And in Sports,
- Uttar Pradesh
government accepts report of probe committee on death of children in a hospital
of Gorakhpur; Criminal action recommended against guilty officials.
- Rajasthan gives reservation to Jats under OBC
- Haryana and Punjab
on high alert ahead of verdict on Sirsa Dera Chief Ram Rahim Singh in a sexual
exploitation case; Army may be called if required, says Haryana government.
- Supreme Court likely
to pronounce its judgment today on whether the right to privacy can be held as
a fundamental right.
- Centre finalises new
cadre policy for IAS, IPS and IFOS to ensure national integration in
- India's Ajay Jayaram
enters pre-quarterfinal of World Badminton Championships in Glasgow.
The Uttar Pradesh
government has accepted the report of the high-power committee which probed the
death of scores of children in the state-run BRD Medical College hospital in
Gorakhpur. An official spokesman said, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered
immediate action against all the guilty officials. The report was submitted to
the government on Tuesday. Here is more from our correspondent:
"The probe committee recommended initiating
criminal action against then principal of the BRD Medical College Dr Rajiv
Mishra and two other doctors Dr Satish and Dr Kafeel Khan and supplier of
oxygen to the college Pushpa Sales. Chief Secretary committee has also
recommended action under the Prevention of Corruption Act against the then
principal Dr Misra, his wife Dr Poornima Shukla, staff of accounts department
of the medical college and chief pharmacist Gajanan Jaiswal. The committee has
also recommended a special audit by the CAG into the purchase of the medicines
and chemicals by the medical college in the past three years. Mr Yogi had
formed the committee on August 12th to probe the incident. Sunil Shukla, AIR news, Lucknow."
In Rajasthan, Jats of Dholpur and Bharatpur districts
have been given reservation under the Other Backward Class (OBC) category. The
State Social Justice and Empowerment department issued a notification in this
regard yesterday after approval from the Cabinet. It was a long pending demand
of the Jat community residing in both the districts to include them in the OBC
Haryana and Punjab
have been put on high alert and prohibitory orders imposed ahead of the court
verdict in a sexual exploitation case against Dera Sacha Sauda Chief Gurmeet
Ram Rahim Singh. The Centre has also assured all possible help to the Punjab
and Haryana governments to deal with any situation. According to a Home
Ministry spokesperson in Delhi, the Centre is in regular touch with the governments
of Punjab and Haryana.
Section 144 of CrPC has been imposed in all districts of Haryana. Haryana
Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Ram Niwas said, the state government will
also call in the Army, if necessary. He has appealed to Dera followers to
co-operate with the government to maintain peace and harmony in the state.
colleges and Universities in Chandigarh and Panchkula districts of Haryana will
remain closed today and tomorrow as a precautionary measure.
The government has
finalized a new cadre policy of IAS, IPS and Indian Forest Service officers
aimed at ensuring national integration in the country's top bureaucracy.
Officers of all-India services - the Indian Administrative Service (IAS),
Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFoS) - will have to
choose cadres from a set of zones instead of states.
Under the new
policy, candidates can only select one state or cadre from a zone as their
first choice. Their second, third, fourth and fifth choices have to be from the
According to an
official of the Personnel department, the new policy will seek to ensure that
officers from Bihar, for instance, will get to work in southern and
north-eastern states, which may not be their preferred cadres. He said the new
policy would help in upholding the rationale behind the all-India services.
The Supreme Court is
likely to pronounce its judgment today on whether the right to privacy can be
held as a fundamental right under the Constitution. A nine-judge constitution
bench, headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar, had reserved its verdict on the 2nd
of this month after hearing marathon arguments. During the hearing, submissions
were advanced in favour and against the inclusion of the right to privacy as a
issue had emerged when the apex court was dealing with a batch of petitions
challenging the Centre's move to make Aadhaar mandatory for availing the
benefits of various social welfare schemes.
A campaign to
protect Indian rivers will be flagged off in Kanyakumari on the first of next
month. The 30-day 'Rally for Rivers', being launched by the Isha foundation, is
aimed at creating awareness about the urgency to rejuvenate fast depleting
rivers. In an exclusive interview to All India Radio, the founder of Isha
foundation, Sadhguru said, the campaign will include 23 major and numerous
smaller events, both online and offline to involve all segments of society.
"We, as a generation of people, have taken the largest bite of this
planet. Never before any particular generation has used up as much as we have
used up. So, I want millions of people to come out and show their
responsibility for the well being of the future generations. 23 major events in
all the cities, people can participate in that, in whichever way you want, in
social media or physically in the events."
the projects related to the cleaning of Ganga and Yamuna Rivers, Sadhguru said,
every citizen of this country has to contribute for the success of the
The full interview with Sadhguru can be heard at 9:30 PM today on 106.4 FM Gold
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold talks with his
Nepalese counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba in New Delhi today. Mr Deuba arrived in
the national capital yesterday on a five day state visit to India. Our
correspondent reports a
high-level delegation is accompanying the Nepalese Prime Minister.
Deuba will be accorded ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan this morning.
He will also visit Rajghat to pay tributes to Father of the Nation Mahatma
Gandhi. During the talks in
the afternoon, Mr Modi and Mr Deuba will review the entire gamut of bilateral
ties and discuss ways to further deepen the special relationship. The two sides
will also sign and exchange agreements. The two leaders will also launch
India-Nepal Transmission lines. Mr Deuba is also
scheduled to call on President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah
Naidu. This is Mr Deuba's first visit abroad after assuming the office of Prime
Minister of Nepal in June this year. With SANT BAHADUR, ANUPAM MISHRA, AIR NEWS
Prime Minister of
Nepal, Sher Bahadur Deuba has reposed
faith in Make in India initiative saying, it will also help Nepal in reviving
its manufacturing sector and create jobs. Speaking at a India-Nepal Business Forum
meeting in New Delhi yesterday, Mr Deuba said, through Foreign
Direct Investment, Nepal is eager to participate
in scaling up benefit from the regional value chain. The Nepalese Premier said, his goal is to work for the future of the youth.
A two-day Meeting of Heads of Governments of Shanghai
Cooperation Organization (SCO) Member States will begin today at Cholpon Ata in
Kyrgyz Republic. The meeting will focus on prevention and elimination of
emergency situations. Home Minister Rajnath Singh is leading the Indian
delegation which includes senior officers from Home and External Affairs
Ministries and National Disaster Management Authority. A report:
"During the visit, Mr Rajnath Singh is also
likely to have bilateral meetings with the Ministers of some of the SCO Member
States. India had joined the grouping at a summit in June in
Kazakhstan capital Astana. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had attended the meet. The participation of India as SCO Member will open
additional opportunities for giving new impetus to the development of
international co-operation in the field of protecting the population and
territories from emergency situations within the framework of the Organisation.
meeting will consider and approve the draft action plan for 2018-2019 for the
implementation of the agreement between the member states on cooperation in
providing assistance in the elimination of emergency situations. SAVVY HASAN KHAN, NEWS DESK."
Indian and Pakistani Armies held a flag meeting
yesterday on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir against the
backdrop of several ceasefire violations. Both sides agreed to institute
mechanisms to ensure durable peace and tranquility along the border. A Defence
Ministry spokesman said in Jammu that the flag meeting was held between
Battalion Commander-level officers at Chakan-Da-Bagh in Poonch Sector. The
official said, in the meeting, the Indian side highlighted abetment and support
of the Pakistan Army to cross-border terrorism, sniping actions on the LoC and
deliberate targeting of civil population during ceasefire violations. The
spokesman said, resumption of trade and transit through Chakan-Da-Bagh was also
discussed during the flag meeting.
The Kerala High Court has absolved Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in the
SNC Lavlin corruption case saying there is no prima facie evidence against him.
The High Court rejected the petition of the CBI and said that he cannot be held
accountable for the loss to the exchequer. The court also said that the CBI
made Pinarayi Vijayan a scapegoat and noted that the charges against him are
not based on facts.
Northern Bihar continues
to bear the brunt of flood fury. Flood water is spreading in areas of
Muzaffarpur, Darbhanga, Samastipur and Gopalganj districts. Surging water of
Burhi Gandak is entering into urban areas of Muzaffarpur and Darbhanga.
Turbulent water is posing a threat to embankment in Samastipur. Bagmati, Kamla
Balan and Ganga are flowing above danger mark and are maintaining a rising
trend. Our correspondent reports that over one crore 60 lakh people have been
hit by floods.
"The death toll due to the floods has mounted to
376. Over 25,000 houses have been damaged and around eight lakh people have
been shifted to safer places. More than 4 lakh 30,000 people are taking shelter
in relief camps. Nearly 1,600 community kitchens are working in the affected
areas. Medical camps have also been set up and free medicines are being
provided to the people. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will visit the affected
areas of Motihari. He said, there is no dearth of funds for providing relief to
the flood victims. With KK Lal's report
from Patna, Anuja Kumar for AIR NEWS."
On to Sports,
the World Badminton Championships in Glasgow, another Indian Ajay Jayaram has
made it to the last 16 of the Men's Singles. Jayaram defeated Mark Caljouw of the
Netherlands 21-13, 21-18 to enter the pre-quarterfinals. Three out of four
Indian players have made their way into the pre-quarterfinals.
In other Men's
Singles pre-quarterfinals, Kidambi Srikanth will face 14th seed Anders Antonsen
of Denmark today while Singapore Open champion B Sai Praneeth will next take on
Chinese Taipei's Chou Tien Chen and Ajay Jayaram will clash with Chinese Chen
In the Women's Singles, Saina Nehwal will
clash with second seed Sung Ji Hyun of South Korea.
India will take on
Sri Lanka in the second one day cricket international at Pallekele this
afternoon. All India Radio will broadcast a running commentary alternately in
Hindi and English on the Day/Night match. It can be heard on Rajdhani, FM Gold
and additional frequencies from 2.30 PM.
responsibility and corrective measures post consecutive rail accidents, and
government setting up a committee to examine OBC sub quotas are major stories
- "After 2
accidents in 5 days, Prabhu offers to quit, Modi puts him on hold", is the
Times of India headline. The Indian Express notes, "Prabhu
offers to quit, Air India chief to head Railway Board". The Economic
Times reports a new incumbent in the Rail Bhawan is now a possibility, as a
"Cabinet Reshuffle may be around the Corner". Mail Today
focuses on shortage of workers to check track safety causing accidents, as
10,000 posts for gangmen in Railways and 2 lakh posts of ground safety staff
- "OBC creamy
layer bar raised, new panel to fix sub-categories", reports the Hindustan
Times. "Panel to split OBCs into sub-categories", writes the Times
of India, to address grievance of "inequitable" distribution of
Mandal reservation benefits.
- "Man Behind UID
Wooed to settle Unique Infy Row", observes the Economic Times. Times
of India states, "Nilekani set to return as Infosys non-executive
chair; some directors might quit and a co-founder may get Board seat".
- And finally, a
"Robot can be hired for last rites in Japan", reports the Hindu,
of a Japanese company's humanoid robot "Pepper", who chants sutras
and taps a drum, to serve as a Buddhist priest for hire at funerals.