National News SahilOnline, Leading news portal from Coastal Karnataka, bringing you latest updates from the Coast, State, Nation and the World, in Kannada, Urdu and English. National News Will not speak on 'Shah-zada', says Rahul after court order Days after a court restrained news portal 'The Wire' from publishing or broadcasting reports based on an article published by it regarding a company of BJP chief Amit Shah's son, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today said he would neither speak himself about "Shah-zada" not allow others. "Mitron (friends), will not speak about 'Shah-zada', nor will let anyone speak," he tweeted in Hindi, referring to an interim injunction granted by an Ahmedabad court on a criminal defamation case filed against The Wire by Jay Shah, the son of the BJP president. Pollution killed 2.5 million people in India in 2015: study India had the world's highest number of deaths due to air, water and other forms of pollution in 2015, according to a study published in the Lancet journal today which showed that pollution killed as many as 2.5 million people in the country. Ranjit Kumar resigns as solicitor general Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar, the country's second highest law officer, resigned today for "personal reasons". The office of Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad received his resignation letter today. While Kumar confirmed to PTI that he had resigned, sources close to him said it was for "personal reasons". Not allowed to rebuild Kedarnath as Guj CM under pressure from UPA: Modi Prime Minister Narendra Modi today laid the foundation stones of five reconstruction projects here and hit out at the Congress, saying he was not allowed to carry out redevelopment work after the 2013 deluge when he was Gujarat chief minister. Rajasthan: Half-buried farmers continue protest on Diwali Farmers in Jaipur's Neendar village, who have been protesting government's acquisition of their lands by burying themselves partially in pits, continued with their protest on the occasion of Diwali. Eight transport workers dead after roof collapse in Tamil Nadu Eight transport workers died after roof of a Bus depot's rest room collapsed in Tamil Nadu's Nagapattinam district on Friday. Three others injured were rescued from the debris. EC has authorised PM to announce date of Gujarat polls: Chidambaram Former finance minister and senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram has questioned the Election Commission's (EC) decision of not announcing the dates for Gujarat elections. Six injured as bridge collapses in Himachal Pradesh At least six people were injured after a concrete bridge, linking Chamba town in Himachal Pradesh with Pathankot in Punjab, collapsed on Thursday due to sheer negligence. OROP will be implemented in stages: PM Modi Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is celebrating Diwali with army and Border Security Force troops in the Gurez Valleyhere, said the One Rank One Pension Scheme will be rolled out in stages. "It is my desire to implement this scheme which has been pending for long now. Unfortunately, we don't have so much money. The implementation of this will be done in stages. The government is committed to the welfare and the betterment of the armed forces in every way possible," he told the personnel on the occasion of Diwali. Goods train derails in Mathura, Delhi-Agra route disrupted Two bogies of a goods train derailed near Mathura Railway station on Thursday, affecting the Delhi-Agra rail route. No casualties have been reported. Delhi airport gets hoax call about 'bomb on plane' on Diwali The security agencies at the Delhi airport had a nervous moment today after they received a hoax call about a bomb on a Mumbai-bound flight. A call centre of the airport operator received the call from a mobile phone at about 2 pm. The caller said in Hindi, "Delhi-Bombay flight mein bomb hai" (there is a bomb on a Delhi-Mumbai flight), a senior official engaged in airport security said. Fire breaks out at central Kolkata building, SBI office gutted A massive fire broke out today on the 16th floor of a commercial building in central Kolkata, gutting the global market office of the State Bank of India (SBI). Thirteen fire tenders were pressed into service to douse the fire that originated from the server room of the SBI's global department at the Jeevan Sudha building, a fire brigade official said. 20 IAF planes to touch down on Lucknow-Agra Expressway on Oct 24 Twenty aircrafts of the Indian Air Force (IAF), including AN-32 transport, Mirage 2000 and Sukhoi 30 MKI, will make a touchdown on the Lucknow-Agra Expressway on October 24, an official said. A traffic blockade will be put in place from October 20, to prepare the highway stretch for the event. The IAF will be conducting the aircraft touchdown exercise on the Agra Expressway near Bangarmau in Unnao district, according to PRO, Defence (Central Command), Gargi Malik Sinha. Kerala HC encourages inter-religious marriages, says not all ‘love jihad’ All love marriages should not be termed as 'love-jihad'," observed the Kerala High Court, on Thursday, while hearing a petition with regard to an inter-religious marriage of Kannur-native Sruthi and Anees Hammed. The court further said that these kind of marriages should be encouraged as there is no boundary for love. Aadhaar can be sole ID proof for voting: Ex-Chief Election Commissioner T S Krishnamurthy Former Chief Election Commissioner T S Krishnamurthy today favoured doing away with voter ID card and said Aadhaar can be the sole identity proof for voting. At present, the Election Commission allows a number of documents, including passport, as identity proof in the absence of voter ID card. BJP asks Congress to break silence over Vadra issue The BJP today asked Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul to break their "silence" over media reports which claimed that Robert Vadra had "links" with fugitive arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who was fielded by her party to attack the Congress leadership, said the silence of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul will be construed as acceptance of charges against Vadra. Citing the media report, Sitharaman alleged that a London house linked to Vadra was refurbished by Bhandari, who also made arrangements for his travel abroad. Demolish Rashtrapati Bhavan, Qutub Minar along with Taj Mahal: Azam Khan Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Azam Khan has called for the destruction of Rashtrapati Bhawan, Qutab Minar, Lal Qila, calling the historical buildings a sign of slavery. Khan was taking a potshot at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sangeet Som, who on Monday courted the controversy by saying that the Taj Mahal was built by "traitors'' and hence, cannot be included in the Indian history. The BJP, however, had disowned Som's comments as individual's views. Telangana: Five bodies, suspected from same family, found Three women, aged 20-40, were found dead under the mysterious condition on Tuesday at Kollur Outer Ring Road near Narsingi police station in Hyderabad, said Station House Officer. The clues teams rushed to the spot and the bodies were shifted to hospital for medical examination. Police have registered a case of murder. BJP trying to build political base in Kerala through violence, will not win: Yechury CPI (M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, on Tuesday accused the RSS-BJP of triggering violence in Kerala. He further stated that if it continued to do so, the saffron party would not win even a single seat in the state. Yechury made the statement after leading a march to the BJP headquarters here, countering the latter's two-week long ‘Janraksha Yatra,’ or “people's protection rally”, in Kerala, which concludes on Tuesday. Declared Assets Of BJP, Congress And Other Political Parties Up The value of declared assets of BJP has increased from Rs. 122.93 crore in 2004-05 to Rs. 893.88 crore in 2015-16 while that of Congress, it has risen from Rs. 167.35 crore to Rs. 758.79 crore, according to the NGOs Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and Election Watch. The value of assets of Trinamool Congress has seen a jump from Rs. 0.25 crore to Rs. 44.99 crore during this 11-year period, according to the figures released by ADR and Election Watch at a press conference here, quoting declarations by the parties before the Election Commission. Jharkhand girl starves to death as family did not have Aadhaar-linked ration card An 11-year-old girl allegedly died of starvation in Jharkhand’s  Simdega District recently, as her family’s ration card was not linked to the Aadhaar, the 12 digit unique-identity number issued to all Indian residents based on their biometric and demographic data. The girl died on September 28 after her mother was unable to feed her. The family was struck off from government welfare rolls for not linking their ration card with the Aadhaar card. Protests in Srinagar, other areas over alleged braid chopping incidents Protests broke out in several parts of Kashmir including the Srinagar city against the unabated braid chopping attacks with at least half a dozen such alleged incidents reported in the past 24 hours, officials said. Angry residents blocked Rambagh-Natipora road in the city in the morning to protest against a braid chopping incident in the Beighpora area, the officials said. Najeeb's mother detained during protest outside Delhi HC Missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed's mother and over 30 others, mostly students, were detained today by the Delhi Police while protesting outside the high court here, as the CBI faced flak from the judges inside for "complete lack of interest" in tracing him. Najeeb's mother Fatima Nafees and JNU students were protesting outside the high court and they were detained when they tried to enter its premises, police sources said. Gau Rakshaks have a govt in power that supports them: Owaisi Being irked over Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government on incidents of cow vigilant issue, All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi on Monday stated that Gau Rakshaks are emboldened because they have an ideological government in power to back them. Owaisi commented soon after a Muslim family in Rajasthan's Alwar alleged that the state police took away their 51 cows on a complaint by few Hindu activists and handed them over to a village 'gaushala'. Yashwant Sinha calls for 'lokshakti' to check 'rajshakti' Former Union finance minister Yashwant Sinha today once again trained his guns on the economic policies of the Narendra Modi-led government and called for 'lokshakti' (people's power) to check 'rajshakti' (government). Speaking at an event organised by farmers' NGO Shetkari Jagar Manch at Akola in Vidarbha region, he also singled out the central government over demonetisation and implementation of GST. 'Traitors' also built Red Fort; will Modi stop hoisting tricolour? asks Owaisi Responding to BJP’s Uttar Pradesh legislator Sangeet Som’s comments questioning Taj Mahal’s place in history, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Monday asked if the government would tell tourists not to visit the monument. Courting fresh controversy, Som on Sunday questioned Taj Mahal’s place in history, distorting historical facts to say that it was built by an emperor, who had imprisoned his father and targeted Hindus. 66 machines being used for counting demonetised notes: RBI At least 66 Sophisticated Currency Verification and Processing (CVPS) machines are being used for counting junked Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes that were deposited post demonetisation, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has said. A global tender has been floated for the procurement of new CVPS machines, the central bank said in reply to an RTI query on details of such machines being used for counting demonetised notes in the country. Total lack of interest in probing missing JNU student Najeeb's case: Delhi HC The Delhi High Court, on Monday, said “there is complete lack of interest” on the CBI’s part in probing the disappearance of JNU student Najeeb Ahmad. The court had handed over the probe to the CBI five months ago. Cong shouldn't forsake identity for forming govt: Pranab on alliance decision At a time when the Congress is trying to cobble together a coalition against the BJP, former president Pranab Mukherjee argued against sewing up alliances just for the sake of forming a government, insisting such attempts would only dilute the identity of the Congress party. In his new book, 'The Coalition Years: 1996 to 2012', Mukherjee has said he disfavoured the Congress' 2003 decision to forge alliances to defeat the BJP in the 2004 general elections. He said his view remains unchanged even today. Mukherjee, who had a long innings in the Congress before becoming the president, advocated the go-alone strategy, saying that is the only way the Congress can keep its identity intact. China understands that India is no more weak: Rajnath Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said the country's borders were "completely safe" and China has also understood that "India is no more weak". Singh said under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India has become a powerful country and its prestige at the international level has grown. Gurdaspur LS bypoll: Congress' Sunil Jakhar wins by over 1,90,000 Votes Congress candidate Sunil Jakhar today won the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll by defeating his nearest rival, BJP nominee Swaran Salaria with a margin of 1,93,219 votes. Jakhar polled 4,99,752 votes while Salaria polled 3,06,533, poll official said./ Aam Aadmi Party nominee Major General (Retd) Suresh Khajuria was at the third sport with 23,579 votes. The seat had fallen vacant after the death of BJP MP Vinod Khanna in April this year. 3 held over cow vigilantes' attack on men over beef suspicion Three people have been arrested today in connection with the attack here on an auto-rickshaw driver and his friends by a group of cow vigilantes over suspicion that they were carrying beef, police said. Those arrested have been identified as locals Lakhan, Dileep, Ram Kumar, a police official said, adding they were being questioned at the Assistant Commissioner of Police's office in Mujesar. Nitish, Modi have habit of fooling people: Lalu Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad Yadav on Saturday took a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bihar Chief Nitish Kumar, saying it has become a habit of the two to fool people. "It has become a habit of the two (Prime Minister Modi and Nitish) to befool people," said Lalu. Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Modi, while attending centenary celebrations of Patna University, said that the Centre and the Nitish Government will do everything possible for growth of Bihar. Plans to provide Rs 10,000 crore to 20 varsities, Modi announces in Patna Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday shared the stage with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for the first time after JD(U) snapped ties with the grand secular alliance and formed a government with the BJP.  The occasion was the centenary year celebrations of Patna University and laying of foundation stone for various developmental projects and schemes under ‘Namami Gange’ programme. Five thrashed on suspicion of carrying beef in Haryana, over 15 booked Five Muslim youths from Faridabad district of Haryana were thrashed by cow vigilantes who suspected them of transporting beef in Mujessar area, following which members of both the groups were booked in different cases, police said on Saturday. SIT releases sketches of Gauri Lankesh's murder suspects  In a major turn of events, an Special Investigation Team (SIT) of  Karnataka Police on Saturday released the sketches of suspects who may have been involved in the killing of journalist cum activist Gauri Lankesh. "Based on the infomation, we made sketches. We want people to cooperate and hence we are releasing the sketches," SIT Chief BK Singh said. He added that there was no bias in the investigation and they had questioned 200-250 people so far. Pranab Mukherjee was better qualified than me; he has full rights to get upset: Manmohan Singh Former prime minister Manmohan Singh on Friday said that his former colleague Pranab Mukherjee was better qualified than him for the top post and has full rights to get upset. Manmohan was the chief guest at the launch of former President Pranab Mukherjee's new book 'The Coalition Years: 1996-2012'. Sonia Gandhi hints Rahul to be Congress chief 'soon' Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Friday hinted that Rahul Gandhi's elevation as party chief 'will be done soon'. Sonia Gandhi made this statement on the sidelines of the launch of former President Pranab Mukherjee's autobiography, when she was asked about the same. Arvind Kejriwal's missing Wagon R found abandoned in Ghaziabad Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's creaky blue Wagon R, which was stolen from outside the Delhi Secretariat two days ago, has been found abandoned in Ghaziabad, the police said today. The humble hatchback, Kejriwal drove around in his early political career and which helped cement his position as the "aamaadmi", was being used by an AAP functionary before it was stolen. Aadhaar helped Indian govt save USD 9 bn: Nilekani The Indian government's Aadhaar card scheme, which has enrolled more than 1 billion people, has helped the exchequer save about USD 9 billion by eliminating fraud in beneficiary lists, its architect Nandan Nilekani has said here. The system, launched by the previous UPA government, has been "enthusiastically" supported by the current government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, said the 62-year-old non-executive chairman of Infosys -- India's second largest software services firm. 11 Indian crew missing after vessel sinks off Philippines: Japan Eleven Indian crew members were missing on Friday after their cargo ship sank in the Pacific off the Philippines as a typhoon churned in the region, Japan’s coastguard said. Supreme court refuses to relax ban on crackers in NCR, rejects traders' plea The apex court dismissed the plea of firecracker traders who had sought relaxation in the October 9 ban order and sought permission to sell crackers for at least a day or two before Diwali on October 19. Detailed hearing on Rohingya issue from Nov 21: SC The Supreme Court today decided to give a detailed and holistic hearing from November 21 on the contentious issue of government's decision to deport Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar. Talwar couple likely to be released from Dasna jail on Monday The Talwar couple, who have been acquitted in the 2008 murder case of their teenage daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj, are likely to be released from Dasna Jail on Monday. After 25 years woman finds relief from frozen shoulder without surgery A 57 year old women, Lata Prakash who was suffering from cervical radiculopathy with frozen shoulder has claimed that she has finally recovered from her long term illness without any surgery. Himachal assembly polls on Nov 9, results on Dec 18; Gujarat polls before Dec 18 Assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh will be held in a single phase on November 9 and the results will be declared on December 18, the Election Commission announced today. The schedule for Gujarat will be announced separately but assembly elections in the state will be held before December 18, Chief Election Commissioner A K Joti said at a press conference. HC sets aside JNU disciplinary action against Kanhaiya, 14 ors The Delhi High Court today set aside the disciplinary action taken by JNU against 15 of its students, including ex-JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar, in connection with a controversial event on February 9 last year in the varsity. Justice V K Rao remanded the issue back to the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) to be decided afresh after allowing the students to inspect the records and hearing them. HC acquits parents Talwars in Aarushi murder case The Allahabad High Court today acquitted Rajesh and Nupur Talwar in the murder of their teenage daughter Aarushi and their domestic help Hemraj in 2008. The verdict ends a nine-year ordeal of the parents who were found guilty by a CBI court of murdering 14-year-old Aarushi in a fit of rage because they suspected her of having an affair with Hemraj. Lawyers of all Delhi district courts to strike tomorrow The lawyers of all six district courts in the national capital will go on a day-long strike tomorrow to protest against alleged misconduct of some judges. "The reasons for calling a complete strike are misconduct of judges with litigants and huge corruption in the judiciary. AgustaWestland case: Delhi court issues non-bailable warrant against 3 middlemen A Delhi Court on Wednesday issued non-bailable warrant against three foreign nationals, in connection with the multi-million dollar AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter deal case. The foreign nationals have been identified as GR Heshke, CV Gerosa and CM James. Gujarat polls to be held in December, announces Chief Election Commissioner The Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Achal Kumar Jyoti on Tuesday announced that assembly elections in Gujarat will be held in December this year. "The term of the Gujarat assembly ends on January 22, so the election will have to be completed in December. Assembly elections will mostly be conducted in the December," Jyoti said at a press conference in poll-bound Gujarat. 2008 Malegaon blast case: Accused Sameer Kulkarni gets bail A sessions court here today granted bail to Sameer Kulkarni, arrested for his alleged involvement in the September 2008 Malegaon blast case. The court granted Kulkarni bail on a bond of Rs 50,000 on the grounds of parity, as several other accused in the case including Lt Col Prasad Purohit, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and retired Army Major Ramesh Upadhyay, have already been given bail. Sharpening communal polarisation is RSS' inherent character: CPI (M) The Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Wednesday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the political violence in Kerala, saying "spreading terror and sharpening communal polarization" was the inherent character of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). "Nothing could be more absurd than these allegations and that the philosophy of conducting politics through violence, spreading terror and sharpening communal polarisation is the inherent character of the RSS," CPM leader  2 IAF commandos, 2 LeT militants killed in encounter in J-K Two Garud Commandos of the Indian Air Force (IAF) and as many Lashkar-e-Toiba militants were today killed in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir's Bandipora district, an army official said. Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Hajin area of Bandipora district early today following information about presence of militants in the area, he said. Petrol pump dealers call off Friday's strike Petrol pump dealers today called off their proposed day-long strike on Friday after state-owned oil firms warned them of strict action, including cancelling their contracts. Various associations of petrol pump dealers had called the 24-hour strike against new Marketing Discipline Guidelines which impose stringent penalties for short-selling, operating automated pumps in manual mode without authorisation, non- provision of clean toilet and not paying minimum wages to employees. 'Gender equality should begin with men carrying child in womb'  In a bizarre statement, Gulzar Azmi, the Secretary of Jamiat Ulama, on Tuesday said that if everyone wants equality on the basis of gender, then why men and women don't carry pregnancy for four and half months each. This statement from the cleric came days after Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi proposed a Haj Policy that will allow women above 45 to travel in a group of at least four, without a male member. BJP has lost its high moral ground: Yashwant Sinha on Jay Shah's defamation case against The Wire JP veteran Yashwant Sinha today criticised his party's strong defence of its president Amit Shah's son, saying the high moral ground it had acquired all these years appears to have been lost. The former finance minister, who has turned a strong critic of the Modi government's economic policies, also objected to the filing of a Rs 100 crore defamation suit against The Wire, which carried a story on Jay Shah's business. Elphinstone stampede: WR probe blames rain, gives clean chit to staff An inquiry report on the September 29 Elphinstone bridge stampede in Mumbai that killed atleast 22 people has blamed heavy rain for the tragedy, officials said on Wednesday. The panel, headed by the Western Railway chief security officer, submitted its report to WR General Manager, Anil Kumar on Wednesday after recording statements of 30 commuters who were injured. Sexual intercourse with minor wife will be considered rape, says SC The Supreme Court on Wednesday said that sexual intercourse with wife below 18 years of age will be considered rape. The apex court was hearing a petition filed by an NGO, Independent thought, which was seeking to criminalise sex with wife below 18 years. Our Constitution doesn't allow propagation of particular religion: AIMPLB on Lord Ram's statue With the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh Government proposing to build a 'grand statue' of Lord Ram on the banks of the Saryu River in Ayodhya, Zafaryab Jilani, member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has said that no government, under the Indian Constitution, can take any step for the propagation of any particular religion. "No government under our Constitution can take any step for propagation of any particular religion. If the government is doing it, it is doing it illegally and unconstitutionally," Jilani told ANI. How many women are there in RSS, asks Rahul Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi today targeted the RSS and BJP alleging that they did not give any importance to women and asked how many of them were seen attending the Sangh's 'shakhas'. He said in contrast, women work at every level in the Congress. Sonipat blasts case: Abdul Karim Tunda sentenced to life imprisonment A Sonipat Court on Tuesday pronounced a life sentence for Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) Abdul Karim Tunda, convicted in 1996 Sonipat bomb blasts case. On Monday, Tunda was pronounced guilty by the court, and booked under Section 307 (attempt to murder) and 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), and Section 3 of the Explosive Substances Act. Kerala: Police raid BJP office in Kannur, recover swords and steel bombs Two swords along with seven iron rods and a knife were found from from the premises of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Kannur on10th October, Tuesday. Delhi metro rides costlier from today  If you are travelling beyond 5 km on the Delhi Metro from today, be prepared to shell out Rs 10 extra with yet another fare hike coming into effect. The hike, which comes five months within the last one, will affect every commuter of the mass rapid transit who travels beyond 5 km, while journeys falling in the 2-5 km distance slab will cost Rs 5 more. Cong asks if Jay Shah was aware of note ban in advance, wants Amit Shah to resign Mumbai/Raipur: Congress launched a scathing attack on BJP chief Amit Shah's son Jay Shah over his business dealings, Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan on Monday sought to know if he was aware of the demonetisation decision of the Centre beforehand. The BJP, however, came out in strong defence of Jay Shah and rejected the allegations against him. Kerala priest held for sexually abusing 10-yr-old girl inside church A Kerala priest was arrested on Monday for allegedly sexually abusing a 10-year-old school girl inside a church, police said. The crime took place on Sunday when the victim had gone to the church for taking Bible lessons, they said. 'Vikaas pagal ho gaya hai': Rahul targets Gujarat govt. over development Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Monday cornered Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Government in Gujarat over the development achieved in the state, likening it to a person and saying it had gone berserk. "Gujarat mein vikaas ko kya hua? Ye kaise pagal hua? Ye jhooth sun sun ke pagal ho gaya hai (What happened to the development in Gujarat? How did it go berserk? He did after listening to constant lies)," Rahul said, at a public meeting in Gujarat's Kheda. 2002 Godhra train carnage case: Gujarat HC commutes death sentence of 11 convicts into life imprisonment The Gujarat High Court on Monday commuted the death sentence to 11 convicts, in connection with the 2002 Godhra train burning case, into life imprisonment. On March 1, 2011, the special SIT (Special Investigation Team) had convicted 31 people under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections related to murder, attempt to murder and criminal conspiracy. It had acquitted 63. Ready to pay half of grant to DMRC if Centre pays other half: Kejriwal Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday wrote to Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and said that his government is ready to bear the losses the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will suffer due to suspension in metro price hike, only if the central government pays the matching grant. Kejriwal's comments come a day after the Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs (HUA) suggested the Delhi Government that it would need to pay Rs. 3,000 crore annually for five years to stop the rise in the metro fare. BJP responsible for violence in Kerala: Yechury The Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM) general secretary on Sunday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of being responsible for the growing violence in Kerala, saying that the BJP never manages to expand social base without "murderous attacks and communal polarization". "What are they protesting against? They are the ones who started this violence in Kerala. They are the ones responsible for the violence in Kerala. That is their history. Without violence, murderous attacks and communal polarization, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the BJP have never managed to expand social base. This is totally anti-democratic," Sitaram Yechury told ANI. Child goes blind after getting slapped by teacher A teacher of a renowned school allegedly slapped a student so hard that he was blinded. The incident happened at the Sharadan Public School on Meerut Road, where a Class V student was blinded after getting slapped by his teacher. Soldiers, spiritual leaders twin pillars of nation: President Ram Nath Kovind Hailing the contributions of soldiers and spiritual leaders, President Ram Nath Kovind today said they were the "twin pillars" on which the country rested its hope. Launching a Rs-100 crore initiative of the Mata Amritanandamayi Math to provide clean water to rural India at the math headquarters at nearby Vallikkavu, Kovind also lauded the centuries-old legacy of Kerala in accommodating different religions. Prepared to fight at short notice: Air Force chief Dhanoa The Indian Air Force is prepared to fight a war at a short notice, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa said today. Addressing IAF personnel on the Air Force Day, Dhanoa said the Air Force was fully geared up to face any security challenge to the country. "We are prepared to fight at a short notice," he said, talking about the security scenario. SC verdict tomorrow on plea to restore ban on firecracker sale The Supreme Court would pronounce tomorrow its verdict on the issue whether firecrackers would be sold in the Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR) during the upcoming festive season of Diwali. A bench headed by Justice A K Sikri had on October 6 reserved its order on a plea seeking restoration of the apex court's last year order banning the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR. Former Kerala CM Chandy acquitted in solar case Former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy was today acquitted by a court here in a case relating to the alleged solar scam due to lack of evidence. Additional City Civil and Sessions Court accepted Chandy's application seeking annulment of an earlier order in which six respondents, including Chandy and a firm, were directed to pay about Rs 1.61 crore to M K Kuruvilla, a Bengaluru-based industrialist. Instead of headline-grabbing measures, govt. should find ways to revive economy: JIH Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) has expressed deep concerns over the current state of Indian economy whose GDP is falling down steadily, and demanded the NDA government to focus to find ways to revive the economy, instead of headline-grabbing measures. GST council decisions mean Diwali has come early for us: PM Modi in Gujarat Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday asserted that Diwali the ‘festival of lights’ has come early for citizens due to the latest decisions taken by the Goods and Service Tax (GST) Council.  “Diwali has come early for our citizens due to the decisions taken in the GST Council. We had said we will study all aspects relating to GST for three months, including shortcomings. And thus, the decisions were taken with consensus at the GST Council,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at public rally in Dwarka. Hasty roll out of GST caused unemployment: Rahul Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said people across the nation lost their jobs due to hasty roll out of the Goods and Services Tax Bill (GST). "The Centre hurried the implementation of GST, which has resulted in job losses. In Gujarat, 30 lakh young men and women have lost their jobs due to GST roll out," Rahul said while addressing a 'Vikas se Vijay Ki Aur' rally here. Petroleum dealers on nationwide strike on Oct 13 United Petroleum Front (UPF) today announced nationwide strike of dealers on October 13 to press for various demands including better margins and inclusion of petroleum products in the Goods and Services Tax. It warned that if the demands were not met at the earliest, fuel dealers will be forced to stop, indefinitely, purchase and sale operations from October 27. UPF represents over 54,000 dealers from the Federation of All-India Petroleum Traders, the All-India Petroleum Dealers Association and the Consortium of Indian Petroleum Dealers. Kerala tells SC: No need for NIA to probe 'love jihad' case The Kerala government on Saturday told the Supreme Court that the state police is effectively investigating the alleged 'love jihad' case of the state and hence there is no need for the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to probe it. In an affidavit, the state government informed the Supreme Court that the state police is competent enough to investigate such crimes. The government had earlier said it had no problem with the NIA probe. 'Rajan among probables for Nobel Prize for economics' Former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan features in the list of probables for this year's Nobel Prize in Economics, The Wall Street Journal has reported. He is one of the six economists on the list of probable winners complied by Clarivate Analytics, a company that does academic and scientific research and maintains a list of dozens of possible Nobel Prize winners based on research citations. Made mistake by supporting Modi as PM: BJP leader Arun Shourie BJP leader and former minister Arun Shourie on Friday said he mad made a "mistake" by supporting Narendra Modi to be the Prime Minister. This, he said, was his second mistake after supporting V.P. Singh who led a Janata Dal government supported by the BJP and Left parties from outside. "I made two mistakes -- by supporting (former prime minister) V.P. Singh and then by supporting Modi," Shourie said, addressing the sixth Khushwant Singh Literary Festival at Kasauli. Delhi: 82-year-old woman, daughters, security guard found dead in Mansarovar Park An octogenarian woman and her three daughters were found stabbed to death along with their security guard in their house in Mansarovar Park area of Shahdara this morning, the police said. Police officials are suspecting that someone known to the victims might have killed them, since, till now, there is no evidence of forced entry into the house. Aadhaar now a must for post office deposits, PPF, KVP The government has made biometric identification Aadhaar mandatory for all post office deposits, PPF, the National Savings Certificate scheme and Kisan Vikas Patra. Existing depositors have been given time till December 31, 2017 to provide the 12-digit unique identification number. Major fire at oil tank farm on Butcher Island off Mumbai  A major fire broke out at an oil tank farm of the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) located on the Butcher Island off the east coast of Mumbai on Friday evening, with authorities suspecting that it was caused by a lightning strike. The fire started around 5pm when Mumbai and surrounding areas witnessed thundershowers, but no causality has been reported, officials said. “The fire is contained to one tank farm owned by Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL). It is under control, but firefighting is on,” Mumbai Port Trust chairman Sanjay Bhatia told PTI by phone. PM, Jaitley put common people into trouble: Cong on GST council meet The Congress on Saturday, while speaking on the Good and Service Tax (GST) council meet, asserted that the Central Government always rejected Congress' appeal to revise the tax reforms. The GST Council 22nd meeting was held in New Delhi on Friday at the Vigyan Bhawan and was chaired by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to discuss the impact of the GST on trade and exporters. Government can't tell tourist what to eat or drink: NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant Amid Indian states prohibiting consumption of alcohol and beef, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant averred that such restrictions will adversely affect nation's tourism industry. Kant asserted that it is not government's business to decide what tourists should eat or drink. "Indian states can't get into what a tourist want to eat and drink. Just not possible...what he wants to eat and drink is his individual business and not the states' business," he said while addressing the World Economic Forum here. GST relief for SMEs, exporters; tax rates on 27 items cut Three months after the rollout of the new indirect tax regime, the GST Council today made sweeping changes to give relief to small and medium businesses on filing and payment of taxes, eased rules for exporters and cut tax rates on more than two dozen items. Businesses with annual turnover of up to Rs 1.5 crore, which constitute 90 per cent of the taxpayer base but pay only 5-6 per cent of total tax, have been allowed to file quarterly income returns and pay tax instead of the current provision of monthly filings. Also, the turnover threshold for businesses to avail of the composition scheme that allows them to pay 1-5 per cent tax without going through tedious formalities, was raised to Rs 1 crore from current Rs 75 lakh. Aurangabad special court acquits four Muslims booked on terror charges Aurangabad special sessions court has acquitted four Muslim youth from terror charges in a judgement on October 3. The accused Shaker Khilji, Abrar Shaikh, Zafar Qureshi and Anwar Khatri were arrested in relation to Himayat Baugh encounter case, which happened on March 26, 2012, in which Maharashtra ATS gunned down Azhar Khatri on the spot. Akhilesh Yadav re-elected as SP national chief Akhilesh Yadav was on Thursday unanimously re-elected as the Samajwadi Party’s national president for a five-year term, further consolidating his grip over the party after sidelining his father Mulayam Singh Yadav and uncle Shivpal Yadav. His re-election was announced by senior leader Ram Gopal Yadav at the party's national convention in Agra. Rail ecosystem can create 10 lakh jobs in a year: Union Minister Piyush Goyal Working in various areas across the railway ecosystem in India can create 10 lakh jobs within a year, Union Minister Piyush Goyal said on Thursday. Monetising the real estate assets as well as fast tracking some of the existing investment plans would generate a lot of employment opportunities in the railways and the ecosystem around it, he said. “My own sense is, may not be directly jobs in railways, but certainly through engaging people and working in variety of areas across the ecosystem, not less than a million jobs can be created in less than 12 months- only railways and ecosystem around the railways,” Goyal said at the India Economic Summit of the World Economic Forum (WEF). BJP govt re-inaugurating Cong projects: Rahul Gandhi Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi today accused BJP governments at the Centre and in Uttar Pradesh of re-inaugurating projects launched by the previous UPA dispensation in his Lok Sabha constituency Amethi. "I am happy to note that our BJP friends are out to re- inaugurate these projects started by us...but I am happy that we initiated these works for the people of Amethi," Gandhi said. He was having an informal chat with newspersons in Tiloi on the second day of his three-day visit here. India ready to take on the challenge of a two-front war: Air Force Chief The Indian Air Force is capable of countering China and ready to take on the challenge of a two-front war, Air Chief BS Dhanoa said on Thursday. Addressing a press conference in New Delhi on the eve of Air Force Day, the Air Chief Marshal said his force is ready for a full spectrum operation but added that any decision on surgical strike involving the IAF has to be taken by the government. “We are ready to take on any challenge,” he said. “We need a strength of 42 squadrons to carry out full spectrum operations, but it doesn’t mean we can’t fight a two-front scenario. There is a Plan B,” he said when asked about being prepared for a two-front war. He also said that Chinese tr How long will PM Narendra Modi tell 'lies', asks Raj Thackeray Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) President Raj Thackeray attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi again on Thursday, asking "how long will he (PM) continue to tell lies" to the country. Addressing a rally after taking out a massive procession to Churchgate to demand better facilities for Mumbai commuters after last week's stampede killed 23 commuters, Thackeray said the country was being pushed into crises on all fronts, brought about by the Bharatiya Janata Party government. 2002 Gulberg riots case: Gujarat HC rejects Zakia Jafri's plea against SIT's clean chit to Narendra Modi The Gujarat High Court today rejected Zakia Jafri's plea challenging a lower court order upholding the SIT's clean chit to the then chief minister Narendra Modi and others on the allegation of a larger conspiracy behind the 2002 post-Godhra riots. Jafri's son, however, termed the ruling as a victory, as the court allowed the petitioners to approach an appropriate forum to seek reinvestigation. Economy ailing but PM says operation successful: AAP The Aam Aadmi Party today questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi's assertion that the economy was on a firm footing and likened him to a surgeon who claims that the operation has been successful even when the patient is on the verge of death. AAP leader Manish Sisodia claimed the PM presented the "facts wrongly" when he spoke on the GDP slowdown yesterday. 6-yr-old girl raped in school washroom, sweeper nabbed: Cops A six-year-old girl was allegedly raped in a washroom of a private school in south Delhi's Malviya Nagar by a member of the housekeeping staff, the police said today. The incident was reported yesterday and the 22-year-old accused, a sweeper, has been arrested, police said. Your Kerala visit will rejuvenate you to face problems in UP: Vijayan slams Yogi Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has hit out at his Uttar Pradesh counterpart, Yogi Adityanath, for his remarks on the law and order situation and medical facilities in the state. He said it "amused" him that the UP chief minister found time for Kerala despite "problems" in his own land. Stop wasting time, address issue of employment: Rahul to PM Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi over employment and asked him to address the issue instead of "wasting time" of the countrymen. On a visit to his Lok Sabha constituency Amethi, Rahul said the prime minister should say if he is unable to address the problems like unemployment and the Congress will come and do it in six months. Case registered against Prakash Raj in Lucknow court over his remarks against PM Modi A case was registered against actor Prakash Raj on Wednesday in a Lucknow court on a complaint by a lawyer over his remarks on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The case will be heard on October 7.