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  • "Howdy, Houston!": PM Modi To Address Packed Texas Stadium - 10 Points
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will share stage with US President Donald Trump today for 'Howdy, Modi!' - an event to be attended by 50,000 people in Texas. The organisers -- the Texas India Forum -- have billed it as the largest-ever turnout for a foreign elected leader on US soil. "Howdy Houston! It's a bright afternoon here in Houston. Looking forward to a wide range of programmes in this dynamic and energetic city today and tomorrow," tweeted PM Modi, who landed in the US for a week-long visit on Saturday. The Prime Minister, who will hold several bilateral meetings and address the United Nations General Assembly, held a round-table of US-based energy companies last evening. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, who will also speak at the UN, is likely to flag Kashmir again.
  • "Howdy Houston!" Says PM Modi, Will Address Mega Event Today: 10 Points
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Houston on Saturday, beginning his week-long tour to the United States in which he will hold several bilateral meetings and will address the United Nations General Assembly. One of the highlights of PM Modi's US visit is his address at the grand "Howdy, Modi!" event on Sunday, where he will share the stage with US President Donald Trump. Over 50,000 people are expected to attend the function. "Howdy Houston! It's a bright afternoon here in Houston. Looking forward to a wide range of programmes in this dynamic and energetic city today and tomorrow," PM Modi tweeted.
  • In First Election Since Kashmir And NRC, BJP Targets Haryana, Maharashtra
    Assembly elections in Maharashtra and Haryana, announced today by the Election Commission for October 21, will be the first in the country since Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the BJP to success in Lok Sabha polls in May. Nearly 11 crore people will vote across the two states in an election that is also the first since PM Modi's government pushed through several key pieces of legislation in parliament's monsoon session, such as the abrogation of Article 370 and the 'Triple Talaq' bill, as well as completing the NRC in Assam. Kick-starting the BJP's election campaign in Haryana, PM Modi reminded voters of some of these 'firsts', saying, "whatever big decisions were taken, it is in your favour... triple talaq, mand many steps are being taken to strengthen the economy... be it Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh or the water problem, people have started looking for solutions".
  • Maharashtra, Haryana Polls On October 21, Results 3 Days Later: 10 Points
    Maharashtra and Haryana will vote for new assemblies on October 21 and the results will be out three days later, the Election Commission said on Saturday. The last date for filing nominations is October 4 and the deadline for withdrawing them is October 7. These are the first state polls after the national election, which the BJP won by a landslide, clearing the way for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's second term. The term of the Haryana assembly ends on November 2, and Maharashtra's on November 9. There are 1.82 crore voters in the northern state; Maharashtra has 8.9 crore voters.
  • Trade Tension, Energy Cooperation On Agenda In PM's US Visit: 10 Points
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is starting on Friday for a hectic week-long tour of the US that includes two meetings with US President Donald Trump, nearly 20 other bilaterals, and address at the UN General Assembly. India is clear, however, that despite the international focus on Kashmir, it would not be on PM Modi's agenda and any offer of mediation is off the table. Besides a bilateral meet, the Prime Minister will also share stage with US President Donald Trump at an event in Houston organised by Indian community. This is the third time PM Modi and President Trump will meet in three months - the two earlier occasions were the G-20 summit in Japan in June and the G-7 summit in France last month.
  • At "Howdy, Modi!" Event, Donald Trump Hints At An Announcement: 10 Points
    US President Donald Trump, who will share stage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the first time ever at the "Howdy Modi!" event in Houston on Sunday, has said he may make an announcement at the event which will be attended by 50,000 Indian Americans. Reports suggest officials of the two countries are trying to finalise a trade deal before PM Modi and Trump meet in Houston. Tensions between India and the US over trade have been rising with Donald Trump complaining that tariffs imposed by New Delhi on American products were "no longer acceptable."
  • Commuters Hit As Striking Delhi Transport Workers Stop Cabs: 10 Points
    Many cabs and autorickshaws in Delhi are being stopped on the roads by transport workers who are on a one-day strike to protest the steep hike in traffic fines. Several schools in Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida are closed today and office-goers faced difficulties in getting public transport. 41 associations and unions of goods and passenger segments including trucks, buses, autos and taxis in the Delhi-NCR region are on strike under two umbrella bodies. Transport bodies said the "token strike" was against the amended Motor Vehicle (MV) Act. The Delhi Metro and the Delhi Transport Corporation buses are functioning normally.
  • Delhi Transport Strike Today, Many Schools To Stay Closed: 10 Points
    Several schools will be closed in Delhi on Thursday and commuters could face problems because of a one-day transport strike called against the steep hike in traffic fines. Transport bodies said the "token strike" was against the amended Motor Vehicle (MV) Act. The strike has been called by the United Front of Transport Associations or UFTA which represents 41 associations and unions of goods and passenger segments including trucks, buses, autos and taxis in the Delhi NCR region, news agency PTI reported.
  • Supreme Court Targets October 18 To Complete Ayodhya Hearings: 10 Points
    The Ayodhya case hearings must be completed by October 18, the Supreme Court said today, reopening the possibility of mediation to resolve the decades-old temple-mosque dispute if the petitioners so wanted. If the mediation panel resumes the task, it can give its report even after the verdict is reserved, sources say. But key litigants from both sides of the dispute have nixed the idea even before it could take off.
  • Public Safety Act, Used To Detain Farooq Abdullah, Explained In 5 Points
    Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah was on Monday charged under the Public Safety Act (PSA) - a stringent law that enables detention without trial for two years. The politician, 83, has been charged with "disturbing public order", which carries a three-month detention term. He has so far been under "unofficial" house arrest in Srinagar, which will now be his "jail". This is the first time PSA has been used on a mainstream politician, particularly one who is a three-time former Chief Minister. It has usually been used to arrest terrorists or separatists. Questioned over the timing of the move, sources said there worries Mr Abdullah might talk to the press about Kashmir, which could be awkward for the centre ahead of a UN meet later this month.
  • 9/11 Attacks: What Happened At Twin Towers 18 Years Ago
    World Trade Centre Attack: September 11 attacks, also called the 9/11 terror attacks, were a series of four coordinated suicide attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda that took place on September 11, 2001 in the United States. The attacks killed nearly 3,000 people and injured over 6,000. The September 11 attacks were the deadliest attacks on the US soil since the Pearl Harbour bombing in 1941 that launched the US into World War II.
  • "Atrocious," Says Chandrababu Naidu, Under House Arrest; Cops Lock Gates
    Former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, his son Nara Lokesh and several leaders of his Telugu Desam Party (TDP) have been put under house arrest to prevent them from participating in a massive protest against the government run by YS Jagan Mohan Reddy. Large gatherings are banned by the police in Palnadu region, seen to be worst affected by violence fuelled by political rivalries. "It's a dark day for democracy," said Mr Naidu, adding the police action is "atrocious" and "unprecedented in history". "This government is violating human rights and fundamental rights. I am warning the government. I am warning police also. You cannot control us by arresting us," Mr Naidu told reporters at his home. He will sit on a fast till 8 pm today. Some of the TDP leaders who are under house arrest are Devineni Avinash, Kesineni Nani and Bhooma Akhilapriya.
  • "Pak Misusing Global Platforms For Own Gain": India's Top Quotes At UN
    India today opposed Pakistan's efforts to flag the Kashmir issue in the United Nations Human Rights Council, rejecting allegations of "atrocities" in the region while accusing Islamabad of misusing international platforms to further its own "malicious" political agenda. In its pitch before the global body earlier in the day, Pakistan had criticised India's decision to scrap Jammu and Kashmir's special status and demanded that its dispute with India be "resolved on the basis of the UN charter, relevant UN Security Council resolutions and bilateral agreements". Diplomats Ajay Bisaria and Vijay Thakur Singh are leading the Indian delegation in the rights council.
  • Muharram 2019: 10 Things To Know About The Day Of Ashura
    Muharram is a period of intense grief and mourning for Shia Muslims. The mourners congregate at a mosque for sorrowful poetic recitations. Some Shia Muslims observe the mourning with blood donation. Sunni Muslims commemorate the day through voluntary fasting. While fasting during the month of Ramadan became obligatory, the fast of Ashura was made non-compulsory. This year, the day of Ashura falls on September 10. Many Islamic communities wear black as a sign of mourning.
  • "Best Is Yet To Come," Says PM Amid Chandrayaan Heartbreak: Top Quotes
    After the late-night, heart-breaking announcement of losing communication with Chandrayaan 2's lander, PM Narendra Modi speaks about the pride the nation holds for space agency ISRO's scientists. Shortly after the announcement by ISRO chief K Sivan, PM Modi had comforted the scientists, saying the country "was proud" of them. "There are ups and downs in life. This is not a small achievement. The nation in proud of you. Hope for the best. I congratulate you," he said.

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