Sikh prisoners: The decision to release eight Sikh prisoners is the culmination of numerous crucial steps taken by the Union government to allay the sentiments of the Sikh community and hinder Pakistan’s ‘K2’ (Kashmir & Khalistan) motive, according to senior officials in the government and security community.
PM Modi: Asserting that innovation, team work and technology are the three drivers of the mission to make India a $5 trillion economy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the three factors have become the bedrock of India’s big leap. In his speech at IIT Madras convocation, Modi said, “India’s innovation is a great blend of economics and utility. We have worked to create a robust ecosystem for innovation, and for incubation for research and development in our country.”
BAIL DENIED: May influence witnesses’: Delhi HC denies bail to Chidambaram in INX case.
Bilkis Bano: The Supreme Court today ordered the Gujarat government to pay compensation of Rs 50 lakh to Gujarat riots survivor Bilkis Bano within two weeks and declined to reconsider its decision. A bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi directed the state to provide her a job and accommodation within two weeks.
Money laundering case on Shibkumar: The Delhi High Court today sought response of the Enforcement Directorate on the bail plea of Karnataka Congress leader D K Shivakumar in a money laundering case. Shivakumar, arrested in a case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) by the ED, approached the high court challenging the trial court’s order denying him bail. The court issued notice to ED and asked it to file a status report and listed the matter for further hearing on October 14.
Farooq Abdullah: The Supreme Court today refused to further entertain Rajya Sabha MP Vaiko’s plea seeking production of former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah before it and said the MDMK leader can challenge the detention order under the Public Safety Act.”He (Abdullah) is under detention under the Public Safety Act,” a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi told Vaiko’s counsel.
Polls in J&K: Amid shutdown in Kashmir valley post scrapping of Article 370, the election authority on 29th September said that the polls for block development council in Jammu and Kashmir will be held on October 24.Chief electoral officer (CEO) Shailendra Kumar announced the schedule for elections to 310 block development councils (BDC) at a press conference in Srinagar.
Pakistan policy: Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has said that the surgical strikes have sent across a message that the Line of Control (LoC) will be “sacrosanct” so long as Pakistan does not vitiate the atmosphere. Rawat also said that it would no longer be “hide and seek” and if India had to cross the border, it would do so through air, ground route or both.
Model Fruits &Vegetable market: In a move to ensure safe and quality fruits and vegetables for the public, the Kerala Commissionerate of Food Safety is gearing up to set up model fruits and vegetable markets in the state. The Commissionerate has selected five markets run by Horticorp and Vegetable Fruit Promotion Council Kerala (VDPCK) for the model market project. The plan is to upgrade the markets as per the norms set by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)
Saraswati Samman : On September 28, 2019, The Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has honored the Telugu litterateur Dr. K Siva Reddy with the 28th Saraswati Samman 2018 for the creation of his famous poetry collection ‘Pakkaki Ottigilite’ (Turning aside while lying down) in 2016 during an award-giving ceremony organized by the KK Birla Foundation in New Delhi.
KARTARPUR CORRIDOR: Pak to invite Manmohan Singh to Kartarpur Corridor opening ceremony.
Attack on Iran: Iran’s oil minister told the petroleum industry on September 29, to be on alert to physical and cyber attacks, amid heightened tensions with the United States in the Gulf region.US media reports have said Washington was considering possible cyber attacks against Iran after the Sept. 14 attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil sites, which US officials blamed on Tehran. Iran has denied the charge.
World Economic Forum: The 50th Edition of World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting for 2020 will be held in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland from January 21-24, 2020. The Chief Minister of Punjab Captain Amarinder Singh will be attending the meeting as he has accepted the invitation of WEF president Borge Brende which was issued on behalf of the Forum Board of Trustees.
Jamal Khashoggi’s murder: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said in a television interview that he takes “full responsibility” for the grisly murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but denied allegations that he ordered it.
FPI: Overseas investors have pulled out over Rs 20,000 crore ($3 billion) from Indian equities during the third quarter of the calendar year 2019, the steepest quarterly outflow since the October –December 2016 quarter, when they had pulled out Rs 31,222 crore ($4.6 billion) from the equity market. Foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) have sold equity shares net amounting of Rs 21,592 crore ($3.09 billion) between July and September 26, according to the latest available depository data. However, the volume of outflow slowed down after the government announced a reduction in corporation tax rate
Indiabulls: Shares of Indiabulls Group companies were under pressure for the second consecutive trading day, tanking up to 38 per cent on the BSE on Monday, after the Delhi High Court agreed to hear public interest litigation (PIL) seeking special investigation team (SIT) probe into Indiabulls Housing Finance..
Issue of Coins : On September 27, The Governor of Nepal’s Central Bank ‘Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB)’, Dr. Chiranjibi Nepal & Indian Ambassador Manjeev Singh Puri have jointly released three coins (100, 1000 and 2500 Nepali rupees) bearing the Sikh symbol to commemorate the 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev. These coins will be available in the market from September 30, 2019, as they possess monetary value.
FISCAL DEFICIT-April-August fiscal deficit 78.7% of Rs 7.04 trillion FY20 target
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