Catch the latest news updates of the day here.Three Trapped in Asansol Coal Mine, Rescue Ops Underway
Three persons have been trapped at a coal mine in Asansol’sKulti, late last night. Rescue operations underway.Amid Protests, TSRTC Conductor Kills Himself
Surender Goud, a conductor in Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) killed himself by hanging self at his residence. The Telangana police have registered a case.A Refugee, But I Enjoy India's Freedom: Dalai LamaDalai Lama“We enjoy freedom living in India. In one way I’m a refugee but I enjoy India’s freedom.”Passengers on Board Vande Bharat Express Stranded After Train Develops Technical Snag
Passengers on board the Varanasi-Delhi Vande Bharat Express were on Sunday stranded inside the train for around an hour without fan, air conditioning and lights when its auxiliary converter failed, officials said on Sunday.
The train's AC stopped working 10 minutes before reaching Allahabad station at 4:50 pm. The defect was rectified, cooling ensured and it left at around 6.00 pm, they said.
During this time, the train was without basic facilities stranded at Allahabad.
In an earlier incident in March, a minor fire broke out in the transformer of a coach of the railways' ambitious train.
(Source: PTI)Multiple Arrests in Hong Kong as "Flashmob" Protests Hit Pro-Bejing Targets
Riot police clashed with anti-government protesters across Hong Kong on Sunday as masked activists vandalised businesses deemed sympathetic to Beijing in another weekend of chaos in the financial hub.
Rallies erupted in multiple neighbourhoods, with some protesters blocking roads, sabotaging train tracks, and trashing pro-China businesses.
Police said an officer was taken to hospital after his neck was slashed. Local television networks also broadcast footage of a man beaten bloody by protesters after they found a baton in his bag and suspected him of being an undercover officer.
(Source: PTI)Army Jawan Killed as Pak Violates Ceasefire in J&K's Baramulla
An Army jawan was killed on Sunday when Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir, an Army official said.
The Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire in north Kashmir's Uri sector by resorting to unprovoked firing on Indian posts, the official said.
The Army jawan, who was injured in the Pakistani firing, was taken to a medical facility for treatment, where he succumbed, he said.
(Source: PTI)DMK Claims 30 EVMs for Bypoll in Tamil Nadu Shifted Suddenly
The DMK on Sunday alleged 30 Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) meant for the 21 October Nanguneri Assembly by-poll in Tamil Nadu have been "suddenly shifted" for "unknown reasons."
DMK Organisation Secretary and party's Rajya Sabha member R S Bharathi wrote to Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo seeking an enquiry into the matter.
He urged the EC that the EVMs be restored back to their original place and be kept under adequate protection without giving room "for any suspicious activities.
(Source: PTI)Lebanon Says Israel Sent Drone over Hezbollah Area
The Lebanese army on Sunday accused Israel of sending a reconnaissance drone at the weekend over Beirut's southern suburbs, a bastion of the Shiite militant Hezbollah group.
On August 25, two explosives-laden drones were sent to the same area. One of them exploded, sparking a dangerous escalation between Hezbollah and Israel.
On Saturday night, "one of the Israel enemy's reconnaissance drones violated Lebanese air space... overflew the southern suburbs and left," the army said in a statement.
(Source: AFP)President Orders Army onto Streets of Ecuadorian Capital Quito
Ecuador's army took to the streets after President Lenin Moreno ordered the first 24-hour curfew in decades in response to a day of attacks on government buildings and media offices.
By Saturday night, soldiers had retaken control of the park and streets leading to the National Assembly and the national comptroller's office, which had been broken into by protesters who lit fires inside the building.
Moreno said the military would enforce the round the clock curfew in Quito and around critical infrastructure like power stations and hospitals in response to the day's violence. It was the first such action imposed since a series of coups in the 1960s and '70s.
(Source: AP)Air Quality Dips to 'Very Poor' at Many Places in Delhi-NCR
A layer of haze lingered over the national capital on Sunday as air quality in several parts of the city plunged to the "very poor" category, days before strict measures to fight air pollution come into force under the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) .
The Air Quality Index (AQI) in Anand Vihar, Wazirpur, Vivek Vihar, Mundka, Bawana, Jahangirpuri was 327, 323, 317, 309, 302 and 300 respectively, according to Central Pollution Control Board data.
The overall AQI deteriorated further and touched the 268 mark, which falls in the poor category.
(Source: PTI)Three Dead After Vehicle Falls Into River in Uttarakhand
Three people have been killed after a vehicle fell into Kail river in Dewal, Chamoli. Rescue operations are underway. More details are awaited.
(Source: ANI)Man Gets Life Term for Raping 3-Yr-Old Girl in UP
A local court in Barabanki sentenced a man to life imprisonment for raping a three-year-old girl. The court also imposed Rs 1 lakh fine on him.
Assistant Government Advocate Shekhar Verma said on Sunday that Sanjay Dom-- a resident of Tikaitnagar Police Station area — lured the girl and took her towards an old hospital where he raped her on 23 February, 2015.
(Source: PTI)Delhi Fire Service to Get High-Tech Water Towers, Remote Devices That Can Move Through Narrow Lanes
Firefighters will soon get high-tech equipment such as multi-articulated water towers, which can move zigzag like a snake through narrow lanes and rotate at 360 degrees, and devices that can be controlled remotely to attend to fire incidents in Delhi.
These modern equipment are expected to reduce the threat faced by these daredevils and increase their capacity to rescue people trapped on buildings in congested areas.
The process to acquire these long-overdue equipment is in the final stage and the machines will be coming to the Delhi Fire Service at a time when the national capital has faced major fire incidents this year, the biggest of them in February when fire swept through a four-storey hotel in central Delhi's Karol Bagh.
(Source: PTI)Debt-Ridden UP Farmer Commits Suicide over Crop Damage
A 55-year-old debt-ridden farmer allegedly committed suicide in Uttar Pradesh's Mahoba district after his crops were damaged due to excessive rains, an official said on Sunday.
Sureshchandra Tiwari consumed a poisonous substance in his agricultural field in Kulpahar area on Saturday, Tehsildar Subodhmani Sharma said. Tiwari was rushed to a primary health centre, where he was declared dead, the official said.
(Source: PTI)Punjab Records 45% Hike in Farm Fires, Officials Say Overall Count Will Be Less Than 2018
The paddy harvesting season has started in Punjab and the state has already recorded a 45 percent increase in stubble burning incidents till 11 October, but the administration hopes the farm fire counts will come down gradually as a result of intensive interventions made this year.
The period between 15 October and 15 November is considered critical as maximum number of stubble burning incidents take place in this span in Punjab and adjoining states and is one of the main reasons for alarming spike in pollution in Delhi-NCR.
(Source: PTI)12 Trains Cancelled, 3 Short Terminated on Haridwar-Laksar Section of Northern Railway
12 trains have been cancelled and three trains short terminated due to doubling work on Haridwar - Laksar section of the Moradabad division of Northern Railway.
(Source: ANI)Bengal BJP to Organise 6600-Km-Long 'Gandhiji Sankalp Yatra' in October
BJP West Bengal President, Dilip Ghosh on Sunday announced that BJP would be organising a 6600-km-long 'Gandhiji Sankalp Yatra' across the state from 15 October till 26 October, 2019.
(Source: ANI)PM Modi Offers Condolences on Deaths Caused by Japan's Typhoon Hagibis
In a series of tweets, PM Narendra Modi offered condolences to the people of Japan affected by Typhoon Hagibis and said that India stands in solidarity with Japan.
PM Modi Addresses Rally in Jalgaon Ahead of Maharashtra Assembly Polls
I offer condolences on behalf of all Indians on the loss of life caused by super-typhoon #Hagibis in Japan. I wish early recovery from the damage and devastation caused by this natural calamity.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 13, 2019
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a rally in Jalgaon on Sunday ahead of Maharashtra Assembly election which is scheduled for 21 October.4.5 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Rajasthan's Bikaner
An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.5 on the Richter Scale hit Rajasthan’s Bikaner today at 10:36 am.
(Source: ANI)BJP Releases Manifesto for Haryana Assembly Polls
The BJP released its election manifesto for Haryana Assembly Polls in Chandigarh. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, BJP national working president JP Nadda and other leaders of the party were present during the release.
(Source: ANI)Layer of Haze Lingers in Delhi-NCR as Air Quality Remains 'Poor'
A layer of haze lingered over the national capital on Sunday as its air quality index (AQI) deteriorated further and touched the 245 mark, which falls in the poor category.
The adjoining areas of Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Noida, Baghpat, Murthal recorded their AQI at 287, 233, 275, 258 and 245 respectively.
The air quality in Karnal district of Haryana turned "very poor" overnight. It touched the 351 mark in the AQI index, according to Central Pollution Control Board data. An AQI between 0 and 50 is considered 'good', 51 and 100 'satisfactory', 101 and 200 'moderate', 201 and 300 'poor', 301 and 400 'very poor', and 401 and 500 'severe'.
(Source: PTI)Hotel Collapse in New Orleans Leaves 1 Dead, 2 Missing
A large section of a Hard Rock Hotel under construction beside New Orleans' historic French Quarter collapsed Saturday amid blinding dust and flying debris, killing one person and injuring more than 20.
Nearby buildings were evacuated. A 270-foot (82-meter) construction crane — one of two still looming over the multistory building — also was dangerously unstable, fire officials said.
The hunt for the missing was suspended at nightfall over safety concerns.
(Source: AP)Unprovoking Firing by Pak Rangers in J&K's Hiranagar Sector
Pakistan rangers resorted to unprovoked firing in Hiranagar sector (Jammu and Kashmir) last night and continued till 5:30 am today, ANI reported quoting Border Security Force (BSF) sources. They targeted civilian areas, BSF retaliated effectively.Fire at Residential Building Near Mumbai's Charni Road, Rescue Underway
A level 3 fire broke out at a residential building near Mumbai’s Dreamland Cinema, Charni road. At least eight people have been rescued.
Fire tenders were rushed to the spot and the rescue operation is underway.
More details are awaited.