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  • MoS Road Transport and Highways, Gen. (Retd.) V.K Singh and ministers and senior officials from several states were also present on the occasion.  Speaking on the occasion, Gadkari said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been giving a lot of emphasis on large scale transport reforms.  He said the unified and nation-wide inter-operable RFID-based tag for vehicles is a major step in this direction. Under this system the same FASTag affixed on the windscreen of a vehicle can be used to pay toll across all toll plazas in the country.  

  • The President also hosted a banquet in their honour.  Welcoming them to India, the President said that bilateral ties between India and Netherlands are strong and growing.  He expressed confidence that this State Visit will impart further boost to the engagement and deepen relations between the two countries.  The President said that economic partnership is a key pillar of India-Netherlands bilateral ties. Earlier in the day, the visiting dignitary met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. The Royal couple is on a five day state visit to India. Earlier, His majesty and the queen were accorded a Ceremonial Reception at the forecourt of Rastrapati Bhavan.  

  • Anantnag's District Election Officer has said 14 candidates have been elected unopposed in two blocks of Bijbehara and Chittergul in Anantnag's district.  The Anantnag's DEO, entrusted with the task of reviewing election arrangements in the district, meanwhile, examined the preparations being made for the election of 57 BDC councillors from 14 blocks.  The electorates for the BDC election comprises village panchayats' 'panches' and sarpanches'.  

  • This is the third time the regulator has increased the withdrawal limit since its clamped down on the bank on September 23, when the RBI had capped it at Rs 1,000 per customer.  The Reserve Bank of India, after reviewing the bank's liquidity position and its ability to pay its depositors, has decided to further enhance the limit for withdrawal to Rs 40,000, inclusive of Rs 25,000 allowed earlier, the central bank said in a statement.  With the above relaxation, about 77 percent of the depositors of the bank will be able to withdraw their entire account balance.  The RBI said it is closely monitoring the developments and shall continue to take necessary steps in the interest of the depositors of the bank.

  • The BCCI elections were scheduled to be held on October 23 but with Sourav Ganguly being the only candidate to file his nomination for the top post of Indian cricket, he is set to be elected unopposed. October 14 is the deadline to file nominations for 5 office bearer's posts up for grabs in the electoral process. With the election of the new president, Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) stint will also come to an end after 33 months. This eight-man team, announced by Rajiv Shukla, will try and get BCCI back in order.

  • The letter by the British India organisations further stated that the emergency motion passed at the recent Labour Party Conference is not acceptable as it seeks to interfere in the internal matters of, and  between, third countries and is drafted in a one-sided & divisive manner. The letter said, at a time when brexit has already created deep divisions within our country, the last thing we need is to further divide different communities within the UK whilst destroying diplomatic relations with the world's largest democracy and long standing, valued strategic partner.  

  • FM Nirmala Sitharaman sought to allay apprehensions about liquidity in the economy and also assured investors that process of deep economic reforms will continue. She said that amendments are being made to Companies Act  so it doesn't look punitive and added that efforts are being made to ensure that due payments are released to MSME sector by large corporates. Centre is taking many steps in tandem to boost the economy. Addressing the India Energy Forum, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that amendments are being made to Companies Act. So it doesn't look punitive and added that course of deep reforms will continue. Finance Minister also met with the CEOs of Public Sector Banks. This was the second meeting of the finance minister with CEOs of PSU banks in less than a month. The meeting discussed various issues including progress on credit offtake as part of efforts to prop up the economy. Public sector banks alone have disbursed Rs 81,781 crore in the first phase of the outreach programme between October 1-9. Of this, as much as Rs 34,342 crore has gone to new entrepreneurs. Sitharaman, while briefing the media said that corporate affairs ministry has the list of those companies who have an aggregate outstanding of more than Rs 40,000 crore to the MSMEs. On the issue of capital infusion, the finance minister said, the work is underway and all the bank boards are taking important steps in this direction. And on the PMC Bank issue, the minister said that RBI governor said that the interest of the customers will be kept in mind and a favourable solution will soon be found.  

  • The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has said that the research conducted by this year's Laureates has considerably improved the  ability to fight global poverty. It added that they have introduced a new approach to obtaining reliable answers about the best ways to fight global poverty.  Abhijeet Banerjee, 58, was educated at the University of Calcutta, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D in 1988. He is currently the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. With Banerjee, Duflo wrote Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty, which won the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award in 2011 and has been translated into more than 17 languages. Duflo, the 46-year-old former advisor to ex-US president Barack Obama, is the second woman and the youngest ever to win the economics prize. President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined a euphoric nation in wishing Banerjee on a rare feat. In a tweet, the President said: Congratulations to Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer on winning “the Nobel prize” in economic Science “for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty”. Their research has helped economists better understand how to fight poverty in India & the world, PM Narendra Modi congratulated Abhijit Banerjee on winning the Nobel Prize for Economics, saying he has made notable contributions in the field of poverty alleviation. PM Tweeted: "Congratulations to Abhijit Banerjee on being conferred the 2019 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. He has made notable contributions in the field of poverty alleviation." He also congratulated Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer for winning the Nobel.

  • Pakistan is under a lot of pressure at the Financial Action Task Force or the FATF meeting, currently under way in Paris, to rein in terror groups operating from its soil.  Pakistani delegation will apprise the task force about the steps it has taken to comply with the requirements.  At the ongoing plenary of the FATF, chances are high that Pakistan will be retained on the 'grey list' due to its dismal compliance in case of 40 recommendations set by the task force at the time of its inclusion in the list.   National security Advisor Ajit Doval, who was addressing a meeting of the chiefs of the Anti Terrorism Squads said the biggest pressure on Pakistan comes from the functionaries of the FATF. Ahead of the FATF's crucial decision on whether to blacklist the country the United States revved up pressure on Pakistan and said that it must prevent militant groups from operating on its soil and prosecute top Lashkar-e-Taiba operatives along with its leader Hafiz Saeed. Alice Wells, head of the US state department's South and Central Asian bureau, also welcomed the arrest of the top four leaders of Lashkar-e-Taiba/Jamaat-ud-Dawah in Pakistan. Pakistan was placed on the grey list by the Paris-based watchdog in June last year and was given a plan of action to complete it by October 2019, or face the risk of being placed on the black list with Iran and North Korea. According to a report released by the Asia Pacific Group chances are high that Pakistan will be retained on the 'grey list' as the country has complied with just one the 40 recommendations set by the global anti-money laundering watchdog at the time of the country's inclusion in the list. The report underlined that Pakistan's regulators - the State Bank of Pakistan and Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan - have very limited understating of the money laundering and terror financing regimes. It stated that corruption, drug trafficking, fraud, tax evasion, smuggling, human trafficking and organised crime were major predicate offences to money laundering and areas of high risk. If Pakistan continues with the 'grey list', it would be very difficult for the country to get financial aid from the IMF, the World Bank and the European Union, making its financial condition more precarious. The FATF is an inter-governmental body established in 1989 to combat money laundering, terrorist financing and other related threats to the integrity of the international financial system.  

  • The move comes close on the heels of the government's decision to lift restrictions on the movement of tourists in the valley.  The valley has nearly 66 lakh mobile subscribers. Partial landline telephony resumed in the valley on 17th August and by 4th September all landlines were made functional.  Meanwhile, the police and security forces deployed in the region are taking all precautionary measures in view of the restoration of mobile services.  According to Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police, Dilbagh Singh, all precautions will be taken to ensure that law and order is not disturbed in the Valley.  While addressing at program in the state, J&K Governor Satyapal Malik said that very soon internet services will be restored in the valley.  

  • The NSA said that terrorism is not a new thing. He credited the NIA for being able to contain terror activities in the  country. Doval said that terrorism is finding support from outside the country. He said Pakistan has been using terrorism as part of state policy. In his address, NIA Director-General Yogesh Chander Modi said there is a ninety per cent conviction rate in cases probed by NIA so far. He further said NIA has issued an alert to states and Union Territories over terror attacks. The NIA has shared a list of 125 suspects, with the concerned states.  

  • PM Modi said that Article 370 was a big hurdle in the way for providing equal opportunity to all citizens of the country in Kashmir. He said that Valmiki samaj was also bearing the brunt of this injustice. PM said that abrogation of article 370 has provided equal opportunity to all sections of society. CAMPAIGNING INTENSIFIES IN MAHARASHTRA   Political Parties geared up as the campaigning for assmebly elections entered last stage. Addressing a public rally in Mahrashtra's Nandurbar, BJP National Working President JP Nadda said that both the Central and state government working for the welfare of farmers. He also said that CM Devendra Fadnavis has waived off loans worth Rs 17,000 crores and has contributed Rs 50,000 crore to the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana. Meanwhile, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addressed an election rally in Nuh of Haryana. Rahul Gandhi said if voted to power, Congress Party would take a number of steps for development of the state. He said construction of Gurgaon-Alwar rail line and upgrading new engineering college into University would be Congress government's priority.  

  • He also recalled that Ahmedabad airport was renamed as Sardar Vallabhai Patel International airport and Sardar Vallabhai Patel memorial was built in his home town in Nadiad, Gujarat in the past. These have been brought to a logical end by the construction of world’s tallest statue for the Iron Man of India.  He also added that it had been made more attractive and indigenous and that is why people across the globe are visiting these places and enjoying the beauty of both the ‘Statue of Unity’ as well as ‘Sardar Sarovar Dam’.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed happiness after former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda visited the Statue of Unity.

  • It was also celebrated in order to respect the meaningful bond that grow in a relationship between human and other well-beings, especially animals, which by some means, the celebration also gave hope to wildlife preservation. What have been mentioned above are essentially aligned with the mission of Bali Zoo, which always put animal preservation on top mission. With that alignment, the ceremonies that had been held at Bali Zoo always sparked joy. During the most recent ceremony, all animals were well-fed with special treats and the temple master sprinkled each of them with holy water. The special treats consisted of food and drink that symbolize a worship to Sang Hyang Rare Angon - an embodiment of Dewa Siwa (God Shiva) who’s in power of all beings, notably animals. In the Hindu philosophy, Tumpek Kandang falls once every 210 days, thus the Hindus are usually celebrating this tradition twice a year and the day always falls on Saturday. For Bali Zoo, Tumpek Kandang is a sacred tradition that has to be commemorated every half-yearly. The zoo celebrates it for the entire animals that reside in the zoo, which in total have reached more than 500 faunas.

  • "Inspired by the mesmerising animated discs, the animated Doodle art was made to reflect Plateau's style, with different imagery and themes in them on different device platforms," Google said in its description of the Doodle. Born in Brussels on October 14 in 1801, Plateau was the son of an artist who specialised in painting flowers. After studying law, Plateau became one of the best-known Belgian scientists of the nineteenth century, remembered for his study of physiological optics, particularly the effect of light and colour on the human retina. Plateau's doctoral dissertation detailed how images form on the retina, noting their exact duration, colour, and intensity. Based on these conclusions, he was able to create a stroboscopic device in 1832, fitted with two discs that rotated in opposite directions. One disc was filled with small windows, evenly spaced in a circle, while the other had a series of pictures of a dancer. When both discs turned at exactly the right speed, the images seemed to merge, creating the illusion of a dancer in motion. According to Google, though Plateau lost his vision later in life, he continued to have a productive career in science even after becoming blind, working as a professor of experimental physics at Ghent University with the help of colleagues that included his son and his son-in-law.

  • Ceremonial Reception was accorded to King Willem-Alexander & Queen Maxima of the Netherlands in New Delhi Monday morning. King of Netherlands, and his wife met President Ramnath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other dignitaries at Rashtrapati Bhawan. Later, both Dutch king and his queen also visited Rajghat and paid floral tributes to Mahatama Gandhi. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands arrived in New Delhi last night on a five-day visit to India. During the visit, the King of the Netherlands will hold meetings with top Indian leaders to enhance island economic and political cooperation. This is his first state visit to India since he ascended the throne in 2013. They will travel to Mumbai and Kerala after New Delhi.

  • A major decision has been taken that all Sports Authority of India Stadiums and facilities will be made free for federations to hold competitions and leagues. Also, non-SAI coaches can train their athletes in SAI facilities free of cost by booking training slots online. This decision was made to promote Fit India Movement and to make play fields and sporting infrastructure accessible to all sports persons across the country. All SAI facilities will now be free for federations to hold competitions and leagues. Also, non-SAI coaches can train their athletes in SAI facilities free of cost by booking training slots online. With an effort to further the Fit India Movement and to make play fields and sporting infrastructure accessible, without fee, to all sports persons across the country from 1st November 2019, the Ministry of Sports has decided to allow national and state sports federations, leagues and clubs to organize sports events in all sporting facilities owned by the government, free of cost. The sporting facilities will also be accessible free of cost to coaches training athletes who are not part of camps organized in Sports Authority of India centers. The decision was taken with the view that people must have access to play fields and sporting infrastructure so that the culture of playing sport and therefore of fitness, becomes a way of life for Indians. In the first phase, stadiums in Delhi including Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Indira Gandhi Stadium, Major Dhyanchand Stadium and Karni Singh Shooting Range will be opened up for state and national federations to host competitions, tournaments and leagues of all sporting disciplines. The new policy will also allow non-SAI coaches to train their athletes at the stadium without any charge, provided that the coach has a minimum of at least 10 wards under his or her training. Training sessions can be booked by a coach online from November 1st.

  • The airlines will operate three flights to Chennai, Tiruchirapalli and Kochi in South India. Sri Lankan transport minister Arjuna Ranatunga said the airport marks an important development for the region as well as whole of Sri Lanka. Jaffna airport was operational during 60s and 70s but was closed down following eruption of LTTE war. The airport has been developed afresh and runway length has been extended from 950 to 1400 metres  to facilitate ATR 72 Aircraft carrying 70 passengers. Under phase 2, the runway length will be extended up to 2300 metres allowing for bigger aircrafts. The decision to develop the Jaffna Airport to operate regional commercial flights was taken on August 6. The Cabinet memorandum in this regard was submitted by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to develop the airport to operate commercial flights and to promote tourism. Sri Lankan government is also planning to develop Batticalao airport in eastern province to improve connectivity.

  • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday assured investors that India will honor contractual commitments under various energy agreements. While addressing the 3rd India Energy Forum in New Delhi, she said that government’s commitment towards renewable energy can been seen by the fact that under the leadership of Narendra Modi LPG cylinders were provided to 8 Crore families as promised. Sitharaman said that the biggest challenge India facing today is the huge difference between the consumption and availability of the energy sources. She also said that India Energy Forum would allow India to understand the challenges better and work towards the same.

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