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Taliban expand interim cabinet, 27 new members named

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

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Mukesh Ambani has no plans to relocate to London

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

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‘PM Modi remembers god when elections are near’

New Delhi [India] : Congress leader and former MP Rashid Alvi on Friday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his visit to Kedarnath temple ahead of Uttarakhand Assembly elections.“Whenever there is an election, the Prime Minister remembers gods and temples. Faith should not be used for politics and BJP uses it for political gain,” said Alvi. Earlier, Congress leader Harish Rawat said PM Modi’s visit to Kedarnath was for marketing BJP and making a political speech.Rawat, after offering prayers at the Tilbhandeshwar temple in Haridwar, said, “The PM has come here for giving a political speech. He has come for his party’s marketing. We see Jyotirling in our Shiva temples. We see God Kedar in our Shiva temples. We are going to pour water at Shiva temples. In the entire state, Congress workers are pouring water in Shiva temples. They are doing so in…

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Sidhu takes back his resignation

Chandigarh [India] : Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday informed that he has taken back his resignation as the president of the party’s Punjab unit.“I have taken back my resignation (as Punjab Congress chief) and I categorically state that the day new Advocate General will be appointed and a new panel will come, I will take charge of my office. It was not any personal ego,” Sidhu said while addressing a press conference here. On September 28, Sidhu resigned as the chief of the Punjab Unit of Congress. He was reportedly upset over the bureaucratic setup and his commands not being followed after the Cabinet expansion in Punjab.He was appointed as the president of the Punjab Congress on July 23 this year following months of turmoil in the state Congress unit.After the tussle in Punjab Congress between Sidhu and Captain Amarinder Singh escalated…

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PM Modi marketed BJP at Kedarnath: Harish Rawat

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

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

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

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

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

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7,965 cr for Armed Forces Modernization

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

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Tibetans say China’s climate action plan hurts livelihoods, rights of countrymen

Lhasa [Tibet], November 2: Tibetans have said that China is trying to strip them off their lands under the garb of climate mitigation efforts thus jeopardising the basic rights and livelihoods of the countrymen.Citing locals, Tibet Press reported that they were forced to give up ownership of their land as well as stopped from using grazing fields. They said that Beijing has started revoking land permits and confiscating farmlands and grazing grounds under the Grassland Preservation Policy. Water resources from Tibet take care of China’s water needs, which have caused Beijing to declare grasslands as national parks.All this has disrupted the lives and the livelihoods of Tibetan people, according to the media outlet.Tibet is a part of the Third Pole- Earths’ largest store of glaciers, ice and permafrost. Thus urbanisation and disrupting the traditional likelihoods in Tibet are going to have huge negative COP26…

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Sidhu slams Channi for promising ‘lollipops’

Referring to the recent freebies announced by Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, state Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Tuesday attacked politicians who offer “lollipops” just ahead of polls and said that Punjab’s welfare comes from a roadmap and not by tactics, reflecting that infighting still persists in the state Congress unit. Chandigarh (Punjab) [India] : His attack against his own government in Punjab after the chief minister announced 11 per cent hike in dearness allowance for state government employees and slashed power rates by Rs 3 per unit for the domestic sector. “Give people ‘lollipops’ in the last two months. Question is from where they will (government) give it? Is the objective just to form government by telling lies and making false promises? Way of Punjab’s welfare comes from a roadmap,” Sidhu said while addressing an event organised by the newly formed…

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First arrest in Deshmukh case

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

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PM Modi departs for Glasgow to participate in COP26

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

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Jinnah and Gandhi compared

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

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

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

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Dehradun: 13 deaths in Accident

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

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PM to review vaccination

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

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Attempts were made to forget Sardar’s contributions

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

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Sardar Patel wanted equal opportunities for all: PM Modi

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

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‘BJP failed to fulfil promises ‘

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], October 30 (ANI): Ahead of the 2022 Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday accused the BJP-led state government of failing to fulfil the promises they had made to the farmers in their election manifesto.“It seems that BJP made its manifesto and threw it in the trash because they never turned through its pages. They forgot their own manifesto. They had promised that by 2022, the income of farmers will be doubled and a roadmap will be prepared for that. Today the farmer in Uttar Pradesh wants to ask, till when their incomes will be doubled?,” said Akhilesh. Yadav also alleged that the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in the state has failed to make timely payments to the Sugarcane farmers as they had promised in their manifesto.Raising the issue of paddy procurement on Minimum Support…

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“Congress equals to scams”

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

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Demands 60 pc share in coal cess

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

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NIA raids in J-K, 2 arrested

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

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Bombay HC issues bail conditions; asks Aryan Khan to appear before NCB every Friday, surrender passport

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : The Bombay High Court on Friday issued the detailed order with bail conditions for Aryan Khan Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha– arrested in the drugs-on-cruise case.In the detailed order, the Bombay High Court asked Aryan and the two others to surrender their passports to Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) court, and not leave the country without permission from the special court. “Each accused be released on bail on furnishing a personal bond of Rs 1 lakh with one or more sureties of like amount,” the bail order said.The court asked all three applicants to appear before the NCB Mumbai office every Friday, between 11.00 am to 2.00 pm to mark their presence.Aryan’s bail order stated that “he should not indulge in any similar activities, not try to establish contact with co-accused” and should not make any statement regarding the…

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

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

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Centre releases 44,000 cr GST

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

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Channi meets Rahul

New Delhi [India] : Amidst the political turmoil in Punjab, Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi met Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday in the national capital.As per sources, in the crucial meeting at Rahul Gandhi’s residence in Delhi, Congress discussed the upcoming strategy for the Punjab election. The meeting came after former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh announced that he will form a new political party that will field candidates on all 117 seats in the upcoming Assembly elections in 2022.In the meeting that lasted for about 2:30 hours, Congress leaders discussed the strategy for the upcoming Punjab election.Apart from Channi and Gandhi, Congress organization general secretary KC Venugopal, Punjab in-charge Harish Chaudhary were also present in this meeting.Meanwhile, Congress Punjab In-charge Harish Chaudhary met Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi yesterday at 10 Janpath. 

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

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

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China opposes any contact between US, Taiwan

Beijing [China] : China opposes any military and official contacts between the United States and Taiwan, as well as Washington’s interference in Taiwan’s affairs, the foreign ministry’s spokesman, Wang Wenbin, said on Thursday.The head of the Taiwan administration, Tsai Ing-wen, confirmed to CNN in a fresh interview that US troops are present on the island to train Taiwanese forces. Tsai also claimed that the threat from China is increasing every day and expressed confidence in Washington’s support in the event of an attack. “The US must adhere to the One China principle and provisions of three US-Chinese communiques. We strongly oppose any official and military contacts between the US and Taiwan, as well as US interference in China’s internal affairs,” Wang said at a briefing, stressing that the US-Chinese relations are based on the One China principle.

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Restrictions till Nov 30

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Rajinikanth meets PM Modi and President Kovind

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

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‘Will quit if proven wrong’

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

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IMF likely to allow Pak to use USD 2.78 billion for meeting budgetary requirements

Amid the rising inflation in Pakistan and the spate of protests against the falling state of the country’s economy, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has agreed to allow Pakistan to use USD 2.78 billion to meet the budgetary requirement, reported a local media. Islamabad [Pakistan] : According to Geo TV, the IMF is yet to make an official announcement and is expected to be made besides the announcement of the approval of USD 1 billion tranche pending under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF). Notably, the fund was provided to Pakistan in the fight against the pandemic.“The Ministry of Finance has made a request to the IMF to allow utilisation of $2.78 billion windows provided to fight the COVID-19 pandemic for the purpose of meeting financing of budgetary requirements,” Geo TV reported the officials as saying citing a conversation with The News on Tuesday.Pakistan sought…

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

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

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

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

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PM Modi congratulates Uzbek President on Winning Second Term

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

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Manoj Bajpayee’s third National Award as Best Actor

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

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‘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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Zika virus case in Kanpur

Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India] : After Uttar Pradesh reported its first case of Zika Virus from Kanpur, the central government sent a multi-disciplinary team on Monday. Dr Nepal Singh, Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Kanpur on Sunday informed, “Yesterday, one person infected with Zika virus, was found in Kanpur. He is an Indian Air Force personnel. We have formed teams as soon as we received the information. With the help of 10 teams, we started taking precautionary action in his residential area and the workplace.” He added, “House to house survey, line listing, fogging, cleaning was undertaken with the help of municipality. 22 samples of his close contacts, who were symptomatic, were sent to King George’s Medical University (KGMU), Lucknow for testing.”Caused by a virus transmitted primarily by Aedes mosquitoes, which bite during the day, symptoms of this disease are mild fever, rash, conjunctivitis, muscle…

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Mega Star Rajinikanth receives Dada Saheb Falke Award

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

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PM Modi Inaugurates nine medical colleges in UP

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

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Now no injustice to Jammu: HM

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

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‘Centre uses ‘repression’ with J-K’

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

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

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

South Asian Countries

Dengue cases continue to rise in Pakistan’s capital

Islamabad [Pakistan] : Dengue cases are on the rise in Pakistan’s capital as Islamabad recorded fresh 146 cases in the past 24-hour period on Sunday while one man died, reported local media.The health department report on the virus said that the fresh cases on Sunday took the infection tally of the federal capital to 2,867 since the outbreak of its virality this season, according to ARY News. The report stressed that so far 11 people have been killed due to Dengue.Among the new cases reported on Sunday, at least 48 come from the rural region of Islamabad while 98 of them were reported in the urban areas, reported ARY News.The provincial dengue cases in Punjab raised alarms on Saturday as it witnessed 546 new infections of dengue in the preceding 24-hour period.Imran Sikandar Baloch, provincial health secretary, has said that 361 dengue fever cases…

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J-K Encounter: One killed

Shopian (Jammu and Kashmir) [India] : One unidentified person was killed during cross-firing between terrorists and security forces at Babapora area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district, on Sunday.According to a statement issued by Jammu and Kashmir Police, an encounter between the security forces and terrorists broke out at around 10:30 am when terrorists attacked a Naka party of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Babapora. “Around 1030 hours today, unidentified terrorists attacked a CRPF personnel at Babapora, Shopian. CRPF troops retaliated the fire and during cross-firing, one unidentified person was killed,” said the statement.Further details are being ascertained, the police said. 

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Prime Minister greets ITBP on their Raising Day

New Delhi [India] : The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi on Sunday greeted all the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel on their Raising Day.“From dense forests in Arunachal Pradesh to the icy heights of the Himalayas, our @ITBP_official Himveers have answered the nation’s call with utmost dedication. Their humanitarian work during times of disasters is noteworthy. Greetings to all ITBP personnel on their Raising Day.” the Prime Minister said in a tweet. Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) celebrated its 60th Raising Day on Sunday. “On 60th Raising Day of ITBP, Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai awarded Gallantry medals to 23 ITBP personnel including 20 personnel awarded with Police Medal for Gallantry (PMG) for bravery in skirmishes in eastern Ladakh with China last year,” informed Indo-Tibetan Border Police in a statement.

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‘Afghanistan is a concern”

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

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Will oversee legal aid: Minister

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

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US nearing to formalise deal with Pakistan for using its airspace for military operations in Afghanistan

The US administration on Friday informed lawmakers that the country is nearing a formalise an agreement with Pakistan for use of its airspace to conduct military and intelligence operations in Afghanistan. Washington [US] : Islamabad has expressed a desire to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in exchange for assistance with its own counterterrorism efforts, one of the sources said. But the negotiations are ongoing, another source told CNN, and the terms of the agreement, which has not been finalised, could still change. An agreement was discussed when US officials visited Pakistan, the third source told CNN, adding but it is not yet clear what Pakistan wants or how much the US would be willing to give in return.Currently, Washington uses Pakistan’s airspace to reach Afghanistan for ongoing intelligence-gathering efforts.But so far there’s no formal agreement in place that can ensure continued access to…

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Amit Shah : Three-day visit to J-K

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

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US to release more documents related to President Kennedy murder Dec 15 : White House

The US authorities are going to release part of the previously unpublished materials about the 1963 assassination of the 35th President John Kennedy on December 15, the White House has announced. Washington [US] : The relevant memorandum was signed by President Joe Biden on Friday (local time) following the recommendations by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). “Any information currently withheld from public disclosure that [government] agencies have not proposed for continued postponement shall be reviewed by NARA before December 15, 2021, and shall be publicly released on that date. Out of respect for the anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination, such release shall not occur before December 15, 2021,” the White House said in a statement.Biden also certified the continued withholding of all of the information related to the assassination from full public disclosure until December 15, 2022, as the US Archivist requested…

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‘BJP supports conversion, communalism’

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

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US urges China to transform approach towards trade, embrace market policies

The United States on Friday called on China to take steps to transform its approach to trade and embrace market policies as was anticipated when the country joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) two decades ago. Washington [US] : “Looking back over the 20 years since China’s accession to the WTO, these members noted that China and its economy have greatly benefited from China’s WTO membership, but China has not taken the anticipated steps to transform its state-led, non-market approach to trade and the economy. These members, therefore, called once again for China to embrace open, market-oriented policies,” said US Trade Representative (USTR) in a statement. Problems with China’s trade regime identified by WTO members include policies that skew the playing field against foreign competition, preferential treatment of state-owned enterprises, forced technology transfer and inadequate regulatory transparency, the statement said.Almost all of the aforementioned…

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

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

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Bangladesh communal violence prime suspect ‘admits’ to placing Holy Quran at Cumilla mandap

Iqbal Hossain, the prime suspect of Bangladesh communal violence on Friday confessed that he placed a copy of the Holy Quran at a Durga Puja mandap in Cumilla.A high ranking police official, who wished to remain unnamed, confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune. Hossain was taken to Cumilla Police Lines on Friday morning following his arrest in Cox’s Bazar the previous day. Dhaka [Bangladesh] : Since then, police have been interrogating him to verify his involvement in the incident and uncover other possible leads, reported Dhaka Tribune.The police official said he confessed to placing the Quran on the lap of the idol of Hanuman, a central character in the epic of Ramayana before stealing the club from the idol’s hand.However, Iqbal is yet to disclose if he acted alone or if he had an aide, the official added, reported Dhaka Tribune.Cumilla police said on…

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Amit Shah’s Visit to J-K

New Delhi [India], October 22 (ANI): Union Home Minister Amit Shah will begin his three-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday for the first time after the abrogation of Article 370 to review security-related projects in Srinagar.“Shah will review security and development related projects in Srinagar on Saturday and he will likely hold a public rally in Jammu on Sunday,” a senior police official said. Ahead of Home Minister’s visit to the union territory, several traffic restrictions have been imposed in Srinagar including those driving two-wheelers subjected to intensive security checks.In addition, a total of 50 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) teams have been deployed to Jammu and Kashmir for security purposes.Recently, after the killings of non-locals in Jammu and Kashmir around 700 people have been detained in the union territory, a few under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA), police officials informed.Meanwhile,…

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TMC MP’s car attacked in Tripura

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

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CBI has disappointed: Jharkhand HC

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

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India deploys Pinaka, Smerch rocket system on China border

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

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‘NATO seeks to turn Black Sea into confrontation area’

Moscow [Russia] : NATO seeks to turn the Black Sea region into the confrontation zone, and this is very dangerous, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko said on Friday.“Now they have taken up the Black Sea region. We are witnessing increased activity on the territory of Bulgaria and Romania and are leading the way towards turning the black sea into an arena of military rivalry, as the Baltic Sea is already turned into the confrontation zone,” Grushko told the Russia 24 broadcaster, adding that “this is an extremely dangerous path that may lead to the risks of military incidents.” The official added that Russia was ready to cooperate with NATO on further “de-escalation” in the Baltic region but the alliance refused. 

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Japan govt approves energy plan, seeks to double ratio of renewables in decade

The Japanese government on Friday approved its latest energy plan, which sets out a road map for achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, local media reported Friday. Tokyo [Japan] : The renewables accounted for 18 per cent of total power generation capacity across Japan in fiscal 2019 that ended in March last year, and the Japanese government sought to double the ratio to 36 to 38 per cent in fiscal 2030. According to the plan that is updated about every three years, the amount coming from thermal power sources is set to reduce to 41 per cent from 75.7 per cent.“We will make maximum effort to introduce renewable energy based on a principle of giving it a top priority as the main power source in 2050,” the plan endorsed by the Cabinet said.Moreover, the amount generated by nuclear power is expected to be 20 to…

Cricket

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

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

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Bollywood actor Ananya Panday arrives at NCB Mumbai office along with father Chunky Panday

Bollywood actor Ananya Panday along with her father Chunky Panday on Friday arrived at the Narcotics Control Bureau’s (NCB) Mumbai office after the probe agency summoned her for questioning in connection with the Mumbai cruise drug case. Panday was summoned by the NCB on Thursday also. Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : During the questioning on Thursday, the actor denied the allegations of supplying and consuming drugs. As per the NCB sources, Ananya denied the allegation of supplying drugs to Aryan Khan, who is an accused in the case, and said that she has never consumed the drugs.“The chats recovered from Aryan Khan’s mobile phone reveal that in the year 2018-19, she helped supply drugs to Aryan thrice by providing him the numbers of drug dealers,” NCB sources told ANI.“Ananya denied the supply related talks in the chat conversation and told the NCB officials that she…

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Sharjeel Imam’s bail plea rejected

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

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Online application for NEET

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

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‘Brother-sister would have fled to Italy ‘

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

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SC: Notice to Twitter India

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

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Eight of UP family killed as truck rams car on KMP expressway in Haryana’s Jhajjar

Bahadurgarh (Harayana) [India] : Eight people, including a child and three women, were killed when a speeding truck rammed into their car that was parked on the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) Expressway in the Jhajjar district of Haryana on Friday morning.As per information provided by the police, the mishap took place on the KMP Expressway between Badli and Farukhnagar. The victims, residents of Nagla Anoop village in Firozabad, Uttar Pradesh, were returning home from Gogamedi in Rajasthan’s Hanumangarh district. “The driver had parked the car behind a truck that was parked at the side of the road. A truck hit their vehicle from behind and the car got crushed between the two trucks. Eight people died in the incident,” said Om Prakash the investigating police officer.The driver of the vehicle along with a child and a woman escaped as they were not in the car.The bodies…

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

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

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‘Centre fully with people of Uttarkhand’

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

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Explosive-laden truck caught in West Bengal

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

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Priyanka Gandhi to flag off ‘Pratigya Yatra’

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

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FATF removes Mauritius, Botswana from ‘grey list’

The global anti-terror watchdog – Financial Action Task Force (FATF)– on Thursday announced that it is removing Mauritius and Botswana from its ‘grey list’, while retaining Pakistan in the increased monitoring list as the country needs more improvement. Paris [France] : However, Jordan, Mali and Turkey have been included in the ‘grey list’ and have agreed to work with FATF to address the strategic deficiencies identified in their system. The inter-governmental body, which sets standards for more than 200 countries and jurisdictions to help authorities combat serious crime including drug smuggling, human trafficking and terrorism, made an announcement after its three-day hybrid plenary October 2021 that began on Tuesday.Updating about its list of jurisdiction under increased monitoring or ‘Grey List’ while addressing a Press Conference, FATF President Marcus Pleyer said the organisation “congratulates Botswana and Mauritius for being removed from the list”.“Both countries gave…

National News Politics

India : 10.5% growth

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

International

UK Foreign Secretary on three-day visit to India from October 24

UK Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, Elizabeth Truss will pay an official visit to India from October 22 to 24. New Delhi [India] : During her stay in New Delhi, Truss will hold talks with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on October 22 on bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest. Truss will travel to Mumbai on October 23. During the India-UK Virtual Summit between the two Prime Ministers held on May 4, 2021, the bilateral relationship between the two nations was elevated to Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.A Ministry of External Affairs release said the ties have been marked by regular high-level exchanges and growing cooperation in diverse areas.Truss’ visit will be an opportunity to review the Roadmap 2030 launched during the Virtual Summit and further deepen the partnership across various sectors like trade, science & technology, innovation, defence, climate,…

City News Delhi

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

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

South Asian Countries

Women and civil society activists protest in Kabul

Dozens of women and civil society activists protested on Thursday in Kabul over economic problems and the closed schools for girls, local media reported. Kabul [Afghanistan] ): The protest took place near the Ministry of Foreign amidst a growing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, Khaama Press reported. The protest prompted the Taliban to intervene and assault the journalists covering the rally, an eyewitness told Sputnik.“The Taliban were trying to stop them and beat anybody who took pictures or videos of what was going on,” the eyewitness said.The entire rally did not exceed 30 women, who were eventually forced by the Taliban to move to a different street, the eyewitness said.The Taliban also confiscated the equipment of journalists who tried to cover the demonstration, the eyewitness said.Soon after assuming power in Afghanistan in August, the Taliban pledged to defend the rights of women within the Islamic…

National News Politics

3% increase in DA by Central Government

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

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Kerala : Heavy rainfall with thunderstorms

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

Business

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

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

Cricket

Warm-up games suggest India ‘hot favourites’ to win T20 World Cup, says Vaughan

Former England skipper Michael Vaughan feels India are “hot favourites” to win the ongoing T20 World Cup considering their performances in the warm-up games. Dubai [UAE], : Ravichandran Ashwin, KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma were the standout performers as India defeated Australia by eight wickets in the warm-up match on Wednesday. India had defeated England in their first warm-up game on Monday on the back of Rahul and Ishan Kishan’s sensational performances.Vaughan’s remarks came hours after India defeated Australia to clinch both their warm-up matches.“The way India are playing the warm up games suggests they may be now Hot favourites to Win the #T20WorldCup !!” Vaughan tweeted.India will now face Pakistan in their opening game of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 at the Dubai International Stadium on October 24.India, champions in the inaugural edition played in South Africa in 2007 and finalists…

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

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

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

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

Corona Updates

Dr RS Sharma lauds role of CoWIN app in India’s landmark achievement of 100 cr COVID-19 vaccinations

As India achieved the landmark of administering 100 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses on Thursday, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of National Health Authority (NHA) Dr RS Sharma lauded the role of CoWIN app in this accomplishment saying that it made the entire process smooth, orderly and transparent. New Delhi [India] : Dr RS Sharma explained the journey of CoWIN in accomplishing the landmark and said that the indigenous app ensured tracking of every dose of vaccine in real-time with the collaboration between the Centre and states and the private sector. “CoWIN platform has played an extremely important role in ensuring smooth COVID-19 vaccination drive of our country, which has crossed 1 billion. It is really a moment of pride for all of us, and also it is a result of the continuous hard work of more than nine months by our doctors, field workers, administrators,…

South Asian Countries

Bhutan PM congratulates India for crossing 1 billion COVID vaccine doses

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

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Decades worth of experience of Universal Immunisation Programme helped Health Ministry proceed with COVID-19 vaccination rapidly: ICMR DG

As India achieved the landmark of inoculating 100 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses on Thursday, the Director-General of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Dr Balram Bhargava said that the decades worth of experience gained through the Universal Immunisation Programme (UIP) helped the Union Health Ministry go forward with the vaccination drive rapidly. “Years of experience that the Health Ministry gained via the Universal Vaccination Programme helped them proceed with the COVID-19 vaccination drive at such a rapid pace. The prioritisation and nimbleness displayed by the ministry during this entire drive are commendable,” stated Dr Bhargava. New Delhi [India] : Congratulating the countrymen and every stakeholder involved in the vaccination programme, Dr Bhargava said, “Since India has over one-billion people, we have contributed to protecting one-seventh of the global population. The entire world should gain protection against COVID. No one is truly protected until…

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India logs 18,454 fresh COVID-19 cases, recovery rate highest since March 2020

A total of 18,454 new COVID-19 cases and 160 deaths were reported in the country in the last 24 hours, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on Thursday. New Delhi [India] : The active caseload remained below the two lakh mark with 1,78,831 active cases which account for less than one per cent of the total cases. Currently, the active cases account for 0.52 per cent of the total 3,41,27,450 COVID-19 cases reported in the country so far. With 17,561 recoveries reported in the last 24 hours, the cumulative recoveries in the country climbed to 3,34,95,808 while the recovery rate, which was recorded 98.15 per cent, is the highest since March last year.A total of 160 deaths were registered in the last 24 hours. With this, the death toll in the country reached 4,52,811.The weekly positivity rate is at 1.34 per…

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India now has strong armour of 100 cr COVID vaccine to combat biggest pandemic in 100 yrs: PM Modi

As India achieved the milestone of 100 crore vaccination coverage, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said it was a historic day for the country and said that the nation now has strong armour of 100 crore COVID vaccine doses to combat the biggest pandemic in 100 years. New Delhi [India] : Addressing the launch event of the Infosys Foundation made 806-bedded Vishram Sadan, PM Modi said, “Today, this day of October 21, 2021, has been recorded in history. The nation now has strong armour of 100 crore Covid vaccine doses to combat this biggest pandemic in 100 years. India has crossed the 100 crore vaccine dose mark sometime back.” The Prime Minister further said that this achievement belongs to every citizen of India.“I express my gratitude to all the vaccine manufacturing companies of the country, workers engaged in vaccine transportation, health sector professionals engaged in…

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Family seeking justice : Priyanka Gandhi

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday said that Arun Valmiki, a sanitation worker, had died in police custody in Uttar Pradesh and his family is seeking justice. Agra (Uttar Pradesh) [India] : “Arun Valmiki has died in police custody. His family is seeking justice. The Uttar Pradesh government has acted against the message of Bhagwan Valmiki on his jayanti,” Priyanka Gandhi said in a tweet. She sought a high-level probe and strict action against the “guilty” personnel of Agra Police.She also sought compensation for his family.A sanitisation worker, who was arrested by the police in the connection with a theft of Rs 25 lakh from a Malkhana (warehouse) on October 19, died in police custody on Wednesday.Agra Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Muniraj G said that “the deceased admitted to his crime during the investigation and police recovered Rs 25 lakh from…

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Amit Shah reaches Uttarakhand

Dehradun (Uttarakhand) [India] : Union Minister Amit Shah reached Uttarakhand’s Dehradun on Thursday to take stock of the situation arising out of incessant rains.Shah was welcomed by Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami at Dehradun airport. “The Union Minister will hold review meetings and take stock of the situation in Uttarakhand,” sources close to the developments told ANI earlier.Shah will also conduct an aerial survey in the state on Thursday, sources added.As many as 46 people have died in a span of three days from October 17 to October 19, as per the state’s natural disaster incident report.Of these, one died in Champawat on October 17, six died on October 18 in Pauri, Champawat and Pithoragarh and on October 19, as many as 39 people were reported dead in Nainital, Almora, Champawat, Udham Singh Nagar, Chamoli and Bageshwar.A total of nine houses have been…

Sports

Olympic gold medallist Neeraj Chopra returns to training

New Delhi [India} : Tokyo Olympics gold medallist Neeraj Chopra has finally resumed his training after a two-month hiatus. “Returned to training this week with the same hunger and desire as before. A #throwback to the beginning of the last Olympic cycle is a good place to start! Thank you to everyone for your messages of support,” tweeted the javelin thrower on Wednesday. In August, Neeraj had said that he has decided to cut short his 2021 competition season to take some time off. He also said that he will come back in 2022 to compete in the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games.Neeraj threw 87.02 metres in his first attempt but bettered his record in the second essay with a distance of 87.58m in the mega event to pick the gold at Tokyo Olympics.The 23-year-old also said that he was “disappointed” to see people…

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Afghanistan stabilised now, no country will be threatened from it : Taliban

The Taliban’s interim government’s Deputy Prime Minister Abdul Salam Hanafi has said that Afghanistan is stabilised now and no country will be threatened by it, a media report said. Moscow [Russia]: Speaking at the Moscow Format Dialogue on Afghanistan on Tuesday, Hanafi said that the Taliban will ensure that there will no threat, according to TOLOnews. Calling on the international community to recognise the Taliban’s interim government, he emphasised that isolating Afghanistan benefits no one.Asking the US to release Afghanistan’s financial assets, Hanafi stressed that it has been proved that the pressure will not bring results, reported TOLOnews.Underlining that Afghanistan is stable now, he said that no country will be threatened by Afghan territory.The representatives of 10 countries and a high-level Taliban delegation is taking part in the Moscow-format meeting on Afghanistan. The Moscow format was introduced in 2017 on the basis of the…

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Priyanka Gandhi detained on way to Agra

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi has been detained by police in Uttar Pradesh after she was stopped from travelling to Agra to meet the family of a sanitation worker who died in police custody. Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India] : While stopping her, Police told her, “You do not have permission, we cannot allow you.” “Section 144 is imposed…Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is being taken to Police Lines. She will not be allowed to proceed to Agra,” Police official said.Her car had been stopped at the first toll plaza on the Lucknow-Agra Expressway.Vadra was going to meet the family of a sanitation worker who was nabbed in connection with a theft and died in Police custody. In response, Vadra said that the moment she tries to visit any other place than the party office, the administration tries to stop her. “The moment I try…

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