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Headlines: ‘Need To Closely Monitor Pak’s Role In Terrorism’ Says US VP Kamala Harris

‘Need To Closely Monitor Pak’s Role In Terrorism’ Says US VP Kamala Harris To PM Modi

In her first meeting with PM Narendra Modi, US Vice President Kamala Harris brought up the issue of Pakistan’s role in terrorism and said that it should not impact America and India’s security. On Thursday, PM Narendra Modi had a 4-hour long meeting with US VP Kamala Harris at the White House and the discussion was primarily based on strengthening Indo-US strategic partnership and global issues, including the Indo-Pacific region, Afghanistan issue and threats to democracy. Quoting what US VP Harris said, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said: “When the issue of terrorism came up, the Vice President Suo moto referred to Pakistan’s role in that regard (of terrorism). She asked Pakistan to take action so that this would not impact US security and that of India. She agreed with the Prime Minister’s briefing on the fact of cross border terrorism, and the fact that India has been a victim of terrorism for several decades now and on the need to rein in, and closely monitor Pakistan’s support for such terrorist groups,” Recalling the interaction, PM Narendra Modi described Ms Harris as a true friend and someone who spoke like family. He also referred to Ms Harris as an inspiration for many across the world.

Covid-Bulletin: India Registers 31,382 New Covid-19 Cases; Recovery Rate At 97.78%

According to the latest data released by the Union Health Ministry, India has recorded 31,382 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 3,00,162 cases, constituting 0.89% of the total cases reported in the country so far. Meanwhile, fresh recoveries continue to outnumber new covid-19 cases, with recording 32,542 recoveries in the previous 24 hours. The total recoveries in India currently stand at 3,28,48,273. The daily and weekly positivity rate currently stands at 2.00% and 2.07%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 55.99 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 84.15 covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive.

PM Modi US Visit: Modi Meets Japanese PM; Reaffirms Commitment Towards An Inclusive Indo-Pacific Region

On Thursday, PM Narendra Modi met Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga and exchanged views on recent global developments, including the Afghanistan issue and also reaffirmed their commitment towards building a free, inclusive and open Indo-Pacific region. Along with discussing about the Indo-Pacific region, both leaders also agreed to enhance defence cooperation and bilateral security, as per the statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs. The statement said: “The two Prime Ministers reviewed the multi-faceted relationship between the two countries and exchanged views on recent global and regional developments, including in Afghanistan. They reaffirmed their commitment towards a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region.” PM Narendra Modi also congratulated Mr Suga for successfully organizing Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics amidst a global pandemic. Both leaders also welcomed the recent progress made in India’s North-Eastern region under the India-Japan Act East Forum and agreed to enhance the India-Japan partnership further. 

Pegasus Row: Top Court To Set Up A Committee To Conduct Probe

On Thursday, the Supreme Court said that an SC-appointed committee would be set up to study the allegations of illegal surveillance done by using the Israeli spyware Pegasus. The move by the Top Court, in this case, is extremely vital as a probe conducted under an SC-appointed committee is more credible than one done by a government panel as the stakes, in this case, involves the right to privacy of citizens, due process and the integrity of institutions. The Pegasus Project was reported in India by The Wire, which revealed that NSO-made spyware Pegasus had been used to snoop on journalists, politicians, activists etc. Though the government told Parliament that they have not interacted with the NSO group, the NSO, on the other hand, said that they only deal with sovereign governments. The Supreme Court is expected to issue orders by next week. 

Himachal Pradesh: World’s Highest Electric Vehicle Charging Station Inaugurated In Kaza, Spiti

Himachal Pradesh’s Kaza, located at the Lahaul and Spiti district, has got a distinction to its name, with inaugurating the world’s highest electric vehicle charging station. On Thursday, the EV charging station was inaugurated to promote sustainable development. While speaking to news agency ANI, Kaza Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Mahendra Pratap Singh said: “This is the world’s highest electric vehicle charging station at 500 ft. in Kaza. It is the first station here. If the station gets a good response, more stations would be set up. It will also help to check vehicular pollution,” Meanwhile, Union Minister for Road, Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari had said that India is gaining momentum in the electric vehicle ecosystem and also stated the Road Ministry is planning to run a metro, long-run intercity buses, and railway on green hydrogen. 

Sushmita Sen Starrer Aarya Nominated At International Emmy Awards For Best Drama Series

Sushmita Sen starrer Aarya, which was released on Disney+ Hotstar, won everyone’s hearts. The show added a new feather of success as it got nominated at the 2021 International Emmy Awards in the Best Drama Series category. Sharing her excitement, Sushmita Sen wrote: “OMGGGGGG!!!! AARYA is nominated for Best Drama Series at the #InternationalEmmyAwards2021 @iemmys. Was busy dubbing for AARYA2…just got the news!!!! Yipppeeeeeee!!!! CONGRATULATIONS #teamaaryaa & THE MOST AMAZING CAST and CREW EVER!!!! To see INDIA on this list fills my heart!!!,” Apart from Aarya, Nawazuddin Siddique and Vir Das’s Netflix comedy special has also been nominated at this year’s Emmy Awards. The winners of the 2021 International Emmy Awards will be announced on 22nd November 2021. 

Rashmi Rocket Trailer Out: Taapsee Pannu Fights The System To Achieve Her Dream

The makers of the sports drama Rashmi Rocket has dropped the trailer of the film. Directed by Akarsh Khurana, the film is based on the life of a young girl from a small village who dreams of crossing the finish line. However, she has to fight a personal battle for her identity and respect. The trailer of Rashmi Rocket rightly builds the adrenaline rush, and one can’t take their eyes off Taapsee Pannu’s impeccable acting and her impactful dialogues delivered with the right emotion. The must-awaited film will premier on ZEE5. 

IPL 2021: Kolkata Knight Riders Wins Against Mumbai Indians; Grabs 4th Position

It seems like Kolkata Knight Riders is on a winning spree at the IPL 2021. Continuing their winning ways, Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Mumbai Indians by 7 wickets at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The star of the show, Jasprit Bumrah, took 3 wickets for Mumbai Indians. After winning the game against MI, Kolkata Knight Riders have successfully occupied the 4th position in the IPL 2021 points table. The number 1 position is currently occupied by Delhi Capitals, followed by Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore. 

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