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0815 HRS.

17th October, 2017


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate All India Institute of Ayurveda in New Delhi today on the occasion of Ayurveda Day.
  • Election Commission directs Jammu and Kashmir government not to transfer officials engaged in special summary revision of electoral roles without its permission.
  • Vice President Venkaiah Naidu asks corporate bodies to have separate corpus for science and technology research.
  • Eight Maoists arrested in Seraikela-Kharsawan district of Jharkhand.
  • European Union imposes fresh sanctions on North Korea for its nuclear and ballistic weapons programmes.
  • In sports, Germany and United States reach quarterfinals of FIFA-under-17 World Cup.
  • Denmark Open Super Series Premier Badminton tournament begins at Odense today; Top Indian shuttlers in the fray.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the All India Institute of Ayurveda at Sarita Vihar in New Delhi today on the occasion of Ayurveda Day. Our correspondent reports, the First ever All India Institute of Ayurveda has been set up along the lines of AIIMS.

"Set up as an apex institute under the Ministry of AYUSH, All India Institute of Ayurveda will bring synergy between the traditional wisdom of Ayurveda and modern diagnostic tools and technology.  In the first phase, the AIIA has been set up within a total campus area of over 10 acres with a budget of 157 Crore rupees. During the inauguration ceremony, Prime Minister will also release the Ayurvedic Standard Treatment Guidelines developed by the AYUSH Ministry. Mr Modi will also present National Dhanwantari Ayurveda Award to eminent Vaidyas and Ayurveda experts. Ayurveda Day is being celebrated since last year on Dhanwantari Jayanti. ANUPAM MISHRA, AIR NEWS, DELHI."


Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has asked corporate bodies and private agencies to have a separate corpus for promoting science and technology research. Addressing the valedictory function of the four-day India International Science Festival in Chennai yesterday, he said India had a glorious tradition in science and technology and asked the youth to reclaim it by their dedicated and innovative research activities. He said, a proper ecosystem for innovative science research should be ensured for the progress of the nation. He also observed that science and technology would help reduce disparities between urban and rural areas and economic divide.  
"Science is the corner stone for the progress of mankind. Scientific inventions have revolutionised the world and shaped every aspect of the modern life. Indians have made significant contributions from time immemorial in the field of Science from ancient times and now in the forefront of the state of the art, space technologies and the IT revolution teaching the world. "

Speaking at the function, Union Science and Technology Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said, non-polluting firecrackers would be developed before Diwali next year.

"By the time, we approach the next Diwali and will ensure that we produce for the country crackers which produce zero pollution, which has zero side effects for health of children, and which has zero damaging to the environment which will make everybody happy."


Election Commission has directed Jammu and Kashmir government not to transfer officials engaged in special summary revision of electoral rolls without its prior permission.

In a circular to the state government, the EC said, the substitute officers can be posted in consultation with the State Chief Electoral Officer and he or she should consult the commission whenever necessary. Stressing on timely completion of the revision process, the commission also sought public participation and cooperation of political parties, local bodies and NGOs.

As per the schedule of special summary revision of electoral rolls, the commission has fixed January 1, 2018 as the qualifying date to prepare accurate electoral rolls inclusive of all eligible persons as electors. During the process, the focus will be on the registration of new voters and missing voters.


In Jammu and Kashmir, a former Sarpanch belonging to the ruling PDP was killed in a terror attack in Shopian district yesterday. In a scuffle during the attack, the deceased's family members killed one of the terrorists. State Director General of Police, SP vaid told air three terrorists fired upon and killed ex-Sarpanch of PDP Mohammad Ramzan in Shopian.


In Himachal Pradesh, today is the second day for filling nominations for the assembly elections while 23rd of October is the last date. Returning officers in different parts of the state are taking several steps to raise polling percentage during the elections to be held on 9th of  November.

"The election officials are trying hard to increase percentage in the current assembly election. In this regard C.P.Verma, the Returning Officer of Kangra, the biggest district of the state, released voters’ guide book. Use of EVM with VVPAT, Phone Numbers of election officials, facilities to be provided at polling stations and necessary information on election has been given in this book. The only aim is to aware the voters to increase the poll percentage. Shishu Sharma Shantal, AIR News, Shimla."
Meanwhile, Congress has named Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh as head of the party's campaign committee for the Assembly polls.


In Jharkhand, eight Maoists were arrested and explosives seized during raids in Seraikela-Kharsawan district yesterday. Superintendent of Police Chandan Kumar Sinha said that arrests were made from Champat village following a tip-off. He said, two close aides of Maoist leader Amit Munda were also arrested from Kalajor village by a team of police and CRPF. 

"Jharkhand is witnessing increased police action against Maoists and other left wing extremists in recent months. A high level Eastern Region Council meeting of police officers from five States were held yesterday at Jharkhand police headquarter, and DGP  DK Padey said that now naxals will not be able to exploit the benefits of crossing from one state to another to escape police actions. Jharkhand police has been repeatedly urging the naxals either to surrender or face tough actions. Rajesh Sinha, AIR News, Ranchi."


IMF which is featuring a case study on digital revolution in its new book said, India is currently pursuing an exciting route of digital transformation which can be a learning experience for everyone. Director of the International Monetary Fund's Fiscal Affairs Department, Vitor Gaspar said, India is currently pursuing "an alternative and very exciting" route in which it is making the use of digital technology and digital records in public administration with new technologies that make use of financial inclusion and bio metrics.


The European Union yesterday imposed fresh sanctions on North Korea as part of international efforts to punish the pariah regime for its nuclear and ballistic weapons programmes. Foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg signed off a new package of measures including a ban on investments in North Korea and on EU exports of oil to Pyongyang. They also tightened the restrictions on North Korean workers in the EU to try to stop money being sent home that could be used to fund the disputed weapons programmes.  The EU said the new steps were taken in view of the persistent threat to international peace and stability posed by Kim Jong-Un's regime.


A spate of wildfires in central and north Portugal which started at the weekend has killed at least 39 people. Civil Defence authorities said dozens of the 145 fires still raging are considered serious. To the north, fires which broke out across the border in Spain's Galicia region claimed at least three lives. Two of the victims were found in a burned-out car in Spain. Thousands of firefighters are battling the flames, which erupted after a hot dry summer.


The festival of Dhanteras is being celebrated across the country today. People consider it auspicious to purchase gold or silver articles or at least one or two new utensils. It is believed that new Dhan or some form of precious metal is a sign of good luck. Lord Kuber, the God of wealth is worshipped along with Goddess Lakshmi today.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has greeted people on the occasion. In a tweet, Mr Modi expressed hope that the day will bring happiness, good health and prosperity in everyone's lives.


Germany and the United States have reached the quarterfinals of the FIFA-under 17 World Cup by posting spectacular victories in the Round of Sixteen encounters. In the first match played at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi yesterday, Germany outclassed Colombia 4-0 by producing a combination of sublime skills and brute power. 

In the second pre-quarter encounter, a splendid hat-trick by striker Tim Weah enabled the United States of America rout Paraguay 5-0.

Four pre-quarterfinal fixtures are slated for today. In Goa, Iran will take on Mexico, France to meet Spain in Guwahati, England to face Japan at Kolkata, while Mali are pitted against Iraq in Goa. 


The Denmark Open Super Series Premier Badminton tournament will begin today at Odense. Commonwealth Games champion P Kashyap will open his campaign against Denmark's Victor Svendsen today. Rio Olympics and World Championship silver medalist PV Sindhu will begin her campaign against world No. 10 China's Chen Yufei. Saina Nehwal will face the fifth seeded Spaniard Carolina Marin in the opening round.

In men's singles, Kidambi Srikanth starts as hot favourite after his three back-to-back final appearances out of which he won two titles at Indonesia and Australia.

Indian men's doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty are also in the fray.



In Meghalaya, second edition of India-International Cherry Blossom Festival will be organized from 8th to 11th of November. Chief Minister Mukul M Sangma invited people of the country and the international community to visit Shillong to enjoy the festival.



  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi sounding the BJP's election bugle in Gujarat makes for front page news in most of the dailies this morning. The Tribune quoting the Prime Minister writes "Development vs dynasty in Gujarat poll". "PM woos Gujarat, vows all GST hurdles will go. Dares Congress to fight polls on development plank" leads the Asian Age.
  • Writing on the political assets of India's seven national parties, Hindustan Times writes "BJP richest party, Congress not far behind in watchdog report."
  • Referring to JNU student Najeeb Ahmad who is still untraced after he mysteriously went missing from his hostel, DNA writes "Delhi High Court scolds CBI over inaction in Najeeb case."
  • "No berth for Shivpal, Mulayam Singh Yadav in Akhilesh's executive council" informs the Pioneer.
  • "This Diwali, Delhi will breathe what it bursts" leads Hindustan Times. The paper forecasts that the city can have best post Diwali air in four years if firecracker use is reduced.
  • Writing on the spectrum auction the Financial Express says "Inter ministerial group seeks to soften blow to telecom companies. Favours more reasonable reserve price, wants method to reflect international best practices."
  • "Satyarthi demands National Tribunal for children cause" says the Statesman. DNA quotes President Ram Nath Kovind as saying "Tough for kids to speak over abuse".
  • Referring to the Aarushi case DNA writes, "Talwars return home to sea of emotions" adding "wait of four years and 20 days finally ends for dentist couple"
  • "Vaastu fails, man drags agency to court" reports the Hindu. The paper says there were no positive changes even after Karnataka man spent five lakh rupees to redesign home.
  • Password, you said?, Wi-Fi is still unsafe! Well, the Times of India says, your password protected Wi-Fi connection could be vulnerable to trespassing. Researchers claim to have discovered a weakness in a Wi-Fi security protocol called WPA2 that leaves password-protected Wi-Fi connections open to cyber-attacks and manipulation.


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