PM Narendra Modi promises electricity for all, forms economic advisory council with Bibek Debroy as chiefPrime Minister Narendra Modi constituted on Monday his first economic advisory council, headed by NITI Aayog member Bibek Debroy, to analyse and advise him on key issues amid concerns over slowing growth and a stagnating job market. The announcement came on a day the Prime Minister launched an ambitious scheme for providing free electricity to poor households and delivered a strong message against corruption. Modi unveiled a Rs16,320-crore scheme for power to 40 million poor households as the government and the BJP celebrated ideologue Deendayal Upadhyay’s birth anniversary. Calling it the “Saubhagya (Sahaj Bijli har ghar yojna)” scheme, he showcased it as another example of the government’s pro-poor outreach. He said welfare of the poor is the biggest challenge before his government. Read the story here. Rahul Gandhi kick-starts Gujarat election campaign, woos youth and farmersCongress vice president Rahul Gandhi began on Monday his Gujarat campaign with a three-day road trip through politically crucial Saurashtra, a Patidar community heartland that has been a stronghold of the ruling BJP for almost three decades. Patidar leader Hardik Patel, who is spearheading the community’s demand for reservation in education and government jobs, welcomed the Congress leader to Gujarat, the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Congress ke rashtriya upadhyaksh Rahulji ka Gujarat mae hardik swagat hai…,” tweeted Patel, a bitter critic of the state’s BJP government. Gandhi will visit towns such as Dhrol and Tankara by road before reaching Rajkot. Gandhi is also scheduled to meet local milk producers and leaders of the cooperative movement.Read the story here. India counters Pakistan’s fake pitch with ‘true picture’ in UNIndia on Monday presented to the UN General Assembly a photograph of Lt Umar Faiyaz, a young army officer from Jammu and Kashmir who was kidnapped in May and “brutally tortured and killed” by Pakistan-backed terrorists to counter Islamabad’s accusations on the Kashmir issue. “This is a true picture,” said Paulomi Tripathi, a young Indian diplomat, during a “right-of-reply” response to Pakistani envoy Maleeha Lodhi displaying a photograph of an injured Palestinian girl on Saturday and claiming it was a pellet gun victim from Kashmir. “It portrays a harsh and tragic reality…a picture of terrorism emanating from across our borders that the people of India, especially in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, have to struggle with every day”, Tripathi said. Read the story here. Police didn’t attack girls, only drove away anti-socials: BHU vice chancellorBanaras Hindu University (BHU) vice chancellor Girish Chandra Tripathi said police didn’t baton-charge female students, but only used force to drive away anti-social elements who hurled stones and vandalised the campus on the night of September 23. Defending the police in a press statement issued late on Monday, Tripathi said: “There was no baton-charge on any girl on the varsity premises during the intervening night of September 23 and 24. Action has been taken against criminal and anti-social elements who (vandalised) varsity property.” Read the story here. Peepli Live co-director Mahmood Farooqui acquitted of rape, court says feeble ‘no’ can be construed as assentThe Delhi high court on Monday acquitted Peepli Live co-director Mahmood Farooqui of raping a US citizen, setting aside a lower court verdict sentencing him to seven years in jail. The court, in its judgment, said there were doubts whether such an incident took place in the manner alleged by the woman concerned. “And even if it did occur, (there is lack of clarity on) whether it was without the consent/will of the prosecutrix,” it added, ruling in favour of Farooqui. Justice Ashutosh Kumar further recorded that the appellant “had no idea that the prosecutrix was unwilling, and there are instances when a feeble ‘no’ on the part of a woman may mean ‘yes’ during the course of a sexual act”. Read the story here. Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy resigns from party, to quit RS after PujaSenior Trinamool Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Mukul Roy announced his resignation from the party on Monday after months of being sidelined by chief minister Mamata Banerjee. Roy, the party’s former all-India general secretary who was considered the number 2 in the party after Banerjee, said he resigned from the Trinamool Congress working committee and would quit the Upper House and party primary membership after Durga Puja, which ends on September 30. “It is with a heavy heart and pain that I announce this. This was a party that I helped set up on December 17, 1997,” said the 63-year-old MP in Kolkata. Read the story here.Surgical strike a message to Pakistan, more if necessary, says army chiefArmy chief General Bipin Rawat on Monday said the cross-LoC surgical strike last year was a message to Pakistan and hinted at more strikes in the future if necessary. “The strikes were a message we wanted to communicate. I think they understood what we meant. These things could follow, if required,” Rawat said in response to a question. Rawat said terrorists will continue to come and Indian soldiers are ready to ‘welcome’ them. “We are prepared for any infiltration. Terrorists are ready at that side of the border and we are ready on this side to welcome them. We will receive them and send them to their graves,” Rawat said. Read the story here. Ram Rahim’s aide Honeypreet Insan moves Delhi High Court for anticipatory bailHoneypreet Insan, who has been on the run following the conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in two rape cases, on Monday approached the Delhi High Court seeking transit anticipatory bail, her lawyer said. Priyanka Taneja alias Honeypreet, the adopted daughter of the jailed Dera chief, tops the list of 43 persons ‘wanted’ by the Haryana Police in connection with incidents of violence that had followed Ram Rahim’s conviction in the rape cases. Read the story here. IIT graduate jumps to death from 23rd floor of DLF Magnolias in GurgaonA 26-year-old graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, allegedly committed suicide by jumping to death from the 23rd floor of a posh apartment building on Golf Course road late Sunday evening. Police said he was grappling with depression for the last 16 months. The deceased, identified as Ankit Wadhwa, allegedly jumped from his uncle’s apartment in DLF Magnolias as he was depressed and dissatisfied with his job. Wadhwa hailed from Sriganganagar in Rajasthan and used to work in Mumbai. Read the story here. North Korea says Donald Trump has declared war on the countryUS President Donald Trump has “declared a war” on North Korea, the country’s foreign minister said on Monday while conveying a threat to shoot down US bombers. “Trump claimed our leadership would not be around much longer,” North Korean foreign minister Ri Yong-ho told reporters outside his hotel in New York. “He declared a war on our country.” “All the member states and the whole world should clearly remember it was the United States that first declared war on our country,” Ri said. Read the story here. Milkha Singh’s wax statue to be featured at Madame Tussauds Delhi museumLegendary athlete Milkha Singh, on whose life Bollywood movie Bhaag Milkha Bhaag was made, will have his wax statue on display at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in New Delhi. Milkha Singh will be among 50 famous personalities from various walks of life whose wax figures will be displayed in the New Delhi branch, which will be the 24th museum of the world famous London-based Madame Tussauds. The New Delhi museum is set to open on December 1, 2017. It will be located on the first and second floors of the famous Regal Cinema building in Connaught Place, central Delhi. Read the story here.