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Blast at Pakistani religious school kills seven, wounds more than 80

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bomb in the northwestern city, near the border with Afghanistan, which has long been plagued by Islamist violence. Though militant violence in the city, and in Pakistan in general, has fallen over recent years, there has been an increase in attacks on the security forces this year in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, ... Read More »

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

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 the entry operators, intermediaries, cash handlers, the beneficiaries and the firms and companies involved.   So far, documents evidencing accommodation entries of more than Rs. 500 crore have already been ... Read More »

Indian Parliamentary Delegation led by LS Speaker to attend VIth BRICS Parliamentary Forum

Speakers and members of five BRICS Parliaments namely Brazil, Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa will participate in the Forum.  An Indian Parliamentary Delegation led by Om Birla, Hon’ble Speaker, Lok Sabha and consisting of Kanimozhi Karunanidhi, MP, Lok Sabha will attend the Forum. Smt. Snehlata vastava, Secretary General, Lok Sabha will also attend the above event.   The ... Read More »

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The National Capital Delhi will be experiencing mist. The temperature will hover between 14 and 33 degree Celsius.         In Mumbai, sky will be partly cloudy. The lower level of temperature in the metropolis was 26 degree Celsius and the upper level will be around 32 degrees. Chennai will have generally cloudy sky with light rain. The ... Read More »

New Delhi: Third India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue underway

From the Indian side, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar are leading the delegation.   United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defence Mark Esper are leading the US delegation. Both the Secretaries earlier paid tributes at National War Memorial.    The visiting US Secretaries will also meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi ... Read More »

Country’s COVID-19 recovery rate crosses 90.62%

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 cases in the country is six lakh 25 thousand.   During the past ... Read More »

PM Modi interacts with beneficiaries of PM SVANidhi Scheme from UP

Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh was also 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 activities.   Till date, a total of more than 24 lakh applications have been received under the scheme, out of which more than 12 lakh have been sanctioned ... Read More »

Vigilance Awareness Week begins across country today

Vigilance Awareness Week is observed every year during the week in which the birthday of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel falls on 31st of October.   The CBI is hosting a 3-day national conference on vigilance and anti-corruption beginning from Tuesday.    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the conference via video conferencing Tuesday evening.  The CBI organizes this national conference coinciding ... Read More »

BCCI announces Indian squads for upcoming tour of Australia

According to the BCCI release, the Selection Committee met via video-conference on Monday to pick the three squads.   India is playing three T-20Is, three ODIs and four Test matches against Australia.    One big omission from all the three squads is Rohit Sharma who is currently sitting out of Mumbai Indians’ games due to an injury.   The BCCI said, ... Read More »

India’s rapidly growing energy sector presents tremendous opportunities to investors: PM

Interacting with CEOs of leading oil and gas companies in the annual event organized by NITI Aayog and Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas on Monday, PM Modi said, India’s rapidly growing energy sector presents tremendous opportunities to investors.   During the interaction, Prime Minister highlighted that energy is at the centre of human development, which is why conversations around the ... Read More »

Armenia, Azerbaijan accuse each other of violating new US supported ceasefire

The latest developments raised doubts about the prospects of the new international push to end a month of clashes.    The latest ceasefire was agreed on Sunday after separate talks in Washington between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan.   Representatives of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk ... Read More »

Japan to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050

Suga announced this in his policy speech at first parliamentary session since he took office last month.   The Prime Minister said, he intends to make a sustainable economy a pillar of his growth strategy and put maximum effort into achieving a green society.   Suga emphasized the need to shift away from fossil fuels to counter climate change as ... Read More »

Five day long celebration of Durga Puja concludes in Bangladesh

This year many of the usual activities during the Puja like Kumari Puja, Shidur Khela, Dhunchi dance competition and immersion procession called ‘Shobhajatra’ were not held as certain restrictions were imposed by the government due to Corona pandemic in the country.   The process of immersion started in the afternoon in the capital city where the idols were immersed in ... Read More »

PM Modi to interact with beneficiaries of PM SVANidhi Scheme from UP

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 activities.   Till date, a total of more than 24 lakh applications have been received under the scheme, out of which more than 12 lakh have been ... Read More »

New Delhi: Third India-US 2+2 Dialogue to be held today

From the Indian side, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar will lead the delegations. Secretary Pompeo and Secretary Esper will also meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday afternoon after the 2 plus 2 Ministerial meeting. The first two 2+2 dialogues were held in New Delhi in September 2018 and in Washington DC in 2019. The agenda ... Read More »

RM holds bilateral delegation level meeting with US counterpart

Both Ministers also expressed satisfaction that agreement of BECA will be signed during the visit.  US Secretary of Defence welcomed Australia’s participation in the exercise MALABAR 2020.   Both the Ministers expressed satisfaction at the close engagements between the respective Armed Forces. They discussed potential new areas of cooperation, both at Service to Service level and at the joint level. ... Read More »

Scientists shed new light on the possibility of survival of the first sources of illumination to the present day

Supercomputers and sophisticated numerical algorithms have allowed cosmologists to show how density fluctuations left over from the very early stages of the Universe after its creation in a Big Bang could have evolved into the ‘First stars’, but the ultimate fate of the stars have long remained elusive. Led by Jayanta Dutta from Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research ... Read More »

Team India’s T20I, ODI and Test squads for Tour of Australia announced

Team India T20I squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul (vice-captain and wicket-keeper), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Varun Chakravarthy    Team India ODI squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul (vice-captain & wicket-keeper), Shreyas Iyer, ... Read More »

Durga Puja ends with immersion of idols in Bangladesh

This year many of the usual activities during the Puja  like Kumari Puja, Shidur Khela, Dhunchi dance competition and immersion procession called ‘Shobhajatra’ were not held as certain restrictions were imposed by the government due to Corona pandemic in the country.  The process of immersion started in the afternoon in the capital city where the idols were immersed in Buriganga. ... Read More »

Key absconder arrested in Kerala Gold Smuggling case

The case pertains to the seizure of 30 Kg gold worth Rs. 14.82 crores on 5th July, 2020 at Air Cargo of Trivandrum International Airport by Customs (Preventive) Commissionerate, Cochin, from the diplomatic baggage.Investigation in the case has revealed that Rabins Hameed (A-10), while being in UAE and India had conspired with the arrested accused Ramees K. T. (A-5), Jalal ... Read More »

Self-reliant India a force multiplier for world economy, says PM Modi

The Prime Minister said that a self-reliant India will also be a force multiplier for the world economy. PM Modi said, with a smaller carbon footprint, our energy sector will be growth-centric, industry-friendly and environment-conscious.   He said, that is why India is one of the most active nations in furthering renewable source of energy. He said, India’s energy plans ... Read More »

PM Modi to inaugurate National Conference on Vigilance and Anti Corruption

The Central Bureau of Investigation organizes this National Conference coinciding with ‘Vigilance Awareness Week’, which is observed in India every year from 27th October to 2nd November. Activities in this conference would be focused on Vigilance issues aimed at raising awareness and reaffirming India’s commitment to promotion of integrity and probity in public life through citizen participation. The three day ... Read More »

Ladakh: BJP sweeps Nubra region in 6th General Council Elections of LAHDC, Leh

Out of the 15 results declared so far, BJP has bagged 11 seats while Congress has won two seats and two independent candidates have also emerged victorious.   AIR correspondent reports that BJP candidates have been declared winners in Diskit, Turtuk, Tegar, Panamik and Hundar constituencies in Nubra region.   Besides, BJP also claimed Tangtse, Korzok and Martselong , Kyungyam and ... Read More »

Country’s COVID-19 recovery rate reaches 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 reported in the same time span stood at nearly 45 thousand. The Health Ministry said ... Read More »

Microsoft begins journey to discontinue Internet Explorer

Now, when you visit an incompatible site in Internet Explorer which still has 5 per cent market share globally, the browsing session will automatically be directed to Microsoft Edge. The redirection is being achieved via an Internet Explorer Browser Helper Object (BHO). This feature works on nearly 1,156 sites, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Google Drive, among others, reports Bleeping ... Read More »

Bulgarian PM Boyko Borissov tests positive for Coronavirus

Borissov, who met Keith Krach, U.S. undersecretary of state for economic affairs, on Friday has informed the U.S. Embassy in Sofia of the situation, the head of Sofia health inspectorate said. The government press office said Borissov was able to carry out his duties and was in constant contact with his ministers as the Balkan country grapples with a spike ... Read More »

COVID19: India’s Case Fatality Rate lowest since 22nd March

Less than 500 deaths (480) have been reported in last 24 hours in the country. India has one of the lowest fatality rates in the world. The Case Fatality rate is lowest since 22nd March and is continuously declining. As part of the COVID management and response policy, there has been a sharp focus of the Central Government on not only containing ... Read More »

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh dedicates BRO Road in East Sikkim to the Nation

Necessitated due to the previous alignment having seen extensive damages due to sinking and other natural hazards, the road serves as an important link to bolster defence preparedness in the Nathula Sector in particular and in whole of East Sikkim in general. The ceremony was held through video conference from the 33 Corp Hq in Sukhna due to inclement weather. ... Read More »

Former Brazil striker Ronaldinho tests positive for COVID-19

The ex-Barcelona and Paris St Germain player was in Belo Horizonte, where he played for local side Atletico Mineiro, when he got his diagnosis. “I arrived in BH (Belo Horizonte) yesterday, I took the COVID test, I tested positive, I am good, asymptomatic so far,” the two-time FIFA World Player of the year said on Instagram on Sunday. The former ... Read More »

U.S. sees highest number of new COVID-19 cases in past two days

The United States reported 79,852 new infections on Saturday, close to the previous day’s record of 84,244 new cases. Hospitalizations are also rising and have hit a two-month high and deaths are trending upwards, according to a Reuters tally. So far in October, 29 states have set records for increases in new cases, including five considered key in the Nov. ... Read More »

Jamie Vardy’s header gives Leicester first win at Arsenal in 47 years

The win lifted Brendan Rogers’ side to fourth on 12 points, while the Gunners stay in 10th place on nine after six games. Arsenal were left ruing their failure to score in the first half hour when they pushed forward time and again, racking up 10 shots and six corners to Leicester’s one and zero respectively. They had the ball ... Read More »

Oil falls as COVID-19 case surge stokes demand concerns

Brent crude LCOc1 was down 70 cents, or 1.7%, at $41.07 by 0353 GMT. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) dropped 69 cents, or 1.7%, to $39.16, having fallen more than a dollar shortly after the start of trading. Brent fell 2.7% last week and WTI dropped 2.5%. The United States reported its highest number yet of new coronavirus infections in two days ... Read More »

Global Covid-19 cases nearing 43 million: Johns Hopkins

As of Monday morning, the total number of cases stood at 42,918,008, while the death toll surged to 1,152,773, Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update. The US is the worst-hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 8,633,194 and 225,215, respectively, according to the CSSE. India comes ... Read More »

United States announces new Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire as fighting persists

The latest ceasefire is due to take effect at 8 a.m. local time (12 a.m. EDT) on Oct. 26, the U.S. State Department and the governments of Azerbaijan and Armenia said in a joint statement. “Congratulations to Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, who just agreed to adhere to a cease fire effective at midnight. Many ... Read More »

Four-day Indian Army Commanders’ Conference begins today in Delhi

 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 26-29, 2020. The conference will be attended by senior officers of the Army including the vice chief of army staff, all commanders, principal staff officers (PSOs) of the Army Headquarters and other senior ... Read More »

RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das tests positive of COVID-19, to work from isolation

Das, however, said that he is asymptomatic and is feeling alright. “I have tested COVID-19 positive. Asymptomatic. Feeling very much alright. Have alerted those who came in contact in recent days,” he said in a tweet. The governor said that he would continue to work from isolation and assured that the central bank’s work will not be impacted. “Will continue ... Read More »

Spain announces new state of emergency as COVID infections soar

The measures go into force from Sunday night and will require all regions except the Canary Islands to impose a nighttime curfew and limit the number of people allowed to meet to six. “We are living in an extreme situation … it is the most serious health crisis in the last century,” he told a news conference following a cabinet ... Read More »

Paddy Procurement gains good momentum showing increase of 23% over last year

Paddy procurement for Kharif 2020-21has gained good momentum in the procuring States and UTs of Punjab, Haryana, UP, TN, Uttarakhand, Chandigarh, J&K, Gujarat and Kerala with purchase of over 144.59 LMTs of paddy upto 24.10.2020 against the last year corresponding purchase of 117.55 LMT which is an increase of 23 % over last year. Out of the total purchase of ... Read More »

Campaigning for first phase of Bihar assembly elections set to end today

Apart from seeking votes on the development agenda..the day also saw the BJP lashing out against the Mahagathbandhan for attempting to divide the electorate to make a bid to return to power in the state. Dusshehra day saw leaders from all parties reaching out to voters across Bihar. CM Nitish Kumar held several rallies, while BJP’s Manoj Tewari was in ... Read More »

Campaigning for first phase of Bihar assembly elections set to end tomorrow

Apart from seeking votes on the development agenda..the day also saw the BJP lashing out against the Mahagathbandhan for attempting to divide the electorate to make a bid to return to power in the state. Dusshehra day saw leaders from all parties reaching out to voters across Bihar. CM Nitish Kumar held several rallies, while BJP’s Manoj Tewari was in ... Read More »

Will not let anyone take even an inch of our land: Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh

Rajnath Singh on tweeter said that:  Shastra Pujan is an integral part of India’s military tradition. I was privileged to attend the Shastra Pujan ceremony held at the headquarters of ‘Trishakti Corps’ at Sukna on the auspicious occasion of Vijayadashami. Rajnath Singh said that India wants an end to the border tension with China in eastern Ladakh, but at the ... Read More »

PM Modi remembers Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel ahead of his birth anniversary

Prime Minister Narendra Modi remembered first Home Minister of Independent India Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel. As Sardar Patel devoted his entire life for the unity of the country, his birth anniversary on the 31st of October as ‘National Unity Day’. In his Mann Ki Baat address, PM Modi also talked about another aspect of Sardar Patel’s life which is maintaining ... Read More »

India celebrates festival of Dussehra amid COVID-19 restrictions

Burning into flames…this is the effigy of Ravana signifying the victory of good over evil. On one hand there is celebration of victory of good over evil, while on the other hand, the fight against Covid-19 pandemic continues. Dussehra was celebrated with religious gaiety and traditional faith throughout the country amid covid restrictions. In Karnataka….Ayudha pooja was offered across the ... Read More »

Bangladesh govt orders ‘no mask, no service’ policy

The cabinet meeting Chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina decided that no one will be allowed to enter offices without the mask. It decided that all offices must install notice boards saying ‘no mask, no service’ in order to control the spread of COVID 19 virus in the country. Briefing media after the Cabinet meeting in Dhaka on Sunday, the ... Read More »