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Iga Swiatek becomes first Polish woman to reach French Open final since 1939Gujarat reports 1278 new COVID-19 cases, 1266 discharges and 10 deaths today. Total cases in the state rise to 1,47,951, including 1,27,923 discharges and 3541 deaths. Active cases stand at 16,487930 new COVID19 cases and 29 deaths have been reported in Punjab today, taking the total number of cases to 1,21,716 including 10,775 active cases and 3,741 deathsJharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) releases a list of five candidates for the upcoming Bihar election

Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) releases a list of five candidates for the upcoming #Biharelection. https://t.co/LVg20WeMGa

— ANI (@ANI) 1602165088000India-Canada bilateral ties are driven by our shared democratic values and many common interests. The trade and investment linkages between us are integral to our multi-faceted relationship: PM Narendra Modi at Annual Invest India ConferenceReforms in labour laws greatly reduced number of labour codes; they are both employee and employer friendly: PM ModiU.S. weekly jobless claims inch lower, but remain stubbornly highAbdullah Abdullah (Chairman of High Council for National Reconciliation of Afghanistan) briefed PM on Afghan Peace Process & on ongoing talks in Doha. PM reiterated our commitment to sustainable peace in Afghanistan&welcomed efforts to permanent ceasefire there: A Srivastava, MEAPakistan has failed to respond on core issues pertaining to (Kulbhushan Jadhav) case. The core issues are the provision of all documents related to this case and providing unimpeded, unconditional and unhindered counsellor access to Kulbhushan Jadhav: MEA SpokespersonDelhi reports 2,726 new COVID-19, 37 deaths and 2,643 recoveries/discharges/migrations in last 24 hours. Total cases in the state rise to 3,00,833, including 5,616 deaths and 2,72,948 recoveries/discharges/migrations. Active cases stand at 22,232Tamil Nadu reports 5088 new COVID19 cases, 5718 discharges and 68 deaths today. Total cases in the state rise to 6,40,943, including 5,86,454 discharges and 10,052 deathsUK will leave EU without a deal if it has to: PM Johnson’s spokesmanPolice today recovered 5 kg 100 gram of charas from a plot in Rohtak district. A case under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act has been registered and raids are being conducted to nab the accused: Haryana PolicePunjab: Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee’s ‘rail roko’ agitation in Amritsar against farm laws enters 15th day; visuals from Devidaspura village

Punjab: Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee's 'rail roko' agitation in Amritsar against farm laws enters 15th day; vi… https://t.co/VqqLO5xwsr

— ANI (@ANI) 1602158537000Donald Trump says will not ‘participate’ in virtual presidential debateCBI carrying out searches at around 10 locations in alleged bank fraud case against YSRCP MP Ramakrishna Raju: OfficialsEvidence of violent incidents have been found, firearm recovered, policemen were also attacked. 89 persons were detained in Kolkata Police area & 24 detained in Howrah Police area. Some police personnel have sustained injuries: Alapan Bandyopadhyay, Chief Secretary, West BengalWHO awaits China’s nod on list of experts to probe origin of coronavirusNo chemical was used in cannon water, it is wrong information. The intent globally to use coloured water is to identify a person post dispersal for further necessary action as per the law if required.

– Alapan Bandyopadhyay, Chief Secretary, West Bengal

In our journey in the past two decades, many countries have helped us, contributed and made sacrifices alongside our own people. India has been amongst those lead countries in this regard: Abdullah Abdullah, Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation of AfghanistanThe only thing Mamata Banerjee’s govt has done better than the previous Left regimes is increase brutality and political violence against political opponents. Bengal has been burning under her administration, which patronises violent elements.

– BJP national president JP Nadda

I have been told that the water (water cannons) had some chemical in it which is why people have been vomiting: Union Minister Ravi Shankar PrasadCommission: 2nd Trump-Biden debate will be ‘virtual’ amid concerns about Trump’s COVID-19Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) releases a list of 42 candidates for the upcoming Bihar Elections 2020

Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) releases a list of 42 candidates for the upcoming #BiharElections2020 Rameshwar Chauras… https://t.co/Wk3nUdqdNN

— ANI (@ANI) 1602156160000Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath launches various development projects in Gorakhpur, via video conferencing

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath launches various development projects in Gorakhpur, via video conferencing. https://t.co/Zj7CAihZBt

— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) 1602155185000Nepal records the highest single-day COVID-19 positive cases of 4,364 in 24 hours

This takes the nationwide tally to 98,617 COVID cases till date: Ministry of Health, Government of Nepal

The 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature is awarded to the American poet Louise Glück “for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal.”It’s a black day today. Democracy and constitutional rule of law were murdered by Mamata Banerjee govt in broad daylight today. India’s most corrupt govt is in West Bengal. Unemployment is rising due to this syndicate and cut money govt.

– BJP MP Tejasvi Surya in Kolkata

India will play a leading role in 4th industrial revolution. To further extend our global leadership in connectivity,Jio is now rolling out a high speed optic fibre network to more than 50 million premises across 2000 towns & cities in India.

– Mukesh Ambani, Reliance Industries Chairman

French court upholds order for Google to pay news companiesA French appeals court on Thursday upheld an order for Google to pay media companies to show their news content in search results.Court of Appeal rejected a challenge by the U.S. tech company, which had refused to comply with an order by France’s competition authority.Mussoorie: A Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) bus lost control near Kempty Falls. All jawans who were travelling in the bus have been rescued. No injuries reported.

Mussoorie: A Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) bus lost control near Kempty Falls. All jawans who were travelling i… https://t.co/AbWWwnTu5O

— ANI (@ANI) 1602153256000Malaysia reports 375 new coronavirus cases15 years of Nitish Kumar & BJP, & 15 years of RJD-Congress didn’t benefit Bihar’s poor. State is lagging behind on social-economic-education integrators. An alliance has been formed for Bihar’s future, we’ll make all efforts to be successful: Asaduddin Owaisi, AIMIMSouth Korean, Nigerian chosen as finalists for top WTO jobThe World Trade Organisation says South Korea’s trade minister and a Harvard-trained former Nigerian finance minister have qualified as the two finalists to become the next director-general, ensuring a woman in the top job for the first time.WTO spokesman Keith Rockwell said Thursday that a selection committee found Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria and Yoo Myung-hee of South Korea qualified for the final round in a race expected to end in the coming weeks. They were picked out of a pool of five candidates.Kerala govt sets up welfare board for farmers

In a first in the country, the Kerala government has decided to form a Welfare Fund Board for the upliftment of farmers in the state known as ‘Kerala Karshaka Kshemanidhi Board’. The cabinet also decided that Dr P Rajendran would be appointed as the chairman of the Kerala Farmers Welfare Fund Board.

Treebo Hotels raises USD 6 mn (around Rs 45 crore) from existing investors

“Matrix Partners India, SAIF Partners, Ward Ferry, and Bertelsmann India Investments participated in this round. The investment will help the company strengthen its defences against the COVID-19 pandemic, which has had a severe impact on the economy, especially the travel sector,” Treebo Hotels said in a statement.

Prince William launches Earthshot Prize to fund environmental solutionsBritain’s Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, on Thursday launched a new 50-million pound Earthshot Prize, aimed at funding the most innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges.The 38-year-old and second in line to the British throne said that five prizes worth 1 million pounds each will be awarded each year for the next 10 years, providing at least 50 solutions to the world’s greatest environmental problems by 2030.Delhi gets ‘green war room’ to monitor pollution levels this winterDelhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Thursday inaugurated a ‘green war room’ at the Delhi Secretariat to monitor pollution levels in the city this winter.The minister said a 10-member team has been set up to monitor the levels of primary pollutants, measures taken to curb pollution and status of complaints received through Green Delhi mobile application. Satellite data related to farm fires in the neighbouring states will also be analysed in the green war room.700-year-old Chinese scroll sells for $41.8M in Hong KongA 700-year-old Chinese painted scroll from the Yuan Dynasty fetched 306.6 million Hong Kong dollars (USD 41.8 million) at a Sotheby’s auction in Hong Kong.The 6.6-feet scroll, titled “Five Drunken Princes Returning on Horseback” is by Ren Renfa, a renowned Chinese artist and government official.Covid-19 positivity rate is less than 10 in almost all districts: Health Secretary, TN

Compared to what was in June, the positivity rate is less than 10 in almost all districts even in Chennai. The weekly death rate has come down to almost 1.2 but our goal overall is to bring it below 1: J Radhakrishnan, Health Secretary, Tamil Nadu, on COVID-19 situation in the state.

Tablighi case: Freedom of speech & expression most abused right in recent times, says SCFreedom of speech and expression is the “most abused right” in recent times, the Supreme Court said on Thursday and pulled up the Centre for its “evasive” and “brazen” affidavit on media coverage of the Tablighi Jamaat event earlier this year.A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde, which was hearing pleas of Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind and others alleging that a section of media was spreading communal hatred over Tablighi Jamaat congregation during the onset of COVID-19 pandemic.Infosys to acquire Blue Acorn iCi for up to USD 125 mn

IT services major Infosys on Thursday said it has inked a pact to acquire Blue Acorn iCi, a digital customer experience, commerce and analytics services provider, for up to USD 125 million (about Rs 915 crore).

Franklin defends investment decisions, says employees still hold investments in shut schemesFranklin Templeton Mutual Fund has defended its investment decisions and reiterated that employees who made investments in the six shut schemes continue to hold substantial investments in them.In a letter to investors on Wednesday, Franklin Templeton MF President Sanjay Sapre clarified that reports suggesting wrong doing or insider trading at the fund house were misleading.MG Motor launches premium SUV Gloster priced up to Rs 35.38 lakh

The two-wheel-drive trims of the model are priced at Rs 28.98 lakh and Rs 30.98 lakh while four-wheel drive variants are tagged at Rs 33.68 lakh, Rs 33.98 lakh and Rs 35.38 lakh, respectively.

Amazon India opens new specialised fulfilment centreAmazon India on Thursday announced the expansion of its fulfilment network in Karnataka with the launch of a new specialised fulfilment centre the largest in India. With the storage capacity of more than 1.2 million cubic feet, the new fulfilment centre at Malur in Kolar is specialised to store and manage customer orders from the large appliances and furniture category.We’re constantly undertaking development works in MP: Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Today I inaugurated in 33 districts, 12,960 roads & 47 bridges, of a total length of 4,120 km at Rs 1,359 crore. Our govt doesn’t have a paucity of funds & we’re constantly undertaking development works in rural & urban areas: Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Chief Minister, Madhya Pradesh

Supreme Court posts for October 12 the hearing of a plea seeking a court-monitored Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the death of Disha Salian, former manager of Sushant Singh RajputFreedom of speech and expression is the most abused right in recent times

– Supreme Court

Clashes break out between West Bengal Police, BJP workers during saffron party’s march towards state secretariat Nabanna: Police sources

BJP has launched a state-wide ‘Nabanna Chalo’ agitation march today to protest against the alleged killing of its party workers.

IMD reviews preparedness, says will release impact-based cyclone warnings this seasonIndia’s GDP expected to contract by 9.6 per cent this fiscal: World BankThe World Bank on Thursday said that India’s GDP is expected to contract by 9.6 per cent this fiscal which is reflective of the national lockdown and the income shock experienced by households and firms due to the COVID-19 pandemic, noting that the country’s economic situation is “much worse” than ever seen before.The Washington-based global lender, in its latest South Asia Economic Focus report ahead of the annual meeting of the World bank and International Monetary Fund, forecasts a sharper than expected economic slump across the region, with regional growth expected to contract by 7.7 per cent in 2020, after topping six per cent annually in the past five years.Dr Abdullah Abdullah, Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation of Afghanistan meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi: Ministry of External AffairsAn ALH Dhruv helicopter of the Indian Air Force on routine training sortie carried out a precautionary landing in the rural areas of Saharanpur district in Uttar Pradesh: Indian Air ForceNobel Literature prize to be awarded after years of tumultThe Nobel Prize for Literature is set to be awarded Thursday after several years of controversy and scandal for the world’s pre-eminent literary accolade.In 2018 the award was postponed after sex abuse allegations rocked the Swedish Academy, the secretive body that chooses the winners, and sparked a mass exodus of members.India world’s largest emitter of sulphur dioxide, emissions see drop in 2019: Report

India’s sulphur dioxide (SO2) emissions, which contribute to air pollution, recorded a significant decline of approximately six per cent in 2019 as compared to 2018, the steepest dip in four years, a report has said.

India has performed remarkably on fulfilling WHO’s advice of 140 tests/day per million population83,011 single-day recoveries were registered in the last 24 hours across India as against 78,524 new COVID19 confirmed cases

75% of new recovered cases are observed to be concentrated in 10 states/UTs. 79% of the new positive cases are from 10 states & UTs: Ministry of Health

PM Modi will deliver keynote address at the Invest India Conference, today evening

PM Modi will deliver the keynote address at the Invest India Conference in Canada, via video conferencing, today evening. The forum aims to give Canadian business community a first-hand perspective of the opportunities to invest in India: Prime Minister’s Office

IIT Kharagpur designs robotic system to identify diseases plaguing plants

The robotic system consists of a tracked vehicle suitable for negotiating rough terrain field, a device mounted on the tracked vehicle capable of holding the camera and pesticide spraying nozzle, a pesticide spraying module, and camera-based vision module, an institute spokesperson said on Thursday.

Mumbai Police’s Economic Offences Wing files a closure report in Maharashtra Cooperative Bank alleged scam

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