Telangana Rape and Murder: Four people have been arrested for the rape and murder of a woman veterinary doctor near Hyderabad on Thursday after her two-wheeler broke down on her way home, Commissioner of Telangana Police Anjani Kumar said on Friday. The burnt body of the victim was found at Chatanpally Bridge near Shadnagar town in Ranga Reddy district. After examining CCTV footage of the crime scene and the spot where the woman’s vehicle had broken down, Telangana police arrested Mohammed Pasha (26), Jollu Shiva, Jollu Naveen (20) and Chinthkunta Chenna Keshavalu (20) for the rape and murder of the young woman.
NCW: The National Commission of Women will be sending a member to take up with police the killing of 27-year-old Priyanka Reddy, a veterinarian who was reportedly set on fire after being sexually assaulted. NCW Chairperson Rekha Sharma said, in a tweet, that the NCW won’t “leave any stone unturned” till these perpetrators get the punishment they deserve.
Aarey car shed: Three hours into his new office, Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday halted the work of the Metro 3 car shed at the Aarey milk colony. “I have stayed the work at the Aarey car shed. The work will not happen without a thorough review,” Chief Minister Thackeray announced at a media briefing at the end of the day.
RFID: The Centre on Friday extended the deadline mandating the use of radio frequency identification (RFID) based FASTags for payment of toll across national highways to December 15. The ministry of road transport and highways had announced in July that FASTags will become compulsory across national highways starting on December 1 to ease congestion at toll plazas and reduce traffic bottlenecks. “To facilitate sufficient lead time to citizens to obtain FASTags, it has now been decided that all lanes in the fee plazas shall be declared as FASTag lane of the fee plaza by December 15, 2019,” the transport ministry said in a letter written to National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) Chairman.
Karnataka: Police have booked former chief ministers Siddaramaiah and H D Kumaraswamy along with the then Bengaluru police commissioner T Sunil Kumar, his subordinates and some Congress and Janata Dal-Secular leaders on sedition charges for protesting the income tax raids during Lok Sabha polls.
Parliament: A Bharatiya Janata Party member in Lok Sabha on Friday demanded a privilege motion against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for his purported remarks describing Pragya Thakur as a terrorist.
Trump: United States President Donald Trump made his first trip to Afghanistan when he made a surprise visit to an air base near Kabul to thank American troops serving in the war zone and joined 500 of them in having turkey on the occasion of Thanksgiving.
Sri Lanka: Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Friday a financial assistance of $450 million to Sri Lanka including $50 million to fight terrorism after he held “fruitful” talks with the island nation’s newly elected President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
Britain: British police on Friday shot dead a man who had strapped a fake bomb to his body and stabbed a number of people in what they said was a terrorism incident in the London Bridge area of the capital.
Bagdad: Iraqi security forces shot dead at least 28 protesters on Thursday after demonstrators stormed and torched an Iranian consulate overnight, in what could mark a turning point in the uprising against the authorities.
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India’s GDP: GDP growth hit an over six-year low of 4.5 per cent in July-September 2019, dragged mainly by deceleration in manufacturing output and subdued farm sector activity, according to official data released on Friday. The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth was recorded at 7 per cent in the corresponding quarter of FY 2018-19.
Fiscal deficit: The Centre’s fiscal deficit for the April-October period had touched Rs 7.2 trillion, exceeding the 2019-20 (FY20) budgeted target of Rs 7.04 trillion, official data showed on Friday. This was 102.4 per cent of the full-year target, compared with 103.9 per cent for the same period last year (2018-19 or FY19).
SBI loan: Baba Ramdev-led Patanjali Ayurved on Friday said it has already tied up loan worth Rs 3,200 crore from a consortium of lenders led by State Bank of India to fund its acquisition of Ruchi Soya through insolvency process. In September, the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) approved the resolution plan of Patanjali Ayurved to acquire debt-laden Ruchi Soya.