Today’s News (13th Oct 2021, Wednesday)

Today’s News (13th Oct 2021, Wednesday)

                                                                                                                                                                                     by Annadatha Venkata Murali Manohar



PM Modi calls for 'Urgent and Unhindered' Humanitarian Assistance to Afghanistan in G20 Summit

Earth receives first radio signals from planet outside of Solar System; signals were picked up using the world’s most powerful radio antenna, the Low-Frequency Array

Former higher education secretary Amit Khare has been appointed as advisor to PM; 2 years contract

34 hospitalised after chemical vapours leak from factory in Maharashtra's Thane; complained of breathlessness, nausea and other health issues

PMO reviews coal supply, power availability situation; Govt making efforts to meet gencos' coal demand, trying to raise supply to 2 MT per day; Govt raps States for refusing 'Favour' in June despite request to increase stock; 10 states including Maharashtra, Punjab & Bengal owe CIL nearly 2,000 Bn

Ensure uninterrupted power supply in night hours: UP CM Yogi Adityanath to officials

Heavy rains lash Kerala, orange alert in 9 districts; these districts are expected to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall (64.5 mm - 204.4 mm)

Five militants killed in Shopian, including three affiliates of The Resistance Front (TRF) that was behind the recent civilian killings in the valley, were killed and two anti-militancy operations continue in J&K

Terrorists behind killing of J&K businessman, school teachers identified: Security officials

Lakhimpur Kheri violence case: Police arrests one more person

Lakshmipur violence: One hour crucial as Ashish Mishra's team makes Video Timeline to prove he was not in the spot one more arrest in case of farmers run over by minister's car in UP

PM Modi warns against ‘selective’ interpretation of human rights’ issues

Shift in UP poll pitch: Mayawati’s promise on Kashi, Ayodhya and Mathura

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s Durga chant; will her visit to Lakhimpur become Congress’s Belchi movement?

VIP launches poll campaign, to hold rallies in eastern UP from Oct 17

Modi govt’s welfare policies protecting people’s human rights, says Amit Shah

London: Indian community thanks NHS and Covid warriors in London at festivities

Union Cabinet approves phase-2 of Swachh Bharat Mission - Urban, AMRUT

Financial & Business News

Govt: India industrial production grew by 11.9% in Aug; mining output climbed 23.6% power generation increased 16%

US panel - Aspirin use to prevent 1st heart attack/stroke should be curtailed; on mounting evidence that the risk of serious side effects far outweighs the benefit

India's economy, which contracted by 7.3% due to Covid-19 pandemic, is expected to grow by 9.5% in 2021 and 8.5% in 2022

Tata Motors raises $1BN for its electric vehicle business from TPG, ADQ; over next 5 years, new electric vehicle entity will create a portfolio of 10 EVs for Tata Motors

BSNL's market share remains stable, to deploy 4G gear at 50,000 sites; following successful outcome of proof-of-concept (PoC)

RIL invests in German solar wafer company NexWafe, signs pact with Danish hydrogen electrolyser firm Stiesdal

Power: PGCIL board okays 14.23-cr EV charging station, creation of telecom, digital arm; ReNew expects to commission 10.2 GW renewable energy capacity by FY23

Govt allows power plants to blend imported coal with local grade

Centre vows adequate coal supply amid blackout fears

Foxconn group company Bharat FIH opens R&D centre in Chennai

Bitcoin pierces $57,000 as traders resume push for record highs

Retail inflation eases to 4.35% in September; IIP grows 11.9% in August

Volvo Car introduces lifetime parts warranty scheme for customers

Volvo launches new inter-city sleeper bus range in India

Transport transformation critical to address climate change

Cupertino-based tech giant Apple sent out media invites for a special online event to be held on Oct 18

EU to investigate Nvidia’s $54 billion ARM bid after remedies fall short: Sources

Open internet more at risk now than ever before: Twitter

RBI grants SFB licence to PMC Bank suitor Centrum Financial-BharatPe consortium

IMF calls for reform of US debt ceiling to end ‘brinksmanship’

Americans quit their jobs at a record pace in August

UK job vacancies hit record high amid worker shortages

Macron announces 30-billion-euro plan to re-industrialise France

China liberalises coal-fired power pricing to tackle energy crisis

Elon Musk goads Jeff Bezos after extending lead as world’s richest person

Nirmala Sitharaman highlights significant reforms in meeting with institutional investors in US

Air India sale kics off major privatisation drive, next up LIC listing, says official

Creative Galileo raises $2.5 mn from Kalaari Capital

Remove trade hurdles like Covid passports: Commerce and Industry minister Piyush Goyal

Swiggy plans bigger grocery play via community buying

Tech I’d like to see: Digital HR, says Debjani Ghosh

Corona Updates

World: 239,415,105; Active 17,874,996 (7.47%); Recovery 216,659,862 (90.50%); Vaccinated 6.54BN

India: 34,000,500; Active 213,979 (0.63%); Recovery 33,335,301 (98.04%); Vaccinated 954.91MN

Biological E seeks DCGI's Nod for Phase-3 Trial of Corbevax as Booster Dose in those vaccinated with Covishield or Covaxin

Bharat Biotech’s Covid-19 vaccine Covaxin (BBV152) has been recommended for Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) for 2-18-year-old by the Subject Experts Committee (SEC) of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO)

Norms to vaccinate kids needed: Experts

With Covid-19 situation improving across the country, Union Govt decided to remove the restrictions on capacity on domestic flights from Oct 18; fare caps and meal ban to stay for now

Stiffness of arteries could indicate severe Covid risk: Study

India saw the lowest daily rise in Covid cases on Tuesday since early March as 14,313 fresh infections were logged. A total of 181 Covid-19 related deaths were reported in India in the past 24 hours

Daily Covid-19 cases below 20k for 5th day; day’s toll at 228

With Covid protocols in place, no chief guest for RSS' Vijayadashmi event this year too

FDA withdrawing temporary guidance for alcohol-based hand sanitizers

IMF warns pandemic darkening prospects in developing countries; lowers global growth outlook as supply bottlenecks hobble pandemic recovery

Saudi daily lauds India's largest Covid-19 vaccination programme

London cancels New Year fireworks again due to Covid

UK records 38,520 new Covid cases, lower than 40,224 on Monday; 181 more deaths registered

‘UK’s slow virus lockdown cost thousands of lives’

UK govt botched initial Covid response: MPs’ probe

Early UK Covid strategy caused many deaths: Report

Singapore reports 2,976 new Covid-19 cases

Brazil posts 185 new Covid-19 deaths, 7,359 new coronavirus cases, reports Reuters

Puerto Rico to lift pandemic curfew, ban on alcohol sales, reports AP

Pakistan records lowest number of Covid-19 cases since June

Africa sets sights on innovative mRNA jab to help meet vaccine gap

India's cumulative Covid-19 vaccination coverage crosses 96 crore doses

25% of Kerala’s new cases are breakthrough infections

Kerala HC directs Centre, state govt to issue corrected vaccination certificate to man who alleged falsification of details

Ahead of Dussehra, Ravana effigy makers in Jaipur say the sales are down this year owing to COVID-related restrictions on celebrations & gatherings

Sikkim lifts curbs on inter-state travel; schools to open for all students from Oct 18

K'taka issues circular to conduct special puja to avoid third Covid wave

MP reports 12 new Covid-19 cases, zero death; active tally at 109

Maharashtra reports 2,069 Covid-19 cases, 43 deaths; 3,616 patients recover; Mumbai sees 425 Covid-19 cases, 400 recoveries, 2 fatalities

Chhattisgarh logs 16 new cases, no fresh death; active tally at 190

Bengal logs 768 new Covid cases, 10 more fatalities

Odisha reports over 500 new Covid cases again, after a day's break

Goa records 80 new Covid-19 cases; two more fatalities

Special pooja at all govt-controlled temples in K'taka on Vijayadashami against Covid-19: Minister

Telangana aims to achieve 100% Covid vax in a month

State News

Maharashtra: Several end up in hospital after gas leak from Ambernath chemical factory

Rajasthan launches scheme to sponsor 200 students at 50 varsities

Time for girls to excel at the NDA

Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) 2021 schedule for admissions to IIT, NIT+ released; registration from Oct 16

As CBSE boards pattern changes, adjustment tests schools, students

‘20% Uttar Pradesh teens smoke in a friend’s house’: Global Young Tobacco Survey

Delhi students learn AI to boost their creativity

Lack of sufficient Plus One seats: Opposition in Kerala walks out of House

NITK, Surathkal to offer post-doctoral fellowship programme

School of Specialized Excellence (SoSE) readying students for jobs of future, says Sisodia

Dr. Narendra K Bairwa, Faculty, School of Biotechnology, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University has been awarded a two-year Membership of Genetic Society of America (GSA), as an outreach activity of the society

Ambedkar University Delhi’s second list sees only a marginal drop in cutoffs

Delhi HC pulls up govt for not taking steps on terminating inquiries against juveniles in petty offences

Delhi has no power shortage, 30% NTPC capacity still left unused

Rohini shootout: Issue smart cards to advocates for securing entry, Bar bodies urge Delhi HC

High court dismisses plea challenging Rakesh Asthana’s appointment as Delhi Police commissioner

No irregularity, illegality in appointment Rakesh Asthana as police commissioner: Delhi HC

Gun licence racket: CBI conducts searches at around 41 locations in J&K, Delhi, MP

Smart cards with QR codes for driving licence, RC in Delhi soon

Tomato, onion prices rise in Delhi on high fuel rates, crop damages in Karnataka, Maharashtra

Ghaziabad: 10-year-old Muslim boy quizzes by police for entering Dasna temple, priest sniffs conspiracy; 10-year-old boy accused of entering temple ‘for recce’

Noida: No Ganga water supply for a month from Oct 15

Delhi riots: Police wrote fanciful stories, put ‘tadka’ to chargesheet, Umar Khalid tells court

Delhi: Tihar prison gets food quality certificate

Celebs come out in support of Shah Rukh Khan after online learning app stops ads featuring SRK: 'Brand SRK is bigger than the brand that pulled out'

Aryan Khan's bail plea states he is 'innocent' and being 'falsely implicated, also adds 'No drugs recovered from him'

Shah Rukh Khan's son Aryan Khan drug case LIVE Updates: Shatrughan Sinha says, ‘Some people have got a chance to settle scores with SRK, through his son’

Aryan Khan’s bail plea to be heard today in Mumbai Sessions court

Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Josh’ co-star Puneet Vashisht hits out at Khans amid Aryan Khan’s arrest; says ‘God has boycotted them all’

‘Thappad’ actress Geetika Vidya extends support to Aryan Khan

Prahlad Kakkar: Those in power will not pick on Kangana Ranaut; they will pick on Shah Rukh Khan and Hrithik Roshan

Kranti Redkar reveals THIS person is the 'Guiding Light' behind a husband and NCB director Sameer Wankhede's booming career

Shah Rukh Khan and Aryan Khan get support from Karan Patel; says ‘Using the Prince to get back at the King is the most shameful act’

Aryan Khan drugs case: Maharashtra Home Minister reacts to Sameer Wankhede's 'being stalked' accusation

Mumbai: BEST launches E-buses dedicated for airport passengers

NTPC supplying only half of Delhi’s power share, says minister Satyendar Jain

Delhi: 32 Tihar Jail officials booked for link with United promoters

Delhi: Five dupe man of over Rs. 90,000 by posing as bank officials

Kuwait News

His Highness Deputy Emir and Crown Prince Sheikh Mishaal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah receives His Highness Shiekh Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah

The State of Kuwait reiterates its firm position on multilateral action to disarm and prevent the spread of weapons

His Highness the Deputy Emir and the Crown Prince makes a phone call with the Iraqi President to congratulate the success of the legislative elections

His Highness the Deputy Emir and the Crown Prince makes a phone call to the Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament, during which he conveyed the greetings of His Highness the Amir, Deputy Amir and the Crown Prince, and their congratulations on the success of the legislative elections

Kuwait Astronomer: On the 16th of this month, Al-Wasm will enter the the second session of the Suhaili year

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense issues a decision to open the door for female citizens to join the military service in the honour of military service officers, non-commissioned officers and individuals, and the current stage is limited to services

NATO expresses its great appreciation for the partnership relations with the State of Kuwait

The free studio opens the art season at the exhibition Kuwaiti Maritime Heritage, with the participation of 23 artists over a period of three days

The Kuwaiti Society for Fine Arts launches the Ibrahim Al-Shatti Award for Kuwaiti Heritage in its first session

The manpower begins granting permits to bring in Food security workers

The 2021/2022 sports: Athletics season will start next November with championships for men and women

Kuwait’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia: The Saudi International Falcons and Hunting exhibition has great interest in the Arabian Peninsula’s hobby of falconry

Small-time businessmen wins compensation

Famous artiste Khaled Al-Mulla fined for KD 3,000, for insulting a lawyer

Death sentence upheld for Kuwaiti man in murder of his wife

Citizens died as flying manhole cover hits vehicle

Mass vaccination campaign continues today at Hawalli

Kuwait reports 37 new Covid-19 cases, no deaths

Finance ministry looking solution to rein in depleting revenues, liquidity

MoH gets approval of CAPT to buy medical consumables

MEW to tighten employee attendance, opts for Faceprint Device

The price of a barrel of Kuwait oil rose 81 cents to reach $83.23

Pakistan & Afghanistan News

Afghanistan shouldn’t become source of radicalization, terror: PM Modi at G20 Extraordinary Leaders’ Summit

Leaders of G20 ‘laser-focused’ on anti-terrorism efforts in Afghanistan

Poverty leading to child marriages in Afghanistan in exchange for weapons

Recent developments in Afghanistan have generated ‘understandable concern’ in region: Jaishankar

Taliban struggling with new ‘counterinsurgent’ role

Under-pressure Taliban meet EU-US delegation in push for support

International News

Magnitude 6.3 earthquake jolts Greek island of Crete; 1 dead, 20 injured

Norway PM to step down, Labour leader expected to take over

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vowed to build an "invincible" military to cope with what he called persistent US hostility

UK shares New Post-Brexit Trade Plan for North Ireland with European Union; renewed threats to abandon the current deal

Electricity prices in Japan risen to 9 month high this week as gains in global prices of oil, LNG & coal are starting to feed through to the country's $150BN power market

15 dead after China's Coal Region receives 3 months' rain in a week, triggering floods

Tajikistan harbouring Ex-Afghan VP Amrullah Saleh, Ahmad Massoud; Turkey turns mediator: Sources

It's all good': Coughing (Russian Prez) Putin says he's fine & tested for Covid daily amid health concerns

Aye-Yes-Aye: Imran Khan, Gen Bajwa Bicker over New ISI Chief as charges of 'Favouritism, Meddling' fly

Alibaba founder Jack Ma reappears in Hong Kong after months out of public glare

US Congress averts default with stop-gap debt limit hike

Southern California fire shuts highway, forces evacuations

An unnamed friendly country helped FBI nab Jonathan Toebbe US Navy nuclear engineer and his wife Diana, offering to sell US’ N-sub secrets

Lockdown ends for 3,000 La Palma residents as volcano cloud passes

Climate activists call for investigation of Bolsonaro

Train plows into suspected migrants, kills 3, in France

Sports Updates

Dhoni won’t charge any fee for being mentor of Indian team: Ganguly

Dhoni will not change any honorarium for mentoring team in T20 World Cup: Jay Shah

ICC World T20: Virat Kohli-led India have too much ammunition for Pakistan, says Lance Klusener

IPL 2021: Not explained why I was dropped as SRH captain, says Warner

Kohli has given RCB a profile that very few can give their franchise: Gavaskar

‘Thank you’: Virat Kohli pens a heartfelt post as RCB bow out of IPL 2021