News you need to know before starting your day: 20 October 2021

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20 October, 2021


  1. The rising cyberattacks from China on critical installations was discussed at the National Security Strategies Conference chaired by Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday. Hindu
  2. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Wednesday inaugurate the Kushinagar International Airport at the site of Lord Buddha’s Parinirvana in Uttar Pradesh. The move is aimed at boosting tourism on the Buddhist circuit on the back of three markers for economic development – trade, tourism, and technology. HT
  3. An Indian delegation and Taliban officials will come face-to-face at the “Moscow Format” meeting hosted by Russia on Wednesday, with discussions expected to focus on the security situation and formation of an inclusive government in Afghanistan. HT
  4. The administration has stepped up police presence and security in areas inhabited by migrant labourers in Kashmir, though their sheer size and spread in the unorganised sector and lack of certainty on the network targeting them are making their job difficult. Indian Express
  5. The  Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) will on Wednesday stage nationwide demonstrations, including outside the Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi, against attacks in the neighbouring country targeting its minority Hindu community over alleged desecration of the Holy Quran at a Durga Puja pandal last week. HT


Hindi News: ( so that you don’t miss out )

  1. एक महीने पहले पंजाब के CM की कुर्सी छोड़ने वाले कैप्टन अमरिंदर सिंह ने बड़ा सियासी धमाका किया है। कैप्टन ने साफ कर दिया है कि वह पंजाब में नई पार्टी बनाएंगे और उसी के जरिए 4 महीने बाद होने वाले विधानसभा चुनाव लड़ेंगे। चुनाव से पहले BJP से गठबंधन होगा। Bhaskar
  2. उत्तराखंड ने मंगलवार को बाढ़ और बारिश की वजह से हुए हादसों में 42 लोगों की मौत हो गई। ज्यादातर मौतें बादल फटने और लैंडस्लाइड की वजह से हुई हैं। कई लोग अब भी मलबे में दबे हुए हैं। बारिश से अब तक राज्य में 47 लोग जान गंवा चुके हैं। लगातार बारिश को देखते हुए उत्तराखंड के मुख्यमंत्री पुष्कर सिंह धामी ने चारधाम यात्रियों से अपील की है कि वे जहां हैं वहीं रहें। मौसम में सुधार होने से पहले अपनी यात्रा फिर से शुरू न करें।Bhaskar

  3. देश की संसद में महिलाओं को 33% आरक्षण देने की बात दो दशक से चल रही है। आज तक महिला आरक्षण बिल सांसद में कानून की शक्ल नहीं ले पाया। अब कांग्रेस महासचिव प्रियंका गांधी ने यूपी में 2022 के विधानसभा चुनाव से पहले 40% टिकट महिलाओं को देने का ऐलान कर इस डिबेट को और आगे बढ़ा दिया है। Bhaskar


Relevant Google Trends Today

  1. Food delivery company Zomato landed in a soup after one of its employees told a customer, during a grievance redressal conversation, that everyone should know Hindi as it is the national language. The exchange soon triggered a Twitter storm with many slamming the company for imposing the language on customers.
  2. Jennifer Katherine Gates, daughter of Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates, married her longtime boyfriend Nayel Nassar this weekend.
  3. The death toll due to rain-related incidents in Uttarakhand has now risen to 28, with 23 such incidents on Tuesday, PTI reported citing the State Emergency Operation Centre.
  4. Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro were unveiled at Google’s Pixel Fall Launch event on Tuesday, October 19.
  5. Shares of Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) witnessed a sudden slump of ₹1,400 or 15% towards close to ₹4,995 per share in Tuesday’s trading session after hitting a record high in early deals.


Relevant Twitter Trends 

  1. #लड़की_हूँ_लड़_सकती_हूँ
  2. #Reject_Zomato
  3. #eidmiladunnabi
  4. #Fabindia

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