Tuesday Evening News Brief, October 10

Tuesday evening brief Oct 10 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
The government is committed to fill gaps in the IAF, Nirmala Sitharaman said. Lack of timely decision-making in the last decade resulted in gaps in the Indian Air Force and the government is committed to fill them, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said. In an address at the bi-annual conference of IAF commanders, the defence minister also said that the powers given to the service chiefs should be “fully utilised” in achieving required capabilities of the forces. Read
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Fuel to get cheaper in Gujarat, Maharashtra as govts cut VAT on petrol and diesel. On Tuesday, the state governments of Gujarat and Maharashtra announced a cut in VAT (Value Added Tax) on petrol and diesel. Gujarat took the first initiative, slashing the VAT by 4 per cent. With this rate cut, the price of petrol will come down by Rs 2.93 and that of diesel by Rs 2.72 in the state, he said. The effective price of petrol in Gujarat from midnight today will be Rs 67.53 per litre and that of diesel Rs 60.77 per litre in the poll-bound state.
NIA crackdown on flow of funds dealt a blow to terror, Rajnath Singh said. Without naming Pakistan as the country responsible for funding terror activities in the Kashmir Valley, Singh said, “The crackdown by the NIA on flow of funds from our neighbouring country for financing terror activities in the state has dealt a blow to the morale of these people (terrorists and separatists).” Inaugurating the headquarters of the NIA, an agency set up in the aftermath of 2008 Mumbai attacks to probe terror cases in the country, the home minister also said high quality fake currency notes act as “oxygen for terrorism”.
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BJP leaders accused Rahul Gandhi of ignoring development in his constituency. With eyes firmly on wresting away the high-profile Amethi seat from the Congress, Amit Shah accused “Rahul baba” of ignoring development of his constituency as well as the state of Uttar Pradesh. “For 70 years, you have put your faith in one family, nothing came of it, now put your faith in the BJP and Modi,” said BJP president Amit Shah at a rally in Amethi, Rahul’s parliamentary constituency since 2004, and a Congress bastion for decades.
A software engineer was stabbed to death by two bike-borne men in Bengaluru. Pranay Mishra, from Bhubaneswar and a resident of Tavarekere, was on his way to meet his girlfriend and colleague who stayed in the neighbourhood when he was killed by two bike-borne assailants at around 3am on Monday. A few passersby noticed Pranay and rushed him to St John’s Medical College Hospital where he was declared brought dead,” a police officer said. An investigation is underway.
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