News Flash (19th November 2020): Top 10 Stories Of The Day

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4 Indian Cities Chosen by WEF to “Pioneer roadmap” for Smart Cities 

Bengaluru, Faridabad, Indore and Hyderabad have decided with 36 cities internationally which have agreed to pioneer a roadmap for safety adoption in the G20 International Good Cities Alliance. The World Financial Discussion board (WEF) said COVID-19 is stimulating the adoption of modern applied sciences by cities as Authorities grapple to handle the rising pandemic with constrained assets.

12 civilians injured as terrorists lob Grenade at security personnel in Pulwama 

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As many as 12 civilians remained wounded after terrorists threw a grenade at security forces in the Kakapora Area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama area on Wednesday. Police stated that terrorists attempted to target security forces deployment. However, the grenade missed the point and exploded on the street causing damages.

71% Indians boycotted Made in China Product this Diwali

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Regarding the request to avoid China from several quarters, Indian customers have often stayed aside from buying China-made commodities this celebratory winter. As per Local Circle’s survey, 71% of local consumers chose to not purchase goods that carried a ‘Made in China’ tag. Barely 29 per cent of respondents obtained Chinese stocks this year which is a 19% drop related to the purchases initiated last year. 

Twitter issues a written apology for showing Ladakh as part of China. 

Twitter, WEF
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Social networking site Twitter has confessed in writing to a parliamentary committee for incorrectly showing Ladakh in China and has promised to rectify the flaw by the month-end. In the previous month, the Joint Committee of Parliament on Data Protection Bill had condemned Twitter for displaying Ladakh as a portion of China.

UN releases nearly Rs 593 cr. for 6 nations over risk of famine 

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Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General, has informed the world that there is a danger of famine and extensive food insecurity in four nations hit by conflict — Congo, Yemen, Northeast Nigeria and South Sudan and the lives of millions of souls are in jeopardy. Also, key indicators are too declining in several other conflict-hit nations including Somalia, Burkina Faso and Afghanistan.

IPL 2020 generated 2,500 cr advertising revenue for Disney India 

Disney India, IPL 2020, WEF
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According to numerous industry specialists and sources, the 13th version of the Indian Premier League IPL2020 generated Rs. 3100 Cr of advertisement wealth for Star India (Both Television & Hotstar Combine). The data collected from many industry analysts, IPL 2020 advertisement deals and from Star-India sources intimate that Star India managed television advertising wealth worth 2550 Cr. and added 500-550 Cr from Hotstar ad-sales. 

11 AK-47 recovered, terrorists were planning something big: J&K Police

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Eleven AK-47 rifles, three pistols, twenty-nine grenades and additional materials obtained from the four terrorists who got killed in a conflict with security forces near Ban toll plaza in Nagrota, Jammu on Thursday. “It appears they had infiltrated planning to do something huge and directed towards Kashmir Valley,” stated Mukesh Singh, IG, Jammu Zone.

Oxford vaccine better fit to India than Pfizer and Madera’s: Vaccine Scientist

Oxford vaccine, Pfizer, Madera
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Vaccine specialist Gagandeep Kang has stated, Oxford University’s COVID-19 vaccine might be a more suitable fit for India than the ones produced by Pfizer or Moderna. Further added, India doesn’t have ultra-cold accommodation amenities to stock and transport Pfizer’s vaccine at -70 to -80°C. Moderna’s vaccine at its current price of $32-37 per dose is expensive for Indians to buy.

Saudi Arabia and Iraq reopen Ara borders crossing after 30 years

Ara borders crossing
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Iraq and Saudi Arabia have opened their borders for the first time in 30 years, with closer business relations among the two nations Irking Allies of Riyadh’s Rival, Tehran. Highest officials including Iraq’s interior minister and the commander of its border commission flew from Baghdad to formally open the Arar passage.

Akshay Kumar files defamation of 500 cr. Rs notice to YouTube who said he helped Rhea escape.

Akshay Kumar files defamation, WEF
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YouTuber Rashid Siddiqui who manages the channel FF News claimed that Akshay Kumar held a confidential meeting with the Mumbai Police and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s son Aaditya Thackeray in connection with Sushant Singh Rajput’s death. Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar has filed Rs 500-crore defamation case on the YouTuber for publishing fake news against him.


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