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Kings XI Punjab beat Delhi Capitals by five wickets in an IPL game in Dubai.

Schools across the state are set to reopen from November 2. Schools will function for half-day for November, & students will be sent homes after midday meals. The state government has also decided to conduct classes on alternative days for the students: Andhra Pradesh CMO

1,126 new coronavirus cases in Gujarat, eight deaths

Assam reports 666 new COVID19 cases today, taking the total positive cases in the state to 2,02,073, including 884 deaths and 1,74,411 discharges: Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma

Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on UNCHR’s comments on FCRA:

Gold worth Rs 44.4 lakhs seized, one arrested at Chennai Airport

Brazil to join OECD in a year, plans ‘digital bank’ IPO – economy minister

Delhi Capitals finish at 164/5 after opting to bat first against KingsXIPunjab

Mr. Pankaj Goyal, ADG at RO, Delhi, has been suspended with immediate effect from his present position and subsequently attached to HQ without portfolio pending an inquiry in the alleged charges of corruption leading to his arrest. UIDAI has zero tolerance policy to such gross misconduct.Uidai sources said that further action is being processed to repatriate him to his parent dept – telecom

GM to invest $2 billion to build electric vehicles in Tennessee

Over 9.6 cr COVID-19 tests done so far; cumulative, weekly, daily positivity rates are 7.9 pc, 6 pc, 4.5 pc respectively: Health Ministry

8,151 new COVID-19 cases reported in Maharashtra today taking total cases in the State to 16,09,516.

Active cases in the State stand at 1,74,265 while discharged cases are 13,92,308; the death toll is at 42,453, as per State Health Department

Karnataka reports 6,297 new COVID-19 cases and 8,500 discharged cases today

  • Total cases are at 7,76,901 including 6,62,329 discharges and 1,03,945 active cases.
  • The death toll is at 10,608 including 66 deaths reported in State today.

India & Japan are now part of ‘Air Bubble’ system. Registration of passengers with Embassy of India in Japan is no longer required, and bookings should be done directly with concerned airlines: Embassy of India in Japan

Delhi reports 3579 new COVID-19 cases and 41 deaths in the last 24 hours; 2186 patients recovered. Total cases here rise to 3,36,750, including 6081 deaths and 3,06,747 recovered patients. Active cases stand at 23,922: Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) Delhi

Britannia expects rural segment to contribute 35 pc to turnover in next 18 months

Bihar: Two coaches of 05048 Gorakhpur-Kolkata Puja Special train derailed between Silaut and Siho today. No casualties reported yet. More details awaited.

India to host 5th Joint Working Group (JWG) on Coal between India and Indonesia scheduled to be held on 5th November 2020 through Video conference from Delhi due to travel restrictions on account of COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 re-infection possible if antibodies in recovered person reduce within 5 months: ICMR chief

National Investigation Agency (NIA) files charge-sheet against 10 accused in Hizb-ul-Mujahideen Narco-Terror Case. So far, Rs 98.5 lakhs, 8 vehicles and 3 kgs of heroin seized from the accused and investments worth many identified: NIA

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao spoke with West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee over phone today and thanked her for the financial assistance of Rs 2 Crores.

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee writes to Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao, contributing a “token sum” of Rs 2 Crores to Telangana CM’s Relief Fund “as a mark of solidarity & brotherhood with people of Telangana.”Parts of Telangana are reeling under flood due to heavy rainfall.

COVID-19 fatality rate in India is 83 for one million population, while figure is more than 600 in countries like USA, Brazil, Spain: PM Modi in his address to the nation

I request the media and social media to propagate the safety norms and precautions, says PM Modi

Jab tak dawai nahi, tab tak dhilayi nahi

– PM Modi

Several labs are working on coronavirus vaccine. With successful trials, vaccine will be available to each and every Indian: PM Modi

Our careless attitude may put others in risk: PM Modi

This is not the time to be reckless. Coronavirus pandemic still persists: PM Modi

More than 90 lakh beds are available for Covid patients in India. Fatality rate is 83% percent in every 10 lakh people: PM Modi

We have come a long way in the fight of coronavirus. With festive season coming up, situations have started getting back to normal. But we must not forget the virus is still here, says PM Narendra Modi

Today we launched the 1st hydrogen blended CNG plant in Delhi, which is a joint venture of Centre & Delhi government. I’m confident it’ll create new model for cleaner fuel: Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Petroleum & Natural Gas Minister

COVID-19 case fatality rate has declined from 1.77% on Sept 1 to 1.52% as on date: Health Ministry

Spain to receive 31.6 million doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

Another unidentified terrorist killed in the encounter at Pulwama, taking total to three. Searches underway: Jammu and Kashmir Police

Punjab Assembly: Resolution against Farm Laws passed

While many countries have reported a surge, India has recorded 310 cases per million in the last seven days, which is among the lowest globally: Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary, Union Health Ministry

NHPC designates Rajendra Prasad Goyal as CFO

Samsung Biologics Inks Development Partnership With Dinona For Potential Covid-19 Treatment (Source: Reuters)

New COVID-19 cases reported in 24 hours below 50,000 after 84 days: Health Ministry

Six states – Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal – account for 64% of the country’s total active cases: Health Ministry

We have the largest number of COVID-19 recovered cases in the world: Health Ministry

Punjab Assembly unanimously passes Bills against farm laws

  • The Punjab Assembly on Tuesday unanimously passed four Bills and adopted a resolution against the Centre’s farm laws.
  • The Bills were passed after an over five-hour discussion, in which BJP MLAs did not take part. The BJP has two legislators in the assembly.
  • The state government’s legislative counter provides for imprisonment of not less than three years and fine for sale or purchase of wheat or paddy under a farming agreement below the minimum support price.
  • The provisions exempt farmers from attachment of land up to 2.5 acres and provide for prevention of hoarding and black marketing of agricultural produce.

Prepared to resign or be dismissed rather than bow to injustice towards Punjab’s farmers. I am not afraid of resigning. I am not afraid of my government being dismissed. But I will not let the farmers suffer or be ruined.

– Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh

Trump attacks Dr. Fauci and other public health experts as ‘idiots” during campaign call

In an unprecedented attack on Dr Anthony Fauci and other public health experts, President Donald Trump has said that Americans are “tired” of hearing from “these idiots” who have been trying to quell the coronavirus pandemic that has killed over 220,000 people in the country.

Russia’s daily coronavirus cases hit record high of 16,319

Retail inflation eases marginally for farm, rural workers in September

The retail inflation for farm workers and rural labourers eased only marginally to 6.25 per cent and 6.1 per cent, respectively in September as food prices remained high. The retail inflation for farm workers and rural labourers is measured in terms of Consumer Price Index-Agricultural Labourers (CPI-AL) and Consumer Price Index-Rural Labourers (CPI-RL).

Singapore researchers develop breath test to detect COVID-19

  • Researchers in Singapore have developed a breath test to detect COVID-19 within a minute as authorities are working on a roadmap for the phase three of easing of safety measures in the country.
  • A person would simply have to blow into a disposable mouthpiece connected to a “high-precision breath sampler”, according to the National University of Singapore (NUS) researchers.
  • The test, which detects Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) in a person’s breath, achieved more than 90 per cent accuracy in a clinical trial involving 180 patients, Channel News Asia reported, citing the NUS statement.

Border Security Force demolished seven improvised explosive devices (IEDs) planted by naxalites in Swabhimaan Anchal, Malkangiri, Odisha: BSF

Govt working on giving flexibility to Air India bidders to decide on debt: DIPAM Secy

The flexibility to potential investors on the quantum of the Rs 60,074 crore debt that they want to absorb will replace the current condition of the buyer taking over more than a third of the debt and transferring the rest to a special purpose vehicle, Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) Secretary Tuhin Kanta Pandey said.

HUL Q2 net up 8.6% at Rs 1,974 cr; net sales up 15.9% at Rs 11,510 cr

  • FMCG major Hindustan Unilever on Tuesday reported an 8.58 per cent increase in consolidated net profit to Rs 1,974 crore for the quarter ended on September 30, 2020.
  • The company had posted a net profit of Rs 1,818 crore in the July-September quarter of the previous fiscal.
  • Its sales during the quarter under review stood at Rs 11,510 crore, up 15.89 per cent compared to Rs 9,931 crore in the corresponding period a year ago, Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL) said in a regulatory filing.

Pulwama: Two terrorists killed

Two unidentified terrorists killed in an ongoing encounter at Hakripora (Kakapora) area of Pulwama. Police and security forces are on the job. Further details shall follow: Kashmir Zone Police

Telangana: Rain lashes several parts of Hyderabad

Waterlogging reported at various places.

Why should I apologise when I did not intend to insult anyone: Kamal Nath

“It is Rahul Gandhi’s opinion. I have already clarified the context in which I made that statement… Why should I apologise when I did not intend to insult anyone? If anyone felt insulted, I have already expressed regret,” says Former MP CM Kamal Nath.

A team of CBI visits Hathras victim’s residence for the second time to meet the family members.

Farm Laws: Punjab CM to lead all MLAs to Raj Bhavan at 4 pm

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh will lead all MLAs to Punjab Raj Bhavan at 4 pm today to submit to State Governor the resolution on the Farm Laws to be passed shortly in Vidhan Sabha: Media Advisor to Punjab Chief Minister

Kamal Nath ji is from my party but personally, I don’t like the type of language that he used…I don’t appreciate it, regardless of who he is. It is unfortunate

– Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on the former Madhya Pradesh CM’s “item” remark

Verdict on Amazon arbitration plea over Rs 24,713 cr Future-RIL deal expected in few days

  • A one-man arbitration panel heard the plea of Amazon and Future Group last week and a verdict is expected in a few days, according to sources.
  • A hearing of the arbitration took place at the Singapore International Arbitration Centre on October 16 after Amazon had slapped a legal notice on Future Group, alleging that the retailer’s Rs 24,713 crore asset sale to Reliance Industries (RIL) violated an agreement with the e-commerce giant.
  • According to sources familiar with the matter, VK Rajah – the sole arbitrator in the Amazon vs Future vs Reliance arbitration matter – heard the matter on October 16.

PM Modi to address nation at 6pm

Defence Min Rajnath Singh approves new Defence Research & Development Organisation Procurement Manual 2020 to encourage more participation of Indian Industry including startups & MSMEs in Research & Development & to achieve goal of self reliance in Defence: Def Minister’s office

National Investigation Agency (NIA) to file chargesheet today against the ten accused in Hizbul Mujahideen narco-terror case in NIA Special Court, Mohali

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