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Pakistan violates ceasefire in Jammu, Rajouri, Kathua; girl injured

Pakistani troops continued ceasefire violations today with firing and mortar shelling on Indian posts and civilian areas along the LoC and international border in Jammu, Kathua and Rajouri districts, leaving a girl injured.

The BSF and Army have responded "appropriately and befittingly", a defence spokesman said.

"There was unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistan Army in Sunderbani, Pallanwala and Nowshera sectors of Rajouri and Jammu districts today," the spokesman said.

They used small arms, automatics, 82 mm mortars and 120 mm mortars in the firing and shelling, he said.

"They are being responded appropriately and befittingly. No casualties to our troops have been reported," he said.

Firing and shelling continued overnight along the international border.

"At 1720 hour yesterday, Pakistan Rangers started unprovoked heavy firing and shelling in Katgus Sector of Jammu which further spread to Hiranagar and Samba.

J&K: Arms and ammunition recovered from the 2 JeM terrorists arrested in Baramulla

Heavy arms and ammunition were recovered from the two Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists arrested in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir on 27 October.

According to reports the police recovered an AK-47, a pistol with ammunition, Under Barrel Grenade Launcher, UBGL grenades and pouches from the terrorists.

The police nabbed two Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists in a joint search operation by 46 Rashtriya Rifles & Special Operation Group Baramulla.

This came hours after the Delhi Police Crime Branch arrested Pakistan High Commissioner staffer Mehmood Akhtar, on charges of alleged spying and theft of Indian defence documents . Akhtar was declared as persona non-grata and was asked to leave the country within 48 hours.

US charges 61 people in a multi-million dollar Indian call center scam

More than 60 individuals and entities, an overwhelming number of them Indians, were on 27 October charged by the US Department of Justice for allegedly participating in a multi-million dollar scam involving call centres based in India, that conned thousands of American citizens.

Twenty of these individuals were arrested in the US on Thursday, while 31 of these individuals and five call centres have been charged for their alleged involvement in the scam.

An additional US-based defendant is currently in the custody of immigration authorities. Many of these, who were arrested in India recently, face deportation to the US.

The indictment alleges that the defendants were involved in a "sophisticated fraudulent scheme organised by conspirators in India, including a network of call centres in Ahmedabad", the Department of Justice said.

Pakistan declares Indian official persona non-grata after Pak High Commission staffer's arrest

Soon after India on declared a Pakistan High Commission staffer as persona non-grata for espionage activities, Pakistan on 27 October declared an Indian High Commission official persona non-grata and asked him to leave the country.

Foreign Office said in a statement that the decision was conveyed to Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale who was summoned to foreign ministry.

"The Foreign Secretary (Aizaz Chaudhry) summoned the Indian High Commissioner today and conveyed the decision of the Government of Pakistan to declare Surjeet Singh, an official of the Indian High Commission, as persona non-grata," the statement said.

Pakistan High Commissioner staffer Mehmood Akhtar, who was arrested on charges of alleged spying and theft of Indian defence documents was declared as persona non-grata and was asked to leave the country within 48 hours.

US election 2016: Hillary Clinton Campaign raises $101 million in first half of October

The Clinton Campaign raised USD 101 million in the first 19 days of this month and has USD 153 million in the last few weeks of the 8 November general elections. Hillary for America (HFA), the Hillary Victory Fund (HVF) and the Hillary Action Fund (HAF) in their pre-general Federal Election Commission (FEC) reports covering 1-19 October said they raised USD 101 million and began the final weeks of the campaign with more than USD 153 million in hand, a media release said.

HFA received more than $1.1 million donations from more than 774,000 people with an average donation of just USD 50.

Over 2.8 million people have now donated to the campaign, it said.

"Thanks to the support of more than 2.8 million Americans, we are able to close out the final days of this campaign by running an unprecedented coordinated campaign to mobilise voters who will help elect Democratic candidates up and down the ballot," said Hillary for America Campaign manager Robby Mook.

Cuban lung cancer vaccine gets FDA trial approval

The US' lifting of embargo sanctions on Cuba is set to benefit America's lung cancer patients as CIMAvax, a Cuban lung cancer vaccine is set to go through FDA trials.

The medicine, part of a new wave of cancer treatment called immunotherapy, where the body's natural defenses are used to attack cancer cells

The trial will be conducted by Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo in partnership with Cuba's Centro de Inmunologia Molecular (CIM), the developers of CIMAvax which is also where the vaccine gets its name.

Legal weed sales expected to outdo alcohol in Canada

Canada has long been knowing for producing some of the best marijuana in the world. However, with weed now set to be legalised for recreational usage by next year, experts expect Canada's affinity for marijuana to drive record sales.

According to analysts frm Deloitte, Canada would have to produce close to 600,000 kilogrammes of weed annually to meet the market demand, while the base retail market value alone would be between $5 and $10 billion.

Gender gap in wage set to last for 170 years

170 years -- that's how long the World Economic Forum seems to think it will take for women to achieve wage parity with their male counterparts. This estimate is part of WEF's annual Global Gender Gap report which was just released. However, some countries are doing better than others with the report hailing Rwanda, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden for closing up to 80% of their gender gap.