Sat, 15 October 2016
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22:07   'Election is rigged': Trump goes on another Twitter rant
Donald Trump intensified his critique of Hillary Clintons presidential campaign and the media, insisting that both are in cahoots to poison the minds of the American voter.

100% fabricated and made-up charges, pushed strongly by the media and the Clinton Campaign, may poison the minds of the American Voter. FIX! he tweeted.

This election is being rigged by the media pushing false and unsubstantiated charges, and outright lies, in order to elect Crooked Hillary! he added, before promoting his appearance at a rally in Maine. 

He continued: Hillary Clinton should have been prosecuted and should be in jail. Instead she is running for president in what looks like a rigged election.

The Republican candidates poll numbers have plunged after an 11 year old video surfaced of Trump boasting that his celebrity gives him license to sexually assault women and grab them by the py.

Trump dismissed the incredibly vulgar footage as locker room talk and insisted he didnt behave that way.
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21:01   86 white roses for 86 dead: France pays tribute to Nice attack victims
French President Franois Hollande led tributes Saturday to more than 80 people killed in Nice, three months on from the Bastille Day attack.

Many of those directly affected by the attack also attended the ceremony of remembrance in Nice.

The names of the 86 people who died were read out, and a white rose was laid down for each of them.

France was left reeling after Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel plowed a 20-ton truck into crowds on the Promenade des Anglais seafront in Nice during a fireworks celebration on France's key national holiday.

Hollande paid tribute to the families affected and said the nation wanted to show its compassion and solidarity with them.

"It should have been a moment of joy, but it was hell," Hollande said. "Within barely four minutes, a lorry at full speed hit a peaceful crowd, it transformed the Promenade des Anglais into a cemetery.

The July 14 attack was the third such terrorist assault on French soil in 18 months.
20:35   Jaya's health: One more man arrested for spreading rumours
One more person was today arrested for allegedly spreading rumours on Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's health on social media. With the latest arrest, the total number of taken into custody in Tamil Nadu in this regard has gone up to seven and cases booked so far has reached 50. 

A Antony Jesuraj, a 24-year old man from Tuticorin district, was arrested for allegedly posting rumours on the social media on Jayalalithaa's health. "We had served him a notice. After a thorough enquiry, we arrested him," a police official. 

The arrest follows a complaint from S Chandru, a functionary of ruling AIADMK's IT Wing and came after the cyber crime wing analysed the contents posted by Jesuraj.
20:31   DMK seeks President's intervention in Cauvery water dispute
A delegation of DMK leaders today met President Pranab Mukherjee and sought his intervention in resolving the Cauvery water sharing issue and submitted a memorandum in this regard.

Led by Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi, the delegation met Mukherjee and urged him to constitute the Cauvery Management Board at the earliest. "We have sought the President's intervention in the Cauvery water dispute. We have also sought permission to meet the PM to discuss the issue," Kanimozhi told reporters.

In its memorandum, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam sought a President's directive to the Water Resources Ministry to constitute the Cauvery Management Board. It also pointed out the plight of the farmers in Tamil Nadu and the increasing number of suicide cases.
20:13   Manjhi's grandson held for carrying liquor in Bihar
The grandson of Jitan Ram Manjhi was arrested in Gaya for possesing liquor bottles with the former Bihar chief minister calling it a "conspiracy" to malign him.

Superintendent of Police Awkash Kumar said Manjhi's maternal grandson Vicky Kumar Manjhi was caught with liquor bottles near Kathwara village under Dobhi police station area in Gaya district last evening. He said Vicky was arrested while travelling in a car with his friend Ravi Kumar. 

Twelve bottles of beer and one bottle of Royal Stag were found in their possession.  Vicky Manjhi, 30, is son of the former chief minister's daughter.
20:11   BCCI-Lodha Panel stand-off continues
There was no end to the stalemate surrounding BCCI's standoff with the Lodha Committee with the Board deciding to continue its opposition to some of the reforms suggested by the Supreme Court-appointed panel after a meeting today.

"We maintain that there are certain clauses that are practically not implementable. Our legal counsel Kapil Sibal will continue with argument on Monday," a senior Board official said.

The decision was reached after a meeting of the representatives of its full members, and the BCCI made it clear that 'One State One Vote, One person One post, age cap, cooling off period' remain contentious issues.

With Supreme Court scheduled to hear the case on Monday, it was the last chance for the richest cricket body in world to discuss the issues which they feel will affect the functioning of the Board.
Following his talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Goa, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "My meeting with President Xi Jinping was fruitful. We discussed various aspects of India-China ties."

Vikas Swarup, the external affairs ministry spokesperson said the Chinese President recognised terrorism as a key issue and said the two countries should strengthen security dialogue and partnership.

Swarup added that PM Modi also raised the UNSC 126 terror committee, NSG membership with the Chinese president. 
19:25   Al-Umar Mujahideen claim responsibility for attack on SSB jawans
Terrorist outfit Al-Umar Mujahideen has claimed responsibility for the attack on paramilitary Sashastra Seema Bal on Friday night in Srinagar in which one soldier died and eight others were injured.

Militants fired upon the SSB men in Zakura as they were returning from duty. Officials said that eight SSB men were injured in the attack and a 24-year-old jawan succumbed to his injuries. A J&K policeman, Zulfikar Ali, was also critically injured in the attack.

Top police, paramilitary and administrative officials had participated in the wreath-laying ceremony of the slain SSB Jawan, Ghanshyam Gurjar. Gurjar, 24, was a resident of Dausa Rajasthan and had joined the force in April 2013.

If the claims of the Al-Umar Mujahideen are true, the attack would mean resurgence, after 16 years, of the indigenous group led by Mushtaq Zargar, who was released along with two others in Kandahar in December 1999 in exchange of the passengers of the hijacked Indian Airlines plane IC-814. The two others, who were swapped in exchange of the 155 hostages, were JeM chief Masood Azhar and Omar Saeed Sheikh.
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19:17   Ex-Attorney General slams Muslim board over Uniform Civil Code
Slamming Muslim bodies on Saturday for their decision to boycott Uniform Civil Code, former Attorney General Soli Sorabjee said their attitude shows that regressive mentality, adding that woman cannot be treated like a community.

"I think it is meaningless. It shows a very regressive mentality. They should on the contrary give the answers and tell how triple talaq should be maintained or triple talaq may be modified," he said. 

"A Uniform Civil Code is one aspect, the main thing is the personal laws of any community with regard to gender equality and with regard to fundamental rights, because personal laws must yield to the fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution, whether its Muslim community, Hindu community or any other community." he added.

"A woman, a wife, cannot be treated as commodity; that is the whole point. There should be some restriction the way husband exercises his right to divorce his wife by saying 'talaq talaq talaq'," Soli said. 
18:30   Meat exporter Moin Qureshi allowed to fly after being detained at airport
Controversial Delhi-based meat exporter Moin Qureshi was on Saturday briefly detained at the Indira Gandhi International Airport based on a look out circular issued by the Enforcement Directorate against him in a money laundering case but was later allowed to fly to Dubai.

Officials said immigration authorities first alerted Enforcement Directorate sleuths after they intercepted Qureshi, who reached the airport to take a flight to Dubai.

The action was taken based on a ED look out circular against him. Subsequently, a team of ED officials arrived to take his custody, they said.

However, according to airport officials, Qureshi told authorities that he has furnished a bond and got the courts nod to travel abroad even as he got a fax sent in this regard
from his legal team to the airport, based on which immigration authorities allowed him to travel.

We have sought the documents from immigration authorities based on which Qureshi was allowed to travel. Our officials were on the spot to take his custody but he was allowed to fly abroad, ED sources said.

It is understood that the agency has wanted to question Qureshi for long and had issued summons to him but could lay their hands on him only on Saturday.

The agency had registered a money laundering case against Qureshi under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act last year. He is under the scanner of probe agencies for alleged tax evasion and hawala-like dealings.
18:19   PM Modi meets China's Jinping; NSG bid, JeM chief's ban on agenda
Prime Minister meets Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit in Goa. 

Xi was received by Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh at IS Hansa base located near Dabolim airport, 15 km away from the Summit venue in South Goa.

Issues such as India's NSG membership bid and China blocking UN ban on JeM chief and Pathankot attack mastermind Masood Azhar will be raised when the two leaders meet, said sources. 

A range of key bilateral and international issues including ways to tackle threat of terrorism besides security situation in the region are also likely to figure in the talks on the sidelines of the BRICS summit.

Noting that the Goa summit shows continued progress of cooperation between the five countries, Chinese official media today decried West's "bad mouthing" of BRICS and said disagreements among members are "minor" and cooperation is the norm.

"Since the establishment of BRICS, speculations of disunity among the countries and decline in their power have emerged one after another. However, the truth is that cooperation among the countries has continued to be strengthened and institutionalised," state-run Global Times said on the BRICS summit.
JUST IN: The death toll in the Varanasi stampede has risen to 24. 
17:46   Marathas take out massive 'silent march' in Kolhapur
Members of the Maratha community today took out a huge "silent march" here in southwest Maharashtra in support of their charter of demands, including reservation, the latest in a series of such state-wide protests by the politically influential group. 

Thousands of members of the community took part in the "Maratha Kranti Mook Morcha" (Maratha Revolution Silent March) which also saw participation from socio-religious and political groups. Members of Parliament Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati, a descendant of Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji, and Udayanraje Bhosale from Satara also joined the march attended by people from Konkan, Belgaum (Karnataka), Sangli and adjoining areas.

Chandrakant Patil, Maharashtra Revenue Minister, expressed solidarity with the community and briefly marched with others.

Schools, colleges and shops remained shut and city buses were off the roads. Cinema halls cancelled their afternoon shows in support of the march.

17:43   Opening of McDonalds in Vatican sparks outrage
The new McVatican comes with a side order of outrage.

Plans to open a McDonalds next to Saint Peters Square in Rome have angered cardinals, including a group of the red-hatted Princes of the Church who live above the proposed site.

Its a controversial, perverse decision to say the least, Cardinal Elio Sgreccia said in an interview with La Repubblica daily on Saturday.

Opening a branch of the US fast-food chain in a piazza to the right of the Vaticans basilica is by no means respectful of the architectural traditions of one of the most characteristic squares which look onto the colonnade of Saint Peters, he said.

One angry cardinal has even written a letter to Pope Francis urging him to intervene against a commercial decision which would bring 30,000 euros a month into the Vaticans coffers but at a noisy, burger-smelling price, La Repubblica said.
16:51   Indian move to seal border 'contrary' to its peace claims: Pak
Pakistan has said that the Indian move to completely seal the 3,323-km-long border between the two countries by December 2018 would be "contrary" to the Indian position of establishing a peaceful neighbourhood. 

Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said the announcement by Home Minister Rajnath Singh earlier this month that India will "completely seal" the border with Pakistan by December 2018 was contradictory to the Indian stand of establishing a peaceful neighbourhood.

Zakaria, however, said India has not yet officially communicated to Pakistan about the decision.
"India has not formally conveyed any such plan (sealing the border) to Pakistan. We don't have the details," he said.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh had said India was planning to seal the entire border with Pakistan by December 2018 and that a proper monitoring mechanism, including the use of technology, would
be in place for the purpose.
16:29   No respect even in death: Dalit HIV victim cremated in front of house
A Dalit man who succumbed to HIV virus had to be cremated in front of his home in a village in Odisha after locals refused to allow the last rites at the public cremation ground.

The deceased, 35-year-old Prakash Jena (name changed), was working in Mumbai where he reportedly contracted HIV. As his health deteriorated, he returned to his native village Tentei in Soro block of Balasore district. He was admitted to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack where he died on Friday.

The discrimination against the dead HIV patient came days after the union government approved amendments to the HIV and AIDS (Prevention and Control) Bill, 2014 which safeguards the rights of people living with and affected by the HIV virus.

As the family members of the HIV victim were planning to take the body the public cremation ground at Hansianipada, villagers insisted that the family should not go to the crematorium.

With villagers refusing to budge, the family members had to light the funeral pyre in front of their house.
16:11   19 dead, 4 hurt in stampede at Varanasi's Rajghat Bridge
Nineteen people have died and four have been injured in a stampede in Varanasi at the Rajghat Bridge. The stampede took place during Baba Jai Gurudev's sabha in Varanasi. 

A doctor at a hospital said that of the 19 brought dead, 15 were women while the remaining four were men.

Shortly after the stampede, the UP chief minister announced Rs 2 lakh to the kin of those who died and Rs 50,000 for the critically injured. 
16:01   PM Modi condoles the loss of lives in Varanasi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the loss of lives in Varanasi. "Deeply saddened by the loss of lives in the stampede in Varanasi. Condolences to the bereaved families. Prayers with those injured. I have spoken to officials and asked them to ensure all possible help to those affected due to the stampede in Varanasi," tweeted the PM who is in Goa for the BRICS summit. 

According to the police, the number of people at the venue were much more than the permitted number of 4,000. An eyewitness, who survived the stampede, said, "There was a lot of chaos, even we were pushed."
15:54   Respect government stance on Indo-Pak ties: Abhinav Bindra
Sport and politics should not be mixed in an ideal world but in reality it can't happen in certain cases, feels champion shooter Abhinav Bindra amid heightened tensions between India and Pakistan in the wake of Uri terror attack. 

"At the end of the day, it is the decision of the government. It takes the final call on whether a team can play (against Pakistan) and that call has to be respected," Bindra said. 

So does he feel that politics and sport should be kept separate? 

"It is a very difficult question. One would hope for that to happen (that sport and politics is not mixed). It is a nice thought it should be separated because that is the Olympic values as well that sport should be free from politics. But today, in reality, it doesn't happen sometimes. One has to take a call from situation to situation and the government's decision has to be respected," said India's only individual Olympic gold medallist.
14:38   An old friend better than two new friends, says PM to Putin
Following the signing of key defence, rail and energy deals, Prime Minister Narendra Modi issues a joint statement. 

Here are the highlights of his speech:

>> It gives me great pleasure to welcome President Putin, an old friend of India, here in Goa today

>> I am aware of your (President Putin) deep affection for India, ours is a truly privileged and unique relationship

>> Since the last two Annual Summits, the journey of our partnership has seen renewed focus and drive

>> We agreed to work on an annual military industrial conf that will allow stakeholders on both sides to institute and push collaboration

>> With an eye on the future, we also agreed to set up a Science and Technology Commission

>> We continue to expand, diversify and deepen economic engagement. Businesses, industry between our countries is connected more deeply today

>> Russia's clear stand on the need to combat terrorism mirrors our own

>> India-Russia talks have has given clear direction, fresh impulse, stronger momentum and rich content to our ties
13:58   India-Russia sign deal for S-400 Triumf missiles
After holding talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Goa, the two sides signed key deals in defence, rail and energy. 

-- India, Russia also signed the deal for 200 Kamov Ka-226 T helicopters for $1 billion

-- India, Russia further signed the pact for the delivery of S 400 air defence system

-- India and Russia sign agreement to cooperate on shipbuilding and specialist training in Andhra Pradesh

-- The two sides also exchanged agreements to work and collaborate on develop smart cities in Harayana

-- Cooperation between Railways to increase speed of trains between Nagpur, Secunderabad and Hyderabad

13:50   'Clinton most experienced candidate in American history'
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has greater experience than any other candidate in American history but it is "ironical" that she could win the election more due to the "weakness" of her rival Donald Trump, an expert has said.

"No previous female or male presidential candidate in American history has ever put together this particular set of experiences than Clinton," Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire Ellen Fitzpatrick said at a session on 'Gender Politics and the 2016 Elections'.

"It is ironic that in vaulting over the hurdles that all of her previous predecessors were felled by, Clinton's successes have been construed as liabilities by her critics in the current race," she said.

Fitzpatrick noted that Clinton benefited from the challenges that civil rights activists and feminists posed to the rules of the Democratic Party.
13:20   'Muslim Personal Law Board using sharia to perpetuate patriarchy'
The All India Muslim Personal Law Board's decision to boycott the Law Commission's questionnaire on triple talaq and polygamy drew sharp reactions from Muslim women across the country , with some activists even speaking out against the discriminatory laws in the Shariat.

The Muslim Mahila Foundation president Nazneen Ansari in Lucknow condemned the AIMPLB for twisting Shariat laws to their advantage. "Why should the Shariat be taken into account only when there's a debate on the freedom of Muslim women?" asked Nazneen. "Why don't these clerics press for Shariat laws against Muslim men accused of rape and other such crimes?" Nazneen said.

Zakia Soman of the Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan in Agra called for a nation-wide campaign to ensure women's participation in filling out the questionnaire. "The Law Commission has given us an opportunity to raise our voices against antiwomen practices. Our organisation will get over 50,000 forms filled by Muslim women. We have asked our units in 15 states to get the forms completed," Soman said.
12:51   The alphabet soup at Goa
This weekend will see Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his foreign policy team undertake a complex and significant manoeuvre. This comes at a time when relations with Pakistan have discovered a new trough, the SAARC grouping is gasping for breath, the Chinese continue to demonstrate obstinate determination to hurt, harm and impede India on multiple fronts and the relationship with Russia is in dire need of resuscitation.

The annual BRICS summit in Goa on October 15-16 is undeniably the main course but hidden in the main course is a set of ingredients with an independent chemistry, the IBSA (India, Brazil and South Africa), along with the plat d'accompagnement, BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation), that has as much potential as the main course. 

South Block will need to use this opportunity to respond to the current realities in Indias north and west, even as it consolidates Indias diplomatic push east and south, while opening new avenues for engaging its western partners in innovative ways.

Read more HERE
12:31   Chinese state media slams West's 'bad mouthing' of BRICS
Citing active participation by India and China in BRICS despite differences, Chinese official media today decried West's "bad mouthing" of the five-member bloc, saying disagreements among the members are "minor" and cooperation is the norm.

"BRICS countries themselves are different in many aspects.China and India have lived with territorial disputes, but the geopolitical contention between them is mostly hyped by some ill-intentioned people," state-run Global Times said on the BRICS summit in Goa beginning today.

In an editorial titled 'West's bad-mouthing won't harm BRICS', the daily said the bloc is not "targeted against anyone, and disagreements among its member countries are minor issues".

"Cooperation is the norm, and disagreements are natural,"it said. "BRICS countries boast rich natural and human resources,huge markets and policy potential. As political stability expands in emerging countries, the late-developer advantage will help them overcome obstacles. It's almost certain that the BRICS countries will maintain a faster pace of economic development in the mid to long term compared with the developed ones," the editorial said.

The Goa summit shows continued progress of cooperation between the five countries, it said. "Western countries have always been skeptical toward non-Western international cooperation, and their opinions on the Goa summit are no different," it added.
12:12   Delegitimise all terror groups, go after terrorists: US to Pakistan
The US has told Pakistan to go after those terrorists who seek and "sometimes find safe haven" in the country and delegitimise all terror groups operating on its soil.

"We continue to urge Pakistan to take action to combat and delegitimise all terrorist groups operating on its soil," State Department Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner said. 

"Obviously Pakistan has suffered greatly at the hands of terrorists and violent extremists. We want to help Pakistan confront this terrorist threat, but we also want Pakistan also to go after those terrorists who seek and sometimes find safe haven on Pakistan territory," he said. 

His remarks come amid heightened tensions between India and Pakistan following the Uri terror attack in which 19 Indian soldiers were killed and India's surgical strikes on seven terror launch pads across the Line of Control on the intervening night of September 28 and 29.

Earlier this week, in a clear indication of its support for India's surgical strikes in PoK, the US said it empathises with the Indian position that it needs to respond militarily to terror threats and dubbed the Uri attack as a "clear case of cross-border terrorism".
11:29   Druzba Dosti begins: Modi meets Putin in Goa
Russian President Vladimir Putin is welcomed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Goa ahead of the BRICS Summit. 

The MEA Twitter feed wrote, "An annual renewal of Druzba Dosti begins! PM Narendra Modi warmly welcomes President Putin for the India-Russia Summit. 

Putin's arrival in Goa today was delayed due to poor visibility with thick fog making it difficult for his plane to land in the coastal state.

The Russian President was first scheduled to arrive at 1 am at INS Hansa base, which is adjacent to the Dabolim Airport, but his arrival was delayed due to thick fog in the region. 

Heavy security was in place along the road connecting INS Hansa base to the summit's venue hotel in Benaulim village.
11:09   Talks on cross-border terror, India-China rift to be in focus at BRICS
A summit of the world's top five emerging economies begins today in Goa, but a fresh rift between the bloc's leaders, China and India, could hamper New Delhi's plans to highlight cross-border terrorism and isolate Pakistan. 

For Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the gathering of leaders from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa -- or BRICS -- offers an opportunity to underline the threat he sees to Indian security from militant violence directed from Pakistan. 

A bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping was also expected to iron out recent irritants in ties. But across the summit table at a luxurious hotel overlooking the Arabian Sea, Xi is unlikely to have much interest in casting Beijing's 'all-weather' alliance with Pakistan into doubt.

Discussions are also expected to focus on Pakistan at an outreach meeting between the five nations and BIMSTEC, a grouping of Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan Thailand.
10:24   Rameswaram fishermen call off their strike
In Tamil Nadu, fishermen from Rameswaram resumed fishing from early today after calling off their week- long strike.

The fishermen had resorted to strike to urge the immediate release of their fishing boats detained by Sri Lanka.

The fishermen want the government to secure the 115 fishing boats detained by Sri Lanka and have asserted that their livelihood is badly affected as they are unable to continue fishing without their boats.

Moreover, the boats are damaged as they are kept unused for a long time.

However, while no solution has been found to their demands, the fishermen from Rameswaram decided to call off their strike as they were unable to sustain it.

The fishermen also demanded that Sri Lanka release the five fishermen from Pudukottai Jagadapattinam lodged in a Lankan jail. Further, they want to secure their rights to fish in the traditional waters near Katchatheevu and Palk straits.
09:52   The Trump saga continues: Contestant on 'The Apprentice' says he groped her
Joining the increasing list of women accusing Donald Trump of inappropriate behaviour, a former contestant of the reality TV show The Apprentice has alleged that the Republican presidential candidate made unwanted sexual advances and groped her in 2007. 

At a news conference in Los Angeles, Summer Zervos alleged that the incident took place after she was eliminated from The Apprentice show Season 5 and approached Trump for work at one of his golf courses. 

"In 2007 I was going to New York for a social obligation. I contacted Trump's office to see if he was available for lunch. I was informed that he could not have lunch, but that he would like to meet me in his office. When I arrived he kissed me on the lips. I was surprised, but felt that perhaps it was just a form of greeting. We sat and spoke. He was extremely complimentary," she alleged.

Accompanied by her lawyer Gloria Allred, Zervos said during the meeting, she requested for a job, to which Trump agreed. "He said that he was impressed with how I handled myself on The Apprentice. He said he was allowed to have me work for him. Trump said he would be coming to Los Angeles soon and he would contact," she told reporters. "I felt as though I was reaching for my brass ring. I was very excited. I felt as though my dream of working for Trump might come true. As I was about to leave, he again kissed me on the lips. This made me feel nervous and embarrassed. This is not what I wanted or expected. 

"He asked me for my phone number. I left hurriedly and called a friend who lived in New York because I was upset by the kiss. I also called my parents to let them know what had happened," she said.
09:36   Poor visibility holds up Putin's arrival in Goa
Russian President Vladimir Putin's arrival in Goa today to attend the BRICS Summit was delayed due to poor visibility with thick fog making it difficult for his plane to land in the coastal state.

The Russian President was first scheduled to arrive at 1 am at the INS Hansa base, which is adjacent to the Dabolim airport, but his arrival was delayed due to thick fog in the region, sources in the naval base said. 

His flight, which was supposed to land at 3 am, was rescheduled to 7 am but even at that time it could not arrive.

However, due to security reasons it was not stated as to where his plane has been diverted to. Heavy security was in place along the road connecting INS Hansa base to the summit's venue hotel in Benaulim village.

Several Union and Goa government officials were also camping at the base since last night to welcome the Russian president. 

"The arrival of the president of Russia has been delayed. The exact rescheduled time of his arrival has not been given to us," deputy superintendent of police Suchita Desai said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Goa last night and was welcomed at the INS Hansa base by Governor Mridula Sinha, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar and Deputy Chief Minister Francis D'Souza. The prime minister was later taken to the venue hotel by road in Benaulim where he was welcomed by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
08:53   Defence deals high on agenda as Modi-Putin meet today
Delivery of advanced S-400 surface-to-air missile systems to New Delhi and counter-terrorism will be high on the agenda when Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets President Vladimir Putin for the 17th India-Russia Annual Summit in Goa later today.

Besides, both nations are set to sign several agreements to give a fillip to their defence and nuclear cooperation. 

Apart from these, energy, infrastructure, railways, agriculture, hi-tech among others will also dominate the agenda.

Agreements to build frigates for the Indian Navy and a joint venture in India to build multi-task Kamov-226 helicopters are also likely to be signed.

Briefing the media on Friday, ministry of external affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup said: "We will have the exchange of agreements followed by laying foundation of concrete of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant units three and four of the 1,000-megawatts, followed by press statement by the two leaders."

The 17th India-Russia Annual Summit will take place alongside the BRICS summit in Goa, where Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa are participating.

Ambassador of India to the Russian Federation, Pankaj Saran said, "Saturday morning will be the 17th summit between the two countries, which means that President Putin has met Indian prime ministers 17 times since 2000."

Divulging detail of Saturday's engagement between Prime Minister Modi and President Putin, Swarup said, "From 11a.m-12 noon, there will be restricted talks between the two delegations, while from 12 noon-1pm, there will be full delegation level talks. At 1.05 pm, there will be exchange of agreements, followed by the witnessing of the laying of the foundation concrete of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant Units 3 and 4, followed by press statements by the two leaders."
04:28   'Trump's cozying up to Putin makes him unfit for presidency'
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's cozying up to Russian President Vladimir Putin makes him unfit to be the next US President, a top American nuclear security official has said. 

"This is a huge, huge deal. I think that Trump's motivation here to play into Putin's hands is driven by one thing for sure and one thing that I'm deeply concerned about," Mike Morell, former acting director of CIA, told reporters during a conference call.

"The thing that I'm sure about is that Trump is cozying up to Putin because Putin has played him like a fiddle. Putin has figured out what makes Donald Trump tick and he's playing to it," he said. 

Noting that he cannot remember a single time in American history where the US government has accused another government of trying to interfere in its elections, Morrell said, "this is really unprecedented and, as a national security person, it shakes me to my core."

Rather than condemn these efforts, the Republican nominee has actually cheered them on, supported them, alleged Matt Olsen, former head of the National Counter terrorism Center, he said. 

"When somebody running for president refuses to acknowledge this kind of threat to the US, not only refusing to acknowledge the threat but refusing to even condemn it, that suggests that Trump does not understand what it takes to defend the US and what is involved in defending the United States and the American people," said Jamie Rubin, Hillary for America Senior Media Advisor for National Security Affairs.
03:43   Delegitimise all terrorist groups: US tells Pakistan
The United States on Friday told Pakistan to take action to combat and delegitimise all terrorist groups operating on its soil.
"We continue to urge Pakistan to take action to combat and delegitimise all terrorist groups operating on its soil," State Department Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner told reporters at his daily news conference.
"Obviously Pakistan has suffered greatly at the hands of terrorists and violent extremists. We want to help Pakistan confront this terrorist threat, but we also want Pakistan also to go after those terrorists who seek and sometimes find safe haven on Pakistan territory," he said in response to a question.
03:20   Clinton warned US would 'ring China with missile defense': hacked email
United States Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said in a private speech to bankers three years ago that the United States had warned Beijing it would "ring China with missile defense" unless it did more to rein in North Korea's missile program, according to hacked emails.

According to a purported Clinton campaign document attached to an email published by Wikileaks, Clinton said in a speech to Goldman Sachs on June 4, 2013, that the message to China had been, "You either control them, or we're going to have to defend against them."

It was not possible to confirm the authenticity of the leaked email. The Clinton campaign has neither confirmed nor denied the authenticity of hacked emails.

The State Department on Friday declined to comment on "alleged leaked documents." When asked whether such a message had been delivered to China, an official said it was not department policy to comment publicly on diplomatic discussions.

Although Clinton's reported comments raised a stir in Asia, they are consistent with U.S. efforts to convince China to help restrain North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs, which so far have borne little fruit.
01:50   Police files chargesheet against man who stabbed woman 22 times
Delhi Police on Friday filed a chargesheet against a man in a court here for murdering a 21-year-old woman by stabbing her 22 times on a busy road in New Delhi in front of several onlookers last month.
The chargesheet was filed before a link magistrate who fixed the matter for tomorrow before the court concerned for the purpose of taking cognisance.
34-year-old Surender Singh, who was arrested on September 20 was named in the charge sheet for the offence of murder under section 302 of the IPC.
The accused is currently under judicial custody.
The brutal murder, which was captured in CCTV camera, took place on September 20 when Karuna Kumar, a teacher in a North Delhi school, was going for her work, police said, adding that Surender had been stalking her for over 18 months.
Police said Karuna, along with her cousin Neha, was on her way to work when Surender attacked her with a pair of scissors near Labour Chowk in Burari.
As Surender caught Karuna off guard and plunged the single blade of scissors in her body, a man rushed to stop him but soon backed off fearing attack on himself.
Within about three minutes, Surender had stabbed Karuna 22 times, as onlookers kept away, it said. Neha told police that she was also threatened by Surender and had to back off but she kept shouting for help.
00:57   Water level in 91 major reservoirs increases to 76 pc
The water level in 91 major reservoirs in the country has increased to 76 per cent of their total capacity, from 75 per cent last week, the government said on Friday.
According to Union Water Resources Ministry, 119.174 billion cubic metre of water was available in these reservoirs for the week ending on October 13.
The stock is 127 per cent of the storage reported during the corresponding period last year, while it is 99 per cent of the decadal average, the Ministry said in a statement.
Last week, 118.431 BCM water was available in the reservoirs. The total capacity of these reservoirs is 157.799 BCM.
The states which have recorded less storage vis--vis the corresponding period last year are Himachal Pradesh, Tripura, Uttarakhand, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
Punjab, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka have reported better stock compared to last year, the statement said.
00:51   Samsung offers alternative phones to Note 7 to appease India customers

Samsung on Friday offered alternative phones to its India customers who had pre-ordered its flagship Galaxy Note 7 devices, in a bid to appease loyal clients in one of its largest smartphone markets.

The world's largest phone maker has been hit by an avalanche of negative publicity, after being forced to recall millions of the fire-prone Note 7 devices and later scrap the high-end phone altogether.

India is one of the world's largest and fastest growing smartphone markets and a critical one for Samsung as it is the No. 1 player in the nation with a roughly 25 percent market share.

The device that had been set to go on sale in India in early September ended up not getting to any Indian customers after it failed to resolve overheating problems which caused some of the phones to ignite.

The company initially apologized to customers for the delay in the Note 7, and in a release late on Friday it said for those who had pre-booked devices, in lieu of the Note 7 it would offer customers either its Galaxy S7, or S7 Edge devices.
00:44   Work on Kalam's memorial to begin today
The work on construction of a memorial for former president A P J Abdul Kalam is to commence today, coinciding with his 85th birth anniversary. 

A team of DRDO officials led by P K Singh arrived here today and visited the memorial site at Peikarumbu here where Kalam was laid to rest after his death in July last year. 

They held discussions with local officials regarding various aspects of the memorial. Officials said a total of Rs 50 crore had been allocated for the memorial and a knowledge centre.

In the first phase, Rs 15 crore would be spent for the construction of the memorial on a 27,000 sq ft area. 

It would cover the burial site and a statue of Kalam. The memorial would be ready for inauguration on July 27 next year when the former president's second death anniversary falls. 

The construction of knowledge centre will be taken up in the second phase.
00:12   Donald Trump faces new groping allegations
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump faced a fresh allegation of groping on Friday, even as his running mate promised that evidence casting doubt on other accusations of sexual misconduct would be made public soon.

The Washington Post published an interview with a woman who said Trump put his hand up her skirt in a crowded New York nightclub in the early 1990s in an unwanted advance.

"He did touch my vagina through my underwear, absolutely,"

Kristin Anderson said in a video interview on the newspaper's website. It wasnt a sexual come-on. I dont know why he did it. It was like just to prove that he could do it," she told the paper.

Anderson could not immediately be reached for comment. Trump spokespeople did not immediately respond to requests for comment.