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