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Morning Digest: Health Minister says India still far from herd immunity, U.S. judge blocks Trump administration’s TikTok ban, and more

A boy sits in front of a mural representing the coronavirus in Bogor, West Java on September 27, 2020.   | Photo Credit: AFP

Coronavirus | India still far from herd immunity, says Harsh Vardhan

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has cautioned that the ICMR’s COVID-19 first sero-survey should not create a sense of complacency in people with regard to the virus. Mr. Vardhan said indications from the up-coming second sero survey “are that India is far from having achieved any kind of herd immunity which necessitates that all of us should continue following COVID appropriate behaviour.”

India-Sri Lanka Summit | Mahinda Rajapaksa statement on talks with Narendra Modi silent on 13th Amendment

Hours after India and Sri Lanka issued a joint statement referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to the Sri Lankan government to address the Tamil minority’s aspirations, with the implementation of the 13th Amendment, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s office released a statement on Saturday, making no mention of Mr. Modi’s call, or the constitutional provision on power devolution.

Babri Masjid demolition case | Conviction would show justice is still alive, says witness Haji Mehboob

Conviction for the accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case, the judgement for which would be declared by a Special CBI court judge here on September 30, though delayed, would offer solace that "justice is still alive" in the country, says Haji Mehboob, a witness in the Babri Masjid demolition case. Mr. Mehboob was also one of the original litigants in the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi title dispute.

Akali Dal on ‘course correction’ in Punjab

The BJP’s oldest alliance partner, the Shiromani Akali Dal’s (SAD) decision to end its coalition with the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) amid farmers’ protests over the new farm sector Bills is being seen as ‘course correction’ that could help the party regain its voter base across Punjab.

Bangladesh for friendly ties with all countries: Sheikh Hasina

Bangladesh wishes to maintain friendly ties with all countries, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said on Sunday. During an interaction with the outgoing Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka, Ms. Hasina suggested that neighbouring countries should consider using airports located in areas like Sylhet.

Congress urges NDA allies to oppose farm Bills

Haryana Congress president Kumari Selja and Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar held a joint video press conference, and asked all parties which support the BJP to “hear the voice the poor, the farmers and self.” Ms. Selja said that in Haryana, the Jannayak Janta Party (JJP), which is in alliance with the BJP, should quit the government and stand in support of farmers protesting against the agriculture Bills.

Issues of all northeast rebel groups will be settled by 2024: Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said the Centre would settle by 2024 the issues of the north-eastern extremist groups that have remained out of the peace process. “Several peace initiatives in the northeast were taken in the past six years under [Narendra] Modiji’s government. Hundreds of extremists laid down arms after agreements with eight groups,” Mr. Shah said.

Trump paid no income taxes in ten of last fifteen years

President Donald Trump paid extremely little in income taxes in recent years as heavy losses from his business enterprises offset hundreds of millions of dollars in income, the New York Times reported on Sunday, citing tax-return data. Mr. Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes in both 2016 and 2017, and paid no income taxes in 10 of the last 15 years, despite receiving $427.4 million through 2018 from his reality television program and other endorsement and licensing deals.

IPL 2020 | Rajasthan Royals pulls off IPL’s biggest chase

Rajasthan Royals chased down a daunting target of 224 set by Kings XI Punjab to post its second win in as many matches. The hero of Rajasthan's chase —– the highest in IPL history — was fashioned by Rahul Tewatia, who was surprisingly promoted up the order at the fall of the second wicket.

Spanish League | Suárez thrives in Atlético debut, Messi wins with Barcelona

Luis Suarez, who had his debut on Sunday with Atlético Madrid after being told he was not wanted by Barcelona, scored twice and had an assist in the nearly 20 minutes he played in Atlético’s 6-1 rout of Granada. Lionel Messi, who was forced to stay at Barcelona after telling the club he wanted to leave, scored once and helped his team beat Villarreal 4-0 in its Spanish league opener under new coach Ronald Koeman.

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