01:10 pm Election Commission of India said on Tuesday that exit polls would be barred from 7 AM to 6:30 PM on October 21 during the Haryana and Maharashtra Legislative Assembly elections and by-elections to 51 assembly constituencies. Sheyphali Sharan, official spokesperson of EC tweeted: "General Elections to the LAs of Haryana & Maharashtra and bye elections to 51 Assembly Constituencies of 17 States &23-Samastipur (SC) PC in Bihar & 45-Satara PC in Maharashtra to be held simultaneously - Ban on EXIT POLL from 7am to 630pm on 21st October https://eci.gov.in/files/file/11011-general-elections-to-the-las-of-haryana-maharashtra-and-bye-elections-to-51-assembly-constituencies-of-17-states-23-samastipur-sc-pc-in-the-state-of-bihar-45-satara-pc-in-the-state-of-maharashtra-to-be-held-simultaneously-ban-on-exit-poll/ …"
01:10 pm When launching the BJP manifesto on Tuesday, Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said depositors from PMC Bank would get the money back at any cost. "We. are going to take this issue to the Centre after elections. We're going to ask the Centre to help depositors get their money back. I'm going to follow up on this personally," Devendra Fadnavis on the issue of PMC Bank. "I will ensure that the defaulter's properties are confiscated to resolve the default sum," said the chief minister of Maharashtra.
04:10 pm Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics for "combating poverty," the Swedish academy announced today. Abhijit Banerjee, a native of India, is an American citizen. He is a Professor of Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US while Esther Duflo is a French American citizen. Michael Kremer also comes from the United States. Esther Duflo, 47, was born in Paris and is currently a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Michael Kremer, 55, is a professor at Harvard University and has a PhD from the university.
10:10 am A total of 3 films earned a cumulative collection of Rs 120 crore on October 2. Combat, Joker and Syera are the three blockbusters that accomplished this feat. In a press conference, Ravi Shankar Prasad cited these figures and went on to explain that these record collections are happening since the ‘economy is sound’. "I was Minister of Information and Broadcasting in the government of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and I love movies. Movies have been doing huge business. The manufacturing sector, which contributes more than 77 percent to the IIP (Index of Industrial Production), reported a 1.2 percent decrease in production in August 2019 compared to a 5.2 percent increase in the same month last year. The government has taken a series of measures to boost demand and give a fillip to the economy.
03:10 pm Abiy Ahmed Ali, the Ethiopian Prime Minister who helped end the 20-year war with Eritrea in his nation, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Abiy was honoured "for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and particularly for his decisive initiative in resolving the border conflict with neighbouring Eritrea," said the jury.
09:10 am New Delhi: Narendra Modi today asked people to celebrate the girl child this Diwali while inaugurating a Dussehra celebration at Delhi's Dwarka. Lakshmi in our house.PM had adopted "Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao (Save the girl child, educate her) as one of the key programmes of his government. PM Modi said in his address today, "Our festivals are educational, we can change ourselves if necessary because we have people fighting evil in our society." Greeting the nation on the occasion of Vijayadashami, PM Modi had tweeted:" May the blessings of Prabhu Shri Ram always remain upon us. May the power of truth, goodness and compassion always prevail. May evil be eliminated. Jai Shri Ram!"
03:10 pm New Delhi: Congress MP Shashi Tharoor appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday saying that the FIR had filed against an open letter to the PM in July against the writers. 'deeply distrubed'. Tharoor urged the Prime Minister to "affirm Article 19's constitutional principle" and guarantee freedom of expression and speech. He tweeted: Urging all those who believe in #FreedomOfExpression to send this or similar letters to @PMOIndia @narendramodi urging him to affirm the constitutional principle of our Article 19 rights & the value of democratic dissent — even if more FIRs follow as a result! #SaveFreeSpeech.
04:10 pm New Delhi: Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh left New Delhi on Monday for a two-day visit to France where he will meet with French President Emmanuel Macron and receive the first Rafale aircraft. The Defence Minister will also be performing 'Shastra Puja' on October 8 for the occasion of Dussehra and fly a sortie in the Rafale aircraft. "Leaving New Delhi for Paris on a three day visit to France. Shall attend the Annual Defence Dialogue and the Induction Ceremony of Rafale. India-France bilateral relations have made tremendous progress in the recent years. Looking forward to further and deepen these ties". He tweeted.
02:10 pm By Vani Parameswaran Kollur Mookambika Temple residing in Karnataka in the Udupi district is known to hold an esteemed honour in the Hindu religion, where the devotees seek blessings from the powerful goddess of Mookambika. The Karnataka endowments minister Kota Srinivas Poojari has recently inaugurated new dining halls in the temple along with Byndoor MLA Sukumar Shetty, Udupi District Collector G Jagadeesh and Temple Trustee Abhilash P V. The 23 crore project boasts high-tech kitchen facilities, air-conditioned halls which can hold a capacity of 2000 people at a time. The temple is located on the banks of river Souparnika. The deity here is Sri Mookambika Devi, unique among the other Hindu gods and goddesses as she embodies the powers of Mahalaxmi, Mahasaraswathi and Mahakali combined into one as Adiparashakthi - Mookambika. It is believed that offering prayers to Devi enhance knowledge and excellence in academics. Kollur Shrine is dedicated to knowledge and art, also known as vagadevatha, Goddess of letters and speech. Navarathri days are considered to be the most auspicious time to worship all Shakthi devathas. It is also the most important festival of Mookambika. Thousands of pilgrims throng the temple on those nine days. Vijaya Dashami day is the most auspicious day for beginning education (Vidya Arambham), in Mookambika.
11:10 am By Radhika Nair The festive season has kicked in and the beaming Durga Pooja has illuminated the streets as her devotees celebrate the festival performing different rituals and practices. It is a common perception to believe that Durga pooja is elaborately and massively celebrated by Bengalis, but the entire nation chants and joyously celebrates the Durga Pooja in their own unique way, which spreads and shines from state to state. Let's take a took at the top 5 states of India which adores her holyness by engraving their prayers to seek blessings and prosperity. Uttar Pradesh and Bihar One of the most common and religious practice of feeding young girls during the final days of the festival, offering special worship in the holy temples of elegant Durga idols for long hours, and other similar traditions are closely observed in both Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The key highlight of this state is how the locals set a temporary altar of the deity and recite the scripture Durga Saptashat Tamil Nadu Tamilians workship the three powerful goddesses of Durga, Saraswati, and Lakshi as per their deity rituals during the last three days. The key highlight of this state is the celebration of Golu, quite an interesting ritual where young women and children display dolls on a small wooden pavilion that has been passed down from one generation to another. Gujarat Celebrating with pomp and music, in Gujarat Durga Pooja marks a divine date where people observe fasts in great admiration, install heavy decorations, and have group gatherings as the cities turn festive. Key highlights of this state is people invite Ahmedabad based singers who sing Rabindra Sangeet in Gujarati and an auspicious evening aarti using a Garbi, an earthen pot and diyas. Andhra Pradesh During the Navratri, women in Andhra Pradesh get ready to seek blessings for conjugal bliss. Unmarried girls offer their prayers to the sacred Mother Gauri and this ritual which has been passed down from eons is called Bathukamma Panduga in the Tamil language which means “Mother Goddess, Come Alive!” The key highlight in this state is where women create flower stacks in time-honored style using local flowers for Mother Devine and on the final day, the stack is immersed into a lake or river.