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  • Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will visit Andaman and Nicobar Command tomorrow. She will celebrate Diwali with troops and interact with their families during various events over the two days.



  • The death toll from a US drone attack on a compound used by the Taliban-allied Haqqani network in Pakistan's remote tribal Kurram district along the Afghan border has risen to 26.Yesterday's attack is the deadliest strike on the group this year.



  • India has signed a memorandum of cooperation (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 (TITP) was signed by Skill Development Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Japanese Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare with Katsunobu Kato at Tokyo today.




  • At the stock markets, after early weakness, the Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange swung between losses and gains, and had declined 62 points, to 32,572 a short while ago.



  • Google has announced that one can now virtually visit all planets and moons in our solar system using Google Maps. It will now enable a visit to Saturn's natural satellites as well as Jupiter's.




  • The Maltese investigative journalist, Daphne Caruana Galizia, who had exposed her country's links with the Panama Papers document leak, has been killed when a bomb destroyed her car as she was driving near her home. Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said that her death resulted from a "barbaric attack" that also assaulted freedom of expression, according to the newspaper reports.




  • India has taken several measures to tackle malnutrition in children and mothers. NITI Ayog has said, pregnant women and lactating mothers will now receive five thousand rupees in cash on fulfilling basic conditions of health and nutrition.



  • Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has asked corporate bodies and private agencies to have a separate corpus for promoting science and technology research. Addressing the valedictory function of the four-day India International Science Festival in Chennai on Monday evening, he said India had a glorious tradition in science and technology and asked the youth to reclaim it by their dedicated and innovative research activities.



  • At least one suicide car bomber and a number of gunmen attacked a provincial police headquarters in Afghanistan on Tuesday. The Taliban claimed the responsibility for the attack.



  • Sri Lanka Navy has arrested eight Indian fishermen along with a boat for poaching in Sri Lankan waters last night. A navy spokesman said the arrest was made off Mannar basin and the fishermen will be handed over to the Fisheries Department in Mannar for onward legal action.



  • US President Donald Trump has said his country is not taking sides in the Iraqi government's seizure of the Kurdish-held city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq. Talking to reporters at the White House, President Trump said that the US does not like Iraqi and Kurdish troops clashing.



  • British Prime Minister, Theresa May and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker agreed that the pace of negotiations over Britain’s departure from the European Union should be stepped up. In a joint statement from Brussel, both the leaders on Monday said they have reviewed the progress made in the Article 50 negotiations so far and agreed that these efforts should accelerate over the months to come.



  • The US military has said, it killed dozens of Islamic State fighters (IS) at the group's training camps in central Yemen, in the first such strikes in the country's conflict. US Central Command, which oversees US forces in the region, said in a statement in Aden that its forces killed dozens of IS members in a strike on two IS training camps in Al-Bayda Governorate.



  • Noted Indian-American attorney Ajay Raju has been honoured with the third American Bazaar Philanthropy award in recognition of his philanthropic activities in the US. Asif Ismail, publisher of The American Bazaar, an online ethnic news publication about Indian-Americans said Raju was honoured for his commitment to revive Philadelphia through the Germination Project.




  • A spate of wildfires in central and north Portugal which started at the weekend has killed at least 39 people. Civil Defence authorities said dozens of the 145 fires still raging are considered serious.




  • The festival of Dhanteras is being celebrated across the country today.People consider it auspicious to purchase gold or silver articles or at least one or two new utensils.




  • European Union has imposed fresh sanctions on North Korea as part of international efforts to punish the pariah regime for its nuclear and ballistic weapons programmes. Foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg on Monday signed off a new package of measures including a ban on investments in North Korea and on EU exports of oil to Pyongyang.



  • The European Union (EU) has approved sending an expert mission to Baghdad to help Iraq with its civilian security strategy. A team of 35 specialists led by a senior German police officer will provide advice and assistance to the authorities as they seek to tackle terrorism and corruption.




  • Turkey's top national security body has called for a fifth extension of a state of emergency, imposed after last year's failed coup. National Security Council said it recommended the extension after a meeting chaired by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at his presidential palace in Ankara yesterday for the protection of their democracy, rule of law, rights and freedoms of their citizens.



  • Fifty Indian peace keepers stationed in South Sudan have been awarded the UN Medal for their professionalism and service in protecting civilians and building durable peace in the conflict-ridden country. UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Force Commander General Frank Mushyo Kamanzi awarded the UN Medal to the officers serving with the Indian Battalion, located in Bor in the Jonglei region of South Sudan.


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