NEWS ON AIR Website cell, IT Unit, NSD, All India Radio, New Broadcasting House, New Delhi, India ? 2006 All rights reserved. All India Radio AIR International News Chilahati- border railway link upgradation work inaugurated to connect West Bengal with Bangladesh INT High Commissioner of India, Riva Ganguly Das today laid the foundation stone at Chilahati in Bangladesh for undertaking the work of up-gradation and laying of missing tracks from Chilahati to border with India near Haldibari. US to send troops to gulf after attack on Saudi oil facilities INT The United States has announced that it was sending military reinforcements to the Gulf region following attacks on Saudi oil facilities that it attributes to Iran. France: More than 7,000 police officers to be deployed for rallies in Paris INT In France, more than 7,000 police officers are to be deployed for rallies in Paris today over fears that yellow vest protesters and their radicals could try to infiltrate a march against climate change in the French capital. Bangladesh continuing its crackdown against illegal activities, casinos in country INT Bangladesh is continuing its crackdown against illegal activities and casinos in the country. Bangladesh is continuing its crackdown against illegal activities and casinos in the country. US Prez Trump approves deployment of US forces to Saudi Arabia, UAE INT US President Donald Trump has approved the deployment of US forces to Saudi Arabia and UAE in the wake of attacks on the Saudi oil infrastructure. Yemen rebels announce plan to halt attacks on Saudi Arabia INT Yemen's Houthi rebels have announced that they have decided to stop all attacks on Saudi Arabia as part of a peace initiative to end their country's devastating conflict. 12 people killed in bomb explosion near holy city of Karbala in Iraq INT In Iraq, at least 12 people were killed and several wounded when a bomb exploded in a minibus packed with passengers outside the holy city of Karbala last night. Attack on Saudi Aramco facilities represents threat to security of region: King Salman INT Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdul Aziz has said that the attack on two Saudi Aramco facilities, in Abqaiq and Khurais, represents a serious escalation and threat to the security of the region. Howdy Modi event brings together Indian-Americans: Tulsi Gabbard INT Democratic Presidential aspirant and Member of the United States Congress, Tulsi Gabbard has said that Howdy Modi event is bringing together Indian-Americans from across the US. Tens of thousands join massive global climate protests ahead of UN summit INT Tens of thousands of protesters joined rallies today as a day of worldwide demonstrations calling for action against climate change began ahead of a United Nations Summit in New York. Hurricane Imelda in Texas: One die after van submerges in Houston floodwaters INT Texas is facing the wrath of Hurricane Imelda which has led to heavy rains & flash floods in its southern parts on Thursday. Jefferson county received a maximum rainfall of 43.15 inches. US: Texas governor declares state of disaster for flooding in 13 counties INT In United States, Texas governor declares state of disaster for flooding in 13 counties that are currently experiencing widespread flooding due to tropical storm Imelda. US wants peaceful solution to crisis after Saudi attacks: Mike Pompeo INT The US wants a peaceful solution to the crisis sparked by attacks on Saudi oil facilities, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said, after Iran raised the prospect of all-out war. Bangladesh: 55th ITEC Day celebrated in Dhaka INT The 55th Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Day was celebrated at the High Commission of India in Dhaka, Bangladesh yesterday. Around 300 ITEC alumni from all walks of life, attended the programme. Canadian court orders review for denial of information about Sheikh Mujib murder convict INT A Canadian Federal Court has ordered the government to review its decision not to share information about the immigration status of Noor Chowdhury who is one of 12 former army officers sentenced to death in 1998 for the assassination of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1975. EU parliamentarians slam Pakistan for harbouring terrorists INT European Union (EU) parliamentarians Ryszard Czarnecki and Fulvio Martusciello have backed India on the Kashmir issue and slammed Pakistan for harbouring terrorists. Fukushima disaster: Court clears three former executives of professional negligence INT More than eight years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, a Japanese court has cleared three former executives of the firm operating the plant, of professional negligence. 20 killed in suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan INT In Afghanistan, at least 20 people were killed and more than 90 others wounded in a powerful suicide bomb blast today. The Taliban took responsibility for the attack in which a truck was used. 14 killed in militia attack in northeastern DR Congo INT In DR Congo, fourteen civilians were killed and four were wounded yesterday in a militia attack on a village in the northeastern Ituri region, which has been hit by months of violence. Attacks on Saudi oil industry an ‘act of war’: US Secy of State INT US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo today criticised the weekend attacks on the Saudi oil industry as an “act of war” as President Trump ordered a substantial increase in sanctions against Iran, which Washington has linked to the strikes. Saudi Arabia joins US-led coalition for securing Mideast's waterways after attack INT Saudi Arabia today said that it has joined a United States-led coalition to secure the Mideast's waterways amid threats from Iran after an attack targeting its crucial oil industry. Israel election: PM Netanyahu, rival tied as majority votes counted INT Israel's ruling Likud party and its main rival Blue and White party are tied at 32 seats each, putting the country's longest serving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a shaky ground with his right-wing bloc falling five short of a majority in the 120-member Parliament. Govt officials must fly by Biman Bangladesh Airlines: PM Sheikh Hasina INT Government officials must fly by Biman Bangladesh Airlines on the routes where the government-run carrier operates flights. Bangladesh to conduct integrity drive to weed out corruption: Obaidul Quader INT Bangladesh will conduct an integrity drive against people involved in corruption. Speaking to the press in Dhaka yesterday, ruling Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said that intelligence agencies have been asked to give reports on corruption anywh Syria: At least 10 fighters killed in missile strike INT In Syria, atleast 10 fighters have been killed in a missile strike by an unidentified aircraft hit a position near a Syrian government-held town along the Iraqi border yesterday. 300 more Chinese arrested in Philippines crackdown INT In Philippines, country's immigration agents, backed by troops, have arrested more than 300 Chinese for alleged cyber crimes. The crackdown came a week after a similar number were detained during a raid linked to investment fraud. At least 48 killed in two separate attacks in Afghanistan INT In Afghanistan, at least 48 people have been killed and injured dozens others, in two separate attacks. The first attack took place at a campaign rally by President Ashraf Ghani and the other in the capital, Kabul. US lawmakers urge Trump administration to reinstate GSP for India INT In US, a bipartisan group of 44 influential lawmakers has urged the Trump administration to reinstate India's designation as a beneficiary developing nation under the key Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) trade programme. Saudi Arabia says crude oil production to be fully restored by month end INT Saudi Arabia's energy minister has said that more than half of the country's daily crude oil production that was knocked out by an attack had been recovered. China's Dy FM to lead delegation for 13th round of trade talks with US INT China's Deputy Finance Minister, Liao Min, will lead a delegation to Washington on Wednesday to prepare for the 13th round of trade negotiations with the US. US President Trump says to meet PM Modi & Pakistan's PM Imran Khan soon INT US President Donald Trump has said he will soon meet the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. Trump to join PM Modi at 'Howdy, Modi!' event shows US Prez considers Modi to be his friend & ally: Ex Pakistani diplomat INT A former top Pakistani diplomat has said that United States President Donald Trump's decision to join Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the mega diaspora event 'Howdy, Modi!' shows that Trump considers Modi to be his friend and ally. France to press to drop Sudan from US terror blacklist INT French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Monday said that France will press to drop Sudan from the US blacklist of state sponsors of terrorism and to support efforts to reintegrate the country into the international community. NATO chief says 'extremely concerned' after attacks on Saudi INT NATO Chief Jens Stoltenberg has said that he was extremely concerned about escalating tensions following strikes on Saudi oil facilities at the weekend, accusing Iran of destabilizing the region. UAE ready to cooperate with Saudi Arabia in facing possible oil supply disruption: UAE Minister INT United Arab Emirates Minister of Energy and Industry Suhail bin Mohammed Faraj Faris Al Mazrouei has affirmed the UAE's readiness to cooperate with Saudi Arabia in facing any possible disruption to oil supplies. 38th Sharjah Intl. Book Fair to be organized from 30th Oct to 9th of Nov INT The 38th edition of the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) will be organized from 30th of October to 9th of November. Luxembourg's PM attacks British PM Boris Johnson's approach to Brexi INT Prime Minister of Luxembourg Xavier Bettel has attacked British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's approach to Brexit, calling the situation a nightmare. Bangladesh: PM Hasina receives Dr Kalam Smriti International Excellence Award INT Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh was conferred the Dr Kalam Smriti International Excellence Award 2019 in Dhaka today. The award has been instituted in the memory of former Indian President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. India condemns drone attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia INT India has condemned the drone attacks targeting two oil facilities in Saudi Arabia on Saturday. Senior Democratic Leader Steny Hoyer to join Modi-Trump rally in Houston on Sep 22 INT Senior Democratic Congressman Steny Hoyer will join Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump for the mega event in Houston on the 22nd of this month. Car bomb kills 11 civilians in Syria INT A car bomb near a hospital in a town held by Turkey-backed Syrian rebels in northern Syria killed 11 civilians yesterday. Hong Kong govt says violence would only harm community INT Hong Kong Government in a statement yesterday said that violence would only harm the community and it was sincerely trying to solve problems. Iran says no Trump-Rohani meeting at UN General Assembly INT Iran today said, it has not made any plan for President Hassan Rouhani to meet his US counterpart Donald Trump on the sidelines of the upcoming United Nations General Assembly. British MP backs India on Kashmir issue; says Islamabad should vacate PoK INT One of Britain's most outspoken MPs on the Kashmir issue Bob Blackman has said that Jammu and Kashmir is a sovereign part of India and Pakistan should vacate the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir first. Sri Lankan President stresses that he would not allow anyone to underestimate SLFP INT Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has stressed that he would not allow anyone to underestimate Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and he is ready to show the strength of the party to all. Brexit: 'Entire machinery of govt' focused on a deal, says Patel INT Prime Minister Boris Johnson is committed to ensuring that a deal for the UK to leave the European Union is in place by 31st of next month, Home Secretary Priti Patel said. Algeria to hold Presidential election on Dec 12 INT Algeria will hold the Presidential election on December 12. Abdelkader Bensalah, the interim successor of ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who resigned in April following mass protests, announced today. Mr Bensalah in a televised address said he has decided that the date of the presidential el Seven killed in Colombia plane crash INT In Colombia, a small plane crashed near the southwestern city of Popayan last night, killing seven of the nine passengers aboard, officials said.