- Prime Minister
Narendra Modi to participate in Gujarat Gaurav Mahasammelan at Gandhinagar this
- Filing of nominations begins for Himachal Pradesh
anti-submarine warfare, INS Kiltan commissioned into the Indian Navy.
- Wholesale inflation falls to 2.6 per cent in September
from 3.2 per cent in August.
- Sensex and Nifty scale all-time intra-day highs.
- Centre directs all state food safety commissioners to
take strict action against those involved in food adulteration.
- And, in Under-17 Football World Cup, Colombia to take
on Germany, and US to meet Paraguay in the Round-of-16 today.
Narendra Modi is visiting his home state Gujarat today. During his stay, Mr
Modi will participate in the Gujarat Gaurav Mahasammelan to be held at Bhat gam
near Gandhinagar this afternoon. He will also address a rally of BJP workers
gathering from across the state. The function will mark the conclusion of the
15-day long Gujarat Gaurav Yatra. BJP had started the yatra from two routes -
one from Karamsad on the first of this month and another from Porbandar on the
next day. Our correspondent reports that BJP National President Amit Shah will
also be present at the concluding ceremony.
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 notification for the single-phase Himachal Pradesh
Assembly elections has been issued. Candidates can file their nominations from
today till the 23rd of this month. 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 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. Our correspondent reports that
two major political parties - BJP and Congress - are yet to announce their
candidates for the 68-member Assembly.
Congress and BJP are still in the discussion process regarding their
candidates. The CPM has announced to contest in 30 assembly constituencies and
has declared nine candidates so far. Meanwhile, an NGO Umang Foundation has
raised the issue of Divyangs by releasing Public Manifesto. The President of
foundation Ajay Shribvastwa has appealed all the political parties contesting
elections to include different issues of Divyangs in their manifestos. Shishu Sharma Shantal, AIR News, Shimla".
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
the 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 totally been built indigenously. Our
correspondent reports that 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.
"The commissioning of INS Kiltan marks another
milestone in the history of Indian Navy. Keeping in Indian Navy's commitment to
Make in India, Kilton joins a long list of warships being built indigenously.
MAHESH, AIR NEWS, VISHAKHAPATNAM."
In Jammu and
Kashmir, two Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists and one Over Ground Worker (OGW) have
been arrested by police. Talking to reporters in Srinagar today, Inspector
General Police (Kashmir) Munir Ahmad Khan said, the three were arrested from
Kund belt in Qazigund area and Kulgam district. Arms and ammunition were also
recovered. The IG said, one of the three arrested persons helped terrorists
attack the police vehicle in Damhal Hanjipora in Kulgam district in which one
cop was killed on Saturday.
Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu today said terrorism
has no religion and boundaries and nobody should be allowed to get away with
acts of violence in the name of ideology. Addressing a function to mark the
33rd Raising Day of the National Security Guard (NSG) at Manesar in Haryana, Mr
Naidu said, the time has come for the international community to launch a
concerted effort to isolate States which are sponsoring terrorism. He said,
over last 33 years, NSG have successfully handled terrorist and hijack
situations, defining role in Akshardham, Mumbai and Pathankot attacks.
"NSG is a
specially trained, highly skilled and usually motivated force and we have just
now saw the glimpse of it. Tasked with multifarious responsibilities, be it
counter terrorists or counter high jack operations or protection of persons
with high threat perception we have always rising to the occasion to ward off
The CBI filed a status report in the Delhi High Court
today into the disappearance of JNU student Najeeb Ahmed. The court, however,
expressed displeasure over the report saying there is complete lack of interest
on the CBI's part in probing the case. It observed that the report shows that
there is no result even on paper. The remarks by the court came after
contradictions appeared in what the CBI said in court and what it had indicated
in its status report on the issue of analysis of the calls and messages of the
suspect students in the case.
The court had handed over the probe to the CBI five
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 (WPI) 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. In egg, meat and fish segment the rate of price
rise was 5.47 per cent.
manufactured products witnessed a slight increase at 2.72 per cent, against
2.45 per cent in August. In fuel and power segment, inflation cooled to 9.01
per cent, against 9.99 per cent in August.
markets hit all-time intra-day highs today. After a strong opening, the Sensex
at the Bombay Stock Exchange considerably trimmed its initial gains, but still
climbed 77 points to 32,510, when reports last came in. In the morning, it had
surged to a record intra-day high of 32,687. The Nifty at the National Stock
Exchange gained 28 points to 10,195. It had touched a lifetime intra-day peak
of 10,242 in opening trade.
And, at the
foreign exchange market, the rupee appreciated 19 paise to 64 rupees 74 paise
against the dollar in afternoon deals.
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.
On the occasion, the Minister also launched a mobile
app IFRA (Indian Food Recovery Alliance) to prevent food wastage.
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of Maharashtra has been facing the perennial problem of drought. Farmers at
Delegavhan, Akoldev and 19 villages of Jafrabad Tehsil have joined hands and
formed a federation of Agro India Group Farming to solve the crisis. The
federation has proved to be shot in arm for these farmers. Here is more from
federation which is mentored by orchard
expert Dr Bhagwanrao Kapse and proved to be major success. This
experiment has augmented the income of the farmers substantially making them
financially independent. What Mr Kapse has to say about this experiment:
initiative which was formed way back in 2000, initially the farmers planted the
orchards of sweet orange. However, these orchards were withered out due to
severe drought between 2011 to 2014. However, this set back did not deter these
farmers from their enterprise and made them only to change pattern of the crop
switching from sweet orange to cotton, ginger, turmeric, green chilly under
shed-net, grapes and pomegranate. The pilot project of Innovative cotton sowing
in the name of ‘Atighan’ proved to be huge success.
government has also taken the note of this initiative and chief minister of
state Devendra Phadnavis is going to visit Delegavhan village today to visit
this experiment of Group Farming. Ramesh
Jaibhaye, with Babasaheb Maske, AIR NEWS, Aurangabad."
In Karnataka, a
gas cylinder explosion brought down a two storey building in Bengaluru today
killing six people and injuring six. The rescue team is clearing the debris of
the building to search for any survivors. The state government has announced an
ex-gratia of five lakh rupees each to the next of the kin of those killed and
50,000 rupees to the injured. More from our correspondent:
water logging and flooding incidents Bengaluru woke up to another tragedy today.
A gas explosion in a low income housing colony in Igipura was devastating.
There were three families staying in the building. Among those rescued are tow
children. Disaster Management and police personnel assisted the fire service
personnels in clearing debris of the building in the narrow lanes of the
locality and rescued three of the persons staying there. SUDHINDRA, AIR NEWS,
The Indian Navy has sent a reconnaissance aircraft to
the Philippines to join the search operation for the 10 Indians on-board a
cargo ship that sank in the Pacific off Japan. The P-8I long range maritime
reconnaissance aircraft landed at the Vilamor air base in Manila to start the
search operation. The 33,205-tonne cargo ship Emerald Star sank off Okinawa on Friday.
Sixteen Indians have been already rescued, while search was still on for 10
other missing Indians. Indian missions in Japan, the Philippines and China are
coordinating the search operation.
In Somalia, the
death toll in Saturday's bomb explosions in Mogadishu has crossed 300. The
Director of the city's ambulance service said, the toll will still be higher
because there are more than 300 injured and some people are still missing.
Police described the bombing as the deadliest attack ever. Saturday's blast
occurred at a junction in Hodan, a bustling commercial district of the capital
Mogadishu which has many shops, hotels and businesses. Hundreds of people had
been in the area at the time of the blast.
World leaders have strongly condemned the incident.
government forces have taken control of vast areas in the oil-rich Kirkuk
region without opposition from Kurdish Peshmerga fighters. According to state
TV- Al-Iraqiya, oilfields and Kurdish military positions were also captured by
the Iraqi forces and Federal Police. However, Kurdistan Regional Government
denied the claim and said oilfields and the air base west of Kirkuk are still
under Kurdish control. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has ordered security
forces to impose security in Kirkuk in cooperation with the population of the
city and the Peshmerga.
The Railways will introduce a new tri-weekly special
Rajdhani on the Delhi-Mumbai route from today. It will run from Hazrat
Nizamuddin and will have stoppages at Kota, Vadodara and Surat stations. There
will be no Flexi fare component in the fare structure of the train. The Railway
Ministry said, the new train will save around two hours in journey time in
comparison to the existing Mumbai Rajdhani.
In the Under-17 Football 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. Tournament
director Javier Ceppi has said, the event has been more successful than the
2011 Cricket World Cup in terms of spectator turnout. Talking to reporters in
Kolkata, Mr Ceppi said, the spectators mark has crossed a phenomenal 8 lakh,
which is more than the 2011 Cricket World Cup, and double than what the last
edition in Chile had witnessed.