South Asian Countries

Taliban pleads for unfreezing of Afghan reserves at Doha talks

Kabul [Afghanistan]: Taliban delegation has asked US administration to unfreeze Kabul’s financial assets enabling it to function as the government as it faces a tough economic crisis in the talks held in Doha, Qatar.A delegation of US officials led by Special Representative for Afghanistan Thomas West met a Taliban delegation led by Afghan Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, according to News International. Further, the US State Department spokesperson said that the two delegations discussed the international community’s ongoing and urgent response to the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.“The United States remains committed to ensuring that US sanctions do not limit the ability of Afghan civilians to receive humanitarian support from the US government and international community while denying assets to sanctioned entities and individuals,” the statement mentioned.Earlier US has frozen $ 9.5 Billion assets belonging to the Afghan central bank and stopped shipments of cash…

Business Markets

Stock Market: Indices open in green, Sensex rises by 123 points

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Equity indices opened in red on Thursday with Sensex up by 123.84 points and Nifty up by 38.60 points.The 30-scrip BSE Sensex was up by 123.84 points or 0.21 per cent at 57808.63 at 9.18 am. Similarly, 50-scrip NSE Nifty was trading at 17205.50 at 9.18 am, up by 38.60 points or 0.22 per cent.On the Sensex, the sectors which are trading high are consumer durables and power, while the banking sector is trading low.

New Products Technology

Reddit is working on adding new real-time features

Washington [US]: Reddit has introduced some changes by adding new real-time features on Wednesday.As per The Verge, perhaps the biggest update is that the number of upvotes, downvotes, and comments will go up or down as they happen. That could give you a more accurate idea of the popularity of a post as you’re reading it. Another change is that Reddit will show the number of people reading a post when there are five or more people looking at it. Reddit won’t just show who’s reading, though, it’s also introducing a typing indicator that will pop up when two or more users are typing a comment.According to The Verge, when new top-level comments come in, Reddit will show a new pill-shaped notification. When you tap that notification, the comments on a post will be sorted by new so you can view what’s been added…

Asia International

Current Myanmar, Afghanistan envoys to UN to keep posts for now, informs Russian envoy

Moscow [Russia]: The ambassadors of Afghanistan and Myanmar to the United Nations, appointed by the governments in those countries, will keep their posts until the UN Credentials Committee decides on the nations’ representations at the world body, Russian Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Gennady Kuzmin has said.According to the Russian news agency Sputnik, the UN Credentials Committee convened a meeting on Wednesday to decide whether Myanmar’s Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun and Afghanistan’s Ghulam Isaczai should continue serving as ambassadors. The Tatmadaw and the Taliban had requested that their envoys occupy seats at the United Nations following their seizing power in the two states.“The current envoys of Afghanistan and Myanmar will continue to serve as permanent representatives until the final decision of the Committee is issued,” Sputnik quoted Kuzmin as saying after the meeting.The Russian ambassador said the Credentials Committee considered the candidate…

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Number of worldwide migrants rises by over three times since 1970, says IOM

Moscow [Russia]: The worldwide number of international migrants has increased by more than 3 times, from 84 million in 1970 to 281 million in 2020, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said.“According to the report, the number of international migrants has grown from 84 million globally in 1970 to 281 million in 2020, although when global population growth is factored in, the proportion of international migrants has only inched up from 2.3 per cent to 3.6 per cent of the world’s population,” the IOM said on Wednesday, commenting on its World Migration Report 2022. The IOM added that the number of international migrants could be 2 million more last year if the COVID-19 pandemic had not erupted.“We are witnessing a paradox not seen before in human history … While billions of people have been effectively grounded by COVID-19, tens of millions of others have…

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Telangana DGP holds meeting with top CRPF officials to deal with Maoist issue

Bhadradri Kothagudem (Telangana) [India]: Telangana Director General of Police (DGP) Mahender Reddy held a high-level meeting with top CRPF officials here on Wednesday to deal with the Maoist issue.In the special meeting, CRPF Additional DGP Rashmi Shukla and IG Nagireddy were present. Senior police officials of Telangana districts bordering Chhattisgarh in Maoist-affected areas were also present in the meeting. Discussions were held on steps to be taken in the Maoist affected areas.Following the meeting, DGP Reddy told media persons that the police department and the district administrations in the Maoist-affected areas are working hard for the welfare of people.

Cricket

Alex Carey replaces Tim Paine as wicketkeeper for first two Ashes Tests

Brisbane [Australia]: Cricket Australia’s National Selection Panel (NSP) on Thursday added wicketkeeper Alex Carey to the 15-player squad for the first two matches of the upcoming Ashes.Carey has replaced Tim Paine in the squad who decided to take some time off from the game last week. He had also stepped down as the captain of the Test before that and Pat Cummins will now be leading the side. George Bailey, NSP Chair, in an official release said: “Alex has been a regular member of the national side in white ball cricket, particularly in the one-day game. He is an excellent cricketer and a fine individual who will bring many great strengths to the team. He will be a very deserved holder of baggy green cap number 461.”Alex Carey said: “I am incredibly humbled by this opportunity. It’s an exciting build-up for what is a…

Games Sports

World Athletics awards Anju Bobby George as Woman of the Year

Lausanne [Switzerland]: World Athletics has awarded sprinter Anju Bobby George as ‘Woman of the Year’ after her efforts in advancing the sport in India as well as inspiring more women to follow in her footsteps made her more than a worthy recipient of this year’s award.George, the former international long jump star from India is still actively involved in the sport. In 2016 she opened a training academy for young girls, which has already helped to produce a world U20 medallist. A constant voice for gender equality in her role as Senior Vice President of the Indian Athletics Federation, Bobby George also mentors schoolgirls for future leadership positions within the sport, and hence she was awarded Woman of the Year.Olympic champions Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica and Karsten Warholm of Norway were named the World Athletes of the Year at the World Athletics Awards 2021,…

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Can’t see Congress securing 300 seats in 2024 LS polls, says Ghulam Nabi Azad

Poonch (Jammu and Kashmir) [India]: Senior Congress leader and former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Ghulam Nabi Azad on Wednesday said that he does not see the grand old party winning 300 seats in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.Speaking on reversing the decision of the government on the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, Azad while addressing a rally in Pooch district said that only Supreme Court can take such a decision or Congress has to come power with 300 plus seats but he does not see that happening. However, Azad said that he prays that Congress wins over 300 seats. “Only Supreme Court can decide on Article 370. Besides the apex court, only the ruling government can do it. The current government has abrogated it, how will they do it? And I cannot assure you that Congress will win 300…

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New Zealand to send troops to Solomon Islands to restore order after unrest

Wellington [New Zealand]: New Zealand’s government pledged on Wednesday to deploy several dozens of soldiers to the Solomon Islands to assist local forces in ensuring security on their territory after it was hit by riots last week.“New Zealand will send a deployment of New Zealand Defence Force and New Zealand Police to Solomon Islands in the coming days. This is a short-term, immediate response and we will continue to monitor the situation,” Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta was quoted as saying in a statement. According to Defense Minister Peeni Henare, the first group of 15 military personnel will go to the islands on Thursday, and the second unit comprising 50 troops will be deployed over the weekend.Over the past several days, Australia, Fiji, and Papua New Guinea sent groups of soldiers to the crisis-hit island nation. According to New Zealand’s media, the Samoan security…

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Omicron coronavirus variant confirmed in 23 countries: WHO chief

Geneva [Switzerland]: The new Omicron coronavirus variant has been confirmed in 23 countries and their number is expected to rise, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday.Speaking at a press briefing here, Tedros said the emergence of the Omicron variant has understandably captured global attention. “At least 23 countries from five of six WHO regions have now reported cases of Omicron and we expect that number to grow. WHO takes this development extremely seriously,” Tedros during a press conference.“WHO takes this development extremely seriously, and so should every country. But it should not surprise us. This is what viruses do. And it’s what this virus will continue to do, as we long as we allow it to continue spreading,” he added.Tedros said that WHO is learning more all the time about Omicron, but there’s still more to learn…

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Ice skater Vishwaraj Jadeja qualifies for ISU World Cup, now one step away from Beijing Winter Olympics

New Delhi [India]: Vishwaraj Jadeja, India’s fastest long-distance ice-skater, has qualified for the International Skating Union (ISU) World Cup 2021 for long track speed skating.The Ahmedabad-born Jadeja recently qualified for the big event, which will be held in Salt Lake, Utah from December 3 to 5, 2021. Jadeja worked his way to the World Cup having participated in 12 pre-qualification events since August 2021 and a good performance in Salt Lake will put him in a good situation to get a shot at the qualification to Beijing Olympics 2022. Jadeja will compete in the Mass Start event, which is a shorter version of the Marathon. A Mass Start involves 16 laps of a 400-metre long track.“The year 2021 saw the Indian athletes put in a great performance at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. I am inspired by those performances and am trying to make…

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Uttarakhand logs 53 new COVID-19 cases in last 24 hrs

Dehradun (Uttarakhand) [India]: Uttarakhand has logged 53 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the state Health bulletin said on Tuesday.As per the health bulletin, zero COVID-19 fatalities were recorded in the state. As many as 11 recoveries were also reported in the state taking total recoveries to 3,30,557. The death toll so far stood at 7,408, stated the bulletin.Total recoveries so far stood at 3,44,303.

City News Mumbai

Bombay HC allows default bail plea of activist Sudha Bharadwaj in Bhima Koregaon Case

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Bombay High Court on Wednesday allowed the default bail plea of activist Sudha Bharadwaj and directed her to approach Special National Investigation Agency (NIA) Court for further proceedings in the Bhima Koregaon Case.A bench of Justices SS Shinde and NJ Jamadar said that Bharadwaj’s bail conditions will be decided by the Special NIA Court in Mumbai. The High Court ordered that she should be produced before the Special NIA Court on December 8.Simultaneously, in the same case, the court rejected the default bail plea of eight accused Surendra Gadling, Sudhir Dhawale, Shoma Sen, Rona Wilson, Mahesh Raut, Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Ferreira.Bharadwaj was among the five activists, including Varavara Rao, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira and Gautam Navlakha, who were arrested from various cities in 2018 for their alleged involvement in the Elgaar Parishad event near Pune.On January 1, 2018, violence at…

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Need to provide ‘strong alternative’ at national level, says Sharad Pawar after meeting Mamata Banerjee

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Ahead of the general elections scheduled in 2024, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar said that there is a need for like-minded political forces to come together to provide “strong alternative” at the national level.Pawar spelt out his strategy to counter Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2024 Lok Sabha polls following his meeting with Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee in Mumbai. After meeting Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday, Pawar stated that Mamata’s intention is that like-minded forces should come together at the national level and set up a collective leadership.“We have to provide a strong alternative to leadership. Our thinking is not for today, but for the election. This has to be established and with that intention, she has visited and had a very positive discussion with all of us,” he said.“Be it Congress or any other party, the thing…

South Asian Countries

Need to strengthen emergency evacuation capabilities: NATO on Afghan operations

Brussels [Belgium]: NATO needs to increase the capabilities of member states to conduct large-scale and urgent evacuation operations in the future, foreign ministers of the alliance said on Wednesday considering the evacuation operations undertaken in Afghanistan by the countries post-Taliban takeover.“Meeting in Riga on Wednesday (1 December 2021), NATO Foreign Ministers discussed the lessons learned from the Alliance’s engagement in Afghanistan over almost two decades,” NATO said in a statement. Following the rapid collapse of the Afghan government and forces in August, a comprehensive political and military assessment was conducted by NATO, with the active involvement of its allies and other experts.The ministers gathered in Latvia’s Riga to discuss the results of the alliance’s operation and the lessons they learned from their engagement in Afghanistan. “NATO should consider how to strengthen its capabilities to conduct short-notice, large-scale evacuation operations in the future,” the statement…

Business Markets

Equity benchmark indices close in green; Sensex up by 620 points on banking, auto sector gains

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Indian equity market closed in the green on Wednesday as the banking and auto sector shares gained.At the closing bell, the BSE S&P Sensex was up by 619.92 points or 1.09 per cent, while the Nifty 50 gained by 183.70 points or 1.08 per cent. In BSE Sensex the sectors that saw maximum gain were the banking sector that was up by 1.76 per cent, the auto sector that was up by 1.47 per cent, the finance sector that was up by 1.43.The healthcare sector plummeted by 1.43 per cent.Among stocks, the top gainer was IndusInd Bank, which surged 5.73 per cent to Rs 934.25, followed by Axis Bank up by 3.46 per cent to Rs 679.80 per share.State Bank of India (SBI), Tech Mahindra, and Maruti Suzuki also traded with a positive bias today.Meanwhile, Dr Reddys Labs cracked by 1.58…

New Products Technology

Oppo Reno7, Reno7 Pro India price leaks

New Delhi [India]: Oppo unveiled the Reno7 and Reno7 Pro for the Chinese market last week, and now a new report has claimed that the Reno7 and Reno7 Pro will debut in India in January, leaving the Reno7 SE behind for some reason.As per GSM Arena, the rumour also gives some price ranges for the two phones of the series that will make it to India. Allegedly, the Reno7 is to be priced between INR 28,000 to INR 31,000, while the Pro model will go for anywhere between INR 41,000 to INR 43,000. Apparently the company will also unveil a new pair of true wireless earbuds for the Indian market, priced similarly to the Enco X, which is currently going for INR 9,999. The Watch Free should be launched in India alongside the new earbuds and the Reno7 and Reno7 Pro as well.According to…

International Middle East

Saudi Arabia detects 1st case of Omicron variant

Riyadh [Saudi Arabia]: Saudi Arabia announced on Wednesday the detection of its first case of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, the Saudi Press Agency reported.The variant was detected for an inbound citizen coming from a North African country, the Saudi Health Ministry said, adding that the infected one was quarantined and those close contacts were tested. The ministry called on the public to complete their COVID-19 vaccinations to protect the safety of all.Saudi Arabia has been witnessing a drop in daily COVID-19 cases after serious efforts were made in fighting the spread of the virus, especially the nationwide vaccination drive.

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IMD predicts above-normal rainfall for Dec-Feb in 6 states

New Delhi [India]: India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Wednesday predicted above-normal rainfall for December to February for coastal Andhra Pradesh, Rayalaseema, south interior Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, inner Puducherry, and Kerala.“Our prediction for above-normal rainfall for December to February is for coastal Andhra Pradesh, Rayalaseema, south interior Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, inner Puducherry, and Kerala,” said the Indian Meteorological Department. “Below normal rainfall probability is predicted for North-West India, thus their average temp is expected to stay above normal,” it added.“Punjab, Haryana, and west Rajasthan are expected to experience a normal average temperature,” it added.“It is difficult to tell the temperature as above or below normal of east and west Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, east Rajasthan, and Gujarat, but the maximum temperature is expected to stay below normal,” it said.Eight people have died in rain-related incidents in Tamil Nadu in November, While, torrential rains claimed 27…

Cricket

Dhoni getting retained is good sign for CSK, says cricket coach MP Singh

New Delhi [India]: Former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s childhood coach MP Singh lauded Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK) for retaining the wicket-keeper batter ahead of the mega auction of the upcoming season.CSK has retained Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Ruturaj Gaikwad, and Moeen Ali for the upcoming IPL. Speaking to ANI, MP Singh said, “CSK retaining Dhoni is a good sign for the franchise as no team would ever want to lose their champion player and that’s Dhoni for CSK. It is a player’s personal choice also that whether he wants to get retained or not. Overall, it’s a good decision.”The coach was present at the event in the national capital where KFC assured support to the Indian Deaf Cricket Association (IDCA) for the World Cup 2023.“It feels great to see that KFC will be sponsoring the deaf cricket in India.…

Games Sports

Defending champ PV Sindhu handed tough draw, likely to face TTY in QFs

Madrid [Spain]: Reigning world champion PV Sindhu’s title defence will not be easy as she will likely have to go through the challenge of Pornpawee Chochuwong, Tai Tzu Ying and Carolina Marin after the draws were made for the 2021 BWF Badminton World Championships on Wednesday.The tournament is being held in Huelva, Spain, from December 12 to 19. The two-time Olympic medallist Indian has a bye in the first round and is seeded sixth for the tournament. Her first opponent will be the winner of the match between Martina Repiska and Ruselli Hartawan, and will expect a third-round match against the in-form Thai shuttler Chochuwong. If she gets through, a likely quarterfinal against world number one Tai Tzu Ying is on cards before a potential semifinal against Marin.Spanish icon Carolina Marin will also contemplate an interesting draw as she returns from injury straight into…

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Rajya Sabha adjourned for day as Opposition continues ruckus on suspension of MPs

New Delhi [India]: The Rajya Sabha on Wednesday adjourned for the day amid pandemonium created by the Opposition leaders on various issues, including revocation of suspension of 12 MPs.It was the fourth adjournment of the Upper House during its four-hour-long proceedings that started at 11 am. The final adjournment was announced a few minutes after the House met at 3 pm and Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat resumed his speech on the need for the safety of dams across the country.Shekhawat was speaking in favour of the ‘Dam Safety Bill, 2019’, which he moved earlier in the day for its consideration and passage.Even as the minister was speaking, the Opposition, including Congress, Left, AAP and DMK, created a ruckus in the House seeking revocation of the suspension of 12 MPs.Opposition party members including Congress, DMK, AAP and Left demonstrated their protest by…

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There’s No UPA Alliance : Mamata Banerjee After Sharad Pawar Meet

Mumbai [Maharashtra] : Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Nationalist Congress chief Sharad Pawar met this afternoon to lay out what he called the “Template for 2024”.  “What is UPA? There is no UPA,” said Mamata Banerjee. Tweeting photos of the meeting, Mr Pawar – one of the key interlocutors of the opposition – posted: “Pleased to meet Hon’ble CM of West Bengal Smt @MamataOfficial at my Mumbai residence. We Discussed various issues. We agreed upon the need to strengthen the collective efforts and commitment towards safeguarding democratic values and ensuring the betterment of our people”. Last evening, Ms Banerjee met  Shiv Sena’s Aaditya Thackeray and Sanjay Raut. Her meeting with Uddhav Thackeray did not take place as the Chief Minister has undergone a surgery and has been advised isolation.

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Centre has to realize that other voices deserve to be heard: Tharoor

New Delhi [India] : Slamming the Central government over the suspension of 12 Opposition MPs, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday said the Centre has to realize that other voices in the country deserve to be heard.“The Centre has to realize that in this country other voices deserve to be heard. Parliament is for debate and discussion. You have to allow people to express their views, only then can you truly run a democratic Parliament,” Tharoor told ANI. Suspended Rajya Sabha MPs on Wednesday sat on a protest near Gandhi statue inside Parliament premises against their suspension from the House for the remaining part of the winter session.Opposition party leaders including Congress MP Rahul Gandhi also staged a protest at the Gandhi statue inside Parliament premises on Wednesday demanding revocation of suspension of 12 Rajya Sabha members.As many as 12 MPs from the opposition…

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Commercial LPG gas cylinder price raised by Rs 100 in Delhi

New Delhi [India] : The national oil marketing companies have increased the price of commercial 19kg LPG cylinder by Rs 100.50, taking the new price to Rs 2,101 in Delhi, informed the sources on Wednesday.Sources told ANI that the increased price of LPG cylinders is effective from today. This is the second-highest price of 19kg commercial cylinder after 2012-13 when it used to cost around Rs 2,200 per cylinder. However, there is no increase in prices of other domestic cylinders weighing 14.2kg, 5 kg, 10kg composite or 5kg composite cylinders.The difference between prices of 14.2kg domestic cylinder and 19kg commercial cylinder has been increased. Presently, a 14.2kg Domestic cylinder in the national capital cost Rs 899.50 and the 19kg cylinder commercial cylinder is costing Rs 2,101.This may increase the diversion of 14.2kg domestic gas cylinder into restaurants, tea stalls etc which constitute the largest…

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Two terrorists killed in encounter in J-K

Pulwama (Jammu and Kashmir) [India] : Two terrorists have been neutralized in an encounter that broke out between security forces and terrorists in the Qasba Yar area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama on Wednesday, said police.The police further informed that the identification and affiliation of the terrorists killed in the encounter, that broke out earlier this morning, are being ascertained. “Pulwama Encounter Update: 02 terrorists killed. Identification and affiliation being ascertained,” tweeted Kashmir Zone Police.

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IRCTC to run ‘Rampath Yatra’ train from Gujarat to Ayodhya on Dec 25

Indore (Madhya Pradesh) [India]: Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) will run the ‘Rampath Yatra’ train on December 25 which will start from Gujarat connecting Madhya Pradesh to reach Ayodhya, informed Krishna Kumar Singh, Regional Manager of IRCTC on Tuesday.Addressing a press conference in Indore on Tuesday, Singh said, “The 640-seater train will start from Sabarmati station in Gujarat and reach Ayodhya the next day via Ratlam, Ujjain.” Describing the journey to Ayodhya, the IRCTC Regional Manager said that devotees will be taken by road to Nandigram, Varanasi, Prayagraj and Chitrakoot from December 27.“The journey will take seven nights and eight days in which 320 seats will be in 3AC and 320 seats in sleeper coaches. IRCTC will make all the arrangements for food, accommodation of devotees etc for which Rs 12,600 will be charged for 3AC and Rs 7,560 will be charged…

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Arvind Kejriwal to attend AAP’s ‘Tiranga Yatra’ in Punjab’s Pathankot tomorrow

Pathankot (Punjab) [India]: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) National Convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will visit poll-bound Punjab to attend the party’s ‘Tiranga Yatra’ in Pathankot on Thursday.Kejriwal will be accompanied by Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and AAP leader Manish Sisodia who is already on a five-day visit to Punjab. The AAP chief has been frequently visiting Punjab ahead of the 2022 assembly election. In the last two months, this will be his sixth visit to the poll-bound state.Punjab Assembly elections have been scheduled to take place early next year.In the 2017 Punjab Assembly polls, Congress won an absolute majority in the state by winning 77 seats and ousted the SAD-BJP government after 10 years. Aam Aadmi Party emerged as the second-largest party winning 20 seats in 117-member Punjab Legislative Assembly. The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) could only manage to win 15 seats…

City News Kolkata

West Bengal extends Covid-19 restrictions in wake of Omicron scare

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: West Bengal government on Tuesday extended the COVID-19 restrictions in the state till December 15 in view of the newly detected coronavirus variant Omicron.According to an order issued by the government, all outdoor activities including the movement of people and vehicles will remain prohibited between 11 pm and 5 am except for the health services, law and order and essential commodities that include agricultural products and other emergency services. “Wearing of masks, maintenance of physical distancing and health and hygiene protocol must be followed at all times,” said the order.Meanwhile, amid rising concern about a new COVID-19 variant ‘Omicron’ first detected in South Africa, India added several countries to the list from where travellers would need to follow additional measures on arrival in India, including post-arrival testing for infection.Ministry of Health and Family Welfare adds Hong Kong and Israel to…

South Asian Countries

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

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

Business

RBI imposes Rs 1 crore penalty on Union Bank of India for non-compliance with certain provisions of its directions

New Delhi [India]: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has imposed a monetary penalty of Rs 1 crore on the Union Bank of India (UBI) for non-compliance with certain provisions of its directions relating to fraud classification and reporting and sale of stressed assets.According to a statement issued by the RBI on November 25, it has imposed a monetary penalty of Rs 1 Crore on Union Bank of India (the bank), for non-compliance with the certain provisions of directions issued by RBI contained in “Reserve Bank of India (Fraud – Classification and Reporting by commercial banks and select FIs) Directions 2016” and “Guidelines on Sale of Stressed Assets by Banks”. This penalty has been imposed in exercise of powers vested in RBI under the provisions of section 47A(1)(c) read with sections 46(4)(i) and 51(1) of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 (the Act).“This action is…

New Products Technology

Samsung Galaxy A23 set to feature 50MP camera

Seoul [South Korea]: Korean tech giant Samsung announced the Galaxy A22 4G and 5G in June with 48MP primary cameras, and now the company will go with a 50MP primary camera for the Galaxy A23.As per GalaxyClub, the Galaxy A23 will come in 4G and 5G versions like its predecessor. However, not all regions may get both models. While the rest of the specs of the Samsung Galaxy A23 remain unknown, the device could come packed with a 5,000 mAh battery.It is currently unclear when exactly Samsung will introduce the Galaxy A23.

Africa International

WHO urges countries to take ‘rational’ measures against Omicron

Geneva [Switzerland]: The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday called for countries to keep calm and take “rational” measures in response to the new Covid variant Omicron.“We call on all member states to take rational, proportional risk-reduction measures,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a briefing to countries, reported Al Jazeera. Meanwhile, the Omicron was already in the Netherlands when South Africa alerted the WHO about it last week.Netherlands health officials said that the new COVID-19 Omicron was detected in the country a week earlier than previously believed.“RIVM has found the Omicron variant in test samples taken in the Netherlands earlier in November. These samples were taken in the GGD test lanes on 19 and 23 November 2021,” National Health and Environment Institute said in a statement.The Omicron variant (B.1.1.529), a new variant of the COVID-19, was first reported in Botswana on November…

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Injured Neymar to miss up to eight weeks at PSG

Paris [France]: Neymar will not play again for Paris Saint-Germain in 2021 as he has been sidelined for up to eight weeks with an ankle injury.Brazil forward was forced from the field on a stretcher after landing awkwardly during the Ligue 1 clash with Saint-Etienne. PSG have said in a statement on the club’s official website on Monday: “The examinations carried out confirm that Neymar Jr suffers from a sprained left ankle with ligament injuries.”“An unavailability of 6 to 8 weeks is to be expected. A new assessment will be made in 72 hours to specify the recovery.”Neymar posted on social media: “Unfortunately, these setbacks are a part of an athlete’s life. Now you have to raise your head and move on. I will come back better and stronger.”If the 29-year-old is to miss the next six weeks, then he will be forced to…

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US warns Russia to stay away from Ukraine, says any move may trigger ‘serious consequences’

Washington [US]: The US on Tuesday (local time) warned Russia to stay away from aggression in Ukraine and said that ‘any move’ from Moscow may trigger ‘serious consequences’.The remarks came from US Secretary of State Antony Blinken amid concerns that Russia could mount another invasion in Ukraine as Moscow’s military forces build up near the border, reported CNN. “It’s increasingly belligerent rhetoric, it’s recent buildup of forces. It’s unusual troop movements along Ukraine’s border,” Blinken said, adding that I’ll have a lot more to say about that tomorrow after I’ve had a chance to consult with our allies in the NATO meetings that started this afternoon.”“But for now, let me just reiterate that any escalatory actions by Russia would be of great concern to the United States as they would to Latvia and any renewed aggression can trigger serious consequences,” the Secretary added.Blinken made…

Cricket

IPL 2022: Dhoni, Kohli, Rohit among those retained; Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul released

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: All the existing Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises on Tuesday revealed the list of their retained players ahead of the mega auction of the upcoming season.MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, and Glenn Maxwell are among some of the big names that the existing franchises have decided to retain for IPL 2022. The players retained by eight IPL teams are:Chennai Super Kings: Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni, Moeen Ali, Ruturaj GaikwadKolkata Knight Riders: Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Varun Chakravarthy, Venkatesh IyerSunRisers Hyderabad: Kane Williamson, Abdul Samad, Umran MalikMumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Kieron Pollard, Suryakumar YadavRoyal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammed SirajDelhi Capitals: Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw, Axar Patel, Anrich NortjeRajasthan Royals: Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler, Yashasvi JaiswalPunjab Kings: Mayank Agarwal, Arshdeep SinghMeanwhile, the two new Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises — Lucknow…

Games Sports

BWF World Tour Finals: Pair of Ponnappa, Sikki Reddy lose opening Group B game

Bali [Indonesia]: India duo of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy ended up losing their first game in women’s doubles Group B of the ongoing BWF World Tour Finals on Wednesday.Nami Matsuyama and Chiharu Shida of Japan defeated the Indian duo 21-14, 21-18 in a match that lasted 43 minutes. Two-time Olympian Ashwini Ponnappa and her partner N Sikki Reddy are making their BWF World Tour Finals debut this time.The BWF World Tour Finals is the season-ending tournament of the BWF World Tour, where the top-eight players/pairs in the season’s rankings are granted entry.The players/pairs are divided into two groups of four each. Each player/pair will play every other player/pair in their group in a round-robin format, with the top-two in each group progressing to the semi-finals.

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Mamata Banerjee likely to meet Sharad Pawar today

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is likely to meet Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Wednesday afternoon in Mumbai.Banerjee, who is on a three-day visit to Maharashtra, met Shiv Sena leaders Aaditya Thackeray and Sanjay Raut in Mumbai on Tuesday. “We welcome her to Mumbai and Maharashtra. There has always been a friendship. We had met her even 2-3 years back when she visited Mumbai. We came to carry forward that friendship. We discussed many issues but we came here to welcome her to Mumbai,” Thackeray had said while speaking to media persons.Meanwhile, Shiv Sena in a statement informed that due to health issues, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will not be meeting Banerjee.“Due to health issues, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray won’t be meeting West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during her two-day visit to Mumbai. She has…

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Stalemate likely to end in Rajya Sabha today as Opposition parties plan to take part in proceedings

New Delhi [India]: The stalemate in the Rajya Sabha is likely to end as the opposition parties plan to take part in House proceedings today, sources said.Leader of the opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge has called the meeting of like-minded opposition parties at 10 am in his office to chalk out the strategy for the floor of the house. Opposition is demanding that the suspension of 12 opposition MPs should be revoked, terming the decision of the chair as “illegal”. Kharge has also written a letter to the Rajya Sabha chairman giving his views and mentioning provisions of the Constitution in this regard.In his letter, Kharge has requested him to reconsider the matter of suspension of 12 MPs “in the larger interest of Parliamentary democracy” and revoke the suspensions.“The Monsoon Session of the House concluded on August 11 and was prorogued by the…

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Delhi HC asks Centre to respond to plea seeking live streaming of proceedings on same-sex marriage petitions

New Delhi [India] : The Delhi High Court on Tuesday issued notice to Central Government on an application seeking live streaming of proceedings on petitions for recognition of same-sex marriages under the special, Hindu and foreign marriage laws.Petitioner stated that it is a matter of national importance and live streaming can affect a larger population. Senior Advocate Neeraj Kishan Kaul appearing for the petitioner filed an Intervention Application (IA) seeking Court’s direction for live streaming of the proceedings.The Delhi High court is examining a batch of petitions filed by several same-sex couples, seeking a declaration recognising same-sex marriages under the special, Hindu and foreign marriage laws.The bench of Justice DN Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh on Tuesday issued notice on plea to the Central Government and fixed the date for February 3, 2022, for further hearing. The bench granted time to Centre’s Counsel to…

Politics State's Latest

JNU Activist Sharjeel Imam’s Speech Did Not Incite Violence

Allahabad [Uttar Pradesh] : Sharjeel Imam’s speech at the Aligarh Muslim University neither gave the call for anyone to bear arms nor incited any violence as a result of it, the Allahabad High Court has said granting him bail in a sedition case. Justice Saumitra Dayal Singh granted bail on Saturday to Imam who was booked under sections 124A, 153A, 153B and 505(2) of the IPC at Civil Lines Police Station in Aligarh district of Uttar Pradesh. “Having heard learned counsel for the parties and having perused the record, without referring to the exact allegation made against the applicant, it may be noted that on an undisputed basis neither the applicant called anyone to bear arms nor any violence was incited as a result of the speech delivered by the applicant,” the judge said in the bail order. “In view of the above, without…

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Delhi HC refuses to entertain plea seeking ban on Salman Khurshid’s book

New Delhi [India] : The Delhi High court on Tuesday refused to entertain a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking direction to Centre and Delhi Government to stop the publication, circulation, and sale of the former Union Minister Salman Khurshid’s book–“Sunrise Over Ayodhya” that allegedly hurt the sentiments of the Hindus.The Court noted that the petitioner has even not made the “author of the book” and “publication house” a party in the petition. The Bench of Justice DN Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh on Tuesday showed displeasure with the petitioner after noting that there are no proper impleadments of the parties in the petition copy.Justice DN Patel said, “These are all chance-taking petitioners. You even not made party to Sr Lawyer Salman Khurshid (Author of the book) and Publication house and praying for the ban.”However, Court granted liberty to the petitioner to file a fresh…

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Opposition likely to boycott session if suspension of 12 MPs not revoked

New Delhi [India] : The floor leaders of opposition will meet on Tuesday to discuss strategy after the suspension of 12 MPs in the Rajya Sabha. According to media reports, if the suspension was not revoked, the opposition may decide to boycott the House. The Congress has alleged that the government wants to pass the Bills and now has created a majority number after the suspension of MPs. “By suspending 12 MPs from the #RajyaSabha, BJP has now gone ahead of the majority number. Can easily pass listed bills through the upper house now. This move has no parallel in history of parliamentary democracy and is entirely undemocratic, unlawful, and unconstitutional!” Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi tweeted. Fourteen parties under the signature of Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge issued a statement saying the leaders of the opposition condemn the unwarranted…

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Puskas Award: Mahrez, Lamela among FIFA best goal nominees

Zurich [Switzerland]: FIFA on Monday announced the Puskas Award 2021 nominees which include Riyad Mahrez and Erik Lamela.The prestigious individual prize will be given to the player deemed to have scored the best goal of the year. Tottenham’s Heung-min Son came out on top last year. Patrick Schick’s 45-meter (50-yard) shot for the Czech Republic, Riyad Mahrez strike in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying game, and Erik Lamela’s rabona flick for Spurs in the north London derby headline the nominations.Schick already won the European Championship goal of the tournament award for his goal against Scotland.Puskas Award 2021 nominees: Luiz Diaz |Brazil vs Colombia | June 23, 2021, Gauthier Hein | Chamois Niortais FC vs AJ Auxerre | April 10, 2021, Erik Lamela | Arsenal vs Tottenham | March 14, 2021, Valentino Lazaro | Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs Borussia Monchengladbach | November 8, 2020,…

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Vice Admiral Hari Kumar to take over as new Navy Chief

New Delhi (India): Vice Admiral R Hari Kumar would take over as the next chief of naval staff from November 30, from Admiral KB Singh who is superannuating after a 30-month tenure.Kumar played a crucial role in the basic formulation of the theatre command structures as part of the Integrated Defence Staff headquarters. Born on April 12, 1962, Vice Admiral R Hari Kumar was commissioned on January 1, 1983, into the Executive Branch of the Indian Navy.During his long and distinguished service spanning nearly 39 years, he has served in a variety of Command, Staff and Instructional appointments.Vice Admiral R Hari Kumar’s Sea Command includes INS Nishank, Missile Corvette, INS Kora and Guided Missile Destroyer INS Ranvir. He also commanded Indian Navy’s Aircraft Carrier INS Viraat.He served as Fleet Operations Officer of the Western Fleet.Vice Admiral R. Hari Kumar has undergone courses at the…

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India offers support to Africa to fight Omicron variant of COVID-19, says ready to supply vaccines, life-saving drugs

New Delhi [India]: Expressing solidarity with the countries, particularly in Africa, which are affected by the Omicron variant of coronavirus, India on Monday said it stands ready to supply Made-in India vaccines, essential life-saving drugs, test kits, gloves, PPE kits and medical equipment such as ventilators.“We have noted the emergence of a new variant of Covid-19, Omicron. We express our solidarity with the countries, particularly in Africa, who have so far been affected by the Omicron variant,” the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement. “The Government of India stands ready to support the countries affected in Africa in dealing with the Omicron variant, including by supplies of Made-in-India vaccines. Supplies can be undertaken through COVAX or bilaterally,” it added.The government has cleared all orders placed so far by COVAX for supplies of Covishield vaccines including to African countries like Malawi, Ethiopia, Zambia,…

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12 Rajya Sabha MPs suspended for rest of Winter Session over ‘indiscipline’ during Monsoon Session

New Delhi [India]: Rajya Sabha on the first day of its business for the Winter Session on Monday suspended 12 of its members for the rest of the current session on account of ‘unruly and violent behaviour’ during the Monsoon Session of Parliament.The suspended MPs include six from Congress, two each from TMC and Shiv Sena and one each from CPM and CPI. The action has been taken against them for the ‘indiscipline’ in the monsoon session of the house.The suspended MPs are Elamaram Kareem (CPM), Phulo Devi Netam, Chhaya Verma, R Bora, Rajamani Patel, Syed Nasir Hussain and Akhilesh Prasad Singh of the Congress, Binoy Viswam of CPI, Dola Sen and Shanta Chhetri of Trinamool Congress, Priyanka Chaturvedi and Anil Desai of Shiv Sena.The suspension notice issued of the first day of the Winter Session read, “That this House takes cognisance and strongly…

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Supreme Court directs states to file report on steps taken to curb pollution in Delhi-NCR

New Delhi [India]: The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab governments to explain steps taken by them in compliance with directions issued by Commission for Air Quality Management in the National Capital Region (NCR) and adjoining areas to curb air pollution and sought compliance reports from them.A Bench of Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Surya Kant directed the Centre to respond to issues related to construction activities including the Central Vista project under its domain. Senior advocate Vikas Singh, appearing for the petitioner, that construction activities for big projects like the Central Vista are going on in full swing and such a project cannot be “more important than the lives of citizens”.To this, the Bench observed, “The question is how we are struggling as to how to control the pollution and whether…

Chennai City News

Heavy rainfall, waterlogging in Chennai

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: Due to continuous and heavy rainfall, waterlogging has been reported from several districts of Tamil Nadu including Chennai.While speaking to ANI, a local, said, “We face a lot of difficulties due to continuous rain. It has also affected transport. Several areas are submerged in floodwater due to torrential rains.” “We are finding difficulties in getting food as we are not able to move out. The floodwater has entered in our homes,” said another local.State revenue and disaster management minister KKSSR Ramachandran had informed a total of eight people have died due to heavy rainfall in the state.Earlier, on Saturday, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin met Governor RN Ravi at Raj Bhawan in Chennai. He briefed the Governor about the rain situation and ongoing relief and restoration work in the rain-affected areas in the state.

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Do not panic, it is being tracked, checked regularly: CM Bommai on Omicron

Davanagere (Karnataka) [India]: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraja Bommai on Monday asked people not to panic about the new COVID-19 variant ‘Omicron’, and suggested them to follow covid precautionary measures strictly.“People should not be afraid of the new COVID-19 variant. It is being tracked and checked regularly,” the chief minister said. The government is taking strict measures to prevent new variant. The city airport is tightened with precautionary measures and the students coming from Kerala are being advised to take a covid-19 negative report, Bommai said.Speaking further, the chief minister said the districts have been instructed to avoid gatherings. The state government is also constantly in touch with experts and with the Central government from time to time.Asked about the possibility for a covid booster dose for state people, Bommai said “it should be directed by the Central government. The action will be taken according…

South Asian Countries

Riots erupt in Pak’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa over reports of Quran desecration

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa [Pakistan]: At least one man was injured in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province after riots broke out over reports about the burning of the Holy Quran at a mosque on Sunday.The incident took place in Tangi tehsil of Charsadda district where police resorted to firing in the air and teargas shelling to disperse an unruly mob that vandalised a police station, Dawn newspaper reported. The report said that protestors destroyed the area’s main police station, four posts and several residential quarters of police.According to the report, the enraged protesters broke into the compound of the police station, set on fire at least 17 vehicles parked there.The person who had allegedly torched the Quran was apparently mentally deranged, adding that the accused was immediately taken into custody and shifted to an unknown location, Dawn reported quoted the Police. “Apparently, the accused is mentally unstable…

South Asian Countries

Two school buildings in Nepal built with Indian assistance inaugurated

Kathmandu [Nepal]: Two new buildings of the primary schools built with the financial assistance of the Indian government in the Darchula district, were inaugurated on Monday.“Inauguration of new school buildings of Shree Moti Mahila Sangh Primary School at Tinkar, Khalanga and Shree Malikarjun Model Secondary School at Mahakali-7, Dhap in Darchula District built with Government of India Financial Assistance,” the Indian embassy said in a statement. The school in Dhap was built with the Government of India Financial Assistance of Nepali Rupees 1.27 crore.It was inaugurated by Namgya C. Khampa, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Indian embassy; District Coordination Committee, Darchula and School Management Committee and local representatives.The school, established in 1960, has been providing quality primary level education for a long time, The Indian embassy said in a statement.Most students, studying in this school, are from the marginalised Tinkari and Bhutia communities…

New Products Technology

Next version of Vivo OriginOS coming on December 9

Dongguan [China]: OriginOS, which is Vivo’s platform of choice for its Chinese phones, is about to get a new version.As per GSM Arena, the new release is coming on December 9 and it will be called OriginOS Ocean. According to reports at least a dozen phones will be in the first wave to receive it. The new OriginOS (which is technically a UI on top of Android’s kernel) will bring improved features for mobile use, as well as easy cross-device navigation with PC and file transfers.Design-wise it will keep the grid system with multiple widgets and gesture navigations which became a hit among Vivo users when the first OriginOS came out.The company will release the official closed beta list once the event takes place in 10 days, but leaksters already revealed its preliminary version. They are mostly flagships, as well as a handful of…

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Realme confirms upcoming flagship title as ‘GT 2 Pro’

Shenzhen [China]: Realme founder and CEO Sky Li, on Monday, confirmed that the upcoming device touted to be Realme’s most premium flagship to date will be called ‘GT 2 Pro’ and will be available worldwide.GSM Arena spotted first look at the GT 2 Pro on their sources. According to them, the design is a big departure from the Realme GT and GT Neo2 with a Nexus 6P style camera visor spanning across the top part of the back. There are three visible camera modules housed in the contraption with two 50MP shooters alongside an 8MP snapper. Reportedly, all three modules will offer GR lenses developed by Ricoh which specialize in reducing ghosting and backlight resistance.According to GSM Arena, Realme GT 2 Pro also has flat metal sides and is expected to utilize Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 8 Gen1. The smartphone is also rumored to bring…

International Middle East

Angry protests in Amman against Jordan-Israel solar power for water deal

Nicosia [Cyprus]: Thousands of Jordanians took part in a huge protest at the heart of the Jordanian capital Amman on Thursday against the declaration of intent signed last Monday in Dubai for water for energy deal by Jordan, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates. The protesters shouted slogans that normalization of relations with Israel was treason and demanded that the government immediately scrap the deal and sever ties with Israel. Soon after the deal was announced hundreds of students organized protests in various university campuses all over the country.It should be noted that there is a very strong anti-Israel sentiment in Jordan, as almost 10 million of its citizens are Palestinians who were expelled or fled to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in the fighting that accompanied the creation of Israel in 1948.The Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan condemned the deal and said: “We reject…

Europe International

Germany in regular dialogue with US on Implementation of deal on Nord Stream 2

Berlin [Germany]: Germany is in a “regular and constructive” dialogue with the US on the implementation of the agreement on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and still opposes sanctions against the allies, German Foreign Ministry spokesman Christopher Burger said on Monday.The German government called on the US Congress not to impose sanctions against Nord Stream 2, as it will damage the transatlantic partnership, according to the documents from the German Embassy in Washington, obtained by the Axios portal on Sunday. “In this regard, I can say that the heads of departments of the foreign and energy ministries were recently in Washington and held constructive negotiations with high-ranking representatives of the US administration and Congress. We are in close contact with the US administration on the implementation of the joint statement [on energy security and Nord Stream 2] and we are in regular and…

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Singapore, Malaysia reopen border after being shut for nearly two years due to Covid

Singapore: Singapore and Malaysia have reopened their land borders after nearly two years since it was closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which started early last year.Singapore and Malaysia stated that only individuals who have been inoculated against COVID-19 will be permitted to cross the land border and also must test negative for the novel coronavirus, two days before travelling, reported Kyodo News. The restoration of travel through land borders by Singapore and Malaysia comes amid rising concerns for the new COVID-19 variant- ‘Omicron’.The reopening of Causeway, connecting Singapore and Malaysia’s southernmost state of Johor enabled thousands of Malaysian workers and students stranded in Singapore to return home if they are fully vaccinated, without being subjected to quarantine, reported Kyodo News.Before the pandemic, more than 300,000 Malaysians traveled across the Causeway every day to work in the city-state, making it one of the busiest…

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Depression to result in heavy rainfall in Odisha, Andhra Pradesh

New Delhi [India]: A depression would result in heavy rainfall in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh from November 30 to December 2, informed RK Jenamani, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) scientist.While speaking to ANI, RK Jenamani, said, “A depression would result in heavy rainfall in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh from November 30 to December 2. Western disturbance might cause heavy to very heavy rainfall in Gujarat, Konkan, and Central Maharashtra from the night of December 1 to December 2.” Jenamani added, “Delhi, Rajasthan, Haryana, Western Uttar Pradesh, and Uttarakhand might experience rainfall and the overall weather would undergo many changes.”

Football Sports

Ralf Rangnick appointed as interim manager of Manchester United

Manchester [UK]: Premier League club Manchester United on Monday announced the appointment of Ralf Rangnick as interim manager until the end of the season.Following this period, Ralf and the club have agreed that he will continue in a consultancy role for a further two years. Ralf Rangnick in a statement said: “I am excited to be joining Manchester United and focused on making this a successful season for the club.”“The squad is full of talent and has a great balance of youth and experience. All my efforts for the next six months will be on helping these players fulfil their potential, both individually and, most importantly, as a team. Beyond that, I look forward to supporting the club’s longer-term goals on a consultancy basis.”Manchester United on November 21 announced that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had left his role as manager. Currently, Michael Carrick will remain…

Games Sports

Advice from Senior Team’s drag-flick specialists has helped me a lot, says Araijeet Singh Hundal

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India]: With five goals to his name in just three matches at the ongoing FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup Bhubaneswar 2021, Araijeet Singh Hundal has grabbed the attention of hockey buffs with his impressive performance.The lanky lad from Amritsar is quick on his feet as a forward and as one of the four penalty corner specialists in the Indian Junior side, Hundal has proved his mettle with powerful drag flicks in crunch situations to help his side. His hat-trick of goals in India’s 13-1 win against Canada even earned him the Player of the Match title. Next up in the quarter-final, the hosts will take on a highly competitive Belgium in what could be a repeat of the 2016 Junior World Cup Final in Lucknow where India had emerged victorious.Oblivious of the significance of that epic match in Bhubaneswar that…

Cricket

‘Feels great to see young players performing’

Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: Team India head coach Rahul Dravid praised the players for their ‘fighting spirit’ and ‘composure’ they showed in the now-concluded Day 5 of the first Test against New Zealand, here at Green Park Stadium in Kanpur.New Zealand’s Rachin Ravindra and Ajaz Patel came up with a determined performance to hold off the Indian spinners in the final hour of the Test to earn a commendable draw as the hosts ended the Test one wicket away from victory. Poor light had a major effect on the match and the head coach also agreed on the same.“Yeah, we were expecting it. We knew that the light kinda dipped a bit at that point in time, how it has been happening for every day. Not very difficult, the guys were pretty switched on and I thought we showed great composure, great fighting spirit…

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Ind vs NZ, 1st Test: Visitors manage to survive

Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: New Zealand managed to survive by the barest of margins on the last day of the first Test against India after a gritty performance from their lower-order batters insured that visitors walked away with a draw here at Green Park, Kanpur on Monday.Team India managed to take eight wickets on Day 5 of the ongoing first Test but some late drama and stout-hearted performance from visitors’ batters clawed back victory from the jaws of hosts. Ravindra Jadeja scalped four wickets in the second innings while veteran spinner Ravichandran Ashwin returned with three.Resuming the final session at 125/4, Indian bowlers clawed further deep as Axar Patel had Henry Nicholls adjudged LBW. Then after five overs, Ravindra Jadeja got the all-important wicket of Kane Williamson. The NZ skipper decided to go back and the ball skid on to trap him plumb in…

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Centre continues to remain silent over MSP legal guarantee to farmers, says Mayawati

New Delhi [India]: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Sunday said that the Centre continues to remain silent on the demand of providing legal guarantee for the minimum support prices (MSP) of crops to farmers.Taking to Twitter, Mayawati said, “Centre continues to remain silent on the various problems faced by the farmers including the law on MSP which is being demanded by the farmers. There is also a need for the positive initiative by the central government so that farmers can return to their homes happily.” The BSP chief further lauded the farmers’ victory over their one year protest against three central farm laws after Rajya Sabha passed the ‘Farm Laws Repeal Bill’ on the first day of the Winter Session of Parliament.“The Bill to repeal of three highly-controversial agricultural laws in both the Houses of Parliament today is a result of one…

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Bill To Cancel Farm Laws Passed In Parliament, No Discussion

New Delhi [India] : The 25-day Winter Session of parliament, during which over 30 bills are expected to be passed, began today. A crucial bill to cancel farm laws was passed in Lok Sabha in the fastest repeal in recent years amid protests by the opposition. The bill to cancel farm laws was passed in Lok Sabha within four minutes – it was tabled at 12:06 pm and passed by 12:10 pm even as the opposition demanded a discussion.  The government, critics claimed, evaded a discussion on the minimum support price for farmers’ produce, which has been a key demand during their year-long agitation. Minutes after the Winter Session began, slogans disrupted proceedings in Lok Sabha this morning, which resumed about an hour later; the house has been adjourned now. The crucial Farm Laws Repeal Bill will be tabled in Rajya Sabha “today itself,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad…

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Govt ready to answer every question: PM Modi

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

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India reports 8,309 new COVID-19 cases, 236 deaths in last 24 hours

New Delhi [India] : India reported as many as 8,309 new COVID-19 cases and 236 deaths in the last 24 hours, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday.With this, the active caseload in the country has now reached 1,03,859, which is the lowest in the last 544 days. Of these, Kerala has the highest number of active cases at 47,652 followed by Maharashtra (11,863) and Tamil Nadu (8,337).According to the ministry, the active cases in the country account for less than one per cent of total cases, currently at 0.30 per cent which is the lowest since March last year.With 236 new deaths, the death toll in the country has climbed to 4,68,790. Kerala reported 159 deaths in the last 24 hours, followed by Maharashtra (33) and West Bengal (12).With 9,905 people recovering from the virus in the last 24 hours,…

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WHO criticizes travel bans on South African Countries, calls for borders to remain open

Geneva [Switzerland]: The World Health Organization has urged countries across the world not to impose travel bans on southern African countries due to the ongoing concerns over the new COVID-19 variant Omicron.Asserting that WHO stands with African nations, WHO’s regional director for Africa Matshidiso Moeti called countries to follow science and international health regulations in order to avoid using travel restrictions. “@WHO stands with #African nations & calls for borders to remain open. As countries impose flight bans on southern African nations due to concerns over the new #OmicronVariant, WHO urges countries to follow science & health regulations,” she said in a tweet.In a statement, WHO’s regional office for Africa said: “Travel restrictions may play a role in slightly reducing the spread of COVID-19 but place a heavy burden on lives and livelihoods.”“If restrictions are implemented, they should not be unnecessarily invasive or intrusive,…

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Israel, UK to work on preventing Iran from getting nuclear weapons

London [UK]: UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid say they will do everything to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power.Truss and Lapid wrote a joint article for The Daily Telegraph ahead of the Monday signing of a memorandum of understanding on deepening ties, particularly in what concerns cybersecurity, defense, and trade. “We will also work night and day to prevent the Iranian regime from ever becoming a nuclear power. The clock is ticking, which heightens the need for close cooperation with our partners and friends to thwart Tehran’s ambitions,” Truss and Lapid said in their article.Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Friday that despite the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, Tehran will be seriously involved in the Vienna negotiations over the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program on November 29.In…

Bengaluru City News

Bengaluru Police ask organisers to cancel ‘controversial’ Munawar Faruqui’s stand up comedy show

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Bengaluru Police has asked organisers to cancel comedian Munawar Faruqui’s stand-up show here in Karanataka’s capital city on Sunday citing the programme by the “controversial figure” could lead to a possible law and order problem in light of threats from several organisations on social media.Faruqui’s ‘Dongri to Nowhere’ programme was scheduled to be held at a city auditorium on Sunday. “It is learned that Munawar Faruqui is a controversial figure as he was been in controversy for his statements on other religion Gods,” a letter sent by Ashok Nagar Police Station to organizers read.“There is credible information that several organizations opposing this stand-up -Comedy show performed by Munawar Faruqui. This could create chaos and could disturb public peace and harmony which may further lead to law and order problems. Therefore it is suggested that you should cancel the Munawar Faruqui stand…

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Delhi Education Minister releases list of 250 govt-run schools, challenges his Punjab counterpart to release the same

New Delhi [India]: As the debate between the Education Ministers of Delhi and Punjab over schools, quality of education in their respective states continues, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia on Sunday released a list of 250 Delhi-government run schools in the national capital and challenged his Punjab counterpart Pargat Singh to release a list of 250 schools run by his government.“It is a matter of happiness that the issue of education has become a part of electoral politics and whatever has happened in Delhi government schools during the last five to six years has forced other political parties to talk about education as well. When Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal talked about education in Punjab, the education minister Pargat Singh said that no work in education had taken place in Delhi but a lot of work has taken place in his…

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Fugitive Mehul Choksi fears that he may be kidnapped again

New Delhi [India]: Fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi fears that he might be kidnapped again and may be taken to Guyana, from where he may be taken away in an unlawful and illegal manner.In an exclusive interview with ANI, Choksi said, “I may be coerced and kidnapped once again, and taken to Guyana, where there is a strong Indian presence, which may be utilized to spirit me away in an unlawful and illegal manner.” “I am currently confined to the limits of my house in Antigua, my poor health doesn’t allow me to move anywhere else, and the traumatizing experience I suffered at the hands of my Indian captors led to an irreversible degradation,” he alleged.“I’m seeking help for the disastrous state of my mental health as I am consumed by constant fear, numbed by the shock of my experiences in the past few months.…

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Lalu Yadav under treatment, blood sugar level fluctuating

Patna (Bihar) [India]: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav on Sunday informed that his father and party supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav is undergoing treatment with blood sugar level fluctuating.“He (RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav) complained of fever and weakness on November 26. He was taken to AIIMS, Delhi. He is undergoing treatment. His sugar level is fluctuating,” Leader of Opposition in Bihar Assembly, Tejashwi Yadav told reporters in Patna. Lalu Prasad Yadav was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical science (AIIMS) in New Delhi on Friday after he complained of fever.The RJD chief had returned to Bihar last month after over 3 years.The Jharkhand High Court, earlier in April, granted bail to Yadav.The former Bihar Chief Minister, who was earlier undergoing treatment at Ranchi’s Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences for two years, was shifted to AIIMS, New Delhi in January.

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TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee lauds party for its performance in Tripura civic body polls

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Trinamool Congress (TMC) General Secretary Abhishek Banerjee on Sunday lauded his party’s performance in the Tripura civic body elections, adding that it was exceptional for TMC to emerge as a principal opposition in the state in spite of having negligible presence in the state at the beginning.“It is exceptional for a party beginning with negligible presence to successfully contest municipal elections and emerge as the PRINCIPAL OPPOSITION in the state with more than 20% vote share (1/2),” said Banerjee in his tweet. He congratulated the Tripura unit of the party for their efforts in the elections and alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had ‘left no stone unturned to butcher democracy in Tripura’.“This is despite the fact that we commenced our activities barely 3 months ago and @BJP4Tripuraleft no stone unturned to BUTCHER DEMOCRACY in Tripura. Congratulations to all…

City News Delhi

Delhi’s peak power demand in winter may go upto 5,400 MW, surpassing last two years

New Delhi [India]: Delhi’s peak power demand this winter can go upto 5,400 MW, surpassing the peak winter demand of both 2019 and 2020. Last year, it had peaked at 5,021 MW and 5,343 in 2019.The peak winter power demand in BRPL and BYPL areas had reached 2,091 MW and 1,107 MW respectively during last winter. This year, it is expected to reach 2,315 MW and 1,140 MW for BRPL and BYPL respectively. According to officials, “BSES discoms are fully geared to ensure adequate power availability for its around 46 lakh consumers during the winter months. The back-bone of BSES’ power-supply arrangements during the winter months includes long-term agreements from power plants; including Hydro and Delhi-based gas-fuelled generating stations.”Additionally, BSES is also receiving 440+ MW of solar power from SECI, 250 MW of wind power, 25 MW from Waste-to-Energy. It is also being helped…

South Asian Countries

Pakistan: Poll panel asks police chief to submit report on ‘vote purchasing’ in Lahore

Islamabad [Pakistan]: The Election Commission of Pakistan on Sunday directed the Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) to submit a report on the alleged ‘purchase of votes’ in Lahore.This came after videos posted, circulated on social media showed a scene where votes are purchased for money. As reported by Samaa TV, one of the videos shows what appears to be a party office of the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz. (PML-N) The video went viral a few days before Lahore’s NA-133 by-polls that are scheduled to take place on December 5.As per the purported video, people sitting behind the desk could be seen making women pledge that they would vote for the PMLN in the December 5 by-polls.“I swear with my hand on the Quran that on the fifth date [of December] I would vote for Muslim League Noon [PMLN],” repeats each of the women…

South Asian Countries

Taiwan denounces China for taking retaliatory measures against countries forging ties with Taipei

Taipei [Taiwan]: Taiwan on Sunday denounced China for taking retaliatory measures against countries that seek to develop ties with Taipei.The remarks came in a statement from the Mainland Affair Council following China’s interference in the internal matters of Taiwan and Lithuania, Focus Taiwan reported. The MAC termed China’s response to countries for their exchanges with Taiwan as “barbaric”. “The decision by Taiwan and Lithuania to open reciprocal representative offices and develop a friendly, cooperative relationship reflects a basic right for members of the international community, the MAC said in a statement. “This is not an internal affair as described by China” but a matter between Taiwan and Lithuania, Beijing has no right to comment on, it said.As reported by Focus Taiwan, the MAC also called on Beijing to respect international norms and the cross-strait reality, and deal rationally with relations between the two sides…

New Products Technology

Leaks show Honor 60 to sport Snapdragon 778G plus chipset, 12GB RAM

Shenzhen [China]: Recent leaks for the upcoming Honor 60 shows that the devices will come with a Snapdragon 778G plus chipset and 12GB of RAM.According to GSM Arena, the series which is scheduled for announcement in just a few days on December 1 was recently spotted with a few consecutive benchmarks runs on a site. The leaks offer a surprising amount of details, mostly reaffirming some earlier specs rumours. The Honor 60 and likely 60 Pro will both be running on a Qualcomm SM7325 chipset, which is the model number for the Snapdragon 778G and 778G+.According to GSM Arena, since the prime core in these leaks is reaching clocks above 2.5 GHz, it is safe to assume that we are looking at the 778G+ chip. It appears to be paired with 12GB of RAM, and the phone seems to be running Android 11.As far…

New Products Technology

Vivo tipped to launch tablet powered by Snapdragon 870

Dongguan [China]: Vivo was expected to announce its first tablet in January, but that didn’t happen, however, later in August, the company’s VP said that they will launch a tablet in 2022, anytime between January and June.According to GSM Arena, while people await more details from Vivo about its first tablet, a reliable tipster has revealed that the company will launch a tablet with the Snapdragon 870 SoC at the helm. Although it’s unclear if they are referring to Vivo’s first tablet or a different model. Though the name of Vivo’s tablet is not known yet, the company trademarked ‘Vivo Pad’ with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) in June under Class 9, which covers several product categories, including PDAs and tablet computers.A Vivo device believed to be a tablet was also spotted on TUV’s website with an 8,040 mAh battery.Vivo isn’t the…

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Parliament’s winter session: 26 bills on agenda

New Delhi [India]: The winter session of the Parliament is set to begin on Monday. The BJP-led government has a heavy agenda for the winter session with its legislative business including 26 new bills.The government has indicated that the bill to repeal three farm laws will also be taken up on priority. The bill was cleared by the Union Cabinet last week. Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur had told reporters after the meeting that it will be the government’s priority to get the three farm laws repealed in the winter session of Parliament.The Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021 seeks to repeal the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance, Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020. Farmers have been protesting against the three central farm laws on…

Cricket

Shreyas Iyer looked even better !

Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: Team India’s batting coach Vikram Rathour believes that Shreyas Iyer looked ‘even better’ in the second innings of the Kanpur Test here at the Green Park Stadium on Sunday.India ended day four on a high after half-centuries from Shreyas Iyer and Wriddhiman Saha allowed them to set New Zealand a target of 284 before Ravichandran Ashwin struck late to get the scalp of Will Young. Shreyas Iyer again stole the show in his debut Test match with his knock of 65 helping India in a position of command on day four of the Kanpur Test.“It’s always exciting when a debutant comes and scores a hundred. It’s very special and I thought he looked even better in the second innings. So all the credit to him. It’s always exciting as a coach and support staff to see someone walking into the…

Games Sports

Bhavesh Shekhawat clinches gold in 25m rapid fire pistol

New Delhi [India]: Bhavesh Shekhawat clinched the gold medal in the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol event at the national shooting championships 2021 at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range on Sunday.25-year-old shooter from Rajasthan scored 33 hits out of 40 in the eight-series finals. This was Bhavesh Shekawat’s first national title. Army’s Gurpreet Singh bagged the silver medal with 29 while reigning Commonwealth champion Anish Bhanwala took bronze with 22 hits.London Olympics silver medallist Vijay Kumar came in fourth with a score of 17. Vijayveer Sidhu and Ahnad Jawanda finished fifth and sixth respectively.The mixed air pistol final is scheduled for Monday while the finals for the women’s air pistol women’s 25m pistol will be held on December 4 and 6 respectively.The Shooting Nationals are being held concurrently at Patiala, Delhi, and Bhopal.

International UK News

Omicron variant might spread among fully vaccinated people, says PM Johnson

London [UK]: As the new COVID-19 variant ‘Omicron’ has caused worry among governments around the world, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday said that there are chances that the new strain could spread among people who are double vaccinated.“I must stress this, as always with a new variant, there are many things that we just can not know at this early stage. But our scientists are learning more hour by hour. And it does appear that Omicron spreads very rapidly and can be spread between people who are double vaccinated,” Johnson said during a press conference. PM’s remarks came after the United Kingdom reported the first two cases of the Omicron variant.UK’s Health Secretary Sajid Javid announced on Saturday that the two cases were discovered on Friday, one in Chelmsford and another in Nottingham. Both cases “are linked,” Javid added, stating that both…

Asia International

Will hold the Central Electoral Commission liable if electoral fraud is detected, says Kyrgyz President

Bishkek [Kyrgyzstan]: Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov promised Sunday to hold liable the Central Electoral Commission (CEC), if electoral fraud while counting ballots is detected following the parliamentary elections.Earlier in the day, a technical fault occurred on the web-site of the Kyrgyz CEC when data of the ballots were being processed, and the number of parties elected to the parliament fell from ten to six. Leaders of two opposition parties said that they disagree with the voting results and required urgent hand vote counting. “If falsification from the CEC is detected, then all the CEC members will be held responsible. It is on their heads. As the authorities did not meddle with the electoral process, nobody meddled with the work of the CEC. If there was meddling, the CEC members must say who did it,” Japarov wrote on Facebook.According to the preliminary data of the…

Cricket

Abu Dhabi T10: Dominic Drakes’ fabulous spell hands Delhi Bulls 12-run victory

Abu Dhabi [UAE]: Dominic Drakes bowled an impeccable spell of fast bowling as the Delhi Bulls registered a 12-run victory over Bangla Tigers in the Abu Dhabi T10 on Sunday.After the Delhi Bulls posted a total of 100/7, Drakes picked up figures of 4/9 and helped the Bulls restrict the Tigers to 88/9 in their 10 overs. Captain Dwayne Bravo set the tone with the ball by dismissing Johnson Charles and Hazratullah Zazai in the second over. Thereafter, Adil Rashid removed Will Jacks and Karim Janat in the same over, reducing the Tigers to 25/4 in 3 overs. Captain Faf du Plessis gave a little hope to the Tigers when he smashed two boundaries and a six, however, his cameo of 26 runs from 16 balls ended when he was dismissed by Drakes.The speedster took two more wickets in the same over reducing the…

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Earthquake hits Vellore district in Tamil Nadu

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: An earthquake of magnitude 3.6 on the Richter scale occurred on Monday at around 4.17 am in Vellore district of Tamil Nadu.According to the National Center for Seismology, the quake happened with a depth of 25 km. The epicentre of the quake was located at 59 km west south west of Vellore.Further details are awaited.

Football Sports

ISL: Bengaluru and Blasters end equals

Panaji (Goa) [India]: In a matter of four minutes, Ashique Kuruniyan turned hero to villain as his goals at either end cancelled out for Bengaluru FC and Kerala Blasters FC to share the spoils in a 1-1 draw in an Indian Super League (ISL), 2021-22 third-round game at the Athletic Stadium in Bambolim on Sunday.Ashique Kuruniyan (84′ and 88′ OG) first scored for the Blues and then for the opposition. Bengaluru now have 4 points from 3 games but Blasters still remain winless. Marco Pezzauioli, on the back of the 3-1 defeat at the hands of Odisha, brought in more creativity with Iman Basafa slotting into midfield. Cleiton Silva returned to lead the line. Blasters too had a couple of changes. Puitea featured alongside Jeakson Singh in a double-pivot role as Alvaro Vazquez replaced Jorge Pereyra Diaz.Bengaluru remained on top with superior ball possession…

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India’s vaccination coverage crosses 121 crore

New Delhi [India]: India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage crossed 122 crore landmark milestone (122,34,81,344) on Sunday. More than 36 lakh (36,58,756) Vaccine Doses were administered till 7 pm on Sunday. The daily vaccination tally is expected to increase with the compilation of the final reports for the day, said a press release from the Ministry of Health.The recovery of 9,481 patients in the last 24 hours has increased the cumulative tally of recovered patients (since the beginning of the pandemic) to 3,39,98,278. Consequently, India’s recovery rate stands at 98.34 crore.Sustained and collaborative efforts by the Centre and the States/UTs continue the trend of less than 50,000 Daily New Cases that is being reported for 154 consecutive days now.8,774 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours.The Active Caseload presently stands at 1,05,691. Active cases presently constitute 0.31% of the country’s total Positive Cases, which…

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Pakistan has not achieved its potential due to a lack of rule of law, admits Imran Khan

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday admitted that the country has not achieved its potential due to a lack of rule of law in the country.In an exclusive online conversation with Shaykh Hamza Yusuf aired Sunday, Prime Minister said that the elite captured Pakistan’s resources and the absence of rule of law had not only deprived the majority of the people of basic amenities but also kept the country from achieving its immense potential, according to The News International. “The problem was the elite capture of resources which deprived the majority of proper healthcare, education and justice… Lack of rule of law is the reason why Pakistan had not achieved its potential,” he said today.“Merit is also associated with rule of law. If you do not have a meritocracy in a society, you have this elite which is spoiled, rich and…

Football Sports

Match between Spurs & Burnley postponed

Lancashire [UK]: Sunday’s Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Burnley FC has been postponed after adverse weather conditions.The weather in the northwest of England has had an impact in Lancashire, where Burnley were due to play Spurs at Turf Moor. With the snow continuing to fall in the stadium with less than an hour to go until kick-off, the volume of snow coverage on the pitch was deemed too much for the game to be played.Having earlier checked the pitch around lunchtime, match officials had waited for Antonio Conte and his Tottenham team to arrive at the ground shortly before 1 pm before a decision over the game was made.“GAME POSTPONED Due to concerns with the playing surface and surrounding areas, it’s been deemed that the game can’t go ahead safely. #UTC,” Burnley FC tweeted.

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Tripura Civic Polls: JP Nadda congratulates state CM, BJP workers over its landslide victory

New Delhi [India]: After Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept Tripura Civic elections on Sunday, party National President JP Nadda congratulated Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and other BJP workers over the landslide victory.Speaking to the media, Nadda said, “BJP has got a landslide victory in Tripura Civic elections today. I congratulate the Chief Minister, State BJP President Manik Saha, other party workers and people of the state.” The National BJP President said that this victory in the local bodies of Tripura is a symbol of people’s faith and trust in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s public welfare scheme.“BJP’s victory is a symbol of people’s faith in PM Modi’s public welfare policies and the double engine government’s commitment towards the development of the state. This is the victory of the people of the state, the victory of democracy,” Nadda said.He further said that the double engine…

City News Kolkata

CM Mamta Banerjee expresses grief over Nadia mishap

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee expressed her condolences over the death of 18 people in the Nadia road accident.“Heartbroken to hear about the road accident in Nadia. I offer my deepest condolences to the bereaved families and pray for the speedy recovery of those who were injured. May God give them the strength to get past this difficult time,” she tweeted. “Government of West Bengal will extend every necessary assistance and support to the kin of the victims. We are beside you in this sad hour,” the Chief Minister said in another tweet.As per the police officials, at least 18 people were killed and 5 others injured in a road accident that took place in West Bengal’s Phulbari area of Nadia district. The injured people have been shifted to Shaktinagar district hospital.West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar has also expressed…

South Asian Countries

Xi Jinping consolidates power after Sixth Plenum

Beijing [China]: Xi Jinping has further consolidated his power after the Chinese Communist Party’s recently concluded and highly debated Sixth Plenum.The Chinese Communist Party’s recently concluded and highly debated Sixth Plenum, a gathering of all 376 full-time and substitute CCP Central Committee members, only further cemented Xi’s political control and his “authoritarian image” within the party and military echelon. The plenum also called upon the “entire Party, the military, and all Chinese people to rally more closely around the Central Committee with Xi Jinping at its core.”“Such an outlook denotes a number of key takeaways: Xi’s return to a third term is all but somewhat appears only guaranteed; the CCP has become, for all intents and purposes, Xi’s party; Xi’s personal ideologies enshrined in the “Xi Jinping Thought” are set to mark the trajectory of China’s domestic and international politics; and Xi’s CCP has…

New Products Technology

Realme 9 series tipped to consist of four models

New Delhi [India]: The Realme 9 series will reportedly include four smartphones – Realme 9, Realme 9 Pro, Realme 9i, and Realme 9 Max/Pro+.Realme VP Mr Madhav Sheth, in an interview with GSM Arena in September, revealed that the company had to change its plans this year due to chipset shortage and the Realme 9 series’ launch got pushed to 2022. While Mr Sheth didn’t divulge anything else about the Realme 9 series, sources suggest that the lineup will launch in India in Q1 2022.The last variant will be a first for the number series since Realme is yet to launch a number series smartphone with the Max or Pro+ moniker. The former is not new to Realme, though, since the phone maker launched the Realme X7 Max 5G in India a few months ago, which is actually a rebranded Realme GT Neo available…

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Philippines imposes travel ban on seven more countries over Omicron variant

Manila [Philippines]: The Philippines on Sunday imposed travel restrictions on seven European countries to keep out the potentially more contagious new coronavirus variant Omicron, a government spokesman said on Sunday.Cabinet Secretary and acting Presidential spokesperson Karlo Nograles said Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, and Italy are placed under the “red list” effective from Sunday until December 15. The Philippines has flagged 14 countries and regions with reported Omicron cases so far. On Friday, it also suspended flights from South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini, and Mozambique.“Inbound international travel of all persons, regardless of vaccination status, coming from or who have been to red list countries or jurisdictions or territories within the last 14 days prior to arrival to any port of the Philippines shall not be allowed,” Nograles said in a statement.He said only Filipinos returning via government-initiated or…

International Middle East

Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia suspend travel with African countries over Omicron variant

Al Masnaah [Oman]: Saudi Arabia, Oman and Kuwait have announced suspending air travel from several African countries amid the spread of the new Omicron coronavirus variant.The Saudi Ministry of Interior said on Sunday that the kingdom is stopping travels with Angola, Zambia, Mauritius, Madagascar, Malawi, the Seychelles and Comoros islands, as well as prohibiting their citizens from entering the Arab country. At the same time, Riyadh will allow entry to those who are coming from a third country, provided they spend 14 days in quarantine there as well as another five days in Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile, Oman has decided to bar entry from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, and Mozambique starting Sunday. According to the state-run Oman News Agency, the ban does not affect the sultanate’s citizens, diplomats and health workers.Kuwait is also postponing passenger flights with the same countries as Oman…

Cricket

If we bat with some good intent, we can certainly chase target, says Luke Ronchi

Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: New Zealand batting coach Luke Ronchi believes that his side should make the most use of the opportunities on the last day of the ongoing first Test against India, in order to chase down the target.Team India found themselves on top after Shreyas Iyer and Wriddhiman Saha showed grit and determination with the bat to help hosts fight back against New Zealand on Day 4 of the ongoing first Test here at Green Park, Kanpur on Sunday. “I think all three results are possible. If we bat with some good intent and make the most of opportunities to score them, then we certainly believe we can chase them down. From the Indian point of view, they’ll be going full of confidence that they can stop us from doing that,” said Luke Ronchi in the press conference after Day 4.Talking about…

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Paramjeet Kumar becomes first Indian para powerlifter to win medal at World C’ships

Tbilisi [Georgia]: Paramjeet Kumar on Sunday became the first powerlifter from India to clinch a medal in the World Para Powerlifting Championships.Competing in the men’s up to 49kg category, Paramjeet Kumar of Punjab clinched bronze in the ongoing Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia. Parmjeet’s medal-winning lift was of 158 kg. Omar Shami Qarada of Egypt won the gold medal with an effort of 174 kg that came in the final attempt, while Vietnam’s Van Cong Le won the silver with 170kg.“History created for India in Para @Powerlifting by Paramjit Kumar of Punjab as he wins #bronze at the on-going World Para Powerlifting Championship in Tbilisi, Georgia. Paramjit’s 158KG Lift has created history! Cheer for @ParalympicIndia team as the championship continues!” President of the Paralympic Committee of India, Deepa Malik tweeted.“Parmjeet Kumar wins ‘s 1st medal (BRONZE ) in the men’s upto 49kg category at the…

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