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  • Jayalalithaa 'Eternal General Secretary', Sasikala Removed, Says AIADMK: 10 Facts
    J Jayalalithaa will be the AIADMK's "eternal general secretary," Tamil Nadu's ruling party said today, scrapping the post and sacking VK Sasikala, who is in jail. The party will be run by Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam as Chief Coordinator and Chief Minister E Palaniswami as his assistant at the head of an 11-member panel. Today's meeting made a merger between factions led by the two leaders formal and voided all decisions made by Ms Sasikala as party chief, including the appointment of her nephew TTV Dhinakaran as the party's number 2.
  • 9/11 Of 1893 Was About Love, Says PM Narendra Modi On Vivekananda's Speech: 5 Quotes
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a students' convention today to mark the 125th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda's Chicago address and BJP ideologue Deendayal Upadhyaya's centenary celebrations. The theme of the convention is 'Young India, New India'. The event is being organised by the Deendayal Research Institute (DRI) and supported by the Culture Ministry.
  • Top Officials Of Gurgaon School Where Boy Was Killed Arrested: 10 Facts
    Schools in Delhi will have to undergo mass police verification within three weeks as part of a host of security measures, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said three days after a seven-year-old boy, Pradyuman Thakur, was murdered at Gurgaon's Ryan International School. The Supreme Court had issued notices to the Centre, the Haryana government and the Central Board of Secondary Education after the boy's father sought a CBI investigation into the murder and safety guidelines for schools. Two officials of the school have been arrested after an investigation pointed at serious security lapses at the school.
  • Gurgaon Student Murder: Probe Team Points Out Serious Lapses - 10 Facts
    A report by a three-member Special Investigation Team has pointed out numerous security lapses at Gurgaon's Ryan International School, where a seven-year-old child was found murdered inside a toilet on Friday. Around 50 policemen, two fire engines and a water cannon were stationed at the school today after three days of continuous protests by parents and locals. This morning, the police used lathis or batons to control protesters who had set fire to a nearby liquor shop. Haryana Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma said the state is not averse to a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation as demanded by the family.
  • From Idli Batter To Raincoats, 30 Common Use Items To Get Cheaper: 10 Points
    The government on Saturday extended till October 10 the deadline for filing of July GSTR-1 or sales returns for businesses, said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. The deadline for filing GSTR-2 (purchase returns) and GSTR-3 (match of GSTR-1 and GSTR-2) for July have also been extended. The decision was taken after the Council reviewed the functioning of the GST Network (GSTN) platform. A detailed presentation was given to the members by GSTN officials. Mr Jaitley said the portal did face technical glitches on two-three occasions due to overload.
  • Principal Suspended, Protests Continue At Gurgaon School Where 7-Year-Old Was Killed: 10 Points
    Amid calls for action by angry parents against a school in Gurgaon where a seven-year-old child was killed allegedly by a bus conductor inside a toilet, the acting principal of Ryan International School has been suspended. The services of the private agency which provided security to the school have also been suspended. There have been angry protests at the school by hundreds of agitated parents since yesterday morning when the seven year old boy was found with his throat slit in the school bathroom. The Class 2 student had been brutally murdered allegedly by a school bus conductor who also tried to sexually assault the boy.
  • In Ram Rahim Base, Tunnel To Women's Hostel, Explosives Factory: 10 Facts
    An illegal explosive factory and two secret tunnels - one leading from Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's residence to a women's hostel - have been found inside the jailed self-styled guru's sprawling Dera campus in Haryana's Sirsa on the second day of a court-ordered search being carried out by security forces and district authorities. 85 cartons of explosive material were recovered from the premises, which members of Ram Rahim's Dera Sacha Sauda sect say were to be used to make firecrackers. The factory has been sealed and a forensic team is examining the nature of the explosives.
  • As Rajnath Singh Reaches Kashmir, Pak Violates Ceasefire: 10 Points
    Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh landed in Srinagar this morning and headed straight for a meeting with Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. During the four-day visit, the longest by a home minister in years, Rajnath Singh will travel to Jammu and Rajouri as well Anantnag in south Kashmir and meet civil society members, leaders of political and social outfits and business leaders. The Home Minister had set the tone for the visit yesterday, declaring that he was going with an "open mind" and ready to meet with anyone who wishes to help resolve differences through dialogue.
  • Unruly Fliers Could Be Banned For Life: No-Fly Rules In 10 Points
    Under new no-fly rules framed by the government, unruly passengers face a ban on flying from a minimum three months to a lifetime, depending on the nature of the misdemeanour. The new rules will apply to foreign carriers as well, the civil aviation ministry said today. They were expedited after a Shiv Sena lawmaker assaulted an Air India official earlier this year. Weeks later a lawmaker of the Telugu Desam Party had damaged airport property for being denied a boarding pass after arriving late for a flight. Both were grounded for a while.
  • Abu Salem Sentenced To Life, 2 Get Death In Mumbai Blasts Case: 10 Points
    Gangster Abu Salem was sentenced to life in jail today after being convicted of involvement in the 1993 Mumbai blasts in which 257 people were killed and over 700 seriously injured. Two others, Tahir Merchant and Feroz Khan, were sentenced to death and another convict, Karimullah Khan, has been sentenced to a life term for the deadly blasts.
  • Gold Prices Rise To 1-Year High, Rupee Slides To 3-Week Low: 10 Points
    Global gold prices have held close to their one-year high levels as geopolitical risks over North Korea remained elevated. Domestic gold prices too have risen to their highest levels this year (year-to-date) around Rs 30,500, tracking higher global prices. Meanwhile, the rupee fell to a three-week low against the US dollar, sliding to 64.26 against the greenback. In global markets, gold prices rose to $1,339.87 per ounce today. This comes a day after the global gold rate touched its highest level since early September at $1,344.21. Domestic gold prices closely track global prices, as India meets almost all its requirements from imports. Besides that, import duties and the dollar-rupee value also affects domestic gold prices.
  • As Metro Rolls Out, Yogi Adityanath Says Lucknow Now 'Smart City': 10 Facts
    Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath opened Lucknow Metro this afternoon. The 8.5 km stretch will be open for public from Wednesday. In his address, the Chief Minister said the state is exploring the possibility of opening metro services in at least eight other cities, including Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's constituency. "I devote this metro service to Vajpayeeji," he said, referring to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who had represented Lucknow in the Lok Sabha.
  • Siddaramaiah Cracks Down On BJP's <i>Mangaluru Chalo</i> Rally: 10 Facts
    More than 1,900 BJP workers were detained by Karnataka police today after they started a bike rally from Bangaluru to for Mangaluru despite being effused permission. The Mangaluru Chalo rally, the BJP said, was meant to draw attention to killings of right-wing workers in communally sensitive areas. The ruling Congress says the rally would raise communal tensions in the state ahead of the assembly elections which will be held by the end of the year. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said the BJP should instead do a "Delhi Chalo" rally to carry the farmers' woes to the Centre.
  • Let's Get Ties On 'Right Track', China's Xi Jinping Tells PM Narendra Modi: 10 Points
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and China's President Xi Jinping agreed that more needed to be done to avoid future border disputes, the government said today as the two leaders held their first bilateral talks since the protracted standoff at Doklam ended last week. "One of the most important points made during the meeting was that peace and tranquility in the border areas was a prerequisite for the further development of ties," said Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar after talks that lasted more than an hour in China's port city of Xiamen, on the sidelines of a BRICS summit. "We held fruitful talks on bilateral relations," PM Modi tweeted before leaving for Myanmar.
  • PM Modi, President Xi To Hold Bilateral Meeting At 10 am Today: 10 Points
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping will hold a bilateral meeting at 10 am today on the sidelines of the BRICS summit. The meeting comes days after India and China called off their troops after a 73-day stand-off at Doklam. On Monday morning, the two leaders had greeted each other with a warm handshake and broad smiles before the day's programmes started. The leaders of BRICS - a grouping of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - have strongly condemned and named in a declaration, for the first time, Pakistan-based terror groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed and the Haqqani network.

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