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Tamil Nadu rains: Several areas submerge in floodwater in Chennai

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: Several areas in Chennai have been partially submerged in floodwater after torrential rains over the past few days on Saturday. “We are suffering due to rain for the past few days. The water level has come to 4 feet. We are finding difficulties in getting food as we are not able to move out,” Ananth, a local said.Earlier in the day, 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. Nagapattinam and Cuddalore are the most affected districts due to the incessant rain. Chennai Meteorological Department on Friday had given a red alert to all coastal districts till today and an orange alert to the adjacent districts. (ANI)


People in Delhi, UP to be benefitted from Noida Jewar International Airport, says PM Modi

Gautam Buddha Nagar (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that people in Delhi-NCR and western Uttar Pradesh will be benefitted from the Noida International Airport. Speaking on the occasion of the foundation laying stone ceremony of Noida International Airport, PM Modi said,“Many congratulations to all of you, all the people of the country, brothers and sisters of Uttar Pradesh on Noida International Airport. It will benefit crores of people of Delhi-NCR and Western Uttar Pradesh.” The Prime Minister further said that be it poor or middle-class farmer or trader, labourer or entrepreneur, everyone gets a lot of benefits from it. He said that the airport will become a model of connectivity as every mode of transportation will be available here. PM Modi today laid the foundation stone for Noida International Airport (NIA) in Jewar, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Uttar Pradesh. He…

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Taliban expand interim cabinet, 27 new members named

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


Babar named skipper as Indian players miss cut in ICC Most Valuable Team of T20 WC

Dubai [UAE]: No Indian cricketer featured in the ICC men’s T20 World Cup Most Valuable Team of the Tournament as players from six teams were named on Monday following the conclusion of the showpiece event. Stars from champions Australia, runners-up New Zealand, semi-finalists England and Pakistan as well as Sri Lanka and South Africa feature in the star-studded line-up.Opening batter David Warner, leg-spinner Adam Zampa and seamer Josh Hazlewood all made the cut for Australia after helping steer their side to their first-ever ICC Men’s T20 World Cup title. There are also spots for England ace Jos Buttler as wicket-keeper, Pakistan’s Babar Azam as captain, New Zealand left-armer Trent Boult and Sri Lanka star Wanindu Hasaranga — the tournament’s leading wicket-taker — in the line-up. According to ICC, the side was pulled together by a selection panel featuring commentators, former international players and journalists.…


Manipur: Terrorists carried out IED attack on Assam Rifles convoy, 7 dead

New Delhi [India]: In the ambush against the 46 Assam Rifles convoy in Manipur on Saturday, terrorists first carried out an improvised explosive device (IED) blast and then fired at the vehicles in it, Indian Army officials said. 46 Assam Rifles Commanding Officer Colonel Viplav Tripathi, his wife and son along with four personnel lost their lives in the attack when they were returning from their company forward base to the headquarters. “The terrorists first carried out an IED blast to ambush the convoy of 46 Assam Rifles Commanding Officer Colonel Viplav Tripathi and then fired at the vehicles in the area. The officer was returning from his forward company base to his battalion headquarters,” Indian Army officials told ANI. Meanwhile, Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane briefed on the Manipur terrorist attack in which a Colonel, his two family members and four jawans…

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COVID-19 affects 250 million people worldwide in last 24 hours

Hanoi [Vietnam] : The world had recorded 250.2 million COVID-19 infections as of 4 pm on Sunday, including more than 5 million deaths, according to worldometers.com.The US is the hardest hit country with 47.3 million infections and 775,000 deaths. India ranked second with more than 34.3 million cases and 460,787 deaths, followed by Brazil with 21.8 million infections and 609,417 deaths. China will continue to implement strict COVID-19 control measures and a “zero tolerance” policy, a senior official of China’s National Health Commission (NHC) said on Saturday.He said China’s strict policy is prompt to the current conditions in the country and scientific philosophy behind pandemic prevention and control. In the past weeks, China had reported 918 cases in 44 cities across 20 provinces with viral chains linked back to multiple imported sources which are unrelated to each other.On Sunday, China recorded 55 new cases,…


Top Biden administration official and US lawmakers celebrate Diwali

Washington [US] : Top official of the White House and influential US lawmakers together with members of the Indian diaspora gathered for the Diwali celebration on Capitol Hill. The annual reception was hosted by Indiaspora that also honoured some of the top Indian Americans in the Biden administration including Vice Admiral Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and Neera Tanden, Senior Advisor and Staff Secretary to President Joe Biden.“Diwali is about light overcoming darkness, and there has been a lot of darkness in the last year and a half. To be able to celebrate Diwali, to talk about the meaning, to talk about the light in oneself and the light in others in these tough times, means a lot and I’m grateful to be here,” the Surgeon General told ANI.“But one of the things that concerns me most about the last few years is another type…


Aryan Khan reading religious books in Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail: Jail authorities

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan, who is currently lodged in Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail following his alleged involvement in cruise ship drugs case, has been reading religious books in the prison. According to the jail administration, Aryan Khan was anxious in the jail after his bail had been rejected. The jail authorities suggested him to read the library books.Following this, Khan was given books from the jail library. For the last two days, Aryan Khan has been reading a book written on Lord Ram and Mother Sita. Earlier, Khan had read a book called The Lion’s Gate. As per the jail administration, if a prisoner wants, he can get a book of his choice from his relatives, but only religious books are allowed. Apart from this, if a prisoner leaves a book while leaving the jail, then it…


India, US Army contingents train for extreme cold weather conditions during Yudh Abhyas 21

New Delhi [India] : Indian and US Army contingents carried out numerous training activities during the ongoing ‘Yudh Abhyas Exercise’ in Alaska, US wherein the Indian Army taught the US soldiers how to survive the avalanches and extremely cold weather conditions.As part of the ongoing Indo-US Defence Cooperation, the Joint Military Training Exercise “Ex Yudh Abhyas 2021” is being conducted at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, Alaska. The 14-day exercise had commenced on October 15. During the exercise, the American troops demonstrated the setting up of their Arctic tents (can hold upto 10 troops per tent) which was followed by a demonstration and later competition of setting up a tent in the fastest time possible by a mixed team of Indian and US troops, Indian Army said.The contingent of the Indian Army, comprising a team of instructors from the High Altitude Warfare School (HAWS), took…


Senior Japanese, US officials discuss North Korea’s missile launches

Tokyo [Japan] : High-ranking representatives of the governments of Japan and the United States discussed North Korea’s latest missile tests by phone, the Kyodo news agency reported.The sides agreed to further cooperate in the area, it said. The details of the conversation, as well as the names of the participants in the dialogue, have not yet been specified.Earlier on Tuesday, the South Korean military reported that North Korea fired an unidentified projectile towards the Sea of Japan. It was later clarified that a ballistic missile had been tested. According to the Yonhap news agency, it is possible that it was a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM).Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said two launches were made from North Korea. 


Kerala Rain: IMD issues ‘Yellow alert’ in 11 districts of state; death toll rises to 15

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Sunday issued an ‘Yellow Alert’ in 11 districts of Kerala for heavy rainfall, which has claimed the lives of 15 people so far in the state. Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India]: The alert has been issued for Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Alapuzha, Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram and Kozhikode districts. The Met department said that a low-pressure area over the southeast Arabian sea and adjoining Kerala has become less marked and there is a possibility of light to moderate rainfall at many places with only isolated heavy rainfall over Kerala during the next 24 hours and further decrease thereafter.Over the last 24 hours the state has witnessed extremely heavy rainfall and landslides due to which has claimed the lives of as many as nine people so far.Two more bodies recovered from the site of landslide at Koottikkal in Kottayam district…

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Pakistan hikes petrol price amid rising inflation

Islamabad [Pakistan] : Pakistani government on Saturday increased the prices of petrol and diesel in the country amid rising inflation, local media reported.The price of petrol has been hiked by Pakistani Rs 10.49 per litre and high-speed diesel by Rs 12.44 per litre, Geo TV reported. Along with this, the price of kerosene oil also has been hiked by Rs 10.95 per litre, while light diesel was hiked by Rs 8.84 per litre.This is the second time in the last 15 days that the government has increased the prices of petroleum products.On October 1, the Pakistan government increased petrol prices by Rs 4 per litre and that of high-speed diesel (HSD) by Rs 2 per litre. It also hiked the prices of kerosene and light diesel oil by Rs 7.05 and Rs 8.82 per litre, respectively, reported local media.According to the weekly report released…

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IMD predicts heavy rainfall in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India]: Under the influence of cyclonic circulation formed in the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal, heavy rainfall is expected in Kerala for the next five days said K Santhosh, Director (Thiruvananthapuram), India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday. There are chances to get very heavy rain in some districts up to 20 cm, he said.Santhosh said that there are chances for strong wind and rough sea. “Warning has been issued for fishermen not to venture in Kerala and Lakshadweep coasts for the next five days.” Earlier on October 9, the IMD issued an orange alert for Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam and Idukki in Kerala for three days early next week. The orange alert has been sounded for October 11, 12, 13. IMD also said isolated very heavy rainfall is very likely over Kerala from October 11 to 13. (ANI)

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Earthquake hits Karnataka

Gulbarga (Karnataka) [India]: An earthquake of magnitude 3.6 on the Richter scale struck Karnataka’s Gulbarga at around 8 am on Tuesday morning, the National Centre for Seismology (NCS) informed. “Earthquake of Magnitude: 3.6, Occurred on October 12, 08:06:27 IST, Lat: 17.36 & Long: 77.30, Depth: 5 Km, Location: Gulbarga, Karnataka,” NCS tweeted. Earlier on Sunday, an earthquake of magnitude 3.4 on the Richter scale had struck Karnataka’s Gulbarga at around 6 am. (ANI)

International US News

Atleast 2 killed after small plane crashes into houses in South California

Los Angeles (California) [US]: A small plane on Monday afternoon crashed into homes in Santee, 220 km south of Los Angeles, killing at least two people. The local FOX 5 news channel reported that the plane, which took off from Yuma of Arizona, crashed around 12:15 PM (local time) and the authority who had no idea how many people were on the plane believed that the injuries were “non-survivable.”The plane, a Cessna 340A, is a six-seat aircraft with a twin piston engine. The video shot by FOX 5 showed that fire engines were dousing two homes totally destroyed in the crash. Authorities were still working to confirm that those inside the impacted homes were able to get out safely. A man at the scene told a FOX 5 reporter that he got a call from a neighbour saying his mom and dad were rushed…

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Pak Army supporting terrorist infiltration : Army Chief

Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane said on Saturday that Pakistan Army supported two infiltration attempts by terrorists along the Line of Control (LoC) through ceasefire violations and have been strongly told by the Indian Army to not indulge in such activities. Leh (Ladakh) [India], October 2 : “There were no ceasefire violations by Pakistan Army from February this year till June-end. But, of late, there have been increased infiltration attempts that were not supported by ceasefire violations,” Army Chief Gen Naravane told ANI in an exclusive interview here. “In the last ten days, there have been two ceasefire violations. The situation is regressing to pre-February days,” he added. His remarks came after he was asked if the Pakistan Army was supporting the recent spurt in terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir and infiltration attempts along the Line of Control (LoC).India and Pakistan…

Business Economy

Alibaba dumping Chinese media company’s shares after Beijing’s clampdown on big-tech

Beijing [China]: Of late China’s big tech firms like Alibaba, Tencent and Baidu are facing problems under growing pressure from Beijing’s campaign to rein in their power and influence. Owing to the clampdown, Alibaba is dumping its shares in one of China’s largest TV broadcasters just months after it bought them, reported CNN.Alibaba (BABA) plans to sell its 5 per cent stake in Mango Excellent Media, according to a statement from the media company on Thursday, reported CNN. It owns Mango TV, which is massively popular for its variety shows in China. China’s second largest state-owned television network, Hunan Broadcasting System, controls Mango with a stake of 56 per cent. The statement also said that Alibaba is seeking a waiver from an agreement not to sell the shares for a year. The e-commerce giant bought them only nine months ago for 6.2 billion yuan…


Cyclone Gulab to hit West Bengal coast on September 29

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India] The cyclonic storm Gulab is likely to reach the West Bengal coast around September 29, director of IMD Kolkata GK Das informed on Saturday. “South Bengal is likely to have enhanced weather activity particularly in terms of heavy rainfall and wind on September 28-29. Heavy rainfall is expected over Kolkata, North 24 Parganas, East and West Medinipur, Jhargram, Howrah, Hooghly on September 28,” Das told ANI.“A cyclonic circulation is likely to form over the northeast and adjoining the East-central Bay of Bengal. In the subsequent 24 hours, it will be a low-pressure area and likely to reach the West Bengal coast around September 29,” he said. Warnings have been issued in parts of southern Odisha that are likely to be heavily affected by the cyclonic storm Gulab. Earlier, yesterday the IMD informed that the deep depression over northwest and adjoining…


PM Modi to meet Australian PM, Kamala Harris, global CEOs on first day of US visit

On the itinerary-packed first day of his US visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold meetings with Australian counterpart Scott Morrison, US Vice President Kamala Harris and the select heads of corporates that have the potential to invest significantly in India. Washington [US], September 23 : According to sources, Prime Minister Modi will start his day by meeting with select heads of corporates in the United States.The CEOs will include the heads of Qualcomm, Adobe, Blackstone, General Atomics and First Solar. The Prime Minister reached Washington on Wednesday local time. “Prime Minister will start the day with meetings with select heads of corporates in the United States I think these are CEOs that represent fairly large corporate interests, companies that have particular expertise and invested in India and has the potential to invest significantly in India,” the source added.“They represent diverse areas from technology,…

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CAIT demands CBI inquiry into bribery allegation against Amazon

New Delhi [India]: The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has demanded a CBI inquiry following a report that Amazon’s India lawyers bribed officials. CAIT is also moving a representation to Gary Gensler, Chairman, US Securities & Exchange Commission, Washington who heads the repository body of FCPA law of US, and the Corporate Governance Committee of Amazon Board demanding a fair and independent probe into this issue.Besides this, in a letter to the Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal, CAIT said that while the investigation goes on, the company should be directed to suspend their e-commerce portal. The development comes after a media report stated that Amazon Inc had initiated an investigation into the conduct of its legal representatives in India. (ANI)


Rahul Gandhi congratulate Punjab CM-designate Charanjit Singh Channi for new responsibility

Chandigarh [India]: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi congratulated the Chief Minister-elect of Punjab Charanjit Singh Channi on Sunday for the new responsibility, and said Congress will continue to fulfil the promises made to the people of the state. “Congratulations Charanjit Singh Channi Ji for the new responsibility. We must continue to fulfill the promises made to the people of Punjab. Their trust is of paramount importance,” tweeted Gandhi.Manish Tiwari, Congress leader and MP from Punjab’s Anandpur Sahib constituency also extended his greeting and said, “Please accept my heartiest congratulations on becoming the Chief Minister of Punjab.” Congress MLA Charanjit Singh Channi will take the oath as the new Chief Minister of Punjab on Monday at 11 am on Monday. Addressing media after meeting Governor Banwarilal Purohit, the Chief Minister-designate of Punjab said, “We have presented our stance, unanimously supported by party MLAs, before the Governor.…

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Kolkata: 16 held in connection with bank fraud case

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], September 2: Detective Department of Kolkata Police on Thursday arrested 16 persons in connection with an alleged bank fraud case in the city.Officials conducted raids across multiple locations and recovered fake sim cards, mobiles and laptops from them. The accused were operating from Kolkata, Jamtara, Giridih and Dhanbad. More details are awaited. 

Corona Updates

Covid-19: India reports 41,965 new cases, 460 deaths in last 24 hrs

New Delhi, Sep 1: India logged 41,965 new COVID-19 cases and 460 fatalities in the last 24 hours as the positivity rate rose to 2.61 per cent in the country, the Union Health Ministry said on Wednesday. The latest addition has pushed the cumulative case tally to 3,28,08,845 whereas the death toll has climbed to 4,39,020 after 460 more people succumbed to the viral infection, according to the data. The active caseload stands at 3,78,181 after reporting a rise of 7,541 cases in the last 24 hours, the figures showed. The share of active cases now stands at 1.15 per cent of the total Covid-19 cases, the ministry said. Meanwhile, 33,964 more people recovered from the virus in the last 24 hours making the recovery registry climb to 3,19,93,644. As per the data, the recovery rate is now reduced to 97.51 per cent. The…

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10 mln Afghan children in desperate need of humanitarian aid: UN official

United Nations, Aug 31: Nearly 10 million children in Afghanistan are in desperate need of humanitarian aid, and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is appealing for about 200 million U.S. dollars to respond to their needs, said a UN official on Monday. The appeal covers a variety of sectors, including water and sanitation, child protection, nutrition, health, and education, said Herve De Lys, UNICEF representative in Afghanistan.Those least responsible for this crisis, are paying the highest price, including the children killed and injured in a series of atrocities in Kabul since last Thursday, he told reporters at the UN headquarters in New York via a video link.This year alone, more than 550 children have been killed and more than 1,400 others injured, he noted. “This is clearly a child-protection crisis in a country that is already one of the worst places on earth to…

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India along with 100 countries issues joint statement on Taliban’s assurances of safe travel

Washington/Kabul, Aug 30: With hours away from the August 31 deadline, India, along with nearly 100 other countries, in a joint statement has said that Taliban has given them a commitment that all nationals from their countries and Afghan citizens with proper travel documents wanting to leave Kabul will be allowed safe passage, officials said here on Monday.Titled ‘Joint Statement on Afghanistan Evacuation Travel Assurances’, issued by the US State Department on Sunday, it said that “we have the clear expectation of and commitment from the Taliban that they can travel to our respective countries. We note the public statements of the Taliban confirming this understanding.”US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a tweet, “Today nearly 100 countries issued a joint statement on the assurances given by the Taliban that all foreign nationals and any Afghan citizen with travel authorization from our countries…


Louisiana reports first death due to Hurricane Ida

Washington, Aug 30: The first death caused by Hurricane Ida has occurred in the US state of Louisiana, the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office (APSO) informed on Monday. According to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC), Ida weakened to a Category 2 storm on Sunday, but still poses danger with maximum sustained winds of 110 miles per hour (177 kilometers per hour) reported in Louisiana.


North Korea appears to have restarted its nuclear reactor: UN

Pyongyang, Aug 30(UNI) According to the International Atomic Energy Agency(IAEA) North Korea has secretly restarted its Yongbyon nuclear reactor, a report by the UN atomic agency said here on Sunday. The agency said that the reactor is believed to produce plutonium for nuclear weapons, the BBC reported here on Monday. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was expelled by Pyongyang in 2009 and relies on satellite imagery to carry out its assessments. Its latest report said there were indications of activity “consistent with the operation of the reactor” since early July.

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Two US Congressmen urge Biden to recognise Amrullah Saleh as legitimate govt of Afghanistan

Kabul/Washington, Aug 28: In a joint statement after talks with Afghanistan’s caretaker President Amrullah Saleh, US Senate Republican Lindsey Graham and Congressman Mike Waltz have called on US President Joe Biden to recognise Saleh and Ahmad Massoud, who is leading the resistance in Panjshir, as the legitimate government of Afghanistan. Waltz, from Florida, in a statement said the Biden administration should recognise that the Afghan constitution is still in force and the Taliban’s seizure of power is illegal. They also said in the statement that Panjshir in northeastern Afghanistan, which has not been taken over by the Taliban, should be declared a humanitarian zone. The statement said that Saleh and Massoud chose to stay and fight for the freedom of the Afghan people and oppose extremism. They also called on the president to designate the Afghan Taliban as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, and urge…

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Japan to continue evacuation from Kabul undeterred by blasts

Tokyo, Aug 27: Japan will continue to evacuate its citizens and diplomatic staff from Kabul despite the deadly blasts that rocked the airport, claiming many lives, Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said on Friday. On Thursday, the Afghan capital was hit by a series of terrorist attacks that claimed the lives of at least 60 people and injured over 1,300 others, according to the Afghan health ministry. The Islamic State-Khorasan terrorist group (banned in Russia) reportedly claimed responsibility for the attacks. Commenting on the attacks, the official said that Tokyo vigorously condemned them and offered condolences to the families of the victims. No Japanese citizens were injured in the attacks, he added.

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UN again relocates staff from Afghanistan

United Nations, Aug 23: The United Nations on Sunday flew 120 persons from Kabul to Almaty, Kazakhstan, in addition to the relocation of 100 UN staff members on Wednesday. Passengers included UN personnel and members of several nongovernmental organizations that serve as implementing partners of the UN in Afghanistan, said Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Part of the UN personnel who left Kabul on Sunday will continue to work remotely in Almaty, he said. The UN in Afghanistan is currently focused on the safety of the thousands of its personnel and partners who remain on the ground, as well as the delivery of critical humanitarian and other assistance to millions of Afghans in need, Dujarric said.

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Saleh believes Taliban will fail to rule Afghanistan

Moscow, Aug 19: Amrullah Saleh, who declared himself the legitimate acting president of Afghanistan, said on Wednesday that the Taliban (designated terrorist and banned in Russia) will be unable to govern the country successfully. “Nations must respect the rule of law, not violence. Afghanistan is too big for Pakistan to swallow and too big for Talibs to govern. Don’t let your histories have a chapter on humiliation and bowing to terror groups,” Saleh wrote on Twitter. He also expressed his support to those Afghans who protect the national flag and “stand for dignity” of the nation. On Sunday, the Taliban (a terrorist group, banned in Russia) completed their takeover of Afghanistan by entering Kabul. Ashraf Ghani resigned from the post of the Aghan president and fled the country to prevent what he described as bloodshed that would occur if militants were allowed to storm…

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Ex-Afghan President Ghani not in Kazakhstan – Kazakh Foreign Ministry

Nur-Sultan, Aug 16: Former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who stepped down to prevent further violence in his country, is not in Kazakhstan, the Kazakh Foreign Ministry’s spokesman, Aibek Smadiyarov, told Sputnik on Monday. “He is not in Kazakhstan,” Smadiyarov said in a phone conversation. Earlier in the day, Tajikistan’s foreign ministry said that the aircraft carrying Ghani did not land in Tajikistan or even enter its airspace.


Netizens go crazy as SRK’s son Aryan drops new picture

New Delhi [India]: On Sunday, superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan, who has usually kept his personal life private on the internet, surprised netizens by sharing his sunkissed picture. In the Instagram image, Aryan is seen wearing a hoodie over his red USC jersey. He’s posing for the picture by staring off quietly into the distance.Looking at his post, one cannot keep from noticing how Aryan looks like a reflection of his father! “Forgot about the mandatory graduation post. Better late than never I guess,” the 23-year-old superstar-kid wrote, hinting that he has recently graduated from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. [{5dc41aeb-7222-4366-b21b-ca05cbe9ddbc:intradmin/ar.JPG}] Aryan had last posted a picture on September 12, 2019, almost 2 years from now, and as expected, fans flooded his new post with several likes and comments. “Omg you finally posted after like forever,” a user…

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New Afghan government will include some members not from Taliban – Movement’s Spokesman

Moscow, Aug 16: The new government of Afghanistan will include some people, who are not members of the Taliban Islamist movement (banned in Russia), Taliban spokesman Sohail Shaheen told CNN.“When we are saying an Afghan inclusive Islamic government, that means that other Afghans also have participation in the government,” Shaheen said.He stressed that it was premature to mention any specific names, but noted that the Taliban were trying to include some “well-known figures” in the new cabinet.According to Shaheen, officers of the Afghan army and police, who will hand over weapons and will be ready to serve under the new government, will receive amnesty and guarantee for their lives and property.On Sunday, the Taliban entered Kabul, after which President Ashraf Ghani announced resignation and left the country. Ghani said his decision was dictated by the desire to prevent violence as the militants were ready…


Airport of Kabul resumes commercial flights – Pentagon

Washington, Aug 16: The international airport of Kabul has resumed commercial flights suspended over the seizure of the city by the Taliban Islamist movement (banned in Russia), Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby told Sputnik. “US Forces have now assumed responsibilities for air traffic control at the airport, supported by Afghan counterparts. Commercial traffic continues, though it has experienced some sporadic stoppages and delay,” Kirby said on late Sunday. On Sunday, the Taliban entered Kabul, after which President Ashraf Ghani announced resignation and left the country. Ghani said his decision was dictated by the desire to prevent violence as the militants were ready to carry out an attack on the capital. Taliban spokesman Mohammad Naeem said that the movement had put an end to the 20-year war in the country

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Bangladesh reports 6,885 new COVID-19 cases

Dhaka, Aug 14: Bangladesh reported 6,885 new COVID-19 cases and 178 new deaths on Saturday, making the tally at 1,412,218 and death toll at 23,988, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said.The official data showed that 33,330 samples were tested in the last 24 hours as of 8:00 a.m. local time Saturday across Bangladesh.The total number of recovered patients in the country stood at 1,281,327 including 7,805 new recoveries, said the DGHS.According to the official data, the COVID-19 fatality rate in Bangladesh is now 1.70 percent and the current recovery rate is 90.73 percent.

Africa International

Over 150 wildfires amid anomalous heatwave reports Tunisia

Tunisia (Africa): Tunisia has confirmed more than 150 wildfires amid an unprecedented heatwave, which caused considerable material damage, Sky News Arabia reported on Friday.The media outlet estimates about 155 wildfire outbreaks across the country’s northern and central areas. The fire has destroyed livestock pens, bee farms, as well as hundreds of trees. In the provinces of Bizerte, Jendouba and Kef the fire approached residential buildings, resulting in explosions as many houses had gas tanks. There have been no reports of casualties so far.The country’s civil defense service’s spokesperson told the broadcaster that the firefighters continue working in Bizerte and Jendouba, having managed to localize 80% of wildfires. At the same time, the blazes have spread across 150 hectares (370 acres).Meanwhile, the head of the local forest protection agency told Tunisian news agency TAP that most of the wildfires were caused by arson.

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Seven dead, over 17,000 infected with dengue virus in Sri Lanka

Colombo, Aug 12: The number of people infected with dengue fever has risen to over 17,000 in Sri Lanka so far this year and the virus has caused seven deaths, health officials here said Thursday. Most recently, over 300 confirmed dengue cases were reported and over 90 of them were in Colombo, they said. Health officials also said there was an increase in the mosquito population and warned of the risk of of dengue spreading further in the coming days, especially in urban and semi-urban areas. Preventing the spread of Dengue should be given special attention as there was an increased risk of the mosquito-borne disease with the prevailing monsoon rains, they said. According to official data, April saw the highest number of dengue cases with 1,860 infections. Medical experts have urged the public to seek immediate medical service if they suffer high fever,…

City News Corona Updates

Independence Day celebration to be held without exceeding 250 invitees in Kerala due to COVID

Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 11: The Independence Day ceremony will be held without exceeding 250 invitees at the State Capital in view of spread of COVID-19 pandemic, Kerala Chief Secretary Dr VP Joy has said.The ceremony in the State capital would consist of unfurling of National Flag at 0900 hrs by the Chief Minister, Playing of the National Anthem, Presentation of Guard of Honour by the Police, Para Military Forces, NCC, etc followed by speech by the Chief Minister.The maximum number of invitees shall not exceed 250, the Chief Secretary said in an order specifying the guidelines to be followed while organizing the ceremony.All contingents and invitees shall be subjected to thermal scanning at the entrance, the Chief Secretary said in his order dated August 10.At the district level, the total number of invitees was limited to 100 while at the Sub-divisional, block, public office or…


Belarus proposes to US to reduce embassy staff until September 1 – Foreign Ministry

Minsk, Aug 11: The Belarusian Foreign Ministry has proposed to the United States to reduce the number of its embassy staff to five people until September 1, the ministry’s spokesman, Anatoly Glaz, told Sputnik on Wednesday.Earlier this week, the US imposed new sanctions against Belarus, and Minsk vowed to evaluate possible response measures.“Our response to their unfriendly and even aggressive actions was reported to the American side today at the Foreign Ministry during a meeting with Charge d’Affaires Ruben Harutunian … Amid Washington’s actions to reduce cooperation in all spheres and economic strangulation of our country, we also quite objectively see no point in the presence of such significant personnel of the American diplomatic mission in Belarus,” Glaz said.The spokesman added that it is hard to understand “what will they do” in current circumstances.“In this regard, a proposal was made to the US side…


Canada’s Spavor, detained by China in 2018, sentenced to 11 years, to be deported: Reports

Moscow, Aug 11: Canadian Michael Spavor, detained by China in late 2018, has been sentenced to 11 years in prison by a Chinese court on spying charges, CBC reported. The court also called for Spavor’s deportation and confiscation of some $10,000 of personal property. It was not immediately clear when the Canadian could be forced to leave China. China detained Spavor in December 2018 – several days after Huawei Technologies’ Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Vancouver.


TikTok beats Facebook as most downloaded social media app in 2020

Washington, Aug 10: The Chinese social video platform TikTok became the most downloaded app among social networks in 2020, edging out Facebook Messenger, Japan’s Nikkei newspaper reported on Tuesday. TikTok topped the list of social media downloads in 2020 for the first time since Nikkei began conducting its annual survey in 2018. A year earlier, TikTok ranked fourth. In 2020, Facebook Messenger dropped from first place to fifth, Facebook itself remained second, while WhatsApp came in third, and Instagram fourth (+1 compared to 2019). All of the social platforms on the list apart from TikTok belong to the US corporation Facebook. At the same time, Telegram climbed from eighth to seventh place in the rating amid rising privacy concerns as the messenger allows the deletion of shared data. Twitter, in turn, lost rank at number 10 in the 2020 ranking.

South Asian Countries

Bangladesh reports 11,164 more COVID-19 cases

Dhaka, Aug 10: The daily COVID-19 deaths in Bangladesh hit a record high of 264 on Tuesday, taking the death toll to 23,161, said the country’s Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS). The previous record of 264 deaths was reported on August 5. The official data showed 11,164 more new cases were recorded, taking the national tally to 1,376,322. A total of 47,424 samples were tested in the past 24 hours as of 8:00 a.m. local time Tuesday across the country, said the DGHS. It said the total number of recovered patients in the country stood at 1,234,762, including 14,903 new recoveries. According to the official data, the COVID-19 fatality rate in Bangladesh is 1.68 percent and the current recovery rate is 89.71 percent.

South Asian Countries

Top Qatari official on India visit to discuss Afghan peace process

New Delhi, Aug 6 : With Doha becoming the hub of peace negotiations on Afghanistan, the current India visit by the special envoy of the Qatar Foreign Minister, to discuss the Afghan situation with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and top Indian officials holds immense significance. According to sources, Mutlaq bin Majed Al-Qahtani, the Special Envoy of the Foreign Minister of Qatar for Counter-terrorism and Mediation of Conflict Resolution, is on a visit to India. On Friday, Qahtani met Joint Secretary (Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran), J. P. Singh “and exchanged views on the current situation in Afghanistan and recent developments in the Afghan peace process,” the sources added. The Qatari special envoy also called on Sanjay Bhattacharya, Secretary (Consular Passport, Visa and Overseas India Affairs), and discussed bilateral affairs. He is to meet Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla and Jaishankar on Saturday. The discussions…


Pegasus Spyware: “Centre intercepted everybody”-Rahul Gandhi

Taking a jibe at the Centre over the Pegasus issue, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday alleged that Centre is intercepting every Indian’s phone, and demanded a discussion on the issue. New Delhi [India], August 6 : Rahul gandhi further accused the Central government of not letting a discussion take place on the Pegasus issue in the Parliament during the ongoing Monsoon Session. His remarks came as the Opposition leaders joined the farmers at Jantar Mantar, Delhi during their protest against new farm laws. “Today all opposition parties have gathered here (Jantar Mantar) to extend their support against ‘Kala Kanoon’ (farm laws). We want a discussion over Pegasus, but they (Centre) are not letting it happen. Narendra Modi has intercepted every Indian’s phone,” said the Wayanad MP while speaking to reporters at Jantar Mantar.TMC, BSP and AAP did not participate in the protest.Opposition leaders…

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Nawaz Sharif denied visa extension by UK, files appeal

Islamabad, Pakistan Aug 6 : Former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif has filed an appeal in the British Immigration Tribunal after the UK Home Department refused to extend his stay in the country on “medical grounds” any further. The decision of the UK Home Department prompted the Imran Khan government to offer the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz supreme leader to arrange for his return to Pakistan at 24 hours’ notice if he is willing, the Dawn reported. “The UK Home Department has refused to extend Nawaz Sharif’s stay in the country any further on medical grounds. However, Mr Sharif will legally remain in the UK till the tribunal issues its decision on his plea for his stay in the country,” PML-N information secretary Marriyum Aurangzeb told Dawn on Thursday. Dispelling an impression that Nawaz Sharif had applied for asylum after refusal of his visa extension,…


India slams OIC for Jammu and Kashmir references

India also advised Organisation of Islamic General Secretariat not to exploit its platform for comments on internal affairs of the country. New, Delhi, India, August 6 : India on Thursday slammed the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) over its references to Jammu and Kashmir and said that the body has no locus standi in matters related to the Union Territory, which is an integral part of the country. “We categorically reject yet another unacceptable reference to the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir issued by the General Secretariat of OIC. OIC has no locus standi in matters relating to the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, which is an integral part of India,” the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement. India also advised OIC General Secretariat not to exploit its platform for comments on internal affairs of the country. “It is…

South Asian Countries

Pakistan summons Indian envoy over Kashmir

Islamabad, Aug 6: Pakistan on Thursday summoned the Indian Charge d’Affaires to the Foreign Office and handed over a demarche on the second anniversary of the changed status of Indian Jammu and Kashmir. The Pakistan Foreign Office summoned Indian Charge d’ Affaires Suresh Kumar and conveyed a ‘strong demarche’ to convey Islamabad’s ‘unequivocal rejection’ of the August 5, 2019 action by India to change the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. The summoning of the Indian envoy was part of Pakistan’s moves to keep the Kashmir issue burning. In other moves, Islamabad had invited a team of the Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) of the OIC to Pakistan Occupied Kashmir on Thursday, and the Pakistani leadership had issued statements against India. Pakistan has been trying to drum up international support against India on the second anniversary of the abrogation of Article 370 of…

South Asian Countries

Bangladesh and Pakistan – a study in contrast: International Think Tank

Dhaka, Aug 5: Emerging from the dark shadows of Pakistani rule 50 years ago, Bangladesh today surpasses Pakistan in almost every socio-economic indicators. The two countries are a study in contrast in how Bangladesh has achieved remarkable success starting from being called a ‘basket case’ in 1971 to a miracle economy in 2021 while Pakistan has slid down on all parameters.A report brought out by the Canadian think tank International Forum for Right and Security (IFFRAS) provides some sharp contrast and comparison between the two countries.The growth rate of Bangladesh is way above that of Pakistan. Even before the pandemic, in 2018-19 Bangladesh recorded 7.8 percent growth rate compared to Pakistan’s 5.8 percent.In May 2021, Bangladesh had a forex reserve of over 45 billion USD while Pakistan’s forex reserves stood at less than half at 17.1 billion USD.Starting off 70 percent richer than Bangladesh…


Singapore reports 98 new COVID-19 cases

Singapore, Aug 5: Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) reported 98 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the total tally in the country to 65,508. The new infections included 96 locally transmitted cases, of which 38 were linked to previous cases and have already been placed on quarantine, while 20 were linked to previous cases and were detected through surveillance, and 38 were currently unlinked. The other two were imported cases, who had already been placed on Stay-Home Notice (SHN) or isolated upon arrival in Singapore. A total of 577 cases are currently warded in the hospital. Most are well and under observation. There are currently 40 cases of serious illness requiring oxygen supplementation, and eight in critical condition in the intensive care unit (ICU).

South Asian Countries

Pakistan Charge D’Affaires summoned over vandalisation of Hindu temple

New Delhi, Aug 5: India on Thursday summoned Pakistan Charge D’Affaires Aftab Hasan Khan to lodge a strong protest over the vandalisation of a Hindu temple in Rahimyar Khan in Pakistan’s Punjab province and asked Islamabad to ensure the safety, security and well-being of its minority communities. Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi, replying to questions on the vandalisation of a Ganesh temple in Bhong city in Rahimyar Khan, said: “We’ve seen disturbing reports on social media of a violent mob attack on a Ganesh temple in Rahimyar Khan in Punjab province of Pakistan. “The mob attacked the temple, desecrated the holy idols and set fire to the premises. In addition to attacking the temple, a mob also attacked surrounding houses belonging to the Hindu community,” he said. The spokesperson said incidents of violence, discrimination and persecution against minority communities, including attacks on…

National News Politics

SIT probe into Pegasus

New Delhi [India], August 3 (ANI): Editors Guild of India (EGI) approached the Supreme Court on Tuesday seeking a direction for a Special Investigation Team (SIT) probe into the alleged Pegasus snoopgate case. There are already five petitions pending in the Apex Court on the same issue.The EGI has filed the petition before the Supreme Court through advocates: Rupali Samuel, Raghav Tankha, and others. The petitioner, EGI, sought a direction to constitute an independent SIT to investigate the procurement and use of spyware, hacking or electronic surveillance tools such as ‘Pegasus’ in India. The petition, a copy accessed by ANI, filed before the Supreme Court sought direction to monitor the investigation into the procurement and use of spyware, hacking or electronic surveillance tools such as ‘Pegasus’ in India. The petitioner sought the issuance of guidelines on surveillance against Indian citizens including, guidelines for the…

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Tokyo Games: India men’s hockey team reach Olympics semi-finals after 41 years, beat Great Britain 3-1

Tokyo [Japan]: India men’s hockey team on Sunday reached the semi-final of the Olympics for the first time in 41 years as the team defeated Great Britain 3-1 to reach the semi-finals of the ongoing Tokyo Olympics. A semi-final berth had eluded the Indian men’s hockey team since the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games where the team led by V Baskaran won the eighth Gold medal for India.Coming back to the game, India suffered a blow when skipper Manpreet Singh received a yellow card in the dying minutes, but Hardik scored in the 57th minute to extend India’s lead. Dilpreet Singh got India off the mark early as he netted a goal in the seventh minute of the match. Simranjeet stole the possession and passed through England’s defenders to Dilpreet who gave India the lead. Gurjant Singh doubled the lead as he scored right at…


Over 24,000 Taliban killed, wounded in 4 months: Afghan Ministry

Kabul [Afghanistan]: Over 24,000 Taliban has been killed and wounded in battles with the Afghan security forces over the past four months. Citing the data of the State Ministry for Peace Affairs, Tolo News reported that during the period running from April to July the Taliban launched 22,000 attacks in various parts of the country and the attacks resulted in the killing and wounding of 24,000 Taliban.“The influx of more than 10,000 terrorists from outside Afghanistan in order to increase the violence shows that there are also foreign hands behind the war in Afghanistan,” said Sayed Abdullah Hashemi, an official of the State Ministry for Peace Affairs. Meanwhile, Attaullah Salim, the deputy head of the High Council of National Reconciliation (HCNR), said that the current war in Afghanistan has no religious legitimacy, adding that the Taliban must end the violence. “We support discussions on…

National News Politics

Railways: 1,253 ‘Adarsh Station’

New Delhi [India]: As many as 1,253 railway stations costing 2,800 crores to be modernized under Adarsh Station Scheme in the financial year 2021-22, informed Minister of Railways, Ashwini Vaishnav in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on Friday. The funds have been done zone-wise.The allocation of funds for the central railway is 230.58 cr while 178.71 cr has been allocated for the Eastern Railway. 1,253 stations have been identified for development under the scheme. Out of these 1,206 railway stations have been developed and the remaining stations are planned to be developed in the financial year 2021-22.


Tornado destroys several buildings in Pennsylvania, injures 5 people

Washington, Jul 30: A powerful tornado has destroyed several buildings in the US state of Pennsylvania, injuring five people, the local Bucks County Courier Times newspaper reported Friday.According to the news, two consecutive tornadoes hit Bensalem, a northeastern suburb of Philadelphia, on Thursday night, tearing through a mobile home park and destroying a car dealership, as well as damaging several other buildings in the area. The storm reportedly lasted for about an hour.“This was a devastating tornado that came through the Faulkner area, looked like a TV show. It looked like a bomb went off,” Fred Harran, Bensalem public safety director, was quoted as saying by the newspaper.The official noted that in his 34-year career he had never seen such damage from a storm, the news said.Five people received light injuries, at least 7,000 people have been cut off from the electricity.

International South Asian Countries

South Korea reports 1,710 more COVID-19 cases, 196,806 in total

Seoul, Jul 30: South Korea reported 1,710 more cases of COVID-19 as of midnight Thursday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 196,806, officials said on Friday. The daily caseload was up from 1,674 in the prior day, hovering above 1,000 for 24 straight days. The daily average tally for the past week was 1,583. The recent resurgence was attributable to cluster infections in Seoul and its surrounding Gyeonggi province. Of the new cases, 487 were Seoul residents and 515 were people residing in Gyeonggi province. The virus spread also raged in the non-metropolitan region ahead of the summer vacation season, when people in the capital region moved to non-capital areas to enjoy summer holidays. The number of newly infected people in the non-capital areas was 548, or 33.0 percent of the total local transmission. The number stayed above…

International US News

Depression rates lower in larger US cities, find researchers

Washington [US]: It is commonly assumed that cities are detrimental to mental health but recent empirical research covering several US cities predicts lower depression rates in larger cities. The research work was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS). The experts involved in the study were Andrew J. Stier, Kathryn E. Schertz, Nak Won Rim, Carlos Cardenas-Iniguez, Benjamin B. Lahey, Luis M. A. Bettencourt, and Marc G. Berman.The researchers said that depression is the global leading cause of disability and related economic losses. Cities are associated with an increased risk for depression, but how do depression risks change between cities? Here, we develop a mathematical theory for how the built urban environment influences depression risk and predict lower depression rates in larger cities. We demonstrate that this model fits empirical data across four large-scale…

Corona Updates

Efficacy of Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine drops to 84pc after 6 months

Washington DC [US]: The efficacy of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine fell from 96% to 84% after six months, a new preprint report by medRxiv showed on Wednesday. “Efficacy peaked at 96.2 percent during the interval from 7 days to <2 months post-dose 2, and declined gradually to 83.7 percent from 4 months post-dose 2 to the data cut-off, an average decline of ~6 percent every 2 months,” the report said.Ongoing follow-up is needed to understand the persistence of the vaccine effect over time, it added. According to data that has not been reviewed, the vaccine was initially 91% effective at preventing COVID-19 over the course of six months. The US health-oriented news outlet Stat suggested that if the vaccine efficacy keeps declining at the rate described in the study, it will end up being less than 50% within 18 months from the date of…

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Only vaccinated in local train

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Maharashtra Cabinet Minister Aslam Shaikh on Wednesday hinted that fully vaccinated passengers could be permitted to travel unrestricted in suburban train services within two to three days. Speaking to the media, Shaikh said in the state cabinet meeting, a detailed discussion took place over the opening of Mumbai local train and Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) buses for fully vaccinated individuals.“As a Minister, I am also of the view that person whose two doses are completed should be allowed to travel in Mumbai local, we have also informed Chief Minister about this. After studying the report by the task force, a decision on Mumbai local will be taken in next two to three days,” said Shaikh, who is Guardian Minister of Mumbai. He informed that the restrictions that were brought four months ago amid the rise of COVID-19 cases in…


Tokyo Olympics: Archer Atanu Das cruises into next round after beating Yu-Cheng Dang 6-4

Tokyo [Japan]: Indian archer Atanu Das progressed to the next round of the men’s individual archery event after defeating Chinese Taipei’s Yu-Cheng Dang in the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics here at Yumenoshima Ranking Field on Thursday. Das defeated Yu-Cheng Dang 6-4 in the 1/64 eliminations round.Atanu Das took the lead in the match, helped by a 10 in his first arrow. Deng replied with an 8-9-9. A similar story unfolded in Set 2 but for Taipei’s archer who leveled the match against Das. The next set went to Indian who regained the lead by shooting 9-10-9 to which Dang replied with a very poor 7 in the last arrow. The fourth set went back and forth but it was Yu-Cheng who forced the match into the decider. In the final set, Chinese Taipei’s Yu-Cheng Dang shot a 7 on his last arrow again which…

South Asian Countries

Judicial Magistrate dies of COVID at Jhalokhati in B’desh

Dhaka, Jul 28: A senior judicial magistrate Sania Akhter died from COVID-19 infection on Wednesday morning at Jhalokhati Barishal. Sania died at 1100 hours at Barishal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital (SBMCH). Supreme Court spokesperson Md Saifur Rahman informed media. SBMCH Director Dr Ms Saiful Islam said Sania was seven-months pregnant. Sania’s husband AHM Imranur Rahman is also serving as senior judicial magistrate in Jhalakati. Meanwhile, Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain expressed deep shock at the death of Sania Akhter. He also prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed sympathy to the bereaved family members. Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq also expressed profound shock and sorrow at the death of Sania Akhter.


Maharashtra flood; 209 people dead, 8 missing due to heavy rains and floods

Mumbai (Maharastra) [India], July 28 (ANI): The death toll in Maharashtra has climbed to 209 and eight people are still missing due to heavy rains and floods in the state, reported the data of the State Disaster Management Unit on Wednesday. According to the information of the management unit, 43 roads have been submerged and a bridge on the Vashisthi river was damaged at Chiplun due to heavy floods. However, 4,34,185 people have been evacuated from the flood-affected areas.Over 16 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have been deployed at Thane, Kolhapur, Ratnagiri, Sangli, Satara, and Sindhudurg, said the administration. The state management unit said that 308 relief camps are based at Sanghli and Kolhapur for rescue operations in the flood-affected area. Air Force and Indian Army have been deployed at Kolhapur and Ratnagiri National Disaster Response Force. Earlier, on July 23, IAF carried…

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Uddhav turns 61, wishes pour in

Pune/Mumbai, Jul 27 (UNI) Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray turned 61 on Tuesday and wishes poured in for the Shiv Sena president. Wishing Thackeray, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, ‘Birthday greetings to Maharashtra CM Shri Uddhav Thackeray Ji. May he be blessed with a long and healthy life.’ West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, Telugu Desam Party chief N Chandrababu Naidu, Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis wished Thackeray on twitter. Union ministers Nitin Gadkari and Dharmendra Pradhan also extended greetings. The CM is expected to spend a low-key day amid official engagements and has appealed to his followers and party members not to celebrate his birthday as a spate of disasters, including landslides and floods, have killed over 120 people in parts of western Maharashtra and the Konkan region. After taking the mantle of the state, this…


LS adjourned for 9th time as Oppn continues protest over Pegasus snooping row, new farm bills

New Delhi, Jul 27 (UNI) Proceedings of the Lok Sabha were adjourned for the ninth time till 1630 hrs on Tuesday amid ruckus by the Opposition over various issues, including Pegasus snooping row and new farm bills.As soon as the House reassembled after the eighth adjournment at 1600 hrs, the Opposition Members entered the Well of the House and started sloganeering over the issues. Matters under Rule 377 were taken up.Rajendra Agarwal, who was in the Chair, made repeated requests to the agitating members to return to their seats.When his repeated requests went in vain, he adjourned the House till 1630 hrs.Earlier also, the proceedings of the Lok Sabha were adjourned eight times on similar issues.

International TOP NEWS UPDATES

At least 57 migrants die in shipwreck off Libyan coast

Tripoli, Jul 27 (UNI) At least 57 people drowned after their boat capsized off the Libyan coast near Khums, International Organization for Migration (IOM) spokesperson Safa Msehli said in a statement. “A shipwreck off Libya claims at least 57 lives today after a boat capsized near Khums,” Msehli said via Twitter late last night. According to survivors brought to shore by fishermen and the coast guard, at least 20 women and two children were among those who drowned.” Eighteen of the migrants were rescued and returned to shore by fishermen and Libya’s coastguard, Msehli said. The survivors, who are from Nigeria, Ghana and Gambia, reported the vessel had stopped due to an engine problem, then capsized amid bad weather, Msehli said. Monday’s capsizing was the second sea disaster in less than a week off the Libyan coast involving Europe-bound migrants. At least 20 migrants…


US swimmer Jacoby wins women’s 100m breaststroke at Tokyo Olympics

Tokyo : Lydia Jacoby of the United States won the women’s 100m breaststroke in her Olympic debut here on Tuesday. The 17-year-old beat South African Tatjana Schoenmaker to second in the final sprint, clocking one minute and 04.95 seconds for the gold. Schoenmaker, leading for the majority of time, had to settle for a silver in 1:05.22.


President Kovid apprised of security situation in J&K, LoC

Srinagar: President Ram Nath Kovid was given a detailed briefing about the internal security situation in the Union Territory (UT) Jammu and Kashmir and along the borders, official sources said on Tuesday. Mr Kovid, who could not travel to Drass-Kargil to pay homage to soldiers who laid down their lives in 1999 Kargil on Monday due to bad weather, interacted with the members of the Unified Headquarters (UHQs) at Raj Bhavan here. The meeting was also attended by Lieutenant Governor (LG) Manoj Sinha, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Gen Bipin Rawat, Northern Army Commander, General Officer Commanding (GOC) 15 Corps, Chief Secretary A K Mehta, Principal Secretary Home Shaleen Kabra, Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh, IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar, heads of CRPF, BSF and various intelligence agencies in Kashmir. The members briefed the president about the situation along the Line of Control (LoC)…


World hunger worsened by climate change, conflict, says UN Chief

Guterres also told a meeting in Rome that the world’s food system generates a third of all greenhouse gas emissions. That same system is responsible for as much as 80% of biodiversity loss, he lamented in a video message. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday warned that climate change and conflict are both a consequence and a driver of poverty, income inequality and food prices. Guterres also told a meeting in Rome that the world’s food system generates a third of all greenhouse gas emissions. That same system is responsible for as much as 80% of biodiversity loss, he lamented in a video message. The gathering was called to help prepare for a UN food systems summit to be held in September in New York. Earlier this month, a UN report noted that up to 161 million more people faced hunger last year compared to…

Africa International

Africa’s COVID-19 cases surpass 6.47 mln: Africa CDC

Addis Ababa, Jul 26 (UNI/Xinhua) The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa reached 6,475,582 as of Monday afternoon, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said. The Africa CDC, the specialized healthcare agency of the African Union, said the death toll from the pandemic stands at 164,383 while 5,674,552 patients across the continent have recovered from the disease. South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and Ethiopia are the countries with the most cases in the continent, according to the Africa CDC. South Africa has recorded the most COVID-19 cases in Africa, at 2,377, 823, while the northern African country Morocco reported 579,272 cases as of Monday, it was noted. In terms of the caseload, southern Africa is the most affected region, followed by the northern and eastern parts of the continent, while central Africa is the least affected region in the…


Puri becomes India’s first city to provide 24×7 drink-from-tap quality water to every house

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has inaugurated the ‘Sujal-Drink From Tap Mission’ to provide quality drinking water that would be suitable for consumption from the tap. Odisha’s Puri on Monday became the first Indian city to achieve citywide ‘drink from tap’ water for 24 hours with 100 per cent metered household connections. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the ‘Sujal-Drink From Tap Mission’ to provide quality drinking water that would be suitable for consumption from the tap. It will benefit over 2.5 lakh people of the pilgrim town. The initiative has been launched under the ‘Jalsathi’ programme by partnering with women self-help groups (SHGs) of Mission Shakti in community-led water supply management. The project has been implemented under the 5T initiative of the State government. With this, Puri also joined the league of cities like London, Los Angeles, and Singapore to provide 24-hour clean drinking water.  The…


Assam-Mizoram border dispute turns worse; Both CM urges Amit Shah to intervene

Guwahati, Jul 26 (UNI) The inter state border dispute between Mizoram and Assam, has turned intoa full scale war of words between two governments with each side alleging other of transgressinginto their territory.Both Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthangasought Home Minister Amit Shah’s intervention to solve the dispute.Mr Shah was on a two-day visit to Meghalaya during the weekend where he held a closed-door meeting with chief ministers of the northeast states on inter state border issues.Amid worsening situation two chief minister got involved in heated exchange of words in socialmedia with Mizoram CM Zoramthanga on Twitter showed police trying to stop a clash amongmen armed with sticks. In reply to the tweet, Assam Police said miscreants from Mizoram were indulging in stone-pelting and attacking Assam government officials stationed at Lailapur toprotect Assam’s land from encroachment.In reply, Sarma shared…

Games Sports

Mirabai Chanu Comes Home To Big Welcome with Silver Medal

Tokyo Olympics: Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu landed in Delhi from Tokyo, days after winning the silver medal in women’s 49kg category. Tokyo Olympics: Mirabai Chanu landed in Delhi on Tuesday and received a warm welcome.© ANI/Twitter Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu, who won the silver medal in women’s 49kg category at Tokyo Olympics, arrived in Delhi on Monday. She was pictured at the airport. News agency ANI reported that she underwent a mandatory RT-PCR test upon arrival at the airport. Chanu brought home India’s second medal in weightlifting as she lifted a total of 202kg (87kg+115kg), finishing behind China’s Hou Zhihui Chanu ended India’s 21-year wait for a weightlifting medal at the Olympics. Previously, Karnam Malleshwari had won the bronze medal at 2000 Sydney Games.


Mission UP: Farmers threaten to lay siege to Lucknow roads similar to Delhi

Rakesh Tikait has said that farmers will hold a tractor parade on Independence Day (August 15). Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait has said that farmers will hold a tractor parade on Independence Day (August 15). Addressing the media in Lucknow, Tikat said that farmers will converge at the Ghazipur border in Delhi on August 14. Farmers will unfurl the Tricolour at the Ghazipur border.  “We will go by tractors to Ghazipur border on August 14 and 15. On August 15, we will hoist flag. Tractors from two districts will go. We did not remove national flag on January 26,” he said. Tikait said that a tractor rally is not a bad thing. He also hailed the decision of Jind residents to take out a tractor rally on August 15. He said that “it will be a moment of pride to see the…


Raj Kundra Case : Tanveer Hashmi “We Made Films With Nudity But Not Porn”

Tanveer Hashmi, an accused in the pornography case, who is now out on bail, was quizzed by the Crime Branch for over three hours in the Raj Kundra case. Tanveer revealed that he was informed by the Crime Branch officials that Kundra was aware that he was being summoned, but the two men did not come face to face. He said, “I was called by the Crime Branch for questioning about Raj Kundra and if I ever met him. I told them I have never met Raj Kundra in my life.” Tanveer however said that he made content for the platform but was not working for Kundra’s company directly. When asked about the kind of content he made for them, he said, “We used to make short films of 20-25 minutes, which had nudity, but if you look at it logically they cannot be called porn but we can…


TN Raids : NIA conducts multiple raids over provocative FB posts

New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has conducted searches at six locations of Tamil Nadu at the residence of Abdullah and his associates in connection with alleged incendiary Facebook posts. In a press release, the NIA said, ” NIA conducts searches at multiple locations in Tamil Nadu in ISIS– Hizb Ut Tahrir, Facebook case of Tamil Nadu (RC-09/2021/NIA/DLI). Yesterday (on July 24, 2021), NIA conducted searches at six locations in four districts, viz, Thanjavur, Madurai, Theni and Tirunelveli districts of Tamil Nadu at the residence of arrested accused Abdullah (known as Saravankumar) and his associates in RC-09/2021/ NIA/DLI.”  “On April 10, 2021, a complaint was received by Theppakulam Police Station that one Abdullah had posted incendiary messages on Facebook on March 23, 2021, and March 25, 2021, instigating people on religious grounds to wage war against India and establish Khilafat, thus threatening the unity,…

New Products Technology Tokyo Olympics

Facebook connects fans to Olympic Games across its family of apps

Facebook has announced to let people enjoy Tokyo Olympics 2020 via new features across its main platform, Instagram and WhatsApp to help people discover content and cheer on their teams. Facebook has announced to let people enjoy Tokyo Olympics 2020 via new features across its main platform, Instagram and WhatsApp to help people discover content and cheer on their teams. In select countries, fans will have access to highlights from Tokyo 2020, athlete profiles and interviews throughout the course of the Games via official Olympic broadcasters’ Facebook Pages and Instagram accounts. This includes NBC Universal in the US, Eurosport for parts of Europe, and beIN in the Middle East and North Africa. “In select territories including India, Russia, Sub-Saharan Africa and Spanish-speaking Latin America, fans can see the day’s highlights from Tokyo on the official Olympics Facebook Page,” the company said on Friday. On…


Talks between Two Powers : US-China talks come at time of heightened tension

US diplomatic trip comes 50 years after Henry Kissinger’s secret China visit that initiated relations between the two countries. On Sunday, Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman – the US’s second-highest-ranking diplomat – will meet with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Tianjin, China in what looks set to be tense talks dominated by friction on a number of fronts. Last Monday, US President Joe Biden – along with NATO, the European Union, Australia, the UK, Canada, Japan and New Zealand – slammed China for cyber spying which Secretary of State Antony Blinken said posed “a major threat to our economic and national security”. The US Department of Justice also charged four Chinese nationals working with China’s Ministry of State Security with a campaign to hack into the computer systems of dozens of companies, universities and government entities in the United States and abroad between…

Health & Lifestyle Vogue

Check Out Ranveer Singh Dapper Gucci Look In ₹2.7 Lakh Tracksuit

Gucci and Ranveer Singh have become synonyms in Tinsel town and the recent set of pictures of v’s live wire are enough to back our claim. After triggering a meme fest with his snazziest look where he channelled actor Jared Leto and Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele, Ranveer left fans gushing over his dapper form in a block pattern sweatshirt and shades from the Italian fashion brand and is now back to raising the bar of men’s fashion goals in tracksuit style. Ranveer Singh offers menswear lovers a sartorial feast as he embraces retro feels with experimentation in tracksuit style and drops another dapper Gucci look in ₹2.7 lakh jersey zip jacket and jogging pant. Offering menswear lovers a sartorial feast, Ranveer was seen embracing retro feels with experimentation in tracksuit style and dropped another dapper Gucci look in a jersey zip jacket and a…


Amitabh Bachchan Joins Prabhas, Deepika Padukone For Sci Fi Thriller

The upcoming yet-untitled science-fiction thriller of actors Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone and Prabhas went on the floors on Saturday in Hyderabad in a special set. Amitabh has joined the team to be part of this mini schedule at Ramoji Film City, according to reports. Taking to Instagram, Amitabh shared a picture and captioned it, “.. for the Mahurat shot of #ProjectK .. what an honour to be behind the clap being given by the icon that created cinematic magical waves throughout the Country and the World with Bahubali @actorprabhas @deepikapadukone @nag_ashwin @vyjayanthimovies.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Amitabh Bachchan (@amitabhbachchan) Amitabh Bachchan was recently seen in a cameo in Chiranjeevi’s Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy. However, he will be seen in an important role in this project, currently dubbed Prabhas 21. “Not a guest role or a special appearance…but a full length role so important, tht…

Bengali Entertainment

Indraneil Sengupta-Barkha Bisht Decides To Take A Break

All is not well in Indraneil Sengupta and Barkha Bisht’s marital paradise. Rumours are rife that Indraneil and Barkha are going through a rough phase in their marriage and things have not been okay between the couple for the last five months. There have been speculations that Indraneil is dating Bengali film actress Ishaa Saha. The two have acted together in multiple Bengali films. “Indraneil has moved out of their apartment and is currently living with his parents in the same building. The link-up rumours with Ishaa Saha have made matters worse between the two,” a source told. Indraneil and Barkha have been married for 13 years and has a nine-year-old daughter Meira, who is currently staying with Barkha. The source added, “Currently, Indraneil and Barkha have decided to take a break.” Last month, Indraneil had dismissed his dating rumours with Ishaa by saying…


John Mulaney Files For Divorce From Anna Marie Tendler

John Mulaney has formally filed for divorce from Anna Marie Tendler. According to Source, the comedian filed the petition on Friday in New York. The news comes two months after a report by ET stated that the two have decided to split. The couple has been on the rocks for months with Mulaney struggling to stay clean throughout the coronavirus lockdown, checking into rehab treatment and coping with alcohol and cocaine addiction. It’s still unclear if John and Anna had a prenuptial agreement or reached a property settlement before filing for divorce. The couple had already announced their split in May, with Anna Marie releasing a statement via her spokesman, “I am heartbroken that John has decided to end our marriage. I wish him support and success as he continues his recovery.” Following his stint in rehab treatment and the news of his divorce on May 10,…


Camila Cabello Guides Shawn Mendes To Learn Spanish For His New Song

Camila Cabello the Grammy-nominated singer, recently raved about her boyfriend Shawn Mendes’ amazing looks and how she guided him through the Spanish portions of his new song. During her appearance on Apple Music 1’s New Music Daily via Just Jared,  Camila discussed how she’s been coaching Shawn on singing in Spanish and that’s when the host brought up how he is “good looking.” “I know,” Camila responded to that remark. Camila, during her interview, added that she is less concerned about Shawn’s handsomeness when he does odd things. “It’s great when he does things that are weird and dorky because I feel it makes him just like, less intimidating, his handsomeness, like makes me not as nervous” she added. Shawn, according to Camila, has also fallen in love with Latin culture. ” And I don’t know if he told you this, but he is taking Spanish…


Godzilla Vs Kong To Stream On Amazon Prime Video

Warner Bros and Legendary’s blockbuster movie Godzilla vs Kong will start streaming on Amazon Prime Video from August 14. The movie will available on Amazon in English as well as dubbed in three Indian languages — Hindi, Telugu and Tamil, the streamer said in a statement. Directed by Adam Wingard, Godzilla vs Kong had its release in India in March this year. The movie focuses on Kong and his protectors, who undertake a perilous journey to find his true home, and with them is Jia, a young orphaned girl with whom he has formed a unique and powerful bond. They, however, unexpectedly find themselves in the path of an enraged Godzilla, cutting a swath of destruction across the globe. View this post on Instagram A post shared by amazon prime video IN (@primevideoin) Godzilla Vs Kong is a follow-up to 2019’s Godzilla: King of…

State's Latest

Two terrorists killed in encounter: J & K

Bandipora: Two militants have been killed in a gunfight that broke out between militants and security forces at Shokbaba area of Sumlar in North Kashmir’s Bandipora.  Official sources told News24 that a Joint team of security forces launched a cordon and search operation after “specific inputs” about presence of militants in the forest area of Shokbaba. “As the security forces approached the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired upon them, which was retaliated, triggering an encounter,” officials said.  Top police officials confirmed the killing of two unidentified militants so far during the gunfight, while search operation was going on in the area. An encounter broke out between security forces and terrorists at Shokbaba forest in Bandipora on Saturday morning. Both Jammu and Kashmir Police and security forces are carrying out the operation. 

Beauty Health & Lifestyle

Common Misconceptions About Organic Skincare

In today’s generation, consumers have become more aware and conscious of harmful chemicals hidden in their skincare products. They have even become skeptical of using skincare that wear the claim of being “organic” and “all natural”, often questioning if these claims are just marketing gimmicks or more importantly, if the lack of chemicals may contribute to the skin care not being as efficacious. Jagvir Singh, Founder and President, Refresh Botanicals shares five common misconceptions about organic skincare that will make you rethink your regimen: Myth 1: Homemade Organic Face Masks and Lotions Work the Same as Organic Products You may believe that by whipping up a yogurt and honey smoothie in your blender and using it as a face mask will benefit your skin as would purchasing an organic face mask. However, often skincare brands extract organic molecules from organical, whole plant ingredients. While…

Health & Lifestyle Travel

Philippines To Suspend Travel From Malaysia And Thailand

To try and prevent further domestic transmission of the Delta variant, President Rodrigo Duterte has placed the capital region, an urban sprawl of 16 cities that is home to more than 13 million people, and four provinces under stricter coronavirus curbs until the end of July. The Philippines will suspend travel from Malaysia and Thailand, as well as tighten restrictions in the Manila area, in a bid to prevent the spread of the contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus, the presidential spokesperson said on Friday. The travel restriction will take effect from Sunday and run to the end of July, presidential spokesman Harry Roque said in a national address. “This action is undertaken to prevent the further spread and community transmission of COVID-19 variants in the Philippines,” Roque said. The Philippines has previously banned travellers from eight countries including Indonesia and India. To try…


Angad Bedi: “I Would Love My Father To Name The Baby”

Actor Angad Bedi has said that his father, Bishan Singh Bedi will be the one to name his second child. Neha Dhupia is pregnant for the second time. Actor Angad Bedi is excited to become a father again. The actor is expecting his second child with wife Neha Dhupia, the announcement of which, they made earlier this week. Neha and Angad, while looking forward to the baby’s arrival, have not decided on a name for the baby yet. They are already parents to their two-year-old daughter Mehr. In an interview, Angad revealed that he wishes his father, former cricketer Bishan Singh Bedi to name their second child. “We will, let’s see. We haven’t decided yet. I would love my father to name the baby. I would love my father’s blessings to be upon my children,” he said. Angad added that Bishan was also the one who inspired Mehr’s name.…


Shilpa Shetty: Kundra’s App Hotshot Are Not ‘Pornography But Erotica’

After the Mumbai Crime Branch carried out a 6 long hour search at Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra’s Juhu residence on Friday evening, the investigating team left the premises after recording the actress’ statement in the pornography case. Now according to a Mid-Day report, Shilpa Shetty has so far denied her involvement in the alleged offence of transmission of sexually explicit content. Reportedly, Shilpa has also claimed while recording her statement to the investigating team that films available on Kundra’s app Hotshot are not ‘pornography but erotica’ while citing ‘more obscene’ examples from other OTT platforms. Meanwhile, the Crime Branch has also seized electronic gadgets during the house raid. Sources close to the investigation have revealed that Shilpa’s involvement in the case is being probed right now. The source revealed, “The reason Shilpa has come under the scanner is that she resigned from the director’s position at Viaan Industries.”…

Fitness Health & Lifestyle

Amyra Dastur New Fitness Video Will Motivate You To Hit Gym

 Amyra Dastur’s new video will have you motivated to hit the gym and get your workout cycle back on track. The star loves keeping herself motivated to stay fit and healthy by mixing several routines in her regimen, be it yoga or weightlifting exercises. Read on to know all about her latest gym clip. Amyra took to Instagram today to share a reel, which was a compilation of all the training she did this week. She added that Fitness Friday never felt this good. Amyra captioned the reel, “#fitnessfriday never felt so good A round up of all the training for the week. #fitnesslifestyle #fitnessgirl #gymgirl #fitnessmotivation #workoutroutine #fitnessisalifestyle.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Amyra Dastur (@amyradastur93) The video begins with Amyra doing a Deadlift with a barbell, followed by Barbell squats, Suspension Mountain climbers, Pelvic thrusts with a barbell, Dumbbell press,…


Shilpa Shetty Requests Fan To Watch ‘Hungama 2’

‘Hungama 2 involves the relentless efforts of an entire team that’s worked very hard to make a good film, and the film shouldn’t suffer… ever!’ shares Shilpa Shetty Kundra as she is all set to grace the OTT screens with her comeback film. Sharing the poster on her Instagram handle , the actress also added, “I believe and practice the teachings of Yoga,“The only place where life exists is the present moment, NOW.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Shilpa Shetty Kundra (@theshilpashetty) On a closing note the actress wrote, “So today, I request you all to watch Hungama 2 with your families to put a smile on your face and for the sake of every single person attached to the film. Thank you???????? With gratitude, Shilpa Shetty Kundra ????????????” ‘Hungama 2’ is a part of the Hungama franchise. Helmed by Priyadarshan, the first movie…

Health & Lifestyle Vogue

Malaika Arora’s Olive-Green Halter Neck Dress Is Love: Check Video

Malaika Arora is chic and sexy in an olive-green halter neck dress she wore while lounging at her home. When it comes to fashion, there’s rarely any look that Malaika Arora cannot pull off. The star is known for making impeccable style choices and giving the fashion world some major sartorial moments, be it on the red carpet or at home.  Taking to Instagram on Friday, July 23, Malaika posted a reel in which she posed for the camera while lounging at her home. She slipped into a chic and sexy olive-green ensemble for the video and had the internet swooning. Malaika opted for a monotone attire in the video, which she captioned, “OLIVE…” She made a case for the olive-green ensembles in monsoon, hence the caption, in the post. The outfit that Malaika donned in the clip featured a halter neck crop top that hinted at her toned…

Entertainment TV/Web

‘Chutzpah’ Is About The Dark Side Of Social Media

Chutzpah review: SonyLIV’s new web series is about the dark side of social media, starring Varun Sharma, Manjot Singh and Elnaaz Norouzi, is uninspired and inconsistent. With the ubiquity of social media, millions across the world are seduced by the lure of a virtual world which promises instant validation in the form of likes, comments and retweets. Sony LIV’s new show, Chutzpah, explores how all that glitters is not gold, and how the envy-inducing online avatar is more often than not an #instasham. But in doing so, it uses hackneyed tropes, including a social media sensation struggling with body image issues and a John Tucker Must Die-esque conspiracy to bring down a misogynistic womaniser. Directed by Simarpreet Singh, Chutzpah has distinct yet interconnected stories. Kevin Paul (Gautam Mehra) is a content creator, whose defining trait is reminding everyone to ‘like, share, comment’, and who is…

Entertainment Film Reviews

14 Phere Review: Family Comedy That Begins Strong But Finishes Weak

14 Phere movie cast: Vikrant Massey, Kriti Kharbanda, Vinit Singh, Gauahar Khan, Jameel Khan, Yamini Das, Priyanshu Singh 14 Phere movie director: Devanshu Singh 14 Phere movie rating: 1.5 stars 14 Phere Streaming On ZEE 5 STORY: College sweethearts Aditi Karwasra (Kriti Kharbanda) and Sanjay Lal Singh (Vikrant Massey) have a picture-perfect life and love story. While the two have a successful career at the same company in Delhi, they both hail from orthodox families. Trouble in paradise begins when they decide to get married. But Sanjay is a Rajput from Bihar and Aditi is a Jat from Rajasthan and their families won’t tolerate any alliance outside their castes. In order to get married to each other, while keeping their parents happy, the duo plot an elaborate plan with their friends and colleagues from work. What unfolds next is a series of twists, misadventures that threaten to mar…

Fitness Health & Lifestyle

Shilpa Shetty Performs Tratak Meditation: Check Video

Shilpa Shetty has not just always impressed with her acting prowess but also with her dedication to fitness. The actor needs no introduction when it comes to yoga and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. She regularly posts videos and pictures of her doing yoga and meditation on her social media accounts. Recently, Shilpa shared a video of her doing Tratak meditation and also listed its various benefits. “We may not always have the power to change what’s happening around us, but we can definitely control what happens within. That is possible only through yoga. Give yourself the ability to calm the mind, reduce unwanted thoughts, centre your wandering attention, and improve your focus through Tratak meditation,” Shetty captioned her post. Take a look: View this post on Instagram A post shared by Shilpa Shetty Kundra (@theshilpashetty) According to yoga expert Sumit Sharma, “Tratak is one of the…

National News Politics

‘Pegasus snooping fake news’

Blasting at lawmakers of the Mamata Banerjee’s party, Meenakshi Lekhi said the behaviour of TMC MPs was shameful. The issue of ‘Pegasus spyware scandal’ is fake news. BJP MP and Minister of State (MoS) Meenakshi Lekhi lashed out at the opposition after TMC MPs tore papers and flung them into the air when Union IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw was reading a statement on the alleged snooping using an Israeli company spyware Pegasus. Blasting lawmakers of the Mamata Banerjee’s party, Meenakshi Lekhi said the behaviour of TMC MPs was shameful. The issue of the alleged ‘Pegasus spyware scandal’ is fake news. Referring to the names surfaced in the ‘Pegasus scandal’ list, Meenakshi Lekhi said that the list was fake, alleging the opposition was trying to defame the country and manipulate people. Speaking on TMC MPs conduct in the House, Meenakshi Lekhi said, “This sort of behaviour…

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