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Newly-elects of Lok Sabha are being administered oath by Dr Virendra Kumar            SC defers hearing on plea seeking safety and security for doctors in govt hospitals            Centre decides to send another high-level team to Bihar in view of Encephalitis            At least eleven dead, 122 injured in China earthquake            ICC Cricket World Cup: England to play Afghanistan today           

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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi calls upon people to build a New India taking inspiration from Swami Vivekananda's life.
  • Unique Identification Authority of India dismisses reports about Aadhaar Enrollment Software being vulnerable to hacking.
  • Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announces sharp reduction in power tariff.
  • Enforcement Directorate says Mehul Choksi diverted over 3,250 crore rupees to foreign countries; Home Minister Rajnath Singh promises stern action against such offenders.
  • At least 32 people killed in suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan.
  • And in Cricket; England beat India by 118 runs in the fifth and final Test to wrap up the series 4-1.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called upon people across the country to build a New India taking inspiration from the life of Swami Vivekananda. Addressing a programme to mark the 125th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s historic Chicago speech through video conferencing from New Delhi yesterday, Mr Modi said, the philosophy of Ek Bharat, Sreshtha Bharat is the essence of Swami Vivekanand's address. The function was organized by Sri Ramakrishna Math at Coimbatore. Appreciating the contributions of youth, Prime Minister said, Swami Vivekananda firmly believed that the future of India depended on youth and he is happy to see that today’s youth are marching ahead with a sense of mission. He said, new techniques in different areas have boosted the confidence of country and future of India depends on the youth. Mr Modi said, Swami Vivekananda has given the mantra of self confidence and patriotism. The Prime Minister said:-

With this vision of Swami Vivekanand, India is going forward with full self-confidence.What can we not achieve if we believe in ourselves and are willing to work hard? The world has recognised that India has age old traditions like Yoga and Ayurveda for health and wellness.

Mr Modi said, when India launches hundred satellites at one go and the world discusses Mangalyaan and Gaganyaan then it increases the self-confidence of the country further. He said:-

Today, when India launches hundred satellites at one go, when the world discusses Mangalyaan and Gaganyaan, when other countries try to replicate our digital apps like BHIM, then it increases the self-confidence of the country further.

Prime Minister also added that recently, the Asian Games, India's players have shown their confidence and hard work and made the country proud.


Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has dismissed news reports of Aadhaar Enrollment Software being vulnerable to hacking. The authority termed it as completely incorrect and irresponsible. The UIDAI said that certain vested interests are deliberately trying to create confusion in the minds of people which is completely unwarranted. We spoke to UIDAI CEO AB Pandey over the issue:-

Aadhaar database is completely safe and secure.The rumour claiming that a person can do Aadhaar enrollment without proper authentication and people can be enrolled without biometric is completely baseless and false. Even if hypothetically if any one does that there are many checks and balances at the back end and such faulty enrollment packets are rejected. And no Aadhaar number is generated and in such cases unscrupulous operators are blacklisted and prosecuted in appropriate cases.


Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has announced a sharp reduction in electricity tariff in the state. In the state assembly, the Chief Minister announced varying slabs of rebates for households consuming up to 500 units of electricity per month. Talking to All India Radio this morning, the Chief Minister said:-

साढ़े चार रूपये का रेट था जीरो से 200 यूनिट का पर मंथ, वो ढाई रूपये कर दिया है और इसमें भी जो लोग अपने बिलों को 50 यूनिट तक सीमित रखेंगे, उनको दो रूपये कर दिया है। इस प्रकार से यह लाभ 500 यूनिट तक खर्च करने वाले प्रति महीने उनको भी मिलेगा। एक अक्टूबर से यह योजना लागू होगी। लगभग 500 करोड़ रूपये से उपर का लाभ प्रति वर्ष जनता को मिलने वाला है। मै समझता हूं आम आदमी इससे बहुत राहत महसूस करेगा, जिन्होने पिछले कुछ समय से अपने बिल नहीं भरे हुए है,ये अपनी बारह किस्तों में वो सारे बिल भर देगें, उनकी सारी पेनाल्टीज और ब्याज सब माफ कर दिया है 

The subsidy will cost the state government 677 crore rupees per annum.


A high level officials team from the Election Commission of India held discussions with the representatives of political parties in Telangana yesterday over preparedness for holding Assembly elections. The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and All India Majlis Ithehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) have urged the Election Commission to hold Assembly elections in the state at the earliest. More from our correspondent:

In a significant development in the process for Telangana assembly  elections, the high level team of Election commission of India headed by Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha completed consultations with political parties and obtained the views from 9 recognised political parties. The high level team reached Hyderabad on a two day visit to assess the preparedness of the state for holding elections following the dissolution of the Assembly. The team will continue their meetings which include with the senior officials of the state administration in Hyderabad today. Lakshmi, air news, Hyderabad.


The Women and Child Development Ministry has issued an advisory on the deadly online game Momo challenge, asking parents to monitor social media activity of their children to ensure that they are not engaging in the dangerous game.

The Momo challenge consists of a variety of self-harming dares which becomes increasingly risky as the game progresses and it finally ends with a suicide challenge.


Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme is helping traditional artisans and unemployed youth of Himachal Pradesh in setting up micro-enterprises in the non-farm sector. We have a ground report from our Shimla correspondent:

Many youths in kullu district of Himachal Pradesh have been benefitted by this ambitious scheme. Rajkumar of lag valley in the district started his own business by taking loan under the scheme and gave employment to others.

To setup their own small enterprise unit under the Prime Minister Employment generation program a loan grant up to rupees 25 Lakh is easily available through Khadi Gram Udhyog board. Development officer Vivek Sharma of Khadi Gram Udhyog, board Kullu district stated that around six hundred ninety people have been benefitted so far through the scheme in the last three years. Sanjeev Sundriyal, AIR News, Shimla.


Enforcement Directorate, ED has said that absconding jeweller Mehul Choksi diverted over 3,250 crore rupees, amassed by defrauding Punjab National Bank, to foreign countries. ED said funds obtained from PNB's Brady House branch in Mumbai, were diverted to countries like Thailand, the US, Belgium, UAE, Italy, Japan and Hong Kong. In its chargesheet, ED said, these funds were fraudulently obtained by Choksi and his firms from the PNB by way of Letters of Undertaking and Foreign Letters of Credit.


Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said that government is taking effective action against those who fled the country after committing bank frauds. Talking to media persons in Kanpur yesterday after surfacing of a video of fugitive Mehul Choksi, he said Central government has enacted new law to take stern action against such offenders. Home Minister was in Kanpur to attend the convocation of Chhatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj University. Addressing the convocation, Mr Singh called upon students to inculcate social values along with acquiring knowledge. Our correspondent has more details:-

Remembering the 9/11 terror attack on it’ 17th anniversary Home Minister said that terrorists who blew up the twin towers were also educated but they only had knowledge not social and ethical values. Rajnath Singh said that Youngsters should understand India and its significance, and play an important role in making the country a world leader. Due to lack of ethics, youth associated with al-Qaida have turned destructive. Home Minister said that strength of India lies in nationalism, cultural heritage and unity. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW.


Fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya will appear today before a London court for a hearing in his extradition case. The judge is expected to review a video of the Mumbai jail cell prepared by the Indian authorities for the embattled liquor tycoon. Mr Mallya, who has been on bail on an extradition warrant since his arrest in April last year, is fighting extradition to India on charges of fraud and money laundering amounting to around 9,000 crore rupees.


Bhabha Atomic Research Centre has re-commissioned the country's oldest research reactor 'Apsara' with a higher capacity. The reactor was shut down in 2009 for a revamp. In a statement issued from Mumbai yesterday, BARC informed that the reactor came into existence in August 1956 and was utilised for various experiments including neutron activation analysis, radiation damage studies, forensic research, neutron radiography and shielding experiments.


In Afghanistan, at least 32 people were killed and over 120 injured in Nangarhar province yesterday following a devastating suicide bomb attack on protesters who were calling for the dismissal of a police commander. According to Attaullah Khogyani, the spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar, a suicide bomber approached the crowded tent where the protesters had gathered and detonated his explosive vest. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.


In the United States, authorities have declared a state of emergency in the capital Washington, as Hurricane Florence bears down on the US East Coast, threatening torrential rain and flooding in the region. Mayor Muriel Bowser told a news conference that the 15 days emergency was effective immediately.


England beat India by 118 runs in the fifth and final cricket Test to wrap up the series 4-1 at the Oval in London last night.

Chasing a mammoth target of 464 runs, India were all out for 345 runs on the last day of the match. Earlier, KL Rahul scoring 149 runs and Rishabh Pant 114 raised the visions of an improbable victory before Adil Rashid taking 2 wickets for 63 in 15 overs dashed their hopes with a twin blow.


Newspapers Headlines

  • The Prime Minister announcing hike for ASHA workers as Diwali gift, Delhi University student elections today and a despairing nun seeking justice against sexual abuse by a bishop by writing to the Vatican are some of the major stories noticed by the papers along with other stories.

  • The Hindustan Times notes, ''DUSU elections today, stage set for tight three-way fight," while the DNA says'' DUSU: students from 53 colleges to cast vote today,'' adding that this year's polls are a tripartite contest, with NSUI, ABVP and CYSS-AISA in fray.

  • Ex RBI Governor, Raghuram Rajan submitting a note on non-performing assets to the Parliament Estimates Committee is given traction in the press. The Hindu Business Line says,'' Rajan traces NPA mess to banks' excesses in 2006-08, '' While The Pioneer quotes Rajan in its headline, ''Both UPA, NDA led to NPAs,'' and the Hindustan Times writes, ''Both BJP, Congress claim victory over Rajan note.''

  • The distressed nun seeking justice is noticed by all the papers. The Hindu says, ''Nun petitions Vatican envoy against bishop,'' the Hindustan Times notes, ''Kerala nun writes to Vatican, alleges probe under threat.''

  •  The Hindustan Times says "PM announces big pay hike for Asha, anganwadi staff," The DNA writes, "With eye on polls, PM hikes anganwadi workers' pay," and The Indian Express reports, "PM announces Diwali gift: Pay hike for 24 lakh frontline health workers."

  • The Dailies also carry some alarming stories on damage to nature. The Hindu reports, ''Damage to Aravallis scary, says Supreme Court.'' The Hindustan Times reports on Delhi government's data saying,'' A tree cut every hour over the last 13 years.''

  • The fans of musical duo Shankar Jaikishan have some news to cheer. The National Film Archives of India has acquired music director, Shankar's piano with the maestro's grandson presenting the instrument to the film body. "A new home for Shankar's piano," writes The Hindu.


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