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Yadav vs Yadav: Akhilesh calls meeting of MLAs, MLCs today

Lucknow [India], Oct. 23 : Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has called a meeting of MLAs and MLCs at his residence today, however, legislators considered too close to state party chief Shivpal Yadav have not been invited for the de-facto legislature party meeting.

According to reports, today's meeting is to be watched as it could witness Akhilesh Yadav spelling out his future course of action in the turf war which has erupted between him and his father Mulayam Singh Yadav and his uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav.

This pre-emptive strike by the Akhilesh camp comes just 24 hours ahead of a similar meet called on Monday by his father and Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav in Lucknow.

Global conference to strengthen arbitration, enforcement begins in New Delhi today

New Delhi [India], Oct. 23 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will deliver the valedictory address of the first ever global conference to strengthen Arbitration and Enforcement in India at New Delhi today. Today is the third and last day of the ongoing Global Conference.

The conference which began on Friday, titled 'National Initiative on Strengthening Arbitration and Enforcement' is being held to change the face of dispute resolution in India.

For the first time, six leading international arbitral institutions and all major industry associations have come together to drive this initiative.

The conference aims to provide impetus to commercial arbitration in the country, which is fast gaining pace across the world.

Rajnath Singh hails BSF jawan Gurnam Singh's sacrifice

New Delhi [India], Oct. 23 : Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday offered his condolences to the heartbroken family of Border Security Force (BSF) jawan Gurnam Singh, who succumbed to his injuries last night after he was shot in cross-border firing, and asserted that the slain soldier had given a shining example of sheer bravery.

"I am saddened by the demise of BSF jawan Gurnam Singh. He has given an example of bravery on the border and gave his life for the nation. I laud the sheer bravery and sacrifice of Gurnam Singh and offer my condolences to his grieving family," Rajnath said in a series of tweets.

Kejriwal to unveil AAP's trade and industry manifesto in Ludhiana today

Ludhiana (Punjab) [India], Oct. 23 : Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party' national convener Arvind Kejriwal will be visiting Ludhiana on Sunday to release the party's trade and industry manifesto for Punjab.

As per report, the manifesto will be released at a resort on Chandigarh Road in presence of representatives of trade, transport and industry associations.

Earlier, in a direct move aimed at reaching out to voters, especially the farmers, and luring them to cast their votes in favour of the AAP, the latter has been distributing forms declaring that it would waive off the farmers' loans after coming to power in the state.

For the past one week, such forms of assurance are being circulated door to door by AAP leader Sanjay Singh.

Rajnath Singh to visit Bahrain from today

New Delhi [India], Oct. 23 : Union Home Minister Rajanth Singh will begin a three-day visit to Bahrain from today.

During the visit, Singh will have bilateral talks with Bahrain's Interior Minister Lt. Gen. Sheikh Rashed bin Abdulla Al Khalifa and also interact with the Indian community.

Singh will be accompanied by senior home ministry and external affairs ministry officials. (ANI)

Kashmiris ready to sacrifice their lives, not motherland, says PoK leader

Brussels [Belgium], Oct. 23 : Taking strong exception to the atrocities committed by the Pakistan authorities on the people of occupied Kashmir ( PoK), United Kashmir People's National Party (UKPNP) leader Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri has said Kashmiris could die but won't compromise on their motherland.

Delivering a tough message on ' Black Day' on Saturday, the UKPNP leader said, "This day is very important for all those Kashmiris who do care for their own people and want them to be safe and secure; and this day is also a message to those who are committing atrocities, that Kashmiris can die, but they cannot compromise on their motherland."

Jayalalithaa interacting now, responding 'remarkably' to treatment: Apollo Hospital

Chennai [India], Oct. 22 : Tamil Nadu Governor Vidyasagar Rao visited ailing Chief Minister Jayalalitha at the Apollo Hospitals here on Saturday, where he was briefed about the treatment given to her and was informed that she was interacting now and responding to treatment remarkably.

Apollo Hospitals Chairman Dr. Reddy said that Jayalalithaa is being treated by a team of experts consisting of doctors from Critical Care Group, Senior Cardiologist, Senior Respiratory Physician, Senior Consultant, Infectious Diseases, Endocrinologist, Diabetologist and dieticians.

He further informed that the Chief Minister continues to be under treatment and observation for all vital parameters, respiratory support and passive physiotherapy.

Pakistan to name Raheel Sharif's successor in a week

Islamabad [Pakistan], Oct. 22 : The Pakistan Government is likely to make the appointment of its new army chief in a week, who would succeed General Raheel Sharif.

State Minister for Capital Administration Tariq Fazl Chaudhry on Friday revealed, "The government has not yet decided [as to who will be the new army chief] but is likely to announce his name in week or ten days' time."

Serving army chief General Sharif is set to retire in November this year and has announced not to seek an extension in his tenure, reports the Express Tribune.

Trump says 'the world hates Obama'

London [UK], Oct. 22 : Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has claimed that President Barack Obama and the United States are despised around the world, which is driving countries such as the Philippines into the arms of its adversaries.

"The world hates our president. The world hates us. You saw what happened with the Philippines after years and years and years; they're now looking to Russia and China, because they don't feel good about the weak America" the Guardian quoted Trump, as saying at a Friday rally in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

JK terror crackdown: Two local JeM militants arrested in Baramulla

Jammu [India], Oct. 22 : In a massive crackdown on terrorism in the valley, two locals Jaish-e-Mohammad militants have been arrested in Kanispora area of Baramulla district in Jammu and Kashmir.

The militants were nabbed in a joint search operation launched last night by the 52 Rashtriya Rifles and Special Operation Group (SOG) Baramulla.

Ammunition besides an AK 47, a pistol and grenades were recovered from them, including Jaish and Hizbul Mujahideen stamps.

Meanwhile, in a major breakthrough regarding national security, a Pakistani spy was arrested in Samba sector of Jammu and Kashmir as he was making attempts to escape.

The spy named Bodh Raj was held along with two Pakistani SIM cards and a map showing deployment of forces was also seized from him.

JK: Pakistan continues to violate ceasefire in RS Pura sector

Jammu [India], Oct. 22 : Pakistan rangers continued to violated ceasefire along the International Border in the RS Pura sector of Jammu district by resorting to small arms fire late last night.

Deputy Commissioner Jammu Simrandeep Singh said that people have been advised to stay indoors and the situation is being monitored by the authorities.

A BSF officer said that jawans are giving befitting reply to Pakistan Rangers.

The latest ceasefire violations comes hours after the BSF killed seven Pakistan Rangers and one terrorist in the retaliatory fire in the Kathua sector along international border in Jammu and Kashmir.

The BSF said that Pakistan Rangers resorted to sniper attacks at Indian posts at Hira Nagar in Kathua at around 9:35 a.m. yesterday.

Pak spy arrested in Samba for passing information on security forces to Pakistan

Jammu [India], Oct. 22 : In a major breakthrough regarding national security, a Pakistani spy has been arrested in Samba sector of Jammu and Kashmir as he was making attempts to escape.

The spy named Bodh Raj was held along with two Pakistani SIM cards and a map showing deployment of forces was also seized from him.

The Samba District Police has said that based on the information received from Military Intelligence with regard to the involvement of Bodh Raj for his espionage activities and passing on vital information regarding deployment and movement of security forces to Pakistan, a special operation was conducted to nab him in the border area of Ramgarh.

Pakistan violating ceasefire to uplift army's moral post surgical strike: Expert

Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) [India], Oct. 22 : Defence expert P K Sinho on Saturday said Pakistan will continue violating the ceasefire agreement of November 2003 to uplift the morale of their army and terrorists who have been dealt a severe blow through last month's surgical strike across the Line of Control (LoC) by the Indian Army.

"Pakistan will continue such kind of activities in future also. The reason is that their army, their intelligence services are feeling very demoralised after the surgical strike. These kinds of actions they probably feel will raise the morale and will also give a message that they are active on the border and have not surrendered and are targeting India," Sinho told ANI.

Pakistan: Nisar orders probe into manhandling of female journalist, soldier booked

Karachi/Islamabad [Pakistan], Oct. 22 : Pakistan Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has ordered an inquiry into the manhandling of a female journalist by a Frontier Corps (FC) trooper in Karachi after a video of the incident went viral on social media.

The paramilitary soldier slapped the female reporter of a private news channel at a National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) office in Karachi on Thursday while she was covering the problems and hassles people face at the facility, reports the Express Tribune.

Taking notice of the incident on Friday, Nisar ordered an investigation into the trooper's behaviour.

"Misbehaviour with media representatives cannot be tolerated," said a statement issued by the interior ministry quoted the minister as saying.

'Black Day' being observed in PoK to mark Kashmir's invasion by Pakistan in 1947

Muzaffarabad/Brussels, Oct. 22 : People in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) are observing October 22 as a "Black Day", as it was on this day, in 1947, that the Pakistani Army disguised as tribal invaders attacked the princely undivided state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Kashmiris across POK are observing the day by demanding the immediate withdrawal of Pakistani forces from their territory.

In 1947, just months after partition, Pakistani forces, masquerading as tribals, attacked the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir and indulged in plunder and the killing of innocents on an unprecedented level.

Putin hopes for improved relations after U.S. presidential elections

Moscow [Russia], Oct. 17 : Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed hope that Russia-US relations may recover after the presidential elections in the United States.

"I hope that when these elections, debates, this difficult period in the internal political situation in the United States ends, there will be chances to restore Russia-U.S. relations," Putin said at a press conference on Sunday in India, where he was visiting to attend the BRICS Summit.

"Confrontation is not our choice," he added.

FS, DGMO to brief Parliament panel on surgical strikes

New Delhi [India], Oct. 17 : Top officials, including Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar and Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Lt General Ranbir Singh will tomorrow brief a panel of MPs on the surgical strikes conducted by the Indian army across the Line of Control (LoC) on September 28.

A notice issued by Lok Sabha secretariat said the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs, headed by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, is scheduled to meet tomorrow when it would be briefed on India-Pakistan relations with specific reference to recent surgical strikes.

The meeting assumes significance as the government had earlier expressed reservations over briefing on the same topic to the Parliamentary Committee on Defence.

Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi to arrive in New Delhi today

New Delhi [India], Oct. 17 : State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi will today arrive in New Delhi. She reached India yesterday to attend the BRICS-BIMSTEC Outreach Summit in Goa.

Suu Kyi will be accompanied by several key ministers and senior officials. During her three-day stay in the national capital, she will call on the President Pranab Mukherjee and also meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

She will attend a business event during which she will interact with leading Indian business leaders on ways of bolstering bilateral economic and commercial relations.

Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay's daughter killed in shooting

London [UK], Oct. 17 : American sprinter Tyson Gay's 15-year-old daughter, Trinity Gay, has been killed in a shooting outside a restaurant in Kentucky.

She died from injuries sustained following a shoot-out in a car park as she was believed to have been caught in the crossfire of a suspected gang attack, reports the CNN.

Confirming her death her father said, "She didn't make it. I'm so confused. She was just here last week for fall break. It's so crazy. I have no idea what happened."

Trinity was transferred to hospital following the shooting and died at the University of Kentucky hospital (UKH).

Gay, 34, told reporters he was very close to his daughter, who was following in his footsteps as a rising track star.

After SRK, Omar faces immigration check for two hours at US airport

New Delhi [India], Oct. 17 : After Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah has complained that he spent two hours in a holding area, adding that this happens to him every time he goes the U.S.

"Another "random" secondary immigration check upon landing in the US. Thrice in three visits, the randomness is growing tiresome now," tweeted Omar.

"I just spent TWO hours in a holding area & this happens EVERY time. Unlike @iamsrk I don't even catch Pokemon to pass the time (sic)," he said in his tweet.

He further tweeted: "I'm here to speak at an event organised by NYU but I almost wish I'd stayed at home instead. Ah well, that's two hours well & truly wasted!! (sic)"

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