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  • As a Diwali gift to personnel of military and paramilitary, the Government has abolished the monthly charges on Digital Satellite Phone Terminal, DSPT and also reduced call rates to 1 rupee per minute. Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha yesterday said Defence as well as paramilitary personel will be able to make calls to their families using satellite phone for Rs 1 per minute from today, instead of the existing Rs 5 per minute.




  • On the second day of her two-day visit to Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited Car Nicobar today. On her arrival at the Air Force Station in Car Nicobar, Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was given a warm welcome by officers of Indian Air Force and Civil Administration.



  • Employees Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) has launched an online facility for its subscribers to link their Aadhaar number with their Universal Account Number. The facility has been made available at EPFO's website www.epfindia.gov.in.




  • Employees Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) has launched an online facility for its subscribers to link their Aadhaar number with their Universal Account Number. The facility has been made available at EPFO's website www.epfindia.gov.in.




  • In the US, death toll from California's wildfires has risen to 42, as rescuers found another body. Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Call Fire) said the latest victim was found in Sonoma County, the worst-hit part of California's wine-growing region that has been scorched by multiple infernos raging since October 9 but now largely under control.




  • A US lawmaker has expressed concern over the human rights violation against the Muhajir community in Pakistan. Expressing concern over human rights violation against the Muhajir community in Karachi, Congressman Rob Wittman said that he will ask Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to ensure that the US questions the Pakistani government over the persecution of Muhajirs.



  • Bihar Cabinet has approved a hike in the dearness allowance payable to state government employees, pensioners and family pensioners.




  • Eminent Indian-American expert on South Asia Nisha Desai Biswal has said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's first major India-policy speech was very bold and robust and it underscored the importance of the bilateral partnership. Tillerson yesterday said the US is India's "reliable partner" at the world stage in this period of uncertainty and angst, sending a strong signal to side with India amidst China's provocative actions in the region.




  • External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has directed the Indian High Commission in Islamabad to issue a visa to a Pakistani child for medical treatment in India. The child's father had requested Mrs Swaraj on Twitter to grant medical visa for treatment of Abdullah, saying he needed post-liver transplant evaluation in India.




  • United States has urged the UN Security Council to follow in the US footsteps and confront Iran over what it describes as aggressive, destabilising and unlawful behaviour of Tehran in the region. The council met for its monthly debate on the Middle East yesterday, days after US President Donald Trump refused to certify the Iranian nuclear deal, leaving its fate to the US Congress.




  • Income Tax Department has launched an online chat service for taxpayers so that they can seek answers to their basic queries and doubts relating to direct tax issues. A window has been hosted on the main page of the department's website - www.incometaxindia.gov.in with a prominent icon stating Live Chat Online- ask your query.




  • Union Minister Jitendra Singh has said, time has come to gear up men and machinery for accelerating pace of development to make Jammu and Kashmir a model and a developed state. He was addressing a public gathering after inaugurating newly- constructed Bhini Bridge at Billawar in Kathua district yesterday.


  • 18 Oct 2017



    In Asia Cup Hockey, in Dhaka, India and South Korea were goalless at half-time in the first match of the Super4 stage. India had finished the pool stages with an all-win record.


  • 17 Oct 2017



    A division bench of the Kerala High Court today restored the life ban imposed on cricketer S Sreesanth by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in the wake of the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal. The bench, comprising Chief Justice Navaniti Prasad Singh and Justice Raja Vijayaraghavan, gave the verdict on a petition filed by the BCCI against a single-judge bench's order, lifting the life ban imposed on the 34-year-old pacer.


  • 17 Oct 2017


    Hosts Karnataka began its season with an impressive innings and 121-run victory against Assam in the Ranji Trophy match played at SDNW Stadium in Mysuru today. With the massive win, Karnataka earned full seven points in their first encounter.


  • 17 Oct 2017


    Babar Azam scored a second succesive hundred while Shadab Khan gave his career best bowling and batting to help Pakistan thump Sri Lanka by 32 runs in the second day-night international in Abu Dhabi. One-drop batsman Babar knocked a fighting 133-ball 103 while Shadab scored a career best 52 not out to lift Pakistan from a struggling 79 for 5.


  • 17 Oct 2017


    Sri Lankan cricket has decided to play a T 20 match in Lahore this month despite security apprehensions expressed by majority of players. The board meeting in Colombo Monday evening decided to go ahead with the match after players had written to the board to consider changing the venue of match.


  • 17 Oct 2017



    Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla and Chief Minister N Biren Singh has felicitated the eight players of the state who were part of India's Under-17 FIFA World Cup team. During the interaction with the players and their parents, Governor expressed happiness and said that she feels proud that in the U-17 team the team captain and seven other players were from the State.


  • 18 Oct 2017



    In Badminton, PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth are among the 14 Indian shuttlers who will begin their campaign of the Denmark Open Superseries Premier tournament at Odense today. Sindhu, who is seeded second, will take on China's Chen Yufei in the first round, while unseeded Saina will face 5th placed Carolina Marin of Spain.


  • 18 Oct 2017



    Ghana have become the latest team to move into the quarterfinals of the ongoing FIFA Under-17 World Cup.At the DT Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai today, they defeated dubatants Niger 2-0 in the penultimate Round of Sixteen fixture.


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