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President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have extended their greetings to all citizens on the occasion of Deepotsav. In his message, President Pranab Mukherjee has said, “On the joyous occasion of Diwali, I extend my warm greetings and best wishes to all my fellow citizens in India and abroad. Let us celebrate this festival by reaffirming faith in all that is good, noble and virtuous. This festival signifies victory of good over evil. PM Narendra Modi has shared the link of his page for Diwali wishes, on his Twitter Handle. "Many friends are sending Diwali wishes. My thanks to them. Do visit this specially created page http://diwaliwishes.narendramodi.in" ,the PM tweeted.
Sports competitions organized by the RKDF University concluded on Friday. The chief guest on the occasion was Uma Shankar Gupta, Minister for Higher & Technical Education. Special guests on the occasion include school & higher education minister Deepak Joshi and MLA Vishwas Sarang. The events were participated by students from different technical colleges in Bhopal. Truba College bagged the award in cricket whereas RKDF team was awarded prize for excelling in the sport of Kabaddi. LNCT team bagged award in kho-kho game. Ravi Kumar was first in wrestling; chess award went to Akash Jain of RKDF University and Avinash Das (Diploma engineering) won prize in carom contest.
Manohar Lal Khattar in Haryana was elected for the post of chief minister by the BJP legislators after a meeting headed by observer Venkaiah Naidu. While BJP appears to have decided to keep Shiv Sena in suspense with the unconditional backing of NCP as Devendra Fadnavis emerged the front-runner in Maharashtra. Taking a step towards government formation in Haryana, BJP's newly elected MLAs on Tuesday elected Mohan Lal Khattar as their legislature party leader. The meeting was attended by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu and party Vice President Dinesh Sharma, appointed observers by the BJP's Parliamentary Board for deciding the name of Haryana Chief Minister. First-time MLA Manohar Lal Khattar
Bhopal: With the celebration of `Dhanteras’ festival on Tuesday commenced the five-day festival of lights `Deepotsav’. It was a gala time for the business community as people thronged the markets of the city to buy utensils, clothes, cars and houses. Buying items on this day is considered auspicious. It is learnt that by evening the stocks in many shops, establishments were almost over.
According to information there was good demand for jewellery. Among vehicles, two-wheelers including hunk and pulser went out of stock; at the same time there was a good demand for four-wheelers like Tavera, Scorpio and SUVs. The sale this year was 70% more.
India has grounded its entire fleet of Sukhoi-30 following a recent crash near Pune. Each aircraft is undergoing a technical check. IAF spokesperson said the aircraft would be back in the air only after a thorough check. The grounded fleet represents almost a third of the country's fighter fleet. Last week, a Sukhoi-30 MKI had crashed in a field near Pune. Preliminary findings had suggested a technical problem and not the human error. This was the fifth accident involving a SU 30 MKI since 2009 and the fleet has at least been grounded twice earlier. India is due to get 72 more of these planes, each worth over Rs. 200 crore. The IAF is down to 34 combat squadrons, as against an authorised strength of 44. Each squadron has 18 fighter planes.
Harmanpreet Singh converted two penalty corners to help India sucessfully defend its Sultan of Johor Cup (SOJC) U-21 hockey title, beating Great Britain 2-1 in a keenly-contested final on Sunday. Harmanpreet (45th and 90 minutes) slammed home two set pieces at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium to take his goals tally to eight in the tournament. For Great Britain Samuel French (55th minute) was the lone goal scorer. Great Britain, unbeaten in the preliminary round, came into the final with a psychological advantage over India having beaten them 2-0 in their round-robin clash. But defending champions India had a record to play for as they wanted to be the first team to win the title twice since the inception of SOJC in 2011.