Breaking News LIVE, November 9:
4:50 PM| India captain Virat Kohli will take paternity leave after first cricket test in Adelaide for upcoming India versus Australia Test Series.
— ICC (@ICC) November 9, 2020
3:15 PM| The Bombay High Court today rejected the bail plea moved by Editor-in-Chief of Republic TV Arnab Goswami, who is in judicial custody in relation to a case concerning the suicide of interior designer Anvay Naik in 2018. The Bench of Justices SS Shindeand MS Karnik pronounced the order today.
1:45 PM| In the state capital Patna, votes for all the 14 assembly constituencies will be counted at just one centre set up at A.N. College. The poll panel said it is readying 30 counting halls at the college. Bihar Chief Electoral Officer H R Srinivasa said the Election Commission has established a three-tier security system for strong rooms (housing the Electronic Voting Machines) and the counting centres.
12:55 PM| Actor Arjun Rampal’s Mumbai house is being searched by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), which is investigating drugs allegations linked to the film industry currently.
Yesterday, Bollywood producer Firoz Nadiadwala’s wife was arrested by the anti-drugs agency over 10 grams of marijuana allegedly found at their Mumbai home in raids.
12:30 PM| The BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation on Monday banned bursting or lighting of firecrackers at public places during the upcoming Diwali festival, under its jurisdiction. The firecrackers ban in Mumbai has been proposed in view of Covid-19 pandemic and the early winter that has set in.
“Use of soundless firecrackers like ‘phooljhadi’, ‘anar’ allowed between 8 pm till 10 pm on Diwali only,” BMC said.
11:45 AM| Telugu actor Chiranjeevi on Monday announced that he has tested positive for coronavirus. The 65-year-old actor said that he did a COVID-19 test as part of the safety protocol before joining the sets of his upcoming movie Acharya.
In a letter to his fans, he wrote, “I am currently asymptomatic & quarantining myself at home. Request all those who met me in the last 5 few days to also undergo covid tests. Will update you on my recovery soon.”
10:45 AM| Delhi’s air quality remained “severe” for the fifth consecutive day on Monday, with calm wind speed exacerbating the effect of stubble burning. The city’s air quality index (AQI) stood at 469 at 9 am. Its 24-hour average AQI was 416 on Sunday, 427 on Saturday, 406 on Friday, and 450 on Thursday, the highest since November 15 last year, when it was 458.
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the wind speed was 3 to 4 kilometers per hour in the morning, and the minimum temperature of 10 degrees Celsius. Calm winds and low temperatures trap pollutants close to the ground, while favourable wind speed helps in their dispersion.
US President-elect Joe Biden unveiled the Covid-19 plan on the new transition website. The website was updated on Sunday and outlines a list of “administration priorities” Covid-19, economic recovery, racial equity, and climate change which the campaign will begin working on in the months before Biden is officially sworn in as president on January 20, 2021. The president-elect is set to announce a task force on Monday dedicated to fighting the spread of Covid-19 in the US.
With new 45,000 COVID cases in the last 24 hours, India’s coronavirus tally touched the 85.5 lakh mark, government data shows. India also recorded 490 deaths linked to the viral disease in the 24 hours taking its overall Covid death count to 1,26,611.
Meanwhile, the world has reached the grim milestone of 50 million confirmed coronavirus cases on Sunday, Johns Hopkins University’s coronavirus tracker reported. Globally, more than 1.2 million have died of COVID-19 – the disease caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 – since the first cases were reported in China.