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MGNREG Scheme improved status of women -

Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme had helped women improve their social and economic status, according to a study by a university here. The study by the Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS) showed that 97.3 per cent of workers under the scheme are women. Conducted as part of a project on Impact Assessment Study of MGNREG scheme in Alappuzha District, the study was funded by Kerala State Institute of Rural Development.

Pak Hindus celebrates Diwali -

Pakistan's Hindu community today celebrated Diwali with religious zeal and fervour. Earthen lamps were lit at houses, special prayers held at temples, sweets distributed and fireworks also exhibited. Balmiki Hindus in Bahawalpur and Bheel and Mangwal Hindu communities in different villages of the great desert of Cholistan also celebrated the festival with gaiety. President Mamnoon Hussain said the government is committed to make every possible effort for uplift and welfare...

Pak opposes alleged Ind bunker construction near IB -

Pakistan today objected to alleged construction of bunkers by Indian troops close to the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir in violation of a 2010 agreement. Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said that under a 2010 agreement, both the countries cannot build such structures within 500 meter of the either side of IB between Indian Kashmir and Pakistan's Sialkot district.

India celebrates Diwali with traditional fervour -

Diwali, the festival of lights, was celebrated with traditional fervour across the country with people exchanging sweets and gifts with friends and relatives, decking up their houses with earthen diyas and tiny lights and illuminating the evening sky with fireworks. Children and youths burst crackers and lit sparklers while families, dressed up in their best outfits, visited their neighbours, exchanged 'Happy Diwali' greetings and sweets.

CPC promises Hong Kong's autonomy -

China's ruling Communist Party today vowed autonomy for Hong Kong where pro-democracy protesters have locked horns with the city administration for over a month on the election of next Chief Executive and stop interfering in the judicial process to make it more independent.

PM asks officers to consider J-K govt plea for package -

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today directed the officers concerned of the central government to examine quickly with due sensitivity the memorandum by the Jammu and Kashmir government for a special financial package for the flood victims in the state.

India grounds Sukhoi-30 fleet; safety checks on -

India has grounded its entire Sukhoi-30 fleet and each aircraft is undergoing a thorough technical check following a recent crash near Pune. The fleet of about 200 twin-engine Su-30s would be back in air only when they are cleared by the technical review. "The fleet has been grounded and is undergoing technical checks following the latest accident in Pune.

Sensex extends gains, up 212 pts in early trade -

The benchmark BSE Sensex today rose over 212 points in early trade on the last trading session of the Samvat Year 2070, extending gains for the fourth straight day on increased capital inflows amid the government announcing a slew of economic reforms. Further, a firming trend in global markets also buoyed trading sentiments. The 30-share index surged by 212.76 points, or 0.80 per cent, to 26,788.

Poll code case: Court to decide plea seeking probe documents -

The Ahmedabad rural court is likely to decide the plea of an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) worker on November 14, seeking probe documents on the basis of which the city crime branch had given a "clean chit" to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an alleged poll code violation case.

Williamson to miss rest of NZ-South Africa series -

Batsman Kane Williamson will miss the two remaining matches in New Zealand's limited-overs series against South Africa due to a wrist injury. Williamson skipped the opening six-wicket loss to South Africa at Mount Maunganui on Tuesday and has subsequently been ruled out of second match at the same venue Friday and the third at Hamilton on Monday.

Supreme Court grants bail to Jayalalithaa, asks her not delay appeal -

In a major relief to jailed AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa, the Supreme Court today granted her bail in a disproportionate assets case in which she was sentenced to four-year jail term. A bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu stayed the sentence and warned Jayalalithaa against causing any delay by seeking adjournment in her appeal in Karnataka High Court.The bench directed Jayalalithaa to file paperbook of her appeal in the high court within two months.

Committed to eradicating all forms of child labour: India -

India underscored its strong commitment to eradicating all forms of child labour and making secondary education more accessible to girls, as UN diplomats saluted Nobel Peace Prize winners Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai for their tireless efforts to defend rights of children.

70 crude bombs found in Malda -

Seventy crude bombs have been recovered from near a bamboo grove at 16 Mile area in Malda district of West Bengal. Villagers informed the Kaliachak Police Station about the crude bombs this morning, police said. Police personnel inspected the spot and called in the bomb squad.

Bail for Jaya: AIADMK activists break out into celebrations -

AIADMK supporters broke out into celebrations, bursting crackers and dancing on the roads here after the Supreme Court granted bail to party chief Jayalalithaa in the illegal assets case, paving way for her homecoming for the Diwali festival.

Maha polls: 51.19 pc Mumbai voters cast their ballot -

A total of 51.19 per cent of the electorate cast their votes in Mumbai during the Assembly polls on Wednesday, as against 45 per cent in 2009, as per the final turnout figures released by the Election Commission. Mumbai has crossed the 50 per cent mark in voter turnout this year, after the 1995 Assembly polls. The final state tally stood at 63.13 per cent, as against 59.5 in the 2009 Assembly polls and 60.

Two killed, seven injured in firing -

Two persons were killed and seven others injured when unidentified assailants fired upon them at a village in the district, a police officer said today. The victims have been identified as Pradeep Kumar Yadav (22) and Niraj Kumar Yadav (14), police said.

No one can warn India: Rajnath -

With China reacting sharply to government's plans to construct a border road in Arunachal Pradesh, Home Minister Rajnath Singh today sent a strong message, asserting that no one can warn India. "Today, no one can give warning to India. We are a very powerful country," he told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.

Odisha seeks financial assistance from Centre -

Odisha Government today sought Rs 500 crore as interim assistance from the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) for relief and restoration of damaged infrastructure in cyclone Hudhud. The demand was made in a letter written by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Companies given 6 mths to wind up can't be stopped from mining coal: SC -

The Supreme Court today refused to restrain coal companies, which were directed to wind up mining operations in six months after their coal block allocations were cancelled by it, from extracting coal during this period and selling it in the market.

Prez makes strong pitch for India as investment dest -

Making a strong pitch for bringing investments, President Pranab Mukherjee today said India is fourth most attractive destination for Foreign Direct Investment for 2014-16 owing to easing of restrictions, growth and investor friendly atmosphere promoted by the government.

Hudhud : Radio helped reach remote areas of Odisha -

 Radio played a major role in creating awareness about cyclone Hudhud in the hilly and remote tracts of Odisha's Koraput district where people don't read newspapers or have access to television sets, thus reducing the number of casualties. "Neither do we read newspapers nor do we have television sets to watch. It is because of the radio that we could know about cyclone Hudhud and its expected impact.

Rajan given Best Central Bank Governor award by Euromoney -

Reserve Bank governor Raghuram Rajan has been conferred with the Best Central Bank Governor award for 2014 by Euromoney magazine. Euromoney said Raghuram Rajan?s tough monetary medicine combatted the storm ravaging the deficit-ridden economy in the recent emerging market crisis. "Now, he is battling vested interests to arouse a sleepy financial system for over one billion people...

Don't make any move to complicate situation at border: China -

China today sharply reacted to India's plans to construct a road network along the McMohan line in Arunachal Pradesh and expressed hope that India will not take any action which may complicate the situation before a final settlement is reached to end the boundary dispute. "We still need to verify the specifics. The boundary issue between China and India is left by colonial past.

Coalscam: Court directs CBI to further probe the matter -

A special court today ordered further investigation in a coal blocks allocation scam case, involving Vikash Metals and Power Ltd and its officials, in which the CBI had filed a closure report. The court also directed the CBI to file a further progress report of the probe and fixed the case for November 10. "Vide separate order the matter has been referred to CBI for further investigation under the provisions of the CrPC.

118 local bodies of 5 states to meet for Ganga cleaning plan -

Stepping up efforts to check pollution in River Ganga, the ministries of water resources and urban development have joined hands and called for a meeting of elected chiefs of 118 urban local bodies from five states to chalk out an action plan.

Bypoll: 22 pc voting in first 5 hours in Rajkot -

Polling is underway today for Rajkot (West) Assembly seat by-election where 22 per cent voter turnout was registered during the first five hours, officials said. "In Rajkot (West) Assembly seat by-polls, 22 per cent voters turnout has been recorded during the first five hours," Returning Officer in Rajkot (West) seat, B R Chaudhary said. The Assembly seat fell vacant as sitting MLA Vaju Vala resigned after he was appointed as the Karnataka Governor.

Man gets 8 years jail for abducting and raping woman -

A local court has awarded eight years rigorous imprisonment to a man for abducting and raping a woman in Baghra village here in 2012. The court has also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on the accused Bablu for the crime, according to prosecution. Additional district sessions judge, Mohd Ali, convicted Bablu despite of all the eye-witnesses turning hostile.

Delhi-based financier's body found in car trunk -

A 70-year-old Delhi based financier was strangulated by three youths and his body was found in a car trunk in Shamli district, police said today. The body of Ratan Chandra Papneja was recovered from a car during a regular patrolling at Shamli-Muzaffarnagar highway yesterday, they said. Three persons, identified as Promod, Rohit and Gaurav, were arrested by Babri police in this connection. The perpetrators said to have confessed about the crime.

Bihar witnesses rain due to cyclone 'Hudhud' -

State capital Patna and many other districts of Bihar today witnessed rain as an impact of cyclone 'Hudhud' but there was no report of casualty so far. Patna and rest of Bihar experienced light to moderate rainfall as impact of Hudhud cyclone, Director State Meteorology department R K Giri told

Talks with Pak only 'without shadow of terrorism': India -

India has said that serious bilateral dialogue can happen only "without the shadow of terrorism" as Pakistan raked up the Kashmir issue at the UN. The forthright Indian stand was put forward at the Fourth Committee meeting in UN General Assembly on decolonisation issues on Friday when the Pakistani delegate raised the issue.