- 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
- 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
"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
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.
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.
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
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
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 SPORTS NEWS NOW:
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.
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NOW, FOR A LOOK AT TODAY'S NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES:
- "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.