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India to get potatoes from Bhutan to meet supply gap, calm prices
India is looking at Bhutan to help alleviate shortage of potatoes. The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) on Friday issued an order allowing unhindered import of this key kitchen item from the tiny Himalayan nation without any licence till January 31, 2021.

CPM neta's son sent over 1cr to drug dealer, suspects ED

Kerala emerges on top, UP last in ranking of states in Public Affairs Index-2020

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Johnson & Johnson plans test of its Covid-19 vaccine candidate in 12-18 year olds soon
Johnson & Johnson plans to start testing its Covid-19 vaccine candidate in 12 to 18-year-olds as soon as possible, a company executive said at a meeting held by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday. "We plan to go into children as soon as we possibly can, but very carefully in terms of safety," Dr Jerry Sadoff of Johnson & Johnson told the panel.

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.

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Indian Army launches messaging app SAI: Features and more

Apple hits new record numbers in India, says CEO Tim Cook
Apple's quarterly numbers shows record growth in India

Google's share of global digital media revenue falls to six-year low
According to the TV and Media Strategies report, Digital Media Global Competition Review Q2 2020, the major factor was the decline in travel and leisure advertising, in which Google is particularly strong, as a result of behavioral changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Central Banks sell gold for first time in a decade
Net sales totaled 12.1 tons of bullion in the third quarter, compared with purchases of 141.9 tons a year earlier, according to a report by the World Gold Council. Selling was driven by Uzbekistan and Turkey, while Russia’s central bank posted its first quarterly sale in 13 years, the WGC said.

RIL Q2 net profit falls 15% to Rs 9,567 crore
Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) on Friday reported a 15 per cent fall in it consolidated net profit for the second quarter (Q2) ended September 2020 mainly on account of dampened demand at its dominant oil refining and petrochemicals business.

Harpreet Singh becomes 1st woman to head Indian carrier
Breaking the glass ceiling of Indian aviation, a woman has become the CEO of a scheduled passenger Indian carrier for the first time with the government appointing Harpreet A De Singh to the position for Air India’s regional subsidiary Alliance Air. Singh is currently AI’s executive director (flight safety).

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IPL 2020: Royals weather Gayle storm, keep play-off hopes alive
Rajasthan Royals stopped the dream run of Kings XI Punjab as they registered an emphatic seven-wicket win in their Indian Premier League match in Abu Dhabi on Friday. This victory put Rajasthan Royals back in the hunt for the play-offs.

Gayle becomes first player to smash 1000 sixes in T20 cricket
Swashbuckling batsman Chris Gayle has added another feather to his illustrious cap as he became the first player to smash 1,000 sixes in T20 cricket. Gayle achieved the feat during an Indian Premier League match against Rajasthan Royals at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Friday. He played a knock of 99 of 63 including eight sixes and six fours.

IPL: Three losses doesn't make us a bad team, says Rahane
A hat-trick of losses might have jeopardized their playoff chances but Delhi Capitals batsman Ajinkya Rahane says the string of defeats doesn't make them a bad side and stressed on staying positive and playing as a unit in the upcoming matches. However, Rahane said such losses are part and parcel of a tournament as big as the IPL.

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Utkal University, RDW University publish final year results

TAPMI, University of Southampton sign MoA for academic, research collaborations

Bengal ranks first in decline of school dropout rate: Survey

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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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Strong earthquake kills 14 people in Turkey and Greek islands
Fourteen people were killed in Turkey and Greece after a strong earthquake struck the Aegean Sea on Friday, bringing buildings crashing down and setting off tidal waves which slammed into coastal areas and islands. People ran onto streets in panic in the Turkish city of Izmir, witnesses said, after the quake struck with a magnitude of up to 7.0.

Harvey Weinstein is sued by woman he was convicted of sexually assaulting

6.6 magnitude earthquake in Aegean Sea shakes Turkey, Greece
A small tsunami struck the Seferisar district of Izmir, said Haluk Ozener, director of the Istanbul-based Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute. At least four people were slightly injured on Samos, where a tsunami warning was issued. Six people were killed in Izmir, Turkey's third-largest city, including one who drowned, and 202 were injured, according to Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency, or AFAD.

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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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T drives in EV policy to charge up state with $4 bn

UoH all set to commence new academic session from mid-Nov

Telugu bidda in race for US House of Reps

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Referendum 2020 banners at Patiala varsity, probe on

Jagtar Johal's wife wins immigration battle

MC officials told to be present in office for public dealing

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Modi recalls bonding with Keshubhai, Kanodia brothers

India's maiden seaplane service set to fly

Parties flouted SC order, many candidates have criminal cases: ADR

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Day after GO, guv okays 7.5% medical quota for government students
After nearly 45 days of delay and political uproar over a pending bill on Tamil Nadu’s 7.5% quota in medical seats for government school students, governor Banwarilal Purohit gave his assent on Friday, following a favourable legal opinion for it from solicitor-general Tushar Mehta.

Few takers, 163 engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu face a crisis
The drop in engineering admissions may leave one-third of engineering colleges in the state fighting for survival in 2020-21. Of 461 colleges that took part in the online engineering counselling this year, 163 filled less than 20% seats, and 103 of them not even 10%.

Chennai: Cycle rentals fall, corporation makes plans to keep wheels rolling
At a time when cycle rentals are going up across the world, rentals have gone down in Chennai from 600 to 700 before March to 45 now. The number of parking stations and cycles made available has been reduced as people are not using metro rail and suburban trains like before.

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Duo attacks businessman for objecting to wheelies in Bengaluru
A businessman who objected to two men performing bike stunts was attacked by the latter in Girinagar, south Bengaluru, on October 27.

Veggie vendor to pay Rs 42,500 for 77 traffic violations in Bengaluru
"Sub-inspector Shivarajkumar Angadi and his team were deployed at Madiwala police station junction for enforcement.They found Kumar riding his scooter without helmet.

Bengaluru: Hospital gets notice as ex-mayor goes off cops' radar
Former mayor R Sampath Raj, an accused in the August 11 east Bengaluru riots case, has gone off the police radar.

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Mumbai: FIR against slumdweller who defied quarantine to earn wages
Acting on BMC’s complaint, Dahisar police on Friday filed an FIR against a slum-dweller for refusing to stay in public quarantine and visiting his workplace despite being identified as a “high-risk contact”.

HC declares Mumbai police best force after Scotland Yard
Observing that the task of police officers during the Covid-19 pandemic was difficult and the city police, considered one of the best in the world after Scotland Yard, were overburdened, the Bombay high court on Thursday directed a Navi Mumbai woman to cooperate with the cyber police in an investigation over her alleged offensive posts on the chief minister.

Maharashtra: Conductor held for selling clips of his sexual acts with women
A bus conductor with Thane Municipal Transport (TMT) undertaking has been arrested for making sex videos and selling these on a porn site for money.

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5,891 new Covid-19 cases in Delhi, positivity rate nears 10%
Breaking all previous records, Covid-19 cases again reached a single-day highest at 5,891. On Thursday, the city had reported 5,739 cases while 5,673 cases had been reported the previous day — both single-day peaks. For the last eight days, the daily number of Covid cases has been consistently rising, except on Monday, when only 2,832 cases were reported due to fewer number of tests conducted.

Delhi's AQI 'very poor' on Friday, 12 stations in red zone
At 374, the overall Air Quality Index (AQI) in the capital on Friday was in the “very poor” category, stated Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) daily bulletin. However, 12 monitoring stations touched “severe” range on Friday noon.

Parts of south, east, northeast Delhi face water problem
Parts of south, east and northeast Delhi, which are in the catchment areas of the Bhagirathi and Sonia Vihar water treatment plants, faced a shortage of water on Friday. A spike in the ammonia levels in the Yamuna water coming from Haryana and stoppage of water in the Upper Ganga canal, which is undergoing annual maintenance, led to a crisis in the city.

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5,891 new Covid-19 cases in Delhi, positivity rate nears 10%
Breaking all previous records, Covid-19 cases again reached a single-day highest at 5,891. On Thursday, the city had reported 5,739 cases while 5,673 cases had been reported the previous day — both single-day peaks. For the last eight days, the daily number of Covid cases has been consistently rising, except on Monday, when only 2,832 cases were reported due to fewer number of tests conducted.

Delhi's AQI 'very poor' on Friday, 12 stations in red zone
At 374, the overall Air Quality Index (AQI) in the capital on Friday was in the “very poor” category, stated Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) daily bulletin. However, 12 monitoring stations touched “severe” range on Friday noon.

Parts of south, east, northeast Delhi face water problem
Parts of south, east and northeast Delhi, which are in the catchment areas of the Bhagirathi and Sonia Vihar water treatment plants, faced a shortage of water on Friday. A spike in the ammonia levels in the Yamuna water coming from Haryana and stoppage of water in the Upper Ganga canal, which is undergoing annual maintenance, led to a crisis in the city.

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5,891 new Covid-19 cases in Delhi, positivity rate nears 10%
Breaking all previous records, Covid-19 cases again reached a single-day highest at 5,891. On Thursday, the city had reported 5,739 cases while 5,673 cases had been reported the previous day — both single-day peaks. For the last eight days, the daily number of Covid cases has been consistently rising, except on Monday, when only 2,832 cases were reported due to fewer number of tests conducted.

Delhi's AQI 'very poor' on Friday, 12 stations in red zone
At 374, the overall Air Quality Index (AQI) in the capital on Friday was in the “very poor” category, stated Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) daily bulletin. However, 12 monitoring stations touched “severe” range on Friday noon.

Parts of south, east, northeast Delhi face water problem
Parts of south, east and northeast Delhi, which are in the catchment areas of the Bhagirathi and Sonia Vihar water treatment plants, faced a shortage of water on Friday. A spike in the ammonia levels in the Yamuna water coming from Haryana and stoppage of water in the Upper Ganga canal, which is undergoing annual maintenance, led to a crisis in the city.

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