The Times Of India
India sees lowest weekly Covid cases in 8 months
This was the lowest weekly case count in nearly eight months since February 22-28 this year. The dip came on the back of a big decline in cases in major Covid-hit states. Kerala logged 59,521 cases in the week (October 11-17), down 20.2% from the previous week's tally. The state still accounted for 54% of all new cases in the country. Maharashtra saw an even steeper drop of 25%, recording 13,825 new cases during the week, down from 18,523 in the preceding week.
India, US, Israel & UAE coming together to form a 2nd Quad?
Israel wants India, with its transformed relationship with the Arab world, to play a greater role in the Middle East’s emerging strategic landscape.Jaishankar’s visit will be India’s first high-level engagement with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s government, therefore closely watched in Israel.India, particularly Narendra Modi, enjoyed an unprecedented relationship with former PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s government.
Priyanka to be party’s face in Uttar Pradesh polls: Congress
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will be the Congress face in Uttar Pradesh elections next year, the party said on Sunday in a statement of intent ahead of the crucial polls. It also said that Priyanka was the most popular face in UP and that Congress was in a direct contest with BJP, while Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) have fallen behind in the race.
Supreme Court collegium bats for 12 despite govt objection
espite the Centre repeatedly expressing its reservations, the Supreme Court collegium has reiterated at least 12 names for appointment as high court judges — nine advocates for judgeship of the J&K, Calcutta and Karnataka HCs, and three district judges for the Allahabad HC. Some of the collegium’s recommendations have been repeated twice since 2018 and have been pending with the government because of “adverse” reports — some reportedly lack eligibility criteria — against them.