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23:44   Hotstar cancels production of AIB show season 3
Video streaming service Hotstar announced on Monday it was cancelling the production of third season of 'On Air with AIB' in light of the allegations of misconduct against one of the members of the comedy group.
 
In a statement, Star India's streaming platform Hotstar said it "will not stand by anything" that compromises the respect or safety of women.

"In light of recent events involving AIB, we are cancelling the production of On Air with AIB Season 3, with immediate effect," the statement said.

"We are deeply concerned by these developments, which run contrary to our values as a responsible platform, and will not stand by anything that compromises the respect or safety of women," it said. 

The comedy group announced on Monday that two of its founding members Tanmay Bhat and Gursimran Khamba were stepping away from the organisation.
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23:28   Kavanaugh sex assault claims were 'all made up', says Trump
US President Donald Trump has said the sex assault claims made against his new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh were a "hoax" and "all made up".

The Republican president condemned Democratic calls to impeach the judge as an "insult to the American public".

Justice Kavanaugh was confirmed by the Senate on Saturday, in a 50-48 vote that followed strictly partisan lines.

As he left the White House for an event in Florida on Monday, Trump said: "So I've been hearing that now they're thinking about impeaching a brilliant jurist.

"A man that did nothing wrong, a man that was caught up in a hoax that was set up by the Democrats using the Democrats' lawyers and now they want to impeach him."

He added: "I think it's an insult to the American public."

"The American public has seen this charade, has seen this dishonesty by the Democrats."

He said the conservative judge was "a top scholar, top student, top intellect and who did nothing wrong and there was no corroboration of any kind".

The allegations against the nominee were "all made up, it was fabricated and it was a disgrace," Trump said.
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23:03   Misa Bharti confirms rivalry between brothers Tejashwi Yadav and Tej Pratap
The rift among Rashtriya Janata Dals chief Lalu Prasads children was confirmed on Monday when Misa Bharti, his eldest daughter, admitted that relations between her two brothers - Tej Pratap and Tejashwi - had soured of late while there were some forces in the family that were trying to stab her in the back.

Addressing party workers at Maner, she said: Why talk about others when there are explicit differences among brothers in my own family. She however quickly added that minor differences exist in every family as all fingers were not the same.

An apparently disgruntled Misa Bharti also alleged that there were some forces within her family which were trying to stab her in the back. I am a woman. If the enemy musters courage and wages a war face-to-face, I can become a Rani Laxmibai and fight back. But I cannot tolerate someone, whether a worker or a leader, backstabbing me, she said.

In her unequivocal style, the doctor-turned-politician said that the RJD is a big family and it has no dearth of votes but whats concerning is the breached unity of her family.
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22:30   Kangana's 'Queen' co-star Nayani Dixit accuses Vikas Bahl of sexual misconduct
After Kangana Ranaut, actress Nayani Dixit, who co-starred with Kangana in Queen, recently opened up about her alleged unpleasant experience of working with director Vikas Bahl for the 2014 film in an interview with Bollywood Hungama. 

Speaking to the publication, Dixit, who played the role of Kangana's friend Sonal in Queen, alleged that the filmmaker made unwelcome advances at her. 

Nayani Dixit's interview arrives just three days after Phantom Films was dissolved duo to the sexual misconduct charges against co-owner Vikas Bahl. 

The filmmaker has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman in 2015. "Whatever the girl has accused Vikas Bahl is not at all wrong because he also tried his hand on me. I literally told him that 'main tumhe maarungi if you do this again'. So I am sure he did the same with the girl in question as well," Bollywood Hungama quoted Nayani as saying.

Nayani Dixit alleged that Bahl was unnecessarily rude with her the following day at work: "Next day, when I came on the sets, something went wrong with my hair. I didn't get it as it's not my area of concern. But Vikas blasted me and he behaved very weird with me. Now when I look back, I realised that why this behaviour. Since he did not get a chance on me, he was taking revenge."

In her interview, Dixit also claimed that the filmmaker even offered her to share his room when Queen was being filmed in Delhi: "They kept us in a 2-star hotel. When I said that I am not comfortable, Vikas told me that he can share his room with me. Look at his audacity!"
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22:02   Army commanders conference begins tomorrow; focus on operational challenges
Top Army commanders will deliberate on operational challenges and various reform initiatives during a week-long conference starting Tuesday.
  
During the Army Commanders' Conference, to be held from October 9 to 15, a host of issues ranging from operational, administrative, logistics and human resources will be discussed, an official statement said. 

As part of the conclave, commanders and directorates at the Army Headquarters will in a collegiate deliberate on important studies that have been ordered to meet future operational challenges, it said.

There are four studies examining the operational and optimisational issues of the Army and the headquarters as also human resources management aspects.

These studies aim to improve the teeth to tail ratio, with the purpose of strengthening the structures within the Army, to make it combat ready for the future, the statement said.

Various issues related to reform initiatives in the force will also be discussed during the conference, sources said.
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21:40   CBI carried out 'biased' probe: Missing JNU student's mother
The mother of JNU student Najeeb Ahmed, who went missing from the university nearly two years ago, accused the CBI on Monday of carrying out a "biased" investigation into the case.

The Delhi high court on Monday allowed CBI to file a closure report in the matter, bringing an end to the investigation into the mysterious disappearance of Ahmed.
It did not agree with the allegation of Ahmed's mother, Fatima Nafees, that CBI wanted to file the closure report due to "political compulsions".

In view of the judgment, Nafees said she will now appeal to the Supreme Court. She also appealed to all mothers "who have faced the pain of losing their children" to march to Parliament Street on October 15.

"I am saddened because the CBI carried out a biased investigation and its sole objective was to shield those who assaulted my son before he went missing. I have bene facing injustice right from the first day," she said.
She alleged that a sub-inspector at the Vasant Kunj (North) police station asked her not to name the persons, who had assaulted her son, before he went missing.

-- PTI
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21:06   No decision yet on Zakir's extradition, matter could end up in court: Malaysian minister
Malaysia is yet to take a call on extraditing controversial preacher Zakir Naik to India and the matter could end up being decided by the country's courts, a senior Malaysian minister told External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Monday when she raised the issue during a meeting here.
  
Naik, who left India in July, 2016, is wanted on terror and money laundering charges. In January, the MEA made a formal request to Malaysia to deport Naik.

Malaysia's Minister of Human Resources M Kula Segaran, who is on an India visit, said Swaraj sought Naik's early extradition during a meeting here.

"She was asking for the latest on Zakir Naik, whether he will be deported from Malaysia, I did say that no final decision has been taken by the Malaysian government," he said.

He also told Swaraj that the Malaysian government could also leave it to the courts to decide. 

Asked how the extradition request could progress according to Malaysia's laws, he said, "If the government decides to deport him, that is end of the matter for us, but Zakir Naik can still challenge (it). If the government decides not to deport, we can refer it to the court and ask the court to decide the matter."

Malaysia will ensure necessary "justice and fairplay" in the matter, he asserted.

Asked if that means the court could end up deciding on his deportation, the Malaysian minister answered in the affirmative.

-- PTI
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20:39   Sakshi Maharaj dares Rahul to contest poll against him
BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj has dared Congress president Rahul Gandhi to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha polls against him, saying he will leave politics if he is defeated.

"I challenge Rahul Gandhi to contest the 2019 general elections against me (from Unnao). I will leave politics if he wins, but if he loses, he should leave (India) for Italy," the BJP MP said.

The Unnao MP also attacked Gandhi for undertaking Mansarovar Yatra in early September this year, allegedly without maintaining "purity".

"We are not opposing his yatra. Why will the BJP do so? But it is written in 'shastra' (scriptures) that purity is needed for such yatras (pilgrimage). He should have become pure before doing the yatra. No one enters a temple without (maintaining) purity. Darshan is not justified after having non-veg foods," said Sakshi Maharaj.

"He sometimes wears 'topi' (skull cap) and then becomes 'Shiv Bhakt'..", he said taking a dig at Gandhi.

The BJP MP said he would welcome it if Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav builds a temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu in Saifai (Etawah).

On whether Ram temple will be a poll issue in the 2019 polls, Sakshi Maharaj said "As of now the issue is 'sabka saath sabka vikas' but in 'yudh' (war), the issue depends on the situation."

The BJP MP also claimed the Opposition's fear of defeat at the hands of BJP is the reason behind their efforts to forge a pre-poll alliance. 

"The opposition is afraid of the BJP and that is why they are talking of a grand alliance," he added.

-- PTI
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20:37   Sakshi Maharaj dares Rahul to contest poll against him
BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj has dared Congress president Rahul Gandhi to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha polls against him, saying he will leave politics if he is defeated.

"I challenge Rahul Gandhi to contest the 2019 general elections against me (from Unnao). I will leave politics if he wins, but if he loses, he should leave (India) for Italy," the BJP MP said.

The Unnao MP also attacked Gandhi for undertaking Mansarovar Yatra in early September this year, allegedly without maintaining "purity".

"We are not opposing his yatra. Why will the BJP do so? But it is written in 'shastra' (scriptures) that purity is needed for such yatras (pilgrimage). He should have become pure before doing the yatra. No one enters a temple without (maintaining) purity. Darshan is not justified after having non-veg foods," said Sakshi Maharaj.

"He sometimes wears 'topi' (skull cap) and then becomes 'Shiv Bhakt'..", he said taking a dig at Gandhi.

The BJP MP said he would welcome it if Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav builds a temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu in Saifai (Etawah).

On whether Ram temple will be a poll issue in the 2019 polls, Sakshi Maharaj said "As of now the issue is 'sabka saath sabka vikas' but in 'yudh' (war), the issue depends on the situation."

The BJP MP also claimed the Opposition's fear of defeat at the hands of BJP is the reason behind their efforts to forge a pre-poll alliance. 

"The opposition is afraid of the BJP and that is why they are talking of a grand alliance," he added.

-- PTI
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19:56   China accuses detained Interpol chief of bribery
China has accused the missing ex-Interpol president Meng Hongwei of bribery, as the case continues to tarnish Beijings image as a rising power and responsible member of international organisations.

In a terse statement on Sunday evening, the Chinese authorities admitted they were holding Meng and Chinas ministry of public security said on Monday that the Interpol chief, who was reported missing in France at the weekend, was being investigated for accepting bribes.

The inspection and investigation of Meng Hongwei is very timely, totally right, and very wise, it said in a statement on its website.

Claiming Meng, who is Chinese, only had himself to blame, the ministry added: There is no exception in front of the law. Anyone will be strictly investigated and punished.

Interpol said on Monday it regretted Chinas move. The agencys acting president, Kim Jong Yang, said it had not been told about the investigation of its chief and still did not know enough about the situation.

I find it regrettable that the top leader of the organisation had to go out this way and that we werent specifically notified of what was happening in advance, Kim said. We still dont have sufficient information about whats happening, or whether it has anything to do with Chinese domestic politics.

French police have been investigating Mengs disappearance during a visit to China, which was first reported on Friday by his wife, Grace.
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19:40   Mumbai will come to halt if north Indians stop working: Nirupam
Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam has said Mumbai will come to a standstill and its people will not even get food to eat if the north Indian community in the metropolis decides to stop working.
  
However, the community should not be forced to take such a step, the Mumbai Congress president warned, without naming any individual or political party.

He said the north Indian community had always expressed gratitude towards Mumbai and Maharashtra.

"It is the north Indian community which runs the lives of or shoulders the burden of the people of Mumbai," Nirupam said.

Bharatiya Janata Party leader Shatrughan Sinha also attended the event.

Nirupam said the members of the north Indian community were supplying milk, newspapers and vegetables to the people of the megapolis, besides providing autorickshaw and taxi services.

"If the community decides to stop work for a day, life in Mumbai will come to a standstill. None will get roti (bread), vegetables, milk and auto, taxi, truck and tempo (services).

"It happens sometimes, but it should not be done. (The community) should not be forced to take such a step," he added.

-- PTI
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19:12   No attack on north Indians in Guj: Yogi after speaking to Rupani
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on Monday he had called up his Gujarat counterpart Vijay Rupani over the reported attacks on north Indians in the western state and was assured that the government there would ensure the safety of all.

The Gujarat chief minister told me over the phone there was no incident in the past three days and that he had appealed to people against paying heed to any rumour, Adityanath said in Lucknow.

"Gujarat is a peace loving state and a model of development. Those who do not have any issue (to criticise the state government) spread such rumours. Those who do not want development spread rumours," Adityanath said.

Some north Indians living in Gujarat had called me and I told them also, not to pay heed to the rumours, and on keeping the local administration and government in confidence, Adityanath said.

He asked everyone to cooperate with the state government while hailing the steps taken by the Gujarat chief minister for maintaining peace and normalcy, an official spokesman said.

Non-Gujaratis, especially those hailing from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, were reportedly targeted in several parts of the state following the arrest of a Bihar native for allegedly raping a 14-month-old girl in Sabarkantha district last week.

The attacks took place after hate messages against non-Gujaratis, particularly those from Bihar and UP, were circulated on the social media, according to officials.

On September 28, a 14-month-old girl was allegedly raped in a village near Himmatnagar town of Sabarkantha district, around 100 km from Ahmedabad.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar also said on Monday that he spoke to Rupani and expressed concern over the attacks on non-Gujaratis.  -- PTI
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18:59   Ready to re-investigate the case if Tanushree desires: CINTAA
Cine and TV Artists Association (CINTAA) said it is ready to readdress Tanushree Dutta's sexual harassment allegation against Nana Patekar 'by conducting a fair and expeditious' inquiry.

The body had earlier said it did not 'address' the allegations by Dutta when she approached them in 2008.

Dutta had filed a complaint with CINTAA a decade ago after she felt uncomfortable shooting a song with Patekar for the film Horn Ok Pleassss.

"If she asks us to re-investigate the matter then we have told her that we will offer all possible support. But she has not yet officially come to us. Although we have spoken and written to her (regarding the matter) she is yet to revert," Amit Behl, Senior Joint Secretary, CINTAA told PTI.

"But we also want to hear Nana's side of the story. We have sent a communication to Nana also," Behl added.

In the letter, CINTAA has asked Patekar to share his side of the story before the body issues any more statements.

In a letter addressed to Dutta, which CINTAA shared with PTI, the body states it had a meeting with her on October 3 and 'there is no second opinion about our intent of protecting our members' rights, their dignity and self-respect'.

"If you desire, we would readdress your grievances by conducting a fair and expeditious inquiry in a joint meeting where both the parties and both sides (i.e. you and Mr Nana Patekar), also since you mentioned the names of Mr Rakesh Sarang (director), Mr Ganesh Acharya (choreographer) and the producer Mr Siddiqui.

'We want to ensure that this case can be heard in a fair and unbiased manner, by connecting with the associations, wherein the above mentioned names are members,' the letter read.  -- PTI
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18:51   Bihar thrashing case: All 9 accused named in the FIR arrested
Police have arrested all the nine accused, including three women, named in the FIR in connection with beating up of minor girl students of a state-run school in Supaul, a senior police official said on Monday.

30 minor girl students in Bihar's Supaul district were beaten up by a mob after they protested against lewd comments on a wall allegedly written by boys of a neighbouring school.

The incident happened on Saturday evening when the students of the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV), a residential school meant for SC, ST and OBC, were playing in the campus located at Darpakha village in Supaul under Triveniganj police station of the district.

All the nine persons, who were named in the FIR, were arrested by Sunday night, Superintendent of Police Mrityunjay Kumar Choudhary said.

The FIR was lodged following a complaint by KGBV's hostel warden Reema Raj. The accused have been identified as Mohan Kumar, Hariom Sardar, Munna Sardar, Madhwa Sardar, Ajit Kumar, Vijay Kumar, Paro Devi, Arni Devi and Gavita Kumari, the SP said.

Three out of the nine were arrested by Sunday evening and the rest six were held by night, the officer said.

A section of police force has been deployed at the girls hostel for their security, Choudhary said. Darbhanga zone Inspector General Pankaj Kumar Darad said he was keeping a close tab on the case.

Supual District Magistrate Baidyanath Yadav had said on Sunday that both the schools were in the same campus with separate buildings and a common playground.

The boys allegedly wrote some lewd comments on the wall of the girls school, which the girls resisted and beat up the boys before chasing them away.

The middle school boys, all minors, narrated the incident to their parents, following which their mothers teamed up with other villagers and entered the school premises and attacked the girls, the DM said.

He said 74 girl students were at the playground at the time of the incident and 30 of them received injuries and were admitted to Triveniganj referral hospital for treatment.

The remaining 10 are still undergoing treatment and will be released in a day or two, Yadav had said. Meanwhile, politicians made a beeline to the school.

Congress' Supaul Lok Sabha MP Ranjeet Ranjan, Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Niraj Kumar Bablu and his MLC wife Nutan Singh visited the girls hostel and also met the victims at the hospital and enquired about their well-being.

Ranjan criticised the Nitish Kumar-led state government, terming the incident as 'very unfortunate' and said the incidents of atrocities against women and girls have witnessed a sharp increase during the so-called 'Sushashan government', a nomenclature often used by the chief minister to highlight his governance.  --  PTI
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18:12   J&K civic polls: About 64% overall turnout till 4 pm
Total voter turnout was 63.83 per cent till 4 pm on Monday in the first phase voting for the local body elections in 11 districts of Jammu and Kashmir, Ramesh Kumar, district election officer said.

The boycott of urban local body polls by several political parties, including the People's Democratic Party and the National Conference, failed to dampen the spirit of voters in the Jammu and the Ladakh regions as they came out in large numbers to vote in the first phase of elections on Monday.

Long queues of enthusiastic voters were seen outside the polling stations in Jammu, Poonch, Rajouri districts of the Jammu region and Leh and Kargil in Ladakh -- the areas of the state which are almost militancy-free and have always ignored boycott calls given by separatists.

However, in the militancy-wracked Kashmir Valley, about six per cent of the electorate voted in the first six hours of polling in 83 wards, where elections are being held amid tight security, officials said Monday.

Voting for the first of the four-phased elections in the Valley began at 7 am and will end at 4 pm.

"Over 5,400 voters exercised their franchise till 1 pm at the 150 polling stations set up in the 83 wards across the Kashmir Valley where polling is going on today," an official said.

Adequate security arrangements have been made for peaceful conduct of elections across the state and officials said polling was going on smoothly.

There was no major poll-related violence reported from anywhere, they said.  -- ANI, PTI

Photograph: Umar Ganie/Rediff.com
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17:52   Rupee slumps 30 paise to close at record low of 74.06
The rupee slumped by 30 paise to finish at a fresh lifetime low of 74.06 against the US dollar Monday amid strengthening of the greenback and steady capital outflows. The rupee had opened lower by 14 paisa against Friday's close of 73.76 in early trade as the US dollar strength against major global currencies weighed on the rupee sentiment. -- PTI
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17:43   #MeToo: HT's political editor Prashant Jha steps down
Following allegations of sexual harassment, Prashant Jha has stepped down as the political editor and bureau chief of the Hindustan Times.


The Wire reports that in an email to editorial staff, HT editor-in-chief Sukumar wrote: "Hi all, Prashant Jha has stepped down as the Chief of Bureau and Political Editor of Hindustan Times with immediate effect. The bureau will report to me for the time being.'


A former Hindustan Times correspondent, Avantika Mehta had accused Jha of harassment. She posted screenshots of Whatsapp conversations between her and Jha on Twitter.


"I was as nice as I could be because my little experience in Delhi has taught me pissing off a man who's considered a darling journalist will have shit repercussions for my career and/or I'll be at the receiving end of his friend's wrath or laughter.'


Mehta later clarified that the conversations were from 2017, when she was no longer an employee of the Hindustan Times.


Jha is one of the first high-profile figures named to step down from his role since the #MeToo movement hit the Indian media.


In his email to the HT editor-in-chief, Jha wrote: "There have been specific allegations against me -- and my personal conduct -- recently, which have raised moral questions about my conduct. In this backdrop, I believe it would be best for me to step down from the position of the National Political Editor/Chief of Bureau of the Hindustan Times. I would not like the organisation to suffer, in the least, because of any allegations I face."
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17:37   Impossible to work with any person guilty of such grave misconduct: Hrithik on Vikas Bahl
"Super 30" star Hrithik Roshan has broken his silence on allegations of sexual harassment against the film's director Vikas Bahl, saying it is "impossible" for him to work with any person "guilty of such grave misconduct".


In a guarded statement, Roshan said he has been away and has "sporadic information" about the case but has asked the producers of the film to take stock of the situation.



"It is impossible for me to work with any person if he/she is guilty of such grave misconduct. I am away and have access to only sporadic information. I have requested the producers of 'Super 30' to take stock of the apparent facts and take a harsh stand if need be.


"This is not to be hushed or brushed under the carpet. All proven offenders must be punished and all exploited people must be empowered and given strength to speak up," Roshan said in the statement shared on Twitter.


Bahl, a part of Phantom Films alongside Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane and Madhu Mantena, has been accused of sexual harassment by a former employee of the company, which was dissolved ahead of a HuffPost article that detailed the victim's account and how the production house failed to take action. Both Kashyap and Motwane have since distanced themselves from Bahl in separate statements.


Kashyap said his legal aide told him there was nothing he could do to fire Bahl from the company.


"I did everything I could, within what I was told by my partner and his lawyers... His word and his team's word on any matter used to be the final word for us."


"According to legal advice provided to me then, I was told that we had very limited options. Now in hindsight and after taking stock of things myself, I can quite see how I was ill-advised," Kashyap had said.


Motwane, in his statement, said he was unaware of the incident until March 2017. "I'm truly sorry about what happened to the girl. Vikas Bahl is a sexual offender. He's preyed on a young woman, abused her trust, ruined her life. The scars are going to stay and that just isn't right. "The only thing I can offer now is an apology. And the only thing I can say is that this will never happen again on my watch," he wrote.--  PTI
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17:30   India to buy Iranian oil in Nov despite US sanctions: Pradhan
Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan Monday said two state refiners have placed orders for importing crude oil from Iran in November, the month when US sanctions on Iranian oil purchases take effect.


"Two of our oil companies have made nominations to purchase Iranian oil in November," he said speaking at The Energy Forum here. "We do not know if we will get waiver (from US sanctions) or not." This is the first time Pradhan has spoken about India's stand on buying Iranian oil once the US sanctions on Iran come into force from November 4.


Later, talking to reporters, he said India has its own energy requirements which it has to fulfill. "We will be guided by our national interest," he said. Indian Oil Corp Chairman Sanjiv Singh said his company is among the two which have placed order for November.


"We have ordered for our usual quantity of oil," he said. IOC and Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd together have placed order for 1.25 million tonne (MT) of crude oil from Iran.
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17:08   Pak national apprehended along border in Jaisalmer
A Pakistani national was apprehend by the Border Security Force along the International Border in Jaisalmer, police said on Monday.

Mohammad Iqbal, 40, of Sialkot in Pakistan was detained on Sunday night by BSF jawans near pillars 616 and 617 along the border, they said.

He was handed over to police after preliminary interrogation.

Iqbal will now be interrogated by security agencies, police said.  -- PTI

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16:57   DRDO staffer held for espionage links
A Defence Research and Development Organisation employee has been held in Nagpur for alleged espionage links, an official said on Monday.

Nishant Agarwal was arrested in a joint operation by the Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squads (ATS) at DRDO's Wardha Road facility, he said.

More details awaited.
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16:48   Market ends in the green, breaks three-day losing streak
In a highly volatile session, value-buying by investors in recently battered banking, oil and gas and auto stocks reversed the three-session losing streak, helping the Sensex and Nifty to close on a positive note on Monday.

The Sensex swung over 660 points both ways on alternate bouts of selling and buying.

The 30-share Sensex touched a high of 34,636.43 on the back of sustained buying by domestic institutional investors (DIIs), but later turned choppy and hit a low of 33,974.66 as selling pressure gathered momentum.

However, amid buying towards the fag-end, it recovered to close the day higher by 97.39 points, or 0.28 per cent, at 34,474.38.

The 30-scrip gauge had lost 2,149.15 points in the previous three straight sessions. The 50-share NSE Nifty too recovered by 31.60 points, or 0.31 per cent, to end at 10,348.05.

During the session, it moved between 10,198.40 and 10,398.35.

Besides value buying, covering-up of short positions by investors also aided the recovery in the market.

Meanwhile, global cues remained negative with Asian markets leading the sentiment.

Chinese stocks, in their first trading day after a one-week holiday, tumbled even though Beijing's central bank increased liquidity to offset the impact of an escalating trade dispute with the US.

China's central bank said on Sunday that it was cutting the reserve requirement rations (RRRs) by 1 per cent from October 15 which will inject a net $109.2 billion in cash into the banking system, amid a deepening trade war with the US that has increased pressure on growth in the world's second largest economy.

European markets too weakened in early session. On a net basis, domestic institutional investors bought equities worth Rs 1,902.07 crore in the previous session Friday, while foreign funds sold shares worth a net of Rs 3,370.14 crore, provisional data showed.  -- PTI
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16:22   AIB's Gursimran Khamba accused of misconduct
This is the allegation against AIB co-founder Gursmiran Khamba.


One of the founding members of group AIB, Gursimran Khamba, has been accused by a woman of misconduct but comedian has categorically denied "any violation of consent".


The woman, who requested anonymity, posted her statement through the Twitter handle of a journalist. She said she and the comedian had "hooked up two-three times, consensually and continued being friends" but things escalated when on two separate occasions, Khamba tried "repeatedly to make out with me while we were hanging out".


"He lay down on top of me on the couch, I had to physically shove him away, turn my face or push his. He would then stop. And we would hang out, ignoring the entire thing. I continued being friends with him."


The woman said the comic later realised he had feelings for her but by that time she was already in a relationship.


"This led to drunk calls, threat to ruin friendships, emotional blackmail and (emotional) abuse that went on for five months. In 2016, in Delhi, when we hung out, he wanted to come over, I said no. He said he didn't want to do anything, just spend time with me. I don't disbelieve this. But I said no. This was followed by him being angry and nasty and abusive.


"My equation with him has led to incredible stress, anxiety and a burden I carry even today in terms of how I conduct myself and navigate relationships, trust and general insecurity issues," she said.


The woman said she decided to come forward because she was sick of the hypocrisy when he is "lauded as a smart, level headed woke" man. "It makes me sick to see people celebrate him when they don't know the context and costs."
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16:19   AIB's CEO Tanmay Bhat to step down
The AIB, comedy collective, has asked its co-founders Tanmay Bhat and Gursmiran Khamba to step down in the aftermath of sexual harassment complaints against its former employer -- stand-up comic Utsav Chakraborty.


AIB took this step after it admitted and publicly apologised that despite several complaints against Chakraborty of sexual misconduct by several women, the group continued to collaborate even when Bhat received "specific, detailed allegations" in a "personal conversation".


The AIB clarified that the private conversation happened after Chakraborty had stopped being their employee, but said they made a "big mistake" and should have cut all ties immediately.


Read the AIB statement alongside.
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15:59   My stand remains unchanged: Nana on Tanushree's charges
Actor Nana Patekar refused to take quesions on the sexual harassment allegations made by actress Tanushree Dutta.


Walking to his Mumbai residence, Patekar said his lawyers have asked him not to speak to the media. "Whatever I have to say I said 10 years ago. The truth which was there 10 years back, stands true even today," he said refusing to elaborate.


In fact, Patekar, was to address the media Monday but the press conference was abruptly called off. A message was sent out to the media last night by Nana's son Malhar, stating the press conference would not take place.


The 67-year-old actor's lawyer has sent a legal notice to Dutta for allegedly making false accusations against him in an incident that dates back to a decade.Dutta has said that Patekar had harassed her during the shooting of a film in 2008 and she had spoken out about the incident but nothing happened and she was even thrown out of the film.


Dutta has also filed a complaint with the Mumbai police against Patekar, choreographer Ganesh Acharya and the director and producer of the 2008 film. Patekar, who was shooting for upcoming film Housefull 4 in Jodhpur with actors Akshay Kumar, Kriti Sanon and others, returned to Mumbai on Saturday. "I said this 10 years ago... a lie is a lie (Dus saal pehle bol chuka hoon, ab jo jhoot hai woh jhoot hai')," Patekar had said.
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15:40   Nordhaus, Romer win Nobel Economics for sustainable growth
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2018 to William D. Nordhaus and Paul M. Romer.

The duo have designed methods that address some of our times most fundamental and pressing issues: long-term sustainable growth in the global economy and the welfare of the worlds population, the Academy said.


William Nordhaus is being recognised for his work on the damage caused by climate change.

Paul Romer has examined how economists can achieve a healthy rate of economic growth.

The models that Nordhaus and Romer have created have helped with the development of economic growth, and with combating climate change, were hearing, the Nobel Committee said.

They have taken macroeconomics to a global scale, to tackle some of the worlds biggest problems, the Nobel Prize committee say.
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15:18   Valley gives cold shoulder to J-K civic polls; 6% turnout till 1pm
About six per cent of the electorate voted in the first six hours of polling in 83 wards of urban local bodies in militancy-wracked Kashmir Valley, where elections are being held amid tight security, officials said Monday. Voting for the first of the four-phased elections in the Valley began at 7 am and will end at 4 pm.


"Over 5,400 voters exercised their franchise till 1.00 pm at the 150 polling stations set up in the 83 wards across the Kashmir Valley where polling is going on today," an official said.


Around 85,000 voters, including 40,800 women, are eligible to vote in the Valley. Of the 30,074 voters in three wards of Srinagar Municipal Corporation, 1,500 turned up to exercise their franchise at the heavily fortified polling stations. Polling was brisker in north Kashmir with more than 29 per cent of 4,700 voters casting their votes in the first two hours for Kupwara Municipal Committee, followed by 21 per cent in Handwara town, the official said.


The poll percentage in Bandipora, Baramulla, Anantnag and Budgam municipal areas was around five per cent. Polling is being held for only 83 wards in the Valley as 69 wards have been won uncontested. Of the 150 polling stations in the Kashmir division, 138 are categorised hypersensitive.


The urban local body polls were announced last month. Two major political parties -- the National Conference and the PDP -- have boycotted the elections accusing the Centre of not taking a firm stand on protection of Article 35-A of the Constitution, which is facing a legal challenge in the Supreme Court. -- PTI


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15:06   Tanushree-Nana row: Akshay Kumar files complaint over doctored video
Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar on Saturday filed a written complaint with the Mumbai cyber police against a person and a YouTube channel, alleging that a video featuring him has been edited to make it appear as though the actor expressed his views on the ongoing controversy between Tanushree Dutta and Nana Patekar.


In his complaint, Kumar, who recently shot with Patekar in Jaisalmer for their upcoming movie 'Housefull 4', told the police that during questions and answers at an event, someone asked him about a well-known actress from Bollywood, but later that part was uploaded on YouTube in an edited form.


He also added that the person who had uploaded the video replaced the original actress' name (which was asked in question) with Tanushree Dutta's, who has alleged that Patekar harassed her while shooting for a special dance number for the movie 'Horn Ok Pleasss'.


Soon after Akshay's complaint, the said video was deleted from the YouTube channel. -- ANI
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14:49   Tanushree not molested: Horn OK Pleassss producer
Horn 'OK' Pleassss producer Samee Siddiqui on Monday submitted an application as his response to the Tanushree Dutta-Nana Patekar row.


In the application submitted before the Oshiwara police station, Siddiqui stated that the matter had already been investigated by the Goregaon police. He further said Tanushree was not molested and is now raking up the issue for publicity.


The 'Aashiq Banaya Aapne' actor has alleged that Patekar misbehaved with her on the sets of the film in 2008. She accused him of harassing her while shooting for a special dance number in the movie and also stated that Bollywood dance choreographer Ganesh Acharya teamed up against her.


Patekar, however, refuted these allegations and said that "a lie will remain a lie." He also slapped a legal notice against Tanushree. -- ANI
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14:18   'He's like Buddha'
 'He has dealt with such tremendous odds that he understands things at a level that not many people do,' Urmimala Abhilash tells Rediff.com's Archana Masih about her husband, Commander Abhilash Tomy.


Read the report here.
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13:57   Maneka asks Law Ministry to not keep any age limit to report child sexual abuse
Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi Monday said she has asked the Law Ministry to not keep any age limit to report child sexual abuse, allowing people to complain about what has happened to them even "10-15 years later".


Noting that anger at molestation and sexual abuse never goes away, Gandhi also said she is "very happy" that the #MeToo campaign has started in India and encouraged women to come forward to complain against sexual harassment.


"One always remembers the person who molested you and we have written to the Law Ministry that one should be allowed to complain without any time limit," Gandhi told reporters.


Under Section 468 of the CrPC, any offence, including child abuse, which can lead to a prison term of three years has to be reported within three years of the incident. According to Section 473 of the CrPC, a court may take cognisance of an older case if it is in the "interest of justice" or if the "delay has been properly explained".


However, victims of child sexual abuse often face problems in registering an FIR once they are 18 or more. Gandhi said she has proposed that people can complain even "10-15 years later". "It doesn't matter how much later. If you're going to complain the avenue is open," she added. -- PTI
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13:49   #MeToo: Rajat Kapoor apologises
Actor-director Rajat Kapoor has said he has tried to be a "good human being" all his life and apologises from the "bottom of his heart", after a woman journalist accused him of "lewd" and unprofessional behaviour.


Kapoor tweeted his apology on Sunday after a woman journalist gave a detailed account of how he made her feel uncomfortable when she went to interview him in 2007, the latest expose in what is being called India's #MeToo moment.


Kapoor tweeted an apology, saying he has tried to be a decent man all his life. "If however, I have slipped and through my actions or words caused pain or hurt or trauma to absolutely anybody." "I am sorry from the bottom of my heart - and sad that I was the cause of this hurt to another human being. If there is one thing more important to me than even my work, it is to be a good human being. And I have tried to be that person. And now, I will try harder," added the director of critically acclaimed films such as "Aankhon Dekhi".


The journalist shared her story with a fellow journalist, who put out screenshots of their conversation on Twitter. The woman, who requested anonymity, said she was "stunned" but let it pass. She said she ended the interview after "this line of questioning and creepiness continued, wondering just how creepy would he be in person".


Though her editor gave her the option of not filing the interview, she filed it, the journalist said.


In hindsight, she said she regrets going ahead with it and should have reported the incident. By not doing so, she may have encouraged the director's "sense of entitlement that he can behave unprofessionally and in a lewd manner and get away with it - even with a journalist", she said.


The #MeToo movement, which many believe has arrived in the country after Tanushree Dutta again accused Nana Patekar of harassing her on sets of a film 10 years ago, gained further momentum after a former woman employee of Phantom Films outed "Queen" director Vikas Bahl. The incident had taken place in 2015.


Phantom Films was dissolved last week. In separate statements, Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane, who formed the company along with Bahl and Madhu Mantena seven years ago, detailed the backdoor deliberations that took place in order to punish their partner. While big names from the Hindi film industry have still not reacted on the row, the revelations against Bahl drew a fierce reaction from their frequent collaborators -- "Sacred Games" co-writer Varun Grover and "Masaan" director Neeraj Ghaywan. Women from all walks of life have started to come forward, naming and shaming the predatory behaviour of men. -- PTI
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13:25   Dilip Kumar hospitalised
Veteran actor Dilip Kumar was admitted to hospital Sunday. The 95-year-old actor is being treated for recurrent pneumonia. Kumar's family friend Faisal Farooqui shared the news on the actor's official Twitter handle.


"Want to inform you @TheDilipKumar has been admitted to hospital last night. He's being treated for recurrent pneumonia. Praying... Will keep you updated on twitter. --FF (@faisalMouthshut)" the tweet read.


Last month, the actor was admitted to hospital for the treatment of mild pneumonia. Known as the 'Tragedy King of Bollywood', Dilip Kumar has given memorable performances in films such as "Andaz", 'Aan', 'Madhumati', 'Devdas' and 'Mughal-e-Azam'. -- PTI


Image: File pic of Amitabh Bachchan with Saira Banu and Dilip Kumar when the thespian had suffered a mild heart attack in 2013.
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13:08   Did Nana Patekar chicken out of press conference?
Actor Nana Patekar, who has been accused of sexual harassment by Tanushree Dutta, was to address the media Monday but the press conference has now been called off. A message was sent out to the media last night by Nana's son Malhar, stating the press conference would not take place.


"Sorry to be messaging at this hour, just wanted to inform that there's no press conference tomorrow, please pass on the message to your colleagues in the media. Will let you know about the further proceedings soon, regards," the message read. There was no response from his lawyer when contacted.


The 67-year-old actor's lawyer has sent a legal notice to Dutta for allegedly making false accusations against him in an incident that dates back to a decade.


Dutta has said that Patekar had harassed her during the shooting of a film in 2008 and she had spoken out about the incident but nothing happened and she was even thrown out of the film.


Dutta has also filed a complaint with the Mumbai police against Patekar, choreographer Ganesh Acharya and the director and producer of the 2008 film. Patekar, who was shooting for upcoming film Housefull 4 in Jodhpur with actors Akshay Kumar, Kriti Sanon and others, returned to Mumbai on Saturday. "I said this 10 years ago... a lie is a lie (Dus saal pehle bol chuka hoon, ab jo jhoot hai woh jhoot hai')," Patekar had said. PTI
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12:49   HC allows CBI to file closure report in missing JNU student's case
The Delhi High Court Monday allowed the CBI to file a closure report in the case of JNU student Najeeb Ahmed, who went missing from the university nearly two years ago. A bench of justices S Muralidhar and Vinod Goel "declined" the plea of the missing student's mother, Fatima Nafees, to constitute a SIT and monitor the probe, thereby removing the CBI from the investigation.


The bench said Nafees, who had moved the high court in November 2016 seeking directions to the police to trace her son, "can raise all contentions available to her before the trial court" and disposed of the plea. The court had reserved its verdict in the case on September 4.


The CBI, which had taken over the probe on May 16 last year, had after more than a year of investigation said it had looked into all the aspects of the case and was of the opinion that no offence was committed against the missing student.


Ahmed had gone missing from the Mahi-Mandvi hostel of the JNU in New Delhi on October 15, 2016, following a scuffle with some students allegedly affiliated to the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad the previous night.


The lawyer for Nafees had contended before the court that it was a "political case" and that the "CBI has succumbed to the pressure of its masters". Nafees had moved the high court on November 25, 2016, seeking directions to the police to trace her son.


However, as the Delhi Police remained clueless about Ahmed's whereabouts even after seven months since he went missing, the probe was handed over to the CBI on May 16 last year. -- PTI


Image: Missing JNU student Najeeb's mother along with other students at a protest outside the Delhi Police headquarters in New Delhi in 2016.
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12:26   SC to hear plea challenging Rafale deal on October 10
The Supreme Court will hear a fresh PIL against the Rafale deal between India and France on Wednesday. A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph Monday said it will hear the PIL filed by lawyer Vineet Dhanda, who is seeking a direction to the Centre to reveal details of the deal and the comparative prices during the UPA and NDA rule in a sealed cover to the apex court.


The petition also sought information about the contract given to Reliance by Dassault.


Advocate ML Sharma's plea, filed earlier, alleging discrepancies in the fighter jet deal with France and seeking a stay on it will also come up for hearing on October 10.


Sharma claimed in his plea that the inter-government agreement to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets must be quashed as it was an "outcome of corruption" and not ratified by Parliament under Article 253 (Parliament has power to make any law for implementing any inter-government agreement) of the Constitution. -- PTI
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12:24   I could tell something is wrong with him: Kangana on Queen director
In the wake of the Nana Patekar-Tanushree Dutta row, Bollywood diva Kangana Ranaut has lent support to a girl who accused her 'Queen' director Vikas Bahl of sexual harassment.


In a statement, Kangana, while backing the woman accusing Bahl, said "I totally believe her. Even though Vikas was married back in 2014 when we were filming 'Queen', he bragged about having casual sex with a new partner every other day. I don't judge people and their marriages but you can tell when addiction becomes a sickness."


Sharing her experience with Bahl on the sets of 'Queen', the 'Krishh' star said, "He partied every night and shamed me for sleeping early and not being cool enough. I often told him off. He was scared of me but still every time we met socially, we greeted and hugged each other. He would bury his face in my neck and hold me really tight and breathe in the smell of my hair. It took me a great amount of strength and effort to pull myself out of his embrace, he would say - I love how you smell K-I could tell something is wrong with him."


However, Kangana lambasted the members of the now-dissolved Phantom Films for not helping the girl when she sought help regarding the matter in the past.


"What is sad is that now that Phantom has dissolved, many are attacking him (Bahl). Even though the girl asked for help long ago, that time the story was conveniently killed. But I supported her at that time as well. You can see my media interaction during one of my brand endorsements, I thought the movement would catch up but I was wrong.


"Kangana also revealed that she lost out on a few projects after she decided to help the girl who accused Bahl.


"At that time Vikas came to me with a script about a gold medalist from Haryana. When I supported the girl, he stopped talking to me. I didn't mind losing out on a good script and I never called him either. I was determined to say what I felt was right but the matter was pushed under the carpet and I didn't hear any updates about the same."


She continued "Attacking powerless men won't begin a movement. Either we do it or we don't. Let's not be opportunists if we are a shit society and be honest within yourself. Selective outrage will only serve as entertainment, this will just be tabloid gossip and nothing else." -- ANI
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12:00   Indian tourist killed, 2 injured in shootout in Thailand
A 42-year-old Indian tourist was killed and two others seriously injured in a shootout between two rival gangs in Bangkok, Thai Police said Monday. The shooting took place last night on a street behind Centara Watergate Pavillion hotel in Ratchathewi district, where tourist coaches were parked, 'Bangkok Post' reported.


Gakhrejr Dheeraj, an Indian, and Keovongsa Thonekeo, 28, a Lao tourist, died at a hospital where other injured are undergoing treatment. The five people injured in the crossfire were two Thais, two Indians and one Lao.


All were taken to a nearby hospital, the report said, quoting police officials. The Indians were part of a group of tourists who had just had their dinner at an Indian restaurant in the mall and were waiting for their bus at the parking lot. While they were there, two groups of young men emerged from a nearby snooker club into an alley just beside the parking lot, said police Major General Senit Samararn Samruajkit. They began a fight that quickly escalated into an armed battle, Samruajkit said.


According to eyewitnesses, around 20 men armed with pistols, knives and sticks ran from the club into the street, he said, adding that three men also opened fire.


The gang members fled as the police arrived at the scene, and none of them was apprehended. Police have yet to identify the type of rifles used, but spent shells from the AK47 assault rifle were found at the scene. -- PTI
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11:37   Women's entry to Sabarimala: Woman files review petition in SC
Shylaja Vijayan, President National Ayyappa Devotees Association moves the Supreme Court seeking a review of the Apex court's judgment in the Sabarimala case.


Protests over the entry of women in Sabarimala have gained momentum after teh LDF government made it clear that it would not go in for a review of the Supreme Court verdict.


Meanwhile, the representatives of the Pandalam Palace and Sabarimala temple priests refused to attend the meeting called by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday to discuss the Supreme Court's verdict allowing women's entry in the Lord Ayyappa temple. The Palace trust will also file a review petition in the matter.


Devotees of Lord Ayyappa continued their protest in Chennai, demanding the retaining of the age-old tradition of the hill shrine. The devotees organised a rally from Kodambakkam High Road to Mahalingapuram Sree Ayyappa Temple demanding the government to file a review petition against the apex court's verdict.
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11:29   SC to hear plea against Rafale deal on October 10
The Supreme Court Monday agreed to hear on October 10 a fresh PIL against the Rafale deal between India and France. The PIL seeks a direction to the Centre to reveal details of the deal and comparative prices during the UPA and NDA rule to the apex court in a sealed cover. A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph would hear the PIL filed by lawyer Vineet Dhanda. -- PTI
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11:25   HC allows CBI to file closure report in missing JNU student case
The Delhi High Court Monday allowed the CBI to file a closure report in the case related to missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed. The bench of justices S Muralidhar and Vinod Goel said Ahmed's mother, who had moved the court for a direction to the police to trace her son, could raise her grievances before the trial court where the report was filed.


The court said if Najeeb's mother wanted the status report of the probe, she would have to move the trial court. Ahmed had gone missing from the Mahi-Mandvi hostel of the Jawaharlal Nehru University on October 15, 2016, following a scuffle with some students allegedly affiliated to the ABVP the previous night. -- PTI
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11:10   Court extends interim protection from arrest granted to Chidambaram, son in Aircel-Maxis case
A Delhi Court Monday extended till November 1 the interim protection from arrest granted to former Union Minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti in the Aircel-Maxis case filed by the CBI and the ED. Special CBI Judge O P Saini put up the matter for November 1 after the counsel appearing for agencies sought an adjournment in the matter. Advocates appearing for the CBI and the ED, Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta and Nitesh Rana, told the court that the agencies required time to file a detailed reply and argue on the application filed through Chidambaram's lawyers P K Dubey and Arshdeep Singh. Chidambaram and his son were named in the chargesheet filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation in the case on July 19. -- PTI
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11:09   J-K civic polls: Voting starts on dull note
Less than two per cent of the electorate turned out to cast their votes on Monday in 83 wards of urban local bodies in Kashmir in the first two hours of polling for the first of the four-phased elections in the valley amidst stringent security arrangements.


"Nearly 1600 voters have exercised their franchise till 9.00 am at the 150 pollings stations set up in 83 wards across Kashmir Valley where polling is going on today," an official said.


Around 85,000 voters including 40,800 women are eligible to vote in the valley. Out of 30,074 voters in three wards of Srinagar Municipal Corporation, only 417 turned up at heavily-fortified polling stations. Polling is picking up in north Kashmir as more than 10 per cent of 4,700 voters cast their votes in the first two hours for Kupwara Municipal Committee, followed by 5.5 per cent in Handwara town.


The poll percentage in Bandipora was an abysmal one per cent while Baramulla recorded around 0.8 per cent turnout, the official said. -- PTI
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10:33   Sensex hit by Monday blues, falls over 150 points
The BSE Sensex fell over 150 points and the NSE Nifty dropped below the 10,300-level in early trade Monday on unabated foreign fund outflow amid weak Asian cues and the weakness in rupee.


Falling for the fourth straight session, the BSE 30-share barometer fell 169.20 points, or 0.53 per cent, to 34,207.79 after hitting a low of 34,106.24. The gauge had plunged by 2,149.15 points in the previous three sessions.


Sectoral indices, led by metal, realty, consumer durables, capital goods, healthcare, auto, FMCG, power and teck, were trading in the negative terrain, falling up to 3.38 per cent.


The NSE Nifty fell 88.85 points, or 0.86 per cent, to 10,227.60. Top laggards include Vedanta, Tata Steel, Adani Ports, HDFC, Wipro, L&T, RIL, Bajaj Auto, ITC, Maruti Suzuki, HUL, Sun Pharma, ICICI Bank, TCS, Bharti Airtel, IndusInd Bank, M&M and Axis Bank, dropping by up to 6.58 per cent. However, Yes Bank, Coal India, SBI, ONGC, PowerGrid and Kotak Bank were trading in the green on value buying.


Foreign funds sold shares worth a net of Rs 3,370.14 crore, while domestic institutional investors bought equities worth Rs 1,902.07 crore Friday, provisional data showed.


Foreign investors have pulled out over Rs 9,300 crore (USD 1.3 billion) from the Indian capital market in the last four trading sessions. Brokers said besides unabated foreign fund outflows, losses at other Asian markets, led by China and Friday's losses in the US market, dampened trading sentiments in India. PTI
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10:10   Increasing rule of mob posing threat to freedom of expression in India: Arundhati Roy
Booker Prize winner author and activist Arundhati Roy has expressed her fear over an increasing rule of the mob in India, which poses a grave threat to freedom of expression in the country.  
Roy, who won the world's leading literary prize for her debut novel The God of Small Things' in 1997, has herself been hauled into court over her writing. 
"Censorship now has been outsourced to the mob. We have these various groups who simplify their own identity, appoint their own spokespersons, decide their own history, fake their own history and then start burning cinema halls, attacking people, burning books, killing people," Roy said, delivering the Noor Inayat Khan Memorial Trust lecture in London.
The Delhi-based writer said that mob-based violence and attacks on literary and other forms of art were far more terrifying than the cycle of court cases she has undergone.
"The state has sort of moved out of the way of censorship and now it's the rule of the mob and this is more terrifying than being hauled up for contempt of court and arguing your case," she said.
During an in-conversation segment of the South Asia Institute event at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, Roy also spoke about the various influences on her writing as part of the lecture series set up by NIKMT in memory of World War II heroine Noor Inayat Khan, a descendant of Tipu Sultan, who fought for Britain against fascist forces before being captured and killed by the Nazis. 
"We didn't want Noor just stuck in the pages of history," said Shrabani Basu, author of Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan' and Founder-Chair of NIKMT. -- PTI 
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10:09   Fuel prices witness fresh hike days after cut in excise duty
Fuel prices continued to surge on Monday, with petrol and diesel prices being hiked by 21 paise and 29 paise respectively.

In the national capital, petrol is priced at Rs 82.03 per litre, while diesel rates have now escalated to Rs 73.82 following the revision.

In Mumbai, petrol and diesel rates were hiked by 21 paise and 31 paise each. 

Petrol is retailed at Rs 87.50 and diesel is sold at Rs 77.37.

On September 4, Jaitley had announced a cut of Rs 2.50 per litre on both petrol and diesel prices and directed the state governments to implement the same.
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09:28   Indian Air Force celebrates 86th anniversary
86th Indian Air Force Day celebrations are underway at Hindon Air Force Station in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh
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09:27   Guj lions will not relocated as situation is under control: Rupani
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said Sunday lions in the Gir forest were safe and they would not be relocated.
 
Earlier in the day, the forest department started the vaccination of lions in the Gir sanctuary to protect them from a deadly virus blamed for the death of some of the big cats.
As many as 23 lions have died in the sanctuary in less than a month. Most of them have succumbed to canine distemper virus and protozoa infections, forest officials had said.
 
"The situation in Gir is under control and the lions are completely safe in the forest. The state government is sensitive and committed towards the conservation of lions in the state, and lions will not be relocated," Rupani told reporters at Bilkha in Junagadh district where the Gir forest is located.
The lions, an endangered species, are being vaccinated under intensive veterinary care and as per standard protocol, officials said Sunday.
 
CDV is considered a dangerous virus and it was blamed for wiping out 30 per cent population of African lions in East African forests.
 
"Vaccination of segregated #Lions under intensive veterinary care as per standard protocol started. Top national & international lion experts have been consulted. Government undertaking utmost care for lion safety," said the Chief Conservator of Forest, Wildlife Junagadh, an official Twitter handle of the Junagadha district Forest Department.
 
Rupani said the government had involved world-class experts to tackle the situation and control the spread of the deadly virus in the lions, adding their blood reports were negative.
 
The chief minister further said the government is planning to set up of best medical facilities to treat the lions.
 
A senior government official in Gandhinagar said only those lions which are in the forest department's captivity are being vaccinated at present. -- PTI
READ | 'We will do whatever is required to save the lions'
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08:50   Aadhaar mandatory for those seeking treatment under Ayushman Bharat for 2nd time
Aadhaar is not mandatory to avail benefits for the first time under the recently-launched Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana but will be compulsory for those seeking treatment under the scheme for the second time, according to a top official.
In case the Aadhaar number is not available, beneficiaries have to at least provide documents to prove that they have enrolled for the 12-digit unique identity number, said Indu Bhushan, CEO of the National Health Agency, responsible for implementing the PMJAY.
 
The move comes in the wake of a Supreme Court order declaring the Aadhaar scheme as constitutionally valid.
 
"We are studying the Supreme Court order. Aadhaar number or at least documents to prove that one has enrolled for the 12-digit unique identity number will be mandatory to seek treatment under the scheme for the second time.
"To avail benefits for the first time, one can either show an Aadhaar or any other identity document like election card etc," Bhushan said.
 
The Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Mission, which was renamed as AB-PMJAY, was launched pan-India by the prime minister from Jharkhand on September 23.
 
Since its rollout, over 50,000 poor people have availed benefits of the scheme, which has been touted as the world's largest health insurance programme, Union Health Minister J P Nadda said.
 
He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi's idea of providing free health services has given strength to these families.
 
Over 92,000 people have been given Gold cards, Deputy CEO of NHA, Dinesh Arora said.
 
Under the scheme, the government aims at providing a coverage of Rs 5 lakh per family annually, benefiting more than 10.74 crore poor families for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation through a network of Empanelled Health Care Providers. -- PTI
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08:26   Amid tight security, voting in first phase of local body polls begins
Under a heavy security blanket, the first phase of urban local body polls is currently underway in Jammu and Kashmir. 

As many as 2,990 candidates are in the fray for the four-phase election, which will end on October 16. 

Voting has began at 7 am and will end at 4 pm. 

Around 240 candidates have been elected unopposed, majority of them from the Kashmir valley. 

The BJP has said that it has got control over seven municipal committees in Kashmir Valley as 75 of its nominees have been elected unopposed.