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The final presidential debate between US President and Republican Party candidate Donald Trump and his rival from the Democratic Party Joe Biden, has concluded. The debate spanned 90 minutes and involved topics such as fighting coronavirus pandemic, climate change, national security and the two candidates’ leadership record.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Eknath Khadse, who recently resigned from the party, will join the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) at 2 pm on Friday, NCP Maharashtra President Jayant Patil said.

Joint committee of Parliament has issued summons to Facebook officials asking them to appear before it today on Personal Data Protection Bill.

The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) would re-start bus operations to Puducherry from today after having stopped the service due to Covid-19 lockdown.

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No more scotch? India moves to ban imported goods at military shops

India has ordered its 4,000 military shops to stop buying imported goods, according to a document reviewed by Reuters, a move that could send an unwelcome signal to foreign liquor firms such as Diageo and Pernod Ricard.
India's defence canteens sell liquor, electronics and other goods at discounted prices to soldiers, ex-servicemen and their families. With annual sales of over $2 billion, they make up one of the largest retail chains in India.
The Oct. 19 internal order from the defence ministry, reviewed by Reuters, said that in future, "procurement of direct imported items shall not be undertaken".
The order said the issue had been discussed with the army, air force and navy in May and July, and was aimed at supporting Prime Minister Narendra Modi's campaign to promote domestic goods. A defence ministry spokesman declined to comment.
The order did not specify which products would be targeted. However, industry sources said they believed imported liquor could be on the list.

Sudan has agreed to a peace and normalisation pact with Israel: Trump

Parts of Bengaluru face flood-like situation

No Bijoya gathering will take place at Mamata's residence: TMC

The Trinamool Congress on Friday said the usual gathering of well-wishers at the party office-  cum-residence of West Bengal Chief Minister and party supremo  Mamata Banerjee on the occasion of Bijoya Dashami will not  take place this year due to the pandemic situation

Ten houses gutted in fire that broke out in Kinnaur district, Himachal Pradesh

All should take firm resolve to respect, empower womenfolk: President Kovind

Greeting citizens on the eve of Durga Puja, President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday said that people should take a firm resolve to respect and empower womenfolk i.e. Matru-shakti

Pakistan violates ceasefire in Kirni, Qasba & Malti sectors of Poonch district

Pakistan violated ceasefire in Kirni, Qasba & Malti sectors of Poonch district in Jammu and Kashmir at about 1800 hours today. Indian Army is retaliating.

India invested deeply in success of United Nations: Jaishankar

As a founding member of the United Nations, India invested deeply in success of the world body and will continue to work with vigour to bring its goals and objectives closer to aspirations of the member states, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Friday.

Stubble burning continues in Punjab

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to go on a two-day visit to Darjeeling & Sikkim on Oct 24-25

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will be on a two-day visit to Darjeeling & Sikkim on Oct 24-25. He will visit forward areas & interact with troops. He will perform ‘Shastra Puja’ on Dussehra & inaugurate an infrastructure project build by BRO: Defence Minister's Office

Bengaluru sees water logging in some places

We didn't leak information about Sushant case: CBI to HC

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) which is probing actor Sushant Singh  Rajput's death told the Bombay High Court on Friday that it  had not leaked any information related to the case to the  media

Startups, SMEs most vulnerable in India to cyberattacks: Report

Startups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) remain the most vulnerable segment in India when it comes to cyberattacks, said a new eBook report

Delhi court pulls up Tihar for confining Umar Khalid in cell

A Delhi court on Friday extended the judicial custody of former Jawaharlal Nehru University student Umar Khalid and research scholar Sharjeel Imam till November 20 in connection with the Delhi riots case, while also pulling up the Tihar Jail Superintendent for not allowing Khalid to step out of cell

Until we get our own flag back, we won't raise any other flag: Mufti

Depression to bring heavy rains over northeastern states: IMD

Depression over the Bay of Bengal will bring heavy rains on Friday to the northeastern states of Tripura, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Assam and Meghalaya, the Cyclone Warning Division of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

Former Maharashtra BJP leader Eknath Khadse joins NCP

Former Maharashtra BJP leader Eknath Khadse on Friday joined the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in the presence of the party's chief Sharad Pawar

It is govt's duty to give help to those affected by flood: Uddhav Thackeray

J&K came into international view like never before after abrogation: Mufti

NDMC Resident Doctors go on indefinite strike

Kapil Dev admitted in ICU

Maharashtra government announces a package of Rs 10,000 Crores for the rain-affected parts of the state

Delhi's air quality worsens, 10 monitoring stations enter 'severe' zone

Delhi's air quality deteriorated on Friday morning with several areas in the national capital recording 'severe' levels of pollution, according to authorities.
The air quality index (AQI) on Friday was recorded at 374 as compared to 302 on the previous day.
The AQI for Delhi, however, is in the 'very poor' category, the Ministry of Earth Sciences' air quality monitor System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) said.

20 Afghan security personnel killed in Taliban attack

At least 20 Afghan security personnel were killed in a Taliban attack in Nimroz province, an official said on Friday. The attack took place in Khashrod district on Thursday night, TOLO News reported.
Khashrod Governor Jalil Ahmad Watandost said six other peronnel were taken hostage by the Taliban, without giving any other details.
The Afghan Defence Ministry is yet to officially comment on the incident.

Amazon refuses to appear before Parliamentary panel on Data Protection Bill

Amazon has refused to appear before the Joint Committee of Parliament on the Data Protection Bill on October 28 and this amounts to breach of privilege, panel chairperson and BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi said on Friday.
Lekhi said that "the panel is unanimous in its opinion that coercive action can be suggested to the government against the e-commerce company".

Lanco Infratech and lessons from a failed group resolution of troubled debt

Lanco Infratech’s lack of assets when compared to its pending claims is not unusual for India. Most Indian infrastructure and energy conglomerates are modelled around a holding company structure, with complex holding across several project level special purpose vehicles (SPV)s. The hitch was, Lanco Infratech had failed to keep debt commitments and the stress eventually trickled down the entire structure.
At present, while Lanco Infratech is undergoing liquidation, about ten of its subsidiaries are undergoing a corporate insolvency process, most of these hold either a single or a group of road or power assets.

Bihar polls: PM Modi slams Oppn for promising reversal of Article 370 revocation

The whole country was waiting for the revocation of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir since years and it was the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government which carried it out, but today the Opposition is saying they will reverse this decision, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Prime Minister said that even after making announcements of reversing the decision on Article 370 the Opposition was audacious enough to ask for votes from Bihar residents, who send their sons to protect the country's borders.

AP EAMCET Counselling 2020 begins: How to apply for Andhra Pradesh colleges

The Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE) has commenced counselling for the admissions to various BE, B.Tech and Pharmacy courses on the basis of the AP EAMCET 2020 examination. AP EAMCET Counselling would take into account the marks scored by the candidates in the competitive examination as well as in the Intermediate or 10+2 examination. Candidates can visit the official website, to complete the registration and pay fee. Know more here

USFDA approves Remdesivir as first Covid-19 therapy amid WHO reservations

Even as the World Health Organisation (WHO) trial showed that remdesivir did not have any significant impact on hospitalised Covid-19 patients, the US drug regulator has now approved this drug from Gilead for treatment of Covid-19 requiring hospitalisation. This becomes the first treatment of Covid-19 that got FDA approval, but is unlikely to have any immediate impact on the prices of the drug.

The US Food and Drug Administration (UFDA) approved the antiviral drug Veklury (remdesivir) for use in adult and children of 12 years of age and older (weighing at least 40 kg) for treatment of Covid-19 that requires hospitalisation. Read more here

How US presidential election outcome will impact global financial markets

As global financial markets await the outcome of the US presidential polls, the run up to the outcome will be marked with volatility. Most analysts say that a fiscal stimulus ahead of the poll outcome is unlikely, which will keep the markets on edge.
It now seems a big stretch to think that any deal will be reached before the elections, said analysts at Rabobank International in a recent note, who feel that the size of the fiscal package will be a key differentiator between the Democrats and the Republicans. Read more here

WATCH: 'Look at India, it's filthy': Trump vs Biden Presidential debate highlights

During the final presidential debate with his Democratic challenger Joe Biden in Nashville, Tennessee, US President Donald Trump  accused China, India and Russia of not taking care of their 'filthy air'. He justified America's withdrawal from the 'unfair' Paris climate agreement. Trump's latest comments come at a time when pollution levels in New Delhi dropped to the 'very poor' category and are likely to worsen in the coming days. Delhi's Air Quality Index (AQI) has been recorded at 302, which is in the 'very poor' category. Watch the key highlights of the interesting debate between Trump and Biden. Watch here

Tamil Nadu asks Railways to resume EMU trains for economic activity boost

The Tamil Nadu government has asked the Ministry of Railways to allow operations of Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) and sub-urban trains in and around Chennai for the general public in order to help revive economic activity, which has been hit hard since the imposition of strict lockdowns to control Covid-19.

BS READS: Can Modinomics and Paswan effect derail Nitish in Bihar polls?

The Bihari electorate, which like most of India invariably votes for their caste or the ones that would be most benevolent to theirs when in power, may have more than just that to contend with. Both the Modi government at the centre and the Nitish government in state seem to have delivered on many economic parameters, especially over the last year and a half in the run-up to the polls. Read more here

Britain signs first major post-Brexit trade agreement with Japan

Britain and Japan formally signed a trade agreement on Friday, marking Britain's first big post-Brexit deal on trade, as it continues to struggle to agree on a deal with its closest trading partners in the European Union.
Britain formally left the EU in January and it has focused on negotiating new trade pacts with countries around the world as its status-quo transition period ends on Dec. 31.

Tamil Nadu CM lays foundation stone for 9 projects worth Rs 10,062 cr

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami today laid the foundation stone for nine projects totalling an investment of Rs 10,062 crore. These projects woudl generate 17,000-18,000 jobs.
The projects include Vikram Solar's investment of Rs 5,512 crore (4738 jobs), Adani Gas' Rs 2,000 crore (1,00 jobs), DP World's Rs 1,000 crore (1100 jobs), Philips Carbon Block Rs 600 crore (300 jobs), AGS Rs 300 crore (500 jobs), and Aqua Group Rs 200 crore (400 jobs).
The development comes a week after the state signed 14 MoUs worth Rs 10,055 crore. Read on...

On climate change, Biden says Trump will lead us to real trouble

Joe Biden says, "Global warming in the next essential threat to humanity. We have a moral obligation. Four more years of this man (Trump), will put us in a position where we will be in real trouble."

Biden campaign tells miners it supports domestic production of EV metals

Joe Biden's campaign has privately told U.S. miners it would support boosting domestic production of metals used to make electric vehicles, solar panels and other products crucial to his climate plan, according to three sources familiar with the matter, in a boon for the mining industry.
The Obama administration enacted rigorous environmental regulations that slowed U.S. mining sector growth during its time in office. Biden, who served as Obama's vice president and is well-regarded in conservation circles, has been expected to continue in that vein. Read on...

US Presidential debate 2020 LIVE: Mute button, masks headline final Trump, Biden debate

It's so 2020. Not to be outdone by a housefly on US Vice President Mike Pence's mop of white hair and a transparent plexiglass partition which rocked the Kamala Harris - Mike Pence debate, the mute button has now officially entered the annals of US presidential debate history in the year of a pandemic.
Through the 90 minute final presidential debate on Thursday night in Nashville, Tennessee, a mute button, described as "unfair" by US President Donald Trump, cut off interruptions for the initial two minutes of each candidate's opening remarks.
Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden faced off with a microphone muzzle which cut off interruptions. The small technical affordance was a big change for the audience and moderator Kristen Welker, the NBC News White House correspondent, who was on the biggest stage of her news career.
Welker is the first Black woman to moderate a presidential debate since Carole Simpson in 1992.

Look at how filthy India's air is, says Trump while discussing climate change with Biden

On climate change, Trump compares the US to other countries, saying, "Look at China, Russia, India, how filthy it is. The air is filthy." Trump also says he "took us out" of the Paris Accord because it was "so unfair". "We have the cleanest air, the cleanest water and the best carbon emissions," he adds.

My son did nothing inappropriate in Ukraine, says Joe Biden during Presidential debate

Joe Biden says his son did nothing inappropriate while working for a company in Ukraine and notes President Donald Trump was the one who got impeached for dealings with that country. During the final presidential debate, Trump noted that the former vice president's son Hunter Biden drew a large salary from a Ukrainian firm. Joe Biden responded that the accusation had been investigated repeatedly and did not link him to any wrongdoing. Biden also noted that the president was impeached for attempting to pressure the president of Ukraine to find potentially damaging information on the Bidens.

Trump blames Pelosi for failing to strike a deal for the pandemic economy

NBC News correspondent Kristen Welker brings up the topic of economy. "12 million people are out of work, 8 million have fallen into poverty. Those hit hardest include women and those of colour. What is your plan, she asks the President. Trump blames Nancy Pelosi for failing to pass a stimulus.

I'm the least racist person in the room, claims Donald Trump

NBC News correspondent Kristen Welker raises the issue of racism in America. Trump says his first glimpse of the Black Lives Matter protest was of people walking down the street calling the police "pigs". "I thought it was a terrible thing. I think I have great relationships with all people. I am the least racist person in this room," Trump tells Welker. "I am... I can't see the audience, but I am the least racist person in this room."

I ran for President because of you, because you did a bad job: Trump to Biden

Donald Trump tells Biden at this point: "I ran because of you. I ran becuase you did a bad job. If you had done a good job, I would not have run for president." To this, Biden responds, "Our character is on the ballot. Look at us closely."

US election 2020 LIVE: Biden noted that he's released 22 years of taxes, which he says show "I have not taken a penny from any foreign source ever in my life."

Trump responded that he would like to release his returns "as soon as we can" but reiterated his excuse that he's under audit, a claim he's made since he first ran for president in 2016. The president is not actually barred from releasing the documents while they're under audit.

US Presidential debate LIVE | On healthcare, Biden says healthcare not a privilege, but a right

On healthcare, Trump says, "We have done an incredible job on healthcare, and we will do even better". Biden, meanwhile, says, "I will pass Obamacare with a public option. Secondly, we will reduce premiums and drug prices. I support private insurance." On concerns over a healthcare system run by the government, Biden says, "Healthcare is not a priviledge, it's a right. This will save lives, give people an opportunity."

US Presidential debate LIVE | Joe Biden on Ukraine 'links': 'I did my job impeccably, nothing was out of line'

Joe Biden responds to his alleged links with Ukraine: "I did my job impeccably. I carried out US policy. Not one single solitary thing was out of line. Second, the guy who got in trouble in Ukraine was (Trump), who tried to get someone there to speak out against me. My son has not done anything." Biden targets Trump his payments to China.

Joe Biden on Russia, Iran meddling in US Elections 2020

"We are in a situation where we have foreign countries trying to interfere in our elections," says Biden, adding that anyone who meddles in the election "will pay a price".
Trump, on the other hand, responds to the allegations saying: "There's been nobody tougher than me on Russia. I was told by Ratcliffe that Russia wants me to lose." 

US election 2020: Donald Trump, Joe Biden discuss taxes in final presidential debate

The discussion on national security has changed to one on taxes. "I prepay millions and millions of dollars in taxes," Trump reiterates. "I paid in advances, it's called prepaying..." 
Biden, meanwhile, responds: "Show us. Stop playing around. Show us. What we do know, is that you're not paying taxes, or your payment is so low. Come on!"

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