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The CBI investigation in Hathras case, in which a Dalit girl was allegedly brutally raped and died of injuries, is to be monitored by the Allahabad High Court and the CRPF would provide security to the victim's family and witnesses in the case, the Supreme Court said on Tuesday.

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) today issued an order extending the guidelines for 're-opening' the country, issued last month, till November 30. The MHA extended the earlier guidelines keeping in mind the ongoing coronavirus phase.

 
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday in the national capital said that India and the US need to jointly confront China's threats to security in the Indian subcontinent and the Indo-Pacific. He also said that India and US can cooperate on defeating the pandemic that originated from Wuhan and confront the threat posed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to the security and freedom in the region.

A day ahead of the first phase of polling in Bihar, the Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday issued a video message appealing the people to vote for a change in the state. She said, "Today, the ruling party is in the arrogance of power and has deflected from its path.

 
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1:50 AM IST The International Monetary is predicting the economies in the Arab nations of the Middle East and North Africa will contract by 5.4 per cent in 2020-21 due to the covid-19 pandemic and the collapse in international oil prices. (I’ve left out Lebanon and Libya, because they face exceptional circumstances.) This means the Arab MENA region, despite being among the least affected by the pandemic in terms of confirmed cases and deaths, will suffer disproportionate economic pain.   The IMF’s economic outlook for the world shows that economic contraction has been proportionate to the public-health crisis caused by the pandemic in most regions — North America, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, South Asia. The US economy is to contract by 4.3 per cent, the Euro zone, Latin America and India by 8.3 per cent, 8.1 per cent and 10.3 per cent, respectively. Conversely, China is expected to grow by 1.9 per cent, which reflects Beijing’s effective containment of early outbreaks.   Now look at Arab MENA region, excluding Israel and Iran. On the public-health front, the Arab nations have done relatively well when compared to many other parts of the world. This is borne out by the data for Covid-19 deaths per million people in the period between December 2019 and October 2020. The ratios for the US, European Union and South American were 673.80, 360.45 and 661.29, respectively. The average for the Arab world was 79.46 per million. For the most populated Arab nations — Egypt, Algeria, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Morocco and Tunisia — the average was even lower, at 62.21 per million.

1:40 AM IST HSBC Holdings posted a 35 per cent drop in quarterly profit, better than expected, as higher loan loss provisions on the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic were cushioned by the reining in of expenses. Reported pretax profit for Europe's biggest bank by assets came in at $3.1 billion for the quarter ended Sept. 30, down from $4.8 billion in the same period a year earlier.

1:17 AM IST BP on Tuesday reported a third-quarter underlying replacement cost profit, its definition of net income, of $100 million, compared with a forecast of a loss of $120 million in a company-provided survey of analysts.    The London-based company said that while fuel demand in Asia, particularly in China, was recovering, global consumption remained weak so far in the fourth quarter.  

12:33 AM IST Less than a week before Election Day, the CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Google are set to face a grilling by Republican senators who accuse the tech giants of anti-conservative bias. Democrats are trying to expand the discussion to include other issues such as the companies' heavy impact on local news.   The Senate Commerce Committee has summoned Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Google's Sundar Pichai to testify for a hearing Wednesday. The executives have agreed to appear remotely after being threatened with subpoenas.

12:29 AM IST Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Tuesday said no dengue-related death has been reported in the national capital this year and credited the Arvind Kejriwal government's anti-dengue campaign for this.   In a tweet in Hindi, he also shared a data sheet prepared by the Directorate General of Health Services, according to which, 489 dengue cases have been recorded this year in Delhi till October 24.

11:04 PM IST The BJP central leaders in charge of Bengal stepped in and resolved the differences between its state Yuva Morcha president Saumitra Khan and party chief Dilip Ghosh who had dissolved all the district committees of the youth wing last week.   According to BJP sources, party national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya spoke to Ghosh and Khan and advised them to resolve their differences.   "Senior party leaders such as our national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya and others who are in charge of the state stepped in and asked both of them to resolve the situation," a state BJP leader said.

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What ails Arab economies is older than Covid-19

The International Monetary is predicting the economies in the Arab nations of the Middle East and North Africa will contract by 5.4 per cent in 2020-21 due to the covid-19 pandemic and the collapse in international oil prices. (I’ve left out Lebanon and Libya, because they face exceptional circumstances.) This means the Arab MENA region, despite being among the least affected by the pandemic in terms of confirmed cases and deaths, will suffer disproportionate economic pain.
 
The IMF’s economic outlook for the world shows that economic contraction has been proportionate to the public-health crisis caused by the pandemic in most regions — North America, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, South Asia. The US economy is to contract by 4.3 per cent, the Euro zone, Latin America and India by 8.3 per cent, 8.1 per cent and 10.3 per cent, respectively. Conversely, China is expected to grow by 1.9 per cent, which reflects Beijing’s effective containment of early outbreaks.
 
Now look at Arab MENA region, excluding Israel and Iran. On the public-health front, the Arab nations have done relatively well when compared to many other parts of the world. This is borne out by the data for Covid-19 deaths per million people in the period between December 2019 and October 2020. The ratios for the US, European Union and South American were 673.80, 360.45 and 661.29, respectively. The average for the Arab world was 79.46 per million. For the most populated Arab nations — Egypt, Algeria, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Morocco and Tunisia — the average was even lower, at 62.21 per million.

HSBC Q3 profit tumbles 35 per cent

HSBC Holdings posted a 35 per cent drop in quarterly profit, better than expected, as higher loan loss provisions on the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic were cushioned by the reining in of expenses. Reported pretax profit for Europe's biggest bank by assets came in at $3.1 billion for the quarter ended Sept. 30, down from $4.8 billion in the same period a year earlier.

BP reports net profit at $100 million in Q3 on stronger oil prices

BP on Tuesday reported a third-quarter underlying replacement cost profit, its definition of net income, of $100 million, compared with a forecast of a loss of $120 million in a company-provided survey of analysts. 
 
The London-based company said that while fuel demand in Asia, particularly in China, was recovering, global consumption remained weak so far in the fourth quarter.
 

Social media CEOs to face grilling from Republican senators

Less than a week before Election Day, the CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Google are set to face a grilling by Republican senators who accuse the tech giants of anti-conservative bias. Democrats are trying to expand the discussion to include other issues such as the companies' heavy impact on local news.
 
The Senate Commerce Committee has summoned Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Google's Sundar Pichai to testify for a hearing Wednesday. The executives have agreed to appear remotely after being threatened with subpoenas.

No death from dengue this year in Delhi, campaign a success: Satyendar Jain

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Tuesday said no dengue-related death has been reported in the national capital this year and credited the Arvind Kejriwal government's anti-dengue campaign for this.
 
In a tweet in Hindi, he also shared a data sheet prepared by the Directorate General of Health Services, according to which, 489 dengue cases have been recorded this year in Delhi till October 24.

BJP central leaders step in to resolve differences in Bengal unit

The BJP central leaders in charge of Bengal stepped in and resolved the differences between its state Yuva Morcha president Saumitra Khan and party chief Dilip Ghosh who had dissolved all the district committees of the youth wing last week.
 
According to BJP sources, party national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya spoke to Ghosh and Khan and advised them to resolve their differences.
 
"Senior party leaders such as our national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya and others who are in charge of the state stepped in and asked both of them to resolve the situation," a state BJP leader said.

India challenged by China's 'reckless aggression' on borders: Rajnath Singh

India is challenged by China's "reckless aggression" on its northern borders, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Tuesday at the India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue.
 
"Excellencies, in the area of defence, we are challenged by reckless aggression on our northern borders," he said in his opening remarks, as per the US State Department read out of the opening statements of all the dignitaries of the dialogue. Welcoming US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper, he thanked them for their "personal commitment to the India-US partnership".
 
He thereafter talked about Covid-19 pandemic and how both the countries' economies have suffered losses.
 
India and China are engaged in a six-month-long standoff at the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh. Both the countries had seven military commander-level meetings, but the border issue remains unresolved. The de-escalation of force at the LAC during winter is highly unlikely and both the countries face the huge challenge of logistics for their troops deployed in the area.

SC asks Centre to take further steps to bring back remaining Indians stranded in Kuwait

The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Centre to take steps to bring back remaining Indians stranded in Kuwait amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
The government has said that out of 1.3 lakh citizens who had enrolled for the repatriation with its Embassy, over 87,000 have already been brought back.
 
A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy and M R Shah took note of the submissions of the counsel of the Centre that every attempt has been made to bring back stranded Indians from Kuwait and fixed the plea filed by the Velinadu Vazh Tamilar Nala Sangam for hearing after four weeks. The Sangam wanted a direction for bringing all the stranded Indians, willing to return, from Kuwait to India.

Delhi HC suspends three-year jail term of former Union minister Dilip Ray in coal scam case

The Delhi High Court Tuesday suspended the three-year jail term of former Union minister Dilip Ray in a coal scam case pertaining to irregularities in the allocation of a Jharkhand block in 1999. According to a lawyer associated with the case, Justice Suresh Kumar Kait also issued notice to the CBI and sought its response on the appeal filed by Ray, challenging his conviction and sentence in the case.
 
The high court has listed the matter for further hearing on November 25. The trial court had on Monday sentenced Ray, the 68-year old former minister of state (coal) in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, to three-year in jail and also imposed a fine of Rs 10 lakh on him.

SC stays Bombay HC order allowing Lalit Modi to cross examine five people in FEMA case

The Supreme Court Tuesday stayed the Bombay High Court order directing the Enforcement Directorate to allow cross examination of five persons by former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi in a case of alleged violation of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA).
 
A bench of Justices R F Nariman, Navin Sinha and Krishna Murari sought response from Modi on the ED plea and tagged the matter with other appeals related to the case.
 
In the meanwhile, there shall be stay of operation of the impugned judgment and order of the High Court, the bench said, while issuing notice to Lalit Modi in the matter.

Kerala gold smuggling: Special court sends Rabins Hameed to 7-day NIA custody

A special NIA court here on Tuesday sent Rabins Hameed, who was arrested at Kochi Airport on Monday in connection with the Kerala gold smuggling case, to seven-day custody of the National Investigation Agency (NIA). The NIA submitted before the court that Rabins had invested money for purchasing gold in the UAE and arranged for concealment and despatch of the contraband disguised as diplomatic baggage.
 
"Rabins Hameed was involved in gold smuggling during 2013-14 and various other occasions. Co-conspirators have also revealed about funding provided by Rabins for purchasing gold in the UAE," the NIA submitted.
 
Hameed was arrested by UAE police in July 2020 and was in jail in UAE till October 25.

Era of scams in thousands of crores is behind us, says PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a seeming dig at the Congress-led UPA government, on Tuesday said that the era of corruption running into thousands of crores is behind us.
 
He, however, urged the agencies to work in synergy and called for systematic checks against corruption. Modi said corruption hurts development. He was speaking at the inauguration of a conference on Vigilance and Anti-Corruption.
 
"In the past decades, we have seen that when one generation indulging in corruption is not given the right punishment, then the other generation commits corruption with more power. When he realises that nothing happens to those at home who earn crores of black money, he gets encouraged," said Modi in a virtual address.

US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper met PM Narendra Modi

Economy reviving, but GDP growth to be negative or near zero this fiscal: FM

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday said there were visible signs of revival in the economy but the GDP growth may be in the negative zone or near zero in the current fiscal. She said the economy saw a contraction in the April-June quarter, but demand has picked up in the festival season.
 
Speaking at the India Energy Forum of CERAWeek, she said infrastructure, fintech and all employment generating and asset creating industries would be priority sectors for the government. Sitharaman further said recent data indicates revival in the economy, with PMI number being the highest since 2012.
 
"Which sort of indicates that the revival is there which is going to be steady and sustainable revival. If that sustainable revival is going to happen between quarter three and quarter four, we expect that the overall GDP growth... (is) going to be in the negative or near zero this time," she said.

LIVE: CRPF to provide security to Hathras victim's kin, witnesses, says SC

The CBI investigation in Hathras case, in which a Dalit girl was allegedly brutally raped and died of injuries, is to be monitored by the Allahabad High Court and the CRPF would provide security to the victim's family and witnesses in the case, the Supreme Court said Tuesday.
 
The issue of transferring the trial out of Uttar Pradesh would be considered if the need arises in future, apex court said, observing that all aspects of the matter are left open to be considered by the high court.
 
A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde noted in its verdict that Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court has taken note of Hathras incident and passed order directing registration of suo motu petition.

North India gets first Metro station dedicated to transgenders

The Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) on Tuesday officially renamed one of its stations here as "Pride Station" dedicated to the transgender community, a first for Metro services in northern India.
 
Gautam Buddh Nagar MP Mahesh Sharma, Noida MLA Pankaj Singh and NMRC Managing Director Ritu Maheshwari unveiled the new name of the station, earlier known as the Sector 50 station. Six members of the transgender community, who have been recruited by NMRC through contractors for services at the Metro station, were present at the station.
 
"These members have been provided the necessary training by NMRC before deployment," NMRC's Deputy General Manager for Corporate Communications Sandhya Sharma said.

PM Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi in Bihar on Wednesday for second round of campaigning

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will visit Bihar on Wednesday to campaign for their respective alliances in the high-voltage state assembly polls. This will be the second electoral visit of the two leaders to Bihar. Both of them had plunged into campaigning for the three-phased state assembly elections on October 23 and addressed a series of rallies.
 
Modi will address three public meetings at Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur and Patna to garner support for the NDA nominees in constituencies that will go to the polls in the second phase on November 3.
 
Rahul Gandhi, who will visit Bihar on the same day as the prime minister, will address rallies at Valmiki Nagar and Kusheshwar Asthan in Darbhanga district to canvass for the Grand Alliance. The by-poll to Valmiki Nagar Lok Sabha seat will be held on November 3 along with the second round of voting in the state elections.

'Dynastic corruption' growing challenge for the country: PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that "dynastic corruption" is a major challenge for the country and lamented that it has become a part of political tradition in many states. Addressing a conference, he said that corruption which goes on from one generation to another makes the country hollow like a termite.
 
"Today, I am going to mention another big challenge before you. This challenge has been gradually growing in the past decades and has taken a formidable form in the country.
 
"This is the challenge of dynastic corruption (bhrashtachar ka vanshwaad), that is, corruption which is carried forward by one generation after another," Modi said.

Dynasty of corruption from generation to generation makes country hollow: PM Narendra Modi

FM Nirmala Sitharaman sees GDP growth in negative zone or near zero this fiscal

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday said there were visible signs of revival in the economy but the GDP growth may be in negative zone or near zero in the current fiscal. This is primarily because of a huge 23.9 per cent contraction in the economy in the first quarter of current fiscal (April-June), she added.
 
Speaking at the India Energy Forum of CERAWeek, she said there was a "very firm lockdown" imposed beginning March 25 as the government put lives before livelihood. The lockdown also gave time to do preparatory work to deal with the pandemic. But with unlock, macroeconomic indicators have shows signs of revival, she said. READ ON...

Coronavirus LIVE: MHA extends guidelines for re-opening, till November 30

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Tuesday issued an order extending the guidelines for 're-opening' the country, issued last month, till November 30. The MHA extended the earlier guidelines keeping in mind the ongoing coronavirus phase.
 
"There shall be no restriction on inter-state and intra-state movement of persons and goods. No separate permission/approval/e-permit will be required for such movements," the guidelines read.
 
However, lockdown shall continue to be implemented strictly in the containment zones till November 30, 2020. Further, the states and union territory governments cannot impose any local lockdown outside the containment zones without consulting the Centre. As per the guidelines, National Directives for COVID-19 management shall continue to be followed throughout the country, so as to enforce COVID-19 appropriate behavior.

PM Modi at inauguration ceremony of National Conference on Vigilance and Anti-Corruption

RBI asks lenders to implement waiver of interest on interest scheme by Nov 5

The Reserve Bank on Tuesday asked all lending institutions, including non-banking financial companies, to ensure that the scheme of waiver of interest on interest for loans up to Rs 2 crore for the six-month moratorium period is implemented by November 5, as decided by the government.
 
Last Friday, the government had announced the scheme for grant of ex-gratia payment of difference between compound interest and simple interest for six months to borrowers in specified loan accounts.
 
The lending institutions have been asked to complete the exercise of crediting the amount in the accounts of borrowers by November 5.

SC says no to entertain PIL seeking direction to states to implement farm laws

The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to interfere with a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking its direction to order all states to implement the central government's recent farm laws.
 
"We refuse to interfere with the petition. Sorry," a bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of India Sharad Arvind Bobde, said.
 
The PIL, filed by the Hindu Dharma Parishad before the Supreme Court, had sought directions to all the states to implement the Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.

India, US ink defence pact; Mike Pompeo says US stands with India

India and the US signed the landmark defence pact, BECA, that will allow sharing of high-end military technology, geospatial maps and classified satellite data between their militaries as the two countries held a high-level dialogue on Tuesday, and vowed to ramp up their security ties and boost strategic cooperation in the Indo-Pacific amidst China's growing economic and military clout in the region.
 
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held the third edition of the 2+2 talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Mark T Esper. Both sides were assisted by their top military and security officials.
 
The high-level interaction assumes significance as it comes at a time China is attempting to expand its economic and military clout in the Info-Pacific region, and is also engaged in a tense standoff with India in eastern Ladakh. During the talks, the US side also assured India that America stands with it as they confront threats to their sovereignty and liberty.

Tarun Tejpal case: SC extends trial completion deadline to March 31

Extending the deadline for the completion of the trial in the sexual assault case against journalist Tarun Tejpal to March 31, 2021, the Supreme Court on Tuesday said that if he were to agree to a trial through videoconference, it would be over within two months. While the complainant woman had sought her cross examination via videoconference amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Tejpal had strongly objected to it.
 
A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan noted that the judge conducting the trial had cited reasonable ground for the extension of the trial in the matter. The bench said that 31 witnesses were yet to be examined in the matter. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the Goa government, seconded the court observations in the matter.

India, US need to jointly confront China's threats to security: Mike Pompeo

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday in the national capital said that India and the US need to jointly confront China's threats to security in the Indian subcontinent and the Indo-Pacific.
 
Speaking at the third India-US 2+2 ministerial dialogue in New Delhi, amidst the ongoing face-off between Indian and Chinese troops along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh, Pompeo discussed several issues from "cooperating on defeating the pandemic that originated in Wuhan, to confronting the Chinese Communist Party's threats to security and freedom, to promoting peace and stability throughout the region".
 
As per an official statement of the US government, Indian Minister of External Affairs S. Jaishankar at the meeting raised the issue of security threat India is facing from China. "In the area of defence we are challenged by reckless aggression on our northern borders," he said at the bilateral dialogue.

India, US can cooperate on defeating Wuhan-originated virus, threats from Chinese Communist Party: Mike Pompeo

India and US can cooperate on defeating the pandemic that originated from Wuhan and confront the threat posed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to the security and freedom in the region, said US Secretary Mike Pompeo here on Tuesday.
 
Speaking during the 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue here, Pompeo said, "Today is real opportunity for two great democracies like ours to grow closer, as I said on my trip to India last year when I called for a new age of ambition in our relationship. I think we've delivered on that over this past year. There is much more work to do for sure."
 
"We have a lot to discuss today, from cooperating on defeating the pandemic that originated in Wuhan, to confronting the Chinese Communist Party's threats to security and freedom, to promoting peace and stability throughout the region," he added.
 
Pompeo further said two countries are building a better future based on a shared set of values and cultures. Meanwhile, US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper said both countries must focus on institutionalising cooperation to meet the challenges of the day and uphold the principles of a free and open India-Pacific.

US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper met PM Narendra Modi

Bihar phase 2 polls: 502 candidates have criminal cases, RJD tops list

Out of the 1,463 candidates in the poll fray in the second phase of the Bihar Assembly elections, 502 have criminal cases against them of which 389 are serious, a report claimed on Tuesday. The report was released by the Bihar Election Watch and the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) after analysing the self-sworn affidavits of all the 1,463 candidates contesting in the Bihar Assembly Elections Phase II.
 
The second phase of the polls is scheduled in 94 Assembly constituencies in 17 districts on November 3.
 
The report said that out of the 1,463 candidates analyzed, 502, which is 34 per cent, candidates have declared criminal cases against them. "While 389 candidates, which is 27 per cent of 1,463 candidates have declared serious criminal cases against themselves," the IANS report said.

US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper met PM Narendra Modi

Rajnath Singh at Ministerial Level India-US 2+2 Dialogue in New Delhi today with Mike Pompeo and Mark Esper

LIVE: Mike Pompeo says US will stand with India as it defend its sovereignty

Latest News LIVE: India, US ink strategic defence pact

India and the US on Tuesday inked a landmark defence agreement that will allow sharing of high-end military technology, classified satellite data and critical information between the two countries.
 
The signing of the long-negotiated Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) during the third edition of the 2+2 dialogue between the two strategic partners also signals further boosting of bilateral defence and military ties and it comes in the backdrop of India's tense border standoff with China in eastern Ladakh.
 
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajath Singh held the talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Mark T Esper. Both sides were assisted by their top military and security officials.

Thoothukudi case: Father-son duo tortured for over 7 hours by accused cops, says CBI

The father-son duo in Tamil Nadu's Thoothukudi was tortured by the accused police officials for more than seven hours, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has said in its report filed before the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court in the custodial death case. As many as 10 people were arrested in the case, however, special assistant inspector Balthurai had died due to poor health. Notably, the investigation in the case was also delayed after some policemen and two CBI officials tested positive for Covid-19, according to an ANI report.
 
The CBI had on September 25 filed a chargesheet against nine then police officials in a Madurai court in connection with the custodial death of a father-son duo in Tamil Nadu's Thoothukudi. The investigation into the custodial death case had resumed after their treatment and recovery.
 
According to the CBI, the accused include then Station House Officer S Sridhar, sub-inspectors K Balakrishnan, and P Raghuganesh, then head constables S Murugan and A Samadurai, and then constables M Muthuraja, S Chelladurai, X Thomas Francis and S Veilumuthu.
 

Hathras case: SC directs Allahabad High Court to monitor CBI probe

The Supreme Court on Tuesday said that the Allahabad High Court will monitor the CBI probe into the alleged gangrape and murder of the 19-year-old Dalit woman in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras. Stating that the plea for transfer of trial out of Uttar Pradesh will be considered after the CBI probe is completed, the bench headed by CJI Bobde also said that the HC will look into all aspects of the case and witnesses will be provided security.
 
A bench comprising Chief Justice S A Bobde, Justice A S Bopanna and Justice V Ramasubramanian had on October 15 reserved its verdict on a public interest litigation (PIL) and several intervention pleas of activists and lawyers who have argued that a fair trial was not possible in Uttar Pradesh as the probe has allegedly been botched up.

Bihar election 2020 LIVE: Nitish using unpleasant words as he can sense his imminent loss in polls, says Randeep Singh Surjewala

Reacting to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's 'nine children' jibe at RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav, Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala on Tuesday said the former is resorting to such "unpleasant language" because he has realized that he is losing the elections.
 
"Nitish Babu is all set to lose. Now he is doing loose talks and making personal attacks. Nitish was considered to be cool-headed but he gets aggressive, threatens the youth and pushes them out of the rally. When an arrogant leader's throne shakes and they use unpleasant language then it shows that his loss is visible," Surjewala told ANI here.
 
The Congress leader called the 'jamoora' comment made by Bihar Minister Sanjay Jha against LJP chief Chirag Paswan 'undignified and unacceptable'.
 
"This language is undignified and unacceptable. This kind of language shows what is their mindset. JD(U) and BJP both are doing loose talks. In Nadda's rally, seats were empty and Nitish Kumar is fighting with people. They are using this language as they can see their imminent loss," he adds.

Pakistan bomb blast LIVE: The bombing happened while a cleric was delivering a lecture about the teachings of Islam, say reports

The bombing happened while a cleric was delivering a lecture about the teachings of Islam at the main hall of the Jamia Zubairia madrassa.

Bihar Assembly polls: Time to write new future in Bihar, says Sonia Gandhi

A day ahead of the first phase of polling in Bihar, the Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday issued a video message appealing the people to vote for a change in the state.
 
She said, "Today, the ruling party is in the arrogance of power and has deflected from its path. Read on...

US and India have a lot to discuss, to co-operate amid pandemic, to confront China's threat and to promost peace: Mike Pompeo

Today is a great opportunity for two great democracies to grow closer. We've a lot to discuss today-to cooperate amid pandemic, to confront Chinese Communist party's threats to security & freedom, to promote peace & stability in the region: US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo

Deepika Padukone most beautiful celebrity, Amitabh most respected: TIARA

The Indian Institute of Human Brands (IIHB), led by adman Sandeep Goyal, on Tuesday, released findings of its TIARA Research report, billed as a comprehensive study of Indian celebrities. Covering 64 attributes across image, personality and human factors, the study has arrived at a score for celebrities called the TIARA ratings. The latter is an acronym for Trust, Identify, Attractive, Respect and Appeal. Read on...

There's greater alignment of interest b/w US & India, to some extent it has to do with China..., says Dhruva Jaishankar, Director of US initiative at ORF

CDS General Bipin Rawat, Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane pay tribute at National War Memorial on Infantry Day

PM to communicate with beneficiaries of 'Pradhan Mantri Swanidhi Yojana' today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will communicate with beneficiaries of the 'Pradhan Mantri Swanidhi Yojana' in Uttar Pradesh today through video conferencing.
 
Taking to Twitter, PM Modi said, "Will interact with my brothers and sisters from Uttar Pradesh who sell goods on roads. It will be an opportunity to know how Pradhan Mantri Swanidhi Yojana gave new strength to them." Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will also be present on the occasion, according to the website narendramodi.in.

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