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India sees ‘strong interlocutor’ in Antony Blinken, Biden’s choice for US Secretary of State
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India sees ‘strong interlocutor’ in Antony Blinken, Biden’s choice for US Secretary of State

Antony Blinken is Joe Biden's choice as the US' next Secretary of State | Photo: Twitter | @ABlinken Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: US President-elect Joe Biden’s decision to name Antony J. Blinken as the next Secretary of State is being seen as a positive move for India, which sees him as a “strong interlocutor” for New Delhi as it aims to build on strategic gains made under the Donald Trump administration. Today, I’m announcing the first members of my national security and foreign policy team. They will rally the world to take on our challenges like no other—challenges that no one nation can face alone. It’s time to restore American leadership. I trust this group to do just that. pic.twitter.com/uKE5JG45Ts ...
Yogi Adityanath’s UP cabinet clears proposal to name Ayodhya airport after Lord Ram
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Yogi Adityanath’s UP cabinet clears proposal to name Ayodhya airport after Lord Ram

Representational image of Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath with members of his cabinet | ANI Text Size: A- A+ Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh Cabinet on Tuesday gave its nod to a proposal to name the airport in Ayodhya after Lord Ram. In a statement issued here on Tuesday, the UP Government said that the state cabinet cleared the proposal to name the airport in Ayodhya as Maryada Purshottam Shriram Airport, Ayodhya. A decision was taken to bring this proposal for passage in the UP Legislative Assembly, and send it to the Union Civil Aviation Ministry. Also read: Ram Janmbhoomi trust seeks design ideas for temple complex complete with gaushala & gurukul   Subscribe to our channels on YouTube & Telegram ...
Why Netanyahu and Saudi’s MBS have good reason to meet
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Why Netanyahu and Saudi’s MBS have good reason to meet

File photo of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (left) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) | Bloomberg Text Size: A- A+ Why hold a historic meeting with potentially major geopolitical consequences and then deny it? On Sunday night, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly flew in a privately owned plane to Neom, a futuristic city in progress on the Red Sea coast of Saudi Arabia. He was (again, reportedly) accompanied by the head of the Mossad, Yossi Cohen, and at least two other senior defense advisors. The following day, both Israeli newspaper Haaretz and The Wall Street Journal reported that Netanyahu had met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and U.S. Secreta...
Don’t be scared of cash, risk of catching Covid from notes is low, Bank of England study finds
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Don’t be scared of cash, risk of catching Covid from notes is low, Bank of England study finds

Representational image | Pixabay Text Size: A- A+ London: The risk of catching Covid-19 through using banknotes is low, according to research by the Bank of England that suggests the aversion to using cash during the pandemic is unnecessary. The central bank considered a plausible worst-case scenario of an infected person coughing or sneezing onto a note and found that the level of virus on the surface began to drop rapidly after an hour. After six hours, it had declined to 5% or less. The chances of such direct contamination occurring is relatively low as cash is typically stored securely in tills or wallets, the study found. An infected person touching notes would result in far lower levels of the virus....
Professor leading home ministry’s ‘radicalisation’ study insists it’ll be faith-neutral
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Professor leading home ministry’s ‘radicalisation’ study insists it’ll be faith-neutral

The research project will be led by Professor G.S. Bajpai, Director of the Centre for Criminology and Victimology, National Law University, Delhi | Credit: Profgsbajpai.in Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: For the first time, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs has approved a study on the “status of radicalisation” in India. The study, which aims to provide a legal definition of radicalisation and suggest amendments to the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), will be a year-long project led by Prof. G.S. Bajpai, Director of the Centre for Criminology and Victimology, at National Law University (NLU), Delhi. Speaking to ThePrint, Prof. Bajpai sought to address concerns — voiced by some opposition leaders on...
Army chief Naravane on Northeast visit to review security situation, briefed on Naga talks
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Army chief Naravane on Northeast visit to review security situation, briefed on Naga talks

Army chief Gen. M M Naravane | ANI File photo Text Size: A- A+ Kolkata: Army chief General M M Naravane has embarked on a three-day review of the security situation in the North-East region, a Defence official said on Tuesday. On his arrival at Dimapur in Nagaland on Monday, the Chief of Army Staff was briefed by Lieutenant General Anil Chauhan, General Officer Commanding in Chief, Eastern Command, and Lt General R P Kalita, GOC, Spear Corps on operational preparedness along the northern borders as well as operations in the hinterland of Assam, Nagaland, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, the official said. The COAS was also briefed on the progress of the ongoing Naga peace talks, the official said in a press ...
Mumbai girls win World Robot Olympiad for smart device that cools hot air blowing from ACs
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Mumbai girls win World Robot Olympiad for smart device that cools hot air blowing from ACs

Antara Patel (left) and Prisha Patel | By special arrangement Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: Two school girls from Mumbai have secured the first prize in the 2020 World Robot Olympiad, a global robotics competition for young people, for inventing a smart device that cools the hot air released from air conditioners and makes them more energy efficient. Antara Patel, 11, and Prisha Patel, 12, students of the Jamnabai Narsee School in Mumbai, said they are close friends who spent at least six months developing the device under the guidance of coaches from On My Own Technology, a Mumbai-based coaching institute for robotics. Their victory in the robotics olympiad was announced on 15 November. The Patels’ prototyp...
Amid Covid surge, Haryana govt announces fresh restrictions on social gatherings
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Amid Covid surge, Haryana govt announces fresh restrictions on social gatherings

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar | ANI File photo Text Size: A- A+ Chandigarh: Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Tuesday said the Haryana government has decided to limit the number of people allowed at social gatherings like marriages, religious or political functions with a view to contain the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, especially in some NCR districts. In the six National Capital Region (NCR) districts of Gurugram, Faridabad, Rewari, Rohtak, Hisar and Sonipat, the government has decided to limit the number of persons allowed at social gatherings to a maximum 50 for such events held indoor and 100 for outdoor. However, in the remaining districts of the state, the gathering has been lim...
Editors Guild urges CM Vijayan to withdraw ‘disturbing’ amendment to Kerala Police Act
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Editors Guild urges CM Vijayan to withdraw ‘disturbing’ amendment to Kerala Police Act

File photo | Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan | Commons Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: The Editors Guild of India has urged Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to withdraw the “disturbing” amendment to the Kerala Police Act 118 A, which provides upto three years of imprisonment, a fine of Rs 10,000 or both for publication of material with an intention to intimidate, insult, or defame any person through social media. Following widespread backlash, the Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) government had Monday said that it will “not go ahead with implementing” the amendment. The chief minister said in a statement: “The amendment evoked varied responses from several corners....
Mumbai Police files chargesheet in TRP rigging case after 12 arrests
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Mumbai Police files chargesheet in TRP rigging case after 12 arrests

People watch TV at a store in New Delhi (representational image) | Amit Bhargava| Bloomberg Text Size: A- A+ Mumbai: The Mumbai Police on Tuesday filed a charge sheet in a court here in the alleged TRP (Television Rating Points) rigging scam. The charge sheet was submitted before a magistrate’s court by the police’s Crime Intelligence Unit (CIU), which is conducting a probe into the case, an official said. The crime branch has so far arrested 12 persons, including Republic TV’s western region distribution head and owners of two other channels, in connection with the case, he said. The fake TRP scam came to light last month when ratings agency Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) filed a complaint thr...
No licensed vaccine yet, important we continue with Covid measures, Modi cautions states
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No licensed vaccine yet, important we continue with Covid measures, Modi cautions states

PM Narendra Modi holds a virtual meeting with CMs of high-burden Covid states on 24 November 2020. Home Minister Amit Shah is also present | Screenshot Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: There is no Covid vaccine in the world that is currently licensed, so it is important not just to stay prepared for vaccine rollout but to also ensure that there is no let-up in Covid control measures, so that “the boat does not sink in shallow waters after having traversed choppier waters”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told chief ministers Tuesday after two marathon meetings. The first meeting was a review of eight high-burden states while the second was a meeting with all states to discuss vaccine rollout. The prime minister ask...
Rajan, Acharya right to oppose corporates into banking. RBI’s poor regulation makes move risky
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Rajan, Acharya right to oppose corporates into banking. RBI’s poor regulation makes move risky

ThePrint team. Text Size: A- A+ Opposition to allowing corporates into banking is well-founded. RBI’s poor regulation of banks, inconsistent corporate governance standards, lack of resolution mechanisms make the move risky. It could hurt depositors, force more government bailouts. Raghuram Rajan and Viral Acharya are right to suggest this proposal is “best left on the shelf”. 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 jo...
India now working on 1,500-km range BrahMos supersonic cruise missile
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India now working on 1,500-km range BrahMos supersonic cruise missile

BrahMos supersonic cruise missile | File photo: ANI Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: India Tuesday began a series of tests of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, even as work goes on to extend its range. ThePrint has learnt that India is working on a 1,500-km range version of the system that can be launched from land, water or air. BrahMos, the only supersonic cruise missile in the world that flies at three times the speed of sound (2.8 Mach), currently has a range of 290 km, but efforts are also on to extend this to 400 km. The Army carried out the first of several ‘live missile tests’ of the 290-km range BrahMos in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The Navy and the Air Force — which has fitted its Sukhoi Su...
SC dismisses Tej Bahadur’s plea against rejection of nomination papers in 2019 polls
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SC dismisses Tej Bahadur’s plea against rejection of nomination papers in 2019 polls

File photo of Tej Bahadur Yadav | Photo: ANI Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the plea of sacked BSF jawan Tej Bahadur against the rejection of his nomination papers to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha polls against Prime Minister Narendra Modi from the Varanasi constituency. A bench comprising Chief Justice S A Bobde and justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian, which had reserved its verdict in the case on November 18, upheld the Allahabad High Court judgment dismissing Tej Bahadur’s election petition against the poll panel’s decision to reject his nomination papers. On May 1 last year, the returning officer had rejected the nomination papers of Tej Bahadur, a Samajwadi Party...
India sees total Covid-19 caseload move past 91 lakh, recoveries cross 86 lakh
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India sees total Covid-19 caseload move past 91 lakh, recoveries cross 86 lakh

Volunteers use an oximeter to measure the oxygen level during a door-to-door campaign to check symptomatic Covid-19 residents, amid rise in coronavirus cases, in East Delhi, on 22 Nov., 2020. | PTI Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: India saw 37,975 new coronavirus infections being reported in a day taking the country’s COVID-19 caseload to 91.77 lakh, while the recoveries crossed 86 lakh, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Tuesday. The total coronavirus cases mounted to 91,77,840 and the death toll climbed to 1,34,218 with 480 new fatalities, including 121 from the national capital alone, the data updated at 8 am showed. The number of active cases remained below 5 lakh for the fourteenth cons...
The implications of Netanyahu, Pompeo and Mohammad bin Salman’s ‘secret meeting’
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The implications of Netanyahu, Pompeo and Mohammad bin Salman’s ‘secret meeting’

(L-R) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo | Bloomberg and Twitter Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: In a first, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu travelled to Saudi Arabia along with Mossad intelligence chief Yossi Cohen Monday, for a ‘secret meeting’ with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. In episode 624 of ‘Cut The Clutter’, ThePrint’s Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta looks at the implications of this meeting for the countries involved and the world at large. Gupta noted that the three-hour long meeting was especially noteworthy because outgoing US President Donald Trump has been rendered a “...
Why rich countries & their pharma companies shouldn’t make Covid vaccines too expensive
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Why rich countries & their pharma companies shouldn’t make Covid vaccines too expensive

A lab technician sorts blood samples for COVID-19 vaccination study at the Research Centers of America in Hollywood, Florida. | Representational Image | Photographer: Chandan Khanna | AFP/Getty Images via Bloomberg Text Size: A- A+ The world is unequal enough and the Covid-19 pandemic threatens to make things more unequal still. Poorer countries have had to take on debt they will struggle to pay back. Their more fragile healthcare systems and crowded cities forced them into stricter and more economically harmful lockdowns, and poverty rates have risen dramatically. Now, they rightly fear a staggered recovery from the pandemic will further disadvantage them, given how expensive vaccine rollouts look to be. ...
In just 5 years, private banks have narrowed public sector’s huge lead in loans & deposits
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In just 5 years, private banks have narrowed public sector’s huge lead in loans & deposits

Representational image of a HDFC Bank branch | Commons Text Size: A- A+ Mumbai: The tables seem to be turning in India’s banking sector, as private banks are closing the huge lead held by those in the public sector. Public banks controlled over 70 per cent of the market till a few years ago, but according to the latest data released by the Reserve Bank of India, their market share in loans has dipped to 59.8 per cent in 2020 from 74.28 per cent in 2015, while private banks’ share has surged to 36.04 per cent from 21.26 per cent in the same period. Infographic: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrintDeposits also tell a similar story — private banks’ market share has gone up to 30.35 per cent this year from 19.44 per ce...
Tarun Gogoi’s body to be taken to temple, mosque, church before last rites Thursday
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Tarun Gogoi’s body to be taken to temple, mosque, church before last rites Thursday

File photo of former Assam CM Tarun Gogoi, who died Monday at the Guwahati Medical College and Hospital | Twitter Text Size: A- A+ Guwahati: The mortal remains of former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi will be cremated on Thursday in Guwahati, state Congress chief Ripun Bora said. Briefing the press at the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) where Gogoi breathed last on Monday, Bora said the body will be taken to his official residence at Dispur from the hospital on Tuesday morning. “The doctors will complete necessary medical formalities in the night to prepare the body for keeping it safe for three days,” said Bora, a Rajya Sabha MP. After that, Gogoi’s body will be taken to state secretariat Ja...
Despite doctors’ objections, Delhi govt hospitals prepare to hire MBBS students for Covid duty
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Despite doctors’ objections, Delhi govt hospitals prepare to hire MBBS students for Covid duty

Covid-19 testing at the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: Delhi government hospitals and colleges have started preparations to engage medical students for Covid-19 duties after an order by the Aam Aadmi Party administration, despite objections raised by an umbrella body for resident doctors, Federation of Resident Doctors’ Association (FORDA). The Delhi government order to engage medical students was issued by the health department on 18 November, after the Arvind Kejriwal dispensation increased the number of ICU beds in hospitals in the wake of the rising number of Covid cases in the national capital. The order asked hospitals to engage fourth...