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October 18: Top 5 news of the day, that you should not miss

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 18 October 2017, 17:37 IST

From Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's announcement that he will burst firecrackers on Diwali to United States President Donald Trump celebrating the Hindu festival of lights- Diwali, here is the top 5 news of the day.

1- Will burst firecrackers as traditions are important as environment: MP CM

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday announced that he will burst firecrackers on Diwali because traditions are as important as the environment.

Speaking to media here, Chouhan said, "Crackers alone don't contribute to pollution. We will light earthen lamps and also burst a few crackers. Environment is important but so are traditions. We will celebrate Diwali traditionally".

The Supreme Court had on October 9 imposed a blanket ban on sale of firecrackers in the Delhi-NCR in the run-up of Diwali to check the alarming pollution level.

2- Trump celebrates Diwali, lights diya at White House

United States President Donald Trump celebrated the Hindu festival of lights- Diwali at the White House with Indian Americans on Tuesday.

Trump lit the ceremonial lamp on the occasion and wished everyone happy Diwali.

Nikki Haley, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai; Vanila Singh, chief medical officer in the office of the assistant secretary of health at the Department of Health and Human Services; and other Indian American members of the Trump administration were present during the celebration.

3- Will play ICC leagues only if India face Pakistan: PCB

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi has said that Pakistan will sign up for the ICC Test and ODI leagues only if India honour Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to play bilateral matches.

The ICC Board meeting in Auckland last week gave nod to a nine-team Test league over a period of two years starting at the conclusion of the 2019 World Cup, with each team playing six series on a home-and-away basis, culminating in a World Test League Championship final.

4- Here is how to use Whatsapp's new feature to get the best out of it

One of the most popular apps Whatsapp has introduced a new feature (sharing location in real time) to its user. With the help of its new feature, Whatsapp wants to make the world more secure for its users.

One can already share location with their friends and family on Whatsapp. But the Facebook-owned messaging platform has now introduced a new location-sharing feature to its users on Tuesday. With the help of apps' new feature not only you can know about the location of your nearer and dearer one, but you can also track their location until they reach home or wherever they are going.

5- It's about power, not sexuality: Priyanka Chopra on sexual abuse at work

Bollywood superstar Priyanka Chopra, who is currently busy in shooting for the upcoming season of 'Quantico', has finally opened about shocking revelations of sexual harassment that has taken Hollywood by storm.

While speaking at the 2017 Maire Claire Power Trip event, the 35-year-old actress addressed Harvey Weinstein's fallout from his prestigious role in cinema by saying that "it's not about sexuality, it's all about power".

She said, "It's not just about sexuality. It's not about sex. It's about power. It's an isolating feeling. The easiest thing to take away from a woman is her work."

First published: 18 October 2017, 17:37 IST