• | Thursday | 14th October, 2021

New Delhi, Oct 14 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 5.15 pm: NATION DEL19 DEF-RAJNATH-INDIRA Rajnath hails Indira Gandhi New Delhi: Former prime minister Indira Gandhi not only led the country for a number of years, but she also did so during the times of war, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday, in an apparent reference to her role in the 1971 war with Pakistan. BOM4 GA-POLLS-SHAH BJP will win absolute majority in Goa Assembly polls and form govt again, says Amit Shah Panaji: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday expressed confidence that the ruling BJP would win "absolute majority" in the Goa Assembly elections due in February next year and form the government in the state once again. DEL27 DEF-RAJNATH-TERRORISM Terrorism weapon of choice of non-state actors, irresponsible states: Rajnath New Delhi: Terrorism has been employed as a weapon of choice by non-state actors and irresponsible states to advance their political objectives in the region, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday in a thinly-veiled attack on Pakistan. DEL17 VARUN-VAJPAYEE In apparent message to govt, Varun Gandhi shares clip of Vajpayee"s speech in support of farmers New Delhi: BJP MP Varun Gandhi on Thursday posted on Twitter a short clip of a speech of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee from 1980 in which he warns the then Indira Gandhi government against repressing farmers and extends his support to them. DEL12 INDO-MYANMAR MILITANTS NSCN-K (YA) militants nabbed by Assam Rifles in Mon town near Indo-Myanmar border New Delhi: Three hardcore militants of the banned NSCN-K (YA) outfit were nabbed from Mon town of Nagaland in an intelligence-led counter-insurgency operation by the Assam Rifles after the ultras crossed over to India from Myanmar, sources in the security establishment said on Thursday. DES18 UP-LAKHIMPUR-PROBE Lakhimpur violence: SIT takes Union minister"s son, 3 others to recreate sequence of events Lakhimpur Kheri: The SIT probing the Lakhimpur Kheri violence on Thursday took Union Minister Ajay Mishra"s son and three others arrested in the case to recreate the sequence of events leading to the incident in Uttar Pradesh’s Tikonia village. BOM6 MH-NCB-LD MALIK NCB has "malafide intentions", making "selective leaks" to frame people, alleges Nawab Malik Mumbai: Against the backdrop of various raids conducted by the NCB, including on some high-profile people, Maharashtra minister and NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik on Thursday alleged that the anti-drugs agency has "malafide intentions" and is involved in "selective leaks" to frame people. CAL2 WB-TMC-BSF Attack on federal structure of India: TMC on Centre extending BSF"s jurisdiction Kolkata: Hitting out at the Centre over its decision to extend the jurisdiction of the BSF, the Trinamool Congress on Thursday said it was an "infringement" on the rights of the state and an attack on the federal structure of the country. BUSINESS DEL22 BIZ-STOCKS-CLOSE Sensex zooms 569 pts to fresh record; Nifty tops 18,300-mark Mumbai: Extending its winning run to the sixth straight session, equity benchmark Sensex rallied 569 points to close at a new peak on Thursday, driven by gains in index majors HDFC twins, ICICI Bank and ITC amid positive macro cues and upbeat global markets. DEL26 BIZ-LD INFLATION-WPI WPI inflation at 6-month low of 10.66 pc in Sep; food prices ease New Delhi: The wholesale price-based inflation eased to a six-month low of 10.66 per cent in September, helped by moderating food prices even as crude petroleum witnessed a spike. LEGAL LGD10 DL-HC-RAPE-MISUSE Police invoking POCSO law at behest of girl"s family against boy "unfortunate", says HC New Delhi: Expressing concern over the “unfortunate” practice of police invoking provisions of sexual assault at the behest of a girl"s family objecting to her involvement with a boy, the Delhi High Court has said the rigor of POCSO law is being “misapplied” and “misused”. LGD8 DL-COURT-RIOTS Delhi riots: Court frames charges against accused; says "miscarriage of justice" to throw out case over police delay New Delhi: A Delhi court has framed charges of rioting and arson against nine accused in a February 2020 riots case, saying that it would be a “miscarriage of justice” to throw out the prosecution"s case merely because the statements of the public witnesses were recorded after a delay. FOREIGN FGN7 US-USIBC USIBC meets FM Sitharaman; praises India"s reform trajectory Washington: Members of the influential US India Business Council in their meeting with Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Wednesday praised India’s reform trajectory and exuded confidence in the growing Indian economy. By Lalit K Jha FGN33 VIRUS-CHINA-WHO-PROBE China warns against ""manipulation"" of WHO virus probe Beijing: China"s Foreign Ministry on Thursday warned against what it called possible “political manipulation” of a renewed probe by the World Health Organization into the origins of the coronavirus, while saying it would support the international body"s efforts. FGN22 LANKA-INDIAN-FISHERMEN Sri Lanka Navy arrests 23 Indian fishermen, seize 5 trawlers for alleged poaching Colombo: The Sri Lankan Navy has arrested 23 Indian fishermen and seized two trawlers for allegedly poaching in the country"s territorial waters, an official statement said on Thursday. PTI MGA MGA

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