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Morning Digest: Minister says all Indians to get free COVID-19 vaccine, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to arrive in India, and more

Coronavirus | All Indians to get free COVID-19 vaccine, says Union Minister

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that all people will be provided vaccines free of cost. An estimated ₹500 will be spent on vaccination of each person,” Union Minister Pratap Sarangi said after addressing a campaign meeting for the November 3 Assembly bypoll in Balasore.

2+2 Ministerial dialogue | U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Defence Secretary Mark Esper to arrive in India

A host of crucial bilateral, regional and global issues including China’s efforts to expand influence in the Indo-Pacific region as well as its aggressive behaviour in eastern Ladakh is likely to figure in the talks.

Army commanders to discuss internal reforms, review Ladakh situation

The commanders will also deliberate 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, government sources said.

Amazon wins interim relief; Future-Reliance deal put on hold

Passing an interim award in favour of Amazon, V.K. Rajah asked the Future group to put the deal on hold and said that the deal cannot go through until it finally decides the matter, sources with direct knowledge of the development said.

U.S. Presidential Elections 2020 | Biden blasts Trump as COVID-19 cases mount and Pence staff endures outbreak

With nine days to go before the Nov. 3 election in which Mr. Biden is facing the Republican president, the White House cited Mr. Pence’s status as an “essential worker” as justification for his campaign travel despite exposure to his chief of staff, Marc Short, who tested positive on Saturday.

U.S. announces new Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire as fighting persists

The ceasefire is due to take effect at 8 a.m. local time (12 a.m. EDT) on Oct. 26, the U.S. State Department and the governments of Azerbaijan and Armenia said in a joint statement.

France reacts to boycott calls; Erdogan ups Macron insults

A day after saying that Mr. Macron needed his head examined for condoning caricatures of the prophet of Islam, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that the French leader has “lost his way.”

Belarus opposition prepares nationwide strike after police crackdown on protests

Ms. Tsikhanouskaya had previously set a “People’s Ultimatum” for Mr. Lukashenko to resign by Sunday night, promising to call the strike if he did not. Mr. Lukashenko, who has ruled for more than a quarter of a century, has signalled he would ignore the ultimatum.

Portuguese Grand Prix | Lewis Hamilton overtakes Michael Schumacher with record 92nd F1 win

The Mercedes driver, who took the chequered flag a huge 25.592 seconds ahead of second-placed team mate Valtteri Bottas, had equalled Ferrari great Michael Schumacher's record 91 wins at the previous race at the Nuerburgring.

Indian Premier League 2020 | Ben Stokes hundred gives Royals much-needed win over Mumbai

Watching the recently converted opener complete his second IPL hundred with a huge six over mid-wick off James Pattinson, and then hitting the winning boundary off the next ball, from the other end was Sanju Samson (54 not out, 31b, 4x4, 3x6).

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