- US says,
Washington and New Delhi are committed to building ambitious partnership to
benefit nations working towards peace and stability.
- Deepawali, the festival of lights being celebrated across the country
with pomp and show; President, Vice President and Prime Minister greet the
- Centre reduces call rates on Satellite Phone used by armed forces;
abolishes monthly charge of 500 rupees.
- Maharashtra government releases 4,000 crore rupees under the first phase
of its farm loan waiver scheme.
- Income Tax
Department launches an online chat service for taxpayers.
- Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth and H S Prannoy enter second roumd of
Denmark Open badminton tournament.
- Quarter-final fixtures of FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 drawn.
United States has said that President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra
Modi are committed to building an "ambitious" partnership that
benefits not just their countries but also other nations working towards peace
and stability. US Secretary of State Rex W Tillerson said this yesterday, in a
major India policy speech before the Center for Strategic and International
Studies, CSIS, ahead of his maiden visit to India next week. Tillerson made an
impassioned plea for closer ties with India while casting China as a threat to
the world order and saying Pakistan needed to do more to fight terrorism.
also supported New Delhi's opposition to the One-Belt One-Road initiative of
China. India is opposed to the project as it passes through Pak-occupied
Kashmir. He also said China's financing of
infrastructure projects results in enormous level of debt and
underscored the need for an alternative financing model.
on defence ties with India, the top US diplomat said the US values the role
India can play in global security and stability and are prepared to ensure they
have even greater capabilities. He said Washington has offered a number of
proposals to India in the defence sector that can be "potential game
changers" for bilateral commercial
and military cooperation.
said his visit could not have come at a more promising time for the US-India
partnership, as this year marks the 70th anniversary of relations between the
Diwali, the festival of lights is being celebrated
across the country with pomp and show today . In the national capital, people
gear up to celebrate a Cracker less and pollution free Diwali. The Supreme
Court has temporarily banned the sale of firecrackers in the national capital
region till the 31st October to control air pollution during diwali. Our
correspondent reports that last year, the air quality of Delhi had deteriorated
and a dense blanket of smog had kept the city shrouded for over a week, soon
after the Diwali festivities.
"People in the national capital are in
festive mood to celebrate the festival of light, Diwali. They have decorated
their houses with fancy lights and are preparing to worship Goddess of wealth,
Lakshmi. People have also dotted the entrances of their houses with rangolis.
Elaborate security arrangement have been made by the Delhi Police and
administration to make Diwali incident- free. All the fire stations in the city
have been put on alert and city government has made special arrangements for
treating the burn victims in different hospitals. With Dipendra Kumar's report,
from delhi,gULSHAN RAWAT, Air News.
Metro services will be available till 10 PM today. The last Metro train service
will start at 10 PM from terminal stations of all Metro Lines. Services will
run as usual for rest of the day.
Kali puja will also be celebrated tonight in several
states including West Bengal, Odisha, Tripura, Bihar and Jharkhand. Reports of
Diwali celebrations are also coming in from Abroad including Dubai and Sri
President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah
Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have extended their greetings to the
people on Deepawali. The President, in his message urged people to take a
resolve to celebrate the festival in a clean and pollution free manner as well
as build a healthy, prosperous and sensitive nation and society.
The Vice President wished that the festival will
light up our lives and usher in peace,
prosperity and happiness.
In a tweet message, Prime Minister Modi hoped that
this auspicious festival brighten the lives of people with prosperity and good
a video message, Home Minister Rajnath Singh has urged the people to light one
lamp for the jawans of security forces on the occasion.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who is in Andaman
and Nicobar for two days to celebrate Diwali with soldiers, visited the
Military Station in Port Blair last night. The Defence Minister witnessed a
cultural programme and interacted with the troops and their families. She will
visit Car Nicobar today.
As a Diwali gift to personnel of the military and the
paramilitary, the Government has abolished the monthly charges on Digital
Satellite Phone Terminal, DSPT and also reduced call rates to 1 rupee a minute.
Briefing the media in New Delhi, Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha yesterday said
Defence as well as paramilitary personel will be able to make calls to their
families using satellite phones at 1 rupee a minute from today, instead of the
existing 5 rupees per minute. He said, Defence personnel can now talk to their
families and their Headquarters without worrying about expenses.
The DSPT service provided by BSNL is used by soldiers
and officers of various army and para-military units deployed in remote and far
flung areas as no other means of communications are available in such areas.
In Tamilnadu, several villages including Koothankulam
in Tirunelveli district, celebrated Diwali without bursting firecrackers to
avoid scaring birds in their areas. For a long time, people of Koothankulam,
which has a bird sanctuary, have avoided bursting firecrackers during the
The Maharashtra government has released a sum of 4,000
crore rupees under the first phase of the over 34,000 crore rupee farm loan
waiver scheme. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that in the first phase
the disbursal will cover more than 8 lakh farmers across the state. More from our
"At an event organised for disbursement
of the loan waiver amount into accounts of farmers, Chief Minister announced
that in the first phase, the disbursal will cover more than 8 lakh farmers. He
added that the remaining Rs 800 crore will be in the form of incentive for 3.78
lakh farmers who are paying their loans on time. The CM informed that 75-80 per
cent of the disbursement will be completed by November 15. Fadnavis further
said that from Rs 21,000 crore in 2011-12, investment in the agriculture sector in the state had increased by almost three
times to Rs 63,000 crore. Pooja Pal/air
The Bombay High Court has posted for tomorrow, the
hearing of two public interest litigations filed against the ongoing indefinite
strike of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation, MSRTC staff.
Justice S K Shinde would hear the petitions.
The petitions were filed yesterday highlighting the
problems being faced by the people due to the strike, especially in rural
areas, where state transport buses are the only mode of public transport.The
state-run corporation MSRTC runs 18,000 buses, some of which go to far- flung
areas which are not connected by the
rail network. According to the petitions, nearly 65 lakh people travel
by state transport buses on a daily basis. Over one lakh employees of the MSRTC
have gone on an indefinite strike demanding a hike in salary.
Income Tax Department has launched an online chat service for taxpayers so that
they can seek answers to their basic queries and doubts relating to direct tax
issues. A window has been hosted on the main page of the department's website –
<<www.incometaxindia.gov.in>> with a prominent icon stating
Live Chat Online - ask your query. IT
officials said, a team of experts from the department and independent tax
practitioners have been deputed to answer the general queries of a taxpayer.
This first-time initiative is aimed to enhance taxpayer services in the
official said that more features will be added to the online chat system based
on the feedback.
Bhartiya Janata Party and Congress have released the list of candidates for
Himachal Pradesh Assembly Elections scheduled on the 9th of next month. While
the BJP has announced candidates for all of 68 constituencies, the Congress has
released names of candidates for 59 assembly seats. .
15 candidates filed their nominations yesterday. With
that, the number of nominations has now gone up to 27. No nominations would be
filed today. Last date for filing of nominations is 23rd October.
A report from our correspondent:
wait and marathon discussions the ruling congress party in the state has
released its first list of 59 candidates. Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh will
contest from Arki in Solan district while state congress president Thakur
Sukhwinder Singh will be party candidate from Nadaun assembly constituency in
Hamirpur district. On the other hand BJP has announced its candidates for all
68 constituencies and former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal has been fielded
from Sujanpur instead of his present constituency Hamirpur. Shishu Sharma Shantal, AIR News, Shimla."
Even as the south-west monsoon exited from most parts
of Odisha, the low pressure formed over Central and adjoining South Bay of
Bengal has brushed most parts of the State. According to Bhubaneswar Met
Department, the system will trigger rains in the State until Monday next week.
well-marked low pressure formation has been intensified into a depression and
under its influence heavy rain and thunder showers are occurring since last
evening. Met department sources said this will continue to gather more strength
over the sea and is expected to turn into a deep depression in next 12-24
hours. It also indicated the system will move central Odisha tomorrow and then
turn westwards towards Keonjhar and Mayurbhanj. The intensity of the rainfall
may drop from Saturday. SN Pattnaik, AIR
In the Denmark Open badminton tournament at Odense,
ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal knocked out Olympic champion Carolina Marin of
Spain in the opening round of the women's singles competition. Saina defeated
Marin in straight games 22-20, 21-18. In the men's singles, Kidambi Srikanth
and H S Prannoy also made a positive start in the tournament. However, B Sai Praneeth crashed out of the
The quarter-final fixtures at the FIFA U-17 World Cup
2017 have now been drawned. On the third and final day of Round of 16 action,
Ghana and Brazil booked their places alongside Germany, USA, Iran, Spain,
England and Mali in the next stage of the competition. While it is the first
time Iran have progressed this far, the other seven teams have all previously
made it to the quarter-finals at least once in this tournament.
- The Home Ministry's communication to the states
regarding the deployment of central forces is prominently noticed on the front
pages of many papers. The Asian Age reports "MHA tells states : don't rely
only on Central forces". The Pioneer caption reads "Central forces
can't substitute State police, warns MHA". The papers add that this
communication comes in the backdrop of a tussle between the West Bengal
government and the Home Ministry over the deployment of central forces in
- The killing of a school teacher in the Shopian
district of Jammu and Kashmir, a week after three militants were killed in a
gun battle with security forces at his house, is widely noticed in the press.
The Hindustan Times reports "Militants kill J&K teacher, leave note of
'revenge' for encounter at house". In another incident of violence in the
state, the Statesman reports " Rioters pelt stones at Army patrol for
rescuing alleged braid chopper from being lynched by the villagers; troops open
fire to disperse mob".
- On the killing of 22 year old folk singer Harshita
Dahiya in Panipat in Haryana, the Times of India states "8 bullets pumped
into singer, Tihar inmate prime suspect". The Pioneer quotes the singer's
sister as saying "My husband killed Harshita".
- Writing on the ticket distribution process for the
forthcoming Himachal Pradesh assembly polls, the Tribune notes "BJP ticket
for 12 new faces ; 3 Congress deserters make it too ; Sonia to decide on 1
family, 1 ticket".