Will defer Karnataka bypolls till decision on dissident MLAs’ pleas, ECI tells SC
The Election Commission of India (ECI) said in the Supreme Court on Thursday that it would defer by-elections to 15 Karnataka Assembly constituencies till the court finally decided the petitions of the MLAs who represented these constituencies until they were disqualified by Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar under the anti-defection law.
Punjab sees an increase in farm fires
There has been spike in agricultural fires — a phenomenon that’s known to worsen air pollution — in Punjab in September, and significantly more than fires in September last year, according to officials.
From September 24-26, there were 107 fires according to Krunesh Garg, Member-Secretary, Punjab Pollution Control Board. In 2018 there were only 11 fires during the same period. However, in 2016 and 2017 there were 106 and 150 fires from September 27-30 respectively.
OIC asks India to rescind its action in Kashmir
The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) asked India to “rescind” its actions in Kashmir and abide by the relevant UN Security Council resolutions following New Delhi’s decision to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special status.
The Foreign Ministers of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Contact Group on Kashmir discussed the Indian government’s decision to revoke Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and the state’s bifurcation into two Union Territories during a meeting on the sidelines of the 74th session of UN General Assembly Wednesday.
Narendra Modi, Hassan Rouhani discuss Chabahar port progress
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani met on Thursday along the sidelines of the UN General Assembly’s 74th session in New York. The two leaders discussed progress on Iran’s Chabahar Port — which India is helping to develop.
Can’t rely solely on Regional Environmental Impact Assessment reports: NGT
Following a plea challenging the environmental clearance granted to 12 minor mineral sand mining projects in Uttar Pradesh, the National Green Tribunal held that the Regional Environmental Impact Assessment (REIA) reports cannot be the sole basis for approval to projects.
Odisha targets 60 lakh MT paddy procurement in KMS 2019-20
Odisha government on Thursday fixed a target to procure 60 lakh metric ton of paddy during the kharif marketing season (KMS), 2019-20. This was decided at the Cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
NSA Ajit Doval reviews security arrangements, discusses measures to ease restrictions in Kashmir
National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval is camping in Srinagar ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Friday.
For the past week, security officials have been making arrangements to ensure no violence is reported in Kashmir in the wake of the high-profile event as it might affect India’s image globally. Mr. Doval did not accompany Mr. Modi unlike on other occasions when he was a regular part of his entourage.
High drama at SAARC meet as External Affairs Minister Jaishankar, Pakistan Foreign Minister Qureshi boycott each other’s statements
Pakistan and India boycotted each other’s statements at a meeting of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Foreign Ministers here. Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said he would not attend the speech by External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar first, announcing at the last minute that he would not attend the SAARC Minister’s lunch while Mr. Jaishankar was speaking. Mr. Jaishankar then made his statement and left the meeting, minutes before the Pakistani Foreign Minister’s arrival, ensuring that the two Ministers were not present in the room together at any point.
Growth to pick up in second half: FM
India’s economic growth is likely to pick up in the October-March period as consumer demand is expected to improve. India’s economic growth in April-June fell to a six-year low of 5%. Ms. Sitharaman added that the private sector banks had assured her that there was no liquidity crunch and there was strong demand in rural areas.
New cat snake species found; named after Uddhav Thackeray’s son
A new species of cat snake called Thackeray’s Cat Snake (Boiga thackerayi), named after Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s son, Tejas, a wildlife researcher, has been discovered in the Western Ghats after 125 years. Cat snakes or cat-eyed snakes are identified by the genus Boiga and are named after their vertical pupils, similar to cats.
G4 nations voice concern over lack of concrete result on UNSC reforms
India and other members of the G4 countries, including Brazil, Germany and Japan, have voiced concern over the lack of any concrete result on UN Security Council reform, saying the current inter-governmental negotiation process on the matter does not have the necessary openness and is constrained by flawed working methods.
PM Modi announces USD 14 mn grant, USD 150 mn Line of Credit to Caricom
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a USD 14-million grant for community development projects in a grouping of Caribbean nations and another USD 150 million Line of Credit for solar, renewable energy and climate-change related works as he hosted the first ever India-Caricom leaders’ summit here.
Prime Minister Modi announced a grant of USD 14 million for community development works in the CARICOM and another USD 150 million Line of Credit for solar, renewable energy and climate-change related projects, the press release stated.
Gaganyaan mission: 12 astronauts to visit Russia for training, says ISRO chief
The 12 Indian astronauts who are in the process of being selected for Gaganyaan — India’s manned mission to space — will be sent to Russia for training in about a month, K Sivan, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), said during a visit to the Space Applications Centre (SAC) in Ahmedabad on Thursday.