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  • Rani Jhansi Grade separator, the ambitious flyover project in north Delhi was thrown open to public by Union Environment Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan. The six-lane, 1.8-km grade separator will provide connectivity to St Stephen’s Hospital near the Tiz Hazari Courts complex with Filmstan Cinema and also it will provide a link with the intersections for Baraf Khana, DCM Chowk, Azad Market and Subzi Mandi areas of Delhi.

  • Union Minister of State for AYUSH Shri Shripad Yesso Naik laid the foundation stone of National Institute of Homeopathy at Narela, today. This will be a National level Institute and would be established as an extension of National Institute of Homoeopathy, Kolkata.

  • The Goa Maritime Symposium – 2018, the second edition of the Goa Maritime Symposium (GSM) – a forum towards fostering friendly relations with the maritime neighbours - was inaugurated by the Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba PVSM, AVSM, ADC, at INS Mandovi at Goa on 16th October 2018.

  • Union Minister of State for Chemicals & Fertilizers and Road Transport & Highways, Shipping, Shri Mansukh Mandaviya inaugurated the hi-tech Central Warehouse, setup by the Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India (BPPI), today in Bilaspur, Gurugram.

  • Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Shri Dharmendra Pradhan will launch the Road Show for Phase II of Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserves on 17th Oct’2018, in New Delhi.

  • India’s overall exports (Merchandise and Services combined) in April-September 2018-19* are estimated to be USD 265.39 Billion, exhibiting a positive growth of 17.38 per cent over the same period last year.

  • The Government of India has announced the Sale (Re-issue) of (i) “6.65 per cent Government Stock, 2020”  for a notified amount of  Rs. 2,000 crore (nominal) through price based auction, (ii) “7.

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    Minister of State for Culture (I/c) and Chancellor, National Museum Institute of History of Art, Conservation and Museology (NMIHACM) Dr. Mahesh Sharma conferred degrees at the 11th convocation ceremony in New Delhi today.

  • Two Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) were signed, here today, by Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE), Dehradun, with Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS) and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS).

  • A “Museum on Prime Ministers of India”  is to be set up in Delhi. Union Minister for Culture Dr. Mahesh andMinister for Housing and Urban AffairsShri Hardeep Singh Puri laid the Foundation stone for proposed Museumat Teen Murti Estate, in New Delhi, today.

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    The government has allocated more than 30% funds for women under various major schemes, programs and development related activities in order to bring women in the agriculture mainstream. Stating this   on the occasion of Mahila Kisan Diwas, today, Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Shri Radha Mohan Singh informed that about 18% of the agricultural households in India are led by women.

  • Air Quality Early Warning System for Delhi was launched in Delhi today by the Union Minister for Earth Sciences and Environment, Dr. Harsh Vardhan .The System is designed to predict extreme air pollution events and give alerts to take necessary steps as per Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) of the Government of India.

  • Shri Hardeep S Puri, Minister of State (I/C), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, today inaugurated and dedicated to people of Delhi a skywalk and FOB at the junction of Sikandra Road, Mathura Road, Tilak Marg and Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg at ‘W’ point near Hans Bhavan.

  • Strongly emphasizing the Government’s commitment to address various issues related to air quality and pollution, Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, has said that along with the initiatives taken by the Government, the participation of the society is an imperative.

  • A copy of the Order No.437/TA-LA/1/2018/Communication, dated 15th October, 2018 issued by the Election Commission of India regarding allotment of Broadcast/Telecast time to National/State political parties in the General Election to Legislative Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram, 2018 is enclosed for the information of the general public.

  • Shri RK Singh, Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy announced an award scheme under Saubhagya here today to felicitate the DISCOMs / Power Department of the States and their employees for achieving 100 per cent household electrification in their area of operations.

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    Mid-year assessment shows exports growing in a healthy manner, building on export growth seen in 2016-17 and 2017-18.
    In first six months (April-September 2018), merchandise exports exhibited positive growth of 19.93 per cent in Rupee terms and 12.54 per cent in US$
    Merchandise Exports in September 2018 exhibited a positive growth of 9.65 per cent in Rupee terms.

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

  • Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Shri Dharmendra Pradhan has said that Energy is a global industry and oil is truly a global commodity, and hence our engagement with the global energy community has to be continuous.

  • Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) celebrated the 87th Birth Anniversary of Bharat Ratna Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, the former President of India and DRDO chief at a function in DRDO Bhawan here today.

  • Speaking at the 98th Annual Session of the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India, ASSOCHAM in New Delhi,  President said, ethical behavior has to be promoted by individuals as well as organizations by adopting zero tolerance towards corruption, bribery and frauds.

    President also said, total tax compliance should be the motto of every corporate and bodies like Assocham should sensitize its members on this aspect. He said, bodies like the Assocham should be in the forefront in promoting corporate ethics by following various reforms initiated by the Government

     

     

  • Mr Sawant said their resignations have been conveyed through fax and telephonically. 

    Mr Shirodkar was an MLA from the Shiroda constituency while Mr Sopte was an MLA from Mandrem. The two MLAs have also resigned from the Congress Party. 

     

  • Panwar won the stage 2 competition by clocking 20 minutes and 35.87 seconds on Monday night but finished second overall. In a new format, there are no finals in track and field (with the exception of 4km cross-country) in the Youth Olympics and each event is held twice, with results from both rounds counting towards the final standings. The 17-year-old Panwar had finished second in the first stage in 20.23.30s, behind Patin Oscar of Ecuador.

    Oscar, who finished second in Stage 2, won the gold with timings of 20:13.69s and 20:38.17s. Panwar's total time of 40:59.17s was over seven minutes slower than Oscar's 40:51.86s. Puerto Rico's Jan Moreu finished third to claim the bronze. This is India's first athletics medal in this edition and third overall. Arjun (men's discus throw) and Durgesh Kumar (men's 400m hurdles) had won a silver each in the inaugural edition in 2010. "It's a great feeling. I am very happy to have won a medal. I had put in a lot of hard work for the Games. It is my first medal for India," Panwar said after winning the silver medal. "My next target is to better my performance here and win a medal in the senior level also," he added.

  • 132 wards spread over six districts will go to polls in the final phase of the civic polls. Only 36 wards - 24 in Srinagar and 12 in Budgam in central Kashmir - will have polling as 52 candidates have been elected unopposed and none filed nomination papers for 44 wards. 

    In the final phase, the electorate will seal the fate of 150 candidates in Srinagar and Ganderbal districts. Officials said arrangements have been made for the smooth conduct of the polls which began at 6.00 am and will end at 4.00 pm.

    Heavy security bandobast has been put in place near the polling stations, while security forces have been carrying out area-domination exercises over the last couple of days. The Ganderbal Municipal Committee will see voting in 12 wards out of the 17 in total. Polling will be held in 24 out of the total 25 wards in the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) in the summer capital of the state.

    Only these 36 wards will go to polls on Tuesday, in which 150 candidates are in the fray -- 38 in Ganderbal and 112 in Srinagar. Five candidates from Ganderbal and one from Srinagar have been elected unopposed. The rest of the bodies - Pattan in Baramulla district of north Kashmir, Pampore, Pulwama and Khrew in Pulwama district in south, Shopian Municipal Committee in Shopian district in south and Dooru Verinag in Anantnag district also in south Kashmir will see no voting.

    Together these six bodies have 90 wards. While candidates from 11 wards out of the total 13 in the Pattan municipal body have been elected unopposed, two wards received no nomination papers. The counting of votes for all four phases will be held on October 20.

     

  • The state will have polls in two phases on November 12 and November 20 and votes will be counted on December 11. The first phase of polling covers 18 seats spread across eight naxal-affected districts-Bastar, Bijapur, Dantewada, Sukma, Kondagaon, Kanker, Narayanpur and Rajnandgaon. 

    In a statement issued Monday, state Chief Electoral Officer Subrat Sahoo said that in the first phase, 31,79,520 voters, comprising 16,21,839 men, 15,57,592 women and 89 third-gender voters would be able to exercise their franchise. He informed that the final date for filing nominations is October 23 and scrutiny of nominations would be completed the next day, adding that nominations can be withdrawn till October 26.

    Prominent candidates expected to contest from the BJP in the first phase include Chief Minister Raman Singh, who is sitting MLA from Rajnandgaon, and ministers Kedar Kashyap and Mahesh Gagda, legislators from Narayanpur and Bijapur respectively. Of the 18 seats going to polls in the first phase, 12 are reserved for Scheduled Tribe (ST) and one for Scheduled Caste (SC) categories.

  • Trump's comment came after a 20-minute phone call with Saudi Arabia's King Salman in which Trump said the king adamantly denied any knowledge of what happened to Khashoggi. Trump announced he'd dispatched Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to the kingdom and anywhere else necessary to get to the bottom of the apparent demise of Khashoggi, a Saudi who had been living and working in the United States. "The king firmly denied any knowledge of it," Trump told reporters on Monday as he left the White House for a trip to survey hurricane damage in Florida and Georgia. Trump said he didn't "want to get into (Salman's) mind," but told reporters: "it sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers. I mean, who knows? We're going to try getting to the bottom of it very soon, but his was a flat denial."

    The comments marked a break from the Trump administration's strenuous refusal to speculate over what happened to Khashoggi and came as the US president is under growing pressure to take action on the case of the Saudi writer, who was a contributor to The Washington Post and wrote columns critical of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Turkish officials say they believe Saudi agents killed and dismembered Khashoggi and say Turkey has audio and video recordings of it. The kingdom has called the allegations of foul play "baseless" but has offered no evidence the writer left the consulate.

    The State Department has urged a thorough investigation and called on Saudi Arabia to be transparent about the results advice broadly tracking messages from allies in Europe. Germany, Britain and France issued a joint statement over the weekend expressing "grave concern" and calling for a credible investigation to ensure those responsible for the disappearance "are held to account". Trump quoted the King on Monday as saying that neither he nor his son, the crown prince, had any information about what had happened to Khashoggi. The crown prince, ambitious, aggressive and just 33 in a kingdom long ruled by aging monarchs, has considerable weight in Saudi government actions. He and Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, have forged close ties.

    In Istanbul, meanwhile, investigators entered the consulate for their own investigation. The members arrived by unmarked police cars but said nothing to journalists waiting outside as they entered the building. Trump tweeted early Monday that Salman denied any knowledge of "whatever may have happened 'to our Saudi Arabian citizen.'" He made that point again and again as he left the White House, telling reporters, "All I can do is report what he told me." "His denial to me could not have been stronger," Trump said, echoing language he has used to describe Russian President Vladimir Putin's denials of meddling in the 2016 election that sent Trump to the White House. US intelligence officials have reported they are certain the interference took place in an effort to hurt Hillary Clinton's campaign.

    Trump last week vowed to uncover the truth about what happened to Khashoggi and promised "severe punishment" for those responsible. But he has said repeatedly that he does not want to halt a proposed $110 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia as some in Congress have said he should because it would harm the US economically. Saudi Arabia has pledged to retaliate economically for any US punitive action. Trump said he'd made clear the stakes. "The world is watching, the world is talking. This is very important to get to the bottom of it," Trump said. "I think he understands that very well." Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin still plans to attend a previously scheduled Saudi conference this week to address terrorist financing, but those plans could change as the investigation progresses, said White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow. Senators Marco Rubio and Jeff Flake, members of the Foreign Relations Committee, have said Congress is prepared to move quickly and firmly if Trump fails to adequately respond to Khashoggi's disappearance. Rubio said Sunday that US-Saudi relations may need to be "completely revised".

    "There's not enough money in the world for us to buy back our credibility on human rights if we do not move forward and take swift action," Rubio said on CBS's "Face the Nation". More than 20 Republican and Democratic senators instructed Trump last week to order an investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance under legislation that authorizes sanctions for perpetrators of extrajudicial killings, torture or other gross human rights violations. Khashoggi had been living in self-exile in Virginia for the past year. 

  • These regalia of the Shah Dynasty have been exhibited first time after Nepal became a Federal Republic in 2008. On this occasion, Prime Minister Oli said the crown and other artifacts will attract foreign tourists from across the world and will help in promoting tourism in Nepal.

    The Narayanhiti Palace was converted into a museum after the abolition of monarchy in Nepal in 2008. The palace is now owned by the government. The crown and few other artifacts had been kept with the Nepal Army for protection after the museum was opened for public in 2009.

    Special security arrangements have been made for the crown full of diamond and gold. There are seven layers of protection for the crown. It is kept in a bullet-proof glass with round the clock CCTV camera supervision.

     

  • Interacting with the global leaders of the energy sector, Prime Minister highlighted the significant positioning of India in the oil and gas market. He noted that the oil market is producer driven and  both the quantity and prices are determined by the oil producing countries. Though there is enough production, the unique features of marketing in the oil sector have pushed up the oil prices.

    Prime Minister Modi made a strong case for a partnership between the producers and consumers, in the oil market, as it exists in other markets. This will help stabilise the global economy which is on path of recovery.

    He appealed to oil producing countries to channel their investible surplus to pursue commercial exploitation in oil sector in the developing countries

     

  • He has to be present before the investigating officer in an interval of two weeks. If Franco is found to violate any of the conditions, the prosecution can proceed with further action.

    He is currently under judicial remand in a sub-jail in Pala in Kottayam district.
     

  • South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon and North Korea's chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country Ri Son Gwon attended the meeting.

    Both the sides decided to hold general-level military talks soon to discuss reducing border tensions and setting up a joint military committee that's meant to maintain communication and avoid crises and accidental clashes.

    Further, both the sides will meet in late October to discuss plans to jointly host 2032 Olympics.
     

  • He redefined the Presidency during his tenure from 2002 to 2007. He often spoke to children and the youth - inspiring them to think big in life. He penned a number of books.

    His connect with the masses earned him the title of People's President. He inspired people across the globe to believe in their dreams.

    He once famously said "You have to dream before your dreams can come true." He was also called the 'Missile Man' of India for his contributions in the field of defence technology.

    President Ram Nath Kovind today paid floral tributes to Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, former President of India, on his birth anniversary at Rashtrapati Bhavan today.

    Prime minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to the Former President late Dr. APJ abdul Kalam on his birth anniversary today. The Prime Minister in his tweet said; "An exceptional teacher, a wonderful motivator, an outstanding scientist and a great President, Dr. Kalam lives in the hearts and minds of every Indian. Remembering him on his Jayanti." He also shared a video on Dr. Kalam.

    Union I&B Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore also paid tribute to Missile Man of India on his birth anniversary toady .. Rathore in a tweet said, "A scientist, a visionary, a leader - Dr APJ Abdul Kalam was all this & much more. As the Missile Man of India, he ignited a thousand minds & gave India its Wings of Fire.  He further tweetd that .. As President, he epitomized selfless service, humility & wisdom. Humble tributes on his birth anniversary!

  • The government has fixed the rate at Rs 3,146 for a gram of gold. The sovereign gold bonds for this series will be launched in five tranches each month from October to February 2019.

    The first tranche will remain open till October 19, while the bonds will be issued on October 23. The bonds would be sold through banks, Stock Holding Corporation of India Limited, designated post offices, and stock exchanges -- National Stock Exchange and BSE.

    The scheme offers benefits similar to the earlier tranche of 2.5% interest and exemption on capital gains tax on redemption. The government launched the sovereign gold bond scheme in November 2015 to channelize a part of domestic savings, used for purchasing physical gold, to financial savings and thus lower the demand for the precious yellow-metal.

    Under the scheme, the bonds are denominated in units of one gram of gold and multiples thereof. Minimum investment in the bonds is one gram with a maximum limit of subscription of 500 grams per person per fiscal year. The next tranche would be open from November 5-9 and issuance would be on November 13

     

  • He also launched associated website for the same.

    Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that the system will help combat air pollution in the National Capital by getting information 2-5 days in advance.

    The minister also said that Central Pollution Control Board has constituted a 41 member-team which will continuously monitor the air pollution levels and report to the board.

  • BJP has slammed the statement of Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhhu. Party spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao took strong objection to the comments by Sidhhu calling it a divisive statement. Rao said that Rahul has no business to insult south Indian people.

    The BJP also accused congress president Rahul Gandhi of following anti India policy for political gains.