Morning digest | Punjab turmoil snowballs into major crisis for Congress; Voting for bypolls in Bhabanipur and two other seats begins in Bengal, and more

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Punjab turmoil snowballs into major crisis for Congress

The turmoil in its Punjab unit snowballed into a major crisis for the Congress party on Wednesday, with a group of senior leaders openly challenging the leadership of the Gandhi family, and the former Punjab Chief Minister Capt. (Retd.) Amarinder Singh exploring an arrangement with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Bengal by-polls: Voting begins in Bhabanipur, two other constituencies

Polling began at 7 am on Thursday, September 30, 2021, for the by-election to the Bhabanipur seat, where West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is contesting, and two other constituencies amid tight security and stringent COVID-19 measures, officials said.

Centre extends mid-day meal scheme to 24 lakh pre-primary students

The Centre has rebranded the 26-year old national mid-day meal scheme to give a hot cooked meal to 11.8 crore government school students from Class 1 to 8, with the Cabinet approving a proposal to rename it as the PM POSHAN (Poshan Shakti Nirman) scheme on September 29.

Amarinder Singh meets Amit Shah, sparking off rumours

The turmoil within the Congress in Punjab washed up at the doorstep of Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday with former Chief Minister of the State Capt. (Retd.) Amarinder Singh meeting Mr. Shah at his residence, setting off speculation that his next political destination could well be the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Kim Jong Un wants to restore hotlines with South Korea soon

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says he’ll restore stalled communication lines with South Korea in early October.


Champions League | Ronaldo late show gives Manchester United win over Villarreal

Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed a stoppage-time winner as Manchester United came from behind to secure a fortunate 2-1 Champions League Group F win over Villarreal at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Nipah antibodies found in bat samples in Kozhikode

Nipah virus antibodies (IgG antibodies) were detected in bat samples collected by the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune, from Kodiyathoor and Thamarassery in Kozhikode district near the panchayat where a Nipah virus outbreak had been confirmed last month.

U.S.-India relations | Senate leader Chuck Schumer calls for increased cooperation on economic and technological front

U.S. Senate Majority (Democrat) Leader, Chuck Schumer called for deeper cooperation between the U.S. and India on the economic and defence fronts.

IPL 2021 | RCB punishes wasteful RR, notches up seventh win

Royal Challengers Bangalore made short work of Rajasthan Royals, recording a seven-wicket victory at Dubai on Wednesday. Set a target of 150, RCB romped home with 17 deliveries to spare.

Adani Group to firm up Colombo Port deal today

Firming up a strategic deal at the Colombo Port in Sri Lanka, the Adani Group will on Thursday sign a build-operate-transfer (BOT) agreement with its local partner John Keells Holdings and the Sri Lanka Port Authority (SLPA), to jointly develop its West Container Terminal (WCT).


‘Will require H-1Bs till talent challenge is tackled globally’

The need for H-1B visas will continue to exist till the ‘talent challenge’ is tackled globally, even though the information technology industry has successfully adopted the work-from-home model amid pandemic-related travel restrictions, said Shivendra Singh, vice president and head of Global Trade Development at Nasscom.


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