Latest LIVE updates: CWG gold medallist shooter Shreyasi Singh joins BJP

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will start his "Kheti Bachao Yatra" campaign in Punjab on Sunday to protest against recently-enacted agriculture sector reform laws. A series of mass programmes have been planned which will begin from Punjab and will reach Delhi later. Initially, a three-day programme through rallies and roadshows using tractors has been planned.

In another news, the Left and Congress will be organising state-wide protests on October 6 against the alleged gang rape of a Dalit woman in Uttar Pradesh's Hathras, besides incidents of rape and murder in West Bengal. A mega rally will be organised in Kolkata, while similar programmes will also be held in the other districts, according to a statement issued by Left Front Chairman Biman Bose and Leader of Opposition Abdul Mannan of the Congress.

BJP's Bihar election in-charge Devendra Fadnavis and other party leaders including State Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi and Union Minister Nityanand Rai on Saturday held a meeting with Janata Dal (United) leaders today.

Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath on Saturday announced that he is recommending a CBI probe into the Hathras case, amid a growing political storm over the death of the 19-year-old Dalit victim who was assaulted and allegedly gang-raped. He also said that his government was "determined to ensure the harshest punishment" for those guilty in the entire incident.

 
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Hathras case: Congress to hold 'stayagraha' across states on Monday

A day after Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra met the family of the Hathras victim, the party announced it will stage 'satyagraha' in the district headquarters of states across the country on Monday to demand justice for them.
 
"The Pradesh Congress Committees will be organising silent Satyagraha sit-in, at Mahatma Gandhi/Ambedkar statues and any other place of significance, against the brutal and arbitrary actions of the UP Government, demanding justice for the victim and her family," AICC general secretary, Organisation, KC Venugopal said in a statement.
 
He said senior leaders, MPs, MLAs, office bearers, party functionaries and ordinary workers will participate in full strength in the 'satyagraha'.

Uttar Pradesh CM Adityanath hits back at Opposition

Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath hits back at Opposition over their relentless attack on his govt on Hathras incident, says they are "indulging in newer conspiracies" to trigger riots, hamper development

Overall credit growth continues to be muted: FinMin report

Overall credit growth continues to remain muted amid weak credit demand and heightened risk aversion among banks, as per a report by the Finance Ministry.
 
Credit to medium enterprises, however, has witnessed an uptick, according to the Monthly Economic Review for September 2020, released by the Department of Economic Affairs on Sunday.
 
"Bank credit growth continued to moderate in the first six months of this year to reach 5.3 per cent as on 11th September 2020. Bank credit to the commercial sector recorded a growth of 5.4 per cent, mirroring weak credit demand and increased risk aversion in the banking system," it said.
 
As per the report, while credit growth to the services sector declined from 10.1 per cent YoY in July to 8.6 per cent in August, credit to trade services picked up significantly to record 12.5 per cent YoY growth.

Editors Guild of India slams Adityanath govt

Editors Guild of India hits out at Yogi Adityanath govt in UP, alleging law enforcement agencies under it 'prevented' media persons from reporting on developments in and around Hathras in connection with alleged sexual assault, murder of Dalit woman.

CWG gold medallist shooter Shreyasi Singh joins BJP, may contest Bihar polls

Commonwealth Games gold medallist shooter Shreyasi Singh, whose father Digvijay Singh was a seasoned socialist leader from Bihar, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on Sunday and may fight the state assembly elections.
 
She joined the BJP at the party headquarters here in the presence of its general secretaries Bhupender Yadav, who is in charge of its Bihar affairs, and Arun Singh. She later met party president J P Nadda.
 
The 29-year-old Arjuna Awardee, who won a gold medal in the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, is likely to be fielded by the BJP in the assembly polls.

Modi government is taking steps to empower the farmers: Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi



Trump feels very well, will remain hospitalized -White House official

President Donald Trump feels very well and wants to get back to work at the White House but will remain hospitalized, White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien said on Sunday.
 
 
"I spoke with the Chief of Staff (Mark Meadows) this morning and the good news is the president feels very well and he actually wants to get back home to the White House and get back to work, but I think he's going to stay at Walter Reed for at least another period of time," O'Brien said on CBS's "Face the Nation."

Hathras case: RLD protests in Muzaffarnagar against party leader being lathi charged

Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) activists staged a protest and blocked roads in different places in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar district against police baton charge on its party leader Jayant Chaudhary on Sunday when he had gone to meet the Hathras victim's family.
 

In a press statement issued in Lucknow, the RLD alleged that its vice-president Jayant Chaudhary and party workers were baton charged by police when they were on their way to meet the family.

Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal inaugurated Phoolbagan Metro station in Kolkata



CEC meeting underway at BJP headquarters



PM Modi arrives at the BJP headquarters for Central Election Committee meeting



In a joint search operation by army and police, a terrorist hideout busted in Girgin Dhoke area in J&K



Samajwadi Party delegation meets family of Hathras woman, assures help

A Samajwadi Party delegation on Sunday met the family of the 19-year-old woman who died after she was assaulted and allegedly gang-raped in Hathras, and assured them of all possible help.
 

Earlier, the party had alleged that its delegation members were stopped briefly at a toll plaza near Agra by police at the behest of the government when they were on their way to meet the family.

JDU & the BJP have an unfaltering coalition: Ashok Choudhary



Paddy procurement for 2020-21 commenced across procuring states



Hyderabad Customs officers seized an illegal consignment worth Rs 6,62,46,387



We increased harvests during Green Revolution. But did the farmer's income increase?: ML Khattar



Modi ji breaking backbone to benefit few people: Rahul Gandhi



After assembly elections in Bihar, LJP & BJP to form govt in Bihar



Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar Azad meets family Hathras rape victim



758 gms gold worth Rs 39.5 lakhs seized under Custom Act at Chennai airport



Hathras case: We will monitor whatever points the family has raised very closely, said ACS Home



LJP to not contest upcoming Bihar Elections in alliance with JD (U) over ideological differences



CBI registers a case against six accused, including a former CBI official for conspiracy



Members of Bharatiya Kisan Union block railway tracks near Shambhu in Patiala



Rahul Gandhi doesn't have anything to do, so he looks for such work & visits places: Haryana CM



Renewable ministry, Niti Aayog organise conference on solar cell manufacturing

To catalyse cutting-edge solar cell manufacturing in India, NITI Aayog, the New and Renewable Energy Ministry, and Invest India are organising a global symposium virtually 'India PV EDGE 2020' on October 6, an official statement said.
 

There will be a plenary session and subsequent sessions on 'Wafers and Cells', 'Modules and Production Equipment' and 'Supply Chain, it added.

UK, India joint operation targets online fraud scams

A recent joint operation against computer software service fraud offences between the UK and Indian security forces has led to raids on 10 suspect offices in six cities of India, according to UK authorities.
 

The City of London Police, the UK's national lead force for fraud, revealed this week that it confirmed people in the UK had been defrauded by these companies to its counterparts in India, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Bihar polls: ECI appoints Madhu Mahajan & BR Balakrishnan as Special Expenditure Observers



India's recovery gains momentum on economic package: DEA

The economic recovery of India has gained momentum due to the "Aatmanirbhar Bharat" economic package announced in May, said a report by the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA).
 

The 'Monthly Economic Review' for September 2020 cited the estimated growth in the Kharif foodgrain output for 2020-21 to show a recovering economy.

LJP's Central Parliamentary Board meeting begins under the leadership of chief Chirag Paswan



LJP's Central Parliamentary Board meeting begins under the leadership of chief Chirag Paswan



We want an investigation to be held under a retired Supreme Court judge: Brother of Hathras victim



Unless laws are not amended to make the MSP compulsory, there is no use of their promises: Punjab CM



UP government is trying to hide what happened in Hathras: DMK MP Kanimozhi



CM Captain Amarinder Singh, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi take part in tractor yatra



No action taken against those who killed the Hathras victim: Rahul Gandhi



If farmers are happy with these laws then why are they protesting across the nation?: Rahul Gandhi



What was the need to implement these farm laws amid Covid-19?: Rahul Gandhi



Hathras case: Priyanka demands removal of DM, probe into his role

A day after meeting the family of a Dalit woman who died after she was assaulted and allegedly gang-raped in Hathras, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Sunday demanded removal of the district magistrate and an investigation into his role in the entire matter.
 

Priyanka Gandhi said that according to the family, the district magistrate meted out the worst treatment to them, and asked who was protecting the officer.

Hathras rape case: Superintendent of Police visits the alleged gangrape incident site

Non-BJP states to oppose govt's borrowing option in GST meet tomorrow

The GST Council meeting on Monday may turn into a stormy affair, with non-BJP ruled states still being in disagreement with the Centre on the compensation issue.
 
While as many as 21 states, mostly ruled by BJP or parties which have supported it on issues, had till mid-September opted to borrow Rs 97,000 crore to meet the GST revenue shortfall in the current fiscal, opposition-led states like West Bengal, Punjab and Kerala have not yet accepted the borrowing option given by the Centre.
 
Sources said in the 42nd meeting of the Councilon October 5, opposition-ruled states would object to the Centre's borrowing options and demand alternative mechanism for funding GST compensation deficit. They feel that the constitutional liability of compensating states lies with the union government. In the current fiscal, the states are staring at a staggering Rs 2.35 trillion Goods and Services Tax (GST) revenue shortfall. READ MORE...

Rape case: Special Investigation Team in Hathras village, records family's statement

The Special Investigation Team (SIT), probing the Hathras incident, arrived at the victim's residence on Sunday morning to record the statements of her family members. On the basis of its first report, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has already suspended the Hathras Superintendent of Police, DSP and some other police officers. Their polygraph and narcoanalysis tests have been recommended, according to an ANI report.
 
Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister on Saturday also recommended a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation into the case. This comes amid protests by the Opposition parties and civil society against the UP government across the country. Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also visited the family on Saturday.
 
The 19-year-old Hathras woman died at Delhi's Safdarjung hospital on September 29. All four accused in the incident have been arrested.

All schools will remain closed for students in Delhi till October 31, 2020: Manish Sisodia

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal participates in awareness campaign on dengue

Left, Congress on state-wide protest against Hathras case, incidents of rape in Bengal on Oct 6

The Left and Congress will be organising state-wide protests on October 6 against the alleged gang rape of a Dalit woman in Uttar Pradesh's Hathras, besides incidents of rape and murder in West Bengal. A mega rally will be organised in Kolkata, while similar programmes will also be held in the other districts, according to a statement issued by Left Front Chairman Biman Bose and Leader of Opposition Abdul Mannan of the Congress.
 
The Kolkata rally will begin at Esplanade and go through the Park Street to end near the Lady Brabourne College, it said.
 
"Apart from the ghastly incident at Hathras in UP, we need to raise our voice against the rise in incidents of rape and murder of women in West Bengal," it said.

Bihar Assembly polls: Fadnavis, Sushil Modi meet JDU leaders

BJP's Bihar election in-charge Devendra Fadnavis and other party leaders including State Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi and Union Minister Nityanand Rai on Saturday held a meeting with Janata Dal (United) leaders. BJP and JDU have not announced the seat-sharing agreement for the Bihar Assembly polls yet.
 
On October 2, Fadnavis attended a meeting of top BJP at Union Home Minister Amit Shah's residence in New Delhi over the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) alliance's situation for Bihar Assembly polls.
 
Bihar assembly elections will be held in three phases -- October 28, November 3, and 7 and the counting of votes will take place on November 10.

Farmers have welcomed the farm Bills: Union Minister Prakash Javadekar

Special Investigation Team (SIT) arrives at the residence of the victim of Hathras incident

Three sworn in today as judges of the High Court of Gujarat

47 open grounds, 19 halls to be used for public rallies during Bihar Assembly elections: Patna DM

The Patna district administration has identified 47 open grounds and 19 halls where political parties can schedule their public meetings during the Bihar Assembly elections, a top state government official said. The number of participants, however, cannot exceed 100 people at such rallies till October 14, irrespective of the size of the ground.
 
"The district administration has, so far, identified 47 grounds and 19 halls in the district where election meetings or rallies could be held for campaigning in the assembly polls," Patna District Magistrate Kumar Ravi told PTI on Saturday. He also said the district administration was open to accommodate more venues on the suggestions of parties.

Latest News LIVE: PM Modi has a bigger thought for the nation, says Prakash Javadekar

Chhattisgarh Congress to hold silent protest on Monday over Hathras incident in UP

The Chhattisgarh Congress will hold a silent protest on Monday against the Hathras incident in Uttar Pradesh, party leaders said here.
 
A Dalit teen was allegedly raped at a village in Hathras by four men on September 14. After her condition deteriorated, she was referred to Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital where she breathed her last on Tuesday.
 
A 'maun satyagraha' will be held in all 28 districts of the state to demand justice for the victim and to protest against the inhumanity displayed by the Uttar Pradesh government and the police there, said Shailesh Nitin Trivedi, head of the Chhattisgarh Congress media wing.

Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath recommends CBI probe in Hathras rape case

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday announced that he is recommending a CBI probe into the Hathras case, amid a growing political storm over the death of the 19-year-old Dalit victim who was assaulted and allegedly gang-raped. He also said that his government was "determined to ensure the harshest punishment" for those guilty in the entire incident.
 
The development came within hours of Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Awasthi and Director General of Police H C Awasthy meeting the victim's family at her home in Hathras on the direction of the chief minister.
 
"For an intensive investigation into the unfortunate incident of Hathras and all points linked to it, the UP government is recommending a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). We are determined to ensure the harshest punishment for all those responsible for this incident, Adityanath tweeted in Hindi.

LJP leader Ram Vilas Paswan undergoes heart surgery in Delhi Hospital

Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan underwent heart surgery in a Delhi hospital, according to his son and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Chirag Paswan on Sunday. Chirag also said that his father might have to undergo another surgery in the coming weeks if the need arises.
 
Through his official Twitter handle, Chirag said, "For the last many days dad is getting treated in a hospital. Due to some sudden developments yesterday evening, an operation of his heart had to be conducted in the late night. If the need arises, then possibly after a few weeks another operation might be conducted. Thanks to all for standing by me and my family in this hour of struggle," Chirag's tweet read.
 
Earlier yesterday, the LJP meeting that was scheduled to decide on whether to accept the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance's (NDA) offer of seats in the upcoming Bihar Assembly elections, was postponed owing to the ill health of the Union Minister. READ MORE...

Pakistani troops resort to intense mortar shelling along LoC in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir

Latest News LIVE: Hathras's Bulgarhi village turned into fortress to prevent unrest

Weeks after the horrific incident occurred in Bulgarhi village of Uttar Pradesh's Hathras district, the village has been turned into a fortress in order to maintain peace and harmony. The small village is being guarded by the Uttar Pradesh police. Constables have been deployed in each lane of the village to prevent any untoward incident, according to an IANS report.
 
One of the police personnel who was deployed at the spot told IANS on condition of anonymity, "More than 60 police personnel have been deployed to guard the village in order to prevent any unrest." During the night, the entry and exit points of the village, which are located about two and a half kilometers away from the main village, have been barricaded to regulate the entry.
 
A nationwide outrage occurred soon after a 19-year-old Dalit woman who was raped by four "upper caste" men earlier this month died at Safdarjung hospital in New Delhi last Tuesday.

India scales up Covid-19 testing capacity from 1 in Jan to over 77 mn in Oct: Health Ministry

The testing capacity in the country has been ramped up at a significant pace to reach over 7.7 crores in October from just one in January this year, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on Sunday.
 
The MoHFW also said that the increased pace of testing has led to "early identification, prompt isolation, and effective treatment of COVID-19 cases. These have eventually resulted in a sustained low Fatality Rate."
 
"India has scaled up its testing capacity from one in January to more than 7.7 cr in October. With progressively falling positivity rate, testing has worked as an effective tool to limit the spread of COVID-19 infection," a tweet by the MoHFW read.
 
As per the MoHFW, 7,78,50,403 tests for COVID-19 were conducted in the country on October 3 which marks a new high. Further the positivity rate in the country is at 8.32 per cent currently, as per the Health Ministry.

BJP workers, who were carrying out a march in support of Farm Laws, were attacked by TMC members in Bengal

Delhi: Air quality in Wazipur, Jahangirpuri in 'poor' category

As monsoon season withdrew from Delhi and the minimum temperatures are dropping, the air quality in various parts of the national capital has started deteriorating. In Wazirpur, Jahangirpuri and Delhi Technological University (DTU), the Air Quality Index (AQI) was recorded at 207, 226 and 221 respectively on Sunday morning. All three are in the 'poor' category, according to the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) data.
 
An AQI between 0-50 is considered good, 51-100 is satisfactory, 101-200 moderate, 201-300 poor, 301-400 very poor and 401-500 is marked as severe/hazardous.
 
On October 1, Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai held a meeting with Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar over the increasing pollution issue in the national capital during winters.

Recent reforms will strengthen India's global positioning: Piyush Goyal

Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal said on Saturday that the recent reforms undertaken by the government amid the pandemic -- in mining, labour and agriculture, among other sectors -- will strengthen India and prepare the country to engage globally from a position of strength.
 
Addressing the 74th annual session of Hindustan Chamber of Commerce, Goyal was quoted in an official statement as saying that the government has taken the opportunity amid the pandemic to bring major reforms across sectors.
 
"We have taken the opportunity of Covid to bring about game-changing reforms in agriculture, labour, mining, capital markets and banking, space technology and defence. This will strengthen India and prepare us to engage with the world from a position of strength," he said. Goyal said that businesses and the government are working together towards a better future for the marginalised sections of the society.

Latest News LIVE update: 7-year-old girl raped in Ranchi, case registered

A case was registered after a seven-year-old girl was allegedly raped near Sukhdev Nagar area here, police said on Saturday.
 
Saurabh, Superintendent of Police, Ranchi said the police have registered the case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.
 
He said that the accused has absconded and raids are being conducted to nab him.

Priyanka, Rahul visit Hathras, say victim's family wants judicial inquiry

Congress leaders Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Rahul Gandhi on Saturday met the family of the victim of torture and alleged gangrape in Hathras and said the party's fight will continue justice is delivered. Priyanka Gandhi said the family wants a judicial inquiry into the incident and removal of the District Magistrate.
 
Priyanka Gandhi, who hugged the victim's mother who was weeping, later told reporters that the family couldn't see their daughter for the one last time after her death in a Delhi hospital and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath should understand his responsibility.
 
"The family couldn't see their daughter for the one last time. UP CM Yogi Adityanath should understand his responsibility. Till the time justice is delivered, we'll continue this fight," Gandhi said.
 
Priyanka Gandhi said that the aggrieved family wants adequate security. "The family wants a judicial inquiry into the incident and removal of the District Magistrate. They also want security," she said. Rahul Gandhi said no power in the world can suppress the family's voice.

A voter awareness walkathon was organised yesterday in Gaya ahead of upcoming Bihar Elections

Priyanka, Rahul Gandhi at victim's home in Hathras


Hathras case: Family wants judicial inquiry, removal of DM, says Priyanka

CNG price cut by Rs 1.53/kg in Delhi

CNG and piped cooking gas price in the national capital and adjoining cities was on Saturday cut in sync with a reduction in natural gas prices.
 
Indraprastha Gas Ltd in a statement said the CNG price in Delhi will be reduced by Rs 1.53 per kg in Delhi and by Rs 1.70 per kg in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad.
 
The new consumer price of Rs 42.70 per kg in Delhi and Rs 48.38 per kg in Noida, Greater Noida & Ghaziabad would be effective from 6.00 am on October 4, 2020, it said.
 

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra meets the mother of Hathras victim in their village

Grand Alliance announces seat-sharing formula, backs Tejashwi, VIP says it is quitting

The opposition Grand Alliance in Bihar sought to steal a march over the ruling NDA on Saturday when it announced its seat-sharing formula as part of which the RJD, spearheading the coalition, will contest on 144 seats.

The coalition members also endorsed RJDs Tejashwi Yadav as its face though a minor constituent of the multi-party formation announced a sudden exit alleging betrayal.

At a press conference here, Yadav announced the number of seats assigned to the Congress, the CPI(ML), the CPI(M) and the CPI and disclosed that his party was getting the lions share of 144 seat.

Among other allies, Congress has been given 70 seats,far more than it had contested in the 2015 assembly polls in alliance with the RJD and Chief Minister Nitish Kumars JD(U).

 

Dalits being tortured most, dictatorship going on in the country: Mamata

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Saturday launched a scathing attack on the BJP-led government at the Centre for running a "dictatorship" in the country and said the saffron party is a "pandemic" which is torturing dalits the most.
 
Banerjee, who held a protest march against the Hathras gang rape case, said she will stand by the Dalit community till the end as her caste is "humanity" and she does not believe in differentiation on the grounds of caste and religion.

Decision on re-opening Kartarpur corridor to be taken considering Covid-19 protocols: MEA

India on Saturday said a decision to re-open the Kartarpur corridor would be taken in accordance with the protocols relating Covid-19 and easing of restrictions.

The comments by spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs Anurag Srivastava came in the wake of Pakistan's proposal to reopen the corridor which was shut in March in view of the coronavirus pandemic.

In November last year, the two countries threw open the corridor linking Dera Baba Sahib in Gurdaspur in India and Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan, in a historic people-to-people initiative.

"As you are aware, movement was suspended in the wake of Covid-19 outbreak. We remain in touch with all concerned authorities including ministries of home affairs and health and family welfare," Srivastava said, responding to a media query on the issue.

 

WATCH: Rahul, Priyanka Gandhi arrive at Hathras

Delhi Metro services to start early on Sunday to help UPSC candidates commute

The Delhi Metro will start its services little early on Sunday to facilitate the movement of candidates appearing for the UPSC preliminary examination, the DMRC said.

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Preliminary examination is slated to be held from 9.30 AM on Sunday.

"To facilitate students for the UPSC examinations, Delhi Metro services will begin at 6 AM from terminal stations of all lines on 4th October," the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) tweeted.

Rahul, Priyanka Gandhi reach victim's residence in Hathras

Hathras case: Congress, SP workers protest against Smriti Irani in Varanasi

Congress and Samajwadi Party workers protested against the alleged gang-rape of a 19-year-old Dalit woman in Hathras, raising anti-government slogans before Union Minister Smriti Irani in Varanasi on Saturday.

Congress workers raised the slogans and tried to block Irani's cavalcade demanding justice for the woman's family.

Speaking in Lucknow, Congress spokesman Lalan Kumar said the protesting party workers were later arrested.

The Union minister is in Varanasi to hold a dialogue with farmers and agriculture scientists.

 

WATCH: Scuffle breaks out between Police, Congress workers at DND flyway

Centre conspired to defame Maharashtra in Sushant case, alleges Congress

Maharashtra Congress on Saturday accused the Centre of conspiring to defame the state in Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput's death case and demanded formation of an SIT to nab the conspirators.
 
The BJP, however, denied the allegation and said it wanted justice for Rajput.
 
Congress made the allegations after the AIIMS' medical board ruled out murder in Rajput's death, terming it "a case of hanging and death by suicide".

The role Siemens' tech played in building Atal tunnel, the world's highest

The 9.02-km Atal Tunnel inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday is not just the longest facility at such an altitude but is also a technology marvel in many ways. Global technology giant Siemens has provided technology for automation of the tunnel across various processes including lighting. Read more

Telengana: Theatre owners to urge state govt to permit reopening

The Telangana Exhibitors Association (theatre owners) on Saturday urged the state government to allow them to reopen cinema theatres with the Centre permitting it from October 15 in its recent guidelines and also sought some relief in view of the losses incurred during the last seven months.

The Association's representatives would soon meet state Cinematography Minister T Srinivas Yadav to request him to permit re-opening of the theatres (single screen) from October 15, Association leader Vijayender Reddy said.

The Association is hopeful of a positive response, he said.

 

Maharashtra govt issues guidelines for restaurants which are set to reopen

The Maharashtra Government on Saturday issued Covid-19 safety guidelines for restaurants and other eateries which have been allowed to reopen from October 5. Hotels, food courts and restaurants can operate from Monday at 50 per cent of their seating capacity.
 
As per the guidelines, customers should be screened at the entry point for coronavirus symptoms such as high temperature, cough, and cold.
 
Only asymptomatic customers will be allowed inside.
 

Hathras case: Bengal CM participates in protest march

Hathras victim's family speaks to media after 2 days, say they seek justice

Seeking justice for the 19-year-old girl, the family members of the Hathras victim spoke to reporters after two days when the media was allowed to enter their village.
 
"We want to know whose body was burnt on that day. And if it was our sister's body then why did they burn her (the body) in this manner? All of us requested the police and the administration to allow us to see her one last time," said the victim's brother after the media was allowed in the village and to speak with the victim's family.

Paytm, other Indian startups vow to fight 'big daddy' Google's clout: sources

Dozens of India's technology startups, chafing at Google's local dominance of key apps, are banding together to consider ways to challenge the U.S. tech giant, including by lodging complaints with the government and courts, executives told Reuters.

Although Google, owned by Alphabet Inc, has worked closely with India's booming startup sector and is ramping up its investments, it has recently angered many tech companies with what they say are unfair practices.

Setting the stage for a potential showdown, entrepreneurs held two video conferences this week to strategise, three executives told Reuters.

"It's definitely going to be a bitter fight," said Dinesh Agarwal, CEO of e-commerce firm IndiaMART. "Google will lose this battle. It's just a matter of time."

 

81% doctors in Northern India adopted telemedicine: Report

At least 81 per cent doctors in Northern India have adopted telemedicine when compared with 50 per cent doctors in Southern and Western regions and 35 per cent in the Eastern region of the country, a report revealed on Saturday.

A joint study by India's healthcare research organisation -SMSRC and Purdue University in the US, was conducted this during June-July 2020 period with 2,116 physicians, across all key specialities in more than 80 cities and towns of India.

It indicates that doctors in the northern region of the country have the highest adoption of telemedicine when compared with other regions of India.

Rahul Gandhi at Delhi-Noida flyway


Ayushmann Khurrana on UP gangrapes: We have to raise better sons

Actor Ayushmann Khurrana is distraught reading about the recent horrific gangrapes and killings at Hathras and Balrampur.

"Shocked, shattered and devastated. After Hathras, another gangrape and murder at Balrampur! It's barbaric, inhuman and calls for the most severe punishment to the guilty. When will this stop? We are failing every single day to protect the women of our country. We have to do more than just protecting women. We have to raise better sons!" he said.

 

Rahul, Priyanka Gandhi allowed to visit Hathras

Previous govt lacked courage to effect farm reforms due to poll-focussed mindset: PM

Taking a swipe at the opposition's protest against farm reform laws, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday those parties also had the same idea but lacked the courage to implement these measures because they focussed on elections while his government looked at the country's and farmers' welfare.

At his second public meeting after inaugurating Atal Tunnel in Rohtang in Himachal Pradesh, Modi said those protesting against the laws wanted farmers to live in the previous century, and are now jolted by his government's attack on middlement.

The ruling BJP has cited the Congress manifesto for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls to assert that the opposition party had also promised the same laws which the Modi government has enacted to allow farmers to sell their produce outside state-controlled 'mandi' but is now criticising them for political reasons.

Ruckus in Odisha Assembly over Hathras incident

The Odisha Assembly was adjourned several times on Saturday as members of the opposition Congress created ruckus in the well of the House over the alleged gang rape in Uttar Pradesh's Hathras that has triggered a nationwide outrage.

The issue was raised by Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Narasingha Mishra as the House assembled for the day at 10.30 am.

The Congress MLAs shouted slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, protesting against the incident.

They also condemned the BJP-led government in UP for the "misbehaviour" towards Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

 

UP police deploys personnel at DND flyway ahead of Cong's Hathras visit

Heavy police deployment has come up on the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border in Noida on Saturday, ahead of a scheduled visit of a Congress delegation that plans to meet the family of a 19-year-old Dalit woman in Hathras who died after an alleged gangrape.
 
Barricades were installed at the Delhi-Noida Direct (DND) flyway where scores of policemen, including senior officers, were present at 12.30 pm, even as CrPC section 144 remained imposed in UP's Gautam Buddh Nagar.
 
The border is not sealed but checks have been intensified at the Delhi-Noida border, according to a local police officer.

'Jai Jawan Jai Kisan' still relevant: Dharmendra Pradhan

70 yrs since independence the cry of 'Jai Jawan Jai Kisan' still relevant. Farmers made lot of progress in agriculture sector & now they'll be able to realise proper prices for their produce under spirit of Aatmnirbhar Bharat: Dharmendra Pradhan, on new agriculture laws

Hathras case: ACS Home, UP DGP meet victim's family

Rahul Gandhi, others leave for Hathras

Rahul Gandhi, others leaves for Hathras to meet victim's family

Flipkart to host 'Big Billion Days' sale from Oct 16-21

Walmart-owned Flipkart on Saturday said it will host its annual 'The Big Billion Days' sale from October 16-21.

The six-day event will focus on delivering its promise of a wide range of products with great value propositions to existing and new consumers, while providing growth opportunities to MSMEs and sellers across the country, a statement said.

Flipkart rival, Amazon.in is expected to announce its sale dates next week. Value-focussed e-commerce marketplace Snapdeal will hold its first sale in mid-October to coincide with Navratri festivities. Its next two sales will run in late October and early November.

E-commerce companies see a large chunk of their business coming in during the festive sales and they make significant investments ahead of time to ramp up their capacity to be able to handle the spike in orders. Festive season sees players holding multiple sale events, timed around Dussehra and Diwali.

 

Govt schemes no more based on votes, 'development for all' only basis: PM

Asserting that a major transformation has been effected in the government's way of functioning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said new schemes are no more based on the quantum of votes from an area as the only focus now is 'development for all'.
 
Addressing his first public rally in more than six months ever since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, Modi said the inauguration of the Atal Tunnel is part of the central government's resolve that the benefit of development should reach every part of the country and to every person.
 
Taking a dig at previous Congress-led governments, he said recall what the earlier situation was like as there were several places like Lahaul Spiti that were left to struggle on their own.

Good response to farm laws, protests only in Punjab: Javadekar

Union minister Prakash Javadekar on Saturday said that the recently-enacted farm laws have received an "overwhelming response" from the farming community and there were no protests in any part of the country over these legislations except Punjab.
 
He also alleged that there were political interests of parties like Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) behind the protests in Punjab.
 
Javadekar was addressing a group of farmers in Chorao village of North Goa as a part of the ruling BJP's initiative to create awareness about the farm laws.
 
"There is no agitation against the farm laws anywhere in India except Punjab. You should not hold agitations as a part of political agenda," the Environment Minister said in his brief address to farmers.

Hathras incident is a blot on humanity: Ramdas Athawale

The Hathras incident is a blot on humanity. The accused should be hanged to death & the family should be given justice. Mayawati is playing politics over the issue. She has no right to demand resignation of CM Yogi Adityanath: Union Minister Ramdas Athawale in Lucknow

Satyarthi appeals to PM to end 'crisis of justice' for women, children

Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi has appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to end the crisis of justice for women and children, saying what is happening to "our daughters" across India is a matter of national shame.
 
Reacting to the Hathras incident and other cases of sexual assaults on women in the country, Satyarthi said he implores the prime minister to lead the war on rape.
 
What is happening to our daughters across India is a matter of national shame. It is my humble appeal to our Hon'ble Prime Minister - the nation looks to you - to end this crisis of justice for our women and children. I implore you to lead the war on rape. Our daughters need you, and we are all with you," he said.

Govt to sponsor compound interest for small borrowers during moratorium

The government is ready to bear the burden of an interest waiver for small borrowers as the estimated impact of the move on the entire banking system would otherwise be Rs 6 trillion, the finance ministry told the Supreme Court on Friday.
 
“After careful consideration and weighing all possible options, the Union government has decided to continue the tradition of handholding the small borrowers. The government, therefore, has decided that the relief on waiver of compound interest during the six-month moratorium period shall be limited to the most vulnerable category of borrowers,” an affidavit submitted by the department of financial services (finance ministry) on Friday stated. Read more here

Emphasis has been put on the development of border infrastructure: Modi at Rohtang

Emphasis has been put on the development of border infrastructure. Its benefits are being extended to the common people as well as our armed forces personnel: PM Modi at Rohtang, Himachal Pradesh

There is nothing more important for us than protecting the country.: Modi in Himachal Pradesh

There is nothing more important for us than protecting the country. But the country has also seen that a period when the defense interests of the country were compromised: PM Modi at Rohtang

Connectivity in border areas is directly related to security issues: PM Modi at the inauguration of Atal Tunnel, Rohtang

Connectivity has a direct connection with development. Connectivity in border areas is directly related to security issues: PM Modi at the inauguration of Atal Tunnel, Rohtang

A memorial has been built for the 20 Indian soldiers who lost their lives in action against the Chinese Army in Galwan Valley

A memorial has been built for the 20 Indian soldiers who lost their lives in action against the Chinese Army in GalwanValley after evicting them from an observation post near the Y-junction area there under Operation Snow Leopard.

Yogi Adityanath govt faces united Opposition attack over Hathras rape case

A massive protest erupted in Delhi on Friday evening after a number of civil society activists, students, women, and political leaders gathered at Jantar Mantar against the alleged gangrape of a young woman in Hathras district and the UP government's response to it.
 
As pressure mounted on UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, he later in the evening suspended the SP, DSP, inspector and some others officials, based on the preliminary investigation report. He also ordered narco polygraph tests on the now-suspended top officers. Read on...

Hathras: Media allowed to enter the village of the victim of Hathras case. Sadar SDM Prem Prakash says

Hathras: Media allowed to enter the village of the victim of Hathras case. Sadar SDM Prem Prakash says, "Since SIT probe in the village is complete, the restriction on media has been lifted. More than 5 media persons are not allowed to gather as Section 144 of CrPC is in place."

UPSC Prelims 2020: Delhi Metro services to begin at 6 am tomorrow to facilitate candidates

To facilitate students for the UPSC examinations, Delhi Metro services will begin at 6 AM from terminal stations of all lines on 4th October: Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).

No power on Earth can stop me, says Rahul Gandhi before another attempt to reach Hathras rape victim's family

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates 9.02 km long Atal Tunnel that connects Manali to Lahaul-Spiti valley

Himachal Pradesh: PM Modi inaugurates Atal Tunnel, Rohtang

Quad seeks to establish, promote, secure Indo-Pacific: Trump administration

Ahead of the second ministerial meeting of the four countries under the Quad -- India, Japan, Australia and US -- in Tokyo next week, the Trump administration has said the purpose of the group is to establish, promote and secure Indo-Pacific region, especially at a time of increased Chinese "aggression and coercion" in the region.
 
The Quad seeks to establish, promote, and secure Indo-Pacific principles, especially as PRC tactics, aggression, and coercion increase in the region, Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs David R. Stilwell told reporters during a conference call on Friday.

Down but not out: Hit hard by coronavirus pandemic, circus goes online

Life came crashing down for 51-year-old Biju Pushkaran, the head clown of India's famous Rambo Circus, along with its over 100 artistes when the coronavirus-induced lockdown was imposed in March this year, forcing the circus to fold its tent.
 
But after six months of despondency, smile returned on the faces of these artistes as the circus went online and presented a virtual show for the first time on September 25.
 
The crew members say that they felt hopeless and dejected during the lockdown, but this virtual way of presenting the show through pre-recorded videos has given a new lease of life to the circus.

Congress MPs under the leadership of former Congress President Rahul Gandhi will go to Hathras, UP today

Congress MPs under the leadership of former Congress President Rahul Gandhi will go to Hathras, UP today afternoon to meet the family of the 19-year-old daughter of Uttar Pradesh, who was brutally assaulted & murdered: Congress leader KC Venugopal

Kalpana would be flattered that this rocket is named after her: Kalpana Chawla's husband on the launch of Northrop Grumman's Cygnus spacecraft, in US' Wallops Island

Kalpana would be flattered that this rocket is named after her. In a larger context, it means that Indians could beat the best in the world & be successful: Kalpana Chawla's husband Jean Pierre Harrison on the launch of Northrop Grumman's Cygnus spacecraft, in US' Wallops Island

Himachal Pradesh: PM Modi arrives at Manali for the inauguration of Atal tunnel,

Delhi is key to strengthening nuclear non-proliferation: India at UN

India espouses the policy of "no first use" against nuclear weapon states and non-use against non-nuclear-weapon states, adding that New Delhi is a key partner in global efforts towards disarmament and strengthening the non-proliferation order, said Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Friday at the United Nations.
 
Speaking at the 'International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons', Shringla said, "India accords high priority to the Conference on Disarmament as the world's single multilateral disarmament negotiating forum and supports the commencement of negotiations on a Comprehensive Nuclear Weapons Convention." Read on...

Govt to waive compound interest during moratorium for some loans: Report

The government has told the Supreme Court it has decided to waive "interest on interest" on loans of up to Rs 2 crore during the six-month moratorium period, the Times of India reported. Read on...

NASA lifts off SS Kalpana Chawla cargo spacecraft

A commercial cargo spacecraft bound for the International Space Station (ISS) launched on Thursday night carrying the name of deceased NASA astronaut Kalpana "K.C." Chawla, the first Indian-born woman to enter space, for her key contributions to human spaceflight.
 
The S.S. Kalpana Chawla launched from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia at 09:38 p.m. EDT.
 
The spacecraft, a Northrop Grumman Cygnus, will arrive at and be attached to the space station two days later.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Chandigarh International Airport.

Centre ready to waive interest on interest during moratorium, reports TOI

In a big relief for individual and MSME borrowers, the Centre on Friday informed the Supreme Court that it has decided to waive "interest on interest" on loans of up to Rs 2 crore during the six-month repayment moratorium — with the benefit also available to those who were clearing their dues on a range of loans between March and August.
 
In its affidavit, the finance ministry said the government has decided to maintain its tradition of handholding small borrowers and bear the burden
arising from such waiver of interest on interest, or compound interest, for the banks.

Fadnavis requests Maharashtra CM to prevent Remdesivir's hoarding, black marketing

Maharashtra Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis on Friday wrote a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and requested him to prevent hoarding and black marketing of life-saving Remdesivir injection for COVID-19 patients.
 
The BJP leader stated that Maharashtra is seeing an average rise of around 20,000 coronavirus cases and 450 deaths due to infection every day.
 
"The state is witnessing a scarcity of Remdesivir injection. Due to this, high demand and unavailability of the injection are making the situation worse for poor people," Fadnavis stated. Read on...

Odisha provides uniform to 1.4 mn pre-school children on Gandhi Jayanti

The Odisha government has distributed two sets of uniform to 14.83 lakh pre-school children in the state on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti.
 
As per the Women and Child Development Department, these uniforms have been distributed as per the colour composition (blue colour pants and pink colour shirts) in 61,040 Anganwadi centres under the state government's "Malati Devi Prak Vidyalaya Paridhan Yojana" as many as 1,344 Self Help Groups (SHGs) across the state were engaged in the uniforms' stitching and supply. Read on...

In a 'first': Kim Jong-un wishes Donald Trump quick recovery from coronavirus

North Korea leader Kim Jong-un on Friday wished US President Donald Trump quick recovery from Covid-19 after he was admitted to Walter Reed hospital in Washington.
 
"He sincerely hoped that they (Donald and Melania Trump) would be recovered as soon as possible. He hoped they will surely overcome it. He sent warm greetings to them," the Korean Central News Agency was quoted as saying by Yonhap.

US coronavirus update: Joe Biden sticks to campaign plans after testing negative for coronavirus

Joe Biden is moving forward with plans to travel to Michigan on Friday after he and his wife, Jill, tested negative for the coronavirus.
 
The Democratic presidential nominee had planned on traveling to Grand Rapids, Michigan, to talk about the economy on Friday morning. His trip was delayed by several hours as he awaited the test results.
 
He was tested for the virus after attending Tuesday's debate with President Donald Trump. The president said early Friday that he and his wife, Melania Trump, tested positive for coronavirus. Read on...

Chhattisgarh coronavirus update: 2,637 new Covid cases recorded

Chhattisgarh reported 2,637 new coronavirus cases and 16 more fatalities on Friday, taking the state's case tally to 1,18,790 and death toll to 1,002, a health official said.
 
As many as 603 people were discharged from various hospitals while 1,983 patients completed their home isolation during the day, taking the tally of recoveries to 88,095.
 
The state now has 29,693 active cases, the official said.

Dr Reddy's Laboratories seeks DCGI permission to conduct Phase III trials of Russian coronavirus vaccine

Dr Reddy's Laboratories (DRL) has submitted an application to the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) for its approval to perform Phase III clinical trials of the Russian COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V in India, a government official said on Friday.
 
Dr Reddy's lab had recently joined hands with The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) to conduct Sputnik V vaccine's clinical trials as well as its distribution.
 
As per RDIF, it will supply 100 million doses of its potential coronavirus vaccine to the Indian pharma company.

US House gives approval to Democrats' $2.2-trn coronavirus aid plan

The US House of Repre­sentatives on Thursday approved a $2.2 trillion Democratic plan to provide more economic relief from the coronavirus pandemic, as a bipartisan deal continued to elude House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the White House.
 
Objections from top Republicans are likely to doom the House Democrats' plan in the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has called the $2.2 trillion price tag “outlandish”, although Democ­rats have reduced the cost of their proposal by over a trillion dollars since May. The House vote was 214-207. Read on...

Trump's coronavirus infection may provide opportunity for hedge funds in yen

US President Donald Trump’s coronavirus infection may provide the catalyst for hedge funds to catch up with asset managers’ bullish bets on the yen.
 
Leveraged funds are likely to buy the Japanese currency as the diagnosis triggers a surge in haven bids, reversing the small bearish position they held last week. This would bring them in line with portfolio managers who held a record amount of bullish bets. The yen rallied against all its major peers on Trump’s announcement Friday as investors sought refuge in the safest of assets. Read on...

Fadnavis requests Maharashtra CM to prevent Remdesivir's hoarding, black marketing

Maharashtra Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis on Friday wrote a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and requested him to prevent hoarding and black marketing of life-saving Remdesivir injection for COVID-19 patients.
 
The BJP leader stated that Maharashtra is seeing an average rise of around 20,000 coronavirus cases and 450 deaths due to infection every day.
 
"The state is witnessing a scarcity of Remdesivir injection. Due to this, high demand and unavailability of the injection are making the situation worse for poor people," Fadnavis stated. Read on...

PM Modi to inaugurate strategic Atal Tunnel between Manali and Leh today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate on Saturday the strategically important all-weather Atal Tunnel, which reduces the distance between Manali and Leh by 46 km and the travel time by four to five hours, at Rohtang in Himachal Pradesh.
 
After the inauguration, Modi will also attend public functions at Sissu in Lahaul Spiti and at Solang Valley, said his office on Thursday.
 
The 9.02 km-long 'Atal' is the longest highway tunnel in the world, connecting Manali to Lahaul-Spiti valley throughout the year. The valley was earlier cut off for about six months every year due to heavy snowfall, said the Prime Minister's Office. Read on...

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