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  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that Optimism and creativity, Resilience and self-control, Integrity and self confidence are the required to become successful. He was addressing the gathering after giving away Magudam Awards constituted by News18 Tamil Nadu, for the best and the brightest from Tamil Nadu in various fields, in Chennai today.

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that science is the cornerstone for the progress of mankind. He was addressing the valedictory session of the 3rd India International Science Festival – 2017, jointly organised by the Ministry of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, in Chennai today.

  • Time has come to recapture past glory of India by achieving new advancements in science and technology, said the Vice President of India, Shri M.Venkaiah Nadu, while delivering his valedictory address in the concluding ceremony of India International Science Festival (IISF), 2017 in Chennai today.

  • The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh chaired a meeting to review the preparations for observance of Rashtriya Ekta Diwas (31st October, 2017), here today. The Minister of External Affairs, Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Minister of Textiles and Information & Broadcasting, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani,

  • The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh inaugurated the West Zone Regional Training Centre of the Intelligence Bureau (IB), in Jodhpur, Rajasthan today.

  • The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, graced and addressed the closing ceremony of the Bharat Yatra for a ‘Surakshit Bachpan-Surakshit Bharat’ being organised by Shri Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation at Rashtrapati Bhavan today (October 16, 2017).

  • The Department of Paediatric Surgery at Army Hospital (Research & Referral), New Delhi organised a module on “Continuing Medical Education on Minimally Invasive Surgery in Children – Current trends and future perspectives” on 14th & 15th October 2017.

  • In the recent past there have been reports in the media that APMCs in Nasik, Maharashtra such as Lasalgaon, Pimpalgaon, etc. may remain close for a period of 7-9 days during the Diwali Festival.

  • Giving the Indo-Russian defence cooperation a major boost, Exercise INDRA-2017, the first ever Tri Services Joint Exercise between Indian and Russian Armed Forces will be conducted in the Eastern Military District of Russia from 19 to 29 Oct 2017.

  • Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare released a comprehensive report on “Large Scale Food Fortification in India – The Journey So Far and Road Ahead” at the national ‘Conclave on Nutrition Security: Partnership & Convergence’ organized by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on the occasion of World Food Day, here today.

  • A meeting was held under the Chairmanship of Raksha Rajya Mantri Dr. Subhash Bhamre and Minister for Energy, New & Renewable Energy, State Excise,

  • The Month of October becomes ‘Tourism Month’ as the Paryatan Parv entered into 3rd week of celebrations today. The highlights of the country wide celebrations included Yoga session and community and stakeholder sensitization programme for home stay owners in Jaipur, for street food vendors in Goa, for shopkeepers, rickshaw pullers and auto rickshaw drivers in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh. The cleanliness drives were undertaken today in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh, Gwalior, Trivandrum and Hyderabad.

  • Partnering nation’s ‘Make in India’ drive, Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL) has supplied defence grade DMR 249A steel plates for the indigenously built Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) stealth corvette INS – Kiltan which was commissioned today into Indian Navy.

  • The Women of India Orgnaic Festival organized by the Ministry of Women & Child Development came to a successful close on 15th October, 2017.

  • Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, Shri Radha Mohan Singh said that in order to provide strategic development to the horticulture sector, so as to increase farmers income, a pioneer project called CHAMAN, has been launched three years back by the Government.

  • Pursuant to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India and the Government of United Arab Emirates (UAE) to mobilise long term investment into National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF), the first investment agreement between NIIF Master Fund and a wholly owned subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) has been signed today.

  • Atal Pension Yojana currently has over 69 lacs subscribers with contribution of Rs. 2690.00 crores.

  • Footwear Design & Development Institute (FDDI) has been declared an ‘Institute of National Importance’ under Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India.

  • Union Minister of Food Processing Industries, Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal chaired the Curtain Raiser Press Conference held here today for the World Food India 2017 expo, a vibrant three-day business platform scheduled from 3rd-5th November, 2017 in New Delhi.

  • The Brainstorming Session with key stakeholders in the Steel industry, chaired by Steel Minister Shri Birender Singh, Union Steel Minister in Chandigarh today witnessed free flow of ideas and exchange of views.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the All India Institute of Ayurveda at Sarita Vihar in New Delhi today on the occasion of National Ayurve...

  • Election Commission (EC) has directed Jammu and Kashmir government not to transfer officials engaged in special summary revision of electoral rolls wi...

  • Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has asked corporate bodies and private agencies to have a separate corpus for promoting science and technology researc...

  • The festival of Dhanteras is being celebrated across the country today.People consider it auspicious to purchase gold or silver articles or at least one or two new utensils.

  • BJP chief Amit Shah will join the 'Janaraksha Yatra' today in Thiruvananthapuram against the political violence in Kerala allegedly unleashed by the CPI(M). Party sources said, the padyatra, flagged-off by Mr Shah on October 3 from Kannur, with a history of clashes between CPI(M) and BJP-RSS workers, was to highlight the 'Left's atrocities' in Kerala under the LDF government.

  • European Union has imposed fresh sanctions on North Korea as part of international efforts to punish the pariah regime for its nuclear and ballistic weapons programmes.

  • At the domestic stock markets, both the Sensex and the Nifty closed at record highs, today.

  • In Jharkhand, eight Maoists were arrested and some explosives seized during raids in Seraikela-Kharsawan district on Monday.

  • Germany and the United States reached the quarterfinals of the FIFA-17 World Cup by posting spectacular victories in the Round of Sixteen encounters.

  • At its latest fund raiser in the Washington DC suburb of Virginia, Pratham raised USD 275,000 from about 360 guests. Actor R Madhavan made an impassioned plea with his keynote address underscoring the importance of tangible results when giving back. "Pratham is doing an extraordinary job in making a huge difference in the lives of people, especially children and women in India," Madhavan said.

    The people who attended the event were visibly moved by Nisha Sisodiya, a young woman from Rajasthan, who bravely told her story of how she overcame an abusive marriage to become a successful entrepreneur after discovering Pratham's vocational programme. Pratham provided her seed funding and mentorship to be able to launch her own beauty salon where she provides livelihood for other women in the community.

  • The list triggered speculation among political circles as to whether the SP patriarch will remain the party patron, especially after the father and son were seen together at a public event in Lucknow last week.
    Asked about the post of the SP patron, party spokesperson Rajendra Chowdhury said he was not aware of any such position. “The party constitution does not have any provision for such a post. I am not aware whether he is the patron or not,” he said.

    Mulayam Singh Yadav was made the party patron after a bitter feud in the Yadav clan climaxed with his son Akhilesh snatching the mantle of the party president from him at an emergency national convention on 1 January.

    Besides Mulayam Singh Yadav, the name of his brother Shivpal Singh Yadav was also missing from the list of national executive members.

  • "It is required, the fitment of rates which has happened is mainly based on excise and VAT," he said when asked if the GST Council is considering pruning of the number of items in 28 per cent tax bracket. Goods and Services Tax (GST), rolled out from July 1, has subsumed over two dozen taxes and has transformed India into a single market for seamless flow of goods and services.

    All goods and services have been fitted in the four-tier GST rate structure of 5, 12, 18 and 28 per cent. Adhia said while fitting the goods and services in various tax brackets, the GST Council has taken into consideration only the excise duty and VAT rate applicable on those items prior to GST. "There are industries where 95 per cent of production used to take place in MSME and all of them used to avail excise duty exemption. So that means the excise rate we have taken for that item is only theoretical in nature and actually we have done a substantial increase in the rate of that item. "That way it is being pointed out that it is a theoretical rate which has been derived, there is a need for rationalisation. Instead of doing a piecemeal reduction here and there, we do need to look at the entire rate of 28 per cent," Adhia said.

    There is definitely a scope for rationalisation of rates but it will happen only after the fitment committee does detailed calculations of its revenue impact. "The fitment committee will have to look at how much revenue we got from this items from excise and VAT earlier before we agree to any further wholesale reduction of rates. If we find that revenue reduction is too much, we may have to do that in stages," he said.

    Adhia also said that in the last 30-40 days glitches faced by GST Network software has reduced and there would be no leniency shown on businesses for delayed filing of returns. Asked if the government is planning to waive penalty for delayed filing of GST returns, Adhia said "it cannot be a consideration because the moment we say we will not take any penalty till March, the compliance rate will come down further. How can we say that file return whenever you want till March."

    He said that any waiver, if at all is to be given, will be post facto. "It can't be immediate. It is now absolutely essential that we bring discipline in businesses (for timely filing of returns)". As many as 55 lakh businesses had filed the initial GSTR-3B returns for July, the number was only 46 lakh who had filed final returns for the month. Besides, 48 lakh businesses had filed initial GSTR-3B returns for August and till Monday morning 10 lakh businesses had filed 3B returns for September.

    The government had earlier waived late fee for all taxpayers who could not file GSTR-3B for July within due date in view of glitches in GSTN portal. With regard to bringing real estate within GST, Adhia said it would require that businesses can claim seamless credit of any taxes paid for a project. "Now for that to happen, you will have to start taxing it from land itself. Land has to be part of GST. Now there are several issues connected with that. Issue of whether you want to put an extra GST on real estate while continuing with stamp duty. Stamp duty is a big source of income for state government," he said.

    Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had last week said real estate is a sector where maximum amount of tax evasion and cash generation takes place and the GST Council in its next meeting on November 10 will discuss bringing it within the fold of GST. A 12 per cent GST is levied on construction of a complex, building, civil structure or intended for sale to a buyer, wholly or partly. However, land and other immovable property have been exempted from the GST.

  • Fulani herdsmen are suspected of killing at least 20 people last weekend with guns and explosives in the latest round of clashes in a long-running battle over grazing rights in central Nigeria. "President Muhammadu Buhari has received with deep sadness and regret news of the recent killings of at least 20 people in Plateau state, during what has been described as a reprisal attack by some herdsmen," according to an official statement.

    "This madness has gone too far. (Buhari) has instructed the military and the police to not only bring the violence to an instant end, but to draw up a plan to ensure that there are no further attacks and reprisal attacks by one group against the other," the statement added. Nomadic Muslim Fulani herdsmen allegedly launched a series of attacks against Christian farmers, defying a curfew put in late Friday by the state's governor after a rise in tensions between the two communities.

    "Some unknown group attacked some villages in Barikin Ladi early on Saturday and killed a lot of people," according to the spokesperson of the Special Task Force in the state, Salisu Mustapha. "The attackers came in large group and for the first time not only shot their victims but also used explosives," he added. Plateau state falls on the dividing line between Nigeria's mainly Christian south and mostly Muslim north and has witnessed sporadic ethnic and religious tensions for decades.

    The largely agrarian Christian communities in the state maintain the Muslim Fulani herdsmen are engaged in a prolonged battle to gobble up land from the areas of so-called indigenous people. Fulani leaders counter their people face discrimination as "foreigners" in Plateau and are deprived of basic rights, including access to land, education and political office, despite having lived in the area for generations. Tensions frequently boil over, with more than 10,000 people killed in the state since the turn of the century, according to groups tracking the violence.

  • Set up as an apex institute under the Ministry of AYUSH, the AIIA will bring in the synergy between traditional wisdom of Ayurveda and modern diagnostic tools and technology, Shripad Yesso Naik, Minister of State for AYUSH, said last week. The All India Institute of Ayurveda, set up on a total area of 10.015 acres on a budget of Rs 157 crore, is the first medical institute under the AYUSH ministry to hold the coveted National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH) accreditation.

    "In a short time, the AIIA has gained wide national and international recognition. It has started working towards facilitating quality patient care and research, bridging gaps in scientific information about quality, safety and efficacy of Ayurveda products, and developing benchmarks of Ayurvedic education, research and healthcare," the minister said.

    The Ayurvedic Standard Treatment Guidelines developed by the ministry will also be released at the inaugural function. Nearly 1,500 participants from across the country are expected to be a part of the program. The present clinical specialities of hospital block include neurological and degenerative disease care unit, rheumatology and musculoskeletal care unit, diabetes and metabolic/allergic disorders care unit, Yoga, Panchakarma clinic, Kriya Kalpa, diabetic retinopathy clinic and infertility clinic. It also has pathology, biochemistry, microbiology and radiology laboratories and diagnosis facilities.

    Naik said post-graduate programme (MD/MS) in Ayurveda at AIIA started from the academic session 2016-17 and the PhD courses have been started for the session 2017-18. The Ministry of AYUSH has requested all the state governments, Ayurveda teaching institutions, associations of Ayurveda practitioners and Ayurveda drug industries among others in India and abroad to observe 'Ayurveda Day' on October 17 and undertake various activities like organising public lectures, seminars, exhibition and radio talks.

  • Only three days back, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi had named Sukhu as chairman of the campaign committee and made Singh its member. Gandhi has "approved" the name of Virbhadra Singh as the chairman of the campaign committee for the assembly elections in the state, AICC general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said in a statement. The campaign committee has already been announced earlier, Dwivedi added. Singh and Sukhu have been at loggerheads, with the chief minister demanding immediate replacement as the PCC chief ahead of the elections.

    However, Singh and Sukhu shared the stage on Monday at a press conference, to show that all was well in the party. AICC secretary and MLA Asha Kumari has been included in the state election committee as a member. Singh said the first list of Congress candidates for the assembly polls will be out by Tuesday or Wednesday. Asked about the differences within the party, Singh said the Congress party in Himachal Pradesh was united and would fight the election together. On Sukhu, he said the party is now in election mode and there was no need for any changes.

    Singh was strongly demanding Sukhu's removal and had said he will not contest if Sukhu remains PCC chief. Sukhu, who joined the press conference towards the end, said though he wants to contest, the final decision will lie with the party high command. He indicated that he may change his seat. He lost the last election from Nadaun. Singh said it was upto Sukhu to decide on whether he will contest or not.

    Meanwhile, the Pradesh Election Committee on Monday held deliberations and finalised party tickets to candidates for the upcoming elections. Sources said the Pradesh Election Committee has recommended single candidates for 42 seats and sent a panel of names for the remaining 26 seats. The Screening Committee headed by Jitendra Singh will sit and clear the names recommended and the Central Election Authority chaired by Congress President Sonia Gandhi will finally clear them before announcement in a day or two.

    Singh said "winnability" was the only factor for distribution of party tickets but did not answer whether the "one family one ticket" formula would be made applicable in the state. The formula was successfully implemented in Punjab earlier. The chief minister confirmed that his son Vikramaditya Singh will contest from Shimla Rural constituency, currently represented by Singh himself. He said his son has every right to contest, he being the Himachal Youth Congress chief.

  • Firefighters were still battling around 50 blazes in Spain and a similar number in Portugal.
    Officials in Portugal and Spain said arsonists had started some of the blazes.

    Three people died in Spain's Galicia region - two of them women found inside a burnt-out car, the third a man in his seventies, killed as he tried to save his farm animals, media reported.
    Most of the fires in Galicia were started deliberately, the regional government officials said.

    Spanish Interior Ministry said some of those responsible had already been identified. They could face up to 20 years in jail if convicted, police said.

  • The city recorded around 1615mm of rainfall this year, crossing the previous record of 1606mm rain in 2005. This caused misery to the residents to Bangalore as the rains claimed over 10 lives .

    However on Monday Bangaloreans had some respite from rain as the showers stopped till evening following which the municipal corporation undertook the pothole filling process.

    A lake also breached near an IT park ecospace on the outskrits of teh city which forced many IT professionals to avoid these roads and companies declaring work from home option.

    The bodies of 3 people who were washed away in the storm water drained were recovered by the rescue teams. A temple priest also fell in a drain on Friday night and was found dead when his body was recovered .

    Chief Minister Siddaramaiah visited the rain affected areas and announced relief measures on Saturday. Besides Bangalore , rains continue to lash several other districts in Karnataka , Mysore, Gulbarga, Gadag, Kolar also witnessed heavy rainfall in last two days .

    According to met officials Over 300mm of rainfall has been observed only in first few days of October alone, which is much higher than the prediction of IMD for the month.

    The southwest monsoon is intensifying and there are no signs of relief from the continuous downpour in the days to come. Ramesh Babu, director of IMD, says "Bengaluru is currently going through a transition phase between the withdrawal of the south-west monsoon and the arrival of the northeast monsoon."

  • The benchmark BSE Sensex spurted 254 points to hit all-time high of 32,687 while NSE Nifty scaled new peak of 10,242.

    Metals, Tech, auto, telecom, healthcare and FMCG stocks helped the index trade in the green.

    Positive trade data and encouraging comments from IMF chief on the outlook for Indian economy cheered investors.

    Also, market sentiment was buoyant in a truncated trading week ahead of Diwali.

    As the day progressed, the markets however retreated from record level, due to profit booking mainly in energy and select banking and financials stocks

  • The highlights of the country wide celebrations included Yoga session and community and stakeholder sensitization programme for home stay owners in Jaipur, for street food vendors in Goa, for shopkeepers, rickshaw pullers and auto rickshaw drivers in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh.

    The cleanliness drives were undertaken today in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh, Gwalior, Trivandrum and Hyderabad.

    The Institute of Hotel Management across the country also distributed specially designed Trash Bags as part of this drive to tourists at various locations in the country.

    The Nehru Yuvak Kendras organized youth Parliament with lectures and discussions on importance of tourism and youth involvement at Gaya and Sitamarhi, district level cultural programmes in East Champaran, Nalanda, walks along river Course, Water Bodies in 5 districts of Odisha.

    The Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (MoDONER) organized tourism rally in Itanagar, adventure activities in Shillong, promotion of water sports at Umiam in Meghalaya.

    The State Govts of Haryana, Assam, Meghalaya, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Maharashtra, Kerala organized cultural evenings, tourism exhibitions, workshops for tourism industry stakeholders, essay and painting competition for students.

    The Ministry of Culture along with Ministry of Tourism organized a grand classical dance titled ‘Krishan Lilla’ by the famous classical danseuse and guru Dr. Sonal Mansingh at Govind Devji Temple in Jaipur.

    State Governments of Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Rajsthan, Haryana,Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra have organised various programmes like Cultural Evenings, Sensitization programme, Competitions etc.
    Other Central Ministries are also participating in Paryatan Parv by organizing various activities.

    The Railway Ministry has illuminated some of the major railway stations in the country.

    Under the Ministry of Civil Aviation, some of the major airports in the country have also been illuminated.

    The Online contests on MyGov platform for Dekho Apna Desh Photo Contest, Incredible India Quiz, Dekho Apna Desh Blog Contest have elicited tremendous response.

    Smile India Smile a Photographic Competition is underway on Doordarshan. Winners of the contests will receive attractive prizes.

  • It is the World’s only Autumn Cherry Blossom Festival, which will be held from 8th 11th November this year. Last year, Meghalaya made history by hosting India’s First Cherry Blossom Festival, organized by Government of Meghalaya in association with IBSD, a National Institute of Department of Biotechnology, Govt of India.

    The festival attracted a huge number of tourists from all over the world and was a curtain raiser for the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development as declared for the Year 2017, by the United Nations.

    In this edition, there will be several community events which include guided night walks under illuminated cherry blossoms, live musical events, a beauty pageant and stalls showcasing the cuisine, wine, arts and craft of the region.

    Along-side, there will be a rock concert, traditional folk music, unplugged western music and dance performances from all over North East India, choir performances, photography competitions, bicycle rallies, storytelling sessions of local and world folktales, a women’s exhibition football match and a local golf cup.

  • Although the Talwars were supposed to be released on Friday, Dasna jail authorities did not receive the court order, leading to the delay.

    Earlier, jail authorities had said that the couple had promised to visit the jail every 15 days to attend to inmates facing dental problems after their release.

  • Inflation, based on the wholesale price index (WPI), had soared to a four-month high of 3.24 per cent in August 2017.

    It was 1.36 per cent in September 2016. The government data released today showed that inflation in food articles tapered to 2.04 per cent in September, as against 5.75 per cent in August on an yearly basis.

    Inflation in vegetable prices cooled to 15.48 per cent in September, as against a high of 44.91 per cent in the previous month.

    Onion prices, however, continued to rule high with 79.78 per cent increase in September.

    In egg, meat and fish segment the rate of price rise was 5.47 per cent.

    Inflation in manufactured products witnessed a slight increase at 2.72 per cent, against 2.45 per cent in August.

    In fuel and power segment, inflation cooled to 9.01 per cent, against 9.99 per cent in August.

  • 18 Degrees Festival is organised under the aegis of State Arts and Culture department from October 16 to 21.

    Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Arts and Culture, Ronnie V Lyngdoh said that the event is the brainchild of Meghalaya Chief Minister, Mukul M Sangma.

    He added that the festival enables youths to exhibit their talents before the world.

    The festival was started in 2014 and is already a hit amongst the youths of the State as the festival is a blend of entertainment showcasing the rich cultural heritage of Meghalaya.

    The event would have a number of programmes such as X sports freestyle show, State Level Cultural competitions, DJ workshop, beat-box and photography workshops besides paintball, target shooting and art camps.

  • In a live video on social media on Monday, Anupam revealed that he was on his way to FTII. He caught the guards, students and faculty by surprise when he walked the streets of the institute where he once studied around 40 years ago.

    The veteran actor, 62, also focussed his camera at the FTII gate, saying “This is the amazing gate which gave me an amazing insight into life, and into the life and times of great filmmakers like Satyajit Ray and Mrinal Sen.”

    Anupam was on October 11 announced as the new Chairperson of FTII. He succeeded the controversial Gajendra Chauhan, whose appointment in 2014 had triggered widespread student protests.

    As the actor made his way into the institute and met the guards, some students and a faculty member, Anupam also heard a “welcome band”.

    It was in fact, a group of students who were protesting with a banner that read, “12 hours shift is inhuman.”

  • The NSG was established in the wake of 1984 Operation Blue Star and the high collateral damage to Golden Temple and civilian and military collateral casualties. Since its raising the NSG has been used in the Punjab in 1986, and Jammu and Kashmir.

    Dare devil acts by Commandos, showcasing anti terror capabilities of the elite force are the main attractions of the event.

    Hailing the contribution of the elite force, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said the entire nation is proud of NSG's achievements.

  • Born in Lahore in 1929, Tandon directed many Bollywood stalwarts like Shammi Kapoor, Rajender Kumar, Shashi Kapoor, Hema Malini, Shabana Azmi, Rekha, Rajesh Khanna to name a few.

    His Amrapali , featuring Sunil Dutt and Vyjayanthimala, was selected as Indian entry for the best foreign language film at 39th Academy awards.

    He also bagged Filmfare Best Screenplay Award for his movie Dulhan Wahi Jo Piya Man Bhaye, along with Vrajendra Gaur and Madhusudan Kalekar in 1978.

    He directed his first television serial Dil Dariya in 1988 through which he was also credited for discovering Shah Rukh Khan.

  • Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman commissioned the third of four indigenously built Anti-Submarine Warfare under Project 28 Kamorta class.

    Kiltan is the latest indigenous warship after Shivalik class, Kolkata class and sister Ships INS Kamorta and INS Kadmatt to have joined the Indian Navy's arsenal where a plethora of weapons and sensors have been integrated to provide a Common Operational Picture.

    It is India's first major warship to have a superstructure of carbon fibre composite material resulting in improved stealth features, lower top weight and maintenance costs.

    The ship is also the first major warship to have undertaken Sea Trials of all major weapons and sensors as a pilot project.

    The ship has now joined the Eastern Fleet and will definitely enhance Indian Navy's reach, striking capability and sustainability in the Indian Ocean Region.

  • Addressing a two-day National Convention on "Transforming Northeast India" on Sunday, Jitendra Singh said, with the improvement in connectivity and transport facility in the last two years, coupled with concentrated administrative focus, more and more youngsters are now heading towards the northeastern States to venture into entrepreneurship and take advantage of its unexplored potential.

    Citing an example, he said, for instance, whereas in certain areas of Northeast, including States like Arunachal Pradesh, while almost 40% of the fruit goes waste on account of lack of adequate storage and transport facilities, the same can be used to produce and manufacture fresh and pure fruit juice at a much more cost-effective price.

    In an hour long interactive session with youngsters, Singh pointed out to another area for future start ups and said during the peak season of tourism when there is no accommodation available, even mediocre hotels charge exorbitant fares which are sometimes equal to 5-star hotel fares in a metropolitan city. However, he said, as the ‘home tourism’ trend has picked up in the recent two to three years, several youngsters are now making a fortune out of this hitherto unexplored avenue.

    He referred to the new airports coming up at Pakyong in Sikkim, Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh and Shillong in Meghalaya, which along with a time-bound plan to lay broad-gauge rail track, would bring in further ease of business. Another sector of entrepreneurship which is fast emerging in Northeast, the minister said, is the medical and healthcare sector. For years, he said, there has been a trend for patients to shift outside the region, mostly to Kolkata or Vellore, but the encouragement given to the private corporate sector has now resulted in the opening of new hospitals within the region itself and young entrepreneurs are taking the lead. In this regard, he also referred to the initiative taken by DoNER Ministry to promote public-private partnership with some of the leading corporate players.

    While the women in Northeast are already empowered and professionally more active as part of their tradition, Singh pointed to the recent initiatives of encouraging Self Help Groups to promote household entrepreneurship, in which young start ups have also come forward and opted to work in the sector of handloom and textile. To further reinforce this effect, the Union Textile Ministry has also initiated some exclusive schemes and initiatives for northeastern states.

  • According to the study, men need to pay strict attention to their diet before the conception of their baby, since it can impact the newborn's health. In this case, the study further suggests men to include fish, meat, vegetables and fruits in their daily diet.

    Researchers from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio, US found that a low carbohydrate and high protein diet by the father will help the child's healthier once they are born. They studied male fruit flies and the impact of their diet on the offspring as fruit flies share 60 percent of genes with humans. The results showed that offspring were less likely to survive if their fathers consumed a poor diet of high carbohydrates and low protein.

    The team mated male fruit flies with females after they altered their diet. They found that men who want to become fathers should have a diet consisting of fish, meat, vegetables and fruit while cutting out pasta, rice and white bread. Sugary foods such as sweets, cakes and biscuits should also be avoided. A researcher Michal Polak said, "In many species, the moms do a lot of the care. So we expect there to be an effect from maternal diet on offspring because of that strong link. But it was a real surprise to find a link between paternal diet and offspring."

    The study comes at a time when researchers are learning more about other influences men have on babies' health that are not necessarily coded within genes, a concept called epigenetics. These influences include direct environmental effects such as exposure to toxins that can be passed from the father to his offspring through his semen. During the experiment, female fruit flies were fed the same diet while males had different ones consisting of yeast and sugars. After 17 days on the strict diet, the males were mated with two females. The results found that embryos were more likely to survive if they had a father with a high protein and low carb diet.

    The research is published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

  • Senior goalkeeper Savita has been named as the vice- captain of the side. The team selected by Hockey India for the upcoming Asia Cup has five changes from their Europe Tour of Netherlands and Belgium.

    Experienced defender Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam makes a comeback into the team while forwards Navneet Kaur, Navjot Kaur and Sonika have also been included. Apart from the inclusions, the goal will be kept by Savita and Rajani Etimarpu while Deep Grace Ekka, Sunita Lakra, Suman Devi Thoudam and Gurjit Kaur will man the defence.

    The midfield will feature Namita Toppo, Nikki Pradhan, Monika, Lilima Minz and Neha Goyal while Rani, Vandana Katariya and Lalremsiami will feature in the forward line. This will be the first for new head coach Harendra Singh with the Indian eves and he would be looking towards a strong performance in Japan with qualification for next year's Hockey women's World Cup London 2018 being his top priority. "We have a very good blend of youth and experience within our team which will help us in negating the tasks ahead of us at the women's Asia Cup.

    "The team has played against higher ranked teams in the build-up to the tournament which has helped us in improving our game. "We have made several minors adjustments and improvements in our game so that we don't repeat unforced errors in our play. We will be aiming to win the women's Asia Cup 2017 in order to qualify for next year's World Cup," said Harendra.

    Captain Rani too is confident that the team can perform up to its potential at the women's Asia Cup. "We have made improvements in our game wherever it was necessary. I feel the team is playing well as a unit and there is a good sense of cohesion in our squad. We are looking forward to performing well in Japan so that we can qualify for the World Cup," she said.

    India have been placed in Pool A alongside China, Malaysia and Singapore and will start their campaign against Singapore on October 28.

    Squad: Goalkeepers: Savita (vice-captain), Rajani Etimarpu Defenders: Deep Grace Ekka, Sunita Lakra, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Suman Devi Thokam, Gurjit Kaur Midfielders: Nikki Pradhan, Namita Toppo, Monika, Lilima Minz, Neha Goyal Forwards: Rani Rampal (Captain), Vandana Katariya, Lalremsiami, Sonika, Navneet Kaur, Navjot Kaur.

  • Planet Nine could turn out to be our solar system's missing 'super Earth' - a planet with a mass higher than the Earth's, but substantially lower than the masses of ice giants Uranus and Neptune.

    The signs so far are indirect, mainly its gravitational footprints, but that adds up to a compelling case, they said. "There are now five different lines of observational evidence pointing to the existence of Planet Nine," said Konstantin Batygin, a planetary astrophysicist at California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in the US.

    "If you were to remove this explanation and imagine Planet Nine does not exist, then you generate more problems than you solve. All of a sudden, you have five different puzzles, and you must come up with five different theories to explain them," said Batygin. Six known objects in the distant Kuiper Belt, a region of icy bodies stretching from Neptune outward towards interstellar space, all have elliptical orbits pointing in the same direction, researchers said. However, these orbits also are tilted the same way, about 30 degrees "downward" compared to the pancake-like plane within which the planets orbit the Sun, they said.

    Computer simulations of the solar system with Planet Nine included show there should be more objects tilted with respect to the solar plane. The tilt would be on the order of 90 degrees, as if the plane of the solar system and these objects formed an "X" when viewed edge-on. Caltech graduate student, Elizabeth Bailey, showed that Planet Nine could have tilted the planets of our solar system during the last 4.5 billion years. In the study published in the Astronomical Journal, researchers wondered why the plane in which the planets orbit is tilted about 6 degrees compared to the Sun's equator. "Over long periods of time, Planet Nine will make the entire solar-system plane precess or wobble, just like a top on a table," Batygin said.

    The last telltale sign of Planet Nine's presence involves the solar system's contrarians: objects from the Kuiper Belt that orbit in the opposite direction from everything else in the solar system, researchers said. Planet Nine's orbital influence would explain why these bodies from the distant Kuiper Belt end up "polluting" the inner Kuiper Belt, they said. "No other model can explain the weirdness of these high- inclination orbits," Batygin said. "It turns out that Planet Nine provides a natural avenue for their generation. These things have been twisted out of the solar system plane with help from Planet Nine and then scattered inward by Neptune," said Batygin.

    "The possibility of a new planet is certainly an exciting one for me as a planetary scientist and for all of us," said Jim Green, director of NASA's Planetary Science Division. "This is not, however, the detection or discovery of a new planet," said Green. "What we're seeing is an early prediction based on modelling from limited observations. It's the start of a process that could lead to an exciting result," he said.

  • Top BJP leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah, met on Saturday night to finalise the party candidates for the Himachal Pradesh Assembly polls..

    Meanwhile, in a blow to the Congress ahead of the Assembly polls, Himachal Pradesh Rural Development minister Anil Sharma quit the Virbhadra Singh government and joined the BJP. Son of former Union communications minister Sukh Ram, Sharma won from Mandi in 2007 and 2012 as a Congress candidate and is set to contest as a BJP candidate this time.

    The Himachal Pradesh Assembly poll will be held in a single phase on November 9, and counting of votes and declaration of results would be on 18th December. The term of the 68-member Himachal Pradesh Assembly ends on January 7, 2018.

    The chief electoral officer of the state has directed political parties to adhere to the maximum expenditure limit of Rs 28 lakh in the upcoming state Assembly polls and make all payments above Rs 20,000 through Account Payee cheque. This expenditure includes public meetings and rallies, posters, banners, vehicles and advertisements in print and electronic media.

  • He said that Pakistan is playing a dirty game by sending terrorists to India to destabalise our country. "But now this is a fact that our security forces are killing 2-4 terrorists per day. This has weakened terrorist network and we have been able to build confidence of people across Kashmir.

    Singh has said the country's borders were "completely safe" and China has also started to understand that "India is no more weak". Rajnath Singh said under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi India has become a powerful country and its prestige at the international level has also grown. He was addressing a programme organised by Bhartiya Lodhi Mahasabha in Lucknow.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed 7 lakh BJP workers in Ahmedabad on Monday marking the culmination of BJP's Gaurav Yatra in Gujarat which highlighted visible and quantifiable development achieved in 22 years of BJP rule in state.

    The Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Gujarat election will be a fight between development and dynasty, and the politics of development will triumph over family.

    Targeting the Congress leadership he challenged the opposition party to contest the elections on the plank of development and accused it of being anti-development.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched an aggressive attack on the Congress saying that the party was steeped in corruption and termed it a party whose leadership is out on bail cannot do much good for Gujarat.

    Prime Minister said the constant rising graph of the BJP since 2014 has been troubling its opponents, and has resulted in their mounting a negative campaign to discredit the Govt's achievements.

    Prime Minister said that the Bharatiya Janata Party is a fully democratic party while the Congress is a dynastic party.

    The Gaurav Yatra travelled through 149 assembly constituencies covering 4700 km and is part of the BJP's bid to retain power in the state.

    Prime Minister thanked the Karyakartas for their support, also saying that the Congress owes its decline to not recognizing the work of its grasroot leaders.

  • The teachers of the Association of Producers and Entrepreneurs Pasteleros of Peru took about eight hours to work with more than one ton of cocoa to make the bar, seven meters long and three meters wide, which also included more than 20 kilos of chestnuts and walnuts of the pecan variety.

    Similar bars have also been made in other parts of the world, but never with nuts and with such a high concentration of cocoa.

    Cocoa came from the Monzon Valley, in the central Huanuco region, where the product has become the main economic growth alternative, and the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers Valley (VRAEM), which covers up to five regions of the south of the country.

    Chef Juan Carlos Lopez, leader of the Association of Pastries of Peru, explained that producing a bar of that dimensions required an investment of more than 250,000 soles (about 77,000 U.S. dollars).

    After the record was credited by the Spanish comedian Felipe Carbonell, Guinness Record Advisor in Peru, the chocolate bar was distributed in portions to children and participants at a chocolate fair held in front of the Lima Park Campo de Marte.

  • Guwahati Police Commissioner Hiren Chandra Nath said of the four arrested, two were students of class 12 while the other two work in a shop. "They were drunk. They had watched the match on their mobile phones in nearby areas. India's defeat agitated them and when they saw the bus coming out of the stadium, one of them threw a stone on the bus. They fled from the scene after that," he said.

    The police had arrested two persons a day after the incident. However, their involvement in the incident has not yet been established. "Investigation is going on. If we find that the two who were arrested earlier were not involved, then we will pray to the court to release them," Nath said.

    A stone was thrown at the Australian team bus when they were returning from the Barsapara Stadium to the team hotel in Guwahati after winning their second T20 match against India on October 10.

    Australian player Aaron Finch had tweeted on October 10 night that it was “pretty scary having a rock thrown through the team bus window on the way back to the hotel” and had also posted a picture of the broken bus window.

    Later, cricket fans across Assam turned up at the hotel where the visitors were staying and the airport with placards apologising for the untoward incident.

  • The passengers complained of pain and felt nauseated around noon. They were served their breakfast between 9:30 and 10 in the morning.

    They were admitted to a nearby hospital in the Ratnagiri district. Railway officials said that all the passengers are out of danger. The Central Railways has ordered an inquiry into the incident.

  • It was a 94th title for the Swiss legend, drawing him level with the great Ivan Lendl, and closes the gap on world number one Nadal at the top of the rankings as the season reaches its conclusion.

    In-form Nadal was ahead in their overall record down the years, with 23 wins to Federer's 14, but he was up against it almost right away. Number two Federer put Nadal under the cosh immediately on the Spaniard's serve, breaking him in the first game -- to roars of approval from the majority inside the arena.

    The 36-year-old Swiss, fondly known as "Cow" in China for his laid-back personality, had started the better and he rattled through his own service game for 2-0. Federer, a 19-time Grand Slam champion who had beaten Nadal in their last four encounters, was in full flow under the Qizhong Tennis Center roof, which was closed because of downpours in Shanghai.

    Nadal, 31, groaned while lashing many of his shots; Federer was all quiet efficiency. Somewhere in the stadium somebody rattled a cow bell. Federer rapidly made it 4-2 with two booming aces in a row, drawing huge cheers from much of the stadium.

    In contrast, Nadal -- a 16-time Grand Slam winner but who had never won the Shanghai Masters -- was labouring through his service games. He went long on a straightforward forehand but powered an ace to make it 4-3 to the Swiss.

    There were suggestions that Federer might not be quite as fresh as his old foe, having been pushed to three sets a day earlier in the second semi-final against Juan Martin del Potro. The timeless Federer rubbished that notion as he seared his way to a 5-3 first-set lead.

    Nadal sent down his fourth ace for 5-4, only for Federer to seal the set with his seventh ace of the match. There was little between the great rivals in the early exchanges of the second set until the pivotal fifth game.

    Nadal, on a great run of form that won him the US Open and China Open in recent weeks, saved the first break point but could not survive the second one to put Federer in reach of a second Shanghai Masters crown.

  • The event began with a spectacular opening ceremony at the du Arena of Yas Island, Abu Dhabi with great performances and team parades.

    Around 1,300 competitors from the world will compete to showcase their talents in the competition. Competitions will be held for 51 different skills ranging from floristry to bricklaying, aircraft maintenance to mobile robotics. The Chinese delegation has a total of 52 contestants, who will take part in 47 competitions.

    "I've been preparing for a long time. We'll finally have the contest tomorrow. I'm very excited," said Jiang Yingcheng, a Chinese competitor who will take part in the contest of vehicle painting. "I've made all-out effort in preparing for the competition and answering the questions calmly," said Wang Qin, another Chinese competitor who will compete in hairdressing contest.

    The event is scheduled from October 15 to October 19.

  • After the two easy wins against Japan (5-1) and hosts Bangladesh (7-0), as expected India had a relatively tough outing against Pakistan but managed to maintain their all-win record. India controlled the proceedings for the better part of the match, barring the final quarter when Pakistan, trailing 0-3, came hard on the Indian defence in search of goals. But at the end of the day, the Indians came out superior and continued their recent domination over Pakistan that includes back-to-back victories in the Hockey World League Semi-Final in London earlier this year.

    Chinglesnsana Singh (17th minute), Ramandeep Singh (44th) and Harmanpreet Singh (45th) scored the goals for India, while Pakistan lone strike came from the stick of Ali Shan in the 49th minute. By virtue of this win, India finished on top of Pool A with nine points from three games while Pakistan secured the second spot with four points.

    Both India and Pakistan have managed to secure their place in the round-robin Super 4 stage of the tournament. Even though Japan defeated hosts Bangladesh 3-1 earlier in the day, the victory was not for them to enter the Super 4 stage as they lost out to Pakistan on goal difference.

    Contrary to the win, Pakistan had the first real scoring chance when they earned their first penalty corner but they wasted it. The Indians came out hard in the second quarter and took the lead in the 17th minute through Chinglesnsana, who slammed home after receiving a fine pass from Akashdeep Singh, who was operating in the wide right.

    Three minutes later, Gurjant Singh's reverse hit from the right flank was just off target. After wasting another penalty corner, Pakistan were denied by young India goalkeeper Suraj Karkera, who saved Mohammed Attiq's shot from close range as India went into the breather leading by a goal.

    India replaced Karkera with Akash Chikte in the goal at the halfway mark and the young custodian came up with a superb save in the 40th minute to deny Pakistan. India secured their first penalty corner soon but Varun Kumar's grounded flick was wide off the target. Soon Gurjant had a great chance to consolidate India's lead but his push, after a fine one-two with Akashdeep was saved by the Pakistani goalkeeper.

    After Pakistan wasted their third penalty corner, Ramandeep doubled India's lead in the 44th minute with a neat deflection off Harmanpreet Singh's fantastic cross from the middle of the pitch. India extended their lead in the very next minute from their second penalty corner through Harmanpreet.

    Pakistan, who looked more purposeful in the fourth and final quarter, reduced the margin in the 49th minute through Shan's field strike. Chikte once again came to India's rescue soon, when he denied Pakistan with a fine save from their fourth penalty corner. Thereafter, India pressed hard and earned as many as three penalty corners in succession but wasted all.

  • However, little do they realise that they tend to add pollutants to the environment. To spread awareness among young people about the ill effects of bursting fire crackers, Union Minister for Environment, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, flagged-off a Mini Marathon, as part of the Clean Air campaign from the capital's iconic India Gate.

    Celebrating the birth anniversary of former President, Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam, the campaign is being launched to create a mass movement for reducing air pollution in which thousands of students from Delhi and NCR participated to promote the cause.

    Speaking on the sidelines of the mini marathon, Union Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said he has asked Indian scientists to develop a whole new class of fire crackers with near zero pollution.

    Taking forward the momentum of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Minister of State, Dr. Mahesh Sharma said that the idea behind the campaign is to entrust a sense of responsibility among people, so as to consider clean air as a collective responsibility.

    Diwali is celebrated as a mark of triumph over evil, but after the extensive use of harmful firecrackers every year, the merriment comes to a halt, with a cover of smog for a couple of days. These students who turned up in huge number on Sunday have taken it upon themselves to clean Delhi's notorious air.

  • According to Hindustan Times Youth Survey 2017, Prime Minster Narendra Modi retains the highest-rated living role model position for the fifth year in a row with 34.6 percent.

    Microsoft founder Bill Gates with 25.6% and Google CEO, Sundar Pichai with 11.10% come on second and third position respectively, while world's youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Malala Yousafzai with 6.8% stands at fourth position.

    PM Modi was also chosen as the biggest political icon. Country's youth unanimously chose Prime Minister Narendra Modi again as their political icon with a dominating percentage of 47.5%. Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi feature in the results with 8.9% and 8.7% respectively.

  • The Vengara assembly seat bypoll was necessitated after Indian Union Muslim League leader P K Kunhalikutty vacated the seat to successfully contest the Malappuram Lok Sabha segment.

    In Gurdaspur Lok Sabha by-poll, Congress candidate Sunil Jakhad has won by a margin of 1,93,219 votes over BJP's candidate Swarn Salaria. Gurdaspur parliamentary seat had fallen vacant following the demise of actor-turned-politician Vinod Khanna of the BJP in April.

  • According to the police, the victim hung herself from the ceiling fan in her room when three of the five accused of gangraping her five months ago, threatened to rape her again if she didn't withdraw her complaint.

    The incident took place in July, when five accused abducted the minor and gangraped her at a secluded spot. After holding her in captivity and repeatedly raping her for five days, the accused threw her back in her Kirthal village under Ramala Police Station.

    SP Baghpat, Jaiprakash said that action has been also erring investigating officers has been suspended and strict action will be taken against the official found guilty in the case.

  • ACP Mujesar Radhe Shyam said that the arrested trio are being quizzed and others involved in the case will be held soon.

    On October 13 morning, the auto-rickshaw driver Azad along with his four friends was on their way from Fatehpur Billauch to Old Faridabad when 15-20 men intercepted their vehicle near Bajri village, the police said.

    According to Azad, the group thrashed them and then called up the police. They handed Azad over to the police alleging that he was a cow-smuggler, a police official said. The official said that based on the complaint of the group, initially a case was registered against the auto- rickshaw driver under the laws related to cow slaughter.

    However, it emerged during the initial probe that it was buffalo meat that Azad and his friends were transporting.

  • Describing the two major recent reforms in India - demonetisation and Goods and Services Tax (GST) - as a monumental effort, Lagarde said it is hardly surprising that there "is a little bit of a short-term slowdown" as a result.

    The IMF last week lowered India's growth projection to 6.7 per cent in 2017, 0.5 percentage points less than its previous two forecasts in April and July, attributing it to demonetisation and introduction of the GST.

    It also lowered the country's growth for 2018 to 7.4 per cent, 0.3 percentage points less than its previous two projections in July and April. India's growth rate in 2016 was 7.1 per cent, which saw an upward revision of 0.3 percentage points from its April report.

    "Turning to India...we have slightly downgraded India; but we believe that India is for the medium and long-term on a growth track that is much more solid as a result of the structural reforms that have been conducted in India in the last couple of years," IMF Managing Director Lagarde said.

    "But for the medium term, we see a very solid track ahead for the Indian economy," she said to a question on India. "We very much hope that the combination of fiscal, because the deficit has been reduced, inflation has been down significantly, and the structural reforms will actually deliver the jobs that the Indian population, particularly the young Indian people expect in the future," Lagarde said.

  • Some of the key reforms, including demonetisation and the GST, were carried out keeping in mind their long-term benefits to the country's economy and as a result India's growth rate is now headed for a higher trajectory, he said.

    The finance minister took a shot at his critics who claim that demonetisation has hurt the Indian economy -- at least in the short-run.

    The Indian government has, however, received support from top leaders of the IMF and the World Bank who have called the slowness in recent Indian growth rate "an aberration" and a short-term one.

    Jaitley said the positive responses and statements about the Indian economy by the world leaders had "increased the confidence of India". "There is a global appreciation of the fact that India has the capacity and courage to carry out structural reforms like demonetisation and GST," he said.

    Jaitley said the upgraded global growth projections should be a further help to India's own growth rate. "Now that you have the global economy also improving, and that's the mood that I've seen at the IMF-Bank this time -- the IMF s own projection for the world economy this year is 3.6 per cent and next years is 3.7 per cent -- the global tailwinds will also give better impetus to domestic growth," said Jaitley.

  • The artifacts along with several items was found in a rock shelter beside a glacier near the top of the nearly 8,800-foot Lotschberg Pass in the Bernese Alps.

    The items are thought to have belonged to Bronze Age hunters or animal herders who took shelter beneath a large rock near the top of the pass around 4,000 years ago, said Regula Gubler, an archaeologist for the Canton of Bern government.

    The site was discovered in 2011. Archaeologists from the Canton of Bern Archaeological Service surveyed the site that year and recovered several items during an excavation in 2012, but bad weather prevented them from finishing the dig.

    "Since then we've had snow on the site, but this year we could finish it. It was a warm summer and not much snow in the winter, and this combination melted the snow," Gubler said.

    The latest finds include four pieces of shaped elm wood from what could be two Bronze Age bows, wood from possible arrow shafts, strips of ancient leather and a cord made from animal fibre attached to a button made from cattle horn, Gubler said.

    Carbon dating showed that the objects originated from between 2000 and 1800 BC, 'Live Science' reported. The artifacts all came from an area that measures about two square meters, inside a hollow among the rocks just below the top of the pass, Gubler said.

    The finds suggest a single person or small group had taken shelter in the hollow around 400 years ago, and left the objects behind, she said.

  • Large number of women participated in the campaign to protest the silencing of their voices on the microblogging site.

    Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has announced that the social media platform will be issuing new safety rules around "unwanted sexual advances, non-consensual nudity, hate symbols, violent groups, and tweets that glorifies violence."

    "Today we saw voices silencing themselves and voices speaking out because we're *still* not doing enough. "We've been working intensely over the past few months and focused today on making some critical decisions. We decided to take a more aggressive stance in our rules and how we enforce them," Dorsey tweeted.

    The co-founder said that more information regarding the rules will be shared next week. #WomenBoycottTwitter gained momentum after Twitter locked McGowan's account for violating the rules when she posted a personal phone number in one of her tweets.

    The "Charmed" actor had spoken out about being raped by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. McGowan shared posts from other users who said her account was locked for speaking out against powerful male actors, such as Ben Affleck, in the wake of sexual harassment allegations surrounding Weinstein.

    Alyssa Milano, Gina Rodriquez, Ava DuVernay, Kathy Griffin, Chrissy Teigen and Amber Tamblyn were among the stars who joined McGowan in the protest. Following Dorsey's announcement, McGowan asked Twitter to set an example by revoking white supremacist leader, Richard Spencer's verification. "Start by immediately removing Richard Spencer's verification," she tweeted.

  • President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday participated in the 86th birth anniversary celebrations of the former president, A P J Abdul Kalam, at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The president also received the Kalam Sandesh Vahini: Vision 2020 bus which travelled through 16 states, spreading the message about Kalam's vision.

    Speaking on the occasion, The President said that Dr. Kalam was a visionary President who truly ignited young minds with a power to think and innovate.

    President Kovind said that the Life of Dr. Kalam itself an inspiration for many. He also hailed the efforts of Kalam Sandesh Vahini and expressed hope that the Bus will inspire people across the country.

    Kalam Sandesh Vahini was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 27 this year. State of the art mobile exhibition Kalam Sandesh Vahini is a collective initiative taken by House of Kalam and Chinmaya University in a fond remembrance of Dr Kalam who was also known as the 'Missile Man of India' for his immense contribution to the countries Defence Science and technology.

  • The organ, retrieved from a 21-year-old brain dead patient at a hospital in Jaipur was flown to Delhi and then ferried to a private hospital in south Delhi through a green corridor, the Fortis Escorts Heart Institute (FEHI) said.

    The flight, carrying the harvested organ landed at the city airport at 2.40 pm, it said.

    "A green corridor was created which helped cover a distance of 21.3 km in around 30 minutes, primarily due to heavy festival rush on the route," the FEHI said.

    The recipient hailed from Muzzafarnagar in Uttar Pradesh.

    He suffered from a condition called cardiac ischemia -- a term given to heart problems caused by narrowed heart arteries which prevents adequate blood and oxygen reaching the muscles of the heart, FEHI said.

  • A vehicle loaded with explosives exploded at KM5, the junction in a prosperous area in downtown Mogadishu with many hotels, shopping malls and government agencies, and caused severe casualties, of which most were civilians and some were government staff members, diplomatic personnel and journalists.

    This blast is considered the deadliest single attack in recent years in the country. Though so far no organization or individual has claimed responsibility for this blast, the Somali government has blamed it on Al-Shabaab, a terrorist group that has staged similar attacks in the past. "This was a tragic incident, and it's a sign that Al-Shabaab continues to target innocent civilians. The Somali public need to know now, more than ever, of the group's evil plans. Today it has once again attacked civilians in a populated area," said Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo.

    Doctors struggled to assist horrifically wounded victims, many burnt beyond recognition. Officials feared the toll would continue to climb from Saturday's truck bomb that targeted a busy street near key ministries.

    Ambulance sirens still echoed across the city as bewildered families wandered in the rubble of buildings, looking for missing relatives. "In our 10 year experience as the first responder in #Mogadishu, we haven't seen anything like this," the Aamin Ambulance service tweeted.

    President Mohamed declared three days of mourning and joined thousands of people who responded to a desperate plea by hospitals to donate blood for the wounded victims. "I am appealing all Somali people to come forward and donate," he said.

    Overnight, rescue workers with flashlights searched for survivors trapped under the rubble of the largely destroyed Safari Hotel, which is close to Somalia's foreign ministry. The explosion blew off metal gates and blast walls erected outside the hotel.

    Somalia's government has blamed the al-Qaida-linked al- Shabab extremist group for the attack it called a "national disaster." However, al-Shabab, which often targets high- profile areas of the capital with bombings, had yet to comment. "They don't care about the lives of Somali people, mothers, fathers and children," Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire said. "They have targeted the most populated area in Mogadishu, killing only civilians."

    Somalia's information minister, Abdirahman Omar, said the blast was the largest the city had ever seen. "It's a sad day. This how merciless and brutal they are, and we have to unite against them," he said, speaking to the state-run radio station.

    The United States joined the condemnation, saying "such cowardly attacks reinvigorate the commitment of the United States to assist our Somali and African Union partners to combat the scourge of terrorism."

    The US military has stepped up drone strikes and other efforts this year against al-Shabab, which is also fighting the Somali military and over 20,000 African Union forces in the country. This blast occurred two days after the head of the US Africa Command was in Mogadishu to meet with Somalia's president, and two days after the country's defense minister and army chief resigned for undisclosed reasons.

  • Speaking at Janraksha rally in Alappuzha district of Kerala, Union Minister Smriti Irani alleged that law and order in Kerala had "broken down" and the CPI(M)-led state government always sided by those who brings destruction to the nation.

    She further accused that people are not safe even in the constituency of the Chief Minister.

  • Three-time MLA, Anil Sharma has been a Minister in the Congress governments in Himachal Pradesh twice and was formerly also a Rajya Sabha member.

    He is also expected to resign from the cabinet before taking BJP membership

    The meeting of the BJP Central Election Committee was held yesterday evening to finalise the list of candidates for the ensuing Assembly Elections in Himachal Pradesh .

    The meeting was held at the Party Headquarters in New Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Party President Amit Shah, Union Ministers J P Nadda and Ananth Kumar attended the meet.

  • He indicated that a slew of reforms including note ban, goods and services tax , easing of regulations and procedures, removing the layers of conditions from FDI in improving global ecosystem will change India for better.

    Jaitley said the positive responses and statements about the Indian economy by the world leaders had increased the confidence of India.

    Responding to a question on the next phase of reforms, Jaitley said the government would now focus on large-scale investment in the infrastructure sector and rural area.

  • “Based on the information collected during the investigation, we have prepared sketches of suspected accused persons of this case,” the SIT said.

    Lankesh was shot multiple times outside her home in Raja Rajeshwari Nagar at around 8 pm on 5 September by unknown persons.

    With the bullets from her body and empty cartridges, the SIT have been able to identify that a 7.6 5mm country made weapon was used to carry out the killing.

    Various protests were held across the country condemning the killing. Lankesh was a vociferous critic of many contentious issues.

  • BJP to announce the candidates for the Himachal Pradesh assembly polls soon as the central election committee meets in New Delhi.

  • The state incumbent launched the Yatra under the leadership of Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel in the first week of October. The Yatra travelled through 149 assembly constituencies, travelling 4700 km distance in the state.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi created new scale of development in Gujarat and remained a popular mass leader while being the Chief Minister in the state. With his vision of development, people of the country gave him a thumping mandate in 2014 and he became Prime Minister, and to celebrate the growth and prosperity of the state in last 22 years under the rule of BJP, the state unit of the party started the Gaurav Yatra.

    While Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel took the leadership of Gaurav Yatra from Sardar Patel's birth place Karamdas, Jitu Waghani took the charge of the Yatra from Porbandar.

    The Gaurav Yatra showcased the achievement of BJP's 22 years rule in the state. At the same time, the Yatra exhibited the transparency in governance, growing industry and the money spent on welfare schemes.

    Gaurav Yatra is aimed at appealing people to bring BJP back to power in the state and also to maintain the pace of development in the state. Gaurav Yatra is to culminate on Monday in Gandhinagar where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the rally.

    The BJP's vision of development has expanded with the addition of bullet train initiative.

  • He said the deportation of illegal immigrants including Rohingyas has to be dealt with by the Union Government.

    Talking to media persons on the sidelines of a function in Jammu, Dr. Singh said that the Union Government is clear about Rohingya deportation from J&K and other states to Myanmar.