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UAE: Speed limit reduced in Abu Dhabi due to foggy conditions

Authorities have reduced speed limit in Abu Dhabi as fog continues to spread over the emirate and several other parts of UAE. Abu Dhabi Police has advised motorists to exercise caution and follow the speed limit indicated on electronic signboards. Abu Dhabi has also restricted the movement of trucks and other heavy vehicles on internal roads until the fog situation clears.

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Dubai RTA honoured for its COVID-19 prevention measures

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) gained international recognition from the Norwegian DNV.GL for the measures it took to combat COVID-19 outbreak. DNV.GL is a reputed international entity in infection prevention and the management of associated risks. RTA had implemented several precautionary measures including regular sanitisation of stations and trains to ensure a safe environment for public transport users.

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WHO chief lauds UK PM's speech at 75th UN General Assembly

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom appreciated the first speech of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. He delivered his pre-recorded speech at 75th UN General Assembly on 26 September 2020. Boris urged world leaders to unite against Coronavirus while also announced five-point plan to tackle in future pandemics. He encouraged the community to take intensive care from virus after caught it in March 2020.

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US releases third part of 'America First' Healthcare plan for citizens

US President Donald Trump unveiled the third-part of 'America First' agenda for healthcare ahead November 2020 elections. Trump travelled to Charlotte, North Carolina on 24 September 2020 and revealed the plan. He claimed that his administration aims to deliver better care choices at a lower cost to US citizens. Further, Trump vowed to send senior citizens USD200 drug discounts cards before the election.

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Dubai releases updated COVID-19 precautionary measures for eateries

Dubai Municipality released updated Coronavirus precautionary measures on 25 September 2020, which include restaurants and cafes. The updated lists of protocols and guidelines through Circular 45 for food establishment ensures safety with fulfilment of entertainment needs. UAE's Dubai is slowly opening the economy to accommodate activities for entertainment, leisure, and tourism while adhering to strict measures.

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Drug bust: Dubai Police intercept 9kg of crystal and hashish

Dubai Police successfully busted a drug-trafficking operation and seized 9kg of crystal and hashish. The police received confidential intel from Dubai Customs about ongoing suspicious activity between a gang of three men. Two of the suspects had reached one of Dubai’s ports through a boat to smuggle drugs. An undercover police officer set a meeting with the suspects and busted the racket.

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US contributes extra USD2 million to IAEA for zoonotic diseases diagnose

The US Ambassador to International Organization in Vienna Jackie Wolcott announced on 25 September 2020 that an additional USD1.9 million will be provided to IAEA VETLAB in Africa and Asia. US announced during 64th General Conference of IAEA and after one week of USD500,00 funding for IAEA's ZODIAC. Earlier, US donated USD3 million to IAEA VETLAB projects that were used in the detection and control of animal diseases.

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IPL 2020: KKR beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 7 wickets

Kolkata Knight Riders chased 143 run target given by Sunrisers Hyderabad in just 18 overs with 7 wickets remaining. Shubman Gill's half-century helped KKR bounce back after early dismissals of Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, and Dinesh Karthik. Earlier, SRH won the toss and opted to field against KKR in match eight of IPL 2020 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

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UAE: DEWA wins 10 local and international awards in 2020

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority of UAE announced on 26 September 2020 that they have received 10 local and international awards in 2020. DEWA Academy received Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Education-Supporting Institutions, including two important awards in Global Good Governance and 3G Awards 2020. DEWA is encouraging youth with pioneering initiatives that provide qualifications for UAE Nationals.

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Chicago's artistic group offers food to homeless and needy people

The Love Fridge community by Kate Taylor Battle is a community in Chicago that offers healthy food to people in need and homeless through installed refrigerators in city's corner. The community so far installed seven refrigerators, which has put out 30,000 pounds of food. All fridges have a host, who provides power and permission in the area, which reduces the risk of city taking away fridge.

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President of Uzbekistan shares various important initiatives at 75th UNGA

The President of Republic of Uzbekistan Shavat Mirziyoyev joined in 75th session of UN General Assembly and proposed various important initiatives. The initiatives included establishment of Regional Centre for Development of Transport and Communication under auspices of UN. Uzbekistan is a stakeholder to improve connectivity with Iran after India, who has recently invested in Chabahar Port in Iran.

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How is Sharjah police tackling traffic points in the Emirate?

Motorists in Sharjah will now be able to avail awareness lectures remotely to reduce black points on their driving licences. Sharjah Police have teamed up with the Sharjah Driving Institute to launch electronic version of the Traffic Points Reduction Programme on Sharjah Police website. Remote lectures on the police website will 're-qualify' drivers by giving them more knowledge about rules and regulations.

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COVID-19: Scottish students banned from visiting family

Scotland has banned university students from visiting their families as it rushes to contain spread of Coronavirus. The country recorded 558 new COVID-19 cases on 25 September 2020, its highest daily number since the outbreak began. Students have also been told to not visit pubs and restaurants. The new guidelines are getting mixed response among students at universities.

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IPL 2020: Sunrisers Hyderabad set 143 run target for Kolkata Knight Riders

Sunrisers Hyderabad scored 142 runs, batting first against Kolkata Knight Riders. SRH scored 61 runs in first ten overs with David Warner and Manish Pandey scoring 36 and 51 runs respectively. Bairstow made an early exit after he was bowled by Pat Cummins. SRH will now have to rely on their bowlers as KKR chase on the batting-friendly Abu Dhabi pitch.

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Lebanon's PM designate Mustapha Adib steps down

Lebanon's Prime Minister designate Mustapha Adib resigned on 26 September 2020 amid a political impasse over the formation of next Cabinet. Mustapha, a former diplomat was chosen on 31 August 2020 to form the next government in Lebanon after former PM Hassan Diab stepped down. Diab and his government had stepped down in the wake of Beirut port blast that killed over 190 people.

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Precious metals tumble as Dollar post gains

Gold and Silver fell during the week leading to 26 September 2020 as Dollar rose. Investors worried about rising Coronavirus cases in Europe made chances in the greenback as a safe haven diminishing gold's value by over 2% during the week. Stock markets in US and Europe posted heavy losses during start of the week but settled with minor gains during the end.

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India PM Modi questions UN's COVID-19 response at UNGA

India Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered a virtual address at the annual UN General Assembly (UNGA). He raised several issues during his brief speech including efforts made by UN to contain damage by COVID-19 outbreak. PM Modi also raised concern over delay in extending India's role in UN's decision-making process. The address was a pre-recorded video statement, broadcast at UNGA hall in New York.

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IPL 2020: SRH win toss, opt to bat first against KKR

Sunrisers Hyderabad won the toss against Kolkata Knight Riders and chose to bat first. Both KKR and SRH have lost their opening matches and will be looking out to open their win counter. Both teams have played 21 matches against each other so far in IPL. During this, SRH has won 13 times and KKR has won 7 times. There has been 1 match that not yielded any result.

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What new 'Ring' home security products offer to customers?

The California-based company, Ring announced new security cameras, alarms, and sensors. It includes an indoor drone camera created to watch over every corner at home. The system alerts customer whenever a mailbox has been opened, which further fulfils Ring's mission of "safe neighbourhood". The Ring Mailbox Sensor will be available for pre-order on Amazon for USD29.99 from 8 October 2020.

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India can be next global manufacturing hub: US diplomat

US Consul General in Mumbai, David Ranz said that India can become the next supply chain manufacturing hub, provided it acts during current times. Ranz was speaking online at the IACC COVID Crusaders Awards 2020. He acknowledged how India moved swiftly in its need of the hour and developed crucial resources. "India has a once-in-a-generation opportunity", Ranz said during the speech.

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BREAKING: UAE to send first Arab mission to Moon by 2024

HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai announced that UAE plans to send first Arab mission to moon by 2024. The decision was announced as part of a 10-year plan for the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre. UAE recently launched its Mars mission which was also the first Arab mission to the red planet.

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Malaysia's state Sabah opens poll for election

Polls have opened in Malaysia's state Sabah where vote was seen as a referendum for embattled Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's seven-month-old unelected government. The result of state election on 26 September 2020 will not affect directly at a national level. This was the first test for PM Muhyiddin Yassin since he took the power and further general election is not due until 2023.

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UN chief highlights application of cruel penalties on women

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has opposed death penalty and the disproportionate application of it on women. He said that women are often more prone to death penalty than men. In some cases, women were sentenced to execution for drug-related offences, Guterres added. He called on states to abolish death penalty and ensure that it is not applied on the basis of discriminatory law.

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SII CEO questions Indian government funding and plans for COVID-19 vaccine

Adar Poonawala, CEO of Serum Institute of India (SII) has called on the Indian government to plan and guide vaccine manufacturers in the country for effective distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine. Poonawala questioned whether the government will have the USD10.8 billion funding required to distribute vaccine across India. SII is a participant in AstraZeneca and Oxford University's COVID-19 vaccine trials.

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Belarus must free opposition leader Alexander Lukashenko: UN experts

Days after Alexander Lukashenko was secretly sworn in as President of Belarus, UN human rights experts called on local government to release opposition leader Maria Kalesnikava. Expressing concern over disappearance of Kalesnikava, experts said Belarus must conduct prompt and effective investigations into what happened to opposition leader. According to reports, Kalesnikava has been missing since 7 September.

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Indian PM Narendra Modi to deliver speech at UN on 26 September

Indian PM Narendra Modi will address the annual UN General Assembly on 26 September. The virtual speech is scheduled to happen at 6:30 pm IST. According to reports, Modi may highlight key issues such as climate change, global terrorism, and sustainable development to global peacekeeping efforts. This year, leaders around world are delivering their pre-recorded speeches at UN summit due to COVID-19 crisis.

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg becomes 1st woman to be laid at US Capitol

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died last week has become the first woman in US history to be laid at US Capitol in Washington DC. Lawmakers with the feminist icon's family and friends bowed their heads and placed their hands to pay their respect in front of flag-draped casket in Capitol. The liberal icon died from pancreatic cancer after serving nation's top court for 27 years.

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Air India Express shares schedule of Vande Bharat Mission Phase 7

Air India Express, the subsidiary of India's national carrier, Air India has shared news about flights to India from Dubai under phase 7 of Vande Bharat Mission. The schedule lists flights between Dubai-Delhi and Dubai-Varanasi in October 2020. Changes if any on these flights will be announced subsequently by Indian authorities.

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New Zealand records two fresh cases of Coronavirus

The New Zealand Health Ministry reported on 26 September 2020 that they have recorded two new cases of Coronavirus. One infected man is managed in isolation after he arrived from Russia via UAE while other case was a passenger on a chartered plane. This brings New Zealand tally to 1,831 with 1,745 recoveries, and the death toll stands at 25.

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Why did CJ Roberts wish for a global pandemic on young graduate students?

Indian businessman Anand Mahindra recently shared US Chief Justice John Roberts' speech that he gave at his son's graduation ceremony in 2017. Mahindra praised Roberts and his speech and said this is "the best commencement speech I’ve heard". Roberts in his speech said, "I hope you might experience a global pandemic so that you value a connected world” to his son.

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Rafael Nadal paces to break Roger Federer's all-time Grand Slam record

The undisputed king of clay, Rafael Nadal is practising hard with coach Francisco Roig to break Roger Federer's all-time Grand Slam record. Nadal holds a record of 93-2 in Paris, dating back to his debut in 2005. Nadal, in his teens, had become the first player to win French Open on his first attempt since Mats Wilander in 1982.

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IPL 2020: Kolkata and Hyderabad look out for first win

Kolkata Knight Riders will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad on 26 September for first time in 2020 IPL season in Abu Dhabi. Both teams will be craving for a win to gain confidence in season. With concern of KKR's poor opening performance, Karthik may revise his strategy and bring either Russell or Morgan up order. While there can be few changes in SRH as Warner-led team struggling with poor middle-order.

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Dubai shuts 5 salons over COVID-19 guideline violation

Dubai Municipality shut down five salons and three food establishments in Dubai for not adhering to COVID-19 precautionary measures. 23 other institutions were fined for violations while warnings were issued to 57 others. The field inspection teams also warned five other commercial establishments for not placing physical distancing stickers as required.

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Breonna Taylor family attorney demands release of jury transcripts

Breonna Taylor’s family attorney Ben Crump called on Kentucky's attorney general to release the transcripts of grand jury proceedings that led to the decision not to indict any officer in her fatal shooting. Ben Crump, one of the attorneys for the family, questioned what evidence Kentucky AG Daniel Cameron presented to the jury. Crump called the decision part of a "pattern of marginalization of Black people".

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Greek PM & UAE Minister review regional developments, advancing cooperation

Greece PM and UAE's Foreign Affairs Minister held a meeting to review prospects of enhancing bilateral relations across all fronts. Both leaders discussed ways of boosting cooperation areas of science & technology, food & water security, renewable energy and oil. UAE's minister HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who is on his Greece tour, also deliberated on latest developments in the Eastern Mediterranean.

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UAE's Reportage Properties launches offers for Abu Dhabi and Dubai projects

UAE’s real estate developer Reportage Properties has announced an offer which includes service fees exemptions for 10 years on all its projects in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. It also offers buyers to pay 10% as a down payment and installments of 1% each month until completion. The firm is developing 10 projects with nearly 4,000 units at its most important sites in both Emirates.

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Is 6g already here? Samsung says YES!

Samsung Research has released a paper showing its plans for 6G communication technology, adding that it will offer hyper-connectivity and involve ‘humans and everything’. Samsung said completion of 6G standard and commercialisation could start in 2028. It also states that 6G’s performance requirements could peak at a data rate of 1,000 GBps and under 100 microseconds of air latency.

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India: Bihar election announced amid COVID-19, tally crosses 5.9mn

India's top election body announced Bihar Assembly polls amid COVID-19 pandemic. The elections will be held in three phases, starting from 28 October. Meanwhile, with more than 85,000 new COVID-19 cases and over 1,000 deaths in last 24 hours, India crossed 5.9-million mark on 26 September. According to health ministry, over 70 million COVID-19 tests have been conducted across country. While death toll crossed 93,000.

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Pakistan PM addresses Kashmir issue at UNGA, Indian delegate walks out

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan raised the issue of Jammu and Kashmir during 75th UN General Assembly, calling for end of India’s actions in J&K. Mijito Vinito, India’s delegate, walked out of UNGA hall during Khan’s comments, and India’s Permanent Representative to UN T.S. Tirumurti responded as well. Vinito later responded saying Khan’s words demean the essence of UN.

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Rat gets gold medal for hunting landmines

People's Dispensary for Sick Animals’ (PDSA) top civilian award for animal bravery has been given to a rat for hunting landmines. Trained by a Belgian organisation, Magawa, a giant African pouched rat has been awarded the gold medal for hunting 39 landmines and 28 items of unexploded ordnance in past 7 years. Magawa is the group’s most successful, having cleared over 141,000 square meters of land.

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Uzbekistan President proposes various intiatives at UNGA

Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev took part in the 75th United Nations General Assembly and put forward various initiatives that could be set up under UN’s authority. These include establishment of a Regional Centre for the Development of Transport and Communications. He also called UN’s attention to Afghanistan’s peace affairs, Aral Sea region, and Uzbekistan’s domestic changes.

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Vodafone wins USD2 billion tax bill battle against India

The most-high-profile dispute between Indian government and Vodafone Group Plc resolved as international court ruled in favour of British telecom giant in a retro tax case on 25 September. The Hague court ruled that imposition of tax liability on Vodafone was a breach of investment treaty between India and Netherlands. Earlier, India had imposed over USD2 billion tax penalties against Vodafone.

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Karan Johar breaks silence over alleged 'drug party', warns Indian media

Karan Johar has spoken out on allegations of organising a drug party and inviting Bollywood celebs to it. Breaking his silence on social media, the filmmaker said neither does he promote narcotics nor encourages its consumption. He also slammed Indian media for 'levelling of false allegations' against him. Karan Johar warned that he may take legal action against some media members for baseless accusations against him.

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What is Prince of Wales' Marshall-like plan to combat climate crisis?

Prince of Wales called for a Marshall-like plan to combat climate crisis. In World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, he shared six plans to tackle climate change. According to him, implementing equitable carbon pricing, scale-up of CO2 capture processes, tackling subsidies such as those for fossil fuels, advancing sustainable urbanism, and establishing trusted global carbon offset can play an important role to save planet.

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President Trump says US election winner might not be known for months

US President Donald Trump said that it might take several months to know the new President after November elections due to 'controversial' mail ballots system. US officials also said that it will need time to count mail ballots that arrive after election day. Earlier, Trump had failed to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he were to lose elections allegedly due to postal ballot concern.

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Seoul calls on North Korea to investigate government official shooting

South Korean government said it will request North Korea to conduct an additional investigation over killing of their officer who was reportedly shot dead at sea by North Korean troops. The statement comes a day after North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un expressed regret over killing of a South Korean government official. According to reports, Seoul could also ask North Korea for a joint investigation into shooting.

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Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine develops strong immune response

US pharmaceutical and medical device company Johnson and Johnson's experimental COVID-19 vaccine developed strong immune response in an early-to-mid stage of a clinical trial. As per reports, J&J vaccine has already began it's Phase-3 trial with 60,000 people. Tally of global Coronavirus cases has crossed 32.4 million, while deaths have increased to more than 987,000. US, India and Brazil are worst-affected countries.

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How can renewable energy help post COVID-19 recovery?

Renewable energy can boost the economy by creating more green jobs, and ensuring energy security worldwide. A low-carbon growth alternative can also help minimize climate risks. International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) forecasts that transforming energy systems could boost global GDP by USD98 trillion by 2050, and create around 63 million new jobs globally.

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Promote public health, ensure every person's right: HH Pope Francis to UN

His Holiness Pope Francis focused on devastating effects of COVID-19 on children, including migrants and refugees. Speaking on occasion of 75th anniversary of UN General Assembly, he urged world leaders to promote public health and ensure every person’s fundamental right, to life and schooling. He said crisis provides a chance “to come out better or worse”, and there are plenty of reasons to work to come out better.

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Bollywood: Actress Deepika Padukone arrives at NCB office for questioning

Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone has arrived at Narcotics Control Bureau’s office in Mumbai for questioning for drugs-related probe. According to reports, Deepika's manager Karishma Prakash, and actress Shraddha Kapoor and Sara Ali Khan will also be questioned at NCB office later in the day. Earlier, the anti-drug agency had found Karishma’s WhatsApp chats included conversations about many drugs with Deepika Padukone.

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