Rahul’s lawyer appealed that Rahul is a leader of a National political party and has a busy schedule.
Court allowed Gandhi permanent exemption.
China retaliates against news media in the latest feud with the US
China has ordered six US-based news media to declare information about their staff, finances, operations, and real estate in China within seven days.
Satellite photos show construction at Iran nuclear site
Iran has begun construction at its Natanz nuclear facility, satellite images released.
United Nation’s (UN) nuclear agency acknowledged Tehran is building an underground advanced centrifuge assembly plant after its last one exploded in a reported sabotage attack last summer
Turkey to take legal, diplomatic steps against French caricature of Erdogan
Turkey has vowed to take “legal, diplomatic actions” over a cartoon of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in French magazine Charlie Hebdo.
The cartoon depicts Turkey’s president lifting the dress of a veiled woman.
US early voting passes half the turnout in 2016
Early voting in the US election has now topped 70 million
It is more than half of the total turnout in 2016
Many of those casting their ballots early are seeking to reduce their exposure to coronavirus
Louisiana braces for third hurricane strike this year as ‘Zeta’ approaches
Hurricane Zeta is expected to make landfall south of New Orleans, Wednesday evening.
It has weakened to a tropical storm, but is forecast to regain hurricane strength before making landfall.
Mike Pompeo says the US will open an embassy in the Maldives for the first time
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Washington will open an embassy in the Maldives for the first time.
This was said during a five-day Asia trip attempting to counterbalance the rise of China in the region.
Ravi Shankar Prasad notifies that BJP is ‘proud’ of free COVID-19 vaccine promise in Bihar
Union Law Minister from Patna, Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the BJP was “proud” of bringing healthcare front and centre of its proclamation by promising free COVID-19 vaccine in Bihar once approved by the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR).
The BJP had, in its declaration promised free vaccines for COVID-19 if voted to power and 19 lakh jobs as well. The vaccine promise has promoted controversy with opposition leaders questioning the honesty of promising free vaccines to one State as an election promise while the whole country was suffering.
Supreme Court questions government to ‘find some solution’ and to bring back home Indians in Kuwait
The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the government to “find some solution” to bring back home Indians, mostly blue-collar workers from Tamil Nadu, stranded in Kuwait during the pandemic.
The Centre said it was trying every possible way to bring them home and the “availability of flights is no more a reason for being stranded in Kuwait”.
The government affidavit said that 559 flights had fled from Kuwait to India as of October 1. Out of 1.33 lakh Indians registered with the embassy for travel to India from Kuwait, the repatriation of 87,022 had been facilitated. Foreign airlines have also been pitching in with flights to India. The Vande Bharat Mission was on its seventh phase of operations in October.
It sought a direction from the government to make a report of stranded Indians, draw up a schedule for their repatriation and, in the meanwhile, get in touch with the Embassy in Kuwait to give them with basic essentials and medicines.
Education Minister said that the progress of Institutions of Eminence will be mapped with world university rankings
Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ notified that the improvements of Institutions of Eminence (IoE) will be mapped with indicators of renowned international rankings QS and Times Higher Education. Further, an incentive mechanism will be made for those institutes that are performing well.
He further said, “An incentive mechanism for institutions shall be developed to reward the IoEs that are doing well. An integrated portal containing world-class #research papers from all HEIs shall be made,” reported by PTI.
While the government will give funding of up to Rs 1,000 crore to public institutions with IoE tag, in the case of the private institutions proposed as Institutions of Eminence, there will be no financial support. But they will be entitled to more autonomy as a special category Deemed University. The IOEs will also not be subjected to inspection by the UGC.
Centre reveals new norms for awarding bodies, assessment agencies to encourage skilling ecosystem
The government provided a set of guidelines for recognising and maintaining awarding bodies and assessment agencies, to enhance the outcomes and standardise the processes under the Skill India Mission.
The guidelines have been made for the recognition and regulation of awarding bodies and assessment agencies, as these two entities are main elements in the skilling ecosystem.
The innovative methods and constructive tools marked under the guidelines in the management of skilling institutions will generate a regulated regime
Twitter read riot act by Parliament panel over showing Leh as a part of China
Twitter has been read the trouble act by a parliamentary panel over a latest controversy that had the social media giant displaying Ladakh’s Leh as part of China. Members of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Personal Data Protection Bill have sought an explanation from Twitter for showing Leh as part of China.
Other than the Leh map controversy, Twitter was also asked questions about how it amplifies/mutes conversations; take down content, etc, sources said. Twitter was questioned about the ways and provisional laws it adhered to while making such decisions.
A Twitter spokesperson said, “Twitter remains committed to working with the Government of India. We respect the sensitivities involved and have duly acknowledged the letter.”
Serum Institute says Oxford’s COVId-19 vaccine would mostly be ready by December.
The Oxford coronavirus vaccine produced by Serum Institute could be ready by December, CEO Adar Poonawalla said.
“If we don’t go for an emergency license, our trials should be over by December and then we can maybe we can launch in India in January subject to the UK trial, which is on the verge of being completed,” he added.
Current tariff of Internet service over network is unsustainable, says AIRTEL
Bharti Airtel CEO Gopal Vittal said prices of data and voice services need to be increased as current levels of tariff are unsustainable for the industry.
“We’re at a premium (in terms of tariff hike). You can have a premium but it becomes unsustainable after a point,” he was quoted by Mint. Vittal didn’t give a timeline on tariff hike.
Kerala sets base price for vegetables, first state to do so
Kerala has become the first state to set floor prices for vegetables which would be 20% above the production cost, CM Pinarayi Vijayan said. It would come into effect from November 1.
“In all, 16 varieties of vegetables would be covered in the first phase and there’s a provision to revise the floor price on a regular basis,” he added.
Implement waiver of interest on interest scheme: RBI to lenders
The RBI has asked all lending institutions, including non-banking financial companies, to implement the waiver of interest on interest for loans up to ₹2 crore for the six-month moratorium period.
The waiver applies to MSME loans, housing loans and education loans, among others.
The RBI had announced the loan moratorium in March to provide borrowers relief during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rajesh Nambiar is appointed as chairman and MD for Cognizant India
US-based IT services major Cognizant has appointed Rajesh Nambiar as the Chairman and Managing Director of its India arm and a member of the Executive Committee with effect from November 9.
Nambiar joins from Ciena, where he currently serves as Chairman and President of its India unit.
He has over 30 years of experience with IBM and Tata Consultancy Services.
Liverpool defeats Midtjylland by 2-0.
Byren Munich won against Lokomotic Moscow.
Novak Djokovic won Vienna opener
Novak Djokovic beats Filip Kranjinovic in the first round of Vienna opener.
Novak top-ranked five times at the end of the season.
Indian Para-Badminton star wins Gold.
Manasi Joshi India’s Para-Badminton star won gold in world Para Badminton Championships 2019.
Manasi Joshi lost her leg in an accident.
Joshi is preparing for Paralympics in Tokyo next year.
DEFENCE, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE NEWS
Rajnath Singh Alerts Indian soldiers to be careful while military talks with China.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has advised Indian Army troops about China’s goal while participating in military talks on Wednesday.
Also advised the Indian Army to not allow their guard down and remain careful about Chinese activities.