Thursday, October 29, 2020

India, Mexico hold joint commission meeting, review bilateral cooperation

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar held eighth India-Mexico Joint Commission Meeting with his Mexican counterpart Marcelo Ebrard C. (Twitter/S Jaishankar)

New Delhi [India], October 29 (ANI): India and Mexico held their eighth joint commission meeting on Thursday and explored participation in a few territories including exchange, venture, agribusiness, wellbeing and schooling.

Foreign Affairs Minister S Jaishankar co-led the gathering with his Mexican partner Marcelo Ebrard.

"Satisfied to co-seat the eighth India-Mexico Joint Commission Meeting with FM @m_ebrard. Checked on our collaboration in exchange, speculation, space, farming, wellbeing and drugs, training and culture," Jaishankar said in a tweet.

"Anticipate working intimately with our 'Advantaged Partner' on our separate needs in the UNSC," he added. (ANI)

Mike Pompeo calls for immediate release of 3 student activists arrested by 'Chinese-controlled Hong Kong Police Force'

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Washington [US], October 29 (ANI): US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday condemned the "Chinese-controlled Hong Kong Police Force" for capturing three understudy majority rule government activists under the draconian public security law and requested their prompt delivery.

"The United States emphatically censures the capture and confinement of three understudy vote based system activists and approaches Hong Kong specialists to deliver those that remain kept right away. The Beijing-controlled Hong Kong government keeps on smothering dispute, stifle popular conclusion, and use law requirement for political purposes," said Pompeo in a press articulation.

He further said that China has disregarded its global commitments under the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration.

"Chinese Communist Party and its Hong Kong intermediaries smash the guaranteed self-governance of Hong Kong, and kill Hong Kong's regard for basic liberties, including the rights to quiet get together and opportunity of articulation," he said.

The United States remains with the individuals of Hong Kong, he added.

Prior, CNN had detailed Studentlocalism, an onetime supportive of autonomy gathering, distinguishing the three captured on Facebook as its previous convenor Tony Chung, and previous individuals William Chan and Yanni Ho.

The Hong Kong Police has announced that the two men and one lady - matured somewhere in the range of 17 and 21 - were captured Tuesday for supposedly making secessionist remarks via web-based media.

A mostly secret United Kingdom-based extremist association, Friends of Hong Kong, said that it had been working with Chung and he had been wanting to guarantee haven at the US department to Hong Kong before his capture, CNN announced.

The three Studentlocalism individuals were prior captured in July over certain posts made via web-based media by a page speaking to the worldwide wing of the gathering.

While the Hong Kong part of the association have said that it had disbanded after the burden of public security law in the city, the police have blamed Chung and others, who are situated in Hong Kong, of proceeding to advocate for the city's freedom from China.

According to the public security law, such wrongdoing will land the blamed in a sentence for three to 10 years or even life detainment for offenses of a "grave sort", CNN said.

Hostile to government fights have been shaking Hong Kong since a year ago. The sanctioning of draconian public security law in Hong Kong in June to prevent individuals from fighting has strengthened the shows.

The public security law forced by Beijing on Hong Kong condemns any demonstration of withdrawal (splitting endlessly from China), disruption (subverting the force or authority of the focal government), psychological warfare and arrangement with unfamiliar powers, with disciplines of up to life in jail. It became effective from July 1. (ANI)

PM Modi condemns knife attack in Nice, says India stands with France against terrorism

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

New Delhi [India], Oct 29: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday denounced the savage knife attack in France, which left three individuals dead.

In a Tweet, PM Modi communicated sympathies for the people in question and their families, and repeated that India remains with France in the battle against psychological oppression.

"I firmly censure the ongoing fear monger assaults in France, remembering the present appalling assault for Nice inside a congregation. Our most profound and genuine sympathies to the groups of the people in question and the individuals of France. India remains with France in the battle against psychological warfare," tweeted Modi.

The blade assault in the city of Nice has left in any event three individuals dead and a few harmed, French authorities said on Thursday.

As per Sputnik, Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi composed on Twitter that the police immediately kept the assailant. 

Muslims have right to be angry and kill millions of French people: Former Prime Minister of Malaysia Mahathir Mohamad

Former Prime Minister of Malaysia Dr Mahathir Mohamad

Kuala Lumpur [Malaysia], October 29: Former Prime Minister of Malaysia Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday stated that Muslims reserve a privilege to be furious and "kill a large number of French individuals" for the "slaughters of the past". This comes following French President Emmanuel Macron's analysis of revolutionary Islam after a teacher, was guillotined by a 18-year old for demonstrating kid's shows portraying Prophet Mohammed in class.

In a progression of 13 tweets, Mahathir Mohamad posting from his own Twitter handle lashed out at French President Emmanuel Macron for not being "enlightened" and for being "crude in accusing the religion of Islam and Muslims for the slaughtering of the offending teacher".

"Muslims reserve an option to be furious and to slaughter a great many French individuals for the slaughters of the past. Yet, all things considered the Muslims have not applied the "tit for tat" law. Muslims don't. The French shouldn't. Rather the French should show their kin to regard others' sentiments," he said.

He further stated, "Since you have accused all Muslims and the Muslims' religion for what was finished by one irate individual, the Muslims reserve a privilege to rebuff the French. The blacklist can't repay the wrongs submitted by the French every one of these years."

This comes days after Samuel Paty, a teacher, was guillotined by a 18-year-old adolescent on the edges of Paris after he indicated kid's shows portraying the Prophet during an exercise. Paty was after death allowed France's most elevated honor, the Legion d'Honneur, and celebrated in the public service at the Sorbonne University in Paris.

Enduring a shot at Macron, the previous Malaysian PM stated, "Macron isn't demonstrating that he is cultivated. He is crude in accusing the religion of Islam and Muslims for the slaughtering of the offending teacher. It isn't with regards to the lessons of Islam. Be that as it may, regardless of the religion claimed, furious individuals murder. The French throughout their set of experiences has slaughtered a great many individuals. Many were Muslims."

Requesting that the French President "Regard OTHERS", Mohamad stated, "An educator in France had his throat cut by a 18-year-old Chechen kid. The executioner was infuriated by the educator demonstrating a personification of Prophet Muhammad. The educator planned to show opportunity of articulation."

While not endorsing the murdering "as a Muslim", he said that he has confidence in the opportunity of articulation yet "I don't think it incorporates offending others". "You can't go up to a man and revile him essentially in light of the fact that you have confidence in the right to speak freely of discourse."

He further stated, "In Malaysia, where there are individuals of various races and religions, we have stayed away from genuine clashes between races since we are aware of the should be touchy to the sensitivities of others. In the event that we are not, at that point this nation could never be quiet and stable."

"We regularly duplicate the methods of the West. We dress like them, we embrace their political frameworks, even a portion of their bizarre practices. Be that as it may, we have our own qualities, diverse as among races and religions, which we have to support," he said.

"The issue with novel thoughts is that the newbies will in general add new translations. These are not what the originators planned. Hence, opportunity for ladies, implied the option to cast a ballot in races. Today, we need to wipe out all that is diverse among people," he said while adding that "truly we are unique."

"This restricts our ability to be equivalent. We need to acknowledge these distinctions and the constraints that are put on us. Our worth frameworks is additionally a piece of human rights...Yes, here and there certain qualities appear to be cruel. They cause a few people to endure. We have to diminish the sufferings. Yet, not forcibly, if the obstruction is extraordinary," the previous PM said.

He additionally featured that the clothing standard of European ladies all at once was seriously prohibitive like separated from the face no portion of the body was uncovered. "Yet, throughout the long term, an ever increasing number of parts of the body are uncovered. Today a bit of string covers the most mystery place, that's it in a nutshell. Indeed, numerous in the west are absolutely bare when on specific sea shores. The West acknowledges this as typical. Be that as it may, the West ought do whatever it takes not to persuasively force this on others. To do so is to deny the opportunity of these individuals," he said.

"By and large, the west presently don't stick to their own religion. They are Christians in name as it were. That is their right. Be that as it may, they should not show slight for the estimations of others, for the religion of others. It is a proportion of the degree of their civilisation to show this regard," he added. (ANI)

Pakistan accepts it's role in Pulwama terror attack, hails it as achievement under Imran Khan government

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Islamabad [Pakistan], October 29 (ANI): In an official affirmation of its part in Pulwama attack, Pakistan Federal minister Fawad Chaudhry gloated in National Assembly on Thursday that "Pulwama was accomplishment under authority of Imran Khan" and that "Hindustan ko ghus ke maara hai".

"We hit India by entering inside. Our accomplishment in Pulwama is the accomplishment of the whole network under the authority of Imran Khan. All of you additionally have credit (for it), Chaudhry told the National Assembly on Thursday.

#WATCH: Pakistan's Federal Minister Fawad Choudhry, in the National Assembly, says Pulwama was an extraordinary accomplishment under Imran Khan's initiative. 

— ANI (@ANI) October 29, 2020

The obnoxious dread assault on a CRPF caravan in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama region on February 14, 2019 killed 40 faculty. Fear mongers smashed a hazardous loaded vehicle in the transport. The escort had of 78 transports in which around 2,500 staff were going from Jammu to Srinagar.

Pakistan-based fear based oppressor bunch Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) had asserted duty regarding the Pulwama dread assault. Pakistan had over and over rejected obligation for the assault. 

Days after the fact India did airstrike on JeM's Balakot fear instructional course in Pakistan. 

India had likewise pulled back the Most Favored Nation (MFN) status to Pakistan following the fear assault. It had said that the External Illicit relationships Ministry will start all conceivable political advances which must be taken to guarantee detachment of Pakistan for having an immediate hand in the episode. 

The worldwide network had communicated its solid help to India in the wake of the dread assault. (ANI)

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemns knife attack in France

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson 

London [UK], October 29 (ANI): UK PM Boris Johnson on Thursday condemned the knife attack in France, which left three persons dead, and expressed that the UK remained with France against dread and narrow mindedness.

In a Twitter post, Johnson likewise broadened sympathies for casualties and their families.

"I am dismayed to hear the report from Nice today of a brutal assault at the Notre-Dame Basilica. Our musings are with the people in question and their families, and the UK stands enduringly with France against fear and prejudice," tweeted Johnson.

The blade assault in the city of Nice has left at any rate three individuals dead and a few harmed, French authorities said on Thursday.

As indicated by Sputnik, Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi composed on Twitter that the police immediately kept the assailant. (ANI)

death toll of knife attack stands at 3 in France

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Paris [France], October 29 (ANI): The knife attack in the city of Nice has left over three persons dead and a few harmed, French authorities said on Thursday.

President Emmanuel Macron was making a beeline for the city, while Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin held an emergency meeting as he cautioned individuals to stay away from the site of the assault, Al Jazeera revealed.

The assault occurred in a congregation in Nice.

"I can affirm everything recommends this was a dread assault in the Notre-Dame Basilica," said Mayor Christian Estrosi, a previous MP with the traditional Republicans party, in a tweet.

In another tweet, he stated, "I talked with the president on the telephone, he stretched out his appreciation to the Nice police and all the security powers, and requested that I stretch out his help to the occupants of Nice, where he will show up after the expected time today." (ANI)

Baku gave Yerevan 30 bodies of Armenian servicemen, two senior citizens: Presidential aide

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Baku [Azerbaijan], Oct 29 (ANI/Sputnik): Baku has moved to Yerevan around 30 bodies of killed Armenian servicemen, and furthermore two senior Armenian residents, because of Russia's intervention, Azerbaijani official associate Khikmet Gadzhiyev said on Thursday. 

"Around 30 assortments of the Armenian military's servicemen and officials who fell on the war zone ought to have been given to the Armenian side, just as two senior Armenian residents ... The exchange function occurred today in the Gazakh-Tovuz zone," Gadzhiyev said at an instructions. 

As indicated by the official assistant, Armenia was at first not ready to acknowledge its residents and the dead bodies. 

"We exceptionally value the exertion of the Russian Defense Ministry and [Defense] Minister Sergei Shoigu actually. The Armenian side consented to acknowledge the dead bodies, supporting Russia's drive to open the helpful passageway," Gadzhiyev added. 

The Armenian Defense Ministry affirmed the exchange.

PPP demands resignation of President Arif Alvi

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Islamabad [Pakistan], October 29 (ANI): The Pakistan People's Party (PPP) has charged President Arif Alvi of supposedly disregarding the nation's Constitution and asked him to intentionally venture down in wake of the judgment by the Supreme Court in the Justice Qazi Faez Isa case.

"I was expecting that after the arrival of (SC) judgment, the President would himself leave. In any case, presently seven days is going to be finished, yet the President has not yet surrendered. Subsequently, keeping in see all the conditions, it will be suitable for the President to leave in the light of the discoveries of the definite thinking by the SC," said PPP Senator Raza Rabbani while talking at a news gathering on Wednesday, as cited before sun-up.

First light additionally revealed that the Senator said that the abdication of Prime Minister Imran Khan and the evacuation of the Pakistan Tehreek-I-Insaf government was on the rundown of the requests of the resistance Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), and "now the President's renunciation has likewise been remembered for the rundown".

As to moving a denunciation development against the President, Rabbani said that it would be chosen by the PDM administration and communicated that he PDM's uncommon board would meet soon and devise a system regarding how to raise the interest for the President's acquiescence and what methodology they ought to receive for it.

Sunrise revealed that the Senator while perusing out the passages from the Supreme Court's itemized judgment in the Justice Isa case on October 23, said that there was a "away from of enthusiasm" in the process expressing that "the President had talked about the reference and its lawful perspectives with the lawyer general and the law serve who was in fact associated with the outlining of the reference".

He said that the court had announced that it was not fitting for the President to make his conclusion based on discussions with the engineers of the reference and added that under Article 48 (1) of the Constitution, "the president has the ability to restore the exhortation by the Prime Minister or the bureau for reexamination", however he didn't do it.

Rabbani, who likewise filled in as the Senate executive said that the judgment had expressed "in clear terms" that the President has not satisfied "his sacred duties" and added that it was not the first occasion when that Arif had "submitted an inconsistency or abused the constitution". (ANI)

German Chancellor Merkel announces 'lockdown light' from November 2, amid surge in COVID-19 cases

German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Berlin [Germany], October 29 (ANI): German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday announced to start a 'lockdown light' from November 2 amid a surge in coronavirus cases.

The measures are proposed to restrict contact however much as could reasonably be expected and stem the quick spread of the infection, announced Euro News.

"We should act, and now, to maintain a strategic distance from an intense public wellbeing crisis. In the event that diseases proceed in light of present conditions, we will be at the restrictions of the limits of our wellbeing framework," said the chancellor at a question and answer session, adding that schools and nurseries would stay open.

The new lockdown standards were reported because of a flood in the infection contamination rate that went over an edge of 50 for every 100,000 occupants in a single week. The German government alongside the nation's 16 state premiers has chosen to close caf├ęs and bars all through November, alongside films, exchange fairs, theaters, and wellness focuses.

The move will influence the games too as all elite athletics rivalries in Germany, including high level football, will be held in secret from Monday and novice sports exercises won't be permitted, announced Euro News.

"Close to ten individuals ought to gather at one time and contact is set to be restricted to two family units," said Merkel.

The ongoing measures have made resentment among Germany's neighborliness industry, as of now overburdened due to the Covid pandemic organized a dissent at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate to request budgetary help from the administration.

In the interim, the administration has reported Euro 10 billion in extra crisis help to enable the individuals who to have been monetarily affected by the pandemic.

Germany's new every day diseases hit its most noteworthy aggregate yet on Wednesday at more than 14,000, with only 25 percent of the nation's escalated care beds accessible announced Euro News. (ANI)

13 killed, dozens missing as rains wreak havoc in Vietnam

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Hanoi [Vietnam], October 29: Over 13 individuals were killed and almost 40 disappeared as heavy rains lashed portions of Vietnam on Wednesday.

The weighty deluge has been brought about by Typhoon Molave, which is required to arrive at Vietnam's northern neighbor Laos late on Thursday.

Molave is perhaps the most grounded storm in the locale in many years. The Vietnamese government has conveyed several fighters and hefty apparatus to look for the overcomers of downpour set off avalanches in the far off territories of Quang Nam, detailed Bangkok Post.

Rescuers are thinking that its difficult to do their activities because of awful climate and helpless availability.

"We can conjecture the tempest way or the measure of downpour, yet can't anticipate when avalanches will occur. Streets are secured under profound mud and substantial downpour is as yet lashing the region, yet salvage work must be done rapidly," Bangkok Post cited agent Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung, as saying.

Vietnam has been battered by storms, weighty rains and floods since prior this month. The unfavorable climate conditions have disabled life and harmed property.

A huge number of individuals have been without power and in excess of 56,000 houses have been harmed, added Bangkok Post.

The nation's climate organization has cautioned of substantial precipitation up to 700 mm in focal Vietnam until Saturday.

India's gold demand falls by 30 percent in Q3

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Oct 29: India's interest for gold for second from last quarter (July-September), 2020 has fallen by 30% at 86.6 tons when contrasted with by and large Q3 interest for 2019 at 123.9 tons, the World Gold Council (WGC) said here on Thursday. 

As indicated by the WGC report, gold interest an incentive for the Q3 was at Rs 39,510 crores, somewhere around 4 percent when contrasted with Q3 2019 (Rs 41,300 crores). 

"India's Q3 2020 gold interest fell by 30% to 86.6 tons on the rear of Covid related disturbances, depressing shopper notion and excessive costs joined by unpredictability. This is, in any case, higher than Q2 which at 64 tons was a 70 percent drop and the second-most minimal in our quarterly arrangement. This has been incompletely because of the facilitating of lockdown and some low costs in August that gave a little window of purchasing open doors for the recognizing," said Somasundaram PR, Managing Director, India, WGC. 

As indicated by Somasundaram, Q3 will in general be moderately low commonly because of occasional components like rainstorm and unpropitious periods like Pitru-Paksh and Adhik Maas. 

Adornments interest for Q3 fell by 48 percent to 52.8 tons as gems buys didn't have any help of celebrations or weddings during this period. 

"Then again, gold's place of refuge ascribes and expectation of cost rise made ready for an expansion in venture interest for gold bars and coins by 51 percent to 33.8 tons. One intriguing advancement during these long periods of lockdown has been the fast ascent in computerized commitment with a few tech activities by top gem specialists to charm purchasers. Computerized stages selling apportioned gold through wallets likewise recorded a sharp ascent in volumes, alongside huge movement in gold ETFs following a drawn out time of peacefulness," Somasundaram has said. 

Complete gems request in India for Q3 2020 diminished by 48 percent at 52.8 tons when contrasted with Q3 2019 (101.6 tons). The estimation of gems request was Rs 24,100 crores, somewhere around 29 percent from Q3 2019 (Rs 33,850 crores). 

All out venture interest for Q3 2020 at 33.8 tons expanded by 52 percent in contrast with Q3 2019 (22.3 tons). In esteem terms, gold speculation interest in Q3 2019 was Rs 15,410 crores, up by 107 percent from Q3 2019 (Rs 7,450 crores). 

The all out gold reused in India in Q3 2020 was 41.5 tons, up by 14 percent contrasted with 36.5 tons in Q3 2019, as per WGC.

Spainish authorities restricted movements in 4 more regions amid worsening COVID-19 situation

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Madrid [Spain], October 29 (ANI/Sputnik): The Spanish authorities have confined development in the districts of Andalusia, Castile-La-Mancha, Castile and Leon and Murcia because of the compounding epidemiological circumstance in the midst of the pandemic, as indicated by the territorial governments. 

The areas of Granada, Jaen and Seville in Andalusia - the nation's biggest self-governing network - were put on a halfway lockdown, continuing in the means of the districts of Navarre, Aragon, Asturias, Basque Country and Rioja. 

Special cases to leave or enter the domain of the self-governing networks are visits to clinical foundations, work or study-related issues, just as visits to family members. 

Murcia closes fringes for 14 days, while Andalusia, Castile and Leon and Castile-La-Mancha until November 9. 

Network pioneers in Madrid need to confine development during the long end of the week because of the special seasons. 

In the course of recent weeks, Spain affirmed in excess of 170,000 instances of the Covid, with more than 34,000 of the diseases being enlisted in Catalonia. On Sunday, another check in time came into power across Spain. In Catalonia, inhabitants are requested to remain at home from 10 p. m. to 6 a. m. (from 21:00 to 05:00 GMT). 

A week ago, Spain turned into the 6th nation on the planet to enlist an aggregate of more than 1 million Covid cases. (ANI/Sputnik)

Joe Biden holds 12 point lead over Trump in new national poll

US President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden. (Photo: ANI)

Washington [US], October 29: Democratic presidential nominee and former US Vice President Joe Biden led the incumbent US President Donald Trump in the poll by 12 points on Wednesday.

The Hill quoting CNN's new poll reported that the former US Vice President gets 54 per cent support among likely voters in the survey while Trump trails at 42 per cent -- a wider gap than most national polls show.

The survey also showed that Biden is heading into the Election Day with far greater support than what former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton enjoyed before her defeat to Trump. The Hill further reported that Biden has led every CNN poll since last year against Trump.

According to the Hill, Biden's lead "is fueled by" yearning margins among Democratic-friendly blocs and narrow ones among demographics that are typically in favour of the GOP (The Republicans). Biden leads by 61 per cent to 37 per cent lead among women and a 71-24 per cent lead among non-white voters. However, the former vice president trails by 1 point among men and 2 points among white voters.

The poll also states that Biden leads Trump among senior citizen voters -- a group that is often considered as a Republican-leaning group -- by 65 per cent to 44 per cent.

Biden has a net-positive favorability rating with 55 per cent of likely voters saying that they have a favourable view of him and 42 per cent saying that they have an unfavourable view of him. Whereas in the case of his Republican counterpart, Trump's approval rating stands at 42 per cent while 55 per cent disapprove the job he did as President of the United States.

"The CNN poll, conducted by SSRS, surveyed 886 likely voters from Oct. 23-26 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8 per cent," The Hill reported further.

The US presidential election is scheduled to take place on November 3. 

West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar to meet Amit Shah today

West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar will meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah today. 

New Delhi [India], October 29 (ANI): West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar is planned to meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah at 11:30 am today. 

Dhankhar has been at loggerheads with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee more than a few issues. 

Banerjee had before likewise blamed Dhankhar for running a "equal organization" in the state. 

The Governor has reliably been raising the issue of peace in West Bengal said that the circumstance is disturbing. (ANI)

At least 58 civilians killed in Afghanistan from October 23-27

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Kabul [Afghanistan], October 29: Over 58 regular people have been killed and 143 more harmed in blasts and armed attacks in four regions across Afghanistan from October 23-27, as per a study. 

The study by Tolo News demonstrates the regular folks were slaughtered in Kabul, Ghazni, Khost and Zabul regions. One of the assaults occurred close to a mentoring focus in Kabul on Saturday that killed in excess of thirty individuals - who were generally understudies while 77 were harmed. 

An assault occurred in the Khost territory on Tuesday that included seven aggressors with three unstable loaded vehicles leaving five regular folks dead and 33 harmed. Around the same time, five regular folks were killed and 13 others were harmed in a blast in Kabul. 

The study additionally detailed that in Zabul, eight regular folks were killed in two blasts as per the lead representative's office and 10 regular folks were killed in a blast in the Ghazni territory on Friday. 

Tolo News further announced that 30 kids were killed in the nation in aggressor assaults over the most recent four days, as indicated by Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission. 

Hashem Nazari, an understudy who was likewise a casualty of an ongoing assault in PD10 of Kabul city on Tuesday, kicked the bucket while he was headed to class when the blast ended his life. 

"He was headed to class. A self destruction assault occurred at around 1:30pm. To begin with, we imagined that he is at school," said the casualty's dad to Tolo News. Ali Akbar, another survivor of the assault, lost his life in the blast. 

Zabihullah Farhang, a representative for Afghan Human Rights Commission was cited by Tolo News saying, "There is a desperate requirement for a truce. They should stop the further infringement of the privileges of the Afghan public." 

The UN mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA) report delivered on Tuesday said that regular citizen loss figure for the initial nine months in the current year dropped by near 30% when contrasted with the equivalent of 2019 adding that while the quantity of non military personnel setbacks "is most reduced" in the initial nine months of any year since 2012, "the mischief done to regular citizens stays exorbitant and stunning." 

The UNAMA said that the counter government components are liable for most of non military personnel losses which remains at 58 percent. The quantity of regular citizen passings ascribed to the counter government offices is at comparative levels when contrasted with 2019. 

The report said that the quantity of regular folks killed ascribed to the Taliban has expanded by six percent in the initial nine months of 2020 adding that the quantity of losses including killed and harmed credited to the Taliban in general dropped by 32 percent "for the most part because of a decrease in the quantity of regular citizens harmed by self destruction assaults and ground commitment".

COVID-19 death toll tops 30,000 in Argentina

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Buenos Aires [Argentina], Oct 29 (Xinhua/ANI): Argentina on Wednesday revealed 345 additional passings from COVID-19, pushing the public count to 30,071, as indicated by the Ministry of Health. 

The service likewise detailed 13,924 new COVID-19 cases, carrying the cross country check to 1,130,533 with 931,147 recuperations. 

Buenos Aires Province, the biggest in the South American nation, has so far enlisted 539,473 contaminations, remaining the most exceedingly terrible hit among all regions. 

As indicated by the wellbeing specialists, at present, 5,037 patients are hospitalized in concentrated consideration units, and the inhabitance pace of serious consideration beds remains at 64.4 percent across the country. 

Argentina enrolled its first COVID-19 case on March 3. 

The nation has expanded its confinement and social removing measures until November 8.

Increase in new Coronavirus cases in Russia may end within 3 weeks: Health Ministry

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Moscow [Russia], October 29: The expansion in the count of new Covid cases in Russia may reach a conclusion inside three weeks, Vladimir Chulanov, the boss infectiology official in the Russian Health Ministry, told Sputnik. 

"We expect this second ascent [in the quantity of Covid cases] not to keep going for quite a while. Truly, it will last longer than the first since it is of a greater scale, on a basic level. Be that as it may, it is probably not going to last longer than two or a month ... It is probably going to ache for three weeks, the circumstance may settle at that point," Chulanov said. 

Remarking on a potential danger of the third influx of the plague, he said that it was too soon to make any figures on this issue.

Delhi CM Kejriwal to launch 'Green Delhi' app to check air pollution

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi [India], October 29 (ANI): Amid weakening air quality in the public capital, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday will dispatch "Green Delhi" versatile application, which will empower individuals to enroll objections about infringement of against contamination standards. 

The versatile application is an aspect of the Delhi government's "Yudh Pradushan Ke Virudh" crusade, reported by Kejriwal on October 6, to decrease contamination levels in the public capital. 

Through this photograph based protest dwelling application, individuals will have the option to educate the legislature about the consuming regarding waste, and modern and residue contamination. 

There will be a period limit for redressal of the protests got on the Green Delhi application, the Delhi government said. 

In the interim, the air quality plunged further with the Air Quality Index (AQI) crossing 400-mark (serious classification) at a few spots in Delhi today. The AQI was enrolled at 401 in Anand Vihar, 405 in Alipur and 410 in Wazirpur, according to Delhi Pollution Control Committee information. 

On Tuesday, Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai held an audit meeting on the complaint redressal measure identified with the Green Delhi application with authorities of different divisions. 

Nodal officials from the Environment Department, Revenue Department, Municipal Corporation of Delhi, New Delhi Municipal Council, Delhi Development Authority, Public Works Department, Delhi Police, Delhi Fire Service, and National Highways Authority of India among others went to the audit meeting. 

The Delhi government said that all the concerned offices will be associated with the application, and the protests got will naturally contact them. 

In the event that the objection isn't settled as expected, move will be made against the concerned authorities, it said. 

Meanwhile, 1,702 challans for a sum of Rs 26.43 lakh had been given for open consuming of trash from October 1-October 17 and 59 challans gave for an aggregate of Rs 12 lakh for dust contamination from October 1-16, as indicated by a North Delhi Municipal Corporation official. 

Stubble and trash consuming, dust, nearby modern and vehicular outflow are among the components that add to high contamination levels each colder time of year in the public capital. 

The main priest has likewise said that tweaked plans for controling contamination levels in 13 hotspots recognized in the public capital will be made in the coming days. 

Then, on October 26, the Central government submitted under the steady gaze of the Supreme Court that it is thinking about the formation of a lasting body by sanctioning enactment to manage the yearly air contamination issue in the public capital locale emerging from stubble consuming in Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh. 

Specialist General Tushar Mehta, showing up for Center, said that the legislature will get new enactment three to four days. 

AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria has likewise said that the rising air contamination, joined with Covid disease and lung confusions, can prompt genuine outcomes, and consequently, higher mortality. 

As indicated by an ICMR study, around 4 lakh passings in India were because of air contamination in 2017. 

The most noteworthy PM2.5 presentation level is in Delhi, trailed by the other north Indian conditions of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and Haryana. (ANI)

Kangana Ranaut praises 'Tejas' director Sarvesh Mewara, hosts dinner evening

Actor Kangana Ranaut with director Sarvesh Mewara. (Image Source: Twitter)

New Delhi [India], October 29 (ANI): Actor Kangana Ranaut, who is working on her upcoming patriotic film 'Tejas,' on Wednesday praised the director of the film and termed him a "bundle of some serious talent."

The 'Queen' actor took to Twitter to post a picture of herself with Sarvesh Mewara, the director of 'Tejas' and penned down a note dedicated to him.

"Most amazing aspect of making movies is that you get to meet so many wonderful artists, lovely to know this bundle of some serious talent, writer-director of Tejas, captain of our team @sarveshmewara1," she tweeted.

In a follow-up tweet, Kangana shared two short video clips from the evening where the actor and her family hosted a dinner for the director and the coach of the film Wing Commander Abhijeet Gokhale.

"It was a lovely evening hosted dinner for @sarveshmewara1 and our coach @AbbeeTheAviator

along with few relatives, had requested my siblings to help me entertain my friends they clearly went overboard," she wrote along with the videos.

Earlier this week, the 33-year-old actor had begun with workshops ahead of the shoot of the film 'Tejas.' (ANI)

3 persons held with leopard skin in Assam

The three arrested persons with the leopard skin in Assam. (Photo/ANI)

Biswanath (Assam) [India], October 29 (ANI): Three persons were arrested with leopard skin from Biswanath Wildlife Division under Gingia police station limits on Wednesday.

The three have been identified as Yudhisthir Tati (28), Subhash Mirdha (24), and Bulet Munda alias Babu (37).

Police suspect th
ey hunted the leopard in the Assam-Arunachal border area. (ANI)

Woman admitted to private hospital in Gurugram sexually assaulted

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Gurugram (Haryana) [India], October 29 (ANI): A woman who was admitted to a private hospital here was sexually assaulted and an FIR was registered after she complained to her father on gaining consciousness six days later.

Police have registered a case after the woman's father registered an FIR in the Sushant Lok police station.

The 21-year-old woman suffers from tuberculosis and was admitted to a private hospital here on October 21. She attained consciousness on October 27 and complained through gestures to her father that she was abused by a man named Vikas.

After receiving the complaint, the police tried to get her statement but the doctors said that she is not in a condition to speak.

Police Commissioner Maqsood Ahmed said that the investigation has been initiated in the matter. Police are trying to ascertain whether accused Vikas is a worker in the hospital or not. Ahmed said that the CCTV footage is being examined. (ANI)

China broke its promises to Hong Kong, Taiwan: US State Department

US State Department's spokesperson, Morgan Ortagus

Washington [US], October 29 (ANI): The United States on Wednesday (local time) called out China for breaking its "promises" to Hong Kong and Taiwan and asked Beijing to be transparent and allow an investigation in the COVID-19 emergence from Wuhan province.

Speaking to ANI, US State Department's spokesperson, Morgan Ortagus, said that China is the strategic competitor of the US on many levels.

Tensions between the US and China have escalated in the recent months over a range of issues including COVID-19 emergence, Hong Kong security law, Washington support to Taiwan, Indo-Pacific region.

"China, we have made no secret in the Trump administration that they are a strategic competitor on many levels. There are some areas in which we do have to work with China and we have been able to work with them, especially on establishing the new phase one trade agreement. But for the most part, you know again we have seen that there are global challenges and challenges in Asia, where the Chinese Communist Party quite frankly have broken their promises. They have broken their promises in Hong Kong. They have broken them in Taiwan," she said.

"We know that this COVID-19 virus that we're all dealing with, you know, is something that emanated from China. We continue to call on them and to be transparent to be open to allow scientists and doctors in to investigate. That's something that still hasn't happened and something that we are going to continue to call for because we have to fight these global pandemics together," she added.

Recently, Chinese foreign ministry announced that the country will impose sanctions on Lockheed Martin, Boeing Defense, Raytheon and other U.S. companies it says are involved in Washington's arms sales to Taiwan

Beijing considers Taiwan a wayward province it has vowed to bring under control, by force if necessary.

Meanwhile, in Hong Kong, China imposed the new national security law after repeated protests there demanding more democracy and less Chinese influence. The US has expressed its discontent with the law and the Chinese Communist Party's actions in the city.

The new law targets secession, subversion and terrorism with punishments of up to life in prison. With the imposition of the law, China has broken its promise to Britain on the handover of Hong Kong in 1997 to preserve the concept of "one country, two systems" for 50 years.

Speaking about the recently held 2+2 India US inter-ministerial dialogue, Ortagus said that Washington and New Delhi have reaffirmed that they are committed to the free and open Indo-Pacific region and that is "really important" in the era of global competition.

"So we know that both of our countries reaffirmed that we are committed to the free and open Indo-Pacific, and that's really important as we enter this era of global competition. One of the things that are going to be crucial and fundamental is freedom of navigation, freedom of the seas, free flow of trade of goods, and exchange of ideas," Ortagus said.

During 2+2 dialogue, India and US welcomed the growing understanding on the Indo-Pacific among like-minded countries and emphasized that the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea should not prejudice the legitimate rights and interests of any nation in accordance with international law.

A Joint Statement on the third India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue said the two countries reiterated their commitment to maintaining a free, open, inclusive, peaceful, and prosperous Indo-Pacific region built on a rules-based international order.

India and US signed five key agreements during the 2+2 India-US ministerial-level dialogue including Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) which will allow India real-time access to precision data and topographical images from the United States military satellites. (ANI)

7 dead, 46 missing in landslides in central Vietnam province

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Hanoi [Vietnam], October 29 (ANI/Xinhua): Two landslides in central Vietnam's Quang Nam province have killed at least seven people as of 11 p.m. local time Wednesday, Vietnam News Agency reported.

A total of 46 people are still missing due to the landslides, both of which occurred in Nam Tra My district and were triggered by torrential rains brought by the now-devolved typhoon Molave, the news agency reported early Thursday.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has requested the country's National Committee for Disaster Response, Search and Rescue, among other military and local authorities, to cooperate and use any method necessary to rescue the victims of the two landslides, according to the report. (ANI/Xinhua)

India, US relations go beyond political parties: US State Dept

US State Department's spokesperson Morgan Ortagus

Washington [US], October 29 (ANI): Underlining that India and US relations go beyond political parties, the State Department on Wednesday said that Washington needs New Delhi's partnership to face many global challenges and to solve "big problems" on the world stage.

Speaking to ANI, US State Department's spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said that the relations between India and the US are "really important" to the defence and security establishment of the two countries in the era of global competition as well as to ensure freedom of navigation and freedom of the seas.

Oratgus remarks come a day after US State Secretary Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Mark T Esper held 2+2 ministerial meeting with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. Referring to India as one of the "selective partners" of the United States, Ortagus said that it was an "incredibly important" for Pompeo and Esper to go to India and have 2+2 dialogue.

The timing of the secretaries' visit holds significance as the US is going into the presidential election next week.

"One of the reasons why this 2+2 dialogue is so important is India has really emerged on the global stage and in fact that we know there are many global challenges that the United States faces. We cannot face them alone. We recognise that we need India. We need the partnership in order to solve any of these big problems on the world stage," she said.

"Well, it's incredibly important for secretary Mike Pompeo and Secretary Esper to go to India to have this two plus two. You know, the relationship between the United States and India has been around for a very long time. It will be around for much longer in the future. The relationship goes beyond political parties, this relationship between the United States and India is important to everybody and our defence and security establishment, so you know we have many friends and allies of course around the world. But we have very selective partners like India, where we actually take the time to do the 2+2," she added.

Ortagus said that the two countries have reaffirmed that they are committed to the free and open Indo-Pacific region and that is "really important" in the era of global competition.

"So we know that both of our countries reaffirmed that we are committed to the free and open Indo-Pacific, and that's really important as we enter this era of global competition. One of the things that are going to be crucial and fundamental is freedom of navigation, freedom of the seas, free flow of trade of goods, and exchange of ideas," Ortagus said.

During 2+2 dialogue, India and US welcomed the growing understanding on the Indo-Pacific among like-minded countries and emphasized that the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea should not prejudice the legitimate rights and interests of any nation in accordance with international law.

A Joint Statement on the third India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue said the two countries reiterated their commitment to maintaining a free, open, inclusive, peaceful, and prosperous Indo-Pacific region built on a rules-based international order.

India and US signed five key agreements during the 2+2 India-US ministerial-level dialogue including Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) which will allow India real-time access to precision data and topographical images from the United States military satellites. (ANI)

As second COVID-19 wave sweeps in, Pakistan mandates face mask in public

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Islamabad [Pakistan], October 29 (ANI): The Pakistan authorities on Wednesday made it compulsory for all citizens to wear a face mask when stepping out of their homes as the second wave of the coronavirus">coronavirus has started in the country.

The directive by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) comes a day after Pakistan's active cases surpassed the 11,000 mark.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Health Dr Faisal Sultan announced that the second wave of the deadly virus had started in the country, Dawn reported.

The meeting was presided over by Planning and Development Minister Asad Umar, who later tweeted that the NCOC has approved the use of antigen testing in addition to the PCR tests being carried out

"This is part of a strategy to increase the level of testing. The symptomatic cases will all still be administered PCR tests. The decision is in line with the guidelines issued by the World Health Organisation," he said.

According to a statement by NCOC, all provinces have been asked to ensure that people wear face masks and adhere to standard operating procedures (SOPs), particularly in bazaars, shopping malls, public transport and restaurants.

At present, 4,374 lockdowns have been imposed across 11 cities in the country; Quetta, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Multan, Peshawar, Islamabad, Hyderabad, Mirpur, Gilgit, Muzaffarabad and Karachi.

As of Wednesday, Pakistan has reported 3,30,516 COVID-19 cases and the death toll in the country stands at 6,766. (ANI)

'India will attack if we don't release Abhinandan by 9 pm' said foreign minister SM Qureshi: Pakistan MP recounts in Parliament

IAF pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman

Islamabad [Pakistan], October 29 (ANI): A Pakistan MP speaking in Parliament on Wednesday claimed that fearing an attack by India, the Imran Khan government had abruptly released Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman, who landed in Pakistani custody last February after a dogfight between Indian and Pakistani pilots.

In a speech in the National Assembly, Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) leader Ayaz Sadiq said that Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had in an important meeting pointed out that if Pakistan did not release Abhinandan Varthaman, India would attack Pakistan “that night by 9 pm.”

Dunya News quoted Sadiq making this claim in Parliament.

The PML-N leader told opposition leaders that Qureshi in a meeting with the parliamentary leaders, including PPP and PML-N and Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, had asked for Abhinandan to be let free.

“I remember Shah Mahmood Qureshi was in the meeting in which Imran Khan had refused to attend and Chief of Army Staff General Bajwa came into the room, his legs were shaking and he was perspiring. Foreign Minister said for God’s sake let Abhinandan go, India’s about to attack Pakistan at 9 PM”, Sadiq recounted the events of the important meeting.

Dunya News further quoted Sadiq as saying that the opposition has supported the government in all issues including Abhinandan but will not be able to further support it.

Wing Commander Varthaman shot into limelight after he shot down a Pakistani aircraft F-16, which had transgressed into the Indian airspace during a dog fight between Indian and Pakistani air force in February 2019 and in the process, his plane crossed over to Pakistani side and was shot down.

Abhinandan was returned to India from the Attari-Wagah border on March 1. (ANI)

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