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Three security personnel and an arrested Pakistani terrorist were injured on Sunday when militants opened fire on a joint search party of the Army and police inside a forest in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.
Union home minister Amit Shah on the second day of his three-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir will inaugrate two phases of a multi-disciplinary research centre and lay the foundation stone of the third phase of the centre at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Jammu.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday extended greetings to Union sports and information and broadcasting minister Anurag Thakur on his 47th birthday. Taking to Twitter, Prime Minister said talked about his long acquaintance with Thakur and prayed for his long life.
India and Pakistan renew their high-profile but one-sided cricket rivalry on Sunday in a T20 World Cup blockbuster watched by hundreds of millions of fans across the globe. India have beaten Pakistan in all of their 12 matches at the T20 and 50-over World Cups.
Home minister Amit Shah reached out to the youth of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, asking them to join the fight against terrorism and take advantage of the opportunities that have opened up because of the Modi government’s development push.
At least three states in the country, led by Bengal, have started showing signs of a spike in Covid-19 infections after Durga Puja/Dussehra celebrations last week, although in absolute terms the numbers are not big so far. Bengal reported 974 fresh cases of the virus on Saturday, the highest single-day count in the state in over three months since July 10 this year.
The Congress party will organise a massive agitation against the rise in petrol and diesel prices from November 14 till November 29. "We're going to have continuous agitation against rise in petrol and diesel prices, massive campaigns from November 14 till November 29," Congress general secretary KC Venugopal said on Saturday.
Holding that financial autonomy and adequate infrastructure for the judiciary are essential to make the system more effective, Chief Justice N V Ramana on Saturday urged the Centre to clear his proposal to set up a National Judicial Infrastructure Authority, a statutory body that will take care of the needs of the judiciary.
Vice-Admiral Anil Kumar Chawla, flag officer commanding-in-chief, Southern Naval Command, said here on Saturday that India had begun thinking of separating East Pakistan from West Pakistan from 1965 though it actually happened in 1971.
Fresh rainfall and snow alert in Uttarakhand over the next 24 hours issued on Saturday has sparked concerns in the state which is still grappling with the damage caused by rain-triggered disasters this week. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a forecast of light rainfall and snowfall in the higher reaches of Uttarakhand in the next 24 hours.
Foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Saturday said the ties between India and Bangladesh were deeper than any other strategic partnership, and that it was a role model for nations that share borders. “India-Bangladesh relations have matured over the years and the two pillars of Indian diplomacy — ‘Neighbourhood First’ and ‘Act East’ — find expression in our vibrant ties with Bangladesh,” he said.
A probe conducted by Mumbai police has revealed there is no truth in the complaint lodged by NCB zonal director Sameer Wankhede that he was being spied upon by sleuths from the Oshiwara police station. Wankhede, who is probing the cruise liner drugs seizure case, had on October 11 called on director general of police Sanjay Pandey, saying his movements were being monitored by Oshiwara police during his daily visits to a cemetery where his mother has been buried.
Former Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh’s media adviser Raveen Thukral and Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu’s adviser Mohammad Mustafa got into a war of words on Twitter and later seemed to have reached a compromise on Saturday, but not before Thukral dug up old photos of Mustafa’s family members with Aroosa Alam, a Pakistani friend of Amarinder who is being accused of being an ISI agent.
US nearing deal with Pak on access to Afghan in exchange for help in 'managing relations with India'
The Biden administration is nearing a formal agreement with Pakistan to use its airspace for military and intel ops in Afghanistan in exchange for US support for Pakistani counterterrorism missions and helping Islamabad "manage relations with India" according to a CNN report citing classified briefings to lawmakers.
Union home minister Amit Shah, who is on a three-day visit to J&K, interacted with youngsters at the J&K Youth Club on Saturday evening. During his address to the youth, he said the scrapping of Article 370 on August 5, 2019 had marked the end of terrorism, nepotism and corruption in the Valley. He assured of strict action against those trying to ruin the peace of J&K.
Representatives from India's leading Covid vaccine manufacturers lauded PM Modi for his encouragement in research and innovation. They appreciated PM's leadership in speeding up regulatory processes that has allowed India's mass inoculation programme to gain momentum and enhance manufacturing capacity.
India captain Virat Kohli on Saturday refused to get into any debate on the rationale behind his decision to quit national T20 captaincy after the ongoing T20 World Cup, saying he won't provide fodder to controversy seekers. Eyebrows were raised when Kohli announced on his social media that he would relinquish captaincy after the mega event in the UAE.
The government on Saturday issued Covid advisory to states and Union territories and urged people to shop online and avoid travel during the festive season. Noting that there has been unregulated public movement without abbiding by the Covid protocols, particularly during festivals, the government said that it remains extremely "crucial to not let our guards down".
Tens of thousands of people from minority faiths rallied in cities across Bangladesh on Saturday in protest against a series of deadly attacks on Hindu temples and homes. Demonstrations were held in more than 60 places across the Muslim-majority country, including the capital Dhaka, as protesters vented anger over anti-Hindu riots last week that left seven people dead.
Over 102 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses have so far been administered in the country, including more than 70 lakh doses administered on Saturday, the Union health ministry said. The daily vaccination tally is expected to increase with the compilation of the final reports by late night, it added.
hose wanting to become members of the Congress will now have to make a declaration of abstention from alcohol and drugs and give an undertaking to never criticise the party's policies and programmes in public forums. According to the party's membership form, new members have to give a declaration that they will not own any property in excess of the ceiling laws.
Singapore will from October 27 allow certain categories of visitors from India subject to certain conditions. "From October 26, 2021, 11.59pm, travellers from Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka who have received entry approvals will be allowed to enter Singapore. These travellers will be subject to Category IV border measure," a Singapore government agency website says.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday alleged that the BJP government has failed the country with the farmers upset, borders witnessing clashes and soaring inflation. "The farmer is upset, Inflation has touched the sky, there is a clash at the borders. India is still great. But the central government has been a failure and will remain a failure," he tweeted with the hashtag "BJPfailsIndia".
Union home minister Amit Shah flagged off the inaugural Srinagar-Sharjah flight from the Sheikh Ul-Alam international airport (Srinagar) on Saturday, reviving the direct airlink between the Valley and the UAE after 11 years. The flight, operated by Go First, took off for Sharjah at 6.30pm and is scheduled to land in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) around 9pm.
CJI NV Ramana said on Saturday he has sent a proposal for establishment of the National Judicial Infrastructural Authority to the Union minister of law and justice Kiren Rijiju in order to have complete autonomy of judiciary. While noting that an effective judiciary can help in the growth of the economy, the CJI said courts are extremely essential for any society that is governed by rule of law.
To modernise rural infrastructure in Goa, the Central government has allotted Rs 500 cores to the state, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday. "The budget allocated to modernise rural infrastructure in Goa has been hiked by 5 times. The Central govt has allotted Rs 500 crore for rural infrastructure in Goa," said PM Modi while interacting with beneficiaries of the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Swayampurna Goa programme.
India have won all their matches against Pakistan in the World Cup - both in the ODI and T20 formats. Overall India and Pakistan have played each other seven times in the ODI World Cup and five times in the T20I World Cup. India have emerged victorious on all occasions.
Gandhi captioned his post by saying, "Samodh Singh, a farmer of Uttar Pradesh, had been running around mandis for the last 15 days to sell his paddy crop. When paddy did not sell, he in frustration put fire to it himself. Where has this system brought the farmers? The need of the hour is to rethink our agriculture policy."
After a major fire broke out at One Avighna Park near Currey Road bridge, panic-stricken residents of the B wing rushed down from their homes and gathered on the ground floor as smoke started spreading. Pointing out that the sprinkler system did not start after the alarm, they claimed the builder has not handed over maintenance of the building to the housing society. The A wing was unaffected.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday called upon political parties to join forces to "defeat the BJP" ahead of her visit to Goa. "As I prepare for my maiden visit to Goa on 28th, I call upon all individuals, organisations and political parties to join forces to defeat the BJP and their divisive agenda. The people of Goa have suffered enough over the last 10 years," Mamata said on Twitter.
India reported a single-day rise of 16,326 new Covid-19 cases, taking the tally to 3,41,59,56. The death toll has climbed to 4,53,708 with 666 daily fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am on Saturday. While the active cases have declined to 1,73,728, the lowest in 233 days.
Modi govt trying to confuse people with campaign on Covid inoculation figures: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury
Senior Congress leader Adhir Chowdhury on Saturday alleged that the BJP government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is trying to "confuse" the people of the country with its campaign on Covid-19 vaccination figures.
A day after Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa launched a personal attack on former CM Captain Amarinder Singh, on Friday the latter asked him why Randhawa had not complained about his friend from Pakistan Aroosa Alam when he was a minister in his (Amarinder’s) cabinet.
Indian-American policy expert Neera Tanden, a close confidant of US President Joe Biden, has been named White House staff secretary, eight months after Republican lawmakers scuttled her nomination to another key post.
Amid disastrous weather events across India, including in Uttarakhand and Kerala recently, an unprecedented US intelligence assessment has identified India and Pakistan among 11 countries that are "highly vulnerable" in their ability to prepare for and respond to environmental and societal crises caused by climate change.
Life expectancy in India has dropped by roughly two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a statistical analysis by scientists from the International Institute for Population Studies in the city. The IIPS study was conducted to look at the burden repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic on mortality patterns in the country. Across the world, Covid-19 has resulted in excess deaths in comparison to the previous years.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is no more the undisputed leader of the white-ball attack and had to endure the struggles of going through injury rehab twice over the past two years. His hamstring has not been his best friend. It's eaten into his game time and it showed in indifferent performances once he resumed top-level cricket in March this year.
India's success in administering 100 crore doses of anti-Covid vaccines has generated a strong sense of optimism in all sections with experts upbeat about India's economy even as it was necessary to remember that having a strong "kavach (armour)" did not mean that people should let down their guard, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday.
“To invest in coal for the future is building white elephants, building stranded assets. And I don’t think developing countries have enough resources to waste,” UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres said on Friday, responding to a question raised by TOI on India’s continued investment in coal-fired power plants.
India will not commit to the 2050 ‘net zero’ goal and the country will, along with China — despite intense friction over border issues — and other developing countries, tell the affluent nations to go for carbon neutrality much before mid-century keeping in view their own cumulative historical emissions.
The death toll in extreme weather-hit Uttarakhand touched 67 on Friday. Authorities said 12 trekkers have been confirmed dead. Kapkot (Bageshwar) subdivisional magistrate Paritosh Verma told TOI that the operation to recover the bodies had to be halted due to bad weather.
Across the Mumbai harbour, the pandemic and the resultant lockdown have led to a property boom in the sleepy coastal town of Alibaug. In probably the biggest deal in the town, a 6-acre beachfront home has been sold for Rs 80 crore in Awas village of Alibaug.
Coal shortage at several power plants continues to linger despite record production by state-run producer Coal India. The threat of power outages looms as almost 73 per cent of power capacities have less than 5 days stock, a report by Crisil revealed. It noted that of the total 135 plants with a capacity of 165 GW, nearly 70 per cent were at a critical stage with less than 10 days of coal stocks.
Punjab deputy CM Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa on Friday took a dig at former CM Amarinder Singh and said an investigation will be carried out to ascertain if his friend Aroosa Alam has links with Pakistan's ISI. "Captain Amarinder Singh is saying that there's a threat from ISI. We'll look into his journalist friend Aroosa Alam's connection with ISI," Randhawa said.
The Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Friday claimed party MP Sushmita Dev's car was vandalised by some people in Tripura. Dev oversees TMC's activities in Tripura. The party alleged the BJP was behind the attack. Demanding justice, the party said, "People of Tripura will give a befitting response to this barbaric attack! Police must immediately stop acting as mere spectators."
Harish Rawat has been relieved as the Congress' in-charge for Punjab and Chandigarh. He has been replace by Harish Chaudhary with immediate effect. Rawat had met Rahul Gandhi earlier this week and urged to be relieved of his responsibilities in Punjab to allow him to concentrate on Uttarakhand, that also goes to polls next year.
The UP government on Friday transferred DIG Upendra Kumar Agarwal, heading the SIT probing the incident to Gonda. However Agarwal will continue to supervise the investigations. The UP Police headquarters termed Agarwal's transfer a routine exercise. Eight people were killed in violence that erupted in Lakhimpur Kheri during a protest demonstration by farmers on October 3.
The fifth and final Test between India and England, which was suspended due to a Covid-19 outbreak last month, was on Friday rescheduled to July next year, a decision that has pushed the start of a limited-overs series between the two sides by six days.