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  • Prime Minister challenges Congress to fight upcoming Gujarat assembly elections on development plank; Addressing Gujarat Gaurav Maha Sammelan in Gandhinagar, Narendra Modi says, Government is making all efforts to remove any discrepancy in implementing GST; Chief Minister Vijay Rupani announces loans up to 3 lakh rupees at zero percent interest for farmers.
  • Indigenously-built anti-submarine warfare corvette, INS Kiltan commissioned into the Indian Navy; Defence Minister says it will be a shining armour in the 'Make in India' programme.
  • European Union reaffirms its support for 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers despite sharp criticism of the accord by US President Donald Trump.
  • Sensex surges 201 points to a record closing high; Nifty jumps 63 points, to also end at a lifetime peak.
  • In Sports:Young paddler Selena Selvakumar wins triple gold medal at the Egypt Junior and Cadet Open Table Tennis Championship.
  • In the FIFA Under-17 Footbal World Cup, Germany thrash Colombia 4-0 in a pre-quarterfinal match in New Delhi.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has dared Congress to fight the upcoming Gujarat assembly elections on the development plank rather than mocking it. Mr Modi said, the assembly election of Gujarat is a battle of development for the BJP whereas it is a dynasty battle for the Congress. Addressing BJP workers at the Gujarat Gaurav Mahasammelan held at Bhat Gam near capital Gandhinagar this evening, Mr Modi alleged that Congress hates the very concept of development and their election agenda is based on castism, communalism and vote bank.

Mr Modi alleged that Congress always has a negative approach towards development of the state and they did not even complete Sardar Sarovar project.

The Prime Minister accused Congress of spreading lies and creating an atmosphere of pessimism. He also accused congress of insulting and ignoring Gujarat and Gujaratis.

Assuring businessmen and trading community of Gujarat, Mr Modi said, GST is a completely new system being implemented for the first time in the country. He said, the Government is making all efforts to remove any discrepancy in implementing GST. Lashing out at Congress for opposing GST, the Prime Minister said Congress is also one of the partners in GST as all the decisions taken regarding GST are taken by GST Council which comprises Chief Ministers of Congress led states as well.

Mr Modi said, the BJP is a party of workers and does not pursue dynasty politics. He said, on one side there are parties who thrive on dynasty and on the other there is an ideology based party.

Replying to questions raised by Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi regarding development in Gujarat, BJP president Amit Shah said, Mr Gandhi has no right to ask questions about the development of Gujarat. He said, the whole Gandhi family has failed to develop their constituency Amethi.

State Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on the occasion announced zero percent interest on farm loans upto 3 lakh rupees to 25 lakh farmers of the state. He said, the interest will be compensated by both the central and state Government. Our correspondent says the decision will put the burden of 700 crore rupees on state exchequer.


The notification for the single-phase Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections has been issued. On the first day of nomination for the state assembly elections, no nomination was filed today. The last date for  filing of nomination is 23rd of this moth. Scrutiny of nominations will take place on the 24th. Polling will be held on the 9th of next month, while the counting of votes will be taken up on 18th of December. Chief Electoral Officer Pushpender Rajput said, voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) machines will be used in all polling booths for the first time in the polls.

Two major political parties - BJP and Congress - are yet to announce their candidates for the 68-member Assembly.


The Centre today said that Food Processing Industries will generate one  million jobs in the next 3 years. Addressing a press conference about the upcoming World Food India - 2017 Expo in New Delhi today, Food Processing Industries Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal said, India is poised to attract an investment target of roughly 10 billion dollar in food processing sector. She said, India can become the global food factory for the entire world, if the infrastructure in the sector is developed fully. Ms Badal said, making India self-reliant in food processing sector is a necessity for the entire world. The Minister said, World Food India platform will strengthen India’s position as a Global Food Factory and is a positive step towards making the Country Food Secure.

World Food India 2017 Expo will be held in New Delhi from 3rd to 5th of next month. She said, India is the second largest producer of food, leader in milk, fruits and vegetables, cereals and marine  products and there is a huge potential with 127 agro climatic zones and proximity to food importing nations. Ms Badal said the government is making all efforts to ensure food safety and security across the country.


The Centre has directed the food safety commissioners of all the states to take strict action against those involved in food adulteration. Talking to reporters at a function to commemorate World Food Day in New Delhi today, Minister of State for Health Ashwini Kumar Choubey said, the concerned officials have been asked to remain vigilant against any kind of adulteration during this festive season. He, however, also cautioned them not to unnecessarily harass sweet shop owners.


INS Kiltan was commissioned into the Indian Navy today. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman commissioned the indigenously-built anti-submarine warfare stealth corvette at the Naval Dockyard in Visakhapatnam. The ceremony was also attended by Chief of  Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba and a host of other dignitaries. Speaking on the occasion, Ms Sitharaman said, INS Kiltan strengthens India's defence system and will be a shining armour in the 'Make in India' programme as it has been built totally indigenously. 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.


Wholesale inflation fell to 2.6 per cent in September as prices of food articles, led by vegetables, softened. Inflation, based on the wholesale price index had soared to a four-month high of 3.2 per cent in August. It was 1.36 per cent in September last year.

The government data released today, showed that inflation in food articles reduced to 2.04 per cent in September, as against 5.75 per cent in August on an yearly basis.

Inflation in vegetable prices cooled to 15.48 per cent in September, as against a high of 44.91 per cent in the previous month. Onion prices, however, continued to rule high with 79.78 per cent increase in September.

Meanwhile, the Centre today extended the date of stock limit of onion from 31st of this month till 31st of December to check the hoarding of onion. Minister for Food, Public Distribution and Consumer Affairs Ram Vilas Paswan in a tweet said, States have been requested to ensure the availability of onion for consumers at reasonable price during the festive season.


At the domestic stock markets, both the Sensex and the Nifty ended at record highs, today, while the rupee rallied for the sixth straight day against the dollar. 

Rising for the third straight day, the Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange surged 201 points, or 0.6 percent, to a fresh lifetime closing high of 32,634. The Nifty at the National Stock Exchange jumped 63 points, to an all time closing peak of 10,231.

At the forex market, the rupee appreciated 19 paise, to 64.74 against the dollar. Gold prices held steady, at 30,850 rupees per ten grams in Delhi. And Brent crude oil futures climbed 58 cents, to 57.75 dollars per barrel.  Pradeep Kumar, AIR News)


In Karnataka, the death toll has risen to seven in the gas cylinder explosion that had brought down a two storey building in Bengaluru early this morning. The number of injured has also increased from six to seven. The rescue team has cleared the debris of the building and rescued three people trapped in it.

The state Home Minister Mr Ramalinga Reddy has announced five lakh rupees compensation to the kin of the deceased and 50 thousand rupees to those injured in the accident.


President Ram Nath Kovind has said that it is the duty of every person in the country to provide  children the opportunity and experience of being citizens of a better India. Addressing the closing ceremony of the Bharat Yatra for a ‘Surakshit Bachpan-Surakshit Bharat’ being organised by Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation at Rashtrapati Bhavan today, Mr Kovind said, he believes that even if one child is unsafe,the entire society is guilty. He said, there are policies and laws to ensure the rights of children in our country, however, these rights can only be ensured through the awareness and sensitivity of the entire society.

Speaking on the occasion, Nobel Laureate Mr Satyarthi said, the Bharat Yatra for ‘Surakshit Bachpan-Surakshti Bharat’ is a non-violent war on sexual abuse, rape and trafficking of children. He urged all to light a lamp in the name of protection of children on Diwali this year.


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 (Repeat 1800-115767). You can also ask questions on telephone number: 011-2331-4444.


Five Indian crew members of Sunken Cargo Ship Emerald Star are being brought to Manila Philippines before their repatriation home. Right now they are in Irene, Philippines. In a series of tweets, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, Indian Officials from Guangzhou Consulate visited the injured 11 crew members in a Xiamen hospital.


The European Union today reaffirmed its support for a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers despite sharp criticism of the accord by US President Donald Trump. It also urged U.S. lawmakers not to reimpose sanctions on Tehran. Mr Trump defied both U.S. allies and adversaries on Friday by refusing to formally certify that Tehran is complying with the accord, even though international inspectors say it is, and said he might ultimately terminate the agreement.


Young paddler Selena Selvakumar won triple gold medal at the Egypt Junior and Cadet Open Table Tennis Championship.            The 17-year-old Chennai girl won singles and doubles gold medal apart from the team championship gold.


Germany have entered the quarter-finals of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup. In the first match of Round of Sixteen at the Jawharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi today, they outplayed South American team Colombia 4-nil. At half-time, the winners led Two-nil. Captain and star striker Jann-Fiete Arp netted twice for the winners in the 7th and 65th minutes. The other two goals came through Yann Bisseck in 39th minute and John Yeboah in 49th minute.


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