City News Delhi

Haryana, Delhi government in war of words over rising COVID-19 cases

Ambala (Haryana) [India] (ANI): A word of words broke out between Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij after the latter blamed the high COVID-19 infection rate in three districts of the State adjoining Delhi on the “uncontrolled” rise in cases in the national capital.Replying to his claims, Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain termed it as “political talk” and said “over 1,000 COVID-19 cases are being reported from outside Delhi every day.” Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister and AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal told media persons, “Blaming won’t end the virus. I will not step into this garbage.”Vij said Haryana was “adversely affected” due to its vicinity to Delhi, and claimed that “more than half” of the around 9,000 new COVID-19 cases in Haryana were from Gurugram, Faridabad and Sonipat districts put together.“Haryana reports around 9,000 COVID-19 cases every day, of which over…

City News Hyderabad

COVID-19: Telangana govt extends holidays for educational institutions till Jan 30

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India] (ANI): In the wake of rising COVID-19 cases, the Telangana government on Sunday extended vacations for all educational institutions till January 30, 2022.“It has been decided to extend the vacation of all educational institutions in Telangana till January 30, 2022,” office of Telangana Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar tweeted. Earlier, the State government declared holidays for all educational institutions from January 8 to 16.A cabinet meeting will be held on Monday at 2 pm in Pragathi Bhavan under Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, to discuss COVID-related matters, the Chief Minister’s office said.Telangana on Saturdy reported 1,963 new COVID-19 cases taking the cumulative tally to 7,07,162. There are 22017 active cases. The cumulative recoveries registered in Telangana is at 6,81,091 and the death toll is 4,054. The recovery rate in the state is at 96.31 per cent and case fatality rate is 0.57…

City News Kolkata

Netaji’s family welcomes GoI’s decision to begin Republic Day celebration from Jan 23

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India] (ANI): Subhash Chandra Bose’s family on Saturday welcomed the Central Government’s decision to start the Republic Day celebrations every year from January 23 instead of January 24 to include the birth anniversary of freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.Chandra Kumar Bose, Netaji’s kin while speaking to ANI, also demanded a Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, INA (Indian National Army) and Azad Hind Force tableau for the Republic Day ceremony. “To honour Bose one has to understand his ideology”, said Chandra Kumar Bose. He said that he has also written to the Central government on celebrating the 125th birth anniversary of Netaji as it coincides with the 75th year of India’s independence. “A befitting tribute can be given to both the celebrations if only we imbibe Bose’s ideology across the nation to save the country from further disintegration.”According to Chandra Bose, Netaji…

South Asian Countries

Political change visible in Pakistan against fragile Imran Khan government

Islamabad [Pakistan] (ANI): Political change is visible in Pakistan with the sudden outburst by Defence Minister Pervez Khattak against federal Minister Hammad Azhar and Prime Minister Imran Khan at the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI ) Parliamentary party meeting.Pervez Khattak could pose a potential threat to the Leader of the House and Prime Minister Imran Khan in the near future as he enjoys the support of 80 lawmakers in the lower house for a change within the house, according to the Nation. Further, Pervez Khattak denied any differences; a day after his mysterious absence from the national security policy launch has given strength to reports of serious cracks within the ruling party.If both Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Pakistan People’s Party are unable to forge any unity for moving no trust motion then Pervez Khattak would move forward and take away his loyal MPs with him by…

Africa International

Somali Prime Minister condemns terror attack on government spokesperson

Mogadishu [Somalia] (ANI/Sputnik): Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble condemned the terrorist attack targeting a car with the Federal Government Spokesperson Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimuu, the Office of the Prime Minister said on Sunday.Earlier on Sunday, Somalian news portal Garowe Online reported that a suicide bomber attacked a vehicle with the Federal Government Spokesperson in the Somalian capital city of Mogadishu, which resulted in the latter being injured. “The PM H.E Mohamed Roble strongly condemns the odious terrorist attack targeting Government Spokesman, Mr Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimuu who sustained injuries today but is in stable condition. The PM wishes Mr Moalimuu a quick recovery,” the office tweeted.According to Garowe Online, the radical Islamist al-Shabaab movement, affiliated with al-Qaeda (terror group banned in Russia), has claimed the responsibility for the attack, threatening to carry another attack next week.The Al-Shabaab group is engaged in an armed conflict against…

South Asian Countries

Pakistan government begins probe into misuse of petroleum imports from China

Islamabad [Pakistan] (ANI): Probe into misuse of petroleum imports from China began in Pakistan as the federal government on Friday ordered all oil marketing companies (OMCs) to provide evidence-based data on the import of petrol from China amid reports of the misuse of China-Pakistan Free Trade Agreement (CPFTA).Under the CPFTA renegotiated in 2019, the Pakistan government had issued statutory regulatory orders on December 31, 2019, that abolished tariff on import of petrol. As such, there was no customs duty on the import of petrol from China with effect from Jan 1, 2020. Normal petroleum imports from all other sources, mostly the Middle East, attract 10 per cent customs duty while similar deemed duty is applicable on production from local refineries, according to Dawn. Further, results in a price saving of about 10 per cent on petrol imports from China. However, this price differential is…

Europe International

Massive cyberattack hits Ukrainian government websites

Kyiv [Ukraine] (ANI): A number of Ukrainian government websites have been hit by “a massive cyberattack” warning Ukrainians to “be afraid and wait for the worst” and claiming that all their personal information had been hacked, CNN reported on Friday.“As a result of a massive cyber attack, the websites of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a number of other government agencies are temporarily down. Our specialists have already started restoring the work of IT systems, and the cyberpolice has opened an investigation,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Oleg Nikolenko tweeted. Early Friday morning (local time), Ukrainian government websites, including that of the Foreign Ministry, displayed dark screens with a text that said Ukrainians’ personal information had been hacked.“Ukrainian! All your personal data has been uploaded to the public network. All data on the computer is destroyed, it is impossible to restore them,” CNN quoted the…

Africa International

Nigerian govt ends 7-month suspension of Twitter

Abuja [Nigeria] (ANI/Xinhua) — The Nigerian government on Wednesday ended its suspension of Twitter, seven months after it halted the operation of the California-based microblogging platform in Africa’s most populous country.The lifting of the ban in Nigeria would take effect from 12 a.m. local time on Thursday (2300 GMT Wednesday) after the U.S. company had agreed to meet all the conditions set by the Nigerian government, Kashifu Abdullahi, director-general of the National Information Technology Development Agency, said in a statement. “The Federal Government of Nigeria directs me to inform the public that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the lifting of the suspension of Twitter operation in Nigeria,” said Abdullahi, who also participated in the government’s negotiations with Twitter.The official noted that Twitter is a platform of choice for many Nigerians to communicate, “therefore, our engagement will help Twitter improve and develop more business models…

Politics State's Latest

COVID-19: Andhra govt imposes night curfew, Cinema halls to function with 50 per cent occupancy

Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh) [India] (ANI): The Andhra Pradesh government on Monday imposed a night curfew from 11 pm to 5 am to check the rise in COVID-19 cases in the state.The decision was taken following the review meeting held by Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy with the officials of the health department on the COVID-19 situation. Theatres, multiplexes and cinema halls will be operational with 50 per cent occupancy or alternate seating arrangements.The government has also imposed restrictions on public gatherings, allowing 200 people outdoor and 100 inside the auditorium.Wearing of masks is mandatory at public places and penalty of Rs 100 will be levied for the violation.Religious places in the state should follow COVID-19 appropriate behaviour and wearing of a mask is compulsory inside the premises.Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) must be conducted for urgent testing. One COVID-19 care center will be set up…

City News Mumbai

Maharashtra govt revises COVID norms; beauty salons, gyms to function at 50 pc capacity from Jan 10

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] (ANI): The Maharashtra government on Sunday revised its COVID-19 restrictions allowing beauty salons and gyms to function at 50 per cent capacity with the services being open to only fully vaccinated people.The state government made a partial modification to its last order issued on January 8, which is scheduled to come into force from Monday. In its last order, the Maharashtra government had said that beauty salons and gyms in the state will remain completely shut. However, in its latest order, the government said: “Beauty salons shall be grouped with hair cutting salons and shall be allowed to remain open with 50 per cent capacity subject to restrictions mentioned in the table for hair cutting salons.”In the last order, the government had allowed hair cutting salons to operate at 50 per cent capacity adding that these salons will remain closed from…

Bengaluru City News

Karnataka govt makes COVID vaccine certificate mandatory for entry in public places

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: In view of the rising COVID-19 cases in the state, the Karnataka government on Friday made COVID vaccine certificate mandatory for entry in public places such as malls, markets and restaurants.Addressing mediapersons here, state Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar said, “There will be strict enforcement of presenting vaccination certificates, as a universal pass, before entering any public place, including markets, malls, pubs, bars, restaurants, etc.” Sudhakar further said that the travellers from other states will be tested for the presence of the virus and COVID-care centres will be set up in the state.“Travellers from other states will be tested and COVID-care centres are to be set up. We are collaborating with all hotels and educational institutions for institutional quarantine; monitoring of a uniform, transparent hospital bed management system is underway,” he added.He further said that the complete lockdown is not a…

Business PSU

Airtel opts for interest payment on deferred liabilities, not to issue equity to Govt

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Bharti Airtel said on Friday it will not avail the option of conversion of interest on the deferred spectrum and Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) liabilities into equity and rather pay the due amount to the government.“In furtherance to the earlier communication dated October 25, 2021 and in reference to the notification dated October 14, 2021 issued by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to the Company, we wish to inform you that the Company has confirmed to DoT that it will not avail the option of conversion of the interest on deferred spectrum and AGR dues into equity,” Bharti Airtel said in a regulatory filing to the stock exchanges. The Union Cabinet on September 15 approved a slew of measures to support the cash-strapped telecom firms. The relief measures include a four-year moratorium on payment of spectrum and AGR dues. The telecom…

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PM’s security breach: Punjab govt constitutes high-level committee to probe matter, report in 3 days

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India]: The Punjab government has constituted a high-level committee to probe the security lapses that occurred during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Ferozepur. The committee will submit its report in three days.An official spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office on Thursday said that the committee would comprise Justice (Retd) Mehtab Singh Gill and Principal Secretary, Home Affairs and Justice Anurag Verma. “The committee shall submit its report within three days,” added the spokesperson.Prime Minister Narendra Modi was scheduled to visit Ferozepur on Wednesday to lay the foundation stone of multiple development projects worth more than Rs 42,750 crore.The Home Ministry said in a statement that PM Modi landed at Bathinda on Wednesday morning from where he was to go to the National Martyrs Memorial at Hussainiwala by helicopter. Due to rain and poor visibility, the Prime Minister waited for about 20…

Politics State's Latest

Yogi Adityanath slams previous governments, says now every form of crime is curbed in UP

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday slammed previous governments over the issue of law and order while adding that Uttar Pradesh is now known as the best state in which every form of crime is curbed.“The state which was once prone to riots and used to give protection to criminals is now known as the best state in which every form of crime has been curbed,” said Adityanath. The Chief Minister made the following comments after attending the convocation parade of female recruits in Lucknow Police. “Before 2017, questions were used to raise on the law and order situation and safety of women in the state. We decided that 20 per cent of police recruits should be women,” he said.“The state which used to be ‘Prashn Pradesh,'(question) today has become an ‘Uttar Pradesh’ (answer) for the whole country,” he added.“We…

Bengaluru City News

K’taka govt releases second instalment of Rs 1,007.18 cr under PM-Kisan for current financial year

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: The Karnataka government has released the second instalment of Rs 1,007.18 crore for the financial year under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) Karnataka scheme under which state government is paying Rs 4,000 additional amount for the PM-KISAN beneficiaries in the state.Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday released the 10th instalment under PM-KISAN. A sum of Rs 685.28 crore was released benefiting 34.26 lakh farmers in Karnataka, the Cheif Minister’s Office (CMO) said. Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai participated in the virtual event. So far, 54.52 lakh farmers in the state have received atleast one instalment of the cash transfer, as per CMO.So far, the union government has released Rs 8022.69 crore and the state government has paid out Rs 2850.54 crore.“Union government wants the payments to be made through Aadhaar based Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) mode. Karnataka has topped…

City News Kolkata

West Bengal Government cancels Students’ Week programme amid rise in COVID-19 cases

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: In view of the deteriorating COVID-19 situation in West Bengal, the state government has decided to cancel the Students’ Week programme scheduled to be held between January 1 and 7 at Netaji Indoor Stadium in Kolkata.West Bengal reported 4,512 new COVID-19 cases taking the total active cases to 13,300, stated the state health bulletin. As per the data, Kolkata reported maximum cases with 6,442 followed by North 24 Parganas with 2,039. Nine people died of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. Meanwhile, West Bengal has logged 20 Omicron cases. As per information, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was scheduled to be present at the Students’ Week programme in Kolkata’s Netaji Indoor Stadium on Monday on January 3. The senior officials and Ministers will hold the presser regarding the Students’ Week on Sunday afternoon.

International UK News

Scientists advise UK Government to toughen COVID-19 restrictions until late March

London [UK]: The United Kingdom can significantly reduce COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations if tougher restrictions are introduced and kept until the end of March, a group of Warwick University pandemic experts said in a consensus statement for the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE).On December 8, UK Prime Minister announced so-called Plan B restrictions in England, including mandatory face masks and health certificates. British media said tougher restrictions can be considered as Omicron cases soared. The Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling, Operational sub-group (SPI-M-O) has carried out modelling to assess effects of the potential return to so-called Step 2 restrictions, which were part of last year’s four-step anti-coronavirus roadmap, if introduced for a period of two weeks, four weeks or three months.“Step 2 has a much larger effect, reducing the number of deaths up to 31st May by 39 per cent (24-54…

Bengaluru City News

Karnataka govt to introduce new employment policy soon: CM Bommai

Belagavi (Karnataka) [India]: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Thursday announced his government’s decision to introduce a new employment policy soon which will lay impetus on job creation and reduce unemployment in the state.Speaking after inaugurating the Jobs Fair at the Gogte Engineering College here held under the auspices of the Skills Development Corporation, the chief minister said the jobless youths were being given an honorary employment dole to encourage them to find employment. The government will, henceforth, encourage such institutions which are engaged in generating a higher number of employment opportunities, he said. Bommai said, “Government thrust and focus will now be on enhancing the quality of education, skills and creation of employment opportunities. The new education policy lays stress on vocational courses and works closely with the industry and its demands.”The chief minister also said that there is a need to upgrade…

Europe International

There will be no ‘state security’ agents in government, says Bulgarian Prime Minister Petkov

Sofia [Bulgaria]: I thank our colleagues from “There Is Such a People” and the Minister of Foreign Affairs for taking swift measures and people with files of a past in ‘State Security’ that have been announced in the media will not be appointed or will be released if they have already been appointed. This was stated today by Prime Minister Kiril Petkov in response to a journalist’s question about the possible appointments of people in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who turn out to be connected with State Security structures.According to the coalition agreement, each minister has the right to propose his team, but then in a coalition format we discuss and decide together whether our requirements for these people coincide with these proposals, Petkov commented and stressed that in this case there are no people to be appointed. According to the Prime Minister,…

Business

Government to set up export promotion wing with footprint in states, Indian missions, says Commerce Secretary

New Delhi [India]: Commerce Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam said on Saturday that the central government would soon create a dedicated body to promote exports from India which will have footprint in states and Indian missions.Addressing the FICCI Annual Convention and 94th AGM, Subrahmanyam said the government is working on “future ready commerce”. “This will work on multiple things. First and foremost, there will be a separate export promotion wing with a footprint in all Indian missions abroad and in every state of India,” he said. According to Subrahmanyam, bilateral and multilateral engagement departments will be constituted under the trade negotiation wing.“The flavour of today is bilateral trade, and the government is negotiating Free Trade Agreements with multiple countries such as UAE, Australia, United States, EU, which will be completed by next year. These will cover many other aspects such as public procurement, intellectual property, social…

Politics State's Latest

Assam cabinet approves recruitment in panchayat, rural development, govt schools

Dispur (Assam) [India]: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma chaired a cabinet meeting in Guwahati where several decisions including appointments in Panchayat and Rural Development Department, forensics, engagement of guest faculty in schools, the welfare of Assam Agitation victims and families were taken.The cabinet meeting which was held on Friday approved recruitment in 1,391 Grade-III and Grade-IV posts (1,004 Grade-III posts, 377 Grade-IV and 10 vacant posts of Driver) in the Panchayat and Rural Development Department. “Guest faculty will also be engaged in Elementary and Secondary government, provincialized and other government institutional run schools. Service period of guest faculty will be for an academic year and guest faculty will be engaged by alumni associations, NGOs, etc,” as per the official statement.Cabinet also approved “The Assam Direct Recruitment Commissions for Analogous Posts in Class-III and Class-IV Act, 2021” which proposes to make special provisions for…

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101 Omicron cases detected across 11 states, UTs so far: Govt

New Delhi [India]: As many as 101 cases of Omicron variant of COVID-19 so far have been detected across 11 States and Union Territories, the government informed on Friday.Addressing a press conference, Joint Secretary of Health Ministry, Lav Agarwal said that 32 cases were reported in Maharashtra, 22 in Delhi, 17 in Rajasthan, 8 each in Karnataka and Telangana, 5 each in Gujarat and Kerala, one each in Andhra Pradesh, Chandigarh, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal respectively. He said that the Omicron variant has been found in 91 countries in the world.“World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that Omicron is spreading faster than the Delta variant in South Africa where Delta circulation was low. It’s likely Omicron will outpace Delta variant where community transmission occurs, WHO added,” Agarwal said.The Health Ministry official further lauded the country’s COVID-19 vaccination drive and said that India is…

City News Delhi

SC dismisses Bajaj Auto’s plea against Delhi govt’s decision to issue 4,261 new permits only to e-autos

New Delhi [India]: The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a plea filed by Bajaj Auto challenging the Delhi government’s decision to issue over 4,261 new permits only to e-autorickshaws.A Bench headed by Justice L Nageswara Rao said the advertisement issued by the Delhi government inviting applications for electric-autorickshaws cannot be said to be arbitrary as it is in conformity with the FAME-II scheme and the Electric Vehicle policy 2020. Citing how locals in Delhi are adversely affected by air pollution, the bench said even though CNG auto-rickshaws are BS-VI compliant, there is still some carbon emission.Bajaj Auto approached the apex court stating that the Delhi government’s move was arbitrary and discriminatory against those who manufacture CNG auto rickshaws.Delhi government has opposed the plea of Bajaj Auto saying CNG auto rickshaws cannot be compared to e-autos and there is a proposal to switch to electric…

Politics State's Latest

Yogi Adityanath launches Free Food Grains Distribution programme

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday launched the Nishulk Khadyan Vitaran (Free Food Grains Distribution) programme to provide free food to the poor in the state from Diwali to Holi next year.The programme has been launched under the National Food Security Act. Addressing the occasion, the chief minister said, “The state government is taking forward the free ration distribution scheme of the prime minister today. The world is under the third wave of the Corona pandemic. During the pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi rolled out free food distribution scheme that benefitted 80 crore poor people. The scheme was started by the state government as well benefitting nearly 15 crore people. Uttar Pradesh government also distributed free food grains for a term of 3 months.”“The benefit of double food distribution of the double engine government should reach the needy,…

Politics State's Latest

BSF jurisdiction: Sidhu lauds Punjab govt’s decision to approach SC

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India]: After the Punjab government has approached the Supreme Court against the Centre’s recent notification extending the jurisdiction of the Border Security Force (BSF) from 15 to 50km, state Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu congratulated the government and its legal team on Saturday.Sidhu tweeted, “I congratulate Punjab and it’s legal team to be the 1st to approach the Hon’ble Supreme Court by filing an original suit challenging the notification extending the BSF jurisdiction.” He further tweeted, “The fight to retain the principles embodied in the constitution i.e. to retain the federal structure and autonomy of the states has begun … Notice issued to the centre to respond.”Punjab and West Bengal governments had crossed swords with the Centre over the extension of BSF jurisdiction from 15 km from the international border to 50 km.The suit was listed before the Registrar on Friday who…

Politics State's Latest

Kerala govt to reopen traditional route to Sabarimala, allows several relaxations

Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India]: In view of decline in COVID cases, Kerala government has decided to give more relaxations in restrictions imposed for Sabarimala pilgrimage.The decision was taken in a meeting between Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Devaswom Minister K Radhakrishnan. According to the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO), it has been decided that the traditional route to Sabarimala from Pampa via Neelimala, Apache medu and Marakoottam will be opened for devotees.Primary health care facilities have been set up at Neelimala and Apache medu.Further, overnight stay at Sannidhanam will be allowed for devotees. For his purpose, 500 rooms have been set up in compliance with COVID protocols.Bathing and balitharpanam rituals (offering for departed souls of ancestors) will be allowed in the Pampa river. However, the district administration will take a decision on this after assessing the water level in the Pampa river.

South Asian Countries

Nepalese government likely to issue ID cards for refugees, excluding Tibetans

Kathmandu [Nepal]: The Nepalese government has excluded Tibetans from the proposal of issuing identity cards to the refugees in the Himalayan country.There are reportedly no plans to grant Tibetan refugees the identification documents that would allow them to pursue higher education, set up businesses, and other activities to self-sustain, reported Phayul. The ministry has sent a proposal to the Cabinet, if endorsed, the distribution of refugee identification cards for Bhutanese can be initiated,” Nepalese Home Secretary Tek Narayan Pandey informed The Kathmandu Post.“No decision has been taken on issuing similar identification cards to Tibetan refugees living in Nepal,” the Home Secretary added.UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) estimates more than 12,000 Tibetans are living in Nepal.According to government estimates, over 4000 of them are still seeking refugee cards, without which they could face difficulties pursuing higher education, finding employment, and getting access to basic services, reported…

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Tibetan government-in-exile celebrates 32nd anniversary of Dalai Lama getting Nobel Peace Prize

Dharamshala (Himachal Pradesh) [India]: The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) of the Tibetan government-in-exile on Friday celebrated the 32nd anniversary of the the14th Dalai Lama getting the Nobel Peace Prize.The event was organised in Dharamshala and began with the Tibetan national anthem. “This is a very important day for all the Tibetans all over the world. This is the 32nd anniversary of the conferment of Nobel peace prize to the Dalai Lama,” said Tenzin Lekshay, the spokesperson of Tibetan government-in-exile.“We Tibetans celebrate the day all over the world and on this occasion of the world human rights day we have thoughts and prayers for all the Tibetans inside Tibet,” Tenzin added.During the event, Tibetan artists performed cultural items while CTA President Penpa Tsering and speaker of Tibetan parliament-in-exile Sonam Temphel addressed the event.Many Tibetans including staff of CTA also gathered at the headquarters of the…

South Asian Countries

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

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

State's Latest

Yogi regime only changes names of places, UP will soon change govt: Akhilesh Yadav

Jhansi (Uttar Pradesh) [India] : Attacking the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government, Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav on Friday said the way Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) changes the names of places, people of the state will very soon change the government.Addressing a public meeting, the SP chief said, “Yogi government has only changed the names of places. Very soon people in Uttar Pradesh are going to change their government. Youth, farmers and businessmen in Uttar Pardesh have decided to get rid of the Yogi government. Farmers in Uttar Pradesh are going to benefit if Samajwadi Party comes in power.” Yadav said that Uttar Pradesh is the state where there is the most number of cases of crime against women in the country.“If any government has received the highest number of notices in the fake encounter, then it is the Uttar Pradesh…

Games Sports

Centre spent over 65 cr on men’s hockey team in last five years: Anurag Thakur

New Delhi [India]: Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur on Thursday informed that the Central Government has spent over 65 crores on the men’s hockey team during the last five years.The minister said that the amount was utilised for coaching camps, competitions and other expenses. “An amount of Rs 45.05 crore has been spent on senior hockey men’s team and Rs.20.23 crore on junior hockey men’s team towards coaching camps, foreign competitions, domestic competitions, the salary of coaches, equipment etc., during the last five years, i.e., 2016-17 to 2020-21,” Sports Minister Anurag Thakur’s written reply in the Rajya Sabha read.The senior men’s hockey team returned with a historic bronze medal from the Tokyo Olympics.Meanwhile, the junior men’s hockey team will be playing the semi-finals of the ongoing FIH Junior World Cup 2021 against Germany on Friday.

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Supreme Court gives 24 hours to Centre, Delhi govt to take action on air pollution

New Delhi [India]: The Supreme Court on Thursday expressed concern on rising air pollution in Delhi-NCR and granted 24 hours deadline to the Centre and Delhi government to come up with a serious plan for implementation of pollution control measures.A Bench of Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, Justices DY Chandrachud and Surya Kant asked the Centre and Delhi government to “take a hard look at the situation and come up with a solution”. The apex court noted that several directions issued by the Commission for Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas are not being implemented at the ground level and said that in an emergency situation you have to work in emergent ways.“What is the Commission doing? In a situation of emergency, you have to work quickly and with creativity. What is the point of the 20-30 member committee?…

South Asian Countries

Pakistan’s Awami National Party slams Imran Khan government after funds earmarked by Korean bank lapse

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Pakistan’s Awami National Party on Monday slammed the Imran Khan government for showing disinterest in Dir Expressway Developmental Project.The remarks came from ANP spokesperson and former senator Zahid Khan, who claimed that 90 million dollars earmarked by a Korean bank for construction of 120 kilometres Chakdara to Dir expressway had lapsed due to disinterest of the incumbent Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government, reported The News International. “Korean bank had taken back 90 million dollars it had provided during the previous government of PML-N for the construction of 120 kilometres Chakdara to Dir expressway,” he informed media persons.In previous months, Dir Qaami Pasoon (DQP), a non-political organisation working for the uplift of Dir had also demanded the government to take practical steps for initiating and completing development projects in the district reported Pakistan newspaper Dawn News.Speaking at a press conference at Timergara Press Club,…

Health & Lifestyle Travel

Government Issues New Guidelines From ‘At-Risk’ Nations Amid Omicron Scare

Omicron (B.1.1.529), a new variant of Coronavirus, has left the world scared once again. The new variant has been detected in South Africa, Brazil, UK, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Hong Kong and Israel. Though India has not reported any cases of the new variant yet, the country is taking all the precautions to avoid another wave.New guidelines The Indian health ministry had proposed to resume international flights on December 15 but on Sunday, the government issued some new guidelines for foreign travellers making the RT-PCR test mandatory for those coming from COVID ‘at-risk countries’ on arrival at the airport. The COVID report should be authentic, in case of manipulated reports, the passenger will be liable for criminal prosecution. Those who test positive will immediately be isolated and their samples would be sent further for genomic testing at the INSACOG laboratory network. For those testing…

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Govt ready to answer every question: PM Modi

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

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AAP MP Sanjay Singh boycotts all-party meeting

New Delhi [India] : Aam Aadmi Party Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh on Sunday boycotted the all-party meeting alleging that the government never allows anyone to speak during the meet.“They (Government) don’t let any member speak during the all-party meeting. I raised the issue of bringing a law on the MSP guarantee in this session of the Parliament and other issues including the extension of Border Security Force’s jurisdiction, among others. They don’t let us speak in all-party meet and Parliament,” said Singh. “The government is busy with Jinnah and other issues, ignoring the core issues related to farmers and common man,” he added.An all-party meeting was called by the Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi on Sunday ahead of the winter session of Parliament.Leaders of various political parties including Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Minister Piyush Goyal and Leader of Congress in…

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

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

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

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

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Karnataka CM Bommai orders probe into alleged irregularities in tender processes by govt depts

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Thursday constituted two committees to be headed by retired Judges to scrutinise the alleged kickbacks by the Karnataka State Contractors’ Association in the tender processes and estimation of amounts by the government departments and ordered a probe to ensure transparency in the process, said the Chief Minister.Karnataka State Contractors’ Association in July this year submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleging that the contractors are forced to pay more than 40 percent of the project cost as a bribe to the government officers, concerned Ministers, legislators, Lok sabha members and other officials of the concerned departments. Speaking to media persons he said, “Chief Secretary has been instructed to take appropriate action if any irregularities have been committed in the tender process. I have instructed for special scrutiny into the tenders which have been finalised…

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Delhi HC seeks Centre’s response on booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine

New Delhi [India]: The Delhi High Court on Thursday asked the Centre to file an affidavit on the aspects of the administration of booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine necessary or not and the timeline within which the same is proposed to be rolled out.A Division Bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Jasmeet Singh asked the Centre to file a reply on the aspects relating to the booster disease of the COVID-19 vaccine. The Court also asked the Centre to mention the timeline when the booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine, if concerned necessary, to be rolled out in the Aarogya Setu app. “Let the Union of India file an affidavit for the administration of booster dose and timeline within which it is proposed to be rolled out on the Aarogya Setu app if it is necessary,” the Court said.The Court’s remark came while observing growing…

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Delhi govt to give Rs 5,000 to workers affected due to ban on construction activities

New Delhi [India] : Delhi government will deposit Rs 5,000 each in bank accounts of construction workers who were affected by the ban on construction activities in the city due to air pollution, said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday.“I have given an order today to deposit Rs 5,000 each in bank accounts of construction workers in view of a ban on construction activities due to air pollution. We will also provide compensation to workers for their loss according to their minimum wages,” Kejriwal told mediapersons here. Meanwhile, the air quality in Delhi plunged to the “very poor” category on Thursday, according to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR).The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) has dipped again from 280 on Sunday to 330 today. As per the SAFAR, the PM 10 levels was recorded at 327 in the ‘poor’…

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Political stability, peace have been established in northeast

New Delhi [India] : Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday lauded the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Central government for focusing on the northeast and said that political stability and peace have been established in the region and asserted that it will play a huge role in the development of the region.Shah also stated that it is time to invest in the Northeast region and empower it. While addressing an event at the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) virtually, the Union Home Minister said, “The Modi government has focused on the northeast region since it came to power. Today, the region is ready to play the role of contributor in the development of the country.”“The Northeast region consists of 8 per cent of the Indian landmass. The Northeast region of the country is one of the 18 biodiversity hotspots in the world, which should…

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Pakistan: Imran Khan orders inquiry against senior bureaucrat for mocking PTI govt

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed the government authorities to undertake an inquiry against a senior joint secretary of the Cabinet Division for mocking the Pakistan Tareek-e-Insaf (PTI) government on social media.According to a statement of allegations issued by Pakistan’s Establishment Division on Monday, BS-21 officer Hammad Shamimi had posted a comment on social media that was tantamount to misconduct under the Civil Servants (Efficiency and Discipline) Rules, 2020. As reported by Pakistan media Dawn News, Shamimi has posted a comment in which he defined ‘similarity’ between the PTI government and the Taliban group in Afghanistan.“A similarity between the PTI and the Taliban is that both are figuring out how to run the government only after assuming power. And the centre of hope for both of them is Aabpara,” the senior PTI official said in the comment.Meanwhile, an inquiry has been ordered…

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Farmers to reach Delhi on 30 tractors, says Rakesh Tikait

New Delhi [India] : Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait on Wednesday said that as many as 500 farmers will reach Delhi on 30 tractors on November 29.He further stated that other details regarding the same will be disclosed after a meeting scheduled to take place on November 26, which marks the first anniversary of the farmers’ protest against the three farm laws, the repeal of which was recently announced by the Centre earlier this month. Speaking to ANI, Tikait said, “On November 29, 500 farmers will go to Delhi on 30 tractors. The details will be provided after a meeting on November 26, which will be marked as the first anniversary of our protest.”He further said, “We will withdraw our protest and will go home after the government accepts our demand for law on Minimum Support Price (MSP). We don’t have the intention…

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Khalistani terrorist Avtar Singh Pannu’s brother given key post by Channi govt

New Delhi [India] : A major controversy is brewing in Punjab ahead of the Assembly polls after Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi-led Congress government appointed Balwinder Singh Kotlabama, brother of Khalistani terrorist Avtar Singh Pannu, as the chairman of Punjab Genco Limited. Balwinder’s appointment has sparked massive uproar with the BJP and the SAD calling it open terror appeasement. SAD leader Sukhbir Singh Badal said that Chief Minister Channi should answer the people. “The government has appointed Sikhs for Justice office bearer’s brother (Balwinder Singh Kotlabama) as chairman (of Punjab Genco Ltd). CM (Charanjit Singh) Channi should answer to people on this,” he said. Avtar Singh is the coordinator of the Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) — is a secessionist organisation supporting the creation of Khalistan. He is on the radar of Indian agencies for his pro-Khalistan activities

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All major cryptocurrencies saw a fall of around 15 per cent or more

New Delhi [India] : Crypto markets crashed following news of the government introducing a Bill in the Parliament to prohibit all private cryptocurrencies in India, barring a few exceptions to “promote the underlying technology of cryptocurrency and its uses”. As of 11:15 PM on November 23, all major cryptocurrencies saw a fall of around 15 per cent or more, with Bitcoin down over 17 percent, Ethereum falling by close to 15 per cent, and Tether down by almost 18 per cent. The official document on scheduled house proceedings today showed that the Cryptocurrency and Regulation of Official Digital Currency Bill, 2021, is set to be introduced in the Parliament in the upcoming winter session that starts on November 29. The Bill will prohibit all private cryptocurrencies in India with certain exceptions and is expected to be taken up for final consideration and passing during the…

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Gehlot’s adviser raises question over Pilot’s role

Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India] : Ramkesh Meena, an independent MLA, who has been appointed adviser to Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot after the cabinet reshuffle, has said that there can be nothing worse for the Congress if the party has to go for 2023 polls under Sachin Pilot.Speaking to the media on Monday, Meena alleged that Pilot had been misleading the Congress high-command and has been running a campaign for over a year to ensure that independent MLAs and those from the BSP do not get a ministerial berth. “If we go to the polls under his (Sachin Pilot) leadership, I will meet high command and tell them that he already carried out a mutiny in Rajasthan by cancelling tickets and damaging the party. If we go to 2023 polls under him, there can be nothing worse for the party,” Meena said.“Depends on how the…

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Congress’ Hanumantha Rao welcomes Andhra govt’s decision to repeal three capitals bill

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: Congress leader Hanumantha Rao has welcomed the decision to repeal the bill which intended to make three capitals for Andhra Pradesh and the move is a victory of women who protested against these bills.Speaking to ANI, Rao said, “I welcome the decision of repealing the three capital bills. There is a new scenario in Andhra Pradesh. A change can be seen in Jagan Mohan Reddy. The women were fighting against the three capital laws. BJP leaders have also protested. He might have thought that it is going against the government’s decision of making three capital. This is a victory of the women who fought for the abolition of the three capital bills.” Andhra Pradesh government on Monday withdrew the “Andhra Pradesh Decentralisation and Inclusive Development of All Regions Bill 2020” in the State Assembly. The Bill was intended to make three…

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Arvind Kejriwal promises to give Rs 1,000 monthly to every woman in Punjab if AAP forms govt in state

Amritsar (Punjab) [India]: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) National Convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday announced that the party will give Rs 1,000 per month to every woman in Punjab above 18 years of age if it forms the government after upcoming assembly elections in the state.Addressing a party programme in Moga city of Punjab today, Kejriwal said, “If we form the government in Punjab in 2022, then we will give every woman of the state, who is above 18 years of age, Rs 1,000 per month. If a family has three female members then each will get Rs 1,000.” Kejriwal calls this announcement “world’s biggest women empowerment programme”.He further said that “one fake Kejriwal” is roaming in Punjab. “In Punjab, a fake Kejriwal is roaming. Whatever I promise here, he repeats the same. In the entire country, only one man, Kejriwal,…

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Imran Khan government has pushed Pakistan into quagmire of problems, says PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Accusing the Imran Khan government of pushing Pakistan into a quagmire of problems, Pakistan opposition leader Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has called on the people to reject the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in the next elections.The Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman visited the mausoleum of Pir Syed Amin Al Hasnat, Leader of Tehreek-e-Pakistan in Manki Sharif, The News International reported. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had put up the most resistance against Talibanisation.He called on Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government to make public the details of talks with the Pakistani Taliban.“I have always received love from here. The referendum was won in favour of Pakistan thanks to Pir of Manki Sharif. The sacrifices of the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa against terrorism cannot be forgotten,” he saidHe said that KP had put up the most resistance against TalibBanisation, the government should…

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Rahul Gandhi alleges corruption in Jan Dhan accounts

New Delhi [India] : Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday, citing a media report attacked the central government over alleged corruption in the transfer of money in Jan Dhan accounts.According to media reports, the State Bank of India had deducted a total amount of Rs 164 crore from Jan Dhan account holders. The report quoted a study by IIT Bombay. The media report said between 2017 and September 2020, the bank had collected a total of Rs 254 crore from Jan Dhan account holders for transactions through UPI and Rupay card. The bank had collected Rs 17.70 from each account holder during this period.On this, Gandhi wrote on Twitter, “Who is responsible to keeping the accounts of these monies?”The Congress leader has been attacking the Modi government for corruption. Ahead of the 2019 General Elections, Congress had alleged corruption in acquiring Rafale Jet from…

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Bilawal Bhutto says toppling Imran Khan government solution to all problems in Pakistan

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Expressing serious concerns over the ongoing gas crisis across Pakistan, PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Sunday slammed the Imran Khan government for its “incompetency”, saying that the solution of all problems of the public lies in the ouster of the ruling PTI-led government.Bhutto said that Imran Khan’s PTI is continuously creating crisis and increasing the miseries of the people, Geo News reported. Pakistan PM should apologise to the citizens who are starving due to the policies of the PTI-led government, he said. Over the prevailing gas crisis, Bhutto said that there would be no gas crisis in the country if the government would have imported LNG timely.He also said that increase in gas prices by the PTI government has affected the general public.This comes a day after PPP Chairman on Friday met with the Chief of Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), and decided…

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BJP demands NIA probe into killing of RSS workers in Palakkad

Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India] : The BJP will organise a protest across the state on November 25 demanding a National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe into the killing of RSS workers in Palakkad and Thrissur.At a press conference, BJP state general secretary P Sudheer alleged that SDPI was behind these murders. “The Left government is supporting the SDPI and it should end. We are demanding the state government to hand over both cases to the NIA. On November 25, the BJP will organise a march to all collectorates in the state demanding the NIA probe into the killing of RSS workers in Palakkad and Thrissur. In Thiruvananthapuram, the protest will be held before the secretariat,” he said.A Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) worker was hacked to death in Kerala’s Palakkad district, police said on November 15. According to the police, the deceased identified as S Sanjith was…

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CM Patnaik inaugurates 148 govt high schools transformed under 5T School transformation program

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India]: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has inaugurated 148 government high schools transformed under the 5T School transformation program.The newly-transformed schools have been inaugurated in five districts including Jagatsinghpur, Devgarh, Puri, Balangir, and Kendrapara. Interacting with the students on Saturday, the Chief Minister said that the goal of school transformation is to help the children dream big and move forward with confidence.“I wish to see children excel in all areas, and bring glory for Odisha in all fields including studies, sports, and music. Let the students learn about new technologies, the goal of school transformation is to help the children dream big and move forward with confidence to face all challenges in life,” he said.Chief Minister further said that the School transformation program has eliminated the differences between the schools in the city and the villages.“The state government has reserved 15 per cent…

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Rajasthan cabinet reshuffle

New Delhi [India] : The stage seems to be all set for the much awaited cabinet reshuffle as hectic preparations are on for the swearing-in ceremony of new ministers at Governor House on Sunday at 4 p.m, confirmed officials, adding that all ministers of Rajasthan government may be asked to resign after the cabinet meeting, which is scheduled at 5 p.m. Saturday. The meeting will be chaired by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. Although it has not yet been decided which new faces will be included in the cabinet, the process of reaching out to a large number of Congress MLAs in Jaipur started last Friday evening. After the meeting, a new cabinet will be formed with new names and their oath ceremony will be held on Sunday at Raj Bhawan. Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra will be returning on Saturday evening after attending a programme in Uttar…

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Peace deal with TTP would be reached on govt terms, conditions, say Pakistan security sources

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Amid rising criticism of Imran Khan’s government for holding talks with terrorist groups, the Pakistani security sources said that any peace deal with the Pakistani Taliban would be reached on the government terms and conditions.“The Afghan Taliban government was in contact with the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in connection with a peace deal but there is no time-frame. It may take months or years,” the sources while requesting not to be named said there could be a deal with the TTP but only if they abide by Pakistan’s Constitution and law. The sources quashed the reports that there was no truth in speculations that the Pakistani government had decided giving amnesty to the TTP leaders and members, Dawn reported.This is rubbish, no amnesty for them. They are terrorist groups and any progress will be made on our terms and conditions,” the sources maintained.…

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‘Centre should apologize to farmers’ : Manish Sisodia

New Delhi [India] : Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Friday said that the Centre should have repealed the three farm laws a year ago and urged the government to apologize to farmers.This comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier in the day announced the repeal of the three Central farm laws. “The central government should have taken this decision a year ago. The farmers struggled for a year protesting on the roads in winter, rain, and even in times of COVID-19 pandemic and dengue outbreak. The government should apologize for this. The government should also apologize to families of farmers who died during the protests. The government should also apologize for remarks on farmers calling them terrorists, Khalistanis,” Sisodia told ANI.Taking to Twitter, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader congratulated the farmers on the success of their movement.“Congratulations to the farmers and…

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“Govt not made attempts to be inclusive”

New Delhi [India]: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor slammed the government saying it has not made sufficient attempts to be inclusive and has not prioritized to take everyone along.Speaking to ANI at the launch of his book Pride, Prejudice and Punditry here on Wednesday, Tharoor said, “This government has made insufficient attempt to be inclusive. When you are going to rule a country as large and diverse as India, you ought to be able to take everyone along with you. And I think it’s very evident that’s not being a priority for this government.” Tharoor hit out at the followers of Hindutva including Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that one cannot imagine them doing any of the things Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel did.“Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was Gandhian, now present Prime minister and his party is trying to appropriate Sardar Patel’s legacy, but he (Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel)…

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Centre should discuss Punjab affairs with state government or all political parties, not just BJP, says AAP

New Delhi [India]: After a Punjab BJP delegation went to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the reopening of the Kartarpur corridor and other issues, the Aam Aadmi Party said that all parties should have been part of the delegation or the state government should have held these talks.“The affairs of Punjab should be discussed with the state government or with all political parties of the state. It is meaningless to discuss the issues with a number of elected MLAs or leaders and especially those whom the people of Punjab do not allow to enter their villages. It is dishonesty. It is a part of the election strategy,” AAP national spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj told ANI. “There are elections in Punjab within the next three months. the Prime Minister’s Office will try to save its credibility in those elections,” he added.Reacting to Sonu Sood’s…

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Kishan Reddy slams Telangana govt, says Centre ready to procure paddy

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: Slamming the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government in Telangana, Union Minister G Kishan Reddy on Saturday said that the Centre would procure entire Kharif (summer or monsoon crop) paddy produced in the state.Speaking to ANI, Reddy said, “The Centre never said that it would not procure paddy in Telangana. Is any farmer in Telangana producing boiled rice? Boiled rice is prepared by the rice millers. The Center has been saying that boiled rice should be reduced in stages.” Earlier on Friday, the ruling TRS party staged a protest across the state demanding the central government to buy paddy harvest grown by farmers of the state.The Union Minister further said that the Central Government has decided to celebrate Birsamunda Jayanti on November 15 as National Tribal Day.“We are giving Rs 15 crore to the Tribal Museum in the state. We have already…

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Delhi govt sets up COVID-19 vaccination camp for devotees near Chhath puja ghat

New Delhi [India]: In a unique initiative, the Delhi Government set up a COVID-19 vaccination camp for devotees near a Chhath puja ghat in the Gavdi locality of Bhajanpura in the national capital.“The camp has been organized for those who have not taken the vaccine or whose second dose is due. Around 8,000 people are offering prayers here,” said Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Sharat Kumar. Meanwhile, the devotees in the national capital were compelled to make offerings to Sun God while standing in knee-deep water of the toxic foam-laden Yamuna river. The four-day-long Chhath festival concluded today with the ‘Usha Arghya’ (prayers to the rising sun).Devotees gathered on the bank of ghats across the country to perform the ‘Usha Arghya’ in various parts of the country.This year, the Chhath festival began on November 8 with the ‘Nahai Khai’ ritual and concluded today with devotees performing…

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Those who support Talibani mindset will be dealt with strictly by UP govt, says Yogi Adityanath

Shamli (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday slammed opposition parties and said that all those people who support the Talibani mindset will be dealt with strictly by the state government.Addressing a rally in Kairana in the Shamli district, the Chief Minister said, “All those people who support the Talibani mindset in the state will be dealt with strictly by the Uttar Pradesh government. Talibani mindset should not be accepted. It should not be tolerated. Those who support this are driving society into the pre-historic era. The basic rights of citizens are violated with this mindset. Those who follow their religious beliefs blindly, follow the Talibani mindset. Such activities will not be tolerated.” “Those people who did not want Ayodhya Temple to be built, who did not support the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir…..come out in support…

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Delhi government hikes minimum wages by revising DA of workers

New Delhi [India]: The Delhi Government on Monday issued an order to increase minimum wages, by revising the Dearness allowance of unskilled, semi-skilled and other workers, which will be applicable from October 1.The official statement said, “Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has issued an order to increase dearness allowance of unskilled, semi-skilled and other workers of Delhi on Monday.” “The minimum monthly wages of unskilled labourers has been increased from 15,908 to 16,064. The monthly wages of semi-skilled workers has been increased from 17,537 to 17,693. The minimum monthly salary of skilled workers has been increased from 19,291 to 19,473. The rate of minimum wages for supervisor and clerical employees has also been increased,” the statement said.“This big step was taken keeping the interests of the poor and the working class during the Corona epidemic in mind. The clerical and supervisor class employees will…

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Sudan’s military chief says will not partake in government after transition period

Khartoum [Sudan] : Sudanese Commander of the Armed Forces Lt. Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said in an interview with Al Jazeera that he would not partake in any government following the transition period.The remark came as demonstrations against c continue in the capital of Khartoum and several other cities, adding to the political crisis in the country. “We are committed to handing over power to a civilian government of national competency and we pledge to preserve the transition from any interference that can hinder it,” al-Burhan said on Sunday, reiterating commitment to completing the democratic transition and holding elections on time.The military chief also said that talks were currently underway with political parties and other figures on reaching a consensus to form a new government.Commenting on violence during protests, al-Burhan said that Sudanese soldiers did not kill demonstrators, noting that investigations were already launched…

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Pakistan Opposition seeks public opinion to oust Imran Khan govt

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice-President Maryam Nawaz Sharif has sought public opinion on what “extreme and effective” measures the Pakistan Democratic Alliance (PDM) could take to throw Imran Khan government out of power, reported a local media.The timing of the move is interesting as it came at a time when the anti-government alliance is devising the strategy to make the most of the rising public sentiments against the rising inflation in the country due to inflation, reported The Express Tribune. Taking to Twitter, Maryam said, “The PDM and the PML-N want to interpret the feelings of the people and cure their sufferings and want to stand by you in your hour of need and be your voice,” reported Tribune.“What do you think should be our most effective and extreme measure in this regard,” she further wrote.Taking a jibe at the Imran Khan…

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Government e-Marketplace to be more affordable

New Delhi [India]: Union Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal on Wednesday asked the Government e-Marketplace (GEM) officials to make the e-market more affordable, user-friendly, transparent, and simple using Artificial Intelligence and to increase its volume.According to a press statement from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Goyal, while reviewing the functioning of Government e-Marketplace (GEM), said “Stay alert against cartelisation and collusion in GEM.” Here he was informed that the pilot project to integrate GEM with the Indian Railways E-Procurement System (IREPS) will be launched by next month while the process of integrating GEM with the India Post and Ministry of Panchayati Raj is in progress.The Minister said that as the volume of operations grows, AI would be needed to bring the most appropriate buyers and sellers together for transactions.“Use of AI would also act as a watchdog against business malpractices like collusion and cartelisation…

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No COVID-19 vaccination at civic, govt-run centres in Mumbai for 4 days

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Wednesday announced that no COVID-19 vaccination will take place at civic and government-run centres in Mumbai between November 4 to 7 owing to Diwali celebrations.The vaccination will resume on November 8. According to the BMC, it has a sufficient stock of COVID-19 vaccine doses. Meanwhile, Maharashtra on Tuesday recorded 1,078 new COVID-19 cases and 48 deaths. The active cases stand at 15,485.

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Inflation at peak around Diwali, wish Centre was sensitive to people: Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi [India] : Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday hit out the Centre saying that inflation is at its peak around Diwali and added that he wished the government had a sensitive heart for the people.“It’s Diwali. Inflation is at its peak. It’s not a joke. I wish the Modi government had a sensitive heart for the public,” Gandhi tweeted in Hindi. His statement comes amid rising fuel prices.Petrol and diesel prices remained constant today after constantly rising for seven consecutive days.In Delhi, petrol and diesel have been priced at Rs 110.04 and Rs 98.42 per litre respectively. Petrol and diesel cost Rs Rs 115.85 and Rs 106.62 per litre in Mumbai, Rs 110.49 and Rs 101.56 per litre in Kolkata and Rs 106.66 and Rs 102.59 per litre in Chennai respectively.On November 1, the prices of commercial Liquefied Petroleum Gas LPG cylinders…

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Delhi: Free coaching to 15,000 students

New Delhi [India]: Delhi government will provide free coaching to 15,000 students belonging to marginal communities and economically weaker sections this year, said state Social Welfare and Women and Child Development Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam on Tuesday.Briefing mediapersons, Gautam said, “Jai Bhim Mukhyamantri Pratibha Vikas Yojana was made in Delhi for school children who want to become doctors, engineers, civil servants or serve any other government jobs. Many children are there from poor sections and want to study but their parents do not have enough money so that they can send them to coaching institutes. The scheme was made keeping these children in mind.” Children belonging to scheduled castes (SC), scheduled tribes (ST), other backward classes (OBC) and those whose parents have an annual income of up to Rs 8 lakh can avail the scheme.Delhi government has tied up with 46 private coaching centres…

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Pakistan opposition leader Bilawal Bhutto vows to continue protest till ouster of Imran Khan govt

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Opposition party leader and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari has said that his party’s campaign against price hike, unemployment and poverty will continue till the ouster of the Imran Khan government.Bilawal made these remarks at gatherings of party workers on Monday in Sindh province, Dawn newspaper reported. Pakistan opposition parties have been staging protests in cities throughout the country urging people to join forces to “overthrow” Imran Khan’s PTI government amid rising inflation.Workers of the PPP on the call of the party chairman Bilawal, staged protests in Islamabad and Rawalpindi last week against the rise in poverty, unemployment and inflation.The PPP party workers raised slogans against the Imran Khan government.The PPP chairman called last weeks’ protest campaign a success and said the second phase would be announced shortly. He said protests, rallies and demonstrations would continue till the “selected government…

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Priyanka Gandhi in Gorakhpur: UP govt not declaring Mandi Parishad exam results, youth is suffering

New Delhi [India]: Two days after the Uttar Pradesh Subordinate Services Selection Commission (UPSSSC) Preliminary Eligibility Test (PET) 2021 results were announced, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Sunday alleged that the BJP-led Uttar Pradesh government has not yet declared the results of UPSSSC Mandi Parishad examinations held 2.5 years back and demanded the government to announce the same.She further accused the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government of harassing the youth of the state and alleged that the aspirants have been struggling due to the undeclared results. “Chief Minister, 2.5 years have passed since the Mandi Parishad examination was conducted by UPSSSC and there are no traces of the results yet. Stop harassing the youth of UP. Declare the results of the hardworking youths who have been struggling after giving the Mandi Parishad examination 2.5 years back,” said the Congress general secretary in-charge of…

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Pak: 12-member committee formed to negotiate between Imran Khan-led govt, TLP

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Amid the ongoing protest by the banned Islamist group Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), a 12-member committee has been formed to play the negotiator’s role between the Imran Khan-led government and the outfit, local media reported.On Saturday, the Minister of Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony Pir Noor-ul-Haq Qadri said that the committee is in talks with the government as well as the leaders of the proscribed organisation, Geo News reported. The federal minister said religious leaders from across the country met Prime Minister Imran Khan and expressed the resolve to wrap up the matter peacefully.Qadri said the Khan told the meeting’s participants that the incumbent government has always welcomed meaningful and serious talks, Geo News reported.The Prime Minister also told the ulema that their suggestions, which might save the country from bloodshed, will also be considered, the federal minister said.“The 12-member committee is in…

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Agreements of IPPs under CPEC cannot be renegotiated under CPEC, Pak government tells Senate Committee

Islamabad [Pakistan]: The Pakistani government told the Senate Standing Committee on Power that the agreement of the Independent Power Producers (IPPs) under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) cannot be renegotiated, just like other IPPs, as the Chinese companies could take the matter for international arbitration, local media reported.The Senate Standing Committee on Power that met under Senator Saifullah Abro, was told by the officials of the Power division that they cannot brief the committee openly regarding the tariff matters of the power plants installed by Chinese IPPs under CPEC. However it was told that the power division is ready to brief the in camera meeting of the committee on the issue, The Nation reported on Friday. Some Chinese companies don’t support the idea of making the details of agreements on CPEC IPPs public, Additional Secretary Power Division Waseem Mukhtar told the committee.He said that…

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“BJP work for poorest of poor”

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India] : Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday said that unlike the opposition we have proved that Bharatiya Janata Party governments work for the poorest of the poor.While addressing the launch event of ‘Mera Parivaar-BJP Parivaar’ membership drive, Shah said, “BJP has done the work of getting back its identity to Uttar Pradesh. BJP has done a lot of work to take the state towards becoming the most prominent state of the country. BJP has proved that governments are not for the family, but for the poorest of the poor in the state.” He further question said that for the last five years people were sitting at their homes and now they are coming out and thinking they will form their government.“People who were sitting at home for the last five years are coming out thinking their government will be…

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Karnataka govt will soon unveil policy to prevent delays in industrial projects

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: In an attempt to prevent delays in industrial projects, the Karnataka government will soon unveil a policy to help manufacturing industries obtain the sale deed of the land allotted to them in 10 to 15 days after they start setting up their units.Large and Medium Industries Minister Murugesh Nirani made the announcement on Thursday here. Addressing the Round Table Meet on ‘Manufacturing in Karnataka’ organised by the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce at a private hotel here, Minister Nirani said rules would be framed to ensure that the land price didn’t exceed more than 15 to 20 per cent of the actual value.“We will unveil a policy to help manufacturing industries get the sale deed of land allotted to them within 10 to 15 days after they start functioning. This will avoid delay in starting industrial projects and we are coming up…

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Taliban offer wheat instead of money for labour to tackle unemployment

Kabul [Afghanistan]: The Taliban’s interim government in Afghanistan have announced to offer wheat to thousands of people in exchange for labour, a media report said.Through the plan, the Taliban aim to employ nearly 40,000 men in Kabul. The plan will be implemented in several major cities of Afghanistan, reported Dawn. Underlining that the plan is a key step to fight unemployment and tackle hunger in the country, the Taliban’s chief spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said that the labourers must work hard.Currently, Afghanistan already is suffering from poverty, drought, electricity blackouts and a failing economic system.Under the plan, nearly 11,600 tons of wheat will be distributed in Kabul in two months. And about 55,000 tons for elsewhere in the country, including Herat, Jalalabad, Kandahar, Mazar-i-Sharif and Pol-i-Khomri.In Kabul, the plan will include digging water channels and catchment terraces for snow in the hills to combat drought.Earlier…

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India celebrates anniversary of Azad Hind Government formed by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose

New Delhi [India]: To commemorate the anniversary of the formation of the Azad Hind Government by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, several events were organized across the country on Friday. The events were held as part of the ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ celebrations.The Ministry of Culture spearheaded the organisation of an integrated program calendar across regions and geographies with participation from various Ministries, states and union territories. On October 21, 1943 Netaji had announced the formation of the Azad Hind Government which started functioning from Singapore with 11 ministers and eight representatives from the Indian National Army.The commemorative programs witnessed participation from Indian National Army (INA) veterans, school students, local communities and others. Union Ministers Arjun Ram Meghwal and Meenakshi Lekhi attended the 78th-anniversary ceremony of Azad Hind Sarkar at Red Fort. During the occasion a book titled ‘Bose: The Military Dimension: The Military History…

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No immediate relief in Fuel Prices

New Delhi [India] : The rising fuel prices in the country are not going to come down immediately. The central government is in talks with several oil-exporting countries on the issue of supply and demand of oils but there is no possibility of immediate relief in prices.A source told ANI that the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas recently raised concerns about the matter of pricing, supply and demand of oils to the major oil-producing countries. “As crude oil prices rise internationally, the petroleum ministry has called on the energy ministries of many countries such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Russia and others,” the source told ANI.However, the logjam continues between the Centre and States over the issue of reducing taxes on oil.“Talks are on with the finance ministry regarding fuel prices. Reduction in taxation on fuel is a matter of the Ministry of…

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Singhu border incident a conspiracy

Ghazipur (Uttar Pradesh) [India] : Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait on Sunday said that the Singhu border incident was a “religious matter” and alleged that “the government was behind the act of spoiling the atmosphere near the border.”He stated that the government should not link the Singhu Border incident with the farmers’ protest. Speaking to ANI, Tikait alleged that the Singhu border incident was a conspiracy of the governments and said that the government can deteriorate the situation at the border at any time.“Nihangs said it’s a religious matter and the Government should not link it to farmers’ protest. We’re talking to them and telling them that they are not needed here as of now. Government can deteriorate the situation,” said Tikait.He further questioned the intelligence of the Central government and alleged that the government already knew about the incident since it…

International World Updates

Erdogan, Merkel debate over shortcomings of coalition government

Ankara [Turkey]: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and German Chancellor Angela Merkel engaged in a debate over the shortcomings of a coalition government during the latter’s farewell trip to Istanbul on Saturday.“Under Merkel, there was a successful period in Turkish-German relations. But it is always difficult to work with a coalition government. Turkey had a lot of problems when had it, but after switching to a presidential system, we got rid of them and started to work intensively,” Erdogan told reporters after a meeting with Merkel. The chancellor, in turn, said that a coalition government suits Germany, noting her country is not going to switch to a presidential system.In response, Erdogan recalled that Merkel complained about difficulties with the coalition government during talks with him.“It is true, but this is life,” Merkel said.Erdogan replied with a smile, quoting his grandchild who says “Grandfather, what…

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Poland’s ruling party weighs drastic military buildup

Warsaw [Poland]: Poland’s governing party is considering ratcheting up national defence capabilities, its leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski said in an interview to RMF FM radio on Saturday.“We must significantly bolster our military capabilities. Initiatives to this effect will soon be presented to the Sejm and later to the Senate,” he said, referring to the Polish bicameral parliament. Kaczynski told the radio he meant giving the armed forces a “drastic boost” and hinted at “far-reaching changes” going forward. Poland has recently increased military personnel and secured new arms contracts.Kaczynski, 72, has been Poland’s de facto ruler. He said on Wednesday that he would step down as deputy prime minister in charge of national security to focus on leading his right-wing PiS party.

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Govt should probe this matter thoroughly, says Samyukta Kisan Morcha after mutilated body of man found near Singhu border

New Delhi [India]: After a man was found dead at the farmers’ protest site at Kundli in Haryana on the Singhu Border near Delhi, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) on Friday alleged that the deceased before dying, admitted that he was sent by someone and given Rs 30,000, demanding the government to thoroughly investigate the matter.Addressing a press conference at the Singhu border today, the SKM senior leader, Jagjit Singh Dallewal said, “When we reached the spot some people were saying that the deceased man, before dying, admitted he was sent by someone & given Rs 30,000. I don’t have the video proof of it. Government should probe this matter thoroughly.” Terming the incident a ‘conspiracy’, SKM alleged that an attempt is being made to give communal colour to the morcha.“Attempt is being made to make morcha into a religious issue… seemingly a conspiracy,…

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Taliban transfers USD 18 million seized from previous govt officials to Afghan Finance Ministry

Kabul [Afghanistan]: The Taliban said that they transferred nearly USD 18 million from the central bank of Afghanistan-Da Afghanistan Bank- to the Ministry of Finance on Sunday, reported local media.The cash was seized from officials of the previous government in Kabul, Panjshir, Khost, and Logar provinces, Khaama Press reported citing Da Afghanistan Bank as saying in a statement. The seized money was kept in Da Afghanistan Bank. It was transferred to the account of the Ministry of Finance.According to the statement the money includes, USD 1,59,95,377, AFS 86,164,350, Euro 7,450, Indian Rupees 30,350, UAE Dirham 300, reported Khaama Press.A relatively large amount of gold has also been seized and is now kept in the central bank of Afghanistan, the statement added.

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PNB launches “6S Campaign” under Govt. of India’s customer outreach programme

New Delhi [India]: With India celebrating 75 years of Independence, the Government of India has launched “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav” for various outreach activities on financial services, with focal theme of ‘Janta Se Jodna’.In line with the above Government’s initiative, Punjab National Bank, as the country’s second largest Public Sector Bank, has launched a “6S Campaign” encapsulating different schemes such as – Swabhiman, Samruddhi, Sampark and Shikhar, Sankalp and Swagat. The objective is to drive special awareness campaign for development of financial services in the country and to accelerate credit growth, improve penetration of social security schemes and drive digital banking push.Through Swabhimaan, the Bank aims to aggressively push the financial inclusion agenda by deepening penetration of the three Jan Suraksha or Social Security Schemes pertaining to the insurance and pension sector namely, Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Yojana, and…

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“We demand Rs 2 crore financial aid, govt jobs”

Lakhimpur Kheri (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: Samajwadi Party president and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Akhilesh Yadav said that he met the families of the deceased and they all want justice, Samajwadi party demands financial aid of Rs 2 crore and government jobs for the families.Akhilesh said, “I met all the families of the deceased and all of them want justice. I expect that the truth will come out. There are several cases where justice had not been served. National Human Rights Commission has given the report where Uttar Pradesh has the most numbers of custodial deaths.” He further added, “If a police officer visits Minister of State for Home Ajay Kumar Mishra for a probe, he will first have to salute him. Do you expect an officer who salutes to probe MoS? People who have seen are saying that MoS Ajay Mishra, his son…

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Rashtriya Indian Military College proposed

New Delhi [India]: The Union Ministry of Defence on Thursday proposed to permit girls to be admitted to Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC) and Rashtriya Military Schools (RMS).The proposal came hours after Supreme Court directed the Centre to take immediate steps to allow girls to take the entrance exam for admission in Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC) which is to be held on December 18, 2021. A bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul while asking the Centre to allow girls to take the entrance exam for admission this year in RIMC instead of waiting till June 2022, directed the government to publish a modified advertisement within two days to seek applications from girls.The Bench, however, was not convinced with the decision of the Centre and ordered that girls will be allowed to sit in the entrance exam this year itself.Earlier, the bench had…

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Taliban introduces 38 new members in caretaker government

Kabul [Afghanistan]: Taliban on Monday announced 38 new members of its caretaker government of Afghanistan, in civil and military positions.The new appointments include a Political Deputy for the Prime Minister, acting Minister for the Ministry of Martyrs and Disabled, deputy ministers and commanders of corps. The names of Afghanistan’s military corps have changed from 209 Shaheen Corps to “Mazar corps” in the new list.“We hope the new army can defend Afghanistan’s territorial integrity and respond to any possible movements by enemies and forces opposed to the current government,” said Mohammad Sadeq Shinwari, a former military figure, TOLOnews reported.The names of some key members of the caretaker cabinet include Political Deputy for Prime Minister- Mawlawi Abdul Kabir, acting Minister for the Ministry of Martyrs and Disabled Affairs- Mullah Abdul Majid, the head of Afghan Red Crescent Society- Mawlawi Muti-ul Haq, Deputy Head of the Red…

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Joe Biden says he and Xi Jinping agreed to abide by Taiwan agreement

Washington [US]: US President Joe Biden said he spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping to discuss China’s military activity near Taiwan and both sides agreed to abide by the Taiwan agreement, Spoutnik reported citing White House press pool’s report.“I’ve spoken with Xi about Taiwan. We agree, we will abide by the Taiwan agreement. That’s where we are, and I made it clear that I don’t think he should be doing anything other than abiding by the agreement,” the President said on Tuesday (local time). Since Friday, China has sent almost 150 aircraft into Taiwan’s defence zone.Taiwan’s Ministry of Defence announced that People’s Liberation Army Aircraft’s (PLAAF) 34 Shenyang J-16 fighter jets, two SU-30 fighter jets, two Shaanxi Y-8 anti-submarine warfare (Y-8 ASW) planes, two KJ-500 airborne early warning and control aircraft (KJ-500 AEW&C), and 12 Xian H-6 bomber entered Taiwan’s air defenThe aircraft all…

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Odisha govt will provide free medical, engineering coaching to SC, ST students

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India]: The Odisha government launched ‘Chatra Protsahan Yojana'(CPY) on Monday which will provide free coaching to (ST) students in the state for medical and engineering entrance examinations.The ST and SC Development Department of State government will open seven Centres of Excellence in SC and ST schools across the state where 320 such students every year will be provided free education. Centres will encourage the students of Higher Secondary Schools towards Higher education. Its main intent is to identify and nurture the potential ST/SC students from a young age for higher education in Medical and Engineering, the govt said. Students will be selected on the basis of Std X merit and a selection test from among the students who have passed matric from SSD High Schools. Every year more than 30.000 ST/SC students appear in the Annual of Higher Secondary School Examination.MoUs are…

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Japanese government resigns, Fumio Kishida to take office as New Prime Minister

Tokyo [Japan]: The Japanese government has resigned and the parliament will vote on the candidacy of the Prime Minister on Monday, the Kyodo news agency reports, adding that former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida will be elected premier.At the end of September, Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato announced that the Japanese cabinet had scheduled an extraordinary parliamentary session for October 4 to elect a new prime minister. Incumbent Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced in early September his decision not to run for the head of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), which means his resignation as head of government as well.Kyodo reported on Monday morning that Kishida, 64, will be elected premier by parliament when it convenes for an extraordinary session in the afternoon. In the new cabinet, Toshimitsu Motegi is set to be retained as foreign minister while Shunichi Suzuki will be tapped as…

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Punjab govt starts paddy procurement

Ludhiana (Punjab) [India]: Punjab Food, Civil and Supplies Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu and Industry Minister Gurkirat Singh Kotli on Sunday started the paddy procurement in Asia’s biggest grain market at Khanna in Ludhiana.As per a press release issued by District Public Relation Officer (DPRO), the cabinet ministers during their visit said that elaborate arrangements have been made by the state government to make sure that every single grain of paddy is procured and lifted without any sort of delay. The ministers asked the officers of all procurement agencies, Mandi Board and district administrations in all the state to ensure timely payment of the produce to the farmers.They also informed that the arrangements for saving produce from rain or showers are already in place and the facilities of power, sheds for the farmers, portable water supply and equipment to monitor the quality of paddy have…

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Union Tourism Minister: Government Will Do Everything To Brand J&K Tourism

Union Minister for Tourism and Culture G Kishan Reddy discussed various avenues pertinent to tourism in the region of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and highlighted the importance of promotion and campaigning of the Union Territory as a tourism destination in India and across the globe. nteracting with tourism stakeholders at the SKICC here as part of the Centre’s outreach programme, Reddy reaffirmed the commitment of the Union government towards the promotion of Jammu and Kashmir’s rich cultural heritage worldwide. “The central government will do everything in their domain to brand the region as an international tourist destination,” he said during the interaction. Reddy discussed various avenues pertinent to tourism in the region of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and highlighted the importance of promotion and campaigning of the Union Territory as a tourism destination in India and across the globe. The stakeholders, including tourist trade…

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Biden signs legislation to fund US govt through December 3

Washington [US]: US President Joe Biden on Thursday (local time) signed a short-term spending bill swiftly passed by Congress, which has averted a government shutdown.“The President signed into law the Extending Government Funding and Delivering Emergency Assistance Act,” the White House said in a statement. It “includes a short-term continuing resolution that provides the fiscal year 2022 appropriations to federal agencies through December 3, 2021, for continuing projects and activities of the Federal Government; includes supplemental appropriations for disaster relief; includes supplemental appropriations for Afghanistan evacuees; and extends several expiring authorisations,” the statement added.Stressing that the act meets the critical and urgent needs of the nation, Biden in the statement said that it helps “disaster relief for both red and blue states hit hard by Hurricane Ida and other devastating natural disasters, and funding to help us resettle Afghan allies in the US following…

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“Govt lies that it’s open to dialogue”

Raipur (Chhattisgarh) [India]: Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait on Wednesday said that Government lies to the media that it is open to dialogue on the issue of ongoing farmers agitation.Addressing a press conference here, Tikait said, “Government lies to media that it is open to dialogue but farmers are not. They want to hold conditional dialogue, in which farmers will not participate. They said farm laws would not be rolled back. It means they have already drafted the agreement and farmers just have to sign it.” Asked about his statement against media, Tikait said, “I had said something yesterday which was misinterpreted. I actually meant that the next target of the Centre is media houses. We have never said anything against media.”Rakesh Tikait on Tuesday had said media houses will be the next target and will suffer if they do not support farmers’…

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Government approves continuation of NEIA scheme, infusion of Rs 1,650 crore grant-in-aid over five years

New Delhi [India]: The government on Wednesday approved the continuation of the National Export Insurance Account (NEIA) scheme and infusion of Rs. 1,650 crore Grant-in-Aid over five years from 2021-2022 to 2025-2026. NEIA Trust was established in 2006 to promote project exports from India that are of strategic and national importance.Briefing reporters after a cabinet meeting, Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal said capital infusion in NEIA Trust will help the Indian Project Exporters (IPE) to tap the huge potential of project exports in the focus market. He said support to project exports with Indian content sourced from across the country will enhance the manufacturing in India.Corpus contribution of Rs1,650 Crore will enhance the underwriting capacity of the Trust and will enable NEIA to support project exports worth Rs 33,000 crore at full capacity utilization that in turn will translate into an estimated output…

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Govt approves listing of ECGC through IPO on the stock exchange: Piyush Goyal

New Delhi [India]: Union Minister Piyush Goyal on Wednesday approved the listing of Export Credit Guarantee Corporation of India through an Initial Public offer on the stock exchange.Addressing a press conference, Goyal said, “Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has undertaken a series of measures to provide a boost to the exports sector. In line with this, the Government has today approved capital infusion of Rs 4,400 crore to ECGC Ltd. (formerly known as Export Credit Guarantee Corporation of India Ltd.) over a period of five years, that is, from FY 2021-2022 to FY 2025- 2026. The approved infusion along with efforts made to suitably synchronize with the listing process of ECGC through the Initial Public Offering will increase the underwriting capacity of ECGC to support more exports.” Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), in its release, said that ECGC was…

Corona Updates

South Korean govt will adopt ‘phased recovery of daily life’ from late October to early November, and consider ‘Vaccine Pass’

Seoul [South Korea]: The government re-announced that it is difficult to maintain the current ‘social distancing’ restrictions to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic and it will come up with a plan for the phased recovery of daily life.The government suggested from the end of October to the beginning of November as the time to adopt phased recovery of daily life, called the ‘With Corona’ system. “Considering other countries with high vaccination rates, we are reviewing whether to maintain the current social distancing system,” Minister of Health and Welfare Kwon Deok-cheol said at an invitational debate held at the Korea Artist Center in Yangcheon-gu, Seoul, on the 28th. “It is quite difficult for the people to continue to comply with the current quarantine restrictions.”He added, “The government is going to come up with measures how to implement current social distancing and quarantine restrictions with experts…

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Former Afghanistan officials announce govt in exile, Saleh to lead

Kabul [Afghanistan]: Former officials of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan who left the war-torn nation after the takeover by the Taliban announced the continuation of the Afghan government in exile, headed by the former Vice-President Amrullah Saleh.A statement released by the Afghan embassy in Swiss reads that, the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is the only legitimate government of Afghanistan that is elected by the votes of people and no other government can replace a legitimate one, reported The Khaama Press News Agency. “After the escape of Ashraf Ghani and his rupture with the Afghan politics, his first vice-president (Amrullah Saleh) will be leading the country,” read the statement.The statement reads that Afghanistan has been occupied by external factors and based on the historic responsibility of the Afghan government after consultations with the elders of the country; they decided to announce government in exile, reported…

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Arvind Kejriwal launches ‘Deshbhakti Curriculum’ for all Delhi govt schools

New Delhi [India]: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday launched ‘Desh bhakti Curriculum’ in a programme organised at Chhatrasal Stadium in the national capital.The curriculum, launched for all the government schools in Delhi, is aimed at instilling patriotism among students. Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said that the curriculum, made after two years of hard work, will prove to be a milestone in education.“We are preparing money machines in our colleges today. We have to stop this. A true ‘Desh Bhakt’ is the one who works for the country, not for the money, ” stated Kejriwal.“Till now, our education system prepared competent professionals like engineers and lawyers but now we will prepare patriotic professionals through this curriculum,” he added.Kejriwal further said that the curriculum will invoke a feeling of patriotism in the students who have been running behind the money till…