Top news of the day: More States slash petrol, diesel prices after Centre’s excise duty cut; Modi celebrates Deepavali at J&K Army post, and more

Prime Minister Narendra Modi offers sweets to army soldiers on the occasion of Deepavali, at Nowshera, in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: NISSAR AHMAD

More States slash petrol, diesel prices after Centre's excise duty cut

A day after the Union Government reduced excise duty on fuel, several States lowered Value Added Tax (VAT) on petrol and diesel to give some respite to consumers.

Modi celebrates Deepavali at Army post in J&K's Nowshera

Since taking over as prime minister, Mr. Modi has made it a point to meet troops in a border region on Deepavali, starting from a visit to Siachen in 2014.

BSF and Pakistan Rangers exchange sweets on Deepavali

The BSF said such exchange of sweets and wishes on festivals of national importance enhance mutual harmony and brotherhood.

Eight die in suspected hooch tragedy in Bihar, probe initiated

Residents claimed that the victims, all from West Champaran district’s Telhua village, had consumed liquor in Chamartoli area on November 3 evening, but the police did not quite confirm the same as yet.

Ready to relocate evicted families if citizenship is proved, Assam government tells Gauhati High Court

The evicted families of Dhalpur village in Gorukuti will not, however, be paid any compensation as they are “encroachers”, the government said in an affidavit to Gauhati High Court in response to a PIL filed by the Leader of the Opposition Debabrata Saikia.

Anil Deshmukh, held by ED in money laundering case, taken for medical checkup

Mr. Deshmukh is currently in the ED's custody, where his interrogation in connection with the money laundering case is on.

Centre flags rise in number of COVID-19 cases in Himachal, A.P., J&K

In letters to the Himachal Pradesh Health Secretary, Andhra Pradesh Principal Secretary of Health and the Jammu and Kashmir Additional Chief Secretary of Health, Arti Ahuja, Additional Secretary of the Union Health Ministry, highlighted the increase in number of weekly new COVID-19 cases since last week and early signs of rise in positivity rates last month.

COP26 summit | Countries pledge to phase out climate culprit coal

U.K. Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said that the commitments made on the sidelines of the U.N. climate summit meant the “end of coal is in sight”.

Iran marks anniversary of 1979 takeover of U.S. Embassy

The government-organised commemoration, long a venue for voicing anti-Western sentiment, typically draws angry crowds each year.

WHO Europe Chief voices ‘grave concern’ about COVID-19 rebound

A 53-country region in Europe and Central Asia faces the “real threat” of a resurgence of the coronavirus pandemic in the coming weeks or is already experiencing a new wave of infections, the head of the World Health Organisation’s regional office said.

U.K. authorises Merck’s anti-COVID pill

The pill was licensed for adults 18 and older who have tested positive for COVID-19 and have at least one risk factor for developing severe disease.

USTR Katherine Tai, Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal to take 'comprehensive look' at bilateral trade ties

The virtual meeting between Ms. Tai and Mr. Goyal took place November 2, ahead of Ms. Tai's two-day visit to India from November 22.

T20 World Cup | Australia thrash Bangladesh by eight wickets and 82 balls to spare

Australia chased down the target in 6.2 overs after Adam Zampa, pacers restricted Bangladesh to 73 all-out.

T20 World Cup | India will be eager to showcase quality against lesser experienced Scotland

The situation remains do or die for Virat Kohli's band of superstars as they head into their fourth match in the Super 12 stage.

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