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Slaying the dragon: 71% Indians boycotted Chinese goods this Diwali
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Slaying the dragon: 71% Indians boycotted Chinese goods this Diwali

Heeding the call to boycott China from various quarters, Indian consumers have mostly stayed away from purchasing China-made products this festive season. According to a LocalCircles survey, 71 per cent of local consumers did not purchase goods that carried a ‘Made in China’ tag. The survey — conducted by the community social media platform among 14,000 Indian consumers spread over 204 districts — shows only 29 per cent of consumers purchased one or more China-made products. Of these, 11 per cent were unaware while purchasing them, while 16 per cent were informed buyers. China-made products — from smartphones and electrical components to home décor items — gained traction here since the mid-2000s, when they flooded the markets with their cheaper alternatives. Among consumers who ...
Delhi: Worst air quality on Deepavali in four years
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Delhi: Worst air quality on Deepavali in four years

Despite the blanket ban on firecrackers in the NCR, the air quality in Delhi on Deepavali and a day after the festival was in the ‘severe’ category. The readings were the worst in the last four years, as per the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data. The prime reasons were Delhiites bursting firecrackers, violating the ban, and Deepavali being in mid-November, which is late in the year (compared to the other three years), when the meteorological conditions are unfavourable. The air quality index (AQI) of Delhi, a day after Deepavali was 435, while it was 297 in 2019, 390 in 2018 and 403 in 2017, as per CPCB’s 4 p.m. bulletin, which is an average of the past 24 hours. The AQI on Deepavali day this year was 414, while it was 312 in 2019, 281 in 2018 and 319 in 2017. The level...
PM Modi to attend virtual summit of BRICS today
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PM Modi to attend virtual summit of BRICS today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend a virtual summit of the influential grouping BRICS on Tuesday which will focus on cooperation in counter-terrorism, trade, health, energy and ways to offset impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Chinese President Xi Jinping, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Russian President Vladimir Putin are scheduled to attend the 12th summit of the Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) grouping. The BRICS summit is taking place at a time two of the bloc''s members, India and China, are locked in a bitter border standoff in eastern Ladakh for over six months. Both Modi and Xi had come face-to-face virtually at the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) on November 10. "At the invitation of President Putin, Prime Minist...
Law Against ‘Love Jihad’ Soon, 5 Years’ Jail, Says Madhya Pradesh Minister
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Law Against ‘Love Jihad’ Soon, 5 Years’ Jail, Says Madhya Pradesh Minister

Bhopal:  Weeks after the Karnataka and Haryana governments said they were considering legislation against "love jihad", Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra today said the state government would soon bring in a law to counter the problem. A bill may be brought in in the next assembly session itself to tackle "love jihad", Mr Mishra said, adding there will be a provision of five years rigorous imprisonment in it. "Cases will be registered under non-bailable sections...The collaborator will also be the culprit like the main accused," Mr Mishra said. "For voluntary conversion for marriage, it will be mandatory to apply to the collector a month in advance." In February this year, the Central government had told Parliament that the term "love jihad" is not defined unde...
Malabar Exercise 2020: Second phase begins on November 17, INS Vikramaditya, USS Nimitz to participate
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Malabar Exercise 2020: Second phase begins on November 17, INS Vikramaditya, USS Nimitz to participate

The second phase of Malabar Exercise 2020 is scheduled to start on Tuesday (November 17) in the Northern Arabian Sea. According to an official press release, the exercise will conclude on November 20. The exercise will involve coordinated operations between the navies of India, the US, Australia and Japan. Experts maintain that the second phase of Malabar Exercise 2020 will take forward the synergy achieved between the navies of the four countries in the recently concluded Phase 1 of Malabar Exercise. It may be recalled that first phase of the crucial execise was conducted in the Bay of Bengal from November 3-6. Phase 2 of Malabar Exercise 2020 will witness joint operations, centred around the Vikramaditya Carrier Battle Group of the Indian Navy and Nimitz Carrier Strike Group of th...
Delhi Markets May Shut Soon as Kejriwal Sends Relock Proposal to Centre Amid Surging Virus Cases
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Delhi Markets May Shut Soon as Kejriwal Sends Relock Proposal to Centre Amid Surging Virus Cases

As Covid-19 cases surge in Delhi, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal is mulling to shut down markets that have a "potential of becoming hotspots". The Aam Aadmi Party government has sent a proposal in this regard to the Centre. "We are seeking permission from the central government to close markets if crowds don't decrease, as the shopping areas have potential of becoming Covid-19 hotspots," the chief minister said on Tuesday. Delhi on Monday recorded 3,797 fresh coronavirus cases, taking the infection tally in the national capital to over 4.89 lakh, even as 99 new fatalities pushed the toll to 7,713, authorities said. The highest single-day spike of 8,593 cases till date here was recorded on November 11 when 85 fatalities were recorded. Ninety-nine fatalities wer...