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PM Modi inaugurates world's longest highway tunnel in Rohtang

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the strategically important all-weather Atal Tunnel, which reduces the distance between Manali and Leh by 46 km and the travel time by four to five hours, at Rohtang in Himachal Pradesh.

Govt schemes no more based on votes, 'development for all' only basis: PM

Asserting that a major transformation has been effected in the government''s way of functioning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said new schemes are no more based on the quantum of votes from an area as the only focus now is ''development for all''.

Good response to farm laws, protests only in Punjab: Javadekar

Union minister Prakash Javadekar on Saturday said that the recently-enacted farm laws have received an "overwhelming response" from the farming community and there were no protests in any part of the country over these legislations except Punjab.

Cong and top UP officials head to Hathras as SIT completes probe, media allowed into village

The SIT set up by the Uttar Pradesh government has completed its probe into the death of a 19-year-old Dalit woman who was assaulted and allegedly gangraped, officials said on Saturday as barricades outside her village in Hathras were lifted and the media was allowed in.

Shopian fake encounter: Bodies of slain trio exhumed, handed over to family

Bodies of three men from Rajouri, killed in an alleged fake encounter by Army in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir in July this year, have been exhumed and handed over to their families, officials said on Saturday. The exhumation was done late Friday night at an unidentified location in north Kashmir - hours after Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh said the legal process to exhume and handover the bodies was on and would be completed soon.

India's COVID-19 death toll crosses one lakh

New Delhi: India''s COVID-19 death toll crossed one lakh and the infection tally climbed to 64,73,544, while the number of people who have recuperated from the disease crossed 54 lakh pushing the recovery rate to 83.84 per cent, the Union Health Ministry said.

Rahul, Priyanka to head to Hathras again on Saturday to meet victim's family

A delegation of Congress MPs led by former party chief Rahul Gandhi will go to Hathras Saturday afternoon to meet the family of the 19-year-old woman who died after she was assaulted and allegedly gang-raped, a senior party leader said.

 

International

Trump's age, health woes raise his risk for COVID-19 illness

Washington: President Donald Trump has several strikes against him age, obesity, elevated cholesterol and being male that could put him at greater risk of becoming seriously ill from the coronavirus infection he disclosed early Friday.

Pak PM Khan asks party leaders for legal strategy to bring back Sharif from UK

Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has asked his party leaders to devise a legal strategy to bring back former premier Nawaz Sharif from the UK as in the absence of an extradition treaty between the two countries it would be difficult to get him extradited, according to a media report.

Trump doing well, undergoing Remdesivir therapy: WH doctor

Washington: US President Donald Trump, who was shifted to a military hospital after being tested positive for COVID-19, is undergoing Remdesivir therapy and is "doing well", the White House physician has said.

North Korea's Kim wishes Trump recovery from coronavirus

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Saturday sent a message of sympathy to President Donald Trump and his wife Melania, wishing they would recover from the COVID-19 illness, state media reported.

Biden wishes Trump, Melania swift recovery from COVID-19

US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and several other politicians have wished President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania a quick recovery from the novel coronavirus.

UN chief: World is living in 'shadow of nuclear catastrophe'

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Friday that the world is living in the shadow of nuclear catastrophe, fuelled by growing distrust and tensions between the nuclear powers.

WH virus protocol not changing despite diagnoses

The White House does not appear to be making any changes to current virus protocol, even after President Donald Trump and the first lady tested positive for COVID-19.

 

Business

Reliance raises Rs 7,350 cr from GIC, TPG through retail unit stake sale

New Delhi: Reliance Industries announced Rs 7,350 crore investments by Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC and global private equity firm TPG Capital in its retail unit, taking the total fundraising in the last one month to Rs 32,197.50 crore.

TPG to invest Rs 1837.5 crore in Reliance Retail

Global alternative asset firm TPG will invest Rs 1,837.5 crore to buy 0.41 per cent stake in Reliance Retail Ventures Limited (RRVL), the retail arm of Reliance Industries, a statement by the Indian firm said on Saturday.

GIC to pick 1.22% stake in Reliance Retail for Rs 5,512.5 crore

Singapore''s sovereign wealth fund GIC will invest Rs 5,512.5 crore to buy 1.22 per cent share in Reliance Industries Ltd''s retail arm, Reliance Retail Ventures Limited (RRVL), the Indian firm said in a statement on Saturday.

Reliance raises Rs 7,350 crore from 2 investors

Billionaire Mukesh Ambani''s Reliance Industries Ltd on Friday announced to raise Rs 7,350 crore from two investors - Singapore''s sovereign wealth fund GIC and Global alternative asset firm TPG - by selling a stake in group''s retail arm.


Legal

Drugs case: Kshitij Ravi Prasad remanded to judicial custody

A special NDPS court here on Saturday remanded Kshitij Ravi Prasad, a former Dharmatic Entertainment executive producer arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in Bollywood-drugs case, to judicial custody till October 6.

State of mind to commit crime must be visible to prove offence of abetment: SC

New Delhi: State of mind to commit a particular crime "must be visible" to determine the culpability for offence of abetment, the Supreme Court has said while setting aside the conviction of a man who was accused of abetting his wife''s suicide in 1997.

Centre in SC agrees to waive compound interest on loans up to Rs 2 cr for six-months

In a relief to individual borrowers and medium and small industries, the Centre has agreed in the Supreme Court to waive compound interest (interest on interest) charged on loans of up to Rs 2 crores for a six-month moratorium period announced due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It said the government will seek due authorisation from parliament for making appropriate grants in this regard and the endeavour shall be over and above the support of Rs 3.7 lakh crore to MSMEs, Rs 70,000 crore for home loans etc. already extended through the Garib Kalyan and Aatma Nirbhar packages announced by government earlier .

PIL in SC seeks uniform grounds of maintenance and alimony for all citizens

A PIL has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking "gender and religion neutral" uniform grounds of maintenance and alimony for all citizens keeping with the spirit of the Constitution and international conventions.

 

Entertainment

No Time to Die' pushed to April 2021

Los Angeles: The release of Daniel Craig-starrer 25th James Bond movie No Time to Die has been delayed until April 2 next year, makers of the film have announced.

Keegan-Michael Key boards Apple's musical comedy

Actor Keegan-Michael Key has joined the cast of Apple TV Plus'' upcoming musical comedy.

Priyanka Chopra's tell-all memoir to hit stands in January 2021

Actor-producer Priyanka Chopra Jonas'' long-awaited book debut, "Unfinished", will be launched on January 19, 2021, publisher Penguin Random House India announced on Friday.

Billy Crudup in talks for 'The Flash'

Actor Billy Crudup is in negotiations to return for Ezra Miller-starrer superhero feature "The Flash".

 

Sports

Hopefully early next year we will conduct some sporting competitions: Rijiju

New Delhi: Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju is hopeful that the country will be able to conduct sporting competitions by early next year.

Shooting 'not a part' of Hamilton's proposed 2026 Commonwealth Games roster

Shooting is not a part of the roster proposed by the bid committee of Hamilton city, the frontrunner for hosting the 2026 Commonwealth Games, the development coming not long after the huge furore caused by the sport''s exclusion from 2022 Birmingham edition.

We need to get a lot of things right: Dhoni

Dubai: Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni admitted that his beleaguered Chennai Super Kings team needs to "get a lot of things right" to effect a turnaround in the ongoing Indian Premier League.

Tottenham signs Vinicius, Sheffield United adds Brewster

Tottenham ended its search for a new striker when Carlos Vinicius joined the English Premier League club on loan from Benfica.

Warner may skip Big Bash, says his manager

Currently leading Sunrisers Hyderabad''s campaign in the Indian Premier League, prolific Australian opener David Warner could skip the Big Bash League 2020 due to bio-bubble fatigue.

Wawrinka out, marathon tiebreak at French Open

French wild card Hugo Gaston has eliminated former champion Stan Wawrinka from the French Open, winning 2-6, 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 as spectators chanted his name and cried Bravo! Gaston''s win, which was interrupted by rain with the players at 2-2 in the third set, propels him to a fourth-round match against U.S. Open champion Dominic Thiem, runner-up in the last two years at Roland Garros.

James and Falcao return to Colombia for World Cup qualifying

James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao have been summoned by Colombia for their first two World Cup qualifiers against Venezuela and Chile this month.

 

GK Snapshots on 3 October 2020

1. International Day of Non-Violence 2020: October 2

2. Pentagon Approved India’s Request to Buy US$90mn of Spare Parts For C-130J Super Hercules Cargo Aircraft

3.Smriti Irani Participated in 25th Anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women Virtually

4. Indian Bank Introduced Kisan Credit Card Loan Scheme for Tamil Nadu Fishermen


5. NABARD Launched Refinance Scheme for WASH Programme, Earmarked Rs 800 cr for FY 21

6. BIAL and Virgin Hyperloop Signed 1st of its kind MoU to Study Viable Hyperloop Corridors from BLR Airport

7. Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh Selected for Gandhi Award of MGNF

8. ISRO to Launch Venus mission”Shukrayaan-1″ in 2025 with France’s CNRS Participation

 

9. DRDO Successfully Test Fires Laser-Guided Anti-Tank Guided Missile

10.Indian Railways Launches Portal for Freight Business Development

11. Union Minister Jitendra Singh Inaugurated 23 Road and Bridges Project in Jammu Region

12. WB Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Launches ‘Pathashree Abhijan’ scheme for Road Repair

13. “The Biodiversity map of Mumbai”: First of its Kind Map on Mumbai’s Rich Flora & Fauna by Rohan Chakravarty

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