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Will continue to address problem of industries: FM Sitharaman            PM Modi reiterates India’s commitment for strong, democratic and peaceful Maldives            Both Houses of Parliament adjourned sine die            Campaigning intensifies for 4th, 5th phase of Jharkhand Assembly polls            FIH unveils new world ranking system for 2020           

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  • Karnataka Assembly to reconvene on Monday to resume discussion on confidence motion moved by Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy.

  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to inaugurate two bridge projects in Kathua and Samba districts of Jammu and Kashmir today.

  • US says it doubts Pakistan's intentions in arresting terrorist Hafiz Saeed as his previous arrests made no difference.

  • In the Shooting Junior World Cup, Aishwarya Pratap Singh clinches gold in rifle 3-position event in Germany.

  • India's Asian Games silver in mixed relay event to be upgraded to gold as Kemi Adekoya of Bahrain fails dope test.


In Karnataka, the coalition government of Congress-JDS got two more days to prove majority on the floor of the Assembly as the Speaker adjourned the house till Monday. The House will reconvene at 1100 AM to continue discussion on the confidence motion moved by Chief Minister H.D.Kumaraswamy.

Governor Vajubhai Vala yesterday asked for the second time to take up the trust vote by the end of the day, after his previous deadline was ignored.

After the adjournment, Karnataka BJP President B.S.Yeddyurppa told reporters he would wait till Monday to decide the next course of action. He added he will not approach the Governor again and has submitted a report to the Central Government. More from our correspondent :-

"Speaking to reporters, Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah said that as many as 20 MLAs had sought permission from the speaker to speak during confidence motion. Only after these MLAs express their opinions voting will be held. On the other hand the adjournment motion is  a challenge for the ruling coalition and the BJP in keeping their flock together till Monday. With 15 MLAs having tendered resignation, the Congress-JD(S) coalition is down to 102 against the BJP’s tally of 107, including two Independents. R. MURTHY, AIR NEWS, BENGLAURU."


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will be on a day long visit to Jammu and Kashmir today. During the visit, he will pay tributes to the Martyrs on the 20th anniversary of the Kargil war. He will interact with troops and review the situation along the Line of Actual Control with China. The Defence Minister will also inaugurate two bridge projects on the rivers Ujh in Kathua district and Basantar in Samba district of Jammu division. These two bridges are significant for border security and connectivity.

The Defence Minister will be accompanied by Minister of State, in the Prime Minister Office, Dr. Jitendra Singh and Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat.


A team of National Commission for Scheduled Tribes will visit Sonbhadra District of Uttar Pradesh on Monday to inquire into the incident in which 10 persons belonging to Scheduled Tribes were killed over a land dispute. According to an official release, the team led by Dr. Nand Kumar Sai, the Commission Chairperson, will visit Umbha village and meet the family members of the deceased and the injured. The team will also hold a meeting with the Administrative and Police officers in the District.

The Commission also issued notices to the State Chief Secretary, Director General of Police, District Collector and SP of Sonbhadra District and asked them to send factual and action taken reports in the matter.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will share his thoughts with the people in his 'Mann Ki Baat' programme on All India Radio on the 28th of this month at 11 A.M. It will be the second edition of the programme after Mr Modi assumed office for his second term.

Our Correspondent reports, the Prime Minister has been raising various important issues through the monthly programme which is aired on the last Sunday of every month.

In the last episode, Prime Minister Modi had highlighted the importance of democracy.

"हमें जो बहुमुल्य लोकतंत्र मिला है उसे हम बहुत आसानी से ग्रांटेड मान लेते हैं। स्वयं यह याद दिलाते रहना चाहिए कि हमारा लोकतंत्र बहुत ही महान है और इस लोकतंत्र को हमारी रगों में जगह मिली है। सदियों की साधना से, पीढ़ी दर पीढ़ी के संस्कारों से, एक विशाल व्यापक मन की अवस्था से।


Reserve Bank Governor Shaktikanta Das has reiterated concerns over the "less-than-desired-level" of policy rate transmission by lenders. He met the heads of public sector banks in Mumbai yesterday. The Central Bank stated that the Governor spoke about the impact of the post-budget initiatives to address the credit crisis being faced by NBFCs and the role that banks can play in mitigating this. He also acknowledged discernible improvements in the banking sector. But, he pointed out that there are still several challenges to be addressed, particularly in regard to stressed asset resolution and credit flows to the needy sectors.

Mr Das also underlined the importance of expanding and deepening digital payments ecosystem.


Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman introduced the Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha yesterday. The bill seeks to provide for a comprehensive mechanism to ban unregulated deposit schemes, other than deposits taken in the ordinary course of business, and to protect depositors' interest. The legislation has adequate provisions for punishment and repayment of deposits in cases where such schemes manage to raise deposits illegally. The bill will replace the ordinance promulgated earlier in this regard.


The Trump Administration has expressed doubts over Pakistan's intentions in arresting terrorist Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of the 2001 Parliament attack and 2008 Mumbai attack. A senior administration official said ahead of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's US visit that the terrorist's previous arrests made no difference either to his activities or that of his outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba.

The official added, the US would press Mr. Khan to take irreversible action against terrorist and militant groups, and facilitate peace talks with Taliban for an intra-Afghan dialogue. He ruled out lifting suspension of security aid to Pakistan unless the White House sees sustained and irreversible action against these groups.


The Bihar government has transferred 181 crore 39 lakh rupees as relief money to each of the over three lakh flood affected families through direct benefit transfer in their bank accounts. The amount of six thousand will reach the beneficiary accounts in the next 48 hours. A report:

"The beneficiaries will also be informed about the transfer of money in their bank account through SMS. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has asked officials to make people aware through different mediums of publicity. Over 13 lakh families were affected in the recent floods in 921 panchayats in 12 districts. Over three lakh affected families have been provided the relief amount in the first phase. Meanwhile flood situation has begun to ease. With KK Lal from Patna, arti rana, air news".


In Kerala, the South West monsoon has intensified. Our Correspondent reports that major rivers are in spate in the state.

"As heavy rain continue in Kerala major rivers are in spate. 2 people died in rain related incidents and around 7 fishermen are reported to be missing from Kollam and Vizhinjam coastal region. There are reports of landslides in hilly region and heavy sea erosion in coastal belt. Meanwhile Met department has announced red in Idukki, Kozhikode, Waynad and Kasarkod districts and yellow and orange s across state. This is Mayusha for AiR News, Thiruvananthapuram."


In Karnataka, Samarthanam Trust for Disabled in Dharwad is working towards the education and livelihood of needy persons with disabilities. The Trust has trained hundreds of candidates since 2016 under the Deen Dayal Upadhay Kushal Vikas Yojana. A report:-

"Mr. Krishna Lamani , Samarthanam Trust, Centre Head for Dharwad says around 350 candidates have been trained for soft skills, communication skills and enabled to take up their livelihood.

under the programme we give them free accommodation, training, uniform, training kit and after training, they will be certified according to government norms. And our main motto is to empower them by training and providing them a skill.

"Mantesh Nilageri, Visually impaired has been appointed by Samarthanam in its Call Centre after the training. Mantesh is happy about the training and the job provided by Samarthanam.

"I am really happy. I have got lot of information from the training programme about BPO."

Ningappa Kallolli is another beneficiary a handicap.

"Now, I am working as a Market Executive, I collect food and I collect vegetables and collect Ration and submit to the Centre. I am very happy."

Samarthanam envisions to touch at least 100,000 lives by 2020. Jayanthi K Y, AIR NEWS, Dharwad".


A moderate earthquake of 5.5 magnitude on the Richter Scale jolted Arunachal Pradesh and adjoining Assam at around 4.24 am this morning.

"According to the Indian Meteorological Department, the epicenter of the earthquake is located at a depth of 10 KM in East Kameng District. In the last 24 hours, Arunachal Pradesh has been jolted by 4 moderate earthquakes, with three epicenters in East Kameng District alone. Yesterday, the State witnessed three moderate earthquakes with a magnitude of 5.6, 3.8 and 4.9 in the Richter Scale. There is no report of loss of life and property due to the earthquakes as of now. Rakesh Doley, AIR NEWS, Itanagar".


In the Shooting Junior World Cup, Aishwarya Pratap Singh Tomar clinched gold with a junior world record in the final of the rifle 3-position event in Suhl Germany, yesterday.

Facing a top-class field in the finals with multiple ISSF medallists and Russian Grigoril Shamakov, the reigning Youth Olympic Games champion, in the mix as well, Aishwarya began strongly and finished with a resounding victory.

India finished the ISSF tournament on top of the table with 10 gold, nine silver and five bronze for a total of 24 medals.


India are in line to get the Asian Games gold in 4x400 mixed relay as Kemi Adekoya of Bahrain, who was part of the gold winning team, has been handed a four-year ban for failing a dope test. The silver won by India's mixed relay team of Mohammad Anas, Hima Das, Arokia Rajiv and M R Poovamma at the Asian Games in Jakarta last year is set to be upgraded to gold.

Athletics Integrity Unit said that Adekoya's results between August 24, 2018 and November 26, 2018 will be disqualified. This also means that India's Anu Raghavan, who finished fourth in the 400m hurdles, is in line for the bronze as Adekoya won the gold in the event.

Following the race, India had officially lodged a complaint against Bahrain for obstruction, but it was turned down.


In Badminton, ace Indian shuttler P.V. Sindhu will play in the semi final match against Chen Y of China at the Indonesia Open today. Sindhu defeated Japan's N Okuhara in straight games 21-14, 14-07 in the quarter final yesterday. Chen Y defeated Zhang B of US 21-14, 21-17, 16-21 in the quarter finals. 


Culture Minister Prahlad Singh Patel inaugurated the architectural illumination of the historic Safdarjung Tomb in New Delhi yesterday.

A total of 213 technologically advanced LED lights have been used to highlight the 17th century monument. The consumption of LED lights is approximately 62 percent less than conventional light fixtures.    



  • The Karnataka crisis continues to receive prime focus in the press.

  • "HDK Government lives in Speaker's trust" is The Pioneer headline. The Times of India writes "HDK Government turns trust vote one-dayer into a Test match".

  • The Economic Times lead says "Bears Return to Dalal Street as Foreign Funds Head for Exit" The paper adds, "Tax worries take Toll".

  • "Deficient rain, floods hike vegetables' price; Tomato, Onion see up to 100 per cent rise" states The Pioneer.

  • "Blacklist fear forces Pakistan to shut 20 terror camps in PoK" ahead of the Financial Action Task Force meeting in October, reports The Indian Express.

  • The Asian Age writes, "Gulf tense as Iran, US in drone spat".

  • And Finally, "Only digital toll payment on all national highways soon" writes the Hindustan Times. "FASTag 'must' from December; just 1 lane for others" informs The Pioneer.



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