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India overtakes UK to become fifth
largest economy in the world
India has overtaken the United
Kingdom to become the world’s
fifth-largest economy and is now
behind only the United States, China,
Japan and Germany, according to IMF
A record beating expansion in the
April-June quarter helped the Indian
On an adjusted basis and using the
dollar exchange rate on the last day of
the quarter, the size of the Indian
economy in “nominal” cash terms in
the quarter through March was
US$854.7 billion. On the same basis,
the UK was US$816 billion,” stated a
First nasal vaccine for Covid-19
The Central government approved a
locally developed, needle-free and
nasally administered Covid-19 vaccine
for emergency use on Tuesday, in a
boost to India’s homegrown
The new inoculation was developed
by Bharat Biotech, the makers of
another intravenous vaccine approved
by the World Health Organisation last
India’s drug regulator allowed the
new product to be used as a primary
dose by any unvaccinated or partially
vaccinated adult, but not as a booster.
Police arrest alleged teen
A 19-year-old man accused of killing
four security guards in a week-long
murder spree was arrested on
Shiv Prasad allegedly bludgeoned to
death three guards in isolated areas in
Sagar district, near Bhopal. A fourth
man was killed in Bhopal on Aug 31.
“The accused wanted quick fame
and money and apparently got
addicted to crime sites and videos on
social media,” Sagar district
Superintendent of Police Tarun Nayak
said. “We are investigating his
involvement in some other crimes.”
Enforcement Directorate searches
Paytm, Razorpay premises
India’s anti-money laundering agency
searched the premises of online
payment companies including
Razorpay, Cashfree Payments and
Paytm Payment Services as part of a
probe into a Chinese loan app.
The Enforcement Directorate
conducted the search operations in
Bengaluru on Sep 2 amid allegations of
extortion and harassment of customers
involving the Chinese app.
Singapore’s GIC funds rocket
startup Skyroot ahead of launch
Indian rocket startup Skyroot
Aerospace has raised US$51 million in
a funding round led by Singapore
sovereign investor GIC which it plans
to use to begin commercial satellite
launches by the middle of next year.
The funding follows the Indian
government’s push to get the private
sector to complement its state-run
space programme known for its
affordable launches and missions.
Emissions deadline extended for
coal-fired plants for third time
The Central government extended a
deadline for coal-fired power plants to
install equipment to cut sulphur
emissions by two years in a notification
It marked the third pushback on a
commitment to clean up dirty air.
Indian cities have some of the
world’s most polluted air.
Thermal utilities, which produce 75
per cent of the country’s power,
account for some 80 per cent of
industrial emissions of sulphur and
nitrous-oxides, which cause lung
diseases, acid rain and smog.
India had initially set a 2017
deadline for thermal power plants to
install flue gas desuphurisation (FGD)
units to cut sulphur emissions. That
was later changed to varying deadlines
for different regions, ending in 2022,
and further extended last year until
Congress starts cross-country
march to revive support
Members of India’s main opposition
Congress party gathered on
Wednesday for a cross-country march
against “hate and division”, hoping to
regain some of the popularity it has
lost to the ruling Bharatiya Janata
Party members began walking from
the coastal town of Kanyakumari on
the southern tip of India on Thursday,
planning to cover more than 3,500
kilometres to reach Srinagar city in the
northernmost Himalayan region of
Kashmir in about 150 days.
The march, named Bharat Jodo
Yatra or Unite India Rally, is led by
Rahul Gandhi, a scion of the Gandhi
family, and comes on the heels of
several veterans leaving the party.
Government to take action against
fake, paid reviews on social media
The Central government will tighten
rules to root out fake or paid reviews
for products from cars to smartphones
on e-commerce websites and social
media, responding to a growing
It will soon announce a framework
of regulations that target people paid
to endorse merchandise, Mr Rohit
Kumar Singh, the most senior
bureaucrat at the consumer affairs
department, said on Wednesday.
Such reviewers will be held liable in
case of issues related to the product.
New Delhi to ban firecrackers
ahead of pollution season
New Delhi is set to ban firecrackers to
ease the burden of winter pollution on
its longer-suffering residents, though
the move will likely also take some of
the fun out of the Deepavali festival
The city of about 20 million people
is the world’s most polluted capital and
the air becomes particularly bad from
mid-December to February as cold air
traps dust, vehicle emissions and
smoke from burning crop stubble in
“In order to save people from the
danger of pollution in Delhi, like last
year, this time also the production,
storage, sale and use of all types of
firecrackers are being completely
banned,” Delhi’s Environment Minister
Gopal Rai, said on Wednesday.
Trade fair organiser booked for
A day after a swing broke mid-air and
fell from 50 feet injuring at least 16
persons at the Mohali Trade Fair in
Punjab, the district police on Monday
registered a case against the event’s
Deputy Superintendent of Police
Harsimran Singh Bal told
Indianexpress.com that organiser
Mukesh Kumar and members of his
team would be arrested soon.
Chaubey elected football
Former India goalkeeper Kalyan
Chaubey has been elected the new
president of the All India Football
Federation (AIFF), a week after world
football’s governing body FIFA lifted
the ban imposed on it for undue
The Bharatiya Janata Party
politician from West Bengal got
33 votes, with former India captain
Bhaichung Bhutia, his only rival,
receiving one vote.
India’s first virtual influencer’s debut
collaboration with leading audio brand boAt
has clocked over two million views on
Instagram and more than one million on
YouTube, less than a fortnight after the
Created by Himanshu Goel of Top Social
India and having over 100,000 followers on
Instagram, Kyra is one of the latest entrants
to the long list of computer-generated
influencers, most of whom have an elaborate
backstory and have gained sustained success.
Kyra (@kyraonig), the forever 21-year-old,
short haired “model, traveller and dream
chaser”, who has been on social media since
January, frequently posts pictures mimicking
These include vacation photos, mirror
selfies and occasional photoshoots.
Although her still photos are almost
human-like, the effect doesn’t quite carry
over to her videos.
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Get set for a finger food fiesta at Birch
Road, Little India, tomorrow
The event, organised by the Little
India Shopkeepers and Heritage Asso-
ciation (Lisha), will have about 100
stalls offering everything from pretzels
and vadais to cocktail samosas. It will
be held from 3pm to 6pm and food
and entry are free for the public.
Indian restaurants, schools, em-
bassies and other organisations will
offer unique preparations.
For instance, the Guild Interna-
tional College’s pretzels come in four
flavours – representing the cultures of
Singapore, while Moghul Mahal restau-
rant will introduce cocktail samosas.
Visitors can also taste Jalan Besar
Indian Activity Executive Committee’s
special kueh dadar (sweet coconut
pancake) and Abiramee Jewellers’
The finger food will come from
different cuisines and reflect the rich
street food culture of Singapore. There
will be vegan, vegetarian, non-vegetar-
ian and halal options.
“We hope that by bringing these
cuisines together, Singaporeans and
tourists can enjoy a wide variety of
flavours with their friends and family
at a single place,” said Lisha chairper-
son Joyce Kingsley.
Supported by the Singapore Indian
Development Association (Sinda) and
the National Integration Council, the
fiesta will have Senior Minister of
State for Finance and Transport Chee
Hong Tat as the guest of honour.
Ambassadors from Malaysia, Turkey
and Australia will also attend.
The food fiesta is one of many
events, both physical and virtual, lined
up this year by Lisha to celebrate
Deepavali, which falls on Oct 24.
The streets of Little India will be lit
up from Sept 16 to Nov 13, featuring
colourful lights and decorations revolv-
ing around the theme of dance and
At a media preview on Wednesday,
Lisha general manager Abdul Raoof
expressed excitement that this year’s
festivities will involve more physical
events as compared to the Covid-hit
past two years.
“About 80 per cent of our events
this year will be physical. We expect
an influx of visitors and tourists com-
ing in, but we’re not going to compro-
mise on safety,” he said.
“We have safety officers who will
control the crowd and ensure that
everyone remains safe.”
A series of 12 events will be held
from Oct 1 to 22, including a cultural
showcase featuring song and dance
performances to be held on Oct 8 and
22 at Poli @ Clive Street.
The first show will involve a Tamil
rap competition, which will be judged
by local rapper Yung Raja.
Under a collaboration between
Lisha and SMRT, Deepavali designs
will line the sides and floors of public
trains and buses for six weeks, starting
from Oct 3. A treasure hunt aimed at
promoting Indian traditions will also
be held on Oct 8 and 15, which would
see participants visiting 10 different
stations spread across Little India.
More details can be found at
A mother fought off a tiger with her
bare hands to save her toddler from its
jaws, an official said on Wednesday.
Ms Archana Choudhary stepped
out of her house in Rohania village in
Umaria district, Madhya Pradesh, on
Sunday night as the 15-month-old boy
wanted to relieve himself.
A tiger, believed to have strayed
from the nearby Bandhavgarh Tiger
Reserve pounced on them, local offi-
cial Sanjeev Shrivastava told AFP.
It attacked and tried to sink its
teeth into the child’s head but the
mother leapt to the rescue, he said.
The tiger kept trying to snatch the
boy until villagers heard her screams
and rushed to her rescue.
The tiger then slunk away into the
“She has been admitted to the
hospital. She is out of danger and
recovering. The baby is also doing
fine,” Mr Shrivastava said.
The mother suffered punctured
lungs and wounds to her abdomen
while the toddler had deep gashes on
The Times of India said a search
operation is underway to push the
tiger back to its territory and that
villagers have been told to stay in-
doors at night.
Mr Shrivastava said steps are being
taken to ensure that more tigers do not
stray from the reserve.
A rise in human-animal conflicts
has been seen across South Asia as
more forests are lost to urban expan-
Nearly 225 people were killed in
tiger attacks between 2014 and 2019
in India, according to government
More than 200 tigers were killed by
poachers or electrocution between
2012 and 2018, the data showed.
India is home to around 70 per cent
of the world’s tigers and the tiger
population was estimated at 2,967 in
Mother fights tiger to save son
and the toddler who
Little India finger food fiesta
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