Wednesday, October 21, 2020


OYO Hotels & Homes scales up sanitisation measures

NEW DELHI: Scaling up its sanitisation measures amid the coronavirus pandemic, OYO Hotels & Homes has launched new hygiene initiatives.

Sero surveillance-4 reports not to be leaked before next hearing: Delhi HC

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday asked the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi to ensure that the results and findings of the fourth phase of sero surveillance, which is being conducted by the authorities and is due to finish this week, are not leaked till the matter is taken up by the court.

RJD slams Nitish on Bihar's backward districts in Niti Aayog list

PATNA: RJD vice president Shivanand Tiwari on Tuesday slammed Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and raised a question mark on the kind of progress taking place in the Janata Dal (United) regime in which the development parameters don't impress the Niti Aayog.

More needs to be done: Akali Dal on farm Bills

CHANDIGARH:The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) said on Tuesday that the Congress government in Punjab took up the farm Bills after farmers' ultimatum, but a lot more needs to be done to secure the future of Punjab farmers even as it announced its legislators were ready to resign enmass to ensure the Centre gave them their due.

Reliance Jio-Qualcomm develop India's first 5G product, achieve 1000 MB throughput 

NEW YORK: India's Reliance Jio, which has over 400 million subscribers on its 4G network in India, announced on Tuesday that it has developed a 5G RAN product in partnership with US wireless-communication chip giant Qualcomm Inc, that has "achieved over one gigabits (1000MB) of throughput".

PM: Lockdown may have ended but virus still there, be vigilant

NEW DELHI:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that the lockdown may have ended, but the virus is still out there and urged people not to be complacent and drop their guard in the fight against Covid-19.

SAD terms unanimous passage of three farm Bills as big victory for farmers and khet mazdoor

CHANDIGARH: The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today termed the unanimous passage of the three Bills to counter Delhi’s farm laws as a big victory for farmers and ‘khet mazdoor’ who forced the government to take a u turn and hold a special session to pass the same, even as it announced its legislators were ready to resign enmass to secure the right of farmers from the centre.

Punjab CM mourns death of Bhagwan Singh father of senior journalist Davinderjit Singh Darshi

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday condoled the sad demise of Bhagwan Singh (90), the father of Senior Journalist Devinderjeet Singh Darshi, who passed away here this evening after a brief illness. He is survived by two sons and two daughters.

Unanimous passing of agriculture bills by Punjab Vidhan Sabha historic: Vikramjit Singh Chaudhary

PHAGWARA: Former Punjab Youth Congress President and Phillaur assembly constituency incharge Vikramjit Singh Chaudhary termed the unanimous passing of agriculture bills by Punjab Vidhan Sabha on Tuesday ‘historic’ and celebrated the event with people of Phillaur. The farmers played dhol, distributed sweets and raised slogans like ‘Captain Sarkar Zindabad’, ‘Congress Party Zindabad’ to mark the momentous occasion.

Sukhjinder Randhawa lambasts Union Govt during debate on Agriculture bills in Vidhan Sabha

CHANDIGARH: The border State of Punjab has more to fear from Modi Government than the neighbouring countries. The Union Government in the garb of Covid-19, has framed three laws which are anti farmer in nature and broken the backbone of farmers, labourers and arhtiyas. This was stated by the Cooperation and Jails Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa in his address in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha.

All Punjab MLAs except from BJP join hands to meet Governor on farm bills

CHANDIGARH: In a major show of strength, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, flanked by leaders of Punjab Congress, AAP and SAD, on Tuesday expressed the optimism that the Governor will listen to the voice of Punjab but said his government was all set to take legal recourse if Mr. VPS Badnore does not sign the amendment Bills passed in the Vidhan Sabha to save the farmers and agriculture.

Smriti Irani launches developmental projects in Rae Bareli

RAE BARELI(UP):Union Minister Smriti Irani on Tuesday inaugurated various developmental projects in Rae Bareli and said that the government is working towards the completion of the development works that have remained pending for years.

NEET J&K topper's achievement will bring positive change: L-G

SRINAGAR:Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Tuesday said the achievement of Basit Bilal Khan, the state topper in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), will bring a positive change among the youth of Kashmir.

In a first, Punjab Assembly rejects Centre's farm laws

CHANDIGARH:In a first in the country, the legislative Assembly in Punjab led by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday unanimously passed three legislations and formally rejected the Centre's 'black' agricultural laws brought by the BJP-led Union government.

Rs 729 crore released to farmers against paddy procurement in Kapurthala

KAPURTHALA:The district kapurthala has set the new benchmarks in paddy procurement even in the covid times as the district have released Rs. 729.53 crore to the farmers against the procured paddy , which becomes more than 86% of the payment to be made till today.

FB, Instagram launch AR filters, GIFs, hashtags for Durga Puja

NEW DELHI:Facebook and Instagram on Tuesday launched several features and content programming to help make virtual Durga Puja celebrations as entertaining as possible in the country.

Government's AC import ban may prove disruptive for industry

NEW DELHI:With the Indian government recently announcing a prohibition on import of air conditioners (AC) in a bid to bolster domestic industry and reduce import dependence, experts say that the move may disrupt the industry but also lead to a complete revamp of its functioning in the long term.

10% hike in expenditure limits for Lok Sabha and Assembly polls

NEW DELHI:Ahead of the Bihar Assembly elections and bypolls in other states amid coronavirus pandemic, the poll expenditure limit of candidates in Lok Sabha and Assembly elections has been increased by 10 per cent. The limit was upwardly revised by the Centre after consultations with the Election Commission of India.

Uttar Pradesh BJP MLA offers to quit if charges are proved

LAKHIMPUR KHERI:Uttar Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Lokendra Pratap Singh said on Tuesday that he is willing to resign if the allegations levelled against him are found to be true.

National Deworming Day records decline in worm infection in 14 states'

NEW DELHI:Since the launch of the 'National Deworming Day' in 2015, 14 states have shown a reduction in worm infections prevalent among children while nine states showed a substantial decline, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

Punjab becomes 1st Indian State to formally reject black farm laws,Assembly passes unanimous resolution

CHANDIGARH:Punjab on Tuesday became the first state in the country to formally reject the Centre’s black Farm Laws, with the state Assembly unanimously passing a resolution rejecting the legislations and the proposed Electricity Amendment Bill, and seeking their immediate annulment along with a new Ordinance to protect MSP and ensure continuance of procurement by GoI.

Don't appreciate Kamal Nath's 'unfortunate' remark: Rahul

NEW DELHI/WAYANAD:Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said that he "did not appreciate" the 'item' remark used by party senior leader and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath for state's Dalit woman Minister Imarti Devi.

Senior Journalist Devinderjeet Singh Darshi bereaved, father passed away

CHANDIGARH: Sardar Bhagwan Singh (90) father of senior journalist and President of Digital Media Association Devinderjeet Singh Darshi today passed away after brief illness. He is survived by two sons.

OMCs hold petrol, diesel prices as global oil market remains subdued

NEW DELHI: Oil marketing companies (OMC) kept petrol and diesel prices unchanged across the four metros on Tuesday as global oil prices remained subdued and product prices remained steady.

BJP defends Goa Dy CM in porn message controversy, Oppn demands sacking

PANAJI:The Congress on Tuesday demanded the resignation of Goa Deputy Chief Minister Chandrakant Kavlekar over the ongoing porn Whatsapp message controversy, even as the ruling BJP defended him, saying that the party respects women and that efforts were on to defame Kavlekar.

First eBook on National Education Policy 2020 Released

CHANDIGARH: Since 29th July 2020, when the National Education Policy 2020 was approved by the Union Cabinet, the academic world has been surcharged with Webinars.

Centre has a tendency to use agencies as political weapons: Rahul

WAYANAD:Rahul Gandhi, the Congress MP from Wayanad, Kerala, on Tuesday said the Centre has a tendency to use national agencies as political weapons.
Gandhi said this while interacting with the media during his first visit to his constituency after the Covid-19 pandemic broke out in March.

Sidhu slams Punjab govt over farmers' issues

NEW DELHI:  All is not well within the Punjab Congress as former cricketer turned politician Navjot Singh Sidhu has sharpened his attack on Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on the issue of farmers.

Boost SOPs to prevent crimes against women in Covid centres: NCW

MUMBAI:Alarmed by cases of rapes and molestations reported at Covid-19 centres in Maharashtra, the National Council for Women on Tuesday asked the state government to ensure that standard operating procedures are strengthened to prevent such crimes.

Jathedar Brahmpura called an emergency meeting on the 22nd Oct

AMRITSAR:Shiromani Akali Dal Taksali President Mr. Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, has convened an emergency meeting of the party's core committee members, office bearers and district Jathedars on Thursday, October 22 at the party headquarters, Amritsar.

66 Indian visit visa holders still stranded at Dubai airport

DUBAI:At least 66 Indians with visit visas were still stranded at the Dubai International Airport for failing to meet the required entry regulations, according to diplomats.
Speaking to the Khaleej Times on Tuesday, Neeraj Agarwal, Consul - Press, Information, and Culture at the Consulate General of India in Dubai, confirmed the figure, which included two women.

BSP MLA says CBI raid is 'politically motivated'

LUCKNOW:Bahujan Samaj Party MLA Vinay Shankar Tiwari, who faced a CBI raid, issued a statement on Tuesday, claiming that the action was 'politically motivated and he was paying the price for being a Brahmin'.

Punjab CM to meet Governor alongwith MLAs to apprise him of bills passed by Vidhan Sabha

CHANDIGARH: Capt Amarinder Singh Chief Minister Punjab along with MLAs will meet Hon’ble Governor Punjab at 4pm at Punjab Raj Bhawan Sec 7, Chandigarh.

Jeff Bezos vs Mukesh Ambani: Battle royale for India's retail crown

NEW DELHI:The arbitration proceedings between Amazon and Kishore Biyani have begun in Singapore.
Former Attorney General of Singapore, V.K. Rajah concluded arbitration hearing on Friday, October 16 and will deliver his ruling on or before Monday, October 26, sources said.

PM Modi to address nation at 6 p.m. on Tuesday

NEW DELHI:Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said he will be sharing a message with the country at 6 p.m. on Tuesday where he is expected to make an important announcement. There is a possibility that he might inform the people about the ongoing war against the corona pandemic.

Gold smuggling case: Swapna gives a clean chit to Pinarayi Vijayan

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:Already on the mat, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan appeared to have got some relief after the statement of Swapna Suresh, prime accused in the gold smuggling case, to the Enforcement Directorate, surfaced in the media, wherein she seems to have given a clean chit to Vijayan.

FIR against deceased gangster Vikas Dubey, 2 others, in cheating case

KANPUR(UP):More than three months after he was killed, gangster Vikas Dubey has been named in an FIR lodged on charges of cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property by the Kanpur police along with his accomplice Mahesh Dikshit and latter's now-deceased wife Vijay Lakshmi.

1,486 new Covid cases, 7 deaths in Telangana

HYDERABAD:Telangana on Tuesday reported 1,486 new Covid cases, while seven more people succumbed to the infection.
The state's Covid tally rose to 2,24,545. The fresh fatalities pushed the death toll to 1,282.

Expose BJP's dishonesty, says Cong on Punjab farm Bills

NEW DELHI:Even as Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday presented four Bills in the Vidhan Sabha to negate what were dubbed as "anti-farmer" central laws on agriculture, the Congress said the "revolutionary" proposed laws exposed the BJP's "dishonesty".

Cong revs up for 'tractor yatras' to counter BJP on farm laws

NEW DELHI:The opposition Congress plans to hold 'tractor rallies' across the country in November in line with Rahul Gandhi's similar endeavour in Punjab and Haryana earlier this month in order to counter the BJP's efforts to drum up support for the three central farm laws.