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Bombay HC fumes as I&B min admits putting 4K RTI applicants' info on site

Centre sets up permanent panel to tackle Delhi-NCR air pollution
After a succession of committees and court directions failed to halt deterioration in the capital’s air quality, the Centre has decided to set up a new commission armed with powers of enforcement and mitigation that promises to take another stab, hopefully with better results, in cleaning the air.

PM: Slain trio were bright youngsters

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Under pressure, WHO plans Covid-19 vaccine insurance scheme for poor nations

AI can diagnose asymptomatic Covid-19 patients using cellphone-recorded coughs: Study
Scientists have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) model that they say can distinguish asymptomatic Covid-19 patients from healthy individuals through their cough recordings, and show the results on a smartphone app.

Moderna says preparing for launch of experimental coronavirus vaccine
Moderna Inc, one of the front-runners in the race to develop a vaccine for the new coronavirus, said on Thursday it was preparing to launch the experimental vaccine and had already received $1.1 billion in deposits for supply.

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This Apple app has got its "biggest update ever"
Calling it the biggest update yet for the app, Apple said that it has rolled out the “highly requested features.” “Clips 3.0, available today in the App Store, features a streamlined interface and full-screen browsers on iPhone that make it even simpler to record and add effects,” said Apple in a press statement.

Amazon sale: Offers on smartwatch from Samsung, Apple and other brands

Flipkart Big Diwali sale starts today, discounts on Poco C3, Realme Narzo 20 Pro, LG G8X and other smartphones
As part of the sale, Flipkart has listed smartphones with discounts. These include handsets across price segments and from brands like Realme, Xiaomi, LG, Vivo, Samsung and Apple. The e-tailer has partnered with Axis Bank to offer a 10% discount on purchases made using the bank’s credit and debit cards.

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Google says its products make info readily accessible for users
Google on Thursday said its products across Search, Android and YouTube make "relevant information" readily accessible for users globally, and its algorithms ensure that high-quality content surfaces in response to user queries.

Govt extends LTC scheme to non-central govt staff
The Income Tax (I-T) department on Thursday decided to extend the income tax exemption available under leave travel concession (LTC) cash voucher scheme to non-central government employees as well in a bid to boost consumer spending.

Domestic airfare band extended till Feb 24: Puri
Domestic airfare bands will now remain in place till February 24. Aviation minister H S Puri on Thursday said it has been decided to extend the fare range system by another three months from November 24. “We can consider removing fare bands if domestic air travel revives fully (to pre-pandemic level) before February 24,” he said.

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IPL: Chennai dent Kolkata's chances; Mumbai in playoffs
In a run chase where fortunes fluctuate frequently, Ravindra Jadeja (31* off 11 balls) held his nerve to help Chennai Super Kings clinch a six-wicket win against Kolkata Knight Riders in Dubai on Thursday. Chasing 173, Jadeja’s late heroics ensured that the good work of Ruturaj Gaikwad, who scored 72, did not go to waste. CSK’s victory has severely dented KKR’s chances of making the playoffs.

Old tweet of Suryakumar calling Kohli 'God' resurfaces
Old tweets of Suryakumar Yadav praising Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and India captain Virat Kohli have resurfaced after the former's match-winning knock for Mumbai Indians (MI). Suryakumar's unbeaten 79 led MI to a five-wicket win over RCB and it came after the selectors' decision not to include him in the Indian team met with widespread criticism.

Always wanted to open the batting, says Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes joined the Rajasthan Royals unit after their first few games in the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League. While he started off slowly, he hit a magnificent century in their last game against Mumbai Indians to take his team home against the top-ranked team in the competition.

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High cut-off likely for med admissions this year with rise in number of NEET top-scorers
The cut-off marks of NEET for admission to undergraduate medical courses this year are set to be very high with a huge increase in the number of top scorers, compared to 2019.

Telangana govt relaxes Eamcet eligibility criteria for 2020-21

Andhra Pradesh schools, colleges to reopen from November 2
Andhra Pradesh has allowed all government schools and colleges to reopen from November 2 with all precautionary measures amid the Covid pandemic.

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Study: Climate scientists fly more often than those in other disciplines

India initiates probe into alleged dumping of LDPE plastics

Two ponds earmarked for idol immersion, steps being taken to clean waterbodies: Pollution board

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French prosecutor: Nice killer Tunisian, entered from Italy
France's anti-terrorism prosecutor says the man who killed three in a Nice church was a Tunisian who entered France from Italy.

140 dead in weekend migrant ship sinking off Senegal
A weekend migrant shipwreck off Senegal has left at least 140 people dead, making it the deadliest so far this year, the International Organization for Migration confirmed Thursday.

Chinese Communist Party's key conclave approves Xi's Vision 2035
China's ruling Communist Party on Thursday concluded its key annual conclave during which it approved the 14th Five-Year Plan and Vision 2035, a long-term development plan which observers say hints at the continuation of President Xi Jinping in power for the next 15 years.

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Study: Climate scientists fly more often than those in other disciplines

India initiates probe into alleged dumping of LDPE plastics

Two ponds earmarked for idol immersion, steps being taken to clean waterbodies: Pollution board

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Save lakes in Hyderabad's Tellapur, evict encroachers: NGT
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has asked the government-appointed committee to evict encroachers from lakes in Tellapur and collect environmental compensation if damage to the lake is proven. It also asked the committee to restore the lakes from encroachments after conducting a survey and create buffer zones.

K Chandrasekhar Rao launches Dharani, says will clean up land deals in Telangana
The integrated land web portal Dharani was launched by chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao at Muduchintalapally mandal in Medchal-Malkajgiri district on Thursday. The CM said that Dharani would be a trendsetter in the country as many states were keenly following it to replicate the process in their respective territories.

GHMC officer abuses minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav, shunted
A deputy commissioner of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) was transferred and directed to report to the head office, a day after an audio recording of his purported conversation with BJP MLA T Raja Singh went viral, in which he was using offensive words, while referring to a TRS minister and a corporator.​

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Farm bills: Come with me to President on November 4, Amarinder Singh urges all MLAs
Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday urged the MLAs of all political parties to accompany him to meet the President on November 4 to request him to accord speedy assent to the amended farm laws passed by the state assembly to counter the draconian central agri-laws.

No goods trains for 6th day in Punjab amid power outage fears
There was no movement of goods trains in Punjab for the sixth day following the Centre’s decision to suspend freight trains until all the tracks were cleared. The standoff continued despite a group of Punjab ministers meeting representatives of BKU (Ekta Ugrahan) on Thursday. The farmers’ body told them that the blockade was limited to tracks used to ferry coal to two independent power plants (IPP) at Banawali in Mansa and Nalash in Patiala and no protests were being held at other rail tracks.

Nod for polygraph test of sacrilege accused sought

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In Covid times, healthcare sees 50% pay hike & spike in hiring
Covid-19 pandemic claimed jobs of many while majority suffered pay cuts across sectors. The global viral outbreak, however, turned healthcare into a ‘sunshine’ sector which recorded aggressive hiring, almost zero job cuts and over 50% pay hike.

Former Gujarat CM Keshubhai Patel bids adieu at 92
Former Gujarat chief minister Keshubhai Patel passed away in Ahmedabad on Thursday morning after suffering a heart attack. He was 92.

SG Road chemical trader cheated of Rs 3.5 cr, luxury car

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UGC, Tamil Nadu spar over axing arrear exams
The Tamil Nadu government’s proposal to grant blanket pass in all arrear papers of college students citing the pandemic has run into rough weather with University Grants Commission (UGC) opposing the decision.

Loot in the name of people of soil

Tamil Nadu cocks a snook at governor, issues GO for 7.5% medical quota for govt students
With Tamil Nadu governor Banwarilal Purohit showing reluctance to give his assent for the bill to provide 7.5% quota for government school students in medical courses, the state government took the executive route on Thursday and issued a GO to reserve seats from this year.

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Bengaluru: Four rowdies, six others in police net for planning dacoities
Sleuths from Central Crime Branch (CCB) on Wednesday arrested 10 people, including four rowdy-sheeters,while preparing to commit dacoities in two separate cases.

Bengaluru: Stench torments Whitefield residents
Residents of Whitefield have been spending sleepless nights for the past few days. The reason: A foul smell lingering in the air, which they say intensifies post 10.30pm and remains so till 7am

Liquor sale ban in Bengaluru's Rajarajeshwari Nagar segment
Citing that anti-social elements may create ruckus before and during the byelection from Rajarajeshwari Nagar assembly constituency, police commissioner Kamal Pant has banned liquor sale in the segment from 5pm on November 1 to 12am on November 4, the date of polling.

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Maharashtra to seek legal view on admissions
The state cabinet discussed the issue of admissions across courses which have been stalled due to the pending Maratha reservation case being heard in Supreme Court.

Maharashtra: We can't carry over 21 lakh on local trains due to Covid, says Railways
Faced with the state's request to throw open local train services for all Mumbaikars, railways has lobbed the ball back into the government's court, seeking solutions for crowd control at stations and compliance with Covid-19 protocols.

Drop in new Covid cases continues in Maharashtra, small rise in deaths
Maharashtra reported 5,902 cases and 156 Covid fatalities on Thursday, taking the total caseload of the state to 16,66,668 and total fatalities to 43,710.

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Covid scales new single-day peak in Delhi with 5,739 cases
The surge in Covid-19 cases in Delhi continued on Thursday with another single-day peak being recorded at 5,739 cases, a day after 5,673 cases had been reported.

Centre sets up permanent panel to tackle Delhi-NCR air pollution
After a succession of committees and court directions failed to halt deterioration in the capital’s air quality, the Centre has decided to set up a new commission armed with powers of enforcement and mitigation that promises to take another stab, hopefully with better results, in cleaning the air.

At 12.5°C, Delhi has its coldest October night in 26 years
Delhi recorded its coldest night in the month of October in 26 years on Thursday when the minimum temperature dropped to 12.5°C, three notches below normal.

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Covid scales new single-day peak in Delhi with 5,739 cases
The surge in Covid-19 cases in Delhi continued on Thursday with another single-day peak being recorded at 5,739 cases, a day after 5,673 cases had been reported.

Centre sets up permanent panel to tackle Delhi-NCR air pollution
After a succession of committees and court directions failed to halt deterioration in the capital’s air quality, the Centre has decided to set up a new commission armed with powers of enforcement and mitigation that promises to take another stab, hopefully with better results, in cleaning the air.

At 12.5°C, Delhi has its coldest October night in 26 years
Delhi recorded its coldest night in the month of October in 26 years on Thursday when the minimum temperature dropped to 12.5°C, three notches below normal.

More Delhi News»

Covid scales new single-day peak in Delhi with 5,739 cases
The surge in Covid-19 cases in Delhi continued on Thursday with another single-day peak being recorded at 5,739 cases, a day after 5,673 cases had been reported.

Centre sets up permanent panel to tackle Delhi-NCR air pollution
After a succession of committees and court directions failed to halt deterioration in the capital’s air quality, the Centre has decided to set up a new commission armed with powers of enforcement and mitigation that promises to take another stab, hopefully with better results, in cleaning the air.

At 12.5°C, Delhi has its coldest October night in 26 years
Delhi recorded its coldest night in the month of October in 26 years on Thursday when the minimum temperature dropped to 12.5°C, three notches below normal.

More Delhi News»

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