Top news of the day: Amit Shah says an illiterate person a burden on country, can’t be a good citizen; second FIR in Lakhimpur Kheri case says protesters attacked BJP workers, and more

The major news headlines of the day, and more.

An illiterate person is a burden on the country, can’t be a good citizen: Amit Shah

The Union Home Minister told Sansad TV in an interview aired on October 10 that an illiterate person becomes a burden on the country and that among the achievements of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his tenure as Gujarat Chief Minister was 100% primary school enrolment.

Lakhimpur Kheri violence | Second FIR says protesters attacked BJP workers, no mention of farmers killing

It was lodged on the basis of a complaint by one Sumit Jaiswal, who claimed to have been among the BJP workers going to welcome U.P. Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya for a wrestling event where he was the chief guest.

Lakhimpur Kheri violence | Ashish Mishra sent to 14-day judicial custody

An application for police remand of Ashish Mishra has been submitted to the judicial magistrate who fixed it for hearing at 11 a.m. on October 11.

Lakhimpur Kheri Violence | Varun Gandhi warns against ‘Hindu vs. Sikh’ narrative

Mr. Gandhi said the struggle for justice in Lakhimpur Kheri is about the "cruel massacre of poor farmers in the face of an arrogant local power elite”.

Fear of disruption in power supply entirely misplaced, says Coal Ministry

The statement comes in the wake of reports that warned of power crisis looming large due to the coal shortage in the country.

Centre allows export of COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik Light manufactured in India

The Russian ambassador had urged the Indian government to allow the export of Sputnik Light, produced by Hetero Biopharma, till the vaccine gets emergency use authorisation from India’s drug regulator.

Active COVID-19 cases in India lowest in 208 days

The daily rise in new coronavirus infections has been below 30,000 for 16 straight days.

India, China hold 13th round of military talks

Efforts are on to work out the third phase of disengagement from Patrolling Point 15 in Hot Springs as part of overall disengagement and de-escalation along the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh.

Taiwan won’t bow to Beijing’s pressure, says President Tsai

Tsai Ing-wen said Taiwan’s “position on cross-strait relations remains the same: neither our goodwill nor our commitments will change”.

Abdul Qadeer Khan, father of Pakistan’s nuclear programme, passes away

The nuclear physicist faced criticism in 2004 when he was forced to accept responsibility for nuclear technology proliferation and was forced to live a life of official house arrest.

Only half of schools worldwide resumed classroom learning, 34% continue with hybrid mode: report

The COVID-19 Global Education Recovery Tracker noted that only 53% of countries are prioritising vaccinating teachers.

Reliance New Energy acquires REC Solar Holdings for $771 million

The acquisition of REC will help Reliance with a ready global platform and the opportunity to expand and grow in key green energy.

ICC T20 World Cup | $1.6 million for winners; two drinks interval of two and half minutes per innings

The two losing semifinalists will receive $400,000 each from the games taking place on November 10 and 11.

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