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Big Stories Today: PM Modi unveils Purvanchal Expressway calls it an expressway of growth, Pfizer to allow generic manufacture of its Covid-19 pill, Kartarpur Corridor to reopen from November 17

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Pfizer to allow generic version of its Covid-19 pill to be made and sold in India cheap

The US Drugmaker Pfizer Inc. on Tuesday announced a deal to make its oral antiviral Covid-19 medication available more cheaply in poorer countries, if the promising pill passes trials and regulatory approval.
The company has signed a deal with a U.N.-backed group to allow other manufacturers to make its experimental Covid-19 pill.

High Court allows sale of herbal hookah in bars, restaurants in Delhi

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday allowed the use of herbal hookahs in restaurants, bars in Delhi. The court also ordered that strict COVID-19 norms should be followed and disposable pipes must be used. The court also mentioned that when the cinemas have been reopened then it would not be right to keep petitioners hanging.

Economic recovery is now taking hold, says RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das on Tuesday said that numerous indicators are suggesting that economic recovery is now taking hold. He further said that India has emerged as a top performer in the startup landscape.

He further mentioned that banks should be investment-ready when the investment cycle picks up.

West Bengal Assembly passes resolution against Centre’s order to extend BSF jurisdiction to 50 km from international border

In today’s top news, the West Bengal Assembly passed a resolution against the Centre’s order to extend Border Security Forces (BSF) jurisdiction to 50 km from the international border. Earlier, the Punjab government also passed a resolution against the Centre’s decision and called it an insult to the state police and have asked for its withdrawl.

Indrani Mukerjea’s bail plea rejected by High Court in Sheena Bora murder case

The accused in Sheena Bora murder case Indrani Mukerjea’s bail plea has been rejected by the High Court. Indrani has been lodged at the Byculla prison since her arrest in the murder case in August 2015.

Nawab Malik shares chat between Kashiff Khan, Kiran Gosavi, asks why Khan not being questioned

National Congress Party (NCP) leader Nawab Malik on Tuesday shared the purported WhatsApp chats between the only witness in drugs on cruise case KP Gosavi and an informer Kashiff Khan, on his official social media. He shared the chats and said that here is a WhatsApp chat between KP Giosavi and informer Kashiff Khan. Nawab Malik further questions that why Kashiff Khan is not being questioned? He further asks that what is the relationship between Kashiff Khan and Sameer Dawood Wankhede.

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Kartarpur Sahib Corridor to reopen from November 17

Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday, November 16, announced that a major decision has been taken to reopen the Kartarpur Sahib corridor from tomorrow, November 17. In a tweet, Amit Shah said that this decision has been taken to benefit a large number of Sikh pilgrims and this decision reflects the immense reverence of the Modi government towards Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji and the Sikh community.

PM Modi lands in Sultanpur to inaugurate Purvanchal Expressway

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to inaugurate the Purvanchal Expressway today. PM Modi’s C-130J Super Hercules has now landed at Karwal Kheri in Sultanpur district. He will inaugurate the 341 Km long Purvanchal Expressway shortly.

(1) ANI UP on Twitter: “Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reaches Karwal Kheri in Sultanpur district to inaugurate the 341 Km long Purvanchal Expressway, shortly https://t.co/PcXJDUnAJk” / Twitter

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Azam Khan lands in trouble for speaking against Election Commission and Police, FIR filed in Rampur

During a meeting in the Rampur by-election, Azam Khan made adverse remarks against the constitutional body, Election Commission and the police.

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Azam Khan lands in trouble for speaking against Election Commission and Police, FIR filed in Rampur

The troubles of senior SP leader Azam Khan are not coming to an end. He has been booked for his comment on Election Commission now. In the latest case, an FIR has been registered against him for targeting the Election Commission and the police.

The case has been registered against Azam Khan on the complaint of Sujesh Kumar in Rampur’s police station and they are is probing the matter. Sujesh Rampur is in charge of the team formed by the Election Commission for the by-election, who looks after the work of video surveillance.

According to the complaint given to the police, during a meeting in the Rampur by-election, Azam Khan made adverse remarks against the constitutional body, Election Commission and the police. He was addressing a gathering in support of SP candidate Asim Raza.

It is being told that Azam Khan in his address to the SP supported had said, “come here, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and give the certificate of MLA, we will also clap like fools. You can’t alone fool around, allow us too,” as quoted in the complaint.

Reportedly, he had further said that one cannot govern and fool around at the same time and a country cannot be run like that. It is being alleged in the complaint that Azam Khan has tried to disturb the public peace by creating and inciting hatred among the people present in the public meeting and has also violated the code of conduct.

SP president Akhilesh Yadav was also present at the public meet on Thursday. He had also addressed the gathering to garner support for the party’s nominee Asim Raza in Rampur Sadar constituency.

For the unversed, about a month ago, the court of Rampur had sentenced Azam Khan in a case of hate speech, which also made him lose his legislature. On the other hand, seems like he is on the hit list of BJP as the Yogi government is registering cases against him one after the other.

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Hyderabad University suspends professor accused of molesting foreign student, detained by Cyberabad Police

On Saturday, a large number of students raised slogans and also protested in the university campus.

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Hyderabad University suspends professor accused of molesting foreign student, detained by Cyberabad Police

A case of alleged molestation of an international student (of foreign origin) by a Hindi professor has come to light in the University of Hyderabad main campus. Hundred of Students have sat on protested in the University of Hyderabad campus on Saturday.

Cyberabad police have taken the professor into custody after the complaint was filed in the University and the outrage reached the internet. After the professor was detained, the Hyderabad University has condemned the incident and suspended the accused professor.

Earlier, Shilpavalli of Hyderabad Police’s DCP Madhapur told that the Cyberabad Police of Telangana has taken a professor of Hyderabad University into custody on charges of molesting a foreign student. The student is a resident of Thailand and is doing her graduation from the University of Hyderabad. The matter is being thoroughly investigated by the Telangana Police.

Accused professor has been suspended with immediate effect

The University of Hyderabad has also issued an official statement regarding the entire episode. The university administration said that the institution condemns the incident that took place on December 2 between Professor Ravi Ranjan, Department of Hindi, and the foreign student. Based on the criminal complaint and FIR, the accused professor has been placed under suspension with immediate effect.

There was anger among the students since this incident. On Saturday, a large number of students raised slogans and also protested in the university campus. Several pictures from the protest has reached the internet. And tweeple have not only expressed their grief towards the foreign student but have also condemned the professor for turning into a nightmare.

Several users tweeted in anger and wrote that in a society where teachers, who are said to be our morale guide and mentors will only turn into a horror, where will this society moving towards. Another user wrote that in times like these we realize why it is so important to have a better way to appoint teachers and have a regular check on them.


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Election Commission reacts to 63.3 percent voter turnout in Gujarat, blames apathy in cities

The counting of votes will take place on December 8. The first phase of polling was held on Thursday for 89 seats in Saurashtra, Kutch and South Gujarat.

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Election Commission reacts to 63.3 percent voter turnout in Gujarat, blames apathy in cities

The Election Commission on Monday made a special appeal to voters ahead of the second phase of Gujarat elections. EC urged to remove the apathy regarding the voting seen in the urban areas in the last phase.

In the first phase of Gujarat elections, the polling in Surat, Rajkot and Jamnagar was lower than the state average of 63.3 per cent, as quoted by the the Election Commission in a statement. In the first phase of the 2017 elections in the state, the voter turnout was 66.75 percent.

The commission said that while the polling percentage increased in many constituencies, the average polling figure fell short of urban apathy in important districts. EC further said that even during the recent Himachal Pradesh assembly elections, the urban assembly constituency of Shimla showed the lowest turnout. The voter turnout was recorded at 62.53 percent (down by 13 percent) against the state average of 75.6 percent.

The Election Commission further said that cities in Gujarat have shown a similar trend of urban apathy in the assembly elections from December 1 which has led to a lower turnout in the first phase.

The high-voltage campaign for the second and final phase of the Gujarat assembly elections ended at 5 pm on Saturday. Over 800 candidates are in the fray in 93 constituencies spread across 14 districts in north and central Gujarat, including Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Gandhinagar.

The counting of votes will take place on December 8. The first phase of polling was held on Thursday for 89 seats in Saurashtra, Kutch and South Gujarat. Prominent candidates in the second phase include Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel from Ghatlodiya, Patidar leader Hardik Patel from Viramgam and Other Backward Classes (OBC) leader Alpesh Thakor from Gandhinagar South.

For the unversed, Hardik Patel and Thakor are both BJP candidates. The main contest in the election is between the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Congress and the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

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