Trade Wars Lose US Its Competitiveness Top Spot: WEF
The United States fell to second place behind Singapore in the World Economic Forum's flagship Global Competitiveness Report, with the slippage linked in part to President Donald Trump's trade wars.
The Forum, organisers of the glitzy annual gathering of business and political elite in Davos, have released an annual competitiveness report since 1979 that assesses which economies are well placed to see productivity and long-term growth.
White House Rules out Cooperation in Impeachment Probe
The White House slammed the door in a letter on Tuesday, 8 October, on any cooperation by President Donald Trump's administration with the Democrats' impeachment probe, calling it "constitutionally invalid."
The eight page letter to Democratic leaders, signed by White House counsel Pat Cipollone, rejected the entire process underway in the House of Representatives, which is examining whether Trump abused his office by seeking a corruption probe in Ukraine of 2020 election rival Joe Biden.
10 People Drown During Durga Idol Immersion in Rajasthan's Dholpur
A total of 10 people had drowned during Durga idol immersion in Parbati river in Dholpur.
President Trump Is Trying to Make Lawlessness a Virtue: Speaker Pelosi
President Donald Trump is “trying to make lawlessness a virtue”, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said.
Pelosi's comment came after the White House in a letter to the Democrat leaders on Tuesday refused any cooperation from President Trump in the impeachment investigations by the opposition.
US Condemns Iraq Violence, Urges Govt to Exercise 'Restraint'
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has condemned deadly violence during protests in Iraq and called on the country's government to “exercise maximum restraint,” the State Department said.
Britain's Brexit Talks With EU on Verge of Collapse
Brexit talks between Britain and the European Union teetered on the brink of collapse on Tuesday, with tit-for-tat claims of intransigence and sabotage before an end of October deadline.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke to German Chancellor Angela Merkel as he tried to salvage new divorce terms he has proposed ahead of next week's pivotal EU summit in Brussels.
City Crime Branch Raids Central Prison in Bengaluru
In Karnataka, a raid by City Crime Branch is underway at Parappana Agrahara Central prison in Bengaluru. More details awaited.
Tension in UP Village After Statue of BR Ambedkar Found Damaged
Tension prevailed in Tigai village in Muzaffarnagar after a statue of BR Ambedkar was found damaged, police said on Wednesday.
Angry people took to the streets to protest over the incident which was reported on Tuesday, they said.
Station House officer Santosh Kumar Singh said a case has been registered against unidentified persons for vandalising the statue.
China Pres Xi Jinping to Visit Chennai from 11-12 Oct
President of China, Xi Jinping will visit Chennai from 11-12 October for the 2nd Informal Summit between India and China.
Heavy Smoke Detected in Harbour Line at Vashi Station in Maharashtra
In Central Railway, heavy smoke was detected in pantograph (apparatus on the roof of an electric train, tram or electric bus to collect power through contact with an overhead line) after Overhead Equipment tripped on Harbour line at Vashi station in a down local in Maharashtra.
'No MoU to Be Signed During Xi Jinping's Visit to India': Source
“No agreements, Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs), joint communique expected to be signed during Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to India, since it is an informal meeting.,” sources reported.
India, China to Hold Anti-Terror Exercise in December: Source
India and China to jointly hold anti-terror exercise in December 2019, said sources.
Kerala HC Denies Bail to Ex-PWD Secy in Over Bridge Scam
Kerala High Court has denied bail to former PWD secretary TO Sooraj in Palarivattom over bridge scam. Former KITCO General Manager Benny Paul has been granted bail in this case.
Deepa Malik Files Nomination for President of India's Palaympic Committee
Para-athlete Deepa Malik has filed her nomination for the post of the president of Paralympic Committee of India.
Man Dies as Tree Falls on Him Amid Rains in Thane
A 19-year-old pedestrian died and another injured after a roadside tree fell on them during downpour in Maharashtra’s Thane, a municipal corporation official said.
The incident occurred on late Tuesday night when Aaman Liaquat Shaikh and Roopchand Jaiswal were standing near a bus stop.
NCERT Advises Schools to Play-Age Appropriate Songs During Lunch Breaks
NCERT has advised schools to play "age-appropriate" songs when students are being served mid-day meals or during lunch breaks to create a positive and joyful environment.
In guidelines issued for "Art Integrated Learning", the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) said, "Research has shown that this (music) leads to better receptivity in children. It also helps in developing a sense of calmness and peace".
ED Custody of Yasmeen Kapoor Extended in Air India Money Laundering Case
A Special Court extended the Enforcement Directorate (ED) custody of Yasmeen Kapoor for nine days. Kapoor is a close aide of corporate lobbyist Deepak Talwar, who is being probed in a money laundering case related to the dispersal of profit-making routes of Air India to private airlines.
Open Firing at Wedding Procession in Delhi
Open firing was reported at a wedding procession in Delhi, despite the court ban on celebratory firing.
More details awaited.
VHP Worker Shot Dead in MP's Mandsaur
A Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) worker was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh. Police is present at the spot and investigation is underway.
More details awaited.
Dearness Allowance Raised by 5 Percentage Points
Dearness allowance raised by 5 percentage points from 12 to 17 percent. The raise will benefit 50 lakh central govt employees and 65 lakh pensioners.
Aadhar Linking Date for Rs 6K Benefit under PM-Kisan Scheme Extended till 30 Nov
The government on Wednesday extended Aadhaar seeding date to avail Rs 6,000 benefit under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-Kisan) Scheme till 30 November.
The decision was taken in the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
"Cabinet has decided to relax till 30th November 2019, the mandatory requirement of Aadhaar seeding for release of benefits under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi after 1 August, 2019," Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar told media after the meeting.
The date has been extended to help farmers ahead of rabi (winter) sowing, he said.
Three Awarded Nobel Prize in Chemistry
John Goodenough of US, Britain's Stanley Whittingham and Japan's Akira Yoshino have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
KZF Terror Module Case: 9 Accused Sent to Judicial Custody Till 11 October
The nine accused arrested in the case involving the Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF) terror module, which was busted by the Punjab police, have been sent to judicial custody till 11 October by a local court in Amritsar.
BJP's Sudhanshu Trivedi Elected Unopposed to Rajya Sabha from UP
BJP leader Sudhanshu Trivedi was elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha in a by-election from Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday.
Subhasri's Father Moves Madras HC in Banner Case
Subhasri’s father Ravi has moved the Madras High Court seeking compensation as well as stricter punishment for erection of unauthorised banners, reports said.
Twenty three-year-old Subhasri was run over by a water tanker after an illegal AIADMK banner threw her off her scooter.
2 Killed After Attack Outside Synagogue in Germany's Halle
Two people were killed following an attack outside a synagogue in Halle, Germany, on Wednesday. One person has been arrested, the German media was quoted by ANI as saying.
Reliance Jio to Charge Users 6 Paise/Minute for Calls to Rivals' Network
Reliance Jio will charge users 6 paise a minute for calls to rivals' network and will compensate with equivalent free data, the company said in a statement.
Turkish Operation Into Syria Launched With Air Strikes
A Turkish operation into Syria has been launched with air strikes, which would be supported by artillery fire, Reuters cited a Turkish security official as saying.
This comes after the White House announced the withdrawal of US troops from Syria’s northern border.
7 Naxals Surrender Before Gadchiroli Police
Seven Naxals surrendered before the Gadchiroli Police in Maharashtra on Wednesday.
Siddaramaiah Appointed Leader of Opposition in Karnataka
Congress appoints ex-CM Siddaramaiah as leader of Opposition in Karnataka Assembly, SR Patil in Legislative Council.
5.2 Magnitude Quake Hits Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province
A moderate 5.2 magnitude earthquake rocked Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Wednesday, days after 40 people were killed in a powerful quake in PoK and other parts of the country.
Wednesday's quake struck at a depth of 180kms with epicentre lying at the Hindu Kush mountains, Geo News reported.
Jolts were felt in Peshawar, Mansehra, Battagram, Torghar and Kohistan.
Rajasthan Govt Bans Use of Mobile Phones in Classes at Schools
The Rajasthan government has issued a circular barring use of mobile phones in classes for both teachers and students at schools. The order will be implemented from 27 October, the state’s Education Minister Govind Singh Dotasra said.
RBI Rejects Merger of Indiabulls Housing Finance With Lakshmi Vilas Bank
The RBI has rejected the merger of lndiabulls Housing Finance with Lakshmi Vilas Bank, reported PTI.
Man Killed, 7 Cops Injured as Punjab Police Team Comes Under Attack in Haryana Village
A man was killed and seven policemen were injured on Wednesday as villagers in Haryana's Sirsa district clashed with a Punjab Police team that had gone there to nab a drug supplier, an incident that saw an exchange of fire and the locals brutally assaulting the cops and torching their vehicle.
Minor Girl Allegedly Raped in Alwar; Man Arrested
Minor girl was allegedly raped in Rajasthan’s Alwar on 6 October. The accused has been arrested. SP Alwar said, "On the basis of CCTV footage, the accused was identified and arrested. Case registered, further investigation underway."
Three Die in Road Mishap in Nagpur
Three persons were killed and four seriously injured when the mini-truck in which they were traveling turned turtle on Umred Road in Nagpur, police said.
Inspector Sunil Bhosale of Hudkeshwar police station said victims were returning after Durga idol immersion in Surgaon mining area late Tuesday, 8 October, night.