Latest News: India Is Set to Be Elected to UN Human Rights Council
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Latest News: India Is Set to Be Elected to UN Human Rights Council

Catch all the latest news updates of the day here.


US to Restrict Nuke Tech Transfers to China

US announces steps to restrict nuclear technology transfers to China, reports AP.

India Is Set to Be Elected to UN Human Rights Council

India is set to be elected unopposed to the Human Rights Council on 12 October as a candidate from the Asia-Pacific region.

Only five countries are running for the five vacancies from the region, therefore, all are assured of election.

The other four candidates are Bangladesh, Bahrain, Fiji and the Philippines.


IT Raids on Mir Group and Hafeez Group in J&K

IT department is conducting a survey at offices of Mir Group in Pulwama and Hafeez group in Srinagar. While Mir group is manufacturer of electric poles, Hafeez Group is in businesses of construction, real estate and hotels.

(Source: ANI)

Clashes in UP Over Durga Idol Installation, 6 Policemen Injured

Six policemen were injured when they tried to intervene in a clash between members of two communities over installing a Durga idol in Uttar Pradesh’s Bahraich on Thursday.

The incident occurred on Wednesday when some people tried to install the idol of Goddess Durga in the Risiya police station area without permission of the authorities concerned, Additional Superintendent of Police (Rural) Ravindra Kumar Singh said.

People from another community objected to it, leading to a clash. The members from the Hindu and Muslim communities indulged in brick-batting, he said.

The clashing groups also attacked the police team rushed to control the situation. Six policemen - two sub-inspectors and four constables - were injured in the incident, the ASP said.

(Source: PTI)

Number of Tax Payers Increased Under Modi Govt: Arun Jaitley

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said that there has been an increase in the tax collections each year.

“Due to factors, such as strict compliance, there has been 15-20 percent gradual increase in tax collections every year. Four years ago,total number of people who filed I-T returns in India was 3.8 crore. It was 6.86 last year. In 5 years, I hope it'll be 7.5 crore,” he said.

Dalit Woman Gangraped in Muzaffarnagar

One person was arrested on Thursday for allegedly raping a Dalit woman in Muzaffarnagar.

The woman, who worked as a labourer, was raped by two persons in fields here on Wednesday, Station House Officer at Totawi Police Station Sube Singh said.

He said one of the accused was arrested and a search on to arrest the other.

IAF Helicopter Force Lands in Tuting

A Mi-17 helicopter on a routine mission from Tuting, Arunachal Pradesh force-landed West of Tuting. All 16 on-board are safe.

(Source: ANI)

Pak's Anti-Graft Body Summons US Envoy in Corruption Case

Pakistan's anti-graft body has summoned the country's envoy to the US Ali Jahangir Siddiqui to question him for allegedly paying Rs 15 crore in bribe to a top government official to get the plum diplomatic post, a senior official said Thursday.

Ambassador Siddiqui has been issued a notice to appear before the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on 19 October.

"The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Lahore has summoned Siddiqui for October 19 after a transaction of Rs 15 crore between him and former principal secretary to prime minister Fawad Hasan Fawad has surfaced," a senior official of the anti-corruption watchdog told PTI.

(Source: PTI)

Kerala Muslim Women Forum to Move SC Seeking Right to Offer Prayers in Mosques

Drawing inspiration from the Supreme Court verdict permitting women of all age groups into the Sabarimala temple, a Kerala-based Muslim women's right group is gearing up to approach the apex court, demanding the entry of women in all mosques across the country.

NISA, a progressive women's forum, will soon move the top court. The group will not just seek permission for women to offer prayers in the mosques, but also fight for appointing them as 'imams' (clerics).

The outfit, which has been campaigning for gender equality within Islam, also wants to curb the practices of polygamy and 'nikah-halala', a community law that allows a Muslim woman to remarry her former husband only after marrying another person and consummating the wedding with him.

Former PDP MLC Vikramaditya Singh Joins Congress

Former PDP MLC Vikramaditya Singh, the son of ex-Union minister Karan Singh, joined the Congress on Thursday in presence of senior party leaders.

After joining the party, Vikramaditya Singh said he was disillusioned with the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir as it "failed" to fulfil its promises and "betrayed" the people of the state.

Vikramaditya Singh had joined the Jammu and Kashmir People's Democratic Party (JKPDP) at the instance of Mufti Mohammed Sayeed and was nominated as a member of the state Legislative Council in 2015.

(Source: PTI)

Sikh Women Exempted from Wearing Helmet in Chandigarh

Sikh women in Chandigarh have been exempted from wearing helmets, the Home Ministry said on Thursday.

The decision has been taken following a representation to Home Minister Rajnath Singh from Sikh bodies.

The Home Ministry has advised the Chandigarh administration to follow the notification issued by the Delhi government giving an exemption to Sikh women from wearing protective headgear (helmet) while driving two wheelers in the Union Territory of Chandigarh, a Home Ministry statement said.

Woman Allegedly Given Triple Talaq in Shahajahanpur

A Muslim woman from Uttar Pradesh’s Shahjahanpur alleged that her daughter was given triple talaq by her husband.

"A woman has lodged an FIR against her husband and in-laws for physical torture and harassment. Investigation is underway," police told ANI.

(Source: ANI)

Main Accused in Delhi's Triple Murder Case Sent to Judicial Custody

The main accused in Kishangarh triple murder case has been sent to 14-days judicial custody by Delhi's Patiala House Court.

Three members of a family were found dead at their home in South Delhi's Vasant Kunj on Wednesday morning. Mithilesh and Siya, a couple in their 40s, and their 16-year-old daughter Neha were reportedly found with stab wounds.

Northern Railways Suspends 2 Officials in Farakka Express Derailment Matter

Northern Railways has suspend two officials in the New Farakka Express train derailment matte, after initial probe indicates a wrong signal was given to the train.

Five coaches and the engine of the New Delhi-bound New Farakka Express derailed near Rae Bareli early Wednesday, killing at least five people and seriously injuring nine.\

(Source: ANI)

One Coach of Kathgodam-Howrah Express Train Derails

A coach of Kathgodam-Howrah Express train derailed near Domingarh station in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur, reported ANI.

Restoration work is underway.

YSR Congress May Contest 25 to 30 Seats in T'Gana Assembly Polls

YSR Congress may contest 25 to 30 seats in Telangana assembly polls in Hyderabad. The YSR Congress is mulling contesting in 25 to 30 seats in the ensuing Telangana assembly elections, a senior party leader said on Thursday, 11 October.

(Source: PTI)

Journalist Abhijit Mitra Fails to Appear Before House Committee

Journalist Abhijit Mitra, who had allegedly made objectionable remarks against Odisha's Konark Sun Temple, failed to appear before the House Committee of Odisha Assembly & the Speaker on Thursday, 11 October, despite summons. He has now been summoned to appear before the House Committee on 23 October.

He had earlier submitted a written apology to House Committee over his alleged objectionable remarks against the Konark Sun Temple.

(Source: ANI)

Hurriyat Activist Shot Dead by Unidentified Gunmen in Srinagar

Molvi Tariq Ahmad Ganaie, an activist of the Hurriyat Conference, was shot dead by some unidentified gunmen in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, 11 October. Ganaie was rushed to a hospital, where he succumbed to injuries, an official said.

(Source: PTI)

Congress Announces its Core Committee for Chhattisgarh

PDP Leader Vikramaditya Singh Joins Congress

PDP leader, Vikramaditya Singh, joined the Congress on Thursday, 11 October. He is also the son of Senior Congress Leader Dr Karan Singh.

Delhi Court Orders Attachment of Vijay Mallya’s Bengaluru Properties

Delhi's Patiala House Court on Thursday, 11 October, ordered for the attachment of Vijay Mallya’s Bengaluru properties, in a case relating to FERA violations against him.

(Source: ANI)

Self-Styled Godman Rampal Held Guilty of 2 Cases of Murder

Hisar Court on Thursday, 11 October, held self-styled godman, Rampal, guilty of both cases of murder filed against him.

(Source: ANI)

Rahul Gandhi Addresses Media on Rafale Controversy

Congress President Rahul Gandhi, on Thursday, 11 October, addressed the media in a press conference in New Delhi on the Rafale controversy.

Also Read : Clear-Cut Corruption Case Against PM Modi: Rahul Gandhi on Rafale

Sabarimala Row: Police Use Water Cannons on BJP Workers Protesting Verdict

The police on Thursday, 11 October, used water cannons on the BJP’s Yuva Morcha workers, who were protesting against the apex court’s verdict on the Sabarimala temple, in Thiruvananthapuram.

(Source: ANI)

Pak Extremists Ask SC to Uphold Death Sentence for Women Convicted of Blasphemy

A Pakistani extremist Islamist party is demanding the country’s Supreme Court uphold the death sentence for a Christian woman convicted of blasphemy. It also warned that if the woman was freed, the judges would face “consequences.”

(Source: AP)

SC Seeks Centre's Response to Discard Rule Giving 48 Hrs Ahead of Sealing

The Supreme Court on Thursday, 11 October, said that sealing of illegal and unauthorised construction in Delhi should be done without giving any advance notice. The apex court also sought the Centre’s response on discarding the rule that mandates giving an advance notice of 48 hours to “violators” before taking action.

(Source: ANI)

Former Jawan & Guard of Ram Rahim Has Allegedly Committed Suicide

Shankar Mandori, a former jawan with the Haryana police and who was also the security guard Gurmeet Ram Rahim, has allegedly committed suicide. Mandori had been terminated from his services, following the Panchkula violence.

(Source: ANI)

ED Attaches Assets Worth Rs 54 Cr of Karti Chidambaram

The Enforcement Directorate on Thursday, 11 October, attached Rs 54 crores worth properties and bank deposits of Karti Chidambaram in connection with INX Media case. Some of these include- Jor Bagh in New Delhi, Ooty and Kodaikanal bungalows, his residence in UK and his property in Barcelona.

(Source: ANI)

2 Killed as Cyclone Titli Hits Andhra Pradesh

Two people were killed in Srikakulam, after Cyclone Titli hit Andhra Pradesh and uprooted trees and electric poles and caused massive damage in the region.

(Source: News18)

1 Injured in Ceasefire Violation in J&K

One jawan has been injured in a ceasefire violation by Pakistan J&K’s Krishna Ghati sector, along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch on Wednesday, 10 October, night.

(Source: ANI)

Boat Capsizes in Gopalpur, Fishermen Rescued

A fishing boat with five fishermen onboard capsized in Gopalpur on Thursday, 11 October, due to the cyclonic storm ‘Titli’. According to a statement by the Indian Coast Guard, three disaster and rescue teams operating in the Gopalpur Paradip area, managed to rescue all five fishermen and bring them back to safety.

(Source: ANI)

Case Registered Against Woman Makes Offensive Remarks Against CM Vijayan

The Kerala police on Thursday, 11 October, registered a case against a woman who had reportedly made casteist and offensive remarks against Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. The woman had made the remarks, during a protest against the Supreme Court's verdict on the Sabarimala Temple.

(Source: ANI)

Melania Trump Says Victims Claiming Harassment Need to "Show Proof"

First Lady Melania Trump, in a recent interview, said that those claiming to be victims of sexual harassment, need to “provide evidence” to back up their claims.

(Source: ANI)

US Warns of Withdrawal of Reconstruction Aid to Syria

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that US will not provide any more reconstruction aid to Syria, if Iran troops remain in the country.

(Source: PTI)

Sensex at 33,774.89

Sensex on Thursday, 11 October, opened with a fall of more than 980 points, and is currently slated at 33,774.89.

(Source: ANI)

Rupee Hits All Time Low of 74.45 Against USD

The Rupee hit an all-time low of Rs 74.45 against the US dollar on Thursday, 11 October.

Hurricane Michael Hits Florida, 1 Dead

A Florida man was killed by a falling tree in Gadsden County, due to Hurricane Michael, a category 4 hurricane and the reportedly strongest storm to ever hit Florida, in the early hours of Wednesday, 10 October.

(Source: The Guardian)

Donald Trump Mocks #MeToo Movement

US President Donald Trump has mocked the "#MeToo" movement, saying that he needs to censor himself due to the rules of this movement, which is being enforced by the press.

"There's an expression, but under the rules of #MeToo, I am not allowed to use that expression anymore. I can't do it," Trump said at a mid-term election rally in Pennsylvania, and then he pointed at the phrase "the girl that got away".

(Source: PTI)

50 Dalit Families in Meerut Threaten to Convert from Hinduism

About 50 Dalit families in Meerut's Incholi have threatened to convert from Hinduism, after some locals allegedly denied them to place an idol of Goddess Kali in the village temple.

(Source: ANI)

Hike in Petrol and Diesel Prices in Delhi, Mumbai

A hike in petrol and diesel prices in Delhi, have been noted at Rs 82.36 per litre (increase by Rs 0.10) and Rs 74.62 (increase by Rs 0.27) respectively. In Mumbai too, there has been an increase in petrol and diesel prices, which are now slated at Rs 87.82 per litre (increase by Rs 0.9) and Rs 78.22 per litre (increase by Rs 0.29), respectively.

(Source: ANI)

Married Woman Killed by Father, Brother & Brother-in-Law

A married woman from Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, was allegedly killed by her father, brother and brother-in-law on Wednesday, 10 October, who all believed that she was having an extra-marital affair.

(Source: ANI)

Encounter Underway in J&K's Shartgund Bala, 2 Militants Trapped

An encounter is underway between militants and security forces in Handwara's Shartgund Bala, reported ANI.

Two to three militants are believed to be trapped. Internet services are suspended in the area.

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