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Sushant Singh Rajput Death: NBSA directs Aaj Tak, Zee News, India TV, News24 to air apologies for violating journalistic norms

The News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) has directed four Hindi news channels to air apologies for violating journalistic norms while reporting the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput. It also imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh on Aaj Tak. Sushant was found dead at his home in Mumbai on June 14. The case was initially suspected to be a suicide and was probed by the Mumbai Police. It was later handed over to CBI which is yet to officially release its conclusions. All TV channels inc........

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Devi Mahatmyam - An Ancient Hindu Text Encoding Profound And Futuristic Brain Science?

Neurologist explains what makes the ancient Hindu text Devi Mahatmyam an incredibly profound and futuristic work of philosophy and science. Neurosurgery, in many ways, can be considered the acme of Western science. In the fine operations performed on the microscopic structures of the brain, neurosurgery harnesses the Western mind’s aptitude for rigour, reproducibility, systematisation, and concreteness. ........

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NEET reservation row in Tamil Nadu: All you need to know

Once again, the row over NEET continues in the state of Tamil Nadu. This time around it is about the 7.5 percent horizontal reservation for government school students. While the bill has been unanimously passed by the Tamil Nadu assembly on October 13 it is still awaiting the approval of the state Governor, Banwarilal Purohit. The governor has said that it will take him a minimum of three to four weeks to assess the bill and the........

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Paytm, PhonePe, Google Pay, others can’t use exclusive QR codes; RBI rules for interoperable payments

Paytm, PhonePe, Google Pay, Amazon Pay, and other Payment System Operators (PSO) will now not be allowed to use exclusive QR codes that work only on their own platforms. Instead, the Reserve Bank of India has asked the payment apps to shift to one or more interoperable QR codes by March 31, 2022. RBI instructed that no new proprietary QR codes shall be launched by any PSO for any payment transaction. With the latest move, customers can pay on any platform from any app that supports UPI payments. RBI’s decision is in an effort to reinforce t........

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Centre’s Diwali gift: Waives interest on interest for all loans up to Rs 2 crore; check details

In what can be termed as a relief for borrowers just ahead of the festive season, the Ministry of Finance has announced a waiver of interest on interest charged for loans up to Rs 2 crore. The Department of Financial Services of the ministry on Friday issued a circular that laid the guidelines for financial institutions on granting ex-gratia payment of difference between compound interest and simple interest for six months to borrowers. All borrowers, whether they availed the moratorium or not will b........

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Asia becomes second region to exceed 10 million coronavirus cases

Asia surpassed 10 million infections of the new coronavirus on Saturday, the second-heaviest regional toll in the world, according to a Reuters tally, as cases continue to mount in India despite a slowdown and sharp declines elsewhere. Behind only Latin America, Asia accounts for about one-fourth of the global caseload of 42.1 million of the virus. With over 163,000 deaths, the region accounts for some 14% of the global COVID-19 toll. The Reuters tally is based on official reporting by countries. The true numbers of cases and deaths are li........

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Google Unlikely To Drop 30% Commission In India Despite Startup Protests

After hosting a policy webinar on October 21 with Indian app developers, startup founders and other stakeholders to address concerns over its policies for the Play Store, Google on Thursday indicated that it is not going to accede to demands by Indian startups to roll back the 30% commission. The US tech giant indicated its intentions while answering a question from developers about their demand. Google took pre-submitted ques........

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The many Dussehras of India: Celebrating other forms of Durga

It was on the tenth day of her battle with the buffalo-demon Mahishasura that Durga (as Katyayani) had killed him. This victory of good over evil is celebrated in unique ways on Dussehra. People believe that beginning new tasks on this day brings good fortune. Some people perform a pooja of their vehicles and appliances (fridge, washing machine, etc.). Most people worship the goddess (as Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati) and her sons on this day. They believe that the goddess and her sons visit her parents during Navaratri. Since devotees are also her family, she lives in their ho........

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Explained: What determines onion prices

With less than a week to go for the Bihar Elections, the Centre on Friday reintroduced the stock limit on onions — a move aimed at controlling rising prices, which crossed Rs 80 per kg in many cities on Friday, including nearly Rs 100/kg in Mumbai. Barely a month ago, Parliament had amended the to exclude onions — besides potatoes, edible oils, oilseed and pulses — from the list of essential commodities, thus freeing them from stock limits. Since then, possibly with the Bihar elections in mind, the government has acted twice towards controlling onion prices; it relaxed import........

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Explained: Yellow dust, which North Korea has warned could be carrying Covid-19

North Korean authorities have urged citizens to remain indoors to avoid contact with a mysterious cloud of ‘yellow dust’ blowing in from China, which they have warned could bring with it. On Wednesday, the state-controlled media warned that the vicious dust storm would land the next day, BBC reported. Citizens seemed to have complied with the order since, on Thursday, the streets of the country’s capital Pyongyang were reportedly deserted. North Korea claims it has had no cases of the novel , but imposed strict border closures and restrictions ........

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We Are Not Compatible With Today’s India: Mehbooba Mufti

In her first press conference after her release from 14-month long detention, former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti described the “struggle for the restoration of Article 370” and “resolution of Kashmir issue” as a long-drawn fight. Mehbooba, who had the erstwhile J&K state’s flag in front of her during her press conference, said she wouldn't contest polls as long as the constitution of Jammu and Kashmir was not restored. She said the government shouldn’t construe that in this fight to restore........

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Pakistan Will Remain on 'Grey' List Of Terror Watchdog Till February 2021

Pakistan will remain in the "grey list" of a global money laundering and terror financing watchdog till Februrary 2021, officials said on Friday. The virtual plenary of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), held in the last three days, concluded that Pakistan will continue in its 'grey' list as it has failed to fulfill six key obligations that include failure to take action against two of India's most wanted terrorists — Mau........

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Chokehold - Covid and toxic air make a lethal cocktail

The eyes itch. The nostrils sting. You start breathing deep, gulping in large amounts of the acrid, smoke-laden air. Your lungs burn. The foul air is so thick you can almost taste the bitterness on your tongue. You look up…and see nothing. Just the hazy blanket of smog. The sun is just a pale disc on the dark, brooding sky. You hear vehicles passing through the near-invisible streets. People walk past, just metres away, and all you can see are silhouettes. It looks like a scene straight out of an apocaly........

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Hyderabad is stinking following the massive floods

The stench emanating from waterlogged homes is nauseating and people cleaning them are having a tough time as they simply cannot work continuously. For the last two days, volunteers and family members cleaning the homes state that the smell is unbearable. During the night, the stench gets worse as the continuously flowing water from lakes, sewage and storm water drains worsens it. The dip in night temperatures is also one of the factors aggravating the stench. Peopl........

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Indian Army chief commissions INS Kavaratti in Vizag

Chief of Army Staff General Manoj Mukund Naravane commissioned INS Kavaratti, the Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) stealth corvette built under Project 28 (Kamorta Class), at a ceremony held at the Naval Dockyard here on Thursday. Vice Admiral Atul Kumar Jain, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral Vipin Kumar Saxena (Retd.), CMD, Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) Limited, Kolkata, and other dignitaries were present during the commissioning cere........

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Organ Transplant Scam Unearthed in Kerala After Locality With Many Kidney Donors Found

Kerala Police have identified a mafia operating in the organ transplant sector in the state and a detailed probe has been ordered into the matter, officials said on Friday. Inspector General of Police (Crime) S.Sreejith, after being tipped off about a racket in kidney transplants, conducted a probe in Thrissur where he found out that in one particular colony, numerous people had donated their kidneys, and the donated kidneys were given to various places in the state, where the donors had no contacts. What was even more surprising was that the majority of kidney transplants had taken place in........

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