Today’s News (23rd October 2021, Saturday)

Today’s News (23rd October 2021, Saturday)

                                                                                                                                                                                       by Annadatha Venkata Murali Manohar

 

Headlines

T20 WC: Sri Lanka thrash Netherlands by 8 wickets to top group, play Bangladesh in Super 12; Namibia is a country of 2.5 million people, nine cricket fields, five cricket clubs and 16 contracted players made it to Super 12s, as they beat Ireland by 8 wickets

India successfully flight-tested the indigenously developed High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT), ABHYAS, from the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur

India deploys Pinaka, Smerch rocket systems on China border

Not maintainable, dismiss it: Union Govt opposes pleas by FB, WhatsApp challenging IT Rules; said WhatsApp's new privacy policy, which allows sharing of info with FB, can harm national security

Mumbai fire: Blaze in Avighna Park Tower kills 1; Mayor says man could have survived fall; Mumbai Fire Brigade rescued 26 people from the building; commissioner ordered a probe

Vistara Flight makes Emergency Landing in Indore after passenger falls sick mid-air, declared dead

Defence Min Rajnath Singh inaugurates IAF Conclave on 'Swarnim Vijay Varsh' (50 years Commemoration the Liberation of Bangladesh) in Bengaluru

Month-long Winter session of Parliament likely from fourth week of Nov

India and UK discuss ways to boost cooperation in strategic areas

Additional Security Forces deployed, Bunkers set up in Srinagar; being done to cut the free movement of militants

Cop among 2 more persons held in Jammu weapon dropping case

Drones to monitor minority community areas in Kashmir

Dubai’s investment for promoting industrial development in Jammu & Kashmir ‘major success for India’ and a setback to prime minister Imran Khan’s foreign policy: Ex-Pak envoy Abdul Basit

PDP president Mehbooba sends legal notice to former Jammu & Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik over his ‘defamatory’ remarks against her, seeking Rs. 10 crore compensation

Jharkhand HC summons CBI director to appear in Dhanbad judge murder case

Successful UPSC aspirants have no right to be allocated cadre of their choice or home state: SC

‘Barbaric attack’: TMC MP Sushmita Dev attacked in Tripura, party blames BJP

Drugs case: Ananya Panday quizzed 4 hours by NCB on 2nd day; called again for questioning on Oct 25

Anandya Panday is not nervous about NCB summons; actress cooperating with the agency: Source

Ananya Panday denies allegations of supplying drugs to Aryan Khan

No drug chats between Aryan Khan-Ananya Panday: NCB sources

Aryan Khan case: NCB claims Ananya Panday helped supply drugs to star kid thrice; actress denies allegations

NCB not focused on Bollywood celebs, but on cracking down on drug peddlers: Source

Contrary to media reports and buzz in film circles that more personalities could be summoned, NCB's officials denied such development and instead focused on the fact that the NCB has been conducting raids to catch peddlers in the Cordelia drug case. A source close the investigation spoke on condition of anonymity and said, “For the NCB, it is not just about Aryan Khan. It was just that during the investigation Ananya Panday's name came up and therefore she was summoned by the NCB.”

NCB misleading courts, Aryan has not committed any crime: Bail plea in Bombay HC

Bones sticking out': 3 malnourished dogs at IIT-M rushed to Vet amid row over treatment; comes amid numerous reports outlining dismal condition of stray dogs on the campus

Indore killer potholes claim second life in a month as 45-year-old woman dies after falling off bike

SIT chief of Lakhimpur Kheri case, 5 other IPS Officers transferred; Upendra Agarwal will continue to head the SIT; Farmers call for nation-wide protests on Oct 26 to seek Union minister Ajay Misra's arrest

NIA arrests eight from J&K for terror operations in India; files chargesheet against 4 Bangladeshis in human trafficking of Rohingyas case

11 trekkers dead In Uttarakhand at an altitude of 17,000 feet due to heavy snowfall and inclement weather, massive Air Force rescue ops underway

Allahabad High Court to hear arguments on quantum of damages in Hathras rape-murder case

First ever US intel report on climate puts India, Pakistan among 11 countries of high risk and concern

Financial & Business News

Coal crisis: Railways ramps up coal rakes to augment supply to Powerhouses; from 435 rakes per day in the end Sep to 487 rakes daily as on date

Coal scarcity a clear and present risk, says Crisil report

RBI remains laser-focused to bring back inflation to 4%: Shaktikanta Das

RBI panel held rates over poor output, uneven growth

Shareholders allow RIL to bring Aramco chief on board

Reliance Industries Q2 net profit jumps 43% to Rs. 13,680 crore

Paytm received Sebi approval for Rs 16,600Cr IPO; expects to hit the bourses by the end of this month and is planning to skip the pre-IPO share sale rounds to fast-track listing

Auto: Mercedes Benz generates $100MN order in Oct under new retail model; Volvo launches two petrol mild hybrid models of sedan S90, SUV XC60; Ola Cars eyes $2BN in GMV in 12 months, to hire 10,000 people

ISA to give up to $50,000 aid to 11 members for demonstrative solar projects

Wherever India faces unfair treatment at trade front, we will reciprocate: Piyush Goyal

IOC expects 100% refinery run within a quarter as fuel demand returns

NBFCs face tighter norms on capital, lending & bad loans

Advertising Agency Magnum Intergrafiks chairman Sudhir P Ghate (64) passes away

Mercedes goes for direct sales, to slow down dealer expansion

Rebuffing merger plan irked Invesco: Zee MD

NSE, Singapore bourse team up to launch trading in GIFT City

Myntra CEO Amar Nagaram quits

Corona Updates

World: 243,693,744; Active 17,914,829 (7.35%); Recovery 220,826,283 (90.62%); Vaccinated 6.88BN

India: 34,158,772; Active 180,580 (0.53%); Recovery 33,524,450 (98.14%); Vaccinated 1.00BN

Mumbai sees Covid spike days after reporting Zero deaths but officials not worried; 5 wards have weekly infection rate that is higher than the city’s average of 0.05%

Covid-appropriate criteria for Haj: Pilgrims need to be fully vaccinated with required doses, says Naqvi

Beijing launches new mass testing wave after four Covid cases found; UK Scientists formally looking into a sub-variant of the Delta strain of the coronavirus, after it was seen in a growing number of cases

Pfizer’s study of younger children found low-dose shots proved safe (90%), similar/fewer temporary side effects such as sore arms, fever or achiness that teens experience

A study proves the Pfizer effectiveness of the Corona vaccine for children from 5 years by 91 percent

Saudi Arabia records one death and 51 new infections with the Corona virus

UAE records two deaths and 88 new infections with the Corona virus

Qatar records 88 new cases of Corona virus

World’s longest lockdown ends, Melbourne opens

The Malaysian island of Langkawi will open its doors to foreign tourists from mid-November; reopens cautiously to foreign workers, tourists

India, Australia working side by side to expand vaccine access across Indo-Pacific: Scott Morrison

Canada’s Covid-19 new cases continue declining

Centre changed Covid-19 vaccine policy because SC intervened, claims Owaisi

State News

Telangana starts process to set up eight medical colleges

About 3,300 sq yard of Osmania University land sold by society: Telangana govt to HC

Hyderabad: AICC spokesperson Dasoju Sravan demands allotment of 2BHK unit or resignation of TRS MLA Danam Nagender

Huzurabad bypoll: ‘Pay Rs. 2k every month to voter to fight poverty’: 68-year-old CV Subba Reddy, the oldest candidate in the fray, is approaching the voters

Huzurabad bypoll: The stars have foretold him that he would become a lawmaker. This is one of the strongest reasons why 28-year-old Vemula Vikram Reddy of Jaina village in Jagtial’s Dharmapuri mandal is in the electoral fray from Huzurabad

Telangana: Congress intensifies its attack against TRS and BJP in Huzurabad

A team of officials from Assam, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh municipal bodies arrived in the city as part of a study tour on faecal sludge and septage management (FSSM)

Disha encounter probe: ACP Surender grilled on his movement, case diary

Will investigate Amarinder Singh’s friend’s links with ISI: Punjab deputy CM Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa

Mumbai rave party case: Somy Ali defends Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan, says denial of bail is ‘epítome of hypocrisy’

One student dead, five injured after school bus plunges into roadside pond in AP

Vizag’s famous VUDA park to reopen for public from Saturday

Mumbai is happy to be back at the movies as cinema halls reopen

Prabha’s fans plan to celebrate his birthday in style with #GlobalPrabhasDay and special across Telugu states; Prabha’s new stylish look goes viral ahead of his birthday

Hype builds around Varun Tej’s kickboxing flick ‘Ghani’

Sudhaa Chandran expresses displeasure over airport security asking her to remove ‘prosthetic limb’, appeals to PM Narendra Modi for a senior citizen’s card

Kuwait News

His Highness the Amir sends a cable of condolences to the Russian President on the victims of the explosion of a gunpowder production workshop, and His Highness the Crown Prince and His Highness the Prime Minister send similar cables

Kuwait Petroleum: The strategic projects of the Kuwait Oil Company will raise production capacity to 3.2 million barrels per day 2025

Kuwait’s Ministry of Health: 32 new Corona cases and one death were reported in the last 24 hours

The Minister of Foreign Affairs meets the President of the Republic of Tunisia

A Kuwaiti rider achieves first place in the Sweihan Mile Championship for sprinting in the United Arab Emirates

The start of the first round of the Kuwait Aquabike Championship 2021

The Ministry of Interior hands over to the Saudi authorities the remains of the martyr Captain Abudllah Al-Qarni, who was captured in the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait

Defense Minister: The necessity of the cooperation and joint military action with the interior to preserve Kuwait’s security and territorial integrity

The Ministry of Communication warns of suspicious operation carried out by bogus entities to collect financial fees via text messages and e-mails in return for receiving parcels

The price of a barrel of Kuwaiti oil rose 57 cents to reach $84.41

A model of a space rocket at the Expo Dubai 2020 exhibition as part of an ambitious project for a team of Kuwaiti youth to explore space technology

Pakistan & Afghanistan News

The President of the United States directs his Secretary of State to provide additional assistance to Afghans who are transferred to the United States

India, UK discuss Afghanistan, Indo-Pacific; agree to deepen cooperation in strategic areas of defence, security

International News

Senior al-Qaeda leader killed in US airstrike in Syria: Pentagon

You are a monument': Angela Merkel is still German Chancellor and might be still when EU leaders meet again, yet they gave her a farewell party at 107th EU summit

US targeting Feb 2022 to launch new lunar mission Artemis

Indian-origin Neera Tanden named White House Staff Secretary, after her nomination to budget head role was pulled due to some controversial tweets

Pentagon’s hypersonic weapon programs suffered setback after its latest test failed on Oct 21; unable to test glide body (key component needed to develop a hypersonic weapon) after booster stack failed

After Trump's spars with China, upcoming Xi-Biden meet reflects US aim to show responsible handling of ties

China hounds Taiwan with 'Greyzone' Fighter Jet incursions; sparking fears that one mistake might immediately flip a festering chilly battle into an all-out battle

China vows no concessions on Taiwan after Biden comments

US seeks to contain Beijing anger after Biden vows Taiwan defence

The Coalition to Support Legitimacy confirms the implementation of 31 targeting operations against the equipment and elements of the Houthi militia in Yemen

The US President stresses the importance of the United Nations in the international system

UN envoy: Closing of the sixth session of the work of the Syrian Constitutional Committee without achieving any understandings

The African Peace and Security Council stresses the importance of strengthening efforts to combat ‘terrorism’

The Islamic Jihad movement announces the suspension of the prisoners in the Israeli occupation prisons, the open hunger strike

European Union leaders confirm that vaccination campaigns against the virus Corona emerging Covid-19 have made great progress in combating the pandemic across the old continent, but the situation is still ‘extremely dangerous’ in some member states

The Turkish lira recorded a historic decline against major foreign currencies after the Central Bank announced on Thursday a 200 basis point cut in the interest rate on repurchases (repo) operations for a week to 16 per cent

Russia says that at least 16 people were killed in an explosion in a flammable materials factory in the central Russia (Rizan) region

Washington: Police say a director of filming was killed and a director was injured after Hollywood star Alec Baldwin fired a staged firearm while filming a movie in New Mexico

Paris hosts a four-way meeting on the Iranian nuclear file

US says ‘no change’ in Taiwan policy after Biden defense vow

Gabby Petito death, St. Petersburg: The family members of Brian Laundrie, hopes for answers after his remains were found

39 years after wife’s disappearance, millionaire real estate scion Robert Durst charged with her murder

New Zealand PM continues media interaction despite earthquake of magnitude 5.9 on Richter scale

New York: Rudy Giuliani associate convicted of campaign finance crimes, to influence the US politicians and advance his business interests

Washington: Supreme Court doesn’t block Texas abortion law, sets hearing

Santa Fe: An assistant director unwittingly handed Alec Baldwin a loaded weapon and told him it was safe to use in the moments before the actor fatally shot a cinematographer, court records released Friday show

Sports News

It was his individual decision, no pressure from BCCI: Ganguly on Kohli relinquishing T20 captaincy

Fifth India vs England Test to be played in July 2022: ECB

England to join West Indies in taking knee before T20 World Cup opener

T20 World Cup: Sri Lankan bowlers shine as Netherlands bundled out for 44

Netherlands all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate announces retirement

T20 World Cup: Four net bowlers back home for Mushtaq Ali T20

Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Akshay Wadkar to lead Vidarbha; Umesh Yadav in squad

Mentors can’t do much, it’s players who have to perform in middle: Gavaskar on Dhoni impact

T20 World Cup: Dhoni gives throwdowns to India batters as team gears up for Pakistan clash

There are lot of expectations from current T20 World Cup squad: Irfan Pathan

T20 World Cup: Hardik Pandya will be an impact player for India, Rishabh a game-changer, says Rahane

Eoin Morgan uncertain if he will play 2023 ODI World Cup

Australia focused on powerplay, not dew at T20 World Cup: Aaron Finch

Virat Kohli is game-oriented, his team selection is great: Ryan Sidebottom

T20 World Cup: We all want Virat Kohli to score runs but he is a man, not a machine: Jonty Rhodes

T20 World Cup: Australia’s top order in focus against in-form South Africa

Suryakumar Yadav’s batting in post-powerplay overs can be game-changer for India: Wasim Akram

Kitakyushu (Japan): China’s Zhang Boheng edges Hashimoto for world all-around gymnastics title

IOA appoints renowned orthopaedic surgeon Dr Ashok Rajgopal as sports injury consultant to treat country’s athletes

PV Sindhu loses to An Seyoung in Denmark Open quarters