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Three people have reportedly died and several others injured in the arson that resulted after an inflammatory social media post in parts of East Bengaluru. Over 100 rioters have been arrested, said the police on Wednesday. Around 60 police personnel have sustained injuries in the violent incidents of stone pelting and attacks by rioters that erupted on Tuesday evening. Police had to resort to firing in order to bring the situation under control. Prohibitory orders have been imposed in the city while curfew was clamped in the D.J. Halli and K.G. Halli police station limits..

Meanwhile, as Russia launches the world's first coronavirus vaccine, Sputnik V, India’s expert group on vaccine administration will meet today to discuss suitable selection, delivery, procurement of the coronavirus vaccine, the health ministry said on Tuesday.

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China says frozen chicken wings from Brazil tested positive for Covid

Consumers in the Chinese city of Shenzhen have been urged to exercise caution when buying imported frozen food after a surface sample of chicken wings from Brazil tested positive for coronavirus, according to a statement from the local government.
The positive sample appears to have been taken from the surface of the meat, while previously reported positive cases from other Chinese cities have been from the surface of packaging on imported frozen seafood.
The chicken came from an Aurora Alimentos plant in the southern state of Santa Catarina, according to a registration number given in the statement.

22% of Nepal workforce lost jobs during pandemic, senior banker says

Nepalese businesses have laid off 22.5 per cent of their workers as measures to contain the novel coronavirus hit tourism and other activities, a senior central bank official said on Thursday, citing a study of the economic impact of the outbreak.
The study of nearly 700 enterprises in 52 of the Himalayan national districts, conducted by the central bank in June, showed most jobs lost in hotels and restaurants followed by agriculture, forestry, fisheries, and the wholesale and retail sectors.
Nepal imposed a nationwide lockdown in March after reporting two confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus.

Hindustan Aeronautics' light combat chopper cutting its teeth in Ladakh

A day after the Ministry of Defence (MoD) cleared the acquisition of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd’s (HAL’s) HTT-40 basic trainer aircraft, HAL announced that its light combat helicopter (LCH) is also ready for combat deployment.
“In light of the prevailing situation on the (Ladakh) border, two HAL-produced LCHs have been deployed for operations at high altitude in the Leh sector,” the company announced on Wednesday.
“The Vice Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Harjit Singh Arora, took part in one such operation recently by taking off from a high-altitude location to a forward area for a simulated attack on a high-altitude target. This was followed by a landing at one of the most treacherous helipads in the region,” stated HAL. Read more

Oil spill in Venezuela stains treasured Caribbean beaches

An oil spill in Venezuela has coated a stretch of the crisis-wracked nation's Caribbean coastline, treasured for its white sand beaches, clusters of small islands and wildlife.
Fisherman and locals living around Morrocoy National Park began reporting oil washing ashore last week and it has coated roughly 9 miles (15 kilometers) of beaches. The area popular with tourists is located 180 miles (300 kilometers) from the capital of Caracas.
Venezuelan authorities acknowledged the spill, saying they're containing and cleaning it up, but so they far haven't said what caused it.

7 injured in blast in Pakistan's Balochistan

A powerful explosion in Pakistan's restive Balochistan province on Wednesday left at least seven persons injured, the police said.

The blast took place in one of Quetta's commercial areas on Barori road, the latest in a string of attacks in the recent weeks in the troubled province.

Officials said that the injured, including a 15-year old boy, have been rushed to a nearby hospital.

RBI asks UCBs to implement system-based asset classification

The Reserve Bank has asked urban co-operative banks to implement system-based asset classification.
The move is expected to improve the efficiency, transparency and integrity of the current asset classification system in UCBs.
Accordingly, system-based asset classification is a better process to reflect a bank's actual financial health in its balance sheet.
The RBI on Wednesday said that UCBs having total assets of Rs 2,000 crore or above as on March 31, 2020 shall implement system-based asset classification with effect from June 30, 2021

Moderate rains likely in Pune till August 17: IMD

Moderate rains are likely in Pune and adjoining areas in the next five to six days, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Wednesday.
Dr Anupam Kashyapi, head, weather department, IMD Pune, said that along with moderate rainfall till August 17 in Pune and adjoining areas, heavy to very heavy rains are likely in isolated locations in the ghat areas.

Kerala landslide toll reaches 55, flood situation deteriorates in Bihar

The death toll in the landslide in Kerala's Idukki district rose to 55 on Wednesday as three more bodies were retrieved from under the debris while the flood situation worsened in Bihar but improved slightly in Assam.
While 16 districts of Uttar Pradesh too are affected by floods, several parts of the country received rains including the national capital which was lashed by heavy showers which ended a prolonged dry spell in the city.
Delhi suffered stifling humidity in the afternoon only to be rewarded with a heavy downpour at night which inundated low-lying areas. Dark clouds hovered over the national capital during the day, but rains kept the residents waiting until after 8 pm.
Earlier, the India Meteorological Department had forecast moderate to heavy rains in the city on Wednesday and Thursday. The Safdarjung Observatory, which provides representative figures for the city, recorded just 0.2 mm rainfall till 5.30 pm.

Gem, jewellery exports dip 38 pc in July: GJEPC

The country's gem and jewellery exports contracted by 38.10 per cent in July to $1.35 billion (around Rs 10,185 crore) due to weak global demand on account of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC).

The exports stood at $ 2.2 billion (around Rs 15,112 crore) in July last year.

The labour-intensive sector contributes about 15 per cent of the country's overall exports.

China, Nepal should support each other's core interests: Chinese official

China and Nepal should firmly support each other's core interests and major concerns, a senior Chinese official said on Wednesday as the two countries held their annual diplomatic consultations.
The 13th round of diplomatic consultations between China's Vice Foreign Minister Luo Zhaohui and Nepal's Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi via video conferencing came amidst Beijing's deepening political and diplomatic influence in the Himalayan nation, including shoring-up support for pro-China Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli in the backdrop of intra-party feud in the ruling communist party.

Latest News LIVE update: CRPF being dispatched to violence-hit areas of Bengaluru

Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Wednesday said six companies of the Central Reserve Police Force are being dispatched to the violence-hit areas of Bengaluru.
Three companies from Hyderabad and three from Chennai will be deployed in DG Halli and K G Halli police station limits where disturbances occurred Tuesday night, after which three people died in police firing, he said in an interaction with reporters at Udupi before leaving for Bengaluru.
He said efforts to vitiate the atmosphere in society through hooliganism which will not be tolerated. Restoration of peace is the priority of the government and strict action will be taken against such elements, he said. Several police personnel were also injured in the clashes. The minister said police had to resort to firing as a last resort.

Karnataka Home Minister says six companies of CRPF being dispatched to violence-hit areas of Bengaluru

146 arrested in Bengaluru violence, DM to hold inquiry: Karnataka home minister

Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai has said that a district magistrate will hold an inquiry into Tuesday's violence in Bengaluru and said so far 146 people have been arrested.
"It has been decided in a meeting with Chief Minister with senior officials that district magistrate will hold an inquiry into the incident as per the guidelines of the National Human Rights Commission. So far, 146 people have been arrested," Bommai told ANI.
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Wednesday informed that directives have been issued to take strict action against accused of Bengaluru violence and asserted that the government has taken all possible steps to curb the situation.
While appealing people to maintain peace, he also said that violence against journalists, police and people last night was unacceptable.

We will do asset recovery from Bengaluru rioters like in UP: Karnataka Minister

Karnataka Minister CT Ravi on Wednesday said that the violence in Bengaluru was well planned and that the state government will do an asset recovery from rioters just like it the Uttar Pradesh government had done recently.
"The riot was planned. Within one hour, thousands of people gathered and caused destruction. Petrol bombs and stones were used in the destruction of property. Over 300 vehicles were burnt," he said while speaking to ANI.
He said that the state government had suspects but could only confirm after an investigation.

Odisha asks factories to take safety measures after Beirut explosion

In the wake of the Beirut blast in Lebanon that killed over 150 people, the Odisha government has asked all factories to take all possible safety measures to prevent any untoward incident in the future, said an official on Wednesday.
In a letter, the Directorate of Factories and Boilers instructed Occupiers of all factories to furnish a list and quantity of flammable and explosive materials used, handled and stored in their facilities.
The government has also sought a report to review the preparedness to deal with any such emergency.

PM Modi will launch platform for 'Transparent Taxation – Honoring the Honest' via video conferencing tomorrow

BSF patrols Chenab river along International Border with Pakistan ahead of Independence Day

Latest News LIVE: District Magistrate to inquire into Bengaluru violence

The Karnataka government on Wednesday decided to conduct an inquiry into the violence in parts of the city last night, in which at least three people were killed and scores of others were injured, though a District Magistrate. The government also decided to recover the losses arising from damage to public property during the violence, from the rioters, Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai said.
"...There are National Human Rights Commission guidelines for such a situation, as per which the inquiry will be conducted by the district executive magistrate. This decision was taken at the meeting headed by the Chief Minister," Bommai said.

Latest News LIVE update: Death toll in Kerala landslide goes up to 55

The death toll in the landslide at Pettimudi near Munnar in the high-range Idukki district has gone up to 55 with three more bodies being recovered from the debris on Wednesday, officials said.
Operations led by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are continuing in the area even on the sixth day today to trace 15 more missing people.
"Till now, we have recovered 55 bodies.Earlier we rescued 12 people.Now 15 people are missing.

16 UP districts hit by floods; CM directs officials to ensure sanitisation, hygeine in relief camps

With 16 districts of Uttar Pradesh affected by floods, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday directed officials to ensure sanitisation and hygeine in relief camps set up in the deluge-hit areas, news agency PTI reported.
The Sharda river in Lakhimpur Kheri's Palliakalan and the Saryu at Barabanki's Elgin Bridge, Ayodhya and Ballia's Turtipar are flowing above the danger mark, state Relief Commissioner Sanjay Goyel said.
"The chief minister has directed (officials) to ensure sanitisation and hygeine in flood relief camps in 16 districts, where 523 village are affected. Among the affected villages, 275 are marooned," he told reporters.

Bengaluru social media row: Mob runs amok, riot-hit areas resemble warzone

Areas under Pulakeshinagar assembly constituency here resembled a war zone on Wednesday, hours after after an unruly mob went on a rampage torching vehicles, irked over a 'communally sensitive' social media post allegedly by put up by a relative of a Congress MLA.
Charred vehicles, shards of glass from broken windows, stones and bricks lie strewn over the deserted roads of the violence-affected localities.
Earlier, three people were killed in police firing and scores of others wounded, including at least 50 policemen in the violence and arson that erupted in the city on Tuesday night and continued till the wee hours of Wednesday. READ MORE...

Qualification from Pakistan Occupied Jammu-Kashmir and Ladakh shall not entitle a person to practice Modern Medicine in India

Karnataka govt will deal with rioters with iron hand: Revenue Minister

Terming the violence in the city as a 'well planned act,' Karnataka Revenue Minister R Ashoka on Wednesday said the 'traitors,' who perpetrated the riots would be dealt with an iron hand and steps would be taken to ensure that such incidents do not recur, according to a PTI report.
Speaking to reporters after meeting Congress MLA Akhanda Srinivasa Murthy at Vidhana Soudha here, Ashoka said, "The manner in which the riots were perpetrated shows that it was a well planned act and was intended to spread to other parts of the city. These are traitors and we will subdue them."
As many as three people were killed in the police firing and scores other injured including 50 policemen in the violence that erupted on Tuesday night at D J Halli in Pulakeshinagar locality over an alleged social media post on a 'communally sensitive' issue posted by the MLA's relative.

Confiscate Bengaluru rioters' properties like Yogi Adityanath did: Karnataka MP

Bengaluru South Member of Parliament Tejasvi Surya on Wednesday advised Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa to go the Yogi Adityanath way in confiscating the rioters' properties to compensate for the loss to public property.
"I request Yediyurappa to confiscate and attach the properties of the rioters and compensate the losses to public property in the same way as the Adityanath government did in Uttar Pradesh," the BJP MP said.
In the wake of the riots, arson and vandalism by some people on Tuesday night, he added that Bengaluru is known for its peaceful atmosphere. "Bengaluru is known for its peace and harmonious society. We must protect this strength of our city at all costs," said Surya. The young parliamentarian attacked a couple of state Congress politicians for their statements, according to an IANS report.

Tripura govt introducing neighbourhood classes for students who can't study online

The Tripura government has decided to start neighbourhood classes for school students, mostly in remote areas, who do not have television sets or mobile phones, an official said on Wednesday. The classes will begin from August 20.
After the lockdown started from March, the state government had introduced virtual classes through cable TV networks and android phones so that the students could be engaged in the process of learning.

IMD predicts very heavy rainfall for tomorrow in the Madhya Pradesh districts

India-Bhutan border trade via Bengal suspended due to lockdown in Himalayan kingdom

Trade across the India-Bhutan border through Jaigaon in West Bengal's Alipurduar district was suspended after a lockdown was imposed to curb the rise in COVID-19 cases in the Himalayan kingdom, according to a PTI report on Wednesday.
The border gates between India's Jaigaon and Bhutan's Phuentsholing were closed after the total lockdown came into force in the neighbouring country on Tuesday, an Alipurduar district official said.
"Border trade through Jaigaon has stopped completely," he said.

Latest News LIVE: Ayodhya temple trust seeks donation from devotees

The Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust that is overseeing the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya on Wednesday made a formal appeal to devotees to make contributions for the temple, according to an IANS report.
In a series of tweets that include a video appeal by trust general secretary Champat Rai urged devotees to donate money for the temple construction. PM Modi had attended the 'Bhumi Pujan' ceremony and laid the foundation stone of the temple on August 5.
He said the Trust had received a number of mails and messages in which people have offered to make financial contributions for the temple construction.

Riot-hit areas of Bengaluru's Pulakeshinagar resemble war zone

Areas under Pulakeshinagar assembly constituency resembled a war zone on Wednesday, hours after after an unruly mob went on a rampage torching vehicles, irked over a 'communally sensitive' social media post allegedly by put up by a relative of a Congress MLA, according to a PTI report.
Charred vehicles, shards of glass from broken windows, stones and bricks lie strewn over the deserted roads of the violence-affected localities.
Earlier, three people were killed in police firing and scores of others wounded, including at least 50 policemen in the violence and arson that erupted in the city on Tuesday night and continued till the wee hours of Wednesday.

Congress condemns Bengaluru violence, questions police role

A day after the attack on its party MLA in Bengaluru, the Congress has condemned the incident and has questioned the role of the police in controlling the riots in which three persons died, according to an ANI report.
Congress Chief Spokesperson Randeep Surjewala in a statement on Wednesday said, "Riots and arson are reprehensible, condemnable and unacceptable, and it is a complete failure of the law and order machinery and rule of law."
The Congress raised questions about the role of the police and the Yediyurappa government. Surjewala said, "Was the Yediyurappa government sleeping or waiting for violence to happen. And, why did the police not act in time? Who is responsible for the three deaths?"

Latest News LIVE: It took cops' firing to control Bengaluru riot, says senior police officer

It took firing by the city police, resulting in the deaths of three people, to bring the riot under control in Bengaluru, a senior police officer said on Wednesday.
"Due process was followed and firing happened and only then did the situation come under control," Central Crime Branch (CCB) Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Kuldeep Jain told IANS on the violence that broke out on Tuesday night.
Jain spent the whole night at the riot-affected places and only returned at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning. Since the riots occurred in the night, mobilising additional police forces took some time.
"We tried to convince them but the mob was violent and started pelting stones on the policemen. Because it was late night, mobilising police forces took a little time," he said.

Unemployment rate in West Bengal reduced by 40%: CM Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday claimed that the unemployment rate in the state has been reduced by 40 per cent at a time when the country is witnessing an all time high of 24 per cent joblesssness.
Moreover one lakh unemployed youths in the state will be provided with soft loans and subsidies to become self reliant under the government's 'Karma Sathi Prakapla', she said on International Youth Day.

Pranab Mukherjee remains in critical condition, on ventilator support

Former President Pranab Mukherjee's condition remains critical following an emergency brain surgery two days ago, and he remains on ventilator support, the Army's Research and Referral Hospital here said on Wednesday.
"Presently, he is haemodynamically stable and on ventilator," the hospital authorities said in the afternoon. Mukherjee had also tested Coronavirus positive earlier.
The former President, who underwent life-saving surgery for a brain clot on August 10, has not shown any improvement and his health status has worsened, the hospital authorities had said on Tuesday evening. READ MORE...

145 arrested till now in connection with violence in Bengaluru: Joint Commissioner of Police

Delay in action against person who posted controversial content triggered Bengaluru violence: Congress

Karnataka Congress working president Saleem Ahmed on Wednesday alleged that the delay in police action against the person who posted controversial content on social media had triggered violence in Bengaluru, according to an ANI report.
"A post was put up by a person on the social media but police did not take immediate action. The delay in action against the person who posted the content had created tension in the area. They should have taken immediate action who had posted this," Ahmed told ANI.
"Congress MLA immediately said that the person who posted the content had nothing to do with him. He condemned it," he said.
Responding to Karnataka Minister CT Ravi's claim that violence was "planned riot" and Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) is behind it, the Congress leader said that it is totally irresponsible and wrong statement.

Punjab-based Sandeep Kumar runs a mobile library and provides study material to children living in slums

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi condemns Bengaluru violence

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Wednesday condemned violence in Bengaluru over an objectionable social media post, according to an ANI report.
"The violence in #Bengaluru & the objectionable/offensive social media posts are highly condemnable. I appeal to everyone involved to not indulge in violence. I hope peace is strengthened," Owaisi tweeted.
Three people were killed and several others suffered injuries after violence erupted in the eastern part of the city on Tuesday night over a social media post allegedly made by Congress MLA Srinivas Murthy's nephew Naveen. 110 persons accused of arson, stone-pelting and assault on the police have been arrested in connection with the violence. Accused Naveen has also been arrested.

Smartphone shipments in China plunge 35% in July: Govt data

Smartphone shipments in China plunged 35% in July compared with a year earlier, government data released on Tuesday shows. The numbers suggest handset demand in China remains weak despite indications of a recovery after coronavirus cases peaked, boding poorly for companies like Apple Inc and its local rivals such as Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, news agency Reuters reported.
Phone makers shipped 21.3 million handsets in July, versus 33 million a year earlier, according to the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT), a state-backed think tank.
That marks a steeper decline than in May and June, when shipments dropped 10% and 16%, respectively. In April, after a slump in the previous months due to the health crisis, CAICT reported smartphone shipments grew an unexpected 17% annually.

Bengaluru violence: Congress, JD(S) extend support to govt in maintaining peace

Opposition Congress and JD(S) in Karnataka on Wednesday extended complete support to the state government in establishing peace in violence-hit parts of the city and demanded immediate action against the culprits. Leaders of both the parties have said that there are reports raising apprehensions that this could have been a 'pre planned conspiracy'.
"I condemn both violent incidents that erupted in Kaval Byrsandra & also the social media post that instigated the mob.
I humbly request both Hindus & Muslims of the area to stay calm, maintain peace & live in harmony," Leader of opposition Siddaramaiah tweeted. Noting that he spoke to the Bengaluru Police Commissioner on the matter, the Congress leader assured full support to the Karnataka government in establishing peace.

Karnataka Congress summons legislators meet over Bengaluru violence

Karnataka Congress on Wednesday called a meeting of party legislators at 12 noon today over the violence in Bengaluru that claimed three lives and left 60 police personnel injured.
Speaking to reporters here, Karnataka Congress President DK Shivakumar said that his party will give full support to the government in maintaining peace and harmony.
"I strongly condemn the incident and our party also condemns whatever happened last night. It happened because of a person's tweet on social media. I am getting to know through media that it was a well-planned incident. But at this point of time it is important to maintain peace," he said.

Karnataka Minister terms violence in Bengaluru as 'planned riot', alleges SDPI's role

Karnataka Minister CT Ravi on Wednesday termed the violence in Bengaluru as a "planned riot" and alleged that the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) is behind the incident that claimed 3 lives.
"I think it was a planned riot. Within an hour of a post on social media thousands of people gathered and damaged 200-300 vehicles and the MLA's residence. We will take serious action," Ravi told ANI.
"Congress party is indulging in appeasing these people as they are its vote bank. This is not the first incident. During CAA protests, a riot was carried out in Mangaluru. It was an organised incident, not an isolated incident. SDPI is behind it. They provoked people. SDPI is famous for rioting," he said.

Karnataka: GN Shivamurthy, Deputy Commissioner, Bengaluru Urban visits DJ Halli Police Station that was vandalised last night, as violence broke out

Bengaluru violence: Yediyurappa assures strict action against accused, appeals for peace

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Wednesday informed that directives have been issued to take strict action against accused of Bengaluru violence and asserted that the government has taken all possible steps to curb the situation.
While appealing people to maintain peace, he also said that violence against journalists, police and people last night was unacceptable.
"The miscreants in the DJ Halli police station has led to the assault and rioting at MLA Akhand Srinivasa's house and police station. Already, directives have been issued against the perpetrators and the government has taken all possible steps to curb the situation," he tweeted (roughly translated from Kannada).

Kinnaur: Flash floods following heavy rainfall sweep away a bridge on Akpa road

More foreign donations to Lebanon arrive after Beirut's blasts

More foreign donations arrived in Lebanon after last week's huge explosions that rocked the capital Beirut, the National News Agency reported.
Two aircraft arrived in Beirut from Czechia, carrying medical equipment and special beds to be used in the emergency rooms of hospitals in the Lebanese capital, Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday.
Tunisian Labour Federation sent a military plane carrying 16 tons of medicines and food products for Lebanon.

Bengaluru violence: As per Bengaluru Police Commissioner, accused Naveen arrested "for sharing derogatory post". Latest visuals from DJ Halli

Asian stocks fall on U.S. stimulus uncertainty

Asian stocks dipped on Wednesday on growing uncertainty over whether the U.S. lawmakers would agree on an additional round of big fiscal stimulus to support an economy still struggling with the novel coronavirus

Violence in Bengaluru against social media post by Cong MLA's alleged aide

A mob rampaged through Bengaluru's Pulakeshi Nagar Tuesday night and vandalised a police station and a Congress legislator's residence after an alleged relative of the MLA shared a social media post, police said. Read on...

Violence breaks out against social media post by Congress MLA's alleged aide

A mob rampaged through Bengaluru's Pulakeshi Nagar Tuesday night and vandalised a police station and a Congress legislator's residence after an alleged relative of the MLA shared a social media post, police said.

Russia registers first Covid vaccine, hopes to begin mass inoculation soon

President Vladimir Putin said Russia cleared the world’s first Covid-19 vaccine for use and hopes to begin mass inoculation soon, even before clinical testing has finished.
“The first registration has taken place,” Putin said Tuesday at a televised government meeting, adding that one of his daughters has already been given the vaccine. “I hope that we can soon begin mass production.” Read on...

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