04 November 2020

4 NOV. NEWS: Arnab Goswami arrested in 2018 suicide abetment case. Delhi Riots: Court grants bail to United Against Hate founder Khalid Saifi. Donald Trump Falsely Claims Victory, Battle Down To A Few Key States: Biden-238,Trump-213



 Republic TV editor Arnab Goswami arrested in 2018 suicide abetment case; ministers, Editors Guild express shock

Mumbai ;Republic TV editor Arnab Goswami was arrested by Raigad police on Wednesday in connection with abetment to suicide case filed against him and two others in 2018. However, during hearing at a court in Alibaug, Goswami said he was assaulted by police and sustained injuries on his hand and back.The magistrate instructed police to take him to a civil surgeon and produce him again following a second medical examination. Earlier in the day, visuals flashed on Republic TV showed Goswami being forced into a police van.In 2018, an architect and his mother died by suicide over alleged non-payment of dues by Goswami’s Republic TV, a police official said.In a statement, the Editors Guild of India said it is “shocked to learn about the arrest of Arnab Goswami” in the early hours of Wednesday.”We condemn the sudden arrest and find it extremely distressing. The Guild calls upon the Chief Minister of Maharashtra to ensure that Goswami is treated fairly and state power is not used against critical reporting by the media.”Avnay Naik’s family said they are “happy with Goswami’s arrest.” “We were asked to sign on a statement saying we want to take the complaint against Arnab back. When we said this is not what we want & tried to take a photograph of the statement, officer Varde quickly took the note away from us. We informed the Raigad SP about the mischief,” the family said. “Arnab Goswami kept saying arrests should be made in Sushant Singh Rajput suicide case where there was no suicide note. My husband left behind a suicide note naming Arnab and two others but no arrests were made. How is this fair?” his wife said.


  "India's Most Wanted Part 2": Maharashtra Minister On Arnab Goswami Arrest

Mumbai: In the wake of Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami's arrest in a suicide abetment case, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Wednesday said the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi or MVA govt has never acted vindictively against anyone since it came to power last year.He also claimed that the state government or any political party had nothing to do with the arrest.Maharashtra minister and NCP leader Nawab Malik termed Arnab Goswami's arrest as "Part 2 of India's Most Wanted". Arnab Goswami was arrested in Mumbai by Raigad police on Wednesday morning for allegedly abetting suicide of a 53- year-old interior designer in 2018.



Arnab Goswami detained: Union Ministers slam police action, draw parallels with Emergency

The detention of Republic TV’s founder and editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami by Mumbai Police on early Wednesday morning generated sharp reaction from a number of BJP leaders, including Union Ministers and Chief Ministers of states, with several of them mentioning the Emergency days to draw a parallel.Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar condemned the incident and said that the move was reminiscent of the Emergency.


 Why selective outrage by BJP on Arnab’s arrest: Congress

After the BJP targeted the Congress over arrest of Arnab Goswami, Congress termed the outrage "selective" and "extremely unwarranted".Congress Spokesperson Supriya Shrinate said: "I am shocked with selective outrage by the government and BJP and it is unwarranted."IANS


 Cabinet approves MoU between India and Israel for cooperation in health, medicine

Union Cabinet has approved the signing of an MoU between India and Israel for cooperation in the field of health and medicine, according to an official statement issued on Wednesday. MoU covers areas of cooperation such as exchange and training of medical doctors and other health professionals, assistance in development of human resources and setting up of health care facilities and exchange of information regarding regulation of pharmaceutical, medical devices and cosmetics, the statement said.It also includes sharing expertise for vulnerability assessment for health of citizens against climate risk and public health actions targeted towards mitigation and adaptation, sharing of expertise for facilitating climate resilient infrastructure as well as providing support for development of ‘Green Healthcare’ (climate resilient hospitals) and promoting mutual research in various relevant areas, besides any other area of cooperation as may be mutually decided upon.Each party shall encourage the participation of the representatives of their countries in round tables, seminars, symposia, workshops and conferences on issues of cooperation, organised by the other party’s relevant bodies, the statement said.PTI



Delhi Riots: Court grants bail to United Against Hate founder Khalid Saifi

A Delhi Court on Wednesday granted bail to United Against Hate founder Khalid Saifi in connection with a case pertaining to widespread violence in Delhi’s North-East area in February on a condition that he maintains peace and harmony in the locality.The case pertains to setting vehicles, lying parked near Chand Bagh Pulia in North East Delhi on fire allegedly by a riotous mob. Saifi was arrested in this case on June 6.Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Yadav of Karkardooma Court directed the riots accused to furnish a personal bond of Rs 20,000 with one surety of like amount, give his mobile number to the station house officer and install the Aarogya Setu App.The court said, “The investigation in the matter is complete and chargesheet has already been filed. The trial in the matter is likely to take a long time. The applicant cannot be made to incarcerate in jail for infinity merely on account of the fact that other persons who were part of the riotous mob have to be identified and arrested in the matter.”Saifi has also been asked not to tamper with the evidence or influence any witness in any manner and he shall maintain peace and harmony in the locality. He will, however, remain behind the bars in connection with another FIR lodged against him under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.IANS


 Delhi riots: Judge warns of jail inspection after accused complain of being denied basic needs

A Delhi court judge on Tuesday warned jail authorities of physical inspection after several accused in the February riots case complained of not being provided basic necessities like warm clothes and access to medicines and healthcare facilities, reported PTI.Expressing his displeasure over the response from the authorities, Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat directed Tihar Jail authorities to improve conditions.“There has to be an end to this,” Justice Rawat said. “For these small things, the accused cannot run from pillar to post, it makes no sense. I am directing the director general of Tihar Jail to take stock and depute somebody who can take a call, and if things don’t improve, I will go for a physical inspection.”


 J&K: Plea in SC for early hearing of petitions against revocation of special status

A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court calling for early hearing of a series of pleas against the Centre’s decision to rescind Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and split the region, reported PTI on Tuesday. The plea said that people in the region were suffering as the continued internet shutdown and curbs were continuously damaging the economy.The plea was filed by Shakir Shabir, who had challenged the revocation of Article 370 in the Supreme Court last year. The application said that several laws were passed since August 5, 2019, and important changes were being made by the government in Jammu and Kashmir.The applicant asked for urgent hearing of the challenge to scrap Article 370 highlighting that courts are now functioning at full capacity virtually, reported Bar and Bench.


 New Land Laws in Kashmir: Panthers Party’s Bhim Singh Launches ‘Not-For-Sale-to-Outsiders’ Campaign

NEW DELHI; Prof Bhim Singh, Chief of the Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) and former lawmaker, has launched a campaign to boycott sale of land and property in Jammu and Kashmir to “outsiders”.The campaign is a part of the opposition by natives of Jammu and Kashmir to the new land laws promulgated by the Narendra Modi government that allow residents from outside of Jammu and Kashmir to buy land in the region.Kashmir-based parties, including the National Conference, the People’s Democratic Party and the People Conference have stitched an alliance seeking revocation of changes made in August last year. The alliance has vehemently opposed the new land laws.Clarion India


 'Kashmir, North East Not Part Of India?' Twitter Users Shred Trump Jr's Bizarre Electoral Map

Donald Trump Jr on Wednesday took to Twitter to tweet an electoral map of the world as votes were being counted for the US Elections 2020. Known for his gaffes, this time was no different. According to his map, India was in blue, one of the only few countries which he claimed did not support his father Donald Trump.  Other such countries included Mexico, China and Sri Lanka. But according to his map Kashmir and northeastern parts of India are not part of India. Since Sri Lanka was in blue, people wondered if he thought Sri Lanka was a part of India. The map became an object of ridicule, with people pointing out discrepancies in the map, and there were many!


 Kerala becomes latest non-BJP-ruled state to withdraw general consent to CBI probes

Following in the footsteps of non-BJP-ruled states like West Bengal, Rajasthan, and Maharashtra, Kerala on Wednesday withdrew “general consent” given to the CBI to investigate cases in the state.The decision, which was finalised in a Cabinet meeting, means the central agency will have to get consent from the ruling LDF government for every case it registers in Kerala. However, withdrawal of “general consent” will not have a bearing on cases that CBI has already been investigating.“We have decided to withdraw the general consent given to the CBI, through the notifications under the Section 6 of Delhi Special Police Establishment Act 1946,” the state government said. “The Central agency would be entrusted with the investigation of cases in necessary situations, only with the special permission of the state government,” it added.


 Amarinder Singh begins dharna in Delhi; Navjot Sidhu, other MLAs briefly stopped at border

Chandigarh :Taking the fight against the farm laws to Delhi, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday staged a dharna at Jantar Mantar to highlight “Centre’s step motherly” treatment towards Punjab.Amarinder accused the Centre of failing to pay Punjab its GST dues and cutting off access to the Disaster Relief Fund. “We don’t have money, our coal stocks are over,” he said. “How can we survive in this situation?”Amarinder began the day by paying his respects to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat. The Chief Minister’s office said they have changed the venue for the relay dharna from Rajghat to Jantar Mantar after Delhi police cited security reasons.


 Military proposes pension cut, increase in retirement age in armed forces, sparks criticism on social media

Chandigarh :A wave of indignation spread in the military circles after a letter from Department of Military Affairs (DMA) proposing a drastic cut in pension for officers seeking premature retirement from service and increase in retirement age, started doing the rounds on social media.The letter is signed by the Deputy Defence Advisor to Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, who heads the DMA in his capacity as Secretary.When contacted, a senior officer in Army Headquarters confirmed the authenticity of letter to Indian Express. Immediately after the contents of the letter were shared on social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Whatsapp there were adverse comments on the move to cut pension and memes of General Rawat lampooning him for the move started circulating all over.


 Security tightened at Delhi’s IGI airport after pro-Khalistan group threatens to disrupt flights

Security has been beefed at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport after a banned pro-Khalistan outfit, Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), threatened to disrupt two Air India flights scheduled to leave for London on November 5, police said on Wednesday. US-based SFJ has issued a call to boycott Air India flights and urged the victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots to occupy the airport to “internationalise” the issue, they said. DCP (IGI Airport) Rajeev Ranjan said, “We have tightened security arrangements after we received inputs that Sikhs for Justice has threatened to disrupt operations of 2 Air India flights scheduled for London tomorrow.”PTI


 Courts to try criminal politicians: it’s in public interest, says SC

NEW DELHI:Justice N.V. Ramana, leading a three-judge Bench of the Supreme Court, on Wednesday said the court has only public interest and faith in judiciary in mind while pushing for the setting up of special courts to expeditiously try sitting and former MPs and MLAs accused of various crimes.“The purpose of this adjudication is in public interest and to maintain public faith in judiciary by making sure that long-pending cases against sitting and former MPs and MLAs are decided without delay... It is for the public we have taken up this case”, Justice Ramana explained.The Bench was considering a report filed by a committee of the Madras High Court that raised reservations over the setting up of special courts to exclusively try legislators for various offences.


 Rajasthan Municipal Corporation elections: 2 wins each for Congress, BJP, others

Jaipur : Congress and BJP won a clear majority in 2 municipal corporations each while the others held the trump card in two other corporations, as per the results declared Tuesday.Congress won a clear majority in Jodhpur North and Kota North while BJP won in Jaipur Greater and Jodhpur South. As for Jaipur Heritage and Kota South, which of the two parties will form a Board depends on non-BJP non-Congress candidates. However, Congress has more seats in the former and is neck and neck with BJP in the latter.Despite the best of efforts by Tourism Minister Pratap Singh Khachariyawas, Congress Chief Whip Mahesh Joshi, MLA Amin Kagzi, etc. the Congress could only win 47 wards against BJP’s 42 — while others won 11 — in Jaipur Heritage. Since it has 100 wards, Congress just needs four more councillors to reach the majority mark.


 ‘Modi Voting Machine’ or ‘Modi ji’s media’, not scared of them: Rahul Gandhi tells Bihar poll rally

Describing electronic voting machine as 'Modi Voting Machine' (MVM), Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said he is not scared of "MVM or Modi Ji's media".Addressing an election rally, he said, "Whether it's MVM or Modi ji ka Media (Modi Ji's media), I am not scared of them."Truth is truth, justice is justice. I am fighting a war of ideology against this man. We are fighting against their thoughts. We will defeat their thoughts," he said.Without mentioning any particular incident, Rahul Gandhi said, "Narendra Modi says unpleasant things about me in his meetings. However, much hatred they try to spread, I always try to spread love. Hatred cannot defeat hatred, only love can. I won't budge an inch until I defeat Narendra Modi."Earlier in the day, he addressed a rally at Madhepura.PTI


 UP by-polls: Low polling percentage a worrying sign for ruling BJP

A low voting percentage, 53 per cent, in seven assembly constituencies of Uttar Pradesh that went to polls on November 3 has sent shock waves in the BJP camp after reports that people in the rural areas have voted in large numbers as compared to the urban parts of the constituencies.“The election results are bound to give hiccups to the political parties as the low polling percentage and presence of all major political parties in the fray could spring surprise,” Nomita P Kumar of Giri Institute of Development Studies said.The polling percentage has come down by over 10 per cent as compared to the 2017 elections with the highest dip visible in Nagawan Sadat in Amroha where in 2017 polling percentage was over 76 per cent while this time it is 61.50 per cent. There are reports too that villages have voted in large numbers as compared to urban areas thus giving sleepless nights to the BJP whose vote bank is more city-centric.


 Nikita Tomar Murder Case: Pro-Hindu WhatsApp Groups Spread Inflammatory Messages, Finds Police Probe 

NEW DELHI – Police investigations into the 26 October murder of a 21-year-old girl in Ballabhgarh town of Haryana’s Faridabad district have revealed that WhatsApp groups were being used for spreading inflammatory speeches and messages in a bid to create communal tension.The police found that several people who took part in the violent protests after the murder of Nikita Tomar were part of some What’sApp groups in which hate speeches were made and inflammatory messages were passed on. The police came to know about these groups after they checked the phone numbers of the 32 people who have been arrested for the violent protests.Faridabad ACP Aadarshdeep Singh told Clarion India that all 32 protesters were booked under IPC sections of 332, 147, 148, and 149 and for blocking the National Highway.Singh told Clarion India, “We have found the WhatsApp groups in the phones of the arrested people. In those groups, there were inflammatory speeches. We are doing identification of those who were part of the groups. Actions will be taken against them.”Clarion India


 Prasar Bharati signs MoU with Electronics and IT Ministry to launch 51 education TV channels

India’s public broadcaster Prasar Bharati on Wednesday entered into an MoU with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology to launch 51 direct-to-home (DTH) education TV channels. MoU signed between Prasar Bharati and Bhaskaracharya National Institute for Space Applications and Geo-Informatics under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology aims to bring quality educational programmes to every household, including those in rural and remote areas, the government said in a statement.PTI


 4 killed in firecracker godown blast in UP 

4 persons were killed and seven injured on Wednesday morning following an explosion in an illegal firecracker godown at Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh, police said. ASP Ayodhya Prasad Singh said, "A house situated in a ward of Arya Samaj temple at the Kaptanganj town of Kushinagar district had an illegal firecracker godown operating from there where making and storing of firecrackers was taking place ahead of the festival of Diwali. It is reported that a cylinder kept inside the godown caught fire leading to the explosion, killing four people while injuring 7 others in the accident. All the injured victims are undergoing treatment at a nearby hospital".The police and the fire brigade personnel reached the spot and doused the flames with the help of local people.IANS



Coronavirus Updates: ‘Third wave’ of infection in Delhi; Karnataka schools to remain shut till further notice

New Delhi :With 46,253 new cases, the tally in India currently stands at 83.13 lakh. This number remains below 50,000 for the tenth consecutive day. As many as 514 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, pushing the toll to 1,23,611. The active cases continue to be below 5.5 lakh, while the recoveries stand at 76.56. Kerala continues to top the daily tally among all states.A day after Delhi recorded over 6,700 fresh COVID-19 cases for the first time, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said the city has seen a jump in the number of new COVID-19 cases in the last few days and it can be called a “third wave”. “We have been monitoring the situation continuously and there is no need to panic. We will take whatever steps are needed,” CM said. The city’s infection tally is over 4 lakh, even as the positivity rate stood at 11.29 per cent amid festive season and rising pollution in the city.Meanwhile, the Karnataka govt has not yet decided to re-open schools, state Education Minister S Suresh Kumar said on Wednesday. Education Department would give a report to CM in next 4 or 5 days to take a call, he said. The schools have been shut since COVID-19-induced lockdown in March.Globally, 47.2 million infections have been reported, with toll topping 1.21 million. As millions of Americans turned out to vote, the nation was facing a rapidly escalating pandemic that is concentrated in some of the very states seen as critical in determining the outcome of the presidential race.


 Airlines can operate maximum 60 per cent of pre-COVID domestic flights till Feb 24 next year: Govt

Indian airlines can operate maximum 60 per cent of their pre-COVID domestic passenger flights till Feb.24 next year due to the prevailing coronavirus situation, Civil Aviation Ministry has said.The ministry had informed the airlines about the 60 per cent limit through an official order on Sept.2 but it had not told them the period for which the cap would remain in place.On Oct.29, the ministry issued a new order clarifying that the Sept.2 order “shall remain in force until 2359 hrs on Feb. 24, 2021 or until further orders” due to the “prevailing situation of COVID-19”.PTI


 Maharashtra allows reopening of multiplexes, yoga centres, swimming pools from November 5

Maharashtra government on Wednesday passed an order allowing the reopening of cinema halls, theatres and multiplexes in the state from November 5, CNBC reported. The order is only applicable in areas that are outside containment zones and these establishments can only fill up to 50% of their seating capacity. The order also allowed the reopening of yoga centres, swimming pools and other sports establishments.The order said that no eatables would be allowed inside the premises of the cinema halls and multiplexes and that the facilities would have to strictly observe physical distancing and sanitisation norms.


 Covid-19 vaccine: States asked to stop separate distribution plans, review cold storage facilities

Union health ministry on Tuesday said it has asked states to stop making separate plans for vaccine distribution, and advised creating a database according to a blueprint released by the Centre, reported The Hindu. The states have also been asked to explore the possibilities of cold storage facilities for the vaccines. “States/UTs have been also asked to set up committees under chief secretaries for administration to ensure time-bound implementation of the Central government direction,” Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said during a press conference. The ministry said that the expert panel was also reviewing the infrastructure and manpower support offered by private players.


 Future Will Always Be Better In UAE: Dubai Ruler After Covid Vaccine Shot

The Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates has become the latest high-ranking official in the country to receive a coronavirus vaccine.

PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comSheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of the UAE emirate of Dubai, said he was vaccinated on Tuesday. Foreign Minister Abdullah Bin Zayed said he took the vaccine last month.


                                                                               WORLD NEWS

Donald Trump Falsely Claims Victory, Battle Down To A Few Key States

Washington: President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden are battling it out for the White House, with polls closed across the United States -- and the American people waiting for results in key battlegrounds still up for grabs.

There are 7states still left uncalled, including major prizes such as Pennsylvania and Wisconsin -- meaning both Trump and Biden still have a path to victory.US media outlets have projected wins for the Republican incumbent in 23 states including big prizes Florida and Texas, as well as Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri and Ohio -- all states he won in 2016.Biden has captured 20 states including his home state Delaware and big prizes California and New York, as well as the US capital. The former vice president has flipped one state won by Trump in 2016 -- Arizona, in the southwest.Nebraska split its electoral votes between the two -- four for Trump and one for Biden. Maine was won by Biden, but so far, he has only three of the four electoral votes on offer, with the last still to be decided.So far, that gives Biden 238 electoral votes and Trump 213. The magic number of electoral votes is 270.AFP



Trump calls 2020 election ‘fraud’, saying he’ll go to Supreme Court

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that the 2020 presidential election was a "fraud being committed on the American public", adding that he will go to the US Supreme Court to challenge Tuesday night's outcomeHe made the remarks while addressing supporters and family at the White House.Without providing any evidence and despite millions of votes yet to be counted, the President said: "This is a fraud on the American public. This is an embarrassment to our country."Frankly we did win this election."Trump added that he would go to the US Supreme Court and wanted "all voting to stop".President further said that he was going to declare victory on Tuesday evening."We were getting ready for a big celebration. We were winning everything. And all of a sudden it was just called off," he said.IANS


  Joe Biden says he’s on track to ‘win this election’

Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden has asked his supporters to "keep the faith" and expressed confidence that he's on track to "win this election" as all eyes are on the outcome in Midwestern battleground states."We knew this was going to go long," 77-year-old Biden told a crowd in his hometown of Dilware."Keep the faith guys. We are going to win this," he said. "We believe we are on track to win this election."Meanwhile, Republican incumbent Donald Trump tweeted that he will soon make a statement as he alleged that the opposition was trying to STEAL the Election."I will be making a statement tonight. A big WIN!" 74-year-old Trump tweeted.PTI


 All four Democratic Indian-American lawmakers re-elected to House of Representatives

In an impressive show, all the four Indian-American Democratic lawmakers -- Dr Ami Bera, Pramila Jayapal, Ro Khanna and Raja Krishnamoorthi -- have been re-elected to the US House of Representatives.The Indian-American community has emerged as a force to reckon with for the first time in the history of the US presidential election. Both the Democrat and the Republican campaigns had initiated several measures to woo the approximately 1.8 million members of the community who have emerged as a critical voting bloc in the battleground states of Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Texas.PTI


 Billionaire Jack Ma's Empire In Turmoil As China Halts Ant Group's IPO

It was heralded as China's answer to JPMorgan -- a homegrown financial giant on the cusp of the biggest stock-market debut the world has ever seen.Instead, with billions on the line and an initial public offering all but sealed, Chinese authorities have abruptly thrown into doubt the future of Ant Group Co. and its celebrated founder, the billionaire Jack Ma.Only days before the financial-technology juggernaut was to go public in Shanghai and Hong Kong -- a coup for China's financial markets that once would have been unimaginable -- the $35-billion IPO was halted on Tuesday after Mr Ma was summoned by regulators. In an extraordinary turn of events, authorities announced that they had belatedly discovered an array of shortcomings that, by some accounts, might require the sprawling Ant to be overhauled.


 US: Muslim congresswomen Omar and Tlaib retain seats in election

Muslim-American congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib have retained their seats in the US House of Representatives during yesterday’s election.Both women received more than 64 per cent of the votes in their respective districts in Minnesota and Michigan.The pair became the first Muslim women to be elected to the US Congress in 2018.Omar and Tlaib both fended off sole opponents in primary challenges, held in August this year, replicating their 2018 success when they faced a large pool of candidates.Yesterday’s election was considered a formality for pair who both represent strongholds of Democratic supporters. However, Republican donors have thrown enormous sums of money at the campaigns of the progressive lawmakers’ election rivals.Omar’s rival Lacy Johnson received at least $10 million, while Tlaib’s opponent David Dudenhoefer raised $1 million for his election campaign.Tlaib termed the sums, which are staggeringly large amounts for relatively non-competitive election races, “racist money burning”, in an interview with local Detriot paper the Metro Times earlier this week.


 Hindutva Backed Candidate Sri Preston Kulkarni Loses in Texas

WASHINGTON — TX-22 Congressional District race was the most keenly watched race in the US Muslim circles and India. It was also a battleground seat, and Democrats were hopeful of turning it blue.Sri Preston Kulkarni, financed by the Hindutva leaders in the US with their money and assured by Emgage, a Muslim organisation backed him in 2018, was confident of his win in the open and tossup Texas District. The results on the election night baffled him and everyone else. He had more money, and a week before the election, he was in the lead by five points. He secured 44.5% or 167178 votes while the winner, Republican Troy Nehls, got 51.7% or 194,230. Kulkarni’s $2.5 million could not win the seat the Hindutva forces were so eager to capture.


 FBI probes robocalls urging voters to ‘stay home’ on Election Day

People across the United States received anonymous robocalls in the days and weeks before Election Day urging them to “stay safe and stay home”, in what experts said could be an attempt to scare voters into sitting out the hotly contested polls.FBI is investigating calls that seek to discourage people from voting, a senior official at the Department of Homeland Security told reporters on Tuesday. Authorities would not offer details.


 As US counts votes, Iran’s Rouhani signals tough times ahead

Tehran, Iran – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said it does not matter who wins a surprisingly tight US presidential election and that his country has planned for “difficult conditions” in the future.In a televised speech on Wednesday, the Iranian leader said whoever the next president in Washington was, he should respect international treaties and laws.


 Rival factions in Libya agree on implementation of ceasefire deal

Libya’s rival military factions have agreed on a plan for implementing a ceasefire deal reached last month, the United Nations’ acting envoy to Libya Stephanie Williams has said.The announcement on Tuesday came one day after a meeting of a joint military commission to discuss the implementation of the deal opened on home soil for the first time.


 Turkey praises ‘two heroes’ who helped victims in Vienna attack

Two Austrian men of Turkish descent said they helped save a police officer and two women during a deadly gun attack in Vienna, actions the Turkish government described as heroic.The men’s actions drew praise from Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, whose country’s relations with Austria have been strained in recent years.Cavusoglu also offered condolences to Austria on Tuesday after the gun attack on Monday night in which five people died, including the attacker.


 Palestine: Factions say normalisation is extension of Balfour Declaration

Palestinian factions have described Arab normalisation of relations with the occupation state as an extension of the “ill-fated promise” of the Balfour Declaration. Zionist projects aiming to liquidate the Palestinian cause and legitimise Israel’s occupation of Palestine have been continuous since British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour sent his infamous letter to Lord Rothschild on 2 November 1917.“The Balfour Declaration established the bases for the creation of the state of Israel at the expense of historic Palestine,” PLO official Wasel Abu Yousef told Arabi21.com. “It uprooted our people through the massacres carried out by the Zionist gangs.” The Palestinians, he added, were displaced from their land and forced to become refugees around the world. “Balfour paved the way for that to happen.”


 Israel unemployment hits 23%

Israel is on the verge of an economic catastrophe, the former director general of the Israeli finance ministry, Yarom Ariav, warned.“The economic situation in Israel is so dangerous to an extent that it would lead to severe crisis if the government did not take serious steps to tackle the issue,” Ariav told Ynet.The economic adviser to the Israeli National Security Council called on the government to “act as soon as possible to reduce the growing unemployment numbers.”



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