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  • Raksha Mantri’s Statement at 4th Asean Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (Admm Plus)

  • His Excellency Mr Ashraf Ghani, the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, called on the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, at Rashtrapati Bhavan today (October 24, 2017).

  • ITI Limited emerges as the L1 bidder with the lowest quote of Rs. 2503 per unit for 50 lakh smart meters, followed by Genus Power and KEONICS

  • The international crude oil price of Indian Basket as computed/published today by Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell (PPAC) under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas was US$ 56.38 per barrel (bbl) on 23.10.2017.

  • PM greets UN on United Nations Day

  • PM greets ITBP on it’s Raising Day

  • The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Shri Alok Kumar Pateria, IPS (MP:86) as Additional Director General, CISF on deputation basis for a period upto 31.05.2020

  • The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances

  • Shri Rajnath Singh, Union Minister for Home Affairs inaugurated the “Paryatan Parv-Grand Finale” at the Rajpath Lawns, New Delhi today

  • In a major development, the Centre today appointed Shri Dineshwar Sharma, former Director of Intelligence Bureau, as the Representative of Government of India to initiate and carry forward a dialogue with the elected representatives, various organizations and concerned individuals in the State of Jammu and Kashmir.

  • India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) has appointed Mr. Suresh Sethi, the former MD of Vodafone M-Pesa Ltd. as its Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer.

  • Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shri Satya Pal Singh has said that the new education policy is in final stages and it would be announced in December.

  • In partnership with State Governments and other Departments, Department of Rural Development organized Gram Samridhi Evam Swachhata Pakhwada from 1st October to 15th October, 2017. Gram Sabhas were held in nearly all the Gram Panchayats of the Country on 2nd October.

  • Government of India have announced the Sale (re-issue) of (i) “6.84 per cent Government Stock, 2022” for a notified amount of Rs. 3000 crore (nominal) through price based auction, (ii)“6.68 per cent Government Stock, 2031”

  • INSV Tarini entered Fremantle (Australia) port today during it’s maiden voyage to circumnavigate the globe.

  • The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, will visit Karnataka on October 24 and 25, 2017.

  • The Central Grounder Water Authority (CGWA) has sent Draft guidelines for “issuance of NOC” for ground water withdrawal and draft “Public Notice” to the Chief Secretaries of all the State and Administrators of Union Territories for their comments within 60 days.

  • To bring momentum in skilling through collaborative efforts, the Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh along with Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Shri Dharmendra Pradhan here today inaugurated India's first Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra (PMKK) for Skilling in Smart Cities, in collaboration with New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC).

  • The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the following

  • Shri Ngangom Sarat Singh appointed as member of the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) for Manipur and Mizoram

  • The government today increased the minimum support price (MSP) of wheat by Rs 110 to Rs 1,735 a quintal and of pulses by Rs 200 per quintal to help bo...

  • The government today waived off penalty on delayed filing of initial Goods and Services Tax (GST) returns for the months of August and September.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Afghan President Ashraf Ghani are holding delegation-level talks in New Delhi. Both leaders will review the ...

  • Home minister Rajnath Singh today said the families of martyers' of central armed police forces will get one crore rupees as compensation. Addressing the ITBP raising day function in Greater Noida, Mr Singh said his ministry is providing all possible modern technologies to the forces.

  • China's ruling Communist Party today endorsed to amended its Constitution to add President Xi Jinping's name and ideology, elevating him on par with party founder Mao Zedong and his successor Deng Xiaoping.

  • The Meghalaya Election department has entered the Limca Book of Records for the formation of a human logo by newly-enrolled young voters of Meghalaya on the 1st ofJuly this year.

  • Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu gave India their first gold medal of the ISSF World Cup Final in New Delhi, clinching the top honours in the 10m air pistol mixed team event on the opening day of competitions.

  • Researchers from University of Colorado in the US examined the association between vitamin D levels in the blood and islet autoimmunity. Islet autoimmunity, detected by antibodies that appear when the immune system attacks the islet cells in the pancreas that produce insulin, is a precursor to type 1 diabetes.

    "For several years there has been controversy among scientists about whether vitamin D lowers the risk of developing of islet autoimmunity and type 1 diabetes," said Jill Norris, from University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (CU Anschutz). Type 1 diabetes is a chronic autoimmune disease that is increasing by 3-5 per cent annually worldwide, researchers said.

    The disease is now the most common metabolic disorder in children under age 10. In younger children, the number of new cases is particularly high. The risks seem to be greater at higher latitudes, further north from the equator. Vitamin D represents a candidate protective factor for type 1 diabetes as it regulates the immune system and autoimmunity. Moreover, vitamin D status varies by latitude.

    However, associations between vitamin D levels and islet autoimmunity have been inconsistent. This may be due to different study designs, population variation in vitamin D levels, or a failure to account for the combined effect of exposure and underlying genetic variation in the vitamin D pathway. The findings are part of The Environmental Determinants of Diabetes in the Young (TEDDY) study, which looked for triggers and protective factors for type 1 diabetes in 8,676 children with elevated type 1 diabetes risk. The children were followed with blood samples drawn every three to six months from infancy, to determine the presence of islet autoimmunity, as well as levels of vitamin D. Researchers compared 376 children who developed islet autoimmunity with 1,041 children who did not.

    The study, published in the journal Diabetes, that in children with a genetic variant in the vitamin D receptor gene, vitamin D levels in infancy and childhood were lower in those that went on to develop islet autoimmunity compared with those that did not develop autoimmunity. The study is the first to show that higher childhood vitamin D levels are significantly associated with a decreased risk of IA. "Since this association does not prove cause-and-effect, we look to future prospective studies to confirm whether a vitamin D intervention can help prevent type 1 diabetes," Norris said.

  • The book, launched earlier this year, talks about the octagenarian writer's eventful life, often taking readers back in time to the genesis of some of his memorable works. It also contains over 50 photographs, some never published before, capturing iconic moments from Bond's life.

    "Brutally candid, Bond's autobiography is the complex story of the not-always happy life of the master chronicler of simple, innocent lives, of misty mountains, of birds and beasts, of ghosts and lost loves, of rain and snow in a language that has stayed with us for more than six decades," Akshaya Mukul, head of the jury, said.

    The award was announced on October 20. "We are proud to announce that Speaking Tiger author Ruskin Bond has won the Atta Galatta-Bangalore Literature Festival Book Prize 2017 for his book 'Lone Fox Dancing: My Autobiography' in the non-fiction category," publishers said in a statement. The prize was established two years back by the Bangalore Literature Festival, in collaboration with Atta Galatta, a city-based bookstore and art-literature space.

    The award carries a total purse of Rs 2 lakhs under four categories - Best Fiction (English), Best Non-Fiction (English), Literary Achievement Award in Kannada and Popular Choice (English). The winners also receive an original trophy - 'Thought Beyond Words'.

  • The advance could aid efforts to improve artificial intelligence (AI) and lead to new insights into brain function. Critical to the research is a type of algorithm called a convolutional neural network, which has been instrumental in enabling computers and smartphones to recognise faces and objects.

    "That type of network has made an enormous impact in the field of computer vision in recent years," said Zhongming Liu, an assistant professor at Purdue University in the US. "Our technique uses the neural network to understand what you are seeing," Liu said. Convolutional neural networks, a form of "deep-learning" algorithm, have been used to study how the brain processes static images and other visual stimuli. "This is the first time such an approach has been used to see how the brain processes movies of natural scenes - a step toward decoding the brain while people are trying to make sense of complex and dynamic visual surroundings," said Haiguang Wen, a doctoral student at Purdue University.

    The researchers acquired 11.5 hours of Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data from each of three women subjects watching 972 video clips, including those showing people or animals in action and nature scenes. The data was used to train the system to predict the activity in the brain's visual cortex while the subjects were watching the videos. The model was then used to decode fMRI data from the subjects to reconstruct the videos, even ones the model had never watched before.

    The model was able to accurately decode the fMRI data into specific image categories. Actual video images were then presented side-by-side with the computer's interpretation of what the person's brain saw based on fMRI data. "I think what is a unique aspect of this work is that we are doing the decoding nearly in real time, as the subjects are watching the video. We scan the brain every two seconds, and the model rebuilds the visual experience as it occurs," said Wen, lead author of the study published in the journal Cerebral Cortex. The researchers were able to figure out how certain locations in the brain were associated with specific information a person was seeing. "Using our technique, you may visualize the specific information represented by any brain location, and screen through all the locations in the brain's visual cortex," Wen said. "By doing that, you can see how the brain divides a visual scene into pieces, and re-assembles the pieces into a full understanding of the visual scene," he said.

  • Rai, a Commonwealth and Asian Games gold-medallist, and Sidhu, also a former Commonwealth Games gold-winner, picked up their third gold together in the mixed team event, being held officially for the first time at an ISSF World Cup.

    The mixed team competitions were organised as test events in the World Cups held earlier this year and will be making their Olympic debut in the Tokyo 2020 Games. Rai and Sidhu qualified for the finals as top of the table on Tuesday and comfortably claimed the gold by pipping France, who secured the silver medal. China settled for the bronze medal in the event.

  • Both the leaders reaffirmed the U.S.-Afghan commitment to achieving peace, stability, and long-term prosperity in Afghanistan. Landing unannounced in Kabul as part of his maiden South Asia tour, the US Secretary of State said that the new U.S. strategy for South Asia makes clear the US's commitment to working with Afghanistan and with partners across the region to achieve peace in Afghanistan and deny safe havens to terrorists who threaten that goal.

    Tillerson said specific demands have been made of Pakistan in tackling terror entities. President Ghani reiterated his support for the new U.S. strategy and emphasized his government's commitment to reforms aimed at ensuring the safety, security, and well-being of all Afghans.

    Meanwhile, US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson is arriving in New Delhi today evening after a stop in Pakistan and will hold talks in New Delhi tomorrow. Tillerson will put pressure on Islamabad to act over terrorists targeting Afghanistan and India from its soil.

    India and the US will discuss a wide array of issues spanning the regional to the bilateral during his visit to New Delhi in a trip that analysts see as strongly reaffirming their strategic partnership.

  • The first after Donald Trump announced the new south Asia policy that called for greater Indian involvement in Afghanistan, something that has made Islamabad jittery.

    During his visit, President Ghani will meet with President Ram Nath Kovind and have detailed delegation level talks with the Prime Minister, who will also host lunch in the honour of President Ghani. President Ghani will also give a public address at Vivekanand International Foundation. His visit comes after NSA Ajit Doval visited Kabul on 16th October.

    The visit will build upon the recent high level bilateral exchanges between the two countries. September saw lot of action. Chief Executive of Afghanistan Dr Abdullah Abdullah visited India from September 27-29. Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Salahuddin Rabbani visited India from September 10-11.

    On the same day, 24th October, US Secy of state Rex Tillerson arrives in Delhi. His first as the secretary of state and first to New Delhi. At the invitation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Secretary Tillerson will visit New Delhi. He will meet PM Modi, EAM Sushma Swaraj to discuss the implementation of the ideas he outlined during his famous "Defining Our Relationship With India for the Next Century" speech at a Washington Think Tank.

    The speech lauded India and lashed out Pakistan and China. He said "China, while rising alongside India, has done so less responsibly, at times undermining the international, rules-based order even as countries like India operate within a framework that protects other nations’ sovereignty." He particularly came hard on chinese connectivity plans like OBOR saying "China subverts the sovereignty of neighboring countries".

    Pakistan was again asked to act on terror groups. Tillerson said "We expect Pakistan to take decisive action against terrorist groups based within their own borders that threaten their own people and the broader region".

    Delhi Kabul Ties
    In diplomacy things are always planned. The visit of US, Afghan leaders in Delhi shows a convergence. One in South Asia and one for the world. Kabul is eager to reconstruct and recover from 3 decades of war. India has been trying to genuinely help. 16 years of India Afghan ties starting from 2011 after fall of Taliban has only growing. Speaking to DD News, India's ambassador to Afghanistan said " modern content being given to age old ties"

    Click Here to watch full speech of PM on this event

    India's helping hand to Afghanistan
    India has been given scholarship to Afghan students. Training being given to afghan forces. Large Infra projects have been taken like -India Afghanistan Friendship dam in Herat and Afghan Parliament. On connectivity front-India Afghan Air corridor is working well and plans are being worked to expand it to other Indian and Afghan cities.

    US wants a greater Indian role in Afghanistan. when US Defence secretary visits India he said "we applaud India's invaluable contribution to Afghanistan and welcome further efforts to promote Afghanistan's democracy, stability and security. Our two countries recognise the threat that global terrorism poses to people throughout the world."

    India has been a force of peace in Afghanistan. US want allies to help it in one of the longest running wars. Clearly, India, Afghanistan and US have convergence in action and words. Something required in a world that is fast changing and increasingly becoming scary.

  • The Real Madrid forward was crowned player of the year on yesterday at the FIFA Best ceremony at the London Palladium theatre attended by runner-up Messi and third-placed Neymar.

    A second successive honour for Ronaldo was expected after a season in which the Portuguese eclipsed his award counterparts in the trophy stakes. As well as Spanish league and Spanish Super Cup success, Ronaldo scored twice in the Champions League final against Juventus to win European soccer's elite competition for the third time in four seasons.

    Ronaldo's coach at Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, was crowned coach of the year. FIFA has shifted its award ceremony from its usual January slot to October so players are judged across a season based on the typical European schedule rather than the calendar year.

    The women's award honoured the Netherlands' success at the European Championship in August. Lieke Martens, who scored in the final win over Denmark, won the player's award and Sarina Wiegman collected the coaching accolade.

    The Puskas Award for best goal went to Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud for a scorpion-style kick. The Puskas Award-winning goal from an overhead back-heeled strike came on New Year's Day in Arsenal's 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace in the English Premier League.

  • The United States requested a vote on a draft resolution it presented last week that would allow the joint UN- Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) panel to continue for another year its work of identifying who is behind toxic gas attacks in Syria's six-year war.

    The measure is facing a possible veto from Russia, Syria's ally, which wants to first see a report due on Thursday on a sarin gas attack in Khan Sheikhun before deciding on the fate of the inquiry. US Ambassador Nikki Haley has urged the council to "act now" to support the continued work of the panel, known as the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM). Its mandate ends on November 18. The United States accuses Russia of linking the JIM's survival to its findings on the April 4 Khan Sheikhun attack.

    Britain, France and the United States have accused President Bashar al-Assad's forces of using sarin on the opposition-held village, killing at least 87 people, including more than 30 children. Last month, UN war crimes investigators said they had evidence that the Syrian air force was behind the Khan Sheikhun attack, despite repeated denials from Damascus. "This is not about politics or the contents of the next report, but about ensuring accountability for those who are using these terrible weapons, whether they are UN member states or non-state actors," Haley wrote in a letter to fellow ambassadors last week.

    Russia could decide to use its veto power at the council to block the draft resolution and effectively shut down the investigation of deadly gas attacks in Syria. The head of Russia's non-proliferation department, Mikhail Ulyanov, told UN diplomats earlier this month that Russia wants to study the report on Khan Sheikhun by the JIM to "judge if it deserves the extension." Ulyanov said the sarin attack was most likely caused by a bomb set off directly on the ground and not by a Syrian air strike.

    Haley argued that the OPCW was reviewing more than 60 cases of alleged chemical weapons use in Syria, including a recently-uncovered sarin attack on an opposition-held village on March 30. The OPCW does not have a mandate to assign blame for the attacks, leaving that determination to the JIM. The JIM has already concluded that Syrian government forces were responsible for chlorine attacks on three villages in 2014 and 2015, and that Islamic State jihadist group used mustard gas in 2015.

    In February, a resolution put forward by the United States, Britain and France to impose sanctions on Syrian officials who were allegedly involved in those chlorine attacks was vetoed by Russia and China. All five countries have veto power in the 15-member Security Council.

  • EAM Sushma Swaraj lit a candle to mark the opening of the huge complex at Dhaka's Baridhara diplomatic enclave while the High Commission was previously operating from a house in Gulshan area of Dhaka.

    During the ceremony, she also inaugurated 15 development projects of Bangladesh being funded by India.

    Bangladesh Foreign Minister A H Mahmood Ali, Health Minister Mohamad Nasim, and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's political affairs adviser H T Imam among others joined the ceremony.

  • Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that former director of Intelligence Bureau, Dineshwar Sharma will be the Government's representative in the dialogue.

    The Home Minister said that the Government is serious about the issue of Jammu and Kashmir.

    Home Minister Rajnath Singh said Dineshwar Sharma will initiate a sustained interaction and dialogue to understand legitimate aspirations of people in J&K

  • The formalities to file the chargesheet have been completed and it will be submitted before a special court this week.

    Naik is being probed under terror and money-laundering charges by the NIA after he fled from India on July 1, 2016, after terrorists in neighbouring Bangladesh claimed that they were inspired by his speeches. The NIA had on November 18, 2016, registered a case against Naik at its Mumbai branch under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

    His Mumbai-based NGO, Islamic Research Foundation has already been declared an unlawful association by the Union Home Ministry.

  • In 2016, the US Surgeon General identified a 900 percent increase in e-cigarette use in high school students from 2011 to 2015. While e-cigarette vapor certainly doesn't contain the same kinds of carcinogenic compounds as regular cigarette smoke there is a growing body of research to suggest "vaping" may have its own set of unique harmful effects.

    A new study from researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has published findings suggesting that e-cigarette use can trigger immune responses in the lung that can contribute to inflammatory lung diseases. The study examined 44 sputum samples from e-cigarette users, current cigarette smokers, and non-smokers. Amongst the e-cigarette using cohort a significant increase in neutrophil granulocyte- and neutrophil-extracellular-trap (NET)-related proteins was identified. The study notes that while neutrophils are useful in combating pathogens they also are known to contribute to lung diseases such as COPD and cystic fibrosis.

    The study also identified similar increases in specific biomarkers associated with lung disease between e-cigarette and cigarette users. An increase in mucin 5AC, a mucus secretion associated with chronic bronchitis and asthma, was also found in both e-cigarette and cigarette users.

    It is important to note that this study was small and limited, with the authors including the fact that most of the e-cigarette cohort were formerly cigarette smokers, making it difficult to clearly identify whether these results were solely related to e-cigarette use. The key factor to consider here though is that many previous studies have primarily examined the harm of e-cigarettes in relation to the harmful characteristics of cigarettes, potentially neglecting the unique or novel ways e-cigarettes could be causing harm.

    "Comparing the harm of e-cigarettes with cigarettes is a little like comparing apples to oranges," says Dr. Mehmet Kesimer, senior author of the new study. "Our data shows that e-cigarettes have a signature of harm in the lung that is both similar and unique, which challenges the concept that switching from cigarettes to e-cigarettes is a healthier alternative."

    The long-term adverse effects of e-cigarettes are only now starting to become clear and while they most likely don't cause the same kind of harm as cigarettes, the idea they are a "healthy" alternative may be a misnomer. The only truly healthy alternative to cigarette smoking is to simply not smoke at all.

  • 'Access Mars' was released on Thursday.

    The technology virtually transports users to mars from anywhere.

    It simulates walking on the red planet and provides close-up views of discoveries made by the Curiosity Rover. You can view it on a computer, phone or through a virtual reality headset.

  • Archaeologists in Poland have uncovered a mass grave of prisoners at the Nazi death camp Gross-Rosen, on what is now the site of a memorial museum.

    In September 2017, human remains were found in what used to be an anti-aircraft trench and conservation works were suspended. Archaeologists estimated the number of people buried there to exceed 300. "The discovery of human remains matches the account of one of the former prisoners of the camp, a Belgian man who was the camp doctor and was on the site during the last months before the liberation evacuation," said Doctor Katarzyna Pawlak-Weiss, a historian studying Nazi concentration camps located by occupying German forces in Poland. "In his report he mentioned 300 people buried here."

    So far archaeologists have uncovered bones belonging to approximately 30 people, whom the team hopes to be able to identify. According to reports by survivors, the bodies of prisoners who died of illnesses and starvation were thrown into the trench in the last days of the camp's operation, but the first unearthed bones had what archaeologists think are markings from bullet wounds.

    "After exhumation the remains of the people we found in this pit will be transported to the Forensic Medicine Institute in Wroclaw where an inspection and autopsy will be performed. This will be done in order to determine their gender, age, health condition, if this will be possible, and the cause of death," said prosecutor Konrad Bieron from Polish Institute of National Remembrance.

    There is also a slight chance of identifying people buried in the mass grave. Unlike in Auschwitz, where the prisoners had the camp numbers tattooed on their forearms, in Gross-Rosen they carried small metal plates with numbers sewn to their uniforms. If archaeologists manage to find such plates, the historians may be able to assign the numbers with the names. Only a few documents concerning the camp survived and according to them and survivor testimonies it was established in August 1940 and inmates were mostly Jews from across Europe.

    At the peak of its activity, the Konzentrazionslager Gross-Rosen had about 100 affiliates or sub-camps and was considered to be one of the most notorious Nazi labour camps. Many inmates died of emaciation and illnesses due to the hard labour in a quarry, shortage of food and poor sanitary conditions.

    There were no gas chambers in Gross-Rosen, as in other Nazi death camps across Europe, but out of the total number of approximately 1,25,000 prisoners an estimated 40,000 died, many of them also in death marches following the camp's evacuation in February 1945.

    After the war none of the three camp commandants or staff members faced the trials for their activity in Gross-Rosen, although some were tried for crimes committed in other locations.

  • The letter is one of the last known to have survived the sinking and still carries stains from its time in the Atlantic.

    Written by first-class passenger Alexander Oskar Holverson on embossed Titanic "on-board" stationary, the letter to his mother describes his impressions of the palatial ship, praising the food and music.

    The letter which eventually reached its destination after Holverson's body had been recovered, was sold by the Holverson family at an auction held by Henry Aldridge & Son in the southern English town of Devizes. Iron keys from the Titanic also sold for Rs. 65,22,092 (USD 100, 249).

    The Titanic was the largest ocean liner in service when it struck an iceberg on April 14, 1912, in the Atlantic while travelling from Southampton to New York.

  • While disclosing this on Sunday, a spokesperson of the State Election Office said that scrutiny of nomination papers would be done on October 24. He said that nominations can be withdrawn till October 26, 2017 and on the same day, the Returning Officers would allot elections symbols to the contesting candidates.

    Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party released a list of the leaders, including PM Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah, who would be campaigning for the upcoming assembly elections in the state. Polls in the state are scheduled to be held on November 9. Top cabinet ministers including Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, Uma Bharti, Arun Jaitley, Nitin Gadkari and Smriti Irani will also be a part of the election campaigning.

  • The GST tax, which amalgamates more than a dozen central and state levies like excise duty, service tax and VAT, will take about a year to stabilise.

    Adhia, however, said the rejig would require some calculations by the fitment committee, which will decide which items need a rationalisation of rate under the GST regime which kicked in from July 1.

    "There is need for some rejig in rates... it is possible that some items in the same chapter are divided. There is a need for harmonisation of items chapter wise and wherever we find there is a big burden on small and medium businesses and on common man, if we bring them down, there will be a better compliance," Adhia said.

    Nearly four months since its introduction, the new indirect tax threw up teething troubles and compliance issues, which the GST Council -- the highest decision-making body of the new regime -- has addressed through several rounds of changes. To ease hassles facing medium and small businesses in paying taxes and filing GST returns, it has tweaked various aspects of the new indirect tax regime to make it industry-friendly. Also, the GST Council has rationalised rates on over 100 commodities and made refund process easier for exporters. "We are very keen to do it as early as possible, it depends on how much time the fitment committee takes to work on it. They need data, calculate revenue loss. They need various comparisons. But harmonisation has to be done," he said.

    The 23rd meeting of the GST Council, chaired by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and comprising representatives of all states, will be held in Guwahati on November 10. The GST Council has reworked various provisions of the new indirect tax regime which was introduced from July 1 so as to make it more industry-friendly.

    When asked how much time will it take to stabilise the GST system, Adhia said: "It will take one year. Because it is a new system for everybody... There has been a complete overhauling of tax system in GST, so one year is needed."

  • Spain, one of the pre-tournament favourites, completely dominated the quarterfinal match as their one-touch passing game proved to be too good for the Asian giants, who were completely outplayed on the day. Captain Abel Ruiz gave Spain the lead in the 13th minute before Sergio Gomez (60th) and Ferran Torres (67th) added a goal each. For Iran, Saeid Karimi pulled one back in the 69th minute at the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium. Spain, seeking their maiden title, now meet African champions Mali in Navi Mumbai in the second semi-finals on October 25.

    This will be Spain's sixth appearance in the semi-finals in ninth attempt. The La Rojita were runners-up in 1991, 2003 and 2007 and finished third in 1997 and 2009.

    Spain were the overwhelmingly dominant side today with nearly 70 percent possession. They had seven shots on target while Iran barely had any clear chance except for one in the closing stages of the match. But for some fine saves by their goalkeeper Ali Gholam Zadeh, Iran would have lost by a bigger margin. Zadeh was busy all day as Spain made waves of attacks through their fast- paced passing football.

    Valencia youth team winger Ferran Torres, who has been on the radar of Barcelona and Real Madrid, created a lot of problems for Iran throughout the match with his speedy runs and crosses from the right flank. It was a completely different and unusually defensive Iran today as they did not look like a side, who had not lost any match before.

    They sorely missed suspended striker Younes Delfi who had scored twice in Iran shock upset of formidable Germany in the group stage. Spain, who had several players from the world famous academies of FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, would build their attacks through their flowing passing and the Iranians could not even touch the ball for long spells. One such spell resulted to the first goal, which came after 26 uninterrupted touches by the Spaniards from which captain Ruiz scored.

    The first Spain chance came in the 11th minute but Mateu Morey's right footed shot from outside the box just missed the near post. Two minutes later, Spain took the lead through Ruiz who scored his fourth goal of the tournament. The goal came after 26 passes were completed by Spanish players before Ferran Torres got the possession of the ball. Torres got the better of his marker in the right flank and sent a long cross for Sergio Gomez who, in turn, gave a square pass to Ruiz at the center of the Iran box.

    Barcelona youth team striker Ruiz's first shot hit a defender built from the rebound he made no mistake with his right footer finding the left side of the Iran net with a diving goalkeeper unable to reach the ball.

    This was Ruiz's 24th goal in 28th appearances for the Spain U-17 side. He is currently on the the radar of top English Premier League sides.

    Spain had two fine chances to increase the lead but Iran goalkeeper Ali Gholam Zadeh kept the scoreline 1-0 with two fine saves, one in the 19th minute and then in the 34th.

    A flowing start to the second half saw Spain push for a second goal. At the hour mark, another Barcelona youth team player Sergio Gomez took the game out of Iran's reach with a spectacular strike from well outside the box that hit the underside of the crossbar and went into the net.

    Iran pressed forward in search of a goal and that left spaces behind for Spain to make further inroads. In one such flowing move, Mohamad Moukhliss delivered an inch-perfect low cross from the right which Torres simply tapped in to make it 3-0 in the 67th minute.

    Iran did get their goal two minutes later when a long ball from defence met the head of Allahyar Sayyad whose diagonal flick found Saeid Karimi who nodded home. The game was attended by a capacity 29,000 spectators -- highest at the venue for any match.

  • Polls in the state are scheduled to be held on November 9. Top cabinet ministers including Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, Uma Bharti, Arun Jaitley, Nitin Gadkari and Smriti Irani will also be a part of the election campaigning.

  • Researchers, including those from University of Nottingham in the UK, combined a highly detailed 3D model of the sunken ship, based on thousands of photographs, with 360- degree underwater video of divers exploring key sections of the wreck.

    One of the most famous shipwreck-diving sites in the world, the British freighter SS Thistlegorm was a British armed Merchant Navy ship sunk by German bombers in 1941 near the Gulf of Suez at the northern end of the Red Sea.

    At the time, the ship was carrying hundreds of tonnes of Allied war supplies - including tanks, train engines, trucks and motorcycles - to the Egyptian city of Alexandria. Until now, only divers would be able to directly see most of the world's underwater heritage sites. However, with virtual reality technology, the wider public can now experience the shipwreck, researchers said.

    "There are something like six million divers in the world, so less than 0.1 per cent of the world's population ever gets access to these sites," Jon Henderson, a marine archaeologist at the University of Nottingham told 'Live Science'. "But we are now at the point where we have got technology where we can reconstruct them in photo-realistic detail, and we can now create models that people can explore and interact with on their mobile phones or in their homes," he said.

    Archaeologists spent five days moored above the Thistlegorm wreck. They made 12 dives to the Thistlegorm wreck totaling more than 13 hours underwater and gathered thousands of photographs.

    The team later processed and combined images of the shipwreck with photogrammetric software, which can extract 3D data from sets of 2D photographs. The result was the highly detailed 3D model of the giant wreck, based on 24,307 photographic images - the largest photogrammetric survey yet made of a shipwreck, covering an area of about 28,300 square metres.

  • According to revised figures released by the Election Commission of Nepal 323 candidates submitted their papers for 37 constituencies of House of Representatives and 484 candidates filed nominations for 74 Provincial Assembly constituencies. Candidates can withdraw their names on Wednesday and final list of candidates will be published on the same day. 

    Former Prime Minister and Naya Shakti Party Nepal, Coordinator, Baburam Bhattarai, Nepali Congress leader and Minister for Information and Communications Mohan Bahadur Basnet, Senior leader of CPN (Maoist Centre) Narayan Kaji Shrestha, Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Prajatantrik Chairman Pashupati Shumsher Rana and CPN(UML)Secretary Yogesh Bhattarai  are among prominent candidates filed nominations on Sunday.

    Polling for the first phase will be held in 32 districts on November 26. Nominations  in remaining 45 districts will be filed on November 2 and voting for second and final round will take place on December 7. 

    As per the new constitution of Nepal it is necessary to complete, local, province and parliament elections by January 21 next year. Local elections have been successfully completed last month. 

  • EAM Swaraj apprised PM Hasina of the productive discussions at the Joint Consultative Commission and tangible progress made since her visit to India. Swaraj discussed situation arising out of influx of displaced persons from Rakhine state and need for an early and lasting solution.

    The India-Bangladesh Joint Consultative Commission which was co chaired by Sushma Swaraj with her counterpart Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali saw various aspects of the bilateral relationship including security, trade & investment, connectivity, power, shipping, and people to people contacts being discussed.

    Addressing the press later she said talked about how terror is a challenge and the urgent need to fight the ideology of hate.

    On the humanitarian issue of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, she said situation has to be be handled with restraint.

    Earlier the two countries inked two MOUs - one is a 15-year deal between India's Numaligarh Refinery Ltd and Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation for the supply of high speed diesel once the India-Bangladesh Friendship Pipeline between Siliguri and Parbatipur in Bangladesh is completed. The other agreement is for establishing a Common Facility Centre for small scale and medium enterprises in the Institute of Diploma Engineers of Bangladesh in Khulna. The two Ministers also exchanged the Instruments of ratification of the International Solar Alliance.

    Day two of her visit on Monday will see inauguration of New Chancery Complex at the High Commission of India and 15 development projects funded by the government of India in Bangladesh.

  • The move will help non-resident Indians (NRIs), Overseas Citizens of India (OCIs) as well as foreign nationals who apply for inter-country adoption. While domestic applicants can register on their own on the website of Child Adoption Resource Authority (CARA), candidates from outside India have to route their applications via an authorised foreign adoption agency (AFAA) or a central authority (CA) which then registers them on the CARA website.

    Once it is ready, the new portal will allow parents to access information after they register with an AFAA or CA. "The online module will give such parents direct access to information which until now they could not get on their own. Parents often get anxious when an authorised foreign adoption agency fails to update them on important information and we are trying to bridge that gap," said CARA CEO Lt Col Deepak Kumar.

    Abroad applicants will be given a username and a password and they will be able to check whether details filled by an AFAA such as the age of the child are according to their requirement. Prospective parents will also be able to track whether their application has been approved by CARA, their place on the waiting list and will be able to find out when children are referred to them for adoption as well as access their profiles, etc.

    "We will be able to ensure greater transparency and provide better services to parents who often complain about how the agency they are dealing with is clueless on the status of their application and is not able to provide information on time. We will also have fewer grievances," Kumar said.

    The move to provide an information window to foreign applicants follows requests from both AFAA and prospective parents during a recent interaction with the CARA CEO on Facebook.

    A member with one of the AFAAs in Spain, Sandrine Perrotton, asked Kumar for a "tool" which would help parents track their place on the waiting list "so that we could comfort the families in their wait and keep them informed". "Please activate or introduce an option where Indians residing abroad can keep a track on their application online," an NRI applicant requested CARA last week on the same forum.

    As per the CARA website, in 2016-2017 there were a total 578 inter-country adoptions and 3,210 domestic adoptions.

  • Researchers from Maastricht University in the Netherlands, University of Liverpool and King's College London in the UK tested the effects of a low dose of alcohol on participants' self-rated and observer-rated ability to converse in Dutch.

    Participants were 50 native German speakers who were studying at a Dutch University and had recently learned to speak, read and write in Dutch. The exact dose of alcohol varied depending on participants' body weight.

    The chat was audio-recorded and participants' foreign language skills were subsequently rated by two native Dutch speakers who did not know if the participant had consumed alcohol or not (observer-ratings). Participants also rated their own Dutch language skills during the conversation (self-ratings).

    The study, published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, found that participants who had consumed alcohol had significantly better observer-ratings for their Dutch language, specifically better pronunciation, compared to those who had not consumed alcohol.

    However, alcohol had no effect on self-ratings of Dutch language skills, researchers said.

    "Our study shows that alcohol consumption may have beneficial effects on the pronunciation of a foreign language in people who recently learned that language," said Inge Kersbergen, from the University of Liverpool.
    "This provides some support for the lay belief that a low dose of alcohol can improve their ability to speak a second language," Kersbergen said.

    It is important to point out that participants in this study consumed a low dose of alcohol. Higher levels of alcohol consumption might not have beneficial effects on the pronunciation of a foreign language, researchers said.

  • CIL's (Coal India Ltd) dispatch to the power sector in April-September 2016-17 was 191.5 million tonnes (MT), according to government data.

    In September too, the fuel supply increased 17 percent to 32 MT against 27.4 MT in the same month of the previous fiscal, the data said. State-run Singareni Collieries Company supplied 25 MT coal in April-September 2017-18, registering 10.4 percent growth over the corresponding period of 2016-17.

    Coal Secretary Susheel Kumar had recently said there was no shortage of coal and blamed power producers for low fuel stocks at plants.

    "The sentiment that is being created by some people is just to meet their own ends ... so as to get more and more coal. This is not right. This sentiment should not be created. There is no shortage of coal," Kumar had said. He said pit headstock of Coal India as on October 10 was at 30.3 MT.

    "The root cause of all this problem is that many power plants have not followed the CEA (Central Electricity Authority) guidelines of stocking coal for 22 days. This is not the coal ministry's instruction. This is the instruction by the ministry of power," Kumar explained.

    The secretary had said if power plants do not stock dry fuel as per the guidelines of CEA, then during monsoons, there would be disruptions. He had said people have to maintain discipline and adhere to the guidelines.

    Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had recently asked the Centre to ensure an adequate supply of coal and early allocation of a coal block in Odisha to meet the severe fuel shortage faced by power units in his state.

    Rajasthan Urja Vikas Nigam had also earlier said power generation at thermal power stations has reduced by 2,700 MW due to the shortage of coal, forcing it to resort to load shedding in the state.

  • Employees Provident Fund Organisation's (EPFO) apex decision-making body the Central Board of Trustee (CBT) headed by Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar will meet in November.

    They are likely to consider the proposal to credit ETF investments to members' accounts," a Labour Ministry official said.

    The official said that the issue was listed on the agenda of the CBT meeting held earlier this year and was referred to the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG).

    The official said that the CAG had agreed to the proposal in principle but sought few clarifications. As per estimates, EPFO's investment in ETFs is expected to touch Rs 45,000 crore by the end of the current fiscal.

    EPFO had started investing in Exchange Traded Funds (ETF) in August 2015, putting 5 percent of its investible deposits in stock linked products. It was raised to 15 percent for the current fiscal.

    Once approved, the share of subscribers in the form of ETF units will be credited to their accounts. An ETF is a security that tracks an index, a commodity or a basket of assets like an index fund, but trades like a stock on an exchange.

    EPFO, which has about 5 crore subscribers, manages a corpus of over Rs 10 lakh crore.

  • Asked about around 400 out of the 13,000-odd industrial training institutes (ITIs) being de-affiliated, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Rajesh Agarwal replied in the affirmative.

    "We get (them) inspected, we see the quality of infrastructure, the trainers that should be there as per the guidelines. "When it is not there the ITIs are de-affiliated because ultimately if you have to be an ITI at the NCVT (National Council for Vocational Training) level, there are certain minimum conditions that you have to meet," Agarwal said.

    He said the skill development ministry has begun monitoring the ITIs with a view to maintaining their quality standards and also introduced voluntary self-grading by the institutes. "We are trying to see that centres or institutes which are not up to the mark or quality are slowly chucked out of the system," Agarwal said.

    The government’s vocational training programmes are administered by industrial training institutes (ITIs), which cater to about 36 percent of the 7 million people enrolled in various training programmes in India.

    According to Agarwal, about 5,100 ITIs have been graded till now under the star rating system and are presently in the process of getting inspected through third parties and certification assessment.

    "It is a voluntary process. We are trying to build incentives around grading. ITIs who get graded and are doing well, there are incentives for them to grow, whereas the ones not getting graded will slowly phase out," the Joint Secretary said.

  • Researchers, including those from the University of Birmingham in the UK, used electroencephalogram (EEG) - a test that detects electrical activity in a person’s brain via electrodes attached to their scalp - on a group of 25 patients to establish how quickly they processed words shown to them on a computer screen.

    The research, published in the journal Neuroimage Clinical, analysed a mix of healthy elderly people, patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and patients with MCI who had developed Alzheimer's within three years of diagnosis of MCI.

    Mild cognitive impairment is a condition in which someone has minor problems with mental abilities such as memory beyond what would normally be expected for a healthy person of their age, is estimated to be suffered by up to 20 percent of people aged over 65-year.

    It is not a kind of dementia, but a person with MCI is more prone to go on to develop dementia, researchers stated.

    A well-known characteristic of Alzheimer's is a progressive decline in language, however, the ability to process language in the period between the appearance of initial symptoms of Alzheimer's to its full development has scarcely previously been investigated, researchers mentioned.

    "We focused on language functioning, since it is a crucial aspect of cognition and particularly impacted during the progressive stages of Alzheimer's," said Ali Mazaheri, from the University of Birmingham.

    Earlier research has found that when a person is shown a written word, it takes 250 milliseconds for the brain to process it - an activity which can be picked up on an EEG.

    "Crucially, what we found in our study is that this brain response is aberrant in individuals who will go on in the future to develop Alzheimer's disease, but intact in patients who remained stable, said Katrien Segaert, of the University of Birmingham.

    "Our findings were unexpected as language is usually affected by Alzheimer's disease in much later stages of the onset of the disease," Segaert said.

    It is possible that this breakdown of the brain network associated with language comprehension in MCI patients could be a crucial biomarker used to identify patients likely to develop Alzheimer's disease, researchers asserted.

  • In an one-sided affair, the Indian eased past through his opponent, who did not put up any fight right from the very beginning of the game.

    The 25-year-old won Indonesia Open and Australian Open and also ended runner-up in the Singapore Open this year. Srikanth defeated Korea's Lee Hyun-Il 21-10, 21-5 .

    After this win, Srikanth now sits on the top of the table of Destination Dubai Rankings ahead of Son Wan Ho.

  • For the 'Black Caps', young gun Tom Latham (103 no) and senior pro Ross Taylor (95) batted with lot of purpose, chasing down a target of 281 in 49 overs with minimum fuss. New Zealand lead three-match series 1-0. This was after Virat Kohli showed his class with a gutsy 31st hundred in his 200th ODI in energy-sapping conditions to take India to 280 for 8 in 50 overs.

    None of the other Indian batsmen even crossed 40-run mark. During New Zealand's chase, Taylor and Latham came together at 80 for 3 with India trying drive home the advantage but their 200-run stand for the fourth wicket proved to be a clincher in the end.

    The Indian bowling attack didn't have a plan B despite the wicket being not so conducive for batting. The best part about the New Zealand run-chase was that they achieved the target without taking undue risks. They did not try to attack spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav (1/64 in 10 overs) and Yuzvendra Chahal (0/51 in 10 overs) taking all the singles and doubles on offer with occasional boundary for the taking. They either used their stretch to play the sweep shot or on occasions waited for the turn to play the late cuts as the 20 overs by the spin twins yielded 125 runs but more importantly, they only lost one wicket.

    Taylor, who has been a regular feature in the IPL over the years faced 100 balls hitting eight boundaries while Latham -- the only successful Kiwi batsman during their last tour, hit eight fours and two sixes in 102 deliveries scoring his fourth ODI hundred.

    Earlier, skipper Kohli made it a memorable 200th ODI with a record breaking century in demanding conditions to guide India to respectable 280 for 8. Kohli mixed caution with aggression hitting 121 off 125 balls -- his 31st hundred in the 50-over format that took him past former Australian captain Ricky Ponting as the second highest ton-getter in this format. Only Sachin Tendulkar with 49 hundreds is ahead of him.

    Hitting nine boundaries and two sixes -- including a majestic bowler's back drive to reach his fifty, Kohli became the second player behind AB de Villiers' to reach three-figure mark in his 200th game. While Kohli has had some regal knocks in the ODI format over the years, the energy sapping humidity and the slowness of the track made batting difficult.

    Coming to bat in the fourth over, Kohli was finally dismissed in the 50th over after he had successfully steered his team to safety after they were reduced to 71 for 3 in just shade above 15 overs. Credit should also be given to Bhuvneshwar Kumar, whose unbeaten cameo of 26 off 15 balls helped India cross the 275- run mark.

    The two significant partnerships were a 73-run stand for the fourth wicket with Dinesh Karthik (37 off 47 balls), who got out after getting set and and 57 for the fifth wicket with Mahendra Singh Dhoni (25 runs off 42 balls). Hardik Pandya (16) had a rare off-day by his standards.

    With India losing both the openers early, Kohli showed a different approach, by taking considerable time to settle, initially dealing in ones and twos, and then taking the Kiwi bowlers to task. After a cautious start, Kohli hit a cover drive in the 11th over and followed it up with two consecutive boundaries in the 15th over off Colin De Grandhomme.

    The skipper, was lucky to get a reprieve on 29, after Mitchell Santner dropped a straight forward chance at cover off De Grandhomme. There was no looking back for the Indian skipper after that as he punished pacer Adam Milne, hitting him for a six over long leg. It was Trent Boult, who gave the Kiwis early breakthroughs, removing Shikhar Dhawan (9 off 12 balls) and Rohit Sharma (20 off 18 balls) cheaply on a Wankhede pitch which had spongy bounce and ball was holding up a bit.

    Boult lived up to his reputation and got the ball to swing and seam. Dhawan nicked one to 'keeper Tom Latham in the fourth over, with the hosts 16-1. Boult then cleaned up Sharma in his next over, as he got the ball to come into the right-hander leaving India struggling at 29/2. Rohit pulled Southee for consecutive sixes but the Mumbai batsman failed to convert his start.

    For the Kiwis, Boult (4- 35) was the pick of the bowlers as he later removed Dhoni and Pandya.

  • Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party-led (LDP) coalition won a combined 312 seats, keeping its two-thirds “super majority” in the 465-member lower house, local media said.

    A hefty win raises the likelihood that Abe, who took office in December 2012, will secure a third three-year term as LDP leader next September and go on to become Japan’s longest-serving premier. It also means his “Abenomics” growth strategy centered on the hyper-easy monetary policy will likely continue. Abe said he would not stick to a target he had floated of making the changes by 2020. “First, I want to deepen debate and have as many people as possible agree,” he told a TV broadcaster. “We should put priority on that.”

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has promised to take a firm stance on North Korea, after a predicted landslide win in Sunday's parliamentary elections. "My immediate task is to deal with North Korea," Abe told reporters. "It will take tough diplomacy. With the mandate given by the people, I would like to exercise my command in diplomacy."

    Abe had called the snap vote to seek a boost to his parliamentary majority and is likely to use any new powers to attempt to overhaul the country's defense strategy and pacifist stance."I must face with this victory with humility," Abe said after the exit poll results. "The voters gave us, the ruling party, a majority. This is the voice of the Japanese people, telling us to push our policies forward and come out with results."

    Abe had sought to win a two-thirds "super majority" in Parliament, which would help him achieve his goal of amending the constitution. He called the election at a key moment when the opposition was in disarray, and his popularity ratings began to pick up after months in the doldrums.

    He ran with very little opposition. Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike launched her conservative Party of Hope ahead of the poll, splintering the traditional opposition. But Koike did not herself run for a seat in Parliament and her party failed to put forward a viable candidate.

  • In her tweet, Union minister wanted to know whether the Congress leader is keen to win elections in countries like Russia, Indonesia and Kazakhstan.

  • RBI has further said rules have statutory force and have to be implemented by banks without delay.


    India, which won the Asia Cup last time in 2007 in Chennai, scored from field efforts through Ramandeep Singh (3rd minute) and Lalit Upadhyay (29th) to dash Malaysian hopes. Malaysia were in summit clash for the first time since tournament's inception. The ever-improving Malaysians, however, fought valiantly and didn't give up for a single minute. Their efforts bore fruit in the 50th minute when Shahril Saabah pulled one goal back. The Indians ranked sixth in the world, were in for nervous last 10 minutes but the defence did enough to hold onto the lead.

    For India' new chief coach Marijne Sjoerd, it was the perfect start to his stint as the Asia Cup was his maiden tournament in charge of the senior national side.

    The Indians came out all guns blazing and took the lead as early as the third minute through Ramandeep, who scored from a rebound after his initial deflection from SV Sunil's cross hit the post. Chinglensana Singh's reverse hit from close range then went wide as India wasted a golden chance. It was a battle fought on even keel between the two teams as Malaysia secured their first penalty corner in the 13th minute but wasted it. Harmanpreet Singh was then denied by Razie Rahim as he made a goalline save to keep out the Indian defender's flick from India's first penalty corner.

    Minutes later, Malaysian goalkeeper Kumar Subramaniam made double save -- first kept out Akashdeep Sinh's shot and then denied Amit Rohidas from the resultant set piece. A minute before the half time, Lalit doubled India's lead when he beautifully deflected home Sumit's reverse hit cross from the left flank. After the change of ends, Lalit and Ramandeep came tantalisingly close to extending India's tally of goals but their shots from inside the D were off target. Down by two goals, the Malaysians came out all guns blazing in the fourth and final quarter in search of the equaliser and gave the Indian defence a run for their money.

    After wasting their second penalty corner, Malaysia came back into the match when Saabah scored from close range in the 50th minute as the Young Indian defence wilted under pressure for a second. It was nervous last 10 minutes for the Indians as Malaysia mounted attack after attack in search of an equaliser.

    In the form of their third penalty corner, Malaysia had a golden opportunity to take the match into shoot-out but the Indian defence stood tall to maintain their slender lead. With three minutes from the hooter, Malaysia withdrew goalkeeper Subramaniam for an extra player but the move failed to yield desired result as the Indians managed to hold on to their lead for a famous victory.


    Playing an opponent 12 years his senior, Srikanth asserted his dominance with a 21-10 21-5 win over 37-year-old Lee in a match that lasted just 25 minutes. "I am happy with the way it went for me, it was fantastic. I beat some tough players this week," Srikanth said after the final.

    On a lighter note, Srikanth said that he never ever dreamt of winning three Super Series title in a single calender year. "I can't even say it's a dream come true because I never dreamt of wining three titles this year! I really want to continue playing well."

    The duo were tied 4-4, before Srikanth changed gears and used his deception and powerful smashes to lead 9-5. A return going to the net gave a point to Lee but Srikanth produced a brilliant cross court net dribble to bamboozle his opponent and moved into the break with a healthy 11-6 lead when the Korean went wide. Lee had no answers to Srikanth's razor-sharp smashes and cross court returns as the Indian led 14-8. Lee also made judgement errors at the baseline and also miscued his strokes as Srikanth extended his advantage to 17-8 with another smash.

    The Korean hit two long shots and then sent one at the net to hand over a 20-8 lead to Srikanth. The Indian made two unforced errors to allow Lee get into doubles figures. But Lee again erred with the length of his return as Srikanth pocketed the first game. In the second game, Srikanth stepped on the gas and zoomed to a 11-1 lead even as Lee struggled with his strokes, hitting wide and long and often finding the net. Post mid-game break, Lee produced a steep cross court return, much to the cheer of the sizable crowd who had turned out to watch the finals. The Korean lacked anticipation as Srikanth smashed his way to the title.

  • GSTN, said that taxpayers can download the offline utility from the GSTN portal and after fill in the data the file can be uploaded on GST portal.

  • According to police, the male suspect was wearing a green sports jacket with grey trousers and fled on a black bicycle.

  • Afghan Defence Ministry said that a suicide bomber on foot targeted them a minibus carrying army cadets was coming out of the military academy killing 15 and wounding four.

    Police have launched an investigation into the attack.

    There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

  • Speaking after an emergency cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said his government had no choice after the administration of Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont acted in a way that was "unilateral, contrary to the law and seeking confrontation" in holding a banned independence referendum in the northeastern region.

    Taking Spain into uncharted legal waters by using Article 155 of the constitution, which allows Madrid to wrest back control of rebellious regions, Rajoy said he was asking the Senate to give him permission to dissolve the Catalan parliament and "call elections within a maximum of six months".

    The national Senate will now have to agree to these unprecedented steps - a process that will take about a week.

    Catalonia sparked Spain's worst political crisis in decades with the chaotic referendum on October 1, which Puigdemont said resulted in a 90 per cent vote in favour of breaking away from Spain.

    But turnout was given as 43 per cent as many anti- independence Catalans stayed away from the vote, which had been ruled illegal by the Constitutional Court, while others were hindered from voting by a police crackdown.

  • Hadji Drame (15th minute) and Djemoussa Traore (61st) scored for Mali, while Kudus Mohammed (70th) reduced the margin for Ghana at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium.

    Last edition's runners-up Mali started on an attacking note with Lassana N'diaye finding the ball at his feet in a dangerous position on two different occasions, but Ghana's defence was equal to the task.

    On the lookout for a goal, Mali were rewarded for their attacking play when Drame put them ahead with a beautiful strike, giving Ghana goalkeeper Danlad Ibrahim no chance. This was Drame's third goal in the competition.

    Mali doubled the lead, quite deservingly so, in the 61st minute through Traore. A gaffe by Danlad, who raced off his line to make a clearance, ended up handling Traore's shot into his own net. There was a glimmer of hope for Ghana when Mohammed converted a penalty after Sadiq Ibrahim was felled by Fode Konate.

    Having struggled to come to terms with the conditions for a major part of the game, Ghana, in search of the equaliser, showed urgency in the last 20 minutes of regulation time.

    In the first half, Ghana did manage to find the net but Ibrahim Sulley's effort was disallowed as there was a foul on a Mali player.

    Ghana played the last few minutes of the game with ten men after injury forced Gideon Mensah off the pitch.

    The result meant it was a repeat of the U-17 African Cup of Nations final where Mali beat Ghana.

    Mali will meet the winner of the match between Spain and Iran in the semifinal.

  • The festival is celebrated on the fifth day of Diwali, to mark the strong relationship between brothers and sisters.

    On this day, sisters pray for their brothers to have long and happy lives by performing Tika ceremony and brothers offer gifts to their sisters.

    Bhai Dooj is similar to the festival of Raksha Bandhan which rejoices the strong and special bond of a sister and a brother.

  • The snag occurred when the pantograph got entangled in overhead equipment of a train between Rajiv Chowk and R K Ashram section, while approaching Rajiv Chowk station at 9.20 am.

  • The State relief commissioner's office said as many as 25 blocks of eight districts have received very heavy rainfall ranging from 135 mm to 274 mm since Thursday.

    The Met office said the depression over coastal Odisha, centred approximately 35 km northwest of Chandbali, moved further northwards and is very likely to weaken gradually into a well marked low pressure area thereafter.

    Met office however forecast heavy showers to continue for the next 24 hours.

  • Zeenat Shahzadi, a 26-year-old reporter of Daily Nai Khaber and Metro News TV channel, was allegedly kidnapped by unidentified men while she was on her way to work in an autorickshaw from her home in a populated locality of Lahore on August 19, 2015.

    Shahzadi was believed to have "forcibly disappeared" while working on the case of Indian citizen Hamid Ansari.

    The chief of Pakistan's Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances (CIED) Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal last evening said that Shahzadi was rescued from an area along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border on Thursday night.

    Shocked at her disappearance, her brother had committed suicide in March last year.

  • While Tejashwi has been summoned on October 24, Rabri has been called on October 27 for questioning in the case.

    While Tejashwi, a former Bihar deputy chief minister, had been grilled once by the central agency for more than nine hours, Rabri had skipped the summons at least four times.

    The agency is probing members of the Lalu Prasad Yadav's family and others under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

  • The BSF Marathon will be flagged off from Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium, covering a stretch of 21 Kms.

    A five Km run for fun is also being organised same day which will be flagged off from JLN Stadium.

  • The official confirmation about the visit came even as the Ministry of External Affairs reiterated India's commitment to 'rule-based international order', setting the stage for the visit of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to the capital on the same day.

    The visit by President Ghani comes within days of a visit to Kabul by National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and Thursday's Taliban attack on the Afghan National Army base in Kandahar province that killed at least fifty-eight security personnel.

  • Authorities at the AIIMS said that all his parameters are normal. He has been advised complete rest for three days.

    Venkaiah Naidu had visited the AIIMS for a complete body checkup after becoming the vice president in August.

  • He himself undertook the journey, the first ever not only for the country but the entire South-Asia.

    On January 25, 2012, then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for a service which would prove revolutionary in the coming days. The service is now set to ride the waves of the Gulf of Cambay bridging two regions of the state.

    The Ghogha-Dahej RoRo service set to transform the distance between two destinations. The service began on an auspicious note amidst the chanting of Mantras.

    The RoRo service was a challenging project considering technical issues and policy confines. Policy paralysis on part of the Congress govt at the Centre led to delays in the execution of the project. There were impediments related to altering the port in accordance with the service and the Ghogha terminal but the efforts of the current Central govt helped surmount them.

    The ferry service while riding the waves will shorten the 360 kms distance between Ghogha in Bhavnagar district to Dahej in Bharuch district to just 32 kms by water and the travel time will come down from 7 to 8 hours to just 1 hour. It will also boost tourism in Saurashtra.

    On board the RoRo service with the PM, some very special guests, Divyang children. The voyage saw them interact freely with the PM. It was completed in the stipulated one hour but it clearly left a lifelong imprint on these young minds.

    And this is just the beginning, the government plans to extend the RoRo service to other locations across the Gulf of Khambat and Gulf of Kutch. There are also ambitious plans to connect the state to Mumbai and other southern states by this link. Coastline development is a major focus for the govt to foster connectivity, commerce & create jobs. Similar projects have also been conceived in other parts of the country wherever feasible water will be turned into a bridge between two separate lands.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi after completing his RoRo Ferry ride reached Dahej, and there addressing a public meeting, he said that during this journey, he felt as if he is experiencing the dreams of 125 crore Indians. He termed this RoRo service as New India dream coming true. PM termed the RoRo service as historic. He said that this dream was visualised by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and B R Ambedkar, and this was fulfilled today.

    The Prime Minister also dedicated Sarvottam cattle feed plant of Shree Bhavnagar District Cooperative Milk Producers Union Ltd at Ghogha in Bhavnagar district.

    PM Modi laid foundation stones for development projects worth over 1,140 crores in Vadodara. While addressing the public, PM asserted that all resources will be spent towards wellbeing of citizens with focus on all round development. He took a jibe at the opposition for neglecting the development of Vadodara.

    PM Modi also took part in a mammoth roadshow that traversed through the length and breadth of Vadodara.

  • The day commemorates the sacrifices of ten policemen while defending the borders with China in 1959.

    On 21st October 1959, Chinese Army personnel opened fire and threw grenades at the police party of 20 personnel.

    Ten of them died, seven were taken prisoners by the Chinese and the remaining managed to escape.

    The Annual Conference of Inspectors General of Police of States and Union Territories held in January 1960 decided that 21st October will be observed as Commemoration Day in all Police Lines throughout India to mark the memory of these gallant personnel.

  • The attacks happened during Friday prayers.

    A gunman walked into a Shiite mosque in Kabul where he detonated his explosives vest, killing 39 worshippers and wounding 45.

    The suicide bombing in Ghor province struck a Sunni mosque, also during Friday prayers and killed 33 people.

    The extremist group Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack in Kabul.

    However No claim of responsibility has been made in the Ghor Mosque attack.

    Meanwhile, the Afghan president issued a statement condemning both attacks and saying that country's security forces would step up the fight to "eliminate the terrorists who target Afghans of all religions and tribes."