Here's a wrap of the top stories picked from morning newspapers
At least 134 people have died in rain-related incidents across the country in the past three days, Hindustan Times has reported. Uttar Pradesh and Bihar have reported maximum number of rain related deaths. 127 people have lost their lives in these two states in the last 72 hours. Bihar capital Patna is worst affected with government hospitals and buildings — including the city’s second largest medical facility, the Nalanda Medical College Hospital — were waterlogged.
By the end of today, this month may become the wettest September that India has in 102 years. The Times of India that all India average rainfall in September stands at 247.1mm — 48% above normal. But with red alerts for very heavy rain have been issued for Gujarat and Bihar, If that happens, this will be the wettest September in India in over a century, behind only 1917 (285.6mm), when the highest rainfall for the month since 1901 was recorded.
The Indian Express has reported that at a time when most senior leaders of mainstream political parties in the Valley are under detention, the Jammu and Kashmir State Election Commission has announced that Block Development Council (BDC) elections would be held on “party lines” on October 24. The counting of votes will be held the same day. In the BDC elections, panchs and sarpanchs will elect a chairman, after which District Development Boards will be constituted.
India is set to lose a major trade dispute with the US at the World Trade Organization, business paper Mint has reported. A WTO dispute settlement panel has upheld a US complaint that export subsidy programmes provided by the Indian government violated provisions of the trade body’s subsidies and countervailing measures pact.