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PM Modi all set to celebrate Dussehra in Lucknow; Akhilesh Yadav unlikely to attend Ramleela event

In what could be termed as yet another attempt to connect to the people of poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the historic Aishbagh Ramlila in Lucknow on Dussehra on 11 October.

However, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav will reportedly receive PM Modi at the airport but will likely skip the Ramleela event, Indian Express reported.

The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister had yesterday dubbed PM Modi's upcoming visit to the state capital to attend the Dussehra celebrations as politically motivated with an eye on the upcoming state assembly polls.

J&K: 2 jawans killed, 4 civilians injured in grenade attack on CRPF convoy in Shopian

Four civilians and two CRPF jawans were reportedly injured on 11 October in a grenade attack on CRPF patrolling party in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir.

According to a PTI report, militants hurled the grenade at the CRPF personnel in Shopian town at around 11.40 AM. The injured have been taken to Shopian district hospital while the security forces have launched a massive search operation to track down the militants.

This comes close on the heels of a gun battle among security forces and terrorists around the Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI) premises in Pampore district.

Terrorists on 10 October attacked police party at Entrepreneur Development Institute (EDI) building in Pampore district.

PM Modi should visit Kashmir, not celebrate Dusshera in Lucknow: Raj Babbar

Hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Uttar Pradesh Congress president Raj Babbar said on 11 October that the PM should have visited Kashmir instead of joining in in the Dussehra festivities in Lucknow.

"Today, Kashmir is burning, and we would have liked if he (Prime Minister Modi) would have visited Kashmir again to celebrate Dussehra as he went their earlier to celebrate Diwali," Raj Babbar told ANI.

He said that if the prime minister would have visited the Kashmir valley, it would have been an honour for army personnel who sacrifice their lives for the nation.

Two arrested for spreading false information about Jayalalithaa's health

The police on 10 October arrested two people for allegedly spreading false rumours about Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's health through social media platforms.

According to reports, one of the accused who is a technician, uploaded an audio clip on a website said to be the voice of an employee of the Apollo Hospitals about Jayalalithaa's health. While the other person, an IT engineer posted false statement on Facebook.

The police are currently making efforts to nab others who are apparently spreading about the Chief Minister's health.

Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu, who visited Jaylalithaa on 9 October at the Apollo hospital asserted that Jayalalithaa was responding well to the treatment, Naidu said that it was unfair to spread rumors when a person is being treated at the hospital.

No change in disability pension for injured Army personnel: Sources

Following the Congress' assertion, based on a report that the Centre has halved the 'disability pensions' for the armed forces, sources now state that according to the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission, pensions for personnel who have been invalidated have not been touched.

Citing dramatised reports in the media which describe how the pensions of army personnel who participated in the surgical strike get cut drastically if they have got severely injured during a surgical strike, the sources clarified that the disability pension for non-battle cases has increased for the majority of the personnel.

In 2015, a total of 62,311 armed forces personnel retired. Of these, 60,662 were personnel below officer rank (PBOR) & junior commissioned officers (JCO) and 1649 were commissioned officers. Naiks and Havildars constitute the maximum proportion of the armed forces. 24035 Naiks and 23124 Havildars retired in 2015.

Dawn backs Cyril Almeida after Pakistani journalist's 'exclusive' story puts him on Exit Control List

Warren Buffet trolls Trump

After hearing Donald Trump accuse him of not paying federal taxes during the second US presidential debate, billionaire philanthropist Warren Buffet had evidently heard enough. Responding to Trump's allegation, Buffet stated, "I have paid federal income tax every year since 1944, when I was 13. (Though, being a slow starter, I owed only $7 in tax that year.) I have copies of all 72 of my returns and none uses a carryforward." He even announced he was under audit, like Trump, but made public his tax details to call Trump's bluff on why he refused to release his own tax details.

Best countries for the girl child

A new report by Save The Children on the best countries to be a girl child in has thrown up some surprises. In the report, Sweden was listed the best place to be a girld child, with Niger the worst. India, unsurprisingly, ranked a shocking 90 out of 144 countries. However, the real surprise was the US, which, ranked 32 on the list, was behind countries such as Algeria and Kazhakstan when it came to conditions for girls.

Syrian refugees capture terror suspect

A Syrian refugee in Germany with plans of carrying out an attack on behalf of ISIS was foiled by fellow Syrian refugees. The incident took place in the German city of Leipzig when a fellow refugee recognised Jaber Albakr, the 22-year-old refugee terrorist who was the focus of a nationwide manhunt.

The refugee, on the pretext of providing Albakr shelter, lred him into his apartment and tied him up with the help of fellow refugees before turning him over to police.

Haitians tell people not to donate to American Red Cross

Even as Haiti dresses its wounds and tries to bounce back from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Matthew, the country's citizens are rallying against a common enemy -- American Red Cross. Haitians are furious after a report showed that donations for Haiti made to Red Cross had been badly squandered by the foreign NGO.

In the aftermath of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the NGO had collected close to half a billion dollars of aid, meant to provide relief aid and build 700 permanent homes. The NGO is accused of only having only built 6 to date.