,01,30,28,411) as per provisional reports till 7 am today.

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Amit Shah : Three-day visit to J-K

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India] : Union Home Minister Amit Shah reached Srinagar on Saturday for a three-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir to review the security situation in the union territory.He was welcomed at the airport by the Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha. Shah will chair the security review meeting in Srinagar and will hold an interaction with members of Jammu and Kashmir’s Youth Clubs on Saturday. Shah will also inaugurate the first direct international flight between Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar and Sharjah in UAE on the first day of his three-day visit to the union territory.This is his first visit to the union territory since the abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019.Over the past few days, several civilians have been killed by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir, sparking fear in the valley.Recently, after the killings of non-locals in Jammu…

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‘BJP supports conversion, communalism’

Raipur (Chhattisgarh) [India] : Slamming Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Friday said the party has only two issues left — “conversion and communalism”.The chief minister said that there are no such issues in Chhattisgarh. “BJP has no more work left in Chhattisgarh… Now they only have two issues left one is conversion and the other is communalism. There is no such situation here and those who will try to sponsor it will fall on their face,” Baghel told reporters.The chief minister’s remarks came against the backdrop of a rally held in Surguja district on Thursday marking protests against alleged forced conversion in the state. Many BJP leaders reportedly participated in the protest rally. 

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Need to ensure Afghan territory is not used to attack any country

India and UK on Friday agreed on the need to ensure that Afghan territory should not be used to threaten or attack any country or to shelter or train terrorists. New Delhi [India] : This statement was issued after External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar held bilateral talks with the visiting UK Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss and discussed several issues including strengthening cooperation in the Indo-Pacific and countering terrorism and radical extremism. A statement issued by External Affairs Ministry said that Jaishankar and Truss discussed regional and international issues of mutual interest while sharing their commitment to a multi-polar world and multilateralism.“They agreed to strengthen cooperation in West Asia and the Indo-Pacific, on countering terrorism and radical extremism, and addressing emerging challenges in the cyber and space domains,” the statement said. “On Afghanistan, the need for full, safe and unhindered access for humanitarian assistance…

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TMC MP’s car attacked in Tripura

Party workers claim that BJP was responsible for the attack. Trinamool Congress MP Sushmita Dev’s vehicle was attacked in Tripura’s Amtuli on Friday. Members of the Indian Political Action Committee (I-PAC), who were with her during her campaign, were injured during the attack. Party workers alleged that BJP was responsible for the attack during Dev’s  ‘Tripurar Jonno Trinamool’ drive.  “During our outreach program, some goons attacked our cars, they beat our workers. It’s clear that BJP is ‘Bharatiya Gunda Party’. CM Biplab Deb is giving them protection, the attackers didn’t even bother to cover their faces. CM is a useless fellow,” the TMC MP said.  Siddhartha Kar, Officer-in-charge at the Amtali police station said, “At around 1:30 pm we got information that two cars were attacked by unknown miscreants. Our 4 officers moved there immediately & rescued them (TMC workers). They lodged a complaint, we will…

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Army brass to discuss China-Pak

At a time when Pakistan and China have heightened activities along the borders, top Indian Army brass would be discussing the ways to deal with the security situation during the Commanders’ conference on Monday. New Delhi (India) : The meeting would be happening at a time when the Pakistan Army is violating ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) and attempting to infiltrate terrorists into India, whereas the Chinese have also continued to deploy their troops along with the eastern Ladakh sector. “The Army commanders’ conference would start deliberations on the present situation along the Northern borders with China and the Pakistan Army actions in support of terror groups on the western front,” government sources told ANI.The Army commanders are also expected to take up the issue of Pakistan Army and ISI activities in Punjab and adjoining areas along with the other security challenges…

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CBI has disappointed: Jharkhand HC

While hearing the Dhanbad Judge death case, Jharkhand High Court on Friday said that the investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the case is at the same place where it was earlier. Ranchi (Jharkhand) [India] : A bench headed by the Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court Justice Ravi Ranjan and comprising of Justice Sujeet Narayan said, ” the CBI has once again disappointed. Investigation pace is at the same place where it was earlier”. The court came down heavily on the agency and expressed strong discontent stating that the agency “did not inform the High Court before filing the charge sheet despite the bench comprising the chief justice monitoring the process”.The court has also asked the CBI Director to be present at the next hearing through video conferencing.The next hearing of the case is scheduled on October 29.The Central Bureau…

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India deploys Pinaka, Smerch rocket system on China border

Indian Army has deployed Pinaka and Smerch Multiple Rocket Launcher Systems (MRLS) at forward position near the China border to counter any threat arising across on the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Guwahati (Assam) [India] : Pinaka weapon system is an autonomous rocket artillery system that can engage area targets up to 38km at mean sea level. At these altitudes, the ranges are enhanced significantly which further augments the deep strike capability of the weapon system. A battery of six launchers of Pinaka can fire a salvo of 72 rockets in 44 seconds thereby neutralising an area of 1000m by 800m.Talking about the weapon systems, deployed battery commander at the location Lieutenant Colonel Sarath told , “The Pinaka weapon system is indigenous multi rocket launcher system designed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and it is a state of art, completely autonomous weapon…

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T20 WC: Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah to be X factor for India, believes Agarkar

Former cricketer Ajit Agarkar stated that Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah could be team India’s X factor in the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021. Dubai [UAE] : The Sunday evening will see the Dubai International Stadium house one of the most historic and mouth-watering clashes in cricketing history as team India will start their campaign in the T20 World Cup by locking horns with arch-nemesis Pakistan in the Super 12 stage. Speaking on the Star Sports show ‘Class of 2007’, former Team India batter Ajit Agarkar shared his thoughts on who will be Team India’s X factor in the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021. He said: “Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah. I think Rohit could be the key, opening the innings and Bumrah with what he does.”Former Team India all-rounder Irfan Pathan also spoke about Virat Kohli’s men in the…

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Sharjeel Imam’s bail plea rejected

Saket court has dismissed Jawahar Lal Nehru University student Sharjeel Imam’s bail plea in a case related to alleged inflammatory and instigating speeches during the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC). New Delhi [India] : The court while passing the order on October 22, observed, “A cursory and plain reading of the speech dated December 13, 2019, revealed that same is clearly on communal/divisive lines. In my view, the tone and tenor of the incendiary speech tend to have a debilitating effect upon public tranquility, peace and harmony of the society.” The Court also quoted Swami Vivekanand in its order, “We are what our thoughts have made us, so take care about what you think, Words are secondary, Thoughts live, they travel far”.Imam, arrested under charges of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), sought bail from a…

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Cinema halls, theatres to reopen

Maharashtra government on Friday reopened cinema halls, theatres and auditoriums with 50 per cent seating capacity as COVID-19 cases are going down in the state. Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : Addressing a press conference, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said that if the situation is in control after Diwali then the seating capacity will be increased. “We have re-opened theatres with 50 per cent capacity from today. The theatre owners are demanding to reopen with 100 per cent seating capacity but we have told them to wait till Diwali. After Diwali if the situation is under control, then we will increase the capacity,” said Pawar.Earlier on Monday, Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray had said that amusement parks, auditoriums and theatres would be reopened from October 22.In a tweet, the chief minister said, “Restrictions are being gradually eased as the number of COVID cases is on…

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Online application for NEET

The National Testing Agency announced that it has opened the window for filling up of the second set of information and correct/modify the particulars of the first and second phase of the online application form for NEET (UG) -2021 till October 26, 2021. New Delhi [India] : As per a statement issued by NTA, it said that on receiving numerous requests from the candidates, the National Testing Agency is again opening the window for filling up of the second set of information and correct/modify the particulars of the first and second phase of the online application form for NEET (UG) -2021 from October 21 – October 26 upto 11.50 pm. “The interested candidates may avail this facility as the last and final opportunity for correcting their particulars which were filled in the first and second phase of the online application form of NEET (UG)-2021,”…

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‘Brother-sister would have fled to Italy ‘

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday said that if pandemic had occurred during the Congress regime then the “brother-sister duo would have fled to Italy”. Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India] : While addressing at the Samajik Pratinidhi Sammelan, the UP Chief Minister slammed the Opposition parties and said, “When COVID-19 struck, if there had there been a Congress government, then brother and sister would have fled to Italy. If there had been Samajwadi Party (SP) government, then there would have been a competition between the uncle and the nephew to misappropriate aid and the poor would not have been cared for. God knows what would have happened under ‘Behenji’.” Further attacking the Samajwadi Party, the Chief Minister said, “No one would have dared to open fire at Ram Bhakts on November 2, 1990, had there been a BJP government. They were ‘Ramdrohi’ who…

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SC: Notice to Twitter India

New Delhi [India] : The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to former Twitter India Managing Director (MD) Manish Maheshwari over plea of Uttar Pradesh government against Karnataka HC decision to quash a notice seeking Maheshwari’s appearance for a probe into a communally sensitive video uploaded on the micro-blogging site.The Uttar Pradesh Police on June 16, filed FIR against nine entities, including Twitter India in connection with the Loni incident. The Karnataka High Court on June 24 granted interim relief to Maheshwari and directed the Uttar Pradesh Police not to take any coercive steps against him till the next date of hearing in connection with the probe into the circulation of a viral video clip of an assault of an elderly man on the social media platform.Consequently, the Uttar Pradesh government challenged the interim protection granted to Twitter’s MD in the Supreme Court of…

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‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas, Sabka Prayas’

Administration of 100 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses isn’t just a number, but shows India’s ability as a nation, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday.Addressing the nation, the Prime Minister said India’s vaccine campaign is a living example of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas aur Sabka Prayas’. “ New Delhi [India] : On 21 October, India achieved the difficult but unparalleled target of administering 100 crore vaccine doses. This has come about by the unified efforts of 130 crore Indians. I congratulate our citizens on achieving this feat,” the Prime Minister said.“100 crore vaccination mark is not just a number but shows our ability as a nation… It is a new chapter in history, a testament that India can achieve a tough aim successfully. It shows that country works hard for the fulfilment of its goals,” he added. PM Modi noted that there…

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‘Centre fully with people of Uttarkhand’

Union Home Minister Amit Shah conducted an aerial survey of rain-affected areas of Uttarakhand on Thursday and said effective coordination between various agencies and timely warnings had helped contain the loss to life and property in the state. Dehradun (Uttarakhand) [India] : He said 17 teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), 60 of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and 15 teams of Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and more than 5,000 security personnel continue to be engaged in the relief operations in the state to help people. “I assure the people of Uttarakhand that in this hour of crisis, Narendra Modi government stands completely with you,” the Home Minister said in a tweet.Amit Shah said he conducted an aerial survey of the areas affected by the natural calamity and assessed the damage and reviewed the relief work.“Under the leadership of Modiji, we were able…

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CCEA approves PM GatiShakti National Master Plan; monitoring through three-tier system

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved PM GatiShakti National Master Plan including an institutional framework for rolling out, implementation, monitoring and support mechanism for providing multi-modal connectivity. New Delhi (India] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched PM GatiShakti NMP for multi-modal connectivity on October 13. Implementation framework includes Empowered Group of Secretaries (EGOS), Network Planning Group (NPG) and Technical Support Unit (TSU) with required technical competencies.An official release said that EGOS will be headed by Cabinet Secretary and will consist of secretaries of 18 ministries as members and Head of Logistics Division as Member Convenor.The EGOS has been mandated to review and monitor the implementation of the PM GatiShakti NMP to ensure logistics efficiency.It is empowered to prescribe framework and norms for undertaking any subsequent amendments to the NMP.EGOS shall also set out the procedure and definitive framework for synchronization…

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Explosive-laden truck caught in West Bengal

Birbhum (West Bengal) [India] : Rampurhat, Birbhum district police caught a truck full of explosives carrying 5500 gelatin sticks and 2500 detonators on Wednesday, informed the Rampurhat police.According to the police, the truck was travelling through state highway and passing nearby Madhyam Khand village which is near Rampurhat police station when it was caught.District Police Nagendra Nath Tripathi said the Rampurhat police had information regarding the matter before in which police were on the investigation.The purpose of the moving truck loaded with explosives is yet to be ascertained.Further investigation is underway.

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Priyanka Gandhi to flag off ‘Pratigya Yatra’

Ahead of upcoming state Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi would flag-off the ‘Pratigya Yatra’ on October 23. The Congress leader will flag off the yatra from Uttar Pradesh’s Barabanki. New Delhi [India] : According to the sources, the ‘Pratigya Yatra’ will commence from Barabanki in the Bundelkhand region and will end at Jhansi via Lucknow, Unnao, Fatehpur, Chitrakoot, Banda, Hamirpur, Jalaun. Similarly, in the western UP region, the yatra will start from Saharanpur and will move through Muzaffarnagar, Bijnor, Moradabad, Rampur, Bareilly, Badaun, Aligarh, Hathras, Agra, Mathura.In Awadh region, the yatra will start from Varanasi and will end at Rae Bareli via Chandauli, Sonbhadra, Mirzapur, Prayagraj, Pratapgarh, Amethi.During this ‘Pratigya Yatra’, Priyanka will hold several meetings.Before leaving for the yatra in Barabanki, Priyanka Gandhi is likely to make announcements like women’s reservation in education and jobs, free education for…

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India : 10.5% growth

India will grow by 10.5 per cent or even more, according to Dr Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog, said a press release from the Public Affairs Forum of India. New Delhi [India] : He was speaking at the Public Affairs Forum of India (PAFI)’s 8th National Forum with the theme “Reviving the Economy: Reimagine. Reboot. Reform” which was held virtually today. Dr Kumar further clarified, “Unevenness in demand across various parts of the country is not because of a lack of consumer confidence, which has come up in a significant manner, but because of certain supply constraints.”He described these constraints as “chips, ships and global trips,” which have constrained India’s growth recovery. However, he was confident that India will grow by 10.5 % or more despite these constraints.To strengthen the point about India’s economic recovery, he pointed out that the PMI for manufacturing…

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HC expresses unhappiness with Delhi govt over illegal ‘temple’ construction

New Delhi [India ): The Delhi High Court on Thursday expressed unhappiness with the Delhi government in dealing with illegal encroachment in Defence Colony and stated “one can’t just make a structure of five bricks, an idol and say that it’s a temple.”Justice Rekha Palli said that “One can’t just make a structure of five bricks, an idol and say that it’s a temple. To demolish this we have to involve the religious committee.” The Delhi government counsel told the court that there may be a law and order concern, therefore, the religious committee is needed to look into it.The court remarked that like this, anyone will make a structure outside High Court overnight and then they will have to ask the religious committee regarding this.The court was hearing a petition filed by Viraht Sahni and was represented by Senior Advocate PV Kapur, with…

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BJP has pushed Kashmir back

Mehbooba Mufti made the remarks in response to photographs and videos on social media in which security forces are seen frisking women and minors during surprise checking in Lal Chowk. Shrinagar( Jammu & Kashmir ) : PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday alleged that the BJP government’s policies on Jammu and Kashmir have taken the union territory “back by decades”. The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister made the remarks in response to photographs and videos on social media in which security forces are seen frisking women and minors during surprise checking in Lal Chowk and other commercial areas of the city. “Sums up the current situation in Kashmir where women & even children are suspects now. This is what BJP has brought J&K to. Their policies have taken us back by decades,” she said in a tweet.  The checking was intensified in the…

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Promises Smartphone and scooty for girls in UP

Smartphone for inter pass girls, scooty for graduate girls if Congress forms govt in Uttar Pradesh, On Tuesday, Priyanka Gandhi had announced that her party will give tickets to 40 per cent women in the coming assembly elections in UP to make women, roughly constituting about half the electorate, a full-fledged partner in power. Laucknow , UP (India) : After promising 40 per cent tickets to women in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections next year, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra announced on Thursday that all class 12 pass girls will be given a smartphone while all graduate girls will get an electronic scooty if her party forms a government in the state. “Yesterday I met some girl students. They said that they need smartphones for their studies and their security. I am happy that today the UP Congress has decided, with the consent of…

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3% increase in DA by Central Government

The DA is a part of the salary given to government employees and pensioners. Notably, the payment of DA of employees has not been revised since January 2020. In the wake of rising inflation, Union Cabinet has approved 3 per cent increase in the Dearness Allowance of Central Government employees and pensioners. This will come into effect from 1st July 2021. This will be an additional 3% payable on the existing 28% of basic pay and pension. The decision will benefit 47.14 lakh central government employees and 68.62 lakh pensioners. The move would, however, put a burden of Rs 9,488.70 crore on the government’s exchequer every year. In July, the Central government had restored Dearness Allowance (DA) benefits for its employees and pensioners and had increased the DA from 17 per cent to 28 per cent.  The DA is a part of the salary…

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Kerala : Heavy rainfall with thunderstorms

A ‘Yellow alert’, predicting isolated heavy rainfall, was issued for Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Thrissur and Kasaragod districts for the day. After a brief lull, heavy rainfall, accompanied by thunderstorms and lightning, lashed several parts of Kerala on Thursday as the weathermen issued an Orange Alert for eight districts of the state indicating very heavy showers. The India Meteorological Department (IMD), in its latest update, put the districts- Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Idukki, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Kannur- on Orange alert. A ‘Yellow alert’, predicting isolated heavy rainfall, was issued for Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Thrissur and Kasaragod districts for the day. A Red alert indicates heavy to extremely heavy rains of over 20 cm in 24 hours, while Orange alert denotes very heavy rains from 6 cm to 20 cm of rains. A yellow alert means heavy rainfall between 6 to 11 cm. “Southwest…

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CBDT issues refunds of Rs 92,961 cr to 63.23 lakh taxpayers

New Delhi [India] : The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has issued refunds of over Rs 92,961 crore to more than 63.23 lakh taxpayers from April 1 to October 18, the Income Tax Department said on Thursday.“CBDT issues refunds of over Rs 92,961 crore to more than 63.23 lakh taxpayers from April 1, 2021 to October 18, 2021. Income tax refunds of Rs. 23,026 crore have been issued in 61,53,231 cases and corporate tax refunds of Rs. 69,934 crore have been issued in 1,69,355 case,” the Income Tax department tweeted. The department said the amount includes 32.49 lakh refunds of Assessment Year (AY) 2021-22 amounting to Rs 2498.18 crore.Meanwhile, the direct taxes watchdog on September 22, had issued refunds of over Rs 74,158 crore to more than 45.25 lakh taxpayers between April 1 and September 20. Then, Income tax refunds of Rs 18,873…

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Farmers have right to protest but they can’t block roads indefinitely : Supreme Court

The apex court said that ‘farmers have right to protest but they cannot block roads indefinitely.’ New Delhi (India) : The Supreme Court on Thursday said farmers protesting at Delhi borders against the three farms laws have the right to agitate but they cannot block roads indefinitely.  A bench headed by Justice S K Kaul said it was not against the right to protest even when the legal challenge is pending but ultimately some solution has to be found.  “Farmers have the right to protest but they cannot keep roads blocked indefinitely. You may have a right to agitate in any manner but roads should not be blocked like this. People have the right to go on roads but it cannot be blocked.” the bench also comprising Justice M M Sundresh said. The top court asked the farmer unions, who have been arrayed as…

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Amit Shah conducts aerial survey of rain-affected areas in Uttarakhand

Dehradun (Uttarakhand) [India] : Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday conducted an aerial survey of the rain-affected areas of Uttarakhand. He was accompanied by Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami and Governor Lt General Gurmit Singh (Retd). Shah arrived in Uttarakhand’s Dehradun earlier today to take stock of the situation arising out of incessant rains. As per an updated natural disaster incident report issued on Wednesday, eight people were reported dead on October 18. Of these, three each died in Pauri and Pithoragarh and two in Champawat. 64 deaths, over 11 people missing due to heavy rains in Uttarakhand: Amit Shah Union Home Minister Amit Shah On Thursday said that the death toll in the rain-battered Uttarakhand has mounted to 64 and more than 11 people have been reported missing so far.Shah, who was addressing the media after conducting an aerial survey of the…

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100 cr vaccination mark : WHO chief congratulates PM Modi, scientists, health workers for efforts

Geneva [Switzerland] : As India’s COVID-19 vaccination drive achieved another milestone with a cumulative administration of over 100 crore vaccine doses on Thursday, World Health Organization Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with scientists, health workers and people of India for efforts to protect people from coronavirus.“Congratulations, Prime Minister @narendramodi, the scientists, #healthworkers and people of #India, on your efforts to protect the vulnerable populations from #COVID19 and achieve #VaccinEquity targets,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a tweet. In a landmark achievement, India’s cumulative COVID-19 vaccination coverage crossed 100 crore doses on Thursday.A total of 100 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far to eligible beneficiaries, as per the CoWIN portal at 9:47 am today.India’s COVID-19 vaccination drive was launched on January 16, 2021. Initially, the vaccination was opened for Health Care Workers (HCWs) only.From February 2, front…

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Bhutan PM congratulates India for crossing 1 billion COVID vaccine doses

Bhutan Prime Minister Lotay Tshering congratulated Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for achieving one billion COVID-19 vaccination doses on Thursday morning. Thimphu [Bhutan] : “I would like to congratulate Prime Minister Narendra Modi for this achievement. My appreciation also goes to all the healthcare providers and people involved in making this possible, more specifically the 1,000 million people who came forward to take the jab. It reflects the trust people have in the system. I always believe that the collective, unconditional faith in leadership and the system is key to any nation’s success,” Prime Minister Office said in a Facebook post. He also stated that Bhutan being a close neighbour to India, feel more secure.“I have been closely following the spiralling numbers and this morning, in what is a huge accomplishment not just for your country but the world, India hits the one billion…

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