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Popular Shortlist for 17th Crossword Book Awards released

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New Delhi, Oct 4 : Literary works by Shashi Tharoor, Sadhguru, V.V.S. Laxman, Twinkle Khanna, Rujuta Diwekar and Amish are among the 30 books in six categories that feature in the Popular Shortlist for the 17th Crossword Book Awards announced here on Friday.

The Popular Shortlist is based on round-the-year book sales across Crossword stores. It features a mix of eminent and budding authors across various genres making sure that there is something for every literature enthusiast.

The next phase of the awards will see readers choose the best literary work in each category through online voting from October 4 to mid-November.

The nominees for the Popular Choice – Fiction are:

  • “The Girl In Room 105” by Chetan Bhagat (Westland)
  • “Pyjamas Are Forgiving” by Twinkle Khanna (Juggernaut)
  • “Raavan: Enemy of Aryavarta” by Amish (Westland)
  • “The Perfect Us” by Durjoy Dutta (Penguin Random House India)
  • “Don’t Tell The Governor” by Ravi Subramaniam (HarperCollins India)

The books in contention for the Popular Choice – Non-fiction are:

  • “Life’s Amazing Secrets: How to Find Balance and Purpose in Your Life” by Gaur Gopal Das (Penguin Random House India)
  • “Democracy on the Road: A 25 Year Journey through India” by Ruchir Sharma (Allen Lane – Penguin Random House India)
  • “How to Write a Book & Make it a Bestseller” by Radhakrishnan Pillai (The Write Place)
  • Flowers on the Path” by Sadhguru (Penguin Random House India)
  • “The Paradoxical Prime Minister” by Shashi Tharoor (Aleph)

The nominees for the Popular Choice – Business and Management include:

  • “Stories at Work: Unlock the Secret to Business Storytelling” by Indranil Chakraborty (Portfolio – Penguin Random House India)
  • “Corporate Monk, A Journey From Wealth To Wisdom” by Anju Sharma (The Write Place)
  • “Get Better at Getting Better” by Chandramouli Venkatesan (Portfolio – Penguin Random House India)
  • “The Third Pillar: How Markets and the State Leave the Community Behind” by Raghuram G. Rajan (HarperCollins India)
  • “Flirting with Stocks: Stock Market Investing for Beginners” by Anil Lamba (Westland)

The nominees in the Biography category include:

  • “281 and Beyond” by V.V.S. Laxman (Westland)
  • “Notes of a Dream: The Authorized Biography of A.R. Rahman” by Krishna Trilok (Viking – Penguin Random House India)
  • “Devil’s Advocate: The Untold Story” by Karan Thapar (HarperCollins India)
  • “The Sixth String of Vilayat Khan” by Namita Devidayal (Westland)
  • “Amit Shah and the March of BJP” by Anirban Ganguly and Shiwanand Dwivedi (Bloomsbury India)

The nominees in the Health and Fitness category include:

  • “Notes for Healthy Kids” by Rujuta Diwekar (Westland)
  • “The Magic Weight-Loss Pill: 62 Lifestyle Changes” by Luke Coutinho and Anushka Shetty (Ebury Press – Penguin Random House India)
  • “Skin Rules: Your 6-week Plan to Radiant Skin” by Dr Jaishree Sharad (Ebury Press – Penguin Random House India)
  • “Lose Weight, Gain Shape” by Mickey Mehta (Westland)
  • “Fit after Forty: For a Healthier, Happier, Stronger You” by Dr Sheela Nambiar (Hachette India)

The nominees for Children’s book are:

  • “The Upside-Down King: Unusual Tales about Rama and Krishna” by Sudha Murty (Puffin – Penguin Random House India)
  • “Like A Girl” by Aparna Jain (Westland)
  • “The Vedas and Upanishads for Children” by Roopa Pai (Hachette India)
  • “The History of India for Children – Vol. 1” & “The History of India for Children – Vol. 2” by Archana Garodia Gupta and Shruti Garodia (Hachette India)
  • “Young Storytellers Season 2”, a collection by various writers (The Write Place)

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Depression formed over southeast Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood

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Cyclone Storm Nisarga
  • It is very likely to intensify further into a Deep Depression during next 24 hours
  • It is also likely to intensify further into a cyclonic storm
  • Heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places with isolated Extremely heavy falls very likely over south Tamilnadu and south Kerala
  • Sea condition will be rough to very rough over southeast and adjoining southwest Bay of Bengal
  • Fishermen are advised not to venture into southeast and adjoining southwest Bay of Bengal from 1st December night

According to the Cyclone Warning Division of the India Meteorological Department (IMD):

Latest satellite and Ship observations indicate that the well marked low pressure area over southeast Bay of Bengal & neighbourhood concentrated into a Depression and lay centered at 0530 hrs IST of 30th November 2020 over southeast Bay of Bengal about 750 km east-southeast of Trincomalee (Sri Lanka) and 1150 km east-southeast of Kanyakumari (India).

It is very likely to intensify further into a Deep Depression during next 24 hours. It is also likely to intensify further into a cyclonic storm. It is very likely to move west-northwestwards and cross Sri Lanka coast around evening of 2nd December. It is very like to move nearly westwards thereafter and emerge into Comorin area on3rd December morning.

Forecast track and intensity are given below:

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Date/Time(IST)Position (Lat. 0N/ long. 0E)Maximum sustained surface wind speed (Kmph)Category of cyclonic disturbance
30.11.20/05307.5/88.040-50 gusting to 60Depression
30.11.20/17307.7/87.050-60 gusting to 70Deep Depression
01.12.20/05307.9/86.160-70 gusting to 80Cyclonic Storm
01.12.20/17308.1/84.865-75 gusting to 85Cyclonic Storm
02.12.20/05308.3/83.170-80 gusting to 90Cyclonic Storm
02.12.20/17308.5/81.570-80 gusting to 90Cyclonic Storm
03.12.20/05308.5/80.260-70 gusting to 80Cyclonic Storm
    

Warnings:

(i) Rainfall

  • Heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places with isolated Extremely heavy falls very likely over south Tamilnaduand south Keralaon 2nd December, 2020 and Isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall likely over these regions on 1st, 3rd and 4th December 2020.
  • Heavy to very heavy rainfall at Isolated places very likely over north Tamilnadu, Puducherry, Mahe&Kariakal and north Kerala during 2nd and 3rd December, 2020 and isolated heavy rainfall during 1st and 4th December.
  • Heavy rainfall at isolated places very likely over south Coastal Andhra Pradesh during 2nd& 03rdDecember and over Lakshadweep during 03rd and 4th December, 2020.
Sub-Divisions30 Nov 2020*01 Dec 2020*02 Dec 2020*03 Dec 2020*04 Dec 2020*
South TamilnaduRainfall  at a few places Rainfall at many places with heavy to very heavy  rainfall at  isolated placesRainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at  few places and extremely heavy fall at  isolated places Rainfall at many places with heavy to very heavy  rainfall at  isolated placesRainfall at many places with heavy to very heavy  rainfall at  isolated places
North Tamilnadu, Puducherry &KaraikalRainfall  at isolated places Rainfall at a few places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at  isolated placesRainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy  rainfall at  isolated placesRainfall at many places with heavy to very heavy  rainfall at  isolated placesRainfall at many places with heavy fall at  isolated places 
 South KeralaRainfall  at isolated placesRainfall at many places with heavy to very heavy  rainfall at  isolated placesRainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at  few places and extremely heavy fall at  isolated places Rainfall at many places with heavy to very heavy  rainfall at  isolated placesRainfall at many places with heavy to very heavy  rainfall at  isolated places
 North Kerala &MaheRainfall  at isolated placesRainfall at many places with  heavy rainfall at  isolated placesRainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy  rainfall at  isolated placesRainfall at many places with heavy  rainfall at  isolated placesRainfall at a few places with heavy fall at  isolated places 
South Coastal Andhra PradeshRainfall  at isolated placesRainfall  at isolated placesRainfall  at a few places with heavy rainfall at isolated placesRainfall  at a few places with heavy rainfall at isolated placesRainfall  at a few places
LakshadweepRainfall  at a few placesRainfall  at a few placesRainfall  at most placesRainfall  at most places with heavy to very falls at isolated placesRainfall  at most places with heavy to very falls at isolated places

(ii) Wind warning

  • Squally Weather (wind speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph) very likely over central parts of South Bay of Bengal on 30thNovember.
  • It would gradually increase becoming 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph over southeast and adjoining southwest Bay of Bengal from 1st December night and 70-80 kmph gusting to 90 kmphover southwest Bay of Bengal, along & off Sri Lanka coast and 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph over Comorin Area, Gulf of Mannar and Tamilnadu-Kerala coasts from 2nd December forenoon for subsequent 24 hours.
  • The squally wind speed reaching 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph is very likely to prevail over Gulf of Mannar,along & off south Tamilnadu&Kerala coasts, Comorin Area, Lakshadweep-Maldives area and adjoining southeast Arabian Seafrom 3rd December morning for subsequent 24 hours.

 (iii) Sea condition

  • Sea condition will be rough to very rough over southeast and adjoining southwest Bay of Bengal from 1st December night and very rough to high gusting to 90 kmphover southwest Bay of Bengal, along & off east Sri Lanka coast and rough to very rough over Comorin Area, Gulf of Mannar and Tamilnadu-Kerala coasts from 2nd December forenoon for subsequent 24 hours.
  • Sea condition will be rough to very rough over Gulf of Mannar, along and off south Tamilnadu&Kerala coasts, Comorin Areafrom 2nd December morning and Lakshadweep-Maldives area and adjoining southeast Arabian Seafrom 3rd December morning for subsequent 24 hours.

(iv) Fishermen Warning

Fishermen are advised not to venture into southeast and adjoining southwest Bay of Bengal from 1st December night; over southwest Bay of Bengal, along & off east Sri Lanka coast, Comorin Area, Gulf of Mannar and Tamilnadu-Kerala coasts from 2nd December forenoon for subsequent 24 hours, over Gulf of Mannar, along & off south Tamilnadu& Kerala coasts, Comorin Area from 2nd December morning and over Lakshadweep-Maldives area & adjoining southeast Arabian Sea from 3rd December morning for subsequent 24 hours.

Also those who are out at Sea are advised to return to the coast by today.

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PM Modi greets people on Parkash Purab of Guru Nanak

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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has greeted the people on the occasion of Parkash Purab of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji.

In a tweet, the Prime Minister said, “I bow to Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji on his Parkash Purab. May his thoughts keep motivating us to serve society and ensure a better planet.”

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With 38k new Covid-19 cases, India’s tally tops 94.3 lakhs

The recovery rate stands at 93.81 per cent, and the fatality rate is 1.45 as per cent, the Ministry said.

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New Delhi, Nov 30: With 38,772 new coronavirus cases and 443 deaths in the past 24 hours, India’s overall tally stood at 94,31,692 on Monday, as the fatality toll touched 1,37,139, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.

Currently, there are 4,46,952 active cases, whereas 8,84,76,00 patients have been cured and discharged so far.

The recovery rate stands at 93.81 per cent, and the fatality rate is 1.45 as per cent, the Ministry said.

“India continues to have one of the lowest deaths per million population globally (presently 99). Focussed measures to ensure a low and manageable fatality rate have resulted in daily mortality figures of less than 500,” it added.

Maharashtra continued to be the worst-hit state with 1,820,059 cases till date. There are 92,062 active cases and 47,071 Covid-19 deaths.

According to the Ministry, over 70 per cent of the daily new cases are contributed by eight States and UT i.e. Maharashtra, Delhi, Kerala, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Chhattisgarh.

The overall number of global coronavirus cases has topped 62.6 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 1.45 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

In its latest update on Monday, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 62,670,153 and 1,458,360, respectively.

The US is the worst-hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 13,374,162 and 266,838, respectively, according to the CSSE.

India comes in second place in terms of cases.

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