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Festive fervour grips nation on Diwali, less crackers in Delhi after SC ban (Roundup) (23:14)
New Delhi, Oct 19 (IANS) The festive fervour gripped the nation on Thursday as people celebrated Diwali, often referred to as ‘the festival of lights by lighting ‘diyas (earthen lamps), paying obeisance to Goddess Lakshmi, distributing sweets, and well, bursting crackers.

RSS leader murder: Punjab to hand over probe to NIA (22:08)
Chandigarh, Oct 19 (IANS) Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday issued orders to hand over probe into the killing of RSS leader Ravinder Gosai to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), officials said.

RS notice to Sharad Yadav on plea for disqualification (21:54)
New Delhi, Oct 19 (IANS) Taking cognizance of the petition submitted by the Nitish Kumar faction of the JD-U for disqualification of party leaders Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar Ansari on grounds of defection, the Rajya Sabha Secretariat has issued show cause notice to the two leaders.

Karnataka CM seeks GST exemption on handmade goods (21:38) IANS Photo Service
Bengaluru, Oct 19 (IANS) Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Thursday urged the central government to exempt handmade products from Goods and Sales Tax (GST) regime.

India, Russia to begin annual joint military exercise (21:26)
New Delhi, Oct 19 (IANS) The India-Russia annual joint military exercises called INDRA is set to begin on Friday, officials said on Thursday.

Modi conveys Diwali greetings to INSV Tarini crew (21:02) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Oct 19 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday conveyed Diwali greetings to the crew of Indian Naval Sailing Vessel (INSV) Tarini, currently on a mission to circumnavigate the globe.

RSS leader murder: Two Punjab Police personnel suspended (20:48)
Chandigarh, Oct 19 (IANS) Two head constables of the Punjab Police have been placed under suspension in connection with the killing of RSS leader Ravinder Gosai in Ludhiana on October 17, police said on Thursday.

Festive fervour in Bengal as Kali Puja-Diwali coincide (Lead) (20:28) IANS Photo Service
Kolkata, Oct 19 (IANS) West Bengal on Thursday plunged into religious fervour with simultaneous Diwali and Kali Puja celebrations.

Heavy rain dampens Diwali spirit in Odisha (19:38)
Bhubaneswar, Oct 19 (IANS) Heavy rainfall in Odisha on Thursday dampened Diwali celebrations and the festive spirit, forcing the people to stay indoors, officials said.

Fireworks, LED lighting mark 'Bandi Chhor Diwas', Diwali at Golden Temple (19:34) IANS Photo Service
Amritsar, Oct 19 (IANS) Fireworks display and the newly-installed LED lighting marked the celebrations of "Bandi Chhor Diwas" and Diwali as thousands of devotees flocked to the Golden Temple complex here on Thursday.

Air quality in Delhi better this Diwali, shows CPCB data (19:20)
New Delhi, Oct 19 (IANS) The air quality in the national capital this Diwali was better than last year, according to a data from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

Adityanath celebrates Diwali in Dalit colony (19:12) IANS Photo Service
Gorakhpur, Oct 19 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday celebrated Diwali at the Tikonia Vantangiya Dalit colony here in his former parliamentary constituency Gorakhpur, officials said.

Global pact to help survive biodiversity in palm plantations (18:52)
New Delhi, Oct 19 (IANS) For surviving the wild animals, a five-year crucial global pact was signed at a summit in Germany on Thursday with an aim to promote sustainable means of growing palm oil which often results in widespread loss to biodiversity, including in Southeast Asia.

Lord Ram will punish BJP: Lalu (18:50) IANS Photo Service
Patna, Oct 19 (IANS) RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Thursday said Lord Ram will punish the BJP as it has been doing politics in his name.

Odisha Governor in hospital after chest pain (18:40) IANS Photo Service
Bhubaneswar, Oct 19 (IANS) Odisha Governor S.C. Jamir was on Thursday hospitalized after he complained of chest pain.

66% decline in child mortality rate but most new-born still die in India: UN report (Lead) (18:36)
New Delhi, Oct 19 (IANS) India has witnessed 66 per cent decline in the under-five mortality rate from 1990 to 2015 but most of the new-born deaths -- 24 per cent of all -- still occur in the country, according to a new UN report.

GJM leader alleges police vandalized house (18:24) IANS Photo Service
Darjeeling, Oct 19 (IANS) Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) General Secretary Roshan Giri has alleged that West Bengal Police ransacked his residence around midnight on Wednesday.

Bridge collapse in Himachal injures five (18:00)
Shimla, Oct 19 (IANS) At least five people were injured when a crucial concrete bridge linking Chamba town in Himachal Pradesh with Pathankot in Punjab collapsed on Thursday, an official said.

MNS corporator claims he was 'lured' to join Shiv Sena (17:26)
Mumbai, Oct 19 (IANS) Adding a new twist to the defection of six municipal corporators, a Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) corporator, Sanjay R. Turde, on Thursday claimed he was also "lured" to join the Shiv Sena last week.

Modi celebrates Diwali with soldiers on LoC, calls them 'my family' (Second Lead) (17:22) IANS Photo Service
Gurez (Jammu and Kashmir), Oct 19 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday celebrated Diwali with soldiers in this idyllic valley of Jammu and Kashmir, telling them how he gets engergised by spending time with the Armed Forces which he called "my family".

India condemns terror attack in Afghanistan (17:16)
New Delhi, Oct 19 (IANS) India on Thursday strongly condemned the terror attack by the Taliban on a military base in Afghanistan's Kandahar province that claimed at least 43 lives and expressed solidarity with the violence-hit nation.

Modi celebrates Diwali with soldiers at LoC (Lead) (15:24) IANS Photo Service
Srinagar, Oct 19 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday celebrated Diwali with soldiers deployed along the Line of Control (LoC) that divides Jammu and Kashmir between India and Pakistan.

Prime Minister celebrates Diwali with soldiers at LoC (14:42) IANS Photo Service
Srinagar, Oct 19 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday arrived in the border town of Gurez to celebrate Diwali with the soldiers protecting the country's borders.

Virbhadra to file papers on Friday, BJP's Dhumal yet to decide (14:34) IANS Photo Service
Shimla, Oct 19 (IANS) Congress leader and six-time Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh will file his nomination papers for the November 9 assembly polls on Friday while his arch rival and BJP leader Prem Kumar Dhumal is yet to decide a date to file papers.

Festive fervour in Bengal as Kali Puja-Diwali coincide (14:00) IANS Photo Service
Kolkata, Oct 19 (IANS) West Bengal on Thursday plunged into religious fervour with simultaneous Diwali and Kali Puja celebrations.

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