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  • 60 Indian Companies in M&E sector participating in MIPCOM 2019 in Cannes

     

    Services Exports Promotion Council (SEPC), set-up by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, has brought out the India Intellectual Property (IP) Guide at Cannes in MIPCOM 2019, being held from 14-17, October 2019, for the Media and Entertainment (M&E) industry.

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    Shri J.P.S. Chawla assumed charge as the new Controller General of Accounts, Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure, here today.

    Government of India has appointed Shri J. P. S. Chawla, 1985-batch Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS) Officer as the new Controller General of Accounts (CGA), Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure with effect from October 15, 2019 on regular basis.

  • Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav (RSM) 2019, the flagship festival, organized by the Ministry of Culture in Madhya Pradesh from 14th October, 2019 closed its Jabalpur component today with a dazzling grand finale of various art forms along with soulful performances of 'Dhruvaa- India’s first Sanskrit Fusion band', Veteran Manipuri dancer, Smt. Priti Patel and Qawwali Composers Sabri Brothers.

  • Two diagnostic kits developed by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) - Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) under the ‘Make in India’ initiative, namely the Bluetongue sandwich ELISA (sELISA) and the Japanese Encephalitis lgM ELISA kit for the control of Swine and Detection of Antigen, were released by Shri Atul Chaturvedi, Secretary Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying and Dr. T. Mahopatra, Secretary DARE and DG, ICAR at Krishi Bhawan today.

  • Union Minister of State for Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Prime Minister's Office, Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Departments of Atomic Energy and Space, Dr.Jitendra Singh presided over as Chief Guest at the Curtain Raiser event for the North East Expo 2019, organised in New Delhi today.

  • The 18thmeeting of the group constituted for monitoring cartelisation, hoarding, speculative trading etc. with respect to essential food items such as Pulses, Onions, Tomatoes and oil seeds was held under the Chairmanship of Secretary, Consumer Affairs,ShriAvinash K Srivastava at Krishi Bhawan today.

  • India’s overall exports (Merchandise and Services combined) in April-September2019-20* are estimated to be USD 267.21billion, exhibiting a positive growth of 1.93per cent over the same period last year.

  • The Ministry of Shipping is working on a plan to develop a National Grid for Ports based on synergy between the Major and Minor ports in the country. Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, MoS (I/C) for Shipping and MoS Chemical and Fertilizers announced this while addressing the media after the 17th Meeting of Maritime States Development Council (MSDC)  in New Delhi today.

  • Indian Railways launches 09 ‘Sewa Service’ Trains todaytoconnect smaller towns around major cities.  These services were launched by the Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry, Shri PiyushGoyal along with Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan and Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, from New Delhi by inaugurating Delhi-Shamli passenger train.

  • Cities includeChandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Indore, Mumbai, Pune, Shillong and Trivandrum
    AWSITC aims to provide best in class training to candidates to showcase their skills at national and international competitions, by making them industry ready

     

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  • Inaugurating the 25th edition of DST-CII India Netherlands Technology Summit at New Delhi today by His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands and Union Minister for Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Health & Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, expressed their pleasure at the successful collaboration in Science & Technology between the two countries.

  • The 88th birth anniversary of former President, Bharat Ratna Dr APJ Abdul Kalam was celebrated in DRDO Bhawan premises here today. On this occasion, Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh garlanded the statue of Dr Kalam and complimented DRDO on the successful conduct of 41st Directors’ Conference as a true tribute to him. He commended DRDO for organising the ‘Dare to Dream’ contest and distributed awards to winners in individual and start-up category.

  • Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh inaugurated the 41st DRDO Directors’ Conference at DRDO Bhawan here today. The Conference is an annual event, where a number of brainstorming sessions are planned over two days.

  • 1.         To honour the services of one of the oldest surviving veteran of 9th GR, No 5832088 Havaldar Devi Lal Khattri (1/9 GR and 3/9 GR) was felicitated by Lt Gen AK Bhatt, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, Military Secretary & Colonel 9th Gorkha Rifles and Maj Gen DA Chaturvedi, PVSM, AVSM, SM, ADG TA & Colonel 3rd Gorkha Rifles during the occasion of annual Barakhana for the veterans of 3rd GR and 9th GR at Birpur, Dehradun on 07 Oct 2019.

  • Seeking to expand India’s footprint and forge closer ties with Africa, the Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu concluded his tour to Comoros and Sierra Leone and returned to Delhi today.

  • Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh has called upon defence scientists to strive for developing cutting-edge technologies indigenously to make India not only self-reliant in defence manufacturing but also global leader in the field.

  • Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri G Kishan Reddy addresses the National Conference of Chiefs of ATS/STFs organized by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

    Speaking on the occasion, Shri Reddy congratulated the NIA and called terrorism a major challenge for the country, a curse for any civilized society and the biggest obstacle to modern development . He added that India has always been capable of meeting such challenges.

  • In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (2) of section 14 of the Customs Act, 1962 (52 of 1962), the Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs, being satisfied that it is necessary and expedient so to do, hereby makes the following amendments in the notification of the Government of India in the Ministry of Finance (Department of Revenue), No. 36/2001-Customs (N.T.

  • The fourth edition of joint Indo-Kazakhstan military exercise KAZIND-2019 concluded today at Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand. The exercise included joint training in mountainous as well as jungle terrain. Important lectures, demonstrations and drills related to counter insurgency and counter terrorism operations were rehearsed and executed jointly.

  • Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala will host the the prestigious Dilli Series Sea Power Seminar on 17th and 18th  of October 2019. The theme for this year’s seminar is “Role of Sea Power in Shaping of Nations”.

  • In Jammu & Kashmir, three Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists were killed in a counter- terrorist operation by the security forces in Bijbehara area of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district late last night.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a day-long visit to Maharashtra today and would be addressing two more public rallies, besides the one held in Akola in the morning.

  • The Enforcement Directorate has arrested Congress leader P Chidambaram today in the Tihar Jail in connection with its probe in the INX Media money laundering case.

  • Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi said that the hearing in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case will conclude by 5.30 hrs today.

  • Days after United States troops pulling out of North eastern Syria and the Turkish offensive to gain ground in the Kurdish controlled region inside Syria, the situation is getting tense and complicated.

  • National Green Tribunal has asked Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab to depute a person each to report daily on air pollution due to stubble burning.

  • The Centre will advise all States to hold regular meetings with wholesalers, traders, importers, exporters of onions, pulses, edible oils and oilseeds at State and district levels especially during the festive season upto December this year.

  • US President Donald Trump has said, America is ready to swiftly destroy Turkey's economy in response to the NATO allay's military offensive in northern Syria.

  • Camapaigning for Assembly Elections has intensified in Maharashtra and Haryana.

  • The Enforcement Directorate, ED has summoned senior NCP leader Praful Patel in connection with its money laundering probe on alleged illegal assets of late Iqbal Mirchi, an aide of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.

  • Air India has become the first airline in the world to use a Taxibot on an A-320 aircraft with passengers on board.

  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today said, Dr. A P J Abul Kalam's contribution to research and missile development programme brought India to list of countries known for their indigenous capabilities.

  • Director General Police Dilbagh Singh said that Nasir Chadroo was Commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen Group that was neutralized in today’s encounter in Pazalpora area of Bijbehara town. He identified another slain terrorist as Javaid Ahmad and the identity of the third slain terrorist is being ascertained. Mr Singh added that the trio were involved in several militancy related activities. DGP said one soldier sustained bullet injury in his leg and is recuperating in the hospital.
     
    Sources said the third unidentified militant is from Reasi district of Jammu province. However, officials have not yet confirmed the same.
     
    Security sources said that arms and ammunition was recovered from the encounter site. They said that joint team of security forces launched the operation on the basis of specific information about the presence of terrorists in Pazalpora Bijbehara area.

  • A three-member team of investigators of the Central agency, arrested P Chidambaram under the provision of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The ED had filed a criminal case under the PMLA in 2017 to probe this deal of alleged irregularities in the grant of FIPB approval to INX Media group.
     
    INX Media got its Foreign Investment Promotion Board approvals in 2007-08 when Chidambaram was Union Finance Minister. The agency will now move into court to seek his fresh custody. It is alleged that this approval was not legal and agencies have charged Chidambaram with committing corruption and money laundering by taking kickbacks from  promoters of the media group through his son Karti. The FIPB was scrapped by the Modi Government in 2017.
     
    P Chidambaram has spent about 55 days in CBI and judicial custody till now after he was arrested on August 21 in this case. Chidambaram's son Karti is also an accused in this case and has been arrested in this case by the CBI in the past. 

  • Earlier, it was reported that over 60 people were killed and 15 remained unaccounted for, while 212 have been injured.

    Japan's NHK broadcaster said in the early hours of Wednesday that at least 74 people have been confirmed dead. None of the missing have been located and emergency crews continue their search.

    Typhoon Hagibis has brought heavy rains and winds to Japan, leading to over 100 landslides across the country. Thousands of homes remain submerged in water and with no electricity. 

  • British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said, no further export licences will be granted to Turkey for items which might be used in military operations in Syria. Spain, a major arms exporter to Turkey, similarly announced a halt to sales of military material. Spain's Socialist government asked Turkey to put an end to this military operation. Sweden also announced it has halted exports of military equipment.
     
    Meanwhile, Russia has said it is patrolling in areas along the line of contact between Syrian and Turkish forces. Russia's defence ministry said, the patrolling are taking place after Syrian government troops took control of the city of Manbij. A spokesman for the US-led coalition confirmed its forces had pulled out of the area.

    Syrian forces moved into the area as part of a deal that has seen regime troops deploy in several Kurdish-controlled areas in north to protect the region from an assault by Turkish forces.

  • Fifth seed Sindhu beat Gregoria 22-20 21-18. The Olympic silver medallist will now face Korea's An Se Young next. World Championships bronze medallist B Sai Praneeth also made it to the second round beating the legendary Lin Dan 21-14, 21-17. The Hyderabad shuttler is likely to meet World No 1 and two-time world champion Kento Momota of Japan next. 

    Thailand Open champions Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty also made a good start to their men's doubles campaign, beating Korean pair of Kim Gi Jung and Lee Yong Dae 24-22, 21-11.

    Former Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap failed to cross the opening round after losing 13-21, 12-21 to Thailand's Sitthikom Thammasin in the men's singles. National champion Sourabh Verma also made an early exit after going down 21-19, 11-21, 17-21 to Mark Caljouw of the Netherlands.
     

  • Home Minister reiterated that the govt follows zero tolerance towards terrorism. The nation is fighting a decisive battle against terror and NSG has a vital role to play in it.

    On NSG raising day, the Jawans dispalyed their training and preparedness along with state of the art weapons and capability of the dog squad.

  • A city court has allowed the ED to interrogate Chidambaram in Tihar Central jail on Wednesday in relation to a money laundering probe connected to the INX Media case.

    What's more, the judge has said the ED could even arrest Chidambaram in required.

    The judge also rejected the Congress leader's plea seeking to recall the production warrant issued against him.

    But he denied the prosecution's request to quiz Chidambaram within the court premises on grounds of dignity of the accused.

    The Special Judge's order has come just two days ahead of 74-year-old leader's judicial custody was set to expire.
     

  • Now the anti-money laundering probe agency wants to quiz Patel in connection with a probe linked to alleged illegal assets of late Iqbal Mirchi, an aide of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim..Patel has been asked to depose before the ED in Mumbai on the 18th of this month.

    It was said that Patel's statement is set to be recorded  in connection with a deal between a real estate company promoted by Patel and his wife and the wife of Iqbal Mirchi. 

    It's said that Patel's Millennium Developers Pvt Ltd constructed a building called Ceejay House in 2006-07 and its third and fourth floors were transferred to Mirchi's wife Hajra Iqbal. 

    The land on which the building tower was made is said to be owned by Mirchi. Investigators claim the land was purchased from the proceeds of crime of money laundering, drug trafficking and alleged extortion crimes.

    Patel and his party have denied any wrongdoing in the deal.
     

  • Congress leaders are opposing it.He welcomed improved gender ratio in Haryana, saying it reflects a social transformation while urging all to dedicate this year's Diwali to the daughters of India.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi pulling out the punches for Dangal daughter Babita Phogat in Charkhi Dadri and Former Indian hockey captain Sandeep Singh in Kurukshetra.

    Haryana has emerged as the land of medal winners in several sports. PM Modi said that the Khelo India initiative was tailor-made to tap and hone rural talent.

    Hailing the villages of Haryana that have powered social change in recent times, PM Modi listed the initiatives taken by his government to empower women.  

    Recounting the success of the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao mission in Haryana, Prime Minister called on the nation to follow the example set by the state by dedicating Diwali to daughters.

    PM also saluted the families who send their sons and daughters to the forces to ensure the safety of the nation. 

    He listed his govt's initiatives for the welfare of armed forces and their families. Scholarships for the children of martyrs has been increased. 

    The children of police as well as central police forces are now covered by these grants. Allowances of those serving in Siachen has been doubled while those for counter insurgency ops has been tripled.  

    Prime Minister credited his government for securing the rights of farmers, including stopping the flow of irrigation waters into Pakistan.

    In Kurukshetra, Prime Minister hit out at the Congress for its negativity on every issue ranging from the success of the Swacch Bharat mission to the Rafale purchase. He questioned the party for its double speak on Article 370.

    90 Assembly seats in Haryana goes to polls on the 21st of October. BJP has launched Mission 75 plus. With Congress battling infighting in the state, all eyes are on 25th of October to see which way the voters verdict goes.
     

  • Restrictions were imposed in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, when Centre abrogated Article 370 on August 5. 

    In the wake of the situation, classes were suspended in NIT. 
     

  • The Indian Army conducted a recruitment drive for the youth of the Kashmir valley. Youths from Kupwara, Baramulla, Bandipora and Ganderbal participated in the recruitment rally. 

    The recruitment, which was held from the 12th to 15th October was for the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry. Around 2,000 youth took part in the recruitment drive. 

    The Indian army said that they are overwhelmed by the response.   

    Jammu and kashmir police also organised a recruitment rally in which a good number of female candidates participated. 

    The recruitment drive for Special Police Officers was organised in the Ramban district. As many as 4,072 candidates including female candidates competed for their final selection. 

    These girls belong to remote and hilly parts of Ramban district. Though eligibility is matriculation,the aspirants include many a intermediates and graduates.

    Recruitment drive for Special Police Officers is being seen as yet another step towards women empowerment. 

    The recruitment drive has received an overwhelming response from youth across the state and will go a long way in providing gainful employment to these youths. 
     

  • Addressing the concluding ceremony of  the national postal week in New Delhi, Ravishankar Prasad said that postal department has done excellent work in the field of financial inclusion. 

    Referring to the achievements of digital revolution in the country Ravishankar Prasad said that  so far eight lakh fifty one thousand rupees have been sent through DBT. Thus one lakh 54 thousand crore rupees have been saved. 

    Union Minister said that India's inclusive digital growth is being acknowledged by the world. He said that NDA government has decided to set up one lakh digital villages across the country.
     

  • Speaking at the India Energy Forum of CERAWeek conference in New Delhi, the Union Minister said India aspire to generate 450 GW of renewable energy.
     

  • He said that DRDO has played significant role in ensuring technological advancement of our forces and safeguarding our country. 

    Chiefs of the three forces & DRDO Chairman G Satheesh Reddy were also present on the occasion.

    Addressing the conference, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval said that armies that were better equipped always called the shots and decided the destiny of mankind. 

    They were always the one which had higher technologies. However,India's own historical experience on this has not been good. 

    He said that besides use of better technologies, integration of technology is the need of the hour. 

    He added that DRDO can play a significant role in becoming a catalyst in absorption of technology.

  • The brutal murder had led to widespread protests in Bangladesh after it came to light that Abrar was beaten to death by some student leaders associated with the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) which is affiliated to the ruling Awami League. Police has arrested 19 accused in the case including many office bearers of BCL.

    Subsequently, BUET banned all student politics on the campus.

    The opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and some other groups claimed that Abrar was killed for his Facebook post in which he opposed the recently concluded deal between Bangladesh and India to provide 1.8 cusec water of Feni river to Sabroom town in Tripura.

    Police however said yesterday that based on confessional statements of the accused, it appears that Abrar was beaten to death on the suspicion of being a member of  Islami Chhatra Shibir, the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami. The Shibir is alleged to have links with terrorist group JMB.

    Earlier on Monday parents of Abarar met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka who assured speedy justice in the case. She had announced that the guilty will be punished irrespective of their affiliation to any political party including Awami League.

    Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Dr. A K Abdul Moment on Tuesday criticized the statement made by some foreign diplomats on the issue as going 'beyond norms'.  After the incident, the UN Dhaka office had issued a statement  saying that it deplores the killing of a young BUET student, allegedly for freely expressing his view.  Missions of the USA, the UK, Germany and Switzerland in Dhaka also made comments condemning the murder and urged transparent investigation.

  • In a public statement, Mrs. Kumaratunga said all efforts should be taken to prevent the attempts by conspirators to destroy the party which has ensured the democratic rights of the people. 

    Her statement came as SLFP has not fielded any candidate for the Presidential elections next month and is supporting SLPP candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa. 

    SLPP was formed by breakaway group of SLFP in 2016 but is on the upsurge following popularity of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. 

    Mrs. Kumaratunga has vowed that she will lead the forces to protect the SLFP at the expense of her life as she led the party to victory in 1994 after 17 years of misery. 

    She said that SLFP pioneered in freeing the country from the shackles of imperialism and brought real freedom to the country. 

    President Maithripala Sirisena, who held the post of SLFP chairman, has decided to temporarily quit the post and maintain a neutral stand at the elections. 

  • Addressing a press conference in Colombo Tuesday, Gotabaya said they will always work with the United Nations, but can't recognize what they have signed with past Sri Lankan governments. 

    He said his party has already rejected that and on this issue, their policies and the present government policies are far apart. 

    The current government has co-sponsored a resolution in 2015 to investigate the war crimes and set up several commissions. 

    An Office of missing persons has already been set up as part of that.   The former defence secretary added that the issue of missing persons is related to those deaths whose bodies could not be retrieved in war conditions. 

    Gotabaya asserted that he will be the President of future Sri Lanka and will like to leave the past behind. He said that he will try to ensure dignity for all sections of society and their development. 

    Rajapaksa said an SLPP Government will take forward a neutral stand on its foreign policy. He said that the Government will need to be realistic and ensure it maintains a good relationship with all countries. 

    Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is the elder brother of Gotabaya and other coalition party leaders were present on the occasion.

  • The Sankalp Patra, as it is called, was released in the presence of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, BJP Working President Jagat Prakash Nadda, State Unit Chief Chandrakant Patil and other leaders. Among other things in the manifesto, the BJP has promised to create one crore jobs for the people in the state.

    Some key promises in the 16-point Sankalp Patra by the BJP include making state drought-free in coming years, a Marathwada Water Grid will be made by joining 11 dams,  five Lakh Crore rupees investment in infrastructure, introducing preventive and curative health care in state. In addition, ambit of scholarships and financial support is to be increased in education, homes to all homeless by 2022, workers to be brought under social security net, independent mechanisms for permanent repair and maintenance of all roads to be created through the Chief Minister's Gram Sadak Yojana.

    Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis while speaking at the launch of the manifesto said after elections, the party will take the PMC Bank issue to the Centre. He said the party will request the Centre to help depositors get their money back and added he will personally be following up the matter.

  • Dr Kalam is also known as the Missile Man of India.  Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have paid tribute to Dr Kalam.
     
    In his message, Vice President said, Dr Kalam was a great scholar, teacher and earned love and respect from everywhere. He said, Dr Kalam made innumerable contributions to Indian defence. Vice President added that Dr Kalam's commitment, patriotism and vision to make India a strong nation will continue to inspire people.
     
    Prime Minister said, India salutes Dr Kalam on his birth anniversary. He said, Dr Kalam dreamed of a strong and capable India of the 21st century and made his special contribution towards it. Mr Modi said, he continues to inspire the countrymen.

  • British Indian novelist Salman Rushdie's tragicomic 'Quichotte' was among the six books shortlisted for the prize.

    The Booker rules say the prize must not be divided, but the judges insisted they could not separate Atwood's - 'The Testament' and 'Girl, Woman, Other' by Evaristo, who is the first black woman to win the prestigious award since its creation in 1969.

    The rules were changed after the last tie in 1992, and organisers told this year's judges that they were not allowed to pick two winners. But after five hours of deliberations, Peter Florence, the chair of the five-member judging panel, said, it was our decision to flout the rules. Seventy-nine-year-old Canadian author Atwood expressed her joy at sharing the award with a younger writer.
     
    On Rushdie's 'Quichotte' the judging panel commented, a picaresque tour-de-force of contemporary America, with all its alarms and craziness. Rushdie conjures a celebration of storytelling and language that will delight lovers of Cervantes, lovers of daytime television and lovers of life. This was the fifth time that the Mumbai-born novelist was shortlisted, including the 1981 win where he bagged the award for "Midnight's Children". 

  • 58-year-old Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee was educated at the University of Calcutta, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Harvard University, where he received his PhD in 1988. He is currently the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2003 he founded the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), along with Esther Duflo and Sendhil Mullainathan, and he remains one of the lab’s directors. 

    Banerjee is a past president of the Bureau for the Research in the Economic Analysis of Development, a Research Associate of the NBER, a CEPR research fellow, International Research Fellow of the Kiel Institute, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Econometric Society, and has been a Guggenheim Fellow and an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow and a winner of the Infosys Prize. 

    He is the author of a large number of articles and four books, including Poor Economics which won the Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year. He is the editor of three more books and has directed two documentary films. He also served on the U.N. Secretary-General’s High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

    The Nobel committee in a statement said the research conducted by this year's laureates has considerably improved the ability to fight global poverty. In just two decades, their new experiment-based approach has transformed development economics, which is now a flourishing field of research.

    The President, the Vice President and the Prime Minister have extended their congratulations to Abhijeet Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer on winning the Nobel Prize in Economics for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty. 

    In his message, President Ram Nath Kovind said their research has helped economists better understand how to fight poverty in India and the world. Vice President Venkaiah Naidu said he is sure that Banerjee's experimental approach to alleviating global poverty will help the world community to understand and address the formidable challenge of poverty.

  • New Zealand and England had headed into the super over after scores in the World Cup final were tied at 241. 

    Once the super over also ended in a tie with both teams making 15, the winner was decided on account of superior boundary count. 

    Following that nerve-wracking final, the ICC faced the wrath of fans and former players over the controversial rule. 

    Now it has finally made changes to the rule and in case a situation arises where both teams are tied even after the super over in a final or semifinal, the super over will be repeated until there is a clear winner. 
     

  • According to official data, the wholesale price index-based inflation was 1.08 percent in August this year and 5.22 percent in September last year. 

    The previous low was recorded in June 2016 when wholesale inflation was in negative at 0.1 percent. 

    Inflation for food articles, as a basket, remained nearly flat at 7.47 percent during the month.
     

  • MoS Road Transport and Highways, Gen. (Retd.) V.K Singh and ministers and senior officials from several states were also present on the occasion. 

    Speaking on the occasion, Gadkari said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been giving a lot of emphasis on large scale transport reforms. 

    He said the unified and nation-wide inter-operable RFID-based tag for vehicles is a major step in this direction. Under this system the same FASTag affixed on the windscreen of a vehicle can be used to pay toll across all toll plazas in the country.
     

  • The President also hosted a banquet in their honour. 

    Welcoming them to India, the President said that bilateral ties between India and Netherlands are strong and growing. 

    He expressed confidence that this State Visit will impart further boost to the engagement and deepen relations between the two countries. 

    The President said that economic partnership is a key pillar of India-Netherlands bilateral ties.

    Earlier in the day, the visiting dignitary met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. The Royal couple is on a five day state visit to India.

    Earlier, His majesty and the queen were accorded a Ceremonial Reception at the forecourt of Rastrapati Bhavan.
     

  • Anantnag's District Election Officer has said 14 candidates have been elected unopposed in two blocks of Bijbehara and Chittergul in Anantnag's district. 

    The Anantnag's DEO, entrusted with the task of reviewing election arrangements in the district, meanwhile, examined the preparations being made for the election of 57 BDC councillors from 14 blocks. 

    The electorates for the BDC election comprises village panchayats' 'panches' and sarpanches'.
     

  • This is the third time the regulator has increased the withdrawal limit since its clamped down on the bank on September 23, when the RBI had capped it at Rs 1,000 per customer. 

    The Reserve Bank of India, after reviewing the bank's liquidity position and its ability to pay its depositors, has decided to further enhance the limit for withdrawal to Rs 40,000, inclusive of Rs 25,000 allowed earlier, the central bank said in a statement. 

    With the above relaxation, about 77 percent of the depositors of the bank will be able to withdraw their entire account balance. 

    The RBI said it is closely monitoring the developments and shall continue to take necessary steps in the interest of the depositors of the bank.

  • The BCCI elections were scheduled to be held on October 23 but with Sourav Ganguly being the only candidate to file his nomination for the top post of Indian cricket, he is set to be elected unopposed.

    October 14 is the deadline to file nominations for 5 office bearer's posts up for grabs in the electoral process.

    With the election of the new president, Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) stint will also come to an end after 33 months. This eight-man team, announced by Rajiv Shukla, will try and get BCCI back in order.

  • The letter by the British India organisations further stated that the emergency motion passed at the recent Labour Party Conference is not acceptable as it seeks to interfere in the internal matters of, and  between, third countries and is drafted in a one-sided & divisive manner.

    The letter said, at a time when brexit has already created deep divisions within our country, the last thing we need is to further divide different communities within the UK whilst destroying diplomatic relations with the world's largest democracy and long standing, valued strategic partner.
     

  • FM Nirmala Sitharaman sought to allay apprehensions about liquidity in the economy and also assured investors that process of deep economic reforms will continue.

    She said that amendments are being made to Companies Act  so it doesn't look punitive and added that efforts are being made to ensure that due payments are released to MSME sector by large corporates.

    Centre is taking many steps in tandem to boost the economy. Addressing the India Energy Forum, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that amendments are being made to Companies Act. So it doesn't look punitive and added that course of deep reforms will continue.

    Finance Minister also met with the CEOs of Public Sector Banks. This was the second meeting of the finance minister with CEOs of PSU banks in less than a month.

    The meeting discussed various issues including progress on credit offtake as part of efforts to prop up the economy.

    Public sector banks alone have disbursed Rs 81,781 crore in the first phase of the outreach programme between October 1-9.

    Of this, as much as Rs 34,342 crore has gone to new entrepreneurs.

    Sitharaman, while briefing the media said that corporate affairs ministry has the list of those companies who have an aggregate outstanding of more than Rs 40,000 crore to the MSMEs.

    On the issue of capital infusion, the finance minister said, the work is underway and all the bank boards are taking important steps in this direction.

    And on the PMC Bank issue, the minister said that RBI governor said that the interest of the customers will be kept in mind and a favourable solution will soon be found.
     

  • The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has said that the research conducted by this year's Laureates has considerably improved the  ability to fight global poverty. It added that they have introduced a new approach to obtaining reliable answers about the best ways to fight global poverty.

     Abhijeet Banerjee, 58, was educated at the University of Calcutta, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D in 1988. He is currently the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    With Banerjee, Duflo wrote Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty, which won the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award in 2011 and has been translated into more than 17 languages. Duflo, the 46-year-old former advisor to ex-US president Barack Obama, is the second woman and the youngest ever to win the economics prize.

    President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined a euphoric nation in wishing Banerjee on a rare feat.

    In a tweet, the President said: Congratulations to Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer on winning “the Nobel prize” in economic Science “for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty”. Their research has helped economists better understand how to fight poverty in India & the world,

    PM Narendra Modi congratulated Abhijit Banerjee on winning the Nobel Prize for Economics, saying he has made notable contributions in the field of poverty alleviation.

    PM Tweeted: "Congratulations to Abhijit Banerjee on being conferred the 2019 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. He has made notable contributions in the field of poverty alleviation."

    He also congratulated Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer for winning the Nobel.

  • Pakistan is under a lot of pressure at the Financial Action Task Force or the FATF meeting, currently under way in Paris, to rein in terror groups operating from its soil. 

    Pakistani delegation will apprise the task force about the steps it has taken to comply with the requirements. 

    At the ongoing plenary of the FATF, chances are high that Pakistan will be retained on the 'grey list' due to its dismal compliance in case of 40 recommendations set by the task force at the time of its inclusion in the list.  

    National security Advisor Ajit Doval, who was addressing a meeting of the chiefs of the Anti Terrorism Squads said the biggest pressure on Pakistan comes from the functionaries of the FATF.

    Ahead of the FATF's crucial decision on whether to blacklist the country the United States revved up pressure on Pakistan and said that it must prevent militant groups from operating on its soil and prosecute top Lashkar-e-Taiba operatives along with its leader Hafiz Saeed.

    Alice Wells, head of the US state department's South and Central Asian bureau, also welcomed the arrest of the top four leaders of Lashkar-e-Taiba/Jamaat-ud-Dawah in Pakistan.

    Pakistan was placed on the grey list by the Paris-based watchdog in June last year and was given a plan of action to complete it by October 2019, or face the risk of being placed on the black list with Iran and North Korea.

    According to a report released by the Asia Pacific Group chances are high that Pakistan will be retained on the 'grey list' as the country has complied with just one the 40 recommendations set by the global anti-money laundering watchdog at the time of the country's inclusion in the list.

    The report underlined that Pakistan's regulators - the State Bank of Pakistan and Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan - have very limited understating of the money laundering and terror financing regimes.

    It stated that corruption, drug trafficking, fraud, tax evasion, smuggling, human trafficking and organised crime were major predicate offences to money laundering and areas of high risk.

    If Pakistan continues with the 'grey list', it would be very difficult for the country to get financial aid from the IMF, the World Bank and the European Union, making its financial condition more precarious.

    The FATF is an inter-governmental body established in 1989 to combat money laundering, terrorist financing and other related threats to the integrity of the international financial system.

     

  • Nearly 70 days after the imposition of a communications shutdown in Kashmir, the government has restored postpaid mobile services in the Valley.

    Landline services were restored last month in the valley. All postpaid mobile services, irrespective of the telecom operator now stand restored. This covers all 10 districts of the valley. Some 40 lakh postpaid mobile phones have become operational.

    People of the valley have hailed the move, saying it will now become easier to take to their near and dear ones.

    Land line telephony was resumed partially in the Valley on August 17th and by September 4th; nearly 50,000 landlines were made operational.

    In Jammu, the communication was restored within days of the communication shutdown and mobile internet was started around mid-August. However, after its misuse, internet facility on cell phones was snapped on August 18th.

     

  • The NSA said that terrorism is not a new thing. He credited the NIA for being able to contain terror activities in the  country.

    Doval said that terrorism is finding support from outside the country. He said Pakistan has been using terrorism as part of state policy.

    In his address, NIA Director-General Yogesh Chander Modi said there is a ninety per cent conviction rate in cases probed by NIA so far.

    He further said NIA has issued an alert to states and Union Territories over terror attacks.

    The NIA has shared a list of 125 suspects, with the concerned states.
     

  • PM Modi said that Article 370 was a big hurdle in the way for providing equal opportunity to all citizens of the country in Kashmir. He said that Valmiki samaj was also bearing the brunt of this injustice. PM said that abrogation of article 370 has provided equal opportunity to all sections of society.

    CAMPAIGNING INTENSIFIES IN MAHARASHTRA
     

    Political Parties geared up as the campaigning for assmebly elections entered last stage. Addressing a public rally in Mahrashtra's Nandurbar, BJP National Working President JP Nadda said that both the Central and state government working for the welfare of farmers. He also said that CM Devendra Fadnavis has waived off loans worth Rs 17,000 crores and has contributed Rs 50,000 crore to the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana.

    Meanwhile, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addressed an election rally in Nuh of Haryana. Rahul Gandhi said if voted to power, Congress Party would take a number of steps for development of the state. He said construction of Gurgaon-Alwar rail line and upgrading new engineering college into University would be Congress government's priority.
     

  • He also recalled that Ahmedabad airport was renamed as Sardar Vallabhai Patel International airport and Sardar Vallabhai Patel memorial was built in his home town in Nadiad, Gujarat in the past.

    These have been brought to a logical end by the construction of world’s tallest statue for the Iron Man of India. 

    He also added that it had been made more attractive and indigenous and that is why people across the globe are visiting these places and enjoying the beauty of both the ‘Statue of Unity’ as well as ‘Sardar Sarovar Dam’. 

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed happiness after former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda visited the Statue of Unity.

  • It was also celebrated in order to respect the meaningful bond that grow in a relationship between human and other well-beings, especially animals, which by some means, the celebration also gave hope to wildlife preservation.

    What have been mentioned above are essentially aligned with the mission of Bali Zoo, which always put animal preservation on top mission. With that alignment, the ceremonies that had been held at Bali Zoo always sparked joy.

    During the most recent ceremony, all animals were well-fed with special treats and the temple master sprinkled each of them with holy water. The special treats consisted of food and drink that symbolize a worship to Sang Hyang Rare Angon - an embodiment of Dewa Siwa (God Shiva) who’s in power of all beings, notably animals.

    In the Hindu philosophy, Tumpek Kandang falls once every 210 days, thus the Hindus are usually celebrating this tradition twice a year and the day always falls on Saturday.

    For Bali Zoo, Tumpek Kandang is a sacred tradition that has to be commemorated every half-yearly. The zoo celebrates it for the entire animals that reside in the zoo, which in total have reached more than 500 faunas.

  • "Inspired by the mesmerising animated discs, the animated Doodle art was made to reflect Plateau's style, with different imagery and themes in them on different device platforms," Google said in its description of the Doodle.

    Born in Brussels on October 14 in 1801, Plateau was the son of an artist who specialised in painting flowers. After studying law, Plateau became one of the best-known Belgian scientists of the nineteenth century, remembered for his study of physiological optics, particularly the effect of light and colour on the human retina.

    Plateau's doctoral dissertation detailed how images form on the retina, noting their exact duration, colour, and intensity. Based on these conclusions, he was able to create a stroboscopic device in 1832, fitted with two discs that rotated in opposite directions.

    One disc was filled with small windows, evenly spaced in a circle, while the other had a series of pictures of a dancer. When both discs turned at exactly the right speed, the images seemed to merge, creating the illusion of a dancer in motion.

    According to Google, though Plateau lost his vision later in life, he continued to have a productive career in science even after becoming blind, working as a professor of experimental physics at Ghent University with the help of colleagues that included his son and his son-in-law.

  • Ceremonial Reception was accorded to King Willem-Alexander & Queen Maxima of the Netherlands in New Delhi Monday morning. King of Netherlands, and his wife met President Ramnath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other dignitaries at Rashtrapati Bhawan.

    Later, both Dutch king and his queen also visited Rajghat and paid floral tributes to Mahatama Gandhi. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands arrived in New Delhi last night on a five-day visit to India.

    During the visit, the King of the Netherlands will hold meetings with top Indian leaders to enhance island economic and political cooperation. This is his first state visit to India since he ascended the throne in 2013. They will travel to Mumbai and Kerala after New Delhi.

  • A major decision has been taken that all Sports Authority of India Stadiums and facilities will be made free for federations to hold competitions and leagues. Also, non-SAI coaches can train their athletes in SAI facilities free of cost by booking training slots online. This decision was made to promote Fit India Movement and to make play fields and sporting infrastructure accessible to all sports persons across the country.

    All SAI facilities will now be free for federations to hold competitions and leagues. Also, non-SAI coaches can train their athletes in SAI facilities free of cost by booking training slots online. With an effort to further the Fit India Movement and to make play fields and sporting infrastructure accessible, without fee, to all sports persons across the country from 1st November 2019, the Ministry of Sports has decided to allow national and state sports federations, leagues and clubs to organize sports events in all sporting facilities owned by the government, free of cost.

    The sporting facilities will also be accessible free of cost to coaches training athletes who are not part of camps organized in Sports Authority of India centers. The decision was taken with the view that people must have access to play fields and sporting infrastructure so that the culture of playing sport and therefore of fitness, becomes a way of life for Indians.

    In the first phase, stadiums in Delhi including Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Indira Gandhi Stadium, Major Dhyanchand Stadium and Karni Singh Shooting Range will be opened up for state and national federations to host competitions, tournaments and leagues of all sporting disciplines.

    The new policy will also allow non-SAI coaches to train their athletes at the stadium without any charge, provided that the coach has a minimum of at least 10 wards under his or her training. Training sessions can be booked by a coach online from November 1st.

  • The airlines will operate three flights to Chennai, Tiruchirapalli and Kochi in South India. Sri Lankan transport minister Arjuna Ranatunga said the airport marks an important development for the region as well as whole of Sri Lanka.

    Jaffna airport was operational during 60s and 70s but was closed down following eruption of LTTE war. The airport has been developed afresh and runway length has been extended from 950 to 1400 metres  to facilitate ATR 72 Aircraft carrying 70 passengers.

    Under phase 2, the runway length will be extended up to 2300 metres allowing for bigger aircrafts. The decision to develop the Jaffna Airport to operate regional commercial flights was taken on August 6.

    The Cabinet memorandum in this regard was submitted by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to develop the airport to operate commercial flights and to promote tourism. Sri Lankan government is also planning to develop Batticalao airport in eastern province to improve connectivity.

  • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday assured investors that India will honor contractual commitments under various energy agreements.

    While addressing the 3rd India Energy Forum in New Delhi, she said that government’s commitment towards renewable energy can been seen by the fact that under the leadership of Narendra Modi LPG cylinders were provided to 8 Crore families as promised.

    Sitharaman said that the biggest challenge India facing today is the huge difference between the consumption and availability of the energy sources.

    She also said that India Energy Forum would allow India to understand the challenges better and work towards the same.

  • The top court was hearing a petition filed by Facebook to transfer cases being heard in the High Courts of Madras, Bombay and Madhya Pradesh in connection with the linking of social media profiles with Aadhaar.

    In its transfer petition, Facebook had said that the cases pending in the High Courts involved similar questions of law and should be heard by the Supreme Court to avoid conflicting judgments.

  • Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has urged Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and GST Council to make a beginning by bringing Aviation Turbine Fuel and Natural Gas under Ambit of GST.

    Addressing the India Energy Forum, the Cera Week, and Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that Government is focusing of making India a low Carbon Economy.

  • National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on Monday outlined three point formula to fight terrorism. Addressing the National Investigation Agency's national conference of Chiefs of Anti-Terrorism Squad and Special Task Force in Delhi, the National Security Advisor has said it is very important to fight the support system of terrorism to combat it.

    He said that terrorism is getting assistance from outside the country. He credited the NIA for containing terror activities in the country. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval said it is the responsibility of the investigation agencies to safeguard society from terrorism.

    DG NIA said there is ninety per cent conviction rate in cases probed by NIA.

  • It listed at Rs 644, reflecting a huge jump of 101.25 per cent as compared to the issue price on the BSE. On the NSE, it skyrocketed 95.62 per cent to Rs 626 in opening trade. The company's market valuation stood at Rs 10,972 crore in morning trade.

    The initial public offering of IRCTC was a huge hit among investors, subscribed 111.91 times earlier this month. The Rs 645-crore IPO was in a price range of Rs 315-320 per share.

    IRCTC is the only entity authorised by Indian Railways to provide catering services to railways, online railway tickets and packaged drinking water at railway stations and trains in India.

  • Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan addressed the third meeting of International Think-Tank in New Delhi on Sunday.

    Addressing the gathering, the minister called upon Oil companies to develop a major strategic mindset by using the latest technologies and working on transforming the oil sector.

    He said, India's excessive oil import dependency makes it vulnerable to external developments more than ever before and the emerging era is going to be more complex.

  • In the impact of the explosion, a two storied building collapsed. Sleuths of NDRF and other security personnel have been rushed to the spot as several people were still trapped under the collapsed building.

    UP DGP OP Singh while confirming 10 deaths, said that the incident occurred in Walidpur village at around 0730 hrs when a two storied building collapsed in the impact of the LPG blast.
      
    He said the priority of the authorities are to rescue the trapped people and NDRF have been rushed to the spot. The 15 injured have been rushed to the hospital.
      
    Police sources said that the number of casualties can increase as several of the injured are in critical condition. The deceased were yet to be identified.
      
    Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath has taken cognizance of the incident of blast in a house in Walidpur Mau.

    He has expressed his deepest condolences to the family of the deceased and directed that DM SP and all officers should immediately provide all possible relief and medical help to the injured.

  • The report points out that its economy is likely to maintain growth above 7 percent, supported by a robust macroeconomic framework, political stability, and strong public investments.

    Bangladesh has reduced the current account deficit due to rising export and remittances which was above dollar 15.5 billion in 2018.

    However, the report says financial sector vulnerability, fiscal pressures and loss of external competitiveness pose challenges to its growth rate. Indicating vulnerability in the financial sector, World Bank report says low deposit growth rate and rising bad loans along with low credibility of Letter of credit guarantees in the international market remain causes of worry for Bangladesh.

    The report points out that despite slowdown in industrial growth rate, the industrial sector remains strong as the country’s garment industry benefited from the trade tensions between the United States and China.

    The World Bank said Bangladesh need to address key structural challenges such as reducing the infrastructure deficit, enhancing human capital, improving urban management and managing climate change risks.