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  • Campaigning for Maharashtra and Haryana Assembly polls picks up; Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, Government works on poor-centric policies; Congress leader Rahul Gandhi accuses BJP of diverting people's attention from core issues.

  • Post-paid mobile phone services resume functioning in remaining areas of Jammu and Kashmir from tomorrow.

  • Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan calls upon oil companies to improve India's energy security with latest technologies.

  • India offers help in rescue operation as Typhoon Hagibis kills 33 and leaves scores injured in Japan.

  • Pope Francis declares India's Mariam Thresia saint at a function in  Vatican city.

  • In Sports, India defeat South Africa by innings and 137 runs in second test cricket at Pune.

  • In Badminton, Lakshya Sen clinches maiden BWF World Tour title at Almere in the Netherlands.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his government's policy and programmes are poor-centric. Speaking about farmer welfare initiatives taken by his government, Mr. Modi said, in the last few months, two thousand crore rupees were deposited in millions of farmers accounts under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sanman Nidhi Yojana in Maharashtra alone. Addressing an election rally in Sakoli block in East Vidarbha region of the state, Mr. Modi said, 462 Eklavya Schools are being opened throughout the country for Tribal Development.

Mentioning the progress of Maharashtra Government under leadership of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, the Prime Minister said, Maharashtra is leading the development front under his leadership and due to various schemes of the Government. 

"फण्डनवीस जी ने पूरे महाराष्ट्र को, महाराष्ट्र के हर नागरिक को समग्रता के साथ, सम्पूर्णता के साथ नेतृत् दिया है। सामाजिक सद्भाव के लिए काम किया है।"

Talking about regional issues, Mr. Modi said, the long pending works of Gosikhurd Dam are being completed now. Mr. Modi added that in the coming years, 3.5 lakh crore rupees will be used for building resources for water conservation under Ministry of Jal Shakti. 

Addressing another rally earlier in the day at Jalgaon Mr Modi, said the August 5 decision of the government when article 370 and 35 A were revoked from Jammu and Kashmir was inevitable.

"जम्मू-कश्मीर और लद्दाख हमारे लिए सिर्फ एक जमीन का टुकड़ा भर नहीं है, भारत का मस्तक है। मां भारती का शीश है। वहां का समूचा जीवन, वहां का कण-कण भारत की सोच को, भारत की शक्ति को मजबूत करता है।"

Speaking at an election rally in Kolhapur, the BJP President Amit Shah has claimed that Maharashtra has received less development fund during Congress regime, while the BJP-led Union government has given 4 Lakh 32 thousand crore rupees to the State. He also held a road show in Shirur tehsil of Pune district. Our Correspondent talked to young voters in Maharashtra let's listen to what they have to say:

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today accused the BJP leadership and the media of distracting people's attention from core issues. Addressing an election rally at Ausa in Maharashtra's Latur district for the upcoming state polls, Rahul said, when the youth ask for jobs, the government tells them to watch the moon.

"चुनाव का समय आता है बेरोजगारी बढ़ती होगी चांद की ओर देखो हिंदुस्तान ने रॉकेट भेजा है मगर चांद में रॉकेट भेजने से हिन्दुस्तान के युवा के पेट में भोजन नहीं जाएगा।"

Rahul Gandhi today addressed his first rally for the upcoming assembly polls in the state.


BJP leader and Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today attacked the Congress for criticising Shastra Puja during the delivery of Rafale fighter aircraft in France. Addressing election rallies at Asandh and Rai, he ridiculed Congress saying the party did not even know that writing Om is considered auspicious in Indian culture at the beginning of an event.

BJP National working president J.P. Nadda told a gathering of intellectuals in Panchkula that people of Haryana should be proud that government had bought Rafale, Tejas and various arms and ammunition because every 10th jawan in the forces is from Haryana.


In Jammu and Kashmir, all post-paid mobile phones will start functioning normally from tomorrow noon in the remaining areas. This was stated by J&K administration spokesperson, Rohit Kansal in Srinagar yesterday.

"All post paid mobile phones irrespective of the telecom services providers will stand restored and be functional from 12 noon on Monday the 14th of October 2019. This will cover all ten districts of Kashmir province."

The move comes barely days after the Centre issued an advisory opening the valley for tourists. Earlier, schools were re-opened followed by colleges and landline phones that were made fully operational.


Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan has called upon  Oil companies to develop a strategic mindset by using the latest technologies and working on transforming the oil sector. Mr Pradhan said, India's excessive oil import dependency makes it vulnerable to external developments more than ever before and the emerging era is going to be more complex. Addressing the third meeting of International Think-Tank in New Delhi today the Minister said that by adopting a less reactive and more transformative strategy India can meet the challenges arising out of global energy uncertainty. He said, the US sanctions on Iran and Venezuela as well as the on-going US-China trade war among others have an enormous impact on India's energy security and economy.


The Supreme Court will resume the hearing of Ayodhya land dispute case on the 38th day tomorrow after the week-long Dussehra break.

A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, which started the day-to-day proceedings on 6th August, has revised the deadline for wrapping up the proceedings.


Fixing the schedule for the final arguments, the bench had said tha October 17 would be the last day for wrapping up the hearing when all the parties will have to make the final arguments about the relief they are seeking.

The judgment in the matter is likely to be pronounced by 17th of November, the day the Chief Justice of India will demit the office.


India has offered help in rescue operations as Typhoon Hagibis killed 33 people and left many injured in Japan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief over the loss of lives  due to the Typhoon and said Indian Navy personnel, who were on a scheduled visit there, will be happy to assist in rescue operations. In a series of tweets, Mr Modi exuded confidence that the preparedness and resilience of the Japanese people would be able to address the aftermath of the calamity effectively and quickly. Typhoon Hagibis made landfall in the South of Tokyo yesterday and moved towards North, triggering severe floods.

The government's Fire and Disaster Management Agency said 187 were injured as a result of the typhoon. It said 1,283 homes were flooded and 517 were damaged, partially or totally.


Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is scheduled to meet Chief Executive Officers of the Public Sector Banks in New Delhi tomorrow. The meeting is expected to discuss various issues including progress on credit off-take as part of the government's efforts to prop up economy. It will review the fund flow to stressed Non-Banking Financial Companies and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises sectors.


World Bank's Chief Economist for South Asia Hans Timmer has said that India is a fast-growing economy with a lot of potential despite being hit by the recent global slowdown. Talking to news agency in Washington yesterday, he said, India's growth numbers are higher than in most countries of the world. World Bank said that India's growth rate is projected to fall to 6 per cent this fiscal. However, it said the country was expected to gradually recover to 6.9 per cent in 2021 and 7.2 per cent in 2022. 


In Uttar Pradesh, the state government has recommended a CBI inquiry into the irregular sale, purchase and transfer of waqf properties done by both UP Shia Central Waqf Board and UP Sunni Central Waqf Board. A press release of Home Department says that a letter in this regard requesting a Central Bureau of Investigation inquiry has been sent to the concerned authorities. Government has also decided to hand over two FIRs to the CBI relating to UP Shia Central Waqf Board chairman Wasim Rizvi.


A layer of haze lingered over the national capital today as its air quality index  deteriorated further touching the 222 -mark, which falls in the poor category.

According to Central Pollution Control Board data, the air quality index of the adjoining areas of Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Noida and others have also shown a deteriorating air quality while most of them fall under poor category.

Two days back,  a ten-member task force on the Graded Response Action Plan had a meeting on the stubble-burning incidents reported from Punjab and Haryana and its possible impact on Delhi-NCR's air quality.


Indian nun Mariam Thresia and four others were declared Saints by Pope Francis at a grand ceremony at the Vatican City today. Mariam Thresia, who founded the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family in Thrissur in May 1914, was raised to the highest position within the centuries-old institution during the ceremony at St. Peter's Square. In his 'Mann ki Baat' on All India Radio programme on 29th of September, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said she rendered service in the fields of education and social service and has built many schools, hostels and orphanages.

" सिस्टर थ्रेसिया ने जो भी कार्य किया, उसे निष्ठा और लगन के साथ, पूरे समर्पण भाव से, पूरा किया | उन्होंने, Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family की स्थापना की | जो आज भी उनके जीवन दर्शन और मिशन को आगे बढ़ा रहा है | मैं एक बार फिर से सिस्टर मरियम थ्रेसिया को श्रद्धांजलि अर्पित करता हूँ और भारत के लोगों को खास तौर पर हमारे ईसाई भाई-बहनों को इस उपलब्धि के लिए बहुत-बहुत बधाई देता हूँ |"


India won the second Test against South Africa in Pune by an innings and 137 runs to seal the three-match series with a game to spare. India had won the series-opener in Bengaluru by 203 runs. Following on, South Africa were all out for 189 in their second innings in the final session of day four. Opener Dean Elgar with 48 runs was the top-scorer for the visitors while pacer Umesh Yadav and left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja took three wickets apiece for India. The third and final Test will be played in Ranchi from 19th of this month.


Indian shuttler Lakshya Sen today clinched his maiden BWF World Tour title by winning the Dutch Open men's singles at Almere in the Netherlands. Lakshya rallied from a game deficit to defeat Yusuke Onodera of Japan 15-21, 21-14, 21-15 in a final that lasted 63 minutes.


Sixth-seeded Manju Rani today settled for silver medal in World Women's Boxing Championships at Ulan-Ude in Russia.


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