- India says, it will continue
to engage with China to find a mutually acceptable solution to Doklam issue;
welcomes US decision to designate Hizbul
Mujahideen as Foreign Terrorist Group.
- Hectic parleys on for the merger of two warring AIADMK
factions in Tamil Nadu.
- Kashmiri businessman Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali,
arrested in a terror funding case, sent to 10-day NIA custody.
- Flood situation in Bihar critical; 37 districts
reeling under flood in Uttar Pradesh.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi offers all possible help to
flood hit Nepal.
- And in cricket, Virat Kohli continues to be the
world's top-ranked One-day batsman in the latest ICC ODI rankings.
India today said it will continue to engage with China
to find a mutually acceptable solution to the Dokalam standoff. Briefing media
in New Delhi this evening, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar asserted that peace
and tranquility on the border is an important pre-requisite for smooth
"We will continue to engage
with chinese side to find a mutually acceptable solution. As we have said in the past, peace and tranquillity in border
areas is an important pre-requisite for a smooth development of bilateral
Replying to a media query about recent incident
between Chinese troops and Indian border guards in Ladakh, Mr Kumar said, such
incidents are not in the interest of either side. He said, two border personnel
meetings, had taken place between Indian border guards and Chinese troops
recently. He, however, emphasised that the incident should not be linked with
what is happening in any sector.
Asked about the reported comments of the Japanese
Ambassador on Dokalam face off, Mr Kumar said, his remarks speak for themselves.
The Japanese ambassador was quoted in media as saying that no country should
use unilateral forces to alter the status of Dokalam.
The MEA spokesperson also said, India has not received
hydrological data from China this year despite an agreement.
Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar also welcomed US decision
to designate terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen as a foreign terrorist
organization. He said, it reflects the joint commitment of the two countries to
firmly deal with terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
Hectic parleys are underway for the merger of two
warring AIADMK factions in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
Ex-chief minister O.Panneerselvam is holding a
marathon meeting with his AIADMK PTA party senior functionaries at his
residence since this evening.
In a separate meeting, the AIADMK Amma party senior
functionaries led by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswamy are closeted in a
meeting at his residence.
The police have strengthened security around the memorial
of late leader J Jayalalithaa at Marina Beach where a formal announcement about
the merger is expected to be made tonight. Our correspondent quoting sources
report that in behind the curtain negotiations a formula on sharing cabinet
portfolios and party positions by both the faction leaders has almost been
It is a case of
possible amalgamation of factions that were clashing against each other so far,
and the alienation of another group that was with the ruling camp till recently.
While chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswamy and ex-chief minister
O.Panneerselvam are widely believed to be moving towards a fusion of their
groups, the TTV Dhinakaran camp has taken up cudgels against it. Critics say,
if the merger becomes a reality, it may lead to withdrawal of cases before the
Election Commission by both the AIADMK Amma and PTA parties staking claims for
themselves the parent party name, flag and most importantly the ‘two-leaves’
symbol, in favour of the merged entity. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai.
BJP candidate, Balvantsinh Rajput, who lost the Rajya
Sabha election from Gujarat recently, has moved Gujarat High Court today
against Election Commission's (EC) decision to invalidate votes of two rebel
Congress MLAs. EC had rejected the votes of former Congress MLAs Raghavji Patel
and Bholabhai Gohel. Commission's decision had paved way for the victory of
Congress candidate Ahmed Patel, who got 44 votes, the minimum he needed to win,
in the high-staked electoral battle. Rajput had 38 votes. The petition has been
listed for hearing on 21st of this month.
A Kashmiri businessman Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali,
arrested in a terror funding case, has been sent to 10-day National
Investigation Agency (NIA) custody, today. Watali was arrested in New Delhi,
yesterday. He was arrested following searches at multiple locations in Jammu
and Kashmir belonging to his relatives and employees. During the searches, NIA
had unearthed highly incriminating material pertaining to receipt of funds from
foreign sources and its further distribution to the terrorists and separatists
in Kashmir valley for anti-India activities.
has registered a case and taken up the investigation of conversion and marriage
of a Hindu woman to a Muslim man in Kerala. The agency acted in compliance with
Supreme Court's recent order. The Apex Court had asked the NIA to probe into
the case and find out if there is an Islamic State angle to it. The court
ordered investigation as the agency had claimed that it was not an isolated
incident but a pattern emerging in
Allahabad High Court has directed the UP government
and state's director general of medical education to file a detailed counter
affidavit within six weeks on a PIL on the death of children in a state-run
hospital in Gorakhpur. The Lucknow bench of the high court fixed 9th of October
as the next date of hearing.
In Bihar, flood situation has turned critical with
rising water levels of several rivers including Mahananda, Kosi, Bagmati,
Gandak and Kamla Balan. Fresh areas in Motihari, Gopalganj, Muzaffarpur,
Darbhanga and Sitamarhi have been inundated. The Saran embankment has been
breached and over a dozen villages have been flooded in Gopalganj district.
Over one crore people across 18 districts are reeling under the impact of
floods. 149 people have died so far in flood related incidents. Over 4 lakh people
have been shifted to safer places. 43 teams of NDRF and SDRF are carrying out
relief and rescue operations in the affected areas. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar
has instructed officials to step up relief and rescue operations on war
In Uttar Pradesh, normal life is out of gear in
several districts as thousands of villages are inundated with flood water. A
total of 37 districts are flood affected and of them 22 districts of eastern
and Terai regions are reeling badly under the fury of flood.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath did an aerial survey
today of flood affected areas of Balrampur and Sidharthnagar districts and
reviewed the rescue and relief works being conducted in the areas.
"Chief Minister Yogi
Aditynath has announced that his government will provide house who have been
rendered homeless due to flood. A total
of 37 districts are flood affected in the state. About 1 thousand villages are
marooned. A total of 38 people have lost their lives in flood related
incidents. Ganga, Rapti, Budi Rapti, Tonse, Gandak, Budi Gandank, Ghaghara and
Ramganga rivers are flowing above or at danger marks at several places. Teams
of SSB, NDRF and flood units of PAC of State police are engaged in relief and
rescue operation in flood affected districts. Sunil Shukla, AIR News,
Union Minister and BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy today
said, Centre is working in close coordination with the flood hit states
including Bihar and Uttar Pradesh in carrying out rescue and relief operations.
Talking to AIR, Mr. Rudy said, Prime Minister is
monitoring the situation. He said, the Centre is providing all support and help
to the States to deal with the situation.
“The Prime Minister is monitoring the situation
in Bihar in particular and Uttar Pradesh and has extended all relief. The
Cabinet secretariate, the Home
Ministry-all the official are on the same page to cordinate relief operation
and they are moving on a very fast tract.”
In flood hit Assam, major damage has been caused to
the World Heritage site Kaziranga national park. Talking to AIR, Forest
minister Pramila Rani Brahma said, 213 wild animals including 15 rhinos have
drowned to death in the current wave of flood. The minister also said, that one
royal Bengal tiger has also died at the park.
Relief and rescue operation continues in flood
affected areas of Nepal. Our Kathmandu correspondent reports, that devastating
flood and landslide has caused huge damage to human life, livestock and
"In last one week at
least 131 persons have lost their lives and 32 are missing in the flood and
landslide. More than 69000 livestock have also been killed. Property and crops
worth billions of rupees has also been destroyed. Over 30 bridges damaged in
various parts of Nepal due to flood and landslide. The situation in affected
areas slightly improving. However, health experts have expressed apprehension
of spreading water borne diseases. Raj Kumar AIR News Kathmandu."
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a
telephonic conversation with his Nepalese counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba today.
He conveyed his condolences at the loss of lives in Nepal in recent floods. The
Prime Minister also expressed readiness to provide all possible relief
Bangladesh is also reeling under floods, the second
this year, affecting around 3 million
people in 20 districts of the country.
“According to the Minister for Disaster
Management and Relief Mofazzal Hossain
Chowdhury Maya 107 people have died due
to floods since July. Northern Jamalpur district is the worst affected
accounting for most of the deaths. Today
4 more people including a student died in Jamalpur. The government has deployed
the army in highly affected areas, and
around 1800 medical teams are working in the flood-hit areas. Huge areas of
standing crops and horticulture besides livestock have been damaged. authorities
have lifted more than 5 lakh people to safer areas. Melinda Dias, AIR News,
In Spain, death toll in a double car attack has risen
to 14. Two vehicle rampaged into pedestrians in Barcelona and Cambrils. More
than one hundred others were injured. Police later shot dead five suspects.
Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy described it as a terrorist attack. Islamic State
group has claimed the responsibility of the attack in Barcelona.
World leaders have condemned the terrorist attack and
vowed to stand against the evil of terrorism.
Condemning the terror attacks, Prime Minister Narendra
Modi, wrote to his counterpart to convey India's readiness to work with his
country to develop a strong response to defeat terrorism.
The government has clarified that there is no
inconsistency in its data of income tax payers who were added after
demonetisation. The clarification comes in the wake of Prime Minister Narendra
Modi's Independence Day speech. Mr Modi, had said that additional 56 lakh
people filed Personal Income Tax Returns (ITRs) from 1st of April to 5th of
August this year. Last year for the same period, the figure was 22 lakh.
In a release, the Central Borad of Direct Taxes (CBDT)
has clarified that Prime Minister's speech referred to the increase in number
of e-filed Personal ITRs filed from 1st of April, 2017 to 5th of August, 2017
over the ITRs filed in corresponding period of earlier years.
has doubled the child care allowance for women employees with disabilities. At
present, the allowance of 1,500 rupees per month is given to Divyang female
employees for taking care of their newborn child but now it has been revised to
three thousand rupees per month. An order issued by Department of Personnel and
Training said, the allowance will be
payable from the time of the child's birth till the child is two years old. It
will be payable for a maximum of two eldest surviving children.
Union Minister of state for Labour and employment
Bandaru Dattatreya said that interest subsidy of 2 lakh 60,000 rupees will be
given to employee Provident Fund home loans under Housing for All scheme.
Launching the scheme of home loans under EPF in Thoothukudi Tamil Nadu, he gave
EPF home loans to 135 employees of a
private export firm.
Indian captain Virat Kohli continues to be world's
top-ranked One-day batsman in the latest ICC ODI rankings, released in Dubai
today. Other Indian batsmen in the top-15 are former skipper Mahendra Singh
Dhoni at 12th, Shikhar Dhawan at 13th and vice-captain Rohit Sharma at 14th
place. However, no Indian bowler figure in the top-10 list. Pacer Bhuvneshwar
Kumar at 13th is the lone Indian in top 15. As for the ICC ODI Team Rankings,
India are currently at number three.