Latest News Feeds SahilOnline, Leading news portal from Coastal Karnataka, bringing you latest updates from the Coast, State, Nation and the World, in Kannada, Urdu and English. Recent Posts Cyclone Gulab to make landfall today, Met department issues alert for Andhra, Odisha An orange alert has been issued in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh ahead of cyclone 'Gulab', which is approaching the coastal states from the Bay of Bengal and is expected to make landfall on Sunday evening according to the India Meteorological Department. 28,326 new Covid infections recorded in India, taking total tally of cases to 3,36,52,745: Govt India saw a single-day rise of 28,326 new coronavirus infections, taking the country''s total tally of cases to 3,36,52,745, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday. Form third front to safeguard country's interests, says OP Chautala Former Haryana Chief Minister and Indian National Lok Dal supremo Om Prakash Chautala on Saturday voiced the need for a third front to safeguard the interests of the country. "It is my father Chaudhary Devi Lal ji's birth anniversary today. On this day, I want to remind all that our country is primarily run by the farmers of the country. If the farmers of a country are happy, it is the richest asset a country can have. Such is not the scenario now. As of now, the Centre is busy looting the money of the general public," he said while slamming the Centre. AIKS demands Assam CM's resignation over Darrang firing incident Condemning the Darrang firing incident in Assam, the All India Kisan Sabha on Saturday demanded the resignation of Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. A press meet was addressed here today by AIKS General Secretary Hannan Mollah, President Dr Ashok Dhawale, Joint Secretaries NK Shukla and Vijoo Krishnan and Finance Secretary P Krishnaprasad in this regard. The official statement issued by the party read, "AIKS demands dismissal of the authorities responsible for the killing and resignation of the Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma holding Home Affairs portfolio who is directly responsible for encouraging such action. AIKS demands Judicial enquiry by a sitting Judge of the High Court into the incidents." CoWin vaccination certificates to have full date of birth for international travellers: NHA CEO People who have taken both doses of Covid-19 vaccines and want to travel abroad will have a CoWin vaccination certificate with their full date of birth, as per Dr. RS Sharma, the CEO of National Health Authority (NHA). Ensure that no one is left out of vaccination's circle of safety: PM Modi in Mann Ki Baat address Ahead of the festival season, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged people to keep following Covid protocol and ensure that no one is left out of vaccination's "circle of safety". In his monthly 'Mann Ki Baat' radio address, Modi said the festival season is approaching and when the whole country will celebrate 'Maryada Purshottam' Shri Ram's victory over evil, people should remember the fight against Covid also. Congress cannot grow under leadership of Rahul Gandhi, says Ramdas Athawale Union Minister Ramdas Athawale said that Sonia Gandhi should have become the prime minister when the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) had first come to power in the year 2004 and that the Congress party under Rahul Gandhi cannot grow. Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, Athawale said: "When Sonia Gandhi was elected to the Lok Sabha, I had proposed to the UPA that she should be made the prime minister. When Congress was in majority, she was the capable candidate to come to power. But now, the party cannot grow under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi," he added. PM Modi to bring back 157 antiquities handed over by US  Prime Minister Narendra Modi will bring home 157 artefacts and antiquities, which were handed over to India by the US during his visit, with both he and President Joe Biden expressing commitment to strengthening efforts to combat theft, illicit trade and trafficking of cultural objects. While nearly half of the artefacts (71) are cultural, the other half consists of figurines related to Hinduism (60), Buddhism (16) and Jainism (9), an official statement said on Saturday. Sania Mirza-Zhang Shuai sail into Ostrava Open doubles final India's ace tennis star Sania Mirza and her Chinese partner Zhang Shuai sailed into the final of women's doubles of the Ostrava Open 2021 in the Czech Republic. The Indo-Chinese pair defeated the Japanese duo of Eri Hozumi and Makoto Ninomiya 6-2, 7-5 in the semi-final a match on Saturday that lasted for about an hour and 20 minutes, as per Sania Mirza-Zhang Shuai had their fourth-seeded opponents on the backfoot from the start and never took their foot off the gas. IPL 2021: PBKS hold nerve to beat SRH in low-scoring thriller Punjab Kings (PBKS) held their nerve as they defeated SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) by five runs in a low-scoring Indian Premier League (IPL) thriller here at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Saturday. Ravi Bishnoi scalped three wickets while Mohammad Shami returned with two wickets for PBKS. For Hyderabad, Wriddhiman Saha and Jason Holder played innings of 31 and 47* respectively. Punjab just about scraped together enough with the bat to post the score of 125, and then with the ball in hand, they did the business. For SRH, Jason Holder did brilliantly with both bat and ball. But the team in orange came up short in what was a crucial match to keep their playoff hopes alive. Courts must take suo motu cognisance of Assam 'brutality': Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal Courts must take suo motu cognisance of the 'brutality' in Assam, senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal said on Saturday in the backdrop of clashes between police and alleged encroachers resulting in the death of two persons and injuries to 20. When 'poison of hatred' is being spread, then what is 'Amrit Mahotsav': Rahul Gandhi Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said freedom does not mean anything when it is not for everyone and asked what 'Amrit Mahotsav' meant when the "poison of hatred" is being spread in the country. His remarks come in the wake of clashes between police and alleged encroachers during an eviction drive in Assam's Darrang district on Thursday that left two persons dead and 20 injured. A shocking video showing a man slinging a camera and hitting an apparently dead person with a bullet wound on his chest also surfaced after the incident. Congress questions Home Minister Amit Shah's silence over Delhi courtroom firing, Assam incident The Congress on Saturday questioned the silence of Home Minister Amit Shah on the open shootout inside a courtroom in the national capital and also the Assam firing incident. Congress spokesperson Gourav Vallabh also asked whether Shah does not have the time to resolve the issue in Assam. "The country's law and order situation is worsening, with firing taking place inside a courtroom in the national capital, killing people. There are 10-20 rounds of firing inside a courtroom and where is the home minister. Where is his statement," he asked. Centre did not let me to go to Rome global peace meet out of 'jealousy': Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said the Centre had disallowed her attendance at a global peace meet in Rome, where she was the only invitee from the country, "out of jealousy". Dead cow dragged on street in Madhya Pradesh's Agar Malwa; two civic workers sacked A dead cow was allegedly tied to a tractor-trolley and dragged on the road as it was being taken away for disposal in Madhya Pradesh's Agar Malwa district, prompting the civic administration to sack two of its workers, an official said on Saturday. We are stronger and better when we are together, says PM Modi while addressing 'Global Citizen Live' Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday that the shared experience of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic has taught the people that they are "stronger and better" when they are together. Addressing 'Global Citizen Live', Modi said that generations will remember the manner in which human resilience prevailed over everything else during the pandemic. Cong backs Bharat Bandh called by agitating farmer unions   The Congress on Saturday extended support to the Bharat Bandh call given by farmer unions against the Centre's three agri laws and demanded that discussions be initiated with the protesters. Congress spokesperson Gourav Vallabh said the Congress party and all its workers will support the "peaceful Bharat Bandh on September 27, called by farmer unions and farmers". India on path of recovery from challenging times of pandemic: Goyal  India has faced challenging times during the pandemic but is now on the path of recovery and rapid growth, Union Minister Piyush Goyal said on Saturday. Rohini shootout: Pleas in SC, HC seek immediate measures for safety in subordinate courts An application has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking directions to the Centre and the states to take immediate steps for security in subordinate courts in wake of the shootout inside a district court in Delhi on Friday that left three gangsters dead and a law intern injured. It said that gangsters and hardcore criminals may be produced from jails through video-conferencing before the trial court instead of producing them physically. Coir Board proposes series of steps to develop coir industry in Konkan region The MSME ministry on Saturday said Coir Board has proposed to take series of measures, such as creating awareness about different schemes of the government and identification of exporters to boost outbound shipments of the products, with an aim to develop the industry in Konkan region. An action plan target has been fixed for 2021-22 for providing skill training to potential beneficiaries and thereby developing coir industry in the zone, it said in a statement. Centre to soon announce new cooperative policy: Amit Shah  Asserting that cooperatives will also play a crucial role in making India a USD 5 trillion economy, Union Cooperation Minister Amit Shah on Saturday said the Centre will soon come out with a new cooperative policy and work in tandem with states to strengthen the cooperative movement. Shah, who is also the Union Home Minister, also announced that the number of primary agriculture cooperative societies (PACs) will be increased to 3 lakh in the next five years. At present, there are about active 65,000 PACs. 'I represent a country that's proud to be known as mother of democracy': PM Modi at UNGA Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that he represents a country which is proud to be known as the mother of democracy and cited his own rise from a tea seller at a railway station to that as prime minister to underscore the strength of India's democracy. AAP extends support to farmers call for Bharat Bandh The Aam Aadmi Party strongly supports the call for a Bharat Bandh issued by the Samyukt Kisan Morcha on September 27, party leader Raghav Chadha said on Saturday. 787 COVID-19 cases, 11 deaths in Karnataka Karnataka on Saturday clocked 787 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the caseload to 29.73 lakh, while 11 deaths pushed the toll to 37,717. The day also saw 775 people being discharged, taking the total number of recoveries to 29.21 lakh. Active cases stood at 13,307, a health department bulletin said. Karnataka: Dalit made to spend Rs 11,000 on feast for entering temple Close on the heels of a Dalit family being penalised Rs 25,000 over their two-year-old son entering a temple in Kustagi, a Dalit man was forced to arrange a feast spending Rs 11,000 for entering a Lakshmi Devi temple in a village at Karatagi about 11 days ago, a police officer said. Sonowal inaugurates AYUSH OPD and Rathnashree Arogyadhama Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Saturday highlighted the role of Ayurveda in promotion of holistic health. Inaugurating the OPD unit of Composite Ayush Hospital and Rathnashree Arogyadhama, a new unit of Sri Dharmashtala Manjunatheshwara Ayurveda Hospital in Udupi, Sonowal, who holds AYUSH, Ports, Shipping and Waterways portfolio, said that the health status of Indians can be enhanced by following AYUSH system of medicine and thus build a healthy Nation. Tourism picks up in Dakshina Kannada district with easing of restrictions Dakshina Kannada district with its pristine beaches, clean temples, churches, scenic trekking trails and unique cultural heritage, has been attracting tourists from all over. District administration mulling over street festival in Mangaluru Dakshina Kannada Deputy Commissioner Dr Rajendra K V said that the district administration was mulling over organising street festivals—food festival and art festival— during weekends in Mangaluru. Mangaluru: Bus topples, 13 injured Thirteen passengers were injured when a bus toppled at Enjira near Uppinangady on NH 75. Umran Malik joins SunRisers Hyderabad as short-term Covid-19 replacement for Natarajan Uncapped medium pacer Umran Malik was on Friday named as a short-term Covid-19 replacement for T Natarajan in the SunRisers Hyderabad squad for the ongoing Indian Premier League. Tannirbavi and Idya beaches shortlisted for Blue Flag certification Tannirbavi and Idya beaches have been shortlisted for Blue Flag certification. Quad leaders discussed Afghan situation, challenges in Indo-Pacific: Shringla At the maiden in-person summit, the Quad leaders shared perspectives on the situation in Afghanistan, the challenges in Indo-Pacific and reaffirmed their commitment to work together to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said on Friday. IPL 2021: CSK bowlers pride themselves on bowling well at backend, says Bravo Chennai Super Kings (CSK) all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has revealed that the side's bowling group prides itself on bowling well at the backend of an innings. 'Pak has history of supporting terrorists', India slams Imran Khan in its Right to Reply at UNGA India slammed Imran Khan in its Right of Reply in response against Pakistan Prime Prime Minister's references to Kashmir in his United Nations General Assembly virtual speech and stated that Islamabad has an established history of actively supporting terrorists. Rahul Gandhi is non-serious, part-time politician: Pralhad Joshi Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi on Friday criticised Congress leader Rahul Gandhi over his 'Mr 56-inch is scared of China' tweet and called the Wayanad MP a "non-serious, part-time politician". At Quad Summit, PM Modi proposes common international travelling protocol, recognition of COVID-19 vaccination certificate Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed a common international travelling protocol involving mutual recognition of the COVID-19 vaccination certificate at Quad leaders meeting, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said on Friday, adding that the proposal was "well-received" by all leaders of Quad nations. Attack on gangster at Rohini court seems to be planned: Police Commissioner Delhi Police on Friday shot dead the two attackers of gangster Jitender Mann, said Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana adding that the two men seem to have carried out the attack with advanced planning and the case has been transferred to the Crime Branch. Destabilised, chaotic Afghanistan will become safe haven for international terrorists: Imran Khan at UNGA Asserting that the destabilized and chaotic Afghanistan will again emerge as a safe haven for international terrorists, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the international community must strengthen and stabilize the current government in the war-torn country. US, India to expand cooperation on terrorist screening, information sharing The United States and India look forward to the upcoming Counterterrorism Joint Working Group and Homeland Security Dialogue to expand cooperation on terrorist screening, information sharing, aviation security, terrorist use of the internet, terrorist designations, and joint capacity building, according to a Fact Sheet released by the White House on Friday. IPL 2021: Dhoni's men beat Kohli's boys by six wickets to make it two wins in a row Chennai Super Kings (CSK) middle-order delivered after Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis provided a fantastic start with the bat as the team in yellow chased the target of 156 in 18.1 overs, defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 6 wickets in an Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter here at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Friday. No more custody of pachyderms in private custody: HC In a significant order, the Madras High Court on Friday ruled that no more elephants can be captured and put under custody, both by the government and private persons. Railways working to boost tourism in NE: Jardosh The Ministry of Railways is working on projects to boost the tourism sector in Assam and also play its role as an important supply line for the state as well as the entire northeast region, Union minister Darshana Jardosh said here on Friday. Govt releases digital airspace map for drone operations The government on Friday released an interactive digital airspace map for drone operations that demarcates areas into zones, including yellow and red, across the country for flying drones. Kerala Health Department bags national awards Amid high number of COVID-19 cases in Kerala, the Health Department of the State bagged three national awards. 20 students of Jamia RCA crack UPSC exam Twenty students who studied at Jamia Millia Islamia's Residential Coaching Academy (RCA) have cracked the civil services examination, according to a statement issued by the university on Friday. Civil service: CM's pat for successful candidates Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday congratulated the candidates from the State, who cleared the civil services examination-2020. Nod for 100% occupancy at cinemas, pubs in districts of Karnataka with low infection rate The Karnataka government on Friday decided to allow 100 per cent occupancy in cinemas and pubs from October in districts of the State, where there is less than one per cent COVID-19 positivity rate. Sonowal lays foundation stone of truck parking terminal at New Mangalore Port; inaugurates centre Union Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal on Friday inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of three projects at New Mangalore Port in Karnataka, according to an official statement. 10 additional judges of Karnataka HC, 2 of Kerala HC elevated as permanent judges Ten additional judges of the Karnataka High Court and two from the Kerala High Court were elevated as permanent judges on Thursday, the law ministry said. Congress using COVID deaths to its political advantage, says Karnataka Health Minister Karnataka Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Dr K Sudhakar on Friday slammed the Congress for using COVID-19 deaths to its political advantage. India vs Australia women's ODI: Hosts beat India by 5 wickets in thriller Opener Beth Mooney struck a brilliant unbeaten century to guide Australia to a five-wicket win over India in a thrilling last-ball finish in the second women's ODI of the three-match series here on Friday. Australia thus claimed the series. Australia needed 13 off the last over and completed the win in the last ball of the match. Beth Mooney remained not out on 125, while Nicola Carey was unbeaten on 39 when the match ended. Rahul targets PM Modi over eastern Ladakh standoff Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleging that he is "scared" of China. "Mr 56-inch is scared of China," he said on Twitter, putting out a short video clip detailing the events at the border with China. The video, titled 'chronology samajhiye' (understand the chronology), is a compilation of news reports on the Sino-India military standoff that erupted in eastern Ladakh on May 5 last year. Morrison, Modi agree on low emissions tech partnership, ultra low cost solar programme Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said he and his Indian counterpart and "dear friend" Narendra Modi have agreed on some important new initiatives, including low emissions technology partnership and ultra low cost solar programme, which will help in further deepening the economic ties between the two countries. The meeting between Modi and Morrison held here on Thursday came a week after they spoke over phone and reviewed the rapid progress in the India-Australia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, including through the recent 'two-plus-two' dialogue, and exchanged views on regional developments and the forthcoming Quad meeting to be hosted by US President Joe Biden later in the day. The Quad or Quadrilateral Security Dialogue comprises India, the US, Japan and Australia. Karnataka Congress boycotts Lok Sabha Speaker's address to joint sitting of State Legislature The Karnataka Congress said it has decided to boycott Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla's address to the joint sitting of the State Legislature which was scheduled for Friday, stating that such kind of address is "unprecedented and unconstitutional". Leader of Opposition in the Karnataka Assembly, Siddaramaiah told ANI here today, "Congress party has taken a decision to boycott the joint session which will be addressed by Lok Sabha Speaker today. BJP government is trying to create a new precedent in Karnataka Legislative Assembly. It has happened never before." Maharashtra govt to reduce working hours of women cops from 12 hrs to 8 hrs The Maharashtra government has decided to reduce the working hours of women police personnel from 12 hours to eight hours, said Maharashtra Director General of Police (DGP) Sanjay Pandey on Friday. The DGP told ANI, "We have implemented eight hours shift for all the women pol Manufacturers will be mandated to power vehicles with flex engines: Nitin Gadkari Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday said that the manufacturers will be mandated to power vehicles with flex engines that can run on more than one fuel, in the upcoming three to four months. Addressing the people during the foundation stone laying ceremony of the flyover from Rajaram Bridge in Pune, Gadkari said, "In the next three to four months, I will be issuing an order, mandating all vehicle manufacturers to power vehicles with flex engines." Shubham Kumar tops civil services exam 2020: UPSC  Shubham Kumar has topped the prestigious civil services examination 2020, results of which were declared by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on Friday. Jagrati Awasthi and Ankita Jain have got second and third ranks respectively. Congress stages ''Tanga'' protest against price rise The Karnataka unit of the Congress on Friday staged a ''Tanga'' protest against the rising fuel prices. Leader of Opposition in the Karnataka Assembly Siddaramaiah accompanied by the Congress state chief D K Shivakumar and party MLAs led the march riding on a horse-drawn vehicle from the Congress office to the Vidhana Soudha on the last day of the Karnataka Assembly. A large number of Congress workers too joined the protest raising slogans and holding placards, banners and posters. Speaking to reporters at the Vidhana Soudha, Shivakumar said the entire country is suffering due to the exorbitant rise in petrol and diesel prices, which is resulting in cascading effect on prices of other commodities. Karnataka CM defends NEP, says nothing wrong if it's RSS agenda The Karnataka Legislative Assembly witnessed pandemonium on Friday, the last day of the monsoon session, regarding the implementation of National Education Policy (NEP) in the State with Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai accepting the Congress's charge calling it RSS or Nagpur Education Policy. The House saw chaotic scenes with Congress members trooping into the well of the House about an hour before its adjournment, first demanding extending the session and then targeting the government for implementation of NEP without discussion and calling it an RSS agenda. The ruling BJP, defending the NEP, hit back at the Congress by stating that the NEP was not Italy's or Rome's education policy or Macaulay's education policy which the Grand Old Party wants. This resulted in a heated exchange between the Opposition and Treasury benches following which Speaker Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri adjourned the House sine die. Farm laws: Rakesh Tikait urges Indians in US to protest during PM Modi's September 25 event Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait on Friday appealed to Indians living in the US to hold a protest during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's programme in New York on Saturday in support of the 10-month-long farmers' agitation at Delhi's borders. He also urged US President Joe Biden to focus on concerns of the Indian farmers during his meeting with Modi. Seeking the support of Indians in the US, the national spokesperson of the BKU claimed that over 750 farmers have lost their lives during the stir against the contentious new farm laws, but the Centre is still not willing to reconsider the legislations. Modi reached the US on Wednesday on an official three-day visit for meetings with Biden and his deputy Kamala Harris, among others. He is scheduled to address the 76th session of the UN General Assembly on Saturday. COVID-19: 789 new cases, 23 deaths in Karnataka Karnataka reported 789 new cases of COVID-19 and 23 deaths, taking the total number of infections to 29,71,833 and death toll to 37,706, the health department said on Friday. The day also saw 1,050 discharges, pushing the total number of recoveries to 29,20,792. Bengaluru Urban recorded 285 new cases, as the city saw 273 discharges and 8 deaths. Total number of active cases in the state is at 13,306. Yediyurappa bags first-ever ''Best MLA Award'', instituted by Karnataka Assembly The Karnataka Assembly on Friday conferred its first-ever ''Best MLA Award'' on former Chief Minister and ruling BJP MLA B S Yediyurappa recognising his long stint in electoral politics and best performance as member of the House. Karnataka speaker Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri said the award was instituted on the suggestions of Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla who had said that all the legislative assemblies and councils should honour their best members. K''taka Assembly passes supplementary budget of Rs 10,265 crore The Karnataka Assembly on Thursday passed the Karnataka Appropriation Bill, 2021 pertaining to an estimated supplementary budget of Rs 10,265.33 crore. The supplementary budget is towards defraying several charges that will come in the course of payment during the financial year 2021-22. Don't fall prey to online fraud, SP tells people One should not fall prey to online fraud and should be careful while dealing with strangers online, suggested Superintendent of Police Shivaprakash Devaraju.  He was speaking after distributing certificates to persons who completed civil rifle training, at the concluding programme of civil rifle training held at Ambedkar Bhavan here on Thursday.  He said, some unknown persons may lure peop Coastal city gets its first govt evening college  Dakshina Kannada district will get its first government evening college, which will come up at P Dayananda Pai Satish Pai Government First Grade College (GFGC), Car Street. Though University College at Hampankatta has been running an evening college from the past six years, it is a constituent college of Mangalore University, while the one at GFGC is the first government evening college under the department of collegiate education’s jurisdiction, that covers three districts. Karnataka to hold global investors meet in November 2022   Karnataka will host a global investors meet (GIM) in November 2022 to attracting more investments and job creation, State Minister of Large & Medium Industries Murugesh Nirani said on Friday. The State government plans to set up a bulk drug-manufacturing park in Yadgir district, he said. The Minister was replying to a question raised by Congress MLA from Chittapur Priyank Kharge during Question Hour in the Legislative Assembly. CBI to probe death of Mahant Narendra Giri  The Centre has given its approval for a CBI probe into the death of Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad president Mahant Narendra Giri in Allahabad, officials said on Friday. The seer, who was the president of the largest organisation of sadhus in India, was found hanging by his disciples at the Baghambari Mutt in Allahabad on Monday. Biden to host Indo-Pacific leaders as China concerns grow  President Joe Biden is set to host the first in-person gathering of leaders of an Indo-Pacific alliance known as " the Quad on Friday, wrapping up a tough week of diplomacy in which he faced no shortage of criticism from both allies and adversaries. Biden's meeting with leaders from India, Japan and Australia at the White House gives the US president a chance to put the spotlight on a central aim of his foreign policy: turning greater attention to the Pacific in the face of what the US sees as China's coercive economic practices and unsettling military maneuvering in the region. The four leaders' talks are also expected to centre on climate, COVID-19 response and cyber security. PM Modi to address Global Citizen Live event on Saturday  Prime Minister Narendra Modi will deliver a video address at "Global Citizen Live" on Saturday evening, his office has said. The Prime Minister's Office noted that Global Citizen is a advocacy organisation that is working to end extreme poverty. It will be a 24-hour event and held across Saturday and Sunday, and will involve live events in major cities including Mumbai, New York, Paris, Rio De Janeiro, Sydney, Los Angeles, Lagos and Seoul, the PMO said, adding that the event will be broadcast in 120 countries and over multiple social media channels. Schools to reopen in entire Maharashtra from October 4 Schools would reopen across Maharashtra from October 4, the state government said on Friday. All the schools in rural areas will resume physical classes for standards 5th to 12th," said school education minister Varsha Gaikwad. Physical classes for standards 8th to 12th would resume everywhere in urban areas, she added. Centre disempowering people of Kashmir: Mehbooba  PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Friday said the Centre was disempowering the people of Jammu and Kashmir and suspecting them for having alleged links with militants is the new excuse used to dispossess and humiliate Kashmiris. She was reacting to the recent termination of six government employees on charges of alleged anti-national activities. Shiv Sena hits out at Centre over OBC quota issue  A day after the Union government filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court saying that the census of Backward Classes was "administratively difficult and cumbersome", the Shiv Sena on Friday asked that if the Centre has now taken this stand, then why was the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government maligned over the issue of OBC reservation all this while. In an editorial published in its mouthpiece 'Saamana', the Sena thanked Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari for signing the ordinance that seeks to restore the OBC quota ahead of some bye-elections and local governing body polls in the state. 3 dead in shootout at Delhi's Rohini court Three people including gangster Jitendra Gogi died in a firing incident Friday at Delhi's Rohini court, police said. BJP, Nishad Party to fight UP elections together The BJP and the Nishad Party will contest the upcoming assembly polls together in Uttar Pradesh and will work towards forming the next government in the state, Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on Friday. Pradhan, who is BJP's in-charge of Uttar Pradesh polls, made a formal announcement of the alliance at a press conference here in the presence of Nishad Party, or Nirbal Indian Shoshit Hamara Aam Dal, chief Sanjay Nishad. We will have an alliance with the Nishad Party. We (BJP-Nishad Party) will fight the 2022 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections together with strength, and today the leaders of both the parties are making a formal announcement about it, Pradhan said. Diesel price hiked, no change in petrol rate  Diesel price on Friday was hiked by 20 paise per litre - the first increase in rates in over two months - as international oil prices neared their highest since 2018. Price of diesel was hiked to Rs 88.82 per litre in Delhi and to Rs 96.41 in Mumbai, according to a price notification of state-owned fuel retailers. Petrol price was not changed. It costs Rs 101.19 a litre in Delhi and Rs 107.26 in Mumbai. Landslides in Kinnaur, Shimla following heavy rains Heavy rain has triggered landslides in Kinnaur and Shimla districts of Himachal Pradesh, a senior disaster management official said on Friday. State Disaster Management Director, Sudesh Kumar Mokhta, said the national highway from Puwari to Kaza in Kinnaur district has been blocked after a landslide on Thursday evening. Active COVID-19 cases in country lowest in 188 days  India logged 31,382 new coronavirus infections taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,35,94,803, while the active cases declined to 3,00,162, the lowest in 188 days, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday. The death toll climbed to 4,46,368 with 318 fresh fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am. The active cases comprise 0.89 per cent of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.78 per cent, the highest since March 2020, the ministry said. CAG Murmu becomes external auditor of IAEA  India's Comptroller and Auditor General G C Murmu was on Friday selected as the external auditor of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), a prestigious institution that promotes peaceful use of nuclear energy. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said his candidature received majority support of the IAEA general conference and his tenure will be for six years, from 2022 to 2027. "Today, India's Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has been selected as the next external auditor of the International Atomic Energy Agency for a six-year term at the General Conference of the IAEA in Vienna," the MEA said. PM Modi meets US Vice President Kamala Harris; discusses bilateral ties, Indo-Pacific Prime Minister Narendra Modi has described India and America as "natural partners" as he held the first in-person meeting with Vice President Kamala Harris at the White House during which they decided to further cement the Indo-US strategic partnership and discussed global issues of common interest, including threats to democracy, Afghanistan and the Indo-Pacific. "India and America are natural partners. We have similar values, similar geopolitical interests," Modi said in a joint media appearance with Harris on Thursday, the first-ever person of Indian origin to be elected as the vice-president of the United States. Noting that India and the US are the largest and oldest democracies, Modi said the two countries share values and their coordination and cooperation is also gradually increasing. Kalyana Karnataka Board to be formed in 10 days: Bommai Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Thursday said Kalyana Karnataka Regional Development Board will be constituted in 10 days. "The KKRDB will be constituted in the next 10 days. We will appoint a permanent secretary. Vacant posts of engineers will also be filled," Bommai said while participating in a debate in the Assembly on the development of Kalyana Karnataka, or the erstwhile Hyderabad Karnataka region comprising seven districts adjoining Telangana. BJP returning to communal politics ahead of polls with its development claims exposed, says Mayawati BSP president Mayawati on Thursday alleged the BJP has returned to its narrow communal agenda ahead of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections with its tall claims on development getting exposed. PM Modi to announce nationwide rollout of Pradhan Mantri Digital Health Mission on September 27 Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be announcing the nationwide rollout of Pradhan Mantri Digital Health Mission (PM-DHM) on September 27, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya informed on Thursday. China-Taiwan tensions grow as US, allies deepen Indo-Pacific involvement With increasingly strong talk in support of Taiwan, a new deal to supply Australia with nuclear submarines, and the launch of a European strategy for greater engagement in the Indo-Pacific, the US and its allies are becoming more assertive in their approach toward a rising China. Congress welcomes setting up of technical expert committee on Pegasus, but seeks SC-monitored probe The Congress Thursday said the Supreme Court's oral directive to set up a technical expert committee to inquire into the Pegasus snooping row is a step in the right direction, but asserted a "full investigation" monitored by the apex court is the "simple solution". Congress to organise ''Gandhi March'' in Chikkaballapura Lok Sabha constituency The Karnataka unit of the Congress will organise a workshop called ''Gandhi March'' (Gandhi Nadige) in honour of Mahatma Gandhi in the Chikkaballapura Lok Sabha constituency, former Union Minister Veerappa Moily said on Thursday. 20% beds in govt hospitals will be reserved for children to fight COVID third wave: K''taka Min Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar on Thursday said as part of its preparation to fight the possible third wave of COVID-19, the state government has taken several measures, including reserving 20 per cent of beds in district and taluk hospitals and community health centres for children BBMP warns people against modifications of balconies in Bengaluru The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) on Wednesday said that the covering of balconies and additional construction and modifications in the balconies is against its rules and is an unsafe practice observed across the city. COVID-19: Health Ministry makes arrangements for 'vaccination at home' for people with special needs The Union Health Ministry has made arrangements for vaccination at home for those who have special needs or are differently-abled, said the ministry on Thursday. Provide free cancer treatment to Bhopal gas tragedy victims: HC tells MP government The Madhya Pradesh High Court has directed the state government to provide free treatment to Bhopal gas tragedy victims suffering from cancer at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Bhopal. SC expresses happiness over govt's decision on Rs 50,000 ex-gratia for COVID-19 deaths The Supreme Court on Thursday expressed happiness with the Central government's decision to provide Rs 50,000 as ex-gratia to families of those who died of COVID-19, saying it will bring some solace to the persons who have suffered. Visvesvaraya Technological University to offer BSc course at 66 engineering colleges in Karnataka In a move to reignite the interest in basic science, Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU), the only technological university in the state, has decided to offer general science degree courses from the current academic year. 3 dead, 4 injured in blast at Bengaluru firecracker godown Close on the heels of a fire tragedy in an apartment in which two elderly women were burnt alive on Wednesday, in another incident three people died and four others were severely injured in a suspected blast on Thursday in Bengaluru, Karnataka. According to police, the incident took place at a godown in New Tharagupet near Royan Circle in Chamarajpet locality in the heart of the city. The bodies of the victims were thrown away from the godown to the roads due to the impact of the blast. As many as 10 two-wheelers and a truck were damaged in the explosion. India, UK hold talks on vaccine certification process: British envoy British High Commissioner Alex Ellis on Thursday said India and the UK held "excellent" technical discussion on the issue of vaccine certification. Referring to new British travel rules, Ellis had on Wednesday said there was no problem with Covishield vaccine and that the main issue is COVID-19 vaccine certification done through the CoWIN app. Assam: Two killed, ten injured in firing during protests against eviction Two persons were killed and at least ten others, most of them policemen, were seriously injured on Thursday after the force opened fire on protestors demanding rehabilitation of 800 families evicted by Assam's Darrang district administration, police said. The evicted families had launched a protest at Sipajhar demanding that the eviction be stopped and that they be provided with a comprehensive rehabilitation package. Trouble broke out when a mob of protestors, who were armed with sharp weapons, started pelting stones and attacking policemen and general people present at the spot, Darrang Superintendent of Police Sushanta Biswa Sarma said. Bhabanipur bypoll case: HC allows EC to file affidavit The Calcutta High Court on Thursday allowed the Election Commission (EC) to file an affidavit regarding the contents of the notification issued by it for the Bhabanipur bypoll. The court was hearing public interest litigation that urged it to step into the poll process in the constituency, as the EC allegedly mentioned that a constitutional crisis would arise if the by-election to Bhabanipur was not held, which the petitioner claimed the poll body cannot. The advocate representing the EC sought a short adjournment to file an affidavit regarding the contents of two paragraphs of the notification issued for the election, in view of the arguments raised by Bikash Bhattacharya, the senior counsel for the petitioner. RS bypoll: Maharashtra Congress leaders urge Fadnavis to withdraw BJP candidate Maharashtra Congress president Nana Patole and state Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat met Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday to urge the opposition BJP to withdraw its candidate and ensure the Congress nominee gets elected unopposed in the next month's bpoll to a Rajya Sabha seat from the state. The by-election was necessitated due to the death of sitting Congress MP Rajiv Satav in May this year. The Congress, which shares power with the Shiv Sena and NCP in Maharashtra, has fielded Rajni Patil, while the BJP has nominated Sanjay Upadhyay for the bypoll, to be held on October 4,. Bhatkal: Poor management of garbage disposal in Heble panchayat limits; memorandum submitted Condemning the poor management of garbage disposal in Hanifabad, Rahmatabad, Master Colony, Talha Colony, Sargandi Mandir Road and Mina Road coming under Heble Gram Panchayat limits, Hanif Welfare Association submitted memorandum to Bhatkal Assistant Commissioner against the accumulation of garbage piles on the roadsides and non-arrangement of drainage by the Panchayat in the area. India is at decisive point in regaining its economic growth: Vice President Naidu   India is now at a decisive point in regaining its economic growth, said Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday while virtually addressing a summit. Addressing 'Mystic South - Global Linkages Summit' organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Vice President Naidu said, "India is now at a decisive point in regaining its economic growth. Now is the time for all the stakeholders to join hands and ensure sustained momentum. The industry should work with the government on various reforms that need to be implemented with greater vigour." Air pollution one of the biggest environmental threats to human health: WHO Air pollution is one of the biggest environmental threats to human health alongside climate change, the World Health Organisation said on Wednesday as it released its new air quality guidelines for the first time since its last global update in 2005. The World Health Organisation (WHO) said its new air quality guidelines (AQGs) aim to save millions of lives from air pollution. "New World Health Organisation Global Air Quality Guidelines provide clear evidence of the damage air pollution inflicts on human health, at even lower concentrations than previously understood," it said in a statement. PM CARES Fund does not go in the Consolidated Fund of India: Centre tells Delhi HC NEW DELHI: The PM CARES Fund is not a Government of India fund and the amount collected by it does not go to the Consolidated Fund of India, the Delhi High Court has been informed. An affidavit filed by an Under Secretary at the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) who is discharging his functions in the PM Cares Trust on honorary basis, has said the trust functions with transparency and its funds are audited by an auditor -- a chartered accountant drawn from the panel prepared by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India. The affidavit was filed in response to a petition seeking a direction to declare the PM CARES Fund a 'State' under the Constitution to ensure transparency in its functioning. A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Amit Bansal has fixed the matter for further hearing on September 27. "To ensure transparency, the audited report is put on the official website of the trust along with the details of utilisation of funds received by the trust," says the affidavit filed by Pradeep Kumar Srivastava, Under Secretary at the PMO. "I state that when the petitioner is claiming to be a public-spirited person and seeking to pray for various reliefs only for transparency, it does not matter whether PM Cares is a 'State' within the meaning of Article 12 of the Constitution of India," the officer said in the affidavit. Irrespective of whether the trust is a 'State' or other authority within the meaning of Article 12 of the Constitution or whether it is a 'public authority' within the meaning of provisions of the Right to Information Act (RTI), it is not permissible to disclose third party information, . It said that all donations received by the trust are received via online payments, cheques or Demand Drafts and the amount received is audited with the audited report and the expenditure of trust fund displayed on the website. "The trust functions on the principles of transparency and public good in larger public interest like any other charitable trust and, therefore, cannot have any objection in uploading all its resolutions on its website to ensure transparency," it said, while reiterating that "the trust's fund is not a fund of Government of India and the amount does not go in the Consolidated Fund of India." The officer said he is discharging his functions in the PM Cares Trust on honorary basis which is a charitable trust not created by or under the Constitution or by any law made by the Parliament or by any State legislature. "Despite being an officer of the Central government, I am permitted to discharge my functions in PM Care Trust on an honorary basis," he said. The court was hearing a petition filed by Samyak Gangwal who has said that the PM CARES Fund is a 'State' as it was formed by the Prime Minister on March 27, 2020 to extend assistance to the citizens of India in the wake of the public health emergency -- the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic. His counsel had told the court that if it is found that the PM CARES Fund is not 'State' under the Constitution, usage of the domain name 'gov', the Prime Minister's photograph, state emblem etc has to be stopped. The petition said that the Trustees of the fund are the Prime Minister, Defence Minister, Home Minister and the Finance Minister and immediately after the formation of the fund, the Centre through its high government functionaries represented that the fund was set up and operated by the Government of India. To ensure transparency and accountability, the plea has sought a direction for periodic auditing of PM CARES website and disclosure of the details of donations received by it. In his alterative prayers, Gangwal has sought to direct the Centre to publicise that the PM CARES Fund is not a fund of the Government of India and to restrain PM CARES from using 'Prime Minister of India' or 'Prime Minister', including its abbreviations its name, on its website, Trust Deed and other official or unofficial communications and advertisements. On March 9, the court had said it was not inclined to issue notice on the plea as the Centre was already represented through counsel who may file their written submissions. The petitioner has also filed another petition to declare PM CARES as a 'public authority' under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, which is being heard together with the first plea. This petition challenges a June 2, 2020 order of the Central Public Information Officer (CPIO), PMO, refusing to provide documents sought by him on the ground that PM Cares Fund is not a public authority under the RTI Act. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who represented PMO, had opposed the petition, stating that it was not maintainable and that he would file a response explaining why it should not be entertained.