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Delhi’s Signature Bridge
opens for traffic
The iconic and much-awaited
Signature Bridge over the
river Yamuna was opened for
the public on Monday, a day
after its inauguration.
The 575m-long suspension
bridge, connecting Wazirabad
across the river, reduces travel
time between north and
northeast parts of Delhi from
45 minutes to 10 minutes. It
also eases the heavy traffic on
the existing Wazirabad
India’s first asymmetrical
cable-stayed bridge, like the
Eiffel Tower in Paris, will have
a facility to transport tourists
up the main pillar, which is
People can also enjoy a
panoramic view of the city
from the observation deck, to
open early next year.
Air India staff on strike after no
Air India’s contractual ground staff
went on a strike on Wednesday after
failing to receive their Deepavali
bonuses. This caused several Air India
flights from Mumbai to be delayed.
“The delay was up to three hours,”
an Air India spokesperson told the
Press Trust of India. A Mumbai airport
representative told the Asian News
International that 16 international
flights were delayed.
The national airline said it called
off-duty permanent staff back to help
with the held-up check-in process.
CISF trooper among four killed in
A Central Industrial Security Force
(CISF) trooper and three civilians were
killed when Maoists blew up a vehicle
yesterday in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada
district, four days before the first phase
of assembly polls in the state, police
Two CISF personnel and a civilian
suffered injuries in the attack that took
place around 11.30am in the Bacheli
area when a CISF team and some
civilians were on their way for elections
It was the third Maoist attack in 13
days in Chhattisgarh.
Shiv Sena demands renaming of
Aurangabad and Osmanabad
Indian political party Shiv Sena is
putting pressure on Maharashtra Chief
Minister Devendra Fadnavis by asking
when the state government will rename
Aurangabad and Osmanabad.
It has for long proposed that
Aurangabad be renamed Sambhaji
Nagar and Osmanabad as Dharashiv
According to an Indian Express
report, the demand to rename places
across states has gained momentum
since the Yogi Adityanath-led
government in Uttar Pradesh renamed
Allahabad as Prayagaraj.
Lucknow cricket stadium opens,
The new Ekana International Cricket
Stadium in Lucknow has been renamed
as Bharat Ratan Atal Bihari Vajpayee
International Cricket Stadium in
honour of the late former prime
minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
The stadium, which has a seating
capacity of 50,000, hosted its first
international match between India and
West Indies on Tuesday after its
Eminent bhajan singer Vinod
Popular Hindi bhajan singer Vinod
Agarwal passed away on Tuesday due
to multiple organ failure. He was 63.
He was admitted in critical condition
to the Nayati hospital in Mathura after
he complained of chest pain on Sunday.
The singer was put on a ventilator after
some of his vital organs stopped
working, a doctor said.
He has performed in more than
1,500 live programmes in India and has
held shows in Singapore, Britain,
Switzerland, France and Germany.
Kerala High Court: Protests in
Sabarimala not acceptable
The Kerala High Court yesterday
turned down a bail plea by a man
arrested last month, saying protests
against the entry of women to the
Sabarimala temple were unacceptable.
Govind Madhusudhan was arrested
at the temple town during protests
against the entry of women in the age
group of 10 to 50.
Police have arrested over 3,500
people and registered close to 540
cases. Around 100 people are still in
West Bengal to celebrate
The West Bengal government will
observe “Rosogolla Day” on
Wednesday to celebrate the first
anniversary of it receiving the
Geographical Indication tag “Bengal’s
Rosogolla”. The tag is a sign that
identifies a product as originating from
a particular place.
Different varieties of rosogollas
(Indian syrup dessert) will be
showcased in the stalls of the Mishti
Hub (sweetmeat hub), set up in one
part of the Eco Park in New Town area
in Kolkata. A discussion on the history
of rosogolla will also be held on the day.
Modi to attend RCEP and East Asia
Summits in Singapore
V.K. SANTOSH KUMAR
When Indian Prime Minister Narendra
Modi visits Singapore next week, attend-
ing the Regional Comprehensive Eco-
nomic Partnership (RCEP) summit on
Nov 14 will be on top of his agenda.
The RCEP is a proposed trade agree-
ment between the Asean countries
(Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos,
Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines,
Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam) and
their six free trade agreement partners –
Australia, China, India, Japan, South Ko-
rea and New Zealand.
Its member nations are expected to
sign a joint statement to conclude an
agreement by the year end.
Mr Modi has a hectic schedule on
At 10.15am, he will give the keynote
speech at the Singapore FinTech Festi-
val, the biggest FinTech event in the
world which is expected to attract more
than 30,000 people, including influen-
tial entrepreneurs, leaders and experts.
India has 400 exhibitors at the festi-
val, the largest number.
At the Singapore Expo Convention
Centre, Mr Modi will also launch a plat-
form to connect Indian FinTech compa-
nies with Asean banks and financial in-
Earlier in the morning, he will give
awards to the winners of the first
hackathon between Indian and Singa-
Education Minister Ong Ye Kung will
also be present.
The hackathon is the outcome of a
suggestion that Mr Modi had made to
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during
his visit to Singapore on June 1.
He wanted students from the two
countries to participate in a hackathon,
with each side providing a set of ques-
tions the other would try to solve.
Mr Ong had said he was in favour of
the idea: “Chances are they can come
up with cheap, efficient and effective so-
lutions. It’s a great idea, and I think we
should gather our universities and do
The final of the hackathon, which will
see the participation of 60 students each
from India and Singapore, will be held at
Nanyang Technological University on
Nov 12 and 13.
Mr Modi will attend the RCEP sum-
mit in the evening of Nov 14, followed
by the East Asia gala dinner, at the Sun-
tec Convention Centre.
He will also hold bilateral talks with
PM Lee and other leaders that day.
During his May-June Singapore visit,
Mr Modi had hailed the “warmest and
closest” relationship between India and
Singapore, saying the two lions (coun-
tries) shall step into the future together.
“When India opened up to the world
and turned to the East, Singapore be-
came a partner and a bridge between In-
dia and Asean. Political relations be-
tween India and Singapore are among
the warmest and closest. There are no
contests or claims, or doubts,” he said.
“On the foundations of this extraordi-
nary heritage, the wealth of our human
links and the strength of our shared val-
ues, India and Singapore are building a
partnership of our age. It is a relation-
ship that truly meets the test of strategic
On Nov 15, Mr Modi will have break-
fast with the Asean leaders at Suntec
It will be followed by a lunch retreat
involving the leaders who will be attend-
ing the East Asia Summit (EAS). The
EAS will take place later.
The EAS’ 18 members are the 10
Asean countries and Australia, China,
India, Japan, New Zealand, South Ko-
rea, the United States and Russia.
At the sidelines of the EAS, the lead-
ers of the “Quad” countries, namely In-
dia, US, Japan and Australia, are ex-
pected to discuss stepped-up maritime
security and disaster-relief initiatives as
well as economic development projects
in the critical Indo-Pacific region.
Mr Modi will depart Singapore in the
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