Saturday, November 14, 2020

US President-elect Joe Biden extends wishes on Diwali

US President-elect Joe Biden

Washington [US], November 14 (ANI): US President-elect Joe Biden on Saturday extended his wishes on the occasion of Diwali.

"To the millions of Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and Buddhists celebrating the Festival of Lights,

@DrBiden and I send our best wishes for a #HappyDiwali. May your new year be filled 
with hope, happiness, and prosperity. Sal Mubarak," Biden wrote on Twitter.

Meanwhile, US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris also extended greetings on the occasion of Diwali. "Happy Diwali and Sal Mubarak! @DouglasEmhoff (Doug Emhoff) and I wish everyone celebrating around the world a safe, healthy, and joyous new year," she tweeted.

It is believed that on this day Lord Rama (the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu) returned from a 14-year-long exile, during which he fought and won a battle against the demon king Ravana.

People across India and around the world celebrate the festival by decorating their houses, exchanging gifts, and offering prayers in order to commemorate the "victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance". (ANI)

Donald Trump extends wishes on Diwali

US President Donald Trump lights a lamp on Diwali on Saturday. (Twitter/Donald Trump)

Washington [US], November 14 (ANI): US President Donald Trump on Saturday extended wishes on the occasion of Diwali.

Taking to Twitter, Trump shared a photo of him lighting a lamp in the White House.

US Secretary of the State Mike Pompeo and the State Department also extended wishes on the occasion 
of Diwali.

"Happy Diwali! We wish everyone safety and good health as you celebrate the Festival of Lights. Even if physically apart from family and friends, may the spirit of the season bring joy and light," the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs at State Department tweeted.

It is believed that on this day Lord Rama (the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu) returned from a 14-year-long exile, during which he fought and won a battle against the demon king Ravana.

People across India and around the world celebrate the festival by decorating their houses, exchanging gifts, and offering prayers in order to commemorate the "victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance". (ANI)

Philippines logs 1,650 new COVID-19 infections, 5th straight day below 2,000

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Manila [Philippines], November 14 (ANI/Xinhua): The Philippines' Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday reported 1,650 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection, bringing the total number in the country to 406,337.

It is the fifth straight day the daily increase of cases in the Philippines came below 2,000, which is the first time since July.

The DOH said 194 more patients recovered, raising the total number of recoveries to 363,068. The death toll climbed to 7,791 after 39 more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH added.

The DOH said it had tested over 4.9 million people in the Philippines so far. The Philippines has a population of about 110 million. (ANI/Xinhua)

5 Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban attack in northern Takhar province

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Kabul [Afghanistan], November 14 (ANI/Xinhua): Five soldiers have been confirmed dead as the Taliban terrorists attacked army posts in Khawaja Ghar district of Afghanistan's northern Takhar province on Saturday, district governor Mohammad Omar Omar said.

The armed terrorists stormed security checkpoints in Hawa Shinasi area outside district headquarters in the wee hours of Saturday, triggering a gun battle, the official said, adding that five soldiers were killed and five others injured in the fighting.

He said the Taliban have suffered casualties but did not give an exact figure.

The Taliban outfit has yet to make comment. (ANI/Xinhua)

Beijing should stop depriving Hong Kong of political rights: Taiwan Parliament Group

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Taipei [Taiwan], November 14 (ANI): The Taiwan Parliament Group for Hong Kong on Friday said in a statement that Beijing should immediately stop all actions that deprive Hong Kongers of their political rights and freedom of speech, as an oppressive rule would only result in destruction.

The Legislative Yuan will continue to monitor and improve Taiwan's humanitarian aid mechanisms for Hong Kongers, it said in the statement, reported Taipei Times.

The statement follows the Hong Kong government's announcement on Wednesday that it was disqualifying four pro-democracy legislators, after China's National People's Congress Standing Committee this week passed a resolution stating that any lawmaker who supports Hong Kong's independence, refuses to acknowledge China's sovereignty over the territory, threatens national security or asks external forces to interfere in the territory's affairs should be disqualified.

According to Taipei Times, the group, founded in May by independent Legislator Freddy Lim, has 50 legislative members across party lines.

Following the dismissal of lawmakers, all Hong Kong's pro-democracy legislators resigned together in the protest against China's top legislative body's resolution, Hong Kong Free Press reported.

"Hong Kong, from today onward, can no longer tell the world that there is 'one country, two systems'," said Democratic party lawmaker Wu Chi-wai.

Countries like the US, UK, and Canada have slammed China for passing the resolution that resulted in the disqualification of the pro-democracy lawmakers. (ANI)

DRDO successfully test-fires Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile system

DRDOsuccessfully tested firing of Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile system in Odisha. (Photo/ANI)

Balasore (Odisha) [India] November 14 (ANI): The Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), carried out a successful test of Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile system on Friday.

The missile hit its target directly during the test.

The missile launch took place from ITR Chandipur at 3.5
0 PM off the Odisha coast. The missile is propelled by a single-stage solid-propellant rocket motor and uses all indigenous subsystems. The missile is canisterised for transportation and launch using a mobile launcher capable of carrying 6 canisterised missiles, the defence ministry said in a release.

All QRSAM weapon system elements like Battery Multifunction Radar, Battery Surveillance Radar, Battery Command Post Vehicle and Mobile Launcher were deployed in the flight test. The system is capable of detecting and tracking targets on the move and engaging target with short halts. The system is designed to give air defence coverage against strike columns of the Indian Army.

Army The radar tracked the Banshee target from the farthest range and the missile was launched when the target was within the kill zone and achieved the direct hit with terminal active homing by RF Seeker guidance. Various DRDO labs DRDL, RCI, LRDE, R&DE(E), IRDE, ITR have participated in the test.

The weapon system elements have been realized through Defence PSUs BEL, BDL and private industry L&T. The missile system is fully indigenous with active RF Seekers, Electro-Mechanical Actuation (EMA) systems sourced from various industries. The Radar is four-walled Active Phased Array Radar. All range Tracking stations, Radar, EOTs and Telemetry Stations monitored the flight parameters.(ANI)

JUI-F chief Fazlur Rehman accuses PTI govt of pre-poll rigging ahead of Gilgit-Baltistan elections

Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa [Pakistan], November 14 (ANI): Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Friday accused the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government of pre-poll rigging in Gilgit-Baltistan and said that the election results were being prepared in advance.

"The fake government has drawn up a pre-poll rigging plan in Gilgit-Baltistan. The political bribes are being doled out for that," said the Jamiat Ulema-e Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief, while speaking at a news conference, reported Geo News.

He alleged that wheat was being distributed in a large number of trucks, which carried banners with the portraits of Prime Minister Imran Khan. The PDM chief said various tactics were being employed to ensure the win for the ruling PTI in the election.

Rehman further claimed that the Election Commission and the state agencies were not performing their assigned duties.

He added that the PTI government was hiding behind the coronavirus pandemic, and said that the opposition alliance would go ahead with its planned public meetings.

Rehman asserted that there was unanimity in the PDM over the fact that July 25, 2018 election was rigged, for which the civil and military establishment was responsible,Geo News reported.

"We will talk to those responsible for this, not this fake government," he said.

"Pakistan relations with the close friends such as Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirate have gone soar," he added, while maintaining that price-hike and corruption are at their peak and the people are sick of this 'fake' government.

Pakistan had earlier announced that it will hold elections to the Gilgit-Baltistan legislative assembly on November 15. (ANI)

Beijing 2022, IOC, IPC and International Federations decide on adapted sports testing programme

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Lausanne [Switzerland], November 14 (ANI): The Beijing 2022 Organising Committee, Winter Olympic International Federations (IFs), International Olympic Committee (IOC) and International Paralympic Committee (IPC) have jointly decided to develop an adapted sports testing programme in preparation for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022.

The adapted programme will be replacing the organisation of a series of international test events originally planned for the first quarter of 2021.

The current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic affecting many parts of the world means that travel restrictions are currently in place, and the travel situation is likely to remain complex for the coming months in which the Beijing 2022 test events were scheduled.

"It was necessary to take an immediate joint decision on a tailored programme based on the needs of each individual IF. This concept of adapted sports testing is fully in line with the spirit of Olympic Agenda 2020 and its New Norm. It is already being applied in Tokyo for its test events," the IOC said in an official release.

Beijing 2022 will now enter into discussions with each IF to determine the details of the adapted testing programme, in liaison with the IOC and IPC.

Testing of the venues is a requirement for IFs to approve use at the Games so that athletes can rest assured that the venues in 2022 will be of the highest possible standard and in the safest and securest environment. (ANI)

Trump plans to attend his own inauguration, says White House press secretary

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany (Photo credit: Kayleigh McEnany/Twitter)

Washington [US], November 14 (ANI): Evading the inquiry whether President Trump would go to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, Kayleigh McEnany on Friday expressed that Donald Trump plans to 'go to his own inauguration'.

McEnany, the White House Press Secretary, showed up for a meeting on Fox Business as a senior guide to Trump's mission and pushed back when inquired as to whether Trump would go to Biden's inauguration, revealed The Hill.

"President Trump accepts he will be President Trump, have a subsequent term," Top Trump assistant stated, adding that suit is the initial step and there were numerous means until Inauguration Day in January.

"I figure the president will go to his own inauguration....He would need to be there, indeed," The Hill cited McEnany when inquired as to whether it would look awful if Trump didn't go to his replacement's selection.

Biden, in his third endeavor at the White House, vanquished Trump in a firmly challenged political race to turn into the 46th leader of the United States.

The previous VP was proclaimed the President-elect after triumph in the milestone province of Pennsylvania, which took him past the discretionary school limit of 270 votes.

Nonetheless, Trump wouldn't surrender rout, saying that the political race was "a long way from being done", and guaranteed legitimate difficulties by his re-appointment crusade. (ANI)

11 Rape incidents being reported in Pakistan every day: Official data

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Islamabad [Pakistan], November 14 (ANI): Official statistics in Pakistan have revealed that at least 11 rape incidents are reported in the country every day, with over 22,000 cases reported to the police in the last six years.

However, only 77 of the accused have been convicted which comprises 0.3 per cent of the total figure, reported Geo News.

These statistics were obtained from the Police, Law, and Justice Commission of Pakistan, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, the Women's Foundation, and provincial welfare agencies.

According to Geo News, only 41 per cent of rape cases are reported to the police due to social pressures and loopholes in the law and order system.

Since 2015, a total of 22,037 cases of abuse have been registered, 4,060 cases are pending in the courts, of which 77 offenders have been convicted and only 18 per cent of cases have reached the prosecution stage.

Police officials also noted that only half of the rape cases are registered and the actual number of rape cases in the last five years could be as high as 60,000.

Furthermore, out of the total reported cases, 2,727 challans -- or just 12 per cent of the total cases, were filed in the courts, while a decision was given in 1,274, or 5 per cent of them, with 1,192 accused acquitted.

The official data also shows that 18,609 rape cases were registered in Punjab during the last six years, 1,873 in Sindh, 1,183 in KP, 129 in Balochistan, 210 in Islamabad, and 31 in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. (ANI)

Twitter flags around 300,000 tweets for misleading content regarding US presidential elections

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Washington [US], November 14 (ANI): An expected 300,000 tweets identified with the 2020 US Presidential decisions were hailed for deceiving content, as per an update gave by Twitter this week.

"Around 300,000 Tweets have been named under our Civic Integrity Policy for content that was contested and conceivably deceptive," Twitter declared in its November 12 update on political decision strategy, revealed Sputnik.

"These speak to 0.2 percent of all US political decision related tweets sent during this time-frame," said the microblogging website.

The warnings were executed on October 27 and ran until November 11, multi week when the November 3 official political race, separately, as indicated by Sputnik.

Twitter hailed at any rate 50 tweets and retweets gave by US President Donald Trump to his almost 89 adherents in the fourteen day time frame.

The stage's push to battle the spread of political decision falsehood additionally incorporated the option of 'pre-bunk' prompts upheld by information gave from various 'official sources'.

The US political decision period saw a turbulent climate, with a firmly challenged battle among Trump and President-elect Joe Biden, with Trump's refusal to yield rout. (ANI)

UAE Crown Prince extends greetings on Diwali

Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan (File pic)

Abu Dhabi [UAE], November 14 (ANI): Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, on Saturday extended his greetings to India on the occasion of Diwali.

"On the occasion of Diwali, the festival of lights, we congratulate all those who celebrate around the world, and wish them continued prosperity and progress," said the Crown Prince on Twitter.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also extended his wishes.

"Wishing everyone a Happy Diwali! May this festival further brightness and happiness. May everyone be prosperous and healthy," he tweeted.

Diwali, the festival of lights, is being celebrated on November 14 this year, which is also the occasion of Children's Day. (ANI)

Trumps names Robert C O'Brien as Special Envoy to US-ASEAN Summit, East Asia Summit

Assistant to the US President for National Security Affairs Robert C O'Brien

Washington [US], November 14 (ANI): US President Donald Trump on Friday (local time) named Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs Robert C O'Brien as his Special Envoy to United States-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and East Asia Summit.

"Today, President Donald J. Trump announced the United States participation in the United States-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit on November 13, 2020 and the East Asia Summit on November 14, 2020 in Hanoi, Vietnam," said Kayleigh McEnany, White House Press Secretary.

She further said, "President Trump named Robert C O'Brien as his Special Envoy to both Summits. Ambassador O'Brien will reaffirm the commitment of the United States to prosperity and security in the Indo-Pacific during virtual remarks."

"The United States is pleased to mark the 5th anniversary of the United States-ASEAN strategic partnership," she said adding that the US has long been a friend to ASEAN, and "ASEAN remains central to President Trump's vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific". (ANI)

US official says 20 million Americans can be vaccinated in December, 25 million each following month

Operation Warp Speed chief adviser Moncef Slaoui speaking at the White House.

Washington [US], November 14 (ANI/Sputnik): The United States hopes to immunize 20 million residents in December and at least 25 million each month in 2021, Operation Warp Speed chief adviser Moncef Slaoui said in a news conference at the White House.

"We plan to have enough vaccine doses available for use in the US population to immunize about 20 million individuals in the month of December and another 25 to 30 million per month on an ongoing basis," Slaoui said on Friday. "As of the month February or March, if we have more vaccine approved...we may be able to immunize a larger number of Americans on an ongoing basis per month."

Slaoui said he hopes two coronavirus vaccines in the final phase of clinical trails developed by Pfizer and Moderna will soon be approved for emergency use in December.

President Donald Trump said a vaccine will be more widely available for the US public by April of 2021.

The United States has reported more than 10.6 million coronavirus cases and more than 243,400 virus-related deaths as of Friday afternoon, according to the latest data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. (ANI/Sputnik)

PM Imran Khan useless, unaware of developments in Pakistan: Maryam Nawaz

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Vice President Maryam Nawaz Sharif

Smack [Pakistan], November 14 (ANI): Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz Sharif said Prime Minister Imran Khan was "futile" individual who was uninformed of what is happening in Pakistan and that he was "simply attempting to get consideration unnecessarily".

PM Imran Khan "keeps springing up [for attention], his job is pointless, and nobody thinks about him," Geo News cited Sharif during her location in the northern territories.

Talking on the Karachi episode, she said that her entryway was separated, her significant other Safdar was captured and overseer general of police (IGP) for Sindh got abducted but the Prime Minister didn't have a clue what's going on in his nation.

"Nobody even considered Imran Khan deserving of telling. The executive was resting serenely in his Bani Gala house [when the episode happened...If I needed to manage such embarrassment on that day, I'd have tossed my acquiescence in his face," she said.

"There is just one remedy for the entirety of Pakistan's issues and infections and that is to send Imran Khan and his phony government home," the PML-N pioneer said.

Requesting a free and reasonable new political decision in Pakistan so the genuine delegates of individuals are chosen, Maryam stated, "He presented a transport that is as be-bas [helpless] as he seems to be; those transports neglect to work simply like his phony government."

Geo News further revealed the resistance chief as thrashing the Prime Minister who had promised to fabricate a Metrobus in Rs 8 billion however now, its expense had swelled to Rs126 billion and the arrangement was as yet inadequate.

"Who was the individual who guaranteed he would toss Rs200 billion in the IMF's face? Today, the IMF insults him regular," she added.

On November 13, she had asserted that specialists had introduced cameras in her prison cell and restroom during a meeting.

"I have gone to prison twice and in the event that I talk about how I, a lady, was treated in prison, they won't have the dauntlessness to show their faces," she stated, alluding to the public authority.

In her analysis of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government, the PML-N VP said that if specialists can break into a room and capture her before her dad Nawaz Sharif and dispatch individual assaults on her, at that point no lady is sheltered in Pakistan. (ANI)

Indian embassies in South Asia, Africa organise events, discussions on 5th Ayurveda Day

On the occasion, Indian Ambassador to Nepal Vinay Mohan Kwatra delivered a video message highlighting the benefits and growing popularity of Ayurveda.

New Delhi [India], November 14 (ANI): On the occasion of 5th Ayurveda Day, Indian Embassies in South Asia and Africa organised events and discussions highlighting the importance of Ayurveda in people's lives.

Taking to Twitter, S Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister said, "Common welfare and shared heritage brings our neighbourhood together. And that is also reflected in the deep interest in Ayurveda. Exciting events organised by our High Commissions and Embassies in South Asia on Ayurveda Day."

"Consulate General of India, Hambantota, today organized a webinar on the theme "Ayurveda and it's significance in our modern day to day life" to celebrate upcoming 5th Ayurveda day," India in Hambantota tweeted.

Indian Embassy in Nepal organised a webinar on `Ayurveda for COVID-19'. The webinar was attended by about 200 participants from India, Nepal and other countries.

In Kenya, the High Commission had organised a webinar under theme "A nature-based approach to holistic health".

Since 2016, the Ministry of AYUSH has been observing Ayurveda Day every year on the occasion of Dhanwantari Jayanti (Dhanteras). (ANI)

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