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Ex-serviceman commits suicide over delay on OROP scheme implementation

Ram Kishan Garehwal, an ex-servicemen who was protesting the delay in implementing the One Rank-One Pension (OROP) has allegedly committed suicide in Haryana.

According to reports, Ram Kishan has left a suicide note saying he was committing suicide over the OROP issue. His son has told the media that Ram Kishan had called his family before committing suicide and informed them that he was taking the extreme step as the government has apparently failed to fulfill demands related to OROP.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is reportedly going to meet Ram Kishan Garehwal's family in Haryana.

This comes days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Rs 5,500 crore has been paid for implementing the OROP scheme, an issue that has been hanging since the last 40 years.

Delhi: 3 dead, 10 injured after fire breaks out in a building in Shahdara

There people were reportedly dead and at least 10 were left injured after a massive fire broke out in a building East Delhi's Shahdara area on 2 November.

According to reports, the fire has been doused.

The fire tenders have managed to rescue 7-8 people who along with the injured have been rushed to the hospital for treatment.

However, the police were not being able to confirm the exact number of casualties as few people were unconscious when rescued, ANI reported. The incident took place in Mohan Park area of Shahdara.

Meanwhile, 2-3 people have sustained burn injuries.

Suicide over OROP: Manish Sisodia detained; Rahul Gandhi blocked from entering RML hospital

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia was detained outside the RML hospital on 2 November when he had gone to visit the family of ex-serviceman Ram Kishan Grewal, who reportedly committed suicide earlier in the day over the issue of One Rank One Pension scheme (OROP) in the national capital.

As soon as Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was updated about Sisodia being detained at the hospital gate, he took to Twitter and attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his "insecurity". In his tweet, Kejriwal asked if it was right to "arrest" a minister who goes to pay his condolences to the family of an ex serviceman who had committed suicide.

CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan slams critics of Bhopal SIMI encounter, calls for fast track courts

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has lashed out at those questioning the encounter of the eight SIMI activists and has announced a cash reward for the policemen involved in the operation.

During his speech on the state's foundation day on 1 November, Chouhan said that the policemen were right to kill the escapees. The eight men, Chouhan alleged, were involved in blasts, bank robberies and murder of ATS constables, and would have been a threat to the state and nation had they not been eliminated.

"Let the whole world know. Were they (policemen) right or wrong,'' Chouhan asked the audience. His question was met with a chorus of "Sahi kiya (they did the right thing)."

Clinton camp rubbishes Trump's 1% poll lead, calls out FBI's double standards

As Americans gear up to cast their votes on 8 November, the latest ABC News/The Washington Post national tracking polls have put Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in a neck-and-neck contest.

Trump edged past Clinton for the first time since May, as the national polls put the Republican Presidential nominee at 46%, while Clinton was at 45%, well within the poll's 3 percentage point margin of error.

While Trump's 1% lead may be negligible in the larger scheme of things, what the national poll trends clearly indicate is that there has been a certain dip in enthusiasm among the Democrat voters, in the wake of the latest developments surrounding Clinton's email scandal. The FBI has been reviewing new emails found on the laptop of former congressman Anthony Weiner.

Stern action must be taken against those worsening situation in J&K: Rajnath Singh

Home Minister Rajnath Singh came out in strong criticism of the constant ceasefire violations the Pakistani troops have been indulging in, and in a high level meeting that took place at his residence on 1 November, came to the conclusion that a befitting response must be given to activities happening across the border.

Singh also asserted that firm action must be taken on those worsening the situation in the Valley.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag, National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, Home Ministry and other senior MHA officials were also present at the meeting.

The issues discussed in the meeting took into account the matter of securing the border and to give befitting reply to Pakistan for the activities on border. Given the situation of prolonged unrest in the Valley, the meeting further concluded that strong actions must be taken against the perpetrators who are trying to aggravate the situation by burning schools in the Valley.

India is world's 3rd largest startup base

According to a new report by Nasscom, India is home to the third largest number of startups, lagging only behind the US and the UK.

The report states that India will be home to some 1,400-odd new startups by the end of 2016 with this number predicted to jump to 10,500 by 2020. The growth in startups comes despite a perception that the economy is in a stage of slowing down.

Bangalore, NCR and Mumbai continue to remain the hubs for innovation, with most startups based in these cities.

Dakota Access Pipeline protesters crowdsource $1 million!

After struggling against the odds for over a month now, things finally seem to be looking up for the protesters at Standing Rock. Just 2 days ago, actor Mark Ruffalo brought them solar-powered trailers to deal with the harsh winter that's expected.Now, an attempt to raise $5,000 has resulted in a staggering $1 million crowdsourcing success. Originally started to help just a few dozen protesters continue their camp-out protests, the fund now looks set to help the protesters continue indefinitely as the Standing Rock Sioux tribe contests the 1200-mile long North Dakota Access Pipeline in court.The fund is one of many revenue streams that has seen the protest raise over $3 million for legal fees as well as food and living expenses for the protesters.

New report busts myths about coal helping the poor

A new report by 12 international poverty and development organizations on building coal power plants in areas where the population has no access to electricity has thrown up some shocking results.Rather than helping the poor, these power plants have actually been linked to making them poorer. The report, while acknowledging that energy poverty is a real problem, questions the use of coal to combat energy deprivation.The report explained that the cost of connecting poorer areas to a power grid were often more expensive than any return they provided. According to the report, in India, many areas with the densest concentration of coal plants also have the lowest rates of electricity access.The health risks posed by these plants was also a drawback. The report mooted solar and wind energy solutions as smarter, cheaper and more easily implementable options.