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Defence Minister reaches Port Blair on a two day visit to Andaman & Nicobar Island

According to reports, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has reached Port Blair for a 2 day visit of Andaman and Nicobar Island.During her stay, Sitharaman will celebrate Diwali with the troops of Andaman and Nicobar Command and interact with their families during various events.The Minister will also visit the operational area of the Command and Air Force Station Car Nicobar. The Minister will lay wreaths at the Swatantra Jyoti in Cellular Jail and Tsunami Memorial at Car Nicobar.

Chhattisgarh govt reduces interest on loan under Saksham Yojna

According to reports, Chhattisgarh government has reduced the rate of interest on loan given to women and their self help groups under Saksham Yojna from 6.5 per cent to 5 per cent. States Women and Child Development Minister Ramsheela Sahu took decision in this regard, while chairing a meeting of the governing body of Chhattisgarh Mahila Kosh. The initiative will allow the women and SHGs to easily avail the loan facility for self-employment and thereby become self-dependent.The Chhattisgarh Mahila Kosh is operated by state's women and child development department to disburse easy term loans to women and SHGs.

Gram Panchayats to directly get money from Central Government

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore has informed that government has started sending money to Gram Panchayats directly so that they can plan their development works on their own. The minister was addressing Sansad Aapke Dwar Programme at Khadav village in Jaipur, Rajasthan.  

The minister also stated that 29 crore new accounts have been opened in last two and half years and now benefits of different schemes are being transferred directly to the accounts of the beneficiaries. 

The Banks are made accountable and if they refuse to give the loan to any person under MUDRA Yojna then they have to give a reason. 

Urban facilities to be made available in villages

According to reports, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has stressed the role of 'Jan Bhagidari' in democracy in integrating people in the development journey of cities and villages. He emphasised that regular 'Samvad' is required among people and the governments. Prime Minister also stated that there is no dearth of resources in the country,but emphasised the need for good governance. 

The Prime Minister said, efforts have to be comprehensive and outcome driven. Addressing a function to mark the birth centenary celebrations of Nanaji Deshmukh in New Delhi today, Modi called for making urban facilities available in villages.

He said, lack of sanitation facilities is adversely affecting the development journey of villages and the government is working to overcome this and build toilets in rural areas.

Cochin Shipyard Ltd awarded contract for building eight vessels for Indian Navy

Cochin Shipyard has won a contest to supply the Indian Navy with eight coastal anti-submarine ships. The Public Sector Cochin Shipyard Ltd has bagged the contract for building eight vessels for Indian Navy at a cost of about 5400 crore rupees. The order was bagged against a competitive tender issued by the Ministry of Defence in which both private and public sector yards participated.

Padma Shri actor, writer Tom alter dies of cancer at 67

Veteran Bollywood, Theatre and television actor Tom Alter has died of cancer at the age of 67. He was honored with the prestigious Padma Shri Award in 2008 for his prolific contribution in the field of arts. Tom Alter was battling with stage four skin cancer and was admitted to a Mumbai hospital earlier September. As told by his manager Ismail Ansari, “On Thurday, Tom Alter returned to his home and on Friday night he breathed his last.” He is survived by his wife Carol and two children Jamie and Afshaan. Best known for his TV Series- Zabaan Sambhalke, Shaktimaan, Sanvidhaan, and Khamosh Sa Afsana, Tom Alter is also known for his films- “Parinda”, “Aashiqui”, “Gandhi”, “Sardar Patel”, “Shatranj ke Khiladi”, “Kranti”, Bheja Fry, to name a few.

Prof Rayana Singh appointed as new Chief Proctor of BHU

Prof Rayana Singh from Medical Science Institute has been appointed as the new Chief Proctor of Banaras Hindu University. She will be first woman Chief Proctor of the Central University. This follows resignation of Prof ON Singh from the post.

BHU students were protesting against lack of security and harassment by authorities in the campus. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aditya Nath has appealed to the BHU students to come back for studies after vacations without fear. The Chief minister has assured all possible steps to ensure security of students, particularly girls. The Chief Minister has also stated that action will be taken against administrative and police officers found guilty of harassment of the students.

MK Singh appointed as the new Chief Proctor of the Banaras Hindu University

In the light of recent violence at the Banaras Hindu University last weekend, chief proctor ON Singh took the moral responsibility and resigned. Thereafter, on Wednesday, Mahendra Kumar Singh was appointed as the new Chief Proctor of the Banaras Hindu University. Pertaining to the recent violence at the university, Uttar Pradesh's Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said, “recent incidents at the Banaras Hindu University smacked of a 'conspiracy' as prima facia reports suggested the role of anti-social elements in the incident.” CM Adityanath told media that the University's administration has been asked to get to the bottom of the matter.

Former Union Home Secretary, Rajiv Mehrishi to take over as CAG today

A 1978 batch retired IAS officer of Rajasthan cadre, Rajiv Mehrishi is likely to take over as Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India. On Monday, the former Union Home Secretary, Rajiv Mehrishi will be administered the oath of office and secrecy at the Rashtrapati Bhavan by President Ram Nath Kovind. He will succeed Shashi Kant Sharma, who retires on 25 September. Rajiv Mehrishi is likely to have a tenure of about three years. Last month. Rajiv Mehrishi completed his two years as the Union Home Secretary.

New Mahamana Express to be launched today by Prime Minister Narendra Modi

At around 3:30pm today, the third Mahamana Express will be launched by Prime Minister Modi. As per the officials, railway minister Piyush Goyal would be present in Vadodara in the state of Gujarat and minister of state for railways Manoj Sinha in Surat. The new Mahamana train will start every Friday from Varanasi and from Vadodara every Wednesday. The third Mahamana Express will run between Vadodara and Varanasi, as it will be inaugurated on Friday via a remote control by PM Modi.

Two militants arrested in Banihal terror attack

On Friday, the police arrested two terrorists involved in Wednesday's deadly terror attack on the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) in Banihal belt of Jammu and Kashmir. While the police is still searching for the third terrorist, two militants Gaznavar and Arif have been arrested pertaining to the attack. As reported by the officials, the duo were involved in the terror attack along with Aquib Wahid. The SSP said that the hunt for Wahid is still on.

Two intruders from Pakistan shot dead by BSF troops

The Border Security Force (BSF) on Wednesday shot dead two Pakistani intruders along the Indo-Pak border. The DIG BSF, J.S. Oberoi said that the Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead two Pakistani intruders when they ignored warnings and kept marching towards BSF troops aggressively. As per the spokesperson of Border Security Force, a Pakistani SIM card, 4kgs of heroin, Pakistani currency worth Rs. 20,000 along with a AK-47 assault rifle, pistol and over 2 dozen bullet rounds were recovered from these intruders.

Daood Ibrahim's brother Iqbal Khaskar , 2 others held for cases of extortion

On Monday evening, Thane Anti-Extortion Cell (AES) arrested the younger brother of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim along with two others. As per the sources, Iqbal Khaskar was arrested in Mumbai in a case of extortion. A complaint of extortion was lodged by Thane-based builder at the Kasarvadavali police station. The builder alleged that despite receiving four flats in Mumbai, Khaskar had made repeated demands for flats. Dawood Ibrahim's younger brother Iqbal, was deported to India from Dubai in 2003.

Pradyuman Murder Case: Ryan School opens after ten days, again shut down for a week

After the horrific murder of seven-year old Pradyuman Thakur on September 8 in Gurugram's Ryan International School, the school reopened on Monday after ten days. Amidst fear and security concerns, many parents took transfer certificate (TC) for their kids. Only 250 students came on Monday out of 1,000 students enrolled in Ryan International School, while in Pradyuman's class just four students came. Security concerns of parents have forced the Haryana Government to shut the school for another week. As per a senior official in Gurugram's administration, “the next seven days will be used to upgrade security and address the concerns of the parents.”

Air Chief Marshal Arjan Singh accorded state funeral

Marshal Arjan Singh passed away following a heart attack in New Delhi on 16 September. President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Vankaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to the legendary soldier at his residence. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, former Prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh and BJP veteran Lal Krishna Advani were present at the funeral. He was accorded 17 Gun salute and a fly past before the final rites. Marshal Arjan Singh was accorded a state funeral. 

Two militants killed as security forces foil infiltration bid in Kupwara's Machil sector

Since the past one year, there has been sudden increase in ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops. On Saturday, security forces foiled an infiltration bid in the Machil sector of Jammu & Kashmir's Kupwara district. Two militants were killed by the security forces and the encounter is still underway, reported the Asian News International (ANI). As per a senior army official, In 2017, twenty two infiltration attempts have been foiled and 34 army intruders eliminated on the Line of Control (LoC). Until June 2017, 38 militants were killed as the Indian Army foiled 22 infiltration bids along the Line of Control (LoC).

CBI to probe Pradyuman's murder case

Second-grader Pradyuman's body was found outside the school's toilet with his throat slit open. As per the sources, Haryana government will take over the management of Gurugram's Ryan International School for three months. However, CM Manohar Lal Khattar has appealed to the CBI to fast-track the case. He further added, “Investigation into the murder being done by the Haryana Police, will now be carried out by the CBI.”

As told by the Haryana Chief Minister, Manohar Lal Khattar, the murder case of seven-year-old Pradyuman will be probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Seven-year old Pradyuman Thakur was brutally murdered on 8 Sept, 2017 in the premises of Gurugram's Ryan International School.

BSF Jawan killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistan troops

Amidst ceasefire violation by Pakistan, a Border Security Force (BSF) jawan lost his life. Since past three days, Pakistani troops had been continuously violating ceasefire. Constable Bijender Bahadur was on duty along the fence in Arnia sector along the International Border (IB). At about 0020 hours, Pakistani troops resorted to mortar shelling and small arms fire. As per the BSF officer, “Intermittent fire continued from both sides from midnight till morning.” Jawan Bijendar Bahadur lost his life as he succumbed to his injuries on the way to hospital.

Doctor from Nalgonda, Telangana stabbed to death in the United States

American board certified psychiatrist hailing from Nalgonda, Telangana, was stabbed to death at the Holistic Psychiatric Services in Wichita, Kansas in the US. As per the reports of local police, the suspect stabbed Dr. Achuta Reddy multiple times while he had entered into a conversation with the doctor. As per media reports, Dr. Achuta Reddy had lived in the US for twenty five years. An alumni of Osmania Medical College, Dr. Reddy had practised in Wichita for over two decades. The murder of Dr. Reddy came as a rude shock for his family members and relatives.

Prime Minister Modi and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe lay foundation for India's First Bullet Train Project

The foundation for the ambitious bullet train project between Ahmedabad and Mumbai were laid by PM Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on Thursday. The 508km double line project will be passing through two states- Gujarat, Maharashtra and one Union Territory of Dadra and Nagra Haveli. The testing and commissioning date has been advanced from December 2023 to August 2022. There will be twelve stations starting from underground station at Mumbai, while Thane, Virar, Boisar, Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand, Ahmedabad and, Sabarmati will be elevated. The Make In India Project of the Central Government will get a major boost with India's first high speed train Project. As per a release issued by the Gujarat Government, “It is for the first time in history in India that an infrastructural project is being funded on such favorable terms.”

 




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