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BJP Calls For Bandh in Protest of Student Deaths in Islampur Clash
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has called for a 12-hour, statewide bandh in West Bengal on Wednesday, 26 September in protest of the death of two students in Islampur on 20 September.
The two students were killed when protesters clashed with the police over recruitment of a Urdu teacher at Daribhita High School in North Dinajpur district. Students had demanded that teachers be recruited for science and other subjects, PTI reported.
Six Northern States Agree for Uniform Fuel Prices
Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and union territory of Chandigarh have agreed to move towards uniform fuel rates, ANI reported. The decision was reached at a meeting of Finance Ministers and officers of Northern States held in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Participating states have decided to constitute sub-committee for the same, the news agency added.
Indian Economy Maintains Steady Growth Path, Forecast at 7.3%
India's economy continues on a robust growth path, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said Wednesday, 26 September while maintaining the growth forecast for the current fiscal at 7.3 percent.
However, depreciation of the rupee and volatile external financial markets pose challenges, the multilateral lending agency added, in an update of its flagship annual economic publication, the Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2018.
17-Year-Old Boy Found Murdered in Delhi
A 17-year-old boy was found murdered in Delhi’s Mangolpuri area last night, ANI reported. A police investigation is underway.
Sensex Opens 200 Points Higher, Nifty Above 11,100
The S&P BSE Sensex rose 0.6 percent or 200 points to 36,852 and the NSE Nifty 50 Index climbed 0.5 percent or 48 points to 11,102, BloombergQuint reported.
Wasn't In Power When Rafale Deal Was Signed: French President Macron
French President Emmanuel Macron has said that the Rafale deal was a "government-to-government" discussion and he was not in power when the multi-billion dollar agreement for 36 fighter jets was signed between India and France.
Addressing a press conference on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session, Macron was asked if the Indian government had at any point told France or Dassault - the French aerospace major - that they had to accept Reliance as the Indian partner for the Rafale deal.
Rahul Gandhi Wishes Former PM Manmohan Singh on His Birthday, Praises Service to Nation
Congress president Rahul Gandhi wished former prime minister Manmohan Singh on his birthday Wednesday and appreciated his selfless service to the cause of nation building.
He was born in Gag, now in Pakistan, on September 26, 1932.
"Manmohan Singh ji's birthday is an opportunity for us to appreciate and remember his many years of selfless service and dedication to the cause of nation building. I wish him a very happy birthday and good health and happiness always," Gandhi said on Twitter.
New Born Baby Thrown into Bushes in Tamil Nadu, Rescued
A new born baby was rescued from Hosur district’s Achettipalli village in Tamil Nadu. He was thrown into the bushes and was rescued by passersby who heard him crying, ANI reported. The infant has been admitted to hospital and a probe is underway
One of the rescuers, Mutugamma, told ANI “I brought him to hospital. He was bitten by ants all over the body. I want to adopt him.”
Three Storey Building Collapses in Delhi's Ashok Vihar, 7 Injured
A three-storey building collapsed near Sawan Park in north Delhi’s Ashok Vihar. Seven people were injured in the collapse.
More details awaited.
11-Month-Old Baby Dies On-Board Qatar Airways Flight
An 11-month-old baby reportedly died on-board a Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Hyderabad on Wednesday.
Further details awaited.
Nagaraj Decision Clarified By SC; Reference To Larger Bench Declined
Supreme Court's five-judge bench on Wednesday refused to refer the Nagaraj judgment to a larger bench. It turned down the request by the Union government to make reservations in promotion for SC/ST employees in proportion to the population.
Supreme Court said there is no need to collect data on SC/ST in reservation in promotion in government services, ANI reported.
SC Upholds Constitutional Validity of Aadhar, With Conditions
Reading out the majority judgment on Aadhaar, Justice AK Sikri upheld the constitutional validity of the Centre's flagship scheme, but with conditions.
The Bench ruled that Aadhar wasn’t needed for school admissions and mobile phone connections.
SC Allows Live Streaming of Court Proceedings
The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed live streaming of court processions. The court observed that live streaming would ensure judicial accountability and add transparency.
SC Dismisses Plea Challenging Justice Gogoi's Appointment as Next CJI
The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a plea challenging the appointment of Justice Ranjan Gogoi as the next Chief Justice of India, saying the petition was "devoid of merits".
A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice A M Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud said: "We are of the view that it is not the stage to interfere (with the appointment)."
The petition against Justice Gogoi's appointment as the next CJI was filed by two lawyers who were seeking adjudication of the question of law relying on the contents of the press conference of 12 January, called by four senior judges of the apex court.
SC To Declare Tomorrow Whether Ayodhya Case Will Go to Constitution Bench or Not
Supreme Court is likely to pronounce its verdict tomorrow on the issue whether the Ismail Farooqui judgement in which it was said that mosque is not integral part of Islam will go to a larger Constitution bench or not.
Committed to 100% Deployment of VVPATs: EC
The Election Commission reportedly put out a statement saying that the they would like to allay any apprehensions regarding VVPAT supply for upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
The EC also said that learning from their experience in Kairana & Bhandara by polls where errors were caused due to excessive exposion to illumination in polling stations, the EC has adopted the hardware improvement.
Self Styled Godman Falahari Baba Gets Life Imprisonment for Rape
An Alwar Court has pronounced life imprisonment for Self-Styled Godman 'Falahari Baba' in a rape case.
I'm Not Bound By Political Limitations: Baba Ramdev
On being asked if he will campaign for any party in 2019 elections, Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev said:
NIA Busts Terror Funding Module in Delhi
National Investigation Agency (NIA) has reportedly busted a terror funding module during a probe in multiple parts of Delhi. According to ANI, the agency said:
Import Tariffs on AC, Fridge, Jewellery etc to Increase: FM
Finance ministry says import tariffs raised on air conditioners, refrigerators, jewellery, car tyres among other products from 27 September.
North Korea's Kim Jong-un Wants Peace: Trump
US President Donald Trump tells the United Nations (UN) that North Korea's Kim Jong-un wants peace.
Kangna Ranaut, Rajkumar Hirani, Satish Kaushik Nominated for of FTII Society
I&B Ministry constitutes Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Society. Kangana Ranaut, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Rajkumar Hirani, Danny Denzongpa, Anup Jalota and Satish Kaushik among those nominated.
PM Promises Help from Centre in Flood Situation: Punjab CMO
The Punjab Chief Minister's office has reportedly informed that PM Modi has assured support from centre in tackling the flood situation.
Para Athlete Shrimant Jha Urges Govt to Help Him Participate in World Championship
Para-athlete Shrimant Jha from Chhattisgarh's Bhilai is urging state govt to help him take part in the upcoming World Championship at Poland in November. He says, "I am a wrestler. I have met CM sir personally and other ministers but I have not received any positive response".
Goa Police Nabs West Bengal Man for Possession of Drugs Worth Rs 2.05k
Goa’s Calangute Police arrested Subhash Tamang, a native of West Bengal for illegal possession of drugs worth Rs 2,05,000, earlier today.
Vice Chief of India Air Force Accidentally Shot Himself in Thigh
Vice Chief of the Indian Air Force, Air Marshal SB Deo has accidentally shot himself in the thigh, reported ANI.
He is in RR Hospital in Delhi and is stable.
Pompeo to Travel to N Korea to Plan Trump-Kim Summit
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to Pyongyang in October to prepare a second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the Department of State said in a communique on Wednesday.
Pompeo met on Wednesday at the United National General Assembly with his North Korean counterpart, Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho, to discuss the upcoming summit, Efe reported.
At that meeting, Pompeo "accepted Chairman Kim's invitation to travel to Pyongyang next month," said the State Department.
BHU Violence: Students Made to Vacate 5 Varsity Hostels
Following a clash between students and resident doctors at Sir Sunderlal Hospital, five hostels of Banaras Hindu University were vacated on Wednesday, 26 September and the security in and around the campus was heightened with the police maintaining security using drone cameras, said officials.
The five hostels whose boarders were ordered to move out were Birla, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Dhanwantri, Ruiya Medical and Ruiya Annexe.
The students of Birla and Lal Bahadur Shastri hostel sat on a dharna on Tuesday, demanding revocation of yesterday's hostel vacation order.
Encounter in Jammu and Kashmir's Noorbagh
An Encounter has started between security forces and terrorists in Noorbagh on outskirts of Srinagar city, 2 terrorists believed to be trapped, reported ANI.
Another encounter has started at Dooru Shahabad in Anantnag dist. Internet services suspended at both the places.