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Big Stories Today: After petrol, diesel cooking oil prices cut, Covid-19 night curfew withdrawn in Karnataka, Delhi air quality blamegame returns

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NCB removes Sameer Wankhede as probe officer from Aryan Khan Case

Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede, who is facing a slew of allegations ranging from bribery, extortion, and questions has been reportedly removed from his role as the lead investigator in the Mumbai drugs bust case in which Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan‘s son Aryan Khan is an accused.

At 462, Delhi’s AQI a day after Diwali poorest in five years, says Central Pollution Control Board data

Delhi’s Air Quality Index (AQI), a day after Diwali, was recorded at 462 which is the poorest in five years, as per the data of the Central Pollution Control Board.

India to host dialogue on Afghanistan on November 10, invites China, Pakistan

India will host a high-level regional security dialogue over the developments in Afghanistan following the Taliban’s takeover, sources have said. The Delhi Regional Security Dialogue, which was held in September 2018 and December 2019, was not held last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Modi government scraps basic duty on crude palm oil, crude soyabean oil and crude sunflower oil from 2.5% to nil

A day after Diwali, the union government has cut the basic duty on Crude Palm Oil, Crude Soyabean Oil and Crude Sunflower Oil from 2.5% to nil.
Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution said: In a bid to reign in a continuous rise in the cooking oil prices since past one year the government has taken this decision.

30 more test positive for Zika virus in Kanpur, caseload spikes to 66

The number of people infected with the Zika virus in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur rose to 66 after 30 more people tested positive for the infection, according to a report on Friday.
The city saw its first Zika virus case on October 23 after an officer of the Indian Air Force (IAF) tested positive.

No Chhath Puja on Mumbai beaches, says BMC

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has requested people not to visit beaches for the Chhath Puja celebrations on November 10 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The civic body has asked citizens to celebrate the festival at artificial ponds.

Terrorists fire on security forces at SKIMS Medical College in Srinagar

Terrorists opened fire at security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar on Friday. The incident happened at SKIMS Medical College Hospital in Srinagar’s Bemina region.
The Jammu and Kashmir police said: “There was a brief firefight between terrorists and security forces at SKIMS Hospital, Bemina. Terrorists managed to escape taking advantage of civilian presence.”

India asks Pakistan to reconsider its decision to close airspace to Srinagar-Sharjah direct flight

India has requested Pakistan to grant overflight clearance to GoFirst airline’s Srinagar-Sharjah flight keeping in mind the larger interest of common people who have booked their tickets for the route, government officials said on November 4.

Karnataka government withdraws Covid-19 related night curfew

Karnataka government on Friday has decided to withdraw the night curfew which was imposed due rise in Covid-19 cases.

India on Friday reported 12,729 new Coronavirus cases and 221 deaths. Of the total Covid cases in the country, the active cases account for less than 1% and are currently at 0.43%. In terms of total number, India’s active caseload stands at 1,48,922.

Surge in farm fires, crackers bursting reason for worsening air quality in Delhi, says Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai

Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Thursday blamed crackers bursting, farm fires for worsening air quality in Delhi.

The air quality in the national capital on Diwali deteriorated to the severe category, with the Janpath area recording hazardous air quality on Friday morning. A thick blanket of smog shrouds the skies of the national capital. People from various parts of the city complained of itchy throats and watery eyes.

Beijing shuts roads, playgrounds due to heavy pollution

As China ramps up coal production and faces scrutiny of its environmental record at make-or-break international climate talks, the highways and school playgrounds in Beijing were closed Friday due to heavy pollution.
World leaders have gathered in Scotland this week for COP26 negotiations billed as one of the last chances to avert climate change, though Chinese President Xi Jinping made a written address instead of attending in person.

Aryan Khan appears before NCB for first time after bail

Shahrukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan on Friday appeared before the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). He was required to mark his presence before the agency between 11 am and 2 pm.
This was one of the conditions set by the Bombay High Court while granting bail to the 23-year-old who was arrested, along with several others, by the agency in the drugs-on-cruise case. Aryan Khan was released from Mumbai Arthur Road Prison on October 30 after spending 22 days in jail.

West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo confirms his retirement from international cricket

West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has announced to retire from all forms of cricket. Bravo’s announcement comes after his team suffered a 20-runs loss against Sri Lanka on Friday. The West Indies all-rounder had earlier announced retirement in 2018 before reversing the decision in 2019.

Australia postpones its first-ever Test match against Afghanistan

Cricket Australia has postponed their first-ever Test match against Afghanistan on Saturday. The match, which was scheduled in November last week at Hobert, has been postponed due to a reported ban on Afghanistan women’s cricket.

PM Modi offers prayers, says inner voice told him Kedarnath will be rebuilt

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, November 5 made a visit to the Kedarnath temple and he offered prayers at the temple. He also unveiled a 12-foot long statue of Adi Guru Shankaracharya. PM Modi also said that the inner voice told him that the Kedarnath temple will be rebuilt despite the mass destruction that took place in 2013.

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PM Modi calls for a strong government, says even enemies think 100 times before doing anything

PM Modi pointed out that Pakistan had been troubling India for 70 years and it had bombs in its hands. But today the situation has changed and it has begging bowl in its hands. He said when there is a strong government, enemies tremble

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PM Modi calls for a strong government, says even enemies think 100 times before doing anything

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed an election rally in Haryana’s Ambala on Saturday and said India’s enemies think 100 times before doing anything against the country when there is a strong government at the Centre. Haryana, which has a total of 10 Lok Sabha seats, will vote in the 6th phase on May 25. In 2019 elections BJP claimed victory in all 10 seats.

PM Modi pointed out that Pakistan had been troubling India for 70 years and it had bombs in its hands. But today the situation has changed and it has begging bowl in its hands. He said when there is a strong government, enemies tremble. Addressing the election rally at Ambala the prime minister asked if a weak government could have changed the situation in Jammu & Kashmir? He recalled the times when there was a Congress government and brave mothers of Haryana used to be worried day and night. He said it has been 10 years now and all of that has stopped.

PM Modi recounted BJP government’s achievements and said they had demolished the wall of Article 370 and Kashmir started moving on the path of development. The prime minister said that a total of 17 days remain to go for 4th June.  He further added that until now in 4 phases of elections, Congress and the INDI Alliance, chaaron khaane chitt ho chuke hain. He said whatever tactics the INDI Alliance used for the country have all been beaten by the public itself.

Addressing the election rally PM Modi said Haryana is a state which has patriotism in its veins and knows anti-national forces very well. The prime minister guaranteed to the people that their dreams are his resolution. PM Modi said there are 4 pillars of Viksit Bharat – poor, youth, women and farmers and he wants to strengthen all these pillars in such a way that the nation becomes strong.

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Mallikarjun Kharge accuses PM Modi of inciting people and dividing society through his election speeches

Kharge said no prime minister before Modi has ever indulged in inciting people like he has been doing. He said the prime minister speaks about democracy repeatedly but does not adhere to the tenets of democracy.

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Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge on Saturday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for inciting people and dividing society through his election speeches. Kharge was addressing a press conference of the INDIA bloc, where Shiv Sena (UBT) president, Uddhav Thackeray NCP (SP) chief Sharad Pawar and other leaders were present.

Kharge said no prime minister before Modi has ever indulged in inciting people like he has been doing. He said the prime minister speaks about democracy repeatedly but does not adhere to the tenets of democracy. Responding to PM Modi’s statement that the Congress will bulldoze the Ram mandir in Ayodhya and also restore Article 370 if the INDIA bloc is voted to power Kharge said, they have never used a bulldozer on anyone. The Congress president said PM Modi has the habit of lying and inciting people about things which Congress will never do or the things that are impossible to be implemented.

Kharge further added that he is not answerable to Modi and the Congress will implement what they have promised in their election manifesto. He accused PM Modi of creating divisions wherever he went he tries to create division, speaks of dividing society. Kharge further added that PM Modi had described the Congress manifesto as Muslim League manifesto, but now he is calling it as a Maoist manifesto.

The Congress President assured that reservation has been enshrined in the Constitution which will continue and nobody can touch it. Speaking at the press conference Thackeray said, Achche din are coming from June 4 (when Lok Sabha election results will be declared) when INDIA bloc-led government will come to power at the centre. Thackeray pointed out PM Modi calls Shiv Sena (UBT) as the nakli (fake) Shiv Sena, and there is a possibility that tomorrow he may call RSS as nakli Sangh.  

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Delhi Police arrest Bibhav Kumar for allegedly assaulting AAP MP Swati Maliwal

In her complaint, Swati Maliwal accused Arvind Kejriwal’s personal assistant of repeatedly slapping her and kicking her in the stomach and pelvic area when she went to the Delhi Chief Minister’s residence on May 13.

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The Delhi Police on Saturday arrested Bibhav Kumar, aide and former personal secretary of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal in connection with the alleged assault of AAP MP Swati Maliwal. The development comes 2 days after Delhi Police registered a case against Kumar following a complaint by Maliwal. In her complaint, Maliwal accused Arvind Kejriwal’s personal assistant of repeatedly slapping her and kicking her in the stomach and pelvic area when she went to the Delhi Chief Minister’s residence on May 13.

On Saturday, AAP minister Atishi claimed the BJP made Swati Maliwal file the FIR using an old ACB case as leverage. She said Anti Corruption Bureau of the BJP has filed a case against Swati Maliwal regarding the illegal recruitment of contractual employees in Delhi Commission for Women. A chargesheet has been filed and the time of conviction is coming and the AAP party said that it believes that Swati Maliwal is being included in the conspiracy by using this case. Atishi said how the entire machinery of BJP, from Delhi Police to the MHA is working, was seen yesterday in Tis Hazari Court.

On Friday, the Delhi Police took Swati Maliwal to the Delhi chief minister’s residence to recreate the crime scene. Her statement was recorded before a magistrate at the Tis Hazari court. A counter-complaint has been filed by Bibhav Kumar with the Civil Lines police station in which he alleged that Maliwal had forcefully and unauthorised entered the Delhi CM’s residence.

 He also claimed that the former Delhi Commission for Women chairperson tried to create a ruckus and assault him. Kejriwal’s aide also claimed that the Rajya Sabha MP intended to harm the AAP chief and he strongly objected. Bibhav Kumar said a copy of the FIR has been sent to all the media houses by the BJP but BJP’s police are saying that they cannot give it to the accused.

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