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  • The official Wholesale Price Index for 'All Commodities' (Base: 2011-12=100) for the month of August, 2019 rose by 0.2% to 121.4 (provisional) from 121.2 (provisional) for the previous month.

    INFLATION

    The annual rate of inflation, based on monthly WPI for August 2019, remained unchanged at 1.08 compared to July 2019 and 4.62% during the corresponding month of the previous year.

  • Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, expressed delight at the news of President of the United States of America, Donald. J. Trump, joining the special community program, ‘Howdy Modi’, in Houston, Texas on September 22. Prime Minister said that U.S President’s participation signifies the special friendship between India and USA.

     

    Terming President Trump’s participation in the event as a special gesture, Prime Minister said that it highlights the strength of the India-US bilateral relationship and recognition of the contribution of the Indian community to American society and economy.

  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has condoled the loss of lives due to capsizing of a boat in Andhra Pradesh’s East Godavari.

    “Extremely pained by the capsizing of a boat in Andhra Pradesh’s East Godavari.

  • The Union Minister for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey, awarded Shri Vinod Kumar Yadav, Chairman, Railway Board with Eminent Engineers Award. The award was presented at the special event to mark the 52nd Engineers’ Day organised  by the Institution of Engineers in New Delhi today.

  • A meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), chaired by the Cabinet Secretary, Shri Rajiv Gauba, was held today to review the prevailing flood situation in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

  • Indian Railways will undertake one more drive of “MASSIVE SHRAMDAN“ with main focus on “COLLECTION OF PLASTIC WASTE”. This is to be done on this Tuesday, the 17th September, 2019. In the recent past such drives are being undertaken by Railways.

  •             In continuation of the Indian Navy’s overseas deployment to Africa, Europe and Russia, Indian Naval Ship Tarkash made a port call at Walvis Bay, Namibia today, on 15 Sep 19 for a three days visit.

  • The Special Training Program for Maldivian Civil Servants under the India-Maldives MoU on Training and Capacity Building Programme between the National Centre for Good Governance (NCGG) and the Maldives Civil Service Commission (CSC) will be conducted from September 16-28, 2019 at Mussoorie and Delihi.

  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has greeted engineers on Engineers' Day. The Prime Minister also paid tributes to Sir M. Visvesvaraya on his birth anniversary.

    “Engineers are synonymous with diligence and determination.

  • CGST Delhi West and CGST Delhi North in a joint operation busted a racket of issuance of invoices without actual supply of goods. The taxpayer availed fraudulent Input Tax Credit for seeking IGST Refunds from Customs formations.

  • Bangladesh Naval Ship (BNS) Somudra Avijan arrived Visakhapatnam on a four-day visit to the Eastern Naval Command(ENC) today, 14 Sep 19.  The Bangladesh Navy ship was accorded a warm welcome by officials from the ENC and Eastern Fleet with the Indian Naval Band in attendance on arrival.

  • I thank you for your warm and traditional welcome. I am honoured to unveil the bust of Mahatma Gandhi in Villeneuve. This year we are celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of the Father of Our Nation.

  • Switzerland-India partnership is a special one. Economic engagement along with innovation and science and technology has been its key drivers. We have together created wealth and business opportunities for ourselves and for the world.

  • The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, unveiled a statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Villeneuve, Switzerland today (September 14, 2019) in the presence of Mayor and President of Canton Vaud and other dignitaries.

  • Today, Air Force Record Office (AFRO) celebrated 80th anniversary of  it's formation with ceremonial fervour at Subroto Park, New Delhi. Senior serving and retired officers were present to celebrate the event.

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  • The 15th Finance Commission headed by Shri N.K. Singh and including Members and senior officials of the Commission held a meeting with the Union  Minister for Women & Child Development Smt. Smriti Z Irani and her team of senior officials of the Ministry of WCD.

     

    The Ministry’s proposals for enhanced allocations for its important schemes covering Anganwadi Services, Poshan, Women Welfare, Women Safety, Women Empowerment were discussed in details.

  • Union Minister of Home Affairs Shri Amit Shah graced the Hindi Divas Samaroh 2019 as Chief Guest today at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. Also present on the dais were Ministers of State for Home Affairs Shri Nityanand Rai and Shri G Kishan Reddy, as well as Secretary and Joint Secretary, Department of Official Language.

  • Union Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (IC), Shri Prahlad Singh Patel inaugurated Exhibition cum E-auction of Gifts Presented to Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, at National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi today.

  • Union Government has decided that the export of all varieties of onions ( as described under Chapter 7 of Schedule 2 of ITC (HS))  shall be permitted only on Letter of Credit (LC) subject to minimum export price (MEP) of US $ 850 F.O.B.

  • Heavy rains have creates flood like situation in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. In Madhya Pradesh, most districts of the state are experiencing incessant rain.

  • One of India's most consistent sportspersons, Pankaj Advani, has clinched a record 22nd world titles by winning a fourth straight final in the 150-up format at the IBSF World Billiards Championship in Myanmar.

  • Two Navy helicopters have joined the search operation to trace those missing in a boat accident in Godavari river in Andhra Pradesh.

  • One of Britain's most outspoken MPs on the Kashmir issue Bob Blackman has said that Jammu and Kashmir is a sovereign part of India and Pakistan should vacate the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir first.

  • US President Donald Trump will join Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Houston's mega "Howdy, Modi!" event on the 22nd of this month, White House said last night.

  • US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has blamed Iran for yesterday's drone attacks on Saudi oil facilities. He dismissed a claim by Yemeni Houthi rebels that they had attacked the two facilities, run by state-owned company Aramco.

  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has asserted, minority communities in India were safe, are safe and will remain safe unlike in Pakistan.

  • In Chhattisgarh, three Maoists were killed in an encounter with security forces in Sukma district yesterday evening.

  • Indian industry has welcomed the incentives announced by the finance minister for exports and housing sector. CII Director General Chandrajit Banerjee said, the measures are decisive as well as comprehensive and will provide a boost to the economy in near-term.

  • The US today confirmed that Hamza bin Laden, son of terror group al-Qaeda's founder Osama bin Laden, is dead.

  • In Assam, the final list of National Register of Citizens, NRC with individual status of all the 3 crore 30 lakh applicants was published online today.

  • The government today announced several measures to boost exports and bring reforms in the housing sector.

  • After touching a low of 37,111.29, the 30-share index was trading 210.02 points, or 0.56 per cent, lower at 37,174.97 at 1000 hours, while the broader Nifty fell 64.15 points, or 0.58 per cent, to 11,011.75.

    In the previous session on Friday, the BSE barometer settled 280.71 points higher at 37,384.99, while the broader NSE Nifty ended 93.10 points up at 11,075.90.

    According to experts, domestic equities plunged after global oil benchmark Brent crude price skyrocketed as drones attacked two Saudi Arabian plants on Saturday.

    The attack by Yemen's Houthi rebels reportedly shut down six per cent of the global oil supply.

    Shares of oil and gas companies HPCL, BPCL, IOC, Castrol India and Reliance Industries plunged up to 7 per cent.

    A huge depreciation in the rupee against the US dollar too spooked investors here, traders said. The local unit cracked 68 paise to 71.60 against the US currency in early trade.

    Top losers in the Sensex pack in early trade on included Asian Paints, RIL, Yes Bank, HDFC, SBI, Tata Motors, Maruti, Tata Steel and Axis Bank, falling up to 2 per cent.

    On the other hand, ONGC, TCS, HUL, TechM, PowerGrid, Sun Pahrma, Infosys, ITC, HCL Tech and NTPC rose up to 2.45 per cent.

    Meanwhile, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday unveiled over Rs 70,000 crore of measures for exporters and the real estate sector, including about Rs 30,000 crore new spending in plans such as setting up of a stressed asset fund, as part of efforts to boost economic growth from a six-year low.

    Market participants are also eyeing wholesale price index (WPI) inflation data scheduled to be announced later in the day.

    The decision on interest rates and the statement from the US Federal Reserve chief after Federal Open Market Committee's two-day meet (starting on Tuesday) would be most crucial news for global markets, experts said.

    Elsewhere in Asia, Shanghai Composite Index and Kospi were trading in the green in their respective late morning sessions, while Hang Seng cracked 1 per cent.

    On Friday, foreign portfolio investor sold shares worth a net of Rs 405.45 crore, while domestic institutional investors bought equities worth Rs 209.56 crore, provisional data showed.

  • Addressing the SLFP convention in Ratnapura on Sunday, the party leader said regardless of the candidate, no candidate can win the next Presidential election without the support of the SLFP.

    He said although the SLFP has received invitations from both from the United National Party (UNP) and Sri Lanka People’s party (SLPP) for an alliance, no discussions were held with the UNP and the discussions with the SLPP were held giving priority to identity of the SLFP.

    The President said the SLPP MPs had been able to retain their parliamentary seat due to a letter submitted by the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) General Secretary MP Mahinda Amaraweera. He added that while the top leaders and grassroots level members of the SLPP were grateful for it, it was regrettable that some middle-level MPs had forgotten it.

    His comments came as SLFP is in talks with SLPP for a an alliance while President is believed to be backing the candidature of UNP deputy leader and minister Sajith Premadasa for Presidential elections scheduled for later this year.

    UNP is yet to announce its candidate amidst infighting while SLPP has named former defence secretary Gotabya Rajapksa as its candidate. 

  • Greece has bitter memories of a horrific blaze that tore through the seaside town of Mati near Athens in July 2018, killing 102 people in a matter of hours. Authorities were accused then of poor coordination and a slow response.

    Greece often faces wildfires during its dry summer months, but environmental campaigners see an increasing number of wildfires around the world as a symptom of climate change.
     

  • Addressing at Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, in Bengaluru, the minister said that govt has taken a very bold decision by abrogating Article 370, to bring prosperity in Jammu and Kashmir.

  • President Ram Nath Kovind will visit Slovania today on the final leg of his three nation tour.

    He will hold wide ranging talks with his counterpart Borut Pahor and National Assembly President today. He will also take part in India - Slovania business event and community reception by Indian Community..

    It is the first ever visit by any Indian President to Slovenia after it gained Independence in 1991.

    He will return home on September 17.

  • The decision, came a day after the manufacturer's four-year contract with workers expired without an agreement on a replacement.

    The union's previous four-year contract with GM expired this weekend, and the two sides had been holding negotiations on wide-ranging issues, including wages, healthcare, profit sharing, and job security.

    Also, the union has been fighting to stop GM from closing car assembly plants in Ohio and Michigan, which the company has said are necessary responses to changes in the market. 

    The strike is the first major stoppage at GM since 2007. 
     

  • India has expressed serious concerns over unprovoked ceasefire violations by Pakistan along LoC in Jammu and Kashmir to support cross-border Infiltration of terrorists this year. 

    The Ministry of External Affairs in a statement said: "We have highlighted our concerns at unprovoked ceasefire violations by Pakistan forces, including in support of cross border terrorist infiltration, and targeting of Indian civilians and border posts by them. This year they have resorted to more than 2050 unprovoked ceasefire violations in which 21 Indians have died. We have repeatedly called upon Pakistan to ask its forces to adhere to 2003 ceasefire understanding and maintain peace and tranquility along the LOC and IB. Indian forces exercise maximum restraint and respond to unprovoked violations and attempts at cross border terrorist infiltration."
     

  • In Andhra Pradesh, at least 11 people died after a boat carrying over 73 people capsized in the Godavari river. While 39 people are missing, 27 people were rescued.

    The boat, belonging to a private operator, was on its way to the picturesque Papi kondalu tourist spot in the middle of the river when it met with the accident. 

    Two teams of National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force were sent to the accident spot for rescue operations. 

    The state govt has announced Rs. 10 Lakh Ex-Gratia for kin of the deceased. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy has sought a complete report on the incident and asked for the release of safety guidelines prepared by an expert committee.

    President Ram Nath Kovind has expressed sadness over loss of lives in boat capsizing tragedy in Andhra Pradesh. President in  at tweet said that "Saddened to hear of capsizing of the boat in the Godavari river in Andhra Pradesh. Thoughts and prayers with the bereaved families."

    Vice president Venkaiah Naidu also expressed grief over  boat tragedy in Andra PRadesh. Vice President in a tweet said that "Deeply Saddened to learn about the loss of lives in tourist boat capsize in Godavari River near Kacchuluru village in Devipatnam Mandal of the East Godavari district of  Andhra Pradesh. Heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured.

    While, expressing his grief over loss of life in boat tragedy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet said that 'Extremely pained by the capsizing of a boat in Andhra Pradesh's East Godavari. My thoughts are with the bereaved families.'
     

  • A meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee, chaired by the Cabinet Secretary, Rajiv Gauba, was held yesterday to review the prevailing flood situation in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

    Cabinet Secretary took stock of the current situation, preparedness, rescue and relief operations and directed that immediate assistance, as sought by the states, be provided to meet the crisis.

    It was informed by both the States that due to extremely heavy rainfall and the consequent discharge of water from the Gandhi Sagar Dam in Madhya Pradesh and other reservoirs in the two states, there has been flooding in the upstream as well as downstream areas.

    Action to evacuate and rescue people and livestock has been taken by the states and no loss of life has been reported. Adequate teams of the NDRF and Army have also been deployed and are engaged in rescue work.

    IMD has stated that while there has been very heavy rainfall in these States over the past few days, the intensity is likely to decline from today.

    Large areas in several districts of Rajasthan were flooded after water was released from dams, forcing evacuation of thousands of stranded people, including school children.

    Teams of the army, the National Disaster Response Force and other agencies are conducting rescue operations in Chittorgarh district and Kota city, where many people are marooned on rooftops after nearly 7 lakh cusecs of water was discharged from the Kota barrage yesterday. Over 5,000 people have been evacuated so far in Kota.

    Educational institutions have been closed in affected areas and the administration has appealed to people to ignore rumours on conditions of dams and barrages.   

    While in Madhya Pradesh, around 45,000 people were
    evacuated yesterday from flood-hit areas to safer places after heavy rainfall caused water-logging in many places. 

    Heavy showers have been lashing the two neighbouring districts Mandsaur and Neemuch in western Madhya Pradesh since the last few days, crippling normal life there.

    Meanwhile, former chief minister and senior BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan said his party would launch an agitation from September 22 if compensation is not paid to farmers who have lost their crops in the downpour.

    He also announced that he would be donate his MLA salary for the month for people affected by floods. 
     

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed happiness over it during inauguration of Motihari-Amlekhgunj petroleum pipeline last week and reiterated India's commitment to the development of Nepal. 

    While appreciating Govt. of India, Nepal's Prime Minister K. P. Sharma Oli termed these houses as a symbol of India's support and friendly gesture to the people of Nepal. 
     

  • It is to be noted that U.S. President Donald Trump authorized the release of oil from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve if needed in a quantity to be determined because of Saturday's attack on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities.

    In a tweet, Trump said that he has informed all appropriate agencies to expedite approvals of the oil pipelines currently in the permitting process in Texas and various other States.

    Meanwhile, Iran has denied allegations made by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that it was behind the attacks. Iran's Foreign Minister said that the United States and its allies were "stuck in Yemen" because of illusion that weapon superiority will lead to military victory. He added that blaming Tehran "won't end the disaster".

    Further, France and Britain have condemned attacks on two Saudi Aramco plants claimed by Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi group.

    The attack are expected to send oil prices up $5-10 per barrel globally as tensions rise in the Middle East.

    @realDonaldTrump
    Based on the attack on Saudi Arabia, which may have an impact on oil prices, I have authorized the release of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, if needed, in a to-be-determined amount ... sufficient to keep the markets well-supplied. I have also informed all appropriate agencies to expedite approvals of the oil pipelines currently in the permitting process in Texas and various other States.

    @DominicRaab
    This was a reckless attempt to damage regional security and disrupt global oil supplies. The UK condemns such behaviour unreservedly.

    @JZarif
    Having failed at "max pressure", @SecPompeo's turning to "max deceit." US & its clients are stuck in Yemen because of illusion that weapon superiority will lead to military victory. Blaming Iran won't end disaster. Accepting our April '15 proposal to end war & begin talks may.
     

  • The fifth seeded Indian left his rival with a bloodied face before the judges ruled 3-2 in his favour after an exhausting bout during which both the boxers managed to connect very few impactful punches.

  • India's billiards superstar Pankaj Advani yesterday increased his tally of world titles to 22 by winning a fourth straight final in the 150-up format at the IBSF World Billiards Championship in Mandalay, Myanmar. 

    Advani won the match by 6-2 against the local favourite Nay Thway Oo.. The 34-year-old has brought home a world trophy every year ever since returning from a professional stint in the UK in 2014. 

    In the short format of billiards, this is Advani's fifth title in the last six years. 

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Pankaj Advani for his accomplishments. 

    PM a in a tweet said that "Congratulations @PankajAdvani247! The entire nation is proud of your accomplishments. Your tenacity is admirable. Best wishes for your future endeavours.
     

  • US President Donald Trump will join Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Houston's mega "Howdy, Modi!" event on September 22, the White House said on Sunday.

    Reflecting on the new bonhomie in the India-US ties under the Trump administration, this is for the first time in recent history that the leaders of the two largest democracies would be addressing a joint rally anywhere in the world.

    More than 50,000 Indian-Americans from across the US have registered for the September 22 mega "Howdy, Modi! Shared Dreams, Bright Futures" event to be held at the sprawling NRG Stadium in Houston.

    "Howdy", short for 'How do you do?', is a friendly greeting commonly used in southwestern United States.

    In a statement, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said, "It (Modi-Trump joint rally) will be a great opportunity to emphasize the strong ties between the people of the United States and India, to reaffirm the strategic partnership between the world's oldest and largest democracies, and to discuss ways to deepen their energy and trade relationship." This would also be the first time that an American president would be addressing thousands of Indian-Americans at one place in the US.

    Indian ambassador to the US Harsh Vardhan Shringla called Trump's participation in the "Howdy, Modi!" event "historic" and "unprecedented". "It is reflective of the strong bonds of friendship and cooperation that has developed between India and the US," Shringla said. "This is unprecedented and historic and is reflective of the close ties of friendship and cooperation between India and the US," the ambassador said, welcoming the White House announcement. He said it was reflective of the people-to-people contact that provides the "organic" linkage between the two countries. The ambassador said the two leaders addressing the event sets a bold precedent, which he added was unconventional and unique. "It would be quite a historic meeting with Prime Minister Modi and President Trump jointly addressing over 50,000 Indian-Americans, mainly US citizens," Shringla said.

    This would be the third meeting between the two leaders this year. The previous two were on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in June in Japan and in France in July on the sidelines of the G7 Summit.

    In October 2016, Trump, then as Republican presidential nominee, had addressed a strong crowd of some 5,000 Indian-Americans in New Jersey, a few weeks away from his historic win in the November 2016 elections. So far, Trump is the only presidential candidate to address the Indian-Americans solely during an election year. In his address, Trump had said that if elected, he would be the best friend of India in the White House.

    The Houston event will be PM Modi's third major address to the Indian-American community after he became the Prime Minister in 2014 and the first after his re-election in May. The previous two were at the Madison Square Garden in New York in 2014 and the Silicon Valley in 2016. Both the events were attended by more than 20,000 people.

    The "Howdy, Modi!" event is being organised by non-profit Texas India Forum, a recently-formed representative body of hundreds of Indian American organisations in Texas and other parts of the US.

  • Victory for the home side at the Oval means the Ashes ends in a draw for the first time since 1972, although holders Australia retain the urn.

    The tourists, chasing an unlikely 399 to win in a shade under two days, clung on late into the evening session on the fourth day before finally collapsing as the shadows lengthened in south London.

    Australia, 2-1 up going into the match, were bidding to win their first Ashes series in England since 2001 but were denied by the fired-up hosts, with paceman Jofra Archer named man of the match for his six first-innings wickets.

    "A very good performance," said England captain Joe Root. "I thought we were brilliant. To bounce back from a very difficult emotional week, to come and play in the manner we have, the team has character in abundance. "This was more of a template of how to play moving forward. It is a step in the right direction. I am very proud of everyone's effort throughout the summer."

    Stuart Broad struck early to remove openers Marcus Harris and David Warner but while former captain Steve Smith was at the crease, Australia retained a faint hope of victory. But when Ben Stokes dived to his left at leg slip to catch Smith for 23, giving Broad his third wicket of the innings, England knew they had removed the biggest obstacle in their victory charge. Smith, who scored an astonishing 774 runs in just seven innings, was out for a score of less than fifty for the first time in the series. The Oval crowd gave him a standing ovation as he walked back to the dressing room in the September sunshine, with Australia in deep trouble at 85-4 in the post-lunch session. Matthew Wade offered brave resistance, scoring 117 as Archer cranked his speed up to 95 miles-per-hour in the evening sunlight, eye-balling the Australian batsman in an attempt to intimidate him. Occasional bowler Root finally got his man, luring him forward as Jonny Bairstow whipped off the bails. Left-arm spinner Jack Leach removed Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood in successive balls, meaning England salvaged pride two months after winning the one-day World Cup for the first time. Broad and Leach both finished with four wickets.

    Earlier, England added 16 runs to their overnight tally, with Archer and Leach the last men out. Broad then pounded in, roared on by a packed crowd, reducing Australia to 29-2. Warner, who returned to international cricket in June after a 12-month ban for ball-tampering, scored just 95 runs in 10 innings and was dismissed by Broad seven times. Warner's dismissal brought Smith to the crease and he opened his account with a sweet drive through the covers for four off Archer but this time he could not find the magic. The exit of Smith, also banned over the ball-tampering scandal, led to one or two isolated boos but they were drowned out by applause from the crowd in appreciation of his run-scoring feats. His run haul put him fifth on the list of highest tallies in an Ashes series behind Don Bradman's two entries, England's Wally Hammond and former Australia skipper Mark Taylor. Smith was named Australia's man of the series while Stokes won the award for England.

    "It meant a lot to have that reception from the crowd today," said Smith. "It's been an amazing couple of months with the World Cup and the Ashes, the cricket has been spectacular. "The series has ebbed and flowed. I've loved every minute and I'm really proud of how I've been able to perform for Australia and to bring the urn home." The tourists won the first Test at Edgbaston and the fourth at Old Trafford while Stokes inspired England to victory in the third Test at Headingley. The second match, at Lord's, was drawn.

  • The first T20I between India and South Africa was abandoned due to persistent rain at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala without a ball being bowled. 

    The second T20 International will be played at Mohali on Wednesday while the third and final game will be held in Bengaluru on September 22nd.
     

  • CII Director General Chandrajit Banerjee said, the measures are decisive as well as comprehensive and will provide a boost to the economy in near-term.

    Assocham President BK Goenka said, the steps on helping exports will go a long way in making Indian exporters competitive in the global market.

    Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) President BC Bhartia said the best part of the announcements is the creation of various inter-ministerial working groups to monitor strict implementation of the announcements in a time-bound manner.

  • In Sonargaon upazila of Narayanganj near Dhaka workers of an RMG factory clashed with police today. Officer In charge of the Sonargaon police station said that the agitating workers hurled brickbats injuring 10 policemen.

    Workers claimed that more than 20 protestors were injured in the clash when police charged batons and fired tear shells to disperse the protesters who had blocked the Dhaka-Sylhet Highway today around noon time.

    Workers were protesting against alleged lay off, late payment of salary and denial of maternity leave.

    In another incident, RMG workers blocked a road in the Mirpur area of Dhaka for many hours today alleging that the factory has not paid them salaries for the last four months. The blockade caused heavy traffic jam in the adjoining areas.

    In January 2019, thousands of garment workers had staged protests for increased minimum wages.

    Bangladesh has witnessed sporadic incidents of RMG sector workers  protesting for wages, arrears and against retrenchment in recent months.

    Bangladesh has the world’s second-largest garment industry, behind China. It contributes almost 16 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country.

    RMG sector exports in the fiscal year ending June 2019 was  $34 billion. About 78% of the yearly foreign exchange earnings of the country comes from this sector.
     

  • Cabinet Secretary took stock of the current situation, preparedness, rescue and relief operations and directed that immediate assistance, as sought by the states, be provided to meet the crisis.

    It was informed by both the States that due to extremely heavy rainfall and the consequent discharge of water from the Gandhi Sagar Dam in Madhya Pradesh and other reservoirs in the two states, there has been flooding in the upstream as well as downstream areas.

    Action to evacuate and rescue people and livestock has been taken by the states and no loss of life has been reported. Adequate teams of the NDRF and Army have also been deployed and are engaged in rescue work.

    India Meteorological Department (IMD) has stated that while there has been very heavy rainfall in these States over the past few days, the intensity is likely to decline from tomorrow.

    Senior officials of the Ministries of Home and Defence, as well as those from IMD, NDRF and Central Water Commission attended the meeting.

    Chief Secretaries and other senior officers from the State Governments participated in the meeting through Video Conference.

  • The public broadcaster started its journey on this day in 1959 from Delhi. Today, over 90 percent of Indian population receive DD programmes.

    Over the years, Doordarshan has grown into a network operating 34 satellite channels, besides providing free-to-air DTH service having 104 in its bookings. 

    Doordarshan has served people as a major source of information, education and entertainment since years. Entertainment shows like Chitrahaar, Mahabharat, Dekh Bhai Dekh, Fauji, Malgudi Days, among others, captured the imagination of the Indian public in the late 80s and early 90s, and still remains etched in people's minds as pure entertainment that brought people together.

    In a tweet, Prasar Bharati CEO Shashi Shekhar Vempati said, it is a moment to recognise that it is not that Doordarshan has gotten older, but it is getting newer for digital audiences.

    He said, it is not only that Doordarshan has turned 60 but the history of television broadcasting in India now spans six decades - a milestone for all of TV industry in India.

    Director General, Doordarshan, Prasar Bharati, Supriya Sahu said, Doordarshan is in the DNA of India. 
     

  • The 34-year-old has brought home a world trophy every year ever since returning from a professional stint in the UK in 2014.

    In the short format of billiards, this is Pankaj’s fifth title in the last six years.

    In a repeat of last year’s final against local favourite Nay Thway Oo, Pankaj re-enacted the one-sided match with the same eventual outcome as well as identical scorelines of 6-2.

    From the word go, Pankaj was in full flow. The gifted Indian was leading 3-0 at the halfway mark with the help of fluent breaks comprising of 145, 89 and 127, while Nay Thway Oo was yet to open his account.

    After pulling one back with breaks of 63 and 62, Oo was forced to watch Pankaj continue to extend the lead. Pankaj executed with flair as his sheer brilliance was on display, wowing the Myanmar crowd as they couldn’t help but appreciate his brilliant billiards.

    Pankaj secured the next two frames which included a 150 unfinished break. He scored a 74 break and shortly after that closed out the match.

    Oo was completely subdued by his accomplished opponent and had to settle for a silver medal for the second time in a row.

    With another trophy in the bag, Advani extends his remarkable run of winning a global crown since 2003.

    The Bengaluru-based cueist has won more world titles in his sport than anyone else.

  • Police said, the gun-battle took place around 6 PM in a forest near Tadmetla-Mukram nullah under Chintalnar police station area when a team of District Reserve Guard was out on patrolling.

    They said, on getting information that Naxals have dug up a road near Tadmetla, security forces launched the operation in the area. Many weapons including a rifle were recovered from the spot.

    Two Naxals were killed by the police in an encounter in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra today.

    The encounter took place in Gyarapatti jungle area falling under Korchi taluka of the district.Superintendent of Police, Shailesh Balkawde, said a police squad had started an anti-Naxal campaign yesterday, and the gunfight broke out on Sunday morning.

    Two bodies of the Naxals were found at the encounter site.

  • Second seed Verma recovered from a mid-game slump to beat Sun 21-12, 17-2, 21-14. The match lasted an hour and 12 minutes.

    This victory marks Verma's second Super 100 win in the ongoing calendar year. He had won the Hyderabad Open earlier in August. 

  • The Defence Minister said, the population of minorities in India has increased since Independence, while human rights violations keep taking place in Pakistan against Sikhs, Buddhists and others.

    He was speaking at a felicitation programme for the families of 122 soldiers who lost their lives in the line of duty at Surat in Gujarat on Saturday.

    The Defence Minister said, Pakistan should stop promoting terrorism, otherwise no one will be able to prevent its disintegration.

    Rajnath Singh also warned Pakistan that if its people cross the Line of Control, the Indian Army will not allow them to return.

    He said Pakistan is unable to digest India's decision to abrogate Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and went to the United Nations to mislead it.

    He said, the international community is not willing to believe what Pakistan is saying.

  • The toxic smoke caused by burning to clear land for plantations is an annual problem for Indonesia's neighbours, but has been worsened this year by particularly dry weather.

    Singapore's National Environment Agency warned that the country may continue to experience hazy conditions over the next few days.

    The F1 race is scheduled from Friday to Sunday on a street circuit in the Marina Bay financial district.
           

     

     

  • From a few hours of programming, Doordarshan in its 60 year old journey has grown into a vast family with a huge bouquet of channels catering to various topics.

    Television history in India is synonymous with Doordarshan's glorious history. Even today, the very mention of Doordarshan rekindles some fond memories of yesteryears.

    Even though the television as a medium of entertainment is flooded with a zillion channels and programmes but none has managed to compete with Doordarshan's popularity. 

    DG of Doordarshan Supriya Sahu in a tweet message said: Doordarshan is in the DNA of India. Happy Birthday #Doordarshan. #60GloriousYearsOfDD . May you continue to enthrall generations of Indians.
     

  • The UN Secretary-General has called on world leaders attending the upcoming UN Climate Action Summit to show up armed not with speeches but with plans to achieve carbon neutrality, reduce emissions and improve adaptation.

    The UN chief made that call during a visit to The Bahamas, which continues to reel from the onslaught of Hurricane Dorian. Speaking to journalists in the capital, Nassau, the UN chief expressed international solidarity with the Government and people of the island nation.

    Dorian hit the Bahamas in the Atlantic Ocean earlier this month. The storm destroyed more than 10,000 houses and left at least 52 people dead.

  • Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday greeted engineers on Engineers Day, describing them as those synonymous with diligence and determination.

    "Engineers are synonymous with diligence and determination. Human progress would be incomplete without their innovative zeal," the prime minister said in a tweet. Greeting the "hardworking engineers", Modi also paid tributes to Visvesvaraya. Naidu said?Visvesvaraya was a civil engineer par excellence, who harnessed India's water resources through dams. "He was a visionary. The nation is ever grateful to his invaluable contribution." 

  • The admission portal for the programme is being executed by IIT Delhi for offering PhD fellowships to ASEAN students in all IITs in India.

    The lunch ceremony of the ASEAN PhD fellowships at IITs will be held on Monday and will be jointly inaugurated by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Minister of HRD Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank'.

    Head of Missions of ASEAN countries, senior officials of of the Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Directors of all 23 IITs, Chairman of UGC and Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog would also be present at the event.
     

  • Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Sushil Kumar Modi, who heads the Group of Ministers of GST Network made the announcement in Bengaluru.

    He said those who do not want to give their Aadhaar numbers would have to undergo physical verification.

    In the first phase, Aadhaar authentication will be mandatory for new dealers. Afterwards, all those enrolled on GSTN would be asked to provide their Aadhaar numbers.

    Sushil Modi said, as refunding is a big issue, the GSTN decided on complete online refunding from September 24 this year from a single source, either by the Central GST or state GST.

     

  • To connect people with water and spread awareness, Ministry of Jal Shakti organised  'the great ganga run' in New Delhi. Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju along with Union Minister for Jal Shakti, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat flagged of the run. A large number of people from all age groups participated in the marathon.

    Talking to media on the occasion, Kiren Rijiju said that Great Ganga Run is not merely for saving water but it also encourages youth to be an active participant in the government's ongoing Fit India Campaign. He affirmed that the government is working to improve sports facilities in Jammu and Kashmir. 

    Union Minister for Jal Shakti, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat appealed people to come forward and make it a successful one. He also said that the ministry will organise Ganga Expedition from October 9 as well. 

  • "The Interpol Incident Response Team (IRT) deployed following the crash of the Ethiopian Airlines plane in March has completed its task, assisting with the successful identification of all victims of the deadly disaster," Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday citing the France-based agency as saying in a statement.

    The Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 plane crashed shortly after taking off from Addis Ababa on March 10, eventually killing all 157 passengers and flight crew members from 35 countries aboard the Nairobi-bound flight.

    The Interpol, which has been helping with efforts to identify all victims of the tragic plane crash at the request of the Ethiopian authorities, had sent its IRT team two days after the accident.

    The Ethiopian Airlines plane crash was the second such incident in about five months which involved the MAX 8 model.

    In October 2018, a Lion Air flight of the same model had crashed in Indonesia, killing all 189 people on board.

    The two crashes led to an indefinite grounding of the MAX 8 aircraft all across the world.

  • Sparkling with confidence, the Men in Blue aced their lengthy Carribean assignment and will be looking to kick off the home season on a positive note.

    With preparations underway for the T20 World Cup in Australia next year, India need to focus on discovering the winning formula alongside effectively grooming individuals for respective positions in the team.

    Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are set to open the batting for India. KL Rahul is likely to bat at number three.

    For the second consecutive series, India have rested Jasprit Bumrah, giving newcomers more opportunities.

    Meanwhile, the Proteas, in an attempt to remodel themselves following a lackluster World Cup campaign, have introduced several new faces into the squad. Faf du Plessis has been rested for the T20 fixtures and wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock will take over the captaincy reigns as the management ponders upon leadership options ahead of the upcoming showpiece event.

    Mediocre batsmanship was the prominent reason behind South Africa's dismal show in the World Cup and that's something they will look to address moving forward.

    Moreover, pace spearhead Kagiso Rabada needs to fire on all cylinders if the visitors are to stand any chance against a dynamic Indian outfit.

  • The Youth Olympics champion Saurabh looked in a league of his own, beating a talented field with ease. He scored 246.8, beating his own finals world record score of 246.3 by a huge 0.5 margin.
     

    Chaudhary also won the T6 trials of the same event on Friday.

  • He said when he assumed charge as governor of the valley, Prime Minister Narendra asked him to make Jammu and Kashmir prosperous. 

    Malik inaugurated a State Cancer Institute in Kathua. While addressing the gathering, said that people living in miserable conditions in Pakistan occupied Kashmir would also want to come and reside in India.

     

  • The burglary caused "significant damage and flooding" because the toilet was plumbed into the building.

    The fully-functioning piece by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, dubbed "America", was once displayed at New York's Guggenheim museum and offered on loan to US President Donald Trump.

    It was part of an exhibition by Italian conceptual artist Maurizio Cattelan that opened on Thursday.

    A 66-year-old man has been arrested over the theft at the 18th-century stately home in Oxfordshire, a World Heritage Site and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.

    It is currently closed while investigations continue.
     

  • In an interview in which he compared Britain to the Incredible Hulk, the UK PM said a It's going to take a lot of work between now and October 17" when EU leaders gather for their final summit before Britain's scheduled exit from the bloc,

    "It's going to take a lot of work between now and October 17" when EU leaders gather for their final summit before Britain's scheduled exit from the bloc, he told the Mail on Sunday newspaper. "But I'm going to go to that summit and I'm going to get a deal, I'm very confident. And if we don't get a deal then we'll come out on October 31."

    His comments came ahead of talks with European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker and the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, in Luxembourg on Monday.

    In an odd analogy, Johnson compared Britain to the comic book character Hulk. "The madder Hulk gets, the stronger Hulk gets and he always escaped, no matter how tightly bound in he seemed to be -- and that is the case for this country," he said.

    "We will come out on October 31 and we will get it done, believe me."

    But the extent of the parliamentary opposition to Johnson's approach was laid bare on Saturday when one of his Conservative MPs defected to the pro-European Liberal Democrats.

    Former universities minister Sam Gyimah has strongly criticised Johnson's threat to leave the EU with no deal, and has called for a re-run of the 2016 Brexit referendum.

    Johnson took office in July promising to leave the EU next month with or without a deal, but has faced resistance from the House of Commons.

    Rebel Conservatives joined opposition MPs last week to rush through a law to delay Brexit until January if he does not get a deal in time.

    Johnson wants to renegotiate the terms struck by his predecessor, Theresa May, which were rejected by parliament -- but EU leaders insist the deal is the best on offer.

    The main sticking point is the so-called backstop plan to keep open Britain's border with Ireland, which could keep Britain tied to EU trade rules long after Brexit.

    "When I got this job everybody was saying there can be absolutely no change to the withdrawal agreement," Johnson said.

    "They have already moved off that and, as you know, there's a very, very good conversation going on about how to address the issues of the Northern Irish border.

    "A huge amount of progress is being made." However, Downing Street has downplayed any major breakthrough in Monday's talks.

    Johnson repeated that "under no circumstances" would he delay Brexit.

    Twenty-one Conservative MPs defied Johnson to back the legislation blocking a "no deal" Brexit, and were swiftly expelled from the governing party.

    One of them was Gyimah, who now becomes the Liberal Democrats' 18th MP in the 650-seat House of Commons.

    The 43-year-old was once viewed as a rising star in the Conservatives and briefly ran against Johnson for the party leadership.

    But he said Saturday: "Boris Johnson created a stark choice for moderate, progressive MPs in the Conservative party -- to accept a no deal Brexit or walk away from public life.

    "I choose to continue to fight for the values I have always believed in, as a Liberal Democrat." His defection is the sixth to the Lib Dems this year, and comes just days after a similar move by Conservative MP Phillip Lee.
     

  • The President, in a special event organised in Villeneuve, Switzerland, thanked the commune of Villeneuve for celebrating Gandhi's legacy and naming a Square after him.

    The President highlighted the "special connection" Gandhi had with Villeneuve as he visited the town in 1931 at the invitation of Noble laureate Romain Rolland. He said that Mahatma Gandhi believed in the oneness of humanity. He further added that Gandhiji embraced all cultures and all peoples.

    The President is on the second leg of his nine-day three-nation tour to Iceland, Switzerland and Slovenia.
     

  • Saudi Arabia has cut oil and gas production following drone attacks on two major oil facilities run by state-owned company Aramco.

    Saudi's Energy Minister said the strikes had reduced about 50 per cent of the total production. No casualties had been reported in the attacks and the situation was under control at both facilities. 

    Yemen's Houthi rebels have claimed responsibility for the attacks. Yemeni Houthi rebel spokesman said it had deployed 10 drones in the attacks. He said further attacks could be expected in the future.

    Meanwhile, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo blamed Iran for attacks on a massive Saudi Aramco oil facility, saying there was no evidence the drones originated in Yemen. Pompeo tweeted after the White House confirmed that President Donald Trump offered support for Saudi Arabia's self-defense in a call on Saturday with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. 

  • Rising Indian shuttler Lakshya Sen stunned second seed Victor Svendsen of Denmark in straight games to clinch the men's singles title at the Belgian International Challenge. Lakshya was at his best as he notched up a comfortable 21-14 21-15 win over Svendsen in the title clash that lasted for 34 minutes.

    The 18-year-old from Almora had earlier beaten Denmark's Kim Bruun 21-18 21-11 win in a 48-minute semifinal clash.
     

  • Speaking at a felicitation programme in Surat, Gujarat for families of 122 soldiers who lost their lives on the line of duty, Singh also warned Pakistan that if its people cross the Line of Control, the Indian Army is ready and will not allow them to return.

    Raksha Mantri also hit out at Pakistan saying that the country which is not able to provide security to minorities on its soil, talks about the human rights. He said India's minorities were safe, are safe, and will remain safe.

  • In a major push to the housing and exports sectors Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharama has annonced a slew of measures. The new package of measures for exports would address tax and duties refunds for exporters and improve credit flow to the export sector. In a Major relief to the Housing Sector Government has annouced a fund of Rs 10,000 crore for completion of stalled housing projects which are not affected by NPAs or NCLT Issues.

    Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday announced a fresh set of measures to boost housing and export sectors. 

    ---For home buyers, government has annouced a fund of Rs 10,000 crore for completion of stalled housing projects

    ---These Should be non-NPA and non-NCLT projects in affordable and middle income category 

    ---However, the fund will not cover the projects affected by NPA and NCLT issues

    ---Rs 10,000 crore will allocated by the government, and an equal amount will be invested by other investors

    ---To encourage government servants to buy new houses, the interest rates on House Building Advance will be lowered and linked with 10-year G-sec yields. 

    Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also announced a slew of measures to revive business sentiments among country's exporting fraternity.

    ---New scheme called Remission of Duties or Taxes on Export Products will replace the existing all Merchandise Exports from India Scheme i.e. MEIS

    ---Under Interest Equalization Scheme incentive has been increased to 5% for MSME exporters with effect from November 2, 2018

    ---Fully automated electronic refund route will be in place for input tax credits in GST

    ---Export Credit Guarantee Corporation will offer higher insurance cover to banks lending working capital for exports

    ---An action plan to reduce time to export turn-around time in airports and ports benchmarked to international standards will be implemented by December 2019

    ---In a bid to help the exports, the government has also revised priority sector lending norms for export credit

    ---Annual mega shopping festivals in India will be organised in four places in march 2020 in four themes in India which will provide big market to the exporters

    ---Handicrafts industry will be enabled to effectively harness e-commerce for exports

    Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that there are clear signs of revival of industrial production and fixed investments and steps taken by the government will give a major push to the housing and the exports sector.

  • All those who have applied for inclusion of their names in the NRC list and have a valid Application Receipt Number, ARN, can check their final status online on www.nrcassam.nic.in.

    The list bears the names of those who have been accepted as the citizens of Assam, those excluded and persons whose appeals are pending.

    The names of over 19 lakh people were excluded from the final NRC list published on the 31st of last month.  The excluded persons would get an opportunity to challenge their exclusion in the Foreigners' Tribunals.

  • In a statement, the White House said Hamza was killed in a US counter-terrorism operation in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region.

    The statement said the loss of Hamza not only deprives al-Qaeda of important leadership skills and the symbolic connection to his father, but undermines important operational activities of the group.

    Hamza's last known public statement was released by al-Qaeda's media arm in 2018. In that message, he had threatened Saudi Arabia and called on the people of the Arabian peninsula to revolt.
     

  • Defending a paltry total of 106, India dismissed Bangladesh for 101 in 33 overs. 

    Left-arm spinner Atharva Ankolekar emerged as the star taking 5 wickets for 28 runs.
     

  • Recalling eight decade old memory, Teresa Lancucka starts melting with emotions. She was a part of polish migrant, which were granted asylum in India during World War II. Today she is here to relieve the memory.

    Dennis Wypijewski has suffered from age related hearing loss still he explains the brutal era of his past and good moments in India. He is visiting Kolhapur along with his three daughters.

    Most of them, who are paying a revisit, were either born at Valivade village in Kolhapur district, or were children when they left the camp.

    Prince Yuvraj Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati, who is hailing from the direct lineage of the legendary Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and is heir to Kolhapur royal family, said that that's beauty of Indian legacy which offered asylums to Polish at the time when India itself was facing server drought and tough situation.