News in Brief

Today’s News (18th September 2021, Saturday)

Today’s News (18th September 2021, Saturday)

by Annadatha Venkata Murali Manohar


Bihar - It's raining crores: Elderly farmer (Katra Police Station area village) of Muzaffarpur Dist receives 52 crore in his account

IIT Guwahati launches Centre for Intelligent Cyber-Physical Systems; work on underwater exploration

3 Chinese astronauts Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo return to Earth after 90-day mission to space station; during stay went on two spacewalks and deployed a 33-foot mechanical arm

ISRO: India's first solar mission Aditya L1 likely to launch in 2022; spacecraft in the mission will be sent 1.5 million kilometres away to L1 Lagrangian

Afghan govt not inclusive, don’t rush into recognising it, says PM Modi, Xi calls for engagement

UN appoints Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi Sustainable Development Goals advocates to push child rights issues

Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari takes speed test in car running at 170 km/hr on Delhi-Mumbai Expressway through Ratlam Dist in Madhya Pradesh

The e-auction of mementos gifted to PM Narendra Modi organised to coincide with his birthday, received an overwhelming response with bids worth over Rs. 10-crore fetched on the very first day with 19 days still to go

Char Dham yatra begins today, Uttarakhand govt issues SOP

Uttarakhand got its first ‘e-sewa kendra’, after it was inaugurated by Chief Justice R S Chauhan inside the HC premises in Nainital

Manipur seeks to delay compensation plea of detained activist

Mamata, not Rahul, only alternative to Modi, says Trinamool mouthpiece

Punjab: In setback for Amarinder Singh, Congress calls urgent CLP meeting today

Shashi Tharoor, Revanth Reddy row reflects simmering tensions within Congress

India using tax raids to silence critics: Human Rights Watch

Stop harassment of activists, journalists, peaceful protesters, Human Rights Watch tells Indian govt

Modi’s birthday elicits protests by opposition parties and farmers, celebrations by BJP

Jind: In the lines of Sanyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), farmers in Haryana to form joint toll group too

Odisha MLA Swarup Kumar Das from Balasore Sadar rescues pregnant woman from flood-affected Village, takes her to hospital

Current climate action targets not enough to meet Paris goal on limiting global warming, UN body pitches for upgrading NDCs

PM’s meeting with secretaries raises speculation of reshuffle in top bureaucracy

EAM distances govt from Rawat’s China statement

In biggest-ever one-time rejig, SC recommends new CJ for 13 HCs

‘Future colleague’: Thackeray hints at BJP-Sena patch-up?

A hint at alliance? Uddhav’s remark on BJP mantris sparks speculations

Deadline for linking Aadhar with PAN card extended till March 31, 2022

Central Vista website to bust ‘myths’ on project

3-foot-4-inch tall Pratik Mohite (25 years) sets record for being shortest male competitive bodybuilder; competed in more than 40 events

ISI terror module case: Delhi Police's latest challenge is tiffin bombs that explode with slightest pressure

Air Force personnel on 700-km Cycle Expedition b/w Thanjavur & Mahabalipuram to mark 1971 War Victory

Social media influencers to corner Rs 900 cr in 2021; grow to Rs 2,200 cr by 2025: Report

ED: Deshmukh legitimised tainted cash via 18 shell cos

Legally, morally wrong to leak pvt data, HC tells IT dept

Delhi HC notice to I-T Department on plea by Newslaundry

The Income Tax Department on Friday conducted searches at multiple premises linked to former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh in connection with a tax evasion investigation, official sources said.

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat will visit Jammu and Kashmir between October 1 and 3, his first visit to the Union Territory (UT) after the reading down of Article 370.

Renowned astrophysicist Thanu Padmanabhan passes away

China astronauts return after 90 days aboard space station

Financial & Business News

UK hopes to soon complete Free Trade Agreement (FTA) talks with India

World's most expensive drug Zolgensma, costing ₹16Cr, Viltepso & Drugs suggested by Health Ministry for treating muscular atrophy exempted from GST

Petrol, Diesel won’t be brought under GST yet, says finance minister

GST on food delivery apps, reduced rate on Covid drugs from 12% to 5% extended

Daily wholesale prices of edible oils drop significantly post reduction in standard rate of duty: Govt

Most Indian companies believe revival of MSME sector can boost rural employment: Report

World Bank Group decision to discontinue Doing Business report exposes China’s fraud: Govt source

US, Dubai and other places where Apple iPhone 13 series is 'significantly cheaper' than India

Google abusing position, playing unfair: CCI probe

Prices marginally ease for most edible oils but mustard oil defies trend

India will be international hub of millet exports soon: Shobha Karandlaje

KIOCL opts for tolling arrangements of sustenance of its pellet plant operation

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw & Adar Poonawalla spell out the road map for Biocon-Serum alliance; Biocon unit plans 15% stake sale to Serum Institute for access to vaccines

Lucid Air beats Tesla Model S (405 miles) to become longest range electric car; received EPA rated range of 520 miles

SC issues notice in PPA termination matter to Adani Power in rare curative order filed by Gujarat Urja Vikas Ltd; relief over payable compensation of Rs 11,000Cr to Adani

Volkswagen bags over 10,000 pre-bookings for Taigun; aims to sell 6,000 units every month

Indian tech startups raised $10.8BN in July & Aug 2021; Eruditus, upGrad, and Unacademy, cracked three of the top ten deals

Corona Updates

World: 228,361,690; Active 18,741,541 (8.21%); Recovery 204,927,963 (89.74%); Vaccinated 5.88BN

India: 33,415,889; Active 346,608 (1.04%); Recovery 32,624,718 (97.63%); Vaccinated 777.39MN

India set a new world record on Friday with over 2.5 crore vaccine doses administered across the country, surpassing the previous record of 2.47 doses by China in June.

Karnataka administered the highest number of over 26.9 lakh vaccine doses, followed by Bihar with more than 26.6 lakh doses, UP 24.8 lakh doses, MP 23.7 lakh doses, Gujarat 20.4 lakh doses

ICMR: Covid-19 pandemic had psychosocial impact on healthcare workers; increase in work volume, manifestations of stigma, adjusting to "new normality" contributed to psychosocial impact

86% Mumbaikars have Covid antibodies finds fifth Sero Survey; higher in women; 87.02 % prevalence in slums and 86.22 % prevalence in nonslums in the 24 wards

India no longer on UK's Red List; curbs eased for fully vaccinated International Passengers

Health minister Mandaviya tweeted to announce achieving 2.5 crore milestone

WHO emergency use authorisation to Covaxin delayed till October 5

Uttarakhand CM aims to vaccinate entire population by Dec 15

US: FDA advisory panel rejects widespread Pfizer booster shots

The WHO South-East Asia Regional Office congratulated India for reaching the milestone of administering two crore vaccine doses in a day

The government said India has crossed Europe in the total number of vaccine doses administered so far

Centre plans to administer 100 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses before mid-October

While urging vaccination, WHO declines jab data on its staff

Delhi records one Covid-19 death, 33 new cases

State News

CPI Maoist leader Sharadakka surrenders before T'gana DGP in Hyd; she will now be joining public life

Maharashtra: Cobra bites 7-year-old after being wrapped around her neck for 2 hours; it bit her when a snake rescuer tried to remove it; girl is out of danger; survives

Reconsider The ban on use of herbal hookah, says Delhi HC

Delhi: After drizzle for 3 days, intensity of rain to pick up

Delhi police arrests 2 men for extortion, posting nude photos on social media

Over 10,000 apply for Covid aid under Delhi CM’s scheme

Delhi: 23-year-old held for killing man over old enmity in Najafgarh area

Delhi: Five Bangladeshi nationals, one other arrested with Indian passports at IGI airport

203 cases of cheating linked to Delhi airport since 2020

UP SHO beats shopkeepers to 'extort' money, suspended

Delhi High Court has sought Delhi Development Authority’s (DDA) reply on a plea alleging that the authority entered into an agreement with a realty firm for commercial exploitation of almost 129 acre land meant for the development of greenery and “lung space” for the community

‘Abducted’ woman eloped, kin staged drama, say UP cops

Delhi-Ghaziabad borders choked for 5 hours

Govinda's wife Sunita Ahuja takes indirect potshot at Kashmera Shah: Problems in the house start when we bring bad daughter-in-law

2020: When street crimes were low in Ghaziabad, but vehicle thefts weren’t

Delhi: Ashram underpass misses fourth deadline

Fire breaks out in CBI building in Delhi, staff evacuated

Delhi govt asks private construction agencies to follow 14-point guidelines to prevent dust pollution

Cold discomfort: Winter pollution worsened in 11 of Delhi hotspots

Low pressure systems to keep monsoon active till Sept end

Court slams slow probe into sex-selection complaint

Delhi Police hosted a conference of anti-terror units from states and intelligence agencies to discuss the strategy and measures to thwart extremist acts

East corporation inks pact to optimise the use of solar power

Kuwait & Middle East News

The Director of World Health appreciates the role of Kuwait and donors in the reconstruction of the central drug warehouse in Beirut

The Kuwaiti tennis team loses to its Malaysian counterpart and is eliminated from the Davis Cup competitions

The global campaign to clean up beaches and seas… voluntary efforts to protect and sustainably develop coasts

The Amiri Diwan mourns the late wife of Sheikh Ahmed Youssef Al-Salman Al-Sabah

The State of Kuwait: World Health a strategic partner for Lebanon in supporting its health sector

The OPEC basket of crudes rises to $74.17 a barrel

Britain exempts vaccinated people coming from Kuwait from home stone, starting next October 4

Egypt: The conclusion of the joint training activities (Bright Star 2021) with the participation of 21 countries, including Kuwait

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court creates positions for special advisors, including those specialized in Islamic law

DGCA request increase in airport arrival limit

150 illegal expats arrested in Jahra

Al-Arabi beat Al-Jahra by 5-0 and qualified for the semi-finals of His Highness the Emir’s Football Cup

Kuwait recorded 63 new infections and one death, in the last 24 hours

Accident at South Surra Road works; no causalities

Afghanistan News

The Pentagon has admitted 'mistake' over an air attack in Kabul last month that killed civilians and not terrorists. Initially, Pentagon officials held that the August 29 strike was targeted at, and killed IS militants. Morality police replace Afghan women’s ministry. Taliban have resumed boys-only schools, but have made no mention of girls.

A United States military investigation into a deadly Kabul drone strike on a vehicle in August has found that the vehicle targeted was likely not a threat associated with ISIS-K

US forces launched the strike after they had tracked a white Toyota Corolla for eight hours and deemed it an imminent threat, an official said

Dutch defense minister resigns over failures to evacuate dozens of Dutch people from Afghanistan

Afghan war: Zalmay Khalilzad ‘to reflect’ on what US could have done differently

Afghanistan: Govt employees face financial problems as offices shut down

Taliban govt not inclusive, but essential to work with it; need to coordinate stance on recognition: Putin

Pentagon reverses itself, calls deadly Kabul strike an error

Taliban replace women’s ministry with moral police office

10 million Afghan children need humanitarian assistance to survive: UNICEF

Boys’ schools to reopen, no talk of girls’

France to be 'especially careful' about Taliban's links with terror groups, says Macron

US envoy: Qatar plane takes more Americans from Afghanistan

International News

Algeria: Algerian media announces the death of former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who passed away at his residence in Algeria at the age of 84 due to a terminal illness

European leaders affirm commitment to implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change

Chinese president calls for efforts to promote steady transformation of Afghan situation as soon as possible

Saudi Arabia; 10 million pilgrims since the launch of the safe Umrah model and the gradual return

A UN report monitors two million deaths due to work-related diseases and injuries in one year

The US President calls on world leaders to ‘accelerate’ the fight against climate change, and warns, ‘we are approaching the point of no return

The Yemeni Foreign Minister affirms that the ‘three references’ will remain the basis for achieving a ‘comprehensive and just’ peace in his country

Will of Queen Elizabeth’s late husband Prince Philip will be sealed, court decides

H-1B lottery to continue for now, visa allocation not to be linked with higher wages

Singapore PM gets Covid-19 booster shot, urges others to follow

As California fire nears, crews protect world’s largest tree in special wrap

US, Australia deliberately defaming us: China

France recalls ambassadors to US, Australia over sub deal

300 migrating songbirds die after crashing into US skyscrapers; stormy weather contributed to deaths

9 killed, 10 critically injured in a firing b/w two rival groups over a land dispute in Pakistan's northwest Khyber Pukhtunkhwa province

Russian crew (two cosmonauts and two cinema professionals) to set off for ISS to shoot first outer space cinema

10 Chinese military airplanes enter Taiwan air defence zone; Taiwan dispatched its aircraft to warn

Xi asks SCO countries to encourage Afghanistan to have inclusive political framework, shun terrorism

Japan issues alert (3 of 5) after Mount Otake Volcano erupts causing multiple 'Explosions'; jettisoning large rocks hundreds of metres away from the crater

Britain awards BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce two contracts worth $234 million to develop a new generation of nuclear submarines

As California fire nears, crews protect world's largest tree in special wrap

Sports News

NZ's 1st tour of Pak in 18 years abandoned minutes before 1st ODI after security alert; PCB Chairman says NZ will hear us at ICC

Cricket’s still not safe in Pakistan, NZ nix tour

NZ team to fly out of Pakistan in a chartered flight after abandoning tour: PCB

Shafali Verma's role will be crucial in Pink Ball Test, says Hemlata Kala

Rs. 1.9 crore for Lovina’s gloves, Rs. 1.6 crore for Neeraj’s javelin in an e-auction

BCCI may approach Anil Kumble, VVS Laxman for head coach’s post

Little disappointed to not be in the T20 World Cup team: Shardul Thakur

Not getting selected for T20 World Cup is not the end of it all, says Mohammed Siraj

Pele briefly back in ICU but now ‘stable’, says hospital

Today’s News (17th Sept 2021, Friday)

Today’s News (17th Sept 2021, Friday)

by Annadatha Venkata Murali Manohar


Mahindra, Dhoni named in 15-member Defence Ministry Panel to carry out a comprehensive review of the National Cadet Corps

Sanitisation box invented by Bengaluru students wins Chhatra Vishwakarma Award; enables sanitisation of currency notes & other items; use multimetals in close proximity with UV rays

J&K admin requires employees to maintain absolute integrity, honesty, allegiance to India

16-year-old rape victim dies by suicide after accused (stepmother's relative) is released on bail in Nagpur; case of accidental death registered

No money transferred: DM after 2 Bihar boys' bank statements show ₹900Cr in accounts in Uttar Bihar Gramin Bank

Heavy rainfall causes waterlogging in several areas of UP's Lucknow; All schools, colleges to be closed in UP on Friday & Saturday due to heavy rainfall

Study: Cholesterol manufactured in the brain appears to play a key role in development of Alzheimer's disease

New Gujarat Cabinet: CM Patel keeps Home, appoints no deputy; Kanubhai Desai gets Finance

New Gujarat Cabinet has no Minister who served in Rupani administration; 24 new faces replace entire Gujarat cabinet

6 NDRF teams deployed as Odisha rivers flow above danger mark, Hirakud dam opens more gates

21 climate records broken in Delhi in last one year - coldest Nov in 71 years; 2nd warmest Feb in 120 years; lowest-ever minimum temp for June at 17.9°C; highest rainfall for Sep in 77 years; 2nd highest in 121 years

Centre agrees to reinstate Justice Cheema as Acting Chairperson of NCLAT after Supreme Court threatens to suo moto stay Tribunals Reforms Act

ED conducts searches on premises linked to former Indian Administrative Service officer and social activist Harsh Mander

Now, vigilance clearance must for J&K staff to obtain passport

Mumbai: Health workers and politicians take to booster Covid dose

AIMIM plans capital foray, to contest Delhi local elections

Nitin Gadkari reviews progress of Delhi-Mumbai Expressway

WHO: Indian women’s healthy life expectancy SE Asia’s lowest

Govt cites ‘lack of options’ for making Asthana Delhi top cop

Rahul Gandhi meets family of Congress veteran Oscar Fernandes

Centre’s threat to snap power supply makes states pay up

Financial & Business News

Cabinet approved Govt guarantee of ₹30,600Cr for security receipts which will be issued when NARCL or 'bad bank' takes over stressed assets from banks

Record run in stocks raising risks for economy

Ola Electric sells S1 scooters worth over Rs 600 crore in just one day, 4 units every second; Okaya launches e-scooter Freedum with prices starting at Rs 69,900

Infosys' deadline to fix tax portal glitches ends, users complain glitches (delayed pre-validation by banks, troubles in registering digital signature certificates) remain

FM: Just 2 PSBs were profitable in 2018 but only 2 reported loss in 2021; banks recovered ₹5 lakh Cr in last 6 financial years; of this, ₹3.1 lakh Cr recovered since March 2018

Filings with SEBI show IPO pipeline of around ₹30,000Cr in 2021-22 till-date are almost equal to what was raised in FY21, which was ₹46,000Cr; Sensex surges above 59,100, Nifty hits 17,629 as markets end at record highs

BYJU'S acquires US-based coding platform Tynker ($200MN) for kids in its 9th buy this year

FADA: Ford's dealers in India will likely face "legal complications" given that Indian consumer law makes them liable after a manufacturer exits

Hero MotoCorp to hike price of its entire model range by up to ₹3,000; due to increase in commodity prices

TVS acquires Swiss e-bike company EGO Movement for $18 million

TCS goes from US$ 100 billion to $ 200 billion in 3.5 years

Samsung starts mass production of 90Hz OLED laptop displays

Techie prevents train tickets booked on IRCTC from getting ‘hacked’

India must Reposition its Pharma Sector

The Chennai Angels and Native Angels Network partner to co-invest in TN startups

T+1 settlement system is in interest of market participants: Sebi chairman Ajay Tyagi

ED: Anil Deshmukh asked Sachin Waze to hand over Rs. 4.6cr to aide

HC stays 2 clauses of IT rules, says they may rob media of independence

Google uses dead Nexus phone to make fun of iPhone 13; Cashback offers on Apple iPhone 13 series announced

Vivo X70, X70 Pro and X70 Pro+ to launch in India on 30 September

Xiaomi 11 Lite NE 5G smartphone to launch in India of September 29

Sensex jumps 418 points to hit record closing highs on banking, consumer good boost; Nifty settles above 17,600 for first time

Vodofone Idea, lenders jump after govt nod to telecom package

Sunil Mittal vows to bring telecom industry together; talks to Voda’s Nick Read, will reach out to Ambani

Prospects brightening for economy as second Covid wave wanes: RBI bulletin

PFC first Indian entity to issue Euro green bond with a 300 billion Euros (about $352 million) issuance that was oversubscribed by 2.6 times

Retail tech startup GoFrugal opens new office in Madurai

Petrol demand surges 8% over pre-pandemic level in Sept fortnight, diesel sluggish

Byju’s acquires US-based coding platform Tynker

BSE-listed cos’ valuation at $3.54 trillion; perhaps 5th highest globally: CEO Ashish Chauhan

Record run in stocks raising risks for economy

Citroen India to launch C3 sub-4 metre hatchback

JSW world’s first steelmaker to float SLBs

Corona Updates

World: 227,796,027; Active 18,668,986 (8.20%); Recovery 204,443,721 (89.75%); Vaccinated 5.82BN

India: 33,380,522; Active 345,376 (1.03%); Recovery 32,590,868 (97.63%); Vaccinated 761.85MN

20% of India’s 18+ population fully vaccinated against Covid-19; 62% received at least 1 dose; exceeds average daily COVID vaccination (85.4 lakh) of 18 major nations combined (81.7 lakh doses)

Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) plants have been started; once commissioned, make available 4,500 MT of medical oxygen; Total 1,595 plants commissioned as of now

6 States - Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra & Mizoram are with highest number of active Covid-19 cases; Delhi, Haryana, WB, UP, Guj & Assam reports dengue outbreaks; Covid vulnerability may increase in Oct-Nov; Kerala cases down, Mizoram 'of concern

Almost 68 per cent of the total cases reported nationally are from Kerala. Kerala has over 1.99 lakh active cases, while five other states - Mizoram, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra - have more than 10,000 active cases: Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan

China fully vaccinated over 100Cr people or 70% of its population against Covid-19; as of Sep 15, 2.16 billion vaccine doses administered

France suspends 3,000 unvaccinated health workers without pay, 'Several Dozens' had offered to quit

Pfizer, Moderna in different studies claim Covid Vax Protection could wane over time, Boosters important

An ICMR study has found that coronavirus may infect a higher proportion of pregnant women leading to moderate-to-severe diseases

Kerala posts 20,000+ cases again, India reported 30,570 new Covid-19 cases; this is the seventh consecutive day when the fresh cases reported from across the country have remained below 40,000.

64 districts have 5% positivity rate, govt urges public caution

Six feet distance may not be enough to prevent viral transmission indoors: Study

1,491 of these Plants are being commissioned through Central resources - they will make available more than 2,220 MT of Medical Oxygen. 2,140 Plants are being made through States and other resources - they will make available 2,289 MT of Medical Oxygen: Union health secretary

Right now 3,631 PSA (Pressure Swing Adsorption) Plants have been started in the country. When these Plants get commissioned, they will be able to make available more than 4,500 MT of Medical Oxygen: Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan

Covid-19: Govt says 34 districts in India reporting weekly positivity rate of over 10 per cent, while it is between 5-10 per cent in 32 districts

20 per cent of India's adult population have received both doses of Covid-19 vaccine, 62 per cent have got at least one dose: Govt

Covid-19 positive pregnant women need immediate medical attention: ICMR study

ICMR DG Balram Bhargava: Not focusing on booster at present

The call of the hour is - 1) Vaccine acceptance, 2) Maintenance of COVID-appropriate behaviour, 3) Responsible travel, if necessary, 4) Responsible festivities: Dr Balram Bhargava, DG ICMR

Mizoram is a state of concern. In coming 2-3 months, we have to maintain caution against any upsurge of Covid cases. We request everyone to remain careful in the coming quarter. We're happy to see the number of cases stabilising, even in Kerala: VK Paul, Member-Health, NITI Aayog

Kerala: Chief Secretary VP Joy issues an order granting 7-day special casual leave for govt employees during quarantine period. Employees who test Covid-19 positive or come in primary contact with a Covid positive person can now avail the special casual leave including public holidays

Iran approves American J&J Covid shot as fifth wave spreads

Pakistan's Covid-19 death toll crosses 27,000

China says it has vaccinated 1 billion people; China has completed vaccinating over 70% of its population against Covid-19: Data

Malaysia reopens resort island as vaccinations rise

‘J&J should prioritise supply of locally-made Covid-19 jabs to India’

Bihar to administer 30 lakh Covid vaccine doses on PM Modi's birthday today

India ready to partner with interested countries for technology transfer, manufacturing indigenous Covid vaccines: Shringla

SC disposes of PILs seeking free vaccinations of citizens

The public vaccination centres in Mumbai will vaccinate only women on Friday. Vaccination will be held from 10.30 am to 6.30 pm. BMC said that women can directly walk into the centres.

Schools, including residential schools, are permitted to operate offline classes for std 6, 7 and 8 from 20th Sept apart from offline classes for std 9, 10, 11, and 12 which shall continue: Government of Jharkhand

We are resuming classes for standard 1st to 3rd from September 20. Students need to get written consent from their parents. They will have the option of attending the classes either offline or online: Haryana education minister Kanwar Pal Gujjar

Over 77 crore Covid vaccines doses administered so far: Government

BJP eying major push to Covid vaccination on PM Narendra Modi's birthday

Covid vax protection wane over time, boosters important: Pfizer, Moderna

As the festival season approaches, the government on Thursday cautioned against a spike in coronavirus infections and stressed that the call of the hour is vaccine acceptance, maintenance of Covid-19-appropriate behaviour, responsible travel and responsible festivities.

22 new cases in Gujarat, no death; Delhi reports 28 new Covid-19 infections, 22 recoveries and one death; Himachal Pradesh reports 127 new Covid-19 cases, 206 recoveries and 3 deaths; Telangana adds 259 new Covid-19 cases, one death; Ladakh records 9 new Covid cases

Govt calls recent NYT article on Covid response ‘provocative, attention seeking’; condemns it

State News

Telangana Assembly session from Sept 24

Telangana’s new IT policy guns for doubling exports

Durga Puja may generally be performed at temples or privately at home. Puja may also be performed in specially erected small pandals/mandaps, only with the objective of performance of rituals, by respective Puja Committee members without public participation: Govt of Jharkhand

Telangana: Supreme Court allows immersion of Plaster of Paris (PoP) Ganapati idols in Hussain Sagar lake

Hyderabad girl rape and murder: Suspect Raju jumps to death before train at Ghanpur station in Jangaon district, found dead on railway track

Chiranjeevi writes after the alleged suicide of Saidabad accused: Victim's family is relieved but we must ensure such sexual assaults don't recur

Tollywood demands justice for kin of raped, murdered girl

The Students Islamic Organization of India (SIO) conducts entrepreneurship seminar for youth on self-reliance

Submit Covid 3rd wave action plan within a week: HC to Telangna

Disha rape and murder case: Headmaster quizzed in Telangana over school register corrections

Hyderabad: Woman caretaker sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for sexually assaulting minor boy

Telangana: 30% liquor shops to go to Gouds, SCs, STs

‘Ignorant’ KTR should quit: BJP state chief Bandi Sanjay Kumar

Hyderabad: Azamnagar forest range officer (FRO) Divya and two other forest staff Mohan & Ajay, were allegedly attacked by villagers at Pandipampula in Bhupalpally

Bajrang Dal leader threatens ARTO official over 'delay' in work

Home delivery of alcohol seems to be high on the list of must-haves among Hyderabadis

Revanth wants to meet Shah, submit ‘proof’ against TRS

Actress Nikita Rawal recalls horrific incident of getting robbed at gunpoint, says 'I dreaded they would rape me'

Regina Cassandra's 'Nene Naa' trailer crosses 1 million views in less than 24 hours

Akkineni Naga Chaitanya and Sai Pallavi's 'Love Story' gets U/A certificate

Bigg Boss Telugu 5 premiere fails to surpass its predecessor's record

SS Rajamouli and Koratala Siva to feature in Jr NTR-hosted Evaru Meelo Koteeswarulu soon

Sahil Khan holds press conference for Manoj Patil suicide case, says “Everyone side-lined the main issue and covered the suicide”

Allu Arjun returns to Hyderabad; visits Sai Dharam Tej

Shriya Saran visits Tirupati with husband Andrei Koscheev

Shilpa Shetty shares glimpses from her pilgrimage to Vaishno Devi

Visakhapatnam: Schoolchildren take part in World Ozone Day campaign

Visakhapatnam: Afghan students protest against Taliban, say new regime should not be recognised by UN

Doctor, soldier, olympian: Ganesha takes on quirky avatars this festive season

Odisha dist admin distributes pension in border villages

Kuwait News

His Highness the Prime Minister: We are steps away from returning to normal life, which requires us to increase the number of vaccinators and adhere to health guidelines

The Kuwaiti Cabinet approves a draft decree appointing Sheikh Faisal Nawaf Al-Hamad Al-Sabah as Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior with the grade (excellent)

The Minister of Foreign Affairs heads the delegation of the State of Kuwait at the 149th Gulf Ministerial meeting in Riyadh

Gulf Ministerial condemns the escalation of the Houthi militia towards Saudi Arabia and demands a ‘decisive position’

The Kuwaiti Cabinet holds an extraordinary meeting at the headquarters of the Farwaniya Hospital Expansion Project

Gulf Ministerial confirms the decision of the Sultan Qaboos and Sheikh Sabah Summit and the decisions of the Ministerial Council regarding the situation in Syria

Gulf Ministerial stresses the strengthening of the joint ministerial meeting with the Yemeni Foreign Minster

The Council of Ministers approves a draft decree appointing members of the founding board of directors of Abdullah Al-Salem University

*The Minister of Defense pays an inspection visit to the artillery of the Land Force and praises the

A UN official appreciates the role of Kuwait and the Red Crescent Society in providing relief to the Yemeni people and responding to the call of humanity

Kuwaiti Ministry of Health: 58 new Corona cases and one death recorded during the last 24 hours

His Highness the Prime Minister: The new Farwaniya Hospital building project is an integrated medical edifice that provides all specialized and therapeutic medical services and will be equipped with the latest medical equipment

The Council of Ministers assigns the Ministers of Health and information to prepare a program documenting the role of the “White Army” and their sacrifices. It decided to put their names in a prominent place in Jaber Al-Ahmad Hospital

The Gulf Ministerial stresses the strengthening of joint Gulf action in all fields

Kuwaiti Ambassador to Austria: We contributed to many initiatives during our membership in the Board of Governors (Atomic Energy Agency)

Kuwait beat Khaitan (2-0) and qualifies for the Semi-Finals of His Highness the Amir Football Cup

The US Dollar is stable against the dinar at 0.300 and the euro at 0.355

Kuwait Meteorology: The country’s weather is hot during the day and hot at night on the weekends

Air Customs foil attempt to smuggle drugs

Child rescued after foot struck in swimming pool grid

150 illegal expats arrested in Jahra; 248 residence violators arrested in police raids in the Ahmadi and Mubarak Al-Kabir Governorates

Direct flights to Iraq for citizens only

Air-freight customs of the Kuwait International Airport have seized a cocktail of narcotics among several seizures, including a postal parcel that included psychotropic powder weighing 25.5 grams from an expat

Mother throws away her new born in front of a Mosque

Man kills mother, keeps body buried in bedroom for two years

Egyptian Issam Mohammed Helal executed in Saudi Arabia, for killing woman, burying her body

Reckless youth meets in an accident

A Bedoun arrested with two women returning from ‘wild party’

MoH allocates six centers for PCR Test

Government endeavour to make women equal partners with men in vital workplaces

US ready to assist, coordinate with Kuwait to fight corruption, money laundering says US Envoy

MoI calls on Apple users to quickly update Apple Devices

Payment mode to be specified during vehicles, real estate ownership transfer

Afghanistan News

Afghan: Taliban, Haqqanis reach Truce; differences sorted 'For Now' as groups blame 'Enemy Propaganda

UN envoy meets new Afghan interior minister wanted by US

Taliban seize truck carrying arms and ammunition to Pakistan: Report

Thousands of Afghans on US military bases await resettlement

UN refugee chief warns ‘greater suffering’ likely in Afghanistan

Advocates of democracy and opposition to Taliban will be severely dealt with, the government's acting army chief has said. Meanwhile a top UN official met the Taliban interior minister Sirajuddin Haqqani, among the world's most-wanted terrorists, and discussed humanitarian aid.

IMF calls for action to prevent humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan

Pak NSA criticises ‘wait and watch’ policy on recognising Taliban regime in Afghanistan

Taliban should be given incentives instead of being forced to do something: Pak PM Imran Khan

Pakistan reopens Torkham border for Afghan nationals

Pakistan was a hired gun, says Imran Khan on US war on terror in Afghanistan

Friction among Taliban pragmatists, hard-liners intensifies

Afghan envoys marooned abroad after Taliban’s sudden return

Jaishankar meets his Uzbek counterpart Kamilov, discusses Afghanistan at SCO Summit sidelines; Jaishankar likely to hold discussions with Chinese counterpart at SCO summit; Pakistan also to attend meet

CSTO countries against hosting Afghan refugees

According to Khalilzad, Ghani's fleeing caused Kabul security personnel to abandon their posts and resulted in the Taliban entering the city to take security, reported Tolo News.

Khalilzad says Ghani's fleeing ruined last-minute deal with Taliban

Blinken said there was no deadline for getting people out of the country and that “in the end, we completed one of the biggest airlifts in history, with 124,000 people evacuated to safety.”

As of September 14, about 64,000 evacuees from Afghanistan had arrived in the United States.

Weeks after their dramatic escape from Kabul, tens of thousands of Afghans hoping to be resettled in the United States remain on military bases across the country.

Several rockets fell in Kabul: ANI quoting report

Taliban have barred female employees from entering the Ministry of Women Affairs in Kabul, allowing only males into the building

With embassies closed, black market for visas thriving in Afghanistan

Pakistan tells UN it will continue Afghan aid

Those who defend democracy in Afghanistan, oppose Taliban will be suppressed: Taliban army chief

Afghan Deputy PM Mullah Baradar releases video after death rumours

Rights groups say EU fails Afghans fleeing Taliban

In touch with ‘all concerned’ in Afghanistan to get Indian freed, say govt

International News

North Korea confirms two missiles fired from a rail-mounted missile unit into the East Sea while a rail-mounted missile unit conducts exercises

South Korea says it conducted its first underwater-launched ballistic missile test, hours after North Korea fired two missiles.

Russia begins rollout of new S-500 air defence system; can intercept intercontinental ballistic missiles, hypersonic cruise missiles and aircraft; started supplying it to the armed forces

Canada's tight election heads into final stretch as Trudeau asks citizens to vote 'strategically'

Canada PM Justin Trudeau says main election rival has shown poor leadership on Covid

Russian voters will vote tomorrow in the parliamentary elections

Three people were killed and 60 injured in an earthquake in southern China

Idled Thai taxis go green with mini-gardens on car roofs

The leadership of the coalition forces to support legitimacy in Yemen announces the interception and destruction of a ballistic missile and four booby-trapped planes marches ‘launched by the terrorist Houthi militia’ to target civilians and civilians objects in the Jazan city in southern Saudi Arabia

The United States and Australia stress that their good defense partnership is not aimed at China

The Australian Minister of Defense explains why his country abandoned the purchase of French submarines in exchange for American ones

US, UK to arm Australia with nuclear-powered submarines, sending ripples across world

Italy requires all workers to have a certificate of vaccination against Corona before entering the workplace

The US President urges big companies and the wealthy to pay their ‘fair share’ of taxes

Senate Bill continues on path to protect legal dreamers – with green card and work eligibility

Some students headed to US may be eligible for interview waiver

The United States imposes sanctions on five individuals in Turkey, accused of providing support to Al-Qaeda

‘He is a busy man’: Imran Khan on no phone call from Joe Biden

Pak-aided Khalistanis gaining ground in US; India’s appeals to curb them fall on deaf ears: Report

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry pose together for the first time for magazine cover

British woman files appeal against Cyprus 'fake rape' conviction

New security pact will speed up development of defence technology: UK PM Boris Johnson

US unemployment claims rise after hitting pandemic low

Houston, the new and thriving hub of Indian-American community

Sports News

With dressing room drifting away, Virat Kohli to quit as T20 captain after World Cup, but it might not safeguard 50-over leadership

India’s ODI tour of New Zealand postponed to 2022

Virat Kohli would be looking to get his hands on the World Cup trophy next month, his last assignment as India’s T20 skipper, but irrespective of how it pans out in the UAE, he can take pride in an envious leadership record in the format.

India’s winning percentage under Kohli is better than Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s tenure during which the side won the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007

Five times Virat Kohli led from the front to guide India to memorable wins in T20Is

Kohli will be more determined, focused to win the T20 World Cup, says childhood coach Rajkumar

KL Rahul can be groomed as a future India captain: Sunil Gavaskar

T20 World Cup: Ashwin’s return is a good thing but will he be in the XI, asks Gavaskar

Players picking up bits of information on UAE conditions in IPL will help SA at T20 WC: Boucher

'Unselfish decision': Vaughan on Kohli stepping down as India’s T20I captain

Delhi Capitals retain Rishabh Pant as captain for remainder of IPL 2021

If I ever play Tests fine, but don't mind being T20 nomad: Liam Livingstone

IPL 2021: Doesn't matter what we have done in first half, says Rick Ponting

I have no idea about change in leadership: Babar Azam

Australia fast bowler Tayla Vlaeminck ruled out of India ODIs, Test

National Open Athletics C'ships: Harmilan Kaur Bains shatters 19-year-old Record to win 1500m Title; clocked 4:05:39 seconds

England push France out of top three in FIFA men’s rankings

England to host new annual women’s tournament starting 2022

Warring clubs seek legal relief against PDFA action

Today’s News (16th Sept 2021, Thursday)

Today’s News (16th Sept 2021, Thursday)

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A green hydrogen-powered under-water transportation submarine system being developed by a company led by an Indian-origin CEO wins UK Govt Prize

6 Students (Pulkit Goyal, Siddhant Mukherjee, Ansul Verma, Kavya Chopra, Mridul Aggarwal, Guramrit Singh) out of 18 JEE Main 2021 Rank 1 students hail from Kota Allen Institute

7 from Telangana secure 100 percentile in JEE (Main), two secure AIR-1

Common Training, Joint JCO-level Drills among proposals for better synergy in Armed Forces

India looking at creating rocket force: CDS Gen Rawat

PM Modi, Mamata, Poonawalla, Taliban leader Mullah Baradar feature on Time Magazine's list of '100 Most Influential People

Shivani Meena, an IIT engineer, has become the 1st woman to be deployed in a coalfield in Jharkhand

It was a dream come true for four tribals from Madhya Pradesh's Alirajpur district today as they flew in a helicopter (Official Chopper of CM) for the first time

India to fly high with Drones: Govt aims Rs 5,000cr investments, to create 10,000 jobs; approves Rs 26,000-Cr PLI scheme for Auto, Drone Industry

77 rape cases daily, 80 murders a day in 2020, NCRB report shows spike in crime against SC/ST

6 ISI-trained terrorists, who were planning IED blasts, arrested by Delhi Police; father of terrorist arrested in Pak module case paid for training, may be handed over to India by Dubai

After Chhattisgarh CM declared 4 new districts, demand for 3 more gains momentum in Bastar; announcement rekindled hope among villagers for development in Naxal-affected regions of Bastar

IMD: Heavy rain to hit 5 States today, parts of East India on Sat; Orange Alert for Delhi; heavy rainfall batters Odisha, 4 dead, 2 missing; flood in Mahanadi catchment; after heavy rains in Saurashtra, several villages marooned, 150 roads including highways blocked

J&K and Ladakh HC rules not all Kashmiri Hindus are Kashmiri Pandits hearing a petition in which several Hindu groups pleading to apply for a Govt recruitment drive

Gaganyaan mission likely to be launched by 2022 end or early 2023: Jitendra Singh

BJP-RSS ‘fake Hindus’, they ‘use’ religion: Rahul Gandhi

Congress looks to cash in on ‘anger against BJP’ & convert it to votes

Now, 10 foreign donors on ‘prior clearance’ list

NHRC notice to 4 states, Centre over farmers’ stir

Richest 10% in India own over 50% of assets: NSS

SC: Won’t reopen settled issues on promotion quota

Coal scam case: Delhi court convicts Ranchi-based company, its directors

Eight killed in 2013 Chhattisgarh firing weren’t Maoists: Probe report

Financial & Business News

Insurance companies can sell, renew Corona policies till March 2022

GST Council to discuss treating Food Delivery Apps as restaurants, levying 5%; once approved delivery apps will have to collect, deposit GST with Govt

Air India Disinvestment: Union Govt receives multiple financial bids; TATA among top suitors; SpiceJet may also have placed the bids; to sell 100% in AI & AI Express; 50% in Air India SATS

Amid Union Govt SC face off over terms & tenure of members of various central tribunals NCLAT acting chairman moves SC against order to remove him from Tribunal

Telecom Sector gets mega boost: 100% FDI, 4-year moratorium for AGR dues, shared spectrum

Telecom reforms to usher in new era for India digital ambitions, to boost funding: Industry players

Malabar Gold and Diamonds will establish manufacturing unit along with a refinery in Telangana with an investment of Rs 750Cr

As cheating through call spoofing rises, ED designates officers of the Assistant Director rank to help citizens being conned in this fashion

TCS first Indian tech company to cross $200BN market cap; RIL is the most valuable Indian company with a market cap of over $205BN

Hyderabad-based rice exporter, Deccan Grainz Private Limited, said it will be commissioning a rice processing unit with a monthly processing capacity of 5,000 metric tonnes (MT) in Telangana

TCS 2nd Indian co to hit $200bn mcap after RIL

Indian law firms reluctant to advise on IPO of insurance giant LIC: Sources

Corona Updates

World: 227,199,159; Active 18,636,550 (8.20%); Recovery 203,890,613 (89.74%); Vaccinated 5.76BN

India: 33,345,873; Active 348,923 (1.05%); Recovery 32,552,990 (97.62%); Vaccinated 750.28MN

India reports 30,570 new cases, 431 deaths in last 24 hours

*For the seventh consecutive day, fresh Covid cases reported from across the country remained below 40,000. *

Covid led to a spike in household debt b/w 2019-20 & 2020-21 adversely impacting families, especially in the rural sector

Russia's Covid-19 single dose vaccine Sputnik Light gets Subject Expert Committee under the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation nod for Phase III trials

NCDC Chief: Covid can become endemic in 6 months; 3rd wave not possible just with a new variant

Union Govt to soon allow foreign travellers on Tourist Visas as Covid-19 cases decline in a bid to boost the economy; considers resuming vaccine exports soon, focus on Africa

India willing to collaborate with East Asian nations in production of Covid drugs, vaccines: Patel

Maharashtra reports 3,783 new Covid-19 cases, 56 deaths

Kerala’s death toll was also the highest at 208. With 56 deaths, Maharashtra was the second on this list.

There are 14 states where average was above 100 on Wednesday. Except for Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Mizoram and J&K, the average has declined for the remaining 10 of these states.

Mizoram reported 1,402 Covid-19 cases (positivity rate - 17.43%) and two deaths in the last 24 hours

Australia's New South Wales reports 12 Covid-19 deaths, 1,351 local cases

US working on new Covid-19 rules for international visitors

Over 5,600 ‘offences against State’ in 2020, cases dip 27%

State News

Mumbai: Uber launches corporate bus shuttles for office-goers to dissuade them from bringing private cars on roads

Telangana has administered 2 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses so far

Disha rape and murder case: Headmaster quizzed in Telangana over school register corrections

Hyderabad: Suspect in rape and murder of girl has a criminal past

Only 56% of stolen property recovered in Telangana

Supreme Court to hear Telangana government’s plea on Ganesh idols today

Hyderabad: BJP state unit president and MP Bandi Sanjay Kumar wrote another open letter to CM K Chandrasekhar Rao asking him to release a white paper on job vacancies and the promised allowance for the unemployed youth in state

Donor heart transported to NIMS in 12 minutes via green channel

Delhi Development Authority makes land pooling flexible and land pooling flexible and attractive

HC to govt: Take call on entry to religious sites

Delhi school teachers fight attendance app over privacy fears

Kids Umbrella School fined for flouting Covid protocol

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated 92 new buildings, 48 modern labs and three libraries at various government schools across the state as part of the government’s 100 days program

Water and Industries Minister Satyendar Jain: Ensure no untreated waste flows into Yamuna

Northeast Delhi riots case: Court orders separate trials for accused of different faith

Court pulls up staff for not maintaining order records

Green push: South Delhi civic body to set up 35 e-charging and battery swapping stations for scooters

HC to govt: Take call on entry to religious sites

Delhi Police bust terror module, arrest 6 including 2 Pakistan-trained terrorists

Delhi must cut PM2.5 by 58% to meet annual standards

Fire broke out at a factory in the Inderlok area in Delhi. Fire tenders rushed to the spot and are undertaking the operation.

Delhi: On terror trail, sleuths focus on camp in Pakistan

Rai directs all depts to make their own action plans to tackle winter pollution

Delhi: Norms for alterations, additions to DDA flats streamlined

Javed Akhtar defamation case: 'Arrest warrant against Kangana Ranaut if she fails to appear in next hearing', says Mumbai court

Govinda's other nephew Vinay Anand heaps praise on 'Sunita maami': 'She gave us so much love that I can't repay in my whole life'

Biker run over by a bus, escaped unhurt

Practical return: Delhi University reopened

Pornography case: Mumbai Police file supplementary chargesheet of 1500 pages, name Raj Kundra as ‘main facilitator’

Farm unions in Telangana to support Bharat Bandh on Sept 27

Two activists in the forefront of taking up migrant workers’ issues have quit the political parties they were associated with and have started a platform that will soon take the shape of a political party

Kill rapists and murders in encounters, says Telangana Congress president A Revanth Reddy

Telangana cabinet meet today, to decide on monsoon session

Telangana police mull anti-drone technology in CM K Chandrasekhar Rao’s security

40-feet Khairatabad Ganesh biggest worry for Telangana government

Hyderabad: Rs. 10 lakh reward for clue on man who raped, killed 6-year-old in Saidabad

Telangana: Six-year-old’s rapist will be killed in encounter, says minister Malla Reddy

Recruit additional public procecutors by Oct 31: Telangana HC

Telangana: TRS plays ‘credibility’ card to win hearts of Huzurabad voters

Enforcement Directorate grills actor Navdeep and a former GM of ‘F’ Club, in drugs case

Visakhapatnam: Indira Priyadarshini Stadium in poor state years of neglect

Hyderabad: Huge crowd at Khairatabad for glimpse of giant Ganesh

Telangana HC ban ignored, PoP idols immersed in Hussainsagar

Sidharth Shukla’s tragic demise! Shehnaaz Gill is coping well, says former 'Bigg Boss' contestant Abhinav Shukla

Delhi govt bans storage, sale, use of firecrackers during Diwali.

After announcing her role as Goddess Sita in her next; Kangana Ranaut shares a picture from school drama

Ranbir Kapoor to mark his debut on OTT?

New Delhi: HC denies bail to two accused caught on cam holding stick, throwing stones at cops

I-T surveys premises of actor Sonu Sood

Former ‘Bigg Boss’ contestant and Haryanvi sensation Sapna Choudhary reacts to death hoax: 'It was very upsetting for my family'

Hyderabad: What ban? Illegal structures overrun all GO 111 villages

Cyber crime rose by 86% in Telangana in 2020: NCRB

Tata Lockheed Martin Aerostructures Limited (TLMAL)’s Hyd unit now sole maker of crucial Super Hercules part

Minister for sports, tourism and culture V Srinivas Goud: T to build sports stadiums in 33 districts

Relief for HCA VP as HC stays suspension order

Kuwait News

The Minister of Defense officially launches the easy application, representing His Highness the Prime Minister

The State of Kuwait affirms its support for the efforts of the International Atomic Energy Agency to verify and monitor Iran

The Minister of Interior discusses with the Ambassador of South Korea common issues and receives the Ambassador of Qatar on the occasion of assuming his duties

The Ministry of Works and the Municipal Council sign a cooperation ‘protocol’ to facilitate the implementation of projects included in the state’s development plan

Kuwait stresses the importance of settling all outstanding issues and fully verifying the peacefulness of the Iran’s nuclear program

The Kuwaiti ambassador to Saudi Arabia delivers two messages from His Highness the Crown Prince and the Minister of Defense to the Saudi Crown Prince

Minister of Justice: The State of Kuwait has taken many measures to combat corruption and recover looted funds through international cooperation

Kuwait Municipality: Providing 5 electronic services within the Sahel application

President of the Kuwait Handball Federation: Kuwaiti women presented an honourable level at the beginning of their international career

Kuwait, Bangladesh discuss military ties

Kuwait distributes more than 21 Tons of foodstuffs in Iraq

KOC signs many major projects

Appeal in ‘Salehi’ case Sept 21 – ‘Fraud, Arms, Drugs’

‘Nazaha’ rules strict; asset declaration is secret

Sept 18 last day for enrolment in Kuwait Armed Forces

Kuwait lists 59 new Covid-19 cases, one death

Kuwait Court awards man KD 20,000 after wife cheated on him with 13 men

India marks 60 years of Kuwait ties with lavish display

Online booking for parents to visit the school

Naeem scrapyard goes up in flames

Philippines eyes 200 requests for each Domestic Labor Hiring Office

192 Residency Violators arrested at early morning Security Check

State Security looking for 15-year-old Pakistani girl

Kuwait buys 873 apartments in Turkey from Jan until August

190,000 expatriates have left Kuwait since the beginning of Coronavirus pandemic

Audit Bureau approved Moderna vaccine at KD 24 million

Afghanistan News

A group of Afghan diplomats from the deposed government in Kabul has issued a first-of-its-kind joint statement calling on world leaders to deny the Taliban formal recognition and chiding them for "leaving our people at the mercy of a terrorist group."

Taliban 'Recover' $12.3MN cash, gold bars from former Govt officials; empty bullet casings, rotting food & last message of defiance: At Kabul Airport, remnants reveal chaotic US exit

US intelligence report: Al-Qaeda may be able to reconstitute itself in Afghanistan and attack the US in 1 or 2 years a report in Bloomberg said

Taliban say won't allow militant attacks on others

Thousands of Afghans protested against the Taliban in the southern city of Kandahar, after residents were asked to vacate a residential army colony. Protesters gathered in front of the governor's house in Kandahar after around 3,000 families were asked to leave the colony, according to the former government official who witnessed the crowds. Meanwhile, Taliban have denied their deputy Prime Minister Mullah Baradar is dead.

Pakistan's role in enabling Taliban is victory for hardliners: Top US senator

Fallen Afghan govt’s envoy urges UN to probe rights abuses

Trump aides aim to build GOP opposition to Afghan refugees

UN calls for quick release of USD 1.2 billion aid to Afghanistan

EU has no other option but to engage with Taliban, says top diplomat

Rein Paulsen, director of the Food and Agriculture Organization's Office of Emergencies and Resilience, said 70% of Afghans live in rural areas and there is a severe drought affecting 7.3 million Afghans in 25 of the country's 34 provinces. These vulnerable rural communities have also been hit by the pandemic, he said.

Republican Senator Marco Rubio, during a Congressional hearing on Afghanistan on Thursday, said multiple US administrations were guilty of ignoring Pakistan's role in helping the Taliban to regroup, as other US senators expressed concern over the “double dealing” of Islamabad.

UN officials says rural Afghans have critical need for aid

US lawmaker presses Blinken on whether drone strike hit US aid worker or ISIS-K

Taliban call for lifting of sanctions against ‘Islamic Emirate’

Marine killed in Kabul given hero’s farewell in public wake

The chief of the UN refugee agency says the international community and the Taliban will need to find a way to deal with each other for the sake of stabilizing Afghanistan

Amir Khan Mutaqi, a longtime Taliban negotiator named as foreign minister, appeared Tuesday at his first news conference since becoming a member of the interim government. But he gave little indication of whether the Taliban would bend to international pressure.

US enquires for over-the-horizon capabilities in northwest India for Afghanistan

US Senate panel may force Afghanistan answers from Biden administration

Blinken faces new round of hard Afghan questions in Congress

The moment you start depending, is the moment you start weakening. Be self-dependant

Will have regular, disciplined and strong army in future, says Taliban official

Taliban should be given incentives instead of being forced to do something: Pak PM Imran Khan

‘Baradar fled to Kandahar after brawl with Khalil Haqqani’; Taliban's Baradar says reports he was hurt in internal clash are false

Afghan envoys marooned abroad after Taliban's sudden return

Indian chemist shop owner abducted in Kabul: Report

Afghan diplomats urge world to deny Taliban recognition

Al-Qaida regrouping in Afghanistan, says CIA

'A fantasy' to think UN can fix Afghanistan, Guterres says

Afghan diplomats chide allies, call on world to deny Taliban recognition

International News

47 NRIs in fray for Canada Snap Poll on Sep 20; reflects Indians prominence even if they form only 4%

UK Cabinet reshuffle: Rishi Sunak retains role as FinMin; Dominic Raab moved over Afghan crisis flak

The British PM announces that Prime Minister Boris Johnson has made a partial change in the composition of his government, including foreign affairs, justice, education and housing, the most prominent of which was the transfer of Dominic Raab from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Ministry of Justice, to succeed Robert Buckland, who was dismissed from his position, while Liz Terrass was appointed as Minister of Foreign Affairs after Transferred from the Department of International Trade

UN Chief wants multilateralism to battle pandemic, inequality, climate change

Ramallah: The Palestinian News Agency (WAFA) says that the Israeli occupation forces stormed the Ibrahimi Mosque in the city of Hebron in the West Bank and attacked worshippers, visitors and employees of the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs, and prevented them from entering it under the pretext of securing the settlers’ celebration of the so-called Yom Kippur

The Pakistani army announces the killing of seven of its soldiers in addition to five militants during a security operation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in the north of the country

Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu announces the addition of 241 km to a security border wall that his country will build along the border with Iran ‘to reduce illegal immigration’

North Korea says it tested rail-launched ballistic missiles

Australia to get US nuclear submarine technology as China looms large

SpaceX launches 4 amateurs on private Earth-circling trip

Wolves may need protections after states expand hunting: US

Sports News

IPL 2021: RCB to sport blue jersey on Sept 20 to pay tribute to frontline worers

Simone Biles, fellow American Gymnasts slam FBI, USA Gymnastics, Olympic Committee over Larry Nassar abuse

Prime Volleyball gets backing of 5 original team owners, signs Sony as long-term broadcast partner

'Reached a point where it's difficult to have all-format fast bowlers’

Scotland take Twenty20 series opener against Zimbabwe

Michael Holding announces retirement from commentary

Top England players could boycott Ashes Down Under in view of strict bubble life: Report

Karnataka cricketers to clear two-layered test for selection

Limited spectators to be allowed at IPL matches

Raducanu ‘hungry’ to improve after US Open fairytale

Barty’s WTA Finals title defence in doubt, says coach

Andy Murray wins in Rennes as he aims to get his body ‘used to playing’

Neeraj Chopra sets sights on Olympic record to go with his golden feat

Abhishek wins maiden 5000m race, Parul also shines bright for Railways

Manika Batra left out of India squad for Asian TT Championships

Record 600 athletes, coaches apply for sports awards honours

Djokovic marches on as ‘Big Three’ era draws to a close

BCCI announced India’s T20 World Cup squad

Champions League: Late Rodrygo strike earns Real Madrid win at Inter Milan

Champions League: Manchester City survive Christopher Nkunku hat-trick to overwhelm Leipzig 6-3

Champions League: Jordan Henderson fires winner as Liverpool beat AC Milan in thriller

Lionel Messi’s Paris St. Germain disappoint in Brugge draw

Chris Gayle has to open the batting: Gautam Gambhir

IPL 2021: Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman yet to get entry visa to join SRH in Dubai

Bayern sent 'important signal' in Barca win, says Mueller

Barcelona chief Laporta calls for fan patience after Bayern drubbing

'Reached a point where it's difficult to have all-format fast bowlers’

Today’s News (15th Sept 2021, Wednesday)

Today’s News (15th Sept 2021, Wednesday)

by Annadatha Venkata Murali Manohar


JEE Main result 2021 for Session 4: 44 JEE Mains 2021 toppers who scored 100 percentile marks; 18 have received All India Rank 1 (4 from Andhra, 3 from Rajasthan, 2 from Telangana, UP, Delhi (NCT), 1 each from Karnataka, Bihar, Punjab, Chandigarh, Maharashtra

UK Scientists: Human blood protein + urea (from sweat, urine, tears) could glue together simulated Martain (Mars) soil to make a material (Astrocrete); 300% more strength than ordinary concrete

UK PM Boris Johnson mourns mother’s sudden death

ISI-Dawood terror plot to target many cities foiled, six arrested

CDRI achieves breakthrough in trial of Umifenovir in Covid-19 treatment

‘Seek data from home dept’: Akilesh questions PM’s claims on law & order

IMA Official: Agra dengue situation is bad, 60% patients are children; 40-50% patients suffering from dengue or viral fever

4 students injured as acid bottle breaks in TN school; headmaster asked students to shift the materials he was suspended & booked

Govt to bring new regulations to make inter-country options under HAMA easier

West Bengal: 70 children admitted to Siliguri hospital with fever, respiratory problems

SC dissolved a couple's marriage of 20 years; saying alliance emotionally dead; no point in persuading them to live together anymore; asked man to pay ₹25 lakh to settle maintenance claims

Delhi Police: Pak ISI-trained Terror module busted, festivals likely target; planned to set off bombs across India during the upcoming festival season

Rains lash 3 Gujarat Districts, 7,000 evacuated; IAF, Navy, Coast Guard pressed into service; 4 dead, over 20 lakh people affected as heavy rain batters Odisha

Maharashtra's Amravati: 4 dead, 7 missing after boat capsizes; unable to sustain weight of occupants

Madras HC to TN: Protects water bodies (Dry or Wet); where water bodies develop for a few months following rains and leave no sign in the dry season, the channels have to be left undisturbed

Scientists unravel mystery behind Odisha's rare, endemic 'Black Tigers'; a single mutation in a gene that causes their distinctive stripes to broaden and spread into their tawny pelt

Indian Navy hands over Dornier Aircraft MSN 4059 to Mauritius Police Force on Lease to support the current increased load of air operations

UNSC resolution should guide world’s response to Afghan crisis: India

India asks rich nations to go for deep emission cuts, says ‘net zero’ alone not enough

Madras high court quashes Centre’s notification on 120kmph speed on expressways

Sanjay Raut questions Centre about Pegasus project issue

Financial & Business News

India's Aug exports rise 45.7% to $33.28BN, trade deficit at $13.81BN; Imports increased by 51.72% to $47.09BN

Tata Sons looks to create a CEO post to guide 153-year-old $ 106 billion Tata Empire while the Chairman will oversee the CEO; Ratan TATA approval seen as key to implementing the change

Reliance Infra to use ₹7,100Cr from DMRC to repay debt; which has a standalone debt of ₹3,808Cr will become debt free

OYO gets shareholders' nod to convert into public company; planning to raise $1.2BN to $1.5BN through IPO

Bad loans of banks may cross Rs 10 lakh crore by end of this fiscal; NPAs expected to rise to 8.5-9% by March 2022, driven by slippages in retail; MSME etc

Component supply constraints may push up phone prices, impact new launches: Industry experts

Apple issues fix for flaw linked to Pegasus spyware

Cabinet may approve revised PLI scheme for auto sector; Maruti Suzuki Swift crosses 25 lakh cumulative sales milestone

IndoStar Capital CEO R Sridhar’s family inks Rs 27.25 crore property deal in Mumbai’s Chembur

Zomato co-founder Gaurav Gupta, a key figure in the run-up to the company’s IPO in July, resigns, after Zomato decided to stop its grocery delivery service from Sept 17

WPI inflation rises to 11.39% in August on costlier manufacturing good; food prices soften

Fintech firm Clear launches new app for tax experts

Yes Bank, 6 others settle case with Sebi; pay Rs. 1.65 crore

Ritesh Idnani appointed Uniphone chief revenue officer

86% of Indians believe hybrid model is essential to work-life balance: LinkedIn study

‘Welcome back’ signages greet Wipro leaders

India, Singapore launch project to link UPI and PayNow for instant fund transfers

Japan: NYK launches MarCoPay, electronic money platform for seafarers

Domestic stocks outpacing world by most since 2018 emboldens bulls

Jet Airways 2.0 to take off by next March; first flight on Delhi-Mumbai route

MayMyIndia files IPO papers with Sebi

Markets regulator Sebi and the brokers on Dalal Street are currently in a face-off relating to trading processes in the stock market. Sebi’s insistence on continuing with a very high margin requirement for all types of cash trades, called peak margin, has been met with strong resistance from the broking community

HAL, Rolls-Royce ink new pact for Make-in-India Adour engine parts for global markets

Vinod Kannan to be Vistara CEO from Jan 1

GST council may consider folding fuel sales into its regime

India & Europe to work closely on aviation safety; DGCA & EASA sign pact

Over 6 lakh users celebrate Hindi Diwas at Koo’s fest

Grand Chola hotel completes nine years of business in Chennai

Cabinet may approve revised PLI scheme for auto sector today

UAE aims for $1 trillion in activity with Israel by 2031

South Korean antitrust agency fines Google $177 million for abusing market dominace

Corona Updates

World: 226,575,502; Active 18,671,556 (8.24%); Recovery 203,242,704 (89.70%); Vaccinated 5.76BN

India: 33,315,450; Active 357,505 (1.07%); Recovery 32,514,418 (97.60%); Vaccinated 750.28MN

Biological E may submit Data on Corbevax by Sept-end or early Oct; Conditional nod likely

UK to give Covid-19 booster shots to those over 50 & vulnerable group from next week; comes after WHO’s appeal to delay booster dose amid global vaccine inequality

Hospitalised Covd-19 patients substantially more likely to harbor Self-attacking Antibodies than people without Covid-19

WHO: Africa may get 30% of Covid-19 vaccine goal by Feb 2021; half of the 60% goal African leaders had aimed for by the end 2021

London: British Health Minister Sajid Javid announces that the health authorities will begin next week to give a third booster dose of the Corona emerging Covid-19 vaccines

Booster vaccine shots can keep a lid on Covid this winter, says UK health official

Putin to self-isolate due to Covid cases among inner circle

More than 72.77 crore Covid vaccine doses provided to states, UTs so far: Govt

At 16.4%, Covid positivity rate of Mizoram shoots past Kerala’s

India reported 27,176 new Covid cases with 339 new fatalities during the last 24 hours

Kerala recorded 129 deaths, followed by Maharashtra (52), Tamil Nadu (27), Karnataka and Bengal (12 each).

Authorities in Los Angeles say more than 2,600 officers and civilian employees in the police department will seek religious exemptions to vaccination against the coronavirus. An additional 300 want medical exemptions.

India world’s top source of misinfo on Covid-19: Study

Uttarakhand government has extended the Covid-19 curfew in the Dehradun district till 6 am of September 21.

Assam reports 493 new Covid-19 cases, 433 recoveries and 9 deaths in the last 24 hours.

Staffers test Covid positive at presidential retreat, Kovind to stay at private hotel in Shimla

Maharashtra reports 3,530 Covid-19 cases, 52 fatalities.

Tamil Nadu reports 1,591 fresh Covid-19 cases, 1,537 recoveries and 27 deaths.

A maximum of 100 devotees every hour will be allowed in big religious places, small religious places will be allowed to have 50% devotees of their total capacity. Covid guidelines need to be followed. Restaurants will be allowed till 11 pm: Jharkhand health minister Banna Gupta

US says federal employees must be vaccinated by November 22

Authorities in Los Angeles say more than 2,600 officers and civilian employees in the police department will seek religious exemptions to vaccination against the coronavirus. An additional 300 want medical exemptions.

White House encouraging state, local Covid-19 vaccine mandates

Cyber crime spreads in Australia as Covid-19 pushes more people online

Sydney lifts Covid curfews as case numbers stabilise

Spacing out doses boosts antibody levels three-fold

Only 0.35% of fully vaccinated Mumbaikars got Covid: Report

State News

Sai Dharam Tej is stable and under close observation: Doctors

Samantha lauds Naga Chaitanya and Sai Pallavi’s Love Story trailer

Delighted to see Prabhas appreciate Seetimaarr: Bhumika Chawla

Bigg Boss Telugu 5: Ravi vents his displeasure over Nataraj; here's what netizens think about their 'Puli-Nakka' conflict

Bigg Boss Telugu 5: Lobo taken to medical room as he collapses during the task; Ravi asks him to quit smoking

Karthika Deepam preview: Monitha to confess her crimes; Karthik to reunite with Deepa

Kuwait News

His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah receives His Highness Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah

His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Mishaal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah receives His Highness Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah

Kuwaiti Ministry of Health (MoH): 59 new cases of Corona and two deaths recorded during the past 24 hours, with recovery of 134 cases

Opening Visit Visa, Family Visa for some special categories

Kuwait Credit Bank receives ISO Certificate in Information Security Management

Payment proof required for buyer to seller for vehicle ownership transfer

‘Return to Schools’ guide released and adopted

Security campaign in Bneid Al-Gar, 96 arrested

Gratuity for house workers?

MP seeks study on rise in suicides among Kuwaitis and expats

9 foreigners rounded up in raid on gambling den

Kuwait cracks down on Fake Labour Office

The new Egyptian Ambassador Osama Shaitout, arrives in the country

100% vaccination rate for those registered on the platform with the First Dose

Indian National Vipin Gajendra won KD 10,000 in Oncost Monthly Draw

Pharmacist arrested for selling prohibited pills

Customs launch ‘guide service’ to help Entrepreneurs determine fees

The Public Anti-Corruption Authority ‘Nazaha’ announced in line with its efforts to combat corruption, ward off its dangers and effects, will prosecute the supervisor and others working in the Ministry of Information

An unidentified woman, who claimed to be a relative of an influential member of the ruling family, ‘Shiekha’ has been summoned for interrogation for cheating an inmate of the Central Prison, who is serving time for an unidentified offence

Kuwait Crude Oil up to US$ 74.11

Technician to be deported for molesting a child

Pakistani Medical Staff to be given hotel accommodation

Vice-President of the Kuwaiti Tennis Federation: The players are determined to achieve results that advance the team in the Davis Cup classifications

The Kuwaiti women’s handball team is preparing for its first international participation in the 18th Asian Championship in Jordan

The Kuwait University Council approves the attendance study for the academic year 2021-2022 in all faculties, while adhering to health requirement and providing all capabilities in coordination with the Ministry of Health the concerned authorities

Afghan News

Afghan women protest Taliban’s hijab diktat by sharing photo in colourful dresses

Over 150 Afghan media outlets cease operating in 20 provinces

Taliban probing bank accounts linked to Afghan ex-officials

Brussels: The European Union renews its position on ‘engaging’ with the Taliban movement in Afghanistan, but at the same time stressed that the current interim government in this country, is ‘neither comprehensive nor representative’’ and therefore will not recognize it

Qatar won’t take ‘responsibility for Kabul airport without clear Taliban agreement

Taliban denies allegations of human rights violations in Afghanistan’s Panjshir province

International News

The Secretary-General of the United Nations opens the 76th session of the General Assembly

Algeria: Fires erupt in the forests in the east of the country, and fears of an expansion of the fires

The Saudi Foreign Minister confirms the continuation of coordination with Algeria on issues of common interest

Washington: The global company Apple officially unveils its iPhone 13 with its various models, in its annual conference

The Iraqi Prime Minister and the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States discuss Arab and regional files

UN envoy to Syria meets Syrian opposition leaders in Istabul

US Secretary of State: Staying in Afghanistan for another decade would have suited Washington’s rivals and strategic opponents

Brussels: The European Union expresses its readiness to assist Lebanon in the event that the new government implements the required reforms

Washington: The US Census Bureau reveals that the property rate in the United States rose in 2020 to about 11.4% compared to 10.5% percent recorded in 2019, which witnessed the lowest poverty rate in the country since records began in 1959

US: Melania was given chance to call for Peace as protesters stormed Capitol Hill on Jan 6. She said no

Not Afghanistan, top US Spy says Somalia, Yemen, Syria and Iraq represent greater terrorist threat

UK Parliament bars Chinese Envoy after MPs sanctioned for Raising Human Right Abuses Issue in Xinjiang

UN commissioner Sri Lanka rejects UNHRC's charge of Military Expansion in country's civilian functions; concern on state of economic emergency declared in Sri Lanka amid deepening recession

US says it will review ties with Pakistan in light of its double dealing

Antony Blinken appeals to senators to move nominees stalled over Nord Stream 2 pipeline

Larry Elder, right-wing radio host, seeks governorship in California recall

China slams upcoming Quad summit

Storm Nicholas knocks out power to over 4 lakh customers in Texas

Israel PM in first official trip to Egypt in over a decade

Russia’s Vladimir Putin slams presence of foreign troops in Syria

Putin and Assad hold talks in Moscow on rebel area

Syria violence worsening, not safe for refugee return, UN investigators say

Water crisis could lead to conflicts in the Middle East

Japan, US, South Korea urge North Korea to return to arms talks

EU climate chief: Energy prices hike should boost transition

UK delays post-Brexit border checks, citing pandemic impact

Kosice: Pope visit a sign of inclusion for Slovakia’s excluded Roma

Sports News

Bayern Munich defeated Barcelona 3-0 in the Champions League group stage

Pakistan to tour Bangladesh for two Tests, three T20Is

My expectations from Babar Azam are same as I had with Imran Khan: Ramiz Raja

ICC ODI Rankings: Lizelle Lee takes joint first position with Mithali Raj

Indian Super League (ISL): SC East Bengal rope in Australian defender Tomislav Mrcela

Man City legacy rests on Champions League glory admits Pep Guardiola

Champions League: Tough group will be exciting, says Liverpool’s Klopp

Champions League: New-look Inter host Real aiming to outdo big name old boys

AC Milan's Fikayo Tomori hopes Champions League aids England World Cup dream

Split captaincy is a good idea, Rohit Sharma can lead well:Madan Lal

On this day in 2007: India defeated Pakistan via bowl-out in World T20

The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) decides to redesign junior programme, provide more competitions
* AFI sacks long jumper Sreeshankar's coach after Tokyo debacle*

Javelin throw coach Uwe Hohn out, AFI says it is hiring two new coaches

Indian team has improved massively since T20 WC defeat to Australia: Smriti Mandhana

3rd ODI: Ireland draw Zimbabwe series with rain-disrupted with rain-disrupted win

Bidding for new IPL teams planned on October 17

IPL 2021: Rohit Sharma starts training in quarantine, gearing up for Sunday’s clash against CSK

IPL 2021: There were times when we were paralysed by fear, admits Brendon McCullum

Had to give up one, so chose T20 World Cup and Ashes over IPL: Chris Woakes

Lasith Malinga announces retirement from all forms of cricket

Your contribution to Sri Lanka, world cricket will stand for all time: Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene congratulate Lasith Malinga

Pakistan to tour Bangladesh for two Tests, three T20Is

Afghan board committed to women's game, optimistic on Hobart Test

South Africa demolish Sri Lanka to sweep T20I series 3-0

Tokyo medallist Ujah’s B-Sample tests positive, case referred to CAS

World Athletics restructure cross country, combined and race walking events

Yuriy Sedykh, hammer world record holder, dies at 66

Lionel Messi, Neymar back in PSG squad for Champions League opener

AC Milan dreaming big ahead of Champions League return at Anfield

Today’s News (14th Sept 2021, Tuesday)

Today’s News (14th Sept 2021, Tuesday)

by Annadatha V Murali Manohar


Kolar, Madhya Pradesh: Lucky to have girl child’: Pani puri wala Anchal Gupta celebrates (to nullify odd reactions of multiple people that shocked him) daughter’s birth by distributing Rs 50K snacks for free

19-year-old Nandini Agrawal from MP's Morena tops CA final exam (New Course), her brother Sachin Agarwal (21) gets All India Rank 18

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) has announced the results of Chartered Accountants Final (Old Course & New Course) and Foundation Examination held in July 2021. Ruth Clare Dsilva of Mangaluru was the all-India topper (Old Course)

PM Modi to attend first in-person Quad summit to be hosted by Biden next week

Eye on China, India set to cement Africa defence ties

Supreme Court reserves order on mode of inquiry into Pegasus controversy

Tamil Nadu assembly passes Bill for medical admissions without NEET; Wrong to say NEET improved standard of med exam: Stalin

ICMR gets Aviation Ministry nod to use drones for vaccine delivery; permitted to use drones up to a height of 3,000-metre

Soon after taking charge, Gujarat CM takes stock of flood-like situation in Saurashtra

Odisha's Ganjam jail to set up skill development centre for inmates; will help inmates earn their livelihood once they are released; 10 Lakh to be sanctioned by District Admin

Retail inflation eases to 5.30% in August compared to 5.59% in July; 2nd successive month that the CPI data has come within RBI upper margin of 6%.

Tami Nadu raises quota for women in govt jobs from 30% to 40%

Maharashtra Govt announces ₹20 lakh aid for Mumbai rape & torture victim's family; accused confessed to his crime; charged under sections of the SC/ST Atrocities Act

Rain impact: 3 National Highways (NH5, NH-305 & NH 3) 22 link roads in Himachal blocked due to rain, damage & fresh snowfall

Union Govt informed SC it didn't wish to file detailed affidavit over alleged Pegasus spyware use citing "national security; SC responded Beating about the bush won't solve issue; we have to do something

Kolkata: CBI, ED, Bengal speaker head for showdown

At UN, India offers support to Afghanistan but doesn’t pledge money

6 Chinese grenades recovered on J&K NH, major tragedy averted

India and US launch joint platform to mobilise finance for clean energy

Biden to speak at UN General Assembly on Sept 21: White House

US in touch with India regarding ‘over-the-horizon’ capabilities, plans, and support: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken

Talks in progress to induct Kanhaiya Kumar in Congress, may meet Rahul Gandhi

Congress committee to meet today to chalk out plan of agitations on national issues

‘Will look into issues forcing tech cos to register abroad’

RK Singh: Mamata protecting private discom or not briefed properly on power bill

Dubai is all set to host the mega event Expo 2020 from October 1. The 182-day event will feature the best and latest in technologies business opportunity and culture from over 190 countries

Initiating unnecessary litigations against spouse is cruelty and ground for divorce: SC

NHRC committee on post poll violence looks like BJP investigative committee: Bengal tells SC

Financial & Business News

Need equitable GST refunds: SC

Goods, services cannot be treated at par for purposes of refund of input tax credit under GST: SC

Committee of creditors’ resolution plan irrevocable: SC

IPO-bound PharmEasy strengthens board, to hire 200 engineers and launch development centres in Hyderabad, Pune & NCR

IndiGo to start 38 domestic flights in September

Freshworks to raise up (will sell 28.5MN shares priced b/w $28 & $32) to $912MN in US IPO, aims $9BN Valuation raised at $3.5BN in 2019; PharmEasy to target $6-$7BN valuation in IPO

Aluminium hits $3,000/Ton for 1st time in 13 years amid expectations that the metal's supply disruptions will continue while the demand keeps rising; surged more than 15% over the past 3 weeks

₹35,000Cr loans given to Srei may be classified as NPA; NCLAT set aside NCLT's order restraining banks from such classification

Ola e-scooter factory in TN to be world's largest factory run entirely by women; 'Ola Futurefactory' will employ over 10,000 women

Mercedes-Benz showcased its 'Avatar' movie-inspired concept car 'VISION AVTR'; BCI device attached to the driver's head analyses the brain waves and triggers defined functions

Government option? Part telco interest dues as equity

In fresh regulatory move, China tells tech giants to stop blocking rivals’ links

In August, retail inflation dips to 4-month low; eases to 5.3% in August compared to 5.59% in July

RBI cautions against frauds in the name of KYC updation

Atul Bhatt, assumed charge as the new CMS of RINL-Visakhapatnam Steel Plant

India Inc sees 219 deals in August worth $8.4 billion: Report

NBFC, payment system operators can submit requests with RBI for Aadhaar e-KYC licence

Kolkata: FMCG major Emami has got a favourable order on a trademark violation suit against Dr. Morepen, a leading pharma company

Thrissur-Vadakkancherry road: IndiaRF invests Rs. 555 crore

Corona Updates

World: 226,000,536; Active 18,701,232 (8.27%); Recovery 202,647,885 (89.67%); Vaccinated 5.73BN

India: 33,288,021; Active 367,999 (1.11%); Recovery 32,476,647 (97.56%); Vaccinated 740.28MN

India reports 25,404 new Covid-19 cases in last 24 hours

WHO congratulates India as total Covid-19 vaccinations cross 75Cr; it took 85 days to administer first 10Cr doses; reached 75Cr doses from 65Cr in just 13 days

NITI Aayog Dr VK Paul: Masks will stay through 2022, need drug against Covid; Covaxin data looks good, emergency use listing expected by Sep-end

WHO Envoy: Covid variants that can evade Covid vaccines are increasingly likely as many parts of the world remain unprotected. Virus here to stay

Britain announces its intention to vaccinate children between the ages of 12 and 15 with a single dose of the Pfizer-Biontech vaccine against the virus Corona emerging – Covid-19

Algeria extends the curfew for 15 more days, due to Corona

Japan to donate 1.3 million more AstraZeneca vaccine doses to Taiwan, Asian neighbours

US administers 380.8 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines: CDC

Covid-19 cases more than double in southeast China as Delta spreads

Israel is preparing for possible fourth Covid vaccine dose

UK health chiefs recommend Covid jabs for 12-15 year olds

British PM to set out lockdown-free winter Covid plan

US will give aircraft companies $482 million for pandemic

Weekly Covid-19 cases show a huge north-south divide

Govt plans Covid vaccines for comorbid kids aged 12-17 by Oct-Nov

Consider suicides by Covid positive for govt compensation: Supreme Court

Chinese city imposes travel curbs, closes public revenues in new Covid-19 outbreak

Vaccine-by-drone trial to start in Andaman & Nicobar, Manipur, Nagaland

17 new Covid cases in Delhi, no deaths in past 24 hours

Maharashtra and the southern states have been recording many more Covid-19 cases than the rest of India since the first wave last year. But the difference in cases between the north and the south is perhaps starker today than at any other period.

The nine states in east and northeast India (including Bengal and Odisha) together accounted for nearly 21,000 new cases.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu congratulates nation on crossing the milestone of administering 75 crore Covid vaccine doses

New Zealand looks to boost Covid-19 vaccinations as new cases ease

In Lancet review, scientists say boosters not needed for most

State News

Yogi Adityanath: Those who said 'abbajaan' ate up all rations before 2017

NIOS gets Unesco literacy award for inclusive learning

Viral illnesses take over from Covid-19, hospitals see rush

Builders haven’t paid a paisa to clear dues, say Noida authorities

New Delhi: Court rejects vendor’s plea against cops, calls it vague

Corporations wasting funds received from Delhi, landfill work slow, claim AAP

Yamuna River spews toxic foam in Delhi

House collapses in Old Delhi, 2 boys die

1.6 lakh Delhi students move from private to government schools

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal urges states to act on farm fires

HC seeks report on safety of Tihar inmates who witnessed gangster’s ‘Murder’ in jail

Three men, bound for Doha, held at IGI with fake Indian passports

Arshi Khan opens up on getting trolled for extending Ganesh Chaturthi wishes: Those who create differences among people on basis of religion don’t belong to any religion

I struggled for ten years while working at different BPOs to save money for an acting course: Bhagya Lakshmi's Annkit Bhatia on his journey

Bigg Boss OTT: Raqesh Bapat's niece motivates him after being called 'sexist'; says, 'You've been raised by two of the strongest women I know'

Kaun Banega Crorepati 13: Amitabh Bachchan reveals director of his first film thought he eloped from home to enter films and called up his father

Kuwait & Middle East News

Kuwait: The Council of Ministers holds its weekly meeting at Seif Palace under the chairmanship of His Highness Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, the Prime Minister

The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior, Lieutenant-General Sheikh Faisal Al-Nawaf chairs security meeting with security personnel has stressed the need to continue making efforts and developing security plans to secure all governorates, security presence in all areas, activating the role of security personnel in police stations, conducting patrols in residential areas, intensifying campaigns on random markets, and violators of the residence law, coordinating efforts in organizing campaigns with government agencies, adhering to discipline, and respecting the health protocols

The Kuwaiti Minister of Finance signs a memorandum of partnership with the World Bank in line with the Kuwait 2035 vision and National Development Plan 2021-2025

Kuwaiti Army Chief of Staff and Canadian Operation Commander discuss bilateral relations and joint military issues

Completion of the Civil Service procedures for approving the front row reward lists for new entities

The Kuwaiti Ministry of Health: 58 new Corona cases and one death recorded in the last 24 hours

The National Culture launches the first cultural season for children, including several activities focusing on children and young people

Acting Deputy Chairman of the Al-Sabah Family Council: No assignment or directives was issued to establish a special academy to qualify the sons of the ruling family to assume positions

The State of Kuwait affirms the support for efforts to enhance the rapid humanitarian response in Afghanistan

Kazma and Al Nasr qualify for the quarter-finals of His Highness the Amir’s Football Cup after beating Salmiya and Yarmouk

Kuwait’s delegate: His Highness the Prime Minister’s speech before the United Nations will address issues related to international multilateral action

Saudi Arabia decides fresh travel requirements

NBK succeeded in pricing USD1.0 billion in senior unsecured bonds

Kuwaiti students flock to Egypt - Medical field demand rises

The parliamentary Illegal Residents (Bedouns) Affairs Committee on Monday discussed bills on Bedouns with Minister of Interior Sheikh Thamer Ali Al-Sabah, Minister of Health Dr Basel Al-Sabah, and representatives of public profit organizations, Central System for Remedying the Status of Illegal Residents (CSRSIR) and Kuwait Lawyers Society. Rapporteur of the committee MP Marzouq Al-Khalifa affirmed that Sheikh Thamer Ali Al-Sabah expressed his willingness to cooperate and understand the humanitarian nature of the issue, especially regarding the issuance of passports for Bedouns who need to undergo treatment or study abroad. He said this will be included in the law on Bedouns in order to authorize the interior minister to issue Article 17 passports for Bedouns. He added the committee will hold another meeting with representatives of the Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI), Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health to tackle issues concerning Bedouns.

Dawn fire destroys contents of 3 stores in Amghara

Banks compete to offer interest-free loans to Kuwaitis

Principal of Indian School Fahaheel, and former vice-principal of ISK Kunjunjamma Daniel passed away; Daniel was 88 years old and was fondly known as Sunday School Ammachy among her Church group. She was wife of Late Mr. P C Daniel and the eldest sister of Sunny Mathew (Toyota Sunnychayan). Kunjunjamma Daniel was also the first Principal of Jabriya Indian School Kuwait.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) to use pepper spray, stun gun to control criminals

Senior Advisor to Scottish Premier praises the efforts on Kuwaiti students

Ministry of Health (MoH) to give Third Dose of the vaccine to people with chronic diseases

A sheep was sold for over $200,000 (KD60,000) in a head-turning auction that took place this week in Kuwait

A heinous crime shook Mecca on Sunday afternoon, in which a father and a mother were stabbed to death by their son in the Sharia neighbourhood in the holy city

A week after the resumption of direct flights with Egypt and India, movement at Kuwait International Airport has been smooth so far and people are hoping for more improvement since the epidemiological situation in the country is getting better: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

Court acquits four Kuwaitis in ‘kidnap, gangrape’ of a minor expat girl

Afghan News

US-trained Afghan pilots start leaving Uzbekistan for UAE; not clear what would happen to 46 aircrafts that pilots flew; Taliban demanded the pilots & the aircraft to be returned

1st foreign commercial flight (PIA) lands in Kabul from Pakistan since Taliban takeover

UN is convening an aid conference in Geneva to raise $600MN to avert a humanitarian crisis in Afghan

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres confirms that the high-level ministerial conference on responding to the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan has received financial pledges of more than one billion

The US Secretary of State confirms that his country will remain ‘vigilant’ about terrorist threats in Afghanistan

Qatar foreign minister asked Taliban to respect women’s rights

Afghanistan blame game shifts to US Congress as Blinken testifies

Kabul gamers fret over favourite pastime with Taliban back in power

Many prominent Afghan female leaders have fled or are now hiding

Women in Afghanistan seek ‘Right to return’ to govt jobs

Taliban seizes $6 million in cash, 15 gold bricks from ex-Vice President Saleh’s house

UN chief announces $20mn allocation to support humanitarian operation in Afghanistan

Pakistan involved in harbouring Taliban, says Antony Blinken

Baradar absent from meetings with Qatar delegation; arch-rivals Haqqanis present in full strength

Afghans still fleeing rural homes despite fall in violence: UN

Taliban regime looks to China for major investments in coming six months: Report

India willing to stand by Afghans: Jaishankar, calls for non-discriminatory distribution of humanitarian aid across Afghanistan

International News

North Korea tests new long-range cruise missile; flew 1,500 km before hitting its target, is capable of striking much of neighbouring Japan

World's largest container ship 'Ever Ace' capacity of 23,992 containers arrives in the UK, set to cross Suez Canal; her sister ship Ever Given got struck in Mar

Pilot in the US' Northern California used his flight path to spell Never Forget' with flight path to mark 20 years of 9/11 attacks in US

Tesla has obtained a patent from the USPTO to use laser beam to clean debris off of vehicles; emits a laser beam to irradiate a region on a glass article of the vehicle

Jared Isaacman, CEO Shift4 Payments, Hayley Arceneaux, a cancer survivor, Dr Sian Proctor geoscientist, US Air Force veteran and Lockheed Martin engineer Chris Sembroski are the 4 people flying into orbit in the world's first all-civilian mission by SpaceX

Charlotte Johnson Wahl, mother of UK PM Johnson, dies at 79

Biden promotes climate goals in Idaho on first stop of western US trip

Moroccan Prime Minister-designate and head of the National Rally of Independents, Aziz Akhannouch, begins the first consultations with the winning parties in the legislative elections to form the new government

Morocco renews its support for the holding of elections in Libya

The United States announces its commitment to the diplomatic approach with North Korea

Israeli firm unveils armed robot to patrol volatile borders

Pets enjoy some pampering in Palestinian clinic

World Bank: Climate change could push 216 million people to migrate by 2050

After Floyd’s killing, Minneapolis police retreated, data shows

Chinese President Xi praises PLA’s model border battalion in Tibet

Sports News

16-year-old fast bowler Douma 'mankads' 4 batters on her T20I debut for Cameroon against Uganda

Javelin throw coach Uwe Hohn out, AFI says it is hiring two new coaches

There will be more technological influence on decision-making in future: AnilKumble

Former Pakistan skipper Ramiz Raja formally elected as PCB chairman

Impossible right now but we are not in hurry: New PCB chief Ramiz Raja on bilateral cricket with India

From vegetarian food to extra security, Pakistan taking extra care of India’s budding tennis players

Kieron Pollard, Ali Khan power Trinbago Knight Riders to CPL semifinals

Cricketer Azeem Rafiq vows to ‘tell the world’ about Yorkshire racism row

Joe Root, Ireland women’s star Eimear Richardson with ICC ‘Player of the Month’ awards for August

Olympic champion Warholm cruises to victory in Berlin

Kenya’s Agnes Tirop and Ethiopia’s Senbere Teferi smash 10km and 5km world records, at an event in Herzogenaurach, Germany

Nadal drops out of top five as Spanish teenager Alcaraz soars in rankings

Rafael Nadal recovering after treatment on foot problem

I want to keep going, try to win more Slams: Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic denied as stars are born on New York stage

Novak Djokovic still on course to make history, says Yugoslavia Davis Cup coach Radmilo Armenulic

The third seed Indian pair Ramkumar Ramanathan, N Sriram Balaji win ATP Cassis Challenger title, with a three-set win (6-4, 3-6, 10-6, in the clash of the euro 44,820) over Mexican pair of Hans Hach Verdugo and Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela; Winners split Euro 2670 as prize money and earned 80 ranking points each

Young tennis players Sumit Nagal and Sasi Mukund’s refusal to play for India upsets AITA

Emma Raducanu can become one of world’s most marketable athletes

British teenager Emma Raducanu says Grand Slam triumph pleased her ‘tough’ parents

Emma Raducanu rockets up 127 ranking places after shock US Open win

Liverpool’s Harvey Elliott ‘overwhelmed’ by support after horror injury; needs surgery after serious ankle injury

Mikel Arteta was at his ‘lowest’ after Manchester City defeat

Manchester United manager Solskjaer says not impossible to leave Cristiano Ronaldo out of team

We want rescheduled Test to be ‘fifth’ of series and not one off: Sourav Ganguly

BCCI offers to play two extra T20Is in England next year

An old man like me needs to stay fresh, says AB de Villiers

Unfortunate we ended up in IPL early, hopefully we can maintain strong, bio-secure environment: Virat Kohli

Replacement players have great skillsets, excited to see them with whole group: Virat Kohli

IPL 2021: Uncapped Ben Dwarshuis replaces Chris Woakes in Delhi Capitals’ squad

IPL 2021: We haven’t seen the best of KL Rahul yet, says Gautam Gambhir

Newly crowned US Open champion Daniil Medvedev, Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas book ATP Finals spots

Today’s News (13th Sept 2021, Monday)

Today’s News (13th Sept 2021, Monday)

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First-time BJP MLA 59 year old Bhupendra Patel to succeed Vijay Rupani as chief minister of Gujarat

Kejriwal re-elected as AAP’s national convener for 3rd time

J&K: ANTF recovers 1000 kg poppy straw at Sonamarg-Leh highway; 3 held; Security forces gun down militant in J&K's Rajouri, encounter still underway

Pakistan’s 131-page dossier accuses India of hosting ISIS camps

In spotlight over role in Taliban win, Pakistan tries to shift focus to Kashmir

Closely monitoring developments in neighbouring countries, says BSF Inspector General

India sets scorching pace for military drills across the globe

Nato is Cold War term, Quad looks into future says Jaishankar

Low pressure over Bay of Bengal to turn into depression; heavy rains likely in Odisha, Chhattisgarh

PM Modi announces setting up of Subramania Bharathi Chair for Tamil Studies at Banaras Hindu University (BHU)

Delhi CM inaugurates renovated Chandni Chowk area; no traffic will be allowed; food joints to open till 12 am

Situs inversus: Man with organs on wrong side undergoes surgery, donates liver to father in Madhya Pradesh

India to get 3rd list of Swiss bank details, real estate assets added for first time under an automatic exchange of information pact

Assam extends 'Disturbed Area' status under AFSPA for another 6 months; power to conduct operations anywhere and arrest anyone without any prior warrant

'Don't Lose Hope': Stalin to students as NEET aspirant son of farm labourer dies by suicide in Salem; CM promises law for exemption from exam

Sakinaka rape, murder: NCW, NCSC teams visit victim kin; suggestions given for daughters' rehabilitation

Disaster Management Body's Ex-official suggests "Flood Audit" of all airports across India

His library burnt down, Mysuru man now has books from across the globe but a new library remains a distant dream

CJI: Courts operate from dilapidated structures, infrastructure building neglected after British left

Keep tax regime simple to check dodging, Supreme Court tells govt

Weekly Covid-19 cases drop 13% as Kerala sees 17% dip

New Delhi: With 2 lakh ICU beds, govt readies for post-festive Covid-19 surge

Antilia bomb scare case: NIA chargesheet against Sachin Waze, Pradeep Sharma reveals chilling details

Disgrace: Tourists deface 150-year-old skywalk in Uttarakhand within days of reopening

Financial & Business News

India to get 3rd set of Swiss bank details this month; info on real estate assets included for 1st time

Vaccine only way for eco recovery: FM

Efforts for Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with UK, Oz gather pace

Govt exempts TDS/TCS on transfer of assets by Air India to SPV

Govt plans to revamp LIC’s rules for sharing surplus

I-T refunds worth Rs. 70,120 crore issued till September 6

I-T returns exemption forms for 75 years and above notified

Pandemic prompting professionals to rethink their career paths: Survey

FICCI survey: Cost of doing business, production rising for majority of companies across India

Power PSUs may be allowed to take bigger risk for green energy projects

As chip woes brake auto cos, used cars take off

Srei Infra mulls deleveraging balance sheet, stepping up recoveries to reduce stress on books

Zomato to scrap its grocery delivery service from Sep 17; feels its investment in Grofers will help generate better outcomes than its in-house grocery efforts

Fabindia aims to raise up to $1 Billion through Initial Public Offer (IPO) route to submit its draft IPO documents with SEBi by Nov 2021

Tata Power, Adani have been told to submit revised bids for South East UP Power Transmission Company by the power transmission company’s lenders

5 of 10 most valued domestic firms added ₹62,508.32Cr to their market valuation last week; reliance biggest gainer

Is another Bitcoin crash inevitable?

Corona Updates

World: 225,445,439; Active 18,816,398 (8.35%); Recovery 201,985,511 (89.59%); Vaccinated 5.70BN

India: 33,263,542; Active 383,931 (1.15%); Recovery 32,436,704 (97.51%); Vaccinated 733.43MN

India reported 2,104 fatalities in the week, the lowest toll since the March 22-28 week

Goa, Himachal, Ladakh, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu, Sikkim and Lakshadweep have vaccinated 100% adults with First Covid dose

Covid Death Certificate rules out after Supreme Court's "3rd Wave" rebuke; Union Govt affidavit after SC raps over the delay in issuing guidelines for the issuance of Covid death certificates

Tamil Nadu surpassed its target to inoculate 2MN in a 12-hour mega vaccination drive, with 2.836MN receiving a shot

Goa extends ongoing state-level curfew till September 20 allowing almost all economic activities with certain restrictions, the curfew was expected to end on September 13

Delhi records just one Covid death in September, active cases less than 400

Mizoram reports 541 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours

Low Covid cases sink vitamin sales

China reports 49 new coronavirus cases for Sept 12 vs. 46 day ago

4,083,151 confirmed Covid cases in Germany, 92,618 Covid deaths.

Mexico reports 5,139 new Covid-19 cases, 224 more deaths

UK records another 29,173 coronavirus cases

South Africa loosens Covid curbs as third wave eases; announces 'vaccine passport' plans, eases restrictions

Indonesia prepares for transition to Covid-19 endemic

Singapore government urges people to limit social gatherings as Covid-19 cases spike

State News

50% vacancy in Delhi HC: Law ministry

Rs. 30 crore drugs seized as cops find processing unit in Delhi, 2 held

Two Tihar inmates injured in clash, cops suspect gang war

Revenge murder: Man held for killing aunt in Old Delhi

Delhi: 10 men beat up businessman and friend on Mayur Vihar flyover, rob them

No waterlogging in Delhi in a few years, assures CM Arvind Kejriwal

NCR board plan to redefine city green cover may hamper conservation, worry experts

Kuwait News

Receptions of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah

Receptions of His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Mishaal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah

The State of Kuwait condemns and denounces in the strongest terms the continued attempts of the Houthi militia to threaten the security of sisterly Saudi Arabia by targeting the city of Khamis Mushait with a drone

The State of Kuwait presents to the State of Qatar a special commemorative coin issued by the Central Bank of Kuwait to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the founding of the Gulf Cooperation Council

Eight Kuwaitis qualified to win the Katara Prize for the poet of the Prophet, may God bless him and grant him peace

The Ministry of Education: Ceasing all school canteen activities and providing parents with a list of foodstuffs that their children are allowed to take to school

Kuwait beats the coast with a clean goal and qualifies for the quarter-finals of the Amir Cup Football Championships

Kuwait Petroleum International inaugurates Model Fuel Station in Northern Italy

Imminent major charges in KPC with ‘Cost Cuts’ in mind

Kuwait based Indian lady and 11-year old son drowned to death in India

49 Asian expats to be deported for selling foodstuff unfit for humans

The Ministry of Education intends to reduce the curriculum

The draw for the West Asian Men’s under-23 Football Championship places the Kuwait Olympic team in Group A with Oman, Jordan and Yemen

Undersecretary of the Ministry of Information: The participation of the State of Kuwait in the Expo 2020 Dubai, is the largest of its kind and reflects the cultural and civilizational heritage of Kuwait in various fields

Drugs seized from an Arab

High rents propel Kuwait to Top-twenty ranks globally

Expatriate population in Kuwait decreased by 56,300 in first half of 2021

International Day of Democracy, celebrated on 15th Sept every year, is an opportunity to assess the state of democracy around the world

Kuwait: Robots to serve passengers at T4 Terminal soon

Chinese Bank offers Kuwait 5 Billion Dinars loan

49 Asians arrested during security check in Jleeb

Kuwaiti who attacked Police shot and injured in the leg

73-year-old Iranian farmer falls in pond and dies

900 nurses begin work in schools

Overseas treatment for ‘military personal’ only: The ministries of Defence and Interior

Minister Al-Fares: Launching the trial version of the First Phase of the Easy Application

MoC and Information Technology: Launching a trial version of the unified government application for electronic services

Center for abuse victims to finally open

Health Committee issued 13 violations and 16 warning for non-compliance with Health requirements in Al-Ahmadi

Drop in hospitalization rate by 90% at main Covid-19 hospital

Indication of the return to normal life continues to rise

10,261 passengers from Egypt and 7,582 from India returned within a week

History made as First NEET exam outside India held at Kuwait

Kuwait lists 50 new Covid-19 cases, one death

Ministry of Communication (MoC) hires eight consultants without specifying need – 8,000 KD per month spent

Kuwait Pavilion design inspired by Iconic Water Towers

Kuwaiti held in Turkey for robbing Syrian man

Unvaccinated below 18 children subjected to one week quarantine upon arrival

Cut in stipends for above 60s Kuwaitis working in private sector

Kuwaiti students in Egypt complain about rise in air ticket prices

Services by Customs go digital

Mosques, Churches to up count

‘People should not be forced to get jabs for travel abroad’

Health Committee issued 13 violations and 16 warnings for non-compliances with health requirements in Al-Ahmadi

Afghan News

Women can study in gender-segregated universities, says Taliban

Afghan universities may resume classes in 1 week: Report

Taliban fighters take over Afghan warlord’s glitzy mansion

UN seeks $600 million to avert Afghanistan humanitarian crisis

The Taliban have suggested they have changed, including in their attitudes toward women. However, women have been banned from sports and the Taliban have used violence in recent days against women protesters demanding equal rights.

The world has been watching closely to see to what extent the Taliban might act differently from their first time in power, in the late 1990s.

The announcement came as a Taliban official said Qatar's foreign minister arrived in the Afghan capital of Kabul - the highest level visitor since the Taliban announced their interim Cabinet. There was no immediate confirmation of the visit by Qatari officials.

The Qatari foreign minister hoped that Afghanistan and Qatar "would have good relations in the future," the report said.

'Acting PM' Hassan Akhund discusses bilateral ties with visiting Qatari FM

Taliban tighten grip on Afghanistan’s Panjshir with killings, food control: Report

Afghan pilots start leaving Uzbekistan for UAE, despite Taliban pressure: Source

Taliban’s ‘spectacularly uninclusive’ govt unlikely to survive, says William Dalrymple

Aryana Sayeed says she told her fiancé to 'shoot her in head if Taliban tries to take her away alive', recalls her horrific escape from Kabul

International News

Joe Biden marks 9/11 anniversary with tribute, call for unity

Donald Trump skips joining Biden at 9/11 memorial ceremonies

Newly released FBI memo hints at Saudi involvement with 9/11 hijackers, but it fell short of proof that victims’ families suing Saudi Arabia had hoped for

Indians may soon get green cards by paying a super-fee; Recon bill includes legal dreamers for green cards and provides a path towards US citizenship

Iran to let IAEA service nuclear monitoring cameras after talks with agency head: Reports

‘Armed drone’ attack on Arbil airport, Iraq

Iran says UN atomic agency head arriving in Tehran for talks

Nuclear surveillance deal with Iran keeps hopes for talks alive

Four dead as passenger plane crashes in Russia

Greece to discuss 5-year US defence deal: PM

Typhoon Chanthu drenches Taiwan but spares island a direct hit

Uneasy calm in Syria’s Daraa after truce

China’s foreign minister Wang Yi visiting Cambodia to discuss Covid virus, trade

Lebanon’s new government, finally formed in the throes of an accelerating economic meltdown after 13 months of political deadlock, has its work cut out

US President Joe Biden to announce new Covid-19 steps ahead of UN meeting, surgeon general says

Iraqi PM Kadhimi becomes 1st foreign leader to meet Iran's Prez Raisi since the latter took over as Prez

Rumoured dead, Al Qaeda chief Ayman Al-Zawahiri appears in video on 9/11 attack anniversary

Japan's vaccines minister Kono leads opinion poll on succeeding Suga; had 27% support in the poll

SpaceX to send First All-Civilian Crew into Orbit for 3 days; Astro-tourist team will board SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule for a three-day trip into space

One lakh Catalan separatists took part in a pro-independence rally in Barcelona ahead of talks between Spanish Govt & Regional Govt of Catalonia

Trump wants to fight Biden in the boxing ring

One injured as explosion collapses part of apartment building near Atlanta

Budapest: Pope heads to Orban’s Hungary at start of 4-day Europe trip

Russian space agency boss invites Musk for tea & space talks

Merkel, Xi discussed Afghanistan in phone call: German government

France sees bird flu outbreak as virus spreads again in Europe

Under fire, China tech firms vow ‘self-discipline’

Torrential rains kill 17, destroy homes in northern Pakistan

Pakistan says 9/11 terror attacks remind of dangers world confronts in form of terrorism

Pakistan’s comedy legend Umar Shareef critically ill; wife appeals to PM for health visit to US

Sports News

US Open: US Open 2021: Daniil Medvedev crushes Novak Djokovic's Calendar Slam dreams for maiden Grand Slam title; You are the greatest: Medvedev pays tribute to Djokovic triumph

Tennis: De Groot claims first wheelchair golden slam with win at US Open

I just completely zoned in and focused on my craft: US Open champion Emma Raducanu

Italian GP, F1 2021: Daniel Ricciardo wins at Monza; Temmate Lando Norris 2nd; Mercedes' Bottas takes third

Hamilton and Verstappen collide and crash out of Italian GP

Rovanpera wins Acropolis Rally as Ogier stretches overall lead

India vs England: ECB writes to ICC to decide the fate of cancelled fifth test

India vs England: BCCI and ECB deadlocked over Test series status

Gutted for fans that series didn’t get finish deserved: James Anderson
Ravi Shastri and coaching staff may leave UK on Wednesday if RT-PCR results return negative

PM Narendra Modi interacts with Paracanoe athlete Prachi Yadav

I get motivation from you all: PM Narendra Modi to India’s Tokyo 2020 Paralympians

Tokyo Paralympics silver medallist Bhavina Patel receives grand welcome at Ahmedabad airport

Palaympic gold medalllist Pramod Bhagat gets a hero’s welcome at Bhubaneswar

Win at Tokyo Paralympics is for all of us who dare to dream, says Avani Lekhara

Refrai from delivering aggressive statements: Asghar Afghan to Tim Paine

ST KITTS & NEVIS (Basseterre): Led by Evin Lewis' scintillating 52-ball 102, the St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots returned to winning ways with an eight-wicket victory over the Trinbago Knight Riders to seal a sport in the latter stages of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL)

BCCI committee proposes minimum 50% Ranji Trophy match-fee compensation

Today’s News (12th Sept 2021, Sunday) 

Today’s News (12th Sept 2021, Sunday) 

                                                                                                                                                       by Annadatha Venkata Murali Manohar


Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani 4th BJP chief minister to resign in 6 months; New Gujarat CM likely today; 5 in the race – Dy CM Nitin Patel, Union Health Minister Mansukh Madaviya, Lakshadweep administrator Praful Patel, State Cabinet minister RC Faldu and Gujarat BJP chief CR Paatil

4 possible reasons for Rupani’s Exit - lack of coordination with State BJP Chief; lost control" over the state’s bureaucrats; poor handling Covid pandemic; economic & social distress that followed

PM Modi inaugurates Sardardham Bhavan in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad

PM Modi pays tributes to Vinoba Bhave, Subramania Bharati

Quad looks into future, say India and Australia, rebuff China

India’s role as regional ally can have positive impact in Afghanistan: US official

Education minister writes to states seeking support for smooth conduct of NEET-UG today

NGO Sightsavers to set up 3 mobile eye health centres in Chennai, Kolkata, Pune; to strengthen the primary eye care services; will reach out to 22,500 slum dwellers in a year

NASA: Rock samples collected by perseverance rover may be volcanic, hold ancient water from Mars

BSF seized snake venom (₹ 57Cr) from India-Bangla border in Dakshin Dinajpur Dist of West Bengal

Fare of Indian Railways AC 3-Tier Economy Class Coach (83 berths) 8% lesser than Regular 3AC (72 berths); Railways proposes policy to lease, sell coaches to private parties to run theme-based tourist circuit trains

Landslide debris has blocked Uttarakhand's Rishikesh-Badrinath highway and has damaged dozens of vehicles in Sirobagad; link road of Khankhra-Khedakhal Khirsu has also been blocked

Maha CM termed the rape, murder of a woman in Mumbai's Saki Naka as blot on humanity; promised a fast-track trial in the case; chargesheet to be filed in 30 days

AAIB Report: Pilot's non-adherence to standard operating procedure probable cause for Kozhikode plane crash

IMD: Orange alert - Raigad, Pune, Ratnagiri, Satara, Kolhapur; Yellow alert - Mumbai, Thane, Wardha, Palghar and Sindhudurg

20-year-old woman was allegedly drugged and gang-raped by five men (acquaintance Gunaseelan gave sedative-laced soft drink) in a moving car in Kanchipuram city near Chennai; 5 arrested

32-year-old Mumbai woman, raped and brutalised in Saki Naka, dies in Rajawadi hospital

CBI files fourth chargesheet in Bengal post-poll violence probe

No birthday bash for RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat who turned 71

Financial & Business News

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger says 20% of the 'Bill of Materials' cost of cars to be chips by 2030

Union Govt notifies capital asset transfer from Air India to AIAHL, exempts tax provisions for divestment

UAE’s Logistic giant, DP World signs MoU with TN to establish Minor Ports, Sea Food processing zones with cold storage, Container Terminals & Free Trade zones with an investment of Rs 2000Cr

Apple says exposure to vibrations by high-powered motorcycle engines may harm iPhone cameras

Airtel takes cloud gaming to new heights with the first live 5G demo featuring ace gamers Mortal and Mamba

Corona Updates

World: 225,065,957; Active 18,826,768 (8.37%); Recovery 201,601,635 (89.57%); Vaccinated 5.57BN

India: 33,232,168; Active 393,349 (1.18%); Recovery 32,396,131 (97.4%); Vaccinated 699.67MN

India reports 33,376 Covid-19 cases, 32,198 recoveries and 308 deaths in last 24 hours

We discussed future collaboration to deal with Covid-19 pandemic: External affairs minister S Jaishankar after India-Australia 2+2 dialogue

Covid-19 affected economies of world, including that of India, but our economy bounced back more than it went down, says PM Narendra Modi (PTI)

TN Govt to organize 40,000 Covid-19 vaccination camps all over the state today; aim is inoculate 20 lakh individuals in a single day; In last 24 hours Maharashtra records 3,075 Covid-19 cases, 35 deaths; Delhi records zero deaths, 35 new Covid-19 cases; positivity rate 0.05%

Global vaccine disparity widens amid talk of Covid-19 booster shots; Just 3% of African people have been fully vaccinated; US President Biden will get Covid-19 booster shot after it's widely available

US CDC: unvaccinated individuals are 11 times more likely to die due to Covid-19; 10 times more likely to be hospitalised and 4.5 times more likely to be infected; study tracked 6Lakh American people

Joe Biden’s vaccine rules to set off barrage of legal challenges

France: Mass protests against the ‘vaccination certificate’ of Covid-19

While the fourth wave of Covid-19 is on a downward trend in France, the intensive care units at Lyon Sud hospital are far from empty, with 'younger and unvaccinated' patients infected with Delta variant, medics are overwhelmed, reorts AFP

Community groups in Australia's Covid-hit cities are battling misinformation in multiple languages as they race to vaccinate a way out of 'traumatic' lockdowns and fill a void left by Australia's mostly Anglo-centric officialdom, reports AFP

Russia registers 18,891 Covid-19 cases and 796 deaths over past 24 hours

Philippines reports record 26,303 new daily coronavirus cases

China reports 25 new Covid-19 cases, up from 17 a day earlier

*China administered total of 2.14 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines as of September 10: Reuters

We are focusing to vaccinate students above 18 years of age, teachers and professors on priority, in order to resume academic activities here, says Jammu and Kashmir LG Manoj Sinha: ANI

South Africa's regulator approves Pfizer Covid-19 shot for children 12 and up

Brazil registers new 712 Covid-19 deaths-health ministry

Turkey reports 22,923 daily Covid-19 cases; Thousands in Istanbul protest virus restrictions

Singapore reports 555 new Covid-19 cases, near one-year high

UAE lifts ban on entry from certain countries for vaccinated residents

Zydus Cadila's ZyCoV-D likely to be launched in early October: Sources

Centre files detailed affidavit on issue of Covid-19 deaths certificates

Health ministry, ICMR have issued guidelines for 'official document' for Covid deaths: Centre to Supreme Court

Economic recovery faster than Covid-19 damage: PM Modi

Centre says two doses of Covaxin must even for Covid-cured people

Highest in country, UP’s vaccination rate ahead of US, Russia, says health ministry

Delhi reports 36 fresh Covid cases, zero deaths; 725 new cases push Mizoram's Covid tally to 69,751; Odisha's daily Covid-19 cases drop below 700; Puducherry records 46 new Covid case; Karnataka reports 801 new Covid-19 cases, 1,142 recoveries and 15 deaths; Kerala reports 20,487 new Covid-19 cases, 22,155 recoveries and 181 deaths; Jharkhand reports 7 new Covid-19 infections; Assam reports 499 new Covid-19 cases, 607 recoveries and 8 deaths; 146 new coronavirus cases take Jammu and Kashmir's infection tally to 3,26,799, no fresh death; Uttarakhand reports 24 new Covid-19 cases, 23 recoveries and zero deaths; Maharashtra reports 3,075 fresh Covid-19 infections, 3,056 recoveries and 35 deaths, in the last 24 hours

Police nabs 12 people on charge of running fake RT-PCR certificate racket in Puri, Odisha

Drones set to deliver medical supplies including Covid vaccines in Telangana

Farah Khan Kunder tests negative for Covid-19

Presidency University Students Council withdraw 96-hour sit-in after authorities accept free vaccination demand, reports PTI

State News

Delhi: Rainfall so far this monsoon season highest in 46 years; record-breaking spree continues; Airport forecourt, key roads waterlogged

7 heavy rain events, highest in decade, accounted for over 60 pc rainfall in Delhi this season

Delhi: 40 passengers rescued from bus trapped at waterlogged underpass after rains

Mumbai, suburbs to receive light to moderate rain: BMC

Delhi govt set to exit retail liquor business in November

Delhi: Father, son living in car near Pakistan high commission; area beat cop suspended

Bitter lesson: Pandemic takes a toll on Tihar inmates’ education

Venture that hit air pocket, made Delhi Metro sway

2 juveniles held for killing man after scuffle in Naraina

J&K ex-MLC Trilochan Singh Wazir’s murder planned since July

Delhi Police’s Special Cell has arrested the prime suspect in a shootout case that happened in east Delhi’s Trilokpuri last December

Noida plans a drone survey of twin towers

Greater Nodia GNIDA to spend Rs. 123 crore to collect waste at doorstep

Kuwait News

Kuwait Airways will restart commercial flights to New York, starting today, with one flight per week

Kuwaiti Ministry of Health: 41 new cases of Corona and one death was recorded during the past 24 hours

The draw for the Kuwaiti Handball Premier League for the season (2021-2022) with the participation of 8 clubs

Adapting to Corona returns to the world to open its doors to life again after it was closed due to the pandemic

Launching the express (Customs) mail tracking service, the first step of digital transformation

A distinguished Kuwaiti pavilion at the Katara Hunting and Falconry Exhibition in Qatar

Kuwait Red Crescent funds an economic project for those affected by the Israeli war in the Gaza Strip

The price of a barrel of Kuwaiti oil rose 22 cents to reach $73.29

Al-Qadisiyah and Khaitan qualify for the quarter-finals of the Emir Football Cup after beating Al-Tandom and Fahaheel

Afghan News

As world marks 9/11, Taliban flag raised over seat of power, at Afghan presidential palace

Pakistan ISI chief hosts security meeting of intel head of regional countries on Afghanistan

Pak spoiled our reputation, ISI Chief creating problems': Taliban Commander's viral audio indicates rift; Taliban cancel new Govt inauguration to avoid 'wasting resources & money

'Hijab not a choice, last Afghan govt misused us for beauty': Women hold Pro-Taliban rally

Pakistan to resume commercial flights to Kabul; Pakistan International Airlines denies plans to resume flights to Kabul from Monday

Afghanistan remittance payouts limited to local currency

The United Nations chief says all countries should engage with the Taliban and deliver the same message: The Afghan people should live in peace under an inclusive government that respects basic human rights including for women and girls, and Afghanistan should not be a sanctuary for terrorism anymore and should play a constructive role in international relations

Afghan cricket board signals women could still play: Report

America marked the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks with pleas for unity at solemn ceremonies that had added resonance following the messy US withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Taliban's return to power.

Biden again defends Afghanistan pullout on 9/11

Ahmad Massoud, the leader of the Afghan resistance forces, has not left Afghanistan, Iranian news agency FARS reported. According to the source, rumours about Massoud leaving the Central Asian country for Turkey or any other place are false.

The Taliban are lying and France will not have any relationship with its newly-formed government, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said before heading for talks in Qatar on Sunday to discuss future evacuations from Afghanistan.

Unaccompanied children evacuated from Afghanistan in Qatar limbo

NATO undertakes probe into reasons behind Afghan crisis: Secretary General

World needs to engage Afghan Taliban to prevent refugee crisis: Pak NSA

Tajiks seek Imran's boycott at SCO summit after Panjshir bloodbath

Russia sends armoured vehicles, military equipment to Tajikistan

International News

20 years of 9/11 terror attacks: Commemoration begins at Ground Zero in New York; Increase in hate crime against Muslims, Sikhs, South Asians, Arabs; Muslim Americans still fighting prevalent bias; Biden along with Obama and Clinton pays respects at 9/11 Memorial

9/11 did not change the world - it was already on the path to decades of conflict

20 years of 9/11: US’s war on terror and the presidential flip-flops

Saudi Arabia, 20 years after 9/11: ‘A country in the making’

Video shows last US Afghan strike may have targeted aid worker: Report

15-20 villagers, including several teenagers, reportedly killed in Myanmar's deadliest fighting since July between ruling military Govt & resistance forces

UK: Hiker falls 230 feet fall from a mountain trail notoriously called 'Knife's Edge; survives with sprained wrist; escaped death

The Israeli occupation army renews its raids on sites in the Gaza Strip

Tunisian President: We respect the constitution, but it must be amended

Officials: Erbil airport attack was carried out with two booby-trapped drones, and air traffic is normal

President of the Union of Cooperative Societies: Supporting and maintaining public schools in coordination with the Ministry of Education

A drone attack targets the international coalition base at Erbil airport

Erbil International Airport in Iraq targeted and explosions heard

Coalition to Support Legitimacy intercepts a booby-trapped plane targeting the Saudi City Khamis Mushait

Erbil: The Directorate of Combating Terrorism in the Kurdistan Region announces the targeting of a base of the International Coalition at Erbil Airport with an attack carried out by our planes, two booby-trapped drones, but without recording any losses

Baghdad: The Iraqi Ministry of Interior announces that its Federal Intelligence and Investigation Agency has arrested two leaders of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) who were involved in carrying out ‘terrorist’ operation in the northern provinces of the country

Paris: French naval authorities announced the rescue of 126 migrants trying to reach Britain via the English Channel

Positive virus tests among gorilla population at Zoo Atlanta

Sports News

Britain’s Teen Emma Raducanu (18) beats Canada’s Leylah Fernandez (19) and wins Historic US Open title for Women’s Singles Grand slam crown by a qualifier

Italian GP Sprint Race: Mercedes's Valtteri Bottas won the sprint race but Max Verstappen of Red Bull will start on pole for the main race

US Open: World No 1 Djokovic ties Federer's record with his 31st Grand Slam final; Medvedev into 3rd Grand Slam Final

Premier League: Ronaldo double sinks Newcastle on Manchester United return, City and Arsenal also win

Sunil Gavaskar welcomes BCCI’s offer to reschedule the 5th Test, says India shouldn’t forget England’s gesture after 26/11 attacks

England cricket chief says IPL not to blame for India Test cancellation

Today’s News (11th Sept 2021, Saturday)

Today’s News (11th Sept 2021, Saturday)

                                                                                                                                                                                    by Annadatha Venkata Murali Manohar


Activists oppose Centre’s nod to select hydropower projects in Uttarakhand

Income Tax department ‘surveys’ NewsClick, Newslaundry offices

Governor R.N. Ravi’s transfer to Tamil Nadu has come as a relief to many in Nagaland, including the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), which heads the all-party government in the State.

Bhabanipur bypoll: Mamata files nomination, BJP fields lawyer Priyanka Tibrewal against her

Satya Nadella: Companies forcing employees to return to office are short-sighted; no one-size-fits-all approach to hybrid work as employee expectations keep changing

Forest clearances in Aug 2021 totalled 918 Sq KMs, down 32% from the same month a year ago

Google, YouTube asked by Delhi High Court to remove a married woman's objectionable photos from web

Investors wary of 'nokku-kooli': Kerala HC orders govt to take stern action against practice

Gujarat rains lead to closure of 18 roads, IMD predicts more showers over next 4 days; Delhi receives highest rainfall in 11 years; delayed monsoon crosses 1,000 mm mark

Now, Kerala bishop warns of ‘narcotic jihad’ to trap Hindu and Christian girls

No more colonial ‘subjugatory’ words (‘eda’, ‘edi’ and ‘nee’): Kerala HC to cops

Farmers protest: Mobile internet services restored in Karnal

Mayawati says BSP won’t field ‘bahubali’, mafia candidates; no Mukhtar Ansari from Mau

Mutation doesn’t give property ownership right: Supreme Court

Delhi CM performs ‘Puja’ on Ganesh Chaturthi

State-of-the-art solar power station to ensure uninterrupted supply, Delhi power minister Satyendar Jain

AAP claims Rs. 100 crore ad scam by South Delhi Municipal Corporation, BJP hits back

Financial & Business News

₹1000 cr unaccounted transactions found after raids on Gujarat Media, Real Estate (Sambhaav) Group

10,000 Amrapali homebuyers, including Mahendra Singh Dhoni, yet to pay dues to NBCC

NFTs from Bored Ape Yacht Club representing images of cartoon apes, sold for $24.4MN at Sotheby's

Udaan names co-founder Vaibhav Gupta as CEO, eyes public listing in coming 18-24 months

Chips set to remain in short supply for at least a year as demand from carmakers, other manufacturers remains robust, and ramping up production capacity takes time

Glass ceiling shatters again in coal industry, Shivani Meena becomes 1st woman excavation engineer at CCL open cast mine

In week ended Aug 27, the reserves surged $16.663BN to $633.558BN, mainly due to a rise in Special Drawing Rights (SDR) holding

WhatsApp end-to-end encrypted Cloud Backups to roll out soon for Android, iOS users; same level of protection and security that is available for messages and calls on WhatsApp

CIL steps up supply of coal to power sector; per-day average 20% higher than last year

CIL e-auction booking up 42% in April-August 2021

GRSE, French firm sign MoU on surface ship

Pay 28 lakh over fraud involving duplicate SIM, Voda ordered

Urban unemployment rate in 10.3% in October-December FY21: Survey

Investors turn positive for Gold ETFs in Aug on positive global outlook

Two startups raise Rs. 36 crore in August

Govt to limit incentive plan for auto to green vehicles

Cos in talks to invest over $4 billion in auto sector

Factory output up 11.5% in July on low base

Epic Games to appeal US ruling in Apple app store fight

Apple must loosen app payment system: Judge in Epic Games case

Toyota cuts output forecast on Covid-19 spread in southeast Asia

70% of agricultural households posses land less than 1 hectare, finds survey

Tesla’s plan to import cars to India on duty concessions has hit a roadblock. The ministry of heavy industries, which sets the policy for the country’s automobile sector, has told the US electric auto giant that the government does not favour a reduction in duties based only on an “intent to invest”

IT cos struggle to get experienced hands

Insurers asked to launch cyber risk cover soon

Corona Updates

World: 224,607,278; Active 18,842,798 (8.39%); Recovery 201,134,768 (89.55%); Vaccinated 5.57BN

India: 33,200,877; Active 400,281 (1.21%); Recovery 32,358,246 (97.46%); Vaccinated 699.67MN

PM Modi at Covid meet says need constant genome sequencing to monitor emerging mutants

The Prime Minister spoke about the need for constant genome sequencing to monitor emergence of mutants. The officers informed him that INSACOG now consists of 28 labs distributed across the country. The lab network is also linked with a hospital network for clinical correlation. Sewage sampling is also being done for genomic surveillance. PM was apprised that states have been requested to share SARS COV2 positive samples with INSACOG regularly.

PM Modi reviews preparedness of healthy systems, vaccine supply

At today's high-level meet, it was discussed that across the world, there are countries where the number of active Covid cases continues to remain high. In India too, the figures from states like Maharashtra & Kerala, indicate that there can be no room for complacency. However, the weekly positivity was at less than 3% for the 10th consecutive week.

The Prime Minister today also spoke about the need for constant genome sequencing to monitor emergence of mutants

PM has reviewed production, supply and pipeline of vaccines for next few months.

The Prime Minister has asked states to maintain buffer stock of medicines in every district

India reported 34,973 new Covid cases and claimed the lives of 260 more lives in the last 24 hours

UAE to lift travel restrictions on fully vaccinated Indian passengers from Sep 12 provided that the shot is approved by WHO; South Africa inoculates some children in Phase 3 of China's Sinovac vaccine

Concern over 'Sharp Increase' in Covid-19 cases as Singapore plans to reopen; Denmark lifts all domestic Covid restrictions as vaccinations top 80%

Govt names 5 states administering Covid-19 vaccines at faster pace than foreign nations; UP faster than US; Gujarat's faster than Mexico, Karnataka than Russia, MP than France, Haryana than Canada

BioNTech to soon seek approval for vaccine for 5 to 11 year olds; Nerve disorder listed as 'very rare' side-effect of AstraZeneca Covid shot by EU

The Health Ministry has launched a new Application Programming Interface (API), through its web portal Co-WIN, called ‘Know Your Customer’s/Client’s Vaccination Status’ (KYC-VS). KYC-VS will enable a verifying entity to know whether a person has been vaccinated against coronavirus or not, the Union Health Ministry said on Friday.

Nashik reports 121 cases, 1 death; Mumbai reports 441 Covid-19 cases, five deaths

Maharashtra: Ganpati festival begins, CM prays for destruction of 'evil' virus

25,010 new cases and 177 deaths have been reported in Kerala: CM Pinarayi Vijayan; positivity rate drops to 16.53%

Punjab extends Covid curbs till September 30 in view of festival season

Delhi reports 36 fresh Covid cases, zero deaths

Goa records 45 Covid-19 cases, two deaths

Karnataka reports 967 new cases, 921 recoveries and 10 deaths in the last 24 hours.

Andhra Pradesh has reported 1,608 new cases, 1,107 recoveries and 6 deaths in the last 24 hours.

PM lauds Goa as 1st dose of Covid vaccine administered to entire eligible population in state

The head of the institution concerned must ensure that the guidelines related to social distancing & Covid are adhered to in letter and spirit: J&K govt

Government degree colleges of J&K shall re-open for in-person teaching subject to specific permission of the Deputy Commissioner concerned.

Three days after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asked Durga puja organisers to make preparations for small-scale celebrations this year, 'Forum for Durgotsab' - a platform for community puja organisers - said it would abide by all health protocols and ensure that people don't crowd at marquees

US Covid-19 cases average 1,36,000 per day, daily deaths above 1,000: CDC director

Los Angeles County school officials ordered Covid-19 vaccinations for all students aged 12 and over, the largest school district in the United States to take that dramatic step (Reuters)

France reports 9,966 new Covid cases

Italy warns against misuse of herpes drug as Covid-19 treatment

UK has reported 37,622 cases in 24 hours

Singapore watching outbreak closely, holds off on restrictions

With 150k virus infections daily, US cases are more than 10 times too high: Fauci

Hotspots shrink: From 58 in July, districts with 100+ daily Covid cases come down to 3

State News

6-year-old's rape-murder rocks Hyderabad, residents stage protests, demand justice; accused be handed over to them; pelted stones & threw chilli powder on policemen

Kozhikode: In a sharp response to IUML’s decision to disband the state committee of Haritha, the women’s student wing of MSG, Haritha leaders have vowed to continue their fight against those who insult women: Mufeeda Thesni, President

Tollywood actor Sai Dharam Tej meets with a road accident; suffers injuries

Allu Aravind shares statement about Sai Dharam Tej on behalf of family: He is safe

Sai Dharam Tej meets with a bike accident: Pawan Kalyan, Vaishnav Tej, Varun Tej, Niharika Konidela & other family members rush to hospital

Sai Dharam Tej has sustained soft tissue injuries and collar bone fracture: Doctors

'Some factual errors': AIADMK leader on Jayalalithaa biopic 'Thalaivii'

Shilpa Shetty shares a glimpse of Ganesh Aarti at her residence; says,"Gannu Raja saath hain, toh harr sankat ki maat hai"

Bollywood movies that celebrated the spirit of Ganesh Puja; Dharmendra shares a BTS video from the sets of 'Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani'

After welcoming Ganpati home, Shilpa Shetty visits bereaved Akshay Kumar to offer condolences

Hrithik Roshan, Hrehaan and Hridhaan bring Ganpati Bappa to Rakesh Roshan's new abode in Lonavala

Netizens troll Shraddha Kapoor for ignoring a poor man asking for alms

Sonu Sood visits Kanaka Durgamma temple in Vijayawada

Heavy rain lashes parts of Delhi-NCR, MeT department issues orange alert

Household debt is Rs. 60,000 in villages, Rs. 1.2 lakh in cities: NSO

Kuwait News

Kuwaiti Foreign Minister congratulates his Lebanese counterpart on his appointment as Minister of Foreign Affairs in the new government

Burgan and Jahra qualify for the quarter-finals of the 59th Emir Football Cup after defeating Sulaibikhat and Al-Shabab

Kuwaiti National Guard delegation discusses with French military leaders strengthening bilateral cooperation

The price of a barrel of Kuwaiti oil rose 89 cents to reach $73.07

Kuwaiti Ministry of Health: 62 new cases of Corona and one death recorded during the past 24 hours

Afghan News

Taliban have their work cut out to win hearts and minds in Kabul

Taliban ‘execute’ Amrullah Saleh’s brother after his arrest

Taliban response to Afghan protests increasingly violent, UN says

Afghanistan risks ‘generational catastrophe’ on education: UN

Taliban closes bank accounts of ex-Afghan govt officials

It is democracies vs. Beijing-Islamabad in Afghanistan

Taliban mustn’t let Afghanistan soil be used for terror: India at UN

Brother of Afghan opposition figure executed by Taliban, family says

ETIM militants left Afghanistan, Taliban tell China

Jihadi attacks may increase in Kashmir; Pak's TTP to grow in Afghan says India's Internal Security Report; Commercial flights resume as UN accuses Taliban of harassment; First commercial flight out of Kabul with US citizens Onboard lands in Doha; Taliban cancel 9/11 govt inaugural ceremony after 'Pressure from Doha'

US gives 1st public look inside base housing Afghans

Indian American plays a key role in Afghan refugees resettlement in California

UN: Taliban response to Af protests increasingly violent

Daily wagers in 'dire' condition after Taliban siege

UN chief: Nations should deliver Taliban message

UN refugee chief says agency will engage Taliban

Many Americans have taken these options; some have decided not to, for a variety of reasons. We understand these are difficult decisions. We'll continue to provide proven options for leaving. It's up to Americans who remain whether they choose to take them: NSC Spox Emily Horne

We're grateful for the continued efforts of Qatar in facilitating ops at the Kabul International Airport & continuing to help ensure safety of charter flights. Today’s departures demonstrate how we're giving Americans safe options to leave Afghanistan from diff locations: NSC Spox Emily Horne

White House says Afghan flights into US have been temporarily paused because of four cases of measles, reports Reuters.

No Afghan refugee exodus yet but 'massive displacement' possible -UN refugee agency

The US has been conducting security screening and other processing of evacuees at those two main overseas sites and others after evacuating them from Afghanistan.

The U.S. government believes about 100 American citizens remain in Afghanistan, a State Department spokeswoman, Jalina Porter, said.

UN raises alarm on Taliban crackdown on dissent, journalists

The United States suspends the evacuation of Afghans to its territory after detecting measles infections among them

Taliban response to Afghan protests increasingly violent, UN says

International News

US dodges a 9/11 poke in the eye by Taliban

Now president, Biden to mark 9/11 rite among new terror fear

US, Japan, South Korea to meet over North Korea's nuclear weapons & ballistic missile programmes

Lebanon forms new Govt (to be led by PM designate Najib Mikati) after 13 months of political deadlock amid severe economic crisis

The Lebanese presidency announces the distribution of ministerial portfolios in the formation of the Mikati government

The Secretary-General of the United Nations welcomes the formation of a new Lebanese government

Russia: The formation of the new Lebanese government is a step on the road to stabilizing the internal situation

Pakistan isn’t the threat it thinks it is

US climate envoy Kerry will travel to India on Sunday

Russia summons US ambassador over ‘election interference’

International Petroleum opens a model fuel station in northern Italy

Tunisian President: Tunisia’s sovereignty has never been discussed with foreign delegations

Refugee Commission in Sudan: 120 Ethiopian officers applied for asylum

The Secretary-General of the United Nations: The world is living in a “precarious” situation as a result of the enormous pressures it is exposed to

Ramallah: Israeli media reports that the Israeli occupation forces arrested two of the six prisoners who escaped through a tunnel dug inside Gilboa prison last Monday near the city of Nazareth in the occupied territories in 1948

Rabat: Moroccan King Mohammed VI appoints the head of the National Rally of Independents, Aziz Akhannouch, who issued the results of the legislative elections that were held recently, as head of government and taked him with forming it

Ramallah: The Palestian Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners Affairs Commission says that the Israeli occupation forces shot a Palestinian citizen in the old city of the occupied by Jerusalem, and later announces the death of the citizen, who is a doctor

Strong typhoon skirting Philippines, heads towards Taiwan

Regional envoys to hold talks with Guinea junta over coup

China opens purse to seduce Asean after building new rail & road links

China woman involved in 7 murders sentenced to death

Difficult, debilitating: Man who assigned value to each 9/11 death

Sports News

India vs. England: 5th Test at Manchester called off after India 'Unable to field a team' due to Covid outbreak, confirms ECB

BCCI asks England board to reschedule the final Test

India vs. England: ‘2-2 or 2-1 is not for ECB to decide; if match doesn’t take place, let ICC intervene’

India vs. England: Sourav Ganguly to meet ECB CEO on September 22 or 23

Did coach Ravi Shastri and skipper Virat Kohli pay enough heed to BCCI diktat on health protocols?

Indian players got the jitters after assistant physio tested positive: Dinesh Karthik

India vs. England: Once UK opened for all, ECB did not opt for a series-specific bio-bubble

It’s shame and anticlimax to wonderful series: Former players on cancellation of Manchester Test

Wasn’t outbreak of Covid, it was perception of what might happen that caused cancellation: ECB CEO Tom Harrison

There are significant financial implications and reputational issues: Lancashire CEO

T20 World Cup: Rashid Khan quits as Afghanistan cricket captain

Mohammad Nabi named Afghanistan captain for T20 World Cup as Rashid Khan steps down

Australia Test captain Tim Paine says teams may refuse to play Afghanistan at T20 World Cup, following Taliban’s ban on women’s cricket in the war-raved country

1st T20I: Markram, bowlers help South Africa down Sri Lanka

2nd ODI: Zimbabwe frustrated as rain ruins Ireland clash

Gautam Gambhir plans mega cricket tournament in East Delhi

Anxious Indian players eager to join IPL bubble at the earliest

MS Dhoni’s appointment is a good decision: Kapil Dev

Today’s News (10th Sept 2021, Friday)

Today’s News (10th Sept 2021, Friday)

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Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand get new governors

R. N. Ravi will be the new Governor of Tamil Nadu; Lt. Gen. Gurmit Singh (Retd) will be the new Governor of Uttarakhand and Banwarilal Purohit will be the Punjab Governor

BRICS has adopted a counter-terrorism action plan: PM Modi

PM Narendra Modi chairs 13th Brics summit; leaders cover Afghan crisis, pandemic in speech

Coal India owes huge money to Jharkhand, can stop company’s operations: CM Hemant Soren

60.98 pc of India’s total Covid-19 cases last week were from Kerala: Health secretary

Rahul Gandhi arrives in Jammu, proceeds to holy shrine Shree Vaishno Devi on foot from Katra

Ford to stop manufacturing cars in India; 4,000 employees to lose jobs, will rely on imports

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Madras was ranked the best higher education institution in the country for the third year in a row by the Education Ministry, which released its India Rankings 2021 under the National Institutional Ranking Framework on Thursday.

Election Commission announces bypolls to six Rajya Sabha seats; polling on Oct 4

Beyond Delta, scientists are watching new coronavirus variants

Thamirabarani civilization is 3,200 years old, Tamil Nadu chief minister M K Stalin announced in the state assembly. The age was determined based on a carbon dating analysis of the river and soil found in a burial urn in Sivagalai, in Tuticorin district

Gyanvapi mosque title dispute: Allahabad High Court stays lower court proceedings for ASI survey of Kashi Vishwanath Temple-Gyanvapi complex

‘Love jihad’ case: Gujarat High Court asks why government has problems when the woman wants to remain married?

13 more airports to be privatized; 7 small airports to be clubbed with 6 big ones for this PPP round

Financial & Business News

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) on Thursday announced extending due dates for filing income tax returns for Assessment Year 2021-22 (Fiscal Year 2020-21) to December 31 as against September 30.

Tax filings reflect portal bug getting fixed: Government

Actor Kushal Tandon gets ITAT relief over Rs. 30 lakh gift from dad

After 4 years, UCO Bank out of corrective action

Byju’s to accelerate IPO plans as India tech booms

‘Print highly trusted by readers, effective platforms for marketers’

India’s fuel demand rose 10.9% in August

Bitcoin, the world’s most valuable cryptocurrency, slid to below $45,000 from a near four-month high of about $52,000, hours after it debuted as legal tender in El Salvador, the first country to do so

Other Cryptocurrencies such as Ethereum, Binance Coin and Cardano also plunged between 13% and 18%

Meme coins such as Tesla founder Elon Musk-endorsed Dogecoin and Shiba Inu – a cryptocurrency named after a dog-themed meme and launched to rival Dogecoin – dropped as much as 33% to 70%, respectively, at one point

Google rolls out final beta for Android 12, official launch expected in coming weeks

Jio-BP, BluSmart team up for EV charging infrastructure

China’s gaming crackdown causes tech stocks to drop

Money, mimicry and mind control: Big Tech slams ethics brakes on AI

Paytm Money wants users to invest in stocks on its platform; launches wealth, investment advisory marketplace on its platform

Google brings accelerator programme for digital news startups in India

Paid influencers must label posts as ads, German court rules

Uttarakhand HC sends notice to Facebook on cyber blackmailing

New Delhi: Cabinet defers call on telecom package

Mutual fund investors turn cautious in August, shift to hybrid funds

Finally, India gets lead agency for road safety

RBI penalises 2 co-op banks for deficiencies in regulatory compliance

Finance ministry releases Rs. 9,871 crore to 17 states as revenue deficit grant

Scindia bats for effective flyers’ grievance redressal; sets 100-day target for starting various projects

Confident of double digit growth this fiscal: Martin Schwenk, Mercedes India CEO

Future Retail-Reliance deal: SC stays proceedings on Amazon’s plea to enforce arbitrary award

Byju’s to accelerate IPO plans as India tech booms

5-year PLI scheme worth Rs. 10,683 crore for textile sector cleared by govt

Reliance Infra wins $632 million arbitration against Delhi Metro

Foreign education venture Leap raises $55 million

Shriram Housing Finance to hire 350 people in Andhra Pradesh & Telangana

Sensex, Nifty end marginally higher after range-bound trade

Corona Updates

World: Confirmed: 222,516,512; Total Deaths: 4,596,053, Active Cases: 217,920,459

India: Confirmed: 33,139,981; Total Deaths: 441,749; Recovered 32,304,618; Active Cases: 393,614

58% of India’s adult population has received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine while 18% got both the shots as the total number of jabs administered in the country crossed 72 crore.

Kerala reports 26,200 new cases and 114 deaths in the past 24 hours

90 percent Covid deaths in Kerala from June 15 were among unvaccinated, those with co-morbidities

India reports 43,263 new Covid-19 cases, 40,567 recoveries and 338 deaths.

Double vaccination 97.5% effective in preventing Covid mortality: ICMR

Ganesh Chaturthi has to be celebrated following Covid-19 protocols. We have completed 100% first dose vaccination in the state. We aim to complete the second dose vaccination by 31st October: Goa CM Pramod Sawant

Visakhapatnam: Andhra Pradesh added 1,439 fresh cases to its Covid-19 tally

Himachal Pradesh reports 161 new Covid-19 cases, 6 deaths

80% children in India between age group of 14-18 years reported lower levels of learning during Covid-19 pandemic than when physically at school: UNICEF report

Maharashtra reported 4,219 new coronavirus infections and 55 fatalities

Chhattisgarh logs 25 new coronavirus cases, 1 death

Covid during pregnancy a dire threat in Latin America: WHO

Gujarat reports 19 new coronavirus cases, zero death

Kolhapur reports 105 new cases of Covid-19

West Bengal reports 724 new Covid-19 infections and 8 deaths today

Delhi reports 36 new cases and zero deaths in the last 24 hours

Tamil Nadu reports 1,596 new Covid-19 cases, 21 deaths

J&K recorded 170 new Covid-19 cases and no deaths

Former prime minister of Mauritius Navinchandra Ramgoolam admitted to AIIMS Trauma Centre for treatment of Covid-19

Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz tests positive for Covid-19 ahead of New Zealand series

Britain records 38,013 new cases and 167 new deaths from Covid-19

Italy reports 5,522 new Covid-19 cases, 59 deaths

North Macedonia's government declared three days of mourning Thursday following a deadly overnight fire in a Covid-19 field hospital that killed 14 people and injured several others. The blaze broke out late Wednesday in the western city of Tetovo, where the unit had been set up following a recent spike in infections in the region that left local hospitals full.

Several leading US airlines say rise in Covid-19 cases is hurting ticket sales

Sinovac to trial Covid-19 vaccine in South African children as part of global study

The Pune-based firm has enhanced the manufacturing capacity of Covishield to more than 20 crore doses per month

Japan extends coronavirus state of emergency until end of September in Tokyo and 18 other areas, as health care systems remain under severe strain, although new infections have slowed slightly

Virus infects 99 kids at Philippine orphanage

New Zealand buys Pfizer Covid-19 vaccines from Spain

Sydney pubs to open in mid-October as end of Covid lockdown looms – with cases set to rise

State News

47 oxygen plants with 57 MT capacity commissioned in Delhi: Official data

OPS urge Tamil Nadu CM Stalin to build memorials of late Chief Ministers P Subbarayan, P T Rajan

Two TN govt school teachers booked for furnishing fake certificates

Noida teen hanging from balcony railing falls to death from 6th floor

Noida: Guards at Lotus Boulevard attack 56-year-old resident with sticks as argument escalates after slap

Man arrested for shooting mother dead in Delhi’s Mundka area

Delhi’s ‘Winter Action Plan’ to fight pollution to be ready by Sept 30: Gopal Rai, Environment minister

Delhi: Cab driver stabs retired sub-inspector, victim out of danger

National Conference leader Trilochan Wazir found dead in west Delhi, police lodge murder case

Mumbai Police: No pandal visits allowed during Ganesh festival

Demand for Paper Ganpati goes up this year in Mumbai

Drunk woman creates chaos, vandalises army vehicle in MP’s Gwalior

50% of target recipients in Prayagraj may get Covid vaccination by Sept 15

Chennai’s pedestrian plaza blueprint, on the two projects coming up at M C Road, Khader Nawaz Khan Road

Ravi Teja appears before the ED in Hyderabad: Tollywood drugs and money laundering case

‘Thalaivii’ movie: Arvind Swami kills it as MGR in a Jayalalithaa biopic that has her playing a cameo

Prajakta Shukre on reuniting with Kangana Ranaut in 'Thalaivi': I can relate to her as I too come from a small town like her

Seetimaarr director Sampath Nandi takes up the Green India Challenge

Bhavadeeyudu Bhagat Singh: Pawan Kalyan's film with Harish Shankar gets a title and first-look

Akshay Kumar to jet off to the UK tomorrow to resume the shoot of his next film

Lahore court issues arrest warrant against ‘Hindi Medium’ actress Saba Qamar for shooting ‘dance video’ outside a historical mosque

Amitabh Bachchan shares the first glimpse of Mumbai's famous Lalbaugcha Raja ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi

'The Matrix Resurrections' stuns with first trailer, ushering back to where it all started

Bigg Boss OTT: Nishant Bhat sacrifices his chance to win ‘Ticket to Finale’ while competing with friend Raqesh Bapat; says ‘I don’t take shortcuts’

Bigg Boss OTT: Akshara Singh on her elimination, memories with Sidharth Shukla and more

Prayagraj, UP: Three (Mohd Assan Raza alias Hasan, Mohd Mustafa and Mohd Ateeq) held for forcing woman into religious conversion in Kaushambi

Congress saw maximum defections, followed by Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP); DMK the least since 2014: Report

Kuwait & Middle East News

Covid-19 cases drop to all-time low as recoveries reach 99%

Kuwait Cricket announces scholarships for cricket players

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has spent 121 m dinars during the first half of 2021 on food and construction materials subsidies

The Ministry of Education announced a list of foodstuffs that schoolchildren will be allowed to take with them to schools hours foodstuffs approved by the Public Authority for Food and Nutrition (PAFN), during the next scholastic year.

Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) has launched an application for printing work visa through its website ‘electronic forms’. PAM specified the visa can be printed through the automated system if the application has been approved after which the applicant must visit the concerned department. PAM also announced the activation of the cancellation of a work permit, in addition to a request to cancel a work permit when transferring to family (dependence) visa, and the availability of a request to issue a work permit for transfer from the government sector to the private sector, Visa 18.

More than 42 million old vehicle tyres dumped in Kuwait’s sands have started to be recycled, as the Gulf state tackles a waste problem that created one of the world’s largest tyre graveyards

Weather forecaster at the Meteorological Department Abdulaziz Al-Qarawi expects the temperatures to drop noticeably as of next Saturday and said the maximum will range between 34 and 44 degrees Celsius.

Afghanistan News

Taliban assets should be unfrozen so that they can use them, Pakistani foreign minister says

The Taliban government is likely to take oath on Sept 11, some reports say. Meanwhile the Kabul airport has become 90% operational, and the Taliban regime has agreed to let nearly 200 non-Afghans leave on evacuation flights. The Taliban also banned protests of all kinds, after the capital over the last few days saw people descending on to the streets against the regime.

Taliban’s interim govt has put an end to ‘anarchy’, a ‘necessary step’ to restore order in Afghanistan: China

Taliban say Haqqani on US terror list is violation of Doha pact

‘US does not view Taliban takeover through lens of India'

Pakistan, Qatar urge caution over Afghan economy

UK foreign office says 13 British nationals have been able to fly from Kabul to Doha today

Scores of Westerners, including Americans, fly out of Kabul

Afghan territory must not be used to carry out terror attacks against other countries: Brics

Russia interested in stopping flow of migration from Afghanistan: Putin

Qatari foreign minister thanks Taliban for helping get Kabul airport operational

Foreign ministry under Ghani government describes Taliban's interim cabinet as 'illegitimate'

Political party leaders protest cabinet choices made by Taliban

CIA director discusses Afghan situation with Pak Army chief, ISI head

Desperate Afghans still await flights to flee Taliban

International News

Sri Lanka, the Island nation which has some of the best human development indices in the region has been badly hit by the pandemic with high food prices and a sputtering economy

China tries to seize island in South China Sea

US warship sails near disputed South China Sea islands

China orders gaming giants to cut ‘effeminate’ gender imagery

Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ marks 50 years with lyric projected on landmarks

No milk or water: Shoppers face shortages at UK grocery stores

Paid influencers must label posts as ads, German court rules

Italian police warn of armed attacks by anti-vaxxers

Canada PM Justin Trudeau dukes it out with Tory rival over climate, election timing

Canada PM Trudeau angrily accuses main rival of favouring abortion curbs, gun owners

Miami: 3 arrests made in condo collapse victim ID thefts: Officials

Texas man gets execution delay over pastor’s touch request

Ida deaths rise by 11 in New Orleans; Louisiana toll now 26

New Zealand feared an extremist but found no way to stop him

20 years on, 9/11 responders are still sick and dying

About 60,000 in Afghan evacuation brought to US

Joe Biden to deliver six-step plan on Covid-19 pandemic

Fighting Texas abortion law could be tough for federal govt

Sports News

Indian players test Covid negative, 5th Test to go ahead as scheduled

England are expecting the final Test to go ahead: Jos Buttler

ECB wants India to forfeit 5th Test; BCCI says no; Team India says ‘we’ll play’

Conflict of Interest complaint against MS Dhoni's appointment as Team India mentor for T20 World Cup

Gavaskar lauds Dhoni’s appointment as mentor but hopes there is no ‘clash’ with Shastri

It just gives you a completely new dimension: Gautam Gambhir on R Ashwin’s selection

India Vs. England, 5th Test: Jasprit Bumrah’s workload, Ajinkya Rahane’s form big concerns as Virat Kohli’s India eye history

India’s reverse swing gets England pacers thinking

India vs. England: Shami fit to play in Manchester; medical team monitoring Rohit, Pujara

Buttler to keep wicket in final India Test, says England skipper Root

Ben Stokes left out of England’s T20 World Cup squad

West Indies recall experienced Ravi Rampaul to T20 World Cup squad

USA cricketer smacks six sixes in over against Papua New Guine

UEFA chief Ceferin threatens World Cup boycott if new plans go ahead

FC Bengaluru United first team to reach knockouts of Durand Cup

German football team struck in Scotland after plane problem

Novak Djokovic ralles to beat Matteo Berrettini in US Open quarters, edges closer to Calendar slam

APEX council meeting: BCCI to discuss Afghan cricket

News Digest (9th Sept 2021, Thursday)

News Digest (9th Sept 2021, Thursday)

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Strong 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Mexico's Acapulco; 1 killed; beach resort's Intl airport windows were broken, interior ceilings crashed to the floor

A massive rescue operation involving National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) has been launched as a ferry boat carrying 100 passengers and some vehicles capsized after colliding with another boat in Brahmaputra river in Assam

Mumbai-born Ugandan author Mahmood Mamdani has been shortlisted for the 2021 British Academy Book Prize for Global Cultural Understanding

Assam boat accident: One dead, 43 people rescued, govt orders magisterial enquiry

35-40 people feared drowned after two Boats collide in Brahmaputra near Jorhat, 3 suspended; probe ordered

Theatre commands on track, Four Top Commanders to draw up structure; four commander-in-chiefs from the services should come in a year. Theatre commands expected to come up in 3 years

Education gap now alarmingly wide, poor children risk falling into an academic death spiral

CBI lodges FIRs over theft of phones, Auto-Rickshaw used in ‘Murder’ of Dhanbad Judge; indicate deep conspiracy in the matter; doubles reward to Rs.10 lakh for info on Dhanbad judge’s death

IAF gets an Airlift: Ageing Avros Aircraft to be replaced by 56 Swanky C-295s; 16 delivered in flyaway condition by Spain in 48 months; 40 will be manufactured in India by TATA Consortium over 10 years

Delta Combat Systems & Werywin Defence invest Rs 215Cr for Ammunition Units in UP’s Defence Corridor - assault, sniper rifles, CQB carbines, frames for polymer frame pistols, safety equipment

SC gives 3 days to NGO Suraz India Trust Chairperson to file unconditional apology for "scandalizing, browbeating the court

Heavy rains lash Saurashtra, Gujarat Monsoon deficit contracts 10% in one week; Delhi records max temp of 33.7 deg C; light to moderate rain likely for next 4 days; Heavy rain pounds Odisha; MeT forecasts downpour over next 24 hrs in several districts

Bihar: Viral fever cases rise among children; major hospitals filled with affected kids; Covid symptoms not yet seen

Kerala to set up vaccine production zone in State’s Capital; special package for anchor industries setting up units; land lease for 60 years with a subsidy of 50% in the lease premium

Supreme Court lets govt extend ED chief’s tenure

Manual scavenging death: Delhi cops draw court ire

Govt announces early MSP for rabi crops in bid to calm farm protests

2nd round of talks fails; farmers to continue protest at Karnal Mini Secretariat; Tikait says UP, Delhi, Punjab farmers will also keep joining; gherao 'to continue till demands are me

SC-appointed panel member to CJI: Pained to see farm laws issue not solved yet & agitation continues; seek release of the panel's report submitted in March

1,600 US colleges ignore SAT for UG admissions

India-UAE route 8th in Top 10 country pair list

House committee notes ‘improved’ situation in J&K

Govt clears $3 billion Airbus-Tata project for 56 military transport aircraft

Taliban will have to follow true Sharia that guarantees rights of all: Mehbooba

Indian Railways will operate as many as 261 Ganapati special trains to various destinations across the national transporter's network

12-15 African cheetahs likely to be introduced in India in 4-6 months; Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh is being prepared for the reintroduction

Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee to file nomination for Bhabanipur bypoll on Sept 10

In another OBC push, BJP sends Dharmendra Pradhan to UP as poll in charge

Congress highlights infighting in Rajasthan BJP, says has 6 CM aspirants

Farm stir: Talks have failed, protest to continue in Karnal, says Tikait

Current MSP is a fraud’: RSS-linked BKS demands profitable prices for farmers, to hold protest

Pakistan promoting ‘culture of violence’, uses UN forum for hate speech: India

London: Burglars break into Hindu temple in Swindon for fifth time, vandalise sacred alter

Bronze monument dedicated to heroes of Saragarhi battle to be unveiled in UK on its 124th anniversary

UK PM Boris Johnson invites MPs for drinks at Downing Street with ‘Covid pass’

Union minister Gajendra Shekhawat appointed BJP in-charge for Punjab assembly polls

Uttarakhand independent MLA Pritam Singh Panwar joins BJP

Haryana refuses to scalp SDM, Karnal impasse on

Make ‘no manual scavenging’ pledge: HC to civic chiefs

Delhi HC asks CBI to probe Ankit Gujjar’s death in Tihar

Financial & Business News

Union Govt Approves Rs 10,683-crore PLI Scheme for Textile Sector (MMF Apparel, MMF Fabrics and 10 segments/ products of Technical Textiles), to create 7.5 Lakh jobs; PLI scheme for Air Conditioners blows cold, finds only few takers

Union Govt Hikes Wheat MSP by Rs 40 to Rs 2,015 per Quintal for 2021-22 crop year; mustard seed by Rs 400 to Rs 5,050 per quintal

Cognizant reaches $95MN settlement with shareholders to resolve lawsuit of defrauding shareholders by concealing bribes to officials in India

1.19 Cr IT returns Filed for current fiscal, daily average at 3.2 Lakh; Daily Avg of taxpayers logging into portal at 15.55 lakh

Oxbotica to develop Multi-Purpose Self-Driving Vehicle with AppliedEV; 1st deployment will be in industrial logistics & automated goods delivery

New study now found that north-western, central and south-central regions of the country have emerged as new heatwave hotspots; huge population at risk

Bank of Baroda launches one-stop digital platform 'bob World'; 220 services will be converged. offer digital account opening in 10Mins; cover 95% of all retail banking services

IRCTC to launch India's first luxury cruise liner from Sep18; base at Mumbai, May 2022 will be shifted to Chennai, set sail to Colombo, Galle, Trincomalee, Jaffna

Average 9.4% salary hike likely next year, positive sentiment across sectors; technology, e-commerce and IT-enabled services are top three sectors

BYJU'S acquires exam preparation platform Gradeup in its 8th buy this year; shelled out $2.2BN in 2021 for various acquisitions

Ola S1 electric scooter to be available from Sept 8 with EMI starting from Rs 2,999; Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India commences deliveries of CB200X bike

Cash-strapped Vodafone Idea wants Govt to bail it out of the crisis it is facing right now

FADA: Total vehicle sales in Aug rose by 14.48% YoY but down by 14.75% as against sales in August 2019

Gates’s firm to buy $2.2bn stake in Four Seasons from Prince Alwaleed

IPO-bound PayTM promotes Founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma’s brother Ajay Shekhar Sharma, as Chief Business Officer (CBO)

Reliance Industries offers 10-12% average pay hike to staff for 2021-2022: Report

Delhi HC directs Google, Facebook to block 25 websites, accounts infringing Aaj Tak trademark

Windows 11: Microsoft has a new plan to solve Windows users video editing pains

Amazon Pay set to allow users to create FDs

Bitcoin will hit $100,000 by early 2022: Standard Chartered research

Reliance Retail contributes 26% of Future consumer’s FY21 sales; becomes 2nd largest customer

Media liable for Facebook comments: Australian court

WhatsApp officially announced support for migration of chats from iOS to Android

Pakistan downgraded to frontier market from emerging market by MSCI

Big Bazaar’s Kishore Biyani’s remuneration falls to Rs. 2.17 crore in 2020-2021

World’s largest plant to capture CO2 from air starts in Iceland

Corona Updates

World: 223,366,244; Active 18,884,146 (8.45%); Recovery 199,873,557 (89.48%); Vaccinated 5.57BN

India: 33,138,856; Active 399,900 (1.21%); Recovery 32,297,174 (97.46%); Vaccinated 699.67MN

India administered more Covid vaccine doses in last 10 days than all of May; Vaccine warriors are up against Big Challenges in Hill States. Yet, they are winning

India likely to resume COVAX supply only after completing Adult Immunisation at home

Covid-19: WHO Chief urges halt to Booster Shots for rest of the year expanding a call that has largely fallen on deaf ears

Curve of 7-day average of Covid cases flattening

AIIMS Delhi to conduct phase 2, 3 trials of Bharat Biotech's nasal vaccine soon, say sources

India on Wednesday reported 37,875 daily new Covid cases and 369 deaths

Chances of a third wave look slim now, experts, who have authored the SUTRA model that tracks the progression of Covid-19 in India

Karnataka asks people to defer visit to Kerala till Oct end amid Covid; 11 MBBS students of Nagpur college test Covid +ve after getting both doses

Fly with your own Covid safety kit, airlines won't provide you with any on domestic flights

Global Fund: Covid-19 pandemic had a "devastating" impact on the fight against HIV, tuberculosis and malaria in 2020

US Medical body warns against travel to Sri Lanka, Jamaica, and Brunei because of the rising number of Covid-19 cases

24 samples of eight persons sent to NIV test -ve for Nipah; 251 people listed for contact tracing, 129 were health workers & 54 were in the high-risk category

Sources say India's premier hospital and research centre will be starting trials within a couple of weeks and an application has been put to seek the mandatory permission of the AIIMS Ethics Committee.

Novavax begins early-stage trial for combined influenza, Covid-19 vaccines

Committees decide to hold Ramlila as Covid cases decrease in Delhi

Ireland to give Covid vaccine booster shot to over-80s

UK records 191 Covid deaths and 38,975 cases

France reports 88,518 Covid deaths in hospitals.

Germany extends Covid emergency aid for companies until year-end

Bulgaria, EU's least vaccinated nation, faces deadly surge

Sydney to set out roadmap for easing Covid-19 curbs even as cases rise

Brazil registers 14,430 new cases of Covid-19 and 250 deaths

Swiss will need Covid certificates to go to bars, restaurants

Japan seeks to extend Covid emergency curbs in Tokyo, other areas

Novavax begins early-stage trial for combined influenza, Covid-19 vaccines

Sources say India's premier hospital and research centre will be starting trials within a couple of weeks and an application has been put to seek the mandatory permission of the AIIMS Ethics Committee.

Haryana on Wednesday reported 17 coronavirus cases

Cumulative vaccine doses administered in India crosses 71 crore

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also said Wednesday he was "appalled" at comments by a leading association of pharmaceutical manufacturers who said vaccine supplies are high enough to allow for both booster shots and vaccinations in countries in dire need of jabs but facing shortages.

Supreme Court junks PIL on jabs at home, slams petitioner

Trials for vaccine delivery by drones begin today in Telangana

No fresh Covid-19 death in UP, 16 more cases reported

Delhi records 41 more Covid-19 cases, zero fatalities; positivity rate at 0.05 pc

Tamil Nadu reported a slight increase in new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday with 1,587 infections, pushing the overall caseload to 26,27,365 till date, while 18 people succumbed to the virus, taking the toll to 35,073.

Kerala: 1,71,295 samples were tested in the past 24 hours, and the test positivity rate rising to 17.63 per cent.

State News

Kurukshetra University (KU) asks students to make arrangements for internet for themselves or appear in offline mode exam

Survey helps 60% dropouts rejoin schools in Tamilnadu

No public celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi in Delhi

Delhi to celebrate this year’s Ganpati with LIVE streamed darshans and smaller, sanitised pandals

Hunger finds a platform as swanky food plaza to open at New Delhi Railways Station

Delhi govt launches WhatsApp number to provide Covid-19 info, locate vaccination centres

Delhi riots: Court asks Police Commissioner to ensure proper probe, raps cops for 'Lackadaisical attitude

Delhi Tree Authority (DTA), a statutory body set up in 1995 to preserve trees in the capital, is largely lying defunct, reveals RTI data

Delhi police files reply opposing Umar Khalid’s fresh bail plea

Delhi: Man held for duping Aircel of Rs. 1.76 crore

Northwest, Central and South-central India new hotspot of intense heatwave since last 5 years

Over 400 hurt in stone-pelting ritual in MP's Gotmar Fair in which people line up on either sides of Jaam River to pelt stones at each other as part of a centuries-old tradition; 1,000 Cops, 35 Drs deployed

Tamil Nadu announces welfare board, award for journalists; increase in financial support to families of press, media persons who die in harness; higher education of young, eligible scribes in journalism

Plight of migrant workers a sad, endless narrative': Kerala HC dismisses appeal of murder accused

Delhi airport’s elevated taxiway to be ready by 2022-end: Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL)

Human skull found in Sadhvi’s bag at MP airport, says ‘it was of my late Guru’

Delhi: Three held for robbing police sub-inspector of Rs. 40,000 cash, other valuables

Security guards of Noida housing society assault 2 residents, FIR lodged

Noida: Hundreds of lawyers march against colleague’s assault

8 dengue cases in Ghaziabad, mosquito breeding found at 100 spots

Oxygen generation plant set up at Delhi’s Batra Hospital which faced crisis during Covid 2nd wave

Dry fruit prices soar as Afghan crisis costs dear

Goa police arrest 13 who ran fake call centre, cheated US citizens

Kuwait & Middle East News

His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah receives His Highness the Prime Minister

His Highness the Amir receives Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense and Minister of Defense of the USA and the accompanying delegation on the occasion of his official

Kuwaiti Foreign Minister and his Egyptian counterpart discuss in Cairo the close bilateral relations and the latest regional and international developments

Kuwait Deputy Foreign Minister Majdi Al-Dhafiri met, with the head of the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in the State of Kuwait, Dr. Samer Haddadin, on the occasion of the end of his duties as head of the office.

General Fire Brigade: A search and rescue operation is underway

The Egyptian President praises the role of the State of Kuwait in facing the challenges of the Arab Nation

Speaker of the Arab Parliament praises Kuwait’s ‘honoured’ parliamentary experience

Boursa Kuwait closes its trading with the general index declining 17.45 points to reach the level of 6786.42 points, down by 0.26 percent, with a value of 38.51 million dinars

The Egyptian President praises the roles of the State of Kuwait in facing the challenges of the Arab Nation

Speaker of the Arab Parliament praises Kuwait’s ‘honoured’ parliamentary experience

The Arab Planning Institute: The Developmental Leadership Program aims to raise the competencies of national cadres

The Australian Parliament Speaker supports the Kuwaiti proposal to form a committee to ensure that social media platforms are not misused

Tracking bracelets for prisoners sentenced to less than 3 years

Farwaniya: Egyptian woman stabs her husband

Labour shortage delays construction projects

Filipina forges her friend’s signature on a rental contract

Increasing the airport’s capacity for more than 1000 passengers is under study

Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) launches transfer to Family Residence, 17 to 18 Transfer Online

Speaker Al-Ghanim suggests Parliamentary Committee to avoid social media misuse

The General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers has asked the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) to look into possibility of stopping ‘Payment Support’ for Kuwaitis

Kuwait is among the most expensive cities in the world for renting apartments

Abuse shelter centre to open doors after four years wait

Commerce Ministry plans to cut ration supply of sugar and rice

Academy Goal to prepare individuals in political, economic administrative fields

Electronic surveillance device for prisoner who can serve their sentenced from home

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) plans to tighten the loan market through new rules

Kuwait Airways restarted Sri Lanka, Pakistan Bangladesh flights

Saudi lifts travel ban on UAE, Argentina and South Africa

Kuwait is the 2nd largest issuer of Sukuk in the Gulf, with US$ 7.2billion

Kuwait Airways launches its first flight to Amsterdam

DGCA: All passengers must download the Shlonik App while arriving at Kuwait International Airport

The price of a barrel of Kuwaiti oil rose 33 cents to reach $72.70

The Arab Planning Institute: The Developmental Leadership Program aims to raise the Competencies of national cadres

Afghanistan News

Taliban put 'conditions' to restrict protest in Afghanistan

US ‘concerned’ as terrorists take control in Kabul

Afghan: Invite 6 nations for Govt formation event; new govt has 5 UN-designated Terrorists. $10 Mn bounty on Interior Minister

Acting PM Hasan Akhund calls on former officials to return, assures safety

The Taliban education minister on Wednesday downplayed the importance of education and said that being pious is all that matters. Deposed Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Twitter justified his decision to leave Kabul as the Taliban advanced on the city, saying it was the only way to keep the guns silent.

Taliban situation triggers debate on India's airbase in Tajikistan; known as Gissar Military Aerodrome (GMA), the IAF airbase is located in the village of Ayni, not far from Tajikistan's capital

China endorses Taliban's interim govt; announces $31 million aid for Afghanistan

Afghanistan crisis: NSA Ajit Doval holds talks with Russia’s Nikolai Patrushev

PM Modi discusses Indo-Russian cooperation, Afghan crisis with Russian Security Council secretary Nikolai Patrushev

Blinken to Taliban: Any legitimacy will have to be earned

India, EU strategic convergence reflects ‘our positions’ on Afghanistan: Jaishankar

Jaishankar says use of Afghan soil to promote terrorism by any country unacceptable, Taliban must live to its declarations

Pakistan to dispatch humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan

European Union says Taliban govt not 'inclusive and representative’

UN chief asks international community to use all tools to counter global terrorist threat in Afghanistan

Pakistan to dispatch humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan

US troops killed in Afghan bombing awarded Purple Hearts

Taliban leaders face great responsibility towards the Afghan people: Hasan Akhund

Russia to send ambassadors to Afghan government inauguration

Pakistan should respect the will of Afghan people: Maryam Nawaz

Taliban’s interim govt has put an end to ‘anarchy’: China

Zebulon Simentov, Afghanistan’s last Jew leaves after Taliban takeover

Afghanistan's 'new reality' requires world to discard 'old lenses': Pak FM Qureshi

Afghan women aren’t afraid of the Taliban but will the world hear them?

Women in Afghanistan won't be allowed to play sport, including cricket, says Taliban

Blinken urges countries to hold Taliban accountable on counterterrorism

US not in a rush to recognize Taliban govt: White House

US has not conveyed it will validate Taliban caretaker government in Afghanistan, says White House

Pak signature on Taliban Govt: IC-814 hijack plotter's son is defence minister; 14 of 33 members of 'interim' Govt on UNSC's terrorism blacklist

Most important man in Afghanistan now is one whose outfit hit India’s interests max

The most important person in the Taliban cabinet announced is not Prime Minister Mullah Hassan Akhund but interior minister Sirajuddin Haqqani

Up to Pakistan to stop terror in Afghanistan, India tells Russia

International News

Only God can remove me from office Brazilian Prez Bolsonaro

US probing nearly 350 reports of oil spills in wake of Hurricane Ida; found evidence of a new leak from an offshore well, reported another leak responsible for a miles-long streak of oil was no longer active

California fire threat high despite progress near Tahoe

South Korea successfully Test-Fires Homegrown Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile; a range of around 500 kilometres (310 miles), and will be mass produced for deployment

Fire at Overcrowded Indonesian Prison Kills 41, authorities’ suspect electrical fault; had 2000+ inmates more than three times as many prisoners than it was designed to hold

North Korea appears to have staged a large night-time military parade of a type it has used in the past to unveil new military hardware, including large ballistic missiles

NASA: $10BN James Webb Space Telescope, which astronomers hope will herald a new era of discovery, will launch on Dec 19

The United State: We aim to produce 40% of our electricity through solar energy by 2035

The European Union comments the ‘significant’ progress made by Libya internally

9/11 related illnesses have caused more deaths than the attack itself: Report

Sports News

BCCI makes MS Dhoni mentor of India’s T20 World Cup squad

BCCI to facilitate 30,000 RT-PCR tests during IPL 2nd phase, medical staff to stay in same bubble

BCCI reappoints NRI-led healthcare group as medical partner for IPL matches

Amit Mishra recounts battle against Covid-19, looks forward to IPL resumption

Ashwin included in India’s T20 World Cup Squad; Chahal, Dhawan dropped

Stokes likely to miss England’s T20 World Cup bid

T20 WC team selection: Toss-up between spinners Varun and Rahul, keepers Sanju and Ishan

Today’s News (8th Sept 2021, Wednesday)

Today’s News (8th Sept 2021, Wednesday)

by Annadatha Venkata Murali Manohar


Datod village between J&K Rajouri & Poonch districts received electricity and road connectivity for the first time in 20 years

Study revealed that preterm infants with higher exposure to their mother's own milk had enhanced cardiac function

Nipah virus in Kerala: 11 contacts of victim symptomatic; Govt zeroing in on ‘Source; contact list has 251 people, 125 out of whom are healthcare workers; 'Wrong Information', says Coimbatore District Collector after he was misquoted on Nipah virus case by ANI; ANI later deletes the tweet

Twins born with joined heads see each other for 1st time after 12 hours surgery in Israel; both recovering well; surgery has been conducted only 20 times worldwide

UP, Firozabad: 105 cases of dengue and viral fever were recorded; No deaths in past 24 hours; Officials to release 25,000 mosquito fish in ponds to tackle Dengue outbreak

Union Govt to increase database of farmers from 5.5 cr to 8 cr by Dec with help of states: Tomar

Zoho CEO's village in Tamil Nadu gets Govt's piped water supply; Every household in the village now has a water connection

Pegasus issue: SC agrees to Centre’s request to adjourn hearing of pleas for independent probe

Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel's father arrested for 'derogatory' remarks against community

I have been placed under house arrest in Srinagar, says Mehbooba Mufti

Rona Wilson granted 14 days bail for father’s last rites

Financial & Business News

Air India owes around ₹250Cr in travel refunds to passengers due to Covid-19 travel restrictions

SEBI banned 85 entities, including Sunrise Asian, from the capital markets for up to one year for manipulating the company's share price

BMW orders batteries worth ₹1.75 lakh Cr; comes after electric cars made up for more than 11% of deliveries in 1st half 2021

Sharp India: Work-from-home, workforce decentralisation push demand for ACs; LED TVs set to clock significant growth

COAI: Trai's suggestion to waive RoW charges for 5 years to significantly reduce network rollout cost

Union Govt to States: Raise captive coal output in a week, utilise imported coal-based plants or face CIL supply regulation

World's richest person Jeff Bezos invests in anti-ageing startup Altos Labs which is offering salaries of $1MN or more to researchers

IAA Munich 2021: Hyundai announces Carbon Neutral Goal to be achieved globally by 2045; VW ID. Life concept makes Global debut

LIC IPO may impact jobs, social spending, Union warns

Cairn to return $700 million to shareholders when India tax row resolved

Cairn accepts $1bn refund offer, to drop cases against India within days: CEO Simon Thomson

Organisations in India project 9.4% salary increase in 2022: Aon survey

Crypto not currency; needs to be regulated as asset: ex-RBI DG Gandhi

Commerce ministry notifies procedure for imports under India-Mauritius trade pact

The gross domestic product (GDP) data revealed that besides the second wave of Covid-19 deficient government spending constrained India’s economic recovery in the June 2021 quarter from the slump of fiscal 2020-2021

A special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court cancels all warrants against Nirav Modi's brother-in-law

L&T Construction bags order for water effluent treatment business

Visa, Innoviti develops stored value debit card for offline payment

In world first, Bitcoin, becomes legal tender in EI Salvador

Tamilnadu Mercantile Bank files IPO papers with Sebi

Videocon Industries case: NCLAT adjourns hearing; stay on resolution plan to continue till Sept 20

Pandemic has drastically altered perception of diagnostics: CEO of SRL Diagnostics

Commerce ministry notifies procedure for imports under India-Mauritius trade pact

Coal India contributes Rs. 75 crore towards NSDF as CSR initiative

Reliance Jio introduces new JioFiber postpaid broadband plans

Corona Updates

World: Confirmed 221,073,261; Total Deaths: 4,574,705; Active Cases: 216,498,556

India: Confirmed: 33,058,843; Total Deaths: 441,042; Recovered: 32,224,937; Active Cases: 392,864

India on Tuesday reported 31,222 daily new Covid cases and 290 deaths

Dr Reddy's starts supply of Sputnik V first doses

Mumbai joins Pune, Thane to return on List of Top 5 Maharashtra districts with most active Covid cases; Kerala HC asks Union Govt to allow 2nd Covishield dose after 4 weeks from First for those who want it early

India aims to ramp up its medical oxygen production capacity to 15,000 tonnes per day before a potential 3rd wave; Covid 3rd wave unlikely if no new variants emerge, says Top Virologist Dr Gagandeep Kang

New Zealand lifts lockdown, barring virus-hit Auckland as 'Game Changer' Delta wreaks havoc

More than 200,000 people have died from Covid-19 in Africa since the start of the pandemic, according to an AFP tally

Britain reports 209 daily deaths from Covid, highest since March

US CDC warns against travel to Jamaica, Brunei, Sri Lanka over Covid-19 cases

Saudi Arabia allows citizens to travel to UAE, Argentina and South Africa

With eye-banking services badly hit by Covid-19, AIIMS study to ascertain its presence in various parts of eye

Last 10 crore vaccine doses administered in just 13 days

Use of non-toxic antivirals developed to treat Covid: Union science and technology minister Jitendra Singh

Lockdown may return if Covid-19 norms violated: Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik

Assam reports 471 new Covid-19 cases, 420 recoveries, and 9 deaths today

Bengal makes RT-PCR test mandatory for people from 7 more countries on arrival

Plea in HC seeks directions to Delhi govt to allow visitors at religious places subject to Covid-19 protocols

Mumbai crosses 1 crore Covid-19 vaccination mark: BMC data

State News

Chhattisgarh CM’s father arrested over anti-Brahmin statements; didn’t seek bail, sent to jail

Father's bust at residence symbol of our love; will never encroach: Chirag Paswan

Fully vaccinated travellers do not require RT-PCR test report to travel to Kerala

Night curfew, stringent curbs on Sunday will be withdrawn forthwith: Kerala CM

Viral fever among children is ragging in Delhi, Noida

Raipur SSP shifted after Christian pastor attacked in police station

Chhattisgarh: Right-wing activists manhandle pastor, 2 others at police station over conversion

Faceless assessment: Govt eases rules for authentication of e-records submission

Protesting farmers tear down PM Modi's poster

Farmers stage sit-in at Karnal mini secretariat

Member of SC-appointed panel on farm laws seeks its report to be made public, says the court has not given attention to it

Rains in parts of Delhi, maximum temperature settles at 33.6 deg C

Delhi records 50 new Covid-19 cases, one death

Over 56,000 get ration under One Nation, one ration card (OONORC) scheme in Delhi

Bigg Boss OTT's Millind Gaba: Salman Khan speaks to contestants and also gives them a chance to explain

Hrithik Roshan and Preity Zinta’s co-star Rajat Bedi booked for hitting man with his car, victim in critical condition

Kareena Kapoor Khan's son Taimur yells at paparazzi, netizens target the actress

Chandigarh gets air-purifier to combat air pollution

East Delhi mayor orders sealing of denim washing plant after ‘irregularities’ pointed by locals

Anganwadi workers protest outside Delhi secretariat, demand hike in wages

BJP can talk to Taliban but not to farmers, says Congress

More than 2/3s in Mumbai’s Covid ICUs are unvaccinated

Police sub-inspector robbed in Delhi's Vasant Vihar

Congress vs. Congress: Will the Grand Old Party survive the battle within?

Kuwait News

A liquidity crisis is eroding the body of most public institutions due to the aggravation of the budget deficit despite the reopening of activities and the gradual return of life to normal, Al Qabas daily reported.

A pan-Gulf Arab media body revealed on Monday a five-year plan aiming to prop up local media across the region, describing the strategy as a “future roadmap.”

Kuwait allow residents under 18 years of age who have not been vaccinated to return to the country, provided they pledge to take the vaccine after arriving. The returnees need to sign an undertaking that they will take the vaccine in Kuwait. It also called for applying institutional and home quarantine whenever necessary and urged the application of health measures.

The Cabinet decided during its meeting headed by His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled to allow sports fans to return to the stadiums with the start of the new sports season 2021-2022

Four direct flights from India landed in Kuwait

Undersecretary of the Ministry of Electricity, Water and Renewable Energy, Eng. Jassim Al-Nouri, said Minister Dr. Mishaan Al-Otaibi, is keen to move forward with the digital transformation plan, which the Ministry of Electricity kick-started more than a year ago to complete all transactions online.

Two days after the operation of direct flights and the big hike in ticket prices, especially on the Cairo-Kuwait route, which touched 500 dinars per ticket (one-way), the cost of ticket saw a downward trend on the same route and member of the Board of Directors of the Union of Tourism and Travel Offices Hussein Al-Sulaiten said the cost of one-way ticket on Cairo-Kuwait route now ranged between KD 350 and KD 370 dinars for mid-September booking, and for end of September he put the price at between KD 300 and KD 330.

Kuwait Police today took a car into custody and referred the family for legal action when a video went viral in which a young boy was seen as driving a luxury SUV car.

In terms of improvement in the epidemiological situation Kuwait topped the GCC countries recording 71 cases yesterday, according to the statistics issued by the Gulf Statistical Center.

The Seventh Meeting of the Joint Working Group on Labour, Employment and the Development of Manpower between the Government of India and Government of the State of Kuwait was held virtually on 07 September, 2021.

A university professor in Kuwait tampered with the grades of a female student just because she refused to marry him. The professor is said to have proposed to the girl but her family turned down his marriage offer. Accordingly, he changed all marks achieved by the student and gave her 'zero' in the subject he had been teaching although she had attended all lectures. The student filed a case against the professor, claiming he intentionally manipulated her marks.

A 39-year-old Indian maid reportedly killed her newborn son with a kitchen knife in her Kuwaiti sponsor’s house soon after giving birth, local media reported.

The inspection teams of the Domestic Labor Recruitment Department at the Public Authority for Manpower carried out a series of inspection campaigns on the offices and agencies of recruiting domestic workers in different regions of the country, after complaints were received that some of them did not comply with the price set by the Ministry of Commerce, which is set at 890 dinars.

The Indian ambassador to the country, Sibi George, revealed that more than 5,000 Indian citizens enter Kuwait weekly after the move to open direct flights between the two countries, expressing hope that the number will rise in the near future after the airport’s capacity is increased.

The Public Relations and Media Department of the Kuwait Fire Service stated that the authority closed 5 facilities in Jahra Governorate for violating fire and safety measures.

Arabic speaking staff from Indian Embassy will be deployed at Domestic labour Office (DLO) to facilitated Indians nationals.

Kuwait ranked seventh on the list of the American newspaper Wall Street 24/7, among the 15 largest countries that control oil and its reserves in the world.

The Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Austria hosts a dinner in honour of Al-Ghanim, in the presence of Ban Ki-moon and the former President of Austria

Kuwait Olympic football team beats its Palestinian counterpart 1-0 in a friendly match

The Kuwaiti Ministry of Education determines the mechanism for the return of learners to study seats, according to certain regulations

The Speaker of the Kuwaiti National Assembly submits a proposal to form a committee to examine the file of misuse of social media platforms without compromising the values of freedom

Kuwaiti Ministry of Health: 83 new cases of Corona were recorded, 196 recovered, and one death was recorded during the past 24 hours

The Bahraini monarch expresses his pride in the solid brotherly relations and bilateral cooperation with the State of Kuwait

The State of Kuwait presents the Kingdom of Bahrain with a commemorative coin to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the founding of the Cooperation Council for the Arab

The Ministry of Defense receives a written message from his Turkish counterpart, including an invitation to visit Turkey

The Minister of Information chairs the second meeting of the Supreme Committee to follow up on digital transformation procedures in the ministry and its affiliates

The Speaker of the Kuwaiti National Assembly submits a proposal to form a committee to examine the file of misuse of social media platforms without compromising the values of freedom

Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior: Implementation of the electronic bracelet project comes to achieve the lofty goal of rehabilitating the convicts to return as good members of society

Afghanistan News

The Taliban on Tuesday evening announced the new government. Mullah Hasan Akhund will be the acting PM in the new government while Mullah Baradar will be his first deputy

Afghan: Taliban asks former members of Afghan forces to rejoin Govt services; Taliban finalise its Leadership; Doha team out, Hasan Akhund to be Head of State aided by 2 Deputies

Taliban disperse Kabul rally, arrest journalists

Two killed in anti-Taliban protest in Herat

Protesting airstrikes in Panjshir, people throng Kabul streets chanting ‘death to Pakistan’

Hundreds of men and women shouting slogans such as 'Long live the resistance,' and 'Death to Pakistan' marched in the streets to protest against the Taliban and what they called interference in Afghanistan's affairs by neighbouring Pakistan.

Pakistani Taliban intensifies terror attacks after Afghanistan takeover

UN says basic services in Afghanistan are collapsing

India provides refuge to former Afghan governor, 4 others

No Afghan protestors outside UNHCR office now, police tell Delhi HC

West Delhi gurudwara shelters 44 Afghan Sikhs who were among those evacuated from Afghanistan

International News

Using spoon to dig hole, 6 militants escape from 1 of Israel's most secure Gilboa prisons triggering a massive manhunt

Guinea coup leader (of army unit) bars Govt officials from leaving country; they should hand back their official vehicles; mining area curfew lifted

Ahead of Polls Russia blocks jailed Kremlin Critic's voting site that instructed supporters how to vote out candidates from the ruling party in polls

Singapore: Robots Xavier, deployed in public areas to detect bad social behaviour - flouting of Covid-19 safety measures, smoking in prohibited areas and the improper parking of bicycles

22-acre Scottish island with no people on it goes on sale for over £50,000; has porpoises, dolphins, whales and basking sharks; has cliffs, coves, a shingle beach, surrounding waters allow watersports

Howard University renames fine arts college after Chadwick Boseman who passed away last year aged 43 while battling colon cancer, graduated from Howard in 2000

Saudi Arabia: Allowing citizens to travel and lifting the suspension of entry from the Emirates, South Africa and Argentina

White House asks Congress for urgent funding of billions of dollars to cover Afghan resettlement

Doha gives the Afghan Girls Robotics team the opportunity to study at Education City in Qatar

US President: We are at a turning point in the climate change crisis

White House: Recognition of the Taliban government depends on the steps it will take

Turkish President: We are ‘carefully’ following the formation of the Taliban interim government

Ramallah: The Palestinian Prisoners Club says that the occupation prisons administration has begun to break up collective ‘punitive’ measures against the prisoners after six prisoners managed to escape from the Israeli Gilboa prison

We are keen on the Civil Aviation confidentiality of passengers data and will not be traded in any way

United Nations: Supporting the Iraqi authorities to conduct credible and widely recognized elections

Saudi Arabia records 8 deaths and 138 new infections with the Corona virus

A report by the European Tax Monitor showed that European banks have not reduced their presence in tax havens in recent years, despite scandals that exposed the questionable practices of multinational companies to evade taxes

Sports News

Carlos Alcaraz, 18, youngest to reach US Open Men's Singles Quarters in Open Era

Neeraj Chopra signs first set of endorsement deals (Byju’s, Tata AIA Life Insurance & Pharma Firm) after Olympic gold, endorsement fee jumps 10X

IPL 2021: There would be jitters in CSK and RCB players’ minds, feels Parthiv Patel

Yashasvi Jaiswal says having played in UAE-like conditions in Oman will help in IPL

Dinesh Karthik confident of KKR qualification for IPL playoffs

IPL 2021: We’re very much in contention, says KKR opener Shubman Gill

IPL: Maxwell will join RCB camp in Dubai in ‘two or three days’, says Hesson

Consider Wrestler-turned-Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters also for national sports awards, urges Ritu Phogat, daughter of famous wrestling coach Mahavir Singh Phogat

Fans vote for Shardul Thakur as man of the match for India’s 4th Test against England

India vs. Englan, 4th Test: Shardul Thakur should have been part of Man of the Match as well, feels Rohit Sharma

India vs. England: Shardul Thakur’s contribution is massive, reckons Jasprit Bumrah

India vs. England, 4th Test: Oval surrender exposes England’s frailties, say former captains

India vs. England: Virat Kohli has highest number of Test wins in SENA countries as Asian captain

Stop worrying about team selection and other nonsense: AB de Villiers to fans after India’s Oval win

Buttler, Leach return to England squad for final Test against India

India laid bare England’s deficiencies: Michael Vaughan

India vs. England: Credit to Virat Kohli and team, they know how to fight back, says Chris Silverwood

Stokes likely to miss England’s T20 World Cup bid

T20 World Cup: Indian selectors face problem of plenty

Fakhar Zaman, Sarfaraz Ahmed left out of Pakistan’s 15-member squad for T20 World Cup

It isn’t easy to regain muscle memory for tournaments after Covid induced break: Pankaj Advani

First Beach Teqball National Championship to act as selection ground for Indian team for Asian Beach Games

Boxing Federation seeks three-month extension for foreign coaches; review after that

National Boxing gold-winners to make team for World Championships; Head Guards brought back

Tokyo Olympians set to skip National Boxing Championships

Today’s News (7th Sept 2021, Tuesday)

Today’s News (7th Sept 2021, Tuesday)

by Annadatha Venkata Murali Manohar


4th Test: Brilliant Bumrah (22-9-27-2), canny Jadeja (30-11-50-2) blow away England as India win by 157 runs, India took 2-1 lead in the five-match series

Jasprit Bumrah breaks Kapil Dev’s record, becomes fastest Indian pacer to pick 100 Test wickets

Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft completes over 9,000 orbits around moon in 2 years, gives vital data, says ISRO

PM Narendra Modi to chair 13th Brics Summit on September 9

Former UP governor Aziz Qureshi booked for sedition over ‘derogatory’ remarks against Yogi Government

Kisan Mahapanchayat: Haryana govt suspends internet services in Karnal

Party that gets 120-130 Lok Sabha seats will lead opposition front: Salman Khurshid

Financial & Business News

Nitin Gadkari flags concerns over bridge failures

Govt puts captive coal miners on week’s notice to boost power plant supplies

Supreme Court asks NCLAT to hear 63 moons please against DHFL sale within two months

Reliance Jio completes 5 years of operations; tech world congratulates; Jio shares journey from Evolution to Revolution

Domestic air passenger traffic up 31% at 66 lakh in August on higher capacity deployment: Icra

Sugar output may drop to 30.5 million tonne next season with more cane diversion to ethanol

Sensex (58,515.85), Nifty (17,377.80) close at new lifetime highs

Rupee falls 4 paise to 73.06 against US dollar

After techlash, China eyes stake in private company

Gold imports nearly double in August as prices dip ahead of festivals

Storing personal, financial information digitally increases risk of data breach: Report

Maruti Suzuki hikes vehicle prices by up to 1.9%

Byju’s loss widens to Rs. 250 crore in FY20, revenue grows 82%

Ola Electric ties up with banks, financial institutions for loans to customers

Vande Bharat Express: Indian Railways’ factories RCF, MCF prepare to start making new train sets next year

Corona Updates

World: Confirmed: 220,650,663; Total Deaths: 4,567,131; Active Cases: 216,083,532

India: Confirmed: 33,027,621; Total Deaths: 440,752; Recovered: 32,181,995; Active cases: 404,874

Maharashtra logs 3,626 new Covid-19 cases, lowest since mid-February; 5,988 recoveries and 37 deaths

India reported 38,948 daily new Covid cases and 219 deaths

BRICS leaders to discuss Covid-19 situation

France reports 3042 new Covid-19 cases

Italy reports 3,361 new Covid-19 cases and 52 deaths

Iran reports 27,579 new Covid-19 cases

UK records 41,192 new Covid-19 cases

Brazil's health regulator has temporarily suspended the use of over 12.1 million doses of China's Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine over fears of the vials being contaminated, media reports said.

80 per cent Covid-19 immunity lost in 6 months in some after Pfizer shot: US study

The National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) certification must for enrolment of private labs for Covid-19 testing: ICMR

Jharkhand reports 18 fresh Covid-19 cases, 24 discharges, and zero deaths; Assam reports 636 new Covid-19 cases, 556 recoveries, and 11 deaths; Arunachal Pradesh reports 70 new Covid-19 cases, 124 recoveries, and 3 deaths; Chhattisgarh reports 33 Covid-19 cases, one death; Haryana records 2 more deaths, 16 cases; Delhi records 32 fresh cases and no death, in the last 24 hours.

India administered more than 1 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses on Monday: Union health ministry

Allow second Covishield dose after 4 weeks from first for those who want it early: Kerala HC to Centre

Hetero’s Tocilizumab biosimilar gets DCGI nod for hospitalised Covid-19 patients

India administering 1.25 crore Covid vaccines daily: PM Modi

State News

Delhi-London Air India flight delayed after ants found in business class

Light rain likely on Tuesday in Delhi

Plea filled before Delhi HC against ban on cross-gender massage services

‘Seed money’ project to be started in all Delhi govt schools: Deputy CM

Over 100 dengue cases in Delhi this year, 72 in August

TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee appears before ED in money laundering case

Bodyguard death case: BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari gets protection from arrest from Calcutta HC

Opposition parties lend support to farmers’ mahapanchayat

Over 90% parents from deprived sections clamour for school reopening

Maharashtra: Minor girl abducted and raped in Pune; 8 held

Light showers in Pune this week, but heavy rainfall in ghat areas

Pune: Citizens seek right turn to Kondhwa at key junction

Boman Irani's father-in-law passes away

Case filed against Tollywood & Bollywood actors for revealing rape-victim's identity in 'Disha case'

Kangana Ranaut urges Maharashtra government to open up theatres; Karan Johar files an insurance policy for THIS film

Akshay Kumar’s mother admitted to the ICU, actor hastily flies back from UK

Parineeti Chopra remembers Sushant Singh Rajput and Rishi Kapoor as 'Shuddh Desi Romance' clocks 8 years

Shah Rukh Khan surprised by a fan while shooting for Atlee's next in Pune

Debt-ridden home guard commits suicide in Delhi

Kuwait & Middle East News

His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah receives the President of the Supreme Judicial Council and the President of the Court of Cassation, Counselor Ahmed Musaed Al-Ajeel

Kuwaiti Foreign Minister receives a phone call from his American counterpart, in which he renewed his country’s thanks for facilitating the evacuation of American nationals and other countries from Afghanistan

The start of the work of the 156th session of the Arab League Council at the level of the Arab League Council at the level of permanent delegates tomorrow under the chairmanship of Kuwait

Much progress has been made in many positive initiatives to achieve political breakthroughs in many issues, National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim

The Speaker of the National Assembly arrives in Austria to participate in the World Conference of Speakers of Parliament

Diplomatic attaches took the legal oath after joining the diplomatic corps 39

Kuwaiti women to serve in Army soon

The treasurer of the National Union of Kuwaiti Students, the Arab Republic of Egypt branch, Nasser Al-Otaibi calls on airlines to provide discount on travel tickets for Kuwaiti students studying in Egyptian universities

Fire engines from the Salmiya and Hawalli fire fighting centers rushed to a restaurant in Salmiya and put out fire to the chimney of a restaurant.

The Health Ministry announced on Monday that it launched a coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccination center in the northern Abdali area with the capacity to immunize 2,000 individuals per day.

Kuwait’s Oil Minister questioned by probe commission

Cabinet: Sports fans will return to stadiums from the start of the new sports season 2021/2022 according to a number of conditions, from Sept 10th

No institutional quarantine for domestic workers

70% of those targeted for vaccination received two doses: Ministry of Health: Dr. Khaled Al-Saeed

The Central Bank of Kuwait (CBK) is considering a bill that will lead to lifting the government guarantee on deposits that was approved in 2008 within the law to enhance financial stability

The Central Bank of Kuwait: The money supply decreased by 0.8 percent to reach 37.8 billion dinars last July

The Governor of the Central Bank of Kuwait is among the best central bank governors in the world for the year 2021

Dr. Abdullah Behbehani, of preventive healthcare stressed the importance of conducting the PCR test on all incoming passengers to prevent newly mutated viruses, especially Delta, from entering Kuwait.

National carrier Kuwait Airways opened bookings for direct flights from several Indian destinations starting Sept 7, with five flights per day

The Ministry of Finance proposed to Apple to enter Kuwait through the Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority (KDIPA), to ensure its inclusion in the list of tax-exempt foreign companies for enjoying double taxation agreements

Statistics of the Department of Regulating the Recruitment of Domestic Workers in the Public Authority for Manpower revealed that the number of complaints registered in the August statistic included 63 complaints from employers against workers

Public services at the Indian Embassy premises will remain closed on 9th September 2021 (Thursday) and 12th September 2021 (Sunday) on account of NEET-2021 Examination.

Acting Secretary-General of the Public Anti-Corruption Authority ‘Nazaha’, Dr. Muhammad Bozbar, said Kuwait has rewarded one of the whistleblowers in a corruption case.

The head of the Kuwait Union of Delivery Companies, Ibrahim Abdullah Al-Tuwaijri, said the home delivery market became chaotic after a number of drivers who hold Article 20 work permit signed direct contracts with restaurant and cafe owners and are said to earn about 450 dinars a month which affects the work of delivery companies as a result of which many of them have left work due to the discrepancy in salary.

The Ministry of Education has approved the academic calendar for 2021-2022, including the holidays and vacations for students and educational and administrative staff and the dates for the quarterly and final exams for all educational stages.

Kuwaiti (Research): Deep mixing technique to consolidate hard and weak soils is characterized by economic feasibility and speed of implementation without the need to replace or move the soil

The Kuwait Stock Exchange closes its trading with the general index declining by 4.6 points, to reach the level of 6786.51 points, with a decline of 0.7 percent with a value of 30.7 million dinars

The Minister of Oil affirms the State of Kuwait’s permanent interest in achieving sustainable development and reducing harmful emissions

Afghan News

No Afghan will be asked to leave India without MHA’s approval, say officials; The MHA's decision came about a fortnight after the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan and many Afghans arriving in India fearing retribution from that country's new rulers.

Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid has said that the war in Afghanistan is over and an announcement about the formation of the new government will be made in the next few days. On August 15, Taliban captured Kabul. Earlier yesterday, the Taliban had announced that Panjshir became the last Afghan province to fall under its control

The Taliban movement declares ‘full control’ of Afghanistan after its success in entering the northeastern province of Panjshir, which is described as the last stronghold of the resistance, while confirming ‘that it will reveal its new government’ soon

Pak intervention in Panjshir attacks 'currently under examination': Iran

Iran ‘strongly’ condemns Taliban offensive on Panjshir valley

Pakistan in trouble as Taliban’s control over Afghanistan incites terrorists: Reports

Qatar's Emir discusses Afghanistan with US secretaries of state and defense

Blinken in Doha for Afghan crisis talks with Qatar

Situation in Afghanistan matter of common concern for India and Russia: Russian envoy

Taliban spokesman confirms meeting between Pakistan’s ISI chief and Mullah Baradar

"With support from partners and allies, the United States put together a global network - consisting of more than two dozen countries spanning four continents - with total temporary transit capacity of 65,000 people on a rolling basis, including up to 2,000 spaces to accommodate persons that need longer-term processing," the US state department said.

In total, the United States and its partners relocated more than 124,000 people to safety, including 6,000 US citizens.

US thank nations including India for offering help during evacuation from Afghanistan

American citizens, Afghan allies stuck at Mazar-i-Sharif airport: US lawmaker

Hundreds of health centres at risk of closure in Afghanistan: WHO

Afghan crisis: Delhi's refugee school, the Syed Jamaluddin Afghan School in Delhi’s Bhogal, faces uncertain future as funds dwindle

Thousands made it out from Kabul on packed Royal Air Force planes, but Boris Johnson said 311 people were left behind who are eligible for the UK's Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy, such as interpreters.

A senior State Department official told reporters onboard Blinken's flight that Washington has facilitated the safe departure of four more Americans overland from Afghanistan.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will seek support to evacuate Americans and at-risk Afghans left behind in Afghanistan.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) on Monday said that over 500 Afghan nationals, who assisted its forces during the war in Afghanistan, have been evacuated from the Taliban-controlled country, and temporarily accommodated at military bases across Europe.

UK vows to get 311 Afghan support staff out

Taliban ask former Afghan forces to integrate with new regime

International News

European Union Representatives for Foreign Affairs welcomes Baghdad’s role as a forum for regional viewpoints

France asks Iran to explain its secret nuclear materials

Human Rights Watch calls on the European Union to support the International Criminal Court’s investigation into human rights violations in Palestine

South Korea says it is looking forward to resuming talks on concluding a new free trade agreement with the countries of the Cooperation Council to the Arab States of the Gulf, after a pause in negotiations that lasted more than 10 years

Berlin: The German Foreign Ministry announces the death of its ambassador to China, Jan Hecker, two weeks after taking office, at a time when the causes of death are still unknown

The leader of the military coup in Guinea pledges to form a national government to manage the transition period

Spain’s public debt will reach 119.9 percent of GDP in 2020

Quetta suicide bomber arrived from Afghanistan: Pakistan govt

US report lifts a lid on People’s Liberation Army (PLA) fighting status

Evacuations lifted for thousands in Tahoe as wildfire stalls

Biden directs federal aid to NY, NJ after deadly flooding

UK PM’s planned tax hike for social care triggers fury within ruling party

UK’s Big Ben tower gets the blues as clock hands return

Former UK PM Blair warns West should prepare for bio-terrorism threat

Israel says it will open gates for foreign tour groups amid spike in Covid cases

Tel Aviv: Israeli’s population has topped 9.39 million from 9.24 million over the past year, up by 1.57 per cent, the state’s Central Bureau of Statistics said in an annual report issued ahead of the Jewish New Year to be celebrated from Monday evening to Wednesday evening

Libya: Muammar Gadhafi’s son al-Saadi Gadhafi, freed after 7-plus years in detention

Sports News

This is among top-3 bowling performances of India I have seen as captain: Virat Kohli

Just a matter of time he breaks the jinx, says MSK Prasad as Kohli’s century drought

Jasprit Bumrah nominated for ICC monthly award after exploits against England

‘That was special’: Rohit Sharma on his first overseas hundred

Bumrah’s spell was real turning point of game, believes Root

Shastri tests positive in RT-PCR along with Arun, Sridhar; trio not going to Machester

India vs. England: Batting coach Vikram Rathour says Ajinkya Rahane’s form not a ‘concern’

T20 WC team selection: Toss-up between spinners Varun and Rahul, keepers Sanju and Ishan

Want to bring gold from Paris Paralympics: Bhavina Patel

Fakhar Zaman, Sarfaraz Ahmed left out of Pakistan's 15-member squad for T20 World Cup

Pressure will be more on India than us: Babar Azam on T20 World Cup clash

Today’s News (6th Sep 2021, Monday)

Today’s News (6th Sep 2021, Monday)

by Annadatha Venkata Murali Manohar


Tokyo bids colourful farewell to ‘historic, fantastic’ Paralympics

Paralympics: India record their best medal tally in Paralympic history, end with 19 medals (5G, 8S, 6B); India finishes 24th

Krishna Nagar beats Man Kai Chu in badminton SH6 final to bag India's 5th gold medal

86-yr-old ex-Haryana CM (INLD chief OP Chautala) becomes oldest person to pass state's class 10 board exams

President confers National Teachers’ Award on 44

Medical education and treatment should be affordable, says Vice President Naidu

At SCO summit, PM Modi set to focus on terror in Imran’s presence

As China tightens grip, Sri Lanka looks to boost India defence ties

In a drill, IAF plane with two ministers to land on highway

Army launches search operation in Poonch

Security for judges and courts states’ responsibility, says Centre

Kerala hits 2 lakh weekly cases, India Covid toll at 23-week low

Rahul Gandhi likely to visit Jammu next week

Acute headache & hearing loss among Covid red flags

2 Healthcare workers show Nipah symptoms after 12-yr-old dies in Kerala; 188 contacts found

Study: 107 languages spoken in Bengaluru, highest in India followed by Nagaland's Dimapur, Assam's Sonitpur (more than 100)

State Edu Minister: MBBS students in MP will be taught about RSS founder KB Hedgewar, Deendayal Upadhyaya, Swami Vivekanand & BR Ambedkar as part of 1st year foundation course

TV Mohandas Pai: Infosys not 'anti-national', has always stood up for India; called the RSS-linked magazine 'Panchjanya' article the "writing of demented, crazy minds

Bhopal, MP: A group of women held a protest on potholed roads by organising a catwalk; carried CM 2017 statement that roads in MP better than USA

UP Prayagraj: 171 children hospitalised due to viral fever, chronic diseases like encephalitis, pneumonia

No Indian institute is among the top 300 of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022 as seven IITs continued to boycott it

Coal scam: Bengal makes probes Centre-State issue in Supreme Court

CBI hunts for 3 key players, 10 others linked to JEE (Main) scam

Kharif holds promise amid skewed rains

Kisan mahapanchayat, attended by over a lakh, calls for Bharat bandh on Sept 27

Varun Gandhi backs protesting farmers, calls them own ‘flesh and blood’

Dubai sets the Template for strong India-UAE ties

Lee Min Ho fans from India send his name to Mars on NASA mission

Financial & Business News

Italy-based Enel interested in India's power distribution market; expects energy consumption per capita to grow in many parts of the country

9 of top 10 most valued firms add ₹2.93 lakh cr in m-cap in past week; RIL biggest gain - zoomed by ₹1,02,382Cr to reach ₹15,14,017.50Cr

Bullet Train project has entailed ₹ 14,153cr till date, set to Miss 2023 deadline - Covid, slow pace of land acquisition, especially in Maharashtra

We may have to wait until 2023 for carmakers to shake off the global parts crisis and lower prices

Not ‘black money’ Switzerland wants to be a haven for Indian startups; can be instrumental in charting the country's future economic growth trajectory

Saudi Aramco lowered price of its light crude oil for Asia by $1.3 a barrel to a premium of $1.7 for Oct

US: AI machine can't be listed as an inventor on a patent; US law requires an "individual" to take oath that he or she is the inventor on a patent application

Byju’s loss widens to Rs. 250 crore in FY20, revenue grows 82%

Delay in legislation on crypto boosts lobbying

33 companies set to make cut for Rs. 12k crore telecom incentives

Reliance Retail set to launch saree, ethnic wear stores

Easiloan picks up seed funding from Tomorrow Capital

Surge in queries for overseas study loans

Centre asks states to submit status reports on ‘faceless’ vehicle-related services

Will open drone pilots training schools across India with IGRUA: Drone Destination’s Chirag Sharma

Govt plans WAPCOS IPO by March

Overlooked IPO markets are suddenly booming as China deals slow

‘Valuations of listed private life insurance companies can’t be used as benchmark to value LIC’: Former IRDAI member Nilesh Sathe

ICICI Bank gets IRDAI nod to cut stake in non-life arm to 30%

Corona Updates

World: 221,515,593; Active 18,929,198 (8.55%); Recovery 198,005,136 (89.39%); Vaccinated 5.46BN

India: 33,027,136; Active 411,858 (1.25%); Recovery 32,174,493 (97.42%); Vaccinated 677.74BN

The Centre has asked states to “carefully authenticate” anti-Covid jabs before administering them to people. The move comes in the wake of the World Health Organisation raising concern last month about counterfeit versions of Covishield circulating in the international market.

In Covid-swamped Texas, patients die stranded in rural clinics

Germany reports 4,010,390 confirmed Covid cases (Reuters)

New Zealand reports 20 new Covid-19 cases on Monday

A recent surge in Covid cases and deaths is once again straining the healthcare system in parts of the United States, and it’s taking an emotional toll on frontline hospital workers

Mexico reports 7,504 new Covid-19 cases, 272 more deaths

August news for India as Covid vaccinations last month higher than G7 countries combined

Covid-19 vaccination coverage exceeds 67.72 crore in India

Cases of Covid-19 in India during the week ending Sunday remained largely unchanged from the previous seven days’ tally even as infections in Kerala hit a 16-week high of over 2 lakh.

With surge, Mumbai back in state’s top 5 on active cases

Amid reports of new mutants, curbs put on foreign arrivals

Centre shares parameters to identify fake Covid-19 vaccine with states and UTs

State News

Delhi police bust fake franchise racket, arrest 4

Flagging how UP, Maharashtra and Karnataka Reras recently gave suo motu six-nine months extension of deadline for real estate projects, a member of the Central Advisory Council (CAC) for Reras has urged the Union housing ministry to direct states to withdraw such extensions given ‘in the garb of’ second wave of Covid-19

Delhi University to get its new Vice Chancellor soon, also due at Jawaharlal Nehru University

Delhi govt declares Guinness World Record holder music teacher as ‘Face of DoE’

Aam Aadmi Party Rajendra Nagar MLA Raghav Chadha launches vaccination on wheels to help labourers

VK residents not happy with govt decision to build school in locality

Rain in Delhi to intensify late in the week: MET

Noida BPO centre head washed away by Ganga, manager dies trying to rescue

Yamuna River spills thin layer of toxic foam

Delhi: Garbage battle lags as landfills struggle to meet targets

Delhi: Underground tank to ease waterlogging woes at ITO

Noida BPO centre head washed away by Ganga, manager dies trying to rescue

Dehradun: Gang hacks banks’ ATMs, withdraw lakhs

Nainital: After Covid, bad weather, landslides spell doom for hotels, homestays in hills

No probe in a North East riot case since Oct, charge not backed yet: Court

May return to India for my next novel: Salman Rushdie

J&K administration issues new Covid-19 guidelines, allows reopening of schools for classes 10, 12

Delhi: Covid-hit, schools across states limp back to normalcy

Kuwait News

Under the patronage and attendance of His Highness the Prime Minister, a graduation ceremony was held for the seventh batch of trainees from the Saud Al-Nasser Al-Sabah Diplomatic Institute of Kuwait

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses the condemnation and denunciation of the State of Kuwait and in the strongest terms the continued attempts of the Houthi militia to target civilians and civilian areas and threaten the security of the sisterly Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

The Minister of Defense stresses the importance of the role of Military Facilities Engineering in implementing vital projects and supporting them for various military and civil sectors

Speaker of the National Assembly: Tomorrow I will go to Austria to participate in the Fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament

Speaker of the National Assembly: Great progress has been made in many positive initiatives to achieve political breakthroughs in many thorny issues

Professor of Political Science at Kuwait University, Scholar Dr. Shafiq Ghabra dies, 68

An Asian arrested with 8,000 Narcotic pills

A Kuwaiti female citizen filed a case in one of Farwaniya governorate police stations, against her employee working for her general trading and contracting for betrayal of trust. The Indian employee did not deposit KD 1,200 into the company’s account, he kept the money with him and he did not answer her calls.

9 apartments converted into a liquor factory by four Nepalis

The monitoring of the infection of a citizen coming from Turkey with the ‘Delta’ mutator has raised the state of alertness among the health authorities; tightening screening procedures for arrivals, as Covid positive detected for a passenger arrived at Kuwait Airport

Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) to execute KD 865m worth three projects

The Central Agency for Public Tenders (CAPT) launches tender for Doha Water Plant Project

Plans to stop issuing work permits for expatriates who earn huge salaries

Printing vehicles at government departments pose hurdles

Director of Moral Guidance and Public Relations in the Kuwait Army, Colonel Marine Mohammad Al-Awadhi, wooed Kuwaitis to join Army: we aim to enlighten and motivate Kuwaiti youth to join the honour of military service through the “Booth” designated for the army in the Avenues Mall

The National Military Service in the Kuwaiti Army invites service entrants born on May 10, 1999 until Dec 31, 2000 to join the 49th batch

The Kuwait International Airport Expansion Project (Terminal 2) ranks first among the five largest airports that are under construction in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries

MP Ali Al-Qattan submitted a proposal for the Ministry of Education to obligate private schools to continue the 25 percent reduction of fees for academic year 2021-2022

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry receives list of Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Health Frontliners eligible for free ration

The concerned officials informed the daily that the prices of tickets for direct flights between Kuwait, Egypt and India have increased remarkably; up to the point that citizens and expatriates can no longer afford these tickets

Kuwaiti Ministry of Health: We are proud of the efforts of our cadres in confronting the pandemic, and our daily statistics are characterized by the utmost accuracy and transparency

Kuwaiti Red Crescent: International Day of Charity Work aims to motivate everyone to contribute to volunteer work and charitable activities

Kuwait lists 72 new Covid-19 cases, one death

Despite Covid-19 pressure, Kuwait sees 16% drop in violent crimes, murders last year

A Kuwaiti who attempted to smuggle 1.5 kilos of raw shabu into the country has been arrested by the Air Customs officers when he came to collect his parcel

Afghanistan News

As the Taliban took control of Afghanistan once again after 20 years, experts believe that Afghan women are most likely to face an uncertain future under the group's regime.

Open to peace talks with Taliban, says Resistance Front leader

Panjshir resistance calls for ceasefire, Taliban withdrawal

Some reports also claim that Amrullah Saleh has moved to a safe place after a helicopter attacked his house, Samaa News reported.

General Wudod was the nephew of Panjshir resistance leader Ahmad Massoud.

Afghan: Qatar to operate daily aid flights

Legacy pharma firm which sold 'Swadeshi' dysentery drug to Afghans waits and watches after Taliban takeover

Taliban’s Mullah Baradar meets UN humanitarian chief

Afghan resistance force senior member killed in Panjshir province; Taliban’s Mullah Baradar hurt in clash with Haqqanis: Report

Spokesperson of Resistance Front in Afghanistan Fahim Dashti killed in Panjshir province

Taliban rules out ‘obstacles’ delaying govt formation

Afghan resistance leader asks for end to war, seeks talks with Taliban

UK PM Johnson to address lawmakers about Afghanistan

Some 1,000 people awaiting Taliban flight clearance from Mazar-i-Sharif

Taliban pledge safety for humanitarian workers: UN

'UN promises aid after meeting with officials'

Taliban stop planes of evacuees from leaving but unclear why

The top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee says some Americans who have been trying to get out of Afghanistan since the US military left are sitting in airplanes at an airport ready to leave but the Taliban are not letting them take off.

Taliban militants in Afghanistan have shot dead a policewoman in a provincial city, BBC has reported. The woman, named in local media as Banu Negar, was killed at the family home in front of relatives in Firozkoh, the capital of central Ghor province.

Pakistan PM Imran Khan speaks to Gulf leaders, discusses Afghanistan, bilateral ties

Saudi Arabia Crown Prince and Pakistani Prime Minister discuss developments in Afghanistan

The Iraqi National Security Council holds an emergency meeting to discuss the security breach in Kirkuk and directs the implementation of a pre-emptive military operation

International News

Libya: Saadi Gaddafi released after acquittal

A senior UN official confirms from Kabul the humanitarians community’s commitment to providing impartial aid to protect millions of Afghan people

The United States condemns the launch of “Houthi militias” ballistic missiles towards Saudi Arabia

The Libyan Prime Minister pledges to raise his country’s oil production

UAE strongly condemns targeting Saudi Arabia with ballistic missiles

UK House Speaker to MPs - for Parliament jeans, chinos, sportswear or any other casual trousers are not appropriate; T-shirts, sleeveless tops not business attire

UK: 2BHK by the sea with no electricity or internet goes on sale for ₹5.5Cr; water supplied by rainwater harvesting system; Multi-fuel burners provide heating

UK: Dyson is working on designs for robots that can climb and clean stairs; designs also reveal a device with robotic arms capable of simultaneously holding cups and opening drawers

BBC anchor Philippa Thomas accused of doing Pak’s propagandist work, after she repeatedly shut down a US professor specialising in South Asia, who was claiming that the Taliban were a “Pakistan’s Project”, saying: “I know they firmly deny they have created the Taliban

Britain's government has confirmed that it plans to introduce vaccine passports for nightclubs and large-scale gatherings from next month

No decision yet on Covid-19 vaccines for healthy children: UK minister

Japan's Covid vaccine minister favored to become next prime minister, while a female former internal affairs minister has secured backing for her bid for top job

UAE has a billion-dollar plan to bring in major changes to its residency law to attract expats; New "Green Visa" holders can work without company Sponsorship

19 Chinese military planes enter Taiwan's airspace; Taiwan's missile systems were deployed to monitor them

'Silent Crisis' looms as US to end Covid aid for millions of jobless amid Delta surge

Guinea in turmoil as Army Putschists say President 'Taken' and Govt dissolved; Govt insisted it has repelled the attack

Florida gunman killed 4, including mom still holding baby

Rabat: Special forces putschists in Guinea announce the arrest of President Alpha Conde, the dissolution of state institutions, the suspension of the constitution, the dissolution of the government and the closure of land and air borders

Cairo: An Egyptian court sentences three ‘terrorists’ to death by hanging, on the grounds of their convictions for the crimes of joining the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist organization and communicating with it

Erbil: The Security Council of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq announces the dismantling of a cell affiliated with the so-called Islamic State (ISIS), which was preparing to launch attacks inside the Erbil region

Sports News

Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics are historic for every Indian, says Anurag Thakur

India’s unprecedented Paralympics campaign ends with a golden hue

India head coach Ravi Shastri tests positive for Covid-19, isolated along with other support staff members

Sunil Chhetri, Farukh Choudhary strike in India's 2-1 win over Nepal in International friendly

Formula One; Max Verstappen won the 1st Dutch GP to take world champ lead from Lewis Hamilton

India vs. England 4th Test, Day 4: England make solid start after Rishabh Pant-Shardul Thakur stand helps India set 368-run target

Shami brutally trolls Pant, calls him ‘overweight’

India vs. England: Oval Test superbly poised; England need 291 runs, India need 10 wickets

New Zealand beat Bangladesh by 52 runs in third T20I

Dubai as venue gives Pakistan advantage over India in T20 World Cup: Babar

Tokyo Paralympics: Abhinav Bindra, Kiren Rijiju hail ‘true champion’ Krishna Nagar for bagging gold

Tokyo Paralympics: Just want to live in this moment, says Krishna Nagar

With Paralympics silver, Suhas Yathiraj smashes his way to IAS archives

US Open: Teenager Leylah Fernandez stuns Angelique Kerber to reach QF; Djokovic reaches Round of 16 with win over Kei Nishikori

India vs. England: Boys were a bit distracted but handled it well, says Vikram Rathour after Ravi Shastri tests positive for Covid-19

Svitolina ousts Halep to reach US Open quarter-finals

‘Ashleigh Barty is the best’, says Shelby Rogers

We all try to bring intensity on the court because that’s why people come to see you: Djokovic

Today’s News (5th Sept 2021, Sunday)

Today’s News (5th Sept 2021, Sunday)

by Annadatha Venkata Murali Manohar


Paralympics: Shooter Manish Narwal, Shuttler Pramod Bhagat win Gold to take India to 26th spot; Avani to be India's flag-bearer at Tokyo Paralympics closing ceremony

Krishna Nagar eyes gold, Suhas Yathiraj settles for silver

Teachers' Day 2021: The 1st VP of India & 2nd President of India Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was an educator par excellence and we celebrate his contribution on Teachers' Day; Our humble tribute to the great scholar, educationalist and former President of India Bharat Ratna Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.

Karbi Anglong Agreement, meant to establish peace in Assam's Karbi Anglong region was signed by Union Govt; With this, nearly 1,000 armed cadres left violence

CJI Ramana: I'm not Tendulkar; "I must correct the perception here. Like any game, it is a team effort. Unless all team members perform well, it is difficult to win; 90% vacant seats in HCs to be filled in one month

CJI must focus on speedy justice for commoners, says Kiren Rijiju

Criminal justice system set for overhaul, says Amit Shah

I give credit to my teachers for shaping my career: Isro chief Sivan

Thousands of farmers on their way to UP's Muzaffarnagar where the Samyukta Kisan Morcha will be holding a massive 'Kisan Mahapanchayat; slated to launch 'Mission Uttar Pradesh-Uttarakhand' to give a boost to their protest against Union Govt farm laws.

You're root cause of farm laws problem: Punjab CM to Sukhbir Badal

Uttarakhand's Pithoragarh: 80 people in Sain Rathi village shifted to safe locations after wide cracks appeared in the ground and on walls of some houses

UP records rise in Dengue cases, concerns over outbreak in Prayagraj now with 34; 22 in Urban / 12 in Rural

Flood fury in 3 States: Some rivers flowing above danger level in Bihar, UP; Water recedes in Assam

Resource utilization: Woman constable made ₹ 26 lakh over 6 years selling items seized from thieves in Maharashtra's Palghar

India, Singapore conduct 3-day Naval Exercise near South China Sea in reflection of their growing congruence of interests in the strategically key region

Government should spell out before country its policy on Afghanistan, Taliban: Congress

Centre was 'sleep-walking' when political developments were unfolding in Afghanistan, alleges Salman Khurshid

Afghanistan: After the Taliban victory, India has to be watchful of groups like Al-Qaida

BJP hits back, accuses Congress leader of spreading ‘falsities’

Afghan-origin Hindus, Sikhs meet RSS leader Ram Madhav who assures them of help for refugees

FIR against Geelani’s family for raising anti-national slogans, putting Pakistan flag on his body

Cleaner Yamuna unlikely before 2023: Delhi Pollution Control report

Financial & Business News

CBDT refunds Rs 67,401Cr to taxpayers to over 23.99 lakh taxpayers between Apr 1 to Aug 16

PGCIL begins work on first electric vehicle charging station in Meghalaya; shall be developing 11 EVCS in Shillong city (5 public EVCS & 6 at Govt establishments) under (FAME) India Scheme Phase-II

Boeing 777 plane in Dutch Administrator custody sold; insolvency process to close now: Jet Airways

Reliance arm buys majority stake in genomic testing firm Strand Life Sciences for ₹393Cr; further investment of ₹160Cr by March 2023 will translate stake to over 80%

China could use two modified versions of existing Long March 5 rocket to land humans on the Moon by 2030; one to launch lunar lander into orbit; 2nd to send crew; then transfer to the lander

Corona Updates

World: 221,076,015; Active 18,936,306 (8.57%); Recovery 197,565,274 (89.37%); Vaccinated 5.44BN

India: 32,987,615; Active 416,472 (1.26%); Recovery 32,130,576 (97.40%); Vaccinated 675.65MN

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with healthcare workers and beneficiaries of COVID vaccination program in Himachal Pradesh on 6 September, via video conferencing

Kerala reported less than 30,000 Covid-19 cases for the second day running as India’s daily count remained above 42,500, but the death toll from the virus continued to dip with 308 fatalities reported on Saturday, the lowest in 159 days.

Indian Railways deploys robots using UV light to disinfect trains; claims it has UVC light for 100% disinfection; Kerala will achieve herd Immunity Soon': CM Vijayan outlines Vax Drive, Curb measures amid case rise; India sends 150 tonnes of oxygen to Sri Lanka to fight COVID surge

Cuba starts vaccinating children aged 2-18 against Covid-19 using its domestic vaccines, Soberana 02 and Abdala; Bahrain approves booster shot of Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine

UK panel against giving Covid shots to healthy children aged 12-15; Booster shot to be routine regimen in US? Fauci says 3 doses needed for full protection against Covid

Australia reports 1,756 fresh Covid-19 cases in record high; Philippines to lift travel ban on India, UAE

Northeast and hill states/UTs asked to ramp up 2nd dose vaccination

New Zealand reports 20 local Covid-19 cases as outbreak slows

*Fully vaccinated tourists from India can fly to Canada from September 7 as long as they stop in a third country to undergo an RT-PCR test. *

Australia's Victoria reports 183 local Covid-19 cases

Russia records 18,780 daily Covid infections

Africa's Covid cases near 7.87 million

India 14th among populous nations in doses per 100 people

Nine positive cases, 1 death and 16 recoveries reported in Jharkhand; Nagaland reports 58 new Covid cases; Punjab's Covid tally rises to 6,00,780 with 36 fresh cases; Maharashtra reports 4,130 new infections, 2,506 recoveries and 64 deaths in the last 24 hours

Delhi needs 1.5 crore Covid vaccine doses to fully inoculate eligible population: Atishi

Delhi: Over 1cr first vaccine doses till date

Centre asks northeastern states, J&K to focus on second dose vaccination of 60-plus population

More than 11 lakh vaccine doses have been administered in Maharashtra

Himachal Pradesh: All schools except residential schools to remain closed till Sept 14

State News

Bypolls on September 30, Didi set to fight from Bhabanipur

Delhi opens up, cops all set to restart drunk driving checks

Fifteen-year-old Beth Reekles ‘The Kissing Booth’ author pens novel on lockdown love

Gauahar Khan lashes out at those 'giving interviews' after meeting late Sidharth Shukla's family, writes, 'If you've gone to pay your respect don’t come out and become a khabri'

Delhi: JNU to reopen from Monday in phased manner

Bhopal: 2 schoolboys held for Rs 5.5 crore digital robbery

After 6 years, Congress beats BJP in Rajasthan rural polls by 119 seats

Vidyut Jammwal-Nandita Mahtani get engaged

Saira Banu out of ICU; 'Neither battling depression nor avoiding angiography,' says Dr Nitin Gokhale

Kriti Sanon lashes out at the media for being insensitive while reporting Sidharth Shukla’s death

Kartik Aaryan meets director Rohit Dhawan and shares cryptic post

Krushna Abhishek skips shooting for Kapil Sharma’s show featuring Govinda yet again

Delhi Police arrests 4 passengers with fake e-visas at IGI airport

St Stephen’s College releases first cut-offs for UG, 99.5 pc for Economics

Delhi: Covid-hit, schools across states limp back to normalcy

Kuwait & Middle News

His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al- Jaber Al-Sabah extended his condolences over the passing of Iraqi Shiite leader Grand Ayatollah Mohammad Saeed Al-Hakim in letters to the Iraqi leadership and senior figures

After a brief suspension of visit visas for almost one and half year, the Ministry of Interior is heading to reopen visit visas for expats who wish to visit Kuwait. All types of visit visas (Family, Commercial and Tourist) will be allowed with specific conditions after the Cabinet Ministers approvals in October.

Kuwait Airways announced the resumption of its commercial flights to and from the Egyptian capital, Cairo, starting from Sunday, with two flights per day.

Airlines are said to be outdoing one another in a bid to fleece passengers from the six countries that were recently permitted to operate direct flights to Kuwait.

The Ministry of Public Works has obtained approval from the Central Agency for Public Tenders (CAPT) for the fourth change order in the tender contract for the design, construction and maintenance of pedestrian bridges and bus stops in various parts of the country

The Ministry of Health said the medical devices that are given to patients to be used in their homes are public property, and should be returned to the ministry in whatever condition the device may be when the patient feels he/she no longer requires it

Information technology expert Qusai Al-Shatti rejected the term “fake accounts”, stating that, “They are not fake accounts… They are actual accounts of actual people, but under pseudonyms. This is an aspect that everyone should realize”

Dr. Ahmed Karima, Professor of Comparative Jurisprudence at Al Azhar University, was trending on social media in Egypt after approving ‘part-time marriage’; he told an Egyptian TV talk show the conditions for marriage in Sharia are the consent between the two partners, witnesses, and the dowry. “Once these conditions are met, the marriage becomes legitimate, and entails rights, including shared inheritance, cohabitation, and enjoyment in a legitimate way”

THE oil ministries of OPEC-Plus countries ended their meeting with a unanimous decision in exactly 30 minutes, which is the shortest time in OPEC history. The virtual meeting ended with the decision to increase production by 400,000 barrels per day from October next month, in continuation of their original agreement.

The government has raised the level of warning about the danger of depleting liquidity in the general reserve which threatens the government ability to pay salaries, while the Minister of Finance and Minister of State for Economic Affairs and Investment Khalifa Hamada has warned saying “the state is on the verge of a difficult time during which it may not be able to meet the needs of its citizens and fulfil its obligations, which will inevitably affect Kuwait’s reputation and credit rating”

Kuwait Customs department arrested a Kuwaiti citizen who brought half kg meth (Shabu) concealed in tins of sweets. He was arrested and referred to the competent authorities.

The Environment Public Authority announced Saturday the arrest of hunters of migratory birds in the Al-Jadayliat area near the Jahra Reserve, and environmental violations were issued against them.

The Personnel from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) have managed to crack separate cases of theft and referred the suspects to the concerned authorities; Kuwaiti police had arrested an expatriate before fleeing the country with an alleged theft of prayer rosaries worth KD12,000

Not long after the inauguration of the giant liquefied gas facilities project in the Al-Zour Oil Complex, the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation came out with an unexpected surprise when it declared the Ministry of Electricity, Water and Renewable Energy must pay it more than one billion dinars calling it a ‘debt’

The colleges of Kuwait University have submitted a request to the university administration to start studies in the traditional form, instead of the “blended education” form that was previously approved by the university, starting from the first semester of the 2021/2022 academic year

The need for Kuwait to enhance its human capital formation and to make it more gender equitable in order to spur the country’s economic growth and development was underlined in a recent report by the World Bank. The report urging greater gender parity, comes in the wake of the latest Human Development Report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), which found Kuwait at 64th spot in the Human Development Index (HDI) for 2020, the lowest ranking among its peers in the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) bloc.

Kuwait lists 103 new Covid-19 cases, one death

An Egyptian man has murdered his pregnant sister half an hour before her planned delivery in her apartment

Kuwaiti authorities have warned a muezzin after he gave the call to prayer while wearing a pair of shorts, an outfit that brought him under public criticism. The warning followed an interrogation with the muezzin who admitted to his mistake, according to Kuwaiti media.

Afghanistan News

Iran president calls for election in Afghanistan

Panjshir is the stronghold of the National Resistance Front, led by Ahmad Massoud, the son of late ex-Afghan guerrilla commander Ahmad Shah Massoud, and ex-Vice President Amrullah Saleh, who had declared himself caretaker president.

A Taliban source said fighting was continuing in Panjshir but the advance had been slowed by landmines placed on the road to the capital Bazarak and the provincial governor's compound, reported Al Jazeera.

The Taliban offensive against Panjshir resistance forces has slowed down due to the presence of land mines in the area; About 600 Taliban killed in Afghanistan's Panjshir, claim resistance forces

Afghan: Kabul airport reopens to receive international aid, civilian flights soon says Qatar; New Govt formation delayed; Female host back on Afghan channel's TV show weeks after Taliban's takeover; fight for Panjshir still on

The fate of Afghanistan's Panjshir Valley - the final holdout against Taliban control - hangs in the balance as heavy fighting continues. Even as the Taliban claimed that it has taken 'full control' of Afghanistan by capturing Panjshir, the Resistance fighters they are battling has denied this.

"The defence of the stronghold of Afghanistan is unbreakable," Front spokesman Fahim Dashty said in a tweet.

Taliban yet to name government as Panjshir resistance holds

Ahmad Masoud vows to save Panjshir, says Afghans will stand for their rights

Afghan crisis cements Qatari global influence

ISI chief visits Kabul ahead of government formation; Rawalpindi-based military sources said that the ISI chief ’s visit was to discuss with the Taliban matters related to the safe evacuation of foreign nationals, border management and security in the region

The Pakistan army chief, Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, meanwhile, was quoted by a local newspaper as telling visiting UK foreign secretary Dominic Raab on Saturday that Islamabad would “continue to fight for peace and stability in Afghanistan, as well as assist the formation of an inclusive administration”.

Humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan needs urgent response: The Human Rights Watch (HRW)

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said foreign donors should take immediate action to ensure that necessary aid reaches Afghans facing hunger and collapsing health services after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.

Afghan female filmmakers who fled the Taliban are begging the world to not forget the Afghan people and to support its artists. The women spoke at a panel discussion at the Venice Film Festival to warn that a country without culture will eventually lose its identity.

US general says most of those evacuated from Afghanistan to Qatar are now in Europe, US

Afghanistan a wake-up call for Europe on defence, leadership, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Saturday, urging the EU to be more ambitious on defence and on global leadership

The United States intends to send Afghan evacuees who fail to clear initial screenings to the nation of Kosovo, which has agreed to house them for up to a year, a US official told the Associated Press on Saturday.

US tally misses hundreds left in Afghanistan

Austria's leader says any migration wave from Afghanistan should be handled in neighboring countries.

US, India okay to cede Kabul to China-Pakistan if terrorism is canned

Taliban special forces bring abrupt end to women's protest

International News

Pakistan police issues alert over possible terror attacks in Sindh Province

Pakistan's debt rose to Rs 149 trillion during Imran Khan-led govt

6 self-driving trucks deployed at iron ore mining complex in Brazil; nearly twice as tall as conventional trucks and capable of holding 320 tonnes of iron ore

ASEAN Envoy in talks with Myanmar Junta over visit, access to Aung San Suu Kyi

Komodo Dragon, 2 in 5 Shark species lurch towards extinction in updated Wildlife Red List

Sports News

New Zealand aims to pass the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill criminalizing planning and preparation that might lead to a terror attack

Ronaldo receives Guinness World Records certificate for 111 international goals in men's Internationl football

India vs. England - Rohit smashes his first-ever overseas hundred in Test cricket, reaches it with 6; completes 3000 Test runs; bad light forces early stumps, India lead by 171

Today’s News (4th Sept 2021, Saturday)

Today’s News (4th Sept 2021, Saturday)

by Annadatha V Murali Manohar


Legend at 19: Avani Lekhara becomes first Indian woman to win 2 medals in same Paralympics

Harvinder Singh wins bronze, India’s first archery medal in Paralympics

Paralympics: Avani Lekhara, Praveen Kumar and Harvinder Singh take India's medal tally to 13

Tokyo Paralympics: Pramod Bhagat in final of badminton men’s singles (SL3), assures India of at least silver

Rare 2-headed buffalo calf with 4 eyes & ears born in Rajasthan; completely healthy; now centre of attraction

Lucknow: 2-kg hairball surgically removed from stomach of girl with rare disorder called 'Trichobezoar' or 'Rapunzel Syndrome

Sachin Waze hatched Antilia plot to regain clout, says NIA chargesheet

In a letter to PM Modi on National Monetization Pipeline (NMP), Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin urged him to reconsider the move, saying "privatization would transfer valuable state assets to the control of a few groups/ corporates. States should be looped in while taking such decisions", reports ANI

India set to deploy long-range missile tracking ship

Union Govt sending NCDC & NVBDC team to UP's Firozabad as 50 die of dengue-like fever; platelet count of children collapses suddenly

Foreign Secretary Shringla meets Blinken and Sherman; discusses bilateral ties and Afghanistan

States give varied responses to EC on timing of bypolls, Covid restrictions

Northeast Delhi riots case probe waste of time & money, says court

Air Quality improved slightly in 2020 during lockdowns; PM 2.5 fell by up to 40% across Africa, S America, Southern Asia; by smaller amounts in parts of EU, North America

Hyderabad City Police installs SOS poles for helping distressed people; in case of theft or loss of articles, people can call the police immediately by pressing the poles' button

Supreme Court to evaluate performance of CBI, seeks data on success rate

Army foils infiltration bid in Poonch, recovers items with ‘Pak markings’

Sachin Bansal challenges ED's ₹10,000Cr notice in Madras HC over alleged foreign investment laws violations; it was issued after an inordinate delay of 12 years

Chhattisgarh govt aid of over Rs. 90 lakh to families of journalists who died of Covid-19

Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) inked a 3 year MoU with the MoD for setting up a centre that will focus on publishing India's military history; MoD offered ₹2Cr

₹43 lakh (hid 895.20 gm in paste form) gold in underwear, Customs busts man back from Sharjah

150 ground staff employees of SpiceJet hold protest at Delhi airport complaining of non-payment of dues and demanding full salary

The National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) said that the new generation HANSA (Hansa-NG), a two-seater aircraft designed and developed by it, successfully made its maiden flight of 20 mts

You’ll get lassi, not malai, says Supreme Court to Amrapali buyers

SC asks Amrapali home buyers to clear their dues, warns failure may result in cancellation of flats

Financial & Business News

Forex Reserves rise $16.6BN to touch record high of $633.5BN; IMF made an allocation of $17.86BN

Maruti Suzuki recalls 1.8 lakh petrol cars Ciaz, Ertiga, Brezza, S-Cross, XL6 manufactured b/w May 4, 2018 & Oct 27, 2020 for inspection/replacement of Motor Generator Unit

Protest over non-payment of wages, SpiceJet employees go on strike at Delhi airport

Sensex rises 277 points to hit fresh closing high; ends at record high above 58,000, Nifty closes at 17,324 for 1st time; Reliance top gainer rose 4%

NCLAT issues notice over PNB's plea against Jet Airways resolution plan: PNB requested to quash rescue plan

Trai bars telcos, partners from making differential tariff offers; bars telcos from offering tariffs which are not reported to it

HDFC Life to acquire Exide's insurance biz for Rs 6,687Cr ($915 million); to increase its base & foothold in South India

China's biggest Chipmaker to invest $8.87BN In Shanghai semiconductor Plant as Beijing is hit by a US blacklist & global chip shortage

Hurun: India added 3 unicorns per month over last year; doubled total No of startups valued at over $1BN to 51, up by 25 in 2021; 3rd largest unicorn ecosystem after US & China

Sebi asks investors to link PAN with Aadhar by September-end for smooth transactions

Norway wealth fund excludes ONGC, 3 Israeli firms from portfolio

Google says firmly sees itself as partner to India’s financial ecosystem

Future-Reliance Retail merger deal: FRL seeks early hearing of appeal in SC against HC order

Mukesh Ambani’s $50 phone built by Google can unleash a credit revolution for banks

Mukesh Ambani promises a ‘Jio’ for energy transition; Reliance aims at 100GW renewable energy by 2030, bring hydrogen cost under $1

European firms expand tech presence in India

Hiring rate at 65% above pre-Covid level: LinkedIn India

Modi government should reveal National Monetisation Pipeline objectives: Chidambaram

Service activity rebounds at fastest pace in 18 months in August amid rising business orders

Rupee post best week in 4 months ahead of Jackson Hole Speech

Infosys becomes 4th Indian company to touch $100 billion market capitalisation

NSE warns against unregulated derivative products

MayMyIndia files IPO papers with Sebi

IPO bandwagaon getting bigger and bigger; August sees 23 filings so far

Pilot run commences for International Bullion Exchange at IFSC

16 merchant bankers in race for managing LIC IPO

An $8.8 billion IPO wave sweeps across India as startups soar

Nuvoco Vistas make tepid debut on bourses

Liquity-driven stock market rally to dry out next year: Report

Market eke out slim gains; Nifty scales fresh peak

Corona Updates

World: 220,584,277; Active 18,937,963 (8.59%); Recovery 197,080,205 (89.34%); Vaccinated 5.42BN

India: 32,944,691; Active 412,318 (1.25%); Recovery 32,092,117 (97.41%); Vaccinated 669.78MN

Age-wise distribution of Covid-19 vaccine doses: Above 60 years: 20.4%; 45-60 years: 30.5%; 18-44 years: 49.4%; After dropping below one, Covid R-value rises sharply to 1.17 in Aug 2nd Half

Low 60+ vaccination tally in some states a worry

After dropping below one, Covid R-value rises sharply to 1.17 in second half of August

Biological E gets nod for phase 2/3 clinical trial of its Covid vaccine on children above 5 years, adolescents

India has most Covid-19 cases in two months, worst-hit Kerala in focus accounted for 70% of 47,092 new infections and a third of deaths

Kerala, Maharashtra will not impose complete lockdown

SC expresses displeasure over delay in framing guidelines for issuance of Covid death certificates

State News

Dharmendra Pradhan sets Sept 10 as deadline for central universities to advertise vacant posts

At 99.5%, getting into economics (H) at Delhi’s St. Stephen’s College tougher than last year

The Supreme Court asked the economic offences wing of Delhi Police to specify the time it would require to complete its probe against Shivinder Mohan Singh, erstwhile promoter of Religare Enterprises Ltd, who is accused of siphoning off Rs. 2,400 crore from Religare Finvest Ltd

Trying to catch violator, BMC marshal dragged on car bonnet in Mumbai

Murder of Gurgaon-based project engineer, sends shock waves in construction industry

Delhi: Wasteful use may water down 24x7 dreams

Delhi University still undecided on reopening, as almost 60% of the students are from outside Delhi

Light rain in parts of Delhi, more today; monsoon 29% in excess, but distribution quite uneven

Industries minister Satyender Jain said damaged roads in Mayapuri Industrial Area and Mangolpuri Industrial Area will be upgraded, including 22 roads in Mayapuri Phase I and Phase II

Delhi: Two injured as DTC bus hits scooter in Hari Nagar

Delhi: Repairs start on second side of Rajnagar flyover

Gurugram’s Ambience Mall owner booked for Rs. 289 crore fraud

Suspected of theft, youth thrashed to death in outer Delhi

A 36-year-old man has been arrested with illegal firearms bought to kill his wife

Sidharth Shukla's funeral: Sambhavna Seth gets into a fight with Mumbai cops inside the crematorium

Heartbreaking! Inconsolable Shehnaaz Gill screams 'Sidharth' as she rushes towards ambulance carrying actor's mortal remains

'Shehnaaz Gill was at Sidharth Shukla's feet at the crematorium and took part in the rituals, we all are heartbroken,' says Sambhavna Seth

Rakhi Sawant is ‘shocked’; reveals she used to always support Sidharth Shukla

Sushant Singh Rajput’s sister Shweta Singh Kirti mourns Sidharth Shukla’s demise, says 'Why God calls all the good ones early'

Tollywood drugs case: Rakul Preet Singh appears before the Enforcement Directorate for questioning

Delhi HC issues notice on Preet Singh bail plea, main organiser in connection with inflammatory sloganeering near Jantar Mantar

Kuwait News

The State of Kuwait and the Kingdom of Tonga establish diplomatic relations

Kuwaiti Ministry of Health: 95 new cases of Corona were recorded and one death during the past 24 years

Amiri Hospital closes Covid-19 wards, announces zero cases

The US Secretary of Defense will start a Gulf tour that includes Kuwait on Sunday

The price of a barrel of Kuwaiti oil fell 65 cents to reach $72.14

The President of the Supreme Judicial Council praises the results of the judicial and legal discussions held with the Turkish side

The Ambassador of State of Kuwait to New Zealand confirm that there are no Kuwaitis among the victims of the stabbing incident in Auckland

Resuming and Civil Aviation operating between flights between Kuwait and Egypt, starting the day after tomorrow

A NATO military official praises the success of hiring a Kuwait educational advisor at the NATO Defense College

The Chief of Staff receives a call from his American counterpart and they discuss strengthening cooperation between the Kuwait and American armies and the most important regional and international developments*

Afghanistan News

Afghan: EU says will engage with Taliban to support Afghan population

Saleh denies rumours of losing Panjshir, fleeing Afghan; Resistance group denies that Panjshir has fallen: ‘News in Pak media a lie’, reports Reuters

UK to release up to 30MN pounds as aid for Afghan neighbours

Taliban to form Afghanistan govt under Mullah Baradar today, fighting, protests continue against them, women take to streets in Kabul: 80% Doha Team in Council

The new government, according to Taliban sources, will be headed by the group’s co-founder, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar. Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, the son of late Taliban chief Mullah Muhammad Omar, and Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, Taliban sources added, are the two other senior Taliban leaders to be appointed to senior positions.

Raw deal for Karzai, Hekmatyar & Abdullah Abdullah

China is our most important partner, ready to invest in us says Taliban; we care very much about Silk Road

China eyes Belt & Road extension in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan, raising concerns for India

Kabul: Taliban and Afghan flags side by side at ‘unity’ cricket match between two Afghan teams ‘Peace Defenders’ and ‘Peace Heroes’

India hopes Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar’s stint as ‘International negotiator’ will have sobering effect

Taliban sources say their forces take Panjshir, in full control of Afghanistan

US, India adopt wait and watch approach to Taliban 2.0

US watching the situation very closely...Pakistan is a neighbour of Afghanistan, they have supported & nurtured the Taliban, says Harsh Vardhan Shringla during media interaction in Washington (ANI)

I don't see members of international community being passive over situation in Afghanistan. We (India) are not there on the ground, have no assets there. It's not like we are not doing anything, we are in touch with every country that has an interest in Afghanistan, saya HV Shringla (ANI)

The US and Italian Defense Ministers discuss Russian and Chinese threats and developments in Afghanistan

US Secretary of State: We continue to maintain ‘channels of communication’ with the Taliban on issues that concern us

Helping Afghans is more than a priority for us, says US Secretary of State Antony Blinken

At least 50,000 Afghans are expected to be admitted into the U.S. following the fall of Kabul as part of an “enduring commitment" to help people who aided the American war effort, the secretary of homeland security said, reports AP

US has no plans to release billions in Afghan assets, Treasury says

LGBT + Afghans desperate to escape amid Taliban takeover

The Hague: Afghanistan’s 250 women judges fear for their lives, with men they once jailed now freed by the victorious Taliban to hunt them down

Rebels hold out in Afghan valley as Taliban set up government in Kabul

Qatar says it’s not clear when Kabul airport will reopen

Biden speaks with Australian PM Morrison, discusses Afghanistan, Quad

International News

Congo: Industrial waste leak from Angolan diamond mine kills 12 & left 4,400 ill; turned the river red, killed fish and affected some 20 lakh people

Norway seizes 100 missing ancient Iraqi artefacts; being examined by experts to determine their authenticity

Hurricane Ida: Amid inundated roads, no power, storm kills 48; NY Mayor says 'Biggest wake up call

President Biden travels to Louisiana to get a first-hand look at the destruction wrought by Hurricane Ida, the monster storm that devastated the southern portion of the state and left 1 million people without power, reports Reuters

Biden says Ida, wildfires show ‘climate crisis’ has struck

US hospitals hit with nurse staffing crisis amid Covid

NASA began flight testing with Joby Aviation’s all-electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft which could serve as air taxis in the future

Three men: Tom Brokaw of NBC News, Peter Jennings of ABC and Dan Rather of CBS, guided millions through hour of Sept 11, 2001

The Coalition to Support Legitimacy intercepts a booby-trapped plane targeting the city Khamis Mushait in southern Saudi Arabia

White House announces $65 billion plan to combat future pandemics

Turkey announces control of fires in the Bodrum region

Amazon fires surge anew in Brazil as cleared forest burns, reports Reuters

The US Secretary of State visits Qatar and Germany to affirm commitment to strong relations and continuous cooperation

Washington imposes sanction on four individuals who tried to kidnap an Iranian activist residing in the United States

Turkey announces the start of combating oil spills from Syrian waters in the Mediterranean

US President Joe Biden orders a review to declassify documents from the FBI investigation into the Sept 11, 2001 attack, days after the United States completed its military withdrawal from Afghanistan, where it fought a war after those events

The role of climate change in New York's deadly flash floods and the city's creaking infrastructure were under the spotlight after torrential rains left at least 47 people dead across the US northeast, reports AFP

California authorities close national forests due to the spread of wildfires

The official Iraqi News Agency announces the death of the Shiite religious authority, Muhammad Saeed Al-Hakim, at the age of 87. He is considered one of the senior religious references in the Shiite Sect in Iraq and the world. He resides in the city of Najaf and has many books and jurisprudential messages

An ISIS-inspired Sri Lankan extremist been in NZ for 10 years, was shot dead by New Zealand police after he stabbed and injured at least six people in a supermarket in Auckland, north of New Zealand

Former US cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the most senior Roman Catholic official in America to face criminal charges in the massive clergy abuse scandal, pleaded not guilty to charges that he sexually assaulted a teenage boy, reports AFP

New Zealand’s third largest internet provide Vocuz NZ says its response to a cyberattack temporarily triggered NZ internet outranges

Japan Prime Minister Suga to step down this month: party

Kim orders tougher virus steps after N Korea shuns vaccines

US grounds Virgin Galactic after space flight ‘mishap’

Mikis Theodorakis, ‘Zorba’ composer and Marxist rebel, passes away at 96

Sports News

Jarvo 69, the serial pitch intruder who invaded the pitch at Lord's; invades pitch again, pushes Bairstow while running in to bowl

Table Tennis star Manika Batra alleges National Coach asked her To "Concede Match" during Olympic Qualifiers

Amit Shah to honour Olympic medallist Mirabai Chanu

Family celebrates after Praveen Kumar wins silver in high jump

Shuttlers Tarun Dhillion and Suhas Yathiraj lose final group games

Anurag Thakur hails Harvinder Singh after bronze in ‘memorable match’

Jewar erupts with joy as local boy Praveen clinches silver at Paralympics

Paralympics bronze medallist archer Harvinder wants to crack UPSC Exam: Coach

Tokyo Paralympics: Soman Rana finishes 4th in shot put

Indian vs. England: Rohit, Rahul steady India after Woakes fifty gives England 99-run first-innings lead on Day 2 - 43/0; England (1st innings: 290)

Jonny Bairstow, Ollie Pope lead England fightback after Umesh Yadav’s twin strikes

Serial intruder ‘Jarvo 69’ arrested after making mockery of ECB security again

India vs. England, 4th Test: Ashwin’s ouster continues to baffle

India vs. England, 4th Test: It was worth the wait, says Chris Woakes

2nd T20I: Bangladesh beat New Zealand despite Latham heroics

Ireland win to clinch T20I series against Zimbabwe

Rishabh Pant set to remain Delhi Capitals captain for last part of IPL

I’ve been fortunate enough to have spoken to Dhoni a couple of times: Rajasthan Royal’s talented youngster Anuj Rawat

I have made changes to my bowling action, reveals Rajasthan Royals pacer Jaydev Unadkat

Professional Squash Association (PSA) Challenger Tour to being from today

Today''s News. (3rd Sept 2021, Friday)

Today''s News. (3rd Sept 2021, Friday)

by Annadatha Venkata Murali Manohar


Avani Lekhara takes aim at second medal, high-jumper Praveen wins silver

Day 11 of the Tokyo Paralympics began for India with a silver medal in Men's High Jump T64 final. India's Praveen Kumar jumped the bar set at 2.07m to set a new Asian Record to finish second on the podium. It was India's 11th medal in Tokyo so far.

Hurun India Future Unicorn List: Top 10 Indian startups could be 'future unicorns - Zilingo, MPL, Rebel Foods, Cure.Fit, Spinny, RateGain, Mamaearth, CarDekho, GreyOrange and MobiKwik

Study: US researchers developed a 'smart shirt' that can measure the wearer's heart rate by using conductive nanotube thread

Mullah Hebatullah Akhundzada to be named Afghanistan’s Supreme Leader

Certain sections of media communalise everything, says CJI

*Lok Sabha without a Deputy Speaker for 830 days *

Kerala Mathur panchayat bans usage of Sir, Madam in office to bridge barrier; can call them as chettan (elder brother) or 'chechi' (elder sister) in Malayalam

Air pollution may cut life expectancy of 40% Indians by 9 years; NCAP would Sunday raise in overall life expectancy by 1.7 years and that of New Delhi 3.1 years

Pigeon with blue, yellow rings tied to legs captured near Pak border in J&K; blue ring bearing "No 0315-7827659" on the right leg; yellow ring on the left leg had "OK" written on it

Amid growing concerns over the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir, India is expected to increased security vigil in the region.

Financial & Business News

3 IIM alumni (Srinivasu, Ajay Kaushal, Karthik Ganapathy) to make $500MN each from sale of (payments firm BillDesk to Prosus $4.7BN acquisition

Telecom war threatening to go out of hand, Trai steps in to get Jio & Airtel to play by the rules

Mahindra to have 7 'No Production Days' in Sept over chip shortage; will result in 20% to 25% drop

WhatsApp fined €225MN for privacy breaches in largest fine by Irish regulator; sharing personal data with other Facebook companies

Corona Updates

World: 219,915,345; Active 18,800,914 (8.55%); Recovery 196,558,748 (89.38%); Vaccinated 5.38BN

India: 32,902,345; Active 406,344 (1.24%); Recovery 32,056,085 (97.43%); Vaccinated 661.58MN

India reports 45,352 new cases and 366 deaths

Depression a serious illness in Covid context: Gujarat HC

One new case takes Covid-19 tally of Andamans to 7,567

65 Kerala students have tested positive for Covid-19 in a college in Karnataka's Kolar; Tamil Nadu sees uptick in Covid cases among kids since June amid 3rd wave threat; Low vaccine coverage among India's senior citizens raises third COVID-19 wave concerns

16% adult population fully vaccinated; 54% adult population received one dose; Sikkim, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, HP vaccinated 100% 18+ population with 1st dose; Tripura (89%), Ladakh (88%), Daman and Diu (88%), Lakshadweep (88%) and Mizoram (85%)

N Korea rejects 3MN Covid vaccine doses saying give to nations in need

Japan considering easing some Covid-19 emergency restrictions: Media

The Abu Dhabi Government Media Office stated that the emirate will cancel the requirement to submit to quarantine for all vaccinated travellers from abroad, starting from Sunday. He added that submitting a negative PCR test result would remain a requirement for travel to the UAE capital.

US hospitals hit with nurse staffing crisis amid Covid

WHO releases pictures of fake Covishield found in Myanmar; label reads 'Covisheld’

Biological E gets DCGI to conduct Phase 2/3 trials of its Covid-19 vaccine Corbevax on children aged between 5-18 years; Granules India gets licence from DRDO to manufacture, market Covid-19 drug 2- Deoxy-D-Glucose (2-DG)

Long-Covid now forces hospitals to offer rehabilitation programmes for Covid-survivors

In a letter to all states and Union Territories (UTs), the government said considering reports of new mutations in SARS-CoV-2 and rising number of Variants of Concern (VOCs) and Variants of Interest (Vols) globally, seven countries have been added in the list of countries whose travellers will have to get another RT-PCR test done upon landing at Indian airports apart from the one they need to get before embarking on the flight.

Only fully vaccinated should attend mass gatherings: Government

State News

Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanom (TTD) to provide coins as ‘Dhana Prasadam’

Dravidian Varsity seeks help in furthering Tamil studies

SP MP, booked for sedition, questions Delhi's talks with Taliban

99% of target population has got 1st dose in Noida

Prithviraj Sukumaran, Ashiq Abu quit ‘Variankunnan’, based on Malabar Rebellion hero

Sidharth Shukla passed away at the age of 40 on Wednesday; His body to be taken home from the hospital at 11 am

Kejriwal govt to earn Rs 3k cr from 12 retail liquor licences

986 fined for not wearing masks in Delhi

The UP government on Thursday set up a four-member special investigation team (SIT) to fix responsibility of officials for the construction of Supertech’s twin towers in Noida, which the Supreme Court earlier this week ordered demolished within three months.

Supertech: SIT to identify colluding Noida officials

Tihar inmate’s death a case of custodial violence: HC

Kuwait News

His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and US Vice President Kamala Harris commended on Thursday evening the exceptional ties linking Kuwait and the US. In a phone conversation between the two officials, Harris lauded the historic relations with Kuwait and the mutual interest in bolstering ties.

The Government of Kuwait is seeking new paths and ways to implement Kuwait’s 2035 Vision, His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah

Member of the Board of Directors of Tourism and Travel Offices Hussein Al-Sulaiten said the decisions to increase the daily quota of arriving passengers at Kuwait International Airport to 10,000 and resumption of direct flights for the two largest expatriate communities in the country - Egyptians and Indians - will have a significant impact on ticket prices in the future as prices are expected to go down, especially for transit flights from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar and countries that citizens usually use as transit points for their flight to Kuwait, reports Al-Anba daily. He pointed out the arriving passengers quota should be increased further, taking into consideration the improvement of the health situation in the country.

The total amount of traffic violation fines increased in the previous fiscal year despite the partial and total curfews imposed most of the year. Official figures issued by the Ministry of Finance indicate that the traffic violation fines collected in fiscal 2020/2021 amounted to KD 61.6 million – KD 600,000 higher than the amount collected in fiscal 2019/2020 which recorded a total of KD 61 million.

In response to what was published by Al-Rai daily that a police officer working for the General Security Department had shot and killed a young ‘reckless’ motorist with a bullet to the chest in Taima new details of the incident and its motives have surfaced.

Air customs officers have seized approximately 33 grams of narcotic marijuana, 594 grams of marijuana wax, 72 ampoules of marijuana oil, and 2.57 kilos of psychotropic powder. The daily said the six packages of drugs came via the express mail.

The Public Authority for Manpower said on Wednesday that the results of its inspection campaigns regarding the decision to ban afternoon work in open places resulted in the detection of 2,773 violating sites and 1,988 workers present in the violating sites.

The Kuwait Met Dept: Humidity decreases Saturday

Hunt to identify person who dumped newborn at garbage container: The Farwaniya Governorate Investigation Dept

The official spokesperson and the Director of Public Relations and Media Department of the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) Aseel Al-Mazyed revealed that business owners can submit requests to open a new file for an employer, and to print service receipts, as well as requests to transfer a license between files via the authority’s service portal

“The chalet sector is inevitably going to record a big jump in its rental fees due to the government’s plans to amend the structure of state property fees. The rental prices are expected to be extraordinary figures”

MP Osama Al-Shaheen submitted a proposal to allow cooperative societies, public benefit associations and sports clubs to hold their general assemblies, considering the Health Ministry has vaccinated more than 70 percent of the targeted population against Covid-19 - a requirement for achieving herd immunity. Al-Shaheen also stressed the importance of strict compliance with health regulations for the safety of everyone.

Kuwaiti nurses working in government institutions covered by the Civil Service Commission Resolution No. 5 of 2009 will receive increase in allowances (be it for shift or risk or any other) of between 450 and 850 dinars, according to the job title of each nurse

Kuwait’s daily coronavirus cases rose by 111 to 410,072 as deaths increased by one to 2,421, the health ministry said on Thursday.

The Kuwaiti Public Prosecution has fined a Kuwaiti citizen KD 200 ($665) for telling his son 'you are donkey'

A policeman in Kuwait shot dead a reckless Kuwaiti motorist for trying to steal his weapon

His Highness Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Prime Minister, announced the launch of the unified government application “Sahel” to enhance the efficiency and speed of completing transactions next week, which will be the first digital transformation of the government and at the same time a test and challenge for leaders.

The Minister of Health discusses with the Ambassador of the European Union the health procedures and requirements for the travel of citizens

Afghanistan News

The Taliban’s top religious leader Mullah Hebatullah Akhundzada will be named as Afghanistan’s supreme authority

Taliban angry as US troops destroyed helicopters, planes before leaving; India will restart evacuation after Kabul airport resumes operations; UK owes immense debt to Afghan refugees says PM; Qatar says working with Taliban to reopen Kabul airport as soon as possible

We have right to raise our voice for Muslims in Kashmir, say Taliban, reports Geo News

The Taliban were expected to form a government as early as Friday with the new regime under intense international scrutiny over its vow to rule Afghanistan with greater tolerance, especially on women's rights.

Taliban close to forming new government in Afghanistan

US defends strike that Afghan family says killed innocents

Government sources also said that Pakistan spy agency ISI, which shares good relations with Taliban leadership, will try to influence the Taliban but it will not be able to have an effect since the Taliban this time is in a position of strength and only weak Taliban can be influenced by ISI.

Torture cannot be justified in any situation, UN experts tell Afghanistan's new regime

Pakistan urges international effort to help Afghanistan

Fate of UN Afghanistan mission in the balance as humanitarian flights resume

The United Nations said it had restarted humanitarian flights to parts of the country, linking the Pakistani capital Islamabad with Mazar-i-Sharif in northern Afghanistan and Kandahar in the south.

While the West has adopted a wait-and-see approach to the Taliban, there were some signs of engagement with the new leaders gathering pace.

Biden visits hospital treating US troops wounded in Afghanistan

Qatar and Turkey working with the Taliban to quickly reopen Kabul's airport, reports AFP

Afghan women protest as Taliban set to form government

UK will pay to shelter refugees in countries neighbouring Afghanistan, reports Reuters

International News

Alibaba pledges $15.5BN over 5 years years in support of President Xi Jinping common prosperity vision

8 killed as Hurricane Ida remnants hit New York, northeastern US; state of emergency declared in NY

New York City Mayor declares state of emergency after record-breaking rain

WHO: 55MN people worldwide are living with dementia; 78MN by 2030, 139MN by 2050; 60% with dementia live in low & middle-income countries

Sports News

Proud of Praveen Kumar for winning the silver medal at the #Palaympics. This medal is the result of his hard work and unparalleled dedication. Congratulations to him. Best wishes for his future endeavours. #Praise4Para: PM Narendar Modi

Team India players wear black armbands in memory of former mentor Vasudeo Paranjape; mentored cricketers including Gavaskar, Rohit, Manjrekar & Vengsarkar among others

India vs. Eng: India's batsmen, barring Shardul Thakur, fail yet again 191 all out before bowlers fight back to restrict Eng for 53/3; Kohli fastest batsman to reach 23,000 runs in int'l cricket taking 490 innings, breaks Sachin's record who took 522 innings

Congratulations to 18-year-old #PraveenKumar who has made a NEW ASIAN RECORD as he jumped 2.07m in Men’s High Jump and won the Silver, the youngest Indian Paralympian to win a silver: VVS Laxman

 News Digest (2nd Sept 2021, Thursday)

                                                                               News Digest (2nd Sept 2021, Thursday)

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Tokyo Paralympics 2021: Shuttlers Pramod Bhagat and Palak Kohli are in action in Mixed Doubles SL3 - SU5 Group-B Match 1

Paralympics: Amit Saroha 5th in Men's club throw; mixed day for Indian Shuttlers

India's Suyash Narayan Jadhav was disqualified in the Men's 100m breaststroke - SB7 at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre. Jadhav's timing in the event was not registered as he was disqualified. The Indian was disqualified based on the technical issue as he performed more than one fly kick after the turn, as per the official reason recorded.

India's month-long Presidency of powerful UNSC ends with 'substantive' outcomes on key global issues

PM Modi releases special ₹125 coin to mark ISKCON founder's 125th birth anniversary

TRAI to Govt: Fix minimum broadband speed at 2Mbps from the current 512Kbps: 512Kbps inadequate for accessing even some basic apps

Only 4 woman Judges in Supreme Court; 77 of 644 Judges in High Courts, the gender gap in Judiciary

Study: High prevalence of asthma, allergy symptoms in school children in Delhi, Kottayam & Mysuru

UP CM transfers Firozabad's CMO after 32 kids die of 'mysterious' fever suspected to be dengue

Haryana IAS officer who ordered police to 'break heads' of protesting farmers transferred to Citizen Resources Info Dept

Syed Ali Shah Geelani, face of Kashmiri separatist politics, dies at 92 after prolonged illness

Fisherman catches 157 Ghol fish in Maharashtra, sells them for ₹1.33Cr to a consortium of traders from UP & Bihar

Allahabad HC: Cow is an integral part of India's culture; should be declared as the national animal; fundamental rights should be given

Environmentalist DV Girish assaulted by drunken men in Karnataka over passing lewd comments at a woman colleague; no arrests have been made

Union Govt to offer indemnity to Air India bidders over Cairn's claim; final sale purchase agreement cleared

Streets flooded, massive traffic jams as Delhi receives highest rain in Sep in 19 years; Hospital in Vaishali district inundated amid Bihar floods, fish swim in doctor's chamber and labour room

Al-Qaida cheers Afghanistan ‘victory’, says Kashmir next target

China expands its activities to Sri Lanka’s north; India worried

Afghan nationals protesting outside UNHCR office: Delhi High Court expresses concern

At Pranab memorial lecture, VP bats for ‘Mission 5000’ to save parliamentary democracy

Cow should be made national animal, its protection Hindu’s fundamental right: Allahabad high court

Kashi Vishwanath Temple – Gyanvapi mosque complex case: Allahabad HC reserves verdict on pleas against court order directing ASI survey

Difficult to hold 2022 assembly polls if EVMs not freed to re-use: EC to SC

Restore ‘Darbar Move’: JKAP protestors

One in three Delhi kids has impaired lungs: Study

BJP sends legal notice to MLAs who defected to Trinamool

Rise in GDP for government is rising prices of gas, diesel, petrol: Rahul Gandhi

Price of LPG cylinder hiked by Rs. 25

Air India’s Indore-Dubai flight resumes after 17 months

Maharashtra to form State Council for climate change

WhatsApp bans 3 million Indian accounts in 46 days

Financial & Business News

Manufacturing sector activities moderate in August constrained by Covid-19, surging costs: PMI

Second time in a row: GST collection remains above Rs 1 lakh crore in August

2021 Royal Enfield Classic 350 launched at Rs. 1.84 lakh

Tatas against any cut in EV import duty for Tesla

Hyundai Casper micro-SUV revealed, may come to India

MapMyIndia files IPO papers with Sebi

28 lakh A/Cs opened under Atal Pension Yojana (APY) so far in FY 2021-22; Total enrolment 3.30Cr; 44% subscribers are women, 44% belong to the age-group of 18-25 years

Website sells 'charpai' for ₹41,000 after discount in NZ, calls it 'vintage Indian daybed

Amazon to hire 55,000 people globally, job fair to begin Sep 15; would represent 20% increase in tech and corporate staff

Cement Cos to invest up to Rs 1,700Cr in waste heat recovery system to save power cost

ICICI Bank crosses Rs 5 Trillion Market Cap, stands 2nd after HDFC Bank; 7th company in the country

Sri Lanka declares 'economic emergency' to contain food prices after a steep fall in the Sri Lankan rupee's value; fell by 7.5% against US$

India's manufacturing PMI falls to 52.3 in Aug from 55.3 in Jul; softer upturn in sales led companies to pause their hiring efforts

Corona Updates

World: 219,224,486; Active 18,683,567 (8.52%); Recovery 195,997,348 (89.40%); Vaccinated 5.34BN

India: 32,856,863; Active 396,207 (1.21%); Recovery 32,021,097 (97.46%); Vaccinated 644.80MN

People arriving at Mumbai Airport from UK, Europe, Middle East, S Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, NZ & Zimbabwe will have to undergo self-paid RT-PCR test on arrival

Japan: Fresh contamination case involving Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine, 4th incident in a week; Ireland to drop almost all Covid-19 restrictions in Oct

India beats vaccination expectation in Aug (18,38,14,912 jabs), but needs to rapidly build on feat for Dec deadline; still has 43.68Cr unvaccinated adult individuals; AIIMS Director - will take up to 9 months to vaccinate all kids, schools can’t be shut till then

Govt sources: 'Strict lockdown, containment only solution to fix Kerala's rising Covid graph

First identified in Colombia, new coronavirus variant 'Mu' classified as variant of interest by WHO

India remains committed to access to medicines, diagnostics, and therapeutics to mitigate the Covid-19 pandemic and will support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development: Permanent Mission of India, Geneva (ANI)

France is first major EU nation to start widespread booster jabs

New COVID-19 strain: Mandatory RT-PCR test for passengers arriving in Mumbai from Europe, China, Middle East, reports ANI

Majority of US companies may mandate Covid-19 vaccine in coming months, says a survey (Reuters)

Most vaccinated Americans want Covid-19 booster shots, reports Reuters

32 students test positive in Karnataka’s Kolar KGF College of Dental Sciences and Hospital; "All of them are Kerala returnees. I'll visit the college & take action against the management," says Karnataka health minister K Sudhakar

Schools and colleges in at least six more states will reopen in a gradual manner with health measures in place throughout September. In New Delhi, all staff must be vaccinated and class sizes will be capped at 50% with staggered seating and sanitized desks.

Assam to give Rs. 1 lakh each to kin of poor victims

India has reported 41,965 new Covid-19 cases and 460 deaths in the last 24 hours

Kerala reports 32,803 new Covid-19 cases, 21,610 recoveries and 173 deaths till 6 pm, on Wednesday

Bengal reports 679 new Covid-19 cases, 12 more fatalities

Zero deaths, 27 new cases, and 20 recoveries reported in Jharkhand.

Union minister Pradhan reviews reopening of schools across country

Supply crunch hits inclusion of Sputnik V in government vaccination drive

Covid-19 origin: The reaction from the Chinese ambassador came in the backdrop of a report by the US intelligence community (IC) on the origins of Covid-19.

Politicising Covid-19 origin tracing will lead nowhere: Chinese envoy

Pakistan administers over 15 lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccines, highest ever in single-day

Filmmaker and choreographer Farah Khan Kunder has tested positive for Covid-19, despite being fully vaccinated.

Covid-19 vaccination of people staying in mental healthcare homes: Supreme Court directs all states & UTs to fix a timeline for vaccinating the inmates, lodged in mental healthcare homes, for Covid & asks them to submit status reports on the vaccination steps by October 15.

Google Search, Maps and Assistant to now offer detailed info on vaccine availability

Over 23 lakh people vaccinated in Bihar in a day, record set

Sunny, a 23-year-old Ghaziabad man takes first shot, complains of ‘loss of vision’ hours later

The Union health ministry on Wednesday said more than 64.51 crore vaccine doses have been provided to states and UTs.

Brazilian viper venom may become tool in fight against coronavirus: Study

Low 60+ vaccination tally in some states a worry

A 24-year-old woman submitted a fake Covid-19 vaccination card to visit Hawaii with a spelling error that led to her arrest: Moderna was spelled “Maderna," court documents say, reports AP

State News

Coal scam: Bengal makes probes Centre-State issue in SC

Draft NCR Plan moots 5-10 year lease of land

States seek time before putting plan in public domain

Union Home Minister Amit Shah is visiting Karnataka on Thursday to attend a string of events in Davangere and Hubballi.

New Delhi: Covid-hit, schools across states limp back to normalcy

Madhya Pradesh: Schools have reopen for classes 6 to 12 with 50% capacity from today.

‘Intermeddlers have no business’ in Rakesh Asthana case: Solicitor General

Prayagraj: IG, cops turn teacher for underprivileged children

Noida: Man kills wife and 2 kids, buries them in basement in Bisrakh, held after 3 years

After SC order, Noida official suspended

Supertech: 7 Noida officials under scrutiny

Three kids among five electrocuted outside Ghaziabad shop in heavy rain

Ghaziabad: Rs. 200 crore gaming, betting racket busted; 7 held

Ghaziabad: More than 1,500 ordinary plot buyers in the Ghaziabad Development Authority’s (GDA) ambitious Madhuban Bapudham housing scheme will now have to shell out at least Rs. 5 lakh more

National Green Tribunal (NGT) directs District Magistrate to remove encroachment on green belt area in Ghaziabad

Ghaziabad: Four rob elderly couple at gunpoint but apologise later, promise to return the money in 6 months

The Delhi High Court today issued notice on a petition challenging the appointment of Gujarat cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana as Delhi Police Commissioner.

Delhi: This August was more polluted than last two

Delhi Technological University (DTU) and Ambedkar University (DTU) and Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD) will be reopening their campuses from Wednesday. DTU has decided to first call Ph.D students and final-year postgraduate and undergraduate students only for practicals and project work.

Nodia / Ghaziabad: Schools reopen for primary classes, but most parents still not on board

Delhities took to social media to criticize the management of the drainage system, with derisive remarks about the new swimming pools and waterfalls in the city

Delhi-NCR rain: Traffic snarl on Delhi-Gurugram Expressway; Moderate to heavy rain lashes several parts of the national capital on Wednesday morning. IMD has issued an orange alert for Wednesday, with moderate rainfall forecast for the city and the possibility of some locations receiving heavy precipitation.

Fraudsters sell plot in Gurugram owned by Haryana IG’s mother

Carjackers abduct 75-year-old at gunpoint

The state of Uttarakhand will deploy women as Gypsy drivers and nature guides across all tiger reserves and wildlife sanctuaries. Until now, only men were employed in these wildlife tourism activities

'Saira Banu has been admitted to the hospital due to breathing issues,' confirms a relative

Case registered against Payal Rohatgi for her alleged defamatory video against Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and others

Farah Khan tests positive for COVID-19 after double dose of vaccine

Delhi schools reopen for classes 9 to 12, with Covid-19 protocols in place

Kuwait News

His Highness the Amir receives a phone call from the US President regarding the strong and distinguished bilateral relations between the two countries

His Highness the Amir extends official invitation to President Biden

Kuwait’s new airport terminal to create 15,000 jobs for Kuwaiti youth, and the completion rate of the first package has reached 54 percent

Oil Minister: The prudent and balanced OPEC+ management succeeded in supporting the global oil industry during Corona

Hawally Park opens the doors to children

CBK report highlights effect of Covid-19 pandemic

Police probe death of a forty-year-old woman

Shooting incident shrouded in mystery

Bill criminalizes gay behaviour

Ground imposes fine on MP for holding by-poll

Cabinet holds extraordinary meeting; focus on airport expansion

Kuwait lists 101 new Covid-19 cases, one death

Manpower: The ban on working at noon in open place ends

Manpower: Converting the Residency of the same sponsor into work and vice versa… electronically

India-Kuwait joint working group meet on medical cooperation held virtually

High ticket prices hamper return of passengers from India

Kuwait sets weekly quota of 5,528 seats for direct flights from India

Economic minister affairs adherence to Covid-19 health precautionary measures

Kuwait sets daily 1,562 passenger quota for direct flight from Egypt

Kuwait’s Acting National Assembly Speaker Ahmed Al-Shahoumy announces that he has received an interpellation request submitted by MP Fayez Al-Jumhur to Minister of State for Municipal Affairs and Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development Shaya Al-Shaya, as it consists of two axes

Kuwait: The National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters, represented by the culture sector, announces its readiness to launch the first cultural season for children and young people this September, in implementation of the decision to return children’s activities

The Kuwaiti International Islamic Charitable Organization is funding a project to build a village for the displaced in Al-Hodeidah Governance

Sports Authority: All necessary support to prepare the Kuwait junior basketball team for the upcoming Asian Cup finals

The US dollar stabilizes against the dinar at 0.300, and the euro falls to 0.354

Padel sport: A noticeable spread and wide demand among young people in Kuwait amid the conditions of the Corona pandemic and the closure of sports facilities

The price of a barrel of Kuwaiti oil fell 60 cents to reach $72.61

Kuwaiti Housing Minister affirms the constitutional right of the deputy to interrogate

The governor of Hodeidah says during the inauguration of a water project funded by Kuwait Relief that Yemenis will not forget Kuwait its white hands that supported them throughout history

Acting Speaker of the National Assembly: I received an interpellation submitted by the Public Representative to the Minister of Housing from two axes

The Turkish President praises the role and positions of the State of Kuwait and the Kuwaiti aid provided to his country

The Minister of Higher Education stresses the importance of developing a new roadmap to align education outcomes with the labour market

Kuwait Anti-Doping Agency: Establishing clear policies and preparing anti-doping regulations and systems at the sporting level

Afghanistan News

Afghan: Hibatullah Akhundzada to be the Supreme Leader of Afghanistan, confirm Taliban; Taliban plan to make Kabul airport operational soon, aviation experts arrive to help out

Taliban parade to show off plundered US hardware

With the US withdrawal complete, the focus will now shift to how the Taliban, with sole authority, address Afghanistan’s multiple challenges, including whether they will allow other foreigners and Afghans to leave the country. The Taliban say they want to keep the civilian airport open, but without logistical support and security guarantees it appears commercial airlines will not fly into the country.

Fighters manned the controls of the multi-purpose trucks - used by US, NATO and Afghan forces during Afghanistan's 20 years of war - while others clambered over the vehicles at Ayno Maina, a town on the outskirts of the city.

'Number of women journalists in Kabul has plunged'

With Kabul airport closed, fearful Afghans rush for the border

Qatar urges Taliban to ensure 'safe passage' out of Afghanistan

In Afghanistan's Panjshir, anti-Taliban forces fight on; clashes b/w Resistance Front, Taliban continue in Panjshir, says Local Media

Taliban and other Afghan leaders have reached a “consensus” on the formation of a new government and cabinet: Bloomberg

Under Taliban rule, Uighurs in Afghanistan fear deportation to China

At least one Black Hawk helicopter has been seen flying over Kandahar in recent days, suggesting someone from the former Afghan army was at the controls as the Taliban lack qualified pilots.

Fighters manned the controls of the multi-purpose trucks - used by US, NATO and Afghan forces during Afghanistan's 20 years of war - while others clambered over the vehicles at Ayno Maina, a town on the outskirts of the city.

A long line of green vehicles sat in single file on a highway outside Afghanistan's second-biggest city of Kandahar, many with white-and-black Taliban flags attached to aerials, according to an AFP journalist

The Taliban held a 'Victory Parade' with US military equipment, and in full US military uniform

In call before Afghan collapse, Biden pressed Ghani to ‘change perception’

US touts leverage - but influence on Taliban seen as limited

Pentagon chief speaks with Qatari Emir after US exit from Afghanistan

Taliban militants banning travel by woman unaccompanied by men

Afghan journalists say man seen hanging from helicopter a flag installer, wasn't dead

Qatar jet carrying technical team lands in Kabul: Source

External affairs minister Jaishankar speaks to British counterpart Raab on situation in Afghanistan

After US troops leave, focus on how Taliban will face challenges ahead

International News

President Joe Biden announces $60 million in military aid to Ukraine

Jeddah: The leadership of the coalition forces to support legitimacy in Yemen confirms the interception and shooting down of three

Twin elephants born in Sri Lanka for the first time in 80 years; both males, born to 25-yr-old Surangi

7 black men executed for white woman's rape in US granted pardons 70yrs after death by Governor of US' Virginia

Sports News

Netherland's Rogier Dorsman wins gold in Men's 100m breaststroke SB11 with a time of 1:11:22

Serbia's Dragan Ristic wins gold in R5 mixed 10m air rifle prone SH2

Tokyo Paralympics: Avani Lekhara fails to qualify for Mixed 10m Air Rifle Prone SH1 final, other Indians also disappoint

Iran's Saeid Afroo wins gold in men's F34 seated javelin

Great Britain's archer Victoria Rumary wins Women's individual W1 bronze medal

Canada's Greg Stewart wins gold in Men's F46 Shot put

World number one shuttler Pramod Bhagat wins, young Palak Kohli endure tough day

Amit, Dharambir end without medal in club throw competition

No medal for India from Men's Club Throw F51 event

La Liga: Frenchman Griezmann returns to Atletico Madrid and De Jong joins Barcelona

T20I cricket history: Bangladesh beat NZ for 1st time, bowl them out for 60; their joint-lowest total in T20I

News Digest (1st Sept 2021, Wednesday)

News Digest (1st Sept 2021, Wednesday)

                                                                                                                                                                                               by Annadatha V Murali Manohar


Avani Lekhara, Sidhartha Babu, Deepak fail to qualify for R3 Mixed 10m Air Rifle Prone SH1 final

Paralympics: Indian high jumpers Mariyappan Thangavelu and Sharad Kumar won silver and bronze medal respectively in the men's T63 final; India’s Paralympic medal tally hits double digits

India’s Singhraj Adhana wins Bronze in men’s 10m air pistol

Army, Jammu and Kashmir police reach out to terrorists’ kin, urge them to advise their wards to shun militancy

Amit Shah unveils portal, says Jammu and Kashmir could see Rs. 50,000 crore investment

India dominates men’s javelin throw event in Tokyo Paralympics; Devendra Jhajharia bagged silver and Sundar Singh Gurjar won bronze in the men’s javelin throw F46 event

Ministry of Statistics: India's GDP grows at record 20.1% in Q1 of FY22 against -24.4% in Q1 a year ago; April-July fiscal deficit at 21.3% of FY22 budget estimate

Sources claim Union Govt returned 14 names recommended by collegium for elevation as HC Judges in Delhi, Calcutta, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka and Kerala

Rahul Gandhi, Captain Amarinder Singh differ on Jallianwala renovation

SC to Asaram Bapu: This is not an ordinary crime. You will get all your Ayurvedic treatment in jail itself; rejects bail plea

Hara Bahara' campaign: Telangana to plant 50 lakh seeds on 12,000 hectares of land across all 33 districts of the state using drones; partnered with Marut Drones

Experts: Using AI signals will have minimal impact on Bengaluru's traffic; need to build public transport capacities via means such as metro trains and bus priority lanes

Maharashtra's Aurangabad: Several vehicles stuck after landslides at four different locations in Kannad Ghat

India concerned by Gaza Strip escalation; calls on parties to refrain from acts that could exacerbate tensions

New Chiefs: Pankaj Kumar Singh (1998) IPS officer, took over as new DG of BSF: Sanjay Arora assumed charge of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP)

7-8,000 snoop permissions given each month, NGO tells HC, citing RTI

Supertech twin-towers demolition: Developer-authority nexus needs to be dealt with strictly, says Supreme Court

SC directs demolition of Supertech Emerald’s twin 40-storey towers in 3 month

Third skill development centre opens in Greater Nodia

Financial & Business News

Parliamentary Committee to government: Ban VPN services in India

India poised for stronger growth on structural reforms, govt capex push: CEA Subramanian

IT Rules needed to curb online fake news: Centre

India reports highest quarterly economic growth after Pandemic slump

Coal firms asked to give priority supply to thermal power plants with critical stock: Govt

Talking to stakeholders to support recovery: Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman

RBI to deepen retail marketing, conduct fine-tuning operations to manage unanticipated liquidity flows: Shaktikanta Das

Maruti Suzuki: Shortage of semiconductor is likely to have an "adverse impact"; to see 60% cut in Sep

Bull run… Another day of Sensex, Nifty highs: Market cap of BSE-listed firms crosses ₹250 lakh crore for 1st time; Sensex jumped 662.63 points to end at 57,552, while Nifty rose 201.2 points to close at 17,132

Four models certified as roadworthy, Tesla inches closer to making its big debut in India; probably Model 3 and Model Y variants

Lucas TVS to invest in a Giga factory to manufacture cells using 24M’s disruptive SemiSolidTM platform technology

Windows 11, Microsoft's first OS in 6 years, to launch on Oct 5; will feature a new design with rounded corners and app icons displayed in the centre of the taskbar

‘Nefarious complicity’: SC directs prosecution of errant NOIDA, Supertech officers; structures built so far be demolished; would have blocked the sunlight and fresh air for the residents

Eight core sectors' output rises by 9.4% in July led by a low base effect; infrastructure sectors grew by 21.2% year-on-year for April-July for FY 2021-22

Internet search giant Google has announced that it is delaying the back to office date for employees until Jan 10, 2022. This was announced by company’s CEO Sundar Pichai in an email to the employees

Google employees to know how their pay may change if they move offices

Volkswagen Polo, Vento prices increased by up to 3%

2021 Tata Tigor EV launched at Rs. 11.99 lakh, offers 306-km range

2021 TVS Apache RR 310 now customisable, launched at Rs. 2.59 lakh

2021 Triumph Speed Twin BS6 launched in India at Rs. 10.99 lakh

Forex crisis leads to Sri Lanka food emergency

NCLT orders freezing of all assets of Videocon’s Venugopal Dhoot

LIC’s asset base goes past Rs. 38 lakh crore in fiscal 2021

India Inc cheers as Paralympians win medals

Corona Updates

World: 218,494,483; Active 18,646,476 (8.53%); Recovery 195,315,576 (89.39%); Vaccinated 5.29BN

India: 32,810,892; Active 385,516 (1.17%); Recovery 31,986,322 (97.49%); Vaccinated 639.31MN

India records highest-ever single-day Covid-19 vaccinations at over 1.28Cr; 23% adult population fully vaccinated; cumulative 65Cr vaccinations; stampede at West Bengal Jalpaiguri Covid-19 vaccination centre, 25 injured; 6 critically injured

India reported 30,941 new Covid-19 cases and 350 deaths in the last 24 hours, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Tuesday. The new fatalities pushed the Covid death toll in the country to 4,38,560.

According to a recent study, 25% healthcare workers infected with Covid-19 during Delta surge despite being fully vaccinated

No case of new Covid variant C.1.2 reported in India so far, government sources have said. (ANI)

India's current recovery rate is 97.51%, the Union health ministry bulletin released on Wednesday said.

Kerala again posts over 30k cases, India’s tally at 43,000

Israel registers record daily coronavirus cases

WHO monitoring new 'variant of interest' Mu; "The Mu variant has a constellation of mutations that indicate potential properties of immune escape," the bulletin said.

South Korea has secured 1.5 million doses of Pfizer and Moderna's Covid-19 vaccines from Romania, the health ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

State News

Schools in Delhi reopened for classes 9 to 12 today adhering to Covid-19 protocols.

Moderate to heavy rain lashes several parts of the national capital on Wednesday morning, but August in ‘deficit’.

Kerala Plus One exams revised schedule released

Mumbai University bags A++ NAAC accreditation

Delhi University Teachers’ Association opposes implementation of NEP

Restrictions to stay for Kerala returnee students

Hyderabad: Engineering students studying in colleges affiliated with Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad (JNTUH), will now have the option to study the Constitution as a substitute subject from the ensuing academic year

Update vaccination data of teachers twice a week, states told

Delhi Health Minister inspects new ‘mohalla clinic’ made from shipping container

Draft NCR Plan Moots 5-10 Yr Lease Of Land

States seek time before putting plan in public domain

SC adjourns plea against NCLAT order directing the suspension of the general committee of the Delhi Gymkhana Club and appointment of a Centre-nominated administrator to manage the affairs of the club

Puri Jagannadh ED trial concludes: Officers question him along with his Chartered Accountant Sridhar, for 10 hours, under Money Laundering Act

Drawing a distinction between “Hindustani Isalm” and the practice of the faith in other parts of the world, actor Naseeruddin Shah, condemned sections in the Indian Muslim community who are ‘celebrating the Taliban’s return to power’

Samantha Akkineni finally reacts to divorce rumours after dropping surname on social media

Rakhi Sawant undergoes a painful procedure to fix her nose after Jasmin Bhasin hurt her in 'Bigg Boss 14', shares video thanking her dermatologist

Kriti Sanon: Not just Madhubala, would love to play Meena Kumari in her biopic

Armaan Kohli case: Two foreign peddlers nabbed, drugs recovered

Jacqueline Fernandez turns out to be a victim of Rs 200-crore money laundering racket: ED sources

Bengaluru: Seven people were killed in a car accident in Koramangala when a speeding Audi Q3 lost control; horrific road mishap caught on CCTV

An unidentified intoxicated man creates ruckus on National Highway 48 in Surat

MNS leads ‘dahi handi’ defiance in Maharashtra; cases filed, netas held

Kuwait & Middle East News

The head of the Federation of Domestic Labor Recruitment Offices Khaled Al-Dakhnan announced that the new agreement between Kuwait and India regarding domestic workers has entered into force, explaining that it includes setting a minimum salary ceiling, so that it is not less than 110 dinars for the worker, and 100 for the worker per month.

Lack of Law to punish who do not respect the National Anthem and Our Flag

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation sent a revised request for operation of its national airlines (Kuwait Airways and Jazeera Airways) to commence operation of commercial flights with India, Egypt and a number of Asian countries which was recently approved by the Cabinet.

According to official statistics, Kuwait Anti-Corruption Authority Nazaha studying 84 reports on corruption; 16 for probe

Renew Residence of over 60s … Expats vital part of Kuwait Economy, columnist Mohammad Ali Rasheed

Travellers need to undergo PCR Test upon arrival

Possibility of some government bodies to continue working ‘remotely’

Deputy National Assembly Speaker MP Ahmad Al-Shuhoumi submitted a bill on honoring employees involved in the fight against Covid- 19.

The Editor-in-Chief of the Arab Times and Al-Seyassah newspapers Ahmed Al-Jarallah Tuesday paid a courtesy visit to the Minister of Interior Sheikh Thamer Al-Ali.

The Ministry of Education is currently coordinating with its Interior counterpart to address the problem of stranded teachers as part of preparations for the new school year, reports Al-Anba daily quoting sources from the educational sector. Sources affirmed entry visas are being issued for teachers with expired residency permits, revealing that about 400 teachers need visas to enter the country and then carry out residency procedures.

The prevention sector in the General Fire Brigade closed 21 facilities in violation of the preventive requirements in the governorates of Jahra, Mubarak Al-Kabeer and Farwaniya, after a decision was issued by the Chief of the General Fire Brigade, Lieutenant-General Khaled Al-Makrad.

Indian Embassy Kuwait today clarified National Testing Agency (NTA) letter regarding the change of examination centre for NEET Exam for Indian students and said that the venue change is applicable for those students who are unable to present in Kuwait.

The Zawya website revealed the Kuwait International Airport Expansion Project (Terminal 2), that is currently under construction and ranks first among the five largest airports in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, with an estimated cost of $4.36 billion is expected to be completed in the last quarter of 2022.

Kuwait Logs 124 New COVID-19 Cases, One Death

Informed health sources confirmed that the Ministry of Health will finish vaccinating all male and female students registered on the vaccination platform before the end of next September.

The Meteorological Department expected hot and humid weather to prevail, especially over the coastal areas, with light to moderate southeasterly winds, with speed of 08-35 km/h.

Nearly 1.2 billion dinars ($4 billion) is lost annually to corruption in Kuwait, according chairman of the Kuwait Economic Society, Abdul Wahab Al Rasheed.

Afghanistan News

UNSC resolution for combating terror, mentions Taliban commitment

20 years and $2.3 trillion later, America’s longest war ends as last troops leave 1 minute before deadline

US troops out of Afghanistan; Taliban celebrate with gunfire

Afghan: UK ready to launch strikes against ISIS-K; Canada to take in 5,000 Afghan refugees; India's 1st official meet with Taliban takes place in Doha, Union Govt issues statement; Not afraid of Taliban, why should I be: Afghan schoolgirl after US troops' departure; US troops disabled 73 aircraft, weapons systems before leaving Kabul, then the Taliban came

Anticlimactic Birth of Second Emirate could point to troubles ahead; Taliban to follow Iran model in Afghanistan; Reclusive Hibatullah Akhundzada to be Supreme Leader

At least seven Taliban reported killed in Panjshir fighting

After US troops leave, focus on how Taliban will face challenges ahead

Defensive, US President says evacuation ‘extraordinary success’

UN chief warns of ‘humanitarian catastrophe’ in Afghanistan

Biden defends departure from ‘forever war’, praises airlift

Post US exit from Afghanistan, video surfaces of Taliban flying US chopper with man dangling from rope

US President Joe Biden says US committed to safe passage for last 100-200 Americans left in Afghanistan

For Joe Biden, ending war in Afghanistan leaves tough questions

150 more Afghan evacuees arrive in Albania

India's Qatar envoy today held talks with the Taliban's head of political office in Doha. Security and return of Indians from Afghanistan were discussed.

Taliban can assert independence from their Pakistani paymasters: William Dalrymple

Music is on at Kabul weddings under the Taliban

International News

Ukraine seeks US support against Russia after Afghan war

China threatens to ban e-commerce companies that flout IP laws; 2MN yuan fine if found to have committed less serious infringements

Paris introduces citywide car speed limit of 30 kmph to make the capital safer, quieter and less dirty

China's Tianwen-1 Mars mission will be inactivated for about 50 days from mid-Sep due to expected disruption of its communication with Earth caused by solar electromagnetic radiation

Drone attack on Saudi Arabia’s Abha airport injures 8, 2nd attack in 24 hrs; damaged a civilian plane

California fire approaches Lake Tahoe after mass evacuation

Never in history has withdrawal from war been handled so badly: Trump

No other military could accomplish what US did in short span of time in Afghanistan: US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin

Turning from Afghanistan, the US sets focus on China

Richards is out as executive producer of “Jeopardy!”, days after he exited as the quiz show’s newly appointed host because of past misogynistic and other comments. Richard is also no longer executive producer of “Wheel of Fortune”: Associate Press

Sports News

PM Modi congratulates Mariyappan Thangavelu and Sharad Kumar for winning silver and bronze in the men’s high-jump event at the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics

Avani Lekhara, Sidhartha Babu, Deepak fail to qualify for R3 Mixed 10m Air Rifle Prone SH1 final

Would have cleared 1.90m mark if conditions were better, says silver-medallist Mariyappan Thangavelu

SInghraj Adhana shoots bronze in men’s 10m air pistol

On way to Paralympics success, Sighraj Adhana built range at home, prepared its layout

I’m not done: Armless archer Matt Stutzman vows to be back for Paris 2024

IndiGo announces free tickets for one year to Paralympic gold medallists Avani Lekhara, Sumit Antil

Proud of myself as my journey till here was very difficult: Tokyo Paralympics silver medallist Nishad Kumar

Nishad Kumar’s performance at Paralympics will give inspiration to many: Anurag Thakur

Tokyo Paralympics: Dislocated my meniscus last night, didn’t think I’ll participate: Sharad Kumar, bronze medallist

Tokyo Paralympics: Marrying a sportsperson really helped me, my husband has been with me every step of the way: Silver medallist Bhavina Patel

Tokyo Paralympics: Anurag Thakur, Abhinav Bindra hails Singhraj Adhana on his debut bronze

Manchester United re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus

Apollo Tyres-KONAMI team up to launch eSports tournament, in association with Manchester United

Ronaldo dedicates Manchester United move to former boss Ferguson

Ronaldo returns puts Solskajer on the clock at Manchester United

BCCI may earn ₹5,000Cr as base price for 2 new IPL teams set at ₹2,000Cr

Have to keep Virat quiet if we want to win this series: Root

India vs. England: Rishabh Pant’s technique under the scanner after modest scores

England’s Buttler to miss fourth Test against India for birth of second child

Dale Steyn announces retirement from all forms of cricket

I wanted to do it on my terms, says Sania Mirza

I did everything I wanted, in the way I wanted: Carla Suarez Navarro

US Open: Andy Murray fires battle of bathroom break into orbit

It’s not good for the sport: Murray on Stefanos Tsitsipas bathroom break

Pliskova rolls into US Open second round in a bid for maiden major

Today’s News (31st Aug 2021, Tuesday)

Today’s News (31st Aug 2021, Tuesday)

by Annadatha Venkata Murali Manohar


President, PM lead nation in congratulating Indian Paralympics stars for their stellar show in Tokyo

Paralympics: India ended the day with a historic five-medal high with two golds, one from shooter Avani Lekhara and the other from javelin thrower Sumit Antil breaks world record thrice

Bhagyashri Jadhav eyes Shot Put gold

Chennai's six-year-old Rian Kumar has set a world cycling record, pedalling 100 kilometres non-stop in record time

"Martyrs Insulted": Laser, New Gateway at Jallianwala Bagh spark outrage; many accused Govt of destroying history in the name of renovation. Others alleged that politicians rarely have a feel for history.

Sale of meat, liquor banned in Mathura

UN: Use of leaded petrol has been eradicated from the globe, a milestone that will prevent more than 1.2 million premature deaths; save world economies over $2.4 trillion annually

IIT Madras developing platform to tackle e-waste by linking stakeholders in formal, informal sector

At UN, India reiterates 2-state solution on Palestinian issue

Russian cosmonauts find new cracks in ISS module; fissures will begin to spread overtime, but did not specify if the cracks had caused any air leakage

4 gagannauts will go back to Russia for tying out customised spacesuits for Gaganyaan mission

Decentralization of powers success of democracy, development: LS Speaker Om Birla

CJI NV Ramana to administer Oath of Office to nine new SC Judges; 1st time when 9 judges at one go

Starts with 'Black Bite', ends in death. All about Scrub Typhus, mystery fever found in UP & Assam

Wrong choice of words but strictness needed: Haryana CM on IAS officer’s ‘crack their heads’ remark

Assam's Adversity: Kaziranga floods killing animals, leaving them vulnerable to poachers; end roads leave to beautiful place; 70% area flooded

2 terrorists killed as Army foils drug smuggling bid along LoC in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch; seizes 10kg heroin

Will foil any bid to fuel cross-border terror: Rajnath Singh

Farmers demand action against SDM, Manohar Lal Khattar defends ‘strict’ action

2 dead, 3.63 lakh affected as Assam flood situation worsens; varying degrees of rains lash UP's various parts, River levels rise; Gujarat likely to experience "Active Wet Spell" in 5 days

Stuck in India for up to a year, 11 Filipino kids and kin return home

Finance & Business News

COAI: Local telecom industry is paying about 32% of its total revenue as levies & taxes; highest in the world; base price in spectrum auction is "so high almost 50-60% spectrum may go unsold

Ford recalls 16,430 Model 2021 Ford F-150 vehicles; issue that could affect front seat belts' reliability

Investors get richer by ₹5.76 lakh crore in 3 days of market rally with m-cap of BSE-listed Cos reaching an all-time high of over ₹247 lakh crore

Sensex ends at record high of 56,890, Nifty closes at 16,931 for the first time; Rupee surges to over 2-month high of 73.39 against US$

'Out of Rs 100 earned, Rs 35 goes to Govt': Sunil Mittal blames high taxes for telecom sector's woes

Airtel’s fund-raise plans give power to go extra mile, tap large opportunities: Sunil Mittal

PhonePe receives insurance broking license

Wadia Group-owned Go Airlines gets SEBI's nod for ₹3,600-crore IPO; also plans to raise up to ₹1,500 crore through pre-IPO placement

Revealed for the 1st time, Google Play, Android app store of Google, generated $11.2BN in revenue

2021 TVS Apache RR 310 now customisable, launched at Rs. 2.59 lakh

E-challans worth Rs. 1,975 crore since Sept 2019

M-cap of BSE-listed companies zooms to record Rs 247.30 lakh crore; investors richer by Rs. 5.76 lakh crore in 3 days

Business activity continues to rise, now well above pre-pandemic levels: Report

Maruti Suzuki to hike prices across models from September

South Korea to pass law to curb Google, Apple commission dominance

Carlyle may buy Hexaware for $3 billion

Chinese social media platforms to ‘rectify financial self-media accounts

Tesla’s proposal for lower import duty finds traction

Insolvency board seeks fairer, quicker process

Hyperlocal plan: J&K pencil, Karnataka LED in export push

Twitter’s India clash buoys local rival Koo to 10 million users

I-T refunds top Rs. 51,000 crore, but lower than last year

Airtel to raise Rs. 21k crore via 4th largest rights issue

Alibaba fires 10 for leaking sexual assault acqusations

Overlooked IPO markets are suddenly booming as China deals slow

Sensex rises over 400 points to fresh high in opening trade: Nifty above 16,800

Glitchy tax portal: Government extends dozen deadlines

Corona Updates

World: 217,809,151; Active 18,589,122 (8.53%); Recovery 194,697,763 (89.39%); Vaccinated 5.25BN

India: 32,767,820; Active 377,015 (1.15%); Recovery 31,952,213 (97.51%); Vaccinated 632.59MN

Over 4.87 crore Covid vaccines still available to be administered with states / UTs

10 lakh more Moderna doses suspended in Japan over contamination - black substances were spotted in syringes and a vial, and pink material was found in a different syringe

UP leads India’s Vax Drive; Maharashtra, Gujarat have most fully vaccinated adults

Karnataka makes 7-day quarantine mandatory for those coming from Kerala; Bengaluru Urban achieves 100% 1st dose vaccination

WHO says 2.36 lakh more Covid-19 deaths expected in Europe by Dec 1; Covid-19 booster shots for vulnerable not a luxury

EU drops US from List of Covid safe countries for travel as Delta wreaks havoc; backs travel restrictions

Study finds New Variant (C.1.2) may be more infectious, more transmissible, evade protection provided by vaccines

New Zealand reports first death linked to Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine

Pakistan works on policy to give ‘death of thousand cuts’ to India: Rajnath Singh

Norway offers third Covid vaccine dose to people with weak immunities

New Covid variant, C.1.2, may be more infectious, evade vaccine protection: Study

India on Monday reported 42,909 fresh Covid cases and 380 deaths in the last 24 hours

Citing the Covid-19 pandemic the Tamil Nadu government has said that religious processions and festivals will not be allowed till September 15

No vaccination recorded in Gujarat on Monday due to two-day festivities by the state health department.

64 crore doses of Covid-19 vaccine administered in the country so far: Ministry of health and family welfare

19,622 fresh coronavirus cases take Kerala's infection tally to 40,27,030 and 132 fatalities push death toll to 20,673: Officials

UAE capital mandates booster shot for Sinopharm recipients

UAE to resume visas for tourists vaccinated against Covid

Teachers should be priority group for Covid jabs: WHO

Uttarakhand reports 38 new Covid-19 cases, 16 recoveries and one death in the last 24 hours.

Uttarakhand reports 38 new Covid-19 cases, 16 recoveries and one death in the last 24 hours

Assam reports 15 fresh fatalities, 538 new Covid-19 cases

Himachal Pradesh sees 96 fresh Covid-19 cases, 3 more deaths

Haryana adds 10 Covid-19 cases, one death

Delhi reports 20 new Covid-19 infections, 36 recoveries and one death

Tamil Nadu reports 1,523 new Covid-19 cases, 1,739 recoveries and 21 deaths.

The fourth national serosurvey clearly shows that more than 50% of children are infected, a little less than adults. So, we need not panic unnecessarily. Those states which have examined their epidemiology & vaccinated their adults can slowly open schools: Dr Samiran Panda

Classes for standard 9th to 12th and colleges will resume as scheduled from 1st September: Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin

More than 53 lakh (53,37,042) doses of Covid vaccine were administered on Monday

19,622 fresh coronavirus cases take Kerala's infection tally to 40,27,030 and 132 fatalities push death toll to 20,673: Officials

973 new cases in Karnataka, 15 deaths

Maharashtra logs 3,741 new Covid-19 cases, 52 deaths, 4,696 recoveries

20 new cases, Delhi sees first Covid death in past five days

Weekly cases at 8-week high, 66% reported from Kerala

Covid-19 cases up 32% to 8-week high, 2/3rd are from Kerala*

Not just Kerala, weekly Covid cases rise in Andhra, Mizoram too

Higher uptake in rural areas boosting India’s vaccination numbers

3rd wave could be less severe than 2nd one: ICMR’s Panda

On cam: ‘maskless Covidiot’ goes on rampage at Miami International Airport

China rejects Covid-19 origins report by US, terms it ‘political, fake’

State News

Yogi Adityanath becomes the First CM of UP to celebrate Janmashtami at Shri Krishna's Birthplace, Mathura.

Devotees celebrate Janmashtami at the historic Lal Chowk in Srinagar

Janmashtami: Celebrations continue across India, people throng to temples

Assam drops plans to reopen schools on September 1

The President of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind (JUH) Arshad Madani, appeals to non-Muslims not to send girls to co-ed schools

Army holds tuition classes for children from Gujjar & Bakarwal communities in J&K

Dharmendra Pradhan writes to Naveen on issue of UG final marksheets

Kerala completes piloting online learning platform in 426 schools

Delhi: 50% students per classroom, staggered lunch breaks among DDMA guidelines for reopening

Karnataka set to reopen primary schools, expert committee to meet today

Karnataka CET 2021: More than 95 pc students turn up for test on second day of exam

GATE 2022: Registration postponed; to begin on Sep 2 at

Implementation of NEP, 4-year UG program to come up in DU executive council meet

Delhi University organises music festival in memory of father-son sitar duo Pt. Debu Chaudhuri, Prateek

Flash floods in Telangana: Hyderabad city will get 110 MGD shortage of Godavari water

Six people washed away in gushing waters in rain-hit Telangana districts

School reopening SOP in Delhi: Staff to be vaccinated, 50% students allowed in a classroom

Plan to transfer 6 North Delhi Corporation hospitals to Centre to be taken up today

Two accused of attack on Delhi cops granted bail

Kingpin, 11 women arrested for running fake call centre that promised cheap loans

Planning board proposes 8 new Greenfield townships in UP, Haryana & Rajasthan

Delhi Health Minister inspects new ‘mohalla clinic’ made from shipping container

Domestic violence case: Honey Singh's wife Shalini Talwar breaks down in court during case hearing

Is Shilpa Shetty planning to start a new life without husband Raj Kundra after his arrest in alleged porn racket?

Sherlyn Chopra urges Shilpa Shetty Kundra to 'accept her mistakes' as she opens up about the 'Hungama 2' actress in her latest video

Lucknow: Brutal attack on woman cop as she resists indecent remarks

Enforcement Directorate questions Jacqueline Fernandez in a money laundering case

Rs 33-crore parking project to ease traffic woes near Delhi' s Punjabi Bagh crematorium

woman targeted near bank, loses Rs. 50,000

8 months after policy launch, no data yet on trees felled

Tokyo Paralympics 2020: Akshay Kumar, Abhishek Bachchan and other celebs laud Sumit Antil for winning gold

Amitabh Bachchan hosted 'KBC 13' contestant Desh Bandhu Pandey faces legal trouble for participating in the show, slapped with chargesheet

Bigg Boss OTT: Shamita Shetty nominates herself by tearing the letter sent by her family; saves Raqesh Bapat

Kuwait & Middle East News

His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Mishaal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah receives the Chairman of the Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the CEO of the Central Agency for Resolving the situation of illegal residents

The Kuwaiti Cabinet holds its weekly meeting headed by His Highness Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Primer Minister

Airport arrival capacity increased to 10,000 passengers per day

The Central Bank of Kuwait launches a new automated payment settlement system (Casib) as part of the continuous developments of the infrastructure of national payment

Kuwait Credit Bank: Private sector participation in mortgage financing is the most appropriate solution for all parties concerned with the housing

Kuwaiti Ministry of Health: 184 new infections with the emerging Coronavirus cases and one death was registered

Government Communication Centre: Front-line rewards include all employees of government agencies who meet the exchange controls, regardless of the employees’s nationality

Kuwait proposes issuing an Arab declaration on combating domestic violence

Kuwaiti Youth Minister praises players Ahmed Al-Mutairi’s winning of the silver medal at the Summer Paralympics in Japan

The Embassy of the United Kingdom in the country clarifies the procedures for travel to Britain from the countries of the (yellow) list, including Kuwait

Afghan News

Today's resolution on Afghanistan underlines terrorist individuals & entities, designated by UNSC 1267, this is of direct importance to India, says foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla (ANI)

The resolution also notes the statement by the Taliban on August 27. The Security Council expects the Taliban to adhere to their commitments, including regarding the safe, secure and orderly departure from Afghanistan of Afghans and all foreign nationals, reports ANI quoting sources

The resolution establishes clear expectations regarding future of Afghanistan, says US representative at the UN

Taliban consider governance models, oppose Pakistan fence on Durand Line

UNSC adopts resolution on Afghanistan - 13 in favour, 0 against and 2 abstentions by Russia and China

Ensure Afghanistan won’t be safe haven for terror: UNSC

We must judge Taliban on their actions, and whether people are allowed safe passage to leave: UK foreign secretary

UK, US, Canada, the EU, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, NATO, Qatar and Turkey hold meeting about the situation in Afghanistan

First WHO flight since Taliban takeover lands in Afghanistan

Nepal rescues 828 of its nationals from Afghanistan

Sikhs are part of Afghanistan and their rights will be protected: Taliban; Afghan Hindus, Sikhs allowed to travel to India with valid travel documents, Taliban spokesperson says

Celebratory gunfire light up part of the night sky after the last US aircraft took off from the airport in Kabul

Afghan: 'War is over': US completes withdrawal of forces; Fireworks, celebratory firing: Taliban proclaim 'full independence' after US troops leave; Over 120,000 people evacuated from Kabul in last 17 days

Taliban legitimacy or support will have to be 'earned', says Antony Blinken (AFP)

US suspends diplomatic presence in Afghanistan, moves operations to Qatar, says Blinken (AFP)

America's work in Afghanistan continues, we have a plan in hand...we will remain relentlessly focused on maintaining peace.. including by welcoming thousands of them into our community as we have done before, says US secretary Antony Blinken (ANI)

Other countries & airlines have to decide on using or bypassing Kabul airspace: ICAO

Threat to Kabul airport remains 'real' and 'specific': Pentagon

Joe Biden’s rushed Afghan exit adds strains to US-Pakistan ties

Afghan: IS claims responsibility for firing 6 rockets at Kabul airport; Woman journalist who made history by interviewing Taliban leader leaves; TV Anchor gives message of Peace on Air as 8 armed Taliban fighters surround him

While military evacuation is complete, the diplomatic mission to ensure additional US citizens and Afghans continues, says US General Kenneth F. McKenzie (ANI)

Afghanistan's healthcare system near collapse, aid agencies warn

I have asked the Secretary of State to lead the continued coordination with our international partners to ensure safe passage for any Americans, Afghan partners, and foreign nationals who want to leave Afghanistan, says US President Biden

The Taliban have made commitments on safe passage and the world will hold them to their commitments, says US President JOe Biden (ANI)

‘Enemies’ of Taliban begin to vanish in Afghanistan

The past 17 days have seen our troops execute the largest airlift in US history, says Joe Biden

Afghans killed outside airport were seeking new lives abroad

Pakistan says world must brace for ‘huge mess’ if its advice on Afghanistan ignored

As world focuses on Afghanistan, Pakistan tries to step up terror activities in Kashmir

Russia to evacuate more people from Afghanistan

US airstrike hits suicide bomber targeting Kabul airport: Taliban

US will keep striking Afghan ISIS targets, Biden aide says

US evacuation ops continue uninterrupted at Kabul Airport after rocket attack: White House

‘All parties’ should establish contact with Taliban & ‘guide it actively’: China to US

Qatar emerges as key player in Afghanistan after US pullout

International News

US President Joe Biden says will address nation Tuesday on 'decision not to extend our presence in Afghanistan, reports AFP

Trump's immigration legacy undone? H-1B visa denial rates see sharp decline, USCIS data shows

Russia warns of a possible increase in West Nile virus infections (lead to a fatal neurological disease) as mild temp, heavy precipitation create favourable conditions

New Orleans blacked out as Ida floods Louisiana, Mississippi

China limits children’s online gaming to three hours a week

China bans exams for six-year-olds as Beijing retools education system

Tokyo Paralympics: Sundar Singh Gurjar elated after winning bronze

Sports News

Discus thrower Vinod Kumar loses Paralympics bronze, declared ineligible in classification reassessment

Asian Youth Boxing: Bishwamitra Chongtham defeats Kuziboev Ahmadjon to clinch Gold Medal

Pro Kabaddi League 2021 Auction Highlights: Pardeep Narwal to UP Yoddha for Record Rs 1.65 Cr

It was not my best, says Sumit Antil after winning Paralympics gold with world record throw

Virat should nudge others to bring out the best instead of leading from the fromt: Raman

Tokyo Paralympics: Sundar Singh Gurjar elated after winning bronze

Apollo Tyres-KONAMI team up to launch eSports tournament, in association with Manchester United

News Digest(30th Aug 2021, Monday)

News Digest(30th Aug 2021, Monday)

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Tokyo Paralympics: Vinod Kumar’s discus throw bronze on hold, after a protest over his disability classification

Nishad Kumar wins silver in men’s high jump in Paralympics

Paddler Bhavinaben Patel wins historic silver at Tokyo Paralympics

Bhavinaben Patel wants to meet Sachin Tendulkar and show her silver medal

ISRO tests Gaganyaan Orbital Module's System Demonstration Model; was conducted for a duration of 450 seconds at IPRC in Mahendragiri, Tamil Nadu

UP: Muslim dosa seller runs stall with Hindu name in Mathura, locals vandalise, call it 'economic jihad’

Condemnable, action will be taken’: Haryana Deputy CM on Karnal SDM’s ‘Crack Farmers’ heads’ remark

Illegal homes of 4 accused in Madhya Pradesh tribal man killing case demolished amid an outcry over the shocking incident

Additional Sessions Judge: Investigation in Delhi riots "Very Poor" in number of cases; investigating officers of the riot case have not been briefing the prosecutors for arguments on charges

A 23-year-old woman who was allegedly gangraped at Chamundi Hills, left the city with her family, without recording her statement with the police

Rainfall in August deficient by 26% so far, with shortfalls in two successive months triggering fear of a below normal monsoon in 2021

Meghalaya Governor Satya Pal Malik has once again backed farmers protesting the three farm laws and criticised the ruling BJP, demand Haryana CM Khattar

Plea in Supreme Court seeking exemption for Lawyers from wearing black coats, gowns during summer

Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot discharged following angioplasty at Sawai Man Singh (SMS) hospital in Jaipur

Will go on hunger strike if temples are not reopened in 2 weeks: Anna Hazare

Chidambarm slams ICHR for omitting Nehru’s photo from India’s Independence

Lathicharge on farmers: Haryana deputy CM calls for action against IAS officer, questions farmer leaders

Farmers block toll plaza, chaos reigns on Panchkula roads

Haryana: No apology or statement to farmers by JJP this time

Farmers' leader Rakesh Tikait likens Karnal SDM to Taliban commander

PM Modi emphasises on importance of skill development

Finance & Business News

Jan Dhan accounts hit 43 crore in 7 years, deposits 1.46 lakh crore

Reliance deal: Future Retail in SC against HC orders

Amid rising power demand, coal stock at 57 plants ‘critical’

FDi equity inflows up 168% to $17.57 billion during April-June 2021-22

After Reliance Jio, Google in talks to invest big in Airtel

Airtel builds war chest: Announces mega Rs. 21,000 crore rights issue

RBI may launch e-currency by December

Government reviews consumer protection rules for e-commerce

China targets US IPOs, use of cloud, algorithms

China plans to ban overseas IPOs for tech firms with data security risks: Report

Apple loosens app store payment rules in lawsuit settlement

Kotak MF can’t offer fresh FMPs for 6 months: Sebi

China spells out how excessive ‘996’ work culture is illegal

Madras high court’s 5-year motor cover order to hike car costs

Indian Railways to manufacture 100 Vande Bharat trains by 2024

Airtel board approves up to Rs. 21,000 crore rights issue

Ez4EV to soon launch on-demand mobile charging stations (like mobile ATMs) for electric vehicles

Indian Motorcycle expects to garner 25-30% share in India's premium motorcycle segment; suffered a "washout" in 2020

Coal stock at 57 plants critical, as power demand surges; Power Ministry says Regulation of coal supply to power plants to free up 1.77 lakh tonnes

8 of top 10 companies add ₹1.9 lakh crore in m-cap in past week; HDFC Bank, Hindustan Unilever, ICICI Bank, Bajaj Finance, SBI and Wipro, TCS & Reliance

SpaceX launched a shipment of ants, avocados and a human-sized robotic arm through a recycled Falcon rocket to the ISS

Dr Reddy's, Zydus Pharma recall products in US market - "Failed Tablet/Capsule Specification: Some tablets are shaved; presence of foreign tablets/ capsules

Bharti Airtel plans to raise up to ₹ 21,000 crore via a sale of shares to existing shareholders; builds a war chest to prepare for the launch of 5G services

Tata Steel to invest Rs 8,000 cr in capex on India operations during FY22; towards completion of the expansion of Kalinganagar plant; expansion of mining operations and recycling business

Zerodha offers a month's salary, ₹10 lakh lucky draw to staff on meeting health goals

Kia workers accept wage deal without strike for the first time in a decade amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic

Freshworks files for US IPO, CEO cites Rajinikanth as 'mentor; also weighing a merger with SPAC or further capital infusion by private investors

Govt extends deadline for various tax compliances, Vivad se Vishwas payments

Corona Updates

World: 217,174,738; Active 18,598,158 (8.56%); Recovery 194,062,382 (89.36%); Vaccinated 5.21BN

India: 32,737,569; Active 383,213 (1.17%); Recovery 31,915,969 (97.49%); Vaccinated 625.86MN

Covid-19 tests reports to be soon linked to CoWIN App to help ease foreign travel; help travellers prove they have undergone authentic tests certified by Govt

Government extends suspension on international scheduled commercial passenger flights to and from India till 30th September

Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya releases first commercial batch of Bharat Biotech's Covaxin from new plant in Gujarat's Ankleshwar

Australia’s Melbourne extends sixth virus lockdown

Australia logs record Covid-19 cases, driven by New South Wales

New Zealand reports 83 local Covid-19 cases as Delta outbreak grows

Japan aims for full vaccinations by this fall

UAE capital mandates booster shot for Sinopharm recipients

Thousands protest in Berlin against Covid curbs, vaccines

Italy reports 37 coronavirus deaths and 5,959 new cases on Sunday

True number of Covid-19 cases in Pakistan likely to be much higher: UK government

Vaccine inequity causes ‘dangerous divergence’ in Covid survival rates: UN

France reports 87,565 coronavirus deaths in hospital, up by 53

Russia records 19,286 Covid-19 cases in past 24 hours

Yemen gets first batch of Johnson&Johnson Covid-19 vaccines

UAE to open for fully vaccinated tourists from Monday but with riders

Bharat Biotech scouts international Covid-19 vaccine partners

Green card applicants required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19

Thailand to allow local flights to resume in Covid-risk areas

China has administered a total of 2.033 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines as of August 28

Japan eyes mixed use of Covid-19 shots to speed vaccine rollout

Singapore fully vaccinates 80% of 57 lakh population against Covid-19

*India has reported 45,083 Covid cases and 460 deaths in the last 24 hours. *

Telangana reports 257 new Covid cases, one death

Delhi records zero Covid death, 31 new cases

West Bengal receives 16,70,000 doses of Covishield from Serum Institute

Himachal Pradesh reports 209 Covid cases, 6 deaths

Karnataka reports 1,262 new Covid-19 cases, 1,384 recoveries and 17 deaths

Odisha launches sero survey, logs 849 new Covid-19 cases, 69 more fatalities

Maharashtra's Covid-19 tally grows by 4,666, death toll by 131

Covid concerns loom as Maharashtra festival season starts on Monday

Gurugram: Over 23.61 lakh people have been administered for Covid vaccine

Famed drummer Kenny Malone dies of Covid-19 at 83

Recruitment of volunteers for trial of Covid vaccine Covovax on children begins

After reporting over 30,000 Covid cases 4 days running, Kerala records 29,836 fresh infections, 75 deaths in last 24 hours; positivity rate 19.67%

Himachal Pradesh becomes 1st state to administer first dose Covid vaccine to 100% adult population

Over 11,000 Covid vaccine doses administered in Delhi's three jails: officials

First commercial batch of Covaxin released from Bharat Biotech’s new plant

Stop gatherings ahead of festive season, MHA cautions states

Over 60.25 crore Covid-19 doses provided to states, UTs: Centre

State News

Heavy rain lashes Hyderabad, mercury drops

Hyderabad fourth in India in CCTVs per square mile

Daughter of former Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao, ruling TRC’s Surabhi Vani Devi takes oath as MLC of Ranga Reddy, Medchal and Mahbubnagar constituencies

ED attaches Rs. 363 crore assets of Hyderabad-based MBS Jewellers

Heavy rains lashes Hyderabad, mercury drops

Hyderabad gearing up to celebrate Ganesh festivities; Over 50,000 Ganapati idols are ready for sale in Hyderabad

Hyderabad: Inspect building on Ameenpur nala, says NGT

Telangana BJP president Bandi Sanjay Kumar begins yatra amid big show, hits out at CM KCR

TRS leaders slam allegations made by Bandi Sanjay

Auctions back, Telangana to sell 117 acres of land on Sept 27

After Ramappa, eyes on Deccan Sultanate for heritage tag

Hyderabad: Teenmar Mallanna held for ‘extortion’

Teachers forum protects against rationalisation of schools

All India Congress Committee spokesperson Dasoju Sravan and TPCC vice-president Mallu Ravi said chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao need not spend his blood for the development of Dalits, instead it would be enough if KCR vacates his seat and make a Dalit chief minister

Visakhapatnam: Employees, family members stage protest against privatisation of steel plant

V Hanumanth Rao wants party MPs to raise the Ambedkar statue issue in Parliament

Neena Gupta raises thought-provoking questions about infidelity, asks 'If you dream of kissing somebody, is it cheating?'

Court extends actor Armaan Kohli's NCB custody for a day in drug case

Nagarjuna releases Raj Tarun’s first-look from Anubhavinchu Raja

Nagarjuna’s first-look from Bangarraju released by Naga Chaitanya

Samantha Akkineni wishes ‘mama’ Nagarjuna on his birthday

NCB levels serious charges in drugs case against Armaan Kohli

Katrina Kaif training hard for her fight scenes in Tiger 3

Super Dancer Chapter 4: Farah Khan graces the set; dances with 'friend' Shilpa Shetty and Geeta Kapur

Chiranjeevi shares a video of the star-studded party he threw for PV Sindhu

Kuwait & Middle East News

Receptions of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah

Kuwaiti Environment announces the end of the Rahia tire crisis, in preparation for its delivery to Al-Saknia within days

Noon work team: Manpower monitors 20 sites in violation of the decision to ban the employment of workers in open areas in the residential city Al-Mutlaa

Digital Cooperation Organization: Kuwait has introduced important regulatory reforms in the ICT sector and achieved regional and international success.

The meeting of the Social Committee of the 108th session of the Arab Economic and Social Council kicks off with the participation of the State of Kuwait

The Kuwaiti Embassy in Bahrain calls for following the precautionary measures issued by the health authorities in the Kingdom

Opening of the Kuwait Pavilion at the Venice International Biennale for Architecture with the participation of young creators

Oil minister: Kuwait always supports any collective decision taken by OPEC plus and it is by everyone’s consensus

Kuwaiti Ministry of Health: 189 new cases of Corona and 341 recoveries and one death recorded during the past 24 hours

The US dollar is stable against the dinar at 0.300 and the euro at 0.354

Afghan News

*A rocket struck a house close to Kabul airport on Sunday afternoon killing a child. Separately, a US air strike targeted a vehicle carrying a suicide bomber who wanted to attack the airport, the Taliban said. US President Joe Biden earlier said his military commanders informed him that another attack in Afghanistan is "highly likely in the next 24-36 hours". *

US-made Black Hawks, Humvees and Huge Cache of deadly guns: Taliban flaunts newly captured Arsenal; France, Britain to propose UN safe zone in Kabul for continuation of humanitarian aid

Another attack likely, pledges more strikes on IS: Joe Biden

US in final phase of evacuations from Kabul, Taliban says ready to take over airport

US warn of ‘specific, credible threat’ near Kabul airport

How Instagram star helped rescue dozens from Afghanistan

Panjshir resistance forces reject Taliban’s claim of advances

Afghanistan: As the Taliban tighten its grip, fears of retribution grow

US airstrike hits suicide bomber targeting Kabul airport: Taliban

Taliban kills Afghan folk singer in restive province

US diplomatic presence 'unlikely' after Aug 31, Blinken says

US drone blows up bomb-laden IS car headed for Kabul airport

Biden aide: US has capacity to evacuate remaining Americans

Joe Biden saw no middle ground in Afghanistan

US in final phase of evacuations from Kabul, Taliban says ready to take over airport

The former Afghan government first Vice President and self-proclaimed acting President Amrullah Saleh, told the Taliban rule won’t last long in Afghanistan

In particular, he will stress the importance of ensuring the Taliban stand by their commitment to allow safe passage for foreign nationals and Afghans authorised to enter third countries. On counter-terrorism, he will underline the need for the Taliban to demonstrate that they are implementing the counter-terrorism commitments made in Doha, the source added.

The diplomatic source in London also added that the UK Foreign Secretary will set out some principles for how to engage the Taliban: on a pragmatic basis, responsive to the actions of the Taliban not just their words and co-ordinated across the international community with as broad a coalition as possible.

The UK govt will continue to drive a co-ordinated international response to Afghanistan today (Monday 30 August) as the Foreign Secretary participates in a meeting with Qatar, Turkey, fellow G7 partners and NATO; and the UK’s Ambassador to the UN joins her counterparts from the 4 other Permanent Member countries of the United Nations Security Council to discuss the situation.

Afghan official says 3 children killed in US strike on IS

Macron says France, Britain to propose Kabul safe zone to UN

Support to terrorism: No mention of Taliban in UNSC statement

Evacuation dialogue with Taliban does not mean recognition: Macron

'He is present in Kandahar. He has been living there from the very beginning': Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid on Akhundzada

Taliban supreme leader Hibatullah Akhundzada in Afghanistan's Kandahar city: Spokesman

Want to maintain Afghanistan's trade, political ties with India: Taliban leader

Biden pays respects to US troops killed in Afghanistan

US evacuates over 5,500 American nationals from Afghanistan

'Men not allowed to teach girls': Taliban announces ban on co-education in Afghanistan

Pakistan army says militant fire from across the Afghan border kills two of its soldiers

US will have 'no right' to carry out attacks in Afghanistan after Aug 31: Taliban

Secondary explosions following the strike showed the target had been carrying a "substantial amount of explosive material": US officials

Malaysian police are seeking information about the detention of two Malaysians by the Taliban for allegedly being ISIS fighters

International News

Hurricane Nora sweeps past Puerto Vallarta, heads north

Hurricane Ida strengthens, Louisiana braces for severe blow

Packed with virus patients, Louisiana hospitals await Ida

Over 10,000 people evacuated in western Cuba over Ida hurricane

Brazilian far-right President Jair Bolsonaro says he will be arrested, killed or declared winner

A Yemeni military sources says that at least ten soldiers were killed and dozens wounded in an attack with ballistic missiles launched by the Houthi militia on a Yemini army base in Lahj Governorate, at southern Yemen

US President Joe Biden congratulates the Iraqi government for hosting the Baghdad Conference for Cooperation and Partnership, describing it as a successful and pioneering one

Yemeni Minister of Health: 30 soldiers were killed and 106 others were injured as a result of the Houthi militia attack

The Yemini Ministry of Health receives 151,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine against the Corona virus

Algeria will hold early local elections in November

Israel strikes Hamas targets in Gaza after border protests

Sports News

Manu Bhaker to shoot in five events at Junior World Championships

Tokyo Paralympics: Nishad Kumar has taken game to new heights, says Deepa Malik

Wasn't able to 'implement' my game plan in final, says Bhavina Patel after silver at Tokyo Paralympics

Coach plans change in weightlifter Mirabai Chanu’s technique

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) lifts Bangkok anti-doping lab’s suspension

India vs. England: Ishant could be dropped for Oval Test, Ashwin may get his first game

Controlled aggression worked for us in Leeds Test: Chris Silverwood

India vs. England: You cannot have four rabbits from 8-11, says Michael Vaughan

Mark Wood, Chris Woakes available for selection for fourth Test: Coach Chris Silverwood

‘World-class skill’: Kiren Rijiju, Deepa Malik hail Bhavina Patel for reaching Tokyo Paralympics finals

Hope this silver medal encourages more para-athletes to follow their passion: Nishad

Watford sign midfielder Sissoko from Tottenham

Spurs handled Harry Kane situation pretty well, says Tottenham Hotspur Coach Nuno Espirito Santo

‘Sports psychologist need of the hour’: Wrestlers speak in unison

Sushil Kumar still the best wrestler in India: Bajrang Punia

No time to grieve over Tokyo Olympics defeat: Vinesh Phogat

India vs. England: Cheteshwar Pujara came with an intent to score runs and showed his character, says Rohit Sharma

English Premier League, Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Manchester United Highlights: Man United beat Wolves 1-0

Mason Greenwood's late winner earned Manchester United a 1-0 win at wasteful Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on Sunday, breaking the record for the longest unbeaten away run in English Football League history in the process.

Renault gifts The Kiger Subcompact SUV to Tokyo Olympics 2020 Flagbearer MC Mary Kom

MotoGP: Fabio Quartararo wins British GP as Aleix Espargaro bags podium for Aprilia

Fit-again Shreyas ready to convert DC’s IPL dream into reality