✔ Live updates: massive fire breaks out at Behrampada slums area in Mumbai’s Bandra
A massive fire broke out on Thursday at the Behrampada slums area right outside the Bandra Railway Station in Mumbai during a demolition drive by the civic authorities.
Declared a Level IV disaster, the second most serious category in disaster management, the blaze broke out during a demolition drive by the civic authorities.
✔ Don’t deny PDS foodgrains to non-Aadhaar beneficiaries, Centre tells States
The Union government has instructed the States not to deny the public distribution system (PDS) benefits to any one who does not have Aadhaar or has not linked his ration card to the number and warned of strict action on violation of the directive.
✔ Sachin Pilot challenges Rajasthan ‘gag’ ordinance in High Court
Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee president Sachin Pilot on Thursday moved a writ petition in the Rajasthan High Court in Jaipur challenging last month’s controversial ordinance, which has extended protection to public servants, judges and magistrates against investigation and prosecution without prior sanction.
✔ Two more suspected to have links with Islamic State arrested in Kannur
Two more persons suspected to have links with the Islamic State (IS) were arrested by the Kannur police on Thursday.
With this, the total number of suspected IS operatives arrested in the district has risen to five. Three youths were arrested only the previous day.
The Rohingya refugees staying in Bangladesh and India will have to return to their home state of Rakhine in Myanmar and there is need for a ‘constructive’ approach to deal with the issue, avoiding harsh criticism, Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar said on Thursday.
✔ GST has to be reformed, changed and simplified: Rahul
GST is Gabbar Singh Tax, reiterated Congress leader Rahul Gandhi at the annual general meeting of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Thursday.
“Narendra Modi received a huge mandate. People expected that he had the ability and understand to develop an Indian vision. Today it lies shattered. Condescending tone is the bedrock of this government’s arrogance. Business thrives on trust. The trust in this government is dead. The Prime Minister and the government believe every single person is a thief,” he said.
✔ Court cancels arrest warrant issued against Hardik Patel in vandalism case
The Visnagar sessions court in Gujarat on Thursday cancelled the non-bailable arrest warrant issued against Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel after he appeared before it and gave an assurance to it to remain present during hearings in the future. Each of them submitted surety bonds of ₹5,000. The next hearing will be on November 15.
✔ Thailand grieves in elaborate final goodbye to King Bhumibol
Tearful Thais clad in black mourned on Bangkok’s streets or at viewing areas around the nation on October 26 as elaborate funeral ceremonies steeped in centuries of royal tradition were held for King Bhumibol Adulyadej following a year of mourning.
✔ Indicative of a political plunge, Kamal Haasan says he will come out with ‘communication strategy’ on his birthday
Giving further indication of taking a political plunge, veteran film actor Kamal Haasan has said he will come out with a ‘communication strategy’ on his birthday next month to keep in touch with youth.
✔ ‘Fish-lizard’ fossil from Kutch is a Jurassic first
A near-complete Jurassic-era fossil of an intriguing animal that looks like a mashup of a dolphin and lizard has been unearthed in Kutch, Gujarat.