Daily Highlights


Sensex crashes 1,000 points; investors lose ₹4 trillion in 5 mins (Business)
Stock market investors lost as much as ₹4 trillion (lakh crore) as Sensex plunged 1,037 points to 33,723.53 when trading opened on Thursday. Nifty also slumped 321 points to 10,138.60. Asian markets suffered after the worst sell-off in US markets since February. The stock market crash was accompanied with Rupee reaching a fresh low of 74.45 against the US dollar.

BCCI announce 12-man squad for 2nd Test Vs West Indies (Sports)
The BCCI on Thursday announced a 12-man squad for the 2nd and final Test match against West Indies. India made one change in the team with uncapped seamer Shardul Thakur replacing Mohammed Siraj. The Virat Kohli-led team had won the first test by an innings and 272 runs. The 2nd Test is scheduled to start on October 12 in Hyderabad.

Two Hizbul terrorists eliminated in Handwara (India)
Two terrorists belonging to Hizbul Mujahideen were killed after an encounter with security forces in North Kashmir’s Handwara. One of the two dead terrorists has been identified as Manan Bashir Wani, a PhD scholar according to reports. The encounter started during the wee hours of Thursday in Handwara’s Satgund area. The exchange of fire lasted till 11 AM.

Tanushree files FIR against Nana, Ganesh Acharya, 2 others (Entertainment)
An FIR has been filed against Nana Patekar, choreographer Ganesh Acharya, director Rakesh Sarang and producer Abdul Samee Siddiqui, based on Tanushree Dutta’s charges against them relating to an incident from 2008 on ‘Horn ‘Ok’ Pleassss’ sets. “The statement of Tanushree Dutta has been recorded in English so that she can understand the language,” said her lawyer Nitin Satpute.

I-T officials raid media baron Raghav Bahl’s home, Quint office (India)
The Income Tax department on Thursday raided the premises of media entrepreneur Raghav Bahl, Founder of Network 18 Group and online news portal The Quint. The raids at Bahl’s residence and Quint’s office in Noida are being carried out for evidence on alleged tax evasion. Searches are being carried out at premises of few other businessmen also under the probe.

Self-styled godman Rampal found guilty of murder in 2 cases (India)
Self-styled godman Rampal, who heads the Satlok Ashram in Haryana, was found guilty of murder in two cases on Thursday. The first case was related to a woman’s death at the ashram in 2006 while four women and a child died in 2014 during clashes between Rampal’s supporters and police, who had come to arrest him for the 2006 case.

Jeff Bezos’ wealth drops by $9 bn to $145 bn in a single day (Business)
World’s richest person Amazon’s Jeff Bezos lost $9.1 billion overnight, the most for anyone on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, as plunging global markets wiped off $99 billion from the world’s 500 wealthiest on Wednesday. Bezos’ net worth dropped to $145.2 billion, lowest since July. Warren Buffett was among the biggest losers by percentage as his wealth slid $4.5 billion (4.9%).

Birthdays are such an unnecessary fuss: Big B on 76th b’day (Entertainment)
Actor Amitabh Bachchan, who turned 76 on Thursday, has called birthdays “such an unnecessary fuss” while adding, “It’s just another day in the life of another person.” Bachchan further said that an ideal birthday for him would be away from attention and one where he would like to have his family with him, particularly his grandchildren.

ED attaches Karti Chidambaram’s assets worth Rs 54 crore in India, abroad (India)
The Enforcement Directorate has attached assets worth Rs 54 crore of Karti Chidambaram, son of former Union Minister P Chidambaram, in India, UK and Spain in connection with the INX Media money laundering case. The attached Indian assets include properties in Kodaikanal and Ooty in Tamil Nadu and a flat in Delhi’s Jorbagh.

Reliance was ‘freely chosen’ as Rafale partner: Dassault (India)
Denying a report by French journal ‘Mediapart’ which claimed that partnership with Reliance was “mandatory” for Rafale deal, Dassault Aviation has clarified that it “freely chose” the Anil Ambani-led company as offset partner. Mediapart on Wednesday said it accessed an internal Dassault document about the deal. This comes as Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman left for a 3-day visit to France.

AAP leader burnt alive by alleged boyfriend he ‘blackmailed’ (India)
AAP leader Naveen Das’ body was recovered from a car after he was kidnapped for money and later burnt alive allegedly by his boyfriend, police said. The prime accused Tayyab Qureshi was in a homosexual relationship with Das, who allegedly had a video on the basis of which he was forcing Tayyab to stay with him in a rented flat.

Over 8,000 Afghan casualties so far this year: UN (World)
Over 8,000 Afghan civilians were killed or wounded in the first nine months of 2018, almost half of them targeted by suicide bomb attacks and other improvised devices that may amount to war crimes, the UN has said. The global body called for an “immediate and peaceful settlement”, saying there can be no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan.

Nobel Peace winner pledges prize money to sex crime victims (World)
One of the winners of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, Iraqi human rights activist Nadia Murad, has pledged to donate her entire $500,000 award to victims of sex crimes. Nadia, who was among 3,000 Yazidi women abducted by ISIS in 2014, was raped multiple times during one-month captivity. The 25-year-old is the second youngest Nobel Peace laureate.

Imran’s PTI deletes tweet calling Sharif ‘beggar’ over IMF loan (World)
After Pakistan PM Imran Khan decided to approach the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a bailout package, his party deleted a 2015 tweet which referred to the then PM Nawaz Sharif as “beggar” over IMF assistance. Khan, who has said his government does not have the money to run Pakistan, has blamed his predecessors’ corrupt practices for the economic crisis.

Saudi Crown Prince ordered detention of journalist: Report (World)
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman ordered an operation to detain journalist Jamal Khashoggi after luring him back to Saudi Arabia, according to a report by The Washington Post. Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi government, disappeared after he visited a Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week. Meanwhile, Turkey said Khashoggi was likely killed by a Saudi security team.

First parties fight, and then try to form govt: PM on grand alliance (India)
Claiming the Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) is a “failed” idea, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said, “These parties constantly bicker with each other but come together when there is an opportunity to form the government.” He added, “For us, winning an election is not about defeating rivals, it is about serving people.”

Delhi teen killed family for scolding over lifestyle: Police (India)
A 19-year-old engineering student stabbed his parents and teenage sister to death while they were sleeping at their home near Vasant Kunj, Delhi, said the police. The accused “hated” both his parents and resented their scoldings over his “reckless” lifestyle, the police added. Although he first claimed robbers had attacked him and his family, he later confessed to the murders.

India lost $79.5 bn to climate-related disasters in 20 years (India)
India lost $79.5 billion to climate-related disasters in the last two decades, according to a UN report. While the US recorded the biggest monetary loss at $944.8 billion, China lost $492.2 billion. The largest number of people (200 crore) were affected by floods, which accounted for 43.4% of the disasters, followed by droughts, which affected a further 150 crore people.

Picking Reliance as Rafale partner was must: Dassault document (India)
According to a document accessed by French journal ‘Mediapart’, Dassault Aviation entered into an agreement with Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence as it was presented as a trade-off to obtain the contract of Rafale sales. Dassault considered the alliance as “mandatory” to get into the Indian market, the report added. This comes ahead of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s visit to France.

Indonesia orders foreign aid workers to leave quake zone (World)
Indonesia’s disaster agency has ordered independent foreign aid workers to leave the quake zone “immediately”. “Foreign citizens who are working with foreign NGOs are not allowed to conduct any activity on the sites,” it said. The disaster agency’s announcement prompted concerns that the ability of NGOs to deliver aid will be hampered.