D-day for 58 Assembly seats across 11 states: Along with a pitched battle for the Bihar state elections between the National Democratic Alliance and the Opposition Grand Alliance or Mahagathbandhan, votes will be counted on Tuesday for 58 Assembly seats across 11 states, with Madhya Pradesh accounting for nearly half of them, as India ends its first major electoral exercise during the Covid-19 pandemic.
NGT bans firecrackers in ‘poor’ air quality places across India: The National Green Tribunal has imposed a total ban on sale or use of all kinds of firecrackers in Delhi and adjoining areas starting from midnight of November 9 to midnight of November 30. This has been done in view of the rising air pollution. NGT’s ban on crackers is applicable to all cities/towns in country where air quality during November falls under ‘poor’ and above category.
Modi to meet PM Imran Khan, President Xi during virtual SCO summit: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be face to face with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Pakistan PM Imran Khan and several other top leaders during the virtual Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit to be held on Tuesday. The leaders will discuss on a wide range of issues, including ways to recover from the adverse economic impact of COVID-19 pandemic, the rising threat of terrorism, etc.
Pfizer coronavirus vaccine over 90% effective: Pfizer Inc said on Monday its experimental COVID-19 vaccine was more than 90% effective, a major victory in the fight against a pandemic that has killed more than a million people, battered the world’s economy and upended daily life.
EU hits US with tariffs, seeks better ties with Biden: The European Union will impose tariffs on up to $4 billion of US imports in retaliation for US subsidies for Boeing but said it was hopeful of an improvement in trade ties under President-elect Joe Biden. The move, given the green light by the World Trade Organization last month, is the latest in a 16-year US-EU dispute over civil aviation subsidies.
Taiwan says not invited to WHO meet after Chinese ‘obstruction’: Taiwan on Monday said Chinese “obstruction” had prevented it from attending a key World Health Organization meeting focused on the coronavirus, accusing the global body of prioritising politics over health.
Sabarimala to reopen on Nov 16; Kerala issues health advisory: With the Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala all set to commence its two-month-long annual Mandala-Makaravillaku season from November 16, the Kerala government has issued health advisory to ensure strict compliance by pilgrims while trekking to the hill shrine to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Palaniswami to conduct review meetings to review Covid preparedness: Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswamy will review the Covid-19 preparedness and status of various developmental projects in three southern districts on Tuesday and Wednesday. The CM will also lay the foundation stone for various projects and inaugurate completed projects.
K’taka to develop global innovation alliance with other countries: Karnataka deputy chief minister CN Ashwath Narayan has said the state will develop “global innovation alliances” with various cities and countries who are leaders in the fields of innovation.
K’taka issues SOPs as colleges reopen on Nov 17: The Karnataka government has released standard operating procedures that have to be followed as colleges across the state are due to reopen from November 17 for the first time since the onset of the pandemic. All staff and students will have to undergo RT-PCR tests three days prior to the college re-opening, according to the new guidelines. The SOP says that colleges should map closest primary health centres so that students and staff can get tests done for free.