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  • Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav (RSM) 2019, after its conclusion in Jabalpur, travelled to Sagar in Madhya Pradesh today and met with exceptional response from locals and visiting audiences across the state.

  • Union HRD Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ chaired the 2nd meeting of the IIIT Coordination Forum in New Delhi today.Indian Institute of information Technology (IIITs) Coordination Forum is the apex body for deciding policy and directions for 20 IIITs established under PPP mode.

  • Union HRD Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ chaired the 4th meeting of the IndianInstituteofinformationTechnology(IIITs) Council in New Delhi today.At the outset, the Chairman stressed on the need of leapfrogging by IIITs in order to become world class Institutes.

  • An opinion piece titled “Modi Govt’s Swachh Bharat achieved one thing. And it’s not open defecation free India: Survey” by Diane Coffey and Dean Spears (Executive Directors, r.i.c.

  • The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has approved Kora Master Fund LP investment of up to 10% ($75 million) in Edelweiss Securities Limited under sub-section (1) of Section 31 of the Act.

    The notification relates to a proposed investment by Kora in Edelweiss Securities Limited (ESL) and Edelweiss Global Investment Advisory Business (EGIA) Subsidiaries of up to INR equivalent to $75 million, as set out in the Share Subscription Agreement.

  • Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying has released the 20th Livestock Census report today.The Census will prove beneficial not just for policy makers but also for agriculturists, traders, entrepreneurs, dairying industry and masses in general.

  • Kiran Uniyal, w/o a serving Colonel of Indian Army has created  Individual Guinness World Records for “The most full contact knee strikes in three minutes (one leg) (female), 263 strikes” & “The most full contact knee strikes alternate legs in one minute(female),120 strikes”.

  • Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Shri Ram Vilas Paswan distributed the Hindi Pakhwada Awards, 2019 to the officials and employees of the Department of Consumer Affairs in Krishi Bhawan today.

  • Shri Arjun Munda, Union Minister of Tribal Affairs launched the “Van Dhan Internship Programme” organised by TRIFED under Ministry of Tribal Affairs here today. Shri Pravin Krishna, MD, TRIFED was present on the occasion.

  • “By motivating key players in the system who can reach out to people at large, we can reach out to each and every individual. We have to include every section of the society so that Eat Right India becomes a country wide movement.

  • Textiles Secretary inaugurating the IHGF-Delhi Fair 2019

     

    Textiles Secretary, Ravi Capoor, inaugurated the 48th edition of the Indian Handicrafts and Gifts Fair (IHGF) at the India Expo Centre & Mart at Greater Noidatoday.

  • The Vice President, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu today cautioned political parties against resorting to vote-catching populist measures on the eve of elections, as it would ultimately affect the expenditure on development.

  • 22 MoUs with Third Party Aggregators (TPAs) signed so far to promote apprenticeship among the youth
    Over 50 workshops conducted across 22 states under Apprenticeship Pakhwada 2019

     

     The 15-day Apprenticeship Pakhwada, that saw State Governments and the industry come together for a commitment of 7 lakh apprentices in the current fiscal, ended in a grand closing ceremony in the capital today.

  • The 15th Finance Commission headed by Chairman, Shri N.K. Singh and including Members of the Commission, Shri Ajay Narayan Jha, Dr. Ashok Lahiri,  Dr. Ramesh Chand, Dr. Anoop Singh and other senior officers will visit the State of Uttar Pradesh from 19th to 22nd  October, 2019.

  • Shri Arjun Munda, Union Minister of Tribal Affair announced the second phase of GOAL (Going Online as Leaders), a Facebook program aimed at inspiring, guiding and encouraging tribal girls from across India to become village-level digital young leaders for their communities.

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    Shri P.C. Sharma has taken over as Member (Material Management), Railway Board and ex-officio Secretary to Govt. of India on 11th October, 2019. Prior to this, Shri Sharma worked as General Manager, Metro Railway, Kolkata from 20th September 2018 to 10th October, 2019.

  • 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.

  • President Ram Nath Kovind has left for a two-nation visit to the Philippines and Japan this morning.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that those, who helped the perpetrators of 1993 Mumbai blasts flee the country and take shelter in Pakistan, will be exposed soon.

  • The Maldives has called for better collaboration with Indian business entities to explore new avenues to diversify its economy.

  • A Mumbai court has remanded three of the accused in PMC Bank scam to judicial custody till 23rd October.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said Maharashtra is the engine that will propel India’s dream of becoming a five-trillion economy.

  • Mumbai teenager Yashasvi Jaiswal today ed history as he became the youngest cricketer in the world to score a double century in One Day cricket.

  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan today firmly ruled out any negotiations with Kurdish militants in Syria, saying their only option was to lay down arms and retreat.

  • On the occasion of World Food Day, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan launched Food Safety Mitra Scheme, Eat Right Jacket and Eat Right Jhola.

  • The Supreme Court today concluded hearing in Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute and reserved its judgement.

  • A Delhi court today issued a production warrant against former Finance Minister and Congress leader P Chidambaram in the INX Media money laundering case lodged by the Enforcement Directorate, ED.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

     

  • Addressing media on the sidelines of the meeting, RSS joint general secretary Manmohan Vaidya has said that Ayodhya issue is not a political one but a matter of faith. 

    He appreciated that hearing is underway in the Supreme Court and expressed hope that a decision will be made soon.
     

  • The development came after Supreme Court made it clear early in the morning that it will conclude today the day-to-day hearing in Ayodhya case. 

    A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had earlier said that  no more time beyond today will be granted to parties to conclude the hearing in the case. Supreme Court reserved the order.

    The Supreme Cour has granted 3 days to contesting parties to file written note on moulding of relief.

    Members of Muslim group said that they are waiting for the verdict.
     

  • 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.