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India Kick-Starts 2-Day Naval Drill With Russia In Indian Ocean

Shivalik and Kadmatt finishing up Passage Exercise with Russian Federation Navy ships

New Delhi:

India on Friday kick began a two-day naval train with Russia in jap Indian Ocean, two weeks after it performed the Malabar wargames with the US, Australia and Japan.

The Russian Navy has deployed its guided missile cruiser Varyag, massive anti-submarine ship Admiral Panteleyev and medium ocean tanker Pechenga for the “passage exercise”, officers mentioned.

The Indian Navy has been represented by indigenously constructed guided missile frigate Shivalik and anti-submarine corvette Kadmatt together with their integral helicopters.

“The exercise is aimed at enhancing interoperability, improving understanding and imbibing best practices between both the friendly navies. It would involve advanced surface and anti-submarine warfare exercises, weapon firings, seamanship exercises and helicopter operations,” Indian Navy spokesperson Commander Vivek Madhwal mentioned.

“The passage exercises are conducted regularly by the Indian Navy with units of friendly foreign navies while visiting each other’s ports or during a rendezvous at sea,” he mentioned.

He mentioned the continuing train displays the robust long-term strategic relationship between the 2 nations.

“This exercise is being conducted on the occasion of ”Navy Day” which emphasises the strong bonds of friendship shared between the two friendly militaries. It would be another step towards strengthening Indo-Russian defence relations,” Commander Madhwal mentioned.

Navy Day is well known yearly on December four to commemorate the Indian Navy’s achievement in inflicting heavy harm on Pakistani vessels in Karachi harbour throughout the India-Pakistan warfare in 1971.


The Indian and the Russian navies conduct a biennial train referred to as ”Indra Navy” and its final version passed off within the Northern Indian Ocean Region in September.

Last month, India held the Malabar train. India invited Australia for the train, successfully making it a drill by all of the Quad member nations.

The Quad, comprising India, the US, Australia and Japan, is geared toward making certain a free and open Indo-Pacific, a area that witnessed growing Chinese army assertiveness within the latest years.

China has been suspicious concerning the function of the Malabar train because it feels that the annual wargame is an effort to include its affect within the Indo-Pacific area.

Notwithstanding the coronavirus pandemic, the Indian Navy participated in maritime workouts in the previous few months with a lot of nations.

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Under Pressure to Repay Loan, Farmer Commits Suicide in UP Village

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The farmer, Suresh from Dhulla village below Nidhauli Kalan police station space, had been lacking for the previous three days and his physique was discovered floating in a canal on Friday, they stated.

  • PTI Etah
  • Last Updated: December 04, 2020, 22:05 IST

A 45-year-old farmer allegedly dedicated suicide right here after an worker of the financial institution he had taken a mortgage from threatened to connect his property for failing to repay it, police stated on Friday. The farmer, Suresh from Dhulla village below Nidhauli Kalan police station space, had been lacking for the previous three days and his physique was discovered floating in a canal on Friday, they stated.

According to Suresh’s household, he had taken a mortgage of Rs four to five lakh from the financial institution some years in the past however had not been capable of repay it attributable to dangerous harvest, the police stated. The household stated a financial institution staffer visited him a number of days in the past and threatened to connect his home if he didn’t repay the mortgage.

Suresh had been below stress ever since and dedicated suicide by leaping into the canal, they added. Suresh’s physique was discovered close to Athrara village, his brother Jagdish stated.

The physique has been despatched for a autopsy examination. A case has been registered and an investigation is underway, the police stated.

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Bahrain Becomes 2nd Country After UK to Approve Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 Vaccine

Bahrain mentioned on Friday it has granted emergency use authorisation for the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, turning into the second nation after Britain to approve it.

The Gulf Arab state had additionally accredited Sinopharm’s COVID-19 vaccine in November to be used by frontline staff.

“The approval of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine will add an additional vital layer to the Kingdom’s nationwide COVID-19 response,” Dr. Mariam Al Jalahma, CEO of Bahrain’s National Health Regulatory Authority mentioned in a press release.

Sunil Chhetri Penalty Helps Bengaluru FC Get First Victory with 1-0 Win over Chennaiyin FC

Bengaluru FC bought their first win of the season, notching up a 1-Zero victory in a heated affair with arch-rivals Chennaiyin FC within the Indian Super League Season 7 on the GMC Stadium on Friday.

A 56th-minute penalty by Sunil Chhetri was the distinction between the 2 groups as Chennaiyin suffered their first lack of the season.


Chennaiyin made simply the one change to the eleven that drew with Kerala Blasters as Jerry Lalrinzuala changed Chhuantea. Bengaluru coach Carles Cuadrat made three modifications — Kristian Opseth, Udanta Singh and Fran Gonzalez had been changed by Deshorn Brown, Dimas Delgado and Rahul Bheke.

The match was off to a bodily begin with Anirudh Thapa left limping within the fifth minute after a conflict of heels with Ashique Kuruniyan. The latter picked up a yellow two minutes later for moving into tough on Deepak Tangri. Then got here an enormous blow for Chennaiyin. Thapa had initially continued after his conflict with Kuruniyan, however by the 16th minute, he was asking to return off. Chennaiyin coach Csaba Laszlo needed to exchange him with Edwin Vanspaul.

Bengaluru started to take the upper-hand after Thapa’s exit. Around the half-hour mark, Cleiton Silva discovered Bheke unmarked contained in the field, however his header was astray. Seven minutes later, Juanan had an opportunity to move in from Silva’s cross, however solely managed to divert it into Chennaiyin keeper Vishal Kaith’s fingers.

The second interval began with a flurry of fouls, freekicks and yellow playing cards. Rafael Crivellaro, Suresh Wangjam and Reagan Singh went into the guide early on whereas each groups wasted freekicks from good positions. However, within the 54th minute, Chennaiyin dedicated one foul an excessive amount of. Vanspaul lunged into Silva contained in the field and the referee pointed to the spot. Kaith guessed accurately and dived to his proper, however Chhetri’s penalty was inch-perfect.

Bengaluru practically had their second within the 60th minute when a strong long-ranger from Delgado appeared to be moving into. Kaith, nonetheless, bought the slightest of touches to it, diverting the ball from its path.

Laszlo responded to the objective by throwing on Fatkhullo Fatkhulloev and the Tajik practically scored the equaliser, unleashing a volley off Jerry’s cross just for Bengaluru keeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu to dam it. Chennaiyin thought they’d a penalty within the 69th minute after Crivellaro’s header struck Kuruniyan’s hand on the best way out. But referee Rahul Kumar Gupta as an alternative pointed to a nook.

Chennaiyin dominated the ultimate interval, looking frantically for an equaliser. But they had been unable to discover a end to the numerous possibilities they created as Bengaluru held on for the win.

How Small Businesses Are Surviving (Or Not)

Sonali Kolhatkar speaks with Amanda Ballantyne about how small companies are fairing in the course of the pandemic.

President-elect Joe Biden met this week with employees and enterprise house owners who had been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. With Congress having did not go extra Covid-related reduction for struggling employees and companies many Americans are reaching a breaking level. Now, a centrist and bipartisan group of lawmakers has begun touting a modest $908 billion package deal that on Thursday gained the assist of Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer in addition to rising numbers of GOP Senators.

Meanwhile, new knowledge concerning the CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program reveals plenty of troubling points together with thousands and thousands of {dollars} going to Trump and Kushner properties, and cash going to companies that didn’t save jobs. And, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has defended placing a whole lot of billions of unspent {dollars} from the CARES Act right into a fund that his successor will want permission to entry.

Amanda Ballantyne, Executive Director of the Main Street Alliance, a nationwide community of 30,000 small enterprise house owners.

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GHMC election: TRS wins 55 of 150 wards at 9.40 pm, set to retain management of Hyderabad civic physique; BJP luggage 46 seats – Politics News , Firstpost

The TRS confronted powerful competitors from Asaduddin Owaisi’s All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), which has gained 42 seats up to now

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The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) appeared set to retain management of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), because it bagged 55 of the 150 wards as of 9.40 pm on Friday.

So far, the outcomes of 144 wards have been declared with the TRS successful the utmost seats, adopted by BJP on the second place (46 seats) and AIMIM (42 seats) on the third place, at 9.40 pm as per the State Election Commission web site. Congress has gained two seats whereas outcomes for six seats are nonetheless awaited.

TRS confronted powerful competitors from Asaduddin Owaisi’s All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), which gained a nominal lead briefly on Friday night. As of 9.40 pm, the AIMIM had gained 42 seats.

Meanwhile, the BJP’s high-profile marketing campaign, which additionally noticed Union minister Amit Shah canvassing within the GHMC polls, reportedly paid off because the saffron get together has gained 46 seats, rising because the second-largest get together within the civic polls.

The BJP has made an enormous enchancment as in comparison with its efficiency within the 2016 civic polls when the get together had gained simply 4 seats in alliance with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP).

Lastly, the Congress was a distant fourth with simply two seats to its identify.

The Okay Chandrasekhar Rao-led TRS had swept the elections 4 years in the past, successful 99 of the 150 wards.

Telangana minister KT Rama Rao on Friday spoke to reporters because the counting of votes forged within the GHMC polls was underway.

“I thank the people of Hyderabad who chose TRS as the single largest party to represent them in Council. The result is certainly not what we expected, we are short of 20-25 seats. We lost about 10-12 divisions with an extremely narrow margin,” he mentioned.

The BJP, in the meantime, termed the outcomes an ethical victory for the get together with normal secretary Bhupender Yadav claiming that the BJP is the one “only alternative” to the ruling TRS in Telangana.

The civic ballot end result can also be a morale booster for the BJP because it has come quickly after its victory in final month’s bypoll to the Dubbak Assembly constituency.

Ballot papers have been used within the election to the 150-ward Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) on 1 December. Counting of votes started at eight am on Friday with postal ballots being counted first. The BJP was forward of its rivals within the postal poll votes.

The polling proportion was an unimpressive 46.55. Out of the 74.67 lakh voters, 34.50 lakh electors exercised their franchise.

While the ruling TRS fielded candidates in all of the 150 wards, BJP arrange nominees in 149 wards. The Congress, AIMIM, and TDP fielded candidates in 146, 51, and 106 wards, respectively.

Around 1,200 candidates have been within the fray for 150 wards within the metropolis.

Additionally, the mayor’s put up has been reserved for a girl this yr, The Indian Express reported, including that the counting of votes has been gradual on account of the usage of poll papers for the polls. This was completed as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

With an eye fixed on the 2023 Telangana Assembly polls, the BJP had high leaders like Shah, JP Nadda, Smriti Irani, Yogi Adityanath, and Prakash Javadekar hit the marketing campaign path for the Hyderabad civic physique polls, studies mentioned. Meanwhile, the TRS banked on the charisma and efficiency of KCR, as chief minister Rao is understood.

Meanwhile, the Telangana High Court on Friday suspended a round issued by the State Election Commission (SEC) which permits counting of votes with “distinguish marks” aside from the usual Swastik image (crossed arrow mark), for the polls held for Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation.

Hearing a House Motion, Justice Abhishek Reddy whereas suspending SEC’s round mentioned the ballots which have “distinguish marks” must be stored individually, and if they’re detrimental to the ballot outcomes, the end result shouldn’t be introduced.

“If the margin is less than the disputed ballot papers, then the disputed ballot papers shall not be taken into account and the result of the Ward may not be declared,” the courtroom order mentioned.

Earlier some Returning Officers requested the SEC what they need to do in case they discover some “distinguish mark” as a substitute of the Swastik image on any poll paper.

Based on that the SEC on Thursday night time issued a round saying “if the intention of the voter is clear on marking to a particular candidate the vote can be treated as valid since it is the mistake of the polling officer…”

The petitioners Antony Reddy and Okay Surender (a candidate within the GHMC polls) sought the courtroom to declare the round issued by the SEC as unlawful, arbitrary, and opposite to the election legal guidelines.

Sources within the SEC instructed PTI that each one the returning officers have been communicated in regards to the excessive courtroom directive and act accordingly. The matter was posted to 7 December for additional listening to.

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Lewis Hamilton Replacement George Russell Posts Fastest Time in 1st Sakhir GP Practice

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Lewis Hamilton’s alternative George Russell set the quickest time within the first follow session for the Sakhir Grand Prix.

  • Associated Press SAKHIR
  • Last Updated: December 04, 2020, 21:30 IST

Lewis Hamilton’s alternative driver set the quickest time Friday within the first follow session for the Sakhir Grand Prix.

George Russell, given his likelihood with Mercedes after Hamilton examined optimistic for COVID-19, accomplished a lap of the desert observe beneath floodlights in 54.546 seconds. His time was 0.176 seconds sooner than Red Bull driver Max Verstappen and 0.265 forward of Alexander Albon.

Hamilton, who has already clinched the season-long championship, is self-isolating for 10 days and will additionally miss the years closing race in Abu Dhabi subsequent weekend.

The 22-year-old Russell has greater toes than Hamilton and needed to squeeze into Size 10 racing boots slightly than his ordinary Size 11.

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas, who’s combating to carry off Verstappen for second within the championship, was fourth quickest, 0.322 behind Russell.

Bottas trails Hamilton by 131 factors and leads Verstappen by 12 though Verstappen has a slower automotive.

Drivers are once more racing on the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, however on a smaller high-speed outer observe.

Record Covid Deaths In US Prompt Calls For Masking, Stay-At-Home Orders

Two promising vaccine candidates may obtain emergency use authorization this month. (File)


US leaders urgently referred to as on Americans to put on masks and threatened much more drastic stay-at-home orders after deaths from the coronavirus set a single-day report, with two individuals dying each minute.

More than 213,830 new instances and a couple of,861 deaths had been reported on Thursday, in accordance with a Reuters tally of official knowledge, with a number of specialists projecting the loss of life toll will quickly surpass 3,000 per day.

President-elect Joe Biden promised a brand new nationwide technique that may impose masks mandates the place he can have authority, equivalent to federal buildings and for interstate journey, as soon as he takes over for departing President Donald Trump on Jan. 20.

Beyond the mandate, he urged individuals to voluntarily put on masks, a novel method after lax public self-discipline to this point and Trump’s personal timid endorsement of mask-wearing.

“On the first day I’m inaugurated… I’m going to ask the public for 100 days to mask, just 100 days to mask, not forever, 100 days,” Biden advised CNN in an interview Thursday. “And I think we’ll see a significant reduction if we incur that – if that occurs, with vaccinations and masking, to drive down the numbers considerably.”

Two promising vaccine candidates may obtain emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration this month and begin being injected into the arms of healthcare employees, first responders and nursing dwelling residents earlier than the New Year.

Dr Anthony Fauci, a member of the White House coronavirus process pressure, stated Friday he anticipated to see one other surge in coronavirus infections two or three weeks after the Nov. 26 Thanksgiving vacation, when many Americans traveled to go to household, and feared Christmas buying and events would gas one other spike.

“We’re in a very precarious situation right now. There certainly is light at the end of the tunnel with a vaccine, but we’re not there yet. So we really have to intensify our public health measures to try and blunt this trajectory,” Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, advised NBC’s “Today” present.

Fauci stated he has accepted Biden’s provide to be his chief medical adviser, in addition to maintain his present place.

“I said yes right on the spot,” Fauci stated, whereas additionally endorsing Biden’s 100-day plea.


Washington University’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) now initiatives 538,893 COVID-19 deaths by April 1, practically double the present loss of life toll for the reason that pandemic started.

That identical mannequin exhibits that common mask-wearing may scale back the loss of life toll by 66,000, in accordance with Dr Carlos Del Rio, govt Associate for the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta.

“And while we are really excited about the vaccine, the reality is the model says the vaccine probably by April 1 will only save about 10,000 or up to 11,000 deaths,” Del Rio advised CNN on Friday.

More than 100,000 COVID-19 sufferers had been hospitalized within the United States, straining healthcare professionals and decreasing take care of individuals struggling different illnesses.

California Governor California on Thursday imposed strict new stay-at-home restrictions that shall be triggered on a region-by-region foundation when lower than 15 % ICU capability is on the market.

State and native authorities throughout the nation have ordered a variety of limitations on social and financial life.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer stated on Thursday she could prolong a three-week “pause” on some non-public and financial actions.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine stated Thursday his state’s hospitals “not only remain in crisis but the crisis is worsening,” as his state reported its fifth-highest case depend of the pandemic.

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Explainer: How France Will Distribute COVID-19 Vaccines

PARIS: France is making ready the rollout of a primary spherical of COVID-19 vaccines that it hopes will begin reaching probably the most in danger residents early subsequent 12 months pending regulatory approvals of the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

The authorities will guarantee vaccines are free for all in its social safety system and has earmarked 1.5 billion euros ($1.eight billion) of subsequent 12 months’s price range to cowl prices, Prime Minister Jean Castex mentioned on Thursday.

Castex, who confirmed vaccination wouldn’t be made obligatory, urged all residents to get a shot.

The activity seems notably daunting in a rustic the place hostility towards vaccination is effectively rooted.

According to an Ipsos ballot for the World Economic Forum, solely 59% of French respondents mentioned they might get a COVID-19 vaccine if it grew to become accessible, in contrast with 67% within the United States and 85% in Britain.


The EMA has set a Dec. 29 deadline to determine on a Pfizer/BioNTech candidate and Jan. 12 for a vaccine developed by Moderna.

Castex mentioned on Thursday France’s high public well being advisory physique, Haute Autorite de Sante, would additionally subsequently ship its recommendation earlier than any vaccine could be distributed.


The authorities has mentioned it could be prepared to begin offering photographs as quickly as a vaccine will get accredited which suggests its vaccination marketing campaign may begin as early as January 2021.

France, by means of the European Union, has secured some 200 million doses Castex mentioned, sufficient to vaccinate some 100 million with a two doses routine – greater than the nation’s inhabitants estimated at 67 million.


The authorities has laid out a vaccination calendar with three foremost phases.

A primary section operating by means of February would see vaccines given to nursing residence residents and among the employees taking care of them, representing a inhabitants of about 1 million.

A second section beginning in March would see some 14 million obtain the shot primarily based on age and medical standards.

A 3rd section starting within the spring of 2021 would then goal the remainder of the grownup inhabitants steadily.


French well being minister Olivier Veran mentioned two distinct logistics circuits had been setup to make sure France’s 10,000 nursing houses obtain the vaccines easily, together with the Pfizer-BioNTech jabs which must be saved at temperatures of -70 levels Celsius.

Once they depart manufacturing websites, the vaccines could be saved in devoted pharmaceutical warehouses, Veran mentioned, earlier than reaching hospitals and nursing houses.

Veran mentioned particular freezers and the required gear equivalent to syringes had been bought to ship the vaccine throughout the nation with out giving specifics, including preparations had additionally been made for entry in French abroad territories.


French basic practitioners might be entitled to manage vaccines. Other native well being staff may also be concerned relying on the approval timeframe of vaccines all through 2021.

For nursing houses residents, a session previous to vaccination and a medical comply with up publish vaccination might be organised.

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Chandigarh Man Arrested on the Way to Marry Woman of Different Faith in Aligarh Court

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The arrest got here to the fore after a video clip, purportedly displaying policemen just about dragging the person away from the court docket premises within the presence of dozens of bystanders, surfaced on social media. The youth is seen within the video complaining towards the police motion whereas figuring out himself as Sonu Malik and in addition the lady with whom he meant to marry.

  • PTI
  • Last Updated: December 04, 2020, 21:21 IST

A Muslim man who had come to Aligarh from Chandigarh with a neighborhood girl of various religion to tie the knot in court docket was arrested on prices of forcibly detaining her, police stated on Friday.

The man was arrested by the Aligarh’s Civil Line police from the district court docket premises on Thursday, whereas the lady too was whisked away by sleuths.

The arrest got here to the fore after a video clip, purportedly displaying policemen just about dragging the person away from the court docket premises within the presence of dozens of bystanders, surfaced on social media. The youth is seen within the video complaining towards the police motion whereas figuring out himself as Sonu Malik and in addition the lady with whom he meant to marry.

When contacted, Civil Lines Circle Officer Anil Samania informed reporters {that a} case had been registered towards the youth in Chandigarh for allegedly forcibly holding the lady in his detention. The CO stated the arrested man labored as a tailor in Chandigarh the place he had befriended the lady and deliberate to marry her.

He stated the Chandigarh police arrived to take custody of the arrested individual.

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