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Headlines: India And Russia Discuss Joint Coordination To Deal With Afghanistan

India And Russia Discuss Joint Coordination To Deal With Afghanistan

As per the official sources, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval met Russia’s Security Council Secretary-General Nikolai Patrushev to conduct the first-ever detailed and extensive review of the Afghanistan situation and also agreed to coordinate their positions at the United Nations. Informing about the high-level meet, the Russian Embassy in Delhi issued a statement: “[Mr. Doval and Gen Patrushev] touched upon humanitarian and migration problems in [Afghanistan], as well as prospects for the Russian-Indian joint efforts aimed at creating conditions for launching a peaceful settlement process on the basis of an intra-Afghan dialogue. The two sides agreed to coordinate the approaches of Russia and India in multilateral formats on the Afghan settlement.” During the talks with the Russian delegation, sources said that India raised the issue of international terror groups like Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad operating in Afghanistan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to host the virtual meet of BRICS summit next Thursday and is expected to discuss the Afghanistan issue with other BRICS nations. 

Covid Bulletin: India Registers 43,000+ Covid-19 Cases; Recovery Rate At 97.48%

According to the latest data released by the Union Health Ministry, India has recorded 43,263 active covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 3,93,614, constituting 1.19% of the total covid-19 cases reported in the country so far. Meanwhile, India’s total recoveries have touched the mark of 3,23,04,618, with 40,567 fresh recoveries between Wednesday and Thursday. The recovery rate stands at 97.48%. The daily and weekly positivity rate currently stands at 2.38% and 2.43%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, India has conducted 53.68 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered a total of 71.65 crore covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive. 

Weather Update: IMD Issues Yellow Alert In Himachal Pradesh For 3 Days; Predicts Heavy Rainfall

The Indian Meteorological Department has predicted heavy rainfall in Himachal Pradesh and has issued a yellow alert for the next 3 days. Speaking about the same, the director of IMD Himachal Pradesh, Surender Paul, said: “Rainfall in Himachal Pradesh is normal. However, a few districts like Kangra, Hamirpur, Solan, Shimla, Bilaspur, Una, and Sirmaur will receive heavy rainfall,” According to the Indian Meteorological Department, green alert for light rain, yellow alert for moderate rain, and orange alert for heavy to very heavy rainfall. As per the state IMD, the rainfall intensity in Himachal Pradesh is likely to drop after 12th September. 

Union Government Announces Early MSP For Rabi Crops

On Wednesday, the Union government has approved support prices of six crops with the highest percentage hike of 8.6% to rapeseeds, mustard and the lowest hike of 2% to wheat for the marketing session that will begin in April next year. The MSP hikes have been done so that farmers opt for crop diversification and for boosting the production of oilseeds. The announcement made by the Union Cabinet also seems like an effort to send a positive signal to the farmers of Punjab, Haryana and Western Uttar Pradesh who are protesting over the three farm laws. Speaking about the same, the agricultural minister Narendra Singh Tomar said: “All those who have been propagating misleading information must take a message from the announcement. The rate of MSP and procurement of crops at support prices are increasing continuously after the enactment of the farm laws,” 

Afghanistan: Taliban Puts Conditions To Restrict Protests

The Taliban has put various conditions to restrict protests in Afghanistan after forming a new government. The conditions include taking permission from the Ministry of Justice to hold rallies, and it also says that the protest details like purpose, slogans, time, place and all the other information must be shared with the government authorities. These developments came after there had been a lot of protests against the Taliban in Afghanistan. Afghan women are largely taking part in the demonstrations to demand female representation in the newly formed government and equal rights. 

Bigg Boss OTT: Neha Kakkar, Tony Kakkar To Enter The House As Special Guests

As per the latest development in Bigg Boss OTT, singer Neha Kakkar and Tony Kakkar are all set to enter the house as special guests. It will be interesting to know how will the duo change the dynamics of the house, and since there are no connections anymore, the contestants will interact with the guests in an individual capacity. Meanwhile, Shamita, Pratik, Moose, Divya and Neha are nominated for this week, and Nishant and Raqesh are safe. 

Saif Ali Khan Shares His Thoughts On God And Religion

Actor Saif Ali Khan is gearing up for the release of his upcoming film Bhoot Police. The film is directed by Pavan Kirpalani and features Jacqueline Fernandez, Yami Gautam, Arjun Kapoor and Jaaved Jaaferi. In a Zoom interview, Saif spoke about his views on god and religion and said: “I am agnostic in real life. I am very secular in the sense that I think too much religion worries me because they put an emphasis on the afterlife. And not enough emphasis on this life. I find too much of religion to be an organization and too many problems — associated with basically my god, or your god or whose god is better. I pray, and I try to focus my own energy on things. I’m more spiritual,” 

MS Dhoni To Mentor Indian Cricket Team In T20 World Cup

The T20 World Cup is all set to begin on 17th October in UAE and Oman, as announced by the BCCI on Wednesday. The major part of the announcement that caught everyone’s eye was that former Indian team captain MS Dhoni would be returning to the field as a mentor to the T20 squad. The Indian cricket team will be led by Virat Kohli, with Rohit Sharma as the vice-captain.

Here’s the complete list of the India T20 squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Ishan Kishan (wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Chahar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Varun Chakravarthy, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohd Shami.

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