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Friday, October 30, 2020Muslims have ‘right to kill millions of French', says Malaysian ex-PM; Twitter deletes tweet

In rest of his Twitter thread, he expressed disdain for Western culture

Paris: Twitter has removed former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's controversial tweet glorifying violence even though France is demanding suspension of his account on the social media platform.

The former Malaysian PM sparked an uproar when he said on Thursday that Muslims have a "right to be angry and to kill millions of French people".

Twitter has removed the tweet saying that


Friday, October 30, 2020Tens of thousands of Muslims protest over Macron remarks after killings in France

Marches, rallies in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Palestinian areas; Bangladesh protesters call Macron 'world's biggest terrorist; police tear-gas Pakistanis marching to French embassy; thousands of Palestinians rally in E.Jerusalem, West Bank, Gaza; condemnations of France dominate Friday prayers in Somalia

Singapore: Tens of thousands of Muslims protested in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Palestinian territories on Friday after killings in a French church prompted a vow from President Emmanuel Macron to stand firm against attacks on French values and freedom of belief.

French Interior Minister Gerald Damarnin said France--- home to Europe's largest Muslim community and hit by a string of militant atta


Friday, October 30, 2020Britain again touts 'tiered' approach to COVIBritain again touts 'tiered' approach to COVID as neighbours lock downD as neighbours lock down

US, Europe at epicentre of new wave of infections; ‘We need to pull through this,’ said EU health commissioner; ‘We're going in the wrong direction,’ said White House advisor

London: Britain's "tiered" approach to reining in the coronavirus appears to be working, the foreign minister said on Friday, as EU neighbours France and Germany slapped new controls on movement almost as strict as their original spring lockdowns.

Europe and the United States have emerged as the current danger zones for COVID-19, which was first identified in China in December, in a global cri


Friday, October 30, 2020Moscow plans vaccinations as Russia’s COVID-19 cases hit record amid doctor shortage

Moscow residents may be able to get vaccinated as early as next month if large volumes of doses are supplied by then, Deputy Mayor says

Moscow: Authorities in Moscow were preparing for mass vaccinations against COVID-19 and Russia’s daily tally of infections rose past 18,000 to a record high, amid a shortage of doctors across the country, the Kremlin said on Friday.

Moscow residents who want to be vaccinated against COVID-19 may be able to do so as early as next month if large volumes of doses are supplied by then, Deputy Mayo


Friday, October 30, 2020Nice residents mourn church attack dead as official warns of more militant attacks

France at war with Islamist ideology, says Interior Minister; country on high-security alert after church attack

Paris/Nice (France): France’s Interior Minister on Friday said more militant attacks on its soil were likely and the country was engaged in a war against Islamist ideology following the second deadly knife attack in its cities in two weeks.

Minister Gerald Damarnin was speaking a day after an assailant shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest) beheaded a woman and killed two other people in a


Friday, October 30, 2020In BJP bastion Bankipur, 'Shotgun' Shatrughan Sinha's son Luv brings in an element of curiosity

The father had won the Lok Sabha seat on the trot in 2009 and 2014, when he contested on a BJP ticket

Patna: An element of curiosity has been introduced in the Bankipur assembly segment where a strongly placed young BJP MLAs attempt at a hat-trick has been challenged by, a still younger, Congress candidate with a formidable pedigree.

The candidature of 37 years old Luv Sinha, whose father Shatrughan Sinha had lost Patna Sahib in the Lok Sabha polls last year when he fought on a Congress ticket


Friday, October 30, 2020Emmanuel Macron's posters pasted on busy Mumbai road, cops remove them; video goes viral

A video also surfaced on social media in which vehicles can be seen driving over the posters

Mumbai: Posters of French President Emmanuel Macron were found pasted on a busy road in south Mumbai and were later removed by the police, an official said on Friday.

Pedestrians and motorists in the Bhendi Bazaar area spotted hundreds of posters of Macron, who is facing criticism from Muslim countries over a cartoon row in France, pasted on the Mohammed Ali Road under JJ flyover on Thursday e


Friday, October 30, 2020PM inaugurates 'Arogya Van' near Statue of Unity

Kevadiya (Guj): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated 'Arogya Van', a garden housing medicinal plants and herbs, near the Statue of Unity in Kevadiya village of Gujarats Narmada district.

0Arogya Van (health forest) is spread over an area of about 17 acres, displaying a wide range of medicinal plants which play an important role in the well-being of human beings, said a release by


Friday, October 30, 2020Kerala budget hotel chain feeds 70,000 people daily at Rs 20 per meal

Kudumbashree is the poverty eradication mission and one of the most successful women empowerment models of the state government.

Thiruvananthapuram: A hotel selling delicious meals at Rs 20 may not sound plausible at a time when the prices of essential commodities and vegetables are touching new highs each day.

But in Kerala, a string of hotels, providing traditional meals at this subsidised rate, has come as a huge relief for a large number of people, especially daily wage earners and those belonging to below poverty l


Friday, October 30, 2020Kerala, Goa, Chandigarh best governed states, union territory: PAC ranking

UP, Odisha, Bihar rank at the bottom; Delhi among worst performers as well

Bengaluru: 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 Kast


Friday, October 30, 2020"Congress Must Apologise": Union Minister On Pak Leader's Pulwama Boast

New Delhi: A day after a Pakistan minister suggested his country was behind the Pulwama terror attack - in which 40 CPRF personnel were killed - Union Minister Prakash Javadekar has demanded that the Congress "apologise to the country" for "conspiracy theories" and remarks about the incident.
"Pakistan has admitted its hand behind Pulwama terror attack. Now, Congress and others who talked of con


Friday, October 30, 2020India's COVID-19 cases drop below 6 lakhs; recovery rate improves to 91.15 pct

New Delhi: India's active COVID-19 cases has dropped below six lakh today. Presently, the total number of active cases in the country is five lakh 94 thousand. Health Ministry said, the constantly increasing recoveries have ensured that the actual caseload of the country is reduced and currently comprises only 7.35 per cent of the total positive cases.

The country's recovery rate among the COV


Friday, October 30, 2020Plea in SC seeks removal of party symbols on EVMs with name, educational qualification

New Delhi, Oct 30: A plea has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking a direction to the Election Commission to remove symbols from ballot and EVMs and replace it with 'name, age, educational qualification and photograph' of candidates.

The plea filed by BJP leader and advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay has also sought directions to declare that use of party symbol on EVM is illegal, unconstituti


Friday, October 30, 2020Lashkar, TRF militants behind killing of three BJP men in Kulgam: IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar

‘Vehicle used by militants seized, attackers identified, search Ops on at 8 places in South Kashmir, will get those involved in act soon’

SRINAGAR: Inspector General of Police Kashmir range, Vijay Kumar Friday said that Lashkar-e-Toiba and TRF militants are involved in the killing of three BJP men including a youth leader at South Kashmir’s Kulgam district and the police has seized the vehicle used by militants while all attackers have been identified.

Talking to reporters at the site of the incident, the IGP said yesterday at a


Friday, October 30, 2020Kashmiri Pandit organisations welcome new land laws in J-K

Jammu: Several organisations of Kashmiri Pandits on Thursday welcomed the new land laws in Jammu and Kashmir and said that ownership rights extended to the entire country is a welcome step towards the "one nation, one law and one rule" setup.

The Centre had on Tuesday cleared the decks for people from across the country to buy land in Jammu and Kashmir by amending several laws.

In a gazette


Friday, October 30, 2020Nadda condoles killing of BJP workers in J-K

New Delhi, Oct 30: BJP president JP Nadda on Friday said the sacrifice of three-party workers killed by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir will not go in vain.

Fida Hussain, Umer Hajam and Umer Rashid Beigh were shot dead by militants in the Y K Pora area of Kulgam district late on Thursday evening.

The Resistance Front (TRF), believed to be a shadow group of the Lashkar-e-Taiba, had claimed r


Friday, October 30, 2020PM greets people on Milad-un-Nabi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday greeted people on the occasion of Milad-un-Nabi and hoped that this day furthers compassion and brotherhood.

Milad-un-Nabi marks the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and it is observed in the month of Rabi’ al-awwal, the third month in the Islamic calendar.

“Best wishes on Milad-un-Nabi. Hope this day furthers compassion and brot


Friday, October 30, 2020India's Covid tally surges over 80L, Delhi also sees spike

NEW DELHI: With a fresh spike of 48,648 coronavirus infections and 563 deaths in 24 hours, India’s tally on Friday rose to 80,88,851. The national capital too continued to witness a rise in the number of daily infections.

Out of the total Covid-19 cases, 5,94,386 are currently active, 73,73,375 have been discharged, while 1,21,090 lost the battle against the pandemic.

While the recovery rat


Friday, October 30, 2020PM, LG, leaders condemn killing

Jammu: The Prime Minister Narendra Modi Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and several other politicians on Thursday strongly condemned the killing of three political workers in Qazigund area of Kulgam district.

PM Modi said, "I condemn the killing of 3 of our young Karyakartas. They were bright youngsters doing excellent work in J&K. My thoughts are with their families in this


Friday, October 30, 2020Pulwama attack Pak minister takes u-turn after accepting govt’s role

Islamabad: After admitting that the Pakistan was responsible for the Pulwama terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir in 2019 that killed 40 CRPF personnel and brought the two countries to the brink of a war, the Science & Technology Minister of Pakistan Fawad Chaudhry said that his remarks had been misinterpreted.
"My statement is very clear. It was about Operation Swift Resort that we under


Friday, October 30, 2020Economic recovery faster than expected: PM Modi

New Delhi: The Indian economy is getting back on track faster than expected as a timely lockdown and various relief measures announced by the government helped address issues faced by all sections of society and all economic sectors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said.

He also expressed confidence that the target of making India a USD 5-trillion economy will be


Friday, October 30, 2020Whole world knows Pakistan''s role in supporting terrorism: India

New Delhi: The whole world knows about Pakistan''s role in supporting terrorism and no amount of denial can hide this truth, India said on Thursday in a sharp reaction to Islamabad's objection to references to it and cross-border terrorism in the Indo-US joint statement after their 2+2 dialogue.
External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said the country that provides shelter to "m


Thursday, October 29, 20203 dead as woman beheaded in knife attack at French church

Attacker shouts ‘Allahu Akbar’; incident described as terror act

Nice: A knife-wielding attacker shouting "Allahu Akbar" beheaded a woman and killed two other people in a suspected terrorist attack at a church in the French city of Nice on Thursday, police and officials said.

Nice's mayor, Christian Estrosi, who described the attack as terrorism, said on Twitter it had happened in or near the city's Notre Dame church and that police had detained the attacke


Thursday, October 29, 2020Pak minister admits to Imran Khan govt’s role in Pulwama terrorist attack

‘You and us are all part of that success’, Fawad Chaudhry tells National Assembly

Islamabad: In a sensational admission, a senior Pakistani minister on Thursday admitted that Pakistan was responsible for the deadly Pulwama terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir in 2019 that brought the two countries to the brink of a war.

“Humne Hindustan ko ghus ke maara (We hit India in their home). Our success in Pulwama, is a success of this nation under the leadership of Imran Khan. You


Thursday, October 29, 2020China setting up world's highest-altitude data centre in Tibet

The centre is situated in a high-tech zone of the Tibetan regional capital city of Lhasa and located at an altitude of around 3,656 metres

Beijing: China is building the world's highest-altitude cloud computing data centre in Tibet that will meet the data storage needs of the country and South Asian nations like Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan, official media reported On Thursday.

The data centre is situated in a high-tech zone of the Tibetan regional capital city of Lhasa and located at an altitude of around 3,656 metres, making


Thursday, October 29, 2020Pakistan anti-terrorism court acquits PM Imran Khan in 2014 Parliament attack case

According to a report in the Dawn newspaper, the PM’s acquittal comes after he urged the court to acquit him as the prosecution was no longer interested in pursuing the case

Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was acquitted by an anti-terrorism court on Thursday in the 2014 Parliament attack case but other senior ministers, including Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, were summoned for indictment, according to media reports.

Anti-Terrorism Court Judge Raja Jawad Abbas Hassan, however, halted proceedings against President Arif Alvi due to the presiden


Thursday, October 29, 2020Former leader of Hong Kong pro-independence group charged with secession

Tony Chung, 19, was arrested on Tuesday under a new national security law

Hong Kong: A former leader of Hong Kong pro-independence group Studentlocalism was charged on Thursday with secession, money laundering and conspiracy to publish seditious material, the latest person to be targeted under a new national security law.

Tony Chung, 19, who was denied bail, was arrested on Tuesday under the contentious legislation that punishes what Beijing broadly defines as seces


Thursday, October 29, 2020Violent protesters target police over Munger firing; EC removes SP, DM

Probe ordered into firing, stone-pelting during immersion of idol of goddess Durga late Monday night

Patna/Munger: The Election Commission has removed the District Magistrate and the Superintendent of Police of Munger over the violence during a Durga Puja event early this week, even as a group of protesters went on the rampage in the town on Thursday, setting some police stations and outposts on fire and ransacking the SP office.

The poll panel Thursday also ordered an inquiry into the firing


Thursday, October 29, 2020SC stays HC order directing CBI probe against Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Rawat

Top court passed the order while hearing an appeal filed by Rawat against HC’s October 27 verdict

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Thursday stayed the Uttarakhand High Court’s “drastic order” for a CBI probe into corruption allegations against Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, saying it was passed without hearing him and taking “everybody by surprise”.

The corruption allegations levelled by two journalists pertained to the money transferred allegedly into the accounts of relatives of Rawat


Thursday, October 29, 2020Two groups clash over payment of money in UP's Etah, tense scenes prevail in area

Gupta's two brothers at the shop were also thrashed resulting in injuries to all of them

Etah (UP): Tension prevailed in Babuganj Bazar here on Thursday after a clash between two groups over payment of money, police said.

In the fight, Saif Qureshi and his companions allegedly beat up shopkeeper Deepak Gupta over payment of Rs 450 that the latter owed him, ASP O P Singh said.

Gupta's two brothers at the shop were also thrashed resulting in injuries to all of them, he added.


Thursday, October 29, 2020Cabinet approves project to strengthen dams including those managed by BBMB

As many as 12 dams in Punjab, managed by the state government, are among the total dams identified for the project

New Delhi: The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday approved the Phase II and Phase III of the Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP) which aims to strengthen 736 dams in 19 states, including those managed by Centre’s Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB).

As many as 12 dams in Punjab, managed by the state government, are among the total dams identified fo


Thursday, October 29, 2020Stubble-burning: President promulgates ordinance to deal with air pollution in Delhi-NCR

Ordinance sets up Commission on Air Quality Management in Delhi-NCR; SC defers hearing to Friday after Solicitor General Tushar Mehta informs it about ordinance

New Delhi: The Centre on Thursday told the Supreme Court that it has brought an ordinance to deal with air pollution problem in Delhi-NCR which

turns into a virtual gas chamber during October-November due to stubble-burning by farmers in Punjab, Haryana, UP and Delhi.

During hearing on PILs on air pollution, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta informed a Bench headed by CJI SA Bobde that the Pre


Thursday, October 29, 2020It is time to consider making green buildings mandatory: Vice-Prez

New Delhi, Oct 29: Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday said that it is time to consider making all new buildings to mandatorily go green and environment friendly.

Inaugurating the CII’s Green Building Congress 2020 through virtual mode, the Vice-President suggested to the governments, Finance Commissions and local bodies to encourage green buildings by way of tax incentives and other m


Thursday, October 29, 2020Yogi govt should stop harassment of weavers: Priyanka

Lucknow, Oct 29: Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has written a letter to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath over the issues of weavers and demanded the protection of their interests.

In a tweet on Thursday, Ms Vadra said, "Not giving electricity at flat rates to the weavers who have made Banaras famous in the world and harassing them for charging electricity bills at


Thursday, October 29, 2020IPL betting racket busted in Delhi; 3 held

NEW DELHI: With the arrest of three people, the Delhi Police on Thursday claimed to have busted an IPL betting racket in the national capital.

Acting on a tip-off, police arrested Ashish Gupta (37), Yogesh (26) and Himanshu Rawat (29) on Wednesday from Saini Basti in KM Pur area of south Delhi for allegedly accepting bets on Indian Premier League matches, they said.

Deputy Commissioner of P


Thursday, October 29, 2020'Pak Army chief's 'legs were shaking' as Qureshi said India would attack if Abhinandan not freed'

Islamabad, Oct 29: Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa was perspiring and his "legs were shaking" as Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said during a meeting that if Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was not released, India would attack Pakistan at 9 PM , a top Opposition leader has said.

Recalling the tension in Islamabad after India bombed a terror training ca


Thursday, October 29, 2020SC seeks Centre's reply on plea alleging no approval for Remdesivir, Favipiravir to treat COVID-19

New Delhi, Oct 29: The Supreme Court Thursday sought response from the Centre on a plea alleging that two medicines Remdesivir and Favipiravir, are being used for the treatment of COVID-19 without approval.

A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde issued notice to the Centre on the plea and sought its response in four weeks.

Advocate M L Sharma petitioner in-person referred to the bench, a


Thursday, October 29, 2020India's COVID tally surpasses 80 lakh-mark

New Delhi, Oct 29: India's COVID tally on Thursday surpassed the 80 lakh-mark after a spike of 49,881 fresh cases in the past 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry update said here.

Overall case tally of the country so far has now reached 80,40,203 , as per the data update.

In the same duration there were 56,480 cured cases of COVID recorded across the country, taking the total recoveries til


Thursday, October 29, 2020Terror funding: NIA raids office of ex-Delhi Minority Commission chief, others

New Delhi :The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday continued searches in a terror funding case at nine locations in Jammu and Kashmir and Delhi. The agency also raided the properties related to former Delhi Minority Commission chief Zafarul Islam Khan.

The raids were being held in connection with a case pertaining to some NGOs and Trusts raising funds in India and abroad in the nam


Thursday, October 29, 2020LAC standoff || Troops standing tall but talks for peaceful resolve will continue, says Rajnath Singh

Jammu: Commenting on the current situation along eastern Ladakh, the Defence Minister Rajnath Singh expressed confidence that the troops are standing firm but the ongoing talks for peaceful resolution of crisis will continue.

In an address to the top commanders of the Army, the defence minister described the Army as one of the "most trusted and inspiring" organisations in the country and said


Thursday, October 29, 2020Smriti Irani tests postive

New Delhi : Union Minister Smriti Irani on Wednesday informed that she has tested positive for COVID-19. The MP from Amethi requested those people who came in her contact to get a COVID test at the earliest.
Irani took to her Twitter handle and wrote, "It is rare for me to search for words while making an announcement; hence here’s me keeping it simple — I’ve tested positive for #COVID and wou


Thursday, October 29, 2020Bihar polls: 1st phase sees 53.54% turnout

New Delhi: Polling in the seventy-one assembly constituencies of Bihar continued beyond 6pm in the first phase of Bihar Assembly Election 2020. This was the first major election conducted amid Covid-19 pandemic. While polling remained peaceful without any major incident or EVM glitch, the state witnessed high-octane preparation for the second phase scheduled on November 3 — as both Prime Ministe


Wednesday, October 28, 2020Covid-19: Govt extends guidelines for re-opening till November end

NEW DELHI: Government has extended the Guidelines for Re-opening of activities issued on 30th of last month till end of November this year. The Union Home Ministry in its order issued today informed about the extension and reiterated that the resumption of normal activities does not mean the end of the pandemic. It cautioned everyone and urged citizens to strictly adhere to the COVID appropriate


Wednesday, October 28, 2020Defence Minister lauds Army's handling of current security environment

New Delhi, Oct 28: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday addressed top Army commanders and lauded the force for the way it is handling the "current security environment", in a clear reference to the border standoff with China in eastern Ladakh.

The top Army commanders are carrying out a comprehensive review of India's combat readiness along the Line of Actual Control with China as well


Wednesday, October 28, 2020PM does not talk about unemployment in his speeches: Rahul Gandhi

Bettiah (Bihar), Oct 28: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi Wednesday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he talks about other countries in his speeches but not about the problems facing India such as unemployment.

Gandhi, who arrived in West Champaran district for his second round of campaigning in the ongoing state elections, also attacked Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over unemploym


Wednesday, October 28, 2020India to receive 3 more Rafale fighter jets on Nov 5

New Delhi, Oct 28: India is expected to receive three more Rafale fighter aircraft on November 5 amid the simmering border standoff with China in eastern Ladakh since early May.

The first batch of five jets was inducted at Ambala airbase on September 10 in the presence of French Defence Minister Florence Parly and his Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh.

As per the 2016 agreement, India will g


Wednesday, October 28, 2020Bihar polls: PM urges people to cast votes in large numbers while adhering to Covid protocols

New Delhi, Oct 28: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday appealed to the people of Bihar to come out to vote in large number in the first phase of assembly elections in the state.

'Voting for first phase of Assembly elections in Bihar will be held today. It is my appeal to all voters to cast their franchise in this festival of Democracy while following all Covid related protocols. Maintain


Wednesday, October 28, 2020Omar wishes SRH player from J&K Samad great success on b'day

Srinagar, Oct 28: Former chief minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday wished Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) IPL player from Jammu and Kashmir a great success on his birthday.

Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter the vice president of the National Conference (NC), Mr Adullah said, 'Happy birthday @ABDULSAMAD. Here’s wishing you great success & glory but more than that good health for a long career. It


Wednesday, October 28, 2020RBI asks lending institutions to implement waiver of interest on interest scheme

New Delhi: The Reserve Bank has asked all lending institutions to credit the interest waiver on loans upto two crore rupees for the six months moratorium period beginning March 1, 2020. The government announced the scheme for grant of ex-gratia payment of difference between compound interest and simple interest for six months to borrowers in specified loan accounts.

Under the scheme, the lendi


Wednesday, October 28, 2020Covid-19 recovery rate in country reaches 90.85 pct

New Delhi: India has leaped across a significant milestone in its fight against COVID. The national recovery rate has reached 90.85 per cent. With an overall recovery of nearly 72 lakh 60 thousand patients so far, the recovered cases in the country stand at nearly 12 times more than the active cases. Nearly 59 thousand patients recovered and were discharged during the last 24 hours whereas the ne


Wednesday, October 28, 2020Centre notifies land laws, paves way for non-residents to buy land in J&K

Jammu: Ahead of the official anniversary of Jammu and Kashmir transitioned into Union Territory, the central government has paved the way for non-residents as well as investors to purchase land by amending several laws.

The amendments came over an year after the centre scrapped Article 370 as well Article 35A of erstwhile state and bifurcated it into two Union Territories. The centre anno


Wednesday, October 28, 2020'Dynastic corruption' growing challenge for the country: PM

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that "dynastic corruption" is a major challenge for the country and lamented that it has become a part of political tradition in many states.
Addressing a conference, he said that corruption which goes on from one generation to another makes the country hollow like a termite.
"Today, I am going to mention another big challenge before you.


Wednesday, October 28, 2020MHA extends guidelines for re-opening till Nov 30

New Delhi: The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Tuesday, October 27, issued an order to extend the MHA unlock guidelines for reopening of schools and colleges till November end. Now, the School reopening guidelines, released on September 30, will remain in force till November 30. There are no fresh changes in the latest guidelines and all major activities have already been allowed but str


Tuesday, October 27, 2020Russia issues nationwide mask requirement amid rapid COVID-19 resurgence

Russia has the world's fourth largest tally of over 1.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases

Moscow: Russian authorities on Tuesday have issued a nationwide mask requirement amid a rapid resurgence of the coronavirus outbreak.

Health authorities registered 16,550 new cases and 320 new deaths on Tuesday, the highest daily death toll since the beginning of the pandemic.

Russia's public health agency, Rospotrebnadzor, ordered all Russians to wear masks in crowded public spaces, on pub


Tuesday, October 27, 2020Iran reports record 6,968 new coronavirus cases and 346 deaths in past 24 hours

Country’s total number of cases 581,824

Dubai: Iran on Tuesday reported 6,968 new coronavirus cases and 346 deaths in the past 24 hours, its highest daily tally, pushing the death toll in the hardest-hit Middle Eastern country to 33,299.

Health ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari told state media that the new cases brought the country’s total number of identified cases to 581,824.


Tuesday, October 27, 2020Turkey's Erdogan sues Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker for insults

Geert Wilders posted a cartoon depicting Erdogan wearing a bomb-resembling hat on his head, with the comment: ‘terrorist’

Ankara :Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is suing Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders after the anti-Islam politician posted a series of tweets against the Turkish leader, including one that described him as a “terrorist”.

The state-run Anadolu Agency said Erdogan's lawyer on Tuesday filed a criminal complaint against Wilders at the Ankara Chief Prosecutor's office for “insulting the president”


Tuesday, October 27, 2020200-pound tortoise is back home after escaping Alabama pen

A motorist who spotted the animal on the side of the road took it to his 200-acre (81-hectare) spread in Marshall County, owner Ty Harris told The Gadsden Times in a story Monday

Sardis City: A 200-pound tortoise named Sparkplug that escaped from a pen in Alabama is back home after a journey across two counties and at least one soybean field.

Sparkplug, a 60-year-old African spurred tortoise that lived in an enclosure in Etowah County, pushed its way out of the fenced pen on Thursday. A motorist who spotted the animal on the side of the road took it to his 200-acre (81


Tuesday, October 27, 2020Saudi Arabia condemns cartoons offending Prophet Mohammad

In Saudi Arabia, calls for a boycott of French supermarket chain Carrefour were trending on social media

Dubai: Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, on Tuesday condemned cartoons offending the Prophet Mohammad and any attempts to link Islam with terrorism but did not echo calls by other Muslim states for action against images being displayed in France of the Prophet.

A Foreign Ministry official also said in a statement that the Gulf state condemned all acts of terrorism, in an apparent referen


Tuesday, October 27, 2020Focus on 5 states, super spreading events, as pandemic decline continues: Govt

50% daily new cases, 58 pc daily new deaths in five states each

New Delhi: Even as India on Tuesday registered a three-month low in daily new COVID cases at 36,479, the government said there was no cause for complacency considering several other nations in Europe and the US are experiencing worse second waves than the first one.

“We are fortunate that we are witnessing a decline except in few states, this is more worthy as other nations continue to see se


Tuesday, October 27, 2020Kerala first state in the country to fix floor price for vegetables

Floor price will be 20 pc above the production cost of the vegetable

Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday said Kerala had become the first state in the country to fix the floor price for vegetables.

The floor price will be 20 per cent above the production cost of the vegetable. Even if the market price goes below the floor price, the produce will be procured at the floor price from the farmers.

He said this while launching the schem


Tuesday, October 27, 2020UP: Police constable kills himself with service revolver

No suicide note was recovered

Sambhal (UP): A police constable allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself with his service revolver in the residential area of Hayat Nagar Police Station on Tuesday.

Ankit Yadav (26), who was posted at the Hayat Nagar Police Chowki, hailed from Bijnor district and became a constable in 2016.

Senior officials have reached the spot along with the forensic team and investigations have


Tuesday, October 27, 2020‘Dynastic corruption’ growing challenge for the country: PM Narendra Modi


Tuesday, October 27, 2020Street vendors need assistance package, not loans: Priyanka

Lucknow, Oct 27: Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Tuesday said that street vendors and small traders need a special assistance package and not loans.
Reacting to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's interaction with vendors in UP, the Congress leader said that during the lockdown street vendors and small shopkeepers were hit hard.

"It became difficult for them to run their homes,


Tuesday, October 27, 2020MHA repeals 11 land laws of Jammu & Kashmir

NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, on Tuesday repealed 11 more laws of the erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir.

The announcement has been made by Ministry of Home Affairs as per its order to be called the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Adaptation of Central Laws) Third Order, 2020.

The legislations repealed as whole include the Jammu and Kashmir


Tuesday, October 27, 2020PM extends greetings to soldiers on Infantry Day

New Delhi, Oct 27: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday greeted all ranks of the Indian infantry on the occasion of Infantry Day, saying India is proud of the role played by them in protecting the nation.

Infantry Day is observed on October 27 to mark the landing of first Indian troops in Jammu and Kashmir in 1947 to push back Pakistan supported intruders.

"Greetings to all ranks of our


Tuesday, October 27, 2020Any Indian citizen can now buy land in Jammu and Kashmir, Centre notifies new rules

Jammu: The Centre on Tuesday notified new land rules governing municipal areas in Jammu and Kashmir allowing any Indian citizen to purchase non-agricultural land in the Union territory.

As per the notification issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, no domicile or permanent resident certificate is required for purchasing non-agricultural land in Jammu and Kashmir.

However, agricultural land


Tuesday, October 27, 2020COVID-19: India reports lowest 24-hrs rise in three months

New Delhi, Oct 27: India on Tuesday reported single day spike of 36,470 infections of COVID-19, a figure less than 40k being reported after over three months, pushing the country caseload to 79,46,429 lakh.

The death toll soared to 1,19,502 with 488 fresh fatalities.

According to Union Health Ministry, the active cases saw a drop of 27,860 and currently stood at 6,25,857 which accounted for


Tuesday, October 27, 2020SC transfers Hathras case to Allahabad High Court

New Delhi, Oct 27: The Supreme Court on Tuesday transferred the Hathras gangrape case to the Allahabad High Court for monitoring the ongoing investigations.

"We transfer the Hathras gangrape case to the Allahabad High Court," the bench of the Apex Court said.

"The CBI will have to approach the Allah and High Court with its detailed status report in the case," a bench of the Apex Court, head


Tuesday, October 27, 2020Amid China stand-off along LAC, NSA Doval meets Pompeo in Delhi

New Delhi: Amid the ongoing stand-off with China along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on Tuesday met US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is in New Delhi for the third India-US 2+2 ministerial dialogue.

Pompeo landed in India on Monday along with his wife Susan, and US Secretary of Defence Mark T. Esper, even as the campaigning for the US president


Tuesday, October 27, 2020PM Modi to interact with beneficiaries of PM SVANidhi Scheme from UP via video conferencing today

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with the beneficiaries of PM Street Vendor’s AtmaNirbhar Nidhi (PM SVANidhi) Scheme from Uttar Pradesh today via video conferencing.

Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh will also be present on the occasion.

PM SVANidhi scheme was launched on 1st of June this year to help poor street vendors, impacted by COVID-19, resume livelihood activitie


Tuesday, October 27, 2020India's Fatality Rate from COVID-19 declines to 1.5%: Health Ministry

NEW DELHI: Ministry of Health has said that on a steady decline, India's Fatality Rate from COVID-19 has touched 1.5 per cent.

The Ministry in a tweet said, the aim is to achieve Case Fatality Rate - CFR of less than one per cent and sustain it. It said,

14 States and Union Territories are demonstrating CFR less than one per cent even today.

The Ministry said, this has been possible


Tuesday, October 27, 2020Country's COVID-19 recovery rate crosses 90.62%: Govt

NEW DELHI: Union Government today said that the country's COVID-19 recovery rate has crossed 90.62 percent.

More than 63 thousand COVID patients recovered during the last 24 hours.

Health Ministry said the total number of recoveries has gone up to over 72 lakh.

Actual caseload currently comprises only 7.88 per cent of the total positive cases.

Presently, the total number of active


Tuesday, October 27, 2020Mehbooba Mufti should go to Pakistan with family: Gujarat DyCM

Ahmedabad: Angered over PDP president Mehbooba Mufti's recent remarks about the scrapping of Article 370, Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel on Monday said the former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir should move to Pakistan with family if she doesn't like India and its laws.

Patel, addressing a bypoll rally in Kurali village of Vadodara district, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and


Tuesday, October 27, 2020IT Dept. conducts search & seizure on 42 premises across Delhi- NCR, Haryana, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa

NEW DELHI: The Income tax Department on Monday carried out a search and seizure action on a large network of individuals running the racket of entry operation and generation of huge cash through fake billing.

The search operations were conducted on 42 premises across Delhi- NCR, Haryana, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Goa.

The search has led to seizure of evidences exposing the entire network of


Tuesday, October 27, 2020Blast hits mosque in Pakistan's Peshawar; 5 dead, 55 injured

Islamabad, Oct 27 : At least five people were killed and 55 others injured in a powerful explosion at a mosque in Peshawar, the capital city of Pakistan's northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Tuesday morning.

The blast which occurred around 0800 hrs was heard in the vicinity of 500 metres. There was a large number of students inside the seminary, and routine morning classes were being comm


Tuesday, October 27, 2020Rajnath Singh's address at Army Commanders’ Conference postponed to Oct 28

New Delhi, Oct 27: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh's Tuesday address to the four-day Army Commanders’ Conference currently being held in the national capital has been postponed to Oct 28.

Mr Singh will address the conference on Wednesday at 1200 hrs as the minister has to participate in 2+2 Indo-US Ministerial Dialogue today, an official communique read.

The last-minute changes were made as


Tuesday, October 27, 2020BJP retains LAHDC with 15 seats Congress wins 9, Independent 2

Leh: Retaining power, the BJP on Monday won the election to the 26-member Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC)-Leh by bagging 15 seats, while the Congress got nine seats.
Independents won two seats in the election, the first since Ladakh was made a Union Territory in August last year.
BJP president J P Nadda termed the party's victory in the Thursday vote as historic. "Gratitude t


Tuesday, October 27, 2020Army Commanders conclave begins

Jammu: Top commanders of the Army on Monday held extensive deliberations on a plethora of issues relating to human resource management in the 1.3 million-strong force, on the opening day of a four-day conference, official sources said.
On Tuesday, the commanders are likely to carry out a comprehensive review of India's combat readiness in eastern Ladakh as well as other sensitive areas along the


Tuesday, October 27, 2020One militant Killed in valley

Srinagar: A militant was killed while another surrendered before the forces in an encounter that broke out in Noorpora village of Awantipora belt in South Kashmir's Pulwama district on Monday.
An official said that one militant was killed in an initial exchange of fire while as the other surrendered before the forces.
He said his family was taken to the spot, who along with Police and Army re


Monday, October 26, 2020Youth arrested with grenades, detonator in Bihar's Kaimur district

Kaimur police arrested a person for carrying three hand grenades and a detonator on Sunday night.

The accused Deepak Kumar was on the way to his village in Kaimur district from Chandausi sub-town in adjoining Varanasi district and carrying the ammunition in a cotton bag.

Mohamad Dilnawaj Ahmed, SP of Kaimur district said: "He was carrying the ammunition in a cotton bag and was apprehended a


Monday, October 26, 2020Accession of JK with India final and complete, says Jitendra Singh

Jammu: Asserting that the accession of Jammu and Kashmir with India was final and complete, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was responsible for the delayed integration of the erstwhile state.

“If there was a delay of over two months, it was not on account of Maharaja Hari Singh but on account of the then Prime Minister Nehru who was not forthcoming in


Monday, October 26, 2020Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar to meet their US counterparts in New Delhi today

NEW DELHI: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar will meet their US counterparts Mark Esper and Mike Pompeo today in New Delhi ahead of the 2 plus 2 Ministerial Meeting tomorrow. The US Foreign Minister and Defence Minister are on a two day scheduled visit to India and will be arriving this afternoon. Mr. Singh and Dr. Jaishankar will also host a dinner fo


Monday, October 26, 2020nCoV: Reasi's Salal Power Station intensifies "Jan Andolan' with 'No carelessness until there is a cure' slogan

Jammu, Oct 26: Joining hands with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's countrywide campaign against Corona virus pandemic, NHPC's Sakal Power Station has intensified 'Jan Andolan' with 'No carelessness until there is a cure' slogan in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir.
NHPC spokesperson here on Monday said that as the whole world is fighting against Covid-19 pandemic, which has, already affected lif


Monday, October 26, 2020LAHDC polls: Counting of votes underway, BJP wins six seats

Jammu, Oct 26: The BJP won six seats while an Independent candidate bagged one seat on Monday, as counting is underway for polls to 26 seats in the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, officials said.

BJP, INC and Independents are leading on three seats each, as per trends.

BJP, INC, AAP and 23 Independent candidates contested the polls for 26 seats.

Leh recorded a 65.07 per cent


Monday, October 26, 2020Stubble burning: SC keeps in abeyance its Oct 16 order appointing Justice M B Lokur panel

New Delhi, Oct 26: The Supreme Court Monday kept in abeyance its October 16 order appointing one-man panel of retired apex court judge Justice Madan B Lokur to monitor the steps taken by neighbouring states to prevent stubble burning, which is a major cause of pollution in the Delhi-national capital region (NCR).

A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde passed the order while considering the


Monday, October 26, 2020Himachal's Keylong sees season's first snowfall

Shimla, Oct 26 : Keylong and its nearby areas in Himachal Pradesh’s remote Lahaul-Spiti district experienced the season’s first snowfall early Monday, bringing smiles on the faces of the locals, who largely grow potatoes and exotic vegetables.

The state capital and Manali witnessed dry weather, while the higher reaches of the state had light snow in the past 24 hours.

The meteorological off


Monday, October 26, 2020Army Commanders’ conference begins

New Delhi, Oct 26: The biannual Army Commanders’ Conference is underway here to review the security situation in eastern Ladakh.

The conference, being chaired by Indian Army Chief Gen MM Naravane, will also include a series of reforms in its agenda for discussion.

“The first-day will be spent deliberating on matters related to human resource management,” an Indian Army official said.



Monday, October 26, 2020Counting of votes underway for LAHDC polls-Leh

LEH: The counting of votes for Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) polls-Leh started early on Monday morning.

Official sources told agency that the counting of votes started at around 9:30 am this morning in the presence of agents and supervision of officials.

As per the latest reports, BJP was leading in five constituencies while independents were leading in two constituenci


Monday, October 26, 2020PM Modi to interact with CEOs of leading Global Oil and Gas Companies today

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with CEOs of leading Global Oil and Gas Companies in the annual event organized by NITI Aayog and Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas today through video conferencing. India is an important player in the global oil and gas sector being the 3rd largest consumer of crude oil and the 4th largest LNG importer. Realizing the need for India to gra


Monday, October 26, 20205 sadhus injured in accident in UP

Five sadhus were injured, two of them seriously, when the vehicle they were travelling in met with an accident on Monday morning.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath asked officials to ensure proper treatment of the injured sadhus. He asked the officials to reach the spot without delay.

The sadhus have been admitted to a nearby medical college.

They were on their way from Agra to Lucknow when


Monday, October 26, 2020Quakes hit Manipur, Sikkim; no damage reported

Imphal: Moderate earthquakes measuring 3.2 and 3.6 on the Richter scales hit Manipur and Sikkim respectively on Sunday, officials said.

According to the Disaster Management officials of the two northeastern states, no report of loss of life or damage to property has been received yet.

A quake measuring 3.6 on the Richter scale hit eastern Sikkim at 12.6 p.m. on Sunday afternoon and it was a


Monday, October 26, 2020Dates of closing of Char Dham portals for winter season announced on Vijayadashami

New Delhi: In Uttarakhand, the date of closing of portals of four shrines for the winter season has been announced on the auspicious occasion of Vijayadashami. Uttarakhand Char Dham Devasthanam Management Board said today that this year, the portals of the Badrinath temple will be closed for the winter on November 19. The portals of Gangotri will be closed on November 15, Govardhan Puja, the next


Monday, October 26, 2020Country's COVID-19 recovery rate reaches 90.23 per cent

New Delhi: India has achieved a significant milestone in its fight against COVID as the national recovery rate has reached 90.23 per cent. With an overall recovery of over 71 lakh 37 thousand patients so far, the recovered cases in the country stand at nearly 11 times more than the active cases. Nearly 60 thousand patients have recovered in the last 24 hours whereas the new confirmed cases report


Sunday, October 25, 2020Trump is seeking second term to help himself and his wealthy friends: Obama

Obama said that Biden was not a socialist

Washington: US President Donald Trump is seeking a second term to help himself and his wealthy friends, Barack Obama has alleged, as he tore into his successor for not having a plan to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and walking out of an interview.

Seeking support for former vice president Joe Biden, who is the presidential candidate of the Democratic Party, and his running mate Senator Kamala H


Sunday, October 25, 202018 arrests as police officers hurt in London’s anti-lockdown protests

Demonstrators could be seen demanding an end to the 'tyranny' of the new rules

London: Scotland Yard said that its officers policing anti-lockdown demonstrations in central London have made 18 arrests, with three officers receiving minor injuries following clashes with the protesters.

Large groups of protesters were seen marching through the city on Saturday with banners and placards calling for “freedom” and an end to COVID-19 restrictions, which has currently placed th


Sunday, October 25, 2020At least 14 civilians killed by booby traps in Egypt’s Sinai

Islamic State militants in July attacked several villages in the town of Bir al-Abd

El-Arish (Egypt): More than a dozen civilians, including women and children, were killed in Egypt’s restive northern Sinai Peninsula over the past two weeks from explosive devices laid down in their homes by militants, security and medical officials said Sunday.

Islamic State militants in July attacked several villages in the town of Bir al-Abd, forcing people to flee their homes.


Sunday, October 25, 2020Malaysia's king rejects PM Muhyiddin's request to impose emergency rule

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia's king Al Sultan-Abdullah on Sunday rejected a proposal by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin for a state of emergency to be imposed because of the coronavirus crisis.

The king believes the government has handled the pandemic well and is capable of continuing to manage the crisis under Muhyiddin, the palace said in a statement.

Muhyiddin had made the request following a


Sunday, October 25, 2020Seychelles opposition wins presidency for first time in 43 years

Ramkalawan, a former Anglican priest, defeated President Danny Faure after three decades of unsuccessful runs for the presidency

Victoria (Seychelles): The Seychelles elected an opposition candidate as president for the first time since 1977, authorities announced on Sunday, and winner Wavel Ramkalawan reaffirmed a pledge to hike the minimum wage after COVID-19 stifled the tourism-dependent economy.

Seychelles State House said in a statement on its website that Ramkalawan and his vice-president Ahmed Afif would be inaug


Sunday, October 25, 2020Uttar Pradesh: 22-year-old man cuts off his tongue, offers to God

Police reached the spot and sent the man to a hospital

Banda (UP): A 22-year-old man chopped off his tongue at a temple at Bhati village in Baberu area here, police said on Sunday.

“Atma Ram (22) reached the temple on Saturday. He cut off his tongue and offered it to God," Jai Shyam Shukla, SHO, Baberu said.

Later, police reached the spot and sent the man to a hospital. His condition is stated to be stable, he said.

Meanwhile, Atma Ram's fat


Sunday, October 25, 2020Indian Army to hold 4-day Commanders’ Conference from Monday

The Indian Army Commanders’ Conference is an apex level biannual event, which formulates important policy decisions through collegiate deliberations

New Delhi: Amid the border stand-off with China, the Indian Army will hold a four-day commanders’ conference starting from Monday, where all strategic and human resources will be deliberated upon.

The Indian Army Commanders’ Conference is an apex level biannual event, which formulates important policy decisions through collegiate deliberations.

It is being held in New Delhi from October 26


Sunday, October 25, 2020Congress has formed ‘radical syndicate’ with Jamaat-e-Islami, PFI; RJD also its part: BJP

Jamaat-e-Islami has been banned by the Centre under the UAPA while the PFI is an alleged radical group facing allegations of providing funds for protests against the CAA

New Delhi: The BJP on Sunday accused the Congress of forming a “radical syndicate” along with the Jamaat-e-Islami and the Popular Front of India (PFI) and supporting extremism in the country, and asked if Tejaswi Yadav and his party RJD in poll-bound Bihar were also part of the alleged arrangement.

Senior BJP leader and Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the Opposition party had entered i


Sunday, October 25, 2020Low intensity blast in medicine shop in city suburb on Mahanavami

Kolkata: A low-intensity blast took place inside a medicine shop in at Kamarhati in the northern fringes of the city on Sunday afternoon as the state celebrated Mahanavami of Durga Puja.

North 24 Parganas district police said there was no report of any casualty in the incident.

A bag kept inside the shop went off around 1 pm and preliminary investigation suggested that there were some illeg


Sunday, October 25, 2020Nawazuddin Siddiqui gets stay against arrest from HC in molestation case filed by wife: Lawyer

An FIR was registered in this district under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Protection of Children against Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act

Muzaffarnagar (UP): The Allahabad High Court has issued a stay against the arrest of actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui in a molestation case filed here by his estranged wife against him and his four family members, according to his counsel.

The actor's lawyer Nadeem Zafar Zaidi said the high court has stayed the arrest of Nawazuddin, his two brothers Fayazuddin and Ayazuddin and mother Mehrunissa. The


Sunday, October 25, 2020Three more die of COVID-19 in Ladakh, 73 new cases detected

LEH: Ladakh recorded three more coronavirus-related fatalities and 73 new cases, taking the death toll to 71 and infection tally to 5,913, officials said on Sunday.

All the three deaths were reported from Leh during the past 24 hours, raising the toll in the district to 33, while rest of the 38 fatalities had taken place in Kargil district, they said.

Of the new cases, the officials said 65


Sunday, October 25, 2020Govt employees can submit multiple bills to avail LTC cash voucher scheme benefit

NEW DELHI: Central government employees can submit multiple bills of goods and services purchased in their own name to avail the benefit of the LTC (Leave Travel Concession) cash voucher scheme, according to the Finance Ministry.

The Expenditure Department, under the Ministry, has issued a set of FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) on LTC cash voucher scheme, clarifying that an employee can also


Sunday, October 25, 2020Last date for filing of Income Tax and GST returns extended till 31st of December

New Delhi: Government has extended the due date for filing GST Annual Return in FORM GSTR-9 and GSTR-9A and Reconciliation Statement in FORM GSTR-9C for Financial Year 2018-19 from 31st October to 31st December 2020.

Filing of Annual Return (FORM GSTR-9 and GSTR-9A) for 2018-19 is optional for taxpayers who had aggregate turnover below 2 crore rupees. The filing of Reconciliation Statement in


Sunday, October 25, 2020Kapil Dev discharged from hospital

Oct 25: India’s first World Cup winning-captain Kapil Dev was on Sunday discharged from a city hospital, two days after undergoing angioplasty following a heart attack.

The 61-year-old complained of chest pain on Thursday following which he was taken to Fortis Escorts Heart Institute’s emergency department.

He is doing fine now.”Mr. Kapil Dev got discharged today afternoon. He’s doing fine


Sunday, October 25, 2020PM has decided' date of war with China, Pak: UP BJP president

Ballia (UP), Oct 25: In a controversial remark, BJP's Uttar Pradesh chief Swatantra Dev Singh said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided when the country would be at war with Pakistan and China.

His remarks on Friday came amid tension at the Line of Actual Control between India and China, where the two countries have massed troops.

The BJP leader linked his claim to the beginning of cons


Sunday, October 25, 2020India needs to be militarily better prepared against China: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat

NEW DELHI: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) supremo Mohan Bhagwat in his Vijay Dashami speech, the organisation's biggest annual event, said on Sunday that India needed to be militarily better prepared against China.

Bhagwat also called the dragon 'expansionist', while urging the government to forge an alliance against China with its immediate neighbours like Nepal, Sri Lanka and others.



Sunday, October 25, 2020Plea in SC seeks transfer of petitions challenging minority status of five communities

New Delhi, Oct 25: A plea has been filed in the Supreme Court, seeking a transfer of all pending petitions before various high courts challenging the validity of the Centre's 26-year-old notification declaring five communities -- Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsees -- as minorities.

The plea filed by BJP leader and advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay has urged for a transfer of the c


Sunday, October 25, 2020India wants end to border tension with China but will not give up an inch of land, says Defence Minister Rajnath Singh

New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today said India wants the Indo-China border tension to end and peace preserved, at the same time our army will not let anyone take even an inch of our land. He was speaking after performing 'Shastra Puja' on the occasion of Dussehra with Army soldiers in Sikkim.

The Minister performed the 'Shastra Puja' with the soldiers at the Nathula Pass near the


Sunday, October 25, 2020PM Modi to interact with beneficiaries of PM SVANidhi Scheme from Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with the beneficiaries of PM SVANidhi Scheme from Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday via video conferencing. Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh will also be present on the occasion.

PM Street Vendor’s AtmaNirbhar Nidhi (PM SVANidhi) scheme was launched on the 1st of June this year to help poor street vendors, impacted by COVID-19, resume livelihood acti


Sunday, October 25, 2020Country's COVID-19 recovery rate reaches 90 per cent

NEW DELHI: India has crossed a significant milestone in its fight against COVID, as the recovery rate has reached 90 per cent Today. Over 70 lakh 78 thousand patients have recovered from this highly infectious disease in the country so far. The active caseload of the country has also fallen below 8.5 per cent. The total positive cases in the country today stands at six lakh 68 thousand 154 which


Sunday, October 25, 2020Remember soldiers guarding our borders, light a 'diya' for them: PM Modi

New Delhi, Oct 25: Asserting that India stands firmly with its brave soldiers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged people to light a 'diya' at their homes to honour security forces guarding its borders while they celebrate festivals.

In his monthly 'Mann ki Baat' radio broadcast, Modi wished people on Dussehra and said that with various festivals coming up, they need to show patience


Sunday, October 25, 2020'Our values are shared by majority of American people': Kamala Harri

Washington, Oct 25: Democratic vice presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris has said her party's views on issues like healthcare and the coronavirus pandemic are shared by a majority of Americans, flaying President Donald Trump for an "utter failure" of leadership and refusing to condemn white supremacy.

Deflecting President Trump's remarks, who described her as a "female socialist", Harr


Sunday, October 25, 2020India will uphold interests of developing world at UNSC: EAM S Jaishankar

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar said reformed multilateralism has become an essential imperative as UN marks its 75th Anniversary.

In a series of tweets, the Minister said India will enter UNSC in January 2021 as a non-permanent member. He asserted that India will uphold the interests of the developing world and seek to strengthen the global consensus on key contemporary


Sunday, October 25, 2020Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan says Corona vaccine likely be available in country by January 2021

New Delhi: Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has expressed hope that Covid-19 vaccine will be made available in the country by January next year.

Speaking at a programme on DD News, Dr Vardhan said there are three vaccine candidates in India, out of which one is at the advanced stage of clinical trial of phase-3. The other two vaccine candidates, which are in clinical trial of phase-2, one has re


Sunday, October 25, 2020Rajnath Singh performs Shastra Puja at Nathu-la

New Delhi, Oct 25: On the occasion of Vijay Dashmi, Defence minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday performed Shastra Puja - worshipping of weapons with the Indian Army troops at Nathu-la’s Sherathang in Sikkim, less than 2 km from the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China.

‘‘A very happy Vijay Dashmi to all the countrymen. Today, on this occasion I will be visiting Nathu-la and interacting with tr


Sunday, October 25, 2020Rajnath reviews LAC situation in Sikkim

NEW DELHI: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday reviewed the combat preparedness of the Indian Army at the Sukna-based headquarters of its 33 Corps which is responsible for guarding the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China in the Sikkim sector, officials said.
The defence minister arrived at the key military base, popularly known as ”Trishakti” Corps, in Darjeeling district in late afte


Saturday, October 24, 2020US Navy: 2 onboard training plane killed in Alabama crash

The plane had flown out of Naval Air Station Whiting Field, about 48.28 kilometers northeast of Pensacola, Florida

Foley (US): A US Navy training plane that took off from Florida crashed Friday in an Alabama residential neighbourhood near the Gulf Coast, killing both people in the plane, authorities said.

Zach Harrell, a spokesperson for Commander, Naval Air Forces, said both people in the T-6B Texan II training plane died, but they weren't immediately releasing their names. No injuries were reported on th


Saturday, October 24, 2020Roadside bomb kills 9 in eastern Afghanistan: Official

No one claimed responsibility for attacks

Kabul: A roadside bomb killed nine people in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, after it struck a minivan full of civilians, a local official said.

Ghazni province police spokesman Ahmad Khan Sirat said that a second roadside bomb killed two policemen, after it struck their vehicle that was making its way to the victims of the first explosion.

Sirat added that the bombings had wounded several


Saturday, October 24, 2020'Yellow dust from China could spread Covid'; North Korea warns people to stay inside

Seoul: North Korea has warned its citizens to stay indoors, saying seasonal yellow dust blowing in from China might carry the new coronavirus into the country.

"As the new coronavirus infections continue to spread around the world, the need to deal with the yellow dust and take thorough measures has become more critical," North Korea's official party newspaper Rodong Sinmun said on Thursday.


Saturday, October 24, 2020France’s COVID-19 cases top 1 million as daily tally hits new high

The overall caseload currently stands at 1,084,659. The death toll increased to 34,508

Paris: After Spain, France has become the second country in Europe to pass the grim milestone of one million coronavirus cases after new single-day infections surged by over 40,000 for the second day in a row, according to the health authorities.

In the past 24 hours, the country confirmed 42,032 new cases on Friday, beating Thursday’s record of 41,661, Xinhua news agency reported.

The over


Saturday, October 24, 2020DRG jawan killed, another hurt in face-off with Naxals in Chhattisgarh's Narayanpur

Narayanpur: A District Reserve Guard (DRG) jawan was killed and another injured in a gunfight with Naxals in Chhattisgarh's Narayanpur district on Saturday, police said.

The skirmish took place around 10 am near Tadur village under Orchha police station limits, where a team from the DRG was out on a counter-insurgency operation, Narayanpur superintendent of police Mohit Garg said.

A group o


Saturday, October 24, 2020Deadline for filing income tax returns extended till December 31

Earlier, the deadline had been extended to November 30 owing to the coronavirus pandemic

New Delhi: In a relief to taxpayers, the government on Saturday further extended the deadline for filing returns by individual taxpayers for FY 2019-20 by a month till December 31.

Also, the due date of furnishing Income Tax Returns (ITRs) for taxpayers whose accounts require to be audited has been extended till January 31, 2021.

The government had earlier in May extended various due d


Saturday, October 24, 2020Farmer unions call meeting on Oct 28 to decide on protests at petrol pumps

Farmers have barricaded private petrol pumps in the state

Bathinda : Farmer unions will hold a meeting in Bathinda on October 28 to decide on whether they should continue to protest against private petrol pumps, farm leaders said on Saturday.

Representatives of Reliance and Essar petrol pumps dealers in Punjab met farmer leaders from Bhartiya Kisan Union Ekta Ugrahan as they negotiated terms for allowing petrol pumps to function normally. Farmers hav


Saturday, October 24, 2020CPI(M) suggestion to withdraw general consent to CBI in Kerala draws flak from opposition

Thiruvananthapuram: A suggestion by the ruling CPI(M) to withdraw the general consent to the CBI in Kerala drew flak from the opposition Congress and BJP on Saturday, which alleged it was to hide ‘rampant corruption’ of the Left government.

However, state law minister AK Balan pointed out that Congress ruled states had withdrawn consent for the CBI and even their party leader Rahul Gandhi had


Saturday, October 24, 2020Arvind Kejriwal throws open Seelampur, Shastri Park flyovers for public

Kejriwal says his government has built the two flyovers at a cost of Rs 250 cr against the sanctioned amount of Rs 303 cr

New Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal threw open the much-awaited flyovers at Seelampur and Shastri Park for the public in northeast Delhi on Saturday and said the AAP government is ensuring the best facilities for the people of the city by saving money in every project.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal along with PWD Minister Satyendar Jain during the inauguration of newly-constructed S


Saturday, October 24, 2020ITBP working in extreme conditions on mountainous borders of nation: MoS Reddy

New Delhi, Oct24: The Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy on Saturday said the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) is working with zeal and high order of professionalism in the uncongenial and extreme conditions on the mountainous borders of the nation.

Speaking at the 59th Raising Day, Mr Reddy specifically emphasized specifically on the selfless service rendered by the ITBP in va


Saturday, October 24, 2020COVID-19 spread slowdowns in India with 53,370 new cases, 670 deaths

New Delhi, Oct 24: India recorded 53,370 fresh COVID-19 cases and 650 more deaths from the virus in the past 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry said on Saturday.

With the new additions, the total number of cases in the second most-infected country surged to 78,14,682 while the death toll reached 1,17,956.

On the brighter side, the active cases are below seven lakhs and counted at 6,80,680,


Saturday, October 24, 2020Gujarat was first state to adopt policy for solar power: Modi

New Delhi, Oct 24: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated three projects in Gujarat including the Kisan Sarvodaya Scheme, under which the farmers will get electricity during the day for the irrigation purpose and said that Gujarat was first state to adopt policy for solar power generation.

Besides Kisan Suryoday Scheme, Modi also inaugurated Paediatric Heart Hospital attached wit


Saturday, October 24, 2020Bihar polls: BJP promise of free Corona vaccine in manifesto

Bihar: A major row broke out on Thursday over “vaccine politics” with BJP’s Bihar poll manifesto promising free Corona vaccines and opposition parties slamming the announcement as “politicisation of the pandemic” while asking if India’s vaccination strategy would be driven by the election schedule of its states.

Unveiling BJP’s “free vaccine for all” pledge, Union finance minister Nirmala Sith


Saturday, October 24, 2020PM inaugurates three projects in Gujarat

Ahmedabad, Oct 24: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated three projects in Gujarat- one each related to farmers' welfare, healthcare and tourism development- via video link from New Delhi on Saturday.

Modi launched 'Kisan Suryodaya Yojana' aimed at providing day-time electricity to the farmers in the state for irrigation and farming purposes.

He also inaugurated Paediatric Heart Hospital


Saturday, October 24, 2020President, VP, PM Modi greet citizens on Durga Puja

NEW DELHI: President Ram Nath Kovind has greeted citizens on Durga Puja. In a message, Mr Kovind said, respect for women which has been Indian tradition is powerfully depicted in this festival. He urged everyone to take a firm resolve on this occasion to respect and empower the womenfolk, Matru-shakti.

Mr Kovind said, it is believed that Goddess Durga used the collective power of all Gods to


Saturday, October 24, 2020Election Authority issues instructions for electoral rolls

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Election Authority has issued instructions regarding electoral rolls for all Panchayats.
The Election Authority, Jammu and Kashmir Panchayati Raj Act 1989 directed, "The Electoral Roll for every District Development Council Constituency shall consist of the electoral rolls for all the Panchayat Halqas comprised within that District Development Council Constituency and it


Saturday, October 24, 2020Opp insulting martyrs by promising restoration of Article 370: PM Modi

Bihar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi slammed the opposition for promising Article 370 will be restored if they come to power.
“These people say they will bring it back if they come to power. And after saying this, they dare to ask for votes from Bihar. Is this not an insult?” PM Modi said while launching his campaign for the Bihar assembly elections with three back to back rallies.
“You tell


Saturday, October 24, 2020Govt nods to WB aided projects of Rs 347 cr to improve health care

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government has accorded sanction of implementation of World Bank assisted project for strengthening of Health Care institutions as a part of the Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery Project JTFRP.
The development comes days after the World Bank (WB) approved 367.48 Crores (approximately US$ 50 million) fund for strengthening the healthcare system in Jammu and Kashmir Union