Sunday, September 27, 2020

Actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson endorses Joe Biden, Kamala Harris

Dwayne Johnson

Los Angeles [US], September 27 (ANI): Actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has endorsed Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Senator Kamala Harris in the upcoming critical presidential election.

"As a political independent & centrist, I've voted for both parties in the past. In this critical presidential election, I'm endorsing Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Progress takes courage, humanity, empathy, strength, KINDNESS & RESPECT. We must ALL VOTE," The Rock tweeted.

Along with the tweet, the Jumanji actor also posted a video where he interacted with the former US Vice President and the California Senator as well.

In the video, he said, "We are approximately five weeks away from election day, arguably the most critical election our country has seen in decades. Now that said, I am going to be pushing this political conversation just a little bit more. As a registered independent for years now, with centrist ideologies, I do feel that Vice President Biden and Senator Harris are the best choice for leading our country and I am endorsing them to become President and Vice President of our United States."

He further said that he "never publicly endorsed" anyone for President and Vice President of the US.

In a conversation with the two -- Harris and Biden -- The Rock asked the two how would they earn respect if they were elected to the White House. "By doing what we say we would do. By keeping our word. By leveling with the American people. By taking responsibility. When we fail, acknowledge it. We're not gonna be perfect, but take responsibility," Biden told Johnson.

He added, "Say this is what I am going to do, this is what I believe and tell the truth. That sounds so basic, but the American people are strong, they are tough, they can take anything if you level with them and tell the truth. Our administration is going to look like America."

When asked the same to Harris, the Senator replied, "You must speak the truth but here is the reality; the truth can sometimes be really difficult to hear and for that reason, people don't speak it. But you cannot have trust if you don't speak the truth."

"As long as there is an understanding that is being spoken not to confront, not to hurt, but to deal with things, the way they must be handled. I think that has to be part of the core of what we do as we go forward, because we are facing as a country so many challenges" Harris added.

Harris further said that "we are going to have to be honest about what healing will require".

"I'm a huge fan of everything from Fast & Furious to Jumanji, so this endorsement means a lot to me. Welcome to Team Joe, @TheRock.," tweeted Harris.

The US Presidential Elections are scheduled to be held on November 3 this year. (ANI)

Israel decided to halt celebration of Jewish festival

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Jerusalem [Israel], September 27 (ANI/Xinhua): Israel decided to halt on Sunday afternoon the marking of the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur, under a nationwide lockdown to battle the resurgence of COVID-19.

Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, began on Sunday at dusk and will end on Monday at nightfall.

For Jews, Yom Kippur is a time for reflection and repenting. Jews traditionally fast on this day and hold intense services in synagogues. Restaurants, cafes, cinemas, public institutions and transportation are all shut down. As required by law, radio or TV stations stop broadcasting.

This year, Yom Kippur comes during a three-week nationwide lockdown to halt a renewed COVID-19 outbreak, the second such lockdown in a bid to curb the rapid spread of the virus.

Under the rules of the current lockdown, Israelis are only permitted to pray in open areas in the vicinity of their homes in groups of no more than 20 people.

However, after pressures by the ultra-Orthodox parties in the parliament, the cabinet decided that synagogues could stay open for limited prayers with social distancing on Yom Kippur. The decision was made despite warnings from health experts, who said the move could lead to further infections.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged Israelis to avoid the traditional big gatherings in synagogues during Yom Kippur. "Whoever does enter a synagogue should be extra careful regarding the Health Ministry rules."

Netanyahu asked rabbis to tell the worshipers "to strictly follow the rules, wear masks, maintain social distancing and pray in open areas as much as possible."

In an address to the nation, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin called on people to light a candle in memory of the Israelis who have died from COVID-19.

"They were all loved, all known, all had names and faces," Rivlin said. "May we be forgiven for the sin of weakness and inability, for not doing enough, for not managing to save them. Because of that, lives were lost." (ANI/Xinhua)

35 Taliban terrorists killed by security forces in Afghanistan

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Kabul [Afghanistan], September 27 (ANI): At least 35 Taliban terrorists were killed and 17 were wounded in clashes with security forces in the last 24 hours, according to local officials.

As per Tolo News, at least six Taliban terrorist were killed and five were wounded after the Taliban attacked the security forces in the Landakhil area in Aab Band district of the central Ghazni province.

"The Taliban the security forces and six Taliban were killed and five were wounded. Three motorcycles of the insurgents were also destroyed," Tolo News reports quoting an official but the official did not provide details about casualties among the security forces.

In the Zabul province, at least 15 Taliban were killed in an airstrike by Afghan air forces in the Shar-e-Safa district of the province, said local security official adding, "The Taliban's weapons and vehicles, including motorcycles, were also destroyed in the airstrike."

Whereas in the northern Samangan province, at least 14 Taliban terrorists were killed and at least 12 were injured when the terrorist group attacked police checkpoints in the Dara-e-Sof district of the province, said the officials.

According to Tolo News, officials said that some of the Taliban commanders are also among the dead, adding, "the Taliban's attack has been pushed back and the Taliban escaped after suffering heavy casualties."

However, officials have not provided any details about possible security forces casualties in the attack.

The Taliban have not commented on the attacks. (ANI)

UP offers immense possibilities for the 'Ecotourism': CM Yogi

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath

Gorakhpur/Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], September 27 (ANI): Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that Uttar Pradesh has unlimited tourism possibilities and asserted that the state also offers immense possibilities for the "ecotourism".

He said the state not only has rich potential for religious tourism but it also offers immense possibilities for the 'Ecotourism'.

Congratulating people on the people of Uttar Pradesh on the occasion of the 'World Tourism Day', he said that the theme of 'World Tourism Day' this year is "Tourism and Rural Development".

"Uttar Pradesh is the largest state of the country in terms of population. UP has unlimited possibilities in view of Tourism. The state not only has rich potential for religious tourism but it also offers immense possibilities for the 'ecotourism'," he said.

The Chief Minister expressed happiness that the Forest Department in Gorakhpur released a documentary on 'Eco-tourism' on the occasion.

According to a release by the Chief Minister's Office (CMO), he said there are several spots in the state which can be developed in view of 'Eco-tourism'.

"Gorakhpur too has a natural lake-Ramgarh Taal. Gorakhpur also has Budhiya Mai place, the area around which has been important from 'Eco-tourism' point of view. Similarly, the 428 square km area on the western bank of river Gandak in Maharaj Ganj and one others sector in Maharaj Ganj also have tourism potential," he said.

"Chuka in Lakhimpur Kheri and Chandraprabha forest area in Chandauli are so enriched in view of tourism," he added.

Adityanath said that the right perception about tourism will help explore unlimited possibilities in the state.

"The tourism does not mean picnic spot alone. It takes us close to nature but also gives rise to employment opportunities. That is why the theme has linked Tourism to Rural Development," he said.

The Chief Minister said that the documentary of the forest department is a good initiative towards developing the tourism, help generate employment through tourism and give s fillip to the implementation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Atmanirbhar Yojana'.

He extended his warm wishes for this endeavour which he said has been a commendable effort to attract tourism in this area as much as possible.

He said that the Forest, Tourism and other departments may move forward with a concerted effort to tap unexplored opportunities in this sector. (ANI)

Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev approves martial law with a curfew

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Baku [Azerbaijan], September 27 (ANI): Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev on Sunday approved the introduction of martial law in several regions of the country with a curfew set to go into effect on September 28, presidential aide Hikmet Hajiyev said, as reported by Sputnik.

"Martial law is introduced by the decree of the president of Azerbaijan. The president approved the decision of the parliament," Hadiyev said to reporters in Baku.

He clarified that the curfew will go into effect on Monday and will last from 9 pm till 6 am daily, Sputnik further reported.

Earlier in the day, Armenia and the Armenian-majority unrecognized Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh declared martial law across their territories following the military escalation over the disputed region.(ANI)

UP Administration demolished illegal building of former MP Atiq Ahmed's close aide

Illegal building of Ex-MP Atiq Ahmed's close aide demolished in UP on Sunday

Prayagraj (Uttar Pradesh) [India], September 27 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Administration on Sunday demolished illegal building of Guddu who is a close aide of former MP Atiq Ahmed.

"Guddu, a shooter, is absconding right now. He had constructed an illegal lodge with 50 rooms on state government land. So it is being demolished," Sat Shukla, Zonal Officer told ANI.

On September 21, the Prayagraj Development Authority (PDA) demolished some parts of former MP Atiq Ahmed's office, which were allegedly constructed illegally. (ANI)

14 civilians injured in Nagorno-Karabakh clash: Azerbaijani prosecutor's office

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Baku [Azerbaijan], September 27 (ANI/Sputnik): As many as 14 civilians have been injured during clashes between Azerbaijan and Armenia along the line of contact in Nagorno-Karabakh, the Prosecutor General's Office of Azerbaijan said on Sunday.

"As of the present moment, 14 people among the civilian population have received various bodily injuries and have been hospitalized," the prosecutor general's office said.

Additionally, the village of Jojug Marjanli has lost electricity as a result of Armenian shelling, the office stated.

"At present, officials of the prosecutor's office are tracing all operational measures, as much as it is possible in combat conditions. This includes examinations to determine the severity of injuries, as well as the damage caused to civilian infrastructure," the prosecutor general's office added.

Clashes broke out in the early hours of Sunday morning along the line of contact in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Both Azerbaijan and Armenia have accused one another of shelling civilian settlements, and the Armenian government has declared martial law and a full-scale mobilization. (ANI/Sputnik)

Two terrorists gunned down in encounter at J-K's Awantipora

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Pulwama (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], September 27 (ANI): One more terrorist was killed in an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday while a search is on, police said.

The encounter broke out at Samboora area of Awantipora. "Total two terrorists have been neutralised in the operation," Jammu and Kashmir police said.

On September 24, on a specific input regarding the presence of terrorists in the Machama area of Awantipora, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by Awantipora Police, 42 Rashtriya Rifles, and 180 Battalion CRPF in the said area following which one terrorist was killed. (ANI)

This year the theme of World Tourism Day is "Tourism and Rural Development": UP CM Yogi

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India], September 27 (ANI): Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday released a documentary on eco-tourism prepared by forest department in Gorakhpur on World Tourism Day.

Speaking to ANI, Adityanath said, "This year the theme of World Tourism Day is "Tourism and Rural Development". Uttar Pradesh is not only the largest state in the country in terms of population, I believe that there are endless possibilities in terms of tourism, not only as religious tourism but also immense possibilities of emerging as an eco-tourist destination. Delighted that Forest Department in Gorakhpur has released a documentary on eco-tourism."

He said that tourism in not just for a picnic but it brings us closer to nature and also provides employment opportunities.

"There are several spots in UP, apart from the natural lake Ramgarh Tal in Gorakhpur, the site of Budhiya Mai and the forest surrounding it can be developed for eco-tourism. Tourism does not mean just a picnic spot. It brings us closer to nature and also provides employment opportunities. So, this year's theme of World Tourism Day is Tourism and Rural Development," Adityanath said.

The Chief Minister said that I believe that we will take these possibilities in Gorakhpur forward and also develop the rural areas.

"Today on the occasion of World Tourism Day, I congratulate everyone. This documentary presented by the forest department is an appreciable step and I believe that we will take these tourism possibilities in Gorakhpur forward and develop the rural areas," he said. (ANI)

Google Meet version to limit meetings to 60 mins on free plans after Sept 30

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California [US], September 27 (ANI): Tech giant Google's video chat platform Google Meet has announced that after September 30, free versions of Meet will be limited to meetings no longer than 60 minutes.

A Google spokesperson told The Verge in an email, "We don't have anything to communicate regarding changes to the promo and advanced features expiring. If this changes, we'll be sure to let you know."

Under the extension, anyone with a Google account could create free meetings with up to 100 people, and with no time limit.

The Verge reported that the deadline of September 30 is also applicable to other features like access to advanced features for G Suite and G Suite for Education customers, including allowing meetings of up to 250 participants, live-streams of up to 100,000 people within a single domain, and the ability to save meeting recordings to Google Drive.

Those features are normally only available to customers on the "enterprise" tier of G Suite, which costs USD 25 per user per month.

During the coronavirus pandemic, Google Meet and other video-conferencing platforms have been chasing the meteoric rise of Zoom, with Meet passing 100 million daily participants back in April. (ANI)

Belarus Police detain several people ahead of scheduled protest in Minsk

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Minsk [Belarus], September 27 (ANI/Sputnik): Police in the Belarusian capital of Minsk have conducted the first arrests over administrative offenses ahead of yet another unauthorized anti-government rally, Natallya Hanusevich, a spokesperson for the police department of the Minsk City Executive Committee, told Sputnik on Sunday.

The Belarusian opposition has scheduled a new rally in Minsk on the back of month-long unceasing protest activity. The security services have stepped up presence in the city in this regard.

"Several people have already been detained as part of an administrative process. Police calls on citizens to ignore provocations and refrain from attending unauthorized mass gatherings," Hanusevich said.

A Sputnik correspondent reported from Minsk that special security forces had blocked the Prospekte Pobeditelei avenue leading to the residence of the Belarusian president, Alexander Lukashenko, and installed barriers around the building.

Traffic was suspended and roads blocked in the areas where protesters plan to march. Seven subway stations were closed in downtown Minsk along the anticipated rally's route, as announced by Minsk Metro authorities.

In parallel with the pro-opposition protest, supporters of Lukashenko have arranged their own car rally in Minsk. Their motorcade includes some 50 vehicles with official Belarusian flags installed on them. At least one participant of this rally carried a Russian flag, the Sputnik correspondent said.

The pro-Lukashenko rally is abundantly covered by state media agencies.

As reported by Belarus' A1 mobile provider, cellular internet has been working with disruptions in Minsk throughout the day. The provider said it limited the connectivity speed at the request of authorities. (ANI/Sputnik)

ACS Awanish Awasthi inspects proposed land for Film City in UP

ACS Awanish K Awasthi

Gautam Budh Nagar (Uttar Pradesh) [India], September 27 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Additional Chief Secretary, Home Department Awanish K Awasthi on Sunday inspected a portion of land for the proposed Film city in Gautam Budh Nagar.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Officer on Special Duty (OSD) of Yamuna Authority were also present.

On September 22, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath held a meeting with representatives of the Bollywood fraternity over constructing a film city in the state and approximately 1,000 acres of land has been identified for the project.

The Chief Minister also unveiled an ambitious plan to set up a Dedicated Infotainment (film city) Zone and rolled out an open offer to film fraternity to come to the state.

He also announced that 1,000 acres of land have been identified in Gautam Buddh Nagar by Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) where the Infotainment Zone will be set up with all World Class Civil, Public and Technological facilities.

On September 19, he said that the country needs a good film city and Uttar Pradesh is ready to take this responsibility.

This film city will provide a good option to film producers and it will also help in generating employment. For this purpose, an action plan should be made soon, he had added. (ANI)

TMC backs Akali Dal for taking stand against farm bills

SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal (File photo)

New Delhi [India], September 27 (ANI): Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Sunday got the support of Trinamool Congress (TMC) for taking a stand against the farm bills.

"Derek - your stand against the #AgricultureBills in parliament is well known. Appreciate your support," Badal tweeted while retweeting a tweet by TMC MP Derek O'Brien who was lauding him for stand on the bills related to farmers.

Taking to Twitter, O'Brien said that his party is opposing these bills as they endanger States' role, MSP, PDS and procurement.

"We support Sukhbir Singh Badal and Akali Dal's stand with the farmers. Fighting for farmers is part of Trinamool DNA. In 2006, Mamata Banerjee risked her life on a historic 26 day fast for farmers' rights. We oppose #FarmBills2020 as they endanger States' role, MSP, PDS & procurement," he tweeted.

The Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 have been passed by Parliament in the recently concluded monsoon session.

SAD leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal had quit from the union cabinet as Food Processing Minister over the agriculture bills.

Later, the party announced to pull out of the BJP-led NDA alliance over "Centre's stubborn refusal to give statutory legislative guarantees to protect assured marketing of farmers crops on MSP". (ANI)

One terrorist gunned down in J&K's Awantipora

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Pulwama (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], September 27 (ANI): An unidentified terrorist was killed in an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir, Police said.

The encounter broke out at Samboora area of Awantipora.

On September 24, on a specific input regarding the presence of terrorists in t
he Machama area of Awantipora, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by Awantipora Police, 42 Rashtriya Rifles, and 180 Battalion CRPF in the said area following which one terrorist was killed. (ANI)

Clashes erupt between Armenia and Azerbaijan over disputed area

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Baku [Azerbaijan], September 27 (ANI): Heavy fighting between the forces of Azerbaijan and Armenia broke out on Sunday in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh region.

According to Al Jazeera, Armenia has declared martial law and ordered its military to mobilise after a major "flare-up in violence" with Azerbaijan broke out over the disputed region.

Heavy firing broke out between the two countries today and they both blame each other for the escalation that led to casualties. Armenia accused the neighbour Azerbaijan "of hurting civilian settlements" in Nagorno-Karabakh -- which is recognised as a part of Azerbaijan internationally but controlled by Armenian forces.

Armenia's defence ministry said that its forces downed two Azerbaijani helicopters and three drones in response to an attack that began at 04.10 GMT.

However, Azerbaijan's defence ministry said that it had launched a "counteroffensive to suppress Armenia's combat activity and ensure the safety of the population", using tanks artillery missiles, combat aviation and drones.

"There are reports of dead and wounded among civilians and military servicemen," Hikmet Hajiyev, spokesman for the Azerbaijani presidency, said in a statement, reported by Al Jazeera. Later, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Facebook, said that "the government has decided to declare martial law and a total mobilisation" further asking citizens to "get ready to defend our sacred homeland".

He further warned that "those using intimidation tactics" against Azerbaijan would regret it adding that it defends its lands and Nagorno-Karabakh is a part of their land.

In Nagorno-Karabakh, ombudsman Artak Beglaryan said: "there are civilian casualties" in the region. A spokesperson for the Armenian defence ministry said an Armenian woman and child had been killed in Nagorno-Karabakh, according to Al Jazeera.

The worst fighting in years raised the spectre of a "new large-scale war" between the two countries who have been in a territorial dispute over the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Ethnic Armenians in the region had declared independence as the Soviet Union was collapsing, leading to a war that killed close to 30,000 people and left Nagorno-Karabakh outside Baku's control, Al Jazeera further reported.

A ceasefire was agreed in 1994. However, Azerbaijan and Armenia "frequently accuse" each other of attacks around the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

"Armenia has violated the ceasefire by attacking civilian settlements ... The international community must immediately say stop to this dangerous provocation," tweeted the Turkish Presidential spokesperson.

"We are calling on the sides to immediately halt fire and begin talks to stabilise the situation," said the Russian Foreign ministry.

Al Jazeera further reported that in July, heavy clashes along the two countries' shared border - hundreds of kilometres from Nagorno-Karabakh - killed 17 troops from both sides. (ANI)

YRF unveils special logo of 'Yash Raj films' commemorating 50 years

The New Yash Raj Films Logo

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], September 27 (ANI): Aditya Chopra on Sunday unveiled a new, special logo of Yash Raj Films that marks the starting of the big 50 year celebrations of the country's biggest production house.

The new logo captures the glorious journey of YRF and the country's first and only integrated studio. The legacy company, in the nostalgic logo, captures the history of YRF that has worked with the biggest superstars of the last 50 years and entertained audiences with the biggest blockbusters in the history of Indian cinema.

Aditya Chopra revealed the special logo today, the 88th birth anniversary of his iconic father, late Yash Chopra. In a heartwarming note that was released earlier by Aditya to kick start the 50-year celebrations, he said, "In 1970, my father Yash Chopra, left the security and comfort of his brother Mr BR Chopra and formed his own company. Till then, he was a salaried employee of BR Films and didn't own anything of his own."

"He did not know how to run a business and did not even have the basic knowledge of what goes into making a company. All he had was a strong belief in his talent and hard work and a dream to be self-reliant. That conviction of a creative man backing nothing but himself and his art gave birth to Yash Raj Films."

Akshaye Widhani, Senior Vice President- Finance, Business Affairs & YRF Studios said, "This special logo captures nostalgia, remarkable moments from YRF's history and its journey in cinema and also gives a glimpse of YRF's contribution to the Indian film industry and audiences through its blockbuster films that has shaped pop culture for India and Indians. "

"This special logo is also our tribute to all the superstars, across five decades, who have been gracious enough to creatively collaborate with us and help us give India milestone films that have written history and set new benchmarks in Indian cinema. Today is an incredibly special day, not just for us at YRF but also for the industry at large, and we would like to thank everyone for their love and support towards our brand over these 50 years of our humble existence." (ANI)

Maha Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari launches Ayurvedic Chemo Recovery Kits for cancer patients

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], September 27 (ANI): Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari on Sunday launched Chemo Recovery Kits containing Ayurvedic formulations for cancer patients from the Raj Bhawan here.

As per a statement, the kit has been developed by the Integrated Cancer Treatment and Research Centre of the Bharatiya Sanskriti Darshan Trust in Pune with financial assistance from the Tata Trusts.

"Ayurveda and Modern Medicine have their own distinct areas of strengths. Joint research by scientists working in Ayurveda and modern medicine will benefit cancer patients and other patients immensely," Koshiyari said while addressing the gathering of doctors and researchers through a virtual platform.

"I congratulate the Bharatiya Sanskriti Darshan Trust for filing patents for seven Ayurveda formulations for the treatment of cancer. I hope that the newly patented Chemo Recovery Kits will relieve cancer patients of the painful side effects of chemotherapy and improve the quality of their life," he added.

Chairman Emeritus of the Tata Group, Ratan Tata conveyed his best wishes to the cancer research work being done by the Bharatiya Sanskriti Darshan Trust.

Vaidya Devendra Triguna, Dr Ashok Kukde, Dr Shobha Chiplunkar, President of Bharatiya Sanskruti Darshan Trust Dr Sadanand Sardeshmukh and others spoke on the occasion. (ANI)

UK Labour Party leads over ruling Conservative Party for first time, says poll

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London [UK], September 27 (ANI/Sputnik): The UK Labour Party has a lead in the polls over the ruling Conservative Party for the first time since Boris Johnson became prime minister in July 2019, an Opinium poll indicated on Sunday.

According to the survey conducted between September 23 and September 25 for The Observer newspaper, the United Kingdom's main opposition party has a three-point lead over the Conservatives in voting intention, with 42 per cent compared to 39 per cent.

The poll also shows that 36 percent of the people surveyed think Labour leader Keir Starmer would perform much better than Johnson (32 percent) as prime minister.

The government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic seems to be the main cause of the Conservative Party fall in voting intention, as 50 percent disapprove of the government's handling of the crisis.

Two thirds (68 percent) of the public also think the government has not acted fast enough to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, while 63 percent say the levels of testing for the COVID-19 has been insufficient, the Opinium poll added.

As of Saturday, the UK had recorded 429,277 cases of COVID-19 and 41,971 deaths, the highest official COVID-19 death toll in Europe and the fifth-largest in the world. (ANI/Sputnik)

UP CM Yogi to hold a video conference with officials over COVID-19 situation

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.


Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], September 27 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday will hold a video conference with officials over COVID-19 situation in the state.

Adityanath has recently instructed officials to enhance the number beds and manpower at COVID-19 hospitals to control the pandemic.

"The state government is committed to keeping the public safe from the COVID-19 infection. The government is committed to keep the pandemic away from the state and provide better treatment to the people," Adityanath said, as per the CMO.

According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, there are 57,086 active coronavirus cases in Uttar Pradesh while 5,517 people have succembed to the disease in the state. 

India's COVID count reached 59,92,533 including 9,56,402 active cases, 49,41,628 cured, discharged or migrated and 94,503 deaths as of Sunday. (ANI)

Bird hit forces IndiGo's Delhi-bound flight to turn back to Mumbai

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], September 27 (ANI): An IndiGo flight operating from Mumbai to Delhi had to turn back after a bird hit on Sunday.

"IndiGo flight 6E 5047 operating from Mumbai to Delhi had to turn back to Mumbai due to a bird hit," said IndiGo in a press statement.

An alternative aircraft was arranged to operate the flight from Mumbai to Delhi.

"We regret the inconvenience caused to our passengers," IndiGo stated. (ANI)

Akshay Kumar, Ayushmann Khurrana share adorable pictures on Daughter's Day

Picture shared by Akshay Kumar, Ayushmann Khurrana (Image courtesy: Instagram)

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], September 27 (ANI): Bollywood actors like Akshay Kumar and Ayushmann Khurrana shared special social media posts dedicated to their little ones on the occasion of Daughter's Day.

Calling daughter Nitara his definition of perfect, the 'Good Newwz' actor posted an adorable picture on Instagram that captured a lovable moment between the father-daughter duo. He noted, "You are my definition of perfect! And I love you so much more than just to the moon and back. #HappyDaughtersDay my baby girl."

In the picture, the 'Mission Mangal' star is seen hugging his daughter, while she hugs her dad and a puppy.

The 'Bala' actor posted a throwback picture, which was clicked in the Bahamas at the 
beginning of the year, on the occasion of Daughter's Day.

"This was clicked in the Bahamas, in the beginning of 2020. We thought it'll be a very special year, and special it is. I get to spend so much of time with you. Happy Daughters Day my jaan," wrote Khurrana alongside the picture on Instagram.

Earlier in the day, Bollywood stars including Amitabh Bachchan, Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Kajol, and Ajay Devgn dedicated social media posts to their daughters. (ANI)

Prime Minister Modi and Danish counterpart to hold virtual bilateral summit on Monday

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New Delhi [India], September 27 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Danish counterpart Mette Frederiksen will hold a virtual bilateral summit tomorrow, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Sunday.

MEA said in a statement that the summit is being hosted by India.

India-Denmark bilat
eral relations are marked by regular high-level exchanges and are based on historical links, common democratic traditions, and shared desire for regional, as well as international peace and stability, MEA stated.

"Bilateral trade in goods and services between India and Denmark has grown by 30.49 per cent, from USD 2.82 billion in 2016 to USD 3.68 billion in 2019. Around 200 Danish companies have invested in India in sectors such as shipping, renewable energy, environment, agriculture, food processing, smart urban development. Several major Danish companies have built new manufacturing factories under the 'Make in India' scheme," MEA said in a statement.

Around 25 Indian companies are present in Denmark in IT, renewable energy, and engineering, it said.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) in the field of intellectual property cooperation between India and Denmark is being signed on the occasion. Another major outcome will be the joining of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) by Denmark.

MEA said that the virtual bilateral summit will give an opportunity to the two leaders to comprehensively review the broad framework of the bilateral relationship in the context of the time-tested friendly ties between the two countries and give broad political direction for a strengthened and deepened collaborative partnership on key issues of mutual interest. (ANI)

Govt assured to open NIA office in Bengaluru: Bengaluru South MP Tejasvi Surya

Bengaluru South MP Tejasvi Surya. 

New Delhi [India], September 27 (ANI): The Central government has agreed to set up a National Investigation Agency (NIA) office at Bengaluru to investigate the anti-national activity of some organisations, said Bengaluru South MP Tejasvi Surya on Sunday.

Surya further informed the media that he met Union Home Minister Amit Shah and urged him to set up a full-fledged NIA office at Bengaluru and the Union Minister agreed.

"Many terror modules and sleeper cells were busted in Bengaluru. I urged Home Minister to set up a permanent division of NIA so that anti-India activists that want to use Bengaluru as an incubator of terror activities can be curtailed. He assured it will be set up soon," he said while speaking to the media.

Tejasvi Surya also commented on the August 11 east Bengaluru violence and said, "On August 11, there was an incident of violence in Bengaluru where police stations were attacked. NIA investigation into it resulted in the arrest of a few key conspirators. It has come to light that the protest was not spontaneous but a conspiracy."

NIA on Thursday arrested a key conspirator, Sayed Saddiq Ali, for his involvement in the attack on KG Halli Police Station in Bengaluru that took place in the late evening of August 11, 2020.

The attack resulted in damage to public and government property, including damage to the police station building and vehicles parked in the police station premises and nearby areas. (ANI)

Home Ministry to send 300 CAPF companies to Bihar

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New Delhi [India], September 27 (ANI): The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has decided to send 300 Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) companies initially to Bihar for area domination to ensure peaceful conduct of polls.

ITBP, CISF, CRPF, SSB, RPF and BSF companies of troops are supposed to reach Bihar soon.

The total number of COYS of CAPF to be deployed are as follows, CRPF 80, BSF 55, CISF 50, SSB 70, ITBP 30, and RPF 15.

Election Commission of India on Friday announced that the Bihar Assembly elections will be held in three phases with polling to take place on October 28, and November 3 and 7, and the counting of votes to take place on November 10.

The Assembly elections for 243 seats in Bihar are due in October-November and the tenure of the current Assembly is scheduled to end on November 29. (ANI)

Political activists meet UK Cabinet member to discuss genocide of Baloch by Pakistan Army

A delegation of BNM UK zone along with former chairman of Conservative party, and current state minister for Transportation Grant Shapps. (Photo: ANI)

London [UK], September 27 (ANI): The Central Spokesperson of the Baloch National Movement (BNM) said that yesterday a delegation of BNM UK zone under the supervision of their President Hakeem Baloch met the former chairman of the Conservative party and current state minister for Transportation Grant Shapps. Niaz Zehri, the general secretary of the BNM UK zone, and Shahzad Baloch of BNM UK were also present in the meeting.

The spokesperson said that the delegation informed Grant Shapps, about the historical event of Balochistan's occupation and Pakistan's continuous genocide in Balochistan. He was also briefed about the current situation of Balochistan.

Grant Shapps raised grave concerns over the human rights violations in Balochistan and said that even in this age such genocides are being carried out and the silence of the world regarding such issues is worrying and unexpected. Grant Shapps assured that he will write to his foreign secretary regarding this issue and urge him to ask Pakistan about the human rights violations in Balochistan.

The spokesperson of BNM also said that in recent days many of the members of British Parliament received letters from BNM UK members, as a result of that many MPs including Jonathan Gullis and Stephen Morgen have written to British foreign, Commonwealth, and development office regarding the issue of Hayat Mirza in particular and about the violations of Human rights in Balochistan in general, to which the foreign office has responded by saying that the British government condemns any actions of extrajudicial killing and enforced disappearances. We urge all the involved states to investigate such matters, punish the perpetrators, and provide justice to the victims and their families, he said.

"Yesterday's meeting was part of the Baloch National Movement's international campaign, in which not only protest and gatherings are taking place but also engagements are being done with the members of parliaments and officials in civilised countries to inform them about the history and current affairs of Balochistan," he added. (ANI)

After lockdown Nepali tea gets higher price in Indian market

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Biratnagar [Nepal], September 27 (ANI): The price of Nepali tea leaves has boomed in the Indian market in the post lockdown scenario, boosting prospects of producers with an increase in demand and consumption of the beverage.

With a fall in tea production in West Bengal, one of the largest in India, due to rainfall and lockdown, Nepali tea producers are now bridging the gap to fulfill the demand in India.

"In post lockdown, our tea grain and leaves are getting a better price. In the last three months, we are exporting tea grains and leaves in large amounts, in comparison to other times. The price of our products has also increased," a proprietor of Jagdamba Tea Processing, Bishnu Neupane said.

The price of one kilogram of (Crush, Tear, Curl) CTC tea in the Indian market now stands at Rs 400 which was earlier around Rs 200 pre-lockdown. The green leaves of tea, which earlier used to sell at Rs 10 kg, has now shot to Rs 50 per kg.

Orthodox tea, which previously used to sell in the market at Rs 15 per kg, it is now being sold at Rs 100 per kg.

As per the data from the customs, Nepal has been able to export tea leaves and grains amounting to about Rs 147 crores. Over 51 lakh kg of tea grains and leaves were exported to India from mid-June to mid-September.

Nepal, last year during the same period, had exported nearly 23 lakh kg of CTC tea to India, which then amounted to Rs 59.16 crores. It was an average of Rs 152 per kg last year which has increased to Rs 335 per kg in the post lockdown period.

India annually consumes about 100 crore kg of tea. A total of 140 kg crore tea is produced annually in India, out of which, 25 crores are exported to other nations including Nepal. (ANI)

EAM Jaishankar says, Jaswant Singh will be remembered for fashioning foreign policy for nuclear India

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New Delhi [India], September 27 (ANI): External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar condoled the demise of former Cabinet Minister Jaswant Singh, who passed away on Sunday morning. Jaishankar said that Singh will be remembered for fashioning a foreign policy for a nuclear India.

"Deeply saddened to learn of the demise of Shri Jaswant Singh. He will be particularly remembered for fashioning a foreign policy for a nuclear India. As foreign minister, he brought out the best in Indian diplomats," Jaishankar tweeted.

"His enormous erudition was matched by his extraordinary personal grace. My sincerest condolences to his family. Om Shanti," he added.

According to Army Hospital (R&R), Delhi, Major Jaswant Singh (Retired), former Cabinet Minister, passed away at 6:55 am today. He was admitted on 25 June and was being treated for Sepsis with Multiorgan Dysfunction Syndrome. He had a cardiac arrest this morning. His COVID status is negative.

A veteran BJP leader, Singh, had first served in the Indian Army before joining politics. He served as a member of both the Houses of the Parliament and held several important positions in the NDA Cabinet.

Singh was Minister for Finance, Minister for Defence and Minister for External Affairs during the government led by late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Singh was born on January 3, 1938, in village Jasol, Railway Station Balotara, District Barmer (Rajasthan). (ANI)

PM Narendra Modi pays tribute to Bhagat Singh on his birth anniversary

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New Delhi [India], September 27 (ANI): A day before the 113th birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday paid tributes to the freedom fighter and called him the symbol of bravery and courage.

Speaking at the 69th edition of the 'Mann Ki Baat' programme, the Prime Minister recalled the life of Bhagat Singh.

"I want to take you down the memory lane. This pertains to something that happened 101 years ago. In 1919, British rulers massacred innocent people at Jalianwala Bagh. After the massacre, a 12-year-old boy went to the incident spot and saw which was even beyond his imagination. He was shocked to see how can anyone be so cruel. The innocent boy was quite furious. He swore to fight against British rule. Yes, I am talking about Shaheed Bhagat Singh. Tomorrow, on September 28, we will observe his birth anniversary. I join countrymen in bowing before Shaheed Bhagat Singh, the symbol of bravery and courage," the Prime Minister said.

"Can you imagine that the Britishers who rule a huge part of the world and it is said about them that the sun never set in their regime... such a powerful regime got scared of a 23-year-old man. Shaheed Bhagat Singh was not only brave but also knowledgeable and a thinker," he added.

The Prime Minister said that another beautiful aspect of Shaheed Bhagat Singh's life was that "he very well understood the importance of teamwork, be it dedication towards Lala Lajpat Rai, or his attachment with Chandrashekhar Azad, Sukhdev and Rajguru and other freedom fighters."

"Personal glory was never important to Bhagat Singh. He always lived for a mission and made supreme sacrifice for that only. He always lived for a mission and made supreme sacrifice for that only. That mission was to get rid of injustice and British rule. Without thinking about their life, Bhagat Singh and his friends accomplish such acts of bravery that continue greatly in the country's freedom," Prime Minister Modi added.

He said whether "we become like Bhagat Singh or not but to have a love for the country like him and feeling to do something for the country like him would be our biggest tribute to Shaheed Bhagat Singh."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also reminded the nation about the 2016 surgical strike of India post-Pulwama attack.

"Four years ago, around this time, the world witnessed the courage, bravery and valour of our soldiers during the surgical strike. Our brave soldiers had just one mission and goal--to protect the glory and honour of mother India at any cost. They did not care for their lives, at all. They kept moving on the line of duty and we all witnessed how they returned victoriously. They made mother India proud," the Prime Minister said. (ANI)

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