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Fuel Prices Maintain Upward Trend, Petrol Increased by Rs 0.11 in Delhi

Fuel prices on Tuesday maintained their upward trend, with a marked increase petrol and diesel prices in Delhi and Mumbai.

In Delhi, petrol increased by Rs 0.11 at Rs 82.83 per litre, whereas diesel was priced at Rs 75.69 per litre (increase by Rs 0.23). Petrol and diesel prices in Mumbai are Rs 88.29 per litre (increase by Rs 0.11) and Rs 79.35 per litre (increase by Rs 0.24), respectively.

(Source: ANI)

Magsaysay Award-winning Activist Jockin Arputham Dies at 71

Jockin Arputham, Magsaysay Award-winning rights activist, passed away at the age of 71 on Saturday, 13 October.

He founded the National Slum Dwellers Federation in India, and fought tirelessly for the rights of ‘slum’ dwellers.

Body of a Woman Found Stuffed Inside a Suitcase in Mumbai, Suspect Arrested

A body of a woman was found inside a suitcase in Mumbai’s Bangur Nagar, ANI reported.

“On the basis of evidence, we have arrested a 19-year-old man who is a resident of Hyderabad. Further investigation is underway,” Superintendent of Police Nishandar, DCP Zone -11, told the news agency.

Anti-Sterlite Protester Passes Away After Five Months in Coma

One Justine, who was injured in a lathi-charge by police during anti-Sterlite protests in Thoothukudi on 22 May, passed away last night after being in coma for five months, ANI reported. Total death toll in anti-Sterlite protest till now is 14.

Sensex Rises Over 150 Points, Opens at 35,018 Points

Indian equity benchmarks edge higher on Tuesday paced by gains in Indiabulls Housing Finance after its profit rose in line with Bloomberg consensus estimates in September quarter.

The S&P BSE Sensex rose 0.4 percent or 153 points to 35,018 and the NASE Nifty 50 Index 0.4 percent or 42 points to 10,554.

(Source: BloombergQuint)

2 CRPF Jawans Injured After Camp Attacked in J&K’s Pulwama

A militant attack on a security force camp injured two CRPF jawans in Newa area of Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir late Monday night, police said. The militants escaped after the attack.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

Saudi Arabia Committed to Meeting India’s Rising Oil Demand

Saudi Arabia Monday committed to meeting India’s rising oil demand and said it is keen to invest in fuel retailing and petrochemical business in the world’s fastest-growing energy consumer. Speaking at India Energy Forum, its oil minister Khalid al-Falih heaped lavish praises on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government for making it easier to do business in the country and ushering in “acche din”.

(Source: PTI)

Kashmir University Students Protest Killing of Manan Wani

Students of Kashmir University on Monday took out a protest march against killing of scholar-turned militant MananWani during a gunfight with government forces in Shatgund village of northern Kupwara district last week.

(Source: Greater Kashmir)

Two Goa Congress Legislators Leave for Delhi; May Join BJP

Two Goa Congress legislators Dayanand Sopte and Subhash Shirodkar Monday midnight left for Delhi amidst speculations that they may join the BJP.

A senior BJP leader said they were likely to meet BJP president Amit Shah in the national capital.

(Source: PTI)

Trump suggests 'rogue killers' murdered Saudi journalist

President Donald Trump suggested on Monday that "rogue killers" could be responsible for the mysterious disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, an explanation offering US ally Saudi Arabia a possible path out of a global diplomatic firestorm. The Saudis continued to deny they killed the writer, but there were indications the story could soon change.

(Source: AP)

Haryana Roadways Employees Begin Two Day Strike

Haryana Roadways employees in Panchkula begin their two-day strike against privatisation of the state's transport system.

(Source: ANI)

Doctor Investigated In Vyapam Scam Dies In Lucknow Hospital

A junior doctor at the King George's Medical University, who was being investigated in the Vyapam scam, died after she allegedly injected herself with an overdose of an anesthesia drug.

(Source: ANI)

Odisha CM Patnaik Directs to Provide Assistance to Cyclone Titli Affected

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik directed officials to provide an assistance of Rs 1,000 along with 50kg rice and 2 litre Kerosene each to families affected by Cyclone Titli. The remaining assistance of Rs 2,000 will be transferred to their bank accounts. The cyclone and subsequent flood affected more than 57.08 lakh people in 16 districts.

(Source: ANI)

Delhi Man Pulls Gun in a Fight Outside 5-Star Hotel

A man in Delhi was recorded pulling his gun out in a fight outside a 5-star hotel in Delhi. On the basis of the viral video, a case has been registered under the Arms Act. The man has been identified by ANI as Ashish Pandey, son of former BSP MP Rakesh Pandey.

(Source: ANI)

Daati Maharaj Approaches SC to Challenge CBI Investigation Order

Daati Maharaj approaches the Supreme Court challenging the Delhi High Court order of transferring the case to Central Bureau of Investigation.

(Source: ANI)

Kerala Government Refuses to File Review Petition in Sabarimala Verdict

Chief Minister of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday said that the state government would not submit a review petition in the Sabrimala case and would implement the order.

“We will not allow any one take law and order in their hands. The government will ensure facilities to devotees to go to Sabarimala Temple and offer prayers. Government will not submit a review petition. We've said in court that we'll implement the order,” he was quoted by ANI as saying.

Students Hold Silent Protest in AMU

Kashmiri students in Aligarh Muslim University held a silent protest during an alumni function on Tuesday.

Earlier AMU’s three students were booked on sedition chargers for trying to offer funeral prayers to PhD scholar-turned-militant Manan Wani, who was killed in an encounter.

(Source: ANI)

Five Dead, 20 Injured After Bus Falls into Canal in West Bengal's Hooghly

Five people lost their lives and 20 were injured after a bus fell into a canal in Hooghly district's Haripal on Tuesday, ANI reported.

Mehul Choksi Should Return if he Wants Details of Cases: ED to Interpol

Fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi, who is facing investigations by the CBI and the ED in the Rs 13,500-crore PNB scam case, will have to come to India and present himself in a special Mumbai court if he wants to get details of the cases against him, the ED has told Interpol.

(The Indian Express)

J&K Governor Urges for a Safe Study Environmnet for Kashmiri Students in AMU

Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik has urged Union HRD Minister Javadekar and the vice chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University to ensure there is no disruption of studies of the Kashmiri students and they are allowed to continue their studies in a safe, secure and well-disposed academic environment.


Delhi Metro Work to Stop After 20 Long Years

January 1, 2019 may begin without one of Delhi’s most ubiquitous sights for the past two decades - Delhi Metro Rail Corp’s (DMRC) construction work.

(The Hindustan Times)

Fire in Garment Factory in Gurugram

A fire broke out in a garment warehouse at the Rewari road in Gurugram. 6 fire tenders are present at the spot and fire extinguishing operation is underway.


Nitish Kumar Appoints Prashant Kishor JD-U Vice President

Janata Dal (United) president Nitesh Kumar Tuesday appointed Prashant Kishor as the party's vice president, effectively making him the second most powerful person in the party.

Kishor, who has worked for a number of parties as a poll strategist, recently joined the ruling party in Bihar. He is seen to be close to Kumar, also the state's chief minister.

Party spokesperson K C Tyagi said Kishor's appointment will help it reach out to social segments out of its traditional support base.

(Source: PTI)

Mike Pompeo Arrives in Saudi Arabia for Talks on Missing Journalist Khashoggi

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived Tuesday in Saudi Arabia for talks with King Salman over the disappearance and alleged slaying of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, who vanished two weeks ago during a visit to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

(Source: AP)

18-Year-Old Ends Life in Nagpur After Witnessing Road Accident

An 18-year-old engineering student committed suicide in Maharashtra’s Nagpur, ANI reported. Police told ANI that he committed suicide after witnessing a road accident, and the soul of the deceased was haunting him.

“In his one-page suicide note he had mentioned about a road accident he witnessed two months back, stating that the soul of the deceased child is calling him,” the local police was quoted by ANI as saying.

NGT Imposes 50 Cr Fine on Delhi Govt for Failing to Stop Functioning of Polluting Industries

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Tuesday imposed Rs 50 crore fine on Delhi government for failing to stop polluting industries from working in the city, ANI reported.

Winter Session Set to Be Postponed Due to State Polls

The winter session of Parliament could be postponed till December, pwing to the five state elections.

The session usually starts in November every year.

NSUI president Quits After Sexual Harassment Charges, Rahul Gandhi Accepts Resignation

NSUI national president Fairoz Khan has stepped down from his post following charges of sexual harassment, sources in the Congress told PTI on Tuesday.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi has accepted his resignation, the sources told PTI. Khan, who hails from Jammu and Kashmir, submitted his resignation on Monday.

The party had set up a three-member committee to look into the issue after a woman levelled charges of sexual harassment against the chief of its youth wing.

(Source: PTI)

India Attracted 22 Billion Dollars of FDI Flows in First Half of 2018: UN Report

India attracted $22 billion of FDI flows in the first half of 2018, according to a UN report which states that the global foreign direct investment dropped by 41 percent in the same period due to tax reforms carried out by the Trump administration.

(Source: PTI)

Jaswant Singh's Son to Join Congress

Veteran BJP leader Jaswant Singh's son Manvendra has decided to join the Congress in a significant political development ahead of the assembly elections in Rajasthan.

The move came after MLA Manvendra Singh announced to quit the BJP in his 'Swabhiman Rally' held in Barmer last month.

"Manvendra Singh is joining the Congress in New Delhi tomorrow," Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee President Sachin Pilot told PTI.

(Source: PTI)

MoU Signed Between India and Tanzania

An MoU was signed between India and Tanzania in the presence of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Foreign Minister of Tanzania Dr Augustine P Mahiga on Tuesday, ANI reported.

Former Mizoram Minister Buddha Dhan Chakma Resigns from Congress, to Join BJP

Former Mizoram minister Buddha Dhan Chakma quit the Congress on Tuesday and is all set to join the BJP.

After tendering his resignation as a legislator from the state Assembly, Chakma submitted his resignation from the primary membership of the Mizoram Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) to party functionaries Aizawl, Mizoram.

The resignation letter from the MPCC was addressed to MPCC president, Lal Thanhawla, who is also the chief minister.

(Source: PTI)

Three ITBP Jawans injured in IED Blast Triggered by Naxals in Chhattisgarh

Three Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) jawans were injured in an Improved Explosive Device (IED) blast triggered by Naxals in Chhattisgarh's Rajnandgaon district Tuesday, local police told PTI.

The incident took place around 11 am on the hills near Rajadera and Ramgarh villages when a joint team of security forces was out on an anti-Maoist operation, Rajnandgaon Superintendent of Police Kamlochan Kashyap told PTI.

Naxal Killed in Encounter with Police in Maharasthra's Gadchiroli

One Naxal has been killed in an encounter with police in the forest area of Malewada in Gadchiroli district, Maharashtra, ANI reported. One rifle has been seized from the spot, the news agency added.

Cyclone Titli Death Toll in Odisha Rises to 26

The death toll in Odisha due to Cyclone Titli and subsequent floods has risen to 26. Over 57.08 lakh people in 7,402 villages in 16 districts are affected.

More than 3.6 lakh people have been evacuated to safer places and relief centres so far and around 2.34 lakh hectares crops have been damaged.


Also Read : Cyclone Titli toll in Odisha increases to 26

UP Cabinet Clears Proposal to Rename Allahabad as Prayagraj

The Uttar Pradesh Cabinet on Tuesday approved a proposal to rename the historic city of Allahabad as Prayagraj.

Opposition parties have criticised the decision, which comes ahead of the Kumbh Mela in January next year. The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.


Also Read : UP Govt Renames Allahabad ‘Prayagraj’ Ahead of Kumbh Mela

Russia, Pakistan to Hold Joint Military Drills

Russian and Pakistani troops will hold joint military drills in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa from 21 October to 4 November, IANS reported.

Servicemen from the two countries' armed forces will perform tasks at an altitude of 1,400 metres above sea level, the report said. Russia and Pakistan have been holding the "Friendship" drills since 2016.

ICC Suspends West Indies Coach Stuart Law For 2 ODIs

West Indies coach Stuart Law was on Tuesday suspended from the first two ODIs against India for making "inappropriate comments" against a match official, adding to the Caribbean team's woes after a disastrous Test outing.

Law was also fined 100 percent of his match, the ICC said in a statement.


Also Read : West Indies Coach Stuart Law Suspended for Two ODIs Against India

Two Congress MLAs Set to Join BJP in Goa

In a boost to the BJP, two Congress MLAs, who resigned from the Goa Assembly, are set to join the saffron party amid its vigorous efforts to strengthen the thin majority of its alliance government in the state.

Subhash Shirodkar and Dayanand Sopte met BJP president Amit Shah on Tuesday and later said they will be joining the party. BJP sources said more opposition MLAs may join its ranks.


Also Read : 2 Congress MLAs resign from Goa Assembly

Pompeo Meets Saudi King Over Missing Journalist

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in Riyadh on Tuesday over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as diplomatic pressure mounted on Riyadh to give a fuller explanation in the case.

Pompeo's visit came as Saudi Arabia was preparing to acknowledge that Khashoggi was killed during an interrogation that went wrong.


Also Read : Trump to send Pompeo to Saudi Arabia over missing journalist

Australia to Consider Shifting Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Tuesday indicated that he is open to the idea of shifting Australia's embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognising the holy city as Israel's capital.

His statement came 10 months after US President Donald Trump in a controversial move said the US would recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.


Also Read : Australia to consider recognizing Jerusalem as Israeli capital

Indrani Mukerjea Appears Before Special CBI Court

Indrani Mukerjea, who had filed a bail application on medical grounds in the Sheena Bora murder case, argued for herself before a special CBI Court in Mumbai on Tuesday.

While arguing, Indrani asked the court if “the CBI will take responsibility” in case she dies. Her bail plea was rejected earlier.


Also Read : Indrani Mukerjea Hospitalised After Complaints of Chest Pain

Frame Guidelines for Effigy Burning on Dussehra: Delhi HC to AAP Govt

The Delhi High Court on Monday directed the AAP government to frame guidelines on the burning of effigies of Ravana and the use of firecrackers during the festival of Dussehra.

The court, while hearing a matter related to air pollution, said that the guidelines can be implemented from next year.


Ex-MP's Son Brandishes Gun Outside Delhi Hotel, Police Register FIR

The son of a former BSP MP was booked for allegedly brandishing a gun at guests and threatening them in the foyer of a five-star hotel here, a video of which went viral on social media.

The accused, Ashish Pandey, hails from Lucknow and is the son of former BSP MP Rakesh Pandey. His brother, Ritesh Pandey, is a sitting MLA in Uttar Pradesh. The Delhi Police said an FIR has been registered.


Also Read : Pink Pant-Wearing Ex-MP’s Son Brandishes Gun Outside Delhi Hotel

India, China to Sign Internal Security Cooperation Agreement

For the first time, India and China will sign an internal security cooperation agreement next week, marking a new beginning in bilateral relations, officials told PTI on Tuesday.

Zhao Kezhi, China's Minister of Public Security, will visit India on 22 October and hold meetings with Home Minister Rajnath Singh during which they will discuss various aspects of security cooperation between the two countries.


Also Read : India, China together will make difference to Asia: Chinese envoy

At Least 6 Dead in Morocco Train Crash

A train derailed near the Moroccan capital killing at least six people and injuring more than 70 others on Tuesday, local public television 2M said.

The crash occurred around 20 kilometres north of Rabat between the towns of Kenitra and Sale, local media said, leaving the driver among the dead.


Washington Has Stood by Riyadh Through Multiple Crises: Saudi King

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, during his meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, said on Tuesday: "We are strong and old allies. We face our challenges together – the past, the day of, tomorrow."

The meeting came two weeks after the disappearance of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, who went into a self-imposed exile in the United States amid Prince Mohammed's rise.

Turkish officials fear Saudi officials killed and dismembered the writer at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.


Also Read : Pompeo meets Saudi King over missing journalist

Noted Painter Jatin Das Accused of Sexual Harassment

A woman, who is the co-founder of a paper-making company, on Tuesday claimed that she was sexually harassed 14-years-ago by noted painter Jatin Das; allegations which he dismissed as "vulgar".

Das is the latest addition to a growing list of men who have been named as part of the #MeToo campaign that has taken the country by storm.


Also Read : After #MeToo Allegations, BCCI CEO Rahul Johri Goes on Leave 

Daati Maharaj Moves SC Against Transfer of Case to CBI

Self-styled preacher Daati Maharaj, accused in a sexual assault case, has moved the Supreme Court challenging the Delhi High Court's order transferring the matter to the CBI.

The high court had on 3 October pulled up the Delhi Police for not arresting Maharaj in the case and had transferred the matter to the CBI.


Also Read : HC suggests fresh plea for CBI probe against Daati Maharaj

Militants Abduct 14 Iranian Border Guards Near Pakistan border

Militants in Iran abducted 14 members of a border security force near the Pakistan border on Tuesday, Iranian media reported, in the latest blow to the country's powerful Revolutionary Guard.

The reports quoted an unnamed but informed source as saying two of abducted are members of the powerful Revolutionary Guard's intelligence department. The rest include seven members of the Basij force, a volunteer wing of the Guard, as well as regular Iranian border guards.


Amit Shah to Kick Off Mizoram Poll Campaign on Wednesday

BJP president Amit Shah will kick off the party's poll campaign for the 28 November Assembly elections in Mizoram on Wednesday.

Shah will address the BJP's statewide booth level workers’ meet at R Dengthuama Indoor Stadium in Aizawl, state BJP unit president Professor John V Hluna told PTI on Tuesday.

Also Read : Rahul Gandhi should quit day-dreaming: Amit Shah

India, UAE to Deepen Defence Cooperation

India and the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday agreed to deepen their defence cooperation in a range of areas including military-to-military exchanges, training of personnel and defence production, officials said.

The decision was taken during talks between Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and the UAE's Minister of State for Defence Affairs Mohammed Ahmed Al Bowardi Al Falacy.


Also Read : India, UAE ink MoU to use technology for better governance

SSDF Demands Sedition Case Against Mehbooba

Activists of the Shiv Sena Dogra Front (SSDF) on Tuesday staged a protest, demanding registration of a sedition case against former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti for saying slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Manan Wani was a "victim of relentless violence".

Led by their leader Ashok Gupta, dozens of SSDF activists took out a rally and raised slogans demanding registration of FIR against all those who came forward in support of Wani.


Also Read : From Sainik School to Militancy – the Journey of Manan Wani

5 Dead, 20 Injured As Bus Falls Into Canal In West Bengal's Hooghly

A bus accident in West Bengal's Hooghly district on Tuesday left five people dead and 22 injured, police said.

An eyewitness, who helped in the rescue operation, said: "We saw the bus hitting the cement fencing of the bridge, before toppling over and falling into the canal. We broke the window glasses and helped the injured come out of the bus."


Hasin Jahan, Wife of Cricketer Mohammed Shami, Joins Congress

Hasin Jahan, the wife of cricketer Mohammed Shami, has joined the Congress party. Jahan was inducted into the party in the presence of Mumbai Congress Committee president Sanjay Nirupam on Tuesday.


Also Read : Mohammed Shami Should be Beaten Up on the Road: Hasin Jahan

Pompeo To Hold Talks in Turkey on Wednesday

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will hold talks in Turkey on Wednesday, Turkey’s foreign ministry said. The talks will be held after Pompeo’s visit to Riyadh, where the top American diplomat was discussing the case of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Pompeo will meet his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu to discuss bilateral and regional issues including Syria, the Turkish foreign ministry said in a statement.


Also Read : Pompeo seeks answers from Saudi King on missing journalist

Armenian PM Announces Resignation

Armenia’s prime minister has stepped down from his post, a political maneuver aimed at forcing an early election.

Nikol Pashinian, who took office in May after spearheading weeks of protests that forced the resignation of his predecessor, has pushed for an early parliamentary election this fall in a bid to unseat foes who maintain a majority. He announced his resignation live on national television on Tuesday.


Two Pilots Killed in Ukraine Fighter Jet Crash

Ukraine's General Staff said on Tuesday that two pilots died when a Sukhoi fighter jet crashed during large-scale military exercises with the United States and other NATO countries.

"A Sukhoi-27 plane crashed at around 5:00pm local time (1400 GMT) during a training flight," the General Staff said on its Facebook page, adding that "the bodies of the two pilots have been found."


US Announces Sanctions on Iranian Paramilitary Force

The United States Treasury Department on Tuesday announced sanctions on a network of corporations and banks that provide financial support to a paramilitary force associated with Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.


Northern Irish Writer Anna Burns Wins Booker Prize

Northern Irish Writer Anna Burns Wins Booker Prize, reported ANI.

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