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  • In Afghanistan, a bomb has killed a former warlord and his bodyguard and wounded eight other people.Spokesman for the chief of police in the northern Takhar province, Khalil Aseir said the blast today targeted Nazuk Mir, a militant commander during the struggle to drive out Soviet troops in the 1980s.



  • Top Navy commanders will hold extensive deliberations during a four-day conference from Tuesday on security challenges facing India on the sea front with a focus on China's rising naval prowess and the surge in its military presence in the Indian Ocean region. The bi-annual 'naval commanders' conference will also review the implementation of the Navy's ambitious modernisation plan, its combat readiness and a host of other operational and strategic issues.



  • External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj arrived in Dhaka a short while ago on a 2-day visit.She was received at the Bangladesh Airforce Base Bangabandhu in Kurmitola by her counterpart Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali and other Foreign Ministry officials.



  • Slovenians are voting for presidential election with incumbent President Borut Pahor running for his second five-year mandate against eight other candidates.Opinion polls had shown that Pahor, who is running as an independent and says his main task is bringing people together, will win most votes.




  • Thirteen Niger Soldiers were killed and five others injured in a fresh attack in country's restive southwest.The incident occured yesterday just weeks after a deadly ambush on a joint US-Niger patrol.




  • Morocco has recalled its ambassador to neighbouring Algeria after the Algerian Foreign Minister accused Moroccan banks of laundering drug money in Africa.Morocco's Foreign Ministry also summoned the Algerian charge d'affaires in Rabat over the remark.




  • In the United States, President Donald Trump has released a video message commending the five living former Presidents appearing together at a hurricane relief concert in Texas, putting aside past criticism of his predecessors to call them some of America's finest public servants. Democrats Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and Republicans George H.W.



  • Families of all 39 Indians who went missing in Iraq three years ago have been asked to undergo DNA tests.In 2014, as many as 39 Indian labourers, mostly from Punjab, were reportedly taken hostage by the Islamic State group when it overran Iraq's second largest city of Mosul.




  • Families of all 39 Indians who went missing in Iraq three years ago have been asked to undergo DNA tests.In 2014, as many as 39 Indian labourers, mostly from Punjab, were reportedly taken hostage by the Islamic State group when it overran Iraq's second largest city of Mosul.




  • Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar met Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and discussed ways to further strengthen the bilateral relationship. The meeting, during which a range of regional and international issues were discussed, took place at Alame in yesterday as Egypt observed the 75th anniversary of the historic battle of El Alamein.



  • A top US official has said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi cannot pursue peace with Pakistan at the cost of India's own security.The Trump Administration official asserted that it is in the interest of Islamabad to build confidence with New Delhi to restart commercial ties.



  • China today warned that it would consider as a major offence if any country or foreign leader hosts or meets the Dalai Lama as it deems the Tibetan spiritual leader a separatist trying to split Tibet from it. China routinely protests world leaders meeting the Dalai Lama.



  • Gold fell 100 rupees, to 30,650 rupees per ten grams at Delhi's bullion market, today, on weak demand from jewellers.




  • Gold fell 100 rupees, to 30,650 rupees per ten grams at Delhi's bullion market, today, on weak demand from jewellers.




  • Wholesale inflation fell to 2(point)60 per cent in September as prices of food articles, led by vegetables, softened.




  • Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) has launched an excel-based offline tool for businesses to file initial GSTR- 3B returns.




  • India's foreign exchange reserves touched a record high in September and the current stock is sufficient to cushion India against unexpected global risks.




  • A five-member committee, headed by Prasar Bharati Chairman A Surya Prakash, has been formed to select the candidate for the post of editor-in-chief of Rajya Sabha TV (RSTV). Rajya Sabha Secretariat said in an order that other members of the Search-cum-Selection Committee are Rajya Sabha MP Swapan Dasgupta, Prasar Bharati CEO Shashi Shekhar Vempati, Additional Secretary (Personnel) in the Rajya Sabha Secretariat PPK Ramacharyulu and journalist Rahul Srivastava.



  • US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to India next week as part of his five-nation tour that also includes Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Switzerland. Giving details of the visit, State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said that Mr Tillerson will make Saudi Arabia his first stop on the week-long tour beginning tomorrow.



  • The government has authorised all public sector banks and three private banks to accept deposits under various small savings schemes like National Savings Certificate (NSC), recurring deposits and monthly income plan.


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