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  • The bench comprising of Justice Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta also expressed concern over the prevalent practice of child marriage in the country and said social justice laws were not implemented with the spirit with which they have been enacted by Parliament.

  • Unfortunately, two jawans have been martyred in the gunfight. Security forces got a tip off about 2-3 terrorists hiding in the area. Soon after, the gunbattle ensued and two terrorists were killed. The firing has stopped and a search operation has been launched.

  • Addressing media at Ahmedabad yesterday after reviewing poll preparedness in the state, Chief Election Commissioner A. K. Joti said that Assembly elections in Gujarat are expected to be held during the second half of December 2017. Joti said that as the elections will be held with VVPAT - EVMs, some political parties have also demanded to rationalize the time of polling.

  • The Thai word used for death of a monarch means going to heaven, therefore the Royal Crematorium was built to symbolise the place where the revered king's soul is now residing. King Bhumibol died last October aged 88 and his body was laid in-state in a gold hall at the palace. The royal funeral that will take place starting October 25 will be a mix of Buddhist religious ceremonies and Hindu Brahmin rituals. For most Thais, this would be their first experience of a royal funeral for a monarch. Builders have been working for months on a royal crematorium that was built from scratch on a field in front of the palace. Soldiers have frequently rehearsed their roles in carrying the royal urn to a chariot and pacing their marches for a royal that would be televised nationwide. The funeral will be steeped in ancient Thai traditions as well as the pomp and circumstance that befits a monarch, said Tongthong, but it will also be a very modern funeral with higher participation from the public than for previous Thai kings. Many Thais have joined as volunteers to make sandalwood flowers which will be handed out to the public to offer to the king on the cremation day. In Thai tradition, it is believed that the fragrance of sandalwood will lead the soul of the deceased to heaven. King Bhumibol, who reigned over the country for 70 years, was widely seen as a father figure and regarded as the nation's moral compass during decades of political turbulence including several coups, bloody street protests and a region-wide 1997/98 financial crisis. He was succeeded in December by his only son, King Maha Vajiralongkorn, known as Rama X, who has since overseen a shake-up at the palace to give himself greater authority. A quarter of a million people are expected to attend the cremation, according to the government.

  • Inaugurating the headquarters of the NIA in the National Capital yesterday, the Home Minister said, high quality fake currency notes act as "oxygen for terrorism". He further said that no civilised country can accept the rise of terrorism on its soil. NIA began a probe into terror activities and flow of funds in June this year and conducted raids at various places. The agency has so far arrested 10 people including Altaf Shah alias Fantoosh, son-in-law of pro-Pakistani separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and influential businessman Zahoor Watali.

  • The process of renegotiating the 23-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement has turned increasingly acrimonious. Mexico accuses U.S. President Donald Trump of spoiling for a "protectionist war" with proposals aimed at balancing trade. Trump's hardline position did not appear to have wide support ahead of the talks, with many U.S. businesses and farmers lining up to back the existing agreement. During his briefing to the Senate, Videgaray also touched on political dialogue in Venezuela. President Nicolas Maduro has announced further talks between his government and the opposition to overcome political deadlock. Los Pinos has traditionally been critical of Maduro but announced it could participate as an observer in dialogue. Videgaray also touched on Catalonia, adding that it would not recognise any unilateral declaration of independence from Spain. Catalonia's leader on Tuesday balked at making a formal declaration of independence from Spain on Tuesday, calling for talks with Madrid over the region's future in a gesture that eased fears of immediate unrest in the heart of the euro zone.

  • In the footage, a large number of people were seen laying flowers under statues of the state founder Kim Il Sung and late leader Kim Jong Il in show of respect. Flower baskets bearing the name of the isolated state's current leader Kim Jong Un were also displayed on Mansu Hill where statues of the two former leaders are located. The video also showed North Korea's young men and women dancing in various squares around Pyongyang. As tensions remain high on the Korean peninsula since Pyongyang's sixth and largest nuclear test last month, the country seems to be passing its one of most celebrated holidays rather quietly, but diplomats are wary the North could engage in more provocations at any time, especially with China to begin its all-important Communist Party Congress on October 18.

  • The operation was the latest attempt to counter what Washington sees as Beijing’s efforts to limit freedom of navigation in the strategic waters. But it was not as provocative as previous ones carried out since Trump took office in January. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Chafee, a guided-missile destroyer, carried out normal maneuvering operations that challenged “excessive maritime claims” near the Paracel Islands, among a string of islets, reefs and shoals over which China has territorial disputes with its neighbours. Next month, Trump makes his first visit to Asia as President, including a stop in China, which he has been pressuring to do more to rein in North Korea. China is North Korea’s neighbour and biggest trading partner. Unlike in August, when a U.S. Navy destroyer came within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea, officials said the destroyer on Tuesday sailed close to but not within that range of the islands. Twelve nautical miles mark internationally recognized territorial limits. Sailing within that range is meant to show the United States does not recognize territorial claims. The Pentagon did not comment directly on the operation, but said the United States carried out regular freedom-of-navigation operations and would continue to do so. In the past, China has objected to such U.S. operations, saying they harmed Chinese sovereignty and security. China’s claims in the South China Sea, through which about $5 trillion in shipborne trade passes each year are contested by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam. Experts and some U.S. officials have criticized former President Barack Obama for potentially reinforcing China’s claims by sticking to innocent passage, in which a warship effectively recognized a territorial sea by crossing it speedily without stopping. The U.S. military has a long-standing position that its operations are carried out throughout the world, including in areas claimed by allies, and that they are separate from political considerations.

  • FM Arun Jaitley is on a week-long visit to the US to attend the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. Addressing students of the Columbia University, he said that these are institutional reforms and structural changes and these have put the Indian economy on a far more sound track so that we can look forward for a much cleaner much bigger India economy in the days and years to come. He defended the government for maintaining secrecy over demonetisation before its announcement, saying transparency in this case would have been the "greatest instrument of fraud".

  • FM Arun Jaitley is on a week-long visit to the US to attend the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. Addressing students of the Columbia University, he said that these are institutional reforms and structural changes and these have put the Indian economy on a far more sound track so that we can look forward for a much cleaner much bigger India economy in the days and years to come. He defended the government for maintaining secrecy over demonetisation before its announcement, saying transparency in this case would have been the "greatest instrument of fraud".

  • While addressing IAF commanders, she said that budgetary allocations should not be viewed as a constraint and should be looked at to acquire what is absolutely necessary. She said the government is committed to fill the gaps which have arisen due to lack of timely decision making in the last decade. The IAF has been pressing government to expedite acquisition of combat jets to overcome a shortage. Of a sanctioned strength of 42 squadrons the Air Force has 33 fighter squadrons.

  • Chauhan participated in the padyatra from Mannuthy to Thrissur and addressed public meetings at Wadakkanchery and Thrissur. Attacking the Kerala Chief Minister, Shivraj Singh Chauhan said that even Vijayan is facing murder allegations. Union Minister of State for external affairs, General (Retd.) V. K. Singh also attended the Janraksha Yatra on Tuesday. He said that nearly 250 people have been killed in Kerala owing to political violence in the state. He warned that the BJP will not tolerate any violence for political mileage. Union Minster of State for health and family welfare, Ashwini Choubey also led a Janraksha Yatra on Tuesday from Delhi's Arambagh to the CPM office in Gole Market. BJP is taking out marches in various parts of the country protesting the killings of BJP and RSS workers and has accused the communist cadre of the violence. Meanwhile, politial violence continued unabated in the state. Another BJP worker and auto-rickshaw driver Suresh Sudheesh was attacked in Thalassery in Kannur on Tuesday. He has been admitted to a private hospital. The incident took place near Ponniam bridge in Thalassery. BJP has accused CPM workers for the attack. Police is probing the incident. Political violence in Kerala dates back to decades. Since 2001, at least 120 BJP workers had been killed in the state. Of these 84 were killed in Kannur only. 14 of the killings have been conducted in Pinarai, the home town of Kerala Chief Minister P Vijayan.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted to pay his tributes to Nanaji Deshmukh. He said, "Remembering Nanaji Deshmukh on his birth anniversary. We are constantly motivated by his noble service & emphasis on rural development." PM said Nanji Deshmukh continues to be a motivational force for the nation with his emphasis on rural development. NanaJi Deshmukh dedicated his life for the uplift of rural India and worked hard to make it self-reliant. His work transformed the lives of those living in villages. He was honored with many awards including the Padma Vibhushan. Nanaji was also Late Jai Prakash Narayan's mentor. He played a pivotal role in the creation of the Janta Party. PM Modi also hailed Jai Prakash Narayan's unflinching courage and righteousness that continues to inspire every Indian. He termed him a youth icon who was deeply popular among the masses. He said Jayaprakash Narayan stayed away from the galleries of power to serve the people. PM also stressed on the role of Jan Bhagidari or collective action in creating a new India with a special focus on rural transformation. He said his government was committed to achieving this goal with the active support of people. Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the inauguration of the birth centenary celebration of Nanaji Deshmukh at Indian Agricultural Research Institute at Pusa. He visited an exhibition on the theme "technology and rural life" The exhibition showcases over a hundred good practices and applications. It showcases the changing face of rural India where programmes like Digital Gramin Bharat, Start Up India, Skill India have played a transformational role. PM also interacted with rural innovators there. PM Modi also launched the Gram Samvad Seva App. This app is part of the movement to build a new India by 2022. It includes information on rural development at the Panchayat level in regional languages. It is also a means to connect directly with officers at all levels Prime Minister also released a commemorative postage stamp on Nanaji Deshmukh.

  • Chasing a low 119-run target, the Australian run chase got off to a woeful start as they lost both their openers inside three overs. Indian captain Virat Kohli first held a skier to dismiss his counterpart David Warner off Jasprit Bumrah in the second over and in the next over took a simple catch off a Bhuvneshwar Kumar delivery to send Aaron Finch back to the pavillion. But Head and Henriques put up a quickfire 50-run stand to steady the Australian run chase and took their team to victory without any more hiccups with 27 balls to spare. Earlier, rookie Australia pacer Jason Behrendorff ran through India's star-studded top-order before the hosts were bundled out for 118 in the second T20 International Guwahati today. Behrendorff, playing only his second international match, ended with dream figures of four for 21 in four overs. The 27-year-old from Western Australia swung the ball both ways on a helping pitch with Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli among his high-profile scalps. With India in deep trouble at 27 for four, Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni tried to get going in the middle and ended up with a 33-run stand. However, Australia were able to tighten their noose around India in the middle overs through Adam Zampa, who picked up 2 wickets. He had a charging Dhoni stumped with a perfect leg-spinner before finding Jadhav's stumps to leave India in more trouble at 67 for six. And in the end they were all out for 118 in their allotted 20 overs.

  • BJP received widespread support from the people of Maharashtra and Gujarat on Tuesday. Public confidence was once again reposed in the ruling party. Panchayat and local body polls in Maharashtra and by polls in Gujarat are a perfect example of this In Maharshtra Panchayat elections, BJP won emphatically. In the first phase of polling in the state, BJP has won nearly 50 per cent of the seats. Results were declared for 2,974 of the 3,884 gram panchayat seats which went to the polls on October 7. BJP won 1457 seats, the Congress 301 seats and the Shiv sena got 222 seats. Sharad Pawar's NCP won 194 seats. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said "People have shown confidence in the development agenda of Prime Minister and our state government."

  • Delivering a speech at the release function of ‘State of economy’ report in Colombo today, Deputy Minister of policy planning and economic development Harsha De Silva asserted that winning peace is more important than accelerating growth in the short term. His comments came as the report has projected a dim view of the Sri Lankan economy if political indecision is not corrected. Sri Lankan economy has grown by around 4 percent in recent times while the target is to increase it to around 8 percent to put it in a high middle income country. The Minister said that political reforms to wipe off the tears of thousands affected from three decades long war is more important for which his government is focused. He said the war period shaved off at least 2 percent GDP growth and cannot be allowed to recur at any cost. De Silva said that the present government inherited the prospects of economic sanctions and isolation on foreign policy front which has been tackled through freedom of expression, bringing of 19th amendment and setting up of anti-corruption bodies.

  • Due to lower sex ratio, these two districts have been selected earlier for BBBP programme so as to increase awareness among the people for protection of girl child and increase of birth rate of female child. Today, a drawing competition in five age-groups were organized by the Gomati district administration in Udaipur. Later, a public rally by school children, mothers, Anganwadi workers and volunteers of Red cross society was taken out with placards depicting slogans and pictures on 'Save the girl child'. As parts of the week long program, the officials said, tomorrow a program to felicitate women and girls and planting sapling after the name of girl children will be organised at Amarpur in South Tripua district.

  • Addressing the participants, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said that the ancient science of Yoga is India’s invaluable gift to the modern world. He further said that we believe that knowledge and science should be transmitted freely for the welfare of the entire world. The Vice President explained that Yoga is the mother of all exercises and provides physical fitness, mental alertness as well as spiritual succour. He further said that yoga has nothing to do with religion as some people unfortunately attribute religious overtones to this ancient scientific system. The Vice President expressed his appreciation that the conference will focus on seeking solutions to contemporary health problems caused by modern stressful lifestyle. The conference is being organized by the Ministry of AYUSH as a part of year long events being organized to celebrate 21st June as International Day of Yoga. Yoga experts, Yoga Gurus, Researchers and policy makers among others from 44 countries are attending the conference. Addressing the participants, the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik said that today, the world is facing the challenge of growing prevalence of non-communicable diseases and stress related health problems. He further said that the youth is the most affected due to an erratic lifestyle. The Minister emphasized that Yoga is the only way to provide sustainable solutions for health problems and bring peace in life.

  • Researchers at Lund University in Sweden developed a new storage method in which a mini heart-lung machine supplies the donor heart with vital substances in an oxygenated solution during transportation. The preservation time of the donated heart is then extended from today's approximately four hours to at least 12 hours, researchers said. "This means, in principle, that we can perform transplants involving hearts from all over Europe," said Johan Nilsson from Lund University, who together with a team of three surgeons, performed the operation. Stig Steen, senior professor at Lund University had previously shown that this method preserves hearts for up to 24 hours in animal transplants. "The heart started at once with a good mobility in the whole heart, including the septum between the ventricles, which we normally do not see," said Nilsson. Until now, hearts used in transplants have been stored in refrigerated boxes containing ice on the way from the donor to the receiving patient, researchers said. With the old method, the heart needs to be transplanted within four hours to avoid serious complications, they said. "This new method gives increased opportunities for exchanges with countries far away, such as between Europe and eastern United States, and it also makes it possible to use older donors," Nilsson said

  • Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered a probe into the matter. The students of a private school in Shamli started complaining of stomach ache, nausea and burning sensation in their eyes after gas leakage from a neighbouring sugar mill. Locals alleged that sugar mill employees used to discharge chemicals in waste dumps leading to emission of harmful gas inhaling which children took ill, with some of them falling unconscious

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