1.India firmly asks Pakistan to take action against Terror outfit Jaish e Mohammad Chief Masood Azhar, the main plotter of Pathankot attack, at the foreign secretary level talks in New Delhi, India asks Pakistan to shun its policy of denial of terror activities from its soil.

2.The countdown for the launch of seventh and final navigation satellite IRNSS-1G began on Tuesday at 9:20 AM at Sriharikota.

3. Saudi Aramco considering proposals to buy stakes in Indian oil refining and petrochemical projects, says Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.

4.Agusta Westland chopper verdict in Italian Court pointing towards huge kickbacks to top officials and also naming senior Congress party leaders creates political ripples , BJP demands explanation from Congress party, likely to raise the issue in Parliament.

Tata Trusts on Tuesday said it has signed a pact with the Odisha government to achieve elimination of Malaria from the state by 2030.

With about 30,000 soldiers in action, the Indian Army is conducting a major Exercise ‘Shatrujeet’ by the elite STRIKE 1 in deserts of Rajasthan wherein the capability to Strike deep in enemy territory in an integrated Air-Land battle environment is being tested.

With about 30,000 soldiers in action, the Indian Army is conducting a major Exercise ‘Shatrujeet’ by the elite STRIKE 1 in deserts of Rajasthan wherein the capability to Strike deep in enemy territory in an integrated Air-Land battle environment is being tested.

Day five of the odd-even scheme on Delhi's roads did not usher in a smoother ride for Delhi's commuters as the Pollution levels remained unaffected.

Campaign for the third phase of polling in West Bengal ended on Tuesday evening. The voting under this phase for 62 Assembly constituencies will be held on Thursday.

1.Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterated his govt's commitment to all round development of J&K during his 8th visit to the state since assuming office. He also stresses on the dream of Mufti Mohammed Sayeed to shrink distances between Jammu and Kashmir.
2.Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan's appointment as brand ambassador for the 'Incredible India' campaign is reportedly on hold, with the report coming days after the veteran actor's name surfaced in connection with the 'Panama Papers'.
3.Former Home Minister and senior congress leader P Chidambaram is in the dock once again in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case.

4.Jammu & Kashmir Police has arrested one of the two accused named by Handwara girl in molestation case. The arrest comes two days after the ‘victim was produced before Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Handwara on Saturday.
5.Jammu & Kashmir Police has arrested one of the two accused named by Handwara girl in molestation case. The arrest comes two days after the ‘victim was produced before Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Handwara on Saturday.

Bernie Sanders has defeated Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton in a caucus elections in the heartland states of Kansas and Nebraska.

The Vermont senator had lost significant momentum to the former US Secretary of state following last week's Super Tuesday vote, after which Clinton gained a sizeable lead in the count for delegates needed to secure the Democratic nomination.

Sanders lost no time crowing about the Kansas victory in a fundraising appeal in which he expressed delight over his "political revolution."

28 Indian fishermen were apprehended and four boats were seized in Thoothukudi by Srilankan Navy in Rameshwarsam.

The incident occured in the wee hours on Sunday when 28 fishermen in three boats were fishing, the Sri Lankan Navy arrested them and took them to Kalpitiya.

When the news reached the family of the fishermen at Thoothukudi, they stormed the office of Fisheries Department and had urged the officials to take steps to release them

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday addressed the national conference of women legislators. Speaking on the occasion Prime Minister emphasized on the role played by women in nation building and said that it is the citizens and mothers of a country make it stronger. Prime Minister lauded the multitasking capabilities of women. PM also said that women legislators should also motivate women representatives in local bodies to work towards women empowerment.

In Jammu & Kashmir, a strong cold wave has engulfed Kashmir Valley after intermittent rainfall in the plains and snowfall in several upper reaches . The weather system took a turn since Saturday evening as rainfall started throughout the Valley.

Gulmarg, Shopian, Karnah and Gurez areas experienced snowfall plummeting temperature several degrees below normal.

Meteorological Department said that light to moderate rainfall will occur for next two days and weather may improve from Tuesday onwards.

Meanwhile, the vital Srinagar-Leh National Highway and Mughal Road have been blocked for vehicular traffic.

The Srinagar Jammu National Highway has also been closed due to shooting stones and landslides in Ramban area in Jammu region.

Geeta, the deaf-mute Indian woman living in Pakistan, returns home today after both the governments gave final clearances for her journey back, over a decade after she strayed across the border.

In Bihar campaigning for the third phase of polling will end today at five in the evening.Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold two rallies in Buxar and Siwan while Grand alliance and other parties are also holding a series of election meetings to woo voters.

Meanwhile, campaigning for the third phase of assembly polls has reached its peak.

Polling for this phase will be held on Wednesday in 50 constituencies spread over six districts of Patna,Nalanda, Vaishali, Saran, Bhojpur and Buxar.

Saudi crown Prince orders stampede probe; 700 dead and over 800 injured in the stampede on the last day of Hajj.
Saudi Arabia's crown Prince has ordered an investigation into the stampede at the hajj pilgrimage that left over 700 dead.

Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, who chairs the Saudi Hajj committee, ordered the probe during a meeting with senior officials responsible for the pilgrimage in Mina, where the stampede took place.

The findings of the investigation will be submitted to King Salman, "who will take appropriate measures" in response.

Meanwhile, authorities claim that the incident occurred during the stoning of Satan in Mina.

Bakr-Id is being observed in Saudi Arabia and pilgrims had gathered in Mina to perform the rituals.

The tragedy comes on the heels of another one, in which 108 people were killed when a massive construction crane collapsed on Mecca's Grand Mosque on September 11 as thousands were gathering for the Hajj.

President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Narendra Modi condole the death of Hajj pilgrims in Saudi Arabia.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said that the Indian authorities will provide all help to Indian nationals present at Mecca's Grand Mosque.

In a tweet, she said that the government is in constant touch with Saudi authorities.

She added that Indian Embassy officials have reported that the process of identification of bodies is on and this will take at least 24 hours, following which Saudi authorities will disclose their identity with photographs.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that he was "deeply saddened" to learn of the deaths of Hajj pilgrims.

The secretary-general extended his sincere condolences to the families of the victims and expressed his sympathies to all the governments concerned.

PM Modi meets leading fortune 500 club CEOs, media barons and CEOs of Financial sector Companies, says India is committed to protecting Intellectual Property Rights, urge US Corporates to invest in India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi started and ended his first day in US with business. He dined with 42 top executives of America at New York's Waldorf Astoria hotel, where he is staying.

The event was coordinated by the Fortune magazine and the interactive session preceding the dinner moderated by its editor, Alan Murray.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, reform in governance is my first priority, on first day of his 5-day United States visit.

During his 6-day stay in the United States, PM Modi will also address the UN Summit on sustainable development and will hold bilaterals with US President Barack Obama and other world leaders.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met top CEOs in the US, listing the various sectors that India has opened up for investments and inviting the US business leaders to 'Make in India'.

The Prime Minister said India is ready to welcome them (the CEOs) with both hands and it is the right time for them to come and invest in the world's largest democratic country.

During the meet, PM said that FDI all over the world has fallen but in India it increased by 40 percent which reflects confidence in the Indian economy.

The Prime Minister also said that reform in governance is No. 1 priority for him.

Among the CEOs of Fortune 500 companies who attended the dinner were Lockheed Martin Chairman and CEO Marillyn Hewson, Ford President and CEO Mark Fields, IBM Chairman Ginni Rometty, Pepsi Co Chief Indra Nooyi and Dow Chemical Chairman Andrew Liveris.

Citigroup Chairman Michael O'Neill, MasterCard CEO Ajay Banga, Boeing International President Marc Allen, Goldman Sachs President Gary Cohn, Blackstone President Hamilton James, SanDisk co-founder Sanjay Mehrotra, Harman International Chairman Dinesh Palatal and Time Inc CEO Joe Ripp were also present on the occasion.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday left for a weeklong visit to Ireland and the United States of America. In the first leg of his seven-day trip, the Prime Minister will visit Ireland, marking first Prime Ministerial visit from India in almost 60 years.

India hopes to further develop strong people-to-people and economic ties with the country.

Prime Minister Modi will also interact with the Indian community in Dublin.

The Total trade between India and Ireland in goods and services in 2013 stood at 2.5 billion euro.

India mainly imports computer hardware and software, pharmaceuticals & chemicals, food and machinery from Ireland and exports textiles, garments and clothing accessories, pharmaceuticals, light engineering goods and chemicals.

With China facing an economic slowdown, India's improved relations with a country like Ireland will only help further strengthen the Indian economy.

Though formal diplomatic links were established in 1947, economic ties gained momentum only recently.

Even before Ireland and India were independent states, there were close ties between them in education and literature.

The Irish religious orders set up a number of schools in India, many which still operate today.

Irish poet W.B. Yeats was a supporter of Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore.

He even wrote the preface to Tagore's masterpiece 'Gitanjali'.

There were close ties between the independence movement in Ireland and in India.

In recent times, Ireland has become a significant destination for Indian students seeking higher education in areas of engineering, medicine and management.

There are over 1400 Indian students in Irish higher educational institutions.

There are about 26,000 Indians or persons of Indian origin in Ireland.

In June this year Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh had attended the 30th anniversary Air India Kanishka crash held in Ahakista.

Kanishka crashed off the southwestern coast of Ireland on June 23, 1985 in a terrorist bombing.

Prime Minister Modi's visit to Ireland will aim at improving people-to-people contact and economic ties.

BJP's Central Election Committee to meet today to decide on candidates for Bihar Assembly elections. The NDA on Monday finalized the seat sharing for Bihar Assembly polls, BJP will contest in 160 out of 243 seats.

Ram Vilas Paswan-led Lok Janshakti Party will contest on 40 seats, Upendra Kushwaha-led Rashtriya Lok Samata Party on 23 seats and Jitan Ram Manjhi-led Hindustani Awam Morcha on 20 seats.

Announcing the decision BJP President Amit Shah said, that it was a unanimous one and expressed confidence of the alliance winning a two-third majority in the state. He also hoped that the people of Bihar would carry forward Prime Minister Narendra Modi's slogan of Congress free India.

The BJP President said that development would be NDA's main agenda in the assembly polls and all NDA allies would fight the polls unitedly on this issue.

Amit Shah also said that NDA legislators would choose the Bihar Chief Ministerial candidate after the polls.

Reacting to NDA seat sharing pact, NDA allies expressed satisfaction and said that they would stand united in fighting for the agenda of development.

Senior BJP leader and party's Bihar incharge Bhupendra Yadav has said that Bihar is seeing a wave of change and on that basis all NDA leaders would talk to the people. He said that NDA has done a lot of work in the last six months

Meanwhile, Congress termed the seat sharing of NDA as just a political ploy to get to power.

NDA is in a face-off with the Nitish-Lalu led grand-alliance which is battling rifts with Mulayam Singh Yadav deserting it. It is clear that the Bihar elections are being fought under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will be actively campaigning for the alliance. These polls are a high stake affair for both Nitish Kumar and the NDA and the election will determine the next course of national politics.

World Bank has ranked Gujarat as the number 1 state in ease of doing business with 71.14%. Andhra Pradesh is second with 70.12%. Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh follows. Maharashtra, India's biggest industrialized state, was ranked eighth. hese rankings were provided in the report titled 'Assessment of State Implementation of Business Reforms' which was prepared by World Bank in association with the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), KPMG, CII and Ficci.

The exercise is aimed at promoting competition among states with a view to improve business climate to attract domestic as well as foreign investments. The move would also help in improving India's overall ranking in the global Doing Business Study.

India has been placed at 142nd position among 182 nations. Overall, World Bank said India is a difficult place to do business and concerted action and reforms are needed on several fronts to improve its ranking in the global 'Doing Business Index'.

The ranking of 32 states and union territories was based on eight specified parameters which include setting up of business, allotment of land, labour reforms and procedure for environmental clearance. The parameters also include infrastructure, procedure for registration for tax purposes and inspections for compliance of various norms.

At the bottom of the ladder in the index were Mizoram, Jammu and Kashmir, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh.

Yemen has been facing a civil war-like situation with Shiite rebels clashing with pro-government forces.

Ministry of External Affairs has said the Indian Mission in Djibouti is trying evacuate the over 70 Indian sailors stranded in war-torn Yemen.

As many as 70 Indian seamen from Jam Salaya and Mandvi ports of the coastal Jamnagar and Kutch districts in Gujrat have been stranded in five dhows at Khokha port of Yemen for the past 15 days. They got stranded following heavy artillery firing and air raids between warring groups in the civil war that has plunged Yemen into crisis. These sailors are believed to be crew of country crafts from Mandvi in Kutch and Jam Salaya in Jamnagar districts that regularly carry out trading of various kinds of merchandise between India and the Gulf countries.

This is Sri Lankan Prime Minister's first foreign visit after assuming office. Choosing India as his first foreign destination after becoming Prime Minister, is part of the efforts by the new government in the island nation to reinvigorate ties with India.

The visiting dignitary will also meet President Pranab Mukherjee and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. Wickremesinghe's three-day- visit is part of the efforts by the new unity government in the island nation to reinvigorate ties with India that had seen a rather cold spell during the Mahinda Rajapaksa's tenure.

This is his first foreign visit after assuming charge.

Sri Lanka released 16 Indian fishermen held by their Navy on the eve of the visit. Sri lanka had earlier released 86 Indian fishermen ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi visit to Sri Lanka earlier this year.

The talks are expected to touch upon the sensitive fishermen issue and regional security.

The Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement, however, would not figure in the Lankan premier's agenda in New Delhi.

He would also meet Railway Minister Suresh Prabbu, Power minister Piyush goyal, Minister of Road Transport and Highways & Shiping Nitin Gadkari and Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas.

The Sri lankan Prime Minister's visit is coinciding with the meeting of the UNHRC in Geneva that took up several issues including the war crimes in the island nation.