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Superstar Rajinikanth to end suspense over his political plunge today

Superstar Rajinikanth is widely expected to put an end to the speculation surrounding his political plunge today as he meets with a senior leader of Rajini Makkal Mandram (RMM). Rajinikanth is meeting RMM's district secretaries at actor's Raghavendra Kalyana Mandapam in Kodambakkam. Last month, the actor hinted that his long-awaited entry may be delayed over health concerns.

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Tamil Nadu extends COVID-19 lockdown till 31 December 2020

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami announced lockdown extension till 31 December 2020 midnight, subject to certain relaxations. Exemptions in the state include medical colleges, beaches, swimming pools, exhibition halls, and more. Meanwhile, India has recorded over 9.4 million, including 446,309 active cases, 8.84 million recoveries, and 137,177 fatalities till date.

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BJP wants to free Hyderabad from 'Nawab Nizam' culture: Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah recently commented that BJP wants to liberate Hyderabad from 'Nawab Nizam' culture and transform it into a modern city. He commented during his visit to campaign for Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation election slated to be held on 1 December 2020. Additionally, Shah stated that BJP wants Hyderabad to be free from corruption while ensuring it's transition from 'dynasty to democracy'.

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UAE Justice Ministry sets up special federal courts for money laundering

Sultan bin Saeed Al Badi Al Dhaheri, Minister of Justice issued a ministerial resolution on setting up specialised courts for money laundering crimes. The resolution abides with the framework of the federal judiciary in courts of Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Fujairah. Further, this will support country's effort and efficiency in combating money laundering crimes while ensuring consistency of legal judgements.

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Is laughter queen Bharti Singh sacked from "The Kapil Sharma Show"?

According to sources, laughter queen Bharti Singh has been sacked from “The Kapil Sharma Show”. Singh’s fellow comedian Kiku Sharda stated that she wasn’t present to shoot an episode, however, there are no official statements. Bharti Singh and her husband Haarsh Limbachiyaa were arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) from their house following the seizure of drugs.

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India PM Modi to virtually interact with 3 COVID-19 vaccine teams today

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually communicate with three teams working in the development of Coronavirus vaccine. Three COVID-19 vaccine teams include Gennova Biopharma, Biological E, and Dr Reddy's. Earlier on 27 November, Modi visited Serum Institute of India in Pune to have the first-hand perspective of vaccine preparations, challenges, and roadmap in India.

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UAE: Partly cloudy weather expected with possibility of light rain today

The National Centre of Meteorology reported that UAE weather on 30 November 2020 will be partly cloudy with the possibility of light rain. Following today, Tuesday morning might welcome light fog forming in some western areas. Additionally, UAEREP announced recently that 5th International Rain Enhancement Forum will run in a virtual format on 25-26 January 2021.

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UAE President pays tribute to martyr's of nation on Commemoration Day

HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Ruler and UAE President shared his gratitude and appreciation to the sacrifice of the martyr's on Commemoration Day. UAE President pledged that martyr's children and families will remain a priority and will receive highest care support from the state. Meanwhile, other UAE leaders also expressed their gratitude and paid their respect on the day.

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Financing India: Swedish companies in India to invest USD1 billion

Swedish companies in India committed to expanding its relationship as they announced to invest USD1 billion in coming years. India and Sweden during 'Financing India' webinar planned to develop innovations in Indian society with an aim to become a global force in a very short period. Currently, around 50 Swedish companies are SMEs, and 55 firms manufacture in India across 75 different sites.

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Saudi Arabia declares completion of its Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai announced completion of construction, which began in February 2019. The completion also marks its readiness for the landmark World Expo, which is set to take place in October 2021. The Saudi Arabia Pavilion will be second in size only to that of UAE pavilion has planned to take visitors on a guided tour of wonders of country's 13 regions.

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US might see uptick in COVID-19 cases due to Thanksgiving: Dr Fauci

Dr Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease expert of US, stated that there will be an uptick in COVID-19 cases due to Thanksgiving travel by Americans. To curb the spread, Fauci urged travellers to be safe when returning home as US has recorded over 13 million confirmed infections. Meanwhile, the number of global cases nears 63 million mark with overall 1.4 million fatalities and over 40 million recoveries.

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Dubai to launch world's first contactless payment ecosystem

The Emirates Payment Services has developed 'Empay' application, world's first contactless instant credit lifestyle payment ecosystem. The application is secure for a cashless transaction, designed and developed within UAE's Smart Government programme framework. The platform will be launched on 49th UAE National Day celebrations with an aim to accelerate the nation's on-going digital transformation.

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Check out how UAE National Day will be different this year

UAE government released guidelines for residents ahead of 49th UAE National Day celebration to curb COVID-19 infections in the country. Officials allowed family gathering with no more than 20 people while adhering to safety guidelines of wearing a mask and practising social distancing. Additionally, residents are urged to avoid large gathering at public places.

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Why is Serum Institute filing suit against a volunteer after vaccine trial?

A 40-year-old volunteer of 'Covisheild vaccine' from Chennai has reportedly suffered 'neurological complications' at a private hospital. He is seeking for USD676,283 (INR5 crore) compensation as his lawyer has issued a legal notice against Serum Institute of India (SII) and private hospital. SII, on the other hand, filed USD13.5 million (INR100 crore) defamation suit against volunteer for misconceived allegations.

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Sudan slipping into hyperinflation as inflation reaches 230%

Given the rate of inflation, Sudan is on the verge of slipping into hyperinflation if the African country doesn't take care of its budget deficit and money supply in the coming times. As per report by state statistics bureau, Sudan's inflation shot to 230% in October 2020. Also, money printing has made the M2 money supply measure rise by over 50%.

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How shopping websites are turning you into an impulsive buyer?

A new study analyzes tricks that contribute to impulsive buying by displaying real-time information. Macys.com tops the chart with more than 30 “social influence” features that contribute to impulsive buying, including discounts, product ratings, and interactive displays. The team highlights concerns on website designs that prioritize business goals over the welfare of people. The study is presented to the ACM CHI.

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I salute the families of our loyal martyrs: Abu Dhabi crown prince

On the occasion of UAE Commemoration Day, crown prince of Abu Dhabi paid tribute to the country's martyrs. His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in his statement to the UAE Armed Forces magazine 'Nation Shield', said the martyrs are timeless symbols of patriotism that adorn our history with glory and pride. He said the govt will always stand by the side of the martyrs' families.

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May Allah Almighty accept our martyrs in heaven: UAE vice-president

On the eve of UAE Commemoration Day, UAE vice-president and Prime Minister said UAE martyrs will always stay alive in our memories. "I salute you all on this blessed day wherein we, inspired by our noble values of loyalty and giving, commemorate our martyrs with faith and patriotism," said His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum in a statement to the UAE Armed Forces magazine 'Nation Shield'.

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UAE: New-generation passports & identity cards approved

During the cabinet session on Sunday, UAE government approved new Emirati passports and national identity cards. The new-generation documents will not only feature a fresh design but also sport advanced, smart, and digital security features. As for the existing passports and IDs, they will be gradually replaced with the new ones.

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UAE Environment Policy adopted by cabinet for sustainable future

The cabinet on Sunday approved the 'UAE Environment Policy', which incorporates eight different priorities, including limiting the impacts of climate change, accelerating the efforts to conserve natural resources, boosting air quality, and ensuring the safety of food products. Over 100 initiatives and 36 indicators aimed at sustainability, conservation, and utilisation of natural resources are also part of the policy.

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UAE cabinet gives green light to 'National Media Team'

The UAE cabinet on Sunday confirmed the formation of the UAE National Media Team. The committee will work under the UAE Government Media Office and strive to develop Emirati media. Moreover, the committee includes various relevant personnel such as the Director-General of the Abu Dhabi Media Office, CEO of Radio and TV – Dubai Media Incorporated, the editor-in-chief of Al Ittihad newspaper, and many others.

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What is 'Long COVID' that doctors are talking about?

Doctors have reported that 'Long COVID' could actually be four different syndromes. With the illness first appearing in the respiratory system, it can ease down and reappear in different locations such as the brain, cardiovascular system, heart, kidneys, liver, and skin. People facing complications for a longer period due to COVID-19 are being called "long haulers", with their condition termed as "Long COVID".

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Indonesia: Mount Ili Lewotolok shoots ash & smoke 4km high into the sky

On Sunday, the Mount Ili Lewotolok in the Southeast Asian archipelago of Indonesia erupted and released ash and smoke as high as 4km into the sky. While the eruption caused a flight warning and forced authorities to close the local airport, there were no reports of injuries or any kind of damage due to the outburst. Also, officials issued warnings of possible lava flows.

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Feel the vibes: A few tips if you are a brand new dad

Are you a new dad? Here are a few tips that will help you bond with your baby. As studies suggest, babies can sense the vibes, so observe and get marveled by the baby before he grows up. Involve in talking to the child, change diapers, read them closely by having fun. Following your baby’s cue will lead you to express yourself and be supportive towards him.

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Will Netflix and Amazon bring back the golden age of TV?

Earlier, sitcoms were about fun-hate relationships. With the prediction of ‘Y2K bug’ affecting globally and the advent of “saas-bahu” serials, the golden age of TV died. But since game changers such as Netflix and Amazon entered the market, there is a belief that OTT could bring back the golden age of Indian TV. A fear is that this too might eventually give way to mediocre content.

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UAE gymnast Lamia Tariq Malallah in Nickelodeon's campaign

UAE gymnast Lamia Tariq Malallah was launched in a global campaign called "Extraordinary Me", to inspire children to pursue their dreams. The short film on Lamia’s life released on Friday can be viewed on the Nickelodeon channel that is available on OSN across the Middle East region. The film shows her journey of being the first UAE National to compete in gymnastics in the Youth Olympics in 2026.

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Vietnam's young entrepreneur encourages youth to choose heritage

Nguyen Duc Loc, 28, is trying to bring tradition back into the society. Loc owes a production house in Hanoi designing traditional Vietnamese outfits. His company got recognition with him designing clothes for music videos, singers, and many traditional fashion shows. Despite criticism saying his clothes are impractical in today’s world, Loc bloom to cater to those interested in ancient designs.

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German Christmas markets push tradition despite pandemic

Landshut Christmas markets are said to have been part of Christmas traditions since the 15th century. But because of the COVID-19 pandemic, markets came with a twist this year. Shopping, drinking, and enjoying Christmas carols are being done from inside the car to curb the spread of the virus. Since the opening of the market, cars are rolling into the drive-in market after dark to enjoy the new atmosphere.

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We do not want any pre-condition: Farmers on talks with Amit Shah

Farmers protesting at Delhi borders against new farm bill rejected home minister Amit Shah's early talks offer on Sunday and denied to go to Burari. Shah had requested farmers to relocate to Sant Nirankari ground in Burari for peaceful protests. "We have decided that we will stay put at the Delhi borders," said Bharatiya Kisan Union president Buta Singh Burjgill.

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How a radio station is helping a town overcome conservatism

Radio Mewat is helping raise awareness, create opportunities, and enable girls to put forward their voices in the backward region of Mewat in Haryana. Just 100km from Delhi, Mewat is a Muslim-majority region with its history connected to Mahatma Gandhi who requested Muslims of the area not to leave India during partition. Mewat has since remained untouched by modernisation and development.

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Rare all-white feathers penguin spotted in Galapagos Islands

A rare penguin with all-white feathers has been found in the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. The animal was first seen a week ago by guide Jimmy Patiño on Isabella Island, located a thousand kilometers off Ecuador coast. Park officials said they need to conduct genetic analysis to confirm this condition. The island is collaborating with the Charles Darwin Foundation to track penguin numbers at the site.

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MS Dhoni dances with family in an adorable video

The Chennai team took to their Instagram to share an adorable video of MS Dhoni dancing and having a gala time with Sakshi Dhoni and daughter Ziva Dhoni. It was a refreshing treat for his fans to get a peek into his personal life as well. After Mahendra Singh Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket in August, he has been enjoying time with family in Dubai.

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Anne Hathaway talks on motherhood experience during COVID-19

Anne Hathaway opened up about her motherhood experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. During an interview with a magazine, Anne, mother of sons, Jonathan and Jack with husband Adam Shulman, expressed how the lockdown provided her with “tonnes of opportunities” and that the biggest challenge was doing “laundry”. Anne was one of the highest-paid actresses in the world in 2015.

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Breaking: Twin suicide blasts kill 34 in Afghanistan

Two suicide blasts rocked Afghanistan on Sunday. The two explosions, which targeted a military base in Ghazni city, left as many as 34 dead. Zahir Shah Nikmal, chief of Ghazni provincial health department, confirmed the death toll. The suicide bomb vehicle exploded near an army base. A National Security Council official from Afghanistan reported the details of the incident on condition of anonymity.

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Sacrifices made are 'medals of pride': Khalifa on Commemoration Day

On Commemoration Day (Martyrs' Day), UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, pledged to remember with appreciation and gratitude "our children who sacrificed their lives in the fields of truth and duty, the fields of redemption; in defence of the nation, in preservation of its sovereignty, and in protection of its achievements." Khalifa said the sacrifices are "medals of pride".

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Australia make it 2 out of 2 in ODI series as India fall short of 51 runs

India lost the second ODI against Australia by 51 runs. Chasing a mammoth target of 390 runs, the Indian team could only score 338/9. Skipper Virat Kohli was the top scorer with 89 runs off 87 deliveries. Wicket-keeper batsman KL Rahul scored 76 runs. From the winning side, Pat Cummins was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 67/3.

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UAE maintains lowest COVID-19 death rate compared to European Union

UAE health ministry conducted 137,203 COVID-19 tests in the past 24 hours resulting in the detection of 1,251 new cases of coronavirus. Authorities have registered 736 recoveries in the past 24 hours. UAE announced that the country maintains the lowest death rate in the world compared to the European Union, the Middle East, and North Africa region and OECD.

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Syria photojournalist Ameer Alhalbi injured in Paris protest

Christophe Deloire reported that Ameer Alhalbi, 24, had been wounded at Place de la Bastille by "a police baton". Alhalbi has won several international awards, mainly for his coverage of the Syrian conflict in his home city Aleppo for AFP. Dimitri Beck, director of photography for Polka, said Alhalbi had suffered a broken nose and injured forehead, and had been taken to the hospital.

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India-Australia 2nd ODI: Battle on ground, love in the stands

An Indian cricket fan proposed his girlfriend Down Under during the second ODI between India and Australia in Sydney. Donning an Indian jersey, the spectator went down on his knee with a ring in hand to propose his love, who was wearing a yellow jersey to support the Aussies. Soon after, she said yes, Australian cricketer Glenn Maxwell was seen appreciating the moment with a smile and applause.

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NDA ally & Rashtriya Loktantrik Party founder ready to join farmer protests

Rashtriya Loktantrik Party founder and Nagaur MP Hanuman Beniwal has come in support of the ongoing farmer protests in Delhi. Beniwal opposed the new farm law and said he is ready to join the protests with around 500,000 farmers from Rajasthan. RLP had formed an alliance with BJP for 2019 Rajasthan Lok Sabha elections. Beniwal said he won't hesitate to quit the alliance if BJP goes against the farmers.

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Canada pre-orders 27.7% more doses of upcoming vaccine than its population

As the hope of having a vaccine soon rises, countries have started pre-ordering doses from various pharmaceutical firms. Canada, Japan, and US have pre-ordered doses that are higher in number than their entire population. Canada has pre-ordered 27.7% more doses than its population. With the global COVID-19 tally crossing 62 million infections and 1.45 million deaths, the pandemic continues to create havoc.

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UAE announces USD500,000 plus fine for using fake IP address

UAE Public Prosecution has announced a fine of USD136,100 to USD544,400 and imprisonment on using fake Internet Protocol (IP) address. If a person is found using a fake IP address to work or for committing a crime, he or she may be charged with either imprisonment or a fine or both. The prosecution also shared a video educating people on the law.

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Dragon-looking sea creature spotted in Cape Town beach

Maria Wagener spotted blue-colored dragon-looking sea creature at a beach in Cape Town, South Africa. The creature appear to be Glaucus atlanticus, a type of sea slug, previously been found stranded on beaches in Australia and in the US. Wagener found around 20 on the beach, adding that she had never seen anything like them before.

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Obama's CIA chief calls Iranian nuclear scientist's killing a criminal act

John Brennan, former CIA director, has called Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh's assassination a "highly reckless" and "criminal act". Brennan, who served during Barack Obama's second term, said the event may invite new regional conflict & lethal retaliation. Iran has blamed Israel for the crime. Before his killing, Fakhrizadeh was in charge of the ministry of defence's research and innovation organisation.

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Star Wars actor Dave Prowse passes away at 85

Actor Dave Prowse, the iconic villain Darth Vader of the 'Star Wars' trilogy, passed away at the age of 85 due to short illness. His last public appearance was at Dave Prowse Empire Day. He represented England at the Commonwealth Games 1962 in weightlifting. Actor Daniel Logan tweeted: “Rest now and be one with the Force!”

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Amazon to reward frontline workers by spending big this Christmas

Amazon.com Inc has announced to spend USD500 million in one-time bonuses on Christmas 2020. The online retail giant will distribute bonuses to its frontline workers who are serving even during the COVID-19 pandemic. While full-time employees will receive USD300, part-time workers will get USD150 each. Earlier, Amazon rolled out a one-time bonus aggregating to USD500 million in June 2020.

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Western Railway revises Rajdhani, Shatabdi timings

Western Railway announced revised timings for Rajdhani and Shatabdi Express departing from Mumbai. From 01 December, trains from Mumbai Central to Delhi, Mumbai Central to Ahmedabad, Bandra to Kanpur, Sabarmati to Gwalior, Sabarmati to Agra Cantt, Bandra Terminus to Jhansi, and Daund to Gwalior will operate at revised timings. Also, August Kranti Rajdhani will commence operations from Andheri.

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Queen's hat maker brings glamour to Saint Petersburg amid pandemic

Designer Philip Treacy showcased his latest elegant hat collection at Russia’s largest private museum despite the pandemic. Treacy is a hatmaker to many British royal clients and stars, including the queen and Duchess of Cambridge and stars such as Madonna. Treacy quoted residents of Saint Petersburg understand the power of the hat as they lived in beautiful cities and that they need entertainment amid the pandemic.

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Former England cricketer Monty Panesar expresses harmony with farmers

Former England cricketer Monty Panesar spoke in favour of farmers' protection as there is no mention of fixing a price in the India’s new farm law. Protesters expressed apprehension that the laws would pave way for the dismantling of the minimum support price system. Thousands of farmers have gathered at Delhi's borders to hold protests wanting government to withdraw legislations or guarantee them the MSP for crops.

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Why did PM Modi praise Jonas Masetti 'Vishvanath' on Mann Ki Baat?

On Sunday, India PM Narendra Modi praised Brazilian Jonas Masetti 'Vishvanath' on his radio programme Mann Ki Baat. Vishvanath runs an organisation 'Vishva Vidya', gives lessons on Vedanta, and teaches Geeta near Rio De Janeiro. He stayed at Arsha Vidya Gurukulam in Coimbatore for years and studied Vendanta. "The culture of India is gaining popularity all over the world," tweeted the PMO.

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