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China sends fighters towards Taiwan
18 war planes crossed the mid-line of the Taiwan Strait even as island was hosting top U.S. official

Xi defends China’s ambitions, warns of ‘clash of civilizations’
President Xi Jinping gave a robust defence of China’s ambitions on Tuesday in a speech to the U.N., warning against the perils of a “clash of civilizations” during a pandemic that has ripped th

Saudi Arabia bans flights from India as COVID-19 cases rise

Donald Trump signs U.S. healthcare executive orders that may have little impact

No support for reimposing Iran sanctions now, says UN chief
The Trump administration declared Saturday that all U.N. sanctions against Iran have been restored, a move most of the rest of the world rejects as illegal and is likely to ignored

There are thousands of Canadian jobs available!Canada Immigration Express

U.S. coronavirus cases surpass 7 million as Midwest outbreak flares up.The latest milestone comes just days after the nation surpassed over 200,000 COVID-19 deaths, the world’s highest death toll from the virus

Johnson & Johnson kicks off study of single-shot COVID-19 vaccine

Delhi riots: Court sends Umar Khalid to judicial custody till Oct 22 in UAPA case

Trump will accept results of free-and-fair presidential polls, says White house
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Kamala Harris ‘grossly incompetent’; surprised after she was chosen Vice-President nominee: Donald Trump
Former Vice-President Joe Biden has defended Kamala Harris, saying she is smart, tested and prepared.

Support for Taiwan independence doomed to fail: China
Taiwan has been ruled separately from China since the end of a civil war in 1949, but Beijing considers the island part of its territory awaiting reunification.

IPL 2020 | RCB skipper Kohli fined ₹12 lakh for slow over-rate

GMR Infra to sell stake in Kakinada SEZ to Aurobindo Realty for ₹2,610 cr.s

Bharat Bandh: Border districts in Haryana to feel the impact

Three killed in Delhi bus accident

EC likely to announce Bihar assembly poll dates on Friday

Thailand sues Facebook, Twitter for allowing banned material

Congress supports ‘Bharat bandh’ call given by farmer organisations

PM Modi’s ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ important initiative: IMF

U.S. coronavirus cases surpass 7 million as Midwest outbreak flares up

Suresh Angadi was a simple man with the heart of a child: Kateel

India and Pakistan trade charges at SAARC and CICA meetings;

Trump administration proposes restrictions to student visas.

Virus delays Rio’s Carnival for first time in a century

Chinese company says coronavirus vaccine ready by early 2021

Small hamlet named Swastika keeps name, despite complaint

Love Jihad Conspiracy

Love Jihad is a demographic invasion: Alok Kumar

List of 147 case studies published in the Hindu Vishwa is an eye-opener

      New Delhi, September 25, 2020 – The Central Working President of Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), Advocate Shri Alok Kumar today said that ‘Love Jihad’ is a calculated agenda of invasion on the demographics. The three – the police, government and society – will have to remain on the guard and come together for timely action to deactivate and neutralise it. Releasing the ‘Love Jihad’ special issue of the national re-awakening fortnightly magazine ‘Hindu Vishwa’, he said that Love Jihad is a conspiracy that is by design being run by some people through money power, wherewithal/resources and religious superstitions. It is absolutely necessary to stop it. The list of 147 Love Jihad case studies with facts and figures given in the magazine will open the eyes of the society. 

     The VHP Working President reminded that the Chief Minister of Kerala had said in 2012 that 2667 Hindu girls had converted to Islam in the previous 3 years and during that period, 79 girls had returned to their Hindu fold and 2 to Christian fold. This imbalance is disturbing. A Love Jihadist is confident that whatever he is doing to deceive the unsuspecting Hindu girls (especially those from the lower/middle income groups) by playing a Hindu boy by wearing Tilak spot on forehead, Kalava thread on right hand, and trap them into marriage and convert to Islam, and hang out with them, has the full support of his community! When the girl learns that the boy to whom she married is a Vidharmi hailing from a desert religion, having their habits of food and drink, costumes, mores, manners, morals, ethics and behaviour contrarious and opposite, then what is her condition and situation is clear from many examples. 

     While releasing the magazine from his office, with the editor of the magazine Sri Vijay Shankar Tiwari and VHP national spokesperson Sri Vinod Bansal, the VHP Working President in a video message said that ‘Hindu Vishwa’ has exposed the pan-Bharat Love Jihad conspiracy through its researched data of 147 case studies and these facts and figures will make the people exercised to help the authorities take on the problem and the lone wolves head on and this eye-opening publication will prove to be a collectable and preservable one for all those committed and/or dedicated to the cause of Bharat Mata Ki Jai.

Suga-Modi Friendly Talks

PM Modi, Japan’ Suga agree to further strengthen Indo-Japan relationship discuss their anti-virus strategy.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart SUGA Yoshihide have expressed mutual intention to further strengthen the Indo-Japan relationship based on principles of trust and shared values. Both the leaders agreed that the bilateral Special Strategic and Global Partnership between the two countries have made great advances over the last few years. Interacting over a phone call Prime Minister congratulated Mr. Yoshihide on his appointment as the Prime Minister of Japan and wished him success in achieving his goals.

The two leaders concurred that the partnership between the two countries is even more relevant in today’s times given the global challenges, including that of the COVID-19 pandemic. They emphasized that the economic architecture of a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region must be premised on resilient supply chains, and in this context, welcomed cooperation between India, Japan and other like-minded countries.

Appreciating the progress made in the economic partnership between the two countries, the two leaders welcomed the finalization of the text of the agreement pertaining to specialized skilled workers. Mr. Modi extended an invitation to Prime Minister Suga to visit India for the Annual Bilateral Summit, after improvement of the situation caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Vodafone won Arbitration in Hague

Vodafone wins Rs 20,000 cr tax case against govt.

The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague has ruled that the Indian governments demand from Vodafone Group Plc of Rs 22,100 crore as retrospective tax was in breach of the guarantee of fair and equitable treatment.
The court has also asked the Indian government to reimburse 4.3 million pounds to Vodafone Group for legal representation, assistance, and for fees paid by the company to the arbitration court.
The company had moved the arbitration court in 2016 after both the parties failed to agree on an arbitrator for the process. India had in 2009 raised a demand of Rs 7,990 crore in capital gains tax in Vodafone Groups $11 billion dollar deal involving purchase of 67 per cent of Hutchison Whampoa. The total demand against Vodafone Group after adding the interest and penalty imposed on the company would have come to Rs 22,100 crore.

UK Policeman shot dead

A police officer shot dead inside a south London custody suite by a handcuffed suspect armed with a revolver has been named as 54-year-old sergeant Matiu Ratana.

Known as Matt to his family and friends, 54-year-old Sgt Ratana, who was originally from New Zealand, joined the force in 1991.

A long-serving police officer has been shot dead at Croydon Custody Centre in south London.

The male sergeant was shot in the chest before the suspect turned the firearm on himself, sources have told the BBC.

The man had been brought to the custody suite in a police vehicle and the shooting happened during questioning about Covid-19

Firearms suspect, 23, who shot dead police sergeant doing Covid temperature check INSIDE police station was ‘on terror watch list’ – as Scotland Yard faces questions about how weapon was missed.

London’s Metropolitan Police Service launched a murder investigation following the shooting by a 23-year-old suspect being detained at Croydon Custody Centre in the south of the British capital at around 2:15am (0115 GMT).

Media reports suggested that the suspect may not have been fully searched prior to entering the facility.

The officer, said to be “a long-serving sergeant”, was taken by an air ambulance to a south London hospital where medical staff “did everything they could to save his life”, the force’s Commissioner Cressida Dick said in a statement.

The suspect was also taken to hospital with a gunshot wound and remains in a critical condition, she added. The Met said no police firearms were discharged during the incident.

“Early indications are that the suspect shot himself,” Dick said, but noted “this has not yet been established as fact.”

British police are not routinely armed, although forces have tactical firearms units to respond quickly to incidents. Deaths in service are also rare.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson offered his “deepest condolences” to the victim’s family, writing on Twitter that “we owe a huge debt to those who risk their own lives to keep us safe.”

“Today, we police are all mourning a great loss.” Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick says a murder investigation is under way and officers are working at several crime scenes after a police officer was shot dead at a Croydon custody centre.

China not change Status Quo

India says China should refrain from making any attempt to unilaterally change status quo

India has said the way ahead on India and China border standoff is to refrain from making any attempts to unilaterally change the status quo, while both sides continue their discussions to achieve complete disengagement in all friction areas.

Briefing media virtually this evening, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said the two sides have decided to have the next meeting of the Senior Commanders at the earliest. 

He said the next meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination is also likely to take place soon.

The 6th meeting of the Senior Commanders of India and China took place on 21st of this month in Moldo.

The two sides decided to strengthen the ground communication to avoid any further misunderstandings and misjudgments, stop sending more troops to the frontline, refrain from unilaterally changing the situation on the ground, and avoid taking any actions that may complicate the situation.

This meeting took place in the backdrop of the meeting of the Defence Ministers of India and China in Moscow on 4th September and also the meeting of the two Foreign Ministers on 10th September.

The two Foreign Ministers had reached an agreement that the two sides should continue the dialogue and quickly and comprehensively disengage in all the friction areas.

The Senior Commanders met after a period of nearly 50 days. After the meeting, the two sides also issued a joint press release which is the first joint press release after any Senior Commander’s meeting.

Mr Srivastava said as such, it reflects the stated commitment of both sides to disengage along the LAC. 

He said disengagement is a complex process that requires redeployment of troops by each side towards their regular posts on their respective sides of the LAC. 

This would require mutually agreed reciprocal actions.

The spokesperson said even as two sides work towards complete disengagement in all friction areas, it is at the same time also necessary to ensure stability on the ground.

President,VP,PM Condole SPB demise

President, VP, PM Modi condole demise of music legend SP Balasubrahmanyam

President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal purohit and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswamy have condoled the demise of music legend SP Balasubrahmanyam.  

President Kovind said, Indian music has lost one of its most melodious voices who was also called as Paadum Nila or the Singing Moon by his fans.

Condoling the singer’s passing away, Vice President Naidu said, it is truly an irreparable loss to the world of music and a personal emotional moment . Mr Naidu said,   SPB or Balu as he was fondly called by his innumerable admirers came from Nellore, his native place. The Vice President said he heard his rapturous melodies, his passionate love for his mother tongue and the extraordinary manner in which he groomed a whole generation of talented, young musicians.

Expressing grief on the demise of noted musician and vocalist S P Balasubrahmanyam, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, the loss has made the cultural world of the country a lot poorer. Mr. Modi remembered the singer as a household name across India whose melodious voice and music enthralled audiences for decades. He expressed condolences to the family and admirers of the musician who was also a recipient of Padma Bhushan.

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal purohit has expressed deepest condolences over the demise of the renowned playback singer SP Balasubrahmanyam. In a message, the Governor has said, the singer’s demise is an irreparable loss for the people of India, particularly to all the music lovers across the globe. He said, though Balasubrahmanyam has passed away, his melodious voice and eternal music compositions will ever remain.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswamy has said SP Balasubrahmanyam has been a gift from God for the musical world of the 20th century.

The AIADMK coordinator and Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O.Panneerselvam has said he had been a legend in Indian musical arena.

The opposition DMK president MK Stalin has said the times of Covid-19 have mercilessly snatched away the wonderful artist from the world. The party general secretary Duraimurugan has said the ocean of music that was SP Balasubrahmanyam, has stopped its rhythmic waves.

TN BJP president Dr L Murugan has said the legendary singer has fascinated millions of people from across the country by transcending linguistic barriers. He has said the magical voice that balms the minds of the listeners will be missed.

TNCC chief KS Alagiri has expressed condolences over his demise saying he reigned in the hearts of thousands of music lovers.

Four injured in stabbing in Paris

Paris police say a suspect believed to have wounded four people in stabbing near the former offices of satirical newspaper #CharlieHebdo has been arrested. Initially police thought it was 2 men, they now believe it was only one.

Two suspected men on run.

At least four people have been injured in an apparent stabbing attack in #Paris close to the former ‘Charlie Hebdo’ offices.

The deputy mayor of Paris, Emmanuel Gregoir, said police were searching for a “potentially dangerous individual” and asked people to avoid the area.

Witnesses say the knife-wielding man was heard yelling “Allah Hu Akbar.” French Police are on scene.

Four people have been injured in a #knife attack near the former offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in #Paris. The #magazine was the target of a deadly terrorist attack in 2015.⁣

Prime Minister Jean Castex said: ‘A serious incident has taken place in Paris, the stabbing attack was carried out in 11th arrondissement in front of the former headquarters of Charlie Hebdo, leaving four injured, two of whom are in serious condition.’⁣

The toll from the stabbing attack near the former “Charlie Hebdo” offices is up to four wounded, two of them in life-threatening condition. The blade used has been found at the scene; it is reported to be a machete or meat cleaver. Suspect arrested.

E-Mobility Introduced

Govt sanctions 670 electric buses, 241 charging stations to boost electric mobility

The government has sanctioned 670 electric buses and 241 charging stations to boost the electric mobility in the country. The buses have been sanctioned in the states of Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat and Chandigarh whereas charging stations in Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Gujarat and Port Blair under Phase-II of FAME India Scheme.

In a series of tweets, Heavy Industries Minister Prakash Javadekar said that this decision reflects government’s commitment for reducing dependence on fossil fuel and promoting eco-friendly public transportation.

Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles in India scheme was launched in 2015 to promote adoption of electric and hybrid vehicles in India. The second phase of this scheme has been implemented from last year with a total budgetary support of 10 thousand crore rupees.

Bihar Polls in 3-Phases

Election Commission announces dates for Bihar Assembly polls; Elections to be held in three phases

The Assembly elections in Bihar will be held in three phases starting from 28th of next month.  The counting will take place on 10th November.

He said, 71 assembly constituencies will go to poll in the first phase on 28th October, 94 seats in the second phase on 3rd November and 78 seats in the third phase on 7th November.  

Election Commission has informed that it will decide on bypolls for 1 Lok Sabha and 64 Assembly Seats after a review meeting on 29th September on issues raised by some states on poll timing. 

Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) has come into effect with the declaration of elections.    

Mr. Arora said the number of phases for 243-member Bihar Assembly polls has been reduced keeping in mind security arrangements and festive season.  He informed that the voting time has been extended by one hour till 6 PM and COVID-19 patients will vote in the last hour of the day. He said COVID-19 pandemic has forced a new normal in all aspects of life and Bihar Assembly elections will be held under new security protocols.

Mr. Arora informed that seven lakh hand sanitiser points, 46 lakh masks, 6 lakh PPE kits, 6.7 lakh face shields, 23 lakh pairs of hand gloves have been arranged in the wake of COVID pandemic.  He added that social distancing norms will need to be followed at public gatherings and other activities during the election campaign.  

The Chief Election Commissioner said the Election Commission has made elaborate arrangements for ensuring the effective implementation of MCC guidelines. He added that anyone who indulges in misuse of social media with respect to elections will have to face consequences under the law