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10 November, 2021

News Today:

  1. The political row over the Rafale deal escalated on Tuesday, with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) accusing the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government of irregularities in its attempted deal to purchasethe fighter jets in 2012, and the principal opposition party alleging a “cover up” by the current National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government when the deal was finally sealed and executed in 2016. HT
  2. Delhi’s air quality index (AQI) slipped back into the “severe” category on Tuesday after relenting to “very poor” a day before, coinciding with a spike in farm fires in Punjab and Haryana that has not been seen this late in the month of November since at least 2012. HT
  3. Farm unions will mark a year of their agitation against three agricultural laws passed by the Modi government on November 26 by converging on the national capital’s borders in large numbers, and holding demonstrations near Parliament for the entire duration of the forthcoming winter session beginning November 29, their leaders announced on Tuesday. HT
  4. With the Centre pushing for increasing the width of the Char Dham road in Uttarakhand to allow the Army quicker access to areas along the boundary with China, Justice D Y Chandrachud, heading a three-judge bench, referred to “recent events” and said: “We cannot deny the fact that at such a height, the security of the nation is at stake. Indian Express
  5. Vice Admiral R. Hari Kumar, presently Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C) Western Naval Command, has been appointed as the next Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS). He will take over on November 30 when incumbent Admiral Karambir Singh retires from service. Hindu


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

  1. ट्रांसजेंडर फोक डांसर मंजम्मा जोगती को मंगलवार को राष्ट्रपति ने पद्म श्री पुरस्कार से सम्मानित किया। पुरस्कार लेते वक्त मंजम्मा ने राष्ट्रपति रामनाथ कोविंद का अनोखे अंदाज में अभिवादन किया। इसे देखकर दरबार हॉल तालियों की गड़गड़ाहट से गूंज उठा। Bhaskar
  2. पेट्रोल-डीजल पर वैट कम नहीं करने पर अड़े मुख्यमंत्री अशोक गहलोत आखिरकार पलट गए हैं। केन्द्र की पहल के बाद कई राज्य सरकार ने वैट दर को कम किया है। मंगलवार को जोधपुर के जालेली फौजदार गांव में आयोजित सभा में गहलोत ने कहा- ‘जब सब राज्यों ने पेट्रोल-डीजल के दाम कम कर दिए हैं, तो हमें भी कम करने पड़ेंगे। Bhaskar

  3. नारकोटिक्स कंट्रोल ब्यूरो (NCB) के मुंबई जोन के डायरेक्टर समीर वानखेड़े का परिवार मंगलवार को महाराष्ट्र के राज्यपाल भगत सिंह कोश्यारी से मिला। इनमें समीर के पिता ज्ञानदेव वानखेड़े, पत्नी क्रांति वानखेड़े और बहन वास्मीन वानखेड़े शामिल थीं। सभी शाम 5 बजे राजभवन पहुंचे और तकरीबन 2 घंटे तक इनकी राज्यपाल से मुलाकात चली। Bhaskar


Relevant Google Trends Today

  1. Experimental physicist and author of widely used physics textbook ‘Concept of Physics’, Harish Chandra Verma, was awarded the Padma Shri award on Monday. President Ram Nath Kovind presented the award to Verma for his achievements in science and engineering.
  2. A photo of a barefooted elderly woman draped in a simple saree in her ethnic style greeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit and other dignitaries during the Padma Award event at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi is being shared widely on social media. The woman in the photo is Tulsi Gowda.


Relevant Twitter Trends 

  1. #PadmaAwards
  2. Chhath Puja
  3. #NoVaccineMandates
  4. Seoul will be the first city government to join the metaverse


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