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  • Government announces 5% hike in Dearness Allowance for central government employees and pensioners; also approves one time payment of five lakh fifty thousand rupee each to over five thousand displaced kashmiri families who came from PoK.

  • Cabinet approves relaxation for mandatory requirement of  Aadhaar-seeded data for beneficiaries of PM- Kisan scheme till November 30th.

  • Second Informal Summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping to be held  in Tamilnadu on Friday.

  • Three scientists jointly awarded 2019 Nobel Prize  for Chemistry for their work on lithium-ion batteries.

  • Turkey launches military operation against Kurdish forces in Northern Syria following withdrawal of US troops.

  • In women's cricket: India defeat South Africa by eight wickets in first ODI at Vadodara.


The Government  announced five per cent hike in Dearness Allowance, for Central Government employees and pensioners. Briefing media after the Cabinet meeting in New Delhi today, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said, it will benefit 50 lakh Central Government employees and 65 lakh pensioners.

"In a major decision it has increased dearness allowances by five percent of central government employees and pensioner. It will entail upon nearly 16 thousands crore rupees and this the highest in a way five percent rise in one go, and more importantly on the eve of Diwali this will be paid from July 2019."

The government has also sanctioned a relief package for displaced Kashmiri families who had come from areas of Pakistan Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. An amount of 5.5 lakh rupees will be given per family. These 5,300 displaced families initially opted to move outside the State of Jammu and Kashmir but later on, returned and settled there. Mr Javadekar said the decision will provide justice to the displaced families.. 

"Today we have done justice to them. Today we have remote that injustice and now all these five thousands three hundred families will also gave five Lacs fifty thousand each family and this is historical wrong been corrected."

The Cabinet has also approved relaxation of the mandatory requirement of Aadhaar-seeded data as a pre-condition for release of funds to the beneficiaries under the PM-Kisan scheme. The relaxation will be till 30th November this year. The scheme provides income support of 6,000 rupees per year to landholding families, subject to certain exclusions. The amount is released in three 4-monthly installments of 2,000 rupees each directly to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries through Direct Benefit transfer mode.

"After finding out that there is some difficulties in some States for seeding of Aadhar account for their applications we are extended the Aadhar seeding limit  up to 30 November, and therefore because of non seeding who is not getting the six thousand prime minister Kisan Samman will get. Because this is the on the eve Rabi season they get timely assistance, this is unique scheme where 14 crore farmers are getting 87000 crore rupees and already more than 7 crore farmer have got it."

The Government also approved MoUs between India and Foreign Broadcasters in the field of Radio and Television. The MoUs will help the public broadcaster in exploring new visions and strategies to address new technological demands and stiff competition. Following the decision, broadcasting of programmes will be obtained through mutual exchange and co-production. This will lead to equity and inclusiveness among viewers and listeners of DD and AIR. Exchanges of technical Know-how, expertise and training of manpower will help the public broadcaster meet emerging challenges in the field of broadcasting.

The Cabinet was apprised of the progress under National Health Mission, NHM, and decisions of the Empowered Programme Committee and Mission Steering Group of the NHM. There has been decline in Infant and Maternal Mortality Rate since the launch of the Health Mission programmes.


 In Jammu and Kashmir, the State unit of the Congress has welcomed the Centre's decision to extend an ex-gratia relief of 5.5 lakh rupees each to 5,300 families who had come from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir and initially settled outside J&K, but relocated to the state later. JKPCC spokesperson Ravinder Sharma has, however, questioned as to why a full package, including a financial assistance of 25 lakh rupees per family, as recommended by the NC-Congress government, which was revised to 30 lakh by a Joint Parliamentary Committee, has not been sanctioned, so far. 


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

An official release said, the forthcoming  Informal Summit will provide an opportunity for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping to continue their discussions on overarching issues of bilateral, regional and global importance and to exchange views on deepening India-China Closer Development Partnership.

Government sources said, no signing of documents is expected during the Chinese President's visit as this is an informal summit.

"The coastal town of Mamallapuram, some sixty kilometres off Chennai is buzzing with activities to welcome the dignitaries, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping for the historic summit. All political parties in the state, both regional and national, have expressed happiness over choosing the ancient Pallava era port city, a UNSECO world heritage site as the summit venue. The second edition of the high profile informal summit carrying forward the Wuhan spirit have raised expectations that it would pave way for not only creating a conducive atmosphere for resolving issues but also to reinforce mutual trust and cooperation. With Anshuman Mishra, Jaya Singh, AIR News, Chennai."


New Delhi has said that its position has been consistent and clear that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and China is well aware of its position. In response to a query on reference to Kashmir in the meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, it is not for other countries to comment on the internal affairs of India.


The 2019 Nobel Prize for Chemistry has been announced. Three scientists, John Goodenough, Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino, have been jointly awarded the coveted prize for their development of lithium-ion batteries.

In a tweet, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm today said the laureates laid the foundation of a wireless and fossil fuel-free society. Goran Hansson, Secretary General of the Academy, said, the prize was about a rechargeable world.

John Goodenough of the University of Texas is the oldest laureate ever awarded a Nobel prize. M Stanley Whittingham is from the State University of New York at Binghamton and Akira Yoshino is of Asahi Kasei Corporation and Meijo University in Japan.


Turkish troops have begun an offensive in northern Syria, which could bring them into direct conflict with Kurdish-led forces allied to the United States. The decision was announced by Turkey's President  Erdogan. He tweeted, the Operation Peace Spring is targeting Islamic State and the Kurdish People's Protection Units. Erdogan said, the mission is to prevent the creation of a terror corridor across Turkey's southern border, and to bring peace to the area. President Donald Trump controversially withdrew US troops ahead of the action but says Turkey may face economic consequences. According to media reports, several large explosions were reported in the Syrian town of Ras al Ain, across the border from the Turkish city of Ceylanpinar.


BACK HOME, In Maharashtra, leaders across the political spectrum have hit the  campaign for the October 21st assembly polls. The most common link among all political rallies today was reactions to senior Congress leader Sushil Kumar Shinde’s suggestion of his party and NCP's merger as the sole option to tackle the rise of BJP and Shiv Sena.

"As the election campaign picks up, a battle of words has started between the ruling and opposition parties. Addressing different rallies, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray today said that the NCP and the grand old Congress party have already accepted defeat and are discussing a merger. They also raked up the issue of Rahul Gandhi missing in action. On the other hand, senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar, said the Congress and NCP have formed an alliance and are sure of winning 175 out of 288 assembly seats in the state. The senior Pawar, on the other hand attacked the BJP for using Army’s valour to win votes. Nisha Rani, AIR News, Mumbai."


In Haryana, BJP President Amit Shah addressed three election rallies at Kaithal, Loharu and Meham today. He spoke on nationalism, employment and good governance among other issues. Leaders of Opposition parties also addressed public gatherings today.

"In his rallies Amit Shah accuses the Congress of opposing the government's every decision taken in the national interest.

"तीन-तीन पीढि़यों तक शासन करा। मगर हिम्मत नहीं थी धारा-370 हटाने की। ये हरियाणे की जनता ने मोदी जी को प्रधानमंत्री बनाया। पहले ही संसद के सत्र के अंदर धारा-370 को हटाकर कश्मीर को भारत का अभिन् अंग बनाया।

Mr Shah also raised the local issues. He said that BJP government has delivered in 5 years rule in the state. Former Harayana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today addressed public rally in favour of Rohtak candidate Bharat Bhushan Batra. He criticized  BJP government policies and demanded white paper on group D appointments in the state. Ashwani Kumar Sharma, AIR News, Chandigarh."


In Haryana, senior Congress leader Sampat Singh joined the BJP at the election rally of Home Minister and party president Amit Shah in Meham today. He had resigned from Congress on Monday, alleging that  its leaders sold tickets. He also alleged that some Congress leaders had hijacked the party in the state.


 In Chhattisgarh, four Maoists, including two female rebels, surrendered in Sukma district of Bastar division today. One of them had a reward of five lakh rupees on her head. The Maoists surrendered before senior Police officers. Talking to AIR news, Sukma Supritendent of Police said the rebels were involved in various incidents:

"जो लोग सेंट्रल ऑर्गनाइजेशन के रूप में काम कर रहे हैं यह वही सेंट्रल आर्गेनाइजेशन के सदस्य थे। यह लोग काफी दिनों से एक्टिव थे। और  यह लोगो ने इच्छा जाहिर की थी, नक्सली विचारधारा को छोड़कर, जो हमारी आत्मसमर्पण की नीति है उससे प्रभावित होकर मुख्यधारा से जुड़ना  चाह रहे थे।"


In women's cricket, India won the first ODI against South Africa by eight wickets at  Vadodra  today taking a lead of 1-0 in three- match  series.  The hosts chased down 165 runs in 41.4 overs, with 8 wickets in hand. The second ODI will be played at the same venue on Friday. In Men's Cricket, the second test match between India and South Africa will begin from tomorrow at Pune. All India Radio will broadcast a bilingual live commentary on the match in Hindi and English. India lead the three-match series 1-nil.


"The BSE Sensex surged 646 points, or 1.72 per cent, to end at 38,178 while the broader NSE Nifty zoomed 187 points, or 1.68 per cent, to 11,313. The rupee today depreciated five paise to 71 rupees and seven paise against the US dollar. Gold prices today rose by 315 rupees to 39,325 rupees per 10 grams at the bullion market in the national capital. And, Brent crude prices were trading around 59 dollars per barrel. With Sanjio Kumar Singh, Paul Thottam, AIR News,


The Government today launched a device that will help provide information related to disaster warnings when fishermen move away from the coast beyond 10 to 12 kilometres. Gagan Enabled Mariner’s Instrument for Navigation and Information (GEMINI) device will disseminate seamless and effective emergency information and communication on disaster warnings to fishermen.

After unveiling the device in New Delhi, Science and Technology Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan said satellite-based communication is suitable to the dissemination of such emergency information.


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