Health & Lifestyle Travel

India Revises Rules For International Arrivals Over Omicron

Starting Wednesday, a new set of rules will come into effect for international travellers arriving in the country. The rules have been revised in view of the rising concerns over the emergence of the new coronavirus variant, named ‘Omicron’, that has been termed as a “variant of concern” by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Among the latest guidelines, the Union health ministry has mandated RT-PCR test passengers arriving from ‘at-risk’ nations’. According to the health ministry, the countries designated as “at-risk” are the European countries, including the UK, South Africa, Brazil, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Hong Kong and Israel. Here are the key points to know: > According to the new guidelines, passengers arriving in India are required to submit the self-declaration form on the online Air Suvidha Portal before the scheduled travel. They are also required to submit the last…

Hollywood

‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ To Release On December 16 In India

Instead of December 17, ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ is now scheduled to release on December 16 in India. On Monday, Sony Pictures Entertainment India shared the update via its social media channels, though it provided no reason as to why this was happening. “We have some exciting news for all the Spider-Man & Marvel fans! Our favourite superhero will be swinging in one day earlier than the US! Catch #SpiderManNoWayHome on December 16,” the post read. The film will release in India in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu languages. ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ is Spider-Man/Peter Parker’s third solo adventure. It stars Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zendaya, Alfred Molina, Jamie Foxx, Marissa Tomei and others.

Bengaluru City News

People coming from new COVID-19 variant affected countries to take RT-PCR: K’taka Health Min

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Karnataka Health Minister, Dr K Sudhakar on Saturday said that the people coming from new COVID-19 variant affected countries has to take RT-PCR after landing in Bengaluru. While speaking to the media in Bengaluru, Dr K Sudhakar, said, “We are constantly in touch with the Union Health Ministry and have information that this new strain in South Africa, Hong Kong, Israel, & Botswana is very contagious & has overtaken the Delta variant.”“People coming from these affected countries will take the RT-PCR once they land in Bengaluru. If found positive, they will stay in and around the airport and will be treated, if needed. The home quarantine will be mandatory after their arrival,” added the Minister. The minister added that 281 students tested positive in SDM College of Medical Sciences in Dharwad. “We have tested all 1,788 students of the college, some…

Bollywood

Amitabh Bachchan Pens Celebratory Note For Indian Cricket Team

As the Indian cricket team defeated New Zealand and claimed a clean sweep in the three-match series on Sunday, megastar Amitabh Bachchan penned a celebratory note for the “champions”. Taking to his Instagram handle, Big B posted a picture of the Mean in Blue and shared some poetic lines to mark their victory. “Champions .. INDIA ! Gir jaana, haar jaana, yudh ke maidaan mein , haan maana. Dhvaj phairana , bal par apne , phir khade ho jaana, ye jaana…ghudasavaar ve, jo gir kar, phir savaar ho jaate hain, phir gaya paani unpar, jo maarte the unpar ashleel taana,” he wrote. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Amitabh Bachchan (@amitabhbachchan) At the Eden Gardens on Sunday, Rohit Sharma’s 56-run knock followed by Axar Patel’s three-wicket haul helped India defeat New Zealand by 73 runs in the third and final T20I.…

TOP NEWS UPDATES

Ind vs NZ, 2nd T20I: PIL in Jharkhand HC against full capacity permission at JSCA stadium

Ranchi (Jharkhand) [India]: A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Jharkhand High Court against the full capacity permission of spectators at JSCA stadium for the India and New Zealand T20 match. The petitioner, Advocate Dheeraj Kumar on Thursday asked the concerned authorities such as the Jharkhand Chief Secretary, the Director of Disaster Management Department and the Jharkhand Cricket Association, why the government allowed full occupancy in the stadium whereas temples, courts, and other places are allowed with 50 per cent only.According to the PIL, allowing a hundred per cent capacity of spectators is risking the lives in the view of COVID 19. India and New Zealand will play the second match of the three-match T20 series in Ranchi on Friday. (ANI)

Asia International

India, Singapore in talks to resume commercial flights soon

Singapore: It is learnt that Singapore is in talks with the Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Ministry of External Affairs to restart scheduled commercial services with two daily flights each from Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai. As of now, only repatriation is taking place through Air India, under the Vande Bharat mission.Singapore has announced that from November 29 it will open up its Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTL) for India and once the programme is in place there will be no need for quarantine for vaccinated passengers. There is huge pent up demand for travellers from both sides. Technically, repatriation flights cannot be included under Singapore’s VTL arrangement and only scheduled commercial flights are included in this programme. It is learnt Singapore is keen that Singapore airlines should restart partial operations to India. Sources say that talks for resumption of commercial flights between Singapore and…

Health & Lifestyle Travel

India Reopens To Vaccinated Foreign Travellers

India began on Monday allowing fully vaccinated foreign tourists to enter the country on regular commercial flights, in the latest easing of coronavirus restrictions as infections fall and vaccinations rise. Tourists entering India must be fully vaccinated, follow all Covid-19 protocols and test negative for the virus within 72 hours of their flight, according to the health ministry. Many will also need to undergo a post-arrival Covid-19 test at the airport. However, travellers from countries which have agreements with India for mutual recognition of vaccination certificates, such as the U.S., U.K. and many European nations, can leave the airport without undergoing a Covid-19 test. This is the first time India has allowed foreign tourists on commercial flights to enter the country since March 2020, when it imposed one of the toughest lockdowns in the world in an attempt to contain the pandemic. Fully vaccinated…

Cricket TOP NEWS UPDATES

T20 WC: New Zealand eliminate India with 8 wicket win

New Zealand reach semis with eight-wicket win. All hopes for the Indian cricket team were dashed thanks to a classy and controlled performance from New Zealand. Led by Williamson and supported by Conway, the black caps strolled to victory and to the semis as a fighting but poor Afghanistan team succumbed to a dismal defeat. New Zealand beat Afghanistan by eight wickets in their last Super 12 stage match of the ongoing T20 World Cup at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Chasing a total of 125 runs, New Zealand lost both the openers in the first 10 overs but an unbeaten 68-run partnership between skipper Kane Williamson (40*) and Devon Conway (38*) guided New Zealand to victory and semi-final qualification. With this result, India and Afghanistan are both out of the race for the final four. However, the Virat Kohli-led side has…

Politics State's Latest

FIR lodged after man complains wife, in-laws celebrated Pakistan’s victory

Rampur (Uttar Pradesh) [India] : An FIR was lodged on the basis of a complaint by a man in Rampur against his wife and in-laws for allegedly celebrating Pakistan’s victory over India in the T20 World Cup match held on October 24, police said.“An FIR has been registered after a case of making fun of the Indian cricket team came to our notice on the basis of a complaint made by a man,” said Ankit Mittal, Superintendent of Police. Complainant Ishan Miya, resident of Azim Nagar of Rampur has alleged that his wife Rabia Shamsi and her family burst crackers and put up WhatsApp status celebrating Pakistan’s victory in the T20 World Cup match.The FIR has been filed in Ganj Police Station of Rampur district under Section 153-A of Indian Penal Code and Section 67 of the Information Technology (Amendment) Act, 2008.“The husband and…

City News Delhi

Delhi govt orders probe into Green Park incident

New Delhi [India] : The Delhi government on Saturday ordered a probe into the collapse of a portion of multilevel parking in Green Park and directed the authorities to submit a report in 15 days.Addressing a press conference, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said, “Within one year, the parking lot collapsed. God’s grace that there were no people there at that time, otherwise there could have been a big accident, but the vehicles were damaged.” “The BJP-run municipal corporations keep claiming they have no funds, but when they have money, they use it like this. They spend it on corruption. To build this parking facility, the BJP collected big amounts of money from nearby shopkeepers in the name of conversion charges,” Sisodia alleged.He added that the Delhi government has taken the matter very seriously and ordered an inquiry.” I have directed the Director Local…

Corona Updates

UP CM holds high-level meeting on COVID vaccination

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India] : In a high-level meeting held on Saturday, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath released detailed guidelines on COVID-19 vaccination, the spread of Zika virus in the state and other issues in the state.Instructing the officials regarding the COVID-19 vaccination, the Chief Minister said “a target should be set to vaccinate up to 25-30 lakh people on daily basis in the next two months.” He asked the state’s Additional Chief Secretary of Health to speed up the COVID-19 vaccination process by holding a meeting with all the CMOs of the state. “The action on vaccination has to be accelerated,” the Chief Minister said.Speaking further, Adityanath noted that due to the correct implementation of the policy of “tracing, testing, treatment and vaccination”, there is effective control on COVID-19 infection in the state.“In the last 24 hours, 72 thousand 969 samples were…

Entertainment Marathi

‘Chhatrapati Tararani’ Becomes First-Ever Marathi Hollywood Film

Marathi cinema’s ‘Apsara’ Sonalee Kulkarni is all set to star in another historical based on the life of Maratha queen Tarabai. Now, the filmmakers Akshay Bardapurkar’s Planet Marathi and Piiyush Singh’s Golden Ratio Films bring UK’s biggest Independent film studio onboard. Never before in the history of Marathi films, the industry has witnessed such a phenomenon. Black Hangar Studios is the name behind many Hollywood productions like ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’, ‘Dark Tide’, ‘The Grand Tour’ and many more. The film will be titled ‘Moghul Mardini Chhatrapati Tararani’ and is based on one of the greatest epics of valor of the warrior queen Chhatrapati Tararani who fought with the Mughals, Nizamshahi, Aadilshahi, Qutubshahi, Dutch, British, Portuguese, Siddis at the same time! While speaking about the same, Planet Marathi CMD, Akshay Bardapurkar said, “Chhatrapati Tararani is going to be a golden page in the history of Marathi cinema. Planet Marathi and Golden Ratio are…

Cricket

India openers register fastest team fifty of T20 WC 2021

Dubai [UAE] : Team India on Friday registered the fastest team fifty of the ongoing ICC men’s T20 World Cup.The Men in Blue achieved the feat against Scotland in the Group 2 match of Super 12 stage of the ongoing ICC men’s T20 World Cup here at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Chasing 86, India reached the 50 run mark in just four overs and registered an eight wickets win.India needed to chase the target in 7.1 overs to better their net-run rate from Afghanistan but the Virat Kohli-led side did the needful in 6.3 overs. Rahul and Rohit kept smashing boundaries as India raced to 70 in the five overs.However, Bradley Wheal removed Rohit on 30 but India kept inching closer to a thumping win.In the end, India chased down the target in just 6.3 overs, minutes after losing the wicket of Rahul.Earlier, put…

City News Just In

Telangana govt should reduce VAT on fuel after Centre’s excise duty cut: Cong’s V Hanumantha Rao

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India] : Congress leader V Hanumantha Rao on Friday demanded that the Telangana government should reduce the value-added tax (VAT) on petrol and diesel after the Central government reduced the excise duty on fuel.While speaking to reporters here today, Rao said, “Ahead of Diwali, the Centre reduced excise duty on petrol and diesel by Rs 5 and Rs 10, respectively. The state government should also follow suit and reduce the VAT on these products.” “People are worried as the fuel prices have skyrocketed, resulting to increase in other essential products like vegetables etc. So the state government should also reduce the VAT on fuel. The Centre should include petrol and diesel under the purview of GST,” added Rao.His remarks came after the Finance Ministry on Wednesday announced a Rs 5 per litre cut in excise duty on petrol and a Rs 10…

Business

Antariksh Group bags Indian Excellence Award in developing Logistics Parks

New Delhi (India) : Another award was presented to the Antariksh Group, a leading brand in Logistics Parks at the Indian Excellence Awards 2021 function organized by Abhigyane Foundation in New Delhi.CA L. V. Rathi and Bhagwanji N Patel, the founders of the Antariksh Group, were presented with the award for their contribution in the industry of Logistics Parks. Antariksh Group has touched new heights in almost a decade, the group has grown rapidly in the MMR region of Maharashtra, which has provided more employment to the people of small villages as well as many multinational companies in their Logistic and supply services.In Mumbai, the financial capital of the country, as there is no place to live for the people, then there are usually many problems for the Logistic storage places there. Antariksh Group has developed suitable sites in the Thane district adjoining Mumbai…

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Centre should release GST compensation so that state govts can reduce VAT on fuel: Sharad Pawar

Pune (Maharashtra) [India] : After the Central government reduced the excise duty on petrol and diesel, NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Friday demanded the release of GST compensation to the states so that state governments can reduce value-added tax (VAT) on fuel.Speaking to reporters here today, Pawar said, “If the Centre disburses the GST compensation to all the states, then it is possible for the state governments to reduce the VAT on petrol and diesel and implement other welfare schemes.” Pawar’s remarks came after the Finance Ministry on Wednesday announced a Rs 5 per litre cut in excise duty on petrol and a Rs 10 per litre cut in excise duty on diesel. Amid record-high fuel prices, this is the first cut in central excise duties in over three years.The NCP chief also confirmed that Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar’s driver and other staff…

TOP NEWS UPDATES

India to hold NSA-level meet on Afghanistan on Nov 10; Pak won’t attend, China yet to confirm

New Delhi [India] : India is set to host the regional security dialogue on Afghanistan on November 10, a meeting that will be conducted at the national security advisor (NSA) level, sources said on Friday.NSA Ajit Doval will chair the meeting next week. India had formally invited the NSAs of Russia, Iran, China, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan for the conference.According to sources, there has been an overwhelming response to India’s invitation. Several countries including Russia and Iran have confirmed participation in the meeting, in which, not just Afghanistan’s immediate land neighbours are invited but also Central Asian countries are invited.The enthusiastic response is a manifestation of the importance attached to India’s role in regional efforts to promote peace and security in Afghanistan, sources said.Meanwhile, Pakistan has declined the invitation to the regional countries’ national security advisors meeting on Afghanistan being hosted by India.“Pakistan’s decision…

South Asian Countries

Rise of Taliban adversely affecting South Asia

Kabul [Afghanistan] : As the situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating by the day, there have been reports emerging that radical Islam is on the ascent in Bangladesh, Pakistan, and even India since the Taliban took over Afghanistan, said a media report.Writing in The J.CA, Rachel Avraham, a political analyst cited an interview of Shipan Kumer Basu, President of the World Hindu Struggle Committee where he stated that with the rise of the Taliban to power, there are fears that the situation will further deteriorate. “Over the past few weeks, extremists Muslims have carried out barbaric attacks on Hindus by placing the Qur’an in a Hindu puja mandap (temporary places of worship). The people of the Buddhist community were not left out either. Due to false rumours of blasphemy, in more than 31 districts, Hindu idols were vandalized, Hindu homes were attacked and looted, and…

Cricket

T20 WC: Dhoni, Kohli and Shastri discuss strategy ahead of must-win game against Afghanistan

Dubai [UAE] : Team India skipper Virat Kohli, chief coach Ravi Shastri and mentor MS Dhoni were seen discussing strategies at the end of Tuesday’s optional training session at the ICC Academy in Dubai. This was followed by another round of discussion between Kohli and Dhoni before the team wrapped up the session.Interestingly, it was Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav who were earlier engaged in a long chat after their training session while Dhoni was busy chatting with Shastri as they watched the batsmen fine-tune their skills at the nets. Skipper Virat Kohli and deputy Rohit Sharma were the first to hit the nets as the frontline pacers like Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami gave the session a miss to recover for the game on Wednesday. Another good news was the presence of batsman Suryakumar Yadav.Having missed the crucial game against New Zealand on Sunday…

Games Sports

Neeraj, Mithali, Chhetri among 12 to receive Khel Ratna on November 13

New Delhi [India] : Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports announced the National Sports Awards 2021 on Tuesday. The awardees will receive their awards from the President of India at a specially organized function at the Darbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan on November 13.Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award will be given to 12 sportspersons including Neeraj Chopra (Athletics), Ravi Kumar (Wrestling), Lovlina Borgohain (Boxing), Sreejesh P.R (Hockey), Avani Lekhara (Para Shooting), Sumit Antil (Para Athletics), Pramod Bhagat (Para Badminton), Krishna Nagar (Para Badminton), Manish Narwal (Para Shooting), Mithali Raj (Cricket), Sunil Chhetri (Football), and Manpreet Singh (Hockey). All men’s Hockey India team who has won the historic bronze medal in Tokyo 2020 Olympics has been awarded Arjun Award with the exceptions of PR Sreejesh and Manpreet Singh.The full list of athletes who will receive the Arjuna Award are Arpinder Singh, SimranjitKaur, Shikhar Dhawan,…

Business

JSPL Q2 results: Consolidated net profit grows three-fold to Rs 2,584 cr

New Delhi [India] : Jindal Steel and Power Limited (JSPL) saw its consolidated net profit grow almost three-fold on annual basis to Rs 2,584.22 crore during the second quarter ended September 30, 2021.According to a statement issued by the Indian steelmaker, JSPL reported a standalone profit after tax (PAT) of Rs 2,711 crore. The consolidated net debt was reduced to Rs 11,164 crore in the second quarter of the financial year FY22 from Rs 15,227 crore in June 2021.As per the company statement, notwithstanding sluggish domestic demand due to ongoing monsoons in the country, JSPL reported robust growth in sales and production in Q2FY22.JSPL further stated that its sales volume surged 32 per cent quarter on quarter (QOQ) and 10 per cent year-over-year (YOY) to hit a record of 2.13 million tonnes during the quarter. Q2FY22 also marked the first time JSPL steel sales…

South Asian Countries

Nepal PM thanked PM Modi for providing COVID-19 vaccines in a timely manner: Shringla

Glasgow [UK] : Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for providing the Covid-19 vaccines in a timely manner to Nepal, during their first meeting on the sidelines of the COP26, said Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Tuesday.While addressing a special briefing on Prime Minister Modi’s Glasgow visit, Shringla informed that the Nepali PM also thanked PM Modi for assistance that India had provided Nepal in post-earthquake relief for the construction houses, schools and several cultural sites. “The Prime Minister of Nepal started by thanking PM for the assistance that India had provided Nepal in post-earthquake relief — the construction of 50,000 houses in the Gorkha district. A number of schools and hospitals and a number of cultural sites were restored, which were badly affected by the earthquake. He also spoke about the cross border oil pipeline which connects…

National News Politics

Amit Shah rolls out pan-India ‘Ayushman Bharat’

New Delhi [India] : Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday rolled out the ‘Ayushman Bharat CAPF’ healthcare scheme on a pan-India basis for the personnel of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) in all states in a phased manner.He handed over the ‘Ayushmaan card’ to a jawan of CAPF and also handed over ‘Ayushmaan CAPF’ Scheme health cards to the Director-General, NSG for distribution to NSG personnel on the occasion of ‘Dhanvantri Pooja’, which is celebrated in the honour of ‘The God of Medicine. ‘The process of distribution of health cards across CAPFs, which began today is slated to be completed by December this year and about 35 lakh cards will be distributed.In his remarks, the Home Minister said that the Modi government has always given priority to the CAPFs.The Home Minister said, “you protect the country without any worry, the Modi government will…

Corona Updates

India’s cumulative COVID-19 vaccination coverage exceeds 107 cr

New Delhi [India] : India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has exceeded 107 crore (107,25,41,626) as per provisional reports till 7 pm on Tuesday, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.More than 37 lakh (37,38,574) vaccine doses have been administered till 7 pm today. As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s data, India has administered a cumulative 73,61,08,324 first vaccine doses while 33,64,33,302 second doses.

Politics State's Latest

West Bengal govt intimidating BJP leaders to join TMC

Indore (Madhya Pradesh) [India] : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya on Tuesday accused the TMC-led West Bengal government of intimidating its leaders to make them join the TMC.Vijayvargiya said, “Many cases are being filed against BJP leaders in West Bengal. There are almost 120 fake cases on BJP MP Arjun Singh, there are 20 cases against me too. Now how can anyone survive when the government starts killing the opposition like this? “Those who are joining TMC in Bengal are forced to join,” he added.Vijayvargiya, who was also in charge of BJP during 2021 assembly polls in West Bengal said that the question of winning and losing arises where elections are held in a free and fair manner, not in a place where “police, goons and political parties work in nexus for booth capturing.”“Victory and loose comes in when elections…

International

PM Modi holds meeting with his Nepalese counterpart Deuba in Glasgow, discusses climate, COVID-19

Glasgow [UK] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a bilateral meeting with his Nepalese counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba here on Tuesday and resolved to work together towards post-pandemic recovery.The two leaders discussed ways to further strengthen the close bilateral ties. It was the first meeting between PM Modi and Deuba since the latter assumed the prime minister’s office. Arindam Bagchi, spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs said that the leaders discussed climate and COVID-19.“PM @narendramodi met PM of Nepal @SherBDeuba today. In their first engagement since PM Deuba assumed office, the two leaders discussed ways to further strengthen our close bilateral ties. Also discussed climate, COVID-19 & resolved to work together toward post-pandemic recovery,” Bagchi said in a tweet. Earlier in the day, PM Modi and his British counterpart Boris Johnson launched the initiative Infrastructure for the Resilient Island States (IRIS).PM Modi reached…

TOP NEWS UPDATES

Russia likely to export new S-500 missile systems to India, China

Moscow [Russia] : Russia may supply its cutting-edge S-500 anti-aircraft missile systems to India and China in the future, Dmitry Shugaev, the director of the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC), has said.Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that the country’s military will soon receive a first batch-produced S-500 missiles system. According to Shugaev, once enough of those systems is supplied to the national armed forces, Russia may export them to other countries. “We are considering India, as well as China and all the states with which we have old partner and predictable mutual relations, as future owners of this cutting-edge system,” Shugaev said in an interview with the RBC news outlet, adding that the FSMTC will consider each potential request individually.The S-500 Prometey is a next-generation surface-to-air missile system with a range of around 600 kilometres (370 miles), designed for intercepting…

Business

Founder of Northeast India’s AVENUES felicitated with AsiaOne’s Asian Youth Empowerment Leader Award

Dubai (UAE) : In recognition of over two decades of Serial Entrepreneurship and Youth Empowerment Leadership, Founder and CEO of Meghalaya-based AVENUES, Mark Laitflang Stone, was felicitated with the inaugural edition of AsiaOne’s Asian Youth Empowerment Leader Award 2O2O-21 at the 15th Edition Asia-Africa Business and Social Forum: Awards & Business Summit, which was held on 26th October 2021 at JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Dubai.In an effort to promote mutual welfare and facilitate fresher avenues of economic cooperation, networking and investment opportunities in Asia, the Middle East and Africa on a global platform, the one-day mega summit was joined by esteemed dignitaries, which included ambassadors from 8 countries, international business and social leaders such as Dr. Aman Puri – Consul General of the Republic of India in Dubai, Malraj de Silva – Ambassador of Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi, Amal Alblooshi – Director, National…

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PM Modi meets UNGA President Abdulla Shahid on sidelines of COP26

Glasgow [UK] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday met United Nations General Assembly’s President Abdulla Shahid on the sidelines of COP26 Summit.“Always good to meet with Indian Prime Minister @narendramodi. #COP26 World Leaders Summit. #Deliver4Climate #PresidencyOfHope,” Shahid tweeted. Prime Minister Modi, who arrived in Glasgow on Sunday for COP26 Summit, met several leaders on the sidelines of the Summit.Prime Minister Modi met with members of the Indian community in Glasgow on Monday to strengthen people-to-people bonds ahead of his participation in the 26th session of the Conference of Parties (COP26).“Strengthening our people-to-people bonds. Indian community members and Indologists gather in Glasgow to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said in a tweet.At COP26, the world leaders are expected to work to achieve the completion of Paris Agreement implementation guidelines; the mobilisation of climate finance; actions to strengthen climate…

Politics State's Latest

WB: Cracker ban order set aside

New Delhi [India] : The Supreme Court has set aside the Calcutta High Court order putting a blanket ban on the sale, purchase and use of all kinds of firecrackers in the state during Kali Puja, Diwali celebrations and some other festivities this year to check air pollution amid the COVID-19 pandemic.A special Bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar and Ajay Rastogi remarked that the top court has already passed an order regulating the use of firecrackers which use polluting materials. It said, “There cannot be a complete ban on firecrackers. Strengthen mechanism to supervise and implement (Supreme Court’s earlier order).”The Bench said its order will be applicable to all states uniformly and West Bengal cannot be an exception.The apex court termed the High Court order as an “extreme order”, said it has taken a consistent view on the matter and restated its October 29,…

Corona Updates

India administered first COVID19 vaccine dose to 78% eligible population: Mansukh Mandaviya

New Delhi [India] : In another milestone, 78 per cent of India’s eligible population has been administered the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine while 38 per cent have received both shots, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Monday.Talking to Twitter, the Minister said: “An extraordinary feat of an extraordinary nation! India has administered 1st #COVID19 vaccine dose to 78 pc of the eligible population and 2nd dose to 35 pc of the eligible people. Congratulations to all as we rapidly progress on our path to defeat the virus!” tweeted Mandaviya. As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s data, 106.31 cr vaccine doses have been administered so far under Nationwide Vaccination Drive.Meanwhile, 12,514 new COVID cases in the last 24 hours. The recovery rate is currently at 98.20 per cent.

TOP NEWS UPDATES

PM Modi meets Naftali Bennett on sidelines of COP26

Glasgow [UK] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Naftali Bennett had their first in-person meet on Monday since the latter took office, on the sidelines of the ongoing COP26 Summit.Taking to Twitter, Bennett shared a small clip of two leaders engaged in conversation at the summit venue. In the clip, PM Modi is seen with an arm around Bennett engaging him in a conversation.Bennett, who took office as Israeli PM in June, captioned the video: “It was truly great to finally meet you.’In August, Narendra Modi spoke on phone August with Bennett.The leaders had expressed satisfaction over the remarkable growth in the bilateral relationship in recent years. Prime Minister Modi also emphasised that India greatly values its robust cooperation with Israel in areas like agriculture, water, defence and security, and cyber-security.During External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s first visit to Israel, PM…

International World Updates

Dinesh Patnaik appointed as next Ambassador of India to Spain

New Delhi [India] : Dinesh K Patnaik has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Spain on Monday, informed the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in a release.Patnaik is a 1990 batch Indian Foreign Services (IFS) officer and is presently Director-General of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). He is expected to take up the assignment shortly, added the release.

Business

India eyes USD 700 billion investments to boost urban infrastructure

Dubai [UAE], : Kunal Kumar, Joint Secretary and Mission Director (Smart Cities Mission), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India, today said that India needs around USD 700 billion of investment from 2021 to 2031 to boost its urban infrastructure services like Urban Mobility, Affordable Housing, Water Security, Clean India Mission and Smart Cities Mission.Kumar along with other Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs officials – Dinesh Kapila, Economic Advisor (Housing) and Jaideep, OSD (Urban Transport) was briefing the media on the sidelines of the inauguration of the ‘Urban and Rural Development Week’ at the India Pavilion in Expo 2020 Dubai. The Ministry is showcasing its efforts being made in comprehensive urban development in India and exhibiting the multi-sectoral opportunities for the World during the ‘Urban and Rural Development Week’ in Dubai. The broad objective is to demonstrate India’s innovative case studies…

Cricket

T20 WC: Boult, Ish Sodhi, Mitchell star as New Zealand thrash India by 8 wickets

Dubai [UAE] : Trent Boult and Ish Sodhi starred with the ball before Daryl Mitchell smashed 49 off 35 to help New Zealand defeat India by eight wickets in the Super 12 match of the ongoing T20 World here at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday.With this defeat, India has now lost two games in the ongoing tournament while New Zealand has bounced back after losing the first match. Mitchell and Kane Williamson stitched a 72-run stand for the second wicket to steer the New Zealand chase.Chasing 111, New Zealand got off to a decent start as openers Martin Guptill and Daryl Mitchell stitched a 24-run stand. Jasprit Bumrah gave India the first breakthrough when he dismissed Guptill in the fourth over.But the target was so low that New Zealand didn’t falter and kept scoring at a brisk rate as Kane Williamson and Mitchell…

TOP NEWS UPDATES

Blast in Assam’s border district with Mizoram; Mizo jawan arrested

Hailakandi (Assam) [India] : After a “high explosive” blast was reported near the Baicherra border output (BOP) in Assam’s Hailakandi district, early on Saturday, tension erupted along the Assam-Mizoram border.As per Hailakandi district Superintendent of Police (SP) Gaurav Upadhyay, a Mizo Indian Reserve Battalion (IRBn) personnel was arrested by Assam police, after the clash in the district. “Yesterday morning at 1.45 am, it was reported that there was a high explosive blast using detonating cord near Baicherra BOP under Ramnathpur PS, done by some Mizo miscreants,” the SP said.He informed that on preliminary investigation, it seemed that some “Mizo miscreants and others entered and carried out this blast using high explosives in the close vicinity of Assam Police outpost.”“During the investigation, one Mizo person named Laldintwanga, aged 23 years, resident of Bhairabi, Kolasib district who was found suspiciously moving near the site was apprehended,”…

City News Delhi

Delhi: Nursing assistant dies after being hit by truck in Okhla

New Delhi [India] : A 37-year-old nursing assistant died after he was hit by a truck near crown plaza Hotel in Delhi’s Okhla.The truck was coming from the Sarita Vihar underpass and going towards Tara Apartment. The Police Control Room (PCR) call was received at PS Okhla regarding an accident near crown Plaza hotel on Saturday, informed Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) South East, Esha Pandey.As per the police statement, the staff reached the spot and found a person was lying in a pool of blood.The Centralised Accident and Trauma Services (CAT) ambulance also arrived at the spot immediately after the incident and declared the persons dead on the spot, it added.The deceased was identified as Jijo P Paul, a resident of Mahavir Enclave Palam Colony Village Palam in New Delhi who originally hails from Kerala, the DCP informed.“He was working as Nursing Assistant…

Corona Updates

Delhi reports 45 new COVID-19 cases in last 24 hrs

New Delhi [India] : Delhi reported 45 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours and no death occurred for the 9th consecutive day.According to Delhi Health Bulletin on Sunday, as many as 25,091 people have succumbed to the virus so far in the national capital. The total count of coronavirus cases in the city has gone up to 14,39,870 and the active caseload in the city stands at 348. The case fatality rate in the national capital is 1.74 per cent. The positivity rate is 0.08 per cent.With 46 more persons recovered in the last 24 hours, the total number of recoveries in the city has gone up to 14,14,431, the bulletin said.As many as 2,94,27,753 COVID-19 tests have been conducted so far in Delhi including 46,468 RT-PCR tests and 10,283 rapid antigen tests conducted in the last 24 hours.As many as…

South Asian Countries

35 IS terrorists surrendered to Taliban in eastern Nangarhar province

Jalalabad [Afghanistan] : As many as 35 terrorists affiliated with Islamic State (IS) surrendered to Taliban-led authorities in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province Sunday, an Afghan intelligence official said.Head of intelligence agency in the province Bashir Khan said the former IS terrorists gave themselves up to the authorities in the provincial capital Jalalabad city, Xinhua reported. They have previously been active in Kot and Spinghar districts.According to the official, 149 terrorists affiliated with the Islamic State group locally known as Daesh have earlier surrendered to the authorities in Nangarhar.The hardliner IS outfit, which has been vying with the Taliban-led Islamic Emirate in Afghanistan, has not made any comment on the report. 

City News Mumbai

Maharashtra man sentenced to 7 years imprisonment in FICN case

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in Mumbai on Saturday convicted and sentenced one accused in Bhivandi, Maharashtra under Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) case.The NIA Special Court on Saturday convicted the accused named Rohit Kumar Nagendra Singh for the offence under sections 120-B, 489 (B) and 489 (C) of IPC and sentenced him to 7 years of Rigorous Imprisonment and a fine of Rs 1000, under FICN case (03/2018/NIA/MUM), after the accused pleaded guilty before the court. “NIA Special Court, Mumbai pronounced judgement in 03/2018/NIA/MUM pertaining to recovery of FICN having face value of Rs 4,78,000 from five accused namely Rehan Abbas Shaikh, Shafahad Mukhtar Ansari, Anees Iklak Shaikh, Kishor Namdeo Fular and Rohit Kumar Nagendra Singh, all residents of Bandra (East), Mumbai,” NIA said.The case was originally registered as FIR Number 357/2018 dated October 11, 2018, at…

Business

NGO MDV distributes Ghee-Free Sweets & Vegan Ghee on this World Vegan Day

New Delhi [India] : This Diwali, International NGO Million Dollar Vegan (MDV) is celebrating the time of festivities and the World Vegan Day by distributing vegan ghee and ghee-free sweets.To spread awareness about veganism and its benefit to the human lifestyle, MDV will distribute jars of Vegan Ghee along with Ghee-Free sweets to educate people about the importance of being vegan. Many known personalities like Bryan Adams, Evanna Lynch, Joanna Lumley, Sunny Leone, Shilpa Shetty, Genelia Deshmukh, Mallika Sherawat and several others across the globe have supported MDV in their endeavour to educate people about the urgency to eat a plant-based diet by distributing vegan meals.Campaign supporter and actress Sunny Leone says, “I have lived in Mumbai, India for 10 years now and nothing makes me happier than bringing a smile and a warm meal to the children, women and men in this city.…

City News Just In

Indian Army officer, soldier killed in blast in J-K’s Rajouri

Rajouri (Jammu and Kashmir) [India]: An officer and a soldier of the Indian Army lost their lives in a mysterious blast on Saturday that took place in the Naushera sector of Jammu and Kashmir, the Indian Army said.According to updates both the Army personnel were critically injured in the explosion near a forward post along the Line of Control in Rajouri district of the union territory. The area has been cordoned off.Earlier on October 11, five army personnel including a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) were killed in anti-terrorist operations in the DKG area of Rajouri adjoining the Poonch sector. 

TOP NEWS UPDATES

Delhi: Carriageway of road leading to Haryana opened

New Delhi [India]: Delhi Police on Saturday reopened the carriageway of the road leading to Haryana, at the farmers’ protest site in Tikri.DCP Parvinder Singh said, “There are still some temporary structures on the road. As per farmers’ request, only 2-wheelers, 3-wheelers and emergency vehicles will ply on this road.” Earlier today, Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana had said, “General public who travel on regular basis was facing a lot of problem due to this, so we decided to open the borders for the sake of their convenience.”Earlier, Delhi police have started removing barricades and cemented blocks put up at the Gazipur and Tikri borders after the blockage of almost 11 months due to the farmers’ agitation against Central farm laws.On Thursday, police started the process of removing barricades placed at the Tikri border allowing traffic movement from New Delhi to Haryana. This initiative…

Corona Updates

India administers over 56 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses in last 24 hrs, cumulative coverage exceeds 105.43 cr

New Delhi [India] : With the administration of 56,91,175 COVID-19 vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has exceeded 105.43 crore, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Saturday.As per provisional reports till 7 am today, 1,05,43,13,977 doses have been administered through 1,05,30,690 sessions. Meanwhile, India logs 14,313 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours and witnessed 13,543 recoveries.The active caseload of the infection is presently at 1,61,555.According to the ministry, India’s recovery rate stands at 98.19 per cent.A total of 11,76,850 COVID-19 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours, informed the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) today.A total number of 60,70,62,619 tests have been conducted so far. 

Health & Lifestyle Travel

India Extends Ban On Scheduled International Flights Till November 30

India has now once again extended a ban on international flights till November 30. This was announced by the Director-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) recently. Earlier last month, the DGCA extended the ban till October 31. Like the previous order, the DGCA will not be restricting international all-cargo operations and flights that have been specifically approved by DGCA. As reported earlier, India reopened for tourists earlier this month. Starting October 15, India started granting fresh tourist visas to foreigners. Further, the Union Home Ministry earlier announced that foreign tourists will be allowed to enter the country by flights other than chartered aircraft starting November 15. The MHA informed that the said move was taken to provide a boost to the slumping tourism sector and help the economic recovery. Reports have it that the aviation and tourism sector were among the largest casualties of the Covid-19…

Politics State's Latest

Delhi HC to resume physical hearings

New Delhi [India] : Delhi High Court on Friday decided complete resumption of physical courts hearing from November 22, while continuing to give an option to parties to request for video conferencing mode.“It is ordered that there shall be a complete resumption of physical Courts effecting from November 22, while permitting video conferencing hearing where a request to such effect is made by any of the parties or their counsel,” said an office order issued by Registrar General Manoj Jain. The office order said the Delhi High Court has been pleased to order that the existing mechanism of hearings in this Court shall continue till November 18 and there shall be a complete resumption of physical courts in District courts from November 22.It also said that the existing mechanism of hearing of matters in the district courts complex shall continue till November 20, added…

Politics State's Latest

New Delhi to Patna Express

New Delhi [India] : In order to provide convenience to the rail passengers and reduce rush during festive seasons, the Indian Railways is going to introduce a special train 01684/01683 Anand Vihar Terminal-Patna-Anand Vihar Terminal Gati Shakti Superfast Special train having a composition of 20 new 3 AC Economy coaches.Train No. 01684 Anand Vihar Terminal-Patna Junction Gati Shakti Superfast Special train will depart from Anand Vihar Terminal at 11.10 pm on October 29, October 31, November 2, November 5, November 7 to arrive at Patna Junction at 03.45 pm the next day, said the Ministry of Railways in a statement. In the return direction, Train No. 01683 Patna Junction- Anand Vihar Terminal Gati Shakti Superfast Special train will depart from Patna Junction at 05.45 pm on October 30, November 1, November 3, November 6 and November 8 to arrive at Anand Vihar Terminal at…

South Asian Countries

Pak govt negotiating with detained TLP leader to end protest

Islamabad [Pakistan] : As thousands of protestors march towards Islamabad raising the security threat in the country, the Pakistan government said it is negotiating with the detained leader of a radical Islamist party, responsible for the protest, to end the rally.Briefing the media after a meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) convened by Prime Minister Imran Khan, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said the government wanted to “amicably” resolve the matter of the protest march, which has disrupted life in several Punjab cities for two weeks, Dawn reported. Meanwhile, members of proscribed Tehreek-i- Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) resumed their march from Gujranwala on Friday.Participants of the protest march spent the night near the General Bus Stand on the Grand Trunk Road and resumed their rally in the morning, despite Interior Minister’s Thursday night warning to the TLP to call off its march or face…

National News Politics

India to achieve Rs 3500 crore exports in defence

New Delhi [India] : India will soon achieve the target of Rs 3500 crore exports in the aerospace and defence sector, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday.Singh was speaking on “Delivering Democracy; Two Decades of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as Head of Government”, organised by the Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini at India International Centre. “In politics of independent India, Narendra Modi has done great work. He accepted this crisis of credibility as a challenge and overcame it. You might have felt that in independent India, the biggest challenge before politics and politicians has been a crisis of credibility. Due to the difference between words and deeds of politicians, people’s trust in them lessened gradually,” he said.“We were the biggest importer in the world in terms of Defence equipment. We are now among the top 25 exporters…

City News Delhi

Delhi Police make security arrangements ahead of Diwali

New Delhi [India] : Delhi Police has started making security arrangements in the national capital to avoid any kind of mishappening at the time of the Diwali festival.Speaking to ANI, Delhi Police Commissioner, Rakesh Asthana said, “People are now coming out at the time of Diwali festival because there were many restrictions for a long time due to COVID-19 pandemic. So it is necessary to take security measures.” In order to avoid any kind of mishappening during Diwali, the Police Commissioner said, “Anti Terror Major has been deployed. Markets are being checked at the public place, checking the vehicles, hotel lodges, cyber cafes, etc.”He also said that the orders have been issued to increase the patrolling during peak hours.“Specific actions are also being taken to prevent terrorist attacks or other accidents which also involves anti-social elements,” he added.

City News Just In

President Kovind inaugurates housing scheme for EWS

New Delhi [India] : President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday inaugurated a housing scheme project for the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana at Gujarat’s Bhavnagar.“President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated a housing scheme project for Economically Weaker Section under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Urban at Bhavnagar, Gujarat and handed over the keys to some beneficiaries,” the official account of Rashtrapati Bhavan tweeted. The President had also visited Shree Chitrakutdham Ashram in Gujarat today.President is on a three-day visit to Gujarat ending on October 30.

Corona Updates

SC says ‘it will wait for WHO’s response over Covaxin recognition’

New Delhi [India] : The Supreme Court on Friday said that “it will wait for the response of the World Health Organisation (WHO) over Covaxin recognition.” and cannot simply direct the Centre to revaccinate people with Covishield who are fully vaccinated with Covaxin against COVID-19.A Bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and BV Nagarathna said it cannot play with the lives of people by directing the Centre to permit people to voluntarily get vaccinated with Covishield vaccine even if they have been fully vaccinated with Covaxin. The top court said that it does not have any data of what will be effect on people and it cannot simply direct the Centre to re-vaccinate people with Covishield.“We cannot play with the lives of people by directing Centre to revaccinate. We don’t have any data with us. We have read in newspapers that Bharat Biotech has filed…

Business Economy

Increasing demands for minerals led to resurgence of exploring marine resources: Muraleedharan

New Delhi [India] : Minister of State for External Affairs, V. Muraleedharan on Friday said that the depleting land resources coupled with the ever-increasing demands for metals and minerals have led to the resurgence of global interest in exploring marine mineral resources.Addressing the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) Conference on Future of Natural Resources virtually, the MoS said that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), increasing population and transition to green technologies are bound to increase the demands for metals. Metals such as nickle and cobalt play a crucial role in promoting renewable energy technologies needed to curtail global warming and the environment and the social cause often linked to existing terrestrial mining practices. “Gas hydrate deficits may contain roughly twice the carbon contained in all reserves of coal, oil and conventional natural gas combined making them a potentially valuable energy resource. Hence the development of…

International World Updates

France is indispensable to peace and stability in Indo-Pacific: Jaishankar

New Delhi [India] : Terming France as a “premier partner for India” in Indo Pacific region, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday said New Delhi sees Paris as resident power in the region and the country is indispensable to peace and stability in the region.Speaking at Ambition India Business Forum, Jaishankar said India and France partnership must safeguard “our interest and uphold international law and multilateralism”. He also said that traits — such as values, traits and transparency — define India and France relationship.“In these times values, trust and transparency matter. These traits define India-France relationship. We are also bound with a shared belief in strategic autonomy and a multipolar world underpinned by reformed and effective multilateralism that has produced decades of solidarity most recently during the pandemic and a relationship free from sudden shifts and surprises,” he said.Jaishankar noted that the strategic…

Politics State's Latest

“SP, BSP, Congress destroyed UP”

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India] : Slamming the Opposition parties in Uttar Pradesh, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday alleged that Samajwadi Party (SP), Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) and Congress had “destroyed” the identity of the state and Yogi Adityanath government has given the state a distinct identity under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The Union Home Minister on Friday launched ‘Mera Parivaar-BJP Parivaar’ membership drive in Lucknow as the BJP gears up for the assembly polls early next year. “Samajwadi Party, BSP, Congress had destroyed the identity of Uttar Pradesh. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Modiji, the Yogi Adityanath government has given a distinct identity to the state,” he said.He said the state has made rapid development strides under BJP rule.“Before 2017, Uttar Pradesh was the seventh-largest economy of the country, today it has become the second economy of the country.…

Corona Updates

India reports 14,348 COVID-19 new cases in last 24 hours

New Delhi [India] : India reported 14,348 COVID-19 new cases in the last 24 hours, informed the Ministry of Health and Family welfare on Friday.With this India’s active caseload stands at 1,61,334. Active cases account for less than 1 per cent of total cases, currently at 0.47 per cent, the lowest since March 2020. The country also registered 13,198 new recoveries in the last 24 hours, taking the recovery rate to 98.19 per cent.India has so far conducted over 60.58 crore COVID-19 tests.Meanwhile, more than 104.82 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far under Nationwide Vaccination Drive Russia records 39,849 COVID-19 cases in past 24 hours Moscow [Russia] : Russia registered 39,849 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, down from the record 40,096 the day before, bringing the cumulative total to 8,432,546, the federal response center said on Friday.“Over the past day,…

Corona Updates

Delhi logs 42 fresh COVID-19 cases in last 24 hours

New Delhi [India] : Delhi reported 42 fresh COVID-19 cases on Thursday and no single death was reported in the city for the six consecutive days.According to Delhi Health Bulletin, as many as 25,091 people have succumbed to the virus so far in the national capital. The total count of coronavirus cases in the city has gone up to 14,39,751 and the active caseload in the city stands at 345.The case fatality rate in the national capital is 1.74 per cent. The positivity rate is 0.07 per cent.With 45 more persons recovered in the last 24 hours, the total number of recoveries in the city has gone up to 14,14,315.As many as 2,92,52,619 COVID-19 tests have been conducted so far in Delhi including 47,895 RT-PCR tests and 15,279 rapid antigen tests conducted in the last 24 hours.As many as 61,097 beneficiaries were vaccinated in…

New Products Technology

Google to launch Android 12L soon

Washington [US] : American tech giant Google released Android 12 last week, and now it’s announcing the next feature drop which it’s calling Android 12L. The L stands for Large screens, as the focus of this release will be all about better adapting the OS to tablets, foldables, and ChromeOS devices.As per GSM Arena, Android 12L will become available early next year, in time for the next wave of Android 12 tablets and foldables. A developer preview of Android 12L is now out for emulator use, and it will be available soon for Lenovo’s Tab P12 Pro. Later a public beta for Pixel devices will be opened too, as Android 12L will also arrive as an update for phones, even though most of its features won’t be visible on smaller screens.The UI has been refined for use on large screens. This includes notifications, quick…

Games Sports

French Open: Mix doubles pair of Ponnappa, Satwik lose to Indonesian duo

Paris [France] : Indian mix doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy on Thursday lost in the round of 16 match in the ongoing French Open.Playing at Court 4, the Indian pair lost against Indonesia’s Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti 21-15, 17-21, 19-21. The pair Ponnappa and Satwik dominated the game in the first round but the Indonesian duo came back stronger in the second and the third round.Earlier, India’s ace shuttler PV Sindhu defeated Denmark’s Julie Jakobsen 21-15, 21-18 in straight sets to advance into the second round of the women’s singles event at the French Open 2021.Elsewhere, London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal was forced to retire from her opening round match with an injury. Saina Nehwal was trailing 21-11, 9-2 against Japan’s Sayaka Takahashi in her women’s singles clash when she decided to concede.Earlier, Lakshya Sen stormed into the…

Business

bp and Infosys to develop ‘Energy as a Service’ Solution for campuses and cities

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India] : bp , a global integrated energy company, and Infosys , a global leader in next-generation digital services and consulting, today announced that they have agreed to develop and pilot energy as a service (EaaS) solution, which will aim to help businesses improve the energy efficiency of infrastructure, and help meet their decarbonization goals.Infosys and bp intend to co-develop a digital platform that can collect data from multiple energy assets and use artificial intelligence to optimize the energy supply and demand for power, heat, cooling and EV charging. The companies will pilot the digital platform at the Infosys Pune Development Center – in an environment that replicates a small city, where energy is generated, stored, and consumed at multiple points. Once the pilot is successful, they will aim to roll this model out across other Infosys campuses in India, and with some clients, to help…

South Asian Countries

Nepal cabinet recommends appointment of ambassadors to India, UK and US

Kathmandu [Nepal]: Nepal cabinet on Thursday recommended the appointment of ambassadors of India, the United Kingdom and the United States on Thursday.A meeting of the Council of Ministers recommended Shankar Sharma as the Ambassador to India, Gyan Chandra Acharya as the Ambassador to the United Kingdom, and Shridhar Khatri as the Ambassador to the United States, Information Minister Gyanendra Karki said in a press briefing. Khatri, a professor of political science, is a foreign affairs expert, while Sharma is a former US ambassador. A parliamentary hearing over the recommended ambassadors would be held in the coming month.Nepal’s newly formed government under the Prime Ministership of Sher Bahadur Deuba has decided to recall all ambassadors appointed by the former government under KP Sharma Oli-led administration on September 21.Nepal has a total of 33 diplomatic missions abroad. While career diplomats have been appointed as ambassadors in…

TOP NEWS UPDATES

Mysore-Chennai Shatabdi Express becomes first IMS certified train

New Delhi [India] : With maintaining hygiene in train and perfect management system, another milestone achieved by Indian Railway as Chennai- Mysore-Chennai Shatabdi Express becomes the first Integrated Management Systems (IMS) certified train of Southern Railway.This is also the first IMS certified Shatabdi Express train of Indian Railways and the second mail/express train on Indian Railways. According to the statement released by the Ministry of Railways, Chennai-Mysore-Chennai Central Shatabdi Express service is the first-ever train service of Southern Railway to bag IMS Certification with ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 45001:2018 Certifications.The statement further read that the primary maintenance of the train is handled by Basin Bridge Coaching Depot of Chennai Division.This certification has been granted by the certification agency after a comprehensive audit and duly verifying adherence by Railways to all laid down norms.The pair of Shatabdi services between Chennai-Mysore-Chennai was run as…

National News Politics

Shah chairs Security Meet

New Delhi [India] : To assess India’s coastal security preparedness, Union Home Minister Amit Shah chaired a meeting of the Consultative Committee of the Ministry of Home Affairs on Thursday.The meeting started here around 11.30 a.m. at Parliament premises. The meeting was meant to assess India’s coastal security preparedness to prevent any “attempt by anti-national elements to carry out an attack on its territory or against its citizens by infiltrating through the sea route.” The meeting was attended by top Indian Coast Guard and Ministry of Home Affairs officials. Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai and Ajay Mishra Teni and Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla were also present in the meeting. Since the 2008 terrorist attack on Mumbai, coastal security has assumed particular importance among India’s national security concerns.Because that attack came through a sea route, the Central government and state governments…

International World Updates

India and Israel victims of terror, have to make terrorism disappear: Israel envoy to India

New Delhi [India] : Israel is cooperating with India in fighting terrorism and extremism and “we have to make terrorism disappear,” Israel’s newly-appointed envoy to India Naor Gilon has said.In an interview with ANI, the envoy said that Israel is also a big victim of terrorism like India and is sharing its capabilities in fighting the menace. “Terrorism is a sickness hitting our region especially but around the world, extremism is really bad. Israel is unfortunately big victim like India. We have developed our methods and its capabilities in fighting terrorism and we are very happy to share it with countries in general and India in particular and we do share it and we do work together. We have to make terrorism disappear, people have to talk to each other not to kill each other,” he said.The Israeli envoy said Iran is a big…

TOP NEWS UPDATES

PM Modi to visit Kedarnath on Nov 5, to inaugurate Shri Adi Shankaracharya Samadhi

New Delhi [India] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Kedarnath, Uttarakhand on November 5, informed Prime Minister’s Office on Thursday.As per a release of the PMO’s office, the Prime Minister will offer prayers at the Kedarnath Temple and thereafter inaugurate Shri Adi Shankaracharya Samadhi and unveil the statue of Shri Adi Shankaracharya. “The Samadhi has been reconstructed after the destruction in the 2013 floods. The entire reconstruction work has been undertaken under the guidance of the Prime Minister, who has constantly reviewed and monitored the progress of the project,” read the release.“Prime Minister will review and inspect the executed and ongoing works along the Saraswati Aasthapath. Prime Minister will also address a public rally. He will inaugurate key infrastructure projects which have been completed, including Saraswati Retaining Wall Aasthapath and Ghats, Mandakini Retaining Wall Aasthapath, Tirth Purohit Houses and Garud Chatti bridge on…

TOP NEWS UPDATES

New Quad between India, Israel, UAE, US has no military component : Envoy Gilon

New Delhi [India] : Israel’s new Ambassador to India Naor Gilon on Thursday said that the new quadrilateral economic forum between India, Israel, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the US has no military component and the emphasis in only economy and infrastructure.In the first four-nations virtual meeting earlier this month, the Foreign Ministers of the four countries discussed possible joint infrastructure projects in the fields of transportation, technology, maritime security, and trade. The new Quad builds on cooperation between the US-Israel-the UAE after the Abraham Accords was signed last year that saw the UAE and Israel establish diplomatic relations.On the question of whether this new forum is against Iran, Gilon replied that that cooperation is to promote something positive.“I don’t think the cooperation is against Iran. Cooperation is to promote something positive and not to create something negative against someone else. .. There…

National News Politics

Arrested for celebrating Pakistan’s victory

The three students were booked after a BJP youth wing leader Gaurav Rajawat lodged a complaint against them for shouting pro-Pakistan slogans after Pakistan’s win against India in the T20 World Cup match. Agra : Three Kashmiri students were arrested in Uttar Pradesh’s Agra on Wednesday for celebrating Pakistan’s win against India in the T20 World Cup match on October 24. All three are engineering students. Agra Circle Officer (Lohamandi) Saurabh Singh said the three students have been identified as Arshad Yusuf, Inayat Altaf Sheikh and Shaukat Ahmed Ganai. They were arrested late on Wednesday evening. “They will be presented before a Magistrate today,” said the officer. The three students were booked after a BJP youth wing leader Gaurav Rajawat lodged a complaint against them for allegedly “shouting pro-Pakistan slogans and sharing posts related to it on social media” after India’s loss. Vikas Kumar,…

Corona Updates

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

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

Business

CBDT issues refunds of Rs 1,02,952 cr to 77.92 lakh taxpayers

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has issued refunds of over Rs 1,02,952 crore to more than 77.92 lakh taxpayers from April 1 to October 25, the Income Tax Department said on Wednesday. New Delhi [India] : The department said the amount includes 46.09 lakh refunds of Assessment Year (AY) 2021-22 amounting to Rs 6,657.40 crores. “CBDT issues refunds of over Rs 1,02,952 crore to more than 77.92 lakh taxpayers from April 1 to October 25. Income tax refunds of Rs 27,965 crore have been issued in 76,21,956 cases and corporate tax refunds of Rs 74,987 crore have been issued in 1,70,424cases,” Income Tax Department tweeted.Meanwhile, the direct taxes watchdog on September 22, had issued refunds of over Rs 74,158 crores to more than 45.25 lakh taxpayers between April 1 and September 20. Then, Income tax refunds of Rs 18,873 crores were issued…

New Products Technology

Amazon announces Alexa program for hospitals, senior care

Washington [US], October 26 (ANI): Amazon has announced that it has two new programs that integrate Alexa into hospitals and senior living communities.As per The Verge, they’re run through Alexa Smart Properties, which allows organisations to control a centralised Alexa system. “Early on in the pandemic, hospitals and senior living communities reached out to us and asked us to help them set up Alexa and voice in their communities,” Liron Torres, global leader for Alexa Smart Properties, said in an interview with The Verge.Hospitals wanted ways to interact with patients without using protective equipment, and senior living communities wanted to connect residents with family members and staff, she said.The program lets senior living facilities use Amazon Echo devices to send announcements or other messages to residents’ rooms.During the COVID-19 pandemic, many facilities relied on printed out sheets of paper slipped under resident doors to…

Politics State's Latest

“No Cong MLA will join”

Amritsar (Punjab) [India]: Congress leader Navjot Kaur Sidhu on Tuesday expressed confidence that no Congress MLA will join Capt Amarinder Singh’s party except those who might have got favours from him.“I don’t think any Congress MLA will leave and join Singh’s party. If he gave favours to anyone then they might go,” she said. When asked about former Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh’s new political party, the Congress leader said, “People who are attached to the party will never go.”She took a dig at the former chief minister, saying that despite getting all the freedom from the Congress, Singh did not entrust any worker with some power.“He was given all freedom by the party but he didn’t give power to any worker, never openly met any minister or MLA. Who will trust him?” she asked.Navjot Kaur said, “It would’ve been best for him…

City News Just In

SDRF retrieves bodies of five missing trekkers in Uttrakhand’s Bageshwar

Bageshwar (Uttarakhand) [India] : State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) on Tuesday retrieved bodies of five trekkers who were part of a team of six, who had gone missing at Sundardunga trek in Kapkot of Bageshwar district.Earlier in the day, SDRF conducted a search and rescue operation for the six trekkers at Sundardunga trek in Uttarakhand’s Bageshwar district. Bodies were brought to Kapkot and postmortem will be done, SDRF said.

TOP NEWS UPDATES

RSS to hold three-day meeting in Dharwad to discuss violence against Hindus in Bangladesh

Dharwad (Karnataka) [India] : Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s (RSS) Prachar Pramukh Sunil Ambekar on Tuesday said that a three-day review meeting will be held here in Karnataka’s Dharwad to discuss the recent violence against the Hindus in Bangladesh.As per a release, Ambekar said, “A three-day review meeting will be held on October 28, 29, 30 at Rashtraotthana Vidya Kendra, Dharwad.” “There have been continuous attacks on Hindus in Bangladesh. These incidents have been condemned all over the world. In the meeting of the executive board, the incidents of violence against Hindus will be discussed. If there is a unanimous decision, a resolution is also likely to be passed,” he added.He said, “The meeting will start at 9 am. All COVID-19 protocols will be followed. A review meeting will take place in which we will discuss the preparation.”He said the country is celebrating the Azadi ka…

Cricket

T20 WC: India still favourites to win, just need to stay relaxed, says Brett Lee

Dubai [UAE] : Team India might have lost to Pakistan in their opening game of the ICC T20 World Cup, but former Australia pacer Brett Lee believes Virat Kohli and boys are still the favourites to lift the trophy. In fact, he wishes to see an India-Australia final at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on November 14.Speaking to ANI, Lee said while on hindsight India could have played three spinners, it was just a great show by the Pakistan team. He also believes David Warner is a must-have in the Australian XI and feels South Africa missed a trick by not picking Faf du Plessis. “Look in hindsight maybe (India could have played three spinners), but Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, those types of guys are quality fast bowlers. If they can’t get the job done, who can? They had the right team, but you…

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CPI(M) to hold all-India protest against fuel price hike

New Delhi [India] : Communist Party of India (Marxist) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury on Monday announced that the party’s top body has decided to hold a nationwide protest in the country against fuel price rise.Addressing a press conference after the meeting of CPI (M)’s Central Committee from October 22-24, Yechury said that they strongly condemned the daily hikes in the prices of petrol and diesel, and said, “The Central Committee calls for a powerful all-India protest, as an action against this price rise. These actions should be conducted all over the countiy from the village/taluka level to the cities.” “The daily price hikes are imposing unprecedented miseries on the people. This is accompanied by a monstrous hike in the price of cooking gas. This has triggered an overall inflationary spiral in the economy. Rising transportation costs are leading to the rise in prices of…

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Dharmendra Pradhan launches second phase of Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship

New Delhi [India] : Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Monday launched the second phase (phase-II) of Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship (MGNF), a two-year programme conceived to create opportunities for young, dynamic individuals to contribute for enhancing skill development at the grassroots.The two-year fellowship seeks to combine classroom sessions by academic partner IIMs with an intensive field immersion at the district level to create credible plans and identify barriers in raising employment, economic output, and promoting livelihoods in rural areas. Pradhan, who is also Union Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, called upon fellows to act as catalysts of social change at the grassroots by driving skill development efforts.He also called upon district collectors and academic partner IIMs to facilitate the fellows and script a success story of change through this fellowship.Noting that the country is moving towards an Aatmanirbhar Bharat, he said that…

New Products Technology

Apple Watch Series 8 suppliers may be developing blood glucose monitoring components

Washington [US] : Apple and its suppliers are currently developing components for next-generation sensors in the Apple Watch Series 8 that will allow users to measure their blood glucose levels.According to MacRumors, Apple and its suppliers have begun working on short-wavelength infrared sensors, a commonly used sensor type for health devices. The new sensors, likely to be fitted on the back of the Apple Watch, will enable the device to measure the amount of sugar in a wearer’s blood. The Apple Watch, over the years, has gained more comprehensive health features, most recently with the Apple Watch Series 6 that added a blood oxygen sensor. Compared to the first Apple Watch capable of measuring heart rate and primary daily activity, the Apple Watch is now capable of taking an ECG, detecting falls, high and low heart rates, blood oxygen levels, and more.Continuing to build…

Business

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot inaugurates Oxygen plants installed and commissioned by ATD Group and SRAM & MRAM Group in a virtual event

Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India] : SRAM & MRAM Group , a leading conglomerate along with ATD Group , which has been instrumental in supporting the nation in upgrading its healthcare segment takes immense pride to announce the accomplishment of creating a milestone in the history of healthcare vertical with the successful installation of 47 Oxygen plants all across the state of Rajasthan. The installation drive was a part under “fast-track mode” to assist hospitals facing an acute shortage of medical oxygen in view of surging cases of coronavirus. The move came as the state was scrambling to shore up supplies of medical oxygen to hospitals in multiple places.Foundation stone-laying ceremony of NICU/PICU and inauguration of ICU/NICU/PICU, Oxygen Generation plants, LMO in the Hospitals was inaugurated by Chief Minister through Virtual Conference yesterday. Among the key dignitaries that attended the conference were, Sh. Shanti Kumar Dhariwal, Minister, LSG & UDH,…

International World Updates

US launches sponsor circle program for relocated Afghans

Washington [US] : The United States is launching a new program for Afghans who have been evacuated to the country under Operation Allies Welcome, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced on Monday.“The State Department is partnering with the Community Sponsorship Hub (CSH), a project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Inc., to support the launch of the Sponsor Circle Program for Afghans,” the US State Department statement said. “The program will enable groups of individuals to form sponsor circles to provide initial resettlement assistance to Afghans as they arrive and build new lives in local communities across the country,” it added.Blinken stated the program is due to create new opportunities for the Afghans and will “directly support Afghans who have been relocated to the United States under Operation Allies Welcome.”Earlier this month, the Biden administration had appointed veteran diplomat Elizabeth Jones to lead efforts for…

Games Sports

ATP Rankings: Federer tumbles further, Sinner moves to career-high

London [UK] : Swiss tennis maestro Roger Federer has slipped down four positions in the latest ATP rankings released by the association on Monday to 15th.Notably, the former world number one had exited the top 10 last week. That was for the very first time since January 2017 that the 20 times Grand Slam champion went out of the Top-10 rankings in men’s tennis. The 40-year-old is currently at the 15th spot with 2,785 points. The 103-time tour-level titlist has not played in a competitive match since his quarter-final defeat at the hands of Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz in Wimbledon. In August, Federer had announced on Instagram that he will miss “many months” after undergoing knee surgery.Elsewhere, Jannik Sinner reached the career-high 11th spot in rankings. The Italian star gained two spots after defeating second seed Diego Schwartzman 6-2, 6-2 on Sunday to win the…

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Cong Leaders Join TMC

Siliguri (West Bengal) [India] : Uttar Pradesh Congress leaders Rajesh Pati Tripathi and Lalitesh Pati Tripathi on Monday joined the Trinamool Congress here.Both leaders joined TMC in the presence of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and party General Secretary Abhishek Banerjee. Earlier, in August, former Congress Member of Parliament Sushmita Dev had joined TMC.

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J-K: Amit Shah witnesses Shikara Festival at Dal Lake in Srinagar

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India] : Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday witnessed the Shikara Festival at the Dal Lake in Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar.Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and Union Minister Jitendra Singh were also present with him.The Union Home Minister, who is on a three-day visit to the union territory for the first time since the abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019, offered prayers at Kheer Bhawani Durga temple in Ganderbal district earlier today.His visit has come amid several incidents of killings of civilians by the terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir which have sparked fear in the valley. 

National News Politics

‘India to have more doctors’

With more and more medical colleges coming up, India will have more doctors in the next 10-12 years than it has had in the past over 70 years since Independence, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday. Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) [India] : PM Modi, while addressing the launch function of PM Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission in his parliamentary constituency Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh today said, “In the next 10-12 years, the nation is going to receive a number of doctors that will be more than the number of doctors that graduated out of medical colleges in the 70 years after independence.” He said that the quick pace with which new medical colleges are being started in UP will positively impact the number of medical seats available.“Due to more number of seats, now the children of poor parents too can dream of becoming a…

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Southwest monsoon withdraws

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

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Bangla Naval Chief calls on Naravane

Admiral M Shaheen Iqbal, Chief of Naval Staff, Bangladesh Navy on Monday called on Indian Chief of Army Staff General MM Naravane and exchanged views on strengthening bilateral defence cooperation. New Delhi [India] : As per the Indian Navy, Admiral M Shaheen Iqbal is on an official visit to India that commenced on October 23 and will last till October 29. “Admiral M Shaheen Iqbal, Chief of Naval Staff, Bangladesh Navy called on General MM Naravane #COAS and exchanged views on strengthening bilateral defence cooperation,” tweeted the Indian Army.Earlier, Admiral Shaheen Iqbal on Monday laid a wreath at the National War Memorial in New Delhi during his ongoing visit to India. Admiral Iqbal will interact with the Indian Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh, in addition to the Chief of Defence Staff and other high ranking Government of India officials. During the bilateral…

South Asian Countries

BIMSTEC unarguably a crucial link in connecting South, Southeast Asia: Foreign Secretary Shringla

Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Monday said that BIMSTEC (The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) is a powerful engine of economic growth with 21.7 per cent of the world population and a combined GDP of US 3.8 Trillion dollars. New Delhi [India] : Speaking at the inaugural address at ‘BIMSTEC: A Vehicle for Growth and Development, Shringla said that BIMSTEC has added significance for the development of India’s northeastern region. “With 21.7 per cent of the world population and combined GDP of US 3.8 Trillion dollars, BIMSTEC is a powerful engine of economic growth. During the last decade, the region registered a compound annual growth rate of 6.1 per cent. We should collectively strive to surpass this rate this decade,” he said today.Terming ‘Neighbourhood First’ & ‘Act East’ policy “relevant” for BIMSTEC, Shringla said that BIMSTEC is unarguably…

Cricket

India should play Pak in 3 T20Is at neutral venue every year, suggests Pietersen

Former England skipper Kevin Pietersen on Monday suggested that arch-rivals India and Pakistan should play every year in three T20Is at a neutral venue. New Delhi [India] : Pietersen’s suggestion comes after India and Pakistan’s T20 World Cup game on Sunday witnessed a viewership of more than 1 billion. The former Three Lions captain also suggested that whoever wins the series, gets to take the prize money of USD 15 million.“IDEA: India should play PAK every year in 3 T20s at a neutral venue over a 5 day period! 15 man squads, $15M purse for the winning team. Cities/countries/broadcasters would queue up to have that week every single year,” tweeted Pietersen.Mohammad Rizwan and skipper Babar Azam put on a remarkable show on Sunday as Pakistan thrashed India by 10 wickets at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.Rizwan (79*) and Babar (68*) didn’t give any chance…

Health & Lifestyle Travel

India To Lift Quarantine Requirement For International Travellers From Today

Fully vaccinated travellers, who are coming from a country with which India has reciprocal arrangements for mutual acceptance of World Health Organization (WHO) approved Covid-19 vaccines, shall be allowed to leave the airport and need not undergo home quarantine and testing from Monday, according to the revised guidelines for international arrivals released on Wednesday. They will, however, have to produce a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR report. These guidelines for international arrivals supersede all others issued on and after February 17 this year, the Union health ministry has said. “The global trajectory of Covid-19 pandemic continues to decline with certain regional variations. The need to monitor the continuously changing nature of virus and the evolution of SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern (VOCs) must still remain in focus,” the ministry said. “The existing guidelines (issued on 17th February 2021 with subsequent addendums) for international arrivals in India have…

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Uttarakhand: DGP Ashok Kumar inspects rescue operations in rain-hit Nainital

Nainital (Uttarakhand) [India] : Uttarakhand Director-General of Police (DGP) Ashok Kumar on Sunday inspected the rescue operations underway in Nainital after the state was hit by heavy rainfall and landslide recently.Meanwhile, the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) has so far rescued a total of 60 people trapped due to heavy rains and retrieved five bodies during search and rescue operations in various parts of the Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand. As per SDRF’s statement, from the Sunderdhunga Glacier region, four people have been rescued while one is still missing. Five bodies have also been recovered from the region.“23 people have been rescued from Kafni Glacier while 33 have been rescued from Pindari Glacier,” SDRF said.Amid torrential rains, the hilly state has witnessed flooded roads, buildings, landslides, and overflowing rivers leaving people stranded in various places. As per official data, the death toll in the rain-battered…

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J-K: Amit Shah to inaugurate, lay foundation stone of several development projects in Srinagar tomorrow

New Delhi [India] : Union Minister Amit Shah will inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of various development projects in Srinagar on Monday.The Union home minister is on a three-day visit to the Union territory, the first time since the abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019. Earlier in the day, Shah visited forward areas at the Makwal border in Jammu and Kashmir with Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and interacted with jawans and local residents.His visit has come amid several incidents of killings of civilians by the terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir which is sparking fear in the valley.On Saturday, he met families of soldiers and civilians killed this month in a spate of terrorist attacks in Jammu and Kashmir. 

International World Updates

Israeli PM says meeting with Putin ‘good, in depth’

Tel Aviv [Israel] : Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Sunday that the five-hour meeting with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in Sochi was “very good and in-depth.”Speaking at his weekly cabinet meeting, Bennett said “the relations between Israel and Russia are very good, but it can be better. The potential for economic, scientific, cultural and technological cooperation is endless given the fact that there are approximately one million Russian-speakers in Israel.” “We reached good and stable conclusions and I found President Putin to be attentive to Israel’s security needs,” he added.The prime minister said they discussed the situation in Syria and the two countries have been coordinating the airstrikes to avoid clashes.“The Russians are our neighbours to the north and it is important that we manage the delicate and complex situation there smoothly, without mishaps,” Bennett noted.The two also discussed the Iranian nuclear…

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NIA arrests one in connection with ISIS conspiracy case

New Delhi [India] : The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested a resident of Bengaluru, an accused in ISIS/ISIL/Daesh conspiracy case on Saturday, the agency informed on Sunday.According to NIA, the accused has been identified as Muhammad Tauqir Mahmood. “During the investigation, NIA had earlier arrested two accused Ahamed Abdul Cader and Irfan Nasir who were charge-sheeted on April 1,” the agency said.It further said, “Further investigation has revealed that accused Muhammad Tauqir Mahmood in association with co-accused persons had raised funds, radicalized and recruited gullible Muslim youth of a Quran Circle group and illegally sent them to Syria to join ISIS.”“Earlier in 2013, Muhammad Tauqir Mahmood along with his associate had also visited Syria illegally to liaise with Daesh leadership and had offered support from Indian Muslims,” it added.Further investigation in the case is underway.

Games Sports

Women’s National Boxing C’ship: Reigning Asian Champ Pooja Rani sails into quarter

Hisar (Haryana) [India] : Reigning Asian champion Pooja Rani of Haryana entered the quarterfinals of the fifth Elite women’s National Boxing Championship in the 81 kg category in dominant fashion on Sunday, knocking out Kerala’s Parvathi P in the first round of the pre-quarters match.Such was the ferocity of Rani’s punches that the referee stopped the contest in the first round itself, on Day 4 of the tournament at the St Joseph’s International School in Hisar, the venue of the prestigious event. Earlier on Sunday, World Youth Champions Nitu of Haryana and Ankushita Boro of Assam maintained their winning streak, as they confirmed their places in the quarter-finals in the 48kg and 66kg categories respectively.The fleet-footed Nitu outclassed her opponent Purabi Karmakar from West Bengal 5-0 in the 48kg category on Day 4 of the tournament at the St Joseph’s International School in Hisar,…

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Earthquake of magnitude 4.4 hits Maharashtra’s Kolhapur

Kolhapur (Maharashtra) [India] : An earthquake of magnitude 4.4 on the Richter scale hit Kolhapur, Maharashtra, informed the National Center for Seismology (NCS) on Sunday.“Earthquake of Magnitude:4.4, Occurred on 24-10-2021, 17:07:07 IST, Lat: 17.16 & Long: 73.62, Depth: 5 Km, Location: 83km NW of Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India,” NCS tweeted. Earlier, in the month, an earthquake of magnitude 3.7 on the Richter scale hit Churachandpur in Manipur. 

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Dibrugarh as a major river port

New Delhi [India] : Union Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal on Sunday visited the site for proposed Cargo Terminal, Tourist Jetty and River Front Development projects near Bogibeel Bridge in Assam’s Dibrugarh and held a meeting with stakeholders for fast implementation of the work.Union Minister Sonowal stated that necessary steps are being taken to once again make Dibrugarh a major river port of the country. “The opportunities provided by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in developing the NW 2 (Brahmaputra) and NW 16 (Barak) is leveraging our connectivity with Bangladesh and giving us the route to reach markets of the world. We are hence establishing MMLPs and developing river ports in various parts of Assam. In Dibrugarh, a port for cargo and passengers will be built,” the Minister said.Union Minister further added that the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, the Inland…

Cricket

‘India will come out with flying colors’

Former England skipper Michael Vaughan feels Pakistan can beat any team when they are playing in UAE but backed India to come out with flying colours in the upcoming match of the ongoing T20 World Cup. Dubai [UAE] : The heavyweight Group 2 contest is the first T20 meeting between these two rivals since the last time this showpiece event was played in 2016 and no teams have won more T20Is in the intervening period than India and Pakistan. India and Pakistan will square off against each other on Sunday evening and Vaughan also said the Virat Kohli-led side will be too strong for the Green Army.“India should be too strong for Pakistan today. But this Pakistan team in these conditions could beat anyone .. Hearing 1 Billion will be watching globally. India to win. #India vs Pakistan #T20WorldCup,” Vaughan tweeted.Pakistan is yet to…

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

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

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Lahaul-Spiti receives snowfall

Lahaul-Spiti (Himachal Pradesh) [India]: Several parts of Lahaul and Spiti district have received snowfall on Sunday, the IMD informed. On Monday, the Manali-Leh highway was closed for normal traffic on Sunday after fresh snow at Baralacha pass in Himachal Pradesh’s Lahaul and Spiti district.According to a disaster management official, 80 people were stuck in the Lahaul-Spiti district due to bad weather on Thursday. (ANI)

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