• It has been listed under Appendix I of the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals, and in 2002 its status was elevated to 'requiring Concerted Action'. 

    Living at extreme altitudes in the steep mountains of the Himalayas, and in a bitterly cold climate, snow leopards are among the most difficult of the world's top predators to study.

    Himalayas act as the water-tower of the Indian sub-continent, with all the major rivers of northern India originating from the Himalaya Mountains. Snow leopard is the apex predator in the Indian Himalayas, and is considered as the 'flagship' for conservation of the high-altitude landscape. To safeguard the specie, International Snow Leopard Day will be celebrated on Friday. A number of factors have contributed to the decline in the Snow leopard populations globally.

    These include a reduction in prey populations, illegal poaching and increased human population infiltration into the species habitat. There are increasing occurrences of human wildlife conflict owing to the increasing interface between humans and wildlife. Illegal trade of wildlife parts and products and other natural resources is also a key concern in the efforts towards conservation.

    Potential snow leopard habitat in India is about 1,30,000 sq.kms, which generally comprises of areas above 3,000m altitude. Recent studies indicate that the Indian snow leopard habitat provides ecosystem services worth 4.20 billion US dollar every year to human communities residing in snow leopard landscapes as well as people living in downstream areas.

    Owing to the importance of this landscape, the Government of India has considered Snow Leopard as the flagship species for the Himalayas. In an act of cooperation for the goal of conservation of the species and its habitat, Governments of the Snow Leopard range countries have joined hands pledging to secure a better future for the species.

    Tapas Bhattacharya's report


  • Covaxin's third phase trials will start in the first week of November.

    Under the Phase 3 trial, vaccine will be administered to 22 thousand people across 19 places.

    The government aims to vaccinate 20 to 25 crore people between January and July next year.

    The government has also sought a list of all those who will be given the vaccine. Initially vaccine will be given on priority basis.

    It is to be noted that India manufacturers around 60% of vaccine supplies worldwide.

  • In its special weather bulletin released at 9.00 a.m. on Friday, the BMD said that the deep depression over Northwest Bay and adjoining areas has moved northeastwards. It was now centred about 445 kilometres from Chattogram and Cox’s Bazar ports, 240 kilometres from Mongla port and 280 kilometre from Payra port. 

    The BMD predicted sustained wind speed of about 50 kilometres per hour (kmph) within 48 kilometre of the deep depression centre rising to 60 kmph in gusts/squalls. The bulletin warned that the low lying areas of the coastal districts of Bangladesh and their offshore islands ‘chars’ are likely to be inundated by the wind driven surge of 3-5 feet above normal tide. 

    The bulletin advised fishing boats and trawlers over north bay and deep sea not to venture in deep sea.

    In the meanwhile, large parts of Bangladesh continued to receive rain and thundershowers under the impact of the depression over the Bay of Bengal.

    Drizzling has continued in the capital city Dhaka for more than 24 hours till Friday morning.



    Rajesh Jha/Dhaka

  • During the debate, Trump insisted that Covid-19 would soon go away through medical breakthroughs and pointed to his own recovery. He defended his push to reopen the United States as soon as possible. He said, US has a vaccine that's coming, it's ready, it's going to be announced within weeks.
    Biden assailed President Trump as having no plan to stop a dark winter of coronavirus deaths. Biden said, anyone who's responsible for that many deaths should not remain as president of the United States.
    This was their second and final presidential debate before November 3 elections. Taking queue from the first meeting, the event organisers have muted both Trump and Biden while the other delivers responses to each of the six debate topics. Their first debate was punctuated by frequent interruptions, leaving the two men talking over each other.
    Americans are set to elect a new president on November 3. At least 35 million people have already cast their ballots, more than a fourth of the total 2016 vote.

  • This computer application matches human face from a digital image already stored in the database.

    The computer and the human interact to map the facial features. In a Similar way, a live image of the student will be matched with the photograph on the CBSE admit card already stored in repository, and once successful, the certificate will be emailed to the student.
    This application is now available on “Parniaam Manjusha” and Digi Locker at for all 2020 records.

    CBSE has already pushed 12 crores digital academic documents in Digi locker which can be opened by a student to access Mark sheets, Pass and Migration Certificates. The latest facility of Face Matching will immensely help foreign students and those who are unable to open Digi locker account for any reason such as Adhaar Card or wrong mobile numbers.

  • On the first day, he will hold rallies in Sasaram, Gaya and Bhagalpur. In a tweet, PM Modi said he will have the opportunity to spend time with people from Bihar today.

    Prime Minister said, he will put the development agenda of the NDA in front of the people and ask for their blessings for the alliance. 

    Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will also launch his campaign in Bihar today. He will address two rallies in Nawada and Bhagalpur districts. BSP Supremo Mayawati will address election meeting in Kaimur.

    71 seats spread over 16 districts will go to polls in the first phase on the 28th of this month.

    Meanwhile, Friday is also the last day for withdrawal of candidature for the third and final phase of assembly elections. 78 assembly seats spread over 15 districts will go to polls in this phase on the 3rd of November.

  • French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced a curfew imposed last week on Paris and eight other cities would be extended to 38 more departments, confining 46 million out of the country’s 67 million population to their homes from 9 pm to 6 am. “A second wave of the coronavirus epidemic is now under way in France and Europe. The situation is very serious,” Castex said at a news conference.

    Shortly after the measures were announced, French health authorities reported a record 41,622 new confirmed cases, bringing the cumulative total to 999,043.

    In Spain, which this week became the first European country to pass 1 million cases, Health Minister Salvador Illa said the epidemic was now “out of control” in many areas. Regional authorities debated a curfew but stopped short of taking a decision.

    After Europe appeared to have gained a measure of control over the epidemic following the dramatic lockdowns of March and April, a surge in cases over recent weeks has put the continent back at the heart of the crisis.

    While hospitalisations and deaths have not so far overwhelmed health systems as they did during the initial wave early this year, authorities in many countries worry the situation is rapidly reaching a tipping point. Germany, which reported more than 10,000 daily cases for the first time, extended travel warnings for Switzerland, Ireland, Poland, most of Austria and Italian regions including Rome.

    “We still have a chance to slow a further spread of the virus,” Lothar Wieler, of the Robert Koch Institute, Germany’s infectious diseases agency, said in Berlin. More than 5.3 million people across Europe have contracted the disease and over 204,000 have died, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. That compares with 8.3 million cases in the United States and 7.7 million in India.

    Belgian Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmes went into intensive care on Thursday, just a day after German Health Minister Jens Spahn tested positive.

    The resurgence over recent weeks stands in contrast to several countries in Asia, from China to South Korea or New Zealand, where draconian lockdowns and rigorous contact tracing have helped contain the disease.

    Grappling with the enormous costs of the coronavirus, Europe’s leaders are desperate to avoid a repeat of the blanket lockdowns that shut down their economies in the spring.

    As cases have surged and health services have come under increasing pressure, they have been forced to impose and expand local restrictions aimed at reducing public gatherings to ever wider areas.

    Italy’s three most populous regions -- Lombardy around Milan, Lazio, around Rome and Campania around Naples -- have already imposed overnight curfews. Britain also tightened restrictions on three more areas on Thursday.

    Amid the growing public alarm, Germany’s statistics office noted that sales of toilet paper rose almost 90% last week from pre-crisis levels with almost equally sharp jumps in sales of disinfectants and soap.

    Only Sweden, a European outlier which has relied largely on voluntary measures to promote social distancing, was an exception, declaring senior citizens no longer need to isolate themselves given lower COVID infection rates than in spring.

    As the crisis has intensified, much of the public goodwill seen in the first phase of lockdowns has evaporated and central governments have engaged in angry spats with local authorities from Manchester to Madrid over issues ranging from health and welfare to transport and schools.

    With winter coming, health services are looking ahead with apprehension as the wave of COVID patients coincides with the usual seasonal respiratory illnesses.

    “We are already swamped,” said Bruno Megarbane, head of intensive care at the Lariboisiere hospital in Paris. “So, indeed, there is the fear that we will face a very difficult situation.”


  • Snowden, 37, fled United States and was given asylum in Russia after leaking secret files in 2013 that revealed vast domestic and international surveillance operations carried out by the U.S. National Security Agency where he was a contractor.

    U.S. authorities have for years wanted Snowden returned to the United States to face a criminal trial on espionage charges brought in 2013.

    “His (Russian) residency permit was expiring and we asked to extend it,” Anatoly Kucherena, his Russian lawyer, told Reuters. Kucherena said the coronavirus pandemic had made the process longer than usual.

    “We submitted the documents in April and we got the permanent residency rights (on Thursday),” he said.

    Separately, Kucherena told the TASS news agency that Snowden was not considering applying for a Russian passport at this stage.

    U.S. President Donald Trump said in August he was considering a pardon for Snowden.

    Snowden keeps a low profile in Russia. He has praised the country’s natural beauty and the warmth of its people, while using social media to criticise government policy from time to time.

  • India will be hosting the Dialogue in New Delhi.

    Briefing media in New Delhi Thursday evening, External Affairs  Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said both sides will also exchange views on regional and international issues.

    He said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper will have bilateral meetings with their counterparts, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar.

    They will also be meeting NSA Ajit Doval and there will be a joint call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

    The spokesperson said India and the US have comprehensive global strategic partnership which includes political, security, defence, economic, commercial, technology and people to people contact.

    The first two 22 Ministerial dialogues were held in New Delhi in September 2018 and in Washington DC in December 2019.

    The agenda for the third dialogue will cover all bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest.

  • A rapid estimate of the economic value of some prominent services generated from snow leopard habitats in India is nearly $4 billion a year, the bulk of which comes from hydropower and generated electricity (US$3 billion), followed by livestock and agriculture (US$0.5 billion), and tourism (US$0.4 billion). Owing to the importance of this landscape, the Government of India has considered Snow Leopard as the flagship species for the Himalayas. In an act of cooperation for the goal of conservation of the species and its habitat, Governments of the Snow Leopard range countries have joined hands pledging to secure a better future for the species. Conservation efforts and initiatives are being undertaken through the various programmes such as the Global Snow Leopard Ecosystem Protection Program (GSLEP). Technical and financial support has been provided from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) through projects in 9 of these 12 countries. 

    The Snow Leopard acts as an INDICATOR of the health of the entire ecosystem in which they live, due to their position as the top (apex) predator in the food web. It has been listed under Appendix I (species that are the most endangered) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). It has also been listed under Appendix I of the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), and in 2002 its status was elevated to ‘requiring Concerted Action’. The Snow Leopard is also listed as Endangered in the IUCN Red List. India has listed the Snow Leopard in Schedule I of Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, according highest degree of protection. 

    The SECURE Himalaya project is a part of “Global Partnership on Wildlife Conservation and Crime Prevention for Sustainable Development” (Global Wildlife Program) funded by the GEF and is being implemented in Botswana, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, the Republic of Congo, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe in Africa. The SECURE Himalaya project has a budget of USD 11,544,192 and is expected to leverage USD 60,820,000 as co-financing from the range states. The Himalayan region is the center of the globally endangered Snow Leopard’s (Uncia uncia) range. The total habitat of the Snow Leopard in India is around 75,000 square km. The Western and Eastern Himalaya (including Nepal) forms an important link between the Central Asian and East Asian populations of snow leopards, and serves as a vital corridor for the genetic interchange between these populations.While an exact population count is unavailable, the Snow Leopard numbers have been estimated been 300 to 700 in India. The distribution of Snow Leopard in India includes five states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand in the Western Himalayas and Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh in the Eastern Himalayas. 


    A number of factors have contributed to the decline in the Snow leopard populations globally. These include a reduction in prey populations (which includes the Blue sheep, Tibetan Aragali and Himalayan Tahr), illegal poaching and increased human population infiltration into the species habitat. There are increasing occurrences of human wildlife conflict owing to the increasing interface between humans and wildlife. There has been severe habitat degradation of the snow leopard and the habitat of its prey due to unsustainable infrastructure development and land use practices, over-exploitation of bio-resources especially high value medicinal and aromatic plants and over grazing in high altitude pastures. Illegal trade of wildlife parts and products and other natural resources is also a key concern in the efforts towards conservation. Limited options for alternative livelihoods and inadequate knowledge about the fragile Himalayan ecosystem pose severe threats to the snow leopard habitats.

    - Tapas Bhattacharya

  • Prime Minister will launch the ‘Kisan Suryodaya Yojana’ for the farmers of Gujarat. He will inaugurate the Paediatric Heart Hospital attached with U.N Mehta Institute of Cardiology and Research Centre and a Mobile Application for tele-cardiology at the Ahmedabad Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad. He will also inaugurate the Ropeway at Girnar on the occasion.

    Kisan Suryodaya Yojana

    To provide day-time power supply for irrigation, the Gujarat Government under Chief Minister Shri Vijay Rupani had recently announced the ‘Kisan Suryodaya Yojana’. Under this scheme, farmers will be able to avail power supply from 5 AM to 9 PM. The state government has allocated a budget of Rs.3500 crore for installing transmission infrastructure under this scheme by 2023. 234 ‘66-Kilowatt’ transmission lines, with a total length of 3490 circuit kilometers (CKM) will be established under the project, in addition to 220 KV substations.

    Dahod, Patan, Mahisagar, Panchmahal, Chhota Udepur, Kheda, Tapi, Valsad, Anand and Gir-Somnath have been included under the Scheme for 2020-21. The remaining districts will be covered in a phase-wise manner by 2022-23.

    Paediatric Heart Hospital attached with the U.N Mehta Institute of Cardiology and Research

    Prime Minister will also inaugurate Paediatric Heart Hospital attached with the U.N Mehta Institute of Cardiology and Research Centre and a Mobile Application for tele-cardiology at the Ahmedabad Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad. U.N Mehta Institute will now become India’s biggest hospital for cardiology in addition to being one of the select few hospitals in the world with a world-class medical infrastructure and medical facilities.

    The U.N Mehta Institute of Cardiology is undergoing expansion at the cost of Rs. 470 crores. The number of beds will increase from 450 to 1251 after the completion of the expansion project. The Institute will also become the biggest single super speciality cardiac teaching institute in the country and one of the biggest single super speciality cardiac hospitals in the world.

    The building is equipped with safety precautions like earthquake proof construction, fire fighting hydrant system and fire mist system. The research centre will house India’s first Advanced Cardiac ICU on Wheels with O.T., which is equipped with ventilators, IABP, haemodialysis, ECMO etc. 14 operation centres and 7 cardiac catheterization labs will also be started at the institute.

    Girnar Ropeway

    Gujarat will once again be highlighted on the global tourism map as the Prime Minister will inaugurate the Ropeway at Girnar on 24th October, 2020. Initially, there will be 25-30 cabins, with a capacity of 8 people per cabin. A distance of 2.3 kms will now be covered in just 7.5 minutes through the ropeway. In addition to this, the ropeway will also provide a scenic view of the lush green beauty surrounding the Girnar mountain.

  • Modi is committed to the policy of zero tolerance against corruption and unaccounted money. In pursuance of this, he said, a range of initiatives have been taken by the Modi government over the last 6 years.

    Dr Jitendra Singh referred to the India’s Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, which the Modi government amended after 30 years in 2018 to introduce a number of new provisions including criminalizing the act of giving bribe also in addition to taking bribe and at the same time putting in place an effective deterrence for such actions by individuals as well as corporate entities.

    Dr Jitendra Singh said the present Act brought on the direction of Prime Minister Narendra Modi aims at checking corruption in big places and striking hard against corporate bribery. It seeks to establish a vicarious liability so that the actual bribe giver is also exposed.

    The commitment of the present government, said Dr Jitendra Singh is to bring in more transparency, more citizen centricity and more accountability in governance and is indicated by its decisive initiatives to operationalize the institution of the Lokpal in the country to check corruption at high places.

    Reminding the G20 Meeting Delegation that the world is presently combating serious emerging challenges of Fugitive Economic Offenders and Assets which flee across national jurisdiction. He said, India’s Fugitive Economic Offenders Act, 2018 empowers authorities for non-conviction based attachments and confiscation of proceeds of crime and properties as well as assets of a Fugitive Economic Offender.

    We have also ceased the issue of the accused taking shelter in the foreign country and concealing the proceeds of crime, said Dr Jitendra Singh and conveyed India's appreciation that the G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group together with the help of international organizations is taking this fight ahead in the right direction.

    Lauding the efforts of G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group to organize the event under the shadow of Corona, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that even the COVID cannot deter our fight and crusade to eradicate corruption.

    Dr Jitendra Singh congratulated the Presidency Saudi Arabia for organizing the G20 Ministerial Meeting on its 10th Anniversary year and wished that the world will come together for a steadfast and a strong movement to combat the menace of corruption.


  • A day before, on Tuesday, Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello had confirmed that Brazil would buy the vaccine developed by Sinovac to include it in the immunization program, in addition to one developed by the UK-based AstraZeneca and Oxford University.

    Bolsonaro said on social media, “For sure, we will not buy the Chinese vaccine,” because it is unjustifiable to pay billions for a vaccine that has not been through its testing phase. He also said, that it would be a betrayal to buy Chinese vaccine.

    The President also said that he would not allow the Brazilan people to be anyone’s ‘guinea pig’. Both Brazil President and Health Minister have been infected by novel coronavirus.

    In a calibrated response, China said that businesses and institutions of both the countries have been cooperating on phase 3 clinical trials of vaccine and such cooperation will contribute to the final victory over the virus.

    Brazil has been among the world’s hardest-hit nations by the pandemic, with more than 5 million infections and more than 150,000 COVID-19 deaths. Inclusion of the Sinovac vaccine, called CoronaVac, in the national vaccination program of a country like Brazil, with 230 million people would have been a major success for the Chinese pharmaceutical company.

    Earlier, Bangladesh had rejected co-financing of the phase 3 trial of the Sinovac made Corona vaccine.

    ANSHUMAN MISHRA/ /BEIJING // 22-10-2020

  • CNS accompanied by Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval Command, Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar, arrived at Karwar Naval Base where he interacted with personnel and emphasised key issues of repairs, maintenance, spares support and op-logistics for afloat units to sharpen their war-fighting capabilities.  He also reiterated aspects of cyber-security, force protection against terrorist attacks, asymmetric warfare and exhorted all personnel to maintain highest-level of alertness.
    Admiral Karambir Singh thereafter departed by helicopter to embark the Carrier Battle Group, comprising Vikramaditya, destroyers, frigates, corvettes, fleet support ships and integral swing-role fighters and helicopters.

    On embarking indigenous guided-missile destroyer Chennai, he was given an operational readiness briefing by the Fleet Commander, after which weapon firings, air-to-air combat operations, anti-submarine drills and fleet manoeuvres were demonstrated under realistic conditions. CNS thereafter embarked Fleet Support Ship Deepak to interact with the ship's crew, followed by embarkation on aircraft carrier Vikramaditya, where he witnessed the Carrier Battle Group’s capabilities for integral fleet air defence and strike.
    Addressing the combatants of the Carrier Battle Group over broadcast from Vikramaditya, CNS complimented them for continuously maintaining peak combat-readiness and high tempo of operations over the past months, in spite of COVID-19 related challenges.  The Indian Navy has remained mission-deployed and combat-ready across the IOR, even through rough seas during the monsoon period, towards maintaining the maritime security of the nation.

    He highlighted the nation’s appreciation for the Navy’s contributions in ‘Op Samudra Setu’ towards for repatriation of our distressed citizens from IOR countries and towards providing medical and logistics assistance to our friendly neighbours in the IOR, as part of ‘Mission SAGAR’.  He expressed satisfaction at the high levels of motivation and reiterated that the Indian Navy has the best human capital manning our platforms.

  • The designations restrict the operations of Yicai Global, Jiefang Daily, Xinmin Evening News, Social Sciences in China Press, Beijing Review, and Economic Daily in the United States but don’t affect what they can publish in US.

    The Department of State in a statement said the outlets are “substantially owned or effectively controlled” by the Chinese regime. The designations follows the February 18th designation of Xinhua News Agency, China Global Television Network, China Radio International, China Daily Distribution Corporation, and Hai Tian Development Corporation and the June 22nd designation of China Central Television, China News Service, the People’s Daily, and the Global Times, in recognition that they are China-controlled propaganda outlets. The designation means they’ll be treated as foreign embassies or other diplomatic missions, and thus be required to register their employees and U.S. properties with the State Department.

    Chinese Foreign Ministry has opposed this US move. Foreign Ministry spokesperson on Thursday said that China will make necessary and legitimate response and urges the US to immediately correct the course.

    The measure is among a range of Trump administration actions aimed at combating Chinese influence in the United States. In August, the State Department designated a Washington-based center that supports Beijing-backed Confucius Institutes as a foreign mission. Confucius Institutes, which project themselves as language and culture programs, have drawn intensified scrutiny in recent months over their role in spreading propaganda.

    US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo has also expressed hope that all Confucius Institutes in the United States can be closed down by the end of the year.

    There are currently about 67 Confucius Institutes on American college campuses, according to the National Association of Scholars.


    ANSHUMAN MISHRA // BEIJING/ /22-10-2020

  • This computer application matches human face from a digital image already stored in the database .The computer and the human interact to map the facial features.

    In a Similar way, a live image of the student will be matched with the photograph on the CBSE admit card already stored in repository, and once successful, the certificate will be emailed to the student.

    This application is now available on “Parniaam Manjusha” and Digi Locker at for all 2020 records.

    CBSE has already pushed 12 crores digital academic documents in Digi locker which can be opened by a student to access Mark sheets, Pass and Migration Certificates.

    The latest facility of Face Matching will immensely help foreign students and those who are unable to open Digi locker account for any reason such as Adhaar Card or wrong mobile numbers.

  • According to the weather report issued by the Met Department of Bangladesh on Thursday, the depression is likely to intensify further.

    The Met department has forecast heavy to very heavy  rainfall at places over Rajshahi, Dhaka, Khulna, Barisal, Chattogram, Mymensingh and Sylhet divisions in the country in the next 48 years. 

    The Met department also forecast light to moderate rain and thunder-shower accompanied by gusty or squally in most places in these divisions. 

    Most of these places including Dhaka have been experiencing rain since morning on Thursday. 

    The Met department also issued a warning on Wednesday asking the maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Mongal and Pyra to hoist the cautionary signal number 3 in view of the low pressure area forming over west-central bay and adjoining areas. All fishing boats and trawlers over the north bay and deep seas were advised to come close to the coast and proceed with caution.

  • The camp had commenced on September 1 and the wrestlers had to complete a 14 day quarantine before starting their training. Wrestling is one of the most successful sports in India’s Olympic history having contributed five medals to India’s Olympic medal haul.

    Prior to all training in National Centres of Excellence and SAI training centres being suspended due to the coronavirus lockdown, India were performing very well in the sport with their best ever medal haul at the 2019 World Wrestling Championships where they won a total of five medals.

    Bajrang Punia is one of India’s premier Olympic medal hopefuls, having won a gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games and Commonwealth Games as well as a silver medal at the 2018 World Championships and bronze at the 2019 World Championships.

    The 26 year-old 65 kg freestyle wrestler is very happy to be back at the national camp and training again, “It is very good that we are back at training, it isn’t that we were out of rhythm because we were training at our homes during the lockdown but that cannot be compared to what one can do at the camp and when we train on mats. The arrangements that have been made at SAI Sonepat are very good and safe, proper zoning of the campus has been done and no outsider can come in contact. All wrestlers feel very safe here.”

    India have so far won four Olympic quotas and three in men’s freestyle wrestling, Bajrang is one of them and the others are Deepak Punia and Ravi Dahiya. National Chief Coach, Men’s Freestyle Wrestling Jagmander Singh is happy to see the progress of the wrestlers since the camp resumed but reiterated that competition will give a better idea of their level.

    He said, “From the time training restarted to now, the wrestlers have improved considerably. We started slow but now our training is in full momentum but eventually we need to tune our training as per the competitions that lie ahead. The true test of where the wrestlers stand will only come when they participate in competitions.”

    The World Wrestling Championships are scheduled for December this year and both Bajrang Punia and Jagmander Singh are hopeful that the tournament goes ahead as well as other wrestling events being able to resume. Bajrang said, “We were in good rhythm before the lockdown was announced. Even now our training is going well but we will only know our level and where we stand when we compete. A player needs to play otherwise they will never know where they stand.”

    India have the opportunity to win their remaining Olympic quotas in men’s wrestling (6 in Greco-Roman and 3 in Freestyle) at the Asian and World Qualification tournaments scheduled for next year.

  • The Government has now decided to make a graded relaxation in visa and travel restrictions for more categories of foreign nationals and Indian nationals who wish to enter or leave India. 

    Therefore, it has been decided to permit all OCI and PIO card holders and all other foreign nationals intending to visit India for any purpose, except on a Tourist Visa to enter by air or water routes through authorized airports and seaport immigration check posts.

    This includes flights operated under Vande Bharat Mission, Air Transport Bubble arrangements or by any non scheduled commercial flights as allowed by the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

    All such travelers will, however have to strictly adhere to the guidelines of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare regarding quarantine and other health/COVID-19 matters.

    Under this graded relaxation, Government of India has also decided to restore with immediate effect all existing visas (except electronic visa, Tourist Visa and Medical Visa).

    If the validity of such visas has expired, fresh visas of appropriate categories can be obtained from Indian Mission/Posts concerned. 

    Foreign nationals intending to visit India for medical treatment can apply for a Medical Visa including for their medical attendants.

    Therefore, this decision will enable foreign nationals to come to India for various purposes such as business, conferences, employment, studies, research, medical purposes etc.

  • To promote the demand of the ships built in India, priority in chartering of vessels is given to vessels built in India, flagged in India and owned by Indians under the amendments in the guidelines of ROFR(Right of First Refusal).

    Now it has been decided that for any kind of charter of a vessel undertaken through a tender process, the Right of First Refusal (RoFR) would be exerted in the following manner:

    1. Indian built, Indian flagged and Indian owned
    2. Foreign built, Indian flagged and Indian owned
    3. Indian built, foreign flagged and foreign owned

    Provided that:

    1. All vessels flying the flag of India (i.e. registered in India) up to the date of issue of new circular by the Director General of Shipping shall be deemed to be Indian built vessels and will fall in category (i) above and
    1. The foreign flagged vessels permitted by DG (Shipping) under Section 406 of the Merchant Shipping Act, 1958 for chartering by an Indian citizen/company/society, who is building a ship in an Indian shipyard for registration under the Indian flag, as a temporary substitute for the Indian ship under construction, meeting the following two conditions shall be deemed to fall under Category (i) above.
    1. 25% of the contract money has been paid to the Indian shipyard
    2. 50% of the hull fabrication has been completed, as certified by Recognised Organisation.


    The duration of licence to such chartered vessel shall be limited to the period of building of the ship, as mentioned in the shipbuilding contract.

    It is to be noted that Ministry of Shipping has made provision for long-term subsidy for shipbuilding activities under shipbuilding financial assistance policy (2016-2026).

    The Ministry has already disbursed an amount of Rs 61.05 crores till date under this policy. It is an endeavour of the Government to further incentivise shipbuilding by providing additional market access and business support to ships built in India.

    The revised guidelines will give a boost to the domestic shipbuilding and shipping industries. It will encourage the domestic shipping industry to support the domestic shipping industry.

    Minister of State for Shipping (I/C) Mansukh Mandaviya said, “Ministry of Shipping is working with a focused approach to promote shipbuilding in India as per AatmaNirbhar Bharat vision of our Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

    The revision of RoFR licensing conditions is a giant step towards AatmaNirbhar Shipping. It will promote ‘Make in India’ initiatives through self-reliance and will give a strategic boost to domestic Ship building industries, contributing towards long-term economic growth of India”.

  • She is elected as fellow of Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi.Her research group’s interest in the malaria parasite is driven by the desire to understand (a) the molecular workings and functions of the relict plastid (apicoplast) of Plasmodium, (b) mechanisms of protein translation employed by Plasmodium organelles and (c) human genetic factors and susceptibility to severe P. falciparum malaria in endemic and non-endemic regions of India. 

    The Indian National Science Academy was established in January 1935 with the object of promoting science in India and harnessing scientific knowledge for the cause of humanity and national welfare.

    Promotion of scientific knowledge in India including its practical application to problems of national welfare. The major objectives of Indian National Science Academy are:

    1. Coordination among Scientific Academies, Societies, Institutions, Government
    Scientific Departments and Services.

    2. To act as a body of scientists of eminence for the promotion and safeguarding of the interests of scientists in India and to present internationally the scientific work done in the country.

    3. To act through properly constituted National Committees, in which other learned academies and societies may be associated, for undertaking scientific work of national and international importance which the Academy may be called upon to perform by the public and by the Government.

  • It is very likely to intensify further into a Deep Depression during next 24 hours.

    It is very likely to move north-northeastwards and cross West Bengal & adjoining Bangladesh coasts, as a Deep Depression between Sagar islands (West Bengal) & Khepupara (Bangladesh) over Sundarbans by 23rd October afternoon.

  • Durga Puja pandal was organized at Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre (EZCC) on the initiative of BJP Mahila Morcha. He said, whatever the situation, the whole country becomes Bengali during Durga Puja.

    PM Modi wished everyone a happy Durga Puja and the upcoming Diwali. He said this time Durga Puja is being performed amid Corona pandemic, so special emphasis should be on following the Covid appropriate behaviour.

    The Prime Minister appealed to everyone to keep social distance and wear masks.

    He said, everyone has shown immense control and commitment to the entire arrangements while also ensuring that the flavour of Durga Puja remains the same

  • The test was carried out today morning at the Pokhran field firing ranges in Rajasthan. The trial of Nag anti-tank guided missile comes after the DRDO tested the helicopter launched Stand-off Anti-Tank Missile (SANT) with a range beyond 10 km from Balasore testing range in Odisha on 19th October.

    The Nag anti-tank missile is ready for induction in the Indian Army. It has completed 10 successful user trial as it finds the target and then hit it.

  • Senior BJP leader and Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman along with other senior leaders released the poll manifesto in Patna.

    She said the party believes in fulfilling poll promises and the reflections have been made in the manifesto.
    Sitharaman said as soon as the COVID-19 vaccine will be available for production at a mass scale, every person in Bihar will get free vaccination.

    She said 19 lakh job opportunities will be created in the health, education, agriculture , education and other sector.

  • Gangwar said, the CPI-IW is used primarily for measuring Dearness Allowance payable to workers in the organized sector including Public Sector Undertakings, Banks and Insurance companies besides government employees.

    He said, earlier the base year for the CPI-IW was 2001. The Minister said, it is an important economic indicator.

  • The Active Cases have been sustained below 10% of the total cases for the last three days suggesting only 1 in 10 cases are active COVID19 patients across the country.

    Presently the active cases comprise merely 9.29% of the total positive cases of the country standing at 7,15,812.

    Registering another milestone, the daily Positivity Rate has also been maintained to less than 5% over the past three days indicating that the spread of infection is being effectively contained through focussed strategies and actions of the Centre and the States/UTs. Today, the daily Positivity Rate is reported to be 3.8%.

    The decrease in the daily positivity rate is simultaneously mapped by the falling active cases, which continue to be under 7.5L today (7,15,812).

    The total recovered cases are close to 69 lakhs (68,74,518). The difference between active cases and recovered cases is consistently increasing and stands at 61,58,706 today.

    79,415 patients have recovered and discharged in the last 24 hours whereas the new confirmed cases are 55,839. The national Recovery Rate has progressed to 89.20%.

    81% of the new recovered cases are observed to be concentrated in 10 States/UTs .

    Maharashtra has contributed more than 23,000 to the single day recovery.

    55,839 new confirmed cases were recorded during the last 24 hours.

    78% of these are from 10 States and UTs. Maharashtra and Kerala are still reporting a very high number of new cases with more than 8,000 cases each followed by Karnataka with more than 5,000 cases.

    702 case fatalities have been reported in the past 24 hours. Of these, nearly 82% are concentrated in ten States/UTs.

    More than 25% of new fatalities reported are from Maharashtra (180 deaths).


  • The death toll reached 34,366 as 575 new deaths had been reported in the past seven days as of Wednesday.

    The worsening epidemic control situation has forced several regions to impose lockdown measures, with Aragon announcing to close the city limits of Zaragoza, Huesca and Teruel on Thursday, and Madrid to impose a curfew starting from this weekend.

    The Spanish government was mulling new restrictions including curfews to contain a new wave of COVID-19 infections, according to Health Minister Salvador Illa on Tuesday.

    Imposing a curfew in the capital city of Madrid and possibly beyond would require "invoking the state of emergency", Illa told reporters, adding that any such measures lasting over two weeks would require the support of some opposition parties.

  • In the last 24 hours, more than 61 thousand COVID patients have recovered.

    The Health Ministry said, the total number of recoveries has reached over 67 lakh 95 thousand. During the same period, 54 thousand and 44 new cases were reported. The constantly increasing recoveries ensured that the actual caseload is considerably reduced and currently comprises only 9.67 per cent of the total positive cases.
    Presently, the total number of active cases in the country is seven lakh 40 thousand with total number of positive cases at over 76 lakh.

    Currently, India’s Case Fatality Rate is at 1.51 per cent, which is one of the lowest globally. In the 24 hour time, 717 deaths were reported in the country taking the toll to one lakh 15 thousand 914.

    According to Indian Council of Medical Research, more than ten lakh 83 thousand tests were conducted during the last 24 hours. The total number of samples tested so far has reached nine crore 72 lakh.

  • The statement was made after the newly appointed High Commissioner of India Vikram Doraiswami made a courtesy visit to the Railway Minister of Bangladesh in Dhaka on Wednesday.

    The Minister said that the work on the Bangabandhu railway bridge would start next month. The bridge would improve rail connectivity between the two countries immensely.

    According to the government press release, construction of a container terminal depot at Sirajganj and construction of a new coach factory at Syedpur was also discussed during the meeting between the Railway Minister and the High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh.

    Rajesh Jha/Dhaka

  • Touted as a potent Stealth ASW Corvette, Kavaratti is indigenously designed by the Indian Navy's in-house organization, Directorate of Naval Design(DND) and built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata and portrays the growing capability of the Indian Navy, GRSE and the nation in becoming self-reliant through indigenization, thus, accentuating our national objective of Atmanirbhar Bharat.
    The ship will be commissioned into the Navy as a combat-ready platform as the ship has completed sea trials of all the systems fitted onboard. With the induction of Kavaratti into its fold, the Indian Navy’s preparedness will be enhanced.
    Kavaratti takes her name from erstwhile INS Kavaratti which was an Arnala class missile corvette.

  • Mumbai will have generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The minimum temperature was 26 degrees Celsius and the maximum will be around 33 degrees.
    In Chennai, there will be thunderstorm with rain. The temperature will hover between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius.
    Kolkata will have partly cloudy sky with possibility of moderate rain or thunderstorm. The minimum temperature in the city was 26 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 34 degrees.
    On to the North, in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir,  the minimum temperature was 16 degrees Celsius in Jammu while the maximum will be around 34 degrees. The city will have a mainly clear sky.
    In Srinagar, the sky will be mainly clear sky. The temperature in Srinagar will hover between four and 24 degrees Celsius.
    Leh in Ladakh will have mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature was minus four degrees Celsius and the maximum will be around 20 degrees Celsius.
    Gilgit and Muzafarrabad will experience mainly clear sky. The temperature will hover between four and 28 degrees Celsius in Gilgit. In Muzafarrabad, the minimum temperature was 12 degrees Celsius and the maximum will be around 30 degrees.
    Chandigarh will witness mainly clear sky, the minimum temperature was 17 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 32 degrees.
    In Ahmedabad, it will be partly cloudy sky. The temperature will hover between 27 and 37 degrees Celsius.
    Guwahati will witness generally cloudy sky with heavy rain. The minimum temperature in the city was 25 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 32 degrees.

  • Greeting people on the occasion on Wednesday, President M. Abdul Hamid  in his message said that Durga Puja is not only a religious festival, but also a social one, reported the official news agency BSS.

    He said that it is a universal festival which proves that religion is for individuals but festivals are for all. President Abdul Hamid said that Durga Puja plays an important role in creating unity and mutual harmony among people.

    He urged the people to observe the festival following the health guidelines issued by the government in view of the Corona pandemic.

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in her message said that Durga Puja is not only the festival of Hindu community but it has turned into a universal festival.

    She noted that Bangladesh is a country of communal harmony. She said that Bangladesh constitution ensures equal rights to all and it is a safe place for all people irrespective of caste, creed and religion.

    She also urged people to observe health guidelines and maintain communal harmony.

    In Bangladesh 5 day long Durga Puja celebration will start from October 22 with the unveiling of the face of the deity and it will conclude on October 26 with the immersion of the idols.

    This year Durga Puja is being held in 30,225 mandaps across the country which is about 1173 less than the figure last year.

    The capital city Dhaka alone has 233 Puja mandaps for Durga Puja this year. However, Puja is being held under several restrictions this year due to the Corona pandemic faced by the country.

  • This COVID-19 Diagnostic Test has been designed to be fairly easy to conduct and affordable as well and can produce results within one hour.

    This new testing method implements a highly reliable and accurate molecular diagnostic procedure that can be conducted in an ultra-low-cost portable device unit developed by the IIT Kharagpur research team. The test results are rendered via a custom-made mobile application for dissemination without requiring manual interpretation.

    Elaborating on the validation process of ‘COVIRAP’ Diagnostic Test, Dr. Mamta Chawla Sarkar, an Internationally acclaimed virologist who oversaw the patient trials on behalf of ICMR-National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases (NICED) said, “A detailed scrutiny of the testing results has clearly shown that this assay holds the capability of detecting extremely low levels of viral loads that any other method based on similar principles of testing, even those from the most celebrated research groups across the world, could not come up with so far. In practice, this means that very early stages of infection can be detected, thereby isolating the patient and arresting the uncontrolled spread of infection in the community via asymptomatic patients.”

    The novel diagnostic platform, developed by IIT Kharagpur researchers has been subjected to rigorous testing protocols as per ICMR guidelines, at ICMR-NICED, an Institute authorized by ICMR.

    The tests conducted there have revealed that the results from this new assay are of standards comparable to the celebrated RT-PCR tests, with a remarkably high level of specificity and sensitivity, the two common parameters used as indicators of efficacy of any diagnostic test.

    Various commercial units have already approached IIT Kharagpur for technology licensing to enable a rapid reach of this innovation to the common people.

  • In view of the prevailing Covid-19 situation and to protect athletes from exposure to the virus, the Sports Authority of India had decided to make transport arrangements for the athletes of NCOEs/SAI Training Centres who have to join their training facility.

    This is due to the sudden situation that had emerged in March this year when athletes had to be sent back home due to the coronavirus It has been decided that athletes who have to travel beyond 500 km will be provided with an air ticket while those athletes who are stationed less than 500 km may travel by Train in 3rd AC. 

    Further, in order to create a bio-bubble for resumption of training in SAI centres, it has been decided to provide accommodation to all coaches and support staff of the NCOEs/STCs.

    The regular and contractual staff will be provided accommodation at government cost. 

    SAI authorities have also reached out to all athletes and their parents to apprise them about the SAI SOP that they will need to follow prior to and after joining the SAI centres.

    Athletes have also been given the option of joining SAI centres post Diwali if they wish to celebrate Diwali with their families, once they are inside the bio-bubble exposure may lead to risk to their health.

    Earlier in March this year due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and in view of the government advisory, SAI had adopted proactive prevention measures and directives were issued to all regional heads; with all training in NCOEs and STCs being suspended with effect from 17th March and hostel facilities kept open till 20th March to avoid inconvenience to the athletes.

    The concerned Regional Directors of SAI centres were asked to facilitate return of athletes with those living beyond 400 kms sent back by air and within 400 kms by AC 3-tier train.

  • The two leaders reviewed important global developments including the progress of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, the ongoing diversification of international value chains, the need to preserve a transparent, development-oriented and rules-based global trading order, and the important role of the World Trade Organisation.

    The two leaders agreed to remain in touch on the above issues, and to further accelerate bilateral cooperation in all areas.

  • These footwear are made of Khadi fabric like Silk, Cotton and Wool. Shri Gadkari also launched the online sale of Khadi footwear through KVIC’s e-portal 

    The Union Minister heaped praises on Khadi fabric footwear saying such unique products had high potential of capturing the international market. At the same time, he said, Khadi fabric footwear would create additional employment and higher income for our artisans.

    “Khadi footwear is a unique product. International quality and use of fine fabric like Patola Silk, Banarasi Silk, Cotton, Denim would attract the youngsters who can purchase it online.

    These footwear are cost-effective,” Shri Gadkari said while also urging the KVIC to develop alternatives to leather accessories like ladies’ handbags, purses, wallet in handcrafted Khadi fabric that has a huge potential in foreign markets. “By developing and marketing such products overseas, Khadi India can capture a market worth Rs 5000 crore,” the MSME Minister said.

    Minister of State for MSME, Shri Pratap Chandra Sarangi said the Khadi fabric footwear is not only environment-friendly and skin-friendly but it reflects the hard work of Khadi artisans that has been put in to make fabric for these footwear. “I congratulate KVIC for developing Khadi fabric footwear according to the global taste. I am sure by occupying a major share in the footwear industry, Khadi fabric footwear will help in reviving the country’s economy,” Shri Sarangi said.   

    To begin with, the footwear have been launched in 15 designs for ladies and 10 designs for men. Exquisite Khadi products like Patola Silk of Gujarat, Banarasi Silk, Madhubani-printed Silk of Bihar, Khadi Denim, Tussar Silk, Matka - Katia Silk, a variety of Cotton fabric, Tweed Wool and Khadi Poly Vastra have been used to make these footwear unique and trendy. Available in a wide range of designs, colors and prints, these footwear have been designed to suit clothing for all purposes - formal, casual and festive occasions. The Khadi footwear price ranges from Rs 1100 to Rs 3300 per pair. 

    KVIC Chairman Shri Vinai Kumar Saxena said, venturing into new segments, tapping new markets and diversifying the product range, as envisaged by the Prime Minister, have been the mantra for Khadi’s stupendous success in the last six years.

    “The idea behind launching Khadi Fabric Footwear was to tap the international market where a large section of international consumers are increasingly going vegan and hence, Khadi will become a preferred choice of this segment. “Khadi fabric footwear is a small step for people, but it will be a giant leap for our Khadi artisans. Using fine fabric like Cotton, Silk and Wool in footwear will lead to higher production of fabric by artisans as well as increase in its consumption. This will ultimately create additional employment and higher income for Khadi artisans,” Saxena said. The size of Indian footwear industry is approx Rs 50,000 crore which includes exports worth nearly Rs 18,000 crore. Saxena said our initial target is to capture at least 2% of this Industry that is estimated to be around Rs 1000 crore.

  • The National Super Computing Mission (NSM) is rapidly boosting high power computing in the country through its various phases to meet the increasing computational demands of academia, researchers, MSMEs, and startups in areas like oil exploration, flood prediction as also genomics, and drug discovery. 
    With the infrastructure planned in NSM Phase, I already installed and much of Phase II in place, the network of supercomputers through the country will soon reach to around 16 Petaflops (PF).

    Phase III, to be initiated in January 2021, will take the computing speed to around 45 Petaflops. NSM is jointly steered by the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) and Department of Science and Technology (DST) and implemented by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Pune and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru.

    Param Shivay, the first supercomputer assembled indigenously, was installed in IIT (BHU), followed by Param Shakti and Param Brahma at IIT-Kharagpur and IISER, Pune, respectively.

    Thereafter supercomputing facilities were set up in two more institutions, and one is being set up in Phase I, ramping up high power computing speed to 6.6 PF under Phase-1.

    In Phase II, 8 more institutions will be equipped with supercomputing facilities by April 2021, with a total of 10 PF compute capacity. MoUs have been signed with total 14 premier institutions of India for establishing Supercomputing Infrastructure with Assembly and Manufacturing in India. These include IITs, NITs, National Labs, and IISERs. Some of these have already been installed, and some more will be done by December this year.

    The Phase II installations will be completed by April 2021.Work on Phase III will start in 2021 and will include three systems of 3 PF each and one system. 

    of 20PF as a national facility. The three phases will provide access to High-Performance Computing (HPC) Facilities to around 75 institutions and more than thousands of active researchers, academicians working through Nation Knowledge Network (NKN) - the backbone for supercomputing systems. HPC and Artificial Intelligence (AI) have converged together.

    A 100 AI PF Artificial Intelligence supercomputing system is being created and installed in C-DAC, which can handle incredibly large-scale AI workloads increasing the speed of computing-related to AI several times. The mission has also created the next generation of supercomputer experts by training more than 2400 supercomputing manpower and faculties till date. 

    Indigenous capability 

    Powered by the NSM, India’s network of research institutions, in collaboration with the industry, is scaling up the technology and manufacturing capability to make more and more parts in India. While in Phase I, 30 percent value addition is done in India, that has been scaled up to 40 percent in Phase II.

    Efforts are being made to design and develop parts like server board, interconnect, processor, system software libraries, storage, and HPC-AI converged accelerator domestically.

    India has developed an Indigenous server (Rudra), which can meet the HPC requirements of all governments and PSUs. This is the first time that a server system was made in India, along with the full software stack developed by C-DAC.

    Experts said that the pace at which things are moving forward, we may soon have the motherboards and sub-systems manufactured in India, making the supercomputers indigenously designed and manufactured.

    Such indigenously designed systems with most parts designed and manufactured in India will be installed at places like IIT-Mumbai, IIT-Chennai, and Inter-University Accelerator Centre (IUAC) at Delhi, C-DAC, Pune, which are covered under Phase III and help move towards supercomputers developed and manufactured totally in India paving the way for self-reliance in the field.

  • The procurement of apple will be done by Central Procuring Agency i.e. National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation ltd. (NAFED) through State Designated Agency i.e. Directorate of Planning and Marketing, Department of Horticulture & Jammu & Kashmir Horticulture Processing and Marketing Corporation (JKHPMC), directly from apple farmers of J&K and the payment will be made through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) into Bank account of apple farmers.

    12 LMT of apples can be procured under this scheme.Government has also allowed NAFED to utilize Government Guarantee of Rs. 2,500 Crore for this operation.

    The losses, if any, to be incurred in this operation will be shared between Central Government and UT administration of J&K on 50:50 basis.

    The constituted Designated Price Committee of last Season will be continued for the fixation of price of various variety and grades of apples for this Season also.

    The UT administration of J&K shall ensure the provision of basic amenities in the designated mandis.Smooth and continuous implementation of the procurement process will be monitored by constituted Monitoring Committee under the Chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary at the central level and constituted implementation & Coordination Committee under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary at the UT Level.

    This announcement of the Government of India will provide an effective marketing platform to apples growers and will facilitate employment generation for the local people. It will ensure remunerative prices for apples resulting in overall income enhancement of farmers in J&K.  

  • Non-PLB or ad-hoc Bonus is given to Non-Gazetted Central Government employees. 13.70 lakh employees would be benefited and Rs.946 crore will be the financial implication for the same.

    A total of 30.67 lakh employees would be benefited by the Bonus announcement and total financial implication will be Rs 3,737 crore.

    Payment of Bonus to non-gazetted employees for their performance in the preceding year is usually made before Durga Puja/Dussehra season.

    The Government is announcing the Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) and ad hoc bonus for its non-gazetted employees to be disbursed immediately.

  • The National Symposium, a two-day event, is being held on 22 & 23 Oct 2020. The Exhibition will commence on 22 Oct 2020. Lt. Governor of Jammu & Kashmir, Shri Manoj Sinha will be  the Chief Guest of the programme. Union Minister of Culture and Tourism (I/C) Shri Prahlad Singh Patel will grace the occasion via web presence.

    The Chief Secretary, Jammu & Kashmir, Shri B. V. R. Subrahmanyan and the Secretary, Ministry of Culture, CEO, DMCS and VC, NMI Raghvendra Singh will also be present on the occasion.22 October 1947 has marked Indian history with evidences of betrayal and a legacy of valour. On 15th August 1947, India attained Independence after being subjugated to the colonial regime for almost two hundred years.

    At its birth as a young independent nation in 1947, one of the most protuberant difficulties India was forced to face was the choice given to the erstwhile Maharajas of India to be an independent country, or to a part of India or to be a part of Pakistan.

    To quote Raghvendra Singh, Secretary Ministry of Culture, ‘For Mohammed Ali Jinnah and his newly created Pakistan, it would completely negate his two nation theory if the princely state of Jammu & Kashmir decided to opt for India.’ On 22 October, 1947 Pakistan invaded Kashmir. The invasion, ‘Operation Gulmarg’ was result of months of planning and involvement of the topmost leaders of Pakistan including Pakistan’s then Prime Minister, Chief Minister of the North West Frontier, Members of Muslim League and Pakistan Army.

    The Tribal Militia invasion of Kashmir backed by Pakistan army on 22 Oct 1947 unleashed a brutal series of plunder, rape, arson, looting and killing. The invasion marks the beginning of First Indo-Pak war and set in motion a chain of events that are still affecting the country. On 26 Oct 1947 the State of Jammu and Kashmir formally acceded to India and on 27 Oct 1947 Indian troops were airlifted to Kashmir. From 22 Oct 1947 onwards till the intervention of the Indian Defense Forces all days in Kashmir were blackened with the horrifying stories of mass plunder and vandalism where many lives were lost to the insatiable ambition of the invading Tribal Militia. During this need of hour many willing individuals rose up to the occasion and faced adversity with commendable will and bravery.

    The evidences of the treacherous attack by Pakistan, stories of resistance and bravery of Kashmiris, narrative of Indian Army victory over the invaders need to be told to people.

    The two-day National Symposium on 22 & 23 Oct 2020 and the Exhibition commencing on 22 Oct 2020 is an attempt to deliberate upon the records and history of this deceitful attack and subsequent victory of India.

    The National symposium is being attended by very prominent scholars and experts on the subject. The speakers are – Prof. RaghuvendraTanwar, Lt. General Syed Ata Hasnain(Retd), DrMukulitaVijaywagiya, Maroof Raza, Ajay Jugran, Lt. General Gurmeet Singh(Retd), Prof. Kapil Kumar, Prof. Amitabh Mattoo, Shri Iqbal Chand Malhotra, Shri Ashutosh, Major General S. V. Thapliyal(Retd), AVM Arjun Subramaniam(Retd), Dr Ramesh Tamiri, Lt. General DeveshAgnihotri(Retd), Dr. DeepankarSengupta, Shri SushantSareen, Lt. General PJS Pannu. Presentations being made at the Symposium represent a variety of pertinent topics, some of which are – ‘The Invasion of Jammu and Kashmir-October 1947: First Reports and People’s Response”, “Local Kashmiri Resistance to tribal Invasion of Kashmir in 1947”, “Battles for the Destiny of J&K”, “Contest of Narratives and Attempts in Cognitive Domains: An Analysis”, “Martyr MaqboolSherwani: Memory, Myth, Imagination”, “Motives, War & Brutalities: Pakistani Army-Kabailees Aggression in Kashmir”, “The British Role in Invasion and consequent de facto partition of Maharaja Hari Singh’s erstwhile state of Jammu & Kashmir in 1947 and the impact of those actions till 2020”.

    The Exhibition on the ‘Memories of 22 Oct 1947’ comprise of graphic panels and videos showcasing a chronology of events as well as prominent narratives of the invasion on 22 Oct 1947 and subsequent unfolding of actions.

    The exhibition panels depict – The Treaty of Lahore, The Treaty of Amritsar, The Popular Will of 1947, Economic Blockade of Kashmir, 1947- Towards Accession, The Invaders Backed by Pakistan, Pakistani Militia Leaders, Plunder in Muzaffarabad, Baramulla, The Church Attack, MaqboolSherwani, the Hero of Baramulla, Instrument of Accession, Key Dates, The Gilgit Game, People’s Militia.

    The National Symposium and Exhibition on the 'Memories of 22 Oct 1947' will outline shapes and contours of a future museum on the historical theme.

  • The US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun told the media in a telephonic briefing that much more was expected from China considering its proximity to this humanitarian catastrophe. 

    He addressed the media in a telephonic press briefing on Tuesday about his recent visit to India and Bangladesh. 

    Stephen Biegun said that the US will work closely with the government of Bangladesh both to address the humanitarian needs of the more than 8 lakh Rohingya refugees as also to find its lasting resolution. 

    Appreciating the government of Bangladesh for providing refuge to this large population which suffered violence and brutality in Myanmar, Stephen Biegun said during his visit to Dhaka he discussed with Prime Minister Hasina and Foreign Minister Dr. A K Adbul Momen how to cooperate together in order to find a resolution of the issue. 

    Responding to a question about democracy and human rights in Bangladesh, Stephen Biegun said that what distinguishes Bangladesh as a leader in South Asia has been its constant effort to advance towards democracy.

    Speaking about the purpose of his visit, Deputy Secretary Biegun said that it was meant to deepen relations.

    He further said that the purpose of the visit was also to talk about security issues and work together with a series of partners in the Indo-Pacific to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific that guarantees sovereignty and prosperity for the nations in the region. 

    Rajesh Jha/Dhaka/21.10.2020

  • Azad Hind Fauz veterans, 99-year old Naik Lalti Ram and 101- year old Sepoy Parmanand Yadav and family Members of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose were also present on the occasion.

    In his address, the Minister thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for beginning the tradition of commemorating the anniversary of the formation of Azad Hind Government.

    Patel said, the Nation will celebrate the 75th year of Independence in 2022 and also the 125th Birth Anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

  • In a tweet, the Vice President  said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi rightly advised in his address to the nation yesterday that we have to continue our fight against coronavirus by wearing masks, washing hands and maintaining safe distance till a vaccine is found and normalcy restored.

  • Senior leaders and star campaigners of several political parties are holding multiple rallies to garner support of voters.

    For NDA candidates senior BJP leaders, Star Campaigners and Union Ministers are holding multiple rallies. BJP President J. P. Nadda will address public meetings in Bettiah and Motihari.

    Senior BJP leader and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will hold public meetings at Sanhaula, Barhara and Chainpur. BJP leader and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath addressed a rally in Jamui.

    He alleged that people of Bihar still have haunting memories of previous tenures of RJD. Mr Adityanath said, they were indulged in promotion of kidnapping and crime.

    JD(U) President Nitish Kumar addressed a public meeting in Kesaria.

    Kumar alleged that RJD is making false promises of 10 lakh jobs and the opposition has no solid blueprint for development of the state.

    RJD leader Tejaswi Prasad Yadav will hold 10 public meetings today in support of candidates of the Grand alliance.

    Meanwhile, scrutiny of nomination papers of candidates for the Third and Final Phase of elections is underway in 78 Assembly constituencies. The last date of withdrawal of candidature will be 23rd of October and polling will be held on 7th of November in this phase.

    The scrutiny of nomination papers for Valmiki Nagar Lok Sabha bye-poll is also underway. Polling will be held simultaneously with the Third Phase of Assembly elections in this Lok Sabha constituency.

  • The day is observed on 21st October every year to honor the loyalty and supreme sacrifice of police personnel for the nation. It was on this day in 1959 when CRPF led a saga of valour and sacrifice in the inaccessible, inhospitable terrain of Hot Springs in Ladakh.

    A patrol party of twenty personnel of CRPF and Intelligence Bureau had gone to search for a missing reconnaissance party when it was ambushed by the Chinese Army.

    In spite of the sudden attack and disadvantageous tactical position, they fought valiantly against the Chinese army personnel who were in large numbers and heavily armed. In this battle, ten CRPF men were martyred in defense of the country.

    Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu today paid homage to all police personnel, who had laid down their lives in the line of duty.

    In a tweet, Mr Naidu said, the nation is ever grateful to them for their sacrifice, valour and commitment.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi today paid tributes to all the police personnel martyred in the line of duty on Police Commemoration Day.

    In a series of tweets, PM Modi said, Police Commemoration Day is about expressing gratitude to the police personnel and their families all across India. He said, their sacrifice and service will always be remembered.

    The Prime Minister said, from preserving law and order to solving horrendous crimes, from assistance in disaster management to fighting COVID-19, the police personnel always give their best without hesitation. He said, we are proud of their diligence and readiness to assist citizens.

    Home Minister Amit Shah said that the government is working on making the border impregnable by linking technology with human force.

    Amit Shah said this while addressing the Police Commemoration Day Parade at National Police Memorial in New Delhi. He also paid tribute to police personnel, who lost their lives in the line of duty.

    The Home Minister  assured the police personnel that you take care of the internal security of the country and the Narendra Modi government is always ready to protect them and their family.

    Amit Shah said, so far 35 thousand 398 police personnel have laid down their lives in the service of the nation.

    The Home Minister said, 264 personnel of State Police Forces as well as those of Central Armed Police Forces, gave supreme sacrifice in the line of duty during the last one year.

    He said, this National Police memorial is not merely a structure of brick, stone and cement but it reminds people of the supreme sacrifice made by the police personnel and it gave immortality to India’s freedom and kept the national flag flying high.

    The Home Minister said, Police and CAPF personnel played a significant and frontline role as COVID Warriors. As a result, 343 police and CAPF personnel fell prey to COVID-19 in the line of duty while contributing to COVID management.

    Amit Shah said, their commitment towards the motherland inspires each and every Indian. He said that the country is proud of the police personnel for their distinguished service and unparalleled courage.

  • With a high number of COVID patients recovering every day, India’s steady trend of posting high level of daily recoveries also continues. 61,775 recoveries have been registered in the last 24 hours in the country whereas the new confirmed cases are only 54,044. This is when 10,83,608 tests have been conducted in the last 24 hours in the country.

    Successful implementation of TEST, TRACK and TREAT strategy along with timely and appropriate treatment has led to the consistent slide in the Fatality Rate. The national Case Fatality Rate (CFR) has fallen to 1.51% today.

    The Centre has advised States/UTs to aim at bringing down the the CFR to below 1%. Presently 14 States/UTs are reporting Case Fatality Rate less than 1%.

    India’s total recoveries stands at 67,95,103 today. Higher number of single day recoveries has resulted in continuous increase in the national recovery rate, which is fast approaching 89%  (88.81%).

    77% of the new recovered cases are observed to be concentrated in 10 States/UTs.

    Karnataka outnumbered Maharashtra in new recovered cases with more than 8,500 new recoveries. Maharashtra and Kerala both contribute more than 7,000 to the new recoveries.

    54,044 new cases were registered in the last 24 hours in the country.

    78% of these are concentrated in ten States/UT. Maharashtra contributed more than 8,000 to the new cases. Karnataka and Kerala, both contributed more than 6,000.

    717 deaths have been registered in the past 24 hours.

    82% of new deaths are reported from 10 States and UTs.

    29% of deaths reported yesterday are from Maharashtra with 213 deaths followed by Karnataka with 66 deaths.

  • The day is observed on 21st October every year to honor the loyalty and supreme sacrifice of police personnel for the nation. It was on this day in 1959 when CRPF led a saga of valour and sacrifice in the inaccessible, inhospitable terrain of Hot Springs in Ladakh.

    A patrol party of twenty personnel of CRPF and Intelligence Bureau had gone to search for a missing reconnaissance party when it was ambushed by the Chinese Army. In spite of the sudden attack and disadvantageous tactical position, they fought valiantly against the Chinese army personnel who were in large numbers and heavily armed. In this battle, ten CRPF men were martyred in defense of the country.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to all the police personnel martyred in the line of duty on Police Commemoration Day. In a series of tweets, PM Modi said, Police Commemoration Day is about expressing gratitude to the police personnel and their families all across India. He said, their sacrifice and service will always be remembered. The Prime Minister said, from preserving law and order to solving horrendous crimes, from assistance in disaster management to fighting COVID-19, the police personnel always give their best without hesitation. He said, we are proud of their diligence and readiness to assist citizens.

    Home Minister Amit Shah also paid tribute to police personnel, who lost their lives in the line of duty. Addressing the Police Commemoration Day Parade at National Police Memorial in New Delhi, Shah said, that so far 35 thousand 398 police personnel have laid down their lives in the service of the nation.

  • 78 assembly seats spread over 15 districts will go to polls in this phase on the 7th of November. 884 candidates have  filed their nominations for this phase.

    Three candidates have filed nominations for bypolls to Valmikinagar Lok Sabha seat. Bypolls to this seat will be held along with the final phase of assembly elections in the state.

    Candidates can withdraw their nominations till 23 of this month. LJP has released a list of 41 candidates for the third phase of elections.

    Campaigning is in full swing for the first phase of assembly elections. 71 seats spread over 16 districts will go to polls in the first phase on October 28. Star campaigners of various political parties are addressing  a series of  meetings.

  • Now, this flight will be operated on Delhi-Wuhan-Delhi sector on 30th October 2020. Indian embassy in Beijing said this in a notification today. Eligible OCI card holders and Indian Nationals can reach out to Indian Embassy on for any assistance in this regard.

    Another VBM flight earlier scheduled on Delhi-Guangzhou sector on 30th October 2020 has been cancelled as of now.

    This is the 7th phase of Vande Bharat Mission which started on 1st October 2020. The Ministry of External Affairs in a statement said, as on 15th October, 18.32 lakh Indians have been repatriated through different modes of the Vande Bharat Mission.



    Anshuman Mishra/Beijing