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Morning Digest: Polls open in first phase of Bihar elections , U.S. to support India’s defence of territory, and more

President Donald Trump and Amy Coney Barrett stand on the Blue Room Balcony after Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas administered the Constitutional Oath to her on the South Lawn of the White House White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020.   | Photo Credit: AP

India-U.S. 2+2 dialogue | U.S. to support India’s defence of territory

Apart from BECA, India and the U.S. also sealed an MoU on Technical Cooperation in Earth Observations and Earth Sciences, and an agreement to extend duration of the MoU regarding the Global Center for Nuclear Energy Partnership.

Polls open in first phase of Bihar elections

Polling began on Wednesday morning in 71 assembly constituencies of Bihar in the first phase of three-phase elections amid tight security and COVID-19 guidelines in place.

Now, outsiders can buy land in Jammu and Kashmir

Under the newly introduced J&K Development Act, the term “being permanent resident of the State” as a criteria has been “omitted”, paving the way for investors outside J&K to invest in the U.T.

Coronavirus | No clarity yet on whether vaccine will be free for all in India

There is no clarity on whether a COVID-19 vaccine, when it is ready, will be free of cost for everyone and it being so would depend on the outcome of clinical trials underway to test the vaccine, said the head of the committee overseeing vaccine development.

Agriculture laws | Farmers plan national road blockade on November 5

Over 500 farmers groups plan to block roads across the country on November 5, as part of an all-India “chakka jam”, the next step in their protests against the three controversial farm reform laws passed by Parliament last month.

Ankhi Das quits Facebook

In a statement, Ajit Mohan, vice president and managing director, Facebook India, said, “Ankhi has decided to step down from her role in Facebook to pursue her interest in public service.”

France warns citizens to be cautious as anger seethes in Muslim world over cartoons

France warned its citizens in several Muslim-majority countries to take extra security precautions on Tuesday as anger surged over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad, and the head of Russia’s Chechnya region said Paris was pushing people towards terrorism.

U.S. Presidential Elections | Biden thrusts into Trump country for Georgia rally in campaign’s final week

Leading his Republican rival in national opinion polls, Mr. Biden landed in Georgia, which has not supported a Democrat in a U.S. presidential election since 1992. Mr. Trump will hold rallies in three states key to his re-election hopes: Michigan, Wisconsin and Nebraska.

IPL 2020 | Saha, Warner deflate Capitals before Rashid has them in knots

Chasing a target of 220 is never easy but Delhi Capitals lacked intent and eventually faltered against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Dubai International Stadium on Tuesday. SRH beat DC by 88 runs to stay alive in the tournament.

Barcelona president Bartomeu resigns after Messi row

Josep Maria Bartomeu resigned as Barcelona president on Tuesday, along with his board of directors, and left with a bombshell admission that he had accepted a proposal for the club to play in “a future European Super League”.

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