Haryana elections: BJP fields wrestlers Yogeshwar Dutt, Babita Phogat, hockey player Sandeep Singh

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday released its first list of 78 candidates for the Haryana Legislative Assembly elections. The saffron party has given tickets to wrestlers Yogeshwar Dutt and Babita Phogat. While Dutt will contest from Baroda, Phogat will be a candidate from Dadri. Former India hockey team captain Sandeep Singh will contest from Pehowa seat.

Bihar rain: Deputy CM Sushil Modi, family rescued from Patna home after being stuck for three days

Bihar’s Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi and his family were rescued on Monday, three days after they got stranded at their home in Patna’s Rajendra Nagar locality following heavy rain. At least 29 people have been killed in various rain-related incidents in Bihar, which has recorded a “totally unexpected” 200 mm of rainfall since Friday evening.

Output of eight core industries contracts 0.5% in August, shows government data

The output of eight core sectors of the Indian industry – coal, crude oil, natural gas, refinery products, fertiliser, steel, cement and electricity – declined 0.5% in August compared to the same month last year, data released by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry showed on Monday. These eight sectors have 40.27% of the weight of all sectors that figure in the monthly Index of Industrial Production data.

Karnataka: Disqualified Congress-JD(S) MLAs will be given tickets if they want, says Yediyurappa

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said on Monday that the Bharatiya Janata Party will give bye-poll tickets to the disqualified Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) MLAs if they want to contest. Yediyurappa said that BJP National President Amit Shah clarified that it was “our” responsibility to give the disqualified MLAs tickets.

Standing up for Kashmiris is ‘jihad’, says Pakistan PM Imran Khan

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday described the act of supporting Kashmiris as jihad, which he and his country were doing because they wanted to make Allah happy. Khan made the remarks immediately after returning from a trip to the United States for the annual session of the United Nations General Assembly.

DRDO successfully test fires BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from Odisha coast

Supersonic cruise missile BrahMos was successfully test fired on Monday morning off the Odisha coast from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur.

Pakistan to invite former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for inauguration of Kartarpur corridor

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Monday that the country has decided to invite former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the inauguration of the Kartarpur corridor in November.

Hiked MTech fee at IITs is only for new students, meant to deter those who are not serious: Centre

The Ministry of Human Resource Development on Sunday said that the increased fee of Rs 2 lakh per year for MTech courses at the Indian Institutes of Technology will not be applicable for current students, PTI reported. The ministry said that the increase, applicable only to those taking fresh admissions, was intended to “discourage non-serious students”.

Bihar: Lalu Prasad Yadav’s daughter-in-law alleges torture, blames Misa Bharti for rift with husband

The estranged wife of Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s elder son on Sunday alleged that she was evicted from the official residence of former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi. Aishwarya Rai was allowed inside the house in Patna only after the police intervened.

INX Media case: P Chidambaram’s bail plea denied by Delhi High Court

The Delhi High Court on Monday dismissed Congress leader P Chidambaram’s bail application in the INX Media case, reported ANI. Chidambaram has been lodged in Tihar Jail since September 5. A special Central Bureau of Investigation court in Delhi had on September 19 extended his judicial custody till October 3.

Kerala: SC refuses to stay demolition of four apartment complexes in Kochi

The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a plea filed by home owners of Kochi’s Maradu apartment complexes seeking a stay on its demolition, PTI reported. The state government had on Sunday started the eviction process of the four apartment complexes, which were built in violation of Coastal Regulation Zone norms. The buildings with 343 waterfront flats have to be evacuated by October 3.

Essel Group debt: Subhash Chandra’s son rejects rumours that his father left Mumbai amid crisis

Essel Group Chairperson Subhash Chandra’s son on Sunday dismissed rumours that his father has left the country. Chandra has reportedly secured a six-month extension from lenders to repay more than half of the company’s dues by September 30.

His son Punit Goenka said Chandra is in Mumbai, and asked people spreading false information to focus on positive things.

Justice Rajendra Menon set to become next Armed Forces Tribunal chief

Former Delhi High Court Chief Justice Rajendra Menon has been recommended for the post of Armed Forces Tribunal chairperson, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said on Monday, according to Live Law. The central government will soon clear the appointment, Attorney General KK Venugopal told the Supreme Court.

Bilkis Bano gangrape: SC declines to review order, directs Gujarat to pay compensation in two weeks

The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Gujarat government to provide Rs 50 lakh compensation, a job and accommodation to Bilkis Bano, who was raped during the 2002 Gujarat riots, within the next two weeks, News18 reported. The top court had ordered the compensation in April, but the Gujarat government did not implement the order for five months and sought a review of it, which the court declined on Monday.

CBI to probe allegations against former Madras HC chief justice Tahilramani on CJI’s orders: TOI

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has asked the Central Bureau of Investigation to probe allegations of misconduct against former Madras High Court Chief Justice VK Tahilramani, The Times of India reported on Monday.

Gogoi told the agency to “take further action as per law” after a report by the Intelligence Bureau flagged Tahilramani’s purchase of two flats in the outskirts of Chennai. The CBI will reportedly look into whether Tahilramani had declared the two properties.

Chennai: PM Narendra Modi says optimism about ‘new India’ was a common sentiment during US visit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said optimism about India was the common sentiment that emerged from high-profile meetings during his visit to the United States last week. The prime minister claimed that the Indian diaspora had made a name for itself globally in science and technology, PTI reported.

Chinmayanand rape case: Congress leaders detained to prevent march in support of complainant in UP

Congress leaders were on Monday detained and denied permission by the Uttar Pradesh administration to hold a protest march in support of the 23-year-old law student who accused Bharatiya Janata Party leader Chinmayanand of raping and physically exploiting her, NDTV reported.

The leaders wanted to march from the town of Shahjahanpur to Lucknow to demand justice for the woman, who is currently in judicial custody in connection with an extortion case filed by Chinmayanand.

DK Shivakumar bail plea: Delhi High Court seeks Enforcement Directorate’s response

The Delhi High Court on Monday sought the Enforcement Directorate’s response in connection with a money laundering case against Karnataka Congress leader DK Shivakumar, PTI reported. Shivakumar has challenged a special court order dismissing his bail plea.

Justice Suresh Kumar Kait issued the notice to the investigating agency, and listed it for hearing on October 14.

Bhima Koregaon case: CJI recuses himself from hearing activist Gautam Navlakha’s plea to quash FIR

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Monday recused himself from hearing activist Gautam Navlakha’s plea to quash a first information report filed against him in the Bhima Koregaon case. Navlakha has challenged a Bombay High Court order rejecting his petition.

Remove government hospitals from Ayushman Bharat healthcare scheme, says Indian Medical Association

The Indian Medical Association on Sunday said government hospitals should be removed from the purview of the central government’s Ayushman Bharat health insurance programme as their services are already free.

J&K: SC issues notice to Centre on plea seeking restoration of internet, landline connections

The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to the Centre on a petition demanding the restoration of high-speed internet services and landline phones across all hospitals and medical facilities in Jammu and Kashmir. The court was hearing a clutch of petitions challenging the Centre’s decision to scrap Jammu and Kashmir’s special constitutional status.

Actor Viju Khote, famous for playing Kalia in ‘Sholay’, dies at 77

Veteran actor Viju Khote died in Mumbai on Monday because of multiple organ failure at the age of 77. He was famous for playing Kalia in Sholay, and Robert in Andaz Apna Apna. In Sholay, he spoke one of the most well-known lines in Hindi cinema: “Sardar maine aap ka namak khaya hai.”

‘If we have to go across the LoC, we will,’ says Army chief Bipin Rawat in a warning to Pakistan

Army chief General Bipin Rawat has said surgical strikes have sent the message that Line of Control will remain sacrosanct as long as Pakistan does not vitiate the atmosphere.

Over 120 killed in rain-related incidents in UP, Bihar; weather department predicts more downpour

More than 120 people have died in rain-related incidents in India in the past four days. Of these, 93 deaths have been reported from Uttar Pradesh since Thursday while the toll in Bihar has climbed to 29. The weather department has predicted more rain in several states in the next two days. India Meteorological Department Director General M Mohapatra on Sunday said monsoon would retreat later than normal this year. This is the first time since 1960 that monsoon will remain active till mid-October. Monsoon usually begins on June 1 and ends on September 30.

Congress criticises Modi’s US visit, says there were ‘no tangible outcomes’ to justify celebrations

The Congress on Sunday criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi after his return from a week-long visit to the United States, PTI reported. The party said Modi’s meeting with US President Donald Trump failed to meet India’s expectations despite the public display of friendship at the “Howdy, Modi” rally in Houston. Congress leader Anand Sharma said the euphoria over the prime minister’s visit to the United Nations was misplaced.

Assam NRC: Case filed against Wipro for allegedly not obtaining contract labour licence for project

The Assam Labour Commissioner’s office has filed a case against information technology company Wipro for allegedly not obtaining a contract labour licence for theNational Register of Citizens project in the state. Labour Commissioner Narayan Konwar told the newspaper that the legal proceedings were initiated at the court of the chief judicial magistrate of Guwahati a fortnight ago.

Maharashtra elections: Aaditya Thackeray set to make poll debut from Worli, say reports

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s eldest son Aaditya Thackeray is set to contest next month’s Maharashtra Assembly elections from Worli in South Mumbai, PTI reported on Sunday. He will be the first member of the Thackeray family to fight an election. Aaditya Thackeray is the president of Yuva Sena, the party’s youth wing, at present.

Though there was no official announcement, Uddhav Thackeray handed over the AB form – denoting official party candidature – to Aaditya Thackeray, and 19 other candidates.

J&K: Block Development Council elections will be held on October 24, says poll body

The Block Development Council elections in Jammu and Kashmir will be held from 9 am to 1 pm on October 24, and votes will be counted from 3 pm, Chief Electoral Officer Shailendra Kumar said on Sunday. They will be held in 310 of 316 blocks in the state, a week before Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh are notified as Union Territories.