Saturday, October 24, 2020


Big blow to Akali Dal and AAP, Phillaur leaders join Congress

PHILLAUR:The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) suffered a major setback in Phillaur on Thursday when their senior leaders along with supporters from various villages joined Indian National Congress in the leadership of former Punjab Youth Congress President and assembly constituency incharge Vikramjit Singh Chaudhary

China warns UK against offering citizenship to HK residents

BEIJING:China on Friday warned the UK against offering citizenship to Hong Kong residents and "immediately correct its mistakes" in order to avoid retaliatory measures.
In response to China imposing the national security law on Hong Kong, the UK in July reaffirmed its plan to offer citizenships only to those holding a British National Overseas (BNO) passport, reports the BBC.

Flood-hit Karnataka seeks Rs 10,000 crore aid from Centre

BENGALURU: Karnataka sought Rs 10,000 crore special package from the Central government for relief and rehabilitation works in dozen flood-hit districts across the state, an official said on Friday.

Railways receives 2.4 cr applications for 1.4L posts

NEW DELHI:The Railways said that around 2.4 crore candidtates have applied for 1.4 lakh vacancies in Indian Railways for various categories of staff to be hired by the Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs).

Dusehra bonanza for Patiala as CM to kickstart work on development projects worth Rs 1100 crore on Sunday

PATIALA:Royal city Patiala is all set to have a Dusehra gift from Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh, on October 25 as Chief Minister would kickstart the construction of development projects worth Rs 1100 during his visit to the city.

Won't let BJP succeed in its vicious agenda to divide Punjab's people on caste lines, Vows Capt Amarinder

CHANDIGARH:Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday charged the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) with trying to divide the society on caste lines to promote their political interests, and asserted that he would not allow them to impose their vicious agenda on the state.

Several senior Akali Dal & AAP leaders joined Congress in leadership of Vikramjit Singh Chaudhary

PHILLAUR:The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) suffered a major setback in Phillaur on Thursday when their senior leaders along with supporters from various villages joined Indian National Congress in the leadership of former Punjab Youth Congress President and assembly constituency incharge Vikramjit Singh Chaudhary.

Kapil Dev undergoes successful angioplasty, now stable

NEW DELHI:India's first World Cup-winning cricket captain Kapil Dev has undergone a successful angioplasty at a south Delhi hospital, a senior doctor confirmed on Friday.
The 61-year-old was operated upon on Thursday night, the Fortis-Escorts Hospital doctor said.

NCP lays red carpet for ex-BJP leader Eknath Khadse, others

MUMBAI:Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) President Sharad Pawar on Friday formally inducted senior politician Eknath Khadse and many other leaders, who quit the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday, into the party fold.

Brainchild of Chief Minister, Maharaja Bhupinder Singh Punjab sports university will come into being with Rs.500 crore, Sports Minister Rana Sodhi

CHANDIGARH:The dream of preserving rich sporting heritage and dominance of Punjab in sports by establishing a sports educational institute of international eminence, has come to fruition as the ultra-tech campus of the first sports university of the state Maharaja Bhupinder Singh Punjab Sports University, Patiala would come into existence on 92.7 acres of land with the cost of around Rs.500 crore.

Punjab lynch mob attacks child rapist & his grandpa

CHANDIGARH:A lynch mob went berserk on Friday and assaulted an accused and his grandfather, who were in police custody on charges of raping and burning a six-year-old girl of a migrant labourer in Punjab's Tanda town.

Punjab on alert as SFJ offers iPhone to students

NEW DELHI:Banned secessionist group Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) has been continuously trying to woo people to support its anti-India agenda through different means. In its illegal exercise, the group has now offered iPhone-12 to students for raising Khalistan flag on October 31 -- the death anniversary of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

Shun lantern, even poor now have electricity, says Modi

GAYA:Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that law and order was very poor in Bihar from the 1990s till 2005 and the state's present-day problems stemmed from those days, appealing to the voters to shun 'lantern' since electricity had reached every poor household in the state.

FB users can now approach Oversight Board against content removal

SAN FRANCISCO:An independent Facebook oversight board with 20 external members of the society (including one from India) is now functional and people who disagree with Facebooks decision to take down content and has exhausted its existing appeals process, can appeal their cases to the Oversight Board.

Study finds molecular link between meat diet, cancer risk

JERUSALEM:An international team of researchers has identified a direct molecular link between meat and dairy diets and the development of antibodies in the blood that increase the chances of developing cancer.

Pak fines Turkish Airlines for violating SOPs

ISLAMABAD:The Pakistan government has imposed a fine of 100,000 PKR on Turkish Airlines for violating standard operating procedures (SOPs) enforced against the Covid-19 pandemic..

VVIP chopper scam: Accused-turned-approver Rajiv Saxena granted interim bail

NEW DELHI:A Delhi court on Friday granted interim bail to accused-turned-approver Rajiv Saxena in the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal scam case being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation.

Telangana's Covid tests cross 40 lakh-mark

HYDERABAD:In its fight against Covid-19, Telangana crossed a milestone on Friday with 40 lakh tests, health officials said.
During the last 24 hours, the state conducted 38,484 tests taking the cumulative number of tests to 40,17,353.

India's daily spike again on rise as total mounts to 77.61L

NEW DELHI:After dipping below 47,000 new cases three days back, spike in daily fresh corona cases has been on the rise ever since. A total of 54,366 new infections and 690 deaths in 24 hours, took India's tally on Friday to 77,61,312.

Govt overturns DU's pro-VC's removal, calls it invalid

NEW DELHI:The chaos at Delhi University has intensified following a Central government move. A late night order by the Department of Education of Union Education Ministry issued has reversed the order by Vice-Chancellor (VC) of Delhi University Yogesh Tyagi to remove the pro-VC P.C. Joshi, stating that the latter will "act as a vice-chancellor and all the orders to be issued under the statutes with the approval of Vice-Chancellor should be issued with the approval of Pro-Vice Chancellor P.C. Joshi".

Look at India, it's filthy, it's air is filthy: Trump

NEW YORK:US President Donald Trump has described India and its air as "filthy" during the last presidential debate with his Democratic challenger Joe Biden while discussing the environment and the Paris climate change agreeement.

Coronavirus gives fragile Rohtang Pass recovery time

MANALI:The Coronavirus-induced lockdowns have cleaned up the fragile Rohtang Pass with the piles of trash almost vanished and nature making a comeback in the cold, rugged and rocky mountains of the Pir Panjal range of the Himalayas -- the origin of one of North India's major rivers, the Beas.

Mayawati makes a point by fielding candidate for RS seat

LUCKNOW:Despite having an effective strength of merely 19 MLAs in the 403-member Uttar Pradesh Assembly, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has decided to field its national coordinator Ramji Gautam for the tenth Rajya Sabha seat from the state.

Modi raises Galwan, Art 370 issues in first Bihar rally

NEW DELHI:Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday raised the issue of deadly Galwan Valley clash between India and China troops, scrapping of Jammu and Kashmir state's special status, and even the Pulwama attack in order to woo Bihar voters ahead of the Assembly elections.

At mike muzzled debate, Trump-Biden clash gingerly on Covid-19, corruption

NEW YORK: With a microphone muzzle in place for most of the last presidential debate, a somewhat chastened US President Donald Trump took the stage with his Democratic challenger Joe Biden, fending off charges of negligence and ineptitude in facing the Covid-19 pandemic.

Wrestlers happy with their progress at the training camp

NEW DELHI: The Indian men’s wrestling camp for Freestyle and Greco-Roman is currently in progress at the SAI NCOE, Sonepat. The camp had commenced on September 1 and the wrestlers had to complete a 14-day quarantine before starting their training. Wrestling is one of the most successful sports in India’s Olympic history having contributed five medals to India’s Olympic medal haul.

Union Minister of Education dedicates the permanent campus of IIT Ropar to the nation

ROPAR: Union Education Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ today dedicated permanent campus of IIT Ropar to the nation. Minister of State for Education, Sanjay Dhotre also graced the occasion. Prof. Sarit K Das, Director, IIT Ropar and Shri Ravinder Kumar, Registrar, IIT Ropar and the other dignitaries also participated in the event.

Punjabi University and Punjab Agro developed poultry feed supplement 'Limopan' from kinnow peels

CHANDIGARH:Punjabi University, Patiala and Punjab Agro Chandigarh, in a joint collaboration, have developed a product, LimoPan, which is a bioengineered nutraceutical derived from kinnow peels. It is a poultry feed supplement with the ability to replace the use of anti-biotics in poultry feed.

SHGs made thousands of women financially self-reliant in UP'

LUCKNOW:As many as 3.71 lakh Self Help Groups (SHGs) formed by the Uttar Pradesh government, have made thousands of women financially self-reliant in the state.
The state government, under the Deen Dayal Antyodaya Yojana and the National Rural Livelihood Mission, had launched a major campaign across the state under the name of State Rural Livelihood Mission to connect women, especially in rural areas of the state, to become self-employed and self-reliant.

Badheri has serious discussions with Harish Rawat

CHANDIGARH:Mr. Rajinder Singh Badheri, President, National Delegate Chandigarh,
All India Jatt Maha Sabha and Director, Punjab Mandi Board called on
Mr. Harish Rawat, Congress Incharge, Punjab and Chandigarh at Punjab
Bhawan, Chandigarh today.

Vet varsity organises virtual career counselling on fisheries

LUDHIANA:College of Fisheries, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), organised an online career counselling session for fisheries students in collaboration with faculty of University of Tasmania, Australia (UTAS) and international overseas education consultants in India, AECC Global India. Over 60 UG and PG students attended the session.

Railways to give bonus equivalent to 78 day wages to 11.58 lakh non-gazetted employees

NEW DELHI:In a piece of good news for Indian Railways employees, the Union Cabinet has granted bonus equivalent to 78 days wages for financial year 2019-20, the national transporter announced on Thursday.

Delhi riots: HC grants bail to accused on FSL report findings

NEW DELHI:The Delhi High Court has granted bail to one of the accused in a case relating to the riots that broke out in the national capital earlier this year, after observing that the forensic report "did not support the prosecution case".

Deadline for receiving applications for National Awards extended

CHANDIGARH:The last date for receiving applications for National Awards for the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in education is extended tell October 31, 2020.

IPL: Magical spell brings Siraj back into limelight

ABU DHABI:Mohammed Siraj's international outings have been disappointing. So too have been those in the Indian Premier League. Leading up to the game against Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday, Siraj had leaked runs at over 10 an over in the three previous games this season.

Fuel prices stay static, petrol ends month without revision

NEW DELHI:Petrol completed a month without revision in its retail prices as oil marketing companies (OMC) decided against changing its pump price on Thursday as international product market remained subdued while crude prices remained static.

SC: Can't suppress material facts while availing life insurance

NEW DELHI:The Supreme Court has said that a contract of insurance is of utmost good faith and a proposer who is keen to obtain a policy of life insurance is duty-bound to disclose all material facts.

India allows graded relaxation in visa, travel restrictions

NEW DELHI:As Indian government has almost lifted all restrictions imposed earlier to contain Covid-19 pandemic, it has now decided to make a "graded relaxation in the visa and travel restrictions".

Soyuz spacecraft brings 3 ISS crew members to Earth

WASHINGTON: A Russian Soyuz spacecraft on Thursday safely brought NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and cosmonauts Ivan Vagner and Anatoly Ivanishin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos from International Space Station (ISS) to Earth.

Pvt sector space players are liable for damages to space objects in space: Draft Spacecom Policy

CHENNAI:Indian private sector players wanting to provide communication service within and outside India using a space-based asset are liable for damages caused to other space objects in outer space and its environment, states the Draft Space Based Communication Policy of India-2020 (Spacecom Policy-2020) and draft Norms, Guidelines and Procedures for implementation of Spacecom Policy-2020 (Spacecom NGP-2020).