New Delhi, Oct 19 (PTI) Following are the major news stories of PTI till 1745 hrs

DEL16

MHA-RAJNATH-LD DUSSEHRA

Rajnath celebrates Dussehra with BSF jawans; performs ‘shastra puja’ Bikaner: Home Minister Rajnath Singh Friday celebrated Dussehra with BSF jawans and performed ‘shastra puja’ in this forward post along the highly sensitive Indo-Pak border, officials said.

DEL3 SABARIMALA-WOMAN-LD TREKKING

Two women begin climbing Sabarimala hill amid strong protests Pamba (Ker): Two women, including a reporter from Hyderabad, began trekking to Sabarimala hill Friday amid strong protests by devotees opposing the entry of girls and women of menstrual age into the Lord Ayyappa temple.

BOM8 MH-LD PM

Previous govt was not serious about poverty alleviation: PM Shirdi (Maha): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday accused the previous Congress-led government of not being serious about poverty alleviation and working only to promote the “name of a particular family”.

DEL11 SABARIMALA-MHA-ADVISORY

Centre’s advisory to 3 southern states on Sabarimala row New Delhi: The Centre has asked the southern states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to tighten security in view of the continuing protests against the Supreme Court order allowing entry of women of all age groups to Sabarimala temple.

DEL15 TIWARI-LAST RESPECTS

Manmohan, Rahul pay last respects to N D Tiwari New Delhi: Former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Rahul Gandhi and other senior leaders paid their last respects to party veteran N D Tiwari who passed away here after a prolonged illness.

BOM9 METOO-SUICIDE-ATTEMPT

#MeToo: Celebrity manager rescued before suicide attempt Mumbai: Navi Mumbai Police rescued Anirban Blah, who is the co-founder of celebrity management firm Kwan Entertainment and has been accused by some women in the #MeToo movement, before he could allegedly attempt suicide by jumping off a bridge, police said Friday.

BUSINESS

DEL18 BIZ-ONION-LD PRICES

Nafed to boost onion supply in Delhi; Mother Dairy asked to cut price New Delhi: To check rising onion prices, the Centre Friday directed co-operative Nafed to boost supply in the national capital from the buffer stock and also asked Mother Dairy to reduce the rates by Rs 2 per kg on the kitchen staple in all its Safal outlets.

FOREIGN

FGN15 SINGAPORE-SITHARAMAN

Sitharaman holds bilateral talks with her US, ASEAN counterparts in Singapore Singapore: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday held a series of bilateral meetings with her counterparts from ASEAN nations and US Defence Secretary James Mattis on the sidelines of ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meet here. By Gurdip Singh

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