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Himachal Governor, CM greet people on Diwali (10 minutes ago)
Shimla, Oct 19 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Devvrat and Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Thursday greeted people on Diwali.

Plan to give adequate coal to power plants executed: Ministry (00:08)
New Delhi, Oct 19 (IANS) On the eve of Diwali, the Union Power Ministry announced that a detailed plan has been put into action from Wednesday to ensure sufficient supply of coal to power plants.

BJP on 'Beta Bachao Abhiyaan', taunts Congress (23:56)
New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) Reacting to BJP attacking the Congress with Bofors case, the party on Wednesday said the "BJP is on a Beta Bachao Abhiyaan", referring to its President Amit Shah's son Jay Shah, whose company's turnover saw a spurt allegedly from Rs 50,000 to Rs 80 crore in a year.

SRFTI continues to be on boil for second day (23:30)
Kolkata, Oct 18 (IANS) Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI) continued to be on boil on Wednesday as students' protests against authorities over "moral policing" and "gender-based segregation" rocked the campus for a second day following expulsion of 14 girl students.

Rahul raises questions on Doklam issue in House panel meet (23:22)
New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday raised several questions with regard to recent reports of China getting engaged in construction activity in the Doklam area.

Adityanath showers Rs 133 crore bounties on Ayodhya (22:30) IANS Photo Service
Lucknow, Oct 18 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday showered bounties on the temple town of Ayodhya and gifted projects worth Rs 133 crore.

Army chief reviews security scenario in Valley (Lead) (22:26) IANS Photo Service
Srinagar, Oct 18 (IANS) Army chief General Bipin Rawat arrived in Srinagar on Wednesday to review the security situation in the Kashmir valley, an official said.

CBDT launches online chat to answer taxpayers' queries (22:08)
New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has launched an online chat service for income taxpayers to enable them to seek answers to their queries relating to direct tax issues.

#metoo campaign: Kolkata Police 'stand by sexual harassment victims' (21:46)
Kolkata, Oct 18 (IANS) Reiterating their commitment to help the victims of sexual harassment, Kolkata Police said they are perturbed by the number of women joining the international #metoo campaign that has taken the social media by storm over the past few days.

European volunteers celebrate Diwali with plantation drive near Hyderabad (21:40)
Hyderabad, Oct 18 (IANS) European volunteers of the not-for-profit Heartfulness Institute on Wednesday planted more than 500 saplings at Kanha Shantivanam near here to celebrate Diwali.

31 dead, over 14,500 dengue cases reported in Bengal (21:40)
Kolkata, Oct 18 (IANS) The West Bengal government on Wednesday said as many as 31 people have died of dengue in the state while more than 14,500 have tested positive this year.

BJP's Dhumal to contest but suspense on CM candidate prevails (Second Lead) (21:32) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi/Shimla, Oct 18 (IANS) Former two-time Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal will contest from a new seat Sujanpur while state BJP chief Satpal Singh Satti will re-contest from Una, according to the BJP's list of candidates for the November 9 assembly elections released on Wednesday.

Congress declares first list for Himachal, Virbhadra Singh to contest from Arki (21:20) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadhra Singh will contest the November 9 Assembly polls in the state from Arki while state Congress chief Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu will contest from Nadaun, according to the first list of 59 Congress candidates declared on Wednesday.

Women's collective voices demand for reservation bill (21:18)
New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) In the run-up to parliament's winter session next month, an alliance of more than 1,600 women's organisations on Wednesday again demanded that the Lok Sabha, where the ruling BJP has a majority, pass the Women's Reservation Bill.

Hold convention to resolve factional differences, EC tells Naga party (21:06) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) The Election Commission has asked the Nagaland People's Front -- facing factionalism -- to conduct a general convention to resolve the intra-party dispute and file a report within two months.

Now, a mobile phone-mounted device for quick malaria detection (21:06)
Kolkata, Oct 18 (IANS) A mobile phone mounted with a super-cheap paper microscope can detect presence of malarial parasites in the blood in 10 seconds, says an Indian researchers' team, which has developed a system that archives data and maps real-time distribution of the disease in a particular locality.

Fresh attempt to auction mafia don Dawood properties (21:02)
Mumbai, Oct 18 (IANS) The Centre has issued advertisements inviting bids for six properties belonging to absconder mafia don Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar in south Mumbai and Aurangabad, to be auctioned publicly on e-auction on November 14.

Explain Modi's chartered air travels as CM: Congress (Lead) (20:52) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) Countering the BJP's attack on Congress President Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra and terming it a 'witch hunt', the Congress on Wednesday demanded to know who paid for over 100 trips Prime Minister Narendra Modi made by chartered plane across India and abroad when he was the Gujarat Chief Minister between 2003 and 2007.

Nine killed in two blasts at illegal firecracker units in Odisha (20:38)
Bhubaneswar, Oct 18 (IANS) At least nine persons, including two minors, were killed and 12 injured in two separate incidents of explosions at illegal firecracker manufacturing units in Odisha on Wednesday, police said.

Army chief visits Srinagar to review situation (20:34) IANS Photo Service
Srinagar, Oct 18 (IANS) Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat arrived here on Wednesday to review the security situation in the Kashmir Valley.

After 5-month wait, farm loans waiver begins in Maharashtra (Lead) (20:14) IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Oct 18 (IANS) Nearly five months after announcing waiver of farm loans, the Maharashtra government kickstarted the process on Wednesday as "Diwali gift" to the state's farmers. Rs 4,000 crore will be distributed among 840,000 beneficiaries in the first phase of the massive Rs 34,000-crore scheme.

BJP faces heat from two former CMs in Himachal (20:08) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) The BJP appears to have decided to contest the upcoming assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh without declaring a chief ministerial face.

Congress must come clean on Bofors scam: BJP (19:58) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) The BJP on Wednesday asked the Congress to come clean on the claims made by a US investigator Michael Hershman, who has alleged in television interviews that the then Rajiv Gandhi-led Congress government had sabotaged his investigation into the Bofors case.

ED quizzes former Bengal Minister in Narada, Saradha cases (19:52) IANS Photo Service
Kolkata, Oct 18 (IANS) The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday quizzed former West Bengal Minister Madan Mitra in connection with the Narada sting case and Saradha ponzi scam.

Sitharaman to celebrate Diwali with troops in Andaman  (19:50)
Port Blair, Oct 18 (IANS) Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharman arrived here on Wednesday on a two-day visit during which she will celebrate Diwali with soldiers at the Andaman and Nicobar Command.

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