Chhattisgarh Police Tuesday took several farmer leaders into custody before they could launch a three-day rally on farmer issues across three districts. Under the aegis of Chhattisgarh Kisan Mazdoor Mahasangh and Chhattisgarh Bachao Andolan, the three-day Sankalp Yatra was to begin on Tuesday from Rajnandgaon. Chhattisgarh Bachao Andolan leader Alok Shukla told The Indian Express, We were to begin the rally from Rajnandgaon, and reach Raipur by September 21 to demonstrate there.
The Kerala government on Tuesday decided to import sand to meet the acute shortage of the material in the state's construction sector. It was decided that the state's mining and geology department would issue permits for those who want to import sand. An official communication from the CM's Office said there were no legal hurdles to import sand in India. Kerala requires 3 crore tonnes of sand a year, but only a small part of it is collected from rivers.
Union Minister Giriraj Singh on Tuesday said Pakistan should take away Rohingya refugees because Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar is fond of them. Taking exception to criticism of the government's stand on Myanmar refugees, Singh said humanity is not above the law. Singh told reporters, There are some politicians in India as well who are standing in support of Rohingyas. If Pakistan's terrorist leader (Azhar) backed by its government is saying this, then the Pakistani government should take them (Rohingyas) away.
New Delhi's remarks came after Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi made her first public remarks since violence broke out in Rakhine, forcing the flight of the Rohingyas. On the issue of refugees, it said, There is a serious problem emerging in Bangladesh which is reportedly hosting over 300,000 refugees. India has extended humanitarian relief to Government of Bangladesh to support it in meeting the needs of refugees.
The Confederation of Indian Industry stated that regulatory environment needs to be conducive to conducting exploration and mining activities. The Madhya Pradesh government stated that improvement in methods of survey and exploration techniques should be discussed. The Cement Manufacturers Association asked for standardisation of exploration data before auctioning of mineral blocks. The Geological Survey of India (GSI) stated that forest clearance issues during exploration need to be streamlined for facilitating proper exploration.
After the Law Commission of India recommended abolishing death penalty except in cases of terrorism, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has taken a stand against capital punishment stating death penalty is against basic human rights. Punjab's Home Department had put up a file to the Chief Minister Office proposing state's stand favouring death sentence in rarest of rare cases.
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BJP general secretary Ram Madhav today said no politics or religion is involved in the Centre's stand on the Rohingya issue and insisted that the decision was driven by national interest. It is doing this only by taking care of humanitarian interest of 1.3 billion people in India and their security, Madhav said at a FICCI event here. We will handle the Rohingya issue on the basis of national security concerns that we have.
The National Investigation Agency today arrested two persons for allegedly providing logistical and material support to terrorists infiltrating from Pakistan into Kashmir for carrying out subversive activities, officials said here today. The NIA will seek their transit remand and bring them to Delhi for further questioning. Investigations revealed that the accused persons allegedly provided material and logistical support to Ali and his associates soon after their infiltration into Indian territory, the spokesperson said.
India is likely to overtake Japan and Germany to become the third largest economy in the next 10 years but needs to be consistent in reforms and focus more on the social sector, British brokerage HSBC has said. India also needs a lot of focus on ease of doing business and related aspects like contract enforcements. Demographics and macro stability were pointed out as key strengths for the country by the brokerage.
With the global outrage mounting on Myanmar over its handling of Rohingya crisis, India's permanent representative to the UN in Geneva, Rajiv K Chander, stated that only long-term solution to the situation in Rakhine state was socio-economic and infrastructure development. India recently agreed with Myanmar to provide financial and technical assistance to identify projects to undertake in Rakhine specifically those agreements to undertake infrastructure and socio-economic projects,Chander was quoted as saying by ANI.
In a veiled reference to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday slammed the leader for saying that dynasty politics is in India's character. Jaitley remarks come after Rahul Gandhi's speech in UC Berkeley where he spoke about dynasty politics in India. In his speech, he had said, Most parties in India have that problem. Rahul Gandhi's statement drew criticism from BJP president Amit Shah and Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu a few days later.
A suspected al-Qaeda operative has been arrested from east Delhi, police claimed on Monday. The arrested has been identified as Shauman Haq (27) and was arrested near Vikas Marg yesterday following a tip-off by Delhi Police's Special Cell, an official said. Earlier on Monday, the Supreme Court said that Rohingya Muslims were illegal immigrants in the country and posed serious national security ramifications. Last month, two men with suspected links to the terror outfit were arrested here in two separate cases.
Nearly 100 members of the Salcette Muslim Forum in Margao, located 35 km south of Panaji, took out the march. The protesters alleged thousands of Rohingya Muslims have been subjected to torture and forced to flee their homes in Myanmar's Rakhine state. Thousands of Rohingya Muslims have been rendered homeless in Myanmar and their human rights violated, they said in the memorandum. The forum demanded the UN and Indian government's intervention to stop atrocities against the community.
In a veiled reference to Pakistan, India has demanded a probe into the nuclear proliferation linkages of North Korea, the nuclear-armed country that fired a mid-range ballistic missile over Japan last week. In violation of international rules, it also conducted its most powerful nuclear test with a hydrogen bomb on September 3, triggering an artificial earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 on the Richter scale. There was no direct reference to Pakistan in her comments.
The Indo-US cooperation has reached a level which was unimaginable a decade ago, a senior Indian diplomat has said as he lauded the diaspora for its role in expanding bilateral ties. Santosh Jha, the new Deputy Indian Ambassador to the US, said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's June visit also provided a fresh impetus for the growth of bilateral ties. Today, India and the US cooperate at a level which was unimaginable even a decade ago.
Several parts of Kerala will receive light rain on Tuesday following incessant rainfall over the past two days that forced the shutdown of educational institutions in the state. A Met Department official told indianexpress.com that many regions in the state may receive 1-2 cms of rainfall on Tuesday.
The Indian Coast Guard rescued 18 ornithologists and three crew members stranded off the coast of Puducherry after their vessel developed a technical snag. Chief Minister V Narayanasamy told reporters yesterday that the 18 people - three crew members and 15 ornithologists from Puducherry, Chennai and Mumbai - had ventured into the sea in the mechanised vessel from the harbour here on Sunday night. The police then sought the services of the Coast Guard.