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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches 16-thousand crore rupees Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana, Saubhagya to provide electricity to un-electrified households by March 2019.
  • Government constitutes a five-member Economic Advisory Council to advise the Prime Minister on economic and other issues.
  • Narendra Modi asserts his fight against corruption is uncompromising; Addressing BJP National Executive, asks party workers to become part of government's welfare schemes; advises Opposition to desist from using harsh words to criticize the government.
  • Trinamool Congress suspends its Rajya Sabha MP Mukul Roy from party for anti-party activities.
  • Tamil Nadu government sets up inquiry commission to probe Jayalalithaa's death.
  • Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe calls a snap election one year ahead of schedule.  


Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched the 'Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana to provide electricity to un-electrified households by March 2019. The scheme is named 'Saubhagya’ and will provide subsidy on equipment like transformers, meters and wires. He said, over 16 thousand crore rupees will be spent on providing electricity to un-electrified households. 

The Prime Minister also inaugurated the new corporate building of ONGC in New Delhi, that was renamed Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Urja Bhawan. The green-building has been built at a cost of 600 crore rupees. Mr Modi also unveiled a statue of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya to mark his birth anniversary.

The Prime Minister said, the government is committed for the welfare of people especially the poor. He said, the government is working on six basic principles for providing well planned, accessible, affordable, clean and safe electricity. Mr Modi said, it is unfortunate that four crore people of the country are yet to get electricity and are dependent upon lanterns to light their homes. He said, his top priority is fulfilling the aspirations of the poor. He announced that no fee will be charged from poor for power connection. The Prime Minister said, our country, which used to face power shortage, is now a power surplus state.

Speaking about power sector reforms, Mr Modi said, the installed power capacity has increased by 12 per cent during last three years and 60 thousand Mega Watt power has been added. Mr Modi said, financial condition of power distribution companies has improved and distribution system has been strengthened in the country.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asserted that his fight against corruption is uncompromising. Addressing the valedictory session of the BJP National Executive meeting in New Delhi this evening, Mr. Modi  said, he has no relatives and whosoever will be guilty will not be spared.

The Prime Minister said democracy must be seen as beyond elections as winning elections is not the only goal of his party. He asked party workers to take BJP beyond elections. Union Minister and senior party leader Arun Jaitley told reporters that Mr Modi asked party workers to be a part of government's welfare schemes to make them successful as no scheme can become successful without people's participation. 

Taking on the opposition, the Prime Minister said harsh language by political adversaries cannot be a substitute to any substantial charge against the government. He alleged that  when opposition was in power, it used the power only for personal gains and not for public good.  Mr Jaitley said, BJP will organise run for unity on 31st of October across the country on the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

Earlier in the day, the BJP National Executive passed a political resolution lauding the Prime Minister's role in successfully exposing Pakistan on terrorism before the international community. Giving details of the political resolution, Union Minister and senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari said, the Prime Minister has become successful in keeping the scourge of terrorism as an International agenda.

Mr Gadkari said, the party supported the government's stand on the Rohingya issue, saying it fulfilled its responsibilities by providing humanitarian relief to Bangladesh for Rohingya refugees while ensuring that internal security is not compromised. He said, the party, in its resolution, has taken a resolve to fulfill the dream of New India by 2022, when the Country celebrates 75th year of Independence.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has constituted a five-member Economic Advisory Council. The committee will analyse any issue economic or otherwise referred to it by the Prime Minister. Niti Aayog member Dr Bibek Debroy will head the council. Its other members are: Dr Surjit Bhalla, Dr Rathin Roy, Dr Ashima Goyal and Ratan Watal.


Trinamool Congress, TMC, has suspended its Rajya Sabha MP, Mukul Roy from the party for six years for anti-party activities. Earlier today, Roy tendered his resignation from the party's Working Committee without specifying the reason. He said he would resign from the Rajya Sabha and give up the primary membership of the party after Durga Puja.

TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee said, the party's disciplinary committee discussed Roy's attempts to weaken the party and recommended punishment for him to party supremo Mamata Banerjee.


Tamil Nadu government has constituted an inquiry commission under a retired high court judge Justice Arumugasamy to probe former chief minister J Jayalalithaa's death. Announcing this today, Chief Minister E K Palaniswami also declared to convert Jayalalitha’s Poes Garden residence in Chennai into a government-run memorial.

A probe into the former Chief Minister’s death was a key demand of the AIADMK faction headed by O Panneerselvam.  The opposition in the state, led by the DMK, had called for a CBI probe into the treatment and death of the former chief minister. They cited a state minister Dindigul Srinivasan’s recent remarks that AIADMK leaders had lied about Jayalalithaa’s health during her hospitalisation. More from our correspondent:

Leaders cutting across party lines were demanding an inquiry into the death of the late Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa even as Mr.Dindigul Srinivasan had emphatically declared that none was allowed to see the ailing leader and were asked to convey the  statements of  Ms. Sasikala . Political commentators are of the opinion that a lot of questions need to be answered on the issue of the late leader ranging from her ailments and the thumb impression of her during the by election for three constituencies and also reports on the deteriorating health condition of Jayalalithaa.Joy,AIR NEWS, Chennai.


The Enforcement Directorate has attached bank account and Fixed Deposits of Karti Chidambaram and a firm allegedly linked to him in connection with its money laundering probe in the Aircel-Maxis deal. The agency has issued a provisional attachment order of assets worth 1.6 crore rupees under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. The agency alleged that Karti had disposed off a property in Gurugram and closed certain bank accounts in order to frustrate the process of attachment.


In Uttar Pradesh, protests against baton charge on students were organised at Banaras Hindu University, BHU, and different parts of Varanasi town today. Police detained over 100 party workers and sent them to police lines. Later, they were released.

Meanwhile, Governor Ram Naik said a four-member committee under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary has been set up to probe into the Banaras Hindu University incidents and action will be taken on the basis of its report. Talking to media persons this morning in Lucknow, Mr Naik termed police lathi charge as a serious incident. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has sought report from Varanasi Commissioner over the police lathi charge on students and injuries to journalists.

Our correspondent reports that a large posse of security force is deployed in and around the BHU campus to maintain peace and get the hostels vacated after announcement of closure of University till 2nd October.

District Magistrate Varanasi has written a letter to the registrar of the University to change uniform of the University security personnel and to take measures to insure security of girls’ students in the campus. He has asked the university authorities for installing CCTV cameras and deployment of women security personnel at girls’ hostel and women college areas. Students of the university, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad and youth wings of different political parties have organised protests seeking action against police officers responsible for baton charge on girls and removal of VC of the University.20Sunil Shukla, AIR News Lucknow.

Congress has demanded the removal of the Vice Chancellor of Banaras Hindu University over alleged lathi charge incident on women students in the university. Briefing media in New Delhi today, party spokesperson Manish Tewari said the President, who is a visitor of the university, should take cognisance of the matter and intervene. He also demanded a judicial inquiry by a sitting judge of High Court into the matter.


Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe today called for a snap election a year ahead of schedule. He seeks a fresh term at the helm of the world's third-largest economy as tensions with nearby North Korea reach fever-pitch. Abe hopes to capitalise on a weak and fractured opposition to sweep back into power. Polls show him regaining ground after a series of scandals. Abe told reporters that he will dissolve the House of Representatives on Thursday. The Prime Minister did not give a date for the election but it will reportedly be on the 22nd of next month.


The domestic stock markets slumped again, today, amid Asian and European market weakness, while the rupee dropped to a multi-month low against the dollar. A report:    

Falling for the fifth straight session, the Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange plunged 296 points, or 0.9 percent, to 31,627. The Sensex had declined over 500 points in the previous four trading sessions. The Nifty slipped 92 points, to 9,873.  At the forex market, the rupee tumbled 31 paise, to  a six-month low of 65.10 against the dollar. Gold fell 100 rupees, to 30,700 rupees per ten grams in Delhi. And, Brent crude oil futures climbed to a seven-month high of 57.21 dollars a barrel. Pradeep Kumar, AIR News.


Olympic silver medallist shuttler P V Sindhu has been recommended for the prestigious Padma Bhushan, country's third highest civilian award for her contribution to the game. An official of the Sports Ministry informed this to PTI in New Delhi today.

The 22-year-old from Hyderabad clinched 2016 China Open Super Series Premier, India Open Super Series, bagged a historic silver at the Glasgow World Championship last month before laying claim to her third Super Series title at Korea Open this month.


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