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National

Agri Bills will help enhance farmers' earnings: Union minister
Union minister Kailash Choudhary on Saturday said the three farm Bills passed by Parliament this week will revolutionise the agriculture sector and help enhance farmers'' earnings and make them self-reliant.

Drugs case: Actor Shraddha Kapoor reaches NCB office
Bollywood actor Shraddha Kapoor reached the NCB office here on Saturday to record her statement in drugs probe linked to film star Sushant Singh Rajput''s death, an official said.

International

Trump expected to announce conservative Barrett for court
President Donald Trump is expected to announce Saturday that he is nominating Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court as he aims to put a historic conservative stamp on the high court just weeks before the election.

US moves to restrict stay of Chinese journalists to 90 days
The Trump Administration is seeking to restrict the stay of journalists from China in the US to just 90 days with the provision of another extension for a similar duration, according to a federal notification.

Would not forget the virus that came from China: Trump
US President Donald Trump has vowed to end his country''s reliance on China once and for all if voted to power, expressing disappointment that the post-coronavirus relationship with Beijing does not mean the "same" to him as he would not forget the virus that came from there.

S Korea calls for N Korea to further investigate shooting
South Korea said Saturday it will request North Korea to further investigate the killing of a South Korean government official who was shot by North Korean troops after being found adrift near the rivals'' disputed sea boundary while apparently trying to defect.

Trump's $200 prescription cards won't hit mailboxes just yet
If you''re on Medicare, don''t run to the mailbox looking for a 200 prescription drug card courtesy of President Donald Trump.

Paris stabbing suspect wasn't on police radar, minister says
A young man stabbed two people Friday outside the former Paris offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, where 12 people were killed in 2015, and a terrorism investigation has been opened into the new attack, authorities said.


Business

Trai drops probe against Voda Idea on priority plan issue after telco tweaks offer
Telecom regulator Trai has decided to proceedings against Vodafone Idea Ltd (VIL) in priority plan matter after the telco withdrew contentious claims on faster speed and modified its offering.

NRL inks pact with NALCO for supplying petroleum coke
Numaligarh Refinery Ltd (NRL) on Friday said it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with PSU major National Aluminium Company Ltd (NALCO) for supplying of calcined petroleum coke (CPC) for five years with an annual estimated sale of 40,000 metric tonne.

Google parent agrees to $310M misconduct lawsuit settlement
Google''s parent company has reached a 310 million settlement in a shareholder lawsuit over its treatment of allegations of executives'' sexual misconduct.

China opens auto show under anti-disease controls
Ford, Nissan and BMW unveiled new electric s for the Chinese market on Saturday as the Beijing auto show opened under anti-virus controls that included holding news conferences by international video link.

Berger capex on track amid pandemic, aims higher market share
The country''s second-largest paint maker Berger Paints said that despite the pandemic its capital expenditure for this fiscal remain unaffected and will be the same as last year.


Legal

PIL in SC seeks equal protection of law to transgenders in sexual offence cases
New Delhi: A PIL has been filed in the Supreme Court for equal protection of law to people belonging to the third gender, alleging that there was no penal provision which protects them from offences of sexual assault.

What steps BMC took for disabled staffers' commute, asks HC
The Bombay High Court on Saturday asked the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) if it had made any arrangements for its physically challenged staff members to help them commute to work during the lockdown.

Police not serious in finding out drug kingpins: Calcutta HC
Observing that the menace of drug trade is fast growing in West Bengal, the Calcutta High Court has said that it cannot be tackled unless the investigating agency is diligent and is serious in taking appropriate steps against the bigger players.

HC seeks to know steps taken by MP govt on order for hospitals
The Madhya Pradesh High Court has sought to know the steps taken by the state government on its earlier order, in which it asked all hospitals to put up display boards at their reception counters to give information about the treatment rates for COVID-19 patients.

Cal HC Chief Justice orders increase of number of functional courts
In order to increase the workload in the high court and at the district level, the Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court has ordered an increase of the number of functional courts and final hearings of matters, upon consideration of the recommendations of its COVID committee.


Entertainment

Do not consume narcotics or promote consumption of any such substance: Karan Johar
Mumbai: Director-producer Karan Johar has quashed the news reports claiming that narcotics were consumed at one of the parties organised at the filmmaker''s home.

Surekha Sikri recovering well, says her agent
Veteran Bollywood and television star Surekha Sikri, who was hospitalised after she suffered a brain stroke earlier this month, is recovering well at her residence in suburban Mumbai, her agent Vivek Sidhwani said on Saturday.

Samuel L Jackson to once again play Nick Fury in Disney Plus' new series
Hollywood veteran Samuel L Jackson will be reprising his fan-favourite MCU character Nick Fury in an upcoming series at Disney Plus.

Bollywood-drugs nexus: NCB questions Deepika for five hours
Actress Deepika Padukone was on Saturday questioned here for five hours by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) probing the alleged Bollywood-drug nexus linked to film star Sushant Singh Rajput''s death case, an official said.

Our film industry is beautiful, there is no toxic culture: Vishal Bhardwaj
Bollywood director Vishal Bhardwaj has rubbished claims that the Indian film industry has a toxic working culture or an insider-outsider divide, saying some people having "vested interest" are trying to malign its image. Bhardwaj says he believes that people in the industry are always there to support each other and for somebody like him, who doesn''t belong to any film family, it has been a cherishable experience.

Deepika reaches NCB office to record statement in drugs case
Mumbai: Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone reached the NCB office in south Mumbai morning to record her statement in drugs probe linked to film star Sushant Singh Rajput''s death, an official said.

Eva Longoria to helm action feature 'Spa Day'
Hollywood star Eva Longoria will direct and play the lead in Sony Pictures'' upcoming action comedy "Spa Day".

Apple lands Anthony and Joe Russo's next 'Cherry'
Anthony and Joe Russo''s much-awaited film "Cherry", starring Tom Holland, has been acquired by Apple Original Films.

Latin-American Father of the Bride' in works at Warner Bros
Warner Bros is developing a Latin-American version of "Father of the Bride" with Bedtime Stories writer Matt Lopez penning the script.

Do not consume narcotics or encourage consumption of any such substance: Karan Johar
Filmmaker Karan Johar on Friday issued a statement debunking the media reports alleging that narcotics were consumed at one of his house parties, calling the claims baseless and false .


Sports

We are "little bit muddled" at the moment: CSK coach Fleming after second defeat
Dubai: Chennai Super Kings head coach Stephen Fleming has admitted that his side were "a little bit muddled" at the moment and they need a clearer strategy going ahead after suffering two losses in three matches in the Indian Premier League.

Buttler's probable return could bolster Rajasthan Royals in six-hitting contest against KXIP
Sanju Samson will like to continue his dream form while presence of Jos Buttler puts Rajasthan Royals on even keel with Kings XI Punjab in an IPL game which promises to be yet another six-hitting competition. Coming into the match after morale-boosting victories, both KXIP and the Royals would look to build a winning momentum after starting the tournament as underdogs.

Buttler back in Royals XI for KXIP showdown as another six-hitting match on cards
Sanju Samson will like to continue his dream form while the presence of Jos Buttler puts Rajasthan Royals on even keel with Kings XI Punjab in an IPL game which promises to be yet another six-hitting contest. Coming into the match after morale-boosting victories, both KXIP and the Royals would look to build a winning momentum after starting the tournament as underdogs.

Dhoni says CSK not doing well both in batting and bowling
Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is not happy with the performance of both his batting and bowling units after his side suffered their second consecutive loss in the Indian Premier League.

F1: Hamilton fastest in final practice at Russian Grand Prix
Championship leader Lewis Hamilton set the pace in the third and final practice session ahead of qualifying Saturday at the Russian Grand Prix.

Plan was to play shots along the ground: Shaw
Dubai: Young opener Prithvi Shaw, who starred in Delhi Capitals'' victory over Chennai Super Kings, says his plan was to play along the ground and avoid "silly mistakes" after failing to make an impact in the first match.

Lahiri, Atwal make cut at Corales Champs
Indian golfers Anirban Lahiri and Arjun Atwal produced contrasting performances in the second round before making the cut in the Corales Puntacana Championship here.

Tvesa Malik finishes T-22 in Lavaux Ladies golf in Geneva
Tvesa Malik rounded off another week with a decent showing, finishing T-22 at the 2020 Lavaux Ladies Open in Switzerland with a final round of even par 72.

We need to come back with clearer picture: Dhoni
Two consecutive defeats have left Chennai Super Kings reeling and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is contemplating rejigging the combination, saying they are lacking steam and need to come back with a clearer picture for the next IPL games.

Jesus out and Cunha in for Brazil's World Cup qualifiers
Injured Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus was replaced by Hertha Berlin''s Matheus Cunha in Brazil''s squad for the two opening rounds of South American World Cup qualifiers in October.

 

GK Snapshot on 26 September 2020

1. World Pharmacists Day observed on September 25, 2020
2. Antyodaya Diwas 2020 – September 25
3. India ranked 89th among 181 countries in World Risk Report 2020
4. One of the First Medical Devices Park to be Set up in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
5. Shivangi Singh to become India’s first woman fighter pilot to fly Rafale

6. AYUSH Ministry Signed MoU with Herbal Industry Bodies to promote Medicinal Plants cultivation; e-marathon to start on Sept 28, 2020
7. India, Australia conducted Passage Exercise (PASSEX) in the East Indian Ocean region
8. Indian Railways Extended its MoU with IIT Kanpur for Modernisation of its Infrastructure
9. EAM S Jaishankar participates in Annual Informal Meeting of SAARC Council of Ministers
10. EAM S Jaishankar participates in Special Ministerial Meeting of CICA

11. 15th CII – Exim Bank Conclave on India-Africa Project Partnership held Virtually from New Delhi
12. PM Narendra Modi addresses Fit India Dialogue on First Anniversary of Fit India Movement
13. India Provided 1.54 billion NR as Post-Earthquake Reconstruction Assistance in Nepal
14. RBI Released “’Technology Vision for Cyber Security’ for Urban Co-operative Banks – 2020-2023”
15. Fino Payments Bank with Fintech Partners Introduced NFC-based Contactless Payments Solution for Mass Transport
 

16. Kerala Bags UNIATF Award 2020 for its Contribution Towards SDGs Related to Non-Communicable Diseases
17. Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar launches “Centralized Farm Machinery Performance Testing Portal”
18. MIT Professor Won the Inaugural AI Award for Cancer Research & Discovery of New Drugs
19. Fed Cup, Women’s World Cup of Tennis, Renamed as the Billie Jean King Cup: ITF
20. UP CM Yogi Adityanath, Launched U-Rise Portal for Students

21. Former Australian Cricketer & Commentator Dean Mervyn Jones Passed Away at 59
22. Sekhar Basu, PadmaShri Awardee, Veteran Atomic Scientist and Former Chairman of AEC Passed Away of COVID-19
23. Renowned Singer SP Balasubrahmanyam dies aged 74

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