- India will continue to work
on climate change beyond the Paris agreement, says External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
- President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani
expresses his concern over terrorism and backs new US policy on the issue.
- In Mexico, 139
people killed in 7.1 magnitude earthquake.
- Madras High
Court to hear a petition today seeking to nullify disqualification of 18 AIADMK
MLAs supporting Dhinakaran.
- Heavy rain disrupts normal life in Mumbai.
- And in Badminton, Japan Open Championship begins in Tokyo
Shuttlers to play 11 matches.
India has said
that it understands its responsibility towards planet Earth and will continue
to work on climate change issues above and beyond the Paris Agreement. External
Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in UN Secretary General's meeting with select
leaders on Climate Change in New York yesterday said, India's commitment is for
the future generations. Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar told reporters that
Mrs Swaraj said, India is also ready to work closely with UNSG and relevant UN
agencies, especially in the context of the International Solar Alliance.
Mrs Swaraj has said a decisive, energetic and action
oriented leadership is in-charge in India now and it is making special efforts
to connect to all its friends across the world. She said, there have
been interactions between the leaders of India and the Caribbean Community
(CARICOM) member States on the sidelines of international meetings and forums.
She, however, said there is also a need to exchange visits at the highest level
from both sides to further strengthen political, economic and people-to-people
ties. She said this in her closing remarks at 3rd India-CARICOM Ministerial
Meeting yesterday. She also that counter-terrorism requires a strong global
collective action and also a strong legal framework to address this problem.
The External Affairs Minister said New Delhi's support
for the Palestinian cause has been a reference point of its foreign policy. In
her intervention in the Non- Aligned Movement-NAM Ministerial meeting on
Palestine, Mrs Swaraj yesterday said, India’s commitment and its solidarity
with the Palestinian people can never be undermined.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has termed the visits by his
Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump as "truly
historic". Mr Netanyahu said this during his address to the United Nations
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has expressed concern over
terrorist threats and backed the new US Strategy in this regard. He was
addressing the United Nations General Assembly yesterday in New York. Mr Ghani
said US President Donald Trump’s new Afghan strategy sent a signal to Taliban
fighters as that they cannot win on the field and must negotiate peace. He
said, Afghanistan now also have an opportunity for a dialogue with the
neighbours on how to work together earnestly to eliminate terrorism and contain
A strong earthquake has struck central Mexico, killing at
least 139 people and toppling dozens of buildings in the capital, Mexico City.
Officials say, the capital's airport has suspended operations after the 7.1
magnitude quake, and buildings across the city have been evacuated. People were
feared trapped under the rubble of collapsed buildings as rescue teams rushed
to the hardest-hit areas.
The US Geological
Survey said, the epicentre of the quake was next to Atencingo in Puebla state,
about 120km from Mexico City, with a depth of 51km. The megapolis is home to 20 million people.
The tremor happened as an earthquake drill was being held
in Mexico City, on the 32nd anniversary of a quake that killed up to 10
The latest major Atlantic hurricane of the season, Maria,
has powered back to category five strength after pounding the Caribbean island
of Dominica. It weakened to a four after wreaking widespread damage on the
island but is now packing maximum sustained winds of 265 km per hour again. The
storm is moving roughly along the same track as Irma, this season's other
category five hurricane. At least one person was killed and two others are
missing in Guadeloupe.
The Madras High Court is expected to take up the case
against disqualification of the 18 AIADMK dissident MLAs today. The DMK
petition seeking to convene the state Assembly for a trust vote also is
scheduled to be taken up today by the High Court. The court earlier granted
stay against any trust vote in the Assembly till today. However, after the
stay, the TTV Dhinakaran loyalist legislators of the AIADMK have been disqualified.
On the other hand, DMK working President K Stalin has also said his next moves
in the ongoing political tussle will depend on the High Court’s decision. Our
correspondent reports that State interim Governor Vidyasagar Rao arrived in
Chennai last evening.
"The disqualified AIADMK MLAs have claimed in
their petitions that their action of withdrawing support to the Chief Minister
does not amount to defection. They argue that they still remain in the AIADMK
and have not shifted their loyalty to any other party. They have prayed for
quashing the Speaker's disqualification order and to permit them to attend the
Assembly when it is convened. Political
observers say, the Governor may take into account the decisions of the Court in
this ongoing political turmoil. His decisions and the Court rulings are set to
play vital roles, and the power struggle in Tamil Nadu is nearing yet another
crucial phase. Jayasingh, AIR News,
Mumbaikars had a harrowing experience yesterday again
as the city experience rainfall that started in the afternoon and continued
till late night. In many areas showers were experienced through the night. Our
correspondent reports that due to heavy rain five long distance trains of
Western Railway have been cancelled.
"Heavy rains lashed Mumbai city and its suburbs
yesterday. In the afternoon, heavy downpour accompanied by thunder and lightning
started in several parts of the city, including South Mumbai, Borivali,
Kandivili, Andheri and Bhandup. People, fearing a repeat of the massive floods
last month, left their offices early. Due to the heavy downpour, the many areas
including South Bombay witnessed traffic jams. As the visibility dropped below
550 metres runway operations at the
Mumbai airport were suspended for a brief period during which some flights were
diverted to nearby airports. State government has instructed that schools and colleges
in Mumbai Metropolitan Region to remain closed today. With Prarthna, this is Pooja Pal, AIR News, Mumbai."
Southwest Monsoon had shown signs of receeding from
Kerala. The heavy rain that was continuing for the past few days has weakened
in the state. But certain pockets of central kerala is still receiving rain.
Meteorological department predicts that kerala will be witnessing rain for two
more days. Rehabilitation process are in full swing in rain affected areas.
inquiry has held the Railway staff responsible for the derailment of the
Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express last month. The Commissioner of Railway Safety,
Northern Circle, Shailesh Pathak has submitted his preliminary report over the
accident. According to an official
release, these findings are under the consideration of the government.
On 19th of last
month, several coaches of the Utkal
Express derailed at Khatauli near Muzzafarnagar in Uttar Pradesh killing 22
people and injuring over 100 passengers.
A delegation of the Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha
and others met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi and called for
tripartite talks to resolve the Gorkhaland issue. Talking to reporters after
the meeting yesterday, Morcha leader Swaraj Thapa said, it was a very fruitful
meeting and they have demanded
tripartite talks involving the Centre,
West Bengal government and the GJMM. He said,
they are expecting a positive development within few days.
Uttar Pradesh government has announced to link land
records with the Aadhar Card. Talking to media persons in Lucknow yesterday on
the completion of six months of the BJP government in the state, Chief Minister
Yogi Adityanath said, the decision has taken to check the benaami land
transfer and frauds in land sell deeds. Our correspondent has filed this
"Uttar Pradesh government has written to
Centre seeking permission to initiate the process for issuing Khatauni with
mention of number of Aadhar cards. The government has accepted that one lakh 57
thousand complaints have been received during last six month for grabbing of
lands illegally. Land disputes are one of the major reason for litigation in
the State and lakhs of cases are pending before different level of the courts
on illegal transfer or sell of lands. Sunil
Shukla, air news, Lucknow."
The Centre has
received a communication from Haryana government seeking a CBI probe into
murder of a seven-year-old boy at the Ryan International School in Gurugram. A
senior State government official informed this. Earlier, accepting a demand of
the victim's family, the State government decided to hand over the probe to the
Chhattisgarh State Commission for Protection of Child
Rights has issued a circular to all district collectors directing them to
submit a report on the initiatives taken for protection of children in schools
in their respective districts within 15 days.
said courts and the Centre have issued directions and guidelines from time to
time regarding protection of school children. The commission has asked all
concerned to ensure strict compliance of these guidelines.
Indian Army has
taken Swachh Bharat Abhiyan at Siachen, the highest battle field in the
world. Defence Ministry has said that the drive is aimed at cleaning the areas,
which remains snow clad throughout the year. Here is a report:
prime motive of the drive is to maintain ecological balance of Siachen glacier.
Since the launch of the campaign in October 2014, Siachen troops have removed
and sent back more than 63 tonnes of garbage to the base. These loads of
garbage include packing material, barrels and perishables. A huge amount of
garbage has been brought back through man-pack loads, porters, ponies and
sometimes returning helicopters. On arrival of the trash to disposal areas,
these are buried in deep trenches dug mechanically in areas which are not on
run of the rivers and where landmass is not fragile. With Dipendra Kumar, Anuja Kumar, AIR News, Delhi."
In Japan Open
Badminton Championship, which began today in Tokyo, India will play eleven
matches in all formats of the game. Newly-crowned Korea Open champion, P V
Sindhu will take on the Minatsu Mitani whom she defeated in the Korea Open, in
the opening round of Women's singles while Saina Nehwal will clash with
Thailand's Pornpawee Chochuwong whom Indian shuttlers defeated twice earlier.
In Men's singles, Kidambi Srikanth will face China's
Tian Houwei in the opening round. In the main draw of men's singles, H S
Prannoy, B Sai Praneeth and Verma brothers- Sameer and Sourabh, will also look
to put their best foot forward.The qualification round ended yesterday.
In Telangna, the Bathukamma festival has begun today
amidst traditional fervour and enthusiasm. Our correspondent reports that the
nine-day festival, which reflects the spirit of Telangana culture and
traditions is celebrated by women with a variety of flowers that grow
exclusively in the region.
- President Donald Trump warning that US is ready to
'totally destroy' North Korea and vowing to confront Iran's 'murderous regime'
over its weapons programme makes for front page news in most of the dailies.
"At UN, Don threatens to destroy North Korea" says The Asian Age.
"Rocket man on suicide mission, says US President in his maiden UNGA
speech" writes The Statesman.
- On India at the UN The Pioneer writes,
"Probe Pakistan - North Korea nuke nexus." The paper also adds that
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj held trilateral with US, Japan at UN;
also meets Ivanka Trump.
- On Pakistan being put on notice by the US, Hindustan
Times leads "US senate links aid to action on Lashkar." The paper
writes that in a boost to India, Pakistan could lose 350 million dollars in
defence funding if House of representatives passes similar legislation.
- Referring to the Rohingya crisis The Hindu leads
"Suu Kyi promises to resettle 'verified' Rohingya refugees" adding
"In national address, she offers no solution to halt 'ethnic cleansing' in
- Writing on the arrest of Iqbal Kaskar Hindustan
Times notes "with brother's arrest, police try to close in on
- "Mobile bills to drop as interconnect rates
slashed 57 per cent" states The Times of India.
- And finally, stay awake when plane lands or you can
suffer hearing loss! Well, The Times of India reports that according to
research by the Harvard Medical school if you are asleep on a plane during a
sudden change in altitude your ability to equalise the pressure in your eardrum
might be compromised and could cause permanent damage.