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India condemns personal attacks on Macron, calls it ‘violation of international discourse’

French President Emmanuel Macron has been facing criticism from various Muslim-majority countries after he said that Islam was a religion in crisis.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden (R) and US President Donald Trump speak during the first US presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio, on 29 September

Trump vs Biden? 5 key issues on which Americans will vote for next President

There's less than week to go before 3 November US Presidential election, and these five issues stand out as important, all of which were discussed in the first and final presidential debates.
The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus causes the Covid-19 disease | Edward Jenner | Pexels

Angela Merkel plans to impose partial lockdown in Germany as Covid cases surge

The lockdown would include closing bars, restaurants and leisure facilities through the end of November.
A worker waits in an empty Covid-19 walk-in test centre during the coronavirus pandemic in Leicester, UK | Photographer: Darren Staples | Bloomberg

Boris Johnson braces for second national lockdown as UK Covid cases surge

Johnson is struggling to balance demands of scientists and opposition politicians for tougher measures against calls to prioritize easing of rules to help the economy.
Jack Ma, chairman of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. | Jeff Kowalsky/Bloomberg

What could go wrong for Jack Ma’s record breaking Ant IPO

Ant Group stopped taking orders from big investors a day earlier than planned due to great demand. But a smash-hit IPO doesn’t always translate into a long-term winner for investors.
Global Himalayan Expedition is the one of the world's first outfit using tourism and technology to bring solar energy to remote communities | GHE | Twitter

Indian organisation wins UN award for efforts to combat climate change amid Covid pandemic

The Global Himalayan Expedition is among the winners of the award, that brings focus to the best examples of what people across the globe are doing to combat climate change.
People wearing protective face masks kiss while standing on a platform as a subway train approaches a station, operated by MTR Corp., in Hong Kong, China, on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. As fears of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) spread across the region, pharmacies and supermarkets in Hong Kong are running out of basic supplies like toilet paper, paper towels, hand sanitizer and especially masks. Photographer: Justin Chin/Bloomberg

Looters steal pandemic aid in Nigeria, surveys say people having less sex and other Covid news

As the Covid-19 pandemic shows no signs of letting up, ThePrint highlights the most important stories on the crisis from across the globe.

This Australian city has bleak lessons for world on the costs of a stringent lockdown

The city of 5 million people Wednesday emerged from one of the world’s strictest lockdowns that shuttered businesses and confined residents to their homes for over 3 months.

UN Security Council condemns ‘atrocious and cowardly’ terror attack in Afghanistan

The attack, for which ISIL has claimed responsibility, took place on 24 October at the Kabul Education Centre, killing 24 people, including students.

Thai protesters stand firm against monarchy, vow to persist even if PM Prayut quits

A poll by Bangkok’s Suan Dusit University found more than 62% of participants said discontent with King Maha Vajiralongkor was the key reason for the recent protests.

On Camera

File image of BSE building at Dalal Street, Mumbai | Commons

How PSU’s market cap fell by 36% in 6 years under Modi govt, while stock market doubled theirs

In episode 605 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta parses numbers to highlight how public sector firms and banks lost Rs 6.9 lakh crore in value in 6 years.
Gold jewellery (Representational image) | Bloomberg

Gold sales this festival season to be India’s worst since 2008

Covid and weak economic growth are likely to push sales below last year’s 194 tons to the lowest quarterly numbers since 2008, according to a consultant at Metals Focus Ltd.

Defence

Army personnel during a parade (representational image) | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Army develops WhatsApp-like app for personnel to dodge risk of communication leaks

The Secure Application for Internet supports secure voice, text and video-calling services for Android platforms over the internet. It is end-to-end encrypted. 
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.