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(From left) US secretary of defence Mark Esper, secretary of state Mike Pompeo, Indian defence minister Rajnath Singh and foreign minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar in New Delhi on Tuesday. Reuters
(From left) US secretary of defence Mark Esper, secretary of state Mike Pompeo, Indian defence minister Rajnath Singh and foreign minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar in New Delhi on Tuesday. Reuters

India, US ink key strategic pacts

  • A joint statement spoke of reinforcing ties in health against the backdrop of the covid pandemic, supply chain resilience, keeping the Indo-Pacific region free and open, defence innovation, counter-terrorism, energy, space, cybersecurity and education

The increase in toll revenues every year is a function of rising traffic numbers and annual toll rate revisions (roughly 4%). (Ramesh Pathania/Mint)
The increase in toll revenues every year is a function of rising traffic numbers and annual toll rate revisions (roughly 4%). (Ramesh Pathania/Mint)

September toll collections cross pre-covid highs

  • The increase in toll revenues every year is a function of rising traffic numbers and annual toll rate revisions (roughly 4%)
  • The last time 100 million vehicles were seen at highways was in February, a month before the covid-led lockdown

First seaplane takes off for its trial run from Sabarmati river to Statue of Unity, ahead of its inauguration by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in Ahmedabad,  (PTI)
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US first lady Melania Trump. (REUTERS)
US first lady Melania Trump. (REUTERS)

Donald Trump is a fighter, says First Lady Melania

  • 'Donald is a fighter. He loves this country and he fights for you every single day,' said Melania
  • The First Lady accused the democrats of having chosen to put their own agenda ahead of the American people’s well-being

In battleground state of Pennsylvania, which Trump won by a narrow margin in 2016, more than three times as many Democrats have voted than Republicans. (AFP)
Clarence Thomas, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, from right, U.S. President Donald Trump, Amy Coney Barrett, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and husband Jesse Barrett stand on stage during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC (Bloomberg)
Clarence Thomas, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, from right, U.S. President Donald Trump, Amy Coney Barrett, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and husband Jesse Barrett stand on stage during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC (Bloomberg)

'Baptism by fire' for newly appointed Supreme Court Justice Barrett

  • During Barrett's Senate confirmation hearing two weeks ago, Democrats focused on both Obamacare and election cases in voicing opposition to her confirmation
  • No Supreme Court justice had ever been confirmed so close to a presidential election

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife Susan disembark from an aircraft upon their arrival at the airport in Colombo. (AFP)
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In this image provided by the Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., right, administers the Judicial Oath to Judge Amy Coney Barrett in the East Conference Room of the Supreme Court Building, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Washington as Judge Barrett's husband, Jesse M. Barrett, holds the Bible. (Fred Schilling/Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States via AP) (AP)
In this image provided by the Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., right, administers the Judicial Oath to Judge Amy Coney Barrett in the East Conference Room of the Supreme Court Building, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Washington as Judge Barrett's husband, Jesse M. Barrett, holds the Bible. (Fred Schilling/Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States via AP) (AP)

Barrett sworn in at court as issues important to Trump await

  • She is expected to begin work as a justice on Tuesday after taking the second of two oaths required of judges by federal law
  • When the court reopens to the public and the justices return to the courtroom, Barrett is expected to assume several duties reserved for the court's junior justice

We spent so many years with hazy, unclear vision. But now we can see everything crystal clear, says Kanta Prasad.
L: Joe Biden, Democratic Presidential Candidate, R: Donald Trump, President of United States (AFP)
L: Joe Biden, Democratic Presidential Candidate, R: Donald Trump, President of United States (AFP)

Biden heads for Georgia, Trump the Midwest as US election enters final week

  • Trump was to finish the day with a campaign rally in Omaha, Nebraska, in a sign that he expects a potentially tight White House race where every Electoral College vote counts
  • Biden campaign lashed out at Trump's handling of the pandemic which has left more than 225,000 people dead in the US

In this Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, photo, an employee sits at the Ant Group office in Hong Kong. The world's largest fintech company, China's Ant Group, will try to raise nearly $35 billion in a massive public offering of stock that would shatter records. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung) (AP)
In this Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, photo, an employee sits at the Ant Group office in Hong Kong. The world's largest fintech company, China's Ant Group, will try to raise nearly $35 billion in a massive public offering of stock that would shatter records. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung) (AP)

Hong Kong liquidity to hit record high ahead of Ant IPO

  • The HKMA has been conducting sales in recent sessions to weaken the currency to keep it within that trading band
  • The IPO also coincides with the month end and the issuance of a government bond targeting retail investors, both of which also contributed to the demand for Hong Kong dollars

Apple, Google-parent Alphabet, Amazon and Facebook have a combined stock market value of $5.5 trillion, compared to the S&P 500's $29 trillion market capitalization (AP)
Apple, Google-parent Alphabet, Amazon and Facebook have a combined stock market value of $5.5 trillion, compared to the S&P 500's $29 trillion market capitalization (AP)

Big Tech earnings approach under antitrust cloud

  • Microsoft, which posts its results late on Tuesday, has elevated its stock market value by a third in 2020 to $1.6 trillion
  • Apple investors are mostly focused on the outlook for sales of the newest iPhone and growth in recurring revenue from apps, games and video and music streaming

Pope Francis puts on his face mask as he attends an inter-religious ceremony for peace in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli, in Rome (File photo: AP)
Pope Francis puts on his face mask as he attends an inter-religious ceremony for peace in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli, in Rome (File photo: AP)

'We're working on it:' Pope's COVID advisers and the mask

  • Francis has courted some criticism for declining to wear a mask when indoors, even though Vatican regulations call for masks indoors and out when social distancing cannot be guaranteed
  • The Vatican has declined to respond to questions about Francis and masks

L: Joe Biden, Democratic Presidential Candidate, R: Donald Trump, President of United States.  (AFP)
L: Joe Biden, Democratic Presidential Candidate, R: Donald Trump, President of United States. (AFP)

Democrats push into Trump country as Biden visits Georgia, Bloomberg funds Texas

  • Texas has long been seen as a bridge too far for Democrats in a presidential election and not worth the expenditure in the last days of a campaign
  • Trump’s planned rally in Nebraska, meanwhile, suggests his campaign is preparing for a close finish

Logos sit above windows at Novartis AG’s headquarters in Basel, Switzerland. Photo: Bloomberg
Logos sit above windows at Novartis AG’s headquarters in Basel, Switzerland. Photo: Bloomberg

Novartis upbeat as drugmakers see hospitals coping with COVID

  • Novartis's third-quarter core net income climbed 8% to $3.47 billion, above analysts' mean forecast of $3.32 billion
  • Novartis shares were down 3.5% at 1420 GMT, the biggest fall on the benchmark Swiss Market Index

Police officers put barricades on the road to stop the march of supporters of the Islami Andolan Bangladesh, an Islamic political party, during a protest calling for the boycott of French products. (REUTERS)
Police officers put barricades on the road to stop the march of supporters of the Islami Andolan Bangladesh, an Islamic political party, during a protest calling for the boycott of French products. (REUTERS)

Huge anti-France rally in Bangladesh as Macron backlash widens

  • In Dhaka, protesters set alight an effigy of Macron during Tuesday's march, in which police said 40,000 people took part
  • Hundreds of armed officers used a barbed-wire barricade to stop the demonstrators, who dispersed without violence before they could get close to the French embassy

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany (Reuters)
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari (ANI)
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