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Top news of the day: Polio networks to play crucial role in COVID-19 vaccine rollout, says WHO; Campaign ends for first phase of Bihar Assembly elections, and more

BJP national president J.P. Nadda at a public rally in support of NDA candidates ahead of Bihar Assembly elections in Aurangabad on October 26, 2020.   | Photo Credit: PTI

Polio networks to play crucial role in COVID-19 vaccine rollout: WHO

Uttar Pradesh, the most populous State in the country, used polio micro-plans twice in the last three months to help identify over two lakh people with COVID-19 symptoms. These persons were then followed-up and tested for COVID-19, said Poonam Khetrapal Singh, regional director WHO South-East Asia, while citing U.P. as an example of applying strategies from polio eradication programmes, to help contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

Also read: Coronavirus India lockdown Day 214 updates | October 26, 2020

SC puts on hold order appointing Justice Madan Lokur to head panel to prevent stubble-burning

The Supreme Court on Monday decided to “keep in abeyance” its pre-Dussehra order appointing former Supreme Court judge Justice Madan B. Lokur to a one-man committee to monitor/prevent stubble-burning in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab.

Bihar Assembly election: Campaign ends for first phase

Curtain came down on October 26 over campaign for 71 Assembly segments of Bihar which go to polls on October 28, in the first phase of elections. Leading the NDA charge, Prime Minister Narendra Modi flew down to address as many as three rallies where he urged the voters to vote Chief Minister Nitish Kumar back to power.

Also read: Bihar Assembly election | Nitish Kumar is no longer the poster boy for Mahadalits

2+2 Ministerial dialogue | India likely to sign geo-spatial agreement with U.S.

India is likely to sign the last foundational agreement with the U.S., Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement for Geo-Spatial cooperation (BECA), at the 2+2 ministerial dialogue on Tuesday, a senior official said.

Airstrike in northwestern Syria kills over 50 rebel fighters

An airstrike on a rebel training camp in northwestern Syria on Monday killed more than 50 Turkish-backed fighters and wounded nearly as many, a Syrian opposition spokesman and a war monitor said.

IPL 2020 | Navdeep Saini doubtful starter against Mumbai Indians after injuring his bowling hand

Royal Challengers Bangalore pacer Navdeep Saini is a doubtful starter for their next IPL match against Mumbai Indians after sustaining a split webbing in his right hand during the game against Chennai Super Kings.

SC declines interim relief for OBC quota in AIQ seats in TN govt.-run medical colleges

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to order the interim relief of implementing 50% reservation this year itself for NEET-UG students belonging to Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in medical and dental seats contributed to the All India Quota (AIQ) by State government-run colleges in Tamil Nadu.

Apple’s security check fails second time in six weeks

Six malicious apps that posed as Adobe flash player have bypassed Apple’s App notarisation process for the second time in the past six weeks, according to Joshua Long, Chief Security Analyst at Mac security software maker Intego.

In Kolkata, empty pandals and roads mark Durga Puja

Durga Puja of 2020 turned out to be a ‘rossogolla’ without syrup for the people of Kolkata as restrictions and restraint dictated the festival.

CSK becomes first team to be eliminated from IPL 2020

Three-time champions Chennai Super Kings have been knocked out of the race of securing an IPL play-offs berth for the first time in 13 years after Rajasthan Royals defeated Mumbai Indians by eight wickets in Abu Dhabi.

Cricket South Africa’s entire board resigns, Olympic body likely to install interim committee

Cricket South Africa’s 10-member Board of Directors has resigned, clearing the decks for an interim administrative structure in the crisis-ridden body as sought by the country’s olympic committee.

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