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Rahul Gandhi Forms 9 Committees to Manage Rajasthan Polls
With Rajasthan Assembly Polls inching closer, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday constituted nine different committees to manage its campaign in the poll-bound state.
Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee (RPCC) president Sachin Pilot has been appointed the Chairman of 44 members Pradesh Election Committee.
Trump Unveils New Counter Terrorism Strategy
US President Donald Trump approved the new National Strategy for Counter terrorism to thwart threats to US interests, both at home and abroad.
NSA John Bolton while unveiling the strategy said that Trump administration identifies the problem to be stemming from Islamist ideologies.
Tripura Slash Fuel Prices by Rs 5
Centre took a historic decision today. The government of Tripura has also decided to give additional relief of Rs 2.5 per litre on petrol and diesel to give total relief of Rs 5 per litre in the state. The rates will be effective from midnight: Tripura CM Biplab Kumar.
R N Ravi Re-designated as Deputy NSA
R N Ravi, the Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee, has been re-designated as the Deputy National Security Advisor, an official order said.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved re-designating R N Ravi as Deputy National Security Advisor (Internal Affairs) and as interlocutor of the government of India in Nagaland, instead of Chairman, Joint Intelligence Committee, the order said.
Delhi Taimoor Nagar Shooting Case: Police Arrests Three
Three men have been arrested related to a case where a 34-year old man was shot dead in Delhi’s Taimoor Nagar area on 30 September.
As per police’s statement, two have confessed involvement in the murder of Rupesh Kumar. More details are awaited.
India, Pakistan Army Exchange Fire in Poonch
The Pakistan Army resorted to unprovoked small arms firing in the Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, 4 October. The Indian Army retaliated and the firing stopped after sometime, reported ANI.
Putin Arrives in India for Summit With Modi
Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Delhi on Thursday on a two-day visit to hold the annual bilateral summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Putin, who is accompanied by a high-level delegation, was received by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
The 19th India-Russia Annual Bilateral Summit will take place in Delhi on Friday during which Modi and Putin are expected to review bilateral defence cooperation in the wake of the US sanctions against Russian defence majors.
Bhushan, Shourie Demand CBI Probe Into Rafale Deal
Lawyer Prashant Bhushan and former Union minister Arun Shourie met CBI Director Alok Verma on Thursday, demanding a probe into alleged corruption in the Rafale aircraft deal and offset contract.
Along with a "detailed" complaint under the Prevention of Corruption Act, Bhushan and Shourie also submitted documents buttressing their arguments for the need of probe.
White House Receives FBI Report on Kavanaugh; Confident of His Senate Confirmation
The White House, which has received the FBI report on sexual misconduct allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, expressed confidence that the Supreme Court nominee would be confirmed by the Senate.
Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Case: Recovered Skeleton of Girl, CBI Informs SC
The CBI informed the Supreme Court on Thursday that it has recovered skeleton of a minor girl during the ongoing probe into the Muzzafarpur shelter home case in which several girls were allegedly raped and sexually abused.
Bhima Koregaon Case: Bail Application Filed for Activist Sudha Bharadwaj
A bail application has been filed on Thursday in the Pune Sessions Court for human rights activist Sudha Bharadwaj who is currently under house arrest following the Supreme Court order. Bharadwaj is among the five activists arrested in connection with the Bhima Koregaon case.
Nepalese National Allegedly Gang Raped in Ludhiana
A Nepalese national was allegedly gang raped by three people on the night of 3 October in Ludhiana. One man has been arrested in the case and the police is on the lookout for the other two accused. An FIR has been registered in the case.
Handed Over Copies of Evidence to Tharoor: Delhi Police Tells Court
The Delhi Police on Thursday informed a court in Delhi that it has handed over copies of all the evidence to Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, accused in the death case of his wife Sunanda Pushkar.
The court has granted a week to Tharoor and posted the matter for further hearing on 12 October.
Gutka Scam: CBI Raids at Residence of GST Additional Commissioner
The CBI has carried out searches at the Chennai residence of Additional Commissioner, GST, Senthil Valavaen in connection with the Gutkha scam, officials said on Thursday. Searches were also conducted at the residence of S Sridhar, former additional commissioner, System and Central Excise Intelligence, DGCEI, in Chennai.
Kerala Nun Rape Case: NCW Summons Kerala MLA PC George for His Remarks
The National Commission for Women has directed Kerala MLA PC George to appear before it on 13 November for allegedly making objectionable comments on the nun who levelled rape allegations against Bishop Franco Mulakkal.
The Kerala MLA failed to appear before the commission earlier on 20 September and 4 October.
Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Case: Three Send to Judicial Custody
Rosy Rani, the assistant director of the social welfare department and two others has been send to judicial custody in the Muzaffarpur shelter home case. The accused were in CBI remand since 21 September.
Sensex Tanks 806 Points, Nifty Closes at 10,599
Markets went into a free fall on Thursday with the benchmark Sensex crashing over 806 points to end below the 35,200-level after the rupee crashed to a new life-time low and global crude price breached the USD 86 a barrel.
The 50-share NSE Nifty also cracked the 10,600-level by falling 259 points, or 2.39 per cent, to close at 10,599.25 after hitting a low of 10,547.25.
Maharashtra, Gujarat Slash Fuel Prices by Rs 5
The Maharashtra Government has announced to give an additional relief of Rs 2.5 per litre on petrol, making the total benefit Rs 5 per litre in the state.
The Gujarat government also announced cuts to the same effect, reducing the prices by Rs 2.5 per litre on petrol and diesel prices.
RSS Sends Legal Notice to Bengal Minister Partha Chatterjee
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has send a legal notice to State Education Minister Partha Chatterjee for his alleged statement against the organisation about the violence in Darivit High School at Islampur in which two students were killed.
The West Bengal minister had said that the organisation was directly involved in fomenting the trouble at Islampur.
Kerala Opens Four Shutters of Malampuzha Dam, Heavy Rainfall Predicted
The Kerala government on Thursday opened four shutters of Malampuzha dam in Palakkad district by 9 cm each. The India Meteorological Department has issued a warning for heavy rainfall in the state.
Centre Reduces Fuel Prices by Rs 2.50
The Centre announced a Rs 2.50 a litre cut in petrol and diesel prices, factoring in excise duty reduction of Rs 1.50 per litre and asking oil companies to absorb another Re 1.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the excise duty cut would have an impact of Rs 10,500 crore on central government's tax revenues.
SC Denies Relief From Arrest to Journalist Abhijit Iyer-Mitra
The Supreme Court has denied relief from arrest to journalist Abhijit Iyer-Mitra, who is facing charges over his alleged objectionable remarks against Odisha's popular Konark Sun Temple.
The three-judge bench of the Supreme Court, headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi said, “Your (Abhijit Iyer-Mitra) comments incite religious feelings. How are you entitled for bail?”
Chanda Kochhar's Request for Early Retirement Accepted
Board accepts Chanda Kochhar’s request for early retirement. Sandeep Bakshi appointed as ICICI’s MD, CEO for 5 years, starting from 3 October.
(Source: BloombergQuint and CNBC TV18)
Toll From Quake, Tsunami Now 1,424
Indonesia's disaster agency says the death toll from the earthquake and tsunami that struck a central island last week has increased slightly to 1,424.
The disasters struck Palu and surrounding districts in Central Sulawesi province last Friday.
National disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said other victims still are buried in the mud and debris and have not yet been recovered.
Heavy Rain Expected in Southern India, Andaman & Nicobar islands & Lakshadweep: IMD
Heavy to very heavy rain is likely in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Kerala. Heavy rain is also expected in parts of south Karnataka, Lakshadweep and Andaman & Nicobar Islands between 4 October and 8 October, the India Meteorological Department said.
The department also said that rough to very rough sea conditions are likely to prevail over south and central Arabian Sea from 6 to 8 October, and fishermen have been warned against venturing into the sea.
SC Allows Deportation of Seven Rohingyas From Assam to Myanmar
The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed the deportation of seven Rohingyas, who have illegally immigrated to Assam in India, to their country of origin, Myanmar.
It said the seven Rohingyas were found by the competent court as illegal immigrants, and Myanmar had accepted them as its citizens.
Prashant Bhushan represented the Rohingya refugees, and asked for a stay on the deportation, which was oppposed by ASG Tushar Mehta.
Opening Bell: Sensex Drops 600, Nifty Breaks 10,700
Indian equity benchmarks witnessed steep losses on the back of a selloff across the sectors.
The S&P BSE Sensex slumped as much as 1.76 percent or 634 points to 35,341 and the NSE Nifty 50 Index tumbled 1.8 percent or 195 points to 10,663.
Rupee Falls To Record Low 73.73 Per Dollar
Indian rupee extended decline and fell as much as 0.53 percent or 39 paise to record low of 73.73 per dollar as a stronger dollar and higher oil prices weighs on the sentiment.
The 10-year government bond declined, and the yield rose 8 basis points to 8.19 percent compared with yesterday's close of 8.11 percent.
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Five US Cops Shot, One Fatally
Five US police officers were shot – one fatally – during an "active shooter" incident in South Carolina state, US media reported. There were no immediate details on the condition of the other officers, after the latest shooting involving police in the United States.
Trump Administration Blocked by US Judge From Ending Immigrant Protection
A judge on Wednesday blocked the Trump administration from ending protections that allowed immigrants from four countries to live and work legally in the United States, saying the move would cause "irreparable harm and great hardship".
Ex-Malaysian PM Najib's Wife Pleads Not Guilty
The wife of former Malaysian PM Najib Razak pleaded not guilty to the charge of laundering illegal proceeds from 1MDB graft scandal.
HNLU Appoints CB Bajpai as VC
Retired Chhattisgarh judge CB Bajpai appointed as Vice Chancellor of Hidayatullah National Law University. Sukh Pal Singh, the former vice chancellor, resigned on Monday after students went on a hunger strike as a protest.
(Source: Bar & Bench)
Delhi and Mumbai Face Petrol and Diesel Price Hike
Petrol and Diesel prices in Delhi are Rs 84 per litre (increase by Rs 0.15) and Rs 75.45 per litre (increase by Rs 0.20), respectively. Petrol and Diesel prices in Mumbai are Rs 91.34 litre (increase by Rs 0.14) & Rs 80.10 (increase by Rs 0.21), respectively.
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