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India up to any challenge: PM Hindu
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that India would retaliate with double the force if anyone tried to harm its sovereignty. He was speaking at the Red Fort, where, in a first, a Prime Minister unfurled the tricolour to commemorate Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army.
15 die on bloody Sunday in J&K Mohit Kandhari, Pioneer
The State of Jammu & Kashmir witnessed a ‘bloody’ Sunday with 15 deaths reported from different parts of the State in incidents of firing, explosion, and attack by the Border Action Team (BAT) of Pakistan Army along the Line of Control (LoC) in Sunderbani sector of Rajouri.
My govt fixing one family’s mistakes, giving credit to leaders like Bose: PM Modi Times of India
Wearing the trademark cap of the Indian National Army presented to him by a former associate of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, PM Narendra Modi on Sunday said his government was seeking to correct the wrongs done to leaders like Bose by "One family" that led the country.
In a first, CBI books its Special Director in corruption charges Raghav Ohri, Economic Times
The Central Bureau of Investigation has filed an FIR against its own second-in-command, special director Rakesh Asthana, on the basis of a complaint filed by one Satish Babu Sana, alleging that he had paid bribes through a Dubai-based middleman claiming to know Asthana.
Prepare for a Ram temple, says Adityanath Omar Rashid, Hindu
Stirring the Ram Mandir pot once again, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday exhorted his supporters to start preparing for the construction of a temple in Ayodhya with the same zeal with which they celebrated Ram Leela.
Chaos reigns at Sabarimala as protesters block women Radhakrishnan Kuttoor, Hindu
On a day of high drama, two young women, a journalist and an activist, were forced to abandon their attempt to enter the Sabarimala temple on Friday after protesting devotees blocked their path and the Tantri (chief priest) threatened to lock the doors to the sanctum sanctorum if the women were allowed to enter the shrine.
61 dead as train mows down Dasara crowd in Amritsar Hindu
At least 61 people were killed and 72 injured on Friday evening at Joda Phatak in Amritsar, when a train mowed down a crowd of Dussehra revellers that had spilled on to the railway track while watching the burning of a Ravana effigy.
Pressure mounts, Akbar quits Govt Pioneer
Facing storm of sexual misconduct allegations by women journalists against him in his stint as editor of a newspaper, Union Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar on Wednesday resigned from the Council of Ministers saying he is stepping down to “challenge false accusations” levelled against him in his “personal capacity”.
Policeman dies, 3 Terrorists killed in encounter in Srinagar Arun Nair, NDTV
Three terrorists have been killed during an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Srinagar. A police personnel also died during the encounter, news agency ANI reported. Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Fateh Kadal in downtown area of the city following an intelligence about the presence of terrorists there, they said.
RBI wanted to pull out nominees from public sector bank boards, Govt says no Sunny Verma, Indian Express
The Finance Ministry is learnt to have turned down the Reserve Bank of India’s demand for withdrawing its nominee directors from the boards of public sector banks, arguing that in these times of stress in the banking sector, the banking regulator’s presence is important, sources familiar with the matter said.
Kalam was wonderful motivator: Modi Hindu
Remembering former President A.P.J.Abdul Kalam on his 87th birth anniversary, Prime Minister Narendra Nodi Monday described him as a “wonderful motivator” and a great president.
Review payment terms to support weaker rupee: PM Modi to global oil majors Shine Jacob, Business Standard
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday urged global oil suppliers to review payment terms so as to provide some relief to a weak rupee. He was addressing oil ministers and chief executives of oil majors at an event in New Delhi.
BJP win in Assembly polls must turn into 'Tsunami' in 2019': Amit Shah NDTV
BJP chief Amit Shah on Sunday encouraged party workers in Madhya Pradesh to strive to win over 200 seats in next month's state Assembly polls. The polling for the 230-member Assembly in the BJP-ruled state will be held on November 28.
PM Narendra Modi: ‘Artificial intelligence, blockchain to change nature of jobs’ Indian Express
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday said artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain, and big data, can take India to new heights of development and improve people’s quality of life. Our diversity, our demographic potential, fast-growing market size and digital infrastructure has potential to make India a global hub for research and implementation, he said, speaking at the launch of the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the fourth in the world after San Francisco, Tokyo and Beijing.
Cyclone Titli: Cyclone weakens; 8 dead in Andhra Pradesh, 1 in Odisha Indian Express
Cyclone Titli made landfall near Gopalpur in Odisha early Thursday morning, with surface wind speeds of 126 kmph, reported news agency PTI. Late Thursday night, PTI reported the death of an eight-year-old boy by drowning in a canal in Ganjam district.
Odisha braces for Cyclone Titli, five coastal districts on red alert Sampad Patnaik, Economic Times
The Odisha government has declared red alert in five coastal districts and intensified preparations to combat Cyclone Titli, which is likely to hit the state on Thursday. The cyclone is presently hovering over the Bay of Bengal, around 200 km off Gopalpur in Ganjam district, and is expected to make landfall first between Kalingapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and Gopalpur in Odisha early on Thursday morning.
Zika imperils tourism in India's golden triangle Pioneer
The zika outbreak in Jaipur where 29 people, including three pregnant women, tested positive for the deadly virus has sent alarm bells ringing globally. Toronto-based International Association for Medical Assistance has advised mom-to-be travellers to postpone trips to part of India’s tourist “golden triangle” of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra.
Amrapali directors on remand Pioneer
The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered immediate police custody of three directors of embattled real estate firm Amrapali Group for their failure to submit documents relating to accounts of all 46 group companies to forensic auditors appointed by the apex court.
7 Dead, Several injured after train derails in Uttar Pradesh's Raebareli Shylaja Varma, NDTV
Seven people have died and around 30 people have been injured after a Delhi-bound train derailed in Uttar Pradesh's Raebareli early this morning. Eight coaches of the New Farakka Express derailed near the Harchandpur railway station in Raebareli at around 6:05 am, Northern Railway Divisional Railway Manager Satish Kumar said. The train was headed to New Delhi from Malda town in West Bengal.
9 Dead, 14 injured in Gas Pipeline blast at Bhilai Steel plant Anurag Dwary, NDTV
Nine people died and 14 were injured in a blast at the Bhilai Steel Plant in Chhattisgarh, about 30 km away from state capital Raipur.
IMF predicts 7.3% growth for India in 2018, praises GST, Bankruptcy Code NDTV
The International Monetary Fund or IMF on Tuesday predicted a growth rate of 7.3 per cent for India in the current year and 7.4 per cent in 2019. In 2017, India had recorded a 6.7 per cent growth rate.
Congress does yatras only with mortal remains of its leaders: Amit Shah Prashant Pandey, Indian Express
Attacking the Congress for what he called was its focus only on one family, BJP national president Amit Shah Friday said that the party, founded by a British, had undertaken only four national tours, three of which were with the mortal remains of its leaders.
  National
Shatabdi Express to be replaced by ‘Make in India’ 160 kmph Train 18 Deepak Kumar Jha, Pioneer
Three decades after the then elite class Shatabdi Express made it on Indian tracks in 1988 much to the delight of railway passengers, the train will gradually be replaced by an ultra modern train equipped with sophisticated interiors, digital platforms and onboard Wi-Fi services. Named Train 18, the first of the lot will be launched by this month end.
In Sabarimala on Sunday, many women denied entry due to protests Korah Abraham, NewsMinute
At the end of the fifth day of the Sabarimala gates being opened for the first time since the historic Supreme Court verdict allowing all women entry into the temple, the situation in the areas around Pamba continues to be tense. On Sunday – like the four preceding days – women aged between 10 and 50 years, or believed to be in this age bracket, were spotted and sent away by Ayyappa devotees.
ED files money laundering cases into Air India deals inked during UPA tenure Economic Times
In fresh trouble for embattled state-run carrier Air India, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has registered multiple criminal cases to probe allegations of irregularities and money laundering in at least four deals signed during the UPA rule including the controversial merger of Air India and Indian Airlines.
Five militants, woman killed in J&K Peerzada Ashiq, Hindu
Five militants and a pregnant woman were killed in three incidents in Kashmir on Friday, while seven soldiers were injured in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast on Thursday night.
I am real Samajwadi Party, claims Shivpal Pioneer
Samajwadi Secular Morcha founder Shivpal Singh Yadav on Wednesday shifted to the 6, Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg bungalow allotted to him by the State Government.
Violent protesters stop women's entry in temple Pioneer
Amid massive protest and violent clashes, no woman from the “banned” age group could enter the hallowed precincts of Sabarimala temple when its gate opened on Wednesday evening for the first time since the Supreme Court allowed women of menstrual age to enter the shrine.
Cong loses votes if I make speeches: Digvijay Singh Pioneer
A controversy erupted in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday after a video went viral in which senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh is heard saying that his party's votes get reduced if he campaigns for it. The video was recorded on October 13 but it emerged on a day Congress president Rahul Gandhi is in the State to campaign for the upcoming Assembly elections.
Rahul living in self-delusion, concocting falsehood: Jaitley Pioneer
Mixing his sharp attack on Congress president Rahul Gandhi with a strong dose of satire, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday accused the former of living in "self-delusion" and being bereft of facts concocting repeat falsehood on several issues including the Rafale deal, Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Non Performing Assets (NPA).
2 Cong MLAs join BJP, shatter party's Goa plan Pioneer
The Congress’ efforts to form a Government in Goa suffered a major setback when two of its MLAs joined the ruling BJP. Congress MLAs Subhash Shirodkar and Dayanand Sopte on Tuesday resigned from the Goa Assembly and also from the primary membership of the party and joined the BJP at a special event in presence of Union Minister Piyush Goyal.
"Allegations against me are false and fabricated", says MJ Akbar Stela Dey, NDTV
Union Minister MJ Akbar, who has been accused by nearly a dozen women as a sexual predator during his days as a newspaper editor, would not resign, sources told NDTV. The government has nothing to do with the accusations against him and his stepping down may set a bad precedent, sources said.
Haryana: Mosque in Palwal built with Lashkar-e-Taiba funds, says NIA Deeptiman Tiwary, Indian Express
A mosque in Palwal district of Haryana has come under the scrutiny of security agencies after a National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe found that it was allegedly built with funds from the Hafiz Saeed-led Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in Pakistan.
INX Media case: ED attaches Karti Chidambaram’s assets worth Rs 54 cr in India, abroad Business Line
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) Thursday said it has attached assets worth Rs 54 crore of Karti Chidambaram, son of former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, in India, UK and Spain in connection with the INX Media money laundering case, an action termed “bizarre and outlandish” by him.
No alliance, will contest all 13 LS seats: Kejriwal Perneet Singh, Tribune India
Aam Aadmi Party convener and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said his party would contest all 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab, claiming that “the people of the state see AAP as the only option after the dismal performance of the Congress government in the last 18 months”.
Research scholar-Turned-Hizbul Terrorist killed in Kashmir encounter Anindita Sanyal, NDTV
Terrorist Mannan Wani, one of the top men of Hizbul Mujahideen in Kashmir Valley, was killed in an encounter with security forces in Kupwara. Clashes broke out in some pockets of the district after the news spread.Taking a cue from the aftermath of Burhan Wani's killing, internet service has been snapped and all the educational institutions have been closed in the Kupwara district as precautionary measure.
Reliance pact was ‘imperative’ and ‘mandatory’ for Dassault: Report Hindustan Times
A French media report on Wednesday suggested that a senior official in Dassault Aviation saw the partnership with Anil Ambani’s Reliance Group as “imperative and mandatory” to getting the “export contract” with India for the Rafale aircraft.
Terrorists ‘pushing limits’ to hit aviation sector: Rajnath Pioneer
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said terrorists are pushing their "limits" and "underpants" to attack global civil aviation operations even as he recalled the 2009 "underwear bomber", who attempted to blow up an Amsterdam-Detroit flight mid-air.
Build Ram Mandir or ready to be dethroned in 2019: Sena to BJP TN Raghunatha, Pioneer
Castigating the BJP for dilly-dallying on the Ram Mandir issue, the ruling Shiv Sena on Tuesday warned the principal ruling party at the Centre of an electoral rout if it failed to fulfil its promise of building Ram temple at Ayodhya.
Naxal funding: NIA raids 15 places in Jharkhand, W Bengal Pioneer
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday conducted searches at 15 places in Ranchi, Hazaribagh and Jamshedpur in Jharkhand and Durgapur in West Bengal in a Naxal funding case and recovered cash worth nearly Rs 1 crore in Indian and foreign currency.
Won't beg Congress for more seats: BSP chief Mayawati Zee News
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati launched a verbal attack on the Congress yet again on Tuesday asserting that she will not beg for seats to be in an alliance. She said that she only asked for a respectable number of seats for the BSP and added that till the time there is no respectable division of seats, her party will continue to fight the polls alone.
  The Courts
D-Day for Sabarimala: SC order meets devotees' ire Pioneer
Kerala has geared up for massive unrest on Wednesday over the implementation of the Supreme Court order allowing women of all age groups to enter the Sabarimala temple. With thousands of men and women devotees of Lord Ayyappa opposed to entry of women of menstrual age into the temple and threatening to commit mass suicide, the State administration faces a serious challenge in maintaining law and order situation.
Rafale deal: Supreme Court tells Centre to give details of decision-making process Ananthakrishnan G, Indian Express
The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the government to provide details of the “decision-making process” behind the Rafale deal with France, but clarified that it does not want information on “pricing” and “technical suitability” of the fighter jets for the Indian Air Force (IAF).
Big jolt to Amrapali Group! Supreme Court orders sealing on 9 properties at Noida, Greater Noida Financial Express
The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the sealing of nine properties of embattled real estate company Amrapali after its three directors, who are in police custody, said that the documents related to the group’s 46 firms were stored there. 
SC issues notice on plea seeking NRC for Tripura Priyanka Mittal, Mint
The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to the centre and the Election Commission of India on a plea seeking that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) be updated to include Tripura.
Three petitions challenge Sabarimala ruling in SC Krishnadas Rajagopal, Hindu
Three separate petitions on Monday asked the Supreme Court to review its September 28 judgment allowing women of all ages entry into the Sabarimala temple.
Former TV anchor Suhaib Ilyasi acquitted in wife’s murder case Pritam Pal Singh, Indian Express
The Delhi High Court Friday acquitted former TV anchor and producer Suhaib Ilyasi, serving life imprisonment for killing his first wife, Anju, 18 years ago. A Bench of Justice S Muralidhar and Justice Vinod Goel set aside the trial court order convicting Ilyasi, 52, holding there was no evidence against him and that the prosecution too failed to establish the murder charges.
23 lions die at Gir sanctuary, SC seeks Centre and Gujarat govts to respond Hindustan Times
The Supreme Court and the Gujarat high court on Wednesday took note of the deaths of 23 lions in the Gir sanctuary since September 20, and sought a response from the Centre and the state government.
Not a crackdown on dissent, says SC Krishnadas Rajagopal, Hindu
The Supreme Court, in a majority opinion on Friday, held that the pan-India crackdown and arrests of five activists in the Bhima-Koregaon violence case on August 28 was not an attempt to silence dissent.
Hearings on Ayodhya title suit to resume, decides SC Krishnadas Rajagopal, Hindu
A three-judge Bench of the Supreme Court, in a majority opinion of 3:1 on Thursday, declined to refer the question if a “mosque as a place of prayer is an essential part of Islam” in the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid appeals to a seven-judge Bench.
Creamy Layer is Applicable in SC/ST Reservations, Says Supreme Court News18
The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that the concept of creamy layer shall be applicable in reservations for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. A constitution bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra held that a constitutional court is empowered to strike down any reservation meant for a creamy layer among the most backward classes.
Aadhaar programme reduces a person to 12 digits, says Justice Chandrachud Krishnadas Rajagopal, Hindu
Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, who wrote the lone dissenting opinion declaring Aadhaar unconstitutional, held that the unique identity scheme reduces a person to a 12-digit number.
Supreme Court clears the Decks for SC/ST Quota in Govt Job Promotions News18
The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that states don’t have to collect quantifiable data on ‘backwardness’ for SC/ST quota in job promotions. The court refused to refer the pleas against its 2006 judgment to a larger seven-judge bench.
Justice Ranjan Gogoi's appointment as next CJI challenged, SC to hear plea on Wednesday Zee News
The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear a plea challenging the appointment of Justice Ranjan Gogoi as the next Chief Justice of India. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud asked petitioner advocate RP Luthra to file the mentioning memo before the court master.
  Business
Reliance Jio seen overtaking Vodafone Idea, Airtel to become India’s largest telecom firm by 2018-end R Sree Ram, Mint
If the strong subscriber addition continues at Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd, it may soon emerge as the leading wireless telecom company in India. Reliance Jio’s net revenue may have crossed Bharti Airtel Ltd’s wireless revenue in India last quarter, according to analysts at Kotak Institutional Equities Research.
Further extend deadline for filing September GST returns till December 31: CAIT to FM Arun Jaitley Money Control
Traders' body CAIT on October 21 wrote to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley seeking further extension of the deadline for filing summary sales return GSTR-3B for September till December 31, claiming issues arising due to technical glitches on the GST portal.
Petrol, diesel prices cut for fourth straight day Money Control
Petrol and diesel prices were cut for the fourth straight day on Sunday on softening international oil prices, providing some relief to consumers battered by two months of relentless rate hikes. Petrol price was cut by 25 paise a litre and diesel by 17 paise, according to the price notification of state-owned oil firms.
Facebook shareholders back proposal to remove Zuckerberg as chairman Economic Times
Four major US public funds that hold shares in Facebook Inc on Wednesday proposed that removing Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg as chairman following several high-profile scandals and said they hoped to gain backing from larger asset managers.
Over 50 crore mobiles numbers may face KYC proof issue Pankaj Doval, Times of India
There could be a Fresh KYC headache for over 50 crore mobile connections, or almost half of India's phone Population. They stare at the prospect of disconnection if SIM cards procured on the basis of Aadhaar verification are not backed up by a fresh identification.
Big trouble for Mehul Choksi! ED attaches over Rs 218-crore assets of Nirav Modi’s uncle, others in PNB scam Financial Express
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) Wednesday seized assets worth over Rs 218 crore in the nearly Rs 13,000 crore loan fraud case probe, officials said. They said three provisional orders under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) were issued by the central investigative agency’s zonal office in Mumbai for attachment of the properties in India and abroad.
Adani to join hands with Total for fuel retail, LNG terminals Maulik Pathak, Mint
The Adani group has entered into an agreement with France’s Total to jointly develop multi-energy offerings in the Indian market which include fuel retail and liquefied natural gas. Total and Adani will create a joint venture with an objective to build a retail network of 1,500 service stations over a period of 10 years, according to a joint statement issued on Wednesday.
Reliance to get boost from Jio, Retail Kalpana Pathak, Mint
Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) is likely to report an increase in quarterly profit in its September quarter (Q2) results to be declared today, driven by better margins from mainstay petrochemical business and fast-growing verticals Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd and Reliance Retail, analysts have said.
Payments companies asked to stop Aadhaar-based services Pratik Bhakta, Economic Times
The Unique Identification Authority of India has written to a number of digital payments companies asking them to stop offering any Aadhaar-based service on their platform, in its first major directive following the recent Supreme Court ruling which prohibits private companies from using biometric-based authentication services.
US-China trade war may bring $8.7 billion bonanza for Indian exports to America Banikinkar Pattanayak, Financial Express
The extra US tariffs on its imports from China in the ongoing trade war have opened a window of opportunity for India to push for higher exports in 171 items — ranging from textiles to marine products — with additional outbound shipment potential of up to $8.7 billion a year, according to a latest commerce ministry study.
Dealers in national capital to shut petrol pumps on October 22 Economic Times
Delhi Petrol Dealers Association (DPDA) Monday said all 400-odd petrol pumps in the national capital will remain closed on October 22 in protest against the Delhi government's refusal to cut VAT on petrol and diesel.
Reliance Defence to get 3% of Rs 30,000 crore offset Manu Pubby, Economic Times
Reliance Defence could get just over 3% of the Rs 30,000-crore Dassault Aviation offsets contract, contrary to the impression that it is the biggest beneficiary of the Rafale fighter jets deal.
Costlier food, fuel push Sep wholesale inflation to 2-month high of 5.13% Business Standard
Inflation based on wholesale prices rose to a two-month high of 5.13 per cent in September, mainly due to hardening of food prices and rise in cost of petrol and diesel. The Wholesale Price Index (WPI) based inflation stood at 4.53 per cent in August and 3.14 per cent in September last year.
Diesel price hiked again; wipes out Rs 2.5/litre cut Economic Times
Diesel price rose for the 10th consecutive day Monday to wipe out all of the Rs 2.50 per litre cut in rates announced earlier this month through excise duty cut and oil company subsidy.
Mobile phones drive online shopping during festive sale Indian Express
The first leg of the five-day online festive season sale held from October 9-14 appears to have been a fairly success. E-commerce players are estimated to have clocked in a combined gross merchandise value (GMV) worth $2.3 billion, data from market research firm RedSeer Consulting show. This is about 64 per cent higher than the value reported during the five-day festive season sale in 2017. Last year, the e-commerce industry had raked in a GMV worth $1.4 billion.
As data localisation deadline approaches, payments firms get ready for a showdown with RBI Financial Express
With the Reserve Bank of India’s October 15 deadline for storing all payment data generated in India within the country coming to an end on Monday and major international firms such as American Express, Visa, Mastercard, Amazon, Paypal, and Western Union, failing to meet it, a regulatory uncertainty hangs over the issue.
Mutual funds collection via SIP up 40% to ₹7,727 cr in Sept amid volatile markets Mint
Mutual fund industry managed to garner ?7,727 crore through systematic investment plans (SIPs) in September, a surge of 40% from the year-ago period, despite corrections in equity market.
Data storage: Global companies rush to meet RBI’s deadline Pratik Bhakta, Economic Times
Global payments companies have fast-tracked efforts to meet the Reserve Bank of India’s October 15 deadline for submission of compliance report on data localisation, people aware of the matter said.
Nifty likely to open flat; 3 stocks which could give 3-5% return Money Control
The Nifty50 is likely to open on flat note on Monday tracking mixed cues in in the global markets. Trends on SGX Nifty indicate a flat start for the broader index in India, a fall of 3 points or 0.03 percent. Nifty futures were trading around 10,476-level on the Singaporean Exchange.
Google in talks with Flipkart, Paytm, other companies to launch its ‘shopping’ tab in India Varsha Bansal & Venkat Ananth, Economic Times
Search engine giant Google will soon launch its ‘Shopping’ tab in India, allowing users to search for products to buy and directing them to merchant websites or ecommerce platforms for product listings, two people familiar with the company’s plans told ET.
ITR filings set to double under NDA: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Financial Express
Income tax return filings are expected to double to 7.6 crore by the end of the current financial year from 3.8 crore in 2013-14, thanks to a series of anti-black money measures and increased formalisation of economy, finance minister Arun Jaitley said on Thursday.
  States Scan
Emergency plan fails to clean Delhi’s air Pioneer
The emergency plan to combat pollution — Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) — offers very “bleak” hope as even a week after it was set in motion the air quality of national Capital oscillated between “poor” and “very poor” category on Sunday as authorities warned that the air quality may further deteriorate in next couple of days.
BJP sweeps J&K polls unopposed Mohit Kandhar, Pioneer
Taking advantage of the absence of mainstream political parties — National Conference and the Peoples Democratic Party — from the poll arena, the BJP on Saturday reaped a “bumper crop” by winning 97 wards for the first time in urban local bodies election at the grass roots level in Kashmir valley.
KCR attacks Naidu, asks Andhra settlers to claim themselves as people of Telangana NewsMinute
Telangana caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao lashed out against his Andhra Pradesh counterpart and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday.
Zika cases touch 80 in Rajasthan Hindu
As the number of people infected with the Zika virus rose to 80 in Rajasthan, the Union Health Ministry on Tuesday directed the National Centre for Disease Control to monitor cases on a daily basis while urging people not to panic.
Allahabad is now Prayagraj as UP Cabinet changes name Pioneer
Accepting the demand of sants and others, the Yogi Adityanath Government on Tuesday announced to rechristen Allahabad to its old name Prayagraj. The decision was taken in a meeting of the Uttar Pradesh Cabinet chaired by the Chief Minister in Lucknow on Tuesday. State Government spokesperson and Health Minister Sidharth Nath Singh told reporters that now all departments like Railways and others would be asked to change the name of Allahabad to Prayagraj in their records.
Jharkhand: Former JMM MP Suraj Mandal joins BJP Prashant Pandey, Indian Express
Suraj Mandal, a former Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) MP — who was once named in the cash-for-vote controversy over a no-trust motion during Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao’s government in 1993 — has joined the BJP.
6 new Zika virus cases detected in Rajasthan Pioneer
Six new cases of Zika virus were detected in Jaipur Sunday, taking the total number of infected people to 61, a Rajasthan health department official said. The figures were issued after a review meeting chaired by Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) medical and health, Veenu Gupta.
UPA discriminated against Madhya Pradesh in fund allocation: Amit Shah Economic Times
BJP chief Amit Shah Sunday accused the previous Congress-led UPA government of discriminating against Madhya Pradesh in allocation of funds. He told a party workers' convention here that the UPA government had allocated Rs 1.34 lakh crore under the 13th Finance Commission, whereas the Narendra Modi government gave the state Rs 3.44 lakh crore as part of the 14th Finance Commission allocations.
After SP & BSP, NCP decides to go solo in MP Deepak Kumar Jha, Pioneer
In yet another shocker for the Congress, Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Friday announced to contest over 200 seats in the forthcoming Assembly election in Madhya Pradesh.
Death toll climbs to 24 in Cyclone Titli-hit Odisha, flood situation improves News18
The death toll in Cyclone Titli-hit Odisha rose to 24 Sunday after two more bodies were pulled out of the rubble brought by a landslide in Gajapati district, even as the flood situation in the state improved marginally, officials said. 
Slipper thrown at me was a publicity stunt: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar Times Now
Breaking his silence over a youth hurling a slipper at him recently, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Sunday termed the incident "absurd" and "meant for publicity", ruing that there was "no value for good work". The youth had on October 11 hurled slipper in the direction of the podium where Kumar was seated along with other senior JD(U) leaders.
Wife of Senior Congress Leader joins BJP in Telangana, withdraws move within hours News18
Social worker Padmini Reddy, wife of senior Congress leader C Damodar Rajanarasimha, joined the BJP here on Thursday but withdrew her decision within hours, saying she was moved by the reaction of Congress workers who were 'upset'.
Before anti-migrant violence, Gujarat proposed law to curb domicile residency period Avinash Nair, Indian Express
Unable to fill the “talent gap” between local and migrant labourers in Gujarat’s expanding industrial sector, the state BJP government is working on a proposal that will define a domicile as one who has resided in the state for two years — down from the current 15 years.
Bhilai blast: SteelMin announces compensation of Rs 30 lakh each to families of victims Money Control
Steel Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh announced a compensation of Rs 30 lakh each to the families of workers who lost their lives in a blast at SAIL's Bhilai Plant in Chhattisgarh, the steel ministry said.
Migrants flee Gujarat: BJP asks Alpesh Thakor to quit, Congress points at raj dharma Indian Express
The BJP and the Congress were engaged in a war of words on Tuesday over the violence against and flight of migrant workers from Gujarat. Accusing Gujarat Congress leaders of instigating the violence, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra asked Congress president Rahul Gandhi to expel his party MLA Alpesh Thakor for his “venomous” speeches to incite local residents in attacking outsiders.
  International News
170 killed as violence rocks Afghan polls Pioneer
Nearly 170 Afghans were killed or wounded in poll-related violence on Saturday, officials said, as the legislative election turned chaotic with many polling centres opening hours late — or not at all — due to technical glitches and lack of staff.
US withdrawal from Nuclear arms deal dangerous step, says Russia NDTV
Withdrawing from a Cold War-era nuclear weapons treaty with Russia as US President Donald Trump has announced he plans to do is a dangerous step, Russia's deputy foreign minister warned on Sunday.
US to ‘revise definition’ of H1B visa, move may hit Indian tech companies Hindustan Times
The Trump administration has said it is coming out with new proposals to not only revise the definition of specialty occupations under H-1B visas, but also the definition of employment under this foreign work visa category which is popular among Indian companies.
Canada becomes the Second Country to Legalise Cannabis News18
Earlier this year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had said cannabis will become legal in mid-October. Come October and it has finally become a reality. While medical marijuana is already legal in Canada, the drug is being legalized under the Cannabis Act, which is set to take effect from October 17.
Imran Khan's party suffers setback in bypolls; Sharif's PML-N improves its tally Times of India
In a setback to Prime Minister Imran Khan, the opposition alliance led by deposed premier Nawaz Sharif's PML-N gained five more parliamentary seats in bypolls, reducing the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party's margin in delicately balanced National Assembly.
Putin is ‘probably’ involved in assassinations and poisonings, but ‘it’s not in our country,’ says Trump Felicia Sonmez, WashingtonPost
President Trump said he believes that Russian President Vladi­mir Putin “probably” has been involved in assassinations and poisonings, but he appeared to dismiss the gravity of those actions, noting that they have not taken place in the United States.
Taliban kills 22 in attack on Afghan army base, toll to rise Times Now
Taliban militants killed at least 22 security forces, including a district police chief, in separate attacks on security checkpoints in two Afghan provinces, officials said on Sunday, ahead of parliamentary elections set for this week.
Pakistan Ready to Share Details of CPEC Debts with IMF for Bailout Quint
Pakistan is ready to share details of the debt related to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the country’s Finance Minister Asad Umar said while rejecting the US' view that China-funded projects were to blame for the cash-strapped country's current economic woes.
India will soon find out about my decision on CAATSA sanctions: Donald Trump Economic Times
President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that India "will soon find out" about his decision on the punitive CAATSA sanctions after India signed a USD 5 billion deal to purchase the much-vaunted S-400 air defence system from Russia.
Yameen’s party challenges poll defeat Meera Srinivasan, Hindu
Maldives’ outgoing President Abdulla Yameen has challenged his recent election defeat, with his Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) on Wednesday filing a legal petition claiming the September 23 presidential election was rigged.
Trump and China headed for a double-barrelled war Economic Times
China’s government has hit back at the Trump administration, accusing the US president of “bullying” over his aggressive tactics in the trade conflict between the two nations and saying it will “rise up” should things escalate further. “China doesn’t want a trade war, but would rise up to it should it break out,” Zhong Shan, China’s minister for commerce said Tuesday in a statement.
China to sell 48 high-end military Drones to Pakistan days after India’s S-400 deal News18
China will sell 48 high-end military drones to its "all-weather ally" Pakistan in what a military observer said will be the largest deal of its kind, official media here reported on Tuesday.
Detained in China, Interpol chief resigns Hindustan Times
The international police organisation Interpol announced Sunday that it has received the resignation of its Chinese chief Meng Hongwei, who has been missing since September 25 and is suspected by Beijing of “violating the law”.
Ex-ISIS sex slave Nadia, Dr Miracle win Nobel Peace Pioneer
Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege and Yazidi campaigner Nadia Murad, who shot to fame after fleeing ISIS  sexual slavery, won the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for their work in fighting sexual violence in conflicts around the world. The pair won the award “for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict,” Nobel committee chairwoman Berit Reiss-Andersen said in unveiling the winners in Oslo, an announcement which won international praise.

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