News Digest: Nearly 31% prefer Nitish as CM, says poll survey

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Saturday, September 26, 2020
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Nearly 31% prefer Nitish as CM, says poll survey
The three-phase Bihar assembly polls will be the first large-scale election in the country amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, and as per the IANS C-Voter Bihar opinion poll survey, 30.9% of the people are still backing Nitish Kumar as the most preferable candidate to be the chief minister again.​

Farmers across country hit the streets; rail, road traffic disrupted in many states
Farmers’ protests against farm bills passed in Parliament had a strong impact in many parts of the country on Friday, the most affected being Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh. Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and parts of Uttarakhand, Karnataka and West Bengal too saw farmers coming out in protest. Rail and road traffic were disrupted in many states as agitating farmers squatted on highways and railway tracks.​

'New beginning' for Gore as min offers him job

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Air pollution leads to increase in electricity consumption: Study
The study, published in the journal Nature Energy, has shown that the effects are seen more in lower-income families and those from ethnic minority backgrounds. "The results should encourage decision makers to think about how policy can prevent inequality from widening in terms of both health risks and financial hardships," said the study authors from Cardiff University in the UK.

Highly effective coronavirus antibodies identified, may lead to passive Covid-19 vaccine
Scientists have identified highly effective antibodies against the novel coronavirus, which they say can lead to the development of a passive vaccination for Covid-19. Unlike in the active vaccination, passive vaccination involves the administration of ready-made antibodies, which are degraded after some time. However, the effect of a passive vaccination is almost immediate.

This is why Covid may be life-threatening for some patients
Geneticists were called in to investigate after two young, healthy men died of coronavirus. What they uncovered was a path leading from severe cases, genetic variations, and gender differences to a loss of immune function that may ultimately yield a new approach to treating thousands of coronavirus patients.

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This is how much Google Pixel 5 may cost
Google is set to launch its annual hardware event later this month. The company is likely to launch Pixel 5 5G at the event. And as per leaker Jon Prosser, Pixel 5 5G will cost $699.

Samsung's most expensive foldable glass phone arrives in India: All details

Delhi Police is warning you to be careful about these phone calls
Scammers are posing as officials at IGI Airport or Customs Duty and asking for money as tax or clearance fee for luggage or any parcel that is registered in your name.

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Voda arbitration case: Govt says all options open
The government on Friday said it will consider all options, including legal remedies, with regard to Vodafone arbitration case which went in the company's favour. British telecom giant Vodafone Group plc won the arbitration case against the Indian government over a demand for Rs 22,100 crore in taxes using retrospective legislation.

'Economy to see record contraction in 2020-21'
India's economy may experience a record contraction in the current financial year mainly due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, and the real GDP growth is expected to recover from next fiscal onwards, according to a report by global rating agency S&P. The weak fiscal settings will worsen further this year, constraining the government's ability to aid the economy, it said.

Positive pay system to come into effect from Jan 1: RBI
In order to check banking fraud, the RBI has decided to introduce from January 1, 2021, the 'positive pay system' for cheque, under which re-confirmation of key details may be needed for payments beyond Rs 50K. Availing this facility would be at the discretion of the account holder. However, banks may consider making it mandatory for cheque amounts of Rs 5 lakh and above.

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Prithvi Shaw shines as DC beat CSK to post second consecutive win in IPL
Prithvi Shaw’s elegant strokeplay (64 off 43 balls) and a disciplined all-round bowling performance helped Delhi Capitals make it two wins out of two in IPL-13. Having scored 175/3 from their 20 overs riding on Shaw’s effort, Delhi restricted Chennai Super Kings to 131/7 and notched up a 44-run win in Dubai. With the clinical victory, DC also jumped to the top of the points table.

I never blamed Anushka nor made sexist comment: Gavaskar
Putting up a stout defence, iconic Sunil Gavaskar on Friday said neither did he blame Virat Kohli's actor-wife Anushka Sharma for the India captain's failure nor did he make any sexist remarks during an IPL match and his comments were being misinterpreted. Gavaskar's earlier comment had not gone down well with Kohli and Anushka's fans and some even demanded his sacking.

Jones would have been most sought after in T20s: Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar has no doubts in his mind that Dean Jones would have been one of the "most sought after batsmen" if he was to be part of the T20 generation and called him a player well ahead of his time. The 59-year-old former Australia batsman died of cardiac arrest in a Mumbai hotel on Thursday. He was in India as a part of the host broadcaster's commentary panel.

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Kerala govt allows nine Class 12 students to write exams after sunset on religious grounds

Schaeffler India, TISS tie up to provide skill training to graduating students in Gujarat

Bengal state varsities doubtful about completing UG curriculum in 9 months

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Firefighters wrest control over half of massive California wildfire
The Bobcat Fire burning outside Los Angeles held steady overnight at about 113,000 acres burned, John Clearwater, spokesman for Angeles National Forest, said in a written statement. The wildfire, which broke out September 6, is one of the largest in recorded Los Angeles County history.

'51.6 m people doubly hit by climate-linked disasters, Covid-19'
At least 51.6 million people globally have been affected by floods, droughts or storms and also the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) said in a report.Beside the IFRC, the Red Crescent Societies and the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre also contributed to the report released on Wednesday.

70 whales rescued from Australia's worst mass beaching
Authorities revised up the number of pilot whales rescued from Australia's worst mass stranding from 50 to 70 on Thursday, as the focus shifted to removing 380 carcasses from Tasmania state shallows.

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Queen Elizabeth II to trim costs as Covid-19 hits income
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and her family are facing a 35 million pound ($45M) hit from the coronavirus pandemic, partly due to a shortage of tourists, the monarch's money-manager said Friday. Keeper of the Privy Purse Michael Stevens said a lack of income from visitors to royal buildings was likely to bring a general funding shortfall of 15 million pounds ($19M) over three yrs.

China aims to make 1 billion Covid-19 vaccine doses a year

2 wounded in knife attack in Paris, suspect arrested

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Firefighters wrest control over half of massive California wildfire
The Bobcat Fire burning outside Los Angeles held steady overnight at about 113,000 acres burned, John Clearwater, spokesman for Angeles National Forest, said in a written statement. The wildfire, which broke out September 6, is one of the largest in recorded Los Angeles County history.

'51.6 m people doubly hit by climate-linked disasters, Covid-19'
At least 51.6 million people globally have been affected by floods, droughts or storms and also the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) said in a report.Beside the IFRC, the Red Crescent Societies and the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre also contributed to the report released on Wednesday.

70 whales rescued from Australia's worst mass beaching
Authorities revised up the number of pilot whales rescued from Australia's worst mass stranding from 50 to 70 on Thursday, as the focus shifted to removing 380 carcasses from Tasmania state shallows.

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Cong, Left parties protest against farm bills
Congress, Left parties and farmers organisations on Friday held protests in Hyderabad and in other places in Telangana against the farm bills that were recently passed in Parliament.

Hyd: Cong members meet election commissioner

Hyderabad: Man killed by wife's family
In a suspected case of honour killing a youth in his twenties was kidnapped before being murdered by his wife's family members on Thursday. The youth was kidnapped from Hyderabad. The body dumped in neighbouring Sangareddy district was recovered by police.

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3-point strategy to check stubble burning in Mohali

After fresh guidelines, schools to be reopened for 2 more classes

Rs 160cr water project turns unlucky for 3rd time, unable to attract bidder again

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State sees new one-day high with 1,442 fresh cases

Regulation of recovery agents sought by trade body

Mid-day meal: Wrong figures submitted

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Hordes of fans brave Covid fears, rain; pay homage at SPB's house
Expressing grief through social media was not enough. Legions of grieving fans of singer S P Balasubrahmanyam turned up at his Kodambakkam house on Friday to pay last respects to his mortal remains, undeterred by Covid-19 or rain.

Private colleges want Tamil Nadu to clear pending SC/ST scholarship funds
An association of private colleges has moved the Madras high court seeking direction to the Tamil Nadu government to release scholarship funds meant for students from SC and ST communities which are pending since 2017.​

SP Balasubrahmanyam fought valiantly over 51 days
August 5, minutes after he walked into the hospital with “mild” symptoms of Covid-19, S P Balasubrahmanyam in a video asked his fans not to worry. During his 51-day stay in MGM Healthcare, SPB fought a fervid battle with the infection and other ailments, until a brain haemorrhage.

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No-trust move today; Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa says he's confident
Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa on Friday dismissed concerns over the no-confidence motion moved by Congress even as BJP discussed strategies to ensure the motion is not taken up for discussion in the assembly on Saturday, the last day of the truncated monsoon session.

Covid-19: 80% infected in Bengaluru opted for private healthcare
Of the 2-lakhplus who tested positive for Covid-19 in Bengaluru city till September 24, less than 20% of the patients were helped by BBMP which ferried them to government and private hospitals and public Covid Care Centres.

Karnataka farmers protest central, state policies

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BMC re-focuses on slums to nip rise in Covid cases in bud
An uptick in Covid-19 cases in slums, chawls and buildings constructed for slum-dwellers has forced BMC officials to re-divert their attention to these areas to control the spread in time.

As +ve cases fall, Mumbai cops shut down 3 of 4 Covid centres
Mumbai Police have shut down three of the four dedicated Covid care centres after infections among personnel and their kin went down in the last two months.

5 lakh Covid cases and over 10,000 deaths in Maharashtra in September so far
September has been the worst month for Covid-19 cases and fatalities in the state as yet. With the addition of 17,794 cases on Friday, the total cases reported so far this month crossed the 5 lakh mark, which is 40% of the 13 lakh cases in the state.

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First cutoff list on Oct 12, DU classes from Nov
The undergraduate admissions at Delhi University will begin with the release of the first cutoff list on October 12. In a notification on the admission dates for merit- and entrance-based admissions, DU has also announced that the next academic session will begin on November 18.

Covid: Manish Sisodia undergoes plasma therapy
Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, who is battling both Covid-19 and dengue, has been administered convalescent plasma therapy and is currently stable, an official from his office said on Friday. Sisodia is undergoing the treatment at Max Smart, Saket, where he was moved on Thursday evening from Lok Nayak Hospital due to his falling blood platelet count and low oxygen level.

Hundreds homeless as DDA razes shanties
Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on Thursday demolished illegal slums built on the Yamuna floodplain at the edge of Batla House dhobi ghat in Okhla. Nearly a thousand slum dwellers became homeless after bulldozers and earthmovers cleared over 2.5 acres of encroached land on the directions of National Green Tribunal.

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First cutoff list on Oct 12, DU classes from Nov
The undergraduate admissions at Delhi University will begin with the release of the first cutoff list on October 12. In a notification on the admission dates for merit- and entrance-based admissions, DU has also announced that the next academic session will begin on November 18.

Covid: Manish Sisodia undergoes plasma therapy
Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, who is battling both Covid-19 and dengue, has been administered convalescent plasma therapy and is currently stable, an official from his office said on Friday. Sisodia is undergoing the treatment at Max Smart, Saket, where he was moved on Thursday evening from Lok Nayak Hospital due to his falling blood platelet count and low oxygen level.

Hundreds homeless as DDA razes shanties
Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on Thursday demolished illegal slums built on the Yamuna floodplain at the edge of Batla House dhobi ghat in Okhla. Nearly a thousand slum dwellers became homeless after bulldozers and earthmovers cleared over 2.5 acres of encroached land on the directions of National Green Tribunal.

More Delhi News»

First cutoff list on Oct 12, DU classes from Nov
The undergraduate admissions at Delhi University will begin with the release of the first cutoff list on October 12. In a notification on the admission dates for merit- and entrance-based admissions, DU has also announced that the next academic session will begin on November 18.

Covid: Manish Sisodia undergoes plasma therapy
Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, who is battling both Covid-19 and dengue, has been administered convalescent plasma therapy and is currently stable, an official from his office said on Friday. Sisodia is undergoing the treatment at Max Smart, Saket, where he was moved on Thursday evening from Lok Nayak Hospital due to his falling blood platelet count and low oxygen level.

Hundreds homeless as DDA razes shanties
Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on Thursday demolished illegal slums built on the Yamuna floodplain at the edge of Batla House dhobi ghat in Okhla. Nearly a thousand slum dwellers became homeless after bulldozers and earthmovers cleared over 2.5 acres of encroached land on the directions of National Green Tribunal.

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