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Housing for all is our priority: Karnataka CM
Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Tuesday said the priority of his government is housing for all in a phased manner.

Heavy to very heavy rainfall in many parts of Odisha in next 3-days: MeT
A fresh low-pressure area, formed over the Bay of Bengal on Tuesday, is likely to trigger heavy to very heavy rainfall in many parts of Odisha over the next three days, the Meteorological Centre here said.

Polls amid COVID-19: Govt enhances expenditure limit of candidates
The poll spending limit for candidates contesting Lok Sabha and assembly elections has been enhanced by 10 per cent based on the recommendation of the Election Commission that contestants be allowed to spend more on campaigning keeping in mind difficulties they may face due to COVID-19 curbs.

India in 'extremely comfortable position' in terms of oxygen availability: Health Ministry
New Delhi: There has been no scarcity in oxygen supply in the last 10 months with the daily production capacity enhanced to 6,862 metric tonnes by Sept and projected to further increase to 7,191 metric tonnes by the end of October, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

Campaigning for LAHDC Leh polls ends; voting on Thursday
The campaigning for elections to the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) Leh ended on Tuesday evening, 48 hours before the first democratic exercise in the region which was carved out of the erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir state and granted Union Territory status last year.

Delhi Metro: 144 passengers fined in last 6 days for violating COVID-19 norms
The Delhi Police has issued 144 challans to metro passengers for violating COVID-19 guidelines in the last six days, officials said on Tuesday.

Delhi's air quality improves marginally as wind speed picks up, likely to turn 'very poor' by Wednesday
Pollution levels dipped slightly in the national capital on Tuesday morning due to favourable wind speed, though the air quality was still in the "poor" category.

CBI books ex-PNB deputy manager Gokulnath Shetty in bribery case
The CBI has booked retired deputy manager Gokulnath Shetty, the main accused in the Rs 13,000-crore Punjab National Bank fraud allegedly perpetrated by Mehul Choksi and Nirav Modi, in a fresh case of receiving a bribe of Rs 1.08 crore from Rishika Financials that arranged bank guarantees for Gitanjali Gems, officials said.


International

Trump 'running angry,' attacks polls, press and Dr. Fauci
Tucson (US): An angry President Donald Trump came out swinging against Dr. Anthony Fauci, the press and polls that show him trailing Democrat Joe Biden in key battleground states in a disjointed closing message two weeks out from Election Day.

Trump says Sudan to be removed from terrorism list
President Donald Trump on Monday said Sudan will be removed from the US list of state sponsors of terrorism if it follows through on its pledge to pay USD 335 million to American terror victims and their families, but some hurt in the attacks weren''t happy with the deal.

China hopes its missing soldier held by Indian Army will be released soon
The Chinese military has expressed hope that its missing soldier apprehended by the Indian Army in Eastern Ladakh will be released soon.

Taiwan, China trade accusations after staffers fight in Fiji
China and Taiwan traded accusations Monday over a violent altercation that broke out between Chinese diplomats and Taiwan government employees at a recent Taiwan National Day reception in Fiji.

 

Business

Rupee falls 12 paise on dollar buying by banks, fiscal concerns
Mumbai: The rupee on Tuesday depreciated by 12 paise to close at 73.49 against the US currency due to dollar buying by state-run banks amid increased forex infolws.

Insurance claims related to COVID-19 treatment rise in September
The number of insurance claims related to treatment for COVID-19 rose to 40 per cent of the total health insurance claims in September, according to an analysis.

Spending intent likely to be below average this Diwali: Survey

Even as brands are betting big on Diwali to light up their sales, a survey has shown below-average spending propensity among urban Indians this festive season with nearly 50 per cent respondents agreeing of being careful about their finances.

Rupee opens on flat note, up 2 paise at 73.35 against US dollar

The rupee opened on a flat note and inched 2 paise higher to 73.35 against the US dollar in early trade on Tuesday, even as the domestic equity market was trading with gains.

Wipro bags five-year deal from Fortum
IT services major Wipro on Tuesday said it has bagged an application management (AMS) and services integration and management (SIAM) contract from Fortum, a clean-energy company headquartered in Espoo, Finland.


Legal

Delhi riots: Court dismisses pleas of 3 people seeking statutory bail in UAPA case
New Delhi: A Delhi court has dismissed the application of student activist Gulfisha Khatoon, arrested under the stringent UAPA, seeking statutory bail in a case related to the communal violence in northeast Delhi in February.

Suspended IAS officer Sivasankar feigned illness: Customs tells HC
The Customs probing the gold smuggling case on Tuesday alleged in the Kerala High Court that suspended IAS officer M Sivasankar feigned illness and got hospitalised to avoid answering questions by the agency.

COVID-19: Court acquits 20 foreign attendees of Tablighi event
A Mumbai court has aquitted 20 foreign attendees of a Tablighi Jamaat event who were booked by the city police for allegedly violating prohibitory orders during the coronavirus-enforced lockdown.

Court refuses to confirm bail of ZP official in agitation case
A court here in Maharashtra has refused to confirm the bail granted by a magistrate court to Palghar Zilla Parishad vice president Nilesh Sambre in a case of an agitation led by him in August against poor condition of roads in the district.

 

Entertainment

Everybody wanted this love story between a rebel and a conservative to work: Kajol on DDLJ'
Mumbai: Bollywood star Kajol considers Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge a special movie in her career, one that made everyone fall in love with Raj and Simran and is relatable even today.

'The Pickup Artist' releases as theatres open
"The Pickup Artist", starring theatre artistes, is one of the first movies to release here as theatres reopened after a gap of seven months.

Deepti Naval undergoes angioplasty, says she's fine now
Veteran actor Deepti Naval, who underwent a angioplasty at a hospital in Mohali on Monday, said she was discharged from the medical facility on Tuesday and is "perfectly fine now".

Twitter India launches emoji to mark 25 years of 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge'
Twitter India on Tuesday launched a special emoji to celebrate 25 years of "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge", one of the biggest hits in Hindi cinema. Backed by Yash Raj Films, "DDLJ", as it came to be known by, was the directorial debut of filmmaker Aditya Chopra. The romance drama, which released on October 20, 1995, propelled Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol to stardom and made them one of the most loved onscreen pairs. To celebrate the occasion, Khan and Kajol changed their names on Twitter to their iconic characters: Raj Malhotra and Simran Singh.

Actor Prithviraj Sukumaran tests positive for COVID-19
Malayalam star Prithviraj Sukumaran on Tuesday said he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently under isolation. The 38-year-old actor was diagnosed with coronavirus while he was shooting for filmmaker Dijo Jose Anthony''s "Jana Gana Mana." He has been filming since October 7.

 

Sports

Happy to play wherever team requires me: Buttler
Abu Dhabi: England batsman Jos Buttler says he does not mind batting in the middle order for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League if his team requires him to do so.

Ahmedabad to host pink ball Test against England: Ganguly
Ahmedabad will host the day-night pink ball Test during England''s big-ticket tour of India early next year, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly said here on Tuesday.

Buttler can win games likes ABD, Pollard: Steve Smith
Abu Dhabi: Jos Buttler is second to none when it comes to winning games at the back-end, said Rajasthan Royals skipper Steve Smith, likening the English batsman to swashbucklers-par-excellence such as AB de Villiers and Kieron Pollard.

Johnson beats Cilic in first round of Cologne Championships
Steve Johnson upset former U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic to reach the second round of the Cologne Championships.

MLS announces programs to combat racism, promote diversity
Major League Soccer announced a series of initiatives to combat racism, advocate for social justice and increase diversity in the sport.

English women's soccer targets titles, player development
England''s soccer leadership has a couple of priorities for the women''s teams.

Virus-hit Genoa manages 0-0 draw at Verona in Serie A
Genoa managed to draw at Hellas Verona 0-0 in Serie A despite missing seven players who have the coronavirus.

 

GK Snapshots on 20 October 2020

1. World Trauma Day 2020: October 17
2. Jacinda Ardern, Wins 2nd Term as the Prime Minister of New Zealand
3. Indian Spends 3.5% of Daily Income for a plate of food; Ranked 28th & South Sudan Tops: UN’s WFP Report
4. India-Sri Lanka Navies Conducting Maritime Exercise SLINEX-20 off Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

5. Singapore Becomes 1st Country to attach Facial Verification in National Identification Database
6. BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile Successfully Test Fired from INS Chennai
7. Heeng Cultivation starts in India for the First Time
8. Stellapps Launches ‘mooPay’, a First-of-its-Kind Fully Automated Direct Payment Platform for Dairy Farmers in Rajasthan

9. Indian Shooters Elavenil, Shahu Mane Bag Gold, Silver Medals in Sheikh Russel International Air-Rifle Championship 2020
10. Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju Attended Y20 Summit Virtually
11. Canara HSBC Oriental Bank of Commerce Life Insurance Launched, ‘Invest 4G’ a Unit Linked Individual Life Insurance cum Savings Plan
12. FSSAI’s New Food Safety Compliance System (FoSCoS) to Become Operational Across India from November 2020
13. Signed MoU with Mahindra & Mahindra for Tractor Finance Business

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