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Top news of the day: India decides against joining RCEP trade deal; SC bans stubble burning in Punjab, Haryana and UP, and more

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To save Delhi, Supreme Court bans stubble burning in Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh

In a bid to save Delhi from the choking air pollution, the Supreme Court on Monday said it would hold the entire State administrative and police mechanism of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, from the Chief Secretary to the sarpanch to the local policeman, responsible if even one instance of stubble burning occured in future.

India not to join RCEP deal, say government sources

India on Monday decided not to join the mega Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) deal as negotiations failed to address New Delhi’s concerns, government sources said. India’s stand at RCEP is a strong reflection of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s strong leadership and India’s rising stature in the world. India’s decision will greatly help Indian farmers, MSMEs and dairy sector, they said.

Karnataka Congress urges SC to take on record purported audio clip of Yediyurappa in MLAs disqualification case

The Karnataka Congress on November 4 requested the Supreme Court hearing the MLA disqualification case to take on record an audio clip purportedly of Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa referring to rebel MLAs. A Bench headed by Justice N.V. Ramana said it would consult Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on constituting a Bench on November 5 to consider the fresh material given by the Karnataka Congress.

One killed, 13 injured in grenade attack in Srinagar

Terrorists lobbed a grenade in a busy market in the heart of the city, killing one person on Monday, almost three months since the Valley shut down in response to the Centre revoking the special status of the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.

Iran announces new violations of nuclear deal on anniversary

Iran announced on Monday its latest violations of the nuclear deal with world powers, saying that it now operates twice as many advanced centrifuges banned by the 2015 accord and is working on a prototype that’s 50 times faster than those allowed by the deal.

After 18 hours, 5-year-old girl pulled out dead from borewell in Haryana

The body of a five-year-old girl was pulled out by rescuers nearly 18 hours after she fell into a 50-feet-deep borewell at Harsinghpura village in Haryana’s Karnal district, police said on November 4. She fell in the borewell belonging to her family while playing in the fields on Sunday in Gharaunda area, station house officer(SHO) of Gharaunda police station, Inspector Sachin said over phone. “After being pulled out from the borewell by the rescuers, she was rushed to the Civil Hospital in Karnal where doctors declared her brought dead,” the SHO said.

Nitish Katara murder case: SC dismisses Vikas Yadav’s plea for parole

The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed the parole plea of Vikas Yadav, who is serving a 25-year jail term for killing business executive Nitish Katara in 2002. A Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said the convict was awarded 25 years of jail term and it has to be served without any grant of remission.

Also read: All you need to know about the Nitish Katara murder case

India, Japan review situation in Indo-Pacific; resolve to ramp up cooperation in third countries

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on Monday reviewed the evolving security scenario in the Indo-Pacific and agreed to further bolster bilateral cooperation in third countries for peace, prosperity and development in the region.

Pakistan court grants bail to Maryam Nawaz in money laundering case

A Pakistani court on Monday granted bail to Maryam Nawaz, the daughter of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, in a money laundering case. A two-member bench of the Lahore High Court headed by Justice Ali Baqar Najafi granted Maryam bail in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case of money laundering. The court had reserved the verdict in the case on October 31.

Stubble burning menace: M.S. Swaminathan suggests Rice Bioparks as a solution

As Delhi and its neighbouring areas continue to be severely hit by pollution due to stubble burning in neighbouring States, eminent agricultural scientist M.S. Swaminathan suggested that the Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh governments could set up 'Rice BioParks', where farmers could convert stubble into income and employment.

Didn’t want pain of losing another close T20 game, says Mushfiqur Rahim

No one knows the pain of losing close T20 games as much as Mushfiqur Rahim does and the former Bangladesh captain was determined to win games of cricket in order to forget what he termed as “difficult last two weeks”.

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