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A temple and some houses were hit by bullets on Sunday as Pakistani troops violated ceasefire by resorting to unprovoked firing and mortar shelling in different sectors along the International Border (IB) and Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua and Poonch districts. The Army and Border Security Force (BSF) retaliated befittingly and there was no report of loss of life on the Indian side.

On the other hand, Delhi's air quality remained very poor on Sunday with an unusually high number of farm fires negating the effect of better ventilation, according to a government forecasting agency. However, the situation is likely to get better by Monday.

In another news, Police in Quebec City are hunting for a man dressed in medieval clothing and armed with a bladed weapon who has left multiple victims. Late Saturday, the attacks happened near the provincial legislature on Halloween. Police are asking those in the area to stay indoors. There's no word on how many people were hurt, the severity of their injuries or on a possible motive for the attacks.

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1:53 AM IST EU and British Brexit negotiators will continue talks in Brussels on Monday and until around mid-week, sources on both sides said on Sunday, in a sign both sides are still pushing to avoid a damaging trade rupture in less than nine weeks.   Intensive and secretive, the talks are a final bid to seal a new partnership agreement for when Britain's transition out of the European Union runs its course at the end of this year.

11:56 PM IST Georgia's ruling party won the country's highly contested parliamentary election, according to preliminary results announced Sunday that the opposition refused to recognise as valid and used to call for protests, saying they were manipulated.   Georgia's Central election commission said that with 95 per cent of ballots counted, the Georgian Dream party had received 48.1 per cent of the vote in Saturday's election. The biggest opposition alliance led by the United National Movement party, got 26.9 per cent. Several more opposition parties cleared the 1 per cent threshold to get seats in Parliament.

10:45 PM IST Churches around France held Sunday services honouring three people killed in an Islamic extremist attack at Notre Dame Basilica in the city of Nice that pushed the country into high security alert, while police questioned six suspects in the case.   Nice Archbishop Andre Marceau was preparing for a special nighttime service in the basilica to purify it following Thursday's fatal knife attack, and then to pay homage to the victims and to mark All Saints' Day, when many Christians around the world honour the dead.   Priests in the Saint-Sulpice Church in Paris and elsewhere in France mentioned the attack during their All Saints' services, which were exceptionally allowed to go ahead despite a new monthlong virus lockdown that started Friday in France. Riot police or other security forces were stationed at some prominent religious sites.

10:26 PM IST Rift has resurfaced in Nepal's ruling Communist Party following a meeting between Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli and his opponent Pushpa Kamal Dahal "Prachanda", with the premier hinting at splitting the ruling party, a senior party leader said on Sunday.   Oli and Prachanda resolved their differences in September by agreeing to a power-sharing deal, ending the months-long dispute in the party.   The party's internal dispute which had surfaced after the dissident group leaders, including Prachanda and senior leader of the party Madhav Kumar Nepal, demanded Oli's resignation from both as the party's chairman and as Nepal's prime minister after he accused the dissident leaders of conspiring against him to topple his government.

9:03 PM IST What happens on election day will to some degree determine how much more hot and nasty the world's climate will likely get, experts say.   The day after the presidential election, the United States formally leaves the 2015 Paris agreement to fight climate change. A year ago, President Donald Trump's administration notified the United Nations that America is exiting the climate agreement.   And because of technicalities in the international pact, November 4 is the earliest a country can withdraw.   The U.S., the world's second biggest carbon polluter, will be the first country to quit the 189-nation agreement, which has countries make voluntary, ever-tighter goals to curb emissions of heat-trapping gases. The only mandatory parts of the agreement cover tracking and reporting of carbon pollution, say U.S. officials who were part of the Paris negotiations.

8:46 PM IST China on Sunday started the world's biggest exercise of population count, conducted once in a decade, to document demographic changes in the most populous country. About seven million census takers began door-to-door survey for the seventh census in the country to account for China's population stated to be 1.37 billion in the last census exercise ten years ago.   Carrying out the census is critical to understand the population size, structure and distribution, Ning Jizhe, deputy head of the National Development and Reform Commission, said during a video conference to promote the national census. Read more

8:34 PM IST Britain's government will extend by a month its costly coronavirus wage subsidies to ensure workers who are temporarily laid off receive 80% of their pay, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Saturday as he announced a new England-wide lockdown.   Britain introduced the 80% wage subsidy scheme in March and it had been due to expire on Saturday to be replaced with a more targeted and less generous support. The scheme supported 8.9 million jobs at its peak, and had been forecast to cost around 52 billion pounds ($67.28 billion) over its eight-month lifespan.

8:22 PM IST Joe Biden holds a clear advantage over President Donald Trump across four of the most important presidential swing states, a new poll shows, backed by the support of voters who did not participate in the 2016 election and who now appear to be turning out in large numbers to cast their ballots on Tuesday, mainly for the Democrat.   Biden, 77-year-old the former vice president, is ahead of Trump, a Republican, in the Northern battlegrounds of Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, as well as in the states of Florida and Arizona, according to a poll of likely voters conducted by The New York Times and Siena College.   His strength is most pronounced in Wisconsin, where he has an outright majority of the vote and leads Trump by 11 points, 52 per cent to 41 per cent, the Times reported on Sunday, two days ahead of the November 3 presidential election.   But President Trump, 74, appeared confident on Sunday, tweeting that "Our numbers are looking VERY good all over. Sleepy Joe is already beginning to pull out of certain states. The Radical Left is going down!"

8:07 PM IST Southern Railway on Sunday said it clocked several milestones between the April-October period in handling of freight besides earning revenues of Rs 1,167.57 crore.   In October alone, Southern Railway carried 2.09 million tonne of freight, generating revenues of Rs 162.42 crore. Between April and October, the figure was 14.78 million tonnes, which fetched a revenue of Rs 1,167.57 crore, a press release said.   The highest loading of rice and paddy was recorded in October for the Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation, totalling 2.61 lakh tonnes.

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Brexit trade talks to go on in Brussels from Monday

EU and British Brexit negotiators will continue talks in Brussels on Monday and until around mid-week, sources on both sides said on Sunday, in a sign both sides are still pushing to avoid a damaging trade rupture in less than nine weeks.
 
Intensive and secretive, the talks are a final bid to seal a new partnership agreement for when Britain's transition out of the European Union runs its course at the end of this year.

Georgia's ruling party wins vote; opposition urges protests

Georgia's ruling party won the country's highly contested parliamentary election, according to preliminary results announced Sunday that the opposition refused to recognise as valid and used to call for protests, saying they were manipulated.
 
Georgia's Central election commission said that with 95 per cent of ballots counted, the Georgian Dream party had received 48.1 per cent of the vote in Saturday's election. The biggest opposition alliance led by the United National Movement party, got 26.9 per cent. Several more opposition parties cleared the 1 per cent threshold to get seats in Parliament.

French churches honour Nice attack victims; 6 detained

Churches around France held Sunday services honouring three people killed in an Islamic extremist attack at Notre Dame Basilica in the city of Nice that pushed the country into high security alert, while police questioned six suspects in the case.
 
Nice Archbishop Andre Marceau was preparing for a special nighttime service in the basilica to purify it following Thursday's fatal knife attack, and then to pay homage to the victims and to mark All Saints' Day, when many Christians around the world honour the dead.
 
Priests in the Saint-Sulpice Church in Paris and elsewhere in France mentioned the attack during their All Saints' services, which were exceptionally allowed to go ahead despite a new monthlong virus lockdown that started Friday in France. Riot police or other security forces were stationed at some prominent religious sites.

Oli-Prachanda rift resufaces; PM hints splitting ruling party

Rift has resurfaced in Nepal's ruling Communist Party following a meeting between Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli and his opponent Pushpa Kamal Dahal "Prachanda", with the premier hinting at splitting the ruling party, a senior party leader said on Sunday.
 
Oli and Prachanda resolved their differences in September by agreeing to a power-sharing deal, ending the months-long dispute in the party.
 
The party's internal dispute which had surfaced after the dissident group leaders, including Prachanda and senior leader of the party Madhav Kumar Nepal, demanded Oli's resignation from both as the party's chairman and as Nepal's prime minister after he accused the dissident leaders of conspiring against him to topple his government.

US Paris climate pact exit, vote may dictate how world warms

What happens on election day will to some degree determine how much more hot and nasty the world's climate will likely get, experts say.
 
The day after the presidential election, the United States formally leaves the 2015 Paris agreement to fight climate change. A year ago, President Donald Trump's administration notified the United Nations that America is exiting the climate agreement.
 
And because of technicalities in the international pact, November 4 is the earliest a country can withdraw.
 
The U.S., the world's second biggest carbon polluter, will be the first country to quit the 189-nation agreement, which has countries make voluntary, ever-tighter goals to curb emissions of heat-trapping gases. The only mandatory parts of the agreement cover tracking and reporting of carbon pollution, say U.S. officials who were part of the Paris negotiations.

China begins the world's largest census drive to count its population

China on Sunday started the world's biggest exercise of population count, conducted once in a decade, to document demographic changes in the most populous country. About seven million census takers began door-to-door survey for the seventh census in the country to account for China's population stated to be 1.37 billion in the last census exercise ten years ago.
 
Carrying out the census is critical to understand the population size, structure and distribution, Ning Jizhe, deputy head of the National Development and Reform Commission, said during a video conference to promote the national census. Read more

UK extends 80% wage subsidies as England goes back into lockdown

Britain's government will extend by a month its costly coronavirus wage subsidies to ensure workers who are temporarily laid off receive 80% of their pay, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Saturday as he announced a new England-wide lockdown.
 
Britain introduced the 80% wage subsidy scheme in March and it had been due to expire on Saturday to be replaced with a more targeted and less generous support. The scheme supported 8.9 million jobs at its peak, and had been forecast to cost around 52 billion pounds ($67.28 billion) over its eight-month lifespan.

Biden leads Trump in four key US states: NYT poll

Joe Biden holds a clear advantage over President Donald Trump across four of the most important presidential swing states, a new poll shows, backed by the support of voters who did not participate in the 2016 election and who now appear to be turning out in large numbers to cast their ballots on Tuesday, mainly for the Democrat.
 
Biden, 77-year-old the former vice president, is ahead of Trump, a Republican, in the Northern battlegrounds of Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, as well as in the states of Florida and Arizona, according to a poll of likely voters conducted by The New York Times and Siena College.
 
His strength is most pronounced in Wisconsin, where he has an outright majority of the vote and leads Trump by 11 points, 52 per cent to 41 per cent, the Times reported on Sunday, two days ahead of the November 3 presidential election.
 
But President Trump, 74, appeared confident on Sunday, tweeting that "Our numbers are looking VERY good all over. Sleepy Joe is already beginning to pull out of certain states. The Radical Left is going down!"

Southern Rly records Rs 1,167 cr freight earnings in April-October period

Southern Railway on Sunday said it clocked several milestones between the April-October period in handling of freight besides earning revenues of Rs 1,167.57 crore.
 
In October alone, Southern Railway carried 2.09 million tonne of freight, generating revenues of Rs 162.42 crore. Between April and October, the figure was 14.78 million tonnes, which fetched a revenue of Rs 1,167.57 crore, a press release said.
 
The highest loading of rice and paddy was recorded in October for the Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation, totalling 2.61 lakh tonnes.

GOP tries to save its Senate majority, with or without Donald Trump

Senate Republicans are fighting to save their majority, a final election push against the onslaught of challengers in states once off limits to Democrats but now hotbeds of a potential backlash to President Donald Trump and his allies on Capitol Hill.
 
Fuelling the campaigns are the Trump administration's handling of the Covid-19 crisis, shifting regional demographics and, in some areas, simply the chance to turn the page on the divisive political climate Control of the Senate can make or break a presidency. With it, a reelected Trump could confirm his nominees and ensure a backstop against legislation from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Read more

CIL production rises by 18% to 47 MT in Oct

State-owned CIL on Sunday said that it produced 46.8 million tonnes (MT) of coal last month, registering a growth of 18.4 per cent. Coal India had produced 39.5 MT of coal in the corresponding month of the previous fiscal, it said in a statement. The increase in absolute terms was 7.4 MT, it said.
 
With its production impeded by the Covid-19-induced slowdown during the first four months of the present fiscal, CIL started logging positive growth from August onward on monthly basis.
 
For the first time in this fiscal, CIL posted a positive growth of 0.9 per cent in cumulative production till October so far. Production during April-October was 282.9 MT which was 2.5 MT more than that during the same period last year.

J&K, Ladakh, including Gilgit-Baltistan, integral part of India: MEA

BCI allows law universities to conduct physical examination

The Bar Council of India (BCI) has allowed law universities to conduct physical examination by giving an option to students, who are unable or unwilling to appear till the Covid-19 pandemic is averted, to take the exam again after physical reopening of the varsities.
 
The BCI, the regulator of law education in the country, on Sunday also clarified that the students who appear but are unable to clear the exam will also get a chance to reappear in the fresh exams.
 
The exams will have to be held with a No Objection Certificate (NOC) of the state government and State Disaster Management Authority, it said.

Loan moratorium: Banks told to credit 'interest on interest' to borrowers, RBI tells SC

Banks, financial and non-banking financial institutions have been asked to take "necessary actions" to credit into the accounts of eligible borrowers by November 5 the difference between compound and simple interest collected on loans of up to Rs 2 crore during the moratorium scheme, RBI has told the Supreme Court.
 
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), in an affidavit filed through Assistant General Manager Prasanta Kumar Das, referred to the October 23 additional response of the Ministry of Finance and said the federal bank has also acted in pursuance of that by issuing a notification to banks and FIs recently on refund of extra money to the borrowers.
 
The central government had earlier told the apex court that the lenders have been asked to credit into the accounts of eligible borrowers the difference between compound and simple interest collected on loans of up to Rs 2 crore during the RBI's loan moratorium scheme by November 5.

UP CM paving 2022 path with Rs 80,000-cr expressway work

“Double the speed, triple the economy” was an oft-repeated cliché of ex-Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav during his media interactions to stress the importance of the big road and expressway projects undertaken during his tenure (2012-17) for speedy socio-economic development.
 
Now with mega expressway projects totalling almost Rs 80,000 crore, his successor and incumbent Yogi Adityanath is treading the same line.
 
While Yadav’s gamble of betting big on infrastructure projects failed to propel him back to power in the 2017 UP polls, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is confident of winning the support of the people in the 2022 elections on the back of mega expressway projects that crisscross the rural and urban landscape of the state, especially the laggard Central UP, Eastern UP, and Bundelkhand regions. Read more

Freight loading up by 15%, revenue by 9% in Oct '20 as against Oct '19: Rlys

The Railways' freight loading and corresponding earnings in October were higher by 15 per cent and 9 per cent respectively than the numbers recorded during the same month last year, the national transporter said Sunday.
 
In October this year, the Indian Railways' loading was 108.16 million tonnes which is 15 per cent higher than last year's loading for the same period which was 93.75 million tonnes.
 
In this period Indian Railways earned Rs 10,405.12 crore from freight loading which is higher by Rs. 868.90 crore or 9 per cent in comparison to last year's earnings for the same period at Rs 9536.22 crore, it said.
 
In the month of October 2020, the Indian Railways' loading was 108.16 million tonnes which includes 46.97 million tonnes of coal, 14.68 million tonnes of iron ore, 5.03 million tonnes of foodgrains, 5.93 million tonnes of fertilizers and 6.62 million tonnes of cement (excluding clinker), the national transporter said.

Public buses resume plying with full seating capacity in Delhi

The DTC and Cluster buses resumed plying with full seating capacity on Sunday, with Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot urging travellers to wear masks and observe COVID-19 appropriate behaviour.
 
In a tweet, the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) said intra-state movement of buses has been permitted with full seating capacity on a trial basis, subject to condition that no passenger will travel standing and without mask.
 
Owing to closure of offices, the number of passengers who travelled on buses on Sunday was relatively low.
 
However, at some crowded bus stands like ITO and Dhaula Kuan, drivers and conductors had to struggle to manage the commuters who were trying to board the buses.

Fugitive of law is also fugitive of society: Benagl Guv on Bimal Gurung's reappearance

Taking a dig at GJM supremo Bimal Gurung who had recently made a dramatic public appearance in Kolkata after being on the run for three years following charges of murder and cases under the stringent UAPA, West Bengal Governor on Sunday said a "fugitive of the law is also a fugitive of the society".
 
There will be "problem in the society unless everyone is equal before the law", the governor said while addressing a press conference here during his month-long tour of Darjeeling.
 
"A fugitive of the law is also a fugitive of the society," Dhankhar said while speaking on the reappearance of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha leader.
 
The governor's tour of Darjeeling comes in the backdrop of Gurung announcing his party's exit from the NDA and pledging support to the Trinamool Congress (TMC) in the next year's assembly elections.

GST collection in Oct crosses Rs 1 trillion, first time in 8 months

The goods and services tax (GST) collected in October rose to Rs 1.05 trillion, crossing the Rs 1 trillion mark for the first time since February this year, reflecting a pick-up in economic activity and demand. The finance ministry in a statement said on Sunday that the total number of GSTR-3B returns filed till October 31, 2020 is 8 million.
 
The gross GST revenue collected in October 2020 is Rs 1,05,155 crore, of which CGST is Rs 19,193 crore, SGST is Rs 5,411 crore, IGST is Rs 52,540 crore (including Rs 23,375 crore collected on import of goods) and cess is Rs 8,011 crore (including Rs 932 crore collected on import of goods), the ministry said.
 
The revenues for the month are 10 per cent higher than Rs 95,379 crore collected in the same month last year.
 
The GST collections fell from the psychologically important Rs 1 trillion mark as the lockdown imposed to contain the Covid-19 spread dented economic activity.

Hizbul Mujahideen chief operational commander killed in Srinagar

Hizbul Mujahideen chief operational commander Dr Saifullah has been killed during an encounter with police and security forces at Rangreth in Jammu and Kashmir's Srinagar district on Sunday, officials said.
 
Saifullah had taken over as the chief of Hizbul Mujahideen after the killing of Riyaz Naikoo in May. A top police officer said the operation was based on hard intelligence generated by the police.
 
Earlier, the firefight between terrorists and security forces took place after security forces cordoned off the area and launced a search operation on the basis of a specific information about presence of terrorists. As the security forces zeroed in on the spot where terrorists were hiding they came under a heavy volume of fire that triggered the encounter.

Next one year to be observed as Kannada Action Year: Karnataka CM

A framework will be announced to observe the next one year as 'Kannada Kaayaka Varsha' (Kannada Action Year) as part of efforts to promote Kannada in the state, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said on Sunday. Addressing a gathering on the occasion of 65th Kannada Rajyotsava here, the CM said, "Kannada Kaayaka Varsha will be celebrated from now on till October 31, 2021."
 
In the age of technology, various creative programmes will be organised in the next one year to preserve and promote Kannada, he said.
 
"The details of the event to be taken up under the 'Kannada Kaayaka Varsha' programme is in the final stage, which will be made public for implementation," he told the gathering.
 

At 40%, stubble burning contribution in Delhi's pollution soars to season's high

The share of stubble burning in Delhi's pollution rose to 40 per cent on Sunday, the maximum so far this season, according to a central government air quality monitoring agency. The Ministry of Earth Sciences' air quality monitor, SAFAR, said 3,216 farm fires were spotted over Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand on Saturday.
 
The share of stubble burning in Delhi's PM2.5 pollution was 40 per cent on Sunday, the maximum so far this season. It was 32 per cent on Saturday, 19 per cent on Friday and 36 per cent on Thursday, the second highest this season so far. Last year, the stubble contribution to Delhi's pollution had peaked to 44 per cent on November 1, according to SAFAR data.
 

Over 1 cr waitlisted passengers denied train travel in 2019-20: RTI

More than one crore passengers could not travel by trains despite buying tickets in 2019-2020 because of being waitlisted, a query filed under the RTI has found, indicating a shortage of trains on busy routes in the country.
 
The RTI reply has said in 2019-2020, a total of 84,61,204 Passenger Name Record (PNR) numbers, against which 1.25 crore passengers were scheduled to travel, were automatically cancelled due to being waitlisted.
 
The Railway Ministry has for the first time taken measures to reduce waitlisting for train travel with the introduction of private trains.
 
The Railways has also introduced special 'clone trains' on the routes which generally have high passenger traffic. These trains have limited stoppages/halts and faster transit time. They primarily have 3-tier AC coaches and will run ahead of the already operating special trains on the same route. The Advance Reservation Period (ARP) of these 'clone trains' is 10 days.

Himachal's Lahaul Spiti receives fresh snowfall

PM to launch Ghogha-Hazira 'Ropax' ferry service on Nov 8 in Gujarat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the 'Ropax' ferry service between Ghogha in Bhavnagar and Hazira in Surat November 8, which will reduce the 370-km road distance between the two places to 60-km by sea route, Union minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Sunday.
 
Modi will flag off the service, to carry both passengers and heavy vehicles between the two places located in Saurashtra and south Gujarat, through virtual mode at 11 am on November 8, Mandaviya told reporters.
 
The prime minister will flag off similar services in other parts of the country also, the Union Minister of State for Shipping said.
 
"A terminal has been constructed at Hazira, and all preparations are completed. The service will begin on November 8, and booking of tickets will start from tomorrow," he said.

Mamata likely to meet GJM faction leader Tamang next week

Amid growing discontent in the GJM faction led by Binoy Tamang, after his bete noire Bimal Gurung resurfaced and pledged support to the TMC, sources in Bengal's ruling party said Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has invited the splinter group leader for a meeting next week.
 
Tamang, along with Gorkha Territorial Administration chairman Anit Thapa, are scheduled to meet Banerjee at the secretariat to discuss matters of concern, the sources said.
 
Making a dramatic appearance in Kolkata on October 21, Gurung quit the BJP-led NDA and aligned with TMC, underscoring that the saffron party has "failed to find a permanent solution" for the Hills -- which had witnessed major unrest over demand for a separate state in 2017.

New farms laws will weaken nation's foundation: Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said the three new farm laws enacted by the Centre will "weaken" the foundation of the nation, and asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to reconsider the laws in the interest of farmers.
 
Virtually addressing the Chhattisgarh statehood day celebrations, Gandhi hailed a scheme launched by the state government to set English medium schools in all districts, saying the language provides a global opportunity to youth.
 
The function to celebrate the statehood of Chhattisgarh, which came into existence on November 1, 2000 after being carved out of Madhya Pradesh, was held at Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghels official residence here.
 
Gandhi said the country has been witnessing a tough phase due to Covid-19 outbreak. In such a situation, the weakest sections like farmers, labourers, small businessmen, mothers, sisters and youth are the worst-affected.

Hyundai reports highest domestic sales in Oct at 56,605 units; total sales up 8%

Hyundai Motor India on Sunday reported an 8.2 per cent increase in total sales at 68,835 units for October. The company had sold 63,610 units in October 2019.
 
The auto major recorded its highest ever monthly domestic sales of 56,605 units last month, up 13.2 per cent from 50,010 units in October 2019, the company said in a statement.
 
The company had achieved the previous highest monthly domestic sales number in October 2018 with 52,001 units.

Madhya Pradesh bypolls: Scindia mistakenly seeks votes for Congress

In a slip of the tongue, BJP Rajya Sabha member Jyotiraditya Scindia asked people to vote for his former party Congress during a campaign for the November 3 by-elections in Madhya Pradesh.
 
A video, in which Scindia is seen seeking votes for the Congress during a rally on Saturday in favour of BJP candidate Imarti Devi from Dabra town in Gwalior, has gone viral on social media.
 
In the video, Scindia is heard saying, "My people of Dabra, raise your hand and make your fist to convince (state chief minister) Shivraj Singh and me, make us believe that you will press the ''hand'' button on November 3." However, the BJP leader immediately amended his sentence and appealed to people to vote for the ''kamal'' (lotus) symbol of the saffron party.

Power consumption grows 13.38% in October

India's power consumption grew 13.38 per cent to 110.94 billion units (BU) in October this year, mainly driven by buoyancy in industrial and commercial activities, as per government data. Electricity consumption in the country was recorded at 97.84 BU in October 2019, showed the power ministry data.
 
Experts earlier last month had exuded confidence that the power consumption would grow by double digits in October on the basis of the extrapolation of half-month data. The power consumption had grown 11.45 per cent to 55.37 BU during October 1 to 15, against 49.67 BU, in the corresponding period a year ago.

Multiple explosions heard in Russia's Stepanakert

Several explosions were heard on Sunday in Stepanakert, the capital of the breakaway republic of Nagorno Karabakh, a Sputnik correspondent reported.
 
From 5:30 to 7:00 GMT, multiple explosions were heard in the city. The air-raid siren was turned on for a short time. There is no information on damage within the city limits.
 
Judging by the sound of the explosions, the air defence could be responsible, according to the correspondent.

Sebi extends settlement scheme for illiquid stock option cases till Dec 31

In view of the large-scale disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, markets regulator Sebi has extended till December 31 the one-time settlement scheme for entities that executed reversal of trades in stock options segment of the BSE during 2014 and 2015.
 
The settlement scheme, introduced by the regulator in July, commenced on August 1, 2020 and was supposed to end on October 31, 2020.
 
However, amidst the disruption caused by the pandemic, Sebi received many representations seeking extension of the period of the scheme, the regulator said in a public notice issued late on Saturday.
 
"Upon consideration of the same, the competent authority has approved the extension of the period of the scheme till December 31, 2020," it added.

Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath launches a campaign for Tuberculosis (TB) vaccination

Police arrest suspect after stabbings in Quebec City kill two

Police in Quebec City early Sunday arrested a man on suspicion of killing two people and injuring five others in a stabbing rampage near the provincial legislature on Halloween. The provincial police earlier said they were looking for a man dressed in medieval clothing and armed with a bladed weapon who has left multiple victims.
 
Police said the suspect is in his mid-20s and confirmed two have died and five others are hurt. There's no word on a possible motive for the attacks. Police said five victims have been transported to a hospital, however, there was no immediate word on their conditions. Police are asking those in the area to remain indoors.

70-year-old pulled alive as Turkey earthquake death toll hits 46

Rescue workers extricated a 70-year-old man from a collapsed building in western Turkey on Sunday, some 34 hours after a strong earthquake in the Aegean Sea struck Turkey and Greece, killing at least 46 and injuring more than 900 people.
 
Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency, or AFAD, raised the death toll in Izmir, Turkey's third-largest city, to 44 as rescuers pulled more bodies out of toppled buildings. Two teenagers were killed Friday on the Greek island of Samos and at least 19 others were injured.
 
The Friday afternoon earthquake, which the Istanbul-based Kandilli Institute said had a magnitude of 6.9, was centered in the Aegean northeast of Samos. AFAD said it measured 6.6 and hit at a depth of some 16 kilometers. A small tsunami was triggered in the Seferihisar district of Izmir, drowning one elderly woman, and on the Greek island.

PM Narendra Modi addressing an election rally in Bihar's Samastipur

GST collections cross Rs 1 trillion in October for first time in 8 months

Goods and Services Tax (GST) collections crossed Rs one trillion mark for the first time in eight months in October, indicating the economy picked from September after India eased a lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus. The October collections are for transactions in September.
 
At Rs 1.05 trillion, collections were not only ten per cent higher than Rs 95,379 crore a year ago but were almost equal to collections in February before the lockdown was announced.
 
The exact figure for October stood at Rs 105,155 crore, while it was just Rs 211 crore more at Rs 105,366 crore in February. All collections--central GST (CGST), or state GST (SGST) or integrated GST (IGST) or compensation cess--were higher in October than in September. READ ON...

Bihar's double engine govt pitted against Opposition's two 'Yuvaraj' : PM Modi

Without naming Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav's, Prime Minister Narendra Modi slammed Mahagathbandhan leadership on Sunday and said that Bihar has a double engine government which is committed to the development of the state while on the other hand, there are two "Yuvaraj" who are fighting to save their throne.
 
"Today, Bihar has 'double-engine ki sarkar'. On the other hand, there are two 'Yuvaraj' of whom one is from 'jungle raj', the double-engine NDA government is committed to the development of Bihar and these double Yuvaraj are fighting to save their throne" said PM Narendra Modi in Chhapra, Bihar while addressing a public rally.
 
"You must have seen 3-4 years ago during UP election, double Yuvaraj there as well, climbed on top of the bus, wore black jackets and used to visit villages while waving," he added. PM Modi also expressed confidence in forming his government in Bihar once again.
 
"After the first phase voting, is it clear that Nitish Kumar is all set to form government again. We have seen various election rallies before, no matter how close the election is right now but such a huge rally that too before 10 am (today) has never been held earlier," PM Modi said.

NDA has ensured free grains for poor till Chhath Puja, says PM Modi

The NDA government has ensured free grains for the poor till Chhath Puja, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday while adding that the woman should not worry about celebrations. "We have ensured free grains for poor till Chhath Puja. No woman should worry about how she will celebrate Chhath Puja," said Prime Minister Modi at an election rally in Bihar's Chhapra.
 
Whether the government of NDA is at the Centre or in Bihar, the efforts have been as big as the challenges faced by the government, PM Modi stated.
 
"There is no one in the world today who has not been influenced or harmed by COVID. Big countries of the world are in its grip again. NDA government has tried since the very beginning of COVID-19, to work with all efforts and stand with the poor people of Bihar and this country," said PM Modi. "If you had not given me and Nitish Kumar, your blessings, then perhaps those people thinking of their families would never have worries about the poor people. I am sure that with your vote you will save Bihar from getting bimaar," he added.
 
Good governance is the inspiration and encouragement of the resolution with which Bihar Government started its journey, the Prime Minister said.

2020 US election spending reaches nearly $14 billion

The total spending of the 2020 US election cycle, including presidential and congressional, has reached nearly $14 billion, surpassing more than the combined figures of the amount spent during the last two election cycles, a study has found.
 
According to the estimate from the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) released on Saturday, the 2020 presidential election, slated to take place on Tuesday, is set to cost over $6.6 billion, while donations made to the race for congressional seats will top $7.2 billion. Democrats have spent the lion's share of that total so far -- $6.9 billion dollars, compared to $3.8 billion spent by Republican candidates and groups, the study showed.
 
"Donors poured record amounts of money into the 2018 midterms, and 2020 appears to be a continuation of that trend -- but magnified," said Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the CRP.

Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan holds a roadshow in Dewas

Nine of top 10 most valued firms lose Rs 1.63 trillion in m-cap; RIL most hit

Nine of the top 10 most valued companies witnessed a combined erosion of Rs 1,63,510.28 crore in market valuation last week, with Reliance Industries emerging as the biggest laggard.
 
The BSE benchmark index Sensex had tumbled by 1,071.43 points or 2.63 per cent during the week. Barring Kotak Mahindra Bank, whose market capitalisation (m-cap) rose by Rs 32,570.94 crore to Rs 3,06,331.09 crore, other nine firms among the top 10 saw depletion in their market worth. Reliance Industries Ltd's (RIL), the most valued firm, valuation tanked by Rs 39,355.06 crore to Rs 13,89,159.20 crore.
 
Another heavyweight HDFC Bank's valuation diminished by Rs 28,574.61 crore to reach Rs 6,51,518.11 crore, followed by Infosys whose m-cap fell by Rs 26,152.79 crore to Rs 4,51,753.23 crore. READ MORE...

LIVE: Temple, houses hit by bullets as Pak violates ceasefire along IB, LoC

A temple and some houses were hit by bullets as Pakistani troops violated ceasefire by resorting to unprovoked firing and mortar shelling in different sectors along the International Border (IB) and Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua and Poonch districts. The Army and Border Security Force (BSF) retaliated befittingly and there was no report of loss of life on the Indian side, the officials said.
 
The temple of lord Shiva and houses suffered minor damages in the firing in Manyari, Chandwa and Londi villages of Hiranagar sector along the IB in Kathua district, the officials said. A couple of bovines sustained bullet injuries and were treated by veterinary doctors, they added.
 
The firing from across the border started around 9.45 pm on Saturday and the exchange of fire between the two sides continued till 5.25 am on Sunday, causing panic among the border residents who were forced to spend the night in underground bunkers, the officials said.
 
A defence spokesperson said Pakistani Army also resorted to mortar shelling and small arms firing in Shahpur, Kirni and Qasba sectors along the LoC in Poonch district. At about 7:30 am, Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violations by firing with small arms and shelling with mortars along LoC in Shahpur, Kirni,and Qasba sectors. Indian Army is retaliating befittingly, the spokesperson said.

Facebook finally rolls out Dark Mode on Android globally

Facebook has finally started to broadly roll out Dark Mode for billions of users on Android smartphones. A company spokesperson confirmed the move to XDA Developers that the feature is being rolled out globally.
 
"We know people have been asking for Dark Mode, and they won't have to wait much longer. People will start to see the option in their Facebook app settings as we roll it out globally," a Facebook spokesperson was quoted as saying.
 
WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger already have the Dark Mode support. Facebook Dark Mode interface will not be completely black like on Instagram and Messenger but a grayscale design with white accents for logos and icons. Facebook has been slow to introduce support for Dark Mode to all of its apps.

Parents hack daughter to death for 'honour' in Uttar Pradesh

Parents of a 20-year-old woman in Uttar Pradesh axed her to death after they found her pregnant out of wedlock. Both have been arrested. The body of the unidentified young woman was found on the railway tracks near Alapur in Pratapgarh district on October 25, said Nawabganj Station House Officer (SHO) Akhilesh Pratap Singh.
 
The body was identified by the father of the deceased Kamlesh Kumar Yadav, a resident of Kishundaspur village. He alleged that his daughter had been murdered and submitted a complaint to the police against an unidentified killer.
 
An FIR was registered at the Nawabganj police station. Investigations, however, revealed that the woman was pregnant at the time of her death. The SHO said that Kamlesh Kumar Yadav and his wife Anita Devi were called in for questioning on Friday. During interrogation, the two said that on October 24, they had taken their daughter, who was unwell, for an ultrasound test on the advice of a doctor.

Police hunt for suspect after stabbings in Quebec City

Police in Quebec City are hunting for a man dressed in medieval clothing and armed with a bladed weapon who has left multiple victims. Police said late Saturday that the attacks happened near the provincial legislature on Halloween.
 
Police are asking those in the area to stay indoors. There's no word on how many people were hurt, the severity of their injuries or on a possible motive for the attacks.

JUST IN: Reports of multiple stabbings in Quebec City, with suspect reportedly dressed in medieval costume

India's coronavirus caseload climbs to 8,184,082

With 46,963 new coronavirus infections being reported in a day, India's COVID-19 caseload rose to 81,84,082,while the number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 74.91 lakh, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday. The recovery rate stood at 91.54 per cent.
 
The country's COVID-19death toll climbed to 1,22,111 with 470 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.
 
A totalof 74,91,513 people have recuperated from COVID-19 so far taking thenational recovery rate to 91.54 per cent while thecasefatality rate was recorded at 1.49 per cent. The number of active cases of COVID-19 remained below 6 lakh for the third consecutive day. There are 5,70,458 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country ason datewhich comprises 6.97 per cent of the total caseload,the data stated.

PM Narendra Modi addressing an election rally in Bihar's Chhapra

At 11.4 degree Celsius, Delhi records season's lowest minimum temperature

The national capital recorded a minimum temperature of 11.4 degrees Celsius on Sunday morning, the lowest this season so far, according to the India Meteorological Department. Normally, the Safdarjung Observatory, which provides representative data for the city, records a minimum of 15 to 16 degrees Celsius in the first week of November. The mercury dips to 11-12 degrees Celsius by the last week of November, it said.
 
Kuldeep Srivastava, the head of the regional forecasting centre of IMD, said the absence of cloud cover was the major reason for the low minimum temperature.
 
Clouds trap some of the outgoing infrared radiation and radiate it back downward, warming the ground. Another reason is calm winds, which allow formation of mist and fog, Srivastava said. There hasn't been much snowfall in the hills, so cold winds from that region are yet to start affecting Delhi's weather, he added. The month of October was the coolest in 58 years in the national capital, according to IMD.

Rajasthan: Voting underway in the second phase of Jodhpur civic body elections

Delhi's air quality remains 'very poor' due to 'unusually high' farm fires

The national capital's air quality remained very poor on Sunday with an unusually high number of farm fires negating the effect of better ventilation, according to a government forecasting agency. However, the situation is likely to get better by Monday. The city recorded an air quality index (AQI) of 366 at 8:30 am. The 24-hour average AQI was 367 on Saturday, 374 on Friday, 395 on Thursday, 297 on Wednesday, 312 on Tuesday, and 353 on Monday.
 
An AQI between 0 and 50 is considered 'good', 51 and 100 'satisfactory', 101 and 200 'moderate', 201 and 300 'poor', 301 and 400 'very poor', and 401 and 500 'severe'. According to the Ministry of Earth Sciences' air quality monitoring agency, SAFAR, the share of stubble burning in Delhi's PM2.5 pollution was 32 per cent on Saturday, the second highest this season so far.
 
It was 19 per cent on Friday and 36 per cent on Thursday -- the maximum so far this season. According to the central government's Air Quality Early Warning System for Delhi, the fire count increased to an unusual high on Friday over Punjab (approx 4,266), Haryana (155), Uttar Pradesh (51) and Madhya Pradesh (381) impacting air quality in Delhi-NCR and other parts of northwest India.

Delhi public buses begin running with full seating capacity from today

Delhi: Hindu Rao nurses threaten to go on indefinite strike from Nov 2

The association of nurses of North Delhi Municipal Corporation-run Hindu Rao Hospital on Saturday threatened to go on indefinite strike from November 2 over their "pending salaries" for August-October.
 
The threat to launch a stir from the Nurses' Welfare Association (NWA) of the largest municipal hospital comes days after the resident and senior doctors of the facility called off their protest after the North Delhi Municipal Corporation released their due salaries till September.
 
TheNWA on Saturday shot a letter to North Delhi Mayor Jai Prakash over non-payment of salaries from August-October and said it will "begin an indefinite strike from November 2".
 
"We hope this strike won't have to continue for long and our issues will be resolved," the letter reads.

Enforcement Directorate raids True Value group, seizes Rs 6 crore

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday said it has carried out searches at six locations belonging to an Ahmedabad-based True Value group and another firm and seized around Rs 6 crore in connection with a bank fraud case. These firms, the agency said, caused loss to a consortium of banks amounting to Rs 488 crore.
 
The agency carried out searches at the residential and office premises of the firm True Value Group and another Vipul and Manish Associates on Thursday and Friday, resulting in seizure of huge cash in Indian currency totalling to Rs 5.99 crore and foreign currency along with various incriminating documents.
 
The ED initiated investigation under Prevention of Money Laundering Act on the basis of six First Information Reports (FIRs) registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Anti-Corruption Branch, Gandhinagar, wherein it has been alleged that Ardor Group of Companies and its directors, in connivance with unknown bank officials, had cheated and caused wrongful loss to the consortium of banks amounting to Rs 488 crore.

Delhi's air quality remains in 'very poor' category: Central Pollution Control Board

18 Trump rallies estimated to have led to over 30,000 coronavirus cases, 700 deaths: Stanford study

About 18 election rallies by President Donald Trump are estimated to have lead to more than 30,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus and likely led to more than 700 deaths, a new study by Stanford University researchers said, stressing that the communities where the Trump rallies took place paid a high price in terms of disease and death.
 
In the study titled The Effects of Large Group Meetings on the Spread of COVID-19: The Case of Trump Rallies', researchers concluded 18 rallies by Trump held between June 20 and September 22 "ultimately resulted in more than 30,000 incremental confirmed cases of COVID-19 and likely led to more than 700 deaths, which may not necessarily have been among attendees.
 
Our analysis strongly supports the warnings and recommendations of public health officials concerning the risk of COVID-19 transmission at large group gatherings, particularly when the degree of compliance with guidelines concerning the use of masks and social distancing is low. The communities in which Trump rallies took place paid a high price in terms of disease and death, the researchers said in the study.
 

Super typhoon Goni slams into Philippines, 1 million evacuated

A super typhoon slammed into the eastern Philippines with ferocious winds early Sunday and about a million people have been evacuated in its projected path, including in the capital where the main international airport was ordered closed.
 
“There are so many people who are really in vulnerable areas,” said Ricardo Jalad, who heads the government’s disaster-response agency. “We’re expecting major damage.”
 
Typhoon Goni hit the island province of Catanduanes at dawn with sustained winds of 225 kilometers (140 miles) per hour and gusts of 280 kph (174 mph) — equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane. It was blowing west toward densely populated regions, including Manila, and rain-soaked provinces still recovering from a typhoon that hit a week ago and left at least 22 dead. READ ON...

A mobile van in Lucknow providing onion and potato to cutsomers at a rate less than the market price

Tamil Nadu Agriculture Minister R Doraikannu dies of Covid-19

Tamil Nadu Agriculture Minister R Doraikannu, who was battling Covid-19, has died, the hospital treating him said on Sunday. The 72 year-old Minister breathed his last late on Saturday night, Kauvery Hospital Executive Director Dr Aravdindan Selvaraj said in a medical bulletin.
 
"With deep grief, we announce the sad demise of Honourable Minister for Agriculture R Doraikannu," on Saturday at 11.15 pm, he said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the grieving family during this difficult period," he added.
 
Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit condoled the death of Daoraikannu and said he was saddened to know about the demise of the Minister.

All Andhra Pradesh higher educational institutions to reopen from Monday

All higher educational institutions, universities and affiliated colleges, across Andhra Pradesh will reopen from Monday. Unlike alternate half days for schools, colleges will function on all six days of the week, said an official.
 
"A new academic calendar for non-professional courses, professional courses and post-graduate programmes was released," said an official.
 
However, classes for first year professional and non-professional undergraduate courses will commence from December 1. After a gap of five months, educational institutions in the southern state are reopening, following all standard operating procedures aimed at warding off the Coronavirus pandemic.

Customers at vegetable markets in Mumbai say the rise in price of vegetables is troubling them

West Bengal govt writes to railways for resuming suburban train services

The West Bengal government has written to the Eastern Railway (ER) seeking discussions for plying of a few pairs of suburban trains daily observing the COVID-19 regulations.
 
"GOWB is concerned to see the use of unquiet means to disperse passengers in need at railway platforms and has written a letter to railway authorities for discussions towards plying of a few pairs of trains..," the state home department said in a tweet.
 
"In the morning and afternoon hours for general commuters at large on observance of physical distancing norms and public health protocol," it said in a series of tweets and shared the letter written by Home Secretary H K Dwivedi to the ER general manager. READ ON...

 

Latest News LIVE updates: Death toll from Turkey's earthquake rises to 35

Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said that the death toll in the strong earthquake that hit Turkey's western province of Izmir has increased to 35. Speaking to reporters in Izmir on Saturday, Koca said 243 people are under treatment in the hospitals, while eight others in intensive care units, three of whom are in critical condition.
 
Koca said earlier that at least 885 people were wounded in the tremor, which struck the Aegean Sea off the Seferihisar district on Friday.
 
The minister also urged citizens in the disaster areas to strictly follow the coronavirus-related rules to reduce the infection risk. Meanwhile, rescue teams saved a mother and her three children from rubble 23 hours after the earthquake. Another citizen was rescued from the debris of an apartment building 26 hours after the quake. Rescue operations are continuing nonstop to reach more survivors trapped in the ruins.

UK PM Boris Johnson announces month-long lockdown in England

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that England will enter a month-long lockdown from Thursday.
 
"Now is the time to take action because there is no alternative," Johnson said in a virtual press conference on Saturday at Downing Street, Xinhua news agency reported. The prime minister's announcement came just hours after official figures showed that Britain's confirmed coronavirus cases surge past one million mark.
 
"From Thursday until the start of December you must stay at home, you may only leave home for specific reasons," he said in the live broadcasted news conference.
 
Under the new measures, which will be effective until December 2, people in England will only be allowed to leave their homes for specific reasons, such as education, work or food shopping, said Johnson.

ED siezes Rs 6 cr cash after raids at Ahmedabad firm linked to bank fraud

Enforcement Directorate says it has seized Rs 6 crore cash after raiding Ahmedabad-based company in connection with money laundering probe linked to alleged bank fraud case of Rs 488 crore

15 Delhi Police officers receives Special Operation Medal

15 officers of Delhi Police Special Cell awarded Union Home Minister's Special Operation Medal: Officials

Shiromani Akali Dal urges Centre to offer relief package to farmers

Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal on Saturday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to direct the Union finance ministry to offer a comprehensive relief package for farmers. In a statement here, Badal said the decision not to include the farming community in the ambit of the Centre's scheme which seeks to provide ex-gratia payment of the difference between compound interest and simple interest to borrowers for six months proved that policy makers were totally out of sync with grassroot realities. It is a sad day for Indian democracy if policy makers have become so out of touch with the agriculture sector that they do not realise that farmers bore the brunt of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sonia, Rahul and Priyanka pay tribute to Indira Gandhi on her death anniversary

Congress president Sonia Gandhi, former party chief Rahul Gandhi and AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra paid tributes to former prime minister Indira Gandhi on her 36th death anniversary on Saturday. The then prime minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her bodyguards in the national capital on this day in 1984. While Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi paid floral tributes to Indira Gandhi at her memorial, "Shakti Sthal", here, Rahul Gandhi paid his tributes in a tweet as he was not in Delhi.

Actor Soumitra Chatterjee given blood transfusion, remains critical: Kolkata hospital

Veteran actor Soumitra Chatterjee given blood transfusion following slight drop in his haemoglobin count, his health condition remains critical, say doctors treating him at hospital in Kolkata

Rajasthan BJP chief accuses CM of misleading farmers by opposing farm laws

Rajasthan BJP president Satish Poonia accuses CM Ashok Gehlot of misleading farmers by opposing farm laws enacted by Centre recently

Online courts amid Covid created inequality due to technological divide: CJI

Online functioning of courts, necessitated due to coronavirus pandemic, created unintended inequality as some people did not have access to digital technology: Chief Justice of India S A Bobde

Congress MP terms Kamal Nath's revocation of campaigner status as 'unfair'

Congress Rajya Sabha MP and senior lawyer Vivek Tankha terms revocation of star campaigner status of former Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath as 'unfair', says such 'sarcastic comments' between candidates is norm in poll campaign worldwide, including US

Watch: BJP chief hold roadshow ahead of Phase 2 of Bihar polls

Maharashtra CM urges Centre to raise onion stock holding limit in state

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray urges Centre to increase to 1,500 metric tonnes onion stock holding limit for wholesale traders in the state, who purchase the key kitchen staple directly from farmers

Punjab CM launches post-matric scholarship scheme for SC students

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh launches post-matric scholarship scheme for students belonging to Scheduled Castes category

BJP national gen secy refutes removal of Bengal BJP president

BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya says the party will fight coming assembly polls in West Bengal with Dilip Ghosh as its state president; refutes media reports of Ghosh's removal

Kamal Nath moves SC against EC taking away his 'star campaigner' status

Cong leader Kamal Nath moves SC against EC taking away his 'star campaigner' status in MP bypolls, says lawyer Vivek Tankha

350,000 ration card holders in Goa to get onion at Rs 3 per kg

350,000 ration card holders in Goa would be provided 3 kg of onion each at Rs 32 per kg by holding special drive across all fair price shops: Official

Normal water supply from tomorrow, two plants have resumed operation: Delhi Jal Board

Ammonia level had risen in Yamuna river so we had to shut two water treatment plants. Level of the pollutant is reducing now and the two plants have resumed operation. There'll be no problem in supply of water from tomorrow: Raghav Chadha, Vice Chairman of Delhi Jal Board

Delhi October was coldest in 58 years, says IMD data

The month of October was the coldest in 58 years in Delhi, with a mean minimum temperature of 17.2 degrees Celsius as against the normal of 19.1 degrees Celsius, according to India Meteorological Department data

CJI inaugurates India's first-ever e-resource centre Nyay Kaushal

Chief Justice of India Sharad Arvind Bobde inaugurates India's first-ever e-resource centre Nyay Kaushal at Judicial Officers Training Institute in Nagpur. Nyay Kaushal will facilitate e-filling of cases in SC, any High court & district courts across the country

Amazon complains Sebi of Future Retail, says its partner misleading public

Amazon.com Inc has complained to the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) that its local partner Future Retail misled shareholders by incorrectly saying it was complying with its contractual obligations to the US e-commerce giant, a letter seen by news agency Reuters shows. Amazon is locked in a bitter legal dispute with Future Group, which in August sold its retail assets to billionaire Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries for $3.4 billion. The deal, Amazon alleges, breaches 2019 agreements by Future. The tussle has strained Amazon's ties not just with Future Retail - one of India's top retailers - but also with Mr Ambani, Asia's richest man, and his Reliance group, which is fast expanding its e-commerce business and threatening companies like Amazon.

Pakistan issues new travel advisory: Know more

Pakistan's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) issued a new travel advisory, under which it has reduced the number of countries from where passengers will be allowed to enter without a coronavirus test.
 
The latest travel advisory issued on Friday, which will be valid from November 6 till December 31, divides international travellers into two categories, Geo News reported.
 
Passengers under category A will not need a negative Covid-19 test, while those in category B will be required to undergo coronavirus screening 96 hours prior to boarding a flight to Pakistan.

Erdogan's assault on Macron aims to divert eyes away from his own misrule

Almost three decades after the late Samuel Huntington hypothesized a coming “clash of civilizations,” there are those who — for their own cynical purposes — would actually welcome exactly that. Among them is Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
 
This month, he has once again picked a fight with Europe, and specifically France. The country is constitutionally Islamophobic, he claims. President Emmanuel Macron should get a mental-health checkup, he has said repeatedly. And Muslims everywhere should boycott French goods, Erdogan has urged, pretending to speak on behalf of an entire faith.

PM Narendra Modi pays tribute to Sardar Patel on his birth anniversary at Statue of Unity

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday paid floral tributes to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, India's first home minister, at the 182-meter tall Statue of Unity here on his 145th birth anniversary.
 
Sardar Patel's birth anniversary is being celebrated as 'Rashtriya Ekta Diwas' (National Unity Day) since 2014.
 
 
Modi, whose two-day Gujarat visit started on Friday, reached the Statue of Unity at Kevadiya in Narmada district this morning and offered flowers at the feet of the monument of Sardar Patel.
 
At the same time, rose petals were showered on the statue from helicopters.

Gayle fined 10 per cent of IPL match fee for hurling his bat during a game

The swashbuckling Chris Gayle has been fined 10 per cent of his match fee for breaching the Indian Premier League's code of conduct during Kings XI Punjab's match against Rajasthan Royals here.
 
The IPL did not specify the exact incident for which he was penalised but it is understood the Jamaican was penalised for throwing his bat away in disgust after getting out for 99 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Friday night.
 
The Kings XI Punjab batsman has admitted to the offence and accepted the sanction. Read more here

IndiGo sees demand inching up, reduces leave without pay for pilots




In an apparent sign of recovery of the aviation sector from the Covid-19 pandemic, India’s largest airline IndiGo has reduced leave without pay (LWP) for its pilots from monthly 10 days in July to three days in November.
 
Domestic air traffic jumped the most since the lockdown, with a month-on-month growth of 39 percent in September.
 
Data from industry regulator DGCA showed that 3.94 million people travelled in September compared to 2.83 million in August.

US Elections: Biden, Obama make a final appeal to Michigan's Black voters

Joe Biden enters the final weekend of the presidential campaign with an intense focus on appealing to Black voters whose support will be critical in his bid to defeat President Donald Trump.
 
The Democratic presidential nominee is teaming up with his former boss, Barack Obama, for a swing through Michigan on Saturday. They'll hold drive-in rallies in Flint and Detroit, predominantly Black cities where strong turnout will be essential to return this longtime Democratic state to Biden's column after Trump won here in 2016.

Foreign secretary holds dialogue with French minister on strategic ties

Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla held a dialogue with Francois Delattre, France's Secretary-General of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs on Friday.
 
They discussed the growing strategic partnership between the two countries.
 
"A dialogue with great convergence, extraordinary breadth, and depth between Foreign Secretary Harsh V Shringla and Francois Delattre, Secretary-General of the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs Francois Delattre. Consistent with the growing strength and relevance for a key strategic partnership for both countries set a stage for further progress," Indian Embassy in France tweeted.

Andhra's borrowings in first half of fiscal year far exceed revenues

The Andhra Pradesh government's borrowings for the first half of the 2020-21 fiscal far exceeded revenues and the revenue deficit touched a staggering Rs 45,472.77 crore, according to the state finance accounts released by the Comptroller and Auditor General.
 
It said the state borrowed Rs 55,169.84 crore from different sources in the first six months as against Rs 48,295.59 crore target for the entire fiscal.

US Elections: Over 9 million Texans vote early surpassing state's total turnout in 2016

The number of voters who cast ballots in the US state of Texas in early voting period this year has surpassed the total number of people who voted in 2016 election, the Texas Tribune reported.
 
The Texas Tribune has been tracking early voting in Texas. According to its figures, from October 13 through October 29, 9,009,850, or 53 per cent of registered voters, have voted so far, with one day of early voting left. In 2016, 8,969,226 Texans cast a ballot in the presidential race, Xinhua news agency reported on Friday.
 
By the time all the Election Day votes and mail-in ballots are counted, Texas will likely hit record-breaking turnout levels this election, surpassing 60 per cent of registered voters for the first time since the early 1990s, said the report.

Covid-hit electorate allowed to vote in Karnataka by-elections

The Election Commission allowed Covid- affected voters to exercise their franchise in Karnataka's twin assembly by-elections on November 3 in Bengaluru and Tumakuru district, an official said on Friday.
 
"Ambulance will be arranged to ferry voters who are Covid positive from hospitals or their home to the nearest polling station in the RR Nagar (Rajarajeshwarinagar) assembly segment in Bengaluru and Sira assembly seat in Tumakuru district on November 3," a poll official told IANS here.
 
Vote count is on November 10.
 

Apple launches all-in-one subscription plan 'Apple One' at Rs 195 a month

The Cupertino-based tech giant has made its all-in-one subscription bundle called Apple One available that will bring together Apple Music, Apple TV Plus, Apple Arcade, and Apple News Plus.
 
With a single subscription, customers in over 100 countries and regions can enjoy their favourite Apple services across devices, including iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, and Mac.
 
 
The bundle was announced at an Apple event last month and you can now subscribe to it via the App Store on iOS.
 
The individual plan includes Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and 50GB of iCloud storage for Rs 195 per month.

Assam introduces transgender option in civil services exam application form

The Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) has introduced 'transgender' as an option in the gender category in the state civil and allied services examination application form and has received 42 applications in this category, an official said on Friday.
 
The Commission had issued an addendum on September 15 to an earlier notice, to include transgender, for the first time, in the gender category for the Combined Competitive (Preliminary) Examinations 2020, APSC Chairman Pallav Bhattacharya said.
 
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has already introduced the option in its recruitment process, and the APSC is probably the first state commission to do so, an official said.

Boy saves lives of 75 residents before building collapsed in Mumbai

Around 75 occupants of a two-storey building in Dombivli were miraculously saved by a young boy before it collapsed on Thursday morning.
 
The 18-year-old Kunal Mohite, the teenager who was watching a web series till dawn saved the lives of the residents.
 
Kunal told ANI over the phone that he was watching a web series till 4 am in the morning when a part of his kitchen inside the house suddenly started falling down. He immediately woke up his family members and alerted other residents to vacate the building before it collapsed to sand and dust.

How Hunter Biden's addiction battle became a high-wire act for Joe Biden

The stresses of Mr. Biden’s presidential campaign have made an already complicated father-son relationship even more so. From the outset of the race, President Trump and his allies have made Hunter Biden’s business dealings a centerpiece of their efforts to portray his father as an unscrupulous swamp presence.
 
Some of the attacks are unfounded, but the facts of Hunter Biden’s troubled life have provided the president with ample fodder. Hunter Biden took a highly paid position with a Ukrainian oligarch regarded by the United States as corrupt, and later acknowledged he most likely got the job because his father was overseeing U.S. policy in the country at the time. He went into business with a number of partners who have subsequently been convicted of unrelated crimes. And his struggles with addiction have contributed to the less admirable lines on his résumé, including his abrupt departure from the Navy Reserve in 2014.
 

US polls: Uncertainty marks Trump's election night plans over Covid-19 restrictions

President Donald Trump said Friday he's not sure where he'll mark election night after District of Columbia officials signalled that a party planned for his luxury hotel in Washington could be in violation of rules limiting mass gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic.
 
Trump told reporters that he may stay at the White House or pick another location to hold his campaign's party as he expressed frustration with the city's coronavirus protocol.
 
I think it's crazy Washington, DC is shut down, Trump told reporters at the White House before departing for a day of campaigning in the Midwest.

Greece, Turkey pledge mutual aid after 6.7-magnitude quake

Greece and Turkey have pledged mutual aid after a massive earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richer scale jolted the Aegean Sea between the Turkish coast and the Greek island of Samos, killing 22 people and injuring over 790 others.
 
The US Geological Survey (USGS) said Friday's earthquake, which was centred off Turkey's Izmir province, triggered a mini-tsunami that flooded Izmir and Samos, reports the BBC.
 
Seismologists monitoring seismic activity in the affected area have advised people to stay away from damaged buildings, Xinhua news agency reported.

US Elections 2020: Indian-Americans seem more confident voting for Trump

President Donald Trump has described the November 3 election as the "most important" in US history. For the influential 1.8 million Indian-Americans, it is much more so as they hold unprecedented sway in key battleground states and could be what a top Democratic lawmaker termed "an absolute difference maker".
 
There are more than 257 million people in the US who are 18 or older, and nearly 240 million citizens are eligible to vote this year, according to an American daily.
 
More than 80 million Americans have already cast their ballots, according to a tally on Thursday from the US Elections Project at the University of Florida, setting the stage for the highest participation rate in over a century.

UN chief saddened by loss of life, damage in Turkey earthquake

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed sadness over the loss of life and the damage from the earthquake in western Turkey.
 
The United Nations spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said in a statement, "The Secretary-General is saddened by the loss of life and damage caused by the powerful earthquake in the Aegean Sea today."

Kerala, Goa, Chandigarh best governed states and union territory, says PAC

Kerala was adjudged the best-governed state in the country, while Uttar Pradesh ended at the bottom in the large states category, according to the Public Affairs Index-2020 released by the Public Affairs Centre here on Friday.
 
In its annual report released on Friday, the city-based not-for-profit organisation, headed by former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman K Kasturirangan, said the states were ranked on governance performance based on a composite index in the context of sustainable development. Read more here

Markets witness a roller-coaster ride in Oct; banking, realty stocks gain

After gaining as much as 8 per cent, the benchmark indices gave up half the gains to end October with a net 4 per cent gain.
 
At one point, the markets was less than 3 per cent shy of new record highs. However, rising infections in Europe and the US, coupled with a delay in US stimulus announcements, caused a pullback.
 
The high-beta banking and realty stocks were among major gainers. Index heavyweight Reliance Industries was the biggest drag on market performance, with shares dropping 8 per cent.
 

Jack Ma's Ant Group IPO attracts demand equal to Britain's economy

The biggest initial public offering (IPO) of all time has unleashed an investor frenzy for the record books.
 
Jack Ma’s Ant Group attracted at least $3 trillion, or about equal to the UK’s gross domestic product last year, of orders from individual investors for its dual listing in Hong Kong and Shanghai, enough money to buy JPMorgan Chase & Co 10 times over. Bidding was so intense in Hong Kong that one brokerage’s platform briefly shut down after becoming overwhelmed by orders. Demand for the retail portion in Shanghai exceeded initial supply by more than 870 times.

Jobless rate in urban areas fell to 7.9% in Q3 of last year, shows data

The unemployment rate in urban areas fell to 7.9% in Q3 of 2019-20, from 8.4% in the previous quarter, showed the latest periodic labour force survey released by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation. However, it rose moderately for females to 9.8% from 9.7%. Males, on the other hand, saw a substantial decline in the rate to 7.3% from 8%. Read more here

Trump vs Biden: Wall Street expects a slog for big tech no matter who wins

Some investors are betting the technology and communications stocks that drove a massive rebound in U.S. markets this year will face a tougher slog in coming months, no matter whether Republican President Donald Trump or Democratic challenger Joe Biden wins Tuesday's election.
 
Betting against big technology has been a risky proposition over the last decade, as stocks like Amazon, Google and Netflix have shot higher at the expense of so-called value and cyclical stocks such as banks and energy companies.

US Elections: Over 9 million Texans vote early surpassing state's total turnout in 2016

Texas is set to hit record-breaking turnout levels this election, surpassing 60 per cent of registered voters for the first time since the early 1990s

The number of voters who cast ballots in the US state of Texas in early voting period this year has surpassed the total number of people who voted in 2016 election, the Texas Tribune reported.

The Texas Tribune has been tracking early voting in Texas. According to its figures, from October 13 through October 29, 9,009,850, or 53 per cent of registered voters, have voted so far, with one day of early voting left. In 2016, 8,969,226 Texans cast a ballot in the presidential race, Xinhua news agency reported on Friday.

Section 144 in Rajasthan's Dholpur ahead of Gurjar protest over reservation

Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) imposed in Rajasthan's Dholpur city ahead of Gurjar community agitation on November 1.
 
District Magistrate Rakesh Jaiswal and Superintendent of Police Kesar Singh Shekhawat on Friday held a meeting with police and administrative officials on maintaining law and order situation.
 
Earlier in the day, internet services were also suspended for 24 hours in the Jaipur district of the state.

US Elections: Asian-Americans projected to support Biden over Trump, say survey

Americans of Asian, African and Hispanic descent are projected to overwhelmingly vote for Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden while Whites are favouring President Trump by a thin margin, according to a preliminary data of voters.
 
The 2020 Cooperative Election Study of over 71,000 online respondents from late September through October end found that 51 per cent of all likely voters favour Biden while 43 per cent support Trump.
 
Biden was the preferred choice among voters aged 18-29 and 30-44 while 53 per cent of voters aged 65 years and more favoured Trump. Classifying voters by race and ethnicity, the survey said that 65 per cent of Asian-Americans support Biden while only 28 per cent support Trump.
 
An overwhelming 86 per cent of Black voters voiced support for Biden as opposed to only 9 per cent for Trump.

Turkey earthquake: Rescue operations continuing in the ruins of 17 buildings

Turkey's presidential office said Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and the Turkish president spoke over the phone after the earthquake, which also affected Greece.
 
"Erdogan and Mitsotakis exchanged wishes for a speedy recovery," the presidency announced in a written statement. 

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