Fire Breaks Out in Thane Rubber Company
Fire broke out at a rubber company in Dombivli last night; firefighting operations underway. No casualties reported. More details awaited.
7 Injured in Fire in Madhya Pradesh’s Burhanpur
Around 7 people injured in a fire that broke out at Pakiza mall late last night. 7 fire tenders present at the spot. More details awaited.
Second Suspect in UK Nerve Agent Attack Identified
One of the two suspects in the poisoning of an ex-spy in England is a trained doctor who works for Russian military intelligence and traveled to Britain under an alias, investigative group Bellingcat reported Monday.
Bellingcat said on its website that the man British authorities identified as Alexander Petrov is actually Alexander Mishkin, a doctor working for the Russian military intelligence unit known as GRU.
British officials said when they brought charges against two Russians in the March nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter that they believed Petrov was an assumed name.
1 Girl Killed, Another Injured After Being Hit by MLA’s Son’s Car
Girl dead, her sister injured after being hit by the car of the son of Goa MLA Glenn Ticlo on Goa-Belgaum highway on Monday. The car was later set ablaze by angry mob, and the MLA’s son Kyle was arrested. A case has also been registered.
Kisan Khet Mazdoor Congress to Gherao Parliament on 23 October
The Kisan Khet Mazdoor Congress will gherao Parliament on 23 October against the “anti-farmer” policies of the Narendra Modi-led government, its chief said Monday.
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi gave approval to the agitation plan after a meeting with senior leaders of the Khet Mazdoor Congress, including its national president Nana Patole.
“Workers of the Kisan Khet Mazdoor Congress from across the country will gherao Parliament on 23 October against the anti-farmer policies of the Modi government,” Patole told PTI.
Rs 4.7 lakh Looted from Man at Gunpoint, 7 Held
Seven men were arrested for allegedly robbing a man of Rs 4.7 lakh at gunpoint in outer Delhi’s Mangolpuri area, police said Monday.
The police seized cash worth Rs 2.4 lakh, two pistols with four live cartridges and four two-wheelers from their possession.
The arrested persons were identified as Gaurav Singh (19), Monu (19), Amit Kumar (26), Rajiv (25), Rashid (25), Pintu (23) and Suraj (24).
EC, Cong Clash in SC Over Voters’ List in MP, Rajasthan
The Congress and the Election Commission sparred in the Supreme Court over the pleas by two senior Congress leaders alleging duplication of names in the voters’ lists for the upcoming Assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.
A bench comprising Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan reserved its verdict after concluded the hearing of the pleas during which senior lawyers Kapil Sibal and Vikas Singh traded charges over conduct of the polls.
BJP Leaders’ Son Killed in Chhapra, Bihar
Piyush Kumar, son of local BJP leader Gangotri Prasad was stabbed to death by unidentified miscreants on Monday in Chhapra, Bihar. Police investigation is underway.
More details awaited.
Basic Training Certificate Examination Leaked, Fresh Dates To Be Announced
Fourth semester of Basic Training Certificate (BTC) 2015 examination held on Monday was retracted after an inquiry established that the first paper was leaked on Sunday, 7 October in Kaushambi.
The dates of re-examination to be announced later.
Haryana BJP Refuses to Accept Surajpal Amu’s Resignation
The Haryana unit of BJP has not accepted Surajpal Amu’s resignation who had sent it during the ‘Padmaavat’ protests.
The BJP leader is infamous for offering Rs 10 crore bounty for beheading actress Deepika Padukone and director Bhansali in November 2017 for allegedly distorting historical facts and showing Queen Padmini in a bad light in the film Padmaavat.
Maharashtra Legislators Can Now Travel in ST Buses Free of Cost
The sitting as well as former legislators in Maharashtra are now entitled to travel free of cost in all categories of buses, including air-conditioned services, being operated by the state transport (ST) corporation, the government announced on Monday.
The announcement was made by Transport Minister and Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation chairman Diwakar Raote (Shiv Sena). The government has also issued a circular to this effect.
Special Court Quashes 13 Defamation Cases Against Late Karunanidhi
A special court, constituted exclusively for trial of cases against MPs and MLAs, on Monday quashed 13 defamation cases filed against late DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi by the AIADMK government. The principal sessions court has transferred all the defamation cases from its file to the special court designated for the purpose.
Kisan Khet Mazdoor Congress to Gherao Parliament on 23 Oct
The Kisan Khet Mazdoor Congress will gherao Parliament on 23 October against the “anti-farmer” policies of the Narendra Modi-led government, its chief said on Monday.
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi gave approval to the agitation plan after a meeting with senior leaders of the Khet Mazdoor Congress here, including its national president Nana Patole.
Depression in Bay of Bengal Likely to Deepen Into Cyclone in Next 48 Hours: IMD
The India Meteorological Department predicted that the low pressure which has formed over Bay of Bengal is likely to intensify into a deep depression in the next 24 hours. It further stated that it is further likely to deepen into a cyclone in the next 48 hours.
“Heavy rains will occur in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh”, said HR Biswas, Director of Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre.
CBI Registers Riot Case for Anti-Sterlite Protests
The Central Bureau of Investigation has registered riot case against people belonging to 20 organisations in Tamil Nadu in connection with the anti-Sterlite protests that were held in Thoothukudi in May 2018.
No Decision yet on Zakir Naik’s Extradition: Malaysian Minister
Malaysia is yet to take a call on extraditing controversial preacher Zakir Naik to India and the matter could end up being decided by the country’s courts, a senior Malaysian minister told External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday when she raised the issue during a meeting in Delhi.
Army Commanders’ Conference to Be Held From 9 Oct to 15 Oct
The Army Commanders’ Conference will be held from 9 October to 15 October in New Delhi. A large number of issues ranging from operational, administrative, logistics and human resources will be discussed in the conference, according to the Indian army. The last conference was held in April this year.
CBDT Extends Deadline for Filing ITRs, Audit Reports Till 31 Oct
The Central Board of Direct Taxes has further extended the ‘due date’ for filing of Income Tax Returns as well as reports of Audit reports from 15 October to 31 October for certain categories of taxpayers.
Maharashtra Speaker Accepts BJP MLA Deshmukh’s Resignation
The resignation of BJP MLA Ashish Deshmukh has been accepted by Speaker Haribhau Bagde, days after he announced his decision to quit the state legislative assembly over “poor” performance of the Central and state governments headed by his party.
Permission Granted For Rahul Gandhi’s Bharatpur Rally
Sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Jagdish Arya has granted permission for Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s rally in Bharatpur on 9 October. The SDM had earlier denied permission for the rally.
CBI Files Charge Sheet Against Its Two Officers for ‘Diluting’ Corruption Case
The CBI has filed a charge sheet against two of its officers for allegedly diluting a corruption case against a businessman, officials said on Monday. Neeraj Raja Kochar, the owner of Viraj Profiles, and Rakesh Tiwari, a caterer at the Palika Service Officers’ Institute in Chanakyapuri, were also charge sheeted in the case, they said.
The case pertains to allegations that Tiwari took help of the two officers – Rohit Srivastava, Additional Superintendent of Police, CBI and Rabinder Pradhan, a former CBI inspector who’s now back to his parent cadre BSF, to “dilute” an ongoing CBI probe against Kochar, they said.
Valley Gives Cold Shoulder to J&K Civic Polls; Records 8.3% Turnout
Just 8.3 percent of the electorate voted in the first-phase of the urban local body polls in militancy-wracked Kashmir Valley, while Kargil recorded the highest turnout of 78 per cent, an official said on Monday.
Polling in 83 wards of the valley began at 7 am and ended at 4 pm amidst tight security.
Fire Breaks out in Multi-Storey Building in Jodhpur
A massive fire broke out in a multi-storey building in the Shastri Nagar area of Jodhpur in Rajasthan. Fire tenders have reached the spot and rescue operations are underway.
Najeeb Ahmed Case: HC Allows CBI to File Closure Report
The Delhi High Court allowed the CBI plea seeking permission to file its closure report into the disappearance of Najeeb Ahmed, a Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student who went missing from here in October 2016.
Rupee Slips 30 Paise, Closes at Record Low of 74.06
The rupee slumped by 30 paise to finish at a fresh lifetime low of 74.06 against the US dollar on Monday, amid strengthening of the greenback and steady capital outflows.
Bangladesh Enacts Digital Law Amid Widespread Protests
Bangladesh’s president on Monday signed a controversial digital security act into law amid widespread protests by journalists and rights groups that it could endanger freedom of speech.
The Digital Security Bill, 2018 was passed by the Parliament to deal with cybercrimes, including hurting the religious sentiment, negative propaganda against the 1971 Liberation War and Bangabandhu (Sheikh Mujibur Rahman), and illegal activities in e-transactions and spreading defamatory data, Bangla Tribune reported.
UK Court Blocks Suit Against Google on Alleged Iphone Breach
A British court has blocked a suit against Google on allegations that it had collected personal data on some 4 million iPhone users. The legal challenge claimed Google had bypassed privacy settings on the iPhones between August 2011 and February 2012 to scoop up data for advertisers.
Sharif, Abbasi Appear Before Lahore Court in Treason Case Linked to Mumbai Attack
The Lahore High Court on Monday directed the federal government to file a reply on 22 October in a petition seeking action against ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif under treason charges for claiming that those involved in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack belonged to Pakistan.
Manipur Univ Students Protest Against Acting VC’s Remarks
Students of Manipur University on Monday staged a sit-in protest in reaction to acting Vice-Chancellor Prof K Yugindro’s remarks that compared them to “terrorists”, a students’ union leader said.
Yugindro, in a letter to the MHRD on 3 October, had sought immediate steps from the Centre to “save” the university from the hands of “terrorist-like” agitators.
Notice Issued to Centre on Petition Against Deployment of 2G in Arunachal, Assam
The Supreme Court has issued notice to both Centre and BSNL on the petition filed against the government’s decision to provide 2G technology in Arunachal Pradesh and two districts of Assam.
The petition claimed that the outdated technology was procured at huge cost to favor two private companies while 4G was available at a much cheaper cost.
Police Seizes Licensed Arms of Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Case Accused
Police has seized licensed arms including one pistol, one gun and six bullets belonging to Brajesh Thakur, the prime accused in the Muzaffarpur shelter home case.
Sensex, Nifty Breaks Three-Day Losing Streak, Closes on Positive Note
The 30-share Sensex touched a high of 34,636.43 on the back of sustained buying by domestic institutional investors (DIIs), but later turned choppy and hit a low of 33,974.66 as selling pressure gathered momentum. However, amid buying towards the fag-end, it recovered to close the day higher by 97.39 points, or 0.28 per cent, at 34,474.38.
The 50-share NSE Nifty too recovered by 31.60 points, or 0.31 per cent, to end at 10,348.05. During the session, it moved between 10,198.40 and 10,398.35.
NERC Issues Cyclonic Storm Alert in Odisha
The National Emergency Response Centre (NERC), under the Home Ministry, has cautioned the Odisha government against a looming cyclonic storm in the next two to three days, official sources said.
In an advisory to Chief Secretary AP Padhi and Special Relief Commission B P Sethi, the NERC said on Monday that a depression formed over southeast Bay of Bengal was likely to move northwestwards towards Odisha coast over the next 72 hours.
Can’t Give Funds to DMC for Sanitation Workers’ Salaries: Centre To SC
The Centre told Supreme Court on Monday that it can’t give funds to East Delhi Municipal Corporation for payment of salaries to sanitation workers who are on a strike. The apex court asked the Centre to file an affidavit stating the same.
Meanwhile, the Delhi government told the apex court that it has released Rs 500 crore to the civic body.
Tanmay Bhatt, Gursimran Khamba to “Step Away” From AIB
Comedians Tanmay Bhat and Gursimran Khamba to “step away” from association with All India Bakchod until further notice, amid #MeToo allegations.
Delhi HC Reserves Order On Plea Seeking Cancellation of Govt Circular About GTB Hospital
The Delhi High Court on Monday reserved its order on a plea seeking the cancellation of a recent circular issued by Delhi government. The circular excluded non-Delhi patients from seeking treatment at Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) Hospital in Delhi.
William Nordhaus, Paul Romer Awarded Nobel Prize in Economics
Two researchers at American universities have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics.
Yale University’s William Nordhaus was named for integrating climate change into long term macroeconomic analysis and New York University’s Paul Romer was awarded for factoring technological innovation into macroeconomics.
They will share the 9-million-kronor ($1.01 million) prize.
SC Reserves Verdict on Congress Leaders’ Plea on Duplicate Voters
The Supreme Court on Monday, 8 October, reserved its verdict on pleas of Congress leaders Kamal Nath and Sachin Pilot alleging duplication of names in the voters’ list in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.
A bench of Justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan concluded the hearing on the issue in which the Election Commission had earlier claimed that attempts were being made to malign the poll panel and get a favourable order by fabricating documents.
UP Anti-Terror Squad Nabs Man on Charges of Spying
Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terror Squad nabbed Nishant Agarwal, a Brahmos Unit worker on charges of spying in Nagpur in the state of Maharashtra.
Non-Bailable Warrants Issued Against Malegaon Blast Accused
Special NIA court has issued non-bailable warrants against 2008 Malegaon blast accused Ajay Rahirkar and Sudhakar Chaturvedi.
Their absence from court was stated as the reason. Both the accused are currently out on bail.
Former Interpol Chief Accepted Bribes, Says China
The former Chinese head of Interpol, who went missing last month, has been placed under investigation for accepting bribes, confirmed China’s public security ministry.
Meng Hongwei, who resigned on Sunday, “accepted bribes and is suspected of violating the law”, the ministry said in a statement.
(Source: With inputs from PTI and AFP)
Review Petition Filed Against SC’s Sabarimala Temple Verdict
National Ayyappa Devotee association filed a review petition in the Supreme Court challenging Court’s verdict on Kerala’s Sabarimala Temple.
The Court, in an earlier verdict, had allowed the entry of women of all ages in the said temple, breaking an age-old tradition.
Petition Filed Over Rafale Deal
A petition has been filed by Supreme Court lawyer Vineet Dhanda over Rafale deal. The petition states that the court should seek a report from the Central government. The matter will be heard on 10 October.
P Chidambaram and Karti Chidambaram’s Interim Protection Continued
In the Aircel-Maxis case, interim protection of both P Chidambaram and Karti Chidambaram will continue, next hearing in the matter is on 1 November.
Strong Aftershock Rattles North Haiti Day After Deadly Quake Port-De-Paix
Survivors sifting through the rubble of their earthquake-toppled cinderblock homes in Haiti were rattled by a magnitude 5.2 aftershock that caused panic and threatened to raise the death toll even further from 12.