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China discussed at length as Jaishankar meets US counterpart Pompeo on eve of 2+2 talks
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China discussed at length as Jaishankar meets US counterpart Pompeo on eve of 2+2 talks

Union External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar meets US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Delhi Monday | Twitter | @DrSJaishankar Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed China at length Monday as they met a day before the bilateral 2+2 dialogue in New Delhi. The two sides will sign a key military pact — Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA), for geo-spatial cooperation — Tuesday, taking the countries’ strategic partnership to the next level.  This was the second in-person meeting in a month between Pompeo and Jaishankar, who also held bilateral talks on the sidelines of the Quadrilateral ministerial dialogue in Tokyo earlie...
UP Police calls Chandrashekhar Azad’s claim of shots being fired at his rally baseless
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UP Police calls Chandrashekhar Azad’s claim of shots being fired at his rally baseless

Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar Azad Ravan addresses a press conference at IWPC on 17 January 2020 in New Delhi. | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint Text Size: A- A+ Bulandshahr: A day after Azad Samaj Party national president Chandrashekhar Azad alleged that shots were fired at his convoy here, the district police said a preliminary probe found his claim to be “baseless”. Azad had made the allegation on Twitter after a rally for the assembly by-election on Sunday. Senior Superintendent of Police Santosh Kumar Singh told reporters here on Monday that the matter was investigated by the City Magistrate and the Police Circle Officer (City) and the “things told through the tweet (by Azad) were baseless”. Azad he...
India has one of the lowest carbon emissions in the world, says PM Modi at Energy Week
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India has one of the lowest carbon emissions in the world, says PM Modi at Energy Week

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the 4th India Energy Forum, in New Delhi | ANI Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: The energy map of India will be driven by seven key points of change, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday at the inaugural address of India Energy Week.The seven key drivers as per the Prime Minister are: “Accelerating our efforts to move towards a gas-based economy, Cleaner use of fossil fuels particularly petroleum and coal, Greater reliance on domestic sources to drive bio-fuels, Achieving the renewables target of 450 GW by 2030, Increasing the contribution of electricity to de-carbonize mobility, Moving into the emerging fuels, including hydrogen, and Digital innovation across all t...
London court rejects Nirav Modi’s bail application for 7th time
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London court rejects Nirav Modi’s bail application for 7th time

File photo of Nirav Modi | Facebook @Nirav Modi Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: A UK court on Monday rejected the latest bail plea of fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi, who has been lodged in a London prison since his arrest on an extradition warrant in March last year. The application was reportedly made on the basis of “new evidence”, but Westminster Magistrates’ Court District Judge Samuel Goozee was not convinced to reverse previous bail rejections in Modi’s case. The 49-year-old jeweller, fighting extradition to India on charges of fraud and money laundering in the estimated USD 2-billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam case, has made around six previous attempts at bail at the magistrates’ court as we...
Man booked for ‘objectionable’ Facebook post against PM Modi, Yogi Adityanath
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Man booked for ‘objectionable’ Facebook post against PM Modi, Yogi Adityanath

File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi | ANI Text Size: A- A+ Shahjahanpur: A man has been booked for allegedly sharing an objectionable post against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UP CM Yogi Adityanath on social media, police said here on Monday. Superintendent of Police S Anand said one Ravi Kumar Gupta shared a picture of demon king Ravana’s effigy on his Facebook account with photos of four leaders, including Modi and Adityanath, on it. He said the FIR was lodged on the complaint of Vishal Kumar, a resident of Jalalabad township here. During investigation, the location of the accused has been found to be somewhere in Gujarat and efforts are on to arrest him, the SP added. Also read: Modi is the o...
Govt decision to ease defence land acquisition a good move, will speed up infra projects
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Govt decision to ease defence land acquisition a good move, will speed up infra projects

ThePrint team. Text Size: A- A+ Modi government’s move to ease acquisition of defence land for public projects is a positive initiative. It will speed up infrastructure projects, especially in urban centres, considering the defence ministry is India’s biggest land owner. Armed forces can also gain as they too get infrastructure and even funds in return. Subscribe to our channels on YouTube & Telegram Why news media is in crisis & How you can fix it India needs free, fair, non-hyphenated and questioning journalism even more as it faces multiple crises. But the news media is in a crisis of its own. There have been brutal layoffs and pay-cuts. The best of journalism is shrinking, ...
NIA arrests man linked to Kerala gold smuggling case in Kochi upon arrival from UAE
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NIA arrests man linked to Kerala gold smuggling case in Kochi upon arrival from UAE

Representational image for the National Investigation Agency | Twitter Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi:  The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday arrested a man wanted in connection with the Kerala gold smuggling case as soon as he arrived from the UAE to Kochi, an official spokesperson said. Rabins K Hameed, a resident of Muvattupuzha in Kerala’s Ernakulam district, will be produced before a designated court on Tuesday for his remand by the agency, spokesperson and NIA Deputy Inspector General Sonia Narang said in a statement. The case pertains to the seizure of 30 kg gold worth Rs 14.82 crore on July 5 from diplomatic baggage at Air Cargo of Trivandrum International Airport by Customs (Preventive) Co...
India & US agree on deeper cooperation in Indo-Pacific as Rajnath meets Mark Esper
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India & US agree on deeper cooperation in Indo-Pacific as Rajnath meets Mark Esper

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his US counterpart Mark Esper at his office in South Block Monday | Twitter | @rajnathsingh Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: With an increasingly aggressive China flexing its muscles, India and the US Monday agreed to expand their bilateral military relationship, especially in the Indo-Pacific, ThePrint has learnt. The agreement came as Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and US Defense Secretary Mark Esper held an hour-long meeting at the South Block, a day before the nations’ defence and foreign ministers hold the 2+2 ministerial dialogue here Tuesday.  India and the US will sign two pacts Tuesday for deeper cooperation — the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement...
AstraZeneca-Oxford Covid vaccine produces strong immune response in older adults
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AstraZeneca-Oxford Covid vaccine produces strong immune response in older adults

A logo sits at AstraZeneca Plc's facilities in Sodertalje, Sweden | Photo: Mikael Sjoberg | Bloomberg File Photo Text Size: A- A+ London: A Covid vaccine candidate developed by the University of Oxford with AstraZeneca Plc has produced a robust immune response in older adults and the elderly, those at highest risk of severe illness. Findings on blood tests carried out on a subset of older participants echo data released in July that showed the vaccine generated robust immune responses in healthy adults ages 18 to 55, Astra said Monday. Older patients have been hardest hit by the pandemic, with the vast majority of deaths occurring in those over 60. Astra shares rose as much as 1.4% in London. The Astra-Oxf...
Actor Payal Ghosh, who accused Anurag Kashyap of rape, joins Ramdas Athawale’s party
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Actor Payal Ghosh, who accused Anurag Kashyap of rape, joins Ramdas Athawale’s party

Actor Payal Ghosh joins union minister Ramdas Athawale-led Republican Party of India (A), in Mumbai on Monday, 26 October | Twitter: @ANI Text Size: A- A+ Mumbai: Actor Payal Ghosh, who accused filmmaker Anurag Kashyap of raping her, joined the Republican Party of India (Athawale) on Monday. She along with some others joined the party in the presence of its chief and Union minister Ramdas Athawale. Ghosh was appointed vice president of the women’s wing of the party. Athawale said the entry of Ghosh and others into the party would strengthen it. He also claimed Kashyap would be arrested soon. The filmmaker has continuously denied the allegations leveled by Ghosh. “I told her RPI(A) is Dr Babasaheb Ambedk...
Listen to Mohan Bhagwat’s Dussehra speech. You won’t say RSS lacks intellectual bandwidth
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Listen to Mohan Bhagwat’s Dussehra speech. You won’t say RSS lacks intellectual bandwidth

File photo of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint Text Size: A- A+ This morning’s newspapers front-paged Mohan Rao Bhagwat’s Vijayadashami address. This was not only unprecedented, but also an extremely significant milestone. Mainstream media, so used to denigrating and ridiculing the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, was now publishing the statements of its Sarsanghchalak as headline news. How did this transformation come about? The answer is the RSS saga of unwavering determination, tyaga (sacrifice), and tapascharya (askesis) in the service of the nation. For the RSS celebrated its 95th anniversary on Vijayadashami, 25 October 2020. Founded by Dr Keshav Baliram Hedgewar in Nagpur in 1925, the ...
Pandemic halts bullfighting in Peru, Israeli vaccine headed for human trial & other Covid news
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Pandemic halts bullfighting in Peru, Israeli vaccine headed for human trial & other Covid news

Representational image of bullfighting | Wikimedia Commons Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: The novel coronavirus pandemic continues to devastate countries across the world — the latest count being over 4.3 crore cases and more than 11 lakh deaths. The pandemic has put a stop to bullfighting in Peru, something that animal rights activists had been aiming for since decades. The Covid-19 vaccine developed by Israeli scientists will begin human trials from next week. And in Italy, the town of Bergamo is fearful of a second wave of infections. ThePrint brings you the most important global stories on the coronavirus pandemic and why they matter. Peru’s famous bullfighting festival cancelled For decades, animal right...
Jagan-KCR bonhomie is history as friendship sours over water dispute and inter-state buses
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Jagan-KCR bonhomie is history as friendship sours over water dispute and inter-state buses

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy and Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao | Commons Text Size: A- A+ Hyderabad: When newly-elected Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy first visited K. Chandrasekhar Rao in Hyderabad last year, to invite the Telangana chief minister for his oath-taking ceremony, he was received with a warm hug and wishes for the future. KCR attended the oath-taking on 30 May last year, and Jagan hosted a lunch for him at his residence after the ceremony. The late lunch reportedly caused both Telugu chief ministers to miss Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s oath-taking ceremony in New Delhi that same evening. This bonhomie between KCR and Jagan continued a...
‘Ban Islamophobia’ — Pakistan PM Imran Khan complains against India in letter to Facebook
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‘Ban Islamophobia’ — Pakistan PM Imran Khan complains against India in letter to Facebook

File photo of Pakistan Prime Minster Imran Khan | @ImranKhanOfficial/Twitter Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has written to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg seeking a ban on posts promoting “Islamophobia and hate against Islam” on the social media platform. In his letter, Khan said India and France were majorly responsible for such content on Facebook. “I am writing to draw your attention to the growing Isamophobia that is encouraging hate, extremism and violence across the world and especially through the use of social media platforms including Facebook,” his letter reads. Khan referred to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the National Register for Citizens (NRC) and the Tabl...
China tests 3 million people in Xinjiang after recording cluster of asymptomatic cases
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China tests 3 million people in Xinjiang after recording cluster of asymptomatic cases

Police officers walk past the Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar, Xinjiang autonomous region, China | Photo: Qilai Shen | Bloomberg Text Size: A- A+ China has tested nearly three million people in Xinjiang province to tackle a small cluster of coronavirus cases, in the latest example of the country’s aggressive approach to bringing new outbreaks under control. A 17-year-old teenager in the province’s Kashgar prefecture was found through routine testing to have contracted the virus. Subsequent testing found 137 Covid-19 cases, all related to a factory where the teenager’s parents worked. Each of the cases were asymptomatic, according to Xinjiang’s health authorities. Free testing is being rolled out for nearly 4.75 m...
Kotak Mahindra Bank is exploring taking over IndusInd Bank
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Kotak Mahindra Bank is exploring taking over IndusInd Bank

Uday Kotak, chairman of Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd | Flickr Text Size: A- A+ Mumbai: Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd., backed by Asia’s richest banker, is exploring a takeover of smaller Indian rival IndusInd Bank Ltd., people with knowledge of the matter said, a move that would create the nation’s eighth-largest financial firm by assets. Uday Kotak, founder and chief executive officer of Kotak Mahindra, is looking at the possibility of an all-stock acquisition, one of the people said, asking not to be identified as the discussions are private. Uday Kotak and the Hinduja family have held initial talks over the proposal in which the founders of IndusInd Bank could retain a stake in the lender after a deal, another per...
Why India has its eye on plenary of the all-powerful Communist Party of China beginning today
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Why India has its eye on plenary of the all-powerful Communist Party of China beginning today

President Xi Jinping (centre) with other leaders of the Communist Party of China | Representational image: Reuters via ANI Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: At a time when India and China have been locked in a stand-off along the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh for six months, the Communist Party of China is set to organise the fifth plenary session of its 19th Central Committee in Beijing. The plenary, which begins Monday and runs for four days, is being organised to discuss the 14th five-year plan for 2021-25, and a medium-term strategy named as ‘Vision 2035’. Reports say the new working rules are expected to be approved for the Central Committee, which will eventually give more powers to the top lead...
Uddhav Thackeray’s Dussehra message for BJP — take Hindutva lessons from RSS chief
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Uddhav Thackeray’s Dussehra message for BJP — take Hindutva lessons from RSS chief

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray speaks at the Shiv Sena Dussehra rally in Mumbai, Sunday, 25 October. | @OfficeofUT | Twitter Text Size: A- A+ Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray emphasised Sunday that his party Shiv Sena’s Hindutva is “more real”, and asked his ally-turned-rival Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to take lessons on the subject from Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat. Thackeray’s remarks come at a time when the BJP has been questioning the Shiv Sena’s Hindutva, demanding that the Maha Vikas Aghadi government — consisting of Thackeray’s party and its former rivals NCP and Congress — open temples in the state that have been shut since the Covid-19 lockdown was imposed i...
Yogi leads UP bypoll campaign, Akhilesh manages virtually while Priyanka & Mayawati go missing
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Yogi leads UP bypoll campaign, Akhilesh manages virtually while Priyanka & Mayawati go missing

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath addresses an election rally for byelections, in Bulandshahr Thursday | ANI Text Size: A- A+ Lucknow: While Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath continues his intense campaign in all seven poll-bound assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh, opposition leaders like Samajwadi Party’s Akhilesh Yadav, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi and Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati are missing in action. Adityanath is personally spearheading the campaign to ensure victory to his party candidates in the byelections for the seven seats, scheduled for 3 November. These bypolls are believed to be especially crucial for the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister after the intense backlash his gov...
At least 4 killed, 2 injured in bomb blast in Pakistan’s Quetta
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At least 4 killed, 2 injured in bomb blast in Pakistan’s Quetta

The Pakistan Democratic Movement rally against the government in Quetta, Balochistan, where the explosion took place. | @MoosaShoro | Twitter Text Size: A- A+ Quetta: At least four people were killed and two persons sustained injuries after a bomb exploded in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan in Pakistan, on Sunday. The explosion took place within the vicinity of Shalkot police station, reported ARY News. Police officials informed mediapersons that the explosive material was planted on a motorcycle while one vehicle and motorcycles parked at the scene caught fire after the explosion. Heavy contingents of law enforcement agencies rushed to the incident’s site and have cordoned off the whole are...