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Turkey Agrees to Suspend Syria Offensive, Says US Vice Prez Pence
Turkey has agreed to a ceasefire in northern Syria to let Kurdish-led forces withdraw, US Vice President Mike Pence has announced. All military operations will be paused for 120 hours, and the US will help facilitate an “orderly withdrawal” of Kurdish-led troops, he said.
Assam Teacher Arrested for Sexually Harassing Class 8 Student
A teacher of a government school was arrested on Thursday in Assam’s Sonitpur district on the charge of alleged sexual harassment of a girl student, police said.
The accused teacher of the school at Gutlung area was arrested after a complaint was lodged by the class VIII student, District Deputy Superintendent of Police Rashmi Rekha Sarma said.
US-China Truce ‘Not Good Enough’: IMF Chief
The partial trade deal between the United States and China is welcome news but does not undo the trade war’s negative impact on the global economy, IMF Chief Kristalina Georgieva said.
“It’s really good news that the US and China are talking to each other,” she told reporters at the start of the International Monetary Fund annual meeting, but it’s “not good enough.”
Woman Officer in BHEL Ends Life Due to Alleged Harassment by Colleagues
A 33-year-old woman Accounts Officer of public sector Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) allegedly killed herself over ‘harassment’ by a top official and six other colleagues in Hyderabad, police said.
Based on a complaint from her husband, a case has been registered against the Deputy General Manager (Finance) and six other BHEL employees, who are her colleagues, for allegedly abetting the officer’s suicide, they said.
Complaint Filed Against Bihar CM, 9 Others Over Patna Floods
An advocate at Bihar High Court has filed a complaint with Chief Judicial Magistrate against Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi and eight others on the issue of floods in Patna.
Delhi Food Min Writes to Paswan Seeking Supply of More Onions Through NAFED
The Delhi government has asked the Centre to supply adequate quantity of onions to keep the price of the kitchen staple in check and claimed that the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED) has not been able to keep up with the demand in the national capital.
The Food and Civil Supplies minister of Delhi, Imran Hussain, raised the demand on Thursday in his letter to Union Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan.
Body of Journalist Found in Forests of Uttarakhand
The body of a 43-year-old journalist was found in the forests of Dugadda range in Uttarakhand’s Pauri on Thursday morning, officials said.
Prima facie, it appears to be a case of suicide, State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) unit incharge Inspector Gabar Singh Negi said.
A bottle of pesticide and a suicide note were seized from the spot, the official said.
DGCA Suspends 2 SpiceJet Pilots for 3 Months in Connection With Runway Incursion
Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has suspended two pilots of SpiceJet for three months in connection with runway incursion case at Delhi airport on 27 August. DGCA has found in its investigation that both the pilots violated the rules and crossed the holding point.
PNB Scam: Nirav Modi’s Custody Extended till 11 November
Fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi’s custody has been extended till 11 November in the Punjab National Bank scam.
UK and EU Have Reached a Brexit Deal: Boris Johnson
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the UK and the EU have reached a deal on Brexit.
Oil Tanker Catches Fire in West Bengal
An oil tanker caught fire after it met with an accident at Jalpaiguri’s Bandhu Nagar in West Bengal, today; Driver injured, 4 fire tenders present at the spot.
No Odd-Even Scheme for 2-Wheelers, Says Kejriwal
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the odd-even scheme will be implemented from 4 November to 15 November. The scheme will also include vehicles coming from other states, and only be implemented on non-transport 4-wheeled vehicles, 2-wheelers will be exempted.
The scheme will be applicable from 8 am to 8 pm, except on Sundays. Violating the odd-even scheme will incur a fine of Rs 4000, he added.
Sexual Harassment Case Against Ex-TERI Director to Be Heard on 6 Feb Next Year
The Sexual harassment case against ex -TERI Director RK Pachauri will be heard on 6 Feb, 2020. The prosecution was supposed to bring a witness today in court but due to Justice Manika’s leave, a next date has been fixed.
In the previous hearing, the complainant came especially from abroad to give her deposition.
22 and 23 July were fixed for complainant’s deposition so that her evidence was not stalled. -On 22 July accused sought two pass overs. Complainant deposed for 5 minutes around 2.30 pm and then resumed around 4.30 pm till around 5.30 pm. On 22 July counsel for accused asked that matter only be taken up at 2 pm on 23 as he has to appear in other matters before other courts.
So On 27th July, the complainant recorded her evidence around 2.30 pm till around 5.pm. The next date was fixed for 17 October when the court had summoned.
Mexico Deports 311 Indians
In a first, Mexico’s migration authorities deported 311 Indians, including a woman, from various parts of the country amidst its stepped up efforts to check people illegally crossing its borders following pressure from the US.
According to a press release issued by the National Migration Institute (INM) on Wednesday, the Indian nationals, who did not have a condition of regular stay in the country, were deported from the Toluca City International Airport on a Boeing 747 aircraft to New Delhi.
The people were presented to the immigration authority in the states of Oaxaca, Baja California, Veracruz, Chiapas, Sonora, Mexico City, Durango and Tabasco, it said.
Qatar Pledges to End ‘Kafala’ Employment Laws, Says UN Body
The energy-rich nation of Qatar is pledging to fully eliminate a labor system that ties foreign workers to their employer and requires them to have their company’s permission to leave the country.
That’s according to the United Nations’ International Labor Organization, which said Wednesday that Qatar planned to end the so-called “kafala” system there.
The ILO says workers would be able to freely change employers under draft laws described as being “expected to come into force by January 2020.” The ILO also says Doha also is considering a minimum wage.
Six in Mumbai Booked for Stealing Groundwater Worth Rs 73 Crore
Mumbai’s Azad Maidan police has registered FIR under sections 379 and 34 of Indian Penal Code against 6 persons for theft of groundwater valued around Rs 73.18 Crores over a period of 11 years; further investigation underway.
Big Hikes Likely in Delhi’s New Parking Plan, Rs 1,000 for 10 Hrs Workday
A committee of government and civic officials has come up with a formula that could make parking a car in a popular area such as Connaught Place (CP) for a 10-hour workday cost nearly Rs 1,000 if the recommendations are accepted.
The plan comes at a time when there have been growing calls to dissuade private vehicle use for their contribution to pollution, which entered the ‘very poor’ category on Wednesday. The national capital has 3.3 million four-wheelers and 7.3 million two-wheelers. Nearly 500 new cars are added every day.
(Source: Hindustan Times)
35 Foreigners Die in Saudi in Bus Accident
Thirty-five foreigners were killed and four others injured when a bus collided with another heavy vehicle near the Muslim holy city of Medina, Saudi state media said on Thursday.
The accident on Wednesday involved a collision between “a private chartered bus… with a heavy vehicle (loader)” near the western Saudi Arabian city, a spokesman for Medina police said, according to the official Saudi Press Agency.
Those involved were Arab and Asian pilgrims, according to local media, who carried pictures of the bus engulfed in flames and with its windows blown out.
The injured have been transferred to Al-Hamna Hospital, SPA added, and authorities have launched an investigation.
Democrats Walk out of White House Meeting on Syria
Congressional Democrats walked out of a White House meeting on the Syria issue on Wednesday, claiming President Donald Trump insulted Speaker Nancy Pelosi by calling her a “third-rate politician”.
The White House had invited the leadership and top committee members of both Democrats and Republicans, and the Congress to brief them about their policy on Syria.
The Democrat-controlled US House of Representatives has passed a resolution rebuking Trump’s decision to pull out troops from northern Syria, a move that paved the way for Turkey to launch cross-border military operations against Kurdish forces, who were a key ally of the US in the fight against the ISIS.