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Ten CRPF personnel were injured, some of them critically, when a truck carrying them overturned after losing control while trying to save some bovine animals in Jharkhand's Giridih district on Friday, police said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a 2-day tour of his home state Gujarat, on Friday inaugurated the world's first ever technology driven nutrition park for children amid other projects. The park has hundreds of medicinal plants and herbs and also provides information about their usage and importance. The prime minister paid last tribute to Keshubhai Patel, Former Chief Minister of Gujarat, at the latter's residence in Gandhinagar. Keshubhai Patel passed away yesterday.

A strong earthquake struck between the Turkish coast and the Greek island of Samos, collapsing several buildings in Turkey's western Izmir province and leaving at least four people dead.

 
The situation remained tense across France as President Emmanuel Macron condemned the "Islamist terrorist attack" in Nice and vowed to take new measures to fight terrorism. "Tomorrow there will be a Defence Council (meeting), in which new measures will be taken," announced Macron when visiting Nice where a knife attacker killed three people at Notre-Dame basilica. 

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Oil falls on demand concerns, posts second monthly decline

Oil prices fell on Friday and posted a second consecutive monthly drop as rising Covid-19 cases in Europe and the United States heightened concerns over the outlook for fuel consumption.
 
Brent crude dropped 19 cents to settle at $37.46 a barrel, after touching a five-month low of $36.64 in the previous session. The front-month Brent contract expired on Friday and the January contract settled down 32 cents.
 
US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude fell 38 cents to settle at $35.79 a barrel, after dipping to its lowest since June on Thursday at $34.92.
 
WTI fell 11 per cent for the month, while Brent dropped 10 per cent.

On election night, Trump says he would probably stay at White House

US President Donald Trump on Friday said he would probably stay at the White House on Election Night, if there are restrictions on celebrations at his Trump International hotel here.
 
Trump is facing Democratic nominee Joe Biden in the November 3 presidential elections.
 
"We haven't made a determination. We have certain rules and regulations. You know Washington DC is shut down. The mayor has shut it down. So we have a hotel (Trump International Hotel).. I don't know if it's shut, if you're allowed to use it or not, but I know the mayor has shut down Washington DC,' Trump told reporters here, when asked where would he be staying on Election Night.

Time for a change to America, on our clocks and watches

It's time for a change for most of the United States.
 
The clock is running out once more for daylight saving time. Standard time begins at 2 a.m. local time Sunday.
 
Until almost next spring, in states red and blue and in between, it'll be lighter earlier in the morning and darker earlier in the evening.

Delhi cabinet approves over Rs 40 crore to give insurance to lawyers

The Delhi cabinet has approved over Rs 40 crore to provide medical insurance of Rs 5 lakh and term insurance of Rs 10 lakh to lawyers, who are residents of the national capital, Law minister Kailash Gahlot said Friday.
 
The lawyers will be insured under the Chief Minister Advocates Welfare Scheme, which was announced by the city government in December 2019. The AAP government had set aside a corpus of Rs 50 crore for the welfare of lawyers under the scheme.
 
"Honble CM @ArvindKejriwal had last year announced CM Adv Welfare Scheme with an allocated budget of Rs 50 Cr. As a final step towards implementation of Scheme, Delhi Cabinet on 29.10.20 has approved expenditure of more than 40.60 Cr for purchase of Life Ins & MediClaim Policies," Gahlot said in a tweet.
 
The chief minister had in November last year set up a 13 member committee, headed by the Supreme Court Bar Association president Rakesh Kumar Khanna, to recommend ways for utilisation of the fund for welfare of advocates. READ ON...

PM Narendra Modi visits Statue of Unity in Gujarat's Kevadia

Uttar Pradesh sets record in sanitiser production, over 17 million litres made since March

Uttar Pradesh has set a record of sorts by producing over 1.7 crore litres of sanitizer since March when the lockdown was imposed following the Covid-19 pandemic. Additional Chief Secretary, Cane Development and Excise, Sanjay Bhoosreddy said that the sanitizer production capacity of the state was around six lakh litres per day.
 
"The demand was rather high in the beginning and sanitizer production escalated. The demand has now stabilized," he said.
 
He further said that the total production of sanitizer in the state was highest when compared with other states. He said that cane mills and distilleries had been roped in by the state government in the production of sanitizer which was not only supplied to the government departments and hospitals in the state, but also exported to other states, including Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.

 

Air quality 'very poor' in Noida, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon, Faridabad

The air quality largely remained "very poor" in Noida Greater Noida, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon and Faridabad in the National Capital Region on Thursday, according to a government agency. Concentration of major air pollutants PM 2.5 and PM 10 also remained high in the five immediate neighbours of Delhi, according to the air quality index (AQI) maintained by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).
 
According to the index, an AQI between zero and 50 is considered 'good', 51 and 100 'satisfactory', 101 and 200 'moderate', 201 and 300 'poor', 301 and 400 'very poor', and 401 and 500 'severe'.
 
The average 24-hour AQI was 394 in Greater Noida, 382 in Ghaziabad, 379 in Noida, 367 in Gurgaon, 337 in Faridabad, according to the CPCB's Sameer app at 4 pm on Friday.

Latest News LIVE updates: 120 injured, four dead after earthquake in Turkey

A strong earthquake struck Friday between the Turkish coast and the Greek island of Samos, collapsing several buildings in Turkey's western Izmir province and leaving at least four people dead.
 
Dozens more were injured, while some damage to buildings and the road network, and four light injuries were also reported on Samos.
 
Turkey's Health Minister Fahrettin Koca tweeted that four people were killed in Izmir and 120 were injured. He said 38 ambulances, two ambulance helicopters and 35 medical rescue teams were working in Izmir.
 
The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.9 with an epicenter 13 kilometers (8 miles) north northeast of the Greek island of Samos. The United States Geological Survey put the magnitude at 7.0. It is common for preliminary magnitudes to differ in the early hours and days after a quake. Multiple aftershocks struck the region.

Khadi sales pick up on PM Modi's appeal, 1.9 million masks sold in 5 months

Mahatma Gandhi emphasised on the use of Khadi and later Khadi Village industry was started on his name. However, gradually people started loosing interest in Khadi but in the last few years people have started showing interest in Khadi products again. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also talked about Khadi in his 'Mann ki Baat' program. Surprisingly, masks are the best-selling Khadi products followed by fabric, honey and groceries and then handkerchiefs.
 
Despite coronavirus spread, people are visiting Khadi India outlets every day to buy Khadi products. Handmade indigenous 'Khadi' cloth is preferred among Indians as a legacy of Mahatma Gandhi.
 
People have started to like Khadi products after repeated appeal of Prime Minister. The number of people who like Khadi and shop for Khadi products is increasing every day. READ ON...

 
 
 

PM Modi inaugurates dynamic dam lighting for Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat's Kevadia

PM Modi inaugurates Statue of Unity website and Kevadia mobile application in Gujarat's Kevadia

OBC reservation to be introduced in Sainik schools from 2021-22: Defence Secretary

Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar on Friday said 27 per cent seats in Sainik schools will be reserved for other backward classes (OBCs) from the academic session of 2021-22. The Sainik Schools Society, which works under the Ministry of Defence, manages 33 such residential schools in the country, according to a PTI report.
 
"OBC reservation to be introduced in Sainik Schools from the year 2021-22," Kumar said on Twitter and posted images of an October 13 circular that was sent to principals of all Sainik schools across the country.
 
The circular said 67 per cent of the seats in a Sainik school are reserved for candidates from the state or the Union Territory in which the school is located and the remaining 33 per cent is reserved for those who come from outside that state or UT. These two lists will be termed List A and List B.
 
The circular said within each list, 15 per cent seats are reserved for Scheduled Castes, 7.5 per cent seats are for Scheduled Tribes and 27 per cent seats are for non-creamy layer OBCs. It stated this reservation policy will come into effect from the academic session of 2021-22.

Need to strengthen synergy among law enforcement agencies in India: CBI Chief

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director Rishi Kumar Shukla has stressed on the need to strengthen the synergy between law enforcement agencies within India and for continuous capacity building through training. Shukla made the remarks during the culmination of a three-day virtual national conference on vigilance and anti-corruption on Thursday.
 
According to a CBI statement, Shukla spoke about strengthening synergy among law enforcement agencies and for continuous capacity building through training.
 
The CBI Director also stressed on sustained deterring action against corruption through speedy investigation and expeditious prosecution of cases. He appreciated the overwhelming response from States/UTs/Central Agencies and their contributions to the deliberations and thanked them for their whole-hearted participation.

Strong Aegean Sea earthquake topples buildings in Turkey

A strong earthquake in the Aegean Sea has shaken Turkey and Greece. Turkey's interior minister reports that six buildings in western Izmir province were destroyed. Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency said Friday's earthquake was centered in the Aegean at a depth of 16,5 kilometers and registered at a 6.6 magnitude.
 
The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.9, with an epicenter 13 kilometers north northeast of the Greek island of Samos. The United States Geological Survey put the magnitude at 7.0.
 
Turkish media showed wreckage of a multiple-story building in central Izmir, with people climbing it to reach rescuers. Smoke was filmed in several spots in central Izmir. The governor said there was no immediate information on casualties.

MP assembly bypolls: EC revokes star campaigner status of Kamal Nath

The Election Commission on Friday revoked the "star campaigner" status of Congress leader and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath for repeated violations of the model code while campaigning for the bypolls in 28 assembly constituencies in the state.
 
In an order issued on Friday, the Commission said, "...for repeated violation of Model Code of Conduct and for completely disregarding the advisory issued to him, the Commission hereby revokes the status of leader of political party (Star Campaigner) of Kamal Nath, Ex-Chief Minister, Madhya Pradesh, with immediate effect for the current Bye-elections of Legislative Assembly of Madhya Pradesh."
 
It said no permission will be granted by authorities to Kamal Nath as a star campaigner.
 
"However, if any campaign is done by Kamal Nath from now onwards, the entire expenditure related to travel, stay and visit will be completely borne by the candidate in whose constituency he carries out campaigning," he said.

15th Finance Commission finalises report, to submit it to president on Nov 9

The 15th Finance Commission will submit its report for fiscal years 2021-22 to 2025-26 to President Ram Nath Kovind on November 9, an official statement said on Friday. The commission under Chairman N K Singh on Friday concluded its deliberations on the report.
 
The report was signed by Singh and members of the commission -- Ajay Narayan Jha, Anoop Singh, Ashok Lahiri and Ramesh Chand.
 
"The commission had sought time to present its report to the Honourable President of India. It has now been communicated by the office of the president that the report submission will be on November 9, 2020," the statement said. The commission will also present a copy of the report to Prime Minister Narendra Modi later next month.

Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh orders 100% waiver of Motor Vehicle Tax till December 31

Second round of coal mine auctioning starts Nov 2, 19 blocks on offer

The auctioning of coal mines for commercial mining and sale of coal will commence on November 2, with 19 coal blocks going under the hammer. This will be the second and final round of the auction process wherein interested bidders will submit their financial bids in real-time on an online platform. This is the first time India is offering coal mines to private companies for commercial sale.
 
Adani Enterprises (AEL) through its various companies, Hindalco, Jindal Power, JSW Steel, Vedanta, and Welspun Steel, are in the fray for these mines. There are various non-coal companies, medium-sized enterprises, and state government mining companies participating in the auction.
 
Senior officials said the technically qualified bidders will be announced two hours prior to the bidding on Monday. The e-auction is being conducted on the e-commerce portal of state-owned MSTC. READ ON...

All you need to know about Gujarat's 'nutrition park' PM Modi inaugurated

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a 2-day tour of his home state Gujarat, on Friday inaugurated the world's first ever technology driven nutrition park for children amid other projects. This sprawling nutrition park is spread over an area of 35,000 sq ft. A Nutri Train runs across the park to various exciting theme based stations namely 'Phalshaka Griham', 'Payonagari', 'Annapoorna', 'Poshan Puran', and 'Swastha Bharatam'. It will raise nutritional awareness through fun means, believes the government.
 
Prime Minister Modi also took a ride in the 'Nutri Train' in Kevadia, which is close to the iconic Statue of Unity. He was accompanied by Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani.
 
There are more ways available for what the government is calling 'edutainment' (which is a combination of education and entertainment) in the park. Activities like Mirror Maze, 5D Virtual reality theatre and augmented reality games are part of that larger scheme of things.

PM Modi at aviary of Sardar Patel Zoological Park in Gujarat's Narmada district

10 CRPF jawans injured as truck overturns in Jharkhand

Ten CRPF personnel were injured, some of them critically, when a truck carrying them overturned after losing control while trying to save some bovine animals in Jharkhand's Giridih district on Friday, police said.
 
The incident took place in Madhuban police station area when around 25 jawans of the Central Reserve Police Force's 154th Battalion were being transported from Madhuban to Nimiaghat, a police officer said.
 
Some cattle suddenly came in front of the CRPF truck and the driver tried to manoeuvre to save them, following which the vehicle overturned, the officer said. The injured jawans have been admitted to a local hospital and it is being discussed whether to airlift the two-three personnel who are in critical condition, he added.

PM Narendra Modi inaugurated Sardar Patel Zoological Park in Gujarat's Narmada district

Indian Navy's Guided Missile Corvette INSKora hits the target at max range with precise accuracy in Bay of Bengal

Govt to provide production-linked incentives to more sectors: Niti Aayog

The government will introduce the production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme for more sectors to boost domestic manufacturing, Niti Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar said on Friday. Addressing a virtual event organised by industry body FICCI, Kumar also highlighted the government's efforts to push electric mobility or e-mobility in the country.
 
He said "85 per cent of vehicles on the street are two- and three-wheelers and we want to shift them to electric mobility going forward. We have finalised standard of charging for two- and three-wheelers," he said.
 
On opportunities and facilities for investors, Kumar said, "We will, while attracting FDI, also repose our faith and trust in those who have already invested in India. And we want to recognise them by giving much better logistics, much better infrastructure."

Tencent Games terminates all services, access for Pubg Mobile users in India

Chinese company Tencent Games on Friday said it is terminating all services and access for Pubg Mobile users in India to comply with the government order last month. On September 2, India banned 118 mobile apps with Chinese links, including popular game Pubg Mobile, citing data privacy concerns and a threat to national security, according to a PTI report.
 
This took the total count of Chinese-linked mobile apps banned by India to 224.
 
"Tencent Games will terminate all service and access for users in India to Pubg Mobile Nordic Map: Livik and Pubg Mobile Lite, together "Pubg Mobile" on October 30, 2020. The rights to publish Pubg Mobile in India will be returned to the owner of the Pubg intellectual property," Pubg Mobile India page on a social media website said.

Bihar elections: BJP National President J P Nadda addresses a public rally in Begusarai

Significant improvement in Delhi's air quality likely in next 2 days: SAFAR

A significant improvement is likely in the national capital's air quality over the next two days, a central government air quality monitoring agency said onFriday.
 
The Ministry of Earth Sciences' air quality monitor, SAFAR, said that the share of stubble burning in Delhi's PM2.5 pollution was 19 per cent on Friday. It was 36 per cent on Thursday, the maximum so far this season, 18 per cent on Wednesday, 23 per cent on Tuesday, 16 per cent on Monday, 19 per cent on Sunday and nine per cent on Saturday.
 
The number of farm fires in neighbouring states dropped from 2,912 on Wednesday the highest so far this season to 1,143 on Thursday. Delhi's overall air quality index (AQI) has improved marginally as predicted and remains in the high end of the very poor category, it said. READ ON...

150 hockey players resume sports activities in Maharashtra

A total of 150 players have resumed limited sports activities in Maharashtra in accordance with the Ministry of Home Affairs' (MHA) recent guidelines amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
 
The players, who are above the age of 17, are slowly finding their groove on the field after being away from the pitch for many months due to the coronavirus pandemic. The players and the coaches of the state member unit, who are currently building towards their next domestic tournament - district league matches, are following all the necessary protocols provided to them by Hockey India, stated Hockey India in a release.

Assembly Polls: Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan addresses a public rally in Morena

PM Narendra Modi inaugurates 'Arogya Van' in Narmada

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated 'Arogya Van' in Kevadia. The Prime Minister also took a tour of 'Arogya Van' after inaugurating it. The park has hundreds of medicinal plants and herbs and also provides information about their usage and importance. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Governor Acharya Devvrat were also present.
 
PM Modi is on a two-day visit to the state, the first time since the Covid-19 outbreak and the subsequent lockdown in March, to mark Rashtriya Ekta Diwas, celebrating the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Modi met the family members of brothers Mahesh and Naresh Kanodia, who passed away recently, on Friday. The Prime Minister offered his tributes to the brothers and also spoke with the family members at their residence.

PM Narendra Modi rides in 'Nutri Train' at Children Nutrition Park in Kevadia

PM Narendra Modi inaugurates Ekta Mall

Congress to observe Kisan Adhikar Diwas on Oct 31

Stepping up its support to the farmers in the wake of enactment of three contentious agriculture-related central laws, the Congress on Friday said it would observe October 31 -- the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and death anniversary of late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi -- as 'Kisan Adhikar Diwas'. Party's state leaders and activists will hold 'satyagraha' between 10 am and 4 pm at district headquarters to protest against the farm laws brought forth by the Narendra Modi government.

Trump's diversity training order faces lawsuit

Three civil rights groups filed a lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump's executive order that prohibits federal agencies, contractors and grant recipients from offering certain diversity training that the president deems anti-American." The NAACP Legal Defense Fund filed the complaint Thursday in federal court in Washington, D.C., along with the National Urban League and the National Fair Housing Alliance. The lawsuit argued that Trump's order violates free speech rights and strangles workplace attempts to address systemic race and sex discrimination. The National Urban League and the National Fair Housing Alliance both have federal contracts and plan to apply for future ones.

China's leaders vow to become self-reliant technology power

China's leaders are vowing to make their country a self-reliant technology power as a feud with Washington cuts access to US computer chips and other high-tech components, hampering Beijing's industrial ambitions. Leaders of the ruling Communist Party made the announcement on Thursday after a meeting to draft a development blueprint for the state-dominated economy over the next five years. President Xi Jinping's government is trying to limit damage from the Trump administration's curbs on technology sales to China in a fight over security and spying.

India to offer production-linked incentives to more sectors - official

India is working to offer production-linked incentives to more sectors to boost domestic manufacturing, a top government official said on Friday, bolstering efforts to attract new investments in its coronavirus-stricken economy. The Cabinet will soon consider approving such incentives for more sectors, Rajiv Kumar, vice chairman of NITI Aayog, a government think-tank told a virtual conference. Kumar didn't specify which sectors might be made eligible for the incentives.

 

Oil losses deepen, set for second monthly fall as virus spread

Global oil prices fell more than 1% on Friday, extending losses and on track for a second monthly fall, on growing concerns that the rise in COVID-19 cases in Europe and the United States could hurt fuel consumption. Brent crude slipped for a third day and was down 51 cents, 1.4%, at $37.14 a barrel by 0628 GMT after touching a five-month low in the previous session. December Brent contract expires on Friday. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude declined 48 cents, or 1.3%, to $35.69 a barrel after dipping to its lowest since June on Thursday. "With a European slowdown jeopardising global consumption and the return of Libyan production, the onus must now fall on OPEC+ to reconsider their 2 million barrel per day production increases in January," said Jeffrey Halley, senior market analyst, Asia Pacific, OANDA in Singapore

Terrorist hideout busted in J-K's Rajouri district

Security forces on Friday busted a terrorist hideout in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district and recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition, including explosives, automatic rifles and pistols, officials said. Based on specific information, joint parties of the Jammu and Kashmir Police and the 38 Rashtriya Rifles launched an operation in a dense forest area near Gambhir Mughlan and found an underground hideout built of stones, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Rajouri, Chandan Kohli said.

Apple sees record Sept qtr in India

Tech giant Apple has posted a record September quarter revenue of USD 64.7 billion, with strong performance across markets including India. "Geographically, we set September quarter records in the Americas, Europe and Rest of Asia Pacific. We also set a September quarter record in India, thanks in part to a very strong reception to this quarter's launch of our online store in the country," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in an earnings call. In September, Apple launched its first online store in India - a market that is dominated by Android smartphones. Apple, which competes in the premium smartphone segment in India with players like Samsung and OnePlus, has been aggressively ramping up its presence in the Indian market. The US-based company, in collaboration with partners like Wistron and Foxconn, had recently started assembling iPhone 11 in India.

 

Trump election rallies are 'super-spreader' events: Biden

The election rallies of Donald Trump are "super-spreader events", Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has alleged and questioned the US president's efforts in addressing the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic. The raging coronavirus outbreak has become a key issue in the November 3 presidential election between 74-year-old Trump, a Republican, and 77-year-old Biden, a former US vice president. The US has so far recorded 8,945,891 COVID-19 cases and 228,668 deaths -- both the numbers highest in the world. Donald Trump just had a super-spreader event here again. They are spending more than just coronavirus; he is spreading division and discord, Biden, 77, said at a drive-in election rally in Tampa, hours after the president and First Lady Melania Trump addressed a huge crowd in the city in Florida, a battleground state.

 

PM to inaugurate Sardar Patel Zoological Park today

Farooq Abdullah prevented from leaving residence to offer prayers, claims NC

The National Conference (NC) on Friday claimed that authorities in Jammu and Kashmir prevented its president Farooq Abdullah from leaving his residence to offer prayers at the Hazratbal shrine here on the occasion of Milad-un-Nabi. No official from the administration was available for comments on the issue. "J&K administration has blocked the residence of Party President Dr Farooq Abdullah and stopped him from offering prayers at Dargah Hazratbal. JKNC condemns this infringement of fundamental right to pray, especially on the auspicious occasion of Milad Un Nabi SAW," the NC said on its Twitter handle.

 

Nadda condoles killing of BJP workers in J-K

BJP president JP Nadda on Friday said the sacrifice of three party workers killed by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir will not go in vain. Fida Hussain, Umer Hajam and Umer Rashid Beigh were shot dead by militants in Y K Pora area of Kulgam district late on Thursday evening. The Resistance Front (TRF), believed to be a shadow group of the Lashkar-e-Taiba, had claimed responsibility for the killings. In a tweet, Nadda said the whole society stands with the bereaved families.

On virus, Trump and health advisers go their separate ways

A multi-state coronavirus surge in the countdown to Election Day has exposed a clear split between President Donald Trump's bullish embrace of a return to normalcy and urgent public warnings from the government's top health officials. It's the opposite of what usually happens in a public health crisis, because political leaders tend to repeat and amplify the recommendations of their health experts, not short-circuit them. It's extremely unusual for there to be simultaneous contrary messaging, said John Auerbach, who heads the nonpartisan Trust for America's Health.


India and US discuss UNSC agenda, agree to work closely together

India and the US have held wide ranging discussions on issues on the UN Security Council agenda and agreed to work closely given their shared values of democracy, pluralism and rule-based international order, officials here said. Earlier this year, India, along with Mexico and Ireland, was elected a non-permanent member for a two-year term starting January 1, 2021. The consultations between India and the US are reflective of the efforts on the part of the two countries to coordinate on a host of global issues that would come up before the powerful organ of the United Nations next year. Both sides held wide ranging discussions on issues on the UN Security Council agenda and recent developments, the Embassy of India here said in a statement on Thursday.

 

PM Modi arrives on two-day Gujarat visit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived on Friday morning on a two-day Gujarat trip during which he is scheduled to launch a host of projects, including a seaplane service between Kevadiya and Ahmedabad, and visit the Statue of Unity, said an official. Upon his arrival at the Ahmedabad airport, he was welcomed by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Governor Acharya Devvrat. This is the PM's first visit to his home state after the coronavirus outbreak. From the airport, Modi would leave for Gandhinagar to meet the grieving family of former Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP stalwart KeshubhaiPatel, who died on Thursday. He is also expected to meet the family members of Gujarati cinema superstar Naresh Kanodia and his music composer-brother Mahesh Kanodia, both of whom died recently.

AIIMS Bhubaneswar OPD services to reopen from November 2

After keeping its Out-Patient Department (OPD) services closed for over three months, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Bhubaneswar has decided to open the facility for patients from November 2. "Because of the growing demands and to cater to patients' needs, it has been decided to start the OPD services from November 2," the AIIMS, Bhubaneswar said in a statement on Thursday. The OPD was closed from July 10 due to COVID pandemic except for day-care services, radiotherapy, dialysis, trauma and the emergency and lifesaving surgery and IPD services.

 

Delhi air quality continues to be 'severe'

Air quality in Delhi continued to be severely polluted with parts of the city recording Air Quality Index (AQI) in the "severe" category on Friday. As per the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Anand Vihar recorded an AQI of 408, while Bawana, Patparganj and Wazirpur recorded AQIs of 447, 404 and 411 respectively, all four in the "severe" category. An AQI between 0-50 is marked good, 51-100 is satisfactory, 101-200 is moderate, 201-300 is poor, 301-400 is very poor and 401-500 is considered severe.

Cong leader among 2 killed in cylinder blast in UP

A local Congress leader Asim Khan and another person were killed and seven others injured in a fire triggered by an LPG cylinder blast at a firecracker-making unit in the Sardhana area of Meerut. The incident happened on Thursday. The impact of the blast was so strong that the house of the Congress city unit chief, where the illegal factory was allegedly being run, came down and several adjoining houses and shops were also damaged. Police and fire teams were pressed into service for the rescue operations. Seven persons, including two children were pulled out of the debris and taken to a hospital.

PM Modi arrives in Ahmedabad on a two day visit

Pompeo wraps up anti-China tour of Asia in Vietnam

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is wrapping up an anti-China tour of Asia in Vietnam as the fierce American presidential election race enters its final stretch With just four days left in the campaign in which China has been a central theme, Pompeo was visiting Hanoi on Friday ostensibly to celebrate 25 years of U.S.-Vietnam relations. But as he has at his previous stops in India, Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Indonesia, Pompeo is expected to highlight the Trump administration's antipathy toward China, its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, its human rights record and aggressiveness towards its smaller neighbours.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, arrives at the airport in New Delhi
 

6 killed as vehicle overturns in Andhra's East Godavari

At least six people were killed after a vehicle carrying a marriage party overturned in Thantikonda village of East Godavari district in the wee hours of Friday. As per reports, the incident took place around 3.30 am on Friday, when the van carrying 15 people was returning from a wedding when due to alleged brake failure the vehicle overturned. The injured were shifted to a hospital in Rajahmundry.

Hurricane Zeta leaves thousands without power in Louisiana

Over half a million people were left without electricity in the US state of Louisiana after Category 2 Hurricane Zeta made landfall along the Gulf Coast, authorities said. At the peak, about 531,000 people were without power in the state, Xinhua news agency quoted Louisiana governor's office as saying on Thursday citing numbers from the Public Service Commission. In the area of New Orleans, about 470,000 people were without power Thursday morning, energy companies said. Local media quoted power companies as saying that power will be restored some time this weekend. In some areas, people have to wait as long as 10 days before the service is restored.

 

Watch | Air quality falls in Delhi

Air pollution continues to rise in Delhi as Air Quality Index (AQI) deteriorates; morning visuals from India Gate.

UN chief has plan for eventual peacekeeping exit from Congo

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has proposed a plan with benchmarks that would allow the more than 18,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping force in Congo to progressively transfer its activities to Congolese authorities. In a 15-page letter to the U.N. Security Council obtained Thursday by The Associated Press, the U.N. chief said the peacekeeping mission and the Congolese government agreed on the broad strategy on October 19 and will continue a dialogue on the creation of the conditions for a successful, gradual and responsible exit of the mission. If the council endorses the overall direction of the joint strategy, he said, the U.N. will develop a transition plan with additional measurable benchmarks, a risk assessment, and roles and responsibilities.

 

EU leaders condemn 'terrorist attacks' in France

The leaders of the European Union (EU) issued a joint statement condemning "terrorist attacks" in France, after the latest one in Nice left at least three dead and several injured. "We, European Leaders, are shocked and saddened by the terrorist attacks in France. We condemn in the strongest possible terms these attacks which represent attacks on our shared values," read the statement released on Thursday, Xinhua news agency reported. Vowing to continue the "fight against terrorism and violent extremism," the leaders called on their counterparts around the world to "work towards dialogue and understanding among communities and religions rather than division."

 

India asks Saudi Arabia to fix map on banknote that left out J-K, Ladakh

India has asked Saudi Arabia to take corrective steps on the misrepresentation of its territorial boundaries on a new bank note. The world map on the new 20 Riyal banknote, released to mark Saudi Arabia's presidency of the G20 grouping, does not feature Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh as part of India. MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said India has asked Saudi Arabia to take "urgent corrective steps" in the matter, and emphasized that the entire Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh are integral parts of the country.

 

Twitter warns U.S. election could affect ad sales, shares drop 16%

Twitter Inc on Thursday added fewer users than Wall Street had expected and said a rise in expenses would accelerate in the fourth quarter, sending its shares tumbling 16%. The San Francisco-based social media company said it expected expenses to increase by close to 20% in the fourth quarter compared with a year ago due to an increase in investments. The company also cautioned that it was hard to predict how advertisers would react as the U.S. presidential election nears on Nov. 3.

MSME sector created 11 crore jobs in India: Nitin Gadkari

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said that the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector is the backbone of the Indian economy and has created 11 crore jobs so far. "Presently, MSME is the most important sector for the country. I say it is the backbone of Indian economy," Gadkari said at the 'Namaste Bharat Exhibition'. "It contributes 30 per cent to GDP. As far as export is concerned, it is 48 per cent. Up till now, 11 crore jobs have been created by the MSME sector," he added.

NASA's OSIRIS-REx successfully stows sample of asteroid Bennu

NASA's Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission has successfully stowed the spacecraft's Sample Return Capsule (SRC) and its abundant sample of asteroid Bennu. On Wednesday, Oct. 28, the mission team sent commands to the spacecraft, instructing it to close the capsule - marking the end of one of the most challenging phases of the mission, according to an official release. "This achievement by OSIRIS-REx on behalf of NASA and the world has lifted our vision to the higher things we can achieve together, as teams and nations," said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.

The spacecraft carried out TAG autonomously, with pre-programmed instructions from engineers on Earth. (NASA)

Single-use plastic & polythene bags to remain prohibited in Ambala from Nov 1

Single-use plastic & polythene bags will remain prohibited in Ambala, with effect from Nov 1. Secretary of Municipal Corporation, Ambala City says, "Awareness is being created among people & announcements are also being made. Polythene and single-use plastic are lethal."  Shopkeepers are being requested not to use polythene bags to give goods to customers. Customers should refuse to accept such bags. If they don't agree, they'll be penalised, he added. 

Nice under lockdown as terror attacker kills three

The attack in Mediterranean city of Nice was the third in less than two months that French authorities have attributed to Muslim extremists, including the beheading of a teacher who had shown caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in class after the images were re-published by a satirical newspaper targeted in a 2015 attack. Thursday's attacker was seriously wounded by police and hospitalised in life-threatening condition after the killings at the Notre Dame Basilica. The imposing edifice is located half a mile (less than a kilometer) from the site where another attacker plowed a truck into a crowd on France's national day in 2016, killing dozens.

 

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