News Digest: Do you back Abdullahs' & Mufti's 'anti-national stand', BJP asks Cong

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020
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Do you back Abdullahs' & Mufti's 'anti-national stand', BJP asks Cong

Mufti opposes eviction of nomadic tribes, says result will be dangerous

Secretary-rank officer in Delhi under CBI lens for land grab

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J&J starts two-dose trial of its Covid-19 vaccine candidate

'New compounds to potentially treat novel coronavirus identified'

Steroid treatment should be reserved for sickest Covid-19 patients, say scientists

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Oppo to unveil smartphone with 'infinite technological possibilities' on November 17
Smartphone brand Oppo is set to unveil its concept phone on November 17 at its Inno Day event 2020. This was announced by the company via a post on microblogging site Twitter. The handset will be unveiled via an online event at 1:30pm.

Vodafone Idea may raise tariffs soon
Vodafone Idea (Vi) is considering increasing tariffs 15-20% by the end of the year or early next year as the loss-making telco walks a tightrope between making a financial recovery and stemming customer losses.

Why it may be tough for both Apple and Huawei in China
The numbers suggest that handset demand is weak despite China's recovery from the novel coronavirus and that Apple Inc and its local rivals, such as Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, will compete in a shrinking market.

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US univs see historic drop in int'l enrolments
The United States of America witnessed a historic drop in the new students enrolled at its higher education campuses as a fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic. A 2020 snapshot survey revealed that fresh international student enrolment, whether for in-person classes or those studying online from their home countries, has decreased by 43% for the Fall semester (starting in August 2020).

Diesel demand dips 5%, petrol sales flatten out
Diesel consumption contracted 5% in the first fortnight of November from a year ago after rising 6% in October and petrol sales tapered off to a level seen in the year-ago period after rising 4% last month, latest fuel sales data showed.

Aramco plans debt market comeback with bond deal
Saudi Aramco said on Monday it had hired banks for a multi-tranche US dollar-denominated bond issuance, as the world's largest oil company seeks cash amid lower oil prices. Gulf issuers show no sign of slowing this year's blitz of issues on international debt markets as they work to plug finances hit by weaker oil prices and the coronavirus crisis.

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'Not sure it's going to be a deciding factor': Cummins on Kohli's absence
Australian spearhead Pat Cummins believes Indian skipper Virat Kohli's absence after the first Test will not have any big difference to the result of the four-match Test series.

Arise, Sir Lewis? I'm no unsung hero, says Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton's record-equalling seventh Formula One world championship has fuelled expectations of a knighthood but the Briton, overlooked in the past, pointed instead to the ranks of 'unsung heroes'.

Watch: KL Rahul hones his pull shot with tennis ball training
After competing on the slow UAE tracks for nearly two months during the IPL, India's star studded batting line-up is gearing up for the lively Australian pitches with the traditional tennis ball training on Monday.

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Anna university supplementary exam schedule for final year out
Anna University has released the time-table for online supplementary exams to be conducted from November 17 to 21. The exam will be conducted in four slots from 10am to 5pm.

JNTUH computer-based test for second semester exams
The Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad (JNTUH) is set to conduct a computer-based test for second semester exams for first to third year BTech and BPharmacy candidates.The CBT is scheduled to be held later this month.

IIM-B tops list of best B-schools in Eduniversal rankings
The Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore (IIM-B) has retained the top spot among the best B-schools in Central Asia in the Eduniversal rankings 2020. IIM-Ahmedabad and IIM-Calcutta are the other B- schools that have been awarded this year.

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On wildlife week, India de-notifies 1,000 sq km of its 'protected areas'
The board’s decision on denotification and diversion within ‘protected areas’, taken in the meeting of its standing committee on October 5, involved Hastinapur Wildlife Sanctuary in Uttar Pradesh, Mukundra National Park in Rajasthan and Bahu Conservation Reserve in Jammu district.

Hurricane Iota heads for already battered Central America

US should back words with actions if rejoins climate pact: Javadekar

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After military defeat, what's next for Nagorno-Karabakh?

Russia focuses on freeze-dried vaccine doses as transport fix
Russia expects to produce primarily freeze-dried Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine doses by the spring, a top official said, eliminating the need for transport at ultra-low temperatures as part of an ambitious plan to inoculate its population.

No Covid on meat exports; checking Chinese claims: Jacinda Ardern
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday she was confident no meat products were exported from the country with Covid-19, after Chinese authorities said they had detected coronavirus on its frozen beef products.

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On wildlife week, India de-notifies 1,000 sq km of its 'protected areas'
The board’s decision on denotification and diversion within ‘protected areas’, taken in the meeting of its standing committee on October 5, involved Hastinapur Wildlife Sanctuary in Uttar Pradesh, Mukundra National Park in Rajasthan and Bahu Conservation Reserve in Jammu district.

Hurricane Iota heads for already battered Central America

US should back words with actions if rejoins climate pact: Javadekar

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Telangana: Unhappy with Congress, former mayor Banda Karthika Reddy to join BJP
Former mayor and TPCC general secretary Banda Karthika Reddy is joining BJP soon. After rounds of consultations with saffron party leaders in the last few months and initiatives taken by Union minister of state for home G Kishan Reddy, the former mayor has agreed to join the saffron party in a week. Karthika’s husband and TPCC secretary Banda Chandra Reddy is also joining the BJP.

Drop car look-alike symbols: TRS to SEC
With some election symbols resembling TRS’ car creating confusion among voters, including the recent Dubbak bypoll, party representatives have urged Telangana State Election Commission (TSEC) to remove symbols similar to their official symbol from the list of symbols in the upcoming Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections.

Red sanders from AP being smuggled to fund TN elections?

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Punjab doubling rate slips by 59 days in last 2 weeks
Punjab’s Covid-19 doubling rate, a vital parameter of the pandemic’s progress, has declined by 59.5 days in the last two weeks of coronavirus resurgence when the national average has gone up by 21.1 days. A lower doubling rate means faster infection.

Haryana crosses 2 lakh tally, 50% cases in just 60 days
As Haryana recorded around two lakh Covid-19 cases on Monday, the last one lakh cases of the deadly virus have been added in just two months — from September 15 to November 15. During this period, not only were the highest numbers of cases reported, with an average of around 1,667 in a day, but also 1,000 deaths, with an average of around 17 in a day.

AAP seeks probe into links of OSDs

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Covid-19: Gujarat adds 926 positive cases, five deaths in 24 hours

Ahmedabad: Man flies in from Canada, fails to cremate mom as body swapped
Amit Chand, who flew in from Canada on Sunday to claim the body of his mother, Lekha Chand, 65, learnt to his horror that the VS Hospital morgue had handed it over to another family.

Gujarat: Three celebrities move consumer court
Legendary cricketer Kapil Dev, Bollywood star Govinda and actor-turned parliamentarian Ravi Kishan have approached the Gujarat State Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission against a Vadodara consumer court’s order by which each of them were asked to pay Rs 15,000 in compensation to 18 persons who complained of cheating in a club membership offer.

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In a first in 182 days, fresh Covid-19 cases in Chennai dip to below 500
Fresh Covid-19 cases in Chennai dropped below the 500-mark for the first time in 182 days, while Perambalur became the first district in the state to record zero new cases in 24 hours.

7.5% quota may help 300 from govt schools

Tamil Nadu: Good NEET show pushes up cut-offs
High scores, fewer seats and new government policies may crush hopes of several medical aspirants this academic year as cut-offs for MBBS is likely to go up by at least 80 marks in most categories during the state counselling.

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Tallest Hanuman statue to come up in Karnataka
The tallest statue of Lord Hanuman will be installed at Pampapur Kishkindha in Karnataka. This was announced by Swami Govind Anand Saraswati, president of the Hanumad Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra Trust, in Ayodhya on Monday.

Fire breaks out at Bengaluru pub, no casualty reported
A fire broke out at a pub in the HSR Layout locality of Bengaluru on Monday

Bengaluru man shoots wife, tries to hang himself
A man in his 40s killed his wife over an alleged family dispute on Monday. Later he tried hanging himself to death, police said.

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Tweets against Thackerays: Local court in Mumbai grants bail to Sameet Thakkar
A metropolitan magistrate in Mumbai’s Esplanade court on Monday granted bail to Nagpur resident Sameet Thakkar who was arrested by Mumbai police for his allegedly offensive tweets over Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray and his son Aditya Thackeray, a minister too.

Tweets against Thackerays; SC refuses to entertain plea of jailed person, asks him to go to HC
A bench of Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian asked the counsel for Sameer Thakkar to approach the Bombay High Court with the plea saying that it can also uphold his fundamental rights.

Ex-Vice Admiral JTG Pereira who served during World War II dead at 97
Vice admiral John Thomas Goslin Pereira (retd), Indian Navy's former chief of materials, died here on Monday after a brief illness, family sources said.

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From 'severe', Delhi sees AQI dip to 'poor' in a day
A day after an overall “severe” Air Quality Index (AQI) at 435, the capital, at 221, saw a dip in AQI to “poor” category on Monday, stated data from Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). The dip was due to evening showers on Sunday, followed by an increase in local wind speed, it added.

Delhi: 11 out of 13 pollution hotspots saw spike in average AQI in October
Despite targeted and customised action plans being in place for Delhi's 13 pollution hotspots, most locations saw an increase in pollution levels in October and November this year.

Delhi: AIIMS nurses threaten strike from December 16
The AIIMS nurses’ union has threatened to go on an indefinite strike from December 16 if their concerns are not addressed. A notice to this effect was issued to the administration last week, a source said.

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From 'severe', Delhi sees AQI dip to 'poor' in a day
A day after an overall “severe” Air Quality Index (AQI) at 435, the capital, at 221, saw a dip in AQI to “poor” category on Monday, stated data from Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). The dip was due to evening showers on Sunday, followed by an increase in local wind speed, it added.

Delhi: 11 out of 13 pollution hotspots saw spike in average AQI in October
Despite targeted and customised action plans being in place for Delhi's 13 pollution hotspots, most locations saw an increase in pollution levels in October and November this year.

Delhi: AIIMS nurses threaten strike from December 16
The AIIMS nurses’ union has threatened to go on an indefinite strike from December 16 if their concerns are not addressed. A notice to this effect was issued to the administration last week, a source said.

More Delhi News»

From 'severe', Delhi sees AQI dip to 'poor' in a day
A day after an overall “severe” Air Quality Index (AQI) at 435, the capital, at 221, saw a dip in AQI to “poor” category on Monday, stated data from Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). The dip was due to evening showers on Sunday, followed by an increase in local wind speed, it added.

Delhi: 11 out of 13 pollution hotspots saw spike in average AQI in October
Despite targeted and customised action plans being in place for Delhi's 13 pollution hotspots, most locations saw an increase in pollution levels in October and November this year.

Delhi: AIIMS nurses threaten strike from December 16
The AIIMS nurses’ union has threatened to go on an indefinite strike from December 16 if their concerns are not addressed. A notice to this effect was issued to the administration last week, a source said.

More Delhi News»

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