Bloomsbury withdraws publication of book on Delhi Riots after social media backlash

Bloomsbury India, one of the most prestigious publishing houses of the nation, refuses to publish Delhi Riots 2020: The Untold Story after being subjected to social media backlash. The authors, advocate Monika Arora and Delhi University teachers Sonali Chitalkar and Prerna Malhotra, had composed a book on the factual reports of the riots in Delhi in the month of February, which was to be released by Bloomsbury India in September.

However, the participation of a BJP leader Kapil Mishra as the guest of honour, in one virtual pre-publication ceremony has created ruckus in social media. The publishing house has denied the knowledge of any such participation, and has put down the publication of the book.


China launches new optical remote-sensing satellite

China successfully launches Gaofen-9 05, a new optical remote-sensing satellite from its Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwest China. The satellite was launched by a Long March-2D carrier rocket, along with a multifunctional test satellite and another satellite named Tiantuo-5. These launches on Sunday mark the 343rd mission of the Long March rocket series.


Indonesia’s Sinabung volcano shoots smoke and ash

Indonesia’s Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Centre reported the sight of the volcano shooting smoke and ash more than 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) into the air and hot ash clouds that travelled 1 kilometer (0.6 mile) southeast. Villagers have been warned to keep a safe distance of 5 kilometers from the crater. Transport Ministry did not report any hindrance in air travel.

Mount Sinabung on Sumatra, is among the 120 active volcanoes on the Pacific Ring of Fire, that had been dormant for centuries but came back to life in 2010, with an eruption killing two people, and has been active ever since.



I&B releases guidelines for resuming production of films and TV series

Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar announces 6 pages standard operating procedure (SOPs) on Doordarshan, in order to resume the production of films and TV series. These guidelines have been finalized after consulting the health and home ministries. He adds that Contact Minimization is the priority of the SOPs for the safeguarding of all those working. Least contact and sharing of props, PPEs for hairstylists and make-up artists among others will also be maintained. Furthermore, only the characters in front of camera will be spared the wearing of masks.

The guidelines are directed to all the states with a hope to resume the economic drop caused due to the pandemic.


South Korea elevates distancing as numbers increase

The 397 fresh cases reported by South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention marked the 10th day of triple digit increases. It has been also indicated that the viral spread is coming around the worst seen epidemic in spring. The upsurge has been first noticed in the capital, before reaching any other city.

Churches and beaches have been closed; baseball games are to be played in empty stadiums to control the spread. It is also taken into account that this is not the peak, and numbers are more likely to increase before decreasing.


Supreme Court gives court one month to deliver verdict regarding Babri Masjid demolition

The Apex court extends the deadline of verdict to one month, 30th September 2020, in the light of completion of trial of the Babri Masjid demolition case against several accused persons, including prominent BJP leaders like L.K. Advani, Murali Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti.

A three-judge Bench led by Justice Rohinton Nariman noted that the trial was approaching soon and a month extension, at a request made by Special Judge S.K. Yadav, would be sufficient.



Tibetan monks under scanner in Chinese businessman transactions

The recent arrest of a Chinese businessman, Charlie Peng, 43, alias Luo Sang, by the Income Tax authorities for money laundering, has urged the Himachal Pradesh police to investigate further on possible links that have surfaced in the state. Security agencies reportedly suspect that Peng was allegedly bribing some Tibetan monks in Delhi to retrieve information on the Dalai Lama.


Police seize 49 kg of cannabis hidden in bamboologs on a lorry

The Udupi District Crime Investigation Bureau have arrested two- Kurutapandy (40) of Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu and Vanu Haldar (30) from New Cooch Behar district of West Bengal- on the grounds of illegally carrying 49 kilograms of cannabis on a lorry in Udupi district.

The lorry that was heading from Udupi to Brahmavar, was stopped by a team led by Police Inspector Manjappa D.R., and found several packets of cannabis hidden in six big bamboo logs, amounting to 49.150 kg. The load was coming from West Bengal and it was bound for Kerala.


Union Health Ministry announces India to get vaccine by the end of the year, if all goes well

Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan reveals in a tweet, of the possibility of getting a vaccine for COVID-19 by the end of this year, if all goes well.

Three COVID-19 vaccine candidates, including two indigenous ones, are in different phases of development in India. The phase-one human clinical trials of the two indigenous COVID-19 vaccine candidates, one developed by Bharat Biotech in association with ICMR and the other by Zydus Cadila Ltd, have been completed and the trials have moved to phase-two. The Serum Institute of India, partnered with AstraZeneca for manufacturing the COVID-19 vaccine candidate developed by the University of Oxford has been permitted for conducting its phase two and three human clinical trials in India.


Trump’s election campaign releases commercial for Indian-Americans featuring Modi

As a way of pleasing the Indian-American voters numbering over 2 million, Trump campaign, led by Donald Trump Jr., releases the first video-commercial comprising of clips from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speeches and U.S. President Donald Trump’s address in Ahmedabad.

Titled as “Four more years”, the 107-second video starts with the footage of PM Modi and President Trump walking hand in hand at the NRG Stadium in Houston, where the duo made a joint address to the Indian-American community.