Joe Biden has had the most disastrous first month of any president in modern history – Donald Trump

Joe Biden has had the most disastrous first month of any president in modern history. It was Trump’s first major public appearance since leaving office. Trump particularly pointed to the emerging border crisis in the US, criticizing Biden’s immigration policy and calling it a betrayal of America’s core values. Already the Biden administration has proven that they are anti-jobs, anti-family, anti-borders, anti-energy, anti-women and anti-science.

Vivian Richards has slammed the criticism of the pitch that was on offer for the Pink–ball Test between India and England in Ahmedabad

Legendary West Indies batsman Vivian Richards has slammed the criticism of the pitch that was on offer for the Pink–ball Test between India and England in Ahmedabad, saying it’s not surprising to see a turning track in “spin land”. Richards urged the moaning and groaning from former England cricketers to stop and said the visitors should look to improve and rise above the challenges. The Pink-ball Test ended inside 2 days with India thrashing England by 10 wickets in Ahmedabad. England struggled to put bat to ball against Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin as the two Indian spinners ran through the visiting batting line-up. England were bundled out for 112 and 81 across two innings as the Test match ended in little more than 5 sessions.

Nobody wants an Unsettled Border – Army Chief General MM Naravane

I think it is a very good end result, it is a win-win situation. Whatever we did as a government, as a nation has shown that the resolve that we have in maintaining our interest foremost. I think with this Whole-of-Government Approach, our relations with China would develop along the path that we wish to develop. As two neighbours who would like to have peace and tranquillity on their borders and who would like that all the other engagements which have been going on in the past should continue also in the future. Nobody wants an unsettled border.

If we want to finish it (terrorism), we have to talk with our neighbor

Former J&K CM Farooq Abdullah urged for dialogue with Pakistan to end terrorism in the Union Territory saying that ‘friendship’ held the key to development in the region. “If we want to finish it (terrorism), we have to talk with our neighbor,” Abdullah said. Moreover, he also urged India to adopt the same approach for Pakistan as it had done with China post the stand-off at the border. Talking to media during a visit to a market in Jammu, the former CM quoted BJP stalwart Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s words– “you can change your friends but not your neighbours” and said that we either ‘grow friendship and prosper or continue the enmity.’

Jammu and Kashmir LG Manoj Sinha snubbed National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah’s proposition to hold talks with Pakistan

Jammu and Kashmir LG Manoj Sinha on Monday snubbed National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah’s proposition to hold talks with Pakistan, saying that India had a Ministry of External Affairs to deliberate on such matters. Moreover, the J&K LG asserted that India was able enough to tackle its problems on its own. “I don’t want to comment on the statements of anyone. There is a Ministry of External Affairs in India which handles such issues and India is able enough to tackle its problems on its own,” said Manoj Sinha.

Arvind Kejriwal outlined that attention was not paid to the manufacturing sector in the country over the last 70 years

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday emphasised about working on a war footing to make the country a manufacturing hub in the world and claimed India can leave behind China in the sector, Delhi government sources said. Speaking virtually in the sixth Governing Council meeting of Niti Aayog chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Chief Minister also outlined that attention was not paid to the manufacturing sector in the country over the last 70 years.

Mehbooba Mufti urged the Centre to start a Dialogue with Pakistan to Stop the Bloodshed

After the recent terrorist attacks in Kashmir earlier this week, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday urged the Centre to start a dialogue with Pakistan to stop the bloodshed so as to ensure peace in the Union Territory. “Till when will people of J-K, Police and jawans be sacrificed. BJP says repeatedly that Pakistan sponsors violence here (Jammu and Kashmir) then they (Centre) should start the dialogue process — be it here or with Pakistan,” Mufti told reporters. The BJP government should think and start the process of dialogue so that the bloodshed is stopped, the PDP president added.

Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal has called upon companies in the US to look at India as a manufacturing base

Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal has called upon companies in the US to look at India as a manufacturing base. Delivering the inaugural virtual address at the annual conference of USIBC State of US-India Business, he said that trade between India and the US has grown exponentially, but there is a lot more to be desired. Goyal said that the US and India complement each other. He said that the US offers technology, finance and innovation, whereas India has a large market that needs to be served.

Imran Khan came once but now at least Punjab will not let him come [to power] again – Maryam Nawaz

The country has been worn out but my dear selectors, do not do this with Pakistan again…I feel bad when people bad-mouth the selectors because after all, the institution is ours. I say to Wazirabad police and administration […] I know that you yourself are frustrated [but] the nation is looking at you; if you instead of serving the country and the people try to serve anyone else, try to steal the vote and make a lost person win, then remember, Imran Khan came once but now at least Punjab will not let him come [to power] again.

China has started dismantling military bunkers and tents that it had built up in Finger 5, Finger 6, Finger 7, and Finger 8 areas along the Pangong Tso last year

Intensifying the disengagement process, China has started dismantling military bunkers and tents that it had built up in Finger 5, Finger 6, Finger 7, and Finger 8 areas along the Pangong Tso last year, sources have told media. In a significant step to dial down tensions in the key face-off site, India and China recently reached an agreement on the disengagement of troops from the north and south banks of the Pangong lake in eastern Ladakh.

India always conveyed to China that border issues can be resolved through talks – Defence Minister Rajnath Singh

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said that India always conveyed to China that border issues can be resolved through talks. Making a statement on ‘present situation in Eastern Ladakh’ in Rajya Sabha, Singh said that Chinese actions near the border areas have impacted the bilateral ties. He said that Indian forces have bravely faced the challenges at the border and “proved that they are ready to face any challenge to protect the sovereignty of the country”. “We have made it clear to China that no attempt should be made to change the status quo. We have had nine round of talks between the two countries and have clarified that both forces should return to their posts,” he said.

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau called on PM Modi & shared Canada’s Requirements of COVID-19 Vaccines from India

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and shared Canada’s requirements of COVID-19 vaccines from India. PM Modi assured his Canadian counterpart that India would do its best to support Canada’s vaccination efforts, just as it had done for many other countries already. Expressing his appreciation, Prime Minister Trudeau said that if the world managed to conquer COVID-19, it would be significantly because of India’s tremendous pharmaceutical capacity, and Prime Minister Modi’s leadership in sharing this capacity with the world. Prime Minister thanked PM Trudeau for his sentiments.

After Blast near Israel Embassy in New Delhi, Amit Shah defers visit to West Bengal

Home Minister Amit Shah has postponed his visit to West Bengal hours after a low-intensity IED blast at Israel Embassy in New Delhi and fresh developments in the ongoing farmers’ protest at Delhi’s borders. Sources did not give the reason for the deferment of his trip during which he was to address two rallies on Saturday and Sunday, but it comes as farmers have intensified their protests against three farm laws amid incidents of clashes with “locals” at some places.

India is one of those, where our share is quite low – Apple CEO Tim Cook

If you take India as an example, we doubled our business last quarter compared to the year ago quarter. But our absolute level of business there is still quite low relative to the size of the opportunity. And you can kind of take that and go around the world and find other markets that are like that as well. There are several markets, as I alluded to before. India is one of those, where our share is quite low. It did improve from the year-ago quarter. Our business roughly doubled over that period of time. And so we feel very good about the trajectory. We put the online store there, for example, and last quarter was the first full quarter of the online store. And that has gotten a great reaction to it and has helped us achieve the results that we got to last quarter.

IMF’s Chief Economist Gita Gopinath has said that Indian agriculture is in need of reforms

These particular farm laws were in the area of marketing. It was widening the market for farmers. Being able to sell to multiple outlets besides the Mandis without having to pay a tax. And this had the potential to raise, in our view, farmers’ incomes. That said, every time a reform is put in place, there are transition costs. One has to make sure and pay close attention that it’s not harming vulnerable farmers, to make sure that the social safety net is provided. Clearly there is a discussion right now and we’ll see what comes out if it.

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu greeted his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, on India’s 72nd Republic Day

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greeted his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, on Tuesday, on the occasion of the country’s 72nd Republic Day, saying “our friendship grows from year to year”. India’s Republic Day marks the day when the country’s Constitution came into force in 1950. On Tuesday, Israeli Knesset’s speaker Yariv Levin sent a video message to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla. Levin said the values of the Indian constitution are “most inspiring”. India has gifted vaccines to eight countries in its region — Bhutan, the Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar and Seychelles, Afghanistan, the Mauritius and Sri Lanka — under grant assistance in sync with its “Neighbourhood First” policy. India is awaiting regulatory approval from Afghanistan to send its vaccine.

US President Joe Biden virtually doomed the Senate impeachment trial of his predecessor Donald Trump

US President Joe Biden virtually doomed the Senate impeachment trial of his predecessor Donald Trump by acknowledging Democrats do not have enough votes in the chamber to convict the former President. Biden’s remarks came even as the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives formally delivered to the Senate (which is also now Democrat-controlled despite being tied at 50-50) an article of impeachment charging Donald Trump with inciting the deadly insurrection at the Capitol.

The Senate has changed since I was there, but it hasn’t changed that much – US President Joe Biden

“The Senate has changed since I was there, but it hasn’t changed that much,” Biden said in remarks to CNN at the very moment Democratic impeachment team from the House were delivering the article, implicitly conceding the outcome may not result in conviction. He however said the trial was necessary to bring about accountability and it would be worse if it did not happen. The prelude confirmed the growing belief that the impeachment trial would largely be a political spectacle. Convicting the former President requires a 2/3rd majority of those present and voting in the 100-member Senate, and Republican lawmakers, despite the signal from the party establishment and leadership that they were free to vote according to their conscience, have begun to shy away from committing to do so for fear of being defeated in party primaries by surrogates of the former President, who still wields considerable support in his base.

Nepal caretaker Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli removed ruling Communist Party

Caretaker Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli was removed from the ruling Nepal Communist Party by a Central Committee Meeting of the splinter group of the party on Sunday, amid a deepening political crisis post the dissolution of the Parliament. Earlier on Friday, the rival faction leaders of the NCP had threatened to expel Oli’s membership from the party as they took to the streets for the second time in less than a month to protest against his decision to dissolve the Parliament on December 20 last year, calling for fresh elections for April and May this year amid the political unrest in the country.

Biden Administration has appointed four Indian-Americans to senior positions in the crucial Department of Energy

The Biden Administration has appointed four Indian-Americans to senior positions in the crucial Department of Energy. The administration appointed Tarak Shah as the Chief of Staff, making him the first Indian-American to serve in that position. Tanya Das has been named as the Chief of Staff to the Office of Science, Narayan Subramanian will occupy the position of Legal Adviser in the Office of General Counsel, and Shuchi Talati has been appointed as Chief of Staff in the Office of Fossil Energy. “These talented and diverse public servants will deliver on President Biden’s goal to tackle the climate crisis and build an equitable clean energy future,” said Shah as the Department of Energy announced 19 senior-level appointments.

PM Modi is expected to address the World Economic Forum (WEF) on January 28th, via video conference

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to address the World Economic Forum (WEF) on January 28th, via video conference. Chinese President Xi Jinping will also address the forum. The WEF 2021 will be held virtually from January 26 to 29 at Davos in Switzerland, on the theme “The Great Reset” representing a commitment to jointly and urgently build the foundations of the global economic and social system for a more fair, sustainable and resilient future. The meeting will be organised in a “twin” format, being both in-person and virtual, connecting key global governmental and business leaders in Davos with a global multi-stakeholder network in 400 cities around the world for a forward-oriented dialogue driven by the younger generation.

If the Indian economy was strong, China would have never got the guts to step into India – Rahul Gandhi

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi said the Chinese gathered guts to intrude into the Indian territory because of a weakening economy which was the result of flawed policies of ‘weak’ PM Modi. Rahul said BJP’s economic policies had “dealt a severe blow to farmers, weavers, labourers and MSMEs”, who are foundation of the country. “I can tell you without doubt if the Indian economy was strong, China would have never got the guts to step into India,” Rahul said.

Election Commission of Pakistan decided to immediately hold by-elections in eight constituencies of national and provincial assemblies

Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday decided to immediately hold by-elections in eight constituencies of national and provincial assemblies, which were deferred because of the coronavirus pandemic, reported Dawn. Earlier, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) had barred ECP from holding by-elections till January 31, 2021. The Commission asked the provinces to ensure strict observance of SOPs during the electoral process.

French President Emmanuel Macron has tested positive for COVID-19

French President Emmanuel Macron has tested positive for COVID-19, the presidential Elysee Palace announced on Thursday. It said the president took a test “as soon as the first symptoms appeared.” The brief statement did not say what symptoms Macron experienced. It said he would isolate himself for seven days. “He will continue to work and take care of his activities at a distance,” it added.

I pay my gratitude to the government and the people of India – Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina

December evokes in all Bangladeshis the spirit of joy, freedom and celebration as we recall with deep gratitude our ‘Father of the Nation’ Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Under whose dynamic leadership we earned our great independence. I pay deep homage to the three million martyrs who laid down their lives. I pay tribute to the members of the Indian armed forces martyred in the war and to their families. I pay my gratitude to the government and the people of India who extended their whole hearted support for the cause of our nation.

Ikea, the world’s largest furniture retailer from Sweden to open its 2nd store in Navi Mumbai

Ikea, the world’s largest furniture retailer from Sweden, on Thursday said it will open its second store in the country in Navi Mumbai on Friday. The new store is its first big format store in Maharashtra, spanning over 5.3 lakh sq ft and situated near the Turbhe local railway station and stocks over 7,000 home furnishing products. Navi Mumbai store will house the largest children’s area ‘Småland’ in Ikea globally, along with one of its largest 1,000-seater restaurants with almost 100 per cent locally-sourced food range, the company said.

US court dismissed $100-million lawsuit filed against PM Modi & Amit Shah

A US court has dismissed a $100-million lawsuit filed against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah after the litigants – a separatist Kashmir Khalistan outfit and two associates – failed to appear before it at two scheduled hearings. The suit was filed on September 19, 2019, days before Modi’s historic “Howdy, Modi!” event in Houston, Texas. The case was terminated by Judge Andrew S Hanen of the US District Court in Texas on October 22.

UK PM Boris Johnson to be Chief Guest at Republic Day celebrations

UK PM Boris Johnson accepts Modi’s invitation to be Chief Guest at Republic Day celebrations. With this, Johnson becomes the second UK prime minister to attend the event after John Major in 1993. The development comes along with the news that Johnson will travel to India in January, his first bilateral visit since taking office, to try to strengthen trade and investment ties and work together on tackling climate change.

I think we’ll get through this in a positive way – Bill Gates

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said, while the transition of administrations “is complicating” the vaccine distribution process, he was “pleased” with how the incoming Biden administration was approaching the problem. Gates made the comment during a Sunday interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” when asked by host Jake Tapper whether the change in administrations and the delayed transition could “complicate” the process of vaccine distribution.

External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar called Pakistan-sponsored terrorism a “very unique challenge”

Adequately securitising foreign policy is crucial for a nation like India, said External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar. Calling Pakistan-sponsored terrorism a “very unique challenge” that India has been facing for years, the EAM said that there are really very few major states which still have unsettled borders like India. Intense terrorism inflicted on India by Pakistan is of equal relevance, he said.

US Elections: Trump Supporters Rally in Washington after Supreme Court Rejects Texas Lawsuit

Thousands of red-hatted protesters filled Washington streets Saturday to support Donald Trump’s baseless claims of election fraud, undeterred by the US Supreme Court’s rejection of what may have been his last chance to overturn the results. Thousands gathered around Freedom Plaza, a few blocks from the White House, in a festive atmosphere earlier in the day, while scuffles broke out later between protesters and counter-demonstrators.

Khalistani Separatists Desecrated Statue of Mahatma Gandhi in United States

Members of Khalistani separatists desecrated the statue of Mahatma Gandhi during a protest organised by Sikh-American youths in support of farmers who are protesting against the recently enacted agri laws in India. Hundreds of Sikhs from in and around Greater Washington DC area, Maryland and Virginia, along with many from other states like New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Ohio and North Carolina, on Saturday carried out a car rally to the Indian Embassy in downtown Washington DC, where they gathered to express solidarity with the protesting farmers.

Responsibility Totally Lies with Indian Side – Chinese Spokesperson Hua Chunying

The merits of the situation at the border area are very clear and the responsibility totally lies with the Indian side. China has been strictly observing the agreements signed between the two sides and committed to resolving the border issue through dialogue and we are committed to safeguarding regional peace and tranquillity at border areas.

Letter penned by Pro-Khalistan Group Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) to China Seeking Help ‘against’ India has Come to Light

In a recent development, a letter penned by radical pro-Khalistan group Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) to China seeking help ‘against’ India has come to light amid the alleged role of Khalistani elements in the ongoing farmers’ protests. In a letter addressed to Chinese premier Xi Jinping on June 17, the radical pro-Khalistani outfit ‘condemned the Modi government’s violence against China’ and ’emphatised with the people of China as their land & resources were under Indian occupation’.

Noida: Samsung will Make an Investment of Rs 4,825 Crore

South Korean tech giant Samsung will make an investment of Rs 4,825 crore in Uttar Pradesh with the aim to move its mobile and IT display production unit from China to India. Uttar Pradesh government has decided to provide special incentives to Samsung Display Noida Pvt Ltd for setting up the manufacturing unit in Noida. Samsung’s production facility in Noida is reportedly expected to generate direct employment for around 500 people and also for hundreds from indirect employment. Samsung also has a massive manufacturing unit in Noida’s Sector 126, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2018.

Mamata Banerjee’s Participation at Oxford Union Debate in UK Cancelled

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s much-anticipated participation at the prestigious Oxford Union Debate in the UK was cancelled, hours before it was scheduled to begin, after the debating society sought to postpone it citing “unforeseen circumstances”. The address was to be held virtually, as per reports. At the time of writing, no clear reason has been made available by either the Oxford Union or Mamata Banerjee’s camp for the sudden postponement.

Navy is Prepared to Face both these Challenges – Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh on COVID-19 & China

COVID-19 and Chinese attempts to change status quo along northern borders have posed new challenges. The Navy is prepared to face both these challenges. We have deployed the P-8I aircraft at various locations on the requirement of Army and Indian Air Force. In addition, we have deployed the Heron surveillance drones on the northern borders. As of now, three Chinese warships are in the Indian Ocean region. The Chinese have been maintaining three ships since 2008 for anti-piracy patrols.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s comments on Indian Farmer Protests “ill-informed”, responds India

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday expressed concern about the ongoing farmers’ protest in India against three farm laws and said Ottawa has reached out to the Indian authorities to highlight the same. India has issued a statement in response to Trudeau and some other Canadian leaders who are commenting on the internal affairs of the country. MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said that these “ill-informed comments by Canadian leaders are unwarranted especially when pertaining to internal affairs of a democratic country.” The statement added that it is also best that diplomatic conversations are not misinterpreted for political purposes.

We’ve seen some ill-informed comments by Canadian leaders relating to farmers in India – MEA Statement

“We’ve seen some ill-informed comments by Canadian leaders relating to farmers in India. These are unwarranted especially when pertaining to the internal affairs of a democratic country. It’s also best that diplomatic conversations aren’t misrepresented for political purposes,” the MEA statement said.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Backs Farmer Protests in India

The news coming out of India about the protest by farmers. The situation is concerning and we are all very worried about family and friends. I know that’s a reality for many of you. Let me remind you, Canada will always be there to defend the rights of peaceful protest.

Ivanka Trump Shares Photos With PM Modi From India Visit

Ivanka Trump, daughter of US President Donald Trump, today shared several photos with Prime Minister Narendra Modi from her India visit three years ago on her Instagram and spoke about the “strong friendship” between the two countries. “As the world continues to battle COVID-19, our countries’ strong friendship in promoting global security, stability, and economic prosperity is more important than ever,” she captioned the post.

Jinnah wanted to break the nation, I am uniting it – Asaduddin Owaisi

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi has said that his party is not of the Razakars and has slammed the BJP for accusing him of being ‘Jinnah’s avatar’. Asaduddin Owaisi said that the Razakars left the country and went to Pakistan and only those who are loyal to ‘Bharat’ stayed back. He also said that Majlis Party does not belong to Qasim Razvi but to the Owasis who are loyal to the nation. On Tejasvi Surya’s remark that Owaisi is the “avatar” of Jinnah, Owaisi said, “Why are you(BJP) so fond of Jinnah? Jinnah wanted to break the nation, I am uniting it. Stop saying, Jinnah Jinnah.”

FDI (Foreign direct inflows) went up almost 15% during the first half the current financial year, Gujarat cornered over half the FDI

Foreign direct inflows went up almost 15% during the first half the current financial year. Among the states, it was Gujarat, which cornered over half the FDI with inflows pegged at $16 billion with traditional leader Maharashtra slipping to the third place behind Karnataka.

There should be a dialogue between India and Pakistan – Mehbooba Mufti

When they can talk with China despite that they are grabbing our land in Ladakh, there should be a dialogue between India and Pakistan. Or is it that Pakistan is a Muslim country, that is why they don’t talk to them ?

Whenever matter of Bangladeshis & Rohingyas is discussed in Parliament, who takes their side – Amit Shah to Owaisi

Whenever the matter of Bangladeshis and Rohingyas is discussed in Parliament, who takes their side? People know it. When I take action, they create a ruckus in Parliament. Have you not seen how loud he cries? Tell them to give in writing that Bangladeshis and Rohingyas have to be evicted. I will do it. Only talking of it during the election is not sufficient. When the matter of evicting them is discussed in Parliament, who takes their side? The people of this country know it. People have seen it on live TV.

We want this border dispute between India and China to be negotiated and peaceful – Rajnath Singh

We want this border dispute between India and China to be negotiated and peaceful. Talks have continued, and we will continue to have a dialogue to resolve border stand-off with China. But I believe countries should not be expansionist. I want to assure everyone that under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration, there will be no compromise on India’s border, self-respect and sovereignty.

Trump said he will leave the White House if the Electoral College formalizes President-Elect Joe Biden’s victory

President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he will leave the White House if the Electoral College formalizes President-Elect Joe Biden’s victory — even as he insisted such a decision would be a “mistake” — as he spent his Thanksgiving renewing baseless claims that “massive fraud” and crooked officials in battleground states caused his election defeat. “This has a long way to go,” Trump said, even though he lost.

I was forced to take fungus-infected medicines in prison – Maryam Nawaz

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) vice President and daughter of former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz on Thursday accused the Imran Khan-led PTI government of forcing her to consume “rat-contaminated food” when she was imprisoned in the Punjab capital’s Kot Lakhpat Jail. According to Geo News, Maryam revealed this information in an informal conversation with journalists where she said that the medication given to her was “not fit for use at all”. “I was forced to take fungus-infected medicines in prison,” she claimed.

Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology bans 43 smartphone apps of Chinese origin

Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has issued an order under section 69A of the Information Technology Act to block access to another 43 smartphone apps of Chinese origin. The new list includes apps like Alipay Cashier, AliExpress, WeWorkChina. This action was taken based on the inputs regarding these apps for engaging in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.

External Affairs Minister Dr S. Jaishankar started Bahrain visit

External Affairs Minister Dr S. Jaishankar started Bahrain visit with a meeting with Foreign Minister of Bahrain Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani. “Conveyed sincere condolences on the passing away of former PM of Bahrain Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa,” EAM tweets. Discussed our historical ties and cooperation in diverse sectors. Exchanged views on regional and international issues. Thanked Bahrain for taking special care of the Indian community during COVID times: External Affairs Minister Dr S. Jaishankar.

I give you 24 hours to tell how many Pakistanis live here – Asaduddin Owaisi

A BJP leader said that if they win elections (GHMC) then they’ll do surgical strike in the Old City to remove Pakistanis, Rohingyas from there. All those living here are citizens of India. I give you 24 hours to tell how many Pakistanis live here?

Sadhvi Prachi alleged that former Vice President Hamid Ansari helped Pakistan carry out a terrorist attack in India

Right-wing leader Sadhvi Prachi on Tuesday levelled allegations on former Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari and urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to launch an investigation against him. Speaking to reporters in Uttar Pradesh’s Moradabad, Prachi alleged that Ansari, while holding the position of the Vice President, had given India’s intelligence information to Pakistani agency ISI to help carry out a terrorist attack in India.

French Ambassador to India Emmanuel Lenain to meet UP CM Yogi Adityanath

French Ambassador to India Emmanuel Lenain on Tuesday, November 24 informed that he will meet Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on the second day of his two-day visit to the state. As per reports, Lenain is currently in Lucknow and is looking forward to holding discussions with CM Adityanath to promote new bilateral partnerships.

India would become only the third country in the world having Samsung’s smartphone display manufacturing facility – UP industrial development minister Satish Mahana

So far, the company has already invested about Rs 1,500 crore in the greenfield plant. Once the unit is operational, India would become only the third country in the world having Samsung’s smartphone display manufacturing facility. We are following up with all the other companies and investors, who have proposed to invest in UP in different sectors.

Pakistan’s Karachi will be a part of India One Day – Devendra Fadnavis

In a strong pitch to ‘Akhand Bharat’, Former Maharashtra Chief Minister and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis has said that Pakistan’s Karachi will be a part of India one day. His remark came while he was commenting on a controversy that erupted after a Shiv Sena leader asked a “Karachi Sweets” shop owner in Mumbai to omit the word “Karachi” from the name.

Karachi bakery and Karachi sweets have been in Mumbai since last 60 years – Sanjay Raut

Karachi bakery and Karachi sweets have been in Mumbai since last 60 years. They have nothing to do with Pakistan. It makes no sense to ask for changing their names now. Demand for changing their name is not Shiv Sena’s official stance.

We have been saying that India, Pakistan and Bangladesh should be merged – Nawab Malik

The way Devendra ji has said that time will come Karachi will be the part of India. We have been saying that India, Pakistan and Bangladesh should be merged. If the Berlin wall can be demolished then why not India, Pakistan and Bangladesh can come together? If BJP wishes to merge these three countries and make a single country, we will welcome it definitely.

Arunachal Pradesh shares its border with Tibet, not China – Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu

Going against the Centre’s official position, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu said that the northeastern state shares its border with Tibet and not China. Calling it a historical fact that no one can erase, Khandu said that the world knows that China annexed Tibet. In a media interview, he further accused Beijing of blocking foreign funding saying due to Beijing’s interference Asian Development Bank and others have denied loans to the state.

KCR wants to turn Hyderabad into Istanbul – Tejasvi Surya

BJP’s Tejasvi Surya was critical of the Telangana CM KCR, saying that the leader was apathetic to the sufferings of his state residents and indulged in “farmhouse governance”. Surya also added that KCR wants to turn Hyderabad into Istanbul, the capital of Turkey, an Islamic nation whose President keeps speaking against India. It is for this reason the TRS is in alliance with the AIMIM as they want Hyderabad to be Pakistan, Surya claimed.

Spoke to US President-elect Joe Biden on phone to congratulate him – PM Narendra Modi

Prime minister Narendra Modi had his first phone conversation with US president-elect Joe Biden. “Spoke to US President-elect Joe Biden on phone to congratulate him. We reiterated our firm commitment to the Indo-US strategic partnership and discussed our shared priorities and concerns – Covid-19 pandemic, climate change, and cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region.” Modi tweeted.

There was no question of involving Pakistan in the raid on Osama bin Laden’s hideout – Barack Obama in his memoir ‘The Promised Land’

Former US President Barack Obama in his memoir ‘The Promised Land’ has said there was no question of involving Pakistan in the raid on Osama bin Laden’s hideout because it was an “open secret” that certain elements inside Pakistan’s military, and especially its intelligence services, had close ties with the Taliban and al-Qaeda. In the book, America’s first Black president described in detail the various options of killing bin Laden once it became clear that the world’s most wanted and elusive terrorist was living in a safe hideout on the outskirts of a Pakistani military cantonment in Abbottabad.

If even the slightest hint of our lead on bin Laden leaked, we knew our opportunity would be lost – Barack Obama

Based on what I’d heard, I decided we had enough information to begin developing options for an attack on the compound. While the CIA team continued to work on identifying the Pacer, I asked Tom Donilon and John Brennan to explore what a raid would look like. If even the slightest hint of our lead on bin Laden leaked, we knew our opportunity would be lost.

Now, a voice will be raised for PoK, and Gilgit-Baltistan – RSS leader Indresh Kumar

Now, a voice will be raised for PoK, and Gilgit-Baltistan. They were part of Jammu and Kashmir and hence should be acceded to India. From today, a movement will be launched to get PoK, Baltistan-Gilgit vacated by Pakistan. Pakistan should withdraw its forces from these places.

I would find Singh to be wise, thoughtful and scrupulously honest – Barack Obama on Dr. Manmohan Singh

Obama’s book, ‘A Promised Land’, is an account of his presidential years and has elicited attention in India for a lot that he has said about his interactions with Indian leaders. He holds Singh in some affection — “I would find Singh to be wise, thoughtful and scrupulously honest” — but expresses doubts about the succession plan. Singh was also his first-ever state banquet guest in 2009. The banquet finds no mention in the book.

In his biography, Former US President Barack Obama notes that Dr Manmohan Singh owed his position to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi

While he praises former PM Manmohan Singh’s sagacity and policies in the first volume of his biography, former US president Barack Obama notes that Singh owed his position to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and had been chosen as he posed no political threat to Rahul Gandhi, who was seen as the leader in waiting.

Sonia chose Singh as PM since he was no threat to Rahul – Former US President Barack Obama in his biography

(Manmohan Singh) owed his position to Sonia Gandhi… More than one political observer believed that she’d chosen Singh precisely because as an elderly Sikh with no national political base, he posed no threat to her … son Rahul, whom she was grooming to take over the Congress party.

We have in our immediate neighbourhood, a particularly egregious example of state-sponsored cross-border terrorism – External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar

We have in our immediate neighbourhood, a particularly egregious example of state-sponsored cross-border terrorism.The world is gradually becoming aware of the global nature of international terrorism. Our relentless efforts have kept it in the spotlight bringing out the related aspects like terror finance radicalisation and cyber recruitments. India brought back more than 24 lakh of its nationals from other countries during the COVID-19 lockdown.

BRICS Summit: PM Modi and Xi Jinping will come face-to-face virtually for the second time in a month

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the 12th BRICS Summit on Tuesday, where he will once again share a platform with Chinese President Xi Jinping. PM Modi and Jinping had earlier on November 10 shared a virtual platform at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit. The bloc represents over 3.6 billion people, or half of the world’s population. The BRICS countries have a combined GDP of USD 16.6 trillion.

Barack Obama in his book said it was “open secret” that Pakistan’s ISI had links with the Taliban and Al Qaeda

Although Pakistan’s government cooperated with us on a host of counterterrorism operations and provided a vital supply path for our forces in Afghanistan, it was an open secret that certain elements inside the country’s military, and especially its intelligence services, maintained links to the Taliban and perhaps even al-Qaeda, sometimes using them as strategic assets to ensure that the Afghan government remained weak and unable to align itself with Pakistan’s number one rival, India. The fact that the Abbottabad compound was just a few miles from the Pakistan military’s equivalent of West Point only heightened the possibility that anything we told the Pakistanis could end up tipping off our target.

As a practising Muslim I always try to follow religious customs – Bangladesh cricketer Shakib Al Hasan forced to make a public apology

I was on the stage for barely two minutes. People are talking about this and thought I inaugurated it. I did not do this and being a conscious Muslim I would not do this. But, maybe, I should not have gone there. I am sorry for this and apologise. As a practising Muslim I always try to follow religious customs. Please forgive me if I have done anything wrong.

Death threats for Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib al Hasan has posted a video on social media, apologizing, after he received death threats for participating in a Kali Puja event in Kolkata. Soon after the picture of him at the program went viral, a man named Mohsin Talukdar from Talukdarpara area in Shahpur under Sylhet Sadar upazila in Bangladesh went live on Facebook threatening to kill him for hurting religious sentiments. The man could be seen sporting a sharp weapon and issuing threats to Shakib.

Former USA President Barack Obama shared praise for Mahabharata, Ramayana and Bollywood films in his book A Promised Land

Former United States of America President Barack Obama’s book A Promised Land has already become a talking point in India before its release, courtesy its multiple references to the country and key politicians from his previous visits. Obama’s comments about Congress leader Rahul Gandhi that he was ‘eager to impress’ while lacking the ‘aptitude and passion’ had sparked a political row and huge debate on social media. As the book hit book stores on Tuesday, the India mentions in the book also included the Mahabharata, Ramayana and Bollywood.

Positive vaccine news raises hopes but still a ways to go – IMF Chief Economist Gita Gopinath

Positive vaccine news raises hopes but still a ways to go. As of 3rd quarter of 2020 GDP yet to return to pre-pandemic levels, with exception of China (+3.5%). Significant gaps remain as pandemic surges. US -3.5%, Germany -4.2%; France -4.1%; Spain -9.1%, Italy -4.5%.

Fighting the worst economic downturn in living memory, policymakers around the world have responded forcefully – Gita Gopinath, Chief Economist IMF

Policymakers around the world have responded forcefully. Discretionary fiscal support of about $12tn has eclipsed previous records. Central banks, by going big with monetary easing, liquidity injections and asset purchases, have prevented financial catastrophe. Now we are in a global liquidity trap. The ascent back from what I have called “the great lockdown” will be long and fiscal policy will need to be the main game in town.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is self-isolating

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is self-isolating after a meeting with a Member of Parliament who later tested positive for COVID-19, Downing Street said. Johnson had been notified by the National Health Service (NHS) Test and Trace that he came in contact of someone who has tested positive and he must self-isolate, the prime minister’s spokesperson said.