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Social media CEOs to face grilling from Republican senators
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Social media CEOs to face grilling from Republican senators

Less than a week before Election Day, the CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Google are set to be grilled by Republican senators making unfounded allegations that the tech giants show anti-conservative bias. Democrats want to expand the discussion to include issues such as the companies’ impact on local news.The Senate Commerce Committee has summoned Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Google’s Sundar Pichai to testify for a hearing Wednesday. The executives have agreed to appear remotely after being threatened with subpoenas.With the election looming, Republicans led by President Donald Trump have thrown a barrage of grievances at Big Tech’s social media platforms, which they accuse without evidence of deliberately suppressing conservative, religious and an...
India nears 8 million cases, but spread slowing | India News – Times of India
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India nears 8 million cases, but spread slowing | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Covid cases in India were just a few thousand short of the 8-million mark even as the number of fresh infections recorded on Tuesday, 42,704, was the second lowest since July 21 when 38,444 patients tested positive. A day earlier, the country had recorded its lowest daily tally in 101 days with 36,604 cases. While Tuesday’s tally is higher than the previous day’s by 6,000-plus cases, it is for the first time in over three months that the figures have remained low on a day other than a Monday when cases drop because of low testing on Sundays. India’s caseload set to breach the 8-million mark todayWith Tuesday’s numbers, the country’s Covid caseload was 79,89,356, just about 10,000 short of the 8-million mark that is sure to be breached on Wednesday. While the last million case...
Joe Biden vows his unity can save United States
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Joe Biden vows his unity can save United States

Joe Biden traveled Tuesday to the hot springs town where Franklin Delano Roosevelt coped with polio to declare the US is not too politically diseased to overcome its health and economic crises, pledging to be the unifying force who can “restore our soul and save this country.”The Democratic presidential nominee offered his closing argument with Election Day just one week away while attempting to go on the political offensive in Georgia, which hasn’t backed a Democrat for the White House since 1992. He promised to be a president for all Americans regardless of party, even as he said that “anger and suspicion is growing and our wounds are getting deeper.”“Has the heart of this nation turned to stone? I don’t think so,” Biden said. “I refuse to believe it.”While Biden worked ...
Giriraj Singh visits temple ahead of first phase of voting in Bihar
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Giriraj Singh visits temple ahead of first phase of voting in Bihar

Union Minister, Giriraj Singh vistited temple early morning on Wednesday ahead of the first phase of voting in Bihar. The fate of 1066 candidates is to be decided in the first phase. Polling will be held in 71 seats in the first phase of Bihar assembly elections today. Polling will run from 7 am to 6 pm.  The election of Bihar Legislative Assembly is the largest election in the world during the Corona period. Source link
UP: 5 held for murder of Amity student during carjacking
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UP: 5 held for murder of Amity student during carjacking

By: Express News Service | Noida | October 28, 2020 5:31:43 am Akshay KalraNoida Police arrested five persons in connection with the murder of Amity student Akshay Kalra (24) following an encounter Tuesday. Akshay had died during treatment at a hospital on September 4, two days after he was assaulted during a carjacking in Sector 62. The accused, Kuldeep Chauhan, Vikas Kumar, Sonu Singh, Shameem Sheikh and Ajay Kumar Rathore, were arrested after an exchange of fire in the early hours of Tuesday. They opened fire at police when intercepted by a team near NIB Chowki. As police returned fire, four accused received injuries to the leg while one other accus...
Some evidence shows children could be Covid spreaders: ICMR | India News – Times of India
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Some evidence shows children could be Covid spreaders: ICMR | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: There is some evidence which shows that children who were earlier thought to be protected against coronavirus infection can be "spreaders, rather than super-spreaders", ICMR director General Balram Bhargava said on Tuesday. Speaking on the coronavirus infection spread in the country among children, Bhargava said tat overall the figure in India is that below the age of 17 years, only 8 per cent are Covid-19 positive. "Below five years, the figure would probably be less than a per cent but then we can come back with a figure for this," he said. In response to a question over surge in cases among children in Mizoram, there are 315 active coronavirus cases in the state as on date. Over Kawasaki disease and presumably a link with Covid-19, Bhargava said India so far has not report...
Centre throws open J&K for land sale, Gupkar parties term it huge betrayal
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Centre throws open J&K for land sale, Gupkar parties term it huge betrayal

Written by Deeptiman Tiwary , Naveed Iqbal | New Delhi, Srinagar | October 28, 2020 4:45:23 am While the new clauses technically open Jammu and Kashmir for purchase of land by outsiders, the government may provide some protection through notifications.IN A DECISION that mainstream political parties in Kashmir said stokes fears of demographic change, the Centre on Monday amended and notified land laws for the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and explicitly omitted the protection earlier available to its ‘permanent residents’. The amended laws open up urban or non-agricultural land for purchase by outsiders, permit contract farming on agricul...
Nitish diminished, Tejashwi banks on Caste-plus refresh
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Nitish diminished, Tejashwi banks on Caste-plus refresh

Written by Vandita Mishra | Sasaram | Updated: October 28, 2020 7:11:05 am RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar. (Source: PTI/File)As Bihar begins voting today, the figure of Nitish Kumar looms, bruised and diminished — and alone. In 2010, Nitish was alone, too, but as the conquering bijli-sadak-paani hero, the centre of the NDA campaign, with the BJP taking a quiescent second place. “Kaam kiye hain”, was the approving refrain, as voters counted out the list of public goods and subsidies his government delivered, most spectacularly cycles for schoolgirls. In 2015, he shared the stage with rival-turned-friend Lalu Prasad Yadav with the BJ...
Night before polls, grief over death in puja-police clash
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Night before polls, grief over death in puja-police clash

Written by Dipankar Ghose | Munger | Updated: October 28, 2020 9:20:02 am Late Monday night, a clash broke out between devotees and police over a delay in the immersion of idols in the Ganga, leading to lathicharge, stone-pelting and firing at Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Chowk in Munger. (Express photo by Dipankar Ghose)LESS THAN a kilometre away, in the premises of a school, there is a tent with purple drapes and a tempo with election equipment. But in Munger’s Loharpatti area, a day before the first phase of the Bihar Assembly elections, the first in the country during the pandemic, there is mourning — and a heartbroken father who can barely speak. “If I ha...
Anti-CAA stir meant to provoke disaffection against India: Delhi court
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Anti-CAA stir meant to provoke disaffection against India: Delhi court

Written by Anand Mohan J | New Delhi | Updated: October 28, 2020 7:03:55 am With this, the UP police have so far invoked NSA against 13 persons booked in violence that took place during CAA protest in the state. (File)A Delhi court on Tuesday refused bail to a 27-year-old university student, saying “vociferous agitation in the guise of Citizen Amendment Bill coupled with other activities of violence would show it was meant to cause or intended to cause disaffection against India”. This is the second time that Asif Iqbal Tanha of Jamia Millia Islamia, who has been charged under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) in the Northeast Delhi riots...
Chechen leader says Macron’s stance on cartoons inspires terrorists – Times of India
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Chechen leader says Macron’s stance on cartoons inspires terrorists – Times of India

MOSCOW: The leader of Russia's Muslim-majority Chechnya region said on Tuesday that French President Emmanuel Macron was inspiring terrorists by justifying cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad as protected by free speech rights. Ramzan Kadyrov, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, made the comments after France warned its citizens living or travelling in several Muslim-majority countries to take extra security precautions because of anger over the cartoons. The row has its roots in a knife attack outside a French school on Oct. 16 in which a man of Chechen origin beheaded Samuel Paty, a teacher who had shown pupils cartoons of Prophet Mohammad in a lesson on freedom of speech. The caricatures, first published by a satirical magazine whose Paris offices were attacked by gunmen k...
EU warns not enough Covid vaccines for all in Europe until 2022 – Times of India
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EU warns not enough Covid vaccines for all in Europe until 2022 – Times of India

BRUSSELS: Only part of the European Union population can be inoculated against the new coronavirus before 2022, EU officials said in an internal meeting, as the vaccines the bloc is securing may not prove effective or may not be manufactured in sufficient doses. The 27-nation bloc, with a population of 450 million, has booked more than 1 billion doses of potential Covid-19 vaccines from three drugmakers. It is negotiating the advance purchase of another billion vials with other companies. "There will not be sufficient doses of Covid-19 vaccines for the entire population before the end of 2021," a European Commission official told diplomats from EU states in a closed-door meeting on Monday, a person who attended it told Reuters. A second official confirmed the statement. An EU Commission...
Washington signs key defence pact with Delhi, calls out Beijing
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Washington signs key defence pact with Delhi, calls out Beijing

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Updated: October 28, 2020 7:17:33 am NSA Ajit Doval and US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo greet each other at South Block in New Delhi Tuesday. (ANI)AS India and the United States announced Tuesday signing of the crucial military pact, Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA), visiting US Secretary of State Michael R Pompeo recalled the Galwan valley incident in June and said that the US would “stand with the people of India to confront threats to their sovereignty and to their liberty”. From the Hyderabad House lawns and with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar by t...
Stage set for country’s first Covid-era elections in Bihar | India News – Times of India
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Stage set for country’s first Covid-era elections in Bihar | India News – Times of India

PATNA: The stage is set for India’s first Covid-era elections in Bihar. More than two crore electors will decide the fate of 1,066 candidates on Wednesday across 71 assembly constituencies in the first phase of the three-phase polls. Of the 2.14 crore electors who will exercise their franchise, 1.01 crore are women and 599 belong to the third gender, as per a data released by the Election Commission here on Tuesday. More on Bihar pollsComplete coverageNitish MeterData HubThis will make you cry for Bihar all over again ...30 years of 25 CMs or 30 years of 3 CMs: Bihar keeps getting poorerThe candidates include 952 men and 114 women, the maximum number (27) being in the fray at Gaya Town and the minimum (5) at Katoria in Banka district. Among the major political parties, CM Nitish Kumar's...
Pakistan summons Indian Chargé d’ Affaires over Kashmir issue – Times of India
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Pakistan summons Indian Chargé d’ Affaires over Kashmir issue – Times of India

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Tuesday summoned the Indian Chargé d' Affaires to protest over the Kashmir issue. The Foreign Office in a statement said the Indian diplomat was summoned to register "strong protest" on the "Kashmir Black Day". It demanded that India rescind its "unilateral" action" of withdrawing Jammu and Kashmir's special status and bifurcating it into two union territories -- Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. Pakistan has been unsuccessfully trying to drum up international support against India for withdrawing Jammu and Kashmir's special status on August 5 last year and bifurcating it into two union territories. India has categorically told the international community that the scrapping of Article 370 of the Constitution was its internal matter. It also advised Pakistan to accept ...
Dan’s ‘shameful’ Doughnut Day decision
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Dan’s ‘shameful’ Doughnut Day decision

This week should have been a crowning moment in Daniel Andrews’ political career as he finally healed the self-inflicted wounds of his state’s coronavirus crisis, but he has somehow managed to shoot himself in the foot at the same time.As his media team orchestrated pictures of him with doughnuts and whiskey to celebrate the state reducing its coronavirus cases to zero and his loyal social media followed suit, his Government made a decision that has been slammed as “callous” and “shameful”.They gave the green light for the bulldozing of a tree – which is reported to have been where Djab Wurrung women have traditionally gone to give birth – to clear land for a highway in Western Victoria.However, Transport Infrastructure Minister Jacinta Allan said the tree that was cut down had been ass...
Chennai Police book former HC judge CS Karnan over remarks on judges
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Chennai Police book former HC judge CS Karnan over remarks on judges

Written by Arun Janardhanan | Chennai | October 28, 2020 2:22:37 am Former HC judge C S Karnan Following a complaint by a lawyer of the Madras High Court, the Chennai police cyber cell on Tuesday booked former HC judge C S Karnan for his remarks against several former and sitting judges of the high court and the Supreme Court. A senior officer said the complaint was followed by a letter written by senior lawyers of Madras High Court to Chief Justice of India Sharad A Bobde against Karnan over a video in which he is purportedly heard making objectionable comments against women, threatening judicial officers and spouses of judges with sexual v...
‘We’re working on it:’ Pope’s Covid advisers and the mask – Times of India
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‘We’re working on it:’ Pope’s Covid advisers and the mask – Times of India

ROME: Pope Francis' decision to forego wearing a mask has been noticed, with some concern, by the commission of Vatican experts he appointed to help chart the Catholic Church's path through the coronavirus pandemic and the aftermath. The Rev. Augusto Zampini, one of the key members of the pope's COVID-19 commission, acknowledged Tuesday that at age 83 and with part of his lung removed after an illness in his youth, Francis would be at high risk for complications if he were to become infected with COVID-19. ``He has started to use the mask now,'' Zampini said in response to reporters' questions. ``And I hope he will use it in the general audiences, when he is close to the people. If you're in an open space, we know that it's different. But well, we are working on that.`` Francis has cour...
Bihar Polls 2020: Phase 1 Polling Turns Star-Studded As Ameesha Patel, Manoj Tiwari Bolster Campaigns
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Bihar Polls 2020: Phase 1 Polling Turns Star-Studded As Ameesha Patel, Manoj Tiwari Bolster Campaigns

Patna: As the state of Bihar is all set for the phase 1 voting on October 28, campaigning for the polls ended on Monday. Very much of a star-studded affair from Bollywood actors to Bhojpuri superstars were seen in the state asking for votes on behalf of parties and contestants. ALSO READ | Bihar Elections 2020: 71 Seats To Go For Phase 1 Polls On Wednesday; Check Important Covid-19 Protocols To Follow “Kaho Na Pyaar Hai” fame Ameesha Patel, “Bodygauard’s Sartaj Rana” Raj Babbar, Bhojpuri actress and singer Akshara Singh to actor turned politician Manoj Tiwari left no stone unturned in campaigning for the upcoming elections.As compared to the state’s prominent leaders the stars may have emerged as a bigger attraction than Chief Minister and Janata Dal (United) chief N...