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Friday, October 13, 2017

Swaraj announces visa for Pak woman for treatment of kidney ailment
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today said the government will issue visa to a Pakistani woman who requires medical treatment in India for her kidney ailments. Swaraj's intervention came after the husband of the woman -- Neelma Ghaffar -- requested the external affairs minister to grant her visa. "We are giving visa for her treatment in India," Swaraj tweeted along with a photograph of the Pakistani woman. Earlier, in a tweet to Swaraj, Ghaffar Khan, Neelma's husband, had said that his wife was in a critical condition ans required urgent medical treatment in India.

Army jawan, porter killed in ceasefire violation by Pak Army
An Army jawan and a civilian porter were killed in Pakistani firing today at forward areas along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district. "The Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms and automatics from 1035 hours in Krishnagati Sector along the Line of Control (LoC)", a defence spokesman said here on the ceasefire violation. He said that the Indian Army is retaliating strongly and effectively.

Himachal Pradesh assembly polls on Nov 9, results on Dec 18
Assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh will be held in a single phase on November 9 and the results will be declared on December 18, the Election Commission announced today. The schedule for Gujarat will be announced separately but assembly elections in the state will be held before December 18, Chief Election Commissioner A K Joti said at a press conference. This, he said, is being done to ensure that the voting pattern of one state does not affect the other state.
Lohia's ideas remain relevant: Paswan
Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan today recalled socialist icon Ram Manohar Lohia's work to empower backward castes and women, and his push for use of Hindi as he paid rich tributes on his 50th death anniversary. The LJP chief remembered Lohia fondly at an event and was joined by several party leaders and workers, a statement said. Lohia was known for his patriotism and socialist ideas. He had stressed on the need to give priority to Hindi over English as the country's official language, Paswan said. He struggled relentlessly to bridge the divide between the rich and the poor, to empower backward castes and women, to remove use of English and to clean rivers, Paswan said, adding that those issues remain relevant

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