India is celebrating the 'National Unity Day' to mark the 144 birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. To mark the day, the Centre and several BJP-led state governments have organised many events. Prime Minister Modi, who is in his home state Gujarat, paid homage to Sardar Patel at his grand statue in Kevadia. In National Capital Delhi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah flagged off the 'Run For Unity' marathon at the National Stadium.
The nation is also remembering former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her 35th death anniversary on Thursday. Mrs Gandhi was assassinated by her bodyguards just outside her New Delhi residence on October 31, 1984.
In other news, armies of India and France will carry out counter terrorism drills under the joint exercise code named 'Shakti- 2019' beginning at Mahajan Field Firing Ranges in Rajasthan.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel will arrive in India today for a three-day visit. The visit will aim to further broadbase strategic ties in an array of key areas including defence and security. She'll be accompanied by 12 ministers.
Earlier today, Interim President Sonia Gandhi and Former PM Manmohan Singh paid tribute to former PM Indira Gandhi at Indira Gandhi Memorial on her death anniversary.
Kerala: All educational institutions including professional colleges in coastal taluks, Kochi and Paravur will remain closed today, due to adverse weather conditions. State government has also restricted access to beaches in the districts.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar flagged off 'Run for Unity' at Parade Ground in Panchkula.
Haryana: Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar flagged off 'Run for Unity' at Parade Ground in Panchkula. pic.twitter.com/9mZNidpFVp— ANI (@ANI) October 31, 2019
West Bengal: Bodies of 5 labours, killed by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir, handed over to their families in Murshidabad today.
West Bengal: Bodies of 5 labours (who were killed by terrorists in Kulgam, J&K on 29 Oct) handed over to their families in Murshidabad today. State government has announced an ex-gratia grant of Rs. 5 lakhs for the kin of the deceased. pic.twitter.com/GI9dJFojPz— ANI (@ANI) October 31, 2019