26th September 2017
- Defence Minister Nirmala
Sitharaman and US Defence Secretary James Mattis hold talks in New Delhi;
Discuss terrorism and ways to strengthen defence co-operation.
- India urges UN Security Council
to ensure that terrorists do not find safe havens anywhere and at any level.
- President Ram Nath Kovind pitches for more participation
of women in scientific research.
- Home Minister launches 'PENCIL' a
web portal to eradicate child labour; Says, people should take a pledge to fight the menace.
- And, rupee drops to a fresh 6-month low against the
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and visiting US
Defence Secretary James Mattis held talks in New Delhi today. Terrorism and
ways to strengthen defence co-operation were among the things that were discussed.
Addressing a joint press conference after the talks, Ms Sitharaman said,
defence co-operation between India and the US has gone up significantly and
there is a need to expand it further.
"We also have exchanged views all regional and
international issues of mutual interests. The situation in our neighbourhood
and the growing menace of cross-border terrorism were discussed in depth."
said, security situation in Afghanistan and maritime security in the
Indian Ocean were discussed with Mr Mattis. Ms Sitharaman said, the US Defence
Secretary has assured that he will raise the issue of terrorism with Pakistan
when he visits that country.
"We have just concluded a very substantive,
constructed forward-looking talks. I thanks, Mr. Mattis, for generously sharing
his deep knowledge and wisdom of defence matters. I am confident that his
knowledge and experience will contribute to further deepening defence and
security cooperation between India and United States."
Mr Mattis said, India and the US have suffered due
to the menace of terrorism. He said, a high degree of team work is needed to
wipe out the menace.
The US Defence Secretary also appreciated India's
efforts to put pressure of North Korea. He said his country will continue to
maintain diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea.
Mr Mattis arrived in New Delhi last night on a
two-day visit. He will call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and meet
National Security Advisor Ajit Doval before wrapping up his tour. Mr Mattis is
the first Cabinet Minister of the Trump Administration to visit India.
India has urged the United Nations Security Council
to ensure that the first and foremost duty of the international community is to
ensure that the forces of terrorism do not find sanctuaries and safe havens
anywhere and at any level. India's Permanent Representative to the UN Syed
Akbaruddin said this at the UN in New York yesterday in an open debate on
Afghanistan. He said, Taliban, Haqqani
Network, Al-Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad are all terror organizations,
many of them proscribed by the UN. Mr Akbaruddin said, these groups should be
treated like terrorist organisations with no justification offered for their
Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani also
joined Mr Akbaruddin in identifying terror safe havens across the border.
India has slammed
Pakistan for using a fake picture in the UN General Assembly to push a
completely false narrative. A Diplomat at the Permanent Mission of India to the
UN, Paulomi Tripathi took the floor of the General Assembly in New York to exercise
India's right to reply to the attack by Pakistan's Permanent Representative to
the UN, Maleeha Lodhi who presented an image of a girl from Gaza as a victim of
pellet guns in Kashmir. Ms Tripathi said, Ms Lodhi misled the Assembly by
displaying a fake picture to divert attention from Pakistan's role as the hub
of global terrorism. She said the picture was taken by American photographer Heidi
Levine and was published by New York Times on the 24th of March, 2015 under the
caption 'Conflict, Courage and Healing in Gaza'. Ms Tripathi also showed a
picture of Lieutenant Umar Fayaz, a young officer from Jammu and Kashmir who
was kidnapped, brutally tortured and killed by Pakistan supported terrorists in
May this year.
In Jammu and Kashmir, an unidentified terrorist was
killed after the Army foiled an infiltration bid at Zorawar area in Uri sector
of Baramulla district last night. A Defence spokesman told AIR that a weapon
was also recovered.
Flag Officer Commanding in Chief, Western Naval Command,
Vice Admiral Girish Luthra commissioned INS TARASA into the Indian Navy at a
function at the naval dockyard in Mumbai today. Speaking on the occasion, he
said, the commissioning is a proud moment and a shot in the arm for the western
naval command and will further strengthen the defense of the west coast.
President Ram Nath
Kovind today batted for more participation of women in scientific research
saying that it will bring gender parity in the sector. Addressing Council of
Science Industrial Research foundation day in New Delhi, Mr Kovind said, in the
past seven decades, India as a society and CSIR as a body have made enormous
progress but participation of women is meagre. He said, 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 has an important role in nation
building and innovations like Divyanayan by CSIR is empowering the
underprivileged. Divyanayan is an economical, portable, wireless, first ever
reading machine for visually impaired people.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today launched a
web portal called 'PENCIL' (Platform for Effective Enforcement for No Child
Labour). Developed by the Labour Ministry, PENCIL will be used as an effective
enforcement tool for no child labour. Departments and Ministries at the Centre
and the State level will register themselves on this portal for better
coordination to save and track children. It will connect the Centre, States and
districts so that they can share information about the present status of child
labour and act against it.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Singh said, people
should pledge to fight child labour. He said, effective implementation of
labour laws is a must adding that social awareness is required to deal with
child labour. Expressing confidence that child labour will be eradicated from
India in the next five years, the Minister said, every child is the future of
the country and efforts should be made to protect children. He said it is
unfortunate that even after 70 years of independence, child labour is
prevailing in the country.
Minister Manoj Sinha today said, the government is aiming to begin 5G tele
services by 2020. He said, government has constituted a high level 5G India
2020 forum with high ranked officials of Ministry, renowned experts and CEOs
from the IT Industry, professors from IITs and stakeholders from Industry
associations. The function of the forum shall be to evaluate , approve roadmap
and action plans for 5G India 2020 and with Vision Mission set goals for the 5G
5G will be
significantly faster than 4G, allowing for higher productivity across all
capable devices with a download speed of 10,000 Mbps. With greater bandwidth
comes faster download speeds and the ability to run more complex mobile
In Karnataka, rural areas of Nargund taluk in Gadag
district were formally declared as open defecation free by Vice President M.
Venkaiah Naidu today. The announcement was made at a function held in Konnur
village where he also inaugurated a waste processing unit and a clean drinking
water distribution unit. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Naidu called upon
villagers to convert Swachata Abhiyan as a mass movement by actively
participating in the programme. He said, over two lakh villages, 1300 cities
and 200 districts in the country have become free from open defecation and
toilets are now available to 72 percent population. More from our
"The Vice President narrated success stories
of people who held protests and announced incentives for villagers to construct
toilets for safeguarding their modesty. He asked media and cine stars to
motivate people to build toilets. Cleanliness he said will improve GDP and
health of nation. As of now 76 percent of families have toilets in the state.
Today villages in 13 Panchayats of Nargund taluk in north Karnataka were
declared as open defecation free. The programme was organised under Swachata Hi
Seva programme of Central Government and Shouchalayakkagi Samara programme of
the state. Sudhindra, AIR News,
Haryana Police today conducted searches in Delhi to
trace jailed Dera Sacha Sauda Chief Gurmeet Singh's adopted daughter Honeypreet
and two other key Dera functionaries. An arrest warrant has also been issued
against her in connection with incidents of violence following Gurmeet Singh's
conviction. The Delhi High Court today also agreed to hear the anticipatory
bail plea of Honeypreet.
Sovereign ruler of the Emirate of Sharjah, Sultan
bin Muhammed Al-Qasimi has said, all Indians who have completed a three year
jail term in Sharjah and are not involved in any criminal offences will be set
free. Mr Al-Qasimi is on a visit to Kerala. Our correspondent has more:
"The path breaking decision from the ruler of Sharjah and the Supreme council
Member of UAE came after the meeting with Chief Minister Pinaryi Vijayan in
Cliff House, in Thiruvannthapuram today. Sheikh Al -Qasimi also said that the
Indians who will be freed from the Sharjah jail
will be allowed to continue in Sharjah and promised that they will be
permitted to work there. Meanwhile the ruler of Sharjah was
conferred with D Litt degree by the Calicut university Chancellor and
Kerala Governor P Sathasivam in Raj bhavan today .The Sheikh Al-Qasimi who is
on a 5 day visit to Kerala is scheduled to leave Kerala on September 28. This
is Mayusha for AIR News From Thiruvananthapuram ."
Helicopter service from Srinagar to the world's second coldest inhabited place
Drass was started today under Udan Scheme. The Centre had approved operation of
helicopter services in Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh on a pilot basis
in 10 sectors, stipulating that the most inaccessible destination points should
be chosen. In Jammu and Kashmir, five sectors in Srinagar-Drass-Kargil-Zanskar-Leh
were accepted. Under the scheme, emergency services and common passenger
services to the local residents of the state will be provided on priority and
at subsidized rates.
At the foreign exchange market, the rupee
depreciated 28 paise to a fresh 6-month low of 65 rupees 38 paise against the
dollar in afternoon deals today. The rupee fell on heavy dollar demand from
banks and importers, and a firm dollar overseas.
The domestic stock markets opened slightly weak,
this morning, and after remaining subdued, the Sensex at the Bombay Stock
Exchange declined 39 points to 31,588 a short while ago.
Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore has said,
there would be zero tolerance for misgovernance in National Sports Federations.
Inaugurating the 'National Workshop on Sports for All' in New Delhi today, Mr
Rathore said, there cannot be any alternative to the core principles of
governance in sports. He said, 65 per cent of India's population is below 35
and it is the Prime Minister's vision to promote sporting culture in the
country. The Minister added that thAere would be massive amount of transparency
in terms of team selection and results.