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Top news of the day: Jharkhand to have five-phase Assembly polls, Centre empowers itself to declare any J&K area ‘disturbed’ under AFSPA, and more

Security personnel stand guard in a street during restrictions in parts of Srinagar on November 1, 2019.

Security personnel stand guard in a street during restrictions in parts of Srinagar on November 1, 2019.   | Photo Credit: PTI

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Jharkhand to have five-phase elections for Assembly between November 30 and December 20

Counting of votes will be on December 23. For the first time postal ballots will be used for persons with disabilities and senior citizens.

Centre bestows on itself powers to declare any area in J&K ‘disturbed’ under AFSPA

Till the bifurcation of the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir, the State government through District Magistrates were empowered to declare a particular district or police station area “disturbed” under the AFSPA, in which security forces can detain, search and even fire any suspect without warrant and gives immunity to the soldiers for such acts. | Kashmir never been on UN’s ‘Right of Peoples to Self-determination’ agenda: India | PDP expels MP Nazir Ahmad Laway from party for attending swearing-in of Lt Governor Murmu

Chidambaram’s bail plea rejected after AIIMS panel says he need not be hospitalised

The panel, however, suggested that the 74-year-old leader be kept in a clean and hygienic environment.

Six found guilty in 2008 Rampur terror attack case

Public prosecutor Sardar Dalvinder Singh said Mohammed Sharif, Jang Bahadur, Imran, Mohammed Farooq and Sabauddin have been found directly involved in the attack. Fahim Ansari was acquitted of the charge of waging a war against the state (Section 121) but held guilty for holding fake passports and illegal weapons.

Delhi pollution: schools shut till November 5

“Due to the rising level of smoke in Delhi due to burning of crop stubble, the pollution has increased. The government has decided that all schools will remain closed in Delhi till November 5,” Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted in Hindi.

India, Germany to intensify cooperation in combating terror: Modi

After Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel co-chaired the fifth Inter-Governmental Consultations, India and Germany signed five joint declarations of intent and inked 11 pacts in fields such as space, civil aviation, maritime technology, medicine and education.

If BJP or govt. engaged Israeli agencies to ‘snoop’, it’s gross rights violation: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra

The Congress leader’s remarks come after WhatsApp said that Indian journalists and human rights activists were among those globally spied upon by unnamed entities using Israeli spyware Pegasus. | Video Explainer | Pegasus, the spyware that came in via WhatsApp

Data | India’s unemployment rate has hit a 3-year high

According to CMIE, the urban unemployment rate stood at 8.9%, slightly higher than the rural unemployment rate of 8.3%.

Nawaz Sharif’s health shows signs of improvement: reports

Sharif’s platelets on Thursday increased from 35,000 to 51,000, showing improvement in his condition, the doctors said, according to Dawn.

China says won’t tolerate national security threats in Hong Kong

What started as opposition to a now-withdrawn extradition bill has grown into a pro-democracy movement against what is seen as Beijing’s tightening grip on the Asian financial hub, which protesters say undermines a “one country, two systems” formula promised when Hong Kong was handed back to China in 1997, guaranteeing freedoms not found in mainland China. | Hong Kong protesters plan huge march on November 2 after gatecrashing Halloween

Essex lorry deaths: Northern Irish man charged with manslaughter

A Northern Irish man has been charged with multiple counts of manslaughter in relation to the discovery of 39 bodies in the back of a truck near London last week, Irish broadcaster RTE said on Friday.

Google to buy Fitbit for $2.1 billion

While Google has joined other major technology companies such as Apple and Samsung in developing smartphones, it has yet to develop any wearable offerings.

IND vs BAN: Domingo, Rathour dismiss concerns about persistent pollution

After all, Dhaka, too, is known for high pollution levels. So far, the visitors have not found it difficult to acclimatize to the prevailing conditions. | Adapting to pink ball only challenge in Day-Night Test, says Cheteshwar Pujara

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