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

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

by Annadatha Venkata Murali Manohar

Headlines

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