23 November 2020

Delhi riots: Umar Khalid’s custody extended ‘illegally and mechanically’, his counsel tells court. Maharashtra Makes Covid Report Must For People From Delhi, Gujarat, Rajasthan,Goa. Netanyahu flies to Saudi Arabia for secret meeting with MBS, Pompeo say reports; Saudi denies



23-11-2020 ,20:44 IST




Delhi riots: Umar Khalid’s custody extended ‘illegally and mechanically’, his counsel tells court

Former JNU student leader Umar Khalid on Monday told a court in Delhi that his custody in a case related to the February communal violence was extended illegally, mechanically and without prior intimation to his lawyers, PTI reported. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Dinesh Kumar was hearing a case via video conference in connection with the riots in Khajuri Khas, a Muslim-dominated locality in North East Delhi. Khalid was arrested in this case on October 1 and is in judicial custody. He was earlier arrested in September in a separate case related to larger conspiracy in the violence, which claimed 53 lives and left scores injured.Advocate Sanya Kumar, representing Khalid, said his lawyers were not given copies of the remand applications and denied information about when and before which judge he would be produced. This, Kumar said, has been happening since the beginning of his arrest in the case.“It is absolutely against settled principle,” Kumar continued. “Umar Khalid’s custody was extended illegally and mechanically. This is a serious issue. The logistical difficulties due to the coronavirus pandemic cannot come in the way of the rights of an accused or their counsel.”Kumar along with advocate Trideep Pais sought directions to the investigating agency and the jail authorities to provide a copy of the application seeking remand/extension of remand to Khalid’s counsels in advance to the proceedings. They also asked the police to inform Khalid’s lawyers about the time, place and manner of all future remand proceedings one day in advance.The court will the matter next on November 27.


Delhi Police Files Supplementary Chargesheet Against Umar Khalid, Sharjeel Imam

 Delhi police on Sunday filed a supplementary charge sheet in a court here against forUmar Khalid and JNU student Sharjeel Imam in a case related to the alleged larger conspiracy in the communal violence in northeast Delhi.The charge sheet was filed before Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat against Khalid, Imam and one Faizan Khan under the stringent UAPAand sections related to criminal conspiracy, murder, rioting, sedition, unlawful assembly and promoting enmity on the grounds of religion, language, caste, etc of the Indian Penal Code, according to sources.The offences entail a maximum punishment of death penalty. The 930-page supplementary charge sheet was filed under sections 13 (unlawful activities), 16 (terrorist act), 17 (raising funds for terrorist act) and 18 (conspiracy) of UAPA.While Khalid and Imam are currently in judicial custody in the case, Khan had been granted bail by the Delhi high court.PTI


Delhi Riot : Supreme Court Refuses Delhi Police Plea Against Bail to Faizan Khan

NEW DELHI — The Supreme Court on Monday declined to entertain Delhi Police’s plea against bail granted to a man accused of selling a SIM card on a fake identity to another accused in connection with the violence during the anti-CAA protests in the national capital in February.A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan refused to entertain the Delhi Police appeal challenging the Delhi High Court’s October 23 order, granting bail to Faizan Khan, after observing that police have not brought on record convincing material to show the accused was involved in the conspiracy to organise protests against the CAA.IANS


‘NRC, CAA will not affect Assam polls,’ says Himanta Biswa Sarma, accuses Miya culture of aggression

Assam minister and BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma has said that matters related to the CAA and NRC will not hold appeal in the Assembly elections in the state next year, Indian Express reported.In an interview with the newspaper, Sarma said there “is not too much talk about NRC and CAA” and that political landscape in Assam has changed since the protests it witnessed last year against the Central government’s decision to implement them.“In the context of Assam, I do not think somebody can think of getting any seat or percentage of votes talking about the CAA and NRC,” Sarma said, claiming “nobody was talking” about them.   On being asked if the sizeable Muslim population of Assam could be impacted by the two controversial matters as the All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen spoke about them during the Bihar elections, Sarma expressed confidence that the minorities would vote for the BJP.“The Assamese Muslim community will vote for us,” Sarma said. However, Muslims who have migrated from Bangladesh will not side with the saffron party, he added.Sarma asserted that in Assam, the factor was not that of “Hindu-Muslim”, but a “fight between two cultures”. He stressed that conflict between cultures and the development work done by the ruling BJP would decide the fate in the elections.“The so-called migrants, Bangladeshi Muslims, have started a new concept in Assam,” the BJP leader said. “They call it Miya culture, Miya poetry…Miya language. We have to protect the composite Indian culture and more particularly Assamese culture.”He also accused the “Miya culture” of aggression and assertion. “Here is a community which has distorted Assamese language,” he claimed. “They tell people that they want to assert their identity. What is the need to assert identity? That means you want to aggressively counter Assamese culture by encroaching on land of our monasteries.”




"Bad Idea": Raghuram Rajan On RBI Panel Allowing Corporates In Banking

S&P Global Ratings said on Monday a recommendation from the Reserve Bank of India committee to allow industrial conglomerates to set up banks as part of proposed changes to the banking sector, is fraught with risk.A working group at RBI recommended a series of changes, details of which were made public last week, that include allowing industrial houses to act as so-called bank promoters, meaning they could take a major stake in a lender."The working group's concerns regarding conflict of interest, concentration of economic power, and financial stability in allowing corporates to own banks are potential risks," S&P Global Ratings said in a note.Corporate ownership of banks raises the risk of inter-group lending, diversion of funds and reputational exposure, S&P said, adding that contagion risk from corporate defaults would also rise significantly if industrial houses were at the helm of a bank.


India’s reform momentum to continue, govt taking necessary steps: Nirmala Sitharaman

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday said India should become a major investment hotspot and assured that the reform momentum will continue.Sitharaman said the government is taking up “several more reform-related steps” towards achieving the goal.“Reform momentum to continue. Several more reform-related steps being taken up. India should become major investment hotspot, govt has taken steps in that direction,” Sitharaman said while speaking virtually at the National MNCs’ Conference 2020 organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).


 China turns new civilian settlements near LAC into military infra, satellite images reveal

Beautifully constructed homes, recreational facilities and roads, all disguised as civil infrastructure near LAC on the Chinese side is part of the People’s Liberation Army’s new warfare tactics to enhance its military network.These so-called civilian dwellings part of integrated model villages are nothing but an extension of cantonments with no population occupying these places close to the borders.A set of seven new high-resolution satellite images, covering the Torsa river valley near the Bhutan-China border, puts on display the possible execution of this new Chinese warfare strategy, which China hopes to deploy all along its western borders.Images released on Sunday by space firm Maxar Technologies showed Chinese construction at a newly-built Pangda village in the valley. However, the real story of Chinese deception is not a remote village with less than three dozen residential structures, but what comes with it.


Congress attacks govt over China building settlement in Bhutan 

Congress has attacked the government over China allegedly building a settlement in Bhutan. Reacting to reports, the Congress said China building a settlement inside Bhutanese territory -- located just 9 km from Doklam -- adds another threat to the Siliguri corridor, which if taken over can isolate North-East India from the mainland. The government's silence is enabling Chinese aggression, it added.Addressing a press conference here on Monday, party leader Pawan Khera said, "Over the past few days, certain satellite images accessed of the Doklam region have raised concerns in the minds of every patriotic Indian. Only our government is the one who is least bothered by this." Congress alleged that these images have revealed that the Chinese have built a small village or settlement inside Bhutanese territory and merely 10 km away from the 2017 Doklam clash site. In addition to this, a 9 km long road has also been built.IANS



Announcement of India Foreign Secretary's Visit to Nepal Signals Thaw in Tension

New Delhi: Indian foreign secretary will be visiting Nepal this week, indicating that relations have thawed after a year of recriminations from Kathmandu over the lingering border dispute.The dates for the visit were announced simultaneously by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs and the Nepal foreign affairs ministry.“At the cordial invitation of Foreign Secretary Bharat Raj Paudyal, the Foreign Secretary of India, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, is paying a two-day official visit to Nepal from November 26 to 27,” said the press release from Nepal’s ministry of foreign affairs.This will be Shringla’s first visit to Nepal after taking over office in January this year. According to the MEA’s readout, the Indian foreign secretary will meet with his counterpart and other Nepalese leaders “to discuss the wide-ranging bilateral cooperation between the two countries”.


Gupkar Alliance Pours Cold Water On BJP’s Plan, Contests DDC Polls Jointly

SRINAGAR—When the six-party Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) announced to contest District Development Council (DDC) polls, little did BJP realize that it was the beginning of the end of their monopoly on Jammu and Kashmir’s political landscape post abrogation of Article 370.For BJP, Jammu and Kashmir was a frontier that they conquered on August 5, 2019, when they stripped J&K of special status and downgraded it into two union territories. Subsequent orders and amendments including domicile and land laws were passed to ensure that BJP will dominate Kashmir’s history, geography and politics. Come November 7, PAGD announced to contest all DDC seats in Jammu and Kashmir. This sent BJP into a tizzy as the party was expecting that like 2018, all major parties will boycott the polls and they will have a cakewalk.India Tomorrow



The Wire Exclusive: UP Police Report Contradicts Adityanath Claim of ‘Rise in Love Jihad’

Lucknow: Contrary to the polarising campaign carried out in the name of ‘love jihad’ by the Uttar Pradesh government and chief minister Yogi Adityanath, a ‘special investigation’ launched by UP Police into allegations of allurement and forced conversion of Hindu women has turned out to be a damp squib. The official report – submitted to Kanpur inspector general of police Mohit Agarwal on Saturday – has concluded that the majority of Hindu-Muslim romance cases probed were consensual.All 22 police stations in Kanpur city were asked to report suspicious instances of Hindu-Muslim romance but only 14 cases eventually emerged, which the special investigation team probed.The SIT’s report, which The Wire has accessed, concludes that in eight of the 14 cases, the Hindu women had either married Muslim men or been with them of their own free will. In six cases, the FIRs registered are still being investigated, though in one of those cases the accused Muslim man has been released on bail, presumably because of lack of evidence.


Opposition objects to frequent use of NSA by Yogi govt in Uttar Pradesh 

Opposition parties in Uttar Pradesh have taken strong objection to the Yogi Adityanath government's penchant for invoking the National Security Act (NSA) against offenders without taking into consideration the larger security implications of the crime.NSA is designed as a law to act against security threats but it is being increasingly used in murder and rape cases by the state.While police say it is meant to be a 'pre-emptive' move, legal experts and politicians are baffled by the alacrity with which the stringent Act is being invoked in cases that do not have any security implications. NSA states that the Centre or the state may detain a person for 'preventing him from acting in any manner prejudicial to the defence of India, the relations of India with foreign powers, or the security of India,' or a foreigner whose 'continued presence in India' may need to be 'regulated'.Congress legislature party leader Aradhana Mishra said the increased use of NSA in UP is a panic response to the rise in crime.IANS



Under fire, Vijayan says will not implement amended Kerala Police Act

Amid widespread criticism, Kerala Government on Monday decided not to implement the amended Kerala Police Act which mandates a jail term for any social media abuse or offensive cyber post.After the state secretariat meeting of CPI (M), Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan stated that the government does not want to implement the amended act, which has incorporated section 118 (A) in the Kerala Police Act.



‘Reflection of larger threat to freedom of speech’: Editors Guild on case against Meghalaya journalist

Editors Guild of India Sunday expressed concerns over the police case against The Shillong Times editor Patricia Mukhim, over a Facebook post which allegedly “incited communal tension” between the tribal and the non-tribal communities in the state. “Mukhim’s case is a reflection of the larger threats to freedom of speech in India, which operates under an unwieldy framework of laws that are often used indiscriminately by government and law enforcement agencies to muzzle dissent,” the Guild said in a statement. The Guild had also recently raised the issue of press freedom and safety of journalists with CMs of Uttar Pradesh and Assam.


Farmers say they’ll block all roads to Delhi if stopped during protest march on November 26

Farmers, who are protesting against the Centre’s new agriculture laws, have warned that they will block all roads to Delhi if authorities stop them during their march on November 26 and 27,  Indian Express reported. They will reach the national Capital on Thursday via five highways as part of their “Delhi Chalo’’ march.


‘Cold shoulder to Urdu’: Rajasthan teacher calls off march to Dandi after 9-point pact

Jaipur : 22 days after he set out on a yatra to Dandi in Gujarat seeking better terms for Urdu teachers, Thakur Shamsher Bhalu Khan (45) called off his yatra on the border district of Udaipur late on Sunday, following a meeting with Rajasthan Waqf Board Chairman Khanu Khan Budhwali. “We have reached a 9-point agreement and invited him to meet Education Minister Govind Singh Dotasra in Jaipur on Monday. Following the meeting, he has called off his Dandi yatra,” Budhwali said. Khan is expected to arrive in Jaipur Monday. However, over the course of past few weeks, Khan’s march united several Muslim organisations and brought out the growing discontent among a section of Muslims against the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress govt. For several years now, Urdu teachers in Rajasthan have been making several demands, including regularisation of madrasa teachers — currently employed on a contractual basis by the Minority Affairs Department — and more recently, for teaching Urdu and appointment of teachers for the same for primary classes under the Education Department.



Vacancies unfilled, National Commission for Minorities has only one member

New Delhi :7-member National Commission for Minorities (NCM) is down to just one member. While 5 posts were lying vacant since May, vice-chairperson, Manjit Singh Rai, retired on Oct.25. NCM is mandated to have 7 members, including a chairperson and vice-chairperson, with a member each from the Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist, Parsi and Jain communities. “There has been some delay in filling the vacancies because of Covid-19 pandemic, but the process is underway,’’ said Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.The ministry recommends the names to PMO. This isn’t the first time that vacancies haven’t been filled in NCM — in 2017, all seven posts remained empty for over 2 months.



Fewer Muslims Approaching Minorities Commission, Data of Last Six Years Reveal

NEW DELHI – Crimes against minorities, especially Muslims, are on the increase day in and day out but, strangely, data with the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) shows a decrease in the number of complaints lodged with the commission since 2014 when the Modi-led government was formed at the Centre.The NCM uploaded the number of complaints filed with it only in the past 10 years. Data shows NCM had registered 2,268 complaints in 2009-10, 2378 in 2010-11, 2439 in 2011-12, 2127 in 2012-13 and 2,638 in 2013-14. On the other hand, 1,995 complaints were filed in 2014-15, 1,974 in 2015-16, 1,647 in 2016-17, 1,447 in 2017-18 and 1,871 in 2018-19. In 2019-20, 1,672 complaints have been filed so far.Clarion India



Advani blamed Modi for BJP’s loss in 2004 elections, says new e book

 LK Advani who’s perceived to have performed an instrumental function in suggesting Narendra Modi’s identify for the place of chief minister of Gujarat and later in warding off calls for for his resignation following the Gujarat riots in 2002, blamed Modi for the Bharatiya Janata Social gathering’s loss on the Could 2004 common elections, says a e book.In his e book Jugalbandi that’s based mostly on interviews, non-public papers and reportage to hint the historical past of BJP and its precursor, the Jana Sangh, writer Vinay Sitapati says the occasion’s loss on the hustings was attributed partly to deal with “an excessive amount of ideology”.  BJP, which hoped to return to energy on the Centre, fell wanting profitable the bulk by a 100 seats. “The RSS supplied their very own prognosis: ‘The core voter and cadre had developed a disinterest as there was a notion about dilution in its ideology’.… Advani and Vajpayee however blame an excessive amount of ideology, and never too little. Although it was Advani who had overruled Vajpayee and saved Modi’s profession, he now realised what he had accomplished. Advani ranted to a household pal quickly after: ‘VHP price us [the elections]. They’ve grow to be loopy,” the e book says.The writer goes on to say that the blame for the loss was pinned on the riots, for which Modi was blamed for not having protected the minority neighborhood. “Vajpayee additionally blamed the 2002 Gujarat riots, claiming, ‘that it’s the mistake we made’. At a BJP assembly quickly after, he lobbied to sack Modi but once more. However when he was out voted but once more, Vajpayee went with the occasion line. But once more. There isn’t any technique to inform whether or not it was Narendra Modi who price Vajpayee -Advani the 2004 election. What we will inform is that the angle to alliance companions proved pricey,” the e book says.Toplivenews /Hindustan


Owaisi speaks language of ‘rabid Islamism, extremism’ like Jinnah, says BJP’s Tejasvi Surya

BJP leader Tejasvi Surya on Monday launched a diatribe against All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen chief Asaduddin Owaisi and accused him of speaking Pakistan founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s language of “rabid Islamism, separatism, and extremism”, reported ANI.At a campaign rally in Telangana for the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation elections due by December 1, Surya claimed that every vote for Owaisi was a vote against India and “everything India stands for”.“He [Asaduddin Owaisi] speaks the language of rabid Islamism, separatism and extremism which Mohammed Ali Jinnah also spoke,” the BJP MP from Bengaluru said. “Every Indian should stand against divisive and communal politics of the Owaisi brothers.”Surya also accused the AIMIM leaders of “allowing only Rohingya Muslims, not development”, in Hyderabad. “[It is] laughable that Akbaruddin and Asaduddin are speaking the language of development,” he added.Surya said the elections in Hyderabad are going to be the BJP’s gateway to the south, according to NDTV. “Change Hyderabad today, change Telangana tomorrow, change South India day after tomorrow,” he said. “The whole nation is watching Hyderabad.”



AIMIM MLA Objects to ‘Hindustan’ in Oath, Creates Controversy in Bihar Assembly

PATNA — The first day of the newly elected Bihar Legislative Assembly witnessed a controversy when AIMIM MLA Akhtarul Imam raised objection over the word ‘Hindustan’ while he was being administered the oath of office by pro-tem Speaker Jitan Ram Manjhi on Monday.Imam argued that he wanted to say the word ‘Bharat’ instead of ‘Hindustan’ during the oath ceremony. It was strongly objected to by the BJP and the JDU MLAs and some of them ‘asked him to go to Pakistan’ if he and other AIMIM MLAs had a problem with the word Hindustan.As per the procedures, the MLAs can take oath in five languages — Hindi, English, Sanskrit, Maithili and Urdu. In the first four languages, ‘Bharat’ is mentioned in the oath letters and ‘Hindustan’ is written on the Urdu oath letter.Imam, who was elected from the Amaur constituency in the Seemanchal region, insisted on using the word Bharat when he chose to take oath in the Urdu language. Following him, the other four MLAs of the AIMIM also took the oath in Urdu. BJP and the JD(U) MLAs raised objections to this and criticised the AIMIM MLAs.


Zaira Wasim requests fans to take down her pictures from fan pages

Former actor Zaira Wasim on Saturday requested her fans to remove her pictures from their social media accounts and not share them, saying she was trying to start a new chapter in her life.The national award-winning actor, who quit Bollywood in 2019, took to Instagram to make the request."Hello everyone!! I want to just take a moment to thank each of you for the constant love and kindness you have showered me with. Y'all have been a constant source of love and strength, thank you for being there to support me through everything (sic)," she wrote.PTI


LIVE updates: Former Assam CM Tarun Gogoi passes away

Former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi, who had been undergoing treatment at the Gauhati Medical College Hospital (GMCH) for post-Covid complications, passed away on Monday, state health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma confirmed. Congress veteran was 84. “He left this world at 5.34 pm,” Sarma said outside the GMCH. As far as planned till now, the body would be kept at Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakhetra, a cultural institution in Guwahati, on Tuesday for people to get a last glimpse.Meanwhile, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal flew back to Guwahati from Dibrugarh after cancelling his scheduled official programs to be with Gogoi’s family. “He has always been a father figure to me. I join millions in praying for his recovery,” Sonowal tweeted.Gogoi was diagnosed with Covid in August end and was administered plasma therapy when his condition worsened. After testing negative for Covid, Gogoi was battling post-Covid complications. He was on non-invasive ventilation since November 2, but on Saturday was put under invasive ventilation.


‘Bring PoK first, will go to Karachi later’: Sanjay Raut on Fadnavis’ ‘akhand Bharat’ remark

Two days after former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that one day Karachi will become a part of India, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut Monday slammed the leader of Opposition in the state saying BJP should first work on bringing back Kashmir, which is occupied by Pakistan, and then talk about Karachi.“First, bring the Kashmir that is occupied by Pakistan. We will go to Karachi later,” ANI quoted Raut as saying.On Saturday, Fadnavis had said, “We believe in ‘akhand Bharat’ (undivided India). We believe one day Karachi will become a part of India,”.Fadnavis had made the remarks while responding to a question from the media on a Sena leader’s objection to the name ‘Karachi Sweets’, a shop which has been in existence for 60 years in Bandra. Last week, the Sena leader had asked its owner to drop ‘Karachi’ from its name.A video of the exchange between the two was caught on camera in which Nandgaokar was heard asking the owner to change the word ‘Karachi’ to “something in Marathi”. “You have to do it, we’re giving you time. Change ‘Karachi’ to something in Marathi,” Nandgaokar had said.


CBI Raids Residence of Ex-Congress Minister Roshan Baig Arrested in IMA Ponzi Scam

BENGALURU — CBI on Monday raided the Bengaluru residence of former Congress minister of Karnataka Roshan Baig, who was arrested by the federal agency in connection with an alleged involvement in the multi-crore IMA ponzi scam on Sunday.According to reports, a team of 12 CBI officials has been searching Baig’s premises in Coles Park since morning.Baig (67) is a former 8-time legislator from the Shivajinagar assembly segment in the city centre and was a minister in the Congress and Janata Dal government.


TV Ad Showing Kashmiri Youth as Thief Triggers Controversy

NEW DELHI — A TV commercial of a thermal wear brand has run into rough weather for showing Kashmiris in negative light.The advertisement of Dollar Big Boss, a Kolkata-based men’s inner wear brand featuring popular TV presenter and actor Manish Paul shows a Kashmiri youth as a thief.The ad is set in a Mughal garden and banks of a lake in Srinagar on a chilly day. While the actor and his girlfriend are busy clicking a selfie, a young Kashmiri snatches a cloth from his shoulder and runs away.The actor is shown chasing the local and confronts him on the edge of the lake. The Kashmiri stutters while explaining his position and tries to return the cloth to the actor. But Paul, portrayed as a generous person, takes off his clothes, except his thermal wear, and offers them to the Kashmiri. The actor’s girlfriend also gives away some clothes to the young man.The gesture has been portrayed as an act of charity but it has not gone well with the people of Kashmir.


Jamia’s Prof Imran Ali Joins Global list of Highly Cited Researchers

New Delhi: Prof. Imran Ali of Jamia Millia Islamia’s (JMI) Department of Chemistry has once again made the university proud by securing a place in the coveted list of Highly Cited Researchers (HCR) 2020 released by the USA’s Web of Science, Clarivate Plc.Not long ago, he was also adjudged the Number 1 scientist in India and 24th in the world in Analytical Chemistry by a group of scientists from the University of Stanford, USA.




After Noida, Yogi Govt Caps Wedding Guest Limit at 100 Across Entire Uttar Pradesh | Latest Guidelines Soon

Lucknow: Due to rise in Coronavirus cases in Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath government on Sunday decided to reimpose the limit of 100 guests at weddings and other social functions across the state. The decision came a day after the Gautam Buddh Nagar administration revised the wedding guest limit from 200 to 100.  On October 15, the Yogi govt had permitted 200 guests at weddings with proper safety protocols. However, with Covid infections surging, the state government has rolled back the order to check the resurgence of cases. According to the government spokesman, the Chief Minister, on Saturday night, asked all district magistrates to ensure restriction of 100 guests at weddings. A formal order in this regard will be issued today. To check the COVID-19 spread, the state government has already started doing random tests on the UP-Delhi border after Delhi reported a mass rise in the Covid curve. Further, Chief Minister has asked officials to step up tracing, testing and treatment.


Maharashtra Makes Covid Report Must For People From Delhi, 3 States

A Covid negative report from an RT-PCR test will be needed for people travelling to Maharashtra from Delhi-NCR, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Goa -- states witnessing a surge in coronavirus cases. Maharashtra, the state worst-hit by Covid but now recovering, issued detailed guidelines this evening to put a check on incoming people from these states and prevent a relapse.The rules will cover passengers in both flights and trains, who have to show the negative test results before boarding. In case of flights, the test has to be undertaken 72 hours before landing. For trains, the time is 96 hours and will apply to trains that halt or terminate in these states.



Declared ‘dead’, Covid patient back home after kin cremate body of another man

Kolkata :In a case of mistaken identity due to the blunder of hospital authorities, a 75-year-old Covid-19 patient in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district was declared dead last week, and his family cremated another man’s body that was handed over to them.Shibdas Banerjee was admitted to Balrampur Basu Hospital in Khardah on November 4, and declared dead on November 13. On Friday, his family was told that he was alive, while they were preparing for his “shraddha” ceremony. A 4-member inquiry committee has been set up and the district health department has initiated a probe.


 Karnataka schools and PU colleges will not reopen in December

Schools and pre-university colleges will not reopen in Karnataka in December.Speaking at a press conference on Monday after a meeting with Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa, Primary and Secondary Education Minister S. Suresh Kumar said that the department had taken this decision in the interest of students.


'Worse May Happen in Dec': Worried Over Surge in Covid-19 Cases, SC Seeks Status Report from States

The pandemic situation in Delhi has worsened and it has gone out of control in Gujarat, the Supreme Court said on Monday while expressing concern over the surge in number of COVID-19 cases across the country.The apex court, which asked the Centre and all states to file within two days status reports detailing the steps taken to deal with the situation, said there is spike in COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra and authorities have to take steps and prepare for the worst for December.




 Netanyahu flies to Saudi Arabia for secret meeting with MBS, Pompeo: reports

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a secret trip to Saudi Arabia yesterday to meet Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.Accompanied by Chief of Israeli Mossad Yossi Cohen, the Israeli officials apparently joined Bin Salman and Pompeo in Neom on the Red Sea coast, according to an aviation tracking data, Haaretz reported.Flight-tracking websites showed that the plane was grounded for approximately two hours before it returned to Israel about half an hour past midnight.A senior Saudi adviser told the Wall Street Journal that the leaders discussed several issues, including normalisation of ties and Iran, but that no substantial agreements were reached."The very fact the meeting happened, and was outed publicly, even if half-officially right now, is a matter of great importance," Education Minister Yoav Gallant told Army Radio when asked about the visit.Yesterday's meeting marked the first known encounter between senior Israeli and Saudi officials, as the US is pushing for more ties between Israel and some Gulf Arab states.

Israeli PM visits Saudi Arabia, meets with crown prince and Pompeo, say local media: Washington Post


Saudi Arabia denies meeting between MBS and Israeli officials

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister has denied reports that a meeting took place between Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Israeli officials on Sunday. “I have seen press reports about a purported meeting between HRH the Crown Prince and Israeli officials during the recent visit by @SecPompeo. No such meeting occurred. The only officials present were American and Saudi,” Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud wrote on Twitter on Monday.Israeli media reported earlier that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held secret talks in Saudi Arabia on Sunday with Crown Prince Mohammed, also known as MBS.


Jamal Khashoggi killing: Turkey’s trial of Saudi suspects resumes

Khashoggi, a 59-year-old Washington Post newspaper columnist and prominent critic of Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, 2018, where he had gone to obtain documents for his impending wedding to his Turkish fiancee, Hatice Cengiz. Journalist was killed at the consulate and his body was reportedly dismembered and removed from the building. His remains have never been found.


Five killed by gunmen in northwest Nigeria mosque attack: Police

Gunmen killed five worshippers and kidnapped at least 18 in an attack on a mosque in northwestern Nigeria’s Zamfara state, police said.Speaking to AFP news agency on Sunday, state police spokesman Mohammed Shehu said: “The bandits killed five worshippers and kidnapped 18 others, including the imam.”According to reports, about 100 cattle thieves on motorcycles opened fire on a Muslim congregation in remote Dutsen Gari village in Maru district as residents were observing weekly Friday prayers.Residents and local media said more than 30 worshippers were abducted.





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