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Indian nationals continue to be the top nationality granted ‘Worker’ visas: British High Commission

For student visas, there were 127,731 grants to main applicant Indian nationals in the year ending September 2022, an increase of 93,470 (+273%) compared to 2019 (34,261), said British High Commission, New Delhi. Indian nationals also continue to be the top nationality granted ‘Worker’ visas, accounting for 39% of the total with 56,042 visas issued. An increase by 26,490 (+90%) as compared to 2019 (29,552), British High Commission added.

Union minister Piyush Goyal releases BJP’s party manifesto ‘Sankalp Patra’ for Delhi MCD polls

SC dismisses plea by NIA seeking cancellation of bail granted to Dalit rights activist and scholar Anand Teltumbde

Supreme Court dismisses plea by National Investigation Agency (NIA) seeking cancellation of bail granted to Dalit rights activist and scholar Anand Teltumbde, booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in the Bhima Koregaon case.

External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar holds a meeting with the education ministers of 11 African countries

Rajwinder Singh, accused of killing an Australian woman in Queensland in 2018, to be presented before Patiala House court by Delhi Police Special Cell today

Delhi’s Patiala House court sends murder accused Rajwinder Singh to judicial custody till November 30. He was arrested by Delhi Police Special Cell in the murder of an Australian woman in 2018.

IND vs NZ: New Zealand beat India by 7 wickets in the first ODI at Eden Park, Auckland

Carmaker JLR reducing its production at UK factories until spring: The Guardian

Adani Ent board today approved raising funds via FPO through fresh issue of equity shares aggregating up to Rs 20,000 cr

India is a union of states. Every state has its own rights. Law is very clear & it is the duty of the respective govts to maintain peace, law & order and see that there is peace & tranquillity b/w states

– Karnataka CM on protests in Maharashtra over Karnataka-Maharashtra border dispute

If somebody is doing it, I condemn it and I urge Maharashtra Govt to take immediate action and stop this. It will bring a great divide among the states. So, Maharashtra Govt should act swiftly. We are law-abiding people and we’re within our rights

– Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai

Maharashtra put up a case in 2004 and we have been fighting a legal battle and we will fight it legally in the future also. We are confident. We’ll safeguard our boundaries, our people and everybody

– Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai on Karnataka-Maharashtra border dispute

India wins IEC vice presidency

India has won the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Vice Presidency and Strategic Management Board (SMB) Chair for the 2023-25 term, the Consumer Affairs Ministry said on Friday.

IEC is an international standard setting body that publishes international standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies, while SMB is an apex governance body of IEC responsible for technical policy matters.

16 injured after bus overturns in Bilaspur

In a tragic incident, as many as 16 passengers were injured after a bus overturned near Bilaspur, said officials.

As per reports, the bus had 43 passengers onboard and the accident occurred at around 1 AM.

Speaker adjourns Odisha Assembly twice

The Odisha Assembly on Friday witnessed a ruckus over the farmers issue by both treasury and opposition members forcing Speaker BK Arukha to adjourn the proceeding twice till the post lunch session.

As soon as the House assembled for Question Hour at 10.30 am, the opposition Congress and BJP members were already present at the well and shouted anti-government slogans holding the BJD dispensation of adopting “anti-farmer” approach.

While some of the agitating opposition members attempted to climb the Speaker’s podium, the ruling BJD members also rushed to well of the House leading to a face-off situation forcing the Speaker to adjourn the House for one hour till 11.30 am.

As the House re-assembled and sloganeering continued, the speaker announced his decision to adjourn the proceeding till post lunch session at 4 pm.

Silver futures decline by Rs 606

Silver futures on Friday fell Rs 606 to Rs 61,387 per kilogram as participants reduced their bets.

On the Multi Commodity Exchange, silver contracts for December delivery declined by Rs 606 or 0.98 per cent to Rs 61,387 per kg in a business turnover of 9,675 lots.

Globally, silver was trading 0.36 per cent lower at USD 21.47 per ounce in New York.

IEDs planted by Maoists recovered in Jharkhand

Security personnel have recovered 12 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), suspected to have been planted by the banned CPI (Maoists), from Budapahad in Jharkhand’s Latehar district, a senior police officer said on Friday.

Budapahad bordering Chattishgarh is considered a den of the outlawed CPI (Maoists), the officer said.

In the course of the ongoing anti-Maoist “operation Octopus” jointly launched by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Jharkhand Jaguar, Cobra battalions and district armed police in Latehar district, the security personnel recovered the IEDs during a search operation in the Budapahad jungle, the Superintendent of Police (SP) of Latehar, Anjani Anjan, said.

Assam petroleum workers’ body decide to resume fuel transportation to Meghalaya

The Assam Petroleum Mazdoor Union (APMU) on Friday decided to resume transportation of fuel to Meghalaya, which it has suspended the previous day, following assurance of security of tankers and crew from the neighbouring state.

The transportation of all types of fuels was stopped by the apex petroleum workers’ body in Assam following reports of attacks on vehicles from Assam in the aftermath of violence along the inter-state border killing six people.

Supreme Court issues notice to Centre on gay couple plea seeking legal recognition of same-sex marriage under the Special Marriage Act

BJP MLA Sulochan Rawat suffers brain haemorrhage

Former minister and BJP MLA from Jobat Assembly seat in Madhya Pradesh’s Alirajpur district, Sulochna Rawat was rushed to a hospital in Gujarat’s Vadodara in a critical condition following brain haemorrhage.

According to information, she collapsed all of sudden at her residence on Thursday and was admitted to a nearby hospital. However, seeing her condition, the doctors referred her to Vadodara.

Unauthorised use of Amitabh Bachchan’s voice, image barred by court

The Delhi High Court on Friday passed an interim order restraining unauthorised use of actor Amitabh Bachchan’s voice, image or any other trait exclusively identifiable with him by any individual.

The court’s order came on a lawsuit by the veteran actor alleging exploitation of his “publicity rights as a celebrity” by several individuals, including the persons behind a “KBC lottery”.

Bachchan is the host of popular TV game show Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC).

Thane records two new COVID-19 cases

Thane district of Maharashtra has reported two coronavirus positive case, which increased its overall tally to 7,47,272, a health official said on Friday.

These cases were reported on Thursday, and the active infection count is now 87, he said.

As nobody succumbed to the infection during the day, the death toll remained unchanged at 11,967, while the recovery count has reached 7,35,984, he added.

Vikram Gokhale’s health showing slow but steady improvement

The health of veteran actor Vikram Gokhale is showing slow but steady improvement, the authorities of a city-based hospital, where he is undergoing treatment, said on Friday.

Gokhale, 77, has been undergoing treatment at the Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital here following health complications.

“Gokhale is showing slow but steady improvement. He is opening his eye and moving his limbs and is likely to be off ventilator support in next 48 hours,” said Shirish Yadkikar, spokespseron of the hospital.

SC stays HC order of CBI probe into filing of plea by West Bengal Central School Service Commission in teachers’ recruitment scam

Private bus overturns in Kerala; several injured

Several people sustained injuries in an accident after the driver of a private bus lost control and the vehicle overturned in Kondazhi in this central Kerala district on Friday.

There were several passengers including women and school and college students in the bus when it met with the accident but none of them suffered any critical injuries, police said.

McKinsey probe in France widened to Macron campaign funding

A criminal probe into McKinsey & Co. that initially focused solely on taxes has been widened to examine possible unlawful funding of President Emmanuel Macron’s winning 2017 campaign, Le Parisien reported.

The case which was opened in March has been passed on to investigative judges with wider probing powers, according to the daily French newspaper. They will also look into the conditions under which public tenders were awarded to McKinsey, Le Parisien reported, citing unidentified sources.

Over 200 illegal migrants deported to home countries from Libya

The Libyan Anti-illegal Immigration Department deported more than 200 illegal migrants to their countries of origin.

According to Nasser al-Khatroushi, head of the Deportation Office, the migrants, who are from Egypt, Niger and Sudan, were deported by land on Thursday.

The deportation was done for the first time in collaboration with the Anti-illegal Immigration Departments of Eastern and Southern Libya, the Libyan official told Xinhua.

India’s drug regulator has granted a EUA to Bharat Biotech’s nasal COVID-19 vaccine, reports Reuters

Delhi HC grants bail to YES Bank founder Rana Kapoor in money laundering case registered by ED

India set 307-run target for Blackcaps

Kane Williamson and his men will have to chase down a 307 run target in the first ODI against India after the Blackcaps captain chose to field first against the men in blue. Indian captain Shikhar Dhawan smashed 72(77), while both Shreyas Iyer (80) and Shubhman Gill hit half centuries. Bowler Washington Sundar made a scintillating cameo, hitting 37 off 16 balls to push India’s total to 300+

Gujarat becomes first state in India to get Jio True 5G in each of the 33 district headquarters

Musk shuts Brussels office, EU regulators raise eyebrows

Elon Musk-owned Twitter has shut down its office in Brussels in the European Union (EU), a move that has not gone well with the local regulators.

According to The Financial Times, the Brussels office was focused on the European Union digital policy, working in close proximity with the European Commission.

The last two remaining Twitter public policy staffers, Julia Mozer and Dario La Nasa quit Twitter last week, “resulting in the Brussels office being entirely disbanded”.

Two coaches of Barauni-Gwalior Express derail in MP’s Gwalior

Two coaches of the Barauni-Gwalior Express derailed while no passenger was onboard in Madhya Pradesh’s Gwalior on Friday.

The incident took place while the train was moving from Platform number 2 to the yard.

Among the coaches that derailed was one general coach and another Seating cum Luggage Rake (SLR) coach.

Further details into the matter are awaited.

Sensex declines 101.03 points to 62,171.65 in early trade; Nifty dips 24.20 points to 18,459.90

China regulator says Tesla recalls more than 80,000 cars

Tesla Inc is recalling more than 80,000 China-made and imported cars produced from as early as 2013, for software and seat belt issues, a statement by the Chinese market regulator revealed on Friday.

The U.S.-based electric car maker has recalled 67,698 Model S and Model X cars imported to China between Sept. 25, 2013 and Nov. 21, 2020, due to software problems affecting the battery management system in the vehicles.

Tesla said it will upgrade the software of recalled vehicles.

Single day rise of 347 infections push India’s COVID-19 tally to 4,46,70,830, death toll climbs to 5,30,604

“Shraddha Walkar murder case has an element of love jihad”

Assam Chief Minister and BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma has claimed that the Mehrauli killing has an “element of love jihad” and said besides roads and electricity, security of daughters is a poll issue.

Responding to a question on him raising the Shraddha Walkar murder case during the poll campaign and calling for a stringent law to prevent “love jihad”, Sarma on Thursday said the case relates to the security of women and also has an “element of love jihad”.

Railways open additional ticket counters for India-Bangladesh train passengers at Kolkata station

The Railways have opened two additional ticket counters for India-Bangladesh international train passengers at Kolkata station here as demand has increased significantly since the COVID-19 pandemic took a downturn, an official said on Friday.

Passengers travelling between the two neighbouring countries by Maitree Express, Bandhan Express and Mitali Expres

Man shot dead in Rajasthan’s Bhilwara, internet services suspended

A man was shot dead and another injured by unidentified bike-borne assailants in the Bhilwara district of Rajasthan on Thursday, following which the internet services were suspended for 48 hours.

The victims have been identified as Tony and Ibrahim.

According to the police, it is a case of revenge killing. The bike-borne assailants opened fire on the brothers to avenge the murder of Adarsh Tapadia that took place six months ago.

Additional Superintendent of Police Jyestha Maitreyi said bike-borne assailants surrounded the victims on Thursday evening at the Badla intersection of the Kotwali police station area of Bhilwara city.

UN committee calls for probe into Xinjiang rights violations

A UN committee has called on China to immediately probe all allegations of human rights violations in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), including those of torture, ill-treatment, sexual violence, forced labour, enforced disappearances and deaths in custody.

Acting under its early warning and urgent action procedure, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) also called on China to immediately release all individuals arbitrarily deprived of their liberty in the XUAR, whether in so-called Vocational Education and Training Centres (VETCs) or other detention facilities.

10 killed in apartment fire in northwest China’s Xinjiang

A fire in an apartment building in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region has killed 10 people and injured nine, authorities said Friday.

The fire broke out Thursday night in the regional capital of Urumqi, where temperatures have dropped to below freezing after dark. The blaze took around three hours to extinguish.

The injured were all expected to survive and the cause of the fire is under investigation, the local government said.

Venezuela’s government, opposition to resume negotiations

The government of Venezuela and its opposition have announced the resumption over the weekend of long-stalled negotiations meant to find a common path out of their country’s complex crisis.

The announcement of the upcoming discussions in Mexico City came on Thursday, two weeks after delegates from both parties participated in a round table discussion, promoted by French President Emmanuel Macron. Norwegian diplomats will again guide the negotiations.

Biden renews call to ban assault weapons

US President Joe Biden has renewed his call to ban assault weapons.

“I’m going to try to get rid of assault weapons,” Biden told reporters during a visit to firefighters in Nantucket, Massachusetts on Thursday.

The remarks came on the heels of a pair of high-profile mass shootings in just a few days, Xinhua news agency reported.

Japan’s ruling party mulls military export rules change

Japan’s ruling party is discussing whether to ease military equipment export rules, in part because without a change Britain would not be able to sell any jet fighters it builds with Japan, former defence minister Itsunori Onodera said.

Japan and Britain hope to agree by the end of the year to merge their next-generation Tempest and F-X fighter programmes, sources said in July. Those talks, aimed at a joint project to field a plane in the mid-2030s, remain on track, according to four other people familiar with the discussions.

“Japan could not oppose exports and neither could we insist that Japanese components be removed, so we are discussing what we can do about that,” said Onodera, chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party’s Research Commission on National Security.

Outgoing Pakistani COAS Bajwa creates controversy

The outgoing Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday created a controversy by saying that only 34,000 Pak soldiers surrendered to India in the 1971 War.

Addressing the Defence and Martyrs Day ceremony as Chief Guest, the army chief said, “The East Pakistan crisis, was not a military but a political failure. The number of fighting soldiers was not 92,000, rather only 34,000, the rest were from various government departments,” on Dhaka debacle in 1971.

Williamson wins toss, opts to bowl against India in first ODI

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and elected to bowl against India in the first One-Day International in Auckland on Friday.

India have handed debuts to Arshdeep Singh and Umran Malik and are fielding both Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson.

The visitors are playing with three specialist fast bowlers while the hosts are going in with four of them.

Williamson had missed the final match of the T20I series due to a medical appointment but is back to lead the side.

India had won the three-match T20 series 1-0.

Neymar injured

Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said Neymar sprained his right ankle. He declined to speculate on whether he would be available to play in the team’s next match against Switzerland on Monday.

“We put ice on it while he was on the bench and then in physiotherapy,” Lasmar said. “There is no test scheduled for now but we will schedule it if needed. He will be under observation. We will know more tomorrow.”

Richarlison goals help Brazil beat Serbia 2-0

Richarlison scored two goals, the second with a spectacular acrobatic kick, to help Brazil beat Serbia 2-0 Friday at the World Cup.

In the 73rd minute, the striker used one touch to get the ball up in the air and then spun around and got off the ground before knocking the ball into the net with his right foot.

Egypt announces freedom, mass pardon for 30 jailed activists

Egypt has announced the release of 30 political activists from jail, the latest in a series of mass releases from detention amid intensifying international scrutiny over the country’s human rights record.

There was no immediate word on the identities of the activists and it was not immediately possible to confirm how many of them have already been freed.

The announcement came from Tarik el-Awady, a member of Egypt’s presidential pardon committee, late Thursday. He said the 30 had been in pre-trial detention, facing charges related to their “opinions”.

Musk says granting ‘amnesty’ to suspended Twitter accounts

New Twitter owner Elon Musk has said he is granting “amnesty” for suspended accounts, which online safety experts predict will spur a rise in harassment, hate speech and misinformation.

The billionaire’s announcement came on Thursday after he asked in a poll posted to his timeline to vote on reinstatements for accounts that have not “broken the law or engaged in egregious spam”. The yes vote was 72 per cent.

Delhi Metro to start double-line movement on Grey Line

Delhi Metro will run trains on both up and down lines with automated signalling system in the Grey Line section between Najafgfarh and Dhansa Bus Stand from Friday onwards, officials said.

Till now, services on this section were being operated through single line on manual mode, a DMRC official said on Thursday.

Ronaldo makes World Cup history, Portugal beats Ghana 3-2

Cristiano Ronaldo closed his eyes, took in a deep breath and then made World Cup history. The Portugal striker became the first male player to score at five World Cups with his 65th-minute penalty in a 3-2 win over Ghana on Thursday.

Andre Ayew equalized for Ghana eight minutes later, but Joao Felix regained the lead for Portugal in the 78th and Rafael Leao added a third. Osman Bukari reduced Ghana’s deficit in the 89th.

Nobody cuts a woman into small pieces in the heat (of the moment). Nobody continues to beat a woman who he claims to love or is in a relationship with in the heat of the moment. So…when we speak about women security then there is need to discuss violence against women by intimate partners

– Union Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani

Human remains recovered from trolley bag in Aravalli hills

The remains of a human body were recovered from a trolley bag in the Aravalli hills area near Pali Road in Faridabad on Thursday, police said.

The parts were discovered by a man who had gone to the hills, the police said.

Officers from Surajkund police station sent the body parts to the mortuary after a forensic team examined it, they said.

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