US Election 2020: Americans choose between Trump and Biden

US Election 2020: Americans choose between Trump and Biden

In Ohio, Mr Biden repeated the core message of his campaign, telling voters that the race was about the soul of America. He said it was time for Mr Trump to “pack his bags”, saying “we’re done with the tweets, the anger, the hate, the failure, the irresponsibility”.

Published at Tue, 03 Nov 2020 08:35:43 +0000

VP Venkaiah Naidu Asks People to Revisit Legacy of Sardar Patel

VP Venkaiah Naidu Asks People to Revisit Legacy of Sardar Patel

File photo of Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu.

File photo of Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu.

Highlighting some of the great qualities of Sardar Patel, the vice president said, “His love for motherland, leadership qualities, simplicity, honesty, integrity, down-to-earth nature, pragmatic approach to resolving knotty problems, earthly wisdom, discipline, and organising skills will always remain an inspiration for every Indian.

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New Delhi: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday urged people, especially the youth, to revisit the legacy of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and remember his unparalleled contribution to building a modern India. In a social media post to mark the birth anniversary of the leader, Naidu said his fervent wish is to make every child familiar with the life and contribution of Patel. Similarly every civil servant must read his speeches and every politician must imbibe great qualities of Patel like integrity, firmness and keeping people’s interest at heart, he said.

Highlighting some of the great qualities of Sardar Patel, the vice president said, “His love for motherland, leadership qualities, simplicity, honesty, integrity, down-to-earth nature, pragmatic approach to resolving knotty problems, earthly wisdom, discipline, and organising skills will always remain an inspiration for every Indian.” Naidu called upon every citizen to work together towards realising the dream of Sardar Patel. Naidu recalled that Patel earned the reputation of ‘Iron Man’ because of the manner in which he brought about and maintained internal stability as the home minister in the wake of the Partition.

Published at Sat, 31 Oct 2020 12:36:02 +0000

5 Years in Prison, 1 Crore Fine: What New Law on Air Pollution in Delhi-NCR Says

5 Years in Prison, 1 Crore Fine: What New Law on Air Pollution in Delhi-NCR Says

The central government has issued an ordinance, making pollution an offence with a jail term that can go up to five years and a penalty up to Rs 1 crore.

The ordinance, issued on Wednesday night after approval of the President, entails setting up of a Commission for Air Quality Management for the National Capital Region (NCR) and adjoining areas in Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.

The 18-member commission will be headed by a full-time chairperson who has been a secretary to the government of India or chief secretary of a state.

Ten out of 18 members of this commission have to be bureaucrats while others are experts and activists.

A selection committee, headed by the environment minister, and having three other ministers and the cabinet secretary will appoint the members of the Commission for a tenure of three years.

Three broad areas to be looked into by the commission will relate to monitoring of air pollution, enforcement of laws and research and innovation. The commission will be setting up sub-committees to examine the three distinguished fields.

It will look into issues of stubble burning, vehicular pollution, dust pollution and all other factors that have deteriorated the quality of air in Delhi-NCR. The commission will submit its annual reports to Parliament and will be a central body for all purposes.

An important aspect of this commission is that the central government has proposed to replace the Supreme Court-appointed EPCA and all other bodies with this commission, making it the exclusive authority on air quality management for Delhi-NCR.

Also, in matters of conflict between orders by state governments or its agencies and the commission, the directions issued by the latter will prevail.

The commission has been given wide-ranging powers to lay down norms for environmental pollution and emissions, and will have the authority to inspect any premises, close down polluting units, and also issue order for disconnection of power and water supply.

Contravention of any order or direction by the commission can entail a jail term up to 5 years and a fine up to Rs 1 crore. This body can get a complaint registered before a court and upon receipt of such a complaint, prosecution can commence.

All appeals against the orders of the commission will lie only before the National Green Tribunal and no other body will have the authority to pass any directions or prosecute a complaint on the pertinent issues.

The ordinance has come two days after Solicitor General Tushar Mehta made a statement before the Supreme Court that the government is contemplating a new law since the enforcement by EPCA and other bodies have not proved effective.

The bench, headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde, had then asked the SG to place its law before the court on Thursday.

The top court is seized of a bunch of matters relating to air pollution in Delhi-NCR and have been monitoring a PIL in this regard since 1985.

Published at Thu, 29 Oct 2020 04:39:57 +0000

Coronavirus: Macron declares second national lockdown in France

Coronavirus: Macron declares second national lockdown in France

Covid-19: ‘I’ll be hosting my Christmas over Zoom’

Published at Thu, 29 Oct 2020 00:22:42 +0000

‘CM and I Thought as Parents’: Sisodia Says All Schools in Delhi to Continue to Remain Shut Due to Covid-19

‘CM and I Thought as Parents’: Sisodia Says All Schools in Delhi to Continue to Remain Shut Due to Covid-19

All schools will continue to remain shut in the national capital until further orders, said Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia on Wednesday.

“Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and I thought if we, as parents, would want to take the risk of sending our children to school. The Delhi government has thus decided that all government, private, aided, unaided, MCD schools will remain shut in Delhi until the next orders,” Deputy Chief Minister Sisodia said.

News18.com had reported that the Delhi government may extend its orders to keep schools shut post-October 31 by almost a month.

Sisodia added, “The threat of coronavirus is still looming over the country and the world. The rising number of cases is a cause of worry. The question arises among teachers, parents, children whether schools will reopen? Behind this question, there is fear lurking that children may contract the disease. Parents and teachers who have met me have suggested that schools should not be allowed to reopen, for now, if two hundred to four hundred kids start coming to schools, the threat of the virus spreading will increase. Across the world, wherever schools had reopened, it was seen that fear prevailed and the cases also increased.”

Delhi recorded 4,853 fresh COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, the highest single-day spike here till date, as the infection tally in the city mounted to over 3.64 lakh, authorities said.

The last single day jump was on September 16 when the national capital recorded 4,473 cases with 33 deaths and 3,313 recoveries.

The positivity rate has shot up to 8.48%, which is higher than the cumulative positivity rate at 8.18%. The case fatality rate in the past ten days has crosses 1% mark and is now at 1.02 % compared to the cumulative case fatality rate at 1.74%.

Published at Wed, 28 Oct 2020 08:19:49 +0000

US election: Biden hits new battleground, Trump blitzes Midwest

US election: Biden hits new battleground, Trump blitzes Midwest

US election: Over half the 2016 vote already cast

More than 70 million Americans have cast ballots, a pace that suggests highest turnout in a century.

Published at Wed, 28 Oct 2020 01:27:33 +0000

Covid: Spain imposes national night-time curfew to curb infections

Covid: Spain imposes national night-time curfew to curb infections

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Spain has declared a national state of emergency and imposed a night-time curfew in an effort to help control a new spike in Covid-19 infections.

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said the curfew, between the hours of 23:00 and 06:00, would come into force on Sunday.

Under the emergency measures, local authorities can also ban travel between regions, Mr Sánchez said.

He said he would ask parliament to extend the new rules, initially in force for 15 days, to six months.

Spain was hit hard during the first wave of the pandemic earlier this year and imposed a much more restrictive lockdown – one of the toughest in the world.

Like many other European regions, however, it has been hit by a second wave of infections.

In Italy, new restrictions were also announced on Sunday. The government said the steady rise in cases there was causing a huge strain on the country’s health services.

Meanwhile France has reported a record number of daily infections. A total of 52,010 infections were reported in the last 24 hours, up from just over 45,000 on Saturday.

What are Spain’s emergency measures?

Mr Sánchez said different regions would have up to an hour of flexibility if they wanted to modify the duration of the overnight curfew.

Restrictions on movement between districts would be determined by regional leaders and was likely to be dependent on work and medical needs, he added.

The new measures announced include a limit on public and private gatherings of different households to a maximum of six people.

“The situation we are going through is extreme,” Mr Sánchez said in a televised address on Sunday, adding: “It is the most serious in the past half century.”

More than half of Spain’s 17 regions had been calling for tighter restrictions, and the latest measures will apply to all regions except the Canary Islands.

The same level of emergency was introduced during the first wave of the pandemic in April.

Spain has passed one million cases since it began and nearly 35,000 people have died.

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What is Italy doing to curb infections?

Italy is shutting cinemas, swimming pools, theatres and gyms from Monday.

Bars, restaurants and cafes will have to stop table service by 18:00. But shops and the majority of businesses will remain operating.

Italy’s measures were agreed between Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and regional leaders.

“We think that we will suffer a bit this month but by gritting our teeth with these restrictions, we’ll be able to breathe again in December,” Mr Conte told a news conference on Sunday.

The prime minister has said he does not want to repeat the national lockdown imposed during the first wave in March and April because of the economic damage caused.

Under the new measures, the bulk of secondary school teaching will be conducted online instead of in the classroom.

The Italian move comes amid demonstrations in Naples, and then Rome, against stricter coronavirus measures, including curfews announced last week.

Sunday saw a new daily record of cases in Italy of more than 21,200. The number of deaths was 128.

Italian protester against coronavirus measures

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What is the latest from elsewhere in Europe?

Covid case numbers, hospital admissions and deaths have been increasing across Europe.

According to the latest data from the World Health Organization (WHO), Sunday was the third consecutive day to see a record high in reported infections – with 465,319 cases confirmed.

Some of the latest developments:

  • The UK recorded 19,790 new cases on Sunday. The country’s death toll remains the highest in Europe, rising by 151 to 44,896
  • Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Boiko Borisov confirmed that he had tested positive for Covid-19. He said he was experiencing mild symptoms and was self-isolating
  • In the Czech Republic, where new lockdowns came into force this weekend, 12,472 new Covid cases were reported for Saturday – the country’s highest daily tally for a weekend day
  • Marking another record, new confirmed cases in the Netherlands increased by 10,203 over the latest 24-hour period. This is despite new measures – including the closure of bars and restaurants – imposed this month
  • Total reported cases in Russia have now surpassed 1.5 million – but the mayor of the worst-hit city, Moscow, said that while “there is still growth… it is slower”
  • In Germany, where case numbers have risen sharply in recent weeks, the building belonging to the country’s public health body – the Robert Koch Institute – has been vandalised. At least one window was broken as several suspects reportedly tried to start a fire. Meanwhile, Frankfurt has become the latest city to cancel its traditional Christmas market
  • Hospitals in the Swiss city of Geneva are calling on medically trained volunteers and retired staff to help care for what it anticipates will be a record number of Covid patients in the coming days

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Published at Sun, 25 Oct 2020 21:59:11 +0000

We’re Trying To Make Winning A Habit, Says Rahul

We’re Trying To Make Winning A Habit, Says Rahul

The court sought the law ministry’s response after going through a statement by the World Health Organisation, which has declared virginity testing as unscientific, medically unnecessary and unreliable.

The court sought the law ministry’s response after going through a statement by the World Health Organisation, which has declared virginity testing as unscientific, medically unnecessary and unreliable.

Kings XI Punjab skipper KL Rahul said his side is trying to make winning a habit, after a fourth straight victory kept its play-offs hopes alive in the ongoing Indian Premier League. KXIP made an incredible comeback at the death, taking five wickets in the final two overs to beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 12 runs and stay afloat in the tournament.

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Dubai: Kings XI Punjab skipper KL Rahul said his side is trying to make winning a habit, after a fourth straight victory kept its play-offs hopes alive in the ongoing Indian Premier League. KXIP made an incredible comeback at the death, taking five wickets in the final two overs to beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 12 runs and stay afloat in the tournament.

Chasing a modest 127-run target on Sunday, SRH made a mess of it after a solid 56-run opening stand between skipper David Warner (35) and Jonny Bairstow (19) to be all out for 114 in 19.5 overs. The win helped them jump to fifth spot in the eight-team standings with 10 points from 11 games. “Yes we are making it (winning) a habit. In the first half we somehow couldn’t make this a habit. I am just speechless right now to be honest. Very happy with the show from the boys,” he said after the low-scoring contest. “The work done is always behind the scenes, not just the players, but the support staff. You can’t change much in a player in two months but you can always make them mentally better and that’s what coach Kumble, Andy, Charl, Jonty and Wasim have done.” Rahul said soon after being sent in to bat, he realised it was going to be a low-scoring tie. “After me and Mandeep (Singh) played the first over we know it’s not a high scoring wicket. We were thinking close to 160. They went hard in the first six. But I knew we could pull things back if we don’t leak many runs in the powerplay as we have two leggies. “We sat down and thought about the things that the bowlers would need in conditions like these and it’s good to see the work paying off,” he said.

SRH still have an outside chance to make it to the play-offs and for that to happen they will need to win their remaining three games with good net run rates. “Yeah it does (hurt a lot). Our bowlers did a fantastic job to restrict them. After the start we got, we took our foot off the pedal. Felt on that wicket it was going to get tougher once the spin came into it,” SRH captain David Warner said. “For us it was about trying to apply pressure upfront, negate the swing bowling, but obviously we didn’t get across the line.” Despite the loss, Warner said his bowlers did well in the match. “They bowled well with the new ball. Didn’t get all the wickets upfront but we brought it back well. Today our bowlers executed the plans well, very happy with them. Just have to forget this game and move forward,” he signed off.

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Published at Sun, 25 Oct 2020 04:33:24 +0000

‘Festival Symbolises Triumph of Good Over Evil’: President Kovind, PM Modi Extend Greetings on Dussehra

‘Festival Symbolises Triumph of Good Over Evil’: President Kovind, PM Modi Extend Greetings on Dussehra

Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Amid pandemic festivities across the country have been muted and the authorities have requested people to maintain Covid-19 protocol.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind extended greetings to countrymen on the auspicious occasion of Dussehra on Sunday.

“Heartiest greetings to the countrymen on Mahanavami. On this auspicious day of Navratri, the ninth form of Goddess Durga is worshipped as Goddess Siddhidatri. With the blessings of Maa Siddhidatri, everyone may get success in their works,” Prime Minister Modi tweeted.

“Greetings and good wishes to fellow citizens on Dussehra. This festival symbolises the triumph of good over evil. May this festival of joy and happiness protect us from the evil effects of the ongoing pandemic and bring prosperity and affluence to the people of the country,” President Kovind said on Twitter.

Home Minister Amit Shah, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu amongst others also extended their wishes on the festival.

Amid pandemic festivities across the country have been muted and the authorities have requested people to maintain Covid-19 protocol, follow social distancing norms to contain the spread of virus.

Published at Sun, 25 Oct 2020 04:33:06 +0000