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Evening news briefing: India decides not to join RCEP agreement; Researchers discover new frog species in West Bengal; and more

From Ayodhya district administration extending Section 144 till Dec 28 to Twitteratti reacting to reacting to Health Ministers pollution-precautionary advice, here are the top news of Monday evening.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
November 4, 2019 8:46:48 pm
Top news today evening: EU delegation visits J&K, new CJI Arvind Bobde, and more Here are the top news of Monday evening.

‘No compromise on core interests’: India decides not to join RCEP agreement

India on Monday decided not to join the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), with government sources saying the agreement does not reflect its original intent and does not address India’s key concerns. “The Prime Minister stands firm as key concerns not addressed (in the agreement). There will be no compromise on core interests,” sources said.

Delhi pollution: SC bans all construction activities in NCR, Rs 1 lakh fine for violations

Taking up the issue of air pollution in Delhi, the Supreme Court Monday banned all construction activities and garbage burning in the National Capital Region (NCR), with a fine of Rs 1 lakh and Rs 5,000 respectively for those violating the order. The court said state governments should be held legally responsible for “allowing people in neighbouring places to die”. “Who is responsible?

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Ahead of Ayodhya verdict, authorities ban processions, extend Section 144 till Dec 28

The Ayodhya district administration has passed a slew of directives ahead of the Supreme Court verdict on the decades-old Ram temple issue, with the District Magistrate appealing to the public to not share social media posts that may hurt the sentiments of any community.

Explained | ‘Death to America’: What happened in Tehran this day 40 years ago?


On this day (November 4) 40 years ago, militants in Iran overran the US embassy in Tehran and took dozens of Americans hostage. On Monday, Iranians marked the anniversary of that event, rallying outside the former embassy building, raising anti-American slogans, and displaying effigies mocking President Donald Trump.

Researchers discover new frog species in West Bengal

The discovery of a new species, one would imagine, involves trekking into deep forests, miles away from human habitation. But in a world where forest cover is fast depleting, such discoveries can be closer home. Quite literally. A telling example is that of a new frog species found in a residential area of West Bengal.“In plain sight, in a residential area!” says Jayaditya Purkayastha, part of the team that discovered the amphibian.

‘Does Gajar ka halwa count’

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan’s advice to people of Delhi to eat enough carrots to increase the level of antioxidants in their bodies amid deteriorating air quality seems to have not passed muster with netizens. While some speculated whether the question means “we won’t fix the pollution problem and you guys just keep eating carrots?”, some other quipped, “does Gajar ka halwa count?”


Watch video: Shikhar Dhawan shares ‘masti’ moments with Rohit Sharma’s daughter

Shikhar Dhawan recently posted on his Instagram account a video of the cricketer playing with Rohit Sharma’s daughter Samaira, who is sitting on her father’s lap. “Some masti with adorable Samaira,” Dhawan wrote in the caption of the clip that quickly went viral.

Pati Patni Aur Woh trailer: Kartik, Bhumi and Ananya try to recreate cult comedy

A dutiful wife, a sultry other woman and a cheating husband. This might be the basic premise of the 1978 cult comedy Pati Patni Aur Woh, but if you thought the same magic is set to unfold in its remake starring Kartik Aaryan, Bhumi Pednekar and Ananya Panday, then you might want to give it a second thought, writes Mimansa Shekhar.

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