Schools Closed, Lakhs Evacuated ; Odisha Put On High Alert Due To Cyclone Titli

New Delhi: Odisha closed schools and other educational institutions across the state, evacuated lakhs of people and put armed forces on alert as cyclone Titli, now intensified into a ‘very severe cyclonic’ storm, expected to hit its coast anytime soon.

As the cyclone moved across the Bay of Bengal towards the Indian coastline where it is likely to make landfall between Odisha’sGopalpur and Andhra Pradesh’s Kalingapatanam around 5.30 am at a wind speed gusting up to 165 kilometres per hour, there was heavy rainfall in many parts of Odisha under its influence.

“Titli moved with a speed of about 15 kmph and intensified into a very severe cyclonic storm and lay centred over the west-central Bay of Bengal, around 200 km south by southwest of Gopalpur,” the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in a bulletin on Wednesday evening.


Government Considering Tapping NRIs To Lure Foreign Exchange Flows And Prop Up Re

New Delhi: To deal with the falling rupee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government is considering tapping Indians living overseas to lure foreign exchange flows and prop up a sagging rupee.

Officials from the finance ministry and the central bank are discussing a plan to raise money from non-resident Indians, the people said asking not to be named as the information is not public. An announcement regarding the method may come as early as this month, they said, without providing further details.

India is seeking to boost flows to support its currency that has declined more than 14 percent against the dollar this year, Asia’s worst performer. The risk of a widening current-account deficit left the rupee vulnerable to the rout in emerging markets amid surging oil prices, trade tensions and rising US interest rates. The rupee fell 0.4 percent Tuesday to a record low of 74.3950 per dollar.


Gujarat Government Deploys Additional Security Forces For Security Of Migrants

New Delhi: Prompting the state government to make an appeal for the return of Hindi-speaking migrants, he government has deployed additional forces in the industrial area of Gujarat for their security. Attacks on them sparked exodus of these migrants laborers.

Assuring security to the migrants, the Gujarat government said 431 people were arrested and 56 FIRs registered in connection with the attacks, as chief minister Vijay Rupani appealed to people not to engage in violence.

Claiming that no untoward incident had taken place during the last 48 hours, Rupani said the situation has been brought under control by police.


Migrant Labourers In Gujarat Issued Threat To Leave The State By October 8

New Delhi: Threat of ethnic clashes is looming in Gujarat with migrant labourers in Ahmedabad and north Gujarat keeping their fingers crossed following threats to leave the state by October 8. They have been issued this warning in the wake of the rape of a 14-month-old baby allegedly by a worker from Bihar in Himmatnagar district last month.

The threats have not stopped despite a warning from the state’s police chief. After sporadic incidents of attacks in Mehsana, Sabarkantha and Aravali districts between September 28 and October 4, labourers maintained that threats have not stopped. One Raghuvir Sahu, a worker at a ceramic factory was arrested in connection with the rape.


Date For Assembly Polls In Five States Announced; Results On December 11

New Delhi: The Election Commission on Saturday announced the poll schedule for Assembly elections for Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Telangana ending speculation for now over holding assembly and Lok Sabha polls together .

While Chhattisgarh will have two-phase elections on November 12 and 20, Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram will go for polling on November 28. In Rajasthan and Telangana  polling will be held on December 7. In Chhattisgarh, out of a total of 90 Assembly constituencies, 18 seats (mostly in Maoist-hit areas) will go to the polls in the first phase on November 12 while 72 seats will go to polls on November 20.