- Prime Minister Modi declares country open defecation free #Governance
On the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared the country open defecation free, claiming success for the government’s initiative under which every household now apparently has access to a toilet.
The world is impressed by our success on the open defecation free front, and is giving awards to us,” Mr. Modi said, declaring that the country had achieved cleanliness in urban and rural areas, thanks to the government’s push to build toilets.
- U.S. warns partners of sanctions risk #IR
On a day when External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said he was “reasonably convinced” of persuading the U.S. to accept India’s decision on the purchase of the Russian S400 missile defence system, U.S. official warned that any such purchase might risk sanctions.
“We urge all of our allies and partners to forgo transactions with Russia that risk triggering sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA),”
- CM to endorse clean air declaration at C40 summit #Environment
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will be among 20 leaders from megacities around the world to launch the ‘Clean Air Cities Declaration’, a set of short and long-term commitments towards cleaning the air, during the C40 Summit in Copenhagen.
The Delhi government will endorse the declaration and pledge to reduce emissions and air pollution in a set time frame on October 11 at the Tivoli Conference Centre in Copenhagen. The summit will be held from October 9-12.
The delegation from Delhi will take part in several bilateral meetings and Mr. Kejriwal is expected to share the challenges and successes of Delhi’s effort to curb pollution. The C40 Summit is a network of the world’s megacities committed to addressing climate change.
- Meghalaya NGO objects to ‘overloaded’ Bhutan trucks #IR
After driving into revised traffic rules in Assam, trucks from Bhutan carrying boulders and stone chips to Bangladesh via the northeast have now run into an NGO in Meghalaya.
The Anti-Corruption and Human Development Organisation has urged the authorities in Meghalaya to ban the plying of the “overloaded” trucks from Bhutan as their movement has “damaged the already-damaged roads in the State”.
Bhutan exports stones to Bangladesh using the land route through Assam and Meghalaya as per the South Asian Free Trade Area agreement among SAARC countries allowing a third country to be used as transit. SAARC expands to South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation and its members are Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
- Call for mass protests against Citizenship Bill #Governance
Civil society groups and social activists in Manipur have given a call for a mass agitation against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill on Thursday.
Yumnamcha Dilipkumar, convener of Manipur People Against Citizenship Amendment Bill (MANPAC), told reporters on Wednesday that six students’ organisations in the State have extended their support to the agitation.
People in Manipur have been opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which, they claim, is against the interest of the indigenous people of the region. The repeated assurances given to the people of the Northeast by Central leaders have failed to comfort them. There is also disappointment over the President not yet giving assent to the Manipur People’s Protection Bill, 2018.
- Cement firm to use plastic waste for fuel in Meghalaya #Environment
The Meghalaya government has signed an agreement with a major cement firm for buying plastic waste to be used as fuel instead of coal for producing clinkers.
We have had an understanding with one of the cement companies which will use the plastic as raw material to burn and produce energy from it. It will be a process very much within the control limits of the pollution board.
- Jagan launches Village Secretariat system in Andhra Pradesh #Governance
Opening a new chapter in public administration by inaugurating the Village Secretariat system at Karapa village near Kakinada on Wednesday, Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy said it was a happy coincidence with the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, who firmly believed that the country would perish if development eluded villages.
Andhra Pradesh became a role model for other States by setting up village and ward secretariats. These institutions would act as a bridge between the government and the people by rendering over 500 types of services at their doorstep, he said, pointing out that they were a major step towards his poll promise of decentralisation of administration.
- Excess rain washes out IMD’s methods #Geography
While India this year may have recorded its highest monsoon rain in 25 years, an analysis suggests that new monsoon models, called the Monsoon Mission Coupled Forecast Model (CFS), deployed by the IMD over the last decade don’t do better than the older ones in long-range forecasting.
This year, India ended up with 10% more monsoon rain (or 110% of the long period average LPA of 887 mm ) than usual. However, none of the agency’s models tuned to capture long term forecast trends warned of this.
- Rs 50,000 fine for idol immersion in River Ganga and its tributaries: Centre #Governance
The Central government has issued a 15-point directive, including cordoning off ghats and imposing a fine of Rs 50,000, to prevent the immersion of idols in the Ganga or its tributaries during festivals, including Dussehra, Diwali, Chhath and Saraswati Puja.
The directive has been issued by the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) to chief secretaries in 11 Ganga basin states. “No idol immersion into river Ganga and its tributaries and on their banks, which was issued after a meeting between representatives of states and NMCG officials last month.