THE HEADLINES :
- Prime Minister
Narendra Modi invites ONGC to take up a challenge of developing energy
efficient electric cooking stove.
- India slams Pakistan
for using a fake picture to mislead UN General Assembly; displays a photo of an
Indian Army officer from Jammu and Kashmir, killed by Pak sponsored terrorists.
- Army Chief General Bipin Rawat says surgical strikes
on terror launch pads across the Line of Control can be repeated, if required.
- US Defence Secretary
Jim Mattis arrives in New Delhi on a two-day visit; says India is a pillar of
stability and security in the region.
- Election Commission considering to use paper trail
slips of one polling station in each constituency in upcoming Himachal Pradesh
- And in Sports; India add five more medals to their
tally at the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games at Ashgabat in Turkmenistan.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has invited India's
biggest oil and gas producer ONGC to take up a challenge of developing an
energy efficient electric cooking stove. Addressing officers and staff of ONGC
at the inauguration of the firm's new corporate office and launch of
electricity scheme 'Saubhagya' in New Delhi, the Prime Minister exhorted them
to work towards making an efficient electric chulha (stove), which will enable
cooking through the use of electricity.
The prime minister said this innovation will, in one
stroke, significantly impact the nation’s dependence on imported fuel. He said
while the world is working towards electric cars, in India, in addition to
electric cars, electric stoves will go a long way in meeting the needs of the
people. The Prime Minister asked ONGC to invite startups and youth to innovate
in this field. The Prime Minister said, the government is working on six basic
principles for providing well planned, accessible, affordable, clean and safe
India has slammed
Pakistan for using a fake picture in the UN General Assembly to push a
completely false narrative, a day after its Permanent Representative presented
an image of a girl from Gaza as a victim of pellet guns in Kashmir. Paulomi
Tripathi, an Indian diplomat at the Permanent Mission of India to the United
Nations, took the floor of the General Assembly to exercise India's right to
reply to the attack by Pakistan's Permanent Representative to the UN, Maleeha
Lodhi. Ms Tripathi said Lodhi misled the
Assembly by displaying a fake picture to spread falsehood about India
and to divert attention from Pakistan's role as the hub of global terrorism.
"Representative of Pakistan mislead this
assembly by displaying this picture to spread false hoods about India, a fake
picture to push a completely false narrative. Mr. President in view of this
cynical and misleading attempt by Pakistan, we are constraint to show this
assembly a photograph that reflects the real picture of pain inflicted by the
nefarious designs of Pakistan on India."
Ms Tripathi said the
picture was taken by an American photographer Heidi Levine and was published by
New York Times on the 24th of March 2015 under the caption 'Conflict, Courage
and Healing in Gaza'.
Ms Tripathi, picture
is of Lieutenant Umar Fayaz, a young officer from Jammu and Kashmir who was
kidnapped from a wedding celebration and brutally tortured and killed by
Pakistan supported terrorists in May this year. The Indian diplomat said it
portrays a harsh and tragic reality, a picture of terrorism emanating from
across Indian borders that the people of India, especially in the state of
Jammu and Kashmir have to struggle with, every day.
Chief of Army Staff Gen Bipin Rawat has said that
surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the LoC could be repeated, if
necessary. Speaking at a book launch function in New Delhi
yesterday, Mr Rawat said, the strike was a message that India wanted to
communicate to Pakistan. He said, the surgical strikes
last year sent a message that India is a stronger nation and capable of taking
decisions when time comes.
"I said these surgical strikes were massages
that we have communicated and that
required and if adversary does not behave, then if we have to continue
with these kinds of activities and the
events will continue."
Later, talking to media persons, Genral Rawat said the
infiltration is continuing in Jammu and Kashmir because camps across the Line
of Control, from where terrorists are being launched, are still operational. He
said Indian Army is ready and it will neutralize
In Jammu & Kashmir an unidentified terrorist was
killed and Army foiled an infiltration
bid in Zorawar area in Uri sector of Baramulla district last night. Director
General of Police Dr. S P Vaid told AIR that search operation is continuing in
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US Defence Secretary
Jim Mattis arrived in New Delhi last night on a two-day visit to India. Mr
Mattis is the first Cabinet Minister of the Trump Administration to visit the
country. Talking to media persons in Washington before leaving for New Delhi,
he said, India and US have a historic opportunity to set a refreshed
partnership built on shared values of democracy, freedom of expression and
human dignity. Mr Mattis said, for US, India is clearly a pillar of regional
stability and security. More from our correspondent:
"The trip of Mr Mattis comes
weeks after US President Donald Trump unveiled a new Afghanistan strategy and
urged India to increase assistance to the war-torn nation's economy. Today, the
defence secretary will hold talks with Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman with
focus on taking bilateral military ties to the next level. Discussions between
the two sides are expected to focus on developing new institutional mechanisms to
elevate the status of India-US defence relationship. The focus will also be on
to identify new projects under the ambitious Defence Technology and Trade
Initiatives. The Pentagon in a statement said, the secretary will emphasize
that the United States views India as a valued and influential partner, with
broad mutual interests extending well beyond South Asia. Mr Mattis will meet
national security advisor Ajit Doval and will call on Prime Minister Narendra
Modi. ANUPAM MISHRA, AIR NEWS, DELHI."
The Election Commission has said it is considering to count
Voter-Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips of one polling station in each
assembly constituency on a pilot basis in the upcoming Himachal Pradesh
elections. Reviewing the preparation for the state polls, Chief Election
Commissioner Achal Kumar Joti said in Shimla yesterday that VVPAT machines will
be used for the first time in all 7,516 booths in 68 assembly constituencies.
He said the commission will also use VVPAT machines with EVMs in all the
constituencies in 2019 General Elections. Our correspondent has filed this
"Representatives of seven political parties met the Election
Commission team during its two day stay in Shimla. Some political parties
suggested the holding of coming assembly elections in the second week of
November while some others opined to hold election in phases. The Commission
expressed full satisfaction over the arrangements and steps being taken by state authorities for the assembly elections.
The Chief Election Commissioner Achal Kumar Joti will also release some new IT
apps regarding elections and will flag
off the election awareness van. With Shishu Sharma Shantal from shimla, Tanvi
TAneja ,AIR News."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the
valedictory session of the Assistant Secretaries in New Delhi today. These
Assistant Secretaries are IAS officers of 2015 batch. This is the third batch
of IAS Officers to have commenced their career with a stint in the Central
Government. An official release said, all the 175 Officers were posted as
Assistant Secretaries in various departments of 42 Ministries of the Central
Government for three months from 3rd of
July to 29th of September.
The Prime Minister
today greeted his predecessor Dr Manmohan Singh on his 84th birthday. In a
tweet, Mr Modi wished that Dr Singh leads healthy and long life.
State Bank of India has lowered the minimum average
monthly balance requirement in a savings account to 3,000 rupees from 5,000
rupees and also revised downwards penalties for non-adherence. In a statement
in Mumbai, SBI said the revised monthly balance requirement and charges will
become applicable from next month.
Union Home Minister
Rajnath Singh will today launch a web portal called 'PENCIL' for effective
implementation of the National Child Labour Project, (NCLP) in the National
Conference on Child Labour in New Delhi. A Labour Ministry statement said that
it developed an electronic Platform, PENCIL, for Effective Enforcement for No
In Sports, Indians added five medals, including a gold
through cueist Sourav Kothari, on the 10th day of the 5th Asian Indoor and
Martial Arts Games at Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Yesterday, Kothari won the gold
in men's English billiards singles as he defeated Praprut Chaithanasakun of
Thailand 3-1 in the final. In tennis, the mixed doubles pair of Vishnu Vardhan
and Prarthana Thombare bagged a silver. They lost to the Thai duo of
Nuttanon and Nicha 7-5 4-6 2-6 in the final. Wrestlers added
three bronze through Sandeep Tomar 61kg and Deepak's 86kg category men's
freestyle and Pooja Dhanda's 58kg category women's freestyle medal.
- The Prime Minister launching a 16,000 crore rupee
scheme to provide free electricity connection to over 4 crore poor families in
villages and cities has been covered on the front pages of all pages.
- "PM launches power plug-in for last mile"
headlines the Indian Express.
- "I have no relative, war against graft firm:
PM" headlines.The Pioneer, asserting his stand on corruption.
- "Diwali comes before Dussehra for rural"
headline the DNA with a picture of the Prime Minister.
- "UP files FIR against 1,000 BHU students"
headlines The Hindu on charges of arson and rioting during protest in
the Campus on Saturday right.
- The HC acquitting peepli Live director Mahmoud
Faruoqui of rape makes for front page story in Times of India.
- The paper also reports
that Delhi Metro rides will cost upto 10 Rupees. more from October next Month..
- Most papers report of the death of wolrd's heaviest
Woman EMan Abdul Atti of obesity in Abu Dhabi.
- The Hindustan Times carries a story of Rajasthan farmer Leeladhar Kushwaha finding an
abandoned girl on his farm. While he
considered the baby as God's gift after 7 sons, the government wants the baby
returned and instead go for legal adoption.
- Malaria and Chikungunya showing a down ward trend but
dengue on the rise in Delhi has been covered by DNA.
- The Asian Age reports of the recent English translated publication of 300 iconic
verses of one of the greatest Sanskrit poets- BHARTRIHARI.
- The Pioneer also reports of the death of veteran scribe Arun Sadhu in Mumbai. No
funeral and his body was donated as per his wish.
- And finally, The Tribune carries 2 colorful pictures signalling the prevailing festive mood- in
- One of the ARAM BAGH PUJA on Maha Panchami Day of
- Second of Union Minister Vijay Sampla performing as
Nishad Raj in the ongoing LUV KUSH RAMLILA at Red fort on Sunday.