News Digest: PM Modi to attend two debates in this year's UNGA session

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PM Modi to attend two debates in this year's UNGA session
India's Permanent Representative to the United Nations TS Tirumurti on Friday (local time) said the highlight of the "historic" UN General Assembly session this year will be the participation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in two debates in the high-level segments beginning from September 21.

India looks to help B'desh on its onion woes

Time for BJP allies to decide if they are with farmers: Congress

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UK study finds effective new Covid-19 rapid test in a box

Coronavirus: Moderna, Pfizer share Covid-19 vaccine trial blueprints
US biotech firm Moderna, one of nine companies in the late stages of clinical trials for a Covid-19 vaccine, became the first to publish the complete blueprints of its study following calls for greater transparency. Pfizer, the other US firm carrying out Phase 3 trials in the US, followed suit a short time later and there is now added pressure for the remainder to do the same.

Wearing glasses may offer some protection from Covid-19, but more studies needed, say scientists
Daily wearers of eyeglasses might be less likely to be infected with the novel coronavirus, say scientists who call for further, large-scale studies to assess the relationship between eye protection and the risk of contracting Covid-19.

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Paytm is now on Google Play Store: What led to the removal and how it got back
Payments and financial services app Paytm is now back on Google Play Store. The company in a tweet announced that it is back after Google had removed it earlier in the day without officially citing any reason. The announcement of the app coming back to Google Play Store was made via Paytm’s official Twitter account where it said “Update: And we're back!!”

Flipkart Big Saving Days sale is on: Deals and discounts on smartphones, laptop, TVs and more
Walmart-owned Flipkart is back with another sale. The e-tailer has started its Big Saving Days sale starting today which will continue till September 20. During this three day sale, the company will be offering deals and discounts on various products across categories. Along with this, the e-tailer will also be giving a 10% instant discount on SBI credit cards.

WhatsApp may roll out fingerprint lock support for WhatsApp web
WhatsApp has been offering support for a fingerprint sensor on both Android and iOS smartphones for a while. Now, it seems that the instant messaging app is gearing up to launch a similar support for those users who use WhatsApp via desktop too.

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Woman FM saying 'act of god' taken sacrastically: FM
Taking on critics, Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday said a "simple woman finance minister saying Act of God is taken sarcastically" while latin word 'force majeure' is well accepted. Speaking in Lok Sabha, Sitharaman said her remark is being criticised also because she "looks like a neighbourhood aunty" and asserted that twisting her comment is irresponsible.

India to ask foreign cos to source more local materials
India will demand foreign firms use more locally produced materials when working on government-run projects, a government order said late on Friday. Indian authorities have been aggressively promoting Prime Minister Narendra Modi's flagship campaign of a self-reliant economy by urging domestic manufacturers to cut down on imports.

Gold dealers bank on festivals for customers
Gold jewelers in India pinned hopes on an upcoming festival season, with dealers offering discounts for a fifth straight week to lure customers back to shops, as activity remained muted in Asian bullion hubs. In India, discounts eased to $23 an ounce over official domestic prices, inclusive of 12.5% import and 3% sales levies, from last week's $30.

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Dhoni is fresh, engaged and determined after break: Stephen Fleming
His sabbatical from the game has done Mahendra Singh Dhoni a world of good, Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming said on Friday, asserting that the enigmatic skipper is "mentally engaged and determined" to encounter the challenges of a "tactically different" IPL. Dhoni's CSK will take on Rohit Sharma's Mumbai Indians in the tournament opener on Saturday.

IPL: No stadium access for media, only post-match press briefing
The 13th edition of the IPL will be devoid of any physical media presence due to the strict health safety protocols put in place in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the BCCI said on Friday. It has also been learnt that the franchises would not be required to conduct pre-match press conferences. However, there will be a mandatory virtual media conference after every game.

A good junior program has helped women's hockey team: Rani
Equal opportunities like the men's hockey team and a robust junior program have been major contributing factors in the improved performance of the women's national side, feels skipper Rani. The Indian women's hockey team has enjoyed a spate of good results in top tournaments recently, including winning the silver medal at the 2018 Asian Games and qualifying for back-to-back Olympics.

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Assam board scraps compartment exams, 20,000 students to lose year

PM Modi to virtually address IIT Guwahati's 22nd convocation

Nagaland schools to partially reopen from September 21

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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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Flooding affects more than 1 million across East Africa

Assange lawyer says Trump offered deal to avoid extradition
A lawyer for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has told a London court that her client was indirectly offered a "win-win'' deal by President Donald Trump that would see him avoid extradition to the US if he revealed the source of a leak of documents from the Democratic Party before the 2016 election.

Going against Donald Trump, FBI warns of white extremism

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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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Telangana tops list as deaths, mishaps rise in coal mines
In what could reflect the poor conditions in its underground mines, Telangana has topped the charts in coal mine mishap deaths in the country.

Telangana: Girl on cycle joyride in rain falls in open drain, drowns
A 12-year-old girl who went out on a joyride in her bicycle on Thursday evening was caught in the sudden blinding rain, fell into an open drain and drowned in Neredmet, police and disaster management officials said.

Man gets life term for killing air hostess wife

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Punjab farmer groups intensify protests to pressurise Centre
With the three agri-marketing bills set to be tabled in the Rajya Sabha after being passed by the Lower House, farmer organisations in Punjab have decided to intensify protests to build pressure on the Modi-led BJP government.

No plans to leave coalition, says JJP president Ajay Singh Chautala
Ajay Singh Chautala, president of Jannayak Janata Party (JJP), the BJP’s coalition partner in the Haryana government, said his party along with Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) led by Sukhbir Singh Badal had been assured by BJP national president J P Nadda that there would not be any dilution of MSP for crops after introduction of the three new agri-marketing bills.

SAD projects resignation as big sacrifice, netizens question flip-flop

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Former Gujarat CM Keshubhai Patel tests +ve
Former Gujarat chief minister Keshubhai Patel tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday. The 92-yearold leader is however asymptomatic and has not reported any complications yet.

Not fair! 78% living organ donors in India are women
In India, there are odes galore to women for their selfless nurturing and supreme sacrifices made for their families. However, when in need they are largely meted out a raw deal. This gender inequality is highlighted in a pan-India study which analysed organ donation trends in the country.

Tales of Covid warriors

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Tamil Nadu: OPS insists on steering committee
AIADMK coordinator O Panneerselvam on Friday asserted his position in the party by reiterating the need for a steering committee, which was his original demand ahead of the merger of the erstwhile factions in 2017. The AIADMK executive committee will meet on September 28, as a prelude to the general council.

In Chennai, Covid-19 infection sparks fear of diabetes
Covid-19 infection, which has affected more than five lakh people in the state, is triggering diabetes in healthy people. In many diabetics, the condition has worsened with dangerously high sugar levels or patients developing complications including organ disorders.

Chennai: Valet parking in T Nagar for hassle-free shopping
Shoppers heading to T Nagar in the last week of October or early November for the Diwali season won’t have to spend hours hunting for a decent parking spot. Greater Chennai Corporation is planning to roll out valet parking, similar to the ones at clubs and high-end restaurants, in the city’s crowded shopping hub.

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Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa meets PM Modi after 6 months, but no nod for cabinet rejig
Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa met PM Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Friday — a first face-to-face interaction in six months — but he failed to win nod from the party leadership for immediate expansion of his cabinet.

Bengaluru: Sex workers use tech to beat pandemic blues
Mallika (31), who also has the street name Rani, has had a regular spot near the Majestic bus terminal for the past six years. She would ply her trade with travellers and locals and used her earnings to feed her two children. But the Covid crisis and lockdown left her out of work and penniless. She’s one of the many commercial sex workers who lost their livelihood due to the pandemic after social distancing and avoiding physical contact became a norm.

Many Bengaluru schools may not reopen on Monday
A large number of private schools in the city are unlikely to reopen on September 21 for doubt clarification sessions for classes 9-12 as permitted under the home ministry’s Unlock 4.0 guidelines.

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Maharashtra: Cut-off age date for school admission relaxed
Much to the relief of parents, the education department on Friday relaxed the cut-off age date for school admissions.

Nitin Raut & Kalyan BJP MLA test +ve
Another Maharashtra government minister tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday.Energy minister Nitin Raut, in a tweet, urged all who came in contact with him in the past few days, to get themselves tested.

Third Maharashtra policewoman succumbs to Covid-19
A 54-year-old from Nagpur police headquarters is the third policewoman in the force to succumb to Covid-19 in the state.

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Delhi: With cases rising, LG seeks full review of Covid-19 strategy
Delhi is going to review its Covid-19 management strategy in the wake of a surge in cases to maximise recovery of infected patients and minimise deaths.

Delhi: 4,127 fresh Covid-19 cases, toll nears 5,000
Delhi’s Covid-19 tally breached the 2.38 lakh mark with 4,127 fresh cases on Friday. Thirty fresh fatalities were recorded in the past 24 hours, taking the toll to 4,907, officials said. According to the Delhi government’s health bulletin, a total of 61,037 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours.

AAP MP writes to Naidu, seeks 'protection' against cases in UP

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Delhi: With cases rising, LG seeks full review of Covid-19 strategy
Delhi is going to review its Covid-19 management strategy in the wake of a surge in cases to maximise recovery of infected patients and minimise deaths.

Delhi: 4,127 fresh Covid-19 cases, toll nears 5,000
Delhi’s Covid-19 tally breached the 2.38 lakh mark with 4,127 fresh cases on Friday. Thirty fresh fatalities were recorded in the past 24 hours, taking the toll to 4,907, officials said. According to the Delhi government’s health bulletin, a total of 61,037 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours.

AAP MP writes to Naidu, seeks 'protection' against cases in UP

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Delhi: With cases rising, LG seeks full review of Covid-19 strategy
Delhi is going to review its Covid-19 management strategy in the wake of a surge in cases to maximise recovery of infected patients and minimise deaths.

Delhi: 4,127 fresh Covid-19 cases, toll nears 5,000
Delhi’s Covid-19 tally breached the 2.38 lakh mark with 4,127 fresh cases on Friday. Thirty fresh fatalities were recorded in the past 24 hours, taking the toll to 4,907, officials said. According to the Delhi government’s health bulletin, a total of 61,037 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours.

AAP MP writes to Naidu, seeks 'protection' against cases in UP

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