Daily Highlights


VHP demands calling joint Parliament (India)
All the Saffron outfits are not just looking at the government to bring in legislation in Parliament for the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya but will put pressure on the government to do so. If Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and Vishwa Hindu Parishad are saying it directly, Bharatiya Janata Party is saying it indirectly.

Honey For Aging (Lifestyle)
Of course aging is a process that cannot be stopped. It’s a natural process that we all have to go through as time goes. But premature aging is something that we can stop by using some natural remedies. Honey possesses antioxidants and anti-bacterial properties that will help in treating wrinkles and fine lines and rejuvenating the skin.

The Villain Box Office Collections (Day 12) (Entertainment)
Sudeep and Shivarajkumar’s latest film The Villain collected nearly Rs 1.50 Crore at the Karnataka box office on Monday (October 29, 2018) and continued its glorious run. The figure is lower than what it had collected on Sunday (October 28, 2018). However, this is a decent total considering that Monday is a weekday.

Want to do Jasleen’s kanyadaan: Anup after calling affair scripted (Entertainment)
Bhajan singer Anup Jalota, who claimed his relationship with Jasleen Matharu was scripted in ‘Bigg Boss’, said he wants to do her kanyadaan. “I met Jasleen’s father…and asked, ‘Will you call me for Jasleen’s wedding and let me perform her kanyadaan’, he said, ‘Hum dono milke uska kanyadaan karenge’,” Jalota said. He added he’s like a “father figure” to Jasleen.

I didn’t make the first move, Nick texted me first: Priyanka (Entertainment)
Actress Priyanka Chopra, who recently celebrated her bridal shower in New York, revealed that she did not make the first move in her relationship with Nick Jonas, but the latter approached her. “He texted me. The first time was a text and just saying, ‘I think we should connect’…that’s how we started talking,” said Priyanka.

Asthana apna aadmi hai: Bribery accused told aide in tapped call (India)
In recorded calls submitted by a CBI officer leading the bribery case against CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana, bribery-accused Dubai-based middleman Somesh Prasad was heard telling his aide, “Asthana toh apna aadmi hai.” Businessman Sathish Sana, who accused Asthana of bribery, had claimed Somesh and his brother Manoj had sought ₹5 crore to protect him on behalf of Asthana.

Team India demands bananas, rail coach, wives on tour for 2019 WC (Sports)
Team India has reportedly requested the BCCI to provide a steady supply of bananas during 2019 World Cup in England and Wales. This comes after the England board reportedly failed to serve Indian players bananas during their tour. The team has also requested for a reserved rail coach and permission to allow wives and girlfriends for World Cup’s full duration.

US controls tech exports to Chinese firm (World)
The Trump administration has imposed restrictions on technology exports to a state-supported Chinese semiconductor maker, citing national security grounds amid a mounting tariff battle. The controls imposed Monday on Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit Co. reflect concern Chinese competition could drive American technology suppliers out of business.

A 60% decline in global vertebrate population since 1970: WWF (World)
According to a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) report, the global populations of vertebrates have declined by 60 per cent since 1970. Among the groups of animals studied, the most affected have been those living in fresh water, which show an 83% reduction since 1970 and they have “highest extinction rate” in the 20th century among vertebrates worldwide.

Khaleda Zia’s punishment to 10 years (World)
Dhaka, Oct 30: Bangladesh High Court on Tuesday enhanceds the punishment of opposition leader Khaleda Zia from 5 years of imprisonment to 10 years in Zia Orphanage Trust Corruption case.The court delivered the verdict after accepting a revision petition filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) seeking enhancement of the punishment.

Ayodhya no priority for SC (India)
The Ayodhya case is back on the political centre stage. After the Supreme Court on Monday deemed that dealing with the pending case was not a priority, the political clamour by saffron affiliates for the government to pass a law to enable the building of a Ram Mandir at the disputed site grew louder.

Jaitley criticizes RBI (India)
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday criticized the Reserve Bank of India for failing to check indiscriminate lending during 2008 and 2014 that has led to the present bad loan or NPA crisis in the banking industry. The remarks came amid reports of mounting tension between the finance ministry and the RBI over the autonomy of monetary policy makers.

Auto stocks gain as China proposes 50% cut in car purchase tax (Business)
Shares of major Indian automakers rallied in morning trade today amid reports that China was considering reducing its vehicle sales tax to increase demand. A Bloomberg report said that the Chinese regulator proposed cutting its car purchase tax by half in order to support the key industry that has been hurt by the ongoing trade war with the US.

HSBC profits rises 28% at $5.9 billion in September quarter (Business)
Banking giant HSBC said on Monday that its pre-tax profit rose 28% to $5.92 billion in the July-September quarter. Bank’s revenue rose almost 9% to $13.84 billion in the quarter ended September, up from $12.72 billion in the same period in 2017. Adjusted pre-tax profit rose 16% year-on-year to $6.2 billion.

Tata Sons ends contract with Suhel Seth over #MeToo allegations (Business)
Tata Sons on Monday terminated the services of Suhel Seth as a consultant with the group after he was accused of sexual harassment by several women. “Counselage’s (Suhel Seth) contract with Tata Sons will end on November 30, 2018,” said a Tata Sons spokesperson. Seth has been named by six women including model Diandra Soares, filmmaker Natasha Rathore.

Microsoft becomes 2nd most valuable company in US (Business)
Microsoft Corp regained its position as the 2nd most valuable US company after a quarterly report wiped $65 billion off Amazon`s market capitalisation. Amazon’s shares dropped 7%, the most in nearly three years after its holiday season sales outlook missed targets. Apple Inc tops the list at over $1 trillion market cap.

World’s oldest living Test cricketer Eileen Ash turns 107 (Sports)
Former England women’s cricket team bowler Eileen Ash, the oldest living Test cricketer, turned 107 years old on Tuesday. Eileen made her debut against Australia and played seven Tests for England either side of World War II, taking 10 wickets at an average of 23.00. In 2011, Ash had become the first ever female Test cricketer to turn 100.

Supreme Court modifies time limit for bursting crackers in TN (India)
The Supreme Court on Tuesday modified the time limit for bursting crackers in Tamil Nadu and allowed the state to fix the timing. However, the apex court clarified the duration must not exceed two hours per day. Tamil Nadu government had moved Supreme Court seeking a reconsideration of its order allowing bursting of less polluting firecrackers between 8 pm-10 pm.

CBI officer moves SC against transfer to Port Blair (India)
CBI officer AK Bassi, who was probing the bribery case against agency’s Special Director Rakesh Asthana, has moved the Supreme Court challenging his transfer to Port Blair. Bassi told the apex court that he has “incriminating evidence” against Asthana, who has been sent on leave. Bassi also sought a probe by a Special Investigation Team into the bribery allegations.

Lalu’s son Tej dresses as Lord Krishna, plays flute for cows (India)
RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav’s son Tej Pratap has shared a video on Instagram, wherein he could be seen dressed as Lord Krishna and playing a flute in front of cows. “As Krishna’s divine flute calls at any time…Krishna’s beloved cows stand tranquilly with their ears spread…Lord Krishna’s life sets an example for man to change his attitude,” Tej wrote.