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Indian Fishermen arrested by Pakistani authorities for illegal fishing

Pakistan Maritime Security Force has arrested 43 fishermen and has also seized 7 boats on Thursday for alleged fishing in the Pakistani waters. The arrested fishermen have been handed over to the Dock police. This month around 144 Indian fishermen have been arrested by Pakistan Maritime Security Force (PMSF) and the total number of fishermen arrested this month has reached over 400.

Ram-Setu Bridge Might be Human Made: US Investigators

There seems to be finally a scientific backing for the Ram-Setu bridge, which connects the Southernmost point of India to Sri Lanka. US Investigators claim that the age of the stones and the sandbar which supports them do not match. While the stones are 7000 years old, the sand is only 4000 years old, implying the stones have been brought from somewhere else and not formed naturally there. But how the stones got there still remains a mystery for the scientists.

Civilian, Pakistani Militants Killed in Kashmir Gunfire

Three militants are reported to have been killed by the security forces in Baramulla area of northern Kashmir. A woman named Misra Bano is also confirmed to be dead in the cross-fire between the two. The woman got killed while she was trying to run away from the house where the Pakistani militants were trapped. The Internet services were stopped in the areas of Kupwara and Sopore for precaution.

UIDAI says there is no court order on Aadhaar linking

The Unique Identification Authority of India has advised people to complete the linking of the Aadhaar with different services as soon as possible. The authority stated that the Supreme Court has not stayed the linking of Aadhaar. December 31, 2017, is the deadline for linking Aadhaar with bank accounts and other services. February 6, 2018, is the deadline for verifying Aadhaar with mobile phone numbers.

Family members of Afrazul Khan demand justice

Family members of Afrazul Khan are demanding justice. 47-year-old Afrazul Khan, a Muslim labourer hailing from Malda in West Bengal, was brutally hacked an then burnt alive in Rajasthan over an affair. The family members of the victim, who are in disbelief, have demanded that the killer should be hand. They have also alleged that there is a conspiracy. Police have arrested the accused Shambhulal Regar.

5.5 magnitude earthquake strikes Uttarakhand; tremors felt in Delhi

A 5.5 magnitude earthquake struck Uttarakhand on Wednesday evening. The tremors of the earthquake were felt in Delhi and the National Capital Region. According to media reports, the epicenter of the earthquake was reported in Rudraprayag district in Uttarakhand. Rudraprayag is located around 121 km east of Dehradun. Other areas where the tremors were felt included Roorkee and Dehradun in Uttarakhand and the states of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. No damage has been reported so far.

Ayodhya dispute: SC adjourns hearing till February 8

The Supreme Court has adjourned till February 8 hearing in the Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri mosque dispute. Advocates on record of the appeals were also directed by a three-judge bench, which was headed by the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, that all the required documents are filed, translated and numbered before the Registry of the apex court.

Commandos Shot Dead 5 Terrorist in Kashmir

A total of five militants were killed in recent operations in Srinagar. North Kashmir's Sopore area and central Kashmir’s Budgan district reported the terrorist killing as two separate events. A para commando and about 4 citizens are also reported to be injured. J&K police Director General expressed pride in a tweet by applauding J&K police, CAPF and Indian Army for their collective effort in neutralizing over 200 terrorists.

Accused in the Kopardi rape and murder case awarded death sentence

A fast-track court has sentenced to death the three convicts involved in the Kopardi rape and murder case. The ghastly crime, which took place last year, not only shook Maharashtra but also triggered a Maratha stir. The sentences were pronounced by special judge Suvarna Keole in a packed courtroom. The judge stated that the death sentences awarded to the accused are subject to Bombay High Court's confirmation.

Five Pakistani nationals and their families issued medical visas

In the last two days, five Pakistani nationals and their families have been issued medical visas by the Indian government. The details were shared on Twitter by Sushma Swaraj, External Affairs Minister. Among those who got a visa for urgent medical treatment in the country were two children and their family members. Nine-year-old Maria Danish will undergo bone marrow transplant at Gurugram's Artemis hospital, while five-year-old Nabeeha Rashid will undergo an open heart surgery at Noida's Jaypee Hospital. The other cases are of liver transplant and a bile duct complication post a liver transplant.

Shubhangi Swaroop becomes the first ever woman pilot of the Indian Navy
Shubhangi Swaroop has become the first ever woman pilot of the Indian Navy. Along with her, three more women have been chosen as women officers at NAI (Naval Armament Inspectorate) branch.
Shubhangi, whose father is a Naval commander, is going to continue the navy legacy of her family. The other three women who have created history are Astha Segal (New Delhi), Roopa A (Puducherry) and Sakthi Maya S (Kerala). They all passed out from the Ezhimala Naval Academy.
All the women will be given professional training before being employed.
Nine out of 10 Indians have favorable view of Nartendra Modi, says Pew survey

According to a Pew survey, nine out of 10 people in India had a favorable view of Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India. Meanwhile, two-thirds of Indians were also happy with the direction he is taking India. Modi has done better than Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi, Vice President of the Congress. His rating is 31 percentage points higher than that of Sonia Gandhi and 30 points more than Rahul Gandhi.

NGT permits Delhi to withdraw application which sought review of an earlier order on Odd-Even

The National Green Tribunal has permitted the government of Delhi to withdraw its application which had called for the review of an earlier order on Odd-Even. However, the tribunal has given the government the liberty to file the application again. The tribunal has also questioned the Delhi government's decision to give arbitrary exemptions stating that two-wheelers cause more pollution that four-wheelers. The tribunal also asked the government that to solve the transport problem during Odd-Even scheme, why can't the government run ladies-only buses.

Northeast to get country's first-ever air dispensary based in helicopter
According to Minister of Development of Northeast Dr Jitendra Singh said, his Ministry has contributed 25 crore rupees as part of the initial funding for initiating country's first-ever air dispensary based in a helicopter for the region. The helicopter based Dispensary and OPD service will help far flung and remote areas, where no doctor or medical facility was available.
According to the Minister the proposal has been accepted and is in the final stages of process in the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
Bandhan Express between Kolkata and Khulna in Bangladesh flagged off

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina jointly inaugurated the Bandhan Express train service between Kolkata and Khulna through video conferencing. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also joined the inauguration ceremony from Kolkata. Bandhan Express is the second train between the the two countries. The first one is Kolkata-Dhaka Moitree Express.

Odd-even for five days in Delhi from Nov 13

Delhi government is bringing back the odd-even scheme from 13th to 17th November due to increased pollution in the capital. The same will be effective from 8 am to 8 pm during these days. Pollution in Delhi has forced schools to be closed for the week and health advisory being issued by IMA and doctors. Delhi Metro has already started plying more service and DMRC has promised to help with 100 small buses for last mile connectivity.

He said, IGL stickers for cars will be available from 10th November at 22 CNG stations across Delhi. The decision comes as air pollution levels spiked in the national capital. Under the policy, odd-numbered cars are allowed to run on odd dates while even-numbered cars can only run on even dates.

GSTN eases process for exporters to claim refunds

According to reports, the Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) has introduced a utility Table 6A in the Form GSTR-1 used by exporters to claim refunds. In a statement yesterday, it said Table 6A of Form GSTR1 has been introduced on the GST portal.Table 6A of Form GSTR1 allows taxpayers to file export related data for the period concerned that permits processing of the tax refund on the basis of declaration made under Form GSTR 3B and Table 6A of GSTR-1. An exporter can claim refund of Integrated GST (IGST) paid at the time of export by filling the details of the shipping bill and tax paid GST invoice in his Form GSTR1 in the relevant month.The shipping bill filed by an exporter with customs authorities is considered to be an application for refund of the integrated tax paid on the goods exported out of India.The table can be filed from the returns section of the GST Portal. The refund amount would be paid either through a credit to the exporter's bank via ECS or by cheque.

The explotion deaths in NTPC Unchahar plant in Raebareli rises to 32
The National Thermal Power Corporation NTPC has said that the death toll in the Unchahar power plant explosion has gone up to 32. 12 injured have been airlifted to Delhi and have been admitted at super specialty hospitals.
NTPC officials stated that Indian Air force air ambulance was pressed into service yesterday to airlift the injured in critical conditions to Delhi.
District Magistrate Raebareli stated that they have set up a two member committee consisting of a magistrate and a technical expert to probe into the blast. The Committee has been asked to file its report within seven days.The unit where incident had happened has been shut down and it will take nearly 3 to 6 months to make the unit functional again. 
Many areas in Chennai flooded due to heavy rains
In Tamil Nadu, heavy rain during the last few days has flooded many areas in Chennai. Revenue administration has asked private firms in Chennai and adjoining Kanchipuram to declare holiday today or to permit their staff to work from home wherever possible. The downpour in the city led to power cut for many hours in some areas.
Meanwhile, the weather officials has warned of more rain for the next 24-hours as the low pressure in the South West Bay and adjoining Srilanka persists.
Due to heavy rain three districts including Chennai, Kanchipuram and Pudukottai to declare the holiday for colleges and schools. Three more districts in Tamil Nadu including Tiruvallur, Nagappattinam and Tiruvarur and Karaikkal in Puducherry have announced that schools will be closed today. Anna University and Madras University have postponed various examinations.
Nation to observe Rashtriya Ekta Diwas on 31st October

Nation will observe Rashtriya Ekta Diwas on the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Various events will be organised across the country to mark the 142nd birth anniversary. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the main event at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi where he will flag off Run For Unity.

About 15 thousand people will participate in the Run. People from all walks of life ex-servicemen, students, athletes, NYKS volunteers, NSS volunteers, Central Armed Police Forces, Delhi Police will participate in Run for Unity.

Ministry of Culture will organize Debate, Quiz, Essay Competitions, Special Lectures on National Unity and Integrity. States and Union territories will organize State-level functions at respective capitals and the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports is coordinating with the local administration to organize functions in 623 districts.

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