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  • Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was present on the occasion.

    Prime Minister Modi's second rally of the day was at Muzzafarpur.

    He  began by reiterating that people must vote to ensure Bihar gets a government that puts development and good governance above all else.

    In a veiled reference to R.J.D's Tejashwi, the Prime Minister said it was not the time to trust those who lack experience or make hollow promises.

    Prime Minister Modi presented Nitish Kumar as the leader who brought Bihar out of Jungle Raj.

    The Prime Minister's last rally of the day was in Patna, where he again hit out at the Opposition.

  • Those four districts went to the polls in the first phase of Bihar Election -- the biggest electoral exercise of its kind in the times of COVID-19 Pandemic. A large number of voters cast their ballots in spite of the Coronavirus. The enthusiasm was palpable among men and women, young and old alike. Long queues were seen at some places since early morning.

    Polling began at 7 a.m for 71 seats in 16 districts.. It closed at 6 in the evening at all places except the Naxal-affected areas.. Barring some stray incidents of E.V.M malfunction, the polling passed off peacefully..

    Over 14 lakh people were eligible to vote at the more than 31-thousand polling centres in 71 constituencies, which included 53 seats in Magadh region and 18 in other areas.

    The Election Commission had made elaborate arrangements in the wake of the Coronavirus Pandemic.

    Care was taken to ensure the COVID-19 protocols such as a face mask, gloves and physical distancing. Thermal screening was done before a voter was allowed inside a polling booth.

    Voter turnout was low in the initial hours of polling. But it picked up by noon, Women and youths cast their ballot in large numbers.

    Central Para-Military personnel were deployed in all Naxal-affected areas so that polling could take place freely, fairly and peacefully. 

    Among the prominent names who cast their ballot in the first phase of election were Union Minister Giriraj Singh, who voted in Lakhisarai, Bihar Parliamentary Affairs and Rural Development Minister Shrawan Kumar at Munger, Prem Kumar at Gaya, Shreyasi Singh at Jamui and former Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi at Gaya..

    With the conclusion of Phase-1 of election, focus shifts to the constituencies that will go to the polls in the next phase.
     

  • Sen, his coach and physio arrived in Saarbrucken on October 25 for the tournament where he is the defending champion and were advised to travel to Frankfurt for COVID testing.

    The reports were received on October 27 where Sen and his physio came COVID negative but his coach came positive (asymptomatic).

    So as to not hamper the functioning of the tournament and jeopardise the other players, Sen has pulled out of the event and informed the organisers.

    Sen and his coach have requested for another COVID test in order to determine their return date to India.

    Sen’s participation in this tournament, the Denmark Open and 15 days training at Peter Gade Academy have been funded by TOPS.

     

    Report: Tapas Bhattacharya

  • The Cheque was presented to the Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh by the Chairman & Managing Director, BEL, M V Gowtama in New Delhi today. 

    The Interim Dividend of 140% (on face value of Re. 1 per equity share) was paid to the Government of India in February 2020.

    BEL, a Navratna Defence PSU, has paid a total dividend of 280% to the Government of India for financial year 2019-20.

    Secretary Defence Production Rajkumar was present on the occasion.

  • Voting began at 7 am and it will be held till 6 pm. 35 out of 71 constituencies are in Naxal-affected areas, where voting is being held in a staggered manner.

    Additional security forces have been deployed in Naxal-infested areas to ensure free and fair polling. 
        
    This is the first election being held amid COVID pandemic in the country. Over 2.14 crore voters will exercise their franchise and decide the political fate of 1,066 candidates. 

    114 women and 406 independent candidates are in the fray.

    In NDA, BJP is contesting on 29 seats, JD(U) on 35, and Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) on six seats in this phase. The Vikas Sheel Insaan Party (VIP) has fielded one candidate.

    Among the Grand Alliance partners, RJD is contesting on 42 seats, while Congress has fielded 21 candidates, and eight CPI-ML candidates are in the fray. 

    Besides, LJP has fielded 42 candidates while RLSP on 43 and BSP on 27 seats.
        

     

  • The service was inaugurated at the Hazrat Shahjalal airport in Dhaka by the High Commissioner of India in Bangladesh Vikram Doraiswami and the Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) Air Vice Marshal Mafidur Rahman.

    The first two flights operated by the US Bangla airlines left for Kolkata and Chennai from Dhaka on the morning of Wednesday. The opening of the flights has come as a big relief to people travelling between the two countries. It has been welcomed specially by the people who needed urgent medical support in India.

    Thanking the Civil Aviation Ministry for the start of the air-bubble service, High Commissioner Vikram Doraiswami said that it will be especially useful for people with medical requirements. He said the services will help in strengthening people to people contact between the two countries. 

    Earlier, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh had announced that three Bangladeshi airlines- Biman Bangladesh, US-Bangla Airlines and NovoAir will initially operate 28 flights a week to India. Five Indian carriers including Air India, Vistara, Indigo, Spicejet and GoAIr will also run 28 flights a week between the two countries. 

    The Bangladeshi airlines will be operating flights from Dhaka to Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai while the Indian carriers will have flights from Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Mumbai to Dhaka.

    The flights between two countries have resumed  after nearly eight months.The travel between India and Bangladesh was disrupted due to the outbreak of Corona pandemic.

    In the meanwhile, Indian High Commission has started visa services in all categories except  the tourist visa for Bangladeshi nationals. 

    Rajesh Jha/Dhaka

  • With an overall recovery of around 72 lakh 60 thousand patients so far, the recovered cases in the country stand at nearly 12 times more than the active cases.
     
    Nearly 59 thousand patients have recovered in the last 24 hours whereas the new confirmed cases reported in the same time span stood at nearly 44 thousand.
     
    The active caseload of the country has also fallen below 8 per cent. The total positive cases in the country today stands at Six lakh 10 thousand 803 which comprises merely 7.64 per cent of the total reported cases. With a high number of COVID patients recovering every day along with a steadily falling and sustained low mortality rate, India’s trend of registering decreasing active cases continues. 
     
    Health Ministry said that enhanced countrywide medical infrastructure, implementation of the Centre’s Standard Treatment Protocol by the States and Union Territories and total dedication and commitment of doctors, paramedics and frontline workers have led to a persistent increase in the number of total recoveries in the country. It said, this has also led to a commensurate dip in the fatality rate which stands at 1.50 per cent.
     
    The Health Ministry informed that 508 case fatalities were reported in the past 24 hours of which nearly 80 per cent are concentrated in ten States and Union Territories. During the last 24 hours, over 10 lakh 66 thousand COVID samples were tested in the country. With this the cumulative testing figure has further risen to nearly 10 crore 55 lakhs. Health Ministry has said, India has come a long way from just one COVID testing lab in January this year to around two thousand eleven such labs as of today.

  • The explosion occurred in the tenth police district in Kabul after the attacker detonated a bomb installed on a roadside car.

    In addition to causing casualties, the violent explosion also caused varying degrees of damage to nearby buildings.

    "I was nearby when the bomb went off. I heard a massive explosion, then saw black smoke rising. The wave of the explosion was huge and all the building glasses within 100 to 200 meters were shattered," a witness told China Central Television (CCTV).

    Also on Tuesday, another car bomb was detonated in the eastern Khost Province at a Special Police Force base, facilitating attackers to begin firing. At least five policemen died in the crossfire, with 25 policemen and nine civilians injured.

    No group or person have so far claimed responsibility for the two attacks.

  • According to police, a joint team of security forces launched a cordon and search operation (CASO) in Aribagh  following intelligence inputs about the presence of terrorists in the village.
     
    As the joint team approached towards the suspected spot, the terrorists fired upon them and security forces retaliated, killing two terrorists. The identity of the slain terrorists is being ascertained. Further details are awaited.

  • Voting began at 7 am and it will be held till 6pm. In the first election being held amid COVID pandemic in the country over 2.14 crore voters will exercise their franchise and decide the political fate of 1,066 candidates. 114 women and 406 independent candidates are in the fray.
     
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged voters to exercise their franchise in the first phase of voting in Bihar assembly elections. In a tweet, PM Modi asked everyone to take all necessary precautions like wearing masks and maintain do gaj ki doori.
     
    Chief Electoral Officer H.R. Srinivasa said, out of 71 constituencies, 35 are in Naxal-affected areas. Polling will be held upto 3 p.m. in four Naxal-affected constituencies of Chainpur, Nabinagar, Kutumba and Rafiganj while in other five Naxal-affected constituencies of Arwal,Kurtha,Jehanabad,Ghosi and Makhdumpur polling will be held upto 5 p.m. In the remaining 26 Naxal-affected constituencies, voting will be held upto 4 p.m.
     
    Additional Chief Electoral Officer Sanjay Kumar Singh told AIR News that central para military forces have been deployed in Naxal-infested areas to ensure peaceful polling.
     
    Keeping in mind the COVID-19 situation, Election Commission has issued strict guidelines to be followed during the polling. All personnel are directed to wear mask during election-related activities. Thermal screening of all persons is being carried out and sanitizers are available at all locations during polling. All Polling Booths have been sanitized. Only 1,000 voters will exercise their franchise at each booth, instead of 1,500.
     
    In NDA, BJP is contesting on 29 seats, JD(U) on 35 and Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) on six seats in this phase. The Vikas Sheel Insaan Party (VIP) has fielded one candidate.
     
    Among the Grand Alliance partners, RJD is contesting on 42 seats, while Congress has fielded 21 candidates and eight CPI-ML candidates are in the fray. Besides, LJP has fielded 42 candidates while RLSP on 43 and BSP on 27 seats.
     
    This phase is crucial for RJD as the party had won 27 seats in 2015 assembly elections. JD(U) won 18 seats while BJP 13 and Congress 09 seats. 04 others were also elected.
     
    Elections are being held in three phases for the 243-member Bihar assembly polls.

    Apart from the 71 assembly constituencies that go to polls today, 94 seats will go to polls in the second phase on 3rd November and 78 seats in the third phase on 7th November. Counting of Votes will take place on November 10.

  • A joint statement issued towards the end of the talks said India and the U.S would cooperate on infrastructure development in the Indo-Pacific and parner with like-minded countries in the ASEAN and beyond for a free, open and rules-based Indo-Pacific..

    The U.S reiterated its support for India's quest for a permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council..

    India reiterated the importance of peace, stability and prosperity for all countries in the indo pacific region

    India and the U.S agreed to ramp up their security ties and boost cooperation in the Indo-Pacific, amidst China's growing belligerence and expansionist designs.. India-U.S collaboration in defence production and counter-terrorism figured in the talks..

    Besides the BECA, four other pacts were signed on the occasion..

    Earlier in the day, Pompeo and Esper laid wreaths at the National War Memorial. They called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and held talks with National Security Adviser Ajit Doval. Pompeo will visit Sri Lanka, Maldives and Indonesia on his Asia tour.
     

  • The ICCR had launched a global painting competition named ‘United Against CORONA- Express through Art’ which attracted 8000 artwork entries from around the world. 

    After the first round of competition 210 artworks were shortlisted. 

    The final jury evaluated and decided the winners from each category such as Indian and Foreign, Professional/Amateur/Children in four different sections: Contemporary Art; Folk and Tribal Art; Cartoons and Illustrations and Digital and New Age Art. 

    The maximum number of entries for the global competition were received from Bangladesh, said a press release issued by the High Commission of India in Dhaka on Tuesday.

    High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh Vikram Doraiswami handed over the prize money of USD 1000 to Master Anzar Mustaeen Ali in a function held at the Chancery in Dhaka on Tuesday. 

    He congratulated Master Anzar in the presence of his family and officials of the High Commission. 

    Six other art works from Bangladesh were selected for showcasing at the digital art exhibition of ICCR.

     

    Report by: Rajesh Jha, Dhaka

  • The allele frequencies of the genetic variants generated in the study are available on the IndiGenomes database accessible at http://clingen.igib.res.in/indigen.  

    The analysis led to the identification of 55,898,122 single nucleotide variants in the India genome dataset. Comparisons with the global genome datasets revealed that 18,016,257 (32.23%) variants were unique and found only in the samples sequenced from India. 

    This emphasizes the need for a India centric population genomic initiative. India is the second largest country in terms of population density with more than 1.3 billion individuals encompassing 17% of the world population. 

    Despite having this rich genetic diversity, India has been under-represented in global genome studies. 

    Further, the population architecture of India has resulted in high prevalence of recessive alleles. 

    In the absence of large-scale whole genome studies from India, these population-specific genetic variants are not adequately captured and catalogued in global medical literature. 

    In order to fill the gap of whole genome sequences from different populations in India, CSIR initiated the IndiGen Program in April 2019. 

    Under this program, the whole genome sequencing of 1029 self-declared healthy Indians drawn from across the country has been completed. 

    This has enabled benchmarking the scalability of genome sequencing at population scale in a defined timeline. 

    Union Minister, Dr Harsh Vardhan announced the completion of the IndiGen sequence generation efforts on 25th October 2019. 

    The current IndiGenomes data resource provides a compendium of genetic variants representing the contemporary Indian population with an objective to classify variants involved in mendelian disorders and improve precision medicine outcomes. 

    The resource can also enable the identification of markers for carrier screening, variations causing genetic diseases, prevention of adverse events and provide better diagnosis and optimal therapy through mining data of clinically actionable pharmacogenetic variants. 

    The phased data will allow researchers to build Indian-specific reference genome dataset and efficiently impute haplotype information. 

    This resource can provide useful insights for clinicians and researchers in comprehending genetics not only at the population level but at the individual level.  

    The resource is widely accessible to the researchers and clinicians in India and abroad. There have been over ∼200,000 pageviews on the IndiGenomes web page from users spanning 27 countries demonstrating the uniqueness of the resource.

    DG CSIR, Dr Shekhar C Mande, complimented the teams from CSIR-IGIB and CSIR-CCMB who undertook the IndiGen program not only to leading to the development of this valuable resource, but agumenting capability in genomics and understanding of India’s genomic diversity strengthening the country’s response to the current and future pandemics.

     

    Report by Tapas Bhattacharya 

  • This was announced on Tuesday by the Road Transport, Highways and MSMEs Minister Nitin Gadkari while laying the foundation stone of nine National Highway projects in Tripura through video conferencing.

    According to a press release issued by the Ministry, Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said that the Feni bridge being built at the cost of Rs. 129 crore will ease the transportation of goods from Chattogram and Kolkata ports. 

    An integrated check post is also proposed to be built near Sabrum. 

    He said that the construction of the RCC bridge over Feni will improve connectivity to the international border with Bangladesh.

    Describing Tripura as the gateway of the ‘Act East Policy’ of the government , Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (DONER) Dr. Jitendra Singh said that very soon a train to Bangladesh from Tripura will start. 

    It will herald a new chapter and open new vistas in the development of this region by providing the entire region access to the seaports. 

  • Speaking on the occasion, Om Birla said that BRICS countries need to intensify their collective fight against terrorism which poses the biggest threat to humankind. 

    He added that, as people’s representatives, parliamentarians can no longer be silent bystanders and that they must unite to fight the challenges of terrorism and violent extremism.  

    He emphasized that the funding of all terrorist activities must be stopped immediately and the conditions that are conducive to the spread of terrorism and violent extremism need to be addressed and resolved at the earliest.  

    He stressed that the Parliaments of BRICS countries must use international platforms to highlight their collective resolve to support all treaties and agreements that prevent terrorism.

    Birla mentioned that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused the tragic death of millions of innocent people, severe economic challenges and disruption of everyday life.  

    He added that if ever there was any greater need for international unity and cooperation then it is now. 

    Birla further said that, despite their differences, BRICS countries share a common vision of a just and fair world, free of poverty, hunger and disease and where every human being is born equal in dignity.  

    He added that BRICS countries have to ensure that the outbreak of the pandemic does not jeopardize the progress towards achievement of the Agenda 2030 of SDGs and that they remain committed to work together to achieve the goals of Zero hunger, poverty eradication and an inclusive and just world.

  • Sascan Meditech Pvt Ltd, a startup company, which incubated at Technology Business Incubator of Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology is launching OralScan which is a Make- in- India initiative with seed funding from the scheme National Initiative for Developing and Harnessing Innovations (NIDHI) of the Department of Science & Technology (DST). 

    Oral scan was designed and developed entirely in India. According to Dr Subhash Narayanan, CEO of Sascan, oral cancer is a growing concern in India with more than 80,000 fresh cases reported each year. 

    The disease has a high mortality rate because of the delay in detection. OralScan will be officially launched on Wednesday. 

    Current practice relies on oral examinations using a torch light to detect early stage cancers of the oral cavity. 

    Various studies have demonstrated that this screening technique is not very reliable and often oral potentially malignant lesions (OPMLs) go undetected in the early stages. 

    Even experienced clinicians find it difficult to locate the optimal site for a biopsy based on conventional oral examination. 

    This leads to multiple biopsies, increased expenditure and false negative reports which can delay diagnosis and outcome. 

    It is in this context that the OralScan, a handheld imaging device developed by Sascan for screening, detection of OPMLs and biopsy guidance becomes relevant. 

    A software assists the surgeon in taking biopsy from the most appropriate site which is likely to confirm the diagnosis of malignancy. 

    The device will be marketed at a price of Rs 5.9 Lakhs. 

    This will be a one- time investment for hospitals and laboratories without any additional costs of consumables. 

    OralScan has also undergone multicentric trials covering 6 hospitals across the country. 

    Sascan, has already obtained ISO 13485 certification Indian patent has been granted for the technology and US patent has been filed. 

    OralScan has also undergone multicentric trials covering 6 hospitals across the country. 

     

    Report: Tapas Bhattacharya

  • The forum will lay the foundation for multilateral cooperation and engagement among the SCO Member States to develop and hone their startup ecosystems, collectively. 

    Prasar Bharati Beijing Correspondent reports that Innovation and Startups will be the key focus area of SCO Heads of Government meeting on 30th November 2020 which will be hosted by India for the first time. 

    The Forum shall identify areas of cooperation by launching multiple entrepreneurial activities like startup showcase through a dedicated virtual platform, mobilizing capital for startups, sharing of best practices, procuring social innovations, and knowledge exchange workshops etc.

    India is currently the third-largest startup ecosystem in the world with over 35,000 startups, close to 25% of which are core technology startups operating in areas of AI, Robotics, Cloud Computing, IoT, Digital Health, Financial & Education Technology. 

    India has organized many events in the run up to SCO Heads of Government meeting including ministerial meetings which have received support from all the SCO member states.

  • The Union Home Minister, Amit Shah has unequivocally reaffirmed the nation’s resolve to fight terrorism. By invoking the said amended provision, the Central Government designated four individuals in September, 2019 and nine individuals in July, 2020 as terrorists.

    Reinforcing the commitment of strengthening national security and its policy of zero tolerance to terrorism, the Modi Government has declared the following eighteen more individuals as designated terrorists, under the provisions of the UAPA Act 1967 (as amended in 2019) and included their names in the Fourth Schedule of the said Act. Their details are as under:

    • Sajid Meer
    • Yusuf Muzammil
    • Abdur Rehman Makki
    • Shahid Mehmood
    • Farhatullah Ghori
    • Abdul Rauf Asghar
    • Ibrahim Athar
    • Yusuf Azhar
    • Shahid Latif
    • Syed Mohammed Yusuf Shah
    • Ghulam Nabi Khan
    • Zaffar Hussain Bhatt
    • Riyaz Ismail Shahbandri
    • Md Iqbal
    • Shaikh Shakeel
    • Mohammad Anis Shaikh
    • Ibrahim Memon
    • Javed Chikna

    These individuals are involved in various acts of terrorism from across the border and have been relentless in their nefarious efforts of destabilizing the country.

    - Sudhakar Das

  • According to local authorities, all new cases were reported in Shufu County in south Xinjiang's Kashgar Prefecture.

    However, the source of infection of the first case or patient zero is still unknown. Experts say, more contact tracing is required in determining the route of transmission since the first case had no travel history. As of now, rate of transmission is high.

    Authorities have raised the emergency response to highest level. All the 4.7 million residents of Kashgar are undergoing blanket nucleic acid tests.

    Recently, East China’s Qingdao city experienced small outbreak, where all the 10 million people were tested. Several cities including Beijing have warned residents not to travel to Kashgar.

    Capital Beijing has also restricted entry of persons from Kashgar. 

     

    Report by: Anshuman Mishra, Beijing 

  • There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bomb in the northwestern city, near the border with Afghanistan, which has long been plagued by Islamist violence.

    Though militant violence in the city, and in Pakistan in general, has fallen over recent years, there has been an increase in attacks on the security forces this year in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, of which Peshawar is capital.

    Some of the attacks have been claimed by the Pakistani Taliban.

  • The search operations were conducted on 42 premises across Delhi- NCR, Haryana, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Goa.
     
    The search has led to seizure of evidences exposing the entire network of the entry operators, intermediaries, cash handlers, the beneficiaries and the firms and companies involved.
     
    So far, documents evidencing accommodation entries of more than Rs. 500 crore have already been found and seized.
     
    Several shell entities and firms were used by the searched entry operators for layering of unaccounted money and cash withdrawals against fake bills issued and unsecured loans given.
     
    The personal staff, employees and associates had been made dummy directors or partners of these shell entities and all bank accounts were managed and controlled by these entry operators.
     
    Statements of such entry operators, their dummy partners, the cash handlers as well as the covered beneficiaries have also been recorded clearly validating the entire money trail.
     

  • Speakers and members of five BRICS Parliaments namely Brazil, Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa will participate in the Forum.  An Indian Parliamentary Delegation led by Om Birla, Hon’ble Speaker, Lok Sabha and consisting of Kanimozhi Karunanidhi, MP, Lok Sabha will attend the Forum. Smt. Snehlata Shrivastava, Secretary General, Lok Sabha will also attend the above event.  

    The theme of the Forum is BRICS partnership in the interest of global stability, general safety and innovative growth: Parliamentary dimension. During the meeting, in the backdrop of the COVID-19, the Forum will have discussions on a wide range of cross-cutting issues related to the following subjects:

    Improvement in the quality of life of people of BRICS countries: Parliamentary dimension.

    Preparation of legislative initiatives in the area of public health care, social protection of citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic, economic rehabilitation in the post-COVID period including the support measures to MSMEs and the development of distant regions.

    Development of the future Parliamentary cooperation among BRICS countries. 

    The Meetings of the Forum are usually organized on the sidelines of the Statutory Assemblies of Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU). The first meeting of the BRICS Parliamentary Forum was held in Moscow under the Chairmanship of Parliament of Russian Federation in 2015.  Indian Parliament was the Chair of the BRICS Parliamentary Forum in the year 2016 and had organized the meeting of the Forum during the 135th IPU Assembly held in October, 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland.  The meeting was chaired by Smt. Sumitra Mahajan, the then Speaker of Lok Sabha and was attended by Speakers/Presiding officers of member countries viz. Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa. 

    A Meeting of BRICS Women Parliamentarians' Forum was also organized at Jaipur, India in August 2016 on the theme ‘Women Parliamentarians: Enablers for Achieving SDGs’. The Jaipur Declaration was also adopted at the end of the event.  

    BRICS Parliamentary Forum has emerged as an effective platform to facilitate inter-parliamentary dialogue and Parliamentary Diplomacy among the Parliaments of BRICS countries with a view to strengthening the role of Parliaments on a range of contemporary global issues.

    - Shailendra Mishra

  • The National Capital Delhi will be experiencing mist. The temperature will hover between 14 and 33 degree Celsius.
           
    In Mumbai, sky will be partly cloudy. The lower level of temperature in the metropolis was 26 degree Celsius and the upper level will be around 32 degrees.

    Chennai will have generally cloudy sky with light rain. The temperature will oscillate between 25 and 33 degree Celsius.

    Kolkata is expected to have partly cloudy sky. The minimum temperature in the metropolitan was 24 degree Celsius and the maximum will be around 32 degrees.

    Jammu and Srinagar cities will have mainly clear sky. In Jammu, the minimum temperature was 15 degree Celsius while maximum 31 degrees. In Srinagar, the minimum temperature was two degree Celsius and maximum will be around 21 degrees.

    Leh will have mainly clear sky. Minimum temperature was minus two degree Celsius while the maximum will be nearly 14 degrees.

    Gilgit will witness mainly clear sky with temperature moving from six to 20 degree Celsius. In Muzafarrabad, lower limit of temperature was 14 degree
     
    Celsius while upper limit will be around 31 degrees. The sky will be mainly clear.

    In Dehradun, the temperature will hover between 13 and 31 degree Celsius. Mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.

    Chandigarh is likely to witness mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature was 16 degree Celsius and the maximum 32 degrees.

    In Hyderabad, the minimum temperature was 20 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 32 degrees. The city will have partly cloudy sky with haze.

    Ahmedabad is expected to have mainly clear sky. The city will have minimum temperature of 22 degree Celsius while maximum will be around 36 degrees.

    Patna may see mainly clear sky. Temperature will hover between 17 to 32 degree Celsius.

    And Guwahati will have generally cloudy sky with haze. The temperature is likely to vary between 23 degree Celsius to 30 degrees.

  • More than 63 thousand COVID patients recovered during the last 24 hours. Health Ministry said, the total number of recoveries has gone up to over 72 lakh.
     
    Actual caseload currently comprises only 7.88 per cent of the total positive cases. Presently, the total number of active cases in the country is six lakh 25 thousand.
     
    During the past 24 hours, 36,469 new cases were reported taking the total number of positive cases in the country to over 79 lakh 46 thousand.
     
    The Ministry said, that effective implementation of the strategic and graded Test, Track and Treat approach has led to higher recoveries and lower fatality.
     
    Currently, India’s Case Fatality Rate is at 1.50 per cent, which is one of the lowest globally. During the last 24 hours, 488 deaths were reported taking the toll to 1,19,502.
     
    According to Indian Council of Medical Research, more than 9.58 lakh tests were conducted during the last 24 hours. The total number of samples tested so far has reached 10.44 crore.       

  • Vigilance Awareness Week is observed every year during the week in which the birthday of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel falls on 31st of October.
     
    The CBI is hosting a 3-day national conference on vigilance and anti-corruption beginning from Tuesday. 
     
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the conference via video conferencing Tuesday evening. 

    The CBI organizes this national conference coinciding with ‘Vigilance Awareness Week.
     
    The three day conference will discuss  various issues including the Challenges in investigation in foreign jurisdictions; Preventive Vigilance as a Systemic Check against Corruption; Systemic improvements for financial inclusion and prevention of bank frauds.
     
    Besides, it will also discuss effective Audit, latest amendments to the Prevention of Corruption Act as an impetus to the fight against corruption; Capacity Building and Training; Multi Agency Coordination, Emerging Trends in Economic Offences, Cyber Crimes and Transnational Organized Crime-measures.
     
    The Conference will also bring policy makers and practitioners on a common platform enabling them to combat corruption through systemic improvements and preventive vigilance measures.
     
    Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh will also address the Inaugural Session. 

  • According to the BCCI release, the Selection Committee met via video-conference on Monday to pick the three squads.
     
    India is playing three T-20Is, three ODIs and four Test matches against Australia. 
     
    One big omission from all the three squads is Rohit Sharma who is currently sitting out of Mumbai Indians’ games due to an injury.
     
    The BCCI said, they are continuing to monitor his and Ishant Sharma’s progress.
     
    Apart from the squads, four additional bowlers have been named to travel with the contingent.
     
    They are Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kartik Tyagi, Ishan Porel and T. Natarajan.

    Team India T-20I squad : Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, K.L. Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Sanju Samson, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar and Varun Chakravarthy.
     
    Team India ODI squad : Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, K.L. Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Mayank Agarwal, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Navdeep Saini and Shardul Thakur.
     
    Team India Test squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, K.L. Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha, Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin and Mohd. Siraj.

  • Interacting with CEOs of leading oil and gas companies in the annual event organized by NITI Aayog and Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas on Monday, PM Modi said, India’s rapidly growing energy sector presents tremendous opportunities to investors.
     
    During the interaction, Prime Minister highlighted that energy is at the centre of human development, which is why conversations around the energy sector are important.
     
    He said that at the core of the government’s policy is providing equitable access of clean, affordable and sustainable energy to all Indians, for which the country has adopted an integrated approach.
     
    PM Modi underlined that with the government taking a series of policy steps to make India an attractive investment destination, there are tremendous opportunities in the energy sector in India.
     
    He said, India now allows 100 per cent  FDI in exploration and production projects, and has permitted 49 per cent  FDI in public sector refining under the automatic route.
     
    He said, these reforms are translating into increased FDI flow in the sector.
     
    He added that the country is taking steps to move towards a gas-based economy and said that a gas pipeline network is being developed to achieve ‘One Nation One Gas Grid’.
     
    He further highlighted that India is also aiming to become a hub for chemicals and petro-chemicals manufacturing and exporting.
     
    Prime Minister noted that human needs and aspirations cannot be in conflict with the natural surroundings.
     
    He said that India believes in both human empowerment and care for the environment.

  • The latest developments raised doubts about the prospects of the new international push to end a month of clashes. 
     
    The latest ceasefire was agreed on Sunday after separate talks in Washington between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan.
     
    Representatives of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group led by France, Russia and the United States, also participated in the talks.
     
    The group said, its co-chairs and the foreign ministers have agreed to meet again in Geneva on Thursday.

  • Suga announced this in his policy speech at first parliamentary session since he took office last month.
     
    The Prime Minister said, he intends to make a sustainable economy a pillar of his growth strategy and put maximum effort into achieving a green society.
     
    Suga emphasized the need to shift away from fossil fuels to counter climate change as an opportunity rather than a burden.
     
    As per Japan’s current energy plan, 56 per cent of its energy reqirements come from fossil fuels.

  • This year many of the usual activities during the Puja like Kumari Puja, Shidur Khela, Dhunchi dance competition and immersion procession called ‘Shobhajatra’ were not held as certain restrictions were imposed by the government due to Corona pandemic in the country.
     
    The process of immersion started in the afternoon in the capital city where the idols were immersed in Buriganga. Organisers were advised by the Mahanagar Puja celebration Committee to complete the process before 6pm. 
     
    Durga Puja is the biggest festival of the Bangladeshi Hindus. It was celebrated with devotion and enthusiasm across the country despite the Corona pandemic. Puja was organised in Bangladesh in 30,223 mandaps which was less in number compared to last year's figure of 31,398. In Dhaka alone, Puja was held in 233 mandaps.

  • Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh was also present on the occasion.

    PM SVANidhi scheme was launched on 1st of June this year to help poor street vendors, impacted by COVID-19, resume livelihood activities.
     
    Till date, a total of more than 24 lakh applications have been received under the scheme, out of which more than 12 lakh have been sanctioned and about 5.35 lakh loans have been disbursed.

    In  Uttar Pradesh, more than six lakh applications have been filed, out of which about 3.27 lakh have been sanctioned and 1.87 lakh loans have been disbursed.
     
    The interaction was witnessed by beneficiaries of the Scheme from across the state.
     
    Arrangements were made for live broadcast at these places with adherence to all the social distancing guidelines.
     
    Under the SVANidhi Scheme around 7 lakh street venders have been identified in the state and more than 6 lakh 40 thousand have applied for loan under the SVANidhi Scheme.
     
    State government has approved loan of around 3.62 lakh vendors out of which around 3 lakh vendors are going to get the money.
     
    Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has said that his government is eyeing on facilitating this benefit to around 5 lakh vendors of state.
     
    Uttar Pradesh has ranked first in all the categories - Applications, Sanctions and Disbursements of the loans under the scheme. Seven cities of the state also find place in the list of top 10 cities of the country. 

  • From the Indian side, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar are leading the delegation.
     
    United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defence Mark Esper are leading the US delegation. Both the Secretaries earlier paid tributes at National War Memorial. 
     
    The visiting US Secretaries will also meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi  after the Ministerial Dialogue.
     
    The First two plus two dialogue was held in New Delhi in September 2018 and the Second in Washington DC in 2019.
     
    The agenda for the Third dialogue will cover all bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest.
     
    The Third Annual two plus two Ministerial Dialogue will focus on advancing the Indo-US comprehensive global strategic partnership.
     
    It will also deliberate on further strengthening cooperation to promote stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and the world.
     
    As the world's oldest and largest democracies, the two countries nourish deep rooted democratic traditions and bond.
     
    The growth in partnership reflects deepening strategic  convergence on host of issues including energy, aviation, science, space, infrastructure and health.
     
    The dialogue in just over two years span demonstrates high level commitment by both the countries towards the shared diplomatic and security objectives.

  • Both Ministers also expressed satisfaction that agreement of BECA will be signed during the visit.  US Secretary of Defence welcomed Australia’s participation in the exercise MALABAR 2020.
     
    Both the Ministers expressed satisfaction at the close engagements between the respective Armed Forces. They discussed potential new areas of cooperation, both at Service to Service level and at the joint level.
     
    They called for continuation of existing defence dialogue mechanisms during the pandemic, at all levels, particularly the Military Cooperation Group. They also discussed requirements of expanding deployments of liaison officers.
     
    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh elaborated upon the initiatives under the Atmanirbhar Bharart to encourage investments in the defence industry in India and invited US companies to make avail of the liberalized policies and the favorable Defence Industry ecosystem in India.
     
    The Defence Minister said, India is delighted to host Secretary Esper. In a tweet, RM said, their talks today were fruitful, and aimed at further deepening defence cooperation in a wide range of areas. He said, today’s discussions will add new vigour to India-US defence relations and mutual cooperation.
     
    Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, Army Chief Gen. Manoj Naravane, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria and Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh were among those present during the delegation level bilateral meeting.
     
    The US Defence Secretary also inspected the Tri- Service Guard of Honour at South Block Lawns in New Delhi.
     
    External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar also met his US counterpart Mike Pompeo this evening. The US Secretary of State and Defence Secretary arrived in New Delhi this afternoon. They are on a two-day visit to India.
     
    Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla met and welcomed US Under Secretary of State Brian Bulatao who is part of Secretary Pompeo’s delegation for the 22 Ministerial Dialogue.

    The Third Annual India-US, two plus two Ministerial Dialogue scheduled for Tuesday will focus on advancing the Indo-US comprehensive global strategic partnership and further strengthening cooperation to promote stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and the world.
     
    As the world's oldest and largest democracies, the two countries nourish deep rooted democratic traditions and bond.
     
    The growth in partnership reflects deepening strategic convergence on host of issues including energy, aviation, science, space, infrastructure and health among others.
     
    Third Ministerial Dialogue in just over two years span demonstrates high level commitment by both the countries towards the shared diplomatic and security objectives.

  • Supercomputers and sophisticated numerical algorithms have allowed cosmologists to show how density fluctuations left over from the very early stages of the Universe after its creation in a Big Bang could have evolved into the ‘First stars’, but the ultimate fate of the stars have long remained elusive.

    Led by Jayanta Dutta from Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISER) Mohali, a team consisting of Sharanya Sur from Indian Institute of Astrophysics Bangalore, an autonomous institute of the Department of Science & Technology, Athena Stacy from UC Berkeley and Jasjeet Singh Bagla from IISER Mohali have developed a model that allows to follow the evolution of these protostars up to a million years from their birth.

    Exploring the survival possibility of these stars called Population III protostars till the present day, the team showed that some of these stars that initially formed within a certain range of masses and are ejected with velocity larger than the escape velocity may have survived to the present day on the main sequence, an evolutionary phase in stellar evolution where stars are converting hydrogen to helium in their cores via nuclear fusion. How long a star remains in this phase depends on its mass. In the present study, since the ejected protostars have masses less than 0.8 solar mass, they will take longer to evolve off the main sequence.

    Thus, they may even be found in our Milky Way or its satellites. Their calculations also revealed that protostars that do not get ejected from the parent gas clump accumulate a large amount of gas. Thus, these can possibly become massive enough to be progenitors of black holes.

    The research supported by the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, and a National Post Doctoral Fellowship (NPDF) at the Physical Science department of IISER Mohali was published in ‘The Astrophysical Journal’ recently. This work comes at a time when even the most sophisticated highest resolution cosmological simulations of primordial star formation are unable to follow the gas evolution beyond a few hundreds of years from the formation of the first central hydrostatic core, which is inadequate to ascertain the fate of the protostars.

    Using a semi-analytical model, this team followed the long term evolution of the trajectory and mass accretion history of these protostars on time scales that are crucial to infer about the ultimate fate of these stars and predicted that some of them could enter the main sequence and survived till the present epoch. This work offers a fresh approach to explore the complex nature of the non-linear process of gravitational collapse and sheds new light on the eventual fate of the first sources of illumination in our Universe.

  • Team India T20I squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul (vice-captain and wicket-keeper), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Varun Chakravarthy
      
    Team India ODI squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul (vice-captain & wicket-keeper), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Mayank Agarwal, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur
     
    Team India Test squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Mohd. Siraj
     
    Four additional bowlers - Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kartik Tyagi, Ishan Porel and T. Natarajan - will travel with the Indian contingent.
     
    The BCCI Medical Team will continue to monitor the progress of Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma.

  • This year many of the usual activities during the Puja  like Kumari Puja, Shidur Khela, Dhunchi dance competition and immersion procession called ‘Shobhajatra’ were not held as certain restrictions were imposed by the government due to Corona pandemic in the country. 

    The process of immersion started in the afternoon in the capital city where the idols were immersed in Buriganga. Organisers were advised by the Mahanagar Puja celebration Committee to complete the process before 6 in the evening, reports the official news agency BSS. 

    Durga Puja is the biggest festival of the Bangladeshi Hindus. It was celebrated with devotion and enthusiasm across the country despite the Corona pandemic. Puja was organised in Bangladesh in 30,223 mandaps which was  less in number compared to last year's figure of 31,398. In Dhaka alone, Puja was held in 233 mandaps. 

    Rajesh Jha/Dhaka/26.10.2020

  • The Prime Minister said that a self-reliant India will also be a force multiplier for the world economy. PM Modi said, with a smaller carbon footprint, our energy sector will be growth-centric, industry-friendly and environment-conscious.
     
    He said, that is why India is one of the most active nations in furthering renewable source of energy. He said, India's energy plans aims to ensure energy justice while fully following our global commitments for sustainable goals.
     
    PM Modi said, India is the third largest and the fastest growing aviation market in terms of domestic aviation. He said, India will always work keeping in mind global goals and we are well on track to meet the commitment we made to the global community.
     
    He said, we had aimed to increase the renewable energy installed capacity by 175 Giga Watt  by 2022 and we have further extended this goal to 450 Giga Watt by 2030.
     
    He said, India has one of the lowest carbon emissions than rest of the industrialized worlds.
     
    The Prime Minister said, the country's refining capacity will increase from about 250 to 400 MMT per annum by 2025 and increasing domestic gas production has been a government priority as well.
     
    He said, the government has planned to achieve One Nation, One Gas Grid and shift towards a gas-based economy.
     
    The Prime Minister said, in the last six years, over 11 million smart LED street lights were installed and this has enabled an estimated energy saving of 60 billion units per year.
     
    He said, the estimated greenhouse gas emission reduction with this programme is over 4.5 crore tonnes of CO2 annually.
     
    He said, we also save around Rs. 24 thousand crore annually from the same.

  • The case pertains to the seizure of 30 Kg gold worth Rs. 14.82 crores on 5th July, 2020 at Air Cargo of Trivandrum International Airport by Customs (Preventive) Commissionerate, Cochin, from the diplomatic baggage.Investigation in the case has revealed that Rabins Hameed (A-10), while being in UAE and India had conspired with the arrested accused Ramees K. T. (A-5), Jalal A. M. (A-6) and others besides arranged funds and purchased gold at Dubai, for smuggling to India, through diplomatic baggage.

    The NIA Special Court at Ernakulam had issued non-bailable warrant of arrest against the fugitive Rabins Hameed (A-10).

    He is also learnt to have arranged for the concealment of gold in electronics or electrical equipment and household items in the UAE, for smuggling the contraband to Thiruvananthapuram, through diplomatic baggage. The arrested accused will be produced before the Special Court and his NIA custody sought.  
     

  • The Central Bureau of Investigation organizes this National Conference coinciding with ‘Vigilance Awareness Week’, which is observed in India every year from 27th October to 2nd November.

    Activities in this conference would be focused on Vigilance issues aimed at raising awareness and reaffirming India’s commitment to promotion of integrity and probity in public life through citizen participation.

    The three day conference would discuss the Challenges in investigation in foreign jurisdictions; Preventive Vigilance as a Systemic Check against Corruption; Systemic improvements for financial inclusion and prevention of bank frauds; Effective Audit as an Engine of Growth; Latest amendments to the Prevention of Corruption Act as an impetus to the fight against corruption; Capacity Building and Training; Multi Agency Coordination-an enabler for faster and more effective Investigation; Emerging Trends in Economic Offences, Cyber Crimes and Transnational Organized Crime-measures to Control and Exchange of Best Practices among Criminal Investigative Agencies.

  • Polling will be held on Wednesday. Several constituencies that go to polls in this phase are Naxal violence affected and sensitive from security point of view.

    In the first phase a total of 1066 candidates are in fray and over 2.14 Cr eligible voters will exercise their franchise. BJP is contesting from 29 seats, JD(U) from 35 and Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) from six assembly seats. The Vikas Sheel Insaan Party (VIP) has fielded one (01) candidate.

    The Grand alliance's RJD is contesting from 42 seats, while Congress has fielded 21 candidates. The CPI-ML has 08 candidates in fray.

    The LJP has decided to support BJP candidates on those seats where LJP is not contesting.

    Political fortunes of 08 cabinet ministers Prem Kumar, Ram Narayan Mandal, Jai Kumar Singh, Krishna Nandan Verma, Shailesh Kumar, Santosh Nirala, Vijay Kumar Sinha and Brij Kishore Bind will be decided in this phase.

    Former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi is contesting from Imamganj assembly constituency as NDA candidate. The RJD has pitted former speaker of Bihar Legislative assembly Uday Narayan Chaudhary against Mr Manjhi. On the last day of campaigning stalwarts and star campaigners are making a last ditch effort to woo the voters.

  • Out of the 15 results declared so far, BJP has bagged 11 seats while Congress has won two seats and two independent candidates have also emerged victorious.
     
    AIR correspondent reports that BJP candidates have been declared winners in Diskit, Turtuk, Tegar, Panamik and Hundar constituencies in Nubra region.
     
    Besides, BJP also claimed Tangtse, Korzok and Martselong , Kyungyam and in Thiksey. C
     
    Congress candidates Sonam Thardos in Igoo and Rigzin Tsering in Sakti Constituency declared winners.
     
    Independent candidate Konchok Stanzin declared winner in Chushul while another independent Ishey Spalzang has also won the Nyoma seat.
     
    Final results of all the 26 constituencies are expected by this evening.

  • With an overall recovery of over 71 lakh 37 thousand patients so far, the recovered cases in the country stand at nearly 11 times more than the active cases.

    Nearly 60 thousand patients have recovered in the last 24 hours whereas the new confirmed cases reported in the same time span stood at nearly 45 thousand.

    The Health Ministry said that enhanced countrywide medical infrastructure, implementation of the Centre’s Standard Treatment Protocol by the States and Union Territories and total dedication and commitment of doctors, paramedics and frontline workers have led to a persistent increase in the number of total recoveries in the country.

    It said, this has also led to a commensurate dip in the fatality rate which stands at 1.50 per cent. The Health Ministry informed that 480 case fatalities were reported in the past 24 hours of which nearly 80 per cent are concentrated in ten States and Union Territories.

    With a large number of COVID patients recovering every day along with a steadily falling and sustained low mortality rate, India’s trend of registering decreasing active cases continues.

    The active caseload of the country also keeps decreasing and stands presently below 8.5 per cent. The total positive cases in the country today is six lakh 53 thousand 717 which comprises merely 8.26 per cent of the total reported cases.

    The Health Ministry informed that 480 case fatalities were reported in the past 24 hours of which nearly 80 per cent are concentrated in ten States and Union Territories.

    During the last 24 hours, over 9 lakh 39 thousand COVID samples were tested in the country. With this the cumulative testing figure has further risen to nearly 10 crore 35 lakhs. The Health Ministry has said India has come a long way from just one COVID testing lab in January this year to around 2006 such labs as on date.

  • Now, when you visit an incompatible site in Internet Explorer which still has 5 per cent market share globally, the browsing session will automatically be directed to Microsoft Edge.

    The redirection is being achieved via an Internet Explorer Browser Helper Object (BHO).

    This feature works on nearly 1,156 sites, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Google Drive, among others, reports Bleeping Computer.

    While browsing the websites that are incompatible with Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge will display a pop-up, prompting the user to set their default browser to Edge.

    Microsoft Edge will also prompt users to migrate their Internet Explorer settings, data, and cookies to Microsoft Edge.

    "The following browsing data will be imported: Favourites, Passwords, Search engines, open tabs, history, settings, cookies, and the Home Page," according to Microsoft.

    Microsoft has warned corporate customers that from November 13, Internet Explorer will no longer log into Microsoft accounts.

    Microsoft 365 apps and services will no longer support Internet Explorer 11 (IE 11) by August 17 next year, the company announced in August.

    Beginning November 30 this year, Microsoft Teams web app will no longer support IE 11 and the remaining Microsoft 365 apps and services will no longer support IE 11 from August 2021.

    After the above dates, customers will have a degraded experience or will be unable to connect to Microsoft 365 apps and services on IE 11.

    Microsoft launched Edge five years ago after its once-dominant Internet Explorer lost its appeal as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox took over the browser space.

    The company also announced it would end support for the Microsoft Edge Legacy desktop app on March 9, 2021. After March 9, the Microsoft Edge Legacy desktop app will not receive new security updates.

  • Less than 500 deaths (480) have been reported in last 24 hours in the country.

    India has one of the lowest fatality rates in the world. The Case Fatality rate is lowest since 22nd March and is continuously declining.

    As part of the COVID management and response policy, there has been a sharp focus of the Central Government on not only containing the COVID, but to reduce deaths and to save lives by providing quality clinical care to the critical and severe patients of COVID. Collaborative efforts of the Union and State/UT governments have resulted in strengthening of the health facilities across the country. 2218 Dedicated COVID Hospitals are providing quality medical care.

    A unique initiative to build the capacities of the ICU doctors in clinical management of critical patients towards reducing the fatality, e-ICU has been started by AIIMS, New Delhi. Twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays, tele/video -consultation sessions are held by knowledge and domain experts for the doctors manning ICUs in the State hospitals. These sessions started from 8th July 2020.

    Till date, 25 tele-sessions have been held, and 393 institutions across 34 States/UTs have participated in them.

    To further build the ICU/clinical management capacities of doctors for treatment of critical patients, AIIMS New Delhi in collaboration with the Health Ministry has developed FAQs. These have been posted on the MoHFW website and can be accessed at:

    https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/AIIMSeICUsFAQs01SEP.pdf

    Also, many States have conducted the population surveys to map and identify the vulnerable population like the elderly, pregnant women and those with co-morbidities. This, with the help of technological solutions like Mobile Apps, has ensured keeping the high-risk population under continuous observation, thus aiding early identification, timely clinical treatment and reducing fatalities. At the ground level, frontline health workers like ASHAs and ANMs have done a commendable job of managing the migrant population and to enhance awareness at the community level.

    As a result, there are 14 States and UTs with CFR lower than 1%.

    59,105 new recoveries were added in last 24 hour whereas new recovered cases were 45,148. With this, the total number of recoveries have crossed 71 Lakh (71,37,228). Higher number of single day recoveries is also reflected in the continuous increase in the national recovery rate, which is at present 90.23%.

    India continues to report a trend of steadily decreasing active cases. Presently the active cases comprise merely 8.26% of the total positive cases of the country standing at 6,53,717. This is the lowest since 13th August when eth active cases were 6,53,622.

    78% of the new recovered cases are observed to be concentrated in 10 States/UTs .

    Karnataka has contributed the maximum to the single day recoveries with more than 10,000 cases followed by Kerala with more than 7,000 cases.

    45,148 new confirmed cases were registered in the last 24 hours in the country. This is the lowest since 22nd July when 37,000 new cases were added.

    82% of new confirmed cases are from 10 States and UTs. Kerala and Maharashtra contribute maximum to the new confirmed cases with more than 6,000 cases each followed by Karnataka, Delhi and West Bengal with more than 4,000 cases.

    480 case fatalities have been reported in the past 24 hours. Of these, nearly 80% are concentrated in ten States/UTs.

    More than 23% of new fatalities reported are from Maharashtra (112 deaths).

     

  • Borissov, who met Keith Krach, U.S. undersecretary of state for economic affairs, on Friday has informed the U.S. Embassy in Sofia of the situation, the head of Sofia health inspectorate said.

    The government press office said Borissov was able to carry out his duties and was in constant contact with his ministers as the Balkan country grapples with a spike in new coronavirus infections.

    Borissov had self-isolated late on Friday after he was informed that a deputy minister who he had been in contact with five days ago had tested positive.

    Health authorities lifted Borissov’s quarantine late on Saturday after two negative results from coronavirus tests, but then he tested positive on Sunday.

    “Although my quarantine was lifted, since Friday I have postponed all my meetings and planned public appearances for the coming days,” Borissov, 61, said in a posting on his official Facebook account.

    “After two PCR tests, as of today I am positive with COVID-19,” he said. “I have a general malaise. For the moment, on the doctors' discretion, I remain on home treatment.”

    It was not immediately clear if he was already receiving a specific treatment.

    Health Minister Kostadin Angelov said on Facebook he was self-isolating because he met Borissov on Friday. Energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova and Transport Minister Rosen Zhelyazkov, who attended the meeting with the U.S. official, said they too were self-isolating.

    Bulgarian President Rumen Radev, who attended a forum in Estonia on Oct. 19 along with Polish President Andrzej Duda, tested negative Sunday, he said on Facebook. Duda has tested positive for coronavirus on Saturday.

  • Necessitated due to the previous alignment having seen extensive damages due to sinking and other natural hazards, the road serves as an important link to bolster defence preparedness in the Nathula Sector in particular and in whole of East Sikkim in general. The ceremony was held through video conference from the 33 Corp Hq in Sukhna due to inclement weather. Raksha Mantri while addressing the gathering on the occasion complimented the BRO for this achievement and said it is upgrading to double-lane most border roads in Sikkim.

    Rajnath Singh emphasised the Government’s drive towards progressing infrastructure development in far flung areas not only to enhance defence preparedness but also for fostering socio-economic development of the region. Reiterating the Centre’s resolve to speed up infrastructure development in align with Prime Minister’s Act North East policy, Shri Rajnath Singh highlighted the pace at which construction of the alternate alignment, which had been held up since commencement in 2009, was facilitated over the last two years.

    The Chief Minister of Sikkim brought out the positive impact of the new alignment on boosting tourism as well as the socio-economic development of the state. Emphasising that tourism is the main bulwark of the state’s economy, the Chief Minister was highly appreciative of the BRO and the Central Government  for completing the road expeditiously.

    The BRO over the last some years has undertaken an unprecedented expansion of its capabilities through technology infusion in material, equipment and construction techniques. The Atal Tunnel, DS-DBO Road, the new alignment of the National Highway 310 are examples of high quality, fast paced results delivered by the BRO towards strategic and operational preparedness. The Defence Minister also highlighted the future works that the BRO is to undertake and expressed confidence that the mission of Aatmanirbhar Bharat will progress by leaps and bounds in the years ahead.

  • The United States reported 79,852 new infections on Saturday, close to the previous day's record of 84,244 new cases. Hospitalizations are also rising and have hit a two-month high and deaths are trending upwards, according to a Reuters tally.

    So far in October, 29 states have set records for increases in new cases, including five considered key in the Nov. 3 presidential election: Ohio, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

    Cases in the Midwest set a new record on Saturday and the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in that region hit an all-time high for the ninth day in a row.

    Hospitals are strained in several states including North Dakota, which is the hardest hit based on recent new cases per capita, according to a Reuters analysis.

    The city of El Paso in Texas is asking residents to stay home for the next two weeks and the wider El Paso County closed its parks and recreational facilities for 14 days.

    In addition, an El Paso County judge ordered late Sunday a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew due to the COVID crisis. The curfew order went into effect immediately, but it does not apply to essential workers or people traveling.

    Over the last three weeks, the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in the El Paso area has tripled to a record 786, according to state data. 

    “If we continue on this trend, we risk detrimental effects to our entire healthcare system,” the city’s public health director, Angela Mora, said in a statement.

    “For the sake of those hospitalized and the frontline healthcare workers working tirelessly each day to care for them, we ask you to please stay home for two weeks and eliminate your interactions with those outside your household until we can flatten the curve.”

    On Saturday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott asked the federal government to allow the use of an army medical center at Fort Bliss by non-coronavirus patients to ease the burden on hospitals.

    On Sunday, Abbott said state emergency management officials will open an alternate care site this week, initially with 50 beds, at the El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center.

    NEW WHITE HOUSE OUTBREAK

    Pence’s chief of staff, Marc Short, tested positive on Saturday as well as multiple other senior aides. Despite the outbreak, the White House said the vice president would press ahead with campaigning, visiting North Carolina on Sunday and Minnesota on Monday.

    The new infections offered a reminder of the way Trump - who was hospitalized for three nights this month after contracting COVID-19 - and those around him have downplayed the advice of public health experts to wear masks and observe social distancing guidelines to stem COVID-19 transmission.

    Asked on CNN’s “State of the Union” why Pence was not following U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to quarantine for 14 days after such exposure, Meadows on Sunday cited the vice president’s status as “essential personnel.”

    The latest outbreak follows what health experts described as a super-spreader event at the White House on Sept. 26 where President Donald Trump announced his nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

  • The ex-Barcelona and Paris St Germain player was in Belo Horizonte, where he played for local side Atletico Mineiro, when he got his diagnosis.

    “I arrived in BH (Belo Horizonte) yesterday, I took the COVID test, I tested positive, I am good, asymptomatic so far,” the two-time FIFA World Player of the year said on Instagram on Sunday.

    The former AC Milan, Flamengo and Gremio player said he would remain in a hotel until his condition improved.

    The charismatic forward spent a month in a Paraguayan jail with his brother and business manager earlier this year, accused of entering country with a fake passport.

  • The win lifted Brendan Rogers’ side to fourth on 12 points, while the Gunners stay in 10th place on nine after six games.

    Arsenal were left ruing their failure to score in the first half hour when they pushed forward time and again, racking up 10 shots and six corners to Leicester’s one and zero respectively.

    They had the ball in the net from a corner in the fourth minute but replays showed at least three players offside as Alexandre Lacazette flicked it past keeper Kasper Schmeichel.

    The hosts then almost scored when Kieran Tierney whipped in a cross that captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang headed over.

    They went even closer to opening the scoring a few minutes later when Alexandre Lacazette, standing in front of goal, somehow nodded another cross from Tierney wide of the far post.

    Vardy, who came on with half an hour to play having missed Leicester’s previous two games with a calf injury, broke the deadlock in the 80th minute, heading home Cengiz Under’s cross.

    “We weathered a bit of a storm but then started getting into it and we’ve come away with a win. It’s big for us but it’s just the next game where we want to keep improving,” said Vardy.

    The win gets Leicester’s season back on track following league defeats by Aston Villa and West Ham United.

    “We’ve had a couple of bad results and we wanted to put that right in the league. Luckily, I’ve come on and made an impact,” Vardy told Sky Sports.

    “It gives us a little boost. The last two games in the league have not been good enough but to come here and put in a performance like we have is great for the team.”

    Vardy’s 11th Premier League goal against the Gunners - more than any other player apart from Wayne Rooney - gave his side their first win at Arsenal since September 1973.

  • Brent crude LCOc1 was down 70 cents, or 1.7%, at $41.07 by 0353 GMT. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) dropped 69 cents, or 1.7%, to $39.16, having fallen more than a dollar shortly after the start of trading.

    Brent fell 2.7% last week and WTI dropped 2.5%.

    The United States reported its highest number yet of new coronavirus infections in two days through Saturday, while in France new cases hit a record of more than 50,000 on Sunday, underlining the severity of the outbreak.

    On the supply side, Libya’s National Oil Corp on Friday ended its force majeure on exports from two key ports and said production would reach 1 million barrels per day (bpd) in four weeks, a quicker ramp-up than many analysts had predicted.

    “The recent surge in COVID-19 cases and further movement restrictions across parts of Europe is weighing on sentiment, with concern over what this all means for demand,” ING Economics said in a note.

    “Not helping, is the fact that Libya appears to be returning supply to the market quicker than expected,” ING said.

    OPEC+, a grouping of producers including the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and Russia, is also set to increase output by 2 million bpd in January 2021 after cutting production by a record amount earlier this year.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin indicated last week he may agree to extending OPEC+ oil production reductions.

    In the United States, energy companies increased their rig count by five to take the total to 287 in the week to Oct. 23, the most since May, energy services firm Baker Hughes Co BKR.N said. The rig count is an indicator of future supply.

    Still, investors increased their net long positions in U.S. crude futures and options during the week through Oct. 20, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commision said on Friday.