AIR News

  • At the stock markets, after a weak opening, the Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange recovered much of the lost ground in afternoon trade, but had still declined 7 points, to 32,602, a short while ago.

  • The Centre has asked states to be extra vigilant during the ongoing festive season against attempts by terrorists and subversive elements to disrupt peace and ignite communal tension. Sources said, the Home Ministry has asked the state governments to deploy additional forces in crowded and religious places to foil any attempts by terrorists to carry out attacks.

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping today said any attempt to separate Taiwan from China will be thwarted and the principle of peaceful reunification must be upheld. Xi made the comments in a speech at the beginning of a Communist Party congress.

  • China's biggest political event, the Communist Party Congress, began in Beijing this morning.At the opening of the Congress President Xi Jinping said China will deepen economic and financial reforms and further open its markets to foreign investors.

  • The death toll in the wildfires that broke out over the weekend has reached 41 in Portugal and another four in northern Spain. Portugal's civil protection agency said yesterday that the 15 biggest fires, which had raged through the centre and the north of the country, had been brought under control.

  • In Sri Lanka, the festival of Deepavali is being celebrated today by Hindu Tamils with traditional fervor and gaiety.People are seen exchanging sweets and pleasantries with their relatives and friends.

  • US author George Saunders has won the 2017 Man Booker Prize.He became only the second American writer to win Britain's renowned Prize, which was awarded for his first full-length novel "Lincoln in the Bardo".

  • US President Donald Trump has promised to bring the cost of prescription drugs way down and let other countries pay more for these medicines in a new policy that could have implications for India.He told his Cabinet members at a meeting at the White House yesterday that the prices of prescription drugs in the US have gone through the roof.

  • US President Donald Trump celebrated Diwali in the White House along with senior Indian-American members of his administration and community leaders.The President's daughter Ivanka Trump also joined him in the celebrations.The tradition of Diwali celebration was first started by former President George Bush.

  • Economic Affairs Secretary SC Garg has said, the temporary disruptive effect of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) is over as the manufacturing sector recorded positive growth of 3.1 per cent in August. Commenting on the twin data on industrial output and price situation, Mr Garg said, the benign and moderate inflation has become the order of the day.

  • Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has asked Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to thoroughly investigate in a speedy manner the killing of an RSS worker in Ludhiana. In a release, former Punjab BJP Chief Kamal Sharma said, the Home Minister spoke to Captain Amarinder Singh on the matter yesterday during his visit to the Hussainiwala Border in Ferozepur to inaugurate the newly constructed viewers' gallery at the Indo-Pakistan joint check post.

  • Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said, the Centre is committed to extending all possible help to the people of Punjab's border areas and resolve their issues on priority. Mr Singh said this after Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh sought full support from the central government for the state's development programmes for the border areas, including a proposed special package for the region.

  • A US-backed alliance of Syrian fighters has said, it has taken full control of Raqqa.This brings the end of three years rule of the Islamic State terror group in the city.

  • India has signed a Memorandum of Co-operation (MoC) with Japan to send youngsters there as technical interns for on-the-job training for a period of three to five years.The MoC on Technical Intern Training Programme was signed by Skill Development Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Japanese Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare with Katsunobu Kato in Tokyo yesterday.

  • The Pakistan government has sought the extension of Mumbai attacks mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawa Chief Hafiz Saeed's detention under the public safety law.The move comes two days after the government withdrew its application to prolong Saeed's house arrest under the anti-terrorism law.

  • Wholesale inflation fell to 2.60 per cent in September as prices of food articles, led by vegetables, softened.

  • Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said that India carried out key structural reforms at the right time when the growth rate was high and it will serve the country well in the days to come.

  • The country's industrial production grew at a nine-month high of four point three percent in August this year.