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Assembly polls in Maharashtra, Haryana to be held on Oct 21            Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaches United States tonight            India to undertake space mission Gaganyaan next year: ISRO            Postal accounts to be linked with Aadhaar for transparency            US to send troops to gulf after attack on Saudi oil facilities           

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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi  says financially empowered women are abulwark against societal evils.

  • Madras HighCourt asks Tamil Nadu government to submit video recordings, documents andreports pertaining to protest against Sterlite plant in Tuticorin .

  • Government raises threshold limit for filling appealsrelating to tax cases.

  • In Japan,devastating rains claim 199 lives .

  • Sensextouches  all-time high, crosses  36 thousand 500 mark.

  • AND, India toclash with England in the first ODI cricket match at Nottingham this evening.


Prime MinisterNarendra Modi has said that self-help groupsare playing a very important role in the rural areas of the country especiallyfor small entrepreneurs and  labourers. Interacting withthe members of Self Help Groups, (SHGs) comprising more than 10 million women across the country, through videoconferencing this morning, the Prime Minister said, Self Help Groups form the basis of economic growth for the poorespecially women. He said, the groups are making women socially andeconomically strong. Hesaid, for women empowerment, the most important requirementis to provide them the opportunity to recognize their own powers, abilities andskills.

The Prime Minister said, women are working in largenumbers in every sector and the country's agricultural sector and dairy sectorcan not be imagined without the contribution of women. He said, in DeendayalAntyodaya Yojna under the National Rural Livelihood Mission, there is a targetof reaching millions of rural poor families .


The Prime Minister today inaugurated the newHeadquarters building of the Archaeological Survey of India Dharohar Bhawan atTilak Marg in New Delhi. The new building is equipped with state-of-the-artfacilities, including energy efficient lighting and rainwater harvesting. Italso includes a Central Archaeological Library with a collection of about onelakh 50 thousand books and journals. Mr Modi also took a walk inside the ASI’sCentral Archaeological Library.

Speaking on the occasion, The Prime Minister said, itis very important for people to know about their heritage. He said, every paperand stone connected with archeology has its own story.
"मैं समझता हूं कि ये पुराने शिलालेख या कुछ पुरानी चीजें या कुछ पत्थर ये निर्जीव दुनिया नहीं है ये। यहां का हर पत्थर बोलता है। पुरातत् से जुड़ी हर कागज की अपनी एक कहानी होती है। पुरातत् से निकले हुए हर चीज में मानव के पुरूषार्थ की, पराक्रम की, सपनों की एक बहुत बड़ा शिलालेख अंतस्पूर्ति होता है।"

Mr Modi further said, until people are proud of theirheritage, there is no point in restoring it.

"देश आजाद होने के बाद इस मनोस्थिति से बाहर आना चाहिए था लेकिन दुर्भाग् से एक ऐसी सोच ने हिन्दुस्तान को जकड़कर रखा है कि जो हमारे पुरातन के गर्व को बुरा मानता है। और मैं मानता हूं कि हमें जब तक हमारी इन विरासत पर हमारी इस धरोहर पर गर्व नहीं होगा तो उस धरोहर को संजोने संवारने का मन भी नहीं बनता है।"


The Madras HighCourt has asked the Tamil Nadu government to submit video recordings, documentsand reports pertaining to protests against the Sterlite Copper smelter plant inTuticorin. Thirteen people were killed in police firing on the 22nd

and 23rd of Maywhen violence broke out during the protest by locals, demanding closure of theSterlite plant over pollution issues.

A division benchcomprising justices C T Selvam and A M Basheer Ahmed also sought details of theintelligence report on the agitation, and directed the state government tosubmit the same on the 18th of this month.


The Government has raised the threshold limit forfiling appeals in tax cases. Stating this the Union Finance Minister PiyushGoyal said today that this step has been taken to bring down litigation by 41per cent. He  said the tax department cannow file appeals in ITAT/CESTAT only if the tax amount involved is 20 lakhrupees or more, up from 10 lakh rupees at present.

Appeals would be filed in High Courts if the taxamount involved in litigation is 50 lakh rupees. For appeals in Supreme Court,the threshold limit has been hiked to one crore rupees.

This step has been taken as about five lakh crorerupees are struck in litigation. He said the move is to create trust in the taxadministration and give relief to honest, small and mid-sized taxpayers.     


The SupremeCourt today observed that once the criminality of consensual gay sex goes away,related issues like social stigma and discrimination against the LGBTQcommunity will also go. The apex court observed that an environment has beencreated in the Indian society over the years that has led to deep-rooteddiscrimination against the community. Hearing petitions seekingdecriminalisation of 158-year-old colonial law under Section 377 of the IPC,the top court said discrimination against the community has also adverselyimpacted their mental health.


Vice PresidentVenkaiah Naidu today said it is a matter of satisfaction that India has thedistinction of being the fastest growing economy in the world. Addressing thegathering on the occasion of CPWD Day celebrations, the Vice President saidCPWD is contributing to this development process.


Union MinisterArun Jaitley has said that Nabard plays an important role in making the GOVTschemes reach the people and farmers. Addressing the NABARD Foundation DaySeminar through Video Conference today, Mr. Jaitley, expressed optimism thatIndia may climb to the 5th position next year. 


Information and Broadcasting Minister RajyavardhanRathore has termed Congress leader Shashi Tharoor's remarks that 'if the BJP isre-elected in the 2019 national elections', the party will write a newconstitution, as pure hallucination. Talking to media in New Delhi, Mr Rathoresaid, it is Congress that has infringed the Indian Constitution and freedom ofthe citizens. 


Spiritual leaderand head of Sadhu Vaswani mission Dada JP Vaswani passed away in Pune today. Hewas 99. Born in  Sindh (Pakistan) on the2nd of August 1918, Vaswani was a world renowned spiritual leader known forpromoting vegetarianism and animal rights. He is credited to have written over150 self-help books. He was the recipient of the 1998 U Thant Peace Award,given by the United Nations.

Dada Vaswani'sbirthday is celebrated as a Global Forgiveness Day. President Ram Nath Kovindhas expressed sadness on the passing ofspiritual leader Dada J.P. Vaswani.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi, condoling the death ofDada J.P. Vaswani said that he lived for society and served the poor and needwith compassion.


In Jammu andKashmir, several Jan Aushadhi Kendras have been opened under the Pradhan MantriBhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana with a view to promote affordable and effectivegeneric drugs. The scheme was launched by the Centre in 2015 to provide qualitymedicines at affordable rates to the poor and marginalized section of societythrough special kendras. These generic medicine stores are functional in allthree regions of the state including Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. Besides, givingmedicines at affordable prices, these Kendras are also helping in providingemployment opportunities to the people. Here is a ground report from our Jammucorrespondent.
The government’s endeavor to provide quality medicines at affordableprices to people through these generic drug stores of Jan Aushadhi Kendras hasstarted showing good results. Talking to AIR, people from cross-section of thesociety said that medicines available at these kendras’ have much lesser pricesand are equivalent in quality as the expensive branded drugs.

Welcoming thisambitious initiative by the government, people demanded for more such medicalstores so that the benefit could reach maximum people. Yogesh Sharma, AIR News,Jammu.


The death tollin record rains that have devastated some parts of Japan, has risen to 199.Government spokesman said, search operations are continuing after the worstweather-related disaster in Japan in over three decades. At least 140,000 homesand buildings have been damaged due to flood in Okayama Prefecture.


The DomesticStock market surpassed the 36,500 mark amids positive Asian cues. The benchmarkBSE Sensex was trading at an all-time high of 36,631 up by 365 points a shortwhile ago. Nifty breached thepsychological mark of 11,000 and was trading at 11,046 up 98 points .

Meanwhile, therupee strengthened up by 21 paise to  68rupees 56 paise against the dollar a shortwhile ago ahead of release of keyindex of industrial production (IIP) and inflation data amid foreign capitalinflows.


The first OneDay International of the 3-match series between India and England will beplayed at Nottingham today. The match will begin at 5 PM Indian Time. India'stour to the United Kingdom has been brilliant so far. They had clinched the3-match Twenty-20 series against England, 2-1, after beating Ireland, 2-0.


Newsfrom the FIFA World Cup:

"After 28 days of excitement, disappointmentand above all some mouth-watering football, 32 teams have come down to just two- France and Croatia. They will face each other in the summit clash on Sundayat the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Both sides have been exceptional in thetournament, so far, and are yet to see a defeat. The Croats have won all oftheir 6 matches - 3 group and 3 knock-outs, while the French have been victorsin 5. One of their group games against Denmark had ended in a draw. In thesemi-finals, while France had defeated Belgium, 1-0 thanks to a Samuel Umtitiheader, Croatia beat England, 2-1 last night courtesy goals from Ivan Perisicand Mario Mandzukic. France have won the World Cup just once in the past, whenthey were crowned the champions at their home soil in 1998. It was the sameyear when Croatia produced their best ever performance, before their entry intothe Final last night. They were the semi-finalists then. France had lastreached the title clash in 2006. A day before Sunday's title clash, England andBelgium will battle it out on Saturday in the third-place play-off at SaintPetersburg. SAVVY HASAN KHAN, AIR NEWS."


In some moreNews,

ThirteenAmarnath pilgrims were injured in a road accident as a vehicle in the cavalcadecarrying them collided with a truck near Birma Bridge on the bypass ofJammu-Srinagar National Highway in Udhampur this morning.

Police told AIRthat the injured were shifted to District Hospital Udhampur. The Condition oftwo of the injured pilgrims is said to be critical. The injured  are from Jhansi and Gwalior.


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