Indian Army has destroyed three terror camps in Pakistan
occupied Kashmir and killed ten Pakistani soldiers. In a major
counter-offensive after unprovoked firing by Pakistan, Indian Army carried
out heavy artillery strikes targeting four terror camps and several
Pakistani military positions in Neelam Valley yesterday.
Ten terrorists were also killed in the retaliatory action by
the Army. Army Chief Gen BipinRawat told media persons that the action by
the Indian forces caused substantial harm to the terror infrastructure
across the Line of Control (LoC).
He said, more information on terrorist casualty is being
obtained. Army chief said the terror camps destroyed by the forces were
located in Athmuqam, KundalShahi, Jura and one in Leepa Valley.
Gen Rawat said, defence minister Rajnath Singh was briefed
about the retaliatory action. Gen Rawat said, of late, the Army had received
information that terrorists were coming closer to the camps in the forward
He said, in the last one month, repeated infiltration
attempts were made from the Gurez, Keran, Machil, Uri sectors and south of
PirPanjal. Gen Rawat said, Pakistani soldiers are resorting to ceasefire
violation to provide support to the infiltration bids by terrorists.
India has highlighted Prime Minister NarendraModi's vision
of 'Sab KaSaath - Sab KaVikas - Sab KaVishwas' for inclusive health along
with scheme -- Ayushman Bharat, at the on-going two-day G20 Okayama Health
Ministers' Conference in Japan.
Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, who
represented India at the conference in Okayama City, also highlighted Mr
Modi's vision of FIT India Movement and Eat Right campaigns.
The deliberations of the G20 Health Ministers focused on
four major global health issues like the achievement of Universal Health
Coverage, response to population ageing, management of health risks and
health security management including Anti-Microbial Resistance and its
Dr Vardhan said that New Delhi is on the path to Universal
Health Coverage and will contribute effectively in sustaining UHC at the
On Response to population ageing, Dr.Vardhan, during his
intervention, shared India’s vision for its projected 20 per cent elderly
population by 2050. He also told the G20 countries about the efforts made by
India to provide accessible, affordable, and high-quality long-term
comprehensive health care services to an ageing population.
Finance Minister NirmalaSitharaman has said that
negotiations between India and the US on a trade deal are going in full
speed. She also expressed hope that an agreement will be structured soon.
The ongoing trade deal negotiations briefly came up for
discussion during a pull-aside between Mrs Sitharaman and US Treasury
Secretary Steven Mnuchin at the IMF headquarters. Mnuchin is scheduled to
visit India early next month.
India is demanding exemption from high duties imposed by the
US on certain steel and aluminium products under its Generalised System of
Preferences (GSP). India also wants to greater market access for its
products from sectors, including agriculture, automobile, auto components
On the other hand, the US wants greater market access for
its farm and manufacturing products, dairy items and medical devices, and
cut on import duties on some ICT products. The US has also raised concerns
over high trade deficit with India.
In 2018-19, India's exports to the US stood at 52.4 billion
US Dollars, while imports were 35.5 billion US Dollars. Trade deficit dipped
from 21.3 billion US Dollars in 2017-18 to 16.9 billion US Dollars in
Foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) have infused a net sum of
Rs 5,072 crore into the Indian capital markets in October so far amid the
government's efforts to revive domestic demand.
In the preceding month, FPIs had invested a net Rs 6,557.8
crore in the domestic capital markets (both equity and debt). This came
following net outflows in July and August.
As per the latest depositories data, foreign investors put
in a net sum of Rs 4,970 crore in equities and a net Rs 102 crore in the
debt market during October 1-18, taking the cumulative net investment to Rs
Reacting to the inflow of funds in October, head of research
at Samco Securities, Umesh Mehta said, "The worst seems to be behind us and
markets have started to discount the forward looking Budget and revival of
Regarding the future course of FPI flows, Harsh Jain,
co-founder and COO, Groww, said, "The momentum is expected to continue in
the long term as India is a very attractive investment destination with
sound fundamentals. The markets are extending gains in the hopes of better
Mars once had salt lakes that went through wet and dry
phases similar to those on the Earth, according to a study that indicates
that the red planet's climate 'dried out' over a long time.
According to the researchers, including those from Texas A&M
University in the US, liquid water on Mars may have become unsustainable and
evaporated as the planet's atmosphere became thinner, and the pressure at
the surface became lesser.
The study, published in the journal Nature Geoscience, noted
that over three billion years ago, the lake that was present in Gale Crater
-- an immense 95-mile-wide rocky basin that is being explored with the NASA
Curiosity rover since 2012 -- underwent a drying episode possibly linked to
the global drying of Mars.
The researchers said that the salt ponds on Mars are similar
to some found on the Earth such as those in a region called Altiplano near
the Bolivia-Peru border.
Nachon added that the Altiplano is an arid, high-altitude
plateau where rivers and streams from mountain ranges "do not flow to the
sea but lead to closed basins, similar to what used to happen at Gale Crater
The study also noted the types of chemical elements present
in the liquid water that was present at the red planet's surface at the
time, and the type of environmental changes any potential life forms on Mars
may have had to cope with, had they existed.