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13th President of India, Bharat Ratna Pranab Mukherjee passes away at 84. He was hospitalized for a surgery and was later found to be covid positive as well.

First Israel UAE commercial flights

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GDP contracts by record 23.9% in Q1

India contraction since quarterly figures started being published in 1996 and worse than what was expected by most analysts.

India’s economy suffered its worst slump on record in April-June, with the gross domestic product (GDP) contracting by 23.9 per cent as the coronavirus-related lockdowns weighed on the already-declining consumer demand and investment.

Thoothukudi Sterlite plant: Supreme Court seeks Tamil Nadu’s response on Vedanta plea against HC verdict

Doing aggressive testing, aim is not to leave untraced cases: Jain

Woman killed in tiger attack in Mudumalai Tiger Reserve

Madhya Pradesh man arrested for hoisting Pakistan’s flag at home

Tamil Nadu rejects Centre’s options for GST compensation

Preparations on for second phase of human clinical trial of COVID-19 vaccine

DMDK to decide on alliance for Assembly polls at a later date, says Premalatha

IIT-Bhubaneswar issues gag order asking staff not to express opinion

Hotels look to capture ‘Work from Home’ segment

Suspension of scheduled international passenger flights extended till September 30

Shinzo Abe ‘greatest’ Prime Minister in Japan’s history, says Trump

Facebook, Google told to clear stand on removing child pornography

Warren Buffett looks to Japan, takes 5% stakes in five trading companies

AIIMS releases statement on @AmitShah, says Union Home Minister was discharged today at 7 am

Belarus protest continue3rd week.

Norway party goers poisoned CO carbon monoxide.

Montenegro election on Sunday long ruling face tough challenge.

Portland protesters Trump-Biden clash.

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Tens of thousands march against covid in Berlin.

Far Right demonstrators storms on steps of German Parliament in Berlin on Sat.

Floods in Sudan hit capital hard, over 90 dead nationwide

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US say Russian bomber came near 100 ft.

Russia intercepts US planes In black sea is under NATO.

COVID-hit Mustafa Centre in Singapore to send back foreign workers.

Thousands arrested for ‘virus-related crimes’ in China.

London Metro police, Met releases open letter to those planning to join large gatherings.

London police says it “strongly advises people not to attend any large gathering for the protection of yourselves and others” Met put message yesterday, saying: “We are still in the middle of a global pandemic”

Modi, Shah extend greetings on Onam

 Coronavirus India lockdown Day 160

Amit Shah discharged from AIIMS

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Asteroid 11 ES4 to Zoom

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Asteroid 11 ES4, which is approaching the Earth will be closer to the planet than even the Moon on September 1.

This will be the asteroid’s closest proximity to the planet till date. Pass at a distance of appro 120,000 km from Earth, is a very close distance.

NASA says this space rock poses no risk to our planet.

Asteroid 2018 VP1 will zoom past Earth on November 2, one day before Americans vote for the next president. In a year where unpredictable disasters have seemingly become routine, NASA is working hard to calm fears of a potential collision.

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CAM : Air India to be Private

Process of privatization of Air India to be completed during this year: Civil Aviation Minister HS Puri

Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri has expressed hope that the process of privatization of Air India will be completed during this year.

Addressing a virtual meet on Namo app on Sunday, Mr Puri said that the government should not be running airports and the airlines.

Last Tuesday, the government had extended the deadline for placing bids for Air India by two months till 30th October, as the Covid-19 fallout has disrupted economic activity globally.

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Myanmar Extends COVID-19 Restrictions

Myanmar extends COVID-19 related restrictions on entry of Foreign Nationals till Sept. 30

Myanmar government has further extended the restrictions imposed on travellers visiting the country in order to contain the further spread of COVID-19 virus. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in an announcement said that the temporary suspension of all kinds of visas including on-arrival visa and e-visa will continue to be in place till September 30.

In the meanwhile, Myanmar reported 16 new cases of Corona infections taking the total number of infected people in the country to 749 out of which 351 people have recovered and 6 died.

Rakhine province in Myanmar has emerged as COVID-19 hotspot in Myanmar with a large number of Internally Displaced People (IDPs) living in camps. The Rakhine region has been put under semi lockdown condition by the government to control the spread of COVID-19 virus. Rakhine province has reported more than 205 confirmed cases of Coronavirus, mostly in the capital city Sittwe. 

On Saturday, 90 Myanmar citizens arrived in the country from India aboard a special flight from Delhi. According to the Ministry of External Affairs of Myanmar, this was the fifth evacuation flight which brought Myanmar citizens from India after the Corona pandemic.

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Montenegro Election

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Montenegro elections latest results (75%):

Ruling parties: 34.7% + 4.3% + 3% = 41.9%

Opposition parties: 33% + 12.5% + 5.5% = 51%

At this point, it is mathematically impossible for Milo Đukanović, Europe’s longest standing dictator, to win. Democracy has come to Montenegro.

Voters in Montenegro on Sunday cast ballots in a tense election pro-Western party against an opposition ties Serbia and Russia.

PM Dusko Markovic said state will deal with any attempts to affect this election.

Montenegro member of the European Union and reliable member of NATO.

Is there chance to unseat the Democratic Party of Socialists that has been in power for 30 years.

However news emanating Montenegro’s pro-Serb and Russian opposition groups claimed victory against the ruling pro-Western party in a tense parliamentary election that could see a change in the course of the small Balkan state.

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China: Students return to Schools

200 million students in Chinese mainland return to school

Over 200 million students in the Chinese mainland have returned to school in all provinces and autonomous regions, except Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, where local authorities claimed that the situation of COVID-19 containment is still severe.

According to the Ministry of Education, so far, 30 province-level regions have made a clear schedule for the return except for Xinjiang.

In Beijing, where the epidemic rebounded in mid-June and was taken in control in July, more than 100,000 college students as well as about 600,000 primary, junior and senior high school students are returning to schools starting from 29th August.

Certain primary and secondary schools have started to partially open to certain grades on 29th August, with staggered time table and COVID-19 confinement measures on campus.

Some schools will open on Tuesday, September 1.

By September 7th, all elementary and secondary schools in Beijing will fully open, according to the local educational authorities.

The Beijing municipal authority has required teachers and students to wear face masks on campus.

Arrangements like a body temperature, contact-free hand washing equipment have been installed.

Yellow one-meter lines and other signs are painted on the ground to remind students to keep up social distancing.

Schools are also running the orientation for new students for three days to get them familiar with the campus environment and the epidemic prevention requirements.

Local authorities said, authorities would closely monitor the coronavirus situation for a certain period after most of schools reopen on September 1 to see if the restrictions can be further loosened.

Earlier, in June this year, certain schools in Beijing had returned to schools on June 9 but they again returned to online classes after a cluster of COVID-19 cases linked to southern Beijing’s Xinfadi wholesale market appeared.

The students who are traveling from other provinces and regions are required to take nucleic acid tests in advance at local testing sites and provide a proof of negative result while returning to the schools and colleges in Beijing, said Li Yi, spokesperson of the Beijing Municipal Education Committee.

Expenses related to testing are covered by their schools.

According to the committee, by August 20, 13 of the total 93 universities in Beijing had already reopened for the autumn semester registration.

From August 31 onwards, officials are expecting a peak in students’ numbers, with around 200,000 returning to various campuses.

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Lebanon PM Mustapha Adib

Mustapha Adib on course to be designated new Lebanon PM

FILE PICLebanon’s ambassador to Germany Mustapha Adib is on course to become the country’s next prime minister after securing major political backing.

Mr. Adib was named by four former prime ministers on the eve of binding consultations between the president and parliamentary blocs on their choice for the post.

The announcement came a day before French President Emmanuel Macron is due to arrive for a two day-visit, during which he is expected to press Lebanese officials to formulate a new political pact to lift the country out of its multiple crises.

The government, led by Hassan Diab, quit this month amid anger over an explosion in the capital Beirut.

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Haryana Follow Unlock-4

Haryana lifts 2-day weekly lockdown of markets after Unlock-4 guidelines

Haryana government has withdrawn an order shutting markets in non-containment zones of urban areas in the state on Mondays and Tuesdays.

The withdrawal of the order comes after the Centre revealed guidelines for Unlock 4, the fourth phase of easing of national Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.

Earlier on Friday, Haryana government had ordered that malls and shops in marketplaces of urban areas will remain closed on Mondays and Tuesdays instead of weekends as instructed earlier.

This order, however, was not for shops dealing with essential goods and services.

Under the guidelines for Unlock 4, state governments have been directed not to impose localised lockdowns outside containment zones without prior consultation with the centre.

Unlock 4 guidelines, which will come into force tomorrow, include the re-opening of metro services and allowing social, political, academic, sports, religious and other functions with a maximum of 100 people attending.

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India ASEAN Review FTA

India, ASEAN countries agree to review free trade agreement to make it simple, facilitative

India and ASEAN countries have agreed to review the free trade agreement to make it more user friendly, simple and facilitative. The review will make the ASEAN India trade in Goods Agreement (AITIGA) modern with contemporary trade facilitative practices, and streamlined customs and regulatory procedures.

Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal while co-chairing the 17th ASEAN-India Economic Ministers Consultations said the Free Trade Agreement has to be mutually beneficial and a win-win for all sides.

He expressed the need to strengthen the Rules of Origin provisions, removal of non-tariff barriers and better market access in the region. Mr. Goyal asserted that India and ASEAN shared close friendship and strong ties along with historical, cultural and traditional bonds. He affirmed that the relationship will continue to grow for the prosperity of the people of India and the ASEAN countries.

The meeting was attended by the Trade Ministers of all the 10 ASEAN countries who reaffirmed their commitment to take collective actions in mitigating the economic impact of the global pandemic.

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PM:Make India Toy Hub

PM Modi urges Startups to team up and manufacture toys to make India world hub for toy production

The Prime Minister urged the Start Ups to team up and manufacture toys to make India a hub for toy production. The Prime Minister underlined the need to promote local toys and said it is time to go Vocal for Local Toys. He lauded the rich tradition of manufacture of local toys in the country and the skill, talent and expertise of our artisans in making good toys. Mr. Modi cited the examples of places like Channapatna in Ramnagaram in Karnataka, Kondaplli in Krishna in Andhra Pradesh, Thanjavur in Tamilnadu, Dhubari in Assam, and Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh which are developing as toy clusters.

PM said the Global Toy Industry is more than 7 lakh crore rupees but India’s share is very little in this. He called upon the cottage industries, small industries, MSMEs, big industries and private entrepreneurs to join hands to enhance India’s share in this sector. Mr Modi mentioned C V Raju from Vishakhapatnam in this context. The Eti- Koppakaa toys of his  village were very popular once upon a time. These toys were made of wood, round from all sides and therefore there was no scope for injury to children. C V Raju has now started a new movement for Eti-Koppakaa toys with the artisans of his village. And now by making excellent quality toys, C V Raju has brought back the lost glory of these local toys. The Prime Minister said good quality toys should be manufactured which are also favourable to the environment. He stated that the local toy industry can bring back the glorious past and add to the golden future of the country.

Mr Modi recalled Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore’s words that toys should not only bring out the childhood of a child but also his or her creativity. He added that in the National Education Policy, a lot of attention has been given on the impact of toys on different aspects of children’s lives. Learning while playing, learning to make toys, and visiting toy factories, have been made part of the curriculum.