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Impeachment: Public hearings set to begin The announcement comes after several weeks of closed-door depositions by former and current Trump administration officials with the US House panels IANS, WASHINGTON

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Trump confirms Erdogan’s visit to WH WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has confirmed that his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan would visit Washington next week, ending the speculation that the latter might call off the trip given the delicate bilateral ties. Trump tweeted on Wednesday that he had “a very good call” with Erdogan, adding that he looked forward to meeting his Turkish counterpart on November 13 at the White House, reports Xinhua news agency. “Also talked about their Border with Syria, the eradication of terrorism, the ending of hostilities with the Kurds, and many other topics,” Trump added. He said that Erdogan informed him that the Islamic State (IS) prisoners that escaped during the recent military conflict in northern Syria had been recaptured. Erdogan’s upcoming visit to the US comes at a delicate moment of bilateral ties. The Turkish President recently signaled that he had second thoughts about the planned visit due to measures that the US legislative adopted against Ankara. The US House of Representatives last week overwhelmingly approved two bills which proved to be highly offending for Ankara. One officially recognizes the mass killings of Ottoman Armenians during the First World War as genocide and the second was aimed at slapping sanctions on Turkey over its military operations in northern Syria. —IANS

ouse Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff has announced that the panel’s first open hearings as part of an impeachment inquiry into US President Donald Trump will begin next week. Schiff, in a tweet on Wednesday, said they will hear from William Taylor, the top US diplomat in Ukraine, and George Kent, an expert on Ukraine and Russia who serves as a deputy assistant secretary at the State Department, on November 13, Xinhua reported. Former US Ambassador to

Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch will testify on November 15, Schiff added. The announcement comes after several weeks of closed-door depo-

The White House has called the impeachment inquiry unfair and illegitimate sitions by former and current Trump administration officials with the US House panels leading the impeachment inquiry and amid escalating partisan battles. Talking to reporters at Capitol Hill, Schiff said, “Those open hear-

ings will be an opportunity for the American people to evaluate the witnesses for themselves, to make their own determinations about the credibility of the witnesses.” The impeachment inquiry, which House Speaker Nancy Pelosi initiated late September over a complaint by an anonymous whistleblower, is looking into White House’s alleged efforts to withhold a military aid to have Ukraine investigate a Trump’s political rival Joe Biden. Trump has denied any wrongdoing or a “quid pro quo”. The White House has called the impeachment inquiry unfair and illegitimate.

Republicans suffer setbacks in state polls ARUL LOUIS, NEW YORK


S President Donald Trump’s Republican Party has suffered setbacks in two states, losing the governorship of Kentucky and the legislature in Virginia a year away from the presidential election. Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin lost re-election very narrowly on November 5 by less than half-a-per cent or about 5,100 votes, but the

loss is significant because Trump had won Kentucky in the 2016 presidential election with a 30 per cent lead. The defeat of Bevin, for whom Trump campaigned, was tempered by the victory of Republican candidates in five other state-wide offices like secretary of state and attorney general, though with smaller margins compared to Trump’s showing an erosion of Republican support.

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin lost re-election very narrowly. (Photo: Xinhua/Zhang Mocheng/IANS)

In Virginia both the upper and lower chambers of the state legislature flipped to the Democrats giving them full control of the government for the first time in many decades. Democrat Governor Ralph

Northam was already in office. The Republicans kept the governorship of Mississippi with Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves winning with a six per cent lead, much lower than Trump’s 17.8 per cent.

China, US agree to phase out bilateral tariffs IANS, BEIJING


hina on Thursday announced that it has reached an agreement with the US to phase out bilateral tariffs imposed during the trade dispute that began in March 2018. Commerce Ministry spokesman Gao Feng told the media here that the two countries only needed to scrap the tariffs in order to complete the first phase of an bilateral agreement aimed at resolving the conflict, reports Efe news. The cancellation of tariffs will be a condition for further progress towards a final deal, Gao said. The spokesman said that Chinese and American negotiating teams have reached a consensus

China promised to increase its purchases of US agricultural products.

following “extensive, constructive and serious” talks in recent weeks. “The two parties have agreed to eliminate tariffs as they continue

making progress. If China and the US reach a ‘phase one’ agreement, the two parties should eliminate tariffs simultaneously and in the

same proportion,” he added. The negotiating teams hope to resolve the conflict “based on equality and mutual respect”, Gao said. On October 26, the Chinese government confirmed the progress of negotiations towards a partial trade agreement and said that the technical consultations on part of the text had already been completed. US President Donald Trump described the pact as “phase one” of a process could have as many as three stages and suspended his plans to raise tariffs on imports from the Asian giant. Meanwhile, China promised to increase its purchases of US agricultural products to between $40 billion and $50 billion.





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Ayodhya: No tension, only apprehension

Though no restrictions on movement have been enforced as yet, the ‘military presence’ is unnerving IANS, AYODHYA


he waters of Saryu are placid but run deep. There is no tension in the air but the apprehension is palpable. As the clock ticks away to the judgment day, the khaki presence in this holy town increases by the hour. Policemen stand at every ten feet or so and though no restrictions on movement have been enforced as yet, the ‘military presence’ is unnerving. “The presence of many ‘military men’ (read CRPF) makes us believe that trouble is on its way. The majority and the minority in the country have already decided

BRIEFS Cops clash with lawyers in Delhi NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday said that its November 3 order directing no coercive steps against the lawyers against whom FIRs were registered in the aftermath of Tis Hazari court violence on November 2 is “selfexplanatory and needs no clarification”. The order was passed by a division bench, presided by Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice C. Hari Shankar. The Ministry of Home Affairs sought clarification whether protection was extended only with respect to the two FIRs registered on November 2 after the Tis Hazari violence and not the subsequent events.

Sena MLAs lodged in Mumbai hotel MUMBAI: Not willing to take any chances from potential poachers, the Shiv Sena has decided to shift all its 65 legislators to a private sea-facing hotel in suburban Bandra till the state political crisis is resolved, party sources said here on Thursday. The legislators, who are from Mumbai and different parts of Maharashtra, are expected to be lodged at the Hotel Rangsharda near the Bandstand in Bandra West. Contrary to speculation in some quarters, the legislators would not be herded in a five-star hotel, but a modest and comfortable hotel at a convenient location. —IANS

to accept the verdict then why so much build-up?” asked Rohit Varma, a local student. A number of weddings, both Hindu and Muslim, scheduled to

Mohd Ahsan’s father’s shop was burnt down in riots that followed Babri mosque demolition be held before November 20 have been indefinitely postponed. Ras Bihari, a local businessman is telephoning his relatives that his daughter’s wedding has been postponed and they should also cancel their travel plans to Ayodhya.

“It is better to be safe than sorry. We have decided to postpone my daughter’s wedding that was scheduled on November 16. I will be inserting an advertisement to this effect in the local newspaper and we are asking relatives and friends not to come during this period. As it is the guest houses I had booked for the wedding have already been taken over by the district administration,” he said. People are already storing up food and other essential items. Mohini Srivastava, a resident of Kasai Bara, says that the people of Ayodhya are now used to frequent shutdowns and curfews. “Since 1992, we are kind of used to shutdowns. We are, therefore,

Heavy security deployment ahead of the Supreme Court verdict in the Ayodhya dispute case, in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya on Nov 6, 2019. (Photo: IANS)

taking all precautions. We are even storing up on necessary medicines because everyone stocks up on food and grocery but forgets medicines. Though everyone is mentally prepared for the verdict, there are always some trouble makers who had to the tension,” she explained. Her husband, Rajesh Srivastava, works in a private company and he feels that the government should clamp down on debates in the elec-

tronic media. Mohd Ahsan, who lives in Kajriyana, is a tailor and his father’s shop was burnt down in the riots that followed the demolition of the Babri mosque in 1992. “This time things have normalized and there is no frenzy though people are apprehensive. ‘Ab wo aag nahin hai’ (now there is no fire). However, there could be trouble due to some mischief makers,” he stated.

Rs 25K cr fund for stalled housing projects IANS, NEW DELHI


n a much-awaited relief for distressed homebuyers awaiting possession of their flats, the Centre on Wednesday committed up to Rs 10,000 crore for completing housing projects stuck for years. The Union Cabinet has cleared a proposal to set up a ‘Special Window’ in the form of Alternative Investment Fund (AIF) to provide priority debt financing for the completion of stalled housing projects that are in the affordable and middle-income housing sector. The corpus size of the AIF would be scaled up to Rs 25,000 crore after SBI and LIC pump in funds. It would grow further in the

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman addresses a press conference on cabinet decisions in New Delhi on November 6. (Photo: IANS)

coming days with the addition of sovereign wealth funds and pension funds. The AIF would meet

fund requirements of 1,600 stalled projects where money of 4.58 lakh homebuyers are stuck, Finance

Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said briefing the media after Cabinet meeting. The Special Window will also cover projects that are classified as NPA or where NCLT proceedings have already started but with the rider that they meet other eligibility criteria. Some of the conditions for getting the last-mile funding are projects being networth positive, registered with RERA and falling in the category of affordable and middle-income housing project. Department of Economic Affairs secretary Atanu Chakraborty said that networth positive clause will be applied project-wise taking into account cash flows and total project cost and not at the corporate level.

Modi to flag off first ‘jatha’ visiting Kartarpur on Saturday IANS, NEW DELHI


rime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off the first ‘jatha’ (group of devotees) visiting Kartarpur Sahib from Dera Baba Nanak in Punjab’s Gurdaspur after inauguration of the Kartarpur Corridor on Saturday. There would be a total of 550 devotees in the first ‘jatha’ visiting Kartarpur Sahib in which former Prime Minister Manmohan will also participate, said officials in the Home Ministry. The PM will inaugurate the

Corridor and the Passenger Terminal Building. He will also address a public gathering at Dera Baba Nanak, around 3 km from the Corridor. Earlier, India and Pakistan signed an agreement to operationalize the historic Kartarpur Corridor to allow Indian Sikh pilgrims a visa-free visit to the holy Darbar Sahib in Pakistan. However, the ticklish issue of a $20 service fee imposed by Islamabad remained unresolved. India signed the deal in the interest of the pilgrims and timely

The Pakistani side of the International border for the Kartarpur Corridor, as seen from Zero Point near Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur on October 24.

operationalization of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor before the 550th Parkash Purab. Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted, saying “with opening of Kartarpur Sahib corridor, when we are marking Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s 550th Parkash Purab, PM @narendramodi

has realized the long-cherished dream of millions. On 9th, let’s witness history being created as PM@narendramodi dedicates this corridor to the nation.” He said Kartarpur Sahib Corridor is a historic achievement that generations of devotees will remember.




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Caught in impeachment crossfire White House official Kashyap Patel, an Indian-American, has been caught in the crossfire ARUL LOUIS, NEW YORK


n Indian-American White House official has been caught in the crossfire of internal politics arising from the Ukraine controversy that has engulfed President Donald Trump in an impeachment. The expertise of Kashyap Patel, the National Security Council’s (NSC) senior Director of counterterrorism, on Ukraine has been questioned by another NSC official, Lt Col Alexander Vindman, during the impeachment inquiry hearings, Politico reported on Wednesday. The sniping brings to the open the conflicts inside the Trump administration between those like Patel, who are considered his loyalists, and those opposed to him. Vindman told the secret inquiry that Patel had “misrepresented” his expertise on Ukraine to Trump, Politico reported. He said that had been prevented

The Washington Post also gave an account matching it in major details.

from participating in a briefing for Trump on Ukraine because the President believed Patel was the expert on that country instead of himself, Politico reported. Vindman said that the NSC Senior Director for European and Russian affairs, Fiona Hill, told him

that she and then-National Security Adviser John Bolton felt that his presence at the briefing would create “an uncomfortable situation,” according to Politico. The Washington Post also gave an account matching it in major details.

Politico had earlier reported that Hill testified before the impeachment inquiry that Trump thought Patel was in charge of Ukraine policy for the NSC. Vindman, who was born in Ukraine and came to the US as a refugee when he was a child, is a decorated veteran of the Iraq war. He was on the line listening to Trump’s phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky in July during which he asked for help in investigating former Vice President Joe Biden’ son’s connections to a Ukrainian gas company and if his father had interfered in an investigation of the company. Vindman has been hailed a hero by the Democrats and the media for his testimony against Trump. He had asserted that Trump had undermined national security by asking Ukraine for a favour against the Bidens because that could undermine the bipartisan support for Kyiv.

Researchers awarded for work on batteries IANS, NEW DELHI


r Neeraj Sharma from the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney — considered one of the global leaders in the use of neutron and X-ray scattering methods to study materials for next-generation lithium-ion batteries — has won the ‘Early Career Researcher of the Year (Physical Sciences)’. NSW Premier Gladys Berejik-

lian honored 35-year-old Dr Sharma, from the School of Chemistry at UNSW, with the award at the Government House in Sydney, the university said in a statement last week. The award was given for his work in lithium-ion batteries found in electronic devices, electric vehicles and the grid, as well as next-generation battery systems such as sodium-ion batteries that will leave minimal environmental

His research group is also exploring inherently safe solid-state batteries.

impact, and transition away from fossil fuels for energy generation and transportation. “To develop the next generation

of technologies, we need better performance at a lower environmental cost,” said Dr Sharma. “My work explores lithium-ion

While he said that he was not allowed to make some changes to the reconstruction of the TrumpZelensky phone conversation that was made public, it did not appear from leaked accounts of his impeachment testimony that he had established that Trump had made the Ukrainian probe of the Bidens a condition for releasing aid, as has been alleged. Vindman’s questioning of Patel’s competence gives and insight into internal politics of the Trump administration where officials are split between Trump loyalists and those whom he calls the members of the “Deep State” - a reference to the entrenched bipartisan Washington establishment that is ranged against him. Patel is considered a Trump loyalist, having worked for the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, when it was controlled by the Republicans and David Nunes was its chair. batteries - found in electronic devices, electric vehicles and the grid - as well as next-generation battery systems such as sodium-ion batteries. I find the study of sodium-ion batteries particularly fascinating and we have been developing new electrodes for these systems,” he elaborated. By focusing on electrochemical reactions in batteries, Dr Sharma aims to better understand how electrode composition, and structure at the atomic level, influence performance. His research group is also exploring inherently safe solidstate batteries, energy-dense lithium-sulfur batteries, dual function solar batteries and methods for recycling.

US-based Indian engineer Indian boy runs over mother in UAE in Green Card backlog dies IANS, DUBAI

WASHINGTON: A US-based software engineer, whose name was listed in the Green Card backlog, died suddenly and as a result, his pregnant wife has been rendered out of status resulting in her inevitable return to India, a media report said. Shiva Chalapathi Raju, who was based in North Carolina, died suddenly on November 5, The American Bazaar reported on Thursday. Because the family was in line for Green Card, Raju’s sudden death

would mean that his pregnant wife, Bobby Sowjanya, was now rendered out of status and would have no choice but to travel back to India. Raju had been working with Oracle as a developer client in High Point, North Carolina. In the past, he had also worked for Wipro and British Petroleum in Michigan and Illinois. The Indian Green Card backlog community took to Twitter and described the plight of another Green Card backlog family on the by using the hashtag #DurbinWidow and #DurbinOrphan.


n Indian woman died after she was run over by her teenager son in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the media reported. According to family sources, the 17-year-old boy did not have a driving licence, reports the Khaleej Times. The incident took place in Sharjah’s Muweilah area. Sharjah Police took the woman to Al Qasimi Hospital where she was pronounced dead. The class 12 student of an Indian school, who will turn 18 later this month, was taking driving classes, his friends told Khaleej Times.

The incident took place in Sharjah’s Muweilah area.

The family hails from India’s Uttar Pradesh. The boy is the oldest of five siblings. According to a source close to the family, he was trying to park

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Congress to firm up stand on Ayodhya verdict

Even as party managers are keen to ensure least damage, contrary views are emerging within the party, with some leaders anxious about the political fallout of the verdict SYED IMAM MOZIZ, NEW DELHI


ot wanting a repeat of the political embarrassment it faced when party leaders spoke in different voices after abrogation of Article 370, the Congress is planning to formalize its strategy on the Ayodhya verdict to speak in one voice. The Congress Working Committee is likely to come up with a resolution on the Ayodhya issue, with the Supreme Court verdict on the matter expected anytime soon. The consistent official line of the Congress has been that the party wants everyone to abide by the apex court verdict. However, contrary views are emerging within the party, with some leaders anxious about the political fallout of the verdict. But party managers are keen to ensure least damage this time round. A resolution is likely at the CWC, to give clarity on the Ayodhya issue to all Congressmen, a

Songs, with inflammatory overtones on the forthcoming verdict in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case, are turning up the heat in the temple town which is already swarming with paramilitary forces. (File Photo: IANS)

leader told IANS. Congress’ Uttar Pradesh leaders had a discussion on the issue with party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi, as to how the party would tackle the verdict - irrespective of which way it goes. During the talks, the party had said that there

should be no criticism of the apex court judgement by any leader as party’s constant position is that it will abide by the apex court verdict, a party source told IANS. The party has also cautioned its leaders not to make any comments in the media or public which could

be damaging to the party’s political prospects. In Rae Bareli too, the Ayodhya issue was raised by some office bearers during a workshop held recently, on what should be the party’s line on the crucial religious issue. All the political parties, includ-

ing the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, have been appealing for calm ahead of the verdict. An interfaith dialogue was also initiated by Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi where leaders of RSS were present. A top Congress source said that during the CWC meeting on Sunday, party’s interim chief Sonia Gandhi would take stock of the political situation in the country in the wake of the recent assembly election results and the economic slowdown. The Congress is trying to forge an alliance with all like-minded parties to jointly oppose the policies of the Modi government. The party may also decide the date of the AICC plenary to ratify the presidentship of Sonia Gandhi, said a source. Rahul Gandhi is expected to return from his foreign sojourn by November 10. By virtue of being former party president he is also a member of the apex Congress decision making body.

Needed: A roadmap on stopping stubble burning Punjab contributes maximum to stubble burning and despite warning fires have not reduced SUMIT SAXENA, NEW DELHI


he Supreme Court on Wednesday made scathing observation on the officials’ lackadaisical approach towards pollution, posed critical queries to the Chief Secretaries of UP, Haryana and Punjab, and grilled them on “immediate steps to stop stubble burning.” “The right to life is involved. We need a roadmap to stop stubble burning. Do governments want humans to die due to stubble burning”, the apex court Bench, comprising Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Deepak Mishra, told the chief secretaries present in the court to explain the measures taken by their states to stop farmers from burning stubble. The Delhi Chief Secretary was

also present to explain steps taken to contain local air pollution. At a close to three-hour hearing, the court rejected Attorney General K.K. Venugopal’s suggestion of dividing stubble burning region into seven zones, and allow farmers in each zone to burn stubble in turn. “We outrightly reject the suggestion, burning is not a solution,” Justice Mishra said. Venugopal insisted it was difficult to stop over 2 lakh farmers from burning stubble. When Justice Mishra asked why the government couldn’t purchase stubble at the panchayat level, the A-G said he had not discussed it with officers before making the suggestion, which he felt was practical. The hearing began with grilling of the Punjab Chief Secretary, who said due to lack of funds and

state’s indebtedness farmers couldn’t be incentivized to stop burning stubble. “We can’t leave the country in this situation, why only burning is the solution,” said the court insisting it expects war-level response from the state government on the stubble burning issue. The court, after learning that Punjab contributes maximum to stubble burning and despite warning fires have not reduced, warned the government it would not spare single officer of the state government for not acting on pollution. “People can’t be left to (high-level officers) sit in your ivory towers and let people to die,” the court observed. Questioning the Chief Secretaries of Haryana and UP, the court said their failure to stop

The Supreme Court has demanded action and a roadmap to immediately stop stubble burning. (Photo: IANS)

stubble burning had led to public health emergency in Delhi-NCR. “Don’t tell us about having meetings with officials to resolve the issue. We want action and a roadmap to immediately stop stubble burning,” the court said. Concluding the hearing, the Supreme Court asked the UP, Haryana and Punjab governments to provide Rs 100 per quintal assistance within seven days to prevent small and marginal farmers from burning stubble.

The court also said agriculture was the backbone of the country and it’s the duty of the government to protect small and marginal farmers. Lack of funds couldn’t be a ground for the government to neglect them. “Provide stubble managing machinery free to small and marginal farmers for the time being, as it will address stubble burning”, said Justice Mishra insisting on incentivizing farmers to help stop burning stubble.








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Anti-Brexit parties agree UK poll pact The pact comes after Plaid Cymru’s leader Adam Price wrote to several pro-Remain parties earlier this year, calling on them to work together in a snap general election IANS, LONDON


he three anti-Brexit parties — Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru, Green Party — have formed an electoral pact, agreeing not to stand against each other in dozens of seats during the December 12 general elections. The three parties will announce details of the deal on Thursday, but it is thought to cover between 60 and 70 constituencies, reports the BBC. Such a pact means two of the parties would agree not to field a candidate, boosting the third candidate’s chances. In Wales, the pact will cover 11 of its 40 seats. Outside of Wales, the pact will simply be a two-way agreement between the Liberal Democrats and the Greens.


Rajnath for stronger ties with Russia MOSCOW: Focusing on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious ‘Make in India’ programme, Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh urged Russian Defence Industry to jointly manufacture defence equipment with India to give a massive boost to the nations’ export to third countries. The request was made by Rajnath Singh,while addressing CEOs of Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) from Russian Defense Industry after jointly inaugurating ‘India-Russia Defense Industry Cooperation Conference’ with Russian Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov in Russia.

‘Baghdadi’s wife in custody for a year’ ANKARA: Turkish authorities have held slain Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s wife in custody for over a year and were exploring ways to deport her, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said here on Thursday. Baghdadi was the world’s most wanted terrorist until his death last month during a US special forces raid on a property in the Syrian province of Idlib, reports Efe news. “His wife has been in our hands for a year or a year and a half,” Erdogan said, confirming the news that first emerged on Wednesday. Baghdadi committed suicide in a tunnel. There has been a great media campaign about this. We have arrested his wife, but we have not made any fuss about it. —IANS

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. (Photo:Xinhua/Han Yan/IANS)

All three parties have already launched their election campaigns. They support another Brexit referendum and want to Remain in the

European Union (EU). Speaking after the formation of the pact on Wednesday, Liberal Democrats leader Jo Swinson said:

“We are delighted that an agreement has been reached... This is a significant moment for all people who want to support Remain candidates across the country.” The pact comes after Plaid Cymru’s leader Adam Price wrote to several pro-Remain parties earlier this year, calling on them to work together in a snap general election. Last week, the Brexit Party’s Nigel Farage called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to form a similar election pact, the BBC said. But Johnson rejected the offer and said he would not enter into election pacts. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has also ruled out the idea of entering electoral pacts with rival parties. Johnson officially launched the ruling Conservative Party’s poll campaign for the December 12 general elections in Birmingham, saying

his Brexit deal “delivers everything I campaigned for”. Amidst supporters holding signs with messages including “Get Brexit Done”, Johnson took the stage where he told the crowd that he had “no choice” but to hold an election, adding that Parliament was “paralysed” and “blocked”, the BBC reported. He said once Brexit was done, a Conservative government could get on with “better education” and “better infrastructure”. The Prime Minister told the audience the deadlock over Brexit had been like a “bendy bus jack-knifed on a yellow box junction (which) no-one can get round it and it is blocking in every direction”, adding “we can’t go on like this”. He said the thing he was “most proud of” during his 100 days in office was his Brexit deal.

Fazlur Rehman to continue Sharif leaves hospital stir till Imran Khan resigns after daughter’s release IANS, ISLAMABAD


aulana Fazlur Rehman, who has been leading the ‘Azadi March’ in Pakistan for the last few days, made it clear on Wednesday that his outfit Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) will continue with the march along with his supporters until Prime Minister Imran Khan resigns. Rehman is leading a massive protest, dubbed as ‘Azadi March’, which entered the 7th day on Wednesday. The protesters are demanding PM Khan’s resignation, accusing him of rigging the 2018 general elections. Fazlur Rehman called a meeting of his party’s central executive

Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazal (JUI-F) Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman during a rally.

committee at his residence in Islamabad on Wednesday afternoon in which it was decided that the azadi march will continue till the Prime Minister resigns. Party leader Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri gave the information to the media after the meeting.

ISLAMABAD: Hours after Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Maryam Nawaz was released on bail on Wednesday, her father and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was discharged from the Services Institute of Medical Sciences (SIMS) in Lahore. Sharif was actually discharged on Tuesday but he refused to be shifted to his house in Raiwind because Maryam had not been released from the prison despite the submission of surety bonds and passport to the court, Pakistani media reported. On Wednesday, the PML-N chief was formally released from the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) custody. According to PML-N spokesper-

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son Marriyum Aurangzeb, an intensive care unit (ICU) has been set up at the former Prime Minister’s house at Jati Umra in Lahore. “Due to the medical risks, doctors had recommended setting up a special medical unit in Sharif’s house. Under the supervision of Adnan Khan, Sharif’s personal physician, an ICU has been set up at his residence. A doctor will be available 24 hours at the ICU”, Dawn reported. —IANS

‘India won’t join RCEP, no compromise on core interests’ IANS, BANGKOK


ndia on November 4 shut the doors to joining a China-led mega trade deal, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi deciding that there would be “no compromise” on the nation’s core interests, as the deal would have impacted the lives and livelihoods of all Indians, especially the vulnerable sections of the society. Modi conveyed India’s decision to not join the 16-nation Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement during the leaders’ summit here. According to sources, the Prime

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the 14th East Asia Summit in Bangkok, Thailand on Nov 4, 2019. (Photo: IANS/PIB)

Minister stood firm on India not joining the trade agreement, as the key concerns were not addressed. “There will be no compromise on core interests,” it was decided.

The RCEP agreement does not reflect its original intent. The outcome is not fair or balanced, the sources added. The four key issues involved were:

Inadequate protection against import surge, insufficient differential with China, possible circumvention of rules of origin, keeping the base year as 2014, and no credible assurances on market access and non-tariff barriers, the sources said. “This reflects both our assessment of the current global situation, as well as of the fairness and balance of the agreement,” Vijay Thakur Singh, Secretary East in the Ministry of External Affairs, said at a media briefing after the RCEP summit. “India had significant issues of core interest that remained unresolved,” she said.









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Chandrababu Naidu to fast over sand shortage in Andhra Naidu’s decision to undertake the fast follows the ‘long march’ by Jana Sena party leader Pawan Kalyan in Visakhapatnam which evoked good response IANS, AMARAVATI


ormer Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu will undertake day-long fast at Vijayawada on November 14 over sand shortage, which has hit the construction industry and led to suicide by some workers last month. Addressing Telugu Desam Party (TDP) workers in Vijayawada on Tuesday, Naidu demanded a free sand policy like the one implemented by his government. Naidu’s decision to undertake

BRIEFS Row over English medium govt schools AMARAVATI: The Andhra Pradesh government’s decision to introduce English as the medium of instruction in all government schools has triggered a controversy with a section of academicians and teachers opposing the move. The Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddyled government in Andhra Pradesh has announced converting all government, Mandal Praja Parishad (MPP) and Zilla Parishad (ZP) schools into English medium schools.

Andhra police to grill serial killer VIJAYAWADA: The police in Andhra Pradesh’s Eluru town is seeking the custody of the man accused of killing 10 persons with cyanide laced ‘prasadam’ during the last 20 months. West Godavari Superintendent of Police Navdeep Singh Grawel told IANS on Wednesday that they have applied for police remand of Vellanki Simhadri, alias Siva, for further interrogation. The police hope to gather more evidence of the shocking case during the questioning of the accused. The horror came to light on Tuesday after the police announced the arrest of 38-year-old Siva, who used the same modus operandi to commit the crime as was used by Kerala’s Jolly Joseph, the woman who was recently arrested for killing six relatives over 14 years using cyanide. —IANS

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu. (Photo: IANS)

the fast follows the ‘long march’ by Jana Sena party leader Pawan Kalyan in Visakhapatnam on November 3, which evoked good response. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has also organized ‘sand satyagrah’ to protest against the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) government’s failure to address the issue. Pawan Kalyan claimed that sand shortage had claimed 36 lives in October and pushed around 30 lakh workers dependent on the construction sector into distress. Dismissing the opposition’s alle-

gations as false propaganda, the government has attributed sand shortage to the recent heavy rains and floods. Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy said the sand shortage was temporary and would be over soon after the floods. He alleged that during the past five years, the TDP government allowed sand mafia, which was drawing sand mechanically and indiscriminately. “We are allowing only manual mining, which makes a lot of difference. The guidelines of the new sand policy are designed to benefit poor people,” he said.

Audio tape case: SC declines to pass order IANS, NEW DELHI


he Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to pass order on a plea by Karnataka Congress to bring on record the audio clip where Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa allegedly referred to the 17 rebel Cong-JD(S) MLAs, who were disqualified from the Legislative Assembly. A three-judge bench headed by Justice N.V. Ramana said the court has already reserved its verdict on the matter, where the MLAs moved the court against the decision of the then Assembly Speaker

Karnataka Chief Minister B. S. Yediyurappa (Photo: IANS)

K.R. Ramesh Kumar in connection with their disqualification. In the backdrop of such a scenario, the court said that no further order was required at present. “As the judgment in these matters has already been reserved on October 25, 2019, no further orders are required at present,” said the court. Earlier during the day, the apex court said that it will look into the new material brought forth by senior advocate Kapil Sibal in the Karnataka MLAs’ disqualification case. Sibal, who represents the Congress, wanted Yediruarappa’s audio

tape to be considered in deciding the disqualified legislators’ plea. Bypolls to 15 out of 17 seats represented by the disqualified MLAs is scheduled for December 5. The apex court observed that the issue related to the hospitality provided to the rebel MLAs in Mumbai, allegedly by the BJP, has been brought out during the hearing already. “You have already argued that the rebel Karnataka MLAs were taken to Mumbai. We have already taken a note of everything,” said the bench headed by Justice N.V. Ramana.

Vijayan refuses CBI probe into PSC goof up IANS, THIRUVANANTHAPURAM


erala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday refused the Congressled opposition’s demand of a CBI probe into the functioning of affairs at the state Public Service Commission (PSC). Vijayan was replying to a leave sought for an adjournment motion in the Kerala Assembly, seeking to discuss the issue moved by the opposition. “The Crime Branch probe which went into the details of the police constable examination report states that three people who were accused of tampering with the PSC examination have been arrested. The Crime Branch has done a clean probe and the govern-

Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan. (File Photo: IANS)

ment feels that there is no need for a CBI probe. The accused will get no support from any quarters. The High Court is also looking into the need for a CBI probe. The govern-

ment does not think a CBI probe is needed and now let the High Court decide,” said Vijayan. The Kerala PSC’s credibility took a beating after a campus

brawl at the Trivandrum University College where a student was stabbed, led to a probe which found discrepancies in the conduct of its examinations. The victim, Akhil was stabbed by a group whose members were all connected to the CPI-M-affiliated Students Federation of India. With the media taking this case in a big way and the civil society also joining in, the police have stumbled upon crucial evidence that things were not fair in the PSC recruitment process, with the two prime accused of the stabbing having managed to get top ranks in the police constable examination. Anup Jacob of the Kerala Congress said the credibility of the PSC has been dented beyond repair.





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Mushfiqur hands Bangladesh first T20I win over India

Bangladesh came out with an all-round performance and defeated India AAKASH KUMAR, NEW DELHI


icketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim scored a brilliant half-century as Bangladesh registered their first ever T20I victory over India on November 3. In what was the 1000th T20 international, Bangladesh came out with an all-round performance as they defeated India by seven wickets at the Arun Jaitley Stadium to take 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Needing 149 to break the streak of eight straight losses against India, Bangladesh rode on an unbeaten 60 (43 balls, 4x8, 6x1) by Mushfiqur to chase down the target with three balls to spare. The match looked evenly poised when Bangladesh needed 22 runs off the last two overs. However, Mushfiqur collect-

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100th T20I game for India a moment of pride: Rohit RAJKOT: Stand-in India skipper Rohit Sharma will achieve a rare feat on Thursday when he takes the field in the second T20I of the three-match series against Bangladesh here on Thursday. Rohit will become the only Indian player and second globally to feature in 100 T20I games.

ed 18 runs off the 19th over bowled by Khaleel Ahmed and tilted the game in the visitor’s favour. Skipper Mahmudullah then finished things off in style, hitting debutant Shivam Dube for a six over long-on in the third ball of the final over to script a historic victory. Earlier, put into bat, India got off

Speaking on achieving the milestone, Rohit said: "Firstly, I never thought I would play so many games. I am grateful for the opportunity I got in the past and till date as well. It has been a long journey since I made my debut as there had been many ups and downs.”

to a poor start as they lost stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma in the opening over. Rohit (9), who on Sunday went past Virat Kohli to become the leading run-scorer in T20Is, couldn’t take his Test form into the shortest format as Shafiul Islam trapped in front of the stumps in the fifth delivery of the match.

Kashyap out of China Open IANS, FUZHOU (CHINA)

I NEW DELHI: Six-time world champion MC Mary Kom on Thursday expressed gratitude to the World Olympian Association (WOA) after it allowed her the use of post-nominal letters ‘OLY’. Mary Kom shared the image of the certificate of recognition on her official Twitter handle and wrote, “Thank you so much for the recognition” tagging WOA and International Olympic Committee (IOC). ‘OLY’ signifies sportspersons’ ongoing role in society as an Olympian, living and promoting the Olympic values. In November 2017 at the eighth International Olympic Committee (IOC) International Athletes’ Forum, the WOA announced the OLY post-nominal letters initiative. The London Olympic bronze medallist is the only boxer across male and female categories to collect eight World Championships medals. —IANS

Bangladesh wicketkeeperbatsman Mushfiqur Rahim.

ndian shuttler Parupalli Kashyap bowed out of the ongoing China Open after suffering a straightgames loss to Victor Axelson of Denmark in his second-round match of the men’s singles event on Thursday. Seventh seed Axelson defeated Kashyap 21-13, 21-19 in a match that lasted 43 minutes at the Haixia Olympics Sports Center to crash out of the $700,000 tournament. Axelson, ranked World No. 6, dominated the first game completely and didn’t allow his Indian oppo-

Indian shuttler Parupalli Kashyap.

nent to take a lead. The second game, however, was much closer as Kashyap came out with a better performance and threatened to take the

match into the decider. But Axelson held his nerves and eventually emerged victorious in the second game as well to move into the quarterfinals. Kashyap had earlier moved into the second round after registering a 21-14, 21-13 win over World No. 21 Thammasin Sitthikom. Sindhu lost to World No. 42 Pai Yu Po of Chinese Taipei 13-21, 2118, 19-21 to Pai in a match while Saina lost to World No. 22 Yan Yan Cai 9-21, 12-21 to bow out of the competition. B Sai Praneeth is the only Indian left in the singles event.

India (W) win ODI series against WI ANTIGUA: Twin half centuries from openers Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues helped India women register an easy sixwicket win over West Indies in the Smriti Mandhana third ODI, thereby sealing the three-match series 2-1. India rode on a brilliant 141-run opening stand between Mandhana (74) and Rodrigues (69) to chase down the 195-run target with 47 balls to spare.

Manu shoots gold in Asian C’ship, Deepak in for Olympics IANS, DOHA


anu Bhaker won gold in women’s 10m air pistol event while Vivaan Kapoor and Manisha Keer won the yellow metal in junior trap mixed event at the Asian Shooting Championships here. Their wins came after Deepak Kumar won bronze in men’s 10m air rifle event, thus ensuring India’s 10th Tokyo Olympics quota in shooting. After Divyansh Singh Panwar, Deepak is the second Indian shooter to earn an Olympics quota in the event. Manu and any other Indian

Ace Indian shooter Manu Bhaker. (Photo: IANS)

shooter was ineligible to win an Olympic quota as the country has already exhausted them in earlier

competitions. She put up a dominant showing, shooting 584 in qualification and 244.3 in the final

to take gold. Chinese Asian Games champion Wang Qian took the silver with a score of 242.8. Yashaswini Singh Deswal shot 578 in the qualifiers and finished sixth in the final with a score of 157.4. The third Indian in the event, Annu Raj Singh, shot 569 for a 20th place finish. The trio went on to win bronze in the team event with a score of 1,731, with Korea winning gold and China the silver. Vivaan and Manisha beat the Chinese pair of Ting Zhang and Pengyu Chen 34-29 in the gold medal match. The latter had qualified for the final with a record score.




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WhatsApp Pay may put Indian digital banking at risk: Experts

Facebook reveals data leakage

WhatsApp said that safety and security of users remains the highest priority IANS, NEW DELHI


fter WhatsApp accounts of 121 Indians were compromised by the Israeli spyware Pegasus, experts have warned that the payment feature the Facebook-owned platform is planning to launch in India may put the digital banking system at risk. “WhatsApp payment needs to be seen with microscopic eye, primarily because in payment you will be dealing with sensitive personal data and cyber security is going to be an essential building block component for WhatsApp to demonstrate its due diligence,” Pavan Duggal, one of the nation’s top cyber law experts, told IANS. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (Meity) has already expressed dissatisfac-

Accounts of 121 Indians were compromised by the Israeli spyware Pegasus.

tion over the manner WhatsApp communicated about the compromised accounts. The piece of NSO Group software called Pegasus allegedly exploited WhatsApp’s video calling system by installing the spyware

via missed calls to snoop on 1,400 users globally. The devices were compromised with just a WhatsApp video call. In May, WhatsApp, which has 400 million users in India, urged its 1.5 billion global users to

upgrade the app after discovering the vulnerability. “WhatsApp’s recent operations have shown that it’s difficult for the government to get information from it. WhatsApp is an intermediary under the Information Technology Act and is mandated to exercise due diligence under the law. But it has failed to do due diligence,” Duggal said. The Facebook-owned company is learnt to have countered the government charge that it didn’t inform it about a privacy breach on the messaging platform. WhatsApp didn’t even comply with the data breach notification law in India, Duggal said. “It (WhatsApp) didn’t follow reasonable security practices as mandated in Section 43A of the IT Act, 2000. In fact, it abetted the crime of un-authorized access too.

Google, security firms to curb malicious apps IANS, SAN FRANCISCO


oogle has partnered with mobile security companies ESET, Lookout and Zimperium to stop malicious apps from hitting the Play Store and harming Android users. The company’s new partnership initiative is called the App Defense Alliance. “We’re excited to take this collaboration to the next level, announcing a partnership between Google, ESET, Lookout, and Zim-

perium. It’s called the App Defense Alliance and together, we’re working to stop bad apps before they reach users’ devices,” the company said in a statement on Wednesday. According to Google, Android is on over 2.5 billion devices and this popularity also makes it an attractive target for abuse. The abuse can take the form of hidden malware or secret code designed to spy and drain away sensitive user data. “Working closely with our industry partners gives us an opportunity to collaborate with

The company’s new partnership initiative is called the App Defense Alliance.

some truly talented researchers in our field and the detection engines they’ve built. This is all with the goal of, together, reducing the risk of app-based malware, identifying new threats, and protecting our

users,” the company added. Additionally, as part of this alliance, the partner firms are integrating Google Play Protect detection systems with each partner’s scanning engines.

SAN FRANCISCO: In yet another data breach, Facebook on Wednesday revealed that at least 100 app developers may have accessed Facebook users’ data for months, confirming that at least 11 partners “accessed group members’ information in the last 60 days”. The social networking giant found that the apps — primarily social media management and video streaming apps — retained access to group member information, like names and profile pictures in connection with group activity, from the Groups API (application programming interface). “Although we’ve seen no evidence of abuse, we will ask them to delete any member data they may have retained and we will conduct audits to confirm that it has been deleted,” the company said in a statement. “We’ve removed or restricted a number of our developer APIs, such as the Groups API, which provides an interface between Facebook and apps that can integrate with a group,” it added. Facebook is facing scrutiny after personal data of 87 million users were harvested by UK-based political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica. According to the company, the apps designed to make it easier for group admins to manage their groups more effectively and help members share videos to their groups. —IANS

Over 11,000 scientists declare ‘climate emergency’ IANS, WASHINGTON


ore than 11,000 scientists in 153 countries have declared a climate emergency around the world and also warned of ‘untold suffering’ unless there is significant transformation in the way humans live. The study by 11,258 scientists called the “World scientists’ warning of a climate emergency,” marks the first time a large group of scientists has formally come out in favour of labelling climate change an ‘emergency’. It was published on Tuesday in the journal Bioscience, spearheaded by ecologists

Scientists said they want the public to ‘understand the magnitude of this crisis, track progress, and realign priorities for alleviating climate change’

Bill Ripple and Christopher Wolf of Oregon State University, along with William Moomaw, a Tufts

University climate scientist, and researchers in Australia and South Africa.

The findings focus on six key objectives: replacing fossil fuels; cutting pollutants like methane and soot; restoring and protecting ecosystems; eating less meat; converting the economy to one that is carbon-free and stabilizing population growth. “Despite 40 years of global climate negotiations, with few exceptions, we have generally conducted business as usual and have largely failed to address this predicament,” the study stated. Although there are some positive indicators such as declining birth rates and a rise in renewable energy use, most indicators suggest

humans are rapidly heading in the wrong direction, they said. Backward steps include rising meat consumption, more air travel, chopping down forests faster than ever and increase in global carbon dioxide emissions. Scientists said they want the public to ‘understand the magnitude of this crisis, track progress, and realign priorities for alleviating climate change’. The research notes that the global decline in fertility rates has ‘substantially slowed’ during the past 20 years, and calls for ‘bold and drastic’ changes in economic growth and population policies to cut greenhouse gas emissions.





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esearchers have found that users who tweet on loneliness are much more likely to write about mental well-being issues and things like struggles with relationships, substance use and insomnia on Twitter. By applying linguistic analytic models to tweets, researchers were able to gain an insight into the topics and themes that could be associated with loneliness. “Loneliness can be a slow killer, as some of the medical problems associated with it can take decades to manifest,” said the study’s lead author Sharath Chandra Guntuku, from University of Pennsylvania in the US. “If we are able to identify lonely individuals and intervene before

Researchers hope to develop a better measure of the different dimensions of loneliness that online users are feeling and expressing.

the health conditions associated with the themes we found begin to unfold, we have a change to help those much earlier in their lives. This could be very powerful and have long-lasting effects on public

Top tips to keep up with your wedding budget

health,” Guntuku said. By determining typical themes and linguistic markers posted to social media that are associated with people who are lonely, the team has uncovered some of the

NEW DELHI: While one might have plenty of ideas to plan the big day and tend to spend a hefty amount of their savings on one occasion, couples must keep the budget well within reasonable limits. To get this right, couples need to set the budget right from Day 1. have outlined five tips to help couples organize their dream day, all sans compromising on quality and pushing the limits of your budget sky-high. 1. Trim down the size of your guestlist; wave goodbye to the “door ke rishtedar” While The Big Fat Indian Wedding sounds great, it can be extremely overbearing to foot an unnecessarily huge bill causing massive financial strain. In order to avoid hassle over your big day and make the most of it without having to spend time socializing with your typical “Door Ke Rishtedar”, consider the idea of an intimate wedding with close family and friends. Thereby, pruning down on your guestlist will save you

costs/damages on venue, food and drinks, keeping your budget in check. 2. Wedding invitations: Physical cards are passe, websites are in! In today’s age, wedding creatives have undoubtedly become extraordinarily fancy, with graphic designers devoting hours to make them just about perfect. Nevertheless, these carefully designed physical copies add up to the costs of your wedding tremendously. Wedding cards include significant investment across time, effort and costs, the most strenuous chore while opting for wedding cards is the requirement to personally deliver it to family and friends. Also, another problem with physical copies is that you can run out of cards! All you have to do is send your guests the link to your website. If you wish to reduce your wedding expenditures significantly, wedding websites are a smart and quick way to ensure your guestlist is excited, updated and happy! —IANS

ingredients necessary to construct a ‘loneliness’ prediction system. As part of the study, published in the journal BMJ, researchers analysed public accounts from users based in Pennsylvania and found that 6,202 accounts used words such as ‘lonely’ or ‘alone’ more than five times between 2012 and 2016. Comparing the entire Twitter timelines of these users to a matched group who did not have such language included their posts, the researchers showed that ‘lonely’ users tweeted nearly twice as much and were much more likely to do so at night. When the tweets were analysed via several different linguistic analytic models, the users who posted about loneliness had an extremely high association with anger, depression and anxiety, when compared to the ‘non-lonely’ group. Additionally, the lonely groups

were significantly associated with tweeting about struggles with relationships (for example, using phrases like ‘want somebody’ or ‘no one to’) and substance use (‘smoke,’ ‘weed,’ and ‘drunk’) “On Twitter, we found lonely users expressing a need for social support, and it appears that the use of expletives and the expression of anger is a sign of that being unfulfilled,” Guntuku said. Users in the group that didn’t post about loneliness seemed to display some social connections, as they were found to be more likely to engage in conversations, especially by including others’ user names (using ‘@twitter_handle’) in their tweets. In the future, the researchers hope to develop a better measure of the different dimensions of loneliness that online users are feeling and expressing.

Give kids screen-free childhood IANS, NEW DELHI


creen time is the most discussed topic these days among parents. In this digital world going completely off screen is not possible, but getting your child addicted to screen is also not good. But by making a few changes we can create a screen free childhood for our children. 1. Self-Play: It plays a major role in overall development of children. It makes them learn to be more independent and helps in building

Couples must keep the budget well within reasonable limits. To get this right, they need to set the budget right from Day 1.


Getting your child addicted to screen is not good.

leadership quality. Do start this at a very young age. Let them play and just see how they get engrossed in their own world.

2. Activities: Building blocks, puzzles, board games, activity boxes, there are many such activities which help in keeping children engaged for a long time and they also help in improving their creativity. 3. DIY activities: You can also create your own Do It Yourself (DIY) activity for your child. For example, counting beads, molding using flour dough, creating a small water pond with fishes and many more. Children do enjoy doing such activities.

Insomniac? Here is how to deal with it BHARAT UPADHYAY, NEW DELHI


leepless flocks take a note, researchers have found people who have trouble sleeping may be more prone to stroke, heart attack or other cardiovascular diseases. Do yoga and you can feel sleepy, Indian experts said. Health experts here have found solution to the problems raised by the Chinese experts. According to them yogas — Shavasana, Vajrasana and Bhramari Pranayam along with a healthy diet may curb the sleeplessness. According to Sahil Kohli, Consultant, Neurology at Narayana Superspecialize Hospital in Gurugram, research has shown that more risk of having a stroke or brain attack is there if you have insomnia and this risk is even more pronounced in the age group of 18-34 years. “Reduced sleep leads to inflammation which leads to causes high

Do yoga and following proper diet can make you feel sleepy, experts said.

blood pressure, glucose intolerance and both of which can increase heart and stroke risk. “It is highly advisable that patients who have reduced sleep and even those who feel fatigued even after sleep at night needs evaluation for sleep disorders which

can be evaluated by a sleep study,” Kohli suggested According to Atul Prasad, Director in Neurology Department at BLK Super Speciality Hospital in New Delhi, there have been multiple studies linking chronic insomnia to the occurrence of stroke.







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‘Pati Patni Aur Woh’ not a sexist film: Bhumi Pednekar The film is a remake of the 1978 comedy directed by BR Chopra. It featured Sanjeev Kumar, Vidya Sinha and Ranjeeta Kaur IANS, MUMBAI


ollywood actress Bhumi Pednekar is one of the leading ladies in the upcoming comedy, Pati Patni Aur Woh, which revolves around adultery. She says, contrary to perception of some people, the film does not intent to make a sexist statement on the subject of marriage. Rather, it tries to establish gender equality. “When I read the script, all the doubt that I had simply vanished. This film has lots of fun but, at the same time, it is not frivolous. The story is very empowering to both genders. Nobody is black or white in the story, just as in real life. I think that the maker made sure that this does not turn into a sexist, baseless film,” said Bhumi, at the trailer launch of the film, when asked if she was sceptical about the story being reduced to a sexist comment on adultery. “I do not think, anyone who is part of this film, including us actors, belong to that school. We were

Bhumi attened the trailer launch of Pati Patni Aur The new Woh with the other version of stars of the film, Kar“Pati Patni Aur tik Aryan and Ananya Pandey. CoWoh” is actor Aparshakti set to release Khurrana, director on December 6. Mudassar Aziz, and producers Juno Chopra and Bhushan Kumar were also present. Mudassir Aziz said: “I have always put women at the forefront in all my films, and this film is no different. Once the film releases, the audience will realise that he (the ‘pati’ or husband) is the situation and these two women (‘patni and ‘woh’ — or, the wife and the lover) are driving the situation home.” The film is a remake of the 1978 Bhumi Pednekar is one of the leading ladies in the upcoming comedy. comedy directed by Juno’s grandfaextremely conscious of the fact that makers) have been sensitive and ther BR Chopra. It featured Sanwe do not end up making it into a careful. I have to say it is a big jeev Kumar, Vidya Sinha and Ransexist comment. The moment I read achievement,” said the actress, who jeeta Kaur. the script I felt it was so beautiful. is happy with the success of her The new version of “Pati Patni This is a subject that could have Diwali release Saand Ki Aankh and Aur Woh” is set to release on gone wrong easily. But they (the will next be seen in Bala this Friday. December 6.

Never intentionally made a bad film: SRK MUMBAI: Actor Shah Rukh Khan, who hasn’t had a major box-office success in a while, says he never intentionally made a bad film. SRK turned 54 and there was speculation that he might announce his next film on the day. However, nothing happened, leaving the fans disappointed. “I know a lot of people were writing on social media and media people keep speculating that I am announcing a film on my birthday, but the beauty of my films because of all you is. The day it will be announced will be our birthday. “We have celebrated like that. More than that, I think I owe it to you. When I make a good film then, you feel really happy and when I make a bad film, you feel really sad. I understand and respect that. I never intentionally try to make a bad film but it just happens. Similarly, I never try to make a good film, it just happens,” said the actor, addressing fans at his birthday celebrations in Mumbai. “Now, I am thinking that I will work hard and get healthier. For me, it is not just working, it is working for the pride, happiness, love, warmth, kindness of you guys. I will

Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan. (Photo: IANS)

try to make action, dance, romantic, comedy films for you as quickly as possible. I will work hard and try to finish as many films as possible over the next year, so we will have more moments of happiness — not because of me but because I know how you enjoy watching films (that are) not only mine but of other actors also.,” he said. Shah Rukh said that he wants to own a big auditorium so he can interact with fans on special occasions like his birthdays. —IANS

Working with Kriti is insane: Pulkit

MUMBAI: Pulkit Samrat and Kriti Kharbanadas rumored affair has been fodder for B-Town gossip for a while now. Co-stars being linked when they sign back-toback films Pulkit Samrat together is an old publicity trick in Bollywood, but the two stars are not giving away if there is anything serious brewing. For the record, after Veerey Ki Wedding last year they are now back together in Anees Bazmee’s Pagalpanti which will be followed by Bejoy Nambiar’s Taish. Asked about working with Kriti, Pulkit told IANS: “Working with her is insane. I wouldn’t have been able to survive a couple of films if she was not my co-star. Firstly, we share comfort and camaraderie. She has been an earthing wire, balancing me on the set. If I do something wrong, I give a retake if she does not like it. If she smiles at me after a shot, I know it’s okay. I look for reassurance from her.” Talking about their chemistry, he added: “I think Kriti and I have great on-screen chemistry, which translates in real life.” “The weather did all the pagalpanti when we were shooting in Leeds. It took us 70 days to complete one sequence due to bad weather,” Pulkit said. —IANS

‘Drive’: Neither Fast, Nor Furious


-a-w-n. We’re back to the same old circus - Bollywood wants to make a Hollywood thriller yet again, and this time they have raided Netflix for release space. Stream and scream away if you have the patience, for this one’s dumbly rehashing the “ast & Furious flavor, cocktailed with tricks that reveal the hangover of assorted Hollywood hits, notably Ocean’s Eleven. For whatever remaining runtime they had to fill up, the “Dhoom” formula is stuffed in (which itself never looked very original in the first pace). It doesn’t take 10 minutes into the film for the awful question to hammer your brain: Why was Drive made at all in the first place? If it had to be made, why did Netflix have to pick this up? The film, with all its supercars and sizzle, is like a ramshackle ride on four wheels that struggles to keep The utter plasticity of the film hits you right away in the opening sequence as Jacqueline Fernandez alights from a high-octane car at a late-night race at India Gate. She is Tara, an expert driver who has just won the race, but she is dressed for racing as if she has arrived at a cocktail dinner - in an evening

‘Drive’ movie cast Sushant Singh Rajput and Jacqueline Fernandez

Film: “Drive” (Netflix Movie) ; Cast: Sushant Singh Rajput, Jacqueline Fernandez, Boman Irani, Pankaj Tripathi; Direction: Tarun Mansukhani; Rating: * & 1/2 (one and a half star)

gown with a thigh-high slit and high heels! Quite cheesy, how the friendly female sidekick tells her it’s impossible to deduce which is sexier Tara herself or her driving. Karan Johar has produced this film, which marks the return of writer-director Tarun Mansukhani, who made “Dostana” in 2008 and vanished from the scene. Exactly

why it has taken Mansukhani 11 years to write and execute the erratic mess is beyond comprehension. Mansukhani and his creative team don’t even look like they have brainstormed in an effort to craft a gripping movie. Everything from the suspense drama to the action - even the odd comic hint and the corny chemistry of the leads — seems too superficial to leave an impact. Sushant tries his best to make most of a character that hardly reveals any thought process. This isn’t a film that will let him score either as actor or star and, coming after Chhichhore, it is a gaffe of a choice. —Vinayak Chakravorty










Playing villain is fun: Sharad Kelkar

Shahid Kapoor taking cricket lessons for ‘Jersey’


ctor Shahid Kapoor is preparing hard for the Hindi remake of Telegu film Jersey. He has started training to hone his cricketing skills for the role of a cricketer in the movie. Talking about the film, Shahid said: “It took me some time to decide what to do next after Kabir Singh. But the minute I saw ‘Jersey’, I knew I wanted it to be my


ctor Sharad Kelkar does not worry about being typecast as a villain and finds playing the negative character “fun”. Sharad, who is an accomplished dubbing artist, who lend his deep voice to the lead character in Baahubali series, ventured into Bollywood in 2012 with the film 1920: Evil Returns, where he was seen playing the evil spirit. His has played the grey character with elan in films like Bhoomi and Housefull 4, too. “I am not worried about being typecaste as a villain because it is the other thing the industry needs. Until and unless there is a villain there can’t be a hero. So, I am happy with that space,” Sharad told IANS. He says the audience will get to see him in different roles.

next. It is a wonderful inspiring and personal human journey that I connected with deeply. “ According to a source, Shahid is “learning the ropes of playing a cricketer on screen by regularly going for the cricket sessions.” Also, the film’s shoot will start in Chandigarh this month. A picture of Shahid taking cricket training is out. In the image, he is seen holding a bat in his hands.

Sunny Leone is a superhero now


unny Leone on last week introduced a superhero character on social media. Sunny and husband Daniel Weber have unveiled Kore — the superhero who is arriving “to finish all evil”, in Sunny’s words. “The concept of a superhero is something that Daniel and I have been working on for a while, which gave birth to the superhero Kore, here to finish all evil,” said Sunny, who is seen sporting a figure-hugging costume and blonde hair in a video that features her as the superhero. Years ago, asked if she had any interest in the superhero genre by a fan, the Jism 2 actress had said: “Yes, I want to play a superhero.”

I credit viewers for my success, says Kriti


riti Sanon credits viewers for her success in Bollywood.The actress has been on a roll this year. After Luka Chuppi — her solo-heroine release opposite Kartik Aaryan — became a hit upon release in March, her latest film, the multistarrer Housefull 4 is doing big business after opening in the Diwali weekend. The fourth film of the lucrative Housefull stars Akshay Kumar, Riteish Deshmukh, Bobby Deol, Kriti Kharbanda and Pooja Hegde along with Kriti Sanon.

Rakul Preet: I am terrible at flirting I attract love triangles: Ananya


udding actress Ananya Panday plays a pivotal role in her upcoming second release, “Pati Patni Aur Woh”. The film is a love triangle, just like her debut film “Student Of The Year 2” was. If her first film co-starred Tiger Shroff and Tara Sutaria, in “Pati Patni Aur Woh”, Ananya co-stars with Kartik Aaryan and Bhumi Pednekar. “I think I attract love triangles! Every film is am doing is a love-triangle,” said Ananya, at the trailer launch of “Pati Patni Aur Woh”. The story deals with adultery involving a man, his wife and his young lover.


ctress Rakul Preet Singh has confessed that she can’t flirt, and says she feels people dont hit on her. “I am terrible at flirting. I can have a conversation but I don’t know how to flirt! I always feel that people don’t hit on me and my friends are like that you don’t know if someone is hitting on you,” Rakul said. The actress also revealed that she gets flirting tips from friend Rhea Chakraborty. “She (Rhea) is probably the best person for this,” Rakul said. Opening up about the qualities she looks for in a man, Rakul said: “I think something that is very important to me is intellect. I just need to have interesting conversation and it needs to be stimulating. Otherwise it is just going to be another 2-3 days, 2-3 weeks, 2-3 months and you can’t really get along with that person for life. I think that there are not enough men with good conversations.” — All stories from IANS




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Deep sleep can reset the anxious brain A sleepless night can trigger up to a 30% rise in anxiety levels, the study said IANS, NEW YORK


esearchers have found that the type of sleep most apt to calm and reset the anxious brain is deep sleep, also known as nonrapid eye movement (NREM) slow-wave sleep, a state in which neural oscillations become highly synchronized, and heart rates and blood pressure drops. A sleepless night can trigger up to a 30 per cent rise in anxiety levels, researchers from the University of California said. “We have identified a new function of deep sleep, one that decreases anxiety overnight by reorganizing connections in the brain,” said study senior author Professor Matthew Walker. “Deep sleep seems to be a natural anxiolytic (anxiety inhibitor), so

Deep sleep helps reduce stress and anxiety. (Photo: IANS)

long as we get it each and every night,” Walker added. “Our study strongly suggests that insufficient sleep amplifies levels of anxiety and, conversely, that deep sleep helps reduce such stress,” said study lead author Eti Ben Simon.

Liver cancer deaths 50% up in last 10 years: Study LONDON: Liver cancer deaths have increased by around 50 per cent in the last decade and have tripled since records began, researchers have warned. The new mortality data from Cancer Research UK, shows that there were around 5,700 deaths from liver cancer in 2017 in the UK, which is the highest ever yearly number of deaths recorded. This has climbed from 3,200 deaths in 2007. Of all cancer types, liver cancer has had the largest increase in deaths over the last decade and the most rapid rise in deaths since the UK records began. “Unfortunately, progress in treating liver cancer has been painfully slow and we desperately need more options for patients. Another problem is the rise in the number of people being diagnosed, which has meant

we are losing more people to this disease than ever before,” said researcher Helen Reeves, Professor at Newcastle University. Experts believe that death rates have risen so steeply because the number of people being diagnosed with liver cancer has also increased — by 60 per cent in the last decade — and survival is typically low. It’s one of the hardest cancers to treat, and fiveyear survival can range from anywhere between six per cent and 37 per cent depending on age and gen—IANS der, the researchers said.

In a series of experiments using functional MRI and polysomnography, among other measures, researchers scanned the brains of 18 young adults as they viewed emotionally stirring video clips after a full night of sleep, and again

after a sleepless night. Anxiety lev“Deep sleep had restored the els were measured following each brain’s prefrontal mechanism that session via a questionnaire regulates our emotions, lowering emotional and physiknown as the state-trait ological reactivity and anxiety inventory. The study preventing the escaAfter a night of lation of anxiety,” no sleep, brain strongly Simon said. scans showed a suggests that Beyond gaugshutdown of the insufficient ing the sleep-anxmedial preiety connection in frontal cortex, sleep amplifies the 18 original which normally levels of study participants, helps keep our anxanxiety the researchers repliiety in check, while cated the results in a the brain’s deeper emostudy of another 30 particitional centres were overactive. After a full night of sleep, during pants. Across all the participants, the which participants’ brain waves were measured via electrodes results again showed that those placed on their heads, the results who got more nighttime deep sleep showed their anxiety levels experienced the lowest levels of declined significantly, especially for anxiety the next day. those who experienced more slowThe finding was published in the wave NREM sleep. journal Nature Human Behaviour.

Omega-3 have no effect on depression IANS, LONDON


ncreased consumption of omega-3 fats is widely promoted globally because of a common belief that it will protect against conditions such as anxiety and depression, but researchers have now found that fish oil supplements have little or no effect on such conditions. Omega-3 is a type of fat. Small amounts are essential for good health and can be found in the food that we eat including nuts and seeds and fatty fish, such as salmon. They are also readily available as over-the-counter supplements and are widely bought and used. The study, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, found that omega-3 supplements offer no benefit. “This large systematic review included information from many

The study found that omega-3 supplements offer no benefit. (Photo: IANS)

thousands of people over long periods,” said study lead author Lee Hooper, from University of East Anglia in UK. For the findings, more than 41,470 participants were randomized to consume more long-chain omega-3 fats (fish oils), or maintain their usual intake, for at least six months.

They found that the supplements had little or no effect in preventing depression or anxiety symptoms. “Oily fish can be a very nutritious food as part of a balanced diet but there is no demonstrable value in people taking omega-3 oil supplements for the prevention or treatment of depression and anxiety,” the study said.

Smoking cigarettes may increase depression risk IANS, LONDON

I This new evidence adds further weight to support the implementation of smoke-free policies.

f you are a regular smoker, quit now as researchers have found that tobacco smoking may increase your risk of developing depression and schizophrenia. “Individuals with mental illness are often overlooked in our efforts to reduce smoking prevalence, leading to health inequalities,” said study lead author Robyn Wootton from the University of Bristol. “Our work shows that we should be making every effort to

prevent smoking initiation and encourage smoking cessation because of the consequences to mental health as well as physical health,” Wootton added. For the study, published in the journal Psychological Medicine, the research team used UK Biobank data from 462,690 individuals of European ancestry, comprising 8 per cent current smokers and 22 per cent former smokers. The team applied an analytic approach called Mendelian randomization, which uses genetic

variants associated with an exposure (e.g. smoking) to support stronger conclusions about causeand-effect relationships. “The increasing availability of genetic data in large studies, together with the identification of genetic variants associated with a range of behaviors and health outcomes, is transforming our ability to use techniques such as Mendelian randomization to understand causal pathways,” said study senior author Marcus Munafïo.








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Diwali Celebration and Annakut Mahotsav at The Hindu Mandir of Lake County

BY A STAFF WRITER LAKE COUNTY, IL- From October 25th to November 02nd, the Hindu Mandir of Lake County celebrated Diwali with a series of traditional special Pujas and rituals. Annakut, one of the most auspicious days of Diwali Festivities was celebrated with hundreds of the devotees on November 02, 2019 evening at the Mandir with great devotion and splendor. The program stared with the singing of melodious Bhajans by Ms. Kaushika Shah and Ms. Vasu Choksi. Many women devotees performed Raas-Garb in front of the deities. This was followed by the performance of special Pujas and Archana to Lord Ganesh, Lord Krishna and Ma Radha by Pt. Anil Joshi Ji and priest Yogesh Pandey. Pt. Joshi Ji offered Naivedyam of different home-made traditional Indian foods prepared by several devotees to the deities. In his brief discourse on the importance of Annakut, Pt. Joshi Ji said that Annakut – literally meaning, a mountain of foods. On this day, a nicely decorated mountain of Govardhan is usually made by the cooked rice and also set

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Priest Anil Joshi ji & Yogesh Pandey ji with devotees

up the activities showing the Raas dance scenes by Shree Radha Krishna with many Gopis and Gopas. Lord Krishna had asked his devotees to worship and offer food to the nature that fulfils all their needs and feed the poor first but the proud Lord Indra. Lord Krishna surprised his devotees by accepting their offerings in the form of mountain and letting the poor first to take foods whatever they wanted. That is why he is known as Daridra-Narayana. He kept his promise of treating all the devotees with love and kindness.

This year’s unique thalis of vegetarian delicacies included 150 items that comprised of fruits, snacks, and sweets, salads, and fruit drinks and were offered to Lord Krishna in a devotional gratitude for the past year and to seek his best blessings for the year ahead. After Aarati, the offered dishes were served to devotees and visitors as prasadam. Pt. Joshi Ji thanked every devotee for attending and participating in the event and making it a grand success. He also blessed them for their good health, prosperity and success.

Balance Problems - A Leading Cause of Falls in Older Adults BY MARK ROSENBERG, M.D. CHICAGO,IL- When I treat older patients who have taken a recent fall, they often say the same thing: “I never thought this would happen to me.” Doctors and other health professionals have done a good job of informing the public about the dangers that balance problems present to older adults. Equally important, however, is providing solutions so patients can better manage balance problems and avoid falls in the first place. What Causes Balance Problems? Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that over one-third of adults ages 65 years and older fall each year. This is worrisome because falls are a leading cause of fractures, especially to the hips and legs. One bad fall can rob an otherwise healthy individual of his or her mobility, creating problems for years to come. Falls are also the leading cause of injury deaths for older adults. There are various reasons why so many falls occur. As you age, you are more likely to be diagnosed with conditions that cause balance problems. Here are some of the most common health problems that effect balance: 4 Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) - More likely to occur in people over 60, BPPV causes a brief, but intense spinning sensation when you move your head. The vertigo is most pronounced when you get out of bed or tilt your head to look up. This is caused by calcium stones in the inner ear, which may be the result of an infection, injury or aging. 4Labyrinthitis - This inflammation of the inner ear results in dizziness and loss of balance. It affects the labyrinth, or the organ that controls balance. 4Ménière’s Disease- While the cause is unknown, Ménière’s can occur at any age. It is a balance disorder resulting in vertigo, intermittent hearing loss, ringing in the ears, and a feeling of fullness in the ears. 4Medication - Blood pressure medications are often the source of balance problems. A class of drugs known as “ototoxic” have the side effect of damaging the inner ear, therefore effecting balance. 4Stroke - This disease of the circulatory system not only causes falls in some cases, but can also be the source of balance problems. Healthy Solutions for Better Balance How can you prevent becoming part of the 33 percent of seniors who report falls? If you have one of the conditions described above or take medications that cause balance problems, there are steps you can take to protect yourself. If at any

Arrest Made in Shooting of Innocent Teen Girl in Queens, NY

BY A STAFF WRITER QIUEEMS. NY - Ashley Armoogan 16, is now home, but she’ll never forget the events of Monday, October 28. On that day, Armoogan was walking to the bus after finishing class at the New Dawn Charter School in Jamaica, Queens when she heard gunfire and began running. Armoogan had been shot in the shoulder and was rushed to the hospital. Police say she was an innocent victim of gang violence and that her shooting is likely related to the fatal killing of 14-year-old Aamir Griffin, who was struck by a stray bullet while at a Queens basketball court on Saturday. Police say they have made an arrest in Armoogan’s case and have two others in custody for a separate shooting incident earlier that same day. Armoogan was released from the hospital, much to the relief of her worried family. Ashley’s dad Ravie Armoogan, an engineer working in the Manhattan federal court building said the recent violence has shaken his family and thinking to move may be Florida.

FBI Washington Field Office Warns of Scammers Posing as Local and Federal Law Enforcement Officers

time you find yourself experiencing trouble with balance I highly recommend you see your doctor as soon as possible for a diagnosis. Staying healthy is the key to better balance. Upper respiratory infections and viruses can cause labyrinthitis, so do not wait before seeking help. Yearly flu shots are a good way to prevent these infections. Lifestyle can be a factor and stress, smoking, fatigue, and drinking alcohol excessively increase your risk for labyrinthitis. Smoking is definitely a high risk factor for stroke, so quitting is essential. Other causes of stroke, such as diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure, must be treated to avoid balance problems. Be sure to exercise for weight control and monitor your sodium intake, as well. When it comes to Meniere’s disease, fluid imbalance in the inner ear can be improved by cutting down on salt. You can also avoid caffeine and alcohol, which cause dehydration, or loss of fluid. If you have BPPV, consult an otolaryngologist, a doctor specially trained to dislodge the calcium deposits in the inner ear by manipulating the head through various positions. If you think your prescription medicines are the cause of balance problems, talk to your doctor. He or she may be able to change your treatment or alter your dosage. With some ototoxic drugs, the inner ear will go back to normal after you stop taking them; with others, some damage may be permanent. Your doctor can best find a solution for your individual needs. Simply being aware of your body and on the lookout for balance problems is the first step in protecting yourself. Fortunately, most falls are highly preventable. If you address issues with balance early on, you will be less likely to suffer from injury, and more likely to stay active

as you age. Physical Therapy Solutions is offering a FREE FALL RISK ASSESSMENT consultation, please call: 847-240-2000 to schedule your consultation (this is a limited time offer). Physical Therapy Solutions is the only facility in the northwest suburbs of Chicago with a comprehensive balance and fall risk program along with a strengthening program. Assisted with a medical history from your doctor, we can perform specific tests to determine your ability to maintain your balance as well as your risk of falling. Our computerized equilibrium tests can evaluate the sensory and motor parts of your balance system. Sensory tests assess inner ears, eyes and sense of touch in your feet and joints that contribute to balance control. Our motor tests will measure your ability to execute coordinated movements, both voluntary and involuntary, to maintain your balance. All of these tests will help define the cause of your balance problem and are the foundation of devising a unique, individualized program for you. We utilize a state-of-the-art balance machine and our balance therapy programs have a 98% balance improvement success rate. Rupangi Patel PT, Co-founder/CEO of Physical Therapy Solutions Group, is a physical therapist with more than 31 years of experience gleaned over two continents. She has been serving the Northwest suburban area since 1990 and she opened her own clinic in 2005. Rupangi is skilled in evaluating and treating various orthopedic and neurological conditions and has expertise in vestibular rehabilitation. She has undergone extensive training in the treatment of patients with balance and mobility ailments, with a particular focus on dizziness. Rupangi and her team of eight therapists have helped thousands of patients get back to enjoying their daily living. For more information or to schedule a FREE FALL RISK ASSESSMENT consultation, please call: Physical Therapy Solutions 847-240-2000.

FBI NEWS RELEASE WASHINGTON, DC - The FBI Washington Field Office has seen a recent increase in law enforcement impersonation phone calls. In this scam, fraudulent callers posing as local or federal law enforcement officers threaten to arrest the victim if money isn’t sent. The callers will often “spoof,” or fake, their phone numbers so the call appears to be coming from a local police station or federal law enforcement office on the recipient’s caller ID. These calls are fraudulent. Any legitimate law enforcement officer will not demand cash or gift cards from a member of the public. The FBI defines this type of scam as government impersonation fraud in which criminals impersonate government officials in an attempt to collect money. The criminals often threaten to extort victims with physical or financial harm or the release of sensitive data. These scammers are becoming more sophisticated and organized in their approach, are technologically savvy, and often target young persons and the elderly. To protect yourself from falling victim to this scam, be wary of answering phone calls from numbers you do not recognize. Do not send money to anybody that you do not personally know and trust. Never give out your personal information, including banking information. According to the Internet Crimes Complaint Center (IC3), 10,978 people nationwide reported being victims of government impersonation scams in 2018, with losses totaling more than $64,000,000. Anyone who feels they were the victim of this or any other online scam should report the incident immediately at More information about government impersonation schemes and other online fraud schemes can be found at https://www.





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15th Anuual Health Fair Successfully Organized by IHCNJ BY A STAFF WRITER SECAUSUS, NJ- Indian Health Camp of New Jersey in colaboration with Secaucus Temple held their 15 th annual Health and Prevention fair at Shree Swaminarayan Temple in Secaucus, NJ on Sunday, November 3, 2019. More than 300 people received comprehensive health screening services; More than 100 women received free mammograms and cervical cancer screening onsite. ndian Health Camp of New Jersey, a non-profit organization under tax exempt code 501© (3) held this annual fair for the 15th consecutive year at this location to benefit needy people in the South Asian community. The health fair was open to all pre-registered participants without any medical insurance or people who are underinsured with high deductible to receive preventive screening, education and counseling on medical, dental and mental health disorders. The comprehensive health screening included blood tests, EKG, vision screening for glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, physical examination, dental screening, cardiology and physical therapy counseling, various types of cancer screening and prevention education, women disorders, chronic diseases screening for diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disorders and mental health disorders. Many other ancillary screening and counseling were also provided to include dietary counseling, physical therapy counseling from various providers. The physicians, dentists, mental health providers and other allied health care professionals from various specialties of internal medicine, mental health, dental, ophthalmology, physical therapy, phlebotomists, EKG techs, medical assistants, nurses, social workers and medical students provide their services on this day to screen and educate patients on diabetes, hypertension,

cardiac diseases, high cholesterol, prostate, cervical, colo-rectal and breast cancer screening and education, mental health disorders and other chronic debilitating diseases specifically targeted to the South Asian population. The dedicated team from the State of New Jersey Commission for the Blind provided thorough eye screening to qualified patients to promote their noble cause of preventing blindness in the community. Many local health care and non-profit organizations to include Hudson Regional Hospital, Hoboken Family Planning, SAMHIN and county health clinics provided their services to include mammogram, cervical and prostate cancer screening services on site to more than 150 men and women on this day. The mental health education and counseling were provided by mental health experts to recognize and treat depression, stress, anxiety and many other disorders which are

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common but not discussed in South Asians due to social taboo, misbelief and denial. The blood test reports will be reviewed by the physicians and mailed it to all participants with a counseling note.. Rupen Patel of Accurate Diagnostic Labs provided free basic blood test services on this day. The management of Secaucus Temple once again extended their self-less services by providing the venue and resources to help communities at large. To date, IHCNJ provided screening to more than 10,000 needy people in South Asian communities throughout the New Jersey since its inception in 1998 and provided interventions to more than 3,500 people. Indian Health Camp of New Jersey held their health fairs at Weehawken, Bridgewater, South Brunswick and Secaucus in 2019. For additional information about IHCNJ events and other activities, visit .


Indian American Doctor Sentenced to Prison for Healthcare Fraud BY A STAFF WRITER The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of California Oct. 21 announced that an Indian American doctor in the South Bay, Venkat Aachi, was sentenced to 24 Dr. Venkat Aachi months in prison. Aachi will be behind bars for committing healthcare fraud and for distributing hydrocodone outside the scope of his professional practice and without a legitimate medical need, the attorney’s office said in a news release. Aachi, 52, of Saratoga, pleaded guilty to the charges on March 25. According to the plea agreement, Aachi was a licensed physician who operated a pain clinic in San Jose and maintained a DEA registration number authorizing him to prescribe controlled substances. Aachi admitted that from Sept. 18, 2017, through July 2, 2018, he wrote hydrocodoneacetaminophen prescriptions that were outside the scope of his professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose, the court docs noted. Aachi acknowledged that he knew the prescriptions were not for a legitimate medical purpose and that he did not write the prescriptions in the usual course of his professional practice, the release continued. Aachi also admitted that on July 2, 2018, he falsely submitted to an insurance company a false and fraudulent claim for payment for healthcare benefits, items, and services. He admitted he acted with the intend to defraud the insurance company. A federal grand jury indicted Aachi on Oct. 9, 2018, charging him with six counts of distributing drugs outside the scope of professional practice.

Jackson Height Merchant Association Celebrated Grand Diwali Mela

Margazhi in Detroit 2019 organized by ICarnatic, NFP on Thurs Nov 28th-10.00 Am at iCarnatic, NFP, 60585, Plainfield, IL 60544

Sri Rama Maha Abhishekam organized by The Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago on Sun Dec 8th- 10.30 AM at The Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago, 10915 Rd Illinois, Lemont, IL 60439 For more details call Temple front desk: 630-972-0300 Dilip Chauhan & Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams honored with Traditional Shawl and Award – In Pic left Manu Kapoor, Chander Shekar & Mohinder Verma

15th Annual Desi New Years Gala - 15th Organised by Desi on Tues Dec 31st- 8:00 PM at Stage 48, 605 W 48th St, New York, NY 10036. Tkts: Ticket range:$35 - $120

PBA Bhangra’s - Sabhyacharak Mela 2019 organized by PBA Bhangra Academy on Sat Dec 14th- 2:00 PM at Bordentown Regional High School, 318 Ward Avenue, Bordentown, NJ 08505. Tkts Advance $15, At the door $25. call Prab Sandhu 732-447-5460

New Year 2020 with Warina Hussain organized by Pearl Entertainment on Tuesday Dec 31st8:00 PM at Pearl Banquet, 1490 W Lake St, Rossle, IL 60172. Tkts: $100, Vip $125, VVIP $150. Kids $75. Call Pearl Banquet 847-466-5777

BY A STAFF WRITER NEW YORK , NY - In an unending stream of Diwali Melas in New York, Jackson Heights Merchants’ Association held its 25th Diwali Mela on Sunday, the 13th October. On a pleasant Sunday afternoon, the Mela attracted large crowds though they may have been very satisfied for vendors selling wares and food items as compared to earlier years.. The Mela, as usual, had a fair presence of officials that included the Consul Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Councilmember Daniel Dromm, Assemblywoman Catalina Cruiz, Former Deputy Comptroller of Nassau County Dilip Chauhan, District Manager of Community Board 3 Giovanna A. Reid. Representatives of business organizations, including the Bangladesh Merchants’

Association were also present. Then there were the honorees that included Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, Former Deputy Comptroller Dilip Chauhan was honored by President of Jackson Height Merchant Association President Kamal Kumar for their outstanding contribution to South Asian Community of New York. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adam has honored President Kamal Kumar, Chairman Amar Singh, Community Activist Sherry Dutta, While presenting Citation to the honorees Borough President Eric Adam emphasize commitment and great work by Jackson Height Merchant Association for not only Diwali Mela but for number of other activities, Grand Sponsors of Diwali Mela were Patel Brothers, Air India, TD Bank, HAB Bank , Mark Home Care, Shan and Metro Plus.








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35th Annual Day and Diwali Celebration by Gandhi Samaj of Chicago

BY MARK ROSENBERG, M.D. CHICAGO, IL: Gandhi Samaj of Chicago (GSC) hosted its 35th Annual Diwali Program on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Ashton Place, 341 75th Street, Willow Brook, IL 60527 from 5-00 p.m. to 11 p.m. Gandhi Samaj of Chicago includes over 120 “Gandhi” families, from Chicago and its close vicinity, who are native of South Gujarat part of India (Surat to Vapi),. The event started with social hour accompanied by Traditional Gujarati (Indian) Cuisine Dinner, which was followed by a Cultural Program. This is a tradition observed by GSC for last 34 years, where the families come together as a big united family to socialize and attend cultural program organized by the young and adults. The objectives of GSC are to achieve and promote unity amongst members while helping the community to enhance cultural awareness via educational programs and through celebration of our festivals such as Diwali and Navratri. Their activities include but not limited to the Annual Summer Picnic, Community Service Day, Food Donation Drive, Navratri and Diwali Celebrations and more. GSC President welcomed all and said, “If you are not a member of GSC, please join us via Membership Page of the website. A warm Diwali wishes for every happiness. May the warmth and splendor of this auspicious occasion, Fill your life with happiness and bright cheer, and bring to you joy and prosperity, for the whole year”. Ganesh stuti was recited Emcee Tushar Modi and Roma Bhagat, wished Happy Diwali and Prosperous New Year to all. The GSC President Hitesh Gandhi briefed about all programs done during his tenure of two years, He highlighted the help of his entire team. He reqested all current 2018-2019 committee members to join on the stage, and requested the Sponsors to come up on the stage for lamp lighting ceremony. He also invited Dignitaries: Raja Krishnamoorthi, Senater, Consul Gupta, Sunil ShahFounder President, FIA, George Miller- Syed

Hissaini, Pinky/Dinesh Thakkar, Amit Jhingran and all committee members to perform Lamp lighting. The American National Anthem was recited by Risha Bhagat; followed by recitation of Indian National Anthem by Alpesh Gandhi. Moment of Silence observed for those who have passed this year. Hitesh Gandhi introduced Sunil Shah and Raja Krishnamoorthi; He offered the plaque to sponsors Raja Krishnamoorthi, Consul Gupta, Sunil Shah, George Miller, Syed Hissaini, Pinky/Dinesh Thakkar, Amit Jhingran, Vinoz Chanamolu and Kevin Morrision. Tushar Modi and Roma Bhagat took over and started Entertainment Program: A Group Dance performed by Krishna Gandhi, Manya Gandhi, Freya Gandhi, Riya Gandhi. Also Farah Salam, Priya Modi, Naiara Gandhi and Sarena Malhan performed beautiful dances. President Award - Hiteshbhai made announcement for outstanding work and community service to: Keyur Ghayal, Bhumika Gandhi, Pinky Thakkar, Manhar Gajjar, Roma Bhagat, Ashwin Bodaliya, Ramesh Gandhi, Bharat Ghayal, Dipak Ghayal, Hitesh Gandhi invited team of 2017-18 and 2018-19 and applauded for putting untiring efforts.

Then he invited Kalpana Gandhi President elect for the years 2019-20 and 2020-21. Kalpana Gandhi announced her team as: Vice President- Hitesh Gandhi, Secretary- Pravin Gandhi, TreasurerManharbhai Gajjar Directors: Dharmesh Gandhi, Meenaben Gajjar, Jagruti Ghayal, Jamisha Gandhi. MC Roma and Tushar continued with entertainment program with dance performances by Krishna Gandhi, Manya Gandhi, Freya Gandhi, Riya Gandhi, Hema Shastri, Krishna Gandhi, Manya Gandhi, Freya Gandhi, Riya Gandhi. Also solo performance by Pravin Gandhi.. This was a happy end to annual day proceedings, and all disbursed after Sumptuous Dinner. Everybody enjoyed the program and many couple danced after this also. The office bearers of GSC are: President Hitesh Gandhi; Executive Vice President: Dinesh Gandhi; Vice President: Tushar Modi Treasurer: Dharmesh Gandhi; Secretary Jay Gandhi, Cultural Secretary: Roma Bhagat; Directors: Kalpana Gandhi; Dimple Gandhi; Pravin Gandhi; Annie Gandhi; Sandhya Gandhi; Meena Gajjar; Youth Secretary: Radhika Gandhi; Krina Gandhi, Advisory Board: Dinesh Gandhi; and Kaushik Mehta;

Three Indian Nationals Indicted For Extortion And Wire Fraud Relating To IRS Impersonation Scams UNITED STATE DEPT. OF JUSTICE NEWS RELEASE TAMPA, FL – United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces the unsealing of an indictment charging Nishitkumar Patel (31, Tampa), Hemalkumar Shah (27, Tampa), and Sharvil Patel (22, Tampa) with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and extortion, and substantive counts of wire fraud and extortion. The indictment also charges Nishitkumar Patel and Hemalkumar Patel with money laundering and aggravated identity theft. Each of the three defendants faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on each count of wire fraud conspiracy, extortion conspiracy, wire fraud, and extortion. Nishitkumar Patel and Hemalkumar Patel face an additional penalty of up to 10 years in federal prison for money laundering, and a minimum mandatory consecutive two years in prison for aggravated identity theft. The indictment also notifies the defendants that the United States is seeking a money judgment in the amount of at least $2.27 million, the proceeds of the wire fraud and extortion conspiracies. According to the indictment, from 2014

through at least 2016, the defendants conspired with India-based call centers to extort money from U.S. residents by impersonating IRS officers. The defendants misled their victims to believe that they owed money to the IRS and would be arrested and fined if they did not pay their alleged back taxes immediately, so the victims would pay the defendants. The defendants collected the fraud proceeds by (1) withdrawing cash from prepaid cards purchased and funded by victims; (2) hiring other conspirators (runners) to retrieve money wired by the victims to those runners; and/or (3) hiring runners to open bank accounts into which victims deposited fraud proceeds. In order to collect the fraud proceeds, the defendants provided the runners with the

victims’ names, locations, and amount paid. The defendants directed the runners to retrieve the fraud proceeds in cash, and remit it to the defendants, often less a payment to the runner for opening the account or conducting the transaction. On October 23, 2018, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at the home of Nishitkumar Patel and Hemalkumar Patel. Among other items, they seized approximately $50,000 in cash, hundreds of bank and wire transfer receipts, and 20 electronic devices. An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty. This case was investigated by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Rachel K. Jones.

Woman Sentenced to 37 Years in Prison in Armed Home Invasions Targeting Indian Americans

Chaka Castro, 44

BY A STAFF WRITER HOUSTON, TX- The U.S. Department of Justice Oct. 28 announced that a Texas woman was sentenced to 37 years in prison for her role as the leader of several robbery crews that traveled across the United States in order to conduct armed home invasions of families of Indian and Asian descent. Chaka Castro, 44 , of Houston, Texas, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Laurie J. Michelson of the Eastern District of Michigan, a news release said. After a five-week trial, Castro was convicted of one count of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations conspiracy; four counts of assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering; and four counts of use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, it said. According to evidence presented at trial, from 2011 to 2014, Castro and her robbery crews committed a string of home invasions in Georgia, New York, Ohio, Michigan and Texas. The leader of the robbery crews was Castro, who would generate lists of robbery targets in various states around the county, specifically families of Asian and Indian ancestry, and then assign crews to carry out the armed robberies of these families within their homes, the release notes. Once Castro assigned a crew to a particular area, members of the group would travel to that location, conduct surveillance and execute the robberies. The crews utilized a particular modus operandi in each of the robberies. They disguised their appearance with clothing and bandanas so that victims of their robberies would have difficulty identifying them. They would openly carry and brandish firearms to gain control of the victims and then immediately corral the victims, including children, into one location in the home. At least one robber would then restrain the victims with duct tape and threats of violence, as another partner would ransack the home in search of cash, jewelry and electronics to steal, it added. The group organized their trips to carry out multiple home invasion robberies over a series of days.







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