THE HEADLINES :-
least 74 persons killed and over 170 injured, in a series of suicide attacks by
Taliban in Afghanistan.
- Centre asks states to be
extra vigilant during the ongoing festive season against attempts by terrorists
and subversive elements to disrupt peace and ignite communal tension.
- Defence Minister Nirmala
Sitharaman to visit Andaman and Nicobar Command today; will celebrate Diwali
with the troops tomorrow.
Minister Rajnath Singh says Centre is committed to extending all possible help
to the people of border areas of Punjab.
- The Congress of Communist
Party of China begins in Beijing to determine the country's direction for next
- US author George Saunders
wins the 2017 Man Booker Prize.
- In Asia cup Hockey, India
takes on South Korea in the first super-4 stage match, in Dhaka today.
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. The Interior Ministry said, the
local police chief was among those killed. Officials said, at least six
attackers were gunned down by security forces in the fighting, which went on
for several hours.
In a separate attack, insurgents stormed a security
compound in Andar district of Ghazni province and killed 25 security
officials and five civilians. 15 people were also injured.
another incident, 3 policemen were killed at a government compound in Shibkho
Ashraf Ghani condemned the attacks and praised the bravery and sacrifice of
attacks come a day after four-way talks between Afghanistan, Pakistan, the
United States and China were held in Oman with the aim to end the Taliban's
The Centre has asked states to be extra vigilant
during the ongoing festive season against attempts by terrorists and subversive
elements to disrupt peace and ignite communal tension. Sources said, the Home
Ministry has asked the state governments to deploy additional forces in crowded
and religious places to foil any attempts by terrorists to carry out attacks.
The state governments have also been advised to be alert against provocative
sloganeering, especially near religious places.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said, the Centre is committed to extending all possible
help to the people of Punjab's border areas and resolve their issues on
priority. Mr Singh said this after Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh sought
full support from the central government for the state's development programmes
for the border areas, including a proposed special package for the region. The
Punjab Chief Minister made the request to Mr Singh while accompanying him on a
visit to Hussainiwala in Ferozepur.
In Himachal Pradesh, preparations for the upcoming
Assembly elections are going on on a war-footing by the state election
department. The main focus is to make people aware about the Voter Verifiable
Paper Audit Trail or VVPAT machines and increase the poll percentage during
polling. 12 nominations have been filed, so far, with Monday next week being
the last day. The list of candidates of BJP and Congress is expected today.
More from our correspondent:-
"The total number of
voters is nearly 49 lakh including 25 lakh male and 24 lakh female voters. All
these voters belong to about ten lakh households of the state. Now it is for
the first time in election history that election department will post special
cards to these households appealing them to use their franchise during the
polling. Besides it other necessary election related information will also be
given in this card. The purpose is to encourage peoples for vote in large
numbers. Shishu Sharma Shantal'S REPORT
FROM Shimla, SANJEEV JASROTIA, AIR NEWS."
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will visit Andaman
and Nicobar Command today. During her 2-day stay, Ms Sitharaman will celebrate
Diwali with the troops and interact with their families in 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.
Deepavali is being celebrated today in several parts
of southern India, including Tamil Nadu. Various leaders, including Chief
Minister EK Palaniswamy, have greeted the people on the occasion. The state
pollution control board has asked public to celebrate the festival of lights
The Delhi Police has registered 21 cases in connection
with illegal sale of firecrackers in the national capital. The Supreme Court
had temporarily banned sale of firecrackers in Delhi and national capital
region till the 31st of this month to control air pollution. Acting on the apex
court directions, police has seized around 1,200 kilograms of fire crackers so
far. Two Delhi Police personnel have also been suspended for allegedly failing
to check the sale of firecrackers. Our correspondent reports that a Graded
Response Action Plan has been designed to control air pollution in the national
measures have been taken in the recent past to keep a check on pollution. The
most recent is a ban on the sale of firecrackers in Delhi and NCR. Prior to
this, government had also issued prohibitory orders on stubble burning, as it
had become a major concern, resulting in air pollution as well as reduction in
soil fertility. Environment Pollution Control Authority yesterday banned diesel
generator sets in Delhi and ordered closure of Badarpur thermal power plant.
The efforts come in the wake of degrading air quality in the national capital.
Central Pollution Control Board will monitor air quality from various stations
located across Delhi-NCR and will sent a daily reports to the authority. With Dipendra Kumar, ANUJA KUMAR, Air News,
The Chhattisgarh government has reduced the rate of
interest on loan given to women and their self help groups under 'Saksham
Yojna' from 6.5 per cent to 5 per cent. More from our correspondent:
Women and Child Development Minister Ramsheela Sahu took decision in this
regard, while chairing a meeting of the governing body of Chhattisgarh Mahila
Kosh . The initiative will allow the women and SHGs to easily avail the loan
facility for self-employment and thereby become self-dependent, The Chhattisgarh
Mahila Kosh is operated by state's women and child development department to
disburse easy term loans to women and SHGs. Vikalp
Shukla, AIR News , Raipur."
The Rajasthan government has implemented the
recommendations of the 7th pay commission, a decision that will benefit over 12
lakh state employees and pensioners. In a statement, Chief Minister Vasundhara
Raje said, government employees will get the revised salary from the month of
The Odisha government has enhanced monthly remuneration
of Anganwadi workers by 50 per cent. The anganwadi workers will receive 6,000
rupees per month against 4,000 at present. Similarly, monthly remuneration of
mini-anganwadi workers has been increased to 4,125 rupees against the existing
amount of 2,750 rupees. Anganwadi helpers will receive 3,000 rupees per month
against current 2,000. The decision will benefit more than 70,000 anganwadi
workers of the state.
In Chandigarh, prices of petrol and diesel have come
down by 2 rupees from today as the Union Territory administration has slashed 5
per cent VAT on the fuel. The administration announced yesterday that the value
added tax on diesel has been slashed from 16.40 per cent to 11.40 per cent
while the tax on petrol has been decreased from 24.74 per cent to 19.74 per
cent. The decision came after the Centre had asked the states to lower tax on
biggest political event, the Communist Party Congress, began in Beijing this
morning. The summit takes place once every five years and determines who rules
the country and its direction for the next five years. President Xi Jinping,
who became China's leader in 2012, is widely expected to remain as the Chief of
the ruling Party. In his address to more than 2,000 delegates today, he listed
the country's achievements during his term. He said, socialism with Chinese
characteristics had entered a new era.
Congress will close next Tuesday. Shortly after the Congress ends, the party is
expected to unveil the new members of the country's top decision-making body,
the Politburo Standing Committee, which will steer the country.
Pakistan government has sought the extension of Mumbai attacks mastermind and
Jamaat-ud-Dawa Chief Hafiz Saeed's detention under the public safety law. The
move comes two days after the government withdrew its application to
prolong Saeed's house arrest under the anti-terrorism law. The
Jamaat-ud-Dawa Chief, who has been under house arrest since January, was
presented before a three-member Punjab provincial judicial review board in
Lahore. The detention period is scheduled to expire on the 24th of this month.
Pakistani forces today again violated ceasefire in
Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir. Defence sources told AIR Jammu that
Pakistani forces started unprovoked firing and shelling along the Line of
Control targeting Indian positions and civilian areas in Balakote sector around
7 this morning. The Indian troops are giving a befitting reply and the
intermittent exchange of fire was on, when reports last came in. There is no
report of any casualty or injury on the Indian side, so far.
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
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 were unbeaten
in the pool stage with 3 wins from 3 games. Pakistan and Malaysia are the other
two teams in the stage. They will face each other at 2:30 PM today. India will
play Malaysia tomorrow and Pakistan on Saturday. The top two teams at the end
of the super 4 stage will meet in the Final on Sunday. In FIFA U-17 world cup, six of the eight
quarter-final berths have been decided. While Germany and the United States had
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 by 5-1
win. In Badminton, Denmark Open Superseries Premier tournament at Odense PV
Sindhu, Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth along with 11 Indian shuttlers will
begin their campaign today. Second seeded Sindhu will take on China's Chen
Yufei in the first round and unseeded Saina will face 5th placed Carolina Marin
of Spain. While K Srikanth will play compatriot Subhankar Dey, B. Sai Praneeth
and HS Prannoy are also playing their opening round matches today. Tripti Srivastava, sports desk.
- Pollution control plan in Delhi ahead of Diwali, is
highlighted by many newspapers this morning.
- "Tough measures in place to check Delhi
pollution" leads the Hindustan Times. "Pollution panel bans diesel
gensets in Delhi till March 15" is The Times of India headline.
"Cracker Ban Fires up Black Market" with merchants providing doorstep
deliveries of fireworks, defying the Supreme Court ban, is a Mail Today exclusive.
- Included in the Graded Response Action Plan,
"Parking may cost you 4 times more" is the lead in The Pioneer.
"500 rupee fine for drivers honking inside ISBTs, 100 rupee fine for
conductors shouting destinations" informs the paper.
- "Dark Dhanteras in city as gold sales dive by 35
per cent" reports The DNA.
- 'We must take pride in our heritage' The Asian Age cites
- "After Sangeet Som, Yogi tune: Taj built
by blood, sweat of India's workers, sons" is the Indian Express lead. The
Asian Age states "Yogi plans Agra visit in bid for damage
- "BJP slams Congress on report that Bhandari paid
for Vadra travel" writes The Indian Express, on fugitive arms
dealer, Sanjay Bhandari buying air tickets for Robert Vadra. The paper also
reports "Air ticket probe hits dead end, agency says got cash".
- The Pioneer informs, for the first time in India's electoral
history, the entire Himachal Pradesh poll staff will be paid online.
- On the death of an 11-year old girl in Jharkhand, the
state's PDS Minister questions his own government's Aadhaar drive, that renders
ration cards not linked to Aadhaar, ineligible, highlights The Indian
- And finally, "Eating out could get cheaper as GST
may be cut to 12 per cent" says The Times of India.