8 Indian cities among the 10 most polluted in Asia; Row bursts on Namaz video offered in Train & Other Stories

8 Indian cities among the 10 most polluted in Asia, Delhi does not appear in the list | Check here
The pinch of air of the last few days marked the beginning of winter. With this, pollution levels have reached dangerous levels and people are bracing for thick smoke and unbreathable air in several parts of India including the infamous National Capital Region (NCR). According to the latest data available on the Global Air Quality Index (https://aqicn.org), eight locations in India are included in the list of top 10 worst air quality stations in Asia, while only one Indian city – Rajamahendravaram in Andhra Pradresh – featured in the top 10 best air quality resorts. READ MORE

Cyclone Sitrang Updates: Depression will intensify and turn into a storm tomorrow; Heavy rain likely in these states
Cyclone Sitrang is expected to further intensify into a deep depression today and cross the coast of Bangladesh between Tinkona Island and Sandwip around October 25, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said. Under its impact, Odisha and West Bengal would see heavy rains in isolated places. The cyclone, which will intensify into a cyclonic storm over the central Bay of Bengal by October 24, will make landfall in Bangladesh on Tuesday. The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) under the chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba reviewed the preparedness of central ministries/agencies and state/UT governments for the possible cyclonic storm over the Bay of Bengal on Friday. READ MORE

Row erupts on video of Namaz offered in Train in UP; Police say investigation is open
A fresh row erupted after a video showing four men offering Namaz inside a train near Khadda station in Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh, went viral on Saturday. Railway police have launched an investigation into the matter and said action will be taken after investigation. The video, which shows four men offering Namaz in the aisle of a sleeping car, was shared by former Uttar Pradesh MP Deeplal Bharti, who is also believed to have traveled on the train. He claimed the men were causing inconvenience to other passengers. READ MORE

Xi secures record third term as Chinese president; Said “The world needs China” in the victory speech
Xi Jinping secured a record third term as China’s leader on Sunday after a week-long session of the key Congressional committee in which he cemented his control over the ruling Communist Party and as the most powerful and most influential in the country since the founder Mao Zedong. Xi promised to “work diligently” after securing the historic mandate. “I would like to sincerely thank the whole Party for the trust you place in us,” he said during his victory speech at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, promising to “prove worthy of the great trust of our Party and our people”. READ MORE

How Ayodhya will be reborn after the completion of the Temple of Ram; Prime Minister visits city on eve of Diwali
Almost half of the work at the Ram Temple in Ayodhya is complete after Prime Minister Narendra Modi did the ‘bhoomi poojan’ two years ago, and will visit the place again today on the eve of Diwali. But when he comes to Ayodhya next time, probably at the end of 2023 to inaugurate the new Sri Ram temple, the city will also be changed. An airport will then be at Rs 1,157 crore in Ayodhya, named Maryada Purushottam Shri Ram International Airport. READ MORE

Center revokes Rajiv Gandhi Foundation’s FCRA license amid 2020 investigation into illegal foreign funding
The central government has canceled the registration license of two key foundations – the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation and the Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust under the Foreign Contributions (Regulation) Act, a senior Home Ministry official has confirmed. Following this move, the two organizations will no longer be able to receive funds from foreign entities. The Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RGF) was established on June 21, 1991 to realize the vision of Rajiv Gandhi. Currently, Sonia Gandhi of Congress is the President of the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation. READ MORE

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