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Top news of the day: Narendra Modi dares Opposition to include Article 370 in manifestos, World Bank cuts India’s growth projection to 6%, and more

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a Maharashtra Assembly election campaign meeting at Sakoli village of Bhandara on October 13, 2019.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a Maharashtra Assembly election campaign meeting at Sakoli village of Bhandara on October 13, 2019.   | Photo Credit: PTI

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Modi dares Opposition to include special status for J&K in poll manifestos

“The BJP-led NDA government, by acting in accordance with the wishes of the people, took an unprecedented step on August 5 to do away with Article 370. Hitherto, women and Dalits had been denied rights in Jammu and Kashmir. Prior to our abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35A, militancy had reigned supreme in this region,” he said at a Maharashtra Assemly polls campaign meeting in Jalgaon. | Modi pens poem on his ‘conversation’ with ocean at Mamallapuram | Was carrying acupressure roller while plogging at Mamallapuram beach: Modi

Rafale deal is still hurting BJP, says Rahul

Addressing a poll rally in Chandivali Assembly constituency in Mumbai, his second in the day, Mr. Gandhi accused the BJP of “dividing and looting” India like the British had done in the pre-Independence era. “It seems the Rafale deal is still hurting the BJP... (If not) Why did Rajnath Singh go to France to receive the first fighter jet?” | Modi, media distract attention from core issues: Rahul

Man with ‘56-inch chest’ did what previous PMs couldn’t, says Amit Shah

Addressing an election rally in Maharashtra’s Kolhapur district, Mr. Shah said people should ask the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leaders, when they come to seek votes, whether they support the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government’s decision to abrogate the provisions that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

Security beefed up in Srinagar after grenade attack

More security personnel were deployed in the wake of a grenade attack on October 12 in Hari Singh High Street market — a few hundred metres from the city centre — in which seven people were injured.

Ravi Shankar Prasad withdraws comments on economic slump after facing flak

Facing flak after he cited ₹120 crore business done by three movies on a single day to rebut suggestions of an economic slump in the country, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has withdrawn his comments. Mr. Prasad’s comments in Mumbai on October 12 coupled with his criticism of an NSSO report on high unemployment rate and IMF’s report of a slowdown in India attracted criticism and the senior BJP leader was also trolled online.

Did Mahatma Gandhi commit suicide? A Gujarat school says so

Gandhijiye aapghaat karwa maate shu karyu (how did Gandhiji commit suicide)?” was the question asked in Gujarati to Class 9 students during an internal assessment examination of schools run by an organisation called Sufalam Shala Vikas Sankul.

Social media etiquettes, pranayam part of UGC’s ‘life skills’ curriculum

The commission had recently launched “Jeevan Kaushal”, a life skills programme in the curriculum for under-graduate courses across the country.

One arrested for snatching purse of Modi’s niece, stolen items recovered

One person was arrested for snatching the handbag of Damyanti Modi, the Prime Minister’s niece.

World Bank cuts India’s growth projection to 6%

However, the bank in its latest edition of the South Asia Economic Focus said the country was expected to gradually recover to 6.9% in 2021 and 7.2% in 2022 as it assumed that the monetary stance would remain accommodative, given benign price dynamics. | Bangladesh, Nepal to grow faster than India: World Bank report

Turkish forces, allies seize parts of Syrian town Suluk

Turkish -backed Syrian rebels also advanced into Ras al Ain on October 12, but there were conflicting reports on who held the control of the town.

India beats South Africa by an innings and 137 runs in second Test, clinch series

The comprehensive victory, coming on the fourth day, has consolidated India’s top position in the World Test Championship table. India now have 200 points in their kitty, a handsome 140 points away from nearest-rival New Zealand.

Majestic Biles extends record to 25 world gymnastics medals

Having earlier won the beam final, the 22-year-old also extended her own record of 19 world championships golds after success earlier this week in Stuttgart in the team, all-round and vault events.

I’ve never been as emotionally burnt out as I was post ‘Chhapaak’: Deepika

Deepika Padukone turns producer with the project.

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