Top news of the day: Abhijit Banerjee among three to receive Economics Nobel; postpaid mobile phone services restored in Kashmir, and more

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Abhijit Banerjee among three to receive Economics Nobel

The 2019 Nobel Prize for economics goes to Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer “for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty”, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced on Monday. The research conducted by the 2019 Economic Sciences Laureates has considerably improved our ability to fight global poverty. In just two decades, their new experiment-based approach has transformed development economics, which is now a flourishing field of research.

Read more: Who is Abhijit Banerjee, one of the winners of 2019 Economics Nobel?

Postpaid mobile phone services without internet restored in Kashmir

Mobile phones in Kashmir buzzed back to life on Monday, connecting 40 lakh post-paid subscribers to their families and friends in the country, the Valley and their neighbourhoods after 72 days but without any internet facilities. The phones started ringing from noon as promised by the government on Saturday and people across the Valley quickly dialled out to speak to those they had been unable to since August 5, when the Centre revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and reorganised the state into two union territories.

Serving as BCCI president would be challenging, says Sourav Ganguly

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly, on Monday said “it’s a great opportunity for him to do something good” as he is is all set to take over the reins of the board at a time when its image has got a serious beating. Ganguly pipped Brijesh Patel in a see-saw battle and is expected to be the only presidential nominee.

Also read: Ganguly likely to be BCCI president, Jay Shah new BCCI Secretary

INX Media case: Delhi court reserves order on ED’s plea to arrest P. Chidambaram

A Delhi court on Monday reserved order on the Enforcement Directorate’s plea seeking to arrest and interrogate former finance minister P. Chidambaram in the INX Media money laundering case. “I will pass orders on the applications tomorrow,” special judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar said.

If media is quiet about attacks, terrorism will end: Doval cites Thatcher

National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval said on October 14 that “approach of judiciary to treat terror crimes at par with ordinary crimes” was one of the major challenges. On need for a change in media policy, he cited former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, saying “if a terrorist take(s) action and the media is quiet about it, terrorism will end.”

VHP wants to light lamps at Ayodhya disputed site on Diwali

Seers led by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Monday demanded that they be allowed to light “thousands of lamps” and do ‘puja’ at the disputed site in Ayodhya on October 27, Diwali. The Divisional Commissioner (DC), Manoj Mishra, has, however, reportedly denied them permission. A delegation of seers from Ayodhya and VHP spokesperson Sharad Sharma met the DC and handed him a memorandum containing the demand.

Pre-school children should learn in mother tongue: NCERT curriculum

Children between the ages of three and six years should begin their educational journey in their own mother tongues, learn through play and not be subjected to tests of any kind, says the NCERT’s first-ever preschool curriculum.

Analysis: Now, BJP to push for a strong base in rural Maharashtra

The BJP will be unveiling its manifesto for the Maharashtra Assembly polls on Tuesday, and has already indicated that it would put forward a plan for water conservation for a “drought-free Maharashtra” as part of the document. Senior sources in the BJP had admitted that the party’s biggest support base is in the urban Maharashtra, but that the emphasis on the rural areas is for particular reasons.

How Vijay fans turned ‘Bigil’ trailer screening into a festival

The defining moment in the trailer to actor Vijay’s upcoming film Bigil, directed by Atlee, is the scene where Rayappan (the older of two characters essayed in the film by Vijay) raises both his hands and goes, “Bigiluuuuu,” in a gruff voice.

ICC wants flagship cricket event every year, BCCI says ‘No’

The new BCCI regime could soon be engaged in a bitter turf battle with the ICC since the world governing body’s proposed Futures Tours Programme (FTP) could significantly hit Indian cricket board’s revenue stream.

Politics live: Modi is the loudspeaker for Ambani, Adani, says Rahul Gandhi

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi at an election rally in Haryana’s Nuh district said that “Narendra Modi is the loudspeaker for Ambani and Adani. His job is to distract the attention of the masses from the real issues”. “Youth are losing jobs due to economic slowdown. The situation is going to deteriorate in next six months. People will then rise against Modi,” he said.

The Hindu Science Quiz: Of women, science and the Nobels

How many women have won the Nobel Prize in the science fields? Which science discipline has produced the highest number of women laureates? For answers and more interesting questions take this quiz.

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