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25th Oct, 2018 - 31st Oct, 2018
  • Modi has usurped all powers: Yashwant Sinha
    Former Union Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha on Monday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had “centralised all decision-making.”He cited The Hindu report to claim that a meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi had been cancelled as Ms. Swaraj had not taken the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) into confidence.“This proves that Ms. Swaraj’s voice is not heard. This is the reason she is sometimes referred to as a Twitter Minister,” he told reporters here. Mr. Sinha also alleged that senior Ministers, who are part of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), are being kept in the dark about important decisions. (The Hindu. 23.10.2018)
  • CBI probe sought into Rafale deal
    Former Union Ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie with senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan jointly moved the Supreme Court on Wednesday for a CBI investigation into the Rafale deal with the apex court monitoring the probe. (The Hindu-24.10.18)
  • India, China ink security pact, Delhi raises Masood Azhar issue
    As India and China signed the first comprehensive security cooperation agreement Monday, New Delhi raised the issue of China blocking designation of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Maulana Masood Azhar as a terrorist before a United Nations sanctions committee with the Chinese delegation, officials said. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh signed an agreement on security cooperation with Zhao Kezhi, minister of Public Security of People’s Republic of China. Kezhi also met National Security Advisor Ajit Doval where the issue of Azhar, alleged mastermind of terror attacks on Pathankot airbase and an Army camp in Uri, on the UN’s sanctions list was taken up, sources said. China has twice blocked India’s efforts to include Azhar into the UN list. Kezhi is on a bilateral visit to India from October 21 to 25, during which he will also travel to Mumbai. “During the meeting, the two sides discussed issues of mutual interest, including bilateral counter-terrorism cooperation, and welcomed increased cooperation between India and China in the area of security cooperation. An Agreement on Security Cooperation between the Ministry of Home Affairs of India and the Ministry of Public Security of China was also signed by the two Ministers,” said a statement released by the Home Ministry. (The Hindu: 22.10.2018)
  • Paying rich tributes to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel ahead of his birth anniversary on October 31, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday credited him with ensuring the merger of all princely states with the Dominion of India and healing the wounds of Partition. The Prime Minister will inaugurate Sardar Patel’s 182-metre-tall “Statue of Unity” on the banks of the Narmada in Gujarat on October 31. The height is twice that f the Statue of Liberty. In his Mann Ki Baat monthly radio address, Mr. Modi said Sardar Patel formulated solutions one by one, weaving the warp and weft of unity on the axis of a single thread. Quoting from a Time magazine edition published about six months before Independence, with a photograph of Sardar Patel on its cover, the Prime Minister said the article pointed out that India faced several problems such as Partition, violence, food scarcity, price rise and power-politics. (The Hindu: 28.10.2018)
  • Pak. accepts India invite to SCO meet
    India will host Pakistan and other member-countries of the China-led Shanghai Cooperation Organisation for a meeting on urban disaster handling this week. The National Disaster Response Force is hosting the preparatory meeting for the ‘Joint mock exercise on urban earthquake search and rescue’ to be held next year in India. The meeting assumes significance as India had called off dialogue with Pakistan last month. A senior NDRF official said Pakistan had accepted the invitation. “We have received a confirmation from Pakistan. It is not clear whether they would be represented from the High Commission here or someone would be coming from Pakistan,” the official said. The first phase of the meeting will be held from November 1 to 2 in Delhi’s Le Meridien hotel. “The exercise will provide an opportunity to member-countries to validate their preparedness and resilience to address the various challenges like strengthening the effective utilisation of the search and rescue teams for emergency response, coordination and information sharing with foreign embassies in disaster-affected countries, making humanitarian assistance in disaster response more effective,” the statement said. (29.10.2018)
13th Oct, 2018 - 25th Oct, 2018
  • India and China discussing Iran, Af-Pak connectivity projects: China envoy.(The Hindu15.10.18)
  • Talks with Pakistan if terror ends: Rajnath Singh .(The Hindu, 23.10.2018)
  • Modi illegally interfering in probe: Congress .(The Hindu, 23.10.18)
  • India issues note of protest to Pakistan over infiltration bid .(The Hindu, 23.10.18)
  • India slams Imran’s remarks on Kashmir, asks Pak to dismantle terror infrastructure on its soil .(The Hindu, 23.10.18)
  • Rajnath to do shastra puja on border .(The Hindu-14.10.18)
  • India, China set to resume drill .(The Hindu-17.10.18)
  • H1B visa issue: India engaged with Trump administration, says External Affairs Ministry .(19.10.18- The Hindu)
  • News in numbers: Income tax payers up by 70% compared to last year.(22.10.18- The Hindu)
  • India, France in talks to conduct tri-service exercise .(The Hindu-15.10.18)
02nd Oct, 2018 - 12th Oct, 2018
  • CPI(M) to back a secular govt.
    Positioning itself for a possible repeat of 2004, when the Left parties supported the Congress-led UPA government from outside, the Central Committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Monday announced that it will support the formation of an “alternative secular government” at the Centre. The phrase is significant, because the political line approved in the 22nd party congress in April in Hyderabad did not mention this scenario. The political line approved then said the BJP had to be defeated without having a political alliance with the Congress, by pooling anti-BJP votes and with an understanding with all secular Opposition parties. (The Hindu, 8.10.18)
  • BrahMos Aerospace engineer held for leaking info to Pakistan
    An engineer working at the BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited centre in Nagpur was on Monday arrested on charges of illegally possessing highly sensitive and secret documents, the Uttar Pradesh police said.The police is probing if the engineer, identified as Nishant Agarwal, transmitted the confidential data to Pakistan agency ISI, as officials suspect.Mr. Agarwal was arrested from his residence in Nagpur in a joint operation by the anti-terror teams of UP and Maharashtra. During the search, “secret and highly sensitive documents” were found in his personal computer, UP ATS IG Aseem Arun told reporters here. (The Hindu, 8.10.2018)
  • Refrain from signing S-400 missile system deal with Russia, U.S. tells India President Donald Trump has the power to waive these sanctions for specific countries and specific transactions.
    The U.S. on Wednesday urged India to forgo signing a deal to buy the S-400 missile defence system from Russia and warned that the deal could attract American sanctions. New Delhi and Kremlin are expected to announce the deal this week during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s two-day visit to India. The U.S. administration is required under a domestic law, Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) to impose sanctions on any country that has “significant transactions” with Iran, North Korea or Russia. President Donald Trump has the power to waive these sanctions for specific countries and specific transactions, and U.S. officials have repeatedly said in the recent past that India should not expect an automatic waiver if it goes ahead with the purchase from Russia. A State Department spokesperson told The Hindu that this waiver might not be available to India and the S-400 deal falls in the category of sanctionable transactions. (The Hindu, Oct 3, 2018)
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