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India enhances presence in South China Sea -

Notwithstanding Chinese objections, India today went ahead to enhance its presence in hydrocarbon-rich South China Sea and inked a pact with Vietnam for exploration in two additional oil and gas blocks besides deciding to step up cooperation in key areas of defence, security, trade and counter-terrorism.

Blackmoney abroad: More names disclosed to Supreme Court -

Names of two leading businessmen including Pradip Burman, a promoter of Dabur group, and a Goa-based mining company along with its five Directors were today disclosed to the Supreme Court by the government which has launched prosecution against them as part of its drive to unearth blackmoney abroad. A Rajkot-based bullion dealer Pankaj Chimanlal Lodhiya and the Goa company, Timblo Private Limited, and its five Directors--Mrs Radha S Timblo, Chetan Timblo, Rohan Timblo, Mrs.

Sensex rebounds 128pts to over 1-mth high;pharma, banking rise -

The benchmark Sensex on Tuesday rebounded about 128 points to end at over one-month high and Nifty reclaimed the 8,000-mark on the back of good corporate earnings and rising hopes of a cut in interest rates.Pharma, banking and power shares led the rise, amid positive cues from global markets as Europe opened higher.

India does not want Kashmir on talks agenda: Aziz -

Adviser to Pakistan Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said India's "condition" that the Kashmir issue should not be raised in the Indo-Pak dialogue is not acceptable to his country, according to a media report today.He made these remarks while addressing a meeting of the Senate Standing Committee yesterday to discuss his visit to Afghanistan, the Pak-Iran border issue and border clashes between Pakistan and India.

Prez greetings on eve of Turkey's National Day -

President Pranab Mukherjee today greeted the people of Turkey on the eve of their National Day and expressed hope that relations between the two countries will further diversify and deepen in future

Organisational polls should reinvigorate, rejuvenate party: Rahul -

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today said the organisational elections should be utilised to "reinvigorate and rejuvenate" the party following the debacle in the Lok Sabha and Assembly polls.In his first formal interaction with top party leaders here after the defeat of Congress in Assembly polls in Maharashtra and Haryana, Gandhi wanted the organisational elections to be "free, fair and transparent" to make the party fighting fit.

Gujarat prepares for Cyclone Nilofar, likely to receive very heavy rains -

The Gujarat government is preparing for Cyclone Nilofar, which has developed in the Arabian Sea and is likely to move towards the state's coast in the next 48 hours. District authorities in the coastal areas are monitoring the situation and have been advised to keep their control rooms operational. Coastal districts of Gujarat would receive isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall from October 30 as Cyclone Nilofar would intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm during the next 24...

Maharashtra: BJP MLA Govind Rathod dies of cardiac arrest -

Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Govind Mukkaji Rathod died of cardiac arrest on Sunday evening. The newly-elected MLA from Nanded suffered the cardiac arrest while he was travelling in a train to Mumbai. The legislator's death comes as a blow to the BJP unit in Maharashtra as the party is yet to form government in the state and the death of one of its MLAs would bring down its tally to 134. Rathod was a resident of Mukhed in Nanded.

We will not destabilise the government in Maharashtra, says NCP -

The Nationalist Congress Party in Maharashtra on Monday told CNN-IBN that it did not intend to destabilise the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government in the state. The party also said that it would not join the coalition government. Party spokesperson Nawab Malik said that the NCP will abstrain from voting in Legislative Assembly if a minority government headed by the BJP seeks trust vote. "If Shiv Sena joins the government, there will be no problem. We will not be part of the...

Dabur rejects black money charge against Pradip Burman, Lodhiya 'shocked' to see his name -

As the Narendra Modi government revealed names of three black money account holders on Monday, two of them defended themselves. While Dabur denied any wrongdoing by its former executive director Pradip Burman, promoter of the Rajkot-based Shreeji Trading Company Pankaj Chimanlal Lodhiya said he was shocked to see his name on the list. "We wish to state that this account was opened when he was an NRI, and was legally allowed to open this account. We have followed all the laws and the...

Kiss and hug in public: Youngsters' protest against Yuva Morcha's moral policing -

 In a strong reply to 'moral policing' by Yuva Morcha workers, some youngsters have decided to organise a programme at Kochi's Marine Drive in protest of last week's vandalism in a Kozhikode restaurant. According to reports, the event is slated to take place on November 2 where people are open to kiss and hug their partners in public. A Facebook page will also be started soon to invite people to come forward and express their protest. On October 23, workers of...

It's the beginning of the end for those who have stashed illegal money abroad: BJP -

The Narendra Modi government on Monday revealed names of three black money account holders in the Supreme Court. However, the list includes no politicians. But the BJP says that more names will be revealed as per the due procedure.

Black money case:Centre reveals names of three account holders -

The Centre today filed an affidavit before the Supreme Court in the black money case, naming three prominent businessmen including Pradip Burman, formerly of Dabur group. Goa-based miner Radha S Timblo and Bullion trader Pankaj Chimanlal Lodhya were the other two businessmen named in the affidavit.

Manjhi reviews preparations for Chhath festival -

Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi today directed cleanliness and electricity supply at river embankments and related water bodies among various other measures for the two-day '?hhath' festival next week. He also asked the officials to ensure smooth traffic and security measures on the festive occasion. The chief minister made an appeal to the people to ignore rumours and asked the administration to deal firmly with rumour mongers to prevent any untoward incident.

Khattar sworn-in as Haryana chief minister, first from BJP -

Manohar Lal Khattar, a low-profile organisation man with active RSS background, was today sworn in as Chief Minister of Haryana, where BJP has formed government for the first time on its own.

EC for proxy voting, e-ballots for NRIs, but not polling at embassies -

The Election Commission favours proxy voting and e-ballot for NRIs but not voting in Indian embassies abroad. It says the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) does not favour voting in missions abroad. "We are not opposed to anything. But will do anything that can be feasible," Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath told PTI.

US strikes pound jihadists as Iraq Kurds prepare to join fight -

 US-led warplanes have bombarded the Islamic State group with new air strikes as heavily armed Iraqi Kurdish fighters were on Sunday readying to reinforce the besieged Syrian border town of Kobane. Kurdish forces, backed by US air power, have been holding out for weeks against an IS offensive around Kobane, which has become a high-profile symbol of efforts to stop the advance of the jihadists.

HC gives no relief to industrialist in DV case filed by wife -

The Bombay High Court has refused to interfere with an order of a lower court asking an industrialist to pay Rs one lakh monthly maintenance to his wife and two daughters and another sum of Rs 30,000 per month to them as rent towards accommodation. A court in Vashi town in nearby Navi Mumbai had passed an interim order asking the industrialist to pay Rs 1.

Brokers may face joint-inspection by stock exchanges -

To put in place a more effective system for monitoring brokers so as to check unfair trade practices and frauds, capital markets regulator Sebi is mulling over a proposal to allow stock exchanges to conduct 'joint inspection' of their members.

TDP meets Governor on farmers' issues -

Telugu Desam Party (TDP) today accused the state government of doing precious little to address the problems of farmers in Telangana and sought the Governor's intervention in the issue. "This government is not bothered about farmers' suicides. They have not bothered to find out the welfare of any such family," Telangana TDP president L Ramana told reporters after a delegation of party leaders met Governor ESL Narasimhan here.

Son of UP RLD chief commits suicide -

Rashtriya Lok Dal's state unit chief Munna Singh Chauhan's son allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself, police said today. Alok Singh (20), who was preparing for Civil Services Examinations, shot himself in the head yesterday while his family was busy performing Diwali puja in Maholi village of Faizabad district, they said.

Man stabs to death four members of his own family -

In a gruesome incident, a 21-year-old man today allegedly stabbed to death four members of his own family including his father in Adarsh Nagar area of the city. Harmit Singh stabbed to death his 65-year-old father Jai Singh, his 60-year-old wife, their 28-year-old adopted daughter and her three-year-old child with a sharp-edged weapon early this morning, ADG (Law and order) R S Meena said. Harmit, who is said to be mentally unstable, has been arrested, he said.

Pakistan Rangers violate ceasefire open fire on border outposts -

Pakistan Rangers opened fire on border outposts in Jammu last night but the Indian forces showed restraint and did not retaliate. Throughout Diwali on Thursday, Pakistan Rangers violated ceasefire several times and resorted to firing on border outposts (BoPs) along the international border (IB) in Samba, Kathua and Jammu districts of Jammu and Kashmir. "Pakistan Rangers resorted to small-arms firing on BoPs along IB in Jammu frontier till 2010 hours yesterday," BSF...

S S Rajendran dies at the age of 86 -

Veteran yesteryear actor S S Rajendran, who was the first cinema artiste to be elected to a state Assembly in post-independent India, died here today. Rajendran (86), who had been admitted to a private hospital for lung infection, died this morning, his son Kannan said.

End ungenerous, ill-informed advice to India: Lord Paul to UK -

NRI industrialist Lord Swraj Paul has told Britain that it should end a stream of "ungenerous and often ill-informed advice" that is directed at India on matters including human rights, corruption and Kashmir and take steps to reverse the slow decline affecting bilateral ties.

Google, Oxford University team up on artificial intelligence -

Technology giant Google is teaming up with Oxford University to advance research on artificial intelligence to ultimately enable machines to better understand human users. The partnership will focus specifically on the fields of image recognition and natural language, Demis Hassabis, vice president of engineering at Google, wrote on the Google Europe Blog. Hassabis is also the co-founder of DeepMind, a UK-based company that Google acquired in January.

Kerala CM seeks Centre's help to bring back nurses -

Kerala Government has asked the Centre to take urgent steps to secure the release of 18 Malayalee nurses stranded in Libya and also five Indian fishermen, including one from Kerala, held captive in Iran. In a letter to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, while seeking help for the release of the stranded persons, also handed over the name and passport details of Malayalee nurses stranded in Benghazi and other places in Libya.

220 fire-related incidents in Delhi on Diwali -

Fire fighters in the national capital had a hectic time on Diwali as they received 220 calls related to minor fire incidents. "220 fire-related incidents were reported on Diwali. However, all incidents were minor. We had made elaborate arrangements to tackle such situations," an official of the fire department said today. "No big casualty was reported. Our men were working all night," the official added.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauds ITBP on raising day -

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today paid tributes to ITBP personnel on the raising day of the force and saluted them for their bravery. "On the raising day of ITBP, I salute our brave ITBP personnel. We are proud of their valour, determination and service to the nation," the Prime Minister said.

PM announces Rs 745-crore package for flood-hit J&K -

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced a Rs 745-crore package for renovation of houses and six major hospitals damaged by the recent unprecedented floods in Jammu and Kashmir. He said while Rs 570 crore would be provided by the Centre for renovation of houses, Rs 175 crore will be given for start of immediate renovation work of six major hospitals across the state.