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clothes at the Gala Of Light.
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OCTOBER 11, 2019
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Defence Minister performs Shastra Puja
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh performing
Shastra Puja (a ritual in which weapons are
worshipped), after India formally took
delivery of the first of the 36 long-awaited
French-made Rafale fighter jets acquired by
the Indian Air Force.
During a ceremony at French
manufacturer Dassault Aviation’s factory in
Merignac, near Bordeaux, on Tuesday,
Mr Singh wrote an “Om” on the jet and
offered flowers and a coconut on the
occasion of Vijayadashami, a widely
celebrated festival in India.
He later went on a sortie in the
Kerala woman admits
poisoning six family members
A woman in Kerala has confessed
to poisoning six members of her
family over a 14-year period by
adding cyanide to their food.
Police began investigations
earlier this year when the
brother-in-law of 47-year-old
suspect Jolly Thomas became
suspicious that she may have
forged his parents’ will.
Authorities discovered that
Ms Thomas, who is currently in
judicial custody, had been at the
scene of all six deaths, and that
each death had occurred after
eating a meal she had prepared.
She was allegedly motivated by
wanting control of the family
finances and property, police said.
1,400km great ‘green wall’
The federal government is mulling an
ambitious plan to create a 1,400km
long and 5km wide green belt from
Gujarat to the Delhi-Haryana border
as part of India’s efforts to deal with
land degradation and the eastward
march of the Thar desert.
The project intends to counter
climate change and desertification
and is inspired by Africa’s “Great
Green Wall” from Dakar to Djibouti.
MP school designed as train to
Authorities in Madhya Pradesh’s
tribal-dominated Dindori district has
designed a government school to look
like a train with the aim of attracting
The under-developed area has no
rail connectivity. So, keeping in mind
children’s attraction to trains,
Ms Santosh Uikey, the headmistress
of the secondary school in Khajri,
turned the building into a train
Moody’s cuts GDP growth forecast
Moody’s Investors Service has slashed its
2019-20 GDP growth forecast for India
to 5.8 per cent from 6.2 per cent earlier,
saying the economy was experiencing a
pronounced slowdown which is partly
related to long-lasting factors.
The projection is lower than the 6.1
per cent that the Reserve Bank of India
had forecast just last week. Moody’s had
lowered the growth forecast to 6.2 per
cent from 6.8 per cent in August.
The second informal summit between
Chinese President Xi Jinping and In-
dia’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi
will be held at Tamil Nadu’s Mamalla-
It will see the two leaders visit
some of the UNESCO World Heritage
sites there and attend a cultural pro-
gramme presented by Kalakshetra.
The Chinese President will arrive
post-noon (Indian time) today in Chen-
nai, which is 50km from Mamallapu-
The two leaders will then meet in
the evening at Mamallapuram, with
Mr Modi scheduled to take President
Xi around some of the major histori-
cal sites of the ancient port town built
by the Pallava rulers.
They will then have dinner and
attend a cultural programme.
The two leaders will hold the
second round of discussions between
their delegations tomorrow at the
Fisherman’s Cove hotel, after which
Mr Xi will depart at 2pm (Indian
There will be no formal ceremony
or signing of documents.
The Indian side will also have
Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar and
National Security Adviser Ajit Doval
at the talks. Chinese Foreign Minister
Wang Yi will also be present.
Mamallapuram was chosen as the
venue for the talks because both
Mr Xi and Mr Modi share a keen
interest in history and culture.
The Indian Prime Minister is also
keen that places other than New Delhi
should be showcased to visiting digni-
Mamallapuram also shares a con-
nection with China as Buddhist monk
Hiuen Tsang visited the place in the
The seaside centre also hosted
sailors from the Chinese port town of
Evidence of the links between the
two countries have been found in the
form of pottery and other relics found
Indo-Asian News Service
Modi-Xi talks near
ancient port town
Education Minister Ong Ye Kung visiting
Mamallapuram last week.
October 11, 2019
Ovis ammon polii, a subspecies of argali sheep
found in the mountains of central Asia, is named after
a) Marco Polo b) Zheng He c) Vasco da Gama
Every year the United Nations observes Oct 2 as
International Day of...
a) Non-Violence b) Passive Resistance c) Truth
Who received the 2019 Global Goalkeeper Award
given out by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation?
a) Alisson Becker b) Oliver Kahn c) Narendra Modi
Which structure was commissioned by King
Srong-brtsan-sgam-po in Lhasa in the 7th century?
a) Borobudur Temple b) Forbidden City c) Potala Palace
Which instrument derived its name from the Greek
words “far” and “sound”?
a) Telephone b) Microscope c) Microphone
Which film was selected as India’s official entry to
the 2020 Oscars?
a) Sahoo b) Uri: the Surgical Strike c) Gully Boy
Who won the 2019 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix?
a) Kimi Raikkonen b) Sebastian Vettel
c) Max Verstappen
Ariel, Belinda, Cordelia and Cressida are the moons
of which planet?
a) Venus b) Jupiter c) Uranus
Robert Mugabe was the former president of which
a) Zimbabwe b) Kenya c) Ghana
Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the
smile is the beginning of love,” is a quotation by…
a) Nelson Mandela b) Mother Teresa
c) Florence Nightingale
You will perform tasks with
enthusiasm and optimism. Some
situations at work may make you
unhappy. Try to be on good terms
with your colleagues.
You will see success thanks to your
hard efforts. Focus on goals to
achieve success. Patience will help
you meet your targets.
Confidence and a positive attitude
will see you through difficult times.
You will strive hard to achieve
success. Be self-reliant in your
To avoid mistakes at work, you must
remain focused on your tasks. Be
prudent in your actions. You may
lose money through a wrong
You may face hurdles. It won’t be
smooth sailing at work. You may
need to adapt yourself to the
changing work situations. Try to
upgrade by learning a new set of
You will achieve progress at work.
This will give you confidence. You
will meet the challenges with a
determined and confident approach.
Sincerity, honesty, hard work and
self-confidence will help you
overcome challenging situations.
Listening to music and watching
movies will ease your stress levels.
Devote your time to prayer and
meditation as these will give you
peace. Adopt a balanced approach
to things in general. Ignore people
who make harsh comments.
You could see good results this
week. This will help you explore
more and capitalise on situations.
But keep a watch on your health and
Your positive frame of mind will help
you overcome tough situations. You
will succeed atwork with support
from your colleagues.
It is important for you to be practical
rather than emotional in your
actions. It is a favourable time at
work. Try to curb your spending.
You will invest time in
self-development. You will shoulder
more responsibilities at work. You
need to concentrate on promoting
your other business interests.
Sri Srinivasa Kalyanotsavam
organised by Singapore Telugu
Samajam and Tirumala Tirupati
Oct 12 & 13, 6am to 9pm
Open lawn opposite Sri Sivan
Temple, 24 Geylang East Avenue 2
Log on to www.sts.org.sg
Durga Puja festivities organised by
Bengali Association of Singapore.
Includes pujas and dance and musical
concerts (popular Bengali, Hindi and
folk songs) and fashion show.
Till Oct 13
Open field at Serangoon Road
(Next to Farrer Park Hospital and
Kathaah@8, an anthology by Shilpa
Krishnan Shukla. First feature film in
eight Indian languages.
Oct 19, 5.10pm
Blue Room, The Projector,
05-00 Golden Mile Tower,
6001 Beach Road
Log on to
Sea Of Cloth: The Journey of Sari to
Singapore. A cross-disciplinary theatre
production by Singapore Indian
Theatre & Film Explorers.
Oct 19, 4pm & 9pm
Where: National Museum of Singapore
(The Salon), 93 Stamford Rd
Log on to
DEEPAVALI OPEN HOUSE
Deepavali Open House 2019 at the
Indian Heritage Centre. Attend Indian
fashion and sari-draping workshop
and play traditional Indian games with
your friends. You can also decorate
coasters and take part in a guided
heritage tour of Little India. Free
Oct 12, 19, 26, 10am to 6pm;
Oct 27, 11am to 3pm
Indian Heritage Centre,
5 Campbell Lane
Log on to
Health Fiesta 2019 focusing on
health, wellness and nutrition.
Organised by Sphere Exhibits.
Oct 11 to 13, 11am
Singapore Expo Hall 4B
6319-4020 or log on to
Diwali & Karvachauth Bazaar
organised by Vmall Entertainment.
Oct 16, 11am to 8pm
Kallang Leisure Park,
near Stadium MRT
Being Mrs Gandhi, a play about a
simple woman, Kasturba, who is
sucked into the maelstrom of political
history by virtue of being married
to Indian freedom fighter
$85, $65 & $55
Till Oct 12, 7.30pm
Singapore Repertory Theatre,
20 Merbau Road
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