The centre has now jumped into the battle between Mohan Bhagwat and Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan. Vijayan took to social networking site Facebook to criticise the statements made by RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat that the state government is helping anti-nationals for minor political gains. Union Minister Prakash Javdekar launched an all-out attack on the Kerala CM and announced a padyatra led by BJP President Amit Shah against political killings in the state. Vijayan in his post said that Bhagwat’s allegations are tantamount to posing a challenge to each and every Keralite. And that RSS Chief is now trying to link Kerala with anti-nationalism after their communal agenda failed in Kerala. In a fresh and indirect attack, Kerala Chief Minister tweeted, ‘Gandhiji was assassinated for his secularism. Even after 70 years of his martyrdom, secularists are being attacked and killed’.

Often accused of inertia, the wheels of change currently seem to be in motion in the Congress. Reluctant Rahul seems to have finally indicated his willingness to take up the mantle of the Party president during the Congress Working Committee meeting supposed to happen in November. Adding to speculation was Sachin Pilot’s claim to a news agency that Rahul is set to take over after Diwali.

Singer Aditya Narayan got into a brawl at the Raipur airport after an airport staffer asked to pay for carrying luggage above the allowed
capacity. The matter further escalated when the staffer objected to Aditya shooting a video inside the premises. In a fit of rage, the singer started to abuse and threaten the airport staffer. The singer was in Raipur to perform at a Dusshera event.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the Las Vegas attack. A gunman in a Las Vegas hotel opened fire Sunday night at a concert outside, sending thousands of people fleeing as SWAT units searched for the attacker. At least 50 people were killed and more than 400 others injured, hospital officials said. The shooting happened near the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Several SWAT teams were sent to the hotel, and officers reported being pinned down by gunfire, according to emergency radio traffic.

Grandson of the late liquor baron Adikeshavulu escaped from Mallya hospital on Friday, while he was still in police custody. He was arrested for causing a road accident in an inebriated condition on Wednesday night. He rammed his Mercedes SUV into a Maruti Omni in Jayanagar in Bengaluru. CCTV footage with NewsX clearly shows accused Vishnu Naidu escaping from the emergency exit of the hospital, and if that’s not enough, his brother in law is seen escorting him. The Bengaluru Police have launched a massive manhunt for the accused while arresting Vishnu’s brother-in-law, Rajesh Naidu for allegedly interfering with the investigation.

Rogue state Pakistan is at it again as 3 minors have been killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Poonch, here on Monday. The deceased has been identified as 10-year-old Asrar Ahmad who was killed in Kerni while on the other side 15-year-old Jasmin was killed in Digwar sector.

Meanwhile, 12 civilians have been injured in the cross firing in Poonch sector of Jammu & Kashmir. Likewise, another infiltration bid was thwarted in Keran sector in Kupwaran on the same day.

China has opened a 409 km new expressway linking Tibet’s provincial capital Lhasa with Nyingchi which is close to Arunachal Pradesh order. The toll-free expressway has lined the two major cities which are also tourist attractions in Tibet. The new expressway has provided China with an advantage of mobilising military and weaponry faster. However, heavy trucks are temporarily banned from using the highway. Meanwhile, India has also fastened its infrastructure along the India-China border. The question however is will this close proximity of China to the India border act as an opportunity or become yet another standoff at the border?

India has initiated a major infrastructure upgrade at its Ambala airbase for deployment of the first squadron of the Rafale jets which will give India greater potency over Pakistan as these will be capable of carrying nuclear weapons and other missiles. The government has already sanctioned Rs 220 crore to set up 14 shelters, hangers and maintenance facilities at the 78-year-old base for the Rafale jets whose delivery is scheduled to begin from September 2019. The Ambala base is considered one of the most strategically located bases of the IAF as the Indo-Pak border is around 220 km from it. Currently, the base has two squadrons of the Jaguar combat aircraft and one squadron of the Mig-21 Bison.