Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the United States has allowed fully vaccinated flyers from several countries, including India, to enter America from early November. The US announced that strict protocols will be in place from early November to curb the spread of COVID-19 from international passengers. According to a senior government official, once the protocol is in place, passengers from several countries, including the UK, India and Brazil and Europe would be allowed to enter the US with proof of vaccination.

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An Army Aviation Helicopter has force-landed near Patnitop. The two pilots are injured and are being evacuated. Further details are being ascertained: Indian Army

IATA welcomes US decision to lift Covid-19 travel restrictions

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has welcomed Biden administration’s decision to enable vaccinated travelers entering the United States with a negative Covid-19 test result prior to travel from early November. Importantly, said IATA, this supersedes the so-called 212f restrictions which prevented anyone from entering the United States if they had been in 33 specific countries –including the United Kingdom, Ireland, all Schengen countries, Brazil, South Africa, India and China — within the last 14 days. IATA’s Director General Willie Walsh said the announcement is a major step forward.

China administered 2.181 bln doses of COVID-19 vaccines as of Sept 20

China administered about 3.35 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines on Sept. 20, bring the total to 2.181 billion, data from the National Health Commission showed on Tuesday

MoS and BJP leader L Murugan files nomination for upcoming by-polls to Rajya Sabha from Madhya Pradesh

Union Minister and BJP leader Sarbananda Sonowal files his nomination for the upcoming by-polls to Rajya Sabha from Assam

Will fight against Talibanisation of West Bengal, protect our state

– Newly appointed WB BJP president Sukanta Majumdar

Locals have reported a helicopter going down near Patnitop area of Udhampur; more details awaited

A helicopter has reportedly crashed at Shiv Garh Dhar in Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir. The police have said that the excessive fog in the area had reduced visibility in the area.

Taliban announce list of deputy ministers, fail to appoint any women, doubling down on all-male, all-Taliban government

Rise in covid cases as 30 new cases detected among passengers arriving from Delhi in Bihar

Cases of Covid-19 can rise again in Bihar, officials fear after 30 fresh cases were detected in north Bihar’s Madhubani district. The district administration carried out Covid testing drives at the Madhubani railway station and bus stand on Monday. Thirty passengers arriving from Delhi aboard the Swatantrata Senani express train tested positive, an official said.

Sudan state media report ‘failed’ coup attempt

A Sudanese government source said on Tuesday there had been a failed coup attempt, and that measures were being taken to contain a limited number of people involved. The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the coup had involved an attempt to take control of state radio in Omdurman, across the river Nile from the capital Khartoum.

Raj Kundra walks out of Mumbai’s Arthur Road jail after bail in pornographic films case

A case under section 306 of IPC (Abetment of suicide) has been registered against (disciple) Anand Giri, who’s name also surfaces in suicide note in Mahant Narendra Giri’s death case. Probe is underway. Anand Giri was taken into police custody y’day

– Prashant Kumar, ADG L&O

Families dependent on tourism became unemployed due to COVID, they’ll be given Rs 5000/month until their employment is restored. Mining-dependent families are suffering due to closure of mines, they will also be given Rs 5000 per month until the mining resumes

– Arvind Kejriwal

We’ll make arrangements to provide jobs to one employed youth in each household of Goa. They’ll get Rs 3000/month as unemployment allowance until they get job. 80% of jobs will be reserved for Goan youth-we’ll bring law to reserve 80% pvt jobs too for Goan youth

– Arvind Kejriwal

Vaccinated passengers from India, other nations can travel to US from November

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the United States has allowed fully vaccinated flyers from several countries, including India, to enter America from early November. The US announced that strict protocols will be in place from early November to curb the spread of COVID-19 from international passengers.According to a senior government official, once the protocol is in place, passengers from several countries, including the UK, India and Brazil and Europe would be allowed to enter the US with proof of vaccination.

Schools reopen for classes 10 &12 in Srinagar after months of Covid-19 induced lockdown

Jammu and Kashmir: Explosive material was detected near Gogoo Gali at Humhama area of Airport road in Budgam district

Major incident averted as IED detected in J&K

Security forces averted a major incident with the timely detection of an improvised explosive device in high security Gogo area of Budgam district in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on Tuesday. The area is close to several sensitive defence and civilian installations, including Srinagar airport, Technical airport, headquarters of Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry of the Army.

Mumbai Police Crime Branch has issued Look Out Circular against absconding accused (in a pornography case) Yash Thakur alias Arvind Srivastava and Pradeep Bakshi, an aide of businessman Raj Kundra, says the police.

National Investigation Agency today morning carried out searches at seven locations including Anantnag, Baramulla, Srinagar, Doda, Kishtwar in connection with June 27 case linked to IED recovery in Jammu: NIA sources

During the investigation (in a pornography case), police found 119 porn videos from businessman Raj Kundra’s mobile, laptop, and a hardrive disk. He was planning to sell these videos for Rs 9 crores: Mumbai Police Crime Branch

Muzaffarnagar riots: 20 acquitted due to lack of evidence

Twenty persons, accused in the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots, have been acquitted by a local court. Additional district and sessions judge, Baburam, acquitted them on Monday saying that the prosecution had failed to provide evidence against them.

Active COVID-19 cases in country decline to 3,09,575: Union Health Ministry

Manipur polls: BJP ready to field candidates in 60 seats

With the key target to win two-third majority in the assembly polls due early next year, the ruling BJP has completed the organisational ground work for fielding its candidates in all 60 seats.

President of Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad, Mahant Narendra Giri death case: FIR registered against his disciple Anand Giri under IPC Section 306 (Abetment of suicide). The FIR has been registered on the basis of the complaint filed by another disciple Amar Giri Pawan Maharaj.

The post mortem of Akhil Bhartiya Akhara Parishad chief, Mahant Narendra Giri, will be done on Tuesday afternoon after which his mortal remains will be kept in the Baghambari Mutt to enable people to pay their last respect. According to Mutt sources, the saint will be given ‘samadhi’ within the Mutt complex in the evening.

Jaishankar raises COVID-19 quarantine issue during his meeting with UK counterpart

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar urged for an “early resolution” of the COVID-19 quarantine issue and discussed the situation in Afghanistan and the developments in the Indo-Pacific during his meeting with the newly appointed British Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss.

ED arrests MD of Andheri firm for cheating banks, laundering Rs 916 crore

The Enforcement Directorate arrested Vinod Chaturvedi, managing director of Andheri-based company Usher Agro Ltd, in a Rs 916 crore money laundering case and produced him before a court on Saturday. The court remanded Chaturvedi in five days’ ED custody. The ED alleged Chaturvedi and director Manoj Pathak, along with others, conspired to cheat banks after taking loan and had siphoned off the money through fictitious transactions.

Joe Biden aims to enlist allies in tackling climate, COVID, more

President Joe Biden planned to use his first address before the U.N. General Assembly to reassure other nations of American leadership on the global stage and call on allies to move quickly and cooperatively to address the festering issues of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and human rights abuses.

Schools in Himachal Pradesh to be closed till September 25

The state executive committee on Monday ordered that all schools, except residential ones, in Himachal Pradesh will continue to remain closed until September 25. Teaching and non-teaching staff will continue to attend the school. All the residential schools are expected to follow the SOPs developed by the department of education to contain the spread of Covid-19.

Mumbai: 45+ can take only second dose of Covid-19 vaccines at public centres on Tuesday

The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) vaccination centres on Tuesday will operate between 9 am and 5 pm. Only second dose of Covishield and Covaxin will be administered to those above 45 years of age at General Hospitals in Vashi, Nerul and Airoli. Each centre has been given only 500 doses. Frontline and healthcare workers, who wish to take their second dose, can take the jab at these Covid vaccination centres.

India reports 26,115 new Covid-19 cases, 252 deaths and 34,469 recoveries in last 24 hrs

India reports 26,115 new Covid-19 cases, 252 deaths and 34,469 recoveries in last 24 hrs, says Health Ministry

  • Total Cases: 3,35,04,534
  • Total Active cases: 3,09,575
  • Total Recoveries: 3,27,49,574
  • Total Death toll: 4,45,385
  • Total vaccination: 81,85,13,827 (96,46,778 in 24 hrs)

Indian shares open higher as tech, banking stocks gain

Indian shares bounced back on Tuesday, helped by gains in the technology and banking sectors, while increasing worries that Chinese property giant China Evergrande could default on its debt pile gripped global markets. The blue-chip NSE Nifty 50 index climbed 0.31% to 17,450.5 by 0340 GMT, and the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex rose 0.24% to 58,630.06.

Today, President Biden announced that beginning in early Nov, US will be putting in place strict protocols to prevent spread of COVID-19 from pax flying internationally into US by requiring that adult foreign nationals traveling here be fully vaccinated: Senior US admn official

BJP using ED, CBI to threaten Maharashtra govt: Shiv Sena

  • The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is using the central agencies like Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to threaten the Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra, alleged Saamana editorial on Tuesday.
  • The Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece said that BJP leaders in Maharashtra think that central investigation agencies like ED, CBI are in their pockets and at their behest, they can threaten political opponents.

In Pics: Several areas in Kolkata partially submerged after heavy rain in the city

55,50,35,717 samples tested for COVID-19 up to 20th September 2021. Of these, 14,13,951 samples were tested yesterday

– Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)

BJP doesn’t run on a single leadership, In BJP, it is the team that takes a decision, not an individual. Here also we’ll work as a team. We’ll perform better in upcoming elections, including panchayat, municipalities & Lok Sabha: West Bengal BJP’s new president, Sukanta Majumdar

Canadians re-elect Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party

  • Canadians gave Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party a victory in Monday’s parliamentary elections, but it was unclear whether his gamble to win a majority of seats paid off.
  • The Liberals were on track to win the most seats of any party. The 49-year-old Trudeau channeled the star power of his father, the Liberal icon and late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, when he first won election in 2015 and now appeared to have led his party to the top finish in two elections since.
  • The Liberals were leading in 148 ridings, the Conservatives in 103, the Quebec-based Bloc Quebecois in 28 and the leftist New Democratic Party in 22.

Afghanistan: 40 arrested in connection with Nangarhar explosions

  • At least 40 people have been arrested in connection with explosions that rocked Jalalabad city of eastern Nangarhar province on Saturday and Sunday.
  • “The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s head of intelligence directorate in Nangarhar said on Monday that 40 people have been arrested in connection with explosions that rocked Jalalabad city on Saturday and Sunday,” reported Ariana News.
  • On Sunday, a child was killed and two people including a Taliban member injured in an explosion in Nangarhar province.
  • Meanwhile, on Saturday three persons were killed and 21 injured in three consecutive explosions targeting the Taliban in Police District 5 of Jalalabad city of eastern Nangarhar province.

Pakistan says no rush to recognize Taliban govt

  • Pakistan’s foreign minister says Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers should understand that if they want recognition and assistance in rebuilding the war-battered country “they have to be more sensitive and more receptive to international opinion and norms.”
  • Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Monday evening that countries are watching to see how things evolve in Afghanistan before considering recognition. He says, “I don’t think anyone is in a rush to recognize at this stage.”
  • The Pakistani minister says his country’s objective is peace and stability in Afghanistan and to achieve that “we would suggest to Afghans that they should have an inclusive government.” He says their initial statements indicate they aren’t averse to the idea, so “let’s see.”
  • Qureshi expresses hope the Taliban live up to their promise “that girls and women would be allowed to go to school, college and university.”

635,000 people displaced in Afghanistan this year, says UN

  • UN humanitarians said on Monday that 635,000 people in Afghanistan were routed from their homes this year because of violence, with more than 12,000 recently displaced to Kabul, mainly from Panjshir Province.
  • The world organization and its partners have reached 8 million people in the first half of 2021, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a release.
  • Some 1,300 displaced people in Kabul are about to receive aid.
  • The office said the UN Refugee Agency and the International Organization for Migration handed out relief to more than 9,300 people displaced by the violence in Kunar Province.

White House condemns border guard use of whip-like cord against Haitian migrants

The White House on Monday criticized the use of horse reins to threaten Haitian migrants after images circulated of a U.S. border guard on horseback charging at migrants near a riverside camp in Texas.

No Iran nuclear deal ministers’ meeting at U.N., says EU’s Borrell

Ministers from Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia will not meet with Iran on the sidelines of the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations this week, European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell told reporters on Monday.

Daesh not capable of posing threat to Afghanistan, says Taliban

The Taliban on Monday said that it can restrain Islamic State (Daesh) in Afghanistan and they are not capable of posing a threat to the country. Deputy Minister of Culture and Information Zabihullah Mujahid speaking to Tolo News said, “Daesh is not a threat, because the thought of Daesh is a hated thought among the people. No one supports them. Second, our combat against Daesh was effective in the past and we know how to neutralize their techniques.” Considering the last attacks in Nangarhar and Kabul, some political analysts said that the group seems to be present in Afghanistan.

EU ministers voice “solidarity” with France on submarine deal: Borrell

Reports AFP

Gujarat: Directorate of Revenue Intelligence arrested two persons over seizure of nearly 3,000 kgs of heroin at Kutch’s Mundra Port

US Vice-Prez Kamala Harris to meet PM Narendra Modi on September 23

US Vice-President Kamala Harris will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 23, a day ahead of the maiden bilateral meet between him and President Joe Biden and the Quad Summit at the White House, officials have said. Biden will host Modi for their first in-person bilateral meeting at the White House on September 24. Later on that day, Biden will host the first-ever in-person Quad Leaders’ Summit at the White House with Modi, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Firefighters race to protect giant sequoias in California fires

Hundreds of firefighters were battling to protect several groves of giant sequoias in the United States on Monday, warning the enormous ancient trees were at risk from out-of-control blazes. A number of separate fires were converging on the California woodland that is home to the huge trees, highlighting the terrifying power of wildfires to consume everything in their path.

Assam CM apprises Amit Shah about progress on implementation of central schemes

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday met Union Home Minister Amit Shah and apprised him of the progress in the implementation of various central schemes.

Modi-Biden bilateral meet will strengthen India-US relation, boost QUAD, says White House official

The maiden bilateral meet between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden on Thursday will allow taking the relationship between the two countries from strength to strength while helping in reinforcing and giving momentum to the Quad grouping, a White House official has said.

Assam reports 455 COVID-19 cases, 10 fatalities. Infection tally rises to 5,98,423, death toll 5,807. The state now has 3,637 active cases of the disease.

Income Tax Dept conducted searches &seizure operations at over 30 premises on Sept 17 in case of a prominent public figure in Nagpur&his family members. Group has wide business interest spanning in education, warehousing &agri-business areas, in Maharastra:Finance Ministry

Punjab Cabinet led by Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi decided to launch pro-poor initiatives from October 2, 2021 in the state, to mark the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi: Chief Minister’s Office, Punjab

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