- Prime Minister
Narendra Modi asks private pharma companies to use CSR funds to strengthen the
Ayurveda medicinal system; inaugurates the country's first Ayurveda Institute
in New Delhi.
- BJP questions
Congress on its silence on the reported link between absconding arms dealer
Sanjay Bhandari and Robert Vadra; Congress says Government free to probe the
- Environment Pollution Control Authority bans diesel
Gen sets in Delhi and orders closure of the Badarpur thermal power plant.
- Calcutta High Court stays withdrawal of Central
Armed Paramilitary Forces from Darjeeling Hills till 27th of this month.
- Kerala High Court
directs state government to spell out its stand on CBI probe into alleged
political killings of RSS and BJP activists.
- At least 42 killed
as Taliban suicide bombers storm a
police training centre in Gardez city of Afghanistan's Paktia province.
- Life ban on cricketer S Sreesanth in 2013 IPL
spot-fixing scandal restored.
- In FIFA Under 17 World Cup
tournament, Spain and Iran enter the quarter-finals.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said, Ayurveda
experts need to find medicines that give immediate relief to patients and keep side effects at bay. Inaugurating the first All India Institute of Ayurveda in New Delhi on the
occasion of the 2nd Ayurveda Day, he urged private players to use corporate social
responsibility funds to strengthen Ayurveda. He said the government has allowed
100 per cent FDI in health care. Mr Modi said, investors should also come
forward to promote Yoga and Ayurveda.
The Prime Minister
said, preventive health care, as well as affordability and accessibility are
the government's main focus in the health sector.
Mr Modi said, like the IT revolution a few years
ago, time has come for a health revolution under the aegis of Ayurveda. He
said, world is searching for a holistic medical system and yoga and Ayurveda
taken together can offer a solution.
The Prime Minister said there
should be an Ayurveda hospital in every district of the country.
The BJP has
questioned the Congress leadership for their silence on the reported links
between absconding arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari and Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law
Robert Vadra. Addressing a press conference, senior BJP leader and Defence
minister Nirmala Sitharaman today said, Vadra met Bhandari at his London
residence. She wondered why Congress is silent on the reported news of Bhandari
buying Vadra's air tickets. The Minister said Congress vice-president Rahul
Gandhi should come forward to clarify the issue.
Meanwhile, Congress has said Prime Minister Narendra
Modi should get any investigation done into any allegations against Robert
Vadra, to find out if there was any wrong doing.
Talking to reporters in Bengaluru, Congress
spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala alleged that Vadra has been going through
witch-hunting for the last 41 months.
Environment Pollution Control Authority has banned
diesel generator sets in Delhi and ordered closure of Badarpur thermal power
plant in the national capital to control air pollution in the city. Environment
Pollution Control Authority chairman Bhure Lal and member Sunita Narain
announced the decision following a review meeting in New Delhi. Ms Narain said,
if air pollution aggravates further and in case it touches alarming
proportions, cars will have to be off the roads. She said, vehicle parking fee
may have to be hiked in Delhi if required.
Delhi Police has registered 21 cases so far in
connection with illegal sale of firecrackers in the national capital. The
Supreme court in its order has temporarily banned sale of firecrackers in Delhi
and national capital region (NCR) till 31st of this month. Two Delhi Police
personnel have also been suspended for allegedly failing to check the sale of
firecrackers in their beat areas.
High Court today stayed the withdrawal of Central Armed Paramilitary Forces,
CAPF, from Darjeeling Hills till 27th of this month. Hearing a plea by West
Bengal government against the Centre's decision to withdraw CAPF from
Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts, a division bench of Justices Harish Tandon
and Debangshu Basak ordered an interim stay.
Appearing for the state, Advocate General Kishore
Dutta said, the state government was making efforts to restore normalcy in the
Darjeeling Hills and that the withdrawal of forces at this juncture would
seriously hinder the process.
Noting that the Centre's resources were limited,
its counsel submitted that the forces were required for deployment in different
parts of the country for other commitments, including elections, in some
The Kerala High
Court today directed the state government to spell out its stand on a CBI probe
into the alleged political killings of RSS and BJP activists that took place in
the state after the CPI(M)-led LDF came to power last year. Hearing a petition,
a bench of High Court Chief Justice Navaniti Prasad Singh and Justice Raja
Vijayaraghavan directed the state government to file a counter affidavit by the
25th of October. The case will be taken up for resumed hearing on the 30th of
In its plea, the
petitioner sought the court's direction to the CBI to conduct an inquiry into
seven cases of political killings that happened after the LDF came to power in
the state in May last year. The petitioner alleged that in all these cases,
active workers of a major outfit, part of the ruling front have been named as
BJP President Amit
Shah today hit out at Kerala's CPI(M)-led LDF government over the political
violence in the state. Addressing party workers in Thiruvanthapuram at the conclusion of the party's 15-day 'Jan Raksha' Yatra in the state, Mr
Shah alleged that 13 BJP and RSS workers
have been killed after the present government came to power in May last year.
He said, BJP cannot be suppressed
by any kind of violence.
Our correspondent reports that the padayatra that
passed through the state from Kannur to Thiruvananthapuram, witnessed
participation of several BJP leaders.
"Speaking in the Public meeting in
Putharikadom in Thiruvanthapuram, Mr Amit Shah asked whether the Kerala Chief
minister Pinarayi Vijayan will take
moral responsibility of the political violence in the state. Mr shah said that
Kerala Chief Minister is scared after the huge support received for of BJP's
JanaRakshaYatra. He said that the Janarakshayatra was organised to create
awareness about the communist violence in the state. Large number party
workers, state and central BJP leaders were present in the event. This is
Mayusha for AIR,News from Thiruvananthapuram".
In Afghanistan, the death toll has risen to 42
after Taliban suicide bombers and gunmen stormed a police training centre in
the eastern city of Gardez, the capital of Paktia province. The dead include 21
civilians and 21 police personnel. The death toll is expected to rise as more
than 150 are injured in the assault. The Interior Ministry said, the local
police chief is among the dead. A spokesperson said, a suicide bomber detonated
a car filled with explosives near the training centre, making way for a number
of attackers to start their assault. Officials say at least six attackers were
killed by security forces in the fighting, which went on for several hours.
The death toll from
a US drone attack on a compound used by the Taliban-allied Haqqani network in
Pakistan's remote tribal Kurram district along the Afghan border has risen to
26. Yesterday's attack is the deadliest strike on the group this year.
said the strike took place on the border with Afghanistan, with part of the
compound sited in Paktia
A US-backed alliance of Syrian Kurdish and Arab
fighters says, it has taken full control of Islamic State's one-time capital of
Raqqa. Syrian Democratic Forces spokesman, Talal Sello, said, the fighting is
over after a five-month assault. He said, clearing operations are now under way
to uncover any militant sleeper cells and remove landmines.
In Himachal Pradesh, twelve nomination papers were
filed today for the ensuing assembly elections in the state. Scrutiny of the
papers will be done on 24th of October. The last date for filing of nominations
is 23rd of October, whereas the withdrawal date is 26th of October. Voting will
be held on 9th of November in all 68 assembly constituencies in a single phase.
"The BJP and Congress have not yet
released the list of their candidates for assembly elections. Despite this
three sitting MLAs of BJP from Dharmapur, Nadaun and Jaswan Paragpur assembly
constituencies in Mandi, Hamirpur and Kangra districts filed their nominations.
Similarly, one congress leader has also filed nomination from Nainadevi in
Bilaspur district. One CPM candidate also filed their nominations today. Shishu
Sharma Shantal, AIR News, Shimla".
In Maharashtra, over one lakh employees of the
Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) have gone on an indefinite
strike, demanding a hike in salary. Our correspondent reports that buses are stranded
in various bus-stands, causing hardship to thousands of long-distance
passengers planning to travel to their hometowns for Diwali.
"The MSRTC staff stopped running buses
yesterday midnight demanding implementation of the 7th Pay Commission and an
interim hike of 25 per cent till the pay panel's recommendations are
implemented. According to MSRTC officials, they have issued a notice to the
agitating employees to resume their duties by today evening. Earlier today, Maharashtra
Transport Minister Diwakar Raote said that the strike was illegal. He added
that the government has all sympathy with the state transport employees but to
accept their demands for salary as per 7th Pay commission is not possible. More
than 65 lakh passengers travel by ST buses across the state every day. Pooja
Pal, AIR News, Mumbai".
A division bench of the Kerala High Court today
restored the life ban imposed on cricketer S Sreesanth by the Board of Control
for Cricket in India (BCCI) in the wake of the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal.
The bench, comprising Chief Justice Navaniti Prasad Singh and Justice Raja
Vijayaraghavan, gave the verdict on a petition filed by the BCCI against a
single-judge bench's order, lifting the life ban imposed on the 34-year-old
At the domestic stock markets, Nifty inched up to a
new high, today, but the rupee dropped sharply against the dollar.
(Falling from a record high, the Sensex at the
Bombay Stock Exchange dropped 24 points, to end at 32,609. But the Nifty at the
National Stock Exchange gained 4 points, to a fresh all-time closing peak of
At the forex market, the rupee snapped six days of
gains, plunging 28 paise, to 65.02 against the dollar.
Gold declined 140 rupees, to 30,710 rupees per ten
grams in Delhi. And Brent crude oil futures climbed 25 cents, to 58.07 dollars
a barrel. Pradeep Kumar, AIR News)
Spain and Iran have joined Germany and the United
States in the quarter-finals of the FIFA Under 17 World Cup tournament. In the Round of Sixteen matches today, while
Spain beat former champions France 2-1 in Guwahati, Asian powerhouse Iran defeated two-time
champions Mexico by the same margin in Goa. Spain will clash with Iran in the
quarter-final tie at Kochi on Sunday.
Two pre-quarterfinal games are now under way. At Kolkata, England and Japan were goalless
till half-time. In the other fixture in
Goa, Mali held a 2-nil lead over Iraq at