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SpiceJet starts facilitating Covid-19 tests for passengers in India, UAE

Passengers can submit their samples at a “location of choice”, including at home, using the “At your Doorstep” service, the airline said.

Ajay Singh, Chairman & Managing Director, SpiceJet during a press conference in Gurugram.(ANI photo)
Published on Oct 27, 2020 05:35 PM IST
New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India | Posted by Mallika Soni

Sensex rallies 377 points; Kotak Bank zooms 12 per cent

In the forex market, the rupee settled 13 paise higher at 73.71 against the US dollar.

The 30-share BSE index ended 376.60 points or 0.94 per cent higher at 40,522.10. The broader NSE Nifty surged 121.65 points or 1.03 per cent to 11,889.40.(Reuters)
Updated on Oct 27, 2020 04:14 PM IST
New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India | Posted by Mallika Soni

Rupee settles 13 paise higher at 73.71 against US dollar

The dollar index rose 0.07 per cent to 93.11.

A screen on the facade of BSE building in Mumbai.(PTI Photo/Mitesh Bhuvad)
Published on Oct 27, 2020 03:31 PM IST
New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India | Posted by Mallika Soni

PM SVANidhi scheme for street vendors: Benefits, loan amount, tenure

PM SVANidhi scheme was launched on June 1, 2020, by the ministry of housing and urban affairs to help street vendors, who were impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, resume their livelihood activities.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the 4th India Energy Forum, in New Delhi, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020.(PTI)
Published on Oct 26, 2020 11:34 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Mallika Soni

DU Admissions 2020: Over 4,800 students apply on first day under third cut-off list

Delhi University announced the third cut-off list on Saturday with various colleges closing admission to multiple courses, while there was a marginal dip in cut-offs for certain programmes.

DU Admissions 2020(Raj K Raj/HT photo)
Updated on Oct 27, 2020 10:35 AM IST
New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India | Posted by Mallika Soni

What is BECA and what does it mean for India and US?

BECA will also help India and US counter the growing Chinese influence in the Indo-Pacific region thereby strengthening the Quad.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh during a meeting with US Secretary of Defence, Dr. Mark Esper to discuss India-US defence relations and mutual cooperation, in New Delhi.(PTI photo)
Updated on Oct 26, 2020 09:34 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com| Edited by Mallika Soni

SC asks Republic TV to file affidavit on ‘vindictive, vendetta driven action’ of Maha govt

Republic Network said that it will reveal “the coercive and illegal methods of the Mumbai Police, the incessant harassment of our journalists and the seemingly tainted routes being used to try and fix and frame Republic.”

Republic TV’s editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami(PTI photo)
Updated on Oct 26, 2020 09:19 PM IST
Delhi | ByAsian News International | Posted by Mallika Soni

PNB scam case: UK court rejects Nirav Modi’s latest bail attempt

Nirav Modi is next scheduled to appear via videolink from Wandsworth Prison in south-west London on November 3, for the hearing in his extradition case.

The case is being heard in a partial remote setting to accommodate coronavirus-related social distancing norms. (File Photo)
Updated on Oct 26, 2020 09:12 PM IST
Press Trust of India | ByPress Trust of India |Posted by Mallika Soni

Southwest monsoon withdrawing from Odisha: IMD

The South West Monsoon generally withdraws from the state by October 15 but this time it has been delayed by about a fortnight.

(Conditions are becoming favourable for further withdrawal of the South West Monsoon from the rest of the coastal state during next 48 hours and from the entire country around October 28. (Representative Image))
Updated on Oct 26, 2020 07:55 PM IST
Bhubaneswar | ByPress Trust of India | Posted by Mallika Soni

Storm in favour of Grand Alliance now in Bihar similar to that for Modi in 2014: Rajeev Shukla

Shukla claimed that the current Nitish Kumar-led NDA dispensation would be ousted after the elections and people have started protesting against the ruling alliance leaders in public meetings.

Former Union Minister and Congress leader Rajiv Shukla addressing a press conference ahead of the Bihar Assembly Election, in Patna on Monday.(ANI)
Updated on Oct 26, 2020 07:42 PM IST
Press Trust of India | ByPress Trust of India | Posted by Mallika Soni

Trader kidnapped in UP’s Baghpat, rescued hours later

Addressing the press conference, ADG, Meerut zone, Rajiv Sabharwal said the kidnappers fled after seeing the large deployment of police personnel.

(The iron trader was allegedly kidnapped for ransom from Badaut. (Representative Image))
Updated on Oct 26, 2020 07:39 PM IST
Press Trust of India | ByPress Trust of India | Posted by Mallika Soni

US Election 2020: What is early voting and how will it impact the White House race?

Early voting is a convenient way of voting in which people are allowed to vote before the scheduled election day. This can be done either in- person at early voting stations or by post.

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Updated on Oct 26, 2020 06:49 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com| Edited by Mallika Soni

What is the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council?

LAHDC-Leh has a total of 30 seats of which four councillors are nominated by the government. Elections for 26 councillors were held on October 22.

Leh: Polling officials during the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) Elections, in Leh, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020.(PTI photo)
Updated on Oct 26, 2020 06:46 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Mallika Soni

Valmiki Nagar: The lone parliamentary seat going to by-polls in Bihar

By-polls in the unreserved constituency of Valmiki Nagar were necessitated following the death of Baidyanath Prasad Mahto in February this year.

A voter presents identification documents during voting for Bihar Legislative Council elections at a polling centre at Miller High School in Patna, Bihar, India.(Photo by Parwaz Khan / Hindustan Times)
Updated on Oct 26, 2020 04:17 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Mallika Soni

PM Modi to interact with CEOs of leading oil, gas companies on Monday

Oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan will make opening remarks which will be followed by a comprehensive presentation giving an overview of the oil and gas sector.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation during the inauguration of three key projects in Gujarat, via video link.(ANI)
Published on Oct 25, 2020 11:18 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com| Edited by Mallika Soni

Sedition case: Kangana Ranaut, sister seek time till Nov 15 to appear before Mumbai Police

The summons was issued by Bandra Police on October 20 and the sisters were directed to come on October 26-27 to record their statements.

Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut arrives to meet Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhavan.(PTI)
Updated on Oct 25, 2020 10:10 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com| Edited by Mallika Soni

PM Modi greets Ramkalawan on his historic win in presidential polls in Seychelles

Wavel Ramkalawan is expected to be sworn in as the new President on October 26.

Seychelles newly elected President Wavel Ramkalawan, poses for a photo after the just concluded presidential and legislative elections in Victoria, Seychelles on October 25,2020.(AFP)
Published on Oct 25, 2020 08:11 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com| Edited by Mallika Soni

US Election 2020: What is fracking and why is it being discussed so much

The debate on fracking is a decade long one: a central conversation point in the larger discourse around climate change and also a major policy difference between Biden and Trump.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump during the third presidential debate(REUTERS)
Published on Oct 25, 2020 07:58 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com |Edited by Mallika Soni

Rajasthan HC seeks reply from state government on Nov 5 on salary cuts

The government does not have the right to deduct any part of the salary of employees as there is no such provision in the service rules nor the Pandemic Diseases Act-1897 that empowers it to take such steps.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot along with senior Congress leader Randeep Surjewala during a press conference.(PTI)
Published on Oct 25, 2020 07:57 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com| Edited by Mallika Soni

What are the 2+2 talks and what do they mean for US and India?

The 2+2 talks between US and India are part of the larger military cooperation and are crucial for both India and the US.

A man holds the flags of India and the US while people take part in the 35th India Day Parade in New York.(REUTERS)
Published on Oct 25, 2020 05:17 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Mallika Soni

Covid-19: 2 more deaths, 57 new cases reported in Chandigarh

There are 674 active Covid-19 cases in the city as of now, as per a medical bulletin.

A total of 1,00,797 samples have been taken for testing so far and of them, 86,213 tested negative while reports of 116 samples were awaited, as per the bulletin.(Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Published on Oct 24, 2020 09:34 PM IST
Chandigarh | ByPress Trust of India| Posted by: Mallika Soni

US elections 2020: Why winning the Senate is important for both Republicans and Democrats?

For the Democrats Colorado, Arizona, Maine, North Carolina, Georgia, Montana, and Iowa look very competitive. For Republicans two states hold the key: Alabama and Michigan.(AFP file photo)
Updated on Oct 21, 2020 11:43 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com| Edited by: Mallika Soni

Controversies around third presidential debate in US: Topics, moderator and rules

The debate is consequential for Trump as polls show that voters are favouring Biden in the election. It is also important for Biden because as per US media, his lead is decreasing in the battleground states.

The debate has already become controversial even before it has taken place which is certainly a reflection on the fact that the race to the White House is getting heated as November 3 is coming closer.(AFP Photo)
Published on Oct 21, 2020 10:57 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com| Edited by: Mallika Soni

What is the Feluda test that will be commercially available by October 31?

Feluda is the acronym for FNCAS9 Editor Linked Uniform Detection Assay but the test is named after a fictional private detective from West Bengal created by the renowned writer and filmmaker Satyajit Ray.

The ‘Feluda’ test is likely to cost about Rs 500 but the final cost will only be known once the test is commercially available.(AP file photo. Representative image)
Published on Oct 21, 2020 08:17 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com| Edited by: Mallika Soni

NGT red-flags Kaleshwaram Irrigation Project: All you need to know

Kaleshwaram Multipurpose Lift Irrigation Project is the world’s largest irrigation and drinking water system on the Godavari River in Kaleshwaramm Bhupalpally, Telangana, that will provide water for drinking and irrigation purposes to about 45 lakh acres in 20 of the 31 districts in the state.

The NGT’s Principal Bench has directed MoEF&CC to constitute a seven-member expert committee to access the extent of the damage caused by the project and also to identify the necessary restoration, relief and rehabilitation measures.(HT file photo)
Published on Oct 21, 2020 07:19 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com| Edited by: Mallika Soni

US govt sues Google: What is the antitrust case and how will it impact the tech giant

The government has accused Google of illegally protecting its dominant position in the market for search and search advertising through deals signed with big companies like Apple and other smartphone makers, all of who have Google as the default search engine on their devices.

Google has consistently maintained that their services are useful for the consumers and free for everyone to use.(AP file photo)
Published on Oct 21, 2020 06:00 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com| Edited by: Mallika Soni

Thailand anti-government protests explained

Most of the protesters are young people and the protests have largely been leader- less much like the Hong- Kong protests. Some groups like Free Youth Movement, the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration, Bad Student movement of highschoolers have been actively participating in the protests.

Police officers line up as pro-democracy protesters march towards the Government House during an anti-government protest in Bangkok, Thailand on October 21, 2020.(Reuters Photo)
Updated on Oct 21, 2020 06:51 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com| Edited by: Mallika Soni

Karnataka bypolls: What’s at stake and why are they so important?

These bypolls may not have an impact on the government in Karnataka as the BJP enjoys a comfortable majority (116 out of the 224 assembly seats) but are a matter of prestige for chief minister BS Yediyurappa.

Bypolls will be conducted on two assembly seats in Karnataka - Sira in Tumkur district and Raja Rajeshwari Nagar in Bengaluru.(Parwaz Khan/HT file photo. Representative image)
Published on Oct 21, 2020 03:21 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com| Edited by: Mallika Soni

Three-day FATF meet begins from Wednesday, Pakistan’s fate hangs in balance

This meeting was earlier scheduled in June but Islamabad got a breather of four months as the Paris-based watchdog temporarily postponed all mutual evaluations and follow-up deadlines due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The FATF is an inter-governmental body that was established in 1989 to combat money laundering, terrorist financing, and other related threats to the integrity of the international financial system.(Reuters)
Updated on Oct 21, 2020 04:52 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com| Edited by Mallika Soni

What is Digital Health ID that will be used by government for Covid-19 immunisation?

In his Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the creation of a digital health ID for every Indian under the National Digital Health Mission (NDHM).

The digital health ID is a 14-digit number that can be generated on the website, healthid.ndhm.gov.in.(HT Photo)
Published on Oct 20, 2020 07:43 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com| Edited by Mallika Soni
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