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  •  The Bilateral Defence Minister’s Dialogue between India and Indonesia was successfully concluded in Jakarta, today.

    This meeting between Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman and her Indonesian counterpart Gen (Retd) Ryamizard Rycudu comes after both the countries have upgraded their bilateral relationship to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and have recently concluded a new Defence Cooperation Agreement in May 2018.

  • The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh visited Jammu and Kashmir today to review the security situation and takes stock of  the important developmental initiatives in the state. He addressed a press conference at Srinagar, later on. Addressing the media at Nehru Guest House, Shri Singh congratulated the State government for successfully conducting the Urban Local Body elections in a free and fair manner without any untoward incidents of violence during polls across the state.

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that the purpose of Science & Technology should be to make common man live comfortably. He was addressing the Maritime Conference SAGAR Discourse 2.0, organized by Forum for Integrated National Security, in Panaji, Goa today.

  • New Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) and Secretary Department of Atomic Energy, Govt of India, Dr K.N. Vyas called on Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh here today.

  • Capital Goods(CG) producers from across the globeinked 38 MoUs with Indian steel companies which will reduce imports for the steel sector worthRs 39,400 crore.TheMoUs were signed at a Conclave in Bhubaneswar today which wasorganized by Ministry of Steel, Government of India, in association with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and MECON.

  • Army Sports Institute, Pune under the aegis of Services Sports Control Board is conducting the 3rd Elite Men’s Boxing National Championship on behalf of Boxing Federation of India with effect from 27 October to 02 November 2018.

  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, will interact with IT and electronic manufacturing professionals across India on October 24, 2018, on the occasion of the launch of the “Main Nahin Hum” Portal and App.

    The portal, which works on the theme “Self4Society”, will enable IT professionals and organizations to bring together their efforts towards social causes, and service to society, on one platform.

  • The International Conference on Status and Protection of Coral Reefs (STAPCOR – 2018) with the theme “Reef for Life” was inaugurated by the Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan on 22nd October at Bangaram coral Island of Union Territory of Lakshadweep.

  • Arrangements are in full swing to celebrate the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas on 31st  October, 2018, the birthday of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Several events are scheduled to be held by various Ministries, PSUs and organisations across the country.

  • The Prize Distribution Function of the 52ndYouth Parliament Competition, 2017-18 for schools under Directorate of Education,Government of NCT of Delhi and New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC), organized by Union Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, washeld here today.

  • Forty-five Indian companies are participating in the SIAL Paris exhibition – the largest international market place for food service professionals.  Trade Promotion Council of India (TPCI) has inaugurated a special Indian pavilion in the ongoing mega exhibition for the participating companies.

  • The eleventh session of India – Czech Republic Joint Commission on Economic Cooperation (JCEC) was held on 22nd – 23rd October 2018 at Prague. The Indian delegation was led by Minister of State for Commerce & Industry, Consumer Affairs and Food & Public Distribution, C. R. Chaudhary.

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that Girls’ education should be the centre of women empowerment. Addressing the 13th convocation of Jamia Hamdard University, here today, he stressed the need to empower students, especially girls by providing skills, apart from academic excellence to compete in global job market.

  • The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, graced and addressed the 15th convocation of the Symbiosis International University in Pune today (October 23, 2018).

    Speaking on the occasion, the President said it is a matter of pride for us that India has been a centre of learning for centuries.

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    Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment inaugurated the “National Workshop on Physical and Mental Disabilities in the Light of Global Best Practices in Care, Rehabilitation and Research” here today.

  • Crude Oil

    Crude oil production during September, 2018 was2797.84 TMT which is6.59% lower than target and4.19% lower when compared with September, 2017.Cumulative crude oil production during April-September, 2018 was 17409.

  • The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (Code) is a modern economic legislation. Section 240 of the Code empowers the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) to make regulations subject to the conditions that the regulations: (a) carry out the provisions of the Code, (b) are consistent with the Code and the rules made thereunder; (c) are made by a notification published in the official gazette; and (d) are laid, as soon as possible, before each House of Parliament for 30 days.

  • “Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri was an exemplary leader, his humility, courage, determination, integrity and moral uprightness were legendary”, the Vice President of India Shri. M. Venkaiah Naidu said today.

  • Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh co-chaired the first India-China High Level Meeting on Bilateral Security Cooperation with Mr. Zhao Kezhi, State Councilor and Minister of Public Security of the People's Republic of China today (22 October, 2018) in New Delhi.

  • Air pollution is a serious health issue in the country especially in the northern parts during winter seasons. The air pollution in the northern region is attributed to dust, burning of crops in certain states, burning of garbage construction and prevailing climatic conditions.

  • Addressing a press conference at Nehru Guest House in Srinagar, Rajnath Singh congratulated the people of State for participating in just concluded municipal elections.Earlier, he reviewed security situation at a high-level meeting in Srinagar. 

    He said there has been a steady decline in stone pelting incidents and militant recruitment has also gone down. He further said both state and central governments are working towards development of J&K and Ladakh areas. It is our aim to make Jammu & Kashmir a developed state

     

     

  • The event was organised by UNICEF in association with BRAC, a Bangladesh based international organisation. The basic aim of the challenge was to identify innovative solutions to promote the practice of hand washing with soap.

    More than 700 teams from South Asia had submitted their ideas about how to get everyone to wash their hands with soap. In the final held on Monday, 12 teams presented their ideas. Two teams from Bangladesh and one from Pakistan got top three places. Encouraging the young innovators to keep trying hard, Sachin said that they have taken a big step towards making a massive contribution in doing something good for the planet.

    He said prevention is better than cure and everyone is trying to find ways to prevent water related diseases, which end up taking so many innocent lives. Sachin also met Chief Advisor of the Interim Government of Bhutan and discussed various hand sanitation awareness initiatives. He also interacted with the members of Bhutan’s National Cricket team. 

  • The vessel is one of more than 60 shipwrecks identified by the Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project including Roman ships and a 17th-century Cossack raiding fleet.

    During the three-year project, researchers used specialist remote deep-water camera systems previously used in offshore oil and gas exploration to map the sea floor.

    "A small piece of the vessel has been carbon dated and it is confirmed as the oldest intact shipwreck known to mankind," the project said in a statement. The ship, which is lying on its side with its mast and rudders intact, was dated back to 400 BC -- a time when the Black Sea was a trading hub filled with Greek colonies.

    The team said the vessel, previously only seen in an intact state on the side of ancient Greek pottery, was found at a depth of more than 2,000 metres (6,500 feet). The water at that depth is oxygen-free, meaning that organic material can be preserved for thousands of years.

    "A ship, surviving intact, from the Classical world, lying in over 2km of water, is something I would never have believed possible," said Professor Jon Adams from the University of Southampton in southern England, the project's main investigator. "This will change our understanding of shipbuilding and seafaring in the ancient world," he said. 

  • The findings could inform future missions to Mars by providing better targets to rovers searching for signs of past or present habitable environments, researchers said.

    A team led by scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in the US has calculated that if liquid water exists on Mars, it could -- under specific conditions -- contain more oxygen than previously thought possible.

    According to the model, the levels could even theoretically exceed the threshold needed to support simple aerobic life. The existence of liquid water on Mars is not a given. Even if it is there, researchers have long dismissed the idea that it might be oxygenated, given that Mars's atmosphere is about 160 times thinner than that of Earth and is mostly carbon dioxide.

    "Oxygen is a key ingredient when determining the habitability of an environment, but it is relatively scarce on Mars," said Woody Fischer, a professor at Caltech. "Nobody ever thought that the concentrations of dissolved oxygen needed for aerobic respiration could theoretically exist on Mars," said Vlada Stamenkovic, from JPL, lead author of the study published in the journal Nature Geoscience.

    Finding liquid water on Mars is one of the major goals of NASA's Mars programme.

    In recent months, data from a European spacecraft have suggested that liquid water may lie beneath a layer of ice at Mars's south pole. It has also been hypothesised that water could exist in salty subsurface pools, because perchlorate salts (compounds of chlorine and oxygen) have been detected at various places on Mars.

    Salt lowers the freezing point of water, which means that water with perchlorate in it could potentially stay liquid despite the freezing temperatures on Mars, where summer nights on the equator can still dip down to minus 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

    If salty water were close enough to the surface of the Martian soil, then it could effectively absorb oxygen from the thin atmosphere, researchers said.

     

  • The study, published in the journal Developmental Cell, lays crucial groundwork for further research into designing drug combinations that produce the same effect in mammals.

    "Many countries in the world, including Singapore, are facing problems related to ageing populations," said Jan Gruber from Yale-NUS College in Singapore. "If we can find a way to extend healthy lifespan and delay ageing in people, we can counteract the detrimental effects of an ageing population, providing countries not only medical and economic benefits, but also a better quality of life for their people," Gruber said.

    The team wanted to find out to what extent healthy lifespan could be extended by combining drugs targeting several pathways known to affect lifespan. For instance, the drug rapamycin is currently administered following organ transplants to prevent the body's immune system from rejecting the transplanted organs. However, previous experiments showed that it extends the lifespan of many organisms, including the Caenorhabditis elegans (C elegans) worms, fruit flies and mice.

    The researchers administered combinations of two or three compounds targeting different ageing pathways to C elegans. Results showed that two drug pairs in particular extended the mean lifespan of the worms more than each of the drugs individually, and in combination with a third compound almost doubled mean lifespans. This effect is larger than any lifespan extension that has previously been reported for any drug intervention in adult animals, researchers said. The drug treatments had no adverse effect on the worm's health.

    The researchers also discovered that across all ages, the treated worms were healthier and spend a larger percentage of their already extended lifespans in good health. This is an important point for potential future human ageing interventions as increased health span, not just increased lifespan, would have significant medical and economic benefits, researchers said. "We would benefit not only from having longer lives, but also spend more of those years free from age-related diseases like arthritis, cardiovascular disease, cancer, or Alzheimer's disease," Gruber said.

    "These diseases currently require very expensive treatments, so the economic benefits of being healthier for longer would be enormous," he said.

    Gruber's lab also collaborated with Yale-NUS Associate Professor Nicholas Tolwinski, and found that a species of fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster) treated with a similar drug cocktail also experienced significant lifespan extension. That two such evolutionarily-distinct organisms experience similar lifespan extensions suggests that the biological mechanisms that regulate these drug interactions on ageing are ancient, making it more likely that similar interactions between ageing pathways could be targeted in humans, researchers said.

    According to Gruber, this study is a proof-of-principle, showing that pharmacological intervention targeting multiple ageing pathways is a promising strategy to slow ageing and dramatically extend healthy lifespan in adult animals. 

  • It refused to direct a blanket ban on the sale of firecrackers, but said that only green firecrackers will be allowed to as they are less polluting.

    The apex court further banned online sale of firecarckers and restarined e-commerce websites.

    While reserving its verdict on August 28, the apex court had said that it needs to take into account all aspects, including the fundamental right of livelihood of manufacturers and the right to health of over 1.3 billion people in the country while considering a plea for a ban on firecrackers. 

    On October 9 last year, the top court temporarily banned the sale of firecrackers ahead of Diwali. 

  • In this phase, 18 constituencies of the state will go to polls on 12 November. 

    Scrutiny of nomination papers will take place on Wednesday and the last date for withdrawal of nominations is October 26.

    The 18 assembly segments include 12 seats of all seven districts of Maoist affected Bastar division and 6 constituencies of Rajnandgaon district. About 31 lakh 80 thousand voters will exercise their franchise.

    Elections to the 90 constituencies of Chhattisgarh assembly are scheduled to be held in two phases on November 12 and 20.

    The notification for the elections in the rest of the 72 constituencies in the second phase would be issued on October 26.

  • On the first day of its visit, the EC team held interactions with representatives of political parties.

    It held separate meetings with the representatives of all recognised political parties, including BJP, BSP, CPI, CPI(M), Congress, MIM, TDP and TRS.   

    The Commission will also hold a crucial meeting with the District Electoral Officers and Police Superintendents to review the arrangements in detail.

    The team will also meet senior officials of Income Tax, Excise, and Enforcement agencies besides transport, railway and airport authorities before leaving for Delhi on Wednesday.

    Telangana is scheduled to go to polls on 7 December.

     

  •  He took stock of the overall situation following recently held Municipal elections in the State and the ground situation.

     The Home Minister also met Governor Satya Pal Mailk and assessed the prevailing situation.

  • BJP once again lashed out at Congress party on various issues, party spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi on Monday said that instead of mocking 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' campaign, Congress party should look within and then she referred to former Kerala Chief Minister and other party leaders who have been named in a case of sexual abuse arising out of the solar scam.

     Kerala Police registered rape cases against former chief minister Oommen Chandy and AICC general secretary K C Venugopal based on a complaint of scam accused Saritha S Nair.

    Justice Sivarajan Commission, which probed the scam, had recommended that a case for sexual abuse could be registered against Chandy, Venugopal and other Congress leaders.

    Based on the commission's recommendation last November, LDF government had ordered criminal cases against Chandy and others.

    But Chandy countered government's move by convincing Kerala High Court to expunge the commission's findings and observations against him.

  • Only the fourth Indian ever to make it to the World Championship gold medal match, 24-year-old Bajrang was rattled by the 19-year old Otoguro, who consistently attacked the left leg of Indian and emerged a comfortable 16-9 winner. In the process, Otoguru became Japan's youngest World Champion at the age of 19.

    A four-point throw gave Otoguro an early 5-0 lead, leaving Bajrang to play a catch-up game. With back-to-back take downs, the Indian reduced the deficit to 4-5.

    The Japanese got more points with a step out and led 7-6 at the break. An early take down at the start of second period handed Otoguro a 9-6 lead.

    The Japanese kept attacking Bajrang's left leg, a strategy which the Indian struggled to counter. The Commonwealth Games and Asian Games gold medallist Bajrang eventually had to settle for a silver, which is his second medal at the Worlds. He had won a bronze in 2013 edition. Sushil Kumar, country's greatest ever wrestler, is the lone Indian to win a gold medal at the Worlds, achieving the feat in 2010 in Moscow in the 66kg category.

    Apart from Sushil, Amit Dahiya (2013) and Bishambar Singh (1967) are the other Indians to make it to the World Championship final in men's free style. Udey Chand (bronze, 1961), Ramesh Kumar (bronze, 2009), Narsingh Yadav (2015) are the other men's free style wrestlers to win a medal at the World Championship.

  • This was stated by former Sri Lankan minister and former cricket captain Arjun Ranatunga while addressing a press conference in Colombo on Monday.

    Ranatunga, who accompanied Sri Lankan Prime minister on his India visit last week, had discussions with finance minister Arun Jaitley and former BCCI President Anurag Thakur in this regard.

    The minister said that India will also assist Sri Lankan cricket board in framing a legislation to fight corruption and fixing charges.

    His statement came as Sri Lankan cricket is under probe for corruption charges and former skipper Sanath Jayasurya was given a charge sheet by ICC for not cooperating in a corruption investigation.

    Sri Lanka has suffered several defeats at home and abroad which has put the board and selection team under scanner.

    Sri Lankan cricket board is also to hold elections to choose new members and the minister called upon the need for adopting a new constitution.

  • During the visit, the EC team will and hold separate meetings with all political parties, district collectors, superintendent of police and other senior officials to review poll preparedness in Telangana.

    The team would meet the Director General of the Income Tax Department and other senior officials before leaving for the national capital on October 24.

    The state will go for polls on December 7 and the results will be announced on December 11.

  • The petrol pumps were shut by dealers as a mark of protest against the Aam Aadmi Party govt's refusal to reduce Value Added Tax on petrol and diesel in Delhi.

    Commuters had no choice but to make a dash to neighbouring cities of Noida, Faridabad, Ghaziabad and Gurgaon to get their vehicles refuelled.

    Earlier, the Centre had cut excise duty on petrol and diesel by Rs. 1.50 per litre to reduce the burden of high fuel prices on the common man.

    That was followed by state run oil firms subsidising petrol and diesel by 1 rupee per litre.

    Together that amounted to a cut of Rs. 2.5 per litre on petrol and diesel prices.

    On Centre's appeal, BJP-ruled states slashed VAT by 2.5 rupees per litre on petrol and diesel.

    But some non-BJP state governments did not cut taxes.

    As a result, while prices of petrol and diesel fell by Rs. 5 per litre in BJP-ruled states, the reduction was limited to Rs. 2.5 per litre in most of the non-BJP ruled states including Delhi.

    Consequently, petrol and diesel became comparatively cheaper in BJP-ruled states and residents of Delhi and other states preferred going to neighbouring cities to buy the 2 fuels.

    Due to a decline in sales, the business of petrol pump owners in Delhi took a hit.

    As per Delhi Petrol Dealers Association, sales of petrol and diesel have declined, due to falling demand.

    Fuel retailers are angry with their consumers deserting them and have demanded a cut in VAT from Delhi government.

    On Monday, while petrol was priced at Rs. 81.44 paise per litre in Delhi, it was priced at Rs. 79. 3 per litre in Noida.

    While diesel was priced at Rs. 74. 92 per litre in Delhi, it was priced at Rs. 73 rupees and 3 paise per litre in Noida.

    The price differential has angered petrol pump owners in Delhi.

    Supporting their demand, BJP has hit out at the Kejriwal government terming it as adamant.

    BJP has accused Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of deflecting blame and running away from his responsibilities towards the people of Delhi.

    BJP has pointed out that VAT levied by the Delhi government on petrol and diesel, is 27% at present and since this tax component goes entirely into the coffers of the Delhi government, the city government should take the initiative to slash it.

    BJP accused AAP of burdening the people of Delhi through high VAT, instead of reducing the tax burden on them.

    On its part, the Delhi government has refused to reduce VAT, and instead asked the Centre to reduce its taxes.

    While the Centre had cut excise duty and appealed to all states to reduce VAT. Some states have chosen a different path inconveniencing commuters and angering petrol pump dealers.

     

  • The Prime minister urged them to remain focussed and work harder to achieve their goal of reaching the podium in the coming Olympics.

    He assured the athletes that Government would provide them adequate support and facilities.

    The Prime Minister said that the young athletes should inspire youngsters in their schools and villages to take up sports.

    The Prime Minister complimented the coaches of the medal winners for their contribution in raising India's profile on the global stage.

    After meeting with prime minister, youth Olympic winners expressed happiness.

    Youth and Sports minister rajyavardhan rathore also felicitated the medal winners of the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics, held in Argentina.

    The felicitation function was organised by Indian Olympic association.

  • On Police Commemoration Day on Sunday Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated to the nation the National Police Memorial.

    The Prime Minister also interacted with heroes of the Hot Springs incident.

    He announced a bravery award in the memory of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose for martyrs involved in disaster management.

    Observed on October 21 every year, the Police Commemoration Day remembers the sacrifices of ten policemen who died in Chinese firing along the border in 1959.

    They were later cremated with full police honours at Hot Springs in North Eastern Ladakh.

  • Prime MInister spoke of the many initiatives taken by his govt for the growth of the sector. He said the expo would directly connect weavers and traders to the world.

    Referring to the handloom and handicraft sector  as an intrinsic part of the rich heritage of our country, Prime MInister said that Varanasi has always played prominent role in showcasing the beauty of India's handicrafts to the world.

    Prime Minister said that carpets worth 9000 crores were sold in 100 countries last year, and the target is to take this feagure to 25,000 crore rupees by 2022.

    Saying that the Made in India brand was already a big one, PM Modi said that the govt is committed to further improve this sector.

    Partipants who attended, including weavers and craftsmen, lauded the initiatives launched by govt to support this industry.Nearly 250 Carpet dealers from 38 countries are participating in the expo.

    In addition, domestic dealers and manufacturers from Jammu and Kashmir and west Bengal among other states are also participating.

    The expo, being organised under the aegis of the Deen dayal Hastkala Sankalp, has become a world fame international fair amongst  the buyers of Handmade carpets, rugs and other floor coverings.

  • Chasing a stiff 324-run target, Kohli smashed 140 off 107 balls while Rohit remained unbeaten on 152 off 117 deliveries as India coasted to the victory with 47 balls to spare. 

    Earlier, Shimron Hetmyer scored 106 off 78 balls while opener Kieran Powell made 51 as West Indies posted a stiff 323 for eight after being sent into bat. 

    Brief Scores: 

    West Indies: 322 for eight in 50 overs (Shimron Hetmyer 106, Kieran Powell 51; Yuzvendra Chahal 3/41). 

    India: 326 for two in 42.1 overs (Rohit Sharma 152 not out; Virat Kohli 140; Devendra Bishoo 1/72). 

  • Tributes from an emotional Prime minister...tributes from a grateful nation...tributes to unsung police martyrs...the occasion...Police commemoration day. A day when the nation remembers police braves who laid down their lives in the line of duty.

    Observed on October 21 every year, the Police Commemoration Day remembers the sacrifices of ten policemen who died in Chinese firing along the border in 1959. They were later cremated with full police honours at Hot Springs in North Eastern Ladakh.

    Since 1947, 34,844 police personnel have been martyred, with 424 losing their lives this year. Many of these brave lives were lost in the fight against terrorism in Kashmir, Punjab, Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and LWE-affected regions of the country. Prime Minister took the salute at this commemorative parade. 

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi also interacted with heroes of the Hot Springs incident. He announced a bravery award in the memory of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose for martyrs involved in disaster management.

    Next it was the turn of the inauguration of a National police Museum dedicated to the memory of martyred police personnel. A part of the Memorial, the Museum depicts the history of police and takes visitors through the journey of police personnel from pledge to eternity.

    The foundation stone for this National Police Memorial was laid by LK Advani in 2002, when he was Home Minister in the Vajpayee government. But the UPA government dragged its feet over the project. It was only after the Modi government took charge that work picked up pace. Prime Minsiter hit out at the previous governments for the unnecessary delay in the construction of this memorial.

    A grateful nation paid tributes to all the policemen and policewomen martyred in the line of duty with the opening of this grand memorial and Museum.  With this befitting accolade, Prime Minister Narendra Modi led India in saluting not just the martyrs, but their families as well on Police commemoration day.
     

  • Prime minister urged them to remain focused and work harder to achieve their goal of reaching the podium in the coming Olympics.

    Prime Minister assured the athletes that Government would provide them adequate support and facilities.

    He said that the young athletes should inspire youngsters in their schools and villages to take up sports.

    The Prime Minister complimented the coaches of the medal winners for their contribution in raising India's profile on the global stage.
     

  • He said that a 46-year-old from Madhya Pradesh admitted in Rewa, has become the 1,00,000th beneficiary under the scheme.

  • According to Defence spokesperson, Army troops in Sunderbani Sector along the Line of Control in Jammu had a fierce encounter with heavily armed Pakistani intruders Sunday afternoon.

    In the encounter that took place very close to the Line of Control, the Army troops killed two intruders and recovered huge quantity of arms and ammunition including two AK-47 rifles from them.

    Three army soldiers attained martyrdom while fighting the intruders  while one soldier suffered grievous injuries  who has been air evacuated to Army Command hospital, Udhampur and is reported to be stable.

    Responding quickly the troops from nearby posts effectively cordoned the area and a massive search operation was on in the when last reports came in.

    THREE TERRORISTS KILLED IN KULGAM ENCOUNTER

    In another encounter, three terrorists were killed in an encounter which broke out between terrorists and security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Kulgam district. An army jawan was also injured in the gunfight. Six civilian were also killed in a separate blast at the encounter site.

    A cordon and search operation was launched in the laroo area in South Kashmir Sunday morning, following specific information about the presence of terrorists in the area.

    Police officials said the forces were conducting searches when the terrorists fired upon them and an encounter broke out.

  • In a unanimous ruling, the court on Sunday denied the president’s request to oversee a police or military probe into alleged vote-rigging and electoral fraud. 

    It ruled that there is no legal or constitutional basis to question the legality of the election based on the evidence submitted. 

    The Supreme Court said the president’s lawyers failed to prove any electoral fraud despite claiming mass electoral fraud. 

    Yameen challenged his election defeat despite conceding hours after provisional results showed he lost by a record margin to opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamad Solih. 

    According to his petition, a pen with disappearing ink was left at the voting booth and a chemical was applied to make the checkmark disappear in the square next to his name. 

    However, he was willing to produce secret witnesses in support of his claim which the court ruled against. 

  • Addressing the participants, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that business opportunities in carpet industry increased to a great extent in last four years. He also gave 5-F vision for textiles sectors.

    Prime Minister also said that 'Made in India' carpet now a big brand. The 4-day Expo being held in Varanasi.

  • The accident occurred Sunday morning when a bus skidded off the road and fell 50 meter down in Madhyabindu Municilpality area. 

    According to police five persons died on the spot while another one lost his life during the treatment. 

    Six injured passengers were discharged after the first aid and remaining 38 have been admitted in various hospitals. The driver of the bus fled after the accident. 

  • The US President said Russia had "violated" the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty.

    The deal banned ground-launched medium-range missiles, with a range of between 500 and 5,500km (310-3,400 miles).

    The US would not let Russia "go out and do weapons [while] we're not allowed to", Trump said."I don't know why President [Barack] Obama didn't negotiate or pull out," the president said after a campaign rally in Nevada. "They've been violating it for many years."

    In 2014, President Obama accused Russia of breaching the INF after it allegedly tested a ground-launched cruise missile.

    He reportedly chose not to withdraw from the treaty under pressure from European leaders, who said such a move could restart an arms race.

  • While, Congress won 110 seats and Independent won 185 seats. BJP emerges as largest party in Jammu, Rajouri, Kathua, Udhampur and Reasi district.

    In Jammu region BJP has won 92 seats followed by 34 seats win by Independent candidates.

    BJP got 23 seats in Rajouri while congress won 20 seats. Meanwhile, BJP won 4 seats in Poonch district. In Kathua civic polls, BJP scored 34 seats whereas Congress won 19 seats and Independent candidates got 27 seats. In kashmir valley BJP got 100 seats.  

    BJP leaders have expressed happiness over the results of local body polls in Jammu and kashmir and said that people of the state has voted for development.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked the people of Jammu and Kashmir for their support to the BJP in the urban local body elections.

    He assured the people of the state that the Party will work hard to fulfil the aspirations of the state's youth and serve the state with utmost diligence.

    PM also congratulated the Jammu and Kashmir BJP workers for their stupendous efforts in the local body polls.

    PM said that bjp workers reached out to every section of society and explained the Party's development agenda to people of the state.

  • The BJP central election committee meeting was attended among others by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah, Organisational Secretary Ram Lal and central ministers including J P Nadda, Thawar Chand Gehlot, Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj.

    Briefing reporters after the meeting, J P Nadda, secretary of BJP central election committee, said out of 90 seats in Chhattisgarh the party leadership cleared the names of 77 candidates.

    BJP Leader also announced the names of 38 candidates for the Telangana assembly polls.BJP also declared the names of 13 candidates for Mizoram assembly polls.
     

  • PM dedicated to the nation the National Police Memorial.Prime Minister laid a wreath at the Memorial erected on 6.12 acres of land in Chanakyapuri, at the northern end of Shanti Path.

    This Police Memorial represents all State and Union Territory Police Forces and Central Police Organizations of the country.

    Prime Minister also took the salute at a commemorative parade. Since 1947, 34,844 police personnel have been martyred, with 424 losing their lives this year.

    Many of these brave lives were lost in the fight against terrorism in Kashmir, Punjab, Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and LWE-affected regions of the country.

  • Recalling the courage and determination of Netaji Subhas Bose, Prime Minister said the setting up of Azad Hind Fauj and the Azad Hind Government illustrates Netajis deep commitment towards a free India.

    Prime Minister said this spirit of nationalism continues to be a guiding light for the nation..

    KADAM KADAM Badhaye Jaa....A call to move ahead undettered...a call to build an independent nation. This patriotic song reverberated at the Red fort as the nation celebrated the 75th anniversary of the 'Azad Hind Sarkar'.

    Welcomed by INA veteran Lalti Ram with a cap of Azad Hindi Fauj Prime Minister Narendra Modi hoisted the national flag at the historic Red Fort...reliving the raising of the Azad Hind Flag by by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in 1943.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi also unveiled a Plaque at barrack number 3 at the Red Fort. This is where members of the Azad Hind Fauj faced trial. A Museum dedicated to the life of Netaji and the freedom struggle will be built here.

    PM Modi made a veiled attack on the Nehru-Gandhi clan for putting family first. He said that it is unfair that the contributions of several other greats have been deliberately forgotten....only to glorify one family.

    Prime Minister said Netaji always took pride in India's history and its rich values. He firmly believed that not everything must be seen from a non-Indian prism.

    All over the world, people took inspiration from Subhas Chandra Bose in their fight against colonialism and inequality.

    Prime Minister Modi said that even after so many years, dreams of Netaji remain unfulfilled. The Modi government is committed to taking Netaji's legacy forward.

    It is does not hesitate in taking tough decisions for the welfare of armed forces, including for women serving in the forces. PM said that those wishing ill for the country will face dire consequences.

    Veterans of the Indian National Army Lalti Ram, Brig RS Chikkara and Netaji's nephew Chandra Kumar Bose shared the stage with PM Modi.

    The Museum on Netaji Bose's Life and times will fill the minds of the next generation with nationalism and patriotism and will inspire them to create a New India.
     

  • He hailed Netaji for his vision and Nationalism that continues to guide the nation today.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi also unveiled a plaque marking 75 years of of the establishment of the Azad Hind Government.

    PM spoke of Netaji's vision the is now taking the form of 'New India' under the present government.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that his government has taken tough decisions in the interest and welfare of the nation and will continue to do so in the future.

  • Most of the casualties were in Kabul, where at least four people were killed and 78 wounded in multiple explosions, acting health ministry spokesman Mohibullah Zeer said, after the Taliban warned voters to boycott the ballot "to protect their lives.

    Election organisers, who have been skewered over their shambolic preparations for the long-delayed ballot, have extended voting into Sunday for 360 polling centres after hiccups with voter registration lists and biometric verification devices caused lengthy delays.

    Eight explosions were recorded in the eastern province of Nangarhar, with two people killed and five wounded.

    Despite the threat of violence, large numbers of voters showed up at polling centres in major cities where they waited hours for them to open.

  • BJP emerges as largest party in Jammu, Rajouri, Kathua, Udhampur and Reasi district.

    In Jammu region BJP has won 92 seats followed by 34 seats win by Independent candidates. BJP got 23 seats in Rajouri while congress won 20 seats.

    Meanwhile, BJP won 4 seats in Poonch district.

    In Kathua civic polls, BJP scored 34 seats whereas Congress won 19 seats and Independent candidates got 27 seats. In kashmir valley BJP grabed 97 seats.

    PM Modi thanks people of J&K for their support to BJP

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked the people of Jammu and Kashmir for their support to the BJP in the urban local body elections.

    He assured the people of the state that the Party will work hard to fulfil the aspirations of the state's youth and serve the state with utmost diligence.

    Prime Minister also congratulated the Jammu and Kashmir BJP workers for their stupendous efforts in the local body polls.

    Prime Minister said that BJP workers reached out to every section of society and explained the Party's development agenda to people of the state.
     

     

  • Nehwal won the first game in 13 minutes while she took 17 minutes to close the second game.

    She will face top seeded Tai Tzu Ying in the summit clash on Sunday.

    Kidambi Srikanth knocked out

    Defending champion Kidambi Srikanth knocked out of the Denmark Open after losing 16-21, 12-21 to world no one Kento Momota of Japan.

  • The investigations are still underway and 18 Saudi nationals have been arrested so far. This is the first time the kingdom has admitted Khashoggi has died.

    A statement from the Saudi public prosecutor said the Royal court adviser Saud al-Qahtani and deputy intelligence chief Ahmed Asiri have been sacked from their positions.

    Meanwhile, Saudi King Salman has also reportedly ordered the formation of a ministerial committee, headed by Crown Prince Mohammed, to restructure the intelligence services. The journalist was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October.

    The White House acknowledged the report, and said it would continue to "closely follow" all investigations. Speaking at an event, the US President said what happened was "unacceptable" but Saudi Arabia was a "great ally". He praised the kingdom for acting quickly.

  • The Court has fixed January 4 and 5 for recording the statement of the complainant. Also, first witness of prosecution will also be examined by the Court.

    Pachauri has been charged with assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty; using word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman.

  • Prime Minister Modi congratulated Dr. Lotay Tshering on his party's victory in the third general election in Bhutan and his own election to the National Assembly.

    Prime Minister Modi welcomed the successful conduct of general elections, which is an important milestone for consolidation of democracy in Bhutan.

    Prime Minister Modi conveyed that India attaches the highest priority to further strengthening unique ties of friendship and cooperation with Bhutan, which is based on shared interests and values, utmost trust, goodwill and mutual understanding. Prime Minister Modi extended an invitation to Dr. Lotay Tshering to visit India.

    Recalling the ongoing Golden Jubilee celebrations of diplomatic relations between the two countries, Prime Minister Modi reiterated India's steadfast commitment to work with the new government in Bhutan in its national efforts for socio-economic transformation, based on the priorities and interests of the people and the government of Bhutan.
     

  • At the delegation level talks, the leaders took stock of the entire range of our bilateral relations, specially the development projects in Sri Lanka.

    Wickremesinghe arrived in the national capital on a three-day visit to India on Thursday. This is his fifth official visit to India since taking office in 2015.

     

    EAM SUSHMA SWARAJ CALLS ON SRI LANKAN PM

    The external Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called on Sri Lanka PM Ranil Wickremesinghe.

    The leaders exchanged views on strengthening bilateral relations and reviewed progress on development projects.
     

  • The minister had visited the accident site and personally took stock of the situation.

    He added that the railway administration had 'no prior information' about the event.

  • Both the leaders are likely to review the status of the India-assisted housing projects at Jaffna in Sri Lanka.

    Wickremesinghe arrived in the national capital on a three-day visit to India on Thursday.

    This is his fifth official visit to India since taking office in 2015.The external Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called on Sri Lanka PM Ranil Wickremesinghe.

    The leaders exchanged views on strengthening bilateral relations and reviewed progress on development projects.

    Sri Lanka prime MInister Ranil Wickremesingh also met home minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi.

    The leaders had deliberations on further strengthening cooperation between India and Sri Lanka on issues pertaining to security and terrorism in the region.

  • Later, talking to media persons, the chief Minister said that most of bodies have been identified.

    Punjab Chief Minister has also ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident under the police commissioner. He said that he has asked Divisional Commissioner Jalandhar to probe Amritsar Train Accident from all aspects and submit report in 4 weeks.

    He added that government will take action against anyone found responsible for the terrible tragedy. He was talking to media persons afer visiting Guru Nanak Dev Hospital in Amritsar where injured have been admitted. He also ordered immediate release of Rs 3 crore to DC Amritsar for payment of ex-gratia to the deceased.

    Meanwhile, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has set up a crisis management group of his Cabinet colleagues to monitor the relief and rehabilitation efforts in the wake of the tragic train accident.

    The Chief Minister has announced immediate ex-gratia compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the next of kin of those killed. 

    All private hospitals have also been asked to stay open, along with government hospitals, to provide urgent free treatment and care to the injured.

    A state mourning has been declared for on Saturday, and all offices and educational institutions will remain closed in Punjab.

     

  • Prime Minister Modi congratulated Dr. LotayTshering on his party’s victory in the third general election in Bhutan and his own election to the National Assembly.

    Prime Minister Modi welcomed the successful conduct of general elections, which is an important milestone for consolidation of democracy in Bhutan.

    Prime Minister Modi conveyed that India attaches the highest priority to further strengthening unique ties of friendship and cooperation with Bhutan, which is based on shared interests and values, utmost trust, goodwill and mutual understanding.

    Recalling the ongoing Golden Jubilee celebrations of diplomatic relations between the two countries, Prime Minister Modi reiterated India’s steadfast commitment to work with the new government in Bhutan in its national efforts for socio-economic transformation, based on the priorities and interests of the people and the government of Bhutan.

    Prime Minister Modi extended an invitation to Dr. LotayTshering to visit India.Dr. Lotay Tshering thanked Prime Minister Modi for his greetings and good wishes, and accepted the invitation to visit India at the earliest opportunity.

    The two leaders agreed to take forward the unique and multifaceted bilateral co-operation to new heights for the benefit of the people of Bhutan and India.

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    The Prime Minister in a tweet said Anguished by the demise of Lok Sabha MP from Begusarai, Bhola Singh Ji.

    He will be remembered for his outstanding service to society and efforts towards the development of Bihar."

     

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    He said his thoughts are with Singh's family and supporters in this hour of grief. 

    The 82-year-old veteran parliamentarian died at the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in New Delhi , where he was admitted three days ago.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi recalled the noble thoughts of Saibaba while addressing a programme to mark the centenary year celebrations of Shri Saibaba Samadhi in Shirdi.

    The Prime Minister said thart Sai Baba's thoughts and ideals inspire crores of Indians who are working towards creating an inclusive, compassionate and just society.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of various development works of the Saibaba Sansthan Trust worth rupees  475 Crore.

    These include a new Darshan Queue shelter at the Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, the Sai Education complex and sports centre worth Rupees 160 crore, a Sai Knowledge park showcasing Sai Baba's life in digital Format and a 10 Mw Solar Plant to boost green energy.

    The Sai Darshan building project will have 12 halls designed to accommodate more than 18,000 devotees.In keeping with the Modi government's commitment to ensuring a house for all by 2022, the Prime Minister distributed keys to 10 beneficiaries marking e-Grihpravesh in Ahmednagar, Nashik, Aurangabad, Beed and Pune districts under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana Grameen.

    In all 20,000 beneficiaries have got homes in these five districts under this scheme.

    Addressing the gathering, the Prime minister said new home brings with it the power to dream bigger and fulfil aspirations.

    He said that 'Housing for All' is a great way to fight poverty.

  • U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric at the regular press briefing last night said that the U.N.  made the request to repatriate following a review of his human rights background.

    He said the decision  was made by the UN following a review, based on recently received information.

    Several members of Sri Lankan army has been charged with war crimes during decades long LTTE war which ended in 2009.

    Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena recently urged the international community to allow the issue to be resolved internally against UNHRC mandated mechanism to address the issue within a fixed time frame. 

  • President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi took part in Dusshera celebrations at Delhi's Lal Qila ground. 

    Dussehra commemorates the day when Lord Ram killed Ravan and freed Goddess Sita from his custody. 

    People celebrate the day by burning the effigy of Ravan.Effigies of Meghnad and Kumbhkaran were also set ablaze at the Lal Qila ground.

    Ravan Dahan was carried out at Ramlilas in other parts of the country as well.

     

  • President Ramnath Kovind extended his condolences to families of those killed in train accident in Amristar.

    President Kovind expresses grief

     

     

    Vice President M Venkiah Naidu, who is in Brussels, said he prays for the speedy recovery of those injured.
     

    Vice President

     

    Prime MInister Narendra Modi also expressed grief over loss of lives in train accident in Amritsar in Punjab.

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  • He also ordered an inquiry into the tragic Amritsar train accident.

    Expressing condolences to the families of the deceased, the chief minister has announced immediate ex-gratia compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the next of kin of those killed.

    He also directed the Chief Secretary to deploy all the necessary administrative officials to ensure that the injured are immediately shifted to hospitals across Amritsar.

    All private hospitals have also been asked to stay open, along with government hospitals, to provide urgent free treatment and care to the injured.

    A state mourning has been declared for today, and all offices and educational institutions will remain closed in Punjab.

  • The accident took place near Amritsar, when a train ran through the crowd that had assembled across the tracks to watch the Dussehra event.

    At least 59 people were killed and 57 injured on Friday evening after a crowd of Dussehra revellers that had spilled onto railway tracks while watching burning of Ravana effigy was run over by a train.

    The train was coming from Jalandhar when the accident occurred at Joda Phatak near Amritsar, where at least 300 people were watching 'Ravana dahan' at a ground adjacent to the tracks.

    Expressing shock over tragic accident, Railway MInister Piyush Goyal said that Railways is conducting immediate relief and rescue operations.

    He has cancelled his engagements in the US and immediately returning to India.

    Meanwhile Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Rs 2 lakh compensation for the family of the dead and Rs 50,000 for the injured.

     

    RAILWAYS ISSUES HELPLINE NUMBERS
     

    Railways has issued helpline numbers for the kin of those injured and dead in the accident between Manawala and Ferozpur stations near Amritsar. 

    Helpline Numbers at Manawala station are 0183-2440024, 0183-2402927 and Ferozpur's helpline number is 01632-1072.