- US Ambassador to
the UN Nikki Haley says, India can help US keep an eye on Pakistan, combat
- In Jammu and
Kashmir, 10 persons injured in heavy mortar shelling by Pakistani forces along
the Line of Control in Poonch and Rajouri district.
- Defence Minister
Nirmala Sitharaman reaches Port Blair on a two day visit to Andaman and Nicobar
Island; Will visit operational area of the Command and celebrate Diwali with
the troops during her stay.
- US author George
Saunders wins 2017 Man Booker Prize for his novel Lincoln in the Bardo.
- In Asia cup
Hockey, India to take on South Korea in the first super-4 stage match in
- In Under-17 FIFA World Cup Football, Ghana to face
against Niger while Brazil to clash with Honduras in last two pre-quarter
US Ambassador to
the UN Nikki Haley has said, India can help the US keep an eye on Pakistan as
President Donald Trump has taken tougher approach to Islamabad harbouring
terrorists. Noting that Mr Trump recently announced a new strategy for
combating terrorism in Afghanistan and South Asia, Ms Haley said one of the
pillars of that strategy is the development of America's strategic partnership
In her address
to an event organised by US India Friendship Council, Ms Haley said, Mr Trump has taken a tougher approach to
Pakistan harboring terrorists. She said, the US cannot tolerate Pakistan or any
other government giving safe haven to terrorists who target Americans. The US,
she said, is looking at India to help US more in Afghanistan particularly in
economic and development assistance.
In Jammu and
Kashmir, ten persons were today injured as Pakistani forces again resorted to
heavy mortar shelling along the Line of Control in Poonch and Rajouri
districts. Defence sources told AIR Jammu that the forces from across the Line
of Control started unprovoked firing and shelling targeting Indian positions
and civilian areas in Balakote sector around 7 am. Later the Pakistan's forces
also extended the shelling to adjoining Manjakote sector of Rajouri district.
More from our correspondent:
guarding the borderline retaliated and gave a befitting reply to the Pakistani
shelling. The intermittent exchange of fire was continuing, when the last
reports came in. The injured which also include two minors have been hospitalized.
The condition of two of them is said to be critical. Some cattle also have been
perished in the shelling and vehicles, houses and other buildings have suffered
damages. Panic has been triggered among the people living in areas close to LoC
as Pakistani forces are, time and again, targeting civilian areas with heavy
mortar shelling.Yogesh Sharma, air news,
school teacher was found dead today with his throat slit in the Shopian
district. Police said it is suspected that he has been killed by terrorists and
they are investigating the case.
In Pakistan, at
least seven policemen were killed and 22 others injured in an explosion in the
Sariab Mill area on the Quetta-Sibbi Road this morning. According to DawnNews,
security sources claimed a roadside bomb exploded just as a police vehicle
carrying 35 police personnel passed the area. However, the nature of the blast
is yet to be ascertained. Balochistan Home
Minister Sarfaraz Bugti while condemning the attack confirmed the deaths in the
injured have been shifted to Quetta's Civil Hospital where an emergency has
been imposed. Security forces reached the location and cordoned off the area
and a security sweep was underway.
In Afghanistan, at least 74 people were killed and
over 170 injured in a series of suicide attacks by Taliban yesterday, targeting
police compounds and government facilities. Suicide bombers and gunmen stormed
a police training centre and killed 41 people, including 20 police personnel,
in the eastern city of Gardez, the capital of Paktia province. Officials said,
at least six attackers were gunned down by security forces in the
In a separate
attack, insurgents stormed a security compound in Andar district of Ghazni
province and killed 25 security officials and
five civilians. In another incident, 3 policemen were killed at a government
compound in Shibkho district.
China's biggest political event, the Communist Party
Congress, began in Beijing this morning. At the opening of the Congress President
Xi Jinping said, China will deepen economic and financial reforms and further
open its markets to foreign investors. He said, China will look to move from
high-speed to high-quality growth. Mr Jinping further said, Beijing will push
ahead with market-oriented reforms of its foreign exchange rate as well as its
financial system, and let the market play a decisive role in the allocation of
resources . While pledging to further open China's services sector to foreign
investors Jinping said, the government will clean up rules and practices that
hinder a unified market and fair competition. He also expressed support for
development of private firms and stimulating vitality of all types of market
entities. However, while expressing support for market reform and private
firms, Jinping also called for stronger, bigger state firms.
Communist Party Congress in China takes place once every five years and
determines who rules the country and its direction for the next five years.
President Jinping, who became China's leader in 2012, is widely
expected to remain as the Chief of the ruling Party. The Congress will close
Xi Jinping today said any attempt to separate Taiwan from China will be
thwarted and the principle of peaceful reunification must be upheld. He made
the comments in a speech at the beginning of a Communist Party congress. China
regards self-ruled and democratic Taiwan as a wayward territory, to be brought
under Beijing's rule by force if necessary.
Chinese President's speech, Taiwan's government said that it was
"absolutely" the right of Taiwan's 23 million people to decide their
future. The Mainland Affairs Council said, the perpetration of Taiwan's
democratic system is a core value of Taiwan's.
Nirmala Sitharaman has reached Port Blair on a 2 day visit to Andaman and
Nicobar Island. During her stay, Ms
Sitharaman will celebrate Diwali with the troops of Andaman and Nicobar Command and interact with their families during
various events. She will also visit the operational area of the Command and Air
Force Station Car Nicobar. The Minister will lay wreaths at the Swatantra Jyoti
in Cellular Jail and Tsunami Memorial at Car Nicobar.
Pradesh, the heritage city of Ayodhya is all set to witness grand diwali
celebrations today evening which will be marked by Lord Rama's Rajyabhishek and
lighting of 1.71 lakh earthen lamps. Almost all ministers of the state along
with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Governer Ram Naik, Union Ministers Dr. Mahesh Sharma and KJ Alfons will be attending the high tech
being celebrated in several parts of South India including Tamil Nadu today.
The festival of light reminds the virtue of triumph of truth over evil and
dispelling darkness. People took the customary oil bath early in the morning
and performed puja clad in new dresses. Many people visited temples and offered
puja. They exchanged greetings and sweets. In the evening, there will be
fireworks lighting up the skies. More from our Correspondent:
"In view of Deepavali, many leaders including the
new Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswamy, Union
Minister Pon Radhakrishnan and BJP state leader Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan have
extended greetings to the public. Cinema halls are buzzing with fans of actors
as many new films have been released today. Lakhs of people working or studying
far away from their native places visited their families, as the festival
serves as an occasion for family reunion. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."
In Sri Lanka,
the festival of Deepavali is being celebrated today by Hindu Tamils with
traditional fervor and gaiety. Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and
Prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe have greeted people for the festival.
Minister of State for External Affairs General V K
Singh has said that India, Brazil, South Africa, IBSA Dialogue Forum brings the
member countries together under common principles of tolerance,
multiculturalism and shared views on issues like climate change, international
trade, UN Reforms and fight against international terrorism. Addressing 8th
IBSA Trilateral Ministerial Commission Meeting in Durban yesterday, General Singh said, IBSA
Forum is a unique platform for consultation, coordination and cooperation among
the three democratic traditions from Asia, Africa, and Latin America. He said,
though the geographical distances separate the three countries, there is much
convergence in their world views on sustainable development, clean and healthy
living, multilateral trading system, Doha Development Agenda, disarmament and
non-proliferation. He said, the IBSA Forum has expanded and enriched the
engagements in a meaningful way in a rather short time. He said, IBSA Fund has
been a shining example of IBSA Cooperation and it has generated immense
goodwill and solidarity with partners from developing world. General Singh
exuded confidence that IBSA trilateral framework will succeed in realizing this
The death toll
in the wildfires that broke out over the weekend has reached 41 in Portugal and
another four in northern Spain. Portugal's civil protection agency said
yesterday that the 15 biggest fires, which had raged through the centre and the
north of the country, had been brought under control. As the country began
three days of mourning for the victims, the agency said 41 people had been
killed and 71 injured in the fires, 16 of them seriously. And one person was
still missing. Across the border in Galicia, Spain's westernmost province, the
number of dead rose to four from fires which also broke out on Sunday.
Officials yesterday said they had lowered the alert level after early-morning
rain and calmer winds halted the progression of the flames.
the strike declared by employees of the Maharashtra State Road Transport
Corporation has entered its second day causing inconvenience to thousands of
people who want to travel to their hometowns before Diwali. The MSRTC staff
have gone on an indefinite strike demanding a hike in salary. Transport
Minister Diwakar Raote held a meeting on State Transport Union Leaders this
afternoon. More from our correspondent:
"Thousands of passengers in Maharashtra are
facing harrowing time in traveling to their home town on the eve of Diwali
because of the strike by MSRTC employees. Declaring buses as an essential
service, the Maharashtra government yesterday warned the striking MSRTC staffers
of disciplinary action if they do not resume work. Earlier, state transport
minister Diwakar Raote sent out an appeal, but the unions have remained adamant
about continuing the agitation. To overcome the disruption caused by the
strike, the transport department of the Maharashtra government yesterday issued
a notification to allow private vehicles, including school buses, to ferry
passengers. More than 65 lakh passengers travel by ST buses across the state
every day. Prarthna, AIR News, Mumbai"
police has registered a complaint against miscreants who had assaulted a team
of law officers, advocates and animal rights activists who were on an
inspection of illegal slaughterhouses. The North East Deputy Commissioner of
Police Girish informed media persons that 12 persons have been arrested and
three persons taken into custody today for interrogation. Based on a complaint,
a team appointed by High Court comprising of law officers, NGOs and police had
visited illegal slaughterhouses in the Yelahanka new town police station limits
yesterday evening. A mob gathered around the team attacked them and damaged their vehicles.
Government has signed three MoUs under Make in Gujarat with investment up to
ten thousand four hundred crore rupees.
It will provide employment to more than twenty one thousand youths of
Gujarat. The MoUs were signed in the presence of Chief Minister Vijay Rupani.
At the stock
markets, after a weak opening, the Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange
recovered much of the lost ground in afternoon trade, but had still declined 7
points, to 32,602, a short while ago. The Nifty at the National Stock Exchange
had dropped 17 points, to 10,218. And at the forex market, the rupee had depreciated
2 paise, to 65.04 against the dollar in afternoon deals.
US author George Saunders has won the
2017 Man Booker Prize. He became only the second American writer to win
Britain's renowned Prize, which was awarded for his first full-length novel
"Lincoln in the Bardo". The prize was announced at a ceremony in
London. This year's Man Booker Prize shortlist pitted three US and three
British writers against one another.
In Asia Cup
Hockey, India will take on South Korea in the first match of the Super-4 stage
in Dhaka today. The match will begin at 5 PM Indian Time. India had finished
the pool stage with 3 wins from 3 games and are unbeaten, so far.
and South Korea, Pakistan and Malaysia are the other two teams in the stage.
They will face each other at 2:30 PM today.
In Under-17 FIFA World Cup Football, last two
pre-quarter final matches will be played today.
Ghana will be up against Niger in Mumbai. The match starts at 5 PM. In
the second match, Brazil will play
against Honduras in Kochi at 8 PM.
So far, six of the eight quarter-final berths have
been decided. While Germany and the United States entered the last-8 stage on
Monday, Spain, England, Iran and Mali booked their berths yesterday. England
defeated Japan 5-3 on penalties, Spain edged out France 2-1, Iran got the
better of Mexico 2-1, and Mali outplayed Iraq with a 5-1 win.