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Delhi, Mumbai Face Petrol, Diesel Price Hike
Petrol and diesel prices in Delhi reached Rs 82.26 per litre (increase by Rs 0.23) and Rs 74.11 (increase by Rs 0.29) respectively.
Mumbai faced petrol price hike by Rs 0.23 making it Rs 87.73 per litre, whereas Diesel hit Rs 77.68 per litre, increasing by Rs 0.31.
Fire in Gurgaon Highrise Kills 32-Year-Old Woman
A fire broke out in a highrise tower in Gurugram on Sunday night which claimed the life of 32-year-old interior designer, Swati Garg, reported The Indian Express.
Garg helped others escape to safety to the building’s upper floors but couldn’t escape as she got trapped in the stairwell filled with thick smoke.
IMF Projects India's Growth at 7.3 percent in 2018
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Tuesday, 9 October, forecasted a growth rate of 7.3 percent for India in the current year of 2018 and that of 7.4 percent in 2019.
In 2017, India had clocked a 6.7 percent growth rate.
"India's growth is expected to increase to 7.3 percent in 2018 and to 7.4 percent in 2019 (slightly lower than in the April 2018 World Economic Outlook [WEO] for 2019, given the recent increase in oil prices and the tightening of global financial conditions), up from 6.7 percent in 2017," the IMF said in its latest World Economic Outlook report.
Pakistan to Seek IMF Loan to Avert Meltdown
Pakistan says it will seek a bailout loan from the International Monetary Fund to address a mounting balance of payments crisis.
Finance Minister Asad Umar said Monday he will hold talks with IMF officials later this month.
Analysts say Pakistan hopes to secure $8 billion in loans to avoid an economic meltdown. It also wants fresh loans from China, which has already invested heavily in roads and the energy sector.
9 Dead in Gas Pipeline Blast in Bhilai Steel Plant
A blast in the gas pipeline of a Bhilai Steel Plant in Chhattisgarh on Tuesday, 9 October, has left nine dead and several injured.
Kim Jong Un Wants Pope Francis to Visit N Korea
South Korean authorities on Tuesday, 9 October, said that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wished for Pope Francis to visit North Korea.
(Source: Associated Press)
Union Minister Leads Bicycle Rally Demanding Lowering of Fuel Prices
Union Minister Vijay Goel on Tuesday, 9 October, led a bicycle rally in Paharganj, demanding for the Delhi government to reduce fuel prices.
2G Spectrum Appeal Case: Next Day of Hearing on 7 February
The Delhi High Court on Tuesday, 9 October, said that the next date of hearing for the Delhi High Court Appeal Case will be 7 February, 2019, following which this matter is expected to be heard on a fast track basis.
HC Rejects Former Bihar Minister's Bail
The Patna High Court on Tuesday rejected an anticipatory bail plea by former Bihar Minister Manju Verma in an Arms Act case brought against her by the CBI which is probing the Muzaffarpur shelter home horror.
SC Sends 3 Amrapali Group Directors to Police Custody
The Supreme Court on Tuesday, 9 October, sent three Amrapali real estate Group Directors, Anil Kumar Sharma, Shov Priya and Ajay Kumar, to police custody for not submitting all documents related to forensic audits to the auditors.
The court had came down heavily on Amrapali group earlier in the day, asking the developer not to play ‘hide and seek’ with the court.
Deep Depression Moving Towards Odisha-Andhra Coast: IMD
The depression over the Bay of Bengal on Tuesday, 9 October, intensified and moved towards Odisha-Andhra Pradesh coast before taking the shape of a cyclonic storm, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
"It is very likely to move west-northwards for some time and then north-westwards and cross Odisha and adjoining north Andhra Pradesh coast between Gopalpur and Kalingapatanam around morning of 11 October," Director of the Meteorological Centre in Bhubaneswar, H R Biswas told PTI.
29 Tested Positive for Zika Virus in Jaipur Colony: Official
At least 29 persons have been tested positive for Zika virus in Jaipur so far and efforts are on to contain the spread of the virus, Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Veenu Gupta told reporters.
Meanwhile, the Health Ministry on Tuesday, 9 October, appealed to people not to panic and assured them that the Zika outbreak was under control.
Sonika Chauhan Death Case: Court Dismisses Discharge Application of Actor Vikram Chatterjee
An Alipore court in Kolkata has dismissed the discharge application filed by actor Vikram Chatterjee in connection with the Sonika Chauhan death case.
Chatterjee was driving the car that crashed and killed model-anchor Sonika Chauhan last year.
Delhi HC Dismisses Plea Challenging Anticipatory Bail to Shashi Tharoor
Delhi High Court dismissed the plea filed by a lawyer, challenging the anticipatory bail granted to Congress MP Shashi Tharoor in connection with the Sunanda Pushkar death case.
UIDAI Plans Aadhaar Seva Kendras; Project Cost at Rs 300-400 Cr
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) plans to set up 'Aadhaar Seva Kendras', similar to the concept of Passport Seva Kendras, covering 53 cities across India at an estimated project cost of Rs 300-400 crore, official sources said.
Noted Malayalam Poet M N Paloor Passes Away
Well-known Malayalam poet M N Paloor passed away at his residence at Kovoor in Kozhikode on Tuesday, 9 October, family sources said. The 86-year old poet, recipient of various honours including the prestigious Sahitya Akademi award, passed away due to age-related ailments, they added.
PM Narendra Modi Addresses Rally in Haryana's Rohtak
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a rally at village Garhi-Sampla in Rohtak district of Haryana. During his visit, Modi unveiled a 64-ft tall statue of farmer leader Sir Chhotu Ram at his native village.
Fuel Excise Duty Cut 'Credit Negative' for India, Fiscal Deficit May Slip to 3.4 Percent: Moody's
The excise duty cut on petrol and diesel is credit negative for India as it will reduce government revenue and increase fiscal deficit by 0.1 percent to 3.4 percent of GDP in the year ending March 2019, Moody's Investors Service said on Tuesday, 9 October.
Also, the earning of public sector oil marketing companies (OMCs) would be "negatively affected" as they also absorbed Rs 1 per litre cut in their pricing, Moody's said.
Sensex Falls 175 Points, Nifty Closes at 10,301
The 30-share Sensex opened higher at 34,651.82 points but slipped into the negative zone to hit a low of 34,233.50 before ending at 34,299.47, recording a fall of 174.91 points, or 0.51 percent.
Similarly, the NSE Nifty after shuttling between 10,397.60 and 10,279.35 points, ended 47 points, or 0.45 per cent, lower at 10,301.05.
TN Magistrate Refuses To Remand Journalist Nakkeeran Gopal
The Tamil Nadu Magistrate has refused to remand Nakkeeran Gopal, Chief Editor of Tamil magazine 'Nakkeeran', to judicial custody. Gopal was arrested after a complaint was filed against him by Raj Bhavan over the publication's reportage on Nirmala Devi case.
Record Low Rupee Hits Fresh Record Low, Touches 74.39 Against US Dollar
The rupee slumped by 33 paise to finish at a fresh lifetime low of 74.39 against the US dollar on Tuesday, 9 October, on high crude oil prices, strengthening of the greenback and unabated foreign fund outflows.
IFTDA Issues Show Cause Notice To Director Vikas Bahl
The Indian Film & Television Directors' Association (IFTDA) has issued a show cause notice to Director Vikas Bahl, seeking his response to the sexual harassment allegations against him. Bahl has been given a week’s time to respond to the notice, failing which his membership of IFTDA will be terminated.
Madras HC Reserves Order on DMK Plea Against TN CM Over Graft Charges
The vigilance agency in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday, 9 October, informed the Madras High Court that no cognisable offence had been made out against Chief Minister K Palaniswami in a complaint lodged by opposition DMK alleging corruption in award of road contracts.
State Advocate General (AG) Vijay Narayan made the submission on behalf of the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) before Justice A D Jagadish Chandira, who later reserved his order on a petition by the DMK over the issue.
GoM on Calamity Tax Under GST to Meet on Monday
The ministerial panel under Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi will meet on 15 October to examine the modalities for revenue mobilisation by levying additional tax under the GST in case of natural calamities. The panel would submit its report to the GST Council by 31 October.
Cyber Crime Police Arrests Media Convenor of Thakor Sena
The cyber crime police arrested Rahul Parmar, media convenor of Thakor Sena from Patan in Gujarat.
Japan's National Security Advisor Visits India, Discusses Bilateral Relations
Japan’s National Security Advisor Shotaro Yachi’s visited India on from 8 to 9 October, during which he held a meeting with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. They had discussions on various issues including Japan-India bilateral relations as well as regional issues.
During his two-day visit to India, Yachi also called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and discussed bilateral relations and other issues with them.
India Ranks Bottom of Oxfam World Inequality Index
India has been ranked among the bottom 10 countries in a new worldwide index released on Tuesday, 9 October, on the commitment of different nations to reduce inequalities in their populations.
"Government spending on health, education and social protection is woefully low and often subsidises the private sector. Civil society has consistently campaigned for increased spending," the index noted.
(Source : PTI)
Teacher Allegedly Molests Minor Student, Parents Clash With Cops During Protests
Parents of students of a South Kolkata school held massive protests on Tuesday, 9 October, after a minor girl was allegedly molested by a male teacher a few days ago. The accused has been arrested by the police.
The police had a tough time controlling agitated family members of the victim who tried to force their way into the school, located in the southern part of the city, Deputy Commissioner of Police (southeast division) Kalyan Mukherjee said.
The police also used batons to disperse the agitators and three people were arrested for attacking the police personnel and destroying public properties.
16 Suspected Isis Operatives Move Court Seeking Speedy Trial
Sixteen suspected ISIS operatives, arrested from across the country on charges of recruiting and financing people to join the terror outfit, on Tuesday, 9 October, moved a Delhi court seeking day-to-day trial.
District Judge Poonam A Bamba issued notice to the National Investigation Agency and sought response by 3 December, the next date of hearing.
Bollywood Singer Nitin Bali Passes Away Following Tragic Road Accident
Bollywood singer Nitin Bali passed away on Tuesday, 9 October, after succumbing to severe head injuries in a tragic road accident. The 47-year-old was reportedly driving home from Borivili to Malad in suburban Mumbai, when his car crashed into a divider.
NIA Conducts Raids in Jharkhand and WB in LWE Terror Funding Case
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted searches at 15 locations in Jharkhand and West Bengal in connection with the Left Wing Extremism (LWE) terror funding case.
Bofors Case: SC to Hear Appeal Filed by CBI Challenging Delhi HC Verdict
The Supreme Court will hear on 12 October, the appeal filed by Central Bureau of Investigation, challenging the Delhi High Court’s judgment discharging Hinduja brothers in the Bofors case.
Trump Accepts Nikki Haley’s Resignation as UN Ambassador
President Donald Trump has accepted Nikki Haley’s resignation as US ambassador to the UN on Tuesday, 9 October, reported Fox News. It was unclear as to why Haley resigned, or why Trump accepted the resignation.
One Terrorist, Four Hizbul Mujahideen Workers Arrested in J&K
The Jammu and Kashmir police on Tuesday, 9 October, arrested an active terrorist and four overground workers of Hizbul Mujahideen from Awantipora.
“Huge amount of cash has been seized from them. An investigation is underway”, J&K police said.
No Grant-In-Aid Provided by Centre to Delhi Civic Bodies: AAP
The AAP government on Tuesday, 9 October, claimed that no grant-in-aid for local bodies in Delhi were provided by the BJP-led Centre and that it was "misleading" the people on the issue.
"Centre is misleading on the issue of funds provided to the Delhi government. Delhi is being mistreated by the Centre and the grant-in-aid for the local bodies are not being provided which would total Rs 4,087 crore as per the 2011 Census," the AAP government said in a statement.
Minimum Drinking Age Cannot Be Judicially Reviewed: Delhi Govt To Delhi HC
The Delhi government on Tuesday, 9 October, told the Delhi High Court that the minimum drinking age cannot be judicially reviewed since it is a policy decision. A plea in Delhi High Court by advocate Kush Kalra has sought to lower the minimum drinking age in Delhi, which is currently 25.
Two Maoists Surrender Before Hyderabad City Police
Two Maoists carrying rewards of Rs 8 lakh and Rs 5 lakh surrendered before Hyderabad City Police on Tuesday, 9 October.
"These cadres were underground for more than three decades. This surrender shows that there is lot of disillusionment among top cadres," Anjani Kumar, Commissioner of Police said.
Hurricane Michael Reaches Category 2, Threatens Southern US
Hurricane Michael strengthened to a Category 2 storm with 100-mile-per-hour winds on Tuesday, 9 October as Florida's governor warned it could bring "total devastation" to parts of the southern US state.
Pakistan's Currency Plunges as It Seeks IMF Loan
Pakistan's currency plunged by about 7 percent on Tuesday, 9 October after the government said it would seek emergency bailout loans from the International Monetary Fund.
The Pakistani rupee briefly weakened to 138 to the dollar on Tuesday before settling at 133.6.
Haiti Earthquake Death Toll Rises to 17
The death toll from a magnitude 5.9 earthquake that hit near northern Haiti has increased to 17.
The government said on late Monday that another 333 people were injured and that at least 7,783 families are in urgent need of humanitarian aid. Saturday's quake also destroyed four schools and damaged thousands of homes.’
East Delhi Municipal Corporation Workers End Strike After 28 Days
The sanitation workers of East Delhi Municipal Corporation ended their strike on Tuesday, 9 October, after successful talks with Mayor and Commissioner of East Delhi Municipal Corporation.
The workers were on a strike for the last 28 days, demanding payment of their dues, including salaries and regularisation of contract-based workers.
Aiport Worker Nabbed for Possession of 4.1 Kg of Gold
A person working at Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport was arrested for the possession of 4.1 kg of gold in form of 36 gold biscuits.