India, B’desh pledge to bring down border incidents to zero


India, B’desh pledge to bring down border incidents to zero

India and Bangladesh today resolved to effectively implement the Coordinated Border Management Plan (CBMP) by asking their border forces to enhance communication and coordination to bring border incidents down to zero.

At the 6th meeting of the India-Bangladesh Joint Consultative Commission (JCC) held in the virtual mode, the two countries agreed that the loss of civilian lives at the border was a matter of concern. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Bangladesh counterpart A K Abdul Momen co-chaired the meeting.

“Importance of educating the border population about the sanctity of the international border was stressed upon. The Indian side also requested for an expeditious approval to erecting the single row fencing in vulnerable patches along the border, within 150 yards, that will help contain border crimes,” a joint statement issued at the end of the meeting said.


Reiterating the commitment of India to priorities the supply of Covid-19 vaccines, Jaishankar emphasised the importance of Bangladesh in India’s ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy. In this context, the two ministers directed their officials to expedite exchange of required information regarding Phase-III testing, vaccine distribution, co-production and delivery in Bangladesh.

The two sides noted that India and Bangladesh were currently the top two economies in South Asia and greater measures could be taken for mutually beneficial enhancement of trade and investment between the two countries, including removal of all forms of barriers to trade.

Both ministers tasked their officials to work closely to avoid disruption of supply chains, particularly in the post-Covid period. They emphasised the need to resume unhindered two-way trade through the land ports, while optimising use of the four trans-border railway connections as well as inland and coastal waterways.

They expressed satisfaction at the increasing pace of defence cooperation, including in training, exchanges and capacity building. They welcomed the proposal to hold the next meeting of the annual defence dialogue in November. They urged an early implementation of the defence Line of Credit.

The two ministers reiterated their commitment to finalisation of an interim agreement for sharing of the waters of the Teesta.

Recognising that terrorism remained a significant threat to global peace and security, both sides reiterated their strong commitment to eliminate the menace in all its forms and manifestations.

It was decided that the PMs of the two countries would hold a virtual summit in December.




SC orders states to give dry ration to sex workers without ID proof


SC orders states to give dry ration to sex workers without ID proof

The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the state governments to provide dry ration to all sex workers, who have been identified by the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) and district legal authorities, without asking for ration card or any other identification proof.

A bench comprising Justices L Nageswara Rao and Ajay Rastogi took into account the hardships faced by the sex workers, who have been rendered almost destitute due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The top court also asked the Centre to inform it within four weeks if there is a possibility to provide financial aid to the sex workers. Observation from the bench came during the hearing of an application moved by the NGO Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee seeking relief for over nine lakh female and transgender sex workers across the country.

The NGO moved the apex court citing hardships faced by sex workers amid the Covid.




UDF convener writes to Yechury seeking CM Vijayan’s removal


UDF convener writes to Yechury seeking CM Vijayan’s removal

Behanan in his letter said allegations against Chief Minister’s Office ( CMO) are serious and that a few officials were summoned by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

Senior Congress leader and Kerala Opposition alliance (UDF) convener Benny Behanan on Wednesday wrote to CPI-M general secretary Sitram Yechury stating that Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s office is under the shadow of suspicion and urged him (Yechury) to direct VIjayan to step down from the chief minister’s post.

Behanan in his letter said allegations against Chief Minister’s Office ( CMO) are serious and that a few officials were summoned by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

He said it is inappropriate for Vijayan to continue in office, as CMO has come under a cloud of smoke.

“Apart from higher education minister K T Jaleel, a few more ministers’ children have come under a cloud of smoke. Those CPI-M leaders and ministers who have brought shame to the party should not be allowed to remain in office. It may be mentioned CPI-M leaders are known for their fight against corruption,” UDF convenor said in the letter.

Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala, too, had shot off a similar letter to Yechury with the same demand

Meanwhile, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) continued its inspection at the State Centre for Advanced Printing and Training (C-apt) office at Vattiyoorkavu in Thiruvananthapuram for the second consecutive day in connection with the distribution of copies of Quran in the state after receiving them from UAE Consulate.

The NIA officials seized the Global Positioning System (GPS) recorder and log books of the vehicle which transported the Quran. There were reports that the vehicle had travelled to Bengaluru.

Earlier, the NIA interrogated office staff involved in the transportation of religious books to and from the C-apt office. The NIA also recorded the statements of former CAPT director M Abdul Rahman.

Opposition Congress, Muslim League and BJP had alleged Jaleel was involved in smuggling gold under the pretext of bringing Quran from the Consulate.

Govt orders vigilance probe into LIFE project

Kerala government on Wednesday ordered the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau to probe into the allegations pertaining to irregularities in the LIFE (Livelihood, Inclusion and Financial Empowerment) Mission project at Wadakkanchery in Thrissur district.

The LDF government issued the order after Opposition parties alleged many political leaders and officers accepted bribes for the implementation of the project. The spotlight was flashed on the project after revelation by Swapna Suresh, key accused in gold smuggling case, that she allegedly received Rs 1 crore as commission from the builder.




YSR’s refusal to sign ‘faith form’ sparks political row


YSR’s refusal to sign ‘faith form’ sparks political row

TDP, BJP leaders face house arrests; Bajrang activists protest at Lotus Pond

 

Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy today participated in the rituals at Venkateshwara Temple in Tirupati despite protests and political row over his refusal to sign a form declaring his faith in the deity. Police kept TDP and BJP leaders under house arrests while supporters of Bajrang Dal protested in front of his residence at Lotus Pond in Hyderabad.

There was more controversy in store as BJP and TDP leaders, including former chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, took a dig at the chief minister for participating in the temple rituals without his wife and YSRCP leader Kodali Nani hit back and dragged Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s name as well.

He retorted by saying that BJP leaders should get their leader Modi take his spouse to Ram Temple before demanding the same from Reddy.

Since Reddy is a practicing Christian, TDP and BJP leaders have been demanding that he must sign the mandatory form declaring his faith on Lord Venkateshwara, the main deity at the temple. People of other faiths are allowed to enter the temple only after signing the declaration form.

However, Reddy has steadfastly refused to sign the declaration form even during his past visits to the temple. In 2012, the signing of the declaration form was made mandatory under the temple rules. But Reddy’s uncle, YV Subba Reddy, currently TTD chairman, stated that the rule was revoked.

Reddy reached Tirupati around 4 pm after cutting short a review meeting chaired by Prime Minister with chief ministers over the pandemic and then left for the temple complex. He later arrived at Bedi Ajney Swamy Temple which is located exactly opposite Lord Venkateswara Temple in traditional attire carrying silk clothes for the main deity.

The chief minister participated in the temple rituals for the annual Brahmotsavam.

Staying back at Tirupati overnight Reddy will tomorrow accompany Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa for a visit to the temple before jointly laying the foundation for a new guesthouse at Tirumala funded by state government of the neighbouring state for its visitors.

Opposition leader N Chandrababu Naidu has alleged Reddy was playing with the sentiments of the people.

 

 




U’khand govt issues new guidelines for free tourist movement in state


U’khand govt issues new guidelines for free tourist movement in state

Earlier, it was mandatory for tourists to book hotel/home stays accommodation for two days to tour Uttarakhand. The state government has also cancelled this condition.

Providing a major relief to tourists visiting Uttarakhand, a hill state, the Uttarakhand government has issued new guidelines. Under these new guidelines, the visitors are exempted from bringing their Covid-19 negative test reports to enter the state.

Earlier, it was mandatory for tourists to book hotel/home stays accommodation for two days to tour Uttarakhand. The state government has also cancelled this condition.

In view of attracting tourists to Uttarakhand for reviving economic activities, the state government enforced a new lockdown guideline from Wednesday. Under the new rules the visitors just need to register online at the Smart City web portal to travel in the state.

All other mandatory requirements were removed to provide free movement of tourists in Uttarakhand. Only thermal scanning will be conducted while entering the state.

No Covid-19 test report and mandatory hotel/home stay booking is required now.

Issuing the new guideline, Uttarakhand chief secretary Om Prakash states, “If any tourist is found Covid-19 positive then the hotel management shall intimate the district administration immediately.”




Jakarta floods took life of 2 and injured other 20


Jakarta floods took life of 2 and injured other 20

Hundreds of rescuers have been taking part in the search and rescue operation, including soldiers, police, and those from the Jakarta search and rescue office, among others, he said.

After flash floods and landslides ilashed the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, one person reported as missing, twenty injured, and two died just after flash floods and landslides lashed the Indonesian capital of Jakarta and its surrounding areas, disaster agency officials said on Tuesday.

Since Monday, due to torrential rains, a river has overflowed and submerged surrounding areas in the capital which was recently put under a partial Covid-19 lockdown, spokesman of National Disaster Management Agency Raditya Jati said.

In West Java province’s Sukabumi district, flash floods killed two people with one remaining missing, and the search mission is underway, Ramli Prasetio, press officer of the Jakarta Search and Rescue Office, told Xinhua news agency.

Hundreds of rescuers have been taking part in the search and rescue operation, including soldiers, police, and those from the Jakarta search and rescue office, among others, he said.

Jati said that the floods in the capital forced 15 persons to evacuate from their homes and take shelter in safer grounds, but in Sukabumi district, 210 families took shelter after flash floods and landslides hit the area.

The disaster also seriously damaged nine houses, 10 bridges in the district.

A warning has been put in place by the meteorology and geophysics agency over the possibility of extreme weather on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Residents are cautioned to be alert on the possibility of further floods, flash floods, and landslides as well as whirlwinds, the agency said.




PM: UN faces crisis of confidence without comprehensive reforms


PM: UN faces crisis of confidence without comprehensive reforms

PM Modi highlighted that India’s own philosophies align with the goals of the UN.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for ‘reformed multilateralism’, saying the global community could not fight today’s challenges with outdated structures.

Addressing the high-level meeting of the UN General Assembly to mark 75 years of the global body, he said the UN faced a crisis of confidence without comprehensive reforms.

“For today’s interconnected world, we need a reformed multilateralism that reflects today’s realities, gives voice to all stakeholders, address contemporary challenges and focuses on human welfare.”


 
Modi, who will deliver his formal statement on behalf of India to the General Assembly on Saturday, supported the reforms undertaken by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

“We support ongoing reforms by the SecretaryGeneral. We reiterate our call for reforms of three of the principal organs of the UN. We commit to instil new life in the discussions on the reform of the Security Council and continue the work to revitalise the General Assembly and strengthen the Economic and Social Council,” he added.

PM Modi highlighted that India’s own philosophies align with the goals of the UN. He said work still needed to be done towards reducing inequality, mitigating conflicts and addressing the threat of climate change.

He also highlighted that India was one of the largest contributors to the UN Peacekeeping Missions. “Our world today is a better place because of the UN. We pay tributes to all those who have advanced the cause of peace and development under the UN flag, including UN peace-keeping missions, where India had been a leading contributor,”he said.




Activist for tribals’ cause banned from SoU area


Activist for tribals’ cause banned from SoU area

The banishment notice on the Gandhian activist was preceded by some right-wing people failing to convince local tribals to file a complaint against him levelling serious allegations.

Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi launching the seaplane service to the Statue of Unity (SoU) on 31 October, the Gujarat government has externed social activist Lakhan Musafir who had been leading the tribals’ protests against their forcible eviction from their ancestral land.

Gandhian activist Lakhan Musafir had been in the forefront of all struggles of tribals against taking away their ancestral lands for tourism projects linked to the 182- metre statue of Sardar Patel at Sadhu Bet of Narmada river.

He is also very popular among the tribals for his activities like organic farming, bio-gas plants and education projects.

Musafir has been banned for six months from the vicinity of the Statue of Unity and also five districts of Narmada, Chhota Udepur, Vadodara, Bharuch and Tapi.

The sub-divisional magistrate(SDM) of Rajpipla, who ordered the six-month ban on Musafir, has accused him of inciting people, violent activities, arms and liquor trade, the same charges the police had levelled against him in March this year.

The banishment notice on the Gandhian activist was preceded by some right-wing people failing to convince local tribals to file a complaint against him levelling serious allegations.

Musafir had refuted all these allegations and more than half a dozen hearings were held in the last six months. He had filed his reply on 13 July to which the police rejoinder was pending, but suddenly the SDM passed the final banishment order last week without giving Musafir the mandatory chance to present his witnesses.




Karnataka’s Covid tally crosses 5 lakh


Karnataka’s Covid tally crosses 5 lakh

With 179 patients succumbing to the infection during the day, the state’s toll has gone up to 7,808.

With 8,626 fresh cases across the state on Friday, Karnataka’s Covid-19 tally crossed the 5 lakh mark, while 10,949 people were discharged after treatment in the last 24 hours.

“The number of positive cases across the state is 5,02,982, including 1,01,129 active cases, while 3,94,026 cases were discharged since March 8,” said the health bulletin.

With 179 patients succumbing to the infection during the day, the state’s toll has gone up to 7,808.

Bengaluru, which is the epicentre of the disease in the state, registered 3,623 cases during the day, taking its tally to 1,87,705, including 41,914 active cases, while 1,43,198 patients were discharged till date, with 2,725 in the last 24 hours.

With 37 deaths during the day, the city’s toll has increased to 2,592.

“The number of patients in the intensive care units (ICU) across the state is 814, including 271 in Bengaluru Urban district, Dharwad 74, Ballari 67 and Hassan 62,” the bulletin said.

Mysuru saw 600 new cases, Udupi 493, Dakshina Kannada 456, Ballari 296, Shivamogga 257 and Belagavi 221.




We suffered less casualties than India in Galwan Valley clash: China


We suffered less casualties than India in Galwan Valley clash: China

Giving its own version of the 15 June incident, Global Times accused the Indian troops of failing to honour their promise.

China’s official media today continued to push the Communist Party’s anti-India agenda, ridiculing Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s statement in Parliament on the 15 June Galwan Valley clash even as it sought to boost the morale of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) which is locked in a bitter stand-off with the Indian Army at eastern Ladakh for more than four and a half months.

Reacting to Singh’s remarks that the Indian Army inflicted heavy casualties on the Chinese Army in the 15 June skirmish, state-run Global times said such ”rhetoric” was mainly aimed at inspiring Indian nationalist forces.

Quoting what he called the information he had gathered from people familiar with the situation on the Chinese side, newspaper’s Editor-in-Chief Hu Xijin said the number of Chinese soldiers killed in the clash was far less than the number of 20 Indian soldiers who died.

Many of the Indian soldiers were wounded and frozen to death as they could not get medical treatment.

But the killing of even one Chinese soldier could be counted as a huge loss, he added.

China has officially refused to divulge the number of PLA troops who lost their lives in the clash though the assessment by some Indian officials suggests that 35 of them were killed or injured in the incident.

Certain international websites have put the number of casualties on the Chinese side at about 100. Beijing fears admitting that it had lost troops, that too more in number than its opponent, could lead to a major unrest which could even put the Communist Party regime’s future at stake.

Giving its own version of the 15 June incident, Global Times accused the Indian troops of failing to honour their promise.

A few officers and soldiers of the Chinese Army went to the border area which the Indian troops illegally trespassed into for negotiation, but the Indian Army attacked them without any warning, leading to the clash. At the start of the skirmish, the Chinese soldiers were outnumbered, but some of them fought to their last breath, and no one was captured by the Indian army.

The Indian troops fled in great disorder after the Chinese Army began to counterattack, with some rolling down the mountains and some falling into the river. Quite a number of Indian soldiers surrendered to the PLA, and were captured, the daily claimed. It said that in the latest conflict near the Pangong Tso Lake, the Indian troops claimed to have “preempted” PLA’s activity and gave an impression that they had gained an advantage by occupying some key heights.

But the PLA soldiers disregarded the Indian threats and drove away the Indian troops from the highlands. The Chinese Army has gained advantageous positions at many points in the stand-off, the daily added. It said frontline officers and soldiers of the PLA now have high morale at the ChinaIndia border.

The Indian troops were no match for them at all. ”The conflicts this year have severely dampened Indian troops’ arrogance in nibbling at Chinese territory, making India re-examine their understanding of China’s determination, and will to resolutely defend its territorial sovereignty.”




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