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0815 HRS.

16th October, 2017


  • Filing of nominations for Assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh begins today.
  • Government orders partial withdrawal of central forces from Darjeeling hill area of West Bengal.
  • Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to commission indigenously-built anti-submarine warship INS Kiltan into the Indian Navy in Visakhapatnam.
  • Railways to start new tri-weekly special Rajdhani on Delhi-Mumbai route from today.
  • In Egypt, at least 24 terrorists and 6 soldiers killed as armed forces foil terror attacks in North Sinai region.
  • In FIFA Under-17 World Cup, Colombia takes on Germany and the United States meet Paraguay in pre-quarterfinal in New Delhi today.


The filing of nominations for Assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh will begin today with the issuance of notification. Chief Electoral Officer Pushpender Rajput said, the last date for filing of nominations will be the 23rd of October and scrutiny will take place the next day. Last day for withdrawal of nominations will be the 26th of this month, while polling will be held on the 9th of next month in a single phase. Counting of votes will be taken up on 18th of December. Mr Rajput said, voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) machines will be used on all polling booths for the first time in Himachal Assembly polls. 

"Out of 68 assembly constituencies 17 are reserved for Scheduled Caste and three for Scheduled Tribes. Both the major political parties ruling Congress and opposition BJP are yet to finalize their candidates. The top BJP leadership is discussing the issue since past two days in Delhi and the announcement is expected today. On the other hand, congress party has announced to release list of its candidates by 20th October. Shishu Sharma Shantal, AIR News, Shimla."


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit his home state Gujarat today. Mr Modi will participate in the Gujarat Gaurav Mahasammelan to be held at Bhat gam near Gandhinagar in the afternoon. The Prime Minister will also address a rally of BJP workers from across the state. The function will mark the conclusion of the 15-day long Gujarat Gaurav Yatra.

Ahead of the visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has saluted the people of Gujarat for blessing BJP for decades. In a series of tweets, Mr Modi said BJP will always fulfill the dreams of every Gujarati with full strength and vigour. The Prime Minister said, Gujarat Gaurav Yatras showcased the spirit of Jan Shakti and reflected Gujarat's strong faith in the politics of development and good governance. Mr Modi said, Gujarat Gaurav Yatras covered almost 4,500 kms and 149 Assembly seats. 

Our correspondent reports, that the BJP National President Amit Shah will also be present at the concluding ceremony of the Yatra.

"The Gaurav Yatra was meant to highlight the achievements of the BJP government in the State. The first leg of the yatra started from Karamsad, the native place of Sardar Patel on October 1, and travelled through districts of Central and North Gujarat, whereas the Second leg started on October 2 from Porbandar, the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, which passed through Saurashtra and South Gujarat. Various Union Ministers including Home Minister Rajnath Singh, I & B Minister Smriti Irani addressed rallies at different places during the yatra.  APARNA KHUNT, AIR NEWS, AHMEDABAD."


The Government has decided partial withdrawal of central forces from the Darjeeling hill area of West Bengal. The Union Home Ministry yesterday sent a notice to this effect to the state government saying that ten companies of central forces will be withdrawn from the hill areas from today. Five companies of central forces will remain in the hills to maintain law and order helping state government administration. The West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has expressed strong resentment over the central government’s decision.


Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju has said that the rights of indigenous people of Arunachal Pradesh will be protected and they will not be let down because of Chakma and Hajong refugees. The Supreme Court had in 2015 directed the central government to grant citizenship to Chakma and Hajong refugees, mostly staying in Arunachal Pradesh. The nearly one lakh refugees came from the erstwhile East Pakistan five decades ago. Mr Rijiju was speaking at the golden jubilee celebrations of All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union in Itanagar yesterday. He blamed the erstwhile Congress government for bringing the Chakmas and Hajongs to the state during their tenure.


Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will today commission an indigenously-built anti-submarine warfare stealth corvette INS Kiltan into the Indian Navy at the Naval Dockyard in Visakhapatnam. The commissioning ceremony will be attended by Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba and a host of other dignitaries. A Navy statement said, the country is becoming self-reliant through indigenisation, thus, accentuating the national objective of Make in India.

"INS Kiltan is the latest indigenous warship after Shivalik Class, Kolkata Class and sister ships INS Kamorta and INS Kadmatt to have joined the Indian Navy's arsenal. It  has been designed by the Indian Navy's in-house organisation Directorate of Naval Design and built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers in Kolkata. INS Kiltan portrays the growing capability of the Indian Navy. It is India's first major warship to have a superstructure of carbon fibre composite material resulting in improved stealth    features, lower top weight and maintenance costs. The ship derives its name from one of the islands in Aminidivi group of the strategically located Lakshadweep and Minicoy group of islands. Abhishek Kumar, News Desk."


JD(U) President and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has justified his decision to realign with the BJP saying he took the decision in the larger interest of Bihar and its people. Addressing a function in Patna, Mr Nitish Kumar praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for leading from the front and said he has the courage to take bold decisions like demonitisation and implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST) for the development of the country.


Railways will introduce a new tri-weekly special Rajdhani on Delhi - Mumbai route from today. It will run from Hazrat Nizamuddin and will have stoppages at Kota, Vadodara and Surat stations. Our correspondent reports that there will be no Flexi fare component in the fare structure of the train.

"The special Rajdhani train will save around two hours in journey time in comparison to existing Mumbai Rajdhani. The fare for the train in 3rd AC will be five hundred to six hundred rupees lower than the maximum flexi fare of 3rd AC in Mumbai Rajdhani. The fare for 2nd AC will be lower by around 700 to 800 rupees. The catering services in the train will be optional. The train will comprise of one first AC, two 2nd AC and twelve 3rd AC compartments and one pantry car. With Dipendra, Shiela, AIR News, Delhi."


Railways has issued a show case notice to catering contractor and contemplating stern action in Tejas Express food poisoning case. Yesterday, the Mumbai-bound 26 passengers complained of uneasiness and nausea after having breakfast served on the train. An enquiry has also been ordered in the case. An IRCTC officer and a catering manager have been placed under suspension after the incident.


Union Minister for Road,Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari said that CPM is spreading violence in Kerala and accused the Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan of sponsoring the same. The Minister was speaking at a meeting of BJP's Jana Raksha Yatra at Kollam in Kerala. Mr Gadkari said that democracy will not exist in a situation of fear and violence and the Modi Government is committed to protect the people against any atrocities.


Union minister Colonel Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said that government has started sending money to Gram panchyats directly so that they can plan their development works on their own. Addressing a programme under Sansad Aapke Dwar at khadav village in Jaipur District, Colonel Rathore said that government is sending money according to the population of the village and it has been increasing every year to strengthen the rural India.


In some international news now, at least 24 terrorists and 6 soldiers were killed in Egypt as armed forces foiled terror attacks in restive North Sinai region yesterday. Terror group Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks. Army said, one terrorist was also injured during the clashes. Armed forces also destroyed two vehicles used by terrorists. North Sinai has witnessed many terrorist attacks since the January 2011 revolution that toppled ex-president Hosni Mubarak.


The death toll in worst suicide bombing attack in Somalia has risen to 276. Police said the death toll could rise further because there are more than 300 injured and some of them seriously. Police described the bombing as the deadliest attack ever. World leaders have strongly condemned the incident.


US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said, Iran needs to be held accountable for its support to terrorism and violations of the Iran nuclear deal. Haley defended the new Iranian policy of President Donald Trump who has threatened to terminate the landmark agreement. US Ambassador to the UN told ABC News that this new policy sends a perfect message to North Korea that if it enters a deal with the US, it should adhere to it and that the US will not tolerate its violation.



In the FIFA Under-17 World Cup, two pre-quarterfinal matches will be played at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi today. While Colombia will take on Germany at 5 PM, the United States will meet Paraguay at 8 PM.

Meanwhile, FIFA Under-17 World Cup tournament director Javier Ceppi said that the event has been more successful than the ICC World Cup 2011 in terms of spectators turnout. Talking to reporters in Kolkata yesterday, he said that doors are now open for India to get the next edition's U-20 World Cup.


The News Services Division of All India Radio in its weekly bilingual live phone-in programme “PUBLIC SPEAK” will bring you a discussion tonight on “प्रदूषण मुक् त्योहार।” (“Pradushan Mukta Tyohar”.)

This can be heard on FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies from 9:30 PM. Listeners can ask questions to the experts sitting in our Studio on Toll Free Telephone No: 1800-115767. You can also ask questions on telephone number: 011-2331-4444 and post queries on our Twitter handle @airnews alerts by #tag Askair. This programme is also available on Doordarshan DTH.



  • "IMF Chief now lauds GST, demonetisation" headlines theDNA. The Paper quotes the IMF Chief saying that this has resulted in a "little bit of a short term slow down.
  • The Pioneer reports that with Diwali just 4 days away-Delhi's air pollution is now in severe darkest red zone.
  • "Jakhar's Gurdaspur stunner" headlines The Tribune referring to the stunning victory of Punjab Congress Chief, Son of a former Minister Balram Jakhar in the Gurdaspur by election by a margin of 1.93 lakh votes.
  • A section of people in Madhya Pradesh are against crackers-- No not necessarily due to pollution but due to the fact that they have images of Hindu Gods and Goddesses on them which is insulting.
  • The Asian Age reports on the detained Jamaat-ud-Dawa Chief Hafiz Sayeed as close to walking free as Pakistan drops terror charges on him.
  • The Delhi Police are haunted by the growing number of suicides in their own ranks. On an average one suicide a month due to depression and anxiety. High stress levels, erratic working hours and thankless nature of the job are some of the issues reports the Mail Today.
  • Some other stories covered by newspapers are:- Yet another Rss worker being hacked in Kerala/ Scientists to develop pollution free crackers/ More farmers in Yavatmal affected by pesticide poisoning/ Film maker Lekh Tendon passing away/a Punjabi NRI Satwant Singh improving the walls, toilets, and libraries of Indian government Schools.


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