Day: October 18, 2020

‘Kaun Banega Crorepati 12′: Can You Answer These 20 Questions For Which The Contestants Used Their Lifelines?

New Delhi: One of the most popular reality shows ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ is back with its 12th season. Amitabh Bachchan’s show has a plethora of intellectual content and also provides an equal amount of fun and entertainment. Sony TV’s ‘KBC 12’ has been grabbing millions of eyeballs and the megastar being the host of the show has been the icing on the cake.

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‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ provides the audience with a lot of general knowledge. The show comes with a set of questions for the contestants which they need to answer to win the money. While some questions are easy to answer, some questions required the contestants to take the help of their lifelines. Are you up for a test? Here is the list of questions which required lifelines to be answered-

  1. In which of these universities did the Chinese traveller Huan Tsang study when he visited India during Emperor Harsha’s reign?

  • Nalanda
  • Takshashila
  • Somapura
  • Vikramashila

Answer – Nalanda

  1. Indian-American business executive Arvind Krishna became the CEO of which American multinational technology company in 2020?

Answer – IBM

  1. Who is the only person to have won a Booker Prize and two Oscar awards?

  • Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
  • Salman Rushdie
  • Arthur C Clarke
  • Eleanor Catton

Answer – Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

  1. Which is the single largest internal organ by mass in the human body?

  • Liver
  • Gallbladder
  • Kidney
  • Stomach

Answer – Liver

  1. The historic character seen in this video clip spent her childhood in which city?

(A video clip from Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, starring Kangana Ranaut was shown)

  • Jhansi
  • Gwalior
  • Jaipur
  • Varanasi

Answer – Varanasi

  1. Who wrote the poem “Jantantra Ka Janm” that features the line ‘Singhasan Khaali Ke Janata Aati Hai’?

  • Bhawani Prasad Mishra
  • Ramdhari Singh Dinkar
  • Rambriksh Benipuri
  • Namvar Singh

Answer – Ramdhari Singh Dinkar

  1. Which of these is a non-renewable source of energy?

  • Solar power
  • Hydro power
  • Wind power
  • Natural gas

Answer – Natural gas

  1. Which novel by Dharamvir Bharati is about a young student, Chander, who falls in love with Sudha, the daughter of his college professor?

  • Gunahon Ka Devta
  • Suraj Ka Satwan Ghoda
  • Gyarah Sapno Ka Desh
  • Prarambh Va Samapan

Answer – Gunahon Ka Devta

  1. Malala Yousufzai, the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner, has graduated from which of these universities?

  • Harvard
  • Princeton
  • Oxford
  • Cambridge

Answer – Oxford

  1. At an event during which movement during the freedom struggle did Aruna Asaf Ali hoist the Indian independence flag at Gowalia Tank Maidan in Bombay?

  • Non-cooperation movement
  • Civil Disobedience Movement
  • Kheda Satyagraha
  • Quit India Movement

Answer – Quit India Movement

  1. Which of these does the carpenter use to smoothen the surface of a wooden furniture?

  • Butter paper
  • Silver paper
  • Tissue paper
  • Sandpaper

Answer – Sandpaper

  1. Identify this political personality

(An audio clip was played where a man was heard saying that he is a 41-year-old congressman who had joined politics when he was 26 and had also served as the Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan at one point)

  • Milind Deora
  • Jyotiraditya Scindia
  • Sachin Pilot
  • Jitin Prasada

Answer – Sachin Pilot

  1. According to the Brahmananda Purana, which of these sages was born out of the anger of Lord Shiva?

  • Parashurama
  • Durvasa
  • Vishwamitra
  • Atri

Answer – Durvasa

  1. Which of these Chief Justices of India also served as an acting President of India?

  • Deepak Misra
  • Mirza Hameedullah Beg
  • Mohammad Hidayatullah
  • K Subba Rao

Answer – Mohammad Hidayatullah

  1. Bidhya Devi Bhandari and Chandrika Kumaratunga were the first women of their respective countries to hold which of these posts?

  • Prime Minister
  • Chief Justice
  • President
  • Chief Election Commissioner

Answer – President

  1. Widal Test is used to diagnose which of the following diseases?

  • Polio
  • Typhoid
  • Hepatitis
  • Cholera

Answer – Typhoid

  1. Who formally inaugurated the city of Chandigarh on 7 October 1953?

  • Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
  • Pt Jawaharlal Nehru
  • Dr Rajendra Prasad
  • Sardar Gian Singh Rarewala

Answer – Dr Rajendra Prasad

  1. Which of these father and son pairs have both served as Union Ministers?

  • Ved Prakash and Piyush Goyal
  • Sanjay and Varun Gandhi
  • Ram Vilas Paswan and Chirag Paswan
  • Sheikh Abdullah and Farooq Abdullah

Answer – Ved Prakash and Piyush Goyal

  1. According to Mahabharata, who among these was an incarnation of Chandra Dev’s son, who was sent to the earth for only 16 years?

  • Abhimanyu
  • Ghatotkacha
  • Parikshit
  • Pandu

Answer – Abhimanyu

  1. Who has written this poem from the movie ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’?

  • Yash Chopra
  • Gulzar
  • Javed Akhtar
  • Aditya Chopra

Answer – Aditya Chopra

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Sushant Singh Rajput Death Case: NCB Arrests Arjun Rampal’s Girlfriend Gabriella Demetriades’ Brother

New Delhi: The unfortunate death of Bollywood actor left everyone in shock including his family, friends and fans. They have been seeking justice for the late actor and after his father lodged an FIR against Rhea Chakraborty and others for abetment of his son’s suicide, the Supreme Court forwarded the case to the CBI for investigation. The case is currently being investigated by three Central agencies – CBI, ED and NCB.

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In a major development that comes in the wake of the investigation of the case, according to a TPI report, the Narcotics Control Bureau has arrested actor Arjun Rampal’s girlfriend Gabriella Demetriades’ brother Agisialos Demetriades. Agisialos has been arrested after the agency seized Hashish and Alprazolam tablets from him and has been arrested in the same case as Rhea Chakraborty. The agency revealed that he was also in touch with several drug peddlers who have been arrested in the case.

NCB Zonal director Sameer Wankhede told ETimes, “he accused has been in touch with the drug peddlers from the Sushant-Rhea case. The accused has a direct connection to the case and therefore he has been arrested.”

The NCB has got his custody for 2 days and the accused has been alleged of actively supplying drugs.

Gabriella Demetriades is a South African model and designer. She owns the fashion label ‘Deme Love’. Gabriella and Arjun Rampal are live-in partners and have a son together named Arik.

Arjun Rampal keeps on sharing pictures of his little one and recently he shared a picture captioning it as ‘Mini me.’

On the occasion of Daughter’s Day, the ‘Rajneeti’ actor posted, “My pillars of everything. I want to be bullied by the two of you always. I am the proudest dad, to have such beautiful souls as my daughters. Now I will never fear old age. In fact I will never fear anything anymore. Thank you for everything. #daughtersareblessings #happydaughtersday”

The ‘D-Day’ actor was earlier married to former Miss India Mehr Jesia and the couple together has two daughters – Mihikaa and Myra. They parted ways after 20 years of marriage.

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Policy vs personality: Undecideds torn as election nears

WASHINGTON: Amanda Jaronowski is torn. The lifelong Republican from suburban Cleveland supports President Donald Trump‘s policies and fears her business could be gutted if Democrat Joe Biden is elected.
But she abhors Trump personally, leaving her on the fence about who will get her vote.
It’s a “moral dilemma,” Jaronowski said as she paced her home one recent evening after pouring a glass of sauvignon blanc.”It would be so easy for him to win my vote if he could just be a decent human being,” she had said earlier during a focus group session.
Jaronowski is part of a small but potentially significant group of voters who say they remain truly undecided less than three weeks before the Nov. 3 election. They have been derided as uninformed or lying by those who cannot fathom still being undecided, but conversations with a sampling of these voters reveal a complicated tug of war.
Many, like Jaronowski, are longtime Republicans wrestling with what they see as a choice between two lousy candidates: a Democrat whose policies they cannot stomach and a Republican incumbent whose personality revolts them. Some voted for third-party candidates in 2016 because they were so repelled by their choices _ Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton – and may do so again.
While polls show there are far fewer on-the-fence voters this year than the unusually high number in 2016, the Trump and Biden campaigns each believes it still can win over numbers that matter.
Among those people is John Welton, 40, a Presbyterian minister from Winfield, Kansas, who has spent much of his career moving from parish to parish. His political views, he said, have been shaped in part by watching how trade deals have hurt once-vibrant manufacturing communities and his congregants’ livelihoods, as well as by his own “pro-Second Amendment” views.
Welton said he is turned off by Biden’s support for tighter gun restrictions. But he is also put off by Trump’s bullying and demeaning of opponents on Twitter and his divisive rhetoric.
On the other hand, Welton has been pleasantly surprised that Trump has made good on his campaign pledge to bring US troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan, though thousands still remain.
In 2016, Welton ended up voted for Clinton, but barely. He circled the block at his polling place before making a decision. This year, he’s hoping a second debate will offer him some clarity.
“I remain pretty swayable,” he said.
Cathy Badalamenti, 69, an independent from Lombard, Illinois, is also struggling with her vote once again. In 2016, she voted for a third-party candidate after twice supporting Democrat Barack Obama.
“I’m not happy with anybody,” she said of her choices this time. That’s especially hard in a family of ardent Trump supporters who have balked at her indecision.
“Believe me, my son, my kids are looking at me and thinking, `How can you not like Trump?!'” she said, describing difficult Sunday night dinners where she tries to redirect the conversation from politics to the Cubs.
Badalamenti credits Trump for a booming economy before the pandemic but she’s turned off by his knee-jerk reactions, worried about his interactions with world leaders, and feels he should think more before he speaks and tweets.
Biden worries her, too: “I think he’s trying to make a good effort but at the same time he doesn’t know what’s _ he’s only being told what’s going on.”
Longtime Republican pollster Frank Luntz, who has been running focus groups with undecided voters throughout the election, including one Thursday night that included Jaronowski, sees a common refrain among many of the undecideds.
“They’re judging on two completely different attributes and they can’t decide which is more important to them,” he said.”They don’t like Trump as a person, but they don’t feel badly about his administration or his policies. They really like Joe Biden as a person, but they are so nervous about what he’s going to do if he were elected. And so they can’t figure out which is more important to them.”
With two historically unpopular candidates, the 2016 race produced an unusually large numbers of voters – double digits on the eve of the election – who told pollsters they were either undecided or planned to vote for third-party candidates. Many of those voters rallied around Trump in the final weeks of the campaign, helping to hand him his unexpected victory.
Polls suggest there are far fewer on-the-fence voters this time around, but both campaigns believe they have the edge in an election where every vote could count.
“Frankly, I like our chances with them because President Trump has delivered results,” said Nick Trainer, Trump’s director of battleground strategy. He said that just like in 2016, those who identify as undecided tend to be right-leaning and support conservative policies such as lower taxes and a strong military.
Biden’s campaign, which is ahead in polls nationally and a number of battleground states, voices similar optimism and argues those who are undecided historically break for the challenger.
Having so few undecided voters to move “is problematic if your candidate is not leading,” said Becca Siegel, the campaign’s chief analytics officer. She adds that the campaign’s focus on unity and bringing the country together is “extremely persuasive to this group.”
The Biden campaign has hope of winning over people like Jaronowski, a guidance counselor who comes from a family of lifelong Republicans but wound up voting for Clinton in 2016.
Jaronowski, 37, who lives in Independence, Ohio, said she ended up supporting Clinton. Jaronowski said she was repulsed by Trump, whom she said she hates”with the fire of a thousands suns.” But it was hard nonetheless.
This year, though she opposes Democratic policies, she has deep respect for Biden, whom she calls”a very good man.”
But she and her husband own a consumer debt-buying company and fear that a President Biden could cancel that debt, which amounts to tens of millions of dollars.
“Voting in Biden, that’s a very scary thing personally,” she said, adding that the decision would be far easier if she didn’t think he was such a good person.
Others are making their own calculations.
Sam Hillyer, 35, who lives in Fayetteville in northwest Arkansas, voted for third-party candidate Gary Johnson in 2016.
This time, he said, “it’s down to either Donald Trump, Jo Jorgensen, the libertarian candidate, or possibly not voting in the presidential and voting for the other candidates.” Hillyer, a dispatcher for a trucking company, has written off Biden, convinced the Democrat would raise taxes and take a more interventionist approach to foreign policy and, he said, it “doesn’t help with all the new kind of shady scandals popping up.”
Hillyer said he closely aligns with Jorgensen on most issues, but rejects the candidate’s support for abortion rights.
Living in a strongly Republican state, he said, gives him more freedom than if he lived in a battleground state whose electoral votes are up for grabs, in which case he would vote for Trump without hesitation try to stop Biden.
For now, he said, “I go back and forth maybe a couple times a day.”
Tracye Stewart, 49, of Richmond, Virginia, is certain a Biden victory would lead to more government restrictions in the fight against the coronavirus and exact unnecessary economic pain.
Stewart, a faithful Republican voter, said that while Trump “hasn’t done anything spectacular” in his first term, he also has not “made the country worse.”
But Stewart’s ballot remains on her desk at home unfilled.
Her sometimes tearful conversations with a friend she’s known since 3rd grade have given her pause.
Her friend raises concerns about Trump’s embrace of QAnon, an unfounded conspiracy theory, and argues that white supremacy is on the rise under the president.
Stewart, who works for a helicopter charter management company, said: “If I voted for Biden it wouldn’t be for myself, it would be for my friend.”

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Trump and Biden to court early voters as US campaign gathers steam

US President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden will court early voters as their campaigns step up events ahead of their final debate this week.
Concern about crowds at polling stations during the coronavirus pandemic has driven far larger numbers than usual to vote early, ahead of the November 3 Election Day.
Trump will head on Sunday to Nevada, a battleground state where more than 100,000 voters have already cast ballots, according to state data.
The Republican president will campaign every day leading up to Thursday’s debate in Florida, including stops in Arizona and North Carolina, campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh said.
Biden heads on Sunday to North Carolina, where 1.2 million voters have cast their ballots, according to state data. His pick for vice president, Kamala Harris, will return to the campaign trail on Monday with a visit to Florida to mark that state’s first day of early, in-person voting.
So far nearly 26 million people have cast a ballot in the election, shattering records, according to the U.S. Elections Project, run by the University of Florida.
While Trump lags in opinion polls at a national level and in many battleground states, Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon said over the weekend that the national figures are misleading because must-win states are close.
“We cannot become complacent because the very searing truth is that Donald Trump can still win this race, and every indication we have shows that this thing is going to come down to the wire,” she wrote in a memo to donors.
U.S. presidential elections are determined by electoral votes, allotted to U.S. states and territories based largely on their populations, rather than by a tally of the popular vote nationwide. This makes for a close focus by campaigns on states that could go either way.
Trump campaigned on Saturday in Michigan and Wisconsin, two battleground states he narrowly won in the 2016 election.
In Muskegeon, Mich., he attacked Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, blasting state rules to stop the spread of coronavirus, calling her “dishonest,” and making light of a right-wing plot uncovered by the FBI to kidnap her.
“Hopefully you’ll be sending her packing pretty soon,” Trump said, prompting the crowd to yell back “Lock her up!” several times.
Whitmer responded on Twitter to the chants. “This is exactly the rhetoric that has put me, my family, and other government officials’ lives in danger while we try to save the lives of our fellow Americans,” she wrote.
Opinion polls have shown a high level of concern among voters about the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 218,000 people in the United States and hammered the economy.
That includes young people. Among likely voters aged 34 and under surveyed on their top concern in choosing a president, COVID-19 was the top concern for 25%, while jobs and the economy were named by 20%, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted between Sept. 29 and Oct. 13.

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Eastern Ladakh row: 8th round of Corps Commander talks likely this week | India News

NEW DELHI: The eighth round of Corps Commander-level talks between India and China is likely to take place this week with a focus on carrying forward their discussions on the disengagement process in eastern Ladakh as the region enters the harsh winter season, government sources said.
There was no breakthrough on the disengagement of troops from the friction points during the seventh round of talks on October 12.
Both sides had maintained that the talks were “positive and constructive”.
“The eighth round of military talks are likely to take place this week. The date is yet to be finalised,” said a source.
A joint press statement by the two armies a day after the last round of talks said that both sides agreed to maintain dialogue and communication through military and diplomatic channels to arrive at a mutually acceptable solution for disengagement “as early as possible”.
India has all along been maintaining that the onus is on China to carry forward the process of disengagement and de-escalation at the friction points in the mountainous region.
Following the sixth round of military talks, the two sides announced a slew of decisions including not to send more troops to the frontline, refrain from unilaterally changing the situation on the ground and avoid taking any actions that may further complicate matters.
The sixth round of talks were held with a specific agenda of exploring ways to implement a five-point agreement reached between External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi at a meeting in Moscow on September 10 on the sidelines of a Shanghai Cooperation Organisation(SCO) conclave.
The pact included measures like quick disengagement of troops, avoiding action that could escalate tensions, adherence to all agreements and protocols on border management and steps to restore peace along the LAC.
The situation in eastern Ladakh deteriorated following at least three attempts by the Chinese soldiers to “intimidate” Indian troops along the northern and southern bank of Pangong lake area between August 29 and September 8 where even shots were fired in the air for the first time at the LAC in 45 years.
As tensions escalated further, the foreign ministers of India and China held talks in Moscow on September 10 where they reached the five-point agreement to defuse the situation in eastern Ladakh.
In the last three months, the Indian Army rushed tanks, heavy weaponry, ammunition, fuel, food and essential winter supplies to various treacherous and high-altitude areas of the region to maintain combat readiness through the harsh winter of around four months starting around mid-October.

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India set to lose Farzad-B gas field in Iran: Sources

NEW DELHI: India has all but lost the ONGC Videsh Ltd-discovered Farzad-B gas field in the Persian Gulf after Iran decided to prefer domestic companies over foreign firms for development of the field, sources said.
ONGC Videsh Ltd (OVL), the overseas investment arm of state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC), had in 2008 discovered a giant gas field in the Farsi offshore exploration block.
OVL and its partners had offered to invest up to $11 billion for development of the discovery, which was later named Farzad-B.
After sitting over OVL’s proposal for years, the National Iranian Oil Co (NIOC) informed the firm in February this year about its intention to conclude the contract for Farzad-B development with an Iranian company, sources with direct knowledge of the development said.
OVL, however, continued its engagements with NIOC over the development of the field and sought terms and conditions of the proposed contract for its evaluation, they said, adding that Iran has so far not responded to the Indian firm’s request.
Farzad-B holds total reserves of around 21.7 trillion cubic feet of which around 60 per cent is recoverable, and production is slated to be around 1.1 billion cubic feet per day.
Sources said unconfirmed information suggests that Iran has identified a local firm for the development of the field, but OVL has not yet given up hopes and continues to chase Iranian authorities for the contract.
The 3,500 square kilometre Farsi block sits in water depth of 20-90 metres on the Iranian side of the Persian Gulf.
OVL, with 40 per cent operatorship interest, signed the Exploration Service Contract (ESC) for the block on December 25, 2002. Other partners included Indian Oil Corp (IOC) with 40 per cent stake and Oil India Ltd (OIL) holding the remaining 20 per cent stake.
OVL discovered gas in the block, which was declared commercially viable by NIOC, on August 18, 2008. The exploration phase of the ESC expired on June 24, 2009.
The firm submitted a Master Development Plan (MDP) of Farzad-B gas field in April 2011 to Iranian Offshore Oil Company (IOOC), the then designated authority by NIOC for development of Farzad-B gas field.
A Development Service Contract (DSC) of Farzad-B gas field was negotiated till November 2012, but could not be finalized due to difficult terms and international sanctions on Iran.
In April 2015, negotiations restarted with Iranian authorities to develop Farzad-B gas field under a new Iran Petroleum Contract (IPC). This time, NIOC introduced Pars Oil and Gas Company (POGC) as its representative for negotiations.
From April 2016, both sides negotiated to develop Farzad-B gas field under an integrated contract covering upstream and downstream, including monetization/marketing of the processed gas. However, negotiations remained inconclusive.
Meanwhile, on the basis of a new studies, a revised Provisional Master Development Plan (PMDP) was submitted to POGC in March 2017, sources said, adding that in April 2019, NIOC proposed development of the gas field under the DSC and offtake of raw gas by NIOC at landfall point.
However, due to imposition of US sanctions on Iran in November 2018, technical studies could not be concluded which is a precursor for commercial negotiations.
The Indian consortium has so far invested around $400 million in the block.

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25 Years of DDLJ: Singer Lalit Pandit shares interesting things about movie’s music

The Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol starrer, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, is all set to complete 25 years in Hindi cinema on October 20. <br /><br />Singer Lalit Pandit shared interesting things about the movie’s music. 

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Coronavirus in Australia: Victoria to ease lockdown as cases fall

State officials also hope to further ease restrictions on 2 November – including allowing home visits for small groups, no restrictions on reasons why people can leave home, more businesses to reopen and larger gatherings.

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Thousands Rally in France in Defiant Show of Solidarity With Teacher Beheaded Over Cartoon

Thousands of people rallied in central Paris Sunday in a defiant show of solidarity with a teacher beheaded for showing pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

Demonstrators on the Place de la Republique held aloft posters declaring: “No to totalitarianism of thought” and “I am a teacher” in memory of murdered colleague Samuel Paty.

“You do not scare us. We are not afraid. You will not divide us. We are France!” tweeted Prime Minister Jean Castex, who was among those gathered at the historic protest spot.

Castex was accompanied by Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer, Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo and junior interior minister Marlene Schiappa who said she was there “in support of teachers, of secularism, of freedom of expression”.

Some in the crowd chanted “I am Samuel”, echoing the “I am Charlie” cry that travelled around the world after Islamist gunmen killed 12 people at the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine in 2015 for publishing caricatures of the Islamic prophet.

Between bursts of applause, others recited: “Freedom of expression, freedom to teach.”

“I am here as a teacher, as a mother, as a Frenchwoman and as a republican,” said participant Virginie.

The Charlie Hebdo attack in 2015 unleashed a wave of Islamist violence and forced France into a national discussion about Islam’s place in a secular society.

After the massacre at the magazine, some 1.5 million people gather on the same Place de la Republique in support of freedom of expression.

‘Things have to change’

Local authorities said around 6,000 people gathered in Lyon in eastern France on Sunday. “The entire educational community is affected, and beyond it society as a whole,” teachers union representative Bernard Deswarte said in Toulouse, where around 5,000 were estimated to have gathered.

Hundreds more assembled in Nice on the south coast, where a man rammed a truck into a crowd on the July 14 national holiday in 2016, killing 86 people.

“Everyone is in danger today,” said student Valentine Mule, 18, attending the Nice rally. “Things have to change.”

Demonstrations were also planned for other cities. Paty was brutally murdered on his way home from the school where he taught in a suburb northwest of Paris on Friday afternoon.

On Saturday, anti-terror prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard said Paty had been the target of online threats for showing the cartoons to his civics class.

Depictions of the prophet are widely regarded as taboo in Islam.

A photo of the teacher and a message confessing to his murder was found on the mobile phone of his killer, 18-year-old Chechen Abdullakh Anzorov, who was shot dead by police.

Witnesses said the suspect was spotted at the school on Friday asking pupils where he could find Paty.

Online campaign

The father of one schoolgirl had launched an online call for “mobilisation” against the teacher and had sought his dismissal from the school.

The girl’s father and a known Islamist militant are among those arrested, along with four members of Anzorov’s family.

An 11th person was taken into custody on Sunday, a judicial source said, without providing details. The aggrieved father had named Paty and given the school’s address in a social media post just days before the beheading which President Emmanuel Macron has labelled an Islamist terror attack.

Ricard did not say if the assailant had any links to the school or had acted independently in response to the online campaign.

The Russian embassy in Paris said Anzorov’s family arrived in France from Chechnya when he was six to seek asylum.

Locals in the Normandy town of Evreux where the attacker lived described him as low key, saying he got into fights as a child but calmed down as he became increasingly religious in recent years.

Friday’s attack was the second of its kind since a trial started last month over the Charlie Hebdo killings. The magazine republished the controversial cartoons in the run-up to the trial, and last month a young Pakistani man wounded two people with a meat cleaver outside Charlie Hebdo’s former office.

‘Doing his job’

On Saturday, hundreds of pupils, teachers, parents and wellwishers flocked to Paty’s school to lay white roses.

“For the first time, a teacher was attacked for what he teaches,” said a colleague from a neighbouring town who gave only his first name, Lionel.

According to his school, Paty had given Muslim children the option to leave the classroom before he showed the cartoons, saying he did not want their feelings hurt.

And Kamel Kabtane, rector of the mosque of Lyon and a senior Muslim figure, told AFP on Sunday that Paty was merely been “doing his job” and had been “respectful” in doing so.

Ministers who form France’s defence council were to meet later Sunday to discuss the Islamist threat. A national tribute is to be held for Paty on Wednesday.

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Army commanders to deliberate on long-pending reforms, situation in Eastern Ladakh at 4-day conference | India News

NEW DELHI: Top commanders of the Army will extensively deliberate on the border row with China in eastern Ladakh as well as on a slew of long-pending reform measures like cutting down on ceremonial practices and non-military activities to ensure a rational distribution of resources, at a four-day conference beginning October 26, official sources said.
Besides reviewing the security challenges facing the nation, the Army commanders will attempt to finalise various reform measures recommended by separate internal committees in utilisation of resources while at the same time focusing on enhancing operational capability of the 1.3-million strong force, they said.
The conference will be chaired by Chief of Army Staff Gen MM Naravane and all top commanders will attend it, the sources said.
Some of the proposals to be on the table at the conference include discontinuing or at least bringing down the scale of the Army Day and Territorial Army Day parades, cutting down on various ceremonial practices and reducing the number of officers’ mess within individual peace stations, the sources said.
Similarly, the top Army brass will also examine a proposal to bring down the number of guards at official residences of senior officials and another one on reducing the number of CSD canteens if several such facilities are operating within one station, they said.
Another proposal on the table for discussion would be to ask various units to cut costs on celebrating Raising Day and Battle Honour Day.
“These proposals have been part of overall reform initiatives in the Army. The proposals are based on several internal studies conducted by separate panels in the last few years to suggest reform in the force,” said an official.
“The key idea behind the proposals is to ensure efficient use of scarce resources. The exercise is aimed at ensuring rational distribution of resources,” he said.
A number of other proposals will also be discussed at the commanders’ conference under the transformative reforms being implemented to make the force leaner and meaner as well as to enhance its combat capabilities.
Last year, the government approved the first batch of reforms in the Army which include relocation of 229 officers from the Army headquarters, creation of a new post of deputy chief for military operations and strategic planning.
The defence ministry has already approved creation of a new information warfare wing in keeping the needs of the future battlefield, hybrid warfare and social media reality.
The Army headquarters had instituted four studies with an aim to boost the operational and functional efficiency of the force, optimise budget expenditure and to facilitate the modernisation process.
The first study on ‘re-organisation and right-sizing of the Indian Army‘ was focused on the operational structures to make the force efficient and future-ready by taking into account the operational situation on western and northern borders.
The commanders will also extensively deliberate on the situation in eastern Ladakh, where the armies of India and China have been locked in a military standoff for over five months.
Both sides have held multiple rounds of talks to resolve the row. However, no breakthrough has been achieved so far.
The commanders are also expected to review the overall security scenario in Jammu and Kashmir.

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