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26th September, 2017

THE HEADLINES :-

  • India and US assert that there can be no tolerance to terrorism safe havens. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and US Defence Secretary James Mattis hold talks in New Delhi; Mattis also meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • Top Hizbul terrorist Abdul Qayoom Najar killed in gunfight near LoC in Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Varanasi Commissioner holds BHU authorities responsible for not handling campus violence with sensitivity; BHU sets up inquiry committee headed by retired High Court judge.
  • Prime Minister asks young IAS officers to focus on GST implementation and boosting digital transactions.
  • Government says more than 70 thousand missing children rescued under Operation Smile.
  • Home Minister Rajnath Singh appeals to Gorkha Janmukti Morcha to withdraw ongoing bandh in Darjeeling Hills.

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Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today said, cooperation in the defence sector between India and the US has grown significantly in recent years and has emerged as a key pillar of the strategic partnership. Addressing a joint press conference with visiting US Secretary of Defence James Mattis after holding delegation level talks in New Delhi, Ms Sitharaman said, the US is now a leading supplier of the state-of-the-art defence equipment to India. She appreciated James Mattis' willingness to share further cutting-edge platforms which would enhance India's defence preparedness to meet current and emerging threats.

"I reiterated India's deep interest in enhancing defence manufacturing in India under Prime Minister Modi's Make in India initiative. I thank Secretary Mattis for his supportive position in this regard and look forward to working closely with him to realize joint projects."

Ms Sitharaman said, during the talks, the situation in the neighbourhood and growing menace of cross-border terrorism were discussed in depth.

"We also exchanged views on regional and international issues of mutual interest. The situation in our neighbourhood and the growing menace of cross-border terrorism were discussed in depth. There is growing convergence in the approaches of both our countries on this issue. We both recognize the importance of holding those who use terrorism as an instrument of state policy to account and to dismantle the infrastructure that supports terrorism."

The Defence Minister further said, they discussed the ways to  strengthen their cooperation as well as with the Government of Afghanistan in pursuit of common objective of a peaceful, democratic, stable and prosperous Afghanistan. Both sides also discussed the issues relating to maritime security in the Indian Ocean and the broader Asia-Pacific Region as well as regional connectivity issues. She said, India supports the freedom of navigation, over-flight and unimpeded lawful commerce. She said that disputes should be resolved through peaceful means and in accordance with the universally recognized principles of international law.

US Defence Secretary James Mattis said, India and the US have suffered due to the menace of terrorism and they have recognised its global threat. He said, a high degree of team work is needed to wipe out the menace. He said there can be  no tolerance to terrorism safe havens. He also welcomed India's contribution in war-torn Afghanistan. Mr Mattis appreciated India's efforts to put pressure on North Korea. He said his country will continue to maintain diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea. He also appreciated India's leadership in Indian ocean.

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The US Secretary of Defence called on Prime Minister  Narendra Modi in New Delhi this afternoon. Secretary Mattis briefed the Prime Minister on the progress in advancing the bilateral agenda and implementing the decisions taken during Mr. Modi's visit to the United States in June this year. The Prime Minister recalled his wide-ranging, candid, and fruitful discussions with President Trump during that visit. Both sides had reaffirmed their resolve to further develop their strong strategic partnership.

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In Jammu & Kashmir, one of the longest surviving top terrorist Abdul Qayoom Najar was killed in a gunfight near the Line of Control (LoC) in Baramulla district today. Security officials said Qayoom was killed in a gunfight near Zorawar post of Lachipora Uri in the district. Najar was a resident of Sopore who carried 10 lakh rupees bounty on his head.

A Police spokesman said the slain terrorist  was returning to Kashmir from Pakistan to take command of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen He said Qayoom Najar had been active since 1999.

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Still with Jammu and Kashmir, Army today foiled Pakistan's Border Action Team (BAT)  bid to push around half a dozen armed militants in Keran sector of Kupwara district.

Army sources told AIR that intruders tried to attack army post but Army repulsed the attack. More details are awaited.

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President Ram Nath Kovind has batted for more participation of women in scientific research, saying it will bring gender parity in the sector. Addressing CSIR foundation day in New Delhi today, he said, in the past seven decades, India as a society and CSIR as a body have made enormous progress but participation of women is meager. He said, the Government has to take accelerated steps to address the issue. The President said, if the disparity is not addressed, India's scientific achievements will be less than perfect. He said, Science and technology have an important role in nation building.

The true test of scientific research lay in its ability to help the society to leapfrog the social sector gaps in health and hygiene, sanitation, education, agriculture and "make us a middle-income country in one human life".

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Banaras Hindu University Vice-Chancellor, G. C Tripathi today said an inquiry committee headed by a retired Allahabad High Court judge V.K. Dixit has been set up to probe the violence  in the campus. Talking to media in New Delhi, Mr. Tripathi said, action will be taken on the basis of recommendations of the  committee.

Meanwhile, Varanasi Commissioner Nitin Ramesh Gokaran has submitted his report to the government this evening about the BHU incidents. Our correspondent says the report has held  BHU authorities responsible for not handling the situation with sensitivity and not taking proper action on the complaint of eve teasing lodged by a girl student.

National Human Rights Commission has issued notices to UP government and the Vice-Chancellor over reported inaction of the University on a complaint of eve-teasing and police action against agitating students. It has sought detailed reports from UP Chief Secretary, DGP and the BHU VC within four weeks.

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Tripura government has decided to form a special investigation team (SIT) to probe into the murder case of journalist Shantanu Bhowmik. State Finance and Information Minister Bhanulal Saha said the decision was taken today in a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Manik Sarkar. He said the cabinet also approved 10 lakh rupees as relief to the bereaved family of Shantanu Bhowmik.   

Shantanu was killed by unknown miscreants while covering a road blockade agitation near Agartala on 20th of this month.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked young IAS officers to focus on subjects like GST implementation and boosting digital transactions, especially via BHIM App. Mr Modi was addressing valedictory session of Assistant Secretaries of 2015 batch of IAS in New Delhi today. He urged all officers to speed up adoption of Government e-Marketplace (GeM) in their respective departments as it would eliminate middlemen and result in savings for the government. 

Giving examples of Open Defecation Free targets and rural electrification, the Prime Minister urged the officers to work towards 100 per cent achievement of targets.

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Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said that more than 70 thousand missing children have been rescued in different parts of the country under Operation Smile. Addressing a National Conference on Child Labour in New Delhi today, Mr Singh said, Operation Smile was first launched by the Home Ministry in January 2015 to rescue and rehabilitate missing children.

On the occasion, the Home Minister launched "PENCIL" - Platform for Effective Enforcement for No Child Labour. He said people should take a pledge to fight the menace.

Our correspondent reports that "PENCIL", which is a web portal, will be used as an effective enforcement tool for no child labour. Departments and Ministries at the Centre and in states will register themselves on the portal for better coordination to track and save missing children.

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The Home Minister has appealed to the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, GJM, to withdraw the ongoing bandh in the Darjeeling Hills. He also asked the Union Home Secretary to convene an official level meeting in the Home Ministry within a fortnight to discuss all related issues. Rajnath Singh said, the withdrawal of bandh will help create a conducive atmosphere for allowing normalcy to return to the area, particularly in view of the festive season.

On the call of GJM, an indefinite strike is currently on in the Darjeeling  for the over last three months.  Eleven lives have been lost so far and several injured since the strike.

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The Centre today launched Divyang Sarathi - an accessible and comprehensive mobile App for easy information dissemination to Divyangjans. Unique features of the App are audio notes embedded in it which convert the written information into an audio file. The mobile application aims at providing all relevant information pertaining to the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, including its various Acts, rules and guidelines.

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The first helicopter service to the world's second coldest inhabited place, Drass was started from Srinagar today under Udan Scheme. The service will be helpful for people during winter season and in cases of emergency. Emergency services and common passenger services will be provided on priority and at subsidized rates to residents of Jammu and Kashmir.

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The Bombay High Court today granted bail to retired Major Ramesh Upadhyay, an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case. Accepting Upadhyay's plea on the ground of parity -- since the other prime accused in the case have been granted bail by the high court and the apex court -- the court granted him bail against a personal bond of one lakh rupees.

Seven people were killed in a bomb blast on 29th September, 2008 at Malegaon, a communally-sensitive textile town in Nashik district of north Maharashtra.

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The rupee tumbled to a fresh multi-month low against the dollar, today, while the domestic stock markets ended flat.

At the forex market, the rupee plunged 35 paise, to a fresh six-month low of 65.45 against the dollar. The rupee fell on heavy dollar demand by banks and importers, and dollar strength against major global currencies. The stock markets fell for the sixth straight session, with the Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange closing with a small loss of 27 points, at 31,600. The Sensex had lost almost 800 points in the previous five trading sessions. The Nifty at the National Stock Exchange dropped just one point, to 9,872.  And Brent crude oil futures stood near a 26-month high of 59.49 dollars a barrel. Pradeep Kumar, AIR News.

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The United Nations said today that some 480,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh since violence broke out in Myanmar on 25th of August, increasing its estimate by 45,000 in two days. A report by UN agencies and international charities said the change was due in large part to an estimated 35,000 Rohingya moving into two refugee camps who had not been accounted for before.

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An accountability court in Pakistan today decided to indict Nawaz Sharif on 2nd of October in the Panama Papers Leak case. The court also issued fresh arrest warrants against his children and the son-in-law. Sharif appeared before the court, a day after he returned from London.

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Players being sent off for misconduct is all set to become a reality in cricket with the ICC's revamped playing rules, which will be effective in all series starting Thursday or later. The significant changes also include a restriction on the dimensions of the bat, and changes to the Decision Review System.

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