Big win for Congress in Gurdaspur, passengers fall ill on Tejas Express, 10 Indians still missing as ship sinks off Japan: Top stories
Congress wins Gurdaspur Lok Sabha by-election by 1.9 lakh votes, Jaitley makes ‘strong case’ for Indians with H-1B visas in meetings with US officials, 26 passengers fall ill on board Tejas Express after eating IRCTC food, 10 Indians still missing after ship sinks off Japan, ‘Amrapali’ director Lekh Tandon passes away: Here is a list of top stories to bring you up to dateindia Updated: Oct 16, 2017 07:54 IST
Gurdaspur by-election: Big win for Congress, Sidhu says ‘beautiful Diwali gift’ for Rahul Gandhi
The Congress candidate bagged the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha election by a massive margin of 1.9 lakh votes, and the party immediately launched a blistering attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party and its Punjab ally Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD). Congress candidate Sunil Jakhar, the party’s state president, beat his nearest rival, BJP nominee Swaran Salaria, by 1,93,219 votes. Jakhar polled 4,99,752 votes while Salaria got 3,06,533, an election official said. “This win is a big slap on the face of jija- sala (Sukhbir Badal-Bikram Majithia). Today, the BJP will feel that the Akali Dal in Punjab, especially the jija-sala, have become a burden,” said Navjot Singh Sidhu, who switched to the Congress last year after being an MP with the BJP. Read the story here.
Jaitley makes ‘strong case’ for Indians with H-1B visas in meetings with US officials
Indians coming to America on H-1B visa are not illegal economic immigrants but highly qualified professionals, finance minister Arun Jaitley told US officials. Their position must be considered “appropriately” in future policy decisions, Jaitley said, reaffirming India’s concerns about the changes the Donald Trump is considering in non-immigrant visa regimes. “Those coming from India on H-1B visas are high-value professionals, who contribute immensely to the US economy … They come here legally,” he told reporters in an interaction on Saturday, winding down his week-long US visit. The finance minister was in Washington DC to attend a meeting of the International Monetary and Finance Committee (IMFC), the panel that advises the International Monetary Fund (IMF), according to a finance ministry statement. Read the story here.
26 passengers fall ill on board Tejas Express after eating IRCTC catered food
At least 26 passengers, including a six-year-old, on the Mumbai-bound semi-high speed Tejas Express were admitted to hospitals at Chiplun, around 260km away from Mumbai, for food poisoning, after eating a meal served on-board on Sunday. Two Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) officials have been suspended for the incident. Passengers began complaining of uneasiness after breakfast was served to them between 9.30am and 10am. Passenger Ashma Naik said, “We started experiencing nausea after having soup,” said Naik, who was travelling with three kids. Konkan Railway (KR) said they stopped the train at Chiplun station at 3.15pm, after their control room received an alert around 3pm. Read the story here.
10 Indians still missing after ship sinks off Japan
Ten Indians are still missing after a cargo ship sank off the coast of Japan, the External Affairs Ministry said on Sunday. According to a tweet by External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, those missing are Captain Nair Rajesh Ramachandran, Second Officer Rahul Kumar, Third Officer Subramaniam Giridhar Kumar, Chief Engineer Rajput Shyam Singh, Fourth Engineer Subbiah Suresh Kumar, Junior Engineer Chauhan Ashok Kumar, Perumalsamy Gurumurthy, Malavaranan Silambarasan, Murugan Gowtham and Bevin Thomas. The Hong Kong-registered cargo ship Emerald Star sank some 600 km south of Ishigaki island of Okinawa prefecture early Friday. Read the story here.
RSS worker hacked in Kerala, critically injured: Police
An RSS worker was on Sunday hacked, allegedly by CPI(M) workers, at Muzhuppilangad near Thalassery in the politically volatile Kannur district of Kerala. According to the police, the condition of Nidesh (28), the RSS worker, was critical and he had been shifted to the Kozhikode Medical College hospital. He had suffered injuries on his hands and legs, the police said. The local BJP unit alleged that the workers of the CPI (M), the ruling party in Kerala, was behind the attack on Nidesh. Read the story here.
Every writer has fundamental right to speak, SC refuses to ban book by Kancha Ilaiah
The Supreme Court has refused to ban the controversial book--Samajika Smugglurlu Komatollu (Vysyas are social smugglers) penned by prominent Dalit writer and intellectual Kancha Ilaiah, saying every author has a fundamental right to voice ideas freely. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud junked a PIL filed by a lawyer seeking direction to the government to ban the book. The apex court said that any request to ban a book has to be strictly scrutinised because “every author or writer has a fundamental right to speak out ideas freely and express thoughts adequately”, and that curtailment of an individual writer or author’s right to freedom of speech and expression should never be viewed lightly. Read the story here.
China understands India is no more weak: Rajnath Singh
Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said the country’s borders were “completely safe” and China has also understood that “India is no more weak”. Addressing audience at a programme organised in Lucknow by the Bhartiya Lodhi Mahasabha, the Union minister, who represents the constituency in the Lok Sabha, said, “India’s borders are completely safe, and China has started to understand that India is no more weak. Its strength has grown.” “Since the formation of government at the Centre under the leadership of PM Modi, India has become a powerful country in the world. India’s prestige at the international level has grown,” he added. Read the story here.
‘Amrapali’ director Lekh Tandon passes away
Filmmaker Lekh Tandon passed away on Sunday due to multiple health issues at his residence in suburban Powai in Mumbai. He was 88. Tandon, who directed films like ‘Amrapali’ (1966) and ‘Dulhan Wahi Jo Piya Man Bhaaye’ (1977), breathed his last on Sunday evening. Tandon is credited with discovering actor Shah Rukh Khan by casting him in his TV serial ‘Dil Dariya’ in 1988. He also directed TV serial “Farmaan”, broadcast on Doordarshan in the early 90s. Read the story here.
‘It’s a dark day for us’: Somalia reels from deadliest blast in Mogadishu
Maryan Abdullahi’s father had been preparing to fly to Somalia’s capital on Sunday to attend the happiest moment in his daughter’s life: her graduation day. Instead, he will bury her. On Saturday, the 22-year-old Abdullahi was making final preparations for graduation after years of medical studies when a massive truck bomb detonated in the middle of a Mogadishu street where she was travelling in a car with friends. They were killed in what has been called the single deadliest attack in Somalia’s history. At least 231 people are dead, a Somali senator said Sunday, citing doctors at hospitals he had visited, and 275 others were injured. Read the story here.
US diplomacy with North Korea to continue until ‘first bomb drops’: Tillerson
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday that President Donald Trump had instructed him to continue diplomatic efforts to calm rising tensions with North Korea, saying “those diplomatic efforts will continue until the first bomb drops.” Speaking on CNN’s ‘State of the Union’, Tillerson downplayed messages that President Trump had previously posted on Twitter suggesting Tillerson was wasting his time trying to negotiate with “Little Rocket Man”, a derogatory nickname Trump has coined for North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un. Trump “has made it clear to me to continue my diplomatic efforts”, Tillerson said. Read the story here.
India vs New Zealand: Dinesh Karthik recalled for ODI series, KL Rahul left out
Dinesh Karthik has returned to the Indian cricket team for the three-match ODI series against New Zealand starting on October 22. Karthik, who was part of the India squad for the ICC Champions Trophy and the West Indies series, wasn’t considered for the Sri Lanka and Australia ODIs before making a return to the T20I team for the recently concluded series versus David Warner’s men. Shikhar Dhawan, who missed the five ODIs against Australia to be with his ailing wife, has been named in the squad. There was no place for Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav, both of whom played just the Bangalore ODI vs Australia. Spinners R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja also continue to be left out. Batsman KL Rahul, who was in the T20 squad against Australia, also does not figure in the Indian ODI side. Read the story here.