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The Supreme Court on Friday granted protection from arrest to Arnab Goswami in the Maharashtra assembly breach of privilege motion case and issued a show cause notice to Secretary of legislative assembly for his letter to the journalist purportedly cautioning him against disclosing house notice to the apex court. The top court directed the Secretary of Maharashtra legislative assembly to explain in two weeks as to why the contempt proceedings be not initiated against him.

 
The Indian and Chinese armies today held another round of Corps Commander-level talks with an aim to chart a roadmap for disengagement of troops from all the flash points in eastern Ladakh. The eighth round of high-level military talks began at around 9:30 am in Chushul on the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh.

 
The apex court asked the Centre to ensure there is no smog in Delhi-NCR as it was informed that the commission for air quality management will start functioning from today. A bench of Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian posted the pleas related to air pollution for hearing after the Diwali vacation.
On the science front, countdown for the November 7 launch of the Indian rocket, Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C49 (PSLV-C49), carrying the country's radar imaging satellite and nine other foreign satellites began today..

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9:11 PM IST The Supreme Court has directed the trial courts to consider granting protection to witnesses in cases against sitting and former lawmakers under Witness Protection Scheme without their making any specific application in this regard.   A three-judge bench of Justices N V Ramana, Surya Kant and Anirudhha Bose, said the Witness Protection Scheme, 2018, approved by it should be strictly enforced by the Union, States and Union Territories.   "Keeping in mind the vulnerability of the witnesses in such cases, the Trial Courts may consider granting protection under the said Scheme to witnesses without their making any specific application in this regard," the bench said.   The apex court noted that most witnesses are unwilling to appear before the respective Courts to make depositions in courts.

9:01 PM IST All schools in Odisha to remain closed till December 31. Conduct of exams, evaluation & administrative activities permitted. Online/distance learning to continue. Teaching/non-teaching staff may be called to schools for online teaching/telecounselling outside Containment zones. pic.twitter.com/7ovmjHBSM7 — ANI (@ANI) &7

8:52 PM IST Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Italian counterpart Giuseppe Conte on Friday discussed wide-ranging issues pertaining to the bilateral ties, and ways to deal with adverse impact of the coronavirus pandemic.   In his opening remarks at the virtual bilateral summit with the Italian leader, Modi said it is clear that the COVID-19 epidemic will remain a watershed in history just like the Second World War.   "We all have to adapt ourselves to this new world," he said, adding that there was a need to be ready for the challenges and opportunities arising out of the pandemic.   A key country for India in Europe, Italy is the fifth largest trading partner of India in the European Union and both sides are further keen to expand the economic engagement in a range of areas. READ ON...

8:44 PM IST No political party in India can ever afford to restore Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, Union minister Jitendra Singh on Friday said as he alleged that the bogey of autonomy or self-rule is raised by certain opposition leaders only when they are out of power.   Taking a strong exception to utterances by some of the leaders of "so-called" mainstream Kashmir-centric political parties like the PDP and the National Conference, he said unsubstantiated assertions made by these leaders are only motivated by a desperate attempt to hold back the ground which is fast slipping from under their feet.   "No political party in India can ever afford to restore back Article 370 and the unsubstantiated assertions made by these leaders are only motivated by a desperate attempt to hold back the ground which is fast slipping from under their feet," Singh told PTI.   He also dared the Congress to make its stand clear on the issue, saying if it has the courage and conviction, it should go for the ensuing District Development Council (DDC) elections in Jammu and Kashmir with the slogan that it will restore Article 370 if voted to power at the Centre.

8:37 PM IST The Punjab government has been unable to remove all blockades on the railway network with as many as 22 sites still to be cleared of protesters, Railway Board Chairman V K Yadav said on Friday, adding that the railways needs 100 per cent security clearance from the state to resume operations.   Partial resumption of services is "not feasible" and all blockades must be removed, Yadav said, a day after he had informed the press of the state government's assurance of clearing tracks by Friday morning.   Rail services in the state have remained suspended since September 24 when farmer organisations organised protests on tracks and station premises against the recently passed farm laws. The Railway Board chairman said the railways will not run selective trains, but will restore all services.

8:07 PM IST A total of 15 MoUs were signed between India and Italy, coinciding with the India-Italy Virtual Summit today. pic.twitter.com/CZYSbkHCF9 — ANI (@ANI) &7

8:03 PM IST Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Friday took crucial leads over US President Donald Trump in the key battleground states of Georgia and Pennsylvania, bringing him on the cusp of a historic victory in the closely-fought election.   In Georgia, after the latest round of counting results, Biden edged past Trump with a slender lead of 1096 votes, a remarkable development for the former vice president who until Wednesday night was trailing his Republican rival by more than 50,000 votes. In Pennsylvania, Biden took over Trump with a narrow lead of 5,587 votes. This is significant given that Trump was leading in the swing state till Wednesday night with more than 700,00 votes.   Biden continued to maintain his small lead in the other two battleground States of Arizona and Nevada. To be declared the winner of the US election, either of the two candidates needs 270 of the 538 electoral college votes.   As per the latest projections, Biden has 264 electoral college votes and Trump trails behind with 214. In the US election, voters decide state-level contests rather than a single, national one. Each US state gets a certain number of Electoral College votes partly based on the size of the population, with a total of 538 up for grabs.

7:56 PM IST #WATCH Live: Home Minister and BJP leader Amit Shah addresses a press conference in Kolkata, West Bengal. https://t.co/5iuy76U43h — ANI (@ANI) &7

7:40 PM IST The Supreme Court on Friday directed Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea to disclose details sought by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) in connection with segmented offers, IANS reported.   A bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde and comprising Justices A.S. Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian said: "In the light of the above historical background, what is now sought by TRAI to ensure adherence to the regulatory principles of transparency, non-discrimination and non-predation, cannot be said, at least prima facie to be either illegal or wholly unjustified."   "Hence the I.A. (intervention application) is allowed and a direction is issued to the respondents to disclose information/details sought by the appellant regarding segmented offers." However, the top court said is the duty and responsibility of the TRAI to ensure that such information is kept confidential and is not made available to the competitors or any other person.   In exercise of powers conferred by Section 11(1)(b)(i), read with Section 11(2) of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Act, the TRAI issued the Telecommunication Tariff (63rd Amendment) Order, 2018 dated February 16, 2018. Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea challenged it before the TDSAT.

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Cases against lawmakers: SC asks trial courts to consider witness protection

The Supreme Court has directed the trial courts to consider granting protection to witnesses in cases against sitting and former lawmakers under Witness Protection Scheme without their making any specific application in this regard.
 
A three-judge bench of Justices N V Ramana, Surya Kant and Anirudhha Bose, said the Witness Protection Scheme, 2018, approved by it should be strictly enforced by the Union, States and Union Territories.
 
"Keeping in mind the vulnerability of the witnesses in such cases, the Trial Courts may consider granting protection under the said Scheme to witnesses without their making any specific application in this regard," the bench said.
 
The apex court noted that most witnesses are unwilling to appear before the respective Courts to make depositions in courts.

All schools in Odisha to remain closed till December 31

PM Modi discusses ways to deal with adverse impact of Covid with Italian PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Italian counterpart Giuseppe Conte on Friday discussed wide-ranging issues pertaining to the bilateral ties, and ways to deal with adverse impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
 
In his opening remarks at the virtual bilateral summit with the Italian leader, Modi said it is clear that the COVID-19 epidemic will remain a watershed in history just like the Second World War.
 
"We all have to adapt ourselves to this new world," he said, adding that there was a need to be ready for the challenges and opportunities arising out of the pandemic.
 
A key country for India in Europe, Italy is the fifth largest trading partner of India in the European Union and both sides are further keen to expand the economic engagement in a range of areas. READ ON...

No political party in India can ever afford to restore Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir: Jitendra Singh

No political party in India can ever afford to restore Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, Union minister Jitendra Singh on Friday said as he alleged that the bogey of autonomy or self-rule is raised by certain opposition leaders only when they are out of power.
 
Taking a strong exception to utterances by some of the leaders of "so-called" mainstream Kashmir-centric political parties like the PDP and the National Conference, he said unsubstantiated assertions made by these leaders are only motivated by a desperate attempt to hold back the ground which is fast slipping from under their feet.
 
"No political party in India can ever afford to restore back Article 370 and the unsubstantiated assertions made by these leaders are only motivated by a desperate attempt to hold back the ground which is fast slipping from under their feet," Singh told PTI.
 
He also dared the Congress to make its stand clear on the issue, saying if it has the courage and conviction, it should go for the ensuing District Development Council (DDC) elections in Jammu and Kashmir with the slogan that it will restore Article 370 if voted to power at the Centre.

Need 100% security clearance from Punjab govt to resume train services: Railway Board chief

The Punjab government has been unable to remove all blockades on the railway network with as many as 22 sites still to be cleared of protesters, Railway Board Chairman V K Yadav said on Friday, adding that the railways needs 100 per cent security clearance from the state to resume operations.
 
Partial resumption of services is "not feasible" and all blockades must be removed, Yadav said, a day after he had informed the press of the state government's assurance of clearing tracks by Friday morning.
 
Rail services in the state have remained suspended since September 24 when farmer organisations organised protests on tracks and station premises against the recently passed farm laws. The Railway Board chairman said the railways will not run selective trains, but will restore all services.

A total of 15 MoUs signed between India and Italy, coinciding with the India-Italy Virtual Summit

Joe Biden inches ahead of Donald Trump in Georgia, Pennsylvania

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Friday took crucial leads over US President Donald Trump in the key battleground states of Georgia and Pennsylvania, bringing him on the cusp of a historic victory in the closely-fought election.
 
In Georgia, after the latest round of counting results, Biden edged past Trump with a slender lead of 1096 votes, a remarkable development for the former vice president who until Wednesday night was trailing his Republican rival by more than 50,000 votes. In Pennsylvania, Biden took over Trump with a narrow lead of 5,587 votes. This is significant given that Trump was leading in the swing state till Wednesday night with more than 700,00 votes.
 
Biden continued to maintain his small lead in the other two battleground States of Arizona and Nevada. To be declared the winner of the US election, either of the two candidates needs 270 of the 538 electoral college votes.
 
As per the latest projections, Biden has 264 electoral college votes and Trump trails behind with 214. In the US election, voters decide state-level contests rather than a single, national one. Each US state gets a certain number of Electoral College votes partly based on the size of the population, with a total of 538 up for grabs.

CAA will be implemented; it is our commitment: Amit Shah in Kolkata

Supreme Court tells Airtel, Vodafone to give TRAI details of segmented offers

The Supreme Court on Friday directed Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea to disclose details sought by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) in connection with segmented offers, IANS reported.
 
A bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde and comprising Justices A.S. Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian said: "In the light of the above historical background, what is now sought by TRAI to ensure adherence to the regulatory principles of transparency, non-discrimination and non-predation, cannot be said, at least prima facie to be either illegal or wholly unjustified."
 
"Hence the I.A. (intervention application) is allowed and a direction is issued to the respondents to disclose information/details sought by the appellant regarding segmented offers." However, the top court said is the duty and responsibility of the TRAI to ensure that such information is kept confidential and is not made available to the competitors or any other person.
 
In exercise of powers conferred by Section 11(1)(b)(i), read with Section 11(2) of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Act, the TRAI issued the Telecommunication Tariff (63rd Amendment) Order, 2018 dated February 16, 2018. Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea challenged it before the TDSAT.

Coronavirus latest update: Kerala reports 7,002 new Covid-19 cases

Kerala on Friday reported 7,002 new Covid-19 cases after 63,384 samples were tested in the past 24 hours, health officials said. The pattern of new Covid cases continue to remain showing signs of a sort of containment with the test positivity rate hovering around 11 per cent, down from 15 in the past month.
 
In a statement issued here by State Health Minister K.K.Shailaja it said 7,854 turned negative taking the total cured to 3,88,504, while there were 83,208 active cases.
 
27 Covid deaths was reported taking the toll to 1,640. Across the state 3,07,828 people were under observation which includes 21,148 at hospitals. The state has 636 hotspot areas.

Supreme Court to have final say in allocation of Jharkhand coal mines

The Supreme Court on Friday said the allocation of coal blocks for commercial mining would be subject to its directions. Senior government officials said the court’s order would impact only the mines in Jharkhand, five of which have been offered in the current round of auction.
 
The interim order comes at a time when the Centre has already awarded 17 out of the 19 mines on offer. “Any subsequent order of licence, lease etc shall be provisional for now, subject to final orders of the court,” a PTI report said quoting the order.
 
The matter pertains to the case filed by the Jharkhand government against the Centre's move to auction mining rights for commercial sale of coal. The Centre amended the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Act, 2015, in May in order to enable coal mining for non-captive use. READ ON...

 

LIVE: Amit Shah addresses a press conference in West Bengal

PM Modi holds virtual summit with Italian counterpart; discusses ways to deal with Covid-19 impact

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Italian counterpart Giuseppe Conte on Friday discussed wide-ranging issues pertaining to the bilateral ties, and ways to deal with adverse impact of the coronavirus pandemic. In his opening remarks at the virtual bilateral summit with the Italian leader, Modi said it is clear that the COVID-19 epidemic will remain a watershed in history just like the Second World War.
 
"We all have to adapt ourselves to this new world," he said, adding that there was a need to be ready for the challenges and opportunities arising out of the pandemic.
 
A key country for India in Europe, Italy is the fifth largest trading partner of India in the European Union and both sides are further keen to expand the economic engagement in a range of areas. Italy has been seeking two-way investment in a wide range of areas including green and circular economy, energy, health and pharma, food processing, infrastructure and advanced manufacturing given the high degree of complementarities between the two economies.
 
The volume of bilateral trade was Euros 9.52 billion in 2019. Around 600 large Italian companies covering varied sectors such as fashion and garments, textiles and textile machinery, automotive components, infrastructure, chemicals, energy confectionery and insurance are currently active in India.

Problems between Nepal, India would be resolved through dialogue: PM K P Sharma Oli

Problems between Nepal and India would be resolved through dialogue, Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli said on Friday during a meeting with Indian Army chief Gen. M M Naravane who paid a courtesy call on him. Gen Naravane's three-day visit to Nepal was largely aimed at resetting bilateral ties that came under severe strain following a bitter border row between the two countries.
 
The meeting between Gen Naravane and Oli, who is also the Defence Minister of Nepal, took place at his official residence in Baluwatar, Nepal Army sources said.
 
Prime Minister Oli said that there has been good friendship between Nepal and India, according to his foreign affairs advisor Rajan Bhattarai. Oli expressed hope that the problems between the two countries would be resolved through dialogue, Bhattarai said in a tweet after the meeting. READ ON...

Chandigarh bans the sale and use of crackers of all types with immediate effect

Coal mine auction: Aurobindo Reality and Infra wins block in Jharkhand

On the fifth day of commercial coal mine auction on Friday, Aurobindo Reality and Infrastructure Ltd won a block in Jharkhand, while EMIL Mines and Mineral Resources emerged as a winner for a mine in Odisha.
 
EMIL Mines and Mineral Resources made the final bid offer of 16.75 per cent revenue sharing for Radhikapur (East) block in Odisha, for which Adani Enterprises Ltd, Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) and National Aluminium Co Ltd (Nalco) were also in the race. With regard to the Urma Paharitola coal block in Jharkhand, Aurobindo Reality and Infrastructure made the highest final offer of 26.50 per cent revenue sharing, the coal ministry said in a statement.
 
Companies like Adani Power Resources Ltd and Welspun Steel Ltd were also vying for the block. The block, which has geological reserves of 579.30 million tonnes, will generate an annual revenue of Rs 1,415.85 crore, the ministry said. READ ON...

Pakistan diplomat arrives in Delhi after being summoned by Ministry of External Affairs

Delhi riots: HC to hear next week plea against order to supply hard copy of charge sheet to accused

The Delhi High Court Friday said it will hear next week, a plea by Delhi Police challenging a trial court's order directing it to provide to the accused hard copies of the voluminous charge sheet filed in a case related to the north east Delhi riots in February. Justice Suresh Kumar Kait listed the petition for hearing on November 11 as the Additional Solicitor General who had to argue the matter was not available during the day.
 
The police have sought to set aside trial court's September 21 and October 21 orders, directing the investigating agency to supply the physical copy of the charge sheet along with documents to the accused persons without appreciating the submissions made on behalf of the State.
 
The trial court has erred and passed a mechanical order dated September 21, 2020 directing supply of physical copy of charge sheet ignoring the submissions of the State as also the legal provisions. The trial court allowed the application under Section 207 of the Code of Criminal Procedure filed by accused for supply of physical copy of the charge sheet in violation of the law .of the Information Technology Act, 2000, the petition, filed through Special Public Prosecutor Amit Prasad, said.

No bail yet for Arnab Goswami, hearing in Bombay HC to continue tomorrow

There was no immediate relief for Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami, arrested in a 2018 abetment of suicide case, on Friday as the hearing on his interim bail plea before the Bombay High Court remained incomplete. A division bench of Justices S S Shinde and M S Karnik said they would continue the hearing on Saturday because of lack of time.
 
"We will assemble for this matter specially tomorrow noon," the court said.
 
Goswami was arrested from his residence in Mumbai on Wednesday and taken to Alibaug, where a case has been registered against him for alleged abetment of suicide of architect Anvay Naik and his mother over non-payment of dues by Goswami's firm. The high-profile journalist has been remanded in judicial custody till November 18. Goswami is presently lodged in a school in Alibaug which is designated as a COVID-19 centre for the Alibaug jail.

Coronavirus pandemic will remain a watershed moment in history, just like WWII: PM Modi

Stubble burning: Delhi govt forms panel to ascertain impact of Pusa bio-decomposer

The Delhi government on Friday set up a 15-member impact assessment committee to ascertain the effectiveness of "Pusa bio-decomposer" solution in reducing stubble burning in the national capital. According to scientists at Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Pusa, the solution can turn crop residue into manure in 15 to 20 days and therefore, can prevent stubble burning.
 
Environment Minister Gopal Rai said the panel will have five MLAs, and officials from Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Pusa, and Agriculture Department.
 
"The government has decided to set up an impact assessment committee to ascertain the effectiveness of Pusa bio-decomposer in reducing stubble burning in Delhi," Rai said during a press conference.

Govt weeds out 4.39 crore bogus ration cards under NFSA since 2013

The government on Friday said about 4.39 crore bogus ration cards have been weeded out since 2013 for rightful targeting of beneficiaries under the National Food Security Act (NFSA). New ration cards are regularly issued to genuine and rightfully eligible beneficiaries or households against the deleted ration cards, it said in a statement.
 
In a statement, the Union food ministry said that amid the technology-driven reforms to modernise the PDS, a total of about 4.39 crore ineligible or bogus ration cards have been weeded out in the country during the period from 2013 to 2020 so far by the state governments.
 
To bring transparency and improve efficiency in PDS, the government has digitised beneficiaries database and made it mandatory the seeding of Aadhaar number that has helped detect ineligible and bogus rations cards.

Ladakh standoff: Indian and Chinese armies hold 8th round of military talks

The Indian and Chinese armies on Friday held another round of Corps Commander-level talks with an aim to chart a roadmap for disengagement of troops from all the flash points in eastern Ladakh, government sources said. The eighth round of high-level military talks began at around 9:30 am in Chushul on the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh, they said.
 
In the last few days, the top military brass of India held a series of meetings where the overall situation in eastern Ladakh was reviewed and it was decided to press for comprehensive disengagement of the troops in talks with China.
 
The seventh round of Corps Commander-level talks had taken place on October 12 during which China was pressing for withdrawal of Indian troops from a number of strategic heights around the Southern bank of Pangong lake. READ ON...

Huge crowd spotted at firecrackers shops in Mumbai ahead of Diwali

SC pulls up Maharashtra Assembly Secretary over letter to Arnab Goswami over privilege notice

The Supreme Court on Friday issued a show-cause notice to the Secretary of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly asking why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against him over a letter to Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami about the privilege notice issued against him. A bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of India Sharad Arvind Bobde, also said that Arnab Goswami should not be arrested in the case till the next date of hearing.
 
Senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for Arnab Goswami, submitted that Arnab is in jail. "He is being threatened, questioned. Case after case after case is being filed against him. He needs relief in this case," Salve said.
 
The bench allowed a plea moved by Salve to make the Central government a party to the case and appointed senior advocate Arvind Datar as an Amicus Curiae in the matter. The top court was hearing a plea filed by Arnab Goswami challenging a breach of privilege motion moved against him in the Maharashtra Assembly for criticising Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

India won't accept shifting of LAC, China paying for its Ladakh misadventure: CDS Gen Bipin Rawat

Because of Indian defence forces' firm and strong response, the Chinese Army is facing the "unanticipated consequences" of its misadventure in Ladakh, Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat said on Friday even as he stressed that status quo will have to be restored as India won't accept any shifting of the Line of Actual Control.
 
The strong remarks on the situation on the China border were made by the CDS on a day when the two countries are holding their eighth round of Corps Commander-level talks to address the ongoing military stand-off which has been going on for the last over six months after transgressions by the PLA at multiple locations.
 
"The situation along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh remains tense. The People's Liberation Army is facing unanticipated consequences of its misadventure in Ladakh because of Indian defence force's firm and strong response. Our posturing is unambiguous-- status quo has to be restored and we will not accept any shifting of the Line of Actual Control," he said while addressing a webinar on 60 years of National Defence College.
 

Supreme Court says Nov 9 e-auction of 37 coal blocks will be subject to its orders

The Supreme Court Friday directed that the November 9 e-auction of 37 coal blocks, including five in Jharkhand, shall be subject to its final order. A bench of Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian asked the Centre to inform the bidders that benefits of any nature to them will be provisional and subject to the orders of the apex court.
 
Attorney General K K Venugopal, appearing for the Centre, said no trees will be cut in the area.
 
On November 4, the top court had said it intended to pass an order that any proposed mining block within the 50 kilometer radius of an eco-sensitive zone will not be e-auctioned for commercial purposes in Jharkhand. Maintaining that it only wants to ensure "forests are not destroyed", the top court also said it was mulling over setting up of an expert committee to examine whether an area near the proposed mining sites in Jharkhand qualifies as eco-sensitive zone.

Latest News LIVE: SC grants protection from arrest to Arnab Goswami

The Supreme Court on Friday granted protection from arrest to Arnab Goswami in the Maharashtra assembly breach of privilege motion case and issued a show cause notice to Secretary of legislative assembly for his letter to the journalist purportedly cautioning him against disclosing house notice to the apex court.
 
The top court directed the Secretary of Maharashtra legislative assembly to explain in two weeks as to why the contempt proceedings be not initiated against him.
 
"This is a serious matter and amounts to contempt. The statements are unprecedented and have a tendency to bring the administration of justice into disrepute and in any case may amount to direct interference in the administration of Justice. The intention of the author of the letter seems to be to intimidate the petitioner because he approached this court and to threaten him with a penalty for doing so," said a bench of Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian.
 
The top court was hearing the plea by journalist Arnab Goswami against the show cause notice by the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly for initiation of breach of privilege motion against him for reportage related to the case of actor Sushant Singh Rajput's death.

Lalu Prasad's bail hearing in Dumka treasury case deferred to Nov 27

The Jharkhand High Court on Friday deferred till November 27 RJD chief Lalu Prasad's bail plea hearing in a fodder scam case related to Dumka treasury, after the CBI sought time to file a written reply in the matter. The former Bihar CM, convicted in four fodder scam cases, would be able to walk out of jail if he is granted bail in the case. He has already secured bail in three other cases.
 
Prasad's lawyer Kapil Sibal, who attended the court session virtually, said the ailing RJD chief, currently undergoing treatment at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences in Ranchi, has served more than half the sentence that was awarded to him in the case. The CBI objected to Sibal's assertion and said that it would take some to time to file a written reply on Prasad's health condition and his incarceration in this case.
 
Sibal, however, claimed that the probe agency was "deliberately" delaying the matter. Justice Aparesh Kumar Singh, after taking all arguments into consideration, postponed hearing in the case till November 27. The case pertains to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 3.13 crore from Dumka treasury when Prasad was the chief minister of undivided Bihar.

Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu addresses farmers at Vallah Sabzi Mandi in Amritsar

No Class X, XII exams of Maharashtra board before May 2021: Minister

Maharashtra School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad on Friday said the examinations of Class X and XII conducted by the state board will not be held before May 2021 due to the prevailing coronavirus situation.
 
"The current situation of coronavirus is likely to last for a longer period. We have discussed the issue of completion of syllabus and holding of exams," she said.
 
"The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education will not be able to conduct the exams of Class X and XII before May," Gaikwad said. "I have also discussed the issue of how much curriculum can be omitted so that teachers can complete the remaining part. We will have to cut at least 25 per cent of the curriculum," she added.

Tablighi Jamaat: Court allows deportation of 8 foreigners discharged of all charges

A Delhi court Friday allowed the deportation of eight foreigners, discharged of charges of being negligent and attending Tablighi Jamaat congregation here in March this year in violation of the government guidelines issued in wake of COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
 
Additional Sessions Judge Sandeep Yadav allowed the foreigners' plea seeking deportation to their countries and imposed certain conditions on them. The court directed the investigating officer (IO) to facilitate expeditious closure of the Lookout Circulars (LoC) against them.
 
It said if the pending revision petition filed by the police against the foreigners was allowed by the court, then they would have to come back to India to join the proceedings. It further directed them to deposit a surety amount of Rs 30,000 to the court and furnish their name, phone number, e-mail address and address to the investigating officer before leaving the country.

Want to send and receive money via WhatsApp Pay? All you need to know

The government has finally allowed Facebook to start operating its WhatsApp payments service in the world's biggest open technology market, that's India.Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg today announced that no fee will be charged for sending money via WhatsApp as the company rolled out its payments services in India.
 
In 2018, WhatsApp had started testing its UPI-based payments service in India, which allows users to utilise the messaging platform to send and receive money.The testing was limited to about a million users as it waited for regulatory approvals to come in.On Thursday, NPCI allowed WhatsApp to start its payments service in the country in a "graded" manner, starting with a maximum registered user base of 20 million in UPI.
 

I-T raids West Bengal-based coal trading group in Rs 150-crore tax evasion case

The Income-tax department has conducted raids against a West Bengal-based coal trader on charges of alleged tax evasion to the tune of Rs 150 crore, the CBDT said on Friday.
 
"The raids (that took place on Thursday)led to the seizure of unaccounted cash and bullion of around Rs 7.3 crore," it said in a statement. The searches were carried out in the case of a prominent coal trader of West Bengal having premises in Raniganj, Asansol, Purulia and Kolkata.
 
"The raids were based on intelligence gathered that indicated large-scale unaccounted cash was being generated and used for various purposes," it said. "The searches have led to seizure of documents indicating that companies of the assessee group held bogus investments in unquoted equity shares of paper concerns to the magnitude of around Rs 150 crore, out of which investments of around Rs 145 crore have been sold," it said without identifying the trader group.

Karnataka will ban the use of firecrackers during Deepavali: CM Yediyurappa

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Friday said the state government will be issuing an order banning the use of firecrackers during Deepavali, due to prevailing COVID-19 pandemic situation.
 
"We have discussed it (cracker ban), we are taking a decision to ban the use of firecrackers during Deepavali..the government will soon be issuing an order to this effect," Yediyurappa said.
 
Speaking to reporters here, he said due to COVID and related reasons use of firecrackers are being banned this time. Several states including Rajasthan, Odisha, Delhi have already decided to ban firecrackers. State Health Minister K Sudhakar on Thursday said firecrackers can badly impact the health of those who have already been infected by coronavirus.
 

Bihar Polls: Preparations underway for third and final phase of polling to be held tomorrow

Police use water cannon on members of Yuva Morcha during their protest in Kochi

Kerala set to receive central funds for literacy drive after 10 years

After a gap of 10 years, Kerala is getting ready to receivethe central funds forliteracyprogrammes as the southern state is now part of the union government's ambitious literacy drive "Padhna Likhna Abhiyan," the reading and writing campaign.
 
The core objective of the new scheme, envisaged as a leap forward for achieving the goal of the total literacyin the countryby 2030,is to impart functional literacy and numeracy to 57 lakh non-literate and non-numerate adults in both rural and urban areas across India in the age group of 15 years and above.
 
The Kerala State Literacy Mission Authority (KSLMA), the autonomous agency under the state government, said here on Friday that it was for the first time in the last 10 years that the southern state was receiving the central fund for literacy initiatives, which is a significant step after achieving 100 per cent literacy. After 2009, the union government had not granted any fund to Kerala for informal education. READ ON...

Supreme Court asks Centre to ensure there is no smog in Delhi-NCR

The Supreme Court Friday asked the Centre to ensure that there is no smog in Delhi-NCR as it was informed that the commission for air quality management will start functioning from today. A bench of Chief Justice S A Bobe and Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian posted the pleas related to air pollution for hearing after the Diwali vacation.
 
The Centre on Thursday appointed former Chief Secretary of Delhi M M Kutty chairperson of the Commission for Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas.
 
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, informed the bench that the commission on Air Quality Management will start functioning from Friday and the government has appointed members of the commission as well. READ ON...

Pakistan's current economic crisis, its inability to come out of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) grey list

Pakistan's current economic crisis, its inability to come out of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) grey list, rising religious & ethnic fundamentalism, internal power struggles will push it further into instability in the foreseeable future: CDS General Bipin Rawat.

Arnab Goswami case: 4 Hearings Relating to Arnab Goswami and Republic TV scheduled for today

CJI SA Bobde led bench to consider today, the petition filed by Arnab Goswami against the breach of privilege notice issued by the Maharashtra Assembly

CJI SA Bobde led bench to consider today, the petition filed by Arnab Goswami, Republic TV Chief, against the breach of privilege notice issued by the Maharashtra Assembly against him.

Earthquake of magnitude 2.9 on the Richter scale occurred in Chamba, Himachal Pradesh at 6:25 am

Earthquake of magnitude 2.9 on the Richter scale occurred in Chamba, Himachal Pradesh at 0625 hours: National Center for Seismology

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