Saturday, October 24, 2020


RJD releases manifesto ahead of Bihar polls, reiterates promises

PATNA: As lakhs of Bihar voters are poised to exercise their franchise in the first phase of Assembly elections, the RJD on Saturday released its manifesto or vision document, reiterating the promise to recruit 10 lakh persons in government jobs if the party returned to power.

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.

Two arrested for selling illegal liquor, unidentified booked for brewing

NAKODAR:The Mehat Pur police have arrested a villager on the charge of selling country made  illegal liquor. The investigating officer Bhajan Singh   said that 100 bottles of illegal country made liquor were recovered from the possession of the accused identified as Jasvir   Singh a resident of Dharme Din Chhana   village.

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..

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.

Air India pilots seek meeting with Civil Aviation Minister

NEW DELHI:Air India pilots have sought a follow-up meeting with Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri to put forth the problems being faced by them.
The Indian Commercial Pilots Association and the Indian Pilots Guild have put in a written request to Puri in this regard.

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.

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".

Pompeo to attend US-India 2+2 dialogue in New Delhi next week

NEW DELHI:New Delhi will be hosting the third India-US 2+2 ministerial level dialogue on October 27, amidst deteriorating relations with China.

VHP slams UNHRC chief for asking to review FCRA

NEW DELHI:Soon after UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) Michelle Bachelet urged India to review the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, the statement drew criticism from the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), the most prominent affiliate of the RSS, the ruling BJP's ideological mentor.

Another plea for release of nurse's salaries reaches Delhi HC

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court will, on November 4, hear a plea seeking direction to release the salaries and allowances of the nursing staff at the Rajan Babu Institute of Pulmonary Medicine and Tuberculosis, under the North Delhi Municipal Corporation, pending since June this year.

Bihar polls: 10 lakh jobs promise draws crowds to RJD

MASAUDHI:The promise by RJD's chief ministerial candidate, Tejashwi Yadav to offer 10 lakh jobs to the people of Bihar if it forms government in the state has managed to draw crowds to the party's election rallies ahead of the Assembly polls.

If I were PM for one day, I would ban burqa & hijab'

JAIPUR:Reshma Khan, the Programme Head at the All India Radio-Akashvani, represents the voice of progressive women in India who are fearless and intelligent, witty yet sensitive and aims at climbing the ladders of progress and promotion while following the values taught by her parents.

US election outcome won't affect ties with India: Senior official

NEW YORK: A high-ranking US official said that he is optimistic that any possible outcome of the November 3 presidential election won't affect the deepening ties with India because "this relationship is much bigger than any one political party".

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.

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.

Canada-US border closure extended

OTTAWA:The closure of the Canada-US border to non-essential travel has been extended till November 21, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair announced.
Taking to Twitter on Monday, Blair said: "We are extending non-essential travel restrictions with the US until November 21... Our decisions will continue to be based on the best public health advice available to keep Canadians safe."

Pak forms committee to ensure SOP implementation at airports

ISLAMABAD:Pakistan's Aviation Division has constituted a seven-member committee to ensure the proper implementation of standard operating procedures (SOP) at airports to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Pak imposes fine on Qatar Airways for violating SOPs

ISLAMABAD:The Pakistan government has imposed a 100,000 PKR fine on Qatar Airways for violating the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) enforced against the Covid-19 pandemic.

Grand Alliance releases Bihar poll manifesto, pledges change

PATNA:The Grand Alliance in Bihar on Saturday released its election manifesto or 'Sankalp Patra', and reiterated its commitment to give 10 lakh jobs to the state's youths and waive farm loans if it returned to power.

Europe continues to battle 2nd Covid-19 wave

BRUSSELS:Europe has continued its battle with a second wave of the novel coronavirus, with several countries reporting a record surge in the number of single-day confirmed cases.

Delhi woman receives head injuries in foiling snatching bid

NEW DELHI: A snatching bid turned ugly when a 48-year-old government employee, travelling in an auto-rickshaw, was seriously injured while resisting an attempt by bike-borne robbers to take away her bag, police said on Friday.

Life insurance companies to offer 'Saral Jeevan Bima' from Jan 1

NEW DELHI:The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (Irdai) has directed all life insurance companies to offer a standard term insurance plan – Saral Jeevan Bima – from January 1 next year.

Ganguly has assured me India will tour Australia: Aus cricket boss

SYDNEY:Cricket Australia chairman Earl Eddings has put doubts over India's upcoming tour to Australia to rest, saying he has got assurance from his Indian counterpart Sourav Ganguly that Virat Kohli's men would travel Down Under for a full-fledged series.

My first salary was Rs 4,000, spent Rs 3,000 on petrol: Goa CM

PANAJI:Underlining the importance of signing up for private employment and not pining for government jobs, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant cited his own example, saying his first job fetched him a salary of just Rs 4,000, of which Rs 3,000 were spent on a two-wheeler commute every month.

65% Delhi-NCR households have 1 or more individuals with pollution-related ailments

NEW DELHI:About 65 per cent households of Delhi have one or more individuals who have already started experiencing pollution-related ailments, a survey has revealed.
Forty-seven per cent are facing cold, cough or sore throat issues, while 26 per cent are witnessing burning eyes, and 30 per cent are facing breathing difficulties, the survey results on Thursday showed.

MLA Aman Mani threatens government counsel

LUCKNOW:Controversial Independent MLA, Aman Mani Tripathi, is in news again for wrong reasons. This time, he has threatened additional district government counsel (ADGC) Ramesh Chandra Pandey.

Two drug peddlers arrested under NDPS Act

SHAHKOT:The Shahkot police have arrested two drug peddlers on the charge of selling poppy husk.

Railways to run 22 festival trains to and from Karnataka

BENGALURU: The South Western Railway (SWR) zone would operate 22 special trains to and from Karnataka from October 23-27 to ferry passengers for Dasara, Diwali and Chhath puja, an official said on Wednesday.

TN Minister Duraikkannu hospitalised

CHENNAI:Tamil Nadu Agriculture Minister R Doraikkannu was taken to a hospital in Villupuram district on Tuesday morning after he complained of chest pain and breathing problem.

Government's latest demand stimulus not enough, impact to be limited

NEW DELHI: As the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has announced a couple of demand boosting measures along with loans to states for increasing capital expenditure after a lot of anticipation, concerns have again been raised over the adequacy and effectiveness of the measures.

7 Indians abducted in Libya released

NEW DELHI:Seven Indian nationals who were abducted in Libya last month have been released, the Indian government said in an official statement.
The release came about on Sunday, nearly a month after they were kidnapped on their way to the Tripoli airport to catch a flight to India.

Punjab BJP chief's car attacked, escapes unhurt

CHANDIGARH:The vehicle in which Punjab BJP chief Ashwani Sharma was travelling was attacked by 30-40 people with bricks and sticks near the toll plaza in Hoshiarpur town on Monday evening, police said.

Davinder Singh case: NIA arrests man who supplied arms to Hizb terrorists

NEW DELHI:  The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday arrested one accused from Jammu & Kashmir's Budgam, who played a key role in supplying arms and ammunitions to one of the arrested accused in the case of suspended Deputy Superintendent of Police Davinder Singh and Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Naveed Babu, officials said.

Govt LTC scheme: Employees may have to spend over Rs 1 lakh for reimbursment

NEW DELHI: The government's measures to boost consumption demand by providing more money into the hands of individuals would require a central government employee to spend in excess of Rs 1 lakh to claim leave travel concession reimbursement of just over Rs 30,000.

No dispute with Haryana CM, but I'll keep raising people's issues: Rao Inderjit Singh

NEW DELHI:What's the central government's plan for the 100 most backward districts of the country? How true are rumours of differences between Union Minister Rao Inderjit Singh and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal. How effective will Rahul Gandhi's tractor rallies be in Haryana? Union Minister Rao Inderjit Singh spoke candidly on all these subjects and more in a special interview with the IANS. Edited excerpts:

Hiring activity in India up 24% in September:

NEW DELHI:Driven by industries like pharma, fast-moving consumer goods, education and IT, hiring activity in India saw a growth of 24 per cent in September compared to the previous month, according to a new report by job portal Naukri on Monday.

Unfazed AirAsia India sees sustained pax growth, to induct more aircraft

NEW DELHI:Despite market speculations over its future, AirAsia India foresees a sustained passenger demand to power its growth in the coming quarter.
Accordingly, the pandemic-battered airline is in fact going ahead with the planned induction of 5 fully-owned aircraft which will bring down the average fleet age to around three years.

Facebook announces bug bounty 'loyalty' programme for hackers

NEW DELHI:In its bid to incentivise cyber security researchers with additional rewards and benefits, Facebook has launched an industry-first loyalty programme called Hacker Plus.

Unlock 5.0: J&K government announces guidelines

JAMMU:As the government of Jammu and Kashmir has issued fresh guidelines for unlock 5.0, Secretary Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction and Member Secretary State Executive Committee, Simrandeep Singh on Friday gave details about the allowed and not allowed activities.