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Indian Army says terrorist launch pads, Pakistan posts hit in retaliatory firing

One civilian was killed and three others were injured in Ghundhishat village of Tangdhar district in Pakistan Army artillery firing, says Army; Defence sources said that four launch pads were targeted after civilians causalities. “Atleast six Pakistani soldiers were killed in the firing,” one source said adding each launch pad had over 15-20 terrorists waiting to infiltrate.

Pakistan to open Kartarpur Corridor on November 9; Manmohan to attend inauguration as ‘common man’

Pakistan is building the corridor from the Indian border to the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, while the other part from Dera Baba Nanak in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district up to the border will be constructed by India. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would attend the scheduled opening as a common man rather than as a special guest, the Dawn newspaper quoted Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi as telling reporters.

Rahul slams Goyal for remarks on Abhijit Banerjee

“Dear Mr Banerjee, these bigots are blinded by hatred and have no idea what a professional is. You cannot explain it to them, even if you tried for a decade,” Mr. Gandhi said in a tweet tagging the media report on Mr. Banerjee’s response to Mr. Goyal’s comments on him.

Rain casts long shadow on eve of Maharashtra polls

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the formation of a low-pressure system over the Arabian Sea earlier this week was likely to lead to thunderstorm accompanied by lightning at isolated places in the meteorological sub-division of ‘North Konkan’, including Mumbai, Thane and Palghar districts, with heavy rainfall forecast in some areas of Raigad district.

BJP looks to retain power, Congress eyes comeback as Haryana goes to polls

The BJP has set a target to bag at least 75 seats in the contest in which 1,169 candidates of various political outfits are in the fray. Currently, the BJP has 48 members in the 90-member Assembly.

Huge rush at Srinagar weekly market even as shutdown continues in Valley

Main markets remained shut and public transport were off the roads. Private vehicles were plying unhindered in the city and elsewhere in Kashmir, while auto-rickshaws and a few inter-district cabs were seen in some areas of the Valley, officials said.

London Mayor condemns plans to hold anti-India march over Kashmir on Diwali

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has condemned plans to hold an anti-India march on the Kashmir issue on October 27, saying it would deepen divisions in the U.K. capital and called on the organisers and prospective participants to cancel the protest rally.

Hong Kong protesters stage major rally; tear gas, petrol bombs shatter calm

After two weeks of relative calm, the major rally showed that the pro-democracy campaign has not lost support and that hardcore protesters will continue to clash with police.

Joko Widodo, Indonesia’s popular President, sworn in for second term

Army troops and police, along with armoured vehicles, firetrucks and ambulances, were deployed across the vast capital, Jakarta, and major roads were closed in a departure from the more relaxed atmosphere of 2014 inauguration of Mr. Widodo. An October 10 knife attack by an Islamic militant couple that wounded the country’s security minister set off a security crackdown.

Raunak Sadhwani becomes India’s 65th Grandmaster

Sadhwani stunned Russian GM Alexander Motylev to reach five points to be a Grandmaster in 13 years, nine months and 28 days.

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