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  • Chinese President Xi Jinping to visit India on October 11-12 for Second Informal Summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Chennai.

  • Rafale jets to enhance the capability of Indian Air Force; First air craft handed over to Defence Minister in France .

  • Election Commission team is visiting Haryana to take stock of preparations of state Assembly election.

  • Today is the last day for filing of nominations for Block Development Council elections in Jammu and Kashmir.

  • And in Women's Cricket, South Africa sets victory target of 165 runs in first ODI against India in Vadodara.


Chinese President Xi Jinping will be on a two-day visit to India from 11th of this month for the Second Informal Summit to be held in Chennai.  He will be accompanied by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Mr Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had their inaugural Informal Summit in Wuhan, China in April last year. 

The objective of the Informal Summit is to build contacts at the highest level, exchange views on strategic issues and create broad pathway for progress in bilateral ties. A report :

"Mamallapuram, the historical coastal town, is hosting the two leaders for the Informal Summit on Friday. It is a world heritage site with strong connections with China which also showcases the tourism potential of Tamil Nadu. Mamallapuram was the sea port of the Pallava dynasty who had trade ties with ancient China. Buddhist monk Bodhidharma traveled to China via Mamallapuram and contributed to the spread of Buddhism in China. Chinese monk Hiuen Tsang alighted on this port town to continue his journey to Kancheepuram in the 7th century A.D. The year 2020 will mark the 70th anniversary of diplomatic ties between China and India. Last year, bilateral trade between the two nations reached an all-time high of 95.54 billion dollars. Suparna Saikia, AIR News, Delhi."

According to official sources, the two countries are also likely to hold joint an anti-terror exercise in December. 

On the issue of Pakistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan's visit to China ahead of Mr Jinping's visit to India, highly placed sources said it need not be seen as a hyphenation since it is of no concern to India.

Ahead of the visit, Chinese Ambassador to India Sun Weidong has said that the two countries should resolve the boundary question through dialogue and consultation.

"We are striving for a fair, reasonable and mutual acceptable solution to the boundary question and before the final settlements of the boundary question, we need to jointly maintain peace and tranquillity in the border areas. It is normal for the neighbour to have differences."

In an interview to a news agency, the Chinese envoy called the boundary question a complex and sensitive issue. He added that the issue is only one part of China-India relations, and the two countries need to keep in mind the larger picture of the bilateral ties.

Meanwhile, preparations are in full swing in Mamallapuram for the Summit between Prime Minister Modi and Chinese President.


The first of the 36 French-made Rafale aircraft acquired by the Indian Air Force was handed over to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. He took part in the handover ceremony with his French counterpart Florence Parly at Dassault Aviation facility in Merignac, France. The Defence Minister performed Shastra Puja on the new aircraft and undertook a sortie in the Rafale.

Mr. Singh stated that Rafale multi-role fighter jets will boost India's air dominance exponentially. Talking to media persons at Merignac, he added that India does not purchase arms and other defence equipments to threaten any country but to increase its capabilities and strengthen defences.

"क्रेडिट देना चाहता हूं अपने प्राइम मिनिस्टर नरेन्द्र मोदी को कि उनके एक डिसाइसिवनेस के कारण ही यह फैसला हो पाया और हमारे एयरफोर्स की यह कम्बेट केपेबिलिटी में यह इजाफा हुआ है। मैंने स्वयं ;;; ली है और बहुत ही कम्फरटेबल फ्लाइट थी।"

The Defence Minister said the handover also marks a new milestone in the Indo-French strategic partnership.

Talking to AIR, Air Vice Marshal Manmohan Singh Bahdur said that the induction of Rafale into the Indian Air Force is a landmark event.

"The induction of Rafale into the Indian Air force is a landmark event because it brings two things to the Indian Air force, first strike capability and also a capability for beyond visual range engagements, with its metereoids air to air missile. With its hard points which are around 14, it carries a big bomb load with modern avionics, good navigation system and it is when merged with Integrated Air Command and Control System, it will revolutionize the battle field for the Air force."


Filing of nominations for elections to chairpersons of Block Development Councils (BDC) in 310 blocks of Jammu and Kashmir will end today. The scrutiny of nominations will take place tomorrow and the last date for withdrawal of nominations is Friday.

Meanwhile,Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee has decided to boycott the upcoming Block Development Council (BDC) elections in the state which are scheduled to be held on 24th of October. Talking to AIR Jammu Correspondent, Party Spokesman Ravinder Sharma alleged that due to the non-cooperation from the government and continued detention of Senior Congress leaders  from Kashmir Valley, the party has decided to boycott the elections. He said that even as Government unilaterally announced holding BDC elections that too on party basis. Congress party had shown its willingness to participate in the polls hoping that government will create conducive atmosphere and lift all the restrictions on the senior Congress leaders from the Valley.


Legislative assembly elections are scheduled to be held in Haryana and Maharashtra on the 21st of this month.

The high-level team of Election Commission is reaching Haryana today to review poll preparedness in the state.

State Chief Electoral Officer, CEO Anurag Agarwal said that the team will reach Chandigarh and hold meetings with political parties later in the afternoon. After that, there will be a meeting with the CEO and State Nodal Officers of Haryana.

He informed that the team will also meet with the Divisional Commissioners of the State, District Election Officers, and Police officials tomorrow to discuss important concerns regarding the Assembly elections. The Commission will hold a meeting with Haryana Chief Secretary also before a media interaction in the evening.

In Maharashtra, local and state leaders across party lines have kicked up their poll campaigns by announcing mega rallies throughout the state. While the Shiv Sena and BJP are focussing on drought relief, farm loan waiver and infrastructure development in their campaigns, the Congress and NCP have focused on misuse of investigative agencies like the Enforcement Directorate and lack of development . More from our correspondent :

"A certain gloom is visible in the Congress-NCP circle with senior Congress leader Sushil Kumar Shinde suggesting that the Sharad Pawar led Nationalist Congress Party must merge with its parent party in order to defeat the rising saffron tide. Even as NCP Chief Sharad Pawar has rejected any such possibility. Meanwhile, in a bid to woo voters ahead of the poll scheduled on 21st October, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will hold six rallies today in Nashik and Dhule district while his alliance partner, Shivsena President Uddhav Thackeray will hold five rallies in Shirdi district. On the other hand, State Congress President will address five rallies across Pune .WITH NISHA RANI, KUNAL SHINDE,AIR NEWS,MUMBAI."


News just in,

Union Government has announced five per cent Dearness Allowance for Central Government employees and pensioners. Briefing media after Cabinet meeting in New Delhi, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar described it as a Diwali gift from government.


In Women's Cricket, chasing the target of 165 runs, Team India were at 77 for no loss in 20th over in the first One-Day International match against South Africa in Vadodara, when the reports last came in.

Jhulan Goswami scalped three wickets while Shikha Pandey, Ekta Bisht and Poonam Yadav took two wickets each for the hosts. Earlier, India received a major blow as opener Smriti Mandhana was ruled out due to an injury.


After a convincing performance in the first Test at Visakhapatnam, India will now take on South Africa in the second Test at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune starting Thursday.   While talking with reporters, Indian Skipper Virat Kohli said that though we know how to play in our conditions, it is difficult when conditions are challenging.


In Boxing, Lovlina Borgohain in 69 kilogram category and debutant Jamuna Boro in 54 kilogram marched into the quarterfinals of the World Women's Championships at Ulan-Ude in Russia today.



World Post Day is being celebrated today. Ninth of October was declared by the 1969 Universal Postal Congress in Tokyo as a means to mark the anniversary of the Universal Postal Union's creation. Taking a walk down memory lane, the Day acknowledges the contribution of Postal services to global social and economic development.


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