- Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrates Diwali with
Indian Army and BSF jawans at Gurez Valley in Jammu and Kashmir; Says,
government is committed to the betterment of Armed Forces.
Minister also interacts with over 25,000 BJP workers in Gujarat and Varanasi
via audio bridge on the occasion.
festival of lights being celebrated across the country with pomp and show; Kali
puja also being observed in several states.
- India strongly condemns Taliban attack on Afghan
National Army base in Kandahar province that killed 43 soldiers.
Pakistani court indicts ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and
son-in-law in a corruption case.
rain lashes several parts of Odisha due to depression in Bay of Bengal.
in Asia Cup Hockey, India beat Malaysia 6-2 in their second Super-4 stage match
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today celebrated Diwali
with the jawans of Indian Army and Border Security Force in the Gurez Valley
near the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. It was the fourth successive
Diwali that the Prime Minister has celebrated with the jawans on the border. Mr
Modi offered sweets and exchanged greetings. Addressing the jawans, Mr Modi
said, the Centre is committed to the welfare and the betterment of the Armed
Forces, in every way possible. In this regard, he mentioned the implementation
of One Rank, One Pension, which had been pending for decades.
Mr Modi also said, like everyone else he too wishes to
spend Diwali with his family and therefore he has come among the jawans of the
Armed Forces whom he considers to be his family.
The Prime Minister also spoke of the new resolve that
each Indian citizen must make for 2022, the 75th anniversary of independence.
September 2014 devastating floods in Kashmir, Narendra Modi visited highest and
coldest battlefield Siachen Glacier and celebrated Diwali with troops. Later he
spent a working Diwali in capital city Srinagar. In 2015, Prime Minister
celebrated Diwali with jawans in Amritsar at Dogra war memorial. Last year,
Modi celebrated Diwali with ITBP jawans in Himachal Pradesh. Meanwhile, former
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has thanked Modi for spending Diwali in Gurez and
urged him to gift all weather tunnel under Razdan Pass and mobile connectivity
to the people and troops in Gurez Valley on the festive occasion."
Mr Modi made a video call to the crew of Indian Naval
Sailing Vessel Tarini, which is currently on a mission to circumnavigate the
globe. Mr Modi conveyed Diwali greetings to the crew on behalf of the nation.
He also wished them success in their mission.
The Prime Minister also interacted with over 25,000
BJP workers of Gujarat and his parliamentary constituency Varanasi from his
residence through audio bridge. To more than 2,000 workers and their families
in Varanasi, Mr Modi said, the journey of development in the entire
parliamentary constituency is progressing fast and thousands of party workers
have significant contribution in the success. He said, the poor, villagers,
farmers, women and the youth of Varanasi have received new opportunities for
progress through various schemes of the government.
Mr Modi communicated with four different groups of
more than 23 thousand BJP workers in Gujarat. He said, the people of Gujarat
are connected to BJP with emotional unity because they are progressive and
development oriented. The Prime Minister said, in the last 22 years BJP
governments brought all round development in Gujarat and the identity of the
state is known for its development.
The festival of lights is being celebrated across the
country with pomp and show. In the national capital, the air quality this evening is better than last year's Diwali. According
to Central Pollution Control Board, the Air Quality Index value was 319 which
falls in very poor category. Last Diwali, it was 431 which was severe. Last
week, the Supreme Court had banned the sale of firecrackers during the festival
to see effects of its suspension in the light of the severe pollution and
we bring you a report from Chandigarh correspondent on the celebrations in
Punjab and Haryana.
Uttar Pradesh, markets are also flooded with decorative items, Diyas, and
flowers on the auspicious day. Our correspondent reports:
light and less noise is reflecting the eco friendly mood of the people in the
state this Diwali. Houses and temples are seen adorned with decorative lights
and garlands. In villages, people are using earthen lamps and candles to lit
their houses and crossroads. More than 25 Lakhs pilgrims have taken dip in holy
mandakini river in Chitrakoot till now. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited
village of tribal and dalit community in Gorakhpur and distributed sweets and
clothes to them. He later took part in a special pooja and Deepdan in
Gorakhnath temple. Sushil Chandra Tiwari, Air News, Lucknow."
Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Modi have
greeted the people on Diwali.
puja is also being celebrated today in several states including West Bengal,
Odisha, Tripura, Bihar and Jharkhand.
Reports of Diwali celebrations are also pouring in from across the world. US
President Donald Trump also celebrated Diwali in the White House along with
senior Indian-American members of his administration.
In Australia, iconic Sydney Harbour and Opera House lit
up in golden lights during the celebrations in Down Under.
Diwali was also celebrated in Spain with massive response seen to the first
public Diwali Mela in Madrid.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has greeted the Hindu community on the
is a report from our Dubai correspondent on the Diwali celebrations there:
expatriate community is reportedly the largest ethnic community in UAE and the
cultural influence of the growing Indian community can be easily seen during
Diwali time . The streets of Dubai is wearing a festive look with the sky rises
decorated in dazzling colourful lights and lanterns. Indian expats dressed in
traditional clothing have adorned their homes with the traditional toran ,
rangoli and diyas. Most Indian households do the Ganesh and Lakshmi Puja and a
token display of firework in permitted areas only . The mega malls and the
popular market Meena Bazaar are decorated with lights giving a life time
of shopping experience to the people ,
theme activities and endless fun for the entire family. KANCHAN PRASAD, AIR
India today strongly condemned the terror attack on
the Afghan National Army base in Kandahar province that claimed the lives of at
least 43 soldiers. The External Affairs Ministry said, New Delhi is gravely
concerned about the recent escalation of terrorist violence against
Afghanistan, despite hopes recently kindled by new strategies as well as
efforts for bringing peace in the country. The Ministry said, the terror
attacks demonstrate that safe havens and support systems continue to be
available to the terrorists. It said, states hosting the terrorists and their
sanctuaries must eliminate them immediately and without distinction.
had launched a major attack on the army base in Maiwand district of Kandahar
province last night. The attack began with two suicide car bombings, setting of
several hours of fighting. The Defence Ministry said, of the 60 soldiers
manning the base, 43 were killed, nine injured, and six were missing. At least
nine terrorists were also reportedly killed.
Pakistani anti-graft court today indicted ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif,
his daughter Maryam and son-in-law for allegations linked to ownership of posh
London flats. Maryam and Safdar were present in court, but Sharif sent a
representative while he tends to his ailing wife in Britain. The three have
pleaded not guilty.
was disqualified by the Supreme Court in July for not declaring a source of
income that he disputes receiving.
a special team of Pakistan's anti-corruption watchdog has reached UK to probe
the offshore assets of Nawaz Sharif and his children. The team of the National
Accountability Bureau (NAB) had prepared four corruption and money laundering
cases against Sharif's family and one case against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar
for having assets beyond known sources of income.
Lahore High Court today extended the house arrest of Mumbai terror attacks
mastermind and banned Jamaat-ud-Dawah Chief Hafiz Saeed for another 30 days. A
court official said, the Punjab Judicial Review Board granted the extension
after listening to the arguments of the government's law officer. The detention
will be applicable from the 24th of this month. The board, however, refused to
extend the detention of Saeed's four accomplices.
Minister Narendra Modi will visit Kedarnath in Rudrapryag district of
Uttrakhand tomorrow. Mr Modi will lay the foundation stone of different
reconstruction works at Kedarnath. He is visiting Kedarnath a day before the
closure of the portals of the shrine for winter season.
Odisha Governor SC Jamir was today admitted to a
hospital in Bhuwanshwar after he complained of chest pain. Doctors said, Mr
Jamir is stable, but under observation.
well-marked low pressure area in west-central Bay of Bengal has intensified
into a depression. Under its impact, heavy rain and thundershowers are lashing
several parts of Odisha. Our correspondent has filed this report:
Bhubaneswar Met office today said depression is likely to intensify into a deep
depression and cross the Odisha coast between Puri and Chandbali by midnight
tonight or early tomorrow morning. As the depression is moving north-northwest
wards and close to Odisha coast, the
weathermen say intensity of rains are likely to increase in costal, interior
and southern Odisha and Gangetic West Bengal during next 12 hrs. It also
predicts a possibility of heavy rainfall at some places in the southern
districts of the Odisha. The Met bulletin said Saturday onwards, rains will
reduce significantly across Odisha and West Bengal due to the northwards
movement of the system towards Assam and Meghalaya. SN Pattnaik, AIR News,
domestic stock markets held a special one-hour muhurat trading session from
6.30 pm to 7.30 pm today, to mark the start of Hindu
Samvat year 2074. During the session, the Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange
declined 194 points to close at 32,390.
Nifty at the National Stock Exchange dropped 64
points to 10,147.
Asia Cup Men's Hockey, India defeated Malaysia, 6-2 in their second Super-4
stage match against Malaysia at Dhaka this evening. A report:
was a power-packed performance from India as they completely outclassed
Malaysia and bettered their chances of making it to the Final. India dominated
majority of the game, and didn't allow the Malaysians to settle at any stage.
Akashdeep, Harmanpreet Singh, SK Uthappa, Gurjant Singh and SV Sunil sounded
the board before the end of the third quarter as India were cruising 5-0.
Malaysia got their act together in the final quarter with goals from Ramadan
Rosli and Razie Rahim, but it was a little too late. India now lead the table
with 4 points. They had drawn against South Korea, 1-1 in the opener yesterday.
India will next play arch rivals Pakistan on Saturday in their final Super-4
game. The top-two teams at the end of the stage will make it to the title clash
which will be played on Sunday. SAVVY HASAN KHAN FOR AIR NEWS"
Badminton, Rio Olympics and World Championship Silver medalist PV Sindhu has
made a shocking first round exit from the Denmark Open Superseries Premier
tournament at Odense. The world number two lost to an unseeded Chinese Chen
Yufei in straight games, 17-21, 21-23. It was Chen's first victory over Sindhu
who had earlier defeated the Chinese twice.
number 12 Saina Nehwal, however, entered the pre-quarterfinals with a
brilliant, 22-20, 21-18 win over Carolina Marin of Spain.
Srikanth and HS Prannoy also made it to the last-16. They will play for
quarterfinal berths later tonight.
today lost their number one status in ICC ODI rankings to South Africa. By virtue of South Africa's 104-run win over
Bangladesh in the second ODI in Paarl yesterday, the Proteas jumped to the top
spot, leapfrogging India.