Tuesday, November 3, 2020

China seeking to unilaterally alter status quo along LAC has led to deterioration in ties: Foreign Secretary Shringla

Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla

London [UK], November 3 (ANI): China's unusual step of seeking to unilaterally alter the status quo along LAC in eastern Ladakh has led to "deterioration of ties" between the two countries, Foreign Secretary Harsh V Shringla said on Tuesday and noted that India stands resolute in its resolve "not to allow its territorial integrity or sovereignty to be compromised".

In an interview with DW News, Shringla also said that India, US relations are "based on bipartisan support" and will not be impacted by the outcome of US elections. He said the two countries have forged a relationship that has withstood the test of time is very comprehensive and multifaceted.

The Foreign Secretary hit out at Pakistan government over query related to remarks of Prime Minister Imran Khan, saying it is clearly an attempt to distract international attention and domestic attention from his own problems.

He said there is no "common perception" of the India-China border but if an attempt is made to change "where the current line of troops is", it impacts the larger relationship. He expressed concern over steps taken by China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh.

"It has contributed to the deterioration of ties between our two countries because of the unusual step of China to seek to unilaterally alter the status quo," he said in answer to a query.

"You have to keep in mind that there is no common perception of the border, but if you seek to change where the current line of troops are then it, of course, does impact the larger relationship. We are concerned that China has taken the step. We are very, very clear that we will stand firm and resolute in our resolve not to allow our territorial integrity or sovereignty to be compromised," he said.

Answering a query related to Hong Kong, the Foreign Secretary said, "as a matter of policy we don't comment on what becomes the internal affairs of states."

"We have said that there is a large community of Indian origin in Hong Kong so we are watching the situation with some level of attention and concern and we will continue to do so," he said.

Asked about Quad, he said the grouping is essentially working to "bolster the capacities and abilities of countries in the Indo-Pacific with ASEAN as its centrality in a manner that is both constructive and cooperative".

"Quad is a grouping of countries which have the same vision of a free open transparent Indo-Pacific region and international rules-based order, international freedom of navigation in global commons and also issues such as open connectivity, respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of states," he said.

Quad is a grouping of four democratic countries - India, US, Japan and Australia

Asked about India's reaction to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, who had called India a "fascist state inspired by the Nazist regime" in an interview, Shringla said, "considering his situation and Pakistan's own approach towards radicalism, terrorism and issues that are important to the international community, he really shouldn't be making such irresponsible statements".

He said the remarks had come from Prime Minister of a country "that does not recognise the state of Israel, that till now does not acknowledge that the Holocaust took place, that has placed safe sanctuary for Osama Bin Laden and Mullah Omar of the Taliban."

"Years after 9/11, it (Pakistan) is a country that has a debt that is higher than its GDP, a country that has enormous socio-economic and political problems with an entire coalition party seeking to unseat Prime Minister Imran Khan and those who back him from the deep state. It is clearly an attempt to distract international attention and domestic attention from his own problems," the Foreign Secretary said.

Speaking on the future of India's relationship with the United States, he said that the ties will remain the same no matter who wins the presidential elections.

"Democratic candidate Joe Biden also has made it clear in many of his statements that he values a strong India-US strategic partnership. This is common to both President Trump and Biden," he said.

Shringla also said that India-US relations are "based on bipartisan support -- you see it in the Congress and at the public levels".

"We do believe that we have forged a relationship that has withstood the test of time is very comprehensive and multifaceted. We not only share the same values and principles but we also have in strategic vision in what could be a bilateral regional or multilateral relationship. PM Narendra Modi's relationship with President Trump has been special but you have to remember that his relationship with President Obama was also very special," he added. (ANI)

EAM Jaishankar urges Gulf countries to facilitate return to work for Indian workers, professionals

Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs Francois-Philippe Champagne. (Photo: ANI)

New Delhi [India], November 3 (ANI): India on Tuesday urged the members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to facilitate the return of a large number of Indian workers and professionals through sustainable travel bubble arrangements.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar raised the issue at the annual political dialogue with the GCC Troika, which was held in virtual mode.

According to an official statement by the Ministry of External Affairs Jaishankar thanked the GCC countries for taking care of the large Indian diaspora in their countries during the Covid-19 pandemic.

"The EAM mentioned that a large number of Indian workers and professionals are now eager to return to the GCC countries to resume their work and "urged the GCC leadership to facilitate their return through sustainable travel bubble arrangements with India," the minister said in a statement.

The minister also apprised GCC leaders about the progress made by India in vaccine development as well as in the development and manufacturing of diagnostic and other equipment related to Covid-19. Both sides reaffirmed that they will continue to work together to tackle the Covid-19 situation.

After the meeting, Jaishankar said in a tweet, "Pleased to participate in the Group of Foreign Ministers Meeting to exchange experiences on COVID-related challenges. Thank FM @FP_Champagne of Canada for convening the meeting."

"Just concluded the India-GCC Dialogue. Thank MOS Dr. @AnwarGargash of UAE, FM Dr Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani of Bahrain, @GCC Secretary General Dr. Nayef Falah Mubarak Al-Hajraf and senior representatives of Kuwait, Saudi Arabia & Qatar for a productive meeting," he said in another tweet.

According to an official statement, the leaders undertook a detailed review of India-GCC ties and appreciated the upward trajectory in ties witnessed in the last few years.

"The leaders also exchanged views on regional and international issues of mutual concern. They agreed that the India-GCC partnership in political, economic and other domains would be further strengthened," the statement read.

The MEA further said that the GCC welcomed India's inclusion in the UNSC as a non-permanent member from January 2021.

"Both sides affirmed their commitment to reform multilateral institutions to reflect the realities of the 21st century and to work together to address contemporary challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, sustainable development and terrorism," the MEA added.

The GCC was represented at the troika-level by Dr. Nayef Falah M Al-Hajraf, Secretary General of GCC, Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bahrain and Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, UAE Senior representatives from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar also participated in the meeting.

The GCC includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). (ANI)

Foreign secy Harsh Shringla arrives in London to further India-UK strategic partnership

Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla. 

London [UK], November 3 (ANI):
Foreign Secretary Harsh V Shringla on Tuesday arrived in London to take forward the India-UK strategic partnership, said the Indian Embassy in UK.

In a Twitter post, the Embassy stated that Shringla's visit was a part of India's continuing international engagement and 
diplomatic outreach in spite of COVID-19 limitations.

"Foreign Secretary @harshvshringla arrives in London to take forward IndiaUK Strategic Partnership. Visit to UK is part of India's continuing international engagement & diplomatic outreach in spite of limitations posed by Covid19," tweeted India in UK.

Last week, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had said that India and UK had increased cooperation through several initiatives.

"India and UK have increased cooperation through the International Solar Alliance and the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI), launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and co-chaired by the UK," she further said. (ANI)

Navies of India, US, Japan, Australia begin first phase of Malabar naval exercises

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New Delhi [India], November 3 (ANI): The first phase of Malabar naval exercise commenced off Vishakhapatnam in the Bay of Bengal on Tuesday with participation by Indian Navy (IN), United States Navy (USN), Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF), and Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

The 24th edition of the Malabar naval exercise is scheduled in two phases this month. It will display "high-levels of synergy and coordination" based on their shared values and commitment to an open, inclusive Indo-Pacific and a rules-based international order.

It is for first time in more than a decade that the exercise will see the participation of all four Quad countries. Australia is taking part in the exercise after 2007.

The first phase of the exercise will continue till November 6 and will witness complex and advanced naval exercises including surface, anti-submarine and anti-air warfare operations, cross deck flying, seamanship evolutions and weapon firing exercises.

The first phase of Malabar 20 will witness the participation of Indian Navy units with United States Ship (USS) John S McCain (guided-missile destroyer), Her Majesty's Australian Ship (HMAS) Ballarat (long range frigates) with integral MH-60 helicopter and Japan Maritime Self Defence Ship (JMSDF) Onami (destroyer) with integral SH-60 helicopter.

The Indian Navy participation in phase one is being led by Rear Admiral Sanjay Vatsayan, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet.

Indian Navy units participating in the exercise include destroyer Ranvijay, frigate Shivalik, offshore patrol vessel Sukanya, fleet support ship Shakti and submarine Sindhuraj.

In addition, advanced jet trainer Hawk, long-range maritime patrol aircraft P-8I, Dornier maritime patrol aircraft and helicopters will also be participating in the exercise.

The exercise, being conducted as a "non-contact, at sea only" in view of COVID-19 pandemic, will showcase the "high-levels of synergy and coordination between the friendly navies, which is based on their shared values and commitment to an open, inclusive Indo-Pacific and a rules-based international order", a Defence Ministry release had said on Monday.

Malabar exercises commenced in 1992 as a bilateral IN-USN exercise. JMSDF joined Malabar in 2015. The second phase of Malabar 20 is scheduled to be conducted in the Arabian Sea in mid-November 2020.

The exercise comes amid border tensions between India and China. The US is among countries that have expressed concern over attempts of China to flex military muscle in the neigbhourhood. (ANI)

India hands over another NPR 1 billion tranche of Nepal Housing Reconstruction Project

Indian Ambassador to Nepal, Vinay Mohan Kwatra meeting Nepal Finance Minister Bishnu Prasad Paudel at the latter's office on Tuesday.

Kathmandu [Nepal], November 3 (ANI): Indian Ambassador to Nepal Vinay Mohan Kwatra on Tuesday handed over a cheque of NPR 1 billion to the Nepal government as reimbursement of Nepal Housing Reconstruction Project.

Indian Ambassador Kwatra called on Finance Minister Bishnu Prasad Paudel at latter's office and handed over the cheque.

"Called on General Secretary (NCP) and Hon'ble Minister of Finance Mr Bishnu Prasad Paudel @bpaudel1959. Had positive discussions to further strengthen the bilateral economic and development partnership between the two countries for mutual prosperity and progress," Ambassador Kwatra said in a series of tweets.

"Used this opportunity to also hand over a cheque of NPR 1 billion as the next tranche under the India funded housing reconstruction projects in Gorkha and Nuwakot," the ambassador said.

India had announced the reconstruction drive in Nuwakot and Gorkha District of Himalayan Nation after it was severely hit by 2015 earthquake. India has pledged to construct a total of 50,000 houses in two districts where the UNDP and UNOPS are providing the technical and other consultation supports.

Government of India (GoI) which has been lending its hand in the reconstruction of houses in Nepal has partnered with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) for providing Socio-Technical Facilitation to the house owners to ensure that they rebuild their homes as per the government of Nepal's earthquake-resilient norms. (ANI)

Pakistan cannot afford to go into lockdown again: Imran Khan

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan

Islamabad [Pakistan], November 3: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday expressed that Pakistan can't stand to go into a lockdown once more, and encouraged everybody to carefully follow preventive measures against COVID-19.

While tending to a bureau meeting in the capital, Khan said the commonplace governments expected to guarantee the execution of Trace, Test and Quarantine (TTQ) and keen lockdown methodologies relating to the Covid, revealed Geo News.

"The nation can't bear the cost of lockdown once more," said the Prime Minister after the Cabinet was informed on the COVID-19 circumstance the country over.

Arranging and Development Minister Asad Umar - who additionally heads the National Command and Control Center (NCOC) - and the Khan's assistant on wellbeing, Dr Faisal Sultan, educated the Cabinet that the quantity of Covid patients, just as infection related passings, was expanding,

Adherence to COVID-19 standard working methods (SOPs) should have been guaranteed, said Umar and Sultan.

The Prime Minister likewise reported a bundle for little ventures, underscoring that Pakistan's businesses would not be shut down now, as indicated by Geo News.

On the off chance that the quantity of COVID-19 cases rises, the organizations and businesses would proceed with their activities while paying attention to the SOPs, he added.

Khan likewise said that extra capacity to little scope ventures would be given at an expense of 50%.

As of revealing time, Pakistan has recorded 336,260 Covid cases, of which 315,446 have recuperated, and near 7,000 passings. Sindh has the most elevated number of cases, at 146,774, with Punjab intently following at 104,894. (ANI)

Joe Biden-Harris urge US citizens to cast their ballots

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Washington [US], November 3: Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden and running mate Kamala Harris on Tuesday took to Twitter to ask the residents to project their voting forms on the political decision day.

"It's Election Day. Go vote, America!" said Biden on Twitter.

Additionally, Harris stated, "Political race Day is here, and surveying places the nation over are beginning to open. Cover up and discover your surveying place at http://IWillVote.com."

The 2020 US Presidential political race is vastly different from the past official races attributable to the continuous COVID-19 pandemic and the relations between the US and China being the key ideas of the political races. (ANI)

Man arrested for objectionable comments against Maha CM sent to police custody till Nov 9

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], November 3: A local court in Mumbai on Tuesday sent Sameet Thakkar, who was captured for supposedly offering offensive remarks against Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, to police care till November 9.

Thakkar, who was captured on October 24, was yesterday allowed bail by a Nagpur court. In any case, not long after he got bail, Thakkar was captured by Mumbai Police.

On July 2, FIRs were enlisted against Thakkar at Mumbai's VP Road police headquarters and in Nagpur. As indicated by FIRs, Thakkar is blamed for tweeting offensive substance against Thackeray and his child Aaditya and Energy Minister Nitin Raut.

Thakkar had offered harsh comments by posting a photograph of Uddhav and Aaditya in two of his tweets on June 1 and 30, while on July 1, he tweeted against Raut.

Armenian Defense Ministry says Azerbaijan suffered serious losses in Eastern Karabakh

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Yerevan [Armenia], November 3 (ANI/Sputnik): Armenian Defense Ministry representative Artsrun Hovhannisyan said on Tuesday that the Azerbaijani Armed Forces have endured genuine setbacks the eastern way of the Karabakh front.

"The battling in the eastern piece of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) actually proceeds. The adversary troops have endured genuine setbacks," Hovhannisyan composed on Facebook.

The durable Nagorno-Karabakh strife, which goes back to 1988, heightened anew on September 27. Armenia and Azerbaijan have blamed each other for beginning the military activity. Reports show that regular citizens in Nagorno-Karabakh are enduring the worst part of big guns shelling.

Armenia has pronounced military law and required an overall activation, while Azerbaijan has additionally reported halfway preparation and incomplete military law. The gatherings have since consented to three compassionate truces, however threats have proceeded with in any case. (ANI/Sputnik)

French airstrikes kill over 50 terrorists in Mali

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Paris [France], November 3: Over 50 militants have been killed in Mali in an operationm by the Barkhane special force, educated French Defense Minister Florence Parly, reported Sputnik.

"On October 30, the Barkhane power completed an activity, killing in excess of 50 jihadists and taking their hardware and weapons," Parly posted on Twitter, expressing gratitude toward the unfamiliar positioned French soldiers for their administration.

As indicated by a subsequent tweet, the activity established a "critical blow" to a gathering partnered with Al Qaeda, which is restricted in Russia.

Parly indicated that she had educated the Malian momentary specialists about the achievement of the activity during a gathering.

"I have recently met with the Malian momentary president, just as the VP and the clergyman of protection and veterans. Straightforward and productive trades," Parly tweeted.

The French guard serve included a different tweet that the Malian between time government was focused on sorting out fair races in the Western African country. Parly additionally invited "the contribution of the temporary experts in the battle against psychological warfare."

As per Sputnik, in 2014, France dispatched its own personal Operation Barkhane to battle psychological oppressors in the Sahel district.

The mission was fortified by the foundation of the G5 Sahel in 2017. Supported by the African Union, the 5,000-in number gathering unites Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.

Vienna attack shows need to continue dealing with terrorism: Israeli Defense Minister

Israeli Defense Minister and Alternative Prime Minister Benny Gantz. (Photo: ANI)

Tel Aviv [Israel], November 3 (ANI/Sputnik): Israeli Defense Minister and Alternative Prime Minister Benny Gantz on Tuesday said that the savage assault in the Austrian capital of Vienna has outlined the need to proceed effectively battling demonstrations of psychological oppression and lift worldwide participation toward this path.

A gathering of obscure shooters started shooting late on Monday in a few areas in the Austrian capital, with one of the objectives being a temple in the focal point of Vienna. At any rate four individuals were slaughtered and over twelve others were harmed because of the assault.

"The fear assault in Vienna is additional proof of the need to proceed fearlessly and unequivocally battling psychological oppression, any place it raises its head, while promoting viable global participation and data trade [on the matter]," Gantz composed on Twitter.

The pastor has likewise voiced his nation's help to the Austrian public and the Jewish people group of Vienna.

Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi additionally joined other top Israeli authorities in giving their sympathies for the deplorable occurrence in Vienna.

"Israel absolutely denounces the previous evening's lethal fear assault in Vienna. I send my most profound sympathies to the groups of the individuals who were killed, and wish a full recuperation to every one of those injured. #WeStandWithVienna," Ashkenazi composed on Twitter.

Ashkenazi said that Israel remains close by Austria's kin and government, adding that the kinship between the two nations "is as solid as could be expected."

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has just portrayed what occurred as a fear based oppressor assault. As indicated by the law implementation specialists, one of the assailants was killed and in any event one is still on the loose. The murdered shooter is said to have been an ally of the Islamic State psychological oppressor association (prohibited in Russia). (ANI/Sputnik)

ACG Acquires Significant Stake in Mumbai-based IQGEN-X

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Nov 3 (ANI/PRNewswire): ACG, a leading supplier of integrated pharmaceutical manufacturing solutions announced acquisition of a significant stake in Mumbai-based start-up IQGEN-X.

IQGEN-X is a Contract Research Organisation (CRO) delivering niche and complex drug development technologies for the pharmaceutical industry.

The move sees ACG expanding further into the R and D side of drug development and supports a firm group-wide commitment to improving customer experiences throughout the supply and value chains.

The investment by ACG also comes at a critical juncture when the Indian government is at the cusp of announcing a new policy to globally benchmark R and D ecosystem by incentivising innovation and science. The funds so infused by ACG will be utilized for setting up a cGMP facility and also the development and filing of new ANDAs.

"IQGENX's excellent track record in patents and Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDAs) speaks for itself, and we look forward to benefitting from its niche technology, broad-based expertise and research specialization that has been recognized globally by WHO and the US FDA," said Karan Singh, Managing Director, ACG.

"For ACG, this partnership will immediately help expand our group capabilities, and will accelerate our innovation strategy of bold, disciplined investment and world class execution to drive sustainable long-term growth with drug companies in India and global markets," said Karan Singh.

"We at IQGEN-X are delighted to have ACG as partner whose strong global footprints and excellent operational capabilities, bring great synergy to IQGEN-X's growth strategy. ACG's strategic investment augments our technical expertise, portfolio strategy and corporate vision to create a robust portfolio of limited competition complex products for regulated markets. We believe that this partnership will open several other opportunities which will accelerate growth of both companies," said Dr Mandar M Kodgule, Chairman and CEO, IQGEN-X.

IQGENX was established in October 2016, with a vision of innovative research and technology to produce high quality, affordable, safe, and effective medicines. Its state-of-art R and D facility for niche and complex generic products, expertise in technology transfer, regulatory, IP and compliance, enables it to cater to US, European and other highly regulated markets. Led by healthcare experts and pharmaceutical scientists with over 150 years of combined experience, the company is on the path to grow from a contract research organization (CRO) to a fully integrated pharmaceutical company.

This story is provided by PRNewswire. ANI will not be responsible in any way for the content of this article. (ANI/PRNewswire)

EAM S Jaishankar extends wishes on Dominica's Independence Day

EAM S Jaishankar

New Delhi [India], November 3 (ANI): External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar on Tuesday stretched out his desires to the administration and individuals of Dominica on the event of the nation's Independence Day.

In a Twitter post, he praised Dominica's Foreign Minister Kenneth Darroux, and communicated certainty that the nearby ties between the two nations will keep on reinforcing further.

"Compliment FM Kenneth Darroux and the Government and individuals of Dominica on their Independence Day. Certain that our nearby ties will keep on reinforcing further," tweeted Jaishankar.

Dominica picked up freedom on this day in 1978 from Great Britain. (ANI)

39 per cent customers have availed loan moratorium scheme, will pass on benefits by Nov 5: PNB CEO

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New Delhi [India], November 3 (ANI): Around 38.92% customers of Punjab National Bank have benefited the ban conspire declared by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), bank's Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), SS Mallikarjuna Rao said on Tuesday.

Rao, talking over a video gathering meeting with columnists, said the advantages of the plan, as declared by the administration, will be given to the clients by November 5.

The Union Ministry of Finance had endorsed a plan to give alleviation in interest building to borrowers for the half year advance ban period reached out considering the COVID-19 pandemic.

This will come in type of the award of ex-gratia installment of the contrast between progressive accrual and basic premium for a half year time span from March 1 to August 31.

This came after the Supreme Court guided the Central government to actualize the interest waiver on credits of up to Rs 2 crore at the earliest opportunity seeing that it isn't reasonable on the administration's part to postpone the execution of its choice.

Borrowers in the portions - MSME advances, training advances, lodging advances, buyer tough advances, Visa duty, car credits, individual advances to experts and utilization advances - who have advance records having authorized cutoff points and remarkable sum not surpassing Rs 2 crore as on February 29, 2020, will be qualified under the plan.

Then, the PNB CEO further said a development in home and automobile credits has been seen in the ongoing days.

"During September we have seen 9.77 percent development in home credits. Generally development is originating from Tier-3 and Tier-4 urban areas.

Mr Rao guaranteed that the bank won't raise its administration charges as of late done by certain banks. "We won't raise our administration charges for clients," Rao said.

With impact from November 1, some private and public banks are imposing Rs 40 to Rs 50 on store and withdrawals past a constraint of three stores per month from the investment funds ledger of clients in the metro and metropolitan territories.

Independently, senior residents, retired people and investment funds bank clients situated in provincial/semi-metropolitan locales will likewise need to dish out Rs 40 for each exchange post their sans three stores in a month. A portion of the banks are charging its clients for store and withdrawal of cash on bank occasions and non-business hours.

Further, Rao likewise said PNB had, "rebuilt retail and MSME advances worth Rs 41 crore as of September and has forthcoming solicitations to rebuild all the more retail advances worth Rs 32 crore. 15 major corporates has applied for rebuilding of credit worth Rs 220 crore. We are expecting 2-3 percent of our credit portfolio will go in rebuilding."

He further said the public area banks are expecting a rebuilding of advances worth around Rs 4,000-6,000 crore across MSMEs before the finish of December.

Talking about the recuperations made in the main portion of the budgetary year, Rao stated, "We have recouped Rs 3,000 crore in the primary portion of the monetary year 2020-21. We expect another Rs 5,000 crore recuperation in the H2 FY21. Another Rs 8,000 crore recuperation is normal from cases, which are forthcoming in the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT)."

The PNB announced a 22 percent hop in independent net benefit, adding up to Rs 621 crore, for the July-September quarter. The independent net benefit for the comparing time frame in the earlier year was Rs 507 crore.

The premium procured during the quarter rose 58 percent to Rs 20,946 crore as against Rs 13,292 crore in September 2019.

The bank's complete pay during July-September rose to Rs 23,438.56 crore as against Rs 15,556.61 crore one year prior. (ANI)

Gen Naravane's visit would deepen friendship between two Armies: Indian Embassy in Nepal

Chief of Army Staff, General MM Naravane. (File Photo/ANI)

Kathmandu [Nepal], November 3 (ANI): Ahead of Indian Army Chief General MM Naravane's visit to Nepal, Naveen Kumar, representative of the Indian Embassy in Nepal expressed that his visit would develop the long-standing and standard obligations of kinship between the two Armies.

"In answer to a few media inquiries with respect to forthcoming authority visit of COAS of India from fourth Nov, the Indian Embassy's representative Mr Naveen Kumar said that Gen. MM Naravane's visit would extend the long-standing and standard obligations of fellowship between the two Armies," said India in Nepal in a Twitter post.

Kumar further expressed that Naravane's visit would give an occasion to the two sides to talk about the respective guard organization and investigate roads for common advantage.

"His visit will give an occasion to the two sides to talk about the respective guard organization and investigate roads to additionally fortify it for common advantage," tweeted India in Nepal.

A month ago, Nepali Army on Tuesday affirmed a three-day visit by General Naravane, beginning from November 4, when he would be concurred the position of a privileged General of the Nepali Army. (ANI)

China to ban wheat import from Australia: Report

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Beijing [China], November 3: As pressures among Australia and China rise, Beijing is required to boycott imports of Canberra wheat, South China Morning Post (SCMP) detailed.

The boycott will put Australian $560 million (US$394 million) exchange between the two nations in question, with the grain.

From Friday, grain, sugar, red wine, lumber, coal, lobster, copper metal and copper concentrates from Australia, are required to be banned from China regardless of whether the merchandise have been paid for and have shown up at ports. The restriction on wheat is probably going to follow, albeit a date has not yet been set, sources told the SCMP.

Chinese shippers, which have shipments of the initial seven restricted merchandise showing up after Friday have been informed that they should bear the cost of any uncleared products.

Chinese shippers have been advised to comply with these principles carefully and suspend all requests for business reasons.

"Chinese shippers have been advised to comply with these standards carefully and suspend all requests for business reasons," said an exchange source China acquainted with the looming boycott, who wished to stay unknown because of the affectability of the issue.

"Shipments showing up at the port before Friday will be delivered, however those showing up after will remain at port. It doesn't make a difference on the off chance that it is as of now in the fortified region."

Chinese and Australian relations have weakened after Canberra brought in April for an examination concerning the starting points of the Covid without first counseling Beijing.

Beijing has since forced an enormous enemy of unloading obligation on Australian grain, restricted hamburger trades from five abattoirs and impelled enemy of unloading and appropriation examinations concerning modest Australian wine in China.

Recently it was accounted for that shippers across Beijing are relied upon to prepare for a potential round of assents on copper metal and copper concentrate just as sugar this week.

The General Administration of Customs of China (GACC), on Friday, given a notification to exporters asserting that it had discovered a bug in imported log lumber from Queensland and has restricted all log trades from the Australian state.

The Chinese traditions office further guaranteed that it had discovered pollution in grain shipments from Australian grain exporter Emerald Grain also. (ANI)

UAE Prime Minister receives COVID-19 vaccine shot

UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maltoum

Abu Dhabi [UAE], November 3: UAE Prime Minister Sheik Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum got a portion of the COVID-19 immunization on Tuesday.

Sheik Mohammed shared an image on Twitter of him getting immunized by a clinical staff member.

Sheik Mohammed stated, "While accepting the COVID-19 immunization today. We wish everybody security and extraordinary wellbeing, and we are pleased with our groups who have worked steadily to make the immunization accessible in the UAE. The future will consistently be better in the UAE."

Various UAE serves likewise took the antibody in the course of recent weeks.

The UAE has approved the crisis utilization of the immunization as a feature of the nation's measures to secure wellbeing laborers in close contact with COVID-19 patients and guarantee their security, and that it was completely lined up with the guidelines and laws that permit a quicker audit of permitting systems. (ANI)

West Bengal man becomes India's latest Lakhpati with Lottoland

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The Gibraltar-based business is dynamic in 15 business sectors, has more than 350 workers, and in excess of 10 million clients around the world. Lottoland is authorized and managed by the Government of Gibraltar, the UK Gambling Commission, the Republic of Ireland National Excise License Office, the Agenzia delle Dogane e dei Monopoli in Italy, the Northern Territory's Racing Commission in Australia and has as of late got licenses from the Swedish Gambling Authority, the Malta Gaming Authority and the Western Cape Gambling and Racing Board.

This story is given by NewsVoir. ANI won't be dependable in any capacity for the substance of this article. (ANI/NewsVoir)

US Secretary of State Pompeo condemns Vienna terror attack

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Washington [US], November 3 (ANI): US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on Tuesday condemned the Vienna terror attack.

Pompeo said his 'most profound compassion' lies with the 'families murdered and injured'.

"The US emphatically denounces the fear based oppressor assault in Vienna. We express our most profound compassion to the groups of those murdered and injured. We insist our help for the police and specialists on call, and remain in solidarity with the individuals of Austria," tweeted Pompeo.

A gathering of unidentified people completed a progression of assaults with shooting in downtown Vienna executing two individuals.

As per law implementation, a few people were truly injured, including a police officer, one assailant was killed, and at any rate one more aggressor is being looked for.

The assaults, specifically, directed a place of worship, as per media reports. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said the episode was a psychological militant act. (ANI)

Maldives grateful to India for being a 'true friend': Abdulla Shahid remembers Operation Cactus

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Male [Maldives], November 03 (ANI): Recalling 'opportune and significant' help of Indian military to the Maldives in turning away the 1988 overthrow endeavor, unfamiliar clergyman Abdulla Shahid on Tuesday said Male will consistently be "thankful" to New Delhi for being a "confided in neighbor and a genuine companion".

"Today, we recall the valiant saints of @MNDF_Official and regular citizens who made a definitive penance for our nation. Today, we honor our bold officers who battled bravely to ensure our opportunity and sway. Today, we offer appreciation to the legends of #3 November," Shahid tweeted.

"Today is the day to esteem genuine organizations and genuine companions. The ideal and significant military help of #India on 3 November 1988 will consistently be recollected. The Maldives will consistently be thankful to India, for being a confided in neighbor and a genuine companion," he added.

On this day in 1988, a gathering of Maldivians drove by money manager Abdullah Luthufi and helped by furnished hired fighters of a Tamil secessionist association from Sri Lanka, the People's Liberation Organization of Tamil Eelam attempted to oust the legislature of then-president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom.

In any case, they were trapped in a shoot out with military powers in Male and had to withdraw after India Army initiated 'Activity Cactus' and sent paratroopers to the Maldives on Gayoom's solicitation.

Nineteen Maldivians were slaughtered in the gunfire. (ANI)

Indian Coast Guard ship C-452 to be commissioned today

The ship was indigenously designed and built by Larsen & Toubro, Surat. (Photo: ANI)

New Delhi [India], November 3 (ANI): Rajan Bargotra, Additional Director General (Western Seaboard), will commission Indian Coast Guard's (ICG) ship C-452 through video conference in Ratnagiri, Maharashtra on Tuesday.

The boat was indigenously planned and worked by Larsen and Toubro, Surat consenting to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of "Make in India" and "Atmanirbhar Bharat".

"India Coast Guard transport C-452, indigenously planned and worked by M/s LandT #Surat in lines with PM's vision @makeinindia and #AatmaNirbharBharat, will be charged through video gathering today #Ratnagiri by ADG Rajan Bargotra, CGC (WS)," ICG tweeted.

Prior in May, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh had charged Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) Sachet and two interceptor pontoons (IBs) C-450 and C-451 in Goa.

The ICGS Sachet, the first in the arrangement of five seaward watch vessels (OPVs) has been planned and fabricated indigenously by Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) and is fitted with best in class route and correspondence hardware. (ANI)

US elections 2020: America under 4 years of unconventional leadership - Trump's profile

US President Donald Trump

New Delhi [India], November 03 (ANI): Donald J Trump, the ostentatious US President, is an offbeat chief by all norms with his residency in White House set apart with rash international strategy choices, spur of the moment comments, blazing manner of speaking, racial pressure and financial stoppage in America and various claimed outrages.

Donald Trump is the 45th and current leader of the United States. Trump declared his official mission in 2015 with his motto "Make America Great Again." He crushed Hillary Clinton to become president, while never holding political office beforehand.

He expected office on January 20, 2017, and recorded to run for re-appointment around the same time. He crossed the representative limit important to win the Republican selection - 1,276 agents - on March 17, 2020. He was officially designated at the Republican National Convention on August 24, 2020.

Donald Trump was conceived in New York City in 1946. He went to Fordham University and the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Finance and Commerce, as indicated by the White House site. From that point onward, he began working for his dad's business and inevitably established the Trump Organization, which is contained 500 organizations including resorts, lodgings, private properties and that's just the beginning.

During the 1980s, he put resources into the club business in Atlantic City. Trump dispatched the unscripted television show "The Apprentice" in 2004. It ran for 15 seasons.

He doesn't drink liquor or smoke cigarettes, connecting his forbearance to the loss of his more seasoned sibling, who battled with liquor addiction and passed on in 1981 at 43 years old, as indicated by Kyodo News. He rather cherishes cheap food and likes to drink Diet Coke.

Trump wedded his first spouse, Ivana, in 1977 and the couple had three kids: Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric. They separated in 1992 and the next year, his new spouse, Marla Maples, brought forth their girl Tiffany. Trump has been hitched to Melania Knauss since 2005. They have a child together named Barron.

Trump is known for utilizing web-based media, particularly Twitter, to give orders, to blusters about political pioneers, world pioneers and periodically his organization authorities. New York Times announced that Trump has completely incorporated Twitter into the very texture of his organization, reshaping the idea of the administration and official force.

In 2019, he declared expanded duties on USD 300 billion worth of Chinese merchandise, utilizing a tweet to develop pressures between the two nations. Also, in March that year, Trump cast aside over 50 years of American approach, tweeting his acknowledgment of Israel's sway in the Golan Heights.

In December a year ago, Trump turned into the third US President in history to be arraigned by the House of Representatives when it brought allegations that he mishandled the intensity of his office to support his own personal odds of re-appointment. He was cleared at a resulting preliminary in the Republican-controlled Senate.

In his re-appointment offer, President Trump has been zeroing in on his stewardship of the economy, promising a quick Covid immunization, and utilizing intense way of talking on movement and social distress.

As per Trump's mission site, his organization's approaches produced 6 million new openings, the joblessness rate tumbled to its absolute bottom in 50 years and wages developed. He likewise gloats about GDP growth."There are in excess of 1,000,000 more employment opportunities than jobless people in the US," the site says.

As the President of the US, Trump is confronting the most hazardous emergency of this century as Covid spreads and the nation's economy is seeing a stoppage.

Trump organization treatment of Covid pandemic has become the flashpoint in his race against Democratic official candidate Joe Biden. The previous VP has zeroed in his mission against Trump on the organization's inability to battle the emergency.

The US is the most noticeably terrible COVID-19 affected nation on the planet with its loss of life surpassing over 2.3 lakh. Trump was additionally tried positive for COVID-19 and this affected his mission as he was making light of the effect of the pandemic since its beginning.

Trump's international strategy has stayed dubious and flighty. In the four years, he pulled out from the Paris Accord, Iran atomic arrangement, and repealed Cuba bargain.

Trump has additionally seen a couple of achievements on the unfamiliar front. A month ago, the UAE, Bahrain turns into the third and fourth Arab nation after Egypt and Jordan to have a Peace Treaty with Israel that was handled by the US.

Trump had declared his goal not exclusively to make harmony among Israel and the Palestinians yet in addition to determine the very long term struggle between the Jews and the Arabs.

Trump a week ago likewise reported about an arrangement among Israel and Sudan in a broadcast three-route gathering with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the leader of Sudan's Sovereignty Council, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan.In February, the US and Taliban marked Afghan harmony bargain clearing path for intra-Afghan exchanges between the psychological oppressor gathering and the Afghan government to reestablish harmony in the war-torn nation. On September 12, the much-anticipated intra-Afghan talks between the Taliban and the Afghan High Council for National Reconciliation opened in Doha, Qatar. Despite the fact that the savagery proceeds and even gives off an impression of being heightening, specialists actually accept as talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government will bear natural products.

Trump organization has likewise given extraordinary accentuation on the US relations with India. It is noticeable by the way that only days before the decisions, US State Secretary Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark T Esper showed up in India for 2+2 talks.

Despite the fact that US relations with hardly any nations have fortified, faultlines develop with different nations like China and Iran. Trump organization pulled out of the celebrated Iranian atomic arrangement in 2018 and forced different authorizations on Iran. Against that setting of uplifted pressures, Trump approved a robot strike that slaughtered Iran's top military pioneer, Gen. Qassem Soleimani, as he showed up in Baghdad. The slaughtering of Soleimani welcomed the two countries about to start a major world conflict war.

China has developed as a significant issue of the 2020 US races. Donald Trump's forceful way to deal with China has made an exchange war more harmful than any found in many years. He has likewise reprimanded China for spreading the Covid around the globe.

Trump's first significant exchange activities against China came in January 2018, when he slapped levies on clothes washers and sunlight based boards, as per Channel News Asia. The US-China exchange war entered its first proportional stage among April and December 2018, as Washington and Beijing started a progression of blow for blow trades.

A tranquility came in December when the two nations consented to suspend new duties and start talks. This rest was not to last. In May 2019, after Xi backtracked on the recently arranged understanding, Trump raised US levies to 25 percent on US$200 billion of Chinese merchandise.

On the homegrown front, the United States under Trump has been confronting fights more than either issue. Toward the start of his organization, individuals hit the roads after the president forced a movement restriction on Muslims nations and pushed ahead with his arrangements to fabricate a divider along the southern outskirt with Mexico.

The fierce fights have shaken the American urban communities after the executing of an individual of color George Floyd in police guardianship in May.

In urban areas over the United States, a huge number of individuals have amassed the roads to communicate their shock and distress during the day. That has plunged into evenings of turmoil, with reports of shootings, plundering and defacement in certain urban areas.

Trump had a lot of outrages too that has definitely affected his mission up until now.

Latest is Trump's niece Mary Trump's book in which she has made some stunning cases about the US chief, considering him a "narcissist", a college cheat, a harasser and somebody who once praised his niece's bosoms.

White House has dismissed the cases made in the tell-all diary.

President Trump's long-term attorney and individual fixer, Michael Cohen, has claimed in another book that Trump made "clear and secretive endeavors to get Russia to meddle in the 2016 political decision" and that the future president was likewise very much aware of Cohen's quiet cash result to porno star Stormy Daniels during that crusade.

Cohen spread out a disturbing picture of the star grouping of characters circling around Trump, comparing the plan to the mafia and calling himself "one of Trump's miscreants." He depicts the president, in the interim, as "a cheat, a liar, a fake, a harasser, a bigot, a hunter, a con man."White House has assaulted Cohen's validity, saying he is a disfavored criminal and disbarred attorney, who misled Congress, Washington Post detailed.

At any rate 24 ladies have blamed the Republican official candidate, Donald Trump, of wrong sexual conduct in various occurrences crossing the most recent 30 years.

Americans will cast a ballot today to choose their next president, either giving Trump an additional four years or giving over the keys to the White House to Biden. (ANI)

US elections 2020: Donald Trump or Joe Biden? Americans to decide today

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

Washington [US], November 03 (ANI): After months of high-voltage campaigning in US presidential elections, the much-awaited election day is here. Americans will give their final verdict today, either giving incumbent President Donald Trump another four years or bestowing reins to Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden.

Taking place in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic, the elections are unlike the previous polls in the US. The polls are being considered as the verdict on Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic that has killed over 2.3 lakh people in America.

The coronavirus pandemic has prompted nearly a hundred million voters to cast their ballot early--either by mail or early in-person--and not wait for the election day. More than 94 million Americans had already cast their ballots by Monday, a record for early voting

To win the presidency, either Trump or Biden must acquire over 50 percent of the electoral college vote, which are 538 in total. Therefore, each candidate must get a minimum of 270 electoral votes to clinch the presidency.

Joe Biden is currently leading Donald Trump in the national polls as the US approaches its 2020 presidential election. If elected, he would be the oldest president in US history at his inauguration, at age 78. Trump, who is currently 74, would also be the oldest president ever if he wins a second term.

But leading in polls does not guarantee, the victory. Hillary Clinton also had a clear lead over Trump in the polls for almost the entire 2016 campaign. She ended up losing in the electoral college.

While the timings for opening and closing of polling stations vary in different states and cities, most polls would begin around 6 am (4:30 pm IST) on November 3.

According to New York Times, the closing times of polling stations in Kentucky and Indiana would be 6 pm (4:30 am IST), the polls in Florida will close at 7 pm (5:30 am IST), Pennsylvania and Michigan will close their polls at 8 pm (6:30 am IST), and finally, the polls in Wisconsin and Arizona will be closed at 9 pm (7:30 am IST).

Each state in the US will begin to certify the results of ballots from November 10, which can be delayed. Each state, except California, has to complete the process of certification by December 8.

Biden, the Democratic Presidential nominee, with his running mate Kamala Harris has vowed to "restore the soul of America" which has been battered and divided under President Trump's rule. The election, he said, is nothing short of a "battle for the country's soul".

In his re-election bid, President Trump has been focusing on his stewardship of the economy, promising a rapid coronavirus vaccine, and employing tough rhetoric on immigration and social unrest.

Delivering his closing message on the last day of the campaign, Biden repeated his campaign message that the election was a "battle for the soul of the nation".

"The character of America is literally on the ballot," he said at a drive-in rally in Cleveland, Ohio. "It's time to take back our democracy."

On his final campaign stop, Trump has sought to portray his opponent's future response to the coronavirus pandemic as a dystopian lockdown that would stifle economic and social life.

"The Biden plan will turn America into a prison state locking you down while letting the far-left rioters roam free to loot and burn," he told a rally in Iowa. (ANI)

Telangana Congress to conduct farmers' signature rally across state, opposing farm bills

Congress leader Ponnam Prabhakar (Photo/ANI)

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], November 3 (ANI): A farmers' signature convention will be held across Telangana, for the benefit of Congress, beginning from November 3 to November 10. During the assembly, ranchers' marks will be gathered against the "conduct" of Center and state governments, said Congress pioneer Ponnam Prabhakar.

Addressing ANI, Prabhakar stated, "for Telangana Congress, a ranchers' unmistakable meeting will be directed over the state from November 3 to November 10, in which marks of ranchers from over the state will be gathered."

"These marks are being gathered against the conduct of both Central and Telangana state government," he said.

He said that the three homestead bills passed as of late in the Parliament are a "execution order" for the ranchers.

"The new three homestead bills, as of late passed in the Parliament, are an execution order for the composers in the nation. Notwithstanding the yield misfortune that happened because of the ongoing weighty downpours, the Telangana State government has not reacted and has neither found a way to lessen the misfortune or remunerate the misfortune," Prabhakar said.

He expressed that these marks will be submitted to President Ram Nath Kovind by AICC and to the Governor of Telangana, Tamilisai Soundararajan by the state Congress.

He likewise addressed, "We might want to inquire as to whether the Telangana Government has any designs to restrict these ranch bills or simply continue doing show?"

"In the event that Telangana Government needs to demonstrate that they are with the ranchers, at that point please raise charges that are agreeable to the ranchers like the Congress-managed states are doing. On the off chance that not, at that point this demonstrates that BJP and TRS walk connected at the hip," he expressed. (ANI)

UN chief condemns Vienna 'terrorist attack', following situation closely

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (File photo)

New York [US], November 3 (ANI): United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has condemned 'terror attack' in Vienna and is observing the circumstance intently.

UN representative Stephane Dujarric said in an assertion: "The Secretary-General is following with most extreme concern the as yet developing circumstance in Vienna's downtown area where rough assaults in a few spots have been accounted for now."

The Secretary-General has firmly denounced the assaults and reaffirmed the solidarity of the United Nations with individuals and the Government of Austria, the representative said.

Austria's Interior Minister Karl Nehammer said that few individuals were slaughtered in the assault and one of the shooters stayed on the loose. Scores of nations and world pioneers have come on the side of Austria as it keeps on doing combating the progressing 'fear monger assault' at various areas in the nation.

In any event two passed on, including one think, while a few were harmed in a series of shootings across Vienna on Monday (neighborhood time).

"Affirmed right now: *08:00 pm: a few shots discharged, starting at Seitenstettengasse *several suspects equipped with rifles *six distinctive firing areas * one expired individual, a few harmed (1 official included) *1 suspect shot and executed by cops," the Vienna Police (LPD Wien) educated through its Twitter handle.

The police likewise encouraged individuals to remain inside and on the off chance that out in the city, at that point to forgo utilizing public transportation. (ANI)

Polling begins for second phase of Bihar polls on 94 seats

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Patna (Bihar) [India], November 3 (ANI): Polling began at 7 am on 94 assembly seats across 17 districts in the second phase of Bihar polls on Tuesday with precautionary measures against COVID-19 in place.

Over 2.86 crore voters are eligible to cast their vote in the second phase which is also the largest of three phases of assembly poll in the state.

There are 1,464 candidates in the fray including 46 from BJP, 43 from Janata Dal (United), 56 from Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), and 24 from Congress.

Five candidates from the Vikasheel Insaan Party (VIP), which is part of the NDA, are also in the fray. From Mahagathbandhan, three Left parties are contesting on 14 seats (CPI-ML six, CPI and CPM on four each).

The key candidates include former Chief Minister Lalu Prasad's sons Tejashwi Yadav and Tej Pratap.

Tejashwi, the chief ministerial candidate of Mahagathbandhan is contesting from Raghopur, while Tej Pratap, who is sitting MLA from Mahua, is contesting from Hasanpur.

Road construction minister Nand Kishore Yadav is seeking re-election from Patna Sahib.

Polling was held for 71 constituencies in the first phase on October 28 with precautionary measures in place against the novel coronavirus.

Apart from NDA, Mahagathbandhan and a third front comprising RLSP, BSP, AIMIM and some other parties are contesting the election. There are also new entrants and smaller parties in the fray.

The Election Commission has already mandated face masks, hand sanitisers, thermal scanners, gloves, face shields, and PPE kits during the electoral process while ensuring social distancing norms.

It also laid down guidelines for each polling station, including sanitization a day before the poll, markers for social distancing, putting up of COVID-19 awareness posters, and availability of hand gloves. (ANI)

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