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Delhi's air quality 'poor'; wind direction shift may improve it

The air quality in the national capital and adjacent areas was recorded in the poor category on Monday morning, with concentration of fine particulate matter PM2.5 and PM10 increasing to the highest recorded levels this season so far.


Trump's task: Resetting campaign that GOP fears is slipping

Washington: President Donald Trump is running out of time to recover from a series of self-inflicted setbacks that have rattled his base of support and triggered alarm among Republicans who fear the White House is on the verge of being lost to Democrat Joe Biden.


Hong Kong leader delays policy address until Beijing visit

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Monday that her annual policy address scheduled for this week will be delayed until she travels to Beijing to ask the Chinese central government for help with measures to help her city''s battered economy.


Greece calls new Turkish survey mission a threat to region

Greece has accused neighbour Turkey of undermining efforts to ease a crisis over drilling rights in the eastern Mediterranean after the announcement that a Turkish survey vessel is being prepared to renew a research mission in disputed waters.


Japan vows to boost missile defense after North Korea parade

Japan vowed Monday to bolster its missile deterrence capability to respond to threats by North Korean weapons that are becoming more diverse and complex, as displayed during Pyongyang''s military parade over the weekend.

 

Nepal: 2nd Cabinet minister tests positive for coronavirus

Nepal''s education minister Giriraj Mani Pokharel has tested positive for COVID-19 - the second Cabinet minister to have contracted the deadly viral infection, according to media reports.

 

Thousands in Los Angeles protest hostilities against Armenia

Thousands of people protested in Los Angeles to condemn Azerbaijan and Turkey''s role in hostilities against Armenia in the separatist Nagorno-Karabakh region.

 


Business

Govt to give Rs 12,000 cr interest-free 50-year loan to states for capital projects

New Delhi: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharman on Monday announced a Rs 12,000 crore interest-free 50-year loan to states for spending on capital projects in a bid to boost economy.

 

Govt to give cash vouchers to staff in lieu of LTC this year: FM

New Delhi: In a bid to stimulate demand in the economy, the govt  announced giving out cash vouchers to central government employees this year in lieu of LTC fare which could be spent only on buying non-food GST-rated items.

Vedanta plummets over 24 pc after delisting fails

Shares of Vedanta on Monday plummeted over 24 per cent after the company''s delisting went from almost-a-success to failure on account of a large quantity of unconfirmed orders.

 

Sensex jumps nearly 400 pts in early trade; Nifty tops 12,000

Mumbai: Equity benchmark Sensex rallied nearly 400 points in opening trade, led by gains in index-heavyweights HDFC, Infosys and Reliance Industries amid largely positive global cues.

 

Rupee edges 3 paise higher at 73.13 in opening trade

The Indian rupee traded with moderate gains of 3 paise at 73.13 against the US dollar in the opening session on Monday, tracking softer crude oil prices and sustained buying in domestic equities.

 


Legal

HC declines to entertain plea to install fibre internet lines in all court complexes

The Delhi High Court on Monday declined to entertain a plea seeking installation of fibre lines of all telecom operators in every court complex in the city to ensure faster internet for effective hearing of cases via video conferencing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Treat as rep PIL for minimum standards for mental health establishments: HC to Centre

The Delhi High Court on Monday asked the Centre to treat as a representation a PIL seeking notification of minimum standards for different categories of mental health establishments as mandated under the Mental Healthcare Act of 2017.

 

Hathras victim's family to appear before high court

The family members of a 19-year-old Dalit woman, who died after allegedly being raped by four men in Uttar Pradesh''s Hathras district, are set to appear before the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court on Monday.



Entertainment

Nawazuddin Siddiqui to feature in Umesh Shukla's next production

Mumbai: Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui is set to play the lead role in filmmaker Umesh Shukla's next production venture.

 

Akshay Kumar starts filming YRF's Prithviraj'

Superstar Akshay Kumar has started shooting for Yash Raj Film''s (YRF) biopic on Samrat Prithiviraj Chauhan.


Film personalities urge Mumbaikars to keep calm' amid major power outage

As Mumbai came to standstill after a grid failure caused a major power outage across the megapolis on Monday, Hindi cine personalities including megastar Amitabh Bachchan, actors Ali Fazal, Nimrat Kaur and filmmaker Kunal Kohli urged people to stay calm . Maharashtra''s Power Minister Nitin Raut said the electricity supply in Mumbai was interrupted around 10 am during maintenance and repair work at Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Company''s 400 kv Kalwa-Padgha centre. In a Twitter post, Raut said the Kalwa-Padgha transmission line tripped, leading to power outages in Thane, Palghar and Navi Mumbai.

 

Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins to reteam for Cleopatra' biopic

Los Angeles: Actor Gal Gadot will be reuniting with her Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins for Paramount Pictures'' upcoming biopic Cleopatra .


Sports

MI bowled really well as a unit, says Krunal

Abu Dhabi: Mumbai Indians'' all-rounder Krunal Pandya credited the team''s bowling unit for the five-wicket IPL win over Delhi Capitals, saying that taking wickets in the powerplay and not conceding too many runs at the death overs proved crucial.

 

Mumbai City FC name Sergio Lobero as new head coach

Indian Super League (ISL) franchise Mumbai City FC on Monday named Spain''s Sergio Lobera as the new head coach of the team ahead of the 2020-21 season. The Spaniard has a wealth of coaching experience, having plied his trade in leagues around the world in a career spanning almost 25 years. He managed clubs in Spain, Morocco and India.

 

Sharma finishes T-48th as Hatton wins BMW PGA title by three shots

Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma endured an early rough patch before a strong finish to card a one-over 73 in the final round and sign off tied 48th at the BMW PGA Championship here.


Els wins in rain in North Carolina for 2nd Champions title

Ernie Els birdied the final two holes, running in a 30-footer in the rain on the last, for a 6-under 66 and a one-stroke victory over Colin Montgomerie in the SAS Championship.

 

Injured Rishabh Pant is out for at least one week: Iyer

Delhi Capitals'' wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant has been ruled out for at least a week from the ongoing IPL due to a hamstring injury that he suffered recently, team captain Shreyas Iyer has said

 

 

GK Snapshots on 12 October 2020

 

1. World Mental Health Day 2020: October 10

2. World Day Against the Death Penalty 2020 – October 10

3. World Migratory Bird Day 2020: October 10
4. 16-year-old Aava Murto becomes Finland’s PM post for 1 day

 

5. PM Narendra Modi addresses RAISE 2020 – ‘Responsible AI for Social Empowerment 2020’ ; IBM to setup CoE for AI

6. Goa Becomes India’s 1st ‘Har Ghar Jal’ State by Providing FHTCs to Every Rural Household

7. Delhi Cabinet Approved First-of-its-kind ‘Tree Transplantation Policy’ & World’s 2nd Smog Tower at Connaught Place
8. Coal Ministry Launched a Website to Promote R&D Activities in Coal Sector

 

9. Scientists Found New & Rare Perennial Woody Herb “Lepidagathis ananthapuramensis” in Kasaragod, Kerala
10. Added 544 species to India’s Diversity in 2019: Animal Discoveries 2019 & Plant Discoveries 2019 of ZSI & BSI Launched by Babul Supriyo

11. GBS Sidhu authored “The Khalistan Conspiracy: A Former R&AW Officer Unravels the Path to 1984”

 

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LAST MONTHS G.K.

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