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CBI names defence agent Vipin Khanna as key beneficiary in Embraer deal FIR

On 21 October, defence agent Vipin Khanna was named as the key beneficiary by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), in the FIR lodged in the 2008 Embraer aircraft purchase deal.

According to the FIR, Vipin Khanna is accused of receiving and distributing bribe money in the mega aircraft deal which was signed during the Manmohan Singh led-UPA regime in 2008.

A joint US-Brazil investigation into Embraer, has uncovered a bribery case leading to a deal signed between the company and DRDO in 2008 for three aircraft equipped with indigenous radars for AEW&C (airborne early warning and control systems).

Another woman accuses Donald Trump of groping her at a tennis event in 1998

Another woman came forward today claiming that Donald Trump groped her and made inappropriate sexual remarks, adding to accusations of nine other women that have emerged in recent days.

Karena Virginia, 45, a New York-area yoga instructor, said at a news conference that the celebrity billionaire and Republican presidential nominee had made an unwanted sexual advance at the 1998 US Open tennis tournament.

Virginia, reading from a written statement, said Trump pointed at her to other men.

Pierce Brosnan 'deeply shocked and saddened' by Pan Bahar's deceptive use of his image

Pierce Brosnan, after appearing in Pan Bahar advertisements, endorsing the product said that he was " deeply shocked and saddened" for the unauthorised use of his image for promoting a product that could be dangerous to health.

Brosnan in an exclusive interview to People Magazine, said that he has "greatest love and affection for India and its people" and that he would have not entered into any agreement to promote a product in India that would be dangerous for anyone's health.

He told People, "as a man who has spent decades championing women's healthcare and environmental protection, I was distressed to learn of Pan Bahar's unauthorized and deceptive use of my image to endorse their range of pan masala products".

Jammu: At least 22 people killed after bus falls into a gorge in Reasi district

At least 22 people were reported killed and several others injured as a bus falls into a gorge at Bidda in Reasi district of the Jammu region on 20 October.

Indian Air Force helicopter services pressed into service to airlift critically injured people.

The rescue operation is going on.

According to Police, the injured persons are in a critical condition.

As per the defence release, the 'Condors' (a Mi-17 1V unit located at Jammu) received a message about a CasEvac of victims of a bus accident near Reasi, 70 km north of Jammu.

China's double standards: Arms Afghan National Army while supporting Taliban

China's aid to the Afghan National Army in the name of nation-building and simultaneous support to Taliban exposes Beijing's double standard in the strategically-located Afghanistan.

In mid-July, Beijing "secretly" invited an Afghan-Taliban delegation led by the leader of the group's Qatar-based political office, Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, to hold a dialogue.

However, it was not the first visit by any Taliban group to China as it has reportedly hosted several meetings with Taliban leaders in the past without engaging the government in Kabul say sources familiar with the Chinese engagement.

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City offers tax breaks, free housing to returning jihadis

While most countries have all but blocked the return of citizens who left to pursue jihad, one Swedish city is going in the opposite direction. The city of Lund in Sweden is offering former jihadis attempting to return home free housing, drivers licenses and tax breaks.

This is in the hopes that it helps with their reintegration into society. While the move has been widely criticised, city officials have defended it. The proposal was made by the city's coordinator against violent extremism, Anna Sjostrand. Sjostrand defended the move saying that, "We can't say because you made a wrong choice, that you have no rights to come back and live in our society."

India suffers biggest ever ATM security breach

Revelations have shown that India has possibly suffered its biggest ever ATM security breach. According to officials, the breach occurred a month ago due to malware in the Hitachi Payment Systems that most bank ATMs use.

The malware allowed hackers to access information and steal funds. According to officials though, despite a reported 32 lakh debit cards being compromised, the loss is still only a minuscule amount and banks will deal with them individually.

3 more languages to receive official status

As of today 22 languages are recognised as official languages according to the Right Schedule of the Constitution. Soon, that number will be 25.

The announcement was made by Union Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal who announced that both Rajasthani as well as Bhojpuri would be conferred with official language status on the basis of a study commissioned by the government. However, the minister didn't offer any date for the implementation of the study's recommendations.

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Catastrophe looms in Madagascar as 850,000 go hungry

Drought in Madagascar has hit crisis levels according to the UN. Nearly half the population in the south of the country has been affected by the drought, while 20% (850,000) of these people are now experiencing emergency levels of hunger.

Food stocks ran out in August and, since the next harvest is only expected in March, the crisis is set to be prolonged. The UN has issued calls for greater aid supply to prevent the situation from further escalating.

 
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