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Pakistan,Turkey to identify areas for enhancing cooperation in energy sector

ISLAMABAD, Oct 22 (APP): Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Pakistan Ihsan Mustafa Yurdakul here on Tuesday called on Federal Minister for Power and Petroleum, Omar Ayub Khan.

During the meeting, matters relating to bilateral cooperation between the two countries especially in the energy sector were discussed, said a press release issue here .

It was agreed that special areas would identified by both the countries for the upcoming visit of Turkish President for further enhancing cooperation in the energy sector between the two countries.

India: Just over 47 per cent turnout in UP bypolls

Lucknow, Oct 21 (PTI) Just over 47 per cent of eligible voters exercised their franchise in the bypolls to 11 assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh on Monday.

Polling began at 7 am amid tight security, officials said, adding that 47.05 per cent of electors exercised their franchise.

Gangoh in Saharanpur district saw the highest turnout with about 60.30 per cent voters exercising their franchise.

In Lucknow Cantonment, only 28.53 per cent of eligible electors cast their vote.

India: Heavy rain likely in TN over next 5 days

Chennai, Oct 21 (PTI) Landslips have been reported in some parts of Nilgiris district, as the Regional weather office here on Monday predicted heavy rainfall to occur over Tamil Nadu during the next five days with the North East Monsoon becoming active.

Landslips were reported at least in 10 places in Nilgiris district following rains during the last two days, particularly in Coonoor, disrupting movement of vehicles in the morning, officials said.

However, operations to clear the debris are going on a war footing, they said.

Kashmir: 40,000 boxes of apple procured under NAFED

Shopian, Oct 21 (PTI) Under the recently launched market intervention scheme (MIS), over 40,000 boxes of apple were procured from registered farmers in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian district, an official said on Monday.

The apples were taken from orchardists at the new mega fruit mandi in Aglar, Shopian through the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd (NAFED), deputy commissioner of Shopian Choudhary Mohammad Yasin said during a review of the MIS in the district.

Afghan official: Taliban storm checkpoint, kill 15 policemen

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban stormed a checkpoint in northern Afghanistan, killing at least 15 policemen in the latest attack by insurgents, an Afghan provincial official said Tuesday.

The multi-pronged attack on the checkpoint in the Ali Abad district of northern Kunduz province began late on Monday night and set off an hours-long gunbattle, according to Ghulam Rabani Rabani, a provincial council member. Along with the 15 policemen killed, two other officers were wounded in the assault, he said.

India: Manipur CM convenes for all-party meeting on Naga issue

Imphal, Oct 21 (PTI) Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh has called for an all-party meeting on Tuesday to discuss the Naga peace talk and its impact on Manipur, officials said on Monday.

The meeting was called three days after the Interlocutor for the Naga talks and Nagaland Governor R N Ravi said that the Central government is determined to conclude the decades-long peace process without delay.

India: Infosys plunges 16 pc on whistleblower complaint

New Delhi, Oct 22 (PTI) IT services firm Infosys on Tuesday plummeted 16 per cent on concerns over a whistleblower complaint which alleges that two of the company's top executives were indulging in unethical practices to increase short-term revenue and profits.

The scrip plunged 15.94 per cent to Rs 645.35 on the BSE.

On the NSE, it tanked 15.99 per cent to Rs 645.

India: Court acquits rapist in Maha

Thane, Oct 22 (PTI) A court here in Maharashtra has acquitted a 56-year-old man of charges of raping his driver's wife, observing that a "consensual physical relationship" does not amount to rape.

Additional Sessions Judge R R Vaishnav, in his order last Thursday, said the prosecution miserably failed to prove charges of rape against the accused, Dilip Shridhar Patil, a brick kiln owner.

According to the prosecution, the woman's husband worked as a driver for the accused. She got acquainted with the accused as he used to come to their house.

Kashmir: Normal remains affected

Srinagar, Oct 22(PTI) Normal life in Kashmir remained disturbed for the 79th day on Tuesday following abrogation of Article 370, but there was increased movement of traffic in parts of the city leading to massive traffic snarls.

Markets and other business establishments opened early in the morning but downed their shutters at around 11.00 am, officials said.

Indian PM Modi, Nobel laureate Banerjee hold discussions

New Delhi, Oct 22 (PTI) Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee on Tuesday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and held a "healthy and extensive" interaction on various subjects.

Banerjee, an Indian-born American professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has won Nobel in economics, jointly with wife Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer for "experimental approach to alleviating global poverty".

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