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Man kills 10 with cyanide-laced
The Andhra Pradesh police on
Tuesday arrested a serial killer, who
allegedly murdered 10 people in the
last two years by giving them
cyanide-laced “prasadam” (religious
Vellanki Simhadri alias Shiva
resorted to the killings in Krishna, East
Godavari and West Godavari districts
between February last year and
October this year after suffering losses
in a real estate business.
Police investigations revealed that
the man, hailing from Eluru town,
claimed he had supernatural powers
and collected money and gold from
people, before giving them
Pakistan asked to remove
Two days ahead of the
highly-anticipated inauguration of the
cross-border Kartarpur Corridor, India
on Wednesday voiced concerns over
the presence of three Sikh separatist
leaders, including Jarnail Singh
Bhindranwale, in an official
promotional video of the corridor
released by Pakistan and has raised
the matter with Islamabad.
The video shows posters by Sikhs
for Justice group featuring photographs
of Pro-Khalistan leader Bhindranwale
and his military adviser Shabeg Singh,
who were killed during Operation
Blue Star in 1984. Sikhs for Justice is
a banned outfit.
The video was released on Monday,
ahead of the Nov 9 inauguration of
the Kartarpur Corridor, which will
connect the Dera Baba Nanak shrine
in Punjab with the Kartarpur shrine in
Pakistan, where Guru Nanak Dev
spent his final days.
Boeing says India will be
fastest-growing aviation market
India will be the world’s
fastest-growing aviation market over
the next two decades, according to
Boeing, which expects the South Asian
nation will need 2,380 aircraft in that
period at a value of US$330 billion.
The United States manufacturer’s
forecast is slightly higher than the one
it made in December last year, when it
said India would require 2,300 new
aircraft worth US$320 billion over
Buffalo Bheem fetches Rs 14 crore
at Pushkar Fair
A Murrah buffalo, weighing around
1,300kg, has fetched Rs14 crore ($2.7
million) at the Pushkar cattle fair in
Rajasthan’s Ajmer city.
The buffalo, named Bheem and
showcased among 5,000 animals, is
owned by Jodhpur-based Jawaharlal
Jangeed. His son Arvind said the
buffalo regular diet is 1kg ghee,
butter, 25 litres of milk, 1kg cashew
nuts and almond which amounts to a
monthly expense of Rs1.5 lakh.
Minister brings Jallianwala Bagh
soil to national museum
Union Culture Minister Prahlad Patel
on Tuesday brought soil from
Jallianwala Bagh in an urn to Delhi to
mark the centenary of the 1919
British colonial era massacre.
The central Tourism Ministry said
the soil will be kept at the National
Museum and serve to inspire youths
and people about the sacrifices made
by India’s freedom fighters.
The Jallianwala Bagh massacre took
place in Amritsar during the Baisakhi
festival on April 13, 1919, when the
British Indian Army under the
command of Colonel Reginald Dyer
opened fire at a crowd staging a
leaving over 400 people, including 41
Fresh row over Amaravati
missing from map
With Amaravati missing from India’s
latest map released last week, a fresh
row broke out in Andhra Pradesh over
the future of the state capital.
The map, released by the Central
government in the wake of the
creation of the Union Territories of
Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh,
shows all states with their capitals
except Andhra Pradesh.
As it comes amid the continuing
uncertainty over the future of
Amaravati, the opposition Telugu
Desam Party (TDP) launched a fresh
attack on the YSR Congress Party
TDP leaders cited this as proof of
the Jagan Mohan Reddy-led
government dumping Amaravati as the
state capital and deciding to relocate
the capital city to some other location.
Goa village ‘suspends’ tourist
Days after amateur shutterbugs
thought they have lost their
opportunity to capture the scenic
beauty of Goa, the panchayat in North
Goa’s Parra has scrapped a
controversial tax levied on tourists.
Parra is best known for its scenic
road lined with coconut trees, which
has serveed as a backdrop in several
Bollywood films, including the
Shahrukh Khan-starrer Dear Zindagi.
The decision to levy the tax,
ranging from Rs100 to Rs500, had
triggered a controversy in Goa, after
an outraged local resident published a
photo of the panchayat’s signage
announcing the tax and uploaded a
video of tourists being levied the fee
on social media.
Delhi’s air improves to ‘poor’ as
The air quality in New Delhi improved on
Wednesday as schools reopened after the
Indian capital saw its highest levels of toxic
smog in three years.
Delhi’s air quality index (AQI), which
measures the concentration of poisonous
particulate matter, was recorded at 216 in
the “poor” category, according to the
Central Pollution Control Board.
This was a marked improvement from
Sunday when the city recorded its worst air
day since 2016, with an AQI at a “severe”
level of 494, and from Tuesday’s AQI at 324
in the “very poor” category.
The Delhi government declared a public
health emergency last Friday, with schools
told to stay shut until Tuesday and the
elderly warned not to venture outdoors.
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India has deployed thousands of additional security
forces and roped in about 16,000 “digital volun-
teers” to sanitise social media of inflammatory posts
ahead of a crucial Supreme Court verdict on a
disputed religious site.
Hindus and Muslims have for decades been
bitterly divided over the 16th-century Babri mosque
in Ayodhya, a city in the northern Uttar Pradesh
state that Hindus believe is the birthplace of their
Tensions boiled over in 1992 when Hindu zealots
destroyed the mosque, sparking religious violence
that killed 2,000 people.
India’s top court is expected to hand down its
ruling on competing claims to the site’s ownership
before Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi retires on Nov 17.
“Thousands of (additional) security personnel
from different agencies have been deployed in and
around Ayodhya. Additional vehicles, CCTV cam-
eras, body cameras and drones too have been
brought in,” said Ayodhya police senior superinten-
dent Ashish Tiwari.
“The police is also making other efforts to ensure
that things remain calm. We have enlisted around
16,000 digital volunteers from 1,600 villages in the
region to help monitor and flag sensitive content on
the social media.”
The monitors will report what they deem is
inappropriate content to police, who could then try
to track down the posters and demand that they
delete their posts or messages.
Ayodhya – considered one of the holiest Hindu
sites – is visited by religious pilgrims from all over
India throughout the year.
Around one million pilgrims are expected to be
there early next week for a bathing ritual in the
Saryu river that flows in the region.
“We just have to stay alert and sensitive to the
security of the visiting pilgrims,” said Ayodhya
district magistrate Anuj Kumar Jha.
“We are also keeping a very close watch on social
media to ensure there are no rumours or incite-
Authorities clamped down on movement and
assembly of people in the region last month when
the court was concluding its hearing into the dispute.
The district also banned firecrackers and drones,
only allowing them to be used if permission is
The Supreme Court has to decide on the appeals
against a key 2010 verdict by the High Court which
ruled that both groups should split the site, with
Hindus granted the lion’s share.
Many Hindus believe the medieval mosque that
stood there for 460 years was built only after the
destruction of an earlier temple.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata
Party has campaigned on constructing a new temple
on the site of the razed mosque for decades.
Rapid Action Force personnel patrol a street in Ayodhya.
Extra security ahead of Ayodhya verdict
November 8, 2019
Complete the name of the 2019 film Dora and
the Lost City of
a) Gold b) Diamonds c) Treasure
Which of these is a traditional savoury Turkish
flatbread and pastry dish?
a) Kumpir b) Gozleme c) Shawarma
Which famous actor married Lauren Hashian in
a) Keanu Reeves b) Ryan Gosling c) Dwayne
What is a group of small islands in an area of
a) Reef b) Archipelago c) Isthmus
Who was elected the 39th president of the
Board of Control for Cricket in India?
a) Anil Kumble b) Sachin Tendulkar c) Sourav
In which country is the Lotus Tower, dubbed
the tallest tower in South Asia, located?
a) Sri Lanka b) Malaysia c) China
Who wrote Quichotte: A Novel?
a) Nicholas Sparks b) Suzanne Collins c) Salman
Name the first humanoid robot sent into space
a) Robocop b) Fedor c) Astor
What is the internet code of Philippines?
a) .ph b) .pl c) .pp
Law professor Kais Saied officially won the
presidential election in which country?
a) Ethiopia b) Zimbabwe c) Tunisia
Deepotsava 2019, an annual Kannada
cultural programme to celebrate the
occasion of Karnataka Rajyotsava
Nov 10, 4pm
Where: GIIS PG Smart Campus
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Secret Tales of Little India
by Little India Shopkeepers & Heritage
Association. Learn the history and
learn interesting facts behind the side
lanes of Little India. Free but need
Nov 9, 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Indian Heritage Centre,
5 Campbell Lane
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458.32 Square Metres by Kanchana
Gupta. The India-born and
Singapore-based artist’s first solo
exhibition features new sculptures
which are minimalist in form but
complex in texture. Free admission.
Till Nov 10, 11am to 7pm
(Tuesday to Saturday),
11am to 6pm (Sunday), closed on
Monday and public holidays.
Block 5 Lock Road
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SKH Lung Health Day: Live Well,
Breathe Well. On managing
chronic obstructive pulmonary
disease and asthma and keeping
your lungs healthy. Free but need to
Nov 9, noon to 4pm
Auditorium, Level 2 Sengkang
General Hospital, 1 Anchorvale Street
8268-7250 or log on to
Dangling Gandhi, book of fiction and
short stories by Jayanthi Sankar.
Nov 17, 5pm to 6.30pm
1 Old Parliament Lane
Sita Ram: A Musical And
Storytelling Performance. It is a
contemporary take on the Ramayana.
Nov 24, 7pm to 9pm
Crane, 46 Kim Yam Road,
Log on to
Kalaa Utsavam – Indian Festival of
Arts. The festival presents classical
and contemporary works by Indian
artists in Singapore and the region.
Nov 15 to Nov 24,
6pm to 10pm
Dastak 2019, a theatre festival, will
feature 10 Hindi plays of 10 minutes
each, with English subtitles.
Nov 14 and 15, 7.45pm,
Nov 16 and 17, 2.45pm and 7.45pm
Stamford Arts Centre,
155 Waterloo Street
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