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India to Co-Host US, Other Countries over Drug Menace
On the sidelines of United Nations General Assembly in New York, India is set to co- host a meeting with United States and other select countries over the issue of how to tackle the drug menace on Monday, 24 September, reported ANI.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and US President Donald Trump will be a part of the meeting.
Petrol Prices Soar at Rs 82.72/Litre in Delhi
Petrol and diesel prices in Delhi maintain an upward trend on Monday, 24 September at Rs 82.72 per litre and Rs 74.02 per litre respectively.
The price for petrol and diesel prices in Mumbai are Rs 90.08 per litre and Rs 78.58 per litre respectively.
Heavy Rainfall Expected in Districts of Kerala
Kerala’s chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan tweeted out the preliminary warning of yellow alert for districts in Kerala — Pathanamthitta, Idukki and Wayanad districts expected to receive heavy rainfall on Tuesday, 25 September.
Vijayan also said that the State Disaster Management Authority has instructed district authorities to be on alert and directed them to take necessary precautions.
“In addition, yellow alert has been issued for Palakkad, Idukki, Thrissur and Wayanad districts for 26th. Met Centre has predicted heavy rainfall (64.4mm to 124.4mm) in these districts,” the CM wrote in his tweet.
Rupee Falls Sharply by 29 Paise to 72.49 Against Dollar
The rupee fell sharply by 29 paise to 72.49 against the dollar Monday as the greenback strengthened overseas, PTI reported.
According to the foreign exchange dealers Indian currency’s value strengthened against other currencies overseas after reports of China cancelling upcoming trade talks with the US weighed on the Indian rupee, reported PTI.
Sensex Extends Losses, Cracks over 450 Points; Nifty near 11,000
The BSE Sensex extended losses in afternoon traded, plunging over 450 points on sustained bouts of selling in realty, auto, banks, finance, telecom, industrials and healthcare stocks amid rising crude prices and weak Asian cues, reported PTI.
The 30-share index was trading lower at 36,378.14 showing a loss of 463.46 points, or 1.26 per cent at 1200 hrs, PTI reported.
The broader Nifty 50 index was trading at 11,007.25, down 135.85 points, or 1.22 per cent.
Indian, South African Among Three Mine Workers Kidnapped in Africa
An Indian and a South African were among three mine workers kidnapped in a northern part of Burkina Faso which has been repeatedly targeted by jihadists, sources told AFP.
"The three men of Indian, South African and Burkinabe nationality were kidnapped by unidentified armed men" between the Inata gold mine and the town of Djibo bordering Mali and Niger, a security source told AFP.
Despite ODF Status, Rural Gujarat Still Needs Lakhs of Toilets
Months after being declared as 'Open Defecation Free' (ODF), Gujarat still has requirement of lakhs of toilets in rural households, according to a reply to an RTI query, reported PTI.
In Dahod, as of May-June this year, 1.40 lakh families are yet to get toilets under the 'Swachh Bharat Mission- Gramin' scheme, the district administration said in reply to the application filed by RTI activist Hitesh Chavda, PTI reported.
Besides, 17,874 families in Vadodara, 26,687 in Chhota Udepur, 14,878 in Kutch, 34,607 in Sabarkantha, 27,180 in Patan, 19,526 in Mahisagar and 21,320 in Amreli districts do not toilets at their homes, PTI reported quoting RTI reply.
Madhya Pradesh: BJP State Cabinet Minister Resigns
Madhya Pradesh’s social welfare board chief Padma Shukla resigned from primary membership of BJP, ANI reported.
Shukla, who resigned on Monday, 24 September, also held a state cabinet rank, reported ANI.
Goa: 2 Ministers Dropped from Manohar Parrikar's Cabinet
Two ministers have been dropped from Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar cabinet in Goa, says chief minister's office, PTI reported.
PM Modi inaugurates Pakyong Airport in Sikkim
Putting Sikkim on the aviation radar, India’s 100th airport was inaugurated on Monday, 24 September in Sikkim by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The greenfield airport, located 30km from capital Gangtok, has been built at a height of 4,500 feet in an inhospitable terrain. Chief Minister Pawan Chamling and Union Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu were also present.
Petitions for Ban on Female Genital Mutilation Sent to Constitution Bench
Supreme Court on Monday, 24 September, referred the matter of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) to a five-judge constitution bench, ANI reported.
Petition filed had sought issuance of orders to impose a complete ban on practice of FGM throughout India and for making it cognizable, non-compoundable and non-bailable offence.
SC Asks 8 States, Union Territory to File Replies on Mob Lynching
Supreme Court on Monday, 24 September, asked the eight states and one union territory who have not complied with the Supreme Court's earlier order on mob lynching to file their replies within two weeks, reported ANI.
Under-Construction Bridge Collapses in West Bengal
An under-construction bridge collapsed in Kakdwip area of South 24 Parganas district on Monday, 24 September, a senior official told PTI.
There has been no report of any casualty, South 24 Parganas district magistrate Y Ratnakara Rao told PTI.
"The incident happened on Monday morning. We are waiting for further details," PTI reported, quoting the district magistrate.
This is the third incident of bridge collapse in the state in September.
Vijay Mallya Replies to ED's Plea; Mumbai Court to Hear the Matter
Liquor baron Vijay Mallya has submitted his reply on Enforcement Directorate's plea to declare him a fugitive economic offender under the new law, ANI reported.
A court in Mumbai will hear the matter at 2.45 PM on Monday, 24 September
Rahul Gandhi Offers Prayers at Shiv Temple in Amethi
Rahul Gandhi offered prayers to Lord Shiv in Amethi on Monday, 24 September. The gathering also saw ‘kanwariyas’ welcoming the Congress chief to the temple, reported ANI.
5 Missing as Car Gets Washed Away in Manali
Five people have been reportedly missing after a car was washed away in Manali, sub-divisional magistrate Raman Gharsangi told ANI.
Indian Navy Commander Abhilash Tomy Rescued
Commander and Golden Globe Race (GGR) skipper Abhilash Tomy has been rescued, ANI reported.
According to ANI’s report, Tomy is conscious and has been shifted to the French Fishing Vessel Osiris.
Tomy, Naval Commander in the Indian Navy, was stranded in the south Indian Ocean following his boat wreck during the Golden Globe Race 2018.
Soldier Shot Dead in J&K’s Kupwara in Operation to Stop Infiltration
An army soldier was shot dead in an operation to stop infiltration in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara. Five terrorists have been killed so far by the security forces after they foiled an infiltration bid in Kupwara’s Tangdhar on Sunday, 23 September.
In a recent development, 3 more terrorists were killed on Monday morning. Search operations are still underway.
MP Social Welfare Board Chief Joins Congress, Resigns from BJP Primary Membership
Madhya Pradesh Social Welfare Board Chief Padma Shukla on Monday, joined Congress in the presence of Kamal Nath.
She had resigned from primary membership of BJP earlier on Monday itself.
Delhi HC Bans Slaughtering of Birds in Ghazipur Mandi
Delhi High Court bans slaughtering of live birds at the Gazipur Murga Mandi. Only the sale of birds will be allowed at the Gazipur Murga Mandi.
Sensex Falls 537 Points, Nifty Ends at 10,967
The S&P BSE Sensex ended at 36,305 on Monday, 24 September, down by 537 points as the benchmark indices settled lower for the fifth straight session. It had hit an intraday low of 36,216.95.
The 1.5 percent fall was weighed by financial and automobile stocks.
The broader Nifty50 index settled at 10,975, down 168 points, hitting an intraday low of 10,943.60.
EU Gives Britain 2 Months to Pay 2.7 Billion Euros Over China Customs Fraud
The European Union, on Monday gave the Britain two months to pay off €2.7 billion over China customs fraud.
3 States Interested In Preserving Aircraft Carrier Viraat: Navy Official
A senior Navy official on Monday, said that three states - Maharashtra, Goa, and Andhra Pradesh have shown willingness to preserve the decommissioned aircraft carrier INS Viraat.
Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Western Naval Command Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, told reporters that Maharashtra Government officials have visited the ship.
Moderate Earthquake Hits Himachal
A moderate intensity earthquake was felt in Himachal Pradesh's Sirmaur district Monday afternoon, officials said.
No loss of life or property was reported.
"An earthquake measuring 3.7 was recorded at 2:22 pm Monday," said Director at Shimla Meteorological Centre Manmohan Singh.
The epicentre was 10 km northeast of Sirmaur, he said, adding that mild tremors were felt in the adjoining areas.
Most parts of Himachal fall in high seismic sensitive zone, he said.
Two BJP MLAs Sworn In as Ministers in Goa Cabinet
Curchorem BJP MLA Nilesh Cabral and Mormugao BJP MLA Milind Naik have been sworn-in as ministers in the state cabinet at Raj Bhawan.
6-7 People Injured in IED Blast in Imphal
Six to seven people sustained minor injuries in low-intensity IED blast that took place near Major Khul in Imphal, at 5:30 am on Monday.
The DGP of Manipur has said that the police has carried out raids at several places and have launched investigations in relation to the matter, the DGP of Manipur said.
Congress Chhattisgarh Chief Sent to Judicial Custody
Congress chief for the state of Chhattisgarh, Bhupesh Baghel has ben sent to 14 days in Judicial custody by a CBI court on Monday in connection with a case of circulation of ‘fake’ sex CD that apparently showed a senior minister in a compromising position last October.
The Chhattisgarh state assembly elections are scheduled to take place later this year.
(The Times of India)
Himachal Govt to Hike HRTC and Private Bus Fare by 24 Percent
Himachal Pradesh government, on Monday decided to hike Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) and private bus fares by 24 percent.
12 Arrested For Playing Loud Music During Ganesha Visarjan
At least 12 people arrested by Pune police for violating the Bombay High Court order on the ban on playing loud music during Ganesha Visarjan processions, ANI reported.
The Pune police have also formed a special team to investigate the cases registered in this regard.
3-Year-Old Raped & Killed, Accused On The Run
A three-year-old girl was allegedly raped and killed by a 20-year-old youth in Jharkhand’s Gumla areas, police said.
Speaking to ANI on 24 September, SP Anshuman Kumar said, “the accused is absconding, we are trying to arrest him. Body of the victim has been sent for postmortem.”
Trump Praises Trade Deal with South Korea
President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in have signed the first major agreement of Trump's trade agenda.
The leaders signed an update to an existing US-South Korea free-trade agreement Monday in New York. Both leaders are attending an annual UN gathering.