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The provisional payroll data of the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) released on Wednesday showed that the retirement fund body added around 14.81 lakh net subscribers in August, reflecting a growing trend in net payroll for the first five months of this financial year.
India will follow new entry norms for international arrivals starting October 25, thanks to growing vaccination globally and changing nature of the pandemic. While everyone flying into the country will still require to undergo a Covid RT-PCR test, the quarantine requirements have been significantly relaxed.
Not satisfied with the pace of the special investigation team’s (SIT) probe into the Lakhimpur Kheri killings, the Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Uttar Pradesh government to take proactive steps, including recording statements of witnesses before a magistrate and giving protection to them, to dispel the impression that they are dragging their feet in the case.
Directed by the Supreme Court to present a report card of its performance as a prosecuting agency, CBI director Subodh Jaiswal told the court that the agency’s success rate in securing conviction has been 65-70% in the last decade.
Former Rajasthan deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot on Wednesday demanded the inclusion of Dalits in the state cabinet as well as in political appointments pending in Rajasthan for a long time. This is the first time Pilot has made this demand in public.
A special NDPS court on Wednesday rejected the bail application of actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan, noting there is material in the form of incriminating WhatsApp chats that shows his nexus with suppliers and peddlers. The court also rejected the bail application of two others —Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha—who were arrested with Khan in the case of seizure of drugs from a cruise liner.
The murderous rain hammering the lower Himalayas in Uttarakhand and north Bengal claimed more lives on Wednesday, taking the number of deaths caused by landslides and rising river levels in Uttarakhand to 52. Five people remain missing, according to officials.
The big guns are ready to boom if required in this high-altitude region. Ahead of the artillery and air defence gun positions, companies of acclimatised and well-armed soldiers guard the forbidding terrain along the frontier, where temperatures have already dipped to minus 3 to 5 degree Celsius.
Wanindu Hasaranga's rearguard fifty was beautifully complemented by a clinical bowling display as Sri Lanka sealed their place in Super 12s with a massive 70-run win over Ireland in a group A first round match of the ICC T20 World Cup. Asked to bat first, Sri Lanka recovered from 8 for 3 to make 171 for 7 in 20 overs and then returned to dismiss Ireland for 101 in 18.3 overs to grab the top position in Group A with four points from two matches.
In a rare public mention of engagement with India, the Taliban on Wednesday said India had offered humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan at the Moscow Format talks. The talks saw participation by the Taliban and 10 countries, including India, and emphasised the need for Afghanistan to have an inclusive government that reflected, as Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said, the interests of all ethnicities and political forces for sustainable peace and national reconciliation.
Mahjubin Hakimi, a member of the Afghan women's national volleyball team who played in the youth age group, was beheaded by the Taliban in Kabul.
On Wednesday, India was on the cusp of reaching a major milestone in its vaccination against Covid-19- a 100 crore jabs. The total vaccine doses administered in the country crossed 99.54 crore on Wednesday, according to the 7.15 pm data from the Co-WIN portal. That left the cumulative figure just 46 lakh shy of the 100 crore-mark, and very likely to be surpassed on Thursday.
India will follow new entry norms for international arrivals starting Monday (October 25), thanks to growing vaccination globally and changing nature of the pandemic.