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Israel Says It Uncovers Deep Militant Tunnel Dug From Gaza

JERUSALEM: The Israeli military said Tuesday that militants in the Gaza Strip dug a tunnel dozens of meters (yards) deep that crossed the security fence around the territory before it was detected by underground sensors.

Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, a military spokesman, said the tunnel crossed into Israeli territory but posed no threat to nearby Israeli communities and that there was not yet an exit on the other side. He said troops will neutralize the tunnel in the coming days.

Israel has uncovered around 20 such tunnels since the 2014 war with the Islamic militant group Hamas, which rules Gaza. Palestinian militants launched deadly attacks through such tunnels during the war.

Israel has pointed to the tunnels, as well as Hamas’ increasingly sophisticated rocket capabilities, to justify the blockade it has imposed on Gaza since the militant group seized power from rival Palestinian forces in 2007. The blockade, supported by neighboring Egypt, has taken a heavy toll on the territory’s 2 million Palestinian residents.

Conricus said the tunnel was detected by an underground barrier being built along the 55-kilometer (35-mile) frontier. The barrier, equipped with sensors, is expected to be completed by March. It’s the first such tunnel to be uncovered in more than a year.

Conricus said it was not yet clear whether the tunnel was built by Hamas or another militant group, but that it would have required a significant financial investment. Israel holds Hamas responsible for all attacks emanating from Gaza.

Israel and Hamas have clashed on a number of occasions since the 2014 war. An informal cease-fire brokered by Egypt has brought calm in exchange for the easing of the blockade and the entry of financial aid from the oil-rich Gulf state of Qatar, but fighting still erupts from time to time.

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Country wants concrete solutions to tackle Covid, not plain speeches on TV: Congress to PM | India News

NEW DELHI: The Congress on Tuesday demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi come out with concrete solutions to control the Covid-19 pandemic and revive the economy, instead of giving “plain speeches”.
After the prime minister’s televised address this evening, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala claimed that the Modi government has “failed” on both the fronts and India has become the “Corona capital” of the world with the “highest” number of daily cases and deaths.
“It is easy to give sermons. The country does not need plain speeches but concrete solutions,” he said in a tweet, quoting a phrase from saint Tulsidas.
With the onset of festival season, Prime Minister Modi on Tuesday made an impassioned appeal to people to follow Covid-19 guidelines, saying this is not the time to be careless as the virus is still around and even a little negligence can dampen the festive spirit.
Surjewala and Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera, in a joint statement, said, “The prime minister must answer for the failure of the leadership.”
“Kindly tell the country on how to control the volatile situation of the pandemic… . How will he revive the falling economy? Does he have a solution or will he blame it on God,” the two leaders asked in their statement.
“While the battle against Corona is on, the leader has turned invisible and is only seen giving sermons on TV,” they said
The Congress leader recalled how the prime minister said on March 24 that the battle of Mahabharat continued for 18 days and they will win the battle against coronavirus in 21 days.
“But, even after 210 days, the battle against coronavirus is on and people are dying. Instead of coming out with a solution, Modi ji is still giving plain speeches on television,” they said.
“India has become the corona capital of the world. As on October 19, India tops in the daily rise in cases of Covid-19 when, as per official data, the country reported 55,722 cases of the virus,” Surjewala said.
In his seventh televised address to the nation following the Covid-19 outbreak, Modi on Tuesday cited examples of the US and several European countries to note that the coronavirus cases there have seen a sudden and worrisome rise after witnessing a fall, as he cautioned citizens against any laxity until an effective cure is found.
He said pictures and videos have of late emerged showing that many people have either stopped following precautions like wearing masks or have become negligent.
“This is absolutely not right. Those who have become negligent and are moving around without masks are putting themselves and their families, including children and elderly, at risk,” he said.

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US election roundup: Presidential debate to have ‘mute’ button, Trump attacks Fauci & more

Rain or shine, democracy waits for no one: Kamala Harris

Rain or shine, democracy waits for no one, says Kamala Harris, the US Democratic Party’s vice-presidential candidate for the November 3 election, as she is seen lightly dancing in the rain addressing voters in Florida in a video which has gone viral on social media.

Harris, whose mother was from India and father from Jamaica, scripted history in August when she was picked by the Democratic Party as its vice presidential nominee. She is the first Black woman and the first Asian-American woman to be selected as the vice presidential nominee of a major political party in the US.

“Rain or shine, democracy waits for no one,” Harris, 55, said in a tweet along with a picture of herself dancing in the rain with an umbrella over her as supporters cheer her along in Jacksonville, Florida.

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PIL says along with gyms, open yoga centres too; Bombay HC to hear next week | Mumbai News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Bombay high court on Tuesday said it would hear after a week a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by a proprietor of a gymnasium and health club seeking that apart from gyms, state should open yoga studios as well.
The petitioner’s counsel said after his petition was filed, the state announced it was opening gyms but as they await the notification, he said yoga studios also should be open by following the SOPs laid down by the Central Ayush and health ministry.
Petitioner Lalit Dharmani’s counsel Mayur Khandeparkar with advocate Tushar Gujjar said apart from the opening of gymnasiums, many health clubs also have yoga studios attached and there are many independent yoga institutes centres which ought to be opened too now as it is seven months in to the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown which is gradually being lifted across the country.
A bench of chief justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Girish Kulkarni said they would postpone the hearing by a week.
The lockdown has been in place since March and fitness sector was also shut down.In Maharashtra the government had on the weekend said that fitness centres will reopen from Dussehra.

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Reliance Jio Sets Exemplary Aatmanirbhar Benchmark, Brings India Closer to 5G


Earlier today, Reliance Jio and Qualcomm announced a partnership that sees Jio Platforms making use of Qualcomm’s virtualised, scalable radio access network technology to test Jio 5G New Radio services in India. The tests saw Reliance Jio achieving speeds of over 1Gbps, hence achieving a new milestone in India’s mobile internet connectivity saga. Subject to spectrum allocation and final trials, Reliance Jio is now leading India’s charge towards the latest connectivity services, and it is this that affirms the exemplary benchmark that Reliance Jio has set for prime minister Narendra Modi’s call for promoting aatmanirbhar practices.

In July, Caesar Sengupta, Vice President of product, payments and The Next Billion venture at Google, said at the Google For India 2020 conference that the technology giant will help develop a “high quality, low cost” smartphone that will squarely target the millions of feature phone users in India. Following this up, Mukesh Ambani, chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries Limited, welcomed Google as an investor and strategic partner for Jio Platforms at the RIL AGM 2020 keynote hosted virtually in July itself.

The foremost partnership between the two companies focused on development of exactly what Sengupta spoke about earlier, with Ambani affirming that Google and Jio Platforms will collaboratively develop a custom operating system that will power smartphones squarely targeting the next billion users. Now, Qualcomm has joined the party with its trusted technologies and expertise in building connectivity solutions. In combination, with partners such as Qualcomm and Google, Jio is poised to herald a new generation of connectivity and devices in India. The move aligns with the government’s Digital India vision.

To account for the journey so far, with Google’s partnership, expectations suggest that the range of to-be-unveiled affordable smartphones can be a disruptive product in a market that has seen the appeal of sub-Rs 5,000 smartphones fade away in India due to a lack in returns. Key to this promise is the announcement of Jio 5G – India’s first and fully made-in-India 5G network infrastructure that simultaneously removes the need for India to source 5G technology from foreign players such as China’s Huawei. Now, with a partner like Qualcomm, Jio 5G is poised to be a robust service that is at par with global standard connectivity solutions.

Not only will the said 5G smartphones be affordable, said Ambani, but will also be ready to make the most of 5G connectivity to offer real-life, appealing use cases for users that are still part of the feature phone demographic in India. With easy 5G deployment with Qualcomm, it now appears that both hardware and connectivity stands to benefit.

To understand the possible impact of Jio’s present progress, it is important to note how India’s mobile telephony industry is shaped right now. A highly attractive market for smartphone manufacturers by virtue of a unique demand for value-driven products, India has roughly 400 million smartphone users, while feature phone users outnumber them by a slim margin, according to IDC data. The 450 million-odd feature phone users are those for whom smartphones are so far a liability, and surplus to their requirements.

Feature phones, for instance, offer super-long battery life and reliable sturdiness. Additionally, smartphones so far have failed to offer appealing-enough use cases for these users, as a result of which, despite there being a massive segment of people in the country who are yet to jump on to the smartphone and data connectivity bandwagon, the adoption of smartphones have seen a slowdown in recent times.

It is this that Jio and Google’s partnership will address. With 5G connectivity, sectors like agriculture, education and healthcare will receive major boosts in terms of using technology to their benefits. Agriculture, for instance, can use 5G connectivity to get real-time weather updates, prediction on natural disasters, analysis of crop growth and more, all of which can significantly contribute to a healthier rate of produce for farmers.

In education, the Covid-19 pandemic has already underlined the need for remote education technologies. With the advent of 5G, it will become even more feasible to reach out to fringe areas and impart education to students. Even teachers can receive development training through remote platforms, and in comparison to what they could have achieved physically, will be able to address far larger groups of students in sessions. Students themselves will get access to real-time, immersive learning media, which can enhance their interests in topics.

Healthcare, similarly, can receive a strong boost in non-metropolitan areas with remote doctor consultations, and remote surgical procedures that a doctor can undertake. At the centre of all this are smartphones.

With strong use cases at hand, it is Jio and Google’s promise of a low cost device that can beckon the feature phone users to finally upgrade. The benefits of availing a smartphone will become evident, which in turn can lead to a steep rise in the adoption of smartphones in markets where feature phones still rule the roost. The co-developed, specially adapted operating system will also enhance the overall user experience and interface, far better than what Google could achieve with its Android Go venture. Now, with Qualcomm joining the party, the promise is stronger than ever before.

With partners like Qualcomm and Google, Jio stands at the cusp of India’s digital revolution, at the centre of which is the upcoming generation of 5G technologies.

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Shikhar Dhawan becomes first player to score consecutive centuries in IPL history | Cricket News

DUBAI (UAE): Delhi Capitals‘ opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan on Tuesday became the first player to register consecutive centuries in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Dhawan achieved the feat as he brought up his century against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). In the match against KXIP, Dhawan smashed 12 fours and 3 sixes to bring up his century off just 57 balls.
“Back to back 100s for @SDhawan25. He is the first player to have consecutive centuries in IPL. Take a bow, Gabbar,” the official handle of IPL tweeted.

Along the course of this innings, Dhawan also completed 5000 runs in the IPL. As a result, Dhawan is now at the fourth position in IPL’s all-time leading run-scorer list.

Co-incidentally, Dhawan also completed 10 years in international cricket on Tuesday. Earlier, Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi won the toss and opted to bat first against KXIP.

Before this match, Dhawan had scored a century against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Saturday at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
With this effort, Delhi Capitals had recorded a victory against CSK to go to the top of the points table.
Dhawan had a slow start to this IPL campaign as he failed to register big scores in the opening few matches of the tournament.
His first half-century this season came against Mumbai Indians in Delhi’s seventh match of IPL 2020.
After this effort, Dhawan recorded scores of 57 and 101 against Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings.
The left-handed Dhawan is currently in second place in the leading run-scorer list for this year’s IPL.

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Google is rolling out this popular Pixel 5 feature to older Pixel phones


Google is reportedly rolling out the Portrait Light feature that was introduced in Pixel 5 smartphone to older Pixel phones like Pixel 2,3 and 4. As per a report by Android Police, several older Pixel phone users have got the Portrait Light with an update to Google Photos. It can be accessed under the editing options.
This feature automatically pops out when there’s only when a person is detected in a portrait-like photo. This doesn;t mean that all Portrait mode photos will automatically get this editing feature. The feature comes on its own when Google’s algorithm decides that the photo can be better using the Portrait Light feature.
Camera wise, Google Pixel 5 offers almost the same set-up as Google Pixe 4a: a dual rear camera setup sporting 12.2MP primary sensor with an f/1.7 lens and a 16MP secondary sensor with an f/2.2 ultra-wide lens.It comes with New “portrait light” effect and improved video stabilization. On the front of the phone, there’s an 8MP selfie camera with an f/2.0 lens. Both the rear and front cameras offer up to 4K video recording support.
Google Pixel 5 comes with a 6-inch FHD+ OLED display, with 90Hz refresh rate and runs Android 11 out-of-the-box. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chip. There’s 8GB of RAM backed by 128GB of internal storage and 4080 mAh battery. The phone comes with a reverse-charging feature called Battery Share. This means Pixel 5 owners can use their phone to charge supported devices. The phone comes with a fingerprint sensor at the back. There’s no 3.5mm headphone jack in the phone, users get a USB-C port at the bottom of the phone.



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8,151 new Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra, 213 deaths | Mumbai News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Maharashtra‘s coronavirus infection tally on Tuesday increased to 16,09,516 with 8,151 new cases, said a state health official.
The state also reported 213 new Covid-19 deaths, which took the death toll to 42,453, he said.
65,456 coronavirus tests were performed in the last 24 hours, of which 8,151 turned out to be positive at an infection rate of 12.45 per cent, the official said.
7,429 patients were discharged after treatment, taking the tally of recovered cases to 13,92,308.
The number of active patients in the state is 1,74,265.
Mumbai city reported 1,091 new cases during the day, which pushed its case count to 2,44,260, while its death toll rose to 9,864 with 45 new fatalities being reported.
Pune city added 334 Covid-19 cases, raising its tally to 1,68,736, while 22 deaths took the toll to 3,873.
The state has so far conducted 82,51,234 tests.
Maharashtra’s coronavirus figurers are as follows: Positive cases: 16,09,516, new cases: 8,151, death toll: 42,453, discharged: 13,92,308, active cases: 1,74,265, people tested so far: 82,51,234.

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Sushant’s House Help Dipesh Sawant Files Writ Petition Against NCB Alleging ‘Illegal Arrest’ In Drugs Case; Seeks Rs 10 Lakh Compensation: Report



Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s domestic helper Dipesh Sawant who has been accused of procuring drugs for the late actor, has reportedly filed a writ petition against the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). ALSO READ | Sushant Singh Rajput Death Case: NCB Gets 3 Days Custody Of SSR’s Helper Dipesh Sawant

The petition filed before the Bombay High Court on October 5, seeks Rs 10 lakh in compensation from the NCB for wrongly arresting him in the drug case in connection with the death probe of ‘Dil Bechara’ actor.

Sawant was arrested on September 3 and sent to NCB custody till September 9. He was nabbed along with Showik Chakraborty, brother of Sushant’s girlfriend Rhea, and the late actor’s house manager Samuel Miranda, after the agency contended it had got sufficient evidence against them about their involvement in the drugs case.

After arresting him, the NCB in its official statement had said that On the basis of statements of Dipesh Sawant, house help of late actor Sushant Singh Rajput, and digital evidence collected by NCB, it’s clear that Dipesh is an active member of drug syndicate connected with high society personalities and drug suppliers.

According to the PTI report, Sawant has now filed a petition through advocates Rajendra Rathod and Aamir Koradia, alleging illegal detention by the NCB in the drug case.

ALSO READ | Sushant Singh Rajput Death Case: NCB Says ‘Dipesh Sawant Is An Active Member Of Drug Syndicate Connected With High Society Personalities’

In the petition, Sawant alleged that he was produced before the Magistrate after more than 36 hours of arrest, which is violation of Supreme Court guidelines which states that an accused should be presented before a Magistrate within 24 hours of arrest. The petitioner also said that he was arrested on September 4 at 10 PM while the NCB in their records have stated that the arrest was made at September 5 at 8 AM.

The matter came before the court on Monday, October 19 and was adjourned till November 6. The report quoted the advocates saying that two hearings have happened and the case has been adjourned as the NCB has asked for more time to reply.



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Covid-19: In 7th address in 7 months, PM Modi’s message of hope & caution | India News

NEW DELHI: With the onset of festive season, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his address to the nation on Tuesday, cautioned the people against being careless about Covid-19.
In his first address to the nation after the gradual lifting up of lockdown since June 8, PM Modi’s main focus was on spreading awareness about the need to take precautions and not to lower the guard in the nation’s fight against the deadly virus during the ongoing festive season.
This was Modi’s seventh address to the nation in seven months since the outbreak of the coronavirus disease pandemic in March. It was replete with cautions and precautions the people should take during the festive season and after the lifting up of lockdown.
PM Modi also greeted the people for the ongoing Navratri period and the forthcoming festivals such as Dussehra, Eid, Deepawali, Chhath Puja and Guru Nanak Jayanti.
He said the nation has come a long way since Janta Curfew was imposed on March 22. However, he said, “We should not forget that lockdown has gone but the virus has not been eliminated.”
The prime minister said India was in a better position than the other countries of the world and exhorted the people not to the situation deteriorate.
He said while the recovery rate was high, the fatality rate was low. The Covid-19 situation in the country was far better than the developed nations such as the US, Brazil and the European countries such as France and Germany.
“In comparison to the developed countries of the world, India has been successful in its fight against the pandemic,” he said.
PM Modi recounted that there were more than 90 lakh beds, 12,000 quarantine centres, 2,000 laboratories to test the coronavirus disease and the number of tests would shortly cross the 10-crore mark.
He said the large population proved to be a boon as the efforts of the people lent a great strength in providing selfless service by the doctors, nurses, health workers and others.
PM Modi turned to cautioning again by asking people not to be careless. “Do not think that coronavirus has gone or there was no risk. And then start taking lesser precautions. If you are careless, then you are not just putting yourself to risk but also your family, children and the elderly in your family,” he said.
The prime minister said the number of coronavirus patients in the US and Europe had started declining but they have started rising again.
“Till the vaccine is developed, we do not have to weaken our fight against coronavirus,” he said and informed that vaccine preparation was in an advanced stage.
He said the government was making plans about the manner in which the vaccine would be made available to everyone. “No carelessness till then,” he added.
PM Modi said mistakes and sins should not be taken lightly. “Jab tak dawaai nahin, tab tak dhilaai nahin (till there is no vaccine, there should not be any relaxations),” he said.
He said the festive season should be spent in cheer and even a little bit opf carelessness would dampen the spirits. “Therefore, maintaining social distance, frequent washing of hands and wearing masks are a must. I wish to see you all safe,” he said.
Narendra Modi had made his first speech on Covid-19 on March 19 in which he announced the observation of Janta Curfew on March 22 by beating of utensils, blowing of conches and clapping to commend the Corona Warriors.
He delivered his second address to the nation on March 24 in which he announced nationwide complete lockdown from March 25 for 21 days till April 14.
His third address to the address was made on April 3. In a video message, PM Modi asked the people to switch off lights at home and light a diya, a candle or mobile flashlight for nine minutes at 9 pm on April 5 as a mark of every Indian’s fight against Covid-19.
In his fourth address on April 14, he asked the people running businesses to be sensitive to the needs of their workers. He asked them not to retrench the workers and pay full salary to them.
In his fifth address on May 12, the prime minister announced a consolidated economic package of Rs 20 lakh crore to help make the nation self-reliant. He gave the mantras of “aatm-nirbhar Bharat (self-reliant India)” and “Vocal for local”.
PM Modi delivered his sixth address to the nation on May 28 in which he announced the extension of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana for giving free ration to 80 crore people till the end of November. He also announced relief measures for the migrant labourers.

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