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Unlock 5.0: Cinema halls

Cinema halls, drama theatres and auditoriums reopened in Maharashtra on Friday following  several months of closure due to second wave of Covid-19.

These establishments reopen with 50 per cent seating capacity and other Covid-19 protocols as the second wave of the pandemic appears to be ebbing in the state. 

Namaz disrupted again in Gurugram but in a new sector, protesters raise Jai Shri Ram slogans

Muslims offering namaz on a private property in Gurgaon’s Sector 12-A on Friday were faced by a crowd shouting ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogans.

This underlines the growing tensions in the area over this issue as similar tense scenes in Sector 47 (a more urban area), where namaz offered outdoors on government-owned land led to demands it stop or move indoors.

Contentious England vs India 5th Test to be played in July 2022 at Edgbaston says ECB

The fifth and final Test between India and England was on Friday rescheduled to July 2022, said the England and Wales cricket board. The test was suspended due to a Covid-19 outbreak in the visitors’ camp last month.

The England and Wales Cricket Board announced that the game has been moved to Edgbaston from Manchester and will be part of India’s white-ball tour. The match will be held from July 1. Read story

Bhima Koregaon inquiry commission summons former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh

Bhima Koregaon Commission of Inquiry passed an order to summon former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh and IPS officer Rashmi Shukla to appear before them on November 8.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman holds talks with WTO Director General Ngozi Okanjo-Iweala, stresses on fair, equitable outcome at WTO Ministerial meet

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday met World Trade Organization (WTO) director-general Dr Ngozi Okanjo-Iweala in New Delhi and held discussions on fair, just and equitable outcome at the WTO which will take place from November 30 till December 3. 

Bill Gates hails India’s billion Covid-19 shots milestone

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has hailed India’s billion shots Covid-19 milestone. Calling it a testament to india’s innovation and ability to manufacture at scale, he said India has administered one billion vaccine doses succesfully. He also hailed the efforts of millions of health workers backed by CoWIN. 

Congress shunts Harish Rawat from AICC Punjab in-charge role, Harish Chaudhary to replace Uttarakhand leader

Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Friday relieved Harish Rawat of the charge and appointed Harish Chaudhary as All India Congress Committee (AICC) in-charge of Punjab. Chaudhary, who was the AICC secretary for Punjab, has also been made the in-charge for Chandigarh.

Chaudhary played a key role as the pointsperson between Rahul Gandhi and Punjab Congress leaders during recent developments in the state.

Mumbai high-rise blaze, fire on 19th floor of residential tower in Lower Parel, 1 Dead

30-year-old man has been reported dead after he fell from the 19th floor of the high rise after a level-4 fire broken out on the 19th floor of a residential building in South Mumbai’s Lalbaug area. Fourteen fire engines are on the spot. The incident is reported from South Mumbai’s luxury One Avighna Park society.

7 killed in Rohingya refugee camp shooting, Bangladesh police say

At least 7 people have been killed and many left injured by gunmen on Friday on a seminary in a Rohingya refugee camp on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, Bangladeshi police said.

PM Modi says for the BJP, democracy means Sabka Saath

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the address said that for them democracy means sabka saath and they made sure to take everyone along.

PM Modi says they stopped VIP culture in vaccination drive

PM Modi said that they stopped VIP culture in the vaccination drive and a lot of people were requesting preferential treatment but they didn’t get any, because the vaccination drive is for all just like their government’s schemes.

PM Modi speaks on 100 crore vaccine doses, says we achieved an extraordinary thing

PM Modi in his address said that we achieved an unexpected thing by crossing the mark of 100 crore vaccine doses. He said that this is not just a number, it is a beginning of a new chapter, a new India, said PM Modi.

Read Also: PM Narendra Modi address: Key highlights of PM Modi’s address on nation’s one billion vaccination milestone

PM Modi begins address

PM Modi has started the address to the nation that was scheduled for 10 am. Earlier, he addressed the nation on the occasion of International Yoga Day.

PM Modi to address nation at 10 AM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation today at 10 AM. PM Modi’s announcement to address the nation came a day after India scripted history by crossing the 100 crore doses vaccination mark.

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ED raids Punjab Congress leaders Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, Sangat Singh Giljian in forest scam linked money laundering case

The Enforcement Directorate asserted that during the search operations, various incriminating documents, mobile phones/digital devices have been seized



The Enforcement Directorate recently conducted raids against two former Punjab forest ministers and Congress leaders Sadhu Singh Dharamsot and Sangat Singh Giljian and others in relation to an alleged forest-scam linked money laundering investigation.  

Issuing a statement on Friday, the Enforcement Directorate said that its investigation pertains to charges of bribery in the state forest department against the issuance of a permit for tree felling and for transfer and posting in the department, among some other allegations. 

The ED raids were carried out on November 30 in Punjab, Haryana and Delhi at the residential premises of Dharamsot, Giljian, their associates, forest officers and some private individuals. The agency reportedly searched fourteen locations under the provision of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

Congress leader Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, has been a five-time MLA and he was arrested earlier this year by the Punjab Vigilance bureau as part of a case linked to alleged possession of disproportionate assets. In his three-year tenure as forest minister, Dharamsot collected ₹1 crore in lieu of issuance of permits for cutting khair trees through his OSD. Sangat Singh Giljian has been an MLA from the Urmar seat in Hoshiarpur district.

The Enforcement Directorate said that the money laundering case was filed under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act and stems from an FIR of the Punjab Vigilance Bureau.

The nodal agency mentioned that the first information report pertains to alleged irregularities in the forest department and allegations of taking bribes by the concerned ministers and officers of the department against the issuance of permits for felling of Khair trees, transfer/posting in the department, issuance of NOC from the department and purchase of tree guards.

In addition, the Enforcement Directorate asserted that during the search operations, various incriminating documents, mobile phones/digital devices have been seized which, prima facie, reveal suspicious transactions involving persons who are under investigation. 

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Jharkhand government puts hospitals on alert amid respiratory infection outbreak in China

The district administration are also asked to assess the availability of oxygen and the supply chain for refilling along with other necessary equipment.



Amid a respiratory infection outbreak in China, the Jharkhand government has put its hospitals on alert, directing them for surveillance, preventive measures and testing of respiratory illness. The additional chief secretary of health Arun Kumar Singh directed the district administrations to remain prepared and keep a continuous vigil on the situation.  

In a letter to the district magistrate, Arun Kumar Singh stated that in view of the recently reported surge in respiratory illness, particularly in children in Northern China, in the recent weeks, there is an urgent need to keep a constant vigil, monitor trends of cases and quickly respond to any emerging public health. He added that considering the ongoing influenza, there might be an increase in respiratory illness cases.

He mentioned that this is predominantly attributed to usual causes like Influenza strain (H1N1/H3N2/H5N1/H9N2 etc.), mycoplasma pneumonia, SARS-CoV-2, etc. He further remarked that in order to reduce the incidence of respiratory diseases along with the current scenario of unusual causes of respiratory diseases in children or any unexpected clinical manifestations, there is a need to increase the surveillance and remain vigilant and to monitor the continuously changing nature of the virus, including respiratory pathogen (H1N1, H3N2 etc) and evolution of SARS CoV-2 variants.

The additional chief secretary of health further directed the officials to strengthen the flu and respiratory clinics in the medical colleges, district hospitals, and health centres. He asserted that the departments of microbiology at RIMS-Ranchi and Mahatma Gandhi Medical College in Jamshedpur have been made sentinel sites for sending the suspected samples.    

Reportedly, the district administrations have also been asked to ascertain that the health facilities, including private hospitals, report all suspected cases. In addition, they were also asked to assess the availability of oxygen and the supply chain for refilling along with other necessary equipment. The district administrations were also asked to ensure mock drills for emergency circumstances, as per the officials.

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Tensions rise at Sagar Dam as Andhra Pradesh, Telangana clash over drinking water

On Thursday when Telangana officials were busy with elections, about 700 Andhra Pradesh Policemen stormed into the project and opened the right canal to release 500 cusecs of Krishna water per hour.



As Telangana was getting ready for election, Andhra Pradesh took control of Nagarjuna Sagar Dam and began releasing water, leading tensions to rise between the two states. On Thursday when Telangana officials were busy with elections, about 700 Andhra Pradesh Policemen stormed into the project and opened the right canal to release 500 cusecs of Krishna water per hour.

Andhra Pradesh state irrigation minister Ambati Rambabu took to X(formerly Twitter) and wrote they are releasing water from Nagarjunasagar right canal on Krishna river for the drinking water purposes. But the minister made a clarification that they had only taken water that they have only taken water that belongs to the state and it is in accordance to the treaty between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

Talking to the media Rambabu said they had not flouted any treaty. He said 66% of Krishna water belongs to Andhra Pradesh and 34% to Telangana. He said they had not used a single drop of water that did not belong to them. He said they had tried to open their canal in their territory. He further added this water was rightfully theirs.

As tensions started rising, the central government has stepped in and urged both states to revert to the release of Nagarjuna Sagar waters as of November 28. The proposal was made by the Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla during a video conference with Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Both the states have agreed to the plan.

In order to ensure no further conflict takes place, the dam will be under the supervision of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) which will also oversee that both the states are getting water as per the deal. Telangana Chief Secretary Santhi Kumari had alleged that 500 armed Andhra Pradesh policemen came to Nagarjuna Sagar Dam and released about cusecs of water by opening the head regulators located at gate number 5 and 7. They even damaged the CCTV cameras.

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