Today’s News (12th Sept 2021, Sunday) 

Today’s News (12th Sept 2021, Sunday) 

                                                                                                                                                       by Annadatha Venkata Murali Manohar

Headlines

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