Sikh Activist Detained for Trying to Hoist Tricolour on PDP Office to Protest Mehbooba’s Remarks


Jammu: A Sikh activist, who tried to hoist the national flag atop the PDP office here during a protest against remarks by its chief Mehbooba Mufti on the tricolour, was detained by police on Tuesday, officials said.

On October 24, Amandeep Singh had hoisted the national flag on the boundary wall near the main entrance of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) office and a day later, he along with some youths attempted to hoist it on the party’s headquarters, but were stopped by police.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Jammu, Sridhar Patil confirmed Singh’s detention.

He has been detained under some other case and not for disturbance to law and order, the officer said.

Police, however, did not give details of the charges against the Sikh activist. Singh has been either booked for violation of COVID-19 protocols and the Disaster Management Act or for trespass, sources said.

While the activist was being shifted in a vehicle, he told reporters that he is being “arrested” by police under pressure from the PDP.

Led by the station house officer of Gandhinagar, a police team raided Singh’s house at Sanjay Nagar and took him in the presence of journalists.

Singh’s father, who rushed to the Gandhinagar police station following the police action, told reporters that he was not being allowed to meet his son.

“They are not allowing me to meet my son. I have the right to know under which case they have booked my son. This is the worst state of rule in which patriots and nationalists unfurling the tricolour are being sent to jail,” his father said.

Singh’s wife alleged that “this is the treatment given to nationalist and patriotic people in Jammu.” “Is this a lesson for being a nationalist and hoisting the national flag,” she asked.

Protests were staged outside the PDP officer last month after Mehbooba, a former chief minister, said she is not interested in contesting elections or holding the tricolour till the constitutional changes enforced on August 5 last year are rolled back.

She had said she would hold the national flag only when the separate flag of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir is restored.

The Centre on August 5 last year had abrogated the erstwhile state’s special status and bifurcated it into union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh

Following the PDP chief’s statements, the BJP had accused her of making “seditious remarks” and had demanded her arrest.



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lamborghini huracan evo: 2021 Lamborghini Huracan EVO to look vibrant and brighter inside-out


NEW DELHI: Automobili Lamborghini on Tuesday launched the Huracan EVO Fluo Capsule collection. In a bid to turn heads whenever it’s out on the roads, the V10 super sports car will now be offered 5 exterior and complementary interior colour schemes.
The Fluo Capsule collection highlights the dynamicity and enhances the Huracan EVO’s road presence too. The Fluo Capsule colour schemes will also bring out the minute detailing on the super sports car that otherwise blends too well in the standard styling.

The new collection adopts a striking exterior bi-colour scheme that enhances the glamourous personality of the super sports car. The Fluo Capsule collection includes all-new verde shock (green), arancio livrea (orange), celeste fedra (blue), arancio dac (orange) and giallo clarus (yellow) colour schemes.
The vibrant and striking colour schemes are complemented by the matte black roof, front bumper and side skirts. The matte black detailing in extended to the wing mirrors and the Huracan EVO also gets vertical coloured lines on the rear splitter.
In addition to the exterior schemes, the Fluo Capsule collection offers a full-black interior with optional new sports seats which come in Alcantara or leather unicolour with an EVO sportive trim. The start/stop button, Lamborghini shield embroidered on the headrest are finished with the fluorescent schemes that match with the exterior tones.



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TVS NTorq 125 Super Squad Edition: TVS NTorq 125 Super Squad Edition: First impression


NEW DELHI: TVS Motor Company has partnered with marvel Studio to offer a facial upgrade to the popular scooter NTorq 125. Touted as SuperSquad Edition, the scooters get exclusive Marvel’s Avengers bodywork. Will this woo the youth fanbase?
What is the price?
TVS NTorq 125 SuperSquad Edition starts at Rs 77,865 (ex-showroom) costing Rs 8,980 more than the base variant and Rs 2,500 more than the previously top-end Race Edition.
What is exclusive?
TVS NTorq 125 SuperSquad Edition is offered in 3 colour schemes- Stealth Black, Invincible Red and Combat Blue – each inspired by a different Avengers superhero. The Stealth Black trim has a dominant jet-black colour scheme with purple accents representing Black Panther in the SuperSquad trinity.

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The Invincible Red trim comes with a dominant red colour scheme with yellow and grey accents representing Iron Man. The Combat Blue trim comes with a dominant blue colour scheme with red, grey and white accents to represent Captain America.
Each of the three SuperSquad editions come with an exclusive Avengers decal and a decal representing the three superheroes each.

Nothing apart from the exterior colour schemes has changed in the scooters. Most of the styling elements have been borrowed from the Race Edition.
Anything extra?
The USP of the NTorq remains to be its Bluetooth-enabled instrument cluster. TVS Connect App, available for both Android and iOS, is also updated and meets the superhero theme.

Engine and specs?
SuperSquad Edition gets the same 124.8cc engine which offers 9.2 PS of power and 10.5 Nm of torque, offering a mileage of 55-60 kmpl.
Our take:
Like most other auto majors, TVS Motor Company has been able to gain some momentum with the brand-new liveries on the sporty Ntorq. At that price point, TVS NTorq 125 SuperSquad Edition will lock horns with the likes of Aprilia SR 125, Yamaha Ray ZR 125, Suzuki Burgman Street 125 and the Honda Grazia. The indication is clear, TVS aims to attract more buyers with its popular offering and we believe it has fairly done a good job in catering to the youth.



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Shanghai and Hong Kong stock exchanges pull out of Ant Group listing, halting plans for world’s biggest IPO


The planned stock market debut of the world’s biggest online finance company, Ant Financial was suspended in Shanghai and Hong Kong, disrupting a record-setting $34.5 billion initial public offering that highlighted China’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

Management of the Shanghai stock exchange on Tuesday cited regulatory changes in Ant’s industry and a possible failure to meet disclosure requirements, but it offered no details. Ant Group later said in a filing with the Hong Kong stock exchange that it would also suspend its listing there following its suspension in Shanghai.

The suspension comes one day after meeting between regulators and company executives, including Ant founder Jack Ma, China’s richest entrepreneur.

Alibaba shares plunge

U.S. shares of Alibaba, which was spun off Ant Group, tumbled more than 8 per cent Tuesday at the opening bell, matching the company’s largest percentage decline since its first day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

In a joint statement, the Chinese central bank, securities regulator and other agencies said they had “regulatory interviews” with Ma, Ant Group chairman Eric Jing and president Hu Xiaoming.

Neither side disclosed details of the meeting.

“Views regarding the health and stability of the financial sector were exchanged,” Ant Group said in a prepared statement. The company said it was “committed to implementing the meeting opinions” but gave no details of what instructions the executives received.

“We will continue to improve our capabilities to provide inclusive services and promote economic development to improve the lives of ordinary citizens,” the company said.

The market debut of Ant, spun off from Ma’s e-commerce company Alibaba Group, highlighted the rebound of China, the first major economy to return to growth after the coronavirus pandemic began last December.

Ant operates Alipay, the world’s biggest financial technology company and, along with Tencent’s WeChat Pay, one of two dominant electronic payment systems in China.

The decision to go public simultaneously on exchanges in both Shanghai and Hong Kong reflected the evolving nature of China’s fast-growing financial markets and their relationship to the country’s fledgling corporate giants such as Ant and Alibaba.

Mainland markets are off-limits to most foreign investors and until recently were used mostly to raise money for state-owned industry. Private sector companies and those that wanted access to foreign investors sold shares in Hong Kong, New York or other offshore centres. Alibaba went public in New York rather than on a mainland exchange.

More recently, the ruling Communist Party has been encouraging use of mainland markets to raise money for private sector companies that generate most of China’s jobs and wealth and to give Chinese investors a chance to profit from their growth.

Companies such as Ant also go to Hong Kong and other offshore markets to raise money from foreign investors.

Ant’s earlier announcement of its plan cited “innovative measures” in Shanghai and Hong Kong, which created separate trading boards for tech stocks. It said “leading edge technology companies” would have “greater access to the capital markets.”

Ma founded e-commerce giant Alibaba in 1999 to help match Chinese wholesalers with foreign retailers. Alipay was created to facilitate payments in an economy where few people had credit cards.

$3 trillion worth of demand for shares

Alibaba owns a third of Ant Group and spun off Alipay in 2011. The company was later rebranded as Ant as the company branched into lending and other financial services.

Ant Group’s shares were due to begin trade in Hong Kong and Shanghai on Thursday after it raised at least $34.5 billion. Retail investors in Shanghai placed bids for nearly $3 trillion worth of shares.

The company has come under increased scrutiny and tighter regulation as it expanded the range of financial technology services it offers. Among the new regulations are caps on the use of asset-backed securities to fund consumer loans, new capital and licensing requirements and caps on lending rates.

On Monday, the central bank raised the registered capital requirement for lenders such as Ant to a minimum of 5 billion yuan ($747 million).



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1st HIV self-test approved in Canada


Federal regulators have approved the first HIV self-test in Canada, a long-awaited move that experts have said is critical to reaching people who don’t know they have the virus.

Health Canada granted a medical device licence on Monday to a one-minute, finger-prick blood test manufactured by Richmond, B.C.-based bioLytical Laboratories.

Canada follows dozens of other countries in greenlighting the technology, which has been endorsed by the World Health Organization as a tool to reduce the number of people with undiagnosed HIV.

The principal investigator of a study that was submitted to regulators as part of their review says the approval of HIV self-testing could “open incredible doors” to increasing access to life-extending treatments and preventing the spread of infection in Canada.

Dr. Sean Rourke, a scientist with the Centre for Urban Health Solutions at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, says he’s working with community organizations across the country to launch a tele-health program in January that will distribute 60,000 self-tests and connect people with care.

Rourke says the need for self-testing has become even more important as a recent survey of roughly 300 front-line providers suggests the COVID-19 crisis has cut access to clinical HIV testing services nearly in half.



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COVID-19 news from across the United States


The American Academy of Pediatrics announced late Monday that the number of children contracting COVID-19 has soared to unprecedented levels, with nearly 200,000 new cases in the month of October. In just one week late last month, 61,000 new cases were reported in kids – more than any other week during the pandemic. 

In terms of overall cases, 18 states have broken daily records for new infections in the past week, and hospitalizations are up in 43 states. Since the start of the pandemic, over 9.2 million cases have been confirmed in the U.S. and more than 231,000 Americans have died due to the virus, according to a tally from Johns Hopkins University.  

The pandemic has led to an election season unlike any other before it in the United States. In the lead up to Election Day, record numbers of Americans have cast their ballots early, as the nation continues to battle the new surge in cases

The CDC says voters who are sick or quarantined can still go to the polls on Election Day, as long as they take proper precautions like wearing a mask.  

Contributing: Adriana Diaz and The Associated Press 

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A child runs past a church in a COVID-19 hotspot area of Queens in New York, the United States, on October 8, 2020. 

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As Austria Mourns, Police Say Gunman Who Killed 4 Identified as ‘Islamic State Supporter’


Austrian police said on Tuesday they had identified a gunman who took part in a shooting rampage across Vienna that left four people dead as an Islamic State group supporter.

As the country mourned the victims of the Monday night assault, security forces swooped on 15 different addresses looking for possible accomplices and seeking to determine if one or several shooters had been involved.

In a televised address on Tuesday, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz condemned a “repulsive terror attack” and said the deceased were “an older man, an older woman, a young passer-by and a waitress”, Kurz said.

The suspected killer, who was shot dead by police, was named by Austrian authorities as 20-year-old Islamic State sympathiser Kujtim Fejzulai, who had dual Austrian and Macedonian nationality,

He had been convicted of a terror offence in April last year for trying to travel to Syria, Interior Minister Karl Nehammer told the APA news agency, adding that at least one other arrest had been made in connection with the shooting spree.

A large swathe of central Vienna was cordoned off early on Tuesday afternoon around the location of the shootings, an area not far from the historic opera house that was teaming with people in bars and cafes on Monday night on the eve of a new national coronavirus lockdown.

The president of Vienna’s Jewish community Oskar Deutsch said shots had been fired “in the immediate vicinity” of the Stadttempel synagogue, but added that it was currently unknown whether the temple — closed at the time — had been the target.

Police officers could be seen combing the ground near the historic Schwedenplatz area looking for evidence on Tuesday.

Flags lowered

Police say they are investigating the possibility that further assailants may still be at large, and several neighbouring countries have stepped up border checks.

“It’s difficult for us at the moment to define whether the attack was carried out by one perpetrator or more than one,” said Gerhard Puerstl of the Vienna police.

Austria had until now been spared the sort of major attacks that have hit other European countries, but Monday’s shooting followed a spate of Islamist attacks in France.

It triggered an outpouring of solidarity from world leaders with French President President Emmanuel Macron said the French shared the “shock and sorrow” of the Austrian people.

Across the country, flags have been lowered to half mast on public buildings and people observed a minute of silence at noon (1100 GMT) as church bells rang out in remembrance.

Kurz, President Van der Bellen and other officials took part in a wreath-laying ceremony in honour of the victims.

‘Sounded like firecrackers’

A total of 22 people were brought to Vienna hospitals over the course of the night with injuries from the attack, of whom eight were subsequently released.

Fourteen have serious injuries, with three in a “critical but stable” condition in intensive care, Vienna hospitals’ association spokesman Christoph Mierau told AFP.

Police said an officer was among the injured.

The first shots were heard at around 8 pm (1900 GMT).

“It sounded like firecrackers, then we realised it was shots,” said one witness quoted by public broadcaster ORF.

A gunman “shot wildly with an automatic weapon” before police arrived and opened fire, the witness added.

Another spoke of at least 50 shots being fired.

“The police came in and said, ‘you all have to stay inside because there’s a probably a dead man there’,” said waiter Jimmy Eroglu, 42, who heard shots as the attack unfolded near his restaurant.

Speaking to ORF, Kurz said the attack had been carried out with automatic weapons and had been “prepared professionally”.

Kurz said that while police were concentrating on an anti-terror operation, the army would take over the security of major buildings in Vienna.

Interior Minister Nehammer told a press conference earlier Tuesday that police had used explosives to blast their way into the apartment of the dead suspect who had been “heavily armed”.

“All the signs make it clear it’s a radicalised person and a person who feels closely connected to IS.”

Nehammer urged Vienna residents to remain in their homes and said children would not be expected to go to school on Tuesday.

Germany joined the Czech Republic in stepping up checks at their borders with Austria as Chancellor Angela Merkel said: “The fight against these assassins and those who instigate them is our common struggle.”

“After France, it is a friendly nation that has been attacked. This is our Europe. Our enemies must know who they’re dealing with. We will concede nothing,” Macron tweeted in both French and German.

France is still reeling from the killing of three people at a church in the Riviera city of Nice last Thursday and the beheading of a schoolteacher by a suspected Islamist outside Paris on October 16.

Leaders of other nations also voiced support for Austria.

“These evil attacks against innocent people must stop. The US stands with Austria, France, and all of Europe in the fight against terrorists, including radical Islamic terrorists,” US President Donald Trump said.



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Gmail Servers Down in Some Parts of India and UK; Users Unable to Login, Add Attachments


Gmail services appear to be facing server issues for the past few hours, causing problems for some users around the world, including India. According to the outage tracking website Down Detector, Gmail services in India are mainly affected in Mumbai while some cases are being reported from Delhi and Hyderabad as well. The website further shows severe outage in parts of Europe like the UK and Germany. Some users living in New York and other parts of the US are also affected by the Gmail server problem.

At the moment, Google has not officially addressed the cause of the problem that is affecting Gmail users around the world. As per Down Detect, 45 percent of affected users of the platform are unable to add attachments to the email while a majority of affected users are unable to login. Some users are also not getting emails, the website indicated. Several affected Gmail users on Twitter also claimed that they were unable to reset the account password.

Currently, the outage appears to be with Gmail’s web client while the app for Android and iOS is working fine, as per the company. According to XDA Developers, Google, in its response said, “Our team is continuing to investigate this issue…Thank you for your patience. The affected users are unable to access Gmail, but we’ve provided a workaround below. Please use the Gmail app.”

At the time of writing this article, some users on Twitter are still complaining about Gmail not functioning properly, although it is unclear whether the issue is caused by the same problem. Down Detector’s Gmail problem graph highlights that the maximum issues were reported at 2:47 PM today. There is currently no ETA on when the services are expected to resume normal functioning for these users. More information from the company is expected soon.



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What is Hyperpigmentation of the Skin and How to Reverse it


Hyperpigmentation is a condition in which certain areas of the skin become darker than the normal skin tone of the person. It can affect small or large areas of the skin or the whole body of a person. It can occur in anyone, despite the original tone of their skin.

The condition most commonly occurs due to overproduction of melanin, the natural pigment in the skin. However, it can also occur due to inflammation caused due to conditions like acne or burns.

Here is all you need to know about hyperpigmentation.

Types and causes of hyperpigmentation

Depending on the underlying cause, hyperpigmentation is of the following types:

  • Liver spots: Also called sun spots, liver spots have nothing to do with the liver. They occur due to excessive exposure to the sun and the resulting skin damage. Liver spots are painless, appear flat and brownish in appearance and are usually seen on the shoulders, forearms, forehead and face.
  • Melasma: Melasma is yet another type of hyperpigmentation wherein a person has greyish to brown spots, usually on the forehead but they can occur on the cheeks, chin, bridge of the nose and above the upper lip. The condition is much more common in women than men and can occur due to excessive sun exposure, hormonal changes or as a side effect of skincare products.
  • Post-inflammatory: Skin conditions like acne, injuries or burns are some other types of hyperpigmentation, most of which usually occur due to inflammation.

How to deal with hyperpigmentation

Avoiding excessive sun exposure, using sunscreen and not picking at acne or skin injuries are some of the easiest ways to reduce the risk of hyperpigmentation. However, if the condition does occur you can try the following:

1. Fresh fruits and vegetables: A healthy diet including fresh fruits and vegetables, especially those rich in vitamin C and flavonoids, can help reduce hyperpigmentation. Include foods like papaya, avocado, orange, grapes, cherries, carrots, broccoli and bell peppers in your diet.

2. Green tea: Green tea is rich in antioxidants and flavonoids, which help reduce skin inflammation and melanin production in the skin. You can either add green tea to your regular diet or make a paste out of a spoonful of green tea and water to be used as a face mask.

3. Face masks: Various herbs and spices like turmeric and aloe vera and foods like potatoes, banana and strawberries are known to reduce inflammation and melanin production and can hence be used in varying proportions to make face masks for managing hyperpigmentation.

Here are two recipes you can use:

  • Aloe mask: Aloe vera has a compound called aloin which is indicated to be effective in reducing skin pigmentation on topical application. Just mix two teaspoons of aloe gel in a teaspoon of honey, keep it aside for 10 minutes and then apply on the affected area twice a day about 20 minutes each. Wash with lukewarm afterwards. You should start seeing results in a week or 10 days.
  • Saffron mask: Saffron is one of the most well-known ingredients for skin brightening. Research studies indicate that it has active ingredients that can reduce melanin production. You can mix 2-3 strands of saffron in a mask made from two tablespoons of gram flour and one tablespoon of yoghurt. Apply it once a day for about 10 days to see a change.

4. Keep yourself hydrated: Water helps remove toxins from the body and helps improve overall health hence providing a natural glow to the skin. Make sure to drink 8-10 glasses of water per day. Along with plain water, you can also add coconut water and lemon water to your diet. These two will further help promote skin rejuvenation.

For more information, read our article on How to reduce pigmentation on the face.

Health articles on News18 are written by myUpchar.com, India’s first and biggest resource for verified medical information. At myUpchar, researchers and journalists work with doctors to bring you information on all things health.



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