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The 1,380 km Delhi-Mumbai Expressway will reduce the travel time between two cities from 24 hours to 12 hours | Twitter | @nitin_gadkari

Asset monetisation plan for roads on track, govt to open bids in Oct to monetise 436 km of NHs

The road ministry plans to monetise a total of 5,350 km stretch of highways this fiscal.
A Fabindia store in a mall

FabIndia pulls down ‘Jashn-e-Riwaz’ promo after social media backlash over Diwali ad

BJP Yuva Morcha president Tejasvi Surya said the ad was a 'deliberate attempt of abrahamisation of Hindu festivals'. Soon #BoycottFabindia began trending on Twitter.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi | PTI

PM Modi to interact with CEOs, experts of global oil & gas sector tomorrow

The focus area for the conference would be exploration and production in hydrocarbon sector, energy independence, green hydrogen among others, in 6th such conference since in 2016.
Police personnel rescue stranded devotees who were going to Shri Maa Poornagiri Darshan, amid heavy rains in Uttarakhand| ANI

11 more dead as torrential rain batters Uttarakhand, PM Modi speaks to CM Dhami

Incessant rains continued to lash various parts of the state, razing houses to the ground and leaving many trapped in the debris. The toll in rain-related incidents has risen to 16.
Kushinagar international airport in Uttar Pradesh, India | PTI

PM Modi to inaugurate Kushinagar International Airport in UP tomorrow

Kushinagar Airport is an endeavour to connect Buddhist pilgrimage sites. Its launch will be marked by the landing of a flight from Sri Lanka carrying 100 Buddhist monks & dignitaries.
A view of Shillong city centre

‘They’re just going to throw us out’: Fear, anger in Shillong colony as eviction deadline passes

Meghalaya govt has decided to take possession of 'Sweeper's Colony', which is home to at least 2,000 Dalit Sikhs. CM Conrad Sangma had set a one-week deadline on 7 October.
(Representational image) Bullet holes in the walls of the school in Srinagar where a principal and the teacher were killed earlier this month | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht/ThePrint

Lashkar offshoot circulated ‘how to target non-locals’ document month before Kashmir killings

In the document, The Resistance Front (TRF) also threatened to target civilians who help non-locals, & officials who help them get domicile certificates.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur

11 cases against Hindus & Muslims in 1 month, Bommai in spotlight over moral policing incidents

Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai has drawn flak from Congress and civil society after appearing to white-wash the crimes, especially the ones involving Hindu vigilantes.
Representational image | At a government vaccination centre in Gurugram on 1 October 2021| | Photo: PTI

Govt gets ready to celebrate 100-cr vaccine doses, but October numbers are lowest since July

In October, 53.21 lakh vaccine doses were administered on an average every day. Not once has the 1-crore per day mark been breached even though vaccine availability is no longer a concern.
Students sit for the class 10 board examination in Agartala | Representational image | ANI photo

CBSE term-1 boards to start on 30 Nov for Class 10, 1 Dec for Class 12

According to examination controller Sanyam Bhardwaj, the announced date sheet is for major subjects while the schedule for minor subjects will be sent to schools separately.

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Why Colin Powell’s death from Covid complications argues for vaccines, not against it

Powell, who was fighting multiple myeloma, needed as many people around him as possible to be vaccinated to diminish his chances of encountering the virus.
A pile of coins representing Bitcoin cryptocurrency | Photo: Chris Ratcliffe | Bloomberg file photo

Bitcoin pushes toward record high before futures exchange-traded fund debut

The ProShares bitcoin-linked exchange-traded fund will trade on the NYSE. The move is the latest sign of how cryptocurrency-related investments are becoming more mainstream.

Defence

Eastern Army Commander Lt Gen Manoj Pande. | Photo: Nirmal Poddar | ThePrint

China has ramped up troops deployment, infra along LAC but so have we — Eastern Army commander

Eastern Army Commander Lt Gen Manoj Pande says there has been a 'marginal increase' in patrolling activities in some areas along the LAC.
Illustration by Soham Sen

Mohan Bhagwat is right, China is the big threat. But his prescription to counter it is flawed

India can fight China, but it needs peace & stability at home. It can't take on Beijing while re-lighting old fires like NRC or polarising Hindus & Muslims to win elections.
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