Daily Highlights


4-year-old Pune girl gets India’s first successful skull implant (India)
Doctors at a Pune hospital have successfully replaced 60% damaged skull of a 4-year-old girl, making it India’s first. The doctors performed the surgery using a customised three-dimensional individualised polyethelene bone developed by a US-based firm. The girl had sustained serious head injuries in a road accident in May last year.

Income tax dept raids 16 locations linked to Delhi Minister Kailash Gahlot (India)
The Income Tax Department (ITD) on Wednesday conducted searches on 16 places linked to Delhi Transport minister Kailash Gahlot. The searches are being conducted as part of a tax evasion probe against two construction firms linked to the minister. Gahlot is an AAP MLA from the Najafgarh Assembly Constituency. CM Kejriwal has termed it as a ‘political vendetta’.

90s singer Nitin Bali passes away at 47 due to car accident (India)
Singer Nitin Bali, known for his versions of ‘Neele Neele Ambar’ and ‘Ek Ajnabee Haseena Se’, passed away on Tuesday aged 47 after suffering injuries in a car accident. He was allowed to go home after receiving stitches but later started vomiting blood and collapsed, following which he passed away. He is survived by his wife and son.

5 dead, several injured as train derails near UP’s Raebareli (India)
At least five passengers have died and several injured after six coaches of Delhi-bound New Farakka Express derailed 50 metres from Harchandpur railway station near Raebareli on Wednesday morning, as per news agency ANI. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed the DM, SP, health authorities and NDRF to provide all possible relief and rescue.

Grey hair is for film’s look, not related to illness: Rishi (Entertainment)
Actor Rishi Kapoor has clarified that he has dyed his hair grey for his character’s look in an upcoming film. “This is to dispel all notions and wrong speculations of my hair turning grey/white overnight,” tweeted Rishi. It was speculated that his grey hair was an effect of the illness he is undergoing treatment for in New York. 

Trump says he’d consider ex-advisor Dina Powell for UN envoy (World)
After announcing that current US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley would step down at the end of the year, President Donald Trump said he would consider former White House advisor Dina Powell for the post. He added Haley would help him make the final pick. This comes amid speculations that Trump was considering his daughter Ivanka for the post. 

Japanese passport named world’s most powerful, India 81st (World)
Japan’s passport has been named the most powerful in the world, overtaking Singapore, according to the Henley Passport Index. Having gained visa-free access to Myanmar earlier this month, Japanese citizens now have visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 190 destinations around the world. The Indian passport has secured the 81st rank with visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 60 destinations.

Lt Gen Asim Munir appointed as DG of Pakistan’s ISI (World)
Lieutenant General Asim Munir has been appointed the new Director General of the ISI in Pakistan. Asim Munir was previously serving as the head of Military Intelligence. He will replace current ISI chief Lt General Naveed Mukhtar when he retires on 25 October. Further, Lt General Muhammad Adnan was appointed as the new vice chief of general staff.

Kohli criticised for trying to look taller than female athlete  (Sports)
Pictures of Team India captain Virat Kohli standing on a platform during a promotional event to apparently look taller than six-foot-tall female tennis player Karman Kaur Thandi have gone viral. “You can be anything but the woman can’t be taller than the man. Such fragile ego,” a user tweeted. “Virat needs support to match Karman Kaur’s height,” another wrote. 

How much will Google’s Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL phones cost in India?  (Technology)
Google’s Pixel 3 phone with a 5.5-inch display will have a starting price of ₹71,000 in India for the 64GB variant, going up to ₹80,000 for the 128GB variant. The price of larger 6.3-inch Pixel 3 XL starts at ₹83,000 and goes up to ₹92,000. Pre-orders begin from October 11 and the phones will go on sale from November 1.

Cyclone ‘Titli’ to hit Odisha and Andhra Pradesh on Oct 11 (India)
The India Meteorological Department has issued a red alert in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh for cyclone ‘Titli’ and subsequent floods, which are expected to hit the states on October 11. The wind speed is likely to increase to 80-90 kilometre per hour on October 10, the IMD added. NDRF and fire services teams have already been deployed at vulnerable places. 

UBS seeks possession of Mallya’s ₹200 crore London house (Business)
UBS Group is seeking to foreclose on a $26.6-million (nearly ₹200 crore) mortgage loan on Vijay Mallya’s London house overlooking the city’s Regent’s Park. UBS said that a British Virgin Islands-based company owned by a Mallya family trust failed to repay the mortgage. The 62-year-old’s five-year loan for the house expired in March 2017; the bank informed a London court.

Ex-SBI chief Bhattacharya may join Piramal’s finance unit (Business)
Former SBI Chairperson Arundhati Bhattacharya may join Piramal Enterprises’ financial services business, according to reports. Bhattacharya retired in October last year after a four-year stint helming the country’s largest lender. Piramal has reportedly been looking for top bankers as RBI is bringing in stricter guidelines for Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFC). 

Van Heusen launches new Move Labs collection (Business)
With the announcement of Van Heusen’s new ‘Move Labs’ collection, customers will no longer have to compromise on functionality for fashion as it innovates to take on fashion’s biggest conundrum by making formals less restrictive. The collection is crafted from ultra-stretchable fabric, with thoughtful design and an impeccable aesthetic, making formal wear adaptable and fashionable at the same time.

SC seeks decision-making process on Rafale deal from govt  (India)
The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the government to inform it about the decision-making process of the deal to purchase 36 Rafale fighter jets from France. As Attorney General KK Venugopal told the court that Rafale deal “is a national security matter and details can’t be given out”, CJI Ranjan Gogoi asked for decision-making process without details of the deal.

Alok in state of tremendous shock, doctor advised bed rest: Lawyer (Entertainment)
Actor Alok Nath’s lawyer Ashok Saraogi on Tuesday said that the 62-year-old actor is in a state of tremendous shock and has been advised bed rest by the doctors. Alok was recently accused by ‘Tara’ producer Vinta Nanda of raping her almost twenty years ago. Saraogi further said that the actor will hold a press conference after two days.

DRDO employee was casual on internet, became easy target: Police  (India)
An Uttar Pradesh ATS officer has said that arrested DRDO employee Nishant Aggarwal, despite being engaged in “highly sensitive work”, was “casual” on the internet and made himself an “easy target”. Nishant, who worked on the nuclear-capable BrahMos missile systems, was in touch with suspected Pakistani ISI operatives through two Facebook accounts Neha Sharma and Pooja Ranjan, the official added.

Nirav Modi, Mallya se dosti aur hum par raid: CM Kejriwal (India)
As the Income Tax Department conducted raids on Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot, CM Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, “Nirav Modi, Mallya se dosti aur hum par raid?” Kejriwal said nothing had come out of raids that had targeted him and two colleagues. “Before the next raid, you should apologise to the people of Delhi for harassing their elected government,” he added.

19 sentenced to death over 2004 attack on B’desh PM Hasina (World)
A Bangladesh court has sentenced 19 people to death over a 2004 grenade attack on current PM Sheikh Hasina. The court also sentenced opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s Tarique Rahman, who was among 49 people on trial, to life imprisonment. The attack on Hasina, who was at the time in the opposition, left her injured and killed at least 20.

 UK appoints its first minister for suicide prevention (World)
UK PM Theresa May has appointed the country’s first minister for suicide prevention, handing over the new role to mental health minister Jackie Doyle-Price. This comes as the UK hosts a global mental health summit. Around 4,500 people take their lives every year in England and suicide remains the leading cause of death among men under the age of 45.

Cognizant fires 200 senior employees for tech-savvy replacements (Business)
IT major Cognizant Technology Solutions laid off around 200 of its senior employees at the director level or above, reportedly with a 3-4 month severance payout. The move was targeted to bring in fresh talent suited for digital requirements and lay off employees who could not or did not want to adjust to the currently evolving technological trends at workplaces.

Gujarat Congress defends party MLA after attacks on migrants (India)
Gujarat Congress chief Amit Chavda has claimed Congress MLA Alpesh Thakor had no role in inciting attacks against migrants in the state following the rape of a 14-month-old girl. Referring to a video showing Thakor allegedly blaming migrants for crime in Gujarat, Chavda said, “He is being blamed to target the Congress. The video is an old clip.”

Mumbai and Maharashtra belong to all, says Ashok Chavan (India)
Claiming some people are trying to create a “Marathi and non-Marathi divide” in society, Maharashtra Congress Committee President Ashok Chavan on Tuesday said, “Mumbai and Maharashtra belong to all.” The statement came after Mumbai Congress President Sanjay Nirupam claimed life in Mumbai will come to a standstill if the north Indian community does not work for one day.

Time to build on Swachh Bharat success: Bill Gates praises PM (World)
Microsoft Co-founder Bill Gates on Tuesday said the leadership of the PM Narendra Modi-led government played an important role in improving sanitation across India. He tweeted, “Now is the time to build on the success of Swachh Bharat.” Gates earlier said the government should be congratulated for focusing on sanitation as malnutrition rates are substantially above what people would expect.