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  • A delegation of 32 Indian SMEs led by Ms. Alka Arora, Joint Secretary, Ministry of MSME,is participating in  the 8th European Congress on SMEs at Kotawice, Poland. Inaugurating the event, Ms. Alka Arora said India is home to more than 60 million MSMEs, which have the ability and capability to access international markets and work as ancillaries to larger international firms.

  •             Vice Admiral Andreas Krause, Chief of the German Navy, who is on a four day official visit to India called on Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee and Chief of the Naval Staff at South Block on 18 October 2018.

  • There appears to be misgiving about the last date for taking Input Tax Credit (ITC) in relation to invoices or debit notes relating to such invoices pertaining to period from July, 2017 to March, 2018.

  • A review was done by the Steel Ministry for preparation of feasibility report for establishing steel plant in YSR Kadapa District, Andhra Pradesh, as envisaged under Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act, 2014.

  • Ministry of Steel is organising a Conclave on “Capital goods in Steel sector: Manufacture in India” in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, on 23rd October 2018. Briefing mediapersons in New Delhi, today Union Steel Minister, Chaudhary Birender Singh, said that this Conclave is an initiative of Ministry of Steel to promote domestic capacity and capability building and manufacturing of capital goods in the steel sector.

  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, will visit Shirdi, Maharashtra on October 19, 2018.

    Prime Minister will unveil the plaque to mark the laying of foundation stone of various development works of Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust.

  • To promote Military cooperation, India and Japan are all set to hold the first ever joint military exercise 'DHARMA GUARDIAN-2018' involving the Indian Army and Japan Ground Self Defence Force at Counter Insurgency Warfare School, Vairengte, India from 01 November to 14 November 2018.

  • In exercise of the powers conferred by section 14 of the Customs Act, 1962 (52 of 1962), and in supersession of the notification of the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs No.85/2018-CUSTOMS (N.T.

  • The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind greeted people on the occasion of Durga Puja, Dussehra and Vijayadashmi.

    In his message, the President said “On the auspicious occasion of Durga Puja and Vijayadashmi, I convey Shubho Bijoya as well as Dussehra greetings and best wishes to all my fellow citizens in India and abroad.

  • The Union Minister for Human Resource Development Shri Prakash Javadekar released the new CBSE Affiliation Bye-laws in New Delhi today. While interacting with media at Press conference the Minister informed that the affiliation byelaws of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) have been completely revamped to ensure speed, transparency, hassle-free procedures and ease of doing business with the CBSE.

  • The following Recruitment Results have been finalized by the Union Public Service Commission during the month of  September, 2018. The recommended candidates have been informed individually by post.

  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi chaired the sixth meeting of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) at New Delhi, today.

    Prime Minister reviewed the activities of NDMA to effectively manage and respond to disasters affecting the country.

  • Ambassadors of Kuwait, Belgium, Portugal and Cambodia presented their credentials to the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, at a ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan today (October 18, 2018).

  • The Department of Telecommunications (DOT) and Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) in a joint statement today clarified that a few news reports in the media which state that 50 Crore mobile numbers, almost half of the total mobiles in circulation, are at the risk of disconnection, are completely untrue and imaginary.

  • Council of Scientific and Industrial Research ,Indian Institute of Toxicology Research (CSIR-IITR), Lucknow has developed an innovative technology for “Drinking Water Disinfection System” with Trade name “OneerTM” which was transferred to M/s Bluebird Water Purifiers, New Delhi in the presence of Union Minister of Science & Technology and Vice-President, CSIR, Dr. Harsh Vardhan today.

  • The President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena called Prime Minister Modi on telephone today. 

    The President of Sri Lanka stated that he categorically rejected the reports in sections of media about him alluding to the involvement of India in any manner whatsoever in an alleged plot to assassinate the President and a former Defence Secretary of Sri Lanka.

  • In a first, Finance Commission today held a detailed meeting with the representatives of Tourism industry in Nainital considering the fact that tourism is one of the major pillars of the economy of Uttarakhand.

  •             Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Dr. Satya Pal Singh participated in the 7th Meeting of Education Ministers of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Member States held in Astana, Kazakhstan today during his three day visit of Kazakhstan from 15th to 18th October 2018.

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    The US Ambassador in India Mr. Kenneth I. Juster called on the Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare Shri Radha Mohan Singh today at Krishi Bhawan in New Delhi. During the course of the meeting, both the dignitaries discussed ways and means to reinforce trade and bilateral relations in agriculture.

  • The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) formally handed over Analysis Report of "Top 100 Bank Frauds" to the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh here today.

  • Prime Minister reviewed the activities of NDMA to effectively manage and respond to disasters affecting the country.

    He also reviewed ongoing projects undertaken by NDMA. Prime Minister emphasized on the need for better coordination between the various stakeholders and undertake more joint exercises to bring about effective response to save life and property.

    He stressed upon the need to bring in global expertise in the field of disaster management.

    Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley and Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Radha Mohan Singh were present in the meeting, along with members and officials of NDMA.

  • While interacting with media at Press conference the Minister informed that the affiliation byelaws of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) have been completely revamped to ensure speed, transparency, hassle-free procedures and ease of doing business with the CBSE.

    The HRD Minister had earlier this year, directed the Board to completely revisit its affiliation bye laws to make the system more robust and quality driven.

    While highlighting the main changes, Prakash Javadekar said that the new byelaws denote a major shift from the highly complex procedures followed earlier, to a simplified system based on preventing duplication of processes.

    CBSE is a national level Board conducting examinations for Classes X and XII. It affiliates schools across India and abroad upon fulfilment of various conditions as prescribed in its Affiliation Bye Laws.

    At present 20783 schools are affiliated with the Board. 

    The Affiliation Byelaws in position were first made in the year 1988 and were last modified in the year 2012.

  • The news report tries to create unnecessary panic among mobile users by claiming that “they stare a prospect of disconnection if SIM cards procured on the basis of Aadhaar verification are not backed up by a fresh identification”. 

    The joint statement clarifies that the Hon’ble Supreme Court in its judgement in Aadhaar case has nowhere directed that the mobile number which has been issued through Aadhaar eKYC has to be disconnected. Therefore, there is absolutely no reason for panic or fear at all. People should not believe in such rumours.

    The Court has also not asked to delete all the eKYC data of telecom customers after 6 months. What the apex Court has asked that UIDAI should not keep authentication log for more than 6 months.

    The restriction is on UIDAI and not on the telecom companies.

    Therefore, there is no need for telecom companies to delete authentication logs.So in the light of the verdict if anybody wishes to get her/his Aadhaar eKYC replaced by the fresh KYC, s/he may request the service provider for delinking of her/his Aadhaar by submitting fresh OVDs as per earlier DOT Circulars on mobile KYC.

    But in any case his mobile number will not be disconnected.

    The Joint Statement said that what Supreme Court has done is that it has prohibited issue of new SIM cards through Aadhaar eKYC authentication process due to lack of a law.

    There is no direction to deactivate the old mobile phones.

    The statement said that in fact the Department of Telecom and UIDAI are in a process to bring out a completely hassle-free and digital process for issuing new SIM cards through a mobile App which will be fully compliant of the Supreme Court judgement in Aadhaar Case.

    In the proposed process, live photograph of the person with latitude, longitude, and time stamp will be captured.

    The photo of her ID such as Aadhaar card, voter ID, etc., will be captured.

    The SIM card agent will be authenticated through OTP and SIM card will be issued.

    This process will be completely hassle-free and digital. 

    The statement reiterates that there is no need to panic or get confused by the reports that have appeared in the media.

  • In the telephonic conversation, Sirisena categorically rejected the malicious reports on India's involvement in an assassination plot.

    He also stated that he regarded Prime Minister Modi as a true friend of Sri Lanka.

    The Prime Minister appreciated the prompt steps taken by the Lankan President and the government to firmly refute the malicious reports by publicly clarifying the matter.

    The prime minister also reiterated India's emphasis on the "neighbourhood first" policy and the priority the Indian government and he personally attached to developing even stronger all-round cooperation between the two countries.

    The media reports came ahead of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's India visit starting from today.

    During his three-day visit, the Sri Lankan Prime Minister will hold wide-ranging talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to further strengthen bilateral relations and boost economic cooperation.

    The discussions will mainly be focused on improving economic cooperation between the two countries and implementation of MOU signed last year in this regard.

    He will also call on President Ramnath Kovind while External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj will call on the visiting dignitary.

  • During the meeting, Sushma Swaraj reiterated that  mutual trust and confidence.

    Both leaders reviewed the present state of relations and welcomed interaction at all levels to strengthen the all-round development of bilateral cooperation.

  • The Vice President will lead the Indian delegation at the two-day summit begining from today.

    The biennial event with the theme "Global Partners for Global Challenges", is the highest platform for dialogue and cooperation between Asia and Europe in the areas of trade, investment, security and tourism.

    This will also be the first multilateral summit that Vice President will be attending after taking office in August last year.

    Besides One to One meeting with the King of the Belgians, Vice President will have bilateral meetings with various Heads of State on the sidelines of the Summit.

    Vice President  will also address the Indian Diaspora at Jain Culture Centre and offer floral tribute at a sculpture of Mahatma Gandhi at Antwerp in Brussels.

  • To mark the occasion, RSS Sarsanghchalak Dr.Mohan Bhagwat performed Shastra Puja at the RSS headquarter in Nagpur.

    Addressing the Svayamsevak, the RSS Chief said that neo-Left doctrine of urban Naxals is to establish an "anti-national" leadership with blind followers solely committed to them.

    He also charged that urban maoism is propagting falsehood and spreading hatred in society.

    The RSS chief also said that the construction of the temple will pave the way for an atmosphere of goodwill and oneness in the country.

    He added that the decision regarding ownership of the land should be expedited, and the government should clear the path for construction.

    Speaking on the Sabarimala issue, Mohan Bhagwat stated that the recent Supreme Court verdict, allowing women of all ages to enter Kerala's Sabarimala Temple, did not account for traditions accepted and followed by the people for years.

    Bhagwat further underscored that the initiatives being taken to enhance the armed forces and their morale is one of the factors for the country's rise in prominence in the world.

    He urged citizens to vote in full strength against those want to break India.

    RSS Chief also said that the construction of the RAM temple will pave the way for an atmosphere of goodwill and oneness in the country.

    He added that the decision regarding ownership of the land should be expedited, and the government should clear the path for construction.

    On Sabarimala case, RSS chief also said that the premise of the tradition that has been accepted by society and continuously followed for years together was not taken into consideration.

    Nobel peace laureate Kailash Satyarthi was the chief guest at the this years Vijayadashami celebration of the RSS in Nagpur.

    Addressing the RSS workers.. the Nobel laureate said that we should proud of our culture. He appealed the youth of the country to come forward and become a torch bearer in country's growth.

  • This is the first time the Temple opened after the Supreme Court verdict permitting entry of women of all age groups into its sanctum sanctorum.

    Protests continued outside the temple throughout the day.

    At Pamba and Nilakkal at the foothill of the Temple, protests opposing the Apex Court order turned violent and many protestors clashed with police.

    Section 144 has been imposed in Pamba, Nilakkal and Sanyadanam.

    To prevent any untoward incident, strict security arrangements have been made throughout the state including the surrounding areas of the temple.

    Sabarimala Karma samithi has Meanwhile called a peaceful strike in the state till six in the evening.

     

  • According to provisional results, DNT has won 30 seats in 47 member National Assembly, the lower house of the parliament.

    Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) has got remaining 17 seats.

    The polling for third parliamentary election was held today.

    A total 94 candidates, 47 each from DNT and DPT tried their luck in the final round of general elections.

    According to the constitution of Bhutan only two parties, who get highest votes in primary round, can participate in the final round.

    DNT and DPT had got maximum votes in the primary round election held last month, while ruling PDP came third and failed to qualify for the last round.

  • The 15-year-old son of a farmer lost a one-sided final to Trenton Cowles of the USA 0-6 as India concluded with three gold, nine silver, and one bronze at the event that was launched in 2010. Seeded fifth after qualification, the Haryana-boy was inconsistent in the summit clash against the 15th seed Cowles, who only shot in 10s and 9s to wrap it up easily on Wednesday night. In the three-setter, both the archers shot four perfect 10s, but Akash's two wayward 6s in the first and the third set proved to be the decisive factor.

    The summit clash was held under windy conditions following light rains. "I have trained in the wind, but here it was too much. I was waiting for an opportunity but he (Cowles) was stronger and I had no chance," Akash said. "I feel good but I lost the gold medal," the 11th standard school-boy said after bettering Atul Verma's feat of a bronze at the Nanjing edition of the Games in 2014. Akash took up archery six years ago after Manjeet Malik, a physical-trainer-turned-archery-coach, picked him during a trial. "One day my friends took me to a field where I saw kids aiming at a target with arrows. Mujhe laga woh shikaar kar rahe hain (I thought they were hunting something)," Akash said.

    Akash, who used to play cricket with his friends, developed a fascination for the 'new-found sport'. "Mujhe laga mein kuchh kar sakta hoon (I thought I could do something)," he said. Akash's father Narender Malik, who is into wheat and cotton farming, never wanted his son to join him at the fields. "Initially my parents dissuaded me as they wanted me to study to land up a government job. But after I started winning medals they have started backing me fully. They must be very happy now," Akash, who will return to India with the contingent on Sunday, said.

    "Now I've to put in more effort and hope to qualify for Tokyo Olympics," he said about his mission 2020. His coach Manjeet Malik said Akash's ability to remain calm had impressed him. "He was very calm and composed and I thought he could shoot arrows steadily. He now shoots with confidence. It was raining as well when the final started," the coach said. In 2014, Akash was part of the recurve boys team which won a gold medal at the mini national (under-14) archery championship in Vijayawada.

    Akash went on to clinch a gold medal in the Youth Olympics qualifying event last year. He also won a gold medal at Asia Cup Stage-I, two bronze in Asia Cup Stage-II and a silver and a bronze in the South Asian championship, in the last one year. "It's indeed a proud moment for me and all the hard work is now paying off," Malik, who has about 80 students at his private academy, said. Akash is currently enrolled by the Olympic Gold Quest and trains under South Korean coach Kim Hagyong at the Army Sports Institute in Pune. Making a solid start to the final, Akash started off with a 10 but then he shot a 6 in his second arrow and concluded the first set with another perfect 10.

    The American, on the other hand, remained consistent with scores of 10, 9, 9 to take the first set 28-26. Stepping up his game, Cowles shot two 10s and a 9 in the second set to win it 29-27. Under pressure in the third set, Akash shot another six that ruined his chances of a gold medal. He finished with two 10s but Cowles remained steady and sealed the issue 28-26 in the third set. Earlier, Akash finished in the last eight of the mixed international team event partnering Turkey's Selin Satir. The duo lost in the quarter-finals to Thailand's Aitthiwat Soithong and Argentina's Agustina Sofia Giannasio.

  • Government or district hospitals would give the private sector space, within their hospitals to treat non communicable diseases like cardiac, oncological and pulmonary diseases.

    The additional facilities would be set up at private sector expense.

    Niti Aayog member V K Paul said the cost of treatment under the PPP model would be the same as under Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana.

  • The Ministry of Law after examining the provisions of POCSO Act vis-à-vis provisions of CrPC has advised that there appears no period of limitation mentioned in Section 19 in regard to reporting of the offences under the POCSO Act, 2012.

    The POCSO Act does not provide for any period of limitation for reporting the child sexual offences.

    Now any victim, at any age, can complain the sexual abuse faced as a child . The POCSO Act is a gender neutral Act which has been enacted to strengthen the legal provisions for the protection of children from sexual abuse and exploitation.

    Often, children are unable to report such crimes as the perpetrator in most cases is either a family member, a relative or closely known person.

    Studies have also shown that the child continues to carry the trauma of sexual abuse till very late in life.In order to overcome this trauma many grown up people have started coming out to report the abuse faced by them as children.

  • Wednesday saw BJP President Amit Shah in Mizoram blowing the poll bugle for his party.

    He not only inaugurated the party's state headquarters but also met several booth level workers and tribal leaders.

    He addressed the party's booth level workers as well at the state BJP Headquarters in Aizawl launching a blistering attack against the ruling Congress.

    He charged that the money sent by the Centre for Mizoram's development was diverted through corrupt means.

    While the BJP is enthusing its workers through booth level conferences the Congress suffered a set back in the run up to the polls.

    Former state minister Buddh Dhan Chakma quit the party on Tuesday.

    Chakma become the 3rd Congress MLA in the state to resign from the party in recent days.

    Before touring Mizoram Amit Shah visited Kamakhya Dham and did a darshan of the Goddess of Shakti Maa Kamakhya.

    Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat along with his team was also in Mizoram in the build up to the elections to stock of preparations.

    He held a meeting with state officials and agencies involved in the election process.

    After the meeting the CEC said the commission is taking all steps to ensure the maximum number of people vote.

    He added that the Election Commission is committed to holding free and fair polls in the state.

    In Rajasthan , BJP leader Manavendra Singh switched sides to the Congress just ahead of the polling.

    Reacting to the development.Union Informartion and Broadcasting Minister Col Rajyavardhan Rathore said Manavendra Singh's departure will make no difference to the BJP's poll prospects in the state.

    In Chhattisgarh , the issuance of election notification has initiated the nomination process apart from notching up political temperature in the state.

    Clearly the contest is heating up in each of the 5 poll going states.

    Political opponents are trying to outdo each other in making promises to voters while attacking their rivals.

  • On Wednesday in an anti-terror operation 3 terrorists were neutralised in Srinagar.

    In the encounter that followed one police personnel was also martyred.

    State DGP said that bodies of 3 terrorists were recovered and two of them have been identified as Mehraj-ud-din Bangroo & Faid Mushtaq Waza.

    Arms and ammunition have also been recovered from them.

    Meanwhile, the Wreath laying ceremony of Kamal Kishore..the policeman of Special Operations Group of J&K police who lost his life in the encounter was held.

    On Wednesday morning security forces after receiving inputs of terrorists hiding in Fateh Kadal area cordoned off the area following which terrorists opened fire on security forces.

    More terrorists are believed to be hiding in the area due to which search operation is continuing.

    All schools and educational institutions have been closed and internet services have been suspended.

  • This is the first time the Temple is opening after the Supreme Court verdict permitting entry of women of all age groups into its sanctum sanctorum.

    Protests continued outside the temple throughout the day.

    Some protests were supported by local units of political parties as well. At Pamba and Nilackal at the foothill of the Temple, protests opposing the Supreme Court order turned violent and many protestors clashed with police.

    This resulted in a police baton-charge. The police forcible removed some protestors.

    Among them an elderly women and members of the erstwhile royal family.

    Protesters were chanting the mantras of Lord Ayyappa. Some women journalists too had to face angry protesters as they tried to cover the story.

    State DGP, assured the journalists that action would be taken at the earliest. Meanwhile, Section 144 has been imposed in Pamba, Nilackal and Sanyadanam for thursday.

    To prevent any untoward incident, strict security arrangements have been made throughout the state including the surrounding areas of the temple.

    Meanwhile Sabarimala Karma samithi has called a peaceful strike in the state from 6 am to 6 pm on Thursday. 

    The committee says that the strike will be peaceful.

    The NDA has also announced support for the strike.In a historic verdict, the Supreme Court on 28th Septemeber struck down a rule that disallowed girls and women in the 10-50 age group from entering the Sabarimala temple in Kerala.

    The then Chief Justice Dipak Misra-headed Constitution bench in a 4-1 verdict said the temple rule violated their right to equality and right to worship.

    The judges concurred that the denial of right to women significantly denudes them of their right to worship.

    Judges rejected all the arguments of the temple board which had resisted allowing women of all ages.

    This included an argument that it was an age-old practice and an essential practice of Hindu religion and that followers of Ayyappa were a separate denomination.

  • In a brief statement, Akbar said he had decided to seek justice in a court of law in his personal capacity, against a spate of allegations of inappropriate behaviour against him, relating to his days as a News Print editor.

    He said that he deemed it appropriate to step down from office and challenge the false accusations levied against him.

     He thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for giving him the opportunity to serve the country.

    Over the last fortnight, about 20 women have come forward to narrate experiences of alleged sexual harassment at the hands of Akbar. \

    He has filed a defamation case against one, which will be heard on Thursday.

  • Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Fateh Kadal in downtown area of the city following an intelligence about the presence of terrorists. The terrirists have been identified as Mehrajuddin Bangroo, Fahad Waza and over ground worker Rayees (son of the house owner where the encounter took place).

    The policeman martyred during the operation was identified as constable Kamal. The operation turned into an encounter after terroristss opened fire on security forces. The district administration has closed all schools and educational institution in the city as a precautionary measure and internet services on mobile have also been snapped.

  • She urged the victims to report the cases through POCSO e-Box. The Minister said, often, children are unable to report such crimes as the perpetrator in most cases is either a family member, a relative or closely known person. She said, studies have also shown that the child continues to carry the trauma of sexual abuse till very late in life.

    In order to overcome this trauma many grown up people have started coming out to report the abuse faced by them as children. According to an official release, the Ministry had recently consulted the Law Ministry which advised that there appears no period of limitation mentioned in the provision with regard to reporting of the offences under the POCSO Act, 2012.

    The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO), Act 2012, came into force in November 2012. It is a gender neutral Act which has been enacted to strengthen the legal provisions for the protection of children from sexual abuse and exploitation. 

    The Protection Act defines a child as any person below the age of 18 years and provides protection to  children from the offences of sexual assault, sexual harassment and pornography.

  • The ministry said it was working along with the state governments, the local authorities and the municipal corporations for augmenting and strengthening their efforts in vector control, surveillance and awareness activities. Chairing a high-level meeting to review the activities for prevention and control of the Zika virus and seasonal influenza, Union Health Minister J P Nadda also stressed the need to undertake exhaustive control measures, including fogging, while also strengthening surveillance to facilitate early identification of cases.

    Zika is caused by the aedes aegypti mosquito, which also transmits dengue and chikungunya and breeds in open, stagnant water. Nadda was also briefed about the activities undertaken by the ministry to control the Zika virus in Rajasthan. "He was informed that 80 cases have been reported from the state while 330 teams have already been deployed in the affected wards of Shastri Nagar (Jaipur). A population of about 4,34,515 has been brought under surveillance. "Around 86,903 houses have been surveyed. 2,04,875 breeding sites were checked for larvae breeding and 74,483 were found to have larvae breeding," an official statement issued after the meeting said.

    It pointed out that health workers undertook on-spot source reduction and containers were treated with temiphose during the survey. The health workers have also carried out focal spray and fogging in the affected areas, which were recommended by the team supervisors. Meanwhile, Rajasthan Health Minister Kalicharan Saraf said awareness drives have been initiated in schools to sensitise students about the disease.

    Nadda has specifically instructed that early detection, reporting and proper categorisation of patients is critical for seasonal influenza management," the official statement said. "The minister has instructed the NCDC to monitor the cases on a daily basis. He has suggested that the states shall ensure that proper awareness is created regarding the prevention and management of seasonal influenza. All states shall also ensure that sufficient supplies of drugs and testing kits are maintained," it added.

    All cases that require hospitalisation shall be monitored intensively both at the district and state level so as to ensure that fatalities are avoided, the minister has stressed, while adding that availability of sufficient functional ventilators for critical case management is important and the states shall be advised accordingly. "The NCDC and EMR shall coordinate with the states to provide training for ventilator management, if need be," the statement said. During the meeting, Nadda assured all the states of all support from the Centre, while emphasising the need for continuous monitoring to control the Zika virus in Rajasthan. He said the health ministry was in regular contact with the state officials.

    The statement said Nadda spoke to the Rajasthan chief minister Tuesday, while the Union health secretary was monitoring the situation on a daily basis, in coordination with the state health secretary. Nadda also spoke to the Maharashtra chief minister and the health ministers of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, asking them to remain vigilant, and assured them of all the assistance from the Centre to check the spread of the H1N1 virus. "Nadda stressed the need for undertaking exhaustive measures, including intensive fogging, next month in order to ensure vector control. He also stressed on strengthening surveillance to facilitate early identification of cases.

    "The Union Health Minister urged the people to not panic and cooperate with the health officials in controlling the breeding of the vectors. He further said that there was no shortage of medicines and testing kits and that required support will be provided to the states," the statement said. Nadda directed the officials to mount aggressive communication campaigns in the states, while noting that awareness was key in controlling vector-borne diseases. "No stone should be left unturned to reach out to the people," he said.

    Noting that community participation was a crucial area in prevention, the Union health minister urged all the stakeholders to launch awareness campaigns regarding the preventive steps to be taken at the community level. "He said the Union Health Ministry was working along with the state governments, the local authorities and the municipal corporations for augmenting and strengthening their efforts in vector control, surveillance and awareness activities," the statement said. In India, the first outbreak of Zika was reported in Ahmedabad in January 2017 and the second in Tamil Nadu's Krishnagiri district in July that year. Both these outbreaks were successfully contained through intensive surveillance and vector management.

  • Burns, 56, who was born in Belfast, is the 17th woman to bag the award in its 49-year history and the first woman since 2013. It was her third novel. 'Milkman', a coming of age story of a young woman's affair with a married man set in the political troubles of Northern Ireland, was named the winner at a lavish awards ceremony in London on Tuesday night. "None of us has ever read anything like this before. Anna Burns' utterly distinctive voice challenges conventional thinking and form in surprising and immersive prose," said Kwame Anthony Appiah, the chair of the 2018 judging panel.

    "It is a story of brutality, sexual encroachment and resistance threaded with mordant humour. Set in a society divided against itself, 'Milkman' explores the insidious forms oppression can take in everyday life," he said. The recipient of the Man Booker Prize gets 52,500 pounds (USD 69,223 or Rs 50.85 lakh). Burns, who lives in East Sussex in England, saw off competition from two British writers, two American writers and one Canadian writer.

    Set in an unnamed city, 'Milkman' focuses on a "middle sister" as she navigates her way through rumour, social pressures and politics in a tight-knit community. Burns shows the dangerous and complex impact on a woman coming of age in a city at war. Unusually, in the book, the characters have designations rather than names. Burns explains: "The book didn't work with names. It lost power and atmosphere and turned into a lesser or perhaps just a different book.

    "In the early days I tried out names a few times, but the book wouldn't stand for it. The narrative would become heavy and lifeless and refuse to move on until I took them out again. Sometimes the book threw them out itself". Her novel beat competition from 'Everything Under' by Daisy Johnson, who, at 27, was the youngest nominee in the Man Booker prize history. The other nominees were 'The Long Take' by Robin Robertson, 'Washington Black' by Esi Edugyan, 'The Mars Room' by Rachel Kushner, and 'The Overstory' by Richard Powers.

    'Milkman' is published by Faber & Faber, making it the fourth consecutive year the prize has been won by an independent publisher. Burns' win was announced by Kwame Anthony Appiah at a dinner at London's Guildhall. She was presented with a trophy by Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, and a 50,000 pounds cheque by Luke Ellis, Chief Executive of Man Group. The winning author also receives a designer bound edition of her book and a further 2,500 pounds for being short-listed.

    "We are honoured to support the Man Booker Prize for the sixteenth year, as it continues in its fiftieth year to champion literary excellence and the power of the novel on a global scale," Ellis said. Appiah, a British-born Ghanaian-American novelist, was joined on the 2018 judging panel by crime writer Val McDermid; cultural critic Leo Robson; feminist writer and critic Jacqueline Rose; and artist and graphic novelist Leanne Shapton. The judges considered 171 submissions for this year's prize.

  • "It was a delight to interact with the medal winners of the Asian Para Games held in Jakarta recently," he tweeted posting a series of pictures of the athletes. Referring to individual winners, he said the country was proud of their achievement. "India is proud of Anand Kumar Boregowda for bringing home the Bronze Medal in Men's Doubles badminton at the Asian Para Games 2018. Congratulations Anand!... Chirag Baretha was a part of the Indian team that won the Bronze Medal in Badminton. "Wishing this inspirational sportsperson great success in the future too. We are proud of you!," the Prime Minister wrote in a series of tweets.

  • He made these remarks at the 20th session of the National Economic Council (NEC) in Colombo today. The NEC deliberated extensively on measures that Sri Lanka should take in the context of challenges arising due to the appreciation of the US Dollar globally. Special attention was paid to restricting the import of non-essential goods as a temporary measure, while encouraging local substitutes.

    The President also pointed out that the country's prevailing negative balance of trade can be neutralized by prudent measures to revise the import of non-essential items when combined with a proper mechanism to collect the due levies at point of custom clearance. 

    NEC also reviewed the present screening system at Sri Lanka customs and emphasized the need to screen all containers instead of the present system of random screening at Sri Lanka customs. The moves came as Sri Lankan rupee has come under pressure which has invited criticism from opposition groups.

     

  • There are total 94 candidates, 47 each from Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) and Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) parties in fray for the final round of National Assembly elections. According to Bhutan’s constitution, only two political parties who get highest votes in the primary round can participate in the final round of general elections.

    In the primary round  elections held last month, DNT secured first place by getting 31.85% votes, followed closely by the DPT with 30.92%. The ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) had came on third place with 27.44% votes and failed to qualify for the final round. 

  • Fulpati is observed on the seventh day of Dashain festival. In Nepali,"Phool" means flower and "Pati" means leaves and plants. There is a tradition in Nepal to bring nine types of Fulpati into the home on seventh day of Navaratri. It is believed that Fulpati represents nine Goddess and they brings health, wealth and prosperity to the homes.

    The tradition started during the period of King Prithvi Narayan Shah. The main function was held at Basantpur Durbar Square in Kathmandu, where Fulpati was brought to Dashainghar from Jamal in a traditional procession with vedic rituals. On this occasion a special parade was also held at Army Pavilion in Kathmandu. President Bidya Devi Bhandari, Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun, Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli, Heads and representatives of diplomatic missions, senior army and government officers attended the programme. Dashain is the biggest festival of Nepal.

    It began on last Wednesday with first day of Navratri but festive fervour gained momentum from Fulpati. All government and private offices have been closed till Saturday. More than 21 lakh people have left Kathmandu valley to celebrate Dashain at their native places with family, relatives and friends. 

     

  • Chief Justice said a judgment would be delivered at the next hearing but did not announce a date. The President’s lawyers wanted anonymous testimony from three unnamed witnesses but the court ruled against it unanimously.

    President Yameen has sought a Supreme Court order for fresh polls despite accepting defeat at the hands of opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. The latter is scheduled to take over as new President on 17th November.

     

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

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

     

     

  • Subhash Shirodkar and Dayanand Sopte, both of whom have resigned from the assembly, met Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah at his residence in the national capital and were later inducted into the party at a press conference addressed by Union minister Piyush Goyal. Goyal described Shirodkar, a six-time MLA and former state Congress president, and Sopte, a two-term legislator, as leaders of high stature and popular among the masses, adding that their presence in the BJP would boost its state government's development agenda.

    Goa BJP leaders Vishwajit Rane, a minister in the Parrikar government, and Shripad Naik, an MP from the state and a Union minister, were also present at the press conference, with Rane claiming that the Congress in the state is "heading towards a vertical split" due to its MLAs' lack of faith in the leadership of the party's national president Rahul Gandhi. 

    Shirodkar said he joined the BJP due to the development works of the Parrikar government and added that he believed it was the only party capable of issues facing the state. In the 40-member assembly, the Parrikar government has the support of 23 MLAs. These comprise 14 BJP MLAs, three each from the Goa Forward Party and the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party as well as three Independents. The strength of the Congress, which has so far been the single largest party with 16 MLAs, will now come down to 14.

    Sopte (54) represented the Mandrem Assembly constituency in North Goa district and Shirodkar (66) was elected from Shiroda in South Goa district. Earlier, in Goa, Assembly Speaker Pramod Sawant said Shirodkar and Sopte had sent their resignations by fax as members of the assembly to his office. Shirodkar said more MLAs from the Congress may join the saffron party. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

  • With the issue of notification for first phase of elections, the process of filing nomination papers began in 18 assembly constituencies of Chhattisgarh. These 18 assembly segments include 12 seats of all seven districts of Maoist affected Bastar division and 6 constituencies of Rajnandgaon district. The last date for nominations would be October 23.

    The scrutiny of the nomination papers would take place on October 24 and the last date for the withdrawal of the nominations is October 26. There are about 31 lakh 80 thousand voters in these 18 seats. 

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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