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  • 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 matter.
  • 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.


 The Calcutta 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 states.


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 this month.

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 accused.


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.

Afghan officials said the strike took place on the border with Afghanistan, with part of the compound sited in Paktia province.


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 pacer.


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 10,234.

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 the half-time. 


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