News Digest: Essential commodities bill gets Parliament nod

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020
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Essential commodities bill gets Parliament nod

'China's built 13 military positions since Doklam'
It’s well-established that the multiple incursions into eastern Ladakh in May came after months of planning and approval by the top political hierarchy in Beijing. Now, a report says China began constructing at least 13 new military positions right after the Doklam face-off with India in 2017. ​​Stratfor, a US-based global security and intelligence consultancy platform, said China began building three airbases, five permanent air defence positions and five heliports as part of a larger strategy.

Recoveries outstrip new cases since last 4 days

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Does the coronavirus spread easily among children?
It appears the virus can spread among children and teens, but how easily may vary by age. Research is still underway, but children under age 10 seem to be less likely than older kids to transmit the virus to other children and adults.

Influenza vaccine does not increase Covid-19 risk: Study
Receiving the influenza vaccine does not increase a person's risk for contracting Covid-19 or worsen associated conditions or mortality, according to a study. The research, published in the Journal of Clinical and Translational Science, shows the flu vaccine is the single most important intervention to help stay healthy.

New probe that mimics coronavirus may speed up drug discovery, say scientists

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Reliance JioPostpaid Plus launched: Price, benefits and other details

Soon you may be able to send 'disappearing' pictures on WhatsApp
As per the report, the media file will automatically disappear from the recipient’s phone, once they leave the chat. The report explains that since the image will disappear after viewing it, it doesn’t come with an expiration timer for users to pre-set.

Poco X3 with Snapdragon 732G processor launched: Price and availability
Poco X3 comes in three variants. The base model packs 6GB RAM with 64GB internal storage and is priced at Rs 16,999. The smartphone comes powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G octa-core processor and offers a 6.67-inch display with 120Hz refresh rate. It will go on its first sale on September 29 at 12 pm.

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Mistry family says it's 'time to separate' from Tata Group
The billionaire Mistry family, the largest minority shareholder of the Tata Group, said it needs to separate its interests after the conglomerate took steps to block the family’s attempt to borrow money against Tata shares. Tata Sons Pvt informed the SC on Tuesday said that it is open to buying out the 18% stake owned by the family’s cash-strapped Shapoorji Pallonji Group.

Not in position to accept data free flow with trust: Goyal
India is not in a position to accept the concept of data free flow with trust (DFFT) as it is neither well understood nor is comprehensive enough in the legislation of many countries, commerce and industry minister Piyush Goyal said on Tuesday.

Ambani's $50 weapon to dominate telecom market
Reliance Industries Ltd is in talks with domestic assemblers to make a version of its Jio phone that would run on Google’s Android and cost about Rs 4,000 ($54), said the people, asking not to be identified since the plans are private. The inexpensive phones will be marketed with low-cost wireless plans from Reliance Jio, the parent company’s carrier, they said.

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IPL 2020: Samson leads Royals to 16-run win over CSK
An evening like the one in Sharjah on Tuesday makes you wonder why Sanju Samson hasn't played more than four T20 internationals for India. Against a strong Chennai Super Kings (CSK) unit, Samson enthralled with an innings of 74 from just 32 balls to help Rajasthan Royals (RR) reach a commanding 216 for 7 from 20 overs. The total was more than enough as Royals opened their account with a 16-run victory.

IPL: It's Royals again and Dhoni gets upset with umpire
MS Dhoni briefly seemed upset during Chennai Super Kings' IPL match against Rajasthan Royals after one of the wrong decisions by the on-field umpire was rightfully changed after a referral to the third umpire. Incidentally, in Jaipur last year, Dhoni had lost his cool with domestic umpire Ulhas Gandhe for a waist-high full toss which wasn't adjudged no ball.

Boult backs Bumrah to bounce back strongly against KKR
Left-arm fast bowler Trent Boult has backed Jasprit Bumrah to bounce back strongly in Mumbai Indians' next IPL game against Kolkata Knight Riders in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday after the India pace spearhead had a rare off day in the tournament opener. Bumrah, regarded as India's best death bowler, leaked 43 runs against CSK in a losing cause in the IPL 2020 opener on Saturday.

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MP Vijayasai seeks IIIT and CAT bench in Vizag

SSC Exam Calendar 2020-21 released; Check schedule here

ABVP alleges signboard of road named after Swami Vivekananda vandalised in JNU

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India at UN cautions against linking environmental degradation to peace and security

Western wildfire smoke causes East Coast haze, vivid sunsets
The wildfires racing across tinder-dry landscape in California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington are extraordinary, but the long reach of their smoke isn't unprecedented. While there are only small pockets in the southeastern US that are haze free, experts say the smoke poses less of a health concern for those who are farther away.

What's next? Devastating fires are latest challenge in West

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Chinese tycoon and Xi critic jailed for 18 years for corruption

Russia to register second Covid-19 vaccine by October 15
The vaccine has been developed by Siberia's Vector Institute, which completed early-stage human trials of the vaccine last week. Russia registered its first vaccine candidate, developed by Moscow's Gamaleya Institute, in August. Late-stage trials, involving at least 40,000 people, are ongoing.

UK shuts pubs early to fight worrying coronavirus rise

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India at UN cautions against linking environmental degradation to peace and security

Western wildfire smoke causes East Coast haze, vivid sunsets
The wildfires racing across tinder-dry landscape in California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington are extraordinary, but the long reach of their smoke isn't unprecedented. While there are only small pockets in the southeastern US that are haze free, experts say the smoke poses less of a health concern for those who are farther away.

What's next? Devastating fires are latest challenge in West

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Covid hits syllabus, Telangana axes chapters on last Nizam, GST
The last Nizam of Hyderabad, Mir Osman Ali Khan, may be integral to the region's history.But Intermediate students of humanities in Telangana will not be tested on his contribution in this year's final exam.

Hyderabad: Families in debt trap as loans to pay hospital Covid bills mount
Hit hard by the deadly Covid-19 virus, many families across Hyderabad have not only lost their near ones in hospitals, but also got caught in a vicious debt trap after taking huge loans to clear medical bills.

KBR Park closure: Walker says need fresh air in Covid times, Telangana govt gets HC notice
Justice A Rajasheker Reddy of Telangana high court on Tuesday issued notices to the state government, secretary of forest, principal chief conservator of forests and DFO attached to the KBR National Park in Hyderabad, asking them to explain their stand on reopening the park for morning walkers.

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'Rumours, negative propaganda took toll on efforts'
If one goes by the number of Covid-19 cases and deaths, Punjab appears to be struggling to contain the spread of the virus, despite sustained efforts. Statistically speaking, the state is going through the roughest phase since the virus outbreak in March

Initially, patients faced stigma and adversity
Gurdeep Singh, 44, originally from Khanoor village in Hoshiarpur district, was the first Covid patient in Punjab. He came from Italy on March 3 along with his wife and son

Punjab hits 1L cases, 85k in 53 days
In the battle against Covid-19, things have gone from bad to worse in 53 days for Punjab, a state which appeared to be in control of the situation in the initial months of the pandemic, even getting a pat on the back from the Prime Minister for containment efforts

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1,402 cases, 16 deaths in 24 hours

AMC bite: 205 hospitals fined for mosquito menace

Ahmedabad takes up Cycle4Change challenge

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Chennai: Boy, 11, dies in accident as he plays in cradle
An 11-year-old boy died after his neck got entangled in a rope used as part of a cloth cradle in his house in Ramapuram on Sunday.

EPS says explanation will be sought from SRB on his criticism of farm bills

DMK takes up Mekedatu dam row with Modi

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Protests, festival season could push up Covid cases in Bengaluru: Experts
With protests and rallies peaking to coincide with the legislature session under way in Bengaluru and Dasara festivities in October, experts fear a further surge in Covid-19 cases as there seems to be little regard for social-distancing and mandatory mask norms.

Karnataka govt likely to table bill today to up BBMP wards from 198 to 250
With four days remaining of the ongoing session, the Karnataka government is rushing to table the BBMP bill, which seeks to bring in a separate law exclusively for Bengaluru city’s governance, on Wednesday in a bid to defer the BBMP elections slated to be held in December.

Karnataka govt lost Rs 8,274 crore by investing in loss-making entities: Report
The Karnataka government invested Rs 66,518 core in 140 companies in 2018-19 for negligible returns and 59% of the investment was in companies which had reported significant losses, a CAG report said, adding it led to cumulative losses of Rs 8,274 crore.

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Mumbai: Cinema-theatre veteran Ashalata dies of Covid
Shock and gloom struck the Marathi and Hindi entertainment industry as senior actress and singer Ashalata Wabgaonkar died of Covid-19 on Tuesday.

Mumbai cops register FIR against Anurag Kashyap, to probe 6-year-old case
A first information report was filed with the Versova police on Tuesday on the basis of actor Payal Ghosh’s complaint accusing film director Anurag Kashyap of sexual misconduct in 2014.

Mumbai: Now, NCB is likely to summon Deepika Padukone, manager
The NCB is likely to summon actor Deepika Padukone and her manager, Karishma Prakash, as part of its larger investigation into the supply and use of drugs in Bollywood.

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Delhi government likely to challenge court's stay
Delhi government will challenge the high court's order staying its decision to reserve 80% of the ICU beds in 33 private hospitals exclusively for Covid patients.

Riots mayhem planned at 'secret' meet: Delhi Police
The chargesheet in the Delhi riots conspiracy case has concluded that a “secret meeting” held on the midnight of February 16-17 at Chand Bagh was the “genesis” of several brutal murders, including that of head constable Ratan Lal and Intelligence Bureau (IB) staffer Ankit Shar ma.

Delhi: With 3,816 new Covid cases, count crosses 2.5 lakh, positivity rate at 6%
Delhi reported the lowest positivity rate, 6.47%, since September 8 on Tuesday when the city logged 3,816 fresh Covid cases and 37 deaths.

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Delhi government likely to challenge court's stay
Delhi government will challenge the high court's order staying its decision to reserve 80% of the ICU beds in 33 private hospitals exclusively for Covid patients.

Riots mayhem planned at 'secret' meet: Delhi Police
The chargesheet in the Delhi riots conspiracy case has concluded that a “secret meeting” held on the midnight of February 16-17 at Chand Bagh was the “genesis” of several brutal murders, including that of head constable Ratan Lal and Intelligence Bureau (IB) staffer Ankit Shar ma.

Delhi: With 3,816 new Covid cases, count crosses 2.5 lakh, positivity rate at 6%
Delhi reported the lowest positivity rate, 6.47%, since September 8 on Tuesday when the city logged 3,816 fresh Covid cases and 37 deaths.

More Delhi News»

Delhi government likely to challenge court's stay
Delhi government will challenge the high court's order staying its decision to reserve 80% of the ICU beds in 33 private hospitals exclusively for Covid patients.

Riots mayhem planned at 'secret' meet: Delhi Police
The chargesheet in the Delhi riots conspiracy case has concluded that a “secret meeting” held on the midnight of February 16-17 at Chand Bagh was the “genesis” of several brutal murders, including that of head constable Ratan Lal and Intelligence Bureau (IB) staffer Ankit Shar ma.

Delhi: With 3,816 new Covid cases, count crosses 2.5 lakh, positivity rate at 6%
Delhi reported the lowest positivity rate, 6.47%, since September 8 on Tuesday when the city logged 3,816 fresh Covid cases and 37 deaths.

More Delhi News»

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