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  • In the series of joint bilateral exercises between India & Mongolia, both nations have once again come together to enhance bilateral friendship to the next level. The fourteenth edition of joint military training exercise between Indian Army and Mongolian Army named EX NOMADIC ELEPHANT 2019 which commenced on 05 Oct 19 concluded at Foreign Training Node (FTN), Bakloh on 18 Oct 19. 

              The primary focus of the exercise was to train and equip the contingents to undertake joint counter insurgency and counter terrorist operations in mountainous terrain under United Nations mandate.

  • The sixth edition of the Dilli Series Seapower Seminar on “Role of Sea Power in Shaping of Nations” concluded today, Friday, 18 October 2019 at the Indian Naval Academy (INA). Eight papers were presented during the seminar centered on the theme.

  • Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) has conducted the second edition of Defence of Andaman & Nicobar Islands 2019 (DANX-19), a large scale joint services exercise from 14 Oct to 18 Oct 19.  Spanning over a period of five days, components of the Indian Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard carried out mobilisation and field manoeuvres to validate defensive plans of Headquarters ANC towards pursuance of the Command’s responsibility, namely ensuring territorial integrity of the A&N Islands.

  • Hon’ble Raksha Mantri addressed the Army Commanders and the Army hierarchy on 18 Oct 19 and conveyed extreme happiness on meeting all senior Army officers in first of its kind event in his tenure.

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has urged civil servants to improve the delivery of people-centric programs like Swachh Bharat, Per drop more crop and Skill India so that the fruits of development reach the most deserving.

  • The Inter Ministerial Committee held a meeting today under the Chairmanship of Secretary Consumer Affairs to review the price and availability situation of Onions, Tomatoes and Pulses and augment supplies.

  • On the basis of the result of written part of CAPF (ACs) Examination, 2019 held by the UPSC on 18th August, 2019, the candidates with the under-mentioned Roll Numbers have qualified for Physical Standards Test (PST)/ Physical Efficiency Tests (PET) and Medical Standards Tests (MST).

  • Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh has approved a proposal for admission of girl children in Sainik schools w.e.f. academic session 2021-22 in a phased manner. The decision has been taken following the success of the pilot project started by the Ministry of Defence for admission of girl children in Sainik School Chhingchhip in Mizoram two years ago.

     

    Raksha Mantri has directed concerned authorities to ensure availability of necessary infrastructure and sufficient female staff in Sainik schools for smooth implementation of the directive.

  • On 16.10.2019, the Income Tax Department conducted search action under the Income-tax Act, 1961 in the case of a conglomerate of trusts and companies that run year-round “wellness courses” and training programmes in philosophy, spirituality, etc at various sprawling residential campuses in Varadaiahpalem in Andhra Pradesh (AP), and also in Chennai and Bengaluru.

  • The Election Commission of India has replaced Expenditure Observer of Ambala after reviewing the performance of Observers during the ongoing Haryana elections. The Expenditure Observer was removed for not supervising the enforcement activities in  right earnest and his overall performance was not found satisfactory.

  • The Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (I/C), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said that we have been able to fulfil the vision of Homi Bhabha.

  • Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has signed 30 licensing agreements for Transfer of Technology (ToT) with 16 Indian companies, including three start-ups, at Vibrant Goa Global Expo and Summit 2019, which is being held at Goa University, Taleigao, Goa between October 17-19, 2019.

  • Raksha Rajya Mantri Shri Shripad Naik said that NCC is the torchbearer of the Armed Forces while chairing the 51st Central Advisory Committee (CAC) of the National Cadet Corps (NCC, which met here today.

  • The Election Commission of India has replaced Police Observer of  Nashik and one RO of  Nashik district after reviewing the electoral preparedness of the state of Maharashtra.

    Police Observer was removed for not performing the task of observation satisfactorily.

  • Election Commission of India has appointed Sh Vivek Dube (IPS AP 1981 Retd) as Special Observer for the ensuing Bye Elections to the State Legislative Assemblies of Sikkim 2019 in general and specifically for 10 Poklok -Kamrang Assembly Constituency in Sikkim.

  • Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs , Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, led the Indian delegation at G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors as well as the BRICS Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meetings held in Washington D.C yesterday.

  • The Minister of State for Home, Shri G. Kishan Reddy inaugurated the 20th All India Conference of Directors of Fingerprint Bureaus, being organised by NCRB, here today. The conference was attended among others by Director, NCRB, Shri Ram Phal Pawar, Joint Secretary (Women Safety) MHA Smt. Punya Salila Srivastava and senior police officers from central police organisations/ States/UTs.

  • 1.      The sixth edition of the annual Dilli seminar on ‘Role of Seapower in Shaping of Nations’ commenced this morning at the Indian Naval Academy (INA). Several serving and retired senior Naval Officers, eminent academicians, representatives of think tanks, defence analysts and distinguished luminaries are attending the two day seminar.

  • The Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (I/C), Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh today hailed the Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana  as a unique and successful health insurance scheme launched by  Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in 2018.

  • NITI Aayog with Institute for Competitiveness as the knowledge partner released the India Innovation Index (III) 2019. Karnataka is the most innovative major state in India. Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Telangana, Haryana, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Gujarat, and Andhra Pradesh form the remaining top ten major states respectively.

  • Campaigning for assembly elections in Maharashtra and Haryana has entered the last phase as only two days are left to woo the voters.

  • India is facing Great Britain today in their final round robin league match of the Sultan Johor Cup Junior Hockey Tournament in Malaysia.

  • Pakistan continues to be on the Grey List of the international terror financing watchdog Financial Action Task Force.

  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has approved a proposal for admission of girl children in Sainik Schools from academic session 2021-22 in a phased manner.

  • Election Commission today removed the Police Observer in Nashik for not performing the task of observation satisfactorily.

  • Campaigning for assembly elections in Maharashtra and Haryana has entered the last phase as only two days are left to woo the voters.

  • The Supreme Court has directed the Centre and the state government to transfer Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC) Coordinator Prateek Hajela to Madhya Pradesh for the maximum period.

  • President Donald Trump has said America's proposed economic sanctions on Ankara are no longer necessary after the US and Turkey struck a deal for a five-day cease fire in Syria.

  • In Jammu and Kashmir, a special mobilization drive shall be undertaken by the government for enrolment of eligible traders, shopkeepers and self-employed persons under Pradhan Mantri Laghu Vyapari Maan Dhan Yojana (PM-LVMY) in the state.

  • Andhra Pradesh government has decided to do away with personal interviews for recruitment of staff and limit the process only to written examination.

  • Turkey has agreed to a ceasefire in northern Syria to let Kurdish-led forces withdraw.

  • In Jammu and Kashmir, the 62-year-old State Legislative Council has come to an end with the State Administration issuing orders for its abolition with immediate effect.

  • The Apex Court has asked the state government to issue a notification regarding the same within a week.

    A special bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and justices S A Bobde and R F Nariman ordered inter-cadre transfer of Hajela on deputation, however, it has not mentioned the grounds for the order. 

    Hajela had overseen the mammoth exercise of finalisation and publication of Assam NRC. The final list of the NRC was released on August 31.
     

  • The Ministry will grant the allowance to all CRPF personnel upto the level of Commandant, irrespective of place of deployment.

    The allowance is given to jawans and non-gazetted officers of the force for their daily meals and is included in their monthly salaries.

    The ministry's order came after a Delhi High Court judgment in response to a petition in which it issued directions to CRPF to grant RMA to all its personnel up to the rank of Commandant, irrespective of the place of posting.
     

  • He visited various stalls at the fourth edition of defence attaches' conclave at the constitution club.

    The Army Chief also said that India wants peace and stability in the neighbourhood and the entire Indo-pacific region.

    He added that we are one of the largest force in the world with respect to professionalism and apolitical nature.

  • Officials attending the ongoing plenary of FATF in Paris said, as per indications, Pakistan will be isolated by all members for not doing enough.

    The key outcomes of the meeting on global action against money laundering and terrorist financing, and decisions on Pakistan, Iran and other countries will be announced today.

    Financial Action Task Force plenary meeting underway in Paris

  • Hailing Haryana, the Prime Minister said Sonipat means 'Kisan', 'Jawan' and 'Pehalwan'. The Prime Minister will also hold rallies in Hisar in Haryana and  Mumbai in Maharastra.

    Senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh today said that Bhartiya Janta Party is seeking votes on the basis of development done by the government in the last five years. He was addressing an election rally in Beri tehsil of the Jhajjar district in Haryana.

    Senior BJP leader Prakash Javadekar has said that the coalition of BJP and Shiv Sena in Maharashtra is strong and expressed confidence that they would certainly win. He was addressing media in Nagpur.

  • A team of eight experts from Jaipur based Bhagwan Mahaveer Vikalang Sahayata Samiti is conducting the camp.

    Around 500 amputees will be provided artificial limb in Dhaka through the camp. 

    Indian High Commission in association with the National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopedic Rehabilitation Along with Bangladesh Orthopedic Society is organizing a 42 day long Jaipur Foot Artificial Limb Fitment Camp in Dhaka. 

    The camp which started on 28 September was formally inaugurated today jointly by india and bangladesh officials.
     

  • The apex court directed the account holders to approach the high court for concerned relief. 

    Solicitor general Tushar Mehta informed the court that the government is concerned about this and is taking necessary steps. 

    Around 10.5 crore cash has been reportedly missing from the bank's record.

  • The injured students have been admitted to the district hospital. 

    The incident occured between the Bandrabhan and Sangakheda area of Hoshangabad. 

    While complaints were registered earlier, stating that the bus did not meet all the required safety measures. The school failed to pay any heed to the requests of changing the bus.
     

  • Talking to media during her visit to the United States, the Minister said that the negotiations are going on with intensity and fee issues on which there could be differences, are being sorted out.

    Nirmala Sitharaman also asserted India remains among the fastest growing economies of the world and efforts are being made to make it grow faster.
     

  • ED is questioning the NCP leader in connection with its money laundering probe linked to alleged illegal assets of Iqbal Mirchi, who was a close aide of fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. Iqbal Mirchi, a drug lord, died in 2013.

  • Speaking to the official news agency of Bangladesh BSS, the Posts and Telecommunications Minister Mustafa Jabbar said on Thursday that govt has approved the recommendation of the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory

    Commission (BTRC) to appoint administrators for Grammenphone  (GP) and Robi for recovery of Tk 13,446 crore owed by these companies to the government.

    The BTRC conducted two audits in 2016 to calculate the outstanding revenues of the operators. 

    Based on the audit report  BTRC claims that GP owes it Taka 12,579 crore while Robi owes Taka 867.24 crore.  

    The dues include amounts accruing on account of dodging of revenue share, taxes and late fees accumulated until December 2014.

    Earlier in September BTRC had issued a show-cause notice to the two companies for recovery of the dues giving 30 day deadline failing which their licenses were to be cancelled.

    According to the BTRC, GP has 7.48 crore active connections while Robi has 4.77 crore connections accounting for close to 75 percent of all the mobile connections in Bangladesh.

    In the meanwhile, on Thursday High Court in  Dhaka issued an interim stay on the realisation of Tk 12,579.95 crore from GP by BTRC for two months.

  • The truce was announced by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence after talks in Ankara with Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan, and was swiftly hailed by President Donald Trump, who said it would save "millions of lives".

    Nine days into Turkey's invasion of northern Syria, Ankara agreed to pause military operations for 120 hours while the United States facilitates the withdrawal of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces from a 20-mile safe zone along the border.

    U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said, once the Kurdish fighters, which Turkey views as terrorists, are removed from the area, Ankara will implement a permanent cease-fire.

    Almost immediately after Pence spoke, Turkish Foreign Minister pushed back on how Pence framed the agreement, telling reporters it was a "pause" in Turkey's operations but "not a cease-fire because a cease-fire takes place between two legitimate parties" and the operation was aimed at removing "terrorist elements" from the region.
     

  • Rajouri District administration is organizing women empowerment campaigns in far-flung hilly areas of the District under the "BETI BACHAO BETI PADHAO" scheme. The campaign aims at encouraging women to accquire skills and become independent.

    Women of Rajouri are rejoicing as 25 Handicraft centers have been set up by the central government. These centers are functioning in different areas of the District. The centers have been opened up in areas like Manjakote, Dharhal, Thanna, Mandi, Noushera, Sunderbani, Kotranka, Budhal for training women.

    These centers have been established not just at the district or tehsil headquarters but in far flung villages. For example, this particular center is functioning in the remote Gudian village. More than 25 students are under training at this Center.  Training is provided free of cost here. Infact, each student under training here gets a stipend of Rs. 700 per month.

    The campaign is widening the horizons of women of the area would open up new opportunities for them.

     

     

  • The concerns surrounding 'poor air quality' increase dramatically as winters set-in in National Capital and its surrounding areas.

    People woke up to poor air quality on Thursday morning.

    The Central Pollution Control Board, reported that the air quality index was 293 around 9 am which is in the poor category.

    In certain pockets the AQI was much worse. 391 recorded in Connaught Place, the heart of the capital. Falling in the very poor category and almost in the severe category. Many Green areas of the national capital also recorded poor air quality. At around 5 in the evening
     

    POOR AQI IN NATIONAL CAPITAL

    *Delhi University - 309
    *Chandni Chowk - 314
    *Lodhi Road- 302
    *IIT Delhi - 303
    *Indira Gandhi International Airport - 240
    *ITO - 288
    *Mandir Marg - 254
    *Punjabi Bagh - 284

    Minister of State for Home Affairs Kishan Reddy said that more steps need to be taken to reduce air pollution in the capital. He was speaking at an event in Delhi.

    Meanwhile, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Thursday that Private vehicles carrying school children in uniform will be exempted from the odd-even scheme. The scheme will be effective from November 4 to November 15, and is being implemented in view of the severe air pollution in the national capital.Two-wheelers will be exempt under the scheme.

    Violation of the rules will attract a penalty of Rs. 4,000, double of the earlier fine of Rs 2,000. Private CNG vehicles will also have to follow the scheme, including all non-goods vehicles coming to Delhi from other states.

    It is a matter of concern that the health of people living in and around the capital is adversely impacted because of the poor air quality. Children and the elderly are the worst affected.

  • Special judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar allowed the ED to quiz Chidambaram and also granted him permission to have home cooked food, western toilet, medicines in the ED custody.

    The probe agency has sought 14-day custodial interrogation of the 74-year old senior Congress leader.

    The court also extended the judicial custody of Chidambaram till October 24 in INX Media corruption case lodged by the CBI.
     

  • The road starting from Kapurthala connecting Goindwal Sahib and terminating near Taran Taran in Punjab has been declared as new National Highway. 

    The naming would be effective from next month. The decision has been taken to mark the 550th Birth Anniversary of Shri Guru Nanak Dev. 
     

  • The MEA Official Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said:"The Kartarpur Sahib Corridor is an important people to people initiative taken by India to commemorate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Devji.

    After several rounds of discussion with Pakistan, we have reached an agreement on all other issues, except the matter of Service Fee. Pakistan insists on levying a fee of USD 20 (approx. Rs. 1420) on all pilgrims. We have urged Pakistan not to do so in the interests of devotees, and also because this is a P2P initiative. We hope that the Agreement can be concluded and signed in time for the great event."

    Kartarpur Sahib Corridor is an important people to people initiative taken by India to commemorate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Devji.

    After several rounds of discussion with Pakistan, we have reached an agreement on all other issues, except the matter of Service Fee.

    Pakistan insists on levying a fee of USD 20 (approx. Rs. 1420) on all pilgrims.

    We have urged Pakistan not to do so in the interests of devotees, and also because this is a P2P initiative.

    We hope that the Agreement can be concluded and signed in time for the great event.

  • The much-anticipated Kartarpur Corridor project for Indian pilgrims to visit the revered Sikh shrine across the border in Pakistan is finally set to be inaugurated.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will formally inaugurate the Indian side of the Kartarpur corridor on November 8.

    The construction work is expected to be completed by October 31. The 4.2 km-long corridor is to be opened on the occasion of the 550th Prakash Purb celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev on November 9.

    According to the Home ministry, pilgrims can apply online from 20 October to visit the historic Gurdwara through a website that was launched recently.

    Work on the corridor began on the 4th of June and 80 percent construction was completed in a record time of 5 months.

    Locals in the area and pilgrims are extremely enthusiastic about the opening of the corridor next month.

    People here credit Prime Minister Modi and laud him for taking the initiative to make the pilgrimage to the revered shrine possible.

    The government led by Prime Minister Modi had taken the decision to celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Devji with great fervour and it was in this context that it was decided to construct the Kartarpur corridor from Dera Baba Nanak in Punjab's Gurdaspur district to the Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara in Narowal district of Pakistan's Punjab province, located 4.5 km from the International Border and highly revered among Sikhs as it was the place where Guru Nanak spent 18 years of his life and is his final resting place.

  • During his five-day visit to Philippines, President Kovind will also hold delegation level talks with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte during which both sides will discuss "issues of mutual concern."

    The two leaders are also set to witness the signing of bilateral agreements.

    On Saturday,President Kovind will have meetings with liver transplant patients, as well as with the beneficiaries of the Mahaveer Philippines Foundation.

    After this, the Indian leader will proceed to the Philippines-India Business Conclave and Fourth ASEAN-India Business Summit.

    On Sunday, he will attend the installation of the Mahatma Gandhi Bust in Quezon City before meeting with the Indian community.
     

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a public rally in Haryana's Gohana. Later in the evening, he will address a rally in Mumbai.

    BJP President Amit Shah will be in Maharashtra today to address rallies in Aheri, Rajura, Vani, and Khaparkheda.

    Senior Congress leader Sonia Gandhi will be addressing a rally in Mahendragarh, Haryana.

    BSP chief Mayawati will hold rallies in Sohna and Beri, in Haryana.

    Senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh will also be in Haryana for campaigning. He will be holding rallies in Beri and Prithla.

  • He was speaking at an election rally in Satara today, where the only Lok Sabha By-Poll in Maharashtra is also being conducted along with State Assembly elections.
     
    In Satara, the Prime Minister spoke on Article 370, Maratha Reservation, beneficial schemes for farmers, steps taken for the betterment of sugarcane producers and various development projects undertaken by the BJP-Shivsena combine in the state during the last term.

    Lok Sabha by-elections were necessitated in Satara because of the resignation of seating Member Udayanraje Bhosale. Bhosale left NCP and joined BJP. Now, he is contesting as the BJP candidate. His brother Shivendraraje is BJP candidate for Assembly election.

  • When the amendment to the Act comes into force, Kerala would become the first state in the country to provide maternity benefits in the private educational sector. A meeting of the state cabinet held on August 29 this year had decided to approach the Centre to approach the Centre to issue a notification in this regard.  

    Employees covered under the law can avail 26 weeks’ maternity leave with salary. Moreover, an employer has to provide an amount of 1,000 rupees as a medical allowance.

  • Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, restrictions will not be applicable on two-wheelers, vehicles being used for medical emergencies, for women and vehicles carrying school children. He said the scheme will be applicable from 8 AM to 8 PM, except on Sundays. 

    Violating the rule will incur a fine of four thousand rupees. Under the scheme, odd and even numbered vehicles ply on alternate days. Delhi has earlier also experimented with Odd-Even plan. The scheme will also include vehicles coming from other states, and only be implemented on non-transport 4-wheeled vehicles.

    The President, the Vice President, the Prime Minister, State Governors, the Chief Justice of India, Speaker of the Lok Sabha, vehicles of Union Ministers, Leaders of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha, vehicles of Chief Ministers of States and Union Territories will also be exempted from the scheme

  • Political campaigns have intensified and prominent leaders and workers are holding rallies, press conferences and public meetings to woo the voters. 

    Campaigning will end on the evening of Oct 19. There are 288 assembly seats in the state and there’s a direct fight between BJP-Shiv Sena and Congress-NCP.

  • The Finance Minister said that India is one of the fastest growing economies and has the best skilled manpower. She assured international investors that the government is continuously working to bring reforms. 

    Ms Sitharaman asserted that the government is engaging with everyone on a weekly basis and there is no trust deficit with the corporate sector and investors. She said the government is taking steps to address problems in the stressed sectors. 

    She added that in order to boost overall consumption, the Finance Ministry has requested all the building sector banks, together with their partners, non-banking financial companies to reach out to small towns and villages and extend every kind of credit that they would want. 

  • The Robot Restaurant opened at the Infocity DLF tower of Bhubaneswar claims to be the first restaurant in Eastern India where two indigenously developed robots, 'Champa' and 'Chameli' are engaged. 

    Earlier Chennai and Bengaluru had introduced smart restraunts with robots machines imported from China. 

    The Restaurant owner, Jeet Basha says that he was inspired by the services of robots in restaurants during his visit to the US and wanted to create the same in Bhubaneswar. 

    The robots are developed at a Jaipur-based start up using SLAM technology, and It automatically navigates like humans, follows the routes and instructions. Not only this, after serving the food, the robots will also ask you for feedback in Odia that 'Are you happy', as the dialogue by CM of Odisha Naveen Pattnaik has gained popularity among masses.
     

  • The weather forecast agency further predicted that Coastal & South Interior Karnataka, Lakshadweep, Telangana, Coastal Andhra Pradesh and Yanam and Rayalaseema are also likely to witness heavy downpour throughout the day. 

    According to IMD, the southwest monsoon has withdrawn from the entire country and simultaneously Northeast monsoon rains have commenced over Tamil Nadu and adjoining areas of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala. 

    A cyclonic circulation lies over the east-central Arabian sea off south Karnataka coast and extends upto 0.9 kilometers above mean sea level. 

    Under the influence of the above systems, fairly widespread to widespread rainfall with isolated heavy falls likely over south peninsular India during the next 3-4 days, stated IMD in its All India Weather Warning Bulletin.

  • Union Home Minister Amit Shah inaugurated the 2-day international seminar on Thursday on the role and relevance of famous ruler of Gupta Dynasty, Skandagupta Vikramaditya at Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi. 

    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union Minister Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey were also present on the occasion. 

    A large number of historians, scholars and political thinkers from India and abroad are deliberating upon the issue during the seminar. 

    Gupta period is called the golden period of indian history and Skandagupta Vikramaditya is known as the Saviour of India as he successfully fought the battle against the invading Hoons.

    Addressing the gathering, the Home Minister said that history has been unfair to Chandragupta while adding that a lot of injustice has been done to him. 

    Utttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also addressed the gathering.

  • 35 foreigners were killed and four others injured when a bus crashed with another heavy vehicle in the Muslim holy city of Medina. The accident involved a collision between a private chartered bus with a heavy vehicle loader in the western Saudi Arabian city. Those involved were Arab and Asian pilgrims, who carried pictures of the bus engulfed in flames and with its windows blown out. The injured have been transferred to Al-Hamna Hospital and authorities have launched an investigation. 

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed anguish over Mecca bus crash. He extended condolences to the families of those who lost their lives. PM also prayed for a quick recovery of the injured.
     

  • The U.K. and the European Union have settled on draft text for all but one significant issue. 

    That last hurdle—whether Northern Ireland should be part of the EU's tax regime for goods and services—prevented U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson from giving final approval to the text.

    The draft text however comes just in time to be submitted to a key two-day European summit beginning today in Brussels.

    Meanwhile, British Brexit Minister Stephen Barclay said that the government would comply with assurances given to a Scottish court that Prime Minister Boris Johnson would write a letter to the EU requesting a Brexit delay if a divorce deal is not reached by October 19.

    The British parliament passed a law - the so-called Benn Act - last month which would require Johnson to request a three-month delay if parliament has not approved an exit agreement by the end of Saturday. Johnson has said both that he will obey the law and that he will not request a delay.

  • Officials attending the ongoing plenary of FATF in Paris said, as per indications, Pakistan will be isolated by all members for not doing enough. 

    The key outcomes of the meeting on global action against money laundering and terrorist financing, and decisions on Pakistan, Iran and other countries will be announced on Friday. 

    According to FATF rules, there is one essential stage between 'Grey' and 'Black' lists, referred to as 'Dark Grey'. An official said, Dark Grey means issuance of a strong warning, so that the country concerned gets one last chance to improve.

    If Pakistan continues with the 'grey list' or put in 'Dark Grey' list, it will be very difficult for the country to get financial aid from International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the European Union, making its financial condition more precarious.

     

  • The first rail line between India and Dhaka was opened in 2008 when Maitree express between Dhaka and Kolkata was started. In 2017 Bandhan express was also started between Kolkata and Khulna.

    On 21st of last month, Railway Minister of Bangladesh and India's High Commissioner Riva Ganguly Das jointly laid the foundation stone for up-gradation and laying of missing tracks from Chilhati in Bangladesh to the border. This 7.5 kilometre long track will connect West Bengal to Assam via Bangladesh.

    The Haldibari- Chilahati railway track was part of the broad gauge main route from Kolkata to Siliguri during the British undivided India.

    Trains from Bangladesh to Darjeeling via Siliguri operated till 1965. Indian Railways has already restored the tracks up to international border till Haldibari station.

    At present, there are 4 operational rail links between India and Bangladesh. Two more rail links namely Karimganj/Mahisasan in India to Shahbazpur in Bangladesh and Haldibari in India to Chilhati in Bangladesh are being revived to connect West Bengal and Assam with Bangladesh.

  • Supreme Court reserved its judgement after 40 days of hearings in Ayodhya land title dispute. 

    Court gave all parties time to conclude their arguments by 5 PM on Wednesday.

    The final day of hearing saw high drama in court with Rajeev Dhavan representing Muslim parties tearing up a pictorial map provided by the All India Hindu Mahasabha purportedly showing the exact birthplace of Lord Ram.

    That was preceded by an argument by the 2 lawyers to which the apex court judges took exception saying the court can't hear the matter in such an environment.

    From the Hindu parties, Lawyer Sushil Jain argued for Nirmohi Akhara, Senior Advocate K Parasan represented 'Ram Lalla Virajman', C S Vaidyanathan, P Narasimha, P N Mishra represented Ram Janmbhhomi Punaruddhar Samiti, Hari Shankar Jain represented Hindu Mahasabha and Ranjit Kumar represented Gopal Singh Visharad.

    The main arguments put forth by Hindu parties during the course of 40 days of hearings are: 

    Mosque was constructed after demolishing temple.

    The dispute structure was erected over 14 towers of Hindu temple that depicted Shiva, Hanuman, Lotus and Garud sitting with Lions.

    A grand temple existed at the disputed site 2000 years ago.

    The dispute structure was built on the foundations of the temple.

    The sacred nature of the birthplace of Lord Ram is a matter of faith for crores of people. Prayers have been offered here for centuries.

    Well before idols of Lord Ram appeared in the disputed structure, prayers were offered to the deity.

    Placement of idols is not necessary in a temple.

    Hindus don't worship God in a single form. A shila is worshipped at Kedarnath temple. Hills too are worshiped by Hindus.

    As per Islamic principles, a structure forcibly built over a place of worship cannot be a mosque. 

    For 70 years namaz was not offered at the disputed structure. Even earlier prayers were offered only on Friday.
      
    -Ram Lall Virajman and Sri Ram Janmsthan have been recognised as 'legal entity'.

    -and for Hindus the entire birthplace of Lord Ram is a matter of faith.
     
    -Archaelogical evidence, religious texts, and write-ups by foreign tourists show that the disputed structure is the birthplace of Lord Ram....

    -Constructing a mosque after demolishing Ram temple was a historical wrong that the apex court must correct.

    - there are 50 - 60 mosques in Ayodhya alone and Muslims can offer namaz at them instead of the disputed structure.

    But for Hindus the disputed structure is the birthplace of their Lord Ram and their place of worship can't be taken away from them.

    Till 12 years after idols of Lord Ram appeared inside the disputed structure in 1949, the other side remained inactive.

    Sunni Waqf Board moved court only in 1961 and hence it lost the right to file a law suit having moved court beyond the permissible time.

    Lawyer arguing for Ram Lalla, Vaidyanthan said that Muslim witnesses have admitted that the place which Muslims call Babri Masjid is known among Hindus as the birthplace of Lord Ram and worship has been done at the spot for centuries by the Hindus.

    On the other hand, the Muslim parties were respresented by senior advocate Rajeev Dhawan, Meenakshi Arora, Shekhar Nafde, Nizam Pasha and Zafaryab Jilani. They argued  for nearly 20 days.

    Muslim parties argued that -

    - Mosque was not constructed after bringing a temple down.

    - ASI report also does not verify that mosque was built after demolishing a temple. Motoffs of peacock and lotus don't prove that a temple existed there.

    -A picture of the disputed structure taken in 1950 shows Allah written in Arabic at 3 places of the structure.

    - Appearance of idols of Ram Lalla were part of a pre-meditated conspiracy and not an Act of God.

    --No objection to building a birthplace of Lord Ram in Ayodhya. Objection exists to claims of Hindu parties to central dome.

    - Nirmohi Akhara does have the right to service but no title right.

    Supreme Court was hearing appeals against the 2010 judgement of Allahabad HC by a 2:1 majority, ruling three-way division of 2.77 acres of disputed area between Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.

    On the 6th of August, the apex court commenced day-to-day hearing on the land dispute after mediation proceedings came a cropper.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a public rally in Parli, and will later address in Satara and Pune.

    Earlier, Prime Minister Modi visited the Shree Vaijnath Jyotirlinga Devasthanam at Parli in Maharashtra and paid his obeisance at the temple.

    Raksha Mantri and senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh addressed an election rally at Bawani Kheda in Haryana. Addressing the rally, Rajnath Singh said that in the last five years, Chief Minister Manohar Lal has given a strong leadership to the state. He added that the state chief minister has run the government as a sewak, not as a ruler.

    Meanwhile, on Wednesday Prime Minister Narendra Modi targeted the NCP-Congress combine in his poll blitz in Maharashtra. Addressing 3 rallies in Marathwada region, he accused Congress leaders involved in corruption cases of leveling false allegations against investigative agencies as a diversionary tactic. 

    Hailing the Fadnavis government for rapid development of the state PM said the twin engine of the Fadnavis and Modi government has worked tirelessly for the empowerment of poor over the last 5 years. 

    In Haryana, BJP President Amit Shah addressed four rallies and Former Congress CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda also wooed voters in Jind.
     

  • In a major success for security forces in Jammu and Kashmir, three terrorists were gunned down by security forces in an encounter which ensued during a Cordon and Search Operation in south Kashmir district of Anantnag on Wednesday.

    This is the first Cordon and Search Operation launched by security forces in Kashmir valley after post-paid mobile phones were restored on Monday noon after remaining suspended for 70 days. 

    Sources said that on a tip-off about the presence of terrorists at Pazalpora, Bijbehara, about 3 km from Anantnag, troops of Rashtriya Rifles, Special Operation Group of Jammu and Kashmir police and CRPF launched a joint search operation in the wee hours. 

  • Former Director of scam-hit Punjab & Maharashtra Cooperative Bank Surjit Singh Arora has been sent to police custody till 22nd October, while Former Managing Director Joy Thomas sent to judicial custody for 14 days by Mumbai's Esplanade court.

    Surjit was arrested on Wednesday by the Economic Offences Wing of Mumbai Police. Till now five persons have been arrested after alleged Rs 4,355 crore scam came to light.

  • President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday embarked upon a two nation state visit to Philippines and Japan from October 17th to 23rd. 

    Interestingly, India and Philippines will be celebrating 70 years of diplomatic relations this year. 

    The main focus of the Philippines visit will be on strengthening economic ties. 

    The trade between the two nations has grown by 17% and currently stands at $2.3 billion, with India exporting goods worth $1.7 billion.

    During the second leg of his visit, the President will visit Tokyo for the Enthronement Ceremony of the Emperor of Japan, Naruhito. During his visit, he will also meet the heads of states of other nations who will attend the ceremony.

     

  • The Syrian town of Tel Abyad was calm on Wednesday several days after the Turkish army and its Syrian rebel allies advanced into the centre of the town.

    Turkish backed soldiers entered Tel Abyad on October 13 and conducted search operations through the town.

    Tel Abyad is a town on the Syrian border and one of the main focal points of the Turkish offensive that began on October 9 against the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces.

    In a latest bid to resolve dispute, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will hold emergency talks with Ankara today to try to persuade it to halt an assault on northern Syria.

    President Donald Trump's hasty decision to pull out American forces ahead of a Turkish offensive into northern Syria has created a land rush between Turkey and Russia.

    Meanwhile, U.S. President Donald Trump has warned that if discussions with Ankara do not go well, "devastating" sanctions would be imposed on Turkey.

    Trump spoke to reporters at the White House ahead on Pence and Pompeo's Ankara visit.

    Earlier, Trump also warned Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in a letter about Turkey's incursion into Syria, "Don't be a tough guy" and "Don't be a fool!"

    The Oct. 9 letter, which was released by the White House yesterday, tried to persuade Erdogan to reverse a decision to invade Syria that Erdogan told Trump about in an Oct 6 phone call.

    President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. forces from northeastern Syria has witnessed condemnation from all fronts.

    The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to condemn force withdrawal which led to Turkey's offensive against the Kurds.

    The vote was 354 to 60 for the resolution, as dozens of Trump's fellow Republicans joined the majority Democrats in favor.

  • Addressing Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, Finance Minister said "We have just entered the second half of 2019-20 and already implemented a series of reforms with more on the anvil before the close of year. The reforms were and will be guided by close scrutiny of growth evidence in the economy." 

    On IMF's latest growth projection, Sitharaman said: "We continue to remain one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Our growth story is not hostage to performance in some quarters."

    However, Sitharaman said economic growth has been affected by the winds of trade wars, protectionism and volatility in crude prices as well as crude supplies. "However, that hasn't deterred us from continuing on the path of structural reforms." 

  • The Minister also called for a detailed study to find out ways to skill people in tribal, agriculture and rural sectors, pointing out that skilled manpower was the biggest requirement in the country. 

    Gadkari, who handled portfolios of MSME, Roads, Highways and Transport, was speaking at an SIDBI Award event in New Delhi.

  • The broader Nifty settled at 11,471, up 0.38%. Shares of Wipro rose 2% after the IT major reported a better-than-expected September-quarter earnings, driven by higher margins.

    IT, pharma and energy stocks led gains on Wednesday. 

    Bajaj Finance advanced 4% while ONGC and Yes Bank rose around 3% each. HDFC Bank, HCL Tech, Tech Mahindra and TCS advanced between 1% and 2%.
     

  • At 17 years and 292 days, Yashasvi scored 203 runs during the Vijay Hazare trophy Elite Group A match between Mumbai and Jharkhand. 

    His 154-ball inning, which was studded with 17 fours and 12 sixes, helped Mumbai post 358/3 at the KSCA Cricket Ground. This was his third century in the ongoing tournament. He has so far amassed 585 runs from five matches and is also the leading run scorer of Vijay Hazare Trophy, taking over from Tamil Nadu's Baba Aparajith. 

    With this feat, Yashasvi has also become the seventh Indian cricketer to score a double century in List A cricket. Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Rohit Sharma (thrice), Shikhar Dhawan, KV Kaushal and Sanju Samson are the other Indian cricketers who have scored double hundreds in List A cricket.

  • India's clinical performance at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium saw two goals from Shilanand Lakra and a goal apiece from Dilpreet Singh, Gursahibjit Singh and Mandeep Mor. 

    India will face Great Britain in their final round robin league-stage match on October 18.
     

  • Saina has now lost in the first round for the third straight tournament after she was ousted in the Round of 32 at the China Open and Korea Open as well. This is the second straight time that Saina has lost to the Japanese. Takahashi and Saina had last met in the Thailand Open, where the Japanese had prevailed in three games.

    Earlier in the day, in the men's singles event – Sameer Verma defeated Kanta Tsuneyama 21-11, 21-11 to advance to the quarterfinals. Sameer will play former world number one Chen Long in the last eight clash.

    While Pranaav-Sikki registered a 21-16, 21-11 win over German pair of Marvin Seidel and Linda Efler, Sameer thrashed Japanese Kanta Tsuneyama 21-11, 21-11 in just 29 minutes.

    Ashwini Ponappa and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy did not take the court as their Chinese opponents Wang Yi Lyu and Huang Dong Ping received a walkover.

    Meanwhile, Kidambi Srikanth was knocked out of Denmark Open after losing 14-21, 18-21 to his Danish opponent Anders Antonsen in the first round on Wednesday.

    Kidambi's wobbly form continued to produce disappointing results. Srikanth did not play the Korea Open and China Open due to a knee injury and Denmark Open was his return to the court but it did not turn out be pleasant as he lost in 43 minutes.

    Apart from two quarter-final appearances in Singapore Open and Malaysia Open and a final appearance in India Open, Srikanth has not enjoyed much success on the tour this year.

  • Eyewitnesses said Sagar was walking with another civilian when two terrorists shot him dead. Director General of J&K Police, Dilbagh Singh said police teams and have fanned out in the area to catch the killers.

    In another incident A punjab-based apple trader was killed and another injured in a militant attack in Shopian district,Wednesday evening. Charanjeet Singh and Sanjeev were shot at Trenz by 3-4 militants around 7.30 pm.

    They were taken to the district hospital in Pulwama in a critical condition. Charanjeet succumbed to his injuries while Sanjeev's condition is stated to be critical, they said.

    The killings come less than three days after a truck driver from Rajasthan was shot dead in Shopian. Terrorists have been targeting labourers, who have come to Jammu and Kashmir from outside the state, to create fear among them and disrupt trade

  • Speaking at the inaugural function of Indian expo in Male today, Maldives Minister for economic development Fayyaz Ismail said that there is huge potential between the economies of both countries especially in the quest to diversify it. 

    He said medical tourism and processing food are possibilities which they would like to look beyond the horizon. 

    The minister said that the close cooperation between Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has led to a very good development between both countries within the past 11 or so months. 

    He  said that both leaders have a special bond that has been instrumental in creating this atmosphere, besides the cultural and traditional relationship shared between India and Maldives. 

    The minister added the people of both countries must explore the possibilities and learn the each other’s mindset. 

    The expo mainly focused on exploring business opportunities between Maldives and Kerala. It is being attended by several Indian companies in collaboration with FICCI.

  • A three day long programme started today at the shrine of the saint at Chheuriya on the bank of river Kaliganga in Kushtia district of Bangladesh.

    Devotees of Lalon from across the country and the world have congregated at the shrine to participate in the three day long programme which is being organised by the Lalon academy and the culture ministry of Bangladesh.

    Lalon is believed to be  born in 1774 though no written records exist.  He died in 1890.

    It is said that Lalon  was born Hindu but he was raised by a Muslim family after he was abandoned by his own family when he got infected with small pox and thrown into a river. 

    His songs talk about humanism, love and equality going beyond the limitations imposed by religion, caste and creed. 

    His songs also express anguish at the social reality of his times. In one of his songs  he talks about the pirates who have come and looted everything in the village which is clearly a reference to the British.  In another song, Lalon sings of a time when the blind will lead the blind and the mute will talk loudly.

    He created and composed more than 2000 songs which were popularised by Bauls  who sang his songs while wandering in the countryside of Bengal and parts of Assam of those days. His contemporary Gurudev Rabindra Nath Tagore got some of his songs transcribed and published.

    His songs and philosophy have influenced many people, including Rabindranath Tagore, Kazi Nazrul and Ellen Ginsberg, among many others in the world.