Manmohan Singh set to lose SPG cover
The Narendra Modi government is likely to withdraw the Special Protection Group (SPG) from former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s security detail shortly, according to several sources.
The decision, reportedly taken after a three-month review involving the Cabinet Secretariat and the Ministry of Home Affairs with inputs from intelligence agencies the Research and Analysis Wing and the Intelligence Bureau has not yet been formally communicated in writing, but was “orally” conveyed to the former Prime Minister.
Delhi’s stray dog problem is a vexing issue for resident’s
The Supreme Court is currently seized of a case aptly titled ‘Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) vs People for Elimination of Stray Troubles’. The case stems from a Bombay High Court judgment which had allowed municipal authorities in Maharashtra to kill stray dogs causing “nuisance”.
The apex court had on January 23, 2009, stayed the High Court’s order after the Animal Welfare Board appealed that unless the term “nuisance” was clearly defined the order of the High Court cannot be implemented.
IISER team’s find may help fight drug-resistant infections
A team of scientists at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) in Pune claims to have determined the atomic structure of McrBC — a complex bacterial protein which helps prevent viral infections in a bacterial cell and functions as a molecular scissor.
The pathbreaking structure of the McrBC as determined by Dr. Kayarat Saikrishnan, an associate professor of biology and his team at the IISER, was published last month in two prestigious, peer-reviewed scientific journals — Nature Communications and Nucleic Acids Research (which is published by the Oxford university Press) — and is said to be a major step towards understanding the working of the molecular scissors.
Give specific timelines for cleaning of Yamuna: NGT
The National Green Tribunal has directed stakeholders to give specific schedule for cleaning the Yamuna, while noting that repeated timelines have not been adhered to in the last 30 years and pollution of the river was still continuing.
A bench headed by NGT chairperson justice Adarsh Kumar Goel made it clear that the tribunal will finalise fresh timelines with clear adverse consequences of violating such revised schedules.
Residue of burnt e-waste removed from banks of river Ramganga: Uttar Pradesh
Black powdery residue of burnt electronic waste (e-waste) has been removed from the banks of river Ramganga in Moradabad, an important tributary of the Ganga, a report by the Uttar Pradesh government has said.
The State government recently submitted the report before a bench of the National Green Tribunal pursuant to its directions.
CSIR to certify air quality monitoring sensors
The Union Environment Ministry has tasked the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)-National Physical Laboratory (NPL) with certifying air quality monitoring instruments.
This is in anticipation of a rising demand by States — against the backdrop of the National Clean Air Campaign — for low cost air quality monitoring instruments that can monitor levels of nitrous oxides, ozone and particulate matter.
Over 5,000 children abandon education in mica mining districts of Jharkhand, Bihar: survey
Over 5,000 children in the age group of six to 14 years have abandoned education in mica mining districts of Jharkhand and Bihar, and a section of them have started working as labourers to supplement their family income, according to a government survey.
The survey was conducted by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) after a report by Terre Des Hommes, an international development agency working in India, revealed last year that more than 22,000 children are employed as child labourers in the mica mining areas of Jharkhand and Bihar.
PM Modi launches $4.2 mn redevelopment project of Hindu temple in Bahrain
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the $4.2 million redevelopment project of the 200-year-old Sri Krishna temple in the Bahraini capital.
Mr. Modi, the first Indian Prime Minister to visit the key Gulf nation, offered prayers at the Shreenathji Temple in Manama, the oldest temple in the region, and also the ‘prasad’ that he bought with the RuPay card after launching it in the UAE on Saturday.
IMF report flags several delays in India’s data reporting
Even as questions have been raised about the delays in data dissemination from various government agencies — the most recent data from the National Crime Records Bureau dates back to 2016 and accident statistics have not been updated since 2015 — a recent report published by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), shows that inconsistencies have crept into the dissemination of fiscal datasets as well.
Shock at G7 summit as Iran’s Foreign Minister lands in Biarritz
Iran’s foreign minister flew into the French resort hosting a G7 summit on August 25, an unexpected twist to a meeting already troubled by differences between U.S. President Donald Trump and Western allies over a raft of issues, including Iran.
The French official said that at this stage there was no plan for Zarif to meet members of U.S. President Donald Trump’s delegation at the summit venue, the Basque beachside town of Biarritz in southwest France.
As EU threatens trade retaliation, Brazil sends army to fight Amazon fires
European leaders threatened to tear up a trade deal with South America, reflecting growing international anger at Brazil as a record number of fires in the Amazon rainforest intensified an unfolding environmental crisis.
Amid a global chorus of concern and condemnation, Brazil’s right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro pledged in an address to the nation to mobilize the army to help combat the blazes, while his administration launched a diplomatic charm offensive to try to mend bridges overseas.
Forest fires in the Brazilian Amazon, which accounts for more than half of the world’s largest rainforest, have surged in number by 83% this year, according to government data, destroying vast swathes of a vital bulwark against global climate change.
Narendra Modi, Boris Johnson discuss ways to strengthen trade, security ties
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official spokesperson Raveesh Kumar described it as a “good meeting”, and tweeted, “Discussions focused on strengthening bilateral ties going forward, in trade & investment, defence & security, science & technology and education sectors”.
There was no mention of Kashmir in India’s readout and there was no readout from the British side.
India, Bahrain send strong message against use of terror as tool of state policy
India and Bahrain without naming Pakistan have called on states to stop using terror as an instrument of state policy in what can been viewed as a shot in the arm for Delhi amid Pak PM Imran Khan’s rhetoric on Kashmir.
“Both sides called on all states to reject the use of terrorism against other countries; dismantle terrorism infrastructures where they happen to exist and to cut off any kind of support and financing to the terrorists perpetrating terrorism from all territories against other states;
Jammu & Kashmir state flag removed from secretariat
Three weeks after the Centre scrapped the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, the flag of Jammu and Kashmir has been removed from the civil secretariat in Srinagar.
There was no official statement on the removal of the state flag from the civil secretariat as the Jammu and Kashmir government skipped the daily press briefing on Sunday.