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US Fed Leaves Key Rate Unchanged But Sees Further Hikes Ahead
The Federal Reserve has left its key policy rate unchanged but signaled that it plans to keep responding to the strong US economy with more interest rate hikes. The next rate increase is expected in December.
The Fed kept its benchmark rate in a range of 2 percent to 2.25 percent. A statement it issued Thursday after its latest policy meeting portrayed the economy as robust, with healthy job growth, low unemployment, solid consumer spending and inflation near the Fed’s 2 percent target.
Fire Breaks Out at Bandra Slum in Mumbai
A fire broke out at a slum in Bandra’s Shastri Nagar area in Mumbai on Thursday night. Fifteen fire tenders reached the spot and successfully doused the fire, reported ANI.
Union Cabinet Approves Amendment to Central Universities Act, 2009
The Union Cabinet approved Amendment to the Central Universities Act, 2009 on Thursday, 8 November, for setting up of Central Tribal University in Andhra Pradesh.
Fire Breaks out in a Fibre Factory Near Bhavani Peth in Pune.
Fire broke out in a fibre factory near Bhavani Peth in Pune.
Nine fire tenders present at the spot.
Mizoram Elections: EC Refuses BJP’s Request to Extended Last Date of Filing Nominations
Election Commission has turned down BJP request for extending the last date of filing of nominations for Mizoram legislative assembly elections.
Heavy and Medium Goods Vehicles Banned From Entering Delhi
Heavy and medium goods vehicles will not be allowed to enter Delhi from 11 pm, 8 November. The ban will continue till 11 pm, 11 December, confirmed Joint CP Traffic, Delhi .
The vehicles carrying essential goods will be exempted.
Bombardier to Cut 5,000 Jobs in Restructuring
Bombardier has decided to cut 5,000 jobs in restructuring of the company.
MEA Supports Peace in Afghanistan
The Ministry of External Affair (MEA) on Thursday, 8 November, said that it is aware of the Russian Federation hosting a meeting in Moscow on Thursday, 9 November on Afghanistan.
“Our participation at the meeting will be at the non-official level,” said the ministry.
Demonetisation is Unique in The History of Our Tragedies
All India Congress Committee released a statement on demonetisation anniversary.
The full truth about demonetisation is not out yet. The Indian people will not rest till it is.
MP Elections: Congress Releases Its 5th List
Congress released its fifth list of 16 candidates for the upcoming assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh.
Former MP Minister Sartaj Singh who has joined Congress from BJP to contest from Hoshangabad constituency.
Heroin Worth Rs 200 Crore Seized in Delhi
Heroin worth Rs 200 crore was seized from apple cartons on 8 November in Delhi’s Azadpur mandi. Police say the heroin was brought from Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara.
The driver of the truck is being questioned
Dutch Government Offers Asia Bibi’s Lawyer Temporary Asylum
Dutch government offered lawyer of Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi temporary asylum in the Netherlands, reported Reuters.
Asia was acquitted last month by the Pakistan Supreme Court in a blasphemy case.
AIADMK Protests Against Sarkar Film
Members and workers of AIADMK protested outside Priya Enterplex in Tamil Nadu’s Madurai against Sarkar film.
VV Rajan Chellappa, AIADMK MLA says “We’ll continue to protest outside theaters till controversial scenes and dialogues aren’t removed. We appeal exhibitors not to show it.”
Congress Observes Black Day on Second Anniversary of Demonetisation
Congress workers in Guwahati staged a protest in Assam as a part of Black Day, being observed by the party to mark the second anniversary of Demonetisation.
3 Civilians, 1 CISF Jawan Killed in IED Blast by Naxals in Dantewada: Reports
Three civilians and one Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) jawan was killed while several others were injured after a civilian bus used by the troops deployed for election duty in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada suffered an IED blast, allegedly triggered by Maoists.
The two injured CISF personnel have been shifted to a nearby hospital. More details are awaited.
The attack came ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s scheduled poll rally in Bastar’s Jagdalpur.
BJP Releases Third List of Candidates for Madhya Pradesh Elections
The BJP on Thursday, 8 November, released its third list of candidates for the upcoming Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections.
Afghan Forces Kill 16 Taliban Militants, Injure 19 Others
Afghan forces killed 16 Taliban militants and injured 19 others while evicting them from several villages in Dand-e-Ghori area in Baghlan province, police said on Thursday, 8 November.
“The security forces have recaptured several villages including the main base of Taliban rebels over the past four days,” police chief Ekramudin Sari told Xinhua news agency.
Scars of Demonetisation More Visible With Time: Manmohan Singh
“Today marks the second anniversary of the ill-fated and ill-thought demonetisation exercise, that the Narendra Modi government undertook in 2016. The havoc that it unleashed on the Indian economy and society is now evident to everyone,” Manmohan Singh said, in a press statement.
“It’s often said that time is a great healer. But, unfortunately, in case of demonetisation, the scars and wounds of the note ban are only getting more visible with time,” the former PM said.
EC Asks Odisha to Increase Monitoring of Chhattisgarh Border Ahead of Polls
The Election Commission of India on Thursday, 8 November, asked the Odisha government to increase monitoring on the state border with poll-bound Chhattisgarh.
Nirav Modi Declared ‘Proclaimed Absconder’ in Customs Case
A Gujarat court on Thursday, 8 November, declared fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi as a “proclaimed absconder” in a customs duty evasion case filed in March and ordered him to appear in person on 15 November.
Modi was declared proclaimed absconder under Section 82 of the Criminal Procedure Code, which could make it difficult for him to secure an anticipatory bail.
ED seeks attachment of Nirav Modi’s Rs 56-cr Dubai assets
2 Children Dead, 2 Injured After Fire Breaks Out in Delhi’s Desh Bandhu Gupta Road Area
Two children were charred to death, while two others were injured in Delhi’s Desh Bandhu Gupta road area on Wednesday night after their shanty caught fire.
The injured have been admitted to a hospital. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. The four are members of the same family.
Youth Sets Off Diwali Cracker in 3-Year-Old’s Mouth, Victim Critical
A three-year-old girl was critically wounded in Meerut when a mischievous youth put a fire cracker in her mouth and lit it on Diwali eve, police said on Wednesday, 7 November.
The girl was rushed to a nearby medical facility where her condition is described as serious. The police has lodged an FIR against the miscreant and have launched a search for him.
Several Flights Delayed at Mumbai Airport Due to Ground Staff Strike
The contractual ground staff of Air India Air Transport Services Limited (AIATSL) at the Mumbai airport have been on strike since Wednesday night. Several flights from Mumbai have been delayed as a result.
“Due to a sudden industrial situation at Mumbai airport by AIATSL employees, some flights have got delayed. We are assessing the situation and all efforts are being made to minimise delays or disruption,” an Air India spokesperson said.
50 Injured During Diwali Celebrations in Hyderabad
Firecrackers left at least 50 people injured during Diwali celebrations in Hyderabad and outskirts, an official said on Thursday, 8 November.
The injured were brought to government-run Sarojini Devi Eye Hospital late on Wednesday night and in the early hours of Thursday.
Contemplating Changing Ahmedabad’s Name to Karnavati: Vijay Rupani
Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani said on Thursday, 8 November, that the state government was contemplating changing the name of Ahmedabad to Karnavati, the talks of which have been going on since a long time.
“Concrete steps will be taken after looking at it from legal and all other angles. We will think about it in the time to come,” Rupani said.
Congress to Hold Nationwide Protest on Demonetisation Anniversary
To mark the second anniversary of demonetisation on Thursday, 8 November, the Congress has decided to hold a nationwide protest demanding an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “ruining and wrecking” the economy.
Congress leaders and workers would be out on the streets voicing their protest against the 2016 note ban, The Indian Express reported.
‘The Poorest Suffered the Most From Demonetisation’: Meera Sanyal
No Bilateral Meeting With Putin in Paris: Trump
US President Donald Trump has said he will have lunch with Russian President Vladimir Putin among other leaders during his planned trip to Paris but no meeting was expected.
Trump also revealed that he is likely to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un “early next year”.
Trump not sure if he will meet Putin in Paris
47 Killed in Zimbabwe Road Accident
At least 47 people have been killed in Zimbabwe after two buses collided head-on, officials said.
Police spokesman Paul Nyathi told Xinhua news agency on Wednesday, 7 November, that the accident happened near Rusape in Manicaland Province, 156 km from the capital Harare.
Asia Bibi Released From Jail, To Be Shifted To Netherlands
A Christian woman who was convicted of blasphemy and acquitted by Pakistan’s Supreme Court last week, has been released from a jail in Multan and taken to Noor Khan Airbase, Rawalpindi, from where she would be shifted to the Netherlands, local media reported.
Aasia Bibi’s Death Penalty Overturned, Pak Army Warns Protesters
Fire Breaks Out at Candle Factory in Lucknow
A fire broke out at a candle factory in Lucknow’s Rajendra Nagar area late on Wednesday, 7 November.
Fire services doused the fire. No injuries were reported.
Thick Layer of Smog Blankets Delhi Post Diwali
Delhi’s pollution levels rose sharply post Diwali as most of the city was blanketed by a thick layer of smog early on Thursday, 8 November.
Many areas recorded ‘Hazardous’ category in the Air Quality Index (AQI), with Anand Vihar at 999, the area around US Embassy in Chanakyapuri at 459 and the area around Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium also at 999.
On Diwali, Air Quality in Delhi Remains ‘Poor’, Expected to Worsen
White House Suspends CNN Reporter After Trump Confrontation
The White House on Wednesday, 7 November, suspended the press pass of CNN correspondent Jim Acosta after he and President Donald Trump had a heated confrontation during a news conference.
They began sparring after Acosta asked Trump about the caravan of migrants heading from Latin America to the southern US border.
In 3 AM tweet, Trump says CNN criticism on current spate of bombs is ‘funny’
US Stocks Close Higher After Midterm Elections
US stocks closed higher after the results of the country’s midterm elections came out as expected.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average on Wednesday, 7 November, was up 545.29 points, or 2.13 percent, to 26,180.30. The S&P 500 rose 58.44 points, or 2.12 percent, to 2,813.89, Xinhua news agency reported.
US Midterm Polls: Democrats Seize House, Republicans Keep Senate
Russia Says Possible US Sanctions on Moscow Over Chemical Weapons ‘Illegal’
Moscow considers any potential new sanctions related to chemical weapons imposed by the US on Russia to be illegal and will respond accordingly once they are announced, Russian officials have said.
On Tuesday, 6 November, the US State Department said that it might impose another round of sanctions on Russia over the latter’s involvement in the nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in Britain in March.
Jeff Sessions Resigns as US Attorney General
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has resigned from the post at the request of President Donald Trump. An acting attorney general was appointed by the president as Sessions’ temporary replacement.
For the past several months, Trump has been expressing his displeasure at Sessions’ functioning in public meetings and on social media.